Jun 172011
 

Hello,

Not a week seems to go by in electronic music without one kind of archival find or another being unearthed, but Jürgen Müller’s uber-obscure ode to oceanography ‘Science Of The Sea’ must surely rank as one of the most endearing. It was recorded in 1980 by a self-taught amateur musician and oceanic science researcher who became obsessed with documenting his deep-sea explorations on some borrowed electronic equipment he set up at home. The result is a charming and evocative synth odyssey that was originally pressed up in an edition of 100 copies in 1982 and given to friends and family. 30 years later the record somehow washed up into the hands of Digitalis Records’ Brad Rose who spent some time remastering the material for this lovely new edition – pressed up in a limited edition of 500 for the world, with initial copies coming on transparent orange vinyl for the collectors.

At round about the same time that ‘Science Of The Sea’ was made, 1981 to be precise, another musician was busy putting together an album that would become one of the definitive blueprints for harsh synth experimentation and power electronics – Maurizio Bianchi. His landmark album ‘Symphony For A Genocide’ really is one of the most disturbing and vital records you will likely ever hear and is an absolutely crucial artefact of the early ’80s industrial noise movement. If you’re into Prurient, Whitehouse or Throbbing Gristle – you absolutely owe it to yourself to check it out, now made available on vinyl for the first time in a generation and unlikely to last long.

Operating in much more blissful climes, Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer have accomplished something of a first for electronic music with their opulent suite of remixes for the august ECM imprint. Practically given carte blanche, they rework elements of compositions by Arvo Pärt, Alenxander Knaivel, John Abercrombie, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and more, beautifully consolidating their inimitable acoustics and musicianship with their own modular synthesizer simulations. Lovely double CD edition – recommended!

Once again returning to pre-revolution Iran, Googoosh is the latest jaw-dropping discovery from Finders Keepers. Commonly referred to as ‘Iran’s Daughter’, Googoosh made a wealth of stunning pop music before the revolution in 1979 – she’s much loved by Persian ex-pats across the world who cherish her bewitching music dearly, and if this set is anything to go by her blend of mid-tempo disco peons to passionate ballads with lush string orchestrations has all the hallmarks of a future FK fave. Gorgeous artwork too!

We’ve got a soft spot for Bohren And Der Club Of Gore round these parts, and their ‘Beileid’ album arrives the same week David Lynch announced the construction of his real life Club Silencio – a place this music was made for. If dark jazz atmospheres, Angelo Badalamenti, The Caretaker, or the bleakest synth romance ring your bell, this is well worth your time.

Most likely many of you will be rejoicing at news of John Maus’ new album this week – and it’s an absolute gem. ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’ is his first substantial body of work in a while and sounds like it could have been been made any time between 1980 and now. Fans of Autre Ne Veut, Twins, Ariel Pink, or even Joy Division seriously need to spend some time with it pop album of the year so far!

Over on the ‘floor and we have an upfront exclusive on the Swing Ting remix of Mosca’s ‘Tilt Shift’. The debut release from two highly-tipped Manchester-bassed producers is instinctively rude yet refined with a proper DJ’s sense of swing (natch), arrangement and dynamics. We’ve got a handful up front featuring a bonus mixtape bursting with exclusive flava. Don’t sleep!

So much more out this week, including a sublime new album from Noveller, Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke converging as a duo for a session on Editions Mego, new twelves from Africa HiTech and Babe Rainbow, plus releases from Bon Iver, Laurel Halo, Pinch, Pursuit Grooves, Deadbeat, Mizz Beats, Barn Owl, Prince, Tiger & Woods, Dr Alimintado, Ossie, Wiley, Photek, Jay Weed, Blanck Mass, Ghosting Season, Vezelay, Vetiver, Ethiopiques, John Tejada, Bruno Pronsato, Vakula, Julio Bashmore, Ghostleigh and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



JüRGEN MüLLER
Science of the Sea
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

**Limited to 500 for the world – initial copies come on transparent orange vinyl, Cut at D&M** ‘Science Of The Sea’ is a total find, presenting a precious vinyl reissue of Jürgen Müller’s practically unheard 1982 ode to oceanography and the magic of synthesizer music. As his story goes, in 1979, Jürgen, a self-taught amateur musician studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, travelled with a film crew to document a mission testing sea-water toxicity a few kilometres offshore in the North Sea. As ever, necessity was the mother of invention, and the experience proved so memorable that he was impelled to create a soundtrack to the footage and his own recollections using some electronic equipment borrowed from friends and a local school. Armed with nothing but a faint memory of piano lessons as a child and – perhaps to be expected for a German student in 1979 – some awareness of (undisclosed) avant-garde electronic composers from the early ’70s, Jürgen set about creating this lush suite of twelve marine-themed vignettes, plainly channeling his thoughts, moods and emotions into what could be quite easily called a prototypical, deliciously frothy form of “New Age” music. It simultaneously triggered ambitions of becoming a film composer and lead to the creation of his publishing company – Neue Wissenschaft. He wrote the album in his spare time off from studying between 1981-82, finally releasing an edition of 100 copies which largely ended up in the hands of friends and family, with only a few reaching prospective clients and relegating it to the sea of privately pressed synth music. The titles such as ‘Traumfolge Einer Qualle (Dream Sequence for a Jellyfish)’, ‘Unter Weiten Welden (Vast Worlds Beneath)’ and ‘Einsame Reise (Lonely Voyage)’ already imbue a sense of wonder before you even hear any of the material. The music itself is equally charming, recalling the graceful figures of Roedelius but transplanted from the rolling countryside to a glinting North Sea which has provided inspiration for so many others, in so many ways. The original tapes have been remastered by Brad Rose and will at long last find a home in the wider world thanks to this beautiful new pressing.



RICARDO VILLALOBOS & MAX LODERBAUER
Re: ECM
ELECTRONIC
ECM
2CD // £17.99

For fans of modern electronic music, this album is something to get excited about. The august and universally revered ECM imprint has granted the highly noted electronic music composers, Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer, access to their vaults for what is effectively their first ever dalliance with remixes and electronic music in general. At Ricardo’s Laika studio, over a period of five months in late 2009, the pair recontextualised a number of works by Christian Wallumrød ensemble, Arvo Pärt, Alexander Knaivel, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin and more, intent on creating a syncretic suite of compositions using the inherent acoustic space, unique frequencies and musicianship of the recordings, together with a live-mixing-board and modular electronic synthesizer setup, plus some vocal contribution from Cassy. Like the recent Moritz Trio albums for Honest Jon’s, they’re exploring the relationship between real and simulated sound in a way few have done before them, at once acknowledging their background in electronic club-based music, and seeking to improve it through investigations into the emotional sensations attached to the much broader spectrum of frequencies in acoustic sound, attempting to consolidate two very different reference systems. They’re certainly not the first to attempt this, but ‘Re: ECM’ is surely one of the finest examples we’ve heard, and a beautifully logical evolution in each artist’s respective oeuvres. Package includes informed sleevenotes edited by Peter Weiss from a conversation with the authors. Highly recommended.



GOOGOOSH
Googoosh
WORLD
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £13.99

**Remarkable collection of passionate Persian peons reclaimed by the folks at Finders Keepers. From luxurious disco to romantic pop and poetic bossa. Stunning music of a precious vintage. Includes extensive liner notes by Mahssa Taghinia and Andy Votel** “The East’s best kept secret? Despite being a national treasure to generations of free-thinking Iranians and one of the most well-known and loved songbirds from the East, Faegheh Atashin (most famously known as Googoosh or Gougoush) is ironically also the performer of some of the rarest unheard pop music in the world. Originally pressed on the diminishing vinyl format int he mid-1970s her songs and performances were banned after the Iranian revolution of 1979 resulting in her records, and millions of others, being forbidden, hidden or destroyed. Preserved in some part via the rise of global compact cassette culture in the 1980s some of Googoosh’s most famous songs have become anthemic amongst international Iranian communities whilst in darker contrast dozens of 45 b-sides and commercially stunted album tracks remain as distant and nonexistant memories in the mind of the most devout fans and fastidious vinyl librarians. Finders Keepers’ first Googoosh release focuses on a handful of these lesser-spotted tracks – the ones that didn’t get away. Herein many will find the singer at her beguiling best with an urgency and yearning in her voice that is arguably unrivalled by so many contenders under the often disposable femme-pop umbrella. Mid-tempo pop peons with pulsating rhythm sections awash with expertly orchestrated strings (akin to that of some of the most intense Italian or French film composers) provide the backdrop for unrequited love songs revealing poetic premonitions of impending cultural heartbreak. Other carefully selected tracks take cues from Googoosh’s most unlikely influences, such as jazz, bossa and early disco, unconsciously inducing political paranoia from the era’s imminent anti-pop restrictive regime. Combining inspiration from a deep-rooted history of Persian poetic verse and indelible Arabic songcraft these lost tracks, from the artist known amongst Farsi speaking fans throughout the world as ‘Iran’s Daughter.’ have most certainly, finally earned a place in the hearts of “outernational” music lovers like yourself.”



MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Symphony For A Genocide
EXTREME / NOISE
Weird Forest
LP // £11.99

**Absolutely vital vinyl reissue of this disturbing, iconic album from 1981 – a haunting miasmah of extreme noise, fragmented drum machine erosions and power electronics that sound more relevant today than ever before. Limited to 500 individually numbered copies for the world and available on vinyl for the first time in a generation** This pioneering recording from Italian industrial noise Godfather Maurizio Bianchi is just about as crucial as they come. Originally issued on vinyl in 1981, Bianchi was seen to be part of the same noisy power-electronics as Whitehouse, but what’s important to realise is not only that he was coming from somewhere totally different but that his music was frankly a lot more developed. Probably closer to Nurse With Wound or the grittier side of Throbbing Gristle, Bianchi used a mixture of synthesizer parts and tape loops to create a very early representation of the sort of music that would, over time, metamorphose into what we so often hear today from the US noise set (Prurient, Can’t, Hair Police, BxC et al). Hearing this classic recording now is a revelation, it links perfectly not only to the industrial and noise-based recordings of the time but also to the new-wave movement that’s been so endlessly mined in recent years, the sort of recordings you’d expect to see emerging on the Creel Pone re-issue label or from the mind of the German synthesizer pioneers. Incredibly dark material from beginning to end – this is an absolutely essential purchase for any of you with a penchant for the darker ened of the electronic/noise movements – it’s just as good as it gets. Essential Purchase.



BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE
Beileid
JAZZ / RELATED
Pias
CD // £7.99

The eagerly awaited follow-up to Bohren & Der Club of Gore’s wonderful 2008 LP Dolores doesn’t disappoint, the German outfit refining and expanding their visionary blend of midnight jazz and dark ambience across 35 sumptuous minutes. The EP’s title (Beleid – meaning “condolence”), not to mention the illustration of a rainy funeral on its cover, clearly signpost the kind of bleak terrain we’re headed for, but Bohren are as adept at ever at finding romance and a sort of redemption in the heart of the abyss. Musically, the key reference point remains Angelo Badalamenti’s scores for David Lynch; a combination of plaintive sax, ominous synth drones and electronic piano situated at the interzone between dream and nightmare. ‘Zombies Never Die (Blues)’ – the first of the three long, immersive pieces that make up the EP- is apt for midnight revelation at the Roadhouse or Club Silencio; but as well as Badalamenti we think also of Tom Waits at his most unhinged and atmospheric, and of The Caretaker’s sweeping, serotonin-depleted excavations of memory. ‘Catch My Heart’, an unrecognisable cover of German metal outfit Warlock, evokes the decadence and submerged anxiety of 30s Weimar cabaret; vocals come from the band’s longtime cheerleader Mike Patton, channelling Tuxedomoon, Bowie and even the Brinkmann of When Horses Die into a louche but tortured croon. The title track brings the suite to a close, unbearable tension wrought out of a sparse, repeated Rhodes motif and brushed drums, recalling early Tortoise, For Carnation and the desert-dried doom of Earth. For all these comparisons, Bohren really are like no one else around, and Beileid is the kind of otherworldly, out of body listening experience we live for. ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!



JOHN MAUS
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £12.99

Really strong, hugely hyped new album from John Maus – sounding something like a cross between Autre Ne Veut and Joy Division – with a bit of Joe Jackson and Visage thrown in for good measure. And if that all sounds a bit lazy – all we can say is that it’s just one of those albums, it reminds you of something else almost constantly, yet leaves a smudged mark all its own on your psyche. One of the albums of the year – and a big recommendation to any of you with a penchant for anything with the word Wave in it, or if you’re just into good, joyous, melancholy – all-round affective pop music.



NOVELLER
Glacial Glow
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Weird Forest
LP // £13.99

‘Glacial Glow’ finds Sarah Lipstate move away from the noisier recordings typified by her output for No Fun Productions and into a more controlled state of blissed and layered guitar pedal trickery. It’s not a massive leap or anything, but more like she has peeled away some of the fuzz to reveal a plangently captivating sound which was always there, but just purposefully obscured. Her electric guitar is refracted through a cryptic matrix of pedals and delineated into an often astounding spectrum of tones, at times sounding like the contoured waveshapes of a vintage analogue synth and others into harmonised clouds of tempered distortion, besides the more orthodox and recognisable techniques recalling Vini Reilly. But this is far from a technical exercise. Each track is steeped in richly emotive qualities and branded with a sublimely instinctive touch, and deceptively so, as her compositions fluidly weave more complex ideas from modern classical, drone and avant-garde practices into viscerally affective instrumental narratives. Beautiful.



OREN AMBARCHI & JIM O’ROURKE
Indeed
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

Following their work together on remixes and in trio with Keiji Haino, ‘Indeed’ is the first proper full-length collaboration between Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke. Recorded in Tokyo, January 2011, the piece takes form as one long electroacoustic meander with both artists operating at the more meditative and reserved end of their respective abilities and disciplines. The label compare the session to “…the warm post-minimalism of composers like Alvin Curran, David Behrman and Luciano Cilio” and “…the collective textural and melodic personality of their respective solo albums filtered through the highpoints of the Lovely Music catalogue”, which we’ll happily concur. Side A opens though a passage of frictional electro-acoustics before calmly coursing along rich, humming subbass tones joined by quietly rippling marimba-like rhythms and dissolving into languorous drones and deft spatial detailing. Side B continues to meditate on these drones before more playful, high-pitched dissonance carries to the end. Marvellous.



ANTI-G
Anti-G Presents Kentje’sz Beatsz
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

This is the one we’ve been waiting for!!! Following their ongoing exposé of Chicago Footwork, Planet Mu turn their keen ears to the ‘floor and the sound of Bubbling; the hyper-futuristic Dutch dance craze perpetuated by the 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of Caribbean immigrants. We’ll let the ever-knowledgeable Dave Quam explain the origins “At a party in the late 80s in The Hague, a local DJ by the name of DJ Moortje accidentally dropped a dancehall twelve-inch at 45RPMs, causing chaos in the audience. Not the kind of negative heckling you get when a record skipped, but the kind of excitement that happens when a movement has been started. This beautiful mistake resulted in Bubbling, a cultural expression of immigrants from The Dutch Antilles and Suriname, a genre that would take these communities by storm in Holland in the 1990s. Jamaican exports such as the Fever Pitch and Bam Bam riddims were double and half-timed, with Cutty Ranks on one hand sounding like a pre-pubescent chipmunk, the other hand sounding like an evil duppy. Its sound borrowed slave rhythms from Curacao (DJ Moortje’s origin), creating a new Caribbean style of music in Europe that ran parallel to London’s Jungle scene.” Fast forward a generation, and now armed with pirate copies of Fruity Loops and basic PCs, kids like 18 year old Anti-G, Shaun-D, Master-D, Daycard, and Deschuurman are fusing the traditional Dembow rhythms of reggaeton with traces of HipHop, Funky House, Grime, and whatever else they feel like, resulting in some of the most exhilarating dance trax we’ve heard since Planet Mu’s ‘Jukes & Bangs Vol.1’. ‘Kentje’sz Beatsz’ covers a spectrum of Anti-G’s productions between 2009 and 2010. Over these sixteen tracks his synths sound like Sooty & Sweep having a battery acid enema in a Surinamese space station, while the beats are arranged with an effortless Rubik’s cube complexity. Most importantly of all, it makes you want to dance like a f**king Transformer rendered by Alex Rutterford and Hecker. That might not sound so appealling to some, but check the kids popping and locking to this stuff on youtube and you’ll soon catch the bug. No doubt, this is already one of our records of the year, and manages to make 90% of stuff out there seem stiff and 5 years behind the times. Highly Highly recommended!!!

Singles of the Week



MOSCA
Tilt Shift (Julio Bashmore / Swing Ting Mixes)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.49

**Upfront exclusive! Hand-stamped white label** Finally landing on wax after regular rinses from Marcus Nasty, Wifey crew and Mosca himself, Fat City present the debut Swing Ting remixes backed with that canny Julio Bashmore rework. Swing Ting are the dusty-fingered DJ/Producers Samrai and Platt, hosts of Manchester’s most clued-up monthly rave and certified rudeboys (with honours). The instinctively deadly arrangement of their bubbling vocal treatment is testament to a profuse knowledge of Grime, Garage, Bassline and Streetsoul dynamics, serving a suave yet rudely effective transfer of dancefloor energies in ruffest soundsystem tradition. Nexx, the dub is just pure pressure, like Mala’s ‘Bury Da Bwoy’ resounded with Grimier Dread senses and strangely duppied ambience. Flip it and a strident Julio Bashmore boosts the original vibe with freshly pimped triplets and bumped subs. But, for us that A-side is a weapon. Trust us: keep an eye on the Swing Ting! The first 25 orders will also receive a mix CD blessed with exclusives from Illum Sphere, Platt, Samrai, xxxy, DJ Principal, Mosca, Fallacy, Lady Chann and more. Strictly recommended vibes!



LAUREL HALO
Hour Logic EP
ELECTRONIC
Hippos In Tanks
12″ // £9.99

Ever since she first pinged our radar last year, we’ve been following Laurel Halo with interest, but nothing could’ve prepared us for the clock-melting brilliance of this new EP for Hippos In Tanks. It’s the kind of record that defies easy categorisation, but suffice to say Laurel has honed and expanded her sound into a kind of dizzying psychedelic techno that we just can’t get enough of. ‘Aquifer’ sets the heady tone – beginning with Moomin tones that’d make both Scratcha and Conrad Schnitzler proud, it builds into a surging 4/4 stepper, decorated with cascading strings and opalescent synths in a distinct Rhythim Is Rhythim style. On ‘Constant Index’, her vocals come to the fore, albeit layered into vast washes of wordless ambient harmony; it sounds like This Mortal Coil reconfigured for the 21st century, just gorgeous. On the dubbier, more minimal ‘Head’ there are even shades of Basic Channel, while Speed Of Rain uses a future-garage chassis – with clipped junglist breaks hanging off it – to scale true cosmic heights. ‘Strength In Free Space’ is expansive, new age-inflected drift music but positively dwarfs most of her peers’ work with its extravagant, cathedral-like architecture, and the masterful title track still has us tingling. With so many contemporary US synth artists sounding like dull facsimiles of each other, Laurel Halo has actually developed her own uniquely sensuous yet uncompromising sonic identity, one which you can’t predict from one moment to the next, and which looks boldly towards the future. Hats off.



BEAUMONT
Blush Response
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Kinnego Records
12″ // £7.99

Beaumont’s ‘Blush Response’ is another startlingly accomplished edition from Kinnego Records, who, you might remember, dropped the debut single from Space Dimension Controller. Again, it occupies deeply romantic neon synth space, the sort of evocative electrosoul hues and slinky slow body grooves which catch a certain zeitgeist that’s lingering in the air like an irresistible pheromone. Beaumont keeps the vibe right on the money with titles like ‘Tokyo’, ‘Foreign Intrigue’ and ‘Adventurescence’, while each track is waxed with Hypnagogic glisten, at once by-passing the ultra hi-end finish of the stuff he’s aping, and lending a more hazy, sleazy touch which will surely be appreciated in more blissed states. It’s generally not as dancefloor ready as the SDC stuff, but more primed for low-lit bars and the like described by XXJFG’s love note to this record.



BABE RAINBOW
Endless Path EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Warp Records
12″ // £6.99

Vancouver-dweller Babe Rainbow is the latest in Warp’s long and illustrious tradition of free associating beat-makers, and sure enough ‘It’s All Happening’ – opening jam on this new EP – could easily be an old Wagon Christ or Prefuse track, all diced breakbeats and repurposed jazz flutes (the good kind); it’s only the preternaturally swampy sub-bass and pin-sharp sound design that remind us we’re in 2011. Wicked stuff, but a misleadingly frothy and backwards-looking start to an EP that’s peppered with surprises and unafraid of the dark side: ‘The Spill’ is a kind of eldritch house interlude crammed with music-box chimes, faintly demonic groans and a litary of tenebrous FX, and the marvellous ‘Bounty’ teams noirish Vangelis synths with shuffling industrial drum tattoos. That said, Babe’s true allegiances are to hip-hop, and ‘Greeds’ stylish beats – somewhere between Various and The Weeknd – are laced with smart, gruff rhymes from Yung Clova, while ‘Set Loose’ and ‘Chains’ are bedroom R&B epics in a top-notch, Clams Casino fashion, the latter conveying that much more drama by being beatless. God knows we know there are a LOT of these post-dubstep hip-hop dudes around right now, but this EP is a genuine stand-out, with a surfeit of ideas and minimum flab; its tough, focussed jams suggesting worlds of possibility and avenues for future exploration.



PURSUIT GROOVES
Frantically Hopeful EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.99

*300 COPIES ONLY* Freestylin’ taster for Pursuit Grooves’ forthcoming 2nd LP on Tectonic. It’s as hard as ever to pin Vanese Smith down to any particular sound other than her own. On ‘Revolutionaries’ she’s strung-out between febrile, jerky edits and heads-down chords, while ‘Transformation Of Consciousness’ is a more skewed take on raved-up HipHop with hints of Hieroglyphic Being’s psychoactive melodies, and ‘Clueless’ again switches to idiosyncratic beat breaking. Flipside, ‘Type Send Universe’ slices slanted HipHop loops like Andrés at the brink of his sanity, next to the introspective electronic soul of ‘What About’ and the calmer resolve of ‘Peace Talks’. Recommended!



PINCH
Swish / Tunnel Home
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Deep Medi
12″ // £5.99

Monstrously over-large riddims from the Bristolian lynchpin for Mala’s Deep Medi label. Frontside it’s back to ’06 manoeuvres with ‘Swish’, a dreadnought-sized halfstep structure with tearing synth flares and bludgeoning subs. But that’s nothing compared with ‘Tunnel Home’ on the flip, deploying a similar drum palette to his ‘Croydon House’ spesh, but at 150bpm and twysted ‘ardcore styles for the ravers. Don’t mess about, this one is serious.

 

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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DEADBEAT
Drawn and Quartered
BLKRTZ
CD // £9.99

Though we’ve enjoyed some of his recent more club-oriented fare, for us Scott Monteith is at his most vital when exploring more broken and desolate dub-techno sounds – and that’s exactly what his new album is about. Released on his own BLKRTZ label, Drawn & Quartered feels almost like the definitive Deadbeat statement, comprised of four 10 minute+ tracks designed for deep immersion. Expansive scene-setter ‘First Quarter’ is proper dub,…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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BEAUMONT
Blush Response
Kinnego Records
12″ // £7.99

Beaumont’s ‘Blush Response’ is another startlingly accomplished edition from Kinnego Records, who, you might remember, dropped the debut single from Space Dimension Controller. Again, it occupies deeply romantic neon synth space, the sort of evocative electrosoul hues and slinky slow body grooves which catch a certain zeitgeist that’s lingering in the air like an irresistible pheromone. Beaumont keeps the vibe right on the money with titles like ‘Tokyo’, ‘Foreign Intrigue’…
BABE RAINBOW
Endless Path EP
Warp Records
12″ // £6.99

Vancouver-dweller Babe Rainbow is the latest in Warp’s long and illustrious tradition of free associating beat-makers, and sure enough ‘It’s All Happening’ – opening jam on this new EP – could easily be an old Wagon Christ or Prefuse track, all diced breakbeats and repurposed jazz flutes (the good kind); it’s only the preternaturally swampy sub-bass and pin-sharp sound design that remind us we’re in 2011. Wicked stuff, but a…
PURSUIT GROOVES
Frantically Hopeful EP
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.99

*300 COPIES ONLY* Freestylin’ taster for Pursuit Grooves’ forthcoming 2nd LP on Tectonic. It’s as hard as ever to pin Vanese Smith down to any particular sound other than her own. On ‘Revolutionaries’ she’s strung-out between febrile, jerky edits and heads-down chords, while ‘Transformation Of Consciousness’ is a more skewed take on raved-up HipHop with hints of Hieroglyphic Being’s psychoactive melodies, and ‘Clueless’ again switches to idiosyncratic beat breaking. Flipside,…
MIZZ BEATS
Pimpin
Eglo Records
10″ // £6.49

Characteristically lush and soulful House excursion from Mizz Beats on a one-sided Eglo pressing. It’s essentially an addendum to her ‘Are We The Dictators’ 12″ earlier in the year, but it’s super suave string arrangement and uniquely clipped ‘n dipped rhythm feel quite right on a standalone release. Deep end lovers really need to peep this.
LUCKY PAUL
The Slow Ground EP
Somethinksounds.
12″ // £6.99

Impressively scoped debut of Electronic soul songs from New Zealand-via-Berlin’s Lucky Paul, comfortably bolstered with remixes from Soul Clap’s Eli Gold and Gadi Mizrahi as G$ vs Gold, Gang Colours, and Eliphino. Paul honed his chops after one year spent in Brazil studying native percussion styles, and further learning in India with the legendary Pandit Vikash Maharaj and in Korea with Pansori singer, Bae il Dong. Nowadays he’s also the…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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NOVELLER
Glacial Glow
Weird Forest
LP // £13.99

‘Glacial Glow’ finds Sarah Lipstate move away from the noisier recordings typified by her output for No Fun Productions and into a more controlled state of blissed and layered guitar pedal trickery. It’s not a massive leap or anything, but more like she has peeled away some of the fuzz to reveal a plangently captivating sound which was always there, but just purposefully obscured. Her electric guitar is refracted through…
NOVELLER
Glacial Glow
Weird Forest
CD // £9.99

‘Glacial Glow’ finds Sarah Lipstate move away from the noisier recordings typified by her output for No Fun Productions and into a more controlled state of blissed and layered guitar pedal trickery. It’s not a massive leap or anything, but more like she has peeled away some of the fuzz to reveal a plangently captivating sound which was always there, but just purposefully obscured. Her electric guitar is refracted through…
OREN AMBARCHI & JIM O’ROURKE
Indeed
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

Following their work together on remixes and in trio with Keiji Haino, ‘Indeed’ is the first proper full-length collaboration between Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke. Recorded in Tokyo, January 2011, the piece takes form as one long electroacoustic meander with both artists operating at the more meditative and reserved end of their respective abilities and disciplines. The label compare the session to “…the warm post-minimalism of composers like Alvin Curran,…
BARN OWL
Shadowland
Thrill Jockey
LP // £12.99

**Marbled clear/white, 150g vinyl. Edition of 1500** San Francisco’s Barn Owl follow their widely acclaimed Thrill Jockey debut ‘Ancestral Star’ with the arrestingly evocative evolution of ‘Shadowland’, a truly outstanding record matching the panoramic visions of Ennio Morricone or Stephen O’Malley. For the past five years it’s been a rare pleasure to witness the duo of Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti plane their majestic sound to a transcendent blend of…
PHURPA
Trowo Phurnag Ceremony
Editions Mego
2LP // £19.99

Ideologic Organ is a new sub-label of Editions Mego curated by Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley. The first release is a reissue of Phurpa’s ‘Trowa Phurnag Ceremony’, an album of traditional Tibetan Buddhist Tantric chanting by a group of Russian artists, originally released in 2008 by Sketis Music. Stephen O’Malley explains: “Russian group lead by the contemporary artist Alexei Tegin take on a trditional and ancient form of Tibetan ritual music…
OREN AMBARCHI & ROBBIE AVENAIM
Dream Request
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
LP // £14.99

Robbie Avenaim and Oren Ambarchi played together in cult Aussie outfit Phlegm, and have coIlaborated extensively since, most notably on Alter Rebbe’s Nigun (1999), a radical collision of noise and traditional Jewish textual influences. Dream Request is an edit of a live performance they gave in Tel Aviv in 2009, and it’s just astonishing in its power, at once guttural and transcendental. These are true artists at work, and their…
STARVING WEIRDOS
Rolled in the Midst of Never-Ceasing Currents Flowing Without a Rest Forever Onward
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
LP // £14.99

Starving Weirdos already have a whole plethora of records to their name, but it’s time for a new one, and it’s a rather enchanting affair from beginning to end. Coming from the shadowy Bo Weavil imprint, the obtusely titled ‘Rolled in the Midst of Never-Ceasing Currents Flowing Without a Rest Forever Onward’ finds Brian Pyle (he of Ensemble Economique fame) and Merrick McKinlay on fine form, injecting the kind of…
FRANCISCO LOPEZ
Untitled 244
Sub Rosa
CD // £11.99

*Limited to 700 copies* Part of Sub Rosa’s New Series Framework – “a brand new mix-up of unusual conceptions of sound material by young unknown composers, well known not-so-young composers and old but clever composers”. Acclaimed sound recordist, Francisco López presents a quite literally immersive recording “created from evolution of original environmental recordings done at multiple underwater and abovewater locations in the Paraná and Paraguay rivers (Argentina and Paraguay). The…
HEY COLOSSUS
RRR
Riot Season
CD // £9.99

“RRR is the seventh album for Hey Colossus, and the third for Riot Season (also home to Circle, Acid Mothers Temple, Sh*t And Shine, Black Boned Angel, Todd, Sloath, Ultraphallus etc). This album follows last year’s Eurogrumble Vol.1 LP, which received broad acclaim as well as landing in some end of year lists. The band formed in 2003 as a five piece, based in London. Eight years on (and with…
VULTURES QUARTET & PHILIPPE PETIT
Tourbillon d’Obscurite
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

*Limited to 700 copies* Part of Sub Rosa’s New Series Framework – “a brand new mix-up of unusual conceptions of sound material by young unknown composers, well known not-so-yung composers and old but clever composers”. ‘Tourbillon d’obscurité’ features renowned sound manipulator/journalist/musical activist, Phillipe Petit in a deep and abstract concrète conversation with Vultures Quartet, a gang of musicians from various industrial, goth, jazz and improv backgrounds. Petit mans field recordings,…
WHITE HILLS
H-p1
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.99

“‘H-p1’ is the second White Hills album on Thrill Jockey following their self-titled album and many sold-out vinyl-only releases. Musically, ‘H-p1’ expands on the explorations of previous albums in ambience, noise, and space rock all led by guitarist Dave W.’s blistering solos. This is the most fully realized White Hills album to date and the one that takes them furthest from their pure space rock roots. The CD version comes…
COLOUR BUK
Our Favourite F**king Day Of The Goddamn Year
Weird Forest
Cassette // £4.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 100** New York’s Colour Bük present their first cassette release, the brilliantly titled ‘Our Favourite Fucking Day Of The Goddamn Year’. Opening to the huffed-out sounds of ‘Comatose Artifact’, a slurry of oxygen-starved guitars crawl around, scraping for crumbs on the floor but there’s actually some sort of song structure in there, somewhere. Things don’t get any more sober the deeper in we get, touching on some…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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TIGER & WOODS
Through The Green
RUNNING BACK
CD // £9.99

Infectious debut album of ten “groove extractions” from the enigmatic Tigers & Woods unit. ‘Through The Green’ collects the best of their three highly sought-after white labels, records whch captured the imagination of dancefloors from Offenbach to St Andrews, shredding, slicing, juicing and boosting elements of their favourite disco, soul, boogie and house tracks into sophisticated new forms. Like the adroit edits of Frank Timm’s Sound Stream project, they only…
PRINCE
1999 (Reissue)
Warner Brothers
2LP // £19.99

1999 was the fifth studio album by Prince, originally released by Warner Bros in 1982 and now available on a new vinyl edition for the first time in years – cut loud! Quite honestly, having a pristine new pressing of Something In The Water, D.M.S.R., Lady Cab Driver and All The Critics Love You In New York is in itself more then worthy of the cost of admission – it…
PRINCE
Controversy (Reissue)
Warner Brothers
LP // £13.99

Prince’s fourth album, originally released by Warner Bros in 1981 and now re-issued on vinyl for the first time in years – cut loud!
PRINCE
Dirty Mind (Reissue)
Warner Brothers
LP // £13.99

Prince’s third studio album, originally released on Warner Bros in 1980 and now re-issued for the first time in years on a new vinyl pressing – cut loud!
DEAN CARTER
Rebel Woman / I Got A Girl
Ethbo
7″ // £6.99

Two grazing numbers from the elusive Dean Carter for the always fascinating Ethbo imprint. The only background info we can glean comes from Julian Cope’s Head Heritage portal, who states “Born Arlie Neaville, he was a blonde Rock’n’Roller who bore more than a passing resemblance to Heinz, Heino and a far younger Spike Jones…armed with that most unlikely of Rock’n’Roll axes: a 12-string dobro”. He apparently did his thing for…
BOTTIN, FRANCISCO & RODION
BFR / Zombie Erotic
Eskimo Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Chuggin’ cosmic Italo disco from your boy Bottin, and his pals Rodion and Francisco. ‘BFR (Space)’ jams on preening glam guitar licks and grinding, mid-tempo bass with fancy breakdown and vocoder vox. Next, a spot of disco necrophilia on ‘Zombie Erotic’, indulging their shared passion for vintage Giallo and Italian Horror on a sexy Italo throbber.
BUARI
Buari
RCA
LP // £11.99

From the same guy who did that ace ‘Disco Soccer’ LP, a reissue of his eponymous debut album originally released in 1975. ‘Buari’ is full of deeply infectious Ghanian rhythms embellished with a strong disco influence imported from America, as for Buari it was “…my intention that my music gives pleasure to dancers as well as to educate”. Well, the class is in session and there’s some proper ‘floor filling…
CARTER BROS.
Full Disco Jacket (Nebraska Mix)
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Adelaide’s Carter Bros. put Australia on the modern disco map with a charmingly sophisticated groove sounding like Moodymann meets Newworldaquarium. The Nebraska remix pops some more funk into the blend with patented compression techniques for a real dancer’s special.
VARIOUS / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-73
Light In The Attic
CD // £12.99

*Incredible compilation from Light In The Attic – the first ever Mowest anthology lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes – complete with extensive liner notes and photos* “You know the old saying, “Go west, young man?” Well, it’s far from cliché. Over the years, some have hit the road in search of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour, others, simply for warmer climes, but in the early 1970’s, Detroit-native and Motown founder…
VARIOUS / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-73
Light In The Attic
2LP // £23.49

*Double LP housed in an old school gatefold tip-on jacket. Incredible compilation from Light In The Attic – the first ever Mowest anthology lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes – complete with extensive liner notes and photos* “You know the old saying, “Go west, young man?” Well, it’s far from cliché. Over the years, some have hit the road in search of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour, others, simply for warmer…
FATHER’S CHILDREN
Who’s Gonna Save The World
NUMERO
CD // £13.99

“As much spiritual adherents of black sounds as they were of black Islam, Father’s Children was born in the dirt and grime of Washington, D.C., and incubated in local producer Robert Hosea Williams’ less-than-immaculate suburban beltway garage. Hailing from the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, in 1973 Nick Smith, Billy Sumler, and Ted “Skeet” Carpenter created a lost document of gritty soul, concerned with its own time and place, stripped of the L.A….

 

DOCUMENTARY
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HERBERT PONTING
The Great White Silence
BFI
DVD + BLU-RAY (DUAL FORMAT) // £15.99

*Remarkable film – the official record of Captain Scott’s legendary expedition to the South Pole restored by the BFI* “A hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting, and the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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DR. ALIMANTADO
Best Dressed Chicken In Town
KEYMAN
LP // £10.99

Timeless, definitive Roots Reggae classic, reissued just in time for a hot summer! It’s 33 years since ‘Best Dressed Chicken In Town’ landed, finding instant classic status on both sides of the Atlantic and far beyond. Even the most casual reggae heads will recognise many of the tracks, or maybe more likely the tracks which have sampled them. It’s a truly all-star affair, featuring vocals from Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy,…
KING TUBBY
King Tubby’s Classics Chapter 2
Roots Records
CD // £8.99

A further 14 “lost” dubs from the monarch like King Tubby. All tracks laid down at Channel One studios and bear all the hallmarks of Tubby’s touch, evidently from the digital era. Some serious stuff inside, like the hard driving bass and cold echoes of ‘St. Andrews Dub’, the tweaking, metallic hi-end flange of ‘Manchester Dub’, and heavyweight depth charge detonations on ‘Clarendon Dub’. Do check!
JOSHUA MOSES / SHARON BENGAMIN
Pretty Girl / Mr. Guy
BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
7″ // £3.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 350** Originally released on Shoc Waves records’ ‘The Bristol Explosion’ compilation in 1979, reissued by Bristol Archive Records for 2011. Frontside is Joshua Moses’ sweet lovers shuffle ‘Pretty Girl’ produced by Gene Walsh, flipside is Sharon Bengamin on the answer ‘Mr. Guy’. Nicely.
LORD KITCHENER / VARIOUS
London Is The Place For Me: Trinidadian Calypso In London
Honest Jon’s Records
2LP // £13.99

FINALLY RE-PRESSED!!!!

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MOSCA
Tilt Shift (Julio Bashmore / Swing Ting Mixes)
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.49

**Upfront exclusive! Hand-stamped white label** Finally landing on wax after regular rinses from Marcus Nasty, Wifey crew and Mosca himself, Fat City present the debut Swing Ting remixes backed with that canny Julio Bashmore rework. Swing Ting are the dusty-fingered DJ/Producers Samrai and Platt, hosts of Manchester’s most clued-up monthly rave and certified rudeboys (with honours). The instinctively deadly arrangement of their bubbling vocal treatment is testament to a profuse…
ANTI-G
Anti-G Presents Kentje’sz Beatsz
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

This is the one we’ve been waiting for!!! Following their ongoing exposé of Chicago Footwork, Planet Mu turn their keen ears to the ‘floor and the sound of Bubbling; the hyper-futuristic Dutch dance craze perpetuated by the 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of Caribbean immigrants. We’ll let the ever-knowledgeable Dave Quam explain the origins “At a party in the late 80s in The Hague, a local DJ by the name…
PINCH
Swish / Tunnel Home
Deep Medi
12″ // £5.99

Monstrously over-large riddims from the Bristolian lynchpin for Mala’s Deep Medi label. Frontside it’s back to ’06 manoeuvres with ‘Swish’, a dreadnought-sized halfstep structure with tearing synth flares and bludgeoning subs. But that’s nothing compared with ‘Tunnel Home’ on the flip, deploying a similar drum palette to his ‘Croydon House’ spesh, but at 150bpm and twysted ‘ardcore styles for the ravers. Don’t mess about, this one is serious.
OSSIE
Set The Tone EP
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Ossie makes his long-awaited Hyperdub debut with three highly infectious House wrigglers for the connoisseurs. For the last year or so his ‘Tarantula’ anthem, released relatively recently on Lightworks, has been a staple among the London House set, from the Circle types through to Marcus Nasty and players like Kode 9. This 12″ reconfigures the ever-evolving Hyperdub schematic to encompass a more sexy, sophisticated sound with ‘Set The Tone’. But…
AFRICA HITECH
Out In The Streets (VIP)
Warp Records
12″ // £6.99

Fresh from dropping their justly acclaimed 93 Million Miles LP, Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek ram their righteous message home with an absolutely stylin’ single, transforming footwork-inspired album track ‘Out In The Streets’ into a jump-up junglist anthem with unmistakeable juke accents. With its high-suction sub bass this explosive VIP reminds us instantly of Undercover Agent’s classic rudeboy roller ‘Oh gosh!’, but the slinky keys and battery of ping-ponging FX…
MACHINEDRUM
Sacred Frequency EP
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.49

Four effortlessly diverse dance weapons from man-of-the-moment, Machinedrum. The rippling 808s and psyche-y soul infusions of the title track are comparable with early Diplo outings, while ‘Flycatcha (ft. Body Language)’ offers an adroit and unstable take on Chicago footwork and ‘Fantastix’ runs off a Plug-style Breakbeat jungle workout. Best of the bunch is ‘Listen To Me’, a body hypnotising Afro-rhythmic number with wonderfully tilted synths and strings.
WILEY
100% Publishing
Big Dada
2LP // £13.99

*Limited vinyl edition – comes with a download code redeemable directly from the label* The indomitable Wiley has just dropped arguably his finest album to date. The gestalt ‘100% Publishing’ is completely Wiley’s: produced, vocalled and recorded by the godfather of Grime, and surely his most confidently varied set to date, too. Much of the lyrics and humour may only be decipherable to Londoners or Grime heads, but the fact…
WILEY
100% Publishing
Big Dada
CD // £8.99

The indomitable Wiley has just dropped arguably his finest album to date. The gestalt ‘100% Publishing’ is completely Wiley’s: produced, vocalled and recorded by the godfather of Grime, and surely his most confidently varied set to date, too. Much of the lyrics and humour may only be decipherable to Londoners or Grime heads, but the fact that the production is pretty much solid and endearing throughout (unlike some other Wiley…
JAY WEED
On The Nile (Becoming Real Mix)
Grizzly
12″ // £6.49

Super-cool Bass rollers from Jay Weed, b/w remixes by Becoming Real and Douster. Succeeding his ‘Prism’ EP for Oneman’s 502 label, ‘On The Nile’ brings slivers of snake-charming melody, Egyptian Lover-referencing electro stabs and fluctuating delays while ‘City Staccs’ nods to the Dutch Bubblin’ sound with percolating drum patterns underpinned with powerfully swampy subs. Highlight of the remixes has to be Becoming Real’s humid digital tribalist version. Killer.
PHOTEK
Sleepwalking (Falty DL Mix)
Photek Productions
12″ // £7.99

Brash vocal Dubstep from Photek, backed with a masterful Falty DL remix. The original version should only be reserved for big room and festival play, primed as it is for pink wellies and straw boaters. On remix duties Falty DL flips it with finesse, pitching the vocal for far more sultry and soulful effect, while the rhythm is transformed into a bumpin’ swing House special with extra padded subs to…
STARKEY
Space Traitor Vol.2
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ + CD // £9.99

*Includes a bonus 9-track CD that has remixes by Om Unit, Darling Farah, Distal and more.* ‘Space Traitor 2’ continues Starkey’s bass cadet odyssey with four sci-fi themed original productions on the vinyl plusa 9 track cd including remixes by Innerpartysystem, Om Unit, Darling Farah, Distal, Monky, and the Elementz. The title track notably features ascendant star Charli XCX autotuned to a cyber-pop ace with a dazzling drop, while ‘Street…
JAY 5IVE & KROMESTAR
Wishful Thinking / Electric Avenue
Bass ‘N’ Love Records
12″ // £5.99

Jay 5ive & Kromestar swivel into slower, more atmospheric vibes for the second drop on Bass ‘N’ Love records. A-side ‘Wishful Thinking’ experiments at a 90bpm shimmy, kinda like an update of the old Wild Bunch sound, while ‘Electric Avenue’ mashes down a more rolling Dubstep route.
JINGBONG TING
Cry Murda feat. Ziggy
Moonshine Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Ziggi vocals ‘Cry Murda’ in dubstep version by Jacky Murda & Max Powa, and bombastic Jump-Up mix by HoT. The Murda & Powa side is on a laidback halfstep Dub flex, whereas the firin’ HoT mix is bound to spark up a rukkus in the right situation.
MATTY G & KONFUSION
Styles & Styles
STEPS IN TIME
12″ // £5.99

A rare outing from Matty G, his first since the wicked ‘My 808s’ for Dub Police in summer 2010. ‘Styles & Styles’ is one of those hybrid specials that Matty made him name on, finely welding boomin’ gangster bass drops with flashes of original junglist breaks and that chopped ‘n screwed flavour. ’95 Style Smooth’ comes with the liquid LTJ Bukem vibes on the flip, mixing it up with some…

 

ELECTRONIC
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RICARDO VILLALOBOS & MAX LODERBAUER
Re: ECM
ECM
2CD // £17.99

For fans of modern electronic music, this album is something to get excited about. The august and universally revered ECM imprint has granted the highly noted electronic music composers, Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer, access to their vaults for what is effectively their first ever dalliance with remixes and electronic music in general. At Ricardo’s Laika studio, over a period of five months in late 2009, the pair recontextualised a…
LAUREL HALO
Hour Logic EP
Hippos In Tanks
12″ // £9.99

Ever since she first pinged our radar last year, we’ve been following Laurel Halo with interest, but nothing could’ve prepared us for the clock-melting brilliance of this new EP for Hippos In Tanks. It’s the kind of record that defies easy categorisation, but suffice to say Laurel has honed and expanded her sound into a kind of dizzying psychedelic techno that we just can’t get enough of. ‘Aquifer’ sets the…
BLANCK MASS
Blanck Mass
Rock Action Records
CD // £9.99

Epic, highly recommended synth-scapes from Blanck Mass – aka F*ck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power – on Mogwai’s Rock Action records. Power shares with his label bosses a predilection for rousing, melodic crescendos, giving his ambient constructions a power and sense of purpose that a lot of contemporary synth music lacks. The hi-fidelity, ecclesiastical architecture of each whooshing and fizzing piece on this gripping LP puts us in mind of Emeralds…
BLANCK MASS
Blanck Mass
Rock Action Records
2LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Epic, highly recommended synth-scapes from Blanck Mass – aka F*ck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power – on Mogwai’s Rock Action records. Power shares with his label bosses a predilection for rousing, melodic crescendos, giving his ambient constructions a power and sense of purpose that a lot of contemporary synth music lacks. The hi-fidelity, ecclesiastical architecture of each whooshing and fizzing piece on this…
GHOSTING SEASON
Far End of the Graveyard
THIS IS IT FOREVER
CD // £4.99

Intriguing debut release of Shoegaze/Post-Rock informed electronics from Ghosting Season and their host label, This Is It Forever. ‘Far End Of The Graveyard’ opens a portal into a world of crisp, laptop-processed beats, swooning string arrangements and widescreen atmospheres, synchronizing the two with a refined aesthetic equally adaptable to the ‘floor or in-house listening. The titular opener shares much in common with Pantha Du Prince, from the fluid rolling mnml…
CREWDSON
Gravity
Slowfoot Records
CD // £12.99

Following a solid EP at the tail-end of last year, Crewdson returns to Slowfoot for his debut full length – an organic, multi-facted take on bass music and micro production that sounds somewhere between Radiq and the squashed funk of classic Matthew Herbert. There’s a mellow jazz-coloured heart to these productions, skewed by an asymmetric production style that harks back to the kind of post-everything sounds that were so prevalent…
JIM O’ROURKE & CARLOS GIFFONI
Japan Tour 2011 CD
NO FUN
CD // £11.99

**Limited edition of 500* In april 2011 Jim O’Rourke and Carlos Giffoni toured a disaster stricken Japan. The remaining copies of their exclusive tour CD have reached these shores, featuring one brand new studio production apiece and an extended and quite brilliant collaboration of psychedelic analog electronics. Jim O’Rourke’s ‘Canadian Bonus Track’ spans fifteen minutes of lush pastoral synth tones, with swallow diving melodies reminiscent of BoC or Belbury Poly…
VEZELAY
Lyre EP
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.99

Superb unter-pop pickings from Planet Mu’s new signing, Clermont-Ferrand-hailing Matthieu Le Berre aka Vezelay. We’ll be the first to admit that Planet Mu’s dalliances with pop music haven’t always hit the spot for us, but this one is a far simpler, and by turns a far more successful effort. Le Berre is ticking all the right boxes, hinting at BoC like harmonic wooze on ‘Archetype’, or Junior Boys-meeting-Autechre on the…
GAGARIN
Biophilia
Geo Records
CD // £9.99

Biophilia is Gagarins latest full length album. Dids aka Gagarin has previously worked with the likes of Nico and John Cale (Velvet Underground) and is currently an associate member of and regular collaborator with Pere Ubu as well as member of Roshi ft Pars Radio and new outfit Low Bias with Mark B from Rothko. Gagarins music is electronica – with touches of dubstep, ambient, grime and field recordings. Biophilia…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Symphony For A Genocide
Weird Forest
LP // £11.99

**Absolutely vital vinyl reissue of this disturbing, iconic album from 1981 – a haunting miasmah of extreme noise, fragmented drum machine erosions and power electronics that sound more relevant today than ever before. Limited to 500 individually numbered copies for the world and available on vinyl for the first time in a generation** This pioneering recording from Italian industrial noise Godfather Maurizio Bianchi is just about as crucial as they…
MARK PAULINE & GX JUPITTER-LARSEN
Survival Research Laboratories
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

“From “Classical” music to intense destructuration, a new form of avant-garde. At the very beginning of Survival Research Laboratories in 1978, the group’s founder Mark Pauline predicted that people would eventually start building their own technology in order to seize control of the very violence that characterizes the age we live in. Survival Research Laboratories was conceived and founded by Mark Pauline in November 1978. Snce its inception, SRL has…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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BON IVER
Bon Iver
4AD
CD // £8.99

Expectations are sky high for Justin Veron’s sophomore album and, thankfully, he’s managed to deliver a follow-up that doesn’t ape the high points of its predecessor, yet manages to be just as great in its own way. If ‘For Emma…’ was indebted to The Red House Painters, this eponymous record owes just as much to Bruce Hornsby and early 80s Genesis. From the light electric piano flourishes of ‘Beth/Rest’ to…
BON IVER
Bon Iver
4AD
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Expectations are sky high for Justin Veron’s sophomore album and, thankfully, he’s managed to deliver a follow-up that doesn’t ape the high points of its predecessor, yet manages to be just as great in its own way. If ‘For Emma…’ was indebted to The Red House Painters, this eponymous record owes just as much to Bruce Hornsby and early 80s Genesis. From…
THESE TRAILS
These Trails
Drag City
CD // £11.49

These Trails were an acid folk group who released a very rare record in 1973. The LP was released by Sinergia and is probably one of the best Hawaiian LPs, along with Mu’s‘Mu’. Prominent members of the group were Margaret Morgan (vocals, guitar and dulcimer), Patrick Cockett (guitar, slide guitar and vocals) and Dave Choy (arp synthesizer, recorder, arrangements and final mix). Margaret Morgan handles most of the lead vocals…
THESE TRAILS
These Trails
Drag City
LP // £13.49

These Trails were an acid folk group who released a very rare record in 1973. The LP was released by Sinergia and is probably one of the best Hawaiian LPs, along with Mu’s‘Mu’. Prominent members of the group were Margaret Morgan (vocals, guitar and dulcimer), Patrick Cockett (guitar, slide guitar and vocals) and Dave Choy (arp synthesizer, recorder, arrangements and final mix). Margaret Morgan handles most of the lead vocals…
PUZZLE MUTESON
En Garde
BEDROOM COMMUNITY
CD // £9.99

Mysterious Isle of Wight singer-songwriter Puzzle Muteson sure has talent, but he might well have passed under the radar had he not been discovered by producer and Bedroom Community boss Valgeir Sigurðsson and his buddy Nico Muhly. Sigurðsson – whose past production credits include Bjork, Maps, CocoRosie, Magic Numbers and Ben Frost – has now recorded an album’s worth of songs with Muteson, setting his tremulous voice and finger-picked guitar…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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KEVIN CORCORAN
Haptic Music
Weird Forest
Cassette // £4.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 100** Intriguing set of freely improvised solo percussion works with intent focus, as the title suggests, on perceptions of tactility and tone. Corcoran’s discography includes drumming for various groups including his improv/americana trio with Tetuzi Akiyama and Christian Kleifer and avant-rock outfit Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, but this recording is much quieter, well at least in the pregnant space between each flurry of percussion or extremely…
THE PRETERITE
The Preterite
Weird Forest
2 x Casette // £8.99

The best of the latest Weird Forest batch is The Preterite’s eponymous double cassette. Aka Jim Campbell, The Preterite uses modified cassette walkmen for “Tape Scratching” together with unidentified electronic gadgetry to control deliriously dreamlike montages of landing somewhere between Atelecine, The Caretaker and Indignant Senility. His phantasmic sound is as eerie as it is engaging, taking in strangely detuned pianos and off-kilter tape loops, all seemingly high off the…
VARIOUS
Kanshin
KANSHIN
2CD // £9.99

**All profits from this release will go to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Organisation** ‘Kanshin’ is an excellent two CD compilation from which all profits will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Organisation. Under the curation of the good people from Fluid Radio and Hibernate Recordings, it includes 31 tracks from the likes of Machinefabriek, Relmic Statute, Library Tapes, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Yann Novak,…
ROEDELIUS
Piano Piano
Bureau B
CD // £13.49

It’s easy for Roedelius releases to get lost at the moment in the flurry of re-issues and Cluster-related titles, but this little gem is a record that deserves a closer look. It’s a brand new album, and here Hans-Joachim Roedelius shows that he’s just as handy with the piano as he is with the humble synthesizer. In the Eric Satie mode more recently explored by Max Richter, Goldmund and Sylvain…
HARUKI
Falling
NOMADIC KIDS REPUBLIC
CD // £7.49

Haruki’s ‘Falling’ is one of the most explicitly noirish entries to Nomadic Kids Republic, following a run of releases from Bvdub & Ian Hawgood, Lefolk, and offthesky. It’s the work of one Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, and paints doom-laden impressionistic scapes from an array of field recordings, acoustic instrumentation and electronic processing. These are richly detailed yet abstract, painterly arrangements, from the thick swipes of ghoulish subbass and shaded,…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VETIVER
The Errant Charm
Bella Union
CD // £12.99

‘The Errant Charm’ is Vetiver’s fifth album, and here we find bandleader Andy Cabic dipping his toes ever further into the pool of perfectionism. Apparently while writing the record he took pre-mixes and sketches around with him on the iPod, and proceeded to wander around San Francisco (no doubt with Burrito in hand) making changes to the lyrics or the arrangements. I’m not usually one for overworking music, but you…
VETIVER
The Errant Charm
Bella Union
LP // £17.99

**Includes free download of the album redeemable from the label** ‘The Errant Charm’ is Vetiver’s fifth album, and here we find bandleader Andy Cabic dipping his toes ever further into the pool of perfectionism. Apparently while writing the record he took pre-mixes and sketches around with him on the iPod, and proceeded to wander around San Francisco (no doubt with Burrito in hand) making changes to the lyrics or the…
BUTCHER THE BAR
For Each A Future Tethered
Morr Music
CD // £13.99

Joel Nicholson’s first album under the Butcher the Bar moniker since ‘Sleep At Your Own Speed’ came out three years ago now, and was a triumph of calm, bedroom-produced pop music. Elliott Smith is usually the name that comes to mind when talking about Nicholson’s songs, but this time around he sounds invigorated and fresh, and ‘For Each a Future Tethered’ is a collection of his best songs to date….
BUTCHER THE BAR
For Each A Future Tethered
Morr Music
LP // £14.99

Joel Nicholson’s first album under the Butcher the Bar moniker since ‘Sleep At Your Own Speed’ came out three years ago now, and was a triumph of calm, bedroom-produced pop music. Elliott Smith is usually the name that comes to mind when talking about Nicholson’s songs, but this time around he sounds invigorated and fresh, and ‘For Each a Future Tethered’ is a collection of his best songs to date….
CLIFFIE SWAN
Memories Come True
Drag City
CD // £11.49

“Cliffie Swan used to be the American band called Lights who put out two CDs – a self-titled release on Language Of Stone and ‘Rites’ on Drag City. Not a debut, nor really a third album, ‘Memories Come True’ is equal parts bravado and vulnerability. A story of leaving, perhaps, unrolls over the course of these eleven songs, resulting in an album of absolutely soulful and sultry rock gems. Physically…
MILK MAID
Yucca
Fat Cat
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Milk Maid is Martin Cohen from Nine Black Alps. They were discovered by Jack Cooper of Mazes, who released a single on Suffering Jukebox before they were signed by FatCat Records. The whole album was recorded on Martin’s 8-track in his flat in Manchester. Reference points include Mazes, Woods and the Woodsist label, The Shins, Guided By Voices, Oasis, Jesus And Mary…
MILK MAID
Yucca
Fat Cat
CD // £9.99

“Milk Maid is Martin Cohen from Nine Black Alps. They were discovered by Jack Cooper of Mazes, who released a single on Suffering Jukebox before they were signed by FatCat Records. The whole album was recorded on Martin’s 8-track in his flat in Manchester. Reference points include Mazes, Woods and the Woodsist label, The Shins, Guided By Voices, Oasis, Jesus And Mary Chain.”
TY SEGALL
Goodbye Bread
Drag City
CD // £9.49

“‘Goodbye Bread’ is the fifth album from San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall, the first since 2010’s ‘Melted’”
TY SEGALL
Goodbye Bread
Drag City
LP // £13.49

“‘Goodbye Bread’ is the fifth album from San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall, the first since 2010’s ‘Melted’”

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE
Beileid
Pias
CD // £7.99

The eagerly awaited follow-up to Bohren & Der Club of Gore’s wonderful 2008 LP Dolores doesn’t disappoint, the German outfit refining and expanding their visionary blend of midnight jazz and dark ambience across 35 sumptuous minutes. The EP’s title (Beleid – meaning “condolence”), not to mention the illustration of a rainy funeral on its cover, clearly signpost the kind of bleak terrain we’re headed for, but Bohren are as adept…
AKALE WUBE
Akalé Wubé
L’AROME
LP // £11.99

“It is an improbable story: one that reunites, a group of young Parisians with the Swingin’ Addis sounds of the seventies. In October 2008, five musicians got together on a wild project: to delve into the repertoire of the ethiopian golden age, as defined by the producer Francis Falceto, to whom we owe the series of reissues “Ethiopiques”. “The idea was to transcribe songs from this period and rearrange them…
GETATCHEW MEKURYA
Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 5
L’AROME
LP // £11.99

Utterly enchanting Ethiopiques edition, starring the totally unique saxophone sound of Gétatchèw Mèkurya. The label says “Gétatchèw Mèkurya is probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone. A real giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the very top level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the “inventor” of an extremely distinctive musical “style”.” The album features ten of Gétatchèw Mèkurya’s arrangements, blowing a snaking, smoky and…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Jumping The Shuffle Blues
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

“Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfillment in the raw ‘Shuffle Blues’ music that emanated from mainland USA. This no-nonsense style of R&B dominated the island’s sound system dances from the dawn of the Fifties, with operators aggressively competing with each other for ‘exclusive’ discs. This collection draws together the most popular of these influential sound system favourites, many of which were…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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BRACKET
Spilt Cider
BRACKOUT
12″ // £6.99

Warehouse-ready ruffige from the vaults of the late Ben Brydon aka Brackout. ‘Unrequited’ steps to it with dusted ‘ardcore breaks lashed with mentasms and sparingly deployed subs. Flipside is his UKG remix of a Spewis vs Bass Invaders cut, techy-funk tucked tight int he pocket, next to the junglist roll-out of ‘Damage Limitation’.
SKEPTICAL / MUTE AND MAKO
Recipe Book Vol 1: Part 4
Ingredients Records
12″ // £6.49

Up-to-date D&B from Skeptical and Mute & Mako. On ‘Refraction’ Skeptical drops a tightly wound stepper with brooding bass. Mute & Mako’s ‘Rorshach’ is more of a growling Neurofunk style, but deftly done.

 

MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 329: July 2011
Wire
Mag // £4.00

The July edition of The Wire places Roy Harper on the cover and in interview, amidst articles on Errorsmith, the noise scene in Beijing, inimitable electro-pop outsider John Maus, the plunderphonics of John Wall. People Like Us undergo the Invisible Jukebox and there’s the usual in-depth news, reviews and opinions from some of the finest writers in their field.

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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NICK HOPPNER
A Peck And A Pawn EP
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.99

Unmissable modern House groove from half of MyMy, aka Ostgut Ton’s co-founder Nick Höppner. With credentials like those, and after probably spending more time in Panorama Bar and Berghain than the bar staff, this guy quite obviously knows what makes a body move. ‘A Peck And A Pawn’ is pure groove science, augmenting the crisp and spacious aesthetic of Berlin-style Tech-House with a subtly accentuated Funky swing to exceptional effect….
BRUNO PRONSATO
Lovers Do
THE SONGSAYS
CD // £12.49

One of minimal Tech-House’s most consistently engaging artists, Bruno Pronsato returns on a deeply sophisticated third album. In recent years his experimental style has reached further than many in his scene, especially on the free-flowing 38-minute odyssey ‘The Make Up The Break Up’. ‘Lovers Do’ shifts him ever closer to the hallowed echelons of Ricardo Villalobos, Reboot or Luciano, displaying an ever-increasing mastery of his craft and a timelessly idiosyncratic…
PIERRE LX
Out 1
Initial Cuts
CD // £10.99

“Out 1, the debut album by Pierre LX, slinks elegantly around the peripheries of electronic music in a way that only a record made in London can. Not really techno, kind of like house, but certainly influenced by the UK’s bass music scene, this is one of those albums that slips between genres into its own groove. His contemporaries, producers like John Roberts, Instra:mental and Pearson Sound, are on a…
PIERRE LX
Out 1
Initial Cuts
2LP // £14.99

“Out 1, the debut album by Pierre LX, slinks elegantly around the peripheries of electronic music in a way that only a record made in London can. Not really techno, kind of like house, but certainly influenced by the UK’s bass music scene, this is one of those albums that slips between genres into its own groove. His contemporaries, producers like John Roberts, Instra:mental and Pearson Sound, are on a…
JOHN TEJADA
Parabolas
Kompakt
2LP // £14.99

Lush long player from “one of the most notoriously meticulous producers around”. For the past ten years Tejada has been a mainstay of the international Tech-House set, by-passing trends while remaining consistently true to a melodically sophisticated and perenially groovesome style. ‘Parabolas’ is his first major LP in three years and finds John in his most refined and dreamily spacious mode. Opener ‘Farther and Fainter’ draws us into a featherweight…
JOHN TEJADA
Parabolas
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Lush long player from “one of the most notoriously meticulous producers around”. For the past ten years Tejada has been a mainstay of the international Tech-House set, by-passing trends while remaining consistently true to a melodically sophisticated and perenially groovesome style. ‘Parabolas’ is his first major LP in three years and finds John in his most refined and dreamily spacious mode. Opener ‘Farther and Fainter’ draws us into a featherweight…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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JüRGEN MüLLER
Science of the Sea
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

**Limited to 500 for the world – initial copies come on transparent orange vinyl, Cut at D&M** ‘Science Of The Sea’ is a total find, presenting a precious vinyl reissue of Jürgen Müller’s practically unheard 1982 ode to oceanography and the magic of synthesizer music. As his story goes, in 1979, Jürgen, a self-taught amateur musician studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, travelled with a film crew to…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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JOHN MAUS
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £12.99

Really strong, hugely hyped new album from John Maus – sounding something like a cross between Autre Ne Veut and Joy Division – with a bit of Joe Jackson and Visage thrown in for good measure. And if that all sounds a bit lazy – all we can say is that it’s just one of those albums, it reminds you of something else almost constantly, yet leaves a smudged mark…
JOHN MAUS
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
UPSET THE RHYTHM
CD // £8.99

Really strong, hugely hyped new album from John Maus – sounding something like a cross between Autre Ne Veut and Joy Division – with a bit of Joe Jackson and Visage thrown in for good measure. And if that all sounds a bit lazy – all we can say is that it’s just one of those albums, it reminds you of something else almost constantly, yet leaves a smudged mark…
REGAL DEGAL
Speckled Fruit
ROTI RECORDS
LP // £11.99

**Edition of 300. 3-colour spray-painted stencil sleeve art** “Following the format worth cassette release on RVNG Intl,. Regal Degal return with ‘Speckled Fruit’, a smash n’ grab 12” maxi-EP of outsider lysergic pop for mutant sound huffers n’ handsome dweebs. the first side crams in five jams clinically and cynically treated for fourth eye clarity. Demonstrating the Brooklyn trio’s formative song-writing, track like “Pretty Busy” and “Eaten Alive In Front…
CHRISTOPHE / JULIO BASHMORE
The Force
Futureboogie Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Bristol’s Futureboogie Recordings follow J. Bashmore’s massive ‘Father Father’ 12″ with Christophe’s cowbell-sprung disco move ‘The Force’, backed by remixes from Lukas, J. Bashmore and the PBR Streetgang. Bashmore’s sound stands out a mile, slipping in the neatest triplet fills around signature plump subs and sprightly keys on the NYC-flavoured ‘Piano Mix’, adding some suave space to the kinetic, cowbell-kinked and acid-licked original. PBR Streetgang and Lukas both tighten up…
STOP MODERNISTS
Subculture
Keys Of Life
12″ // £7.99

Sumptuous rework of the underrated New Order classic ‘Subculture’ from a new alliance in Scandinavian House music, Jori Hulkkonen and Alex Nieminen, with vocals from Pet Shop Boys’ Chris Lowe! Pals for nigh on 20 years, these pair of acclaimed Finnish House heads have gone back to their roots, explicitly referencing dancefloor pop music, but more subtly nodding to the New York, Chicago and Detroit influences which in turn fed…
THE RAPTURE
How Deep Is Your Love?
DFA
12″ // £7.99

**600 copies for the world** Belting indie-disco actions from The Rapture, returning after a protracted 4-year hiatus to herald their forthcoming ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ album. They’re in fine voice for ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, chugging on a scuffed disco-rock beat to the tune of a rousing piano refrain and an earworming, almost operatic vocal. Check the samples and sing-a-long.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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VAKULA
Unthank002 EP
Unthank
10″ // £8.99

**Clear Vinyl** Firecracker sublabel, Unthank, follow that Bakey USTL cracker with three choice cuts of deeper TechnoHouse by Ukraine’s Vakula. This fella is steadily establishing a very distinguished sound with releases like his Steve Reich-sampling ‘2×5’ and various missives for Quintessentials and Dekmantel among others, but this is probably his most refined release to date. The A-side tips a peak to the timeless square bass House templates worked by Claro…
MR BEATNICK
Synthetes
DON’T BE AFRAID
12″ // £6.99

Deep bumpin’ House from an integral player in the London Beats scene, backed with a smart Architeq remix. The original ‘Synthetes’ mix centres on a soul-infecting string loop and proper padded low end, around which Mr Beatnick builds fluidly smooth, body-programmed percussion and spare Moog lines in lushest style. ‘Don’t Walk Away From My Love’ is another burner, subtly matching Chicago House and Detroit electro memes with a knowing London…
MOVE D
Between Us
SHANTI
12″ // £7.99

Typically warm and Deep House grooves from the much-loved Move D. The instinctively tracky throb of ‘Lush Summer Rain’ is carried across the A-side, almost subliminally evolving from wholesome Deep House to swinging Garage by the close. Flipside, ‘Between’ us eases the pace to groove with Larry Heard-like chords and sweeping electronics with his patented seductive arrangement.
ALFABET (AWANTO 3 & TOM TRAGO)
C/D
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Tom Trago and Awanto 3 (Steven de Peven ov Rednose Distrikt) serve the ‘C/D’ editions of their Alfabet sessions – 13 two-track singles. In case you were under any illusion otherwise, ‘Chicago Thank You’ is a pure Chi-town dedication, seven minutes of dusted groove moves paying tribute to the late night sensuality of that city’s sound which has been exported across the globe. The craftier ‘Waus Music’ stretches out a…
ANTHONY COLLINS
Don’t Look Down Now (Roman Flugel Mix)
Curle Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Mellow but brooding Tech-House from Anthony Collins, including a superior Roman Flügel remix. Primed for the wee small hours, ‘Don’t Look Down Now’ rides a well-judged mid-tempo pace, with hypnotic flourish of marimba, Balearic-tinted guitar and sparing but poppy vocal. Roman Flügel’s remix is the real winner, winding up simmering Toms and a wide-assed dub-chord around that trickling marimba with an effortlessly infectious arrangement.
GHOSTLEIGH
Ghostleigh 010
GHOSTLEIGH
12″ // £8.99

Ghostleigh’s gone and upped his game with the tenth release on his boutique self-titled imprint. Both tracks follow his recent trajectory into deeper, slower House and modern Disco zones with an increasingly sophisticated finish. A-side is lost to a lush Detroit dream, tracing padded kicks tipping to Omar-S or Theo, all enveloped by lavish synth chords and romantically sustained strings. We could almost hear the flipside dropped as a Running…
DISCO NIHILIST
Running (Far Away)
RUNNING BACK
12″ // £7.99

Deeply rooted reel-skool House music from Mike Taylor aka Disco Nihilist, following episodes on Love What Yo Feel or Construction Paper. The guy’s got a distinct style, drawing what he needs from original Chicago and Detroit templates to create six tracks ranging from tuff bucks like ‘Keep It Simple’ and ‘Greasy Grind’ through to juicy acid-dub on ‘December 5th’ or the Tevo Howard-esque melody of ‘Coffee And A Worn Paperback’….
DELTA FUNKTIONEN
Setup Three: O/F/F
Ann Aimee
12″ // £7.99

Four rugged pounders from Dutchman, Delta Funktionen. His first release since the excellent Inward Content LP for Meanwhile reverts back to his tried and tested chuggy propulsion, from the straight kicking hit of ‘Mass Communication’ to the churning, bruising toms and razing noises of ‘Minds Into Meltdown’ or the tripping ‘Data Economics’.
JENIFA MAYANJA
Woman Walking In The Shadows (DJ Jus-Ed / Kai Alce Mixes)
BU-MAKO
12″ // £8.99

Ahead of her 2nd album, Jenifa Mayanja presents ‘Woman Walking In the Shadows’ backed with remixes by her man, Jus-Ed, and NDATL’s Kai Alce. Her original album mix is practically Broken Beat, with loud and crisp live drums organised around her floating vocals and tender chords to luxurious effect, while the ‘Filtered Light’ mix is more mellow, dappled with breezy chords for a more hushed intimacy. Jus-Ed steps in with…
BICEP
EP 2
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Bicep follow their ace debut for Throne Of Blood with three down and mid-tempo Deep House grooves plus a remix by New York’s Mark Verbos. Make sure to check the plushly synthesized environs of ‘Silk’ and the acid-licked ‘Choux’, or Verbos’ remix for a New York-rooted Nu Groove style.
CRAIG RICHARDS
Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Fabric’s musical director, Craig Richards, gives a broad taste of The Nothing Special nights he curates at the influential London club on Fabric 58. Richards has been at the helm of this dance music institution for 11 years now, catering his sets to reflect the diversity of his guests, who range from Dopplereffekt to Shackleton, to Moritz Von Oswald or The Emperor Machine. He’s dug deep for this special presentation,…
EDWARD
Maxa / Naxa
MERC
12″ // £6.99

Mark E introduces Edward with his debut EP ‘Maxa’ on Merc. Like Mark, Edward has a fine line in left-leaning dance music with a hypnotic, druggy edge ripe for the more disco-touting House floors. Face-up, ‘Maxa’ cruises along with floating synth pads, rolling congas and a stealthy siren climax. Flipside, ‘Naxa’ is cheekier, revolving around a canny brass sample stab and filtered bass disco bassline with a subtly evolving arrangement…
PHOTEK
Aviator / Totem
Photek Productions
12″ // £7.99

Photek continues his electro-House and Bass makeover with two new tracks. ‘Aviator’ is a glam chugger with Big Room synth comtrails, while ‘Totem’ goes a step grimier, but with Breaks-y dynamics.

 

WORLD
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GOOGOOSH
Googoosh
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £13.99

**Remarkable collection of passionate Persian peons reclaimed by the folks at Finders Keepers. From luxurious disco to romantic pop and poetic bossa. Stunning music of a precious vintage. Includes extensive liner notes by Mahssa Taghinia and Andy Votel** “The East’s best kept secret? Despite being a national treasure to generations of free-thinking Iranians and one of the most well-known and loved songbirds from the East, Faegheh Atashin (most famously known…
GOOGOOSH
Googoosh
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

**Remarkable collection of passionate Persian peons reclaimed by the folks at Finders Keepers. From luxurious disco to romantic pop and poetic bossa. Stunning music of a precious vintage. Includes extensive liner notes by Mahssa Taghinia and Andy Votel** “The East’s best kept secret? Despite being a national treasure to generations of free-thinking Iranians and one of the most well-known and loved songbirds from the East, Faegheh Atashin (most famously known…
FUSIOON
Absolute Fusioon
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £13.99

**Uniquely complex Catalan prog-rock fusions and nascent Ibizan psychedelia from early ’70s – tipped for fans of Soft Machine or Egg or the preceding Absolute Belter compilation.** ” Who can ignore a band with a name this blatant? An epic soundtrack when Spain was adjusting to a new political era, with it’s own Catalan swagger.” – Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73). “Imagine a merging of Soft Machine and Egg… A…
FUSIOON
Absolute Fusioon
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

**Uniquely complex Catalan prog-rock fusions and nascent Ibizan psychedelia from early ’70s – tipped for fans of Soft Machine or Egg or the preceding Absolute Belter compilation.** ” Who can ignore a band with a name this blatant? An epic soundtrack when Spain was adjusting to a new political era, with it’s own Catalan swagger.” – Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73). “Imagine a merging of Soft Machine and Egg… A…
SORRY BAMBA
Volume One 1970-1979
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.99

Sorry Bamba is the one-time leader of the legendary L’Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti, whose ace ‘Kanaga De Mopti’ was recently reissued on Kindred Spirits. ‘Volume One 1970-1979’ focuses on this period with the Orchestra, including a clutch of his previously unreleased and highly sought after recordings of vintage Malian music. Sorry’s father was a noble, and a veteran of the Emperor Samoury Touré’s army. In Mali’s caste-based society, this meant…
SORRY BAMBA
Volume One 1970-1979
Thrill Jockey
2LP // £13.99

Sorry Bamba is the one-time leader of the legendary L’Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti, whose ace ‘Kanaga De Mopti’ was recently reissued on Kindred Spirits. ‘Volume One 1970-1979’ focuses on this period with the Orchestra, including a clutch of his previously unreleased and highly sought after recordings of vintage Malian music. Sorry’s father was a noble, and a veteran of the Emperor Samoury Touré’s army. In Mali’s caste-based society, this meant…