Apr 292011
 
Hello,

Before we pull out the special brew and drape ourselves in bunting, here’s a small and perfectly formed selection of wares for you crazy republicans looking to buy tunes!

To start, we’ve pressed up and bound all three of Demdike Stare’s 2010 LP’s: ‘Forest Of Evil’, ‘Liberation Through Hearing’ and ‘Voices Of Dust’ in a limited edition run of 400 copies for the world – if you missed out first time round we urge you to cop a set while you can.

BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa’s ‘Space Finale’ was undoubtedly one of 2010’s most affecting ambient electronic albums; a deeply cherished bedtime favourite. Returning on the esteemed Helen Scarsdale Agency with ‘Big Shadow Montana’, the pair enter a new dream phase soundtracked by their achingly beautiful synth dissonance, now with forays into disturbed exotica and more orchestral stirrings for some ethereal other place.

Mater Suspiria Vision splits opinion like few others in his scene, which is essentially just him. He sounds a bit like Salem, and a bit like Gatekeeper, but more far more faded and f**cked. For most, his ‘Crack Witch’ LP is the best place to fully gauge his sound and it helpfully appears on (limited, marbled white) vinyl this week for the first time. Together with his individual artwork, it’s safe to say you won’t find any other record quite like it this year.

Two of our favourite new unter-pop producers, Montreal’s D’eon and Grimes, follow up extraordinary debut albums with their ‘Darkbloom’ split through Hippos In Tanks/Arbutus this week. Grimes’ side is just exquisitely wyrd yet urbane, and D’eon’s joyfully positive and inventive. If you’re not aware of them by now, you seriously need to get acquainted. Seriously!

Julianna Barwick effortlessly glides into our list of recommendations with her already acclaimed ‘The Magic Place’, presented on Asthmatic Kitty. Her sound is redolent of Grouper, but her wordless songs are distinctly beautiful in their own right, with a personal, deeply precious sense of soul that can’t be ignored.

While many of our favourite modern chanteuse’s are looking to shoegazy 4AD sounds, Natalie Mering aka Weyes Bluhd/Weyes Blood has imbibed from the eternal well of Nico for inspiration and come out with the compelling ‘The Outside Room’. Enhanced by a mixing job from The Shadow Ring’s Graham Lambkin, this is one of the most unique records the Not Not Fun stable have released of late, and that’s saying something! There’s only 480 copies on this one to boot.

Elsewhere – Kranky finally present the overdue vinyl and CD copies of Belong’s excellent ‘Common Era’, Ilyas Ahmed and Steve Gunn deliver a sublime missive from Chicago’s Immune label for fans of the Takoma school, Gold Panda’s ‘Marriage’ finally appears on vinyl and features remixes from Forest Swords, Star Slinger and Baths, while Addison Groove returns for Martyn’s 3024 label, altering his palette in line with the label aesthetic, sounding remarkably like Martyn doing Juke in the process!

Also out this week, new music from Soul Jazz, Dels, Sun Ra, Fleet Foxes, Robag Wruhme, Tindersticks, Larsen, Silkie, Tempa, Roll The DIce, Merzbow, and the incredible 4LP Daphne Oram set, available once again.

Have yourselves a fabulous week……

Peace! nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



DEMDIKE STARE
Forest Of Evil / Liberation Through Hearing / Voices of Dust (Limited Edition 3LP Set)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Modern Love
3LP // £34.99

*Due to high demand we’re making all three of Demdike Stare’s 2010 LP’s available again in an edition of 400 copies for the world – available to buy as a set only. Please note that the set does NOT include the 40 minutes of bonus material included with the Tryptych CD set* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty (who works for the esteemed Finders Keepers label) and Miles Whittaker (a longtime producer and DJ who has released music under the MLZ moniker and as part of Pendle Coven). The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and re-align these found sounds via their ever-expanding array of analogue machinery, ending up with something that is in part Plunderphonic, but ultimately completely new. Their music has sometimes been lumped-in with the Hypnagogic, Hauntological and, most recently, ‘Witch House’ movements, but ultimately Demdike Stare should appeal to anyone with an interest in everything from classic KPM library records through to the music of Basic Channel and all the way to the smudged, altered-realities of James Ferraro and The Caretaker. That is, at least until the next record, when the frames of reference might just change up and take them somewhere completely different…



BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA
Big Shadow Montana
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
LP // £10.99

Hot on the heels of their jaw-dropping ‘Space Finale’ cassette and LP on Editions Mego last year, ‘Big Shadow Montana’ is the sixth album from BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa and sees them returning to hallowed San Francisco experimental imprint Helen Scarsdale. Those of you already familiar with the collaborative project will probably be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of more dusty drones, unusual samples and ethereal harmonies, and let me tell you there’s plenty to keep you going. The first side opens with a familiar overdubbed wheeze, but as the grimy analogue hiss begins to subside, we’re left with a slice of near-orchestral ambience. Punctuated by church organs, BJ Nilsen’s signature synthesizer fizz and Stilluppsteypa’s distant, scraping percussion; you could almost compare this to Deaf Center or (recent) Tim Hecker with its majesty and subtle control, but the real Ace in the pack comes with the second side. The orchestral grandeur of the first piece slowly melts away into the distance, and is swapped out for woozy analogue synthesizer drones – something like hearing Keith Fullerton Whitman jam with Eleh in a distant corridor, possibly underground. This hardly prepares you for the conclusion however, which ends up in near-exotica territory with drum machines, vintage organs and bass playing a jaunty but disturbing funeral march into hell. As usual from these guys ‘Big Shadow Montana’ is essential, gripping stuff, but it’s the artists’ sense of humour that really sets them apart from the competition. Anything is possible, and all of it is essential. Highly recommended.



MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Crack Witch
ELECTRONIC
LIVING TAPES
LP // £14.99

**Strictly limited Marbled white vinyl edition** ‘Crack Witch’ is the most in-demand record by W*tch House loner, Mater Suspiria Vision. Originally released as a cassette in 2010, it now appears on vinyl due to popular demand. If you weren’t quite convinced by him yet, this is really the place to start. Like Salem soundtracking an early ’80s Giallo with Gatekeeper, ‘Crack Witch’ features five tracks of blunted drum machines, acres of arcane reverb space and hypnotic samples smudged into a certain type of narcotic bliss. The A-side features four shorter tracks laden with dystrophic beats and cheap, petrified effects put to murky effect. The prophetic flipside is unanchored; a sprawling, beatless collage of droning synth slurry and sewer ambience like the soundtrack to unwanted sleep paralysis. Brilliantly uncomfortable stuff, features unique artwork by Cosmotropia De Xam.



D’EON / GRIMES
Darkbloom
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Hippos In Tanks / Arbutus
LP // £9.99

HIT’s latest is an electronic pop marriage made in a simulated heaven, pairing Montreal’s D’eon and Grimes on a most delicious split with Arbutus Records. Both artists are relative debutantes to the scene; D’eon dropping his ‘Palinopsia’ LP to widespread acclaim in 2010, and Grimes recently arriving to much fanfare on her spellbinding ‘Halfaxa’ LP – one of our favourites of the year so far. While their styles are rhythmically rooted in opposing spheres, they share a kindred taste for boldly emotive pop music drawing on the ethereal electronic melancholy of late ’80s 4AD releases and mid-’90 dance-pop without forgetting that they make music in 2011. Grimes contributes five exquisitely wyrd and windswept cyber-pop programmes, none more effective than the jaw-dropping ‘Urban Twilight’, scouting the sprawl with Ed Rush style sentinel drones while her vocals appear to plot spiralling vectors in the polluted synth hues of a Metropolitan night sky. D’eon’s four tracks are helplessly, and brilliantly, diverse but again dominated by one outstanding example in ‘Thousand Mile Trench’, a previously unimagined fusion of skittering Footwork drums, luscious R&B harmonies and time-suspending chords, next to the light-footed dBridge-like ‘Tongues’ and one of the finest uses of mobile phone signal distortion on ‘Telepathy’. Ostensibly, these nine tracks are pure pop, but there’s an experimental undercurrent to each one which we urge those who find the “P” word offensive to check out at the nearest opportunity. Highly recommended!



JULIANNA BARWICK
The Magic Place
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £12.49

Julianna Barwick’s 2009 record ‘Florine’ launched her into an unprecedented cacophony of applause. The Brooklyn-via-Louisiana artist’s understated vocal drones may not seem like an obvious frontrunner for indie success, but with Pitchfork singing the record’s praises the groundswell of support was unmistakably positive. ‘The Magic Place’ cements this legacy, and now signed to Asthmatic Kitty, she seems perfectly poised to take her sound even further into the wide world of leftfield pop. I say pop because the songs on here are indeed songs in the classic sense, but like Grouper before her she has taken only the key elements of the songs, shrouding them in reverb and shredding them down to the bare bones of what is needed. Indeed Grouper might be the most obvious and most fitting modern comparison (especially early work such as ‘Way Their Crept’) but Barwick’s affecting, hymnal style is maybe even closer to the work of Cocteau Twins chanteuse Liz Fraser. There is a distinct beauty to her tones, and the cavernous reverb and wordless songs bear more than a passing resemblance to the Cocteau Twins’ more esoteric moments. These are songs for an age that seem to have passed, and as tragedy and heartbreak surrounds us, to return to something so blissfully simple, so pure and so unmistakably gorgeous is rare pleasure. In that, we have a selection of songs to soak up some of the modern disillusionment, and who wouldn’t need that? Essential.



WEYES BLOOD & THE DARK JUICES
The Outside Room
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

**Limited edition of 480 copies** Natalie Mering (Weyes Bluhd/Jackie-O Motherf*cker) presents a compelling debut solo LP of forlorn “narcotic drifter ballads” for NNF. ‘The Outside Room’ is like a haunting acid flashback to late ’60s Nico, only distorted by time and a drug-degraded memory. Undeniably her vocals bear a genuinely uncanny resemblance to the folk-pop heroine, a fact doubtless enforced by her musical morphosis from murky FX riddled experiments as Weyes Bluhd towards death-folk guitars, doom-laced drums and stark ambience. But it’s possibly the final mix and recording from The Shadow Ring’s Graham Lambkin which really brings her songs into bleakly spacious relief. However, it’s not like she’s totally abandoned her old sound, it’s just been rendered in a different, yet more sepulchral light and with more space to swoon and float between her ghostly words. Most notably, her anachronistic style really stands out from the warped, sideways futurism of NNF’s current crop, and feels far more like some exhumed classic. Includes 11 x 17″ lyric sheet and ace artwork by Mering herself. Highly Recommended!



BELONG
Common Era
ELECTRONIC
Kranky
LP // £11.99

It doesn’t take long for you to realize that Belong’s latest full-length ‘Common Era’ is a shocking new direction for the New Orleans duo. ‘October Language’ was an expertly realized slice of fuzzy ambience, but within seconds of album-opener ‘Come See’ we are treated to drums, guitars and vocals; all the trappings of ‘real music’. A simple exercise in pop, however, this is not and Belong take the framework of classic shoegaze (pre ’92) and put it to work deep inside clouds of white noise and cavernous reverb. Skeletal songs and wordless vocals appear from the dense depths of blurred sound like Grouper playing Jesus and Mary Chain covers in lost cavern, a few miles of the coast. The overall sound occasionally brings to mind the early days of Factory Records, with the shimmer of The Durutti Column ever-present and stark, pounding drum machine pulsing in the background. Don’t think for a second however that ‘Common Era’ is merely an exercise in the retro-worship though, these songs are deep and memorable, haunting and strikingly melancholy. Just like My Bloody Valentine experimented with extreme distortion and degraded tape warble on ‘Loveless’, Belong have used ‘Common Era’ to similarly play with the song form. The songs sound totally enhanced by the duo’s deft treatments, and this is a rare example of how something you secretly wish would happen (drone band make pop songs, keep ‘em droney) actually happens. A gorgeous record in every sense of the word, and a daring move for a band that just keep getting better and better. Unmissably good, and a HUGE recommendation.

Singles of the Week



ILYAS AHMED / STEVE GUNN
Decline Of The Stiff / Ignored The End
FOLK / AMERICANA
IMMUNE
7″ // £5.99

Chicago’s wonderful Immune Recordings pair two sensitively talented solo guitarists on their latest 7″. Steve Gunn occupies the A-side with the Fahey-esque 12-string expressions of ‘Decline Of The Stiff’, picking out a ribbon of complex but soulful Blues joined by his own husky vocals which are gently reverbed around the space. If you picked up his ‘Sundowner’ LP for Digitalis you’ll certainly want to hear this. Turn over and you might find Ilyas Ahmed’s ‘Ignored The End’ may not be as technically precise, yet elicits a more magical and heartbroken atmosphere as beautiful as it is forlorn. We say this about a lot of Immune releases, but this is sublime. Limited copies only.



GOLD PANDA / FOREST SWORDS
Marriage (Forest Swords / Star Slinger/ Baths Mix)
ELECTRONIC
Notown Records
12″ // £6.99

Heartwarmingly lovely single from Gold Panda, including suitably brilliant remixes by Star Slinger, Forest Swords and Baths. The swaying pulses and convective synth loops of the original ‘Marriage’ give a fertile starting point for the remixes, from Star Slinger’s killer, Salem-style slowfast cruiser, to the crumpled folds of Baths’ crisp-but-smudged ambient pop version and a complete overhaul from Forest Swords. It’s possibly this mix that deserves the most attention, effectively replacing all the original elements with plangent, dubbed guitar, creepy ambient pads and ghostly African chorals. Highly Recommended!



ADDISON GROOVE
It’s Got Me / Minutes Of Funk
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
3024
12″ // £5.99

Addison Groove squares up to the ‘floor with two twinkle-toed specials for Martyn’s 3024 label. It’s his 3rd single in as many weeks, following the ‘Work It’ session for Swamp 81 and ‘This Is It’ on Tectonic, but these vibes are more red-lit and sensuous than any of those. The midnight-primed ‘It’s Got Me’ swaggers to dextrously nipped and tucked 808 programming and Martyn-styled rhodes motifs resulting in one of the most laidback AG tunes we’ve heard. With ‘Minutes Of Funk’ he drops the tempo to roll at House pace, sounding kinda like Fast Eddie got blunted with Virgo on some weird, obscure Dance Mania episode.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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MONOAXIAL (QUANTEC) & SOWING PARANOIA
Ummo
AREA 51
12″ // £6.99

Moon-walking sleep techno from Sven Schienhammer (Quantec) in Monoaxial mode, and Madrid’s Sowing Paranoia duo. Schienhammer’s ‘Axial’ is powered by thudding kicks and coated in glacial tape noise movement and lustrous dub chord licks, while ‘Axial Thinking’ is funkier, synching staggered bass hits with more active dub chord shapes. Flipside we could almost be listening to the same artist, but there’s a slinkier, Latinized shimmy to ‘Afocal’, and the drowned…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DELS / UNTOLD
GOB EP (Untold / David Sitek Mixes)
Big Dada
12″ // £5.49

Big Dada’s bright young hope, Dels comes correct on ‘Gobs’, the title track for his new album, backed with remixes by TVOTR’s Dave Sitek, Untold, and Ry9n. Unlike the previous singles which were produced by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, it’sKwes on the buttons for ‘Gob’, giving Dels a fat and crunchy breakbeat with moody, synth pads and grizzled, Rock-y bassline. Dave Sitek meticulous remix brings a new set of drums…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA
Big Shadow Montana
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
LP // £10.99

Hot on the heels of their jaw-dropping ‘Space Finale’ cassette and LP on Editions Mego last year, ‘Big Shadow Montana’ is the sixth album from BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa and sees them returning to hallowed San Francisco experimental imprint Helen Scarsdale. Those of you already familiar with the collaborative project will probably be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of more dusty drones, unusual samples and ethereal harmonies,…
LARSEN & Z’EV
In V.tro
Important Records
CD // £13.99

A highly intriguing set of live recordings and “extreme aural mixes” capturing, for the first time, the disciplines of Larsen and Z’ev in collaboration. ‘In V. Tro’ was conceived as the soundtrack to a series of micro-cinematic images created between 1935 and 1985 at Bologna’s Instituto di Anatomia Umana Normale (Basic Human Anatomy Institute) and assembled by professors Dario Cantino and Antonio Barasa. The images pay tribute to the maestro…
RELIGIOUS KNIVES
Smokescreen
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £11.99

Heavyweight psyche/kraut jams from Brookyln’s potent Religious Knives unit. With their previous releases on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace (co-produced by Moore, no less) besides Troubleman, No Fun Production and loads more, RK have earned comparisons with Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, but perhaps find their closest analog in recent Sacred Bones label mates, Follakzoid or The Holydrug Couple. Theirs is an epic, sprawling sound, propelled to greater heights by the…
RELIGIOUS KNIVES
Smokescreen
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £14.99

**Includes a code for digital download of the full album – redeemable from the label** Heavyweight psyche/kraut jams from Brookyln’s potent Religious Knives unit. With their previous releases on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace (co-produced by Moore, no less) besides Troubleman, No Fun Production and loads more, RK have earned comparisons with Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, but perhaps find their closest analog in recent Sacred Bones label mates, Follakzoid or…
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Totem Three
Important Records
CD // £13.99

Completing their current cycle, the incomparable Master Musicians Of Bukkake bring Steve Moore, Sun City Girls’/Sublime Frequencies’ Alan Bishop and various other Seattle notables on this deeply mystical No-Age delicacy. If you’re looking for music you can’t imagine, you’d do well to start here. Features stunning artwork by Seldon Hunt (responsible for Totems One and Two)* “This is the final offering from before entering the new wave of the failed…
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Totem Three
Important Records
LP // £15.99

**Exqusitie packaging: Obi strip and double inner sleeve with art by Seldon Hunt** Completing their current cycle, the incomparable Master Musicians Of Bukkake bring Steve Moore, Sun City Girls’/Sublime Frequencies’ Alan Bishop and various other Seattle notables on this deeply mystical No-Age delicacy. If you’re looking for music you can’t imagine, you’d do well to start here. Features stunning artwork by Seldon Hunt (responsible for Totems One and Two)* “This…
A STORM OF LIGHT
Untitled
LATITUDES
CD // £8.99

**Limited edition, hand-numbered copies** Crushing session from A Storm Of Light recorded in the Latitudes studio late 2009. Most notably, it features a guest appearance from Lydia Lunch and an expanded group line-up including Wolves In The Throne Room’s Will Lindsay and singer Zohra Atash. It’s also notable for the fact that this is the first Latitudes to feature a musician more than once int he series, with Josh Graham…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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THE MYTHICAL BEASTS
Communicate
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
12″ // £7.99

Modern disco legends, Toby Tobias and Felix Dickinson indulge in some iced-out Jan Hammer styles for International Feel’s latest sensation. Their 2nd outing together could easily soundtrack some slow motion disco panorama shot by Michael Mann, while Permanent Vacation’s Hypnotoad version raises the heartrate slightly with fluttering twilight synthlines and silver-tipped congas leading to a sensuous accordion motif. Alphabet City’s cool-as-f****k remix grips a bit tighter, holding the tension with…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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ADDISON GROOVE
It’s Got Me / Minutes Of Funk
3024
12″ // £5.99

Addison Groove squares up to the ‘floor with two twinkle-toed specials for Martyn’s 3024 label. It’s his 3rd single in as many weeks, following the ‘Work It’ session for Swamp 81 and ‘This Is It’ on Tectonic, but these vibes are more red-lit and sensuous than any of those. The midnight-primed ‘It’s Got Me’ swaggers to dextrously nipped and tucked 808 programming and Martyn-styled rhodes motifs resulting in one of…
SILKIE
City Limits Vol. 1.6 – 1.8
Deep Medi
2×12″ // £13.99

Four cuts of proper metropolitan funk from Anti-Social Ents’ Silkie. From clipped 2-step breakage on ‘It’s Late’ to bubblin’ Boogie vibes on ‘Float’, vintage DMZ sounds on ‘Murky’ or the darting synth squiggles of ‘TechFunk’, Silkie knows whats up. Ace.
DARK SKY
Highrise / Armour
BLUNTED ROBOTS
12″ // £7.49

Dark Sky come to Blunted Robots on their best release to date, following well received early entries for Black Acre and Pictures Music, and remixes of The XX and Nelly Furtado. As those records showed, Dark Sky are bang into their drums. On A-side, ‘Highrise’, crisp and clinical patterns are mirrored by percussive melodies, all minimal and slinky like some Eski-boy special. ‘Armour’ is darker, more hardcore spirited and grazing,…
J:KENZO
The Roteks / Protected
Tempa
12″ // £5.99

Youngsta-fave, J:Kenzo brings it dark and heavy styles for Tempa. ‘The Roteks’squeezes as much pressure as he can manage out of his subs for proper dread effect, while ‘Protected’ sounds like some long-lost Loefah cut, dropping cinematic samples and ultra-heavy, lost-in-the-jungle paranoia vibes.
LOST
Snake Eyes ft. Beezy / Escape From The Womb
HENCH
12″ // £5.99

Potty-mouthed Dubstep sewage from Croydon’s Kromestar and Hatcha collaborator. Beezy’s baiting appearance on the wrenching halfstepper, ‘Snakes Eyes’ is pretty vicious but should raise a wry smile in the dance, while ‘Escape From The Womb’ really goes all out with the midrange synthline abuse. Mucky.

 

ELECTRONIC
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MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Crack Witch
LIVING TAPES
LP // £14.99

**Strictly limited Marbled white vinyl edition** ‘Crack Witch’ is the most in-demand record by W*tch House loner, Mater Suspiria Vision. Originally released as a cassette in 2010, it now appears on vinyl due to popular demand. If you weren’t quite convinced by him yet, this is really the place to start. Like Salem soundtracking an early ’80s Giallo with Gatekeeper, ‘Crack Witch’ features five tracks of blunted drum machines, acres…
BELONG
Common Era
Kranky
LP // £11.99

It doesn’t take long for you to realize that Belong’s latest full-length ‘Common Era’ is a shocking new direction for the New Orleans duo. ‘October Language’ was an expertly realized slice of fuzzy ambience, but within seconds of album-opener ‘Come See’ we are treated to drums, guitars and vocals; all the trappings of ‘real music’. A simple exercise in pop, however, this is not and Belong take the framework of…
BELONG
Common Era
Kranky
CD // £11.99

It doesn’t take long for you to realize that Belong’s latest full-length ‘Common Era’ is a shocking new direction for the New Orleans duo. ‘October Language’ was an expertly realized slice of fuzzy ambience, but within seconds of album-opener ‘Come See’ we are treated to drums, guitars and vocals; all the trappings of ‘real music’. A simple exercise in pop, however, this is not and Belong take the framework of…
GOLD PANDA / FOREST SWORDS
Marriage (Forest Swords / Star Slinger/ Baths Mix)
Notown Records
12″ // £6.99

Heartwarmingly lovely single from Gold Panda, including suitably brilliant remixes by Star Slinger, Forest Swords and Baths. The swaying pulses and convective synth loops of the original ‘Marriage’ give a fertile starting point for the remixes, from Star Slinger’s killer, Salem-style slowfast cruiser, to the crumpled folds of Baths’ crisp-but-smudged ambient pop version and a complete overhaul from Forest Swords. It’s possibly this mix that deserves the most attention, effectively…
EZEKIEL HONIG
Folding In On Itself
Type
CD // £7.99

Manhattan’s Ezekiel Honig makes a welcome appearance on Type with the beautifully melancholy ‘Folding In On Itself’. The frayed, spectral layers of ambient sound and dusty pulses within recall the works of jan Jelinek, The Remote Viewer or even elements of the first MvO Trio LP, but his serene, almost sorrowful palette of tones comes from somewhere more private and personal. While those artists are all defined by a sense…
ROLL THE DICE
Live In Gothenburg: August 7 2010
Leaf Label
12″ // £8.99

If like us you fell madly in love with Roll The Dice’s self-titled debut album for Digitalis last year, you’ll need no further inducement to check out this badboy. Newly signed to The Leaf Label, the Swedish duo herald their upcoming sophomore full-length with a limited 12” and digital EP comprised of two long pieces recorded live in Gothenburg last summer. Both tracks appear in studio form on that debut…
CHRISTINA KUBISCH
Magnetic Flights
Important Records
CD // £13.99

Revered and restlessly active sound artist Christina Kubisch presents two longform pieces created from recordings of electromagnetic fields at international airports and inside airplanes. ‘Magnetic Flights’ uses sounds recorded with the aid of special sensitive wireless headphones, developed and constructed by herself and engineer Manfred Fox, which detect and amplify overground and underground electromagnetic fields and makes them audible. As she states “The sounds are much more musical than one…
CHRISTINA KUBISCH
Mono Fluido
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“Mono Fluido’ collects two major compositions from Christina Kubisch which, until now, have been unreleased. Extensive liner notes and & photographs detail the origins of the work. Heavy drones and deep emotions run through these newly discovered pieces.” In 1980, the deeply fascinating sound artist Christina Kubisch made some professional recordings in an Italian studio for the soundtrack of Fabrizio Plessi’s ‘Liquid Movie’. She returned to the sounds in ’81,…
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL / MASS ORNAMENT
Split
HOOKER VISION
Cassette // £6.99

**Edition of 100 copies. Full colour j-card with insert.** Essential and bewitching split release from two ladies who were behind some of last year’s most arresting releases: Mass Ornament aka Digitalis co-owner Eden Hemming Rose (Altar Eagle/Wax Ghost), and Hooker Vision curator, Rachel Evans aka Motion Sickness Of Time Travel. Eden’s side opens into fluttering 3D ambient space fragranced with murmured poetry and subtle contrasts of crackly concrète texturing in…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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MERZBOW & BALAZS PANDI
Ducks: Live In NYC
OHM RESISTANCE
CD // £11.99

“In short, it was fabulous: not really improvising, but suggesting the marathoning spirit of high-impact free jazz; not really composition, but held together with the technique and concentration of grindcore drumming. Just barely, through the amazing din and throughout the set, you could hear sounds that weren’t coming from Merzbow: the audience cheering.” NY Times. Merzbow (Masami Akita) is the Japanese legend and progenitor of Noise music. For three decades…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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ILYAS AHMED / STEVE GUNN
Decline Of The Stiff / Ignored The End
IMMUNE
7″ // £5.99

Chicago’s wonderful Immune Recordings pair two sensitively talented solo guitarists on their latest 7″. Steve Gunn occupies the A-side with the Fahey-esque 12-string expressions of ‘Decline Of The Stiff’, picking out a ribbon of complex but soulful Blues joined by his own husky vocals which are gently reverbed around the space. If you picked up his ‘Sundowner’ LP for Digitalis you’ll certainly want to hear this. Turn over and you…
AGNES OBEL
Philharmonics (Deluxe Edition)
Pias
2CD // £9.99

**Deluxe Edition: Includes a bonus disc of live recordings and unreleased piano versions** Anyone who heard the recent Riverside 10″ EP from Danish-born Agnes Obel will know exactly what sort of spectral loveliness to expect from the singer-songwriter’s full-length. Philharmonics is a delicately poised affair that certainly doesn’t over-do it in terms of the arrangements; pieces such as ‘Beast’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Close Watch’ manage to sound haunting and intimate…
JOHN STAMMERS
John Stammers
SOMETIME SONGS LIMITED
LP // £15.49

Here’s a nice quiet one for springtime – John Stammers is a Northern chap, and seems to have more than a passing interest in the music of Richard Thompson and Nick Drake. That’s not to say these wistful guitar/vocal led compositions are carbon copies of either, but if you’ve got a well-worn copy of ‘Five Leaves Left’ on your shelf in the front room then there’s a good chance you’ll…
SARABETH TUCEK
Get Well Soon
Sonic Cathedral
LP // £14.49

**Now available on vinyl!** 2nd album from Brooklyn’s Sarabeth Tucek following her acclaimed eponymous debut in 2007. By all rights you should probably be more familiar with her name and music, but due to the death of her father following the release of her debut, Sarabeth had more important things to deal with. That experience provides the inspiration for ‘Get Well Soon’, calling it “an impressionistic rendering of a time…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Delta Swamp Rock: Part 2
Soul Jazz
2LP // £12.49

**Heavyweight double vinyl gatefold** “Delta Swamp Rock is an interstate southern road-trip through the United States of America where country, rock and soul met at the crossroads – an exploration of the musical and cultural links between the cities of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville in the 1960s and 70s. At the start of the 1970s, a new type of music emerged out of the southern states of Alabama, Tennessee,…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Delta Swamp Rock: Part 1
Soul Jazz
2LP // £12.49

**Heavyweight double vinyl gatefold and in-depth 8-page insert** “Delta Swamp Rock is an interstate southern road-trip through the United States of America where country, rock and soul met at the crossroads – an exploration of the musical and cultural links between the cities of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville in the 1960s and 70s. At the start of the 1970s, a new type of music emerged out of the southern…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Delta Swamp Rock
Soul Jazz
2CD // £12.99

**25-track Double CD pack and 68-page book with exclusive text, photographs and biographies. Features classic southern music by The Allman Brothers, Cher, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tony Joe White, Johnny Cash…** “Delta Swamp Rock is an interstate southern road-trip through the United States of America where country, rock and soul met at the crossroads – an exploration of the musical and cultural links between the cities of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville…

 

HIP HOP
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DELS
Gob
Big Dada
CD // £8.49

Touching down to a hail of hype, Big Dada’s newest UK hiphop hope finally drops his debut album. ‘Gob’ is the work of one Kieran Dickens, a sharp-tongued, quick-witted and distinctive new voice in UK music. Unavoidably, there’s a clear resemblance to Roots Manuva, who appears on ‘Capsize’ featuring Joe Goddard, but Dels is of a newer generation, rarely offering explicit references to any sense of heritage other than the…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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JULIANNA BARWICK
The Magic Place
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £12.49

Julianna Barwick’s 2009 record ‘Florine’ launched her into an unprecedented cacophony of applause. The Brooklyn-via-Louisiana artist’s understated vocal drones may not seem like an obvious frontrunner for indie success, but with Pitchfork singing the record’s praises the groundswell of support was unmistakably positive. ‘The Magic Place’ cements this legacy, and now signed to Asthmatic Kitty, she seems perfectly poised to take her sound even further into the wide world of…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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WEYES BLOOD & THE DARK JUICES
The Outside Room
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

**Limited edition of 480 copies** Natalie Mering (Weyes Bluhd/Jackie-O Motherf*cker) presents a compelling debut solo LP of forlorn “narcotic drifter ballads” for NNF. ‘The Outside Room’ is like a haunting acid flashback to late ’60s Nico, only distorted by time and a drug-degraded memory. Undeniably her vocals bear a genuinely uncanny resemblance to the folk-pop heroine, a fact doubtless enforced by her musical morphosis from murky FX riddled experiments as…
BIRTH CONTROL
Backdoor Possibilities
LTM Recordings
2CD // £12.99

Birth Control were a progressive rock band formed in Berlin circa 1968, fusing elements of jazz, psyche and nascent Krautrock. They recorded what is arguably their creative zenith, ‘Backdoor Possibilities’ in 1976 for the legendary Brain Records with Conny Plank at the mixing desk, aduring roughly the same period as the bonus disc feature, ‘Live at Sartory Saal, Cologne, 24.9.1976’. In classic prog style the original album is a surreal…
THE BERG SANS NIPPLE
Build With Erosion
BLACKMAPS
CD // £10.49

It’s been far too long since we last heard from French duo The Berg Sans Nipple. Their deliriously original cut-n-paste rawk sound has led to a certain cult following around the world, and it always seemed like a much lonelier world without them. Now they’re back, and on ‘Build With Erosion’ the band are sounding more energized than ever, and come across with a distinct fidelity upgrade. Sure their sound…
THE BERG SANS NIPPLE
Build With Erosion
BLACKMAPS
2LP // £16.49

It’s been far too long since we last heard from French duo The Berg Sans Nipple. Their deliriously original cut-n-paste rawk sound has led to a certain cult following around the world, and it always seemed like a much lonelier world without them. Now they’re back, and on ‘Build With Erosion’ the band are sounding more energized than ever, and come across with a distinct fidelity upgrade. Sure their sound…
PAT JORDACHE
Future Songs
Constellation
CD // £12.99

Somehow ‘Future Songs’ is the perfect title for this blown-out set from Canadian noisenik Pat Gregoire. Shrouded in the kind of roomy, wrong-but-right recording you’d expect to hear on a punk tape in 1978 there is absolutely nothing even remotely connected to the future over forty minutes, but at the same time it makes perfect sense. Gregoire is obsessed with jangly guitar pop of all kinds, and this obsession manifests…
DISAPPEARS
Guider
Kranky
LP // £12.99

Chicago outfit Disappears burst out of nowhere last year with debut LP ‘Lux’ and immediately attracted media attention with their smoggy, narcotic sound. A slew of shows followed, and as we all know with touring usually comes writing, so it’s hardly surprising that the band’s sophomore album has come so soon after their debut. Although now backed up by the star-presence of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums in a…
FLEET FOXES
Helplessness Blues
Bella Union
CD // £10.99

Blues was never a genre that sprung to mind when listening to Fleet Foxes debut EP ‘Sun Giant’ or their breakthrough self-titled debut full length. The sunny, shimmering near-choral folk was certainly referential to music past, but to something far more upbeat than blues, surely? Well this time around the darker, sadder side of the band has been exposed, and it’s hardly surprising. The way their debut was received was…
NO BABIES
No Babies
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £13.99

I must admit when I plonked this one on the stereo for the first time, I was pretty sure that No Babies were a Japanese band. There was something, I don’t know, distinctly Melt Banana about them; the jagged punk intensity and shrill femme shrieking paired with that ‘f*ck it all’ attitude. They’re not Japanese though, the band are from the sizzling musical hotbed of Oakland, California and this self…
RAZIKA
Nytt Pa Nytt
Smalltown Supersound
7″ // £5.99

Dead charming ska-pop from four 18-year old girls from Bergen, Norway! They’ve released one track to date on an Erland Øye-compiled disc for their local Opplett imprint a few years back, but this single heralds a soon-come debut album. There’s only 500 copies of this, with artwork by Kim Hiorthoy, and it’s warmly recommended to fans of irresistible pop music.
THE DURUTTI COLUMN
Vini Reilly
Kooky
2CD // £13.99

“Arguably the seminal Durutti Column album, the ironically titled ‘Vini Reilly’ is now available remastered and expanded into a two-disc set. First released in 1989 – the album features an extensive use of sampling, with looped vocals as the basis for several tracks. As his peers wrestled with Akai Sampler engineered rare groove or breakbeats, these voices blended well for an artist – combining Viola, Chinese vocals and his trademark…
COMET GAIN / CRYSTAL STILTS
Working Circle Explosive! / Through The Floor
FORTUNA POP!
7″ // £3.99

**Marbled red and blue vinyl, limited to 1000 copies for the world** This split was intended for release on Record Store Day but didn’t arrive in time, so you lucky pop fiends can now get a piece of the action. Comet Gain’s ‘Working Circle Explosion’ is the first track to be taken from their upcoming ‘Howl Of The Lonely Crowd’ LP. It’s a paean to the notorious Baader-Meinhof gang with…
MIGHTY CLOUDS
Mighty Clouds
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
CD // £9.99

“Mighty Clouds is the new project from Fred Thomas (City Center) and Betty Marie Barnes (SLGTM) and is a collaboration of the sort that can only occur when two musicians connect on a level that goes beyond the songs they are performing. Throughout Mighty Clouds’ self-titled debut, Thomas and Barnes’ musical camaraderie generates a gentle electricity that exudes intimacy and beckons the listener to move in for a closer listen….
THE FRESH & ONLYS
Secret Walls
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £11.99

“The Fresh & Onlys have had an unusually prolific past couple of years. On the heels of their critically acclaimed album Play It Strange, the band returns with a bold creative leap forward on their new EP Secret Walls. The cavernous opening sounds of Secret Walls reveal the strong threads of hazy post-punk melancholy that have been woven throughout the band’s catalog and have now fully matured. Tim Cohen’s crooning…
THE FRESH & ONLYS
Secret Walls
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download code for mp3s of the full album – redeemable from the label** “The Fresh & Onlys have had an unusually prolific past couple of years. On the heels of their critically acclaimed album Play It Strange, the band returns with a bold creative leap forward on their new EP Secret Walls. The cavernous opening sounds of Secret Walls reveal the strong threads of hazy post-punk melancholy that…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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SUN RA
Live In London, 1970
ART YARD
2CD // £15.99

Legendary recordings of Sun Ra’s first UK appearance at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 9, 1970. The show was regarded by David Toop in his book ‘Ocean Of Sound’ as “…one of the most spectacular concerts ever held in this country.” and despite not having the light show and a full Intergalactic Research Arkestra in front of you, the music evidently justifies that statement. Highly recommended!

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ASC
Comsat / The Lair
BLKND
12″ // £5.99

ASC is in prolific form recently, but thankfully his quantity is still quality. Stepping away from the more atmospheric styles, ‘Comsat’ is a ‘floor-dedicated future D&B killer, all streamlined bass contours and dextrously diced edits. ‘The Lair’ is a greater departure, a rare instance of him incorporating full drum breaks, albeit sliced and fractured, into a beastly killer teetering between classic drumfunk and wave-shaped nextisms.
SKEPTICAL AND DUB PHIZIX
Silo / The Enemy
Dispatch Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Supremely agile D&B from two producers to keep an ear on. A-side ‘Silo’ is driven by snarling Neurofunk bass licks and punctuated with ice-picked snare hits for the streamlined junglist moves. ‘The Enemy’ works with a similar percussive palette, but feels more spacious, giving those pointillist drums nuff room to ricochet limbs and torsos while the bass is a brooding, subliminal presence stalking the edges.
JESS MILLS
Vultures (Photek Mix)
ISLAND
10″ // £5.99

Prepped for big things, Jess Mills presents her opening solo track ‘Vultures’, backed with a mighty Photek remix. The D&B heads will probably recognise her name from an appearance on Breakage’s ‘Fighting Fire’, and he’s returned the favour with a brooding construction of Trip-Hop drum breaks and darkside synths here. Better yet is Photek’s Dub remix, dropping the slightly clunky breaks and opening out into sophisticated widescreen dread-pop zones.

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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ROBAG WRUHME
Thora Vukk
PAMPA RECORDS
CD // £10.99

Former Wighnomy Brother Robag Wruhme serves his sophomore album through Koze’s Pampa outlet. Seven years down the line since his endearing debut ‘Wuzzelbud “KK”‘, this album features no major shift in style, but perhaps has a more intimate, reflective, and mature groove. Well deployed Rhodes keys and field recordings lend a melodic soul and uniquely textured character throughout while giving a classic yet contemporary update on the dynamic electronica which…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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DEMDIKE STARE
Forest Of Evil / Liberation Through Hearing / Voices of Dust (Limited Edition 3LP Set)
Modern Love
3LP // £34.99

*Due to high demand we’re making all three of Demdike Stare’s 2010 LP’s available again in an edition of 400 copies for the world – available to buy as a set only. Please note that the set does NOT include the 40 minutes of bonus material included with the Tryptych CD set* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England:…
TINDERSTICKS
Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009 (Deluxe Vinyl Edition)
Constellation
5LP Deluxe Box Set // £74.99

**Lavish box set collecting Tindersticks’ bespoke film scores – a whopping 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours!***. Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham’s preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks had been providing subtly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Now compiled by Constellation in highly collectible 5xLP and 5xLP box sets, these six feature-length soundtracks will obviously appeal to committed fans of the…
RUDOLPH WURLITZER & WILL OLDHAM
Slow Fade
Drag City
5CD // £15.99

“Drag City’s first foray into the wide world of audio books is a reading of Rudolph Wurlitzer’s 1984 Hollywood and elsewhere opus, ‘Slow Fade’, read by Will Oldham with DV DeVincentis. In 1970-71, Wurlitzer worked on a script for Monte Hellman, which became the cult classic ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’. Following his experiences during Sam Peckinpah’s production of ‘Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid’ (which he also scripted), he withdrew from Hollywood…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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D’EON / GRIMES
Darkbloom
Hippos In Tanks / Arbutus
LP // £9.99

HIT’s latest is an electronic pop marriage made in a simulated heaven, pairing Montreal’s D’eon and Grimes on a most delicious split with Arbutus Records. Both artists are relative debutantes to the scene; D’eon dropping his ‘Palinopsia’ LP to widespread acclaim in 2010, and Grimes recently arriving to much fanfare on her spellbinding ‘Halfaxa’ LP – one of our favourites of the year so far. While their styles are rhythmically…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Bustin Out 1984 – New Wave to New Beat Volume 4
Year Zero
CD // £10.49

Third volume of this crucial compilation series, presenting 12 classics on the cusp of ‘New Wave to New Beat’ from 1984. There’s some stone cold aces in here, not least Strafe’s crackish ‘Set It Off’ and Anne Clarke’s seminal ‘Our Darkness’, but also Section 25’s Factory classic ‘Looking From A Hilltop’ and Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Sensoria’ but, as ever with this series, there’s always some total revelations for those who missed…
CEREMONY
Extended Play (Jessica Bailiff / Justin Broadrick Mixes)
KILLER PIMP
CD // £6.99

“Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh, Pale Sketcher); GD Luxxe (Gerhard Potuznik); Monster Movie (members of Slowdive and Eternal); and Jessica Bailiff (Clear Horizon, Eau Claire, Northern Song Dynasty) make contributions to this limited EP of music based on four songs from Rocket Fire by Ceremony. “enough bombast to satisfy the more sadistic shoegaze fans and enough pop hooks to satisfy the rest”-Tiny Mix Tapes “both beautiful and terrifying, full of…
HOUSEMEISTER
Music Is Awesome (Cosmin TRG / Boys Noize Mixes)
Boysnoize Records
12″ // £5.99

Chunky single from MDSLKTR’s pal, Housemeister, backed with his crew of remixers including Boys Noize, Feadz, Cosmin TRG, and Bonaparte. The raw 808 and chirpy robot voice of the original kinda sounds like Boddika on happy pills. Boys Noize give a rocking Techno remix, while Feadz sounds like a more electronic, glitchy Altered Natives and Cosmin TRG gives it up to the big rooms with a gargantuan Techno version. Almost…
CUT COPY / CARL CRAIG / GAVIN RUSSOM
Need You Now Remixes
Modular Recordings
12″ // £5.49

The opening track from Cut Copy’s ‘Zonoscope’ LP comes with typically epic remix by Carl Craig, a languid Architecture In Helsinki version and an extended Gavin Russom remix. ‘Need You Now’ is already primed for stadiums and corporate festival moments, but Carl Craig tempers the pop factor with stealthier arrangements for the ‘floor, while Architecture In Helsinki slow it down to Lambchop like Country with extra synths. Russom’s remix is…
STACCATO DU MAL
Sin Destino
Wierd Records
CD // £11.99

Staccato Du Mal is one of the loneliest alter egos associated with of Ramiro Jeancarlo (Flesh Graey Display, Opus Finis, Xeno And Staccato). He arrives at the first SDM album ‘Sin Destino’ in the midst of a coldwave revival he helped instigate over the last 10 years. It’s twelve bleak tracks are perfectly evocative of bleached concrete, dystopian early ’80s cityscapes and synthesized sci-fi tensions, at least to us anyway….
STACCATO DU MAL
Sin Destino
Wierd Records
LP // £15.99

Staccato Du Mal is one of the loneliest alter egos associated with of Ramiro Jeancarlo (Flesh Graey Display, Opus Finis, Xeno And Staccato). He arrives at the first SDM album ‘Sin Destino’ in the midst of a coldwave revival he helped instigate over the last 10 years. It’s twelve bleak tracks are perfectly evocative of bleached concrete, dystopian early ’80s cityscapes and synthesized sci-fi tensions, at least to us anyway….
GRETTA GUNN
The Hunt
ALPHABET SET
10″ // £5.99

**White wax. Full colour sleeve. Download code redeemable from the label** Very promising debut of industrial-edged synth-pop from one Gretta Gunn of Kildare, Ireland. A-side, ‘Bop’ has an acute pop-potential, featuring Gretta’s supremely confident vocal welded to saw-toothed synths and blocky Italo-rock beats. Flip over and the speedin’ ‘Metal’ exposes darker roots in vintage Industrial synth music from Front 242 to DAF but again, distinguished by Gretta’s arresting vocal. Slowing…
ZEUS B. HELD
Voice Versa
LTM Recordings
CD // £11.99

Remastered compilation of 18 tracks by the former Gina X Performance and Birth Control producer and vocoder pioneer. The majority were originally featured on his three solo albums, ‘Zeus’ Amusement’ (1978), ‘Europium’ (1979) and ‘Attack Time’ (1981), but also includes his new edit of The Rockets’ Eurodisco cover ‘On The Road’, which originally featured his Vocoder and Harmonica contributions. Zeus has also produced for the likes of Dead Or Alive,…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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PETER VAN HOESEN & DONATO DOZZY
61 Center Returning Vol. 4
TIME TO EXPRESS
12″ // £7.99

Sophisticated pounders from the Belgian-Italian alliance of Peter van Hoesen and Donato Dozzy, backed with a sterling Lucy remix. PVH + Dozzy’s ‘Dock’ stealthily unfurls gilded drones and hazy psychedelic pressure systems over nine minutes of purest Techno goodness. By contrast, Lucy’s aerobic remix of ‘Defense Against The Self’ from PVH’s ‘Entropic City’ album is dominated by a skull-kicking bass hit guarding potently trippy layers of electronic detailing designed to…
PHUTURE / JACKMASTER HATER
Acid Trax / Acid
KSTARKE RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Rough and ready, previously unreleased takes on Phuture’s blueprint-setting ‘Acid Trax’. Frontside is a 4:45min version by Phuture with slightly altered drum pattern harnessed to that virulent 303 sequence. Flipside Jackmaster Hater comes like a oil-spattered Chi-town mechanic, retuning the engine of battered but classic motor.
ANODYNE
Destruction 808
Earwiggle
12″ // £5.99

Blistering hardcore techno + electro tackle. This sound has become even more niche of late but when it’s done right, there’s still nowt quite like it. Frontside you’ll find the pelting ‘Destruction’, weighing in at 150bpm and designed for deadly impact, next to the punishing yet crafty edits of ‘Hell’. Flip it and ‘Menace 808’ could be lifted straight out of a Rob Hall set circa 2002, with its soaring…
MOODYMANN
I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits
DECKS REWORX
12″ // £8.99

An all-time Detroit House classic reissued and remixed by Appointment. ‘I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits’ should need little introduction to any self-respecting Detroit fiend, but for everyone else it’s just the ultimate in discofied and delayed gratification; tense, lush strings tease and seduce while that vocal swirls in and out of focus like a swooning mirage. To be honest, we’ve never encountered Appointment before, but their reworks…
BRAILLE
The Year 3000
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Dancefloor gold right here from Braille aka Praveen Sharma, who you’ll probably best know for his sublime Sepalcure 12″s with Machinedrum and earlier electronica releases for Neo Ouija and Expanding. ‘Year 3000’ is a certified soul gripper, reconfiguring a classic Chicago vocal with spirit-lifting synths, full-sunken subs and bristling congas to exceptional effect. A pure spine chiller! There’s maybe a more Funky clip ‘n dip to the flipside ‘Leavin Without…
CE CE ROGERS
Someday
Atlantic
12″ // £6.99

Repress of an all-time Detroit House classic. Includes the Club mix, Dub and Accainstrumental of a timelessly soulful and anthemic masterpiece. Obviously recommended!!!
PETAR DUNDOV
Tenth Plateau
Music Man
12″ // £7.99

**Limited edition 180g vinyl with dazzling holographic centre label!** Petar Dundov returns to Music Man following the widely played ‘Distant Shores’ EP in late 2010. The eponymous, holograph-bearing A-side is a classically tranced-out techno gem assembled from teasing, upbuilding synth oscillations and sleek bass with a proper, yearning European techno gaze. Flipside, ‘Quinta’ is equally mesmerizing, rolling on dancefloor-Adonis bassline and alleviated by tingling strings and Italian trance-debted arpgeggios.

 

WORLD
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OWINY SIGOMA BAND
Owiny Sigoma Band
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £9.99

Enchanting debut album from the Owiny Sigoma Band, a group of Kenyan musicians lead by Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Elmore Judd) in a kind of Luo/London soundclash. Largely, the folk music of this region has never been as exposed as say, Nigeria, Ethiopia or South Africa, but that should be set to change with this album thanks in no small part to a high profile guest appearance from Damon Albarn on ‘Odera…
OWINY SIGOMA BAND
Owiny Sigoma Band
Brownswood Recordings
2LP // £13.99

Enchanting debut album from the Owiny Sigoma Band, a group of Kenyan musicians lead by Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Elmore Judd) in a kind of Luo/London soundclash. Largely, the folk music of this region has never been as exposed as say, Nigeria, Ethiopia or South Africa, but that should be set to change with this album thanks in no small part to a high profile guest appearance from Damon Albarn on ‘Odera…