Thursday, 04 December
Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
Strickly deeper bangers from Palace on Hot Haus Recs. A-side is a big winner called 'Vision' wurkin' with slamming kicks, skippy hats and blue, dubbed-out techno chords for peak time drive. B-side deals in more sensuous, scuffed garage with the plonging square bass shift of 'Solstice' and the light-footed, bubble-headed shimmy of 'Element'.
"A collection of unreleased recordings from the early days of Gravenhurst. Unexpected treasures found in the Gravenhurst archives whilst researching material for the tenth anniversary reissues of ‘Flashlight Seasons’ and ‘Black Holes In The Sand’. Comprised of two early demos that differ from album versions in intriguing ways and eight previously unheard songs, the result is a carefully selected and coherent collection. ‘The Citizen’ contrasts a lyric of urban alienation with an early demonstration of Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst’s mastery of acoustic minimalism, wh… Read more
Flirting with the sweeter, electronic edges of what could be called deep house, the Irish-born, London-schooled, Berlin-based producer gives nods to Konono No.1, Caribou and Four Tet with the chiming melodic lilt and warped bass shapes unfolding and dancing across the A-side's 'Khayyam Grey', while 'Get On' slows the vibes to a bouncy space boogie flex, and 'Vowels' gets frisky with the disco on the B-side.
*Beautiful gold foil-blocked sleeve on reverse board* Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
Dro Carey and his Tuff Sherm alter ego divide their energies over three twisted productions backed with a boomin' DJ Vague remix. In Tuff Sherm mode he's in the mood to bang with the slompy jack of 'Scope' and a darkly playful EBM jakbeat titled 'Prime Engine'. Switching to Dro Carey mode, he works with shivering hi-hats and a moire of Fairlight-like bass pulses of 'Prime Engine' ina mutant grime fashion, which DJ Vague promptly turns into a space-headed take on B-More house. Tipped!!
Cologne's Reinhard Voigt stretches his legs on a pair of strident Kompakt house standards. 'Rachanee' revolves sweet samples of unknown Far Eastern origin over a squashed electro bassline and old skool bleep techno style hook. 'Tisch Für Zwei' is darker, burrowing into the dance with hypnotic monotone bass, pinging brass stabs and kinkiest interplay of cowbells and rimshots to rub the 'floor to a lather.
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / free ja… Read more
*Special edition fluorescent box set with foil-block Jaga Jazzist logo containining: ‘A Livingroom Hush’ 180g clear vinyl LP, Two 180g clear vinyl 12”s featuring exclusive reworks, a 24 page booklet with extended sleevenotes and archive photography, plus MP3 download codes including four bonus unreleased songs from the ‘A Livingroom Hush’ sessions* Marking Jaga Jazzist’s 20th year is a vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the album ‘A Livingroom Hush’ (2004) with four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box ar… Read more
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he firs… Read more
A pair of supple, sleazy and minimal tech-house grooves from Bruno Pronsato, accompanying his album, 'The Bedroom Slant'.
Tres demented house from the new Italian weird scene, backed with kicking remix from Jamal Moss as Hieroglyphic Being. Hailing from Genoa, Massimo Pegoraro aka Modus presents a fugged-up and mesmerising sound with the dub-weighted concrète house jack of 'Exhibition 11 Airplane' sandwiched between two freakier pieces inspired by the legendary output of INA-GRM, Paris. On the flip, the #1 house freak Jamal Moss renders one of those cuts as a kicking Gherkin jerk-ish groove with his patented magick.
Limited Edition Heavy Weight Vinyl Pressing, Recorded in Heliopolis Cairo Egypt in the early 70's.
**Orange wax. Dinky centre label. Hand-stamped sleeve** Darkest, abstract D&B dread from ASC on Samurai Horo. His 'Truth Be Told' album aside, 2014 has been a notably quiet year for new releases from the usually prolific producer - this is his first 12" of the year. By the sounds of it, he's really spent his time away from releasing to recalibrate and re-tune his sound, resulting in these four amorphous aces rolling from the worm-charming sub-bass charge and alien sonics of 'Loophole' to the caustic textures and super widescreen sound design of 'Diffusion Loop (Rumble Mix)', and over to the industri… Read more
**Grey Marbled Vinyl** Opiated D&B/ambient techno steppers from an unknown entity, Carrier One, reinforced with steely Felix K reinterpretation. Carrier One's original tracks frame a sort of detached yet deep-in-it perspective on current D&B minimalism, whether sublimating the sort of dense, unquantised styles of FIS in the scuttling drums and gaseous dub atmospheres of 'Warning Of The Lucky', or stepping off with the quicksilver T++/Monolake styles of 'Underwater Device', or running more rugged, impressionistic styles with the thrumming rhythms and filigree drones of 'Symbol'. Keep an ear/eye on this one.
**Translucent Red Vinyl** Accompanying his killer debut album, Clarity drops two high pressure mnml D&B weapons for Samurai Horo. Up top, MC T-Man jumps on the stomach-quaking sub-bass rolige of 'Hell's Gate'; down below, he teams up with Overlook for the industrial-strength steppers reduction of 'Engineering' with its ricochet drums and turbulent bass pressure built to test the best.
*Unavailable on vinyl since 1981, Double Album in Gatefold Sleeve Limited to 500 copies and pressed on transparent yellow vinyl with pink, red and blue splatter. Includes printed inner sleeves, containing lyrics and photos and a "Pleasure Bag" with 4 x postcards, 2 x stickers, 1 x stencil,1 x A2 Repro Tour Poster, 2 A3 x Repro promo posters for "Go For Gold" and "Politics/ Its Fashion" singles. 1 x Press photo and 1 x Press Flyer* "In 1980 post punk pop indie band Girls At Our Best came out of nowhere (Well, Leeds actually) with "Getting Nowhere Fast" and was the NME's Single Of The Week … Read more
DBA's Special Editions DJ tool series takes San Francisco's Jack Murphy in for a subtly effective deep techno-house session. Going deeper than his pair of 12"s for Frozen Border's Reference sublabel, here he glides from the pent percolations of 'Points Zero' to darkside, monotone groove and sci-fi drones with '4MT', and over to the astral detachment of 'Prefec-R' and the noirish hush of 'Thieves'.
**Includes digital download code - new from a label run by Charlotte Marionneau and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields** "Entrancing debut release on a label run by Charlotte Marionneau from Le Volume Courbe and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Minimal, hook-strewn space-folk by Koichi Yamanoha — from cult psych-punks Screaming Tea Party, with contributions from LVC, members of Chrome Hoof, and fellow Japanese ex-pats Bo Ningen — mixing together the harsh, melancholic beauty of Nico, Green World ambience, the tunefulness of classic pop, and the otherworldliness of Joe Meek. Lovely stuff."
**Marbled yellow/black wax** Chicago's Ike Release serves a debut album of rugged, broodingly spaced out house music for M>O>S. Following the progression of his singles for Infrasonics to a raw, hardware-driven style for the steadfast Dutch label, 'Noir' manifests Ike's most intriguing, dextrous, and engrossing material to date, with highlights in the kinky square bass and cowbell roil of 'Vapor' or the superb nightflight of the title track.
EBM-tightened exotic jak trax from D'Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinx (JTC/Dabrye) for Creme Organization. 'Passion Of A Night' checks in with a classicist Chicago track style wurkin' crisp Roland percussion and rudest bass rubs to the bone; 'Starfist Lazerbeam' adds some more melodic colour to the bare bones groove prickling with electroid patterns and mystic synth vapours.
Kicking techno from Mighty Thor, with a more abstract remix by Florian Kupfer ov L.I.E.S. fame. Go straight for the remix, where Kupfer blurs the lines of 'Tralfamadore' to an infectiously viscous smudge.
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV.… Read more
**Metallic screen-printed sleeve and centre label with download code** Goldman Records return with an atmospheric heavy D&B roller from G.H.O.S.T. 'Syrup' billows out across the A-side with diaphanous chords and warm, super-wide subs laced with liquid steppers rhythms. 'Swinger' comes out drunken master style on the B-side with diffuse Busta Rhymes samples squashed into a mad half-step/hardstep swagger; 'Pecker' clocks out with mutant gangsta jungle styles.
**Red vinyl** Teched-out, Afro-centric grooves from Pedestrian & Jasperdrum backed with a sharp jungle/footwork remix by Alix Perez. With 'Origin' Pedestrian & Jasperdrum find their groove in tight, shuffling drums and offset steppers bass at a laidback swing urged on by chants and darker neuro stabs. B-side: Alix Perez turns their 2013 tune, 'Kalakuta' into a hovering, quicksilver piece of slow/fast bass twists and rapidfire drums balnced with sweet chords.
"As a follow up to their exuberant debut album, ‘Confidence’ sticks with the “play it all live” pluck we’ve come to expect from Trash Kit. There’s a minimal bent, a lyrical directness, an unadorned ethic that all evokes the sense that the song is being written at the same time as it’s performed. Yet whilst the first album at times felt too fleeting, its succinct songs flashing by so fast, ‘Confidence’ is startlingly more assured, allowing ideas to develop, conclusions to be gathered. Tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Boredom’ embrace dynamics like never before. Their clatter and chime are complim… Read more
"Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative résumé. Githead formed in 2004, for what was initially intended as a one-off performance at the Swim record label's ICA-hosted 10th anniversary event. Over the course of preparations for the gig, though, it quickly became obvious to all involved that there was a natural and rare chemistry between them, one that held … Read more