Apr 092011
 

Hello, Some incredible releases on the shelves this week, none more so than a 5CD / 6 Hour boxset featuring Autechre’s seminal singles and EPs starting from 1991’s much sought after ‘Cavity Job’ all the way to 2002’s Gantz Graf. In between you’ll find some of the best material Ae ever released – from the majestic Garbage EP to the game-changing EP7, all presented in a typically lavish box set that’s limited to just 1000 copies in the UK. Also leaving us completely floored is a comprehensive 5LP+10″ sweep of the German wave underground between 1978-1984, an exquisitely curated and packaged set compiling unreleased tracks, demos and rare cassette material from 11 pivotal bands of the day with Din A Testbild, Funtastiklons and PVC among them. It documents the peripheries, or in other words, some of the most interesting areas of an exhilarating era, covering Joy Division like post-industial dirges, Musique Concrète fusions and unimaginable electronic experiments. It’s pricey, but boy it’s an exceptional set. Conrad Schnitzler reissues have also been cropping up regularly on these pages of late, but ‘Ballet Statique’ is the one we’ve been waiting for. Originally known as ‘Con’ it was unleashed on the world in 1978, and its influence has reverberated through so much electronic music ever since, from the spacious sound design of Chris Carter’s ‘The Space Between’ to the dynamic post D&B of T++ or Rockwell. If you don’t know, get to know. Panda Bear’s loooong awaited 2nd album finally arrives this week, and it’s a beauty. With the same untamed experimental pop spirit which made ‘Person Pitch’ so defining, ‘Tomboy’ has the same mental mixtape quality about it, managing to make Shangaan-style Kalimba and Beach Boy vocal harmonies effortlessly work without a hint of irony or conceit. Oh, and there’s a limited clear vinyl edition for the collectors – look sharp! Not Not Fun’s latest pick is Xander Harris, whose ‘Urban Gothic’ LP has just replaced our worn out copies of the first two Umberto LPs for midnight listening. Located somewhere in the mists of a digitized mid-’80s, Xander nods to Italo, proto-Chicago House and cinematic scores with an infectious feel for dramatic themes and evocative narratives. Slip this on your portable deck and go cruising the streets… The best of a batch of Mego missives this week (next to the Akita/Gustaffsson/O’Rourke LP and Russell Haswell’s ‘IN IT’) is the Peterlicker LP ‘Night’, starring label boss Peter Rehberg in a tussle for scorched experimental ground. The picture sleeve depicts them looking like Take That if the reunion hadn’t worked out, but fans of Prurient, Kevin Drumm, KTL or Sunn 0))) will really want to dip in. ‘Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides’ are a valued part of Manchester’s tiny improv scene, and their fourth album proper lands on Carnivals – the same label who presented that mythical debut from Hype Williams. The duo of Pascal Nichols (drums/electronics) and Kelly Jones (flute) make shapeshifting, celestial, and searching music guided by a satyr-like lyrical dexterity as detached and detailed as the beautiful sleeve artwork. There’s only 530 copies and it’s strongly recommended for the psych heads! Our pick of the singles this week is the enchanting Sleep ∞ Over single on Hippos In Tanks, backed with a killer Laurel halo remix, while Umberto’s homage to early ’80s cinematic crud on ‘Freeze!’ is just totally ace. On a more visceral tip, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Ryoji Ikeda offer four tracks from their Cyclo project, housed in frosted PVC sleeve and demanding to be played at MAXIMUM VOLUME. If you’ve been following Celer’s beautiful stream of releases, you don’t want to miss the Chubby Wolf 7″ ‘The Darker Sex’, taken from the vaults of the late Dani Baquet-Long, and a special request goes out to Dug Out, who drop the rudebwoy steam-powered Digi-killer ‘Victory Train’ featuring Tenor Saw on a crushing, hydraulic bass-driven riddim delivered direct from the Studio One band. 100% dynamite! Also out this week, prime wares from Daedelus, Instra:Mental, Debruit, Emika, Hyetal, Pinch vs Roska vs Loefah, Zomes, the Tapeworm, Russell Haswell, Jenny Hval, Hauschka, Low, Deerhunter, Blondes, Skudge and much much more. Have yourselves a fabulous week…. Peace! nekkers…xx Albums of the Week AUTECHRE EPs 1991 – 2002 ELECTRONIC Warp 5CD BOX // £27.99 We’ve always been of the opinion that much of Autechre’s finest work could be found on their EP’s and singles, so as far as we’re concerned this gargantuan, 5CD/47 track boxed set pretty much reads like a connoisseur’s best-of. So much of the music contained within has been an integral part of our electronic music listening since the early 90’s that the only way we could possibly tackle this compendium is with a large dose of nostalgia. When the Anti EP came it out in ’94 it was in the midst of (and in reaction to) the criminal justice bill, and in particular that part of the legislation aimed squarely at rave culture: “By breaking this seal, you accept full responsibilty for any consequential action resulting from the product’s use, as playing the music contained within these recordings may be interpreted as oppostion to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill.” read the seal on the 12″. But the EP was more than just an exercise in smart-arsery, it also featured the groundbreaking “Flutter”, programmed in such a way that the beats were non-repetetive (thus circumventing the legislation), but also ushering Autechre into a new, non-linear phase in their recording history, leading onto much of their post-Amber material and in effect the birth of the whole IDM movement – though all those fifth rate emulations really weren’t their fault. Although it was released several years before ‘Anti’, it would take us until the tail-end of the 90’s to lay our hands on a copy of ‘Cavity Job”, the first Autechre twelve from 1991. It’s never been available on any digital formats before – and vinyl copies still go for a small fortune – so its inclusion here is inspired and most welcome, giving many a first glimpse of Rob and Sean’s earliest forays into Hardcore. 1995 was a fruitful year, fitting in two incredible EP’s alongside the release of the still-singular sounding ‘Tri Repetae’: ‘Garbage’ and ‘Anvil Vapre’. Split into two twelves, Anvil Vapre was as fierce and uncompromising as anything we’d heard from Ae upto that point, with pivotal track “Second Bad Vilbel” (twinned with Glossop don’t you know) not only managing to almost pierce our eardrums the first time we put it on, but also gifting the world the first video work from Chris Cunningham. “Garbage” followed later on that year and contains probably one of the most played tracks ever here at the office – “Garbagemx36”. WIth its dubbed-out chords and slowly creeping melody (the track clocks in at just under 15 minutes), it was a fleeting but perfectly formed flirtation with dub that sat perfectly alongside the first Macro Dub Infection compilation that came out at about the same time. If you haven’t heard it before – it just owns. Fast Forward to 1999 and you have what still counts for us, alongside LP5, as one of the best Autechre releases: EP7. Once again split into two vinyl parts, it found Booth and Brown at a creative peak, just before the algorithms took over. Highlights are too many to speak of, but the rolling drums and buried melodies of Maphive 6.1 still completely destroy us, every time. There’s just so much left to mention, from the two Peel Sessions to Envane, Cichlisuite and Gantz Graf, and (notwithstanding the killer We R Are Why and Splitrmx 12″s which aren’t included), pretty much all of Autechre’s non-album material for Warp is here – and that really does make for a box full of treats for avid followers, and a little history lesson for those of you who never got with the programme back in the day. In short: Essential. PANDA BEAR Tomboy (Clear Vinyl Edition) INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE Paw Tracks LP // £15.99 *INCLUDES DOWNLOAD COUPON FOR A SPECIAL PANDA BEAR LIVE SET FROM 11TH SEPTEMBER 2010 AT GOVERNORS ISLAND NYC – REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* When ‘Person Pitch’ appeared, it felt like even non Animal Collective fans had suddenly started to give a sh*t. It was clear from just a handful of songs that Panda Bear (Noah Lennox to his mates) was the creative mind behind the best bits of the best Animal Collective songs (I’m lookin’ at you ‘Peacebone’), and his debut album was a disc that everyone could agree on with its ambitious, gregarious mix of genres and ideas. That’s exactly the kind of praise that can make a sophomore album a ‘dreaded’ and ‘long-awaited’ sophomore album, and ‘Tomboy’ with its weird lineup of 7” pre-release singles and continuously delayed release date seemed for a while like it was heading in that direction. Thankfully I can tell you it is just as good as we had all hoped it would be; Panda Bear is still just as relevant as he was when he practically single-handedly kick-started a thousand Myspace accounts in 2007. The music still has the hallmarks of Lennox’s Brian Wilson-indebted sound, but what could have seemed like a flash-in-the-pan as a single album has become a fully formed beast on ‘Tomboy’. The difference between Lennox’s re-appropriation of techno, doo-wop, dub, world music and goodness knows what else, and most other pallid attempts at the same kind of thing, is that it sounds like he actually loves what he does. Not only the music that comes out of it, but the listening part – I get the sense that he really listens to the sounds, and when they appear on a song they feel sincere. The chunky oldskool rap break on ‘Slow Motion’, the doubletime Shangaan-style electrified kalimba of ‘Surfer’s Hymn’, the hazy drugged-up house of ‘Afterburner’; somehow it holds together, and usually by Lennox’s incredibly distinct songwriting and reverberating vocals. Like a great mixtape there’s something intrinsic that holds things together, maybe a theme, a small sound or a sample that just seems like it was plonked in just the right place at the right time. ‘Tomboy’ isn’t a record that ever gets dull, and through the mish mash of styles and the rampant experimentation it makes for an album that is more mature and more contemplative than its predecessor. Deep beneath the chattering samples and choirboy vocals there is the beating heart of a record that is likely to haunt you for the rest of the year. Highly Recommended. CONRAD SCHNITZLER Ballet Statique SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC m=minimal LP // £12.99 **Peerless electronic masterpiece reissued on vinyl** Probably better known under its original title of Con, Ballet Statique was released on an unsuspecting world in 1978. Coming after Schnitzler’s searching Colour series, it’s one of his most perfectly realized and futureproof recordings, beautifully poised and ultra-minimalist in execution but wildly psychedelic in scope and implication. You can hear its influence on Chris Carter’s recently revived The Space Between, with stately, repetitive analogue melodies suspended in a spacious, multi-directional sound design simply unbelievable for the era. Indeed, it’s difficult to listen to Ballet Statique without thinking of modern equivalences: ‘Electric Garden’’s gloopy, melody and aquatic echo FX could’ve been peeled off a Zomby club banger, while the swarming synths and circular drum patterns of ‘Zug’ anticipate the post-d’n’b experiments of T++ and Rockwell, and ‘Metall II’s static noise assault wouldn’t sound out of place in a Haswell & Hecker set. The title track is overwhelmingly beautiful, an-astro utopian reverie that Cluster, Monoton or even Kraftwerk would be proud to call their own, while the bass-heavy ‘Black Nails’ closes out the suite in droning techno noir mode. From Carlos Giffoni to Carl Craig, Mute to Minimal Wave, the DNA of this album can be found in virtually all adventurous electronic music that has followed in its wake. If you don’t know, get to know. Essential! VARIOUS German Punk & Wave 78-84 Vol.1 (Deluxe Box Set) SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO Vinyl On Demand DELUXE 5LP+10″ BOX SET // £79.99 **Staggering 5LP + 10″ boxset covering the German punk, wave and minimal synth scene of the late ’70s and early to mid ’80s – limited to 600 individually numbered copies for the world** This is Vinyl On Demand’s first volume of what looks to be a comprehensive retrospective mining a dynamic phase of German music between 1978-1984. The legendary boutique label here gives focus to unreleased tracks, demos and rare cassette material from 11 bands: PVC, White Russia, No More, Didaktische Einheit, MDK, Din A Testbild, Odd Band, Poison Dwarfs, Funtastiklons, and Die Gesunden. You’d be forgiven for finding it a daunting prospect, price tag considered, but we can assure you with confidence that there is an absolute ruck of incredible material to be discovered within the six white walls of this boxset. For us, we first turned to the tracks from Berlin’s legendary Din A Testbild unit, who counted Gudrun Gut, Klaus Schulze and Frieder Butzmann in their ranks at one point or another, and who provide five tracks of embryonic Digital wave which have stood the test of time like a slowly oxidizing memorial. Sharing a taste for acrid electronics, the Poison Dwarfs side contains 13 fractiously brief but brilliant ideas, ranging from dystopian machine sequences to strange-wave charms and one unforgettably melancholy 5min+ piece ‘Frequenz7’. Their plate is shared with the NDW weirdness of Funtastiklons, who would appear to be so underground even the internet doesn’t know about them! The best we can tell you is their eight tracks approximate a more psychotropic Der Plan, all plastic melodies and waltzes with a boz-eyed slyness. We really ought to shout about the The Didaktische Einheit and Off Band side too. The former’s five tracks span oscillating synth slurry to early, Joy Division-esque motorik punk, while the latter is a freeform clash of NDW and Musique Concrète disciplines. Ohhhh, and then there’s the Die Werkpiloten / No More vinyl… Die Werkpiloten bowling us over with eight tracks of melancholy but funky NDW including the sublime seven minutes of ‘New Arrangements’, and No More’s side of darkened post-punk including the amazing ‘Suicide Commando’. We could really rattle on about this all day but there’s work to be done! If you’ve been inspired by the Minimal Wave compilation or the groundswell of recent minimal synth reissues, this set is an absolute MUST! A huge recommendation. XANDER HARRIS Urban Gothic SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO NOT NOT FUN LP // £13.99 NNF’s latest pick-up is Xander Harris, a classically trained “keyboard-creep” with a slick line in synthesized horror redolent of Umberto’s uncanny couplet of LPs. However, Xander’s vision is focussed slightly further down the time scale, taking cues from John Carpenter, the futurist gaze of Chicago/Italo and sounds from the cusp of Kosmische/New Age. But those are just aesthetic differences, and the magic really lies in a shared mastery of engrossing, evocative narratives, from the track titles to the shadowy arrangements and the distinct mood they make. The more percussive, driven dance tracks such as ‘Opening Credits’, ‘F*cking Eat Your Face’ and ‘I Want More Than Just Blood’ are infectiously successful and give some of the biggest highlights, while the synth-painted scenes of ‘Splatter In The Mouth’ lean towards sharply rendered, yet lo-fi homages to Carpenter, or more likely those guys further down the sonic food chain whose soundtracks have infected the psyche of a generation. We’ve got a forthcoming 100% Silk 12″ and more NNF tapes to look forward to from this guy, but in the meantime this is very much tipped! DECEH Fundamental Structure ELECTRONIC THE TAPEWORM Cassette // £4.99 Deceh is an anonymous duo featuring the elusive Eleh. Their edition for Touch’s Tapeworm series is “a close study of the harmonic composition of a Hammond organ and a Sruti Box with attention given to the organization of isolated frequencies and the effects of these vibrations on brain activity.” Like all of Eleh’s work, ‘Fundamental Structure’ is meditative, and, if you like, spiritual, seeming to slow time itself to a malleable blur and opening sublime temporal portals in the process. And while it might be minimal, the purity of the tones and their ultra-subtle oscillations are still deeply engaged with a vividly synaesthetic quality; these are frequencies you inhale with your ears and can almost see vibrating against your skin. It’s a beautiful thing and sounds quite lovely on cassette. The program repeats on both sides. Limited edition of 400 copies – Recommended. PETERLICKER Nicht DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL Editions Mego LP // £13.99 **Advanced doom machinations from the deepest bowels of the Viennese underground, helmed by Peter Rehberg.** Editions Mego describes this outing as “modern electronic rock”, but that scarcely does justice to the exquisitely disgusting and disquieting sounds on offer. Rehberg is of course no stranger to avant-metal excursions thanks to his work with Stephen O’Malley in KTL, but Peterlicker eschews the more pensive qualities of that project in favour of an altogether more severe and guttural artistic vision. Opener ‘Always Right’ is a righteous exorcism: across jabbing sequenced sub-bass that feels like it could erupt into dubstep wobble at any give moment, F.Hergovich spews out distorted, tortured vocals that would make Attila Csihar run for cover; it’s the sound of an orc returning to Mordor from battle to find his missus has cheated on him. ‘Tunnel 47053’ foregrounds C. Schachinger’s guitar, swathing it in enough static and distortion; it’s so ear-scorchingly heavy that it’s liable, perversely enough, to put you in a kind of bliss-state; indeed, the production is so rich and nuanced throughout Nicht that you’re able to swim around in the muck rather than simply being pelted with it. ‘Raised On Rock’ has distant air-raid sirens and savage digital edits sounding out over an unyielding crust of clotted bass. before a loop of serene music-box chimes arrives, summoning the deserted, fire-ravaged post-war zones of Kevin Drumm’s Imperial Distortion suggesting that their may – may – be some redemption to be found on the other side of armageddon. Side 2 is given over to two longer pieces: the scything industrial drone-core of ‘C-Slide’, and the aptly name ‘Schleim’ – which has something like a swamp-rock groove going on under the layers of psychedelic scree. Limited to 500 copies and cut at Dubplates + Mastering for full head-crushing effect, the dark stuff simply doesn’t get better than this. Fans of Sunn O)), KTL, K.Drumm, Burial Chamber Trio, Prurient – you know what to do. PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES Low Fired Clay Escape DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL Carnivals LP // £12.99 This Manchester-based improv duo offer the latest release on Carnivals: the same label that presented debuts from Hype Williams and A Middle Sex. Isolating the essence of their bewitching live performances, ‘Low Fired Clay Escape’ configures Pascal Nichols’ fluid percussion, basic FX and contact-mic’d vocals with Kelly Jones’ celestial flute in an abstract yet engrossing dialogue with much to disclose. In the enigmatic tradition of improvised music, their sound evades concrete classification like a butterfly escaping a net. With a flicker of notes from Jones’ flute or a cascade of pitching drum timbres, the pair can practically shapeshift into any creature they fancy, drawing some tangible connection between their sound and an underlying sense of occult psychedelia reaching back into long forgotten traditions of the land. These are suggestive rituals, sound prayers to something that’s hard to grasp without faith, but once you’ve given them your trust it’s possible to believe their requests may be answered. May be. Like their label says, ‘Low Fired Clay Escape’ is “…Proclaiming a context far greater than the sum of their instruments”, their satyr-like lyrical dexterity enabling them to eke out soundscapes as detached yet detailed as the intricate, and amazing, sleeve-art by Darren Adcock. There’s only 530 copies of this and its strongly recommended for the psych-types. Singles of the Week SLEEP ∞ OVER Casual Diamond (Laurel Halo Mix) ELECTRONIC Hippos In Tanks 7″ // £5.99 Utterly enchanting pop music from Austin TX’s Sleep ∞ Over, readied with a remix from ethereal electronic auteur, Laurel Halo. That suggestively evocative name belongs to Stefanie Franciotta who formed the group only a year ago. Her first rough demos, made on a handheld recorder with former band members Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown, caught the attentions of Night People who released their eponymous debut, with a few of those tracks landing on a 7″ for Light Lodge and a new batch for Forest Family (get hunting!). Since then, Stefanie has shed her bandmates and the gently giddy ‘Casual Diamond’ is her most recent material. Her knowingly Pot-pourried pop recalls the essence of late ’80s/early ’90s pop, but safely steered with an acknowledgement of 4AD classics, giving her guilty pleasures a poignant innocence which is so much more distinctive than the polyester-saturated soup of lo-fi pop she emerged from. Laurel Halo is the perfect candidate to rework material of this calibre, expanding an already articulate electronic vocabulary with something crossing spatialized 2-step, shoegaze and mid ’90s UK electronica like a threadbare quilt sheltering her dreamspace behind the sofa. Another impressive drop from Hippos in Tanks – Highly recommended! UMBERTO Freeze! SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO NOT NOT FUN 7″ // £6.99 Matt Hill plugs into his ’80s soundtrack stimulator for a limited edition 7″ on NNF. Featuring a fractal Eddie Murphy on the cover, under the tagline “He’s been Zuuled, thrown through a window, and arrested.” you kinda know ‘Freeze’ is gonna be a lark from the off. With the slyest sincerity, ‘Put An APB On Those Bastards’ has the feel of Tangerine Dream, if you squint your ears hard enough and cock your head like a confused spaniel. On a more romantic tip, the saccharine symphonics of ‘Common Street Trash’ could be a condensed version of Leyland Kirby’s misty-eyed epics, while ‘Going Rogue’ makes us feel like our housemate has been murdered and some Latino drug cartel is about to receive the biggest frown they’ve ever seen, ever. Finally ‘Illegal Entry With Intent To Zuul’ gives a positive, open-ended conclusion, where crashing syndrums part the way for studded leather axe work and feathered synth tickles as a lonely silhouette is framed against a watery orange globe dipping beyond the horizon. Limited copies – ace. CYCLO id (Selected Tracks) ELECTRONIC Raster Noton 12″ // £12.99 *Limited vinyl edition with special packaging – includes 4 tracks from the CD album* The wait was worth it – Raster-Noton present a pure white vinyl pressing with four visceral cuts from Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai’s latest Cyclo experiments, recently collected on the exceptional ‘Id’ album. Separated from that set, which “…seeks to create a new hybrid of visual art and music” it’s possible to view these tracks as lightyears-advanced dance music full of complex electro syncopation and powerfully synaesthetic qualities whose overwhelming strength provides a seriously heightened aural experience. As their sounds represent visual data, they’ve been left purposefully unmastered in order to preserve their original integrity when viewed through an XY phase scope, transcending the usual sound>image dynamic. The result is an arrangement of electronic sounds so pure yet complex your ears will feel like they’ve been artificially inseminated with the DNA code of a Raster-Noton cyborg. This record is a work of uncompromising genius and a highly recommended purchase! PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.. CHUBBY WOLF The Darker Sex HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT LOW POINT 7″ // £4.99 Dani Baquet-Long’s crucial works continue to appear after her tragic death, and her own Chubby Wolf project is proving to be even more alluring then her considerable work as part of Celer. ‘The Darker Sex’ is the latest archival exploration – and the title explains more than you might guess about the music itself. This is far from simple, easy-going ambient drone – Dani approaches things from a more unexpected, disturbing angle, and the noisy, tape-dubbed shuffle we’d usually expect from her serves only as the backdrop for something far more woozy. Harmonies emerge from the distant drones, and eventually give way to disarmingly beautiful sounds. Fans of Celer, or even the darker ambient material more readily associated with Erik Skodvin’s Miasmah label should dip into this without delay. Proper. TENOR SAW Victory Train DUB / REGGAE Dug Out 12″ // £6.99 New on the amazing Dug Out imprint – Steam-powered Digi-killer from ‘Up and Coming Superstar Of The ’80s’ Tenor Saw. The hydraulic bassline on ‘Victory Train’ is just crushingly heavy, specially laid down by the Studio One Band and voiced by one of the most distinctive souls of the Dancehall era. 100% vintage dynamite housed in full colour sleeve. Once again, KILLER!!! This week’s releases in full! sorted by genre | See all BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO See all MARTIN SCHULTE Treasure LANTERN CD // £12.99 Sublime dub techno album from prolific young producer, Martin Schulte for the Tokyo-based Lantern Record label. Deepchord’s Rod Modell is a big fan of this album, which says it all, really. Packaged in gatefold card slipcase – Recommended. BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE See all DAEDELUS Bespoke Ninja Tune CD // £9.99 Alfred Darlington is a man who isn’t afraid of really working at his craft, and I’m talking graft – mine shaft style. The Victorian-obsessed LA type has been chiseling away at his unique sound for so long that his music has actually transcended all the genres it’s been lumped into. First he was IDM, then he was breakcore, then hip hop, then he was w*nky, now what the hell are… DEBRUIT Sis Surpriz EP CIVIL MUSIC 12″ // £8.99 Following zig-zagging excursions to West Africa on ‘Spatio-Temporel’ and the ‘Clé De Bras’ EPs, Débruit has been seduced by Turkey on the ‘Sis Sürpriz’ EP. Living in a Turkish neighbourhood in East London, the fragrant local sounds gave him an appetite for traditional Turkish instrumentation. A trip to Turkey later and those sounds are tightly woven with his crooked boom-bap, resulting in sumptuous arrangements of violin-like kabak kemane and darbuka… DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL See all PETERLICKER Nicht Editions Mego LP // £13.99 **Advanced doom machinations from the deepest bowels of the Viennese underground, helmed by Peter Rehberg.** Editions Mego describes this outing as “modern electronic rock”, but that scarcely does justice to the exquisitely disgusting and disquieting sounds on offer. Rehberg is of course no stranger to avant-metal excursions thanks to his work with Stephen O’Malley in KTL, but Peterlicker eschews the more pensive qualities of that project in favour of an… PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES Low Fired Clay Escape Carnivals LP // £12.99 This Manchester-based improv duo offer the latest release on Carnivals: the same label that presented debuts from Hype Williams and A Middle Sex. Isolating the essence of their bewitching live performances, ‘Low Fired Clay Escape’ configures Pascal Nichols’ fluid percussion, basic FX and contact-mic’d vocals with Kelly Jones’ celestial flute in an abstract yet engrossing dialogue with much to disclose. In the enigmatic tradition of improvised music, their sound evades… GNOD & WHITE HILLS Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II ROCKET CD // £12.99 A 3rd titanic Kraut/Psyche-rock face-off from Manchester’s bonglords, Gnod, and New York’s space cadets, White Hills. They first met under the light of seven moons on ‘Aquarian Downer’ in 2008, followed by the first ‘Drop Out’ album for Drug Space Records in 2009, whilst the intervening years have seen a flurry of individual rituals occurring on NNF, Blackest Rainbow and Thrill Jockey, to name a few. It’s difficult, and probably… LITURGY Aesthethica Thrill Jockey CD // £11.99 ‘Aesthetica’ is the intense sophomore LP from New York’s acclaimed Black Metal unit, following their highly regarded 2009 debut ‘Renihilation’. In it, Liturgy further deconsecrate the land between Black Metal, Hardcore and experimentalism with supremely dextrous instrumental abilities and the natural force of the brilliantly named Hunter Hunt hollering from front and centre. Most of the tracks deceivingly originate from simple refrains before surging into feats of complex, furious and… DISCO / EDITS / FUNK See all JUSTUS KÖHNCKE Fussmachine NANG 12″ // £5.99 Justus Köhncke flexes his well-trained disco muscle on a 12″ for Nang, backed with a tidy Lasertom remix. The analogue production of ‘Fussmachine’ lends a deeply classic feel to his groove, deceiving the disco timeline with a pick ‘n mix of elements from Chicagoan Proto-House, dubbed New York Disco and his own hypnotic German arrangement. On the other side, Lasertom gives a tropically-infused remix next to Köhncke’s psyched-out and fonky… DOGS OF WAR & THE ZEBRAS Dogs Of War ELECTUNES CD // £12.99 In 1977 Pat Deserio, the main man behind Dogs Of War and Generation Records, self-released their one and only album on his label. The then four-piece outfit including Pat, Jack August (bass, vocals) and John Hagopian (guitar, engineer) laid down six cosmically funky disco grooves thick with soaring synths, slinky drums and dancefloor friendly vocals, including the hypnotic ‘Space Conqueror’, the Afrobeat-inspired ‘Future Jungle’ and strangely exotic ‘Love Pirate’. The… DUB / REGGAE See all TENOR SAW Victory Train Dug Out 12″ // £6.99 New on the amazing Dug Out imprint – Steam-powered Digi-killer from ‘Up and Coming Superstar Of The ’80s’ Tenor Saw. The hydraulic bassline on ‘Victory Train’ is just crushingly heavy, specially laid down by the Studio One Band and voiced by one of the most distinctive souls of the Dancehall era. 100% vintage dynamite housed in full colour sleeve. Once again, KILLER!!! MIGHTY DIAMONDS Leaders Of Black Countries KINGSTON SOUNDS CD // £11.49 Sweet selection of rootsy reggae from one of Jamaica’s most famous vocal groups. The immaculate vocal harmonies of Donald ‘Tappy’ Shaw (lead), Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson grace productions from Joe Gibbs, Gussie Clarke and Tappa Zukie, touching on a fine cover of Dennis Brown’s ‘No More Will I Roam’ and ‘Who’s Sorry Now’, and wicked digital riddims on ‘Rude Boys’ and the DJ version of ‘Pirates’ featuring… MIGHTY DIAMONDS Leaders Of Black Countries KINGSTON SOUNDS LP // £10.49 Sweet selection of rootsy reggae from one of Jamaica’s most famous vocal groups. The immaculate vocal harmonies of Donald ‘Tappy’ Shaw (lead), Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson grace productions from Joe Gibbs, Gussie Clarke and Tappa Zukie, touching on a fine cover of Dennis Brown’s ‘No More Will I Roam’ and ‘Who’s Sorry Now’, and wicked digital riddims on ‘Rude Boys’ and the DJ version of ‘Pirates’ featuring… DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY See all EMIKA Count Backwards (Marcel Dettmann / Kryptic Minds Mixes) Ninja Tune 12″ // £5.49 Emika’s third single for Ninja Tune features a fine cast of remixers – Kryptic Minds and Marcel Dettmann – plus production from D&M’s Rashad Becker. The original song ‘Count Backwards’ relates to Emika’s calming technique of counting down in “overwhelming moments of panic” and retold with a London elocution over anguished sinewaves and crisply numbed drums. Remixing ‘Count Backwards’ Kryptic Minds keep the vibe slow and cold, dropping the bass… HYETAL Diamond Islands (Boddika Mix) Black Acre 12″ // £5.99 Ahead of a highly touted debut album, Hyetal drops the arresting side of ‘Diamond Islands’ backed with a ghostly Boddika remix. 2010 was a bumper year for Hyetal, a year in which he cemented his reputation on collaborations with Peverelist and Hyetal besides his synthual eruptions with Julio Bashmore as Velour for Night Slugs. His return is a coolly-calculated fusion of rickety, Prince-referencing drums harnessed to hydraulic bass, signature midnight… SUBMERSE Mecha EP FORTIFIED AUDIO 12″ // £5.99 Four hungry Hi-Tech Garage/Funky grooves from Submerse and his pal, Resketch. Still riding high from his ‘Hold It Don’ anthem and a a wicked hookup wth Neat for Airflex Labs, Submerse opens the A-side with the zippy speed-garage styles of ‘Mecha’ next to the more skippy and tranced-out chords of ‘Searching’. With Reskethc on the flipside, ‘Fruit Salad’ comes off like a flavoursome Crazy Cousins romp, while solo on ‘I… APPLEBLIM & OCTOBER NY Fizzzzz / Fountains Of Paradise Shmorgasbord 12″ // £7.99 Two bastions of the Bristol scene collude on the first single from that city’s newly minted Smorgasbord label. A-side ‘NY Fizzz’ is a swing jacking slow house special, all the emphasis placed on swung kicks and shuffled hi-hats akin to recent Kowton moves, but with friendlier piano chords and slivers of hovering strings. Flipside, the luxurious ‘Fountains Of Paradise’ is far less conventional, perhaps approximating DJ Qu producing halfstep or… STARKEY PC feat. Merky Ace & Kozzie NO HATS NO HOODS 12″ // £5.99 Starkey steps up to his 1st solo plate on NHNH (also their first by a non UK-producer), following his remixes of Tempa T and Silverlink for the premier Grime label. Having recently joined BBC 1Xtra’s dubstep roster, Starkey is riding high at the moment, a fact surely justified by this ace release. ‘PC’ links with up-and-coming MCs Merky Ace & Kozzie on a Road Rap-styed halfstep/HipHop riddim built from crushing… INSTRA:MENTAL Resolution 653 Nonplus Records 3 x 12″ // £20.99 *6 select tracks from the CD version, comes with Mp3 voucher for full 13 track album redeemable from the label* ‘Resolution 653’ is probably one of the most anticipated album’s from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It’s the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of… INSTRA:MENTAL Resolution 653 Nonplus Records CD // £9.99 ‘Resolution 653’ is probably one of the most anticipated album’s from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It’s the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of Kid Drama and Al Bleek have released a catalogue of clinically executed dancefloor tricks from their studio (presumably a hermetically… BLACK CHOW (THE BUG / KING MIDAS SOUND) Wonderland EP Jahtari 12″ // £6.99 Following on from appearances on Hyperdub, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Kiki Hitomi (Dokkebi Q) take a temporary leave of absence from King Midas Sound (of which they are both members) to deliver their first EP proper as Black Chow, this time for the excellent Jahtari label. Black Chow is an altogether less submerged proposition to King Midas, replacing that signature spiritual narcosis with a more overtly digital-dub-indebted aesthetic. Opening… YOUANDEWAN Youandme (On My Mind) / Zeal Disfigured Dubz 12″ // £5.99 Skream introduces UK-based producer, Youandewan to the Disfigured fold with two Burial-esque deep garage burners. ‘Youandme’ is the sweeter of the two, where fluid 2-step rhythms bump and glide under diced diva vox and smartly arranged chords. ‘Zeal’ is the moodier flipside. Cognac mellow soul vox move just in and out of focus amidst dippin’ woodblocks and a richly padded subbass pressure in the finest style of Burial or Sepalcure…. KALBATA & MIXMONSTER / RSD Play Music Selecta (Mungo’s Hi-Fi Mix) / Sugar Plum Plum (RSD Mix) SCOTCH BONNET 12″ // £5.99 Big plate from Scotch Bonnet, first of two sessions on the ‘Play Music Selecta’ riddim, featuring mixes from RSD, Kalbata & Mixmonster with vocals from Little John and Jah Thomas. Each cut’s a winner, RSD rampin’ up a bulky Dubstep version and Kalbata and Mixmonster carving it up with killer FX. Dashing vocals too. TIP! MUNGO’S HI FI Play Music Selecta EP2 SCOTCH BONNET 12″ // £5.99 Soundsystem charms from the Scotch Bonnet camp, this one featuring Sugar Minott, Lady Ann, and Ranking Levy on one seriously healthy plate. Lady Ann’s version is just deadly, on some ruffed-up Lovers Rub-A-Dub tip, next to a standardly sweet vocal from Minott, laid down in Scotland shortly before his passing. Flipside, Ranking Levy plays it cool on the ‘New York Boogie’ version, and there’s a tweaked dub for the DJs…. PINCH & LOEFAH / PINCH & ROSKA Broken / Paranormal Activity TECTONIC 12″ // £5.49 Bass fiends might want to brace themselves: the latest Tectonic drop features Pinch in collaboration with Loefah and Roska! For his first outing since at least 2008, Loefah links with Pinch on ‘Broken’, a ritual dread stepper built from Loefah’s signature, clangorous snares, coupled with dank and ghoulish ambience and blank-eyed bass hitting like a bag of cement to the stomach. ‘Paranormal Activity’ definitely has a shade of the X-Files… ELECTRONIC See all AUTECHRE EPs 1991 – 2002 Warp 5CD BOX // £27.99 We’ve always been of the opinion that much of Autechre’s finest work could be found on their EP’s and singles, so as far as we’re concerned this gargantuan, 5CD/47 track boxed set pretty much reads like a connoisseur’s best-of. So much of the music contained within has been an integral part of our electronic music listening since the early 90’s that the only way we could possibly tackle this compendium… DECEH Fundamental Structure THE TAPEWORM Cassette // £4.99 Deceh is an anonymous duo featuring the elusive Eleh. Their edition for Touch’s Tapeworm series is “a close study of the harmonic composition of a Hammond organ and a Sruti Box with attention given to the organization of isolated frequencies and the effects of these vibrations on brain activity.” Like all of Eleh’s work, ‘Fundamental Structure’ is meditative, and, if you like, spiritual, seeming to slow time itself to a… SLEEP ∞ OVER Casual Diamond (Laurel Halo Mix) Hippos In Tanks 7″ // £5.99 Utterly enchanting pop music from Austin TX’s Sleep ∞ Over, readied with a remix from ethereal electronic auteur, Laurel Halo. That suggestively evocative name belongs to Stefanie Franciotta who formed the group only a year ago. Her first rough demos, made on a handheld recorder with former band members Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown, caught the attentions of Night People who released their eponymous debut, with a few of those… CYCLO id (Selected Tracks) Raster Noton 12″ // £12.99 *Limited vinyl edition with special packaging – includes 4 tracks from the CD album* The wait was worth it – Raster-Noton present a pure white vinyl pressing with four visceral cuts from Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai’s latest Cyclo experiments, recently collected on the exceptional ‘Id’ album. Separated from that set, which “…seeks to create a new hybrid of visual art and music” it’s possible to view these tracks as… PHILIP MARSHALL Cassette THE TAPEWORM Cassette // £4.99 Further to The Tapeworm’s adventures in Utrecht, follows this session from Ash International artist, Philip Marshall. Using field recordings of accordion captured by Zeno van den Broek and Sven Schlijper, together with “hidden voices” credited to Thaddeus Zupancic, Marshall siphons us from our reality to opulent surroundings fragranced with bright, clear piano, and into what may be a Parisian street scene, or outside the HSBC in Rusholme, the field recordings… ZOMES Earth Grid Thrill Jockey CD // £11.99 Zomes is the most active current guise of Asa Osborne, guitarist with Dischord’s hugely influential post-hardcore/drone group Lungfish (alongside Daniel Higgs). Preferring a more stripped down approach nowadays, the 15 tracks of ‘Earth Grid’ could be considered a distillation of his former sound, recording grainy keyboard melodies and tape-looped drum onto cassette to paint chiaroscuro, almost baroque soundscapes with a droning and meditative effect. There’s definitely a kindred aesthetic spirit… ZOMES Earth Grid Thrill Jockey LP // £12.99 Zomes is the most active current guise of Asa Osborne, guitarist with Dischord’s hugely influential post-hardcore/drone group Lungfish (alongside Daniel Higgs). Preferring a more stripped down approach nowadays, the 15 tracks of ‘Earth Grid’ could be considered a distillation of his former sound, recording grainy keyboard melodies and tape-looped drum onto cassette to paint chiaroscuro, almost baroque soundscapes with a droning and meditative effect. There’s definitely a kindred aesthetic spirit… CIRCLE Infektio CONSPIRACY CD // £13.99 Finnish avant-metal institution, Circle embark on a primitive Kosmische journey on their first album released through Conspiracy Records. Their press release alludes to a kind of “mellow caveman jam”, but listening to the fifteen-minute opener ‘Salvos’ we’d say it’s a bit more forward thinking, like maybe viking era, at least. Yeah, vikings slashed on psilocybic Reindeer p*ss, out in the woods with a real, real early synthesizer carved from pine… MATTHEW DEAR Slowdance EP Ghostly International CD // £5.99 One of the highlights from ‘Black City’, backed with ace remixes by How To Dress Well, Todd Edwards, and Bear In Heaven, plus remixes of ‘You Put A Smell On Me’ by Nicolas Jaar, Photo Call and Breakbot, and mixes of ‘LIttle People’ by Mark E and Sascha Dive, plus one exclusive new track ‘Innh Dahhh’. Codeine-laced and barely standing, ‘Slow Dance’ is a curious confection of sickly sweet synths,… VARIOUS / THE TAPEWORM The Tapeworm Comes Alive! THE TAPEWORM Cassette // £4.99 We’ve got a handful of these promotional c90 mixtapes – limited to 250 total – which were created for a night curated by The Tapeworm in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The event, presented by Le Guess Who? and PAUME featured Leslie Winer, Leif Elggren, Zerocrop, Ananizapta, Savage Pencil and People Like Us, many of whom appear on here sandwiched between other tracks from the Tapeworm catalogue and some real obscure insertions,… KYO ICHINOSE Earthrise 2064 PLOP CD // £12.99 *Splendid ambient electronics from Tokyo’s Plop, the label which released Rod Modell’s beautiful ‘Incense & Black Light* “A stunningly beautiful album from Japanese composer Kyo Ichinose. This exquisite album is produced by Ichinose with the holistic theme about the rise of the earth, from the outsider perspective, viewing from outer space. It enfolds the views about the future and the past, and encapsulated them into sounds that delivered from somewhere… MELTING SEASON Harmoni-Pet Deluxe Mush CD // £11.99 “Harmoni-Pet Deluxe is the debut release from Texas-based Melting Season, a musical enterprise that can only be described as a one-man-band with the qualifier that the man has twelve arms. With piles of instruments, field recordings, dollar-store props and vocal wizardry, Bruce Blay, the man behind the music, has created an album that evokes Animal Collective, Bibio and making out with your imaginary friend. Adopting a self-described “anything-goes” mentality, choosing… SUBMERGED Before Fire I Was Against People OHM RESISTANCE CD // £11.99 “Ohm Resistance founder Submerged finally takes time away from the reinventing the legacy of his label to showcase his new album: “Before Fire I Was Against Other People”. Enlisting the talents of Scorn, Dr. Israel, Justin K. Broadrick, Joel Hamilton, Jason Selden, Ted Parsons, Balázs Pándi, and others, Submerged defies conventional logic and displays his ever broadening skills as a composer, bassist, arranger, and producer. An alternate universe Blood of… EXTREME / NOISE See all RUSSELL HASWELL In It (Immersive Live Salvage) Editions Mego LP + DVD // £22.99 **Unique UHJ vinyl cut delivering Ambisonic surround sound + 5.1 DVD** Russell Haswell’s third LP of ‘Live Salvage’ lands on EditionsMego. ‘IN IT’ consists of surround sound self-recordings of his sets supporting Autechre on tour in 2010, and is most notably pressed onto unique UHJ vinyl – made to deliver Ambisonic surround sound when used in conjunction with quality surround sound processor and Ambisonic UHJ decoder. Along with exacting details… AKITA / GUSTAFSSON / O’ROURKE One Bird Two Bird Editions Mego LP // £13.99 Experimental titans Akita, Jim O’Rourke and Mats Gustafsson join forces to spill a molten jet of free jazz and electronic freakery all over wax pressed by Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego in a limited edition of 500. Over the years Swedish reedsman Gustafsson has been pushing the limits of his instrument both solo and in collaboration with Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Yoshimi and the like, while legendary Japanese noise artist Akita tussled… FOLK / AMERICANA See all D. CHARLES SPEER & THE HELIX Leaving The Commonwealth Thrill Jockey LP // £13.99 After his recent and excellent ‘Arghiledes’ LP of Rembetika homages for Thrill Jockey, No Neck Blues Band’s Dave Shuford aka D. Charles Speer rejoins The Helix for a session of Deep South songcraft on ‘Leaving The Commonwealth’. For his third album with New York-based players, The Helix, they “generate a songcraft steeped in tradition but themed for the burned”, drinking from a deep well of influences, from Memphis string band… D. CHARLES SPEER & THE HELIX Leaving The Commonwealth Thrill Jockey CD // £11.99 After his recent and excellent ‘Arghiledes’ LP of Rembetika homages for Thrill Jockey, No Neck Blues Band’s Dave Shuford aka D. Charles Speer rejoins The Helix for a session of Deep South songcraft on ‘Leaving The Commonwealth’. For his third album with New York-based players, The Helix, they “generate a songcraft steeped in tradition but themed for the burned”, drinking from a deep well of influences, from Memphis string band… THE DARK SKY SINGERS The Harrowing Static Caravan 7″ // £3.99 The latest blurt from the lovely Static Caravan label, this is definitely on the folk tip – but rather than the please-all folk these guys go for something more akin to The Wicker Man (pre Nic Cage, y’all). It’s doomy and gloomy, there’s still folk there but Dark Sky Singers show us that you don’t have to be twee when you approach the genre. Gorgeous, dark and well worth a… PHAEDRA The Sea Rune Grammofon LP // £15.99 **Includes free mp3 voucher for a download of the entire album – redeemable from the label** “This is truly an excellent debut album from Phaedra, a new voice on the Norwegian music scene. In fact, we have not been so taken by a debutant since the appearance of Susanna and her magical orchestra back in 2004. Co-produced by Madrugada’s Frode Jacobsen, “The Sea” is the kind of classic, timeless music… PHAEDRA The Sea Rune Grammofon CD // £13.99 *Triple panel digipak CD with lyric booklet. Mastered by Helge Sten aka Deathprod.* “This is truly an excellent debut album from Phaedra, a new voice on the Norwegian music scene. In fact, we have not been so taken by a debutant since the appearance of Susanna and her magical orchestra back in 2004. Co-produced by Madrugada’s Frode Jacobsen, “The Sea” is the kind of classic, timeless music that doesn’t come… JENNY HVAL Viscera Rune Grammofon 2LP // £15.99 *Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Compelling and quite incredible third album from Jenny Hval aka Rockettothesky, ably assisted by mixing desk maverick, Helge Sten aka Deathprod. As the first album created under her real name, there’s sort of an obligation for ‘Viscera’ to be more special, more personal and outstanding. Safe to say, she’s achieved our imposed goal. Taken literally ‘Viscera’ pertains to spaces, or cavities in… JENNY HVAL Viscera Rune Grammofon CD // £11.99 Compelling and quite incredible third album from Jenny Hval aka Rockettothesky, ably assisted by mixing desk maverick, Helge Sten aka Deathprod. As the first album created under her real name, there’s sort of an obligation for ‘Viscera’ to be more special, more personal and outstanding. Safe to say, she’s achieved our imposed goal. Taken literally ‘Viscera’ pertains to spaces, or cavities in the body, and each track has like the… OLD CALF Borrow A Horse NO QUARTER CD // £8.99 Old Calf lay down their first album as a fully formed band for the always intriguing No Quarter stable. On ‘Borrow A Horse’ they’ve grown from the Charlottesville, VA duo of Ned Oldham (The Anomoanon, Palace Music) and accordionist Marty Metcalfe, to a four-piece with Michael Clem (bass, mondola, dead-on harmonies) and Brian Caputo (percussion) picked up en route. After rehearsals in Ned’s garage and weekend gigs in their hometown… OLD CALF Borrow A Horse NO QUARTER LP // £10.99 Old Calf lay down their first album as a fully formed band for the always intriguing No Quarter stable. On ‘Borrow A Horse’ they’ve grown from the Charlottesville, VA duo of Ned Oldham (The Anomoanon, Palace Music) and accordionist Marty Metcalfe, to a four-piece with Michael Clem (bass, mondola, dead-on harmonies) and Brian Caputo (percussion) picked up en route. After rehearsals in Ned’s garage and weekend gigs in their hometown… SARABETH TUCEK Get Well Soon Sonic Cathedral CD // £10.49 2nd album from Brooklyn’s Sarabeth Tucek following her acclaimed eponymous debut in 2007. By all rights you should probably be more familiar with her name and music, but due to the death of her father following the release of her debut, Sarabeth had more important things to deal with. That experience provides the inspiration for ‘Get Well Soon’, calling it “an impressionistic rendering of a time ruled by grief.” The… HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT See all CHUBBY WOLF The Darker Sex LOW POINT 7″ // £4.99 Dani Baquet-Long’s crucial works continue to appear after her tragic death, and her own Chubby Wolf project is proving to be even more alluring then her considerable work as part of Celer. ‘The Darker Sex’ is the latest archival exploration – and the title explains more than you might guess about the music itself. This is far from simple, easy-going ambient drone – Dani approaches things from a more unexpected,… HAUSCHKA Salon Des Amateurs Fat Cat CD // £8.99 Volker Bertelmann has been busy hasn’t he? Just months after the release of the luscious, near-orchestral ‘Foreign Landscapes’ LP, he’s ready with yet another full length exploring yet another angle; ‘Salon Des Amateurs’ still leaves the prepared piano at the centre of Bertelmann’s sound, but fleshes it out with rhythms and electronics. You heard me – the soaring cinematics of its predecessor are pushed into a supporting role to allow… HAUSCHKA Salon Des Amateurs Fat Cat LP // £13.99 Volker Bertelmann has been busy hasn’t he? Just months after the release of the luscious, near-orchestral ‘Foreign Landscapes’ LP, he’s ready with yet another full length exploring yet another angle; ‘Salon Des Amateurs’ still leaves the prepared piano at the centre of Bertelmann’s sound, but fleshes it out with rhythms and electronics. You heard me – the soaring cinematics of its predecessor are pushed into a supporting role to allow… INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE See all PANDA BEAR Tomboy (Clear Vinyl Edition) Paw Tracks LP // £15.99 *INCLUDES DOWNLOAD COUPON FOR A SPECIAL PANDA BEAR LIVE SET FROM 11TH SEPTEMBER 2010 AT GOVERNORS ISLAND NYC – REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* When ‘Person Pitch’ appeared, it felt like even non Animal Collective fans had suddenly started to give a sh*t. It was clear from just a handful of songs that Panda Bear (Noah Lennox to his mates) was the creative mind behind the best bits of the… PANDA BEAR Tomboy Paw Tracks CD // £9.99 When ‘Person Pitch’ appeared, it felt like even non Animal Collective fans had suddenly started to give a sh*t. It was clear from just a handful of songs that Panda Bear (Noah Lennox to his mates) was the creative mind behind the best bits of the best Animal Collective songs (I’m lookin’ at you ‘Peacebone’), and his debut album was a disc that everyone could agree on with its ambitious,… LOW C’mon SUB POP LP // £10.49 It used to be that you could always rely on a Low record to sound a ‘certain way’. The Duluth, Minnesota band always sounded so bleak, so slow, and so beautifully depressing. Of course it was never all bad news – in its utter sadness the music had a tendency to uplift somehow (don’t ask me how). In recent years though the band seemed to be looking for a way… LOW C’mon SUB POP CD // £9.99 It used to be that you could always rely on a Low record to sound a ‘certain way’. The Duluth, Minnesota band always sounded so bleak, so slow, and so beautifully depressing. Of course it was never all bad news – in its utter sadness the music had a tendency to uplift somehow (don’t ask me how). In recent years though the band seemed to be looking for a way… DIGNAN PORCH Deluded Captured Tracks LP // £10.99 Dignan Porch deliver eight tracks of super cool slacker-pop from Tooting, South London. Their previous releases for Merok and Captured Tracks have garnered considerable acclaim from the likes of Vice, Rough Trade and Pitchfork and seen them play a ruck of gigs since, supporting Tickley Feather, Lovvers and Blank Dogs. On ‘Deluded’ the tracks are split between those recorded at home on an 8-track and those recorded in in a… WIDOWSPEAK Harsh Realm / Burnout Captured Tracks 7″ // £5.99 Gauzy, 50s/90s-referencing dream pop from Brooklyn’s Widowspeak for their local label, Captured Tracks. The Mazzy Star comparisons are inevitable, and apt, so we’ll get that out of the way. The eerie ‘Harsh Realm’ already appeared on their debut tape, released through Wack Slacks last year, while the exquisitely crafted ‘Burn Out’ is new, a swampy downbeat pop gem kept afloat by Molly Hamilton’s ethereal vocals. CRAFT SPELLS Idle Labor Captured Tracks CD // £13.99 Following a small handful of immaculate 7″ singles and appearances on every indie blog worth reading, Chillwave prince, Justin Vallesteros casts his debut Craft Spells album on Captured Tracks – and it’s a joy to behold. Those singles were a scary simulation of Ian Curtis’ tortured mumbles had they continued into the New Order era, imagining a lost future through the magic of downloadable software. ‘Idle Hands’ features all those… MOON DUO Mazes Souterrain Transmissions CD // £10.49 With releases on both Sacred Bones (home of Zola Jesus) and Woodsist (home to everyone else cool, ever) you’d think Moon Duo would be bigger than Radiohead by now, and in many ways they should be. The San Francisco duo blast through Krautrock-inspired productions with all the druggy haze of Jason Pierce back at his prime. There’s a tendency for people to call shenanigans when anything is labelled as ‘lo-fi’,… DEERHUNTER Memory Boy 4AD 7″ // £3.49 A two minute highlight of Deerhunter’s recent ‘Halcyon Digest’ LP, ‘Memory Boy’ shows Bradford Cox and co. at their most radio-friendly. There’s almost a 60s pop sheen to the track with its sing-along chorus, jangling guitar and CB Radio vocal, and it’s a style that fits the band like a leather glove packed with Vaseline. ‘Nosebleed’ on the flip is a different beast; a punky, lo-fi jammer that sounds like… VIVIAN GIRLS Share the Joy POLYVINYL RECORD CO CD // £10.49 When the Vivian Girls appeared on the Brooklyn scene, they were lumped in with a set of contemporary retroists who sounded like they were revisiting the Sarah Records catalogue, albeit with an added lo-fi grit. But It seems that with each record they appear to share more in common with classic American girl groups, doo-wop and novelty pop. That’s not to say that the music is just pastiche, but like… VIVIAN GIRLS Share the Joy POLYVINYL RECORD CO LP // £13.49 When the Vivian Girls appeared on the Brooklyn scene, they were lumped in with a set of contemporary retroists who sounded like they were revisiting the Sarah Records catalogue, albeit with an added lo-fi grit. But It seems that with each record they appear to share more in common with classic American girl groups, doo-wop and novelty pop. That’s not to say that the music is just pastiche, but like… BIG DEAL Talk Moshi Moshi Records 7″ // £4.99 Arriving with much hype from The Guradian and NME, London duo Big Deal deliver their second single for Moshi Moshi. It’s the A-side ‘Talk’ that got those rags licking their nibs in excitement, and if you like tender, lo-fi, downbeat indie, you’ll feel blessed with this. On the under side, ‘Locked Up’ is grungier, turning up the distortion, but not too much, for a slacker rock spesh. COLOURMUSIC My _____ is Pink Memphis Industries LP // £13.49 While on these pages Oklahoma might be best known for being home to the esteemed Digitalis label, there’s plenty of other musical experimentation going on there, although you might not know it. Colourmusic hail from Stillwater, OK and make a peculiarly blown-out brand of nouveau hardcore. It’s still chunky, fast and loud, but there’s a sense that Ryan Hendrix and Nick Turner know more about production and electronics than most… MAZES A Thousand Heys Fat Cat LP // £13.99 Already touted by Zane Lowe as the ‘next big thing’, Mazes have been compared to the Vaccines and the Strokes. They’re really not that bad though, trust me – and trust Fat Cat, the kind label who snapped them up and gathered up some of their best tunes for ‘A Thousand Heys’. Apparently the band had a bunch of tracks on various tapes before releasing this gem, and it sounds… MAZES A Thousand Heys Fat Cat CD // £10.49 Already touted by Zane Lowe as the ‘next big thing’, Mazes have been compared to the Vaccines and the Strokes. They’re really not that bad though, trust me – and trust Fat Cat, the kind label who snapped them up and gathered up some of their best tunes for ‘A Thousand Heys’. Apparently the band had a bunch of tracks on various tapes before releasing this gem, and it sounds… THE HIGH LLAMAS Talahomi Way Drag City CD // £11.49 The High Llamas return with their first new album sicne 2007’s ‘Can Cladders’. ‘Talahomi Way’ was mixed by Stereolab’s Tim Gane, whom highest Llama, Sean O’Hagen has been contributing arrangements to besides similar work for Gryff Rhys, Vanessa da Mata, Sondre Lechre and Charlie Alex March. He’s also collaborated with novelist Jonathan Coe, painter Jean Pierre Muller and Bossa Nova guitarist Goro Ito, as well as producing commissioned compositions for… THE HIGH LLAMAS Talahomi Way Drag City LP // £12.99 The High Llamas return with their first new album sicne 2007’s ‘Can Cladders’. ‘Talahomi Way’ was mixed by Stereolab’s Tim Gane, whom highest Llama, Sean O’Hagen has been contributing arrangements to besides similar work for Gryff Rhys, Vanessa da Mata, Sondre Lechre and Charlie Alex March. He’s also collaborated with novelist Jonathan Coe, painter Jean Pierre Muller and Bossa Nova guitarist Goro Ito, as well as producing commissioned compositions for… MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR See all JAMIE JONES Don’t You Remember The Future Crosstown Rebels 2CD // £9.99 Debut album of deep and groovy tech house from Jamie Jones. After touring the finest European house imprints from Poker Flat to Cocoon and Get Physical, Jones lands on Crosstown Rebels with a twelve track LP boasting the singles ‘Summertime’ and ‘Galactic Space Bar’ besides Detroit trained winners like ‘Deep In The Ghetto’ or ‘Sand Dunes’, and universally effective grooves like ‘Belter’. SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC See all CONRAD SCHNITZLER Ballet Statique m=minimal LP // £12.99 **Peerless electronic masterpiece reissued on vinyl** Probably better known under its original title of Con, Ballet Statique was released on an unsuspecting world in 1978. Coming after Schnitzler’s searching Colour series, it’s one of his most perfectly realized and futureproof recordings, beautifully poised and ultra-minimalist in execution but wildly psychedelic in scope and implication. You can hear its influence on Chris Carter’s recently revived The Space Between, with stately, repetitive… PETER HERBOLZHEIMER Soul Puppets SONORAMA RECORDS LP // £18.99 “New compilation including 14 previously unknown library tracks by composer, trombonist and arranger Peter Herbolzheimer, produced between 1970 and 1975 in Cologne and Munich with legendary musicians of his explosive band “Rhythm Combination & Brass” (RC&B): Straight, mostly Latin-oriented big band soul and funk at the highest level and with phenomenal feeling, played by Peter Herbolzheimer, Art Farmer, Dieter Reith, Herb Geller, Dusko Goykovich, Ack van Rooyen, Palle Mikkelborg, Siegfried… PETER HERBOLZHEIMER Soul Puppets SONORAMA RECORDS CD // £16.99 “New compilation including 14 previously unknown library tracks by composer, trombonist and arranger Peter Herbolzheimer, produced between 1970 and 1975 in Cologne and Munich with legendary musicians of his explosive band “Rhythm Combination & Brass” (RC&B): Straight, mostly Latin-oriented big band soul and funk at the highest level and with phenomenal feeling, played by Peter Herbolzheimer, Art Farmer, Dieter Reith, Herb Geller, Dusko Goykovich, Ack van Rooyen, Palle Mikkelborg, Siegfried… SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO See all VARIOUS German Punk & Wave 78-84 Vol.1 (Deluxe Box Set) Vinyl On Demand DELUXE 5LP+10″ BOX SET // £79.99 **Staggering 5LP + 10″ boxset covering the German punk, wave and minimal synth scene of the late ’70s and early to mid ’80s – limited to 600 individually numbered copies for the world** This is Vinyl On Demand’s first volume of what looks to be a comprehensive retrospective mining a dynamic phase of German music between 1978-1984. The legendary boutique label here gives focus to unreleased tracks, demos and rare… XANDER HARRIS Urban Gothic NOT NOT FUN LP // £13.99 NNF’s latest pick-up is Xander Harris, a classically trained “keyboard-creep” with a slick line in synthesized horror redolent of Umberto’s uncanny couplet of LPs. However, Xander’s vision is focussed slightly further down the time scale, taking cues from John Carpenter, the futurist gaze of Chicago/Italo and sounds from the cusp of Kosmische/New Age. But those are just aesthetic differences, and the magic really lies in a shared mastery of engrossing,… UMBERTO Freeze! NOT NOT FUN 7″ // £6.99 Matt Hill plugs into his ’80s soundtrack stimulator for a limited edition 7″ on NNF. Featuring a fractal Eddie Murphy on the cover, under the tagline “He’s been Zuuled, thrown through a window, and arrested.” you kinda know ‘Freeze’ is gonna be a lark from the off. With the slyest sincerity, ‘Put An APB On Those Bastards’ has the feel of Tangerine Dream, if you squint your ears hard enough… MIRROR MIRROR / VARIOUS FRKWYS Vol 5: Mirror Mirror RVNG Intl. LP + DVD // £14.99 **Limited edition of 350 copies** The fifth FRKWYS features four revisions of tracks from Mirror Mirror’s debut LP ‘The Society For The Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness’ by a posse of post-punk legends including Young Marbles Giants’ Stuart Moxham, Ike Yard and Death Comet Crew’s Stuart Argabright, Alig Pearce of Family Fodder and Rico Conning from The Lines. Moxham remakes ‘Love Is The Law’ with heady vocal harmonies and his signature… MATER SUSPIRIA VISION Inverted Triangle I CLAN DESTINE LP // £11.99 Super limited first LP of 2011 for Witch House protagonist, Mater Suspiria Vision, following his seven albums last year and a 7″ for NYC’s Pendu Sound recently. Replete with schlocky cyber-okkvlt sleeve-art imagery and zeitgeist-referencing title, ‘Inverted Triangle 1’ gnaws on the bones of early Salem (before they started working with mega-star engineers) to find squashed 808 beats and muggy minor key chords repeated like a mantra for medicated minds…. BLONDES Lover / Hater RVNG Intl. 12″ // £10.99 New York’s hotly tipped Blondes follow a single for Merok and remixes of Harold Grosskopf and Health with two dream-sequenced, impressionistic House grooves on Rvng Intl. Informed by the collective memory of the internet and perceived imagery of halcyon House, ‘Lover’ drifts off into a simulated sunset powered by a deeply classic-sound bassline with the sound of African chants, or possibly the lairy cheering of an Ibizan party posse, filtering… CLASS B BAND Movie T Wagon Repair 2LP // £20.99 **8 Track Vinyl Edition** Spanish duo, Class B Band, unload eight tracks of Ibiza-friendly chuggers for Wagon Repair. From the Balearic Hip-House of ‘Drain Age’ to sinister, electro-licked ‘Gingko Biloba’ or the kind of warped, 7am moments like ‘Horrendous Masterplan’ Class B Band bring the seedier side of Ibizan dance music to your bedroom. TECHNO / HOUSE See all VAKULA / STEVE REICH 2×5: Movement 3 Fast (Vakula Mix) UNKNOWN LABEL 12″ // £8.99 **Clear Vinyl** Massive curveball from Vakula: a brilliant piano house rework of Steve Reich’s ‘2X5 (Movement 3 Fast)’. The original was formally commissioned by Manchester International Festival in association with Casa da Música (Porto) in 2009, but Vakula’s rework cannily transports it from the Bridgewater, just over the canal to the Haçienda. Reich’s distinctive phrasing is chopped to groove with padded kicks and scuffed cowbells making for one of the… A.N.D BSR02 Black Sun Records 12″ // £7.99 Frozen Border affiliates Black Sun Records drop their 2nd release. A.n.D are in control following some clandestine operations for FB and recent manouevres at Berghain. A-side stealthily builds into a bit of a peaker with flashes of inspiration from classic Surgeon records. B-side features two tracks, each stripped to the bone and driven by muscular kicks. Ripe tools for the DJs! VARIOUS / FULL PANDA East Wind Steps FULL PANDA 12″ // £7.99 Three diverse Techno tracks united by the power of the Russian darkside. A-side is afforded to Andrei Oid’s ‘Silence Of The Lamps’, a sprawling monotone groove with hypnotic potential in the right hands. Flip it and Dasha Rush-collaborator KHZ links with Egor Sukharev on a raw and efficiently tracky bit layered with bristling electric sounds, leaving Stanislav Tolkachev nodding to classic Mills on the pacy pump of ‘Zero’. ALBERT VAN ABBE / HEINRICH MUELLER No Comment_0001 No Comment 12″ // £10.99 **Dark Green Marbled Vinyl** Pure and diverse Techno/Electro session featuring a chilling Heinrich Mueller remodel! No Comment’s first release features two tracks from the label’s curator Albert Van Abbe: a stripped-to-the-bone and deeply melancholy dry techno workout and a colourless tonal experiment redolent of Eleh’s harmonic drifts. Experimental electro-physicist, Heinrich Mueller is enlisted for a remodel, inverting the originals linear contours for darkly sexy results, reminding strongly of his recent… SKUDGE Phantom Skudge 2LP // £17.99 Superlative debut long player from the much followed Skudge duo. Despite only producing together since 2009, the Swedish duo’s all analogue productions have been sought-after by House and Techno connoisseurs everywhere. This is the sort of Techno that doesn’t really bear writing about, its contours and arrangements are so subtle and essentially geared towards the club that they really must be felt and experienced in order to gauge their beauty…. VARIOUS / TRAX Trax Re-Edited: Volume 5 Harmless Recordings 12″ // £6.99 Fifth vinyl installment of these Trax re-edit sessions. A-side features Hotel Motel’s edit of Frankie Knuckles production for Jamie Principle, ‘Cold World’, now extended for the ‘It’s A Cold Cold World’ version. Flipside Bleepfunk gives a heavy-handed version of Pierre’s Pfantasy Club classic ‘Fantasy Girl’, and Master C&J’s ‘Face It’ is