Welcome to one of our last mailouts of the year, once again defying scheduling tradition and offering an incredible amount of new music just when you thought it was safe to batten down the hatches…
We start off with Blackest Ever Black, who this week deliver a striking 12″ from Young Hunting. Influenced by Bataille and Jane Arden, and sounding something like Raime and Coil soundtracking a Scottish tragedy, ‘The Night Of The Burning’ is the young label’s most ambitious release to date, available now in a limited first edition of 500 copies housed in high-gloss, LP-style jacket.
Few artists manage to harness the current of Electronic music like Drexciya, and nearly ten years since James Marcel Stinson’s passing, Clone have done the right thing and have collected a slew of standout tracks on the first volume of ‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’, offering a fresh perspective on a timeless treasure chest of emotive, funked-up, and deeply inspirational Electronic music. It’s as essential as they come.
Downstream, ‘Soft Coast’ is a crucial new vinyl edition of NO UFO’s debut cassette from 2010. The spirit of Drexciya, the future-seeking vision of Autechre and reams of classic Kosmische tropes are absorbed and evoked across Konrad Jandav’s synthscapes, a singular producer with a sound very much his own.
We’ve got totally spellbound this week by the final LP from Clay Ruby’s Burial Hex. After some 40 releases, he puts the project to sleep in a miasma of syncretic Techno-Pop, Wave ambience and supernatural magic strangely recalling works by Julia Holter, Helge Sten and Dominik Fernow. If you know what that means, don’t think twice about grabbing this! 300 copies on single-side vinyl in silkscreened sleeve.
‘Music From Saharan Cellphones’. We were sold at the title, and on receipt these nine tracks delivered untold riches from one of the most inhospitable places on earth. From local Tuareg anthems to Algerian Rai and auto-tuned Hip Hop this is one of the most endearing albums we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this year. Fans of Sublime Frequencies: this is a MUST!!!
For the psych-Boogie nuts we direct your attention to the first Peaking Lights remix 12″, On board you’ll find killer reworks from Dam Funk, Main Attrakionz, Patten and On-U Sound, taking some of the years best pop tracks in glorious new directions. If you need any more persuasion all copies include a sew-on patch for your faded denim jacket!
On the ‘floor there’s some proper wallop in Nation’s ‘Modern Electronic Element Serie 2′ double pack. Comprising cuts from Jamal Moss as IBM, Steve Summers, Baris K, Traxx and Quid Pro Quo, it’s the strongest and most diverse release on the label, packing more jack than Nicholson on crack.
Finally we’re up to the eyeballs in wicked House, Techno and Bass 12″s, namely the Rrose and Silent Servant remixes of Pacific Blue, Hieroglyphic Being and Capracara’s crazy remixes of Virgo Four, a new Sandwell twelve from Function, a solid Shifted session on Sigha’s label, two Marcel Dettmann mixes of Morphosis’ outstanding ‘Too Far’ and a stonking new Pinch 12″ ‘Retribution’ for Swamp 81!
Also out this week: new releases from Biosphere, CV313, Bvdub, Machinedrum, Tim Hecker, SND, Leila, Jacaszek, Consequence, Finders Keepers, Omar S, Julio Bashmore, Linkwood, VCMG (Vince Clarke and Marting Gore!) vs Regis, Presk, Jus Ed, Conforce, Thomas Koner, Roska, Sam KDC, Skream and a second limited edition from the Untitled label.
More next week, but in the meantime, have yourselves a fabulous weekend and stay warm…