Dec 022011
 

Hello,

Things are heating up here as the run-up to xmas shifts into all-out mayhem, and while evryone seems to be busy compiling year-end charts, we find ourselves faced with one of the most impressive new release lineups of the year so far.

Towering above everything and everyone else this week is Daphne Oram, founder of the Radiophonic Workshop and author of some of the most pioneering and forward-thinking electronic music you will likely ever hear. Her legacy includes 400 tapes of recordings which currently reside at Goldsmiths College, London, but up until now all that’s been made available for public consumption has been the excellent “Oramics” compilation from a few years back. This week sees the release of “The Oram Tapes Volume One” – an immense two and a half hour exploration of Daphne’s darkest recordings – ranging from raging noise tracks to delicate chiming melodies, from intense Concrète experiments to beautiful location recordings – and taking in previously unheard sequences for “2001” and Jack Clayton’s “The Innocents” to boot. The material on offer is really nothing short of staggering – some of it sounds like it could have been made yesterday – and is quite removed from the bloopy wizzadry most often associated with the Workshop. None of the material included has ever been released before – and after a detailed mastering process at Dubplates & Mastering – has been cut to vinyl to make up ths wonderful 4LP set, housed in a deluxe gatefold package. For our money – it’s totally unmissable.

Next up – KPLR. purveyors of fine, f*cked-up and completely deconstructed Techno and leading lights of that mongrel sound that’s emerged in 2011. Their debut EP ‘Tek No Muzik’ has already become a prime specimin of this sort of thing, and now their debut LP proper for Digitalis arrives with a set of psycho-actively unstable sounds. The music they make situates itself somewhere between Mika Vainio’s elemental inductions and Bob Ostertag’s modular mazes, with bits of Autechre and SND thrown into the mix. It’s a great set – with initlal copies available on limited, transparent orange vinyl.

Speaking of Autechre, their ‘legendary’ first recordings as Lego Feet are surprisingly and finally made available in the digital realm this week (scarce vinyl copies now fetch a few hundred $$$$), with a whole added mass of material thrown in for good measure. What you get for your money are over 70 minutes of the most direct dancefloor transmissions ever laid down by Sean Booth and Rob Brown – and in our books that makes it pretty damn essential.

Ian Hodgson, aka Moon Wiring Club, also makes a return this week, delivering new album “Clutch It like A Gonk” alongside a bundled 3″ CD with shorter, beatless variations. The album itself features MWC’s most direct and well crafted dancefloor productions to date, taking on bass musics and even the trancey syncopations of araabMUZIK, all wrapped in that deeply saturated nostalgic glow that Hodgson has more or less made his own. But it’s the bonus 3″ CD that’s really ruling our world – sounding like a mixture of Boards of Canada’s short vignettes, Aphex Twn’s Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 and the eerie diced collages of Position Normal’s classic “Stop Your Nonsense”. In other words – it’s ace.

Those of you into the dark arts, however, should head straight for a duo of Deathprod releases available for the first time as standalone albums since the mid-90’s: Treetop Drive and Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha. Both document the inimitable genus of Helge Sten, producer of some of the most genuinely disturbing and harrowing electronic music you’ll encounter – we urge you to check them out.

So much more out this week, including a double CD of Andy Stott’s 2011 albums “Passed Me By” and “We Stay Together” including 25 minutes of bonus material, Fennesz and Sakamoto’s gorgeous new double album “Flumina”, a massive 3 hour compilation from Prurient’s Hospital Productions label on double cassette, new albums on PAN from Andre Vida and John Wiese, an ace Mix CD from 100% Silk, plus standout singles from Actress, Pinch & Shackleton, Bok Bok & Tom Trago and Zhou.

Other highlights this week feature from Co La, Loops Haunt, Sunn o))), Coki, Biosphere, ASC, Sunless ’97, Kevin Mcphee, Joaan, Dave Monolith, Doom Starks, Cindytalk, Numero, Seahawks, Joker, George Fitzgerald, Bruce Gilbert, BvDub, Trunk, DMX Krew, LA Vampires, Emptyset, Luke Hess, Randomer, Blawan, Jeff Mills, lazer Sword and more.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



DAPHNE ORAM
The Oram Tapes: Volume One
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Young Americans
Deluxe Gatefold 4LP // £34.99

*Deluxe quadruple vinyl comes in a gatefold edition, including 46 previously unheard recordings from the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, remastered and cut at D&M in Berlin* Two years in the making, this 46 track deluxe 4LP edition features two and a half hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram’s archives. None of this material has ever been available before and has been painstakingly compiled and restored from over 400 tapes before being mastered at Dubplates & Mastering and cut at 45RPM for extra depth. Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, died in 2003 leaving a colossal archive of reel-to-reel tapes and documents behind. This important collection of material eventually made its way to Goldsmiths College, London, who have been administering it on behalf of the Daphne Oram Trust for the last few years. The collection holds over 400 tapes made by Oram during her lifetime, and 211 of those have been archived and catalogued by the college so far. “The Daphne Oram Tapes: Volume One” is the result of almost two years spent trawling through the archive in an attempt to piece together a coherent document of one of the most pioneering and genuinely experimental characters in electronic music history. Although some of Oram’s recordings have surfaced on the “Oramics” compilation, this set reveals a much more complex, dark, sometimes disturbing and often beautiful body of work which has, until now, been partially obscured by the more recognisable Radiophonic bleeps and whirrs the Workshop is best known for. This first volume focuses on Oram’s love of experimental forms, of Musique Concrète, of the science and mystery of sound and composition. It comes at a time when her work is only just starting to gain wider acknowledgment in scholarly as well as popular circles. The “Oramics” machine (the first electronic musical instrument in history to be designed and built by a woman) has gone on display at the Science Museum in London, an important step in what will no doubt be a sustained effort to assert Oram’s rightful position as one of the most important figures in modern music. Working through the archive has been a lifechanging experience, revealing a wealth of musical treasures that include recordings and sound effects made for ‘2001’ and Jack Clayton’s “the Innocents”, all the way through to field recordings made in Africa. This first volume, put together with the help of Goldsmiths and Daphne’s family, is the first in a planned series that will, for the first time, make Oram’s most important and personal recordings available for public consumption.



KPLR
Untitled
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent orange vinyl. Cut at D&M, Berlin* KPLR have only gone and made the best release on Digitalis in 2011. This year we’ve been increasingly wowed by the stream of rogue, under-the-counter post-Techno coming out of the States and the UK. But one release in particular, KPLR’s mind-bending ‘Tek No Muzik’ 12″ for Crazy Iris stuck in the mind like a piece of dislodged solder. By taking a playfully abstract approach to hardware manipulation, unafraid of ceaseless repetition and finely attuned to the nuance of his machines, KPLR has cultivated a rare connection with electronic music which has catalysed and crystallised some of the most visceral, psycho-actively unstable sounds around. Kind of like some nerdish Magneto character with an awareness of Christina Kubisch’s electro-magnetic experiments, Dexter has focussed his energies and instincts to the world of whirring mechanics and humming circuitry which surrounds his daily life. Absorbing and assimilating their timbres and characteristics, he instinctively teases out their harmonic integers and melodic infidelities thru hours of tweaky hardware sessions, morphing their quirks and quarks into mesmerising, moire-like grids recalling a wealth of material, from early Oramics to Mika Vainio’s elemental inductions or Bob Ostertag’s modular mazes, and all with a resonant accent and innate, esoteric sense of funk unique to KPLR. It’s a vital an example of the smudged line between man-machine interfaces; a primitive yet engaging form of Borg-like dialogue between organic and inorganic systems. A massive recommendation.



LEGO FEET
Ska001CD
ELECTRONIC
Skam Records
CD // £10.99

20 years after its original vinyl release, the self-titled EP by Lego Feet – aka Autechre’s Sean Booth and Rob Brown – finally lands on CD, with substantial extras, clocking in at a total of 70 minutes. The first ever release on Skam Records, for many this really is the holy grail of British electronica: pre-dating even the first official Autechre 12”, ‘Cavity Job’. Issued in limited quantities in ’91, the vinyl has never been re-pressed and remains incredibly rare – there’s currently an original copy listed on Discogs for £300. Save for a couple of short segments appearing on Skam compilations, none of the music has been available on any other format – until now. It almost goes without saying that it’s ace, with a shape-shifting sound that looks forward to the serotonin-depleted post-electro of Incunabula (one passage sounds like a sketch for ‘Basscadet’), and even beyond that. It’s hard to refer to specific parts, so all we can do is to advise you to look out for: instant classic basslines for messed-up B-boys, industrial techno breakbeats that BMB/Surgeon would be proud of, synth melodies the equal of anything by Richard D. James, intense 303 acid burn-ups, hardcore drum choppage and a genuine sense of Detroit machine-soul being reconfigured for the North of England. All in all, it’s Booth and Brown’s most dancefloor-friendly release ever, its roots in acid house and rave culture explicit; at the same time it hints at the abstraction and future-rushing idiosyncrasy that would quickly become Autechre’s signature. Coupled with the EP anthology compiled by Warp, Lego Feet caps what has been a bountiful year for Ae nuts, and one which has left us in no doubt – as if there ever was any – of the duo’s eternal and undisputable badman status. Essential.



ANDY STOTT
Passed Me By / We Stay Together (Deluxe 2CD Edition with Bonus Tracks)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Modern Love
2CD // £14.99

*Deluxe gatefold oversized Digipak including two CD’s featuring the “Passed Me By” and “We Stay Together” albums in full, plus 25 minutes of bonus material* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on ‘Passed Me By’, inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, ‘New Ground’ opens the set proper and we’re dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure system. That slow, vice-turning intensity is breathlessly transferred to the aquatic swing jack of ‘North To South’, before the gasping Linn drums and glazed boogie licks of ‘Intermittent’ offer halfway resolution. Their pent up tension is released in ‘Dark Details’, suggesting a lonely silhouette left in the warehouse after the crowd has gone, dancing like the Moving Shadow logo come to life before the screwed zombie swagger of ‘Execution’ and that staggering title track slowly shuts down your system with shark-eyed intent. ‘We Stay Together’ followed some months later, amping the pressure to throttling degrees. Entering the digital compression chamber of ‘Submission’ you become a willing participant, before the lights are cut and you’re forced to adjust to the humid atmosphere and bruising, muscle-contracting darkroom throb of ‘Posers’. Suitably initiated, the EP’s fearless centrepiece ‘Bad Wires’ plunges into full on mud-party mode, dropping the tempo while intensifying the kinaesthetic funk with slow, clusterf*cked syncopation until you’re drowning in crushed-glass textures. Fully submerged by ‘We Stay Together (Part One)’ time becomes elasticated like worn VHS tape, calling to mind Jamal Moss soundtracking a rave in a sodden, flooded sauna, before inescapably tumbling into the sheer black hole of ‘Cherry Eye’ and left to the slompy jack of ‘Cracked’. The 25 minutes of extra material is split over four tracks, from the crushed mobile phone re-wiring of “Work Gate” to the skeletal R&B-mining “Stitch House” all the way to the engrossing, light-filled beauty of closing track “We Stay Togethr(Part Two).



MOON WIRING CLUB
Clutch It Like A Gonk (CD + 3″ CD Bundle)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Gecophonic
CD + 3″ CD // £16.99

Ian Hodgson returns with a brand new Moon Wiring Club album, bundled with a 3″ cd of additional, beatless, hugely engrossing material. Despite using more or less the same setup (a Playstation 2 running “Music”) – the production values have seen a big bump on “Clutch It Like A Gonk”. There’s still a nostalgic trace-echo permeating through the pores of these tracks (that is the essence of Hauntology, is it not?), but the tempo has been nudged, the percussion has become much more heavy-hitting and the whole thing is covered with a modern sheen (despite the typical, brilliantly unhinged retro-manic artwork) that’s previously only been hinted at on MWC releases. “Churchyard Style” situates itself positively in between a halfstep bass drop and Araabmuzik style syncopation, with a cascading melody keeping everything properly unbalanced. “Spellcasting Summat” takes on a UKG template before rolling in with some dislodged vocal snippets and tripped-out effects, while “Get There By Bus” almost sounds like Shackleton on a Radiophonic jaunt. The real star of the show, however, is the 3″ CD of miniatures that’s included in this bundle. It’s already been described as “sounding a bit like Boards Of Canada’s short, beatless intervals” – and although there’s certainly a similarly de-tuned and spectral quality to these pieces (there are 22 of them, clocking in at about a minute each) – there’s a more unsettling essence to these tracks, reminding us of Position Normal and SAWII (especially on Track 8) – without really sounding like either. Of course, the package looks just sublime, with more of that intricate and super-distinctive MWC artwork, and although the whole project seems to have a kind of cultural pastiche at its core, we reckon that Ian Hodgson might really be onto something a bit new here – and as such we reckon this is easily his best set of tracks to date. Highly recommended!



FENNESZ + SAKAMOTO
Flumina
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
2CD // £13.99

Haunting, weighty new offering on Touch from Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto, their third full-length collaboration. As before, the focal point is Sakamoto’s minimalist but lyrical, luminescent piano playing, cast in sumptuous light and shade by Fennesz. The most obvious comparison is to Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s seminal collaborations, but it’s fair to say that Fennesz/Sakamoto bring a unique textural character and all-round gravitas to their tremulous works of keyboard ambience. More than anything, these numerically titled pieces are studies in reverb and spatial arrangement, vividly demonstrating how such considerations can enhance and expand the scope and impact of an acoustic instrument. Really, if you’re familiar with these artists then you shouldn’t need further encouragement to investigate: it’s the sound of two bona fide masters at work.



VATICAN SHADOW / PRURIENT / VARIOUS
Various Atoms: White Eye Of Winter Watching
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
2 x Casette Box // £16.99

Prurient’s Hospital Productions label was offcially founded on october 31st, 1997 in madison, wisconsin. This was also the date of the first prurient live performance. Some 14 years later they celebrate its 300th release with “white eye of winter watching” – a double cassette release featuring exclusive material from Vatican Shadow, Yellow Tears, Consumer Electronics, Alberich, Non, Ramleh, ahlzagailzehguh and numerous others, clocking in with well over 50 tracks and 3 hours of music. Here’s what Dominick Fernow has to say about it. “This idea was birthed during the fall-out blizzards of 2010, while relentless storms shut down air traffic and I was stranded in the bunker sick in bed with the flu. During this time I re-discovered many of my favorite old cassette compilations from the 90’s that brought many disparate groups together under one banner. ‘original soundtrack’, released on italy’s less than zero, was of particular interest, with its sonically and geographically diverse lineup. also at this time a friend had given me a book on 20th Century Russian history, emphasizing strife in Russia and the overwhelming destructive forces of nature and man’s place within it. not only were troops engaged in the largest man-made conflict in history, but were, at the same, battling nature. without coats, winter ended soldiers lives before bullets could find them. It was then that I decided to combine the themes of the book with the idea of a dynamic compilation that brought together many of the genres that the label has explored.”



ANDRE VIDA
Brud: Volumes I-III (1995-2011)
JAZZ / RELATED
PAN
3CD // £15.99

*Incredible triple album showcasing the work of the multi-talented Andre Vida – ranging from free jazz to electroacoustic/electronic music to weird solo saxophone pieces to modern classical as well as deep/spiritual jazz, featuring a host of collaborators including jazz legend Anthony Braxton, to Rashad Becker (D&M) and improvisation master Axel Dörner to free psych/folk Tower Recordings (MV, Helen Rush, Steve Savoca, Tim Barnes) and a lot more* Even if you haven’t come across the name Andre Vida before, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard his sounds. The Hungarian-American sax improviser has popped up on a whole plethora of records in the last fifteen years – everything from avant folk vanguards The Tower Recordings and MV&EE to free jazz legends Anthony Braxton and Ornette Coleman. Hell, he’s even lent his jagged tones to Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile and Kevin Blechdom, so how’s that for far reaching? All the while, Vida has been commiting his own solo recordings to tape, and this gigantic three-disc package collects up a good majority of them, spanning from 1995 all the way to 2011. It’s a comprehensive collection and aptly gives a line in to Vida’s genre-bumping style, showing him exploring woozy woodwind drones comparable to Colin Stetson, delirious synth-noise blast experiments and saturated outsider tape jams, before drifting into bar-room NY free jazz rollers on the third volume. This is an exemplary collection of work, and while Vida might not be as well known as some of his contemporaries this hefty 3CD package should do more than enough to give the man more reach. Looks like the blistering PAN label have done it again – and with a good three hours of music ‘Brud’ should keep you busy for many a cold night to come.



JOHN WIESE
Seven Of Wands
ELECTRONIC
PAN
CD // £10.99

We always know that PAN is going to treat us to something special, but seeing them team up with California noise veteran John Wiese is like having yer birthday and Christmas combined. He’s popped up on the label before (with Evan Parker in tow) but ‘Seven of Wands’ is his first substantial work for PAN as a solo performer, and those of us familiar with his canon know that solo is really where Wiese brings the noise. That’s not to say he hasn’t enlisted some of his friends to help out; Angus Andrew and Julian Gross of Liars pop up to add voices, field recordings and percussion, and both add another layer of depth to the clouds of abstraction. Since his cacophonous early works, Wiese has been stripping down elements of the sound and introducing new obsessions, and ‘Seven of Wands’ might be his most successful ‘quiet’ record to date. Harmonies erupt out of clattering, scraping percussion and tones wrench themselves from Wiese’s patented cut-and-paste tape manipulations. The backbone of the sound is still the laptop, but Wiese makes it breathe, cough and hiccup using it as a tool rather than allowing the algorithms to inform his creativity entirely. At times the album sounds like a digital counterpart to Red Horse’s stunning self-titled album from earlier this year as skittering beats collide with haunted, wheezing strings – it’s no surprise that Red Horse drummer Eli Keszler is another PAN alum. ‘Seven of Wands’ is decidedly computer music though, and each instrumental sound is piped through many layers of zeroes and ones. Wiese has reached a point in his career where he is informing the direction of the genre rather than following it, and these delectable selections of nouveau concrete sound as alien as they do referential. He knows his Xennakis, Ferrari and Hecker that’s for sure, but ‘Seven of Wands’ is something all its own, and all the better for it. Needless to say, it’s one of the most twisted pieces of sound manipulation you’ll hear all year.



DEATHPROD
Treetop Drive
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

Of all of Helge Sten’s recordings, ‘Treetop Drive’ really does rank as our all-time favourite. The album has never been available as a standalone release since its initial deployment through the Metal Art Disco label in 1994 – although it was included in the Deathprod box set released a few years back. The album’s centrepiece and opening track is quite removed from the dense shards of drone most commonly associated with deathprod, instead building up from a harrowing stringed-loop into a cacophony of concrète crashes and tortured trumpet echoes. It’s not a million miles away from Angelo Badalementi’s work for David Lynch, except exponentially bleaker – stripped of the romance and irony. Parts 2 and 3 make use of a more recognisable Deathrod template – colossal bass undercurrents offsetting harrowing atmospherics, culminating in a colossal denouement on ‘Towboat” – an 18 minute trip into the heart of absolute darkness. They don’t seem to make them like this anymore – lovers of the darkside owe it to themselves to check it out.



DEATHPROD
Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

So many mediocre drone records have been released in the last decade that it’s hard to remember what it was that drew anyone towards the sound to begin with. 40 minutes spent in the company of Deathrprod, however, has completely re-callibrated our sensory receptors, reminding us that Helge Sten (for he is Deathprod) is surely one of the most unique, immitated, and genuinely scary sound manipulators of the last two decades. This amazing album has been unavailable as a standalone more or less since its release in 1996 (although it was included in the Deathprod box set Rune Grammofon released a few years back) and is just utterly engrossing. It starts off with a series of distant, impossible to pin-down location recordings fed through some kind of sonic decimator that’s at once profoundy eerie and evocative. It leads up to the 30-minute “The Contraceptive Briefcase II” – an extended arrangement that seeps in from the same found sounds into a blacker-than-black soundscape of haunting, detached vocal echoes and layered drones the likes of which you will never have heard if you’re not acquainted with Sten’s work. It’s a masterpiece of tension and decay – and a must for anyone interested in the bleaker end of contemporary music.



VARIOUS / 100% SILK
Silkmix Volume 1
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
100% Silk
CD // £2.99

Wrap yourself in the ultimate luxury kimono – an hour plus of 100% SILKs sleekest dance swatches. Move your body from Brooklyn baths to London lounges, LA love dens to Frisco fountains, Portland parties to Orleans orgies. French filter, Hacienda baggy, pleasure cruise, runway glare, gritty jack soul, bangin sexuality anthem, escapist bliss-co fantasy, blurry synth tension, chrono tech support SILKs got the feel. This is our house. !! 75 minute mix from Sir Stephen of some recent tracks and future wax from the 100% Silk stable… Limited to 1000 copies only.

Singles of the Week



ACTRESS
Rainy Dub / Faceless
ELECTRONIC
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.99

Red-eyed electro-dub wickedness from the one and only Actress. His ‘Rainy Dub’, “the implacable, alien Son Of Sleng Teng” is one of the most blunted tools in his box. Imagine Tapes and Zomby smoking themselves fluorescent green and forgetting to press the buttons, leaving a wormy, irregular bass loop to burrow inside itself and secrete a silvery contrail of fuzzy, evanescent delay, returning nearly nine minutes later to find a computer dub masterpiece. On the other hand you’ve got ‘Faceless’, taking a plunge into pressurised aquatic electro, like the spawn of Drexciya left to evolve in the sewers of Detroit. Aces, both of them.



ZHOU
I Remain / Noboru
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.49

Punch Drunk dip back into the ever-fertile Bristol scene with the debut 12″ from Zhou. Alongside the likes of El Kid, Vessel, and Kahn, Zhou completes the city’s Young Echo collective, a group of like-minded, adventurous bass-tronauts pushing the parameters of Dubstep thanks to an awareness of sounds and styles beyond the genre’s borders. A-side ‘I Remain’ is a minimalist, disciplined meditation on forward steppers’ dub, troddin’ a strong line between Mala-style offset gallop and the iced reserve of Peverelist. Flipside their widely scoped tastes come into play with ‘Noboru’, concentrated on suffocating bass and sepulchral reverbs with tense drones sharing more in common with the likes of Mika Vainio or their home city’s Paul Jebanasam and Emptyset. Tip!



BOK BOK & TOM TRAGO
Night Voyage Tool Kit
TECHNO / HOUSE
NV
12″ // £5.99

**4 track vinyl EP, the digital version contains 2 bonus tracks** UK and Dutch ambassadors of House make good on the first in a series of forthcoming collaborations. Using a drum machine lent them by Dexter, Bok Bok and Trago spent a long weekend in Amsterdam making stripped-down and heavy House trax, nodding to a shared love of classic Chicago rhythms but with a modernist buck and shimmy. Highlights have to be the wicked ‘Pom Clash’ – a 2011 update of Tyree’s ‘Video Crash’ – and the DJ Funk-sampling jerk of ‘Lil Ma Bonus Beat’ but you could probably own a floor with any of ’em. We can’t wait to hear the next batch on their own Night Voyage label.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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LOOPS HAUNT
Ark EP
Black Acre
12″ // £6.99

Advanced, savant-garde electronica from Black Acre’s brightest talent. The ‘Ark’ EP has been a long time coming, over one year since his impressive 7″ and the widely acclaimed ‘Rubber Sun Grenade’ EP, but these three tracks of lazer-guided, intensely detailed technicality are evidently worth the wait. ‘Ark’ is a monstrous feat of prog-funk programming acrobatics, like one of Hud Mo’s fruitiest cut loose into 3D holo-space, while ‘Chalk Knots’ offers…
ONRA
Chinoiseries Pt. 2
All City
2LP // £19.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Long-awaited follow-up to Onra’s much loved collection of Eastern-sampling HipHop productions. In case you weren’t aware, Onra aka Arnaud Bernard has mixed French/Vietnamese heritage, and it was during a trip to Vietnam in the mid ’00s when he picked up the crackly vinyl source material for the first batch of beats, spinning exotic pop, folk and classical records into Dilla-esque instrumental gold….
CO LA
Daydream Repeater
NNA TAPES
LP // £14.99

Shortly after their mind-blowing Nate Young LP, the incredible NNA Tapes presents the luxuriant Dub-Pop contours of Co La’s masterful debut album. ‘Daydream Repeater’ creates a space where choice fragments of sun-drenched Jamaican Rocksteady and fifties American Pop form kaleidoscopic new compounds, their essence teased and weaved into a lush lattice of genuinely fresh-sounding and experimental, minimalist Pop collaging. Imagine if Steve Reich had taken a left turn into Jamaican…
DOOM STARKS (DOOM & GHOSTFACE KILLAH)
Victory Laps (Serato Control Disc)
Nature Sounds
12″ // £22.99

This (insanely expensive) limited-edition picture disc Serato vinyl is the first single from one of the most highly-anticipated collaborations in hip hop history, the full-length Doomstarks album from Doom and Ghostface. Features the brand new track ‘Victory Laps’, plus remix by Doom and Madlib, and the instrumentals to both tracks. Full-colour graphics on both sides.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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VATICAN SHADOW / PRURIENT / VARIOUS
Various Atoms: White Eye Of Winter Watching
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
2 x Casette Box // £16.99

Prurient’s Hospital Productions label was offcially founded on october 31st, 1997 in madison, wisconsin. This was also the date of the first prurient live performance. Some 14 years later they celebrate its 300th release with “white eye of winter watching” – a double cassette release featuring exclusive material from Vatican Shadow, Yellow Tears, Consumer Electronics, Alberich, Non, Ramleh, ahlzagailzehguh and numerous others, clocking in with well over 50 tracks and…
DEATHPROD
Treetop Drive
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

Of all of Helge Sten’s recordings, ‘Treetop Drive’ really does rank as our all-time favourite. The album has never been available as a standalone release since its initial deployment through the Metal Art Disco label in 1994 – although it was included in the Deathprod box set released a few years back. The album’s centrepiece and opening track is quite removed from the dense shards of drone most commonly associated…
DEATHPROD
Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

So many mediocre drone records have been released in the last decade that it’s hard to remember what it was that drew anyone towards the sound to begin with. 40 minutes spent in the company of Deathrprod, however, has completely re-callibrated our sensory receptors, reminding us that Helge Sten (for he is Deathprod) is surely one of the most unique, immitated, and genuinely scary sound manipulators of the last two…
SUNN O)))
00 Void
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

Sunn 0)))’s incredible ØØ Void has been out of print for over 8 years and has now come back home to its proper resting place at Southern Lord with new artwork from Stephen Kasner and package execution via Stephen O’Malley. ‘ØØ Void’ (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded by sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time the guitarist & core members: Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson…
BARDO POND / CARLTON MELTON
Split
AGITATED
LP // £14.99

“An epic two track 40 minute split from two of the Modern Psychedelic Underground’s greats, the legendary Bardo Pond spoon out the molasses with the track Fallen on side A, that has an expansive droned psych thrum, helmed by some driving rhythms, the power, the loud..and then as you are almost pummelled into nothingness, Isobel’s flute comes through.and then furthur on until she begins to sing..theres wash upon wash of…
BOYD RICE / NON
Terra Incognita: Ambient Works 1975-Present
Mute
CD // £7.99

This is a very welcome compilation of eerie ambience from pioneering artist Boyd Rice aka NON. With a mighty back catalogue behind him the artist selects this heavily spooked out visionary collection of music. Musically the material drifts over a diverse selection of moody industrial ambience part Aphex and part Philip Jeck to name just two points of reference. A killer introduction to what some people might consider a difficult…
CINDYTALK / PHILIPPE PETIT
A Question Of Re-Entry
Lumberton
LP // £11.49

*Limited to 400 copies and featuring two collaborative pieces by France’s prolific Philippe Petit and Cindytalk built around piano, electronics, voice and that kinda trans-dimensional murmur and crackle we already love both of them for* “Cindytalk has existed since the early 1980s and, helmed by founder Gordon Sharp, survivor of the original Scottish punk scene, exmember of The Freeze and open transgender warrior, has swung from being a band to…
NO NECK BLUES BAND
Languid Red Marchetti
PLANAM
LP // £16.99

*Edition of 340, full colour inner and jacket. Two sides of challenging improvisations from a prototypical, four-man version of NNCK circa 1994* “Recorded close to the group’s inception in 1994, Languid Red Marchetti is the NNCK sound in its empirical form, rhythmically a-linear and fundamentally abstract. while NNCK would go on to become a seven piece performing group, recording and touring extensively, this recording documents a smaller group of four…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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VARIOUS / NUMERO
Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland Ohio
NUMERO
3CD Box Set // £29.99

“From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie’s industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner’s engineering genius and his limited economic means;…
VARIOUS / NUMERO
Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland Ohio
NUMERO
5xLP Boxed Set // £49.99

“From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie’s industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner’s engineering genius and his limited economic means;…
SEAHAWKS
Invisible Sunrise
Ocean Moon
LP // £14.99

Seahawks have been around for a couple of years now, and in that time have amassed an enviable following. ‘Invisible Sunrise’ is a ‘proper album’ though, a fine taster of the duo’s silken slow-burning charm. It’s like a beach house in Ibiza, the sun rising over the sands, rays belting down on naked flesh; you know the deal, and Seahawks probably don’t mind being the soundtrack to that. Imagine if…
SEAHAWKS
Invisible Sunrise
Ocean Moon
CD // £11.99

Seahawks have been around for a couple of years now, and in that time have amassed an enviable following. ‘Invisible Sunrise’ is a ‘proper album’ though, a fine taster of the duo’s silken slow-burning charm. It’s like a beach house in Ibiza, the sun rising over the sands, rays belting down on naked flesh; you know the deal, and Seahawks probably don’t mind being the soundtrack to that. Imagine if…
GOLD FEAT. AVELINO PITTS AND WELFARE
Lost Treasure From 1974
Jazzman
CD // £10.99

“The original plan was rather more straightforward. We had intended simply to license the masters for the obscure ’77 Cali funk-soul single “What About The Child”, credited to otherwise unknown outfit Gold, for a direct 45rpm reissue. And so began the search for the men behind this lavish, expansive soulful spin, the men who were Gold. Writer and producer Avelino Pitts was taken aback on first contact, but duly set…
GOLD FEAT. AVELINO PITTS AND WELFARE
Lost Treasure From 1974
Jazzman
LP // £15.99

“The original plan was rather more straightforward. We had intended simply to license the masters for the obscure ’77 Cali funk-soul single “What About The Child”, credited to otherwise unknown outfit Gold, for a direct 45rpm reissue. And so began the search for the men behind this lavish, expansive soulful spin, the men who were Gold. Writer and producer Avelino Pitts was taken aback on first contact, but duly set…
VARIOUS / NUMERO
Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels
NUMERO
2LP // £20.99

**Double LP edition from Numero, beautifully presented as always in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve.** “Nickel and Penny are twin sides of the same eccentric coin, and that coin was Chicago’s #1 Dusties DJ Richard Pegue. He was writer, arranger, and producer of some of the most beautiful Chicago soul records in the ’60s and ’70s; too bad they all went out of print weeks after being released. On Order here…
DUB / REGGAE
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ERIC DONALDSON
Cherry Oh Baby
Jamaican Recordings
7″ // £5.49

Eric Donaldson’s classic tune, produced by Bunny Lee.
LEROY SMART
Wreck Up My Life
Jamaican Recordings
7″ // £5.49

One of the Don’s killer tunes, with a killer King Tubby version on the flipside…
STRANGER COLE & LESTER STERLING
Bangarang
Jamaican Recordings
7″ // £5.49

A timeless classic back into the fire, produced by Bunny Lee!
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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ZHOU
I Remain / Noboru
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.49

Punch Drunk dip back into the ever-fertile Bristol scene with the debut 12″ from Zhou. Alongside the likes of El Kid, Vessel, and Kahn, Zhou completes the city’s Young Echo collective, a group of like-minded, adventurous bass-tronauts pushing the parameters of Dubstep thanks to an awareness of sounds and styles beyond the genre’s borders. A-side ‘I Remain’ is a minimalist, disciplined meditation on forward steppers’ dub, troddin’ a strong line…
COKI
Don’t Get It Twisted
DMZ
2×12″ // £12.99

Weapons grade double whammy from the DMZ don gorgon! 2011’s been a relatively quiet year, release wise, for Coki. But make no mistake, he delivered the goods in killah style on his ‘Boomba’ wrecker for Tempa some months back. All that pent up studio energy is expended over four tracks here, headed up by the monstrous ‘Tree Trunk’, where mind-wiping mid-range synths snarl and convulse against a grizzled halfstep riddim,…
JOKER
On My Mind Remixes
4AD
12″ // £5.99

**White Vinyl** One of the silkiest tracks on Joker’s The Vision album, remixed by Rustie and Goldie. Rustie has a ball, framing William Cartwright’s imploring vocal in a 21st century schizoid electro-R&B framework – like the music on his own Glass Swords album, it’s too bright and bold and busy to argue with, but also knows when to pull things back, ramping up the drama with some expertly judged builds…
R1 RYDERS
Pole Position EP
R1 RYDERS
12″ // £7.99

Karnak aka R1 Ryders drops his eagerly anticipated 4th 12″, fuelled with four tracks of the ruffest East London Bass music. Over the last two years his fusion of Bassline, Funky, Grime and Dubstep energies have become a staple in the sets of Marcus Nasty, Ben UFO, Jackmaster and Ikonika, to name a few, always evading concrete classification, but practically defining the ruder sound of East. On this one there’s…
GEORGE FITZGERALD
Shackled
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

New sugar and spice on Hotflush from young George Fitzgerald, taking his imacculately swung, post-everything steppers’ sound into ever more engaging climes. The title track is an irresistible melding of scything, Joy O-style synths and flexing garage-techno drums, but there’s an edge to the editing and arrangement which really marks this out from al the similarly oriented tunes kicking round at the moment. ‘Feel Like’ teams ‘Show Me Love’-style organ…
KILLAWATT
Sidewinder
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

“Each record in the XXX series comes with black labels in a black paper sleeve – cut as a 10″ on 12” vinyl, all artist & track info is etched into the record itself at the time of mastering. Following his well-received debut for Wheel & Deal, breakthrough producer Killawatt steps into the shadowy world of Black Box for the latest instalment in their collectible ‘XXX’ series. ‘Sidewinder’ showcases Killawatt’s…
TMSV
Myth / Flow
Box Clever
10″ // £5.99

“‘Myth’ was exclusive to DJ Youngsta through much of 2011, used as an opener to many of his live sets and Rinse FM shows – its shamanic flute lines and complex percussion refrains drifting cloud-like across the foundation of tough stepping drums and solid bass layers. Flow’ flips the vibe to the more introspective, dubbed side of TMSV’s production – hypnotic hi-hats and bongoes skittering across the sparse mix of…
ELECTRONIC
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KPLR
Untitled
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent orange vinyl. Cut at D&M, Berlin* KPLR have only gone and made the best release on Digitalis in 2011. This year we’ve been increasingly wowed by the stream of rogue, under-the-counter post-Techno coming out of the States and the UK. But one release in particular, KPLR’s mind-bending ‘Tek No Muzik’ 12″ for Crazy Iris stuck in the mind like a piece of dislodged…
LEGO FEET
Ska001CD
Skam Records
CD // £10.99

20 years after its original vinyl release, the self-titled EP by Lego Feet – aka Autechre’s Sean Booth and Rob Brown – finally lands on CD, with substantial extras, clocking in at a total of 70 minutes. The first ever release on Skam Records, for many this really is the holy grail of British electronica: pre-dating even the first official Autechre 12”, ‘Cavity Job’. Issued in limited quantities in ’91,…
JOHN WIESE
Seven Of Wands
PAN
CD // £10.99

We always know that PAN is going to treat us to something special, but seeing them team up with California noise veteran John Wiese is like having yer birthday and Christmas combined. He’s popped up on the label before (with Evan Parker in tow) but ‘Seven of Wands’ is his first substantial work for PAN as a solo performer, and those of us familiar with his canon know that solo…
ACTRESS
Rainy Dub / Faceless
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.99

Red-eyed electro-dub wickedness from the one and only Actress. His ‘Rainy Dub’, “the implacable, alien Son Of Sleng Teng” is one of the most blunted tools in his box. Imagine Tapes and Zomby smoking themselves fluorescent green and forgetting to press the buttons, leaving a wormy, irregular bass loop to burrow inside itself and secrete a silvery contrail of fuzzy, evanescent delay, returning nearly nine minutes later to find a…
PAPIRO
Avventure Lontane
SOME FINE LEGACY
LP // £16.99

*Silkscreened glow-in-the-dark jacket. Limited edition.* Killer LP of kosmische composition from the MIR guitarist toying with his collection of vintage analogue synthesizers. ‘Avventure Lontane’ meaning “adventures that happened far away” or “long gone adventures” has an endearingly naif and positive melodic quality played out on antique kit such as VCS3, MS-10, Jupiter 4, String Melody, YS-100, DSR-2000, Rhythm Ace and Electronic Organ. While his frothy, fleshy compositions remind of ’70s…
NICOLAS JAAR
Don’t Break My Love
CLOWN & SUNSET
10″ // £8.99

*White label wax. Picture sleeve* Sterling work from the deeply talented Nicolas Jaar – his only new material in 2011 aside from a much-loved debut LP. Frontside ‘Don’t Break My Love’ is a beautiful exercise in filigree sound design and minimalist soul, orbiting etheric vocals and spatially diffused micro-rhythms around a deeply learnt HipHop backbone and achingly well-appointed samples. Flipside Why Didn’t You Save Me’ more or less approximates James…
BRUCE GILBERT
Insiding
Mute
CD // £8.99

Twenty years since its original release, Bruce Gilbert’s ‘Insiding’ returns to blow our heads off once again. It comprises two extended tracks commissioned for film and dance pieces and offers a rare opportunity to catch the former Wire guitarist and now-legendary experimentalist really stretching out over sprawling industrial rhythms and glooming atmospheres. The first piece was commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 1990 to accompany Ashley Page’s ballet ‘Bloodlines’. At…
PRURIENT
Time’s Arrow
Hydra Head
Cassette // £8.99

A crucial companion of new material to Dominick Fernow’s devastating Bermuda Drain LP, Time’s Arrow leads with its title track in extended and edited forms; that title being a nod, we suppose, to Martin Amis’s holocaust-in-reverse novel of the same name, and the lyric references Elizabeth Short, the beauty at the centre of LA’s notorious Black Dahlia murder mystery. Just another day at the office then. It’s a crisp synth-wave…
DAVE MONOLITH
Welcome
Rephlex
CD // £8.99

Exquisite debut album from Rephlex’s most discussed artist of the last few years. To date Dave Monolith has only dropped one 12″ on us, 2009s hugely impressive ‘Volume 1’ which found fans across the board from Berlin’s T++ to Manchester’s Rob Hall. He’s evidently got some support from the Rephlex faithful, too, racking up the most sales of any artist on the roster over at their exclusive online store. The…
AMBROSIA(@)
Hysteria Siberiana
Bomb Shop
Cassette // £8.99

A charmingly piquant blend of sheet-noise and blissful harmony from Bomb Shop’s oddly-monikered Ambrosia (@). ‘Hysteria Sibiriana’ lies somewhere between Tim Hecker’s soaring harmonic noise and Mika Vainio’s gut-churning experiments, and that’s definitely a good thing. White noise sails through chatting synthesized bleeps and devastating percussion before we reach the album’s unusually peaceful 15-minute closer ‘Demain’. Suddenly all the cacophony is stripped away and a simple music box is allowed…
ANDY MEECHAM
Monophonic Vol. 1
NANG
LP // £10.99

Andy Meecham, best known as The Emperor Machine or Chicken Lips, presents the first title under his own name. ‘Monophonic Volume One’ is essentially Andy showing off his enviable collection of vintage analog synths, in methodical, albeit charming, fashion. A-side is dedicated to British and American models with four tracks of bloopy, sexy disco individually displaying the abilities of the Oberheim Sem, the Moog Little Phatty, an EMS VCS3, and…
GOL & BRUNHILD FERRARI
Exercices d’Improvisation (1977) by Luc Ferrari
PLANAM
LP // £16.99

*Edition of 350* Luc Ferrari conceived ‘Exercises d’improvisation’ in 1977 “as a sequence of seven individually or collectively improvised exercises for tape and any instrument or group of instruments.” Nearly 35 years later the original tapes have been dusted down by Luc’s widow, Brunhild Meyer-Ferrari and the original score interpreted for the first time ever by the GOL collective – Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Sharda and Samon Takahashi -…
GOL & CHARLES HAYWARD
GOL & Charles Hayward
PLANAM
LP // £16.99

“For this new ‘gollaboration’ the French combo GOL confronts the British drums legend Charles Hayward for a rough/delicate and intense/mellow paradoxical music delight. The studio side compiles four improvised sessions exploring some possible oblique acceptations of the word ‘rock’, while the live side recorded at 104, Paris, in Dec 2008 during the Sonic protest festival, takes the encounters into the realm of psychedelia. The apparently chaotic home-made electronics of GOL…
GOL ORCHESTRA & TELINGA ENSEMBLE
Improvisations January 1997
PLANAM
2LP // £29.99

“An improvised music acid trip for instruments, voice and electronics by the GOL Orchestra and the now defunct Telinga Ensemble navigating on the darkest waters of psychedelia. Five long tracks recorded 14 years ago in an icy flat in Pigalle, Paris with Ravi Shardja (bass guitar), Olivier Maurel (cello, objects), Emmanuel Quentin (guitar, prepared guitar), Cathy Mai (drums, vocals), Frederic Rebotier (percussions, flutes, objects), Samon Takahashi (real-time mix, electronics). Listening…
MINK FREUD
Gelatinous
Domestic
CD // £5.49

“Welcome to one of the most other-worldly albums you’ll hear this year, Mink Freud’s debut album ‘Gelatinous’. It sounds like it was beamed in from another planet, one where early 90s electronic music went off on some bizarre tangent under a sea of jelly and never came home. Lovingly produced using the most rudimentary production software on a battered old laptop and monitored purely on headphones (err, is that really…
RALEIGH MONCRIEF
Watered Lawn
Anticon
CD // £12.49

Hailing from San Francisco, this latest from Anticon lad Raleigh Moncrief shows still more diversity in the label’s canon. Taking liberal scoops of Animal Collective, Washed Out and Panda Bear, Moncrief’s woozy chillwave is an interesting sidestep for the label, and one that pays off well. The more I listen to ‘Watered Lawn’, the more I begin to hear the comparisons between Moncrief’s music and classic Anticon jammers like Why?…
EXTREME / NOISE
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MENSTRUATION SISTERS
Puppet Island
PLANAM
2LP // £29.99

*Limited edition of 280 copies in gatefold sleeve* Primal, putrified rock abstractions from Oren Ambarchi and his tribal counterparts, Nick Kamvissis and Brendan Walls ov Marsfield, plus Lisa & Naomi Tocatly. Stranded miles away from convention, the Sisters conduct a pre-historic cacophony of savaged percussion, gristle-spitting vocals and utterly bloodshot madness. From the guttural strains of the opening track you know this is going somewhere you’ve likely not been before,…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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DESERTSHORE
Drawing Of Threes
CALDO VERDE
CD // £9.99

“Featuring Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) ‘Drawing Of Threes’ combines shimmering guitar notes, resonant piano, subtle distortion and noise with Kozelek’s distinctive vocals to produce something new for both Desertshore and Kozelek.”
PAPER DOLLHOUSE
A Box Painted Black
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

“Paper Dollhouse is the work of Astrud Steehouder; dark minimal gothic folk which comprises haunting vocals, acoustic guitar, effects pedals, found sounds, slide projector and minimal electronic atmospherics. Her debut album ‘A Box Painted Black’ is set for release this winter on Bird Records, the femme-folk off shoot of the Finders Keepers family. Inspired by early 60s electronic pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Eliane Radique, bleak British television soundtracks, minimal dark…
TUNNG
This Is Tunng… Live From The BBC
Full Time Hobby
CD // £9.99

Electronic-folk hybrid band Tunng have been long-time favourites of the Beeb, so it’s hardly surprising to see this bumper CD collecting up selected highlights from their masses of sessions. Interestingly, the compilation offers an almost best-of style career-spanning outlook on their work, and while the songs are exclusive versions, I can’t imagine a better starting point for anyone looking to dive into the band’s deliriously twee sound. Interestingly for fans…
TUNNG
This Is Tunng… Live From The BBC
Full Time Hobby
LP // £11.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Electronic-folk hybrid band Tunng have been long-time favourites of the Beeb, so it’s hardly surprising to see this bumper CD collecting up selected highlights from their masses of sessions. Interestingly, the compilation offers an almost best-of style career-spanning outlook on their work, and while the songs are exclusive versions, I can’t imagine a better starting point for anyone looking to dive into…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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FENNESZ + SAKAMOTO
Flumina
Touch
2CD // £13.99

Haunting, weighty new offering on Touch from Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto, their third full-length collaboration. As before, the focal point is Sakamoto’s minimalist but lyrical, luminescent piano playing, cast in sumptuous light and shade by Fennesz. The most obvious comparison is to Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s seminal collaborations, but it’s fair to say that Fennesz/Sakamoto bring a unique textural character and all-round gravitas to their tremulous works of…
BVDUB
Resistance Is Beautiful
Darla
CD // £11.99

You all probably know Brock Van Wey best for his very specific brand of shimmering post-Basic Channel ambience, and he’s certainly been busy in the last few years with releases appearing left, right and centre. This latest album sees the American exploring a different sound, however – and while the tracks are still long, dreamlike explorations into deep electronica, there’s a slightly jarring leaning towards psychedelic trance and industrial pop…
BIOSPHERE
Substrata (Deluxe Vinyl Edition)
Biophon Records
2LP // £34.99

**Deluxe gatefold reissue, re-mastered and cut by Stefan Betke (Pole), including 14 minute bonus track. David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 1997: “The best ambient album i’ve heard in an ice age, an album of terrifying, desolate and all-enveloping beauty”** Finally available again. Ambient albums don’t come much more highly respected than ‘Substrata’, it’s a veritable milestone in electronic music. Geir Jenssen, better known to most as Biosphere, managed to compile his…
ROBIN GUTHRIE, HAROLD BUDD & ERALDO BERNOCCHI
Winter Garden
RARE NOISE RECORDS
CD // £11.99

“Winter Garden is the first “simultaneous” collaboration between renowned Italian musician and producer Eraldo Bernocchi, ambient pianist and musical icon Harold Budd and producer/guitarist Robin Guthrie, founder of Cocteau Twins and Violet Indiana. We say “simultaneous”, for Eraldo Bernocchi had previously produced, arranged and played on “Fragments From The Inside” (released by SubRosa) with Harold Budd, while the collaboration between Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie started in the 80s (Lovely…
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE / TONY CONRAD / VARIOUS
Sharing A Sonority: Golden 4
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

An exceptional selection of Charlemagne Palestine music dating back to 1974, this Alga Marghen edition presents previously unavailable recordings that feature such luminaries of the American avant-garde as Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, Terry Jennings and Robert Feldman. “‘Short & Sweet’ is the title of a breathtaking duo for piano and sax performed on April 24th by Charlemagne Palestine and Terry Jennings. The two composers happened to play together in very…
DAKOTA SUITE / DAVID DARLING / QUENTIN SIRJACQ
The Side Of Her Inexhaustible Heart
GLITTERHOUSE
2LP // £24.99

One year since their ‘Vallisa’ collaboration, Chris Hooson’s Dakota Suite meets pianist Quentin Sirjacq on another set of sublime neo-classical compositions. There’s definitely an aura of dark melancholy to ‘The Side Of Her Inexhaustible Heart’, from the front cover depicting a bush in midwinter through Chris’ longing lyricism and most of all the heart-crushed string arrangements. Chris really explains it best “I sent Quentin sketches on guitar and piano of…
MACHINEFABRIEK
Veldwerk
Cold Spring
CD // £11.99

“Sublime drone music and field recordings by Rutger Zuydervelt. ‘Slovensko I & II’ are best seen as a travel diary, recorded in Slovakia. RZ made ‘sound snapshots’ with a small digital recorder. A major influence both while recording and assembling the tracks was Chinese sound artist Yan Jun. ‘Rusland’ is a sound collage comprising field recordings and sections of live performances made in Russia. An incredible adventure and culture shock…
PHILIP CORNER & DANIELE LOMBARDI
Le Son Des Tenebres
PLANAM
LP // £99.99

*Art edition Issued in an edition of 80 signed and numbered copies* “Art edition including an LP with the recordings at the Istituto della Calcografia Nazionale in Rome of two world premiere compositions by Philip Corner and Daniele Lombardi. Issued in 80 signed and numbered copies and including excerpts form the original scores. Philip Corner Tenebres: Lesson&Light (Studies in Shadow and Light), learning from the dark the grand lesson of…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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PINK PLAYGROUND
Destination Ecstasy
Mexican Summer
CD // £8.99

Houston, TX’s Pink Playground have hatched one of this years finest shoegaze tributes with their debut album, ‘Destination Ecstasy’. In the finest tradition of MBV or Jesus & Mary Chain it comprises eight cathartic noise pop stuns, hewn from amp-busting and jangling guitars, brittle drum machines and swooning, glossolalic vocals haunted by wraith-like synth dissonance, sometimes feeling so perfect they’re about to implode in a shower of excoriating diamond dust….
MICHAEL YONKERS WITH THE BLIND SHAKE
Period
S.S. Records
LP // £17.99

“Music freaks world-wide know now know Michael Yonkers as one of the most exciting sounds in psychedelia. However, although Michael Yonkers has been making music since the early 1960s, until the release of Microminiature Love by DeStijl Records in 2002, he was a relatively obscure figure in the Minneapolis music scene. That might have been different if Sire Records would have released his psych classic Microminiature Love in 1968, as…
HAPPY REFUGEES
Return To Last Chance Saloon
Acute Records
LP // £14.99

It’s funny how some bands just end up missing the audience they were seemingly destined to have. Happy Refugees popped up on the British DIY scene just after Brummie upstarts Swell Maps and just before the whole C86 craze, somehow arriving into limbo, destined to be never more than cult treasures to those lucky enough to have heard the (very few) songs they recorded. Thankfully the kind folks over at…
TOMUTONTTU
Tomutonttu
BETA-LACTAM RING
LP // £17.99

*Original 2007 edition of Tomutonttu’s mind-bendingly freakish album. Heavy vinyl and top notch colour printed inner and jacket* Tomutonttu aka Jan Anderzen is a catalysing force in the Finnish psychedelic underground. His music has graced a wealth of worthwhile labels from Arbor to Fonal and Alter, and most recently Matthew Mondanile’s (Ducktails) New Images – with each release as enchanting and loveably demented as the last. From a miniature world…
BILL WELLS
Lemondale
DOUBLE SIX
CD // £9.99

“Assembling fourteen musicians for one day in Tokyo, including Jim O’Rourke on guitar, and vocals from Takashi Ueno of Tenniscoats, the recording of ‘Lemondale’ was described as “a miracle” by Takuji Aoyagi (Kama Aina), one of the musicians on the record, for bringing together musicians and schools of music that would be thought to be incompatible even if appearing on a bill for a live event, let alone playing on…
BILL WELLS
Lemondale
DOUBLE SIX
LP // £13.99

*Vinyl edition on aheavyweight 180gm vinyl in deluxe die cut gatefold sleeve – Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* Assembling fourteen musicians for one day in Tokyo, including Jim O’Rourke on guitar, and vocals from Takashi Ueno of Tenniscoats, the recording of ‘Lemondale’ was described as “a miracle” by Takuji Aoyagi (Kama Aina), one of the musicians on the record, for bringing together musicians and schools of music…
BITCH MAGNET
Bitch Magnet
Temporary Residence
3CD // £13.99

*Complete anthology of seminal post-punk pioneers – includes 8 rare and previously unreleased tracks* “Probably more than any other band, Bitch Magnet sent me in the direction I took with the music I have tried to make.” – Ian Williams (Battles, Don Caballero) “Searing post-hardcore punctuated with bruised introspection that stands a mile high above most of its kin. … Bitch Magnet anticipated the emergence of what would become known…
BITCH MAGNET
Bitch Magnet
Temporary Residence
3LP // £28.99

**Three LPs in a heavyweight triple gatefold sleeve – complete anthology of seminal post-punk pioneers – includes 8 rare and previously unreleased tracks* “Probably more than any other band, Bitch Magnet sent me in the direction I took with the music I have tried to make.” – Ian Williams (Battles, Don Caballero) “Searing post-hardcore punctuated with bruised introspection that stands a mile high above most of its kin. … Bitch…
FAIREWELL
Poor, Poor Grendel
Sonic Cathedral
CD // £8.49

“Fairewell is the new project of Sheffield-born, North London-based Johnny White, formerly of The Rollercoaster Project. Musically the album veers from elegiac post-rock to saturnine synth-pop. Radio Dept-style indie makes way for lengthy instrumentals which bring to mind M83 covering ‘Songs From The Big Chair’-era Tears For Fears.”
MONUMENT VALLEY
Tongues
TRI TONE
CD // £8.99

“Monument Valley is the musical world of London-born Ned Younger. Inspired by classic 1950s rock and roll, Postcard-era indie-pop and the modern poets of hip hop, Younger weaves all his musical touchstones into a passion for timeless story-telling and song-writing.” The EP comes housed in a beautiful 24-page printed book of photos, lyrics, poems.
PSYCHIC TV
Mother Sky / Alien Sky
VANITY CASE
12″ // £8.99

**Blue Marbled Vinyl** “The second 12” of the “Alien” series by PTV3/Psychic TV, pressed on sky blue and cloud white swirly vinyl and featuring artwork by Edley Odowd. The records contains studio recordings of cover versions of big psychedelic songs, with re-written, personalised lyrics, supported by an original, invocational piece, all around a quarter of an hour long. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge herself says of these 2010/11 recordings, “.For my SELF…
YOUNGHUSBAND
Crystal EP
Sonic Cathedral
2×7″ // £8.49

“Brand new four-track double 7″ from Younghusband, following their debut single, the double A-side single ‘Carousel’ and ‘Nothing, Nothing’. 200 copies only.”
JAZZ / RELATED
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ANDRE VIDA
Brud: Volumes I-III (1995-2011)
PAN
3CD // £15.99

*Incredible triple album showcasing the work of the multi-talented Andre Vida – ranging from free jazz to electroacoustic/electronic music to weird solo saxophone pieces to modern classical as well as deep/spiritual jazz, featuring a host of collaborators including jazz legend Anthony Braxton, to Rashad Becker (D&M) and improvisation master Axel Dörner to free psych/folk Tower Recordings (MV, Helen Rush, Steve Savoca, Tim Barnes) and a lot more* Even if you…
HUMCRUSH WITH SIDSEL ENDRESEN
Ha!
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

“Ha!” is the fourth Humcrush album, this time with the addition of singer Sidsel Endresen. Having toured together for a couple of years, they finally recorded some shows last year. This album was beautifully recorded in concert at Willisau Jazzfestival and is a good example of the duo´s seamless interaction as well as Endresen´s ability to improvise, listen, react, adapt and surprise. Sidsel Endresen worked as a singer and co-writer…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ASC
Time Is Now EP
Auxiliary
12″ // £6.49

Hi-Tech D&B superstructures from ASC. ‘Time Is Now’ caps a prolific, golden year for the San Diego-based engineer/producer with three tensile feats of programming dexterity. Frontside comes with the mercurial syncopation of the title track, all whirring, hyperkinetic rhythms anchored by cone-splitting bass weight, next to the somersaulting acrobatics of ‘Make Me Feel’. Flipside he’s still keeping a steely eye on the ‘floor with the harnessed rollidge of ‘Dark Star’…
LITTLE DRAGON
Little Man (Calyx & Teebee Mixes)
Subtitles Music
12″ // £7.99

Limited Hand stamped white label featuring Calyx and teebee remixes of Little Dragon.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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ANDREAS REIHSE
Romantic Comedy
m=minimal
LP // £11.99

A diverting, beautifully produced LP of arty electronic pop and minimal synth from Germany’s Andreas Reihse, on a busman’s holiday from his celebrated Kreidler project. On ‘Johnny Hairo’ and ‘Bahia Knife’ Reihse takes cyclical kosmische motifs and rides them to into playful, unpredictable territory – making for a seductive club music somewhere between krautrock, Balearic-edged techno and seedy late 70s cabaret. ‘Der Lange Weg Dusseldorf’ is an homage to the…
POPULETTE
Lasers Are Forever EP
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Fresh from a tour of remix duties for The Rapture, Black Strobe, Murphy Jax and many more, Populette return to Throne Of Blood with their sleazy, narcotic discoHouse, backed by remixes from Clement Meyer and Remain & Mille Caro. The NYC duo of Max Pask and Andrew Potter offer the sexy, slippery groove of the title track and the teasing, rippling acid lines of ‘Hello Darkness’, while Clement gives the…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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DAPHNE ORAM
The Oram Tapes: Volume One
Young Americans
Deluxe Gatefold 4LP // £34.99

*Deluxe quadruple vinyl comes in a gatefold edition, including 46 previously unheard recordings from the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, remastered and cut at D&M in Berlin* Two years in the making, this 46 track deluxe 4LP edition features two and a half hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram’s archives. None of this material has ever been available before and has been painstakingly compiled and restored from…
MOON WIRING CLUB
Clutch It Like A Gonk (CD + 3″ CD Bundle)
Gecophonic
CD + 3″ CD // £16.99

Ian Hodgson returns with a brand new Moon Wiring Club album, bundled with a 3″ cd of additional, beatless, hugely engrossing material. Despite using more or less the same setup (a Playstation 2 running “Music”) – the production values have seen a big bump on “Clutch It Like A Gonk”. There’s still a nostalgic trace-echo permeating through the pores of these tracks (that is the essence of Hauntology, is it…
VARIOUS / TRUNK
Fingerbobs: Original Television Music
Trunk Records
LP // £13.99

More delightful archival mining from Trunk, this time bringing together classic music from this important TV series. Yes it’s kinda kitsch and nostalgic, but it also wierdly sounds like Moondog (ok, maybe more like Moondog collaborating with Pentangle) – with that warm, dusty, ageless percussive echo. Only 13 episode were ever made but were often repeated. It starred the audacious Fingermouse, a host of his paper friends (Scampi, Gulliver, Flash),…
VARIOUS / TRUNK
Fingerbobs: Original Television Music
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

More delightful archival mining from Trunk, this time bringing together classic music from this important TV series. Yes it’s kinda kitsch and nostalgic, but it also wierdly sounds like Moondog (ok, maybe more like Moondog collaborating with Pentangle) – with that warm, dusty, ageless percussive echo. Only 13 episode were ever made but were often repeated. It starred the audacious Fingermouse, a host of his paper friends (Scampi, Gulliver, Flash),…
LUC FERRARI
Ephemere
Alga Marghen
CD // £15.99

“Presented here for the first time, Éphémère I & II’ (for tape, or to be played with various instruments) are two previously unpublished masterpieces which represent a very specific moment in the creative life and catalogue of Luc Ferrari. Luc Ferrari was tempted in the mid-1970s by the idea of leaving the final realization of these pieces open to the performer’s intervention (a perspective he decided not to develop in…
VARIOUS / GET ON DOWN
Breakin O.S.T. (Aka Breakdance)
GET ON DOWN
CD // £9.99

“Inspired by a German documentary about the emerging breakdance phenomenon in Los Angeles, the 1984 film Breakin’ is for many a reference point for the explosion of hip-hop in the United States and across the world. With it’s colorful cast of characters and dazzling array of dance moves, the movie became an international hit and the soundtrack captures the sounds that inspired a entire generation of breakers and b-boys to…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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VARIOUS / 100% SILK
Silkmix Volume 1
100% Silk
CD // £2.99

Wrap yourself in the ultimate luxury kimono – an hour plus of 100% SILKs sleekest dance swatches. Move your body from Brooklyn baths to London lounges, LA love dens to Frisco fountains, Portland parties to Orleans orgies. French filter, Hacienda baggy, pleasure cruise, runway glare, gritty jack soul, bangin sexuality anthem, escapist bliss-co fantasy, blurry synth tension, chrono tech support SILKs got the feel. This is our house. !! 75…
PHOTODEMENTIA
Fig. 03
Photodementia
Cassette // £10.99

“Unearthed by our friends at Rephlex. Mysterious Washington Techno record label resurrected for a reissue of insanely rare and sought-after ‘Photodementia’ Project, a few white labels of which were originally distributed via specialists such as Black Market Records & Sonic Groove in the mid 90’s. The Brainchild of Canadian-born Victor Beaudet, one time collaborator with Richard Davis of legendary band Cybertron and his partner, New Orleans’ born Bernard Davies (R.I.P.)…
MIRACLE
Good Love
House Anxiety
7″ // £5.99

**Pink Vinyl** Steve Moore and Daniel O’Sullivan’s dark and opulent synth-pop project deliver a sterling addendum to the ‘Fluid Window’ album. Indulging an obvious passion for the likes of Depeche Mode, glossy Italo and ’80s horror scores, ‘Good Love’ plays rippling bass arpeggios under sparse, lagging drums and utterly glorious synthwork, all evoking panoramic autobahn vistas in the dead of night. Flipside ‘Veteran Of The Psychic Wars’ is also inspired…
SUNLESS ’97
Making Waves
Abeano Music
12″ // £5.99

*Spot gloss jacket* Oxy-clean pop fusioneering from the fresh-faced Sunless ’97, offloading their debut EP on XL offshoot Abeano. Theirs is the kind of sound which we reckon you’ll be hearing a lot more of, managing to comfortably encompass pop, electronica and indie guitars without once sounding contrived or overbaked. That’s probably got a lot to do with the seamless production from in-demand studio boffin, Kwes, but it’s also a…
LA VAMPIRES FEATURING MATRIX METALS
So Unreal (CD Edition)
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £10.99

Finally available on CD! After a sterling hookup with Zola Jesus, Amanda Brown’s LA Vampires get involved with Matrix Metals aka Outer Limits Recordings on a ridiculously good LP for NNF. The vibes are quite different on this one, largely thanks to the infusion of Matrix Metals’ sunbleached aesthetic, building warped 2D beachscape sonic scenery out of decaying tape loops and fizzy casio synth solos, all super heavy-lidded and practically…
DMX KREW
Cosmic Awakening EP
SHIPWREC
12″ // £8.99

Debonaire, fruity Electro from the machine Funk maverick known as Ed DMX. On ‘Cosmic Awakening’ he’s in tight and trim form, whether busting an uptempo, minimal flex on ‘Beta Particle’, shark-eyed Carpenter-esque moods on ‘Stepping Zone’, or Jittin’ Electro Urban Tribe would be proud of for ‘Give Me Something I Can Keep’.
DRUMS OF DEATH
Red Waves
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £8.99

Drums Of Death return with the next in the sequence: ‘Red Waves’. Four tracks of ecstatic electronics displaying it’s makers love for techno and house music, all ramped up with big sounds and stripped back arrangements.
MANGEBLANC / ED DMX & MARTIN DUPRE / MR WYSE
Tom-Tit Edits Presents: Mangeblanc
M&M RECORDS
10″ // £5.99

*Limited edition of 315* Ed DMX, Martin Dupre and Mr Wyse step up with edits of early ’80s electro unit, Mangeblanc. A-side is Ed and Martin’s jacking remix of ‘On Our Way To?’, B-side is Mr Wyse’s slow and humid remix of ‘Vishnu’, which sounds uncannily like some Chris Carter offcut. Aces.
ROYALTY
Purple Nights
FIVE EASY PIECES
12″ // £7.99

Fresh and fly Electro-Boogie from the Anglo-Italo duo behind Five Easy Pieces. In pole position, ‘Cookie Dough’ runs a Dâm-HOT swinger built from flash Italian arpgeggios and NRG-electro stabs with a debonair groove, which Jimmy Edgar duly reduces with a deft New Jersey shimmy. ‘Heart Strings’ is more uptempo synthpop, similar to recent Ali Renault moves and ‘Octane’ hits an uptempo slyde reminding of that ace Hyetal album.
SEX WORKER
The Labor of Love
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

Daniel Martin-McCormick aka Ital with his solo debut as Sex Worker, now available again. It’s a dubbed-out kraut-influenced pulsing psycho-dance affair, super minimal at times and extremely damaged and noisy in others…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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ANDY STOTT
Passed Me By / We Stay Together (Deluxe 2CD Edition with Bonus Tracks)
Modern Love
2CD // £14.99

*Deluxe gatefold oversized Digipak including two CD’s featuring the “Passed Me By” and “We Stay Together” albums in full, plus 25 minutes of bonus material* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on ‘Passed Me By’, inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress…
BOK BOK & TOM TRAGO
Night Voyage Tool Kit
NV
12″ // £5.99

**4 track vinyl EP, the digital version contains 2 bonus tracks** UK and Dutch ambassadors of House make good on the first in a series of forthcoming collaborations. Using a drum machine lent them by Dexter, Bok Bok and Trago spent a long weekend in Amsterdam making stripped-down and heavy House trax, nodding to a shared love of classic Chicago rhythms but with a modernist buck and shimmy. Highlights have…
EMPTYSET
Avichi EP
CLR
12″ // £8.99

Hulking leftfield Techno from James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas aka the indomitable Emptyset. ‘Avichi’ picks up where their ‘Demiurge’ album and ‘All Together Lost’ single left, erecting oppressive 4/4 Techno sound designs influenced by the schematics of Pan Sonic. Remixing, Monoloc curbs their more abstract tendencies for the ‘floor, remoulding the original elements for a concussive, Industrial-strength workout.
KEVIN MCPHEE
Blue Organ
Hypercolour
12″ // £6.99

Following on from strong showings for Idle Hands and Naked Lunch, Kevin Ncphee returns with a 4-tracker for Hypercolour offshoot Hype Ltd. Deep, classic House is the order of the day, ranging from the slowed down Inner City-isms of opener “I WIll” all the way through to the sticky Theo parrish style House burner “Your Side”. Curious that so many newish producers are mining classic House templates – but when…
PINCH & SHACKLETON
Boracay Drift (b/w Morphosis Remix)
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.99

A standout moment from Pinch & Shackleton’s eponymous LP, backed with a truly majestic Morphosis remix. The original serves up molten noise, skittish post-junglist rhythms and mystic vibes galore, but if we’re honest the highlight is Rabih Beani’s side. His revision is much longer and even trippier than the original, seemingly dosed up on valium and vino for an exceptionally smudged out and midnight-hued electro-jazz appeal. The spirit of the…
LUKE HESS / OMAR S
Dubout EP 3
FXHE
12″ // £9.99

Heavy Dub Techno outta Detroit from Luke Hess, with a little bit of help from Omar S. Luke’s thrid 12″ for FXHE belies an improved mastery of his art, from the supple, spacious roll of ‘Narrow Road’ (mixed by AOS), beside the unanchored dub fluctuations of ‘Leads To Life’ and the stripped, hypnotic ‘Unity Excerpt’.
FROZEN BORDER
FB10#.4.26.
FROZEN BORDER
12″ // £7.49

#.4.26 is the digits behind arguably the most essential Frozen Border to date. A-side is a throbbing tribalist shake-down called ‘Theatron’, syncing off-centre rhythms and warm Detroit pads to dominate the ‘floor. Flipside ‘Remton works with a similar drum pattern, reiterating the funk with a big, greasy square bass slyde, while before ‘Morfon’ locks into deadly, scissoring syncopation and tension sustaining strings. Strongly recommended.
JOAAN
Nocturnality / Out Of Slang
7even Recordings
12″ // £6.49

7even Records make a slick gear change with the smooth contours of Joaan’s 2nd 12″. A-side ‘Nocturnality’ works a rolling, electroid groove flickering with syncopated swing and a nagging ’90s-style House hook. Flipside ‘Out Of Slang’ rides scooping 808 bass and sheer, tangy synths with a slow, controlled flex sounding like it could have appeared on a recent Swamp81 12″. Fans of Instra:mental, Conqueror, Visionist should check this out.
CHRISTOPHE AND LUKAS
Present Maison de Cheval
Futureboogie Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Buttoned-up and bass-heavy House from Bristol’s Christophe & Lukas duo for the burgeoning Futureboogie label. A-side features nearly ten minutes of ’91 style piano vamps, bleeps and fruity bass action conducted with a suave groove control on ‘Teardrops’. Flipside each producer goes dolo, Lukas dropping the supple square bass and Azari & III-esque vibes of ‘Reel Love’, and Christophe playing the cowbell-funked frivolity of ‘Stalker’.
RANDOMER
Real Talk
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

Heavyweight House romps from Numbers’ new, up-and-coming signee. ‘Real Talk’ is his long-awaited follow-up to the killer ‘Brunk’ found on Hessle Audio’s ‘116 & Rising’ compilation, coming with a learned hybrid of D&B dynamics and House reserve. The title track’s a banger, like “Dance Mania on steroids” while ‘Lime Pie’ turns acid Techno inside out with the dexterity of Lory D crossed with a real, ruffed-up UK sensibility. Finally, ‘Stalker’…
INIGO KENNEDY / BLAWAN
Revenge (Blawan Mix)
TOKEN
12″ // £7.99

Fierce, uptempo Techno from UK stalwart Inigo, backed with a zeitgeist-compatible Blawan remix. Inigo’s ‘Revenge’ piles out razor-edged 909s and evil, droning synths, while ‘Scatter’ rolls with more broken, skittering syncopation for the Surgeon heads or fans of Rob Hall DJ sets. However, for many the highlight will be Blawan’s churning revision of ‘Revenge’, all churning polyrhythms lashed to a throbbing kick, offset acid lags and planing drones. Ace.
LAZER SWORD
Sounds Sane / Klock
Monkeytown Records
10″ // £10.99

California’s Lazer Sword back in the ring with a brace of stepping club killers. ‘Sounds Same’ starts out in the kind of technically superior ghetto house that Loefah and Pearson Sound have been rinsing this past year or two, before a falling curtain of Joy O-esque synths take thing to a more melodic yet moodier spot. ‘Klock’ hits just as hard, with broken, teched-out drums and Burial-style vocal pressure, and…
JEFF MILLS
Star Chronicles: Orion
Tomorrow Records
12″ // £7.99

Detroit visionary Jeff Mills calibrates his sights upon Orion, initiating the new Star Chronicles series. This is Sci-fi Techno of the highest order, 6 tracks of it to be precise. A-side opens with a brief, scene-setting theme beside a typical 4/4 space roller and an awesome, hollowed House groove. B-side contains a more conventionally Afrofuturist Techno track and a cascading, near beatless tool with sonorous bass and twinkling highs, plus…
CLARO INTELECTO / LOWTEC / VARIOUS
Styrax Special I/J
Styrax
12″ // £7.99

**Clear Vinyl** Styrax balance Ross 154 and Claro Intellecto’s classic House and Techno with up-to-date offerings from Damon Lamar and Lowtec. Classic is definitely an over-used phrase these days but there’s no better word to describe Ross 154’s heart-melting ‘Daze’, which last appeared on the CD of his ‘Strike’ album, and equally Claro Intellecto’s magical ‘Signifier’ taken from the legendary ‘Peace Of Mind EP’. Similarly timeless, the deep house groove…
MONO JUNK / PUB / VARIOUS
Styrax Special K / L
Styrax
12″ // £7.99

*Clear wax* Styrax mix classic House and Techno from Mono Junk and Pub with new gear from Ryo Murakami and CBC. It seems Mono Junk’s seminal ‘Channel B’ has been reissued a few times now but we’re not complaining as the more dancefloors who hear it, the better! It appears on the A-side here next to the effervescent electronica of CBC’s ‘Promised Land’, while B-side features the tingling, delayed gratification…
OM UNIT
Transport (Machinedrum / Ital Tek Mixes)
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £8.99

Transport’ is another scorching Philip K Dick-indebted collection of future bass music from London’s Om Unit, and might just be his finest statement to date. There are four original tracks here, ranging from the sizzling sci-fi electro of ‘Swimming Dragon’ to the future footwork of EP standout ‘Vibrations’, plus a couple of remixes from Machinedrum and iTal Tek. Machinedrum ups the juke on his version of ‘Vibrations’ making it a…
KRL
WOLFEP010
WOLF MUSIC RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.99

Really strong 4-tracker from Wolf Music, providing a deep and well balanced appropriation of classic Chicago styles from KRL. Opener “Decay” is like prime Mr Fingers re-configured with punchier subs, while “Nothing You Can Teach Me” employs a shuffling percussive bounce that works a treat.
ARTHUR OSKAN
Wants & Needs EP (Luke Hess Mix)
BERETTA GREY
12″ // £8.99

Convective Deep Techno currents from Toronto’s Arthur Oskan, backed with a Luke Hess remix. On the original ‘Wants & Needs’ Arthur seduces with melancholy, dark-eyed synth pads and a purring bassline, stealthily evolving into a real midnight groover. On the flip FXHE’s Luke Hess reduces the elements to a shook-down Dub Tech-House roller with strong Detroit genes.
E.R.P. (CONVEXTION)
Lunar Ruins
Harbour City Sorrow
12″ // £8.99

E.R.P. aka Convextion returns to follow up his exceptional ‘Alsoran’ and ‘Vox Automaton’ 12″s. Detroit moods filtered with a Texan melancholy define all three tracks. A-side is Lunar Ruins’ a snappin’ Electro ace much loved from his live-sets, while flipside features the sumptuous Mayday romance of ‘Into The Distance’ and the refined ElectroTechno soul of ‘Mimosa Canopy’. Truly beautiful stuff. Tip!
JOHN DALY
Sea Level
FURTHER RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

“John Daly has been producing some of the world’s best deep house music for labels such as Wave, Drumpoet, Plak, and Mule, since his 2006 debut on his own Feel Music. For Further he delivers a pair of rush inducing live hardware jams, with two epic tracks recorded to tape in one take. The A-side ‘Haze Mix’ features expansive mind bending synths unfurling over 20 pulsating minutes into an ebbing,…
MATT WHITEHEAD
Good Fun
Rebel Intelligence
12″ // £6.99

“Matt returns with the 3rd installment on Rebel Intelligence. Mastered onto 1/2″ tape to give an authentic warmth synonymous with the golden era of house music. From the Inner City inspired ‘Good Fun’ to the deep atmosphere of the title track ‘Obsession’. 200 copies only”
P. GOD
Neptune IV EP
KOMISCH
12″ // £5.99

“Komisch delivers another new artist to its fold for its last release of 2011. “Approaching an Ocean Planet” sees grainy, dense beats and bleeps take the lead, but hovering above the arrangement, tethered to the reverberated, doubled up claps, are ghostly, eerie chords. The title track adopts a similar approach, with bursts of metallic percussion underscoring spacey pads with a droning, tunneling rhythm track. Finally, “Geometric Shadows on Iced Surfaces”…
PROF DELACROIX
Build Her Remixes
DEEPBLAK
12″ // £7.99

“The Deepblak ten year anniversary parade continues with a return visit to Prof. Delacroix’s 2007 deep classic ‘Build Her’, which received massive support from selectors across the field, finding it’s way onto DJ Deep’s ‘Tronic Jams Vol.1’, and a permanent place in the crate of Osunlade. For this outing Fred P, Afrikan Sciences and Deepblak boss AYBEE were assembled to provide an added perspective. Fred P’s Reshape Mix does what…
SANYS
Control Freak
DOWNFALL THEORY
12″ // £6.99

**Orange Translucent Vinyl** “This is the first record on Downfall Theory, a new St Petersburg imprint serving as the creative outlet for the persuasions and productions of discerning dance music Sanys Etiku. Side A is a full-on entanglement of sandy synths, cell-block stabs, a murderous midpoint bassline and hats slammed through a sieve. B side is a solid brick of overpowering percussion pressed with an implied melody so irresistible you…
SEI A
Frozen Flower (Midland / Youandewan Mixes)
Turbo Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Glasgow’s Sei A presents some of his most impressive tracks to date, backed with crafty remixes from Midland, and Youandewan. Sei’s ‘Frozen Flower’ isn’t exactly a standard Turbo ‘floor rocker, but it is a lovely piece of steppin’ IDM/’tronica, all warm chords and fractured 2-step beats somewhere between Four Tet, Burial and James Blake, while ‘Starjar’ takes the melancholy mood to the ‘floor with a plush 4/4 located somewhere between…
SUNIL SHARPE
Let Christy Take It
Black Sun Records
12″ // £7.99

Reet boot-stomping’ Techno from one half of Tricaustic, aka Sunil Sharpe. No nonsense 4/4 bangers are on the cards, from the kicking, acidic Industrial clangour of ‘Let Christy Take It’ on the A-side, over to its more condensed, inverted variation ‘Line Rage’ and the noisy disturbance of ‘Healing Hatred’ on the flip. Master and cut by CGB at D&M. Fans of Milton Bradley, SP-X or AnD should peep this.
VISIONQUEST
fabric 61: Visionquest
Fabric Worldwide
CD // £9.99

Breakneck tech-house session from the quartet of Detroit young bucks – Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss and Ryan Crosson – collectively known as Visionquest. Listening to this mix, it’s not hard to see why they’ve won so many people over: they deal in taut, minimal but crucially melodic and generously swinging, bass-popping dancefloor gear. This mix has many highlights, but for us the sparse smack-house of Tin Man’s ‘Wasteland’,…
VOIGT & VOIGT
Speicher 69
Kompakt Extra
12″ // £6.99

Business as usual for the brothers Voigt, reunited for the 69th – 69th! – entry in Kompakt’s Speicher series. If our ears aren’t mistaken, the vocal and piano loop on a-side ‘Synthesize’ is lifted from April 5′; this kind of bald pop-sampling strategy harks back to Wolfgang Voigt’s classic Love Inc album Life’s A Gas. ‘Idolize’ is a crafty litte b-side, trancey melody dropped an octave or two below the…
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GRUP SES BEATS
Beats & Pieces from 60’s & 70’s Turkish Psychedelia
DEFO RECORDS
LP // £17.99

Ace beat collage styles from Turkish wax digger Grup Ses Beats. For the last year they’ve been uploading some of their work onto Soundcloud, the best of which are found here along with a stack of fresh nuggets. Essentially he’s applying the same methods to vintage Anatolian psyche, rock and pop as Onra did to Vietnamese records with his much-loved ‘Chinoseries’, flipping choice samples into brief beats and pieces a…
VARIOUS / DUST TO DIGITAL
I Have My Liberty!: Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana
Dust to Digital
CD // £12.99

“I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana is an album of sounds and performances recorded live in 2008 from the churches of Ghana’s capital city. This album is the missing link between American gospel records by artists like Rev. Johnny L. Jones and traditional African artists like those featured on Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM. I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana is an album…
BLACK TRUTH RHYTHM BAND
Ifetayo
Soundway Records
CD // £11.99

What set Trinidiadian troupe Black Truth Rhythm Band apart from their funk-flecked contemporaries back in 1976 (when ‘Ifetayo’ was originally released) was simply that they were looking to a different continent for their influence. Rather than set their sights on America, the band looked to Africa (even taking African names) and this rare Afro-beat hybrid was born. That’s not to say there’s no funk present on ‘Ifetayo’, quite the opposite…
VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL
Rangarang: Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Pop
VAMPISOUL
3LP // £28.99

*Heavyweight 3LP with extensive booklet including photos and memorabilia* The cats at Vampi Soul have put together a lush selection of forgotten jewels from pre-revolutionary Iran. ‘Rangarang’ collects 28 songs by the stars of Persian pop’s golden era, including Googoosh, Aref, Leila Forouhar, Mehrpouya and Kourosh Yaghmaei, some of whom were the subject of excellent reissues this year for the likes of the Finders Keepers and Now Again labels. Their…
VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL
Rangarang: Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Pop
VAMPISOUL
2CD // £21.49

**Two discs housed in a three-fold Digipak plus booklet including photos and memorabilia** The cats at Vampi Soul have put together a lush selection of forgotten jewels from pre-revolutionary Iran. ‘Rangarang’ collects 28 songs by the stars of Persian pop’s golden era, including Googoosh, Aref, Leila Forouhar, Mehrpouya and Kourosh Yaghmaei, some of whom were the subject of excellent reissues this year for the likes of the Finders Keepers and…
VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
The Original Sound of Cumbia
Soundway Records
2CD // £11.99

Another visit to the dusty vaults of Columbia for Soundway, ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’ is an eye opening, bumper collection of tracks discovered by Soundway’s man-on-the-inside Will Holland aka Quantic. Holland has been living in Columbia for five years now, and spent much of that time by the sounds of it searching for records most have forgotten existed. These sixty or so tracks have been culled from the hundreds…
BALOJI
Kinshasa Succursale
Crammed Discs
CD // £9.99

“Congolese vocalist, rapper and composer Baloji returned to Kinshasa to make this recording with some of that chaotic city’s finest musicians, including Konono No1 & Zaïko Langa Langa. Baloji’s unique vocal sounds marries diverse styles including traditional rumba, retro-futuristic tradimodern styles soukous, acoustic traditional music, ska roots and afro funk. Brought to Belgium at the age of 4 Baloji was brought up on hip-hop, rap and dance and was a…
THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA
The Master Musicians Of Jajouka
SOL RE SOL RECORDS
LP // £18.99

“In the Djebala foothills of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco is the ancient village of Jajouka. For hundreds of years music has poured out of that village, music by the world’s only “4000 year old rock band” (William Burroughs), the Master Musicians of Jajouka. For hundreds of years the Master Musicians were the musical group of choice for the princes of Morocco, but they were not heard outside their…