Dec 162011
 

Hello,

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…

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



DREXCIYA
Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller I
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Clone Classic Cuts
2LP // £15.99

‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’ is Clone’s very crucial compendium of classic Drexciya cuts. It’s the first of it’s kind since ‘The Quest’ rounded up their early works back in 1997, and notably the first release to carry the Drexciya logo since James Stinson’s untimely passing in 2002 and the release of ‘Grava 4’. We’d probably be preaching to the converted if we said it’s one of the most distinctive and incredible collections of electronic music in the last 20 years, but in case you’re not aware: that’s exactly the case. Drexciya’s style of raw, intuitive programming and conceptual narration has created a virulent legacy which is still being explored today. Over four parts, ‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’ will provide a near-comprehensive, remastered collection of Drexciya’s standout moments, traversing the entire catalogue to present their best tracks in a new, refreshing context offering the committed fan a new perspective and the perfect introduction to newcomers. ESSENTIAL.



NO UFO’S
Soft Coast
ELECTRONIC
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

**White Vinyl** Following that fine side for the UK’s Public Information label, Konrad Jandavs No UFO’s decamps to Spectrum Spools for a new vinyl edition of his debut cassette, 2010’s Soft Coast. Though it has a clear and central debt to 1970s German electronic music, Jandavs pulls on various other influences – minimal synth, new age ambient, Detroit techno – to craft his hypnotic, pulsating synth-scapes. The weirdest tracks are the most rewarding: the beatless, almost Autechre-style techno of ‘Cajmere Dreams’ and the sly guitar drones of ’00_00_2010′, which makes us think of The Velvet Underground if they’d formed in ’91 under the influence of E. For dedicated fans of reconfigured kraut and kosmische tropes, Soft Coast is beyond essential, but is singular and strange enough to deserve attention from the rest of you too.



BURIAL HEX
In Psychic Defense
ELECTRONIC
SOUND OF COBRA
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300 single-side vinyl housed in silkscreened jacket* Clay Ruby closes the door on Burial Hex with this stunning final LP. Since 2007 he’s been nothing if not prolific, with over 40 releases bearing this moniker including splits with Zola Jesus and Sylvester Anfang. For his ultimate ritual, he’s joined by Troy Schafer – who’s credited with guitars, bass and arrangements – to appropriate the lyrics from an old hymn to the Archangel Michael and effectively “cast a protection spell in psychic self-defense”. The side unfolds as a sort of triptych with wonderfully unpredictable results. First he engages with a mournful post-punk/wave ballad, sounding uncannily like Jhonn Balance set against lugubrious bass and skittish hi-hat triplets not far shy of Araabmuzik’s MPC work (honestly!). We’ve already heard Water Borders attempt something similar this year, but the production here is more murky, swirling and utterly immersive. And much like Julia Holter’s magical ‘Tragedy’ it segues between contrasting sections with supernatural grace, soon enough plunging into a mid-section of sepulchral ambience Helge Sten would be proud of, only to be bludgeoned with pendulous kickdrums and larynx-throttled vocals in the final phase. It’s a truly shocking side, massively recommended to fans of Dominik Fernow’s Prurient or Vatican Shadow projects, Coil, Young Hunting, or genuinely dark and transporting music of any colour.



VARIOUS
Music From Saharan Cellphones
WORLD
SAHELSOUNDS
LP // £14.99

‘Music From Saharan Cellphones’ is surely one of our most anticipated, exotic deliveries of the year. Serving both a glimpse into the rich contemporary culture of the Trans-Sahara and a bunch of music you’ve likely never encountered before, it comprises nine tracks transferred via bluetooth from the mobile phones of residents in Kidal, Northern Mali at the beginning of 2010. Apparently, across Western Africa everyone loves playing music thru their phone’s loudspeaker – a practice which is usually, unfortunately frowned upon in the UK and elsewhere – with popular tracks simply spread via bluetooth from person to person, phone to phone, creating a profuse and uncontainable sonic landscape as diverse and transient as the sand ocean “port-towns” themselves. Kidal is one of these metaphorical docks, a major hub in the Saharan network, linking North Africa with Sub Saharan regions and further beyond, and it’s also the locus of the record’s compiler, Christopher Kirkley’s attentions. He collected these tracks at night, swapping mp3s from his own collection for everything from local Tuareg anthems to DIY, auto-tuned HipHop produced on cracked software. We reckon you’ll be genuinely surprised and delighted at discoveries like Group Anmataff’s melancholy, low-slung Algerian drum machine and guitar groove ‘Tinariwen’ or the intricate drum programming and microtonal keyboard flourishes of Negib Ould Ngainich’s ‘Guetna’, but best of all has to be the emphatic emotions of Mdou Moctar’s swaying autotune ballad ‘Tahoultine’ or Bayta Ag Bay’s forlorn guitar on ‘Aicha’. OK, granted, the bitrates (included on the insert) are poor, but the mastering makes them quite acceptable, and really if you’ve still got gripes with it then you’re seriously missing the point. And while the irony of these tracks being transferred from mp3 to vinyl shouldn’t be lost on you, it’s nevertheless a marvellous, beautiful record which has already had The Guardian and The Wire singing its praises, if that makes any difference. Wholeheartedly recommended!



VARIOUS / NATION
The Modern Electronic Element Serie 2
TECHNO / HOUSE
NATION
2LP + 7″ // £18.99

*White + grey vinyl* Diverse and deadly jack-pak featuring five tracks from IBM (Jamal Moss), Baris K, Traxx, Steve Summers and Quid Pro Quo. We’re not sure who Quid Pro Quo is, but he certainly knows how to get things kickin’ with his monstrous ‘Dance Planet’ – just wait for the tearout synth and try keeping your composure! His side is shared with a tunnelling Traxx remix of Tevo Howard, while the second plate cocks back a warehouse-crumbling jacker from the prolific Steve Summers – one of his best in 2011 – backed with an incredible piece of Turkish Wave/New Beat called ‘200’ produced by Istanbul ’70 compiler Baris K, besides a spaced-out rhythum trak from IBM (Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being!). Oh damn, did we mention the bonus 7″ with two splacky jackers from SSPS and Beau Wanzer? Yep. Nice one! Tipped for the wallbangers.

Singles of the Week



YOUNG HUNTING
The Night Of The Burning
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.49

*Limited first edition of 500 copies only packaged in a high-gloss, LP style sleeve* Steeped in gothic decadence, Young Hunting’s ‘The Night Of The Burning’ is a darkly compelling kiss of death to 2011 from one of its finest imprints. An “experimental musick project” based in Edinburgh, Scotland, its two members formed a relationship with Blackest Ever Black on the strength of a self-released debut album ‘Attachment In A Child And The Subsequent Condition’ from 2010, finding mutual aesthetic ties to the nether realms of early ’80s post-industrial atmospheres and the escapism of bedroom arcana. The most obvious, and favourable, comparison is with the music of Coil; whether through ambitious sound design and arrangements, or their theatric affections, the similarities are clear. But it’s certainly not a straight up facsimile – they hadn’t actually heard of Coil until recently. They would be more likely to reference the transgressive literature and philosophies of Bataille or the films of Jane Arden, both of whom directly influenced the haunting lyrics, delivered in a cinematic, earnest style and, refreshingly, without a sliver of cynicism. For those willing or able to sequester themselves from prosaic realities, there’s an achingly lush sound world within ‘The Night Of The Burning’ beckoning your attentions. Strongly recommended if you like Raime, Coil, Swans, Dead Can Dance…



BIOSPHERE
Mysterier
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Touch
7″ // £4.99

Biosphere makes a fine contribution to Touch’s 7″ series with two pieces originally recorded for Hågoland Teater, Trømso, in 2006 and remastered in 2011. Their date of conception places them roughy around the time of Geir’s ‘Dropsonde’ LP and it’s no push to say they could have happily appeared on that set. A-side ‘Fluvialmorfologi’ is a quietly glacial, droning piece sustaining thin, icy highs over seeping noise and cyclical loops which recede in and out earshot an into infinity (a locked groove). B-side ‘Feber’ strongly reminds of moments from ‘Dropsonde’ with slow, systolic string loops also recalling the magic of Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas output.



PEAKING LIGHTS
Remixes
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
WEIRD WORLD
12″ // £6.99

**Includes an embroidered, sew-on patch** You should really know by now that Peaking Lights ‘936’ is one of the best records of 2011. Don’t trust us? Check the end-of-year charts from Fact Mag, The Wire or just ask your cool mate. Following the albums’ reissue on Domino, we find four tasty remixes courtesy of Main Attrakionz, On-U Sound, Dam Funk and Patten. Veteran desk-driver Adrian Sherwood remains faithful to the dub instincts of the original with a massive, rolling B-line and relatively clean song structure, standing in stark contrast to the coarse, angular dubbing of Patten’s ‘Hey Sparrow’ mix, full of stray sirens, head-wrecking psych space and lurching lung-splutter rhythms. On a more collected flex, Dam-Funk is entrusted with the undeniable album highlight ‘All The Sun That Shines’, cooling the original’s heavy heat for a proper midnight FM boogie strafe with strange shades of early Dopplereffekt, while Main Attrakionz combine elements of ‘Marshmellow Yellow’ and ‘Amazing And Beautiful’ in a smoked-out cloud-rap headspace produced by Squadda B.



FUNCTION
Ember
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £6.49

First 12″ of brand new Function material on Sandwell District in 12 months! ‘Ember’ is by far his most diverse offering for the label, spanning functional (sorry!) club tools thru more experimental, atmospheric arrangements. The DJs will be chompin’ for the hypnotic, body-charging impact of ‘Descending’, but the best moments occur elsewhere on the womb-like pressure of ‘Picabia’ and the more sensual, AFX-ian groove of ‘Enter’. Ace.



PACIFIC BLUE
Industry Remixes (Rrose & Silent Servant Mixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Pacific Blue
12″ // £6.99

**Marbled Blue Vinyl** Strong remixes of Pacific Blue (aka Shifted) from Silent Servant and Rrose. LA’s Silent Servant gives a heavy rolling version laden with stereo-panning dub chords and locked into a hip-slinking groove with his signature sleight of hand. Flipside, his West Coast buddy Rrose gives a tightly syncopated revision.



VIRGO FOUR
Boing (Hieroglyphic Being Mix) / Lites Go Out (Capracara & Scott Fraser Mix)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Spaced-out and KILLER remixes of Virgo 4 from Hieroglyphic Being, Capracara & Scott Fraser, and. A-side, the soured synth tweaks and feverishly sexy rhythms of Capracara and Fraser’s ‘Lites Go Out’ should be reserved only for the most head-gone moments of the night – check the samples and we’re sure you’ll agree! B-side Hieroglyphic Being’s ‘Pongo’ remix of ‘Boing’ sees him slinging the tempo to a 33-not-45 jack, arriving at a salty arrangement of dissonant Industrial synth strokes and double-timed, almost steppin’ rhythms. Nuts, in the best way!



PINCH
Retribution
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Swamp 81
12″ // £7.99

One year since his defining ‘Croydon House’ session, Pinch returns to Swamp81 armed with two high grade dreadnaughts. Again he’s operating at a 126-128bpm flex, but this time the emphasis is set off the 4, hitting a dark spot between ‘Croydon…’ and his immense album collaboration with Shackleton. A-side is the magisterial ‘Retribution’, a staggering payload of quaking 808 bass hits and shakedown syncopation streaked with artillery strike sounds and heart-in-mouth synth chorales. B-side ‘Get Out Of Here’ is a more stripped-down exercise in iced sound design, rending a slower halfstep rhythm with dank, expansive reverbs and shivering percussion diffused like spent shells. We shouldn’t need to reiterate, this is a mighty, mighty plate.



SHIFTED
Telic
TECHNO / HOUSE
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £6.99

Superb three-tracker from the highly-rated Shifted project, released on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound imprint. A-side ‘Telic’ is a beast, sleekly stripped down and rolling on syncopated bass swing with crisp, Sleeparchive-like bleeps. B-side ‘Solus’ is defined by a throbbing, itchy friction intended to dominate any club, while ‘Image/Channel’ affords a crucial moment for bleak industrial sound design recalling the work of Zhark’s Kareem. Heavy.



MORPHOSIS
Too Far (Marcel Dettmann Remixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Delsin Records
12″ // £7.99

*Includes a killer set of remixes from Marcel dettmann!* Too Far’ is a shark-eyed, dark-house killer with a kind of krautrock momentum, seductive vocals from KAE and swirling Arabesque synths. Marcel Dettmann supplies two remixes, the first a masterclass in stripped, ‘floor-locking techno, dressed with a nice 808 crunch and put through acres of reverb. The second is a Maurizio style dub-techno thumper, all reinforced kicks and elegantly decaying chords. Both versions keep KAE’s vocal intact, or at least fragments of it, and understandably so: her suggestion that “we’ve really gone too far” are bound to strike a chord with the bug-eyed afterhours crowd. Sick 12”.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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CONFORCE
Escapism
Delsin Records
2LP // £14.99

Fine album of deep techno from Holland’s Conforce, new on Delsin. The Basic Channel influence is stronger than ever, but there’s plenty else going: check the grooving analogue bass of ‘Lonely Run’, the low-slung breakbeats and cabbalistic synth atmospherics of ‘Elude’, the driving warehouse chords of ‘Shadows Of The Invisible’, the crackly drum shuffle that underpins ‘Within’. It’s easy to see why Conforce has been adopted into the Delsin family…
CV313
Standing Still
Echospace
12″ // £9.99

*Transparent vinyl* CV313 plumb the depths of Dub House with their one and only vinyl release in 2011. The original version opens a wide soundsphere where viscous, toiling dub bass evaporates into curling, intoxicating FX fumes with a quiet, stoic elegance. The flipside reduction breathes more space between the beats, elongating and accentuating the gaps and crevices with a hushed midnight magic.
BVDUB
Then
AY
CD // £12.99

Brock Van Wey stirs up a typically lush suite of emotive Dub Techno-meets-Neo Classical electronica for Japan’s AY Records. Fans of his sound shouldn’t expect anything groundbreaking, but it is one of his finest releases in recent memory, taking his cloud-like structures to ever more supernatural and almost giddy climes. Comes housed in gatefold slipcase – very lush indeed.
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DUKE SLAMMER
Shibuya Shibuya / Go$$ip
BONUS7
7″ // £6.99

**Clear Vinyl** Raw, squelchy Funk bombs from Luke’s Anger as Duke Slammer, hitting the mark between Skweee and Boogie. Sleazy pads and wiggly lead synths coagulate with field recordings made in Tokyo on ‘Shibuya Shibuya’, while ‘Go$$ip’ jumps on a hot buttered Boogie cut-up nodding to Dam Funk or Space Dimension Controller.
MACHINEDRUM
Want To 1 2?
Normrex
CD // £12.99

**Now available on CD in a hologram digipak sleeve** Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum has returned to the scene in a big way in 2010 with his ‘Many Faces’ EP for Lucky Me and the brilliant Sepalcure 12″ for Hotflush. But, if you’re going to judge a record by its cover, this is surely one of the best releases ever, coming housed in a holographic gatefold sleeve which hasn’t ceased to…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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YOUNG HUNTING
The Night Of The Burning
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.49

*Limited first edition of 500 copies only packaged in a high-gloss, LP style sleeve* Steeped in gothic decadence, Young Hunting’s ‘The Night Of The Burning’ is a darkly compelling kiss of death to 2011 from one of its finest imprints. An “experimental musick project” based in Edinburgh, Scotland, its two members formed a relationship with Blackest Ever Black on the strength of a self-released debut album ‘Attachment In A Child And…
BIOSPHERE
Mysterier
Touch
7″ // £4.99

Biosphere makes a fine contribution to Touch’s 7″ series with two pieces originally recorded for Hågoland Teater, Trømso, in 2006 and remastered in 2011. Their date of conception places them roughy around the time of Geir’s ‘Dropsonde’ LP and it’s no push to say they could have happily appeared on that set. A-side ‘Fluvialmorfologi’ is a quietly glacial, droning piece sustaining thin, icy highs over seeping noise and cyclical loops…
TIM HECKER
Dropped Pianos
Kranky
LP // £11.99

A companion to his acclaimed Ravedeath 1972 set, Dropped Pianos collects sketches for that album recorded by Tim Hecker last year. While on paper it might sound like something for completists only, trust us when we tell you that this LP is a beguiling listen in its own right: shorn of the disruptive electronic processing which defined Ravedeath, what you get instead is a series of exquisitely reverbed and layered…
GRUMBLING FUR
Furrier
AURORA BOREALIS
LP // £13.99

**Now available on vinyl – includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Grumbling Fur is a pysch-folk supergroup of sorts comprising Daniel O’Sullivan (Æthenor, Guapo, Mothlite), Alexander Tucker, Antti Uusimaki (Mothlite, Panic DHH), Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharoah Overlord), and David Smith (Guapo, The Stargazers Assistant). ‘Furrier’ is the result of a one day improv session conducted in deep dark south London, and features the group converging within a whirlpool…
THOMAS KONER
Nunatak / Teimo / Permafrost (Special Vinyl Set)
Type
3LP // £38.99

*Strictly limited number of these vinyl sets now available – these LP pressings have been sold out since their release in 2010* Thomas Köner’s seminal first three albums were originally released between 1992 and 1993 and are considered electronic/drone classics. Through the careful and measured use of gongs (recorded in different rooms and underwater) as well as homemade wind instruments, Köner’s early work has become a cornerstone of the genre…
MIKE HARDING
Repaired / Replaced
Touch
7″ // £4.99

Mike Harding of Touch fame and UK ambassador for Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, makes a rare recorded appearance with these two field recordings. They were recorded in West Wittering and Balham using DPA 4060s onto a Nagra Ares P-II digital recorder. We’re not made privy to what’s actually being recorded on either side, but the topic of interest in ‘Repaired’ is a curious, whining tone which sounds like wind escaping a…
HAUST / OKKULTOKRATI
Black Hole Xmas
Fysisk Format
7″ // £3.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl** “The ultimate X-mas feelbad record from the cold north! Exlcusive tracks from both bands + a Stooges cover by Haust… This year it’s not the Grinch, but the misanthropic noisepunks Haust and Okkultokrati who steal Christmas and give it to the kids of the black hole. This is a celebration of the darkest part of the year and dizzy subliminal effect of mulled wine, carnations and poinsettas….
LIVSTID
Livstid
Fysisk Format
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition of 500 housed in foldout postercover* Cutthroat D-Beat/Crust metal in effect, straight outta Bergen, Norway. Livstid are not for the lily livered; they play full tilt Hardcore Metal with bellowed vocals, scalping riffs and curiously epic melodies. There’s not a lot of variation in what they do. But conversely they couldn’t be accused of compromising their sound, which, in cases like this, is what you’re after, no?
TIM HECKER
Harmony In Ultraviolet
Kranky
2LP // £17.99

For his sixth album Tim Hecker sticks to more organic, muted colours. It’s a sign of creative maturity and marks a welcome move away from the Fennesz-style layered glitchscapes that have dominated his back-catalogue. It’s hard to tell exactly how these drone tapestries are woven together, the granular laptop trickery of old is virtually undetectable and the source instruments detuned and dissolved to the point of blissful obscurity. Opening with…
YRSEL
Sacrifice
AURORA BOREALIS
LP // £13.99

**Vinyl-only edition of 350 housed in vellum style folder sleeve and heavy PVC outer jacket** Majestic second release from members of The Austrasian Goat and Ondo, known as YRSEL for this offering on the mighty Aurora Borealis.  Traversing the expanse of A-side ‘Exauguration’, they direct the tectonic drift of its predecessor ‘Requiem For The 3 Kharites’ towards a broader horizon blooming with widescreen promise, where sampled voices lure us deeper…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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CLIO
Eyes (Bottin Mix)
Clone Classic Cuts
12″ // £7.99

Crucial Italo 12″ reissued by the experts at Clone with a bonus Bottin edit! Clio’s ‘Eyes’ was produced by Roberto Ferrante (Pineapples) and originally released on the obscure Airport label in 1984. A ‘floor-owning vocal, rolling rototoms and chiming melody make for a near-perfect slice of Italo, also including the ruder edits of the ‘Paris’ mix, while Bottin goes to town with a slick soundhack job on the flip, amping…
PRINCE
Dance 4 Me
PURPLE MUSIC
12″ // £8.99

Blimey, it’s a new Prince single but it sounds like a Camille project, and it even has that signature Linn Drum sound – WTF? Shame about those remixes though…
VARIOUS / KINDRED SPIRITS
Deep Disco & Boogie Vol. 1: Compiled By Zaf
Kindred Spirits
2LP // £14.99

Revered digger Zaf Chowdry presents a pedigree selection of rare Disco and Boogie primed to ignite any ‘floor. As you might expect, with it being a Kindred Spirits release and all, cuts are picked for their high soul content and dancefloor potential, making for eight deliciously deep and obscure picks. First plate features the sweeping strings and deadly conga breaks of China Burton’s ‘You Don’t Care (About Our Love)’ (long…
DOCUMENTARY
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THE HEATWAVE / ROLLO JACKSON
The Heatwave Presents: Showtime! The History of UK Dancehall Live on Stage
The Heatwave
DVD // £14.99

Swiftly following his brilliant ‘Tape Crackers’ DVD, director Rollo Jackson linked with Dancehall institution The Heatwave to celebrate the UK’s deeply rooted soundsystem culture. Spanning all flexes since the rave era, in just over an hour ‘Showtime’ features in-depth interviews and performances from the likes of Wiley, General Levy, Stush and Skibadee, charting an oral history of UK music from a bassbin perspective. It documents an airhorn-fuelled party held on…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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PINCH
Retribution
Swamp 81
12″ // £7.99

One year since his defining ‘Croydon House’ session, Pinch returns to Swamp81 armed with two high grade dreadnaughts. Again he’s operating at a 126-128bpm flex, but this time the emphasis is set off the 4, hitting a dark spot between ‘Croydon…’ and his immense album collaboration with Shackleton. A-side is the magisterial ‘Retribution’, a staggering payload of quaking 808 bass hits and shakedown syncopation streaked with artillery strike sounds and…
ORSON + HOPS
Kraut / Dread Drumz
Version
12″ // £7.49

Weighty DMZ/Swamp81 style steppers from Berlin bassbin stalwarts, Orson + Hops. A-side ‘Kraut’ is a proper badderman play, taking off where Loefah left in 2006; augmenting the halfstep formula with an optimised 808 drum palette and crafty, considered arrangement. Flipside ‘Dread Drumz’ is no less wicked, commanding serious junglist torque from twystin’ breaks and colossal subs. A weapon!
VARIOUS / ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
RKS Allstars Vol. 2
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £6.49

Rounding up the best of RKS’ recent digital output on one platter with tracks and remixes by Terror Danjah, Tickles and J:Kenzo. A-side Terror Danjah absolutely decimates Roska’s ‘Without It’ running the riddim inside out with body-twysting syncopation. B-side J:Kenzo leans on a whooping, brick-hard House joint ‘Let It Move’, and Tickles drop the barking ruffige of ‘Da Growler’.
SAM KDC
Walk The Path EP
CHANNEL 82
12″ // £6.99

Lush, experimental and atmospheric rollers from Sam KDC, including a superb 140bpm collaboration with Eveson. On the uptempo tip you’ll find the beautiful, awning pads and dextrous drum programming of ‘Walk The Path’ with his pal Mr. Smith, plus a murderous stepper named ‘Betrayed’ primed for a proper soundsystem manipulation. On the 140 flex his ‘Chalice’ collaboration with Eveson is a big recommendation, shifting tonnes of Reese bass weight with…
CESSA
Nameless / Flow
Missing Link Records
12″ // £6.49

The clandestine duo known as Cessa unveil themselves as Oliver Caird and IF Music’s Jean-Claude on their 6th 12″. A-side ‘Nameless’ rolls out Soca-synched snares and plump, pushy subs with tweaky bleeps for the 2011 warehouse vibe while B-side ‘Flow’ steps up to 138bpm on a swinging acid boogie flex.
GOLI AND ASHBURNER / RSD / ALPHA STEPPA
Get Up EP
Steppas Records
12″ // £5.99

Another heavy duty steppers’ platter from Goli & Ashburner featuring RSD on remix detail. ‘Get Up’ plays it red-eyed and mystical in classic ’06 dubstep fashion, all dread sub wobbles and acres of dark, duppied space for heads to roll in, backed with a sweeter, stickier version and mellow dub. Remixing, Rob Smith aka RSD brings the old-skool junglist vibe with a lick of Amens and chopped bassline for a…
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY / VARIOUS
Nu Sound & Version
On U Sound
2LP // £12.99

**Now available on vinyl** On U Sound do the right thing, collecting Kode 9, Digital Mystikz, Congo Natty, Horsepower Productions and Bullion remixes of Lee Scratch Perry on one disc. Moody Boyz open the account with a sweet ‘n sticky Dubstep rework of ‘God Smiled’ while Dialect & Kosine and Congo Natty represent the junglists with dread Reese basslines and jump-up versions respectively. However, the highlights come from Mala Mystikz,…
SKREAM
Anticipate feat. Sam Frank
Tempa
12″ // £5.49

Monstrously garish Dubstep rave and D&B. A-side delivers sheer Trance peaks and Sam Frank’s talkbox-ed vocal reaching for the lazers while flipside Netsky bowls out a charging, 180bpm D&B sound.
SKREAM
Gritty / Phatty Drummer
Deep Medi
12″ // £6.49

Ravenous halfsteppers from Olly Jones for Mala’s Deep Medi stable. A-side features the bruising pressure of ‘Gritty’, with all emphasis weighing on gut-rumbling subs and crunching snares accented by gum-wobbling electro-static shocks and spare but dramatic synth fills. Flipside ‘Phatty Drummer’ is leaner, more stripped down and reminding of his earliest productions, only updated with a learned studio finish.
ELECTRONIC
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NO UFO’S
Soft Coast
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

**White Vinyl** Following that fine side for the UK’s Public Information label, Konrad Jandavs No UFO’s decamps to Spectrum Spools for a new vinyl edition of his debut cassette, 2010’s Soft Coast. Though it has a clear and central debt to 1970s German electronic music, Jandavs pulls on various other influences – minimal synth, new age ambient, Detroit techno – to craft his hypnotic, pulsating synth-scapes. The weirdest tracks are…
BURIAL HEX
In Psychic Defense
SOUND OF COBRA
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300 single-side vinyl housed in silkscreened jacket* Clay Ruby closes the door on Burial Hex with this stunning final LP. Since 2007 he’s been nothing if not prolific, with over 40 releases bearing this moniker including splits with Zola Jesus and Sylvester Anfang. For his ultimate ritual, he’s joined by Troy Schafer – who’s credited with guitars, bass and arrangements – to appropriate the lyrics from an old…
LEILA
(Disappointed Cloud) Anyway
Warp Records
12″ // £6.99

Leila heralds her new album on Warp with a smart EP, featuring vocals from The Knife collaborator Mt Sims on lead and title track ‘(Disappointed Cloud) Anyway’. It’s like like an Escher drawing: it works despite making no structural sense – testament to Leila’s well-honed writing and production skills. The instrumental version allows us to pay closer attention to the pacy footwork-style rhythm mechanics. ‘Not Havin’ That’ sounds like grime…
LUKE ABBOTT
Brazil
Border Community
12″ // £5.99

Signature Border Community sounds from young buck Luke Abbott, with remixes from Gold Panda and Etienne Jaumet. Life-affirming synth workout ‘Brazil’ appears in its album version – think Cluster by way of Wax Stag. The new ‘slow version’ brings the 4/4 pulse down to club-friendly tempo without beefing it up unnecessarily, and enhances its trancier aspects, making for a sumptuous club tool that could be equally well deployed in warm-up…
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS
Drums Of Steel EP
ASAFA
12″ // £8.99

Dense, rolling Afro-rhythms and Reichian repetitions from Stefan Schwander’s highly regarded Harmonious Thelonious project. Mesmerizing and hypnotic, his 12″s and album in this guise form a cohesive, focused body of work driven by primal dancefloor urges and the pure pleasure of rhythmelodic loops, forming a syncretic bridge between the harmonic chaos of Motor City Techno, reduced African rhythms and the purity of American/German minimalism. In ‘Transharmonic System’ we can trace…
SND
EP 5
SND
12″ // £9.99

Originally part of the legendary 4,5,6 triple EP, a box of copies of Parts 5 and 6 have been discovered and are now available for sale individually. Demand for the original triple pack far outstripped supply, with part 5 featuring four tracks delivering a masterclass in slick, ultrafunked and minimalist syncopation which still hasn’t been bettered by anyone but themselves. We were gonna say this is for adventurous DJs and…
SND
EP 6
SND
12″ // £9.99

Originally part of the legendary 4,5,6 triple EP, a box of copies of Parts 5 and 6 have been discovered and are now available for sale individually. Demand for the original triple pack far outstripped supply, with part 6 featuring four tracks delivering a masterclass in slick, ultrafunked and minimalist syncopation which still hasn’t been bettered by anyone but themselves. We were gonna say this is for adventurous DJs and…
ANARCHIST REPUBLIC OF BZZZ
Anarchist Republic of Bzzz
Important Records
CD // £13.99

General Administrator Seb El Zin, Finance Minister Arto Lindsay, Interzone Defense Minister Sensational, Justice Minister Mike Ladd and Research Minister Marc Ribot have overseen the Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz since the early 2000s. The group claims influence from kabbalist Abdul Vector Von Hassid and mixes acid-political rhetoric with a no-wave attitude and noise scoured guitars. This is the groups first sonic manifesto, with Seb El Zin of ethno disco punks…
NUEL
Trance Mutation
FURTHER RECORDS
LP // £14.99

*Beautiful silk-screened jacket. Limited edition* Nuel follows in the footsteps of his Aquaplano label co-owner, Donato Dozzy to release on Seattle’s Further Records. And much like his production partner’s downbeat ‘K’ LP, he heads away from functional 4/4 linearity into a more organic solution of acoustic instrumentation and electronics, still experimenting with hypnotic repetition albeit at a more mellow and cosmic tilt. Recorded in a single week with one day…
THE CARETAKER / LEYLAND KIRBY
An empty bliss beyond this world / Eager To Tear Apart The Stars
History Always Favours The Winners
2CD // £14.99

*Special bundle featuring both of James Leyland Kirby’s 2011 albums for a special price* James Kirby released two beautiful albums in 2011, “An Empty Bliss Beyond This World” as The Caretaker and “Eager To Tear Apart The Stars” as Leyland Kirby. The first attempts to capture an era which has long since disappeared utilising sounds taken from his mysterious collection of 78s, while the latter offers an exceptionally beautiful set…
VOID
No Sudden Movements
Minus
CD // £12.99

Void is a new alias of Gaiser for his most introverted, glacial output to date. ‘Void’ was created in the dark months of an oncoming Berlin winter and for all its chilly aesthetic, there’s actually something strangely warm and tactile about it. The attention to detail is – as expected for a M_nus album – fairly impeccable, as wide as you could imagine and infused with slithering, curious rhythms which…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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PAPER DOLLHOUSE
A Box Painted Black
Finders Keepers Records
LP // £13.99

“Paper Dollhouse is the work of Astrud Steehouder; dark minimal gothic folk which comprises haunting vocals, acoustic guitar, effects pedals, found sounds, slide projector and minimal electronic atmospherics. Her debut album ‘A Box Painted Black’ is set for release this winter on Bird Records, the femme-folk off shoot of the Finders Keepers family. Inspired by early 60s electronic pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Eliane Radique, bleak British television soundtracks, minimal dark…
WOODEN WAND
Briarwood
Fire Records
LP // £11.99

“When James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, was invited to record for a split 7” with his friend Duquette Johnston (formerly of Verbena) and his band the Gum Creek Killers for release on the Communicating Vessels label, his first impulse was to send a track from his legendary archives of unreleased material. But Duquette suggested Toth visit him in Birmingham and they record both sides of the record together, from…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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JACASZEK
Glimmer
Ghostly International
CD // £9.99

Sublime, crackle-infused chamber constructions from the wonderful Jacaszek. The Polish composer is engaged in an ever-deepening dialogue with the European classical tradition, and Glimmer is his most satisfying tranmission yet, elegantly combining baroque instrumentation with subtle but commanding electronic interventions. The music is too composed and compelling to be called ambient, though the mood throughout is reflective and sombre: across trembling harpsichords, clarinets, flamenco guitar and strings, our man draws…
UNTITLED
Untitled 02
UNTITLED
CD // £16.99

Second anonymous release from our good friend “Untitled” – limited edition run of 90 hand-assemebled copies for the world, comes housed in a modified oversized and stamped sleeve, with a CD album inside plus 4 limited edition prints – never to be re-pressed. Once again we’re under strict instructions to keep the anonimity thing firmly intact with this one, so we’re kinda not really sure what we can and can’t…
BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Winter Lady
Denovali Records
CD // £12.99

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 to Zola Jesus or Grouper, or to an extent, an arctic Sade. Nils Frahm is at hand for…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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DORIS
Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby
Mr Bongo
LP // £19.99

**Includes the incredible ‘You Never Come Closer’ – check the samples!** “Originally released on EMI Sweden, original copies of this album still change hands in excess of $500. This was Doris’ jazz album though it contains more than a hint of Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, and the like. Backed by her husband Lukas Lindholm on bass she was able to lay down some seriously funky bass lines on tracks like…
KOOLAID (GLOBAL TYRANNY)
Koolaid
AGITATED
LP + CDR + Cassette // £13.99

**Motorik, melodic glazed-eye acid-rock side housed in foldover poster sleeve with bonus mixtape and CDr copy. Edition of 500** “So, we get a tape of this int he post, yes, a tape, and thought it was pretty wild, then heard nothing… then we get a CDr, well two of them, some mix cassette, and a CD containing some OTT modern day Pop Art sleeve design that is retina rubbling!…. with…
PEEPHOLES
Caligula
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £10.49

Peepholes are the Brighton/London duo of Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle and they make the kind of jagged, electrically charged avant rock music you’d usually hope to hear on a Deerhoof album. That’s not to say ‘Caligula’ is a studied listen mind you, Peepholes aren’t afraid to inject their songs with a DFA-primed floor stomping rhythm, and the synth-heavy, percussive jammers present here will likely leave most with a smile…
SWAHILI BLONDE
Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink
NEUROTIC YELL RECORDS
LP // £14.99

*Blue vinyl includes download code redeemable from the label* LA’s Swahili Blonde supergroup embrace all manner of exotic and No Wave sounds on their highly endearing sophomore LP. ‘Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink’ is their lush followup to last years scratchier debut ‘Man Meat’ and notably features the likes of RHCP’s John Frusciante and Fool’s Gold’s Brad Caulkins on guest duties accenting the mellow but psychedelic melee of ideas and styles…
SWAHILI BLONDE
Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink
NEUROTIC YELL RECORDS
CD // £11.99

LA’s Swahili Blonde supergroup embrace all manner of exotic and No Wave sounds on their highly endearing sophomore LP. ‘Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink’ is their lush followup to last years scratchier debut ‘Man Meat’ and notably features the likes of RHCP’s John Frusciante and Fool’s Gold’s Brad Caulkins on guest duties accenting the mellow but psychedelic melee of ideas and styles helmed by Nicole Turley, formerly of dub punks WEAVE!…
THE LAST HURRAH!!
The Great Gig In Disguise
Rune Grammofon
10″ // £15.99

“Newcomers The Last Hurrah!! was a pleasant surprise with their acclaimed debut album “Spiritual Non-Believers” earlier this year. On the back of this UK music mag Mojo invited them to cover a track from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” for their September issue. Their take on the most iconic and uncoverable of Floyd tracks, “The Great Gig In The Sky”, had readers and journalists naming it the outstanding…
JAZZ / RELATED
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HANS KENNEL & BRUNO SPOERRI
Dusty Vibes
SONORAMA RECORDS
LP // £17.99

**A right charm: Swiss Jazzman (and later electronic explorer featured on Finder Keepers), Bruno Spoerri featured with his Allstars alongside the Hans Kennel Quintet on nine unreleased pieces of hard bop and progressive, modern jazz** These unreleased recordings were made in the years 1963 to 1967 and have been transferred from original taps found in the archives of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (Radio DRS). At that time Radio Zurich produced…
HANS KENNEL & BRUNO SPOERRI
Dusty Vibes
SONORAMA RECORDS
CD // £16.99

**A right charm: Swiss Jazzman (and later electronic explorer featured on Finder Keepers), Bruno Spoerri featured with his Allstars alongside the Hans Kennel Quintet on nine unreleased pieces of hard bop and progressive, modern jazz** These unreleased recordings were made in the years 1963 to 1967 and have been transferred from original taps found in the archives of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (Radio DRS). At that time Radio Zurich produced…
ELEPHANT9
Live At The BBC
Rune Grammofon
LP // £18.99

*Vinyl-only edition of 500 individually numbered copies. Supremely dextrous, sorta funky and definitely complex Norwegian Jazz.** “At the same time as their triumphant and memorable concert with Motorpsycho in London in November 2010 they popped into BBC for a session for their Somethin Else series. Widely considered to be one of Norway’s best live bands, this album also shows the high degree of musicianship in this trio, all tracks being…
SCORCH TRIO WITH MARS WILLIAMS
Made In Norway
Rune Grammofon
2LP // £25.99

**Individually numbered edition of 500 in gatefold jacket printed on white vinyl. Heavy Norwegian free jazz/rock played with vigour and skill** “Classic double live alum from this free spirited international trio, this time expanded with Chicago sax player Mars Williams. Recorded at Oslo’s Café Mono and at the Nattjazz festival in Bergen, both in May 2011, this fully shows how new drummer Frank Rosaly now is a perfect partner to…
THE THIRTEENTH ASSEMBLY
Station Direct
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“Station Direct is the second album from The Thirteenth Assembly, an ensemble featuring four distinguished musician/composers working together as equals to create distinctively eclectic, yet cohesive music. Drawing on years of collaboration, as well as its members’ diverse backgrounds in genres including classical, folk, rock, jazz and the avant-garde, this collective ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe since 2007, and released its debut recording (un)sentimental (also on…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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CONSEQUENCE
Test Dream
Exit Records
CD // £9.99

Deep, dramatic, abstracted D&B from Exit’s most esoteric operator, Consequence. ‘Test Dream’ is an advanced follow-up to the Burial-esque scapes of his 2009 debut, ‘Live For Never’, scanning Sci-fi inspired minimal D&B topographies with a filigree attention to detail. Ultimately, it’s not the kind of D&B that’ll have you firing shots in the ceiling; its strengths lie in the vivid evocation of dystopian futures and plugged-in, cyber-surreal dream states, conducted…
CONSEQUENCE
Test Dream LP
Exit Records
3 x 12″ // £16.99

*Seven track LP version cut at 45rpm, one track per side* Deep, dramatic, abstracted D&B from Exit’s most esoteric operator, Consequence. ‘Test Dream’ is an advanced follow-up to the Burial-esque scapes of his 2009 debut, ‘Live For Never’, scanning Sci-fi inspired minimal D&B topographies with a filigree attention to detail. Ultimately, it’s not the kind of D&B that’ll have you firing shots in the ceiling; its strengths lie in the…
THE BINARY COLLECTIVE
XXX001
XXX (UK)
12″ // £7.99

The Binary Collective appears to be a new, anonymous outlet for associates of the Autonomic posse, and whoever happens to be in dBridge’s studio, Rosies Box. Their first release sounds like a cross between Skam’s Meam and modern D&B minimalism, dark and techy as you like, with fine hallmarks of Instra:mental’s sheer electronic contours. One to watch, this…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 335: January 2012
Wire
Mag // £4.00

The annual rundown of the Wire’s favourite releases of 2011, plus tonnes of genre and guest charts.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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DJ PIPPI, TUCCILLO & KIKO NAVARRO
Back 2 Back
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Bass-heavy Tech-House wigglers from a clutch of Italian and Spanish producers for Third Ear. We’d recommend checking for Tuccillo and Wilie Graff’s rolling, Detroit-inspired dub of ‘Back 2 Back’ or KOKI’s ruder Back Dub, full of Ballroom-style stabs and raving synthlines compatible with your MikeQ and Altered Natives cuts.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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BOB STANLEY
Bob Stanley Supports Finders Keepers: Make Do & Mend 08
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £4.99

Esteemed music critic, DJ and member of Saint Etienne Bob Stanley presents his personal selection from the Finders Keepers vaults. His picks are as far flung as any in the series so far – which has counted curations by Jarvis Cocker and Demdike Stare – here starting off with the bloopy electronics of Sam Spence and cycling through Susan Christie’s magical ‘Rainy Day’ to the ‘Gol Bi Goldoon’ pearl from…
DAPHNE ORAM
ORAMICS / THE ORAM TAPES VOL.1 (8LP Bundle)
Young Americans
8LP Bundle // £59.99

Oramics and The Oram Tapes Volume One – Five hours of music from the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on eight sides of utterly indispensable vinyl. The music included on these two sets genuinely makes for one of the most important and groundbreaking bodies of electronic music since the second world war. This special set includes “Oramics” and “The Oram Tapes Volume One” – each housed in a deluxe…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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DREXCIYA
Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller I
Clone Classic Cuts
2LP // £15.99

‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’ is Clone’s very crucial compendium of classic Drexciya cuts. It’s the first of it’s kind since ‘The Quest’ rounded up their early works back in 1997, and notably the first release to carry the Drexciya logo since James Stinson’s untimely passing in 2002 and the release of ‘Grava 4’. We’d probably be preaching to the converted if we said it’s one of the most…
DREXCIYA
Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller I
Clone Classic Cuts
CD // £13.99

‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’ is Clone’s very crucial compendium of classic Drexciya cuts. It’s the first of it’s kind since ‘The Quest’ rounded up their early works back in 1997, and notably the first release to carry the Drexciya logo since James Stinson’s untimely passing in 2002 and the release of ‘Grava 4’. We’d probably be preaching to the converted if we said it’s one of the most…
PEAKING LIGHTS
Remixes
WEIRD WORLD
12″ // £6.99

**Includes an embroidered, sew-on patch** You should really know by now that Peaking Lights ‘936’ is one of the best records of 2011. Don’t trust us? Check the end-of-year charts from Fact Mag, The Wire or just ask your cool mate. Following the albums’ reissue on Domino, we find four tasty remixes courtesy of Main Attrakionz, On-U Sound, Dam Funk and Patten. Veteran desk-driver Adrian Sherwood remains faithful to the…
SONS & DAUGHTERS
Silver Spell (JD Twitch Optimo Mix)
Domino
12″ // £5.49

Following his acclaimed production on their ‘Mirror Mirror’ LP, Optimo’s JD Twitch picks up and runs with ‘Silver Spell’ on the amped-up remix and dub, backed with an Andy Blake version. Cutting to the chase, JD Twitch places the original vocal in a maelstrom of swirling, mentasm-like synthlines and meat-pounding EBM beats on the remix, leaving the dub unadorned for the jackers. Flipside, Andy Blake subtly ratchets the intensity on…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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VARIOUS / NATION
The Modern Electronic Element Serie 2
NATION
2LP + 7″ // £18.99

*White + grey vinyl* Diverse and deadly jack-pak featuring five tracks from IBM (Jamal Moss), Baris K, Traxx, Steve Summers and Quid Pro Quo. We’re not sure who Quid Pro Quo is, but he certainly knows how to get things kickin’ with his monstrous ‘Dance Planet’ – just wait for the tearout synth and try keeping your composure! His side is shared with a tunnelling Traxx remix of Tevo Howard,…
FUNCTION
Ember
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £6.49

First 12″ of brand new Function material on Sandwell District in 12 months! ‘Ember’ is by far his most diverse offering for the label, spanning functional (sorry!) club tools thru more experimental, atmospheric arrangements. The DJs will be chompin’ for the hypnotic, body-charging impact of ‘Descending’, but the best moments occur elsewhere on the womb-like pressure of ‘Picabia’ and the more sensual, AFX-ian groove of ‘Enter’. Ace.
PACIFIC BLUE
Industry Remixes (Rrose & Silent Servant Mixes)
Pacific Blue
12″ // £6.99

**Marbled Blue Vinyl** Strong remixes of Pacific Blue (aka Shifted) from Silent Servant and Rrose. LA’s Silent Servant gives a heavy rolling version laden with stereo-panning dub chords and locked into a hip-slinking groove with his signature sleight of hand. Flipside, his West Coast buddy Rrose gives a tightly syncopated revision.
VIRGO FOUR
Boing (Hieroglyphic Being Mix) / Lites Go Out (Capracara & Scott Fraser Mix)
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Spaced-out and KILLER remixes of Virgo 4 from Hieroglyphic Being, Capracara & Scott Fraser, and. A-side, the soured synth tweaks and feverishly sexy rhythms of Capracara and Fraser’s ‘Lites Go Out’ should be reserved only for the most head-gone moments of the night – check the samples and we’re sure you’ll agree! B-side Hieroglyphic Being’s ‘Pongo’ remix of ‘Boing’ sees him slinging the tempo to a 33-not-45 jack,…
SHIFTED
Telic
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £6.99

Superb three-tracker from the highly-rated Shifted project, released on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound imprint. A-side ‘Telic’ is a beast, sleekly stripped down and rolling on syncopated bass swing with crisp, Sleeparchive-like bleeps. B-side ‘Solus’ is defined by a throbbing, itchy friction intended to dominate any club, while ‘Image/Channel’ affords a crucial moment for bleak industrial sound design recalling the work of Zhark’s Kareem. Heavy.
MORPHOSIS
Too Far (Marcel Dettmann Remixes)
Delsin Records
12″ // £7.99

*Includes a killer set of remixes from Marcel dettmann!* Too Far’ is a shark-eyed, dark-house killer with a kind of krautrock momentum, seductive vocals from KAE and swirling Arabesque synths. Marcel Dettmann supplies two remixes, the first a masterclass in stripped, ‘floor-locking techno, dressed with a nice 808 crunch and put through acres of reverb. The second is a Maurizio style dub-techno thumper, all reinforced kicks and elegantly decaying chords….
SND / FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER
Blir02
Premium Leisure
12″ // £9.99

Recently unearthed in SND’s archive, this collaboration between SND and Frank Bretschneider originally came out in 2000 and has been more or less unavailable since. The 12″ comprises 4 tracks of severely reduced electronic sounds and rhythms with a condensed sense of funk which has lost little of it’s swing or glide since its original release. In fact, in the intervening ten years a whole genre has attempted to do…
THE MONITORS
Control / Protection
THE MONITORS
12″ // £6.99

**Translucent Orange Vinyl** First release from this undercover project by two “high-ranking” Los-Angeles based producers. Styles are set to swirling, melodic Techno-House with a sci-fi element nodding to recent Mills workouts. B-side has a more Electro-etched aesthetic. Think somewhere along the lines of Sandwell meets Playhouse, for an idea and for some clues.
MARCEL DETTMANN
Deluge / Duel
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £7.99

Modeselektor accelerate the output of their 50Weapons imprint yet further with two thick-set but dynamic dancefloor offerings from man like Marcel Dettmann. If a lot of 50 Weapons’ releases have found Modeselektor indulging their interest in mutant forms like UK Funky, dubstep and wonked-out hip-hop, then MD’s 12” affirms their foundational love of purified, pumping Berlin techno. That said, these are slightly wilder tracks than we’re used to from Dettmann:…
ABACUS PRESENTS IDRUM
iDrum This Djembe (This Is Not A Bongo)
NDATL Muzik
12″ // £9.99

Frisky House with nuff Djembe (definitely not bongo!) and honking sax action. The main cut is a 15 minute remix of percussion/conceptualist Davidson aka IDrum nudged like some Joe Claussell epic, while flipside includes a smoother, saxless dub and a warm, romantic Deep House tune. A strong look for fans of Carl Craig, Raoul K or Joe Claussell’s hornier moments.
RAUDIVE
Levels EP
HISTORY CLOCK
12″ // £6.99

Sleazy New Wave roleplay from Oliver Ho in his Raudive guise for History Clock. It’s probably not what you’re used to hearing from Ho but actually comprises some of his best material since his ‘Chamber Music’ for Stefan Goldmann’s Macro. A-side features the tweaky, minimal, mid-tempo strut of ‘Levels’ and the slow, smacked-out Kraut elan of ‘Octagon’, both made to serve red-lit basements and the like. Flipside he comes over…
O/V/R
Live In London
O/V/R LIVE
12″ // £6.99

*White label with printed insert* Deadly Techno platter featuring two live cuts/DJ tools from Regis and Ruskin’s O/V/R project. A-side is James Ruskin’s pummelling ‘Live Rhythm Separate’, using what sounds like elements of Kalon’s ‘Born Against’ 12″ reconfigured with harder kicks and icy, droning atmosphere. The flipside is more intriguing. Karl O’Connor (Regis) disengages from the beat and leaves the resonant rhythmic imprint rolling in a storage tank reverbs punctuated…
ARTTU FT. JERRY THE CAT
Nuclear Funk / Get Up Off It
Clone Royal Oak
12″ // £7.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Amazing collaboration between Arttu and Detroit’s Jerry the Cat. Two tracks recorded in spontanious live jams in Arttu’s studio – classic tracks rooted in the best Chicago tradition combined with Jerry’s unique voice/
OASIS (OMAR S / SHADOW RAY)
Oasis Collaborating (Remastered Edition)
FXHE
CD // £15.99

The first and massively in-demand Omar S CD album finally re-pressed, actually a joint effort between Omar S and Shadow Ray. Thirteen tracks of pure Detroit house music that heads towards an endlessly deep and slow Theo Parrish trajectory but adds that unique off-kilter Omar S slant. “It’s not about what equipment you use or where you’re from. It’s about what’s inside. That’s why Oasis records play inside out…understand?” Limited…
JON CONVEX
Pop That P / Your Mind (or Mine)
NAKED LUNCH
10″ // £6.99

*Marbled red vinyl* Superb 2011 Electro missions from Instra:mental’s Jon Convex for the consistently on-it Naked Lunch lot. His third release under this moniker is also our favourite. A-side features the sexy, shadowy ‘Your Mind Or Mine’, riding low-flying bass and lubricated swing rhythms deep into the night while B-side is the ruddier, Miami-meets-Detroit-via-London joint ‘Pop That P’ for the dirty rollers.
YøR
Rave EP
Purple Maze
12″ // £7.99

Solid wares from Delsin offshoot imprint Purple Maze, delivering a slowHouse variant not a million miles removed from prime Kassem Mosse or NWAQ. Pick of the bunch is “Rave”, a bass-heavy thumper that sounds like a more rugged variant of Theo Parrish’s classic “Heal Yourself And Move”.
MARLON ROUDETTE / COOLY G / DVA
Riding Home (Cooly G / DVA Mixes)
Warners
12″ // £4.99

*Edition of 500* Cooly G and DVA deliver killer remixes of Marlon Roudette. To be fair the original’s not that great – and his previous single was co-written with Guy Chambers: go figure – but the revisions are more than worth your attention. We catch Cooly G in pendulous acid mode, syncopating swirling synths and rolling hardcore drums with choice bits of the original vocal, while DVA drops a darkly…
JULIO BASHMORE
Riff Wrath
Futureboogie Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Soul-grippin’ Yacht House straight outta Bristol marina; Bashmore’s Futureboogie follow-up to ‘Father Father’. For the deep-loving heads, ‘Riff Wrath’ combines cashmere atmospherics with longing guitar licks and burning diva vocal on a thick bass rhythm, elegantly taking its time to take you there. Sticking with the portside vibes, ‘Well Wishers’ features more slick-fingered guitar work on a filtered disco pulse with martial groovin’ drums.
LINKWOOD
Secret Value EP
SHEVCHENKO
12″ // £8.99

*Hand-stamped clear vinyl* Sterling work from Linkwood for the Shevchenko imprint – home to a recent run of aces by Vakula. Classic vibes in abundance here, from the Shake-debted filtered House depths of ‘the title track and ‘Between Me & You’ on the A-side thru the luscious square bass and strings of ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ on the flip, both dubbed up with that spacious, timeless analog feel you’d expect from…
VCMG / REGIS
Spock (Regis / DVS1 Remixes)
Mute
12″ // £5.99

Some thirty years since collaborating on the first Depeche Mode album, electro-pop visionaries Vince Clarke and Martin Gore reunite under the aegis of VCMG. Backed with remixes from Regis, Edit Select and XOQ, ‘Spock’ is a pure Techno affair, taking inspiration from more industrial, Teutonic strains of 4/4. Their original mix will safely satisfy the big rooms, but if you’re after something with a more forward-thinking finesse and potential check…
PRESK & CINNAMAN
Sweat (Jon Convex / Doc Daneeka Mixes)
Audio Culture Label
12″ // £7.99

*White vinyl in debossed jacket* Razor-sharp Electro/House futurism outta Holland, backed with ace Jon Convex and Doc Daneeka remixes. ‘Sweat’ features the deadly pairing of Ramp’s rapidly up-and-coming Presk with fellow Dutchman, Cinnaman – who’s best known for his work on the Beat Dimensions series or as Yuro to Tom’s Trago – working synthalicious Electro rhythms with a sexier ’90s House vibe, all double-dipped 808 bass and scything synth contours…
MILTON BRADLEY
The Dark Of The Psychic Unknown
DO NOT RESIST THE BEAT
12″ // £7.49

Frighteningly heavy wares from one of Berlin’s most revered Techno heads. We were recently floored by this man’s live/DJ set and listening to this 12″ is giving us flashback hallucinations. His A-side is a lesson to all in the art of churning, aquatic swing alloyed with bruising, excoriating sound design – sounding strangely similar to Pinch’s mighty ‘Retribution’ on Swamp 81. Flipside you’ll find the jaw-dropping ‘Echoes From The Past’…
TIMELINE
The Greystone Ballroom
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

Underground Resistance in full effect paying dues to the gone-but-not-forgotten jazz ballrooms of Motown. Classic UR styles from start to finish, from grooving House to Hi-Tech Funk twysters designed to own the dancefloor.
DJ MARK FLASH
The King Of Light
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

New York’s Mark Flash returns to UR three years since his ace ‘Brasilia’ EP with three Hi-Tech Detroit Funk weapons. Frontside ‘King Of Light’ pulls no punches with ecstatic, colourful keys and shfty machine rhythms, while the flipside delivers the slashing strings of ‘Dark Symphony’ and amazing, heavily swung drums on ‘Eagle Warning’.
BIG STRICK
Timeless
7 Day Ent
12″ // £8.99

Omar-S’ cuz, Big Strick lays down three deeply rugged Detroit House tracks. ‘Timeless’ is all about swinging flow and chillin’ keys, while ‘Spontaneous Combustion’ jacks up the energy levels and ‘Code 1’ tips out with percussive dramas.
JUS ED
Vision Dance
Underground Quality
2LP // £17.99

**Trimmed, 8-track vinyl selection lifted from Ed’s Mule Musiq album, pressed on blue vinyl** Jus-Ed is surely the most prolific component in the current wave of US Deep House producers. For his 2nd album this year he teams up with Japan’s Mule Electronic for a standardly robust yet soulful journey into his sound. That sound has been shaped by a lifetime involved with dance music. He graduated from his studies…
AZYMUTH / MARK E
Meu Mengo (Mark E Mixes)
Far Out Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Mark E transforms ‘Meu Mengo’ into an opulent, ten minute House odyssey on his third remix for the Far Out series. The original recently appeared on Azymuth’s ‘Aurora’ album, but here it’s a far more subtle, hypnotic creature, rearranged with a stealth and guile befitting of Mark’s reputation as one of the world’s finest mid-tempo disco and deep house producer/DJs. A-side features the full length glide, a sumptuous, steady exercise…
CLUB ICE / THE IT
Manhassett (Larry Heard Mix) / Gallimaufry Gallery
Black Market
12″ // £8.49

Classic Larry Heard business reissued for 2011. A-side is Larry’s gliding, uptempo ‘Space Mix’ of Club Ice’s ‘Manhasset’, originally released in 1992. Flip is the slower, groovesome Club mix of his own ‘Gallimaufry Gallery’ written with Harry Dennis as The It in 1988.
D. QUIN
Everybody Knows feat. Tammie K
DOPE JAMS
12″ // £8.99

*Silk-screened sleeve* Exceptionally dark and moody House music from the Dope Jams gang courtesy of Brooklyn’s Dan Quinn and Tammie K. In one fell swoop, Dan & Tammie’s combination of ice-maiden R&B vocals and hulking, haughty electro-bass puts reams of formulaic, 2nd rate R&B + tepid House production to shame. We’re not going to mention names (because there’s too many of them) but one listen to this and half of…
LEE JONES
The Moose Mingles EP
AUS Music
12″ // £8.99

Classy House session with two new Lee Jones grooves plus remixes by UK youngers, George Fitzgerald and Midland. Jones rolls off the big-bottomed, twinkle-toed swinger ‘Moment’ complemented by a fairly straight-playing, dubbed-out Fitzgerald remix on the A-side, contrasting with the grubbier, grinding Electro-House inflection of ‘Duvel’ and Midland’s intricate remix.
RADIO NASTY
Radio 1 / Radio 2
The Nothing Special
12″ // £6.49

UK Rave veterans Billy Nasty and Keith Tenniswood collude on two Bass-heavy Techno jaunts for Craig Richards’ new label. A-side’s an acidic Tech-House tool with slightly trippy, moody melody, exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to hear at Richards’ Nothing Special events at Fabric. B-side is ruder, rolling straight ahead with a bassklaart sub and flanging hi-hats for that twisted 5am effect.
SUBHEAD / BONER M
That Track! / Zoidar
DON’T
12″ // £6.99

Pounding Wonky Techno beat-offs from Subhead and Boner M. A-side is Subhead’s fast and furious ‘That Track!’, B-side is Boner M’s Chicago-style box-banger ‘Zoidar’.
VARIOUS / SEMANTICA
5 Years Compilation (Part Two)
Semantica
12″ // £9.49

Spanish bastion of IDM/Electronica celebrates five years in the game with four tracks from Arkanoid, Ed Chamberlain, Trolley Route and Plant43. A-side features Arkanoids twysted acid electro gremlin ‘Rabid’ and Ed Chamberlain’s heavily Autechre-inspired ‘Does Ape’. Flipside is Trolley Route’s deft electro workout ‘You Don’t Like Me, You Just Wanna Try Me’, and a melodic IDM cut from London’s Plant43.
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Music From Saharan Cellphones
SAHELSOUNDS
LP // £14.99

‘Music From Saharan Cellphones’ is surely one of our most anticipated, exotic deliveries of the year. Serving both a glimpse into the rich contemporary culture of the Trans-Sahara and a bunch of music you’ve likely never encountered before, it comprises nine tracks transferred via bluetooth from the mobile phones of residents in Kidal, Northern Mali at the beginning of 2010. Apparently, across Western Africa everyone loves playing music thru their…
BLACK TRUTH RHYTHM BAND
Ifetayo
Soundway Records
LP + 7″ // £14.99

**Includes bonus 7inch plus digital download code redeemable from the label** What set Trinidiadian troupe Black Truth Rhythm Band apart from their funk-flecked contemporaries back in 1976 (when ‘Ifetayo’ was originally released) was simply that they were looking to a different continent for their influence. Rather than set their sights on America, the band looked to Africa (even taking African names) and this rare Afro-beat hybrid was born. That’s not…
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
Sublime Frequencies Supports Finders Keepers: Make Do & Mend 07
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £4.99

Heavyweight, world-trekking label Sublime Frequencies select buried treasures from the FK catalogue. It’s fair to say the majority of tracks are of Eastern origin, spanning Mehrpouya’s deeply funky ‘Soul Raga’, the frothy slickness of Mustafa Ozkent’s ‘Dolana Dolana’ through to Googoosh’s kitsch shuffler ‘Bemoun Ta Bemounam’ and further (out) songs like Rung Petchburi’s ‘Pai Joi’ and Rung Fah Puping’s ‘Pu Yai Lee Santana’ from the killer ‘Thai! Dai!’ compilation. But…
ORQUESTA TROPICANA / SONORA TROPICAL
Tequila
Soundway Records
7″ // £7.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** “Soundway continue their journey into Colombia with this limited edition 45 featuring two bolts of Colombian dancefloor thunder. Both songs were originally released on the legendary Discos Tropical label and are re-issued here for the first time out of South America. Side A features a version of the party standard ‘Tequila’ by Orquesta Tropicana. Blaring horns, hand claps and shouts for tequila…
ARTHUR VEROCAI
Arthur Verocai
Kindred Spirits
CD // £14.99

Reissue of Arthur Verocai’s super rare self-titled album (an original copy recently sold on ebay for over $450!), which will appeal to fans of the folksy soul and lo-fi electronic experimentations of American artists like Shuggie Otis or the funky orchestration of producer Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, EWF). Closest Brazilian comparisons would be to Tim Maia and Jorge Ben, and heads giving space to Os Mutantes, Truby Trio, Kyoto Jazz…
LULA CORTES
Rosa De Sangue
Mr Bongo
LP // £23.99

*Faithful reproduction of this stunning rarity pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl with fold out lyric sheet* Mr Bongo’s Rozenblit reissue scheme follows up that crucial (and quite bonkers) Tom Zé LP with Lula Cortes’ revelatory side of folked-up and tripped-out Brazilian psych-rock. ‘Rosa De Sangue’ was conceived in 1980 as the closing chapter to Lula’s ‘Abracadabra’ art collective in Recife – which had existed since the release of his 1973…
LULA E LAILSON
Satwa
Mr Bongo
LP // £19.99

*Faithful reproduction of a seminal Brazilian psych-folk LP from 1973* The Rozenblit archives yield another Holy Grail to Mr Bongo with Lula E Lailson’s only release as Satwa – regarded by many as Brazil’s first independent record. Their self-titled debut is an almost entirely instrumental affair, largely due to the fact their lyrics would never pass the strict censors at a time when newspapers would apparently print cake recipes on…