30th Anniversary edition of The Breeders' Last Splash - remastered from the original analog tapes.
"A defining album of the 90s, Last Splash by The Breeders turns 30 in 2023. Recorded by the ‘classic’ Breeders line-up of Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, and featuring the infectiously appealing ‘Cannonball’, Last Splash immediately became an alt-rock classic, achieving platinum status in the UK and US, and is ranked in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Records of the 1990s.
Entitled Last Splash (the 30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition), this special edition will span two 12” 45rpm vinyl discs, plus an exclusive, one-sided etched 12” disc containing two forgotten tracks from the original Last Splash sessions: ‘Go Man Go’, a track that Kim co-wrote with Black Francis, and ‘Divine Mascis’, a version of ‘Divine Hammer’ with lead vocals provided courtesy of Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis.
For this special edition, the original, iconic sleeve art by the late visionary designer Vaughan Oliver has been gloriously reimagined by his long-time design partner Chris Bigg."
Hot Pot Totto from Japan “minyo footwork” duo WaqWaq Kingdom - aka Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg / Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (ex-King Midas Sound).
"The feverishly joyous new album Hot Pot Totto is a bubbling hot pot of dance music that responds to ecological anxiety. “Two words are conjoined: hot pot and ottotto,” vocalist Kiki Hitomi tells us. “Ottotto is the Japanese equivalent of “oops”, or said when someone nearly falls over but manages to get their balance back: “it was dangerous but now we are safe!”
Combined with the heady brew of their musical styles (“like a psychedelic Nabe hot pot: melting traditional Japanese Minyo with Jamaican dancehall, footwork, dub, techno, tribal polyrhythms and Super Nintendo soundtracks”), producer Shige Ishihara’s time in East Africa working with local musicians, and the dayglo hallucinogen of the duo’s visual aesthetic, WaqWaq Kingdom’s thumping, thrilling, irresistible third release is a unique ride."
Tapes, Surgeon, Nadia Struiwigh, V.I.V.E.K., Amy Kisnorbo and more sign up to tweak out Om Unit’s acclaimed Acid Dub Studies.
Across two volumes of ‘Acid Dub Studies’ and corresponding ‘Versions’ since 2021, Om Unit and pals have gone deep on a strain of acid dub music that’s percolated the waters since ‘80s digi-dub classic ’Sleng Teng’ and Bobby Konders’ early ‘90s joints, and found in classic works like the ‘Acid Hall’ riddim and a series of aces by The Bug. ‘Acid Dub Versions II’ sees Om Unit originals tweaked out in forms ranging from dub, proper, to its offshoots in dubstep, UKG, acid techno and ambient with often ace results.
The Tapes remix of ‘Acid Tempo’, itself a version of Black Roots Players’ ‘Tempo Dub’ (Wackies, 1985), is a big one, and we’re also partial to Nadia Striuwigh’s weightless ambient rendering of ‘Electrospringwater’, and the stylistic purism of Frenk Dublin’s duppied acid dub version to ‘Ghosts’. Surgeon smartly takes the opportunity to ping off at uptempo angles with his springheeled modular reshod of ‘Tapped’, and V.I.V.E.K.’s is built for the biggest rigs.
Beautiful modern composition from LA's prolific Sean McCann and En/Root Strata's San Fran-based Maxwell August Croy. Their first collaboration, 'I' feels timlessly enigmatic, drawing on a wealth of aesthetic and compositional tropes from their respective oeuvres
Beaming forth with the flurry of strings and breezing wind instruments of 'Parting Light (Suite)' they expand upon a sweeping sound with the vaulted harmonic overtones of 'Alexandria' and more intimate, folk-wise styles in the slow, rustic sashay of 'Momiji', before taking to the placid, meditative space of 'The Inlet Arc' and the lushly soured Eastern strings of 'Hollow Pursuits' nodding to classical Korean music as much as Taj Mahal Travellers, Gavin Bryars and Richard Skelton.
Burly but sinuous hard drum body movers by Danish producer DJ JM, looping back for his 2nd EP with Nervous Horizon
With origins in TSVI’s ‘Sacred Drums’ (2016) EP and a full 2019 EP for the label, DJ JM returns to Nervous Horizon with four concentrated, reticulated club sidewinders on the ‘Abnormal’ EP. To be fair, they’re pretty conventional not abnormal, but that’s not to say they’re aren’t effective, carrying a shunting darkroom house momentum in ’Syze’, beside the distended electro tribalism of ‘Pepper’, a tracky, wickedly discordant title tune, and rugged electro of ‘Erazer’ with its squealing lead.
Low key deep house outta UK, 2017, laying four heavy-lidded early morning heaters built around smooth beatdown grooves, warm chords and touches of effervescent electronics, with stronger, disco-ready moves on the sub-bass stroked and astrally inclined B-side.
L.A.based Kiefer returns to his roots on It's Ok, B U – playing keys and making beats.
"It’s Ok, B U combines theh allmarks of Kiefer’s sound – masterful piano playing, mesmeric beats, and vibrant melodies – with serious emotional heft."
Pot Valiant's Never Return, remastered from the original tapes.
"Loitering on the same Berkeley streets that birthed Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Crimpshrine, Pot Valiant (AKA Vagrants) developed their own style of Gilmangaze in the early-’90s. Compiled here are the band’s Lookout and Sunny Sindicut 7”s, Transaudio LP, comp tracks, and three previously unissued songs."