Sep 172011
 
Hello,

Ahead of their highly anticipated James Ferraro LP, Hippos In Tanks deliver an enchanting album from Austin, Texas’ Sleep ∞ Over. From creepy plainchant to digital rainforest ambience and serene vocal harmonies, it’s a gorgeous debut album that echoes the magic of Kate Bush, Nite Jewel and Laurel Halo, and however over-used those references are, it still means something special is in store. Available here exclusively a week upfront – make sure to check it out.

Vinyl On Demand weigh in with a bunch of awesome boxsets this week, but their Ghédalia Tazartès collection stands out by a mile. It collects 4LPs and an exclusive 10″ of his earliest and most important works, an uncategorisable fusion of musique concrète, Technoid loops and possessed, shamanic vocals arranged with a compositional sorcery which sounds almost unimaginable. There’s 600 copies and they’re strongly recommended to anyone searching for extraordinary, truly out-there music.

Ekoplekz is one of this years most interesting electronic producers and his ‘Intrusive Incidentz Vol.1’ is another highlight in a quickly expanding catalogue. For Punch Drunk he’s dropped the Radiophonic whimsy in favour of a bleaker outlook, recalling darker shades of Prurient, NON and Cabaret Voltaire, mixed into his deep, Dub-fried circuit navigations. Strictly limited copies on this, and highly recommended they are too.

For the synth-pop lovers, the sleek debut album by Terminal Twilight is a choice selection. Redolent of the icy glamour of Glass Candy and Nite Jewel mixed with the aesthetic of John Carpenter, the mysterious dark romance of David Lynch’s L.A. and moments of Chris & Cosey, their ‘House Of Love’ is worth it for the ten minute title track alone, one which will lend an ice cold ’80s elan to any dancefloor, party or bedroom in your vicinity.

It almost goes without saying, but a new Autechre album is always a momentous occasion, and especially when it’s made with the elusive Hafler Trio. The 3rd in their series finds them working to the furthest reaches of their craft, with pure, microtonal drone and noise masking breathtaking melodies for those patient enough and prepared to give their undivided and concentrated attention. There’s four hours worth of material split over two 5.1 surround sound DVDs, in an edition of 1000.

Sticking with the extremities, we also find the incredible GRIM boxset from Vinyl On Demand. From power-electronics to folksong, Noise to loungey Japanese synth solos, there’s no predicting where this one is going, but fans of far-out far-eastern electronics will be in their element with ‘Vital: Works 1983-89′.

We can also discern a strange Oriental sound in Grimes’ predecessor to the amazing ‘Halfaxa’, on No Pain In Pop’s reissue of her ‘Geidi Primes’ tape. It’s a little more lo-fi, but with all those eerie harmonics and that enchanting appeal we’ve come to adore, checking Coldwave dance, AFX-ian melodies and Chinese Pop like nobody else. It’s well recommended to fans of Salem, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter or Björk.

Also out this week, heavy-hitters from Mosca, Dro Carey, NNA Tapes, Female, Madlib, Hella, Sully, Kahn, Tropics, Bill Orcutt, Neon Indian, Theo Parrish, Plastikman, Omar Souleyman, Convextion, Laibach, Altered Natives, Nguzunguzu, Nest, Calibre, Trust, John Talabot, Kevin Mcphee, Steve Summers, Vakula and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Works 1977-79
ELECTRONIC
Vinyl On Demand
4LP + 10″ Deluxe Box // £79.99

**Limited edition of 600 copies for the world – comes complete with a certificate of ownership* The always-mind expanding Vinyl On Demand label collect a staggeringly unique body of early work by cult outsider musician, Ghédalia Tazartès, including 4 full albums plus a 10″ of unreleased work made in 1978. Born in Paris in 1947 to Turkish parents, artist and autodidact Tazartès has spent over 30 years experimenting with myriad musical practices and creating a catalogue of cult recordings deeply informed by his “extra-European” and “intra-European” heritage. He’s both in possession of, and possessed by, a shamanic vocal talent, with the ability to embody a multitude of characteristics. This, together with his unimpeded sense of compositional flux, swerving between musique concrete, technoid loops, piano pieces and pseudo-ethnic imagineering, makes for a thrilling experience unlike any other. This collection includes some of his most important works, among them his earliest release, 1979’s ‘Diasporas’ – listed by Steven Stapleton in his legendary NWW list – besides the exotic collages of ‘Tazartès’, the enchanting and otherworldly loops and scapes of ‘Transports’, and the two jaw-dropping extended pieces of ‘Une Éclipse Totale De Soleil’, plus a further 10″ of unheard, shorter cuts of hectic electronics, unhinged vocals and and bewildering composition. This passage begins to surmount his magic appeal “He wanders through music from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. utilising magnetic tape recorders, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian anhydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies.” At times it feels like you’re watching unhinged French cartoon without translation in a Parisian asylum while a Techno soundsystem beats outside, at others you’re sitting café side being serenaded in tongues, or just simply hypnotised by the consistent metamorphosis of sounds; an unending, breathlessly connected flow of ideas playfully eschewing any formal notions of what is wrong or proper, and purely informed by what feels right and most affecting. It’s a hugely, hugely recommended purchase, probably the most important avant-garde reissue this year – and some of the most uncategorisable, extraordinary music you’ll come across. Unmissable.



SLEEP ∞ OVER
Forever
ELECTRONIC
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £9.99

**UPFRONT EXCLUSIVE** Much anticipated debut album on Hippos In Tanks from Sleep ∞ Over that’s engrossing throughout, from the curious netsuke cover art on in. Don’t be deceived by the infinity symbol in the name: witch-house this ain’t, mercifully, though there’s no doubting that Austin-based Stefanie Francotti is attuned to the weird and the occult, and she’s certainly no stranger to reverb either. She’s right at home on Hippos In Tanks, navigating fourth-hand pop tropes and electronic experimentation with aplomb – imagine a sound somewhere between the druggy songwriting of Von Haze and the temporal maurauding techno of Laurel Halo – and the most interesting tracks are the almost-instrumentals where Francotti really lets loose, as on the creepy spiritual ‘Behind Closed Doors’, all distant plainchant and rainforest ambience, or the wonderful ‘Porcelain Hands’ and ‘Cryingame’, which both in their different ways approach the temporal marauding techno of her labelmate Laurel Halo. But a number of the more vocal-led tracks are very special too: look out for ‘The Heaven Turns By Themselves’, with its serene harmonies, waterfalling strings and stacatto drum machine attack, or ‘Casual Diamond’, which sounds like Kate Bush heard through a hypna haze, the almost Balearic Nite Jewelisms of ‘Stickets’ and the swirling gothic epic that brings the album to a close, ‘Don’t Poison Everything’. Impressive stuff – highly recommended.



EKOPLEKZ
Intrusive Incidentalz Vol 1
ELECTRONIC
Punch Drunk Records
LP // £12.99

**Strictly Limited Copies Only* Following releases on Mordant Music and Further, Ekoplekz returns to the label that first brought him to most folks’ attention, Peverelist’s Bristol dubstep stronghold, Punch Drunk. Ekoplekz’s work upholds and updates that relationship between corrosive post-punk electronics and Jamaican dub sensibility that you can trace back to Cabaret Voltaire; Intrusive Incidentalz is styled as a sonic companion to “broken Britain”, and certainly its bleak experiments in analogue synthesis seem to conjure a world beyond repair, if not precisely one plagued by recession and kids looting JD Sports. Whatever its themes, there’s no doubting that this is endlessly satisfying music for the heads – ‘Soviet Drum Brain Attack’ is an obvious highlight, its super-heavy subs marking it out as a thoroughly contemporary take on jabbering cold war paranoia, but we could just as easily highlight the hectoring, NON-style industrial menace of ‘Terror/Danger’ or the harsh noise of ‘Devil Mixture’ (imagine Prurient by way of Tubbys). Certainly this is the radgiest, rawest Ekoplekz tranmission to date, putting aside radiophonic whimsy in favour of unashamed battery and brutality. Full of aggro though it is, there’s so much space and detail to revel in that we’ll be coming back to it time and time again. Heavy.



TERMINAL TWILIGHT
House Of Love
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
INFINITE SOUNDTRACKS
LP // £13.99

Impressive debut album from LA’s Terminal Twilight, strutting a fine line between the medicated nonchalance of Glass Candy and the the icy electro of Chris & Cosey. These are sleek and sophisticated compositions, imbued with the sensual mystery and intrigue of a David Lynch movie and the emotive electro vision of a Carpenter soundtrack, all helmed by the codeine glaze vocals by Molly Frances. Prior single track ‘The Fire Of Love’ opens with the sort of thrusting Electro basslines and room-scanning synths you’d expect to hear in a secret LA club down some back alley in Chinatown, while the title of ‘Heartbeat’ is a knowing nod to C&C, but dripping with more lascivious intent, and ‘Air’, like the sleeve, is a sheer reference to New Order and Italo romantics. However, if there’s any one track which defines the set, it’s the ten minute ‘House Of love’ which opens the B-side, a freeway glide of numbed Electro synth pads, coldest Chicagoan House and purest 80s disco elan with the perfect pout and high cheekbones, almost tortured by its own good looks.



AUTECHRE / THE HAFLER TRIO
ah3eo & ha3oe (5.1 Audio Version)
ELECTRONIC
DIE STADT
2 X DVD // £29.99

*Double DVD (5.1 Audio Version), in a custom die-cut, printed envelope. Each disc features 2 hours of 5.1 surround sound, in both Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. 1000 copies for the world* Autechre meet The Hafler Trio for their third collaborative exploration of isolated, esoteric electronica. Like the preceding editions, this is an outlet for Autechre’s most reduced and meditative work, quite far removed from anything you normally hear on their albums, or singles and remixes for that matter. For those unaware, The Hafler Trio is now the sole domain of Andrew McKenzie, although it used to be a duo with Chris Watson, he of BBC and Touch fame, but was never actually a trio – the name pertains to an interest in the three essentials; the body, the mind, and the spirit. In conjunction on ‘œ303’, ah³eo & ha³eo create visceral, immersive, stimulating environments, bleak but microscopically detailed expanses of sound which challenge the listener to give their undivided, patient and concentrated attention in return for rewards and subtle revelations beyond those afforded by much other music or sound craft. In many respects they’ve achieved a pinnacle of sonic discipline whose transcendant magic cannot be concisely described or explained, it simply must be experienced. Highly recommended.



GRIM
Vital: Works 1983-89
EXTREME / NOISE
Vinyl On Demand
3LP Deluxe Box // £29.99

**Limited, individually numbered edition of 600. 3LP box-set of incredible extreme noise and power electronics mixed with unpredictable moments of folksong and weird, loungey solo synth workouts. Oscillates wildly between furious and gentle like only the Japanese can** “GRIM is an absolutely amazing, almost skizophrenic and obscure power-electronics and noise-one-man project of Jun Konagaya. Jun’s sound change its mood and atmosphere in seconds. From extreme harsh and hard power electronic noise-walls to ingenious folk-songs and tunes as you know it from Charles Manson. In the very early 80s Jun formed White Hospital together with Tomosada Kuwabara. They released one album called “Holocaust” in 1984 and split. At that time Jun had already released the “Vital” Tape with his project GRIM. Kuwuhara moved on to form Vasilisk while Jun continued as GRIM releasing one Lp, 12″ and 7″ as well as contributing to several compilations during the 80’s.”



GRIMES
Geidi Primes
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
NO PAIN IN POP
LP // £11.99

No Pain In Pop present a reissue of Grimes’ wonderfully wyrd and sought-after 2010 tape ‘Geidi Primes’. Essentially it’s the predecessor to her often breathtaking ‘Halfaxa’ LP and that split with fellow Canadian maverick D’eon for Hippos In Tanks. Now, in case you’re fresh to Grimes and have managed to avoid any music sites of worth for the last 12 months, we’d have to place her sound somewhere close to the enchanted electronic pop realms occupied by Björk or Kate Bush; a beautiful, dissolute synthesis of melancholy dream vocals with instinctive and immediately affective arrangements laden with hooks you simply won’t forget. But if you’ve been charting her progress, and seek the thrills found on ‘Halfaxa’ will find them here in the coldwave swoon of ‘Avi’, quietly intoning “I Will Take Your Breath Away” over spiky goth-disco rhythms, and also with the frictionally layered synth textures of ‘Grisgris’ or the AFX-ian melody of ‘Zoal, Face Dancer’. But most interesting is the prevalence of almost Far-Eastern tunings found in the pseudo Chinese pop of ‘Sardaukar Levenbrech’ and the processed Koto-like timbres on ‘Venus In Fleurs’, creating exotic yet eerie fusions which delight these ears at the very least. RIYL Salem, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Kate Bush, Björk.



VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
WORLD
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

**Housed in heavyweight, gatefold, tip-on style jacket** Another bountiful reissue from the ‘Secret Museum Of Mankind’ series, pressed on vinyl for the first time! Well, we say first time, as the original compilation was released on CD in 1996, but all the tracks are taken from ancient 78s, so technically they have been out on shellac before. What you’ll find here is a stunning musical cross-section of the Central Asian diaspora, stretching from Azerbaijan in the west to Mongolia in the East, which made up a good chunk of the Soviet Union at the time of recording. Those recordings were made at Noginskii, Aprelyevka between 1929-1950 and pressed up by Russian entrepreneurs to feed a flourishing market for recordings of minority “ethnic music”, documenting a broad range of distinctive folk sounds. Now, as soon as we saw the title hopes were high for some Mongolian throat singing, and we were duly bowled over by Chimiddorzh Ghanshuryin’s ‘Sharyin, Sharyin Sharu’, which is acknowledged as a “masterpiece” in the lucubrate liner notes, and just jaw-dropping by us. The rest of the compilation documents a wealth of nomadic folk styles, often linked by the use of similar instrumentation – reed pipes, compact drums, small-bodied long-necked lutes etc – but the regional differences are distinct and enchanting, including highlights such as the dramatic female chorale of ‘Khar-Shabi’ from Tajikistan, or the polyphonic pipes and flood of percussion on ‘Ker-Oglu Nagarasy’ from Azerbaijan, or the distant mystery of Mme. B. Shambueva’s impassioned ‘Zkenerin Du’, again from Mongolia. For any armchair sonic expeditionaries or time-travelling listeners, this collection is a certified must – coming with the seal of approval from Sublime Frequencies’ Hisham Mayet, who’s responsible for the vinyl pressing. Highly Recommended.

Singles of the Week



MOSCA
Done Me Wrong / Bax
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

Impeccably effective Mosca moves on Numbers, his debut for the label, and – it’s hard to believe – only his 2nd solo single to date! It’s now nearly two years since the London-based producer kick-started the Night Slugs label with his ‘Square One’ ace, and in the meantime he’s continued to establish a reputation as one of the capital’s finest selectors, running everything from Bashment to Techno in his beloved DJ sets while notching up celebrated remixes of Four Tet and T. Williams, among others. For this outing he’s in lean and mean 4/4 mode, finding his crux betwixt Bassline Garage and loved-up ’90s House vibes for ‘Done Me Wrong’, and again with the deft skip ‘n parry of ‘Bax’ and its rudeboy East London warehouse flavours. A big look for the DJs and the dancers. Tip!



DRO CAREY
Candy Red / Hungry Horse
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hum & Buzz Records
12″ // £5.99

Deeply tripped and deadly Avant-Dance music from compelling anomaly, Dro Carey. Since dropping one of last years most un-categorisable and weirdly thrilling 12″s, the ‘Venus Knock’ EP for Trilogy Tapes, he’s been relatively quiet, and it’s kinda understandable because most labels are just way too conservative to deal with this amount of madness. So, huge kudos to Ikonika’s Hum & Buzz label, for whose forward aesthetic really suits the rhizomatic futurism of this record. His A-side ‘Candy Red’ is a proper outsider take on Footwork, 808 Bass music, ’90s R&B and fractal electronics, hyper-streamed through a Youtube’d and Tumblr’d mind to sound like a total trip. Flipside ‘Hungry Horse’ is also produced from a uniquely forward perspective, visually evocative of ultra-modernist, sharply contoured architecture, and built from brittle fragments of pointillist Juke percussion, glass-curtain synth pads and rapid-fire R&B vocal patterns, all arranged in blocks like some impossibly unstable lego superstructure. We’ve waffled too long, just cop it and freak the heck out! Strongly recommended for the futurists!



COPPERTONE
Kill and Release
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
NNA TAPES
7″ // £7.99

Another new find from NNA Tapes, four tracks of wickedly psyched darkwave from Coppertone. They’ve only had one release to date, on Night People as it happens, but this is the first time many will have heard them. The vocals have that same drugged appeal as Salem, especially on the murky, screwed slump of ‘Clandestiny’ and ‘Vows’, whereas ‘ROTT’ is much more hard-edged and EBM styled, and then they go and do a nursery rhythm folk song on ‘All Is One’ just for balance. Check it.



INNERCITY
Untitled
ELECTRONIC
NNA TAPES
7″ // £7.99

Vermont’s brilliant NNA Tapes are fast becoming one of the best labels out there, following mind-melting releases such by Diamond Catalog and Laurel Halo already this year with this fractal gem from Antwerp’s Innercity. The tension building panoramic drama of ‘Dada Les Apocalypses’ feels like the soundtrack to a 100 mile ceremonial queue lugubriously shuffling towards the titular landmark on the horizon, and when we reach the pinnacle of ‘The Pyramids Of Northeast Belgium’ we’re washed with glittering synth magic before given access to a ritual Techno club at the structure’s core and promptly evaporated by a sustained synth strobe flash. Don’t miss this.



FEMALE
Seda Muerta (Female Mix)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

*Strictly limited one-sided pressing* Semantica play an ace with this rare remix outing from the Downwards co-owner and Birmingham Techno legend. Starting with what sounds like a threatening answer phone message (“Come and meet me and i’ll punch you in the eye:”), the track takes shape as a mechanically latinized Techno beast textured with dynamic electro-acoustic diffusions and rolling on steam-powered bass, stealthily reaching a climactic conclusion. In other words it’s f**king ace.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MADLIB
Medicine Show No.12: Raw Medicine – Madlib Remixes
MMS
CD // £13.99

Tying up the 12-part Medicine Series, Madlib presents a heavy dose of remixes cut like a kinda beat tape-cum-mix session. Over the last year or so he’s delivered some mad discs, capably displaying his full spectrum love of everything from Prog to Dub, Disco, Soul and of course Hip Hop with inimitable flair. This one is essentially pure Hip Hop, where “…thugs, street poets, emcee superstars, underdogs and sideshow half-wits…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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LAIBACH
Gesamtkunstwerk – Dokument 81-86
Vinyl On Demand
5LP Deluxe Box (with DVD / Badge / Poster) // £99.99

** Ultra-deluxe 5LP leather-bound boxset with DVD, extensive, high-quality printed 36 page booklet with archive photos of the legendary Industrial Rock group’s hometown Trbovlje, Metal-Badge, Poster & Postcards. 600 copies for the world – comes with certificate of ownership. A genuinely epic set** “The Box focusses on Laibach’s early years as a provocative performance-music-and-multimedia-group and includes early studio and unreleased recordings in combination with many legendary live-documents from the 1981-1986…
HELLA
Tripper
SARGENT HOUSE
LP // £16.99

*Gatefold jacket* Pitchfork favourites Zach Hill and Spencer Seim aka Hella kick out the math punk jams on a sixth album together – their first in four years. Showing no signs of arthritis, yet, the duo are as aggressively agile and calculated as ever, reverting back to the two-man set-up they started with for a stripped down but wildly complex sound. But for all their incredibly dextrous and kaleidoscopic arrangements,…
HELLA
Tripper
SARGENT HOUSE
CD // £11.99

Pitchfork favourites Zach Hill and Spencer Seim aka Hella kick out the math punk jams on a sixth album together – their first in four years. Showing no signs of arthritis, yet, the duo are as aggressively agile and calculated as ever, reverting back to the two-man set-up they started with for a stripped down but wildly complex sound. But for all their incredibly dextrous and kaleidoscopic arrangements, there’s a…
DEAD ELEPHANT
Thanatology
Riot Season
LP + CDR // £14.99

**Vinyl edition limited to 500 copies – includes free CD copy of the album** Diverse 2nd release from Italian prog-metal band. ‘Thanatology’ spans the meditative doom metal passage of ‘Bardo Thodol’, through sepulchral black metal (replete with throaty hollers) with ‘On The Stem’, to the expansive Badalementi-meets-Bohren-And-Der-Club-Of-Gore-at-a-Neurosis-therapy-session atmosphere of ‘A Teardrop On Your Grave / Downfall OF Xibalba’.

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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GONNO
Acdise #2
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
12″ // £7.99

Refined and proggy acid and post-rock-y productions by Sunao Gonno, backed by Skudge and Gatto Fritto remixes. A-side is Gonno’s ornate original ‘Acdise #2’, a sweetly bubbling acid House number with an elated outcome, and the beatless, almost post-rok arrangement of ‘Turn To Light’. Skudge’s remix of ‘Acdise #2’ reduces the elements to a sleek throb offset with crisp woodblock-y claps, and Gatto Fritto amp the intent with denser layers…
FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA
The Last Carnival (Isoul8 Mix)
Far Out Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Fifth in the sought-after vinyl-only series of plushly symphonic, Azymuth-esque disco, this one backed with a smoothly funked-up House rework by Verona’s Enrico Crivellaro aka Isoul8. The original’s a finely layered lather of samba drums and rich string orchestrations with blissful vocals by Marcina Arnold. The remix transforms the groove heftier bass for the club and subtly upbuilding psyche guitar lines delivered with a knowing sophistication.
FRANCES BURR & K J TRIO
I Say No, No More
Jazzman
7″ // £6.99

Jazzman’s Jukebox Jam Series turns out two sides of raw and gritty Chicago blues from the obscure Frances Burr and the KJ Trio. ‘I Say No, No More’ instantly grabs your attention with hard drums and piano hook paving the way for a dominant, blazing vocal. Flipside ‘I Won’t Hurt You’ is slower with honking sax and begging lyrics from the unknown Miss Burr. Ace.
JAMES PANTS
Selected Sounds Remixes Pt. 1
FACES RECORDS / LES DISQUES SUPERFRIENDS
12″ // £7.99

Dope disco and boogie makeovers of vintage library tracks by Stones Throw dude and eccentric studio engineer James Pants, and modern disco man, Tom Noble. The project was conceived by Franky Hutchinson and Pablo Valentino (suitably discoid names!) as an opportunity to refresh some deep diggings from the vaults and the results are very coo. With bare bones drum tracks by Klaus Weiss, James Pants fleshes out a loosely percussive…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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QUASI DUB DEVELOPMENT
Limousine To The Guillotine
Rump Recordings
LP // £12.99

Former Morr Music regular, F.S. Blumm unveils his new sound with the Quasi Dub Development. Fluidly processed, mellow and dare we say, stoned Dub Electronics is the vibe, all infused with Frank Schültge’s naturally lovely sense of melody and detailed electronics. *Includes free download coupon for 8 bonus tracks including remixes from Tied & Tickled Trio, and Kim Hiorthøy, Thomas Knak and Jason Forrest.
BLACK ROOTS
The Reggae Singles Anthology
BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
2LP // £14.49

*Now available on double vinyl* “Thirty years after they released their first four track EP Black Roots’ singles output is finally showcased on “Black Roots – The Reggae Singles Anthology”, this 16 track album spans the band’s creative peak of the 1980s. Black Roots were Bristol’s leading exponents of reggae, constantly touring throughout the UK and Europe. They also managed to release a steady stream of LPs and singles mostly…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MOSCA
Done Me Wrong / Bax
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

Impeccably effective Mosca moves on Numbers, his debut for the label, and – it’s hard to believe – only his 2nd solo single to date! It’s now nearly two years since the London-based producer kick-started the Night Slugs label with his ‘Square One’ ace, and in the meantime he’s continued to establish a reputation as one of the capital’s finest selectors, running everything from Bashment to Techno in his beloved…
DRO CAREY
Candy Red / Hungry Horse
Hum & Buzz Records
12″ // £5.99

Deeply tripped and deadly Avant-Dance music from compelling anomaly, Dro Carey. Since dropping one of last years most un-categorisable and weirdly thrilling 12″s, the ‘Venus Knock’ EP for Trilogy Tapes, he’s been relatively quiet, and it’s kinda understandable because most labels are just way too conservative to deal with this amount of madness. So, huge kudos to Ikonika’s Hum & Buzz label, for whose forward aesthetic really suits the rhizomatic…
DON FROTH
Balboa / Von
WNCL Recordings
10″ // £8.49

Pure, ‘floor-scorching JukeXGarage rinse-out from a rogue San Fran operator. To date Don’s done Techy House fusions for Phonica’s white label series and self-released a small clutch of Bass grooves besides engineering duties for DJ Harvey, but for our $, this is his best yet. A-side is a pumping number called ‘Balboa’ fusing springy bass hits with surging rave signals and canny sense of syncopation somewhere between Dance Mania’s maddest…
SULLY
Carrier
Keysound
CD // £10.99

One of the more elusive producers out there, Sully isn’t the most prolific, but everything he does release is of the highest quality: his ‘Phonebox’, to take just the most shining example, never leaves the box. Though he arrived on the crest of dubstep’s second wave, it’s not easy to pin down his sound: gritty, burnished UK garage is the key influence, but on this album there are significant nods…
SULLY
Carrier
Keysound
LP // £9.99

One of the more elusive producers out there, Sully isn’t the most prolific, but everything he does release is of the highest quality: his ‘Phonebox’, to take just the most shining example, never leaves the box. Though he arrived on the crest of dubstep’s second wave, it’s not easy to pin down his sound: gritty, burnished UK garage is the key influence, but on this album there are significant nods…
VIBEZIN
From The Crates EP
Keysound
12″ // £4.99

Soca-flavoured swing-Tech specials from Vibezin, making a rude debut on Keysound. ‘Hot 4 U’ gets involved with rugged Reggaeton-like drums worked into swinging Garage patterns, pure London 2011 vibes. Again, ‘Mad Sick’ comes off like some vintage Sticky groove faxed forward from 1999 into the cyber-tropic decade, while ‘Vicious’ dips with a different Dubstep lean, all billowing subbass and broken beat-style chord progressions.
AUNTIE FLO / DJ SDUNKERO
Oh My Days / Choosing Love
Huntleys & Palmers
10″ // £7.99

*Limited, one-off pressing* Fresh Tropical party shakedown from Auntie Flo – fresh from his ‘Goan Highlife’ – and South African House player, DJ Sdunkero. After Villalobos was caught playing Auntie Flo’s previous hit, the likes of Jackmaster, Joy Orbison and Ramadanman have been rinsing out ‘Oh My Days’, a stripped and very cheeky carnival wiggler with nuff dancefloor potential. The flipside’s a more reserved Kwaito burner with sweetly lushed-out synthline…
ALTERED NATIVES
Tenement Yard Volume 1: Sampler 3
Eye4Eye
12″ // £6.99

Altered Natives in control with three Funked-up and Teched-out riddims from his ‘Tenement Yard’ Volume. A-side squares up to the ‘floor with ‘Boneyard’, a proper rugged House shake-down with moody-assed stabs and classic vocal snippets for the stylish tribalists. Flipside ‘I’m Sexy’ goes one duttier with ’90s House riffs deftly worked into percolating Broken Beat rhythms and ‘4Four’ gets on a warpin’ one-foot jack ‘n skank flex for those who…
NGUZUNGUZU
Timesup EP
Fade to Mind
12″ // £7.99

Big release from Kingdom’s new American wing of Night Slugs, the Fade To Mind imprint. Nguzunguzu make the first incision with three lean and agile, synth-drippin’ bangers, backed by nexx-level Kingdom and Total Freedom remixes. Hailing from LA, Nguzunguzu have built a very solid reputation over the last 12 months or so with remixes for Lazer Sword and Rainbow Arabia, plus nuff spins from players like Bok Bok and Kingdom….
KAHN
Way Mi Defend  / Azalea
Box Clever
12″ // £5.99

One of Bristol’s most promising producers drops the best release on Box Clever to date. A-side, the outstanding ‘Way Mi Defend’ lodges itself somewhere between Mala’s ‘Learn’ and Kode 9’s ‘Backward’, keeping rock-steady timing with icy cymbal taps while the wide-assed subs and congas sync to spine twysting effect. Flipside ‘Azalea’ starts out with noirish French film dialogue and beautifully sparing strings in the echo chamber, before the rhythm settles…
16 BIT
Dinosaurs / Boston Cream
MTA Records
12″ // £6.49

IMAX-sized Dubstep beasties from the 16 Bit duo, only their second outing in 2011. ‘Dinosaurs’ is the one, sounding like ‘Lion’-era Vex’d gone Jurassic Park, all 10,000V synth jolts and dazzling widescreen FX organised into a hardcore steppers sequence. Flipside ‘Boston Cream’ rolls with a Southern HipHop bounce, colliding with aggy Dubstep synths licks for dancefloor murderation. Out-and-out heavyweights.
CRUSHINGTON
Hangman / Voodoo Skank
Boka Records
12″ // £6.49

Fierce Dubstep rave from a new guy to the Boka camp, Crushington. ‘Voodoo Skank’ plays it tribal style with romping drums and snarling mid-range licks, while ‘Hangman’ lurches between halfstep and 4/4 roll-outs tied up with aggy bursts of explosive synth.

 

ELECTRONIC
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GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Works 1977-79
Vinyl On Demand
4LP + 10″ Deluxe Box // £79.99

**Limited edition of 600 copies for the world – comes complete with a certificate of ownership* The always-mind expanding Vinyl On Demand label collect a staggeringly unique body of early work by cult outsider musician, Ghédalia Tazartès, including 4 full albums plus a 10″ of unreleased work made in 1978. Born in Paris in 1947 to Turkish parents, artist and autodidact Tazartès has spent over 30 years experimenting with myriad…
SLEEP ∞ OVER
Forever
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £9.99

**UPFRONT EXCLUSIVE** Much anticipated debut album on Hippos In Tanks from Sleep ∞ Over that’s engrossing throughout, from the curious netsuke cover art on in. Don’t be deceived by the infinity symbol in the name: witch-house this ain’t, mercifully, though there’s no doubting that Austin-based Stefanie Francotti is attuned to the weird and the occult, and she’s certainly no stranger to reverb either. She’s right at home on Hippos In…
EKOPLEKZ
Intrusive Incidentalz Vol 1
Punch Drunk Records
LP // £12.99

**Strictly Limited Copies Only* Following releases on Mordant Music and Further, Ekoplekz returns to the label that first brought him to most folks’ attention, Peverelist’s Bristol dubstep stronghold, Punch Drunk. Ekoplekz’s work upholds and updates that relationship between corrosive post-punk electronics and Jamaican dub sensibility that you can trace back to Cabaret Voltaire; Intrusive Incidentalz is styled as a sonic companion to “broken Britain”, and certainly its bleak experiments in…
AUTECHRE / THE HAFLER TRIO
ah3eo & ha3oe (5.1 Audio Version)
DIE STADT
2 X DVD // £29.99

*Double DVD (5.1 Audio Version), in a custom die-cut, printed envelope. Each disc features 2 hours of 5.1 surround sound, in both Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. 1000 copies for the world* Autechre meet The Hafler Trio for their third collaborative exploration of isolated, esoteric electronica. Like the preceding editions, this is an outlet for Autechre’s most reduced and meditative work, quite far removed from anything you normally hear on…
INNERCITY
Untitled
NNA TAPES
7″ // £7.99

Vermont’s brilliant NNA Tapes are fast becoming one of the best labels out there, following mind-melting releases such by Diamond Catalog and Laurel Halo already this year with this fractal gem from Antwerp’s Innercity. The tension building panoramic drama of ‘Dada Les Apocalypses’ feels like the soundtrack to a 100 mile ceremonial queue lugubriously shuffling towards the titular landmark on the horizon, and when we reach the pinnacle of ‘The…
RUDI ZYGADLO
Achtung!
Pictures Music
12″ // £6.99

Glasgow’s inimitable Rudi Zygadlo heralds his 2nd album with a one-off single for the taste-making Pictures Music label. Compared with his previous releases for Planet Mu, Rudi’s songwriting feels sharper here, while the zig-zagging electronic tendencies are eased with richer instrumentation. A-side ‘Catharine’ glows with warm brass and finely layered vocal harmonies over proggy, squarepusher-like bass contours, and ‘Variously Made Men’ finds a sweet spot between almost Beirut-style songcraft and…
TROPICS
Parodia Flare
Planet Mu
CD // £9.99

Tropics is the sultry electronic shoegaze project of young British producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward. Unlike so many similarly oriented artists, Ward doesn’t hide behind distortion – his arrangements are complex and crystal-clear, reminding us less of any nu-gaze outfit and far more of the gushing electronic fantasias peddled by Nathan Fake, early Four Tet and Tropics’ Mu labelmates Solar Bears. We can’t help but compare a good number of…
TROPICS
Parodia Flare
Planet Mu
LP // £9.99

**Includes free MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Tropics is the sultry electronic shoegaze project of young British producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward. Unlike so many similarly oriented artists, Ward doesn’t hide behind distortion – his arrangements are complex and crystal-clear, reminding us less of any nu-gaze outfit and far more of the gushing electronic fantasias peddled by Nathan Fake, early Four Tet and Tropics’ Mu labelmates Solar Bears….
JUSTUS KÖHNCKE
Spiralen der Erinnerung
AUGUST DAY
CD // £12.99

Ace reissue of this album of cover versions from Justus Köhncke which pre-dates his involvement with Kompakt – a firm office favourite here back in the day. “Spiralen Der Erinnerung’ (The Memory of Spirals) was intended to be a very personal and private statement, which cared little for musical conventions at the time. The cover versions of “At Seventeen” (Janis Ian) and “Old Man lean’ (Neil Young) are laid bare…
KARIN PARK
Tiger Dreams EP (Photek Mix)
STATE OF THE EYE
10″ // £7.99

Bold and dark pop from this Swedish/Norwegian pop star, backed with a strong remix from Photek. Karin is well known in Scandinivia for her debut album ‘Superworldunknown’ and has also previously worked by Datarock’s Frederik Saroea. For these tracks she’s produced by Christoffer Berg (The Knife, Fever Ray), working a sleek angle of dramatic, Dubstep-influenced electro on ‘6000’ dreams, locating her sound between Björk and Fever ray, while ‘New Era’…
SPOOKY ATTRACTION FROM A DISTANCE
Sunflower Sutra
Staubgold Digital
CD // £13.99

“South African singer, Juliana Venter (Mud Ensemble), and Bavarian innovator of modern music, Joseph Suchy (Burnt Friedman, Ekkehard Ehlers, Reuber) present their beautifully mysterious album under the moniker Spooky Attraction From A Distance. Recorded in Berlin in 2010, “Sunflower Extra” is a rich and diverse album – deep, fresh, harsh and far removed from any musical conventions. In Spooky Attraction From A Distance, Suchy and venter have become an uncompromising…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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GRIM
Vital: Works 1983-89
Vinyl On Demand
3LP Deluxe Box // £29.99

**Limited, individually numbered edition of 600. 3LP box-set of incredible extreme noise and power electronics mixed with unpredictable moments of folksong and weird, loungey solo synth workouts. Oscillates wildly between furious and gentle like only the Japanese can** “GRIM is an absolutely amazing, almost skizophrenic and obscure power-electronics and noise-one-man project of Jun Konagaya. Jun’s sound change its mood and atmosphere in seconds. From extreme harsh and hard power electronic…
VARIOUS / CLUB MORAL
Club Moral 1981-86
Vinyl On Demand
5LP + DVD Deluxe Box // £79.99

**Limited, individually numbered edition of 600 with certificate of ownership. 5LP compilation + DVD + 20-page 11″x11″ booklet housed in embossed box, documenting a plethora of bands who played in the Antwerp venue for extreme arts and music, Club Moral. Covers all manner of grotty minimal Belgian synth music, noise and stranger, unclassified doings** “Club Moral was founded by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Danny Devos in Antwerp in January 1981….
BILL ORCUTT
How The Thing Sings
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Ex-Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt’s 2009 side ‘A New Way To Pay Old Debts’ was an instant classic for those attuned to his brand of stomach-scrapingly raw, hoary blues improvisation. Few could have expected the album to be subsequently issued on CD by Editions Mego, but the more you thought about it the more it made sense – though all-acoustic, Orcutt’s music is every bit as extreme, violent and threshold-testing…
BILL ORCUTT
How The Thing Sings
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Ex-Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt’s 2009 side ‘A New Way To Pay Old Debts’ was an instant classic for those attuned to his brand of stomach-scrapingly raw, hoary blues improvisation. Few could have expected the album to be subsequently issued on CD by Editions Mego, but the more you thought about it the more it made sense – though all-acoustic, Orcutt’s music is every bit as extreme, violent and threshold-testing…
GREG KELLEY
Self-Hate Index
SEMATA PRODUCTIONS
CD // £7.99

‘Self-Hate Index’ by noisy trumpeter and concrète artist Kelley originally appeared not long after his excellent LP for No Fun back in 2008. Recorded in a proper studio with pro-tools and everything, as opposed to previous micro-cassette efforts, it is the beguiling sound of “one person, with a trumpet, banging his head against the wall of what music is and what it expects of him”. This manifests as a jarring…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982
TOMPKINS SQUARE
3CD // £19.99

*Get ready for fiery sanctified soul, heavy Pentecostal jams, drum machine gospel, slow-burning moaners, glorified guitar sermons and righteously ragged a cappela hymns! The music on this compilation was originally released on small label 45s, mostly in the 1960s and ‘70s. At least one-third of the records were self-released, paid for by a church congregation or the artists themselves. Others were on regional labels (typically run by one single producer)…
SAVAGING SPIRES
Savaging Spires
CRITICAL HEIGHTS
LP // £11.99

*Debossed gatefold jacket and colour printed inner sleeve* Veiled folk magick from the Savaging Spires ensemble, making an unannounced and anonymous entry with the first vinyl LP on Critical Heights – home to records by Wooden Wand, Delphic Vapours and Owen Tromans. Enchanting from the off, their eponymous debut is set to become a real cult classic, crossing secret paths between pastoral psych collaging and knowingly meticulous folk composition in…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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NEST
Body Pilot
Serein
10″ // £7.99

*Limited hand-numbered edition of 500* A rare and typically beautiful outing from Nest, aka Deaf Center’s Otto Totland and Huw Roberts of Wales’ Serein Records. Quiet, meditative piano and ambient electronics are dealt in sublime manner over four compositions. ‘Stillness’ is drifting and pastoral, with plangent keys against a widescreen backdrop, while ‘The Dying Roar’ is more bleak and droning, leaden with heavy hearted emotion. Further in, ‘Koretz’s Meteor’ makes…
FELICIA ATKINSON
O-RE-GON
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

‘O-Re-Gon’ captures the sounds of one rainy day with Felicia Atkinson at Adam Selzer’s Type Foundry studio in Portland during the summer of 2010. She’d recently returned from a coast-to-coast trip and was recovering from a Lyme disease when Selzer introduced her to a menagerie of instruments she’d never played before: a fender rhodes, a marimba, and a harmonium. Together with her better acquainted golden electric guitar and a piano,…
JANNICK SCHOU
Act Of Shimmering
EXPERIMEDIA
LP // £16.99

“The Act of Shimmering is the act of leaving conscious thought behind. It’s accepting what lies beyond the corporeal, transcending the physical; the soul is aware and the body, eyes, skin are distant empty casings. A clamorous, chaotic cacophony surrounds a beatific center. An endless assault of guitar, of noise that glistens, a poignant rigor. Jannick Schou, proprietor of tape loop drone, places himself within the tunnel of din to…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THE RAINCOATS
Odyshape
WE THREE
LP // £12.99

Reissue of “Odyshape” the second album by The Raincoats originally released on Rough Trade Records in 1981 – liner notes by Kim Gordon. “It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male…
THE RAINCOATS
Odyshape
WE THREE
CD // £11.99

Reissue of “Odyshape” the second album by The Raincoats originally released on Rough Trade Records in 1981 – liner notes by Kim Gordon. “It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male…
THE X-CERTS
Rated XXX
BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
LP // £12.99

*Limited edition of 500 LPs with insert* “1978 and especially 1979 were confusing times for young punks in the provinces. If you didn’t want to go all arty and post-punk, or buy a stupid skinny tie and go New Wave, you were doomed to be terminally unfashionable. Two years later, you were still terminally unfashionable, but you could sell records. But that’s another story. As 1978 wore on, we thanked…
EDM
Night People
Western Vinyl
LP // £12.99

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** “Night People is a series of character studies. Alienated and out of fashion, these people stay up all night, stumbling through isolation to explore trauma and ecstasy in search of their own glamour. The boundaries of reality dissolve in their environment, and the light from within transforms street lamps at last call into beacons towards infinity. Guided through fuzz and fog, truths…
EDM
Night People
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

“Night People is a series of character studies. Alienated and out of fashion, these people stay up all night, stumbling through isolation to explore trauma and ecstasy in search of their own glamour. The boundaries of reality dissolve in their environment, and the light from within transforms street lamps at last call into beacons towards infinity. Guided through fuzz and fog, truths emerge, as the knots binding sensuality and spirit…
SIINAI
Olympic Games
SPLENDOUR
LP // £11.99

Majestic debut of instrumental krautrock power anthems from this Finnish quartet. Siinai emerged as part of the same scene which includes groups like K-X-P, Zebra and Joensuu 1968 (with whom they share members) during one of their country’s notoriously long, cold winters, with a sound worthy of the album’s grandiose and evocative title ‘Olympic Games’. After a few gigs they quickly garnered a reputation for creating “…a powerful experience of…
SIINAI
Olympic Games
SPLENDOUR
CD // £11.99

Majestic debut of instrumental krautrock power anthems from this Finnish quartet. Siinai emerged as part of the same scene which includes groups like K-X-P, Zebra and Joensuu 1968 (with whom they share members) during one of their country’s notoriously long, cold winters, with a sound worthy of the album’s grandiose and evocative title ‘Olympic Games’. After a few gigs they quickly garnered a reputation for creating “…a powerful experience of…
STRANGER SON
Inside Many Summers EP
White Box Recordings
12″ // £6.49

*White box welcome the return of Manchester’s Stranger Son, who provided the label’s first release back in 2009.* “Stranger Son’s new 12” ‘Inside Many Summers’ is an EP of hazardously infectious disco-not-disco grooves and loose-ass, Pennines-jams. The title is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Luna Marseille’ whereas the other two tracks (‘On Pterodactyl Sofa’ and the monolithic twelve and a half minute instrumental sprawl that is ‘Iceman Part II Extended’),…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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AKIRA SAKATA & JIM O’ROURKE
And That’s The Story Of Jazz
Family Vineyard
2CD // £11.99

“And that’s the story of jazz… Get it? Well, maybe you had to be there when legendary saxophonist Akira Sakata, guitarist Jim O’Rourke and bombast rhythm crew of percussionist Chris Corsano and double bassist Darin Gray (aka Chikamorachi) jumped in the van for a Japanese tour. This two CD set documents their 2008 jaunt — not the first and far from last — in blistering detail. Shades of Last Exit,…
TERRY TIMMONS
Got Nobody To Love
Jazzman
7″ // £6.99

Belting early ’50s R&B on Jazzman’s selective Jukebox Jam Series. ‘Got Nobody To Leave’ comes out with rasping horns and call-and-response chorus over strutting handclaps and rolled Toms. ‘Daddy Be Good To Me’ on the other side is a more sultry and smooth.

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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CALIBRE
Foreign Bodies / Ugly Duckling
SIGNATURE
12″ // £6.99

Two heads-down Junglist rollers from Calibre. With typically polished production values, A-side ‘Foreign Bodies’ is a lean and optimised roller layered with seductive vocal snippets providing the light in darker atmopsherics. B-side is ‘Ugly Duckling’, finding a crucial tension between quick-stepping Jump-Up breaks and an evil dread bassline.
DMINDS
Rotation / Directions
Blackout Music
12″ // £7.99

Bristol’s Distorted Minds, the overseers of the D-Style and H.E.N.C.H labels, drop two old-skool styled atmospheric Jungle cuts for Blackout music. ‘Rotation’ opens to lush synthwork for the floating rollers before a controlled barrage of tightly compressed amens conduct the dance in experienced style. Flipside ‘Directions’ sticks with the ’94 styles via sweeping synth washes, sparkling keys, crisp breaks and full loaded subs.
DUB PHIZIX
The Editor / Narrow Eyes
SOUL:R
12″ // £6.99

It’s a Manchester thing: producer, Dub Phizix lays the rhythm for MCs Strategy and Chimpo, and sweet vocals from Fox. On ‘Narrow Eyes’ Strategy comes straight outta Salford with a menacing delivery over sleek and lean drums pushed by murky bass. Flipside, ‘The Editor’ is more on a techy rollidge vibe with vocals alternating between Chimpo’s gruff raps and Fox’s soulful counterbalance.

 

MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 332: October 2011
Wire
Mag // £4.00

Another solid issue of The Wire, including a cover feature and story on Christian Marclay (also to be found in this months Wallpaper magazine – who’d have thunk it), plus articles on Chris & Cosey, Sun Araw, Raime, Hieroglyphic Being, Bill Orcutt and much much more…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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TERMINAL TWILIGHT
House Of Love
INFINITE SOUNDTRACKS
LP // £13.99

Impressive debut album from LA’s Terminal Twilight, strutting a fine line between the medicated nonchalance of Glass Candy and the the icy electro of Chris & Cosey. These are sleek and sophisticated compositions, imbued with the sensual mystery and intrigue of a David Lynch movie and the emotive electro vision of a Carpenter soundtrack, all helmed by the codeine glaze vocals by Molly Frances. Prior single track ‘The Fire Of…
GRIMES
Geidi Primes
NO PAIN IN POP
LP // £11.99

No Pain In Pop present a reissue of Grimes’ wonderfully wyrd and sought-after 2010 tape ‘Geidi Primes’. Essentially it’s the predecessor to her often breathtaking ‘Halfaxa’ LP and that split with fellow Canadian maverick D’eon for Hippos In Tanks. Now, in case you’re fresh to Grimes and have managed to avoid any music sites of worth for the last 12 months, we’d have to place her sound somewhere close to…
GRIMES
Geidi Primes
NO PAIN IN POP
CD // £7.99

No Pain In Pop present a reissue of Grimes’ wonderfully wyrd and sought-after 2010 tape ‘Geidi Primes’. Essentially it’s the predecessor to her often breathtaking ‘Halfaxa’ LP and that split with fellow Canadian maverick D’eon for Hippos In Tanks. Now, in case you’re fresh to Grimes and have managed to avoid any music sites of worth for the last 12 months, we’d have to place her sound somewhere close to…
COPPERTONE
Kill and Release
NNA TAPES
7″ // £7.99

Another new find from NNA Tapes, four tracks of wickedly psyched darkwave from Coppertone. They’ve only had one release to date, on Night People as it happens, but this is the first time many will have heard them. The vocals have that same drugged appeal as Salem, especially on the murky, screwed slump of ‘Clandestiny’ and ‘Vows’, whereas ‘ROTT’ is much more hard-edged and EBM styled, and then they go…
TRUST
Bulbform
Sacred Bones Records
12″ // £7.99

Second single from Toronto’s brilliant Trust duo aka Maya Postepski of Domino Records’ Austra, together with the talented Robert Alfons. This time they’re in ghoulish Industrial pop mode for ‘Bulbform’, harnessing a billowing sawtooth bassline under droning, tormented pads and a chord sequence not a million miles from their ‘Candy Walls’ single – but that’s definitely no gripe – and it sounds seriously impressive on vinyl. On the flipside ‘F.T.F’…
NEON INDIAN
Era Extrana
Static Tongues
CD // £11.99

Two year since assisting the birth of the “chillwave” subset with debut ‘Psychic Chasms – a 2009 end-of-year favourite from NME to Picthfork – Alan Palermo presents his second Neon Indian album. To assist the writing process he sequestered himself in Finland during the winter solstice months of 2010/11, and returned with a finely layered collision of shoegaze, electro-pop and chiptune memes which were tenderly masticated by producer Dave Fridmann…
JOHN TALABOT / MARC PINOL
Hiverned # 1
Hivern Disc
10″ // £8.99

*Silk-screened sleeve. Limited edition of 300 copies* Weird but ace boogie and minimal wave edits from John Talabot and Marc Piñol on Hivern Disc’s LTD edition series. They’ve really dig deep for this one, setting their sights on some truly obscure and pretty much unknown material. Uptown, John Talabot rejigs some kinda cosmic Boogie number called ‘Party Girl’ with a deadly B-line and a strange falsetto that you won’t forget…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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THEO PARRISH
Ugly Edits
Sound Signature
2CD // £25.99

**Two CDs – 21 tracks in total!!!** Due to popular demand, Theo Parrish officially collates volumes 1-8 of his notorious white label Ugly Edits. Spanning 2002-2004, it was originally a series of hand-sprayed 12″s released in limited numbers which would go on to fetch daft prices on the 2nd hand market (not that they were much cheaper 1st hand!) and have become some of his most sought-after releases to date….
THEO PARRISH
Parallel Dimensions
Ubiquity
CD // £13.99

*Finally re-pressed after 5+ years in the out-of-print wilderness.* originally released on sound signature in a frustratingly limited cd-only edition of 1000, this milestone in modern house is now reisssued on cd and appears on vinyl for the first time. Sounding like Sun Ra jamming with Fela from the depths of King Tubby’s mixing desk, the music on ‘parallel dimensions’ is haunted, mournful, elegant, and cavernous : distant horns and…
FEMALE
Seda Muerta (Female Mix)
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

*Strictly limited one-sided pressing* Semantica play an ace with this rare remix outing from the Downwards co-owner and Birmingham Techno legend. Starting with what sounds like a threatening answer phone message (“Come and meet me and i’ll punch you in the eye:”), the track takes shape as a mechanically latinized Techno beast textured with dynamic electro-acoustic diffusions and rolling on steam-powered bass, stealthily reaching a climactic conclusion. In other words…
E.R.P. (CONVEXTION) / VARIOUS
5 Years Compilation (Part One)
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

After representing quality Techno and Electronic music in Spain for a half decade, Semantica celebrates with exclusive tracks by ERP, Boris Divider, Oscar Mulero, and Julien Neto. A regular name on the label, E.R.P aka Convextion, contributes the spine-tingling, emotive Electro of ‘Cold Colony’ in typically flawless fashion next to a darker, more agitated Electro body mover by Boris Divider. Flipside features more abstract electronic groove by Spanish Techno titan,…
KEVIN MCPHEE
Sleep / House 44
IDLE HANDS
12″ // £6.49

Toronto’s rising star Kevin McPhee drops a solid twelve for one of Bristol’s finest imprints. Earlier this year the young man premiered a ridiculously bass heavy 12″ on NakedLunch, but this time he’s switched from Blake-ian dubstep to a swaggering yet soulful style of computerised groove akin to the like of Actress or his label mate Kowton. The beautifully balanced A-side ‘Sleep’ is bound to turn heads with that nagging…
PLASTIKMAN
Arkives Analog 1993-2010 (6LP Vinyl Box Set)
Minus
6LP BOX // £58.99

“For long-time devotees and new fans alike, Hawtin now presents Plastikman’s Arkives, a comprehensive release that pulls together 17 years of the Plastikman story so far. Arkives Analog is the vinyl version on 6 pieces of 180 gram vinyl, featuring exclusive tracks taken from the Replikants remixes, plus a limited edition Plastikman poster. The set comes in a special deluxe custom box.”
STEVE SUMMERS
In The Mode For Love EP
L.I.E.S.
12″ // £7.99

Jason Letkiewicz reverts back to his jackin’ Steve Summers alter ego after an ace outing as Innergaze for 100% Silk. ‘In The Mode For Love’ raises the temperature with grungy bass and shark-eyed strings next to the mystic warehouse jack of ‘Different Paths’. Flipside features the shaking machine rhythms and woozy Teutonic synths of ‘Nethermead Arches’ and the very Legowelt-like mission-jak theme ‘Sun In Your Eyes’.
RANDOMER
Obtuse
Super
12″ // £5.99

Randomer rolls on a frisky, percussive, Joe-style flex. ‘Obtuse’ is busy with clattering, skittery drum syncopations, squirmy acid fills in a changeable pressure system alternating between tropical humidity and coldly dry and sparse. The VIp version amps the acid levels and works some wicked edits, while flipside ‘Lost Everything’ jams on a jacking Techno flex and ‘Dope’ sounds like earlier Ramadanman joints.
MARK DU MOSCH
Outerworld EP
Moustache Records
12″ // £7.99

This is the 2nd release on Moustache Techno, following the sought-after Gesloten Cirkel 12″ with four diverse and raw cuts from Techno to Italo disco. Face up you got the pumping, heavily compressed acid rut ‘Captain Bligh’, and the smooth, Italo-infected Dutch disco of ‘Outerworld’. Face down there’s a relentless disco looper called ‘Getting Off’ and the weirdo electro-techno tune ‘Shields Up’.
B-TRACKS
Specialize
SUPPLY RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Very classy debut of five House and Techno trax by B-sides aka Soren Jahan & John Barera. A-side contains three stripped and shifty House gems with nips and tweaks in all the right places, and there’s a masterfully raw and powerful Techno track “with a mind of it’s own” called ‘Progress’ on the flipside. Proper white label goodness.
GERRY READ
Untitled / Legs
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Fresh, percolating, electronic House music from Ramp’s cool Fourth Wave offshoot. ‘Untitled’ nudges and teases classic Chi’/T’roit House patterns with respectful but modern embellishments for up-to-date effect, while ‘Legs’ is more smudged and shifty for a more lost-in-it effect kinda like a Shake or Actress groove, a cool balance of physical psychedelia computed for the ‘floor.
VAKULA
You Cannot Resist / Rural Dances
SHEVCHENKO
12″ // £8.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Fresh from his Firecracker tour, Vakula returns to more experimental, tracky and instinctively out-there House on the Shevchenko label. A-side ‘You Cannot Resist’ wanders the cosmos with sweetly ethereal keys along astral harmonic integers and cyclical, cryptic rhythm patterns, very much in the vein of Hieroglyphic Being but with with a more polished touch. On the other side (of the galaxy), ‘Rural Dances’ finds a bittersweet alien jack…

 

WORLD
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VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

**Housed in heavyweight, gatefold, tip-on style jacket** Another bountiful reissue from the ‘Secret Museum Of Mankind’ series, pressed on vinyl for the first time! Well, we say first time, as the original compilation was released on CD in 1996, but all the tracks are taken from ancient 78s, so technically they have been out on shellac before. What you’ll find here is a stunning musical cross-section of the Central Asian…
KOUROSH YAGHMAEI
Back From The Brink
Now Again Records
4 x 7″ + Book Box Set // £19.99

**8 tracks from the LP edition “contains exact reproductions of the 4 picture-sleeve 7” singles Kourosh released before the Revolution and is housed in a magnet-clasped box with a 44-page book full of liner notes, full annotation, rare photos and ephemera.”** “Now-Again Records is proud to present Back From The Brink, the only legitimately licensed collection of the godfather of Iranian psychedelic rock, Kourosh Yaghmaei. Known within the Iranian diaspora…
TOM ZE
Grande Liquidacao
Mr Bongo
LP // £14.99

Quite incredibly, this is the first vinyl reissue of the earliest and best work by legendary Brazilian musician, Tom Zé. ‘Grande Liquidação’ was originally released in 1968, the same year Zé contributed to the Tropicália blueprint ‘Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses’ alongside the perhaps better known Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Nara Leão. His first LP was recorded shortly after moving to Sao Paulo from the…
OMAR SOULEYMAN
Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts
Sublime Frequencies
2LP // £19.99

*Vinyl edition now available* Back in 2009 Syrian superstar Omar Souleyman embarked on his first proper tours of UK, Europe and the US. Since then the Omar Souleyman Band have also performed their unique brand of Kurdish Dabke Techno as far afield as Australia. This CD documents the very best of those shows, including nine live recordings made on three continents, all edited and assembled by Sublime Frequencies associate Mark…
VARIOUS / LION PRODUCTIONS
Groove Club Vol. 1: Popisme Fantastique!
Lion Productions
2LP // £17.99

“The Groove Club present 22 records dug out as a tribute to Fabrice and Stéphanie’s kinky franco-pop faves, from those magic years 1966-71, with two inclusions from 1976 & 77.”