Sep 232011
 

Hello,

The Tri Angle label returns this week with Ayshay’s long awaited debut ‘Warn-U’ – available here a week upfront on vinyl and CD formats. It’s the work of New York City’s Fatima Al Qadiri, a promising new artist and a conduit of exotic contemporary world music for DIS magazine to boot. Equal parts ethereal, Grouper-style vocal layering and Sublime Frequencies-from-the-future vibes make for one of the strangest, most affective singles of this year, with an added Nguzunguzu remix as a sweet bonus for the dancefloor.

Occupying a rarified, ethereal avant-pop space, Arthur Russell’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ arrives this week remastered and reissued for the first time in 25 years! Now backed with an exclusive, previously unreleased bonus track – the Afro-bubbling Balearic delight ”Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ – we also get the seminal rhythm schematics of the prescient, mindblowing original in three mixes, no less. Ahhh, it’s a no brainer!!!

Dramatic Records continue to elaborate their mythical Proto-Techno fantasy with a first vinyl release containing brand new material from Rasmus Folk and Walter Schnaffs – also available here a week upfront. From Romantic retro-futurism to ice-cold synth-soul, it comes highly recommended to fans of Ford & Lopatin, Deux, and Tangerine Dream.

It’s also a strong week for dramatic and darker electronics. Zola Jesus lands the eagerly awaited 180g vinyl and CD copies of ‘Conatus’, while Roly Porter nee half-of-Vex’d explores a crushing blend of Neo-Classical drone grandeur, Industrial-strength Techno textures and Noise with his crucial and truly amazing ‘Aftertime’ LP for Bristol’s revived Subtext label.

Then there’s a revelatory reissue of very early work by art brut agent provocateur, Genesis P-Orridge in her pre-Throbbing Gristle guise, COUM Transmissions. It takes in two sides of surprisingly coherent piano improvisations and tape manipulations and has been superbly restored by Hospital Productions Kris Lapke, now standing as a valuable document for those tracing the roots of experimental modern music.

Also in the heavyweight category, Ilpo Väsäinen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (SchneiderTM) regroup as Angel on Editions Mego with a physically stunning side of bleak drone, earthy percussions and electro acoustic mastery featuring contributions from Oren Ambarchi, Hildur Gudnadottir and BJ Nilsen.

And for master producer/engineering auteur accolades, they don’t come much more revered than Martin Hannett, who’s spotlighted on a double CD of unreleased and early material. There’s some amazing moments here, featuring Factory Records’ sound architect experimenting with syndrums, synths and all manner of FX equipment. A must for the heads!

On a more exotic lean, Finders Keepers present one of their best collections yet of Pakistani film music, concentrating of more dancefloor end of this wonderful spectrum. For the DJs and adventurous dancefloors there’s enough wild drumming, zany arrangements and exhilarating funk to keep you peaking for nights on end.

Also notable mentions for the Social Climbers reissue on Drag City – a killer side of excavated No Wave trash pop and sickly funk; to the Jim Haynes double LP of supernatural drone and electroacoustics for the brilliant Helen Scarsdale Agency; for Robedoor’s cyber-raga drone LP ‘Too Down To Die’ on Not Not Fun; and to a surprise restock of Clam Casino’s unanimously acclaimed and in-demand ‘Instrumentals’ double LP – limited stock only!!!

For the dancing crew, we’ve got the latest – and possibly the best – in Radiohead’s remix series including versions from Jamie xx, Anstam, and SBTRKT, plus another standardly devious session of inimitable House/Techno/Electro from Kassem Mosse for Nonplus, besides the heavyweight Kuedo and Mala refits of King Midas Sound and the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo and Peverelist taking on the Shangaan Electro sound with killer, diverse results.

Also out this week, new releases from Apparat, Throwing Snow, Mark Mcguire, Kid Koala, Boom Bip, Presk, Walls, Plaid, Warpaint, Lawrence English, Wilco, Gui Boratto, HTRK, Scuba, Blawan, Marcel Dettmann, Jus Ed, Lawrence, Stones Throw, Zed Bias, Gemmy, Synkro, Aquarelle, Roman Flugel and an amazing USB circuit board housed in a custom remote control including 24 hours of material from Janek Schaefer!

If you’re still with us, we now have tickets on sale for a very special Manchester Halloween 100% Silk party hosted with the good people of Wet Play and Islington Mill on October 29th. Maria Minerva will perform all her hits in live PA fashion, while Ital and Protect-U will hypnotise and scandalize with special live and DJ sets, all set to a theme of cyBalearic-package-holiday-on-Neptune-circa-2143-vybez. You’re all cordially invited!!!

have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



AYSHAY
Warn-U
ELECTRONIC
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.49

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on contemporary world music for the bizarro DIS magazine, sometimes accompanied by her kaleidoscopic, ‘net-foraging mixtapes. These breathtaking tracks comprise her first release, and although we’ve become deeply familiar with their youtube videos for over a year now, it’s a blessing to finally have them in the physical realm for tactile gratification. Each song is built entirely from her own pitched and layered vocals in a manner distinctly reminiscent of Grouper’s ethereal harmonising, but more intriguingly inspired by the Islamic religious songs she’s absorbed since childhood. Their impact distinctly recalls the emotion-enhancing autotune effect favoured by so many North African and Middle Eastern pop artists for its emphatic effect, but is still seen as distasteful in certain swathes of supposedly “forward thinking” western ears. Yet in our opinion it refracts a transcendent emotive clarity which frightens us to be quite honest, and keeps us returning to this trio of songs more times than a sane person possibly should. Furthermore, the accompanying Nguzunguzu megamix gives the tracks a crafty junglist context in a lineage of Arabic pop/hardcore dating back to the likes of Lennie De Ice sampling Factory Records’ obscure Algerian Rai release ‘N’Sel Fik’ by Cheba Fadela. Ultimately, for seekers of mystical sublime frequencies from the near future, this record is just beyond essential.



ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
Audika
LP // £11.99

Pure magic on wax – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World Of Arthur Russell’ compilation, and once in alternate form on the ‘Springfield’ 2LP, but the three original mixes haven’t seen the light of day since 1986, and the 11-minute keyboard funk version of ‘Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ is previously unreleased in any form. What you get is one of the most adventurous New York dance tracks of the era, so ahead of their time it prompted Arthur to comment to David Toop “Some DJs said that nobody would ever, ever play that. I think eventually that kind of thing will be commonplace”, and at no stretch of the imagination, its layers of hydraulic percussion clearly foreshadow the fluid complexities of jungle from Source Direct or Rufige Kru and a mechanised rhythm schematic which producers are still chasing to this day. But of course, it’s not hardcore, it’s the lushest, loveliest avant-disco pop with an unmistakable downtown flavour, with vocals dubbed into blissful delirium for purest dancefloor psychedelia. The bonus track ‘Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ is icing on the cake, a languid mid-tempo bubbler setting sail on a raft of Afro-beat inspirations and dubbed-out disco delight. Ah, it’s just so essential, isn’t it!?!?



RASMUS FOLK / WALTER SCHNAFFS
Endless House: The Folk/ Schnaffs EP
ELECTRONIC
Dramatic Records
LP // £8.99

*The first vinyl excursion from The Endless House project – available here as an upfront exclusive* Dramatic Records’ beautifully packaged Endless House CD compilation from early this year won us over us with its dapper synth-pop, wave and proto-techno sounds, not to mention a wry and winning backstory about a doomed super-club opened by Czech millionaire Jiri Kantor amid the treetops of the Bialowieska Forest. We’ve waited the best part of nine months for a new transmission from the label, but it was worth it, ‘cos The Folk/Schnaffs EP also represents Dramatic’s first vinyl outing, one which elaborates and extends the Endless House’s retro-futuristic mythology while serving up new tunes of the highest calibre. ‘Sylvia Kristel’ is Rasmus Folk’s tribute to his troubled love affair with the star of Emmanuelle, a spooky minimal wave killer shot through with new romantic pomp, while ‘Coupe’ is a wonderfully airy, stepping dream-pop number, like Deux meets Ford & Lopatin, and ‘Dinner In Trieste’ a sleazy, sleeping pill-smashed lounge-funk work-out. Brilliant. Schnaff’s side is less poppier, more paranoid-sounding, but also more dancefloor-oriented – taking in the ice-cold synthesizer soul-searching of ‘I Am Germany’, disorienting dub-disco cut ‘Spaceship Earth’ and ‘Phillips Pavillion’, a widescreen analogue epic in the style of Tangerine Dream. All superb stuff. The Endless House lives on!



ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

*Gatefold 180 Gram vinyl edition – limited copies on a white marbled pressing. Includes download code redeemable from the label* Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV power-balladeering becomes something altogether more eldritch with the deployment of chilly reverb and impertinently pattering industrial percussion. With their tension between uplifting, almost trancey chords and spikier, gothier chamber strings, ‘Hikikomori’ and ‘Lick The Palm Of The Burning Handshake’ both have a claim to being called this album’s answer to ‘Sea Talk’. As ever, Zola’s constant hunt for emotional climax doesn’t always bear fruit (and leads to the odd overblown moment that sounds a bit like The Cranberries), but in our godless, unromantic age her unabashed bids for transcendence are to be applauded – we defy you not to shed a little tear when experiencing album closer ‘Collapse’, which is gospel by way of minimal wave. Some of the most affecting moments are the most breezy, as on unreconstructed synth-pop ‘Seekir, and you really get a sense of how insouciantly brilliant Danilova can be on ‘Shivers’, a crazily powerful combo of imploring vocal, hanging pads and epic 4AD dynamics balanced on a crudely effective stepping rhythm bashed out on the nearest available drum machine. If what made Zola Jesus exciting in the past was her not quite knowing what she wanted to be, Conatus is the sound of her establishing her own coherent identity, one that reconciles her experimental tendencies with her pop ambitions. An unarguably big, big album.



ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
ELECTRONIC
Subtext
LP // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the creaking corridors of the Event Horizon. This really is one of the most suffocatingly atmospheric records we’ve heard all year, with an ice-cold and uncompromising aesthetic, but beautifully paced and compellingly borne out: from the opening ‘Atar’ on in, with its noir synths, punishing low-end and drones hovering like enemy attack helicopters. At first ‘Tleilax’ sounds like it could’ve come off one of Leyland Kirby’s Intrigue & Stuff 12″s, before the arrival of machine-gun drum machines and shouted vocal snips – this wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the latest Prurient album, but there’s also something in its texture and attitude that clearly identifies it as a product of the British post-rave tradition. Navigating beauty and brutality like it ain’t no thing, the album takes in reverbed chamber instrumentals like ‘Kaitain’, bone-crunching, Earth and KTL-indebted doom-fests like ‘Rossak’ and sub-bass pressure poems likie ‘Giedi Prime’, with some elegiac, almost Vangelis-like interludes thrown in fod good measure. It’s perfectly balanced, and it moves quickly – every blast of scouring power electronics is followed by a melodic, reassuring swell of strings, and it’s in these contrasts, expertly handled, that Aftertime’s magic lies. Highly recommended for fans of Earth, Raime, Sandwell District, Fennesz, Emptyset, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Kangding Ray, The Haxan Cloak and the like.



COUM TRANSMISSIONS
Sugarmorphoses
ELECTRONIC
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

**Amazing pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings – limited pressing!!!** Dug out from the archives, ‘Sugarmorphoses’ documents Genesis P-Orridge in her earliest artistic guise, COUM Transmissions, recorded at their HQ, the Ho Ho Funhouse in Hull circa 1974. Pre-dating their most infamous ‘Prostitution’ swansong show of 1976, by all rights it’s something of an important and prescient historical artefact showcasing the devious early imagination of one of modern music’s most singular characters. The pull-out insert gives some context to their situation, surrounded by Hells Angels, drugs and breadline living conditions in a derelict house, all written in typically entertaining fashion by Genesis. And the music? Well, it’s ragged and compelling, featuring Gen at the piano playing hypnotically warped improvisations overlaid with scratchy, cut-up field recordings off old dictaphone tape, finding an uncanny balance of chaotic arrangement and something more steady, and weirdly cohesive which engages the imagination. There’s no way you would call it academic, but it is defiantly, intuitively experimental and playfully tactile with a warped sense of space and time, texture and tone which can be traced through his later work. For fidelity assurance, the tape transfer was handled by Aaron Dilloway, audio restoration and editing by Hospital Productions associate Kris Lapke, and mastering by Josh Bonati. Highly Recommended!



VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Life Is Dance
WORLD
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**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 funked up Urdu-grooves complete with harmonium melodies and driven by some of the most random factor, freakish, finger numbing, percussion hat the South east Asian mainstream has ever had to offer. Above all, Lollywood soundtracks sound RAW! Re-imagine some of the most action packed Bollywood productions (which Lollywooders actively did) then fire the make-up department, take away the special effects budget and then improvise. The lack of gloss on a dusty Pakistani mini-LP makes for truly experimental Eastern pop music. So, it’s time to meet the culprits. The names on the back of the records that’ll keep you gambling on Ghazals and taking punts on Pakistani pulp-ballardy. As an introduction, in place of R.D. Burman and Asha Bosle, we have Mr. M Ashraf and his long-term female collaborator, Nahid Akhtar. This duo would provide Pakistan with it’s Gainsbourg/Birkin or it’s Morricone/Dell’Orso for over 20 years, recording squillions of cut-and-paste sonic collages and moog-fuelled desperate love/hate/chase/chill/kill songs mixing onomatopoeic Urdu lyrics with unexpected bursts of user friendly English language (which often elongates the running time passed the 5 minutes mark) and throwing in the odd motif froma Barry White or Donna Summer hit. We also have legends like Noor Jehan, a national treasure and household name in Pakistan whose discography of film songs have deprived the vaults of EMI Pakistan of floor space for half a century.” Highly recommended!



ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan Cloak et al. ‘Dark Matter Leak”s ascetic blend of whining high-end synth tones and heavily processed, technoid drums alludes to the outer reaches of the Pan Sonic catalogue, while the more playful rhythmic interludes ‘In’ and ‘Out’ are stitched together from recordings of earthy percussion sources – DIY gongs, glassbowls, sticks, stones and other stuff to break your bones. The presence of the three star guests – Hildur Gudnadottir on cello, Oren Ambarchi on guitar, BJ Nilsen supplying field recordings and processing – is strongly but almost subliminally felt, their contributions substantial but subordinated to the density and coherence of the whole. Mastered by Rashad Becker in Berlin, this is really strong, vivid work indeed, an absolute must for the darklings, drone-freaks and electro-acoustic connoisseurs among you.



MARTIN HANNETT
Maverick Producer, Genius and Musician
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Ozit
2CD // £11.99

Two discs spanning 29 tracks produced, engineered or performed by “the man who set the template for the Manchester Sound.” A revered electronic innovator and sonic instigator, Hannett is best known for defining the sound of Factory Records and seminal early releases by Joy Division with his experimental approaches – their distinctive drum sound was achieved using the AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley – just one of many unconventional techniques he would deploy (there’s also a photo of his cigarette-between-two-mics method in the liner notes, ha!). His work combined a love of sci-fi with a deeply inquisitive nature carried over from his Chemistry studies at uni and obviously a insatiable thirst for sound, all of which would give birth to a very particular sound, often perceived as cold, industrial and futuristic, which defined the early Factory Records aesthetic. The first disc focuses on Martin as musician and producer engineer, including some brilliant, unreleased studio takes of experiments on Syndrums, assorted Synths and piano, plus some of his work with groups and artists such as Pete Farrow and Belts and Braces – the first band he recorded – besides some excerpts of conversation with Joy Division/New Order’s Bernard Sumner. The second disc is purely Martin Hannett’s productions between 1975-78 (and a quip from Peter Hook), showing his nascent yet instantly recognisable style.



SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also because they actually had some instrumental prowess. You see most of the bands affiliated with the movement (especially the lesser known ones) seemed to forget that it helped to be able to play keyboard/guitar before pressing the record button. All that was needed was a bag of blow and the right friends with the right jacket and shades. Thankfully Social Climbers had the good sense to learn their craft first, and the result is this single, lone album, originally released on three 7″s in 1980. Oddly listening to it now it seems to make perfect sense in the wake of releases from Not Not Fun and Hippos In Tanks. There’s no way Amanda Brown’s crucial LA Vampires project didn’t take at least a couple of scoops of NYC no-wave dementia when pioneering her sickly, funk damaged records – and hearing an album made without any of that reference is a real privilege. Social Climbers self titled LP might not have the status of Suicide’s debut, but fans of grimy disintegrated trash pop should look no further.



JIM HAYNES
The Decline Effect
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
2LP // £18.99

*Heavyweight double vinyl edition* ‘The Decline Effect’ is Jim Haynes’ latest investigation into the entropic properties of “rusted” noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja’s Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are “evidence left behind from ephemeral aktions, shipwrecked electronics, re-engineered field recordings, and transmissions from the ether”; tangibly vapourous and acutely chilling tracts of glooming drone and charged atmospheric particles which seem to swirl with radioactive convection and condense on the finer facial hairs. Most like BJ Nilsen, there’s a flow to his composition which feels unforced and constantly engaging, as with the patient, calculated introduction of monolithic, blackened drone from the eerily empty beginnings of ‘Ashes’, or the reverse crystallisation of microscopic sounds in ‘Half-Life’. But most impressive is the harmonic layering of ‘Cold’, genuinely warranting that title with what sounds like contracting metals shivering beneath a symphony of gaseous blue tonalities. Sublime.



ROBEDOOR
Too Down To Die
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £12.99

Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. ‘Parallel Wanderer’ is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. ‘(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration’ starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push of ‘Afterburners’, laced with heaving kicks and all the distortion wiped from the vocals to dramatic effect.



CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Type
2LP // £16.99

*Limited stock back in – on black vinyl* Earlier on in 2011 Clams Casino created a genuine hypestorm with his self released free download ‘Instrumental Mixtape’ and more recently the breathtaking ‘Rainforest’ EP for the Tri Angle label. Like us and reams of other fiends, the heads at Type craved those instrumentals on wax, and here they are, all 13 of them. Mike Volpe makes classic, crushing ghetto beats, with a uniquely textured twist, siphoning ideas from the major studio productions he’s absorbed as a die-hard Hip Hop fan (check his Fact mix for a dose of his reality) through a crash-prone PC in his mother’s attic. He might possibly have a better set-up right now, but these tracks were certainly all produced with meagre, honest, modern means. But that’s all by the by, because ultimately his music is stunning, and that’s all we need to know. There’s no need to describe each track, all you need to know is that this is one of the weightiest, most heart-bruisingly emotional sets we’ve encountered in the ’10s, and surely sets the bar high for bedroom producers the world over. It’s no wonder the likes of Soulja Boy, Lil B and Mobb Deep are all clamming (sorry!) for his productions. Limited blue vinyl for those of you with nimble fingers…

Singles of the Week



RADIOHEAD
Bloom (Jamie xx Rework) / Separator (Anstam RMX) / Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
XL
12″ // £7.99

The last in the ‘King Of Limbs’ remix series – featuring contributions from Jamie xx, Anstam and SBTRKT!. A-side Jamie xx offers a beautifully subtle remix of ‘Bloom’, keeping the drums distanced against a plangent metallic melody, while Thom’s vocals are bleached into eerie glossolalia shades away from Tom Krell, tingling falsettos included. The Annstam remix of ‘Separator’ is predictably ace, retaining a healthy amount of the song structure but breaking the drums with trademarked ‘ardcore torque, leaving SBTRKT to satisfy the groovers with a slick swinging, warm-but-brittle revision of ‘Lotus Flower’. Solid.



KASSEM MOSSE
Enoha EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Mosse returns to Instra:mental’s Nonplus with four raw and highly devious machine rhythms. A-side features the cobra-coital rhythmic slither of ‘Enoha’, sounding like some deadly inversion of Villalobos’ Latino-Tech patterns, next to the killer ‘GS02’, which bears a striking resemblance to the experiments of Container or KPLR. Flipside, he loads up the instinctually minimalist and rogue machine patterns of ‘Inswanna’ and the Drexciyan drum machine dexterities of ‘Sleepworking’ for the Technoid steppers. A massive ace, this.



KING MIDAS SOUND
Kuedo And Mala Versions
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

With a year passed since the release of King Midas Sound’s Waiting For You LP, it might seem a bit late for remixes of its tracks, but to be honest these brutal versions from Mala and Kuedo instantly justify themselves. Mala goes for a rootical halfstep sound on his rub of ‘Earth A Kill Ya’, keeping Roger Robinson’s dread pronouncements centre-stage but arming them with Terminator synths and scuttling woodblock polyrhythms that invoke classic DMZ. Kuedo (Jamie Vex’d) excels himself with his mix of ‘Goodbye Girl’, delivering an epic, gritty R&B smackdown, all bone-crunching subs, squealing synths and ghosted vocal snippets – like the evil older brother of Joker’s purple funk. Unmissable 12″ for the serious bass heads.



PEVERELIST / VILLALOBOS & LODERBAUER
Shangaan Shake: Villalobos/Loderbauer & Peverelist
TECHNO / HOUSE
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

After excellent instalments from Shake, Oni Ayhun and Mark Ernestus, it’s the turn of the Villalobos / Loderbauer duo, and Bristolian bass maverick, Peverelist to re-imagine the Shangaan sound in divergent fashion. With source material a million miles (well, maybe 6000) removed from their ECM collaboration, Max Loderbauer and Ricardo Villalobos give a fluidly controlled and trippily dynamic 9 minute bubbler, full of springy drums and oozing bass under a dub-smudged patina. Peverelist meanwhile continues a trajectory into slower tempos with a magical, swinging House revision of Tsetsha Boys, picking out tiny fragments of the original in a lushly afro-cosmic dreamspace. Recommended!

 

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CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals
Type
2LP // £16.99

*Limited stock back in – on black vinyl* Earlier on in 2011 Clams Casino created a genuine hypestorm with his self released free download ‘Instrumental Mixtape’ and more recently the breathtaking ‘Rainforest’ EP for the Tri Angle label. Like us and reams of other fiends, the heads at Type craved those instrumentals on wax, and here they are, all 13 of them. Mike Volpe makes classic, crushing ghetto beats, with…
KID KOALA
Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score
Ninja Tune
10″ // £8.99

**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** Lovely, imaginative and incredibly mature soundtrack work from the ever-unpredictable KK, with cut ‘n paste hip-hop dispensed in favour of serene, cinematic chamber classical pieces that summon Max Richter and Johann Johansson. There’s a real sense of optimism and wonder to these pieces, a bit of a relief from the by-numbers melancholy pastures usually occupied by neo-classical gear; and while the weight…
KID KOALA
Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score (Artbook & CD)
Ninja Tune
Book and CD // £18.99

**132 page book – includes full score on CD** Lovely, imaginative and incredibly mature soundtrack work from the ever-unpredictable KK, with cut ‘n paste hip-hop dispensed in favour of serene, cinematic chamber classical pieces that summon Max Richter and Johann Johansson. There’s a real sense of optimism and wonder to these pieces, a bit of a relief from the by-numbers melancholy pastures usually occupied by neo-classical gear; and while the…
LULA CORTES E ZE RAMALHO
Throwing Snow / Illum Sphere Mixes
Mr Bongo
7″ // £5.99

**Clear Vinyl** Crazy piece of wax, this, pairing men-of-the-moment Throwing Snow and Illum Sphere against vintage Brazilian psyche-jazz from Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho. A-side Throwing Snow plays it slow and cool with a rework of ‘Omm/Louvação a Iemanjá’, keeping the pressure on the downstroke with throbbing slow House beat surrounded by spacious, swirling elements of flute and strings before rolling out with some super tight drum programming and spookily…
NAUTILUSS & LORD SKYWAVE
Ultraviolet / Blue Monday
Hemlock Recordings
12″ // £5.99

New collaboration between Canadian producer Nautiluss and Lord Skywave aka the singer from Simian. The label seems to be heading for Chris Martin’s BASS Music shelf again with ‘Ultraviolet’, a sickly combination of harmonised pop vox and finger-popping shuffle beat, while the flipside fares slightly better with the droning Reese bass and lilting Balearic percussion of ‘Bleu Monday’. RIYL Breton or LOL.
BOOM BIP
Zig Zaj
Lex Records
CD // £9.99

Guest-heavy new LP from Cincinatti’s Boom Bip, only the third full-length proper of his career. Among the contributors are Luke Steele (Empire Of The Sun), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Josh Klinghoffer (Chilli Peppers), Money Mark, Cate Le Bon (Neon Neon) and members of Warpaint and Bon Iver. It’s a strange and ambitious album, shaking entirely loose of Bip’s hip-hop origins to take in folky chamber-pop, out-and-out indie-rock and expansive, largely…
RUSTIE
Ultra Thizz / Dreamzz
Warp Records
12″ // £7.99

**Limited edition one-sided vinyl with laser etching on the flip!** Rompin’, next level Electro-Funk euphoria styles from the one called Rustie. In quick succession to his ‘All Nite’ banger, this one ratchets anticipation for his LP higher still, firing hypercolour riffage and percussive stuns like nobody else. On a more romantical tip, ‘Dreamzz’ is no doubt debted to a certain Roulé classic, but with the ultra-modern stadium flair Rustie’s made…
VARIOUS / GILLES PETERSON
Presents Brownswood Bubblers Seven
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £9.99

Gilles Peterson selects his seventh Brownswood Bubblers compilation, starring sixteen fresh cuts of Boogie, Electro-jazz and electronic soul to suit your mood. Highlights have to be Tiombe Lockhart and Todd Weinstock’s slick Deep House cut as Cubic Zirconia called ‘Night Or Day’ featuring lush, late night vox from Bilal, or Simon ‘Basement Jaxx’ Ratcliffe’s tweaking Electro-soul bumper ‘Mindset’ and the the vintage-sounding boogie-soul of Jon Phonics’ ‘The One’.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan…
ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan…
JIM HAYNES
The Decline Effect
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
2LP // £18.99

*Heavyweight double vinyl edition* ‘The Decline Effect’ is Jim Haynes’ latest investigation into the entropic properties of “rusted” noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja’s Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are “evidence…
ROBEDOOR
Too Down To Die
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £12.99

Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. ‘Parallel Wanderer’ is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. ‘(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration’ starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push…
NOOTHGRUSH
Live For Nothing
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

Live recordings culled from two radio show appearances in 1996 and 1999. Crushing, loud, and seriously heavyweight doom for the hardcore.

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
Audika
LP // £11.99

Pure magic on wax – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World Of Arthur Russell’ compilation, and once in alternate form on the ‘Springfield’ 2LP, but the three…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
Audika
CD // £9.99

*Beautiful gatefold CD digipak wallet with a poster insert of Arthur. Artwork features a watercolor by Tom Lee* Pure magic – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World…
VARIOUS / STRUT
Disco Not Disco (Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics 1974-1986)
Strut
2LP // £15.99

The Strut label explores the sounds of the mid-’70s to mid-’80s on this excellent selection of post punk and new wave takes on dance music, bringing together the sounds of the New York underground, early Detroit and Belgian New Beat. The UK isn’t left out of the equation either. Notably, Factory Records’ Quando Quango (featuring a pre-M People Mike Pickering) make an appearance with a remix of their 1983 electro…
THE STEPKIDS
The Stepkids
Stones Throw Records
CD // £9.99

A retro pastiche ‘supergroup’ of accomplished session musicians isn’t usually the sort of thing that appears on the Stones Throw roster, but then The Stepkids are so much more than that. Sure on first listen it might sound like the kind of West Coast rhythm and blues that just doesn’t exist past the late 70s, but these songs are made with so much attention to detail it’s hard not to…
CLIVE TANAKA Y SU ORQUESTA
Jet Set Siempre No. 1
PLANCHA / ART UNION
CD // £13.99

Eccentrically eclectic album from Clive Tanaka, a resident of the Japanese island of Hokkaido where he runs Tanaka Heavy Industries Ltd. ‘Jet Set Siempre’ was issued on cassette already but now arrives on turquoise vinyl cut with eight tracks of hyper-loungin’ Latin disco funk befuddled with sharp electronic twists and some trippy cosmic essence. The sides are divided into ‘For Dance’ and ‘For Romance’, the former following some unbalanced formula…
JOAKIM
Nothing Gold
Tigersushi Records
CD // £8.99

“‘Nothing Gold’ borrows its title from the Robert Frost poem cited in ‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton, which delves into the interplay that unfolds amongst young adults as they make that turbulent transition between youth and adulthood. As an observer, it might appear strange that it has taken 4 albums for Joakim to confront a theme that is so obviously omnipresent in his work. But once again, Joakim is having…
MARIUS VAREID
Telemark
Full Pupp
CD // £14.49

Debut album of Scanda-learic Disco-House Electronics. Marius finds himself in good company on Full Pupp alongside former collaborators such as Prins Thomas, Ray Mang, Rune Lindbaek and more, plying a brand of dusky disco with lightly layered instrumentation and enough arpeggios to keep you sailing beyond the sunset.
MORTEN SORENSEN
The Burn Down EP
TIRK
12″ // £5.49

After making his name with a string of remixes and a classy cover of Chic, Morten Sorensen presents his 2nd single for Tirk. ‘Burn Down’ is crimped and tucked for the Disco-Tech crowd with a fine balance of crisp Tech-House dynamics and uplifting disco energy. The LPZ remix refines the vibe for a deeper effect, while ‘Owe That 2 U’ hits a dope boogie House stride reminding of recent Red…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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RADIOHEAD
Bloom (Jamie xx Rework) / Separator (Anstam RMX) / Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)
XL
12″ // £7.99

The last in the ‘King Of Limbs’ remix series – featuring contributions from Jamie xx, Anstam and SBTRKT!. A-side Jamie xx offers a beautifully subtle remix of ‘Bloom’, keeping the drums distanced against a plangent metallic melody, while Thom’s vocals are bleached into eerie glossolalia shades away from Tom Krell, tingling falsettos included. The Annstam remix of ‘Separator’ is predictably ace, retaining a healthy amount of the song structure but…
KING MIDAS SOUND
Kuedo And Mala Versions
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

With a year passed since the release of King Midas Sound’s Waiting For You LP, it might seem a bit late for remixes of its tracks, but to be honest these brutal versions from Mala and Kuedo instantly justify themselves. Mala goes for a rootical halfstep sound on his rub of ‘Earth A Kill Ya’, keeping Roger Robinson’s dread pronouncements centre-stage but arming them with Terminator synths and scuttling woodblock…
F
Full Throttle / Slow Down
7even Recordings
12″ // £6.49

You can rely on F to bring the lean, teched-out steppers when you need ‘em, and he’s back on 7even with with a smart new brace of cuts. A-side ‘Full Threat’ is a fat-free electro breaker in the vein of Boddika, doing serious damage with nowt much more than an 808 and a bad attitude. ‘Slow Down’ is painted from the same palette but rhythmically speaking is on more of…
THROWING SNOW
Shadower / Sanctum
Sneaker Social Club
12″ // £6.99

Sneaker Social Club records catch rapidly ascending star, Throwing Snow, for a very smart inaugural release. His moody, mesmerising ‘Shadower’ was recently used to set the scene for Claude Vonstroke’s Resident Advisor mix, with its palette of crisp 808 percussion, tingling synth elevations and what we’re guessing is a hang-drum loop put to gorgeous use. The sense of tingly rave wonder soon turns darker with ‘Sanctum’ as the 2-step beats…
PRESK
Love Again EP
TEN THOUSAND YEN
12″ // £7.99

**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Presk’s recent debut drop on Fourth Wave took our breath away so it’s good to have him back so soon with a hefty EP for Doc Daneeka’s crafty Ten Thousand Yen label. Four tracks of thickset, UKF-infected techno from the Dutch producer: ‘Devour’ is a guaranteed anthem, a skippy little mover with some cut-throat edits and expertly deployed synth stabs for the tech-savvy…
ZED BIAS / SKREAM / MARK PRITCHARD
Badness / Trouble In The Streets
TRU THOUGHTS
12″ // £11.49

*Dazzling picture disc! Includes download code redeemable from the label* Beat scientist Zed Bias steps off with Skream and Mark Pritchard for a pair of Dubstep Rave and rogue House tracks. With Skream on ‘Badness’ he’s running the rave vibes with narsty sawtooth synth harnessed to swooping, hard-edged subs and 140bpm swing beats. Better yet is ‘Trouble In The Streets’ with Mr Africa Hitech, Mark Pritchard, rolling a percussively chunky…
ZED BIAS
Biasonic Hotsauce: Birth Of The Nanocloud
TRU THOUGHTS
CD // £8.99

Big new album from Zed Bias, showcasing the full breadth of his production talent. Bashment is the watch-word here, with an early highlight coming in the shape of ‘Do It’, a carnival smasher vocalled by Dynamite MC. Jenna G turns up for a turn on springy West London house jam ‘Fairplay’, while elsewhere there are plenty of swinging, UK-flavoured electro-house cuts like ‘Koolnahman’ (brightened up by the rudebwoy mic chat…
ADRIAN LENZ / SANDMAN
Cover Me (Ol Oil’ Riddim) / No Prisoners
BLANK MIND
12″ // £7.49

Stylishly menacing Grenadian Soca styles from a very intriguing new label outta London. Blank Mind’s first release is inspired by the annual tradition of Jab Jab, a Halloween-esque carnival which occurs in early august and features groups of motor oil-drenched and chain-wielding individuals clutching salted pig tails in their teeth who roam the streets of Greneda chanting and playing self-made percussion – jawbones, bells, buckets etc – between the hours…
DIZZ1
Decay feat Royalston / Gone Soon
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Head-nod navigator Dizz1 and D&B producer Royalston meet in the middle for two broken, rolling and stepping variations for Black Acre. Together they tuck-up some Techy vibes on ‘Decay’, kinda like older Martyn styles, with detailed drumwork and shifty bass, but a moodier, heads-down vibe. Flipside it’s Dizz1 dolo on ‘Gone Soon’, a blue sci-fi stepper with well studied old-skool Mala vibes.
GEMMY
Too Far / Da Dodgems
World Of Wonders
12″ // £6.49

Future-fresh Dubstep-Boogie weight from one of Bristol’s most colourful producers. The one to check is obviously the massive ‘Da Dodgems’, finding a sweet spot between jerkin’, late ’90s Timbaland-style R&B and rolling Dubstep-Boogie like few others we could think of. The flipside ‘Too far’ is a cool and kinda unusual piece of halfstep funk, but trust us, you simply need this for the B-side!
SYNKRO
Prologue / Summer Blues
Blackout Music
12″ // £5.99

Lean and dextrous Hi-Tech steppers from the uniquely prolific Synkro. A-side ‘Prologue’ plays it smart and minimal with snakestyle syncopations switching between halfstep and Tech-step with unpredictable and unusual timing for the agile junglists. Flipside ‘Summer Blues’ borrows a classic Vangelis synth-brass sample (or at least make very obvious reference), but does so with enough style and panache to pull it off. Well RIYL dBridge, Indigo, Rockwell.
VERSA
5AM
Smokin Sessions
12″ // £6.49

Buttered 2-Step Garage soul from Versa on his debut platter. There’s a warm soul percolating through all three tracks but the standout has to be ‘5AM’, a rolling Garage groove flushed with sweet Joy O vibes and buoyed by rich Reese bass. Support from Laurent Garnier, Beezy, Nihal BBC Radio1 and Synkro.

 

ELECTRONIC
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AYSHAY
Warn-U
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.49

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on…
RASMUS FOLK / WALTER SCHNAFFS
Endless House: The Folk/ Schnaffs EP
Dramatic Records
LP // £8.99

*The first vinyl excursion from The Endless House project – available here as an upfront exclusive* Dramatic Records’ beautifully packaged Endless House CD compilation from early this year won us over us with its dapper synth-pop, wave and proto-techno sounds, not to mention a wry and winning backstory about a doomed super-club opened by Czech millionaire Jiri Kantor amid the treetops of the Bialowieska Forest. We’ve waited the best part…
AYSHAY
Warn-U
Tri Angle
CD // £5.99

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on…
ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
Subtext
LP // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the…
ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
Subtext
CD // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the…
COUM TRANSMISSIONS
Sugarmorphoses
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

**Amazing pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings – limited pressing!!!** Dug out from the archives, ‘Sugarmorphoses’ documents Genesis P-Orridge in her earliest artistic guise, COUM Transmissions, recorded at their HQ, the Ho Ho Funhouse in Hull circa 1974. Pre-dating their most infamous ‘Prostitution’ swansong show of 1976, by all rights it’s something of an important and prescient historical artefact showcasing the devious early imagination of one of modern music’s most singular characters. The…
WALLS
Coracle
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Walls waste no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut album (MOJO’s #1 Electronic LP of 2010) with a glorious set of eight swooning slow trance tinglers for Kompakt. ‘Coracle’ is as cute as the name suggests, yet perhaps with a keener dancefloor edge than we’ve previously perceived from their music. The sleek Techno engine which drove this album’s predecessor is fine tuned to a Balearic tempo, but with…
WALLS
Coracle
Kompakt
LP+CD // £12.99

*Initial copies on White vinyl – Includes free CD version of the album* Walls waste no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut album (MOJO’s #1 Electronic LP of 2010) with a glorious set of eight swooning slow trance tinglers for Kompakt. ‘Coracle’ is as cute as the name suggests, yet perhaps with a keener dancefloor edge than we’ve previously perceived from their music. The sleek Techno engine which…
MARK MCGUIRE
Get Lost
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Emeralds’ Mark McGuire serves up his much-anticipated second set of original solo material for Editions Mego, following last year’s Living With Yourself. The young Ohio native conjures, once again, a distinctly American but moreover cosmic-tinged sylvania – all campfires, marshmallows and flasks of ‘shroom tea – on an album tellingly dedicated to “friends, family and the spirit of the summer night sky”. His lush electric and acoustic guitars are the…
MARK MCGUIRE
Get Lost
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Emeralds’ Mark McGuire serves up his much-anticipated second set of original solo material for Editions Mego, following last year’s Living With Yourself. The young Ohio native conjures, once again, a distinctly American but moreover cosmic-tinged sylvania – all campfires, marshmallows and flasks of ‘shroom tea – on an album tellingly dedicated to “friends, family and the spirit of the summer night sky”. His lush electric and acoustic guitars are the…
PLAID
Scintilli
Warp Records
CD // £9.99

Recorded over two years in their new North London studio, this album finds Plaid in fine form, offering up some of their most generously melodic and even poppy work to date. With its bucolic chamber instrumentation (is that a harp we hear?) and woozy vocal tones, opener ‘Missing’ could almost be Stereolab, while ‘Unbank’ has the progged-out vibe of Plaid’s younger labelmate Hudson Mohawke, albeit with krautrock rather than R&B…
APPARAT
Song Of Los (Mogwai Mix)
Mute
12″ // £4.99

A standout cut from Apparat’s majestic new album, backed with an outstanding Mogwai remix and a slithering, percussive overhaul by Park Frequency. One for the lovers, ‘Song Of Los’ features Sascha Ring crooning to the stars over beautifully euphoric, creamy Techno-Pop synths and heart-pulsing bass with measured glimmers of New Order-esque guitar. Flipside, Mogwai give a big nod to Salem and the kind of epic pop substance coming from the…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk
Mute
LP+CD // £17.99

**Deluxe, special edition LP version includes 180g vinyl, CD copy & fold-out poster** Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad electronic styles under the Apparat moniker with…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk (Deluxe Edition)
Mute
CD // £14.99

**Deluxe CD Edition – Housed in a book-style sleeve with exclusive bonus track ‘The World Around You’ and 24-page booklet** Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk
Mute
CD // £9.99

Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad electronic styles under the Apparat moniker with an unshakable emotive sincerity and elegantly classical yet fresh production style. We can…
SUN ARAW
Ancient Romans
SUN ARK
CD // £9.99

Delicious album of stoned psyche from Camerone Stallones, his first solo full length since last year’s massive ‘On Patrol’. In the meantime he’s released some well received and diverse collaborations with Matthewdavid and Eternal Tapestry, but really, he’s at his very best when left to own devices and free to wander bleary eyed and dopey through the sun baked dub soundscapes of his mind. It’s so hard to escape any…
MIRROR TO MIRROR
Here You Leave Today
CYLINDRICAL HABITAT MODULES
LP // £13.99

Dreamy soft synth music from Alex Twomey aka Persimmons Pomegranate, presenting his first vinyl release following a stream of cassettes for the likes of Arbor and Gift Tapes and his own Jugular Forest imprint. Compared with his noisier peers in this scene, the Mirror To Mirror sound is elegantly plush and devoid of any distorted grit which may graze on your ascension to catatonia. They’re featherlite yet densely layered and…
PIETER NOOTEN / MICHAEL BROOK
Sleeps With The Fishes
4AD
CD // £6.49

When 4AD was in its prime with Ivo Watts-Russell at the helm, they were unbeatable to the point where even their lesser-known albums were sparkling gems in and unpredictable 80s music scene. ‘Sleeps With The Fishes’ is one of those hidden gems, and now gets a way overdue reissue which should re-affirm its status as one of the key precursors to the ambient post-classical records of the last decade. If…
WARPAINT
Undertow Remixes
Rough Trade
12″ // £4.99

**Green Vinyl** This two-hitter of remixes comes as a tidy taster of Warpaint’s killer LP ‘The Fool’. The all-girl LA quartet have garnered plenty of attention touring with The xx and Zola Jesus, and ‘Undertow’ might be their best tune to date. Here we find mysterious producer Night Plane (aka William Raucher) stretching the original into a hypnotic eight plus minutes of transcendent New York house music. Letting the deadpan…
THE AMAZING BIRTHS (MARK MCGUIRE AND JULIAN GULYAS)
Younger Moon
CYLINDRICAL HABITAT MODULES
LP // £13.99

3rd release from Mark McGuire (Emeralds/Spectrum Spools) and Julian Gulyas as The Amazing Births, and their first on vinyl. ‘Younger Moon’ was recorded in the depths of a Westlake, Ohio winter this year, and finds McGuire’s ribbony guitar and electronic sequences in amorphous marriage with fluid layers of modular synth and electronics conducted by Gulyas. They make a great pairing together, finding enough space within each other’s dense emissions to…
MEMORYHOUSE
The Years
SUB POP
12″ // £5.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Hot on the heels of acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum and various other dot-com entities, Toronto two-piece Memoryhouse make their Sub Pop debut with ‘The Years’, a mini album containing their 2010 digital-only, self-released EP fully re-recorded, remixed and remastered, plus the new tracks ‘Modern, Normal’ and ‘Quiet America’. The five tracks form a cohesive set of gorgeous, ethereal synth-pop songs, all of…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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MEG BAIRD
Seasons On Earth
Wichita Recordings
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers. Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed ‘Dear Companion’ – Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond. For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten.”
MEG BAIRD
Seasons On Earth
Wichita Recordings
CD // £9.99

“Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers. Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed ‘Dear Companion’ – Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond. For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten.”
NADINE CARINA
Magic Box
Stattmusik
CD // £12.49

Debut full length from Swiss-Italian Nadine Carina. She currently studies at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts and here presents a cutely lo-fi sound; slow, endearing acoustic guitar and folksy arrangements played on guitar, piano and synth with sweetly fragile and dreamy vocals embellished with subtle electronic processing.

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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JANEK SCHAEFER
National Portrait
ROOM 40
USB + Remote Control // £28.99

**24 hour (1000xMP3) album on USB circuit board, packaged in a screen printed remote control** “This edition follows on from the original installation, which was commissioned as part of his retrospective at The Bluecoat, in Liverpool city centre. A condensed collection of 24 hours of found sound, forming a seething ocean of data from that final days broadcasting. Voiceovers, incidental music, current affairs reports, commercials, dead air, sports commentary, film…
SEAN MCCANN
Open Resolve
ORANGE MILK RECORDS
LP // £13.99

**Purple vinyl, first pressing. Includes A4 insert** Adventurous contemporary American psych stunner from the prolific and hotly-tipped Sean McCann. Beloved of knowledgeable blogs and mags such as Weed Temple and Tinymixtapes, his ‘Open Resolve’ session is a full spectrum collage of blistered synth noise and dissonant drones informed by free jazz and free kosmiche techniques for a visceral and uninhibited sound. His music expands and contracts with elemental force, sucking…
AQUARELLE
Sung In Broken Symmetry
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300, includes download coupon redeemable from the label* ‘Sung In Broken Symmetry’ is the first vinyl release featuring the FX pedal-sculpted drone and ambient music of Ryan Potts, aka Aquarelle. There’s a clear kinship between his blooming guitar treatments and compositions by Tim Hecker or Fennesz, but the distinction between them lies in his fetishising of the pedal over DSP or “in-the-box” processing, which unmistakably imbues his sound…
LAWRENCE ENGLISH
The Peregrine
EXPERIMEDIA
LP // £13.49

**Vinyl only. Edition of 500** ‘The Peregrine’ is Lawrence English’s homage to J.A. Baker’s obscure tome of the same title. Without a doubt, it’s also one of his most beautifully realised releases. That’s possibly due in no small part to the profound impact the book has played on his work since first discovering it, by chance, some years ago in David Toop’s loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London. As…
ALVA NOTO AND RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
UTP (2011 Edition)
Raster Noton
CD // £13.99

*2011 edition – available as a cd-only release for the first time* A most welcome return for one of the most intriguing creative partnerships in contemporary experimental music, UTP_ reunites Carsten Nicolai with Ryuichi Sakamoto for a special performance in conjunction with Ensemble Modern, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim. The title is derived from the notion of ‘utopia’, referencing the town’s design background – Mannheim was…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THROWING MUSES
Anthology
4AD
2CD // £14.99

I still remember hearing Throwing Muses for the first time, and somehow even fifteen years later the band sound just as beguiling as they did back then. ‘Anthology’ is not a greatest hits collection and neither does it compile the entire recorded history of the band, instead it offers a place to start for interested new fans and a handful of rarities for the initiates. The meat of the collection…
THE DISCO ZOMBIES
Drums Over London
Acute Records
LP // £14.99

*Overlooked ’79 Punk-Pop classics housed in heavy card jacket. Includes 10-page colour booklet with photos and notes, plus download coupon redeemable from the label* Carpark’s sister label Acute Records present their first vinyl release, a reissue of The Disco Zombies’ three singles, compiled as the album they never achieved. Hailing from Leicester and ranking as the city’s greatest punk rock group, they unfortunately missed out on punk fame due to…
CAVE
Neverendless
Drag City
LP // £14.49

‘Neverendless’ is the perfect title for this latest hypnotic offering from Yank Kraut-rockers Cave. Their near-mantras fall into the same category as scene pioneers Neu! or even latecomers Stereolab or Electralane, but the band takes on the sound with a rare punk bite. Sure the songs are long, spiraling dedications to elven realms but the near-DIY shuffle of the band’s chunky organ, synthesizers and fuzz bass is hard to ignore,…
WARPAINT
The Fool (Deluxe Edition)
Rough Trade
2CD // £10.99

**Deluxe Edition featuring a bonus disc of the Exquisite Corpse EP, b-sides and remixes** Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
The Quickening
Rock Action Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes free album download redeemable from the label** Kicking off with ‘White Castle’ which sounds something like Emeralds covering Steve Reich, it’s hard what to make of Rock Action’s Remember Remember. It’s Krautrock, but not like any Krautrock you’ve heard before – the extensive many-membered act is too scattershot to succumb to such simple classification. Occasionally they sound more like Bo Hansson or David Axelrod, at others more aligned with…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
The Quickening
Rock Action Records
CD // £9.99

Kicking off with ‘White Castle’ which sounds something like Emeralds covering Steve Reich, it’s hard what to make of Rock Action’s Remember Remember. It’s Krautrock, but not like any Krautrock you’ve heard before – the extensive many-membered act is too scattershot to succumb to such simple classification. Occasionally they sound more like Bo Hansson or David Axelrod, at others more aligned with the post rock of label bosses Mogwai. What…
ANIKA
No One’s There
Stones Throw Records
7″ // £6.99

A surprising, echo-chamber-post-punk gem from the intriguing Anika, produced by Bristol legend Geoff Barrow and remixed by upstart Vex Ruffin. ‘No One’s There’ is a tantalising taste of what’s to come from Anika – a political journalist living between Bristol and Berlin – and her self-titled debut album, which was apparently recorded in only 12 days, just one week after meeting Geoff Barrow and bonding over a mutual love of…
CAGED ANIMALS
Eat Their Own
Lucky Number Music
LP // £12.99

**Includes code to download full MP3 album plus five bonus tracks – redeemable from the label** “If Alan Vega was 40 years younger, he’d be doing this. Or if they remade Blue Velvet, this could work as the soundtrack” – The Guardian Names like Arthur Russell or Beck get cited often as influences, but it is rare that upon listening to a modern artist you feel the genre-fusing depth of…
CAGED ANIMALS
Eat Their Own
Lucky Number Music
CD // £9.99

**Includes code to download full MP3 album plus five bonus tracks – redeemable from the label** “If Alan Vega was 40 years younger, he’d be doing this. Or if they remade Blue Velvet, this could work as the soundtrack” – The Guardian Names like Arthur Russell or Beck get cited often as influences, but it is rare that upon listening to a modern artist you feel the genre-fusing depth of…
ILYA MONOSOV
Sailor Man
Holy Mountain
LP // £15.99

**Includes free digital download redeemable from the label** Ilya of the Monosov Swirnoff duo and Shining Paths presents his first solo LP for Holy Mountain. Low key, almost whispered vocals play with noirish, spooked western signatures in nine tales accented with hints of flamenco and subtly psychedelic blues, like the “fumblings of a detective attempting to resolve his own crimes.” Fans of Scott Walker and Nick Cave should try this….
JOHN CALE
EP: Extra Playful
DOUBLE SIX
12″ // £7.49

**Heavyweight vinyl with download coupon redeemable from the label** Domino’s sister label Double Six present the latest EP from art-rocker, John Cale. He’s in versatile and experimental form, taking in everything from fuzzed-up indie-pop on ‘Castastrofuk’ to railroad pop and even smokily downbeat and atmospheric electronic downbeats with autotuned French lyrics for ‘Pile A L’Heure’.
JOHN CALE
EP: Extra Playful
DOUBLE SIX
CD // £6.99

Domino’s sister label Double Six present the latest EP from art-rocker, John Cale. He’s in versatile and experimental form, taking in everything from fuzzed-up indie-pop on ‘Castastrofuk’ to railroad pop and even smokily downbeat and atmospheric electronic downbeats with autotuned French lyrics for ‘Pile A L’Heure’.
PUFFY AREOLAS
Gentleman’s Grip
Hozac
7″ // £5.99

Cacophonous, punky blues noise from Ohio’s best titled band, ever. The title track zings straight to the pleasure centre with an oblique wall of psychedlic distortion shielding shrieked and dubbed-out vocals, wheeling axe work and steaming drums. B-side ‘Psychomania’ is equally f*cked-up and raucously sexy, and ‘By The Hand’ tips out on a juiced instrumental jam.
SIC ALPS
Battery Townsley
Drag City
7″ // £5.49

Raw and scratchy but impeccably hooky pop music from the Sic Alps. Both tracks were recorded by Eric Alps at Bauer mansion, with Mike and Noel Alps making the music. The A-side’s discordant and scuffed in all the right places and jams like a good ‘un. B-side is called ‘Cambridge Vagina’ and piles on the hairy distortion around super sweet and echo-drenched vocals, hitting the mark between lo-fi grungy indie…
TAMMAR
Visits
Suicide Squeeze
LP // £10.99

*Limited edition of 500 on ice pink vinyl. includes download code redeemable from the label* Bloomington, Indiana’s Tammar serve a seven track of EP of slightly odd post-punk indie with krautrock influences. “On Visits, Tammar pulls off a pretty incredible trick with each and every one of its post-punk anthems, probably something of which the band doesn’t take much note. They mine the classic sounds of paranoia, malaise and misnanthropy…
TWIN SISTER
In Heaven
Domino
CD // £9.99

*Highly accomplished synth-pop album marrying exquisitely fragile vocals with robust drum machines and fragile melodies in shades of Little Dragon and Prefab Sprout. Includes fold-out poster* “To the core, Twin Sister is a capital “p” Pop band. The songs on their debut album In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken as a whole, In Heaven proves itself a…
TWIN SISTER
In Heaven
Domino
LP // £11.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Highly accomplished synth-pop album marrying exquisitely fragile vocals with robust drum machines and fragile melodies in shades of Little Dragon and Prefab Sprout. Includes fold-out poster. “To the core, Twin Sister is a capital “p” Pop band. The songs on their debut album In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken…
WILCO
The Whole Love
ANTI
2CD // £11.99

*Deluxe 2CD: 52 page book, 2 Oversized CD wallets, hardcover slipcase* “For Wilco, the release on September 26th of ‘The Whole Love’ represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros for the release of ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ created a thrilling story, now ‘The…
WILCO
The Whole Love
ANTI
2LP + CD // £17.99

*Double180gm LP with gatefold Audiophile wax – includes bonus track and also a copy of the CD in a cardboard sleeve.* “For Wilco, the release on September 26th of ‘The Whole Love’ represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros for the release…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND
No Diggity / House Arrest
Wah Wah 45s
7″ // £5.99

Brassy Balkan ska and R&B covers this time out for the much-loved Hackney Colliery Band. After providing the highlight of their eponymous debut album, the sousa-led version of Blackstreet’s ’90s R&B classic ‘No Diggity’ makes a welcome appearance on the A-side, but the flip is entirely exclusive to this platter, steppin’ up a propulsive Balkan party monster lead by booming kick drum and even features some singing for the first…
MICHAEL GARRICK & SHAKE KEANE
Rising Stars
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

‘Rising Stars’ is the latest in a long line of quality albums Trunk have been peddling for the last few years. You might have come across British jazz legend Michael Garrick before thanks to his seminal album ‘Moonscape’ (still one of the rarest and most sought after UK jazz LP’s), and just after this release Garrick teamed up with fugelhorn player Shake Keane and recorded a super limited EP called…
MICHAEL GARRICK & SHAKE KEANE
Rising Stars
Trunk Records
LP // £12.99

‘Rising Stars’ is the latest in a long line of quality albums Trunk have been peddling for the last few years. You might have come across British jazz legend Michael Garrick before thanks to his seminal album ‘Moonscape’ (still one of the rarest and most sought after UK jazz LP’s), and just after this release Garrick teamed up with fugelhorn player Shake Keane and recorded a super limited EP called…
AKIRA SAKATA & CHIKAMORACHI
Live At Hungry Brain
Family Vineyard
LP // £13.99

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** “In 2009 Family Vineyard released the first U.S. album by Japanese saxophone legend Akira Sakata in more than 20 years. That critically heralded release, Friendly Pants, was with Sakata’s long running rhythm crew Chikamorachi — drummer Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty Duo, Bjork, Jandek, etc.) and acoustic bassist Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Grand Ulena, Brise-Glace, etc.). This LP is their follow-up. Recorded during…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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NEED FOR MIRRORS / BAZIL
Lo Walk / Traction
Dispatch Recordings
10″ // £6.49

Limited edition 10″ of liquid and neuro-funked rollers from Need For Mirrors and Bazil.

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE
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WET PLAY / ISLINGTON MILL & FAKTION PRESENT
100% Silk Halloween DRENCH: Saturday 29th October, June, Islington mill, Salford
Wet Play
EVENT TICKET // £9.75

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EVENT TICKET – NOT A CD OR VINYL RELEASE* Manchester does Halloween in style with a live PA from dreamy future disco goddess Maria Minerva, plus live & DJ sets from the amazing Ital and the hotly-tipped Protect-U duo. They’ll be aided and abetted by the Wet Play Pals and DJ Den Bosch for a consensual drenching of cosmic disco sleaze, tranzgressive boogie and…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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GUI BORATTO
III
Kompakt
2LP + CD // £14.99

**Includes free CD version of the album** Gui Boratto’s snappily titled ‘III’ is, unsurprisingly, his third album, and finds him balancing his sophisticated Trance-Techno formula with a sleek, but grittily EBM/Wave-informed tilt. He starts out purposefully slow and sensually synthy, like John Carpenter for 2011, before the tempo builds with the brooding Big-room tension of ‘Stems From Hell’. ‘Striker’ is where the EBM influence really bleeds through, driving out darkly…
GUI BORATTO
III
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Gui Boratto’s snappily titled ‘III’ is, unsurprisingly, his third album, and finds him balancing his sophisticated Trance-Techno formula with a sleek, but grittily EBM/Wave-informed tilt. He starts out purposefully slow and sensually synthy, like John Carpenter for 2011, before the tempo builds with the brooding Big-room tension of ‘Stems From Hell’. ‘Striker’ is where the EBM influence really bleeds through, driving out darkly sexy Bass guitar licks under cold and…
VARIOUS / SOMA
Soma Records: 20 Years
Soma
3CD // £10.49

*Triple CD release including exclusive unreleased DAFT PUNK track ‘Drive Unreleased 1994’ + Slam & Silicone Soul DJ Mixes* Daft Punk – Drive Unreleased 1994 is track 1 on the Soma 20 Years compilation triple CD release, and is joined by selected Soma Records classics, including tracks by Slam, Silicone Soul, The Black Dog, Funk D’Void, Samuel L Session, Percy X and Desert Storm. CD 2 is a Slam DJ…
FLOWERS AND SEA CREATURES
Flowers and Sea Creatures
BUZZIN’ FLY
CD // £9.99

“Debut album from acclaimed Montreal alt-electronica duo Flowers And Sea Creatures, coproduced with Ewan Pearson (Delphic / The Rapture / Kompakt), The Revenge and Fred Everything. CD limited to 1000 copies – features a unique Maltese Cross digipak fold-out packaging. ”
MANO LE TOUGH
Stories EP
BUZZIN’ FLY
12″ // £5.49

After a string of disco-leaning releases for Internasjonal, Mirau and Dirt Crew, Mano Le Tough tries his hand at a sort of discofied Tech-House Pop with fine results. A-side ‘Stories’ is a real treat, glowing with lovely synth arrangement and unhurried modern disco rhythm creating the right atmosphere for that poignant vocal hook to leave its mark. ‘From The Start’ is a touch darker, experimenting with slightly more shoegazy vocal…
RADIQ
Gun Street Shuffle
Musique Risquee
12″ // £6.99

Radiq returns with three tracks in a warmer, jazzed-up and minimal House style for Musique Risqueé. Like his op.disc and Philpot 12″s, we perceive a richer sense of soul and organic texture here as opposed to the clicky mnmlsm of his earlier releases. It’s clear to hear in the deftly layered keys and percussion of the title track and the spacious freshness of ‘Pharoahe’, while the clipped bass contours and…
VARIOUS / COCOON RECORDINGS
Green & Blue: Raresh & Sascha Dive In The Mix
Cocoon Recordings
2CD // £9.99

Two Deep and Techy House titans portray their individual visions of House music over two carefully selected mix CDs. Raresh of the [a:rpia:r] imprint picks out the first disc with a lush and steady grooving run of tracks from Deepchord, Harrison Fnord, Delano Smith, Claro Intellecto, Rootstrax, Luciano and Villalobos, among others, 17 total. On the second disc Sascha Dive sustains the mood with sixteen tracks of immaculately sculpted, deep…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

*Gatefold 180 Gram vinyl edition – limited copies on a white marbled pressing. Includes download code redeemable from the label* Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV…
ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
Souterrain Transmissions
CD // £9.99

Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV power-balladeering becomes something altogether more eldritch with the deployment of chilly reverb and impertinently pattering industrial percussion. With their tension…
MARTIN HANNETT
Maverick Producer, Genius and Musician
Ozit
2CD // £11.99

Two discs spanning 29 tracks produced, engineered or performed by “the man who set the template for the Manchester Sound.” A revered electronic innovator and sonic instigator, Hannett is best known for defining the sound of Factory Records and seminal early releases by Joy Division with his experimental approaches – their distinctive drum sound was achieved using the AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley – just one…
SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also…
SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
Drag City
CD // £11.49

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also…
ADAPTA
Adapta EP 1
BRUTALIST SUNSET
12″ // £6.99

*New project from bitstream – 200 copies only for the world* Electro heads should be getting excited right about now – Adapta is the new alias for Steve Conner of the legendary Bitstream. Over three years since they quietly slipped out of view he returns with a robustly updated sound drawing parallels with the likes of T++ and Instra:mental. A-side features the swaggering Electro-Tech cut ‘Isokon Lawn’, riding eye-quivering subs…
ESG
Come Away With ESG (2011 Edition)
Fire Records
CD // £9.99

**2011 reissue courtesy of Fire Records with new liner notes and interview with Renee Scroggins.** Just in case you fancy feeling your age, it’s worth noting that ESG’s ‘Come Away With ESG’ was originally released way back yonder in 1983 on 99 Records – minting a sound that has now gone on to be copied by many but bettered by few… A trio of sisters who have since drafted in…
BESTIAL MOUTHS
Hissing Veil
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

*Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 on clear vinyl* Debut LP from this feral Los Angeles trio. ‘Hissing Evil’ is an uncompromisingly gloomy and viciously propulsive collision of elements, where rattling hardcore goth drumming and cold, fleshly synths consecrate the ground for a barrage of howls and frankly f**king possessed vocals from Lynette Cerezo. The synth atmospheres place them within the same sphere as Atelecine, Zola Jesus or Tearist, but the…
S.C.U.M. / CARTER TUTTI
Whitechapel (With Carter Tutti Mix)
Mute
12″ // £4.99

Epic, dreamy future-disco from Mute’s new darling, S.C.U.M, lifted from their acclaimed debut album ‘Again Into Eyes’ and backed with a stranger Carter Tutti remix. Suggesting Erasure dancing with Sigur Ros at a gay disco in the tundra, ‘Whitechapel’ is a triumphant piece of dancefloor pop awash with magical mellotron against a backdrop of soaring choirs, also included in condensed single version. Equally the briefer ‘Blindness’ is composed with an…
HTRK
Work (Work, Work)
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £9.99

HTRK slickly seduce with the unheimlich sensuality of their third album ‘Work (Work, Work)’. Since their last LP they’ve unfortunately pared down to a duo after the sudden death of bass player Sean Stewart in 2010, and while it may be gauche to attribute the lightless mood of this LP to his departure, it certainly lends some inescapable context. It’s hardly like they were doing tween-pop previously, but the sense…
CAGED ANIMALS
Teflon Heart
Lucky Number Music
7″ // £4.49

*Pink vinyl* Rather catchy pop numbers from Vincent Cacchione, featuring ‘Teflon Heart’ lifted out of his debut album ‘Eat Their Own’, plus ‘Your Eyes Are Gettinnnggg Sssllleeepppyyyyy’ which is exclusive to this single. That A-side is jangly, shuffly and cute as they come, contrasting acutely with the cold, punchy machine rhythms and twisted minimal wave synths of the flipside, making for a very unique little pop record.
TAMBOUR BATTANT
Animals
CHATEAU BRUYANT
12″ // £6.99

Squealing Electro-House and Fidget/Dubstep modes from Benjamin Fournier & Nicholas Baloche, backed up with a remix from Canadian, Zimo. The original is a proper squelchy jacker firing off hazardous synthlines in all directions. Mind your eyes. The remix flings itself between luching halfstep fonk and squeaky jack for the party boys and girls.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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KASSEM MOSSE
Enoha EP
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Mosse returns to Instra:mental’s Nonplus with four raw and highly devious machine rhythms. A-side features the cobra-coital rhythmic slither of ‘Enoha’, sounding like some deadly inversion of Villalobos’ Latino-Tech patterns, next to the killer ‘GS02’, which bears a striking resemblance to the experiments of Container or KPLR. Flipside, he loads up the instinctually minimalist and rogue machine patterns of ‘Inswanna’ and the Drexciyan drum machine dexterities of ‘Sleepworking’ for the…
PEVERELIST / VILLALOBOS & LODERBAUER
Shangaan Shake: Villalobos/Loderbauer & Peverelist
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

After excellent instalments from Shake, Oni Ayhun and Mark Ernestus, it’s the turn of the Villalobos / Loderbauer duo, and Bristolian bass maverick, Peverelist to re-imagine the Shangaan sound in divergent fashion. With source material a million miles (well, maybe 6000) removed from their ECM collaboration, Max Loderbauer and Ricardo Villalobos give a fluidly controlled and trippily dynamic 9 minute bubbler, full of springy drums and oozing bass under a…
BLAWAN
What You Do With What You Have
R&S Records
12″ // £6.99

R&S dip into the UK pool again with two eagerly-awaited fresh Techno killers from Blawan. The A-side ‘What You Do With What You Have’ revolves around a canny vocal sample of KDJ taken from a lecture at the RBMA and pitched up and down over a crunching bit of Techno rollidge guaranteed to get the dance going. The flipside ‘Vibe Decorium’ carves into a more swung sort of rhythm sodden…
SCUBA
Adrenalin
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Scuba returns with three tracks of flashy, tranced-out Tech-House and proggy Electro-House. ‘Adrenaline’ works a formula of rounded square bassline, rigid kicks and uplifting big room breakdown, while ‘Never’ rearranges the factors to a Boddika-styled Electro rhythm with lazer-grabbing maxi-tranz-pads, and ‘Everywhere’ nods to late ’80s Electro-boogie. Picture sleeve!
MARCEL DETTMANN
Translation EP
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.49

Terrific new 4-track EP of muscular, reduced and immaculately grooving techno from man like Dettmann. There are few producers on this earth who can create techno music that sounds sensuous and danceable while still being harsh and heavy enough to scrape the paint off a warehouse’s walls, but the Berghain badman is one of them, and this EP feels to us like some of his most gripping material we’ve heard…
CONFORCE
Dystopian Elements EP
Delsin Records
12″ // £7.99

Midnight Techno pressure from the deeply respected Dutch producer, Conforce. Following his Electroid session on Clone’s Basement Series and a well received LP for Meanwhile, he’s in a squashed and narcotic mood here. In all but one case the tempo is kept below 115bpm or on the Dub downstroke, from the crawling, bass-swollen urban synthscape of ‘Luminous’ through the grinding, Andy Stott-like pacing of ‘Lonely Run’ to the Dubstep-infleunced ‘Desolate…
ROMAN FLüGEL
Fatty Folders
Dial
2LP // £14.99

The German Techno legend also known as Soylent Green, Eight Miles High and Alter Ego presents the very first album under his own name. It’s surprising considering he’s been doing this for over 15 years now, but the finely stripped rhythms and emotive clarity throughout ‘Fatty Folders’ perhaps best represent his personal conception of House and Techno most accurately, and befitting of his birth name. It includes tracks form both…
ROMAN FLüGEL
Fatty Folders
Dial
CD // £9.99

The German Techno legend also known as Soylent Green, Eight Miles High and Alter Ego presents the very first album under his own name. It’s surprising considering he’s been doing this for over 15 years now, but the finely stripped rhythms and emotive clarity throughout ‘Fatty Folders’ perhaps best represent his personal conception of House and Techno most accurately, and befitting of his birth name. It includes tracks form both…
DJ JUS ED
Flight To Tokyo
Mule Electronic
12″ // £7.99

Mule Electronic present two tracks from Ed’s ‘Vision Dance’ album, cut one per side for loudness and quality. A-side is the dark, droning ‘Flight To Tokyo’, one of the meanest tracks from the album, revolving around a vocal sample stoically intoning ‘Happiness’ over sci-fi synths and heavy, heavy 4/4 bass hits. Flipside ‘The Machine’ is a lighter, more fleet-footed House groove kept sparse and dubbed out for the dancers to…
AXEL BOMAN
Lucky Tiger EP
Glass Table
12″ // £10.49

*Picture disc. Includes Appleblim & Al Tourettes remix* Warm, sultry and slightly trippy Deep House modernism from a busy Axel Boman, following his drops on Play It Down, Pampa and Studio Barnhus. The lead cut ‘Esteban Peligro’ sets a lowlit, swinging vibe with subtle chords and steady bass keeping it cool while odd drum samples, dub stabs and spaced-out synths swirl in the mix with a deft touch. Elsewhere, his…
STINGRAY313
Misinformation Campaign
TRUST
12″ // £7.99

Four lean and sci-fi mean Detroit Electro trax from the master of his art. In quick succession from his Micron Audio 12″, this one features highlights in the steel and concrete urban vistas of ‘Herd Instinct’ on the A-side, or the nervous, paranoid twitch of ‘Who’s Watching The Watchers’ and the empty warehouse dance music of ‘Defect’. Heavy cut with typical Austro Mechana quality for Trust.
LAWRENCE
Never As Always (Pt. 1)
LAID
12″ // £7.99

Warm, dub-infused and minimalist House movements from the Dial/Laid label co-founder. A-side bears the crisply elegant shift of ‘Rise’ backed with a subtle Sten Dub with some neatly smudged synth action at the breakdown. Flipside is the weightier Dub 2, cutting off any more excess and really pushing the bass to the corners of the groove for optimal intimacy.
EFDEMIN
Please
Curle Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Efdemin returns to Curle Recordings with two deep Techno excursions, including a collaboration with Kassian Troyer. Solo, his ‘Farnsworth House’ side was “Inspired by & contains samples from “Fahr Weg” by 1000 Robota” lending an atmospheric detail to his typically sleek Techno shuffles. Flipside with Troyer ‘Blount’ is slower, more glamourous and pushed by supple bass balnced with sparing, painterly strokes of warm chords and field recorded ambience.
COSMIN TRG
Simulat
50 WEAPONS
CD // £9.99

Cosmin TRG completes his transformation from dubstep outsider to 21st century techno superhero with this superb debut album on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons label. ‘Simulat’ nicely balances booming floor-fillers with more oblique, abstracted cuts, but without ever lapsing into that “I’m diverse me, I’m gonna take you on a journey” tokenism that so commonly plagues house/techno LPs. Yeah, if it’s bangers you’re after then you won’t be disappointed: check the clipped…
MOOMIN
Sweet Sweet
SMALLVILLE
12″ // £7.99

Fresh Berliner House music from the cutely titled Moomin, following his two 12″s for the boutique imprint Aim. A-side ‘Sweet Sweet’ mesmerises with a blend of Detroit-learned chords and neatly padded kicks arranged with that cool grooving German finish. Flipside Oskar Offermann reshuffles the same track with effervescent 909 percussion and a more subtle sense of reserve, keeping those strings simmering for as long as it takes before Moomin’s original…
JACK DIXON & ROBIN CARD
Decade EP
Take Records
12″ // £6.99

Crisply polished and swinging Double Garage/Techy stuff from up-and-coming producer Jack Dixon and his pal Robin Card. A-side, ‘Adrian’ works on a fluid, dub chord-driven motion akin to a slower F production crossed with Midland, a vibe carried through the deft flex of ‘Leave’, and explored with a funkier vibe on the flipside’s ‘Keith’.
SANTIAGO SALAZAR
Smile Now, Cry Later
Seventh Sign Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Seventh Sign follow previous aces from G-Strings and Marcellus Pittman with three tracks from Santiago Salazar aka Ican aka member of UR’s Galaxy 2 Galaxy. Unlike his mroe recent, and tougher, solo tracks for Historia Y Violencia, these are full of electronic warmth and soul, driven by classic ’90s Detroit House rhythm engines and showcasing his fluent Hi-Tech jazz musicianship.
SKUDGE
June
Skudge
12″ // £7.99

Three cuts of purified analogue Techno from the much talked-about production unit. A-side is given to the Tribal instincts of the title cut, shuffling deliciously padded drums with sparing claps and whistles under silvery strings for classy Detroit appeal. The flipside features the subs-driven, tracky hardware knowledge of ‘Man On Wire’, a slinkily stripped groover with deadly, shivering hi-hats and that all-important pristine analogue finish that you can’t get enough…

 

WORLD
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Life Is Dance
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**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…
GUELEWAR
Halleli N’Dakarou
TERANGA BEAT
2LP // £14.99

**Heavyweight double gatefold with liner notes** Revelatory reissue of prototypical Mbalax-Psych from legendary Gambian group, Guelewar. ‘Diamonoye Tiopité’ documents their last performance, live at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal, 1982, mixing traditional compositions influenced by indigenous MBalax and Kora rhythms with Congolese drumming and the crucial, modern addition of a Mini-MOOG. Up until the time of this gig, the group were essentially the main group in The Gambia,…
GUELEWAR
Halleli N’Dakarou
TERANGA BEAT
CD // £11.99

Revelatory reissue of prototypical Mbalax-Psych from legendary Gambian group, Guelewar. ‘Diamonoye Tiopité’ documents their last performance, live at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal, 1982, mixing traditional compositions influenced by indigenous MBalax and Kora rhythms with Congolese drumming and the crucial, modern addition of a Mini-MOOG. Up until the time of this gig, the group were essentially the main group in The Gambia, alongside the equally renowned Ifang Bondi,…