Aug 192011
 
Hello,

The quiet, unassuming music of Andrew Hargreaves has seeped into our world via a number of releases over the years as one half of The Boats, as well as under a plethora of pseudonyms – most recently The Tape Loop Orchestra. Following a scarce edition for Cotton Goods, Hargreaves now returns for a second album released in a limited edition of 200 hand-packaged and stamped copies for the world. It’s a work of subtle, unforced sensitivity and comes highly recommended to fans of beautiful and melancholy electronic music.

Meanwhile, the Type label return after last week’s blink-and-you’ll-have-missed-it vinyl pressing from Clams Casino with something completely different – a brash, noisy and visceral new album from cult Boston-based free jazz/noise duo Red Horse. They’ve upped the production values for this one, roping in Hospital Productions’ Kris Lapke (aka Alberich) and studio engineer Raul Rasa to fully render the tactile, tangible dynamics of their homebuilt instruments. Play this one very loud!!!

Described by the label as “A spontaneous, oddly rhythmic, slightly twisted summer storm of a hit”, the out-of-nowhere collaboration between electronic mavericks Mark Fell and Peter Rehberg is also out this week in a strictly limited vinyl pressing. It really doesn’t quite sound like either of them, and captures something genuinely weird and ephemeral about the inland European summer. Can’t see it lasting long round here so get in quick.

Another prime end-of-summer tip comes from Maria Minerva, who’s ‘Cabaret Cixous’ album is now available on wax. Easily the best thing on Not Not Fun since the Peaking Lights album, it offers lots to get hooked on so If you’re not familiar with her, just imagine a slyer, more enigmatic and yep, “sexy” Nite Jewel, are you’re about there.

Fan of Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Comets On Fire, Bardo Pond, D. Charles Speer or Wooden Wand need look no further than the heavyweight 4LP boxset of unreleased and rare material on Three Lobed this week, a veritable feast for fans of underground psychedelia, Indie Rock, and contemporary Folk with tip-top packaging and nice attention to detail.

Isidore Ducasse is the name adopted by Tarentel’s Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and William Trevor Montgomery for an ill-fated western soundtrack, while for modern goth types Mater Suspiria Vision’s ‘Second Coming’ offers Salem-esque beats and haunted bedroom FX on a limited edition vinyl pressing.

On a dancefloor flex, Lunice drops his badass 2nd EP ‘One Hunned’ For LuckyMe, while for more jackin’ flavours you gotta check out the new Lone on Wigflex, all tingly chords and superior club-strength vibes. For something a bit ruffer get on UTTU’s mental Marcus Mixx release, a spannered peaktime jacker to get the walls sweatin’, while Shifted drops the stoic but potent Pacific Blue ace and Butterz fire off one of their biggest 12″s to date in the shape of Trim’s ‘I Am’ produced by TRC and backed with LV and Preditah remixes.

Also out: new music from Pixelord, Shlohmo, Seahawks, Roska, Rainbow Arabia, Kinder Scout, Creep, Jon Convex, Boddika, Puro Instinct, DFA, Tectonic, Jus Ed, and a bunch of choice reissues from Underground Resistance.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



TAPE LOOP ORCHESTRA
Maybe I Told A Small Lie
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
TAPE LOOP ORCHESTRA
CD // £7.99

*Cotton Goods and The Boats luminary Andrew Hargreaves returns with a beautiful, hand-assembled album – only 200 copies for the world* Tape Loop Orchestra is possibly the most moving and introspective alias adopted by Andrew Hargreaves, best known for his work as one half of The Boats, and for a gorgeous release on the bespoke Cotton Goods imprint. We first met this sound on the scarce ‘1953 Culture Festival’ release a few years back, an album steeped in creaking strings, seasoned electronics and the intoxicating, omnipresent muffle and hiss of analogue tape noise. But while those memes have become overly blatant signifiers of melancholy and loneliness in the hands of so, so many bland-handed composers, they still feel gorgeously supernatural and genuinely fragile in Andrew’s hands. A lot can happen in two years and there’s the sense that since the previous outing with his imaginary ensemble, ‘Maybe I Told A Small Lie’ expresses a far more tangible heartache than before, yet without resorting to any overblown statements. It’s just a more subtle feeling, like meeting an old friend and sensing that since you last saw them, something undisclosed, you’re not quite sure what, has affected them greatly and perhaps not for the best. That might not be an ideal situation, but when those feelings are channelled into music, the impact is nothing short of moving, triggering deep rooted sensations of empathy and emotional catharsis that might be hard to deal with on a casual listen. It’s the sort of album which should be reserved for those times when you just need to be immersed in music that reflects exactly what you’re feeling. Bloody hell, that’s probably all a bit heavy sounding, but trust us, you’ll get what we’re on about. A massive recommendation.



RED HORSE
Red Horse
EXTREME / NOISE
Type
LP // £11.99

Boston’s Red Horse duo make an insanely dynamic and visceral cacophony on their second eponymous LP (not to be confused with their first – which is also self-titled). From the strength of their 1st album, 2009’s identically titled but more lo-fi effort on R.E.L, they’ve earned justifiable comparisons with Norwegian post-everything titans Supersilent and Jazkamer, and now thanks to detailed engineering assistance from Raul Rosa and mastering by Hospital Audio’s Kris Lapke, their sound here is every bit as engaging as those frames of reference imply. It’s part free-jazz and part backyard sound art, fusing the hyperkinetic, hit-everything-in-sight percussion of Eli Keszler with the automated and electrified string sculptures of Steve Pyne, striking a fine balance of unbound rhythm and uniquely dissonant tonalities which you simply wouldn’t find from a more conventional set-up. But make no mistake, this is no basic freakout; the duo’s steely grasp of their instruments and taste for intensity is balanced with a finely tuned quiet/loud sensibility, and when they do go quiet it’s that much more enveloping and head-wrenching. Over the last few years the duo have gained a cult status in their locale which has slowly spread beyond its perimeters, and while it’s unlikely they’re ever going to become stadium superstars, an instinctive control and mastery of their homebuilt instrumental arsenal ensures interest will continue to grow. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering and intended to be played as LOUD as you can take it. Recommended.



MARK FELL & PETER REHBERG
Untitled
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
LP // £11.99

Killer collaboration between two revered programmer/composers, “A spontaneous, oddly rhythmic, slightly twisted summer storm of a hit.” These two eleven minute+ tracks occurred during Mark Fell’s visit to Vienna in june of 2011 and captures the two masterminds in playfully freeform but groovesome mode. Clocking in at just under 14 minutes, ‘Kubu’ is a rare instance of Mark Fell on a track with “live” sounding drums, tumbling in jazzy, motorik syncopation around abstract, kneaded electronics and what sounds like Radio 4 playing in the background. ‘Zikir’ again works with brushed, jazz like percussion evolving into crisp machine rhythms, but this time foregrounded against morphing digital sheet rain and odd, groaning tones for heady, pressurised effect. These won’t last long, do be quick.



MARIA MINERVA
Cabaret Cixous
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Over the course of a 12″, cassette, and a stream of ace youtube vids, Maria Minerva has emerged as one of the most interesting artistes to come into leftfield-pop focus over the last 12 months. ‘Cabaret Cixous’ is her debut album, a coruscating water-bed of mottled ’90s dance-pop memes writhing under blankets of slyly sexy new age synths while her dreamy vocals whisper and croon seductively suggestive lyrics. It’s not quite aural soft porn, but there’s an inescapably lascivious element to her music which definitely has its appeal and marks her out with more teeth and enigmatic confidence than, say, Nite Jewel, with whom she’s often compared. Musically, her references span deep House to the Euro-pop she absorbed growing up living in Tallinn, Estonia, but all bleached with that straight-to-tape aesthetic so loved by NNF and Jim Ferraro et al, while lyrically and conceptually the album’s title invokes French feminist theorist Hélène Cixous and her songwriting is both visceral and solipsistically dreamy. It’s a richly satisfying and highly recommended listen.



VARIOUS / THREE LOBED
Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Three Lobed Recordings
4XLP HEAVYWEIGHT BOX // £62.99

*Gargantuan/Heavyweight and strictly limited 4LP box set featuring previously unreleased, rare and new music from Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Comets on Fire, Eternal Tapestry, Steve Gunn, Mouthus, D. Charles Speer & the Helix and Wooden Wand* “Early in 2000, Three Lobed Recordings was born out of the notion that there needed to be a 10″ EP included within Bardo Pond’s discography. Late in 2009, with the label’s looming tenth anniversary on the horizon, the label decided that it was time to take the curatorial enjoyment that resulted in its three multi-disc subscription CD series (Purposeful Availment, Modern Containment and Oscillation III) and transfer that spirit over to the vinyl format. Rather than do this as a series, Three Lobed decided it would be a lot more fun, efficient, and economical to put the project out as a one-shot box set. From that notion came the dream-team lineup of artists who were also interested in helping assemble this project – Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Comets on Fire, Eternal Tapestry, Steve Gunn, Mouthus, D. Charles Speer & the Helix and Wooden Wand. Think back to the wonder the first time you were sucked into the epic sprawl of such seminal collections as Harmony Of The Spheres and By The Fruits You Shall Know The Roots. It’s been several years since one of these time capsules has been created to document the various phases, shapes and sizes of the modern underground psychedelic scene – this box is intended to help fill that void. Much like how various label predecessors have shaped their epic compilations into lovingly assembled and presented artifacts, the Three Lobed vision of Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them is bold and brash. Three Lobed wants this set to both stand as the single coolest title within the label’s catalog and to also be a device to help introduce some new listeners to the various ways psychedelic music is presented in 2011. Each artist’s contribution to this set stands alongside the best that artist has previously placed within their respective discographies, almost as if each artist is trying to set the bar even higher for their fellow contributors to the set. From newly composed and well honed tracks (like Steve Gunn’s contribution, “The Lurker (Extended)”), historically important recordings (the entire Sun City Girls side presents a glimpse of the band’s final show in the United States) all the way to how-the-hell-has-this-been-hidden-for-the-world-for-so-long gems (such as Sonic Youth’s “Out & In” which was recorded in 2000 with Jim O’Rourke).”



MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Second Coming
ELECTRONIC
Phantasma Disques
LP // £14.99

Extremely limited first vinyl issue of MSV’s (limited to 100 copies) early CDr from 2010. ‘Second Coming’ bears all the hallmarks of W*tch House, from foggy sonic aesthetic to the DIY artwork but the production values are overall reassuringly upped for this issue. We enter their phantasm to the etheric cluster of FX-f*ckery on ‘Welcome To The Witch House’ featuring Shazzula, and wade through the the sludgy, screwed beats of ‘The Witch House Of Hansel And Gretel’. Flipside its time for the paled Salem-esque ‘Exorcism Of The Hippies’, a passage of French-vocalled Goth-beats on ‘Reincarnation Of Baba Yaga’ and the lonely bedroom expanse of Escape From The Witch House’. Get in while you can…



ISIDORE DUCASSE
Isidore Ducasse
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 500. Pressed on 140g vinyl* Beautiful album of evocative, scapey drones and acoustic reflections from Root Strata head Jefre Cantu-Ledesma together with his Tarentel and Moholy-Nagy bandmate, William Trevor Montgomery. They conceived the Isidore Ducasse mantle when tasked with writing the soundtrack for a Western, but the film was unfortunately scrapped. You’ll basically have to fill in the imagery yourself, but that shouldn’t be so hard because this is some richly evocative material. It captures the vibe of endless plains, rocky outcrops and rusty widescreen sunsets perfectly, closely recalling the molasses distrotion blooms of Earth or Barn Owl down to every drawn out note or wistful strum, and not least track titles such as ‘Fever Has Overtaken This Frail Frame’ or Here Lies A Youth Who Died Of Cinsumption’. That’s not to say it’s copycat material, it’s just cut from very similar and dusty cloth, with a particularly parched and melancholy feel. And unlike the aforementioned, the tracks are relatively brief and vignette-like, accordingly arranged to scene lengths and moods, ranging from brief, porch-side acoustic strums, to more slow breathing, panoramic drone vistas and even passages of more folksy, slightly neo-classical themes.

Singles of the Week



LUNICE
One Hunned
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
LuckyMe
12″ // £6.99

Lunice ain’t the most prolific producer out there, but in his corner of the field, he’s one of the finest. Following last year’s solo debut ‘Stacker Upper’ EP, he returns to LuckyMe with the bolder, more substantial ‘One Hunned’ EP to work a slicker, leaner, and better rendered sound. Like Hud Mo and Rustie, he’s well enamoured with the debonaire style of late ’80s/early ’90s R&B and New Jack Swing, but has his ears firmly on a 2011 sound. Those influences are most overt in the Hollywood chords of ‘Glow’ and ‘Juice’ or the soul blown chops of ‘And She Said’, but it’s the centripetal drum diffusions and dance-enhancing edit slickness of each cut that lets you know what time it really is. Best of all is the wily sparsity of ‘I See U’, turning out iced stabs and club-slaying synth drops like a pro. Highly recommended.



PACIFIC BLUE
Industry Prt 1 & 2
TECHNO / HOUSE
Pacific Blue
12″ // £6.99

**Translucent Blue Vinyl** Slick, skippin’ Techno from Shifted in his Pacific Blue guise. In contrast with the cold mechanics of his recent Mote Evolver release, ‘Industry Part 1 & 2’ operate on a more dextrous, syncopated and chord driven pivot. Part 1 reminds of the Raíz killer for Historia y Violencia, all layered and latinized 909 shimmies with wickedly bumpy kicks, whereas Part 2 shuffles the patterns to spring off crisp claps for the dancers. Highly effective and well tipped – don’t miss.



LONE
All Those Weird Things (One-sided/Etched vinyl)
TECHNO / HOUSE
WIGFLEX
12″ // £6.99

Matt Cutler’s druggy, pitch-bent productions are generally guaranteed to give us the tingle, and ‘All Those Weird Things’ is no different. Against a backdrop of tough, pared-down 4/4, our boy just runs riot with ravey chords that are as hard to follow as the narrative of a big night on ’89-strength E; they seem to fold in on, out of and around themselves in a way that defies audio logic, but without once compromising the track’s melody and momentum. We can only imagine what havoc it’s going to be reaking in clubs this year, especially when the brazen synth-shredding kicks in at 3:40. Honestly, this is just an absolute belter, and once you wrap your ears around it you’ll find it hard to get your wonk on to anything else.



TRIM
I Am (inc LV Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
BUTTERZ
12″ // £5.99

Butterz assert their status as the world’s pre-eminent Grime label with arguably their biggest release to date. ‘I Am’ is also one of Trim’s best cuts to date, showcasing a honest maturity and lyrical craft that his fans have always been aware of, and gives any naysayers no excuses now. It appears in three versions, riding TRC’s summer-vibin’ ‘Skippin’ Rope’ riddim on the orginal, next to a slightly tougher, snappier mix from rising star Preditah. Flipside there’s LV’s itchy, bouncing poly-style remix, plus the hi-Tech street funk of ‘Notice Now’ produced by Terror Danjah cohort, D.O.K. Tip!



MARCUS MIXX
Use Your Mouth 2 Luv Me
TECHNO / HOUSE
Unknown To The Unknown
12″ // £5.99

BANG-jakkin’ Chi-House badness from the one and only Marcus Mixx! In case you don’t know, Marcus is an OG Chicago House don with serious credentials. He was counted among Ron Hardy’s notorious inner circle back in the day, and his records, including a collaboration with Wolfram, are regarded as total weapons by everyone from Tama Sumo to Jackmaster (natch). So, it’s something of a coup and perfectly indicative of the label’s brazen cheek that UTTU land these two killers upon us. First up ‘U Blow Girl (Mouth Mix)’ spanks raw-assed kicks and scrapping hi-hats against delirious vocal stabs for proper, psychotomimetic, wall-bucking results. Madder yet is the maniacal ‘Use Your Mouth 2 Luv Me (Teeth Mix)’, a raging, rugged gang-bang of distorted drum machines, skewed piano stabs, odd chorales and the vocal refrain “use your mouth, to love me” delivered in sinister, flanged form. Fans of Steve Poindexter, Jamal Moss, Aaron Carl et al will not be disappointed. Let’s go. TIP!!!

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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LUNICE
One Hunned
LuckyMe
12″ // £6.99

Lunice ain’t the most prolific producer out there, but in his corner of the field, he’s one of the finest. Following last year’s solo debut ‘Stacker Upper’ EP, he returns to LuckyMe with the bolder, more substantial ‘One Hunned’ EP to work a slicker, leaner, and better rendered sound. Like Hud Mo and Rustie, he’s well enamoured with the debonaire style of late ’80s/early ’90s R&B and New Jack Swing,…
SHLOHMO
Bad Vibes
FoF Music
CD // £12.99

Shlohmo drops his second LP of blunted HD beats with ‘Bad Vibes’ for LA’s Friends Of Friends. Hailing from the same scene which produced the likes of Matthewdavid, Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer, Shlohmo has carved a cozy niche with his more sensitive, unhurried and gently psychedelic angle on downtempo moods. His carefully detailed beats are quietly conversational and rich with subtle instrumental quirks, placing more emphasis on seductive, laidback…
RAS G
Down 2 Earth
Ramp Recordings
2LP // £12.99

Storming new album on Ramp Recordings from Ras G, featuring no less than 19 tracks. Ras has been a cult figure among beat-heads for at least three years, with a string of dizzying releases on labels like Brainfeeder, All City and Poo-Bah; he actually first appeared on Ramp back in 2009 with the impeccably wonked-out Destination Three EP. If you’ve been following him all this time, you’ll know roughly what…
PIXELORD
Iron and Cream EP
Leisure System
12″ // £5.99

Nicely varied EP of day-glo electronics and evolved dubstep beats from Russian troublemaker Pixelord. The swiping synths, taut garage rhythm and chipmunk-pitched vocal snips on ‘Iron and Cream’ summon Kahn’s recent killer drop on Punch Drunk or Zomby at his most cheery. ‘Cycloferon’ is refreshingly straight-down-the-middle wonky for the skunk ‘n Xbox crowd, replete with tastefully wobbling subs and defiantly tasteless digital arpeggios, riding heavy, dubwise beats that Guido and…
NAIVE MACHINE
Robot Ramification (w/Om Unit Remix)
Hit And Hope Records
12″ // £6.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Smart Electronic Hip Hop instrumentals including a House-y Om Unit remix. Chunky 8-bit chirrups and neck-snap beats are the order of the day, from the cruncked-out bang of ‘Tiltin Ova’ to the Kutmah-favourited ‘Afrika’ on the A-side, over to tumbling roto-toms and Om Unit’s fly 4/4 mix of ‘Afrika’ on the flip.
BOTANY
Feeling Today EP
Western Vinyl
EP // £10.99

*Features vinyl-only bonus track and download code redeemable from the label* Botany is Spencer Stephenson’s alter ego for a gauzy, slightly hypnagogic blend of instrumental Hip Hop, washed-out modern psych and bliss-pop. It represents the sweeter, more indie-melodic end of the spectrum to say the Leaving Records crew, conducted with a wide-eyed, maybe naive sense of wonder that’s endearing in its honesty, perhaps like a more smudged, hippy-ish version of…
TA-KU / PAVEL DOVGAL
Finest Ego: Faces 12 Inch Series
PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
LP // £12.99

Fine split session of future-leaning Hip Hop. Recent Redbull Academy graduate, and one of Australia’s brightest Hip Hop producers, Ta-Ku, drops the knotty head-nod of ‘Ink Dropped’, besides the jazzy, frayed beat programming of ‘Messy’ and a classically smooth number in ‘Confessions’ featuring MC John Robinson. Flipside Russian, Pavel Dovgal offers a suite of four richly ornamented beats, from the sweeping strings of ‘Faust’ to the tidy, Floating Points-like shuffle…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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VARIOUS / THREE LOBED
Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them
Three Lobed Recordings
4XLP HEAVYWEIGHT BOX // £62.99

*Gargantuan/Heavyweight and strictly limited 4LP box set featuring previously unreleased, rare and new music from Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Comets on Fire, Eternal Tapestry, Steve Gunn, Mouthus, D. Charles Speer & the Helix and Wooden Wand* “Early in 2000, Three Lobed Recordings was born out of the notion that there needed to be a 10” EP included within Bardo Pond’s discography. Late in 2009, with the label’s…
ISIDORE DUCASSE
Isidore Ducasse
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 500. Pressed on 140g vinyl* Beautiful album of evocative, scapey drones and acoustic reflections from Root Strata head Jefre Cantu-Ledesma together with his Tarentel and Moholy-Nagy bandmate, William Trevor Montgomery. They conceived the Isidore Ducasse mantle when tasked with writing the soundtrack for a Western, but the film was unfortunately scrapped. You’ll basically have to fill in the imagery yourself, but that shouldn’t be so hard because this…
A.P.
The Eerie Calm Reincarnate
GHOST SOUNDS
2LP // £17.99

*Includes CD version* ‘The Eerie Calm Reincarnate’ collects two dark ambient albums produced by Anders Peterson aka Relapxych.0 back in 2004 and remastered in 2010. One of the discs was inspired by Asian horror movies and covers an assortment of shorter, stranger vignettes, while the other is more expansive and deeply inspired by the films of David Lynch, specifically ‘Lost Highway’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’.

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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SEAHAWKS
Another Summer With Seahawks
CAPTAIN’S LOG
CD + 7″ // £13.99

*Limited 7″ with 7-track CD and Pete Fowler artwork. No download* “After making friends with their recent disco 45 “High On you”, Seahawks change course once again to explore waters new. “No More Raindrops” is a beautiful piece of tropical reggae dub where salt washed wah guitars and ghostly vocals pulsate into the volatge to crate an essential taste of summer. The flip features Hot Chip man Al Doyle on…
REWARDS
Equal Dreams / Asleep With The Lights On
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Fresh disco struts from Aaron Pfenning’s Rewards project with a sterling vocal from Solange Knowles. If Glass Candy were more into R&B, we dare say they’d sound a bit like ‘Equal Dreams’, featuring producer Aaron also on vocals in duet with Solange over laidback, winking synth and plush mid-tempo cruisers groove. ‘Asleep With The Lights On’ is more uptempo with an ’80s pop drama/romance recalling OMD and perhaps a glint…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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AUGUSTUS PABLO
Dubbing In A Africa
GET ON DOWN
CD // £11.99

Classic selection of Augustus Pablo dubs, faithfully reissued right down to the misspelling of his name on the front cover! The legendary melodica-maestro is featured here on the organ with a supporting cast of Sly & Robbie on drums & bass, Bingy Bunny ‘pon rhythm guitar, Sticky on percussion and Melodic Gladdy (wicked name!) on piano. As the title tells us, there’s an African theme at its core, from the…
VARIOUS / VP RECORDS
King Jammy’s: Selector’s Choice Vol. 1
VP Records
4CD BOX // £13.99

King Jammy was one of the dominant, and some may say most influential figures of the ’80s digital dancehall era. ‘Selectors Choice Vol.1’ is a fairly definitive 4CD collection of killer productions from his Jammy’s label, counting a whopping 79 tracks total and some of the biggest cuts of the digital era. Riddims include ‘Sleng Teng’, ‘Tempo’, ‘Darker Shade’, and ‘Stalag’ among others, and a wealth of vocalists such as…
VARIOUS / VP RECORDS
King Jammy’s: Selector’s Choice Vol. 2
VP Records
4CD BOX // £13.99

Massive, 80-track, 4-disc boxset of later Jammy’s productions spanning many classics of the digital dancehall era. It’s hard to overstate the importance and influence of this era on so many forms of contemporary dancefloor music, especially in rooted UK styles like D&B/Jungle and Dubstep, so this is a bit of a goldmine for the natty digital diggers. Includes standards such as Admiral Bailey’s national anthem ‘Jump Up’ and ‘Kill The…
LOTEK
International Rudeboy
First Word Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes download code for the full album plus bonus dubs – redeemable direct from the label** UK HipHop/Reggae institution drops his anticipated ‘International Rudeboy’ player. Wayne Barrett, as he’s known to his mum, has a lengthy CV including a ton of classic Big Dada productions with his Lotek Hi-Fi ensemble and for longtime ally, Roots Manuva. Mr Manuva appears on this one too, alongside vocals from Jimmy Screech, Spikey Tee,…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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TRIM
I Am (inc LV Mix)
BUTTERZ
12″ // £5.99

Butterz assert their status as the world’s pre-eminent Grime label with arguably their biggest release to date. ‘I Am’ is also one of Trim’s best cuts to date, showcasing a honest maturity and lyrical craft that his fans have always been aware of, and gives any naysayers no excuses now. It appears in three versions, riding TRC’s summer-vibin’ ‘Skippin’ Rope’ riddim on the orginal, next to a slightly tougher, snappier…
LUNG & MAXX ROACH
Booty Call (Randomer Mix)
DEADPLATE
12″ // £5.99

Debut drop from Lung & Maxx Roach on the freshly minted Deadplate label, backed with a tidy Randomer remix. Their ‘Booty Call’ works on a Joe type-a-flex with Latinized percussion arranged for the swingers while ‘Crisbuit’ is more synth-driven Future Boogie roller tipping to Silkie and co. Randomer’s remix of ‘Booty Call’ adds some oomph to the drums for more impact on the ‘floor.
CARDOPUSHER / GEIOM / VARIOUS
Frijsfo Beats Vol. 3
FRIJSFO BEATS
12″ // £7.99

The leading Future Garage label collects cuts from Cardopusher, Desto, Geiom, and Submerse for a third ‘Frijsfo Beats’ volume. Cardopusher sets the mark the deft, latinized rhythm mechanics of ‘Then What’, while Desto remixes Kuoyàh’s ‘Convex Gravity’ as a smooth/grimy Footstepping (for want of a better term) roller nodding to his Finnish brethren Teeth or the likes of Visionist. Flip it and Geiom drops the hyperkinetic 2-step of ‘Chip Voices’,…
MR TICKLE / MA1 / SPECTR
RKS Allstars
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £5.99

For the wax fiends, Roska serves three previously digital-only trax ‘pon wax. It’s pretty crucial for Mr Tickle’s ‘I’m Grinding’, alone; spanking a heavy payload of tribal drums, Technoid bass licks and pure carnival swagger behaviour. Flipside MA1 gets a big-room House groove on with ‘Static’ from his ‘Do It Better’ EP, beside Spectr’s (aka Scuba) ‘Dance For Me’.
KUMA
What It’s Not (Grievous Angel Mix)
TKG
12″ // £5.99

Kuma steps off on two brooding Dub versions vocalled by NYC’s Juakali and Amalia, and remixed rudeboy style by Grievous Angel. He plays straight, cool and rollin’ with the ‘What It’s Not’ rhythm, laying solid bass work for elegantly sparse and streamlined rhythm, giving nuff space for Juakali’s dread croon in the first, and a sweeter female response from Amalia in ‘Fall’. Taking it one touch tuffer, Grievous Angel takes…
JAYBIRD
What Da Funk!?
Lodubs
12″ // £6.99

Wicked 808 rollers from the far coast on Lo Dubs’ Special Request series. Jaybird’s original comes with alarming sirens and crisp, boomin’, staggered Roland rhythms, while 6Blocc go in hard for the remix with a sharper edited flex and wide-assed subbass. Mean tackle for fans of the Swamp 81 sound!
ROSSI B AND LUCA / THE PHANTOM / VARIOUS
Synesthesia #1: Olfacoception
Senseless Records
12″ // £7.99

*Screen-printed sleeve includes A3 poster* Senseless Records return fighting fit with three lean & mean riddims from Rossi B & Luca, The Phantom and Venice Calypso. London stalwarts Rossi B & Luca drop the highlight, a rogue Garage raver named ‘Turbo Island’, while Venice Calypso get on the bleepy roll of ‘Drifting’ and The Phantom hits up an ace Wiley/Jam City-style stepper ‘Arctic (Devil Mix)’.

 

ELECTRONIC
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MARK FELL & PETER REHBERG
Untitled
Editions Mego
LP // £11.99

Killer collaboration between two revered programmer/composers, “A spontaneous, oddly rhythmic, slightly twisted summer storm of a hit.” These two eleven minute+ tracks occurred during Mark Fell’s visit to Vienna in june of 2011 and captures the two masterminds in playfully freeform but groovesome mode. Clocking in at just under 14 minutes, ‘Kubu’ is a rare instance of Mark Fell on a track with “live” sounding drums, tumbling in jazzy, motorik…
MARIA MINERVA
Cabaret Cixous
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Over the course of a 12″, cassette, and a stream of ace youtube vids, Maria Minerva has emerged as one of the most interesting artistes to come into leftfield-pop focus over the last 12 months. ‘Cabaret Cixous’ is her debut album, a coruscating water-bed of mottled ’90s dance-pop memes writhing under blankets of slyly sexy new age synths while her dreamy vocals whisper and croon seductively suggestive lyrics. It’s not…
MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Second Coming
Phantasma Disques
LP // £14.99

Extremely limited first vinyl issue of MSV’s (limited to 100 copies) early CDr from 2010. ‘Second Coming’ bears all the hallmarks of W*tch House, from foggy sonic aesthetic to the DIY artwork but the production values are overall reassuringly upped for this issue. We enter their phantasm to the etheric cluster of FX-f*ckery on ‘Welcome To The Witch House’ featuring Shazzula, and wade through the the sludgy, screwed beats of…
RAINBOW ARABIA
Boys And Diamonds (Single)
Kompakt
7″ // £5.99

Second single taken from Rainbow Arabia’s Kompakt album, featuring a ghostly, gliding remix of the title track. For many, ‘Boys And Diamonds’ was the defining moment of the album, opening up to a flush of M.I.A.-like chants, lilting summer beats and Panda Bear-style harmonies. The ‘Hardmix’ remix soon inverts all that, though, coming across with distinct traces of the incredible Holy Ghost debut on Tri Angle, right down to the…
CONRAD SCHNITZLER / BORNGRABER & STRUEVER
Con-Struct
m=minimal
LP // £12.99

Following essential reissues of ‘Zug’ and ‘Ballet Statique’, the latest Conrad Schnitzler album from M=Minimal is in fact produced by contemporary kosmische duo Borngraber & Struever, using sounds culled from the 74-year-old’s vast tape library, which contains recordings of synthesizer experiments going back 40 years. As anyone who’s heard Ballet Statique or any other Con classics will know, his music sounds as futuristic now as it did back in the…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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RED HORSE
Red Horse
Type
LP // £11.99

Boston’s Red Horse duo make an insanely dynamic and visceral cacophony on their second eponymous LP (not to be confused with their first – which is also self-titled). From the strength of their 1st album, 2009’s identically titled but more lo-fi effort on R.E.L, they’ve earned justifiable comparisons with Norwegian post-everything titans Supersilent and Jazkamer, and now thanks to detailed engineering assistance from Raul Rosa and mastering by Hospital Audio’s…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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TAPE LOOP ORCHESTRA
Maybe I Told A Small Lie
TAPE LOOP ORCHESTRA
CD // £7.99

*Cotton Goods and The Boats luminary Andrew Hargreaves returns with a beautiful, hand-assembled album – only 200 copies for the world* Tape Loop Orchestra is possibly the most moving and introspective alias adopted by Andrew Hargreaves, best known for his work as one half of The Boats, and for a gorgeous release on the bespoke Cotton Goods imprint. We first met this sound on the scarce ‘1953 Culture Festival’ release…
KINDER SCOUT
The Writing Life
PRECO RECORDS
CD // £8.99

Kinder Scout unites the esteemed talents of Danny Norbury (UK), Ian Hawgood (Japan), and Jason Corder (USA) in a trans-continental collaboration. The three artists find a common link in Moteer’s micro-run magnate, Craig Tattersall and the multifarious Miles Whittaker of Demdike Stare, who contributed artwork and mastering, respectively, to make ‘The Writing Life’ such a lovely album. It fuses a number of varied disciplines, Danny’s rich strings, Ian’s guitar, voice…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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RAZIKA
Program 91
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £12.99

Razika are a wonderfully perky group of 19 year old girls from Bergen, Norway, with a charming line in sugary Ska-pop. Almost anyone who encountered last years bilingual debut 7″ ‘Nytt På Nytt/Taste My Dream’ was instantly smitten, and drew them comparisons with a stack of early ’80s post-punks like The Slits, The Raincoats or Swell Maps. However, the girls themselves would probably be more inclined to list the usual…
SHIMMERING STARS
Violent Hearts
ALMOST MUSIQUE
CD // £11.99

“Shimmering Stars is a three-piece dream pop act from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Shimmering Stars’ music embodies an attempt at drawing out and illuminating the subtle darkness inherent int he seemingly wholesome, innocent music of the 1950s and 60s. the result filters older influences like The Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, hil Spector, and Bo Diddley through a contemporary lens. Songs about being in love, not being in love, the painfully modern…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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ACID BIRDS
Acid Birds III
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.99

*Attuned free jazz and electronics from multi-instrumentalist Andrew Barker’s Brooklyn-based trio* “Acid Birds was formed in 2004 in Brooklyn, NY by Andrew barker (drums & percussion), Jaime Fennelly (harmonium & electronics) and Charles waters (alto saxophone & bass clarinet). NY-based Barker & Waters are both founding members of Gold Sparkle Band, and Fennelly is 1/3 of Peeesseye, and recently embarked on his new solo project Mind Over Mirrors. ‘Red Beak,…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Early Rappers: Hipper Than Hop – The Ancestors of Rap
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
2LP // £19.49

*Brilliant double LP, twenty one tracks charting the precedents of Rap music through jive, talking blues, spoken poetry, and soul preaching.* “When the Sugarhill Gang scored the first commercial rap hit in 1979, this seemingly unheard of form of spoken lyrics shook up the media world. But rap was nothing new for Black America. Hadn’t Cab Calloway’s hepster talk put the nightclubs of Harlem on fire half a century ao,…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Jazz Noire: Darktown Sleaze from the Mean Streets of 1940s L.A.
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
2CD // £9.49

*Cinematically themed 50-track selection of late ’40s jazz and blues with full colour booklet of sleevenotes and artwork. Includes music by Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk Quartet, King Cole Trio, Baron Mingus and His Octet, Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway and many more* “Jazz Noire is your soundtrack to the mean streets of Los Angeles in the post-war 1940s. Bookended by classic film noir themes of the period, this selection…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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D*MINDS
Subcrate / Stone River
Critical Presents : Modulations
10″ // £6.49

Taut, limbre future junglism from D*Minds (Distorted Minds) on Critical’s Modulations sublabel. ‘Subcrate’ steps up with wickedly brooding pads before going in ninja style with tightly chopped breaks and evil, predator style bass stabs and bass grumbles. Flipside ‘Stone River’ is more restrained, concentrated on deeply carved subs and spacious, limb-controlling breakbeat edits. Smart.
SATO
Glide / Detroit Lies Bleeding (Phobia Remix)
Ingredients Records
12″ // £6.49

Tasty fresh D&B split from Sato and Phobia. A-side Sato goes in with the Tech-edged roller ‘Glide’, buoyed by nasty Neuro bassline and driven by punchy drums. Flipside, Phobia remixes ‘Detroit Lies Bleeding’, as a heads-down groove with 313-inspired chords and tough bass work.

 

MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 331: September 2011
Wire
Mag // £4.00

Prolific experimentalists, My Cat Is An Alien feature on the front cover and in interview at their studio in Milan in septembers issue. Andy Stott is grilled on his new, ruffed-up sound, while Prurient talks about his stunning new album and John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth is tested by the Invisible Juekbox. Also features articles on Fela Kuti’s time in London, Jana Winderen’s underwater recordings, and NNF matriarch Amanda Brown…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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RICHARD DAVIS / BEN VERDEN / BLUFARM
Saddle The Horses (Part 1)
240 Volts
12″ // £6.99

Fine three way single of sophisticated Tech-House pop and minimal grooves. Richard Davis’ ‘The Blue’ is the obvious standout cut, layering fragile vocals over tender keys and crisp, shuffling Kompakt-style House rhythm to luxurious effect. Flipside, Ben Verden contributes the ethereal, deeper electro-house of ‘In’ and Blufarm serves the spherical, aquatic House of ‘Not Poor’. Quality pressing, primed for the connoisseurs.

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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MAGAZINE
Concerts, Festivals, Shows And Other Special Events
Magazine
12″ // £8.99

Incredible raw, atmospheric house, proto-techno and synth experiments, a collaboration between Cologne’s Barnt, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. The trio have been collaborating on different projects together on and off since 1999, primarily in Germany, but with brief stints in London and Manchester. There’s something rather timeless about Magazine 4 – for all its nods to cold wave, and Schnitzler-style krautrock pulsation, it has a presence and self-possession that makes it…
CREEP
Days Remixes
Young Turks
12″ // £7.99

*Embossed sleeve* Ace remixes of Creep’s Romy-from-The xx-starring ‘Days’ by Drop The Lime, John Roberts and Soul Clap. Spanning the A-side, Drop The Lime serves a stirring Funky-via-Brooklyn version, arranging Romy’s pained R&B croon over tight, rolling Funky drums and a spine-tingling breakdown. Flipside, the Soul Clap remix is quite much darker than anything we’ve previously heard from Levine and Goldstein, wading on a sludgy mid-tempo rhythm for an excellent…
PURO INSTINCT
Headbangers In Ecstasy
Record Makers
LP // £15.99

*Glitter-embossed jacket* Emerging from a haze of hype circulated by Altered Zones and Ariel Pink, among many others, the Kaplan sisters deliver one of this year’s finest dream-pop delicacies. Since debuting in 2009, Piper and Skylar have changed name from Pearl Harbor to Puro Instinct and added a few new bandmates, but still retained that tender blend of misty-eyed Ruski pop and West Coast cool which gathered them such momentum…
JON CONVEX
Radar / Vacuum States
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Instra:mental’s Damon Kirkham dips out on his 2nd Jon Convex single. ‘Radar’ locks into another futurist Electro swerve, powered by booming, augmented 808 kicks and darker sci-fi pads reminding of the oft-overlooked Made album on SCSI-AV, but with a deliberately coarser, caustic bite. ‘Vacuum States’ is more funked-up, synching twysted acidic synths and machine drums with a robotic swing, and cloaked with arcing sci-fi pads. Dope.
PEACH MELBA
Can’t Let Go
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Peach Melba is the classy new House alias for Juan Maclean and singer Amy Douglass. Their first offering ‘Can’t Let Go’ is rife with sexed-up New York vibes, in no small part due to Amy’s orgiastic diva vocals but also Juan’s blend of Lil Louis references and kinky rhythmic drive. The Dub goes fathoms deeper with hypnotic chords for the pure old skool US Garage flex and the Dub Of…
THE RAPTURE
How Deep Is Your Love?
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Belting indie-disco actions from The Rapture, returning after a protracted 4-year hiatus to herald their forthcoming ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ album. They’re in fine voice for ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, chugging on a scuffed disco-rock beat to the tune of a rousing piano refrain and an earworming, almost operatic vocal. Flipside, The Emperor Machine give a craftily evolving revision, alternating between laidback strut and scrambled electrodisco. Check…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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PACIFIC BLUE
Industry Prt 1 & 2
Pacific Blue
12″ // £6.99

**Translucent Blue Vinyl** Slick, skippin’ Techno from Shifted in his Pacific Blue guise. In contrast with the cold mechanics of his recent Mote Evolver release, ‘Industry Part 1 & 2’ operate on a more dextrous, syncopated and chord driven pivot. Part 1 reminds of the Raíz killer for Historia y Violencia, all layered and latinized 909 shimmies with wickedly bumpy kicks, whereas Part 2 shuffles the patterns to spring off…
LONE
All Those Weird Things (One-sided/Etched vinyl)
WIGFLEX
12″ // £6.99

Matt Cutler’s druggy, pitch-bent productions are generally guaranteed to give us the tingle, and ‘All Those Weird Things’ is no different. Against a backdrop of tough, pared-down 4/4, our boy just runs riot with ravey chords that are as hard to follow as the narrative of a big night on ’89-strength E; they seem to fold in on, out of and around themselves in a way that defies audio logic,…
INSTRA:MENTAL / BODDIKA
Vicodin (Skudge Mix) / Grand Prix
NAKED LUNCH
12″ // £6.49

**ORANGE VINYL** One of the most deadly and hyped techno productions of the year drops in the shape of Skudge’s immaculately dark ‘n greased mix of Instra:mental’s ‘Vicodin’. The original ‘Vicodin’ was the B-side on the blink-and-you-missed-it ‘Let’s Talk’ 10″ early last year and quickly became one of the more celebrated tracks in the Instra:mental canon, thanks largely to its brooding, centered melodic hook. Skudge sensibly keep that hook firmly…
MARCUS MIXX
Use Your Mouth 2 Luv Me
Unknown To The Unknown
12″ // £5.99

BANG-jakkin’ Chi-House badness from the one and only Marcus Mixx! In case you don’t know, Marcus is an OG Chicago House don with serious credentials. He was counted among Ron Hardy’s notorious inner circle back in the day, and his records, including a collaboration with Wolfram, are regarded as total weapons by everyone from Tama Sumo to Jackmaster (natch). So, it’s something of a coup and perfectly indicative of the…
DISTAL
Angry Acid / French Science
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.99

Rogue Acid and House romps from Atlanta’s rising Bass music star. Assisted by R. Ellis aka Pinch on the A-side, ‘Angry Acid’ is a lampin’ 4/4 juggernaut fuelled by concussive kicks and floor-chewing 303 sequence, done simple but effective with a nice touch of haunting pads hovering over the thing. On a more laidback flex, ‘French Science’ leans into a deeper, crooked modern House groove dipping on the halfstep and…
MATT O’BRIEN
Bloom / Without Warning
Off-Key Industries
12″ // £5.99

Matt O’Brien has a habit of dropping subtle bombs, records which will stay in your box. This is one of those. A-side plays it smooth and stealthy, riding fat, subs-driven rhythm daubed with fluttering Teutonic synth into a subtly show-stealing breakdown and back to business. Seriously, drop this at the right time and the ‘floor is yours. Flip over and you’ll find the lethal ‘Without Warning’, like a more tempered…
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
Interstellar Fugitives (Edits)
Underground Resistance
12″ // £7.99

Next in UR’s reissue programme is a selection from the ‘Interstellar Fugitives’ album. A-side features The Suburban Knight’s menacing Techno groove ‘Maroon’, and the hi-octane Electro of ‘Nannytown’ backed with the dramatic sonic fiction of Mad Mike’s ‘Moor Horsemen On Bolarus 5’, and the inimitable swaggered funk mechanics of ‘Negative Evolution’. They’ve evidently missed some of the best bits, but if you want them, you’ll just have to hunt a…
GALAXY 2 GALAXY
Hi-Tech Jazz
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

ESSENTIAL UR reissue! This 2011 edition features four of the best -known tracks from the original 1993 pressing. On the A-side you’ll find the heart-lifting ‘Hi-Tech Jazz’ and the spine-chilling, show-stopping ‘Journey Of The Dragons’. Turn over for the reverent ‘Astral Apache’ and another goose-pimpling moment ‘Starsailing’.
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
Dark Energy
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

Sixteen years since its original release, UR present an abridged version of Mad Mike and Suburban Knight’s ‘Dark Energy’ EP. A-side features Suburban Knight’s ‘Midnight Sunshine’ and Mad Mike’s ritual groove ‘Atomic Witchdokta’. B-side holds the dark, droning ‘Mau Mau’ and the classic ‘Stargate’. They don’t make them like this any more.
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
Electronic Warfare
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

UR initiate a long overdue reissue programme with a re-edited and re-sequenced composite edition of the seminal ‘Electronic Warfare’ EP. The label’s plans to present their classic material were understandably delayed due to the death of Detroit’s favourite mastering and cutting engineer, NSC’s Ron Murphy, but they’ve found a faithful replacement in Dietrich Schoenemann and his Complete Mastering studio. So, ‘Electronic Warfare’ is now reduced to one plate including a…
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
The Turning Point
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

Part of UR’s vital reissue scheme, a re-sequenced version of their 1997 release ‘The Turning Point’. This is pure 313 Techno Funk featuring the EP’s original tracks ‘Soul Circuit’ and ‘Spirit Caller’ on the A-side, plus the definitive ‘Hi Tech Funk’ on the flip, and Mad Mike’s ‘Soul Power’ from the 2004 12″ ‘Ma Ya Ya’. Git down.
SAWF
Flaws
Perc Trax
CD // £11.99

*Smart debut, presented in tin box with insert. Includes the monstrous ‘Unrhythm’.* Sturdy debut album business from Greek Techno producer Sawf. Over the last 12 months his Industrial-edged releases on Perc have stood out from the crowd, priming the ‘floor nicely for this LP. These eleven tracks are guided by a controlled and controlling hand with a wide knowledge of the root and branches of House and Techno. ‘Ninio’ nods…
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
L.O.V.E. (Kyle Hall / Wolfgang Voigt Mixes)
K7
12″ // £5.99

Diverse and heavy remix selection for M.C.D.E.’s Detroit-inspired ‘L.O.V.E. (DJ-Kicks)’ special from Wolfgang Voigt, Kyle Hall, and Smallpeople. Motor City whipper-snapper Kyle Hall commands the A-side with a chuggin’ overhaul riding metronomic hi-hats and a swinging bassline groove smeared with that unmistakeably fresh soul. Flipside, Wolfgang Voigt offers his most overtly “funked-up” remix in memory, looping that ‘Billie Jean’-alike bassline under dynamic, stereo swirling percussion to deadly effect, while Smallpeople…
GRAPHICS
OK Rainbow / Adjectival E
Well Rounded Individuals
12″ // £5.99

Distinguished 2nd release of digitally humid steppers electronics. Following his Shifting Peaks split with Emvee, Oxford’s Graphics has arrived at a canny style of teched-out tropical swing here, coming off like the recent Caribou remix of Radiohead on ‘OK Rainbow’ by fusing lilting drum sequences with synthesized brass sounds in a close and sticky simulated atmosphere. Again, ‘Adjectival E’ has that melancholy turn of phrase, but the bass and drowsily…
DJ QU
Passing States EP
Strength Music
12″ // £8.99

Stray copies of DJ Qu’s deadly outing as Passing States, on his NYC-based Strength Music from 2007. This is clearly the darker side of Qu’s sound, and we don’t use that term lightly. A-side ‘Repozitioned Souls’ is a ritualistic Afro-Latin Voodoo shakedown, layering truly haunting samples of what could be ceremonial sacrifice (we don’t honestly) over his trademark shuffled hi-hat and driving kick drum syncopations. Flipside ‘The Zones’ is a…
PSYCHOLOGIST
Propeller EP
Not Even
12″ // £5.99

Curious 2nd single from Iain Woods’ Psychologist alter ego, intended as the conclusion to a two part set with his debut ‘Waves Of OK’. In comparison with its predecessor, the ‘Propellor EP’ is far more electronic, deploying really heavy subbass sounds and spare but bruising drums. The minimalist pop drama and lavish bass of opener ‘Out, Damned Spot!’, reminds of moments from the Various Production catalogue, while elsewhere you’ll come…
DJ QU / DJ JUS ED / DJ P.FUNK
Semesters EP
Strength Music
12″ // £8.99

Early release on DJ Qu’s excellent Strength Music Recordings, containing tracks by DJ Jus-Ed, DJ P-Funk and Ramon Lisandro Quezada aka Qu himself. A-side Jus-Ed gets all Steve Vai on your booty with some naught shredding over over a rugged House beat while DJ P-Funk plays it cool with a downbeat Boogie entrance before shifting into swinging New York/New Jersey House mode for the dancers on ‘Can’t Boogie’. The highlight…
DJ JUS ED
Vision Dance
Mule Electronic
CD // £9.99

Jus-Ed is surely the most prolific component in the current wave of US Deep House producers. For his 2nd album this year he teams up with Japan’s Mule Electronic for a standardly robust yet soulful journey into his sound. That sound has been shaped by a lifetime involved with dance music. He graduated from his studies in percussion at the University of Bridgeport in ’82 and went on to DJ…
DEEP SPACE ORCHESTRA
Ghetto Science Institute EP
USE OF WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

Fresh results from the Glasgow/Manchester laboratories of Deep Space Orchestra, including re-interpretation by Neville Watson and Marcello Napoletano. Their title track is a slightly psychedelic take on jackin’ late ’80s Chi-House filtered through narcotic FX and jazz-wise mindset, while ‘Vanishing Point’ is a more coastin’ groove with warmer vibes percolating throughout. Flipside is retooled for a better grip on the floor, with Neville Watson adding some required heft to ‘Ghetto…
ENCHANTE
North End EP
Greco-Roman
12″ // £7.99

Greco Roman pull something strange out of their kit bag from Guy Gormley. This fella’s got his own style going on, from the loopy ’90s House jack of ‘Ego’, through the martial Latin rave shuffle of ‘A45’, and fluttering, Zomby-esue bleeps on ‘Swayne’s Lane’. Wonderfully weird programming, do check!
MURPHY JAX
Kevin Spacy / Smoodrama
Clone Jack For Daze Series
12″ // £7.99

**Includes free download voucher redeemable from the label** Superb jackers session from Murphy Jax, his second on Clone’s Jack For Daze series, backed with warehouse/basement-primed remixes. The original ‘Kevin Spacy’ is powered by a sleek and powerful bassline arpeggio, proper Italo-cum-Chicago styles, while ‘Smoodrama’ is a more sensuous and atmospheric groover. Flip it for cracking Orgue Electronique remixes of ‘Kevin Spacy’, embedded to tape and riding gargantuan bassline and the…
PYROLATOR
Neuland/2
Bureau B
12″ // £8.99

The former Der Plan man and NDW legend offers more sleek experiments in mesmerizing Techno minimalism on the 2nd ‘Neuland’ session. A-side ‘Minato Mirai’ is a beautifully fluid Teutonic techno groove with a rolling, elliptical bassline and tranced-out melody while the scuttling, insectoid hi-hats balance the slickness with a bit of much needed grit. Meanwhile ‘Vostok’ is like a less subtle version of The Field’s sophisticated Trance arrangements, stirring up…
SAARID
Fever Dream
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Chunky Acid House updates for the 2011 kids. ‘Fever Dream’ finds a tidy style of vampin’ electro riffs and slow, weighty House for the jackers, while ‘Bad At Love’ is more dramatic, infused with the spirit of 808 State and a darker Balearic tint, next to the full on Balearia of De Los Cosmic Kids’ ‘Sueno Fiebre’ remix.
THE EXALTICS
They Arrive
Creme Organization
12″ // £7.99

Superb entry of brooding electro and sci-fi Techno. The Exaltics are stealthily creating their own mythology with a string of releases already on Bunker and his own Solar One Music, and this is an important chapter. A-side bookends a wide, scanning electro killer with two dystopian deep space themes, while flipside features a groggy bit of dark alien funk and one brilliant, Reese-driven Detroit House joint.
THE UNITS
Connections
Opilec Music
3CD // £25.99

“This is the first ever remix album of San Francisco’s cult synthesizer-punk legends, The UNITS. One of America’s first synthesizer bands and pioneers of “synthpunk”, The Units were notable for their use of synthesizers in place of guitars, and multimedia performances featuring multiple projections of satirical, instructional films critical of conformity and consumerism … predating MTV and 25 years before the birth of YouTube. This is a definitive collection of…

 

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KOUROSH YAGHMAEI
Back From The Brink
Now Again Records
2CD // £9.99

**Double CD edition in a book-style sleeve with 52-page colour booklet penned by Kourosh himself, plus rare photos and ephemera from the Iranian ’70s rock scene. All music remastered from original tapes. Phew!** “Now-Again Records is proud to present Back From The Brink, the only legitimately licensed collection of the godfather of Iranian psychedelic rock, Kourosh Yaghmaei. Known within the Iranian diaspora simply by his first name, Kourosh’s Pre-Revolution recordings…
GEORGE DANQUAH
Hot and Jumpy
SECRET STASH
LP // £15.99

*First ever reissue of this rare LP of ’70s reggae and soul from Ghana. Includes download code redeemable from the label* “George Danquah’s Hot Jumpy is one of the most collectable funky gems to come out of the incredible music scene in Ghana during the 70s. Today original copies can easily fetch over $300. to many collectors this record seems to have come out of nowhere. It is the only…