Feb 172012
 

Hello,

It’s another packed week, kicking off with the long-awaited double LP issue of Main Attrakionz ‘808s & Dark Grapes II’, pressed to vinyl for the first time. It’s widely considered to be one of the definitive documents of the burgeoning “cloud rap” scene inhabited by Lil B, Clams Casino and A$AP Rocky – who all contribute inside – but should also strongly appeal to any fans of zoned-out, ambient-spiked beats. Limited initial copies on grape coloured wax!

Black Rain’s ‘Now I’m Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95’ is the 7th release on Blackest Ever Black and features work created in 1994 by Stuart Argabright of Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa. The material was originally made to soundtrack the audiobook version of William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’ and can rightly be held as a classic piece of cyberpunk Techno. If you’ve been following this excellent label – this is an absolute treat.

It’s a strong week for modular electronics. Editions Mego present Keith Fullerton Whitman’s stunning ‘Generators’ while rifling through Jim O’Rourke’s unreleased archive for the brilliant ‘Old News #7’. The former is the latest report from KFW’s world; a limitless and dazzlingly abstract piece of synthesis comparable with his classic PAN side, while the latter spans nearly 20 years of work by Jim O’Rourke over two discs and includes the seminal ‘Tacere Fas’ from his 1994 release on These Records. Both come strongly recommended – Editions Mego just continue to own things in 2012.

Reaching back further, The Roundtable label present a beautiful reissue of a seminal Italian Library record by Egisto Macchi. ‘I Futuribili’ is rightly considered a cornerstone of Roman library recordings “…one of the finest in its class” according to Matthew “Woebot” Ingram, and it really is an absolutely precious find, taking inspiration from both electronic music – which he was keenly invested in – but also classical and avant-garde fields, utilising ideas of minimalism and the advanced possibilities of electronic studios to create haunting, vivid soundscapes and atmospheres.

From a similar era, yet miles removed, Trunk Records strike gold with their reissue of David Cain’s ‘The Seasons’ from the BBC Radio Schools Series ‘Drama Workshop’. It features seventeen disturbingly evocative themes intended to aid dance and drama classes, but with hindsight its fusion of bloody bleak poetry and electronics is just downright scary. It’s no wonder we’ve all turned out so weird!

Another much anticipated drop this week comes from Trevor Jackson and Strut Records: a timely compilation of dancefloor post-punk, funk-conscious industrial and brutal, brazen EBM. The likes of D.A.F., Portion Control, Alien Sex Fiend and SPK are all included, and most importantly it’s their best tracks – the stuff you knew existed, but were never aware of. Death disco crew, your time!

Also on the reissue front, we should direct you to the much-needed vinyl represses of Andy Stott’s radical sides ‘Passed Me By’ and ‘We Stay Together’, and also to the remastered 2012 edition of Hood’s timeless ‘Cold House’ – quite honestly one of the most cherished records for us here over the years.

On the singles frontier, there’s a killer new Shed 12″ on 50 Weapons, plus a full-blooded Redshape 12″ for Martyn’s 3024; a new Jeff Mills on new series ‘Taken’; Robert Owens and Larry Heard remixed by Kai Alce; a clattering drum session from Tessela on Punch Drunk; and a wickedly indefinable 7″ of cosmic ballroom noise by Pierre Lunaire for Rachel & Grant Evans’ Hooker Vision imprint – 200 copies of translucent green wax!

Also out this week – new releases from Gang Colours , Randomer, Tindersticks, My Best Fiend, Mark Stewart vs Primal Scream vs Pinch, 100% Silk, Young Magic, Sigha, Raster Noton, Model 500, Sylvester Anfang, El B, Moebius, Terry Riley, Machinefabriek & Celer, Plug, Soul Jazz and upcoming releases from Burial, Julia Holter, Regis and Ghost Box now available to pre-order.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers..xx

Albums of the Week



MAIN ATTRAKIONZ
808s & Dark Grapes II
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Type
2LP // £16.99

**Initial stock on strictly limited purple vinyl! These tracks are available on vinyl for the first time, cut to double disc at D&M, with productions by Clams Casino, Friendzone, Marlee B, Keyboard Kid and more** After cutting out their own corner of the ‘net with a slew of mixtapes and remixes for These New Puritans and Peaking Lights, Oakland, CA’s Main Attrakionz aka 20 y.o.’s Squadda B and Mondre Man offer their most substantial physical product with ‘808s & Dark Grapes II’ pressed on double wax. Chances are you’ve read/heard their sound lumped in with the “Cloud Rap” #tag by now, which is all well and good: they sit comfortably amidst the airy beats of Clams Casino, the kush fumes of A$AP Rocky, and the Based One’s subterranean spiritualism. But their world is still in creation and far from locked down; as open as the cyber-space which catalysed and enabled their unconventional aesthetic to spread unhindered. This 15 track set includes the Clams-produced ‘Take 1’ – always weighted with boot-heavy bass, but liable, and willing, to let their heads roam in freer, futurist ambient space with an unforced and natural flow. But this ain’t no earnest, college-educated backpack sound; it’s zoned-out and with a sense of discipline curiously balanced between the more roadwise hivemind of the ‘net and real life sensibilities. It’s perhaps this element that’s their most defining and unprecedented feature, reflecting where the real energy, innovation and attitude in contemporary Hip Hop exists and flourishes. Limited copies!



BLACK RAIN
Now I’m Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95
ELECTRONIC
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
LP // £11.99

*Limited first edition comes in a printed LP-style sleeve* Blackest Ever Black’s 7th vinyl release is a lost classic of post-industrial music: a genuine cyberpunk artefact rescued from possible digital degradation and remastered to vinyl for the 1st time. ‘Now I’m Just A Number: Soundtracks 1993-94’ is an outstanding collection of cues by Stuart Argabright of NYC’s seminal post-punk unit Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa. Working together as Black Rain they were originally commissioned to score Robert Longo’s ’95 cinematic turkey Johnny Mnemonic, and an audiobook version of seminal cyberpunk novel ‘Neuromancer’, which were both coincidentally written by William Gibson. But ultimately (and mercifully) these sounds never made it to the final cut of Johnny Mnemonic, although they were collected on a 1995 CD, Black Rain’s ‘1.0’ for Fifth Column Records, crucially now making their first appearance on vinyl. Perfectly befitting of the label’s aesthetic, they’re dramatically, presciently poised on the cusp of Techno minimalism and darkly atmospheric electronics, resurrecting that dystopian, loner spirit which is sadly absent or rarely rendered with such stoicism these days. They could be considered Techno for cyborgs who don’t dance, or equally atmospheric cues for brooding dancefloors, suffusing clangourous, girder-strength drums with silver iodide electronics to precipitate the bleakest, most ominous sense of location and situation. Basically the samples will tell you everything else you need to know. Highly recommended.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Generators
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Stunning electronic investigations from Massachusetts’ finest, Keith Fullerton Whitman, debuting on Editions Mego. The LP consists of two live takes on a piece called Generator, composed for and with analogue and digital modular synthesis, which KFW toured extensively in 2009-10. The A-side ‘Issue Generator’, dedicated to Eliane Radigue, captures a performance given at New York’s Issue Project Room. Its burbling, aquatic arpeggios – hypnotic but lively, and ever-shifting – that will appeal to fans of Monoton, Jurgen Mueller, Stella OM Source and pretty much anything on the Spectrum Spools catalogue. As musically satisfying as it is sonically interesting, with momentum and internal structure redolent of techno. On the flip, ‘High Zero Generator’, recorded at Baltimore’s High Zero festival, is a far more abstract, out-there workout, reminding us of his instant-classic work on PAN. According to Whitman, Generator was “an attempt to wrest a viable performance-based music out what had until then been a solitary set of sound-design tools. The piece grew out of a frustration with the limitlessness of computer-based real-time synthesis & algorithmic / generative systems vs. their utter failure as performance solutions. It hinges heavily on the ideology of the ‘Playthroughs’ system (in that the subtle tuning inconsistencies of a physical instrument – the electric guitar – could be amplified & multiplied) through the use of multiple layerings of different topologies of oscillator, yielding an unstable array of modal canons that drift in & out of ‘tune’, causing all manner of inter-voice beating & assorted psycho-acoustic effects.” Even if that exposition has you scratching your head, don’t worry – all you need to enjoy this remarkable record is a pair of adventurous ears.



JIM O’ROURKE
Old News #7
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
LP // £19.99

Connoisseurs of modular synth music should be in their element with the latest batch of Jim O’Rourke experiments rescued from the archives. Mind-bendingly abstract and deeply intrepid, ‘Old News #7’ comprises four longform experiments spanning 1993 to 2011, cut loud and clear to vinyl (no CD reissue planned) with Mego’s typical attention to detail. The first disc breaks down an extended Serge Modular experiment over two sides. It was recorded in 1996-97 at Chicago’s Steamroom and maps alien terrain ranging from dense jungles of metallic timbres to noxious dissonance and stunning orchestrations of Autechre-like harmonics. Trust us, this is the sh*t! Further in, side C presents a live jam entitled ‘Natural Bonbon Killers’ recorded in Nagoya by Carlos Giffoni (or maybe he’s collaborating, it’s not really clear) at Tokuzo April, 2011, while side D ‘Tacere Fas’ is a seminal piece of hallucinatory, haunting composition originally released on the legendary These Records label in 1994. Don’t miss this: it’s a total peach.



EGISTO MACCHI
I Futuribili
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
The Roundtable
LP // £18.99

**Edition of 500 (one time pressing). First ever official vinyl reissue of this ultra rare record, an exact replica of the 1972 LP remastered from original tapes** For too long Egisto Macchi has existed in the shadow of his contemporary, Ennio Morricone. But with this reissue of his absolutely mindblowing and obscure library release, that is probably about to change. ‘I Futuribili’, meaning ‘The Futuristic’ in Italian, is considered by heads such as Matthew “Woebot” Ingram (who contributes lucubrate liner notes) to be one of the finest in its class, “…a quintessential library music classic”. It’s a suite of incredible “cues” for use in TV and film, the kind of sounds which evoke so much vivid imagery associated with classic, noirish Italian flicks and undoubtedly imbue them with so much character. Like his work with the legendary Gruppo D’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, he takes inspiration from both electronic music – which he was keenly invested in – and also his studies in the classical and avant-garde fields, utilising ideas of minimalism with psychedelia with the advanced possibilities of electronic studios to create haunting, vivid soundscapes and atmospheres which leave a lasting impression upon the listener. The LP works as a sophisticated suite, melding rich orchestral string arrangements with giant modular electronics and effected guitars within a supernatural soundsphere, all realised through a beautifully balanced mastery of the studio’s capabilities. For many this reissue will be a fever dream come true, but for the uninitiated – this is an absolute must.



HOOD
Cold House (2012 Remastered Edition)
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
Domino
2LP // £14.99

**New 2012 remastered edition on double vinyl – Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Hard to believe that this album is now over 10 years old – its influence on all of us here back in the day impossible to overstate, its beauty somehow magnified by the passing of time. “Cold House” is for many the definitive Hood album – bringing together Hood’s uniquely understated melancholly with a propulsive, sometimes heavy production style which in many ways can be seen as a natural successor to those two experimental Talk Talk albums ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock’. If you’ve never heard this album before – you’re in for a treat, and if you own it already – here’s the definitive vinyl edition, now remastered and pressed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl. So damn good.



DAVID CAIN (RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP)
The Seasons (from the BBC Radio Schools Series ‘Drama Workshop’)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Trunk Records
LP // £14.99

Trunk Records have just made our week with this grade A+ reissue of David Cain’s cult radiophonic themes for school drama classes, originally made in 1969. These seventeen disturbingly evocative themes were intended to aid those golden hours once a week when UK kids in the first and second years of secondary school (11-13 year olds) were made to participate in improvised drama and dance. It’s a while since we were in plimsolls and vest (yeah, we always forgot our kit), but we’d definitely imagine that drama class nowadays doesn’t feature a soundtrack of darkly austere poems set to adventurous electronica. Unless you own a copy (they go for a few hundred bar on discogs), or have an incredible memory, it’s unlikely you’d remember Ronald Duncan’s “powerful” verses such as “when winter whips, the gaunt elm shudders in the groin of grief” or “an old labernum stand beside a wall, its colour flows, its colour falls, as though muscular hands were milking it, into the pale of night”. But hearing them now, set to Cain’s dippy synth themes ranging frothy nonchalance to wet playtime darkness, the memories of cold parquet flooring and warm cabbage and custard from the canteen are flooding back. Hand on heart, this is just an unmissable LP.



VARIOUS / STRUT
TREVOR JACKSON presents METAL DANCE: Industrial/Post-Punk/EBM Classics & Rarities ’80-’88
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Strut
2LP // £16.99

Trevor Jackson steps into the light with a phenomenally timely compilation of dancefloor post-punk, funk-conscious industrial and brutal, brazen EBM. We remember hearing Jackson spin some of these tunes back in electroclash’s prime, some 10 years ago, and of course most of them are at least 35 years old – it says something about their timeless brilliance that they sound as vital now as they did then. The canvas is broad, ranging from the impish avant-pop of The Bubblemen’s ‘The Bubblemen Are Coming’ to the sinewy electro of Analysis’s ‘Surface Tension’ and the grind-made-groovy industrial attack of Executive Slacks, via tracks from D.A.F., Portion Control, Fini Tribe, Alien Sex Fiend, SPK, Severed Heads and many more obscure names besides. With a whole new generation of artists and labels – 100% Silk and Sandwell District, to name but two – referencing this stuff, Metal Dance takes you right to the source, and saves you spending hundreds on limited Belgian 12″ pressings in search of those elusive killer dubs. Return of the death disco!



ANDY STOTT
Passed Me By
TECHNO / HOUSE
Modern Love
2LP // £14.99

*..finally re-pressed* Emerging from a 12 month hiatus, Andy Stott enters a compelling new phase of evolution on ‘Passed Me By’. Besides marking his most substantial output since debut album ‘Merciless’, these seven tracks signify a renewed, yet introverted vitality to his sound, inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. They’re strident and sensual yet stoically retentive, folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, but ironically sounding more Andy than ever. Stepping into this abyssal sound on ‘New Ground’ we’re dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure system. That slow, vice-turning intensity is breathlessly transferred to the aquatic swing jack of ‘North To South’, before the gasping Linn drums and glazed boogie licks of ‘Intermittent’ offer halfway resolution. Their pent up tension is released in ‘Dark Details’, suggesting a lonely silhouette left in the warehouse after the crowd has gone, dancing like the Moving Shadow logo come to life before the screwed zombie swagger of ‘Execution’ and that staggering title track slowly shuts down your system with shark-eyed intent. Simply put, if you’ve been hypnotised by the music of Kowton, Kassem Mosse, Actress or NWAQ in recent years, this record is just essential.



ANDY STOTT
We Stay Together
TECHNO / HOUSE
Modern Love
2LP // £14.99

*..finally re-pressed* ‘We Stay Together’ is a brand new doublepack from Andy Stott, a companion piece of sorts to the radical inversions of the ‘Passed Me By’ EP released earlier this year. Its predecessor left many heads dazed upon impact – in the best possible sense – and these six tracks, produced in its wake, amp the pressure to throttling degrees. Entering the digital compression chamber of ‘Submission’ you become a willing participant, before the lights are cut and you’re forced to adjust to the humid atmosphere and bruising, muscle-contracting darkroom throb of ‘Posers’. Suitably initiated, the EP’s fearless centrepiece ‘Bad Wires’ plunges into full on mud-party mode, dropping the tempo while intensifying the kinaesthetic funk with slow, clusterf*cked syncopation until you’re drowning in synthesized oil and crushed-glass textures. Fully submerged by ‘We Stay Together (Part One)’ time becomes elasticated like worn VHS tape, calling to mind Jamal Moss and James Ferraro soundtracking a rave in a sodden, flooded sauna, before inescapably tumbling into the sheer black hole of ‘Cherry Eye’ and left to the slompy jack of ‘Cracked’. Blatantly, we rate this record massively, and although it’s not for everyone, those looking for a more visceral, intense form of dancefloor pressure would do very well to check in.

Singles of the Week



SHED
The Praetorian / RQ-170
TECHNO / HOUSE
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £7.99

Ridiculously badass return for Rene Pawlowitz under his Shed guise, with a new single heralding his eagerly awaited third album. ‘The Praetorian’ is a commanding, tightly controlled but investigative track that speaks the language of dubstep, but resists clear categorisation as such – occupying instead a more rarified post-techno clime where the clipped drums and sub-bass heft serve primarily to structure the gorgeously circling melodies that creep in up top. On the flip, ‘RQ-170’ is similarly original, and similarly revelatory – it begins like a scuttling, bass-heavy T++ jam, but the introduction of buzzing stripes of industrial noise and a maxed-out, zombie-paced breakbeat nudge it more into Scorn or Techno Animal territory, before stately synth chords bleach the scene like sun dawning on the gnarliest of disused factory raves – if Autechre had made Chiastic Slide today, it might sound something like this. Masterfully produced, absolutely ESSENTIAL wares from Berlin’s deadliest operator.



REDSHAPE
Throw In Dirt / The Land
TECHNO / HOUSE
3024
12″ // £6.49

Redshape visits Martyn’s 3024 imprint for a full-fat solo session, following his 2010 remix of Martyn’s ‘Seventy Four’. On a pendulous and heavily squashed Chicago vibe, A-side ‘Throw In Dirt’ traps a harpy-like diva under warehouse-maddening square bass and rusted, railing vintage machine rhythm, the kind that’ll slice off your ear if you don’t step correct. B-side ‘The Land’ comes to trap your ass with percolating, downtown Dance Mania rhythms locked to a grubby bass phrase while beautifully moody synth chords loom over the lot. By the time the hi-hats kick in and the synth brass is arcing the night sky, you’re owned. A surefire tip, this!



TESSELA
D Jane / Channel
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.49

Punch Drunk join the drum circle with two robust, clattering tracks by Tessela. Following a crafty debut on All City in 2011, for his sophomore 12″ he steps in line with Randomer and Blawan to ape that hollowed-out Untold sound with big, walloping drums and detuned samples for the ruffneck swingers. A-side ‘D Jane’ churns bass and crisp drums until they’re waddling with a proper slapped arse shuffle. B-side ‘Channel’ warms up with floating chords before delivering a payload of tight, scissoring GarageTechno with the deftness of Distal’s techy edits.



ROBERT OWENS / LARRY HEARD
Sacrifice (Kai Alce Distinctive Remixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
NDATL Muzik
12″ // £8.99

Sweeter Deep House mixes of Larry Heard & Robert Owens’ ‘Sacrifice’ by Kai Alce, with keyboard assistance from Simbad. Apparently this record came about after Mr Heard dropped by the NDATL studio and played the tracks to Kai. He was so enamoured that a remix was made with the big man’s blessing and here we have it, four tracks of deepest House music. A-side Kai’s ‘US’ remix adds rippling organic drums to the extra keyboard lines from Richard Coley, next to a more ruggedly swinging Dub for the dancers. B-side Simbad lends deft keys to the ‘UK’ remix, and an instruemental of the ‘US’ mix completes the set. Fans of authentic analogue House music need to peep this.



JEFF MILLS
Taken 01
TECHNO / HOUSE
TAKEN
12″ // £8.99

Spinning out from the Something In The Sky series, Jeff Mills presents four hypnotic Techno experiments on the Taken sub-label. It’s easy to imagine Jeff knocking these out in as long as it takes to play them, but that’s certainly no disrespect. He simply puts minimal ingredients to mesmerizing use, locked deep into their groove or vice versa with the finest filigree modulations conducted to near-telepathic levels of sonic communication. If you’re feeling adventurous, try playing on 33… TIP!



PIERROT LUNAIRE
Theme For Ascension and Eternal Love
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
HOOKER VISION
7″ // £9.99

**Edition of 200 on translucent green wax with double sided insert** Odd and otherworldly collision of thrift shop samples and celestial noise from Pierrot Lunaire for Grant and Rachel Evans’ Hooker Vision imprint. ‘Theme For Ascension and Eternal Love’ is his first release on wax following a bunch of tapes, and will be the first time many have encountered his cosmically free and mischievous sound. A-side ‘Hypnotique’ dials into stray, criss-crossing radio signals where we can just about detect odd voices and melodies through the murk, before a honking sax takes over and flops about the stereo field, his vocals pushed to the edge of sanity while blurting noise interjections ask unpolite and baffling questions. Imagine Golden Retriever gone awol in a frazzled ’60s acid flick and you’re in the right zone. Flipside ‘Take Me With You’ grabs us by the ears to dance a waltz around samples of native South American music and Caretaker-esque ballroom memories, all lovingly coated in visceral, viscous noise textures. ACE.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MAIN ATTRAKIONZ
808s & Dark Grapes II
Type
2LP // £16.99

**Initial stock on strictly limited purple vinyl! These tracks are available on vinyl for the first time, cut to double disc at D&M, with productions by Clams Casino, Friendzone, Marlee B, Keyboard Kid and more** After cutting out their own corner of the ‘net with a slew of mixtapes and remixes for These New Puritans and Peaking Lights, Oakland, CA’s Main Attrakionz aka 20 y.o.’s Squadda B and Mondre Man…
BARON ZEN & TEKBLAZER
Daniel Savio Remixes
Astro:Dynamics
7″ // £4.99

Stones Throw’s Baron Zen gets the Skweee treeetment from Daniel Savio, remixing two track from Zen & Tekblazer’s ‘Electrik Surgery’ EP. Frontside is freaky version of ‘Bass Attack’, clipping the rhythm for sharper moves while the the vocals inhale a concoction of helium and weed to dope effect. Flipside, ‘Good Times’ featuring Megabusive is deep fried in 8-bit butter to a tweaky, dotty schematic. Aces.
GANG COLOURS
Fancy Restaurant
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £6.99

A choice cut from Gang Colours’ forthcoming debut album suite, backed with Machinedrum, Deft, and Ifan Dayfydd remixes. ‘Fancy Restaurant’ gives a fine taste of what to expect from Gang Colours’ deeply refined, debonaire long player, setting a twilight tone of sparse keys, supple electronic soul beats and largely unadorned vocals which pretty much defines his sound. The remixes divert and expand on this sound, from Machinedrum’s hyperkinetic jungle-jazz-IDM rework…
ALBY DANIELS
This Dawn EP
Black Acre
12″ // £6.99

Black Acre strike another ace debut with Alby Daniels’ ‘This Dawn’ EP. Like the label’s vaunted roster of Blue Daisy, Fantastic Mr Fox and Blue Daisy, Alby’s doing something very crafty at once outside of, and within the Dubstep spectrum’s parameters, thanks largely to his skilled mastery of production dynamics. His sound is arranged with an almost pop-wise sense of economy and maximised for optimal impact on the ‘floor or…
DANNY DRIVE THRU / MR DIBIASE
Producer 3 Part 3
FAT CITY
12″ // £7.99

Danny Drive Thru, a seasoned fixture on the Manchester HipHop/Beats scene, steps up with a cracking sophomore release, backed with a canny Trevino remix and dope Mr Dibiase beat. Most impressive is Danny’s title tune, an ominous scene of creeping, oily bass and dusty, finger-poppin’ percussion layered with etheric ethnic samples lodging itself somewhere between the sounds of Illum Sphere and Demdike Stare. For a knowing contrast, Danny’s other contribution…
DUKE SLAMMER
Diamond In The Raw
BONUS7
7″ // £6.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Naughty Skweee-style funk from Duke Slammer a.k.a. Luke’s Anger. A-side ‘Diamond In The Raw’ comes with rubbery boogie bass and frilly leads on a cut-up strut. B-side ‘Neon Haze’ is almost like a dubbed inversion, turning out sticky synth riffs and cheeky, squirting fills.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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PIERROT LUNAIRE
Theme For Ascension and Eternal Love
HOOKER VISION
7″ // £9.99

**Edition of 200 on translucent green wax with double sided insert** Odd and otherworldly collision of thrift shop samples and celestial noise from Pierrot Lunaire for Grant and Rachel Evans’ Hooker Vision imprint. ‘Theme For Ascension and Eternal Love’ is his first release on wax following a bunch of tapes, and will be the first time many have encountered his cosmically free and mischievous sound. A-side ‘Hypnotique’ dials into stray,…
PYRAMIDS
Pyramids
Hydra Head
LP // £16.99

**Includes digital download voucher for the full album plus bonus remixes from Jesu, Birchville Cat Motel and more – downloads redeemable from the label** Pyramids arrived fully formed in the prog metal-o-sphere in 2008 with their complex, eponymous album on Hydrahead. They’ve since collaborated with Nadja and Horseback, but it’s fair to say they’ve not yet excelled the glorious melding of post-rock grandeur, Black Metal atmospheres and Shoegaze drift on…
SYLVESTER ANFANG II
Untitled
LATITUDES
LP // £14.99

*Hand-numbered edition of 500 white vinyl housed in deluxe die cut and screen-printed jacket* On 6th November 2010 Flemish psyche-troupe Sylvester Anfang, best known for their releases on the excellent (K-raa-k)³ label and Aurora Borealis, entered the Southern Studio to lay down what would become the five jams on this LP. It’s an attuned, raw, and meditative session culled from three hours of pure improvisation, instinctively wandering wide-eyed and dosed…
SYLVESTER ANFANG II
Untitled
LATITUDES
CD // £8.99

On 6th November 2010 Flemish psyche-troupe Sylvester Anfang, best known for their releases on the excellent (K-raa-k)³ label and Aurora Borealis, entered the Southern Studio to lay down what would become the five jams on this LP. It’s an attuned, raw, and meditative session culled from three hours of pure improvisation, instinctively wandering wide-eyed and dosed up across desert rock mantras to hallucinatory, Kraut-ish visions of freak folk and kommunal…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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CAGE & AVIARY
Migration
Internasjonal
2LP // £13.99

**Now available on vinyl** Debut album of deeper dwelling disco dub for Jamie Paton & Nigel of Bermondsey on Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal imprint. They arrive at this point after a succession of prized underground disco cuts for Dissident and DFA’s Death From Abroad labels, which should give you some inkling to the corner of the floor they occupy. ‘Migration’ features tracks from some of their early singles, prominently the cinematic…
EDGAR WINTER
Above And Beyond
BLUE SKY RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Limited reissue of an ultra-rare Loft Classic, produced by Tom Moulton circa 1979. ‘Above & Beyond’ was apparently a staple of both David Mancuso in New York and the Italian cosmic scene, mostly for the very useful instrumental version full of chunky drums, cooing vox and silky synths.
ROBERT COTTER
Timeless
DERBY
12″ // £8.99

Limited remastered reissue of of a sought-after disco-space-soul fusion classic from 1980 on the Italian Derby label. Collectors will probably be pissed off that this has been reissued, but for everyone else there’s some real aces to be found like the epic nine minute space odyssey ‘Rock Me With Your Love’ and the saccharine synths of ‘Love Remains The Same’.

 

DUB / REGGAE
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AUGUSTUS PABLO
Dubbing On Bond Street
Jamaican Recordings
CD // £9.99

**CD version includes 3 bonus tracks** The magical, mystical sound of Augustus Pablo on a fine collection of riddims cut at Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle studio. Wielding his legendary melodica, Pablo lends his transporting style to fourteen (nineteen on CD) smoky, downbeat dubs with classic style and pattern.
AUGUSTUS PABLO
Dubbing On Bond Street
Jamaican Recordings
LP // £10.99

The magical, mystical sound of Augustus Pablo on a fine collection of riddims cut at Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle studio. Wielding his legendary melodica, Pablo lends his transporting style to fourteen (nineteen on CD) smoky, downbeat dubs with classic style and pattern.
DENNIS BROWN / I-ROY / VARIOUS
Deep Roots Observer Style
VP Records
4CD BOX // £12.99

*Box case housing four slipcase CDs with recreation artwork and liner note booklet* The work of seminal reggae producer Winston “Niney The Observer” Holness is highlighted on this four CD box set. In his prime, Niney worked with all the big Jamaican vocalists, including Dennis Brown, I-Roy and The Heptones, who all feature here. Disc 1 is Dennis Brown’s rare ‘Deep Down’. Disc 2 is ‘Book Of I-Roy’ a collection…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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TESSELA
D Jane / Channel
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.49

Punch Drunk join the drum circle with two robust, clattering tracks by Tessela. Following a crafty debut on All City in 2011, for his sophomore 12″ he steps in line with Randomer and Blawan to ape that hollowed-out Untold sound with big, walloping drums and detuned samples for the ruffneck swingers. A-side ‘D Jane’ churns bass and crisp drums until they’re waddling with a proper slapped arse shuffle. B-side ‘Channel’…
RANDOMER
Scruff Box / Get Yourself Together
Hemlock Recordings
12″ // £6.49

After well received drops on Numbers and Hessle Audio, Randomer rounds up at Hemlock with two tracks of big boned GarageTechno. A-side ‘Scruff Box’ brings a dirty dish of grizzled Garage bass distortion and earnestly busy drums nodding to old skool Chicago templates bound to get the nu skool bro’s in a tizzy. Flipside ‘Get Yourself Together’ leans on a lumpy Techno side-step with impressive sound design and stiff limbed…
COMPA
Dem A Talk
WE ARE WAX
12″ // £6.99

Massive Dubstep refix of a Mavado murderation on 1-sided white label. The ‘Dem A Talk’ bootleg is the track which brought Manchester’s Compa to the attentions of Dubstep’s top flight DJs such as Mala, Joe Nice and Goth Trad, and after numerous plays on Radio 1, Rinse FM and the like, has become a hugely sought after platter. Don’t miss this, it reeks of heavy times in the dance.
CYRUS
Hot Pan / Ears Lowered
Get Darker Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Online Dubstep institution Get Darker – compilers of the ‘This Is Dubstep’ volumes – present two hard-edged and minimal halfsteppers from OG player, Cyrus. ‘Hot Pan’ layers brain quivering LFO bass oscillations under spooky theremin-style synths and sparse, pointed halfstep drums. ‘Ears Lowered’ offers more purified darkside vibes with a sharkeyed swagger.
EL B / CASKI
Romp / Lunatic
GHOST
12″ // £6.49

Outta nowhere, El-B revives his foundational Ghost imprint to release two weighty, forward Garage cuts. Caski (nope, us neither) comes with ‘Lunatic’, a rave-eyed, galloping upstepper in the mould of D1’s deadliest riddims, designed to turn a dance out. Flipside El-B leans on ‘Romp’, a dark and sexy twyster infused with a hybrid Latino/Dark Garage tilt to lock hips and asses in the groove. One for the DJs and the…
TONY THORPE / SI BEGG / VARIOUS
Globe Stepping 1
2NX
12″ // £5.99

Moodyboy, Tony Thorpe links with Si Begg, Nuphlo and Pempi on three outernational-looking cuts of Breaksy Bass music. Frontside Tony meets Si Begg on the Funky-debted roller ‘Kongotronic’, while flipside presents the richly textured instrumentation of ‘Dusty Path’ with Nuphlo and the whiffy ‘Chai Garden’ with Pempi.

 

ELECTRONIC
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BLACK RAIN
Now I’m Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
LP // £11.99

*Limited first edition comes in a printed LP-style sleeve* Blackest Ever Black’s 7th vinyl release is a lost classic of post-industrial music: a genuine cyberpunk artefact rescued from possible digital degradation and remastered to vinyl for the 1st time. ‘Now I’m Just A Number: Soundtracks 1993-94’ is an outstanding collection of cues by Stuart Argabright of NYC’s seminal post-punk unit Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa….
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Generators
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Stunning electronic investigations from Massachusetts’ finest, Keith Fullerton Whitman, debuting on Editions Mego. The LP consists of two live takes on a piece called Generator, composed for and with analogue and digital modular synthesis, which KFW toured extensively in 2009-10. The A-side ‘Issue Generator’, dedicated to Eliane Radigue, captures a performance given at New York’s Issue Project Room. Its burbling, aquatic arpeggios – hypnotic but lively, and ever-shifting – that…
JIM O’ROURKE
Old News #7
Editions Mego
LP // £19.99

Connoisseurs of modular synth music should be in their element with the latest batch of Jim O’Rourke experiments rescued from the archives. Mind-bendingly abstract and deeply intrepid, ‘Old News #7’ comprises four longform experiments spanning 1993 to 2011, cut loud and clear to vinyl (no CD reissue planned) with Mego’s typical attention to detail. The first disc breaks down an extended Serge Modular experiment over two sides. It was recorded…
LOOPS OF YOUR HEART
And Never Ending Nights
Magazine
LP+CD // £12.99

**Includes free CD copy of the album** Axel Willner (The Field) rejoins Köln’s Magazine set with his first album as Loops Of The Heart. He’s already worked with the collective on their first release ‘Render’, and since moving from Sweden to Berlin he’s taken the time to create ‘And Never Ending Nights’. Arguably, it’s his most intriguing and far-reaching opus, steering away from saffron-scented Trance-Techno and into more adventurous Kosmiche…
MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN
Ersatz
Bureau B
CD // £12.99

Superb, strangely funked-up oddity from Cluster’s Dieter Moebius and his artist friend, Karl Renziehausen. Originally released in 1990, it was Dieter’s first release in four years since the excellent ‘Blue Moon’ soundtrack in 1986 and showcased a sharp swerve into purely digital tones and almost dancefloor friendly rhythms. But of course it’s still Moebius and there’s still a helplessly experimental streak which makes this album such a strange, anachronistic pleasure….
MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN
Ersatz
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

Superb, strangely funked-up oddity from Cluster’s Dieter Moebius and his artist friend, Karl Renziehausen. Originally released in 1990, it was Dieter’s first release in four years since the excellent ‘Blue Moon’ soundtrack in 1986 and showcased a sharp swerve into purely digital tones and almost dancefloor friendly rhythms. But of course it’s still Moebius and there’s still a helplessly experimental streak which makes this album such a strange, anachronistic pleasure….
MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN
Ersatz II
Bureau B
CD // £12.99

‘Ersatz II’ is the 2nd LP collaboration between former Cluster and Harmonia component, Dieter Moebius and his sound artist/painter pal in the Forst/Weser Uplands collective, Karl Renziehausen. Originally released in 1992, two years post their first ‘Ersatz’ collaboration, it’s defined by a surreal, pop-friendly charm, while still brimming with the creative quirks associated with Dieter’s best work. There’s a strong rhythmic backbone running through the album, almost dance-ably so, but…
THE EYE OF TIME
The Eye Of Time
Denovali Records
2CD // £18.99

**Eight-panel double gatefold digicase with 28 page booklet** Bochum, Germany’s Denovali Records present The Eye Of Time’s eponymous opus in opulent style. “A clear, minimal mixture of samples, cello elements, electronic programming, loops, drones, piano parts and field recordings” it comprises three previously released albums, ‘Lily On The Valley’ (2005), ‘After Us’ (2006), and ‘Jail’ (2008), all remastered and with some remix assistance by Antoine Quoniam. They label alludes to…
VARIOUS / ROBOT ELEPHANT
SID Chip Sounds: The Music Of The Commodore 64
Robot Elephant Records
2LP // £15.99

A must for gentlemen of a certain age, SID Chip Sounds is a whole album of original soundtrack material taken from games for that long-lost, much-loved, outrageously bloody unreliable home games “console”, the Commodore 64. To anyone born after 1984, the idea that kids used to play games off cassettes, let alone enjoy them, must be laughable, but those of you old enough to have been there in the dark…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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MICHAEL CHAPMAN
The Resurrection and Revenge of the Clayton Peacock
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £11.99

“One of the finest acoustic guitar innovators borne of the late ’70s UK folk scene, was in Philadelphia early 2010, paying tribute to his good friend, the late Jack Rose, a mighty six-string alchemist in his own right, and a youngster wholly inspired by Chapman’s critical recordings. While sharing in the good light of friendship backstage, we asked Michael if he’d ever recorded an LP of purely improvised guitar music….
DAMIEN JURADO
Maraqopa
Secretly Canadian
CD // £10.99

“Produced and written with Richard Swift, Damien Jurado’s tenth album is a bold statement, developing on the new turns he was making on ‘Saint Bartlett’, but really letting the ideas roam free. It might be a cliche, but when the label say it’s his best album, they mean it. It’s the sound of a songwriter at his peak but willing to bring in new ideas. Swift is the Ennio Morricone…
DAMIEN JURADO
Maraqopa
Secretly Canadian
LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Produced and written with Richard Swift, Damien Jurado’s tenth album is a bold statement, developing on the new turns he was making on ‘Saint Bartlett’, but really letting the ideas roam free. It might be a cliche, but when the label say it’s his best album, they mean it. It’s the sound of a songwriter at his peak but willing to bring…
MATT ELLIOTT
The Broken Man
Ici D’ailleurs
CD // £11.99

**Engrossing new album by the hugely talented composer, finding a ghostly poise somewhere between the electronic, ethereal work of Third Eye Foundation and the acoustic ‘Songs’ trilogy, thanks to spectral mixing by Yann Tiersen** “The Songs Trilogy is over, a new chapter entitled ‘The Broken Man’ is about to open and is the most delicate of Elliott’s albums to date. The angry noise has all but abated, making way for…
MATT ELLIOTT
The Broken Man
Ici D’ailleurs
LP // £13.99

**Engrossing new album by the hugely talented composer, finding a ghostly poise somewhere between the electronic, ethereal work of Third Eye Foundation and the acoustic ‘Songs’ trilogy, thanks to spectral mixing by Yann Tiersen** “The Songs Trilogy is over, a new chapter entitled ‘The Broken Man’ is about to open and is the most delicate of Elliott’s albums to date. The angry noise has all but abated, making way for…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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TERRY RILEY
Aleph
Tzadik
2CD // £17.99

Sublime two hour improvisation meditating on the “supreme emanation from the Hebrew alphabet” by the master of minimalism. ‘Aleph’ was created in 2008 by Terlaugh O’Rahalleigh at the behest of John Zorn for his curation at the Alpha-Bet Sound Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. The piece was played on a Korg Triton Studio 88 Synth tuned to a just intonation scale used by Lou Harrison, and…
CELER & MACHINEFABRIEK
Maastunnel / Mt. Mitake
MACHINEFABRIEK
7″ // £6.49

**Edition of 250 with postcard containing download code redeemable fromt the label** Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) meets Will Long in a charming trans-continental hook-up created to celebrate their upcoming tour of The Netherlands and Belgium. Originally meeting and performing in Tokyo in 2010, they began exchanging files and ideas in October 2011, and had completed hours of material by November, from which these two tracks were sourced. A-side ‘Maastunnel’, named after…
STEPHAN MATHIEU & CARO MIKALEF
Radioland (Panoramica)
Line
CD // £8.99

In conjunction with Caro Mikalef, Stephan Mathieu follows up last years sold-out Line release ‘Remain’ with a much darker episode entitled ‘Radioland (Panorámica)’. As far as we can tell there’s no direct correlation with his much cherished 2008 album ‘Radioland’ for Die Schachtel other than aesthetic or titular. It’s a brand new piece of work, commissioned by Panorámica and recorded on March 11, 2011, at Espacio Fundación Telefónica Buenos Aires…
KANE IKIN + DAVID WENNGREN
Strangers
KESH
CD // £8.99

Kane Ikin (Solo Andata) meets David Wenngren (Library Tapes) in a blissed-out cloud of shoegaze ambience for Kesh Records. ‘Strangers’ is the first time they’ve met on record and hopefully not the last. They both approach the project from similar backgrounds in the wide-open fields of electro-acoustic minimalism to create six patient, beautifully glacial compositions. Unfortunately we’re stuck for info, but we can discern traces of piano, guitar and other…
FRANCE JOBIN
Valence
Line
CD // £8.99

*Limited edition of 500* Montreal’s I8U, known for releases on Room40 and Atak, presents her first recordings as France Jobin. This switch to her own name signifies a purification of aesthetic on ‘Valence’, offering three beautifully deep and meditative compositions swimming in the same infinitely tranquil waters as Eliane Radigue, Franca Sacchi or Celer. The work overall takes it’s inspiration from her interests in quantum physics and digital composition, and…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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HOOD
Cold House (2012 Remastered Edition)
Domino
2LP // £14.99

**New 2012 remastered edition on double vinyl – Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Hard to believe that this album is now over 10 years old – its influence on all of us here back in the day impossible to overstate, its beauty somehow magnified by the passing of time. “Cold House” is for many the definitive Hood album – bringing together Hood’s uniquely understated melancholly with a…
HOOD
Recollected
Domino
6CD Box Set // £39.99

*Deluxe 6 CD Box Set, limited to an individually numbered edition of 500 copies for the world, including 4 albums, singles, rarities and a full disc of the previously unreleased “Hood Tapes”* Epic, unbeleivably good compendium of Hood’s work for Domino – containing some of the most beloved music for us here over the last 15 years. The set includes the four albums – ‘Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys’, ‘The Cycle…
TORTOISE
Standards (2012 Edition)
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

**Long awaited new edition of this classic Tortoise album, pretty much unavailable on wax since Warp licensed it for the UK back in 2001** “Following the massive success of their 1998 album ‘TNT’, Tortoise delivered their fourth album ‘Standards’. In and out of print over the past decade, the label are happy to finally give everyone what they have been asking for – ‘Standards’ on vinyl again, pressed on high…
TINDERSTICKS
The Something Rain
Lucky Dog
LP // £14.99

Is it just us or does the instrumentation just get lovelier and lovelier with every new Tindersticks album? Those of you who have obsessed over their soundtrack work (handily collected by the Constellation label last year) will find much to fall in love with here, espeically on the short but perfectly formed album closer “Goodbye Joe” – sounding like something off their wonderful “Nenette Et Boni” score mixed with the…
TINDERSTICKS
The Something Rain
Lucky Dog
CD // £9.99

Is it just us or does the instrumentation just get lovelier and lovelier with every new Tindersticks album? Those of you who have obsessed over their soundtrack work (handily collected by the Constellation label last year) will find much to fall in love with here, espeically on the short but perfectly formed album closer “Goodbye Joe” – sounding like something off their wonderful “Nenette Et Boni” score mixed with the…
MARIBEL
Reveries
SPLENDOUR
LP // £11.99

Darkly seductive sophomore LP from Oslo’s snowboot-gazers Maribel – a strong look for fans of Jesus & Mary Chain, Forest Swords, MBV. Since their widely acclaimed debut ‘Aesthetics’, the group has imploded and since expanded around singer/songwriter Pål Espen Kapelrud to include East German enchantress Rebekka Marstein of Pica Pica, and drummer Bjarne Stensli, who both lend a crucial presence to the excellent ‘Reveries’. Pål’s dreams of a bruised and…
MY BEST FIEND
In Ghostlike Fading
Warp Records
LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Debut album from My Best Fiend, the latest guitar-wielders to sign with Warp. The band deal in lush, wall-of-sound orch-pop, hugely indebted to Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized in terms of both songwriting and arrangement, but with shades too of Phil Spector, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Tom Petty, Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and all those other cosmic cowboys. Created in a Brooklyn garage, it…
MY BEST FIEND
In Ghostlike Fading
Warp Records
CD // £7.99

Debut album from My Best Fiend, the latest guitar-wielders to sign with Warp. The band deal in lush, wall-of-sound orch-pop, hugely indebted to Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized in terms of both songwriting and arrangement, but with shades too of Phil Spector, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Tom Petty, Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and all those other cosmic cowboys. Created in a Brooklyn garage, it sounds more like it was crafted on the…
THE CONSUMERS
All My Friends Are Dead (Remastered)
In The Red
LP // £17.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** “The Consumers were originally just three guitar players with no rhythm section-Paul Cutler, Mikey Borens and lyricist / lead singer David Wiley, all bonded by love of psychedelic Euro- prog jazz like Henry Cow, Gong and Robert Wyatt-who’d stopped listening to rock ‘n’ roll after Bowie’s Spiders from Mars came out around 1972. By ’77 our guys had re-discovered rock through Britpunk…
TRANS AM
The Surveillance
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.49

“1998: Trans Am’s third studio album ‘The Surveillance’ is released. Out of print on vinyl for years Thrill Jockey are happy to finally offer it again, pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and including all original artwork, a fully artworked inner sleeve and, for the first time, a download coupon redeemable from the label. ‘The Surveillance’ was the first record recorded and mixed entirely by the band. At the time…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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PLUG (LUKE VIBERT)
Run
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Special edition 12″ featuring two exclusive tracks, not available on ‘Back On Time’ – Luke Vibert’s first Plug album in twelve years! Face up, ‘Run’ steps up with a light-footed jazz effervescence, running deft percussive syncopations with lithe double bass, floral clarinet motifs and woozy Moog in his time-honoured style. Flipside ‘Get Out Of My Face’ jumps on a darker, spy-theme Jungle vibe with sharp-cut Amens and strafing ’70s guitar…
KODO / TYRONE
The Jackal / Behemoth
Ingredients Records
12″ // £6.49

Ingredients bring two new flavours to the table with vinyl debuts from Kodo and Tyrone. A-side Kodo unleashes the focussed, swaggered step of ‘The Jackal’ replete with cavernous warehouse reverbs and ghostly ‘ardcore spirit. Flipside Tyrone rolls out the muscle-tightening hardstep flex of ‘Behemoth’.
SKEPTICAL AND MC FOKUS
Fluctuate / The Truth
Dispatch Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Minimal, hard-bodied D&B straight outta Manchestah. Skeptical continues his roll of heavyweight cuts with the fleet-footed, tensile Techstep control of ‘Fluctuate’ on the A-side, and the more aggressive, broken flex of ‘The Truth’ on the flip. Come test.

 

MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 337: March 2012
Wire
Mag // £4.00

A stately-looking Earth adorn March’s edition of Wire magazine and inside discuss their shift into new realms with Jospeh Stannard. Elsewhere, KIng Tubby is the subject of this month’s primer; :zoviet*france: disclose their current sonic whereabouts; Ghost Box undertake the Invisible Jukebox; Julia Holter gives an extensive, intriguing interview; Vicki Gittens of People Like Us contributes to the ongoing ‘Collateral Damage’ discourse. The usual features, reviews and listings also feature….

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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WASSERFALL
Thursday EP
Greta Cottage Workshop
12″ // £10.99

Strictly limited edition vinyl!!! Excellent, laidback, deeper Tech-House/Electronica from Greta Workshop’s Berlin resident. With a subtle appreciation for warm and dark shading, Wasserfall present four supple late night grooves, shimmying from the smudged chord and breezy atmosphere of ‘Thursday’ to the atmospheric STL styles of ‘Unwind’, through the enchanted autumnal ambience of ‘Untitled (GCW made me do it)’, and the elegant uptempo push of ‘Tuwa’. Fans of the Smallville or…
ALEX UNDER
El Alma Del Tiempo (Slam Mix)
Soma
12″ // £7.99

Driving big room Techno from Alex Under and Slam. Under’s ‘El Alma del Tiempo’ forms a swarm of attacking killer triplet bleeps before the flood gates open to pounding bass and spacey breakdown. Slam’s Paragraph remix is straighter, kicks-driven and precisely functional.
MARCO RESMANN / VARIOUS
Watergate 10
WATERGATE
CD // £9.99

Now in double figures, Watergate’s mix CD series introduces Marco Resmann with a subtle 24 track blend of Tech and Mnml House music. As a former member of Pan Pot and current participant in Luna City Express and as Phage with Daniel Dreier, he brings his pedigree touch to this mix, selecting lithe and sexy tracks from Villalobos, Håkan Lidbo, André Lodemann, Jichael Mackson, Kenny Larkin, Roman Flügel and more,…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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EGISTO MACCHI
I Futuribili
The Roundtable
LP // £18.99

**Edition of 500 (one time pressing). First ever official vinyl reissue of this ultra rare record, an exact replica of the 1972 LP remastered from original tapes** For too long Egisto Macchi has existed in the shadow of his contemporary, Ennio Morricone. But with this reissue of his absolutely mindblowing and obscure library release, that is probably about to change. ‘I Futuribili’, meaning ‘The Futuristic’ in Italian, is considered by…
DAVID CAIN (RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP)
The Seasons (from the BBC Radio Schools Series ‘Drama Workshop’)
Trunk Records
LP // £14.99

Trunk Records have just made our week with this grade A+ reissue of David Cain’s cult radiophonic themes for school drama classes, originally made in 1969. These seventeen disturbingly evocative themes were intended to aid those golden hours once a week when UK kids in the first and second years of secondary school (11-13 year olds) were made to participate in improvised drama and dance. It’s a while since we…
DAVID CAIN (RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP)
The Seasons (from the BBC Radio Schools Series ‘Drama Workshop’)
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

Trunk Records have just made our week with this grade A+ reissue of David Cain’s cult radiophonic themes for school drama classes, originally made in 1969. These seventeen disturbingly evocative themes were intended to aid those golden hours once a week when UK kids in the first and second years of secondary school (11-13 year olds) were made to participate in improvised drama and dance. It’s a while since we…
SUZANNE CIANI
Lixiviation
Finders Keepers Records
LP // £14.99

**Vinyl edition finally here! – Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and “secret” synth music by “the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation”. Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer…
PENNY RIMBAUD
Acts Of Love: Fifty Songs To My Other Self
EXITSTENCILISMS
CD+Book // £16.99

*124 page perfect-bound book of 50 poems by Penny Rimbaud, each illustrated by Gee Vaucher, with the accompanying audio remastered in 2008 and now released for the first time on CD. Includes 21 additional tracks of studio extras and out-takes, and a poem by Eve Libertine* “Originally released in 1985 as a vinyl edition with an accompanying 32 page book. Written and composed by Penny Rimbaud. Sung by Eve Libertine….

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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VARIOUS / STRUT
TREVOR JACKSON presents METAL DANCE: Industrial/Post-Punk/EBM Classics & Rarities ’80-’88
Strut
2LP // £16.99

Trevor Jackson steps into the light with a phenomenally timely compilation of dancefloor post-punk, funk-conscious industrial and brutal, brazen EBM. We remember hearing Jackson spin some of these tunes back in electroclash’s prime, some 10 years ago, and of course most of them are at least 35 years old – it says something about their timeless brilliance that they sound as vital now as they did then. The canvas is…
MARK STEWART VS. PRIMAL SCREAM
Autonomia EP (Pinch / JD Twitch (Optimo) Mixes)
Future Noise Music
12″ // £6.49

Lairy, righteous return for Mark Stewart, in collaboration with Primal Scream. Bobby Gillespie sounds like he hasn’t had this much fun since the mid-90s, and the backing of chicken-scratch guitar and squalling FX recalls The Pop Group and the Maffia at their chaotic best. Stewart’s Bristol homeboy Pinch supplies two beautifully techy, elongated remixes, a return to the deep atmospherics he explored way back when on his Underwater Dancehall LP;…
STRATEGY
Boxy Music
100% Silk
12″ // £11.99

Strategy schemes five tracks of low-rent House music for 100% Silk. On ‘Boxy Music’ he coolly grooves into the label’s convention-baiting mindset with assuredly rugged, all-hardware production values and a pure, adventurous dancefloor spirit. A-side he’s wielding a fusion of fragrant sub-continental synth motifs and swinging House on ‘Bolly Valve 2000’ and bobbing to tropical currents of wavey dub-house chords on ‘Skanking Stabs’. Flipside features ‘Feel The Earth’, an impressionistic…
YOUNG MAGIC
Melt
Carpark Records
CD // £9.99

Sumptuous and worldly yet beautifully debut album of shapeshifting dreampop from the Young Magic trio. Now based in New York, the group, comprising Australian expats Isaac Emmanuel and Indonesian-born vocalist Melati Malay, coalesced in early 2011 around shared travelling experiences and a broad palette of musical influences – from Brainfeeder hip hop to psychedelic soul and West African rhythms. On the ten tracks of ‘Melt’ Isaac and Melati share vocals,…
YOUNG MAGIC
Melt
Carpark Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Sumptuous and worldly yet beautifully debut album of shapeshifting dreampop from the Young Magic trio. Now based in New York, the group, comprising Australian expats Isaac Emmanuel and Indonesian-born vocalist Melati Malay, coalesced in early 2011 around shared travelling experiences and a broad palette of musical influences – from Brainfeeder hip hop to psychedelic soul and West African rhythms. On the ten…
VIDEODROME FEATURING DEREK MEINS
Temptation’s Daughter
Well Rounded Records
12″ // £5.99

Canny, Freestyle/Italo-inflected Wave rider from the aptly titled Videodrome, backed with a cool remix from Donga & Blake. ‘Temptations Daughter’ isn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the Brighton-based label but neatly expands their remit with finesse. The remix is more in line with their previous output, yet moves towards a slicker, shuffling House sound replacing any Funky rudeness with a cleanly contoured, “mature”aesthetic.
SONS & DAUGHTERS
Orion
Domino
12″ // £5.99

Umberto, The Emperor Machine, and Wrong Island remix Sons And Daughters in diverse style. Andy Meecham aka Chicken Lips aka The Emperor Machine has the disco squarely in his sights on the A-side, rearranging the vocal to fit a driving, wavey mid-tempo groover. B-side Umberto does his classic Giallo thing with creeping arpeggios which soon turn into majestic crescendos, complemented by near-operatic vocal treatments, but we think the best os…
VARIOUS / OSTGUT TON
Machen Wir Den Tanz! / Sadness
OSTGUT TON
7″ // £6.99

*Hand-numbered edition of 500* OstGut Ton present an inspired but cheeky 7″ of covers of tracks by Steffi, Prosumer & Murat Tepeli from Panorama Bar matron Shambhu Leroux and Berghain/Laboratory bouncer Rummelsnuff. Taking on Steffi’s ‘Sadness’, former Sin City Circus Lady Shambhu Leroux leads her True Love Hearts band on a cracked, bluesy take of that modern Deep House classic. Flipside the unfeasibly buff Rummelsnuff reworks ‘Make Me Wanna Dance’…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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SHED
The Praetorian / RQ-170
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £7.99

Ridiculously badass return for Rene Pawlowitz under his Shed guise, with a new single heralding his eagerly awaited third album. ‘The Praetorian’ is a commanding, tightly controlled but investigative track that speaks the language of dubstep, but resists clear categorisation as such – occupying instead a more rarified post-techno clime where the clipped drums and sub-bass heft serve primarily to structure the gorgeously circling melodies that creep in up top….
REDSHAPE
Throw In Dirt / The Land
3024
12″ // £6.49

Redshape visits Martyn’s 3024 imprint for a full-fat solo session, following his 2010 remix of Martyn’s ‘Seventy Four’. On a pendulous and heavily squashed Chicago vibe, A-side ‘Throw In Dirt’ traps a harpy-like diva under warehouse-maddening square bass and rusted, railing vintage machine rhythm, the kind that’ll slice off your ear if you don’t step correct. B-side ‘The Land’ comes to trap your ass with percolating, downtown Dance Mania rhythms…
ROBERT OWENS / LARRY HEARD
Sacrifice (Kai Alce Distinctive Remixes)
NDATL Muzik
12″ // £8.99

Sweeter Deep House mixes of Larry Heard & Robert Owens’ ‘Sacrifice’ by Kai Alce, with keyboard assistance from Simbad. Apparently this record came about after Mr Heard dropped by the NDATL studio and played the tracks to Kai. He was so enamoured that a remix was made with the big man’s blessing and here we have it, four tracks of deepest House music. A-side Kai’s ‘US’ remix adds rippling organic…
JEFF MILLS
Taken 01
TAKEN
12″ // £8.99

Spinning out from the Something In The Sky series, Jeff Mills presents four hypnotic Techno experiments on the Taken sub-label. It’s easy to imagine Jeff knocking these out in as long as it takes to play them, but that’s certainly no disrespect. He simply puts minimal ingredients to mesmerizing use, locked deep into their groove or vice versa with the finest filigree modulations conducted to near-telepathic levels of sonic communication….
ANDY STOTT
Passed Me By
Modern Love
2LP // £14.99

*..finally re-pressed* Emerging from a 12 month hiatus, Andy Stott enters a compelling new phase of evolution on ‘Passed Me By’. Besides marking his most substantial output since debut album ‘Merciless’, these seven tracks signify a renewed, yet introverted vitality to his sound, inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. They’re strident and sensual yet stoically retentive, folding in a…
ANDY STOTT
We Stay Together
Modern Love
2LP // £14.99

*..finally re-pressed* ‘We Stay Together’ is a brand new doublepack from Andy Stott, a companion piece of sorts to the radical inversions of the ‘Passed Me By’ EP released earlier this year. Its predecessor left many heads dazed upon impact – in the best possible sense – and these six tracks, produced in its wake, amp the pressure to throttling degrees. Entering the digital compression chamber of ‘Submission’ you become…
SIGHA
Abstractions I-IV
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Sigha really finds his groove on ‘Abstractions I-IV’, easily his most impressive release to date. Here he presents three tracks of swinging hydraulic syncopation approaching the recent styles of Dettmann or Regis. A-side opens with a placid stretch of electronica ‘Something In Between Us’, before peering fathoms deep with the rolling aqua-tech flow of ‘Where I Come To Forget’. Flipside he engages with Millsian minimalism buoyed by spherical subs and…
ITAL
Hive Mind
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

**Includes free MP3 download code redeemable from the label** After coolly knocking out some of the most compelling 12″s of 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick re-routes the dancefloor with the fractal bump of his ‘Hive Mind’ LP. In case you’re unaware, Ital is far from being Daniel’s first project – he’s been making records for years on Dischord as member of Black Eyes, and as Sex Worker and Mi Ami for NNF…
KYOKA
iSH
Raster Noton
12″ // £12.99

The fifth in Raster Noton’s dancefloor-focussed Unun series is from Berlin/Tokyo-based musician/composer Kyoka – with production by Frank Bretschneider. She continues the Japanese bias of the series (Aoki Takamasa and Kouhei Matsuaga’s NHK account for the other 2 of 5 releases) with a slant towards experimental yet fully danceable “pop-beat” deconstructions, five tracks poised between sturdy functionalism and more frayed, diffuse electronics. The Industrial-strength welt of opener ‘HADue’ is an…
MARVIN BELTON
Marvin Belton EP
MAHOGANI MUSIC
12″ // £12.99

**4 Track EP** Soulful Detroit House music from the Rotating Assembly dude. In finest Mahogani style you get four shades of deepest vibes, from the uptempo, spirit-lifting ‘Find A Way’ and debonaire minimalism of ‘Any Day Now’ on the A-side, over to the percussive, rootsy groove of ‘Back To Africa’ and the effervescent sensuality of ‘I Believe’ on the B-side.
DJ SNEAK
fabric 62: DJ Sneak
Fabric Worldwide
CD // £9.99

The originator of the “boompty”, jackin’ Chicago sound steps to the decks for Fabric’s 62nd mix. It’s a pure big room selection, intended to drive your ass with a proper Latin shake. Apparently no computers were used, and in just under 75 minute he wends his way thru 18 tracks from the likes of Darius Syrossian, DJ W!ld, Willie Graff & Tuccillo, Mike Jules and Basti Grub.
EAMON HARKIN
Rigor Music
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Dubbed-out and stripped-down Techno-House cruisers from Eamon Harkin, Brendon Moeller and Roman Flügel. ‘Electric Light’ hits a sophosticated groove of Levon Vincent-lite House, and ‘Rigor Music’ adds some sticky acid to the New York vibe. Brendon Moeller lends a deft, dynamic dub touch-up, and Roman Flügel does his quirky, instinctively funked-up thing to ‘Rigor Music’.
MODEL 500
Control / The Messenger
R&S Records
12″ // £6.49

Pure Detroit Electro mechanics from Magic Juan Atkins’ one-and-only Model 500! His latest for R&S is a masterclass in the dark art of sexually-charged, futuristic funk, which could only originate in the 313. A-side is the incredible ‘Control’, a deadly dancefloor dedication rocking soul-slydin’ snares, pendulous bass pressure and more Kraftwerk-than-Kraftwerk vocoders and synths – in one fell swoop putting the new skool to bed and slipping off with its…
SHAWN RUDIMAN / DJ T-1000 / VARIOUS
Vintage Synth Technique
Minimalsoul Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Fine Neo Detroit tracks from the Minimal Soul label, compiling four tracks from Shawn Rudiman, DJ T-1000, Loner.9 and Wave Effect. Altroy’s remix of Shawn Rudiman’s ‘Sashimi Hi’ is the choice cut, fusing classic 909 stomping patterns with effective synthline abstraction in a cool Claude Young style, while DJ T-1000’s ‘Minimal Soul’ harks back to the lush styles of Eevolute or early Carl Craig. Loner.9’s ‘Rosary’ is the other pick…
TOLOUSE LOW TRAX
Jeidem Fall
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £12.99

Kreidler’s Detlef Weinrich presents his third album of darkly sensual electronic grooves as Tolouse Low Trax. Taking inspiration from “Big city lights in Africa” he makes “chilly neon sounds” in Düsseldorf, where he also co-owns the Salon Des Amateurs club which plays host to his regular DJ sets of this kinda thing. Much like his North Ruhr predecessor Dieter Moebius, TLT deals in that kind of grindingly funky mid-tempo bracket,…

 

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Abduction
LP // £16.99

*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Neung Phak is a South East Asian Pop covers band headed by Mark Gergis of Porest and the Sublime Frequencies fame. It was recorded between studios in Pyongyang, DPRK, and Java, Indonesia, and in Seattle and also features the likes of Sun City Girl Alan Bishop on vocals. Lovers of psyched-out wah guitar will be in their element, but there’s also appeal to…
THE LIJADU SISTERS
Afro-Beat Soul Sisters: The Lijadu Sisters At Afrodisia, Nigeria 1976-79
Soul Jazz
CD // £11.99

**CD in deluxe, Japanese-style gatefold card packaging** Soul Jazz take us back to Nigeria circa 1976-79 with the first ever compilation of The Lijadu Sisters’ music. During this time the identical twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu released four albums which placed them as the most successful Nigerian girl group of the ’70s and in turn revolutionised attitudes towards female artists in a predominantly male arena. Taking cues from the…
THE LIJADU SISTERS
Afro-Beat Soul Sisters: The Lijadu Sisters At Afrodisia, Nigeria 1976-79
Soul Jazz
2LP // £13.99

Soul Jazz take us back to Nigeria circa 1976-79 with the first ever compilation of The Lijadu Sisters’ music. During this time the identical twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu released four albums which placed them as the most successful Nigerian girl group of the ’70s and in turn revolutionised attitudes towards female artists in a predominantly male arena. Taking cues from the American soul of Aretha Franklin and The…
TOM ZE
Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Ze compiled by David Byrne
LUAKA BOP
LP // £13.99

**Killer reissue housed in printed inner with download code redeemable from the label** Seminal, timeless Tropicalismo collected by David Byrne on his 1990 compendium ‘Brazil Classics 4: The Best Of Tom Zé’. For many outside of Brazil, this album was their first encounter with Zé’s bountiful, unprecedented body of work melding imported Rock, Pop and political concepts with the Afro-Latin heritage and rhythmic accents of his native land – a…
VILAYAT KHAN / ALI AKBAR KHAN
Psychedelic Music Of India
EL RECORDS
CD // £10.99

It has become slightly passé now to go on about having ‘found yourself in India’, but back in the 1950s and 1960s, India, and Indian music were extremely new to much of the Western world. Although many would reference the ‘star of the sitar’ Ravi Shankar as the man who kick started everything, if it wasn’t for a certain Vilayat Khan (another sitar player) who released this record in 1955,…