Apr 152011
 
Hello,

Praise be, Digitalis give Lawrence English’s masterpiece ‘Kiri No Oto’ a strictly limited vinyl pressing, on white vinyl for the earlybirds too! Translated as ‘Sound Of Fog’, the album was originally released through Touch on CD in 2008 and weaves field recordings from Poland, New Zealand, Australia and Japan into a richly detailed and awe-inspiring study of gaseous ambient composition. Lawrence’s cohort and Room 40 boss, John Chantler, also features this week, releasing his first new album in over seven years. ‘The Luminous Ground’ is a unique exposition of modular synthesis, guided by an experienced and inqusitive hand. There’s only 320 copies and it’s well recommended to fans of Leyland Kirby or Keith Fullerton Whitman.

UK Bass philosophiser and badman producer Kode 9 comes correct on his second LP with The Spaceape this week – available in deluxe gatefold double vinyl and CD digipak formats. It covers all angles of the current underground spectrum, from Grimey twysters to whiskey-faced synth-driven House and even a near-beatless co-production with Flying Lotus. ‘Black Sun’ offers visceral sonic fiction of the highest order – an essential purchase.

Finders Keepers, meanwhile, expand their exposition of “plugged-in” Pakistani pop with a remarkable LP by Sohail Rana. Drawn from the EMI Pakistan archives, it’s like a cross between Bellydance music, the frothy electronics of Raymond Scott, and Surf music, and claims both Sublime Frequencies’ Alan Bishop and Jazzman Gerald as big fans. LA’s Matthewdavid is also onto a good thing right now. Following his Livephreaxxx session with Sun Araw he drops a debut album proper on Fly Lo’s Brainfeeder: a truly beguiling blend of post-dubstep and heady hypnagogia. His convective psychedelia should really hit the third ear for fans of everyone from James Ferraro to Gonjasufi.

Jonny Trunk and Ghost Box = a perfect union. His 7″ for the Study series is a fascinating lesson in concrète sampledelia, blending the playfullness of Delia Derbyshire with the seriousness of a classic GRM composition.

Right, we’re in the mood for a dance. We have to give a big recommendation for the optimized Techno-House of Shed’s latest Wax excursion – a must for fans of the original KMS Reese sound! And going further out there’s the new Something In The Sky from Jeff Mills featuring four tracks of stratosphere-scouting Detroit sci-fi techno. Down to earth, and much more intimate, Citinite drops a scorcher from Dâm Funk, Sweat.X, Jimmy Edgar and Robert O’Dell paying tribute to Sexual Harrassment with a whole night’s worth of rudest electro (pro)positions.

Also out this week, releases from Jamie Woon, Boddika, Mf Doom (Metal Tin!), DJ Qu, Cottam, Jeff Mills, Mokira vs Silent Servant, Richard Chartier, Black Devil Disco Club, Altered Natives, Sbtrkt, High Wolf, oOoOO, Pantha Du Prince remixed by Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald etc, Angel Olsen, Hintermass and much much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



LAWRENCE ENGLISH
Kiri No Oto (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Lawrence English’s epic masterpiece – finally available on vinyl for the first time. Strictly limited edition – Initial copies come on white vinyl* One of the most memorable and absorbing albums released by the wonderful Touch label in recent years, “Kiri No Oto” was first released by them on CD in 2008 and has spent much of the intervening time lodged in our minds as one of the finer drone/field recording albums to have been made this century. Kiri No Oto (a Japanese phrase meaning ‘sound of fog’) takes both instrumental and found sounds cultivated from English’s travels around Poland, New Zealand, Australia and Japan and submits them to filtering, harmonic distortion and other processes that would shroud or otherwise obscure the original signals. Consequently, the record sets out to study a kind of auditory fog, and the richness of sound that comes about from this misting achieves the most compelling results when there’s an essential quietness to the central sound mass itself: ‘Figure’s Lone Static’ serves as a good example of this, placing emphasis on the auditory details of the blur itself rather than the sound that gave birth to it, and it’s the peripheral elements and side-effects that are the real subject matter of this album. Over the span of Kiri No Oto you’ll encounter the towering, borderline fuzz of ‘Organs Lost At Sea’, the Popul Vuh-like tones of ‘Allay’, but also gentler moments, as on the pure vapour of ‘Soft Fuse’, or the dazzling, overloaded shimmer effervesced from ‘Waves Sheer Light’. Although this might initially seem entirely disconnected from the miniaturised sound world of earlier triumphs in the Lawrence English discography, these sound studies are no less detailed, no less experimental, and no less beguiling. A huge recommendation.



KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE
Black Sun
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
2LP // £11.99

*Beautiful gatefold vinyl edition complete with Black Sun comic strip printed on the inside panel.* Five years on from their debut album, Kode 9 and The Space Ape present another riveting missive from the underground on ‘Black Sun’. Since the release of ‘Memories Of The Future’ in 2006, Kode has adopted the mantle of UK Bass shamen, with a cardboard box for a headdress and the most forward/backward/sideways record case in the world, besides heading up a celebrated DJ Kicks session and A&Ring the impeccable Hyperdub label. All this has fed forward into ‘Black Sun’, twelve tracks of nextisms spanning myriad tempos and incorporating the influences of Chinese producer/MC, Cha Cha and an outstanding collaboration with Flying Lotus. OK, so you’ve probably gathered we’re avowed Kode 9 fans but ‘Black Sun’ has just exceeded our already high expectations. From the doom-laced intro of ‘Black Smoke’ he’s tweaking our endocrinal system with acrid Bubblin’ synth licks, urgent lyrics and martial rhythms begging the question “fight or flight?”. Stick around for ‘Promises’ and the contrast is acute, menace dissipated and replaced with lusciously artificial cybeR’n’Bass vibes followed into ‘Love Is The Drug’, adhering to a formula of dissonant synth cadence and dismantled House patterns spawned by his original ‘Black Sun’ 12″ back in 2009, itself re-kinked here as the ace ‘Black Sun (Partial Eclipse)’. However, the best tracks are those which take up Timbaland’s rhythmic ideas (before he became a muscle bound pop goon). The synapse-triggering drums and paranoid tension of ‘Neon Red Sign’ is just exquisite, especially when Cha Cha and Space Ape find the same crease, while ‘The Cure’ uses similar patterns in a bleepier context, spliced with deft techno stabs for the dance, and then there’s the junglist tuck-and-roll of ‘Otherman’, the hip-synched wriggle of ‘Green Son’ or the Grime-jacked force of ‘Bullet Against Bone’. Sh*t, we’ve not even mentioned the brilliantly woozy harmonic tunings that really define this album, but this is getting long now and you’ve probably got better things to do. Take it on trust or find out for yourself, either way this album is just completely essential.



SOHAIL RANA
Khyber Mail
WORLD
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

Another sterling discovery from the unstoppable musical magpies over at Finders Keepers, this time the glistening early electronic fusions of pioneering Pakistani film and pop composer, Sohail Rana. As the son of renowned Urdu poet Rana Akbar Abadi, Sohail was born into a respected family in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1938. Achieving his qualifications in Karachi, and following chance meeting with media mogul and soon-to-be longterm collaborator Waheed Murad, he found a job creating music for the Lollywood film industry. In 1969, funded by EMI Pakistan, Sohail had the rare opportunity to create a full 12″ disc (not common in Pakistan at the time) known as ‘Khyber Mail’, a concept album invoking the images and sounds of the high speed Karachi to Peshawar freight train. Distinguished by his whining and addictive electric keyboard and a motorik rhythm section of sitars and layered percussion it introduced a radical form of patchwork pop and mechanical music which kick-started the “plugged-in” Lollywood pop scene also inhabited by the likes of Tafo Bros and M. Ashraf who appeared on previous FK installments. The breadth of styles, moods and ideas contained in this record is quite staggering, ranging from frisky Western rhythm infusions to frothy electronic melodies and all captured with near-impeccable fidelity by the state-of-art EMI studio, many intended for oriental, bellydance and exotic LP compilations marketed to tourists and easy listening enthusiasts alike. At times it feels like we could be hearing a Raymond Scott or Jean Jacques Perrey composition, and then a sitar lick or surf guitar will transport us somewhere far more exotic! It’s not without good reason that both Sublime Frequencies/Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop and Jazzman Gerald are avowed fans of this record. Recommended!



MATTHEWDAVID
Outmind
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Brainfeeder
LP // £12.49

*Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid drops his debut album proper on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label**. California’s louche, post-modern psych-hop scene is in overdrive right now, and this collection of sun-stroked, lopsided beats from respected freak Matthewdavid is one of its most convincing offerings to date. Matthewdavid collaborated with Sun Araw on the breathtraking Livephreaxxx!!!!! cassette, and he certainly operates in a similarly dubbed-out and hazy field to Cameron Stallones; however, as befits his new home on Brainfeeder, our man is a little more inclined to the dancefloor. It means that Outmind is, at its best, a truly beguiling blend of post-dubstep and heady hypnagogia. FlyLo himself contributes to the marimba’d astral jazz interlude ‘Group Tea’, which comes over like Alice Coltrane, Roland Young and Dylan Ettinger sharing a brew, while ‘Today, The Same Way’ sounds like Dam-Funk’s good-times boogie fed through a cement mixer. As the album progresses, MD’s default setting of hyper-edited, glitchy trip-hop can tire a little, and for us some of the most memorable cuts are the most ambient and abstract – pay special attention to the gaseous, haunting ‘Floor Music’ and the prismatic, chiming closer ‘No Need To Worry / Mean Too Much’. Fans of heat-spoiled head music -from James Ferraro and Sun Araw to Gonjasufi and Mount Kimbie – get involved.



JOHN CHANTLER
The Luminous Ground
ELECTRONIC
ROOM 40
LP // £12.49

**Limited edition of 320 copies, mastered and cut by LUPO at D&M. Includes free download code for FLAC or MP3 redeemable from the label** John Chantler offers his most substantial solo recordings in over seven years. Housed in lustrous, silk-screened sleeve, ‘The Luminous Ground’ glows with a deeply instinctive feel for bewildering, alien harmonics and psychoactivated tunings arising from processes of modular synthesis. A pulsing and glimmering collision of oscillated tone, filtered textures and syncopated rhythm, John guides his captivating patterns with a playful but sincere intent, clearly fascinated by the sounds his machines make and with the compositional intuition to give them a semblance of human form, articulating pure abstractions as tangible, visceral emotions through the possibilities of patching. Experiencing this record, it’s understandable that he took so long to craft a solo release. This is once-in-seven years material, the kind of precious substance which must pass through many refinement stages of personal discovery and experimentation until it’s possible to almost blindly find his way through the wires. The result is a fresh palette of distinctly accented and flavoured tones which unfold in the most unforetold manner; acrid and bittersweet sounds which calmly alarm the senses. Fans of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Leyland Kirby’s searching electronics will find much to immerse themselves in. Highly recommended!

Singles of the Week



JONNY TRUNK
Study Series 06: Animation and Interpretation
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

Another tiny package of joy from the proper on-form Ghost Box label, and this time around we find Trunk boss Jonny Trunk on the dials, eking the kind of sounds you’d expect to have found in 1963 on early episodes of Doctor Who from his jaw-dropping cache of samples. You already know that when you get your hands on anything from Trunk it’s gonna be special, but the gritty rhythmic pulse and discordant twang of ‘Le Train Fantome’ is instantly up there with the best the label have thrown out to date. Blending the light-hearted electronic experimentations of Delia Derbyshire with a near concrete sense of sample-laced weirdness that could place it alongside the fabled GRM studios, there’s not enough I can do to recommend that you hear this one LOUD. Flip the record over and we’ve got ‘Cardboard Boxford’, a woozy pizzicato strings ‘n rhythms cut that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Moondog record. Seriously good, seriously strange, seriously limited. Don’t sleep on this one, will ya.



WAX
No. 40004
TECHNO / HOUSE
WAX
12″ // £6.99

Fresh outta Shed’s Berlin matrix, two optimized Techno-House killers! A-side whips dancers into shape with proper early ’90s Detroit styles, all cracking hanclaps, fizzing hi-hats and a Reese style sub for your behind. B-side is a bit more pumping and dubby, with deftly diffused dub chords and hydraulickin’ bass pressure. Like all the other wax sessions, this is pretty much an essential purchase. Sick twelve.



JEFF MILLS
Something In The Sky Pt. 7
TECHNO / HOUSE
SOMETHING IN THE SKY
12″ // £8.99

Seventh edition of Something In the Sky finds Jeff Mills digging deeper into his X-files cabinet. As with all previous SITS 12″s there’s no tracklisting, just a dope centre label and four tracks of stratosphere-scouting Techno. There’s two tracks on here which just demand attention: one stripped and tribalist timbered killer and a mystical pizzicato string number. make sure to check his ‘The Power’ album also out this week.



SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / DAM-FUNK
Give It To Me Hot
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
CITINITE
12″ // £6.99

Dâm-Funk, Sweat.X, and Robert O’Dell pay tribute to one of the ’80s’ raunchiest funk/punk groups, Swexual Harassment. Going twos up, LA’s Dâm-Funk & Lil’ Kenny slide into the red on a cover of ‘You Are My Sexual Connection’, rubbing a febrile bass down low while Kenny pants and groans the vocal amidst splashing cymbals and spanking claps. From the other end of the world, South Africa’s Markus Wormstorm and Spoek Mathambo demand ‘I Need A Freak’ to a rough, uncompromising rhythmic grind and strangulated vocals. Flip it and Jimmy Edgar links with vocalist, G. Rizo for an energetic ‘Exercise Your Ass Off’ nodding to late ’70s NYC discofunk fusions and lubricated with the greasiest bass and synth licks, leading to Robert O’Dell’s money shot cover of ‘If I Gave You A Party’, assisted by producer Jeppe Loverman on a just-controlled frenzy of cowbells, pounding kicks and roughneck electro squirms.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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VARIOUS / ECHOCORD
Echocord Jubilee Compilation
Echocord
CD // £8.99

One of the world’s finest Dub Techno stables celebrates 9 years of releases with an exclusive 10 track selection featuring music by Fluxion, Deadbeat, Brendon Moeller, Luke Hess, Stephen Hitchell, Fenin, and Mikkel Metal. With 49 vinyl releases and 9 CD albums the label has carved a niche as the go-to imprint for post-BC/Chain Reaction sounds, balancing refined club functionality with home listening requirements in focused fashion. The highlights run…
MOKIRA / SILENT SERVANT
Time Axis Manipulation
KONTRA
10″ // £7.99

Highly refined and beatless Dub experiments from master studio craftsman, Mokira aka Andreas Tilliander, reinforced with a majestic Techno remix by Silent Servant. ‘Time Track’ is the first of three forthcoming 10″s and the latest in Tilliander’s series of records for Sweden’s Kontra Musik, following the brilliant Kondes 12″ and a Marcel Dettmann remix session. On the A-side his ‘Time Track’ evolves from billowing gaseous shapes to introduce a stately…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MATTHEWDAVID
Outmind
Brainfeeder
LP // £12.49

*Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid drops his debut album proper on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label**. California’s louche, post-modern psych-hop scene is in overdrive right now, and this collection of sun-stroked, lopsided beats from respected freak Matthewdavid is one of its most convincing offerings to date. Matthewdavid collaborated with Sun Araw on the breathtraking Livephreaxxx!!!!! cassette, and he certainly operates in a similarly dubbed-out and hazy field to Cameron Stallones; however, as…
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / DAM-FUNK
Give It To Me Hot
CITINITE
12″ // £6.99

Dâm-Funk, Sweat.X, and Robert O’Dell pay tribute to one of the ’80s’ raunchiest funk/punk groups, Swexual Harassment. Going twos up, LA’s Dâm-Funk & Lil’ Kenny slide into the red on a cover of ‘You Are My Sexual Connection’, rubbing a febrile bass down low while Kenny pants and groans the vocal amidst splashing cymbals and spanking claps. From the other end of the world, South Africa’s Markus Wormstorm and Spoek…
3:33 (PARALLEL THOUGHT)
333EP-1
Parallel Thought LTD.
CD // £8.99

What time is it? It’s roughly 3:10pm, and we’re checking the hotly touted ‘333 EP1’ from the clandestine 3:33 unit. Comprising an unknown number of members and with productions for Tame One and Del The Funky Homosapien to their credit, 3:33 kick back to a time before wonky, before the Beat Dimensions revolution, to a murkier sound equally informed by the crushing drum breakage of DJ Shadow and the ethereal…
JAMIE WOON
Lady Luck
Polydor
12″ // £5.49

‘Lady Luck’ prepares the ground for Jamie Woon’s massively anticipated debut album. The Burial collaborator has elected remixes from Royce Wood Jr, Hudson Mohawke and Débruit for this single, taking his jazzfolk-tinged croon and slickly funked groove into slightly more visceral territory. Royce Wood’s remix is canny spin on 2-Step at R&B tempo, kinda like Burial but brighter and explicitly happier. Hudson Mohawke’s hinges on a crisp 808 kick/snare combo…
MATTHEWDAVID
Outmind
Brainfeeder
CD // £9.99

*Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid drops his debut album proper on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label**. California’s louche, post-modern psych-hop scene is in overdrive right now, and this collection of sun-stroked, lopsided beats from respected freak Matthewdavid is one of its most convincing offerings to date. Matthewdavid collaborated with Sun Araw on the breathtraking Livephreaxxx!!!!! cassette, and he certainly operates in a similarly dubbed-out and hazy field to Cameron Stallones; however, as…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH
Kiri No Oto (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Lawrence English’s epic masterpiece – finally available on vinyl for the first time. Strictly limited edition – Initial copies come on white vinyl* One of the most memorable and absorbing albums released by the wonderful Touch label in recent years, “Kiri No Oto” was first released by them on CD in 2008 and has spent much of the intervening time lodged in our minds as one of the finer drone/field…
KABOOM KARAVAN
Barra Barra (Vinyl Edition)
MIASMAH
LP // £11.99

*Limited orange vinyl – Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label.* Kaboom Karavan is the working moniker of Belgian Bram Bosteels, and true to Miasmah’s unshakable form he conjures dense and beautiful soundtracks to lost reels of flickering cinematic weirdness from the embers of Eastern European cinema and Gallic surrealism. Bosteels has been at this for a while too, and has his scraping soundtracks perfectly in check –…
SETH CLUETT
Objects Of Memory
Line
CD // £8.99

**Serene ambient/drone tapestry from acclaimed New York sound artist** The field he operates in is a crowded one, but New York artist Seth Cluett’s latest is executed with enough skill and feeling to stand out from the pack. On ‘Objects In Stillness’ snatches of bassoon, viola and guitar whisper and whine across a Spartan backdrop of sine tones, conjuring rural landscapes caught between seasons. ‘A Murmur Which Redoubles’ stretches out…
RAFAEL TORAL
Space Elements Vol. III
Staubgold
CD // £13.99

Experimental electronic type Rafael Toral started his Space series back in 2004, and since then he’s been exploring new ways to implement his signature electronic squiggles into performance and composition, reframing his arsenal of modified oscillators as jazz instruments (of a sort). ‘Space Elements III’ is possibly the closest Toral has come yet to realizing that dream – with the alien blips and hisses hitting up alongside jazz percussion and…
ATLANTIS
Mistress Of Ghosts
Field Records
CD // £8.99

“Mistress of Ghosts by Atlantis digs into the worlds of dark ambience, industrial metal, and progressive rock to deliver a whirlwind of noise and rhythm. Atlantis was started in 2006 as a solo project by Gilson Heitinga taking influences from film scores, noise, doom, 70’s psychedelia, ambient & electronica. ”
CURRENT 93
HoneySuckle Æons
Coptic Cat
CD // £13.49

“Honeysuckle Æons is the new album by hallucinatory gnostic supergroup Current 93, following hot and hard on the heels of their recent trilogy (Black Ships Ate The Sky, Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain and Baalstorm, Sing Omega). The CD comes in a black and white digi-pack and contains a 16-page booklet with all the lyrics plus photos of the C93 family. Current 93, who were as cool as flies and as…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB
Circus
Lo Recordings
CD // £9.99

Welcome to one of the year’s maddest disco sessions. Having made one of the “most influential disco albums of all time” Black Devil Disco Club is afforded some stellar cameos for ‘Circus’, featuring the likes of Nancy bleeding’ Sinatra (!), Afrika Bambaataa, Faris Badwan ov The Horrors and Italo legend, Nancy Fortune among them. Sometimes when an album comes laden with guest vocalists, it means they’re trying to cover up…
CHICKEN LIPS
She Fish
Lipservice
12″ // £5.99

Chicken Lips crew in effect. A-side features two mid-tempo boogied disco burners, while the flipside gets on a cowbell-driven Warehouse bounce and a fuzzier ‘Dirty Tape Edit’ for the real pernickety DJs.
THE REVENGE
Reekin’ structions
Z RECORDS
CD // £8.99

“Debut album from “king of the edit”, The Revenge. Featuring ten reconstructed productions, ‘Reekin’Structions’ glistens with a silvery sheen and masters a standout soundtrack to satisfy all manner of music lovers. Bubbling with sultry soulful vocals, brass funk solos and inspired dancefloor moments, The Revenge illustrates his talent for reinvention and reaffirms why he has become a spearhead for a new musical trend. Fashioning classics from Mid-Air in the style…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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SCIENTIST
Scientist Meets The Mad Professor At Channel One
Jamaican Recordings
LP // £9.99

“The Mighty Scientist meets Jamaica’s original Crazy Mad Professor in a dub showdown pitching their best musical shots against each other. The winner…..well only you can decide!!!. The connection between these two great Mixers/ Producers is that they both learned the trade and also cut their musical teeth working with the master himself King Tubby. Scientist (b.Overton Brownie,1960, Jamaica) and the Crazy Mad Professor (not to be confused with the…
SCIENTIST
Scientist Meets The Mad Professor At Channel One
Jamaican Recordings
CD // £10.99

“The Mighty Scientist meets Jamaica’s original Crazy Mad Professor in a dub showdown pitching their best musical shots against each other. The winner…..well only you can decide!!!. The connection between these two great Mixers/ Producers is that they both learned the trade and also cut their musical teeth working with the master himself King Tubby. Scientist (b.Overton Brownie,1960, Jamaica) and the Crazy Mad Professor (not to be confused with the…
CREATION REBEL
Starship Africa
On U Sound
CD // £12.99

*Classic On-U Sound album originally released in 1980 and later re-issued on On-U Sound as ON-ULP8 in 1982, this new edition also includes four bonus tracks previously unreleased outside Japan* “Creation Rebel’s ‘Starship Africa’ is the greatest sci-fi dub soundtrack never put to film. Produced and arranged by Adrian Sherwood and created by some of the greats from the On-U Sound stable of musicians (including Doctor Pablo, Crucial Tony, Style…
THE NEW AGE STEPPERS
The New Age Steppers
On U Sound
CD // £12.99

*Reissue of the classic first release on On-U Sound, first released in 1981 and featuring members of The Slits, The Roots Radics, The Pop Group, Rip, Rig and Panic and Aswad* “This re-issue of the very first album released by On-U Sound marks a fitting start to the planned series of releases to celebrate the label’s 30th Anniversary. 1981’s eponymous debut by post-punk “supergroup” The New Age Steppers provided a…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE
Black Sun
Hyperdub
2LP // £11.99

*Beautiful gatefold vinyl edition complete with Black Sun comic strip printed on the inside panel.* Five years on from their debut album, Kode 9 and The Space Ape present another riveting missive from the underground on ‘Black Sun’. Since the release of ‘Memories Of The Future’ in 2006, Kode has adopted the mantle of UK Bass shamen, with a cardboard box for a headdress and the most forward/backward/sideways record case…
KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE
Black Sun
Hyperdub
CD // £10.99

Five years on from their debut album, Kode 9 and The Space Ape present another riveting missive from the underground on ‘Black Sun’. Since the release of ‘Memories Of The Future’ in 2006, Kode has adopted the mantle of UK Bass shamen, with a cardboard box for a headdress and the most forward/backward/sideways record case in the world, besides heading up a celebrated DJ Kicks session and A&Ring the impeccable…
BODDIKA
2727 / Sometimes / Soul What / Rubba
Swamp 81
2×12″ // £13.99

Swamp 81 clear their cache of Boddika’s latest hardware sessions on a fine-looking gatefold double pack. Further to the ‘Electron / Underground’ 12″ of a few months back, ‘2727’ adds a lick of Latinized machine percussion to an uptempo (136 bpm) electro-stepper, before rearranging the patterns to a jacking House formation on ‘Sometimes’ (128bpm). On the second plate we find the swaggering ‘Soul What’, rolling with the bleeps and warmest…
ANSTAM / PHON.O
Albert / IL62
50 WEAPONS
10″ // £8.99

Your eyes do not deceive you, this is a new Anstam release! 50 Weapons’ latest features a cut a piece from the clandestine duo and like minded digital beat mangler Phon.o, both delivering typically complex and expertly sculpted dancefloor structures. To date, the tight-lipped Anstam have only revealed themselves through three incredible singles released on their self-titled imprint between 2007-2009. ‘Albert’ follows their lead with more blocks of concrete beats…
ALTERED NATIVES
Altered Natives Presents … The Guild Of Synchronists
Eye4Eye
CD // £11.99

Altered Natives assembles his posse of Deeper House and jazzing’ Breakbeat fiends for the first compilation on his Eye4Eye Recordings. Some of the names may be familiar, Altered Natives, Slaughter Mob, Tom Ellis, but we’re also introduced to a ruck of new producers (to these ears/eyes, at least) such as At One, Funksta, El Sudor, Ceramic, Misery Peat, DD Black and Grayz. The highlights of these have to be Funksta’s…
CHRISSY MURDERBOT
Bussin Down EP
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.49

Chrissy Murderbot does the Chicago quickstep onto Planet Mu with some help from DJ Spinn and remixes by Rashad, Atki 2 and Ghosts On Tape. His ‘Bussin Down’ original built with Spinn should hold it’s ground next to the more linear productions from Rashad and the Ghettophiles crew, while ‘Braaain’ goes for the effect of DJ Roc’s ‘One Blood’ but comes off maybe a little more like Shitmat. Toying with…
BOK BOK / MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS
Compact 7_Alienloops
Normoton
LP // £9.99

**Killer set of locked grooves from Bok Bok, Modeselektor, Phon.O, Siriusmo and more…** Compiled by Phon.O and Exsample, this record features 100 locked groove loops by a venerable cast including Bok Bok, Phon.O, Litwinenko, Housemeister, Exsample, Daniel Haaksman, Mochipet, Modeselektor, Siriusmo and Thomas Brinkmann. We’ve not had any locked groove LP’s in for time – get in!
KEVIN MCPHEE
Get In With You EP
NAKED LUNCH
12″ // £6.49

*Blue vinyl* Naked Lunch’s new signing, Toronto’s Kevin McPhee, makes a canny debut entry backed with an LV remix. ‘Get In With You’ is possibly a request to James Blake, whom he definitely owes a pint for its chopped vocals and subbass formula. But it’s really that subbass which defines this track, billowing out wider-than-wide and plummeting abyss deep with luxurious effect. His other cut ‘Bridges’ figures at a slower…
SBTRKT
Living Like I Do
Young Turks
12″ // £5.49

Man like SBTRKT is back on Young Turks with a spruce, steppin’ house groover bolstered with imploring vocals from Sampha. While its distant rudeboy bass is somewhere between Reese and vintage El-B, its dainty chords and cinematic strings makes us think of the Jazzanova/Compost set in techno mode. 2:24 it’s awful short, and an extended dub for the DJs would’ve been welcome, but fair play, it makes its point with…
TWO INCH PUNCH
Love You Up / Luv Luv
Two Inch Punch
12″ // £8.99

**Hand-stamped white label. Limited copies!** Two Inch Punch makes an attention grabbing entrance with the crushed electronic soul-bounce of ‘Love You Up’ and ‘Luv Luv’. Hailing from West London and reputedly with a background remixing Marina & The Diamonds besides songwriter/producer credits for I Blame Coco and Lil Wayne, TIP makes exceedingly neat and pop-efficient songs. With cascading synthlines reminding of Hud Mo or Dorian Concept and a vocal which…
NKC
Marie / Ghettotechno
Awkward Movements
12″ // £6.49

After drops from Broke DJs and Dodger Man, NKC gives up the crooked strut of ‘Marie’ and ‘Ghettotechno’. Working on some tribal swingers tip, ‘Marie’ bashes out martial drum cadences and stuttering bleep melodies akin to some of the Sound Pellegrino output, whereas ‘Ghettotechno’ feels like a Hot City track gone tropical.
ASC
Symbol #1
Auxiliary
12″ // £5.99

**Orange vinyl, limited to 250 copies** Four quicksilver steppers from ASC forming the first of his Auxiliary Symbol series. With no track titles or explicit imagery, these records are intended to be genre-less explorations of deepest Electronic territories. The first side features one piece of skittering, microscopically sculpted percussion suspended above widescreen bass undulations and a second bit of almost beatless structuring infused with spectral field recordings and Robert Henke-like…
JACK BEATS / SKREAM
All Night / Elevator Music (Skream Remix)
Cheap Thrills
12″ // £6.99

Brain-killing redoes of John B’s D&B anthem ‘Up All Night’ by Jack Beats and Skream. Jack Beats bash the vocals and riff into a brutal electro-house jam while Skream drops a bruising Dubstep rave version.

 

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JOHN CHANTLER
The Luminous Ground
ROOM 40
LP // £12.49

**Limited edition of 320 copies, mastered and cut by LUPO at D&M. Includes free download code for FLAC or MP3 redeemable from the label** John Chantler offers his most substantial solo recordings in over seven years. Housed in lustrous, silk-screened sleeve, ‘The Luminous Ground’ glows with a deeply instinctive feel for bewildering, alien harmonics and psychoactivated tunings arising from processes of modular synthesis. A pulsing and glimmering collision of oscillated…
HIGH WOLF
A Guide To Healing
Bathetic Records
7″ // £5.49

A particularly potent missive from the Gallic psyche enigma, High Wolf. From the first bars of ‘Free Your Energy Field’ we can feel ourselves being sucked in reverse towards the kaleidoscopic vortex of High Wolf’s loops, tempered tape distortion at the edge of event horizon buffering a stream of chromatic synth colours and spiraling raga scales towards the inky abyss of your psyche. Once on the other side we ‘Swallow…
BARRY MANALOGUE
Analogue / Koyo Front
Nonplus Records
10″ // £7.99

*Limited, hand-numbered and upfront white label – no digital!* Barry Manologue serves a killer debut for Instra:mental’s Nonplus label. Frontside ‘Analogue’ is a dramatic beatless excursion optimised for DJ’s opening statements or exaggerated breakdowns. Backside, ‘Koyo Front’ factors in a rugged, cyber-contoured House joint with trickling Drexciyan synthlines and smart rhythm edits. Don’t sleep on this!!!
GANG GANG DANCE
Glass Jar / Mindkilla
4AD
12″ // £5.49

Gang Gang Dance provide the first taste of their forthcoming ‘Eye Contact’ album, and their newest material since 2008’s acclaimed ‘Saint Dymphna’ LP on Warp. With ‘Glass Jar’ they hop on board the New Age zeitgeist for the first half, manifesting their intentions in glistening, hyperreal synth shimmers before it all becomes so ecstatic and heart swelling that the tentative drums burst the banks and Lizzi Bougatsis’ vox flood forward…
OOOOO
oOoOO EP
Tri Angle
CD // £6.99

*At long last available on CD.* Tri Angle Record’s 2nd issue is the debut release proper from a very special artist, San Francisco’s oOoOO. He’s in very good company on this exquisitely curated label, nestled among the likes of Balam Acab, Stalker and Nowa Huta, who together form a collective shadow over the disciplines of big money R’n’B and shivering Cold Wave electro with a creepily succinct Pop aesthetic. And…
SOUND PEOPLE
Teatime
Under The Spire
CD // £12.99

Sound People is the collaborative banner of Paul Dickow (Strategy) and Jesse Johnson (GULLS), and while the two might enjoy a cup of tea together, they also manage to crank out some really rather endearing electronic dub. The pair’s distinct sense of engineering is the key part of ‘Teatime’ and over five wordless tunes they exhibit a real humanity in their use of tape-recorded percussion, trumpets and Dickow’s patented electronic…
RICHARD CHARTIER
Transparency (Performance)
Line
CD // £8.99

A master of extreme digital minimalism, Richard Chartier wields silence like a sledgehammer; in his patiently wrought compositions the weight of what’s not there is alone enough to pulverise you. His spotless CV takes in installations at innumerable prestigious galleries around the world and collaborations with the likes of William Basinski and Taylor Deupree, and a lifetime of experience informs his latest. This captivating live performance was inspired by, and…
PANTHA DU PRINCE
V versions of Black Noise
Rough Trade
LP // £9.99

Sterling versions from Moritz Von Oswald, Animal Collective, Hieroglyphic Being, The Sight Below and Die Vögel. Pantha Du Prince’s ‘Black Noise’ was by far one of 2010’s most refined, luxurious and pop-spirited Techno albums, providing many riches for the appointed remixers. To ‘Welt Am Draht’ Herr Von Oswald diffuses the vocals into spiralling stereo swirls around pendulous, padded subbass and brittle, spraing percussion, contrasting with the repetitious Reichian phrasing of…
PANTHA DU PRINCE
XI versions of Black Noise
Rough Trade
CD // £9.99

Pantha Du Prince’s ‘Black Noise’ was one of the most refined Techno emissions of 2010. ‘XI versions of Black Noise’ collects brand new remixes from Moritz Von Oswald, Hieroglyphic Being, Animal Collective, Carsten Jost, Walls, and The Sight Below plus the previously released versions from Four Tet, Efdemin and Lawrence featured on the ‘Stick To My Side’ single. The venerable Von Oswald sets the template with a version of ‘Welt…
GABLE
Cute Horse Cut
LOAF
CD // £11.99

French art poppers Gable describe their sound as ‘luxury DIY’, and while I’m not entirely sure what they mean, it gradually begins to make sense over the course of ‘Cute Horse Cut’. With strange, abstract vocals and the kind of toybox approach to sampling you’d expect to hear from a class of Icelandic schoolgirls, the different in Gable’s sound seems to be that their production is far from lo-fi. The…
VARIOUS / BRIAN RECORDS
Radio Brian Volume 2
BRIAN RECORDS
Cassette // £5.99

“Radio Brian Volume 2 isn’t really a radio show at all. Instead it harks back to the days of dreaming about having your own radio show (a dream that never dies). At its most basic level it is an album with 10 tracks and 40 minutes of music. It features amazing and exclusive songs by The Wrens, Tim Friese-Green (of Talk Talk fame), Harry Pussy, Cat Vs Dog, Matt Carter,…
WORLD’S END GIRLFRIEND
Seven Idiots
ERASED TAPES
CD // £11.99

Blending the intensity and musical anarchy of math-rock (think Don Cabalero or Battles) with chip rock, jungle and electronica wouldn’t seem like a good idea to most people, but Japan’s World’s End Girlfriend have done it anyway, and it sort of works. These guys sound like a hiccupping modern answer to Yellow Magic Orchestra, and while their hyperactive brand of sugar-coated indie-dance might not suit the masses it sure goes…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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RUSSELL HASWELL
In It (Immersive Live Salvage)
Editions Mego
LP + DVD // £18.99

**Unique UHJ vinyl cut delivering Ambisonic surround sound + 5.1 DVD** Russell Haswell’s third LP of ‘Live Salvage’ lands on EditionsMego. ‘IN IT’ consists of surround sound self-recordings of his sets supporting Autechre on tour in 2010, and is most notably pressed onto unique UHJ vinyl – made to deliver Ambisonic surround sound when used in conjunction with quality surround sound processor and Ambisonic UHJ decoder. Along with exacting details…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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BILL CALLAHAN
Apocalypse
Drag City
LP // £12.99

“Essentially an ensemble recorded live in the studio, Bill Callahan’s ‘Apocalypse’ is the corpus delecti. If tape is like meat, this record is the whole hog – no cuts. Callahan, riding on the back of his band, corrals them all and guides them single-handedly with love and ferocity. Bill Callahan is a recording studio guru, a tastefully rampant singer-songwriter, a heartthrob, a visual artist, a statesman for the times and…
ALEXANDER TUCKER
Dorwytch
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

Alexander Tucker makes a welcome return with this excellent new album for Thrill Jockey, and with a far more accessible sound to boot. Working with revered multi-instrumentalist Daniel O’Sullivan (Æthenor/Guapo/Mothlite), free improv drummer Paul May and additional vocals from Duke Garwood and Jesse Bryant, ‘Dorwytch’ greatly expands his sound with the feel of an accomplished ensemble, featuring lushly layered strings and subtle use of synths to weave flesh onto the…
ALEXANDER TUCKER
Dorwytch
Thrill Jockey
CD // £12.49

Alexander Tucker makes a welcome return with this excellent new album for Thrill Jockey, and with a far more accessible sound to boot. Working with revered multi-instrumentalist Daniel O’Sullivan (Æthenor/Guapo/Mothlite), free improv drummer Paul May and additional vocals from Duke Garwood and Jesse Bryant, ‘Dorwytch’ greatly expands his sound with the feel of an accomplished ensemble, featuring lushly layered strings and subtle use of synths to weave flesh onto the…
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY & MATT SWEENEY
Must Be Blind / Life In Muscle
Domino
10″ // £5.99

Brand new single from the elusive Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy reunited with guitar wizard Matt Sweeney in their first joint recordings since the superlative ‘SuperWolf’ album.
AMIINA
Puzzle
Sound Of A Handshake
LP // £13.99

*Includes a download code redeemable from the label…* As most of you probably know, Icelandic orchestral poppers Amiina used to be part of Sigur Ros in another life and despite not having worked with the band for a few years now, the influence of the epic post-rockers is still often evident. That’s not to say that Amiina’s latest full-length ‘Puzzles’ sounds exactly like Sigur Ros, but there is a distinct…
ANGEL OLSEN
Strange Cacti
Bathetic Records
LP // £8.99

**Spectral folk gem from the US tape underground** This assured and moving debut from Angel Olsen first emerged on cassette last year and has since become a word-of-blog hit, coming to the attention of Pitchfork and prompting comparisons with Joanna Newsom, Francoise Hardy, Beth Gibbons and Joni Mitchell along the way. It’s difficult to pull off the eccentric, caterwauling folk thing without sounding irksomely cute and kooky, but Angel sidesteps…
FELICIA ATKINSON
The Driver
HIBERNATE
LP // £13.99

French/Belgian artiste Félicia Atkinson offers the quiet reflections of ‘The Driver’, her fourth solo album, and the first vinyl pressing from Hibernate. The glacial A-side span of ‘Half Blonde’ layers desolate, mournful string shimmers to create gently moving harmonics with a lulling ambience. Midway they’re joined by a ghostly, droning bass presence tilting the piece downwards into a more unnerving place. Both the title and sounds of ‘Sea Lion’ evoke…
WREATHES
The Reigns / Full Turn
Bathetic Records
7″ // £5.99

**Quite unnerving, this. Like a more backwater American take on the gnostic folk of Current 93** “Wreathes unveil magical, trance-inducing folk that slides in and around you like a white plume of smoke on a coal black night. Elegant, hypnotic, spellbinding arrangements to pull the soul from the enchanted forest and lay it right on your head. “”So we may take the reigns, transform our anguish, transform our ordeal…..”” Edition…
BEN HALL
Ben Hall!
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £13.99

“Ben Hall is a multi talented entertainer from Okolona, Mississippi now living in Nashville, TN. In 2005, he won the National and International Thumbstyle Guitar Contests, as well as the Horizon Award from the National Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame. Ben has also been recognized nationally as a singer/songwriter who prefers traditional styles of music. Hall has performed at some of Nashville’s most famous venues including the Grand Ole Opry and…

 

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MF DOOM
Operation Doomsday (Metal Tin Special Edition)
Metal Face
Metal Tin (2CD + Book + Card Set) // £26.99

*Limited Edition Metal Tin including remastered & expanded 42 Track 2CD Set with alternate versions, B-Sides, rarities & Instrumentals, a 32-Page Lyric Book and Doomsday MCs Card Set* ‘Operation: Doomsday’ has floated in and out of print since its original 1999 pressing on famed New York label Fondle ‘Em, attaining mythical status amongst underground fans as one of the landmark releases of the decade, showcasing MF Doom’s abstract wordplay, pointed…
ROBOT KOCH AND JOHN ROBINSON
Robot Robinson
PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
CD // £10.99

Scienz Of Life’s John Robinson lends his distinctive flow to crushing electronic hippo instrumentals by Berlin’s Robot Koch. It’s the 2nd time Robinson has appeared on Project: Mooncircle, following a link with Lewis Parker last year, and comes sophisticatedly rugged on eight full fat, neck-snapping beats with a bit of raved-up touch reminding of MDSLKTR at times.
ROBOT KOCH AND JOHN ROBINSON
Robot Robinson
PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
LP // £10.99

Scienz Of Life’s John Robinson lends his distinctive flow to crushing electronic hippo instrumentals by Berlin’s Robot Koch. It’s the 2nd time Robinson has appeared on Project: Mooncircle, following a link with Lewis Parker last year, and comes sophisticatedly rugged on eight full fat, neck-snapping beats with a bit of raved-up touch reminding of MDSLKTR at times.

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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CRAFT SPELLS
Idle Labor
Captured Tracks
LP // £15.99

Following a small handful of immaculate 7″ singles and appearances on every indie blog worth reading, Chillwave prince, Justin Vallesteros casts his debut Craft Spells album on Captured Tracks – and it’s a joy to behold. Those singles were a scary simulation of Ian Curtis’ tortured mumbles had they continued into the New Order era, imagining a lost future through the magic of downloadable software. ‘Idle Hands’ features all those…
YOUNG WIDOWS
In and Out of Youth and Lightness
Temporary Residence
CD // £11.99

“‘In and Out of Youth and Lightness’ was produced by Young Widows and Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket) at The Funeral Home in their hometown of Louisville, KY. The musical palette remains fundamentally the same — singer-guitarist Evan Patterson’s cavernous, warped blues riffs weighted by Nick Thieneman’s earth-shaking bass and drummer Jeremy McMonigle’s sturdy, shifting rhythms–but the augmented instrumentation and choral vocals lifts them to incredible new heights. With lyrical…
YOUNG WIDOWS
In and Out of Youth and Lightness
Temporary Residence
2LP // £18.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** “‘In and Out of Youth and Lightness’ was produced by Young Widows and Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket) at The Funeral Home in their hometown of Louisville, KY. The musical palette remains fundamentally the same — singer-guitarist Evan Patterson’s cavernous, warped blues riffs weighted by Nick Thieneman’s earth-shaking bass and drummer Jeremy McMonigle’s sturdy, shifting rhythms–but the augmented instrumentation and choral vocals…
CRYSTAL STILTS
In Love With Oblivion
FORTUNA POP!
CD // £11.99

“Crystal Stilts burst out of Brooklyn’s storied post-punk indie scene in 2008 with a string of releases that culminated in their fantastic debut album Alight Of Night. Deftly combining the spooked 60s Texas psych of 13th Floor Elevators and Red Crayola, the gothic blues/punk howl of Gun Club, the dark, experimental DIYism of early Flying Nun/Xpressway groups and a dash of classic 60s pop by way of early Mary Chain…
C S YEH
In The Blink Of An Eye B/W Condo Stress
De Stijl Records
7″ // £6.49

Mind-boggling two-tracker from the uber-talented, multi-faceted, forever-surprising C S Yeh for the De Stijl label. If you were expecting another dose of his obliterated experiments as Burning Star Core, think again, for this EP Yeh is in full songwriting mode, as if to just show that really, he can do anything. “In The Blink Of An Eye” sounds like prime-period Bowie at a recording studio struck by lightening and slowly…
CLOUDLAND CANYON
Mothlight Part 2 / In The Cold
Bathetic Records
7″ // £5.99

Cloudland Canyon bring their exquisitely distanced, scratchy and f**cked-up shoegaze psych to Bathetic (after records for Holy Mountain, Kranky and NNF), and on tin gray marbled vinyl to boot. ‘Mothlight’ achieves a sound most in this scene would give their favourite wooly jumper for, with a mist of vocal harmonics amidst melodically howling guitars and a driving Krautrock/psyche drums and bass groove. Honestly, this’ll leave you for six. On the…
TUNE-YARDS
W H O K I L L
4AD
CD // £9.99

Merrill Garbus’s debut album under the Tune-Yards (not gonna bother with the wacky lettering, sorry) moniker was a peculiar beast; one part lo-fi (she recorded it all on her laptop, with a cheap clip mic) and one part the kind of tuneful world-wise pop that even Vampire Weekend fans could get behind. It makes sense, then, that her second record ‘Whokill’ has had the production turned up to eleven, and…
TUNE-YARDS
W H O K I L L
4AD
LP // £10.99

Merrill Garbus’s debut album under the Tune-Yards (not gonna bother with the wacky lettering, sorry) moniker was a peculiar beast; one part lo-fi (she recorded it all on her laptop, with a cheap clip mic) and one part the kind of tuneful world-wise pop that even Vampire Weekend fans could get behind. It makes sense, then, that her second record ‘Whokill’ has had the production turned up to eleven, and…
ABOUT GROUP
Start And Complete
Domino
LP // £12.49

A veritable super-group made up of members Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack) and improv player Pat Thomas it would be hard for About Group to misstep given their pedigree. The group originally formed for a recording for the really rather great Treader label, but after a handful of live performances, they got together to record this altogether more unexpected beast. Given the…
ABOUT GROUP
Start And Complete
Domino
CD // £10.49

A veritable super-group made up of members Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack) and improv player Pat Thomas it would be hard for About Group to misstep given their pedigree. The group originally formed for a recording for the really rather great Treader label, but after a handful of live performances, they got together to record this altogether more unexpected beast. Given the…
ANDREW LILES
As If Punk Rock Never Happened
Dirter
7″ // £6.99

“‘As If Punk Rock Never Happened’ is a 7″ picture disc that doubles as a cynical ‘commemorative’ item for the Royal wedding on April 29th. Get it for your grandmother in your local record shop… she will love the B-side ‘Pretty Vague C*nt'”.
GIANT SAND
Center Of The Universe (25th Anniversary Edition)
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

“Carrying on with the rolling reissues of Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums. “Center Of The Universe”, originally released in 1992 , is the eighth Giant Sand reissue in the series. Howe holds ‘Center Of The Universe’ close to his heart, explaining the record “Could be my favourite record .. written in a one room cabin at the end of the road in…
THE WINCHESTER CLUB
Negative Liberty
Exile On Mainstream Records
CD // £8.99

Described on their website as ‘epic instrumental post rock’, I can hardly disagree and with this sophomore album (following the well received ‘Britannia Triumphant’) they should cement their place in the listening piles of any discerning genre follower. Post rock seems to have split into a number of strands, and The Winchester Club have definitely moved their sound into gloriously dark territory, rather than for instance the chirpy anthems of…
TV ON THE RADIO
Nine Types Of Light
Polydor
CD // £9.99

TVOTR deliver their major label debut and continue their trajectory into more commercial territory with their fourth studio album. They still make diverse music, weaving many disparate strands into a unique whole, but those strands simply don’t include anything which might be considered energetic, noisy or particularly surprising. This is still soulful music, thanks in no small part to Tunde Adebimpe’s holler, but even that seems to be trained and…
TV ON THE RADIO
Nine Types Of Light (Deluxe Edition)
Polydor
CD // £12.99

**Deluxe version with 3 bonus tracks and limited edition digipack sleeve** TVOTR deliver their major label debut and continue their trajectory into more commercial territory with their fourth studio album. They still make diverse music, weaving many disparate strands into a unique whole, but those strands simply don’t include anything which might be considered energetic, noisy or particularly surprising. This is still soulful music, thanks in no small part to…

 

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FRIEDMAN & LIEBEZEIT
Secret Rhythms 4
Nonplace
CD // £14.99

The fourth part of their series of releases, ‘Secret Rhythms 4’ marks nearly ten years of collaboration for the duo of electronic producer Burnt Friedman and legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. It’s been a fruitful partnership, generating umpteen records and countless live performances, and it’s nice to hear that the two still have music to share, and more pressingly that it’s still good. This album might be the duo’s most…
MATTHEW HALSALL
On The Go
Gondwana Records
CD // £10.99

“Manchester based, DJ, bandleader and trumpeter Matthew Halsall is one of the UK’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental, spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as the glories of ’60s British jazz. His previous albums ‘Sending My Love’ and ‘Colour Yes’ released on his own Gondwana label have won…

 

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WIRE
Issue 327: May 2011
Wire
Mag // £4.00

Everybody’s talking about Not Not Fun, who more or less dominate issue 327 of The Wire. “Every day I wake up and ask myself: How can I be more like Bjork” says Amanda Brown, but truth be told after reading the feature you’ll wanna wake up and be AMANDA BROWN, roll model for the new subculture and proud co-owner (together with husband Britt Brown) of probably the coolest and most…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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KUNIYUKI TAKAHASHI
Dancing In The Naked City
MULE MUSIQ
CD // £14.99

Kuniyuki Takahashi, sometimes known as Koss, serves a suite of future-jazz inflected House music. Dextrous musicality, a jazz passion and feel for the suavest groove put this in the path of fans of Joe Claussell etc. Nine tracks total.

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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JONNY TRUNK
Study Series 06: Animation and Interpretation
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

Another tiny package of joy from the proper on-form Ghost Box label, and this time around we find Trunk boss Jonny Trunk on the dials, eking the kind of sounds you’d expect to have found in 1963 on early episodes of Doctor Who from his jaw-dropping cache of samples. You already know that when you get your hands on anything from Trunk it’s gonna be special, but the gritty rhythmic…
HINTERMASS
Study Series 05: The Open Song Book
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

The rapidly expanding Ghost Box Study Series yields this curious 7” from new project Hintermass. A collaboration between Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) and Tim Felton of Seeland, it’s a guileless and ultimately very charming excursion into hauntological pop, with proper vocals and everything! An obvious comparison is to the space age bachelor pad gear of early Broadcast, Pram and Stereolab, though Felton’s vocal register and ‘Are You Watching’’s unashamedly…
JERRY KING
Auctioneer
THIRD MAN
7″ // £6.49

“Third Man Records is ecstatic to announce its latest additions to its spoken word/instructional Green Series. From the depths of Fletcher, North Carolina are the exciting auctioneering sounds of Jerry King. Whether it’s farm equipment, real estate, vintage autos or homemade baked goods, Jerry has skills it takes not only to sell these disparate items, but does so with such a smooth delivery that his voice truly does resonate. Jerry…
AMY WALKER
Say Hello Amy
THIRD MAN
7″ // £6.49

“Joining the esteemed company of past Green Series participants BP Fallon and Conan O’Brien is Amy Walker. Amy is an actress who has made quite a name for herself as an expert in the field of replicating accents from all over the globe, as evidenced by the over 5 millions views of her “21 Accents” video on YouTube not to mention appearances on the Today Show and Inside Edition. On…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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TEENGIRL FANTASY
Cheaters Remixes
HIVERN
12″ // £8.99

Unimpeachable hands-in-the-air anthem from Teengirl Fantasy, backed with remixes by John Talabot and Beautiful Swimmers. many will know ‘Cheaters’ as the closing stroke of their debut album ‘7AM’, but now it’s here in all its soul belting glory, on on turquoise vinyl to boot! Turn her over and you’ll find John Talabot’s classic vocal refix, dropping the tempo and giving that furnace blast vocal enough oxygen to burn while the…
MODERNE
Moderne / L’Espionne Aimait La Musique
Minimal Wave
2LP // £29.99

A real rare find from the Minimal Wave label, joining Moderne’s 1980 and 1981 albums ‘Moderne’ and ‘L’Espionne Amait La Musique’ to far exceed your RDA of awesome synth music. The group were formed in Tours, France in 1979 and would only record these two albums plus two more singles, but quite remarkably both albums were mixed and recorded by Joschko Rudas and Henning Schmitz at Studio Rudas Düsseldorf, the…
GYRATORY SYSTEM
New Harmony (Album)
Angular Recording Corporation
CD // £10.49

You’ve got to hand it to Gyratory System – their flighty, playful electronica is nothing if not unique. This, their second album, painstakingly assembled by producer/trumpeter Andrew Blick, feels in the main like a willfully cartoonish take on the steam-powered industrial cut-ups and avant-electro-funk of Cabaret Voltaire and Test Dept, but there are all kinds of unlikely and beguiling tangents to behold: opener ‘Lost On The King’s Road’ recalls Coil’s…
CEEPHAX ACID CREW
The Unstoppable Phax Machine
030303 Records
12″ // £7.99

Bringing you the true sound of Chelmsford Acid, Ceephax drops six stimulating tabs of the cheeky stuff on 030303. A-side you’ll find the frenzied melodies of ‘South Bank’, a moment of synthesised beetles drama on ‘Testing Ground’ and the discordant thrust of ‘Nigel Ringtone’. Flip over and ‘Refresher’ steps up to rockin’ electro mode next to the grandeur of ‘Russia’ and the barking ‘Woof Acid’.
HOLY GHOST!
Holy Ghost!
DFA
CD // £13.99

Debut album time from DFA’s NYC-based disco-pop unit, Holy Ghost!. Their eponymous LP entry features guest vocals from legendary soul singer Michael McDonald, Luke Jenner from The Rapture and Chris Glover of Penguin Prison set to expertly executed modern disco anthems. Includes a fold out credits/poster.
HOLY GHOST!
Holy Ghost!
DFA
2LP // £20.99

Debut album time from DFA’s NYC-based disco-pop unit, Holy Ghost!. Their eponymous LP entry features guest vocals from legendary soul singer Michael McDonald, Luke Jenner from The Rapture and Chris Glover of Penguin Prison set to expertly executed modern disco anthems. Includes a fold out credits/poster.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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WAX
No. 40004
WAX
12″ // £6.99

Fresh outta Shed’s Berlin matrix, two optimized Techno-House killers! A-side whips dancers into shape with proper early ’90s Detroit styles, all cracking hanclaps, fizzing hi-hats and a Reese style sub for your behind. B-side is a bit more pumping and dubby, with deftly diffused dub chords and hydraulickin’ bass pressure. Like all the other wax sessions, this is pretty much an essential purchase. Sick twelve.
JEFF MILLS
Something In The Sky Pt. 7
SOMETHING IN THE SKY
12″ // £8.99

Seventh edition of Something In the Sky finds Jeff Mills digging deeper into his X-files cabinet. As with all previous SITS 12″s there’s no tracklisting, just a dope centre label and four tracks of stratosphere-scouting Techno. There’s two tracks on here which just demand attention: one stripped and tribalist timbered killer and a mystical pizzicato string number. make sure to check his ‘The Power’ album also out this week.
JULIO BASHMORE
Father Father
Futureboogie Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Julio Bashmore blesses the aptly titled FutureBoogie Recordings with their first release, the sweetened House swinger ‘Father Father’ featuring Javeon McCarthy. Leading on from his ‘Everyone Needs A Theme Tune’ anthem, it sticks with the more sultry pacing and Deeply Housed vibe, where tickled hi-hats gasp over batty pattin’ Chicago kicks and plangent cowbells while the bassline ties itself in slippery knots and Javeon’s vocal lifts your soul in fine…
DJ QU
Gymnastics – Part A/B
Strength Music
12″ // £8.99

Parts A & B of DJ Qu’s ‘Gymnastics album, released in three limited vinyl parts. Since 2007 this guy has become one of the most distinguished deep House producers of an NYC-based generation including his peers Levon Vincent and Jus-Ed. This first installment features four supremely lush, deep and heavy grooving House tracks, from the luxurious keys of ‘First Down’ to the hypnotic Latin-Techno of ‘Juicy Fruit’ not he A-side,…
DJ QU
Gymnastics – Part C/D
Strength Music
12″ // £8.99

Parts C & D of DJ Qu’s ‘Gymnastics album, released in three limited vinyl parts. Since 2007 this guy has become one of the most distinguished deep House producers of an NYC-based generation including his peers Levon Vincent and Jus-Ed. This plate opens with jazz-greased roll of ‘Slydin Thru’ and the brilliant tribalist reduction of ‘Mud The Congo’, pure voodoo drums for the DJs and the dancers!!! Flipside ‘Step Back…
DJ QU
Gymnastics – Part E/F
Strength Music
12″ // £8.99

Parts E & F of DJ Qu’s ‘Gymnastics album, released in three limited vinyl parts. Since 2007 this guy has become one of the most distinguished deep House producers of an NYC-based generation including his peers Levon Vincent and Jus-Ed. the final section of his album seduces with the darkly dubbed and sexual grip of ‘Thrilla’, next to a sophisticated contribution from Edward McKeithen on ‘Jus-Ed’s Aerial’. Meanwhile, the flipside…
JOY OF SOUND
Image Fades Away
MAHOGANI MUSIC
12″ // £9.99

Authentically soulful House music from Detroit trio Marvin Belton, Vincent Halliburton and James Thomas aka Joy Of Sound Productions. This is destined to be classic Mahogani material, setting a laid-back and sun-soaked mood with the live rhodes, bass and shuffling downbeats of ‘Image Fades Away (R&B Mix)’, and adding some criss conga propulsion on a Deep House Cut version. Turn over and you’ll find the more driven joys of ‘Body…
ATA
Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 7
Playhouse
CD // £8.99

Robert Johnson, Playhouse and Klang Elektronik CEO, ATA, curates the seventh ‘Live at…’ volume with an expert selection of synthpop and ’80s Italo club grooves. A DJ of over 25 years experience, Atanasios Christos Macias has helmed the infamous Frankfurt club since its inception in 1999, so there’s no doubt he knows what works on the ‘floor. His mix is all about the tunes, not the mixing. Each track simply…
DJ JUS ED
Next Level
Underground Quality
2LP // £16.99

Vinyl version of Ed’s ‘Next Level’ album, featuring seven cherry-picked tracks over two plates. With a sincerity and passion which can’t be knocked, Jus-Ed makes raw, stripped and hypnotic House music aware of its roots but firmly in the here and now. Highlights of the first plate have gotta be the electro-plated bass riffs of ‘Dub Project 2′ and the moody deep transportation of ’20 Below’, besides ‘Marcos Love’ and…
COTTAM
Sunrise Sunset
USE OF WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

Virulent acid bangers with a Drag twist courtesy of Cottam, and backed with Hunee and Deep Space Orchestra remixes. Spread over the A-side ‘Sunrise Sunset’ commits to a 100bpm jack in typical Cottam style, layering up fierce but melodic 303 tweaks with a strangely soulful integrity. On the flip Glasgow’s Deep Space Orchestra follow recent releases on Foto, Art and Winding Road with a slightly more uptempo version rearranged with…
JEFF MILLS
The Power
Axis
CD // £19.99

‘The Power’ is the third chapter in Jeff’s “saga” started with ‘The Sleeper Wakes’ and ‘The Occurrence’. It’s accompanied by a fairly pulpy, Philip K Dick-esque Sci-Fi short story supposing themes of time, space travel and technology in the CD insert, but the sonic aesthetic is unmistakably Millsian. Like he does with three turntables in the live arena, Jeff weaves engrossing, dramatic, abstract narratives with his banks of synths and…
AGORIA
Fabric 57: Agoria
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Jeez, just one look at the tracklist for this and you should be sold! The hugely respected French DJ has crafted a finely layered and deeply engrossing selection running the gamut from Vainqueur to Ella Fitzgerald and all bases in between. Features cherry picked specials from Moritz Von Oswald, Jerome Sydenham & Joe Claussell, Clara Moto, DJ Tazz, DJ Kaos, Sun Ra and His Mythic Science Orchestra, Infiniti, Cottam, Mark…
PSYCATRON
People In Glass Houses
Tresor
12″ // £5.99

Stylishly pumping Techno from Belfast’s Psycatron, following big room killers on Planet E’s Guilty Pleasures, Cocoon, and R&S. A-side features the stealthily building ‘People In Glass Houses (Lateral Thinker Mix)’ built on robust toms and slinky jacking 909s. The original mix is a little more Housed-up and shaking, followed by the ‘Channel Basic Tool’ mix, dropping the beats an wave-shaping some wicked Dub chord licks.

 

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SOHAIL RANA
Khyber Mail
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

Another sterling discovery from the unstoppable musical magpies over at Finders Keepers, this time the glistening early electronic fusions of pioneering Pakistani film and pop composer, Sohail Rana. As the son of renowned Urdu poet Rana Akbar Abadi, Sohail was born into a respected family in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1938. Achieving his qualifications in Karachi, and following chance meeting with media mogul and soon-to-be longterm collaborator Waheed Murad, he…
SOHAIL RANA
Khyber Mail
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

Another sterling discovery from the unstoppable musical magpies over at Finders Keepers, this time the glistening early electronic fusions of pioneering Pakistani film and pop composer, Sohail Rana. As the son of renowned Urdu poet Rana Akbar Abadi, Sohail was born into a respected family in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1938. Achieving his qualifications in Karachi, and following chance meeting with media mogul and soon-to-be longterm collaborator Waheed Murad, he…
EBO TAYLOR
Life Stories
Strut
2CD // £13.99

Following his first international release, ‘Love And Death’, Strut offer a long overdue definitive compilation of Ebo’s seminal 1970s recordings. ‘Life Stories’ revisits the heyday of Taylor’s work, focusing on his solo albums and lesser known side projects such as the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. It also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and…
EBO TAYLOR
Life Stories
Strut
2LP // £20.99

Following his first international release, ‘Love And Death’, Strut offer a long overdue definitive compilation of Ebo’s seminal 1970s recordings. ‘Life Stories’ revisits the heyday of Taylor’s work, focusing on his solo albums and lesser known side projects such as the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. It also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and…