Aug 052011
 

Hello,

August is traditionally the quietest month of the year for new releases, but there are some choice new drops this week to keep you lot on your toes.

First up is a limited whitelabel pressing from one half of Hype Williams – Inga Copeland, conjuring another wondrous fusion of faded 2-step rhythms, muggy-but-heavy subs, glazed shoegaze and bedroom pop that sounds somewhere between Burial and Nite Jewel – we urge you to grab one while you can.

Next – a new release from Digitalis following on from excellent LP’s from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel and Jurgen Mueller’s ‘Science Of The Sea’ with a shy but endearing debut from Emuul. Blissed electronic soundscapes are the order of the day – and although we’d be the first to admit that there’s an abundance of this stuff around, Emuul tempers those epic tendencies with a melancholy, yearning romance which doesn’t feel forced, straddling a fine line between melodrama and ethereal grace. Initial copies on sky-blue vinyl, for the collectors.

The Horizontal Ground label delivers its most collectable 12″ yet with a mighty set of tracks from Bethany Skirt, including an incognito remix from T++ that’s just immense – well tipped for fans of Regis and Raime. Mater Suspiria Vision, meanwhile, is probably the most prolific w*tchhouse protagonist, taking Salem inspirations to the nth degree with his best effort to date ‘Inverted Triangle II’, especially the 13 minute psychedelic 808 and synth drone saga ‘The Paradise Of New H Suite (Religion Of Medusa And Mania)’. Packaging is top notch, too.

Fresh out of Chicago, DJ Diamond has just dropped one of the strongest and most unusual Juke albums to date with ‘Flight Muzik’. From Industrial drum cut-ups to Grimiest bangers, it showcases ghetto-futurism at it’s very best and comes highly recommended.

On a much more freeaked-out tip, the same label who served Daphne Oram’s immense ‘Oramics’ comp un-earths an incredible collection of early 80’s tape edits from the strangely monikered Gus Coma. Made in 1983 with 24-track tape loop and stacks of locked grooves and other samples, it’s a genuinely trippy and head-warping oddity reissued with a bonus CD of rickety drum machine malfunctions, massively recommended for followers of Philip Jeck or People Like Us. Oh, and we just got a handful of Reinhold Freidl’s brilliant prepared piano pieces for Berlin’s Hronir imprint, sounding quite amazing on wax.

Elsewhere Steinbrüchel offers the phosphorescent harmonic minimalism of ‘Narrow’ on Room 40, while Caboladies deliver fractal synth noise and concrète comparable with Bee Mask for Students Of Decay and Clan Destine split murky EBM and DIY industrial doings from Asss and Meddicine on a highly limited LP.

On the 12″ tip, Kowton does his intuitive Bass thing on a a killer for Naked Lunch – red vinyl and all, and there’s also some excellent material from Matthew Herbert, remixing Björk over two twelves, and a hyper-bass heavy transmission from Klaus on R&S for fans of Airhead and James Blake.

Also out this week: a new album from Cotton Goods’ Sub Loam, plus releases from Nicolas Bernier, Chihei Hatakeyama, Richard Ginns, Machinefabriek, Steve Moore, Tony Allen, and a whole ruck of restocks from the Room 40 label.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



EMUUL
The Drawing Of The Line
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99  

*Strictly limited edition – original copies come on sky-blue vinyl* Seattle’s Emuul makes his vinyl debut with a blissed side of synth and guitar crafted Nu Age experiments on Digitalis. Since 2009 he’s released a glistening string of cassette-only pearls on Sweat Lodge Guru, Stunned Records and Monorail Trespassing among others, displaying an endearingly subtle and restrained approach to his pop-infused synth meditations. His sound is sanguine and misty, embedded with a yearning melodic romance that feels unhurried and unforced, with an intimate tenderness recalling Brad Rose’s lushest moments as the North Sea or perhaps a more dewy, forested Motion Sickness Of Time Travel. Entering to the sunrise elevation of ‘Expectations’, synth repetitions rise and fall in the warm air with a moorland BoC quality, while ‘Love Theme’ could be compared with Leyland Kirby’s most heartfelt melodramas, like a pastiche of the score to an afternoon Swedish TV soap circa 1987, and ‘Big Clouds’ a saturated vision of slightly distorted synth melancholy. Most absorbing of all is the 21 minutes of glacial, elegiac catharsis in ‘Plus One’, where gently elliptical repetitions peel away into an effervescent ether, sucking up colder bass waves from below the surface.



MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Inverted Triangle II
ELECTRONIC
Phantasma Disques
LP // £18.99  

*Limited edition with 3 x12″ colour prints or “interchangeable cover arts”* The Mater Suspiria Vision saga reaches a massive highlight on ‘Inverted Triangle II’ with the 13 minute span of ‘Paradise Of New H Suite (Paradise Of New H, Religion Of Medusa And Mania)’. A swarm of darkside synths cloak febrile machine rhythms at an unholy apex of Industrial dance music, 808-driven HipHop and drone, taking his carefully honed aesthetic to logical extents. Flip over and the beats are pushed back into the murk for ‘A Giant Snake That Eats Itself’ while Shazzula and Ariana Papademetropoulos intone suggestive nothings to the humid digital ether and banks of synth drone. His coven of vocalists expands with Shivabel appearing on the mutilated 808 beats of ‘Allucinazione!’ and Marina Dellamore on the blustery darkside swarms of ‘Inauguration Of A New H’.



DJ DIAMOND
Flight Muzik
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99  

This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: ‘Burn Dat Boy’ and ‘Horns’ are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G’s ‘Narst’. ‘Torture Rack’ is brutal and brilliant, beat-’em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant synths stretched to breaking point across a low-riding gangster’s rhythm, but it hardly prepares us for the sheer evil of ‘Wreckage’ – a blood-freezingly minimal, dystopian drum-cut that sounds like footwork gone industrial. Unbelievably heavy. But there are numerous flights into more surreal territory too: the arabesque ‘Rep Yo Clique”s shakes like it’s ready for the souk, while ‘Snare Fanfare’ and ‘I Choose You’ have an almost orchestral lilt to ’em, and ‘Decoded’ adds swooping trance accents to an old-school ghetto-tech chassis. ‘Go Hard’, meanwhile, has been a massive club anthem for some time now, and sounds as lithe and lunatic as ever here. Flight Muzik really is the freshest, fiercest ghetto transmission we’ve heard in ages, and massively recommended.



GUS COMA
Color Him Coma
ELECTRONIC
Paradigm Discs
CD // £9.99  

Latest from Paradigm Discs (who first presented that vital Daphne Oram retrospective) is the reissue of an obscure and outstanding plunderphonic concrète/turntable cutup from 1983 on London’s It’s War Boys label – plus plenty of previously unreleased material. This imprint was a hub for the likes of Narki Brillans of The Homosexuals (check his surreal LP on Alga Marghen), and Milk From Cheltenham, a group who would inspire the naming of Nurse With Wound’s United Dairies imprint, just so you know what territory we’re about to enter. Well, actually only the first disc is a reissue, of sorts. The label couldn’t find the original master so what we get is the salvaged original cassette, a mind-warping, wax-nudging collage of locked groove samples morphing from spidery jazz drums, through spoken word snippets from teach-yourself-English tapes, dilapidated orchestral swells, etheric voices, dubbed-out brass bleats and truly f**k-knows-what else, all fed through a “Room sized 24-track loop”. The arrangement is so musty and intuitive you can imagine the guys sitting there in the dead of night with stacks of wax, fried on something cheap and nasty and locked into a fractal, tactile frenzy of temporal strafes. The second disc is in effect an alternate take discovered when hunting for the masters, but augments the original agenda with some primitive but ace drum programming and a rearranged mesh of mottled samples, all at the mercy of blind pitch shifts and Burroughs-ian edits. Apparently the label couldn’t decide which version to release so you lucky sods get them both for the price of one, like some daytrippers Woolworth’s special from the hidden concrète section. Ultimately, it’s a must for fans of anything from LAFMS to People Like Us, Philip Jeck, Joseph Hammer, Otomo Yoshihide etc. Invest.



SUB LOAM
The Ley Hunter’s Companion
ELECTRONIC
DISSOLVING
CD // £13.99  

*Comes in a 7″ outer card package, Includes a foldout 14″x14″ full colour poster. Edition of 230 numbered copies* Lovely, hand-crafted package of pastoral synth music from Cotton Goods luminary Sub Loam. Dropping just in time for the summer holidays, ‘The Ley Hunter’s Companion’ is a charming ramble through similar terrain traversed by Baron Mordant on his ‘MisinforMation’ DVD (especially the pre-history section), or like a very English take on the synthesized daytrips of the Emeralds set. The two tracks add up to half an hour total, tracing across the fluttering, arpeggiated topographies of ‘Line In The Landscape’ to more languid, rolling pastures of ‘Odyssey’ with a grace and evocative naivety recalling that recent ace from Jürgen Mueller. Limited – and recommended.



REINHOLD FRIEDL
Inside Piano (Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Hronir
LP // £22.99  

*Deluxe gatefold vinyl of this extraordinary set of dynamic, visceral electroacoustic piano works.* Extraordinary solo release of dynamic and almost aggressive electroacoustic piano works from Zeitkratzer mastermind Reinhold Friedl. Since 1997 Reinhold has helmed the Zeitkratzer label and collective, who’ve counted the revered Axel Dörner among their numerous collaborators. The two discs of ‘Inside Piano’ clock in at over 2 hours of performance composed by Friedl, which in no small way may revolutionise perceptions of the piano’s capacity for mindblowing noises. We’ve heard prepared piano pieces before, but rarely anything as extreme and exhilarating as this. “The good old grand piano plays aggressive noise attacks, choir-like symphonic movements, strange complex sound fibrillation, sometimes lighting up single prepared piano notes, juxtaposed with the tremendous bass of the nearly three-meter long strings…” Everything was recorded on a Steinway D concert piano at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. Stephen Robinson of The Wire has this to say “Friedl has developed his “inside piano” technique to such a level of delicacy and precision, that any anticipated distinctions between instrumental and electroacoustic music, or between improvisation and composition are dissolved or transcended”. Genius. Hugely recommended.



STEINBRUCHEL
Narrow
ELECTRONIC
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99  

Ralph Steinbrüchel returns to Room 40, home of some of his most cherished releases, with “…an album of reduction and transformation”. On ‘Narrow’ he works with a limited palette of delicate yet dense sonic materials to articulate a central idea of static development. The album is dominated by the twenty minute title track, forming a radiant core of phosphorescent subharmonic drone which generates melodic layers that peel off into convective stereo formations, lapping and flowing around a glowing soundsphere with an organic, oceanic quality. The following five tracks seem to temper the resonance of the original source into subtle, yet more dynamic miniatures. Ralph magnifies certain elements, bringing into clearer focus a swelling bass tone, or the grainier surface textures which would be hidden to the ear in the dense swells of the original, tracing the digital whorls of their sonic fingerprints and gradually unveiling their microscopic topographies. It’s an immersive listen which falls far into the right side of an often bland and uninspired arena. Highly Recommended.



CABOLADIES
Renewable Destination
ELECTRONIC
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99  

**Translucent Orange Vinyl – Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Detailed, fractal synth noise transmissions from the US underground. ‘Renwable Destination’ follows a wicked split with OPN for NNA tapes and sides for Arbor, Dekorder and Digitalis over the last few years. It covers their transmissions over this same period 2009-2011, crafted from a dazzling palette of glistening alien tones and intricate microcosmic synth shimmers organised with a beautifully intuitive and exploratory sense of wonder. This is far more than drooling neo-kosmische, connecting with a deeper lineage of concrete electronics in a similar fashion to Bee Mask or Golden Retriever, and even the likes of Leaving Records’ Dak. Highly Recommended.



ASSS / MEDDICINE
Split
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
CLAN DESTINE
LP // £11.99  

*Edition of 300 copies only* Killer split side of monotone minimal wave and DIY industrial doings. It’s the first vinyl outing for both bands following a couple of cassette and compilation releases on Hobo Cult, Night School and BEKO DSL, complementing each others sound very well. Asss are more melodic, minimal wave-obsessed and slightly spacey. Their side opens and closes with zooming cosmic sci-fi synths, forming a forcefield around the isolated two note synthpop of ‘Sleep Alone’ and the bedroom robot vocals and stoic 4/4 machine pulse of ‘White Eyed’. Meddicine are a bit sexier, in that leather-clad Industrial style, evidenced on the EBM thrust of ‘Black Night’, or the nightmarish drone sequences of ‘Illusion’ and ‘Words’. Highly recommended.

Singles of the Week



INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS)
Inga Copeland
ELECTRONIC
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £8.99  

Inga Copeland, the XX quotient of Hype Williams, strikes out solo on her boutique imprint for Rush Hour. The label neatly describe it as “‘poppy’ as it is ‘trippy'” and that’s a fair summation. Frontside she swings with faded 2-step rhythms and muggy-but-heavy subs like the distant, nonchalant cousin to Burial raised on Portishead and glazed shoegaze, while ‘damaged’ screws down to sludgy and ethereal boogie-pop shuffle. Flip it and ‘Notitle’ shuffles up close to the bedroom pop dream shared by Maria Minerva, and ‘U Gotta Respect Yrself Before I Can’ is a gorgeously sub-saturated miniature dissolving Garage pop and Yacht guitar licks to match anything from the ‘One Nation’ album. We love it – get in while you can.



BETHANY SKIRT
Horizontal Ground 10
TECHNO / HOUSE
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £7.99  

Bethany Skirt’s Horizontal Ground debut ‘In The Meadow Under The Stars’ was, in our opinion, the best release on the label so far. Her 2nd, untitled release is also bound to leave a lasting impression, not least for the killer T++ remix. Here she instigates an equally ethereal brand of experimentation with the sepulchral electro-acoustics of ‘Untitled’ before shifting into ethereal Techno abstraction akin to Raime on ‘Racing The Sea’, swarming wraithe-like vocal treatments around spindly machine beats and wide bass. Flipside, 20.16.12.21.19.16.12.21.19 or T++ for short, obviously relishes the chance to remix her previous title track, churning Afro-Germanic rhythm syncopations under those arresting, Grouper-like vocals. Highly Recommended.



KOWTON
Keep Walking / Show Me
TECHNO / HOUSE
NAKED LUNCH
12″ // £6.49  

**RED VINYL** Two killer tracks from Kowton on red vinyl. It’s been a relatively prolific year for this producer so far, what with his Idle Hands and Livity Sound gems, but for our money, this one is best of the lot. A-side ‘Keep Walking’ heaves with a far sexier motion than we’ve heard from him before, shuffling up to elastic subbass and warm rushes of fluid synth pads like a particularly virile Kassem Mosse cut. Flipside ‘Show Me’ is more coolly confident, synching unpredictable snares and a rogue bassline flow to trap the ‘floor, before that beckoning breakdown and tussling roll-out really take control of the game. Exceptional productions – Well recommended.



BJORK / MATTHEW HERBERT
Crystalline (Matthew Herbert Mixes)
ELECTRONIC
One Little Indian
12″ // £7.99  

Third in the series of four ‘Crystalline Series’ remix sessions, and the first of two, from Matthew Herbert. The Accidental conceptualist reworks the Icelandic siren with a brilliantly squashed and spluttering riddim, full of unplaceable, acousmatic samples and kinetic electronic whirrs which fly about like spare elements but coalesce into a Drag-slow throb, constantly under pressure of dynamic filters and electro-acoustic diffusions. Imagine if Björk has collaborated with a colony of super-collider proficient ants and elves in the antechamber to a volcano and you’re about there. Limited copies – recommended!



BJORK / MATTHEW HERBERT
Cosmogony (Matthew Herbert Mixes)
ELECTRONIC
One Little Indian
12″ // £7.99  

Magical concluding edition of Björk’s ‘Crsytalline Series’, featuring two mixes (and instrumentals) of ‘Cosmogony’ by Matthew Herbert. The first is an exceptionally spacious and breathtaking beatless version from Ms. Gudmundsdóttir’s celestial song, with a cavernous soundsphere to beautifully compliment the wonderous, naif-like delivery and content. The other mix switches to a bumpy avant-Techno tenplate with future-primitive rhythm programming and more chaotic vocal processing. It’s worth it for the 1st instrumental mix alone, the rest is just a great bonus. Limited copies – Recommended!



KLAUS
Tusk EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
R&S Records
12″ // £6.99  

Klaus’s floaty, ambient-leaning approach to the post-dubstep fallout has already seen him earn favourable comparisons to Mount Kimbie and Airhead, and now he arrives with an EP on R&S set to secure his place at the top table. Tusk is defiantly introspective and experimental throughout, the title track squeezing some of the spindly spirit of Balil and The Black Dog’s precious 90s IDM into a pinched steppers’ template, while ‘Fens’ sounds like a dream hook-up between James Blake, Philip Jeck and Pole: a pocket symphony of static fizz, crackle, clipped drum edits and mounting subs. Klaus’s South London DNA comes to the fore on ‘Cypher’, an avant-dubstep riddim suspended in frozen space, buffeted by a mellow yet malevolent wind of digital FX. Klaus avoids the common trap of using a 4-track EP as an excuse to show off a range of styles; instead he takes the opportunity to refine and nail down his own unique sonic identity and carefully, patiently explicating it across the four tracks. One to watch for sure.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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KLAUS
Tusk EP
R&S Records
12″ // £6.99

Klaus’s floaty, ambient-leaning approach to the post-dubstep fallout has already seen him earn favourable comparisons to Mount Kimbie and Airhead, and now he arrives with an EP on R&S set to secure his place at the top table. Tusk is defiantly introspective and experimental throughout, the title track squeezing some of the spindly spirit of Balil and The Black Dog’s precious 90s IDM into a pinched steppers’ template, while ‘Fens’…
FREE THE ROBOTS
Ctrl Alt Delete
Alpha Pup Records
CD // £11.99

The Alpha Pup family of labels and distribution network really has nailed that whole Wonkified take on modern Hip Hop that’s emerged out of the American West coast over the last couple of years, fuelling a number of imprints (including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, and the impressively diverse Leaving Records) that have really come to embody the sound. But Alpha Pup is, of course, also a record label in its…
TODDLA T & ROOTS MANUVA
Watch Me Dance (Andrew Weatherall Mix)
Ninja Tune
12″ // £5.99

Further remix of Toddla’s ‘Watch Me Dance’ by Andrew Weatherall, backed with the original and Roots Manuva versions. The Chairman is in Techno rock mode across the A-side, leaving the vocal at home and reworking the bashy boogie-rock drums with a linear push over grinding posers bassline. Flip it for the squelchy bounce of Roots’ version, and Toddla’s block party original.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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NICOLAS BERNIER
Usure.Paysage
Hronir
LP // £15.99

Engrossing side of dynamic modern musique concrète by this French Canadian artist. Already praised by The Wire as “utterly compelling”, Bernier works with the splicing skill of a film editor on ‘Usure Paysage’ to weave a disorienting narrative of disjointed high definition samples and stray sonics. A diffuse rendering and microscopic attention to detail heightens the immersive, hyperreal effect of his persistently shifting arrangements: he never settles on one sound…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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THE MAIN STEM
Contortion Danse
Lipservice
12″ // £5.99

Chugging disco-pop stuck somewhere in a time warp between early ’80s NY and late ’80s Ibiza, including Mark E and The Rhythm Odyssey remixes. This expanded digital version includes the cool vocal posing of James Flanagan in extended, instrumental, and radio versions, next to a more synth-driven Main Room Mix and The Rhythm Odyssey (Chicken Lips) spaced-out Warehouse Dub. Birmingham’s master of the slow groove, Mark E offers a languid,…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Chicago Soul: Electric Blues Funk & Soul (2011 Edition)
Soul Jazz
2LP // £13.99

**This long out of print release is now reissued on double vinyl* Soul Jazz once again back with the incredible, indelible sound of Chicago. Founded on an overview of the Chi-Town sound at the transitional point where blues was becoming a white listeners music as deeper soul folk were beginning experiments with darker funk sounds and tonal variety. Opening with the filthy breakbeat of Howlin’ Wolf revisiting “Evil”, Bo Diddley and Muddy…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DJ DIAMOND
Flight Muzik
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99

This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: ‘Burn Dat Boy’ and ‘Horns’ are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G’s ‘Narst’. ‘Torture Rack’ is brutal and brilliant, beat-’em-up vocal…
DARQ E FREAKER / RUDE KID / VARIOUS
Earth616 Summer Sampler 2011 Vol.1
EARTH616
12″ // £6.49

Up-to-the-time instrumental Grime riddims from Teddy Music, Darq E Freaker, Faze Miyake and Rude Kid compiled on Logan Sama’s Earth 616 series. A-side features Teddy Music’s bellicose roller ‘Afghan’ and the crunk crush of Darq E Freaker’s ‘Lock Off The Rave Ultra Mix’. Flipside Faze Miyake drops the menacing barks and sludgy brass shanks of ‘Take Off’ and Rude Kid comes with the quicksilver swagger of ‘Cotton Buds’.
VISIONIST
Mr 67
92POINTS
10″ // £7.99

*Limited edition of 300 copies on one-sided wax* Robust 808 roller from Visionist; his vinyl debut if we’re not mistaken – ahead of forthcoming drops on 502 and Left_Blank. ‘Mr 67’ is one of the flyest cuts we’ve heard from the 808 resurgence, deftly riding a fine line between aggressive roll-out and in-the-pocket suss, while the Badalamenti score like synth figures which hover and colour the atmospheres are a well…

 

ELECTRONIC
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EMUUL
The Drawing Of The Line
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited edition – original copies come on sky-blue vinyl* Seattle’s Emuul makes his vinyl debut with a blissed side of synth and guitar crafted Nu Age experiments on Digitalis. Since 2009 he’s released a glistening string of cassette-only pearls on Sweat Lodge Guru, Stunned Records and Monorail Trespassing among others, displaying an endearingly subtle and restrained approach to his pop-infused synth meditations. His sound is sanguine and misty, embedded…
INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS)
Inga Copeland
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £8.99

Inga Copeland, the XX quotient of Hype Williams, strikes out solo on her boutique imprint for Rush Hour. The label neatly describe it as “‘poppy’ as it is ‘trippy'” and that’s a fair summation. Frontside she swings with faded 2-step rhythms and muggy-but-heavy subs like the distant, nonchalant cousin to Burial raised on Portishead and glazed shoegaze, while ‘damaged’ screws down to sludgy and ethereal boogie-pop shuffle. Flip it and…
MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Inverted Triangle II
Phantasma Disques
LP // £18.99

*Limited edition with 3 x12″ colour prints or “interchangeable cover arts”* The Mater Suspiria Vision saga reaches a massive highlight on ‘Inverted Triangle II’ with the 13 minute span of ‘Paradise Of New H Suite (Paradise Of New H, Religion Of Medusa And Mania)’. A swarm of darkside synths cloak febrile machine rhythms at an unholy apex of Industrial dance music, 808-driven HipHop and drone, taking his carefully honed aesthetic…
GUS COMA
Color Him Coma
Paradigm Discs
CD // £9.99

Latest from Paradigm Discs (who first presented that vital Daphne Oram retrospective) is the reissue of an obscure and outstanding plunderphonic concrète/turntable cutup from 1983 on London’s It’s War Boys label – plus plenty of previously unreleased material. This imprint was a hub for the likes of Narki Brillans of The Homosexuals (check his surreal LP on Alga Marghen), and Milk From Cheltenham, a group who would inspire the naming…
BJORK / MATTHEW HERBERT
Crystalline (Matthew Herbert Mixes)
One Little Indian
12″ // £7.99

Third in the series of four ‘Crystalline Series’ remix sessions, and the first of two, from Matthew Herbert. The Accidental conceptualist reworks the Icelandic siren with a brilliantly squashed and spluttering riddim, full of unplaceable, acousmatic samples and kinetic electronic whirrs which fly about like spare elements but coalesce into a Drag-slow throb, constantly under pressure of dynamic filters and electro-acoustic diffusions. Imagine if Björk has collaborated with a colony…
BJORK / MATTHEW HERBERT
Cosmogony (Matthew Herbert Mixes)
One Little Indian
12″ // £7.99

Magical concluding edition of Björk’s ‘Crsytalline Series’, featuring two mixes (and instrumentals) of ‘Cosmogony’ by Matthew Herbert. The first is an exceptionally spacious and breathtaking beatless version from Ms. Gudmundsdóttir’s celestial song, with a cavernous soundsphere to beautifully compliment the wonderous, naif-like delivery and content. The other mix switches to a bumpy avant-Techno tenplate with future-primitive rhythm programming and more chaotic vocal processing. It’s worth it for the 1st instrumental…
SUB LOAM
The Ley Hunter’s Companion
DISSOLVING
CD // £13.99

*Comes in a 7″ outer card package, Includes a foldout 14″x14″ full colour poster. Edition of 230 numbered copies* Lovely, hand-crafted package of pastoral synth music from Cotton Goods luminary Sub Loam. Dropping just in time for the summer holidays, ‘The Ley Hunter’s Companion’ is a charming ramble through similar terrain traversed by Baron Mordant on his ‘MisinforMation’ DVD (especially the pre-history section), or like a very English take on…
STEINBRUCHEL
Narrow
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

Ralph Steinbrüchel returns to Room 40, home of some of his most cherished releases, with “…an album of reduction and transformation”. On ‘Narrow’ he works with a limited palette of delicate yet dense sonic materials to articulate a central idea of static development. The album is dominated by the twenty minute title track, forming a radiant core of phosphorescent subharmonic drone which generates melodic layers that peel off into convective…
CABOLADIES
Renewable Destination
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99

**Translucent Orange Vinyl – Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Detailed, fractal synth noise transmissions from the US underground. ‘Renwable Destination’ follows a wicked split with OPN for NNA tapes and sides for Arbor, Dekorder and Digitalis over the last few years. It covers their transmissions over this same period 2009-2011, crafted from a dazzling palette of glistening alien tones and intricate microcosmic synth shimmers organised with a…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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SHADY BARD
Trials / Retrials
FOREST INDUSTRIES
2CD // £10.99

**New double disc edition including the original album, plus bonus orchestral reworkings and alternate versions** Previously to be heard on Static Caravan, Shady Bard’s music is an emotive amalgam of colourful, narrative folk music, post-rock and the sort of lavishly constructed presence a band like Tindersticks summon up. Supposedly the album is inspired by forest fires that ravaged the Peloponese in 2007, and that bleakness seeps into the writing. During…

 

HIP HOP
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SOLE & THE SKYRIDER BAND
Hello Cruel World
Fake Four Inc
CD // £10.99

Anticon ringleader, Tim Holland aka Sole faces up an emotive long player, possibly his finest since the acclaimed ‘Selling Live Water’. Crucially, the production is as captivating as his lyrics on ‘Hello Cruel World’, thanks to The Skyrider band of Bud Berning, William Ryan Fritch and John Wagner, and enhanced with guest inspiration from Xiu Xiu, Lil B, Pictureplane, Sage Francis and Mestizo. It all feels fresh, rather than cloyingly…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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REINHOLD FRIEDL
Inside Piano (Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl Edition)
Hronir
LP // £22.99

*Deluxe gatefold vinyl of this extraordinary set of dynamic, visceral electroacoustic piano works.* Extraordinary solo release of dynamic and almost aggressive electroacoustic piano works from Zeitkratzer mastermind Reinhold Friedl. Since 1997 Reinhold has helmed the Zeitkratzer label and collective, who’ve counted the revered Axel Dörner among their numerous collaborators. The two discs of ‘Inside Piano’ clock in at over 2 hours of performance composed by Friedl, which in no small…
ANONYMEYE
Anontendre
SOMEONE GOOD
CD // £8.99

‘Anontendre’ is the third album of tender folk/electronic fusions from Australian, Andrew Tuttle aka Anonymeye. Crafted with steel string guitar, banjo, analog synth and computer, the Anonymeye sound meshes the organic and the electronic in a confluence of improvised and meticulously composed techniques. The results are a set of charming, shimmering sonic contradictions.
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA
Mirror
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

Cheihei’s new album for Room 40 is an elegant meditation on themes of reflection inspired by the earliest recorded period of Japanese history. During the Kofun era, great importance was placed on the abilities of mirrors to transport light from one location to another and also their inherent metaphorical relation to the sun. The seven tracks of ‘Mirror’ reflect this idea by re-recording instrumental passages in a variety of reverberant…
RICHARD GINNS
Sea Change
SLOW FLOW REC
CD // £7.99

Calm and drifting drone and acousmatic sentiments from Richard Ginns on his sophomore release, ‘Sea Change’. The album is intended to be accompanied by a series of photographic images inspired by the memory of childhood visits to the seaside, but this is a digital release so you’ll have to get on google images and fill in the gaps yourself. As you might imagine, the music is focussed on blurry, breezy…
MACHINEFABRIEK
Sol Sketches
MACHINEFABRIEK
CD // £8.99

‘Sol Sketches’ collects 21 edits of longer piano improvisations by Rutger Zuydervelt for a film about American artist Sol LeWitt. The sketches were created in January 2011 for the documentary, due to be released end of summer. The piano takes centre stage for the majority of the set, embedded against subtle electro-acoustic rendering and diffusions to create a gently swirling sense of space. But, this is definitely one of Rutger’s…
WINTER FAMILY
Red Sugar
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

Unsettling but totally captivating waking-dream style atmospheric pop from an intriguing duo outta Brooklyn. ‘Red Sugar’ was written, played and recorded between Omaha Beach, TCI Paris and Jerusalem, among other spaces, but captures a singular, intense sense of space and ambience. It features an ensemble cast including Godspeed’s Norsola Johnson revolving around the core players, Ruth Rosnthal (spoken words) and Xavier Klaine (harmonium, organ etc.), encompassing swelling orchestral torch songs,…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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PURE X
Pleasure
Acephale
CD // £11.99

‘Pleasure’ is the distinguished debut album from Austin Youngblood, Jesse Jenkins and Nate Grace in their latest incarnation, Pure X (fka Pure Ecstasy). Hailing from Austin, Texas, they play a brand of lo-fi Rock ‘n Roll infused with a languid, sun-baked sense of melancholy romance and have been lauded for their highly accomplished, individual feel for woozy atmosphere that doesn’t solely rely on the hackneyed tricks deployed by so many…
BLOOD ORANGE
Coastal Grooves
Domino
LP // £12.49

“Devonté Hynes has produced a lot of music. Some for himself (Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion), some for others (Basement Jaxx, Florence & The Machine, Theophilus London, Solange Knowles, Cassie, Diana Vickers), and somewhere in between all of this, Blood Orange was created. Informed by the equally neon atmosphere of Chris Issack, Billy Idol, 80s Japanese pop such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and French singer FR David, and also by transgender…
BLOOD ORANGE
Coastal Grooves
Domino
CD // £12.49

“Devonté Hynes has produced a lot of music. Some for himself (Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion), some for others (Basement Jaxx, Florence & The Machine, Theophilus London, Solange Knowles, Cassie, Diana Vickers), and somewhere in between all of this, Blood Orange was created. Informed by the equally neon atmosphere of Chris Issack, Billy Idol, 80s Japanese pop such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and French singer FR David, and also by transgender…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ENEI
Stonehead EP
Critical Music
2×12″ // £10.99

Two plates of reinforced hardstepping D&B including a rugged Jubei remix. Enei fronts two lean and super crisp cuts on the first plate, with the highly polished percussion of the title track and the more HipHop swagger of ‘No Fear’ featuring Riya. On the 2nd plate is tearout business for ‘Movin’ Fast’ backed with a deadly Jubei remix of ‘Cracker’ by Enei, Eastcolors and Noel.

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ASSS / MEDDICINE
Split
CLAN DESTINE
LP // £11.99

*Edition of 300 copies only* Killer split side of monotone minimal wave and DIY industrial doings. It’s the first vinyl outing for both bands following a couple of cassette and compilation releases on Hobo Cult, Night School and BEKO DSL, complementing each others sound very well. Asss are more melodic, minimal wave-obsessed and slightly spacey. Their side opens and closes with zooming cosmic sci-fi synths, forming a forcefield around the…
STEVE MOORE
Primitive Neural Pathways / Vaalbara
Static Caravan
2CD // £12.99

*A repackaged double CD to combine the out of print limited vinyl issues of two Steve Moore solo albums* Steve Moore, he of Zombi, Lovelock and Titan fame, presents his second solo outing for Static Caravan with the advanced synth visions of ‘Primitive Neural Pathways’. Benefitting from a sterling mastering job by renowned synth boffin, Benge, this is among his most beautifully realised efforts to date, enveloping his sound with…
ECTOPLASM GIRLS
TxN
Ideal
LP // £14.99

*Limited edition of 600 with folded poster* Unheimlich post-industrial doings from Stockholm, Sweden’s Ectoplasm Girls. Drawn from their 2008 tape ‘Forever Nothing’ and newer material, the sibling duo of Tanya & Nadine Byrne have concocted an intoxicating blend of analogs on ‘TxN’, veering from infantile synth-poppery to discomforting DIY noise detritus with a vivid sense of psychedelia and waking nightmare surreality. Their promo alludes them to “The soundtrack to if…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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BETHANY SKIRT
Horizontal Ground 10
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £7.99

Bethany Skirt’s Horizontal Ground debut ‘In The Meadow Under The Stars’ was, in our opinion, the best release on the label so far. Her 2nd, untitled release is also bound to leave a lasting impression, not least for the killer T++ remix. Here she instigates an equally ethereal brand of experimentation with the sepulchral electro-acoustics of ‘Untitled’ before shifting into ethereal Techno abstraction akin to Raime on ‘Racing The Sea’,…
KOWTON
Keep Walking / Show Me
NAKED LUNCH
12″ // £6.49

**RED VINYL** Two killer tracks from Kowton on red vinyl. It’s been a relatively prolific year for this producer so far, what with his Idle Hands and Livity Sound gems, but for our money, this one is best of the lot. A-side ‘Keep Walking’ heaves with a far sexier motion than we’ve heard from him before, shuffling up to elastic subbass and warm rushes of fluid synth pads like a…
NEBRASKA
Displacement
Rush Hour
2LP // £16.99

Eight tracks of heavyweight House music with a burning disco appeal. Following his previous four 12″s for Rush Hour and an album on $tinkworx’s Down Low label, Nebraska continues to forge an individual style of looping party tracks. He’s got kindred spirit in the likes of Soundstream, but his style is Housier, lusher and more perhaps more driving. These are almost guaranteed to work the bones of any fun loving…
CALL SUPER / OBJEKT
Staircase EP
FIVE EASY PIECES
12″ // £7.99

Call Super head up the 2nd release on Five Easy Pieces, including a crafty remix by Berlin’s Objekt. The original joints work a blend of modern electro-disco with House on ‘And It Was!’ or ‘Nosebleed’, before cutting the tougher Techno flex of ‘Timora’ on the flip, which is duly re-spun like Octave One doing post-dubstep. Ace.

 

WORLD
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TONY ALLEN & HIS AFRO MESSENGERS
No Discrimination
Kindred Spirits
LP // £16.99

**Limited edition. Remastered and with restored artwork** “After 14 years of close collaboration Tony Allen stopped working with Fela Anikulapo Kuti. After breaking fromt he band during gigs at Berlin’s festival in 1978, Tony Allen returned to Lagos to start working on new compositions. His independence inspired him to break away from his regular routine of putting two track on every single album. the tracks on ‘No Discrimination’ are also…
TONY ALLEN WITH AFRICA 70
Progress
Kindred Spirits
LP // £16.99

*Limited, remastered and with restored artwork* ‘Progress’ is something of a seminal moment in the Afrobeat canon. Released amidst the flurry of Afrika 70 releases in 1976, Fela Kuti’s drummer Tony Allen struck out alone leading two definitive groove excursions with Fela playing tenor solo on the title track backed with the classic ‘floor filler ‘Afro-Disco-Beat’ on the flipside. It’s simply worth the admission alone for a fresh copy of…