Oct 282011
 

Hello,

It’s been a crazy old week, we were still unpacking new release deliveries late into the evening yesterday trying to get everything included here in time.

First up is the debut release on Modern Love by G.H. aka Gary Howell, one half of Pendle Coven (alongside Miles from Demdike Stare) and part of the HATE soundsystem. The noise he makes is an intense hybrid of concrète texture (think Pan Sonic/Mika Vainio), undulating electronics (think Raime/Demdike Stare) alongside a squashed funk variant that’s so jarring it’s almost out of place. Anyway, if you’ve been feeling recent releases by Andy Stott and Demdike Stare on the label – we recommend you check it out.

Next – the stack of vintage Throbbing Gristle reissues that we can’t actually believe have finally made the release schedules. Over the next 5 weeks the first 5 TG albums will be brought back to life complete with a remastering job by Chris Carter who’s restored these seminal works and pressed them up to 180g vinyl and double CD editions. If we were being pedantic we’d say that it really is a multi-format affair – the vinyl just sounds so damn good, but the CD’s each come with a bonus disc full of unreleased and rare material from the original album sessions worthy of the cost of admission alone. Anyway – the first of these – “The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle” is out now, while the other 4 are available to pre-order. We’d urge you to act fast with these – each and every one is a masterpiece in its own right.

While we’re out there, for darker ambient fiends William Fowler Collins’ return to Type is worthy of celebration. His 2nd LP is a towering example of ambient black metal moods, constructed with an unholy attention to detail and evoking the very bleakest imagery. There’s only 500 of these, with initial copies on blood red vinyl.

Raster Noton, meanwhile, make a strong impression with two sterling releases. An invigorated Byetone picks up on the Afro-noise meme with a crushing album of infectiously complex rhythms and heavy duty, abrasive sound design, while the like-minded Senking drops the noirish ‘Tweek’ 12″, an icily paranoid session of humongous subbass and eerie ’80s synths.

For more esoteric, pop-minded listening, Rangers’ ‘Pan Am Stories’ and the Dirty Projectors + Björk album are highly favourable. The former is probably one of this years finest H-Pop seductions, already much-loved by Fact Magazine, The Wire and Simon Reynolds. The latter comes packaged in a 3D lenticular jacket (looks amazing!!!) and features some truly magical timeless pop music for future folk.

There’s also a healthy haul of electro-acoustic experimentation for the taking. Hive Mind presents an overview of his endless, noisy private-press cassettes for Spectrum Spools, the Tapeworm offer a cassette featuring Stephan Mathieu’s visceral sound design, and Entr’acte deliver the 2nd album of minimalist polyphony from Chicago’s Haptic – the latter two in limited runs of 200 copies, naturally.

Also, special mention to another cracking Ekoplekz instalment, this one in collaboration with Bassclef under the Ekoclef moniker. We simply can’t get enough of this guy’s tactile, battered hardware experiments and ‘Tapeswap’ is just immense, sounding like some long-lost, impossible collaboration between Sun Araw, Daphne Oram and Conrad Schnitzler.

To the home listening and modern composition quarters, Hildur Guddnadottir’s ‘Without Sinking’ finally arrives on a deluxe vinyl pressing, while the Boats present their first new material in some time with a new album made in a strictly limited, hand-stamped edition for the collectors.

If that’s all too high-minded for you, find some bass-wise relief from Space Dimension Controller on a sumptuous doublepack, plus King Midas Sound’s beautifully curated versions CD for Hyperdub, collecting sterling interpretations by everyone from Hype Williams to Nite Jewel, Kuedo, Flying Lotus, Cooly G, Green Gartside, Kode 9 Gang Gang Dance and many more.

Elsewhere, 100% Silk go all filtered and French-sounding with Malvoeaux’s charming 4-tracker, while Autre Ne Veut offers one of the years most pleasant surprises on the ‘Don’s Rainbow’ 7″ with Seahawks, besides a blink-and-miss-it white label from Altered Natives and the contemporary boogie flair of B. Bravo’s dangerously slick ‘Kiss ‘n’ Tell’ EP.

Also out this week (pause for breath), new releases from The Black Dog, Omar S, The Necks, Paul White, Anstam, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, R&S, Joker, Gold Panda, Phoenecia, Klaus Roder (ex of Kraftwerk!), MF Doom, Peter Broderick, 12k, Finders Keepers, Jeff Mills, Taylor Deupree, Portable, L-Vis 1990, Mizz Beats, Buraka Som Sistema and much much more…

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



THROBBING GRISTLE
The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

“For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl – The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Records visual archive. In addition each of the vinyl releases include an exclusive large format 8-page colour booklet featuring an abundance of Throbbing Gristle archival material, including some previously unpublished photos of the band. Each vinyl release is limited to 2000 copies. COMPACT DISC Each of the CD special-editions are presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring restored and remastered cover artworks and an integrated 8-page booklet (* the booklets feature different artworks and content to the vinyl editions). While the CD releases feature the same track count and running order as the vinyl editions each CD special-edition also includes an exclusive bonus CD containing content from the year of the albums original release. This additional content includes TG live tracks and remastered singles. The Greatest Hits CD special-edition also includes two previously unreleased Throbbing Gristle mixes from the 1980s’. CD Tracklist Disc 1 1/Industrial Introduction 2/Slug Bait, Live at the I.C.A. London 3/Live at Southampton 4/Live at Brighton 5/Maggot Death, Studio Recording 6/Live at Rat Club London 7/Live at Southampton 8/Live at Brighton 9/After Cease To Exist Soundtrack Disc 2 1/No Two Ways-Hat Fair Winchester 1976 2/Last Exit-Brighton Poly 1977 3/Forced Entry-Nuffield 1977 4/Tesco Disco-Rat Club, London 1977 5/Feeling Critical-ArtCollege Winchester 1977 6/National Affront-Nuffield 1977 7/Urge To Kill-Rat Club, London 1977 8/Zyklon B Zombie – 7″ Single 9/United – 7” Single



WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS
The Resurrections Unseen
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £11.99

*Limited to just 500 copies for the world, initial copies come on blood-red vinyl in time for Halloween* The silhouetted, impressionistic black metal ambience of William Fowler Collins has cast a long shadow over all who’ve crossed his path. Returning to Type Records for his 2nd LP, two years since ‘Perdition Hill Radio’ and not long since recording with Gog and Isis’ Aaron Turner, William still exists in a permanent nighttime state, as though the sun has completely abandoned the New Mexico desert and left him, and his music, to slowly decay in the darkness, suffering the attrition of sandstorms and the slow waste of vitamin C deficiency. This is tangibly experienced through titles like ‘Embracing Your Own Annihilation’ and ‘The Light In The Barn’ or ‘Abattoir’ but no more so than the music, a sound of micro entropic processes surveyed with a narrow-eyed panoramic gaze. But there’s no theatrical drama to ‘The Resurrections Unseen’, rather this is a sound mutedly resigned to its fate, stoically watching white noise flesh and guitar textured fabric disintegrate with time, watching the dust accumulate at the stumps where heavy leather boots once stood. The amount of space and detached sense of control in this music is only comparable with the most skilled ambient manipulators – we’re talking Deathprod, Thomas Köner, Lustmord, Kevin Drumm – and could well turn out to be a serious seasonal favourite round these parts. Highly Recommended.



BYETONE
Symeta
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £13.99

Triumphant return to Raster Noton for Byetone, with his first EP/album since his brilliant, name-making Death Of A Typographer. Seven tracks to get your teeth into here, available on both CD and 12″ vinyl, and the most impressive expression yet of this artist’s sleek, dark-hearted techno-not-techno sound. You know you’re in good hands from the opening: ‘Topas’ builds out of caustic glitch into a funked-out 4/4 mantra, and ‘T-E-L-E-G-R-A-M’ restores electro’s unheimlich power – imagine DJ Stingray dosed up on smack, German porn and obscure architecture journals. ‘Neuschnee’ takes a slower, dubbier tack, reminding us a little of Byetone’s labelmate Senking, but with a more stripped-down, machine-tooled aesthetic. ‘Opal’ feels like a fleshy riposte to the bleep-bloop of vintage Pan Sonic and Sahko Records, not to mention Byetone’s own classic ‘Plastic Star’, while ‘Black Peace’ and particularly ‘Helix’ are unbelievably heavy-duty, industrial techno-metal smash-ups, sounding like some unholy hook-up between Suicide, T++, Cloaks, Godflesh and Sunn O))) (in other words: unmissable). The album concludes with the louche drum machine patterns and malevolent drones of ‘Golden Elegy’. Absolute quality.



HIVE MIND
Elemental Disgrace (Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

*Limited Yellow Vinyl* The alarmingly prolific Spectrum Spools delivers another killer, this time from Hive Mind aka Greh Holger. Building on the idiosyncratic sounds of the private press cassettes he’s been banging since 2002, Holger here completely rejects the post-kosmische driftscapes that you probably associate with SS in favour of something substantially more demanding, and rewarding: it’s a noise record, basically, but one of a rare richness and depth, focussed on exploring grainy textures and shifting frequency registers. Make no mistake, this is for the real heads, designed for deep listening, and for those equipped to deal with the proper stuff it’s a ravishing experience.. Highly Recommended.



JEFF MILLS
Fantastic Voyage
TECHNO / HOUSE
Axis
2CD // £19.99

To our delight, Jeff Mills once again indulges his passion for classic sci-fi with this 2CD re-imagining of the score to Harry Kleiner’s titular ’66 flick. It follows his ‘Cyborg 2087’ recreation and imaginary soundtracks for ‘The Power’ and ‘The Occurence’ with a deep voyage of discovery. But unlike the aforementioned, the original film plot – about a team of scientists who’re miniaturized and dispatched inside a human body to fix a blood clot – thematic scales are inversed and we’re drawn to Mills’ inner, as opposed to outer, space-scapes. The action unfolds across 22 tracks and 2 CDs, from bleepin’, womb-like viscera and hazardous noise bursts through archetypal rhythm arrangements and fluid programming reflecting the man/machine, organic/synthesized themes of the film and his own alien/human aesthetic. It’s wonderful to witness Mills maturing as a composer and refining his art to something beyond a soundtrack for dancefloor rituals, but without ever losing his original blueprint, and showing that the line between cinematic imagination and dancefloor functions can be a very fine one.



RANGERS
Pan Am Stories
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
2LP // £19.99

After clocking up huge plaudits from Fact Magazine, The Wire, SImon Reynolds and Altered Zones for their ‘Suburban Tours’ release, Rangers arrives on Not Not Fun with his 2nd album proper, ‘Pan Am Stories’. The mind-child of one Joe Knight, Rangers deal in especially evocative soft-psych charms which share a clear love of ’80s MOR culture with James Ferraro and Ducktails. It’s reflective of the music most Americans (we’d imagine) have absorbed by some kind of as-yet-unidentified radiopathic osmosis; the soul-absorption of thousands of criss-crossing radio transmissions beaming 24 hour soft rock and cable stations emitting unending re-runs of mood-manipulating TV theme music and vibes. But most crucially Joe’s music has filtered only those most warbly, hooky parts and sifted out the cloying earnestness of so much coffee table Americana, yet retained its sun-smacked and soulful intentions. And it’s the sly, wry glaze of electronics and occasional overblown noise which gets warped in transmission that does it for us, an empathic hypnagogic affect which translates to European tastes very well. If there’s anything to distinguish this album from the last, there’s perhaps a more blown-out grunginess, not in terms of fidelity, which is actually higher here, but just a burnt twilight tone which feels moodier and more autumnal than say the last Ducktails, and like a pop refined version of Ferraro’s immense ‘Last American Hero’.



DIRTY PROJECTORS + BJORK
Mount Wittenburg Orca
ELECTRONIC
Domino
LP // £19.99

**Hand-numbered edition on 180g vinyl with 3D lenticular sleeve & deluxe, 12×12″, 12-page insert. Comes with mp3 code redeemable from the label** One of the most talked about collaborations of the last few years finally lands in deluxe fashion. Back in May 2009, following a conversation with Björk about the small Italian theatres where opera was born in the 1500s, Dirty Projector David Longstreth set about writing ‘Mount Wittenburg Orca’, his follow-up to the widely cherished ‘Bitte Orca’. A month later it was performed a capella in a Manhattan bookstore – recordings of which can be viewed on youtoob – but it was another year before they laid it down proper in Brooklyn’s esteemed Rare Book Room studios. The results are truly beguiling, mixing deceptively natural three-part vocal harmonies by Amber Coffman, Haley Dekle and Angel Deradoorian with lead shared by Longstreth and Björk, all largely unadorned by instrumentation and allowed to float somewhere between naif chorales and multi-layered contrapuntal sophistication. The balance of high-brow and pop modes is intricately measured, with no one voice dominating proceedings and managing to effortlessly sound forward-thinking yet beautifully timeless. Oh and that 3d sleeve has to be seen to be believed!



STEPHAN MATHIEU
Flags
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Cassette only – limited edition of 200 copies* Intensely visceral electro-acoustic sound designs on The Tapeworm. If you’ve only become familiar with Stephan Mathieu’s opulent soundscapes like ‘Radioland’ or his Dekorder 10″s in recent years, then it’s probably about time you checked his more challenging digital compositions, and this is a great place to start. We best let Stephan sum this one up: “Flags is a homage to the beauty of data. The pieces are created from photos of my studio equipment which were transferred to audio via header changes”. OK, so that doesn’t give away much about what it sounds like. Well, essentially it’s not “nice”. There are sounds in here which will make your eyeballs quiver and possibly make you feel like your brain juices are about to run free (esepcially when consumed on headphones), but for some (us included) that’s a very favourable experience. Very highly recommended to fans (who own a tape deck!) of Florian Hecker, Marcus Schmickler, or Keith Fullerton Whitman.



EKOCLEF (EKOPLEKZ & BASS CLEF)
Tapeswap
ELECTRONIC
MAGIC & DREAMS
Cassette // £7.49

*Housed in silver letter-pressed heavy card inlay with download code redeemable from the label* Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz cements a solid year, here in collaboration with Ralph Cumbers aka Bassclef. Under the aegis of Ekoclef ‘Tapeswap’ consolidates their differing approaches via the classic means of mailing tapes back and forth, upholding a tradition which has been used since the days of tape networks in the early ’80s and whose DIY sonic culture has very much influenced the slew of killer Ekoplekz releases for Mordant Music, Punch Drunk and Further Records this year. It’s also a fairly radical departure from anything we’ve previously heard by Bassclef, smudging his typical digitized sonics into a deliciously noxious, boggy 4-track sound absorbing trace elements of radiophonic experimentation and viscous dub. This should be considered a real treat for fans of everything from the Ghost Box crew to Conrad Schnitzler to Daphne Oram, Matthewdavid or Sun Araw. Limited copies only.



THE NECKS
Mindset
JAZZ / RELATED
ReR
CD // £11.99

24 years and 16 albums into an estimable career, The Necks present two engrossing longform tracks, comprising their first major release since 2009s ‘Silverwater’. On ‘Mindset’ Jazz, drone and electronic soundscaping coalesce into something far, far greater than the sum of their elements, creating a multi-tiered, organically shifting mass of piano, bass and drums knitted with subtle but crucial synthesis and FX to hypnotise and leave us frankly dazzled. The first of these two 20+ minute pieces ‘Rum Jungle’ is densely realised yet rendered with a minimalist vision, allowing each independent layer to swirl and swoon without friction in its own frequency space while still somehow managing to communicate freely with the other kinetic sections operating at idiosyncratic tempos. The effect is utterly magical, at once feeling fluidly improvised and highly organised in a manner achieved only by the most skilled, attuned musicians. In stark contrast, ‘Daylights’ is more richly textured, deploying filigree electronics around sparse, plangent keys and stalking bass recalling Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, but also following a steady evolutionary vector which could only come from three master musicians in synchrony. Warmly encouraged to fans of Carsten Nicolai, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Marclay.



HAPTIC
Scilens
ELECTRONIC
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*Edition of 200 housed in vacuum sealed package* Chicagoan electro-acoustic trio present their 10th release and third full length album. The equipment list for ‘Scilens’ should give some indication of the breadth of sonorities they’re working with: A-Bitrman, Acousticon hearing aid, A-52, air conditioner, bass drum, baoding balls, bows (cello and violin), cassette recorders, contact microphones, crotales, cymbals, DS-1, EHX-2880, e-bow, electric fan, electric bass, fabric, floor tom, found home rcordings, FX42-B, GE-7, guitars, harmonica, hurdy gurdy, laptop computer, lapsteel, leaf, location recordings, marbles, metronome, ME-50, MF-105M, MX802A, open circuits, oscillator, paper (various weights), parade drum (bass), pianos (baby grand, concert grand, Rhodes), portable CD players, PS-5, radio, record player, recorder telephone pickups, RV-3, sand, sewing machine, snare drum, sparklers, strobe light, tone chimes, tuning forks, wineglass, wire brush, wooden clothespin. Of course, the magic is in the way they navigate these sounds and the attention and space they afford to each creak, each scuttling acousmatic rattle and gaseous background drone, forcing the ear to constantly re-evaluate its depth perception and spatial awareness with micro-to-macro-scopic detailing. Highly Recommended.



THE BOATS
The Ballad Of The Eagle
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Our Small Ideas
CD // £7.99

*Hand-stamped sleeve – Strictly limited copies only* Perfectly poised for autumnal gratification, The Boats present their first new material in a while with new album ‘The Ballad Of The Eagle’. They’re still a trio – Andrew Hargreaves, Craig Tattersall and Danny Norbury – and ever refining their craft to a sort of ritual somnambulant magic. For this outing they’re also augmented by two special contributions, Yasuhiko Fukuzono’s vocals and Joseph Borreson’s Banjo, expanding their palette of electronic and acoustic instrumentation to a (very) small orchestra’s worth of rich and supernaturally spatialised tones. Travelling through the album, that comforting sense of deepest blue melancholia is omnipresent, but quite often slips beyond their usual boundaries into out-and-out darkness. This mood sets the tone of opener ‘Invisible Orchestras’ until a swooning cello resolution and the spirit-raising machine-tooled miniature ‘Dusty Rooms’. Here on in we oscillate gently between tape-hiss enigmas ‘If I May Trespass On Your Patience’, to quietly breathtaking, noirish drone-pop ‘Omissions For You To Fill In’ with sterling vocal input from Yasuhiko and Danny Norbury’s Cello to the album centrepiece ‘I Can’t Read Your Morse Code Heartbeat’, a seductively dark piece of keys and sanguine strings swaddled by electro-acoustic pulse patterns. The second half is signalled by the matter-of-fact bleakness of ‘I’m Not A Pessimist, I’m Sad’, and one of their most beautiful radiophonic techno pieces ‘Chance Meeting At Train Stations’, concluding with the warbling, edge-of-disintegration keys, drawn strings and tape hiss in ‘The Days We Didn’t Spend’.



SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
The Pathway To Tiraquon 6
TECHNO / HOUSE
R&S Records
2×12″ // £14.49

A new album from Belfast’s cosmic techno prince SDC, supposedly a mere taster for his upcoming LP proper. One way or the other, the material on here is of the very highest quality. It showcases the producer’s enormous gift for star-dusted melodies and the warmest analogue synthesis imaginable, and though there’s a knowing camp that would be anathema to Mad Mike, we’re reminded again and again of Underground Resistance. Many thousands have bitten UR’s style over the last 20 years, not to mention that of SDC’s beloved Juan Atkins, but few have done it with such as grasp of the all-important funk. SDC definitely didn’t grow up listening to Electrifyin’ Mojo’s radio shows, but on this album it sure as hell sounds like he did. Recommended.



HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR
Without Sinking (Limited Vinyl Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
2LP // £15.99

**Now available on vinyl for the 1st time in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, with 3 bonus tracks not on the CD** Hildur Gudnadottir is a gifted cellist with an impressive history of collaborations that includes work with Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Johann Johannsson, Skúli Sverrisson and Ben Frost among many others, as well as being a member of Iceland’s notable Kitchen Motors collective. She first came to our attention on Pan Sonic’s epic ‘Katodivaihe’ album from a couple of years back, her intense, blackened cello adding another dimension to Vainio and Väisänen’s icy tundras. “Without Sinking” (her second solo album and first for the Touch label) is, however, by far the most cohesive and engrossing release of her career to date. It’s not often that sales notes offer much by way of an insight into the real thought process or inspiration behind an album, but Gudnadottir’s description of many hours spent on flights around the world looking at clouds really does encapsulate the atmosphere and semi-opaque wonder of these recordings. “I wanted to have open space for single notes and let them breath, like single clouds in a clear sky. As a contrast I also wanted create denser and heavier compositions which were more thundercloud like. I like the way clouds form, how many tiny droplets can form such dense forms and then slowly evaporate into thin string-like forms.” The sound Gudnadottir’s cello makes paints these mysterious landscapes with an almost mystical purity, opening track “Elevation”, for example, manages to outline an increasingly intense, almost mournful picture with seemingly simple layering techniques and barely perceptible processes submerged by the pregnant sound of Gudnadottir’s hugely evocative instrument. But the album also includes contributions from a number of guests – most notably Johann Johannsson, Skúli Sverrisson and even Hildur’s father Guðni Franzson, with tracks like “Aether” introducing Harp and wind instruments with a gentle economy that’s so fragile and simple it’s just nothing short of heart-stopping. The album closes with the dense “Unveiled”, an ominous drone undulation steered by those cautious, towering strings and barely perceptible found sounds. It’s the space between the notes, the restraint and expectation, that packs the biggest emotional punch on this incredibly moving recording, never allowing those ‘cinematic’ qualities to get in the way of the genuine dread and catharsis resting at the core of this utterly magnificent album. Amazing music.



KING MIDAS SOUND
Without You
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
CD // £11.99

*Deluxe Digipak with gold/foil embossed letterpress artwork* A dub head through and through, Kevin Martin takes the art of versioning seriously, hence this whole album of King Midas Sound remixes by the great and good of underground music. Seriously, the contributor list reads like a who’s-who, and shows you just how much Martin is respected by his peers. The biggest surprise is probably the appearance of Scritti Politti ringleader Green Gartside, who re-vocals ‘Come And Behold’ in his oft-copied, never-bettered whiteboy soul croon. Other favourites? Kuedo’s chrome-plating of ‘Goodbye Girl’ in shiny, celebratory, Severant-style form is a winner, while Mala threatens to mash down Babylon with his beautifully poised ‘Earth A Kill Ya’ version. Flying Lotus impresses with his trippy, minimal but dirt-encrusted take on ‘Lost’, and Nite Jewel reimagines the same track as a poppy, sultry synth-funk jam, before Hype Williams steer ‘Sumtime’ into a kind of righteous, dub-wise VHS psychedelia. Kode9 and Spaceape reduce ‘Meltdown’ to a lean garage chassis, and Deepchord/Echospace give ‘Goodbye Girl’ their expansive dub-techno treatment. Gang Gang Dance, Cooly G, Ras G, Joel Ford, D-Bridge and others feature on what must be the most star-studded versions album of recent times.

Singles of the Week



G.H.
Ground EP
ELECTRONIC
Modern Love
12″ // £7.99

*Modern Love debut from G.H. sounding somewhere between Mika Vainio, Raime and Andy Stott. Limited to 500 copies only for the world* As a member of Pendle Coven and HATE Soundsystem, Gaz Howell has been a mainstay of Modern Love since the label was still in single figures. He’s appeared on some of its deadliest output over the years but the ‘Ground E.P’ is his first solo endeavour to land on vinyl, arriving at an oblique, alabaster-cut style of electronics, cold-fusing viscous boogie and musique concrete in a sheer hewn style of slow, forceful funk. The barren A-side is ‘Ground’, scanning a wasted scene of distant bass detonations dislodging abrasive surface scree and geyser-like pressure valves in a pyroclastic flow of ideas nodding to Daphne Oram and Mika Vainio. Equally, on the flipside ‘Albedo’ feels as though it was hand-carved in some electro-acoustic steam-punk workshop, rolling boulder-heavy kicks with clanking iron & steel mechanics, before ‘Earth’ emerges from the furnace, glaze cracking and fissures splitting to reveal a hard-working boogie sample beneath the slag and calloused exterior. It’s taken him nearly half a decade to get to this point, but even we’re blown away by how heavy he’s come with it. Fans of Andy Stott, Raime, Mika Vainio, DJ Yo Yo Dieting – do not sleep on this!!!



SENKING
Tweek
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Heavy 12” transmission on Raster Noton from Jens Messel following his mighty Pong LP of last year – and that album’s ascetic, decidedly North European response to dubstep’s low end theories. Though Tweek is a homage to the perennially anxious, hyperactive South Park character Tweek Tweak (honestly), the music is anything but jittery – rather it’s a cool, controlled bass offensive, admittedly shot through with the requisite paranoia. The icily delayed drums, pinched chords and oscillating subs suggest Digital Mystikz re-tooled to soundtrack Tarkovsky’s Stalker, while the eerie synths and spurts of noise bring to mind late 80s industrial and Senking’s own noirish masterpiece List. Serious sh*t for those who know, cut nice and loud with DJs and skankers in mind.



MALVOEAUX
Broken Anthem
TECHNO / HOUSE
100% Silk
12″ // £9.99

*Swit swoo – flash new foil-embossed disco bag from the mighty 100% silk!* 100% take it down town with four tracks of flaunting, French-style filter House from Jason Letkiewicz (Steve Summers/Innergaze). The mid-90s spirit of Thomas Bangaltar, Dimitri From Paris or DJ Sneak is crossed with the raw EQ’ing of Jamal Moss’ Members Only series for a proper knob-tweaking session bound to have mascara dripping and chest hairs glistening. A-side ‘Broken Anthem’ and ‘Run For Cover’ are boundless energy boosters, looping and bucking with a near-psychedelic delirium, whereas the the flipside ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Fatal Games’ are slightly more iced and groovesome, with that ineffable sense of silky elan.



SEAHAWKS & AUTRE NE VEUT
Don’s Rainbow
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Ocean Moon
7″ // £7.99

*Limited edition, heavyweight vinyl* Right, this is a bit good – Autre Ne Veut singing for Seahawks – yes please! ‘Don’s Rainbow’ is the first salted Boogie smack to be air-lifted from the new Seahawks album ‘Invisible Sunrise’ and pairs captain Jon Tye with a full band backing for the first time. The result sounds something like a long lost Arthur Russell dub, had he aimed for the billboard top 100 circa 1986, in an alternate underwater universe. I’ll be honest, the older Seahawks stuff didn’t do much for us, but the scuffed Linn drums, rusted synths and coruscating dub FX here are really pushing our buttons this time. And then there’s the vocal, a controlled but catty show of blue-eyed R&B histrionics equal parts outsider avant-ism and sheer pop finesse whose effect hasn’t waned one bit to us despite the billions of times we’ve played it. Well recommended!



ALTERED NATIVES
Eye4Eye White Label Series #1
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Eye4Eye Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Deep and dutty white label 3-tracker from the reckless London House fusioneer. Like his recently released ‘Tenement Yard Vol.2’ session, vibes are poised towards the deeper end but still with the requisite amount a ruffige to make your ma go “woi!!!”. A-side is a rude, Bass-riding House roller with tribal woodblocks and narsty stabs, while the flipside comes much darker, like some classic Techstep D&B flipped for the 2011 House crew, and finishes up on a tuffer brukken beat flex. Apparently they’re never going to be released digitally, so if you know what’s good you’ll get 2 copies. TIPPED!!!



B. BRAVO
Kiss ‘n’ Tell EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Earnest Endeavours
12″ // £7.99

Mighty authentic-sounding R&Boogie flair from B. Bravo and guests including Zackey Force Funk, Lady Alema and The Gents. The title tracks is fresh-to-go, coming off like some junior Ryan Leslie studio production – a fat, contemporary R&B swinger – while ‘Rite On Time’ features The Gents drizzling silken croons and raps on a criss-like-Dâm Funk downstroke. Flipside opens with the juicy-bootied ‘Substance’, wrapping Lady Alema’s breathy R&B sighs around booming 808 drums and starburst chords next to the wormy funk of ‘Swang’ and the diamond glisten of ‘Right On Time’. Dangerously slick stuff.

 

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B. BRAVO
Kiss ‘n’ Tell EP
Earnest Endeavours
12″ // £7.99

Mighty authentic-sounding R&Boogie flair from B. Bravo and guests including Zackey Force Funk, Lady Alema and The Gents. The title tracks is fresh-to-go, coming off like some junior Ryan Leslie studio production – a fat, contemporary R&B swinger – while ‘Rite On Time’ features The Gents drizzling silken croons and raps on a criss-like-Dâm Funk downstroke. Flipside opens with the juicy-bootied ‘Substance’, wrapping Lady Alema’s breathy R&B sighs around booming…
ELAN
Fuzzy Numbers EP (W/Modeselektor And Anstam Remixes)
Monkeytown Records
Mini LP // £11.99

One of Monkeytown’s finest electronic funk specialists turns out four new cuts, backed by experimenting Modeselektor and Anstam remixes. With a colourful, woozy melodic charm akin to labelmate Siriusmo, the Californian delivers morphing electroboogie on ‘Blackout’, brilliant Dilla-meets-Bochum Welt vibes on ‘Next 2 Last’, and a killer, slow-jammin’ aquatic boogie move with ‘2in5four’. Sticking with the humid digital vibes, Modeselektor roll off a badass, morphing mix of ‘Bleep Bloop Brrrmmp’…
V.C.
Poly July / Moon Braggin’
LO FI FUNK
7″ // £6.99

Frishest Finnish Skwee from young gun V.C. Following drops on Donky Pitch and Disques Mazout, ‘Poly July’ is his third release of 2011, coming with an ultra-minimalist R&B flex on the bloopy pop and swagger of ‘Poly July’, and a well-tucked slowfast roll on ‘Moon Braggin’, car-boot bass and sticky G-Funk riffs included!
PAUL WHITE
Rapping With Paul White
One-Handed Music
CD // £11.99

**New album from discerning hip-hop collagist and library music digger extraordinaire, Paul White.** The London-based producer made a big splash with his 2009 debut ‘The Strange Dreams of Paul White’, which combined an authentic beat junkie sensibility with a more unorthodox and psychedelic agenda; and then pushed himself even further with last year’s ‘Paul White & The Purple Brain’, which took a haul of recordings of cult Swedish guitarist S.T….
MIZZ BEATS
Scientific Brainpriest / Pimpin’
Eglo Records
10″ // £6.99

East London’s indomitable Mizz Beats furthers a fruitful hookup with Eglo on ‘Scientific Brainpriest’, a sublime new highpoint in her catalogue. The premise is simple but executed to the most beautiful standards, configuring a lean halfstep/boogie beat with endless clouds of hypersoul synths and rainbowing arpeggios to seduce almost any Afro-futurist romantic. On the B-side, by popular demand, you’ll find ‘Pimpin’, a delicious Broken Beat/Jazz-House track which was previously only…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS
The Resurrections Unseen
Type
LP // £11.99

*Limited to just 500 copies for the world, initial copies come on blood-red vinyl in time for Halloween* The silhouetted, impressionistic black metal ambience of William Fowler Collins has cast a long shadow over all who’ve crossed his path. Returning to Type Records for his 2nd LP, two years since ‘Perdition Hill Radio’ and not long since recording with Gog and Isis’ Aaron Turner, William still exists in a permanent…
LARY SEVEN
Rotation
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Limited edition of 200 copies. Two live recordings by the former Swans participant recorded in 2001 and 2004. Scratchy, buzzing and humming electronics placed around the space in strange and slowly convulsive patterns, kinda like a more restrained Russell Haswell live performance.* “Lary 7 is a multimedia alchemist able to coax profane and inscrutable sounds and images from numerous and mysterious devices. His work has been described as that of…
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O
The Ripper At The Heavens Gates Of Dark
Riot Season
CD // £13.99

**CD limited to 1500 copies, initial copies packaged in a special first edition 350gsm card gatefold sleeve* “The renowned Japanese Cosmic freak-out heavyweights return with a brand new studio album and tour, marking ten years since their mothership first descended. Now a steady four piece led by Kawabata Makoto (guitar) and including Tsuyama Atsushi (bass/vocals), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer/guitar) and Shimura Koji (drums). The collective recorded the album in the aftermath…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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LOCUSSOLUS
Tan Sedan (Dr Dunk Mix) / Throwdown (Com Truise Mix)
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
12″ // £7.99

Harvey aka Locussolus’ disco gems remixed by Com Truise and Dr Dunk in flash mode. The ‘Tan Sedan’ version follows a slick arc along bubbling bassline and frothy layers of percussion to whip the ‘floor into a sexy lather. With ‘Throwdown’ Com Truise does his finest downslow, shark-eyed ’80s mission thing, all soft focus edges and drag-motion beats to grease your dancefloor strafe.
DOCUMENTARY
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VARIOUS / MORR MUSIC
Backyard: The Movie
Morr Music
DVD+CD // £14.99

“BACKYARD – The Movie is a realisation and celebration of Reykjavík’s creative spirit. It is the embodiment of what happens when a group of friends work hard at implementing and executing an idea, and it is simply because they’re having fun! It is pure joy on celluloid, and you should join this party, which features performances by Múm, FM Belfast, Sin Fang, Hjaltalín, Retro Stefson, Borko & Reykjavík! Most of…
DUB / REGGAE
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80
Soul Jazz
2LP // £14.99

All killer, no filler Studio One selection: 18 cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo and more. ‘Original Classic Recordings 1963-1980’ is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and coincides with the label’s monster new deluxe hardback 12×12″ 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. It’s essentially the cream of the Studio One…
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Honest Jon’s Records
LP // £9.99

*With liner notes by Dave Katz* Honest Jon’s reissue Lee Scratch Perry’s 1980 masterpiece, the final record made at the Black Ark studio before its ultimate demise. Appearing after his equally seminal series of ‘Super Ape’, ‘War In A Babylon’, ‘Police And Thieves’ and ‘Return Of The Super Ape’ LPs, it finds Perry during a turbulent period – his Black Ark compound has been occupied by occult Rasta factions, his…
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Honest Jon’s Records
CD // £9.99

*With liner notes by Dave Katz* Honest Jon’s reissue Lee Scratch Perry’s 1980 masterpiece, the final record made at the Black Ark studio before its ultimate demise. Appearing after his equally seminal series of ‘Super Ape’, ‘War In A Babylon’, ‘Police And Thieves’ and ‘Return Of The Super Ape’ LPs, it finds Perry during a turbulent period – his Black Ark compound has been occupied by occult Rasta factions, his…
ANTHONY B MEETS DUBBLESTANDART
Dem Can’t Stop We From Talk
SUBATOMIC SOUND
7″ // £6.99

“Dubblestandart lays down a wicked foundation for one of Anthony B’s most explosive, politically defiant vocals. The music draws on classic Roots Radics vibes amped up and mixed in the style of a hard charging ‘90s Sly & Robbie riddim: bass and drums up front and plenty of room for the vocals on top. The B-side is the naked riddim, instrumental but with just enough of Dubblestandart’s signature dub effects…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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KING MIDAS SOUND
Without You
Hyperdub
CD // £11.99

*Deluxe Digipak with gold/foil embossed letterpress artwork* A dub head through and through, Kevin Martin takes the art of versioning seriously, hence this whole album of King Midas Sound remixes by the great and good of underground music. Seriously, the contributor list reads like a who’s-who, and shows you just how much Martin is respected by his peers. The biggest surprise is probably the appearance of Scritti Politti ringleader Green…
ALTERED NATIVES
Eye4Eye White Label Series #1
Eye4Eye Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Deep and dutty white label 3-tracker from the reckless London House fusioneer. Like his recently released ‘Tenement Yard Vol.2’ session, vibes are poised towards the deeper end but still with the requisite amount a ruffige to make your ma go “woi!!!”. A-side is a rude, Bass-riding House roller with tribal woodblocks and narsty stabs, while the flipside comes much darker, like some classic Techstep D&B flipped for the 2011 House…
ANSTAM
Dispel Dances
50 WEAPONS
LP // £15.99

Absolutely storming debut LP from Anstam, in which they refine their darkside broken techno sound into a multi-pronged beast. It’s difficult to catch you breath, there’s just so much going on here: ‘Watching The Ships Go Down’ feels like a duel between Polygon Window and Muslimgauze, while the compressed breakbeats and horror synths of ‘Bitten By The Snake’ sound like UK bass music gone industrial, gone evil. The aesthetic is…
VARIOUS / R&S
IOTDXI
R&S Records
3CD // £9.99

*Embossed 6-panel gatefold digicase* R&S restart their legendary ‘In Order To Dance’ compilation series with a 22-track overview of their current roster; a UK Bass-centric selection including Pariah, Lone, James Blake, Space Dimension Controller, Vondelpark, Bullion, Blawan and more, with an exclusive Oneohtrix remix to boot! Since remerging with the scene in a big way around 2009, R&S tastes have clearly tended towards the UK underground, largely sidestepping more linear…
STARKEY
Open The Pod Bay Doors
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Starkey wrong-foots us with this chilled little number – his debut for the Ninja Tune label. The EP kicks off with the haunting, downtempo ‘Open The Pod Bay Doors’ which is a million miles from the grimy dubstep the US producer is known for. We’re back on familiar territory with the hypercolor 1-2 punch of ‘Blood Roses’ and ‘Rayguns’ which do exactly what you’d expect; cheeky low end wobbles crossed…
JOKER
The Vision
4AD
CD // £9.99

Bristol’s purple prince drops his long, long-awaited debut album on 4AD. From the off, his aim is to put his trademark orgiastic synths and low-slung G-funk drums in the service of pure pop, aided and abetted vocals from the likes of Jessie Ware, Jay Wilcox and Silas. There’s a welcome outing for past single and party wobbler par excellence ‘Tron’, but for the most part this is all-new material. Swaggering…
MR MAGEEKA
Vintage Malarkey / De Congo
PHUTURE SHOCK MUSIK
12″ // £7.99

The unpredictable Mr Mageeka follows his much-loved ‘Different Lekstrix’ for Numbers with two cyber-tropical rollers for Phuture Shock Musik. ‘Vintage Malarkey’ plays it crafty on the A-side, sounding kinda like some stray fusion of Wighnomy Brothers’ bumpty Tech-House and DVA’s classier Funky Rave futurism. On the other side ‘De Congo’ comes with the Latin American/Afro vibes, marrying slightly dodgy trumpet trills with frisky drum syncopation and cooler electronics.
DISTANCE
Meanstreak EP
Chestplate
2×12″ // £12.99

Chestplate CEO, DJ Distance delivers his most substantial release since 2008s ‘Repercussions’; four tracks of hi-grade darkside dubstep. Chomping at the bit, his first plate ploughs out the much-anticipated bassbin punisher ‘Meanstreak’ and the lurching Neuro-funk inversion ‘Mind Control’. Second plate, still steaming ‘Drawn’ drags a fetid halfstep carcass over jagged riffage and ‘Knowing’ puts the sleeper hold on with oversized drums and snarling bass in the widest sound-sphere possible….
FUNK ETHICS & LUCID DIRECTIONS
Give (Von D Mix)
Boka Records
12″ // £6.49

Brittle 2-step swing from the Funk Ethics & Lucid Directions alliance, backed by Von D’s warmer, rolling remix. The original’s a neat piece of fractured, minimalist steppers’ soul, kinda from that same vein as Koreless, James Blake or Joy O – all sparing rhythms and fluid vibe convections. The remix fleshes it out for the dance with expanding subbass shapes and more rugged rhythm programming to drive dem bones.
MEMOTONE
Lost Hours EP feat. Leafcutter John
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Sophomore release of melancholic, dynamic Dubstep and beat-driven electronics. Since the release of his debut, also on Black Acre earlier this year, Memotone has picked up big fans at Radio 1 (Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens) and XFM (Mary-Anne Hobbs) of his highly intricate and idiosyncratic rhythms. On the ‘Lost Hours’ EP he links with Leafcutter John for the cutlery percussions of ‘Four Minute Hallway’, sounding uncannily like Jamie xx (in…
METHOD OF DEFIANCE
Dub Arcanum Arcandrum
M.O.D. Technologies
CD // £12.99

Bill Laswell links with Prefuse 73, Mad Professor, Scientist, DJ Krush, Dr. Israel and more to fight the system as Method Of Defiance. In recent years Method Of Defiance has become Bill’s most active unit, finding him honing a harder-edged Electro-Dub/HipHop sound. On ‘Dub Arcanum Arcandrum’ these sounds clash in uncompromising New York style, from Scientist’s KRS-One-debted ‘One World Dub’, through the dynamic prog-hop flux of Prefuse 73/Krush cut ‘Encode…
PHAELEH / DJ MADD
Lament (DJ Madd Mix) / Pitfall (Phaeleh Mix)
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Darkside Dubstep murkage from DJ Madd and Phaeleh. A-side Madd takes on Phaeleh’s ‘Lament’, condensing the bass to a powerful halfstep shudder and putting the grand string chords to great use. Flipside Phaeleh remixes Madd’s ‘Pitfall’ as a brooding, cinematic halfstep beast with surging mid/subs and super-crisp percussion measured for big rigs.
ELECTRONIC
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G.H.
Ground EP
Modern Love
12″ // £7.99

*Modern Love debut from G.H. sounding somewhere between Mika Vainio, Raime and Andy Stott. Limited to 500 copies only for the world* As a member of Pendle Coven and HATE Soundsystem, Gaz Howell has been a mainstay of Modern Love since the label was still in single figures. He’s appeared on some of its deadliest output over the years but the ‘Ground E.P’ is his first solo endeavour to land…
BYETONE
Symeta
Raster Noton
CD // £13.99

Triumphant return to Raster Noton for Byetone, with his first EP/album since his brilliant, name-making Death Of A Typographer. Seven tracks to get your teeth into here, available on both CD and 12″ vinyl, and the most impressive expression yet of this artist’s sleek, dark-hearted techno-not-techno sound. You know you’re in good hands from the opening: ‘Topas’ builds out of caustic glitch into a funked-out 4/4 mantra, and ‘T-E-L-E-G-R-A-M’ restores…
HIVE MIND
Elemental Disgrace (Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition)
Spectrum Spools
LP // £15.99

*Limited Yellow Vinyl* The alarmingly prolific Spectrum Spools delivers another killer, this time from Hive Mind aka Greh Holger. Building on the idiosyncratic sounds of the private press cassettes he’s been banging since 2002, Holger here completely rejects the post-kosmische driftscapes that you probably associate with SS in favour of something substantially more demanding, and rewarding: it’s a noise record, basically, but one of a rare richness and depth, focussed…
RANGERS
Pan Am Stories
NOT NOT FUN
2LP // £19.99

After clocking up huge plaudits from Fact Magazine, The Wire, SImon Reynolds and Altered Zones for their ‘Suburban Tours’ release, Rangers arrives on Not Not Fun with his 2nd album proper, ‘Pan Am Stories’. The mind-child of one Joe Knight, Rangers deal in especially evocative soft-psych charms which share a clear love of ’80s MOR culture with James Ferraro and Ducktails. It’s reflective of the music most Americans (we’d imagine)…
RANGERS
Pan Am Stories
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £11.99

After clocking up huge plaudits from Fact Magazine, The Wire, SImon Reynolds and Altered Zones for their ‘Suburban Tours’ release, Rangers arrives on Not Not Fun with his 2nd album proper, ‘Pan Am Stories’. The mind-child of one Joe Knight, Rangers deal in especially evocative soft-psych charms which share a clear love of ’80s MOR culture with James Ferraro and Ducktails. It’s reflective of the music most Americans (we’d imagine)…
DIRTY PROJECTORS + BJORK
Mount Wittenburg Orca
Domino
LP // £19.99

**Hand-numbered edition on 180g vinyl with 3D lenticular sleeve & deluxe, 12×12″, 12-page insert. Comes with mp3 code redeemable from the label** One of the most talked about collaborations of the last few years finally lands in deluxe fashion. Back in May 2009, following a conversation with Björk about the small Italian theatres where opera was born in the 1500s, Dirty Projector David Longstreth set about writing ‘Mount Wittenburg Orca’,…
DIRTY PROJECTORS + BJORK
Mount Wittenburg Orca
Domino
CD // £9.99

One of the most talked about collaborations of the last few years finally lands in deluxe fashion. Back in May 2009, following a conversation with Björk about the small Italian theatres where opera was born in the 1500s, Dirty Projector David Longstreth set about writing ‘Mount Wittenburg Orca’, his follow-up to the widely cherished ‘Bitte Orca’. A month later it was performed a capella in a Manhattan bookstore – recordings…
EKOCLEF (EKOPLEKZ & BASS CLEF)
Tapeswap
MAGIC & DREAMS
Cassette // £7.49

*Housed in silver letter-pressed heavy card inlay with download code redeemable from the label* Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz cements a solid year, here in collaboration with Ralph Cumbers aka Bassclef. Under the aegis of Ekoclef ‘Tapeswap’ consolidates their differing approaches via the classic means of mailing tapes back and forth, upholding a tradition which has been used since the days of tape networks in the early ’80s and whose DIY…
HAPTIC
Scilens
ENTR’ACTE
CD // £9.99

*Edition of 200 housed in vacuum sealed package* Chicagoan electro-acoustic trio present their 10th release and third full length album. The equipment list for ‘Scilens’ should give some indication of the breadth of sonorities they’re working with: A-Bitrman, Acousticon hearing aid, A-52, air conditioner, bass drum, baoding balls, bows (cello and violin), cassette recorders, contact microphones, crotales, cymbals, DS-1, EHX-2880, e-bow, electric fan, electric bass, fabric, floor tom, found home…
SENKING
Tweek
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Heavy 12” transmission on Raster Noton from Jens Messel following his mighty Pong LP of last year – and that album’s ascetic, decidedly North European response to dubstep’s low end theories. Though Tweek is a homage to the perennially anxious, hyperactive South Park character Tweek Tweak (honestly), the music is anything but jittery – rather it’s a cool, controlled bass offensive, admittedly shot through with the requisite paranoia. The icily…
GOLD PANDA
DJ-Kicks
K7
CD // £9.99

It might be just my imagination but from where I’m sitting it seems like DJs are digging deeper these days. Not just picking out more obscure gems for our listening pleasure, but really mixing things up – and Gold Panda’s entry in the long-running DJ Kicks series is a great example of this. Blending contemporary bass music with old classics is one thing, but once you throw in some brooding…
PHOENECIA
Demissions
Schematic
CD // £11.99

*The long-awaited return of Warp luminaries and intricate electronic pioneers – Phoenecia.* Phoenicia, or Joshua Kay and Romulo Del Castillo (fka Soul Oddity) present their long-awaited new album with the hollowed, abstract electro-acoustic rhythm architecture of ‘Demissions’. The complexities of ‘Two-Part Invention For Bodhran & Computer’ open proceedings with dynamic manipulations of classic gaelic percussion acrobatically twisting for over 12 minutes like some extended Autechre exercise in hyperspace. Further in…
HYPE WILLIAMS
Untitled
Carnivals
LP // £15.99

**Much-needed repress of the first Hype Williams LP. Limited edition of 500** Chances are it’s already sold old by the time you’re reading this, but nevertheless, this is your chance to grab a copy of one of the most talked about debuts of the last few years. Like most of us, you’ll probably recognise a couple of cuts from their youtube videos, but the one’s we don’t know are pretty…
TARWATER
Silur (2011 Edition)
Gusstaff Records
CD // £10.99

*One of the most beautiful and cinematic albums to have emerged from the late 90’s Berlin scene – finally available again.* ‘Silur’ was the third ‘proper’ album from Tarwater, the duo of Berndt Jestram and Ronald Lippok (To Rococo Rot) and to our mind – the pinnacle of their lengthy recording career to date. Although in recent years the duo have angled towards more of a poppy sound, back in…
TARWATER
11/6 12/10 (2011 Edition)
Gusstaff Records
CD // £10.99

The first Tarwater album, finally available again after years in the out-of-print wilderness. Now reissued on Gusstaff.
TARWATER
Rabbit Moon Revisited (2011 Edition)
Gusstaff Records
CD // £10.99

Tarwater’s 1998 album finally available again after years in the out-of-print wilderness. Now reissued on Gusstaff.
TARWATER
Dwellers On The Threshold (2011 Edition)
Gusstaff Records
CD // £10.99

*2011 reissue on Gusstaff* Another gorgeous hybrid of electronic structures, accoustic washes and vocal pop from To Rococo Rot’s bastard brother of a band – Tarwater. Following on from the cinematic expanses of the ‘Silur’ album and the poppier edge of ‘Suns, Animals, Atoms’, ‘Dwellers..’ finds itself sitting magnificently inbetween the two – exploring multi-layered instrumentation augmented by electronic manipulation and Ronald Lippok’s awkward, mesmerisng voice. Tracks like ‘1985’ ooze…
TARWATER
Animals, Suns & Atoms (2011 Edition)
Gusstaff Records
CD // £10.99

*2011 Edition – now reissued on Gusstaff* Some vintage Tarwater sounds here: Animals, Suns & Atoms first surfaced at the turn of the century. After finding themselves on the receiving end of some generous praise for their debut album “Silur”, the band returned with a similarly confident set of electronic pop songs, this time squeezed into a heavier, more densely packed sound. After the vocoder introduction of ‘K.R.?L.E.G.’ the pulsing…
TARWATER
1996-2002
Gusstaff Records
5CD BOX // £39.99

Special edition box set featuring the 5 Tarwater albums reissued on Gusstaff.
MUSLIMGAUZE
A.P. Reworks Muslimgauze
Staalplaat
12″ // £11.99

*Edition of 300 copies only* The legacy of Muslimgauze is handled with reverent care and attention by Anders Peterson on four deeply atmospheric reworks for Staalplaat. Also known as Relapxych.0, Peterson was undertaking a large-scale project transferring and remastering the stockpile of unreleased Muslimgauze gear when he was tasked to apply his sought-after studio skills (favoured by V.O.D and Staalplaat) to these four archival pieces. In effect, Anders amplifies and…
ONEOHTRIX / LEYLAND KIRBY / BIOSPHERE / VARIOUS
Air Texture Volume I: Compiled by bvdub and Andrew Thomas
Air Texture
2CD // £12.99

It’s only just stuck me how few compilations there are around these days, especially when you’re talking about electronic music. Only a mere ten years ago compilations were pretty much how you discovered new artists, and now they’re few and far between. ‘Air Texture Vol.1’, curated by Kompakt’s Andrew Thomas and Home Normal’s bvdub, reminds me of those Merck and Neo Ouija compilations of days gone by, maybe melted together…
PURITY SUPREME
Always Already
Ash International
Mini LP // £8.99

Curious new offering from the reliably curious Ash International, affiliated to Touch. It’s a collaboration between American artist Leslie Winer – who you may remember for her cult 90s album Witch, a smoked-out, jazz-inflected pop record that’s now regarded as a precursor to the trip-hop sound that emerged in Bristol soon after; she’s also written lyrics for Grace Jones and contributed vocals to the music of Jon Hassell, Holger Hiller…
DECIMUS
Decimus 3
KELIPPAH
LP // £18.99

**Limited to 300 copies in hand painted jackets** You never know where Pat Murano is going with the Decimus series, but we’re quite happy to follow his psychedelic dérive wherever he wants to take us. This one starts out with what sounds like the looped and panned resonance of a low-bit rate internet stream over murky bass splodges, building and receding just out of focus to a mind-swilling kosmische swirl…
DECIMUS
Decimus 8
KELIPPAH
LP // £18.99

**Limited to 300 copies in hand painted jackets* No Neck Blues Band guy Pat Murano heads deeper into the cosmos with the latest in his head-swallowing ‘Decimus’ series. There’s an ostensible clarity to this installment distinguishing it from previous editions, with almost baroque synth work percolating through the first side before it cascades into billowing, blown-out distortion and physically wrenched drones, like being expanded and contracted by massive gravitational forces…
KLAUS RODER
Kristallisationen
PLANAM
LP // £18.99

*Edition of 300, with inserts of compositional diagrams and schedules* ‘Kristallisation’ is a fascinating collection of advanced minimalist concrete and collage experimentation by a former Kraftwerk member and guitar/electronics virtuoso. He’s best known for his work on Kraftwerk’s classic ‘Autobahn’ LP, but here Klaus showcases his intriguing solo endeavours, ranging from disciplined dynamic minimalist arrangements to plunderphonic cut-ups of children singing and German pop hits of the 1970s and 1980s…
KLAUS RODER
Kristallisationen 2
PLANAM
LP // £18.99

*Edition of 300* Another captivating side of multi-disciplined musique concrète/cut-up electronics/synthesized psychedelia by the former Kraftwerk member. ‘Kristallisationen 2’ comprises a further four compositions using his “small sound particle” processes to construct fluidly moving, kaleidoscopic soundscapes, mixing and morphing realistic field recordings with electric guitar, computer and synthesizers in strange and dynamic formations. Opening the A-side is the palette cleanser ‘Frozen Sounds’ from 2002, carving a range of rich electro-acoustic…
DNTEL
Life Is Full of Possibilities (Deluxe Edition)
SUB POP
2LP // £12.99

*Deluxe edition of this classic album, with a download code to redeem extras + new remixes* Lovely to see this absolute belter of an album re-issued and available once more, as it just happens to be an old office favourite from back in the day. ‘Life is Full of Possibilities’ was one of the most successful meldings of indie and electronic music we’d ever heard back then, and to be…
DNTEL
Life Is Full of Possibilities (Deluxe Edition)
SUB POP
2CD // £10.99

Lovely to see this absolute belter of an album re-issued and available once more, as it just happens to be an old office favourite from back in the day. ‘Life is Full of Possibilities’ was one of the most successful meldings of indie and electronic music we’d ever heard back then, and to be quite honest it still sounds fresh to this day. Producer Jimmy Tamborello and vocalist Ben Gibbard…
QLUSTER
Rufen
Bureau B
CD // £10.99

The second in a proposed trilogy of albums from Qluster (original Cluster member Hans Joachim Roedelius and Onnen Bock), ‘Rufen’ is a selection of live recordings from the recently established duo. Interestingly the two musicians have shunned digital music here, and use an arsenal of analogue synthesizers and acoustic instruments to conjure up their delicious soupy drones. You should know what to expect from Roedelius at this point and he…
QLUSTER
Rufen
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The second in a proposed trilogy of albums from Qluster (original Cluster member Hans Joachim Roedelius and Onnen Bock), ‘Rufen’ is a selection of live recordings from the recently established duo. Interestingly the two musicians have shunned digital music here, and use an arsenal of analogue synthesizers and acoustic instruments to conjure up their delicious soupy drones. You should know what to…
ROEDELIUS / SCHNEIDER
Stunden
Bureau B
CD // £12.99

Here’s a collaboration that should prick everyone’s ears up; Cluster maestro Hans-Joachim Roedelius and To Rococo Rot’s Stefan Schneider. ‘Stunden’ is billed as a meeting of Kraut rock old and new, and I can hardly dispute that. While I’ve never really thought of To Rococo Rot as Kraut rock (they rock very quietly, after all) it makes sense – and this meeting of old and new is at the heart…
ROEDELIUS / SCHNEIDER
Stunden
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Here’s a collaboration that should prick everyone’s ears up; Cluster maestro Hans-Joachim Roedelius and To Rococo Rot’s Stefan Schneider. ‘Stunden’ is billed as a meeting of Kraut rock old and new, and I can hardly dispute that. While I’ve never really thought of To Rococo Rot as Kraut rock (they rock very quietly, after all) it makes sense – and this meeting…
LOW BIAS
The Ash and the Oak
TRACE RECORDINGS
CD // £10.99

Former Rothko frontman Mark Beazley presents his new project Low Bias alongside post-punk percussionist and composer Graham Dowdall. Since the quiet departure of Rothko in 2010, both Mark and Graham have updated their respective, timeless yet forward-looking sound with rich electronica elements placing them only blocks away from the same patch of scorched ground recently raked over by the resuscitated Ike Yard. But Low Bias is an instrumental outfit, and…
CHAIRMAN KATO / EKOPLEKZ / ANDRES
Science & Romance EP
ROBOT MONK
12″ // £7.99

Offbeat electronics with well-appointed remixes from Ekoplekz and Detroit’s Andres. After emerging earlier this year with a well received EP for Pictures Music, Kato has quickly established a robust, intricate sound hovering somewhere between the likes of Loops Haunt and Lorn. The remixers are possibly more intriguing, though. A-side Ekoplekz turns ‘Usual Drama’ into a dub-spooked hall of mirrors sounding like it could have come from a smoked out Schnitzler…
NAOTO TAGUCHI
Nostalgia
NOMADIC KIDS REPUBLIC
CD // £7.49

Exquisite, crystalline electronica from Sapporo-born, Tokyo-residing musician/designer Naoto Taguchi. Most strikingly, Naoto’s first international release really stands out from the rest of the Nomadic Kids Republic roster, reversing the trend for sanguine drone bliss-outs with something more kinetic, quirky and texturally detailed. Throughout ‘Nostalgia’ Naoto finds an enjoyable balance between filigree micro-rhythmic textures and arrangements, and more plangent electronics tonalities, structuring highly dextrous and often exceptionally cute musical figurines which…
EXTREME / NOISE
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M.B. (MAURIZIO BIANCHI)
Mectpyo Blut
Marquis Records
2LP // £29.99

**Maurizio Bianchi with this double gatefold, red vinyl, edition of 300. First issued as a private press in 1980. Severely creepy, unheimlich noise violence with buried structures** “Mectypho/Blut consists of two targic sections imbued with synthetic chloroform: the 1st, “Maidenek Bakterium / Musique Belzec”, exhales an icy atmosphere conveying a sense of mystery and annihilation. The 2nd, “Mutant Brain / Mord Banhof” assembled the most disparate electro-hypnotic levitations into a…
M.B. (MAURIZIO BIANCHI)
Mectpyo Box
Mectpyo Sound
10 X CD BOX SET // £109.99

“Exclusive presentation of the complete M.B. / Maurizio Bianchi recordings from the early 1980s originally issued on LP. Starting from Sterile Records’ “Symphony for a Genocide” to Broken Flag’s “The Plain Truth”, passing through DYS’ “Mectpyo Bakterium” and all the records privately issued by M.B. on his Mectpyo Sound. A slipcase with 10 CDs reproducing the 10 LP issued between 1981 and 1984, plus all the tracks by M.B. from…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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DARK CAPTAIN
Dead Legs & Alibis
LOAF
CD // £10.99

Dark Captain make shimmering experimental folk, and give it the kind of epic scope we last witnessed in the days of post rock. That’s no bad thing either; with the grandiose wail of Godspeed and the heart and soul of Fairport Convention the band are on to something really special, and coming from the LOAF camp you know you’re in for a delicious treat. Somehow there’s a very defiant British…
LUX HARMONIUM
The Bones You Break
Static Caravan
7″ // £3.99

**Edition of 350 with screened stickers** “Like the unearthing of an Alan Lomax recording or a gem from some back-room of Cecil Sharpe house; Luke Jones’ Lux Harmonium is doubtless to be cited next to modern day guitar virtuoso’ James Blackshaw, Glenn Jones or the late Jack Rose. Details are few (seemingly intentional) but this double A-side is handpicked from an album of recordings by the Devon based Luke Jones….
SHE & HIM
A Very She & Him Christmas
DOUBLE SIX
LP // £10.99

**Red Vinyl** “A Very She & Him Christmas is a collection of festive tunes from Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him). Inspired by seminal seasonal albums by the likes of The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more, She & Him create an intimate recording of Christmas classics that help bring new emotions out of old songs. Recorded in Los Angeles and NYC at various points…
VARIOUS / RIF MOUNTAIN
The Inner Octave
RIF MOUNTAIN
CD // £5.49

“The Inner Octave is the first label sampler from the Rif Mountain collective. It gathers together 18 tracks, comprising highlights of the label’s first 18 months, plus several tracks from forthcoming releases, along with plenty of rare/unreleased recordings. The music on offer here represents the wealth of talent involved with the label, from the pure unadorned stylings of Nancy Wallace, to the dark, fuzz-fuelled folk-rock of The Owl Service; from…
HIP HOP
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MF DOOM
Operation: Doomsday (2011 Deluxe Edition)
Metal Face
2CD // £13.99

‘Operation: Doomsday’ has floated in and out of print since its original 1999 pressing on famed New York label Fondle ‘Em, attaining mythical status amongst underground fans as one of the landmark releases of the decade, showcasing MF Doom’s abstract wordplay, pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and alcohol drenched stream-of-consciousness flows over adventurous sample-based production. The album’s impact steadily grew to alter the landscape of hip hop as it was…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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STEPHAN MATHIEU
Flags
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Cassette only – limited edition of 200 copies* Intensely visceral electro-acoustic sound designs on The Tapeworm. If you’ve only become familiar with Stephan Mathieu’s opulent soundscapes like ‘Radioland’ or his Dekorder 10″s in recent years, then it’s probably about time you checked his more challenging digital compositions, and this is a great place to start. We best let Stephan sum this one up: “Flags is a homage to the beauty…
THE BOATS
The Ballad Of The Eagle
Our Small Ideas
CD // £7.99

*Hand-stamped sleeve – Strictly limited copies only* Perfectly poised for autumnal gratification, The Boats present their first new material in a while with new album ‘The Ballad Of The Eagle’. They’re still a trio – Andrew Hargreaves, Craig Tattersall and Danny Norbury – and ever refining their craft to a sort of ritual somnambulant magic. For this outing they’re also augmented by two special contributions, Yasuhiko Fukuzono’s vocals and Joseph…
HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR
Without Sinking (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Touch
2LP // £15.99

**Now available on vinyl for the 1st time in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, with 3 bonus tracks not on the CD** Hildur Gudnadottir is a gifted cellist with an impressive history of collaborations that includes work with Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Johann Johannsson, Skúli Sverrisson and Ben Frost among many others, as well as being a member of Iceland’s notable Kitchen Motors collective. She first came to our attention on…
PETER BRODERICK
Old Time / Solace In Gala
ERASED TAPES
7″ // £7.49

Serving as a taster for Peter Broderick’s forthcoming ‘Music for Confluence’ LP, ‘Old Time’ acts as a delicate and gorgeous look at one of our favourite purveyors of home-spun pop music. Haunting and beautiful, it shows exactly why we fell in love with Peter’s music in the first place, and should have fans of the fantastic ‘Home’ LP quivering with joy. While billed as a ‘double A side’, there’s an…
ILLUHA
Shizuku
12K
CD // £7.99

Continuing 12k’s journey into the world of subtle yet extremely beautiful instrumental music, ‘Shizuku’ comes from two musicians based in Tokyo; Corey Fuller and Tomoyashi Date. The album was recorded in a one hundred year old church, and while the sounds might be extremely low-key, their impact is amplified many times by the sheer reverberating grandeur of the space in which it was recorded. Haunted analog synthesizer tones sit like…
DAVID WENNGREN & CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE
The Meridians of Longitude and Parallels of Latitude
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

David Wenngren (aka Library Tapes) is no slouch when it comes to releases, the Swedish chap has amassed so many recordings it’s hard to keep track, but this particular album is a little different. That’s probably down to the involvement of Canadian Christopher Bissonnette, who released the gorgeous and understated ‘In Between Words’ on Kranky a while back. The restrained and elegant ambience of that underrated album translates perfectly to…
MAPS AND DIAGRAMS
The Town Beneath The Sea
NOMADIC KIDS REPUBLIC
CD // £7.49

“So there I am sat at work one day, minding my own business, when I get this email, all humble-like and asking if I would mind checking out not one record, but two. The email was from a certain Tim Martin who just so happens to be a co-worker of mine and a very good friend, but who I was pretty sure didn’t play music unless he was drunk and…
POLAR M
Northern Birds
NOMADIC KIDS REPUBLIC
CD // £7.49

“Polar M is the solo project of Masumi Muranaka who resides in Kyoto, Japan. His soundscapes are created mostly by electric guitar, and he is also a guitarist for musicians of various genres in Japan. In 2010, he took part in the recording of Rimaconas album and is a long-term collaborator and friend of Marihiko Hara. Apart from his own work being regularly played in local cafes, apparel shops, exhibitions…
MARK TEMPLETON
Mort Aux Vaches
Mort Aux Vaches
CD // £15.99

*3-panel micro-wave cover, pyrography on the front side and hand-stamped inside 500 copies only!*
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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ZS
33
NORTHERN SPY
2×7″ // £9.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Avant heavyweights ZS bring you a rare four-sided vinyl dreamscape of thunderous bass and infectious rhythm with their debut recording for Northern Spy. As you flip the wax from side to side, the picking and popping of this abstract dub will clean your brain and push you to the brink of dance and transcendental bliss. The limited edition double 7”is encased in…
ALVARIUS B
Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset
Abduction
CD // £14.99

*Essential CD reissue of this long out-of-print LP-only 2005 classic of dark ballads and vagrant story lines from the mythical Alvarius B – comes in a CD tri-fold digipak with booklet of song lyrics* Cryptic & twisted folk songs are the order of the day with a dash of baroque Italian cinema tics. The backing band on these recordings includes Eyvind Kang, Tim Young and Richard Bishop. Alvarius B. is…
REAL ESTATE
Days
Domino
Cassette // £6.99

*Limited edition version on cassette – The dream pop teaming of Alex Bleeker (of …And The Freaks), Matthew Mondanile (Ducktails), and Martin Courtney present their widely anticipated (semi) Big label album ‘Days’. “Recorded in Upstate New York through the late winter/spring of 2011 with Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus), Days is a gorgeous suite of timelessly melodic, achingly melancholy pop songs and a delightfully confident follow-up to 2009’s exceptionally…
MOON DUO
Horror Tour
Souterrain Transmissions
12″ // £6.99

Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada (both of Wooden Shjips) follow up their widely acclaimed ‘Mazes’ ace with four new psych jams. They play it slow like they mean it on ‘Horror Tour’, and really stretch out Krautrock styles on the Can-like ten minute odyssey ‘Sickener’, whereas ‘Causing A Rainbow’ is a nicely measured earful of kosmiche rock positivity. Excellent artwork from John Savwo, too.
MAGAZINE
No Thyself
WIRE-SOUND
LP // £19.99

**Now on vinyl** “‘No Thyself’, the first new material in 30 years from the connoisseur’s choice, Magazine. Magazine front man, Howard Devoto, co-formed Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley after the pair travelled down to London to see the Sex Pistols in early 1976 and promoted the now legendary Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs. Devoto left in 1977, after releasing the seminal ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP and created Magazine. Magazine went on…
BABY DEE
Baby Dee Goes Down To Amsterdam
TIN ANGEL
2CD // £13.99

“Dee’s second release of 2011 – a double CD that captures her travels across Europe with three of her favourite boys to a destination that’s dear to her heart: Amsterdam. The recording is of particular importance as she performs here on her ‘Rolls Royce choice of piano’, the Steinway D Grand. A first in her vast collection of albums, this is a live recording for the Holland Festival of a…
LIKE A STUNTMAN
YOY
Bureau B
CD // £11.99

On their third full-length, Hamburg-based Like A Stuntman follow the promise of ‘Original Bedouin Culture’ and have created a concise collection of modern, abstract electronic pop. A far cry from the cold-wave minimalism that has become the norm, ‘Yoy’ (or Why Oh Why) is produced with the kind of Germanic prowess you’d rather expect to hear from Pole or the Basic Channel camp, yet it’s pop music. Not radio music,…
LIKE A STUNTMAN
YOY
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** On their third full-length, Hamburg-based Like A Stuntman follow the promise of ‘Original Bedouin Culture’ and have created a concise collection of modern, abstract electronic pop. A far cry from the cold-wave minimalism that has become the norm, ‘Yoy’ (or Why Oh Why) is produced with the kind of Germanic prowess you’d rather expect to hear from Pole or the Basic Channel…
MATTHEW FRIEDBERGER
Death In Life
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

“Matthew Friedberger is one half of The Fiery Furnaces, the band he runs with his sister Eleanor. ‘Death-In-Life’ is the fifth of six full length albums Matthew Friedberger will release in 2011 as part of his ‘Solos’ series, in which he plays only a single given instrument per album (though not necessarily the same actual individual example of the single given instrument). This album features Matt’s voice and organ.”
PATTERNS
Induction
Melodic
7″ // £4.49

**Clear Vinyl – Includes digital download coupon redeemable from the label**
THE AMAZING
Gentle Stream
Subliminal Sounds
CD // £12.99

What is it with Swedes and folk rock eh? For some reason they’ve always done it so well, and The Amazing are the latest band to attempt the style and get it bob on. With the kind of alluring jangle Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young spent years perfecting, The Amazing have a lot going for them. Everything sounds so soft and well-rounded, and there’s just enough endearing Swedish twang in…
THE AMAZING
Gentle Stream
Subliminal Sounds
LP // £19.99

What is it with Swedes and folk rock eh? For some reason they’ve always done it so well, and The Amazing are the latest band to attempt the style and get it bob on. With the kind of alluring jangle Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young spent years perfecting, The Amazing have a lot going for them. Everything sounds so soft and well-rounded, and there’s just enough endearing Swedish twang in…
TOTAL ABUSE
Prison Sweat
Post Present Medium
LP // £10.99

“On their third LP – ‘Prison Sweat’ – Total Abuse blast and sometimes almost sludge through seven tracks of great hardcore punk (with two tracks reaching over the 7 minute mark). Opening with an opus of blistering, seething, crunching noise then bursting into tracks that are as catchy and nauseous as their influences, this is Total Abuse at their best and most ferociously open. Total Abuse posses an honesty and…
JAZZ / RELATED
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THE NECKS
Mindset
ReR
CD // £11.99

24 years and 16 albums into an estimable career, The Necks present two engrossing longform tracks, comprising their first major release since 2009s ‘Silverwater’. On ‘Mindset’ Jazz, drone and electronic soundscaping coalesce into something far, far greater than the sum of their elements, creating a multi-tiered, organically shifting mass of piano, bass and drums knitted with subtle but crucial synthesis and FX to hypnotise and leave us frankly dazzled. The…
THE NECKS
Mindset
ReR
LP // £15.99

24 years and 16 albums into an estimable career, The Necks present two engrossing longform tracks, comprising their first major release since 2009s ‘Silverwater’. On ‘Mindset’ Jazz, drone and electronic soundscaping coalesce into something far, far greater than the sum of their elements, creating a multi-tiered, organically shifting mass of piano, bass and drums knitted with subtle but crucial synthesis and FX to hypnotise and leave us frankly dazzled. The…
KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF
Teufelskamin
Staubgold Digital
LP // £14.99

The jazzy Germans return on this new LP with a slightly more upbeat sound thanks to the inclusion of lilting female vocals. While this might shock those of you looking for jazz’s darker realms, it adds a humanity to Kammerflimmer’s motoric sound, and a refreshing lightness to the proceedings. The band are still focused on the cinematic, with deep subtle electronic textures and blues-drenched guitar lines that sound like they’ve…
KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF
Teufelskamin
Staubgold Digital
CD // £10.99

The jazzy Germans return on this new LP with a slightly more upbeat sound thanks to the inclusion of lilting female vocals. While this might shock those of you looking for jazz’s darker realms, it adds a humanity to Kammerflimmer’s motoric sound, and a refreshing lightness to the proceedings. The band are still focused on the cinematic, with deep subtle electronic textures and blues-drenched guitar lines that sound like they’ve…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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B-KEY
The Core / Scatter
SCIENTIFIC WAX
12″ // £6.49

*Strictly limited edition. Plays inside out* Murderous jungle pressure from B-Key following his ace Scientific Wax 10″. A-side goes from the light – a sweetly melancholic intro – into spring-heeled darkside jungle syncopation finished for a proper, hard-bodied flex. Flipside ‘Scatter’ is built ruffer and more rugged, kinda like some late ’90s warehouse tackle from the Tech Itch lockup.
CALIBRE
Reno / All Day
COMPUTER INTEGRATED AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Sleek Liquid rollers set in motion by Calibre. A-side side is the mystical rollidge of ‘Reno’ and its high-pressure subliminal bass waves, while ‘All Day’ is more a minimal jungle stepper with finely dubbed surface elements and a masterful groove control.
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS / CALIBRE
Garden (Calibre Mixes)
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £6.99

Calibre lends his effervescent Liquid D&B touch to TEED’s ‘Garden’ in two version. The straight remix deftly uses the original vocal on a light and skippy groover, whereas the dub lowers the bass and smudges the vocal to slightly heavier effect.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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DOUGLAS GREED
KRL
Freude Am Tanzen
LP // £14.99

Freunde Am Tanzen’s flagbearer for their poppier output presents his debut album. Vocal collaborations are a prominent feature – over half the twelve tracks are more “song” based – but well measured against his tugging, mid-tempo grooves. Fans of Apparat should check this out.
EXTRAWELT
In Aufruhr
Cocoon Recordings
CD // £9.99

Hamburg’s business class Techno duo deliver their anticipated 2nd album for Cocoon. Since their 2005 debut, Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe have been seen healthy demand for their robustly functional productions and with ‘In Aufruhr’ they’ve honed their formula to a widely appealing electronic dancefloor sound. As an album, ‘In Aufruhr’ showcases the breadth of their styles, from funked-up, glitchy rollers like ‘The Next Little Thing’ through cooler breakbeat ravers…
TINI
Tessa
Desolat Music
CD // £9.99

“Desolat present the debut album from tINI, an integral member of the Desolat family since 2009. Her album is named “Tessa”, after a music-loving friend who supported her transformation as a producer and DJ. Her version of house music is still representative of her wired-up DJ sets, but there’s a new spaciousness and urban gleam to these moods, filtered through the more laid back, surreal atmospheres of the island of…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Bollywood Bloodbath (Vinyl Edition)
Finders Keepers Records
LP // £13.99

**Immense collection of exquisite Bollywood horror-funk themes reclaimed by the FK crew – hugely recommended!** After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Keepers unveil one of their most essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay’s bloodthirsty horror film…
VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Life Is Dance (Vinyl Edition)
Finders Keepers Records
2LP // £13.99

**Hugely anticipated collection of extraordinary Pakistani film music. Bursting with excitable indigenous percussion, crazy synth fills, exotic vocals and dazzling arrangements made to own the dancefloor!** “Once again, Finders Keepers Record is given unparalleled access to the EMI Pakistan vaults to bring you Life Is Dance – the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed groundbreaking Lollywood cinematic pop compendium The Sound Of Wonder! Here you’ll find fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced-out and…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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THROBBING GRISTLE
The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
Industrial Records Ltd
2CD // £11.99

“For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl – The…
THROBBING GRISTLE
The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (2011 Edition)
Industrial Records Ltd
LP // £12.99

“For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG’s first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit ‘baked tape’ digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl – The…
SEAHAWKS & AUTRE NE VEUT
Don’s Rainbow
Ocean Moon
7″ // £7.99

*Limited edition, heavyweight vinyl* Right, this is a bit good – Autre Ne Veut singing for Seahawks – yes please! ‘Don’s Rainbow’ is the first salted Boogie smack to be air-lifted from the new Seahawks album ‘Invisible Sunrise’ and pairs captain Jon Tye with a full band backing for the first time. The result sounds something like a long lost Arthur Russell dub, had he aimed for the billboard top…
VARIOUS
Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12inch Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987
Strut
CD // £11.49

Strut Records’ crucial compendium of Factory’s lesser-known, deadly dancefloor killers trustingly collected by the legendary Bill Brewster – 24 in total spanning definitive early-mid ’80s music by Section 25, The Durutti Column, Marcel King, Quando Quango, Biting Tongues and many more. They span the nascent years of the influential Manchester label, charting the double refraction of cutting-edge dancefloor ideas between Cottonopolis and New York which followed the flight paths of…
CLASS ACTRESS
Rapprocher
Carpark Records
CD // £8.99

Billed as Brooklyn’s nouveau Madonna, Class Actress (or Elizabeth Harper to her mates) is the latest in the production line of sleazy electro-tinged ladies with a penchant for that 80s blue neon and dry ice we’ve all almost forgotten. Coming after Glass Candy, Desire and Nite Jewel there’s a lot for Harper to prove in a well represented genre, but where her peers angle their sounds towards the flicker and…
CLASS ACTRESS
Rapprocher
Carpark Records
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Billed as Brooklyn’s nouveau Madonna, Class Actress (or Elizabeth Harper to her mates) is the latest in the production line of sleazy electro-tinged ladies with a penchant for that 80s blue neon and dry ice we’ve all almost forgotten. Coming after Glass Candy, Desire and Nite Jewel there’s a lot for Harper to prove in a well represented genre, but where her…
SUMMER CAMP
Welcome to Condale
Apricot
CD // £9.99

Sounding like an 80s teen movie soundtrack, Summer Camp clearly aren’t afraid of wearing their hearts on their sleeve. The duo might not be the Swedish 14 yr old love story they were initially hoped to be, but their retrograde power pop has more than enough jangling dry-ice laced charm to keep things interesting. It’s almost like the demonic offspring of Autre Ne Veut and Washed Out – there’s a…
BLUE ON BLUE
Blue On Blue EP
TIP TOP RECORDINGS
12″ // £4.99

Impressive eponymous debut from this East London duo, including the outstanding lead track ‘We Never Sleep’ – already a staple of the XFM playlist. Blue On Blue – or Dee Sada and Billy Steiger to their mums – have hatched a very neat fusion of Coldwave and Shoegaze memes with their first record, honing a pop-focused yet subtly esoteric sound. The highlight is undoubtedly ‘We Never Sleep’, eking a gap…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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JEFF MILLS
Fantastic Voyage
Axis
2CD // £19.99

To our delight, Jeff Mills once again indulges his passion for classic sci-fi with this 2CD re-imagining of the score to Harry Kleiner’s titular ’66 flick. It follows his ‘Cyborg 2087’ recreation and imaginary soundtracks for ‘The Power’ and ‘The Occurence’ with a deep voyage of discovery. But unlike the aforementioned, the original film plot – about a team of scientists who’re miniaturized and dispatched inside a human body to…
SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
The Pathway To Tiraquon 6
R&S Records
2×12″ // £14.49

A new album from Belfast’s cosmic techno prince SDC, supposedly a mere taster for his upcoming LP proper. One way or the other, the material on here is of the very highest quality. It showcases the producer’s enormous gift for star-dusted melodies and the warmest analogue synthesis imaginable, and though there’s a knowing camp that would be anathema to Mad Mike, we’re reminded again and again of Underground Resistance. Many…
MALVOEAUX
Broken Anthem
100% Silk
12″ // £9.99

*Swit swoo – flash new foil-embossed disco bag from the mighty 100% silk!* 100% take it down town with four tracks of flaunting, French-style filter House from Jason Letkiewicz (Steve Summers/Innergaze). The mid-90s spirit of Thomas Bangaltar, Dimitri From Paris or DJ Sneak is crossed with the raw EQ’ing of Jamal Moss’ Members Only series for a proper knob-tweaking session bound to have mascara dripping and chest hairs glistening. A-side…
JOHN BELTRAN
Beautiful Robots EP
Styrax
12″ // £7.99

**Clear Vinyl** Unreservedly utopian Techno from Detroit veteran, John Beltran. A-side is given the impeccably palindromic title track, sweeping us from heavenly pads and kaotic string harmonies through rippling 909 rhythms and back again, like some ultra-smooth loop on the 313 monorail. B-side ‘What Took You So Long’ arrives with exceptionally frothy rhythm programming, piquant, zig-zagging melodies and sighing pads, whereas ‘Beauty Of Life’ is left for the spiritualists with…
TAYLOR DEUPREE
Focux
LANTERN
CD // £11.99

Well I never expected to see these tracks appear again, and it’s a pleasure to see them available once more. Those of you with some advanced knowledge might know that Taylor Deupree (he of 12k fame) cut his teeth crafting minimal techno under a variety of different monikers (Alphabet Flasher, Prototype 909, Human Mesh Dance). Of course this was so long ago that minimal techno (as it is now, at…
OMAR S
High School Graffiti
Scion Audio/Visual
2LP // £19.99

**One green-marbled and one pink-marbled vinyl** Omar S continues a fruitful relationship with Scion A/V (something tells us there’s a car connection there somewhere) on five full-phat trax for the ‘High School Graffiti’ session. Firstly, there’s at least three tracks on here which the Omar-S heads will be freaking over; you must check the wobbly acid churn of ‘Gunup Runup’, the exceptionally weighty bass and gliding keys of ‘My Naffew…
MARCELUS / SIGHA / VARIOUS
Inertia #2: Resisting Routine
Ann Aimee
12″ // £7.99

Part two of a 4 x 12″ Ann Aimee series presenting diverse and solid Techno from respected producers. There’s a couple of heavyweights on this one: hotly-tipped Parisian Marcellus pumps out the skipping mechanics of ’24/7′ and Area Forty_One frightens with the frozen reverbs and physicality of ‘C.N.T.C.T.’. Elsewhere there’s a grungy schaffel groove from Redshape and monotone repetitions from London’s Sigha. One for the DJs and the connoisseurs.
PORTABLE
Into Infinity
Perlon
CD // £9.99

‘Into Infinity’ is Alan Abrahams’ fifth album as Portable (he’s also known as Bodycode), and his first in at least four years. As was hinted with his excellent pair of singles for Perlon, he’s moving further towards a high-class fusion of leftfield Pop and Hi-Tech, Afro-rooted House music with this killer album. He’s aided by longtime collaborator and co-owner of Süd Electronic, Lakuti aka Lerato Khati, and fellow Berlin resident…
THE BLACK DOG
Liber Dogma
Soma
CD // £8.99

Following a run of ambient and drone-oriented full-lengths, The Black Dog get their rave on for Liber Dogma, a 12-track collection of square-jawed techno for the club. Within that remit it’s a varied affair, from the skipping electro syncopations of ‘Dark Wave Creeping’, which nods to their Artificial Intelligence days, via the dark post-punk minimal of ‘The Death Ov The Black Sun’ and contoured tech-house jack of ‘Drop Kick Kali’,…
ELIPHINO
More Than Me
Somethinksounds.
12″ // £6.99

Fresh from drops on Brownswood and Hoya: Hoya, Eliphino hits strident form with three heavy hitters for Somethink. Hitting the groove somewhere between Floating Points and Deadboy, the title track reconstitutes elements of tranced-out ’90s House, Garage and electronica in one ‘floor-owning piece of slow 2-step melancholy. In a grubbier mood, ‘I-Played’ comes with stronger New jersey House vibes, syncing deep, swinging drums and bass with hypnotic melodic loops for…
L-VIS 1990
Neon Dreams
PMR Records
2LP // £18.99

*Deluxe 2LP edition – finally in stock* Three years since triggering a avalanche of House music into the UK underground, the Night Slugs co-owner drops his debut album. The title, ‘Neon Dreams’ succinctly captures the spirit of the times; the yearning for a sense of retro-futurist sophistication, synthesized nocturnal fantasy space and sexed-up groove. It’s aspirational music, coke and moet, not spliffs and red stripe, and hence a very “London”…
IVANO TETELEPTA
Smokin’ G (Analogue Cops Mix)
FEAR OF FLYING
12″ // £6.99

Smooth and bumpy House grooves from Fear Of Flying’s new Dutch signing, backed with a dry and dirty jackin’ remix by The Analogue Cops. A-side is all about the neatly tucked bass syncopation, designed to tug at the buttcheeks anywhere it’s dropped, while the flipside ‘Flowers’ is a cooler, crisper Deep House player. For contrast The Analogue Cops step in with a more bruising, scuffed-up remix with some raw old-skool…
GERRY READ
We Are / Narry
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Unique minimalist Tech-House sound designs from the increasingly on-point Gerry Read for Ramp’s Fourth Wave offshoot. With ‘We Are’ Read slips somewhere between the texturhythms of Matthew Herbert or Farben and the low-slung swing of Joy O and Theo Parrish, all simulated surfaces and speaker-pushing bass shapes with a real crispy shake. Flipside with ‘Narry’ the Herbert analogue is clearly apparent on a nudged, looping House groove with bags of…
WILLIE BURNS
Willie Burns
Creme Organization
12″ // £7.99

Willie Burns aka Grackle and Galaxy Toobin’ Gang, among others, does the business with four tracks of Deeper, synth’d-out House for the infamous Creme Organization ahead of his NNF release. With a head for trippy House hypnotism, Willie sashays from early ’90s New York vibes on ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ thru the psychoactivating rhythmelodic moire of ‘Windows Down’, onto the ruder aerobic jacker ‘Waste Of Time’ and the glamourous counterpoint…
AGORIA
Speechless feat. Carl Craig & La Scalars (Remixes Vol. 2)
Infine
12″ // £7.99

*White vinyl* Agoria’s sexed-up collaboration with Carl Craig & La Scalars undergoes a heavyweight Gesaffelstein transformation, backed with a super-lush dub. With the remix, Gesaffelstein takes the libidinous intentions to a darker, EBM-enforced place, turning it into something you might expect to hear in a private sideroom of the club in Irreversible. The dub, by contrast is soaring and sweet, removing Carl Craig from the equation for a sleek and…
CLAUDE YOUNG & TAKASI NAKAJIMA
Rapture EP1
Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)
12″ // £5.99

A welcome return from one of Detroit’s finest, now working with fellow Tokyo resident Takasi Nakajima. Following their recent inclusion on Marcl Fengler’s Berghain 05 mix and ahead of a long-touted ART release, the duo play it deep and melodic but driving and tribal with ‘Rapture’, while Ian O’Brien cools the rhythms into a more sensuous, bass-driven remix.
DJ HELL
Teufelswerk House Remixes
International Deejay Gigolo Records
CD // £9.99

“It’s been 25 Years since Helmut Geier alias DJ Hell set the needle on a House-Track. He’s been djing House and Techno in all shapes and colours ever since. It’s been nearly 20 years that he released his first 12“ “My Definition of House“, and he launched his own imprint International Deejay Gigolos 15 years ago. This compilation features remixes by artists handpicked by Hell, chopped up in three big…
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BURAKA SOM SISTEMA
Komba
Enchufada
CD // £10.99

Kuduro figureheads deliver their 2nd full length album, a flawlessly hi-end session of rugged, Afro-futurist dance and pop music. it’s a guest-heavy outing, including contributions from Mixhell, Stereotyp, Afrikan Boy, Sara Tavares, Terry Lynn and Roses Gabor riding sleek but instinctively ruffneck riddims. Initial highlights have to be the Funky-compatible organs and martial beat of the title track, through the Trance-infected pop of ‘Voodoo Love’ which could easily pass for…
BURAKA SOM SISTEMA
Komba
Enchufada
LP // £12.99

Kuduro figureheads deliver their 2nd full length album, a flawlessly hi-end session of rugged, Afro-futurist dance and pop music. it’s a guest-heavy outing, including contributions from Mixhell, Stereotyp, Afrikan Boy, Sara Tavares, Terry Lynn and Roses Gabor riding sleek but instinctively ruffneck riddims. Initial highlights have to be the Funky-compatible organs and martial beat of the title track, through the Trance-infected pop of ‘Voodoo Love’ which could easily pass for…
ERKIN KORAY
Meçhul: Singles & Rarities (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £25.99

Deluxe vinyl edition finally available. Brilliant retrospective covering the foundational East-West Psyche Rock and Folk fusions of Turkish legend, Erkin Koray. An iconic guitar player and ultimately the father of Turkish rock music – he formed the country’s first rock ‘n roll group in 1957 – Erkin would later find inspiration from the folk music of Turkey’s Anatolian interior, and began mixing these styles with elements of Egyptian and Lebanese…
REBOLLEDO
Super Vato
Cómeme
CD // £9.99

Cómeme’s Mexican stalwart drops his debut album, including guest appearances from Matias Aguayo, Superpitcher and a number of vocalists. The style is set to darkly tinted and sexy, grinding House music with typical bumbum charm at ‘Canivalón’ and cycles thru inifitnitely arpeggiated disco chug on ‘Steady Gear Rod Maschine’ with Rodrigo Cano, to coldwave-infused jacks on ‘Aire Caliente’, and ‘Positivísmo’ featuring darkly androgynous vox by Raquel Wolff. For the slow…
REBOLLEDO
Super Vato
Cómeme
2LP + CD // £12.99

**Includes free copy of the album on CD** Cómeme’s Mexican stalwart drops his debut album, including guest appearances from Matias Aguayo, Superpitcher and a number of vocalists. The style is set to darkly tinted and sexy, grinding House music with typical bumbum charm at ‘Canivalón’ and cycles thru inifitnitely arpeggiated disco chug on ‘Steady Gear Rod Maschine’ with Rodrigo Cano, to coldwave-infused jacks on ‘Aire Caliente’, and ‘Positivísmo’ featuring darkly…Boomkat