Nov 042011
 

Hello,

Important Records deliver in spades this week with a deluxe 3CD set of Eleh’s ‘Floating Frequencies / Intuitive Synthesis’ volumes. It forms one of the most crucial bodies of patient modern minimalism we can think of and comes with the highest recommendations to fans of Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros or La Monte Young. The packaging is second to none, housed in a triple gatefold reverse-board digipak with metallic print and three partially transparent CD’s – limited to just 1000 copies for the world.

Leyland Kirby’s ‘Intrigue & Stuff’ series reaches volume 3 with another set of cryptogenic, life-affirming post-Techno episodes. The man is frying our tiny minds with each new release, and we know we say it every time, but this is possibly his best yet – just check the mental Techno genius of ‘The Watcher And The Watched’ or the blue anguish of ‘We Might Just Lose This One’ and tell us we’re wrong. 500 copies only, initial copies on transparent vinyl.

Proto/Post Techno generally is a detectably strong theme this week – with Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Replica’ delivering a fantastic exploration of the 4th World musics of Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, spiked with more intrusive digital edits recalling Chris Carter or Nicholas Collins. Basically it’s not another ‘Returnal’ and from initial impressions we’re going to be spending a lot of time with it. Prurient also gives up the good stuff with ‘Time’s Arrow’ – essentially his addendum to one of the albums of the year ‘Bermuda Drain’, bearing tracks from the same sessions and once again toying with our perceptions and pre-conceptions of electronic music. Really strong material – strictly limited edition.

Also for the Techno minded – the unmissable 2LP reissue of LFO’s ‘Frequencies’, a stone cold classic recut on two discs by D&M’s Rashad and sounding heavier than ever, including 4 tracks that were originally omitted from the vinyl format. Warp also deliver a brilliant 2CD expansion of Sweet Exorcist’s (aka Richard H Kirk and Richard Barrett) ‘RetroActivity’, replete with alternate versions.

On heavier ground, Throbbing Gristle deliver the second of five reissues with ‘D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle’, reissued and remastered by Chris Carter on Industrial Records and backed with a disc of bonus material on the CD format. 1000 copies on vinyl, 2000 on CD – both essential.

Staying darkside, two LA based groups, Atelecine and Tropic Of Cancer proffer bleaker synth-pop and wave albums. Sacha Grey’s Atelecine drop ‘The Falcon And The Pod’ on deluxe gatefold, coloured vinyl, exploring unheimlich and esoteric darkwave zones, while ToC sign off from Downwards with a compilation of singles and unheard material including an ace cover of Soft Cell’s ‘L.O.V.E. Feelings’.

To Rococo Rot’s Robert Lippok also returns this week, delivering his long-awaited debut album proper for Raster Noton a full ten years on from his mesmerising “Open Close Open” EP for the same label – one of our favourite ever Raster releases. On new album ‘Redsuperstructure’ Lippok focuses more on composition and melody, dispensing with the more improvised structure of that seminal first release in favour of the kind of electronic pulse arrangements that made To Rococo Rot’s ‘Veiculo’ such a standout album back in the 90’s. It’s a great addition to the Raster catalogue and comes highly recommended to seasoned followers and newbies alike.

Public Information, the label run by folk at Warp and the British Library Sound archive, follow their ace debut release from ADR with the first ever vinyl release by XXJFG faves No UFO’s – a session of stranger, alien electronic synthesis and library vibes for fans of Laurel Halo, OPN or Demdike Stare – limited to 300 copies only! Senufo Editions, meanwhile, collect the psyched-out concrete collaging of underground bloke Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase on a super crisp white vinyl cut at D&M – only 250 copies for the fiends!

To the ‘floor! Cooly G returns in a big way with two Simbad and Karizma collaborations on Hyperdub, some of her strongest, boldest material to date, while Mosca keeps it bubbling with three tracks of kinky Garage Techno for Martyn’s 3024. Also, Techno jocks simply must get a hold of Regis and Silent Servant’s Sandwell District remix for DNTEL – on Sub Pop no less?! – while Regis also appears on the stunning debut by Powell, a new artist from London with a totally unique line in dark, swaggered avant-Techno – hugely recommended to fans of Raime or Vatican Shadow and limited to 350 copies for those that know. Equally tilling the darker rut, Optimo present another crucial Chris Carter reissue ‘Moonlight’, an underground classic caned by Italian and Belgian jocks back in’t day and now backed with an ace Neurotic Drum Band remix. Oh and that new Levon Vincent 12″ – so so good.

And finally, two ace 7″s to shout about – Sergey Rodionov & Stefan Goldmann’s ‘Meeting Of The Spirits’, an amazingly strange and esoteric feat of sound design and Russian film score moods, and Modeselektor’s hyper-techno-pop collaboration with Thom Yorke ‘Shipwreck’ on limited edition orange vinyl with two new edits.

Also out this week: new releases from Dalglish, Anstam, Idiot Savant (if you’re into Burial – make sure to check this), Sepalcure, David Lynch, Brian Eno, DRC Music, Goldmund, Pimmon, Kranky, Atlas Sound, Sigur Ros, John Fahey, DMX Krew, Maurice Donovan (aka Ramadanman), Lowtec, Chelsea Wolfe, Kromestar, Eliane Radigue and a third coloured-vinyl pressing of Jurgen Muller’s amazing ‘Science of the Sea’.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ELEH
Floating Frequencies / Intuitive Synthesis
ELECTRONIC
Important Records
3CD // £35.99

*Strictly limited deluxe 3CD set remastered by Eleh specifically for the digital medium. Metallic silver print on heavy duty matte black gatefold reverse-board jacket with gorgeous transparent cd’s* Important present a crucial and comprehensive collection of Eleh’s three ‘Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis’ volumes, now available for the first time since their long-sold out vinyl editions. They comprise a snapshot of one of the most singular bodies of minimalist electronics in recent years, a collection of pure, reduced analogue compositions designed to induce hypnotic, deeply spiritual states comparable with the effects of music by Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue, La Monte Young or Charlemagne Palestine. Ostensibly, it is academic music, an exercise in the isolation, modulation and layering of specifically affective tonal frequencies, but their effect is as transcendent and universally understood as almost anything else when heard and felt with open ears and mind. Well OK, it may take a little patience on your behalf, but it’s meditative music, concentrated on the slightest fluctuations in timbre and texture and with huge attention given to the precise spatialization of each individual frequency – even so far as allegedly reaching infrasonic frequencies vibrating at 0.05Hz – basically (un)sounds which are inaudible but physically felt (a central theme of Steve Goodman ((Kode 9’s)) book ‘Sonic Warfare’). Take it from us, it’s a rarified experience quite unlike any other, which should appeal equally to seasoned followers of minimalism and even those bassbin disciples who eulogise about subbass at Dubstep events. This is also one of those instances where the CD format really comes into its own, taking full advantage of the low noise floor and clarity afforded by the digital medium. An incredible, momentous set.



ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Replica
ELECTRONIC
SOFTWARE
CD // £10.99

Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to ‘Returnal’, Oneohtrix Point Never’s eagerly anticipated ‘Replica’ sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia. Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There’s a palpable sense that he’s excitedly exploring every option afforded him by the Mexican Summer studios, immersing himself and us in a vivid off-planet adventure every bit as sincerely lush and awe-inspiring as previous solo outings, but moving out of the shadows of his over-referenced influences and into the light of a stranger, alien sun. There are still obvious reminders of David Byrne & Brian Eno’s ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ or Eno and Jon Hassell’s ‘Possible Musics’ and moments of Sakamoto-esque sublime, but there’s also traces of Nicholas Collins’ stutter-circuits and the digital dreams of mid-eighties Chris Carter. To be honest, we’ve not had a chance to spend much time with ‘Replica’ (sort it out promo people!), but we can guarantee it’s going to be getting much closer inspection. From initial impressions it’s hugely promising!



LEYLAND KIRBY
Intrigue & Stuff Vol.3
ELECTRONIC
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £10.99

**500 copies for the world, initial copies on transparent vinyl – almost 40 minutes of incredible, original, completely unsocialised brilliance sounding somewhere between Vangelis, Armando and John Carpenter** The third volume of four in this incredible series, beamed direct from the depths of Berlin onto vinyl. Our maverick protagonist again looks to the future mindful of the past, following a twisted trajectory from imagination to realisation which would leave lesser artists and musicians exhausted (or in need of drying out). But as we all know, his lifestyle and cathartic sonic processes are not in vain: for many this series has provided some of the greatest material of an already crazy career. On vol.3, we dare say he’s produced one of his most unforgettable moments with ‘The Watcher And The Watched’ – a mind-burrowing and Kafkaesque arrangement of overdriven machine rhythms and intuitive melodic narration that feels like Morton Sherman’s long lost crypto-Tech side-project with James Stinson. There’s also the profound highs of ‘The Start Of Wars And The End Of Eras’, an unending nitrous blast of chromatic chaos and ghoulish chorales, but they’re both the most extreme examples, and in quieter, more reflective mode on the midnight drift of ‘Fleeting Modern’ or the ambiguous anguish of ‘We Might Just Lose This One’ his sodden soul is tangibly more bruised and tender. It almost goes without saying – so check the clips if you don’t believe us – but this record is nothing short of essential. 



ROBERT LIPPOK
Redsuperstructure
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £11.99

To Rococo Rot helmsman Robert Lippok comes good (again) with an engrossing solo album on Raster-Noton, based on a live performance he gave at Villa Massimo in September of last year. The ricocheting marimba tech-noir of ‘inphase’ sounds like Steve Reich jamming with Monoton, while ‘sugarcubes’ connects the digital minimalism of R-N with the plangent post-rock moves of Lippok’s 90s work, while ‘nycycle’ and ‘whitesuperstructure’ offer the warmth of vintage deep house through a sound design of chilly, spotless futurity. The skill and humanity that Lippok puts into his digital synthesis means that even the more conventionally droning, ambient pieces feel fresh and of-the-moment; the long, beautiful closing piece, ‘daylightastronomy’, is brought to life by the Beatrice Martini’s harp contributions. For fans of timelessly emotive but technically advanced electronics, this album is hugely recommended.



PRURIENT
Time’s Arrow
ELECTRONIC
Hydra Head
LP // £15.99

**Strictly limited edition heavyweight vinyl edition housed in thick card jacket and printed inner with lyrics. Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** A crucial companion of new material to Dominick Fernow’s devastating Bermuda Drain LP, Time’s Arrow leads with its title track in extended and edited forms with the inner sleeve quote from Jim Al-Khalili ((yep, the BBC physicist))?) adding an air of mystery to proceedings. Just another day at the office then. It’s a crisp synth-wave kicker, its oddly grooving drums and layered melodies nudging Prurient further into dance music climes than ever before. ‘Maskless Face’ is classic Fernow catharsis – essentially guttural screaming across a burned-out industrial backdrop – and ‘Slavery In The Bahamas’ harks back to Prurient’s classic Black Vase set in its effortless navigation of hypnotic loops and caustic power electronics.’Let’s Make A Slave (De-Shelled)’ revisits one of Bermuda Drain’s finest tracks, rounding out an unmissable 12″ for denizens of darkness. “Listen In Daylight While Searching Storm Drains Off The LA Freeway.” So good.



THROBBING GRISTLE
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

*TG’s remarkable second album remastered and reissued – with a second disc of bonus material* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl – The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Records visual archive. In addition each of the vinyl releases include an exclusive large format 8-page colour booklet featuring an abundance of Throbbing Gristle archival material, including some previously unpublished photos of the band. Each vinyl release is limited to 2000 copies. COMPACT DISC Each of the CD special-editions are presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring restored and remastered cover artworks and an integrated 8-page booklet (* the booklets feature different artworks and content to the vinyl editions). While the CD releases feature the same track count and running order as the vinyl editions each CD special-edition also includes an exclusive bonus CD containing content from the year of the albums original release. This additional content includes TG live tracks and remastered singles. CD Tracklist Disc 1 1/I.B.M. 2/Hit By A Rock 3/United 4/Valley Of The Shadow Of The Death 5/Dead On Arrival 6/Weeping 7/Hamburger Lady 8/Hometime 9/AB/7A 10/E-Coli 11/Death Threats 12/Walls Of Sound 13/Blood On The Floor Disc 2 01/Introduction-The Crypt 1978 02/It’s Always the Way-Goldsmiths College, London 1978 03/Industrial Muzak-The Crypt 1978 04/Cabaret Voltaire-IT College Wakefield 1978 05/Hamburger Lady-Goldsmiths College, London 1978 06/IBM-Goldsmiths College, London 1978 07/New After Cease To Exist Soundtrack LFMC 1978 08/Whistling Song-The Crypt 1978 09/Mother Spunk-IT College Wakefield 1978 10/Five Knuckle Shuffle – 7″ Single 11/We Hate You (Little Girls) – 7” Single



LFO
Frequencies (Double Vinyl Reissue)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Warp Records
2LP // £18.99

*20th anniversary edition, includes all 14 original CD tracks cut to double vinyl for the first time – 4 of these have never been available on vinyl before. Includes download code redeemable from the label* LFO’s seminal debut LP ‘Frequencies’ should need scant introduction to our customers. Its transcendent influence can be felt across two decades of UK electronica and further afield, with its original co-creator Mark Bell going on to produce world-renowned pop music for Björk. Twenty years since it unleashed international anthems like ‘LFO (Leeds warehouse Mix)’, ‘We Are Back’ and ‘Mentok 1′ upon sweaty, peakin’ raves across the world, Warp have given it a deluxe reissue, now cut over two plates for optimum audio fidelity and width, primed for those clubs which still have (and service) their record decks, and ready to bless the turntables of ageing ravers everywhere. If you don’t already own it, there’s simply never been a better time to pick it up – it now sounds better than ever thanks to a masterful recut by Rashad at D&M and a loud pressing spread across two heavy LP’s. ESSENTIAL.



ATELECINE
The Falcon And The Pod (Coloured Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Pendu Sound Recordings
LP // £15.99

*Limited gatefold edition with a coloured vinyl pressing from Sasha Grey’s notorious band – recommended!* New York’s Pendu Sound initiate a trilogy of aTelecine albums with ‘The Falcon And The Pod’, following the group’s revelatory pair of LPs which slunk out in 2010. Atelecine now counts Anthony D’juan and Ian Cinnamon alongside core duo, Sasha Grey and Pablo St. Francis, and while they’ve not entirely lost the endearing lo-fi element of their earliest tracks, they seem to have added more flesh and a mesmerising clarity to the shadowy arrangement of tape loops, grunged guitars and vintage synths. There are actual song structures to be found this time, as opposed to the loop-based hardware dowsing of ‘A Cassette Tape Culture’, shifting their sound closer to the esoteric headspace of Coil, NWW and Psychik TV without becoming mere pastiche. Still, though, the best parts are those weirder cuts which evade easy categorisation, such as the the nine minutes of concrète collaging on ‘A Secret Ratio’, the spectrally attuned synth dérive of ‘Magazine’ or the sploshy rhythms and alien textures of the title track. Effectively they’re one of the most sonically intriguing and darkest elements to emerge from the DIY/Darkwave resurgence, and “The Falcon and The Pod” might just be their most impressive set of recordings yet. Highly Recommended.



NO UFO’S
Mind Controls The Flood
ELECTRONIC
Public Information
LP // £10.99

*300 Copies only – not to be re-pressed* The label run by heads at Warp and the British Library Sound archive returns with Step 2 of its Public Information programme. This time the focus is on Vancouver’s Konrad Jandavs – a “purveyor of Kosmiche Trash, of noxious electronics, of deep and frazzled future-scapes” and recipient of XXJFG’s top record of 2010 for his ‘Soft Coast EP’. In sharp contrast to the label’s immaculate opening instalment from ADR, No UFO’s ‘Mind Controls The Flood’ is far more noisy, chaotic and psychedelic; an often mystical maelstrom of grainy, textured synthesis, murky colours and motorik funk. Across the A-side we’re churned in the sci-fi-complex structures of ‘Flash III’ and rapt by the futuristic lounge sway of ‘Mechanically Replayed’, while ‘C. Bryan (Magnitizdat)’ shores up at some alien expanse of liquid metal ocean tones. To the flip, there’s the beautiful, Neu!-like meditation ‘Ted & Monty’, besides the squashed, subtly threatening machine funk of ‘Form Constant Flood’, and the sublime resolution ‘Less Or Even Much More’. A strong recommendation to fans of Laurel Halo, Oneohtrix Point Never, or Demdike Stare.



TROPIC OF CANCER
The End Of All Things
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
DOWNWARDS
CD // £7.99

‘The End Of All Things’ is Tropic Of Cancer’s tender farewell note to Downwards, collecting their two 10″s for the label together with a cover of Soft Cell’s ‘L.O.V.E. Feelings’ and new, unreleased material – seven tracks in total. For some, Downwards’ foray into this gloomy, gothic sideroom didn’t sit well with their perception of the label’s aesthetic, but for everyone else, their two 10″s and successive records by Pink Playground and Sandra Electronics – among others – on the DO series have marked out some of the most intriguing Downwards gear in years. The duo of Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez (Silent Servant) have summoned a very special sound with their breathtakingly spacious production and scarily evocative songcraft, from the dry-iced drift of ‘The Dull Age’ to the motorik dread of ‘Victims’ and ‘Be Brave’. The new tracks add further dimensions to their loosely defined style, from the opiated droop of their Soft Cell cover ‘L.O.V.E. Feelings’, thru the incredible baroque excoriation of ‘Distorted Horizon’ to the cold-sweating EBM thrust of ‘Chrome Vox’, pitching them perfectly between the ethereal grace and romance of the originals – AC Marias, Danse Society, Jesus & Mary Chain – and a more modern, spatially rendered production reassuringly beyond the reach of any darkside dilettantes. Brilliant material – highly Recommended.



SWEET EXORCIST
RetroActivity
TECHNO / HOUSE
Warp Records
2CD // £11.99

Foundational bleep techno from Richard Barrett and Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H. Kirk. Pivotal to the early success of Warp Records, Sweet Exorcist’s crucial 12″s also made explicit the link between industrial music and the new dawn of acid house, building on the dancefloor-conscious, mantra-like direction that the Cabs had taken their own music in the early-mid 80s. These broadcasts from the mind-forges of the Steel City are bleep ‘n bass at its most punchy and primitive: electronic body music stripped to its jutting, sinewy essence. Opening with a sample from Close Encounters of The Third Kind, ‘Testone’ is as eerie as it is immediate, while ‘Clonk’ (Freebass) and ‘Clonk’s Coming Off’ are some of the most abstract, funked-up jack-tracks to be born outside of Chicago. RetroActivity expands upon CCEP/CCCD, Warp’s first ever long-form release, compiling all the classics plus numerous alternate versions, making for a comprehensive 2xCD set that will serve fans, fanatics and newcomers all equally well.



ANGST HASE PFEFFER NASE
Seashard
ELECTRONIC
Senufo Editions
LP // £15.99

**White vinyl, cut at Berlin’s D&M. Hand numbered edition of 250** Senufo’s latest edition is a deeply abstract session of concrete collaging and controlled electronic chaos from Chris Cooper aka Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase. Chris is “the most reliable member of AHPN” and also known for his work with Barn Owl and in Fat Worm Of Error (Ecstatic Peace, Ultra Eczema, Load) or Chicagoan improv ensemble, The BSC. AHPN’s sound is essentially a more electronic take on the improvisations of Fat Worm Of Error, swapping live instrumentation for feedback loops, hyperstatic drum machines and “digital rot” to create constantly morphing patina of filigree small sounds and electro-acoustic diffusions. They expand and contract with restless frequency from fractal chirrups reminding of Tomuttontu to placid stretches of fluid, lilting metallic timbres mere leagues from Dolphins Into The Future. But while both of those artists have a cutely defined melodic aspect, Chris Cooper’s music is yet more disjointed and esoteric, imbued with a careful sense of dynamic spatial placement and psychedelic sleight-of-hand which, in its own way, has the potential to take your mind far, far out. Excellent.



VARIOUS / SAVOURY DAYS
Still Going In Offices
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
SAVOURY DAYS
LP // £11.99

*Edition of 250 in screen-printed sleeve with info sheet* Excellent DIY effort from Savoury Days Records, pairing contemporary lo-fi, punk and minimal synth stuff with original 1980 tracks by The Hollow Men, The Door And The Window and The Passionate Winemakers. It’s a great concept and faithfully executed in the great tradition of UK DIY, prizing uniqueness, eccentricity and diversity over more superficial values. A-side we’re introduced to the likes of Tim Goss and Chloe Mutter’s duo Call Back The Giants and their opiated lounge music, besides the shonky minimal synth blurts of The Rebel, a killer post-punk original ‘Never Again’ by The Hollow Men and best of all Adam Bohman’s ‘Stirling Effort’ – a recording of a man with a stutter giving a rambling and rather funny talk at the Round Chapel in Clapton. Further 1980 originals come from the noisy Passionate Winemakers and The Door And The Window, and there’s also a superb offering from Design A Wave, who were last heard on that excellent Altar 12″. The 2nd side finishes with the ethereal elegance of La La Vasquez, an all-female trio from the south east of England “Interested in the history of women and punk”, and the creepy, bleached concrète of Helm aka Luke Younger with ‘Statuesque’. An excellent record, strongly recommended to wavers of all shapes and predilections. Highly Recommended.

Singles of the Week



LEVON VINCENT
Impressions Of A Rainstorm
TECHNO / HOUSE
Novel Sound
12″ // £8.99

Timeless, instant-classic material from the one and only Levon Vincent! Having played our copies of ‘Man Or Mistress’ and just about every other Levon 12″ to the hilt by now, new material is always welcome, but he’s spoiling us here. The A-side is a modern tribal House masterpiece, shaking the drums into a mammoth, speaker-owning subbass while layers of star-screaming synths expand and envelope your mind with jaw-dropping psychedelic dynamism. Then there’s the B-side. ‘Revs/Cost’ opens the account with steppin’ snare punctuations and rib crushing subs before a lashing dub chord rifles thru the whole thing, syncing with a flooded subbass to spine-chilling effect. For measure there’s also the staggering ‘Pivotal Moments In Life’, a life-affirming piece of House music if we’ve ever heard one. Damn, the production values are just insanely high on each track. Calling this record anything less than essential would be a par.



COOLY G
Landscapes / It’s Serious
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

Cooly G re-enters our orbit on two stellar collaborations with House allies Simbad and Karizma. Looking every bit the futurist dancefloor queen on the sleeve, it’s a stone-set reassurance – if needed – of her unique prowess when it comes to sumptuous yet rudely sensuous rhythm vybz. With Simbad on ‘Landscapes’ she scopes a stunning scene of tucked, Gurley-esque drum programming and astro-planing synth washes graced with her silk-cut vocals. It’d almost be a disrespect not to shut your eyes when dancing to this. Equally ‘ardcore debted, and ruffer still ‘It’s Serious’, produced with Karizma, locks off a more dextrous, ruthlessly cut-up tribal shake-down, pivoting off pointillist drums and steppin’ on landmine bass plosions. In other words: f**kin’ lethal. Highly recommended!



DNTEL / PEARSON SOUND / SILENT SERVANT & REGIS
Anywhere Anyone (Silent Servant & Regis / Pearson Sound Mixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
SUB POP
12″ // £5.99

Regis, Silent Servant and Pearson Sound on Sub Pop?! Yep, DNTEL have given up their track ‘Anywhere Anyone’ to the badboys for remix treatment, and we can’t imagine they’re not delighted, and also a little surprised, with the results. Sandwell boys Silent Servant and Regis keep the vocal intact, adding some extra layers of radiophonic distortion and delay, and anchoring it all with a galloping rhythm not dissimilar to the one on Regis’s CUB 12” from a couple of years back. Pearson Sound’s version is the real shock in that it’s, gulp, beatless: the Hessle Audio operative instead chooses to revel in, and expand upon, the source material’s exquisitely twinkly ambience. He does a magnificent job of it, quite frankly, making for a roundly impressive 12”. Strictly limited copies only – be quick.



CHRIS CARTER
Moonlight
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.49

Following last year’s essential ‘The Space Between’ reissue, Optimo Music delves again into the spotless back catalogue of Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and gives ‘Moonlight’, originally found on 1985’s Mondo Beat LP, a remastered 12″ pressing. This synth-wave whip-cracker is a bit of an underground dance classic already – a bootleg version was caned by Belgian new beat and Italian Cosmic DJs back in day – but this is really the definitive edition, cut nice and loud for eternal club impact. Neurotic Drum Band tease out the dark italo energy of the source material – but it’s the immensely addictive and forward-thinking original that just completely destroys us every time. An absolutely essential twelve – don’t miss!



SERGEY RODIONOV & STEFAN GOLDMANN
Meeting Of The Spirits
ELECTRONIC
Schoolmap
7″ // £6.99

*Edition of 300* Milan’s Schoolmap Records don’t release a lot but when they do it’s always worthy of your attention. The label’s 1st release in nearly two years (after records by Akira Rabelais, Eliane Radigue and Andrew Pekler) is a meeting between one of Russia’s most prolific, yet often overlooked synth pioneers and film score composers, Sergey Rodionov, and the esteemed Stefan Goldmann, a veteran of German Techno and electronic music. Coming from such disparate spheres they’ve chosen to produce remixes of each other’s material, with hugely intriguing results. A-side Rodionov plays Goldmann’s ‘The Bribe’ from his ‘Lunatic Fringe’ 12″ on Macro Records, inverting the original dancefloor intent with a more cinematic theme, articulated as mechanical rhythms and toy-like melodies with a sinister, strangely tuned appeal. In sharp contrast on the B-side, Goldmann remixes Rodionov’s ‘Theme From Solis Arbor’, taken from the 1988 score to Vladimir Naumov’s late Soviet futurist flick. Martial drums are diffused into “multi-phrased polymetric layers” in three parts, sandwiching the film’s central synth fanfare motif in a surreally resolved composition likely to be reserved for the strangest section of the library. Amazing record.



MODESELEKTOR WITH THOM YORKE
Shipwreck (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Monkeytown Records
7″ // £7.99

*Limited edition coloured vinyl – includes a new and exclusive track with Thom Yorke on the flip* One of two Thom Yorke collaborations from Modeselektor’s ace ‘Monkeytown’ album comes backed with a rusted ‘Dull Hull Edit V.7’ exclusive to this release. The original is reworked to a radio edit on the A-side, clipping the Ae-do-Soca-Jungle rhythm and condensing the emotive arrangement like some electronic sea shanty for star-sailors from 2112. The ‘Dull Hull Edit V.7’ is a radical revision, stripping the vocals and salvaging an industrial structure from the original, sounding like a chopped & screwed Einstürzende Neubauten moment. ACE!



POWELL / KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS)
The Ongoing Significance Of Steel And Flesh
TECHNO / HOUSE
DIAGONAL
12″ // £7.99

*First edition of 350 copies. Laser-cut, hand-assembled jacket housing hand-stamped & numbered insert* Diagonal, a new label from London demands your attention with three KILLER bare-boned rhythm tracks by label head Powell, backed with a superb Karl O’Connor (Regis) remix. Powell’s original tracks are a masterful reduction and consolidation of ideas studied from the likes of Nitzer Ebb, Suicide and Mika Vainio, matching their rockabilly attitude with the kind of dry, technoid funk exercised by Raime or Vatican Shadow. His title track is all chugging, bow-kneed swagger, like warehouse music made in 1959, while ’09’ is sludgier and gloweringly stush, and ‘Robotics’ like some leather-lashed tribal tattoo from Cut Hands. Needless to say, Karl O’Connor’s remix appointment is an inspired choice – a purified reduction of fluid bass and echoic snares subsumed by a looming, pitch black wave of wraith-like phantasms. An essential selection for the connoisseurs.



MOSCA
The Wavey EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
3024
12″ // £6.49

With a slick shimmy, Mosca rolls off his Numbers ace onto three Teched-out swingers for Martyn’s 3024 imprint. ‘The Wavey EP’ is about the most Techno-oriented release on the label so far, implying a deep lineage connecting strands of UK Garage, Funky and House with a stripped down warehouse aesthetic. A-side is the inimitably shifty ‘Dom Perignon’, a heads-high roller built from squashed subs and clipped drums synced with the kind of offset dub stabs you’d more likely hear from Sweden’s Skudge or MRSK. Flipside, ‘Orange Jack’ puffs up the chest for a more haughty New York skip and swing – slashing string stabs knit with wooden pecussive accents and swooping subs to irresistible effect, while ‘Jäger’ goes heads-down into full-on Techno mode, kinda like a more streamlined R1 Ryders. Pure badness. Big TIP!

 

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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BRAIN MACHINE / BOXCUTTER / 1000NAMES
Alpha Beta Gamma (Boxcutter / 1000names Remixes)
TITAN’S HALO
10″ // £7.99

Boxcutter and 1000names serve future funktional remixes of Brain Machine’s epic ‘Alpha Beta Gamma’ following the lead of Johan Agebjörn and Von Spar. The Boxcutter appointment is a shrewd move, catching him in his most colourful phase for a fluidly-contoured advanced boogie revision flush with slick riffs and cosmic synth movement. Taking a downtempo direction, 1000names give a more pastoral alternative built on subsiding synth-bass and trickling, liquid metal textures,…
BEHLING AND SIMPSON
Behling and Simpson EP
Futureboogie Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Bristol’s impeccably curated Futureboogie imprint hands the reigns to Behling & Simpson for the label’s fourth release. Four tracks of warm, sexy and swung Disco-House are on the cards, from the frickled congas and R&B glossolalia of ‘Politics’ thru the smudged chug of ‘UFO’ and the certified highlight ‘Yenisei’, which sounds like something Aardvarck might make after one too many blunts. Cool beans.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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THE SKULL DEFEKTS
2013-3012
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

*Limited to 1000 copies. B-side is a Scully lathe cut, playing in reverse, and inside-out. Includes free download code redeemable from the label* With Swedish avant/experimental rock supergroup The Skull Defekts you rarely know what you’re going to get next. It may be electro-acoustic drone collaboration with CM Von Hausswolff, a blistered noise session with Wolf Eyes or a deep psychedelic hypnosis. ‘2013-3012’ is almost predictably none of the above….
CHELSEA WOLFE
Apokalypsis
Pendu Sound Recordings
LP // £15.99

LA’s Chelsea Wolfe hounds the Goth vibe into ever more enticing alleys with her followup to ‘The Grime And The Glow’. Her 2nd album, ‘Apokalypsis’ opens with a feral snarl before ‘Mer’ exhibits a startling upgrade to her sound, from 8-track tape to full studio clarity. Fittingly, this is in keeping with the album’s title, translating from Greek as both “apocalypse” and “revelation”, as she unveils nine songs of doomy…
DALGLISH
Benacah Drann Deachd
Highpoint Lowlife Records
CD // £9.99

*Finally available on CD* This sombre, endlessly fascinating album is already set to become one of the year’s cult favourites, having already earned a glowing full-page review from The Wire to sit alongside nuff props from the deep end of the electronic underground. We’ve been struggling to categorise it, which is praise in itself, but it’s safe to say that it will appeal to fans of deepest avant-techno and hauntology…
ENRICO MALATESTA
Bestario Vol. 2
Senufo Editions
7″ // £6.99

*Hand-numbered edition of 200 copies* Following his 1st volume on Second Sleep, Italian percussionist Enrico Malatesta contributes two short, dynamic compositions for solo acoustic percussion to Senufo Editions. Quite remarkably, even bafflingly, both pieces were recorded live without overdubs or edits, creating a hugely kinetic, multi-directional spectrum of strafing, zipping, clangourous sonorities with an unnaturally high level of tension. It’s perhaps thanks to some very crafty recording techniques that it…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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JOAKIM
Find A Way (John Talabot / Soul Clap Mixes)
Tigersushi Records
12″ // £5.99

Pop-crafted Indie-Disco from the Tigersushi bossman, plus a set of remixes by John Talabot, Soul Clap, and Das Glow. He’s in fine voice on ‘Find A Way’, erring close to the kind of breezy harmonies of Toro Y Moi, El Guincho or Panda Bear over chugging, Balearic-tinged percussion and keys. Highlights of the remixes come from John Talabot and his dreamy, squashed acid remake, and Soul Clap with their extended…
TIEDYE
Fisherman’s Bend (A Mountain Of One / Dan Lissvik Mixes)
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
12″ // £7.99

IDIB’s Swedish ambassadors present their first original material, after a slew of now-classic cover versions and remixes of Metallica and Feist. ‘Fisherman’s Bend’ wraps up their influences nicely, fusing folksy vocals and guitar melody with a chugging Balearic disco rhythm primed for the sing-a-long. On the flip Studio’s Dan Lissvik’s gives an epic Scando-disco version (which previously closed IDUB’s ‘Solid Gold’ mix), besides a more psyched out and chuggy Mountain…
THE WATKINS SCREAMERS
She Said / Night Time
TEN THOUSAND YEN
7″ // £6.99

*Edition of 200 for the world* Doc Daneeka and his mates cut loose on a feral fusion of Funky/Grime and Rockabilly as The Watkins Screamers. Safe to say it’s the most original thing you’ll hear all year from those quarters, and no doubt it’ll work in the right situations.
NAUM GABO
The Crystal Line
Fright
12″ // £7.99

Fright makes a very welcome return with three tracks of slo-mo horror-disco opulence from Optimo’s Jonnie Wilkes and James Savage. They follow Gatekeeper and Anton Maiovvi’s bloodline in the darkest, sleaziest fashion, evoking noirish imagery of Italian mafia in Glasgow and redlight transactions in the seedier sectors of The Hague or Düsseldorf. A-side is owned by ‘The Crystal Line’, where filigree, ultra-crisp cymbals and Phil Collins-sized floor toms sync with…
COMA
Gravity
Kompakt
12″ // £6.99

It’s nice to see Kompakt staring further into the italo/posh trance void with this latest from Coma. ‘Gravity’ seems to take the movie soundtrack work of legendary synth bloke Georgio Moroder as Bible, and let these tracks develop around those key texts. Synth melodies rise and fall like it’s 1979, and with the kind of melodic push we last heard from Kompakt label-mate The Field this threesome of silky goodness…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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WHITE RAINBOW / SELECTOR DUB NARCOTIC
The Making of Thriller / The Making of Star Wars
K RECORDS
7″ // £5.99

*Hand-stamped and cut sleeve. Jukebox-styled 7″ hole and metallic silver centre-label print* White Rainbow is the latest weirdo to enter Olympia, Washington’s Dub Narcotic Studio for a sideways boogie-dub session. Obviously relishing the studio’s impressive equipment, the Kranky recording artist and studio engineer turns out a slow, kaleidoscopic stoner-scape of sirens, palmwine guitar licks, wickedly drawled vocals and bumpin’ 8-bit synths with a proper, plump bottom end bang. Dub on…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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COOLY G
Landscapes / It’s Serious
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

Cooly G re-enters our orbit on two stellar collaborations with House allies Simbad and Karizma. Looking every bit the futurist dancefloor queen on the sleeve, it’s a stone-set reassurance – if needed – of her unique prowess when it comes to sumptuous yet rudely sensuous rhythm vybz. With Simbad on ‘Landscapes’ she scopes a stunning scene of tucked, Gurley-esque drum programming and astro-planing synth washes graced with her silk-cut vocals….
MODESELEKTOR WITH THOM YORKE
Shipwreck (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl)
Monkeytown Records
7″ // £7.99

*Limited edition coloured vinyl – includes a new and exclusive track with Thom Yorke on the flip* One of two Thom Yorke collaborations from Modeselektor’s ace ‘Monkeytown’ album comes backed with a rusted ‘Dull Hull Edit V.7’ exclusive to this release. The original is reworked to a radio edit on the A-side, clipping the Ae-do-Soca-Jungle rhythm and condensing the emotive arrangement like some electronic sea shanty for star-sailors from 2112….
ANSTAM
Dispel Dances
50 WEAPONS
CD // £9.99

Absolutely storming debut LP from Anstam, in which they refine their darkside broken techno sound into a multi-pronged beast. It’s difficult to catch you breath, there’s just so much going on here: ‘Watching The Ships Go Down’ feels like a duel between Polygon Window and Muslimgauze, while the compressed breakbeats and horror synths of ‘Bitten By The Snake’ sound like UK bass music gone industrial, gone evil. The aesthetic is…
IDIOT SAVANT
Idiot Savant
BSW (Bronshoj Sound Works)
CD // £8.99

Bit of a mystery, this: a killer full length album presumably from a Danish source – Bronshoj Sound Works (and one track’s called ‘Copenhagen’ although that might be a pickled red herring, if you pardon the pun) – and sounding uncannily like some amalgam of Burial, James Blake and Mount Kimbie. I honestly don’t think we need say much more, check the samples and get impressed. Highly Recommended.
LEE SCRATCH PERRY VS DIGITAL MYSTIKZ
Like The Way You Should / Obeah Room (Mala Mixes)
On U Sound
12″ // £5.99

*Limited edition of 1500* Mala steps up to the (dub)plate with two heavyweight remixes of The Upsetter, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Uptown, the DMZ don gorgon resets the soulful piano refrain and snatches of Perry’s vocal from ‘Like The Way You Should’ with a super-structured bass weight and blooming digidub synth chords, arguably resulting in one of his finest reworks to date, no bull! Downtown it’s a pure pressure session, deploying…
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY / VARIOUS
Nu Sound & Version
On U Sound
CD // £11.99

On U Sound do the right thing, collecting Kode 9, Digital Mystikz, Congo Natty, Horsepower Productions and Bullion remixes of Lee Scratch Perry on one disc. Moody Boyz open the account with a sweet ‘n sticky Dubstep rework of ‘God Smiled’ while Dialect & Kosine and Congo Natty represent the junglists with dread Reese basslines and jump-up versions respectively. However, the highlights come from Mala Mystikz, turning ‘Like The Way…
KROMESTAR
Parallel Sounds EP
Cosmic Bridge
12″ // £6.49

Kromestar comes seriously correct on a solo 4-tracker of Boogie/Bass Futurism for Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge Recordings. It follows in quick succession the Om Unit/Kromestar collaborations with a very similar blend of doomy, road rap-style instrumentals and Kuedo-esque synth extravagance, all designed with the club firmly in mind. A-side squares up the slompy slow jack of ‘Don’t Make Sense’ besides the dazzling neon funk implosion of ‘2012’, a massively overweight…
SEPALCURE
Pencil Pimp / I’m Alright
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Machinedrum and Praveen aka Sepalcure drop two lush numbers for HotFlush, taken from their eponymous and eagerly awaited debut album. A-side ‘Pencil Pimp’ is a real peach, patching fragrant deep house keys and chords with a frisked 2-step Footwork pattern in sensuous, swooning fashion. A pure dancefloor floater if we’ve heard one! Flipside ‘I’m Alright’ sustains the sweetness at a swaying halfstep flex, all smudged-out boogie contours and crooked Juke…
AKIRA KITESHI
Transmission / Givin It Up
Afterglo
12″ // £5.99

Akira Kiteshi has the honour of being the first artist besides the label owner to appear on Phaeleh’s Afterglo imprint. Making for a slinkier side of the rave, ‘Transmission’ works a cut-up disco-House/Boogie-step groove, while ‘Givin It Up’ leans into a tricky 2-step soul rhythm with mercurial edits.
JOKER
The Vision
4AD
2LP // £12.99

Bristol’s purple prince drops his long, long-awaited debut album on 4AD. From the off, his aim is to put his trademark orgiastic synths and low-slung G-funk drums in the service of pure pop, aided and abetted vocals from the likes of Jessie Ware, Jay Wilcox and Silas. There’s a welcome outing for past single and party wobbler par excellence ‘Tron’, but for the most part this is all-new material. Swaggering…
MATT-U
Empty Inside / Unforgiven
Osiris Music UK
12″ // £6.49

Hi-strength steppers from Matt-U for Kryptic Minds’ Osiris camp. No mistaking, there’s a strong trace of Shackleton-style dread vibes and syncopated drumwork on ‘Empty Inside’ which might qualify this as one of Matt-U’s best joints to date. Flipside ‘Unforgiven’ is more on that knife-edge Icicle vibe, with crisply accented percussion, sweeping subs and acres of warehouse space.
STAGGA
Wild For The Night
Slit Jockey Records
12″ // £5.99

Slit Jockey is the “other” label operated by Starkey, Dev79 and El Carnicero, in parallel Seclusiasis; Slit Jockey‘s recent releases by Stagga, Sduk and Kaiser have been scorching the palettes of taste makers everywhere. In the last few months they’ve had tons of messages asking when this ‘Wild For The Night’ tune is dropping, and now the time has finally come for the beast to be unleashed on turntables and…
TRUTH
Full Baked / Birds feat. Dutty Ranks
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Heavyweight halfstep from the antipodean trio. A-side is a right murderation, delivering skull-crack snare blows and stomach-churning subs for the braver steppers. B-side is better yet, ‘Birds’ bringing an ultra spacious cyber-junglist atmosphere and killer, micro-processed rhythm accents applied with a real attention to detail. Fans of the techiest Dubstep will love this.

 

ELECTRONIC
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ELEH
Floating Frequencies / Intuitive Synthesis
Important Records
3CD // £35.99

*Strictly limited deluxe 3CD set remastered by Eleh specifically for the digital medium. Metallic silver print on heavy duty matte black gatefold reverse-board jacket with gorgeous transparent cd’s* Important present a crucial and comprehensive collection of Eleh’s three ‘Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis’ volumes, now available for the first time since their long-sold out vinyl editions. They comprise a snapshot of one of the most singular bodies of minimalist electronics in recent…
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Replica
SOFTWARE
CD // £10.99

Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to ‘Returnal’, Oneohtrix Point Never’s eagerly anticipated ‘Replica’ sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia. Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There’s a palpable sense that he’s excitedly exploring every option afforded him by…
LEYLAND KIRBY
Intrigue & Stuff Vol.3
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £10.99

**500 copies for the world, initial copies on transparent vinyl – almost 40 minutes of incredible, original, completely unsocialised brilliance sounding somewhere between Vangelis, Armando and John Carpenter** The third volume of four in this incredible series, beamed direct from the depths of Berlin onto vinyl. Our maverick protagonist again looks to the future mindful of the past, following a twisted trajectory from imagination to realisation which would leave lesser…
ROBERT LIPPOK
Redsuperstructure
Raster Noton
CD // £11.99

To Rococo Rot helmsman Robert Lippok comes good (again) with an engrossing solo album on Raster-Noton, based on a live performance he gave at Villa Massimo in September of last year. The ricocheting marimba tech-noir of ‘inphase’ sounds like Steve Reich jamming with Monoton, while ‘sugarcubes’ connects the digital minimalism of R-N with the plangent post-rock moves of Lippok’s 90s work, while ‘nycycle’ and ‘whitesuperstructure’ offer the warmth of vintage…
PRURIENT
Time’s Arrow
Hydra Head
LP // £15.99

**Strictly limited edition heavyweight vinyl edition housed in thick card jacket and printed inner with lyrics. Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** A crucial companion of new material to Dominick Fernow’s devastating Bermuda Drain LP, Time’s Arrow leads with its title track in extended and edited forms with the inner sleeve quote from Jim Al-Khalili ((yep, the BBC physicist))?) adding an air of mystery to proceedings. Just another…
ATELECINE
The Falcon And The Pod (Coloured Vinyl Edition)
Pendu Sound Recordings
LP // £15.99

*Limited gatefold edition with a coloured vinyl pressing from Sasha Grey’s notorious band – recommended!* New York’s Pendu Sound initiate a trilogy of aTelecine albums with ‘The Falcon And The Pod’, following the group’s revelatory pair of LPs which slunk out in 2010. Atelecine now counts Anthony D’juan and Ian Cinnamon alongside core duo, Sasha Grey and Pablo St. Francis, and while they’ve not entirely lost the endearing lo-fi element…
NO UFO’S
Mind Controls The Flood
Public Information
LP // £10.99

*300 Copies only – not to be re-pressed* The label run by heads at Warp and the British Library Sound archive returns with Step 2 of its Public Information programme. This time the focus is on Vancouver’s Konrad Jandavs – a “purveyor of Kosmiche Trash, of noxious electronics, of deep and frazzled future-scapes” and recipient of XXJFG’s top record of 2010 for his ‘Soft Coast EP’. In sharp contrast to…
ANGST HASE PFEFFER NASE
Seashard
Senufo Editions
LP // £15.99

**White vinyl, cut at Berlin’s D&M. Hand numbered edition of 250** Senufo’s latest edition is a deeply abstract session of concrete collaging and controlled electronic chaos from Chris Cooper aka Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase. Chris is “the most reliable member of AHPN” and also known for his work with Barn Owl and in Fat Worm Of Error (Ecstatic Peace, Ultra Eczema, Load) or Chicagoan improv ensemble, The BSC. AHPN’s sound…
SERGEY RODIONOV & STEFAN GOLDMANN
Meeting Of The Spirits
Schoolmap
7″ // £6.99

*Edition of 300* Milan’s Schoolmap Records don’t release a lot but when they do it’s always worthy of your attention. The label’s 1st release in nearly two years (after records by Akira Rabelais, Eliane Radigue and Andrew Pekler) is a meeting between one of Russia’s most prolific, yet often overlooked synth pioneers and film score composers, Sergey Rodionov, and the esteemed Stefan Goldmann, a veteran of German Techno and electronic…
ELIANE RADIGUE
CHRY-PTUS
Schoolmap
2CD // £14.99

The grand dame of drone appears on the amazing new Schoolmap label, presenting a piece of music that originally surfaced in 1971, performed in three different variations at the New York Cultural Center. This release features a two-part rendering of Chry-ptus from 1971, plus a 2001 reinterpretation assisted by Stefano Bassanese at the CCMIX studio in Paris. There’s even a remix of sorts in the form of a Giuseppe Ielasi…
DAVID LYNCH
Crazy Clown Time
SUNDAY BEST
CD // £9.49

*Deluxe book-style Digipak* Here it is – finally – the debut solo album of electronic pop from everyone’s favourite auteur of weird, Mr David Lynch. If this record were a Lynch movie, it’d probably be Lost Highway – more than a little incoherent, but also plenty compelling and full of enough handsome, rewarding details to keep you coming back. Nothing on here is as chirpy as last year’s trailer single,…
DAVID LYNCH
Crazy Clown Time (Deluxe Gatefold Edition)
SUNDAY BEST
LP // £17.99

*Deluxe gatefold 2LP edition – comes with a download code redeemable from the label* Here it is – finally – the debut solo album of electronic pop from everyone’s favourite auteur of weird, Mr David Lynch. If this record were a Lynch movie, it’d probably be Lost Highway – more than a little incoherent, but also plenty compelling and full of enough handsome, rewarding details to keep you coming back….
DRC MUSIC
Kinshasa One Two
Warp Records
CD // £10.49

The results of Damon Albarn’s recent musical mission to the Congo in aid of Oxfam’s relief efforts in the DRC for which he was accompanied by the likes of Actress and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (hard not to picture ’em as some mismatched military platoon in a Hollywood war movie). But of all those involved in this attempt at culture-colliding pop music, it’s the Congolese musicians who are the stars…
DRC MUSIC
Kinshasa One Two
Warp Records
2LP Deluxe Box // £28.49

*Deluxe vinyl Box – includes a download code for 3 bonus tracks – redeemable directly from the label* The results of Damon Albarn’s recent musical mission to the Congo in aid of Oxfam’s relief efforts in the DRC for which he was accompanied by the likes of Actress and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (hard not to picture ’em as some mismatched military platoon in a Hollywood war movie). But of…
THE BRANDT BRAUER FRICK ENSEMBLE
Mr. Machine
K7
2LP // £16.99

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble’s recent single ‘Pretend’ (with Ninja Tune starlet Emika) was a startling example of the trio’s underrated musical landscape as they welded icy-cool jazz experiments with the atmosphere of a doomy cabaret and the pulsing 4/4 kick of Chicago’s finest. ‘Mr. Machine’ is the band’s second full-length and takes the pitch-perfect minimal shuffle of their groundbreaking debut and manages to sharpen it at the edges. The…
BRIAN ENO
Panic of Looking
Warp Records
CD // £6.99

A new EP from Brian Eno on Warp, continuing the collaboration with poet Rick Holland reprised on this year’s Drums Between The Bells LP. The six tracks on offer apparently “explore how lyric and song-writing are perceived in the post-everything era.” Not sure what that means, if indeed it means anything, but there’s no doubt that this is some of Eno’s most immediate and affecting work of recent years, spoken…
BRIAN ENO
Panic of Looking
Warp Records
12″ // £9.99

A new EP from Brian Eno on Warp, continuing the collaboration with poet Rick Holland reprised on this year’s Drums Between The Bells LP. The six tracks on offer apparently “explore how lyric and song-writing are perceived in the post-everything era.” Not sure what that means, if indeed it means anything, but there’s no doubt that this is some of Eno’s most immediate and affecting work of recent years, spoken…
KOSS / HENRIKSSON / MULLAERT
The Mollan Sessions
Mule Electronic
2CD // £10.99

Sumptuous, mazy 2CD of ambient electronica with Swedish duo Minilogue (Marcus Henriksson & Sebastian Mullaert) and Mule Musiq boss, Koss aka Kuniyuki Takahashi. The three players conduct ‘The Möllan Sessions’ with a subtly captivating grace, using a Rhodes, Roland TR-808, Roland SH-101, Moog Voyager, Nord lead and drums, percussions and other sources to paint meditative, semi-improvised soundscapes simply best described as explorative ambient elctronica. CD1 breaks down to five tracks,…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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C JOYNES
CONGO
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

“Continuing further into the territories of domesticated English voudou sketched out by 2009’s ‘Revenants, Prodigies & The Restless Dead’, ‘Congo’ is dominated by notions of landscape, imagination and personal ritual. However, while elements of introspection and intensity do appear, the mood is one of simple uplifting joy. Warm woody sounds and themes for a variety of donated, rescued and homemade instruments contrast with occasional stark arrangements, bursts of blossoming electricity,…
LUKE ROBERTS
Big Bells & Dime Songs
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

*Debut album of naturally gauged modern bluegrass, plain and simple, driven by canny machine-rhythms.** “I was born into a charismatic-nondenominational family in Nashville, TN.. My mother sang hymns and spoke in tongues. My dad played bluegrass. I hopped trains for the first when I was eleven years old under the Ben Allen bridge in East Nashville. At thirteen I was sent to live with my father in Cuhllowhee, NC. Neglected…
LUKE ROBERTS
Big Bells & Dime Songs
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

*Debut album of naturally gauged modern bluegrass, plain and simple, driven by canny machine-rhythms.** “I was born into a charismatic-nondenominational family in Nashville, TN.. My mother sang hymns and spoke in tongues. My dad played bluegrass. I hopped trains for the first when I was eleven years old under the Ben Allen bridge in East Nashville. At thirteen I was sent to live with my father in Cuhllowhee, NC. Neglected…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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GOLDMUND
All Will Prosper
Western Vinyl
CD // £10.99

“All Will Prosper, Keith Kenniff’s latest album under the Goldmund moniker, is a collection of 14 traditional Civil War-era folk songs and one contemporary track “Asoken Farewell.” Kenniff has always been a student of Civil War history and culture. From the Ken Burns documentary series on PBS to Bill Carothers’ solo piano album The Blues and The Greys, he has studied and enjoyed the music that tied friends and families…
GOLDMUND
All Will Prosper
Western Vinyl
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “All Will Prosper, Keith Kenniff’s latest album under the Goldmund moniker, is a collection of 14 traditional Civil War-era folk songs and one contemporary track “Asoken Farewell.” Kenniff has always been a student of Civil War history and culture. From the Ken Burns documentary series on PBS to Bill Carothers’ solo piano album The Blues and The Greys, he has studied and…
AUTISTICI
Amplified Presence
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

Deft, detailed electronica from David Newman’s Autistici project, probably one of Home Normal’s finest releases this year. ‘Amplified Presence’ is a fine study on space and placement, using a menagries of sound objects – piano, cracklebox, mellotron, cutlery, violin, field recordings, vocals and much more – to create cutely kinetic spaces filled with naif melodies and scuttling, strangely organic rhythms which use every inch and angle of his sound sphere…
ALEX COBB
Aquarelle
LOW POINT
LP // £10.99

*White vinyl* Luscious, blooming drone-pop split from Alex Cobb aka Taiga Remains, and Ryan Potts aka Aquarelle. Both artists are very much on the same wavelength here, confidently steering wide of the “otherwise microwaved and unimaginative drones steadily filling up the musical landscape” with an instinctive, unpredictable feel for texture and arrangement. Cobb’s side breaks down into two tracks; a shorter, more subdued section of cold-water strings and phosphorescent harmonics,…
SCOTT MORRISON
Ballad(s) For Quiet Horizons
ROOM 40
DVD // £8.99

“”Wave upon wave… motion folded into motion” – Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Scott Morrison is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Working away solidly under the radar for more than half a decade, Morrison’s practice has sauntered between affairs with the fine arts, architectural installation and live performance. Until this point, his work has remained entirely undocumented – existing purely in the temporality of his installations and performances. On Ballad(s)…
MINAMO
Documental
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

“Tokyo quartet Minamo occupy a privileged place in the Japanese music scene. They remain one of the few ensembles to consistently produce work that simultaneously refines and expands upon their existing themes and aesthetics. Their largely improvised interactions have produced a collection of recordings that benefit equally from considered listening amongst the group members and a willingness to stray from the path without warning. Documental, their new edition (a follow…
CHRISTINA VANTZOU
No.1
Kranky
CD // £11.99

Precious ambience and stately neo-classical constructions from Christina Vantzou, previously best known as one half of Kranky duo The Dead Texan. Following her recent debut solo appearance on Ghostly’s SMM compilation (alongside the likes of Leyland Kirby, Svarte Greiner, Peter Broderick), Vantzou has cultivated an incredibly mature and resonant sound, all stirring strings, gravity-defying drones and distant, elegiac horns reverbed to perfection – but this isn’t just a triumph of…
PIMMON
The Oansome Orbit
ROOM 40
CD // £9.99

Pimmon, the prolific godfather of Australian electronics, makes an overdue and excellent contribution to Lawrence English’s Room 40 imprint. ‘The Oansome Orbit’ is surely his most harmonically developed work to date, tempering his taste for distortion and electronic abstraction with a richer compositional bent which makes for an engrossing and unique listen. We’d best let Pimmon say a few words; “The Oansome Orbit is about connection and disconnection. In playing…
BEN FLEURY-STEINER
The Places That Find You
LOW POINT
LP // £10.99

*Limited edition of 300 copies on white vinyl* Ben Fleury-Steiner, curator of the Gears Of Sand label and collaborator with Aidan Baker presents his first vinyl release. He’s no stranger to the album format, having released over ten in the last half decade, but like Low Point we reckon he’s saved his best work for this debut vinyl pressing. Over two years int he making ‘The Places That Find You’…
DAKOTA SUITE / DAVID DARLING / QUENTIN SIRJACQ
The Side Of Her Inexhaustible Heart
GLITTERHOUSE
2CD // £11.99

One year since their ‘Vallisa’ collaboration, Chris Hooson’s Dakota Suite meets pianist Quentin Sirjacq on another set of sublime neo-classical compositions. There’s definitely an aura of dark melancholy to ‘The Side Of Her Inexhaustible Heart’, from the front cover depicting a bush in midwinter through Chris’ longing lyricism and most of all the heart-crushed string arrangements. Chris really explains it best “I sent Quentin sketches on guitar and piano of…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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HIGH PLACES
Original Colors
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

I’m going to come clean – High Places have never really done anything I’ve been that taken with. Sure they’ve had some interesting ideas, but it’s never come together particularly well, that is until right now. ‘Original Colors’ works because the duo have stripped things down to the absolute bare minimum. Where their previous effort ‘High Places vs. Mankind’ was blighted by too many ideas and a pandering to an…
HIGH PLACES
Original Colors
Thrill Jockey
LP // £12.99

I’m going to come clean – High Places have never really done anything I’ve been that taken with. Sure they’ve had some interesting ideas, but it’s never come together particularly well, that is until right now. ‘Original Colors’ works because the duo have stripped things down to the absolute bare minimum. Where their previous effort ‘High Places vs. Mankind’ was blighted by too many ideas and a pandering to an…
ATLAS SOUND
Parallax
4AD
LP // £10.99

Bradford Cox, frontman for Deerhunter delivers the quietly positive pop glow of ‘Parallax’, his 2nd solo album for 4AD. ‘Parallax’ is imbued with a personal, introspective yet un-self-indulgent sound, fleshing out a classic soundscape influenced by original ’50s pop hooks and space-age S-FX but always with an ear for more modern, slightly avant sensibilities. There’s a gentle psychedelic aspect to his music, sharing something of a mild lysergic element with…
ATLAS SOUND
Parallax
4AD
CD // £9.99

Bradford Cox, frontman for Deerhunter delivers the quietly positive pop glow of ‘Parallax’, his 2nd solo album for 4AD. ‘Parallax’ is imbued with a personal, introspective yet un-self-indulgent sound, fleshing out a classic soundscape influenced by original ’50s pop hooks and space-age S-FX but always with an ear for more modern, slightly avant sensibilities. There’s a gentle psychedelic aspect to his music, sharing something of a mild lysergic element with…
ATLAS SOUND
Parallax / Oh Ricky
4AD
7″ // £3.99

*Limited edition of 500. Concentric/parallel-cut vinyl* Preceding Bradford Cox’s next Atlas Sound album, a pair of cute songs – the album title track ‘Parallax’ backed with the exclusive ‘Oh Ricky’ on the B-side. Both sides are concentric cuts with some surprises in store…
BO NINGEN
Henkan / Jinsei Ichido Kiri
Stolen Recordings
7″ // £4.99

*Edition of 500, housed in screen-printed and hand-numbered jacket with insert* Hard-wheeling, incendiary Jap-rock from an exciting new power trio. The London-based four piece play febrile, psych-spiked rock either at breakneck speed or crushing tempo, siphoning the finest elements of art rock, garage dirt and that unquantifiable Japanese element into these raucous stylus melters. Check!
CASS MCCOMBS
Humor Risk
Domino
CD // £7.99

“Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit’s End, and before that, CATACOMBS. Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, “I would rather be ashes than dust!”. Musically, it is more rhythm-based,…
CASS MCCOMBS
Humor Risk
Domino
LP // £10.99

“Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit’s End, and before that, CATACOMBS. Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, “I would rather be ashes than dust!”. Musically, it is more rhythm-based,…
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO
Shoot!
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

“Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen was born in Ålesund and grew up in a musical family where both jazz and rock played a part in her life. She states Nirvana, Melvins, Jimi Hendrix, Motorpsycho and Miles Davis as important influences, while jazz guitarist Jon Eberson and Snah (Motorpsycho) is mentioned as guitarists she has listened to with special attention. Hedvig also plays with Jon Eberson as well as with Norwegian charttopping pop/funk…
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO
Shoot!
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.99

“Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen was born in Ålesund and grew up in a musical family where both jazz and rock played a part in her life. She states Nirvana, Melvins, Jimi Hendrix, Motorpsycho and Miles Davis as important influences, while jazz guitarist Jon Eberson and Snah (Motorpsycho) is mentioned as guitarists she has listened to with special attention. Hedvig also plays with Jon Eberson as well as with Norwegian charttopping pop/funk…
K-X-P
Easy
Melodic
LP // £7.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** K-X-P make Finnish Kraut rock, and if you’re thinking ‘oh that sounds strange’ then you’re probably right. ‘Easy’ is the band’s latest single and sounds something like Neu! if they were sent to Scandinavia. It’s the fractured comic qualities that really set K-X-P apart from plenty of others attempting the Kraut sound. While Krautrock in the 70s tended to have an absurdity…
LES DEMONIAQUES
Teenage Lust
True Panther
7″ Flexi // £5.49

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Shimmering, bewitching cover of Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘Teenage Lust’ from modern shoegazers Tamaryn and Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny. It’s the first produce from their collaborative project, Les Demoniaques (named after Jean Rollin’s 1974 horror film) and reduces the original to a washed-out shimmer of gaseous guitars and dreamy vocal drifts only just anchored with a warbling bassline. Sink in….
MY SAD CAPTAINS
Fight Less Win More
Stolen Recordings
CD // £11.99

‘Fight Less, Win More’ was written in San Francisco and recorded in a barn in Cornwall. The combination of English folk and Sparklehorseesque Americana is evident. It was mixed in Portland by Larry Crane (Cat Power, The Go-Betweens, Stephen Malkmus). The CD format of the album is available as a hand silk screen printed edition limited to 300 copies. It is a collaboration between artists Phil Goss, Nick Goss and…
SIGUR ROS
Inni
Krunk
2CD+DVD // £13.49

*2CD album with bonus DVD of concert film* For Sigur Ros’s first ‘proper’ live album, it makes sense that they’d pull out all the stops, and that they do with a near two hour package for your troubles. Sharing only a single song with the ‘Heima’ live movie, this should show the world why fans get just that little bit crazy about Sigur Ros performances. When the band play it…
SIGUR ROS
Inni (Deluxe Edition with Postcards)
Krunk
2CD+DVD // £14.99

*2CD album with bonus DVD of concert film plus 4 photographic prints* For Sigur Ros’s first ‘proper’ live album, it makes sense that they’d pull out all the stops, and that they do with a near two hour package for your troubles. Sharing only a single song with the ‘Heima’ live movie, this should show the world why fans get just that little bit crazy about Sigur Ros performances. When…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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CAL TJADER
Mamblues
Jazzman
7″ // £5.99

**Dynamite Mambo/Blues hybrid from 1958, backed with a funked-up 1972 remake for the adult cartoon ‘Fritz The Cat’ featuring Bernard Purdie on the drummers’ stool. Aces!** “The amalgamation of latin music into the domestic jazz scene in ’40s and ’50s USA has been well documented. For some jazzers a touch of latin was simply a tool to add some spice to yet another blues standard, while for others the excitement…
STEVE COLSON & THE UNITY TROUPE
Triumph!
Universal Sound
LP // £12.99

*Heavyweight, exact vinyl reproduction, limited to 1000 copies worldwide* Adegoke Steve Colson & Unity Troupe released this rare and sought-after private pressing mainly in the Chicago area circa 1980. The central figures, pianist and composer Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association For Advancment Of Creative Musicians (AACM), which was associated with the radical Art Ensemble Of Chicago, whose members including Joseph Jarman and Doug…
ALAN WILKINSON
Practice
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

“Alan Wilkinson’s first solo release ‘Seedy Boy’ was on Bruce’s Fingers from 1994, which consisted of a collection of solo recordings made in a variety of situations over a number of years. ‘Practice’ on the other hand is from 2 recording sessions, the first to mark the end of the carpeted cell Alan used as a practice space for some years in an old hospital in Dalston, London. The second…
HESSION/WILKINSON/FELL
Two Falls & A Submission
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

“Greetings, Grapple Fans” were the words that introduced Saturday afternoon wrestling on British commercial television when all three members of this trio were boys. These memorable words were spoken by a silky-voiced commentator called Kent Walton, who commentated on the wrestling between 1955 and 1988. When discussing improvised music one frequently use analogies and there are three in particular that usually come to mind: having a conversation, making love, or…
LLOYD MCNEILL
Washington Suite
Soul Jazz
LP // £15.49

*Heavyweight vinyl pressing limited to 1000 copies worldwide* Universal Sound presents this reissue of an extremely rare and in-demand spiritual jazz album by flautist/composer Lloyd McNeil. Also a multidisciplinary painter, poet and photographer, Lloyd was born in Washington, D.C., in 1935 and thus grew up through the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s America. He studied at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King had previously been educated, and…
ROIL
Frost Frost
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

“Bo’ Weavil presents the second album from the Sydney trio Roil. All three of the members of Roil – James Waples, Mike Majkowski and Chris Abrahams have been active in the Australian jazz and Improvised music scenes for many years; James is possibly best known for his work in the Mike Nock Trio; Mike performs regularly with such musicians as Jon Rose and Clayton Thomas; many people would know of…
SIMON H. FELL
Frank & Max
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

“Another Important recording that needed to be released from Simon H Fell, one of the UK’s finest bassists. Simon has been and still is the bass player of choice for many and these tracks were recorded over the last 10 years, which was the last time that he released some solo material (a cassette release) on his own Bruce’s Finger imprint. This recording covers almost every aspect of Simon’s playing,…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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BLACK SAMURAI
Information Critic (Remixes)
Nice Up
12″ // £5.99

D&B, Bashment and Hip Hop remixes of Black Samurai, Daddy Freddy & The Ragga Twins by Benny Page, JStar and The Heavy. A-side is Benny’s jump-up D&B mix, B-side is JStar’s rugged bashment version and a loping HipHop remix from The Heavy.
CALIBRE
Piano Bizness / Smooth Baby
Critical Music
12″ // £6.99

Sterling deep end D&B workouts from the much-loved Calibre. Now, sometimes it’s a fine line between coffee table politeness (read: boring) and genuine sophistication with Calibre’s output, but this one definitely falls into the latter category for us. The A-side ‘Piano Bizniss’ is a beautifully reserved, blue-minded bit of dancefloor science, pushed by muscular, sculpted subbass and fragranced with dreamy keys. Flipside ‘Smooth Baby’ is a touch more aggressive but…
CRAGGZ & PARALLEL
Future Shock (Jubei Mix) / Turn The Page (Need For Mirrors Mix)
Product Recordings
12″ // £6.49

UK D&B remixed by up-and-comer Jubei and London’s Need For Mirrors. Jbei’s remix of ‘Future Shock’ is the pick of the two, twysting out a darkly funked-up stepper with hi-pressure production values, while Need For Mirrors ease-off on a rolling remix of ‘Turn The Page’ with all their usual tricks.
SPINLINE & HYDRO
Junction 13 / Perimeter
Demand Records
12″ // £6.49

Slick, stripped down D&B from an up-and-coming label. A-side’s a sharply contoured hardstepper with radar-evading bassline and snarling-yet-restrained neuro-funk synth licks. Flipside is more atmospheric and rolling with a lurking sense of dread menace.

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE
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JOHN FAHEY
1978 Live At Audimax Hamburg
BLAST FIRST PETITE
DVD // £10.99

“Shot live for TV by the legendary German music show “Rockpalast” this DVD represents the earliest example of a complete Fahey concert performance. The multi-camera filming features detailed close-ups of Fahey’s playing style giving fans a rare insight into what Pete Townsend has called the William Burroughs of the guitar. Fahey’s 1978 visit to Europe saw him in fine wild form performing an 11 track set and as an incredibly…
KEVIN COYNE
1979 Live At WDR-Studio L Cologne
BLAST FIRST PETITE
DVD // £10.99

“Kevin Coyne remains one of the UK’s greatest lost cult talents; one of John Peel’s all time favorite musicians, and an acknowledged artistic hero of contemporary talents as diverse as Will Oldham & John Lydon.His then record company Virgin described him as the ultimate anti-star.This super rare recording was shot live in 1979 for the legendary German TV music programme “Rockpalast” when Kevin was at the height of his considerable…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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TRENTEMOLLER
Reworked/Remixed
IN MY ROOM
2×12″ // £13.99

Prolific Danish shoegaze/Techno bod personally cherry picks the best remixes and reworks of songs from his album ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’. Disc 1 takes in the UNKLE remix of ‘Neverglade’ besides Marie Fisker’s downbeat rework of ‘Sycamore Feeling’ and the lovely Efterklang remix of ‘Tide’, among others. Disc 2 checks his own remix of ‘Neverglade’ next to Andrew Weatherall’s strutting Sky 81 remix of ‘Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!’,…
LEE VAN DOWSKI
On
REKIDS
12″ // £5.99

Two Ten minute Balkan/Balearic GypsyJazz House groovers, following Lee’s split appearance on Cadenza. The steady build and simmering brass of A-side ‘On’ gives a strong nod to Villalobos’ ‘Fizheuer Zieheuer’, only more fleshed out with Ibiza/Euro-friendly vibes. Flipside ‘1977’ is jazzier yet, getting really frisky with the folkno flex.
MATHEW JONSON
Dayz
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Prime melodic Techno/Tech-House from Canada’s finest! Mathew Jonson is one of those guys who more or less defines the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix”, as evidenced in these two cuts for Crosstown Rebels. The A-side ‘Dayz’ is a twirling stretch of dancefloor hypnosis, instinctively extracting the most sensuous elements of House and HD futurist Techno, but the real, unmissable gold is ‘Cold Blooded’ – harking back to his…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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JüRGEN MüLLER
Science of the Sea (Third Edition – Metallic Blue Vinyl)
DIGITALIS
LP // £14.99

*Third Edition of this amazing album pressed up on metallic blue vinyl – 300 copies only* ‘Science Of The Sea’ is a total find, presenting a precious vinyl reissue of Jürgen Müller’s practically unheard 1982 ode to oceanography and the magic of synthesizer music. As his story goes, in 1979, Jürgen, a self-taught amateur musician studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, travelled with a film crew to document…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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THROBBING GRISTLE
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

*TG’s remarkable second album remastered and reissued – with a second disc of bonus material* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit…
THROBBING GRISTLE
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
Industrial Records Ltd
LP // £12.99

*2011 issue – restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ transfers of the original tapes* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris…
TROPIC OF CANCER
The End Of All Things
DOWNWARDS
CD // £7.99

‘The End Of All Things’ is Tropic Of Cancer’s tender farewell note to Downwards, collecting their two 10″s for the label together with a cover of Soft Cell’s ‘L.O.V.E. Feelings’ and new, unreleased material – seven tracks in total. For some, Downwards’ foray into this gloomy, gothic sideroom didn’t sit well with their perception of the label’s aesthetic, but for everyone else, their two 10″s and successive records by Pink…
VARIOUS / SAVOURY DAYS
Still Going In Offices
SAVOURY DAYS
LP // £11.99

*Edition of 250 in screen-printed sleeve with info sheet* Excellent DIY effort from Savoury Days Records, pairing contemporary lo-fi, punk and minimal synth stuff with original 1980 tracks by The Hollow Men, The Door And The Window and The Passionate Winemakers. It’s a great concept and faithfully executed in the great tradition of UK DIY, prizing uniqueness, eccentricity and diversity over more superficial values. A-side we’re introduced to the likes…
CHRIS CARTER
Moonlight
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.49

Following last year’s essential ‘The Space Between’ reissue, Optimo Music delves again into the spotless back catalogue of Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and gives ‘Moonlight’, originally found on 1985’s Mondo Beat LP, a remastered 12″ pressing. This synth-wave whip-cracker is a bit of an underground dance classic already – a bootleg version was caned by Belgian new beat and Italian Cosmic DJs back in day – but this is really…
DMX KREW
Broken SD140 EP
Breakin Records
12″ // £6.49

Ed DMX on form with five diverse and idiosyncratic Jack/Electro trax. A-side makes good with the Urban Tribe-meets-Ghost Box flex of ‘Broken SD140’, the cracked-out DJ Bone style Techno of ‘RX5 Cassette Loop’ and the kinetic, ghoulish ‘TR808 Echo Beats’. B-side, ‘Past Master’ is classic DMX Krew alien funk, a few shades off the Analord series, and ‘Goodbye Sparks’ a weirdly funky analogue jam.
PSYCHIC DANCEHALL
Dreamers
Art Fag Recordings
LP // £15.99

**Includes free mp3 download code redeemable from the label** Debut album from the San Fran-dwelling lo-fi synth duo, appearing on Art Fag, the label what brought youse Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. Much like the Maria Minerva or Salem albums, ‘Dreamers’ sounds like it was recorded in a bedsit, but what they lack in fidelity, they make up for in hooks and charm. Their garage-psych single ‘A Love That…
FRANK ALPINE
Frank Alpine
Wierd Records
CD // £10.99

Erupting from the seamy neon-lit wasteland of Los Angeles, California – Frank Alpine’s self-titled debut offers a darker, sleazier view of the current cold-wave resurgence. In fact this disc might have more in common with the shuddersome compositions of Chris & Cosey than it does with the contemporary Brooklyn indie set. There’s a no-wave grit to Alpine’s pained squeals, and over double-time electrical beats he eulogizes a city in decline….
FRANK ALPINE
Frank Alpine
Wierd Records
LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download coupon redeemable from the label** Erupting from the seamy neon-lit wasteland of Los Angeles, California – Frank Alpine’s self-titled debut offers a darker, sleazier view of the current cold-wave resurgence. In fact this disc might have more in common with the shuddersome compositions of Chris & Cosey than it does with the contemporary Brooklyn indie set. There’s a no-wave grit to Alpine’s pained squeals, and over double-time…
XENO & OAKLANDER
Sets & Lights (Album)
Wierd Records
LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download coupon redeemable from the label** Eagerly anticipated 3rd album from Miss Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride, the svelte figures behind Xeno & Oaklander. It should be fair to say that these two have both spearheaded and produced some of the finest moments in the current Cold Wave revival, and ‘with ‘Sets & Lights’ they prove there’s still much life left in the machines yet. Their detached, enigmatic…
XENO & OAKLANDER
Sets & Lights (Album)
Wierd Records
CD // £10.99

Eagerly anticipated 3rd album from Miss Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride, the svelte figures behind Xeno & Oaklander. It should be fair to say that these two have both spearheaded and produced some of the finest moments in the current Cold Wave revival, and ‘with ‘Sets & Lights’ they prove there’s still much life left in the machines yet. Their detached, enigmatic sense of elegance and restraint is core to…
XENO & OAKLANDER
Sets & Lights (Single)
Wierd Records
7″ // £6.99

If it’s coming from the Wierd Records camp then you pretty much know what to expect; cold, sparkling electro pop. And you wouldn’t be wrong in the case of Brooklyn duo Xeno & Oaklander, who give a shimmering update to John Foxx’s ‘Metamatic’ era productions on ‘Sets & Lights’, a single culled from their forthcoming album of the same name. Fans of the current Brooklyn crop of electroid variations should…
SUMMER CAMP
Welcome to Condale
Apricot
LP // £13.99

Sounding like an 80s teen movie soundtrack, Summer Camp clearly aren’t afraid of wearing their hearts on their sleeve. The duo might not be the Swedish 14 yr old love story they were initially hoped to be, but their retrograde power pop has more than enough jangling dry-ice laced charm to keep things interesting. It’s almost like the demonic offspring of Autre Ne Veut and Washed Out – there’s a…
ONE AUFF
Heavy Heady
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

One Auff aka North Carolina’s Steve Raney returns to Throne Of Blood with one of his strongest singles, including remixes by Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson & Phillip Lauer) and Nick Chacona. With its frothy melodies and warm bassline the original could happily soundtrack some romantic dream sequence set at a Butlins weekender circa 1988, while ‘Knits’ is set later in the night to a backdrop of fat square bass…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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LFO
Frequencies (Double Vinyl Reissue)
Warp Records
2LP // £18.99

*20th anniversary edition, includes all 14 original CD tracks cut to double vinyl for the first time – 4 of these have never been available on vinyl before. Includes download code redeemable from the label* LFO’s seminal debut LP ‘Frequencies’ should need scant introduction to our customers. Its transcendent influence can be felt across two decades of UK electronica and further afield, with its original co-creator Mark Bell going on…
SWEET EXORCIST
RetroActivity
Warp Records
2CD // £11.99

Foundational bleep techno from Richard Barrett and Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H. Kirk. Pivotal to the early success of Warp Records, Sweet Exorcist’s crucial 12″s also made explicit the link between industrial music and the new dawn of acid house, building on the dancefloor-conscious, mantra-like direction that the Cabs had taken their own music in the early-mid 80s. These broadcasts from the mind-forges of the Steel City are bleep ‘n bass…
LEVON VINCENT
Impressions Of A Rainstorm
Novel Sound
12″ // £8.99

Timeless, instant-classic material from the one and only Levon Vincent! Having played our copies of ‘Man Or Mistress’ and just about every other Levon 12″ to the hilt by now, new material is always welcome, but he’s spoiling us here. The A-side is a modern tribal House masterpiece, shaking the drums into a mammoth, speaker-owning subbass while layers of star-screaming synths expand and envelope your mind with jaw-dropping psychedelic dynamism….
DNTEL / PEARSON SOUND / SILENT SERVANT & REGIS
Anywhere Anyone (Silent Servant & Regis / Pearson Sound Mixes)
SUB POP
12″ // £5.99

Regis, Silent Servant and Pearson Sound on Sub Pop?! Yep, DNTEL have given up their track ‘Anywhere Anyone’ to the badboys for remix treatment, and we can’t imagine they’re not delighted, and also a little surprised, with the results. Sandwell boys Silent Servant and Regis keep the vocal intact, adding some extra layers of radiophonic distortion and delay, and anchoring it all with a galloping rhythm not dissimilar to the…
POWELL / KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS)
The Ongoing Significance Of Steel And Flesh
DIAGONAL
12″ // £7.99

*First edition of 350 copies. Laser-cut, hand-assembled jacket housing hand-stamped & numbered insert* Diagonal, a new label from London demands your attention with three KILLER bare-boned rhythm tracks by label head Powell, backed with a superb Karl O’Connor (Regis) remix. Powell’s original tracks are a masterful reduction and consolidation of ideas studied from the likes of Nitzer Ebb, Suicide and Mika Vainio, matching their rockabilly attitude with the kind of…
MOSCA
The Wavey EP
3024
12″ // £6.49

With a slick shimmy, Mosca rolls off his Numbers ace onto three Teched-out swingers for Martyn’s 3024 imprint. ‘The Wavey EP’ is about the most Techno-oriented release on the label so far, implying a deep lineage connecting strands of UK Garage, Funky and House with a stripped down warehouse aesthetic. A-side is the inimitably shifty ‘Dom Perignon’, a heads-high roller built from squashed subs and clipped drums synced with the…
VENTRESS
AVN002
AVIAN
12″ // £6.99

Pure, monotone, highly functional Techno from Ventress, following Shifted’s killer lead on the Avian label. A1 has the pneumatic force and velocity of classic Sleeparchive or Function’s more stoic, resolute productions, while A2 is an expansive drone composition. B1 finds a throbbing, heads-down killer with lagging one-note acid line and creeping BC style dub chords, besides the oceanographic radar bleeps of and haunting atmospheres of B2. Solid wares – limited…
MAURICE DONOVAN
Call My Name
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £7.99

*one-sided white label – strictly limited copies* Ramadanman/Pearson Sound’s Chicagoan alter ego turns out another massive jam. Turning the clock back to roughly 1989, David Kennedy embodies all the elements of camp, haughty and infectiously driven House music, powering up chunky toms and a belting Sylvester-esque vocal refrain for proper, puckered rough play ‘pon the ‘floor.
LOWTEC
Coldred
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Sound new EP on Instra:mental’s NonPlus from one of European house’s most consistent and compelling voices, Jens Kuhn aka Lowtec. Over the last decade, Kuhn has developed a warm, swinging slow-house sound that’s yielded widely acclaimed releases on labels like Playhouse, Smallville, Laid and especially Workshop. Coldred is his second drop on NonPlus, following ‘Wonderkidd’ from earlier this year, and showcases three distinct sides to his sound: ‘Twizel’ is the…
DEADBEAT / SCB / EFDEMIN
Drawn And Quartered Rmxs
BLKRTZ
12″ // £8.99

Deep ‘n deadly Berliner versions of tracks from Deadbeat’s latest album, leading with a smart remix by Scuba of his own SCB edit (keep up at the back) of ‘First Quarter’. This cut seems to complete Paul Rose’s conversion from dubstepper to out-and-out techno producer; for all the creepy FX and spatial manipulation going on, this bangers boils down to its tough, unrelenting 4/4 kick and bassline moulded for maximum…
IL BOSCO
EP 1
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.49

Craftier dancefloor constructions from Manchester native Christian Wood aka Woody aka Crowhead. UK Hip Hop heads and northern sulphuric soul types might know him from his productions on Grand Central and Atic Recordings back in the day, but in 2011 he’s hitting a different groove, mixing disco, electro and rave in a tasty audio hot pot. A-side there’s the infectious piano house vibes of ‘Mearsk’ and the gritted Electro-meets-Oldskool grind…
MARK ARCHER
Frequency Remixes
Balkan Vinyl
12″ // £6.99

**Yellow Vinyl** Luke Vibert, DMX Krew, AGT Rave Cru and Killa Productions (Ben Sims, Mark Broom, Paul Mac) remix Mark Archer’s seminal ’91 rave ace ‘Frequency’ as Altern 8. Vibert’s clearly relishing the opportunity, helplessly flipping from breakbeats to electro and back with blatant disregard for your health, while DMX Krew delivers a rare breakbeat ‘ardcore outing for the NRG posse at the front. Maybe best of all is AGT…
JACQUES GREENE / GUILLAMINO
Left In The Wild (Jacques Greene Mix)
BANKROBBER
12″ // £8.99

Jacques Greene, Galaxy 2 Galaxy’s Esteban Adame and Pepepe add some international flavour to the bossa-pop soul of Guillamino’s ‘Left In The Wild’. The ever impressive Jacques Greene coolly resets the rhythm to a bobbing mid-tempo with escalating arpeggios and sensuous, squidgy bassline. By contrast, Pepepe’s is more explicitly funked up with rude synth vamps and sweet blushes of exotica but make no mistake, it’s the Esetban Adame remix for…
RICH ODDIE
Refraction / Driftwork
Surface Records
12″ // £6.99

Orphx’s Rich Oddie presents his solo debut; two tracks of instinctively rugged Industrial Techno derangements. For over twenty years Rich has been involved with a number of musical projects, from Ambient to Industrial Techno and Punk, essentially consolidating these disparate strands in a potent fusion here for like minded Techno experimentalists Surface Records. A-side is a bruising deconstruction of 4/4 standards, f**king off “normal” arrangements to go hell-for-leather with explosive…
DAX J & CHRIS STANFORD
Programm EP (Truss / Shifted Mixes)
EAR TO GROUND
12″ // £6.49

Heavy Dub Techno from a new London-based label, including remixes by Shifted and Truss. ‘Programm’ is Chris Stanford and Dax J’s first collaboration and belies a love of stripped, muscular 4/4 Techno with minimal elements optimised for full impact. Remixing, Techno man-of-the-moment Shifted gives a svelte, icier remix with haunting synthwork reminding of Pendle Coven while Truss’ is all about pure aerobic fitness. Ace.
KINK & NEVILLE WATSON
A Saturday In November
HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH
12″ // £7.99

A straight ace from the hugely in-demand KiNK and his pal Neville Watson featuring vox from Hercules & Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman. The main mix is a proper peach: fat-assed Fingers-style square bass and cascading synths with a lethal, succinct breakdown and perfectly measured vocals. The flipside dub strips it all back to essentials for the dancers, concentrating on body-movin’ drum coordination with loads of room to show what…
NEBRASKA
Displacement
Rush Hour
CD // £10.99

Eleven tracks of heavyweight House music with a burning disco appeal. Following his previous four 12″s for Rush Hour and an album on $tinkworx’s Down Low label, Nebraska continues to forge an individual style of looping party tracks. He’s got kindred spirit in the likes of Soundstream, but his style is Housier, lusher and more perhaps more driving. These are almost guaranteed to work the bones of any fun loving…

 

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Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso
ANALOG AFRICA
2LP // £15.99

*Limited vinyl edition now in stock – 16 seriously killer excursions into Sahel psych-rock,Afro-Funk and Blues from the top drawer of the amazing Analog Africa label* “For its commemorative 10th release, Analog Africa indulges in Burkina Faso, one of the jewels of the Sahel…The rise of a post-independence urban middle class willing to invest in the Burkinabé arts spawned a cadre of singers, bands, orchestras and, most importantly, competitive record…
TAKESHI TERAUCHI
Nippon Guitars
Big Beat
LP // £11.99

**14 tracks taken from the CD version** Ace, reverent collection of Japanese “instrumental surf, Eleki & Tsugaru Rock 1966-1974” compiled by Honest Jon’s Howard Williams (the man behind Ethbo Records’ superb ‘Killing ‘Melody’ LP). ‘Nippon Guitars’ is actually the first ever Western retrospective of Takeshi “Terry” Terauchi’s work and draws parallels between his American counterparts – Les Paul and The Ventures – and the heavily effected style of Eleki which…
TAKESHI TERAUCHI
Nippon Guitars
Big Beat
CD // £12.99

**25 tracks on CD** Ace, reverent collection of Japanese “instrumental surf, Eleki & Tsugaru Rock 1966-1974” compiled by Honest Jon’s Howard Williams (the man behind Ethbo Records’ superb ‘Killing ‘Melody’ LP). ‘Nippon Guitars’ is actually the first ever Western retrospective of Takeshi “Terry” Terauchi’s work and draws parallels between his American counterparts – Les Paul and The Ventures – and the heavily effected style of Eleki which he single-handedly invented…