Nov 252011
 

Hello,

In a ridiculously strong week for new releases, Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young’s ‘Stay Asleep’ looms large over proceedings. It’s a record that has dominated our office listening since arrival, spilling unheimlich synth sounds and glutinous bass around sparse and blunted drums set somewhere between Raime and Photek’s ‘Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu’. Frankly, it’s one of the very best records of this, or any ilk in 2011 – we urge you to check it out.

Despite only releasing two singles to date, Raime’s reputation is inversely proportional to their output. Their third 12″ ‘Hennail’ is an exquisite distillation of their shadily disclosed influences, isolating elements of hardcore Jungle, militant Industrial and swooning Post-Punk, before moulding them into something utterly modern and deeply affective. Initial copies come in a printed ultra-gloss LP-style sleeve – these just ain’t gonna last.

Continuing a rarified, arcane theme across this week’s recommendations, Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ presents Nurse With Wound’s incredible transformations of Sunn 0)))’s ‘The Iron Soul Of Nothing’. Within, Potter and Stapleton find a purgatory betwixt drone Metal atmospheres and more miasmic ambience, yielding a genuinely jaw-dropping listen, with packaging to match.

And hovering around more celestial climes, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel (Rachel Evans) and Nova Scotian Arms (Grant Evans), offer a sumptuous LP through Belgium’s Aguirre imprint. Grant’s half is one of the best we’ve heard from him, romantic and sincerely wide-eyed, while Rachel’s is typically lush and blissed out, making use of those ethereal, spine-tingling vocals in a beautifully submerged and fuggy fashion.

Mark Fell records are ever welcome round ours, especially so his ‘Periodic orbits of a dynamic system …’ for Editions Mego. Unlike his previous material, this one’s structured around two 23-minute pieces and comprises some of his most scrambled yet accessible works to date. His fans will have giddy fingers at the mere sight of a new record, you know what to do.

Ekoplekz, meanwhile, returns with a super limited 7″ for the Snug Life imprint – made in a run of just 100 copies for the world. The original is a wicked, bilgy piece of lowland jak, while the ‘So Allein Replekz’ guts it and leaves the entrails flanging in a darkside chamber dub.

Like we said up top, it’s a really choice week for new stuff, but we neglected the old. ‘White Savage Dance’ is a remarkable collection of vintage, nascent productions by the elder statesman of UK Techno, Karl O’Connor aka Regis in his Sandra Electronics guise. If you’re only familiar with his dancefloor productions this may be a shocking listen, but if you’re aware of his tastes, you’ll hear echoes of the Cab’s, T.G, The Normal and DAF, all conducted with a pure, darkside elegance which is hard to mistake for anyone else. It’s a huge recommendation, as if it needed saying!

Throbbing Gristle, meanwhile, complete the first phase of their colossal reissue programme with the arrival of ‘Greatest Hits’, reissued for the first time in 30 years in limited runs, entirely remastered and with restored artwork, plus an additional CD’s worth of extra material.

Oh aye, maybe we’ll just quickly mention: we’ve got a few boxes-worth of mint, unplayed original 1989 copies My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Ecstasy And Wine’ LP for the taking. Enough said. First come…

Finally a couple of dancefloor aces from Zomby and Egyptrixx. Fresh from his 4AD album, Zomby gives the label a hot plate of seven new cuts spanning jungle, juke, and Bass with that inimitable UK flex, while Night Slugs’ Canadian ambassador drops his most intriguing and esoteric single to date, covering Dylan Carlson’s Earth (of all people!) on a brilliant 10″ for This Is Music’s This Is Less sub label.

Also out this week, new releases from Sandwel District, Vladislav Delay, Fulgeance, 1000names, Charlatan, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, FM3, Peter Broderick, Cotton Goods, RVNG Intl, Mr Oizo, French Fries, DVS1, Anthony Shakir, El Kid, Jeff Mills, Star Slinger, Persian, Terror Danjah, Russel Haswell vs Hecker, Soundhack plus re-presses of incredible albums from Julia Holter and The Caretaker.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



NATE YOUNG
Stay Asleep (Regression Vol. 2)
ELECTRONIC
NNA TAPES
LP // £14.99

*We’ve just not been able to stop listening to this amazing album from Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young – an immense collection of dark, atmospheric synth constructions that sound like an unholy mix of Demdike Stare, Fabio Frizzi, Wolf Eyes and Photek’s seminal “Ni – Ten – Ichi – Ryu” stripped of its beats* Nate Young’s ‘Regression’ was a marked departure for the Wolf Eyes man – not just from the teeth-chattering noise his disciples are so familiar with, but also from his previous solo efforts. The horror-movie influenced synth and tape manipulations displayed a development of sound that bypassed the white noise he might have been associated with, but in volume rather than mood – and ‘Stay Asleep’ sees a similar shift. At no point does the record reach cacophonous volumes, but the effect is as moody and unsettling a record as you’re likely to hear all year. Not the sort of thing you’d expect on NNA I hear you say? Well think again – these are deftly modern synthesizer constructions, and while harrowingly dark (think Friday 13th / Fabio Frizzi axis) retain an air of the new that smashes the retro/nostalgia jams of Umberto or Xander Harris to tiny pieces. Young is a tried and tested expert in music that seeps from the gutters of US subculture, and ‘Stay Asleep’ is his most assured statement to date with its slippery synthesized leads and heaving basslines. In another life this might be placed alongside the academic electronic works Delia Derbyshire, but Young operates in a parallel universe far removed from our own, away from the trappings of taste or trend. All that’s left to do is sit back and absorb these alien transmissions, and marvel at the strength of character and originality once again displayed by this ever intriguing artist.



SUNN O))) MEETS NURSE WITH WOUND
The Iron Soul Of Nothing
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Ideologic Organ
2LP // £19.99

This is an album of Nurse With Wound remixes of Sunn 0))). You shouldn’t need any further inducement to buy it, but hey, we’ll indulge you…These are NWW versions of Sunn’s ØØVOID LP, and first appeared as a bonus disc on the 2008 Japan edition of the album; Stephen O’Malley has now dusted them down for a dedicated vinyl release on his Ideologic Organ imprint. It’s a clash of the titans, yes, but the results are more pensive and subtle than you might expect: Stephen Stapleton and Colin Potter zone in on the ambient character of the source material, and bring to it their own expertise in that field: the miasmic drones of Dsnystaxis have more in common with The Caretaker or GAS than metal, while ‘Ash On The Trees’ brings Pete Stahl’s imploring vocal – virtually inaudible in the original track – right to the fore, only to submerge it in a swamp of mercilessly reverbed SOMA guitar, smashed glass and digital shrapnel. If, like us, you have a soft spot for Nurse but have spent the last two decades craving something as considered, engrossing and creepily beautiful as their ’88 masterpiece Soliloquy For Lilith (also O’Malley’s favourite release of theirs, apparently), then it’s fair to say your time has come. Jaw-droppingly good.



MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL / NOVA SCOTIAN ARMS
Crystal Anniversary
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300 copies only * Husband/wife synthesists and nu-New Age dreamers Grant and Rachel Evans commemorate their crystal anniversary with a lush split in their solo guises. As Nova Scotian Arms, Grant contributes the magical, deeply arresting ‘Navigation (Devotional)’ to the A-side. It’s one of the most impressive pieces we’ve heard by him, charting a dramatic, rolling topography of Kosmische astral projections, gravity-defying synth harmonics and passages of mind-bending electronic chaos with a steady hand and romantic vision. B-side Rachel appears as Motion Sickness Of Time Travel with two beautiful pieces: ‘Censer’ is a pop-wise meditation on sustained synth chords and cascading, heavenly vocals, while ‘Lotus Flower’ is a longer segment of copulating drones and fluid, bloopy textures conducted with a mystical, female sensuality.



MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Ecstasy And Wine (Original 1989 pressing!)
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
LAZY RECORDS
LP // £19.99

Wow, well that was unexpected. “Ecstasy And Wine” was originally released in 1989 and compiles the ‘Strawberry Wine’ EP and the “Ecstasy” mini-album, both originally released in 1987. It’s an amazing 10-track document of the band’s earliest recordings and predates their better known recordings for Creation. Now, over 20 years later, Kevin Shields has unearthed a stash of mint, unplayed, original copies, still in the sealed pressing plant boxes they were originally shipped in. We have very limited copies available from that original stock – an unmissable opportunity to grab yourself a slice of British music history in its original, vintage form.



MARK FELL
Periodic orbits of a dynamic system related to a knot
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Mark Fell is on a roll right now, and his latest offering is as conceptually considered and sonically visceral as we’ve come to expect. Periodic Orbits Of A Dynamic System Related To A LP consists of two 23-minute pieces (entitled simply ‘This Side’ and ‘That Side’) that riff on past material – including an outtake from his recent Multistability LP, a quadraphonic piece composed for the Supersimetria event in Barcelona earlier this year, live versions of previously released and unreleased tracks. Fell describes it as an “almost-live-album”: it was entirely written, mixed and edited with MIDI, and features three modified ’80s Yamaha presets; it also happens to contain some of his most accessible and melodic constructions to date. Few people are capable of bringing such depth and charisma to hardcore electronic music, and we can safely say that Periodic Orbits is essential tackle for fans of the brain-scrambling stuff.



THROBBING GRISTLE
Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits (2011 Reissue)
ELECTRONIC
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

*2011 Remastered reissue – includes a bonus disc plus 2 previously unreleased mixes from the 80s’* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl – The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Records visual archive. In addition each of the vinyl releases include an exclusive large format 8-page colour booklet featuring an abundance of Throbbing Gristle archival material, including some previously unpublished photos of the band. Each vinyl release is limited to 2000 copies. COMPACT DISC Each of the CD special-editions are presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring restored and remastered cover artworks and an integrated 8-page booklet (* the booklets feature different artworks and content to the vinyl editions). While the CD releases feature the same track count and running order as the vinyl editions each CD special-edition also includes an exclusive bonus CD containing content from the year of the albums original release. This additional content includes TG live tracks and remastered singles. The Greatest Hits CD special-edition also includes two previously unreleased Throbbing Gristle mixes from the 1980s’. CD Tracklist Disc 1 1/Hamburger Lady 2/Hot OnThe Heels Of Love 3/Subhuman 4/AB/7A 5/Six Six Sixties 6/Blood On The Floor 7/20 Jazz Funk Greats 8/Tiab Guls 9/United 10/What A Day 11/Adrenalin Disc 2 01/The Old Man Smiled (Alternative Mix) Previously Unreleased 02/Zyklon B Zombie – 7″ Single 03/Dead On Arrival 04/We Hate You (Little Girls) 05/Five Knuckle Shuffle – 7″ Single 06/Discipline (Berlin – Edit) -12″ Single 07/Persuasion 08/AB7A (AB7B Mix) Previously Unreleased 09/Distant Dreams (Part Two) – 7” Single



JULIA HOLTER
Tragedy (Limited Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Leaving Records
LP // £15.99

*Second pressing of quite honestly one of the best albums of any description you’ll hear in 2011 housed in custom Metallic Silver Jackets designed by: Jesselisa Moretti and hand-stamped, hand-stickered centre-labels* Julia Holter is one of the most singular female artists we’ve encountered from the current groundswell of American indies. Leaving Records is possibly an unusual home for her latest, but then again, what’s “usual” about Sun Araw, Matthewdavid or Dem Hunger? Her high concept fifth release, ‘Tragedy’ is based on the Ancient Greek play ‘Hippolytus’, and mixes elements of synth work with droning neo-classical strings, cloud-like ambience and dreamily surreal vocals, almost like an amalgam of Robert Ashley, Maria Minerva and Laurie Anderson. There’s very little else out there right now with this sort of ambition, and most importantly, such a shockingly effective sense of wonder. A stunning, stunning album and an absolute must regardless of the kind of music you usually listen to. *Please note that this is a hand-assembled LP that comes in a custom jacket – even the centre labels have been hand-stamped and stickered. As a result the record has a handmade feel to it and should not be bought by those of you who like your pressings and sleeves flawless. Personally we find the whole thing adds to the charm (our copy has a centre label that kinda peels off, and the pressing certainly isn’t the cleanest we’ve ever heard ) – so if that’s not your bag then please steer clear. To the rest of you – enjoy!*

Singles of the Week



RAIME
HENNAIL
ELECTRONIC
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

*Strictly limited Initial copies come in a thick-spined LP-style printed sleeve* Blackest Ever Black’s dysphoric duo present their most exquisitely realised single. A year in the making, ‘Hennail’ renders their illicit sound with an ever finer appreciation of tonal subtlety and tendon-tightening rhythmic dynamism. Their influences – militant, misanthropic post punk, hydraulic hardcore jungle and wasteland ambience – are more explicit than ever, yet utterly dissolute from the mass. On ‘Told And Collapsed’ the drums hang and swoon with a filigree syncopation owing as much to The Danse Society as Source Direct, while vein-popping industrial hollers are inverted deep into the matrix, beautifully accenting the track’s barely-repressed violence at the most crucial, tongue biting moments. On ‘You Will Lift Your Frame Clear’ shuddering bass takes precedence, desecrating their soundsphere with a noxious, choking presence giving license to the onset of cenobite synth sighs and awning strings which subliminally ratchet the terror levels to startling degrees. Play it as loud as you can take…



EKOPLEKZ / DRVG CVLTVRE
Snug02
ELECTRONIC
SNUG LIFE
7″ // £6.99

*Strictly limited copies – just 100 of these have been made* Promising new imprint Snug Life finally kick-start their run of limited releases with a two-track 45 of blasted post-industrial beat-offs by Ekoplekz and Drvg Cvltvre. The label are proposing a series of 7″, CD and DVD releases from the likes of Leyland Kirby, Cosmic Dennis Greenridge and Vindicatrix and more in coming months, and if this one is anything to go by, the quality of tunes and curation should be impressive. First up, with ‘Like Cattle You Run’ Drvg Cvltvre (fka Ra-X) hits a sodden rut of effluent electronics on sounding like KPLR-meets-Madteo deep under the influence of some untested  Dutch pharmaceuticals. Flipside Ekoplekz’s ‘So Allein Replekz’ inversion is far more destroyed, extruding your third ear thru flanging, echoic chamber dub noise sounding somewhere between Kevin Drumm and something off Laurel Halo’s ‘Antenna’ tape. TIP!



KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS)
White Savage Dance
ELECTRONIC
DOWNWARDS
12″ // £6.49

*First pressing Includes postcard + A4 insert with extensive sleevenotes by Tony Burnham aka Antonym* ‘White Savage Dance’ collects five seminal recordings by Karl O’Connor (Regis) as Sandra Electronics made between 1986 and 1999. They document the very earliest years of a canonical artist and his nascent experiments influenced by late ’70s electro, post punk and European Industrial – from Robert Rental to DAF, Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire – which would lay the foundations for a wealth of inspirational, definitive Techno productions. The A-side features three calcium and vitamin C-deficient tracks dating to 1986-88: the hypnotic, wheezing synths and dry rhythms of ‘Clean Air’ from 1986, beside the scrawny, phet-infused german version, and clenched english version of ‘Here And Now’ from 1988. The mindset and aesthetic is caustic, stripped-searched and sly but not without a prototypical form of the dark elegance which would come to define his later work. The flipside tracks ‘I Understand’ and ‘A Man Has Responsibilties’ came about a decade later and feature Karl’s spiky brummie vocals set to brittle, mechanical drums played by Go Go Girl and recalling the stripped-down repetitions of his heroes DAF. In total, these tracks isolate an essence of urging, prodding funk and punkish noise which has been integral to certain strains of the techno lineage since rockabilly and found thru Can, the Cab’s and right up to the likes of Powell nowadays. Essential works – a must for Regis obsessives and newbies alike.



ZOMBY
Nothing
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
4AD
12″ // £7.99

*Brand new 7-track EP, pressed up on white vinyl and housed inside embossed inner and outer sleeeves* Special request for Zomby!!! 4AD drop an addendum of sorts to one of the albums of the year, ‘Dedication’, comprising seven brand new tracks spanning ‘ardcore jungle revives, glassy digital steppers and swaggered bleeps. On a ‘ardcore tip, there’s ‘Labyrinth’ no doubt dedicated to the legendary London venue, plus the stush breakbeat twyst of ‘Sens’ and the cusp-o-the-’90s-styled freewheeler ‘Ecstasy Versions’. Steppin’ melancholy, there’s the austere, finger-poppin’ ‘Digital Fractal’, the tucked-in, Arabesque roller ‘It Was All A Dream’ and the iced-out, Kuedo-styled stunner ‘Trapdoor’. Limited copies!



EGYPTRIXX
Old Black feat. Oh Bijou
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
This Is Less Music
10″ // £6.99

A bit unexpected this – Night Slugs dude Egyptrixx and pals, Ohbijou, cover Dylan Carlson’s Earth song ‘Old Black’!? Backed with the equally experimental, yet more dancefloor-oriented ‘Hiawatha’ it comprises his most intriguing and esoteric release to date, succinctly melding a shiny electro aesthetic with more bruised drone/shoegaze textures in a strange, syncretic union. Floor Toms and rusted railway rhythms swirl with electronics, guitars and cooing vocals somewhere between A.C. Marias and Tropic Of Cancer on the cover version, transposing the windswept intent to a more artificial framework but keeping the dramatic quality intact. Flipside, the deranged ‘Hiawatha’ finds a more urging hybrid of sculpted guitar noise and snapping 808 augmentations with whisky-faced synth dissonance, frothing slightly at the mouth and locked into glazed-eye swing. It’s remarkably bewitching and highly recommended.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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VLADISLAV DELAY
Vantaa
Raster Noton
CD // £13.99

Striking new album from Sasu Ripatti on Raster-Noton, the first of a projected series for the label. It comes not long after the Vladislav Delay Quartet LP on Honest Jon’s, but there’s no avant-jazz or caustic power electronics to be heard on Vantaa – instead, the kind of clotted, dub-wise techno abstraction that blew us away on his recent Latoma EP, and which he’s been both refining and complicating over…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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STAR SLINGER
Dumbin’
Wichita Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Hard to believe but this is the first official solo single by Star Slinger, the hotly-tipped producer who’s already released a handful of singles and remixed everyone from Gold Panda to Washed Out. The original ‘Dumbin’ plays out a glitched R&B rhythm with all the hi-tech tweaks and nudges you’d expect from this fella, but to be honest we prefer the ’90s R&B-Pop inflections of the Deep Mix. There’s also…
1000NAMES
Machine City EP
Svetlana
12″ // £5.49

New heat on Svetlana Industries from Bulgarian duo Casio Blaster and 99 Mistakes aka 1000names. It’s a hard sound to pin-down, hip-hop instrumentals that favour stiff techno precision over corner-boy slouch: A-side ‘La Boheme’ comes over like G-friendly italo; ‘Planet Video’ is similarly electro-attuned, but is breezier, frequently threatening to shift up to footwork-speed but keeping it locked down to mid-pace throughout. On the title track, what sounds like a…
DIRG GERNER
Preface EP
Ho Tep Records
12″ // £6.99

Ho Tep, the harder-to-define offspring of Eglo Records, introduces a new artist by the name of Dirk Gerner with his debut, the ‘Preface EP’. Styles are more soulful, jazzy, for this one, following the boogie-riddled dancefloor output of Letherette, Mau’lin and Throwing Snow. Floating Points’ vocalist of choice, Fatima, lends a sophisticated vocal to the burnished downbeats of opener ‘Rubies & Diamonds’, while Olmino imbues the spacious rhythms and neon…
FULGEANCE
To All Of You
MELTING POT MUSIC
CD // £10.99

Debut album business from one of France’s premier neck-snappers! ‘To All Of You’ arrives after an impeccable series of releases over the last four years, at once distilling and expanding on the ideas of his three aces for Musique Large and the idiosyncratic beatcraft of his All City and One-Handed Music 12″s. Kinda like a stoned Mr. Oizo or a dafter Dorian Concept, his debut album feels like a coherent…
FULGEANCE
To All Of You
MELTING POT MUSIC
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download card for the full album plus bonus remixes – redeemable from the label** *Includes download coupon for full album and bonus remixes redeemable from the label* Debut album business from one of France’s premier neck-snappers! ‘To All Of You’ arrives after an impeccable series of releases over the last four years, at once distilling and expanding on the ideas of his three aces for Musique Large and…
BOTANY
Feeling Today EP
Western Vinyl
CD // £9.99

Botany is Spencer Stephenson’s alter ego for a gauzy, slightly hypnagogic blend of instrumental Hip Hop, washed-out modern psych and bliss-pop. It represents the sweeter, more indie-melodic end of the spectrum to say the Leaving Records crew, conducted with a wide-eyed, maybe naive sense of wonder that’s endearing in its honesty, perhaps like a more smudged, hippy-ish version of Gold Panda’s glistening cleaner contours. It’s a dense an ephemeral collection…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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SUNN O))) MEETS NURSE WITH WOUND
The Iron Soul Of Nothing
Ideologic Organ
2LP // £19.99

This is an album of Nurse With Wound remixes of Sunn 0))). You shouldn’t need any further inducement to buy it, but hey, we’ll indulge you…These are NWW versions of Sunn’s ØØVOID LP, and first appeared as a bonus disc on the 2008 Japan edition of the album; Stephen O’Malley has now dusted them down for a dedicated vinyl release on his Ideologic Organ imprint. It’s a clash of the…
JE SUIS LE PETIT CHEVALIER
L’Enfant Sauvage
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

Felicia Atkinson has cropped up on a number of releases for Home Normal, Hibernate and others throughout 2011, but saved her most involving work for this Aguirre side as Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier. The French/Belgian artist places herself in the midst of the forestdrone set – think Grouper, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Ekin Fil – with ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’, summoning two improvised sides of bleak ambience, veiled vocalising and…
MUGSTAR
Serra – Distant Sun I & II (Remixed by Robert Hampson)
AGITATED
Mini LP // £13.99

*Green vinyl. Edition of 800* Following up their ‘Lime’ album for Important, Liverpool’s psychedelic rock unit Mugstar have enlisted notorious former Loop frontman Robert Hampson to remix album track ‘Serra’. What they, and you, get is an epic, 39-minute overhaul. The first 19 minutes or so concentrate on the cyclical krautrock rhythms, sounding kinda like some long lost session recording from an Alpine commune circa ’73; one long Head-feeding stretch…
ROGELIO SOSA
Raudales
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

“Rogelio Sosa was born in Mexico City in 1977. His work explores a wide range of aspects that deal with sound morphology, structures of auditory reference, intensification of the acoustic space and performativity. His projects include solo and collective improvisations, music compositions, sound actions and sound installations. All of these are produced using electronic media. He started studying musical composition with Julio Estrada and then electroacoustic music at the Ateliers…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ESCORT
Escort
TIRK
2LP // £10.49

**Collects all five impeccable singles by New York’s revered neo-disco trio** “Escort burst onto the scene in 2006 with a string of critically acclaimed 12″s that included future classics ‘Starlight’ and ‘All Through The Night’, both DJ staples that still get plenty of play on dancefloors. As DJs nursed their electro-clash hangover with a seemingly never ending stream of disco edits, Escort stood out, in part, by creating dance music…
POCKET FEAT. STEVE KILBEY
Here In Noiseville (Justus Kohncke / Brioski Mixes)
TIRK
12″ // £5.99

*Includes Justus Kohncke remix* “Pocket is the snappy moniker of NYC based Richard Jankovich. As the principal creative mind behind the based electro-pop band Burnside Project he is not just well versed in top notch original production but also is an in-demand remixer (Beck, Radiohead, Kristin Hersh, Of Montreal, Joanna Newsom and many others). His debut release on Tirk is the ever-so-tuneful ‘Here In Noiseville’. In this first single Richard…
TOM CROOSE
Cho Chua
RESISTA
12″ // £7.49

Following Daphi aka Caribou’s lead, Tom Croose debuts on Resista with two heady edits of a certain Tropicalista. The New York resident first appeared on the scene with a sought-after 7″ edit of Mac’s ‘Never Going Back’, and we can easily see this one becoming equally coveted. A-side teases out the original guitar lick, mango-sweet vocal hook and simmering drums into a joyful disco trip, bringing a little spot of…
URAL THOMAS
Push ‘Em Up / Deep Within My Heart
MISSISSIPPI
7″ // £6.99

“…two great soul songs by local legend Ural Thomas recorded in 1960. “Push em, Up” is an upbeat soul stomper for the dnce floor. “Deep Within’ My heart” is a pretty ballad with eight harmonies and lots of groove. Ural is an underappreciated musician who toured opening for Otis Redding back int he day, had James Brown plagarize his style, played in countless bands in Portland & Seattle, built a…
DUB / REGGAE
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DENNIS BROWN / BRINSLEY FORDE
Let Me Down / Ghetto Warrior
NECESSARY MAYHEM RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Heavy digickal roots from the Necessary Mayhem posse. A-side features a legendary Dennis Brown vocal ‘Let me Down’ dug out the archives and placed on Curtis Lynch’s tuff but sensitive riddim. Flipside Aswad founder and Double Decker Brinsley Forde is set to to a bashier digital production on ‘Ghetto Warrior’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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ZOMBY
Nothing
4AD
12″ // £7.99

*Brand new 7-track EP, pressed up on white vinyl and housed inside embossed inner and outer sleeeves* Special request for Zomby!!! 4AD drop an addendum of sorts to one of the albums of the year, ‘Dedication’, comprising seven brand new tracks spanning ‘ardcore jungle revives, glassy digital steppers and swaggered bleeps. On a ‘ardcore tip, there’s ‘Labyrinth’ no doubt dedicated to the legendary London venue, plus the stush breakbeat twyst…
EGYPTRIXX
Old Black feat. Oh Bijou
This Is Less Music
10″ // £6.99

A bit unexpected this – Night Slugs dude Egyptrixx and pals, Ohbijou, cover Dylan Carlson’s Earth song ‘Old Black’!? Backed with the equally experimental, yet more dancefloor-oriented ‘Hiawatha’ it comprises his most intriguing and esoteric release to date, succinctly melding a shiny electro aesthetic with more bruised drone/shoegaze textures in a strange, syncretic union. Floor Toms and rusted railway rhythms swirl with electronics, guitars and cooing vocals somewhere between A.C….
VARIOUS / PLANET MU
Bangs & Works Vol.2 (The Best Of Chicago Footwork)
Planet Mu
3LP // £14.99

**Includes free MP3 download code redeemable from the label** As promised, Planet Mu juice out another 100% killah Footwork selection, following up one of THE best records of the last 12 months. Since the release of the last volume, it’s fair to say the meme has gone global thanks to contagion carriers such as µ fam’s Kuedo and Machinedrum, and no doubt the awesome tours by DJs Spinn & Rashad…
KINGDOM
Dreama EP
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Night Slugs’ east coast soldier comes with four forward BASS hybrids. Like Bok Bok’s take on UK Grime and House flavours, Kingdom brings a crucially detached approach to a more American flavoured palette, folding R&B, Footwork and Club-ready House in his ultra-synthetic, heat-seeking fusions. On his third full single he’s riding with slow and sticky instrumental R&B on ‘Let You No’, spilling neon synth juice all o’er booming 808s and…
PERSIAN
Feel Da Vibe
EXISTENCE IS RESISTANCE
12″ // £7.99

4-track rudee featuring the deeply infectious ‘Feel Da Vibe’, as played by Four Tet on his Fabriclive mix! As the story goes, the original release was so obscure that Kieran Hebden had to track down a kindly Discogs user to rip the track from wax for him, but due to popular demand following widespread acclaim for the CD and his track in particular, Persian has self-released this beauty on wax….
FATIMA AL QADIRI
Genre-Specific Xperience
UNO NYC
Mini LP // £11.99

Weeks after bewitching us as Ayshay on Tri Angle, Fatima Al Qadiri gives a superb single for the highly promising UNO imprint (recent host to music by Jacques Greene and CFCF). The NYC-based artist, musician and composer is already a favourite of Dan Lopatin and certainly has our approval at the very least, and justifiably so; she’s making some of the most arresting, avant-cyber-pop sounds we’ve heard all year. ‘Genre-Specific…
DESTO, CLOUDS & JIMI TENOR
Time Bird
502 Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Following that killer Teeth 12″, Oneman’s 502 imprint looks to Finland again with this collaboration between the new skool bass vanguard, Desto and Clouds, and Sahko’s electro-jazz veteran, Jimi Tenor. Both tracks were recorded in Shanghai earlier this year, with A-side featuring Kode 9-collaborator Cha Cha gliding over the woozy trip-hop slumper ‘Time Bird’, while the flipside serves the fluid, sino-stepping electro of ‘Eightfold Path’ from Jimi Tenor and Desto,…
TERROR DANJAH
You Make Me Feel / Morph 2
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

Terror Danjah hits our R&B spot dead-on with two platinum-gilded productions for Hyperdub. No mistake, ‘You Make Me’ must surely be the most developed, beautifully realised song on his CV, setting Meleka’ diamond-sharp vocal against a backdrop of clustered finger-clicks and ultra-lush rhodes romance sounding like some seriously prime Timbaland production. Honestly, we’re a bit lost for words, this is just stunning! And as if to show he’s still a…
ALPHA STEPPA / RSD
Alpha Steppa Meets RSD
Steppas Records
12″ // £5.49

Bass-wise specials spinning on a Korea-Bristol axis. On his side Korea’s Alpha Steppa runs two authentically heavyweight Digidub steppers propelled by chest-caving 4/4 sub pressure. Flipside RSD duppies the vibe via unfeasibly powerful low end and ultra-spacious dubbing delivered with a rudeboy stance.
BIOME
Propaganda
Osiris Music UK
12″ // £6.49

Mightily impressive halfstep killer from Manchester souljah, Biome. It follows in swift succession from the elevated levels of his ‘Space’ ace for Black Box with a showcase of dynamically diffused, Hardcore Dubstep minimalism. Simply, ‘Propaganda’ is an expertly engineered weapon. Heard on headphones the paucity of elements leaves crucial room for movement, and Biome uses all the available space to make his sounds snarl, boom and smack from every angle….
DCULT / KRYTIKAL / FUSED FORCES / VARIOUS
Area Music Volume 1
Area Recordings
2×12″ // £11.99

“The fifth release on Area Music introduces six new artists to the roster. Essex’s DCult travels a narrow path between light and dark while Australia’s 3rdeye entwine sweet ethereal beauty with hard pulsating beats. Aeon is a Croation bass music producer who makes use of sweet vocals, lush pads, stuttering percussion, weighty drums and a pulsing bassline, while Safire is an Australian producer lurking at the deep end of tech-funk…
HATTI VATTI
You EP
New Moon Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Emosh, mechanized dubstep moves from this Polish producer, backed with a standout Indigo collaboration. HV’s original tracks take in cinematic digidub on ‘You’ with Cian Finn and melancholic, IDM-inflected dubstep on ‘Piranha’s Melody’, however, your interest is best warranted by the mercurial future jungle flux of ‘Typha’ with Indigo. trust us, fans of the Autonomic sound shouldn’t be disappointed with the latter.
LD
Electric
Ringo Records
2×12″ // £12.99

Double pack of Hardcore dubstep boogie from one of the scene’s most dangerously underrated producers. Even by his standards, L.D’s presence has been notably absent for the last 12 months but linking with Benga and Cluekid has prompted one of the most substantial and deadly releases in his armoury. The first plate is all his, from the ruff-but-smoove jungle flex of ‘Sunrise’ to the overlarge synthline pressure of ‘Ogre’ and…
V.I.V.E.K.
Soundman / Diablo
Deep Medi
12″ // £7.99

V.I.V.E.K. follows up his sterling work on the ‘Eyes Down’ doublepack and that Johnny Osborne version for Greensleeves with two stripped down and purposeful riddims. A-side ‘Soundman’ plays on a dread, minimal halfstep flex with subtle Techno elements, while B-side delivers the payload of ‘Diablo’, all arcing sci-fi synthlines and crushing subbass intensity accentuated by toiling snares.
ELECTRONIC
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NATE YOUNG
Stay Asleep (Regression Vol. 2)
NNA TAPES
LP // £14.99

*We’ve just not been able to stop listening to this amazing album from Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young – an immense collection of dark, atmospheric synth constructions that sound like an unholy mix of Demdike Stare, Fabio Frizzi, Wolf Eyes and Photek’s seminal “Ni – Ten – Ichi – Ryu” stripped of its beats* Nate Young’s ‘Regression’ was a marked departure for the Wolf Eyes man – not just from the…
RAIME
HENNAIL
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

*Strictly limited Initial copies come in a thick-spined LP-style printed sleeve* Blackest Ever Black’s dysphoric duo present their most exquisitely realised single. A year in the making, ‘Hennail’ renders their illicit sound with an ever finer appreciation of tonal subtlety and tendon-tightening rhythmic dynamism. Their influences – militant, misanthropic post punk, hydraulic hardcore jungle and wasteland ambience – are more explicit than ever, yet utterly dissolute from the mass. On…
EKOPLEKZ / DRVG CVLTVRE
Snug02
SNUG LIFE
7″ // £6.99

*Strictly limited copies – just 100 of these have been made* Promising new imprint Snug Life finally kick-start their run of limited releases with a two-track 45 of blasted post-industrial beat-offs by Ekoplekz and Drvg Cvltvre. The label are proposing a series of 7″, CD and DVD releases from the likes of Leyland Kirby, Cosmic Dennis Greenridge and Vindicatrix and more in coming months, and if this one is anything…
KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS)
White Savage Dance
DOWNWARDS
12″ // £6.49

*First pressing Includes postcard + A4 insert with extensive sleevenotes by Tony Burnham aka Antonym* ‘White Savage Dance’ collects five seminal recordings by Karl O’Connor (Regis) as Sandra Electronics made between 1986 and 1999. They document the very earliest years of a canonical artist and his nascent experiments influenced by late ’70s electro, post punk and European Industrial – from Robert Rental to DAF, Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire -…
MARK FELL
Periodic orbits of a dynamic system related to a knot
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Mark Fell is on a roll right now, and his latest offering is as conceptually considered and sonically visceral as we’ve come to expect. Periodic Orbits Of A Dynamic System Related To A LP consists of two 23-minute pieces (entitled simply ‘This Side’ and ‘That Side’) that riff on past material – including an outtake from his recent Multistability LP, a quadraphonic piece composed for the Supersimetria event in Barcelona…
THROBBING GRISTLE
Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits (2011 Reissue)
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

*2011 Remastered reissue – includes a bonus disc plus 2 previously unreleased mixes from the 80s’* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from…
THROBBING GRISTLE
Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits (2011 Reissue)
Industrial Records Ltd
LP // £12.99

*2011 issue – restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ transfers of the original tapes* “For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris…
JULIA HOLTER
Tragedy (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Leaving Records
LP // £15.99

*Second pressing of quite honestly one of the best albums of any description you’ll hear in 2011 housed in custom Metallic Silver Jackets designed by: Jesselisa Moretti and hand-stamped, hand-stickered centre-labels* Julia Holter is one of the most singular female artists we’ve encountered from the current groundswell of American indies. Leaving Records is possibly an unusual home for her latest, but then again, what’s “usual” about Sun Araw, Matthewdavid or…
FM3
HeXieFu
FM3
CD + Coin + Cards + Stickers // £15.99

*Limited to 2000 copies featuring a re-usable and re-sealable gold foil package, commemorative FM3 coin, a series of individually numbered FM3 “VIP” cards and gold metallic FM3 sticker* The packing, design and even name of HeXieFu continue FM3’s guiding design principle of using items from our daily life and repurposing them for the music and art world. HeXie means “Harmony” and Fu is one of the most used characters in…
CHARLATAN
Equinox
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300 copies for the world* Belgium’s Aguirre Records present a reissue of Brad Rose’s earliest offering as Charlatan. Most of you will require little introduction to the work of Brad Rose, his myriad solo and collaborative works or the output of his Digitalis imprint. But in case you’ve not been paying attention, his oeuvre is one of the more substantial and far reaching in the contemporary electronic underground….
REFRACTOR
Locus Suspectus
Under The Spire
LP // £13.49

*Edition of 200 copies* Jospeh Martinez aka Refractor presents twelve one-take improvisations for synthesizer. Unfortunately we’re not privy to what synthesizer that is, but we’re assured that all mixing, panning, decay and reverb are manipulated within the instrument and were mastered with no additional editing. The results recall the magical essence of much Radiophonic bloopery and the instinctively rhythmic work of say, Ekoplekz in parts, or the more roving moments…
KORALLREVEN
An Album By Korallreven
Acephale
LP // £17.99

**White vinyl – Includes digital download card redeemable from the label** Radio Dept’s Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder make good on the promise of their much-loved singles with this unmistakably lush debut album. In finest Scandinavian style, ‘An Album…’ is Korallreven’s beautifully realised attempt to escape the harsh Swedish winter by means of simulated pop bliss, referencing all manner of sun-soaked styles from Southern Rap to Balearic pop with wonderfully…
KORALLREVEN
An Album By Korallreven
Acephale
CD // £11.99

Radio Dept’s Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder make good on the promise of their much-loved singles with this unmistakably lush debut album. In finest Scandinavian style, ‘An Album…’ is Korallreven’s beautifully realised attempt to escape the harsh Swedish winter by means of simulated pop bliss, referencing all manner of sun-soaked styles from Southern Rap to Balearic pop with wonderfully immersive production values. But the biggest single influence is a trip…
BUFFALO TIDE
Arabia
HOLY MATERIALS
CD // £3.99

*Edition of 100. Includes bonus track and sticker* Finely layered IDM electronics from Buffalo Tide aka Christopher Oliver. ‘Arabia’ comprises his most substantial and best-realised work to date, four tracks (plus bonus) of sweetly melancholic composition with restrained percussive arrangement and an appreciation of spacious arrangement and layering. There’s a James Blake-esque chamber solemnity to ‘Makes The Sky Smaller’ or the spindly, field recording-infused ‘Ras Aljinz’, and the sparse elements…
EXTREME / NOISE
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RUSSELL HASWELL & FLORIAN HECKER
Kanal GENDYN
Editions Mego
LP + DVD // £24.99

*62min vinyl LP and a 25 Bit / 48 KHz DVD, with extensive sleeve notes and stills from the film* Florian Hecker and Russell Haswell present their first major collaborative release since 2007’s ‘Blackest Ever Black’ LP for Warner Classics. ‘Kanal GENDYN’ is their soundtrack to an unscored film, ‘Kanal Video’ by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss, which documents an hour long ‘ride’ through Zurich’s sewer…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / MISSISSIPPI
Last Time Around
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £13.99

Part three of three in Mississippi’s series of raw, unadulterated Gospel musics spanning 1950s to the 1980s taken from the Tompkins Square compilation ‘Fire In My Bones’. Like part 1 ‘Life Is A Problem’ and part 2 ‘Oh Graveyard, You Can’t Hold Me Always’ the music within is consistently timeless and deeply, unmistakably soulful, from Rev. Roger L Worthy & His Sister Bonnie’s dubbed-out ballad ‘Gert Back Satan’ to Bishop…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL / NOVA SCOTIAN ARMS
Crystal Anniversary
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300 copies only * Husband/wife synthesists and nu-New Age dreamers Grant and Rachel Evans commemorate their crystal anniversary with a lush split in their solo guises. As Nova Scotian Arms, Grant contributes the magical, deeply arresting ‘Navigation (Devotional)’ to the A-side. It’s one of the most impressive pieces we’ve heard by him, charting a dramatic, rolling topography of Kosmische astral projections, gravity-defying synth harmonics and passages of mind-bending…
THE HUMBLE BEE
The Indescribable Brightness Shone
Cotton Goods
CD + DVD // £25.99

*STRICTLY LIMITED TO 100 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED AND PACKAGED COPIES FOR THE WORLD* Another rarified delight from the fetishised Cotton Goods label, presenting a DVD + CD album housed in exquisite, hand-assembled packaging. Back in 2009 chief caretaker, Craig Tattersall started Cotton Goods with ‘A Miscellany For The Quiet Hours’, a comfortingly musty set of tape loops and ambient embers made as The Humble Bee, which he followed with the intimately…
PETER BRODERICK
Music For Confluence
ERASED TAPES
CD // £10.99

‘Music for Confluence’ is yet another excellent full-length from Peter Broderick, and this time he goes back to the lush, glacial orchestrations of his debut ‘Float’. It’s probably the cold Berlin winter and the fact that Broderick has an apartment just above a piano store that did it, and these touching vignettes are as beautiful as anything the young virtuoso has released to date. Strings heave and exhale cautiously over…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Ecstasy And Wine (Original 1989 pressing!)
LAZY RECORDS
LP // £19.99

Wow, well that was unexpected. “Ecstasy And Wine” was originally released in 1989 and compiles the ‘Strawberry Wine’ EP and the “Ecstasy” mini-album, both originally released in 1987. It’s an amazing 10-track document of the band’s earliest recordings and predates their better known recordings for Creation. Now, over 20 years later, Kevin Shields has unearthed a stash of mint, unplayed, original copies, still in the sealed pressing plant boxes they…
BRONZE
Copper
RVNG Intl.
LP // £12.49

*Includes copper strip attached and intended to be worn as a ring liberating free speech and to correct your balance and health, if you want* Another choice nomination from Brooklyn’s RVNG Intl, presenting the debut vinyl by San Fran’s psychedelic trio, Bronze. “Bronze is an exercise in impulse. Bronze is also the San fRancisco based trioof Brian Hock, Rob Spector, and Miles Friction the latest addition to the RVNG Intl….
CARTER TANTON
Freeclouds
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

“Carter Tanton’s Freeclouds is arguably the long overdue follow-up to his former band Tulsa’s 2007 EP I Was Submerged. Tulssa spent two years writing and recording their follow-up to the EP, but it was never released due to label and legal struggles. Discouraged, the band broke up and Carter focused his energy on his role as a guitar player in Marissa Nadler’s band, touring extensively and eventually recording parts for…
DEAD GAZE
Dead Gaze
GROUP TIGHTENER
10″ // £14.99

*Edition of 500 on coloured vinyl* Cole Furlow’s Dead Gaze have found their place in the world with a handful of 7″s and tapes for the likes of La Station Radar/Atelier Ciseaux and Clan Destine in the last year or so. Quantitatively, this eponymous 10″ is their most substantial release to date, comprising five tracks of grungy, angsty music full of emotion and beating to a pop heart. “Each one…
HOLY SHIT (ARIEL PINK & MATT FISHBECK)
Stranded At Two Harbors
Uunited Acoustic
CD // £11.99

“Enigmatic weirdo Ariel Pink and Matt Fishbeck, a dandy from whitebread 60’s rock revivalists The Push Kings, concocted Stranded in “various rooms and various mornings” over a four-year period. Fishbeck takes the center as the lead singer and guitarist, while Ariel handles the bass, percussion and studio work. No matter, the entire record could be mistaken for another Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti joint. Ariel’s time-tattered and moldy no-fi production values…
LOVE AMONG THE MANNEQUINS
Radial Images
FUNCTION RECORDS
CD // £9.99

“Literary and dark, Radial Images is the debut album from Love Among The Mannequins. Formed by former Meet Me in St. Louis singer Toby Hayes (aka Shoes and Socks Off) and members of Elle Milano and O You Broken Eyes. The logic ran thus: if you’re going to have the bare-faced audacity to start yet ANOTHER band with drums and electric guitars, you’d at least better make sure you’re doing…
PAPIR
Stundum
EL PARAISO
2LP // £14.99

*New project produced by Jonas Munk (Manual)* “Papir is a young three-piece from Copenhagen, Denmark who has played together for years under various names while slowly, but surely, perfecting their unique brand of semi-improvisational psychedelic rock. Based around Christoffer Brøchmanns complex and powerful drumming Papir creates instrumental journeys – organic structures of sound that move forward with the hypnotic groove of Can or electric Miles Davis through euphoric peaks, thunderous…
PAPIR
Stundum
EL PARAISO
CD // £11.99

*New project produced by Jonas Munk (Manual)* “Papir is a young three-piece from Copenhagen, Denmark who has played together for years under various names while slowly, but surely, perfecting their unique brand of semi-improvisational psychedelic rock. Based around Christoffer Brøchmanns complex and powerful drumming Papir creates instrumental journeys – organic structures of sound that move forward with the hypnotic groove of Can or electric Miles Davis through euphoric peaks, thunderous…
THE CHAP
We Are The Best
Lo Recordings
CD // £9.99

The British are known for their eccentricities, and there are few bands who better sum up the British strain of eccentricity than The Chap. After a few records they’ve decided to put together this rather awesomely named compilation, which gathers up some of their best, most eccentric hits and plonks on an extra unreleased jam for good measure.
JAZZ / RELATED
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ALBATROSH
Yonkers
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

“Norwegian jazz is as vital as ever and one can but wonder where it all comes from. With ”Yonkers” Eyolf Dale (26) and André Roligheten (26) are already three albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and playing that is betraying their age considerably. The album was recorded during what the duo descibe as a magic late night session in the Oktaven Audio studio in Yonkers just…
LOKA
Passing Place
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.49

‘Passing Place’ is the haunting new full-length from Ninja Tune’s cult psychedelicists Loka, and they return in fine form. After last week’s crushing EP, ‘Passing Place’ is their grand statement, and takes their 60s spy movie indebted sound into brave new places without even a twitch. The main reference might be Broadcast or early Stereolab, but Loka add a supernatural twang to proceedings, and have far more going on behind…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ENEI / ULTERIOR MOTIVE / VARIOUS
Critical Presents: Sequence One
Critical Music
2×12″ // £10.99

Full strength, four-piece Critical showcase featuring trax from Enei, Ulterior Motive, Phace and Jubei & Kasra. First plate loads up Enei’s prowling stepper ‘Obsession’ and the twisted, Ed Rush-style futurist funk force of ‘Divergence’. Second plate Germany’s Phace drops the detailed Neuro-Tech structure ‘Freedom Of Filth’, and Jubie links with Kasra on a taut, focussed roller called ‘The Rift’.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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KOLSCH
Speicher 70
Kompakt Extra
12″ // £6.99

When you’re named after a beer you kinda have a lot to live up to, but Danish producer Kolsch makes a good bid for his existence here on ‘Speicher 70’. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting either as opener ‘Opa’ kicks off in a haze of tape hiss and analogue blips you’d more readily expect to find coming from the Chain Reaction camp. Melodies slowly erupt, but that defiant…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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THE CARETAKER
An empty bliss beyond this World (Second Vinyl Edition)
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £14.99

*Limited second edition on transparent vinyl – 300 copies only.* Seeping to the surface two years since his cherished and widely acclaimed ‘Persistent Repetition Of Phrases’ LP, ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond The World’ returns our doddering protagonist to the deserted ballroom, wandering its waxed floor and dilapidated grandeur in an attempt to capture an era which has long since disappeared but still haunts the atmosphere. In the meantime he’s accessed…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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MR OIZO
Stade 2
BECAUSE
CD // £9.99

Mr Oizo, producer of the most eccentric French Electro known to mankind, delivers his fourth solo album. ‘Stade 2’ contains twelve potential dancefloor rockers imbued with an instinctive sense of funk which can’t be touched, no matter how many try and fail. The man’s still playing his own game and evidently winning, as proved with the likes of the hilarious ‘Douche Beat’ through to the demented acid stomp of ‘Cheeree’…
MR OIZO
Stade 2
BECAUSE
LP+CD // £13.99

**Includes the full album on both vinyl and CD** Mr Oizo, producer of the most eccentric French Electro known to mankind, delivers his fourth solo album. ‘Stade 2’ contains twelve potential dancefloor rockers imbued with an instinctive sense of funk which can’t be touched, no matter how many try and fail. The man’s still playing his own game and evidently winning, as proved with the likes of the hilarious ‘Douche…
BLONDES
Wine / Water
RVNG Intl.
12″ // £8.99

Brooklyn’s Blondes present the final instalment of their 12″ trilogy for RVNG Intl. A-side you’ll find the supple rhythms and gently psychedelic ascension of ‘Wine’, while flipside is the more stripped down, fluid version entitled ‘Water’, full of booming but velvet-coated floor toms and trickling, yoghurt-weaving synthlines arranged in blissful form. Like the first two, their sophisticated grasp of sustained, euphoric gratification, coupled with gorgeously rich analogue production values, makes…
DIPLO / VARIOUS
Mad Decent: Volume 1
MAD DECENT
CD // £8.99

Diplo presents the best of his party empire, Mad Decent with 18 classic and exclusive tracks by himself, Dillon Francis, Munchi, Rusko, Blaqstarr, Maluca, Major Lazer and many more. It’s a fine round-up of the last five years of North American party music, taking in Munchi’s Moombahton ace ‘Pero Que Lo Que Mujer’, Jack Beats’ bangin’ remix of Diplo & Blaqstarr’s ‘Get Off’, Sticky K’s high velocity remix of Maluca’s…
DIPLO / VARIOUS
Mad Decent: Volume 1
MAD DECENT
2LP + CD // £24.99

**Now available on double vinyl with a free copy of the CD version as well** Diplo presents the best of his party empire, Mad Decent with 18 classic and exclusive tracks by himself, Dillon Francis, Munchi, Rusko, Blaqstarr, Maluca, Major Lazer and many more. It’s a fine round-up of the last five years of North American party music, taking in Munchi’s Moombahton ace ‘Pero Que Lo Que Mujer’, Jack Beats’…
DOLDRUMS
Empire Sound
NO PAIN IN POP
12″ // £10.99

Doldrums is the moniker of Canadian bedroom producer Eric Woodhead, and somehow he makes slippery experimental pop without falling into the ‘chillwave’ genre at all. Maybe it’s down to his choice of samples (often sounding like they’ve been hovered up from a collection of charity shop LPs) or the discordant nature of the songs themselves; these are not your chirpy Washed Out pastiches, rather ‘Empire Sound’ showcases a more melancholy…
KATE WAX
Dust Collision
Border Community
2LP // £14.99

Enigmatic, arresting new album from Swiss electronic sorceress, Kate Wax. Kate first came to prominence in the mid ’00s with a handful of well received releases for Mental Groove and Output, while lending her unique vocal talents to records by Felix Da Housecat and Kalabrese. After a break to give birth and bring up her first child, she’s now arrived at a crystalline blend of dark and modern post-pop, blacklit…
KATE WAX
Dust Collision
Border Community
CD // £9.99

Enigmatic, arresting new album from Swiss electronic sorceress, Kate Wax. Kate first came to prominence in the mid ’00s with a handful of well received releases for Mental Groove and Output, while lending her unique vocal talents to records by Felix Da Housecat and Kalabrese. After a break to give birth and bring up her first child, she’s now arrived at a crystalline blend of dark and modern post-pop, blacklit…
PARTY CATANI
Lowfistication
COCK ROCK DISCO
CD // £11.99

“Patric Catani – Producer of more than 80 records, projects and remixes including his work for Candie Hank, Puppetmastaz, and Driver&Driver – is back with his latest bassploixtation party- slaughter album, Lowfistication. At the age of 16 he released his first record under the name E de Cologne, releasing music on the Beastie Boys label Grand Royal and Digital Hardcore. For this new project Catani takes in everything from banging…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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FRENCH FRIES
Champagne / Hugz
CLEKCLEKBOOM
12″ // £7.99

*Limited edition of 500* Ruder Electro/Bass rollers from Parisian, French Fries for the freshly minted CleckCleckBoom label. A-side is a sleek reduction of 808 bass, pointillist percussion and a slurred vocal all strongly reminding of ‘Sicko Cell’ or Redlight’s Conqueror track for Lobster Boy. Flipside is ‘Hugs’ featuring Bambounou, another optimised minimal roller this time shades away from Untold’s take on flexin’ Electro-Bass/Pulse-X style grime.
EQUALIZED
EQD005
EQUALIZED
12″ // £7.49

Lethal Techno trax from René Pawlowitz aka Shed in EQD mode. Once again we’re floored by the ferocity and hard-nosed discipline of his productions, from the monstrous modulations and Industrial-edged transmission on the A-side thru the unrelenting peak of the B-side. This guy’s defintiely not f**king around – Strongly recommended.
DVS1
Evolve / Submerge
HUSH RECORDS
12″ // £7.49

Sleekly optimised Techno groove reductions from Ben Klock favourite, DVS1 aka Zak Khutoretsky. Frontside features the tensile funk of ‘Evolve’, wrapping a modulated, elastic synthline to clipped and swinging drums while noirish synth pads and subtle bass notes heighten the tension. On the other side, ‘Submerged’ flows with a more hydraulic 4/4 quality, pumped by spherical kicks and smoothed with watery chords. Very useful trax for the DJs!
ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR / SPLITS & SLITS
Hammering EP
Frictional
12″ // £8.99

Blues-infected House banger from Munich’s Splits & Slits duo, backed with Anthony Shakir’s killer remix. The original’s an infectious romp honed from a hard-working Blues sample and rumptious, rolling bass with a climactic synthline primed to destroy the ‘floor. Flipside Shake gives an unusually sleek and stripped down remix, placing more emphasis on the grinding bassline and pumping kicks, while Splits and Slits give a tweaked edit of said remix,…
EL KID
Hypnosis EP
LEFT BLANK
12″ // £7.99

London’s Left_Blank label goes from strength to strength with a deeply impressive single by El Kid, backed by a duttier rerub from recent Hyperdub signing, Walton. Already hailed as one of Bristol’s brightest new talents, Sam Kidel is evidently a restless talent, whether making electro-acoustic astro-hop with Vessel, drone-pop under his own name or Basswise Electronic grooves for Immerse. His title track is essentially a composite of all those elements,…
STORM QUEEN
It Goes On
Environ
12″ // £8.99

Big 12” from Morgan Geist’s vocal house project Storm Queen cementing his status as one of the scene’s finest dancefloor producers. ‘It Goes On’ features a stark vocal performance from ‘Damon C’ but our pick is the chunky dub, which highlights the raw synth, bass ‘n Linn Drum retro fetishism of the original. There’s undoubtedly a trend towards reproducing classic Chicago sounds at the moment, but Geist does it better…
RROSE
Merchant of Salt
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £6.49

Sandwell’s anonymous entity serves two more tracks of needling, tunnelling Techno following the excellent ‘Motormouth Variations’ LP. A-side is the kinetic corrugations of ‘Shepherd’s Brine’, an acrid stretch of strobing pulses, circuit noise and chugging, insistent bass. Flipside ‘Waterfall’ is noisier, biting down on teeth-knocking handclaps and tinfoil synth tones until the whole experience becomes viscerally intense and slightly masochistic. The heads will love it.
KARENN (BLAWAN & PARIAH)
Sheworks001
SHEWORKS
12″ // £6.99

*Hand-stamped whites, mastered at D&M* Inaugural white label for Blawan & Pariah’s Works The long Night label. Colluding as Karenn, they give the label a brilliant start with three robust tracks of Bass-heavy, swung and kicking Techno variations. A-side is owned by the Garage-Tech swinger ‘Chaste Down’, landing somewhere between Burial and Marcel Dettmann. Flipside they slip down a gear into the burly jack of ‘Auflen Whip’, a hi-strength Techno-House…
SOUNDHACK / VARIOUS
Sound Sampler Vol. 1
SOUNDSAMPLER
12″ // £7.49

Frank Timm aka Soundstream/Soundhack/half of Smith N Hack is one of Berlin’s most coveted producers of discohouse in the Chicago tradition. You’re probably well aware of that already, so we’ll cut to the chase – this is his most substantial collection in some time, four tracks wide and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. A-side there’s the swirling, filtered strings of ‘Just Around’ as Soundstream, beside the ruff-cut jack of ‘Vintage’ in his…
JEFF MILLS
Star Chronicles: Orion
Tomorrow Records
12″ // £8.99

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…
JEFF MILLS
Star Chronicles: Orion (Special Edition with CD and Book)
Tomorrow Records
12″ + CD + Book // £43.99

**Special limited edition featuring 12″ EP, CD (containing 3 mixes) and an 80-page book** 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…
A MADE UP SOUND
Take The Plunge
A Made Up Sound
12″ // £7.49

Killer, Hi-Tech rhythm coordinations from Dave Huismans aka 2562! A Made Up Sound is a handle for those mercurial, bracket-evading beats and pieces he likes to chuck out from time to time, feats of re-encoded rhythmic DNA splicing the flex of Garage, House and Techno into something fresh and futurist. A-side is ‘Take The Plunge (Beat Mix)’, syncing corrugated metallic delays to a rolling, offset swing rhythm with an impressively…
MARVIN DASH
Workshop 14
WORKSHOP
12″ // £7.49

Veteran of the German House scene, Marvin Dash aka Ronald Reuter lays down three authentically deep and heavy grooves for Workshop. A-side is suave, mid-tempo nod to Detroit Beatdown inspirations with that effortless sense of German finesse and soul control. Flipside there’s a disco-looping killer, hitting the groove somewhere between KDJ and NWAQ and bound to become a permanent fixture in a lot of record bags, before finishing on a…
AL TOURETTES
Swan Sketch EP
BASE LOGIC
12″ // £6.49

Finely twisted Electro-Tech session from the genre-defiant Al Tourettes, backed with a smart Datasette remix for the Bloc festival-affiliated Baselogic label. It’s fair to say that Al is one of those guys who’s picky about what they release, hence the fact his last release was over a year ago – the ‘When I Rust’ ace for If Symptoms Persist. Here he’s in lean, muscular Bass mode with the brooding tones…
ALEX COULTON
Representations EP
ALL CAPS
12″ // £6.99

Smart solo debut of three modern House trax from Manchester’s Alex Coulton. To date he’s shared a 12″ with the excellent Szare duo and been play-listed by Blawan. On ‘Representations’ he showcases a muscular sound, from the spacious, subs-driven tilt of the title track thru the wiggly shimmy of ‘Omar’ and the ‘floor-gripping highlight ‘Squares’.
CAMPAIGN OF LOVE
The Lash
LONESOME HERO
12″ // £6.99

Strongly principled UK House and Techno imprint, Lonesome Hero, presents two stripped down functions from Campaign Of Love (who may or may not be n artist working incognito). A-side ‘The Lash’ tills a tuffer Chicago House groove with double-dipped floor toms and cracking handclap syncopation building to a droning synth peak in the 2nd half. The other side ‘ET’ drops the pace for a more mellow and tripped-out jack. Hand-stamped…
DJ SNEAK
Sur America EP
CROSS SECTION RECORDS
12″ // £6.99

Superb Chicago shake-downs issued by the knowledge at Cross Section Records. It’s really not so often you catch Sneak on a vibe like this, taking time from making big room bangers to get involved with a more stripped down and spiritual sound for the aerobic mystics. ‘Sur America’ remind more of a DJ Qu cut than a usual Sneak play, deploying swirling tribal field recordings and plush synth pads over…
FAKE LEFT
The Future That Never Was
iS Records
12″ // £5.99

Debut single of rolling, leftfield Electronic Tech-House from iS Records. Frontside ‘The Future That Never Was’ feels like a heavier, aquatic version of say Caribou or Four Tet productions, while flipside ‘Fake The Feeling’ simulates a similar sort of Sci-Fi Electro-scapes to Space Dimension Controller and Out Of Orbit makes clear an allegiance to vintage, Detroit-inspired UK Electronic like The Black Dog.
JACK DIXON & RICK GRANT
Running Man EP
Man Make Music
12″ // £7.99

London club clique, ManMakeMusic present their 2nd release; a warm, rolling House collaboration from Jack Dixon and his pal, Rock Grant, backed with a smart Kevin McPhee remix. The title tune’s a subtly uplifting groover built from off-kilter, shaking drums run thru with convective Juno chords. Flipside ‘Muted’ is more melancholic, deploying a chopped-up and bluesy vocal snippet with clipped 2-step drums, while Kevin McPhee converts ‘Running Man’ into a…
JUS ED / JOEY ANDERSON
We Are Not Alone
INIMEG RECORDINGS
12″ // £8.99

Diverse cosmic House divinations from Jus Ed and Inimeg Recordings head, Joey Anderson. UQ don Jus-Ed sets the tone, taking the opportunity to step out of his usual 4/4 bracket with a beat-down and Bassy swinger at 113bpm with ‘Jus Flex Ed Flip’, but the star of the show is surely Joey Anderson. A-side he’s playing ruff-but smooth with the balance of chaotic, alien signals and robust, Qu-alike rhythms on…
NINA KRAVIZ
Ghetto Kraviz
REKIDS
12″ // £6.99

Hot, Chicago-style joints from Russia’s 1st lady of House music. Making a respectful nod to Dance Mania and the ruder, Ghetto sound of the city, she drops the ass-tappin’ 808s and vocal loops of the title track besides the more sultry, UQ-friendly styles of ‘Jealousy’ (both of which sound ace on 45, Footwork fiends! We can almost hear the House heads balk in disgust). Flipside ‘Show Me Your Time’ balances…
ROBAG WRUHME
Donnerkuppel
Kompakt
12″ // £5.99

After clearing the cache of more esoteric sounds on his Pampa album, Robag Wruhme returns with a ‘floor-dedicated ace for Kompakt. ‘Donnerkuppel’ is a total charm, brimming with proggy ’90s trance optimism and sincere IDM elegance, while ‘Wemmel’ shifts the formula to craftier rhythms and trippier acid sequences, for ‘Polch Dutto’ to provide a sweeter downbeat counterpoint. Really lovely stuff.
SIMON/OFF
Planetary Communication
PHUTURE SHOCK MUSIK
12″ // £6.99

After transmissions from Mr Mageeka and Roof Light, Phuture Shock’s fifth release comes from Austrian talent, Simon/off. The ‘Planetary Communication EP’ leans into crisp, taut Techno/Breakbeats rhythms with the Carl Craig-esque title track, while ‘About To See You’ hits a Techy Afro angle akin to recent Kode 9 riddims, and ‘New Basics’ shakes out a Maddslinky-style wriggler. One to watch, this!
STEVEN PORTER
LR EP
THE WEEVIL NEIGHBOURHOOD
12″ // £9.99

*Edition of 300 on red vinyl in hand-stamped sleeve* Sterling Techno abstractions from Japanese duo Katsunori Sawa and Yuji Kondo for the enigmatic Weevil Neighbourhood. Judging from this debut single, we’d triangulate their sound somewhere between older Chain Reaction and Berlin Techno experiments but with a more squashed sense of pressure. The A-side is a bruised and oddly syncopated Dub-Techno groove at 116bpm, where swollen subs buoy creepy, creaking atmospheric…
XDB
Recago EP
Dolly
12″ // £7.99

Four fresh house cutters from XDB on Steffi’s Dolly label. A bit of a departure from his usual Berghain-primed techno gear, here the German producer goes for a more low-slung, Panoramabar-friendly sound, kicking off with the louche jack attack of ‘Recago’ and climaxing with the grooving bass and crisp claps of ‘Ontak’. ‘Sunda’ is a more playful number, with an irresistible, vamping bassline and breezy keys set to a beefy,…
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GROUP INERANE
Guitars From Agadez Vol. 3
Sublime Frequencies
CD // £14.99

CD edition of the third volume from Group Inerane, the third in a Sublime Frequencies exploration of ‘Guitars From Agadez’. This one was recorded in March 2010 on location in Niamey, Niger, by Hisham Mayet. Sadly, the Group Inerane lineup is altered from the previous album as second guitarist, Adi Mohamad was shot dead in the ongoing rebellion battles which blight Niger. However, as the liner notes state, this opened…