Feb 102012
 

Hello,

Finders Keepers are always a force to be reckoned with, but this week they deliver arguably their finest release yet. “Lixiviation” is an astonishing collection of commercial and experimental synth music by Suzanne Ciani – The American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation. You’d be forgiven for not being familiar with her work, but Ciani was a pivotal figure in the American electronic landscape, an early adopter of new technology with the imagination and discipline to put it all to great use. The set really is one of the most beautiful and illuminating in the over-saturated synth/kosmische revival movement, it has a depth and an individualism that sets it quite apart from anything we were expecting and as such it comes to you with our highest possible recommendation. CD in stock now, vinyl to follow next week.

Meanwhile, as people become ever more drawn to the destroyed techno variants of Diamond Catalog, KPLR and Pete Swanson, and the plasticated rave appropriations of Ital, NNF and the 100% Silk crew, the Digitalis label dig that bit deeper to present an excellent new album from Swedish box botherers, Frak. They’ve been around since 1987 (yup, that’s 25 years!!!!), effectively pre-dating the current sound by a generation, and find themselves right up to speed with the sideways techno and crooked machine-pop of ‘Muzika Electronic’. 500 copies only on this one – initial stock on lime green vinyl if you’re fast.

Giuseppe Ielasi is a regular fave round this part of the world, and appears twice this week as part of the Bellows duo with Nicola Ratti, and also with a new album of solo material – both for London’s Entr’acte label. The Bellows album is especially excellent – a beautifully spectral, tactile affair, somehow sounding like a ghostly congregation of Rhythm & Sound, BJ Nilsen and Leyland Kirby, but with a sublime, organic frailty that’s entirely of their own making. It’s bloody hard to aptly sum up stuff like this, but we reckon one listen to the samples should do the trick. 350 copies vacuum packed in embossed foil – well recommended!

Out there in more occult ambient zones we find two albums from Gultuskra Artikler and Robert Turman. The former’s return to Miasmah is a typically detailed and immersive session finding kindred spirits in the outsider sonics of Ghedalia Tazartes or Current 93, while the latter, Turman’s ‘Flux’ returns 30 years since its initial release with patient meditations on piano, kalimba, tape loops and drum machine, sounding something like an alternate take on Anthony Manning’s classic ‘Chromium Nebulae’ album for Irdial.

And from the ever fertile American avant-House quarters Ital and Blondes both present sterling album collections. Ital’s ‘Hive Mind’ is one of 2012’s first standout LPs, a potently infectious, fractal breakdown of House and modern Disco into sublime, yet jagged hyperspace. Meanwhile Blondes take a more puristic, but similarly curious approach with their eponymous collection of singles on one CD package, backed with remixes by Andy Stott, Rene Hell, Laurel Halo and SFV Acid, among others.

Also, a warm mention to Earth’s ‘Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II’, offering a further five cuts of dusk Americana recorded during the same sessions as Part I, and practically worth it alone for the drums on ‘The Rakehell’.

Heading a strong week for the ‘floor, Rephlex unveil the debut 12″ from Steinvord, bearing a bloody strong resemblance to the hyperactive Braindance of AFX, while Hessle Audio present a hugely anticipated twyster from man-of-the-moment, Objekt, and Ancient Methods team up with Regis for a fierce 2nd session of Ugandan Methods, and on clear pink vinyl to boot. There’s also some mad, unstable techno from BNJMN on a super limited 12″ – sounding kinda like a digital Jamal Moss jamming with Kassem Mosse – plus the return of the one and only Claro Intelecto on Delsin with a sturdy, slowed down and deeply soulful new 12″.

Oh, and did we mention that gem from Jan Jelinek as G.E.S? If you’ve a taste for the trippy exotica of Martin Denny or loved his ‘Circulations’ album for Faitiche, ‘More Circulations’ is an outright essential.

Also out this week: new releases from Bonobo (including a load of remixes from Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more), Ambarchi & Brinkmann, Sbtrkt, Pixelord, Various Production, Preditah, Susumu Yokota, Felix Kubin, Karen Dalton, Roedelius, Dbridge, John Foxx, Photonz and a third beautiful, bespoke edition from the Untitled project.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



SUZANNE CIANI
Lixiviation
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £8.99

**Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and “secret” synth music by “the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation”. Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades. She counted the likes of synth maverick Vangelis and electronic music pioneer Harold Bode among her close friends and would set up Ciani Musica Inc. to publish her commercial endeavours for companies such as Coca Cola and Atari, while constantly working at the cutting edge of advances in electronic music and amassing an expansive vault of underexposed music which has remained untouched for over 30 years… until now. With ‘Lixiviation’ Finders Keepers contextualise Ciani not only as one of the very few female exponents and explorers of electronic music – alongside Chicago’s Laurie Spiegel, Italy’s Doris Norton, and a post-op Wendy Carlos – but also as a hugely significant cog in the machinery of modern electronic music, scanning her scores for TV and early Atari games alongside her work at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab with Max Matthews and John Chowning. It’s an incredible collection, at once playful, colourful and wildly imaginative, and also hugely disciplined, complex and searching. Like the Daphne Oram Tapes which snuck out late last year, this album crucially places emphasis on the oft-neglected role of female artists in electronic music history, but perhaps more importantly rescues a chunk of treasure from the vaults which deserves to be heard by any self-respecting fan of synthesized sonics. So damn good.



FRAK
Muzika Electronic
TECHNO / HOUSE
DIGITALIS
LP // £12.99

**Killer album of screwed techno, noise pulses, Drexciyan deconstructions and bizarro pop from obscure scene figureheads FRAK. Limited edition of 500 copies only for the world, initial copies on lime green vinyl* Oh yes – we’ve been waiting for this one for a while. As people become ever more drawn to the destroyed techno variants of Diamond Catalog, KPLR and Pete Swanson, and the plasticated rave appropriations of Ital, NNF and the 100% Silk crew, the Digitalis label dig that bit deeper to present this incredible new album from Swedish box botherers, Frak. Since 1987 (yup, that’s 25 years!!!!) Jan Svensson and Johan Sturesson have helmed the inimitable Börft Records, releasing some 100 odd cassettes and vinyls, including at least 30 of their personal, strange concoctions of sideways Techno, machine-pop and explorative synth music. Effectively the Frak sound foreshadowed the current wave of screwed Techno operators listed above, and with ‘Muzika Electronic’ – their first new LP in a good few years, they’re as unstable and beguiling as ever. We can break the album down into two functions. There’s “dancefloor” tracks such as the wry, wave-riding ‘Voyage No.1’, the alien schlager bounce of ‘Varje Dag’ and the L.A.M. styled uptempo urgency of ‘Pulse-Crack’ to keep your feet happy, and there’s the shorter, queerer cuts like the glittery wormhole of ‘Tristesse Dance’ and the bagpipe-like folk fractals of ‘Katamorph’ for the mind. But that’s maybe a false dichotomy, because each track could equally flip functions and become the soundtrack to your messiest after-party, or head-first, face-down electronic meditations. A real find this – a must check if any of the above references tick your boxes.



ITAL
Hive Mind
TECHNO / HOUSE
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99

After coolly knocking out some of the most compelling 12″s of 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick re-routes the dancefloor with the fractal bump of his ‘Hive Mind’ LP. In case you’re unaware, Ital is far from being Daniel’s first project – he’s been making records for years on Dischord as member of Black Eyes, and as Sex Worker and Mi Ami for NNF – but for our $$$’s, his freshest, most adventurous material appears in this guise. Armed with a copy of logic and a wide-eyed approach to sampling and stylistic appropriation, he’s hatched a wonderfully curious and vividly futurist sound, one which dismantles the often staid conventions of dance music and subverts them with refreshingly psychedelic instincts and considered chicanery. ‘Hive Mind’ is a real trip, a mental mission through the meta-pathways of the internet in a holo-ed-out House-mobile, snagging on ostensibly random Pop(up) hooks and always with that hyperactive flow of information distracting your attentions in myriad directions, yet somehow locked on with a singular sense of purpose: to drive the ‘floor to a heightened state of (hyper)reality. At only five tracks long, it’s arguably a short album, but it’s also perfectly formed. ‘Doesn’t Matter (If You Love Him)’ kicks off with a stuttering Lady Gaga sample diffused into 3D swirls around a mid-tempo disco grind, at once chaotic and sublimely sensual in an incredibly unique fashion. Next, the brief ‘Privacy Settings’ folds cyberspace and time into an unheimlich black hole of unknown dark pleasures, before giving Detroit beatdown a disorienting dose of NOW on ‘First Wave’. But the final tracks are the bets of all, both clocking in at around ten minutes each and manifesting possible ideas about information overload, sci-fi retro-futurism and strange cybernetic multiverses with a psychotomimetic potency. We’d confidently mark this out as potentially one of 2012’s most definitive long players. Very highly recommended.



GULTSKRA ARTIKLER
Abtu Anet
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
MIASMAH
LP // £13.99

**Includes mp3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Gloriously troubled drone-folk and avant-ambient investigations from Gultskra Artikler aka Alexey Devyanin, a Russian artist who’s built up a formidable and rightly lauded catalogue of small-run CD-R, vinyl and digital releases since first emerging around 2003. Abtu Anet is his second album for Miasmah, following 2007’s superb Kasha Iz Topora; like its predecessor, the new LP adheres beautifully to the distinctive Miasmah aesthetic while sounding utterly unique and sui generis. Even though this is “quiet” music, it’s teeming with detail – field recordings, queasy electronics, arcane instrumentation, otherworldly vocal textures and carefully exercised reverb – and suffused with menace. It variously recalls the outernational meanderings of Ghedalia Tazartes, Current 93 at their most torrid, the expansive guitar Arabesques of Michaels Chapman and O’Shea, the hollowed-out freak-folk of Thuja, and the gothic grandeur of Kreng – comparisons we wouldn’t dare make lightly. One of the most strange and seductive records of the year so far, no doubt.



BELLOWS
Reelin’
ELECTRONIC
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*Limited edition of 350 copies in a vacuum packed metallic foil packaged with embossed lettering* Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti reconvene their wonderfully enigmatic Bellows project with a ghostly album for Entr’acte. ‘Reelin” is the third document of their hardware-honed endeavours, and much like their eponymous debut on Kning Disk and celebrated side for Planam, we’re left with little background info other than their equipment list. Navigating between a CDJ/Sony Walkman/Revox A77/Memory Man, they create labyrinthine meta-pathways through quietly convective thickets of acousmatic sound; from tantalisingly spacious clouds of fuzzy electronics verging on Rhythm & Sound-like dub imprints to water-stained electronics reminding of BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa’s ‘Space Finale’ and more fractal, decaying bleeps nudged and frayed with a beautifully tactile intuition. The whole thing is just sublime, but there are a couple of outstanding tracks, practically worth the entry alone; like the ten minutes of scanning aquatic pulses and distant spectral apparitions of track 4, or the lushly discordant, stereo-splitting shapes of track 6 – sounding something like a more autistic cousin to tracks from Leyland Kirby’s ‘Intrigue & Stuff’ series – but this really must be experienced as a whole for optimal, immersive effect. Highly recommended to fans of Rhythm & Sound, Spectrum Spools, BJ Nilsen or James Leyland Kirby.



ROBERT TURMAN
Flux
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Spectrum Spools
LP // £19.99

Spectrum Spools delves into the distant past – well, 1981 – for its latest tranmission, a reissue of the debut album by revered multi-instrumentalist / avant-garde operator Robert Turman. Turman first came to cult prominence as a member of Boyd Rice’s NON, before going on to enjoy a sporadic solo career that has taken in DAF/Normal-style electronics (Way Down) and superior noise outings (Blizzard, with Aaron Dilloway). Flux, which Turman self-released on cassette, is a one-off – a patient investigation of classical minimalism and new age tropes, an attempt to create “a complex bed of interweaving micro-stasis” with kalimba, piano, drum machine, and tape loops. The results are certainly sparse and meditative, but they’re also deeply engaging, and occasionally unsettling. We’re particularly into ‘Flux 4’, its marriage of plaintive piano and cotton-wool wrapped kickdrum coming over like a precursor to the Miasmah label or those early Dettinger records on Kompakt. Remastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates + Mastering from the original c-60 cassette master and pressed on vinyl for the first time, this is the definitive edition of a very special work.



BLONDES
Blondes
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
RVNG Intl.
2CD // £10.99

RVNG Intl present the long awaited CD compilation of Blondes’ three talked-about 12″ singles, including two exclusive bonus songs, and backed with complementary remixes by Andy Stott, Rene Hell, Laurel Halo, SFV Acid and John Roberts, among others. Coming from a decidedly academic and experimental background – they studied studio art and electroacoustic composition at Oberlin College – Sam Haar and Zach Steinman were soon enough seduced and inspired by a stint in Berlin and the ensuing discovery of House and Techno’s textural nuance to create a sound which straddled both the dancefloor and more cerebral requirements. Their eight tracks here stand out from the crowd for their succinctly measured blend of improvised melodic fluidity, and attention to post-production detail. The remixes are more diverse, spanning the industrial focus of JD Twitch’s ‘Lover’ remix’, thru the autoerotic stimulation of Andy Stott’s choking ‘Pleasure’ revise, to the mind-swilling psychedelia of Laurel Halo’s ‘Gold’ mix, and the riches of Rene Hell’s ascending, beatless ‘Amber’ variation.



EARTH
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

Earth follow their folksy, spiritually-tinged ‘Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light’ LP with a further five tracks recorded during the same two week sessions at Seattle’s Avast studios in 2011. Part II picks up the heavy-heart porchside vibes and mind-drifts through solemn, melancholy improvisations laden with a brooding tension and grit. The group’s instinctive motions are evidently honed to near telepathic communication, providing the sort of slow, conversational musical dialogue you’d expect of a whisky-and-weed-sunk evening with close friends, recounting their woes with a seen-it-all pathos and humoured inflection that could only come from experience. As usual they’re at their very best when stretching out, rambling freeform on the cicadas and dusky shimmer of ‘His Teeth Did Brightly Shine’, or the hushed, deeply engrossing yarn ‘A Multiplicity Of Doors’, but it’s almost worth the entry alone for the interplay of impossibly slow, shuddering drums and smashed psychedelia of ‘The Rakehell’. 

Singles of the Week



STEINVORD
Steinvord
ELECTRONIC
Rephlex
12″ // £5.99

So,is he or isn’t he? Well, the likely answer is that Steinvord is not AFX, let’s get that out of the way. However, listening to the braincore D&B and dazzling electro-acoustic dynamics of his Rephlex debut, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was the elusive ginger uberlord himself. Anyway, you’ve probably got a fair idea of what you’ll encounter here, but we’ll continue to try and elucidate. His self-titled debut on wax comprises five tracks, arriving with the hugely impressive, diffuse intro of ‘Backyard’ before sustaining a high-octane, back-breaking rhythmic, melodic and harmonic assault until the end of ‘Ontrackv2’. Simply, in the absence of any new AFX tackle, this is as close as you’ll get to that sound right now. TIP!



GESELLSCHAFT ZUR EMANZIPATION DES SAMPLE (JAN JELINEK)
More Circulations
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
FAITICHE
7″ // £6.99

Esteemed sound artist/producer Jan Jelinek returns to his Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples alias for another quietly subversive plunderphonic excursion. The four tracks on ‘Circulations’ further the ideas laid out on the first volume in 2009, questioning the ethics, implications and legalities of the sampling process by way of four delicious plunderphonic collages. They drift in the most opiated manner between beachside scenes of burbling polyrhythms, sweeping strings and squawking exotica for ‘Irrelevant Sound Effects’, to the dusky romance of tickled organ and gauzy field recordings on ‘Besuch Aus Der Unterwelt’ on the A-side. ‘Es Vermitteln: Lautsprecher’ strolls into a slightly more psychedelic headspace, reversed chimes and murmuring flora follow a trickling rhythm, the sense of otherworldliness knowingly permeated by what might be the sound of a tape recorder playing in the background, before ‘Moderne Musik 1965-1985’ plays canny concrète games with frayed tape loops and submerged acousmatic sources. We’re enchanted, maybe you will be too…



OBJEKT
Cactus / Porcupine
TECHNO / HOUSE
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Hessle Audio present their eagerly anticipated single from man-of-the-moment, Objekt. Since smashing the scene wide open with his white label 12″s and remixes for Radiohead and SBTRKT in 2011, the Berlin-based producer has become one of the most talked-about properties amongst those in the know. His convergence of Techno, Dubstep , House and Garage conventions are bold statements on the possibilities of German engineering and UK Bass music, programming new routes and solutions for the most demanding, forward-looking dancefloors. A-side here is ‘Cactus’, a malleable fusion of molasses halfstep subs, aqua-tech 2-step and Techno sound design which simply sounds like nobody else out there. Flipside is ‘Porcupine’, a more aggy, pointillist hardstepper pivoting off hard-edged claps while hyper-ventilating rave melodies synch with body mangling bass.



UGANDAN METHODS (REGIS & ANCIENT METHODS)
Sixth Method
TECHNO / HOUSE
ANCIENT METHODS
12″ // £7.99

**Transparent pink vinyl** Ugandan Methods = Ugandan Speed Trials (Regis) + Ancient Methods. ‘Sixth Method’ is their second collusion of Industrial Techno mechanics, following a razing session on Downwards’ DN label in 2009. A-side is the droning, ‘floor ploughing behemoth ‘Beneath The Black Arch’, spiking AM’s war funk rhythms with a seething tribalist madness to deadly impact. Flipside ‘Between A Sleep And A Sleep’ relies on a more subtle sense of swing and hypnotic layering to deliver the desired effect, before they gorge on bludgeoning kicks and skin-flailing noise with remorseless brutality on ‘She Belongs To An Eternity’. Heavy!!!



BNJMN
Unknown 2
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Shapeshifting producer BNJMN makes a quick drop of three alien Techno trax on a Rush Hour white label. A-side the 140bpm kicks and trippy, cork-screwing accentuations of ‘Minus One’ sound something like Kassem Mosse jamming with Steve Poindexter in a parallel universe. B-side ‘Shadow’ layers strange, spindly melody over jacked-up and stripped down rhythms, and ‘Unrest’ comes off like Jamal Moss in hyperspace. Limited copies!



CLARO INTELECTO
Second Blood EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
Delsin Records
12″ // £6.99

One of Manchester’s deepest Techno producers returns with a beautiful, drizzle-spirited 3-tracker for Amsterdam’s Delsin imprint. It’s two years since his last solo EP, returning here with an elegantly slow and purposeful swagger. Claro’s sound is potent, yet heavily grooving. It’s best heard on the A-side ‘Second Blood’, a squashed and heady affair limboing way below the 100bpm barrier with lush airy chords and a billowing square bass arced by soul-tugging string signatures. Flipside he sustains the slow pace with the placid beauty of ‘Heart’, while the ghostly ‘Voyeurism’ feels relatively rapid at a mid-tempo 115bpm pushed by trademark velvet-coated kicks and effervescent dub House resonance. Really strong stuff this – Recommended!

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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FLUXION
Traces
Echocord
CD // £9.99

Fluxion serves his 2nd album on Echocord, his fourth since those classic Chain Reaction sets in 1999-2000. With ‘Traces’ he continues to subtly plane the contours of Dub Techno into ever more fluid, spectral shapes and spaces, building on the legacy of Berlin’s CR and BC cornerstones with an individual sense of soul and effortless, frictionless motion. Most notably there’s an unreleased vocal appearance from Dennis Brown here on the…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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BONOBO
Black Sands Remixed
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.99

**Features remixes by Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more** Ninja Tune round up a who’s who of the current dancefloor spectrum to remix Bonobo’s 2010 album ‘Black Sands’. Some have already appeared on vinyl – Cosmin TRG’s uplifting ‘Kiara’ version, Floating Points’ poised 2-step mix and Machine Drum’s deft, Footwurkin’ rebuild of ‘Eyesdown’, for example – but the rest…
BONOBO
Black Sands Remixed
Ninja Tune
3LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** **Features remixes by Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more** Ninja Tune round up a who’s who of the current dancefloor spectrum to remix Bonobo’s 2010 album ‘Black Sands’. Some have already appeared on vinyl – Cosmin TRG’s uplifting ‘Kiara’ version, Floating Points’ poised 2-step mix and Machine Drum’s deft, Footwurkin’ rebuild…
BONOBO
Black Sands Remixed (Special Edition)
Ninja Tune
CD + 5″ VINYL // £9.99

**Special edition Includes a limited edition orange 5″ vinyl pressing – plus remixes by Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more** Ninja Tune round up a who’s who of the current dancefloor spectrum to remix Bonobo’s 2010 album ‘Black Sands’. Some have already appeared on vinyl – Cosmin TRG’s uplifting ‘Kiara’ version, Floating Points’ poised 2-step mix and Machine Drum’s…
LUCKY PAUL
Elephant Island (Midland / Ossie Remixes)
Somethinksounds.
12″ // £6.99

Lucky Paul, drummer for Feist and creator of dreamily psychedelic pop, presents his second single, backed with remixes from Midland and Ossie. His original ‘Elephant Island’ meshes measured ’60s psych-pop vocals with shuffling mid-tempo drum and moody bass rumbles in a cool style just to the left of say, Matthew Dear or Bullion. Remixing, Ossie gives a tight, minimal Funky overhaul with precise drums and rude bass squirms, while Midland…
PIXELORD
Keramika
Hit And Hope Records
12″ // £6.99

Pixelord follows Leisure System’s opening gambit with four sheer-crafted digital beat/IDM rhythms for Hit And Hope. You’ll find swaying future folk melodies and tricky triplets on ‘Imaginary Friends’, and twinkling bio-mechanic melodies with insectoid rhythms on the title track. The staggered scales and boozed-up swagger of ‘Drinky’ provide the biggest highlight, while Groundislava chips in with a crisp, chiming slowfast remix of ‘Imaginary Friends’.
B-JU
Prozac People
Error Broadcast
LP // £10.99

**Includes digital download code with eLan remix redeemable from the label** Hambug’s B-Ju returns to Error Broadcast – the label he helped kick off with their first release in 2010 – on a fresh four tracker spanning crooked HipHop and Footwork, backed by eLan, 813 and Monolithium remixes. Airlock zipped shut, we enter the Footwork-boogie hyperspace of ‘Mia Got A New Haircut’, while ‘Vector Love’ bumps to a cyber-cowbell groove…
SLUGABED
Rockin U
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

*Hand-stamped white label* Slugabed follows his cracking ‘Moonbeam Rider’ EP with a bootleg bass excursion rewiring Busta Rhymes, Leon Ware and Kankick. The big cut is that Busta tune ‘Dangerous’, a dancefloor bomb flipped with hyper-coloured synth dissonance in his signature style. Flipside is a hugely crafty inversion of Leon Ware’s ’81 soul nugget ‘Rockin’ You Eternally’, restructuring snippets of the original vocal and slinky lead against a backdrop of…
VARIOUS PRODUCTION
Learn Faster / Air
Various
10″ // £5.99

Bass-wise electronic soul carved in the Various studio. The Various Production label’s been strangely quiet this year but these tracks are a healthy sign that they’re still at it. ‘Learn Faster’ steps to a flexible, minimalist riddim flecked with deft electro stabs and flush with warm pads, and of course Asher’s honeyed croon, all arranged with the razor sharp pop instinct they’re loved for. ‘Air’ is darker, skating on iced-out…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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GULTSKRA ARTIKLER
Abtu Anet
MIASMAH
LP // £13.99

**Includes mp3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Gloriously troubled drone-folk and avant-ambient investigations from Gultskra Artikler aka Alexey Devyanin, a Russian artist who’s built up a formidable and rightly lauded catalogue of small-run CD-R, vinyl and digital releases since first emerging around 2003. Abtu Anet is his second album for Miasmah, following 2007’s superb Kasha Iz Topora; like its predecessor, the new LP adheres beautifully to the distinctive Miasmah…
EARTH
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

Earth follow their folksy, spiritually-tinged ‘Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light’ LP with a further five tracks recorded during the same two week sessions at Seattle’s Avast studios in 2011. Part II picks up the heavy-heart porchside vibes and mind-drifts through solemn, melancholy improvisations laden with a brooding tension and grit. The group’s instinctive motions are evidently honed to near telepathic communication, providing the sort of slow, conversational musical dialogue…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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WENDY RENE
After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-65
Light In The Attic
2LP // £21.99

*First ever anthology of Southern soul legend Wendy Rene including 11 singles, 9 rarities + 2 unreleased songs and notes by Andria Lisle interviewing Wendy Rene, plus unseen photos and original label art. Double LP edition comes housed in gatefold “tip-on” jacket* “Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Tennessee, home of Stax Records, Wendy Rene was christened by Otis Redding on signing to Stax as a teenager in 1963. Back then,…
WENDY RENE
After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-65
Light In The Attic
CD // £11.49

*First ever anthology of Southern soul legend Wendy Rene including 11 singles, 9 rarities + 2 unreleased songs and notes by Andria Lisle interviewing Wendy Rene, plus unseen photos and original label art* “Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Tennessee, home of Stax Records, Wendy Rene was christened by Otis Redding on signing to Stax as a teenager in 1963. Back then, she and brother Johnny Frierson, both singers at the…
CAGE & AVIARY
Migration
Internasjonal
CD // £8.99

Debut album of deeper dwelling disco dub for Jamie Paton & Nigel of Bermondsey on Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal imprint. They arrive at this point after a succession of prized underground disco cuts for Dissident and DFA’s Death From Abroad labels, which should give you some inkling to the corner of the floor they occupy. ‘Migration’ features tracks from some of their early singles, prominently the cinematic Balearic drift of opener…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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STEEL AN’ SKIN
Reggae Is Here Once Again
EM
LP // £13.99

**Much needed first vinyl issue of this deeply endearing LP, newly remastered and housed in custom embossed jacket with liner notes in Japanese and English by band-leader Peter Blackman** A comprehensive reissue of Steel An’ Skin’s output from the late seventies and early eighties, combining the band’s debut 12″ release Reggae Is Here Once Again, a couple of tracks from their 1984 LP Acid Rain, and one previously unissued piece….
VARIOUS / NECESSARY MAYHEM
Future Cuts
NECESSARY MAYHEM RECORDS
LP // £8.99

*9 Track vinyl edition* “With Curtis “Da Grynch” Lynch on production, and an array of artists and songwriters supporting, this collection previews tracks from forthcoming 2012 riddim releases, and new mixes of old NM classics, and at the same time serving up several tunes previously unreleased on vinyl. Etana’s sweet track ‘Dance’ was championed by David Rodigan for weeks on Kiss FM before it came out as a 7” single….

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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PREDITAH
Circles EP
EARTH616
12″ // £6.99

**Orange Vinyl** Hotly tipped Grime star sparks off a wicked session for Logan Sama’s Earth616 label. Up top, ‘Circles’ brings the party with a cheeky rhythm oscillating between ‘ardcore rudeness and bubbly madness, while ‘Woah VIP’ goes on a funked-up Terror Danjah tip, and ‘Gargoyle VIP’ keeps it lean an taut for the MCs. ‘AirWaves’ is our percy, working with tight, slicing edits and bilious brass stab. For the DJs……
GOLDFFINCH
EP#1: Funky Steppa / Groove Panda
Saigon Recordings
12″ // £6.49

With cool EPs under his belt for Numbers, 887 and Airflex labs, Goldffinch deposits two stripped down Technoid Bass grooves for Saigon. ‘Funky Steppa’ is a tensile slab of hard-edged Bass and crisp, tungsten-tipped percussion on the A-side, working somewhere close to the likes of Objekt or Randomer, while ‘Groove Panda’ gets busier with swinging, jacking Bass and rippling percussive intricacies on the flip. Both blatantly intended to turn out…
ATKI2
Knock Knock / Vietnam
FRIJSFO BEATS
7″ // £5.99

Atki2 wires up two dutty bashment joints for Frijsfo’s first 7″. The Bristolian veteran of labels such as Werk Discs, Shadetek, Immerse and Idle Hands does his unique, outernational-looking thing here, chopping Far Eastern string timbres and sweet woodwind on a juicy, jackin’ Bass wriggler called ‘Knock Knock’, and comes with a more fragrant, stoned vibe with ‘Vietnam’ on the flip.
MINISTRE X
Subtitle Of Life
ClekClekBoom Recordings
12″ // £7.49

Weird and wayward R’n’Bass music from the Franco-Brazilian deejay and co-founder of the ClekClekBoom label. Much like the label’s previous instalments from Coni and French Fries, Ministre X is ploughing a unique sound, taking inspiration from the UK Bass scene to make mutant, dislocated, yet dancefloor-primed grooves. The A-side ‘Calling Me’ works warped vocals from Sana Zeineddine with frickled percussion on a slinky 2-step bubble somewhere close to James Blake’s…
DISTANCE
Melted Dubs 003
MELTED DUBS
12″ // £5.99

Distance follows Rockwell’s example to release four heavyweight dubs of pop, Rock and R&B cuts from his personal cache on Melted Dubs. Frontside Nicky Minaj’s ‘Dominoes’ is flipped with ass-grinding dubstep bass and Kid Adrift’s ‘A4 In Ecstasy’ becomes a dramatic halfstep rave bomb. Flipside there’s a striking revision of Josho Osho’s ‘Redemption’ and a beastly makeover for Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close’.
DJ MADD
Deeply feat. Lady Maroo / Riginal
BLACK BOX
12″ // £6.49

Dark blue halfsteppers from DJ Madd, following up his weighty ‘Blank Space’ EP. ‘Deeply’ is the more mellow of the two, featuring soulful vocal from Lady Maroo over laidback rhythm reminding of Clouds’ sweeter moments. Flipside ‘Riginal’ comes darker, mo’ pressure!
KILLA AND INSTINCT
Boka Artillery Vol.3
Boka Records
12″ // £6.49

Boka continue their intensive ‘Artillery’ campaign with two proper Dubstep weapons. Instinct command the A-side with an agile offbeat roller called ‘Elude’ tunnelling into darkest no mans land somewhere between Shackleton and Distance. Flipside he teams up with Killa on the brooding, technoid rollidge of ‘Elements’.
KROMESTAR / DA 3RD KIND
Blue Velvet / Alien Research
Southside Dubstars
12″ // £6.49

Ruffneck Dubstep rave from Kromestar and Da 3rd Kind. Kromestar wields the dance-swallowing halfstep torque of ‘Blue Vortex’ on the A-side, while Da 3rd churns boiling subbass and crafty triplets to stagger weak knees on the flip.
SOAP DODGERS
Rachel Went South / Belly
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £6.49

Kuduro/Electro-compatible Dubstep rave from N-Type’s Wheel & Deal label. Soap Dodgers in charge on their 2nd 12″, dropping the carnival-syncopated gallop of ‘Rachel Went South’ on the A-side, and a grimier, sub-heavy alternative in ‘Belly’ on the flip.
TUNNIDGE & DISTANCE
Aftershock / Blame
Chestplate
12″ // £6.49

Grizzled Dubstep dirt from Distance and his pal. Tunnidge owns the A-side with the brute force of ‘Aftershock’, setting off chain reactions of implosive subbass shackled to head-caving snare blows. Flipside he gets darker with Distance on ‘Blame’, a classically overcast and almighty halfstep lurcher.

 

ELECTRONIC
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BELLOWS
Reelin’
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*Limited edition of 350 copies in a vacuum packed metallic foil packaged with embossed lettering* Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti reconvene their wonderfully enigmatic Bellows project with a ghostly album for Entr’acte. ‘Reelin” is the third document of their hardware-honed endeavours, and much like their eponymous debut on Kning Disk and celebrated side for Planam, we’re left with little background info other than their equipment list. Navigating between a CDJ/Sony…
GIUSEPPE IELASI
Untitled, 2011
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*Limited edition of 350 copies in a vacuum packed metallic foil packaged with embossed lettering* Giuseppe Ielasi – sound artist, mastering engineer, label owner, half of Bellows – presents his most substantial solo release since 2009s ‘Aix’ for 12k with this untitled collection for London’s Entr’acte. The eight unmarked tracks were produced in Spring/Summer 2011 and, much like his other work, would appear to be concerned with the minutiae and…
STEINVORD
Steinvord
Rephlex
12″ // £5.99

So,is he or isn’t he? Well, the likely answer is that Steinvord is not AFX, let’s get that out of the way. However, listening to the braincore D&B and dazzling electro-acoustic dynamics of his Rephlex debut, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was the elusive ginger uberlord himself. Anyway, you’ve probably got a fair idea of what you’ll encounter here, but we’ll continue to try and elucidate. His self-titled debut…
SUSUMU YOKOTA
Dreamer
Lo Recordings
CD // £9.99

Maverick, veteran Japanese electronic musician presents his umpteenth album, but shows absolutely no signs of slowing down or holding back. Taking Jon Hassell’s concept of a “Fourth World Music” as a starting point, ‘Dreamer’ imagines a lush alternate world where musics from myriad sources criss-cross the ether like electromagnetic signals, creating a miscegenation of harmonic dissonance, outernational rhythm patterns and cyberreal sonics with a slight Eastern accent. This couldn’t be…
EXPO ’70
Hovering Resonance
SOUND OF COBRA
LP // £13.49

**One-sided pressing housed in hand silkscreened jacket. Edition of 200 for the world** Kansas City, Missouri’s multi-instrumentalist Justin Wright is at his meditative best for Sound Of Cobra Records (who released that amazing Burial Hex LP at end of 2011), presenting two tracks of the lushest, opiated, oneiric kosmische. ‘Hovering Resonance’ is markedly restrained for Justin and refreshingly all the better for it. Gently propelled by a deep sleep bass…
OREN AMBARCHI & THOMAS BRINKMANN
The Mortimer Trap
BLACK TRUFFLE
CD // £10.49

A 77-minute interpretation of Mortan Feldman’s for ‘Bunita Marcus’ from two experimental music titans in collaboration: Australian Touch affiliate Oren Ambarchi and Australian art-techno badass Thomas Brinkmann. Ambarchi and Brinkmann first worked together in Japan last year, as part of a trio with Mika Vainio; The Mortimer Trap – named after a chess opening trap – is their first work as a duo. Far more than the sum of its…
FELIX KUBIN
TXRF
It’s
2LP // £13.99

**2LP in card jacket with wrap-around artwork** Idiosyncratic sound artist Felix Kubin presents an album of radioactivated Techno phonics for the Its label. Backed with a press release reading like an extract from a Philip K Dick short story (included below for the nerds), Felix offers the findings of ten experiments with the TXRF method and a stripped down set-up of MS20 synth, SQ10 sequencer, Sherman2 and Electrix Repeater. The…
FELIX KUBIN
TXRF
It’s
CD // £9.99

Idiosyncratic sound artist Felix Kubin presents an album of radioactivated Techno phonics for the Its label. Backed with a press release reading like an extract from a Philip K Dick short story (included below for the nerds), Felix offers the findings of ten experiments with the TXRF method and a stripped down set-up of MS20 synth, SQ10 sequencer, Sherman2 and Electrix Repeater. The results, to our ears at least, sound…
J.R. PLANKTON
Neon
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £11.99

Mesmerizing krautrock-disco turn from M=Minimal label manager and Conrad Schnitzler collaborator, Jens Strüver, and studionerd/multi-instrumentalist Robert Ohm. With a detailed, sharply defined approach to sound design, they conduct grinding motorik disco rhythms on ‘Musique Electronique’ and ‘Sundance’ and explore stranger, submerged cosmic worlds on ‘Nakamura’, and purified, widescreen Trance on the magnificent ‘Regen’.
RICHARD DEVINE
RISP
Detroit Underground
12″ // £9.99

**Screen printed jacket** Hyper-complex electro-acoustic experiments by Richard Devine for Detroit Underground. ‘RISP EP’ contains three tracks of kinetic beat structures morphing spatial simulations created and initially sequenced on the Euro rack modular and Elektron Octotrack machines, plus a dancefloor-readied remix by Drumcell of LA’s Droid Behaviour. Richard’s original tracks are about as close you’ll come to Autechrian electro deviation, catalysing sheer new forms from a chaotic soup of “algorithm-based…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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KAREN DALTON
1966
DELMORE
LP // £17.99

*Limited vinyl edition with 8″x12″ colour print and 4 panel insert, plus download code* *Newly unearthed rehearsal tape from the amazing Karen Dalton circa 1966, including previously unheard covers including ‘Reason To Believe’ & ‘Don’t Make Promises’ by Tim Hardin, and ‘Other Side To This Life’ by Fred Neil. Comes with a CD Booklet containing beautiful, unseen photos (including Karen with Fred Neil and Tim Hardin), and a 3500 word…

 

HIP HOP
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SPEECH DEBELLE
Freedom Of Speech
Big Dada
CD // £9.99

With the weight of expectation thrust upon her, Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle deals a confident sophomore album in ‘Freedom Of Speech’. Blessed by guest spots from Roots Manuva and Realism and set to reserved, mature instrumentals by in-demand beat-maker Kwes (DELS, Warp Records, DRC project), Speech confronts the world in her deceptively gentle voice, spitting themes of revolution and love. It all really comes together on the pensive, moody…
SPEECH DEBELLE
Freedom Of Speech
Big Dada
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** With the weight of expectation thrust upon her, Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle deals a confident sophomore album in ‘Freedom Of Speech’. Blessed by guest spots from Roots Manuva and Realism and set to reserved, mature instrumentals by in-demand beat-maker Kwes (DELS, Warp Records, DRC project), Speech confronts the world in her deceptively gentle voice, spitting themes of revolution and love. It…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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ROBERT TURMAN
Flux
Spectrum Spools
LP // £19.99

Spectrum Spools delves into the distant past – well, 1981 – for its latest tranmission, a reissue of the debut album by revered multi-instrumentalist / avant-garde operator Robert Turman. Turman first came to cult prominence as a member of Boyd Rice’s NON, before going on to enjoy a sporadic solo career that has taken in DAF/Normal-style electronics (Way Down) and superior noise outings (Blizzard, with Aaron Dilloway). Flux, which Turman…
MI AND L’AU
If Beauty Is A Crime
Important Records
CD // £12.99

“After exploring their creative impulses through strings, horns, pianos, and varied folk influences, Mi and L’au have decided to venture into a newer, more electric environment on their newest record. “If Beauty is a Crime” doesn’t feature a single guitar. In fact, you won’t find a traditional instrument anywhere on it. The simple, stripped-down sound for which they’ve become so well known is transformed on their latest album, shaped unexpectedly…
UNTITLED
Untitled 03
UNTITLED
CD // £16.99

*Limited Edition of 90 hand-assembled copies housed in oversized card sleeve containing 4 postcard-sized prints* Commendably keeping their enigma intact, this anonymous project presents a third collection of enchanting spectral improvisations. Thefun with these releases stems from the lack of information attached, but as anyone who’s been lucky enough to have nabbed one of the first two editions will attest, the sounds within are no mere exercise in collector baiting….
ROEDELIUS
Plays Piano (Bloomsbury Theatre, London, July 28th 1985)
Bureau B
CD // £13.99

We all know that Cluster man Hans Joachim Roedelius is pretty nifty on the old ivories, but ‘Plays Piano’ is really something special to behold. Recorded in 1985 at an exclusive concert at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, ‘Plays Piano’ was a reaction to the grand pianos he came across while staying with his good friend Brian Eno. He organized a series of concerts to introduce listeners to this musical direction and…
ROEDELIUS
Plays Piano (Bloomsbury Theatre, London, July 28th 1985)
Bureau B
CD // £13.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** We all know that Cluster man Hans Joachim Roedelius is pretty nifty on the old ivories, but ‘Plays Piano’ is really something special to behold. Recorded in 1985 at an exclusive concert at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, ‘Plays Piano’ was a reaction to the grand pianos he came across while staying with his good friend Brian Eno. He organized a series of concerts…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VARIOUS / DRAG CITY
The Total Groovy
Drag City
4CD // £22.99

**Four CD boxset comprising all four releases on Pete Shelley’s Groovy Records label including the previously unreleased ‘Strange Men In Sheds With Spanners’, plus a transcribed interview with the label head** Total Groovy was the short-lived but historically important record label belonging to post-punk architect Pete Shelley. In 1980 it released three records by Shelley and his pals Free Agents and Sally Smmit And Her Musicians, the likes of which…
DUCHESS SAYS
In A Fung DAY T!
Alien8 Recordings
LP // £18.99

“Since 2001, Duchess Says have been spreading the gospel of the influential and mysterious Church of Budgerigars. “In a Fung Day T!” is their second offering – a dynamic, dancing album full of hypnotizing keys and short blitzes of energy, nearly reaching the climax of noise rockers Lightning Bolt. One of the more outstanding jams, S.O.H…, is a nice and loose danceable number that recalls the early 80s new wave…
DUCHESS SAYS
In A Fung DAY T!
Alien8 Recordings
CD // £12.99

“Since 2001, Duchess Says have been spreading the gospel of the influential and mysterious Church of Budgerigars. “In a Fung Day T!” is their second offering – a dynamic, dancing album full of hypnotizing keys and short blitzes of energy, nearly reaching the climax of noise rockers Lightning Bolt. One of the more outstanding jams, S.O.H…, is a nice and loose danceable number that recalls the early 80s new wave…
FIELD MUSIC
Plumb
Memphis Industries
CD // £9.99

“Field Music (AKA Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis) return with their fourth album, ‘Plumb’. With 15 tracks crammed into 35 minutes, ‘Plumb’ remodels the modular, fragmented style of the first two Field Music albums, only now it’s shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th Century film music from Bernstein to ‘Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory’ and with the off-beam funk and pristine synth-rock developed on the brothers’…
FIELD MUSIC
Plumb
Memphis Industries
LP // £11.99

**Vinyl edition comes on 180gm purple vinyl with download code redeemable from the label** “Field Music (AKA Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis) return with their fourth album, ‘Plumb’. With 15 tracks crammed into 35 minutes, ‘Plumb’ remodels the modular, fragmented style of the first two Field Music albums, only now it’s shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th Century film music from Bernstein to ‘Willy Wonka And The…
MALE BONDING / EMA
Aneurysm / Endless Nameless
For Us
7″ // £4.99

Limited to 500 copies. “We at For Us Records love fun and we love cover versions. we had a quick whip round to get enough money to send sub pop’s male bonding into rory attwell’s studio in dalston for a day to record nirvana’s ‘aneurysm’. then we stole souterrain transmissions and south dakota native ema’s standout cover of ‘endless nameless’ from spin magazines ‘nevermind’ covers download album to release this…
NEAL MORGAN
In The Yard
Drag City
LP // £11.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “‘In The Yard’ is the second drum and voice album from Neal Morgan, finding the writer at the drum kit considering home, wandering his neighbourhood to know and become known, calling out villains from his youth, swimming on tour, reaching out to loved ones, and paying homage to the painter Philip Guston. The album extends Neal’s commitment to composing exclusively with drumming…
PICASTRO & NADJA
Fool, Redeemer
Alien8 Recordings
CD // £11.99

“Fool, Redeemer is semi-collaborative split release between Canadian acts Picastro and Nadja. Having toured together and shared a stage many times over the course of the last half-decade, the two bands thought it was time to finally release something together. Nominally a split album, members of both groups contributed to each other’s songs. And a certain mutual influence seeped into the compositions, Picastro’s dark-folk appearing at the beginning of Nadja’s…
TENNIS
Young & Old
ATP/Recordings
CD // £8.99

**Much anticipated sophomore album, the Denver Trio’s 1st for ATP, produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney** “After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, (Patrick) Riley and (Aliana) Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon…
TWERPS
Twerps
Underwater Peoples Records
LP // £16.99

*Jangly Aussie indie-pop niceness, tipped for any fans of Real Estate! Contains two sided collage insert* “Up til now, a large part of Twerps’ charm has been their rough edges. Recording to hissy four track tape, singing songs about enjoying the “occasional quiet drink” and then throwing up on your friends. But now, with their self-titled debut album, there might just be a little bit of growing up going on….

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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CALVIN KEYS
Shawn-Neeq
TOMPKINS SQUARE
LP // £17.99

**Sumptuous, immersive, deep and funky Jazz classic from 1971, reissued on 100% virgin 180g vinyl manufactured in Nashville, TN, USA** “Originally released on the influential label Black Jazz in 1971, guitarist Calvin Keys’ debut is a stone cold classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin’s singular guitar stylings, coupled with the heady collaborative feel that inhabits so many early ’70’s jazz recordings, are all on beautiful…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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DBRIDGE
The Little Things / Cornered
METALHEADZ
12″ // £5.99

Fancy platter from the Autonomic mainman, playing it smooth 2 ruff in hi-tech fashion. Uptown is the sweet liquid roller ‘The Little Things’, riding warm, hydraulic bass flow and snappy drums inna Calibre style. Downtown he gets much ruder, decimating a classic JBs break into body-twisting formations while the subs contract and expand with unfeasible dexterity. Baaad!

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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TERRANOVA
Hotel Amour
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Terranova, combine a tender pop spirit with svelte Acid House and Electronica on their debut album. ‘Hotel Amour’ is laden with guest vocal contributions from the likes of Khan, Billie Ray Martin, Snax and more, who all sound very comfortable set against the duo’s plush yet reserved production style. Of the thirteen tracks there’s only three instrumentals, so vocal haters might want to steer clear. But the lovers will be…
TERRANOVA
Hotel Amour
Kompakt
2LP + CD // £13.99

**Includes full copy of the album on CD** Terranova, combine a tender pop spirit with svelte Acid House and Electronica on their debut album. ‘Hotel Amour’ is laden with guest vocal contributions from the likes of Khan, Billie Ray Martin, Snax and more, who all sound very comfortable set against the duo’s plush yet reserved production style. Of the thirteen tracks there’s only three instrumentals, so vocal haters might want…
VINCE WATSON
Interference EP
Tresor Records
12″ // £5.99

Expert Electro-Techno and melodic Detroit-inspired Techno from Vince Watson. ‘Interference’ is typical Tresor tackle, slightly trance-tinged and optimised with a hard-edged finish for maximum results. However, ‘The Secret’ is much sweeter, shifted with a lighter groove and lush, eye-fluttering melody, also included as a stripped down beatless version.

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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SUZANNE CIANI
Lixiviation
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £8.99

**Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and “secret” synth music by “the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation”. Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200…
GESELLSCHAFT ZUR EMANZIPATION DES SAMPLE (JAN JELINEK)
More Circulations
FAITICHE
7″ // £6.99

Esteemed sound artist/producer Jan Jelinek returns to his Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples alias for another quietly subversive plunderphonic excursion. The four tracks on ‘Circulations’ further the ideas laid out on the first volume in 2009, questioning the ethics, implications and legalities of the sampling process by way of four delicious plunderphonic collages. They drift in the most opiated manner between beachside scenes of burbling polyrhythms, sweeping strings and squawking…
VARIOUS / MOI J’CONNAIS
Reverend Beat-Man’s Dusty Record Cabinet Vol. 2
MOI J’CONNAIS RECORDS
LP // £13.99

**180g vinyl in silk-screened sleeve** One year since his sold-out first collection, Reverend Beatman – the enigmatic boss of Voodoo Rhythm Records – presents volume 2 of his ‘Dusty Cabinet’ selections. Again he’s drawing for obscure and well known Rock & Roll, Greek Rembetika, Gospel, Jazz and English Folk, but this time with a Christmassy slant (although, to be fair, it’s not all that apparent!). It plays through almost like…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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BLONDES
Blondes
RVNG Intl.
2CD // £10.99

RVNG Intl present the long awaited CD compilation of Blondes’ three talked-about 12″ singles, including two exclusive bonus songs, and backed with complementary remixes by Andy Stott, Rene Hell, Laurel Halo, SFV Acid and John Roberts, among others. Coming from a decidedly academic and experimental background – they studied studio art and electroacoustic composition at Oberlin College – Sam Haar and Zach Steinman were soon enough seduced and inspired by…
JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS
The Shape Of Things
METAMATIC
CD // £12.99

**Limited edition 2CD hardback book. Includes bonus disc of remixes by Belbury Poly, Xeno & Oaklander and more** John Foxx returns to Benge’s well stocked studio for a follow-up to their well received 2011 LP ‘Interplay’. This sequel of sorts is defined by a rawer, more experimental aesthetic, instinctively guided by a deeply engrained knowledge of their vintage analogue synthesizers and drum machines. It oscillates between evocative instrumentals and proper…
ANDRé / GILDAS
Kitsuné Parisien II (Deluxe Edition)
Kitsune
CD // £10.49

*Includes fold out poster* Kisuné presents the new Parisian cuvée: a fourteen song compilation tasting the best of the city’s new and emerging talent, selected by Kitsuné chef Gildas Loaëc and designed by “night bird / graffiti artist André”. Like many, we’ve never heard of any of the artists included, and that’s at least half of the fun! From first listens there’s definitely a few to watch (if you aren’t…
HANDBRAEKES
#1
Boysnoize Records
12″ // £6.49

BIG BONED rave tools from the unholy alliance of Quentin Dupieux (Mr Oizo) & Alex Ridha (Boys Noize) aka Handbraekes! Pulling no punches, A-side we get the jagged electro-jax of ‘Callgurls’ and the freaky splice and dice, drum-heavy madness of ‘Riho’, both armed to gills with spannered party vibes. Flipside they kick it up a notch with the dotty noise stabs and marching funk of ‘The Qat’, before the boggle-eyed,…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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FRAK
Muzika Electronic
DIGITALIS
LP // £12.99

**Killer album of screwed techno, noise pulses, Drexciyan deconstructions and bizarro pop from obscure scene figureheads FRAK. Limited edition of 500 copies only for the world, initial copies on lime green vinyl* Oh yes – we’ve been waiting for this one for a while. As people become ever more drawn to the destroyed techno variants of Diamond Catalog, KPLR and Pete Swanson, and the plasticated rave appropriations of Ital, NNF…
ITAL
Hive Mind
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99

After coolly knocking out some of the most compelling 12″s of 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick re-routes the dancefloor with the fractal bump of his ‘Hive Mind’ LP. In case you’re unaware, Ital is far from being Daniel’s first project – he’s been making records for years on Dischord as member of Black Eyes, and as Sex Worker and Mi Ami for NNF – but for our $$$’s, his freshest, most adventurous…
OBJEKT
Cactus / Porcupine
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Hessle Audio present their eagerly anticipated single from man-of-the-moment, Objekt. Since smashing the scene wide open with his white label 12″s and remixes for Radiohead and SBTRKT in 2011, the Berlin-based producer has become one of the most talked-about properties amongst those in the know. His convergence of Techno, Dubstep , House and Garage conventions are bold statements on the possibilities of German engineering and UK Bass music, programming new…
UGANDAN METHODS (REGIS & ANCIENT METHODS)
Sixth Method
ANCIENT METHODS
12″ // £7.99

**Transparent pink vinyl** Ugandan Methods = Ugandan Speed Trials (Regis) + Ancient Methods. ‘Sixth Method’ is their second collusion of Industrial Techno mechanics, following a razing session on Downwards’ DN label in 2009. A-side is the droning, ‘floor ploughing behemoth ‘Beneath The Black Arch’, spiking AM’s war funk rhythms with a seething tribalist madness to deadly impact. Flipside ‘Between A Sleep And A Sleep’ relies on a more subtle sense…
BNJMN
Unknown 2
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Shapeshifting producer BNJMN makes a quick drop of three alien Techno trax on a Rush Hour white label. A-side the 140bpm kicks and trippy, cork-screwing accentuations of ‘Minus One’ sound something like Kassem Mosse jamming with Steve Poindexter in a parallel universe. B-side ‘Shadow’ layers strange, spindly melody over jacked-up and stripped down rhythms, and ‘Unrest’ comes off like Jamal Moss in hyperspace. Limited copies!
CLARO INTELECTO
Second Blood EP
Delsin Records
12″ // £6.99

One of Manchester’s deepest Techno producers returns with a beautiful, drizzle-spirited 3-tracker for Amsterdam’s Delsin imprint. It’s two years since his last solo EP, returning here with an elegantly slow and purposeful swagger. Claro’s sound is potent, yet heavily grooving. It’s best heard on the A-side ‘Second Blood’, a squashed and heady affair limboing way below the 100bpm barrier with lush airy chords and a billowing square bass arced by…
SBTRKT
Braiden / Lil’ Silva Remixes
Young Turks
12″ // £7.99

*Limited edition white label pressing* Slick remixes of SBTRKT by Braiden and Lil Silva. Frontside, following his ‘Alps’ drop on Joy O’s Doldrums, Rinse FM resident Braiden presents his 2nd remix outing. It’s a taut, finely manicured Tech-House overhaul of ‘Pharoahs’ from SBTRKT’s debut album, re-routing Roses Gabor’s vocals over swinging square bass and rolling House rhythms with a nice touch of darkside synths. Flipside, Lil Silva serves the sweet…
PHOTONZ
Love Spectre EP
DON’T BE AFRAID
12″ // £6.99

Photonz return to Semtek’s Don’t Be Afraid label following their wicked remix of his ‘West Acyd Shelter’ rebuild last summer. This time they’re fully in control, turning out four tracks of boundary stepping House in their shifty, instinctive style. A-side you got the layered marimba and machine drum polyrhythms of ‘Spectre’, a deep down dutty jacker with exotic, alien flavour, beside the wiggle-tech showdown ‘Walls’ to loosen any stiff hips….
THE BURRELL BROTHERS
The Nu Groove Years Part 1
Rush Hour
2LP // £15.99

**Includes 12″x12″ insert with liner notes by Bill Brewster** Rush Hour present the first volume in a much needed retrospective of NYC’s influential Nu Groove label, looking specifically at the classic output of Rheji and Ronald Burrell. Comprising eleven tracks produced under myriad monikers, part 1 scans their best gear from 1988-1992, affording a valuable insight to the oft-overlooked development of House music in the Big Apple. Too many classic…
EL PREVOST
Putting Out Fires EP
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Heavy, twisted Deep House music out of South London. The ‘Putting Out Fires’ EP is El Prevost’s 2nd release for Third Ear, following last years ‘Money Honey EP’ with a weighty, headstrong style taking in ‘floor-grappling Electro dynamics on the title track, plus tribally reinforced Detroit House on ‘Massive’ and a Karizma or Shake-style Breakbeat killer on ‘Sap’. Fans of Wbeeza, Kyle hall, Theo P should all check this.
IVANO TETELEPTA
I Think About You
FEAR OF FLYING
12″ // £6.99

Deeper, filter-disco-infected House from Ivano Tetelepta on his 2nd 12″ for Fear Of Flying. A-side is a hooky groove called ‘I Think About You’ snagged on a sweet soul vocal snippet and revolving on fat, bumpy bass. Flipside is the slinky, filtered House workout ‘Taksi’, and the atmospheric 6am shuffler ‘Open Moment’.

 

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USTAD ABDUL KARIM KHAN
1934 – 1935
Important Records
CD // £12.99

“Ustad Abdul Karim Khan’s recording of the composition ‘Jamuna ke tir’ in Raga Bhairavi stands as one of the great masterpieces of music. When I first heard the recordings of Abdul Karim Khan I thought that perhaps it would be best if I gave up singing, got a cabin up in the mountains, stocked it with a record player and recordings of Abdul Karim Khan, and just listened for the…
BURNT FRIEDMAN
Bokoboko
Nonplace
2LP // £14.99

Ten beguiling and open-ended instrumentals – over three years in the making – on Friedman’s fourth full length for his own NonPlace imprint. Burnt’s sound is much beloved of everyone from the Hardwax crew to Shackleton, and it’s very easy to hear why – he’s faithfully perpetuating the original, outernational spirit of krautrock which so heavily influenced much of the music they, and we, love today. Aided by his circle…