May 272011
 

Hello,

The bastard child of Demdike Stare and Andy Votel, Anworth Kirk reaches further into his imitation oak-panelled library of 2nd-class culture this week for his second LP on Pre-Cert Entertainment. With a cats-cradle collage of fake-loric references to early Freemasonry, Egyptology, Electric Smithsonian releases and Oramics in Ardwick, it perpetuates a semi-fictitious myth with the alchemical innovation of J.P.Massiera or the dreamlike quality of a Zdenek Liska soundtrack. There’s only 420 copies and the last batch sold out fast… do what you gotta do!

Vinyl On Demand command our week once again with two superb, heavyweight and expansive/expensive collections of vintage minimal synth and industrial sounds from Psyche, and Van Kaye & Ignit. Psyche’s set covers their highly stylised 1985 LP ‘Insomnia Theatre’ and a clutch of machine workouts recalling vintage Chris Carter or Skinny Puppy. Van Kaye & Ignit’s ‘Anthology’, meanwhile, covers a slightly earlier period of nascent minimal synth-pop experiments from Holland circa 1980-85. Both are presented in lavish packaging and limited to 600 individually numbered copies that come complete with a certificate of ownership. Highly recommended!

Well recommended for lovers of romanticised isolation, Richard Skelton and vocalist Autumn Richardson unveil their collaborative project *AR, with a debut album that’s made available on a limited vinyl pressing this week after a private press cd edition of just 200 copies that sold out in a flash earlier this year. The album features Skelton applying his patented treatments to Autumn’s vocals in haunting and sublime fashion, initial copies come on transparent vinyl to boot, for the collectors.

Type affiliates Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (The Alps, Tarentel) and Matt Christensen (Zelienople) also make appearances this week – with the former making his excellent ‘Shining Skull Breath’ album available on vinyl for the first time, applying his signature fizzing/Drone style with extra tracks to expand its immersive majesty. Zelionople’s Matt Christensen, meanwhile, makes his solo debut with ‘A Cradle In The Bowery’. Subtly assisted by former collaborator John Twells, his seven songs of devotion are rendered with breathtakingly plangent harmonics and written with a sublime intent referencing classic Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500, and guaranteed to make a lasting impression.

Following the addictive first session, Rush Hour present another KILLER compendium of unreleased Chicago edits from Ron Hardy’s hallowed archive. This one includes deadly edits of Sleezy D, Lil Louis and Craig Loftis, plus unreleased material by Virgo, Larry Heard and more. Basically, it’s totally essential for Chicago fans and beyond.

Over on the floor, Mordant Music present ‘Variables II’ this week, containing a killer MM edit of Autre Ne Veut’s ‘Soldier’ and more sideways grooves from Ekoplekz and Sii – limited hand stamped edition, and if you can’t get enough MMordant in your life, make sure to pick up their latest collaboration with the BFI, a DVD and Blu-Ray release of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s ‘Un Chien Andalou’, complete with a re-worked MMordant score.

Numbers also come correct this week with Deadboy’s addictive ‘Here’, only his 2nd official single! We’ll warn you, listening to this record will give you stomach flutters you’d normally associate with a good friday night, but if you’re in the mood then there’s some unmissable dancefloor buzzes on this one. Night Slugs also come out in full effect with two limited white labels from Kingdom and Egyptrixx. The Kingdom plate features his in-demand R&B stepper ‘Fog’ and a mashup of C**** with Girl Unit, while the Egyptrixx 12″ includes mighty edits from New Jersey’s Mike Q!!! A big look for the c*nty crew!

Looking to purer Techno, Neon Jung references classic chaotic harmonies on the massive ‘Just Can’t Leave It Alone’ for Lone’s Magic Wire label, while Sandwell District finalise phase 2 with a killer bunch of edits from the ‘Feed Forward’ album.

Also out this week, priority releases from Surgeon, Trunk, Chris Watson, the Tapeworm, Marcus Fjellstrom, Jonas Reinhardt, ASC & BVdub, Tokimonsta, Hobby Industries, Ron Hardy, Roska, Deep Medi, Joker, Planet Mu, Emptyset, Mountains, Mike Huckaby vs Sun Ra, The Normal, Sigha, T.Williams, Objekt, Lory D and much much more…

Have yourselves a wonderful week…..

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ANWORTH KIRK
Avonwaith
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £10.99

**New from the Demdike Stare / Andy Votel affiliated Pre-Cert Home Entertainment Label – Limited to 420 coies. Cut at Berlin’s D&M** Following Applehead’s myth-spawning enigmas, the Demdike Stare/Finders Keepers-curated Pre-Cert axis present the second full length record by ambiguous entity, Anworth Kirk. ‘Avonwaith’ forms a cats cradle of recondite fake-loric references to Early Freemasonry, Egyptology, drug abuse and sound poetry, observing found fragments of sonic pulp fiction and draping them in a framework of non-musical elements such as basic magnetic communication, secular religion and primitive mechanical industry. The latent spirit of the region’s long-doomed cotton industry hangs heavy in the air, convecting sideways whispers of corruption in pre-war local industry along the unlit canals and supertemporal aqueducts of cottonopolis used by exotic shellac traders and Letterist renegades. Guided by a perverted outsider belief system, this neo-realist collage of reclaimed folk/pop combines essential influences from Electric Smithsonian releases to basic Carnatic music, Oramics in Ardwick, Kommune pop groups and futen theatre, all with the alchemical innovation of J.P. Massiera or the dreamlike qualities of Zdenek Liska. We think you’ll be spellbound and beguiled in equal measures. Parts of this disc are presented in both Stereo and Mono and it is to be played at 45RPM with a low gram stylus pressure. The first two releases on this label sold out in less than a week – hurry if you know what’s good and right in the world.



*AR
Wolf Notes
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Type
LP // £11.99

*AR is the collaborative project of Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson. Strictly limited pressing – initial copies come on transparent vinyl* Originally published in a limited CD edition of just 200 copies, ‘Wolf Notes’ is the debut album from *AR, the collaborative project of Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton. While both are already accomplished solo musicians, ‘Wolf Notes’ marks a stunning new chapter in their canon, and like all great collaborations takes the finest elements of each, moulding it into a pitch-perfect whole. Those of you familiar with Skelton’s previous works, most notably ‘Landings’, might be surprised to hear that the central instrument on ‘Wolf Notes’ is the human voice. Autumn Richardson’s glassy, lilting echoes haunt the record like distant spirits, with her melodies kneaded and obscured by Skelton’s patented treatments and signature strings. The central theme is established with relative ease, but is allowed to shift like the tides, pushing and pulling throughout the record’s duration. ‘Wolf Notes’ might be split into five distinct parts, but they are all simply sections of a clearly defined whole, and are not intended to be heard in isolation from one another. Quite possibly the most sublime project from Skelton yet – adding to an already precious catalogue of releases.



PSYCHE
Insomnia Theatre (Deluxe Box Set)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Vinyl On Demand
Deluxe Box Set (3LP+7″+DVD) // £59.99

**3LP + 7″ + DVD lavish boxset with individually-numbered certificate of ownership – limited to an edition of just 600 copies for the world** Legendary Canadian Minimal synth/Industrial duo, Psyche receive the deluxe Vinyl On Demand treatment. This boxset expands and focuses on their definitive debut album ‘Insomnia Theatre’, including the original album tracks plus the 4-Track recordings featuring early member Dwayne Goettel, as well as several rare direct to cassette demos, the tracks of ‘Tales From The Darkside’, their classic ‘Thundershowers’ and live recordings. Originating in Edmonton, Alberta, the brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss formed what is reputedly the first and only synthesizer group in their region at the turn of the ’80s. Kitted with a Mattel Synsonics, and later a Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine, DR. 110, Korg Mono/Poly, Sequential Circuits Pro One, and Davolisant String Synthesizer, the pair created and self-released ‘Insomnia Theatre’ in 1985 to widespread acclaim, before scoring a Eurohit in 1986 with successive single ‘Unveiling The Secret’. All those tracks are included here. The first disc holds the original album plus the 4-Track demos and single tracks primed for the Industrial disco, exceptional cuts such as the nitrate-fuelled ‘Thundershowers’, the Chris Carter-esque ‘Wrench’ and incendiary synth-pop of ‘Murder In The Wind’. The 2nd LP reveals some vintage material such as Human League style ‘Instinct’ besides the urgent, icy and quite incredible ‘Insatiable’, plus a selection of live recordings made between ’83 and ’86. A third LP compiles the 16 tracks from their 1990 CD compilation ‘Tales From The Darkside’ on one record for the first time. Their tracks here are more Industrial tainted, covering spiky machine workouts reminding of Skinny Puppy, Ministry or Chris and Cosey, to genuinely jaw-dropping beatless synth trips like ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’ and ‘Theme For Runaways’. And as if that’s not enough, there’s also a 7″ featuring two HD pressings of their most arresting synth-pop moments ‘Goodbye Horses’ and ‘Misery’, plus a DVD compiling their visual work from the same period. It’s more than a ear full, and the whole thing has just got us sweating under our studded collars. Another precious document from the mighty Vinyl on Demand – don’t miss it.



VAN KAYE + IGNIT
Anthology 1980-85
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Vinyl On Demand
5LP Deluxe Box Set // £79.99

**Lavish foil-embossed 5LP boxset limited to just 600 copies including individually numbered certificate of ownership.** Vinyl On Demand deliver another exquisite archival set turning us on to the minimal synth wave music of legendary Dutch duo Van Kaye and Ignit with this fascinating collection spanning murky darkwave to funked machine pop. After singing with the Monomen in the late ’70s, art history student Ed Van Kasteren began working with performing artist and student, Ignit Bekken. They formed Van Kaye & Ignit, and soon after the Ding Dong Discs label to represent the cultural expressions of the Randstad undergound (an area between Amsterdam and Rotterdam), offering their own distinguished synth experiments besides independently releasing the likes of Legendary Pink Dots, Bene Gesserit, Anne Gillis, and Bel Canto Orchestra on a series of beautifully designed records and tape compilations. The first LP of this anthology covers Van Kaye’s industrial rhythm experiments circa 1980 with the ‘Slight Delay Demos’, a bunch of acutely raw cuts of synth-pop and wave music which would influence their legendary 1st single proper, ‘Picassos On The Wall’. The 2nd LP features full release versions of those exceptionally dark and post-apocalyptic early experiments, but for us, the disc bearing their 1984 cassette ‘With A Little Help’ features the strongest material. The production values are that bit sharper and there’s some incredible moments of unique industrial funk like ‘Tense’, and ‘Stroll’ featuring Bill Wisselink and Portion Control, not to mention the brilliantly eccentric interludes. LP 4 spans their compilation output between ’82 and ’83, touching on energetic Body Music, incredible sci-fi synth atmospheres, spiky electro-funk and punky electronic expressions. LP 5, meanwhile, covers a diverse spectrum of strangely jaunty synth-pop collaborations and unreleased recordings from 1985, plus an energetic live show from 1983. This set should be considered a crucial purchase for anyone searching for the more blurred and grey areas of early ’80s synth-wave, where the sound isn’t quite goth, simply minimal or just industrial. These are more individual machine pop articulations which don’t fall so easily into one category or another. Highly recommended!



KEVIN DRUMM
Imperial Distortion (Strictly Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
3LP // £29.99

**Nightly prayers have been answered – this essential album finally lands on triple white vinyl in heavyweight gatefold sleeve. For our money, it’s a worthy successor to AFX’s Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 – a MUST BUY** Very occasionally a record comes along that we just don’t want to review, a record so wondrous that words just seem to fall short. Since we have an urge to persuade anyone who crosses our path to hear ‘Imperial Distortion’, though, perhaps it’s worth a shot nonetheless. Dominick Fernow’s Hospital imprint has long impressed us with its output, but never before have we heard anything quite like ‘Imperial Distortion’ slip out of its ornate iron gates. Those of you in the know will already be aware of the label’s noise-laden psychosexual tendencies, and those of you familiar with Kevin Drumm will no doubt be expecting a harsh onslaught of sound to scare your loved ones, but think again. Mego’s genre-defining ‘Sheer Hellish Miasma’ might have set Drumm up as America’s premier exponent of grinding noise, but ‘Imperial Distortion’ is a very different beast indeed and confirms that Drumm is simply one of the most important figures in the American avant garde. A bumper triple vinyl set of music, this is to my mind the post millennial answer to Aphex Twin’s seminal ‘Selected Ambient Works II’. Where Richard D. James created a floating world hooked into his lucid dreams (or so he led us to believe), Drumm takes us into the darkest recesses of a broken world, somewhere deep beneath the sea with bombs and guns tearing flesh and concrete overhead. The album is something of an escape; the subtle oscillations and blissful tones thick with guilt and pregnant with disdain for a palsied society, and on headphones leave you totally paralysed. Comparable to the early electronic experiments of French composer Eliane Radigue or the BBC Radiophonic Workshop if they ditched the sci-fi for torture porn, there is a deep and rarely witnessed knowledge of the medium on show here. Drumm is no newcomer to the scene and isn’t jumping on or off any bandwagon, rather this is a totally timeless collection of work. If you really need proof check ‘Romantic Sores’, maybe the softest moment on the album, a track which builds from subtle pad-work into haunting and devastatingly beautiful synthesized notes which phase and pan assuredly, dragging you into a blurry, confused world. At first listen it sounds deceptively simple but each second is painstakingly constructed and the more you play these tracks the more you become drawn into Drumm’s imagination, never to return. Like Stephan Mathieu’s ‘Radioland’ or The Caretaker’s ‘Persistent Repetition of Phrases’, ‘Imperial Distortion’ seems to have slipped out from nowhere and captured our hearts. It is a record that is bound to be fighting for the top spot in many an end-of-year chart, and to put it bluntly you just need to experience it. Highest possible recommendation – strictly limited copies only.



JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Shining Skull Breath
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99

*Includes a download coupon for the album redeemable from the label* Jefre Cantu-Ledesma re-casts his elusive ‘Shining Skull Breath’ album from 2007 with two new tracks on an expanded edition remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Arguably it’s one of Jefre’s definitive solo statements outside of his work with The Alps and Tarentel, immersing the listener in an ecology of shoegaze pop drones where ambient atmospheres and elemental noise define the climate. The A-side is structured to expose us to the elements, from open expanses of rolling, grey sky and moorland on ‘Distant Star (For Pete Swanson)’, its howling climax leading to the caves of ‘Cannibal Hymn’, back into the precipitous panorama of the title track, before finding shelter and relief with ‘Tigris And Euphrates’ and being submerged in viscous, gritty distortion and staring up to ‘Diamond Stars’. With a few exceptions, it feels like we’re out of the inclement conditions on the other side, reaching the far horizon of his metaphoric soundscape. You’ll know you’re there when confronted with the heart-breakingly gorgeous ambient drone vista of ‘The Last Time I Saw Your Face It Was A Dying Star’, while the two new tracks extend the journey through sepulchral guitar and drizzly apparitions of ‘Witch Head Nebula’, and the plangent, heavy-breathing dronescape of ‘Tender Radiance’. You should return from this mind-hike muddied and drenched, but sublimely satisfied. Limited copies – highly recommended.



MARCUS FJELLSTROM
Library Music 1
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Kafkagarden
CD // £12.99

Swedish composer Marcus Fjellstrom has really excelled himself with this unassuming, self-released collection of “library music”. Why the inverted commas? Well, perhaps because library music better describes the sonic tradition in which Fjellstrom is working in rather than the likely purpose of his creations – though it’s fair to say that any adventurous TV/radio producers looking for mood music will find an embarassment of riches here. As befits a collection of “library music”, each track suggests completely different emotions, landscapes and movements, but almost in spite of itself the album achieves a weird coherence. Fjellstrom’s influences are obvious but artfully, elegantly referenced and recombined: not just vintage library finds, but also modern classical, laptop electronics, ice cool avant-jazz and the kind of stirring, fetidly atmospheric film music that just doesn’t get made any more – at various points we were reminded of Max Richter, The Focus Group, Howard Shore, Alva-Noto, Moondog, Bernard Parmegiani, Kryszstof Komeda and Basil Kirchin, and none of these are names we invoke lightly. Like his sometime Miasmah labelmates, Fjellstrom uses digital means to give his creations a vintage patina that’s visually as well as sonically evocative: at times you have to pinch yourself to remember you’re not watching some lost film noir in a smoky Vienna cinema. Every composition is thick with ideas and otherworldly in the extreme, and Fjellstrom has a knack for stirring melody as well as texture. Highly recommended.



MATT CHRISTENSEN
A Cradle In The Bowery
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Under The Spire
LP // £11.99

Gorgeous solo debut from Zelionople’s Matt Christensen, with subtle assistance from former collaborator John Twells, aka Xela. ‘A Cradle In The Bowery’ is a clearly heartfelt tribute to Christensen’s daughter, taking influence from indigenous Americana and the psychedelic soul of Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 to fashion a breathtaking and deeply evocative album. Each song is rendered with an exquisitely dreamlike quality, incubating the fragile form of Matt’s melancholy vocals, six-string guitar, synths and organ with a blissful amniotic suspension. Only the coldest heart wouldn’t succumb to the plangent harmonics and sublime intent of ‘Someday I Won’t Matter’, those glorious string arrangements and timelessly affective chord changes making an ever-lasting impression, and the most beautiful testament to devotion. While the title of ‘Drugged’ and its sustained organ refrains are a direct nod to Spacemen 3, the intent is perhaps more sincerely redolent of natural, as opposed to narcotic, chemical reactions, and the sort of instinctive emotions a father might feel for his child. This heartbreaking articulation is inextricable from ‘Daddy’ or the mesmerising float of closer ‘Lazy Angel’, and defines this album to it’s tender core. Highly recommended.



JONAS REINHARDT
Music For The Tactile Dome
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Following impressive entries for Kranky and Kraak, San Franciscan synthesist, Jonas Reinhardt offers the synaesthetic salve of ‘Music For The Tactile’ on NNF. This is deepest, learned Kosmiche/Krautrock terrain, assisted by Diego Gonzalez (Bass) and Damon Palermo (Drums/Rhythm Programming) in his quest for the stars and some kind of trance truth. Quite brilliantly, their revelations are far more concise than many of their fellow explorers, like short stories as opposed to light year-long sagas. The titular opener takes longest to reach its destination, powered by harmonised energy sources and a tired kick drum engine which has carried them thus far. Both ‘Smokey Jotus’ and ‘Hander Zader’ are more space/psyche rockin’, pushed by crashing drums and squealing synth chatter, but our favourites have to be the dramatic symphonics of the alien aquatic ‘Headband Harvest’ or the glistening 3D sim-space of ‘Neukoln’. Impressive.



GENE HUNT PRESENTS
Chicago Dance Tracks Part 2
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
2LP // £15.99

Time to get excited again: Rush Hour and Gene Hunt present the 2nd part of their extraordinary reel-to-reel excavations from Ron Hardy’s archives, this one with exclusive edits and unreleased material by Virgo, Larry Heard, Craig Loftis, Dion & Tony, Lil Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and Sleezy D. We’ve had a cup of teas and cooled out since the last one, but we’re getting that feeling again with some of these. The highlights on this one run deep: firstly there’s Craig Loftis’ ‘Yes I’m Right’, which has only ever appeared unofficially on those dodgy RDY bootlegs a few years back, but reappears here on a far better pressing, completely primed for the DJs. there’s also an jaw-dropping 13 minute version of Sleezy D’s ‘Trust’, exclusive to this wax and, if we’re not mistaken, provides the core sample for that addictively heavy Gesloten Cirkel cut ‘Yamagic’ that emerged recently. That’s not to mention a stupidly subbass-heavy George Dupree rework of Lil Louis’ ‘Super Clash’, and the pure Chi-town romance of Virgo’s ‘The Dryer’. Basically, any self-respecting old-skool Chicago House fan owes themselves this album. It’s massively recommended!!!



BARRY GRAY
Stand By For Adverts
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

Barry Gray is probably best known for his collboarations with Thunderbirds man Gerry Anderson, and thanks to Trunk, those of us who didn’t grow up hearing the UFO soundtrack when it originally aired were truly wowed when the label managed to secure a reissue a few years back. The still alien-sounding blend of echoing jazz and subtle sci-fi electronics had us totally captivated, so you can imagine the hand rubbing involved when we heard plans for this ridiculously comprehensive eighty-one track collection. Gray’s sonic signatures are all here in spades, and he really gets to flex his musical mind as he trips from eerie Radiophonic experiments (‘Hoover Keymatic (Excerpt 2)’) to jaunty instrumentals (‘Herald’) in a hop, skip and a jump. More than just a collection of peculiar sounds however, this is a look into an era long gone, and just as with Raymond Scott’s collected commercial work, hearing the adverts themselves is revealing historically as well as musically. Since the time when these tracks were recorded (the late 1950s and early 60s) advertising has become so much more cynical and often nauseatingly subtle, and the sheer barefaced naivety of the jingles is almost endearing. Sure it’s still selling the same old crap, but there’s a whole lot more style on show here than you’d expect to find in a decade’s worth of Cillit Bang commercials. Anyone left in awe by recent Radiophonic finds should check this anthology out without further delay.



CHRIS WATSON & MARCUS DAVIDSON
Cross-Pollination
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
CD // £10.99

Plenty of praise has been lavished on veteran musician, field recording expert and BBC sound recordist Chris Watson, and it would be hard to disagree with any of it. ‘Cross Pollination’ is his latest full-length, again for the Touch label that has been his home for many years, and sees him teaming up with Marcus Davidson for a surprising collaborative piece. Using Watson’s recordings of bees in an English country garden as the backbone of the composition, Marcus Davidson had a choir re-interpret the sounds and tones as a kind of symphony. Davidson had noticed that the bees’ pitch was always around the base note for tuning an orchestra, which sparked the idea, and the result is a beguiling blend of human and insect sounds that is as unusual as it might sound. As Davidson notes, the sound is comparable to Aboriginal music, but you can also hear plenty of references to early, primal choral recordings or even sacred music. . Paired with this piece is one of Watson’s solo recordings, charting the sunset to sunrise in the hostile Kalahari desert with a compressed half-hour of sound which is as engaging and enthralling as anything he has committed to disc in the past. The drones and ominous buzzing of unnamed insects drag you into a totally alien landscape, one you won’t want to leave in a hurry.

Singles of the Week



AUTRE NE VEUT / MORDANT MUSIC / EKOPLEKZ
Variables II EP
ELECTRONIC
Mordant Music
LP // £7.99

Mordant Music present their 2nd ‘Variables’ compendium, including a striking MMix of Autre Ne Veut’s ‘Soldier’ and original material by Mordant Music, Sii and Ekoplekz. It’s gotta be said, we’re massive fan of Autre Ne Veut, and the Mordant reMMix injects it with some psychotomimetic substance to see it stagger around like a spiked indie kid at 6am in a dirty warehouse rave. Just the ticket! Meanwhile, Ekoplekz follows his widely acclaimed singles and tape pack with two deep fried electro-dubz: the churning arabesque ‘Organite’ and the killer Sun Araw-styled, barely-tethered improvisations of ‘Thermodub’. Mordant Music appears on the deranged and detuned ‘ASDIC’, like KFW on whizz and sherbit dibdabs, while the screwy modular repatterning of Some Truth’s ‘#6’ works a treat before the mysterious Sii (who he?) drops a scuzzy avant-bashment riddim on ‘Condor Moment’, fulla subbass bowel movements and grimacing techno stabs. GET IN.



DEADBOY
Here
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.49

Heart-poundingly potent discoid garage infusions from the one like Deadboy! It’s kinda hard to believe, considering his impact on the scene, but this is only Deadboy’s second official solo release, besides his bagful of remixes for the likes of Creep, Andy Bell and Delphic. His sound pretty much defined the last 12 months, hitting a stride of sensually Housed-up Garage which owes as much to Miami as South London, and pretty much correlates with the upturn in MDMA quality over the same period. The eye-fluttering synth alleviations of ‘Wish U Were Here’ are perfectly paced and programmed for the lushest ’95-’11 buzz, while ‘Here 4 U’ gives more drums and hypnotic repetitions for the swingers and ‘Ain’t Gonna Lie’ takes the mood more intimate and slinky hipped. That lead track is gonna be the soundtrack to this summer, we reckon. Highly recommended!



SANDWELL DISTRICT
SDSMP4
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Reverse printed sleeve – strictly limited edition* Techno’s most vital unit draw the curtain on Sandwell District Phase 2 with one superb live version plus two new edits of tracks from the ‘Feed Forward’ album. Silent Servant reworks ‘Immolare’ to functional specifications, lopping off the intro and outro while applying subtly spacious dynamics and embellishing those cavernous kicks with deadly intent. Album highlight ‘Grey Cut Out’ is also revised, reworking those breathtaking synth structures over Regis’ patented aquatechno flow to mindblowing effect. The other side is given to an extended live version of ‘Speed And Sound’, tweaking those blissfully tranced-out synth sequences and slightly shifting the rhythmic glide. Nobody else comes close to this sound. Heavy – bring on Phase 3.



NEON JUNG
Just Can’t Leave It Alone
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Magic Wire Recordings
10″ // £5.99

Having opened Magic Wire’s account with two of his own future-nostalgic rave creations, Lone hands over the reins to Neon Jung for the label’s third outing. And what a record it is: like his label boss, NJ favours a fizzing cocktail of choppy, post-‘ardkore drums and wonked-out melodies, and it goes down a treat. ‘Just Can’t Leave It Alone’ rules the A-side, 16-bit strings pining for days gone by while steppers’ kicks and claps push onwards into the unknown. Just beautiful. On ‘Too Many Facets’ the breaks get busier, and the synths go haywire: out of a radioactive electro ooze, spindly arpeggios climb glistening towards the great carnival in the sky – make no mistake, this is the kind of wildly psychedelic but heavily anchored business that just DESTROYS dancefloors. We’d go as far as to say that there’s something of Mssrs Atkins and May in the chaotic harmony and sheer bug-eyed imagination of Neon Jung’s offerings, though if you’re looking for modern comparisons the ruff, technicolour house of Jam City, Kingdom and L-Vis 1990 might be more apposite. Big, big recommendation.



EGYPTRIXX
Liberation Front
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Crucial moves from the Night Slugs camp, roping in the New Jersey’s c*nty queen, Mike Q to remix the biggest track from Egyptrixx’s ‘Bible Eyes’ album. Those with their ears to the ‘floor may have stumbled across Mike’s vogue/ballroom sound on youtube or even less salubrious spots, but this is the first time his music has appeared on vinyl, to the best of our knowledge. It’s essentially the sound Kingdom has been flirting and fusing with more R&B/London Bass sounds of late, but here in it’s unrefined form you get the full force of his MAW-sampling snares and pure haughty attitude. For us, both this and Bok Bok’s bass injected re-edit are nowt short of essential! The flipside is owned by a loud pressing of the original ‘Liberation Front’. It’s not quite as fierce but primed for dedicated big room action. TIPPED!!!



KINGDOM & GIRL UNIT
Ride It Every Time
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Neon R&B blinders from Kingdom and Girl Unit! A-side is the pant-wettingly hot mashup of Girl Unit’s ‘Everytime’ from the ‘Every Time’ EP, diced with vox from a certain American R&B superstar. Needless to say, it’s massive. But, the flipside is our joint; a long overdue pressing of Kingdom’s ‘Fog’ which has been circulating in the mixes of Caribou, Bok Bok, and L-Vis for over a year now, expertly fusing mercurial vocal stabs with Eski synth slides and stepping drums. Blink and you’ll miss these. Surefire tip!

 

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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ASC & BVDUB
Symbol #2
Auxiliary
12″ // £5.99

**WHITE VINYL** Quicksilver deep-end steppers from two diversely disciplined producers. Although their typical rhythmic frameworks are quite removed, ASC and Brock Van Wey reach a sublime compromise with the epic atmospheric vibes of these four untitled tracks. The first instance configures ultra-techy minimalist breakbeats with IMAX-widescreen ambient pads and bass pulses in glorious fashion. Cooling out after that drama, you’ll find a blissfully beat-less moment full of Cocteau Twins-like glossolalia….

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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NIñO
Clase de 1984 EP
Donky Pitch
12″ // £5.99

Heavy 2nd session from the Donky Pitch label, dropping five crunk-fried joints from Niño and a wicked Offshore remix. The original tracks bounce between Carpenter-esque synth arrangements on ‘The Man And The Earth’ to shades of Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future HipHop and one righteously re-programmed version of ‘Buio Omega’ by Offshore. Smart.
TOKIMONSTA
Creature Dreams EP
Brainfeeder
12″ // £6.49

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Diverse and revelatory new EP from girl like TOKiMONSTA, with a teeming, organic production style that’s really blowing our minds right now. The smoked-out ‘Fallen Arches’ could almost be some lost 70s astral jazz-funk oddyssey, with its conga-heavy groove and bluesy piano chords. The two jams featuring Gavin Turek, ‘Little Pleasures’ and ‘Darkest (Dim)’, are out-and-out trip-pop – TOKi’s sublimely love-stung vocals…
ELOQ
Galactic Neckbreaks EP
Hobby Industries
12″ // £6.99

**4 track vinyl version with free download code for the digital version and bonus tracks redeemable from the label** Hobby Industries is a label we always keep our eye on; like the proverbial box of chocs, you ne’er know what you’re going to get – Mark Fell, Carsten Nicolai, Goodiepal, Dub Tractor and Aslope are among the disparate artists who’ve contributed to its catalogue. The latest addition to the HI…
HOVATRON
Gypsy Trader EP
Lowriders Recordings
12″ // £6.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl** Hovatron made an instant impression with his Lo Fi Funk 7″ and returns riding three tracks of grinding, electroid HipHop for the club. Check for the warped bounce of ‘Gypsy Trader’, ‘Young Blood’s detuned and doped Acidic Hip-House or the appearance of Sweat.X’s Spoek Mathambo on the Mshini Wam remix of ‘Gypsy Trader’. Includes further remixes by Prison Garde and Doshy.

 

BOOKS
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VARIOUS / DUST TO DIGITAL
Never A Pal Like Mother
Dust to Digital
Book + 2CD // £29.99

65 antique photographs from such noted collectors as Sarah Bryan and Jim Linderman, plus 40 recordings from 1927-1956 from such esteemed 78 collectors as Joe Bussard. The songs on the first disc describe mother’s activities on earth: kindness, discipline, teaching and love. The second disc’s songs deal with the coping involved with a mother’s death and the emptiness it creates. Foreword by Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955)…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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KEVIN DRUMM
Imperial Distortion (Strictly Limited Vinyl Edition)
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
3LP // £29.99

**Nightly prayers have been answered – this essential album finally lands on triple white vinyl in heavyweight gatefold sleeve. For our money, it’s a worthy successor to AFX’s Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 – a MUST BUY** Very occasionally a record comes along that we just don’t want to review, a record so wondrous that words just seem to fall short. Since we have an urge to persuade anyone who crosses…
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Shining Skull Breath
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99

*Includes a download coupon for the album redeemable from the label* Jefre Cantu-Ledesma re-casts his elusive ‘Shining Skull Breath’ album from 2007 with two new tracks on an expanded edition remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Arguably it’s one of Jefre’s definitive solo statements outside of his work with The Alps and Tarentel, immersing the listener in an ecology of shoegaze pop drones where ambient atmospheres and elemental noise define…
FRANCISCO LOPEZ & ZAN HOFFMAN
Concert for 300 Magnetic Tapes
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Limited edition of 300 copies* Perfect release for The Tapeworm – an edited performance of Francisco López and Zan Hoffman playing and mixing 300 tapes solicited from 200 members of the international cassette network in 1994. The recordings were made on a small Spanish tour between Madrid, Alcalá de Henares and Vigo and later remixed, reconstituted and re-mastered by López at Mobile Messor in Paraguay, 2010. The result is a…
CUT HANDS
Cut Hands
Very Friendly
CD // £13.99

Whitehouse’s William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. ‘Afro Noise’ is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African sleight of groove which has completely got our attention, while the noise…
SHINJI MASUKO
Woven Music
BRAH
LP // £14.99

**Includes free digital download redeemable from the label** “Categories cannot contain ShinjiMasuko. He’s the founder of DMBQ – one of Japan’s greatest modern psychedelic bands, a respected music and comic reviewer, an astonishing guitarist and a master guitar builder. He’s also been a member of the Boredoms since 2004, having designed and built their notorious seven neck guitar (the Sevena) while acting as the band’s principle guitarist. The idea for…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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NED DOHENY
Hard Candy
Columbia
LP // £10.99

Official reissue of this iconic, highly sought-after and hard-to-categorise classic. ‘Hard Candy’ is permeated with pure sun-soaked California vibes circa 1976, mixing state-of-the-art production from the MG’s Steve Cropper with an all-star cast including Don Henley, Linda Ronstadt, Glen Frey and Rosemary Butler to create a soulful pop sound infused with elements of disco, jazz, rock and even pastoral kosmiche undertones. Some of these tracks have rightfully become Balearic classics…
RON HARDY
RDY#5
NO LABEL
12″ // £8.99

**Translucent Yellow Vinyl** Rubbed straight from tape to yellow wax, three Ron Hardy edits! We haven’t a clue what the A-side tracks are, but there’s another alternative edit to Trax’s recently issued ‘Unreleased Mix’ of Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle’s ‘Bad Boy’.
DAVID LEE
Said I Had A Vision
PARADISE OF BACHELORS
LP // £18.49

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Charming compilation of rare and obscure southern soul, gospel and funk out of North Carolina. ‘The Songs And Labels Of David Lee’ is an impressively realised package, covering the wide ranging output of David Lee’s Washington Sounds records shop and their family of labels from 1960-1988, all detailed on a full size fold out booklet and backed with a free MP3 download…
AEROPLANE
My Enemy
Eskimo Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Chocks away for Aeroplane’s latest flight of disco fancy, including useful remixes by Rex The Dog and Green Velvet. The vintage-sounding pomp of the original ‘My Enemy’ is licked into a more modern EuroDance thrust by Rex The Dog, full of glitchier synthline edits and a rampant bass arpeggio. Green Velvet’s version is slinkier, tidily restrained for a more subtle, burning effect.
BOTTIN & RODION
Shooting Star (Toomy Disco Mix)
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Two modern Italo stallions remake and remix the theme tune to a classic Italian cartoon called ‘Goldrake’ (or sometimes called ‘Atlas UFO Robot’). The original is a strutty analogue bubbler for disco peacocks with something to prove, while Toomy Disco passs it through his space-dust filters for a slickly Funky rework.

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DEADBOY
Here
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.49

Heart-poundingly potent discoid garage infusions from the one like Deadboy! It’s kinda hard to believe, considering his impact on the scene, but this is only Deadboy’s second official solo release, besides his bagful of remixes for the likes of Creep, Andy Bell and Delphic. His sound pretty much defined the last 12 months, hitting a stride of sensually Housed-up Garage which owes as much to Miami as South London, and…
NEON JUNG
Just Can’t Leave It Alone
Magic Wire Recordings
10″ // £5.99

Having opened Magic Wire’s account with two of his own future-nostalgic rave creations, Lone hands over the reins to Neon Jung for the label’s third outing. And what a record it is: like his label boss, NJ favours a fizzing cocktail of choppy, post-‘ardkore drums and wonked-out melodies, and it goes down a treat. ‘Just Can’t Leave It Alone’ rules the A-side, 16-bit strings pining for days gone by while…
EGYPTRIXX
Liberation Front
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Crucial moves from the Night Slugs camp, roping in the New Jersey’s c*nty queen, Mike Q to remix the biggest track from Egyptrixx’s ‘Bible Eyes’ album. Those with their ears to the ‘floor may have stumbled across Mike’s vogue/ballroom sound on youtube or even less salubrious spots, but this is the first time his music has appeared on vinyl, to the best of our knowledge. It’s essentially the sound Kingdom…
KINGDOM & GIRL UNIT
Ride It Every Time
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Neon R&B blinders from Kingdom and Girl Unit! A-side is the pant-wettingly hot mashup of Girl Unit’s ‘Everytime’ from the ‘Every Time’ EP, diced with vox from a certain American R&B superstar. Needless to say, it’s massive. But, the flipside is our joint; a long overdue pressing of Kingdom’s ‘Fog’ which has been circulating in the mixes of Caribou, Bok Bok, and L-Vis for over a year now, expertly fusing…
DISTAL
Android Tourism EP
FORTIFIED AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Ever wondered what would happen if Detroit got into Soca? Distal has, and it sounds sorta like these four tracks. ‘Android Tourism’ comes on with rattling, rolling machine drums and flaunting fancy Detroit styled synthwork, while ‘Love A La Venturo’ infuses the sound with more of a mercurial garage slip and dip. On the flip ‘Africa To Mars’ sounds like old-skool Shed production spiked with a mouthful of khat and…
ROSKA
Error Code
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Roska returns to Hot Flush with two crucial technoid Funky evolutions. ‘Error Code’ is his solo outing since last years eponymous album and features a marked diversion into more electroid, night-shiny productions. That title track is built with his trademark clipped drums and dippin’ subs, but this time they’re foreshadowed against gleaming electro synthlines and elegantly ascending pads. Sticking with the steely futurist vibe, the dapper minimalism of ‘Abrupt’ works…
V.I.V.E.K.
Eyes Down EP
Deep Medi
2×12″ // £11.99

Super-strength Dubstep double pack, following V.I.V.E.K.’s immense ‘Feel It’ session in 2010. These four tracks are deeply powerful ‘floor movers, from the surging Dread bass spillage of EP highlight, ‘Eyes Down’ to the anthemic potential of ‘Spread Love’ and the Youngsta-ready turbulence of ‘The Big Bang’. Send for the gastric band, this one’s obese.
NASTYNASTY
No Names (Heterotic Remix)
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.49

Squashed purple Dubstep-pop from Planet Mu’s latest signing, Nastynasty, backed with an ace remix by Mike Paradinas and Lara Rix Martin under the Heterotic heading. Staright outta San Francisco, Nastynasty deposits a cool piece of squelchy electronic bounce with catchy vocal reminding of something Milanese might do. The remix is more discombobulated, featuring the Heterotic duo finding a strange groove of slightly Afro-timbred guitars, bold synthpop signatures and unsteady halfspeed…
VARIOUS / DEEP MEDI
Releases Volume 3
Deep Medi
CD // £9.99

Third Deep Medi round-up, featuring tracks by Clouds, Goth-Trad, Skream, Truth, Silkie, and Quest. Volume. 3 roughly covers their best of 12″ releases from late 2008-2010. Clouds’ anomalous but lovely ‘Protecting Hands’ parts bookend the collection with a filigree blend of delicate folk guitars and sonorous subbass, whereas Goth-Trad ramps the dread factor with ‘Dark Path’ and the exceptional ‘S.A.T.U.R.N’. Skream weighs in with the titanic ‘Backward’ and ‘The Shinein’,…
JOKER
The Vision
4AD
12″ // £5.99

*Strictly Limited whitelabel copies* Joker’s been pretty quiet on the release-front in recent months, presumably working hard on the debut album that’s expected to drop some time this year. It seems safe to assume that ‘The Vision’ is taken from said LP, featuring as it does a big, brassy vocal from diva-for-hire Jessie Ware that’s doubtless aimed at winning some commercial radioplay. Which is all fair enough, but if truth…
CHRISSY MURDERBOT
Women’s Studies
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

Planet Mu expand their Juke and party repetoire with a mixed bag by Chicago’s Chrissy Murderbot. Riding with MC Zulu, Rubi Dan, DJ Spinn, Popeye, Mungo’s Hifi & Warrior Queen, Johnny Moog & Coool Dundee, Chrissy sets out twelve party hybrids, taking in New Jack Swing and Bassline on ‘New Juke Swing’, discofied Juke on ‘Bussin’ Down’, ruddy bashment on ‘Pelvic Floor’, booty slammers ‘Heavy Butt’, and hyper R&B with…
SEVEN & YOUNGSTA / SEVEN & ELVEE
Who’s There / Crime Doesn’t Pay
SUBWAY
12″ // £6.49

Tightly coiled technoid ruffige from Seven assisted by Youngsta and Elvee. Constructed with Rinse’s Yunx ‘Who’s There’ tucks mercurial mentasm sounds into agile halfstep drops and rudeboy ‘ardcore chops. With Elvee ‘Crime Doesn’t Pay’ locks off a darker, Grimier junglist sound powered by divebombing subs and scything snares.
SYNKRO & VERSA
Viewpoint / She Said
PUSHING RED
12″ // £6.49

Synkro swings up on the latest Pushing Red release, backed by a collaboration with Versa. Flowing solo, Synkro is in twitchy, soul-burning 2-step mode on ‘Viewpoint’, but ‘She Said’ with Versa is more impressive, finding its feet somewhere between Dubstep and lubricated R&B shuffle. Sweet.

 

ELECTRONIC
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JONAS REINHARDT
Music For The Tactile Dome
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Following impressive entries for Kranky and Kraak, San Franciscan synthesist, Jonas Reinhardt offers the synaesthetic salve of ‘Music For The Tactile’ on NNF. This is deepest, learned Kosmiche/Krautrock terrain, assisted by Diego Gonzalez (Bass) and Damon Palermo (Drums/Rhythm Programming) in his quest for the stars and some kind of trance truth. Quite brilliantly, their revelations are far more concise than many of their fellow explorers, like short stories as opposed…
AUTRE NE VEUT / MORDANT MUSIC / EKOPLEKZ
Variables II EP
Mordant Music
LP // £7.99

Mordant Music present their 2nd ‘Variables’ compendium, including a striking MMix of Autre Ne Veut’s ‘Soldier’ and original material by Mordant Music, Sii and Ekoplekz. It’s gotta be said, we’re massive fan of Autre Ne Veut, and the Mordant reMMix injects it with some psychotomimetic substance to see it stagger around like a spiked indie kid at 6am in a dirty warehouse rave. Just the ticket! Meanwhile, Ekoplekz follows his…
EMPTYSET
Demiurge LP Sampler
Subtext
12″ // £5.99

Visceral experimental electronics from Emptyset, aka the duo of prolific producer James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. They’ve been relatively quiet since their eponymous debut LP, but these four tracks trace the album’s aftershocks and amplify them with vigour and dynamism. With nods to Mika Vainio or Kareem, these are purist hardware demonstrations for the brave.
JOHN TALABOT
Families EP
Young Turks
12″ // £11.99

**RED VINYL** The remixer of choice for everyone from Blue Daisy to Teengirl Fantasy links with Glasser for a real charm on Young Turks. The sundazed disco daydream of ‘Families’ follows a slow comtrail arc from 1990 Ibiza into 2011, Glasser sounding like a seductive cyber-sprite gliding over gauzily new age piano house keys and effortlessly swaying rhythms, while the club refix nudges up the tempo and smudges the vocal…
CHILLY GONZALES / DJ KOZE / LONE
Knight Moves
Boysnoize Records
12″ // £5.99

Chilly Gonzales offers some sophisticated disco contrast to the usual Boys Noize shenanigans with ‘Knight Moves’, backed up by sterling remixes from DJ Koze and Lone. Pizzicato strings, plush keys and fluid, rolling disco drums make his original an enticing proposition, but we’re more seduced by the remixes. Koze adds another notch to his illustrious remix catalogue with a bumpin’, mid-tempo boogie remix, rebuilding the beat with crisp claps, shredded…
BOP
The Amazing Adventures Of One Curious Pixel
Medschool
LP+CD // £13.99

**7 track vinyl plus the full album on CD** If you’ve enjoyed the recent stripped, scuttling productions of Rockwell, ASC et al, then it’s pretty much a given that drum ‘n bass minimalist Bop will push your buttons. Already big in the scene, the producer impressed with his debut LP for Hospital offshoot MedSchool, 2009’s Clear Your Mind, and on this formidable follow-up he puts his disciplined drum programming to…
BOP
The Amazing Adventures Of One Curious Pixel
Medschool
CD // £8.49

If you’ve enjoyed the recent stripped, scuttling productions of Rockwell, ASC et al, then it’s pretty much a given that drum ‘n bass minimalist Bop will push your buttons. Already big in the scene, the Russian producer impressed with his debut LP for Hospital offshoot MedSchool, 2009’s Clear Your Mind, and on this formidable follow-up he puts his disciplined drum programming to similarly varied use – ‘Sunrain’ is lush, Border…
BITCHIN BAJAS
Water Wrackets
Kallistei
LP + DVD // £14.99

Arresting solo outing from Cooper Crane of Bitchin Bajas and Chicago’s Cave. ‘Water Wrackets’ is Crane’s score to a remake of the Peter Greenaway film of the same title. He scored the piece after only watching a 30 second clip of the upcoming film, conceiving a six track suite of truly beautifully harmonised drones and spiritual psychedelia recalling the work of Eleh, or even Terry Riley, Cluster and Leyland Kirby….
IAN BODDY & PARALLEL WORLDS
Exit Strategy
Din
CD // £11.99

‘Exit Strategy’ pairs two insatiable modular synth fetishists, Greek electronic musician Bakis Sirros and DiN label boss, Ian Boddy, for an abstract analog dialogue in the ambient realm. “Sirros started the ball rolling with the composition of a series of both ambient soundscapes and more structured multilayered compositions. These featured his unusual pulsing, analogue percussion layers, warm soundscapes and beguiling melodies that are in many ways a signature sound of…
TRENTEMOLLER
LateNightTales
Azuli
CD // £9.99

Deeply affected selection from the moody Danish Techno lord. Trentemøller’s Late Night Tale touches on classic melancholy music from This Mortal Coil ‘Waves Become Wings’, Low ‘(That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace’, Mazzy Star ‘Mary Of Silence’, The Shang Ri-Las ‘Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand)’, Thee Oh Sees ‘Ghost In The Trees’, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis ‘The Proposition #1’, M. Ward ‘Poor Boy, Minor Key’, and even an appearance…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
Crowd Pleaser
HAND TO MOUTH
LP // £14.99

Philip Best (ov Whitehouse) holds hands with the unquantifiable Mattin and Ramleh’s Gary Mundy for the latest Consumer Electronics sermon. Best handily includes his lyric sheet for the hard-of-hearing while Mattin and Mundy presumably handle the sounds. It includes one of the best uses of the word “bint” we’ve heard all year, spat so hard you can feel it on your cheek but don’t want to wipe it off. Tracklisting:…

 

FEATURE FILM
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LUIS BUNUEL & SALVADOR DALI / MORDANT MUSIC
L’Age d’Or
BFI
DVD + BLU-RAY (DUAL FORMAT) // £15.99

*Includes a newly commissioned score by Mordant Music for ‘Un Chien Andalou’. Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition* “More than 80 years on, this masterpiece of cinematic surrealism remains as brilliantly witty and shocking as ever. Uniting the genius of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, L’Age d’Or is a uniquely savage blend of visual poetry and social commentary. A sinister yet poignant chronicle of a couple’s struggle to…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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PETER HOPE-EVANS
Cast Offerings: Visitations Fetches Revenants
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Limited edition of 200* You never know what’s coming next from The Tapeworm, and we certainly didn’t figure for this. Tape 29 is an intimate session from Peter Hope-Evans, former member of a ’70s British Blues band signed to John Peel’s Dandelion label called Medicine Head. ‘Visitations Fetches Revenants’ documents Peter and his mates Mick Mahoney and Baby Taylor playing on board Mick’s canal boat “Cornwall” on a presumably drizzly…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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*AR
Wolf Notes
Type
LP // £11.99

*AR is the collaborative project of Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson. Strictly limited pressing – initial copies come on transparent vinyl* Originally published in a limited CD edition of just 200 copies, ‘Wolf Notes’ is the debut album from *AR, the collaborative project of Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton. While both are already accomplished solo musicians, ‘Wolf Notes’ marks a stunning new chapter in their canon, and like all great…
MATT CHRISTENSEN
A Cradle In The Bowery
Under The Spire
LP // £11.99

Gorgeous solo debut from Zelionople’s Matt Christensen, with subtle assistance from former collaborator John Twells, aka Xela. ‘A Cradle In The Bowery’ is a clearly heartfelt tribute to Christensen’s daughter, taking influence from indigenous Americana and the psychedelic soul of Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 to fashion a breathtaking and deeply evocative album. Each song is rendered with an exquisitely dreamlike quality, incubating the fragile form of Matt’s melancholy vocals,…
MATT CHRISTENSEN
A Cradle In The Bowery
Under The Spire
CD // £6.99

Gorgeous solo debut from Zelionople’s Matt Christensen, with subtle assistance from former collaborator John Twells, aka Xela. ‘A Cradle In The Bowery’ is a clearly heartfelt tribute to Christensen’s daughter, taking influence from indigenous Americana and the psychedelic soul of Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 to fashion a breathtaking and deeply evocative album. Each song is rendered with an exquisitely dreamlike quality, incubating the fragile form of Matt’s melancholy vocals,…
CHRIS WATSON & MARCUS DAVIDSON
Cross-Pollination
Touch
CD // £10.99

Plenty of praise has been lavished on veteran musician, field recording expert and BBC sound recordist Chris Watson, and it would be hard to disagree with any of it. ‘Cross Pollination’ is his latest full-length, again for the Touch label that has been his home for many years, and sees him teaming up with Marcus Davidson for a surprising collaborative piece. Using Watson’s recordings of bees in an English country…
MOUNTAINS
Air Museum
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

On the face of it, Mountains’ new LP Air Museum sounds a good deal more electronic than 2009’s expansive drone-folk cycle Choral, though in fact the duo have deployed a hefty array of acoustic instruments (guitars, cello, piano, etc) this time around, and eschewed computer processing altogether. That said, it’s their first predominantly studio-recorded (as opposed to live-recorded) album to date, and they’ve made extensive use of pedals, analogue synthesis…
MOUNTAINS
Air Museum
Thrill Jockey
LP // £12.99

On the face of it, Mountains’ new LP Air Museum sounds a good deal more electronic than 2009’s expansive drone-folk cycle Choral, though in fact the duo have deployed a hefty array of acoustic instruments (guitars, cello, piano, etc) this time around, and eschewed computer processing altogether. That said, it’s their first predominantly studio-recorded (as opposed to live-recorded) album to date, and they’ve made extensive use of pedals, analogue synthesis…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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WOODS
Sun and Shade
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

Hard-to-forget falsetto folk-pop and rock jams from the one and only Woods. “Woods is a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill… a Janus, a Gemini and a screen door. The sun won’t fade and the earworms will not leave, but the jams go on too long for the girl in the back who wonders if her friends are at another bar. Still, the ballads…
WOODS
Sun and Shade
WOODSIST
CD // £13.99

Hard-to-forget falsetto folk-pop and rock jams from the one and only Woods. “Woods is a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill… a Janus, a Gemini and a screen door. The sun won’t fade and the earworms will not leave, but the jams go on too long for the girl in the back who wonders if her friends are at another bar. Still, the ballads…
THE SEA AND CAKE
The Moonlight Butterfly
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

Sam Prekop and co return for their 9th album and first since 2008’s ‘Car Alarm’. You always more or less know what to expect from this great great band – and there are no radical departures on “The Moonlight Butterfly”. The relatively short running time clocks in at just over 30 minutes split over 6 breezy and evocative tracks, seemingly inspired by and honed for summer. Only “Inn Keeping” strays…
THE SEA AND CAKE
The Moonlight Butterfly
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.99

Sam Prekop and co return for their 9th album and first since 2008’s ‘Car Alarm’. You always more or less know what to expect from this great great band – and there are no radical departures on “The Moonlight Butterfly”. The relatively short running time clocks in at just over 30 minutes split over 6 breezy and evocative tracks, seemingly inspired by and honed for summer. Only “Inn Keeping” strays…
BUSH TETRAS
Too Many Creeps / You Can’t Be Funky
ROIR
7″ // £5.49

Blinding punk-funk rarity from one of NYC’s original no-wave units. Bush Tetras were a big deal of the club circuit at the time, leading to this early release on a then nascent 99 Records (home to classic Liquid Liquid and ESG releases). Both sides are absolute charms and have been hunted to death by those in the know. Don’t sleep on this gem!
JERUSALEM AND THE STARBASKETS
DOST
De Stijl Records
LP // £16.99

One of James ‘Wooden Wand’ Jackson Toth’s favourite bands, these Midwestern lo-fi poppers make a good case for why the Velvet Underground are one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years. While they add their own spin to the sound, for the most part ‘Dost’ is an unpretentious and timeless garage-rock trawl through that very specific druggy Velvets-style basement subgenre. They manage it well too, apparently the…
MELVINS
Sugar Daddy Live
Ipecac
CD // £10.99

“Coming off a tour marred by two devestating earthquakes first in New Zealand, then in Japan, LA’s The Melvins are hoping that Mother Nature will steer clear of them for while. I’ve got to be in some sort of weird club said Osborne, who was also around for the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake in 1994. I hope my ticket has been punched on the natural disaster front.” The Melvins’ latest…
MOGWAI
San Pedro
Rock Action Records
7″ // £4.99

‘San Pedro’ was a standout track from Mogwai’s return-to-form LP ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, and in just over three minutes manages to cover ground the Scottish post rockers have been stomping for years now. It’s punishingly loud, gloriously melodic and laced with the kind of crashing rhythms that give the band away within seconds of hearing the intro. As a fancy little bonus for fans the band…
RAYOGRAPHS
Rayographs
Desire
CD // £13.99

“Rayographs have carved out their own distinctive sound which taps into a dark shimmering psychedelia: blue like petrol, kaleidoscopic with flecks of colour throughout. The songs have an odd timeless quality that yearn for absent cinematic visuals. Swooping, atmospheric vocals, stream-of-consciousness vignettes encased in 60s garage hooks. A heady and eclectic mix of sonic, visual, and literary influences contribute to the Rayographs’ sound, notably The Pixies, David Lynch, 60s Psychedelia,…
RUTMAN / GINSBERG / HENTZ / IRMLER
Rutman’s Steel Cello Ensemble
Klangbad
CD // £15.99

“Bob Rutman has invented what may well be the largest stringed instrument ever made. With a bow made of fishing line, he bows the suspension of a gigantic steel sail and in this way creates drones whose volume is not unlike the noise of a plane taking off. We might be reminded of Russolo and “The Art of Noise“ by the futurists, or of machine music or industrial. And we’re…
TRUE WIDOW
As High As The Highest Heavens…
KEMADO
2LP // £18.99

**Now available on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, also comes with download voucher redeemable from the label** “Dallas-based trio True Widow play against type. Big guitar, bigger drums and the biggest bass (played by D.H., Slim, and Nikki, respectively) effortlessly recreate the unending skies of prairie America, where storms blow across with fury, horizons are unencumbered by the choke of skyscrapers and electric light, and the atmosphere pushes you…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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MIKE HUCKABY
The Mike Huckaby Reel To Reel Edits Vol. 1
ART YARD
12″ // £9.99

Mike Huckaby is an avowed Sun-Ra fan and renowned for his DJ edits and eclectic Detroit renditions, so it’s no great leap to put the two together and end up with this brilliant first volume of reel-to-reel edits. On the A-side he reworks one of Ra’s rare disco excursions, ‘U.F.O’ with a sensitive sleight of hand to make it more ‘playable’ for the DJs. Flipside he turns to ‘The Antique…
JEF GILSON
Jef Gilson EP
Jazzman
7″ // £11.99

“With his career spanning the best part of a century, Gilson has made music with a who’s who of European and American jazz greats, has written, performed on and recorded innumerable film scores, albums and 45s, ran the Palm Jazz record label.. yet despite all this the 84 year old Frenchman remains criminally under appreciated by so many jazz fans. Look him up on the internet – there isn’t even…
RAN BLAKE
Grey December: Live in Rome
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £13.99

“In a career spanning six decades, pianist/composer, writer and educator Ran Blake has released 36 albums for such labels as ESP, RCA, Arista and hatOLOGY. His 2006 album for Tompkins Square, All That Is Tied, earned 4 stars in Downbeat and top honors in the Penguin Jazz Guide 2007. Driftwoods, released in 2009, was Ran’s salute to some of his favorite singers, including Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Mahalia Jackson…
TELEBOSSA
Telebossa
Staubgold
CD // £11.99

Bossa isn’t a genre of music that usually crosses my messy desk, that’s for sure. Telebossa are unafraid to go full steam ahead into the genre, and the results are surprising and electrifying. There are simple tales of love and loss set to a backdrop of Brazilian sun, and this only gives the compositions more weight. The sheer variety on show here is what strikes me the most, and I…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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JUBEI / FOREIGN CONCEPT
Recipe Book Vol 1: Part 2
Ingredients Records
12″ // £6.49

Lean and mean D&B from Foreign Concept and Skeptical. A-side, Skeptical remixes Jubei’s ‘The Path’ as an agile tech-stepper with streamlined production values. Foreign Concept’s ‘Jaipur’ is more exotic, suffused with sub-continental diva samples and richly dramatic breakdown.
JUBEI / BODDIKA
Patience VIP / Alignment (Boddika Remix)
METALHEADZ
12″ // £5.99

Bone-rattling D&B speech from Jubei, backed with argued electroid remix by Boddika. The hungry, turbulent breakbeats and hydraulic bass of the original ‘Patience VIP’ are reduced and calcified by Boddika, aka Instra:mental’s Alex Green, resulting in a 130bpm Electro roller that spits dusty clouds of white noise and brittle syncopation designed to elicit sharper moves from those who can.

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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VARIOUS / MULE ELECTRONIC
Enjoy The Silence Volume 2
Mule Electronic
LP+CD // £12.99

**7 track vinyl edition – Includes a free CD version of the album inside with additional tracks** Sumptuous neo-classical/pop ambient selection compiled by Mule Musiq’s Toshiya Kawasaki. This guy obviously has fine taste, evidenced by his picks from the likes of Donato Dozzy, NSI., Lawrence and Terre Thaemlitz. The label’s in-house ambient supremo, Koss features with the subtly seductive ‘Voyage’, followed by an exquisitely spacious piece by Lawrence and the…
JUMPING BACK SLASH
Kwaai Sneakers / Granadilla Lolly
Pollinate
12″ // £5.99

Ace Kwaito-style rollers from Cape Town’s Jumping Back Slash. With support from the likes of the Night Slugs crew and Radio 1’s Benji B, JBS drops soured synths, infectious pitched chants and augmented Chicago bump beats for the ace A-side ‘Kwaai Sneakers’, while ‘Grandilla Lolly’ factors in a kind of swaggered Reggaeton bounce over tilted and tangy synths, cyber-tribal vocals and rugged electro bass.

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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ANWORTH KIRK
Avonwaith
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £10.99

**New from the Demdike Stare / Andy Votel affiliated Pre-Cert Home Entertainment Label – Limited to 420 coies. Cut at Berlin’s D&M** Following Applehead’s myth-spawning enigmas, the Demdike Stare/Finders Keepers-curated Pre-Cert axis present the second full length record by ambiguous entity, Anworth Kirk. ‘Avonwaith’ forms a cats cradle of recondite fake-loric references to Early Freemasonry, Egyptology, drug abuse and sound poetry, observing found fragments of sonic pulp fiction and draping…
MARCUS FJELLSTROM
Library Music 1
Kafkagarden
CD // £12.99

Swedish composer Marcus Fjellstrom has really excelled himself with this unassuming, self-released collection of “library music”. Why the inverted commas? Well, perhaps because library music better describes the sonic tradition in which Fjellstrom is working in rather than the likely purpose of his creations – though it’s fair to say that any adventurous TV/radio producers looking for mood music will find an embarassment of riches here. As befits a collection…
BARRY GRAY
Stand By For Adverts
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

Barry Gray is probably best known for his collboarations with Thunderbirds man Gerry Anderson, and thanks to Trunk, those of us who didn’t grow up hearing the UFO soundtrack when it originally aired were truly wowed when the label managed to secure a reissue a few years back. The still alien-sounding blend of echoing jazz and subtle sci-fi electronics had us totally captivated, so you can imagine the hand rubbing…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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PSYCHE
Insomnia Theatre (Deluxe Box Set)
Vinyl On Demand
Deluxe Box Set (3LP+7″+DVD) // £59.99

**3LP + 7″ + DVD lavish boxset with individually-numbered certificate of ownership – limited to an edition of just 600 copies for the world** Legendary Canadian Minimal synth/Industrial duo, Psyche receive the deluxe Vinyl On Demand treatment. This boxset expands and focuses on their definitive debut album ‘Insomnia Theatre’, including the original album tracks plus the 4-Track recordings featuring early member Dwayne Goettel, as well as several rare direct to…
VAN KAYE + IGNIT
Anthology 1980-85
Vinyl On Demand
5LP Deluxe Box Set // £79.99

**Lavish foil-embossed 5LP boxset limited to just 600 copies including individually numbered certificate of ownership.** Vinyl On Demand deliver another exquisite archival set turning us on to the minimal synth wave music of legendary Dutch duo Van Kaye and Ignit with this fascinating collection spanning murky darkwave to funked machine pop. After singing with the Monomen in the late ’70s, art history student Ed Van Kasteren began working with performing…
EAR PWR
Ear Pwr
Carpark Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Chirpy popsters Ear Pwr are back on Car Park for their second record and while it might be markedly more ‘mature’ (read : developed) than their quirky debut ‘Super Animal Brothers III’ they haven’t lost their naïve charm. I suppose you could lump the band into the loose chillwave genre, but there’s a little more to this duo than simply a handful…
EAR PWR
Ear Pwr
Carpark Records
CD // £9.99

Chirpy popsters Ear Pwr are back on Car Park for their second record and while it might be markedly more ‘mature’ (read : developed) than their quirky debut ‘Super Animal Brothers III’ they haven’t lost their naïve charm. I suppose you could lump the band into the loose chillwave genre, but there’s a little more to this duo than simply a handful of Animal Collective ripoffs and lo fidelity recording…
LED ER EST
May
Captured Tracks
LP // £12.99

**Includes free MP3 download card redeemable from the label** After a head-turning debut on Wierd Records and ahead of their next full length for Sacred Bones, Led Er Est turn out this wonderfully cinematic sci-fi opus. These six tracks were written on the road while touring Europe and there’s definitely a lonely, linear autobahn sensibility to the aesthetic of ‘May. There’s an uncommon fusion of dancefloor-ready machine music and jangly…
NAKION
Oh Ah!
Tigersushi Records
CD // £11.99

Cyber-exotic electrodisco brilliance from Korea’s Nakion aka Nakyoung Sung. ‘Oh Ah!’ is pretty nuts, sounding like one of Skam Records’ fractal wet dreams about Trevor Horn and Yellow Magic Orchestra come to life. We can’t tell if it was made on a computer or hardware (probably both), but either way it’s a compelling listen, strafing from liquid crystal electro on the title track to the awesome post-punk pop jaunt of…
THE NORMAL
T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette
Mute
7″ // £2.99

Timely and faithful reissue of this ultimate, iconic synth-pop classic and the first ever release on Mute. It’s pretty hard to sum up the influence of this record thirty three years since it was made, other than to say that as far as we’re concerned the world would be a different place without it and the genius of it’s creator, Mute overlord Daniel Miller. If you don’t already own a…
HOUSEMEISTER
Music is Awesome
Boysnoize Records
CD // £8.99

Berlin party boy, Housemeister, picks up his mate Jan Driver for a romp around fourteen hardcore party tracks. Chunky bangers all the way, from hard-rocking acidic face-melters like ‘Hirschkeule’ to the electro single ‘Music Is Awesome’, Booty-claping Techno with Boys Noize on ‘nBAXX’ and filtered disco-Tech with Jan Driver on ‘Schnee Von Gestern’.
HOUSEMEISTER
Music is Awesome
Boysnoize Records
LP // £12.99

Berlin party boy, Housemeister, picks up his mate Jan Driver for a romp around fourteen hardcore party tracks. Chunky bangers all the way, from hard-rocking acidic face-melters like ‘Hirschkeule’ to the electro single ‘Music Is Awesome’, Booty-claping Techno with Boys Noize on ‘nBAXX’ and filtered disco-Tech with Jan Driver on ‘Schnee Von Gestern’.
SCAPE ONE
Potent Mutagen EP
Cultivated Electronics
12″ // £6.99

Four sharply contoured electro tracks, two from Scape One plus remixes by Sync 24 and Dynarec. Scape One’s ‘Substorm’ is powered by rattling drum machines’ and urgent synths, whereas ‘Potent Mutagen’ is more ethereal and sci-fi infected. Sync 24’s ‘Substorm’ remix smooths the edges for a punchier effect and Dynarec remixes ‘Time Falls’ as a heads-down, arpeggio-driven signal jammer.
THIEVES LIKE US
Your Love Runs Still
Captured Tracks
LP // £12.99

**Includes free MP3 download card redeemable from the label** Superb entry from this Swedish/American pop outfit, their first for Captured Tracks. Their sound on ‘Your Love Runs Still’ sits somewhere in between Scandinavian slow disco and Indie-pop with a rich seam of Blue-eyed R&B/soul. The title track is a slow and breezy treat enriched with Balearic guitar twangs and perfectly measured synth pads, while ‘More’ is all about the sublime…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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GENE HUNT PRESENTS
Chicago Dance Tracks Part 2
Rush Hour
2LP // £15.99

Time to get excited again: Rush Hour and Gene Hunt present the 2nd part of their extraordinary reel-to-reel excavations from Ron Hardy’s archives, this one with exclusive edits and unreleased material by Virgo, Larry Heard, Craig Loftis, Dion & Tony, Lil Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and Sleezy D. We’ve had a cup of teas and cooled out since the last one, but we’re getting that feeling again with some of…
SANDWELL DISTRICT
SDSMP4
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Reverse printed sleeve – strictly limited edition* Techno’s most vital unit draw the curtain on Sandwell District Phase 2 with one superb live version plus two new edits of tracks from the ‘Feed Forward’ album. Silent Servant reworks ‘Immolare’ to functional specifications, lopping off the intro and outro while applying subtly spacious dynamics and embellishing those cavernous kicks with deadly intent. Album highlight ‘Grey Cut Out’ is also revised, reworking…
SANDWELL DISTRICT
Immolare (Studio) / Falling The Same Way (Reality Or Nothing Extended)
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £6.99

*Official black “repress” with reverse printed sleeve – but the tracks are different too, so not really a re-press at all, more of a completely new twelve* Anticipating the end of Phase 2, Sandwell District present further versions of two album tracks, ‘Immolare’ and ‘Falling The Same Way’. A-side, Function augments the titanic ‘Immolare’, galvanizing the kickdrums for bruising propulsion while factoring in the slinkiest Latin shake. Flipside the relatively…
SURGEON
Breaking The Frame
Dynamic Tension
2LP // £11.99

Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on ‘Breaking The Frame’. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of…
SIGHA
I Am Apathy, I Am Submission
Blueprint Records
12″ // £5.99

Sturdy three track serving from Sigha on the mighty Blueprint. Man has obviously had his nose to the grindstone since his run of twelves on Hotflush, honing an intensely driven and shark-eyed sound for this strong new EP. Covering the A-side, the adamantium-laced kicks and nagging metallic hook of ‘I Am Apathy, I Am Submission’ feel more raved-up than his usual style, and sound all the better for it. Shifting…
EMPTYSET / SCB / PEVERELIST
Altogether Lost
CARAVAN
12″ // £5.99

SCB (Scuba) and Peverelist rework Emptyset’s halfstep-techno number ‘Altogether Lost’ featuring UR hype-man, Cornelius Harris. In tunnel-vision Techno mode, SCB gives a streamlined yet relentlessly aerobic overhaul driven by Marcel Fengler-like corrugated synths and a deadly intent. By sharp contrast, Peverelist’s version is more strung-out, with cotton-headed synths sustaining a more dreamy quality while his restlessly rolling and deft drum programming gives an inimitably delayed gratification that works wonders when…
SHIFTED
AVN 001
AVIAN
12″ // £6.99

Pumping, proper Techno minimalism from the shady figure of Shifted. The contrast of piercing ring modulation with stoic, lead-jacketed kicks and ticking hi-hats on the A-side is sharply effective and compatible with your L.B. Dub Corps or Szare bits. The B-side offers a bit of surprising section of petrified black metal ambience, before launching into another kicking Techno heavyweight, strongly reminding of Marcel’s Fengler or Dettmann’s elegantly efficient Berghain sound….
GENE HUNT PRESENTS
Chicago Dance Tracks
Rush Hour
CD // £13.99

Chicago Dance Tracks is a frankly stunning selection of raw-as-f*ck, box jams culled from the personal archive of Gene Hunt. Hunt began DJing in the mid 80s when he was barely into his teens, and soon fell under the tutelage of Ron Hardy, DJing alongside him at the Hyatt Park Athletic Club and other legendary parties. Local producers would regularly hand him reel-to-reel tapes of their minimal, drum machine-heavy creations…
RED RACK’EM
Feel My Tears
BERGERAC
12″ // £6.99

Superb second vinyl release from Red Rack’em for his Bergerac label. Since slipping away from the Disco sounds of his Hot Coins project he’s forged a classically organic yet forward-looking House sound as Red Rack’em. It’s best heard on ‘Feel My Tears’, which sits neatly somewhere between Kassem Mosse and Caribou with a blend of loose, shifty drum programming and a wandering lead synth you’ll be chasing all night. There’s…
T. WILLIAMS
Heartbeat (Paul Woolford Mix)
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

Local Action present Paul Woolford’s hugely anticipated rework of T. Williams’ and Terri Walker’s gorgeous 2010 anthem. OK, it doesn’t quite reach the heady heights of Mosca’s magical remix, but those fluttering 808 breakdowns and squidgy bass stabs are done to arresting effect and should have a far wider appeal for the upmarket House crew. There’s also a bonus instrumental of the original, but really, who doesn’t like that vocal?!…
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HG09
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £8.99

AnD discretely move from strength to strength on the latest HG missive. The longer side of scorched Techno is characterised by a smart tension from uniquely frictional textures encased in sheer, glassy surfaces and driven by a bruising, grinding subbass. The other side rides a dark and sexy bass shift while trickling, Millsian synths enmesh the groove with a trippy glisten. We like this a lot. The final track is…
REGGIE DOKES
House Is My Soul EP
OJODEAPOLO
12″ // £7.99

Following a smart release on Clone’s Royal Oak series, Reggie Dokes gives another dose of his uniquely soulful Detroit House. Expect four tracks of fluid, instinctively jazzy keys and those signature strings arranged for frisky dancefloor behaviour.
OBJEKT
Objekt 2
OBJEKT
12″ // £6.99

*Limited, hand-stamped white label* Objekt drops the tempo and ups the Techno element for a killer second release on his/her eponymous imprint. A-side ‘CLK Recovery’ feeds us through a passage of cold, ricocheting delays and skittering dub stabs before precipitating Hood-esque hi-hats and propulsive kicks shackled to haughty snares. With adroit EQ’ing the track continues to wink and tease until a fully fledged final Chicago jack-out. B-side, ‘Unglued’ swings in…
BLM
Roll’Em EP
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

**Marbled Red Vinyl** Fear Of Flying’s BLM continues UQ’s love affair with the UK after that excellent Juniper EP. Four deeper tracks ranging from filtered and chords-driven late night aces to more driving, club-ready goodies.
LORY D
Strange Days Vol. 1
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

The original Italian Techno badboy presents the first in a series of hugely promising releases for NMBRS. Unless you’ve been asleep for the last two decades, you should know by now that Lory D has one of the most distinctive styles in Techno, or electronic music at large. These two are up there with owt he’s released on Rephlex or his own Sounds Never Seen label. ‘Acidronix’ is a relatively…
JEFF MILLS
The Power EP
Axis
12″ // £8.99

Accompanying his album of the same name, Jeff offers four deeply enigmatic productions. The rhythmically powered A-side are possibly intended to generate more energy, featuring lovely subbass accents on the kicks of ‘Microbe’ and deeper tripping synth moire of ‘The Exchange’, whereas ‘Spiral Therapy’ is all pregnant, unanchored tension and morse code distress signals, and ‘The Diagnosis’ largely beatless save for a reversed ending.
JUNIPER
Theories EP
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

**Grey Marbled Vinyl** Underground Quality introduce the highly polished debut from two of Manchester’s most promising Deep House producers, Dan Mumberson and Reuben Holt a.k.a Juniper. Velvet-coated kicks and luxurious square-bass copulate with warmest analogue synth atmospheres almost worthy of Oracy on ‘Fate Conspired’, while ‘In The Interest Of Time’ sustains that opulent vibe with a filigree BoC-like melody circulating around convective midnight chords. ‘Pushed Away’ drops the pace into…
RELAY
Untitled 1-3
NAKED INDEX
12″ // £7.99

Three pure and potent Techno tracks on Frozen Border’s Naked Index sub-series. A-side is one long, sparse and streamlined mover with traces of Basic Channel or Ben Klock in heads-down mode. B-side includes a dirtier, more grumbling bass-heavy roller reminding slightly of Regis’ Cub release, plus another perpetual Berghain style groove.
JOE COCHERELL
Who Are You Where Do You Come From
FROZEN BORDER
12″ // £8.99

Slick two-tracker from a new name on the Frozen Border roster, Joe Cocherell. The A-side ‘Who Are You And Where Do You Come From’ is a little frothier and more proggy than we’re used to hearing from this label but equally with a wider appeal than their darker and more experimental Techno. Flipside, ‘Paia’ is more hypnotic, arranged with a very tidy Latinized shuffle akin to something from Raíz or…
FRANK DE WULF / DJ HMC
People In Motion / Life Support System
DARKROOM DUBS
12″ // £5.99

Pounding old skool Techno from the legendary Frank De Wulf and DJ HMC. Frank bashes out the uncompromising ‘People In Motion’ on the A-side, a 140bpm scalper for the fearless. Australia’s DJ HMC marks out the urgent bleeps and concussive kicks of ‘Life Support System’ ont he other side.
KW
Detroit To London
Boe Recordings
12″ // £5.99

After releases by KiNK, Burnski and Leif among others, Detroit’s Kris Wadsworth returns to Boe Recordings. The ‘Detroit To London’ session features four perky tracks of House music, budged and nudged for the wiggle.