Jan 272012
 

Hello,

Our love for the latest release on the Forced Nostalgia label borders on obsession – a split LP unearthing an absolute gem of early 80’s Casio pop from little known Glaswegian group Vazz, coupled with a side of analogue gloom-wave from Italy’s La Bambola Del Dr Caligari. It’s an amazing set – but that Vazz side in particular is just off the scale, reminding us of so much music we love from the era, ranging from Antena’s ‘Camino Del Sol’ all the way to The Cure’s ‘Seventeen Seconds’, augmented by incredibly forward-thinking electronic production that genuinely ranks it alongside some of the finest electronic pop of the early 80’s. If you’re after something special – this is the real deal.

After lurking in the shadows awaiting its turn, the fourth and final instalment of Demdike Stare’s ‘Elemental’ set finally drops this week on limited coloured vinyl. These will fly out so hurry if you’d like a copy, and in case you blinked and missed it, there’s good news: the deluxe double CD edition of the full Elemental album (including alternate versions of vinyl tracks plus a ruck more) is now also available for preorder below.

Outta the near-arctic north, Finland to be precise, Sähko offer Atom ™ aka Uwe Schmidt’s stunning – and somehow previously unreleased – ambient odyssey ‘Cold Memories’ , spread across two discs (2 hours total). It’s deeply reminiscent of early ’90s classics from AFX, but also with passages of glacial minimalism recalling the likes of Eleh and Mika Vainio, or even a frozen Leyland Kirby. Connoisseurs and audiophiles should take note.

Another archival tip, of very different stripes, is The best of Regis ‘1994-1996’ collected by Downwards. For those who missed his hand-crafted ‘Adolescence’ 3CD set (pretty much everyone), this is essentially CD1, charting the foundations of the Birmingham Techno sound through 16 girder-strong and darkly funked-up weapons. Oh, and the first ever Regis twelve is also now at long last available on wax again. Both tracks were recorded in ’94 onto a Philips pocket memo, and have been recently re-mastered for optimal bite and scratch, housed in a gorgeous reverse-board jacket.

Also in this week – longer players for the floor from Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, and 100% Silk renegade, Cuticle. The former’s ‘They!Live’ album for MDSLKTR’s 50 Weapons is a sophisticated balance of Warehouse ravers and, lush melancholic vibes suitable for home listening, while Cuticle’s psychdelic ‘Mother Rhythm Earth Memory’ is best suited for the home, but braver DJs could really flip a floor – both recommended!

For Doom heads and Bass lovers, they don’t come any more crucial than Sunn 0)))’s towering behemoth, ’00 Void’ – reissued this week for the 1st time in eight years, while blissout masters Windy & Carl return with the loveliest folksy ambience for Kranky on ‘We Will Always Be’. From acoustic folk laments to Basinski-esque drifts and chiming, Robin Guthrie-like guitar patterns, it’s a warm salve for those weary of winter and seeking something to immerse themselves in.

There’s a strong smell of dark Techno of varying shades in the office this week, headed by a killer bullet from the Chasing Voices posse out of New York. Its another one-sided pressing in screen-printed jacket which is bound to fly out, whilst elsewhere Will Bankhead and Joy Orbison open their Hinge Finger account with a supremely blunted side from NYC’s Madteo and the hotly tipped Ifan Dafydd presents his debut proper on Push & Run for fans of James Blake. Oh, and there’s a heavy dose of funked-up House mutations from Machinedrum for LuckyMe and Lamin Fofana for Aramac’s Sticks “N” Stones Recordings to boot.

Also out this week, new releases from: Dro Carey, Expo 70, DMZ, Goth Trad, Terry RIley, Raime, Oren Ambarchi, Robert Lippok, Helios/Goldmund, Zeena Parkins, Forest Swords, Bruce Haack, Rrose, Lone, Not Not Fun, Ilyas Ahmed, ASC, Ali Renault, John Tejada and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



VAZZ / LA BAMBOLA DEL DR CALIGARI
Whisper Not / The Wrong Holiday
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Forced Nostalgia
LP // £14.99

This latest release on the excellent Forced Nostalgia imprint is by some distance its most illuminating release to date – a split LP that features an astonishing rediscovery from the early 1980’s synth-pop era. That album is ‘Whisper Not’ by Vazz – a duo consisting of Anna Howson & Hugh Small, and is redolent of so much classic, deeply cherished music from around the same period (think Crépuscules, Antena, early Cocteau Twins on the one hand, and The Cure’s ‘Seventeen Seconds’ on the other), as well as acting as a kind of blueprint for so much of what was to follow (Stereolab, Pram, Moonshake etc) – that we can barely believe it has been tucked away in the archives for all this time. But more than that – the production on “Whisper Not” really is completely out of this world, using electronic sounds and treatments in such a way that there really is little else from the period that comes close. Imagine if Chris Carter produced Antena’s ‘Camino Del Sol’ album and you start getting an idea of the majestic, utterly innovative, unforgettable essence of this amazing album. It was recorded at the legendary Hellfire Club in Glasgow in 1982 and was eventually released on limited edition cassette, before the band were signed up to appear on the 2LP compilation “Antelopes & Alligators” on Operation Twilight – a sublabel of Belgium’s infamous Les Disques Du Crépuscules. For one reason or another the compilation never materialised – but the reference to Crépuscules should give you some idea of where Vazz figure in the scheme of things. We grew up with all of this stuff, so we don’t say this lightly, but unlike so much of what passes for crucial archival music, “Whisper Not” is easily among our favourite albums from that uber-distinctive period, around 1982, that brought to life so much music we consider indispensable. The B-side, meanwhile, is also something else – featuring Italy’s La Bambola Del Dr Caligari and 5 tracks recorded between 1983 and 1986. The band were a short-lived minimal synth trio from Bologna, Italy, consisting of the exotically named Judy Asquith (voice), Aurelium Spitty (sound engineer, synth, drum machines, effects) and J.R. Ewing (keyboards, effects). They recorded their first demo tape in early 1984 and sporadically played live in 1985/86, eventually arranging the soundtrack for an installation at the art gallery Number Zero (Bologna) in Feb 1986. Several self-produced tapes were recorded over the years but were never properly released. In 2005 Roberto Napoli mastered all the recordings from the analogue tapes and kindly assisted in editing the selections made by Forced Nostalgia. The result features some of the finest lost-and-found musical gems from the ’80s gloom-pop era, finally available for public consumption 25 years after they were recorded…



REGIS
1994-1996
TECHNO / HOUSE
DOWNWARDS
CD // £8.99

For those who missed Regis’ lovingly hand-crafted ‘Adolescence’ compilation, Downwards thankfully breaks the set down into 3 discs over the coming months. The first, ‘1994-1996’ covers his earliest Techno productions. Of particular note is the previously unreleased ‘Point Of Entry’, and alternative studio versions of ‘Keep Planning’ and ‘Translation’ from the ‘Gymnastics’ LP, but of the 16 tracks we’d be hard pushed to pick a favourite. There’s always the razing pillage of ‘Ital’ for consideration, or equally the sneering funk of ‘Surface’ and the glancing metallic blows of ‘We Said No’, but we seriously urge you to neck a few and find out for yourself if you’re not already familiar. At the risk of getting all hagiographic, this guy is nowt short of one of the UK’s most influential, and inspirational electronic artists, so if you’re not clued up, don’t f**k about: buy this.



WINDY & CARL
We Will Always Be
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Kranky
2LP // £15.99

A very welcome return for Carl Huntgren and Windy Weber, with their first album proper since 2008’s Songs For The Broken Hearted. It begins cautiously, with the acoustic folk lament ‘For Rosa’, before things take a turn into more obviously immersive and emotive W&C territory – all chiming, Robin Guthrie-style guitar patterns, dreamy synth washes, amorphous vocal layers. In terms of combining such rich atmospherics with genuinely heartstring-yanking harmonic structures, W&C at the top of their game have few equals – Emeralds, perhaps. They’ve really honed their own sound to perfection but remain exploratory in their approach, essaying Basinski-esque drift of ‘Looking Glass’ and chilly, dub-wise ambience on ‘The Frost In Winter’, with its looped notes gleaming out at you like bright sunlight on snow. The best is saved for last: 18-minute closer ‘Fainting In The Presence Of The Lord’ is as expansive and awe-inspiring as its title demands, all the more affecting for the weariness at its core.



ATOM TM
Cold Memories
ELECTRONIC
Sahko Recordings
2CD // £14.99

Two hours of stunning music from Uwe Schmidt, rescued from the Sahko tape archive and now available on 2xCD and digital. Recorded for the Ambient City radio project at Helsinki’s Museum of Modern Art in 1994, back when he was working as Atom Heart, Cold Memories reminds us of Schmidt’s peerless mastery of post-techno electronic musical modes. You get two hour-long, very eventful compositions for your buck. ‘Cold Memories pt.1’’s more sedate, gently undulating passages variously recall Budd and Eno, Pete Namlook and Klaus Schulze, and the precious drone abstractions of Eleh, but there are forays too into meaty, beaty ambient techno a la Aphex’s Selected Ambient Works. The drums persist throughout ‘Pt.2’, though this time they describe more linear, sparse and bleepier structures, inevitably bringing to mind Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen’s various Sahko projects, and enclose some truly haunting ambiences – drifting, swirling melodies, like a Leyland Kirby from frozen space. This really is terrific stuff, highly recommended for any fans of deep techno, PROPER ambient and isolationist electronica.



BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA
They!Live
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
50 WEAPONS
2LP // £14.99

Styling Funky, reinforced house and bruk techno excursions from Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage, new on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label. It’s a moody affair, more so than you’d expect, and beautifully produced – opener ‘No One’ sets a high standard, a vapourish, Burial-esque intro giving way to a tough, foursquare house groove, coming over like Maurizio with a Croydon makeover. Abigail Wyles’ impressive vocals feature on three tracks, notably the spectral breakbeat techno cut ‘Battleships’ and the ambient centrepiece ‘Halo’. Still, the threads of melancholy and sophistication running through the album don’t get in the way of some good ol’ ‘floor-smashing – from the flexing warehouse minimalism of ‘Juggernaut’ to the jagged syncopations of ‘Elipsis Torment’, via the Shed/2562-ish swagger of ‘Deaf Siren’ and slinked-out UKF of ‘Creeper’. Damage and Daneeka’s real achievement here is to have a built a collection of tunes that’ll wreck clubs but satisfy at home too – a fine balance that’s nowhere better achieved than on lush, synthed-out closer ‘Bleach & Penicillin’.



CUTICLE
Mother Rhythm Earth Memory
TECHNO / HOUSE
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £11.99

**One of the most compelling outings on NNF yet. Limited edition of 500 copies with insert** Cuticle’s 100% Silk 12″ was surely one of 2011’s most beguiling outer-disco episodes. Making the short step to Not Not Fun for their solo debut proper, Cuticle unearth ‘Mother Rhythm Earth Memory, a glowing space-dance-pop soul, deploying vocoder and more warped, sickly synths for an even odder follow-up experience. From the melancholy, moonlit robo-ballad intro comes the slinky but malfunctioning House groove ‘Parallel’ and the water-logged Boogie glyde of ‘Liquid Crystal Drink (Pour My Dream)’ and another pair of poky cosmic oddities. Flipside we melt into the eye-fluttering off-world disco simulacra ‘Night Of Romance’ while the lo-fi lysergic Matthew Dear-isms of ‘Trickle’ perks up before the trance-panther gait of ‘Without Form’. For those who like their cosmic neo-disco with a liberal dousing of strange, look no further.



SUNN O)))
00 Void
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Southern Lord Recordings
2LP // £21.99

*Deluxe 2LP edition – available for the first time in 8 years, housed in a thick gatefiold jacket* Sunn 0)))’s incredible ØØ Void has been out of print for over 8 years and has now come back home to its proper resting place at Southern Lord with new artwork from Stephen Kasner and package execution via Stephen O’Malley. ‘ØØ Void’ (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded by sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time the guitarist & core members: Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson were joined by guest bassist collaborator Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) plus contributions from both Petra Haden (Violinist/Vocalist) and Pete Stahl (vocals). The album is widely considered to be a landmark of “Power drone” music, lulling you in with an immense wall of of drone that’s as deep and immersive as anything ever laid down by the band. Four long tracks clocking in at 15 minuts a piece – and for our money some of the best material ever released by Sunn 0))). Highly recommended.

Singles of the Week



DEMDIKE STARE
Elemental Part Four: Iris
ELECTRONIC
Modern Love
12″ // £9.99

*Fourth and final EP making up the “Elemental” set, ltd to 1000 copies and pressed up on coloured vinyl* Demdike Stare sign off their grandest statement with the concluding fourth chapter of the ‘Elemental’ series, entitled ‘Iris’. Across the previous three plates we’ve witnessed the sound dilate with uncanny physicality while their focus has become clearer than ever. Their ears have adjusted to the gloom of a dank and foreboding aesthetic, permitting them to navigate more freely between scattered sonic symbols and sampledelic apparitions. Enticed by the terrifying cello of death march processional ‘Dauerlinie’, the track rolls to its resting place, an abandoned warehouse space where a desolate 4/4 throb and demented, depleted bleeps just can’t give up the ghost, before the beat recedes and leaves ‘Dasein’ lingering, longing for unknown pleasure in petrified, icy stasis. B-side, the majestic ‘Ishmael’s Intent’ lends closure; clanking conveyor belt rhythms on an unstoppable trajectory into the oscillating jaws of LFO horror…



REGIS
Speak To Me / Model Friendship (2011 Reissue)
TECHNO / HOUSE
DOWNWARDS
12″ // £6.49

Downwards present two killer tracks from the very first Regis twelve – at long last available on wax again. Both tracks were recorded 29/11/1994 onto a Philips pocket memo, and have been recently re-mastered for optimal bite and scratch. A-side is the steamrolling rhythm and jagged synths of ‘Speak To Me’, still packing a sneering wallop like few others. B-side is the darkly sexy, haughty thrust of ‘Model Friendship’ for the dancers with something to prove. Oh and the first edition comes in a really nice reverse-board, coarse-printed jacket.



CHASING VOICES
Valley Of The Dry Bones
TECHNO / HOUSE
PRESERVED INSTINCTS
12″ // £9.99

*One-sided black-label pressing housed in screen-printed jacket* Essential drop from NYC’s Preserved Instincts imprint. This fourth release from the clandestine Chasing Voices collective is a slo-mo rave bomb attuned to the deepest underground frequencies. With an uncompromising analogue aesthetic, ‘Valley Of The Dry Bones’ taps a pumping vein of “death march-disco for the ever-present sunburn of daily scourges and musical apathy”. Radar-evading synth strikes and bulbous narco-jack rhythms cruise into formation across inky black metropolitan skies, offering a jaw-clenching payload of dancefloor intensity guaranteed to become an anthem in the right quadrants. Don’t sleep. Ever.



MADTEO
Bugler Gold Pt. 1
TECHNO / HOUSE
Hinge Finger
12″ // £7.99

“The opening salvo from Will Bankhead and Joy Orbison’s new label, this EP is a cracker: a rainswept blend of hip-hop, house and techno; a diverse, tense and enthralling survey of Madteo’s own world of muffled, deep, body-rocking bass and layered, worked drama. After sterling releases on Workshop, Meaukusma and co — the best yet from this Paduan In New York…”



IFAN DAFYDD
Treehouse
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
PUSH & RUN
12″ // £6.99

Ifan “Not James Blake” Dafyyd lives up to the inescapable yet respectful allegory on this new twelve of high-end electronic soul. Ushered out on the youthling Push & Run imprint, these two tracks present a hugely endearing talent with masses of potential. A-side is ‘Treehouse’, a daintily 2-stepped R&B seducer sprinkled with magically spacious keys and warbly chords creating a sensitive backdrop for Ifan’s myriad, pitched vocal personas, from a strong warm jazz voice to stranger, alien flickers and unnaturally low purrs. B-side ‘To Me’ catches blue threads of folk, jazz and R&B with a crystalline electronic web. The pace is slower, sub-heavy and sensuous, but with a sprightly electro-acoustic diffusion allowing the layers and fragmented ideas to glisten and glide without friction. Already tipped by evryone from Jamie xx to Oneman and Gilles Peterson, expect to hear a lot more from this fella.



MACHINEDRUM
SXLND EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
LuckyMe
12″ // £7.99

Luckyme bring the best out of Travis Stewart on his 2nd Machinedrum single for the Glasgow institution. Following his scorching ‘Alarma’ 12″, the ‘SXLND EP’ comes with a slightly more refined, sexier sound running classic Chicago, Italo and current UK sounds to his exacting specifications. The tracks were originally written in 2010, around the time of his ‘Many Faces’ EP, but have been recently re-engineered for 2012 ‘floors. He comes with deeply infectious, futurist R&B tribalism on the title track, all snagging vocal hooks and bashy drums with a sweeter tilt, while ‘No Respect’ sounds like a more optimised, heavyweight version of his Sepalcure sound. Our percy has to be the barking, Italo-sampling ‘Van Vogue’: a dance-owning swinger with cruising sub strafes and super-glossy arpeggios, but then again the stylish House grover ‘DDD’ is another strong contender. Ach, it’s all good!



LAMIN FOFANA
Dubious Prey EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Sticks ‘N’ Stones Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Overdue but welcome return from Aramac’s Sticks “N” Stones Recordings, presenting the first vinyl release from NYC-residing Sierra Leone ex-pat, Lamin Fofana. Last we heard from Lamin was on the wickedly diverse ‘What Elijah Said’ single for DJ/Rupture’s Dutty Artz posse over two years ago. He comes back in 2012 with a darkly sweet Funky sound, dropping shoulder-rolling polyrhythms on A-side ‘Dubious Prey’ and a more tender piece of dubbed-out keys and laidback Hip Hop/Dubstep on ‘Brokedown City’. Flipside label head Aramac gets involved with a remix of the latter, taking it downtown for a deeper effect enforced by hypnotic pads and a sinister, sexy sense of dancefloor voodoo. Fans of Beneath, Swing Ting, Cooly G should check.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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IFAN DAFYDD
Treehouse
PUSH & RUN
12″ // £6.99

Ifan “Not James Blake” Dafyyd lives up to the inescapable yet respectful allegory on this new twelve of high-end electronic soul. Ushered out on the youthling Push & Run imprint, these two tracks present a hugely endearing talent with masses of potential. A-side is ‘Treehouse’, a daintily 2-stepped R&B seducer sprinkled with magically spacious keys and warbly chords creating a sensitive backdrop for Ifan’s myriad, pitched vocal personas, from a…
ANGO
Another City Now
LuckyMe
12″ // £6.99

*Includes free download code redeemable from the label* LuckyMe’s latest recruit is Ango, contemporary of Jacques Greene and Lunice and maker of flash, heavy, feminine R&B heat. His solo debut ‘Another City Now’ is undoubtedly impressive, a very crafty balance of underground dancefloor Funk and pop-wise arrangements with universal potential. At the top you’ll find the hefty R&Boogie chug of ‘All That You Can Stand’ and the sweetened flair of…
DRO CAREY
Journey With The Heavy
Ramp Recordings
CD // £6.99

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…
DUKE SLAMMER
What Four? / Everybody Sweat
BONUS7
7″ // £6.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Luke’s Anger is Duke Slammer for two rude wriggling Hip Hop/Electro jams. ‘What Four’ works a silly-but-fun fat-man wobbler knitted with kooky, spaced-out samples. ‘Everybody Sweat’ is cheekier still, strutting to a bonky bit of Boogie naughtiness.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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SUNN O)))
00 Void
Southern Lord Recordings
2LP // £21.99

*Deluxe 2LP edition – available for the first time in 8 years, housed in a thick gatefiold jacket* Sunn 0)))’s incredible ØØ Void has been out of print for over 8 years and has now come back home to its proper resting place at Southern Lord with new artwork from Stephen Kasner and package execution via Stephen O’Malley. ‘ØØ Void’ (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded…
CLEARED
Breaking Day
IMMUNE
LP // £16.99

**Edition of 500 virgin vinyl in Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Steven Hess makes a very welcome reappearance with Michael Vallera as Cleared, divining mystical, militarized, and ritualistic rhythms and noise Combining ultra-wide electro-acoustic sound design with guitars, samples and Hess’ pointillist percussions, ‘Breaking Day’ is an uncompromising, evocative articulation of darkest intentions. Opening this perilous portal, ‘Rogues’ swims into an underground cave system…
ILYAS AHMED
With Endless Fire
IMMUNE
LP // £16.99

**Edition of 1000 pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI, housed in tip-on gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock at Stoughton. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Singular guitarist/singler Ilyas Ahmed offers his first full length album in nearly three years, enabled by the unerring high quality values of Immune Records. At once urgently compelling and lushly reflective, ‘With Endless Fire’ is yet another towering example of this fella’s rich…
BLACK COBRA
Invernal
Southern Lord Recordings
LP // £15.99

*180 gram deluxe vinyl version with Stoughton Jacket* “Recorded by Kurt Ballou for fiends of all things brutally heavy (High on Fire, Yob, Slayer,Melvins etc..) Formed by drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity), Black Cobra catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and ultimately unique style of punk/ hardcore-fueled sludge metal…”

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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JOE MENSAH / OSCAR SULLEY
Africa Is Home (Natural Self Remixes)
Soundway Records
12″ // £8.99

**Limited edition. Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Brighton-based Natural Self tucks into two edits of Afro-Funk aces first found on Soundway’s ‘Ghana Soundz vol.2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70s Ghana’ compilation. Frontside is an extended of ‘Africa Is Home’, teasing out the flurried breaks and grooving horns for pure dancefloor gratification. B-side Oscar Sulley’s Afro-beat shuffler ‘Olufeme’ is remixed with added baritone sax and flute.
N.O.I.A. / GAZNEVADA / BAND AID
Stranger In A Strange Land
ITALIAN RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Rare-as-owt Italo aces, four of them on one plate, all taken from the legendary Italian Records label. A-side is Tony Carrasco’s club mix of N.O.I.A.’s muscular mission theme ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’, all preening, pouting synths and shoulder-rockin’ bass arpeggio/snare action, beside Gaz Nevada’s sexy-as-hell mid-tempo burner ‘Special Agent (Female Version)’ (somebody’s gonna have to tell me where i’ve heard this before, its killing me!). Again they appear on…
VARIOUS / SUPAFRICO
Supafrico Vol. II: The Sound of Funky Africa
SUPAFRICO RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Four obscure and highly sought-after Afro-Disco specials on one platter. Frontside there’s Kabbala’s colelctable ‘Ashewo Ara’, first issued on the Red Flame label in ’82, beside Buari’s Ghanaian disco hit ‘I’m Ready’ lifted from his ‘Disco Soccer’ LP. Flipside is William Onyeabor’s ten minute mid-tempo strut ‘Body & Soul’, plus an extended edit of the Ashanti’s ‘Everybody Groove’, all remastered for optimum peacockery and debauchery.

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA
They!Live
50 WEAPONS
2LP // £14.99

Styling Funky, reinforced house and bruk techno excursions from Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage, new on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label. It’s a moody affair, more so than you’d expect, and beautifully produced – opener ‘No One’ sets a high standard, a vapourish, Burial-esque intro giving way to a tough, foursquare house groove, coming over like Maurizio with a Croydon makeover. Abigail Wyles’ impressive vocals feature on three tracks, notably the spectral…
BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA
They!Live
50 WEAPONS
CD // £10.49

Styling Funky, reinforced house and bruk techno excursions from Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage, new on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label. It’s a moody affair, more so than you’d expect, and beautifully produced – opener ‘No One’ sets a high standard, a vapourish, Burial-esque intro giving way to a tough, foursquare house groove, coming over like Maurizio with a Croydon makeover. Abigail Wyles’ impressive vocals feature on three tracks, notably the spectral…
DIGITAL MYSTIKZ
Marduk / Enter Dimensions
DMZ
12″ // £6.49

Digital Mystikz in deadly effect on DMZ 022. You should know the drill by now; these guys don’t dabble in anything less than weapons grade material. A-side ‘Marduk’ has Coki’s signature all over it, rolling with man-trap snares and the kind of scything, rabid synths that make your back teeth squeal. To be fair, it’s nowt new, but the formula is honed so tight it’s flippin’ irresistible. The flipside ‘Enter…
ASC
TMA-1 EP
Space Cadets
12″ // £6.49

ASC presents some of his most minimal, brooding, and spaced-out productions on the ‘TMA-1’ EP. The title track sets the flex with flickering steppers percussion synched to half-heard subs and ghostly abandoned space station ambience while ‘Aqualoop’ sinks back into supremely spacious ambience, all droning reese bass and misty, fleeting melodies. Flipside ‘Esper’ rides a crooked electro rhythm, something like faded version of the sci-fi sounds on those two Darkestral…
LAMIN FOFANA
Dubious Prey EP
Sticks ‘N’ Stones Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Overdue but welcome return from Aramac’s Sticks “N” Stones Recordings, presenting the first vinyl release from NYC-residing Sierra Leone ex-pat, Lamin Fofana. Last we heard from Lamin was on the wickedly diverse ‘What Elijah Said’ single for DJ/Rupture’s Dutty Artz posse over two years ago. He comes back in 2012 with a darkly sweet Funky sound, dropping shoulder-rolling polyrhythms on A-side ‘Dubious Prey’ and a more tender piece of dubbed-out…
GOTH TRAD
Air Breaker / Cosmos
Deep Medi
12″ // £6.99

Goth Trad on a MAAAD one for Deep Medi!!! The label’s Japanese attaché has been relatively quiet over the last year – save for the wicked ‘Babylon Fall’ double pack – and with his ‘New Epoch’ 3LP looming, we find him on frightening form here. On A-side ‘Airbreaker’ he’s performing some kind of elaborate Dubstep bondage ritual, tweaking and tying the rhythm with knotty kick stutters and pointillist hi-hat patterns…
ARTIFACT
Archaic Line (Graphics Mix)
Deadplate Records
12″ // £5.99

Debut 12″ of deeper rolling Electroid House backed with a fine Graphics remix. ‘Archaic Line’ rides plump subs synched with crisp cowbells and Soca-fied snares into the night, while ‘Deserted’ steps out between Dubbed-out Garage and Electronica, pivoting off rudely electrified subs. Flipside Graphics lends a svelte remix of ‘Archaic Line’, smoothed out for the deep-end crew.
MAKOTO
Different Rhythm / What Do You Want
7even Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Japanese D&B producer and veteran of LTJ Bukem’s Earth imprint turns his hand to Breakstep with smart results. A-side Makoto (Shimizu) brings ‘Different Rhythm’, a deft slab of amen rollidge underlined by smooth and deep subs ripe for the Broken Beat crew. B-side ‘What You Want’ is more elated, riding updrafting synth spirals over tucked-in Brokebeat patterns and woozy bass.
BONOBO / MACHINEDRUM / FUNKINEVEN / VARIOUS
Kiara Remixes
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

*Clear orange wax* Machinedrum, Cosmin TRG and Funkineven are on board for remixes Bonobo’s ‘Black Sands’ album tracks. The orchestrated neck-snapping bump of the ‘Kiara’ is given a subtly uplifting Techno revision full of fluttering synth harmonics and thick, juicy kicks by Cosmin TRG, while Funkineven gives it a hot-wired Boogie swing. Meanwhile Machinedrum gives a tight, skittish, Footwork-inspired overhaul of the lush ‘Eyesdown’.
DISGU!SE
Remixes Volume 1
HEARTFELT
12″ // £6.49

*Stamped white label* Rolling, Technoid steppers and hollowed House music from Disgu!se, backed with an L-OW remix. Disgu!se come with some pedigree, having already played in a Phil Manzanera-backed punk band and performed engineering duties on the new Gang Of Four album, but to be fair you really wouldn’t tell from the minimal, lite-footed gait of ‘Camera (Underexposed Mix)’, unless you paid close attention to the strangely spacious and aerodynamic…
KILLAWATT
Mantra / Schizophonia
Box Clever
10″ // £6.49

Following their Boka stonker, Killawatt and Ipman step onto the deadly Box Clever label. Killawatt’s on a ruffed-up and dextrous tribal tip with ‘Mantra’, under the spell of darting, agile syncopation with a stinging electro finish. Flipside is a dual effort, deploying a liberal rip of Demdike Stare’s ‘Hashashin Chant’ in wicked style on a slicing, scything piece of 140bpm junglist rollidge. This is a baad, yu hear?!
KILLAWATT & IPMAN
Boka Artillery Vol.1
Boka Records
12″ // £6.49

Kicking off a new Boka series with two lean and mean halfsteppers. A-side Killawatt and Ipman lace a brain-quivering subbass with whipcrack snare dynamics and B-side Ipman serves the controlled darkside brutalism of ‘Mob Mentality’. Fans of Kryptic Minds, Commodo, Youngsta – you’ve been warned.
SPAM CHOP
The Cuckup EP
MIMM RECORDINGS
12″ // £5.99

Notts-based “Techno Rudeboy” and Wigflex CEO drops three tracks of wonky GarageTechno on the freshly minted Mimms label. Frontside ‘Cuckup’ is a tangy ElecTropical shaker shimmering with refracted neon synths and subtly sensuous rhythms. Flipside you’ll find the scuttling, Blawan-like syncopation and cyberdelic atmospheres of ‘Blergzz’, plus the distorted, heads-down Teutonic Techno roller ‘Frames’.
SUKH KNIGHT / SHANDY / VARIOUS
NWA003
New World Audio
12″ // £7.99

Sukh Knight, DJ Squarewave, Shandy and Trex come to wreck a dubstep rave in style. A-side goes in with the crackish Coki halfstep styles of ‘Emotion’, and Sukh Knight drops the exotically fragranced ‘Shutdown’. B-side Shandy keeps it fresh but rooted with the lashing mentasms and Industrial halfstep mechanics of ‘Jogi’, and Trex bowls out the slowed-down, neurotic hardstep of ‘Mad Mutha Dub’. Strong stuff.
VARIOUS / GET DARKER
This Is Dubstep 2012
Get Darker Recordings
2CD // £9.99

“2CDs. 40 upfront and exclusive tracks from Chase & Status, Nero, Modestep, Skream, Benga, Gemini, 16Bit, Flux Pavilion and Ed Sheeran, amongst others. Tracklisting in full: Chase & Status (ft Tinie Tempah) – Hitz (16Bit Remix) Nero – Promises Modestep – Sunlight (Torqux & Twist Remix) Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (Gemini Remix) Skream – Heddbanger Benga – Faithless Benny Page – Taking Over Benton…
VARIOUS / TEDDY MUSIC
Grime (The Compilation)
Teddy Music
CD // £5.99

A spearhead of the current Grime scene, Teddy Music aka Silencer launches a 22-track ‘best of’ compilation featuring productions for the likes of P Money, Badness, Trim, Skepta, JME, Newham Generals and many, many more. The tracklist should get any Grime nuts popping shots in the ceiling: 1. Grime – Ft Dot Rotten, Ghetts, Lil Nasty & Griminal / 2. Modern Warfare – B Live Ft. Newham Generals & Skepta…

 

ELECTRONIC
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DEMDIKE STARE
Elemental Part Four: Iris
Modern Love
12″ // £9.99

*Fourth and final EP making up the “Elemental” set, ltd to 1000 copies and pressed up on coloured vinyl* Demdike Stare sign off their grandest statement with the concluding fourth chapter of the ‘Elemental’ series, entitled ‘Iris’. Across the previous three plates we’ve witnessed the sound dilate with uncanny physicality while their focus has become clearer than ever. Their ears have adjusted to the gloom of a dank and foreboding…
ATOM TM
Cold Memories
Sahko Recordings
2CD // £14.99

Two hours of stunning music from Uwe Schmidt, rescued from the Sahko tape archive and now available on 2xCD and digital. Recorded for the Ambient City radio project at Helsinki’s Museum of Modern Art in 1994, back when he was working as Atom Heart, Cold Memories reminds us of Schmidt’s peerless mastery of post-techno electronic musical modes. You get two hour-long, very eventful compositions for your buck. ‘Cold Memories pt.1’’s…
TERRY RILEY
A Rainbow In Curved Air
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS
CD // £10.99

*Absolutely incredible album – this is the definitive remastered edition with extensive liner notes* In the pantheon of electronic music Terry Riley’s ‘A Rainbow In Curved Air’ adorns a pedestal front and centre. Taking inspiration from Hindustani classical music and the jazz techniques of Bill Evans and John Coltrane before him, Riley’s minimalist psychedelic masterpiece can claim a direct influence on generations of musicians ever since, from the likes of…
TERRY RILEY
In C
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS
CD // £10.99

*Definitive remastered edition with extensive liner notes* ‘In C’ is one of Terry Riley’s best-known and loved compositions, and essentially the first ever “minimalist” composition. It’s a semi-aleatoric work – basically open-ended – written by Riley in 1964, and here performed in 1967 by the composer, and leader on saxophone, with members of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in the State University of New York at Buffalo,…
RAIME
Hennail (Second Edition)
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

*Second edition – comes in a black inner sleeve with paper insert.* Blackest Ever Black’s dysphoric duo present their most exquisitely realised single. A year in the making, ‘Hennail’ renders their illicit sound with an ever finer appreciation of tonal subtlety and tendon-tightening rhythmic dynamism. Their influences – militant, misanthropic post punk, hydraulic hardcore jungle and wasteland ambience – are more explicit than ever, yet utterly dissolute from the mass….
AFX
Analogue Bubblebath 4
Rephlex
CD // £4.99

Long awaited repress of this excellent 4th Analogue Bubblebath instalment, veering from mentallist 4/4 anthems to classic Aphexian melodies…
CAUSTIC WINDOW
Compilation
Rephlex
CD // £10.99

At long last available again – Joyrex J4, J5 and J9 – the most abrasive AFX EP’s, pure tweaked out acid mentallism and 4/4 brutality at it’s finest.
OREN AMBARCHI
Audience of One
Touch
CD // £11.99

At this point, Oren Ambarchi is about as close as we get to a rock star in experimental music. He’s worked with such a wide range of artists, it’s almost impossible to list them, but it’s probably worth noting that list would include Sunn o))), John Zorn, Fennesz, and Keith Rowe just for starters. ‘Audience of One’ is his long awaited follow up to 2007s viscous ‘In The Pendulum’s Embrace’,…
JASON URICK
I Love You
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.99

Jason Urick’s excellent sophomore album for Thrill Jockey is a strangely affective mix of Techno-pop and synthdrone abstractions strongly recalling moments from Oneohtrix Point Never’s now-classic ‘Returnal’, and also elements of Mark Carlson’s ‘Particle Language’ LP or Harmonizer’s ‘World Complete’. ‘I Love You’ revolves around Urick’s enchanting use of dissonant, cyber-surreal vocoder harmonies and layered synth hues, opening a inter-dimensional portal and luring us wide-eyed through extraterrestrial synth topologies. If…
EXPO 70
Journey Through Astral Projection
IMMUNE
CD // £12.99

**Edition of 500 presented in heavy stock 4 panel gatefold** Justin Wright tends to the epic fields of kosmiche heaven with a majestic trip recorded during the same sessions as his modern classic from 2010, ‘Where Does Your Mind Go?’. Again assisted by Matt Hill aka Umberto, these four tracks, recorded at Black Dirt Studios by Jason Meagher, survey aerial vistas and droning scapes as involving as anything we’ve heard…
KNUCKLEDUSTER (ROBERT LIPPOK AND DEBASHIS SINHA)
Nuukoono
Gusstaff Records
CD // £9.99

**Deluxe fold-out packaging/liner notes and CD housed in slim, wax-paper slipcase** Knuckleduster is an engrossing new project conceived by the esteemed, Berlin-based sound artist Robert Lippok and “trans-cultural pioneer” Debashis Sinha (Canada/India). The pair first collaborated in 2007 following lengthy discussions over the internet surrounding their mutual fascination with sound and music production. Their first performance in Toronto apparently went so well they decided to pursue the project further, eventually…
ALOG
Unemployed
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

**The incomparable Norwegian oddities with a genre-defying, anachronistic document of their personal psychedelic visions** “Mainstays with Rune Grammofon since their debut “Red Shift Swing” in 1999, their new album “Unemployed” finds them on top of their game with what is arguably their finest effort so far. It was recorded in a wide range of spaces and places, from recordings of Haugan and Eide as street musicians in San Francisco while…
RRRITALIN
Nutter Magnet EP
COIN OPERATED
12″ // £6.49

Batty wonky techno/rave madness, including a Mike Forshaw remix. These trax aren’t for the weak or feeble.

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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HENRY COW
In Praise Of Learning
ReR
LP // £17.99

“A landmark in the history of european experimental rock. the third “cow” work, originally released on “virgin” in 1975, represents the second collaborative act between “henry cow” and “slapp happy”, and the first fully integrated appearance of dagmar krause. “In Praise Of Learning” is a unique piece of art, showing perfect unity of political content, with rock complexity, extended song form and free noise explorations. an impressive array of new…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS
Join The Band
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £14.99

*With insert liner notes by Nathan Salburg & Alan Lomax housed in old school “tip-on” jacket. Includes three previously unreleased tracks* Mississippi return to the legendary Alan Lomax archive to pluck a side of near-sacred songs by the Georgia Sea Island Singers – stars of the ‘”Southern Journey” 1959-1960′ series and comps on Dust-to-Digital and Smithsonian Folkways. The ensemble’s repetoire ranges from sorrowful acapella songs to stompin’ and shoutin’ sessions…
RICHARD DAWSON
The Magic Bridge
PINK TRIANGLE
CD // £10.49

Richard Dawson replaces his favoured acoustic guitar with a grittily electrified sort of solo blues on this utterly compelling solo album. In his more prolific Eyeballs incarnation, Newcastle native Richard navigates noisy, dissonant kosmiche, but here the aesthetic is leaden with an intimate gravity, expressing a stripped back, ragged, and crackling sort of northern-spirited blues recalling the likes of Jandek or Richard Youngs. It’s as eloquent as any finger picker…
VARIOUS / MISSISSIPPI
Yonder Go That Old Black Dog
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

**First reissue of an obscure and reel raw session with incredible atmosphere from 1965 housed in ‘tip-on’ cover and co-released between Mississippi and Sutro Park Records. Includes extensive liner notes on rear jacket** “Stunning little known blues and spirituals session recorded in Eddie Lee Jones’ home in Lexington, Georgia in 1965. This is the only known recording by Eddie Lee and is as heavy as blues can get. Atmospheric recordings…
ODDFELLOW’S CASINO
The Raven’s Empire
NIGHTJAR RECORDS
CD // £11.99

“Brighton’s Oddfellow’s Casino sit to the left of contemporary folktronica acts from the obscure (Dollboy) to the famous (Zero 7). Raven’s Empire is a haunting affair, steeped in vintage synths, a 30 piece orchestra, dissonant horns and thoughtful vocals. Mystical song titles ‘The Crows And The Rooks’, ‘The Day The Devil Slipped Away’, ‘Death Won’t Have Me’ evoke Hammer horror, The Wicker Man and American Gothic, but David Bramwell’s quaint…
RM HUBBERT
Thirteen Lost & Found
Chemikal Underground Records
CD // £9.99

“Produced by Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) and engineered by Paul Savage, the album was recorded between Chem19 and Alex’s studio in the Scottish Borders and features collaborations with Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Mogwai), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others. ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ was conceived by Hubbert as a way of reacquainting himself with old friends while…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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WINDY & CARL
We Will Always Be
Kranky
2LP // £15.99

A very welcome return for Carl Huntgren and Windy Weber, with their first album proper since 2008’s Songs For The Broken Hearted. It begins cautiously, with the acoustic folk lament ‘For Rosa’, before things take a turn into more obviously immersive and emotive W&C territory – all chiming, Robin Guthrie-style guitar patterns, dreamy synth washes, amorphous vocal layers. In terms of combining such rich atmospherics with genuinely heartstring-yanking harmonic structures,…
WINDY & CARL
We Will Always Be
Kranky
CD // £11.99

A very welcome return for Carl Huntgren and Windy Weber, with their first album proper since 2008’s Songs For The Broken Hearted. It begins cautiously, with the acoustic folk lament ‘For Rosa’, before things take a turn into more obviously immersive and emotive W&C territory – all chiming, Robin Guthrie-style guitar patterns, dreamy synth washes, amorphous vocal layers. In terms of combining such rich atmospherics with genuinely heartstring-yanking harmonic structures,…
KEITH KENNIFF (HELIOS / GOLDMUND)
Branches
Village Green
CD // £8.99

Keith Kenniff – perhaps best known as Goldmund or Helios – ventures out under his own name for the 2nd time on ‘Branches’. Since releasing his widely adored ‘The Malady Of Elegance’ and ‘Caesura’ albums on Type, Keith’s music has been used on the soundtrack to Harmony Korine’s 2007 comedy-drama ‘Mister Lonely’ and on the trailer for the 2009 Academy Award-nominated ‘Revolutionary Road’, directed by Sam Mendes; such is the…
TOM JAMES SCOTT
Crystal
Carnivals
LP // £12.99

**Edition of 350 copies on clear vinyl** Lushly realised ambient works on the label that gave us that amazing first release from Hype Williams . For his third solo LP Tom James Scott drifts away from more defined guitar sounds in search of a more blurry, tingling wash of melody and slow breathing song structure. Beautifully tempered distortion laps the repeating phrases of opener ‘Skire’, drawing inspiration from the sounds…
ZEENA PARKINS
Double Dupe Down
Tzadik
CD // £11.99

**Diverse collection ranging from string ensemble works to fractious collage, exotic symphonics, bagpipe composition and more** “Zeena Parkins is a keyboardist, harpist and composer who has worked closely with Fred Frith, Bjork, Ikue Mori and many others. Her brilliant work for dance has earned her three Bessie Awards, and her own bands have toured the world for over twenty years to great acclaim. This special compilation brings together her best…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THE BIG PINK / FOREST SWORDS
Hit The Ground (Superman)
4AD
12″ // £4.99

Standout cut from The Big Pink’s ‘Future This’ album, backed with a masterful Forest Swords rework. ‘Hit The Ground (Superman)’ is The Big Pink at their sharpest, all stadium-rousing choruses, pop-rock hooks and premium studio engineering. The Forest Swords is predictably ace. He brings out a latent melancholy hiding behind the sentiment of the original, re-arranging minor key strings, plangent piano and a depressed Hip Hop/Dubstep-on-33 rhythms with his detached…
ALL THE SAINTS
Intro To Fractions
Souterrain Transmissions
CD // £9.99

**Bruised shoegaze melodies and limber percussion with a darker, sometime harder edge** “Lambert, bassist/co-vocalist Titus Brown and everybody’s soon-to-be fave new drummer Jim Crook moved to Atlanta in neighbouring Georgia in 2004, attracted by the bohemian state capital’s liberal atmosphere (it’s the New York of the South) and a fertile music scene that has spawned the likes of Deerhunter and Black Lips. All The Saints came into existence a year…
ALL THE SAINTS
Intro To Fractions
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** **Bruised shoegaze melodies and limber percussion with a darker, sometime harder edge** “Lambert, bassist/co-vocalist Titus Brown and everybody’s soon-to-be fave new drummer Jim Crook moved to Atlanta in neighbouring Georgia in 2004, attracted by the bohemian state capital’s liberal atmosphere (it’s the New York of the South) and a fertile music scene that has spawned the likes of Deerhunter and Black Lips….
BLACK BANANAS
Rad Times Xpress IV
Drag City
LP // £12.99

“‘Rad Times Xpress IV’ is the first album by new band Black Bananas. Black Bananas features internationally feared rock vocalist Jennifer Herrema (RTX, Royal Trux). Jennifer is a sought-after presence, collaborating with rock ‘n’ rollers Kurt Vile and St. Vitus frontman Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich, fashionistas Pamela Love, Hysteric Glamor, Volcom, and visual / contextual artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman. Black Bananas’ first album ‘Rad Times Xpress IV’ runs the…
BLACK BANANAS
Rad Times Xpress IV
Drag City
CD // £9.99

“‘Rad Times Xpress IV’ is the first album by new band Black Bananas. Black Bananas features internationally feared rock vocalist Jennifer Herrema (RTX, Royal Trux). Jennifer is a sought-after presence, collaborating with rock ‘n’ rollers Kurt Vile and St. Vitus frontman Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich, fashionistas Pamela Love, Hysteric Glamor, Volcom, and visual / contextual artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman. Black Bananas’ first album ‘Rad Times Xpress IV’ runs the…
DOUG JEREBINE
Is Jesse Harper
Drag City
LP // £12.99

“Who is Jesse Harper? Doug Jerebine is Jesse Harper. And who is Doug Jerebine? Born on New Zealand’s North Island in rural Tangowahine, he cut his teeth on guitar from the age of 12, instructed first by a half- Maori, half-Greek guitarist who introduced him to everything from George Van Eps to Hank Marvin. Then one day, he found Doug teaching him. Even when he was only in high school,…
MATT DEIGHTON
Villager
PEOPLE TREE
CD // £8.99

“Re-issue of the debut solo album from Matt Deighton – former lead singer of Mother Earth – this time in an expanded edition with new artwork and bonus live material included. Think Nick Drake meets John Martyn…”
NOTSENSIBLES
I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher
NOTSENSIBLE RECORDS
7″ // £4.99

Reissue of a 1978 pop punk classic from Burnley’s Notsensibles. Features the charmingly daft title track and the equally silly ‘Gary Bushell’s Band Of The Week’ housed in reproduction of the original sleeve.
ROBES
Welcome Worn / Haitian Miracle
ROBES SOUNDS
7″ // £4.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Charming, Electro-spirited Indie-Pop from Carrboro, NC, USA’s Robes. With debut single ‘Welcome Worn’ they arrive at a fresh-faced and melancholy eighties sound influenced by the likes of New Order, Human League etc., and sounding not dissimilar to, say, Cut Copy. The title track is full of yearning smalltown ambition; a slight but tender voice a few shades shy of Bernard Sumner attracts the attention amid twinkling synths, twirling…
SIC ALPS
Vedley
Drag City
7″ // £5.49

Sic Alps have proved time and again they can make (faded) postcard-perfect pop, so it’s a pleasure to hear them attempting something far more experimental and esoteric on this cracking 7″ for Drag City. Essentially they’ve hatched some kind of disjointed indie-meets-concrète collage technique, sounding like a cross section cut from a pile of rambunctious Garage 7″s and scrawny Indie oddities meta-morphed into a dubbed, channel-hopping delight. We ain’t heard…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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AU
Solid Gold
The Leaf Label
7″ // £5.99

**Translucent Orange Vinyl** “Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka, the Portland, Oregon-based duo also known as AU, embody remarkable, frantic energy. Fortifying Valatka’s adrenalized percussion and Wyland’s soaring vocals and multi-tentacled performance on keys and guitar, is man-machine Colin Stetson on alto and whopping bass saxophone (most recently seen on stage with Bon Iver). The B-side, a song woven by Wyland himself from a reinterpretation of the album’s lead track, takes…
JONO EL GRANDE
The Choko King
RUNE ARKIV
CD // £10.99

Hooting, honking dadaist avant-something skronk from the Norwegian composer, band leader, guitarist, artist and dancing conductor. Imagine the soundtrack to a roadtrip with Hunter S. Thompson getting Moondog and Frank Zappa blasted in the back and battling over the stereo, and you’ve got almost got a whiff of the sound on ‘The Choko King’. It’s Jono’s third album since 2009, but the 29 surreal recordings, marked by titles such as…
JONO EL GRANDE
The Choko King
RUNE ARKIV
LP // £14.99

Hooting, honking dadaist avant-something skronk from the Norwegian composer, band leader, guitarist, artist and dancing conductor. Imagine the soundtrack to a roadtrip with Hunter S. Thompson getting Moondog and Frank Zappa blasted in the back and battling over the stereo, and you’ve got almost got a whiff of the sound on ‘The Choko King’. It’s Jono’s third album since 2009, but the 29 surreal recordings, marked by titles such as…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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BRUCE HAACK
The Electronic Record For Children
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £13.99

*Housed in old school tip-on jacket* Oh man, this is a treat! ‘The Electronic Record For Children’ is one of those LPs that you hear about and see mentioned in many articles on seminal American electronica auteur Bruce Haack, but are left to simply imagine what the heck it sounds like. Aside from a Japanese CD reissue in 2004 (which we’ve only just noticed) it’s not been available since 1969….

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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VAZZ / LA BAMBOLA DEL DR CALIGARI
Whisper Not / The Wrong Holiday
Forced Nostalgia
LP // £14.99

This latest release on the excellent Forced Nostalgia imprint is by some distance its most illuminating release to date – a split LP that features an astonishing rediscovery from the early 1980’s synth-pop era. That album is ‘Whisper Not’ by Vazz – a duo consisting of Anna Howson & Hugh Small, and is redolent of so much classic, deeply cherished music from around the same period (think Crépuscules, Antena, early…
ALI RENAULT
Ali Renault
Cyber Dance
CD // £11.99

One of the UK’s most endearing electro stalwarts presents his debut solo album after nearly ten years of operations. Ali is the co-founder of Cyber Dance Records and the esteemed Human Shield Record Company but perhaps best known for his role in short-lived hitsquad Heartbreak, whose string of singles for Lex and Dissident were much loved by the likes of Vice magazine and The Guardian. All that experience has been…
EXPENSIVE LOOKS
Dark Matters
GROUP TIGHTENER
CD // £12.99

*Red wax* Debut album of tempered euphoria by the hotly-tipped Expensive Looks on the dead trendy Group Tightener label. ‘Dark Matter’ is a playful synthesis of Expensive Looks’ rich formative diet of Chi-House, Disco, and vintage Psych elements with a modernist pop aesthetic, recalling the starry-eyed songcraft of Toro Y Moi, twinges of the Flaming Lips and the ’80s-cum’00s ebullience of MGMT. It’s deftly textured and gauzy without being lo-fi,…
EXPENSIVE LOOKS
Dark Matters
GROUP TIGHTENER
LP // £13.99

*Red wax* Debut album of tempered euphoria by the hotly-tipped Expensive Looks on the dead trendy Group Tightener label. ‘Dark Matter’ is a playful synthesis of Expensive Looks’ rich formative diet of Chi-House, Disco, and vintage Psych elements with a modernist pop aesthetic, recalling the starry-eyed songcraft of Toro Y Moi, twinges of the Flaming Lips and the ’80s-cum’00s ebullience of MGMT. It’s deftly textured and gauzy without being lo-fi,…
THE TWILITE TONE
Mean Machine
UNO NYC
12″ // £7.99

New York’s cherry-picking UNO imprint serves a stranger disco treat from The Twilight Tone. ‘Mean Machine’ is their debut release; a narcotic dose of dragged triplets, wheezin’ synths and woozy acid just perfect for liquid limbed afterhours and the like. The A-side is given a hallucinatory title track, rubbing grubby machine rhythms under spiralling boogie riffs, crack-throated vocals and trippin’ synth tones. Flipside the toxic fug clears slightly for the…
ANDREAS DORAU
Blumen Und Narzissen
Bureau B
CD // £10.99

Bureau B kick off their reissue scheme for Düsseldorf’s legendary Ata Tak label with this lost classic of NDW pop. Thirty years since original release, Andreas Dorau’s charming and infectious ‘Blumen Und Narzissen’ album as Die Doraus und Die Marinas reveals an incredibly pop-savvy touch full of prime melodies and bubbling electronic production with a really sly edge reminding of his peers Palais Schaumberg and Der Plan et al. It’s…
ANDREAS DORAU
Blumen Und Narzissen
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

Bureau B kick off their reissue scheme for Düsseldorf’s legendary Ata Tak label with this lost classic of NDW pop. Thirty years since original release, Andreas Dorau’s charming and infectious ‘Blumen Und Narzissen’ album as Die Doraus und Die Marinas reveals an incredibly pop-savvy touch full of prime melodies and bubbling electronic production with a really sly edge reminding of his peers Palais Schaumberg and Der Plan et al. It’s…
ANDREAS DORAU
Antworten Auf Brennende Fragen
Bureau B
CD // £10.99

Next up in Bureau B’s reissues of Ata Tak classics, ‘Geben offenherzige Antworten auf brennende Fragen’ is Andreas Dorau’s radio friendly sophomore album. The production is markedly more professional than his previous effort, and musically inspired by a wider set of reference points, from Bossa Nova to disco and the emergent, shiny pop of a more commercialised New Wave. For all its shininess, the record is still really quite trippy…
CUT COPY
Sun God (Andrew Weatherall Mixes)
Modular Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Andrew Weatherall remixes ‘Sun God’ from Cut Copy’ third LP ‘Zonoscope’. Making no small nod to Giorgio Moroder, The Guv’nor warms up his vintage Arp for two extended, mid-tempo disco-trance trekkin’ versions.
ERRORS
Have Some Faith In Magic
Rock Action Records
CD // £9.99

Errors veer further from post rock into motorik synth pop euphoria on their latest album. Possibly looking to the likes of Animal Collective or Washed Out for inspiration, they’ve beefed up the synths and have kept a keen eye on the dancefloor with stirring arrangements and blooming, shoegazing guitars.
ERRORS
Have Some Faith In Magic
Rock Action Records
2LP // £13.99

Errors veer further from post rock into motorik synth pop euphoria on their latest album. Possibly looking to the likes of Animal Collective or Washed Out for inspiration, they’ve beefed up the synths and have kept a keen eye on the dancefloor with stirring arrangements and blooming, shoegazing guitars.
YACHT
I Walked Alone
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Jacques Renault and Get A Room! remix ‘ I Walked Alone’, taken from Yacht’s ‘Shangri-La’ LP. A-side is given to Get A Room!’s burning Italo-Disco revision, B-side is Jacques Renault’s groovier, plusher, piano-driven remix fit for your local indie disco.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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REGIS
1994-1996
DOWNWARDS
CD // £8.99

For those who missed Regis’ lovingly hand-crafted ‘Adolescence’ compilation, Downwards thankfully breaks the set down into 3 discs over the coming months. The first, ‘1994-1996’ covers his earliest Techno productions. Of particular note is the previously unreleased ‘Point Of Entry’, and alternative studio versions of ‘Keep Planning’ and ‘Translation’ from the ‘Gymnastics’ LP, but of the 16 tracks we’d be hard pushed to pick a favourite. There’s always the razing…
REGIS
Speak To Me / Model Friendship (2011 Reissue)
DOWNWARDS
12″ // £6.49

Downwards present two killer tracks from the very first Regis twelve – at long last available on wax again. Both tracks were recorded 29/11/1994 onto a Philips pocket memo, and have been recently re-mastered for optimal bite and scratch. A-side is the steamrolling rhythm and jagged synths of ‘Speak To Me’, still packing a sneering wallop like few others. B-side is the darkly sexy, haughty thrust of ‘Model Friendship’ for…
CHASING VOICES
Valley Of The Dry Bones
PRESERVED INSTINCTS
12″ // £9.99

*One-sided black-label pressing housed in screen-printed jacket* Essential drop from NYC’s Preserved Instincts imprint. This fourth release from the clandestine Chasing Voices collective is a slo-mo rave bomb attuned to the deepest underground frequencies. With an uncompromising analogue aesthetic, ‘Valley Of The Dry Bones’ taps a pumping vein of “death march-disco for the ever-present sunburn of daily scourges and musical apathy”. Radar-evading synth strikes and bulbous narco-jack rhythms cruise into…
MADTEO
Bugler Gold Pt. 1
Hinge Finger
12″ // £7.99

“The opening salvo from Will Bankhead and Joy Orbison’s new label, this EP is a cracker: a rainswept blend of hip-hop, house and techno; a diverse, tense and enthralling survey of Madteo’s own world of muffled, deep, body-rocking bass and layered, worked drama. After sterling releases on Workshop, Meaukusma and co — the best yet from this Paduan In New York…”
MACHINEDRUM
SXLND EP
LuckyMe
12″ // £7.99

Luckyme bring the best out of Travis Stewart on his 2nd Machinedrum single for the Glasgow institution. Following his scorching ‘Alarma’ 12″, the ‘SXLND EP’ comes with a slightly more refined, sexier sound running classic Chicago, Italo and current UK sounds to his exacting specifications. The tracks were originally written in 2010, around the time of his ‘Many Faces’ EP, but have been recently re-engineered for 2012 ‘floors. He comes…
CUTICLE
Mother Rhythm Earth Memory
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £11.99

**One of the most compelling outings on NNF yet. Limited edition of 500 copies with insert** Cuticle’s 100% Silk 12″ was surely one of 2011’s most beguiling outer-disco episodes. Making the short step to Not Not Fun for their solo debut proper, Cuticle unearth ‘Mother Rhythm Earth Memory, a glowing space-dance-pop soul, deploying vocoder and more warped, sickly synths for an even odder follow-up experience. From the melancholy, moonlit robo-ballad…
SURGEON / REGIS
A Tribute to Richard Polson
Surface Records
12″ // £6.49

Surface Records pay respect to the late Richard Polson, formerly half of 65D Mavericks, with tracks from Regis, Surgeon, and Oliver Ho. A-side is a ruction from Outline Meets Surgeon’s ‘Blueprint 7’ release circa 1997, plus Oliver Ho’s tunnelling acidic jacker ‘Smoke’. B-side features the Regis classic ‘Disease Through Affection’ from his ‘Delivered Into The Hands Of Indifference’ LP, plus 65D Maverick’s own, elegiac ‘Beginnings End’.
RROSE
Artificial Light (1969 -1909)
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £6.49

Rrose presents another deep tripping episode of mottled, murky darkside Techno. A-side ‘With All Faces Bleached Out’ stoically channels sewer ambience over lurching subbass and steady bleeps in a unique style reserved for imaginative DJs and home appreciation alike. Flipside ‘Worn/Scarred’ refuses to resolve the rhythm in any conventional sense, arranging offset, discombobulated ketamine patterns with into a sludgy descent, while ‘White/Drip’ pensively precipitates Sähko-esque bleeps rendered with infinite reverbs….
LONE / VARIOUS
Dekmantel Anniversary Series No.2
Dekmantel
12″ // £7.99

**Yellow Vinyl** Choice 2nd instalment of Dekmantel’s Anniversary series, with exclusive tracks by Awanto3, Lone and Makam. Stretching out, Detroit beatdown styles, Awanto3’s ‘Pregant’ is all tape worn and warmed kicks layered with deeply seductive disco loops, nipped and nudged in the right places. Lone’s ‘Rissotowe’ follows with a classic early ’90s House vibe, riding the rimshots into smudged harmonic refractions, propped with a juicy square bass bump. Finishing on…
JOHN TEJADA / TRUNCATE
Maximiliano / Veinticinco
HISTORIA Y VIOLENCIA
12″ // £6.49

Santiago Salazar and Silent Servant’s Historia Y Violenca label adds two new family members with Latino heritage; John Tejada and Truncate aka David Flores. Californian John Tejada offers the sweetened clip of ‘Maximiliano’, pushed by rich, spherical bass and swinging syncopation with a mesmerizing groove. Truncate’s ‘Veinticinco’ is darker, locking into a ghoulish, heads-down charge kinda like a sexier Function production.
CRUISE FAMILY
We’re In Heaven
NOT NOT FUN
12″ // £11.99

Slow-strobing kosmic House abstraction from Vienna’s Cruise Family on their debut vinyl release. Over the last five years this singular artist has issued a stack of cassettes, but it’s in the last two that he’s really locked onto the Cruise family trajectory, taking himself (and us) to the furthest echelons of intergalactic tranz-Haus. His finest document to date, ‘We’re In Heaven’ breaks down to three variants on this theme, from…
CHRIS GRAY & MOONCHILDREN
Downbeat006
DOWNBEAT
12″ // £6.99

*Hand-stamped white label* Moonchild, Chris Gray helms the latest on deep underground House concern, Downbeat. Heady, deep end grooves are in plentiful supply, from the bewitching, slinky bobble of ‘Go Away (You’ve Got To)’ on the A-side, thru the plush square-bass subs and celestial synthline grace of ‘It Was The Fried Chicken That Saved Our Sanity (Because The Ghetto Is Sad)’ or ‘Sun Of God’s drowsy, doe-eyed seduction.
KIRK DEGIORGIO
Divine Logic
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Two years since the ‘Ripple Effect’ Kirk Degiorgio returns to Rush Hour with two maximalist, Detroit-inspired Techno trax. Electro-enforced synthlines and classically-studied strings ride 909 kicks in elegant, but driving style.
TONY OLLIVIERRA
Nangka EP
NORTHSSIDE DISTRICT
12″ // £8.99

Robust yet plush acid-driven Detroit House from the guy behind those Ibex records on Planet E and Rush Hour. ‘Nangka’ starts the dance with kinky synched machine patterns, kaotic string peaks and a burning acid bass while ‘Interplay tucks up a more swinging groove with tasty acid squirms. Flipside asses become grass to the the debonaire 303 churn of ‘Body Slam’, and ‘Orchestra Proforma’ wends its way through dislodged synth…

 

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TAKAMBA
Takamba!
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £13.99

*Includes bonus 7″* Mississippi Records and Sahel Sounds collude to release these cracking recordings of hypnotic “Takamba” style guitar works from Timbouctou. The distinctively jagged, grinding blues style originates from Northern Mali and Niger and is played here with flair by ‘Ali’ Ag Amoumine on rasping, electrified traditional guitar with minimal but infectiously mesmerizing rhythm tapped out on a calabash (a dried out vegetable also used a water gourd). There’s…
LULA CORTES E ZE RAMALHO
Paebiru
Mr Bongo
2LP // £22.99

The reissue you see before you is a real gem of an album, with original copies apparently trading for between $1000 and $1500 dollars. This is most certainly one of those albums you’d have a hard time classifying, but the words ‘psych’ and ‘jazz’ combined with the phrase ‘rainforest vibes’ would probably stand you in good stead. Each side of this delectable double vinyl gatefold is themed around the four…