Thursday, 24 July
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz … Read more
*Includes 12" Booklet & Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring … Read more
**Cinematic synth themes and sleazy disco from Athens** From the label: "Optimo Music is known as a 12” label, but occasionally something rare and dangerous comes our way that compels us to release a full length album… It’s not exactly a dance album, although there is music you can dance to on it. It’s more filmic in nature, with references to legendary directors like Kubrick and Carpenter that will enthrall a film buff, particularly if they’re interested in electronic and dance music (It compelled me to watch Barry Lyndon again for the umpteenth time after fir… Read more
Aïsha Devi's Danse Noire label really comes into its own with these wild gabber and throat music incursions backed by equally freaked Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO remixes. Her 'Hakkan Dub' takes the form of dub-spattered drums and blitzkreig kicks haunted by harpy vocals, whereas 'Throat Dub' hollows-out and manipulates the ever-effective sound of Mongolian (?) throat singers for nine minutes of arresting drones. Flipside IVVVO ices 'Hakkan Dub' to a cavernous EBM thump sounding like some lost cut from the Caustic Window sessions, and Jamal Moss gives 'Throat Dub' a squashed, Afro-centric re-wriggle.
Huxley returns to Aus with a second EP, co-produced with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) for an anthemic, sub-heavy 4-tracker.
Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
Slinky, deeper house from Dona backed with Patrice Scott and Vakula remixes. The originals are comparable with Cassy's stripped down electroid swing, Scott gives a ruggedly aquatic remix, and Vakula runs with a raw acid dub sound.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
*Limited edition of 270* Includes Optimo remix & download code for The Hill Street OST (SWS004) by Great Lakes Mystery - a soundtrack to a documentary about Dublin's skateboard scene* 1986 electro-pop from ROI's The SM Corporation - who were last heard on the sublime 'Strange Passion' compilation - backed with JD Twitch and Great Lakes Mystery remixes. The pneumatic B-line, industrial FX and blazing female vocal of the original are given a gruffer undertow and feverish, glistening synth makeover by Optimo's JD Twitch, and rent as widescreen, etheric shoegaze-industrial by Great Lakes Mystery.
"A classic from the annals of The Red Krayola, available on vinyl for the first time in many years. The 90s edition of The Red Krayola roared out loud with ‘Hazel’. This album was received rapturously by post-rockers everywhere, and featured Mayo Thompson riding herd over a cast of dozens, including the then Gastr del Sol union of David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke, along with John McEntire, Tom Watson, Stephen Prina and George Hurley, among many distinguished others."
Baris K compiles fourteen original Turkish Psych, Disco and Folk classics now in on vinyl. As showcased on Bouzouki Joe's brilliant 'Turkish Freakout' compilations and various Finders Keepers records, Turkey had a real thirst for westernized music from the mid-late '60s onwards, infusing and hybridizing with their native melodies and tastes to create a unique form of east-meets-west pop music, to the extent that even superstars such as Johnny Hallyday were recording entire albums in Turkish specifically for the burgeoning and (at the time) prosperous market. Baris K is a… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Remastered with 7 previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes** Reissue of Bikini Kill’s second EP, recorded in 1992 with Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses) at The Embassy - a group-house in Washington, D.C. - and was the first Bikini Kill release to feature the band’s song, “Rebel Girl.” Originally a split EP with Huggy Bear, the b-side now features seven previously unreleased Bikini Kill songs drawn from era-appropriate live shows and practice tapes. The artwork has also been updated to include archival photos and liner notes from the Bratmobile’s Erin Smith, Comet Gain’s David Feck, and the members of Bikini Kill.
"It’s in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following the success of their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism. Two years since that record gained plaudits and sold out vinyl run, the instrumental trio have thematically splintered the number of beings on Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. It’s apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth."
"This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and … Read more
"Bunny Striker Lee’s standing in the Jamaican recording business has remained unassailable for over four decades. Bunny is known by many aliases including ‘Gorgon’. It was Cornell Campbells ‘Gorgon’ produced by Bunny in 1975 that proved to be one of the defining records of the mid 70’s when cut after cut after cut of this flying cymbals extravaganza dominated the dance halls...."
*Includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Ziguri is a project formed by Krautrock legends Gunter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kolsch. Active only from 1987 to 1997, the trio reformed in 2011 and now present their first album - some 27 years after they they broke up to be exact. The music: hypnotic trancepsychic rockdriven repetitive beats & bass lines, overlaid by floating patterns from Schickertís inimitable echodrive guitar."
Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spi… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jenny Lewis returns with “The Voyager” - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and her first in six years. It is Lewis’ most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams, Beck, and Lewis’ long-time collaborator Johnathan Rice. “The Voyager” finds the always relatable songwriter at h… Read more
"The Whole Truth returns for a second round of precision engineered dub boogie hybrids, this time featuring the mighty Mo Kolours on vocal duties. The first Whole Truth release, which featured Errol Bellott, garnered praise from DJs like JD Twitch, Hugo Mendez and Zaf Chowdhry, and WT002 finds this anonymous project exploring even more dubwise territory. One-Handed's Mo Kolours guests as a singer and percussionist on the lead track, Don't Tell Me No Lies, while Steppas Don't Lie, Truth Groove and Myth Dub represent a more stripped down instrumental approach. Full bes… Read more
Dungeon dubstep tearouts from Brett Bigden aka Leon Switch. It's not very nice, scrawling proper mid-range graffiti all over the caged halfstep beast 'Deadlock', and again with disciplined control in the fierce flipside 'Persepolisia'.
Monday, 21 July
"Brand new studio album from Remember Remember, following on from ‘The Quickening’ (2011). Recorded in Glasgow at Castle Of Doom Studios by Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, The Pastels, The Delgados, Super Furry Animals) and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, Johnny Marr, Rudimental, Arcade Fire)."
Thursday, 17 July
*Second in a series of three extended reissues from SND - 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* Mark Fell and Mat Steel’s second EP as SND was released in 1999, a year after their debut ‘Tplay’. It continued to explore their distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, House and UK Garage stripped to its bare bones. This extended reissue features the original 6 tracks of ’newtables’, plus 6 previously unheard recordings from the same sessions - all fully remastered by Rashad Becker from the original DAT tapes. The tracks more or less … Read more
**Edition of 350 cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The latest in Vladislav Delay’s new label series finds the man himself & Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric) on top, uncompromising form. Operating somewhere between Wolfgang Voigt's pounding waltzes and the tunnelling techno of Rrose, the A-side's '#2' tucks up militant triplets and chaotic, streaming synthlines to febrile effect. Over on the flip #6 involves a hyper-accelerated production sounding something like DJ Stingray and Villalobos having it out at breakneck momentum with a gush of stepping drum percolations… Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more
"Matthew Young’s genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ reappeared as a reissue on Drag City / Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Young’s first effort, ‘Recurring Dreams’, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno / Berlin schools’ influence over myriad American followers. Young created eight EMS / Rhodes pieces subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches. As anyone who has heard ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm … Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at bes… Read more
*First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1969 with exact repress of the original artwork* "Trumpeter and saxophonist Joe McPhee's first album, Underground Railroad, has been virtually impossible to find on vinyl, issued in an edition of 500 copies on Craig Johnson's CJR label -- it was recorded next to Johnson's house at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York -- it sold out and was never reprinted on vinyl until now. Underground Railroad is comprised of three pieces, the title track, "Harriett," and "Message From Denmark." The band features McPhee on corn… Read more