Mar 022012
 

Hello,

Beautiful electronics head us off this week courtesy of the excellent ‘Soft Terminal’ album from Panabrite. The project is the work of the enigmatic Norm Chambers, a prolific producer responsible for one of the most loved synth albums of the last few years under another moniker, the name of which we just cannot reveal at this time. His sound is beautifully considered and almost pop-like in vision and appeal, with a pure, instinctive touch to his melodies and harmonics matched by a reverence for what’s been, and a vision for immersive futurism. 500 copies only on this one, including initial copies on white vinyl if you’re fast.

On an anonymous tip, the Akkord project has launched this week to much fanfare. For now, the provenance of their identity will be on a need-to-know basis, but their sound occupies darker ground in the shade of the Autonomic crew, somewhere between Burial and dBridge. The debut 12″ is limited to 300 copies only and comes housed in a hand-stamped and sealed 12″ mailer, while copies last!

The dancefloor is looking particularly healthy this week. Jam City has just bowled us over with the hi-tek 3D game-changer ‘The Courts’, backed with a Main Attrakionz-starring ace ‘The Nite Life’, while on a ruder tip, the fantastic Samoyed – a favourite of Lukid and Actress – drops an absolutely mighty twelve for Lukid’s Glum imprint. Local Action, meanwhile, finally deliver DJ Q’s mammoth ‘Brandy & Coke’ anthem on sexy red vinyl.

Even modular synth noise dude Carlos Giffoni is getting in on the action with his eagerly anticipated collection of EBM-inspired songcraft ‘Evidence’ featuring Laurel Halo on Dan Lopatin’s Software label, and while no genre will have them, Dam Mantle and Becoming Real carve out their own niche of dancefloor electronics with a lush and kaleidoscopic rhythm session for Get Me! Records.

New Jersey gal Nite Jewel also returns this week, presenting her impeccable sophomore album ‘One Second Of Love’. Again, she’s hatched a supremely delicate, nuanced collection of freestylin’ electro-pop, tweaking the same palette of dusted ’80s kit into more rarified, crystallised arrangements.

But if you’re lusting for something altogether heavier, we should direct you straight to Keiji Haino’s annual hookup with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi. Sporting typically preposterous track titles, ‘Imikuzushi’ features three proper rock stars operating with masterful control shapeshifting at will between garage Rock force and Jazz dexterity with psychedelic intent. It’s a proper badass.

Also out this week, new releases from James Blake, Slava, Distal, Romare, Royal-T, Bonnie Prince Billy, 12k, Olafur Arnalds, Bvdub, Real Estate, Cluekid, Commix, Anthony Pateras, Seahawks, Symmetry, Light Asylum, Horizontal Ground, Recloose, Planetary Assault Systems, Morphosis, Rinse, Finders Keepers, Shangaan Shake and much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers..xx

Albums of the Week



PANABRITE
Soft Terminal
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

**Edition of 500 for the world – initial copies come on limited white vinyl** Digitalis invite us to dive headfirst into the synth froth of ‘Soft Terminal’, the latest emission from maverick soundscaper Norm Chambers, aka Panabrite. Over the last few years he’s amassed a small library of exceptional material for the likes of Gift Tapes, Aguirre and Digitalis, plus one rather special pearl, a real scene classic, produced incognito and which we’ve been sworn to secrecy over. Compared with the stacks of dribbling dronesmiths and half-baked fantasists who populate this arena, his sound is beautifully considered and almost pop-like in vision and appeal: the most unlikely heads have been singing his praises and that’s testament to his pure, instinctive grasp of melody and complex, layered arrangements. It’d take a really keen ear to distinguish the proggy magic of ‘Glass Palace’ or the placid pastoral bliss of ‘Janus’ apart from vintage material – but the distinctions are arbitrary. Simply, the epic, transporting arpeggios of ‘Beta Axis Terminal’ or the impeccably gloopy exotica of ‘Camembert Symphony’ tap into a most rarified spirit shared by minimal synth music, kosmische and prog, and it’s a precious thing to behold.



NITE JEWEL
One Second of Love
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Secretly Canadian
CD // £9.99

Ramona Gonzalez, the enchantress we all know and love as Nite Jewel, serves an impeccably crafted sophomore album; ‘One Second Of Love’ for Secretly Canadian. You probably don’t need to be reminded, but in case you’ve been in a coma for the last three years, this New Jersey lass has been making some of the most stylish, endearing pop music around, including collaborations with the don, Dam-Funk, Stellar Om Source, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti buddy, Cole M.G.N. Since ’08s ‘What Did He Say For’ I.DI.B. it’s been possible to plot a graph of increasing aptitude in her field: each new droplet feels sharper, more supple, lovingly sweeter, bringing us to this absolute beauty. Her musical palette of dusted ’80s drum machines and glowing synths remains firmly unchanged, but the arrangements are ever tighter, glittered with a dreamy halcyon shimmer that never once feels contrived or anything but sincere, suspending your disbelief by the finest satin threads. In the magical poperatic narrative of ‘This Story’, the nudging funk of the title track, to ‘Mind & Eyes’ dusky country soul, or the exquisite near-baroque perfection of ‘Unearthly Delights’ we hear an artist at the height of her powers, able to commune the most rarified, life-affirming feelings.



KEIJI HAINO / JIM O’ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI
Imikuzushi
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BLACK TRUFFLE
2LP // £17.99

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi convene their annual hookup with ‘Imikuzushi’ for the rarified Black Truffle imprint. The fearsome power-trio launch headfirst into churning, motorik garage formation with ‘Still unable to throw off that teaching a heart left abandoned unable to get inside that empty space nerves freezing that unconcealed sadness…’, with O’Rourke revving noxious bass beneath Ambarchi’s swaggering, swingeing percussion and of Haino’ ecstatic soloing and walls of feedback. Mercifully, ‘Ready and waiting and tired of waiting this happiness hovers for a while opaque’ starts out more like a Bohren And Der Club Of Gore cut before descending into taut, muscular skronk with a limber jazz-funkiness and lashings of swerving guitar distortion. ‘Invited in practically drawn in by something facing the exit of this hiding place who is it? That went in’ is even more groovesome, starting out pensive, almost jazzy, and locking into an hypnotic psyche-rock groove with turbulent, body-tearingly funky conclusion over it’s extended 22 minute duration, while ‘an acute sensitivity is not simply a “madness” an acute sensitivity to the resonance of “i love you” teaches us just a little something it’s not that we can’t do something it’s just that we haven’t done it yet…’ is just out-and-out, transcendent free-rock heaviness.

Singles of the Week



JAM CITY
The Courts / The Nite Life ft. Main Attrakionz
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Night Slugs hittin’ em from the baseline with a stunning 12″ hookup between Jam City and Main Attrakionz. The man’s not short on aces but this one is properly off the scale. ‘The Courts’ marks a new pinnacle for his productions, using a concrète palette of squeaks, skids, and airborne movements to construct a shocking rhythm where syncopated slap bass pivots around bleacher-caving kicks and claps in some ultravivid 1080i hyperspace. Our jaws are scraping the floor the right now. Flipside, following Type’s issue of their ‘Black Grapes & 808s Part. II’, Main Attrakionz appear on the glossy, noirish ambient textures and skunky industrial funk strafes of ‘The Nite Life’. Massive 12″ – you know what to do!



AKKORD
Akkord001
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Akkord
12″ // £8.99

*Please note that this record comes housed in a hand-stamped 12″ record mailer that will have your name and address hand written on it and despatched with no additional packaging, thus personalising your copy. This is at the request of the label* Sterling debut release from the enigmatic Δkkord collective based in the peripheries of Manchester. For now, the provenance of their identity will be on a need-to-know basis: their music will yield more than names could inform. These three tracks are a distillation of their passions for “minimalism, art, design, mathematics and sacred geometry”, and aesthetically occupy darker ground in the shade of the Autonomic sound. Checking in with the spectral robo-ragga of ‘The Drums’ – sounding something like Burial meets dBridge – they shapeshift into rolling Electro-Ruffige a la Boddika on ‘Renewal’ catalysed by muscular, rippling arpeggios and pointillist percussions, while ‘Back & Forth’ engages with tensely constructed Electro-step hyperspace. We’re sure you’ll agree; it’s a strong look.



SAMOYED
Her Honey Dripping Behind EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
Glum
12″ // £5.49

Samoyed delivers an insanely strong four-track 12″ for Lukid’s Glum label. He’s long been championed by the label head and like-minded producer Actress for his raw, intuitive meld of ruff electronics and House with subsonic sounds that go all the way down. Aside from his debut album this is his most substantial, and dare we say best output to date. On the A-side brisk, ruff-cut machine beats are countered with slow, goopy subs and swooning exotica sounds with a Shake-like insouciance on ‘Her Honey Dripping Behind’, while ‘Cherry Red’ slows his roll to an elegant, autumnal take on Detroit beatdown enriched with horns, strings and more o’ that heavy bass. Flipside, ‘Klondyke Rush’ sounds like a Lone track after a few too many rums, in the best way, while ‘A Small Good Thing’ reminds of vintage old skool Recloose. Strong twelve!



DJ Q
Brandy & Coke
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

**Heavy red wax in clear plastic sleeve. No digital** Local Action’s massively anticipated first movement of 2012 is a damn fine platter from Radio 1Xtra’s Garage & Bassline specialist, DJ Q. His Brandy-sippin’ 2-step versions have been doing the rounds since late last summer with the likes of virtually everybody, before landing on vinyl due to popular demand. It’s pretty much an essential purchase for any self-respecting modern Garage fiends – grab one while you can.



CARLOS GIFFONI
Evidence (ft. Laurel Halo)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
SOFTWARE
LP // £10.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** What’s this, Carlos Giffoni making acid-powered EBM ??? On Ford & Lopatin’s label??? We’ll have some of that. The No Fun head honcho and noise figurehead’s ongoing exploration of analogue and digital synthesis has yielded some diverse results in recent years – from the punitive minimalism of his Severance set for Hospital Productions, to the deconstructed psych-techno of his No Fun Acid project. This new single for Software builds on the promise of the latter: ‘Evidence’ is a surprisingly affecting song, arranged out of little more than ultra-caustic 303 attack, 4/4 kickdrum stomp, and some additional flights of keyboard fancy from guest Laurel Halo. Giffoni’s vocals – brilliantly dead-eyed and monotone, clearly styled in the spirit of the European minimal wave – appear fleetingly on both tracks, sounding particularly boss on B-side ‘Desire In The Summer’, which brings together similar elements as the A but convinces more, thanks to a scuffed, Ike Yard-style electro rhythm and a mounting tide of industrial grind which brings all the violent intensity of Giffoni’s feted noise work into a (sort of) pop context. A record that demands to be heard.



DAM MANTLE / BECOMING REAL
Her Woes / Paramnesia
TECHNO / HOUSE
GET ME!
12″ // £6.99

Dead smart dancefloor electronics from the UK underground. Glasgow’s Dam Mantle command the frontside with a lush take on Chicago juke slowed to a UK-friendly 140bpm and with more emphasis on swirling, synthesized head-pressure systems. We’d struggle to name another cut from this scene which hits the vibe so squarely, fluidly, or instinctively. It’s an A grade winner. Meanwhile downtown, London’s Becoming Real slips into hypnotic Funky/Techno mode on a similar, lushed-out vibe, finding a sweet tension between piquant, hyperventilating R&B synths and samples and a motorised Techno drive that doesn’t sound formulaic or hackneyed like so many in this scene.

 

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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JAM CITY
The Courts / The Nite Life ft. Main Attrakionz
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Night Slugs hittin’ em from the baseline with a stunning 12″ hookup between Jam City and Main Attrakionz. The man’s not short on aces but this one is properly off the scale. ‘The Courts’ marks a new pinnacle for his productions, using a concrète palette of squeaks, skids, and airborne movements to construct a shocking rhythm where syncopated slap bass pivots around bleacher-caving kicks and claps in some ultravivid 1080i…
JAMES BLAKE
Love What Happened Here
R&S Records
12″ // £5.99

Diverse new offering from James Blake. It starts with the decidedly positive soul slant of the title track, vamping MIDI organs, clipped shuffle drums and piquant electro-acoustic melody with a warmly seasonal vibe we could almost imagine Gilles Peterson playing at the christmas dinner table. For a measured contrast ‘At Birth’ is a much darker modern House groove troubled with eerie moans and James’ vocals set at a purposeful distance,…
NAPOLIAN
Rejoice
SOFTWARE
Mini LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford’s Software imprint is hard on the money with this debut release from 19-year old Napolian and his highly accomplished seam of hardware boogie. It’s hard to believe this is his first release; there’s a clear sense of experience well beyond his years, but equally an impressionistic freshness that’s entirely here-and-now. ‘False Memory’ makes no small allegiance to…
SLAVA
Soft Control
SOFTWARE
Mini LP // £11.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The latest oddball to be welcome into Joel Ford and Dan Lopatin’s Software stable is Moscow-born, Brooklyn-based Slava Balsanov. Slava actually established his credentials in Chicago, where he co-founded the Moment Sound label, and released on Jamal Moss’s Mathematics, Future Times, !K7, among others. For Soft Control, he’s attempted to synthesize techno with “interloping, chrome-dipped footwork themes” – and he’s done a…
GANG COLOURS
The Keychain Collection
Brownswood Recordings
LP // £13.99

Accomplished collection of avant-R&B and progressive boogie excursions from Gang Colours, aka 24-year-old South Coast-dweller Will Ozanne, new on Brownswood. It’s a classy affair, building from smouldering, bruised-vocalled future-soul abstractions towards tougher, tauter rhythmic fare, but never losing sight of its ultra-chilled, sophisticated central vision. It’s basically home listening music of the highest order, exploratory but soothing, with shades of James Blake, Flying Lotus, Jazzanova, Bibio, Dam-Funk, Floating Points and…
ELKAT & MOLESKIN
Hurt
Hit And Hope Records
12″ // £6.99

Leeds-based duo Elkat & Moleskin make their debut bassbin incision with ‘Hurt’, backed by Optimum and Donga & Blake remixes. The first move ‘Hurt’ summons the sampled spirit of Aaliyah into a coolly reserved groove cut from crisp drums and rolling half-speed bass for the R&B steppers. Remixing on the flipside, Ikonika’s pal Optimum isolates and runs with the more roadwise elements, resulting in what could be a smart UK…
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
Owed To Mama Rickie
ANIMATEDCARTUNES
LP // £13.99

True skool soul sister Georgia Anne Muldrow pays tribute to her mother and music and arts director for the world renowned Agape International Center in Culver City, California, Rickie Byars Beckwith. She returns to her roots on thirteen tracks of bass heavy, downlow funk with snapping drums and a subtle infusion of psychedelic warmth. Grammy nominated vocalist Bilal appears on bonus cut ‘More & More’. Mix and mastering is handled…
KOOL KEITH
Drugs (Switch / Two FIngers Mixes)
SUGARCANE RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.99

Kool Keith singing about drugs, and remixed by Switch, Two Fingers, Hot Chip, and Si Young (Plastic Little). Switch takes control with a distorted Electro refix for the party, while Amon Tobin and Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman’s Two Fingers opt for a more conventional Hip Hop approach. Si Young’s ‘Version X’ and Version IV’ are the best material on offer, diverting into Dubstep funk and Disco respectively, while Hot Chip lend…
MUX MOOL
Planet High School
Ghostly International
LP // £15.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Diverse electronic Hip Hop instrumentals from Ghostly International’s Mux Mool. His follow-up to 2010’s ‘Skulltaste’ is more confident, crafty and funked-up, cycling between blunted, Dilla-esque head-nods on ‘Brothers’, to switch-flickin’ Footwork soul on ‘Live At 7-11’, and Dabrye-like Electro-Hop bangs with ‘Raw Gore’. Each cut is evidently constructed with an awareness and emphasis on nuance and subtlety, as with the loose-but-complex intricacies…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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KEIJI HAINO / JIM O’ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI
Imikuzushi
BLACK TRUFFLE
2LP // £17.99

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi convene their annual hookup with ‘Imikuzushi’ for the rarified Black Truffle imprint. The fearsome power-trio launch headfirst into churning, motorik garage formation with ‘Still unable to throw off that teaching a heart left abandoned unable to get inside that empty space nerves freezing that unconcealed sadness…’, with O’Rourke revving noxious bass beneath Ambarchi’s swaggering, swingeing percussion and of Haino’ ecstatic soloing and walls…
KEIJI HAINO / JIM O’ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI
Imikuzushi
BLACK TRUFFLE
CD // £9.99

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi convene their annual hookup with ‘Imikuzushi’ for the rarified Black Truffle imprint. The fearsome power-trio launch headfirst into churning, motorik garage formation with ‘Still unable to throw off that teaching a heart left abandoned unable to get inside that empty space nerves freezing that unconcealed sadness…’, with O’Rourke revving noxious bass beneath Ambarchi’s swaggering, swingeing percussion and of Haino’ ecstatic soloing and walls…
PORTRAITS
Portraits
Important Records
LP // £15.99

**Edition of 500 housed in screen printed thick card jacket** Portraits is the product of many brilliant hands and minds converged with a singular purpose. Starring a constellation of North American drone artists – Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Root Strata, Tarentel), Evan Caminiti & Jon Porras from Barn Owl, Lisa McGee (Higuma), Gregg Kowalsky (Date Palms), Marielle Jakobsons (Date Palms), Maxwell Croy (Root Strata/EN) Steven Dye & Tony Cross (Tarentel alum) and…
STEPHEN O’MALLEY & STEVE NOBLE
St Francis Duo
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

Ferocious collaboration between two giants of the avant-garde. Sunn O))) / KTL’s Stephen O’Malley needs no introduction, and Steve Noble shouldn’t either – since coming up in the 1980s as a member of Rip, Rig & Panic he’s established itself as one of the world’s foremost improv musicians, wreaking havoc across drums, percussion and turntables. This essential pressing on Bo’Weavil is a live document, drawing on two performances that the…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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MEMPHIS SOUL
Don’t Down Me People
ECCENTRIC SOUL / NUMERO
7″ // £5.99

“Constructed around a sunburned guitar lick of prominence, Phoenix bluesman George Bowman’s unreleased two-parter “Don’t Down Me People” is a lost document of Arizona’s underpublicized soul output. Simple in design, passionate in delivery, this blues-funk landmine from the late-’60s sits at the rarely traversed intersection of the J.B.s and the Band of Gypsys. This 45 contains canyons of wide-open drums, courtesy of Dyke and the Blazers original timekeeper, Rodney Brown.”…
VARIOUS / BBE
Johnny D presents Disco Jamms Vol. 1
BBE
2LP // £18.99

**Gatefold double disc with cherry-picked special versions, edits and mixes** Henry Street supremo Jonny D serves a bountiful double disc(o) set of classic ’80s New York jamms crammed with stone cold aces. Jonny’s got some serious credientials; DJing block parties barely in his teens and mingling with the hoi polloi at Studio 54 way before he was even legal, before going on to establish the hugely influential Henry Street label…
VARIOUS / BBE
Johnny D presents Disco Jamms Vol. 1 (Mixed and Unmixed)
BBE
2CD // £12.99

Henry Street supremo Jonny D serves a bountiful double disc(o) set comprising a deadly DJ mix and 13-track unmixed compilation. Jonny’s got some serious credientials; DJing block parties barely in his teens and mingling with the hoi polloi at Studio 54 way before he was even legal, before going on to establish the hugely influential Henry Street label wit Tommy Musto an generally becoming an all-round legend to any and…
DUB / REGGAE
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KENNY KNOTS / MANASSEH / BUNZERO
Love Light
REGGAE ROAST
12″ // £5.99

Rooted stepper touched with the soulful vocals of Keny Knotts and backed with a tuffer Dubstep remix courtesy of Bunzero. The Manasseh-produced riddim rolls heavy but mellow pattern, suited perfectly to Kenny’s melodic style. Bunzero licks up tightly wound percussion on the half-stepping Dubstep remix.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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AKKORD
Akkord001
Akkord
12″ // £8.99

*Please note that this record comes housed in a hand-stamped 12″ record mailer that will have your name and address hand written on it and despatched with no additional packaging, thus personalising your copy. This is at the request of the label* Sterling debut release from the enigmatic Δkkord collective based in the peripheries of Manchester. For now, the provenance of their identity will be on a need-to-know basis: their…
DJ Q
Brandy & Coke
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

**Heavy red wax in clear plastic sleeve. No digital** Local Action’s massively anticipated first movement of 2012 is a damn fine platter from Radio 1Xtra’s Garage & Bassline specialist, DJ Q. His Brandy-sippin’ 2-step versions have been doing the rounds since late last summer with the likes of virtually everybody, before landing on vinyl due to popular demand. It’s pretty much an essential purchase for any self-respecting modern Garage fiends…
DISTAL & HXDB
Booyant / Amphibian
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.49

Two of North America’s finest go toe-to-toe on a pair of aqua-themed swingjackers. Their A-side ace ‘Booyant’ is the best thing on Tectonic since the Author album; a crooked, deftly creased and deadly dancefloor tool matching nEuropean Dub Tech modes with a Jukin’ US club swerve to mighty effect. Flipside Distal goes dolo with ‘Amphibian’, applying his intricate swagger to a more minimal, holo-ed-out template reminding of recent aces from…
CHAMPION
Crazy ft. Princess Nyah
FORMULA
12″ // £5.49

Premium Funky futurism from the scene’s super-heavyweight, Champion. ‘Crazy’ is possibly Champion’s most mature, restrained offering to date, yet still brimming with forward dancefloor energy. On the original, Princess Nyah coolly rides a sharply tucked-in riddim – part minimal Latin swerve, part Bassline Garage pressure – kinda like a youthful El-B for 2012. Remixing, Terror Danjah and DOK amp up the tribalist swagger with angular ‘ardcore chops for Grimy players,…
ROMARE
Meditations on Afrocentrism EP
Black Acre
12″ // £6.99

Black Acre keep us all guessing with a skillful suite of spiritual, jazz sampling Juke and Hip Hop Electronics. The result of a year spent researching, sampling and conceptualising, ‘Meditations On Afrocentrism’ draws connections between “the history of African and African-American culture in the form of collage to create musical conversations between the past, present and future”. The project manifests as four compositions weaving samples of songs, speeches, interviews, field…
ROYAL-T
Rinse Presents: Royal-T 12-inch Number One
Rinse
12″ // £5.99

Rinse Recordings show love for Royal T with a double header of ‘Inside The Ride’ and ‘Cool Down’ for their world-renowned imprint. The raving A-side is a straight ace for the right ‘floors, swinging between tuffened 4/4 and skippy 2-step with a crafty big-room bent. The B-side is more heads-down, jackin’ to a forward Garage rhythm with up-to-the-minute Electro Bass and emotive ’90s House vibes.
DARK TANTRUMS
Unborn / Storm
Deep Medi
12″ // £6.49

Unknown entity Dark Tantrums steps to Mala’s Deep Medi stable with a contrasting plate of deep and moody bombs. To date he’s only had one official outing; a collaboration with Kromestar called ‘Trianglez’. But he’s set to firmly establish his name with these dreadnought riddims. A-side offers a widescreen vision of almost Kuedo-esque proportions, all Vangelis-style synth brass and ponderously slow rhythmic fibrillations anchored by a mammoth sub. Flipside ‘Storm’…
DJ MADD
The Real & The Shadow
BLACK BOX
CD // £7.99

**Trifold digipak with more tracks than the vinyl** Dubstep heavyweight, DJ Madd drops this suitably big-boned debut album on Black Box. After nearly half a decade of potent singles including splits with the like-minded TMSV, Phaeleh, and Matt-U, the thirteen tracks of ‘The Real & The Shadow’ hone his sound to a distinctly pressurized and dextrous halfstep variation. The titular opener establishes an ominous dread tone with perseveres throughout; thru…
DJ MADD
The Real & The Shadow
BLACK BOX
3×12″ + CD // £16.99

**Triple vinyl in gatefold jacket** Dubstep heavyweight, DJ Madd drops this suitably big-boned debut album on Black Box. After nearly half a decade of potent singles including splits with the like-minded TMSV, Phaeleh, and Matt-U, the thirteen tracks of ‘The Real & The Shadow’ hone his sound to a distinctly pressurized and dextrous halfstep variation. The titular opener establishes an ominous dread tone with perseveres throughout; thru the electroid shakedown…
SPANK ROCK / ADDISON GROOVE
Nasty Remixes (w/ Addison Groove Mixes)
Boysnoize Records
12″ // £5.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Addison Groove, Scntst, Boys Noize and Sebastian drop mucky Electro-House remixes of Spank Rock for BNR. The party-ready original is remixed by Scntst as a razing Electro banger, and re-done by Boys Noize for guaranteed impact. Flipside Addison Groove makes a smart move with his straight Jukin’ remix, but we’re not so sure about his naughty ‘Push It Back’ revision. Sebastian comes to polish off the plate with…
ELECTRONIC
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PANABRITE
Soft Terminal
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

**Edition of 500 for the world – initial copies come on limited white vinyl** Digitalis invite us to dive headfirst into the synth froth of ‘Soft Terminal’, the latest emission from maverick soundscaper Norm Chambers, aka Panabrite. Over the last few years he’s amassed a small library of exceptional material for the likes of Gift Tapes, Aguirre and Digitalis, plus one rather special pearl, a real scene classic, produced incognito…
PULSE EMITTER
Aeons
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

Portland, OR’s prolific synth-o-naut Daryl Groetsch aka Pulse Emitter joins Belgium’s Aguirre Records with a stunning new album full of clear cosmic tones for the new space age. “Aeons, as the title suggests, is about different periods of time. Pangaea is ancient earth, Hermits is based on a panel of the Ghent Altarpiece representing Renaissance Europe, Spaceship is the future, and immortality is an even more distant future where consciousness…
MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN
Ersatz II
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

‘Ersatz II’ is the 2nd LP collaboration between former Cluster and Harmonia component, Dieter Moebius and his sound artist/painter pal in the Forst/Weser Uplands collective, Karl Renziehausen. Originally released in 1992, two years post their first ‘Ersatz’ collaboration, it’s defined by a surreal, pop-friendly charm, while still brimming with the creative quirks associated with Dieter’s best work. There’s a strong rhythmic backbone running through the album, almost dance-ably so, but…
KWJAZ
KWJAZ
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £11.99

*Now available on CD for the first time – the killer first LP from Rangers associate Peter Berends aka KWJAZ* NNF present the hallucinatory first LP from Rangers associate Peter Berends aka KWJAZ after a blink-and-miss-it debut cassette for the Brunch Groupe in 2010. We enter a potently warped world of decomposing ambient electro-jazz with ‘Once In Babylon’, ferrying us along a ferric-murky exhalation of blurry mixtape-styled moments flopping from…
MEGAFORTRESS
Megafortress
SOFTWARE
Mini LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Mellifluous vocal meditations from New York’s Bill Gillim aka Megafortress on Software, the label curated by Dan ‘Oneohtrix’ Lopatin and Joel Ford. Using only his own falsetto-leaning voice (layered and processed), sampled vocals and synthesiser, Gillim generates four new age-inflected examples of modern plainsong, reminding us a little of Julianna Barwick’s The Magic Place, but probably coming over more like a hungover,…
PANABRITE
Sub-Aquatic Meditation
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

**Delicious and deeply-learned “sonic natural wonders” for fans of Jürgen Mueller, OPN, Dolphins Into The Future. Make sure to check his recent Mnmlssgs mix** “Panabrite is the solo project of Seattle-based Norm Chambers, utilizing analog synthesis, vintage drum machines, various effects and occasional guitar. Inspired by science fiction, new age music, soundtracks and library production music, nature/science documentaries, and vintage electronic sounds… His first lp release Sub Aquatic Meditation is…
BATTLES
Dross Glop 2
Warp Records
12″ // £7.99

2nd in a 4-part 12″ series features remixes by Kode 9, The Alchemist and Shabazz Palaces. Best of the lot is Kode 9’s soured, strange-tasting ‘Africastle’ remix, isolating a youtube-like resonance to the swirling lead motif while shredding the rhythm into body-bumping Funky rotations. As The Alchemist, the classic Battles line-up of Dave Konopka, Ian Williams, John Stanier and Tyondai Braxton give a low slung remix of ‘Futura’, and Shabazz…
MMOTHS
MMOTHS
SQE Music
LP // £7.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Features a remix from Keep Shelly In Athens.
VARIOUS / DJ KICKS
DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives 2012
K7
CD // £7.99

DJ-Kicks have made a virtue of collecting at least one original track from each artist who contributes to their long-running and well-informed mix series. ‘The Exclsuives’ captures the best of these, taking in bespoke productions from Four Tet, Henrik Schwarz, Kode 9, MCDE, Holden, Hot Chip and more. Best among these are Four Tet’s Krautrock-Techno number ‘Pockets’, plus Kode 9’s marimba-tickling Funky roll ‘You Don’t Wash’, Apparat’s divine exaltation ‘Sayulita’,…
VARIOUS / DJ KICKS
DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives 2012
K7
2LP // £13.99

DJ-Kicks have made a virtue of collecting at least one original track from each artist who contributes to their long-running and well-informed mix series. ‘The Exclsuives’ captures the best of these, taking in bespoke productions from Four Tet, Henrik Schwarz, Kode 9, MCDE, Holden, Hot Chip and more. Best among these are Four Tet’s Krautrock-Techno number ‘Pockets’, Apparat’s divine exaltation ‘Sayulita’, and Gold Panda’s twinkling slow House groove ‘An Iceberg…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY & MARIEE SIOUX
Bonnie Mariee
Spiritual Pajamas
2×7″ // £13.99

**Will Oldham and a constellation of revered band members from Bright Eyes, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, A Perfect Circle and more alongside Californian folkstress, Mariee Sioux** “As great things often do, these sessions started with a simple conceptual challenge. In this case, it was the brainchild of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, after being asked by Spiritual Pajamas co-founder Britt Govea if he had interest in singing a song with…
JOSE GONZALES
Cycling Trivialities
Sahko Recordings
12″ // £8.99

The unmistakably eloquent José González makes a surprising, yet not all that far fetched, appearance on Säkhö’s Puu sublabel with his gorgeous ‘Cycling Trivialities’ from the 2007 LP ‘In Our Nature’. The magically enveloping original is cut at 45rpm across the A-side for maximum fidelity, while a previously unreleased radio edit graces the B-side next to ‘The Nest’, which is also taken from the aforementioned album. Cut for vinyl at…
GARETH DICKSON
Quite A Way Away
12K
CD // £8.99

“Quite A Way Away”is a singer/songwriter album, but the fact that it’s on Taylor Deupree’s 12k imprint should tell you it’s a great deal more than that as well. Glaswegian troubadour Dickson, who has played in Vashti Bunyan’s touring band and collaborated with Max Richter, writes and performs songs rooted in classic, cyclical folk-rock structures, with a finger-picking style openly indebted to Nick Drake and Bert Jansch. The similarities with…
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY
The B-Sides For Time To Be Clear
Domino
7″ // £5.49

The Bonnie Prince and Domino present a double B-side 7″ to the as-yet-unreleased ‘Time To Be Clear’ from his most recent LP ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’. As they realise, it would be a shame to leave these two languishing when they could be heard by y’all. There’s the quiet porchside soul-to-gospel rock loudness of ‘Whipped’ for your salvation on the front side, and a sweet bit of jukebox honky-tonk  for…
BOWERBIRDS
The Clearing
Dead Oceans
CD // £10.99

“The Clearing is Bowerbirds’ third album – a much bigger, bolder and broader record than its predecessors. Recorded with Brian Joseph (Bon Iver) in Wisconsin, from the first song onwards, this is a band willing to make a statement and develop all the finest moments heard on the previous two records.”
BOWERBIRDS
The Clearing
Dead Oceans
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “The Clearing is Bowerbirds’ third album – a much bigger, bolder and broader record than its predecessors. Recorded with Brian Joseph (Bon Iver) in Wisconsin, from the first song onwards, this is a band willing to make a statement and develop all the finest moments heard on the previous two records.”
JENNIFER CASTLE
Castlemusic
NO QUARTER
LP // £12.49

After numerous guest appearances singing for F*cked Up, The Constantines and Doug Paisley, amongst others, Toronto’s Jennifer Castle takes centre stage on her solo debut ‘Castlemagic’. “It’s full of rambles, waltzes and ballads, wandering with equal parts feedback and quiet, through dark melodies; wistful, and straight out of a hzed dream or some offbeat 70s AM station. The songs have a kind of familiarity, as if they were always there….
JENNIFER CASTLE
Castlemusic
NO QUARTER
CD // £9.99

After numerous guest appearances singing for F*cked Up, The Constantines and Doug Paisley, amongst others, Toronto’s Jennifer Castle takes centre stage on her solo debut ‘Castlemagic’. “It’s full of rambles, waltzes and ballads, wandering with equal parts feedback and quiet, through dark melodies; wistful, and straight out of a hzed dream or some offbeat 70s AM station. The songs have a kind of familiarity, as if they were always there….
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS
Living Room Songs (Special Edition)
ERASED TAPES
10″ + DVD // £15.99

**Special tour edition with bonus DVD with the filming of the recording session – only 250 of these have been made** It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast…
STEVE PETERS + STEVE RODEN
Not A Leaf Remains As It Was
12K
CD // £8.99

“In 1995 Steve Peters and Steve Roden toured as a trio with singer Anna Homler; sometimes they would vocalize behind her, and they liked the way their voices blended together. They then spent about 15 years saying that “someday” they should record a voice-based project together. Aside from the physical distance between them, the problem was always: What would we sing? Neither wanted to write or sing lyrics. Inspiration came…
PHILIP CORNER
Piano Work’d
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

**Limited edition of 150 copies** “Philip Corner (b. 1933) is an American composer, musician and visual artist. His teachers include Henry Cowell and Oliver Messiaen. While on military duty in Korea in 1960-1961 he studied calligraphy with Ki-sung Kim and many of his works have calligraphic scores. A founder member of Fluxus, Corner has performed with George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik. From 1967 to 1970…
BVDUB
Tribes at the Temple of Silence (2012 Reissue)
Home Normal
CD // £8.99

**2012 reissue in special packaging – limited copies** The consistently good Home Normal label presents what must be the most engaging and lushly complex album to date from Brock Van Wey aka BVDub. Drifting slightly away from the vast dub scapes he’s reputed for, ‘Tribes At The Temple Of Silence’ is a sumptuous suite of drone/loop-based ambient electronics with a keener sense of pop sweetness and taste for tempered beats….
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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WOODEN SHJIPS
Remixes
Thrill Jockey
12″ // £13.49

Andrew Weatherall and Sonic Boom present heady remixes of Wooden Shjips alongside Ripley’s exclusive new collaboration with Kandodo. The Chairman doles a lip-curling, swaggering remix of ‘Crossing’ from their ‘West’ LP, beside Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom ov Spacemen 3’s mind-swilling megamulch of numerous parts from the same LP – a proper trip, this one! Finally, ‘Ursus Maritimus (Last Bears Lament’, the long-distance collaboration between Ripley in Colorado and Kandodo…
A WHISPER IN THE NOISE
To Forget
Exile On Mainstream
LP // £13.99

Fourth full-length outing from West Thordson’s A Whisper In The Noise, and what a lush affair it is. It’s vocal-heavy for the most part, led by Thordson’s gentle, Sufjan-style croon, but the monumental title track, which opens the album, is an instrumental (save for some ethereal choral layers), reminding us of the unbridled emotional swell of Morricone, This Mortal Coil and Max Richter. Similarly epic orchestral arrangements recur throughout the…
CEREMONY
Zoo
Matador
CD // £8.99

Hailing from Ronhert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco, Ceremony deliver a buff fourth album issued via Matador Records. Their first album for the label sees them working with producer John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Girls, Sleater-Kinney, Weezer) to optimise their ruffcut sound and accentuate their themes of suburban alienation and confinement with a rather posh, conservative sound. “The music of ‘Zoo’ explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section…
CEREMONY
Zoo
Matador
LP // £13.99

Hailing from Ronhert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco, Ceremony deliver a buff fourth album issued via Matador Records. Their first album for the label sees them working with producer John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Girls, Sleater-Kinney, Weezer) to optimise their ruffcut sound and accentuate their themes of suburban alienation and confinement with a rather posh, conservative sound. “The music of ‘Zoo’ explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section…
CEREMONY
Hysteria
Matador
7″ // £4.99

Much-hyped Californian progressive HxC band lopp off a handy single from their fourth and debut LP ‘Zoo’. The production is very polished for a band of this nature, but then again so are their songs. ‘Hysteria’ packs a real percussive punch and crunching guitars in ferocious fashion, while the B-side ‘I’m A bug’ is a short and neat cover of a song by The Urinals.
DIE JUNGEN
At Breath’s End
LebensStrasse
LP // £13.99

**Superb, subtly realised side of ghostly fifties/sixties hypno-pop with a real Lynchian charm. A must check for fans of Dirty Beaches or Tropic Of Cancer** “At Breath’s End is the debut album from Die Jungen, a project that Klaus Von Barrel maintains alongside to The KVB. This is the soundtrack that David Lynch would have ordered from Phil Spector is Twin Peaks had been filmed by the beach and even…
DIE JUNGEN
At Breath’s End
LebensStrasse
CD // £12.99

**Superb, subtly realised side of ghostly fifties/sixties hypno-pop with a real Lynchian charm. A must check for fans of Dirty Beaches or Tropic Of Cancer** “At Breath’s End is the debut album from Die Jungen, a project that Klaus Von Barrel maintains alongside to The KVB. This is the soundtrack that David Lynch would have ordered from Phil Spector is Twin Peaks had been filmed by the beach and even…
JONQUIL
Point Of Go
BLESSINGFORCE
LP+CD // £15.99

*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* **Includes bonus CD copy** “Recorded over a six-week period at the farmhouse studio of Andrew Halford – guitarist with Trophy Wife’s live band – it [Point Of Go] takes the band’s summery, afro-beat flourishes and delicately intricate guitars and strips them back to a set of immediate, direct pop songs. From ‘History of Headaches’ – a low-slung slow-builder with a celebratory pay…
NEW BUILD
Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Lanark Recordings
CD // £9.99

**Includes three special artwork prints** Fresh alt.pop from Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem’s Al Doyle and Felix Martin, and engineer/producer Tom Hopkins. As New Build they arrive at an effervescent pop sound with strong traces of their other projects mixed with a more classic, wider appealing blend of Robert Wyatt-esque vocals and Peter Gabriel-worthy sense of fusioneering. There’s some instant winners to be found, no more so than the Canterbury pop sweetness…
REAL ESTATE
Easy
Domino
7″ // £3.99

**Pink wax. Includes exclusive B-side ‘Exactly Nothing’** Domino present ‘Easy’ as the 2nd single from Real Estate’s ‘Days’ LP. You kinda already know what you’re getting with these guys, but it’s the way they do it that counts, and the warm melancholy of ‘easy’ is a genuine treat. Flipside you’ll find ‘Exactly Nothing’, indulging their taste for hard eastern European D&B. Not really; it’s just another lovely bit of sun-drenched…
SIMIAN GHOST
Youth
HIT OR HEIST
CD // £9.99

“From the cyclical melodicism and brevity of album opener “Curtain Call”, to the beauty inherent in the shimmering “The Capitol” and lead track “Wolf Girl”, there is a variety and aural confidence here that comes from an artist fulfilling their potential and songwriting ambitions. When the twinkling guitars arrive to colour album highlight “Automation”’s chorus, and with the likes of “Siren” and “No Dreams” to follow up, it’d be hard…
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Domino
CD // £9.99

“The band’s tenth full length album is their first release of new material for Domino, who have previously reissued some of the band’s classic period albums and Stephin Merritt’s recent ‘Obscurities’ collection. After putting out three synthesizer-free albums, The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with releases such as ‘The Charm Of The Highway Strip’ and ‘Get Lost’….
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Domino
LP // £12.99

“The band’s tenth full length album is their first release of new material for Domino, who have previously reissued some of the band’s classic period albums and Stephin Merritt’s recent ‘Obscurities’ collection. After putting out three synthesizer-free albums, The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with releases such as ‘The Charm Of The Highway Strip’ and ‘Get Lost’….
VARIOUS / V2
Rough Trade Counter Culture 11
Rough Trade
2CD // £9.99

CD1 01. Josh T Pearson – Drive Her Out 02. Lanterns on the Lake – Ships In The Rain 03. The Head and The Heart – Rivers and Roads 04. Mara Carlyle – Bowlface en Provence 05. The Decemberists – Rise To Me 06. Drive-By Truckers – Ray’s Automatic Weapon 07. Richmond Fontaine – The Chainsaw Sea 08. Still Corners – Into The Trees 09. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins…
YETI LANE
The Echo Show
Sonic Cathedral
CD // £7.99

**Gatefold slipcase** Parisian psychpop duo follow-up their acclaimed 2010 debut with a spiralling LP co-produced and mixed by Antoine Gaillet (M83, Zombie Zombie, The Berg Sans Nipple). From the whirligig wall-of-sound on opener ‘Analog Wheel’ they cycle through the propulsive ecstasies of the title track and the shoegazing whorl of ‘Warning Sensations’. The first of four interludes punctuates this section before ‘Logic Winds’ blooms forth 8-bit chirrups and Stereolab pop…
JAZZ / RELATED
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HAROLD MARTIN & LARRY YOUNG JR.
Wild Fire
Sticky
7″ // £6.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition of 400** An eerie side of New Jersey Jazz organ played by Larry Coltrane aka “The John Coltrane of the Organ”. According to the knowledge, ‘Wild Fire’ originally appeared on a concerto called ‘Black Fantasy’ but that’s not confirmed. What we can confirm is that Larry played on Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’ and had a stack of LPs released on Blue Note before his untimely death, aged…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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DGOHN
Hang Nail
Subtle Audio
12″ // £6.49

One of Subtle Audio’s most revered operators returns with a hyper-structured three tracker. There’s few others out there with dexterity to break beats like dgoHn, as he proves over the celestially graceful ‘Hang Nail’, through the drum stunt acrobatics of ‘4.37445 Yards’ and the body-bullying funk of ‘Be Gentle’.
CLUEKID
Ninety Three / Swampman
Bullfrog
12″ // £6.49

Authentic ‘Ninety Three’ styled Junglism reinforced with 2012 Dubstep pressure. Crushed, pitched and rolling amens rudely wind up with stack-rocking subs, warmest synth washes and a perilous Reese breakdown on the titular A-side, while B-side ‘Swampman’ comes with an intense halfstep chokehold.
COMMIX
Dusted
METALHEADZ
CD // £7.99

Commix clear their cache of material produced for and around their ‘Call To Mind’ classic with ‘Dusted (Selected Works 2003-2008)’. It comprises 12 tracks which, although up to their high standards, didn’t make the final cut of their 2007 LP, and actually make a very tidy set by themselves. Making way for a new batch of material, we’re reminded of their prowess in the deeper, liquid styled quarters of the…
FD
Blue Sky Research / Stripped
Warm Communications
12″ // £6.49

Following recent releases for Metalheadz, Critical and CIA, FD drops two sleek and kinetic steppers for Warm Communications. A-side ‘Blue Sky Research’ plays nice with a long and epic intro before unleashing agile drums and pneumatic bass pressure, whereas ‘Stripped’ is the one to watch, working a sharp 2-step drum pattern against pointillist stabs to prod the dancers into action.
NEED FOR MIRRORS
Donuts / Badfellaz
Dispatch Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Raving D&B from the Need For Mirrors duo and Kiat. A-side NFM deliver the robotic roll of ‘Donuts’, revolving around hard snare punctuations and neuro-funky synthlines, before linking with Kiat for the moodier atmospheric stepper ‘Badfellaz’.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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ANTHONY PATERAS
Errors Of The Human Body OST
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Original score by Anthony Pateras for Eron Sheean’s Errors Of The Human Being, a curious sci-fi movie shot at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany (it’s the new Hollywood apparently) and starring, among others, Rik Mayall of Bottom fame! Bottom and Editions Mego: two worlds we never thought would collide. Melbourne-based Pateras, a regular collaborator with Robin Fox, soundtracked Sheean’s previous too films,…
MUSTAFA OZKENT
Genclik Ile Elele
Finders Keepers Records
LP // £15.99

Finally available again… Finders Keepers pull another treat out of the magic hat with this legendary and ultra-rare gem from the annals of the Anatolian pysch/funk/folk/rock scene. As Votel himself writes in the press release, if this album had been discovered by the early B-Boys in the Bronx, it would have been as treasured as the Incredible Bongo Band as it’s basically wall to wall breaks – no vocals just…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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NITE JEWEL
One Second of Love
Secretly Canadian
CD // £9.99

Ramona Gonzalez, the enchantress we all know and love as Nite Jewel, serves an impeccably crafted sophomore album; ‘One Second Of Love’ for Secretly Canadian. You probably don’t need to be reminded, but in case you’ve been in a coma for the last three years, this New Jersey lass has been making some of the most stylish, endearing pop music around, including collaborations with the don, Dam-Funk, Stellar Om Source,…
CARLOS GIFFONI
Evidence (ft. Laurel Halo)
SOFTWARE
LP // £10.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** What’s this, Carlos Giffoni making acid-powered EBM ??? On Ford & Lopatin’s label??? We’ll have some of that. The No Fun head honcho and noise figurehead’s ongoing exploration of analogue and digital synthesis has yielded some diverse results in recent years – from the punitive minimalism of his Severance set for Hospital Productions, to the deconstructed psych-techno of his No Fun Acid…
SEAHAWKS
After Sunrise (Invisible Sunrise Remixes)
Ocean Moon
12″ // £7.99

Prime mid-tempo psychedelic chug-offs from Dr Dunk and Gatto Fritto, remixing cuts from Seahawks’ ‘Invisible Sunrise’ album. Bow side, Dr Dunk of Rub ‘n Tug fame lends his ‘Lost At Sea’ mix of ‘Catch A Star’, spaciously rendered and lushly tripped-out for dazed daytime sways. To the stern, Gatto Fritto jacks ‘Invisible Sunrise’ into the ‘New Gold Dawn’ mix with killer rimshot rolls and an almost New Beat-y jack for…
SYMMETRY
Themes For An Imaginary Film
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
2CD // £11.99

**2CDs, 2 hours worth of prime Johnny Jewel music inspired by European cinema noir and avant-classical composition and concepts by Cage, Ligeti, Satie, Feldman. Its’ *not* his rumoured unused soundtrack to Nicolas Refn’s ‘Drive’, but could well be used for your next intercounty mission or autobahn cruise** “Three years in the making, Symmetry – the project that began as a conceptual tangent between Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, & Desire’s more…
BECA
Let’s Run Wild (Ashley Beedle Dub / Klic Mix)
THIS IS MUSIC
12″ // £6.99

**Limitd edition vinyl with download code redeemable from the label** This Is Music align with the pop vision of Julliard-trained New Yorker Beca for her debut single. Her original contribution is reserved to the brief but memorable ‘Fall Into Light’, an endearingly fresh yet noirishly European-sounding piece of R&B/Pop with a dramatic, slow-strobing disco heart. This is backed by remixes of the as yet unreleased ‘Let’s Run Wild’ as a…
LIGHT ASYLUM
Shallow Tears
Mexican Summer
12″ // £6.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 on white wax** Ahead of their eponymous debut album, Light Asylum offer strong hints of what to expect with this dramatic session of gothic darkwave. A-side ‘Shallow Tears’ Shannon Funchess sounds like Grace Jones on steroids set against a backdrop of lurching Linn drums and gazing synths in wonderfully camp fashion.The near-instrumental B-side ‘Genesis’ is more scapey, kinda like Chris & Cosey meets Vatican Shadow….
TECHNO / HOUSE
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SAMOYED
Her Honey Dripping Behind EP
Glum
12″ // £5.49

Samoyed delivers an insanely strong four-track 12″ for Lukid’s Glum label. He’s long been championed by the label head and like-minded producer Actress for his raw, intuitive meld of ruff electronics and House with subsonic sounds that go all the way down. Aside from his debut album this is his most substantial, and dare we say best output to date. On the A-side brisk, ruff-cut machine beats are countered with…
DAM MANTLE / BECOMING REAL
Her Woes / Paramnesia
GET ME!
12″ // £6.99

Dead smart dancefloor electronics from the UK underground. Glasgow’s Dam Mantle command the frontside with a lush take on Chicago juke slowed to a UK-friendly 140bpm and with more emphasis on swirling, synthesized head-pressure systems. We’d struggle to name another cut from this scene which hits the vibe so squarely, fluidly, or instinctively. It’s an A grade winner. Meanwhile downtown, London’s Becoming Real slips into hypnotic Funky/Techno mode on a…
AND
ADBF BNGD DST
Black Sun Records
12″ // £7.99

AnD return to Black Sun with three functional hard Techno cuts. What they lack in sophistication they make up for in brute force with the concatenated wallop of the A-side, while the B-side offers a slightly more funked-up, Hood-esque kicker and another bruising industrial 4/4 pounder.
SZARE
Arcane Rhythm Structures
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £7.99

On their 4th Horizontal Ground 12″ Szare present three “arcane rhythm structures excavated and remodelled by hand”. The first structure is slow, dark and muggy, floating like a dosed-up Morphosis offcut. The second is sprightly, kinked with tidy tribal percussion and locked into a slinky Tech-House groove we could almost imagine appearing on Perlon. On the longer B-side, their 3rd structure is Technofied, riding with offset, swinging bassline and sleight…
B-TRACKS
Come Back
SUPPLY RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Diverse deep House electronics from Soren Jahan and John Barera’s hand-stamped white label Supply series. Front side you’ll find the warm, mid-tempo analogue push of ‘Come Back’, a cool swinging and well tucked New York groover with lovely keys and uplifting vibes, next to the the more uptempo Andy Stott or Claro-styled square bass roller ‘The Next Step’. Flipside they engage with instinctively reduced and refined Dub Techno on ‘When…
SEV DAH
Divide Et Impera
NAKED INDEX
12″ // £7.99

Grungy, Industrial-tinted TechnoHouse on Frozen Border sublabel, Naked Index. Sev Dah makes a quietly confident entrance with the murky bass flow and crunching percussion of the longer A-side, holding our attention with subtle, non-linear evolutions and an eerily spacious sound design. Flipside opens with a more driven, mutant Techno roller and concludes with an intricately bound Latin-Dub-Tech shuffler, whistles included.
RECLOOSE
Magic
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Smart GarageHouse from the one and only Recloose, backed with a smoother, discofied Carl Craig edit. The original ‘Magic’ lifts the spirits with filtered disco loops and soulful vox on a skippy swing, while ‘UHF’ is more tropical, with ’80s boogie-pop synths and breezy chants. C2’s edit adds some crafty chops and layered vocal treatments to great effect.
NAX ACID
Marilia
Aconito Records
12″ // £5.99

**Limited, hand-numbered edition** London’s dark Italian Techno outpost, Aconito Records, presents three tracks from label founder nAX_acid and his buddy Claudio PRC. ‘5 October 1971’ opens the side with a probing piece of pulsing ambient Techno before the starting the session proper with the gloomy throb of ‘Chrondite H4’. Flipside matters get much more dramatic with the expansive 4/4 odyssey ‘Marília’. Support from FSG, Dettmann, Cio D’Or,
PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS
Remixes | Silent Servant | The Black Dog
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £6.99

Diesel-powered remixes of Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault System project by Sandwell District’s Silent Servant and Sheffield’s finest, The Black Dog. In his remix of ‘Bell Blocker’ John Mendez delivers what might well be one of his finest productions to date, deploying sweeping, melancholic string chords against a straight-backed techno rhythm spiced with the faintest hint of Latin swing – it’s muscular but melancholic stuff, similar in tone and architecture to…
MORPHOSIS
The TEPCO Report
MORPHINE
12″ // £8.99

Techno visionary Rabih Beani aka Morphosis presents his first solo outing since the immense ‘What We Have Learned’ LP. A-side is a swirl of foreboding industrial sirens and distant freeform drumming courtesy of Tommaso Cappellato, sounding like an improvised electronic jazz session recorded in the middle of a worksite in the dead of night. B-side brings the beat proper; a welting bass pulse under expressive synth oscillations and droning atmospherics…
PETER VAN HOESEN
Transitional State
TIME TO EXPRESS
12″ // £7.99

Acidic Techno in four muscular, modulating variations. We’d advise you watch out for the exceptional ‘Admonition’, sounding like Alva Noto gone to a denim & leather night in Ghent circa 1987, whereas ‘Nineteen Continued’ and ‘Transitional State 1’ are more stripped down, jacking joints and ‘Transitional State 2’ operates some crafty halfstepping Techno jack at 138bpm.
KATE WAX
Dust Collision (Remixes)
Border Community
12″ // £5.99

Solvent and Margot line up to remix the epic acid-pop title track from Kate Wax’s Border Community LP. The original’s a striking fusion of electronically tormented vocals and dissonant synth colours, while Solvent offers a neatly efficient Electro-Acid mover putting her noirish vocals to work over bubbling 303s, and Margot lends a more reduced, swinging mnml-Tech version beside the haunting acapella. Fans of Emika, Planningtorock, Aerea Negrot should check this….
MARK RADFORD
Rinse 18
Rinse
CD // £8.99

Rinse FM’s Tech House attache rounds up a sophisticated 14 track selection of 4/4 grooves. A1 Bassline aside, there’s not a sniff of Grime, Dubstep or Funky, but the selection still swings like a good ‘un. Expect dark room rollers from the likes of Carl Craig, John Tejada, Subban, Solomun, Martin Landsky, Lazaro Casanova, Mark Henning and more.
THE THIRD MAN
Future Tense EP
Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)
12″ // £5.99

Toby Leeming aka The Third Man returns with his 3rd EP for ART, aiming for the dancefloor whilst retaining a melodic and harmonic sophistication.
WORLD
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Finders Keepers Supports Finders Keepers: Make Do & Mend 10
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £4.99

Finders Keepers bods Andy Votel and Doug Shipton step up to select the 10th in their fundraising ‘Make Do & Mend’ series of compilations. They’ve raided the cabinet to grab twenty past, present and future aces spanning the breadth of their tastes and the label’s bulging catalogue. Perhaps of most interest to the heads are the unreleased tasters of what’s to come. We’re talking the likes of Arp Life’s dusty…
VARIOUS / HONEST JON’S RECORDS
Shangaan Shake
Honest Jon’s Records
2CD // £8.99

You know the drill: over the past year, Honest Jon’s have released a series of 12″s featuring remixes of the artists who featured on 2010’s Shangaan Electro compilation, a close-knit circle of South African performers orbiting producer/svengali Nozinja. The high-speeed, Shangaan sound of Nozinja Studio is, thanks to HJ’s, now an internationally recognised sound, and the calibre of remixers the label enlisted reflects that. This compilation brings together all these…