Thursday, 19 February
**First vinyl issue in 2LP edition of 500 mastered and cut at D&M, first 180 copies include one of three 12" x 12" colour prints - if you’re into Lee Gamble, The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby or Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project - this is a must** The Automatics Group's dance-pop deconstruction, 'Summer Mix' is one of the uncanniest computer music releases of this decade - first issued as a limited CD edition by Entr'acte in 2011. In the time since then it’s quietly become a bit of an iconic reflection for a post-rave generation, presenting a non-trivial nostalgia trip that someho… Read more
**Spotgloss-printed jacket with download code** Strong debut album from the multi-faceted Future Brown collective for Warp. Numbering Fatima Al Qadiri, plus Lit City Trax's J-Cush and Nguzunguzu's Daniel Pineda & Asma Maroof, they represent a worldwide perspective (LA, NYC, Kuwait) via myriad dancefloor strains shaken for their sweetest, futurist fruit and voiced by an international roll call including MCs from Chiraq, Jamaica-via-London and Latin NYC. Holding up a mirror to the world's increasingly mixed and itinerant population - and it's disproportionate representation in mainstream med… Read more
A frictional face-off from Oregon's Best Available Technology and Berlin-based BNJMN. It's the result of years of file exchange, each producer parsing the other's material for nuggets of ideas and unique tones, textures which would make it onto the record. they're abstract, strangely semi-organic creatures, oscillating from salted electronica thru spiralling wormholes to unstable techno bumps and industrial ambient episodes, constantly in flux between and effecting a very disoriented state.
UK rufige allstars on a heavy Formula Records sampler session. Flava D's 'Home' is ramped with bristling bassline flavour by label boss, Champion - sounds killah on 33rpm, too! - while flipside is given to a clash of the titans with a dream hook-up of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias on quicksilver 2-step tip sporting vocals by Olivia Louise.
Etch brings the drums on a badass 2nd 12" for Soundman Chronicles. For our £'s it's all about the Source Direct-styled B-side junglism, 'The Scientists (Breaknology)' with its spring loaded Amens and dark soldier flex, but the A-side's flanging, droning breaksploits in 'The Serpent And The Rainbow' and the Paradox-alike hip hop/breaks lean of 'Waterfalls' is damn hot, too. TIP!
Obey City switches tipple to 'Merlot Sounds' for a smoother follow-up to his heady 'Champagne Sounds' for LuckyMe. Laced with vocals by Kelela, Anthony Flammia and l-O.A.K & Eric Arc Elliot, six songs twyst traces of grime, B-more, and EBM into blinging riddims ranging from the Jones-referencing glyde and swerve of 'With Grace We Go' thru The Dream-style lushness in 'Water Bed' or 'Chantè'; giddy grime-funk in 'The Motion Blurs', and a sparkling run of electro-soul with 'Cloud Lust', and lissom Linn groove, 'Air'.
It finally happened!! Rago and Farina's Italo holy grail, 'The Man From Colours' has been repressed!! Let's face it - this is the only way us proles are gonna be able to afford it. Instrumental on the flipside. 100% disco essential.
Hip-notic trance-house dancers from New Jersey's Joey Anderson. On return to Dekmantel after 2014's 'After Forever' album, he reveals a more insistent, psychedelic sound stacked with buzzing synth sounds: '1974' oscillates sparkling arpeggios and starburst dynamics yoked to roiling kicks in spiralling escalation across the A-side; on the other, 'Under Water' inverts the formula to droning, warped and brilliantly discordant effect, and 'Back Draft' puts the drums down properly for the dancers.
**Initial copies on translucent pink vinyl** In case you weren't there, Bocian present documentation of a pretty unhinged Cafe Oto session between gifted improvisers, Mats Gustafsson (reeds), John Russell (guitar) & Phil Minton (voice). Just imagine stumbling in on this one unprepared - a trio of blokes bleating, parping and yanking like Reeves & Mortimer after three days on the sauce. Of course, that description does a disservice to their well-honed extended technique and dexterity, but we'd defy anyone to keep a totally straight face at some of Minton's Zoidberg impersonations and baby voices. What a mad one, eh!?
Pendulous and steppin' techno motors from Alex Coulton, backed with a churning, muscular refit by Function/Inland. Up top, Coulton's 'Freefall' carves out a super-wide swinging techno groove punctuated with woodblock snares and blooming dub chords, while 'Antagonise' jacks up a direct deep techno momentum rent with gauziest pads and sparky percussion. The Function/Inland remix of 'Freefall' excels with an intricately tucked style of techno rufige and radioactive synth burn making a smart follow-up to their 'Odeon' cut. Killer.
*Vinyl Edition includes a copy of the CD free inside* NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
Matthew Herbert's cut-and-run dancefloor series reaches number 8 with four servings of louche, soulful house in his inimitable style. At its sweetest, the crooke soul of 'The Wrong Place' gets it right with woozy vocals by Hejira's Rahel and the laidback, string-heavy shuffler, 'Remember Ken' with Ade Omotayo, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Kindness. For something a grittier, get on the twanging, motorik techno-stepper 'Ticket', or the Durian Brothers-esque Afro-centric wiggle and dreamy thumb piano bleeps of 'Her Face'.
Roland Tings graduates from charming early singles for 100% Silk and Club Mod to this lush debut LP for Internasjonal. An impressionistic take on the golden era of late '80s/early '90s house filtered thru a pastel-toned Aussie heat haze, it swaggers across tempo zones from the buoyant, chirpy jack of 'Coming Up For Air' and the woozy piano house bumper, 'Who U Love', to the slow-building centrepiece 'Floating On A Salt Lake' before taking a downtempo turn with the chugging slow-house of 'Devotion' and the squashed strutter, 'Cultural Canal', and back deckside with the glorious 'Venus'.
*180g audiophile vinyl, includes CD* Originally issued back in 1997, "Von" was the first full album release from Icelandic drifters Sigur Ros and is now available once again in all its 72 minue glory. The sound across these 12 tracks is reassuringly primitive, though often daring (as in the completely flawed, though forward-thinking turntable-style rewinds at the end of "Hun Juro"), drifting from 4AD-inspired quasi-shoegazing atmospherics at one moment, and John-Cage inspired silence the next. The band was quite obviously at this stage not only looking at the reverberating echoes of the … Read more
**Double LP in gatefold sleeve, with full album on CD included inside** Well-rounded, deeper tech-house gratification by Lake People. There's just the right balance of grit and classically mannered poise to these grooves that makes it easy to understand why the likes of Dixon & Ame are fans of Lake People.
**180g double LP in a gatefold sleeve** "Elliot Goldenthal’s original soundtrack to Pet Sematary, featuring over a dozen cues never before released on Vinyl, as well as two tracks by The Ramones (Pet Sematary & Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) and featuring original artwork by Mike Saputo
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Hand-stamped centre label and sleeve** Strange U's Dr. Zygote, a.k.a. The Maghreban on a wonky cosmic groove tip. "A fan of limitations, The Maghreban took multi samples from his Casio MT-70 keyboard and used only them to make this EP whilst on holiday in North Wales last year. Most of the tracks were made whilst staying at Portmeirion, the strange resort where "The Prisoner" was filmed in the late 60s. The Maghreban is a fan."
**ncludes 20 track bonus CD** Back on Big Dada - Wiley rises to the top again with 'Snakes & Ladders' featuring guest spots from JME, Footsie, Wrigz, Flirta D and more. He's as mad as ever, dropping baffling bars and signature non sequiturs across 17 of his strongest tracks in years, from the bouncing summer 2014 anthem, 'On A Level' to the gulliest new skool grime in 'Reel Off' to the extended, eleven minute chicanery of 'Snakes & Ladders (Part Two)' which surely sets a new precedent for modern grime. Get in.
Houndstooth's hip pop property on a psyched-out cloud rap footing. 'Dry' is a very strange take on syrup trap peppered with alien vocal inflections and a lean vibe recalling that wicked Jack Dice 12". 'Body' twists the lines even further with oily, slipping synth discord and lethargic percussion emulating the most fugged-up state of mind.
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** Plaid, The Field and Errors contribute symapathetic remixes to the first single from Ryan Teague's 'Block Boundaries' album. The slow burning kosmische iridescence of 'Last Known Position' is presented in Teague's own extended mix located somewhere between Pye Corner Audio and Reichian gamelan phasing, while Plaid present a more bittersweet remix ripe with deliquescent synth tone and murky groove next to a strobing shoegaze trance deceleration by The Field, and a Tangerine Dream-esque Errors remix.
*Limited Edition grey vinyl pressing on 180gm wax - Cover design Chris Weston. Includes an exclusive booklet with sleeve notes from director Gareth Evans & composers Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal* "Death Waltz deliver a world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to The Raid. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know t… Read more
"Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Previous singles "Til We Ghosts", "Noirse" and "Pressure", and his band Popskarr, in addition to collaborations with his friend Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015."
Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered by James Plotkin for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Vinyl
Smudgy boogie house sprinkles from The Nuclear Family and Moon B. On their 2nd 12", the Family offer a hot plate of three warm and kinky 'floor moves at best in the breezy pacific house shuffle of 'Bedroom Dreamer' or the slackened, Pametex-alike bounce of 'Hand of God', but we reckon it's the patented flair of Moon B's 'Bedroom Dreamer' remix that will keep you reaching for this record.
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.
Coarse but canny house trax from Venetian producer, Steve Murphy aka DJ Octopus, Die Roh… Murphy clearly doesn't mind a bit of grit under the nails, running hard-working house rhythms thru a crackly filter for proper bite on the 'floor, from the kinky build of 'Climax' thru the burned-out piano house banger, 'Something Around The Sun', to the Analogue Cops-style slam of 'Venus' and the jagged jack of 'Movida'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "16 previously unreleased early home recordings from Iron And Wine, this is the first in a series gathering covers, live sets and curiosities from his own Black Cricket Recording Co. label. This first release taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron And Wine. These 16 songs came to life at the same time as those selected for Iron And Wine’s debut album ‘The Creek Drank The Cradle’ (Sub Pop, 2002). Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette. Digitally transferred from the original cassettes and pack… Read more
Whacked out cosmic acid/electronics from mid '90s Finland on Sähkö. The work of Jukka Kaartinen & Aki Sallinen, 'Circle Waves' sounds like two blokes staving off the darkness by creating colourful electronic wormholes to fall headlong into, ranging from deliquescent acid arrangements to sky-scanning synth panoramas and writhing acid downbeats a la early Plastikman album tracks.