Thursday, 06 November
*The second installment in an ongoing series, includes download code redeemable from the label* "The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 RPM records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one three-minute take. Inspired by folklorist Alan Lomax, The 78 Project celebrates the artistry and craft that captured America’s musical forms of a century ago, exploring the deep historical significance of American folk songs in the process. This album is the companion to the critic… Read more
"New imprint NICE:NOISE is dedicated to 1980s Post Punk electronics and Minimal Synth from Australia. A collaborative project curated together with Kate Reid from It Records & Jenny Branagan from NUN . Taking their name from the Philip Brophy/Tsk Tsk Tsk track where minimalism and pop collide head on, we'll be delving deep to explore the unknown recordings of this incredible scene. This first release on the label is a compilation from the legendary Melbourne Minimal Wave trio The Metronomes. Forming in 1979 and releasing two singles and two studio albums for Cleopatra Records (… Read more
Apocalypse-baiting metal mutations from Necro Deathmort. Blackened to the core, their 'EP2' for Distraction Records yields six impressively powerful alloys of proper black and doom metal with ferrous techno and electronics, galloping in with the stepping techno of 'Sundive' to carve up scorched doom earth in 'Mirus' and twitchy, infected electronic rhythms and outcast atmospheres in 'Channel Fever'. In 'Bleeding' they release the shackles on a colossal doom metal beast, whereas 'Deadlight' peers into wickedly discordant, off-kilter ambient zones which seep into the Steve Moore or Wolves In The T… Read more
The Sound Systems of Jamaica were always the people’s radio station. Tunes were tried and tested in the lion’s den of the dance to see which songs rose to the top and became the most popular. This was the litmus test and the first step to a tracks commercial release to capitalise its hotness on the circuit. Then the Dub/Version hit big in Jamaica in the early to mid 70’s this was also the case and many times the version cut of a track would even prove more popular than its vocal counterpart. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some great 70’s dub plates that rocked the Sound … Read more
**180g vinyl with digital download code redeemable from the label** "‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
**Double vinyl housed in Houndstooth-patterned PVC wallet** LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "There were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care. Her style is so subtle and economical that the finer qualities of her talents might be passed over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much to offer. Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can’t sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann s… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *First time vinyl pressing of this excellent suite of techno classics performed as solo piano variations* Despite its title, Francesco Tristano's Not For Piano, is in fact an album of ivory-tickling solos by the 25-year-old Juillard graduate. Tristano fuses together a variety of different performance styles, embarking upon that increasingly popular pursuit: the piano-based techno reinterpretation suite. Perhaps most unusual of all the covers here is Tristano's take on Autechre's 'Overand', from Tri Repetae, but in additi… Read more
**180g vinyl, includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Jon Hopkins gives sleepy time versions of his 'Immunity' album tracks alongside King Creosote and Raphaelle Standell.
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 15-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 17-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label, with bonus tracks not on the LP** "Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from musician and visual artist Tallesen. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen – born Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the “continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of sound.” A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction between music and experience. The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm (“Glenticas… Read more
Banging Hood tracks originally issued in 1995. Rock solid 909s and percolating minimalist synths do the biz in three parts, including the absolute welter, 'Untitled Sketch'.
**Retrovert deep house romanticism** "Berlin sequencer Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 pitches his latest sheaf of sim city nostalgia acid away from the lovers lanes of his last SILK sides, Soulmates, towards a new nocturnal dome. Faded neon, concave rubber basslines, fluorescent synths, and Roland rhythm patterns interweave across expanses of spheric interior space – an Aura pervades. The EP’s 5 pieces patrol different perimeters, evoking various shades of windswept, moon-burned, ecstatic, restless states of mind. Pahl’s interests in electronic textures spill over into his ambient work as The Coloured C… Read more
Superb deep house twists from Louis McGuire for John Barera's Supply Records. A quartet of aces for the connoisseurs, skipping from gritty garage house rudeness to deeply sensual dub-house-step with thee most nimble shuffles and nudges for the dancers. Reel class. Don't sleep!
Murky post-dubstep moves from the Blank Mind posse. The 'Trial' EP plays out a Kafkaesque quartet of mutant techno and cyber-dub steppers streaked with neuro stabs and burnt-out, paranoid darkside vibes ripe for fans of Shackleton, Fishermen, Cut Hands.
**One-sided pressing** Astral Black bossman Jon Phonics drops three cuts of dreamy new soul thump and psychedelia on Alex Nut's Hotep Records. The big one is 'Elevations', setting Yasine's belting vocal somewhere in the ether with swurling cosmic synths over a staggered soul swagger rhythm. Next to this, 'Naim' is a miore chaotic, frayed instrumental working with spannered claps and zig-zagging synth like some deep fried Om Unit joint, whilst the miniature 'Bazooka' blasts out between Sun Ra and Ras G.
"The vinyl version of 'Binaural' contains 12 tracks that are exclusive to vinyl and that differ entirely to those on the CD and digital. A deluxe pack with full artwork sleeve pressed on marbled vinyl that is never to be re-pressed or made available digitally."
MRSK returns to Skudge with his debut mini-LP of gnarly acid techno. For the last few years he's really entertained us with his various offerings in Fishermen and Smell The Flesh, and not least his dynamic, swanging MRSK gear. So we're a bit disappointed with this drily bleached out set of six rolling hardware grooves. It's not hat they're terrible by any means - 'Absomnia' is a cool bit of New Beat acid, 'Tailor' goes deep with the cold Northern atmospheres, 'Mumra' is a handy techno tool - but there's nowt quite as wayward, bass heavy, or captivating as we'd hoped for.
"Automat and Schneider TM caught in a collaborative live excursion for this limited Bureau B release. The entire design concept for the record, including cover design, posters and flyers, was also based on the idea of involving the audience. So the audience was not only responsible for the music but furthermore for the entire corporate identity. Bootleg shows that you can turn dance into music and fans into musicians!"
Klaves kicks off PMR's Beat Club with two lean London house shufflers. 'People' gets up with deep house keys and tight, scissoring drums for the shape-cutters; 'Oh No' simmers down on a slinkier swing with more infectious percussion.
*Includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Museum Of Love is the musical project of Pat Mahoney (founding member of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). Long-time friends in New York, McNany and Mahoney found a similar sensibility and a shared vocabulary for interpreting surroundings, something that began with their remix of Battles’ 'My Machines’ (featuring Gary Numan) and extended into their creation of a full length record together."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* - "Strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenão. Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, 'Dois' was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. English, Portuguese, Quimbundo and Zulu languages all feature on 'Luxo' with Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote an… Read more
Strident posh trance and minimal tech-house from the BPitch and Kompakt regular. Zug Um Zug' is a nicely off-kilter builder with keening, awning kosmiche drones, and 'Alles Im Allem' canters to a more exotic, almost Middle-eastern vibe.
Hard-assed but soulful D&B stripes on Metalheadz. dBridge eazes off the metal-tipped snares and vicious neurto licks of Jubei's 'These Things VIP' up top; Artificial Intelligence take no prisoners with the hard-step slaughter of 'Dillirious VIP' on the flip.
**Limited Neon Splatter Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** The record was recorded in early at Nosdam’s Burnco Studios in Berkeley and Rob Kiener’s studio in East Hollywood, directly after the completion of Sisyphus (Serengeti’s collaborative record with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens).
*Limited 10"release from Ought, new on Constellation* "As with More Than Any Other Day, this new 10" was recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at H2T, mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, and pressed at Optimal. It brings fans up to date with Ought's first two years of songwriting and reveals additional facets of the band, including its ability to play with nostalgia and balladry ("Pill"), feverish revival-tent testifying ("New Calm Pt. 2"), and improv/abstraction ("New Calm Pt. 3"). "
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered and pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl* "Beheaded was such a quiet record out of necessity. I was living in a small apartment. Some of the songs I did are really quiet with no drums because I couldn't think of anything to do, we couldn't practice, and I didn't want to wake up the neighbors. It's a definite case of environment affecting the creative process." - Matt Kadane
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered and pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl* "I met them in full flower, in the depths of their mania, pursuing contemplative music with the kind of intensity normally found in psychopaths. No detail was too small to sweat, no crack in the veneer not worth gluing and clamping. We built a common language, equal parts philosophy, rock music, and disdain for the dullness around us." - Steve Albini, on recording Transaction De Novo