Oct 212011
 

Hello,

Sometimes the most subtle music leaves the deepest impression. Eliane Radigue’s compositions have a habit of doing that, and Senufo Editions’ reissue of her sublime 1972-73 pieces ‘Geelriandre/Arthesis’ has had us in raptures all week. Made on an ARP Synthesizer, Tape and a Moog, these pieces really do feature some of the finest examples of formative electronic minimalism we’ve heard, at turns challenging and utterly beautiful, and all made with the barest components. This edition comes hand-packaged in an edition of just 400 copies – we urge you to check in.

Pat Maher, meanwhile, has warped our tiny minds with his outings as Diamond Catalog and DJ Yo Yo Dieting, but his most refined work can be found under the Indignant Senility alias. This week he delivers his brand new second album under that moniker, made in a measly pressing of just 440 copies for the world with the initial batch on Chestnut coloured vinyl. Maher breathes fetid life into his ceramic textures and ghoulish ambient space with the touch of a true sonic alchemist. Fans of David Lynch, Kevin Drumm, Lustmord or The Caretaker should consider it essential listening.

In another dimension entirely, James Ferraro presents his bold, eagerly anticipated sonic subversion/new album ‘Far Side Virtual’. One of the most important underground artists of this era offers his skewed yet HD-clear overview of virtual utopias and cultural clutter in immersive, psychedelic style. It’s his most accessible album to date, but don’t let that fool you…

Vintage dance music compendiums abound this week with a deluxe Arthur Russell boxset and Strut’s amazing ‘Factory Dance’ collection. The former is a stunning 4LP set comprising Arthur’s genius ’24/24′ sessions and a stack of lesser known cuts for the Sleeping Bag label in opulent fashion, while the latter finds Bill Brewster compile the cream of the Factory records dancefloor crop between 1980-87, packed with proper Manchester-meets-New York classics and rarities.

In stranger post-Techno terrain we find Inner City’s ‘Terrestriality’ and Russell Haswell’s latest noises on ‘ACID nO!se Synthesis’. Inner City follow their ace NNA 7″ with a full LP of hypnagogic “synthscrapes”, like Hype Williams time-travelling to Destelbergen circa ’91, while Haswell’s CD is just filthy, f**ked-up acid fun.

And in more exotic climes, enigmatic French loop-smith High Wolf presents his reflections on a trip to India and Nepal with a sterling effort for Holy Mountain, full of sublime drones and chiming percussion, while Finders Keepers look to a similar region with their massively tipped ‘Bollywood Bloodbath’ compilation of B-movie incidentals and themes to stoke the very best parties.

On a groove tip, Funkineven’s rocked our world with his ruffest 12″ to date, the ‘Apron EP’. Imagine Dâm-Funk jamming with Alec Empire or Mr Fingers on a PCP bender and you’re close to the madness going down here. Class A jamz, these – don’t sleep!!! Trippin’ a more celestial trajectory, the Jonas Reinhardt four-piece follow aces for Not Not Fun with a superb, etched-vinyl two-tracker for The Great Pop Supplement, patching proto-Techno pulses and kosmische optimism in the dreamiest style, well tipped for fans of Steve Moore or Klaus Schulze.

IDIB fans will be in their element with Glass Candy’s latest, a pair of pop-positive disco diamonds on pink vinyl with insert, but if you’re after something decidedly NOW and forward-looking you could do a lot worse than Unknown To The Unknown’s KILLER 12″ with Detroit’s DJ Stingray, two tracks of full-on Jit/Footwork hybrids backed with Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt) and Ali Renault remixes, don’t you know!

Lastly, we have a limited number of copies in of the amazing Suum Cuique album “Midden”, a suite of tracks recorded by Demdike Stare’s Miles that sound something like the holy analogue offspring of Eleh, Eliane Radigue and Jeff mills – housed in a deluxe embossed white-on-white sleeve.

Also out this week: new releases from BNJMN, Elan, Twinsistermoon, dBridge, Horsepower Productions, Prince Rama, Zola Jesus & Prefuse 73, Class Actress, Portable, L-Vis 1990, Planetary Assault Systems, Scuba, Radioslave, Pacou, Soul Jazz, Slugabed, Jesu, Joachim Nordwall, Robert Wyatt and new Bristol techno imprint BRSTL.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ELIANE RADIGUE
Geelriandre / Arthesis (Special Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Senufo Editions
CD // £13.99

*Edition of 400 copies, packaged in hand-assembled four colour printed double sleeve with an insert* Giuseppe Ielasi’s amazing Senufo Editions label present a reissue of two long-form compositions by a master of discreet, devout electro-acoustics – Eliane Radigue. The first of the two half-hour pieces ‘Geelriandre’ was made on an ARP Synthesizer in 1972 accompanied by Gérard Fremy on Piano, and finally recorded at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1979. In its 29 minute life-span the world seems to gradually slow down spinning on its axis, everything feels measured to a deeply attuned internal clock. The ARP provides layers of wavering tones which gradually accumulate, dissipate and re-emerge with a subliminal quality while sensitively struck percussion – gongs and other, sharper metallic objects – mark out time with a saintly, opiated patience. Just so so good. Oh man, then there’s ‘Arthesis’ – realised on the Moog Synthesizer at the University of Iowa in 1973, a track which makes you feel like part of your consciousness is folding back into itself. A low, low hum starts out in the left channel before overtones gradually bleed into the right ending with a moebius strip-like circuit. After another 15 minutes or so both channels appear to start swooning in a kind of elliptical syncopation, leaving you utterly transfixed and practically dazed by the end. Hearing these pieces now, in our over-saturated soundsphere, the effect is nothing short of radical and deeply, unforgettably affective. If you’re seeking something literally extra-ordinary, which seems to displace time altogether, these pieces will greatly enrich your mind. When this material was originally released in 2003 on Fringes Recordings it was available in a greater number than this run and sold out immediately, so if you know what’s good…



INDIGNANT SENILITY
Consecration Of The Whipstain
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
2LP // £14.99

*Strictly limited pressing – just 440 copies available, with initial copies on Chestnut coloured vinyl* Pat Maher has left an indelible mark on our listening habits over the last few years – and in the process has become a producer tipped by many a tastemaker. From the ketamine techno fractals of his Diamond Catalog alias to the cough syrup-laced chopped and screwed productions as DJ Yo Yo Dieting, the guy just seems to have furrowed his own unique path situating him somewhere between the films of David Lynch, the aesthetic of the Tri Angle label and the mindset of the most experimental end of the U.S. underground movement. But by far the deepest impression Maher has made has been left by the unforgettable degenerations of his Indignant Senility project. 18 months have passed since the release of ‘Plays Wagner’ (his debut proper), in which time he’s become scarily familiar with his technique of decaying and manipulating found sound and sampled detritus. Like some arcane alchemist perfecting his magick, or a Victor Frankenstein of thrift shop wax, on ‘Consecration Of The Whipstain’ he’s resuscitated acousmatic fragments of f*ck-knows-what into a supernatural collage of symphonic ambient space and cold, metal-on-shellac texture. But most importantly it’s the channels between the gauzy layers, in the cracks of the dulled ceramic glaze, where the ghoulish drafts circulate more freely and chill to the bone with an intravenous sense of movement which wasn’t quite there previously, despite always being hinted at. Like the best of his work, there’s an unpredictability to the (de)composition of his occult sonics which, like the most memorable horror films (or their soundtracks), sustains the suspension of disbelief without you ever noticing, always holding back more than it gives away. And to further the celluloid analogy, it’s handled with a masterful attention to the lighting of each scene, allowing certain looming objects and apparitions just enough light to elicit deeply instinctive responses from the listener/viewer. There’s a list ranging from Xennakis to The Caretaker, Bellows to Lustmord and Kevin Drumm who could be more or less compared to this sound, but ultimately there’s something genuinely, quietly demented about it which should be approached with caution by anyone of a nervous disposition. It’s just hugely recommended to everyone else.



JAMES FERRARO
Far Side Virtual
ELECTRONIC
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £12.99

For the past seven years or more James Ferraro has been mapping out the MTV-reared, internet-scrambled parapsychology of an entire f*cked up generation, releasing countless tapes, CD-Rs and LPs to expound and expand his pungently postmodern vision. Recently that slew has abated a little while he’s been preparing this full-length for Hippos In Tanks, and now we can see why: Far Side Virtual is by far the most evolved, immersive, accessible and acute Ferraro offering to date, at once a major departure from his previous work and a perfect distillation of his long-standing themes. On first contact, the shedding of his long-standing lowest-fi aesthetic in favour of punchy, pin-sharp production is a bit of a shock, but ultimately this strategy proves all the more subversive; rather than simply commenting on the beast of hyper-consumerism, he’s now broadcasting from within it its Gatorade-lined belly. With titular references to Google, Mac, wi-fi, Pixar and Starbucks, conceptually it’s an attempt to capture something of the vulgar way we live now; sonically the whole thing is a psychedelic fantasia on the kind of music you hear when on hold to a dodgy insurance agent, or soundtracking a TV ad for dial-0800-GET-THIN diet pills – all cheap synths, glitzy chimes and oversexed saxophones, melodies deeply sinister in their utopian promise. There’s still that all-important tape-bounced, hypnagogic distance to proceedings, but for the most part what we have hear is a kind of unheimlich techno-pop that’s like nothing else out there, and yet instantly, eerily familiar – thanks to its roots in the audio-visual shrapnel of the everyday.



VARIOUS
Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12inch Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Strut
2LP // £16.99

Strut Records’ crucial compendium of Factory’s lesser-known, deadly dancefloor killers lands on double gatefold vinyl! Trustingly collected by the legendary Bill Brewster, it spans the nascent years of the influential Manchester label, charting the double refraction of cutting-edge dancefloor ideas between Cottonopolis and New York which followed the flight paths of New Order, Section 25 and A Certain Ratio during their early ’80s heyday. Now, as everyone knows, Manchester loves a good dance, and the incessant search for “the perfect beat” lead that early band of pioneers such as Martin Moscrop, Bernard Sumner, Mike Pickering and Rob Gretton to essentially recreate what they’d experienced at NYC clubs like The Danceteria and Village Vanguard at their newly opened Haçienda club on Whitworth street, and even going as far as enlisting the likes of Arthur Baker, and DJs Mark Kamin and Jellybean Benitez to produce and remix for the label. In the process they transformed the Manchester landscape of dour post-punk into a stylishly forward thinking assimilation of New York club sounds. And the tunes? There’s some absolute killers here (read that in a Gary Barlow voice for emphasis), from the eight-minute megamix of Section 25’s seminal ‘Looking From A Hilltop’ to the hypnotic Electro sophistication of John “Jellybean” Benitez’ restructure of 52nd Street’s ‘Cool As Ice’ and Mark Kamin’s fruity New York remix of Marcel King’s ’84 soul burner ‘Reach For Love’. But it’s not all Electroid. There’s also a healthy representation of the label’s more outre and exotic tastes, taking in Dennis Bovell’s X-O-Dubs cut ‘See Them A’Come’ and of the lush romance of The Durutti Column’s ‘For Belgian Friends’. Best of all for newcomers to the sound, compiler Bill Brewster has sidestepped the label’s dodgier moments and presented the perfect springboard for any any younger heads to dive into this era. Essential!



ARTHUR RUSSELL
24-24 Music (The Definitive 4LP Box Set)
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
Sleeping Bag
4LP LTD BOX // £52.99

**Hand screen-printed, super heavyweight deluxe boxset housing 4LPs, unpublished photographs, artwork and testimonials, and liner notes by A.R.’s biographer Tim Lawrence** For the Arthur Russell fan they don’t come much more crucial than this! Sleeping Bag, the label who handled some of Arthur’s finest dancefloor moments, have compiled his entire output as Dinosaur L, from the classic ’24/24′ LP through the multiple edits of ‘Go Bang’ and ‘In The Corn Belt’ together with his lesser known productions as Felix, Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn, Bonzo Goes To Washington, and Indian Ocean. Some of the latter tracks were collected on ‘The Sleeping Bag Sessions’ 2LP a couple of years back, but they’re not on a blag here – the production values for this box are entirely worthy of Arthur’s recognised status as a genuine musical auteur, and in our opinion at least, one of the most important artists of the last 40 years. It should bear repeating that this set includes some of the finest, most original and eternally beguiling bodies of work in modern music, so go figure. Out-and-out essential. Tracklisting in full: A1. Dinosaur L – #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean) A2. Dinosaur L – #5 (Go Bang!) A3. Dinosaur L – #2 (No, Thank You) B1. Dinosaur L – #7 B2. Dinosaur L – #3 (In The Corn Belt) B3. Dinosaur L – #6 (Get Set) C1. Dinosaur L – Clean On Your Bean #1 C2. Dinosaur L – #5 Go Bang! (Francois K Mix) D1. Dinosaur L – Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit) D2. Dinosaur L – In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Remix) E1. Dinosaur L – Go Bang! (Walter Gibbons Mix) F1. Bonzo Goes To Washington – 5 Minutes (B-b-b Bombing Mix) F2. Felix – Tiger Stripes (Extended Version) F3. The Sounds Of J.H.S. 126 Brooklyn – Chill Pill (Underwater Mix) G1. Indian Ocean – School Bell / Treehouse G2. You Can’t Hold Me Down (Extended Version) H1. Indian Ocean – Treehouse / School Bell (Extended Bootleg Edit) H2. Bonzo Goes To Washington – 5 Minutes (R-r-r Radio Mix) H3. The Sounds Of J.H.S. 126 Brooklyn ft The Educational Crew – You Can’t Hold Me Down (Test Pressing Version – Previously Unreleased



INNERCITY
Terrestreality
ELECTRONIC
Aguirre
LP // £14.99

*Edition of 300 copies only for the world* Fresh from his ace 7″ for NNA Tapes, Belgium’s Hans Dens drops his 2nd vinyl LP of lo-fi hypnagogic synthscrapes. His latest blown-out Techno odyssey scrambles the coordinates between Krautrock, minimal synth music and Belgian beats, hovering in an illusory interzone of self-organising synth music and almost unconsciously programmed arrangements. Through the A-side we encounter the lolling, eyes-shut ‘Opiate Vague’ which sounds somewhere between Hype Williams and Rabih Beani, besides the decaying topographies of ‘Pai Apnan/Pai Nan’ like Motion Sickness of Time Travel on a bad trip, and the submerged murk of ‘Grind At Heart’. Flipside the journey becomes more fractal with a series of shorter tracks morphing from humid cyber-tropical simulations reminding of L.J.R. Martens to infernal dream noise and chewed techno, before spitting us out on the mind-decompressing drone pressure systems of ‘Baby Food’. Most excellent.



RUSSELL HASWELL
ACID nO!se Synthesis
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Seventeen new tracks from Russell Haswell, plus 16 page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms. The tracks are improvisations on either modular synthesizer, computer or electronics and pedals (full equipment listed in booklet). They were simultaneously recorded and monitored on stereo/phase scope (visual) and speakers or headphones (auditory), direct to 2-channel HD with no overdub and no midi. It’s all intended to be an multi-sensory experience, providing instructions to connect an Oscilloscope X-Y view or software equivalent and including a reading list to really get you in the mood. And what does it sound like? Oh f*ck, that bit. Essentially they’re seventeen hugely dynamic and abstract shapes, lasting between 33 seconds and just over 12 minutes, from somersaulting glitches to raging white noise clusterf*cks and obliterating distortion, via isolated ambience and almost cartoonish frequency chatter. Put simply, it satisfies a very specific itch for the furthest freaks.



BNJMN
Black Square
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
LP // £11.99

BNJMN serves Rush Hour with a second LP of unique productions on ‘Black Square’. His sound here is brilliantly versatile; whether he’s on a swinging House tip or a steppin’ electronica flex, there’s a consistent sense of compositional virtue which marks him out from the crowd. It’s all heavily imbued with a debt to vintage ’90s IDM and Ambient Techno but executed with a cyber-simulant freshness which feels more up-to-the-moment, taking House and Techno templates and revitalising them with ultra-crisp digital tropes which might not satisfy the analogue purists, but so what? There’s highlights to be heard on the emotively rave-spirited ‘Keep The Power Out’ and the Tokyo Tech-House vibes of ‘Open The Floodgates’, or on a more leftfield tip check for the woozy, off-centre stepper ‘Wisdom Of Uncertainty’ or the almost baroque beatless beauty of ‘Hallowed’ for a fine taste of what to expect. TIPPED!



HIGH WOLF
Atlas Nation
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Holy Mountain
LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** French drone deities High Wolf might be best known for their shimmering Not Not Fun efforts, but this latest full-length (emerging on the ever-reliable Holy Mountain imprint) is probably their best yet. Apparently it was inspired by a long trip to India and Nepal, and this Eastern promise is clearly reflected in the band’s sound palette. Pulsing tablas sit beneath a dense, sludgy bed of droning guitars – but ‘Atlas Nation’ isn’t a chore to listen to. While a great deal of drone music can be a feat of endurance, High Wolf throw enough hooks in there you’ll find yourself almost humming along to at some points. A good comparison might be the similarly-loctated Natural Snow Buildings, and while High Wolf breach far more worldly places, they definitely share a knack for creating beauty from the dark recesses of sound. The album draws to an epic close with ‘Haiti’, an elegy of sorts to the country’s debilitating earthquake and maybe the band’s saddest and most affecting composition to date. It climaxes in a cacophony of distortion and chiming percussion and I’m reminded of sacred music, somehow – a fitting tribute to weighty subject matter. Highly recommended.



VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Bollywood Bloodbath
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**Immense collection of exquisite Bollywood horror-funk themes reclaimed by the FK crew – hugely recommended!** After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Keepers unveil one of their most essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay’s bloodthirsty horror film industry and witnesses the cognoscenti of the Bollywood pop scene at their most creative, destructive an experimentally effective. “Bollywood Bloodbath” features India’s finest composers, such as Bappi Lahiri, RD Burman, Sonik Omi, Sapan Jogmohan and Laxmikant Pyarelal making the kind of radical risk-rock that would under normal circumstances have studio security escorting these overworked maestros off set for a well-earned break or a relaxing exorcism. Take all the most oblique, indigenous characteristics of your favourite Bollywood musicals then condense them into a bubbling serum and watch the Jekyll and Hyde transformation commence as these A-list composers create bloodcurdling B-Music for the films they never thought the outernationals would see or hear. Leading up to the inauguration of the notorious Ramsay Bros film company (whose sibling rivalry in the 70s and 80s lead to the inclusion of flight-style puke bags in participating picture houses) this compilation pulls no punches and plunges the “B” of Bombay into the heart of the b-movie and squirts a masala of bloody ketchup and red wine onto the sets of Bollywood’s glorious filmic musicals. Licensed exclusively from the independant Indian film music companies (revealing incidental tracks that they didn’t even know they owned) Bollywood Bloodbath is the result of avid stomach turning research via VHS tapes, chewed-up cassettes, and LPs, 12″s and 45s remastered from some of the only existing master tapes; presented on both CD and vinyl for both the hairy home listeners and daring DJs just in time for the witching season. Hunt down the spooky Sansani before it gets to you first!”



SUUM CUIQUE (DEMDIKE STARE)
Midden
ELECTRONIC
Young Americans
LP // £15.99

*Demdike Stare’s Miles with an incredible set of dark analogue productions somewhere between Eleh, Pan Sonic and Eliane Radigue. Comes housed in a white-on-white embossed sleeve – limited copies available* Suum Cuique (pronouned Soom Kwi-Kwe, Latin for “To Each His Own”) follows the remit of Young Americans to explore uncharted, experimental, and personal synthscapes, guided by the hand of intuition with an entirely analogue array of machines. There’s a confidence and ability to these productions which elevates them above the masses of lo-fi synth meanderings currently murmuring in the underground, occupying the tantalising space between Eliane Radigue and James Ferraro, or Thomas Köner and Daphne Oram, creating a dialogue between their shared and opposing aesthetics to give an emotional response with deeply chilling and engrossing results. In ‘Lithic Reduction’ concrète textures grind like a millstone to release powdery clouds of analog dust, settling only to be dispersed by gusts of blackened distortion, whereas ‘Red Binary’ is distinctly electronic, revolving around muted radar bleeps like the resonance from SAW II soundtracking a speckly pill experience that’s starting to go west. The album’s centrepiece, the aptly titled ‘Entropy’ nods to the sublimely stoic work of Eleh, radiating microtonal bass shifts while a bitter northerly wind builds in intensity. Brilliantly out of place, ‘Cyclic Redundancy’ opens the flipside with a majestically submerged slab of completely obliterated and submerged 4/4, like an unholy collusion between Mika Vainio, Sandwell and Bernard Parmegiani soundtracking a trade union rave in the 1950’s, before ‘Even In Death…’ conjures imagery of a eulogy given by a Mongolian throat singer with crows circling overhead.

Singles of the Week



FUNKINEVEN
Apron EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
APRON RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Funkineven comes as rough as yer nan’s stubble on three killer analogue sessions – his most focused and stripped release to date. In fact, it’s so gnarled there’s even a warning on the centre label “It’s Not Your Speakers, It’s The Beat”, a sure sign of great things ahead. On the A-side you’ll feel the gravelly wallop of ‘Beat Crash’, a bruxist confection of wildly overdriven electro bass, surging hyper-Boogie keys and needling hi-hats, kinda like Alec Empire jamming with Dâm Funk. Flipside ‘F*ck Off’ churns any remaining residue between your ears with gargled acid tweaks and brittle-but-booming machine rhythm, then there’s ‘Iron Cloud’, like some recording made by Mr Fingers after a three-day PCP-bender in ’86. For our 2p, this is the best Funkineven record to date and an absolute must!



JONAS REINHARDT
The Prime Revealer
ELECTRONIC
THE GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT
12″ // £6.99

**Side A of this 12″ is pressed as a 7” played at 45rpm and Side B is cut as a 10” at 33rpm, the additional space is taken up by a disc etching, mastered and cut expertly at Abbey Road. Limited edition of 500** Jesse Reiner’s San Franciscan Kosmische four-piece follow-up their excellent RPG mission ‘Music For The Tactile Dome’ with a canny two tracker for Great Pop Supplement. The group, now expanded to include Damon Palermo (Mi Ami/Magic Touch) Diego Gonzales, and Phil Manley (Trans Am/The F*cking Champs) go deep with their searching A-side ‘The Prime Revealer’, propelling us into a milky cosmos of spooling arpeggios, distant star scream synths and proto-Techno pulses with wide-eyed but almost pop-focussed intent. The flipside is more mysterious, widescreen and exploratory; sentinel synths scan endless martian terrain while their swelling atmospheric mix leaves us feeling light headed and floating. Excellent music, and top-notch presentation! Tipped for fans of Expo70, Steve Moore, Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze.



STINGRAY ENTERS THE UNKNOWN
The Sadist
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Unknown To The Unknown
12″ // £5.99

UTTU deliver their hottest drop yet, a lethal platter featuring DJ Stingray, Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt), and Cestrian (aka Ali Renault)! The original two parts of ‘Sadist’ features the shady UTTU characters in collaboration with DJ Stingray, pulling no punches with hyper-fused elements of D-troit Jit, Industrial-strength Electro and Chi-town Footwork honed to a body-owning flex. Flipside, following his notorious appearance at the UTTU party in June, Heinrich Mueller ices ‘The Sadist’ into stoic, spindly beats and hypnotic arpeggios leaving spider-trails across yo’ mind, while Cestrian buffs up a more brusing EBM-tempered version to conclude. For the Footwork futurists and Electro fetishists this really don’t come any more essential this week. BIG tip!



GLASS CANDY
Warm In The Winter / Beautiful Object
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
12″ // £7.99

*Pink vinyl – Picture sleeve includes two-sided 12×12″ insert* Johnny Jewel and Ida No are back! Their first single in over a year ‘Warm In The Winter’ is an exuberant slice of pop-positive disco NRG, Ida cooing ‘I Love You/We Love You’ over star-melting arpeggios primed for the huggiest indie-discos around. For contrast, ‘Beautiful Object’ drops the pace for a slow, swirling bit of Piano-Disco-Boogie, a full-bodied pop groover with trilling vocal hooks you’ll no doubt find yourself humming at the bus stop days after receipt. B-side includes instrumentals of both songs.

 

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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FUNKINEVEN
Apron EP
APRON RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Funkineven comes as rough as yer nan’s stubble on three killer analogue sessions – his most focused and stripped release to date. In fact, it’s so gnarled there’s even a warning on the centre label “It’s Not Your Speakers, It’s The Beat”, a sure sign of great things ahead. On the A-side you’ll feel the gravelly wallop of ‘Beat Crash’, a bruxist confection of wildly overdriven electro bass, surging hyper-Boogie…
ELAN
Next 2 Last
Monkeytown Records
2CD // £11.99

Monkeytown round up 12 tracks from the future-leaning B-Boy’s three vinyl releases, and sling in an extra disc of remixes by Cosmin TRG, Anstam, Byetone, Lazer Sword and more for measure! The young talent from San Diego has eked out a niche on the label with his distinctively cute-but-rude Hip Hop productions. His sound is clearly comparable with other West Coast beatsmiths like Tokimonsta or Shlohmo (his pal from the…
DJ Q-BERT
Kombat Kutz
Dirt Style
LP // £12.99

Skratchy Seal’s evil cousin (the other side of Q-Bert’s schizophonic alias) compiles a potty-mouthed collection of disses to deploy on your worst enemy/battle opponent. It’s the first of its kind, a skipless battle record full of carefully selcted cuss words and disses perfectly aligned to drop on beat. A weapon!
KUEDO
Severant
Planet Mu
Cassette // £12.99

*Limited Cassette edition of Kuedo’s excellent Severant album* The future arrives in the form of Kuedo’s hugely anticipated debut album. Since quietly disbanding the Vex’d vehicle he formerly operated with Roly Porter (whose solo debut LP also landed recently), he’s been moving towards a slower, ornately detailed sound with his Kuedo project. But he’s now re-emerged with a stripped down and luxurious variant on ‘Severant’, clearly referencing Chicagoan Footwork and…
SLUGABED
Sun Too Bright Turn It Off
Ninja Tune
12″ // £5.99

Young Slugabed (he’s a mere 22 years old…) returns for a brand new EP of material, and rather good it is too. Moving away from the Ninja Tune mould of yore, ‘Sun Too Bright Turn It Off’ might be instrumental hip hop, but its as jerky and electrified as anything emerging from the West Coast. More experimental than FlyLo and less indebted to Dilla than most of his contemporaries, Slugabed…
ZARA MCFARLANE
Until Tomorrow
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £9.99

“Positioned neatly between the twin worlds of modern jazz and eclectic nu-soul, Zara McFarlane’s album confirms the presence of a very special young voice on the UK scene. The album exudes a liberal dose of subtle, stealthy swing, yet, as steeped as she is in the jazz tradition, Zara has brought an eminently soul undercurrent to what she does, and her music will appeal to audiences weaned on Jill Scott…
BOOKS
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SOUL JAZZ
The Album Cover Art of Studio One Records
Soul Jazz
HARDCOVER BOOK (LARGE) // £19.99

This deluxe 200 page hardback 12”x12”book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs from the legendary Studio One Records. Described by Chris Blackwell as The University Of Reggae, Studio One is by far the most important record label in the history of Reggae music, an A-Z of Jamaican music as iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz. The book features classic artwork from Bob…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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INDIGNANT SENILITY
Consecration Of The Whipstain
Type
2LP // £14.99

*Strictly limited pressing – just 440 copies available, with initial copies on Chestnut coloured vinyl* Pat Maher has left an indelible mark on our listening habits over the last few years – and in the process has become a producer tipped by many a tastemaker. From the ketamine techno fractals of his Diamond Catalog alias to the cough syrup-laced chopped and screwed productions as DJ Yo Yo Dieting, the guy…
HIGH WOLF
Atlas Nation
Holy Mountain
LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** French drone deities High Wolf might be best known for their shimmering Not Not Fun efforts, but this latest full-length (emerging on the ever-reliable Holy Mountain imprint) is probably their best yet. Apparently it was inspired by a long trip to India and Nepal, and this Eastern promise is clearly reflected in the band’s sound palette. Pulsing tablas sit beneath a dense,…
TWINSISTERMOON
When Stars Glide Through Solid
BLACKEST RAINBOW
2LP // £17.99

**Double gatefold, heavyweight vinyl includes a whole side of exclusive new material. Limited to 600 copies** “Long awaited reissue of the debut release from mehdi Ameziane’s Twinsistermoon project, originally released as a gorgeous handmade self released CDR in 2007. To many followers of Natural Snow Buildings this is the pick of all their releases, which is rather ironic being that it had one of the smallest release runs in the…
TWINSISTERMOON
When Stars Glide Through Solid
BLACKEST RAINBOW
CD // £9.99

“Long awaited reissue of the debut release from mehdi Ameziane’s Twinsistermoon project, originally released as a gorgeous handmade self released CDR in 2007. To many followers of Natural Snow Buildings this is the pick of all their releases, which is rather ironic being that it had one of the smallest release runs in the discography. But due to the level of interest about their releases on blogs and in the…
JESU
Jesu
Hydra Head
2LP // £19.99

*Deluxe 2xLP edition limited to just 70 copies in Europe* “Few albums represent an individual and genre defining milestone as does the self titled debut from Justin Broadrick’s Jesu. Combining the considerable sonic weight of Godflesh with brittle melancholy melodies in hypnotic long-form structures, it provided ample evidence of Broadrick’s myriad capabilities as a song writer and ceaselessly creative musical innovator. While the eight tracks that comprise the album truly…
AIDAN BAKER
Plague Of Fantasies
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £12.99

*Limited edition of 300 pressed on virgin wax* Rare vinyl outing for this prolific, high-minded musician, presenting four deeply melancholic, almost doomy 4-track compositions made in 2005 but digitally reworked in 2010. As he’s proven countless times throughout his extensive catalogue, Aidan has a fluid approach to genre boundaries, dissembling elements of structured post-rock and jazz with an improvisers intuition which seldom fails to connect with listeners attuned to more…
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO
Shakespeare From The Cosmic Inferno 2008
BLACKEST RAINBOW
2LP // £19.99

**Edition of 250 on 140gram virgin vinyl. Nearly 80 minutes long** Blackest Rainbow present the 1st LP on their Bootleg offshoot – a scorching performance by the legendary Acid Mothers Temple recorded live in Sheffield, August 2008. The line-up also includes Pika (formerly of Afrirampo) doubling on drums with Shimura Koji for added cosmic velocity and it’s safe to say you need to play loud as loud as possible. In…
PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
Transparent Winter
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £12.99

*Edition of 250 on 140gm virgin vinyl* The trio of Roberto and Maurizio Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien) regroup in their spectral guise as Painting Petals On Planet Ghost with Ramona Ponzini. ‘Transparent Winter’ is their fourth full album together, strung out like three opiated apparitions singing Japanese folk songs set to psychedelic drones. The brothers Opalio are responsible for the plush instrumental backdrops, creating misty, etheric atmospheres from…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ARTHUR RUSSELL
24-24 Music (The Definitive 4LP Box Set)
Sleeping Bag
4LP LTD BOX // £52.99

**Hand screen-printed, super heavyweight deluxe boxset housing 4LPs, unpublished photographs, artwork and testimonials, and liner notes by A.R.’s biographer Tim Lawrence** For the Arthur Russell fan they don’t come much more crucial than this! Sleeping Bag, the label who handled some of Arthur’s finest dancefloor moments, have compiled his entire output as Dinosaur L, from the classic ’24/24′ LP through the multiple edits of ‘Go Bang’ and ‘In The Corn…
JOE COLEMAN
Test Drive
F1 TEAM
12″ // £6.99

Reissue of scorching Disco-Boogie songs from US soul singer Joe Coleman. Both sides were made in 1982 and with no represses since, they understandably go for mega-bucks nowadays on the 2nd-hand market. A-side is ‘Test Drive’ an infectious uptempo disco burner with blazing vocal, and flipside is ‘Get It Off The Ground’ from his other ’82 12″, sexing it up over funky guitar chops guaranteed to get the dancefloor soppin’….
DOCUMENTARY
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VARIOUS / MORR MUSIC
Backyard: The Movie
Morr Music
DVD+CD // £17.99

“BACKYARD – The Movie is a realisation and celebration of Reykjavík’s creative spirit. It is the embodiment of what happens when a group of friends work hard at implementing and executing an idea, and it is simply because they’re having fun! It is pure joy on celluloid, and you should join this party, which features performances by Múm, FM Belfast, Sin Fang, Hjaltalín, Retro Stefson, Borko & Reykjavík! Most of…
DUB / REGGAE
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LITTLE JOHN AND BILLY BOYO
Brandy
SPRING HILL
12″ // £7.99

Killer, crisp and heavy pressing of the deadly youthling duo Little John and Boyo on a Ranking Toyan production from 1983. It’s actually a cover of an O’Jays original, but augmented to tell a story of unrequited love – JA style – on Little John’s version, before Boyo jumps in to ruff it up on another, backed with a dub cut at 45rpm on the flip for maximum pressure.
BUNNY ‘STRIKER’ LEE
Reggae Going International 1967-1976
KINGSTON SOUNDS
CD // £9.99

“Edward O’Sullivan Lee “but my friends call me Bunny or Striker Lee” was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 23rd August 1941. He started in the music business plugging records for Duke Reid at Treasure Isle, Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Leslie Kong at Beverley’s. “I used to do plugging… when I say plugging I used to get their records played on ‘Teenage Dance Party’ and we’d dance so if…
BUNNY ‘STRIKER’ LEE
Reggae Going International 1967-1976
KINGSTON SOUNDS
2LP // £15.99

“Edward O’Sullivan Lee “but my friends call me Bunny or Striker Lee” was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 23rd August 1941. He started in the music business plugging records for Duke Reid at Treasure Isle, Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Leslie Kong at Beverley’s. “I used to do plugging… when I say plugging I used to get their records played on ‘Teenage Dance Party’ and we’d dance so if…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS
The Lost Tapes EP
Tempa
12″ // £6.99

Sizzling EP of previously unreleased archive tracks from one of UK dance music’s most influential outfits, the mighty Horsepower Productions. As you all surely know by now, In their inspired toughening and teching out of UK Garage, Horsepower effectively brought dubstep into being. In recent years they’ve favoured a pretty sludgy dubstep sound of their own, but this 12″ captures the swinging 2-step energy of their classic period: the albums…
JOHNNY OSBOURNE / V.I.V.E.K.
Fally Ranking (V.I.V.E.K. Mixes)
Greensleeves
12″ // £5.99

Greensleeves’ excellent dubstep series hands the Johnny Osborne classic to Deep Medi souljah, V.I.V.E.K. for two faithful, powerful remixes. In a reserved fashion, V.I.V.E.K tuffens the 4/4 rhythm of the original with HD-criss FX, adding a bowling weight to the pneumatic subs for genuine steppers’ delight. Flipside, the ‘Southall Community Dub Mix’ gives an extra lick of natty tribal percussion. High pressure sounds!
DBRIDGE
So Lonely EP
Exit Records
12″ // £7.49

dBridge finds his singing voice again for the cyber-soul stepper ‘So Lonely’, backed with remixes by Consequence and Morgan Zarate. The original is one of dBridge’s more restrained offerings, but also one of his sharpest, allowing the vocals to hypnotise centre stage while the cold, paranoid instrumental sustains a subtle but deeply brooding tension. On remix detail, Morgan Zarate flips the script with with a bold production mirroring recent Hud…
XI / SEPALCURE / DISTAL / VARIOUS
Surreal Estate (Ltd Edition EP Sampler)
Frite Nite
LP // £8.99

Six-track sampler for Frite Nite’s mix of diverse Bass music subsets from North American producers. The San Fran label tasks favoured West Coast selector Ana Sia with the picks, traversing a spectrum of next Footwork, Electro Funk and UK-inspired Dubstep tribalism. A-side includes highlights from Distal on the glowing 808 rollidge of ‘Mamanimal’ and a lush contribution from Sepalcure, entitled ‘Deep City Insects’. Flipside, Werst Coast represents with DJG’s deepend…
AK KIDS / 1000NAMES / SLUGABED
The gassAKu EP
Lowriders Recordings
10″ // £6.99

*Clear 10″ in poly sleeve* Akira Kiteshi aka AK Kids cooks up four crooked collaborations. With 1000names for ‘Pop Girl’ he’s on a squashed electro-boogie lean, and alongside Argyle Pimps on a scrunched and noisy Hip Hop tip. Best of all is ‘Charles Bronson’ with Slugabed, using samples from the eponymous film for a delirious, fractal face melter, before jamming a slow-roastin’ Rave joint with Coco Bryce on ‘Acid House’….
QUANTAX
Cinematics
Surely Bassy Records
10″ // £5.99

2nd release from Surely Bassy Records, a new label for new, up-and-coming producers. Quantax debuts with two tracks of plush dubstep: the string heavy halfstep surge of ‘Cinematics’ on the A-side and the smokier symphonics of ‘Who Needs Attack’ on the flip.
ELECTRONIC
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ELIANE RADIGUE
Geelriandre / Arthesis (Special Edition)
Senufo Editions
CD // £13.99

*Edition of 400 copies, packaged in hand-assembled four colour printed double sleeve with an insert* Giuseppe Ielasi’s amazing Senufo Editions label present a reissue of two long-form compositions by a master of discreet, devout electro-acoustics – Eliane Radigue. The first of the two half-hour pieces ‘Geelriandre’ was made on an ARP Synthesizer in 1972 accompanied by Gérard Fremy on Piano, and finally recorded at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1979….
JAMES FERRARO
Far Side Virtual
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £12.99

For the past seven years or more James Ferraro has been mapping out the MTV-reared, internet-scrambled parapsychology of an entire f*cked up generation, releasing countless tapes, CD-Rs and LPs to expound and expand his pungently postmodern vision. Recently that slew has abated a little while he’s been preparing this full-length for Hippos In Tanks, and now we can see why: Far Side Virtual is by far the most evolved, immersive,…
INNERCITY
Terrestreality
Aguirre
LP // £14.99

*Edition of 300 copies only for the world* Fresh from his ace 7″ for NNA Tapes, Belgium’s Hans Dens drops his 2nd vinyl LP of lo-fi hypnagogic synthscrapes. His latest blown-out Techno odyssey scrambles the coordinates between Krautrock, minimal synth music and Belgian beats, hovering in an illusory interzone of self-organising synth music and almost unconsciously programmed arrangements. Through the A-side we encounter the lolling, eyes-shut ‘Opiate Vague’ which sounds…
RUSSELL HASWELL
ACID nO!se Synthesis
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Seventeen new tracks from Russell Haswell, plus 16 page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms. The tracks are improvisations on either modular synthesizer, computer or electronics and pedals (full equipment listed in booklet). They were simultaneously recorded and monitored on stereo/phase scope (visual) and speakers or headphones (auditory), direct to 2-channel HD with no overdub and no midi. It’s all intended to be an multi-sensory experience, providing instructions to…
SUUM CUIQUE (DEMDIKE STARE)
Midden
Young Americans
LP // £15.99

*Demdike Stare’s Miles with an incredible set of dark analogue productions somewhere between Eleh, Pan Sonic and Eliane Radigue. Comes housed in a white-on-white embossed sleeve – limited copies available* Suum Cuique (pronouned Soom Kwi-Kwe, Latin for “To Each His Own”) follows the remit of Young Americans to explore uncharted, experimental, and personal synthscapes, guided by the hand of intuition with an entirely analogue array of machines. There’s a confidence…
JONAS REINHARDT
The Prime Revealer
THE GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT
12″ // £6.99

**Side A of this 12″ is pressed as a 7” played at 45rpm and Side B is cut as a 10” at 33rpm, the additional space is taken up by a disc etching, mastered and cut expertly at Abbey Road. Limited edition of 500** Jesse Reiner’s San Franciscan Kosmische four-piece follow-up their excellent RPG mission ‘Music For The Tactile Dome’ with a canny two tracker for Great Pop Supplement. The…
KORALLREVEN
As Young As Yesterday (Panda Bear / Girl Unit Mixes)
Acephale
12″ // £10.99

**Orange Vinyl – Includes download code redeemable from the label* Arresting 1st single taken from Korallreven’s debut album, backed up with impressive remixes by Panda Bear and Girl Unit! Last year the duo of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder stepped out of their better known guise as The Radio Dept with a clutch of bold singles, and returned this year with a fantastic mix of their own remixes for Velvet…
BJORK
Biophilia
One Little Indian
2LP // £14.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** ‘Biophilia’ must be one of this year’s most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular,…
JOACHIM NORDWALL
Ignition
Ash International
CD // £11.99

Not a cover of R. Kelly, unfortunately, but a really dynamic and varied long-form synthesizer piece on Touch-affiliated Ash International from Joachim Nordwall, a member of noise heroes Skull Defekts. There’s a real butchness and bite to this work that’s just completely blowing us away: Nordwall’s sticky, tactile analogue interventions range from monkishly reserved ambience to jutting techno pulsation, and all the while the sense of dread is unrelenting. It’s…
THE BRANDT BRAUER FRICK ENSEMBLE
Mr. Machine
K7
CD // £12.99

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble’s recent single ‘Pretend’ (with Ninja Tune starlet Emika) was a startling example of the trio’s underrated musical landscape as they welded icy-cool jazz experiments with the atmosphere of a doomy cabaret and the pulsing 4/4 kick of Chicago’s finest. ‘Mr. Machine’ is the band’s second full-length and takes the pitch-perfect minimal shuffle of their groundbreaking debut and manages to sharpen it at the edges. The…
PRINCE RAMA
Trust Now
Paw Tracks Records
CD // £6.99

Ahead of their Not Not Fun release, Prince Rama drop this lushly colourful EP for Paw Tracks. Somehow, ‘Rest In Peace’ imagines a fusion of electro-rock and Kate Bush suffused with psyched Indian Raga, while ‘Summer Of Love’ sounds like Sun-Ra soundtracking a modern Bollywood horror and the titular centrepiece conducts elemental traces of coldwave-synthpop, noise and theatrical drama as only they can. Again, you’ll brilliantly struggle to hold onto…
PRINCE RAMA
Trust Now
Paw Tracks Records
LP // £10.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ahead of their Not Not Fun release, Prince Rama drop this lushly colourful EP for Paw Tracks. Somehow, ‘Rest In Peace’ imagines a fusion of electro-rock and Kate Bush suffused with psyched Indian Raga, while ‘Summer Of Love’ sounds like Sun-Ra soundtracking a modern Bollywood horror and the titular centrepiece conducts elemental traces of coldwave-synthpop, noise and theatrical drama as only they…
CLOAKS
Versions Grain
3BY3
CD // £8.99

Spirit crushing set of alternate revisions for Cloaks’ 2009 album ‘Versus Grain’, featuring deconstructions by Ancient Methods, Legion Of Two and the entire 3by3 roster of Justin Broadrick, Dead Fader, Devilman, Oyaarss and Volt Music. Most notably the Ancient mechanically reclaimed Ancient Methods remix is their first ever track released on CD, while JK Flesh (aka Jesu) amps the ferocity of ‘Rust On Metal’ with a lip-smackingly noisy relish and…
PALI MEURSAULT
Without The Wolves
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*First edition, housed in vacuum-sealed sleeve. Limited to 200 copies* Incredibly detailed and immersive concrète sound design from Pali Meursault, presenting his second release on Entr’acte. ‘Without The Wolves’ was composed from recordings made during excursions to the French Alps in the summer and winters between 2006 and 2008. It traces a similar theme to Giuseppe Ielasi’s brilliant ‘Alpi’ LP as Oreledigneur, but with far more processing involved, resulting in…
OAK / ASC
Otaku (ASC Remix)
Space Cadets
12″ // £6.99

Slick sophomore release of electronica/D&B minimalism from Russian producer Oak, backed with a deft ASC remix. The original is all about concentrated micro-rhythmic tension, focused on whirring syncopation and ultra-spacious atmospheres recalling, to an extent, his fellow Russian producers Kontext or CoH. ASC’s remix on the flip appears to be split into two halves; a kinetic opening section with mercurial rhythm programming and swooning, widescreen pads, and a second decompression…
EXTREME / NOISE
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WHITE DOG
Triturate
Post Present Medium
LP // £10.99

**Noisy sh*t for fans of Harry Pussy, Borbetomagus, Hijokaidan. Edition of 500 housed in silk-screened sleeves** “White Dog is comprised of Rusty Kelly (drums and electronics) and Matt Lyons from Total Abuse (guitar), Veronica Ortuno from Finally Punk and The Carrots (guitar and sax), photographer Mikaylah Bowman (vocals) and Mike Naccarato from Rayon Beach (sax and drums). From Austin Texas and New York, White Dog have been playing in various…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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ROBERT WYATT
Cuckooland (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
2LP + CD // £14.99

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** 2003’s Cuckooland may still be fairly fresh in the memory, but five years on, this Domino reissue will provide you with a suitable excuse – were any needed – to revisit some of Robert Wyatt’s very finest material of his recent career. Featuring appearances from famous pals like David Gilmour, Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller, Gilad…
ROBERT WYATT
Dondestan (Revisited) (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
LP+CD // £13.49

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** Based on 1991’s Dondestan, 1998’s Dondestan (revisited) is Wyatt’s attempt to remake the album, resulting in a different sequencing of the tracklist and remixed songs. When the original version of the album emerged it was hailed by some as his finest work since Rock Bottom, and this revised version of the record remains a fascinating entry into…
ROBERT WYATT
Nothing Can Stop Us (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
LP+CD // £13.49

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** Released in 1982, Nothing Can Stop Us was a compilation album, drawing together various songs recorded as singles and B-sides during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Only the downbeat, woozy opening track ‘Born Again Cretin’ is a Wyatt original, the remainder of the material is made up by covers, including a brilliant reworking of Chic’s ‘At…
ROBERT WYATT
Old Rottenhat (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
LP // £13.49

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** Another great Robert Wyatt reissue, 1985’s Old Rottenhat is one of the songwriter’s most pronouncedly political works, articulating global injustices and making gestures towards Marxism, propelling itself along with lines like “I think that what you’re frightened of more than anything/Is knowing you need workers more than they need you” (on opening track ‘Alliance’). The album is…
ROBERT WYATT
Rock Bottom (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
LP+CD // £13.49

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** The first solo album released by Robert Wyatt after his time with Soft Machine, Rock Bottom met with great critical acclaim upon its release in 1974. The writing for the album began in Venice while Wyatt’s soon-to-be wife Alfreda Benge was working as assistant editor on Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (a suitably eerie and mystical point…
ROBERT WYATT
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
LP+CD // £13.49

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** Recorded immediately after 1974’s Rock Bottom, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard received a less favourable critical reception than its predecessor, consisting of new arrangements of other artists’ material rather than entirely new, self-penned songs, as had been the case a year earlier, although ‘Soup Song’ proves to be of particular interest for stretching back to ‘Slow Walkin’…
ROBERT WYATT
Shleep (2011 Ltd Edition Reissue)
Domino
2LP + CD // £13.99

**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt’s esteemed discography** Representing another career high, 1997’s Shleep stands as one of Robert Wyatt’s most elaborate yet accessible albums, featuring a stellar cast of players (Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller, Evan Parker and Annie Whitehead among others) and some truly beautiful arrangements, dampening down some of the quirks that tend to characterise Wyatt albums. This is probably attributable…
CAM DEAS & JACK ALLETT
Outgrowing The Wretched Cradle
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £12.99

*Limited to 300 copies in picture sleeve. Improvised guitar (not the fluffy stuff) and digital noise experiments * “A Wild new collaboration from long time touring partners and Blackest Rainbow buddies Deas & Allett. The record comprises of two side long pieces both with the same approach in terms of playing; Deas plays guitar pulling together his classical sound and his stunning recent experimental approach from his Quadtych releases while…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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IKUE MORI / EVAN PARKER / MARK NAUSEEF / BILL LASWELL
Near Nadir
Tzadik
CD // £13.99

*Ikue Mori, Mark Nauseef, Evan Parker and Bill Laswell in collaboration* “Tzadik is proud to present this historic meeting of four major figures in the new music pantheon, each a master improviser and groundbreaking instrumentalist in their own right. Their work together is symbiotic, telepathic—the music powerful and sensitive, sustaining a hypnotic mood with great attention to detail and subtle nuance. Mixed to perfection by Bill Laswell, this is a…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT
Cruel Summer
Chemikal Underground Records
CD // £4.99

Crikey this is a weird one, as if Bill Wells collaborating with Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat wasn’t weird enough to begin with, this EP finds the duo covering Banarama. If someone told me that had happened I’d struggle to work out in my head how it’d sound, but somehow the dour pub jazz flavours somehow give the track a resonance it really never had before. Moffat’s drawl gives the words…
PSYCHIC ILLS
Hazed Dream
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £12.99

*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label – New York’s much-loved psych-rock space cadets ease up on the blasted jams and return with a refreshingly simple album of doped songs. Well recommended for fans of Spacemen 3, Ariel Pink, Wooden Shjips, Phantom Payn et al.* “Since their formation in 2003 as a home-recording experiment, the Ills have evolved into a live band, in their element playing the extended jam….
MAGAZINE
No Thyself
WIRE-SOUND
CD // £11.99

“‘No Thyself’, the first new material in 30 years from the connoisseur’s choice, Magazine. Magazine front man, Howard Devoto, co-formed Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley after the pair travelled down to London to see the Sex Pistols in early 1976 and promoted the now legendary Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs. Devoto left in 1977, after releasing the seminal ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP and created Magazine. Magazine went on to release 4…
TALK TALK
Spirit Of Eden
Parlophone
LP // £19.99

*One of the most influential albums of the last 20 years available on vinyl for the first time in a generation* It’s impossible to overstate the love felt by so many for the two “experimental” Talk Talk albums – ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock’. Basically, following the commercial triumph of their singles “It’s My Life”, “Life’s What You Make It” and album “The Colour of Spring” Talk Talk retreated…
THE NAMES
Swimming + Singles
LTM Recordings
CD // £11.99

“Hailing from Belgium, the highly acclaimed Names recorded a string of sublime releases for the Factory Benelux and Crepuscule labels between 79 and 82 all given the Martin Hannet production touch much associated with Factory. This CD combines `Swimming’, their sole album which appeared in 82, with bonus tracks taken from singles and compilations. Full sleevenotes, memorabilia and original Benoit Hennebert artwork.”
DARKNESS FALLS
Alive In Us
HFN Music
LP // £12.49

Darkness Falls are a new duo featuring Denmark’s vocalist and keyboard player Josephine Philip and guitarist and bass player Ina Lindgreen, fresh from the ever-expanding Copenhagen music scene. Discovered by producer Anders Trentemøller, Darkness Falls create a modern fusion of melancholic melodies, 60s guitar twangs, haunting atmospheres and spaced-out pop, the long player displaying bittersweet harmony and musical contemplation. Co-written and co-produced by Trentemøller. Guest musicians include Trentemøller (drums, keyboards,…
DARKNESS FALLS
Alive In Us
HFN Music
CD // £9.99

Darkness Falls are a new duo featuring Denmark’s vocalist and keyboard player Josephine Philip and guitarist and bass player Ina Lindgreen, fresh from the ever-expanding Copenhagen music scene. Discovered by producer Anders Trentemøller, Darkness Falls create a modern fusion of melancholic melodies, 60s guitar twangs, haunting atmospheres and spaced-out pop, the long player displaying bittersweet harmony and musical contemplation. Co-written and co-produced by Trentemøller. Guest musicians include Trentemøller (drums, keyboards,…
THEE OH SEES / TOTAL CONTROL
Split
CASTLE FACE RECORDS
LP // £14.99

*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Garage-punk ramraid sounds on Thee Oh Sees homebrewed imprint. They take the front side with four scorching session live versions of ‘Dead Energy’, ‘Corrupt Coffin’, ‘AA Warm Breeze’ and ‘Blood In Your Ear’ delivered with ravenous hunger and raw, obliterating production by Chris Woodhouse. The other is owned by Melbourne’s Total Control – who also dropped an ace debut LP this week -…
YOUNG MAGIC
Night in the Ocean
Carpark Records
7″ // £4.49

The ever unclassifiable Carpark Records supply two psyched-out and modern shoegaze-pop cuts from New York newcomers, Young Magic. ‘Night In The Ocean’ is their smart debut, figuring just the right amount of distorted textures and distant, crashing drums with a harmonious vocal hook that’s bound stick around after the moment’s passed. For a good contrast, ‘Slip Time’ churns up slow, finely layered tribal percussions, kinda like Dilla with a rusty…
YOUTH LAGOON
The Year Of Hibernation
LEFSE RECORDS
LP + 7″ // £14.99

**Includes bonus 7″, and a digital download voucher redeemable from the label**
JAZZ / RELATED
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LONDON JAZZ QUARTET
London Jazz Quartet
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
CD // £6.49

“Founded in 1952, the Flamingo in Wardour Street played host to both the cream of visiting US jazz musicians and also the emerging British talent. It is the latter on which Ember Jazz Originals will focus primarily. During the Fifties, Flamingo founder Jeffrey Kruger built up his interests in music publishing and also facilitated recordings of some of his favourite artists, initially placing them with established outlets including the Tempo…
STEVE COLSON & THE UNITY TROUPE
Triumph!
Universal Sound
LP // £12.99

*Heavyweight, exact vinyl reproduction, limited to 1000 copies worldwide* Adegoke Steve Colson & Unity Troupe released this rare and sought-after private pressing mainly in the Chicago area circa 1980. The central figures, pianist and composer Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association For Advancment Of Creative Musicians (AACM), which was associated with the radical Art Ensemble Of Chicago, whose members including Joseph Jarman and Doug…
STEVE COLSON & THE UNITY TROUPE
Triumph!
Universal Sound
CD // £10.99

*Deluxe, hardback Jap-style gatefold card with bespoke original art reproduction* Adegoke Steve Colson & Unity Troupe released this rare and sought-after private pressing mainly in the Chicago area circa 1980. The central figures, pianist and composer Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association For Advancment Of Creative Musicians (AACM), which was associated with the radical Art Ensemble Of Chicago, whose members including Joseph Jarman and…
LLOYD MCNEILL
Washington Suite
Soul Jazz
CD // £11.99

*Deluxe, hardback Jap-style gatefold card with bespoke original art reproduction* Universal Sound presents this reissue of an extremely rare and in-demand spiritual jazz album by flautist/composer Lloyd McNeil. Also a multidisciplinary painter, poet and photographer, Lloyd was born in Washington, D.C., in 1935 and thus grew up through the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s America. He studied at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King had previously been…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Jazz At The Flamingo
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
CD // £6.49

“First released in May 1961 as a (slightly premature) 10th Anniversary celebration of the famous Soho jazz venue, Jazz At The Flamingo now serves as an ideal introduction to Fantastic Voyage’s new series of competitively-priced Ember Jazz Originals. Founded in 1952, the Flamingo in Wardour Street played host to both the cream of visiting US jazz musicians and also the emerging British talent. It is the latter on which Ember…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Bombshells (Singing Sirens of the Silver Screen)
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
2CD // £9.49

“A comprehensive 2 CD collection of 40 curvaceous singing sirens of the silver screen that covers the 1940s through to 1960 like a bullet bra under a tight sweater! Once upon a time an aspiring actress who could dance, act and sing was referred to as a “triple threat” and in theory the more proficient she was at one or all of them the more likely she would garner work….
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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FOREIGN CONCEPT
Mob Justice / Show You feat. Kasra
Critical Music
12″ // £6.49

Crisply-contoured D&B roll-outs on Critical Music from newcomers Foreign Concept and Kasra. Solo, Foreign Concept goes in with tightly-wound, half-steppin’ drums and body-grappling subs on the wicked ‘Mob Justice’, and together with Kasra it’s a darker sort of liquid-soul rollidge for ‘Show You’, with vocals and vibes reminding of recent Alix Perez, Commix or Lenzman.
SKEPTICAL
Blue Eyes EP
Ingredients Records
2×12″ // £12.99

*500 numbered, limited edition 2 x 12” blue vinyl.* “Skeptical’s vinyl debut was on Ingredients back in May 2010 with “Transfer / Block 305”. He has since gone on to rack up 4 releases on the label including his excellent remix of Jubei’s “the Path” featured on the Recipe Book LP. Heavily supported by the likes of dBridge & Doc scott, this is a collectable piece of modern drum &…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 333: November 2011
Wire
Magazine + CD // £4.00

This month The Wire features DJ Rupture on the cover and in conversation with Peter Shapiro talking about post-colonial cultural hybrids and his recent version of The Shining soundtrack set in a Dubai. Also, Gang Gang Dance step up to the Invisible Jukebox, David Lynch is interviewed for the Cross Platform column, David Toop analyses The Beach Boys’ ‘SMiLE’ sessions, and Drew Daniel of Matmos proposes a radical philosophy of…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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LUCA BACCHETTI
Tango (Eduardo Castillo Mix)
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Luca Bacchetti, a regular on Ovum and Wagon Repair, drops a hypnotic side for Crosstown Rebels, backed with a looser, friskier Eduardo Castillo remix. Make no mistake, ‘Tango’ is one for the sexy Tech House crew, keeping the rhythm and slinky vibes tucked-in to a big, gleaming D&G branded belt (or so we’d imagine). Flipside, LA’s Eduardo Castillo gives a neatly loosened ‘Voodoo’ remix, adding more space and shake to…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Bollywood Bloodbath
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**Immense collection of exquisite Bollywood horror-funk themes reclaimed by the FK crew – hugely recommended!** After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Keepers unveil one of their most essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay’s bloodthirsty horror film…
JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER
Electro Rapide
Finders Keepers Records
LP // £13.99

**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ was the label’s first release back in 2005** “‘Electro Rapide’ is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg…
ZOLA JESUS & PREFUSE 73
Zola Jesus & Prefuse 73 Supports Finders Keepers: Make Do & Mend 05
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £4.99

Zola Jesus and Prefuse 73 show some love for Finders Keepers with a cherry-picked 13-track selection of the label’s finest – plus a bonus Prefuse 73 remix of Yamasuki! As with previous contributions to the series – Jarvis Cocker, Demdike Stare, Gruff Rhys – it’s a revelation to hear what each individual curator draws for, and this duo seem to oscillate wilder than their counterparts. There’s spooky Czech theme music…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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VARIOUS
Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12inch Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987
Strut
2LP // £16.99

Strut Records’ crucial compendium of Factory’s lesser-known, deadly dancefloor killers lands on double gatefold vinyl! Trustingly collected by the legendary Bill Brewster, it spans the nascent years of the influential Manchester label, charting the double refraction of cutting-edge dancefloor ideas between Cottonopolis and New York which followed the flight paths of New Order, Section 25 and A Certain Ratio during their early ’80s heyday. Now, as everyone knows, Manchester loves…
STINGRAY ENTERS THE UNKNOWN
The Sadist
Unknown To The Unknown
12″ // £5.99

UTTU deliver their hottest drop yet, a lethal platter featuring DJ Stingray, Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt), and Cestrian (aka Ali Renault)! The original two parts of ‘Sadist’ features the shady UTTU characters in collaboration with DJ Stingray, pulling no punches with hyper-fused elements of D-troit Jit, Industrial-strength Electro and Chi-town Footwork honed to a body-owning flex. Flipside, following his notorious appearance at the UTTU party in June, Heinrich Mueller ices ‘The…
GLASS CANDY
Warm In The Winter / Beautiful Object
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
12″ // £7.99

*Pink vinyl – Picture sleeve includes two-sided 12×12″ insert* Johnny Jewel and Ida No are back! Their first single in over a year ‘Warm In The Winter’ is an exuberant slice of pop-positive disco NRG, Ida cooing ‘I Love You/We Love You’ over star-melting arpeggios primed for the huggiest indie-discos around. For contrast, ‘Beautiful Object’ drops the pace for a slow, swirling bit of Piano-Disco-Boogie, a full-bodied pop groover with…
YACHT
Dystopia (The Emperor Machine / Whatever/Whatever Mixes)
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Slick remix package for Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans aka Yacht’s first single from ‘Shangri-La’. Uptown, The Emperor Machine seduces us into his 100bpm flow with deft drum programming and drag-churned synthlines for that all-important Balearic pop chug. Downtown, it’s the turn of prolific, legendary production unit Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette aka Whatever/Whatever set a strident mid-tempo strut groove, where crisp, spacious drums gel with funk-dosed bassline in…
HOLY GHOST! / FALTY DL / TIGER & WOODS
Hold My Breath (Falty DL / Tiger & Woods Mixes)
DFA
12″ // £6.99

First single taken from from the Ghost’s eponymous debut LP, featuring smartly appointed remixes by Tiger & Woods, Falty DL and Cosmic Kids. Spanning the A-side, Tiger ^ Woods turn over a dance-commanding, mid-tempo Boogie rework, done to exacting standards, while flipside Cosmic Kids give a suave Electro-House rerub and Falty DL delivers another impeccably bass-heavy modern Garage workout, cleverly retaining the pop essence of the original.
LOU CHAMPAGNE SYSTEM
No Visible Means
Medical Records
LP // £16.99

*180g white vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 1000 includes additional 12″ insert* Remastered reissue of a Canadian post-punk classic by one-man synth, guitar and syn-drum band, Lou Champagne System. ‘No Visible Means’ was privately pressed on Lou’s Ontario-based Pterodactyl Records in 1983 and has never been issued since. Over nine tracks he serves an impressively diverse array of post-punk styles, from more jagged guitar-driven wave pop to slicker electronic disco with…
PINK SKULL
Psychic Welfare
RVNG Intl.
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label (includes bonus tracks and remixes) and a Wrap-around 2’x3′ sleeve/poster** Philadelphia’s ace Pink Skull troupe land their latest LP for Rvng Intl., their first since 2009’s charming ‘Endless Bummer’. The line-up’s now bolstered by the programming skills of Adam Sparkles, and extra Bass and Keys from Robin van der Kaa, and it really shows. There’s now a taut, lean dancefloor muscularity where…
CLASS ACTRESS
Rapprocher
Carpark Records
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Billed as Brooklyn’s nouveau Madonna, Class Actress (or Elizabeth Harper to her mates) is the latest in the production line of sleazy electro-tinged ladies with a penchant for that 80s blue neon and dry ice we’ve all almost forgotten. Coming after Glass Candy, Desire and Nite Jewel there’s a lot for Harper to prove in a well represented genre, but where her…
THE CHURCH OF SYNTH
The Church of Synth
Robot Elephant Records
CD // £9.99

The Church of Synth is apparently an ex-techno producer from Germany, and has quite a colorful (read : fake) backstory, but let’s ignore that for a second. The thing is, the record is actually pretty darned good, coming across like Salem after a bad afternoon with their dealer. It’s molasses-slow stuff, but with the kind of gothy/EBM grind we last fell in love with back when Ministry were still great….
THE CHURCH OF SYNTH
The Church of Synth
Robot Elephant Records
LP // £13.99

*Includes a download code with access to remixes by Haxan Cloak, Burial Hex and more.* The Church of Synth is apparently an ex-techno producer from Germany, and has quite a colorful (read : fake) backstory, but let’s ignore that for a second. The thing is, the record is actually pretty darned good, coming across like Salem after a bad afternoon with their dealer. It’s molasses-slow stuff, but with the kind…
TOTAL CONTROL
Henge Beat
IRON LUNG RECORDS
LP // £15.99

*Handsome gatefold jacket* Impressive debut album from Melbourne’s Total Control, a supergroup of sorts representing the finest Aussie Garage punk wave. With a string a well received 7″s and a split with Thee Oh Sees under their belt, ‘Henge Beat’ features members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and The UV Race ably oscillating between scratchy coldwave, distorted post punk and noisy electronics with a finely measured blend of nihilism and…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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BNJMN
Black Square
Rush Hour
LP // £11.99

BNJMN serves Rush Hour with a second LP of unique productions on ‘Black Square’. His sound here is brilliantly versatile; whether he’s on a swinging House tip or a steppin’ electronica flex, there’s a consistent sense of compositional virtue which marks him out from the crowd. It’s all heavily imbued with a debt to vintage ’90s IDM and Ambient Techno but executed with a cyber-simulant freshness which feels more up-to-the-moment,…
L-VIS 1990
Lost In Love
PMR Records
12″ // £7.99

L-Vis heralds his ‘Neon Dreams’ LP with the sleek, modern boogie House of ‘Lost In Love’, backed with the Neon Dreams Club Mix and a Night Slugs Allstars mix. The original’s got a very radio-friendly, mid-90’s-meets-2011 House feel, while the club mix adds some well-tanned sax and fruitier bassline for that friday-night-at-MoS touch. For a ruder groove, peep Jam City’s Night Slugs Allstars Mix on a sweet-but-dirty House flex.
PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS
The Messenger
OSTGUT TON
2LP // £13.99

Bruising techno manoeuvres from Luke Slater in his Planetary Assault Systems guise, presenting his second full-length on Ostgut Ton. At this late stage in the game there’s no doubt that Slater has become a master of his craft, and aside from a couple of nice ambient mood pieces (recalling his occasional 7th Plain project), The Messenger goes straight for the club jugular, and with style to spare. It’s really rare…
PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS
The Messenger
OSTGUT TON
CD // £9.99

Bruising techno manoeuvres from Luke Slater in his Planetary Assault Systems guise, presenting his second full-length on Ostgut Ton. At this late stage in the game there’s no doubt that Slater has become a master of his craft, and aside from a couple of nice ambient mood pieces (recalling his occasional 7th Plain project), The Messenger goes straight for the club jugular, and with style to spare. It’s really rare…
OCTOBER & BORAI
Sticky Fingers / Left Out
BRSTL
12″ // £6.99

*Edition of 300 on hand-stamped black label* Bristol makes good on the House tip with a new label debuting two smart new tracks from October + Borai. Both local artists, they beautifully represent the sleek, leading-edge House and Techno tastes of the city with ‘Sticky Fingers’, a sweetly Detroit-infected number in the vein of classic NWAQ moments as Ross154 or the best of the Sistrum label, while ‘Left Out’ on…
PORTABLE
Into Infinity
Perlon
2LP // £16.99

‘Into Infinity’ is Alan Abrahams’ fifth album as Portable (he’s also known as Bodycode), and his first in at least four years. As was hinted with his excellent pair of singles for Perlon, he’s moving further towards a high-class fusion of leftfield Pop and Hi-Tech, Afro-rooted House music with this killer album. He’s aided by longtime collaborator and co-owner of Süd Electronic, Lakuti aka Lerato Khati, and fellow Berlin resident…
PITTSBURGH TRACK AUTHORITY
Archipelago EP
FURTHER RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

*Screen-printed sleeve, heavy wax, mastered at D&M* Cosmic-tripping Deep House from Seattle’s consistently ace Further Records. It’s the work of the Pittburgh Track Authority trio outta the Machine Age studios, and takes in three sessions of free-flowing House music laced with rich Electro arpeggios and a refined sense of melancholy intention that’s caught our ear. Fans of Legowelt, Grackle, Omar-S should check these.
SCUBA
DJ-Kicks (Vinyl Edition)
K7
2LP // £15.99

Unmixed 7-track vinyl edition featuring exclusives from Scuba, Addision Groove, Dbridge and more. Full tracklisting as follows: A1 Scuba – M.A.R.S. B1 Boddika – Acid Battery B2 Jon Convex – Streetwalk C1 Dbridge – For Tonight C2 Addison Groove – An We Drop D1 Beaumont – CPX11 D2 Sigha – Let Me In
JOHN OSBORN FT. APPLEBLIM
Epoch 4
TANSTAAFL
12″ // £7.99

**Translucent Red Marbled Vinyl** Impressive debut for John Osborne and October’s new label, TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch). Operating at the border crossing of House and Techno, Bristol-meets-Berlin styles, Osborn created the raw, driving A-side ‘Epoch’ at October’s studio with some help from his buddy and Appleblim cameoing on Juno 60. The flipside is a deeper, darker Dub, with the kicks driven to dirty, raggin’…
HAKIM MURPHY
Infinite Sensations (S2 Mixes)
STOLEN KISSES
12″ // £6.99

Chicago’s Hakim Murphy drops a sensually hypnotic House gem for Stolen Kisses, backed with remixes by UR’s Santiago Salazar. Hakim’s original ‘Infinite Sensations’ is a slick and slightly narcotic groover with intoxicating chromatic synthlines and purring, padded bass to mesmerize the dancers. Flipside, S2 offers a more stripped-down ‘Grind’ mix and a more percussive, latinized ‘Sucio’ mix.
JONSSON/ALTER
Mod
KONTRA
CD // £11.99

After a string of excellent 12″s, Sweden’s Jonsson/Alter serve a very smart album of high-fidelity analogue House craft. If not already aware, some of our customers may be intrigued to know that the Jonsson half is Henrik of CCO’s Porn Sword Tobacco, and it’s fair to say he’s probably responsible for the lush touch of this project, while the raw, instinctive House knowledge comes from Berlin-resident Joel Alter. Add the…
PACOU
Sense EP
Tresor Records
12″ // £6.49

In the month of Tresor’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Pacou unleashes a mean four-tracker of his signature, diverse Techno styles. A-side features the classically-learned pummel of ‘Connection’, all flying 909 hi-hats and lethal bass – a signature Tresor track if we’ve heard one – besides the delayed gratification of ‘Transmitter’ a filigree Latin-Tech shuffler with elliptical syncopation primed for craftier DJs. Flipside holds the tweaking acid Techno finesse of ‘Response’, and…
PAUL WOOLFORD & PSYCATRON
Stolen
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Titanic-scale House tracks from two of the UK’s leading big room players. Paul Woolford should need little introduction to UK clubbers, he’s headlined pretty much every big room in the country and his alter ego Bobby Peru has been adopted as a godfather of UK Funky House. Following a similar, but more Techno-propelled trajectory, the career of N.I./Belgian duo Psycatron has dovetailed with Woolford’s in recent years with releases on…
IAMTHATIAM (JAMAL MOSS)
Time 4 Harmony In This World EP
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £7.99

Finally, it would seem, Jamal Moss aka Iamthatiam and Hieroglyphic Being is getting the widespread recognition he’s long been due. From releases on experimental labels such as Altar to a key feature in The Wire and even Jam City packing a recent XLR8R set with his productions, Jamal’s genius is the talk of the global town. His latest is a total peach, too. On the title track he’s tempered his…
RADIO SLAVE
Works! Remixes 2006 – 2010
REKIDS
3CD // £11.99

*Triple panel digipak CD collecting 21 prime remix wares from the Rekids maestro.* Radioslave and Rekids collect 21 of his prime remixes for the likes of P Diddy, Len Faki, Mr G, Matt O’Brien, Chicken Lips and more, over 3 discs. The main man, Matt Edwards has a sterling reputation as one of the world’s premier remixers, turning any source material into sleek, hypnotic Tech House with his signature finesse….
CYAN341
Disconnected
Uncharted Audio
12″ // £5.99

Crisp, aquatically dubbed House from London’s Cyan341 backed with fine remixes from Chicago’s Area, Nottingham newcomer See The Road, and London’s Abstract Source. Following an inclusion on James Zabiela’s ‘Master Series’ mix for Renaissance, Cyan341 gives the fluid, functional ‘Disconnected’, which See The Road soon turns into a jacked-up, glitching Techno thumper. On the flip Abstract Source gives a more ornate Tech-House/Electronica remix, while Area offers the highlight, a supple,…
DAVE CLARKE
Fabric 60
Fabric
CD // £8.99

By the looks of it Dave Clarke’s ditched the leather duds for a red lycra jumpsuit on his Fabric mix. Over 17 seventeen tracks he reasserts his status as one of the world’s premier Electro-jocks, drawing from a tried-and-trusted pool of names such as Dynarec, Dez Williams and Clatterbox, besides fresher talent like Gesaffelstein and Cute Heels, to programme a remorseless, churning session of Electro and Techno with an Industrial…
LUOMO
Goodstuff
Mood Music
12″ // £7.99

Masterful, hi-end House/modern Disco-pop from Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay, Sistol, MvO Trio) as Luomo, backed with Aera and Dave DK remixes. A-side, the original finds a sweet crux between ’80s electro-pop a la Pet Shop Boys and a more swinging, contemporary R&B/House flex, all primed for the most opulent friday night ‘floors you can find. Dave DK gives a more streamlined remix with the emphasis on rolling 4/4, while Aera…
RON TRENT
Tell Me / Work Your Body
FUTURE VISION
12″ // £7.99

Soulful deep house tracks taken from Ron Trent’s ‘Dance Floor Boogie Delites’ CD. A-side is a flush groover called ‘Tell Me’ featuring soul-flowing vocal from Leroy Burgess, and flipside is a more sensuous instrumental made for the wee small hours.
SCB
Mace / Overlay
SCB
12″ // £6.49

Stripped-down, stealthy, driving House & Techno from Scuba in his SCB guise.
T-POLAR
Apollo EP
Saigon Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Diverse, darker-edged dancefloor moves from Belfast’s T-Polar, backed with a rogue House remix from Bristolian Orphan101. The original tracks touch on squashed 2-step swing ‘Apollo’, sci-fi infected dirty jacks ‘Ghosts Of Eckerville’ and sub-pressurised Double Garage ‘Kriblurk’, while Orhpan101’s remix finds him revising the title track with a sleek Tech-House roll.
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EL REGO
El Rego et ses Commandos
Daptone
LP + 7″ // £12.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** “El Rego is a true legend of African Soul Music. Here for the first time are 12 of his greatest recordings from the late ’60s and early ’70s hand-picked by Daptone Records. Afro-Soul collector/DJ Frank Gossner had spent years combing West Africa tracking down 45’s by Theophile Do Rego (aka El Rego) before finally meeting him face to face in his home…
EL REGO
El Rego et ses Commandos
Daptone
CD // £10.99

**Comes housed in a book-style digipak** “El Rego is a true legend of African Soul Music. Here for the first time are 12 of his greatest recordings from the late ’60s and early ’70s hand-picked by Daptone Records. Afro-Soul collector/DJ Frank Gossner had spent years combing West Africa tracking down 45’s by Theophile Do Rego (aka El Rego) before finally meeting him face to face in his home in Benin….