Jan 132012
 

Hello,

Long-in-the-making, The Caretaker’s soundtrack to Grant Gee’s documentary on W.G. Sebald ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ is now out on limited edition vinyl. Reflecting the themes of the film – art, history, life and loss – source material from Franz Schubert’s 1927 ‘Winterreise’ is subjected to his perplexing processes for a strangely evocative and eerie album bound to leave a lasting impression. 700 copies only on this one, with a cd edition to follow next month.

Following the blink-and-miss drop of Demdike Stare’s ‘Elemental’ parts 1 & 2, the third instalment darkens our doorstep this week. Heading deep into bleak post-Industrial zones, their sound-sphere is subtly, mysteriously enhanced by an unquantified substance on three tracks of mescaline strength synth apparitions, brutalist rhythm architecture and mind-churning FX. There are 1000 copies available on coloured vinyl, intended to slip into the gatefold package housing parts 1 & 2. Once they’re gone…

Singular, under-appreciated electronic auteur F.C. Judd is also due much praise this week with Public Information’s issue of 35 archival tracks dating to the ’60s. A peer of Daphne Oram, Fred Judd also developed his own light-to-sound synthesizer, the Chromasonics system, predating Buchla and Moog’s earliest models. ‘Electronics Without Tears’ is a revealing retrospective peppered with genuine early electronic and concréte gems. 500 copies available on vinyl, plus a Digipak CD with a photo booklet.

On a mixtape tip we’ve got a couple of right burners from Pinch and DJ Q. The Bristol-based boss of Tectonic Records, Rob Ellis offers a diverse selection, running dreadnaught steppers, peaktime Techno and bullying Bass music for the FabricLive series, squarely defining his vision of dance music with killer force and form. However, if you’re after something friskier, fun and outright “P-A-R-T-Y”, DJ Q’s mix of nineteen personal productions for the unstoppable Unknown To The Unknown is kinda unmissable.

Meanwhile, Gerry Read should seduce any forward-thinking Electronic/House heads with his third 12″ for Ramp’s Fourth Wave sub label. ‘All By Myself’ and ‘What A Mess’ manage to reference the past without becoming beholden to it, nodding to classic House from a refreshingly angular perspective. Fans of more experimental House producers like Matthew Herbert or Pepe Braddock should really check this.

Also Ramp affiliated, Dro Carey’s latest doublepack is an absolute peach. With an innately off-centre sense of timing and feel for syncretic groove production, the young Australian producer displays an awareness and swagger beyond his years, finding the perfect crux between outré oddness and dancefloor functionality.

Finally, there’s the debut from Sheffield’s highly touted producer Beneath. Taking the dread spirit of ’06 Dubstep and updating it with deft, rolling UK House rhythms, the first release on his self-curated No Symbols imprint sounds like some of the best elements of DMZ, Lil Silva, Shackleton and Pinch rolled into one. Limited hand-stamped white label wax only. Just how you like it.

Also out this week: Joy Orbison and Boddika’s “Swims” drop for Swamp 81, another special box set from MF Doom, the next in the Touch whitelabel series courtesy of Jana Winderen, plus new releases from Kowton vs Dusk, Mark Van Hoen, Daniel Menche, Hauschka, The Big Pink, ASC, Jon Convex, Photonz, Muslimgauze, Mika Vainio, Casiokids and much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers..xx

Albums of the Week



THE CARETAKER
Patience (After Sebald)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £14.99

*Made in an edition of 700 copies only* James Leyland Kirby returns with a long-in-the-making soundtrack to acclaimed filmmaker Grant Gee’s documentary about German writer WG Sebald. ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ is a multi-layered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss – an exploration of the work and influence of German writer WG Sebald (1944-2001), told via a long walk through coastal East Anglia tracking his most famous book ‘The Rings Of Saturn’. Much like The Caretaker’s oeuvre, Sebald’s works are particularly focused on themes of memory, both personal and collective, making Kirby the ideal candidate for this score. Grant tasked him with soundtracking responsibilities, but rather than thrift shop shellac, the source material for ‘Patience’ was sourced from Franz Schubert’s 1927 piece ‘Winterreise’ and subjected to his perplexing processes, smudging and rubbing isolated fragments into a dust-caked haze of plangent keys, strangely resolved loops and de-pitched vocals which recede from view as eerily as they appear. Mastered and cut by Lupo at D&M, the album is adorned with another specially commissioned painting by Ivan Seal, and comes as a limited edition pressing of 700 for the world. A CD edition will follow next month.



F.C. JUDD
Electronics Without Tears
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Public Information
LP // £12.99

*Vinyl Edition limited to 500 copies for the world* The excellent Public Information label really comes into its own with this revelatory collection of early concréte tape music by F.C. Judd – a much overlooked British electronic music pioneer and contemporary of Daphne Oram. Born in Woodford, East London in 1914, Frederick Charles Judd served in the RAF coastal command during WWII working with highly secret radar equipment. After being demobbed he applied this knowledge and skilled engineering background to his musical interests, and with the advent of tape recording techniques, he was drawn to experimenting with electronic music by the mid-’50s. By 1954 he’d published the first of his eleven books, containing circuit designs for radio controlled models, and by 1959 he was technical editor of Amateur Tape Recording magazine, leading to to his book ‘Electronic Music and Musique Concréte’ in 1961 and the creation of his F.C. Judd Sound Recording Co by 1963. In this role his music found a commercial outlet, issuing three EPs which would be collected on the library record ‘Electronic Age’ released by Studio G in 1970 (included here), and most notably provided the first all-electronic score to a whole series on British telly for ITV’s sci-fi puppet show ‘Space Patrol’ (youtube it!). Fred created his music on a self-built system called Chromasonics, using cathode ray tubes to turn light into unique electronic sound, and effectively creating a functioning synthesizer over a year before the first Buchla, Moog and Synket models appeared. He continued to create music for film and TV throughout the ’60s. But by the time of his last book on the topic ‘Electronics In Music’ in 1972, Fred was dismayed at the lack of interest and sceptical of much of the genre’s early experiments. Eventually, he sold his equipment and joined the ranks of under-appreciated backroom experimenters who paved the way for electronic music as we know it today. Thanks to Public Information, however, his music is now available for wider consumption, and there’s a strongly compelling mixture of frothy, rhythmic and outstandingly dark and mysterious works strewn across the 35 pieces included on ‘Electronics Without Tears’. Peering into the black hole of ‘Mysterioso’, drifting along the discordant arabesque ‘Pseudocide’ or on the way-ahead-of-his-time ‘Broken Guitar’ experiment, we can clearly hear an ingenious and intrepid mind at work, one which deserves the attention of anyone with even a passing interest in early electronics.



PINCH
FABRICLIVE 61: Pinch
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Tectonic boss and catalytic Bristol kingpin, Rob Ellis aka Pinch helms the latest Fabriclive mix. Since 2005 Pinch has constantly thrilled us with output on his own and a wealth of other labels, assimilating influence from Berlin House & Techno to Grime and Jungle within his visionary bassbin matrix. Recent years have witnessed some of his sickest and most diverse productions, from an epic album collaboration with Shackleton to explorations of 128bpm rollidge and scything 150bpm steppers, all defined by that dreadnaught sense of purpose. His mix here plots an elliptical route across the tempo scale, traversing Technoid 4/4s to halfstep and rugged tribalism like it ain’t no thang. It opens and closes with parts 1 & 2 of Distal’s ‘Venom’ with the intent that the mix could be played on a loop, if you so wished: “I really like the idea of certain kinds of music existing in its own infinite context and setting up the mix to loop like that was playing entirely into that idea.” In between we’re propelled by the likes of EQD’s momentous ‘#005B’ thru a ruck of his own productions as Deleted Scenes and collaborations with Shacky, Quest, Loefah, Photek and Emika, to a bullying section of ruffige from Goth Trad, Distance and Jakes, ending the cycle with bleeding-edge freshness from Om Unit and Illum Sphere. We’re sure the heads will agree; it’s a mighty session, and arguably the best mix he’s ever put together.



DJ Q
Enters The Unknown
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Unknown To The Unknown
CD // £7.99

U wot?! The world’s premier Bassline spinner, BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Q locks into the mix for Unknown To The Unknown! Starting the label’s 2012 agenda with a bubble and skip, Q rinses thru 19 of his own aces, taking in forthcoming killer ‘All Junglist’ beside infectious remixes for Dubbel Dutch and Rusko plus a gang-sized bucket worth of unreleased and exclusive material. From the rave-stabbing skipple of ‘Bruk Wine’ to the Technoid buck ‘n bury vibes of ‘I’m Scared’, thru the feminine pressure of ‘Tropical Oh’, the batty-bowling flex of ‘It’s A Warp Ting’ to the youtube-sampling ‘Canna Cross It’ and the squealing dancefloor squeeze of ‘Fear Factor’, DJ Q has just delivered the perfect party mix for all dancer. TIPPED!

Singles of the Week



DEMDIKE STARE
Elemental Part Three: Rose
ELECTRONIC
Modern Love
12″ // £9.99

*Third of four EP’s making up the “Elemental” set, limited to 1000 copies and pressed up on coloured vinyl. This 12″ slots inside the gatefold package that parts 1&2 came with* ‘Rose’, the third scene in Demdike Stare’s latest saga, continues the “Elemental” series and features almost half an hour of dark, immersive, post-industrial music. If you managed to grab a copy of parts 1 & 2 you’ll likely attest to the subtly morphed advance in sound design on this latest work, but the allure of ‘Elemental’ isn’t simply down to new production techniques; it’s better attributed to an utter immersion in the project by its creators. Cutting to the scene, ‘Erosion Of Mediocrity’ tunnels into the night on industrial gauge rhythms lashed by stormy, mind-churning FX and skin-slashing strings layered with a meticulous attention to detail, before we’re lured to the desolate void of ‘Nuance’ by primal, distanced kicks which remain tauntingly out reach in their vast sound sphere. This all feels like preparation for the expansive ‘Falling Off The Edge’, where lost voices of worship introduce ceremonial percussion interjected with fractal edits and mescaline-strength synth apparitions, leaving you to tussle with you own psyche…



GERRY READ
All By Myself / What A Mess
TECHNO / HOUSE
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Fresh and crispy Electronic House with bags of soul from the Fourth Wave regular. ‘All By Myself’ almost sounds like some minimalist Pepe Braddock or Theo Parrish experiment, shaving the drums to a slinky shift while keys and bassline are smudged to a hazy, hypnotic blur beneath hushed and jazzy vocal. Similarly the teasing Jazz vibes of ‘What A Mess’ lend themselves to strong Matthew Herbert comparison, with the sort of textural detailing and studied swing of a producer far beyond his years. Aces.



DRO CAREY
Journey With The Heavy
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Ramp Recordings
2×12″ // £9.99

The prodigious talent that is Eugene Hector, aka Dro Carey, delivers his long awaited debut for Ramp, a 7-track collection of typically busy, hyperactive and yet oddly coherent tracks from the weirder end of the floor. The thing about Carey is that he manages to pull you in despite utilising sounds that are less robust, less heavy-hitting than those employed by so many of his contemporaries. Opener “Talk Smak” is positively plastic sounding, resonating the top and mid ranges with little care for the low-end, delivering a kind of restless jam that doesnt really adhere to any tried and tested bass formulas. It’s only really on third track in “958” that you get a taste of the richer palette at Carey’s disposal – employing an analogue drum machine shuffle and disjointed vocal loops to tantalising effect. It just doesnt really sound like anything else, the timings are all out, the swing is kinda wrong, the levels are all over the place – nothing really makes sense – and yet there’s a joyful method to this madness that keeps you fully involved from start to finish. This isn’t the same kind of blunted awkwardness you’d find on, say, an Actress production, instead Carey reaches for more blatantly euphoric tropes. You get the feeling that he is just informed by an impressively wide frame of reference, a quick look at the tracklisting for his excellent FACT mix indeed reveals someone equally au fait with The Haxan Cloak, Outkast, Bruce Gilbert and Dj Nate – and it’s that same open minded attitude that makes him such a compelling character on the scene. If you’ve not checked in with Dro Carey yet – your time!



BENEATH
NOSY001
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NO SYMBOLS
12″ // £5.99

*Hand-stamped white label* Much anticipated and killer debut drop from Sheff’s badman, Beneath – hotly tipped by the likes of Blackdown, Mosca, Swing Ting and Pinch. Since summer 2011 Beneath has been cropping up on tracklists you can trust with a darkly isolated and ruggedly funky sound joining the dots between ’05/’06 style Dubstep and 2012 UK House. Essentially it’s a more stripped down, moody, outsider take on Funky which really pushes all the right buttons. In the likes of ‘Send’ we can hear traces of Steel City Niche creepin’ in the background of bare-bones percussion and dread subs, while ‘Straight’ sounds like Lil Silva gone rogue in an abandoned warehouse. The taut syncopation of pointillist snares and bullying bass with Goldeneye-style ambience on ‘Bubble’ is possibly our percy, but it’s probably a tie with the Shackleton-esque rollidge of ‘Rough’. Simply; DJs and dancers need to know this 12″. Strongly recommended.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DRO CAREY
Journey With The Heavy
Ramp Recordings
2×12″ // £9.99

The prodigious talent that is Eugene Hector, aka Dro Carey, delivers his long awaited debut for Ramp, a 7-track collection of typically busy, hyperactive and yet oddly coherent tracks from the weirder end of the floor. The thing about Carey is that he manages to pull you in despite utilising sounds that are less robust, less heavy-hitting than those employed by so many of his contemporaries. Opener “Talk Smak” is…
MF DOOM
Dime Box (7″ and Puzzle Box Set)
Metal Face
7″ Picture Disc + Puzzle Box Set // £17.99

**Box set including a 7-inch picture disc, with a 16-inch X 16-inch, 150-piece puzzle** “MF Doom’s Metal Face imprint changes the game once again. ‘Dime Box’ is the next component of Doom’s ‘Operation Doomsday’ reissue series. This boxed set includes a 7-inch picture disc of ‘Rhymes Like Dimes’ with the look and feel of an oversized 10 cent dime coin, along with a 150 piece 16-inch square puzzle of Jason…
LIGHT CLUB
Black And Gold
MYOR Music
7″ // £6.99

**Gold Coloured Vinyl** Distorto-synth-Crunk and stranger electronic instrumentals from the Dutch/Canuck duo known as Light Club. ‘Fahkeet’ is the choice cut, squashing disgustingly overdriven 808 bass hits under arcing, adrenalised synths like the theme to some low budget ghetto sci-fi flick. ‘My Way’ is a lighter relief, slowfast machine rhythms laden with swelling string loops and coohing voices kinda like a Gold Panda tune.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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JANA WINDEREN
Debris
Touch
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition white label* Sound artist Jana Winderen follows the icy, Nordic themes of Biosphere, BJ Nilsen and The Sight Below on Touch’s Tone 45 white label series with two recordings made for installations. Regarded within the same calibre as field recording notables Chris Watson or Francisco Lopez, Jana “…specializes in recordings where the source is hidden and mysterious”, capturing vividly evocative sounds from nature and augmenting them until they…
GOLDEN CALVES MONEY BAND
Golden Calves Money Band LP + Century Band 12-inch
WOODSIST
2LP // £24.99

Woodsist scroll back to the early, Jandek-influenced doings of Wooden Wand’s James Toth, compiling his ‘Money Band’ and ‘Century Band’ sides from 1996 in a double LP package. It’s all very raw and perhaps almost naïve, attempting to consolidate ideas from noise with krautrock and free jazz soaked up by his 18 year old self while working at a record shop and for the local college radio. Factor in a…
LOINCLOTH
Iron Balls of Steel
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

…And the award for funniest band name and probably the least ironic title of the year goes to Loinclöth with ‘Iron Balls Of Steel’! Despite forming ten years ago, the group have only released one 7″ to date, deigning to reserve their powerfully tight sound for notorious live shows instead. Their cult following should be howling at the moon with joy over this, their debut album release, showcasing their defiantly…
LOINCLOTH
Iron Balls of Steel
Southern Lord Recordings
LP // £15.99

…And the award for funniest band name and probably the least ironic title of the year goes to Loinclöth with ‘Iron Balls Of Steel’! Despite forming ten years ago, the group have only released one 7″ to date, deigning to reserve their powerfully tight sound for notorious live shows instead. Their cult following should be howling at the moon with joy over this, their debut album release, showcasing their defiantly…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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VARIOUS
World’s Funkiest Covers
CULTURES OF SOUL
LP // £14.99

“Direct from Light In The Attic, carefully selected by Deano Sounds, World’s Funkiest Covers features some of the funkiest covers from around the world and throughout time. The album includes a wide range of styles including deep funk, latin soul, hard salsa, soul, afro beat, and cumbia. From the Ebony Rhythm Band’s deep funk cover of “Light My Fire” to the soulful version of “Purple Haze” by Johnny Jones and…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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PINCH
FABRICLIVE 61: Pinch
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Tectonic boss and catalytic Bristol kingpin, Rob Ellis aka Pinch helms the latest Fabriclive mix. Since 2005 Pinch has constantly thrilled us with output on his own and a wealth of other labels, assimilating influence from Berlin House & Techno to Grime and Jungle within his visionary bassbin matrix. Recent years have witnessed some of his sickest and most diverse productions, from an epic album collaboration with Shackleton to explorations…
DJ Q
Enters The Unknown
Unknown To The Unknown
CD // £7.99

U wot?! The world’s premier Bassline spinner, BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Q locks into the mix for Unknown To The Unknown! Starting the label’s 2012 agenda with a bubble and skip, Q rinses thru 19 of his own aces, taking in forthcoming killer ‘All Junglist’ beside infectious remixes for Dubbel Dutch and Rusko plus a gang-sized bucket worth of unreleased and exclusive material. From the rave-stabbing skipple of ‘Bruk Wine’ to…
BENEATH
NOSY001
NO SYMBOLS
12″ // £5.99

*Hand-stamped white label* Much anticipated and killer debut drop from Sheff’s badman, Beneath – hotly tipped by the likes of Blackdown, Mosca, Swing Ting and Pinch. Since summer 2011 Beneath has been cropping up on tracklists you can trust with a darkly isolated and ruggedly funky sound joining the dots between ’05/’06 style Dubstep and 2012 UK House. Essentially it’s a more stripped down, moody, outsider take on Funky which…
DJ MARFOX
Eu Seiquem Sou EP
PRINCIPE
12″ // £7.99

Wile-out Kuduro madness from DJ Marfox, kicking off the promising Príncipe label with a rambunctious 4-tracker. The ‘Eu Seiquem Sou EP’ is his debut release but he’s already well known in his native Portugal for his legendary ‘DJ’s di Ghetto’ mixes which have earned him notoriety from Europe to Africa. A-side features the polyrhythmic frenzy of the title track, all cascading fairground melodies and nutty drum pressure, plus the hooting…
KOWTON VS. DUSK
Kowton Vs. Dusk EP
Keysound
12″ // £5.49

Wicked shakedown from two of Keysound’s most enigmatic operators, including Kowton’s oustanding ‘Looking At You’! To cap a golden year for the Keysound label – one which saw sterling drops from Sully, LV, LHF, Vibezin and Damu – co-owner Dusk detaches from Blackdown for his first solo production, ‘Fraction’, a rolling, swinging slice of 2-step noir conjuring imagery of night drives in the concrete jungle. Tasked with the remix, Kowton…
JOY ORBISON & BODDIKA
Swims
Swamp 81
12″ // £7.99

Two titans of the Bass/House scene unleash the mighty ‘Swims’ on heavy vinyl (only!) with sharp sleeve art via Swamp81. Over the latter half of last year it’s become a staple in the sets of both Joy and Boddika plus their extended circle of affiliates, burning up floors with a succinct blend of warehouse 303s, booty-wallop bass and the kinkiest cowbells this side of Miami, all revolving around a vocal…
ARTIKAL
Alone In The Darkness (DJ Madd Mix)
ARTIKAL MUSIC UK
12″ // £7.99

Dread-rooted ’06 style halfstep ace from Artikal backed with a clinical DJ Madd remix. We could easily imagine copping the wider-than-wide subs and skunky halfstep rhythms on a Skream or Youngsta Rinse show back in the day, while DJ Madd’s remix feels more updated, with a brooding, spherical sound design akin to Kryptic Minds.
DISMANTLE
Broke / Times Up
Terrain Records
12″ // £6.49

Deep and ruff Dubstep Jungle rollidge from Dismantle for N-Type’s occasional Terrain imprint. ‘Broke’ wheels out the dread Reese subs and rattling breaks with brooding synth washes for the darker stepper. Flipside ‘Timesup’ is like a nastier, raved-up version of the RSD sound, tucking up a crooked halfstep swagger with tight junglist drums and riffin’ on serrated stabs.
INSTINCT / THELEM
Revolt / Drones (Killa & Instinct Mix)
ORIENTIS RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Stripped-down and atmospheric Dubstep session on the youthling Orientis Records. Instinct offers the leaden ‘step of ‘Revolt’ on the A-side, meditating on spacious synth washes and distorto kicks underlined by humming subs. Flipside is the Killa & Instinct remix of ‘Drones’, a more rugged and percussive number swarmed with evil synthlines and dread atmosphere.
TROY GUNNER
Mindset009
Mindset Records
12″ // £7.99

Mindset introduce a new producer to their tightly knit fold with Troy Gunner’s soulful three-track 12″. A-side is given to the fractious skip of ‘Fool’s Gold’, landing somewhere between the electronic charms of Mount Kimbie and James Blake – weaving a patina of field recorded vocals and well picked R&B snippets over diced boogie funk bass and clipped swing drums. Flipside ‘Heads in Hands’ is well smoked-out and fonky, coughing…
ELECTRONIC
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DEMDIKE STARE
Elemental Part Three: Rose
Modern Love
12″ // £9.99

*Third of four EP’s making up the “Elemental” set, limited to 1000 copies and pressed up on coloured vinyl. This 12″ slots inside the gatefold package that parts 1&2 came with* ‘Rose’, the third scene in Demdike Stare’s latest saga, continues the “Elemental” series and features almost half an hour of dark, immersive, post-industrial music. If you managed to grab a copy of parts 1 & 2 you’ll likely attest…
MUSLIMGAUZE
Souk Bou Saada
Staalplaat
CD // £14.99

Heavily seasoned Muslimgauze beats for the connoisseurs! The latest discovery in Staalplaat’s ongoing reissue series excavates eight of the rarest delicacies hand-cooked in the kitchen studio of Bryn Jones. ‘Hindu Gold Leaf’ is the ghostly starter of fading Punjabi song, before the concoction of dipping Bhangra breaks and noise interference on ‘Maskara’ wildly jolts the senses with wickedly jarring fluctuations in amplitude and velocity. Again the killer breaks and spindly…
MARK VAN HOEN
The Revenant Diary
Editions Mego
CD // £12.99

A very welcome return for Mark Van Hoen, the Seefeel founder member best known his ambient techno work as Locust and under his own name on Apollo and R&S in the mid-90s. The Revenant Diary, his first release on Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego, follows last year’s fine City Centre Offices set Where Is The Truth, and explores similarly deep electronic sound-worlds, but it’s less obviously song-based, and has different origin:…
MARK VAN HOEN
The Revenant Diary
Editions Mego
LP // £18.99

A very welcome return for Mark Van Hoen, the Seefeel founder member best known his ambient techno work as Locust and under his own name on Apollo and R&S in the mid-90s. The Revenant Diary, his first release on Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego, follows last year’s fine City Centre Offices set Where Is The Truth, and explores similarly deep electronic sound-worlds, but it’s less obviously song-based, and has different origin:…
MIKA VAINIO / VARIOUS
Yokomono 03.5
Staalplaat
12″ // £12.99

*Concentric cut white vinyl* Staalplaat pushing the boundaries of sonic art and perceptions of turntable-as-instrument with concentric cut sides featuring sounds from Cynthia Zaven, Merzbow, Mika Vainio, and Jaap Blonk. The intention here is that the user will manipulate the sounds via the turntable’s variables: skate settings, pitch, weight on the tone arm etc. to find their own personal, optimal experience. The sound sources range from recordings of extended vocal…
EXTREME / NOISE
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DANIEL MENCHE
Guts
Editions Mego
LP // £18.99

Coruscating piano deconstructions from the revered Daniel Menche on Editions Mego. Mind you, don’t expect to hear any discernible ivory tinkling: the Portland, Oregon native dismantles, violates and manipulates the instrument beyond on all recognition, creating an industrial churn across four bottom-heavy tracks that threatens to consume everything in its path. Seriously, there aren’t many artists still capable of scaring us witless, but Menche’s self-styled “beastial soundworks” here really are…
DANIEL MENCHE
Guts
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Coruscating piano deconstructions from the revered Daniel Menche on Editions Mego. Mind you, don’t expect to hear any discernible ivory tinkling: the Portland, Oregon native dismantles, violates and manipulates the instrument beyond on all recognition, creating an industrial churn across four bottom-heavy tracks that threatens to consume everything in its path. Seriously, there aren’t many artists still capable of scaring us witless, but Menche’s self-styled “beastial soundworks” here really are…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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DOG EARS
So It Goes
PROPER SONGS
7″ // £4.99

Special Benny’s Mat Baynton offers his debut solo EP. Four songs wide, ‘So It Goes’ features additional drums, piano, trumpet, sax and melodica plus some arrangements from his bandmate Ben Gates while Mat plays guitar, sings and writes at his home in Greenwich. He calls on inspiration from artists such as DM Stith, Jason Molina and Bowerbird for a down-home and tender style. Distinctive sleeve art was created by Rachael…
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES
The Cold Nose (2012 Reissue)
Melodic
CD // £9.99

**2012 edition featuring bonus tracks, plus remixes from Tunng and Daedelus** If you’ve ever pondered what Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’ would sound like given an overhaul by Four Tet, DJ Shadow, Simian, Scott Herren and Badly Drawn Boy… simultaneously, then Department of Eagles’ ‘Sailing By Night’ is Christmas come early. The product of two B-b-b-brooklyn roommates, Department of Eagles make eclectic-as-you-like coalitions between folk and indie (both with the -tronica suffix),…
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
Satan Is Real
Light In The Attic
LP // £14.99

**Deluxe, tip-on gatefold reissue, remastered and pressed on 180g wax with liner notes and archive photos. Includes free download card for Audio Commentary with Charlie Louvin, recorded in Nashville, June 2010** “Simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. The Louvin…
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
Handpicked Songs
Light In The Attic
LP // £14.99

**Deluxe, tip-on gatefold reissue, remastered and pressed on 180g wax with liner notes and archive photos. A”best of” picked by the artists they inspired; Mark Lanegan, Will Oldham, Beck, Kris Kristofferson, Devendra Banhart, Zooey Deschanel, Dolly Parton, M. Ward** “Simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual…
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
Tragic Songs Of Life
Light In The Attic
LP // £14.99

**Deluxe, tip-on gatefold reissue, remastered and pressed on 180g wax with liner notes and archive photos** “Simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. The Louvin Brothers’ holy, honest, and soul affirming sound – recorded on a series of formative releases…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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THE BOATS
Ballads Of The Research Department
12K
CD // £8.99

‘Ballads Of The Research Department’ might well be The Boats’ highest profile release to date. For 12k the trio of Andrew Hargreaves, Craig Tattersall and Danny Norbury have crafted one of their most exquisite albums, working with new vocalists Chris Stewart and Cuushe to realise a sensitive and tenderly intimate suite of sounds. ‘Ballads…’ breaks down as four extended compositions, rendering quiet pop gems as somnambulant drifts of rich strings,…
HAUSCHKA
youyoume
Serein
10″ // £7.99

Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka blesses the boutique Serein imprint with this outstanding, forward looking EP of piano music. As his fans will be aware, Hauschka has long held a love of electronic music beyond the realm he inhabits, and this 13 minute A-side ‘So Close’ finds him exploring patterns and shapes more usually associated with House or Techno. From sparse, plangent beginnings the piece accumulates rickety percussions until wide bass…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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COUGH COOL
Lately
Bathetic Records
LP // £15.99

There’s hardly a shortage of scuzzy lo-bias rock music around in 2011, but here’s an addition to the scene that’s worth taking notice of, courtesy of the very reliable Bathetic label. Bathetic have had a killer year what with an earth shatteringly good album from Lee Noble and it’s clear their sights are just as well honed with Cough Cool. The project of one Dan Svizeny, Cough Cool is rock…
CIRCLE
Prospekt
Essence Music
CD // £13.99

**Now issued on oversized gatefold CD by Essence Music with bonus 17 minute ‘Encore Apocalypse Mix’ of ‘Työläiasten Laula’** Since Circle’s first eruptions, they’ve been reinventing, expanding and refining their hypnotically repetitive music into a bewitching, instantly recognizable cross-pollination of megaton riffs, kraut-inspired rhythms, surging fuzz storms, icy synth drones and hymnal, contrastingly delicate vocals sung in a made-up language called meronian. Fuse Sonic Youth with Can, add a dash…
CIRCLE
Soundcheck
Essence Music
CD // £13.99

**Limited edition of 800 copies in tip-on gatefold mini-LP sleeve** “Recorded in Finland in October 2009, the band describes Soundcheck as “the most contemporary document possible of a Circle soundcheck/concert experience. For this concert Circle was reinforced by the guitars of J. & P. Jaaskelainen, who may be familiar to some from the ranks of Circle’s brother-in-arms Pharoah Overlord. On the album, this expanded line-up explores the experimental possibilities of…
DIAGRAMS
Black Light
Full Time Hobby
CD // £8.99

Debut album from London’s Diagrams, the brainchild of Sam Genders (ex-Tunng, The Accidental). Genders’ voice is immediately recognisable from his previous incarnations. Here, however, his warm vocal timbre is accompanied by electronic pop, synth riffs and funkladen basslines. Available on limited edition (500 copies) heavyweight vinyl (including download code), CD and download, ‘Black Light’ features artwork by Dalston-based artist Chrissie Abbott.
DIAGRAMS
Black Light
Full Time Hobby
LP // £12.49

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Debut album from London’s Diagrams, the brainchild of Sam Genders (ex-Tunng, The Accidental). Genders’ voice is immediately recognisable from his previous incarnations. Here, however, his warm vocal timbre is accompanied by electronic pop, synth riffs and funkladen basslines. Available on limited edition (500 copies) heavyweight vinyl (including download code), CD and download, ‘Black Light’ features artwork by Dalston-based artist Chrissie Abbott.
GUIDED BY VOICES
Let’s Go Eat The Factory
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

*Gatefold card slipcase with lyric booklet* “After a fifteen year hiatus, the “classic line up” of Guided By Voices (Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, and Kevin Fennell) finishes off its year-long reunion tour by releasing an album of 21 new songs, deliberately choosing to return to what bandleader Robert Pollard calls the “semi-collegial” approach of iconic GBV albums like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Let’s Go Eat…
GUIDED BY VOICES
Let’s Go Eat The Factory
Fire Records
LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “After a fifteen year hiatus, the “classic line up” of Guided By Voices (Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, and Kevin Fennell) finishes off its year-long reunion tour by releasing an album of 21 new songs, deliberately choosing to return to what bandleader Robert Pollard calls the “semi-collegial” approach of iconic GBV albums like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Let’s…
MEDICINE
Time Baby II
Captured Tracks
7″ // £6.99

“”Time Baby 2” is simultaneously one of the most widely heard Medicine songs (It’s the tune they’re “playing” in their appearance in the 1994 film, “The Crow”) and also one of the most difficult to find a copy of. Originally released int he U.K. only as one of three non-LP B sides on the 1993 Creation Records “5ive” E.P., it has never been released anywhere else until now. It’s also…
THE BIG PINK
Future This
4AD
CD // £9.99

Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell’s Big Pink deliver their 2nd album for 4AD, three years since ‘A Brief History Of Love’. Their time between records has been split between compiling a cool mixtape for K7’s mix series and running the ace Merok imprint, but after reconvening in 2011 with assistance from super-producer Paul Epworth and Alan Moulder (MBV, Depeche Mode, NIN) they realised the gleaming ‘Future This’ (apparently named after…
THE BIG PINK
Future This
4AD
LP // £13.49

Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell’s Big Pink deliver their 2nd album for 4AD, three years since ‘A Brief History Of Love’. Their time between records has been split between compiling a cool mixtape for K7’s mix series and running the ace Merok imprint, but after reconvening in 2011 with assistance from super-producer Paul Epworth and Alan Moulder (MBV, Depeche Mode, NIN) they realised the gleaming ‘Future This’ (apparently named after…
THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL
Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
CHUNKLET
2LP // £26.99

**Deluxe gatefold double LP, includes digital download card for the entire album plus bonus b-sides, live and unreleased material – redeemable from label** Chunklet comprehensively reproduce and reissue to exacting standards the last LP by Athens, Georgia’s experimental-leaning indie-pop group. The original LP is remastered from original tapes and presented with retouched artwork besides a download coupon offering over three hours of archival, rare, and hard-to-find material including import B-sides…
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS
The Proper Ornaments
NO PAIN IN POP
Mini LP // £12.99

Whimsical but thoroughly convincing indie-pop from this London outfit, equally indebted to Byrdsian baroque jangle as the sounds of Postcard Records and all those C86/Messthetics bands. Though the arrangements are as skinny as the band’s jeans (presumably) are, the production is punchy and full-bodied, allowing the canny, catchy songwriting to really take flight. This is a promising EP to be sure, and it’s surely only a matter of time before…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ASC
Droids / Never Enough
Samurai Red Seal
12″ // £7.99

*Translucent marbled sky blue wax* New Zealand’s Samurai Red Seal find ASC in limber form on two excellent hardsteppers. Frontside ‘Droid’ is all tendon-twitching syncopation anchored by inverted kicks and massive subbass; a genuine future junglist roller if we’ve heard one. Flipside ‘Never Enough’ sustains the pressure with body-orchestrating steppers’ drums inna hyper-cyber soundsphere. You know what we mean, yeah? Dead good, this!
ASC
No Secrets / Zenith
Samurai Horo
10″ // £7.99

*Marbled purple wax* James Clements aka ASC on two techy, Autonomic-style steppers. ‘No Secrets’ starts with Alva-Noto-esque fax malfunctions before turning into a skittish IDM stepper laced with sharp acid lines and breathy atmospheric vox. ‘Flipside ‘Zenith’ is far less cheesy, dipping with a rugged hardstep swagger accentuated by industrial strength snares and roguish electro signals.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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THE CARETAKER
Patience (After Sebald)
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £14.99

*Made in an edition of 700 copies only* James Leyland Kirby returns with a long-in-the-making soundtrack to acclaimed filmmaker Grant Gee’s documentary about German writer WG Sebald. ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ is a multi-layered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss – an exploration of the work and influence of German writer WG Sebald (1944-2001), told via a long walk through coastal East Anglia tracking his most famous book…
F.C. JUDD
Electronics Without Tears
Public Information
LP // £12.99

*Vinyl Edition limited to 500 copies for the world* The excellent Public Information label really comes into its own with this revelatory collection of early concréte tape music by F.C. Judd – a much overlooked British electronic music pioneer and contemporary of Daphne Oram. Born in Woodford, East London in 1914, Frederick Charles Judd served in the RAF coastal command during WWII working with highly secret radar equipment. After being…
F.C. JUDD
Electronics Without Tears
Public Information
CD // £9.99

The excellent Public Information label really comes into its own with this revelatory collection of early concréte tape music by F.C. Judd – a much overlooked British electronic music pioneer and contemporary of Daphne Oram. Born in Woodford, East London in 1914, Frederick Charles Judd served in the RAF coastal command during WWII working with highly secret radar equipment. After being demobbed he applied this knowledge and skilled engineering background…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CASIOKIDS
Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
Moshi Moshi Records
CD // £10.99

Fresh from touring with A-ha, Bergen, Norway’s Casiokids arrive at a mature and lavish yet naively endearing third album. Should we call them Casio blokes now? “Whereas their past releases have been recorded quickly in locations as varied as guitarist Frederik Vogsberg’s father’s office, the hallway of the Bergen Jazz Association, and an old canteen, ‘Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen’ came to fruition at the band’s own pace within their rehearsal space…
FREE SCHOOL
Unravelling After The Lottery / I’m Not Nintendo
TIRK
12″ // £5.99

Psych-y, droning Disco aces from Birmingham’s Free School duo, backed with Mark E and Nutaike remixes. coming from a similar angle as Caribou or Four Tet, ‘Unravelling After The Lottery’ layers droning, almost noisy synths over bass-loaded kicks in a trippy cosmic disco miasmah sure to shock the dance. Mark E’s remix tames the drones for a more heads-down, molasses jacker arranged with his hypnotic evolutions. Flipside, Free School’s ‘I’m…
TYME. X TUJIKO
GYU
Editions Mego
CD // £12.99

After a break from releases, Tujiko Noriko returns to Editions Mego – home of her best work – with an album of electro-pop recorded around new years for the past six years. She’s skillfully assisted by production from Tatsuya Yamada of MAS on eleven songs of oddly optimistic and charmingly lurid electronica. As ever, Tujiko’s vocals are the real star, and juxtaposed against bold, rhythm-driven electronica with finely organised neon…
TYME. X TUJIKO
GYU
Editions Mego
2LP // £19.99

After a break from releases, Tujiko Noriko returns to Editions Mego – home of her best work – with an album of electro-pop recorded around new years for the past six years. She’s skillfully assisted by production from Tatsuya Yamada of MAS on eleven songs of oddly optimistic and charmingly lurid electronica. As ever, Tujiko’s vocals are the real star, and juxtaposed against bold, rhythm-driven electronica with finely organised neon…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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GERRY READ
All By Myself / What A Mess
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Fresh and crispy Electronic House with bags of soul from the Fourth Wave regular. ‘All By Myself’ almost sounds like some minimalist Pepe Braddock or Theo Parrish experiment, shaving the drums to a slinky shift while keys and bassline are smudged to a hazy, hypnotic blur beneath hushed and jazzy vocal. Similarly the teasing Jazz vibes of ‘What A Mess’ lend themselves to strong Matthew Herbert comparison, with the sort…
SILENT SERVANT / VARIOUS
5 Years Compilation (Part Four)
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

Part Four of Five presents a grip of trax by Inigo Kennedy, Aiken, Silent Servant and Coushin. Inigo’s ‘Aldebaran’ is uptempo, propulsive and layered with trippily discordant synths. Aiken’s ‘Silent Knowledge’ is another purified Techno jacker with evil acid lines and a frightening lead synth. Silent Servant gives a more aquatic, stealthy roller called ‘El Mar’, running on hydraulic bass and coated in caustic clouds of noise, leaving Coushin’s ‘Structuralist’…
MIKE HUCKABY / VARIOUS
5 Years Compilation (Part Three)
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

Sturdy third episode of Semantica’s 5th anniversary celebrations, with exclusive tracks and remixes by Mike Huckaby, DJ F, Architectural and Sowing Paranoia. A-side is Architectural’s super robust TechnoHouse roller ‘Summer Of Love’ and DJ aka Idiograma’s Convextion-like ‘Empatia’. B-side Mike Huckaby gives a delicious S Y N T H remix of Vladislav Delay’s ‘Recovery IDea’, churning lush dub chords and midnight synths on fattest square bass next to Sowing Paranoia’s…
JON CONVEX
Bump and Grind / Closer
Convex Industries
10″ // £7.99

Instra:mental’s Jon Convex initiates his Convex Industries enterprise with two Electroid rollers. A-side is the darkened, glitchy hip rollidge of ‘Bump ‘n Grind’, offloading chunky Breaks and pitched vox tied up with sci-fi synth washes and interspersed with slightly dated glitch edits. B-side ‘Closer’ conducts a shunty, offset Techno groove layered with chiming vocals.
LOCKED GROOVE
Rooted
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Eagerly awaited debut of deeper TechnoHouse from Hotflush’s Belgian wunderkind, Locked Groove. Demand for a release has been growing ever since Scuba dropped Locked’s ‘Drowning’ on last years DJ-Kicks mix, and it appears here alongside two brand new, and rather excellent productions. It’s really all about the A-side ‘Rooted’, coming off like an amalgam of early Carl Craig productions, melding ‘Hyperprism’-esque sub-bassline with ‘Jam The Box’ style filters but updated…
PHOTONZ
Weo / Chunk Hiss
PRINCIPE
12″ // £7.99

*Hand-painted jacket* Heavy trippin’, all-analogue acid house aces from Portugal’s Photonz duo. Powered by a snaking square bass line, layers of classic, UK-sounding bleeps, explosive FX and possessed vocal stabs seethe and syncopate in a slab of pure dancefloor turmoil. Lock this in at the right moment and heads will be gone; trust us! Flipside the tempo is pushed up for ‘Chunk Hiss’. Lysergic seagulls sh*t from above while pensive…
ELEKTRO GUZZI
Parquet
MACRO
CD // £9.99

Vienna’s Elektro Guzzi trio present another unfeasibly tight set of seven Techno/Post Punk tracks played without overdubs on guitar, bass and drums. With some recording assistance from the legendary Patrick Pulsinger they’ve achieved a brilliantly unnatural sound, effectively imitating the metronomic grooves of machine-made music but without the carbon footprint. At a time when guitars and “real” band setups are on the wane in favour of computerised production, especially in…
THE PHANTOM
EP 2
Silverback Recordings
12″ // £8.99

The Phantom’s 2nd 12″ is a wickedly diverse affair, cutting across House, Boogie and Bass music with finesse. A-side he comes with the halfstep-to-swinging House flex of ‘Ceremony’, really nailing that classic Garage swing with nuff flair, while ‘Gothic’ dips into neon synth-spurting HipHop for the Rustie/Hud Mo fiends. Flipside, the deft drum edits on deep-but-frisky Funky tune ‘Voyeur’ shows great promise before tipping out on the crisp, vintage-sounding Boogie…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
Thai Funk: Volume One
Light In The Attic
2LP // £23.49

**Heavy vinyl in gatefold tip-on jacket housed in hand-stitched soft cloth sleeve. Includes download code for full album plus three bonus tracks redeemable from the label** A couple of years back Maft Sai compiled two volumes of brilliant and largely unheard (to Western ears at least) Thai Funk on CD for his ZudRangMa Record label, containing an unmissable selection of covers and original material guaranteed to nice up any disco….
VARIOUS / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
Thai Funk: Volume Two
Light In The Attic
2LP // £23.49

**Heavy vinyl in gatefold tip-on jacket housed in hand-stitched soft cloth sleeve. Includes download code for full album plus three bonus tracks redeemable from the label** Light In The Attic commendably offer a 2nd chance to own the awesome ‘Thai Funk Volume 2’ compilation, and on a deluxe vinyl pressing for the first time, no less! It’s a dream come to fruition for the label who, like anyone else who…
GRUPO 2000
El Destape
Light In The Attic
LP // £16.99

**Edition of 500 copies housed in tip-on jacket. Super rare Peruvian cumbia issued internationally for first time** “The early-to mid-1970s surge in cumbia peruana led many coastal groups to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Los Destellos, releasing one-off LPs and handfuls of singles. At the very same time, there was a similar boom in a different region of the country, “la selva” (the jungle), which had an explosion…