Jan 062012
 

Hello,

We kick off 2012 with a reissue of one of Techno’s definitive albums; Porter Ricks’ ‘Biokinetics’, collected on double vinyl for the first time. Back in ’96 Thomas Köner and engineer Andy Mellwig crossed nautical ambient sound design with fluid, dubbed-out 4/4 Techno for Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint in a manner which has rarely been bettered. Originally released as three 12″s and a CD collection over 15 years ago, this is the first time the material has been collected as one vinyl set, including a new cut at D&M and new artwork.

After what feel like a long wait, William Bennet’s Cut Hands album (one of the very finest albums of 2011) finally lands on vinyl this week, split into two parts with extra tracks on each. Informed by studies of Ghanaian, Congolese and Haitian percussion, and suffused with tempered electronic sounds, ‘Afro Noise’ is like the soundtrack to your most feverish dreams come to life. Years of meticulous arrangement and preparation have gone into these recordings – we urge you to check them out.

It’s possible to say that Grant Evans’ Nova Scotian Arms releases have been overshadowed by his wife, Rachel’s Motion Sickness Of Time Travel releases, but with with ‘Cult Spectrum’ for Digitalis he truly comes into his own. With loving attention to tonal detail and texture, and a gorgeous mastering by Lawrence English, it’s a choice pick for the neo-kosmische heads, available on coloured vinyl while stocks last.

Matt Carlson, meanwhile, has been regularly appearing on these pages with his fantastic Golden Retriever albums for NNA, and now his solo debut album ‘Particle Language’ sees him dive headfirst into pure modular electronic sound design with stunning results. He creates kinetic, unstable ecologies filled with wonderfully diffuse sounds and occasionally the innovative use of vocoder, placing it somewhere between Bernard Parmegiani’s seminal concrete compositions, Oneohtrix’s modern classic ‘Returnal’ and the discombobulating experiments of Keith Fullerton Whitman, and if that means owt to you, make sure to check it out.

Sticking with the abstract electronics, Evol’s ‘Wormhole Shubz’ is a mind-bending CD based entirely on the classic “Hoover” patch deployed in so many classic rave tunes. Also bearing many similarities to Hecker & Haswell’s ‘Kanal Gendyn’ LP, it’s a proper trip, taking tunnelling rave music to the Nth degree with a truly visceral, heightened intensity. Well recommended if you know what you’re getting into…

On a similar, but more lo-fi and cosmic bent, Pat Murano’s Decimus releases have been increasingly wowing us up here for the last 12 months or so. The No Neck Blues Bandsman ventures into the trippiest corners of the cosmos, freely improvising on synths and knackered drum machines to follow unconscious patterns with a genuinely psychedelic and unstable outcome. There’s simply very little out there that sounds like this and the freaks should be all over them – especially fans of Leyland Kirby and Nate Young. Only 250 copies on these two, mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

For the ‘floor there’s a couple of choice bits this week. Perc Trax unleash Ekoplekz’s dancefloor dedicated ‘Westerleigh Works EP’ featuring his most straight-ahead rhythms churned with circuit-fried noise and backed with a wicked Richard H. Kirk remix, while People Potential Unlimited outdo themselves with Superlife’s obscure Detroit treasure ‘Go Bananas’, originally released in 1982, now backed with remixes by Legowelt, PBW, Steve Summers and Maxmillion Dunbar.

Also out this week: brand new t-shirts from Hyperdub plus releases from Distal, Joker, Plug, Marc Behrens, Oval, Oliveray (Nils Frahm & Peter Broderick), Joy Division, Oren Ambarchi, Ghedalia Tazartes, Soundway and much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



PORTER RICKS
Biokinetics (Limited Vinyl Edition)
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
Type
2LP // £16.99

**Edition of 700 copies for the world – Initial stock comes on extremely limited transparent vinyl** Type mark their 100th release with a reissue of Porter Ricks’ essential ‘Biokinetics’ – never before available as one vinyl set. Back in 1996, dark ambient pioneer and sound designer Thomas Köner, together with engineer Andy Mellwig, presented the Techno community with one of it’s most enduring and definitive albums in the form of ‘Biokinetics’. It was the first album release on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint, birthing three 12″ singles which expanded and twisted the templates of Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus with an aquatic torque and unique vision, taking the sound to immersive, isolated depths previously unexplored to this degree. Womb-like systolic pulses plunge us fathoms into darkness penetrated by only the faintest trace of melody, its oceanic pressure profoundly meditative and transporting, reflecting the unimaginable vastness of space. But most importantly, ‘Biokinetics’ achieved what so many others tried but failed within this realm; managing to shape the infinite wave with an individual sense of narrative, one which will entrance a dancefloor and equally flood the senses of a home listener, dissolving the boundaries between club functionality and artistic experience. Fundamentally, it just sounds incredible – as good as the original copies thanks to a new cut at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering. This is the first time all of these tracks have been presented on one vinyl package – with a CD edition to follow in the coming weeks.



CUT HANDS
Afro Noise – Part 1
ELECTRONIC
Dirter
LP // £14.99

*Long awaited vinyl editions (split into 2 parts) of one of 2011’s best albums – including bonus tracks* FINALLY available on vinyl with extra tracks – surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag’s Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse’s William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. ‘Afro Noise’ is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African/Voodoo sleight of groove which has completely got our attention, while the noise element is well tempered and ranges from atmospheric texturing to immersive drones and even more symphonic electronics. Utterly compelling and unmissable, strongly recommended to rhythm and noise freaks of all stripes. Tracklist: Side A – 1. Welcome To The Feast Of Trumpets 2. Stabbers Conspiracy 3. Rain Washes Over Chaff 4. Nzambi Ia Lufua. Side B – 1. Who No Know Go Knows 2. ++++ (Four Crosses) 3. Brown-Brown 4. Shut Up And Bleed.



CUT HANDS
Afro Noise – Part 2
ELECTRONIC
Dirter
LP // £14.99

*Long awaited vinyl editions (split into 2 parts) of one of 2011’s best albums – including bonus tracks* FINALLY available on vinyl with extra tracks – surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag’s Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse’s William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. ‘Afro Noise’ is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African/Voodoo sleight of groove which has completely got our attention, while the noise element is well tempered and ranges from atmospheric texturing to immersive drones and even more symphonic electronics. Utterly compelling and unmissable, strongly recommended to rhythm and noise freaks of all stripes. Tracklist: Side A – 1. Munkisi Munkondi 2. Impassion 3. Ezili Freda 4. Nzambi Ia Muini. Side B – 1. Bia Mintatu 2. Krokodilo 3. Backlash 4. Rain Washes Over Every Thing.



NOVA SCOTIAN ARMS
Cult Spectrum
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Initial copies come on limited edition coloured vinyl* Since 2009 Grant Evans has been peering ever deeper into the kosmische abyss with his records as Nova Scotian Arms for Aguirre, Preservation and Hooker Vision. He’s also known for the lush Quiet Evenings releases with his wife, Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel), but in solo flight his sound is more wide-eyed, exploratory, reaching heady new climes on ‘Cult Spectrum’, arguably his most vivid vision yet. Perhaps it’s thanks to an exquisite mastering job by Lawrence English, but there’s a tangible elevation and expansion of his sound here, offering panoramic views of intergalactic proportions while still remaining true to a fairly stripped down and modest aesthetic. It’s a melancholy sound, composed with considerable grace and tact. To open, ‘Gathering/Composition’ renders this dichotomy with the tension between stereo-swirling, dissonant cosmic synth swells and vast, yawning bass subduction, before the shimmering harmonics of ‘Overcast (1st Delay)’ are lapped by crashing waves of tempered synth noise which spray off into infinite space. And that sense of space is no more lucid than ever on ‘Emulsion’, an epic 16 minute zone of gaseous synth hues mingled with distanced shoegaze strums and banking dissonance seemingly scythed and shaped by some spectral hand.



MATT CARLSON
Particle Language
ELECTRONIC
DRAFT
LP // £14.99

**Edition of 500 with full colour double-sided insert** Intrepid and mightily impressive solo debut LP from Matt Carlson, who is highly respected for work as one half of the fantastic Golden Retriever duo and with avant-pop group, Parenthetical Girls. ‘Particle Language’ is a much anticipated follow-up to his ‘Stereo Face’ and ‘Gecko Dream Levels’ cassettes for Gift Tapes, and appears as the first vinyl release on their sub-label, Draft. In our experience his music has consistently pushed at the peripheries of perception with its ingenious ability to morph and manipulate waveforms far beyond the imagination of almost anyone you’d care to mention – It’s a genuinely far out sound. And as the title suggests, there’s a preoccupation with physics at play, articulated in his accompanying short essay on self-observing feedback loops and Meta-physical epiphenomena, and manifested in the unstable, diffuse shapes and sounds created by his modular synth and innovative use of vocoder. They are highly chaotic systems; fragmented, fractal sounds scurry, squirm, flutter and dissipate within seemingly self-organising ecologies, colliding in a synthesized pressure chamber which itself appears to change shape and reconstitute at will. At crucial moments shredded vocoder voices serrate across the stereo field, sounding like the tortured ghouls of OPN’s ‘Returnal’ attempting to re-establish contact through the ether, but always kept tantalisingly out of reach and diffused into gaseous particle play. Rhythms are decimated, time structures in flux and bent like light. But, for all their haphazard arrangement, there’s a visionary navigator in the cockpit, channelling and interpreting the stream of electronic information with an omnipotent power. We’re left reeling and think a lot of you will be too. Highly recommended if you like Bernard Parmegiani, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Pat Murano’s Decimus project, Daphne Oram, or Oneohtrix Point Never.



EVOL
Wormhole Shubz
ELECTRONIC
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

**First edition of 200 copies. Packaged in booklet including interview with creator of the “Hoover” sound.** For the past three years experimental computer music cell, Evol has been de-constructing rave culture icons under radically different compositional strategies. On a 7″ and 10″ for the Alku imprint, they’ve been caught f**king with air-horns and the classic hoover, or mentasm sound – a preset originally called the “What The?” patch developed by Eric Persing for the Roland Alpha Juno synth and most commonly associated with early ’90s rave Techno. ‘Wormhole Shubz’ is essentially an expansion pack of their Mentasm manipulations on the ‘Punani Xerrameca’ 10″ for Alku; seven tracks of mind-burrowing buzzsaw tones and swarming noise which, coincidentally (as pointed out by Nick Cain in the Wire) strongly recalls Haswell & Hecker’s ‘Kanal GENDYN’ soundtrack, despite their idiosyncratic compositional techniques. What they both do, is to take the mentasm-liek sounds to the Nth degree, fulfilling the most twisted ravers’ fantasies in abstract and cerebral style, warping that alien, energising sound into labyrinthine knots and whorls. In a sense, we could also compare it with Leyland Kirby’s work on the ‘Death Of Rave’ series, albeit at the other end of the scale, but rather than suffering serotonin depletion, this is like an intra-venus overload, rending the mind plastic to a stream of visceral, heightened rave intensity. In other words it’s properly bonkers, mate, and strongly recommended. 



DECIMUS
Decimus 9
ELECTRONIC
HOLIDAYS RECORDS
LP // £18.99

*300 copies. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi* Pat Murano’s nebulous Decimus series for Planam and other labels has provided some of 2011’s most outré, beguiling improvisations. For Holiday Records, ‘9’ suffuses two sides of wax with oozing drone, kneaded noise and bleeding drum machine pulses channeling thoughts from the darkest recesses of the No Neck Blues Bandsman’s imagination. Elements of ’70s sci-fi synth music, tape-worn Skaters psychedelia and the internal thoughts of ancient machines coalesce, grind and diffuse with unstable and perpetual motion, following unconscious thought patterns into discomforting but fascinating new zones and making for an utterly compelling listen to moochers of the outer limits. It may be a glib interpretation, but imagine Citrac-era Ferraro scoring a sci-fi soundtrack with Jeff Mills and you’re within light years of this sound.



DECIMUS
Decimus4
ELECTRONIC
Alga Marghen
LP // £18.99

*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it’s bloody hard to sum up what’s happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the A-face, constantly in horizontal and vertical stereo flux, freely increasing and burning up in amplitude. We struggle to think of anyone else whose sound is so untethered and potently psychedelic like this. On the B-side his synths creak and almost buckle like the degraded hull of a mighty spaceship while distant percussion ricochet against the sides, gradually, ever-so-gradually, giving way to a magical mini symphony of caustic distortion and spectral horror theme synths with a mind-bending rhythmic close. It’s all so much more intriguing and abstracted than 99% of the conventional kosmiche out there and should be well recommended to fans of Nate Young or Leyland Kirby. 

Singles of the Week



EKOPLEKZ
Westerleigh Works EP
ELECTRONIC
Perc Trax
12″ // £5.99

Ekoplekz provides Perc Trax with their most esoteric, out there jaunt to date with three tracks of circuit-fried dub-noise, backed with a bleedin’ Richard H Kirk remix! They’re all much tougher and purposefully rhythm-driven than the majority of his works for Punch Drunk, Mordant or Further this year, and in many respects stronger for it. Both in name and aesthetic, we’d attribute a Berlin influence to the throbbing aquatic churn of ‘Ekoplatz’ which we could easily imagine hearing at daft o’clock on the Berghain ‘floor, while the noiser, nastier ‘Narco Samba’ is fit for the phet-frazzled after-hours and ‘Xylem Teardrops’ gives a wonderfully melancholic conclusion. There are few candidates more suitable to remix this material than Cabaret Voltaire’s legendary Richard H Kirk, and he does the project proud with a wiry, kinky version of ‘Ekoplatz’ begging to be used on darker dancefloors. Recommended!



SUPERLIFE
Go Bananas
TECHNO / HOUSE
PEOPLES POTENTIAL UNLIMITED
2LP // £17.99

PPU reissue a DAMN HOT and obscure Detroit moment, armed with remixes from Legowelt, Peanut Butter Wolf, Steve Summers and Maxmillion Dunbar. The product of one Danan Potts aka Superlife, ‘Go Bananas’ entered the world in 1982 as a hyper-limited pressing on Southern Sun Records outta Detroit. At the time, Danan had been hanging around the Recording Institute of Detroit where none other than Juan Atkins was honing his Cybotron releases, and the influence of the Magic one is written right all over this, from the deep fried vocoder sounds to the twitchy Kraftwerk rhythms. It’s unmistakably Detroit, and dead funky with it. On remix duties Legowelt and Peanut Butter Wolf give uptempo, jacking versions spiced with Booty and EBM flavours respectively, while Steve Summers goes to town with extra layers of classic synth and Max D gets busy with the slyding edits for slick feet. A must, really.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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APPAREL
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HYPERDUB
Logo T-Shirt – Black (EXTRA LARGE)
Hyperdub
T-Shirt // £24.99

Brand new tees from Hyperdub! This is a size XL. Black “Hanes Beefy” heavyweight cotton t-shirt with a white screen-printed Hyperdub logo on breast and right sleeve plus a custom-stitched Hyperdub label sewn into neckline.
HYPERDUB
Logo T-Shirt – Black (LARGE)
Hyperdub
T-Shirt // £24.99

Brand new tees from Hyperdub! This is a size LARGE. Black “Hanes Beefy” heavyweight cotton t-shirt with a white screen-printed Hyperdub logo on breast and right sleeve plus a custom-stitched Hyperdub label sewn into neckline.
HYPERDUB
Logo T-Shirt – Black (MEDIUM)
Hyperdub
T-Shirt // £24.99

Brand new tees from Hyperdub! This is a size MEDIUM. Black “Hanes Beefy” heavyweight cotton t-shirt with a white screen-printed Hyperdub logo on breast and right sleeve plus a custom-stitched Hyperdub label sewn into neckline.
HYPERDUB
Logo T-Shirt – Black (SMALL)
Hyperdub
T-Shirt // £26.99

Brand new tees from Hyperdub! This is a size SMALL. Black “Hanes Beefy” heavyweight cotton t-shirt with a white screen-printed Hyperdub logo on breast and right sleeve plus a custom-stitched Hyperdub label sewn into neckline.
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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PORTER RICKS
Biokinetics (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
2LP // £16.99

**Edition of 700 copies for the world – Initial stock comes on extremely limited transparent vinyl** Type mark their 100th release with a reissue of Porter Ricks’ essential ‘Biokinetics’ – never before available as one vinyl set. Back in 1996, dark ambient pioneer and sound designer Thomas Köner, together with engineer Andy Mellwig, presented the Techno community with one of it’s most enduring and definitive albums in the form of…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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KRYSTAL KLEAR
Never Thought You Would Go feat. Olivier Day Soul
Eglo Records
10″ // £6.99

Mid-winter R’n’Boogie heat from man like Krystal Klear and Washington D.C. soul-blower, Oliver Day Soul. A-side is an exquisite, deeply romantic early R’n’B slow jam, all misty handclaps, slow-iced chords and twinkly keys with a decidedly debonaire flex. B-side ‘Waistin’ Time’ bumps with a soul-rich New Jack flavour, Oliver Day Soul on the money with luscious harmonies and sing-a-long chorus over hip-swinging syncopation almost worthy of a Jimmy Jam &…
813 / SLUGABED
Spectrum Riff EP
Donky Pitch
12″ // £5.99

Lazer-guided beats outta Russia, backed with a smart Slugabed remix. Your boy Goryachev Alexander aka 813has released on a slew of native labels since 2006 but this has to be his highest profile drop to date. A-side his ‘Firefighter’ (a reference to his day job) and ‘Bluebirds’ joints burn with the luminosity of a Rustie or Hud Mo production while Slugabed dissembles ‘Tinky Tonk’ into a cosmic soup of solar-flare…
SALVA
Yellobone
FoF Music
12″ // £11.99

**Clear VInyl – Includes digital download redeemable directly from the label** Freshest House meets Bass-sunk HipHop on Salva’s first vinyl single, assisted by B. Bravo and backed with Shlohmo/2KWTVR & LOL Boys remixes. The San Franciscan producer has built a fine rep with remixes for the likes of Om Unit and the selective curation of his Frite Nite label  – home to B. Bravo’s wicked ‘Computer Love’ EP – and…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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NOVA SCOTIAN ARMS
Cult Spectrum
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Initial copies come on limited edition coloured vinyl* Since 2009 Grant Evans has been peering ever deeper into the kosmische abyss with his records as Nova Scotian Arms for Aguirre, Preservation and Hooker Vision. He’s also known for the lush Quiet Evenings releases with his wife, Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel), but in solo flight his sound is more wide-eyed, exploratory, reaching heady new climes on ‘Cult Spectrum’,…
PHILIP CORNER
Coldwater Basin
Alga Marghen
LP // £20.99

*Edition of 180 copies. Manipulated field recordings of running water with acousmatic interjections and subtle edits. Meditative and abstracted.* “Anticipating Fluxus celebrations in 2012, alga marghen proudly presents one of the masterpieces from the glorious 60s, by master of ecstatic music Philip Corner. “Remember? When you made these things at home, on the best equipment you or your other poor friends could find? And you had that Japanese tape recorder…
CHRIS FORSYTHE & KOEN HOLTKAMP
Early Astral
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.49

*Edition of 400 on heavy black wax* Operating at a Krautrock tilt (approx 23º from horizontal) Peeesseye’s Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp churn majestic electric guitar and modular electronics/synth on ‘Early Astral’. In homage to the original early ’70s trips of Amon Düül, Astral Couriers or Ash Ra Tempel they attempt to stretch your mind over vast expanses of black wax with free-wheeling solos carving through a psychedelic fug of…
ISENGRIND
Night Of Raining Fire
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.49

*Edition of 500 on heavy black wax* Isengrind is the solo headspace for Solange Gularte of Natural Snow Buildings ambient folk drone intimations. Like her bandmate’s Twinsistermoon albums, the Isengrind sound tends towards a psyched-out and soporific zone where faint song structures drift between time zones and drones, lightly stepping between almost medieval melody and lushly layered raga harmonics. Suspended in her signature, gravity-free soundsphere there are impressions of folk…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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BJORN TORSKE
Oppkok Remixes (Todd Terje Mix)
Smalltown Supersound
12″ // £8.99

Todd Terje, DJ Harvey and Crimea X provide diverse Nu-Disco remixes of tracks from Bjørn Torske’s ‘Kokning’ album. Frontside T. Terje conducts frothy Afro-cosmic polyrhythms on a remix of ‘Langt Fra Afrika’, gradually stirring in chants and ratcheting the percussive intensity to an irresistible shuffle groove before an almighty breakdown introduces a nutty electro synth and brass to keep it bubbling well into the night. Flip it and Harvey is…
TODD TERJE
It’s The Arps EP
Smalltown Supersound
12″ // £8.99

Dead cheeky and charming disco tracks produced entirely on the ARP 2600 synthesizer by Todd Terje. Now, this guy doesn’t release very often, but when he does they’re almost always perfectly formed like this one. A-side you get the uplifting disco burn of ‘Inspector Norse’, rising to a head-spinning, hands-in-the-air apex and out again, next to the frothy radiophonic loveliness of ‘Myggsommer’, full of cascading rainbow-coloured synth twirls and bubbling…
VARIOUS / BBE
The Best Of Disco Demands: A Collection Of Rare 1970s Dance Music (Part 1 of 2)
BBE
2LP // £18.99

**Full colour gatefold with liner notes. Cut loud with 2 track/side** Notorious disco digger Al Kent rounds up the best of his legendary ‘Disco Demands’ edit series on vinyl for the first time. Preceding the proliferation of disco edits in the mid ’00s, Al used to collect some of his favourite cuts and personal edits on a CD compilation series in the early 2000s (he doesn’t remember the exact date),…
VARIOUS / BBE
The Best Of Disco Demands: A Collection Of Rare 1970s Dance Music (Part 2 of 2)
BBE
2LP // £18.99

**Full colour gatefold with liner notes. Cut loud with 2 track/side** Notorious disco digger Al Kent rounds up the best of his legendary ‘Disco Demands’ edit series on vinyl for the first time. Preceding the proliferation of disco edits in the mid ’00s, Al used to collect some of his favourite cuts and personal edits on a CD compilation series in the early 2000s (he doesn’t remember the exact date),…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DJ CRA$Y
BrEaCh Remixes
dirtybird
12″ // £6.99

Ben Westbeech rolls up on Dirtybird with two party-primed tribal remixes of DJ Cra$Y. ‘Just E’ swaggers with crowd-ploughing 808’s and sweat-inducing peaks ripe for the biggest rooms you can find. ‘I Need You’ eases off into a more rolling, wiggly groove pushed by churning Toms and gasping vocal stabs.
DISTAL
Eel / Kurgan
Seclusiasis
7″ // £4.99

Right rude little bugger from Atlanta’s on-fire producer, Distal. The last six months have seen a slew of his massive singles – ‘Bad Acid’ for Tectonic, ‘Boss OF The South’ for Sinden’s Grizzly among them – caned by the likes of BenUFO, 2562, Julio Bashmore and Breakage and it’s easy to see why: Distal tracks murder a dancefloor! On his first 7″ he offloads the rampant, wrigglin’ 808 syncopation and…
JOKER
The Vision Instrumentals (Vinyl Edition)
4AD
12″ // £5.49

4AD unleash much-needed instrumentals to vocal tracks from Joker’s debut album ‘The Vision’. It’s no secret that the album didn’t quite live up to expectations or the heights of his cherished singles, but stripped of the garish big-room vox, these six instrumentals will stand tall in the dance. Taken on their own, his purple brizzle sound is honed to a hyper-flash sheen, from the implosive funk dynamics of ‘Slaughter House’…
DIGITAL MYSTIKZ / VYBZ KARTEL / MAVADO
Emergency / Weh Dem A Do (Coki Mixes)
Greensleeves
12″ // £5.99

Colossal platter facing Digital Mystikz against Mavado and Vybz Kartel!!! In one corner you get Mavado’s anthemic ‘Wha Dem A Do’ tackled by Coki, Mala and some G called Underground Ice, who was last credited alongside Coki on the ’07 remix of Mavado’s ‘Gangsta 4 Life’. It’s big, bashy and hella fun. Nuff said! In the other corner it’s Vybz Kartel’s ‘Emergency’ licked up with reworked sirens and a brutal…
ZED BIAS
Reminisce About The Phuture
Swamp 81
2×12″ // £13.99

Zed weighs in with a moodier, more rugged follow-up to the comic-strip Bass capers of his ‘Biasonic Hotsauce’ LP. It’s also his 2nd release for Swamp 81, after the Funkbias link with Funk Butcher, playing with a timeless fusion of fundamental Bass styles: House, Garage, and Broken Beat. The first plate features the deep rolling ace ‘Reminisce About The Phuture’, practically matching Altered Natives at his own game, beside the…
ELECTRONIC
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CUT HANDS
Afro Noise – Part 1
Dirter
LP // £14.99

*Long awaited vinyl editions (split into 2 parts) of one of 2011’s best albums – including bonus tracks* FINALLY available on vinyl with extra tracks – surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag’s Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse’s William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as…
CUT HANDS
Afro Noise – Part 2
Dirter
LP // £14.99

*Long awaited vinyl editions (split into 2 parts) of one of 2011’s best albums – including bonus tracks* FINALLY available on vinyl with extra tracks – surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag’s Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse’s William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as…
MATT CARLSON
Particle Language
DRAFT
LP // £14.99

**Edition of 500 with full colour double-sided insert** Intrepid and mightily impressive solo debut LP from Matt Carlson, who is highly respected for work as one half of the fantastic Golden Retriever duo and with avant-pop group, Parenthetical Girls. ‘Particle Language’ is a much anticipated follow-up to his ‘Stereo Face’ and ‘Gecko Dream Levels’ cassettes for Gift Tapes, and appears as the first vinyl release on their sub-label, Draft. In…
EVOL
Wormhole Shubz
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

**First edition of 200 copies. Packaged in booklet including interview with creator of the “Hoover” sound.** For the past three years experimental computer music cell, Evol has been de-constructing rave culture icons under radically different compositional strategies. On a 7″ and 10″ for the Alku imprint, they’ve been caught f**king with air-horns and the classic hoover, or mentasm sound – a preset originally called the “What The?” patch developed by…
DECIMUS
Decimus 9
HOLIDAYS RECORDS
LP // £18.99

*300 copies. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi* Pat Murano’s nebulous Decimus series for Planam and other labels has provided some of 2011’s most outré, beguiling improvisations. For Holiday Records, ‘9’ suffuses two sides of wax with oozing drone, kneaded noise and bleeding drum machine pulses channeling thoughts from the darkest recesses of the No Neck Blues Bandsman’s imagination. Elements of ’70s sci-fi synth music, tape-worn Skaters psychedelia and the internal thoughts…
DECIMUS
Decimus4
Alga Marghen
LP // £18.99

*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it’s bloody hard to sum up what’s happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the…
EKOPLEKZ
Westerleigh Works EP
Perc Trax
12″ // £5.99

Ekoplekz provides Perc Trax with their most esoteric, out there jaunt to date with three tracks of circuit-fried dub-noise, backed with a bleedin’ Richard H Kirk remix! They’re all much tougher and purposefully rhythm-driven than the majority of his works for Punch Drunk, Mordant or Further this year, and in many respects stronger for it. Both in name and aesthetic, we’d attribute a Berlin influence to the throbbing aquatic churn…
TIM WRIGHT
8 Switches
ENTR’ACTE
USB Stick // £11.99

*Stunning audio/visual composition contained on USB Flash drive* “With 8 Switches, Tim Wright presents six black-and-white microcinematic vignettes of retina-searing, hard-edged, epilepsy-inducing sound and vision; digital hallucinations drained of colour synchronized to a soundtrack that it relentless and unsentimental. Each new section presents a variation on the same sleek, kinetic minimalism. As each section progresses, the razor-sharp line between a host of binary oppositions – black/white, figure/ground, silence/sound, here/there, on/off…
MARC BEHRENS
Final Final Ballet
ENTR’ACTE
12″ // £12.99

**First edition of 200 copies. Abstracted and minimal Techno; scraping, grazing, droning, visceral and crafty stuff for fans of Francisco Lopez, CoH, Raster Noton** “Final Ballet, composed in 1996, is dance music for a non-existant ballet. At the time of its release by Raster-Noton in 1998, several choreographers that Behrens had proposed the music to had rejected it angrily. The work was largely misunderstood as another instance of the Clicks…
GOLOKA
Goloka
GOLOKA
LP // £29.99

*Incredible wrap-around sleeve and insert. Limited edition* ‘The Last Record’ is the earliest and most obscure LP by Samon Takahashi’s French experimental avant-garde unit. This is an original copy, first released in 1993 before the group disbanded for the next ten years. The insert tells us “All tracks are based on scratched records with additional help of flute, shakuhachi bamboo flute, whistle, jew’s harp, djembe darbuka, tambourine, violin, mandolin, guitar,…
MOON POOL & DEAD BAND
Moon Pool & Dead Band
AGITATED
LP // £13.99

After decimating us with ‘Stay Asleep (Regression Vol.2)’ for NNA Tapes, Nate Young embarks on a mind-bending Out-Techno trip with Dave Shettler. Inspired by the writing of Philip K Dick, Stanislav Lem and John Brunner, they scavenge the desolate remains of a post-apocalyptic landscape from the cockpit of a Sequential Circuits Pro One, intrepidly scouting zones of improvised radioactivity other artists rarely dare to venture. In the low light of…
OVAL
OVALDNA
Shitkatapult
CD + DVD // £14.99

**CD/DVD with booklet insert written by David Toop and download coupon redeemable from the label** Shitkatapult present a bountiful multimedia CD/DVD by visionary and radical musician Markus Popp aka Oval. ‘DNA’ comprises a 25 track audio CD, plus a DVD containing 2000+ soundfiles, OvalDNA software, documentations and ten bonus .wav files, together marking one of his most ambitious and substantial releases to date. The CD was originally intended to to…
THE AUTOMATICS GROUP
Summer Mix
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*First edition of 200 copies. Fascinating research into pure sinewave dynamics by Theo Burt, a contemporary of Russell Haswell and CoH, using source material from Eric Prydz and Sash!, among others.** For the tech heads: “The information contained in an audio CD can be considered a waveform describing the movement of your loudspeakers’ cones over time. Using a mathematical process known as a discrete Fourier transform the same information can…
STAALPLAAT SOUNDSYSTEM
Yokomono-pro / Composed Nature
Alga Marghen
LP // £18.99

*Installation pieces composed by former Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen and sound artist Radboud Mens* Composed Nature: “The installation Composed Nature, developed for the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, consists of a matrix of 64 trees. Controllable, mechanical vibrators are mounted on each individual tree and are operated by custom made software. The sound of each tree can vary from a barely audible noise to a heavy “Green noise”, thereby…
RALEIGH MONCRIEF
Watered Lawn
Anticon
2LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download coupon redeemable from the label** Hailing from San Francisco, this latest from Anticon lad Raleigh Moncrief shows still more diversity in the label’s canon. Taking liberal scoops of Animal Collective, Washed Out and Panda Bear, Moncrief’s woozy chillwave is an interesting sidestep for the label, and one that pays off well. The more I listen to ‘Watered Lawn’, the more I begin to hear the comparisons between…
EXTREME / NOISE
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MILK FROM CHELTENHAM
Triptych Of Poisoners
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

**Wildly unpredictable, strangely exotic and magically eccentric art music recorded 1979-83 spanning jerky post-punk, drones, cut-up collage, noisy blues-rock skronk and improvised electro-acoustic dubbing. An important and outstanding release. Fans of Wire/Dome through The Residents and Ghédalia Tazartès should invest, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.** “First in a series of alga marghen editions documenting the activities of the It’s War Boys underground label, founded by Amos (of  The Homosexuals…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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DEAN MCPHEE
Son Of The Black Peace
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £8.99

“Young Mr McPhee releases his first full length album consisting of four new tracks of his singular signature style of introspective, drifting, instrumentals, masterly played eclectic electric guitar & efx meanderings. quiet time music; summer fields and winter fire tending. Future dub folk from an olde english tradition that no one can quite put their finger on…”
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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OLIVERAY (NILS FRAHM & PETER BRODERICK)
Wonders
ERASED TAPES
LP // £14.49

Lovely stuff from longtime sparring partners Peter Broderick and Nils Peter Frahm, their first “50/50 collaboration” to date. Born largely out of improvisation, its a plaintive mingling of strings, pianos, acoustic guitar and intuitive vocalisation; the recording is exquisite, the use of reverb powerful, giving these intimate miniatures a broad, cinematic scope. It’s undoubtedly one of the most exquisitely realised projects that either artist has been involved with, touching on…
BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Winter Lady
Denovali Records
LP // £16.99

**Limited edition 180g vinyl, thick cover + printed inner sleeve. Includes free download code redeemable from the label.** Alicia Merz makes blissfully introspective music as Birds Of Passage on her 2nd solo album. ‘Winter Lady’ sees her return to a desolate, melancholic headspace reminiscent of her first album ‘Without The World’, creating a delicate, minimalist world of whispered vocals, expansive drones and fairytale atmospheres with a darker pop heart akin…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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JOY DIVISION
+ – (Singles 1978-80)
Warners
10 X CD Singles Box Set // £29.99

‘+ -” (plus minus) – is a unique Joy Division retrospective box set consisting of ten CD singles presented in a beautiful box. All tracks have been newly re-mastered from original tapes by Stephen Morris and Frank Arkwright (Metropolis Studios) with creative direction for ‘+ -” box set artwork coming from Peter Saville. Compiled by renowned journalist and author Jon Savage, the boxset is released in celebration of Ian Curtis…
DUCKTAILS
Landscapes (Japanese Edition)
PLANCHA / ART UNION
CD // £11.99

**Now available on CD** Ducktails is the lo-fi bedroom pop pseudonym of New Jersey’s Matthew Mondanile, who also goes by the handle of Predator Vision on Not Not Fun. Over the last three years he’s dreamt up a steady stream of largely cassette only gems which squarely fall into the Hypnagogic Pop style identified by the Wire magazine in mid-2009. ‘Landscapes’ is a remarkable collection of raw-finished pop reminisces with…
R STEVIE MOORE
Pop Music
O Genesis
7″ // £5.99

Veteran lo-fi producer (maybe the Godfather of the lo-fi scene?) R. Stevie Moore returns here for this rather delicious 7”, cunningly titled ‘Pop Music’. Fans of Moore’s decidedly original brand of DIY will no doubt get an instant kick out of this, and while it’s a long way from his breakthrough ‘Phonography’, there’s still plenty to enjoy about ‘Pop Music’.
DEARDARKHEAD
Oceanside:1991-1993
Captured Tracks
LP // £13.99

Here’s an interesting one from Blank Dogs’ on-form Captured Tracks imprint – a collection of lesser-known shoegazing fuzz from Jersey band Deardarkhead. Recorded between 1991 and 1993, those of you familiar with the genre should be able to guess the sound, and that familiar soaring guitar squeal we fell in love with on countless Ride and Catherine Wheel tracks is here in spades. Deardarkhead thankfully manage to steer away from…
DEARDARKHEAD
Oceanside:1991-1993
Captured Tracks
CD // £11.99

Here’s an interesting one from Blank Dogs’ on-form Captured Tracks imprint – a collection of lesser-known shoegazing fuzz from Jersey band Deardarkhead. Recorded between 1991 and 1993, those of you familiar with the genre should be able to guess the sound, and that familiar soaring guitar squeal we fell in love with on countless Ride and Catherine Wheel tracks is here in spades. Deardarkhead thankfully manage to steer away from…
DIAGRAMS
Tall Buildings / Hill (OLUGBENGA EDIT)
Full Time Hobby
7″ // £3.99

*500 copies on clear vinyl* Cute first single lifted from Diagrams’ debut LP ‘Black Light’, backed with a bent edit of ‘Hill’ by Metronomy’s Olugbenga. ‘Tall Buildings’ recounts the naive joy of travelling from the countryside into a metropolis set to a bouncy, almost C86-style beat and swaying guitar and string orchestrations. Olugbenga’s edit of ‘Hill’ from the group’s eponymous EP experiments with hyper pitched vocals and skittering slowfast drum…
DIVE
Sometime
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Beach Fossils guitarist Cole Smith delivers the first fruit of his new project Dive with this two-track single for Captured Tracks.
HEAVENLY BEAT
Suday
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Heavenly Beat is the endearing solo project of Beach Fossils bassist John Peña. The breezy but melancholy Latin jangle of his debut single tracks ‘Suday’ and ‘Desire’ lodge his sound somewhere between The xx and El Guincho, and it’s pretty hard not to fall for that sorta combo, especially when it’s as lovely as this.
SHOULD
A Folding Sieve
Captured Tracks
LP // £13.99

**9-track album released on vinyl for the very first time** Nice reissue from Captured Tracks of a 1995 album by obscure US shoegazers Should. Tanya Maus, Marc Ostermeier and Eric Jon Ostermeier have become quite the cult act since their demise, and listening to this 2011 edition of A Folding Sieve, it’s easy to see why: their music combines the psychedelic force of shoegaze’s experimental fringe with the songcraft of…
WHITE STRIPES
Merry Christmas From The White Stripes
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.99

**Jukebox 45 pressing with big ol’ hole** Reissue of Jack & Meg’s cheeky Christmas 7″ originally issued in 2002. On the A-side is their original and typically raw ‘Candy Cane Children’, while the flip features Jack reading from the bible and Meg singing ‘Silent Night’.
WHITE STRIPES
The Big Three Killed My Baby
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.99

*Wrap-around colour jacket in poly sleeve. Jukebox 45 pressing* Early Stripes single, originally included on their eponymous debut. Front side you got searing ‘The Big Three Killed My Baby’, and B-side features the loose and raw ‘Red Bowling Ball Ruth’. Recorded in Detroit.
WHITE STRIPES
Lord, Send Me An Angel
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.99

*Wrap-around colour jacket in poly sleeve. Jukebox 45 pressing* One of Jack & Meg’s earliest singles, originally appeared on the ‘De Stijl’ LP, now reissued over ten years later. A-side is their augmented cover of Blind Willie McTell’s ‘Lord, Send Me An Angel’ where Jack shuffles the lyrics to mention Detroit more often. B-side features Jack’s odd use of autotune-style FX on ‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (Trendy American Remix)’.
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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PLUG
Back On Time
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.49

Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990’s, off-kilter drum ‘n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded…
PLUG
Back On Time
Ninja Tune
2LP // £13.99

Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990’s, off-kilter drum ‘n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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OREN AMBARCHI / KEITH ROWE
Cornelius Cardew: Treatise
PLANAM
LP // £18.99

**Oren Ambarchi and Keith Rowe interpret and perform pieces from Cornelius Cardew’s graphic score ‘Treatise’, namely pages 53, 58, 168, and 169, on guitar and tabletop guitar, respectively. Recorded live at Binhuis, Amsterdam, February 8th, 2009 by Ron Mullen. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 300 copies, reproducing on the sleeve and inner the 4 pages of score performed.** “Cornelius Cardew’s opus magnus Treatise is a 193 page graphic score…
GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Diasporas Tazartes
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

**Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you’ve never encountered Ghedalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed between 1979 and 1987 according to a genuinely far reaching and individual agenda.** “More than 5 years after the CD edition of Eclipse totale de soleil and Transportes, Alga Marghen…
GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

This record marked the first installment of Alga Marghen’s retrospective of Ghedalia Tazartes’ recording career: Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil was first reissued in 1997 having been initially released in 1979. In this form the original’s two-part make-up was bolstered by a twenty-four minute third part, a new piece composed specifically for the reissue. Sounding quite unlike the output of his more academic contemporaries, Tazartes’ music compiles fragments of tapes,…
GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Tazartes’ Transports
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

‘Transports’ is the incredible 2nd album by audodidact and outsider musician/composer Tazartès. Originally released on vinyl in 1980, it has now been reissued with extra material on CD in 1998 and 2009, and “Probably represents the most original example of the artist’s poetical and personal approach to sound organisation.” The tracks for ‘Transports’ were recorded in 1977 at Ghedalia’s own studio in Paris, strafing stream-of-conscious between rippling electro rhythms to…
GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Les Danseurs De La Pluie (EP)
Alga Marghen
CD // £11.99

Planam present the titular disc from outsider musician Ghedalia Tazartes’ 4CD boxset, including four previously unavailable tracks pressed on a “creative disc”. They’re all relatively short pieces. ‘Assassins’ 1 & 2 were recorded around the ‘Eclipse Totale’ sessions in 1977 and consist of banking guitar feedback, unhinged hollers, and an unsettling piece of children’s screams looped against droning synth tones and electronic pulses. The other two were recorded in 2005….
MUSTAFA OZKENT
Genclik Ile Elele
Finders Keepers Records
2LP // £15.99

Finally available again… Finders Keepers pull another treat out of the magic hat with this legendary and ultra-rare gem from the annals of the Anatolian pysch/funk/folk/rock scene. As Votel himself writes in the press release, if this album had been discovered by the early B-Boys in the Bronx, it would have been as treasured as the Incredible Bongo Band as it’s basically wall to wall breaks – no vocals just…
TAKIS
Pendules Magnetiques / Le Siecle De Kafka
Alga Marghen
LP // £20.99

**Famous sound sculpture recordings from 1964-66 and installation work from 1984. Edition of 380 copies for the world with full colour sleeve and printed inner containing testimonies from Marcel Duchamp and William Burroughs.** “Alga Marghen proudly presents one of the highlights of his catalogue, an exclusive LP edition with the recordings of Takis’ electro-magnetic sculptures. Takis is the originator of this new approach to the musicality of sound, which consists…
DICKON HINCHLIFFE (TINDERSTICKS)
Project NiM (OST)
Cinewax
CD // £8.99

**Sumptuous original soundtrack scored by Tindersticks’ founding member** “Project Nim is the follow up to director James Marsh’s Oscar-winning film Man On Wire. Mirroring the principles and techniques of a tarditional film biography to the life story of an animal, we watch a baby chimpanzee named Nim lead a most unconventional existence. Bolstering the prime archival footage and contemporary interviews is a newly composed and original score by Tindersticks founding…
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
Alloy
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

*Digpak CD with fold-out insert* Alga Marghen present two archival pieces documenting the previously unpublished ‘Golden Research’ of Charlemagne Palestine between the early ’60s and mid-late ’70s. This first edition of the series features three longform pieces with the potential to change your opinion about minimalism and music in general. The first is ‘Holy1’ and ‘Holy 2’ recorded in 1967. At the time Charlemagne was listening to a lot of…
MARSHALL MCLUHAN
The Medium Is The Massage
FIVE DAY WEEKEND
CD // £11.99

**Heavyweight, tip-on book-style gatefold jacket with 40 page book of original essays by DJ Spooky and Michael Vasquez plus unpublished photos** “When Marshall McLuhan proposed his idea to create an audio companion piece to his landmark 1967 book The Medium Is The Massage, no one quite knew what to expect. The book itself brilliantly captured McLuhan’s theories on media and technology, arguing that the medium by which information is transferred…
ROBERT ASHLEY
String Quartet Describing The Motions Of Large Real Bodies
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

**Complex, pre-computer avant-garde composition. Challenging, arrhythmic and involving clicks, pulses and twangs scored for a electronic orchestra, recorded at the Center for Contemporary Music, Oakland, California, 1972, and another incredible two-part composition using the labyrinthine reverbs created by a motorcycle in tunnels beneath the hills of San Francisco. 63 minutes total** “‘String Quartet Describing The Motions of Large Real Bodies’ was composed as the potential orchestra for an opera based…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CROOKERS FEAT. HUDSON MOHAWKE & CARLI
Hummus
SOUTHERN FRIED
7″ // £5.49

First taste of Crookers’ forthcoming ‘Dr Gonzo’ LP. ‘Hummus’ delivers all the thrills and spills you’d expect from the Italian duo, romping with buzzsaw bass synths, searing peaks and electro-jak beats, leaving the cooler ‘Monkey Face’ to get on a spry Hip-House wiggle.
TECHNO / HOUSE
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SUPERLIFE
Go Bananas
PEOPLES POTENTIAL UNLIMITED
2LP // £17.99

PPU reissue a DAMN HOT and obscure Detroit moment, armed with remixes from Legowelt, Peanut Butter Wolf, Steve Summers and Maxmillion Dunbar. The product of one Danan Potts aka Superlife, ‘Go Bananas’ entered the world in 1982 as a hyper-limited pressing on Southern Sun Records outta Detroit. At the time, Danan had been hanging around the Recording Institute of Detroit where none other than Juan Atkins was honing his Cybotron…
DJ JOHN COLLINS
The Happy Years (Sweat-2)
SWEAT RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

Neatly dovetailing with the piano House revival, UR’s DJ John Collins reignites four classic, and long out-of-print, burners from the Happy Records and Soul City label archives. A-side is the vampin’ ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Children Of The World’, B-side contains the wailing ‘Got To Give It Up’ and the soulful ‘Love 2 The Limit’.
MAYA JANE COLES
Get Away (Subb-an Mixes)
1TRAX
12″ // £6.49

Solid Subb-An remixes of Maya Jane Coles’ svelte groove ‘Get Away’. Frontside, the ‘Deeper’ mix rides plush bass and deftly filtered House vibes with a fine dose of late night funk. The other side is a straight remix, pushed by round, rolling bass, floor toms and mesmerised pads.
THE NIGHTTRIPPER (ORLANDO VOORN)
Phuture (Robert Hood Mix)
UNDERGROUND LIBERATION
12″ // £7.99

Orlando Voorn’s 1991 single remixed by Kevin Saunderson, Paul Mac, Robert Hood and Robert Armani. KMS delivers a big-room special on the A-side next to Paul Mac’s more brooding, darkside ravers’ version. B-side Robert Hood lends a touch of funk and Robert Armani goes old skool with a hellraising 140bpm pounder.
XI
Immunity / Squeeze
ORCA RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.49

XI drops the tempo and ups the groove on two Basswise House swingers for Orca. ‘Immunity’ rolls on plush, offset subbass and crisply swung snares ornamented with dusty chords, but it’s the subtle, stealthy arrangement of elements which should endear it to the more sophisticated ‘floors. On flipside ‘Squeeze’ it sounds like he’s been taking a few notes from Zomby, coming with lean, bumpy post-Garage drum programming and sparkling synths…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
The Original Sound of Cumbia (Part 1)
Soundway Records
3LP // £18.99

**180g triple vinyl. Includes bonus track not on the CD and download code redeemable from the label.** Soundway’s latest is a cracking compilation of 29 deeply infectious Cumbia heaters taken from original 78rpm vinyl dug by Will “Quantic” Holland. The result of some five years research and immersion in Colombian musical culture, it spans some of the genre’s earliest to greatest moments between 1948-79, charting the evolution of a sound…
VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
The Original Sound of Cumbia (Part 2)
Soundway Records
3LP // £18.99

**180g triple vinyl. Includes bonus track not on the CD and download code redeemable from the label.** Soundway’s latest is a cracking compilation of 28 deeply infectious Cumbia heaters taken from original 78rpm vinyl dug by Will “Quantic” Holland. The result of some five years research and immersion in Colombian musical culture, it spans some of the genre’s earliest to greatest moments between 1948-79, charting the evolution of a sound…