Oct 072011
 

Hello,

There’s just toooo much stuff out this week, so without further ado…

Raster Noton label head Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicolai, transmits from the cutting edge of digital production with ‘Univrs’, possibly his finest album since the seminal ‘Transform’. It diverges the vectors of ‘Xerrox’ and ‘Unitxt’ into a visceral, almost industrial style of heavyweight electronics, adding far more dirt and roughness to the mix , and sounding all the better for it.

Sandwell District continue to defy expectations with a 2LP of esoteric electronic rhythms and spatial diffusions from Yves De Mey, available in a first run on super limited clear vinyl. ‘Counting Triggers’ is more comparable to the likes of Frank Bretschneider’s Komet project or Ilpo Vaisanen’s Piiri output than anything else on the label, and if you know what that means, you’d do well to snap one up.

Also impressing this week, Zelionople percussionist Mike Weis turns in a superb solo debut for Barge (home of The Fun Years), limited to just 250 hand-assembled copies. Essentially it’s Mike’s rhythms, played out on a plethora of exotic things to hit and enveloped by clouds of electronic drone, but its sense of space and hypnotic effect equal far more than the sum of its parts, and should be well recommended to fans of everyone from Chris Corsano to The Haxan Cloak or Cut Hands.

And if you’re just craving some dark vocals and underground dance-meets-post-industrial vibes, look no further than Water Borders ace debut LP on Tri Angle. Imagine the spirits of Coil mixed with the sort of rhythms you might hear from Doc Daneeka or DJ Elmoe, and you’re weirdly close to what it sounds like. It also contains the amazing ‘What Wiwant’, which is totally worth the cost of admission alone.

One for the connoisseurs: ‘Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm’ has completely blown us away this week, an incredible 4CD box set featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music made between 1909 and 1960s, none of which have appeared on CD before. We don’t need to spell it out any further – it’s a genuine treasure trove and a must for those of you perpetually digging through the forgotten annals of African music.

At the other end of the scale, there’s a ruck of big titles out this week – Martyn solidifies his status as one of the finest and freshest dancefloor producers in the world with his killer ‘Ghost People’ LP, while Rustie weighs in big-time with the debut album everyone is talking about, ‘Glass Swords’, and Björk delivers her multi-tiered and eagerly awaited ‘Biophilia’ opus, bearing production assists from 16 Bit, Leila, Current Value, Mark Bell and Matthew Herbert. And speaking of producers, make sure to check the timely deluxe box set of Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh aka the British Electronic Foundation!

On a home-listening bent there’s some gems for you to check; Chubby Wolf aka the late Dani Banqet-Long of Celer offers the blissful quietude of ‘Turkey Decoy’ on Digitalis (initial copies on transparent vinyl!), Daren Ho aka Driphouse serves some classically playful synthesizer treats on Spectrum Spools, and Xela’s deeply evocative drone outing ‘The Sublime’ completes his vinyl trilogy for Dekorder.

Did we mention it’s a busy week? There are also two essential reissues of albums by Talk Talk and Mark Hollis and an impeccably executed album of shoegaze-pop from Pink Playground (pink vinyl, 750 copies with download code) on Mexican Summer, besides Harmonizer – Greg Davis and NNA Tapes’ Toby Aronson – taking us to the 5th world on Ford & Lopatin’s Software label, and wicked, fractal Techno electronics from Sculpture plus psych-Techno from Astral Social Club ‘pon Dekorder…phew!

Ohh, then there’s the dancefloor, getting served some experimental tidbits by Floating Points on a tidy 7″ including some locked grooves, assuming the future B-Boy stance with the new Gescom 12″ on Skullsnap, drowning in the subbass of Pole’s return on his self-titled label, swinging Detroit-meets-Berlin styles with Asusu on Livity Sound, and getting mangled in the wires with Skam’s VHS Head and and an Ekoplekz white label repress on Punch Drunk.

Other releases of note come from Deepchord, Nils Frahm, James Blake, Soul Jazz, Radiohead, Fennesz, Jean-Claude Vannier, Zombi, Nite Jewel, Wolfgang Voigt, Deadboy, Analog Africa, Aardvarck, Steven Hess, Colin Stetson, Sofrito, Dj Rashad, Radio People, The Field plus a VHS from Hype WIlliams (!!!), CD Reissues on R&S from the likes of Aphex Twin and Model 500, and a ruck of priceless Arthur Russell reissues you owe it to yourself to check if you don’t already own them.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ALVA NOTO
Univrs
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £11.99

Carsten Nicolai is hardly a slouch in terms of his release frequency, but it feels like a rare treat to hear the Raster Noton boss exploring the jerky rhythmic variations he does so well. ‘Univrs’ is a followup to 2008’s ‘Unitxt’, and has an equally lofty and academic sidestory, but we don’t really need to go into that. The fact is that this might be Carsten’s best full-length since the genre-numbing ‘Transform’ back in 2001. Yep, ten years ago – and while he’s had some cracking releases since, few seem as perfectly crafted and dangerous as this. The gorgeous humming melodies of ‘Xerrox’ and the serene experiments of his collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto are nowhere to be seen, instead we’re treated to rugged industrial barrages of beats, violent noise and occasional glassy tones. It’s like Pan Sonic or Sleeparchive thrown through the corroded guts of Ted Hughes’s Iron Man then fed into Bill Gates’s nightmares, trust me on this one. There are elements of the long-gone clicks ‘n cuts scene Nicolai helped create, echoes of Einsturzende Neubauten, and a sly wink to the current crop of gloomy 4/4 operators, but Nicolai’s sound is really all his own. He’s been perfecting these rhythms for so long that it feels he’s operating inside his own genre, and mercifully without any of the self-indulgence you might expect from someone of his stature. ‘Univrs’ is a record made for enjoyment – sleazy, basement style, rusty enjoyment. It’s the record we’ve wanted him to make for far too long and it delivers on every level.



VARIOUS / DUST TO DIGITAL
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM
WORLD
Dust to Digital
4CD + BOOK // £44.99

*Incredible 4CD box set featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music (1909 to mid-1960s), none of which have ever been issued on CD until now* Pan-African in scope & wildly diverse, Opika Pende is a testament to the deep riches found in early recorded music across the continent. compiler bio: Jonathan Ward is a Los Angeles-based collector, researcher, & writer. In 2007, he began the well-known website Excavated Shellac, which features a wide-range of scarce, international 78rpm records from across the globe with extensive commentary. In 2010, Jonathan released his first LP in a series for Dust-to-Digital’s vinyl imprint Parlortone. Titled Excavated Shellac: Strings, it contains 14 exemplary performances on string instruments from across the globe, all from his collection of 78s.



YVES DE MEY
Counting Triggers
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
2×12″ // £14.99

*Limited first run on clear wax – Includes A6 postcard* Two twelves, six tracks of minimalist electronic sound design by Yves De Mey. Techno heads might best know Yves’ work from his Sendai collaborations with fellow Belgian national, Peter Van Hoesen, but he’s also got a solid body of solo releases available on labels such as Line and Knobsounds. Following Bob Ostertag and Rrose’s modular motions on ‘Motormouth Variations’, ‘Counting Triggers’ is reflective of Sandwell Districts’ increasingly esoteric vectors, and would probably be more suited to soundtracking contemporary dance choreography than any peaktime dancefloors. It’s not strictly club material, let’s put it that way. The aesthetic is more comparable with Frank Bretschneider’s Komet recordings or Ilpo Vaisanen’s Piiri project; all clinical wave-shapes and filigree digital rhythms programmed with a subtle appreciation of physical dynamics and diffuse spatial rendering. Recommended for the audiophiles and the ultra-modern techno fetishists, then.



WATER BORDERS
Harbored Mantras
ELECTRONIC
Tri Angle
LP // £11.99

Another compelling entry from Tri Angle Records, who’ve cleverly snapped up the frightening debut album by Water Borders. With ‘Harbored Mantras’ the San Fran-hailing duo of Amitai and Loric use the rhythms of contemporary ritual dance music to resurrect the occult soul of Coil and their cabal in unique and succinctly pop balanced new forms. A couple of mixtapes – both self-released and for the brilliant DIS magazine – display their influences quite clearly, working in a circle of influence ranging from Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson’s eerie Threshold HouseBoys Choir to James Blake’s chamber pop and the rhythm schematics of Doc Daneeka or DJ Elmoe, and it’s fair to say this album sums up all of those and more. The opening palette cleanser ‘Tread On Them’ crosses swords between gamelan, narcotically-blunted House and a deeply uncanny channelling of Jhonn Balance-like vocals, whose inspiration looms large into the stunning ‘What Wiwant’, practically scratching at the hairs of the neck with vocal anguish over the tuffest ‘ardcore subs and clammiest ambience. We could happily play this on repeat this until the national grid shut down. That chilling vocal continues to pervade deeper in, with ‘Bad Ethos’ summoning depth charge Bristolian Dubstep in a tableau of sneering choirs and poltergeist shrieks, and to sour effect on ‘Even In The Dark’ and the ‘Feasting On Mongeese’, beautifully sustaining the aura of affected gothic torment. In the closing rites, this poise is held to elegant effect in the sepulchral space of ‘Seed Bank’, MIDI sax bleat circling abyssal 808 bass hits, and to exotic infusions of ‘Antechamber’ leaving us to dreams of grotesquerie even Pasolini would be proud of.



MIKE WEIS
Loop Current / Raft (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Barge Recordings
LP // £11.99

**Limited 1st edition of 250 housed in hand-assembled jacket** Percussionist Mike Weis makes a very strong impression with this killer solo outing. Mike’s best known as the drummer with Zelionople, besides his contributions to records by The North Sea, Xela and Scott Tuma, but on ‘Loop Current’ his steady, layered drumming is the central feature amidst hypnotic, spaciously diffuse clouds of field recordings and short-wave radio tones. There’s a potent and wholly enveloping atmosphere to the record, thanks in no small part to the sense of meditative restraint with which he conducts his kit, dividing himself between a vast array of gongs, temple block, claves, dholak, doumbeks, thunder tube, rattles and mbira, to name a few. The strange, hypnotic tension between tangibly synthetic electro-acoustic drone clouds and his undulating tribal rhythms at once suck us into his core pulse and inflate our sense of space to the peripheries of perception, ultimately leaving us unsettled and almost uncomfortably at his mercy. Obvious comparisons can be made with Jon Mueller and Chris Corsano, but it’s the electro-acoustic magick and sense of synthesized space which gives this record an unheimlich, voodoo charge maybe more comparable to Cut Hands or The Haxan Cloak. Highly recommended.



ALVA NOTO
Univrs
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
2×12″ // £16.99

Carsten Nicolai is hardly a slouch in terms of his release frequency, but it feels like a rare treat to hear the Raster Noton boss exploring the jerky rhythmic variations he does so well. ‘Univrs’ is a followup to 2008’s ‘Unitxt’, and has an equally lofty and academic sidestory, but we don’t really need to go into that. The fact is that this might be Carsten’s best full-length since the genre-numbing ‘Transform’ back in 2001. Yep, ten years ago – and while he’s had some cracking releases since, few seem as perfectly crafted and dangerous as this. The gorgeous humming melodies of ‘Xerrox’ and the serene experiments of his collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto are nowhere to be seen, instead we’re treated to rugged industrial barrages of beats, violent noise and occasional glassy tones. It’s like Pan Sonic or Sleeparchive thrown through the corroded guts of Ted Hughes’s Iron Man then fed into Bill Gates’s nightmares, trust me on this one. There are elements of the long-gone clicks ‘n cuts scene Nicolai helped create, echoes of Einsturzende Neubauten, and a sly wink to the current crop of gloomy 4/4 operators, but Nicolai’s sound is really all his own. He’s been perfecting these rhythms for so long that it feels he’s operating inside his own genre, and mercifully without any of the self-indulgence you might expect from someone of his stature. ‘Univrs’ is a record made for enjoyment – sleazy, basement style, rusty enjoyment. It’s the record we’ve wanted him to make for far too long and it delivers on every level.



B.E.F. (BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION)
1981-2011
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Virgin
Deluxe 3CD Box Set // £14.99

*Killer box set featuring rare, early and classic material from the British Electric Foundation, the project founded by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh after they left the Human League* In 1980 Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left the Human League and went on to form British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.) as a production team rather than a band. Ware and Marsh then formed Heaven 17 with lead singer Glenn Gregory. This B.E.F. 1981-2011 Special Edition celebrates 30 years of B.E.F: it features Music of Quality and Distinction Volume 1 + 2 plus bonus tracks, Music for Stowaways plus bonus tracks and new previously unreleased Volume 3: Dark tracks. It also includes a foldout Poster and 4 Postcards housed in a clamshell box. For synth fiends among you – it’s is a must.



CHUBBY WOLF
Turkey Decoy (Limited Transparent Vinyl)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Limited pressing – initial copies on transparent vinyl* Chubby Wolf was the title used by the late Dani Baquet-Long of Celer for her most glacially refined recordings. Her work is now carefully and lovingly curated by her husband and partner in Celer, Will Long, who has picked one of her most accessible albums ‘Turkey Decoy’ for this posthumous release on Digitalis. The phosphorescent cybernetic ambience of opener ‘Cantankerous Baby’ sets an understated tone which continues through the album, across the glassy pond-like reflections of ‘Birthday Suit’, and the exquisitely fragile expanse of ‘Rattling Mandibles’, to the subdued neo-classical splendour of ‘Scalloped Toes’ or the looming finale ‘Intrusively Coexisting’ where Dani’s beloved wolves make a cameo appearance. Existing in such a subtly tonal and near motionless world of sound, it’s difficult to describe the breathtaking sense of romance and sensuality to Dani’s songcraft, so we should simply stress it’s beauty and appeal to lovers of purest ambient music.



MARTYN
Ghost People
TECHNO / HOUSE
Brainfeeder
2LP // £13.99

**Limited white vinyl – Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Two years since his debut LP, Martyn drops one of 2011’s most anticipated dancefloor albums. With ‘Ghost People’ he cements well-nurtured ties to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder camp, pooling his blend of UK Bass, US House & European Techno with the label’s kaleidoscopic vision of electronic beat music, one which already spans the sounds of Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs and Samiyam among others. Guided by a steady, experienced hand, Martyn refracts ideas borrowed and assimilated from every corner of the modern ‘floor into a spectrum of helplessly futurist funk. Most notably, he’s nudged the tempos down to a cooler groovin’ 120-135bpm bracket, and what happens within this tempo zone is not far short of alchemy. From the top, Spaceape lends a sense of impending epicness to the synthscape intro ‘Love And Machine’, before ‘Viper’ sets up corrugated Techno riffs and metronomic hi-hats like a cosmically darkside D&B take on Zomby’s Eski-dubs.  The groove proper comes with ‘Masks’, a brooding Tech-House swinger with plump Reese bass and rippling Dub chords, next to the 2562-style rhythm mechanics and signature melodic progressions of ‘Distortions’. At the album’s apex, the sample-savvy breakbeat number ‘Popguns’ earns him countless future B-Boy points, while ‘Ghost People’ and the dippin’ ‘Twice As’ will endear him no end with the sub-loving post-Dubstep/Funky masses. To close, we’re taken further into Techno zones with the mighty, radioactive arpeggios of ‘Bauplan’ and the psychoactive Chicago stomp of ‘Horror Vacui’, before the tranced-glazed breakage of ‘We Are You In The Future’ leaves us floored and gurning for more. For our 2p, this album is more precise, concise and useful than its predecessor, you know what to do.



RUSTIE
Glass Swords
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Warp Records
2LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** We’ve been banging on about Rustie since ‘Jagz The Smack’ had our jaws dragging on the lino back in ’07, and it’s hard to believe it’s taken him this long to get an album together. Sure there have been a handful of EPs, singles and splits, but few captured the chemically enhanced hedonism of that first plate, well, until now. It seems Rustie has somehow managed to fend off the weight of expectation by ignoring the devil on his shoulder and furrowing a path all his own through bass music. This is a pure Rustie album from beginning to end, and it succeeds by being just as uncompromising as those key early releases. It’s not the same; in the years since ‘Jagz The Smack’ we’ve seen the hiccupping digital glitch experiments replaced by an FM synthesis fetish and an eye on 80s stadium pop – but this is knocked so far into the bass music and contemporary rap template it’s hard to know where one begins and the other ends. Take album highlight ‘Hover Traps’ for example, which kicks off with a slap-bass intro straight outta Seinfeld then bashes it gruesomely into the kind of rap-trance Chris Brown has made his calling card (thankfully sans that woman hating tw*t whining over the top). AraabMUSIK may have jumpstarted the bass/rap trance crossover with ‘Electronic Dreams’, but Rustie makes it his own; nobody else would have the balls to use the sounds he does, and to be quite honest nobody else would manage it with the same finesse. These are club tracks, but with the kind of unpretentious trickery you rarely hear in contemporary pop. Somehow ‘Glass Swords’ seems totally out of time, and while it sort of fits in on some level with the bass/dubstep/hip hop instrumentals ‘thing’, it’s all and neither – it might be that Rustie has thrown so much into the mix he’s ended up with something totally new. If you want a record that will put a huge grin on yer face and have you coming back time and time again, Rustie has provided in spades. A huge recommendation.



DRIPHOUSE
Spectrum 008
ELECTRONIC
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

A new collection of killer, tempered synthesizer workouts from Darren Ho on Spectrum Spools. The seven tracks featured have are have the kind of fragile beauty – and playfulness – that we associate with the early electronic music of Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Raymond Scott and their ilk. There’s a strong narrative arc to the album, but each track explores distinct territory: ‘Slow Sum’ parts one and two’ are playful agglomerations of phased analogue patterns, ‘In Peru’ a Budd/Roedelius-style ambient pastoral, ‘Dots’ a right-on kosmische pastiche, ‘Smiley’ a sticky, KFW-style drone raga replete with distant, ritualistic choral chanting, the superlative ‘Chompers World’ a kind of piano-laced, malfunctioning digi-clock polka. The twee harpsichord flourishes of ‘Back Into The Hole’ bring things to an agreeably unheimlich, Ghost Box-esque finale, rounding off what undoubtedly counts among the more intriguing offerings from John Elliott’s ever-reliable imprint.



XELA
The Sublime
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Dekorder bring the third and final part of the Xela trilogy to its vinyl resting place, following the original cassette release on Digitalis. Almost anyone who has followed Xela’s work will surely agree that this trilogy, including ‘The Illuminated’ and ‘The Divine’, comprises some of the subtlest and most affective music in his canon. ‘The Sublime’ takes Twells’ sound “into the sickly afterlife”, invoking a passage to exalted destinations almost beyond the reach of our mortal vessels, but possibly glimpsed here by those who peer deep enough. Side I is an exercise in synthesis entitled ‘Lust & Paradise’, and a glacial immersion into the kind of heavy breathing, elegiac ambience which defines Aphex Twin or Kevin Drumm’s most reflective moments. It creeps the senses like sleep paralysis and perhaps represents what death will be like, locked still with your imagination for eternity and unable to physically fulfil its desires. Side II, ‘Eve’s Riposte’ suggests a more opiated state, with a shimmering, golden blur of harp-like timbres washing through a system of low-end oscillations and caliginous ferric vapours. Coupled with the gorgeous sleeve art by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, it’s a compelling set.



TALK TALK
Laughing Stock (2011 Edition)
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
BA DA BING
LP // £14.49

*One of the most influential albums of the last 20 years available on vinyl for the first time in a generation* It’s impossible to overstate the love felt by so many for the two “experimental” Talk Talk albums – ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock’. Basically, following the commercial triumph of their singles “It’s My Life”, “Life’s What You Make It” and album “The Colour of Spring” Talk Talk retreated back into the shadows and produced two albums that defied categorisation. Recorded in near-mythical conditions, Mark Hollis is said to have demanded the band work in almost complete darkness, improvising for hours to produce complex, multi-layered and ultimately completely groundbreaking material. “Laughing Stock” was to be their last album – but its legacy seems to grow in stature with every year that goes by. You can easily see the stylistic and conceptual markers left by Talk Talk in the way that bands like Radiohead went on to explore more open-ended and diverse sound sources and stylistic shifts – as if it were the most normal thing in the world for a band with considerable chart success to do. “Laughing Stock” is a quiet, contemplative album – and it hasn’t aged a day since it’s release over 20 years ago. If you own it – we’ll be preaching to the converted. If you don’t – we envy you for being able to hear it for the first time. In short – it’s just completely unmissable.



MARK HOLLIS
Mark Hollis (2011 Edition)
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
BA DA BING
LP // £14.49

*Seminal solo-album from Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis, available on vinyl for the first time since its release* 7 years after the release of “Laughing Stock” and the end of Talk Talk, Mark Hollis recorded what has since gone on to be described as “quite possibly the most quiet and intimate record ever made”. In many respects it’s an album no-less influential than “Laughing Stock”, once again extending the parameters and smudging the boundaries between many disparate musical styles and influences, taking elements of jazz, classical and devotional music without ever really sounding like anyone or anything else you’ll have heard before. Much like “Spirit of Eden” and “Laughing Stock”, it’s an album that’s really attained an almost mythical status – leaving so many desperately waiting to see is Hollis would ever return to making music again. Either way – his influence appears to be stronger today than ever before, and this gorgeous vinyl pressing has sent us off once again into a place we’d almost forgotten about but which has accompanied and enriched our lives for many years…



PINK PLAYGROUND
Destination Ecstasy
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
Mexican Summer
LP // £12.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition of 750 on marbled pink vinyl. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** Houston, TX’s Pink Playground have hatched one of this years finest shoegaze tributes with their debut album, ‘Destination Ecstasy’. In the finest tradition of MBV or Jesus & Mary Chain it comprises eight cathartic noise pop stuns, hewn from amp-busting and jangling guitars, brittle drum machines and swooning, glossolalic vocals haunted by wraith-like synth dissonance, sometimes feeling so perfect they’re about to implode in a shower of excoriating diamond dust. It’s out-and-out pop music, of the almost-painfully beautiful kind, manicured distortion amping a sense of socio-cultural isolation, cocooning the neurotic bedroom listener in a (Kevin) shield(s) of narcissistic reverb reflections. Utterly lush stuff, well recommended.



SCULPTURE
Toad Blinker
ELECTRONIC
DEKORDER
LP // £13.99

Badass zoetrope picture disc of discombobulated Avant-Techno fractals from Sculpture. Like its predecessor ‘Rotary Signal Emitter’, this is a proper headful of intuitive sample mulching and cheap, busted electronics, bubbling and fried with a knowing sense of psychedelia. In the course of eleven tracks on ‘Toad Blinker’ Dan Hayhurst clearly rejects the normative values imposed on Techno which so many producers get bogged down in and ends up with something genuinely marvellous and thoroughly endearing. OK it might not rock a dancefloor, per se, but its rocking our tiny minds more than almost any bangers you might care to mention. A deliriously haphazard hand is at work here, conducting fragmented tape loops and lo-fi analogue electronics through battered reel-to-reel, CD player, hardware sampler and FX units, but all the while keeping a crucial sense of groove, the sort of feel for rhythm which makes records by Ekoplekz and Diamond Catalog some of our favourites this year. It’s batty in the best possible sense, and well recommended to fans of the aforementioned or even Raymond Scott, Dick Raaijmakers, Bruno Spoerri etc.



HARMONIZER
World Complete
ELECTRONIC
SOFTWARE
LP // £11.99

**Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Harmonizer is the 5th world orienteering duo of Burlington, Vermont’s Greg Davis and Toby Aronson. They’re the first artists other than Ford & Lopatin to appear on Software, Daniel “Oneohtrix” Lopatin’s Mexican Summer offshoot label for synthy explorations, and beautifully benefit from his production expertise. With ‘World Complete’ they’re striking deep into uninhabited terrain, beautifully reflected in the satellite images licensed from the ESA-European Space Agency which adorn the cover and centre labels. Trousers tucked into their foil socks, they imagine four primal yet futurist soundscapes where supernatural sub-basses expand under plaintive rhythms and sparse, rare cloud formations of hyper-coloured synth awn and wash across undulating, expansive widescreen topographies. The mood is tranquil and meditative, often reverently awe-inspiring, and guided by an eyes-shut intuition which keeps everything suspended above ground level, levitating along the ley-tracks of ‘Landlines’ over the spiritual ground of ‘Derdeba’ to the savannah sprawl of the title track. Immensely lush stuff, advance tickets are strongly recommended!

Singles of the Week



FLOATING POINTS
Danger
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Eglo Records
7″ // £5.99

The Eglo label co-owner presents his latest studio findings on surely his most esoteric, experimental release to date. A-side ‘Danger’ is concerned with finely sculpted, strobing rhythmic fluctuations which sound almost like Mark Fell meets Kassem Mosse, but with the unmistakable melodic soul of Sam Shepherd. The flipside ‘Miniature 27’ feels like a Tangerine Dream incidental from a Michael Mann flick and ends with two locked grooves. Limited copies!



GESCOM
Skull Snap EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Skullsnap Records
12″ // £5.99

Gescom’s five-track eagle finally lands on Skam’s underground Hip Hop affiliate imprint, Skullsnap. Like always, it’s hardly worth discussing who’s steering the Gescom jeep this time out, just accept that you’ll never know and you’ll enjoy the tunes better. It’s definitely one for the old skool heads; five beat-breaking instrumentals built from processed samples and optimised machine rhythms, all with a ruggedly rigged integrity for the authentically stush Skam stance. Personal highlights have to be the Hyper-B-Boy edit job ‘Cake Mic’ on the A-side and what sounds like a Roland 505 being battered into submission in the middle of a warehouse on ‘R Zee Oner Panix’ o’er on the flipside. Strong steez for fans of Autechre, Made, MR76IX, naturally. Limited copies!



POLE
Waldgeschichten
TECHNO / HOUSE
POLE
12″ // £7.49

Good to have you back Pole, where’ve you been lad? Germany’s foremost practitioner of crackle-infused dub atmospherics seems keen to emphasize his music’s reggae DNA here: the organ melody of ‘Wipfel’ sounds like the hook from a Jahtari digi killer put through the Berlin blender. ‘Wurzel’ is similarly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but with a fiercer skank on it, and a more minimal, focussed sound design. The highlight for many though will be Pole’s own dub of ‘Wipfel’ – in which he hollows out the original, filling the space with extra sub-bass pressure and some rude echo FX. It’s the sound of a master at work and demands to be heard LOUD.



VHS HEAD
Midnight Section
ELECTRONIC
Skam Records
12″ // £5.99

VHS Head’s Video Club and Trademark Ribbons Of Gold rank as some of the finest outer-tronic records of recent times, representing as they do a completely unique, IDM-inflected and VCR-mangling take on the whole hypnagogic/hauntological fetish for re-processing the half-forgotten TV memories of yesteryear. This new EP finds the ‘Head going for a slightly heavier, harder sound, and in doing so he really strikes gold, from the cathode-fried cosmic undulations of ‘Decapitron’ to the itchy glitch-boogie of ‘Death Dimension’ and ‘Siege Express’ – clearly he’s been raiding the mid-80s exploitation section of his vid collection for this one. There are some curveballs too, like the chopped-up cocaine funk of ‘Jager’ and the beautifully washed out synthorama of ‘Nightmare Park’. We end on the deceptively mellowtitle track, its shimmering xylophone tones edited to all f*ck, like Autechre or BoC remixing The Advisory Circle. Seven exemplary video nasties for all the aspiring Max Renns among you. Rewind!



ASUSU
Sister
TECHNO / HOUSE
LIVITY SOUND
12″ // £6.99

Following Peverelist and Kowton’s lead, Asusu commandeers the 2nd drop on Punch Drunk affiliated label, Livity Sound. A-side is a lush, Detroit-inspired Techno groove, working a similar route as Shed’s earliest Soloaction 12″ with motor city-oiled grooves under melancholy strings and keys. B-side takes it back to Bristol, via Berlin, creeping with offset dub bass and grim late night vibes for darker heads. Hand-stamped white label. Ace.



EKOPLEKZ
Stalag Zero / Distended Dub
ELECTRONIC
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.99

**Plain stamped/whitelabel edition – limited stock!** Punch Drunk celebrate their 20th release in typically idiosyncratic style with a Radiophonic dub-scaping session from the shadowy Ekoplekz. Not much is known about this guy, apart from the fact that he’s from Bristol and has an exceptional taste for gorgeously spooked analogue electronics. These two tracks deploy vintage hardware and lo-fi cassette players in an improvised manner to make charmingly trippy little riddims, perhaps like Daphne Oram, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Carter got locked in the studio with a sack of stinky green. ‘Stalag Zero’ is the more bloopy of the the two, full of frothy, flanging metallic sonorities and sci-fi skank vibes also reminding of Jahtari’s Tapes, whereas ‘Distended Dub’ is a touch darker and industrial, sounding like a mad outtake from that Conrad Schnitzler live performance on Mirror Tapes. Big up Punch Drunk, and Ekoplekz, top release.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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DEEPCHORD
Hash-Bar Remnants Pt. 2
Soma
12″ // £7.99

Two further extensions of Rod Modell’s ‘Hash-Bar Loops’ album for Soma. ‘Remnant 3’ is an uncompromising slab of Dub Techno powered by velvet-clad but bruising bass hits and eased-off with organically evolving atmospheres and simmering, Von Oswald-esque organs chords. For the swingers ‘Remnant 4’ is a more sensual House groove, syncopating heaving bass and effervescent percussion amidst dreamily diffused analog ambient textures. Whether you’re working the ‘floor or the living…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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RUSTIE
Glass Swords
Warp Records
2LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** We’ve been banging on about Rustie since ‘Jagz The Smack’ had our jaws dragging on the lino back in ’07, and it’s hard to believe it’s taken him this long to get an album together. Sure there have been a handful of EPs, singles and splits, but few captured the chemically enhanced hedonism of that first plate, well, until now. It seems…
RUSTIE
Glass Swords
Warp Records
CD // £9.99

We’ve been banging on about Rustie since ‘Jagz The Smack’ had our jaws dragging on the lino back in ’07, and it’s hard to believe it’s taken him this long to get an album together. Sure there have been a handful of EPs, singles and splits, but few captured the chemically enhanced hedonism of that first plate, well, until now. It seems Rustie has somehow managed to fend off the…
FLOATING POINTS
Danger
Eglo Records
7″ // £5.99

The Eglo label co-owner presents his latest studio findings on surely his most esoteric, experimental release to date. A-side ‘Danger’ is concerned with finely sculpted, strobing rhythmic fluctuations which sound almost like Mark Fell meets Kassem Mosse, but with the unmistakable melodic soul of Sam Shepherd. The flipside ‘Miniature 27’ feels like a Tangerine Dream incidental from a Michael Mann flick and ends with two locked grooves. Limited copies!
GESCOM
Skull Snap EP
Skullsnap Records
12″ // £5.99

Gescom’s five-track eagle finally lands on Skam’s underground Hip Hop affiliate imprint, Skullsnap. Like always, it’s hardly worth discussing who’s steering the Gescom jeep this time out, just accept that you’ll never know and you’ll enjoy the tunes better. It’s definitely one for the old skool heads; five beat-breaking instrumentals built from processed samples and optimised machine rhythms, all with a ruggedly rigged integrity for the authentically stush Skam stance….
AARDVARCK
Anti Concept
EAT CONCRETE
CD // £12.99

Our favourite bifter-wielding beat-builder resurfaces, and how. Over the years Aardvarck has proved himself to be a master of pretty much every style he tries his hand at, and this album really takes you on an epic road-trip through his skunked-out preoccupations, beginning with a triptych of beatless pieces treading the line between eerie synth-scaping and caustic noise – ‘O’Malley’ is surely a tribute to Stephen?! When the drums do…
JAMES BLAKE
Enough Thunder
Atlas Recordings
CD // £8.99

Brand new six-track EP, an addendum of sorts to James Blake’s widely-acclaimed debut album. Most notably ‘Enough Thunder’ contains his sought-after ‘Fall Boys Creek’ collaboration with Bon Iver, and his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’ recorded for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, but for us the best moment is found in the Footwork-inspired fusioneering of ‘We Might Feel Unsound’. It also includes three other new songs ‘Once…
JAMES BLAKE
James Blake + Enough Thunder (2CD Edition)
Atlas Recordings
2CD // £15.99

**New edition featuring a previously vinyl-only track, plus the ‘Enough Thunder’ EP on the second disc** James Blake’s eponymous debut is probably the most discussed album of the last 6 months, and set to be among the best of the next 12. It’s kinda hard to comprehend his metamorphosis from electro-acoustic dubstep outsider in 2009 to urban blues hero in 2011, but one thing has become clearly apparent: this is…
MODESELEKTOR
Monkeytown
Monkeytown Records
2LP // £17.49

‘Monkeytown’ is Modeselektor’s 3rd album, and finds the duo at the peak of their powers: in 2011 they’re probably one of the world’s most sought-after live electronic acts. But while that sort of fame can usually dilute creativity or credibility, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are as vital and invigorating as they’ve ever been, if not more so, still siphoning the most vital ideas from underground UK and US dance…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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MIKE WEIS
Loop Current / Raft (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Barge Recordings
LP // £11.99

**Limited 1st edition of 250 housed in hand-assembled jacket** Percussionist Mike Weis makes a very strong impression with this killer solo outing. Mike’s best known as the drummer with Zelionople, besides his contributions to records by The North Sea, Xela and Scott Tuma, but on ‘Loop Current’ his steady, layered drumming is the central feature amidst hypnotic, spaciously diffuse clouds of field recordings and short-wave radio tones. There’s a potent…
CHUBBY WOLF
Turkey Decoy (Limited Transparent Vinyl)
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Limited pressing – initial copies on transparent vinyl* Chubby Wolf was the title used by the late Dani Baquet-Long of Celer for her most glacially refined recordings. Her work is now carefully and lovingly curated by her husband and partner in Celer, Will Long, who has picked one of her most accessible albums ‘Turkey Decoy’ for this posthumous release on Digitalis. The phosphorescent cybernetic ambience of opener ‘Cantankerous Baby’ sets…
XELA
The Sublime
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Dekorder bring the third and final part of the Xela trilogy to its vinyl resting place, following the original cassette release on Digitalis. Almost anyone who has followed Xela’s work will surely agree that this trilogy, including ‘The Illuminated’ and ‘The Divine’, comprises some of the subtlest and most affective music in his canon. ‘The Sublime’ takes Twells’ sound “into the sickly afterlife”, invoking a passage to exalted destinations almost…
GARETH DAVIS & MACHINEFABRIEK
Ghost Lanes
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

*Expanded edition of the 3″ CD from 2009.* There’s something irrefutably synergetic about the music these two musicians are making, and after countless releases – both as a solo artist and as a collaborator – Rutger Zuydervelt might have found his ideal foil in clarinetist Gareth Davis. The timbral mixture these two concoct is an alchemic blend of elegant guitar drones, crackling, uninterpretable field recordings and cawing reeds. At times…
STEVEN HESS & CHRISTOPHER MCFALL
The Inescapable Fox
Under The Spire
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 200 copies only* Quietly engaging, evolving tape music compositions conceived around Greek mythology and notions of light/dark. Percussionist and pianist Steven Hess is something of a prolific collaborator, having worked with everyone from Sylvain Chaveau as On, to Mark Nelson in Pan American and as part of the Locrian and Haptic ensembles, while this time he’s matched with sound artist Christopher McFall. On ‘The Inescapable Fox’ Chicagoan, Hess…
COLIN STETSON
Those Who Didn’t Run
Constellation
10″ // £15.99

Avant-saxophonist (read : not jazz) Colin Stetson is bound to crop up on plenty of end of year charts this year with his mind-melting ‘New History Warfare Vol. 2 : Judges’ LP, but just to tease us he’s got this little stop-gap so we don’t forget about it. ‘Those Who Didn’t Run’ is a lengthy EP with two typically transcendent ten-minute pieces, and comes as a perfect addendum to ‘Judges’….
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
Celestial Lineage (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Southern Lord Recordings
2LP // £20.99

*180gm Blood Red Vinyl – 1000 copies only for the world* Absolutely spirit-crushing, mournful avant-metal from Wolves In The Throne Room, back on Southern Lord. The band have always been superior operators in the post-black metal universe, creating moody sound-worlds that are rich in detail without shirking from the violence and intensity that’s the rightful bedrock of metal; navigating the earth-bound and the ethereal with real class. Crucially, though, they…
ANDREW LILES
The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid & Other Imaginary Creatures
Dirter
6CD Box Set // £23.99

“The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid is a 6 CD set that comes in a box adorned with lurid glossy artwork, complete with individual wallets and full colour booklet. All discs are over an hour in length and feature ALL of Andrew Liles’ compilation appearances, rare and out of print recordings, many studio outtakes, alternative versions and hours of unreleased recordings. Limited to 500 copies. Andrew’s music in his own right is…
CURRENT 93
HoneySuckle Æons
Coptic Cat
LP // £14.99

**Now available on vinyl** “Honeysuckle Æons is the new album by hallucinatory gnostic supergroup Current 93, following hot and hard on the heels of their recent trilogy (Black Ships Ate The Sky, Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain and Baalstorm, Sing Omega). The CD comes in a black and white digi-pack and contains a 16-page booklet with all the lyrics plus photos of the C93 family. Current 93, who were as cool…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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SOFRITO
Highlife Underground EP
SOFRITO SPECIALS
12″ // £7.99

Sofrito link with London’s Drumtalk on a pair of ace Highlife re-edits for their Super Singles series. The A-side is DrumTalk’s burning, uptempo edit of Ghana’s Mpese Mpese Band, essentially creating a condensed version of an entire album side by juicing the chopped chords and deft bass swing for an intense, wiggling party starter. Flipside, Sofrito’s sustain the pressure with an edit of Canadoes Dance Band’s ‘Fine Woman’, a more…
LITTLE ED & THE SOUNDMASTERS
Little Ed & The Soundmasters
NUMERO
3 x 7″ Box // £19.99

“Chicago’s only blues-funk family band with an eight year old drummer (!!?) gets their due in this elaborate 3 x45 box set. Stationed on Chicago’s West Side, between 1965-1972, the Fisher brothers worked their novelty act at any club that was willing to bend the city’s stiff liquor laws. Three 45s were cut for their homespun Fised and Fished labels, with the third featuring the first known recordings of notorious…
KOOL AND TOGETHER
Kool And Together
HEAVY LIGHT RECORDS
2LP // £18.99

*Deluxe packaging printed with copper metallic ink, includes extensive historical notes and unpublished photos* “Where Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys left off is exactly the spot where Kool and Together was born. For the Sanders brothers, the screams of Psychedelic Rock met with Motown’s funky Soul at a crossroads called Black Rock—a mixture of two genres that few were bold enough to attempt and even fewer possessed the technical ability to…
KOOL AND TOGETHER
Kool And Together
HEAVY LIGHT RECORDS
CD // £11.99

*Deluxe packaging printed with copper metallic ink, includes extensive historical notes and unpublished photos* “Where Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys left off is exactly the spot where Kool and Together was born. For the Sanders brothers, the screams of Psychedelic Rock met with Motown’s funky Soul at a crossroads called Black Rock—a mixture of two genres that few were bold enough to attempt and even fewer possessed the technical ability to…
MUNGOLIAN JETSET
Schlungs
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £9.99

“Mungolian Jetset is back with a debut, cheekily masked as their third effort, but seriously, this is their first album of totally original compositions. Here is the undiluted Mung, neatly naked wrapped behind a pair of strobostatic glasses , like a mature and experienced buxom page3 wench from a 25th century comic book. Infamous for their epic translations, collaborations and remixes for artists such as Lindstrøm, Mari Boine, Nils Petter…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80
Soul Jazz
CD // £11.99

All killer, no filler Studio One selection: 18 cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo and more. ‘Original Classic Recordings 1963-1980’ is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and coincides with the label’s monster new deluxe hardback 12×12″ 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. It’s essentially the cream of the Studio One…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80
Soul Jazz
2LP // £12.99

All killer, no filler Studio One selection: 18 cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo and more. ‘Original Classic Recordings 1963-1980’ is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and coincides with the label’s monster new deluxe hardback 12×12″ 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. It’s essentially the cream of the Studio One…
LITTLE ROY
Come As You Are
ARK
7″ // £5.49

Just what you always wanted; two reggae covers of Nirvana classics! OK, perhaps it wasn’t inevitable, but it’s happened to Radiohead, so why shouldn’t that other bastion of teenage angst see the lighter side of life? On the A-side you get ‘Come As You Are’, removed from dank bedrooms and bedsits and taken to the beach for a harmonised, organ-riffing reshuffle, while on the flipside the energy and intentions of…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DJ RASHAD & GANT-MAN / DJ EARL / TRAXMAN
Ghettoteknitianz EP
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.49

Ghettoteknitianz roll out their whole crew – Rashad and Spinn, plus veterans Traxman and Gantman, and youngers Manny and DJ Earl – for a fresh six-tracker on Mu. With each new Footwork release from Planet Mu we can hear the style being honed to further degrees and this one is no different. A-side Rashad & Gant-Man start with the colourful and classically slick P-Funk energy of ‘Heaven Sent’, beside the…
TEETH
Swarm / Shift / Sequence / Spawn part 2
Ramp Recordings
10″ // £5.99

Part 2 of Teeth’s 10″ pair for Ramp comes with ‘SW’ and ’19Éme’ for the forward steppers and swingers. The former is a stripped-down 140bpm thing formulated from spry, Footworking drum programming and lean but booming 808 bass hits with twirling, iced-out synths. The other side is imbued with a more clipped, 2-stepped swing, while the melodies are effervescent and hypnotic. They’re not necessarily big dancefloor cuts, but more like…
CHRISSY MURDERBOT FT. DJ GANT-MAN
I’m A Asshole
Loose Squares
12″ // £6.99

**Green Translucent Vinyl** Jukin’ hybrid club joints from the Chi-town party boy. Styles swing between drunk Hip Hop on ‘I’m a Asshole’ to rompin’ 4/4 Juke for ‘Pop That Shit’ and more romantical, uptempo R&Boogie moods for ‘Girl’.
SKINNZ
Put It On
Well Rounded Records
12″ // £6.49

Skinnz is Sam Baobinga in his more swinging guise. This time out he works with that blocky Untold vibe for ‘Put iT On’, sweetened with well picked vocal sample, while ‘I Know’ gets down with a stiff-necked steppers rhythm and ‘Get It On’ sucks in some flared Boogie/’90s R&B flavour.
SOLO BANTON
Music Addict EP
Jahtari
12″ // £7.99

Solo Banton and Disrupt link up on a badboy 8-bit session. At the top ‘Music Addict’ is a wicked nod to Jazzbo’s classic ‘Sensi Addick’, backed with Disrupt’s ‘Arcade Addict’ version. ‘Put It Back’ chats about neighbourhood robbers while ‘Kung Fu Master’ steps into the dojo with belly-punching bass weight, and ‘Last Blade’ brings fat-assed crunchy drums and shakuhachi motifs next to a their tribute to the Arab spring revolts…

 

ELECTRONIC
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ALVA NOTO
Univrs
Raster Noton
CD // £11.99

Carsten Nicolai is hardly a slouch in terms of his release frequency, but it feels like a rare treat to hear the Raster Noton boss exploring the jerky rhythmic variations he does so well. ‘Univrs’ is a followup to 2008’s ‘Unitxt’, and has an equally lofty and academic sidestory, but we don’t really need to go into that. The fact is that this might be Carsten’s best full-length since the…
WATER BORDERS
Harbored Mantras
Tri Angle
LP // £11.99

Another compelling entry from Tri Angle Records, who’ve cleverly snapped up the frightening debut album by Water Borders. With ‘Harbored Mantras’ the San Fran-hailing duo of Amitai and Loric use the rhythms of contemporary ritual dance music to resurrect the occult soul of Coil and their cabal in unique and succinctly pop balanced new forms. A couple of mixtapes – both self-released and for the brilliant DIS magazine – display…
WATER BORDERS
Harbored Mantras
Tri Angle
CD // £7.99

Another compelling entry from Tri Angle Records, who’ve cleverly snapped up the frightening debut album by Water Borders. With ‘Harbored Mantras’ the San Fran-hailing duo of Amitai and Loric use the rhythms of contemporary ritual dance music to resurrect the occult soul of Coil and their cabal in unique and succinctly pop balanced new forms. A couple of mixtapes – both self-released and for the brilliant DIS magazine – display…
ALVA NOTO
Univrs
Raster Noton
2×12″ // £16.99

Carsten Nicolai is hardly a slouch in terms of his release frequency, but it feels like a rare treat to hear the Raster Noton boss exploring the jerky rhythmic variations he does so well. ‘Univrs’ is a followup to 2008’s ‘Unitxt’, and has an equally lofty and academic sidestory, but we don’t really need to go into that. The fact is that this might be Carsten’s best full-length since the…
DRIPHOUSE
Spectrum 008
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

A new collection of killer, tempered synthesizer workouts from Darren Ho on Spectrum Spools. The seven tracks featured have are have the kind of fragile beauty – and playfulness – that we associate with the early electronic music of Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Raymond Scott and their ilk. There’s a strong narrative arc to the album, but each track explores distinct territory: ‘Slow Sum’ parts one and two’ are playful…
SCULPTURE
Toad Blinker
DEKORDER
LP // £13.99

Badass zoetrope picture disc of discombobulated Avant-Techno fractals from Sculpture. Like its predecessor ‘Rotary Signal Emitter’, this is a proper headful of intuitive sample mulching and cheap, busted electronics, bubbling and fried with a knowing sense of psychedelia. In the course of eleven tracks on ‘Toad Blinker’ Dan Hayhurst clearly rejects the normative values imposed on Techno which so many producers get bogged down in and ends up with something…
HARMONIZER
World Complete
SOFTWARE
LP // £11.99

**Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Harmonizer is the 5th world orienteering duo of Burlington, Vermont’s Greg Davis and Toby Aronson. They’re the first artists other than Ford & Lopatin to appear on Software, Daniel “Oneohtrix” Lopatin’s Mexican Summer offshoot label for synthy explorations, and beautifully benefit from his production expertise. With ‘World Complete’ they’re striking deep into uninhabited terrain, beautifully reflected in…
VHS HEAD
Midnight Section
Skam Records
12″ // £5.99

VHS Head’s Video Club and Trademark Ribbons Of Gold rank as some of the finest outer-tronic records of recent times, representing as they do a completely unique, IDM-inflected and VCR-mangling take on the whole hypnagogic/hauntological fetish for re-processing the half-forgotten TV memories of yesteryear. This new EP finds the ‘Head going for a slightly heavier, harder sound, and in doing so he really strikes gold, from the cathode-fried cosmic undulations…
EKOPLEKZ
Stalag Zero / Distended Dub
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.99

**Plain stamped/whitelabel edition – limited stock!** Punch Drunk celebrate their 20th release in typically idiosyncratic style with a Radiophonic dub-scaping session from the shadowy Ekoplekz. Not much is known about this guy, apart from the fact that he’s from Bristol and has an exceptional taste for gorgeously spooked analogue electronics. These two tracks deploy vintage hardware and lo-fi cassette players in an improvised manner to make charmingly trippy little riddims,…
BJORK
Biophilia
One Little Indian
CD // £9.99

‘Biophilia’ must be one of this year’s most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular, articulating the leading lady’s obsessions with virtual reality,…
BJORK
Biophilia (Digipak Edition with Bonus Tracks)
One Little Indian
CD // £11.99

**Deluxe edition: includes 3 extra tracks, housed in a deluxe digipak** ‘Biophilia’ must be one of this year’s most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila Arab and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The…
APHEX TWIN
Classics (2011 Edition)
R&S Records
CD // £10.99

**Classic album re-packaged in a white cardboard digipak, with a silver foil R&S logo block printed on the front, and contains the original booklet artwork inside with new liner notes.** Possibly the most coveted and anticipated installment in the seemingly relentless R&S reissue programme, this killer collection was originally released back in 1995 and brings together R.D.James’ most sought after material for the label and some insane obscurities – making…
APHEX TWIN
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (2011 Reissue)
R&S Records
CD // £9.99

**Classic album re-packaged in a white cardboard digipak, with a silver foil R&S logo block printed on the front, and contains the original booklet artwork inside with new liner notes.** My oh my…this doesn’t really need any introduction at all now does it???? Well, what we have here is a brand new remastered edition of one of the most influential electronic albums of all time, and surely STILL the most…
NETTLE / DJ/RUPTURE
El Resplandor: The Shining In Dubai
Sub Rosa
CD // £10.99

DJ Rupture’s Nettle ensemble return from extended hiatus with a vivid soundtrack to an imagined remake of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ set in Dubai. Together with the cover artwork by Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash, and liner notes by Architecture writer and Studio X co-director Geoff Manaugh, the whole project drips with imagery, and certainly warrants the regrouping of Jace Clayton’s ambitious group, which now includes The Ex’s Andy Moor, among…
ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB
Generator Breaker
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Dekorder plunge us into Neil Campbell’s amazing Astral Social Club headspace with this cracking new LP, marking a welcome return to the label after his stellar Ibiis Rooge album with High Wolf. In case you’re not aware of his output, Neil is maybe best known for his work with legendary British drone/DIY psych bands Sunroof! and Vibracathedral Orchestra, but flying solo he’s forged a truly remarkable style of psychedelic avant-techno…
MARK MCGUIRE
Get Lost (Limited White Vinyl Edition)
Editions Mego
LP // £18.99

*Limited white vinyl edition, now in stock* Emeralds’ Mark McGuire serves up his much-anticipated second set of original solo material for Editions Mego, following last year’s Living With Yourself. The young Ohio native conjures, once again, a distinctly American but moreover cosmic-tinged sylvania – all campfires, marshmallows and flasks of ‘shroom tea – on an album tellingly dedicated to “friends, family and the spirit of the summer night sky”. His…
RADIO PEOPLE
Hazel
Mexican Summer
LP // £13.99

**Limited edition of 750 hand-numbered copies. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** Sam Goldberg’s Radio People project delivers its highest profile album to date, on Mexican Summer. ‘Hazel’ is heavily laden with the kind of heart-wrenching chord changes and imbued with the depth of field which made his Digitalis debut and successive chapters for Pizza Night such collectible items. To distinguish his Radio People from works under his own…
THE FIELD
Looping State Of Mind
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Master of blissed-out repetition, Axel Willner aka The Field arrives at ‘Looping State Of Mind’, his third album following a pair of universally acclaimed LPs. So, by now he should need scant introduction to lovers of lush-minded Techno and electronic-pop as he’s practically defined the sound in recent years, so we’ll crack on. There’s no huge surprises in his latest effort, but subtle vocal samples and a richer palette of…
THE FIELD
Looping State Of Mind
Kompakt
2LP + CD // £12.99

Master of blissed-out repetition, Axel Willner aka The Field arrives at ‘Looping State Of Mind’, his third album following a pair of universally acclaimed LPs. So, by now he should need scant introduction to lovers of lush-minded Techno and electronic-pop as he’s practically defined the sound in recent years, so we’ll crack on. There’s no huge surprises in his latest effort, but subtle vocal samples and a richer palette of…
RADIOHEAD
TKOL RMX 1234567
XL
2CD // £9.99

*Double CD package collecting all nineteen remixes of Radiohead’s ‘The King Of Limbs’ album by Caribou, Mark Pritchard, Shed, Thriller, Blawan, MDSLKTR, Jamie xx, Objekt, Anstam and many more* Over the course of seven 12″s, Radiohead dispersed their latest album between some of the finest electronic music producers of the moment for diverse and sometimes brilliant remixes. In doing so, they commendably exposed a lot of very fresh talent to…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / OLD HAT
Barbecue Any Old Time: Blues From The Pit 1927-1942
OLD HAT
CD // £15.99

“Here are 24 tracks of vintage blues with plenty of sly nods to sensual pleasures. Artists include Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon, Charlie Campbell and his Red Peppers, Barbecue Bob, and many more. As ever, the deluxe Old Hat package comes with a 20 Page, full colour booklet: chronicling the spread of blues and barbecue across America, complete with rare photographs, song descriptions, and a full discography. As Barbecue Bob would say,…
LINDA PERHACS
Parallelograms (2011 Edition)
Mexican Summer
2LP // £20.99

**2011 edition on Mexican Summer – double vinyl with new liner notes and artwork by Linda Perhacs. Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** “Championed by modern luminaries Devendra Banhart, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Daft Punk, the gentle, ethereal masterpiece that is Parallelograms, Linda Perhacs’ sole 1970 LP for Kapp, is at once the defining artistic statement of the psychedelic-folk genre and completely without equal. Arranged by L.A….
JOHN FAHEY
Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)
Dust to Digital / Revenant
5CD + Hardback Book // £59.99

*115 tracks on 5 CDs with an 88 page Hardback Book including extensive Notes and Essays – housed in a 12″ x 12″ oversized deluxe box* “Oversized, hardback book with Gatefold Portfolio housing 5 CDs inside Slipcase. More than 10 years in the making, this box set features the earliest recordings and the first book ever written about one of the most influential guitarists from the 1960s and ‘70s, John…
FIERCE COUNTY
The Woodsman EP
Bomb Shop
Cassette // £6.99

Fierce County’s debut release for Bomb Shop contains four tracks of exquisitely crafted modern folk, recorded and produced by Rough Fields. Fierce County are Benjamin Clough, Chris Rice and Tim Mosley. Their ethos is simple; play anywhere they are welcomed and record only live, with each take appearing totally unique and fiercely proud of its imperfections

 

HIP HOP
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DOC RHYMIN’
Practitioner Of Rhymes
NUMERO
12″ // £8.99

*Maaad-rare raps and reverb-drenched 808 rhythms from 1987, released on vinyl for the first time! Fidelity is admittedly poor but justifiable* “The Numero 12” series returns after a three year hiatus with an oddball nugget from the Boddie Recording Company vault. No record of the identity of Doc Rhymin’ was discovered in our thorough excavation, but as the Boddies manufacturing trickled to a halt in 1987, and these three songs…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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NILS FRAHM
Felt
ERASED TAPES
CD // £9.99

There’s a very literal reason for the title of Nils Frahm’s new album, Felt. He wanted to play the piano during the dead of night, without disturbing his neighbours, so he layed thick felt in front of its strings to muffle the sound. Rather than being frustrated, he unexpectedly found himself enchanted by this dampened sound, and it opened up new compositional as well as playing possibilities for his inquisitive…
FENNESZ
Seven Stars
Touch
CD // £6.49

*CD edition now available of Fennesz’s first solo release since 2008* Fennesz’s first formal solo release since 2008’s Black Sea LP is as impeccably wrought and moving as you’d expect from the Austrian master, comprised of four pieces that are short in duration but cosmic in scope. He really is at the top of his game at the moment, making some of the most naturalistic, melodically generous but texturally complex…
JOHN WYNNE
Installation for 300 Speakers, Pianola and Vacuum Cleaner
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

“John Wynne’s untitled installation for 300 speakers, pianola and vacuum cleaner is at once monumental, minimal and immersive. It uses sound and sculptural assemblage to explore and define architectural space and to investigate the borders between sound and music. There are three interwoven sonic elements: the ambient sound of the space in which it is installed, the notes played by the piano, and a computer-controlled soundtrack of synthetic sounds and…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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TALK TALK
Laughing Stock (2011 Edition)
BA DA BING
LP // £14.49

*One of the most influential albums of the last 20 years available on vinyl for the first time in a generation* It’s impossible to overstate the love felt by so many for the two “experimental” Talk Talk albums – ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock’. Basically, following the commercial triumph of their singles “It’s My Life”, “Life’s What You Make It” and album “The Colour of Spring” Talk Talk retreated…
MARK HOLLIS
Mark Hollis (2011 Edition)
BA DA BING
LP // £14.49

*Seminal solo-album from Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis, available on vinyl for the first time since its release* 7 years after the release of “Laughing Stock” and the end of Talk Talk, Mark Hollis recorded what has since gone on to be described as “quite possibly the most quiet and intimate record ever made”. In many respects it’s an album no-less influential than “Laughing Stock”, once again extending the parameters and…
PINK PLAYGROUND
Destination Ecstasy
Mexican Summer
LP // £12.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition of 750 on marbled pink vinyl. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** Houston, TX’s Pink Playground have hatched one of this years finest shoegaze tributes with their debut album, ‘Destination Ecstasy’. In the finest tradition of MBV or Jesus & Mary Chain it comprises eight cathartic noise pop stuns, hewn from amp-busting and jangling guitars, brittle drum machines and swooning, glossolalic vocals haunted by wraith-like synth…
DEERHOOF / THE RACCOONISTS
Behold A Raccoon In The Darkness
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
7″ // £3.99

*Limited edition of 2000 on pink vinyl housed in fold over card jacket. Includes free download code redeemable from the label* The fourth edition of Deerhoof’s collaborative series pairs them with Wilco lead singer, Jeff Tweedy on the, backed by Tweedy and his sons playing as The Raccoonists. A-side, Tweedy replaces Satomi Matsuzaki’s vocals on a near-identical remake of ‘Behold’ from the band’s recent ‘Deerhoof vs Evil’ album, the only…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
World Of Echo
Audika
CD // £13.99

At long last this incredible album is available again…. ‘World Of Echo’ was originally released on vinyl only in 1986 on Upside Records and Rough Trade and has been a crucial but impossible to obtain collectors item ever since. With deep thanks to the Audika foundation we have their second important reissue of Arthur’s music with a freshly remastered version of ‘World Of Echo’ including added bonus tracks from the…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
Calling Out Of Context
Audika
CD // £11.99

*Finally available again – 12 extraordinary tracks from the timeless genius of the New York underground…* Following up Soul Jazz’s excellent retrospective on Arthur’s disco material – now things really start getting serious. Mostly the material here is derived from two unreleased albums worth, a 1985 test pressing entitled ‘Corn’ and a long planned album for Rough Trade, worked on between 1986 – 90 and eventually shelved when Russell became…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
First Thought Best Thought
Audika
2CD // £17.99

*Finally available again – an amazing 2CD collection of all-instrumental work from Arthur Russell…* Audika continue their essential archive uncovering program for the seminal Arthur Russell with this set of instrumental work dating from 1975 to the early 80’s. This glorious double CD set starts with a previously unissued volume of instrumentals from 1975 with a nine piece band that features Jon Gibson and Rhys Chatham on flute (!), with…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
Springfield
Audika
CD // £10.99

**Finally available again – previously unreleased magnificence from the inimitable Arthur Russell…** Apart from being home to America’s most dysfunctional family, ‘Springfield’ was also the one of the last songs recorded by the late avant-disco pioneer Arthur Russell. We’ve seen a pleasingly large amount of his work bubble up to the surface in the last few years, but this double vinyl release shows that there are still gems to come,…
FUTURE ISLANDS
On The Water
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.49

‘On The Water’ is Future Islands’ eagerly awaited new album, following last year’s critically acclaimed ‘In Evening Air’ and their instantly sold out 7” ‘Before The Bridge’. Future Islands’ romantic synth sound scales new heights, the Baltimore trio’s most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory, the album finds the band continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks…
FUTURE ISLANDS
On The Water
Thrill Jockey
LP // £12.99

*LP version includes full colour artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon redeemable from the label* “‘On The Water’ is Future Islands’ eagerly awaited new album, following last year’s critically acclaimed ‘In Evening Air’ and their instantly sold out 7” ‘Before The Bridge’. Future Islands’ romantic synth sound scales new heights, the Baltimore trio’s most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and…
BIG TROUBLES
Romantic Comedy
Slumberland Records
CD // £10.99

It might strike you as strange that Olde English Spelling Bee alums Big Troubles have been snapped up by US indie label Slumberland, but trust me – give the album a listen and all will become clear. The tapey fug that laced the band’s debut album had been replaced by a fitting 90s sheen (thanks to Pavement/REM producer Mitch Easter) but before you switch off, read what I just said;…
BIG TROUBLES
Romantic Comedy
Slumberland Records
LP // £13.99

It might strike you as strange that Olde English Spelling Bee alums Big Troubles have been snapped up by US indie label Slumberland, but trust me – give the album a listen and all will become clear. The tapey fug that laced the band’s debut album had been replaced by a fitting 90s sheen (thanks to Pavement/REM producer Mitch Easter) but before you switch off, read what I just said;…
DAN DEACON
Spiderman Of The Rings
Carpark Records
LP // £13.99

**The 2007 album available again on DMM white vinyl – includes download card redeemable from the label.** Baltimore’s Dan Deacon has earned himself quite a reputation as a unique performer in the field of electronic music. His showmanship has earned him legendary status, no mean feat in a world of desk-bound laptop craftsmen and furtive knob manoeuvring. Uncommonly for a composer of such high grade party music, Deacon is a…
HIS CLANCYNESS / SHIMMERING STARS
Split
SPLENDOUR
7″ // £4.99

“This latest 7” in Splendour’s split series features two original singles by two bands that have been receiving some much-deserved hype. His Clancyness and Shimmering Stars have both made aname for themselves with catchy, dreamy lo-fi pop. “…a tender, clean, and consoling collection of snug little dream-pop blankets to ball up in, marked by gliding harmonies into which Clancy injects his rich, wistful sigh. These are not songs that demand…
MAGIC BUS
Magic Bus / Milky Way
Static Caravan
7″ // £3.99

*Twee prog-pop housed in fold over card jacket with insert. Edition of 400* ‘Making music for girls that go plump in the night to contemplate in the bright morning sunlight. ‘Magic Bus’ poses the uncanny knack of being in the now whilst brewing up music soaked in retro grooves. Groop sounds that fuse timeless pop sensibilities with progressive charm and the genuine muddy wellington boot of an English festival cider….
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
All Things Will Unwind
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.49

The third album from Detroit-based experimental pop chanteuse My Brightest Diamond. Over the last three years Shara Worden has been crafting this sumptuous, beautiful collection of songs. Working with celebrated chamber ensemble yMusic (Bon Iver, Antony & The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright) to build this magnificent album, with hints of Roberta Flack, Regina Spektor and Edith Piaf, amongst others. In between making this album, Shara has been a contributing and touring…
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
All Things Will Unwind
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £13.49

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** The third album from Detroit-based experimental pop chanteuse My Brightest Diamond. Over the last three years Shara Worden has been crafting this sumptuous, beautiful collection of songs. Working with celebrated chamber ensemble yMusic (Bon Iver, Antony & The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright) to build this magnificent album, with hints of Roberta Flack, Regina Spektor and Edith Piaf, amongst others. In between making this…
REAL ESTATE
It’s Real
Domino
7″ // £3.99

Real Estate move up an echelon or two with their first single for Domino. ‘It’s Real’ heralds a long-awaited, imminently due album entitled ‘Days’, with two sides of freshest beach pop benefitting from Martin Courtney’s classically endearing indie vocals and subtly psychedelic musicianship from Alex Bleeker and Matt Mondanile (Ducktails). A right singalong gem, this. Expect to hear and see much more from these guys.
SWIFTUMZ
Don’t Trip
Holy Mountain
LP // £15.99

“The problem with imaginary combinations is that many of them actually already exist. Don’t Trip sounds like a collaboration between Nick Nicely and Eric Hysteric, over which Tony Wilson and Alan McGee would get into a bidding war. Chris McVicker – a.k.a Swiftumz, famous for penning the fastest selling Hunx & His Punx single – sambas through ’80s Factory singles, afternoon hits of MDMA on the beach, Ibiza before techno,…
THE DRIFT
Blue Hour
Temporary Residence
2LP // £18.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label – packaged in matte and gloss gatefold card jacket** “Blue Hour is the first release by The Drift since the passing of their indelible trumpter, Jeff Jacobs, but his spirit is undeniably present throughout the album. Without a doubt their most meditative release since their Travels In Constants debut, Blue Hour eases off the jazz and dub influences that had become a…
THE DRIFT
Blue Hour
Temporary Residence
CD // £11.99

“Blue Hour is the first release by The Drift since the passing of their indelible trumpter, Jeff Jacobs, but his spirit is undeniably present throughout the album. Without a doubt their most meditative release since their Travels In Constants debut, Blue Hour eases off the jazz and dub influences that had become a trademark of The Drift’s sound, and instead focuses on hypnotic repetition and subtle, textural layering of guitars,…
WAY THROUGH
Arrow Shower
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £12.99

*500 only for the world, white vinyl* “Way Through are a pastoral punk duo originally from Shropshire, now residing in London. Informed by the field as much as the flyover, Way Through write songs which phase in and out with guitar, tapes, damaged drums and vocals. Using wrong-footed repetition, rapid interplay and free-looping happenstance the band create a ragged yet intuitive tapestry of sound. Their songs walk the streets of…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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IN THE COUNTRY
Sounds and Sights
Rune Grammofon
CD + DVD // £14.99

“Originally planned as a concert dvd, In The Country invited video director Claus Arthur Breda-Gulbrandsen to bring a crew to film a couple of Norwegian shows in October 2010. Claus had previously directed two videoes for Morten´s other band, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. Not content with merely filming these shows, Claus (and the band as well) had bigger ambitions for a more expanded type of film, of which you…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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FRACTURE & NEPTUNE
Hotspot / Hush The Crowd
Blackout Music
12″ // £7.99

Lean and punchy D&B from trusted players, Fracture & Neptune. Working together, they give up the Neuro-funked roller ‘Hotspot’ on the A-side, while Fracture rocks out solo on the tougher-edged breakbeats choppage of ‘Hush The Crowd’.
S.T. FILES & CALIBRE
Falling Down
GreyAudio
12″ // £6.99

S.T. Files introduces his new label, Grey Audio. He collaborates with Calibre on ‘Falling Down’, a tougher hardstep heavyweight with nasty sci-fi synth sounds, while his solo effort ‘The Void’ is a smoother liquid roller. Support from Andy C, Marcus Intalex, DBridge, Friction, Loxy, Flight and more.

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER
Electro Rapide
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ was the label’s first release back in 2005** “‘Electro Rapide’ is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg…
VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
Dr Boogie presents Bear Traces: Nuggets From Bob’s Barn
Sub Rosa
LP // £14.99

“Although it stems from the same artistic process as Volume One in the ‘Doctor Boogie presents’ series, this is not Volume Two of a series devoted to Bob Hite. The process WAS different in that here I focused on much more obscure tracks taken from the very small portion of what remains of the collection of 78rpms owned by the late and legendary Bob Hite.The collection of this boogie music…
VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
Dr Boogie presents Bear Traces: Nuggets From Bob’s Barn
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

“Although it stems from the same artistic process as Volume One in the ‘Doctor Boogie presents’ series, this is not Volume Two of a series devoted to Bob Hite. The process WAS different in that here I focused on much more obscure tracks taken from the very small portion of what remains of the collection of 78rpms owned by the late and legendary Bob Hite.The collection of this boogie music…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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B.E.F. (BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION)
1981-2011
Virgin
Deluxe 3CD Box Set // £14.99

*Killer box set featuring rare, early and classic material from the British Electric Foundation, the project founded by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh after they left the Human League* In 1980 Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left the Human League and went on to form British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.) as a production team rather than a band. Ware and Marsh then formed Heaven 17 with lead singer Glenn…
JUNIOR BOYS
Banana Ripple Remixes
Domino
12″ // £6.99

Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell’s 2 Bears remix the camp joys of Junior Boys’ ‘Banana Ripple’. Church gospel organs, frisky New Jersey Disco-House beats and a bloody big breakdown make for seven minutes of pure, unadulterated dancefloor pop with a pure friday night essence. Flipside, Stay+ (fka Christian Aids) give a more condensed Disco-Techno version, sounding something like The Field played at 45-instead-of-33.
AIRBIRD (JOEL FORD)
City Vs Mountains / Rotating Cloud
SOFTWARE
12″ // £9.99

*Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 – debut single from one half of Ford & Lopatin* Joel Ford – bassist for Tigercity and brother-in-synthesis to Daniel Lopatin – drops his debut single as Airbird, on his co-curated Software label. Flying solo, he’s hit a warm current of Soft-Rock infused sorta-House music, a unique brand of questing computer funk, exceptionally detailed and designed for elating impact. His vocals are an essential feature…
NEON INDIAN
Era ExtraNa
TRANSGRESSIVE
LP+CD // £16.99

Two year since assisting the birth of the “chillwave” subset with debut ‘Psychic Chasms – a 2009 end-of-year favourite from NME to Picthfork – Alan Palermo presents his second Neon Indian album. To assist the writing process he sequestered himself in Finland during the winter solstice months of 2010/11, and returned with a finely layered collision of shoegaze, electro-pop and chiptune memes which were tenderly masticated by producer Dave Fridmann…
NITE JEWEL
It Goes Through Your Head
Mexican Summer
12″ // £14.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition of 1000. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Warmly welcomed pop magic from the incredible Ramona Gonzales, presenting her first new music in over a year, featuring cameo vocal from Julia Holter and backed with remixes by DaM FunK and Samps, no less! Vibes are vintage-fresh like a newly-laundered pink blouson, from needle drop to run out – no more so than with ‘It Goes Through…
ZOMBI
Slow Oscillations
Static Caravan
7″ // £4.99

**Limited edition of 500, housed in black and silver fold-over sleeve** ‘Slow Oscillations’ is released to coincide with Steve Moore and A.E. Patera’s only European live show at Supersonic on October 18th. It’s a very neat little space synth excursion, included in demo and original version. One for the astral gazers and the night watchmen.
120 DAYS
Osaka (Diskjokke / Sidewho? Mixes)
Club Mod
12″ // £6.99

Mad, Industrial-rocking Electro-disco from Norway’s 120Days, backed with remixes by Sidwho? and Diskjokke. The groove for ‘Osaka’ is unconventional to say the least, hitting some never-quite-resolved yet captivating rhythm layered with churning synths and Electro-punky vocals. The remixes both even the keel for straighter disco plays, but it’s the original and the their own Alt. Mix which should give the biggest thrills. Sleeve artwork is by the legendary Fergadelic, known…
PLANNINGTOROCK
Living It Out
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Jackson and Cosmodelica weigh in with remixes of a dancefloor highlight from Plannngtorock’s acclaimed ‘W’ LP. Jackson (sans His Computer Band) gives a tumultuous, futurist disco-rock overhaul on the A-side full of chunky drums and sheer drops, whereas Bitches Brew label head, Colleen Murphy aka Cosmodelica does a sleeker House makeover on the flipside.
SPANK ROCK
Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A F—ing Liar (Deluxe Vinyl)
Boysnoize Records
2LP // £8.99

**180 gram double coloured vinyl – includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Boisterous sophomore album from the infamous party rap outfit. Following the worldwide success of their ‘YoYoYoYoYo’ debut, MC Naeem Juwan has enlisted the executive production assistance of Boys Noize for a full blooded blend of rip rockin’ sawtooth synths and chunky Electro-House beats primed to turn big rooms and living rooms alike into seething, pogoing, jacking…
VEX RUFFIN
Crash Course EP
Stones Throw Records
CD // £8.99

Vex Ruffin is a curveball addition to the diverse Stone Throws roster. He’s notably the first and only artist to be signed to the label after an unsolicited demo and makes a potently scuzzy, minimalist sort of Punk with guitars, vocals, and unusually enough, a SP 303 sampler – a purchase inspired by Madlib. Imagine If James Pants got blunted with Tropic Of Cancer and you’re pretty close to his…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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YVES DE MEY
Counting Triggers
SANDWELL DISTRICT
2×12″ // £14.99

*Limited first run on clear wax – Includes A6 postcard* Two twelves, six tracks of minimalist electronic sound design by Yves De Mey. Techno heads might best know Yves’ work from his Sendai collaborations with fellow Belgian national, Peter Van Hoesen, but he’s also got a solid body of solo releases available on labels such as Line and Knobsounds. Following Bob Ostertag and Rrose’s modular motions on ‘Motormouth Variations’, ‘Counting…
MARTYN
Ghost People
Brainfeeder
2LP // £13.99

**Limited white vinyl – Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Two years since his debut LP, Martyn drops one of 2011’s most anticipated dancefloor albums. With ‘Ghost People’ he cements well-nurtured ties to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder camp, pooling his blend of UK Bass, US House & European Techno with the label’s kaleidoscopic vision of electronic beat music, one which already spans the sounds of Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer,…
MARTYN
Ghost People
Brainfeeder
CD // £8.99

Two years since his debut LP, Martyn drops one of 2011’s most anticipated dancefloor albums. With ‘Ghost People’ he cements well-nurtured ties to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder camp, pooling his blend of UK Bass, US House & European Techno with the label’s kaleidoscopic vision of electronic beat music, one which already spans the sounds of Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs and Samiyam among others. Guided by a steady, experienced hand, Martyn…
POLE
Waldgeschichten
POLE
12″ // £7.49

Good to have you back Pole, where’ve you been lad? Germany’s foremost practitioner of crackle-infused dub atmospherics seems keen to emphasize his music’s reggae DNA here: the organ melody of ‘Wipfel’ sounds like the hook from a Jahtari digi killer put through the Berlin blender. ‘Wurzel’ is similarly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but with a fiercer skank on it, and a more minimal, focussed sound design. The highlight for many though…
ASUSU
Sister
LIVITY SOUND
12″ // £6.99

Following Peverelist and Kowton’s lead, Asusu commandeers the 2nd drop on Punch Drunk affiliated label, Livity Sound. A-side is a lush, Detroit-inspired Techno groove, working a similar route as Shed’s earliest Soloaction 12″ with motor city-oiled grooves under melancholy strings and keys. B-side takes it back to Bristol, via Berlin, creeping with offset dub bass and grim late night vibes for darker heads. Hand-stamped white label. Ace.
OBTANE & GIORGIO GIGLI / TIN MAN
Analysis of a nihilist who wants to become famous
ZOOLOFT
12″ // £6.99

*Limited edition of 450 hand-numbered copies with A4 insert* Deep-end, contemplative Techno from the Zooloft crew. Obtane and Giorgio Gigli command the A-side with the sprawling aquatic groover ‘Social Deconstruction’, while Tin Man discloses the slow, introverted echo-chamber bass and ultra-wide diffusions of ‘Ghost Of Techno’ on the flip, next to the submerged ambience of Gigli & Obtane’s ‘Individual Submission To the System’. Dive in.
T.WILLIAMS
Break Broke
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

Deep Teknologi main man, T. Williams helms Local Action’s strongest release since his anthemic ‘Heartbeat’. On a purest dancefloor tip, all three tracks are built with a hardcore intent that can’t can’t fail to work any mobile crowd. A-side ‘Break Broke’ is on some ruffneck rogue House vibe, shaking out a Motown-like tambourine over gutter bass drop and infectious vocal stabs. B-side ‘Go In’ swaggers up with rudest House hi-hats…
MODEL 500
Classics (2011 Edition)
R&S Records
CD // £10.99

**Classic album re-packaged in a white cardboard digipak, with a silver foil R&S logo block printed on the front, and contains the original booklet artwork inside with new liner notes.** The very lovely people at R+S have finally seen fit to reissue this seminal collection Detroit techno/electro auteur Juan Atkins, and in fully buffed and polished remastered form too! ‘Classics’ was originally released in 1993 via the legendary R+S imprint…
MODEL 500
Deep Space (2011 Edition)
R&S Records
CD // £10.99

**Classic album re-packaged in a white cardboard digipak, with a silver foil R&S logo block printed on the front, and contains the original booklet artwork inside with new liner notes.** Another one of those records that every home should own, this incredible collection was first released back in 1995 by the mighty R&S and features some of Juan Atkins’ most emotive material, lovingly engineered by Basic Channel’s Moritz von Oswald…
EVER VIVID / NICK DUNTON
Facing The Heavens / Leaving The Planet
Surface Records
12″ // £6.99

**White/Grey Marbled Vinyl** Plush Techno dramas from Nick Dunton in two guises. As Ever Vivid he’s smitten with romantic keys and blooming synth pads in finest Detroit style for ‘Facing The Heavens’, while under his birth name ‘Leaving The Planet’ almost feels like an offcut from the Convextion album. Check!
DEADBOY
Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore Mixes)
WELL ROUNDED HOUSING PROJECT
12″ // £5.99

Svelte and sophisticated reworks of Deadboy’s sublime signature cut from Julio Bashmore. A-side’s ‘2009’ version is a beautifully reserved, deep-rolling House remix, delaying the gratification of the original with a masterfully smooth and gliding groove. The ‘2010’ rework is possibly sharper, and sweetly more uplifting, substituting the original drums for a crisper 808 palette and rearranging the melody with a heart-fluttering bent. They’re both quite highly recommended, as it goes….
RED STARS OVER TOKYO
Hits Of Sunshine
Hot Hair
Mini LP // £7.99

*Edition of 300* Intriguing, psyched-out, “post”-minded ambient Techno from Red Stars Over Tokyo. It’s a sort of amalgam of elements found in the likes of Container, Miles, Patten, CFCF and Diamond Catalog, drawing the ghosts out of busted and “obsolete” equipment to find an ethereal and haunting style of cyclically kosmiche, and mostly 4/4-based experimentalism, which could be fairly called Post-Techno, for want of a better term. Really impressive, this….
RAIME / REGIS
If Anywhere was here he would know where we are (Second Edition)
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

**The 2nd release on Black Ever Black now re-pressed – Paper sleeve only with a new printed insert** After their incredible dystopian debut crept out of a sewer somewhere, Raime drop the 2nd Blackest Ever Black release, backed with an exceptional Regis remix. ‘If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are’ is another side of hugely evocative dread minimalism, all suggestive tones and ghoulish rhythms writhing somewhere between…
WOLFGANG VOIGT
Kafkatrax
Profan
CD // £8.99

Wolfgang Voigt has never been afraid to explore the outer reaches of techno, and ‘Kafkatrax’ (a collection of the three recent EPs also on Profan) is maybe his most peculiar record to date. Like ‘Freiland Klaviermusik’, you get the feeling that techno is simply Voigt’s framework, his canvas on which to express himself, and ‘Kafkatrax’ is the perfect example of his expression. The starting point was a series of recitations…
AND
Non Compliant
INNER SURFACE MUSIC
12″ // £6.49

Stern and stripped-down Techno from Manchester’s AnD duo, dropping on their home-brewed I.S.M. label. A-side is a pure aerobic exercise, reminding of the more stripped, tracky and tool-y moments from DVS1 and Ben Klock on Klockwerks. B-side ‘Reverberates’ finds a fine balance of twinkling, teased-out dub chords and wall-bucking rhythms, leaving ‘Molecular Deconstruction’ to get lost in a dank labyrinth of delays and and aquatic dub techno bass.
FRANCOIS X
The Countdown EP
Deeply Rooted House
12″ // £8.99

Parisian producer, Francois X presents his third EP on DJ Deep’s expertly curated Deeply Rooted House label. For us, the big track is Marcel Dettmann’s hypnotic, tunnelling remix of ‘Code Red’, afforded the span of the B-side for optimal performance, while the A-side features the pumping original version and the unrelenting Chicagoan heft of ‘Haunting’.
HANDAHOFI TIONI
Handahofi Tioni 001
HANDAHOFI TIONI
12″ // £6.99

**Gold Marbled Vinyl** Strong debut from this Iceland-based producer of cold, mechanical Techno. The ice-road-trucker groove on the A-side reminds of Function’s most pristine, linear productions, while the B-side is slightly more melodic, in that cold yet yearning, romantic style of Nick Dunton or Convextion.
HODGE
The Fall / Crush
Immerse Records
12″ // £6.99

Sultry, swinging House from Hodge on his eponymous debut vinyl. ‘The Fall’ is a smartly turned-out Bristol House groove, all clipped and tucked machine rhythm with warm chords and a cool, dubby smudge, landing somewhere between the sounds of XXXY and Julio Bashmore. Flipside ‘Crush’ simulates a fusion of bumpty Chicago groove and more effervescent electronica, again with that requisite Bristol Bass warmth. Support from Philip Sherburne, October, Bredon Moeller…
MARK BROOM / MR. G & GARY BECK
Stag / All My People
BEK AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Big room-ready Techno from three UK stalwarts. Mark Broom delivers a fierce, peaking tool entitled ‘Stag’ on the A-side, backed by Mr.G & gary Beck’s more melodic TechnoHouse groover ‘All My People’.
REMAIN & MLLE CARO
Heat / Rogue
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.49

Darker-edged House from Parisian duo of Remain & Mlle Caro. Born of the same scene as Chloe, Ivan Smagghe and Jennifer Cardini, they deliver two tracks of slick, grooving and slightly proggy dancefloor music backed with remixes by Neurotic Drum Ensemble’s Ulysses and Populette, from square bass chuggers to mid-tempo modern disco.
SIGHA / MARCEL DETTMANN
Early Morning Lights (Marcel Dettmann Mix) (Clear Vinyl 2nd Pressing)
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £6.99

**2ND EDITION – ON CLEAR VINYL** Freshest techno from Sigha and Marcel Dettmann on Sigha’s freshly minted label, Our Circula Sound. Sigha’s own ‘Over The Edge’ rolls into an acidic tech-house formation with a dubbed-out soundsphere and heavy driving square bass on the A-side, whereas Marcel Dettmann goes more uptempo with his ‘Early Morning Lights’ remix, finding that sweet spot between swing and jack functions to put your batty into…
THE FEAR RATIO
Morning Blues (Plaid Mix) / Guv Three (Deadhand Mix)
Blueprint Records
12″ // £6.99

*Limited edition, hand-stamped vinyl. Includes a Plaid remix* Mark Broom and James Ruskin herald their new electronica project with two remixes oriented for the leftfield dancefloors. The Plaid remix is clearly similar to the work on their recent ‘Scintilli’ album, full of crafty time-signature switches and complex, spiralling arpeggios arranged with inimitably fluid timing and finished with that trademark production clarity. On the flip Broom and Ruskin, in their Deadhand…
TRICAUSTIC
Caustiphobic Pressure EP
KOMISCH
12″ // £5.99

Tricaustic is the promising new production duo of Dublin DJs, Sunil Sharpe and Jon Hussey. They debut on Komisch with three stoically darkside Techno killers belying many years of dancefloor knowledge and finely honed instincts. A-side ‘Caustic Mist’ plays out concussive, tram-lining kicks and Sahko-esque bleeps enveloped by wraithlike atmospheres. B-side, ‘Hynoid 1’ grinds the ‘floor into submission with a vice-like intensity comparable to Luke Slater’s recent Planetary Assault Systems…

 

VIDEO COMPILATION
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HYPE WILLIAMS
2008-2011
HUNDEBISS RECORDS
VHS Tape // £14.99

**VHS PAL FORMAT FOR UK, AFRICA, ASIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND WESTERN EUROPE – STRICTLY LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, NO REPRESSES!** Coming to you fresh from their EP for Hyperdub, album for HIT and repress of their debut for Carnivals here comes this exclusive collection of Hype Williams’ video work, probably the most genuine reflection of pop culture mixed with the hyper-contemporary obsession of domestic self representation. Here you can…

 

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VARIOUS / DUST TO DIGITAL
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM
Dust to Digital
4CD + BOOK // £44.99

*Incredible 4CD box set featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music (1909 to mid-1960s), none of which have ever been issued on CD until now* Pan-African in scope & wildly diverse, Opika Pende is a testament to the deep riches found in early recorded music across the continent. compiler bio: Jonathan Ward is a Los Angeles-based collector, researcher, & writer. In 2007, he began the well-known…
VARIOUS / ANALOG AFRICA
Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso
ANALOG AFRICA
CD // £11.99

*Extensive 44-page booklet and digicase CD housed inside card slipcase. Offers 16 seriously killer excursions into sand-blasted 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,…
SHIN JOONG HYUN
Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun
Light In The Attic
CD // £13.99

Amazing archival release from Light In The Attic, presenting the multi-faceted work of cult South Korean guitarist, singer, songwriter. producer and arranger Shin Joong Hyun. Shin really is a one-off, and it’s uncertain to what extent his colorful biography is the result of canny myth-making. Still, it’s an irresistible story: beginning his career entertaining at a U.S. army base, he discovered LSD, introduced his home nation to psychedelic rock before…
SHIN JOONG HYUN
Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun
Light In The Attic
2LP // £19.99

*Deluxe Double LP in an old school gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes and photographs* Amazing archival release from Light In The Attic, presenting the multi-faceted work of cult South Korean guitarist, singer, songwriter. producer and arranger Shin Joong Hyun. Shin really is a one-off, and it’s uncertain to what extent his colorful biography is the result of canny myth-making. Still, it’s an irresistible story: beginning his career entertaining at…
LOS DESTELLOS
Constelacion
SECRET STASH
LP // £17.99

**A rare, sought-after treasure trove of foundational Peruvian Cumbias, pressed on marbled purple vinyl, housed in hand-assembled and numbered jacket with download card redeemable from the label** “Peruvian Cumbia is one of the most unique sounds of modern South America. It mixes the more widely known Colombian Cumbia with rock, funk, psychedelia, surf music, Cuban Guracha, and of course traditional Peruvian crillo and highlands music. No single artist was more…