Jul 082011
 

Hello,

The latest altered state from Leyland Kirby arrives on a hand-stamped white label this week. Vol.2 of this four-part series sees him in an ambiguously reflective mood, traversing mottled new age memes, swelling chorales, localized black holes and one extraordinary 20 minute expanse of curdling milk sea ambience. Drink it up before it’s all gone – 500 only for the world, initial copies on clear vinyl.

The amazing Haxan Cloak album still hasn’t dropped on vinyl yet, but in the meantime Aurora Borealis have pressed up a very small number (200 copies) of the gob-smacking ‘Observatory EP’. Quite unlike the album, these are deconstructed electronic tracks, based on strong Industrial rhythms recalling Raime or Sleeparchive, but with a forested acoustic quality that makes the sound so distinct.

We shouldn’t need to tell you that Zomby’s debut album proper ‘Dedication’, is a BIG deal. The preceding singles of baroque Bassline and emo-Garage were fine teasers, but the full album is surely one of the best you’ll hear this year. It’s a much recommended journey into the heart of soundsystem psychedelia.

Jon Brooks is certainly one of the UKs finest synth ticklers, a fact evidenced on his recent Cafe Kaput albums and the classic ‘Other Channels’ for Ghost Box. Back in his Advisory Circle guise, ‘As The Crow Flies’ is a neater, more song-based follow-up, trimming the edges and folding his synths into an ever wyrder, whimsical sort of psych pop.

RVNG Intl, meanwhile, have pretty much topped that amazing Juan Atkins remix with vol.7 of the FRKWYS series, pairing 1980s synth legend, David Borden with Oneohtrix Point Never, James Ferraro, Laurel Halo and Samuel Godin. It’s a genuine modern supergroup effort, and totally sounds like it, exploring five expansive, alien synth zones with the lushest cosmic topologies imaginable – Seriously impressive stuff.

Seattle’s Further Records drop two stunning records on us this week. The first is an incredible live session by one of the godfathers of Techno and modern electronics, Conrad Schnitzler, recorded in 1972 and covering stunningly crisp, dark and minimal material. The second is a live recording of Ekoplekz’s debut live show, featuring the man at his most instinctive, and very best. Both are housed in screen-printed sleeves, mastered at D&M and well recommended!

However, in a week of great music, one album has truly hit deeper than the rest. Eliane Radigue’s ‘Transamorem Transmortem’ was conceived as an installation in 1973, and performed at NYC institution, The Kitchen, and has almost never been heard since. It’s about the most subtle, but intensely powerful piece of music we’ve heard all year and comes with our highest recommendation.

On a lighter note, Styrax have rounded up some rare House and Techno for a limited 4LP set ‘In Loving Memory’. It mixes exclsuive new tracks from Morphosis, DJ Qu and others with total classics from Ron Trent, Larry Heard, Herbert and more, all full of passion and real authentic vibes.

For fans of Artificial Intelligence-era UK ambient electronics, Thanet’s ‘Receiving Calls’ is a must check. Perfectly suited to Mordant Music’s mottled post-rave aesthetic, it comprises 3CDs in an old school clam-shell/cartridge pack spanning over 3 hours of ambient motifs with a pastoral bleakness and sense of place that’s just quintessentially, eerily British. If you’re into Leyland Kirby, Philip Jeck or Massonix: get on it.

On a dancefloor tip, Kompakt have very kindly pressed up an extended version of Actress’ lilting Tropical remix of ‘Surfer’s Hymn’ on a one-sided etched vinyl pressing, James Blake returns with two darker excursions for Hemlock, Jam City drop a hyper-fluid transmission for Night Slugs, while Peverelist and Kowton drop a badboy white label, Desto unveils a tranced out roller and Clouds bring smudged and lo-fi bass moves to Deep Medi.

Also out this week: new releases from Bullion, Funkbias, XXXY, Seams, James Ferraro, Memory Tapes, Sam Goldberg, Kassem Mosse vs John Beltran, Tevo Howard, Legowelt, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Recloose and a whole ruck of CD’s from the Shangaan crew for the Nozinja label.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



LEYLAND KIRBY
Intrigue & Stuff Vol.2
ELECTRONIC
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £10.99

*Initial copies come on limited edition transparent vinyl.* Out of the blue and onto your platter, HAFTW presents Vol. 2 of Leyland Kirby’s four-part ‘Intrigue & Stuff’ sessions. There’s absolutely no predicting what direction this series will take, and in this instance we’re privy to an internal ocean of quieter thoughts and moods, smudged with a majestic yet somehow solipsistic glow. As ever, there’s a wealth of cultural mulch swirling below the surface, siphoning the slyest hints of Harold Budd and dormant spirits of the new age with a dissolute mix of cynicism and sincerity. Embarking at ‘Eventually, It Eats Your Lungs’ we navigate the crests of swelling choral samples and strangely tactile blasts of blurry bass, delivered with a physicality not unlike being touched in a dream. The two elements tussle and tumble in this fluctuating mindspace, reaching irregular resolutions that still leave us baffled – in the best possible sense. After dilating our sense of time with this passage, we’re briefly extruded through the cosmic chrono-chaos of ‘Speeded Up Slow Motion’, a piece that feels like gazing into localized miniature black hole. That’s all preparation for ‘Complex Expedition’, one of Leyland Kirby’s most breathtaking masterpieces to date. Spanning all 20 minutes of the B-side, the milk sea is curdling and we’re stranded, eons away from anyone or anything. Now, unless you’re a card carrying member of his inner drinking circle, it’s highly unlikely you’ve ever heard this music before, or even anything quite like it. Get to know.



THE HAXAN CLOAK
Observatory EP
ELECTRONIC
AURORA BOREALIS
LP // £14.99

**200 copies for the world** Trailing in the wake of a stunning eponymous debut album, comes a vital vinyl pressing of the ‘Observatory EP’. The first pressing was on tape and limited to 31 copies, so don’t fret if you missed out! This material is quite removed from the album, and almost feels like it was made for a medieval goth rave in the woods. The title track track is built from pummelling, pistoning Industrial kicks and a twirling, wyrdly eldritch synth which hypnotises like a more primal, arcane version of the lead from Carl Craig’s ‘The Climax’. Flipside, ‘Hounfour’ is slower, lurching forward like the marked offspring of Sleeparchive’s Stamp Release 12″ and Raime. Gob-smacking material, do not sleep on this!!!!!



ZOMBY
Dedication
ELECTRONIC
4AD
2LP // £16.99

It’s not like it’s his first full-length offering, but nonetheless there’s a weight and a composure to this release, right down to its sequencing, presentation and home on 4AD, which screams “debut LP proper”. Fair play to the geez, he’s done himself proud here: the eldritch, tranced-out double-punch of opening tracks ‘Witch Hunt’ and ‘Natalia’s Song’ sets the tone for an album that delivers unabashed emotion, narcotic drift and rudeboy grit in equal and complementary measure. The absolutely boss ‘Riding With Death’ is like grime from outer space, smacked-up and dubbed-out but iterated with an almost Teutonic discipline, while ‘Vortex’ and ‘Lucifer’ team the kind of brazen synth stabs favoured by R&B overlords like The-Dream and Timbaland with a heart-catching isolationist sensibility more in keeping with vintage Ae or Source Direct. In the context of the album, the Panda Bear-vocalled ‘Things Fall Apart’ makes perfect sense, preparing the ground for the fetid fourth world techno of ‘Salamander’. ‘Digital Rain’ and ‘Devil Lay Here’ are pure, Zomby-patented dubstep bubble-bobble, the latter knocked nicely off-kilter by ear-worming horn sounds, while the wild-pitching arpeggios of ‘Mozaik’ and ‘Black Orchid’ hark back to his game-changing Hyperdub double-pack. ‘Florence’ teams the most delicate, tremulous piano sequences with scuttling junglist breakbeats, prompting inevitable comparisons with classic Aphex gear; pianos are in fact all over the album, culminating in the straight-faced, unadorned solo piece ‘Basquiat’. The guy has really cultivated his patch of digital flora to perfection, and we just can’t fault him here; Dedication is a hugely recommended journey into the heart of soundsystem psychedelia, Zomby-style.



THE ADVISORY CIRCLE
As The Crow Flies
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Ghost Box
LP // £12.99

The Advisory Circle’s 2008 album Other Channels is one of the best things Ghost Box have ever released, and having kept himself busy since then with various releases on his own Cafe Kaput label, Jon Brooks is now back in AC mode to drop the eagerly awaited follow-up, As The Crow Flies – and what a fiendishly good record it is. As ever with this project, the primary inspiration is the sinister undertones of public information films and wyrd 70s TV broadcasting in general, but As The Crow Flies charts less obviously sample-based territory than its predecessor; this outing is a little less about those hauntological ambiences and paternal monologues (though they’re still very much attendant), more about composition and songcraft, with elaborate synthesizer arrangements and elegant folky inflections aplenty. An agreeable psychedelic whimsy characterises the record, but it’s not all library music twee; you never know when there’s going to be a handbrake-turn into darkness, dissoluton and abstraction: see ‘Modern Through Movement’, which is proto-techno by way of Berlin school kosmische, and especially ‘We Cleanse This Space’, a truly eerie, inspired concoction of reverbed children’s choir and limpid afro-dub percussion. Hell, closing number ‘Lonely Signalman’ is nothing short of vocodered pop. This is perhaps As The Crow Flies’ greatest achievement: that it manages to adhere to the very specific rules and requirements of the Ghost Box universe while also representing a hefty artistic leap forward for its maker. Terrific stuff.



BORDEN, FERRARO, GODIN, HALO & LOPATIN
Frkwys Vol. 7
ELECTRONIC
RVNG Intl.
LP // £16.99

*Limited edition LP from this U.S. underground supergroup Feat Oneohtrix, Laurel Halo, Ferraro and more. Housed in thick black jacket with two-colour adhesive wrap. Includes download code for full album and bonus track redeemable directly from the label** RVNG Intl have assembled one of their most exciting editions for vol. 7 of the Frkwys series, which has previously seen pairings between Pyschic Ills and Juan Atkins, and ARP with Anthony Moore, among others. This one started as a mutual appreciation of David Borden’s ‘Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments’ between Daniel “OPN” Lopatin and the label, and soon evolved into this modern day super troupe of synth stars; highly regarded film and TV composer, Samuel Godin, far-out savant James Ferraro, electronic dreamer Laurel Halo, and Lopatin, collaborating with the venerable Borden. The sessions were entirely improvised and recorded between august and december of 2010 and sound little short of incredible. Their “Ensemble synth explorations for other green worlds” feature distinct elements of each players sound, but it’s difficult, and probably pointless to try and pick them apart from the whole. It’s hardly a competition, quite obviously, and they’ve balanced their contributions accordingly to create five sumptuous pieces of star-gazing contemporary kosmische. It breaks down as two longer tracks divided into two sections, and a majestic final kiss off. They range from the glorious 12 minute expanse of ‘People Of The Wind Pt.1’ to more chaotic and alien expressions in ‘Internet Gospel Pt. 2’, and one truly captivating final dialogue on ‘Twilight Pacific’, and must surely rank as one of the more impressive records of its ilk this year. Recommended!



CONRAD SCHNITZLER
Live ’72
ELECTRONIC
FURTHER RECORDS
2LP // £16.99

**Edition of 500, housed in hand screen printed DIY black french paper jacket** Conrad Schnitzler is without a doubt one of the most important figures in 20th century electronic music. His CV includes a prominent role initiating the seminal Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin circa 1967, essentially creating the nucleus of what would become known as the Kosmische movement. From this he became a founder member of Kluster and collaborated with the likes of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, laying the foundations for future generations of Techno and Ambient electronic musicians. It’s not often that unreleased material of his comes to the surface, but Further Records have somehow gained access to this 1972 live session, salvaged from cheap old tapes. Considering the time frame, this stuff is just incredible, spanning twelve tracks of signature metallic pulses and starry synth plumes framing his beautifully restrained melodic arrangements. What separates Con from the rest of the crowd, and makes him so important to the development of electronic music and Techno in particular, is that intuitive and engrossing element of restraint and repetition, especially when coupled with his knack for darker, moodier melodies and that brooding sense of space. No hyperbole intended, this is a genuinely exceptional piece of work, easily one of the very best reissues we’ve encountered in the recent deluge. Mastered by CGB at D&M, Berlin



ELIANE RADIGUE
Transamorem Transmortem
ELECTRONIC
Important Records
CD // £11.99

‘Transamorem – Transmortem’ is a staggering, transcendent composition rescued from the dust of Eliane Radigue’s archives by Important Records. It has been virtually unheard since it was first premiered on March 9th, 1974 at The Kitchen in NYC, at an event organised by the venue’s music programmer, Rhys Chatham. Like the majority of Eliane’s works, it was created with her favoured ARP Synthesizer, and would surely count as one of her most subtle and still pieces – which is quite something, considering her status as an almost peerless master of sonic stasis. Like the very best of her canonical works, she challenges, or heightens, our perceptions of temporal awareness, seemingly expanding carefully organised frequencies or even a single note, or moment, into a meditative stillness with only the slightest of timbral transformations to create a near-unparalleled effect of immersion. If you’ve ever submitted yourself to one of her compositions before, i’m certain you’ll know what we mean. If not, perhaps Eliane’s notes may enlighten you, “Preceding the greatest achievement, Preceding the greatest detachment. Outer edge of the frontier space of the unconscious. Waves in tune, “the consonant things are vibrating together.” Where is the changing point? Within the inner field of perception, or the external reality of something on the way to becoming. “Then, time is no longer an obstacle, but the means which permit the realisation of the possible.” Because the piece was originally intended as an installation, it’s organised with clearly spatialized high, mid, and low frequencies to be played on a quadrophonic speaker set-up. If you follow her instructions for this setup you may well experience the localised physicality of these frequencies quite differently, but we’d equally recommend simple, linear home listening on a stereo setup for equally enveloping results. Let’s be fair, walking around is the last thing we’ll be doing while this is playing at home. And, this is one of the few times we’ll admit to the advantage of CD over vinyl pressing, because it would definitely detract from the experience if we had to get up and flip the record! Simply, this album is a massively, massively recommended experience.



VARIOUS / STYRAX
In Loving Memory 4:4 (Limited edition quadruple vinyl set)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Styrax
4LP // £29.99

*Strictly limited edition set of 4 x Coloured 12″s feat classic and rare tracks by Ron Trent, Larry Heard, Isolée, Morphosis +++* Glorious compilation of classic and future vintage House and Techno, including tracks by Ron Trent, Larry Heard, DJ Qu, STL, Morphosis, John Daly, Isolée, Reggie Dokes, Herbert and many more. On the yellow 12″ we find Sven Weisemann remixing his own ‘Deep Passion’, and Morphosis looking to the stars with ‘They Just Don’t Care’. besides more deep and raw House styles from Lowtec and STL. For the red vinyl, John Daly pushes slow and deep with ‘Birds’, next to lushed-out Detroit pirouettes from Derek Carr and John Beltran, plus a more abstract groove by Sam McQueen. The ‘Special’ 12″s are just that, loading the first wax with Ron Trent’s deeply inspirational ‘Piano Track’, Larry Heard’s magical ‘Dolphin Dream’ and Herbert’s ‘Fat King Fire’, and the 2nd with Isolée’s ‘Raum Zwei’, Reggie Dokes’ ‘Black Thought (Koomba Project remix)’ and DJ Qu’s hypnotic ‘Be Who You Want’. Choice selections – hurry. Full Tracklisting: Styrax Records 009 = A1 Sven Weisemann “Deep Passion (Sven’s Repassion Mix)” Remix by Sven Weisemann A2 Morphosis “They Just Don’t Care” B1 Lowtec “Stamping Ground” B2 STL “Laio” C1 John Daly “Birds” C2 Derek Carr “25th” D1 John Beltran “Rainy Day Savior” D2 Sam McQueen “Simple Pleasures” plus: A: Ron Trent “Piano Track” B1: Larry Heard “Dolphin Dream” B2: Herbert “Fat KIng Fire” C: Isoleé “Raum 2″ D1: Reggie Dokes ” Black Thoughts the Tribal Mix” D2: Dj Qu “Be Who You Want (Main Mix)”



EKOPLEKZ
Live At Dubloaded
ELECTRONIC
FURTHER RECORDS
LP // £11.99

*Hand screen printed sleeve, mastered at D&M* Wicked slab of avant-Dub doings by Ekoplekz, captured last year at his debut live set for Bristol’s Dubloaded. The entire 45-minute set is spread over two sides, no gaps or nuthing. Much like charming platters for Mordant Music and Punch Drunk, all the music is improvised, deploying an array of cheap effects units and synths to create something quite deliciously spaced-out, lo-fi and inimitably intuitive. In other hands this could be boring, but Ekoplekz is constantly tweaking, folding and nudging his sounds into ever more alien arrangements, doing away with beats to allow the pulses of the synths to keep rhythm while he renders their shapes into arcing star bursts and wonderfully bloopy atmospheres. For our money it’s one of the best bits he’s released yet. It sounds more like Sun Araw meets Carlos Giffoni than anything strickly dub-related. Mastered at D&M. Won’t be around for long.



THANET
Receiving Calls
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Mordant Music
3CD Box (Cartridge Style Pack) // £15.99

*Limited edition triple CD set housed in a clam-shell/cartridge style outer pack.* Transmitted from the edge of English civilisation, ‘Receiving Calls’ is an eerily evocative ambient suite by Thanet. We’ve crossed paths with this artist before in his Mr Maxted guise, but while that project was under the spell of Belgian New Beat and DIY tape music, this one occupies a peculiar location on the edge of light-industrial ambient zones and soundtracky library music. The entire collection clocks in at just under 3 hours, or long enough to do the Ramsgate-Oostende crossing if you really wanted to buy into the experience – we’d imagine this would sound amazing between the ports of Belgium and the UK in the hazy distance. The mixture of minor key pastoral baroque motifs and more greyed and oxidised light-industrial moods subtly evoke the low-rolling landscape and port town bleakness of the district he borrows his name from, distinguishing the suite with an end-of-the-world stillness dappled by silty North Sea light. These could be the soundtracks to particularly haunting reels on the bunkers of the Kentish coast, or equally some slow-moving ’90s detective series on an ashen faced sleuth solving labyrinthine, Kafka-esque mysteries in a tiny village, or more likely the comedown music to a chilly rave held on a pebbly beach. Either way, it’s got us hooked, and we reckon fans of Leyland Kirby or Massonix will be too. Highly Recommended.

Singles of the Week



PANDA BEAR / ACTRESS
Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Kompakt
12″ // £8.99

**Limited edition, one-sided pressing with etching** If, like us, you’ve got a bit narked at trying to beatmatch your 7″ copy of Actress’ Panda Bear remix, then rejoice, ‘coz some clever b*gger at Kompakt has cut an extended version to 12″ for the fat-fingered jocks out there! The original surely stands as one of Actress’ finest remixes to date, but now the pleasure is extended, slightly dilating that mesmerising mid-section and lengthening the second half for crafty players to get busy with the mix. That lovely matt black centre label is going to be covered in oily finger marks soon enough. Highly recommended!!!



JAMES BLAKE
Order / Pan
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
HEMLOCK
12″ // £6.49

**James Blake returns to the label that helped make his name with two dark, killer new productions**. Given the hype surrounding his debut album, you could be forgiven for forgetting what a uniquely talented proposition James Blake is, and how powerful his work can be when aimed at the ‘floor of DMZ rather than the housewives of Middle England. This 12″ is just superb, bringing two instrumental, back-to-first-principals but still hugely inventive dubstep reductions with real balls to them ‘Order’ is a bruising, purist minimal half-stepper, off-kilter 808 hits nudging it forward and no doubt straight into the box of Mala and anyone else who still remembers how devastating a producer Blake can be. It’s ‘Pan’, though, that’s the real prize here: stalking, sub-heavy business for the the paranoiacs and occultists, tortured vocal textures that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Raime or Haxan Cloak record peeling off a ruthlessly stripped groove that’s reminiscent of early Shackleton and Mystikz productions but nonetheless possessed of its own unique presence.



JAM CITY
Waterworx EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

**Seriously tasty new EP on Night Slugs from the boy wonder, Jam City.** The clue to the sound of opening bomb ‘Aqua Box’ is in the title: imagine a pumping Chicago box jam torpedoed down to the ocean floor and souped up with some South London subs and you’re in business. ‘Countess’ is the kind of grime-influenced house at which JC so excels; militant, broken drum syncopations buttressing spiky, stop-start electro arpeggios to bone-crushing effect. ‘Island’ has been knocking around on dubplate for the best part of two years; it’s lost none of its lustre in the interim, butch 808 drums jolting and jabbing around airy, melancholy synth sounds – an out-and-out masterpiece, just killer. ‘Barely A Trak’ takes the tried and tested formula of combining UKF syncopations and bending Moomin synths, but caresses it into something properly unique with the help of some nifty edits and an ‘ardkore-style vocal loop. ‘Waterfalls’ gestures towards Chicago again, with its Virgo-esque tom hits and starlit synths, but breaks down into something altogether more mutant and LDN-flavoured. Banging, breathlessly imaginative stuff from start to finish.



CLOUDS
Lot Of Calls From No One Part2 / Rest Of The Cycle
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Deep Medi
12″ // £7.99

Clouds are the most consistently intriguing characters on the estimable Deep Medi roster. Their first 12″ for the label in two years is split between smudged and dusty midnight jazz styles and more swinging, but melancholy electronica. ‘Lots Of Calls From No One Pt. 2’ hits the jazz mark with wisps of sampled instrumentation aquatically tumbled with blunted, Fly Lo-style bass and mournfully screwed beats, proper end-of-the-bar, end-of-the-night business. Flip over for ‘Rest Of The Cycle’, with flickering, insectoid 2-step scuttles embedded against phat, warm analogue subs and tender chords that could have come from a Fonal release, a fact aided by the deliciously fuzzy tape recording. Full colour sleeve, choice.



PEVERELIST & KOWTON
Beneath Radar
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
LIVITY SOUND
12″ // £7.99

*Limited edition, hand-stamped white label* Proper skulkin’ riddims straight outta deepest darkest Bristol on the freshly minted Livity Sound. Frontside, Kowton goes on a sparse and slinkin’ groove driven by pneumatic subbass pulses and coordinated by tuff yet limbre drum programming, all cloaked with roughed-up string pads. Rolling off a cracking run of tracks on Hessle Audio and Left_Bank, Pev’s mix on the flip feel more tensile, synching rumbling dread bass, slippin’ Toms and sheared hi-hats with a more junglist intent compared with Kowton’s Garage/House flow. No fuss, just stone-cold aces.



DESTO
Makowrap EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
RWINA
12″ // £6.49

Cracking 12″ from Finland’s Desto, landing deep in Tranced-out Bass zones shared by Teeth and Araabmuzik right now. Title tune ‘Mako Wrap’ is an A grade banger, heat-sealing crisp 808 rolls with Teched-out dread bass and aerial trance chords. ‘Neptune’ is trickier in that Foot-steppin’ Teeth style, with trickling synths synched to filigree rhythm programming for the agile rollers, next to the Grimier flex of ‘Overkrookd’. We can easily imagine Oneman slicing through these joints. Best thing Rwina have put out? we think so. TIP!

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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JAMES BLAKE
Order / Pan
HEMLOCK
12″ // £6.49

**James Blake returns to the label that helped make his name with two dark, killer new productions**. Given the hype surrounding his debut album, you could be forgiven for forgetting what a uniquely talented proposition James Blake is, and how powerful his work can be when aimed at the ‘floor of DMZ rather than the housewives of Middle England. This 12″ is just superb, bringing two instrumental, back-to-first-principals but still…
CLOUDS
Lot Of Calls From No One Part2 / Rest Of The Cycle
Deep Medi
12″ // £7.99

Clouds are the most consistently intriguing characters on the estimable Deep Medi roster. Their first 12″ for the label in two years is split between smudged and dusty midnight jazz styles and more swinging, but melancholy electronica. ‘Lots Of Calls From No One Pt. 2’ hits the jazz mark with wisps of sampled instrumentation aquatically tumbled with blunted, Fly Lo-style bass and mournfully screwed beats, proper end-of-the-bar, end-of-the-night business. Flip…
BULLION
Magic Was Ruler
Young Turks
12″ // £9.99

Unquantifiable fusioneering/sampledelics from Bullion! ‘Magic Was Ruler’ features three tracks cut off his brilliant ‘You Drive Me To Plastic’ LP, plus one track exclusive to this side in ‘Good News On Her’, all pressed much louder and fatter than the one-sided LP would allow. So you’ll get the breezy bump and swing of ‘Magic Was Ruler’, and the Sitar-infused Electro of the title track on the A-side, and flip over…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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A STORM OF LIGHT
Untitled
LATITUDES
LP // £10.99

**Limited edition LP – white vinyl** Crushing session from A Storm Of Light recorded in the Latitudes studio late 2009. Most notably, it features a guest appearance from Lydia Lunch and an expanded group line-up including Wolves In The Throne Room’s Will Lindsay and singer Zohra Atash. It’s also notable for the fact that this is the first Latitudes to feature a musician more than once int he series, with…
ASVA
Presences Of Absences
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“Intention. The thing I’d always felt deep down about Asva recordings was that sense of… Intention. Good as they have been they rang hollow, as if the truth of what nature born those tracks was hidden behind a venear of having to ‘be’ a definable thing, genre specific, a way to ‘belong’ somewhere in the midst of other musics. The intention behind Presences Of Absences has been to make something…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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RAYKO
Contagious
RETROSPECTIVE
12″ // £6.49

Four tracks of glutinous Boogie edits by Balearic dude, Rayko. He’s an actual Spaniard, lending the Balearic tag some authentic credence, and he’s evidently got his experienced poolside manner on lock. Vibes range from full vocal edits to slightly glitchier cuts, all primed for the party.
KASTIL
Dusty Edits Vol. 1
Outernational Records
12″ // £6.49

Debut vinyl release of three fine mid/slow-tempo disco edits outta the Basque Country. A-side is etched with ‘Back To Philadelphia’, a teasing extended builder with infectious vocals for the slow burn. B-side is the slow and sticky ‘SMD’ and the more atmospheric float of ‘Rolls Royce’. RIYL Ruf Dug, Duff Disco etc.
BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS
Open Shadow feat. John Davis
FUTURE TIMES
7″ // £6.99

Beautiful Swimmers break down as Andrew Field-Pickering aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Ari Goldman, two dudes who know how to take it slow and low with bags of style. On ‘Open Shadow’ they’ve got some genuine blue-eyed soul vocals from John Davis over a 33-not-45 beat and the sweetest guitar edits chopped to sublime effect. Flipside, Brighton’s Soft Rocks give it a proper Dub Reggae overhaul, smudging the vocals and accenting…
VARIOUS / STRUT
Horse Meat Disco III
Strut
2CD // £13.99

**Includes code to download all unmixed tracks featured on CD and LP versions and 2 exclusive remixes in hi-res MP3 format, redeemable from the label** London’s revered disco institution compile their 3rd annual collection of disco old and new. Includes two 60+ minute mixes and twenty five unmixed nuggets spanning classics from Sylvester, Wham, Idris Muhammad, Gene Chandler and Rose Laurens, to modern moves by Tom Trago, Yam Who?, Glimmers,…
VARIOUS / STRUT
Horse Meat Disco III
Strut
2LP // £20.99

**Includes code to download all unmixed tracks featured on CD and LP versions and 2 exclusive remixes in hi-res MP3 format, redeemable from the label** London’s revered disco institution compile their 3rd annual collection of disco old and new spanning classics from Sylvester, Wham, Idris Muhammad, Gene Chandler and Rose Laurens, to modern moves by Tom Trago, Yam Who?, Glimmers, Wild Geese, Mungolian Jetset and more. Pert.

 

DUB / REGGAE
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3-D PRODUCTION
Riot / Re-arranged
BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
7″ // £3.99

Taken from the excellent compilation ‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion 1979-1983’ we find two rooted Bristol Dub nuggets, ‘Riot’ and the original Dub Version. 3-D production were an offshoot of The Radicals with John Carley on vocals, guitar and percussion and Black Roots member King on bass. Thirty years after original release, ‘Riot’ commemorates the St. Paul’s disturbances set to whining siren, rocking 4/4 steppers rhythm, while the flipside looks to…
LOTEK
International Rudeboy
First Word Records
CD // £11.99

UK HipHop/Reggae institution drops his anticipated ‘International Rudeboy’ player. Wayne Barrett, as he’s known to his mum, has a lengthy CV including a ton of classic Big Dada productions with his Lotek Hi-Fi ensemble and for longtime ally, Roots Manuva. Mr Manuva appears on this one too, alongside vocals from Jimmy Screech, Spikey Tee, RuCL, and Midnight Republic, riding his signatures riddims built with a fine balance of authentic JA…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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JAM CITY
Waterworx EP
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

**Seriously tasty new EP on Night Slugs from the boy wonder, Jam City.** The clue to the sound of opening bomb ‘Aqua Box’ is in the title: imagine a pumping Chicago box jam torpedoed down to the ocean floor and souped up with some South London subs and you’re in business. ‘Countess’ is the kind of grime-influenced house at which JC so excels; militant, broken drum syncopations buttressing spiky, stop-start…
PEVERELIST & KOWTON
Beneath Radar
LIVITY SOUND
12″ // £7.99

*Limited edition, hand-stamped white label* Proper skulkin’ riddims straight outta deepest darkest Bristol on the freshly minted Livity Sound. Frontside, Kowton goes on a sparse and slinkin’ groove driven by pneumatic subbass pulses and coordinated by tuff yet limbre drum programming, all cloaked with roughed-up string pads. Rolling off a cracking run of tracks on Hessle Audio and Left_Bank, Pev’s mix on the flip feel more tensile, synching rumbling dread…
DESTO
Makowrap EP
RWINA
12″ // £6.49

Cracking 12″ from Finland’s Desto, landing deep in Tranced-out Bass zones shared by Teeth and Araabmuzik right now. Title tune ‘Mako Wrap’ is an A grade banger, heat-sealing crisp 808 rolls with Teched-out dread bass and aerial trance chords. ‘Neptune’ is trickier in that Foot-steppin’ Teeth style, with trickling synths synched to filigree rhythm programming for the agile rollers, next to the Grimier flex of ‘Overkrookd’. We can easily imagine…
PUPAJIM
Double Lock / Trouble Again
Jahtari
12″ // £6.99

Rising French Soundsystem star, Pupajim, follows his ‘I Am A Robot’ killah for Jahtari with a pair of digitally fresh riddims. With a vocal style recalling Sugar Minott, Pupa nices up two tidy productions from Disrupt.
FUNKBIAS
Last Forever / Heaven Sent
Swamp 81
12″ // £7.99

Swamp81 present the production pairing of Zed Bias and Rinse FM’s Funk Butcher. The two work tightly to a sort of tucked and minimal Afro-tek vibe, shuffling and shaking clipped Afrobeat drums and diced tribalist vocal cadences in both instances, and both loaded with Zed’s trademark bass weight. You’ll love this if you’re into Altered Natives, and with killer embossed artwork from Will Bankhead – it’s another must-have Swamp81 drop….
JAVEON MCCARTHY
Love Without A Heart
PMR Records
12″ // £8.99

Fresh from appearances on tunes by Julio Bashmore and Round Table Knights, Javeon McCarthy heads up his solo debut, backed with Brey and Phil Coollins remix. Bashmore is on the buttons again, evidently a formula that works damn well, bumping a seductive, electro-flecked R&Bass riddim under Javeon’s upfront vocal. If we’re not mistaken, the hotly-tipped Brey steps up here for his very first official remix outing, an impressively slick Bass…
ERRA
Stax / Jookup
BERKANE SOL
12″ // £5.99

Erra follows up his well-received ‘Cake’ drop on L2S with two kinetic tropical bangs for Berkane Sol. The label’s 20th release opens with balmy chords before heat-seeking stabs fuse with restless Garage drums to intense, jackin’ effect. Flipside ‘Jookup’ sounds like a primal DVA production, rolling to descending drum cadences and warped garage bass with skittering FX and nutty but cute vocal infections. Slightly bonkers, but good fun.
XXXY
You Gotta Do You
ORCA RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.49

Steppin’ away from his House and Garage sounds on Pollen, Infrasonics and Ten Thousand Yen, XXXY tucks into ‘ardcore rollidge mode. ‘You Gotta Do You’ sounds kinda like Andy Stott doing a Swamp 81 sound; all crushed 808 spluttering hardcore drums over squashed subs inna 2011 style. ‘Open Your Eyes’ is a full-on Jungle assault though, splicing amen breaks into a nervously up-for-it mangled-dubstep rhythm.
DREADNOUGHT
Caroline EP
DREADNOUGHT
12″ // £9.99

Dreadnought is the collaborative project between Untold (Hemlock / Hessle Audio) and Samuel Chase (Samuel and the Dragon). This is the duo’s debut release, an individually numbered vinyl-only EP pressed in a limited run – there will be no repress.
J:KENZO / THE SPIT BROTHERS / DJG
Tuba002
TUBA
12″ // £6.49

Cinematically moody session from Dub Alive’s sister label, Tuba. J:Kenzo covers the A-side with the lurching dread vibes of ‘Nocturnal Feelings’, brewing a darker, tribal-tinged and atmospheric roller with a dramatic closing section. Meanwhile, The Spit Brothers make an impressive vinyl debut on the flip with the cloistered skulk of ‘Beg To Differ’, a minimal stepper with droning subs harking back to earliest Skull Disco vibes, followed by DJG’s more…
TES LA ROK
Them
Noppa Records
CD // £8.99

*Thirteen track CD* One of Dubstep’s most persistently prolific producers drops an impressively diverse debut album. For the past four years Jani Niiranen has unleashed a battery of Techy, raved-up Dubstep filth from his base in Finland, with releases landing like shrapnel from Argon, Contagious, Soul Jazz, and Black Acre among many others. For Noppa, Finland’s premier Dubstep label, he moves from the powerful halfstep crush of the title track…
TES LA ROK
Them
Noppa Records
3LP // £18.99

*Nine-track triple-pack* One of Dubstep’s most persistently prolific producers drops an impressively diverse debut album. For the past four years Jani Niiranen has unleashed a battery of Techy, raved-up Dubstep filth from his base in Finland, with releases landing like shrapnel from Argon, Contagious, Soul Jazz, and Black Acre among many others. For Noppa, Finland’s premier Dubstep label, he moves from the powerful halfstep crush of the title track to…

 

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LEYLAND KIRBY
Intrigue & Stuff Vol.2
History Always Favours The Winners
LP // £10.99

*Initial copies come on limited edition transparent vinyl.* Out of the blue and onto your platter, HAFTW presents Vol. 2 of Leyland Kirby’s four-part ‘Intrigue & Stuff’ sessions. There’s absolutely no predicting what direction this series will take, and in this instance we’re privy to an internal ocean of quieter thoughts and moods, smudged with a majestic yet somehow solipsistic glow. As ever, there’s a wealth of cultural mulch swirling…
THE HAXAN CLOAK
Observatory EP
AURORA BOREALIS
LP // £14.99

**200 copies for the world** Trailing in the wake of a stunning eponymous debut album, comes a vital vinyl pressing of the ‘Observatory EP’. The first pressing was on tape and limited to 31 copies, so don’t fret if you missed out! This material is quite removed from the album, and almost feels like it was made for a medieval goth rave in the woods. The title track track is…
ZOMBY
Dedication
4AD
2LP // £16.99

It’s not like it’s his first full-length offering, but nonetheless there’s a weight and a composure to this release, right down to its sequencing, presentation and home on 4AD, which screams “debut LP proper”. Fair play to the geez, he’s done himself proud here: the eldritch, tranced-out double-punch of opening tracks ‘Witch Hunt’ and ‘Natalia’s Song’ sets the tone for an album that delivers unabashed emotion, narcotic drift and rudeboy…
ZOMBY
Dedication
4AD
CD // £9.99

It’s not like it’s his first full-length offering, but nonetheless there’s a weight and a composure to this release, right down to its sequencing, presentation and home on 4AD, which screams “debut LP proper”. Fair play to the geez, he’s done himself proud here: the eldritch, tranced-out double-punch of opening tracks ‘Witch Hunt’ and ‘Natalia’s Song’ sets the tone for an album that delivers unabashed emotion, narcotic drift and rudeboy…
BORDEN, FERRARO, GODIN, HALO & LOPATIN
Frkwys Vol. 7
RVNG Intl.
LP // £16.99

*Limited edition LP from this U.S. underground supergroup Feat Oneohtrix, Laurel Halo, Ferraro and more. Housed in thick black jacket with two-colour adhesive wrap. Includes download code for full album and bonus track redeemable directly from the label** RVNG Intl have assembled one of their most exciting editions for vol. 7 of the Frkwys series, which has previously seen pairings between Pyschic Ills and Juan Atkins, and ARP with Anthony…
CONRAD SCHNITZLER
Live ’72
FURTHER RECORDS
2LP // £16.99

**Edition of 500, housed in hand screen printed DIY black french paper jacket** Conrad Schnitzler is without a doubt one of the most important figures in 20th century electronic music. His CV includes a prominent role initiating the seminal Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin circa 1967, essentially creating the nucleus of what would become known as the Kosmische movement. From this he became a founder member of Kluster and…
ELIANE RADIGUE
Transamorem Transmortem
Important Records
CD // £11.99

‘Transamorem – Transmortem’ is a staggering, transcendent composition rescued from the dust of Eliane Radigue’s archives by Important Records. It has been virtually unheard since it was first premiered on March 9th, 1974 at The Kitchen in NYC, at an event organised by the venue’s music programmer, Rhys Chatham. Like the majority of Eliane’s works, it was created with her favoured ARP Synthesizer, and would surely count as one of…
EKOPLEKZ
Live At Dubloaded
FURTHER RECORDS
LP // £11.99

*Hand screen printed sleeve, mastered at D&M* Wicked slab of avant-Dub doings by Ekoplekz, captured last year at his debut live set for Bristol’s Dubloaded. The entire 45-minute set is spread over two sides, no gaps or nuthing. Much like charming platters for Mordant Music and Punch Drunk, all the music is improvised, deploying an array of cheap effects units and synths to create something quite deliciously spaced-out, lo-fi and…
JAMES FERRARO
On Air
Underwater Peoples Records
LP // £22.99

We’ve only just come out of the trance state elicited by his ‘Last American Hero’ LP and now Jim (short for James, innit) Ferraro goes ‘On Air’ with fourteen tracks of unbelievably distinctive zoned-out kosmiche and martian hazyrock ephemera for his own Muscle Works Inc. label. The casings and genius artwork conceal fourteen tracks wrenched from Ferraro’s memory banks circa the mid 80s, high on sugary cereal with dilated ears…
VAGON BREI
Destiny
FURTHER RECORDS
12″ // £16.99

Vagon Brei aka Victor Ramos follows his ‘Asturias Tierra De Leyendas’ album for Legowelt’s boutique Strange Life label with this mini synth odyssey for Further Records – the same cats who dropped the excellent Schnitzler and Ekoplekz LPs this week. Like his radio shows on The Hague’s Intergalactic FM, ‘Destiny’ is indebted to all manner of vintage synth tropes, coalesced as a conceptual album about “a doomed space mission”. They…
BELLOWS
Handcut
Senufo Editions
LP // £16.99

Alga Marghen sublabel, Planam presents the original LP edition of ‘Handcut’ from Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti’s Bellow project. On their 2nd release as a duo they have concerned themselves with “…a simple technique of cutting/destroying and amplifying vinyl records with contact microphones, creating new grooves and physical loops while capturing the sounds on a revox tape machine with long tapeloops.” These loops are then subtly embellished with effect pedals…
VARIOUS / IMPORTANT
Imprec300: 10 Years, 300 Records
Important Records
LP // £9.99

**On Grey, Purple or Clear Vinyl – Unfortunately we cannot reserve specific colours** Vinyl-only album of exclusive live tracks from the Important roster, featuring Master Musicians Of Bukkake, Grails, Chord, Mugstar, Cave, NHK yx, and Bardo Pond. This is a special release for the label, celebrating their 300th release and 10 years of vital operations originating from humble but ambitious beginnings on the New Hampshire seacoast. This record personifies the…
JOHN DUNCAN
Nazca Transmissions
Alga Marghen
LP // £16.99

*Amazing LP of eye-quivering subbass pulses to shrill, hi-end tones, shortwave blasts and tectonic creaks.* Anton Düder is a possibly hypothetical German archaeologist who made recordings of sounds generated by the infamous Nazca Lines in Peru, circa early 2000s. As a riveting piece of sonic fiction, a story unfolds whereby he sent those recordings to revered sonic conceptualist and sound artist, John Duncan (who has previously worked with everyone from…
MEMORY TAPES
Player Piano
SOMETHING IN CONSTRUCTION
CD // £8.99

Lovely new album from Memory Tapes. Dayve Hawk’s sepia-tinged early work presaged the hypnagogic pop and chillwave explosion, but for this, his second album proper, he claims to have drawn inspiration from insomnia, social awkwardness and a relationship meltdown. Not that you’d know it just from listening: for all its melancholy undertones, this is an album with a strong, bright pop sensibility; tracks like ‘Wait In The Dark’ ‘Player Piano’…
MEMORY TAPES
Player Piano
SOMETHING IN CONSTRUCTION
LP // £19.99

Lovely new album from Memory Tapes. Dayve Hawk’s sepia-tinged early work presaged the hypnagogic pop and chillwave explosion, but for this, his second album proper, he claims to have drawn inspiration from insomnia, social awkwardness and a relationship meltdown. Not that you’d know it just from listening: for all its melancholy undertones, this is an album with a strong, bright pop sensibility; tracks like ‘Wait In The Dark’ ‘Player Piano’…
DATASHOCK
Pyramiden Von Gießen
DEKORDER
2LP // £14.99

This latest from German weirdos Datashock must be what it feels like to double drop the blue pill. From the first couple of notes of ‘Intro/Lasagne Phalanx’ it’s pretty clear that the extended collective of prog folkies are vying to drag our unconsciousness through the rabbit hole before exacting all manner of mental tortures. It’s probably worth it though; with the gritty, bass heavy backdrop of classic Amon Duul II…
ROEDELIUS
Wie das Wispern des Windes
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

This one just fluttered through an open office window…a reissue of Hans-Joachim Roedelius’ six solo piano improvisations from 1986. Touchingly dedicated to his mother, ‘Like The Whispering Of The Wind’ is a luxurious suite of performances produced at his home and a friend’s house in Vienna between 1983-85, and includes ‘Beneath Blooming Trees’, a cut from a live performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London in 1985. Lush.
GONZALES
Ivory Tower
Gentle Threat
2LP // £16.99

This album corresponds to a new film of the same title from Parisian polymath Chilly Gonzales. The movie stars Gonzales himself alongside musical pals Tiga and Peaches, with the two male leads playing chess champions competing for the affections of everyone’s favourite electro-punk provocateur. The album is produced in coalition with Boys Noize and finds Gonzales in the kind of danceable pop territory often occupied by Sebastien Tellier. Flirting with…
CHILLY GONZALES
The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales
Gentle Threat
LP // £16.99

I must say that in the wake of Chilly Gonzales’s successful solo piano releases I don’t think I expected to see him return to the comic rap he cut his teeth on, at least in this lifetime. He’s back though, and on fine form offering up the world’s first orchestral rap album (allegedly) and it does indeed do exactly what it says on the tin. To me Gonzales has never…
DADAVISTIC ORCHESTRA
Dokument 0.2
Dust Science
CD // £9.99

Dadavistic Orchestra, the union of Sheffield stalwarts The Black Dog and Dutch ambient Techno crew Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, present the follow up to their debut album, released at the start of 2011. ‘Document 02’ sprawls over six atmospheric soundscapes very much in the vein of early AI transmissions but with some updated technologies lending a more spacious electro-acoustic quality to proceedings. Recommended.
DAVE.I.D
Response
K7
CD // £12.99

Robust debut album of electro-fired Rock music from Dave I.D. ‘Response’ is polished to a shiny gnarl, fusing seared guitars and twisted synths with noisy drums indebted to Dubstep. You’re probably not going to dance to this unless you’re a bit of a tit, but it’s definitely one for the slightly more advanced rocker.

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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JOZEF VAN WISSEM
The Joy That Never Ends
Important Records
LP // £15.99

Jozef Van Wissem is a best known for his idiosyncratic approach to playing the Renaissance and Baroque lute – not an instrument you hear very much of these days. He’s collaborated with the likes of James Blackshaw, Maurizio Bianchi and Tetuzi Akiyama over the last ten years, and plays with an attitude and originality warranting Mi Ami’s Daniel Martin-McCormick to compare him with John Fahey. His third record for Important…
LAURA J MARTIN
Spy / Kissbye Goodnight (feat. Buck 65)
Static Caravan
7″ // £3.99

“Two tasty tracks of wonderfully eccentric folk-driven weirdness. Based in Liverpool, Laura mines the strange, darker underbelly of folk and has recorded sessions for Marc Riley and Rob Da Bank. ‘Kiss By Good Night’ is a delicious slice of film noir-informed folk, as if Tom Waits and Jethro Tull had teamed up to record the soundtrack to a Bogart and Bacall movie, or perhaps the score for a gritty HBO…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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SAM GOLDBERG
Having Had Forgot
ARBOR
LP // £11.99

Sam Godlberg’s best known for his beautiful, borderline pop/ambient music as Radio People and his Mist duo with Emeralds’ John Elliott. But ‘Having Had Forgot’ marks a acute departure from those mainly electronic projects, heading towards a blend of tender electric guitar and minimal daubs of synth with some subtle field recorded atmospherics. It’s not just Sam alone; he’s got a rotating assembly of Midwestern compatriots helping to paint these…
LUUP
Meadow Rituals
EXPERIMEDIA
LP // £13.99

Led by flautist Stelios Romaliados, Luup is a collective of vocalists and musicians bringing self-described “shimmering folk tendencies” to bear on neo-classical compositions. It really avoids the trite and cloying vibe of so much similarly oriented fare, opening itself up to eerie loop effects, jazzy inflections, artfully glitched percussion and tremulous string arrangements; we end up with an electro-acoustic music that’s full of detail, drama and emotional resonance, but which…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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PIKACYU & MAKOTO
OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside
Riot Season
CD // £10.99

“Pikacyu*Makoto is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), and Afrirampo’s Pikacyu. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name)….
INDEX
Black Album / Red Album / Yesterday & Today
Lion Productions
2CD // £16.99

“Two holy grails of psychedelia (from 1967-68), coupled with a disc of recently discovered unreleased material, all from the original tapes! In the mid 1960’s, Detroit was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however. The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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BUGGE WESSELTOFT & HENRIK SCHWARZ
Wesseltoft Schwarz Duo
MULE MUSIQ
LP // £13.99

‘Duo’ pairs Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft with House producer, Henrik Schwarz. It’s the first time they’ve worked together, but they sound so comfortable, they could be mistaken for longtime collaborators. The mood of the album is somewhere between sunny day melancholy and laidback but groovy, threading Bugge’s deft keys through widescreen spaces opened up and embellished by Schwarz with rhythmic noise, some beats and reserved electronics processing. It’s certainly…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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KATE SIMKO
Lights Out
Hello Repeat
CD // £9.99

Minimal mistress, Kate Simko presents her sophomore album through Hello Repeat. ‘Lights Out’ notably features three warmer vocal collaborations with Kevin Knapp, Brenda D and Franco Di Lorenzo, adding a necessary romance to her sometimes austere brand of mnmlsm. Besides the clinically produced instrumental highlights of ‘Last Breath’ and the hypnotic ‘Cairo’, there’s also a fine beatless passage of electro-acoustic ambience on ‘Machine’s Mantra’.
KATE SIMKO
Lights Out
Hello Repeat
2LP // £14.99

Minimal mistress, Kate Simko presents her sophomore album through Hello Repeat. ‘Lights Out’ notably features three warmer vocal collaborations with Kevin Knapp, Brenda D and Franco Di Lorenzo, adding a necessary romance to her sometimes austere brand of mnmlsm. Besides the clinically produced instrumental highlights of ‘Last Breath’ and the hypnotic ‘Cairo’, there’s also a fine beatless passage of electro-acoustic ambience on ‘Machine’s Mantra’.
ADA
Meine Zarten Pfoten
PAMPA RECORDS
LP + 7″ // £20.99

*Includes a bonus 7″ and digital download code redeemable from the label* Some ten years into a respected production career spanning over 40 singles and remixes, Hamburg’s Ada drops her second album. Neatly suited to Koze’s unquantified Pampa imprint, ‘Meine Zarten Pfoten’ is a breezy mix of pastoral and Balearic-tinged pop, House and electronica. Like the mnml sound which birthed her, Ada has evidently matured since her debut album, the…
ADA
Meine Zarten Pfoten
PAMPA RECORDS
CD // £10.99

Some ten years into a respected production career spanning over 40 singles and remixes, Hamburg’s Ada drops her second album. Neatly suited to Koze’s unquantified Pampa imprint, ‘Meine Zarten Pfoten’ is a breezy mix of pastoral and Balearic-tinged pop, House and electronica. Like the mnml sound which birthed her, Ada has evidently matured since her debut album, the definitive ‘Blondie’, embracing more tender vocal melodies and song structures, whilst drifting…
MATTHEW DEAR
Little People (Black City) (Sascha Dive Remix)
Deep Vibes
12″ // £7.99

Extended and dubbed out Deep House remixes of a highlight from Dear’s ‘Black City’ album. Dive spikes the original with an effortless and expertly druggy touch, sending the voices into dizzying, K’d-up swirls around fluctuating dub delays and a phat Tech-House roll on the Dub, before stepping further into the hole on a longer ‘Vinyl Cut’ for those who like to crawl inside the bassbins.

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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THE ADVISORY CIRCLE
As The Crow Flies
Ghost Box
LP // £12.99

The Advisory Circle’s 2008 album Other Channels is one of the best things Ghost Box have ever released, and having kept himself busy since then with various releases on his own Cafe Kaput label, Jon Brooks is now back in AC mode to drop the eagerly awaited follow-up, As The Crow Flies – and what a fiendishly good record it is. As ever with this project, the primary inspiration is…
THE ADVISORY CIRCLE
As The Crow Flies
Ghost Box
CD // £9.99

**Comes with 2 bonus tracks not included on the vinyl edition** The Advisory Circle’s 2008 album Other Channels is one of the best things Ghost Box have ever released, and having kept himself busy since then with various releases on his own Cafe Kaput label, Jon Brooks is now back in AC mode to drop the eagerly awaited follow-up, As The Crow Flies – and what a fiendishly good record…
THANET
Receiving Calls
Mordant Music
3CD Box (Cartridge Style Pack) // £15.99

*Limited edition triple CD set housed in a clam-shell/cartridge style outer pack.* Transmitted from the edge of English civilisation, ‘Receiving Calls’ is an eerily evocative ambient suite by Thanet. We’ve crossed paths with this artist before in his Mr Maxted guise, but while that project was under the spell of Belgian New Beat and DIY tape music, this one occupies a peculiar location on the edge of light-industrial ambient zones…
JACQUES BERROCAL
Parallèles
Alga Marghen
CD // £14.99

**Brilliantly unpredictable and highly considered free music gem from the 1970s French avante-garde** Jacques Berrocal has been very active since the beginning of the 1970s. No one in France could mix jazz, improvisation, rock’n’roll, punk, no wave, spoken words and industrial music like him. He also had a central position in the creation of d’Avantage, a collective record label that issued some of the most particular sessions of the mid-late…
VINCENT EPPLAY & SAMON TAKAHASHI
Soundtracks for the Movies of Pierre Clementi
Alga Marghen
LP // £16.99

**Parisian sound artists, Vincent Epplay, and Samon Takahashi present five often delirious, lysergic cut-ups of Pierre Clementi soundtracks: from abstracted psych-rock grooves to dynamic electro-acoustic scapes and outre collaging. Mind bending, but with an underlying sense of collected organization** “First performed at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux in March 2009, “Soundtracks for the movies of Pierre Clemanti” is an electronic concrete music including many references to psychedelia,…
DAVID BEHRMAN
Wave Train
Alga Marghen
2LP // £27.99

**Gatefold double LP with full colour sleeve notes and photographs** ‘Wave Train’ documents six Behrman compositions created between 1959-1966 with David Tudor, Christoph Caskel, Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier. They range from quieter, shorter pieces for prepared piano to two longer, and deeply engrossing sides, specifically the haunting ‘Wave Train’ from 1966, and the collaged field recordings and electronic tones of ‘Sounds For A Film by Robert Watts’…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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COMPUTER MAGIC
The End Of Time / In So Many Ways
Roundtable Records
7″ // £4.99

Hotly-tipped New Yorker, Danielle Johnson aka Computer Magic, follows her acclaimed ‘Electronic Fences’ debut earlier in the year with ‘The End Of Time’ and ‘In So Many Ways’. Over the last year, her digital-only releases, offered via Tumblr, have caught the attentions of NME, Pitchfork and Stereogum; all gushing over her brand of perky laptop pop. ‘The End Of Time’ is a breezy paean to the oncoming apocalypse, oddly delivered…
PART TIME
What Would You Say?
Mexican Summer
CD // £10.99

Like so many of their generation, Part Time wear their soft-focus ’80s influences on their (rolled-up) sleeve with debut album ‘What Would You Say’. Following in the footsteps of John Maus, Ariel Pink, or the Ducktails, their sound is drenched in all the memes of that era, from the haze of warm and woozy synths on ‘Living In Pretend’ to the neon backlit guitars of ‘She’s Got The Right’ and…
YACHT
Shangri-La
DFA
CD // £11.99

Yacht’s second album for DFA is a stylishly optimistic slab of nu-wave pop. “Shangri-La’ argues that “Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time.” Bolstered with this bold conceit, they fuse elements of hi-speed Afro-pop and NRG disco with pop hooks looking back to the B-52s or Talking Heads, all with their signature lyrical quirks and that insistent passion that’s at the heart…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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VARIOUS / STYRAX
In Loving Memory 4:4 (Limited edition quadruple vinyl set)
Styrax
4LP // £29.99

*Strictly limited edition set of 4 x Coloured 12″s feat classic and rare tracks by Ron Trent, Larry Heard, Isolée, Morphosis +++* Glorious compilation of classic and future vintage House and Techno, including tracks by Ron Trent, Larry Heard, DJ Qu, STL, Morphosis, John Daly, Isolée, Reggie Dokes, Herbert and many more. On the yellow 12″ we find Sven Weisemann remixing his own ‘Deep Passion’, and Morphosis looking to the…
PANDA BEAR / ACTRESS
Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix)
Kompakt
12″ // £8.99

**Limited edition, one-sided pressing with etching** If, like us, you’ve got a bit narked at trying to beatmatch your 7″ copy of Actress’ Panda Bear remix, then rejoice, ‘coz some clever b*gger at Kompakt has cut an extended version to 12″ for the fat-fingered jocks out there! The original surely stands as one of Actress’ finest remixes to date, but now the pleasure is extended, slightly dilating that mesmerising mid-section…
SEAMS
Focus Energy / Motive Order
Pictures Music
12″ // £6.99

New drop on Pictures Music from Seams, leading with ‘Focus Energy’, a thumping house cut spiked with 16-bit Zelda arpeggios, monosyllabic vocal snips and some nicely juddering builds styled for maximum dancefloor impact. ‘Motive Order’ is a similarly hyper-digital affair – in fact it employs exactly the same drums, synths and vocal ingredients as the A-side – but this time on a skippier flex, building to a tooth-grindingly (in a…
JOHN BELTRAN / KASSEM MOSSE / SVEN WEISEMANN
Kassem Mosse & Sven Weisemann Remixes
Delsin
12″ // £7.99

Opulent reworks of classic ambient Techno moments from John Beltran’s revered catalogue. Side A, Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup remake ‘Brilliant Flood’ from his 2006 album ‘Human Engine’, adding chunky, punchy Toms and a signature supple bassline push to the blue melody of the original. On the other side Sven Weisemann offers his ‘Anticipation’ tribute, a fluid patchwork of elements from various Beltran releases forming a dreamily epic nine minute…
TEVO HOWARD
Pandora’s Box
Rush Hour
2LP // £13.99

‘Pandora’s Box’ is an addendum to last years ‘Crystal Republic’, also out on the fine Hour House Is Your Rush label. It’s *not* his debut album, but an eight track collection of wide-ranging House styles tied up with Tevo’s trademark melodic touch and crisp drum programming. Highlights would be the Italo-tweaked ‘Spend Some Time’, the luscious ‘Intersection’ and his romantic jazz note ‘Autumn Spell (Top Shelf September Mix)’. Top quality….
S-MAX / SPATIAL
Ms. Rosen Dub / Corti
Schmorgasbord Records
12″ // £7.99

Infrasonics mainman and Boogizm’s S-Max go toe-to-toe with four tracks of kickin’ House and itchy Garage. S-Max, the dude behind a ruck of funked-up micro-House in the ’00s on labels like Karloff, Telegraph and, of course, his own Boogizm, drops a chunky swing-jack joint on ‘Helvetica’, which Spatial duly reinforces with beefed up kicks for the ‘Size 9 Stomp’. Flipside, Spatial drops the splayed 2-step edits of ‘Corti’, delivered with…
LEGOWELT
Sark Island Acid
LONG ISLAND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
12″ // £8.99

L.I.E.S delve deep with three timeless, superlative acid cuts from Legowelt. The man is in awesome form on this plate, sucking us right into an abstract narrative “…in which woodland creatures attempt space travel, lonely middle-aged men cast off by society perform circuit bending experiments in their parents suburban basement and autistic fans of late night talk radio call in form the outer-reaches to discuss world politics.” Yeah! A-side ‘Sark…
FORMAT
#1 Solid Session
Nightvision
12″ // £7.49

Orlando Voorn’s mega Dutch House hit from the ’90s reissued with new remixes by Vince Watson, Legowelt and Orlando himself. Watson’s mix is typically flush with cascading Detroit melodies, but we’d recommend going straight for Legowelt’s version, primed with big room reverbs for the proper epic pound. Orlando’s mix strips it all back for a twinkly beatless revision.
EMPTYSET / BEN KLOCK / RIPPERTON
Altogether Lost (Ben Klock / Ripperton Mixes)
CLR
12″ // £7.99

Juicing ‘Altogether Lost’ for all it’s worth, Ben Klock and Ripperton offer more sexy, mesmeric versions. Ben Klocks’ ‘Glowing Clap Mix’ is organised with a dry, grinding Chicago vibe while Ripperton’s ‘Underground Kingdom Mix’ is quite the epic, stealthily evolving from minimal intro through layered Toms and minor key piano chords before Cornelius Harris appears at the apex, all composed with the graceful glide of Carl Craig special.
BLONDES
Business / Pleasure
RVNG Intl.
12″ // £9.99

Uniquely tripped out and glorious Post-House music from Brooklyn’s Blondes. In the space of three singles, this one included, they’ve established a very individual and plush sound, refracting various strains of groovesome House music with a cannily psychedelic style. There’s something richly organic yet strangely synthetic to their basslines on each single so far, and here ‘Business’ is imbued with the very same quality, a buoyant, spongy springiness which seems…
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
DJ-Kicks
K7
CD // £10.99

MCDE drops a wide-reaching DJ-Kicks session ranging from Sun Ra to Aphex Twin. The vibe is deep and spiritual, also taking in classic Chicago House from Mr Fingers, disco from Loose Joints, dub from Rhythm & Sound, modern but vintage sounding House from Fred P and cherry-picked joints between.
ROMAN LINDAU
Lot De Deux
FACHWERK
12″ // £7.99

Mike Dehnert’s Fachwerk label drops two solid modern Techno cuts from Roman Lindau. ‘Avide’ is a straight-up, Chicago-spiked banger, minimal and shifty styles with nods to Green Velvet. However, ‘Sub Suggestion’ is much craftier, shook with a tidy Latinized shimmy and grazing light industrial noises.
SHIFTY SCIENCE / BVDUB
Love’s Not Fading (Earth House Hold Mix) / Same Boat, Different Sea (Shifty Science Mix)
LOVE’S LABEL
12″ // £8.99

*Hand-stamped white label. Limited to 300 copies* Fathoms deep House music remix exchange from BVDub and Shifty Science. BVDub, in his new Earth House Hold guise, remixes Shifty Science’s ‘Love’s Not Fading’ taking it back to ’92 with slippin’ drums and velvet cushioned chords. On the flip, BVDub’s ‘Same Boat Different Sea’ is remade as a proggy, tranced-out techno roller, making up for a lack of funk with charming, “heart-on-sleeve”…
MARGARET DYGAS
Margaret Dygas
Perlon
CD // £9.99

Following her widely acclaimed album for Power Shovel Audio, Margaret Dygas returns to Perlon with this impressive album. Her unique Tech-House architectures are pensively minimal and full of surprising nuances like the tempered neo-classical keys which break the reflective surfaces of opener ‘Missing You Less’ or the almost out-of-time drums which stumble across ‘Country Way Of Life’. But most of all this eponymous entry is defined by lustrous, glacial drones,…
RECLOOSE
Saturday Night Manifesto
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.49

Sophisticated Hi-Tech House music from Recloose. With the refresh of recent reissue for comparison, Recloose is right up-to-the-time with his chops on these three tracks. On the A-side’s ‘Electric Sunshine’ the triplet drums, guitar licks and woozy, sun-baked synths are rendered with an incredible clarity and spaciousness, but this guy has the rare quality of stunning musicianship to add to his production values. On a more upbeat tip, ‘Parquet’ shakes…
HARKIN & RANEY
Shakes On
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Subtly brooding, deeper House from Harkin & Raney, following their Throne Of Blood debut in late 2010. ‘Workin and Steamin’ looks to late ’80s Chicago House for inspiration, arranging jacking Toms under atmospheric pads and dark but soulful vocal snippets and infectiously moody minor key chords. ‘Shakes On’ is more early ’90s, bassline-driven groover with stealthy pads, and backed with a more abstracted, dynamically perky Naum Gabo remix.
AIKEN
Mer
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

Three tracks of darker, rolling Techno on the debut vinyl outing for Aiken, backed with an Architectural remix by Reeko. Aiken’s original productions skirt pneumatic Dub Techno on ‘Mer’ and more hypnotic, slinkier pumps on ‘Changed Life’, or dissonant, metallic stomp of ‘Trust Ourselves’. Reeko’s Architectural remix of ‘Conclusion’ is more experimental, leaning towards an aquatic, bass-driven Dub Tech swing.
DENSE & PIKA
Bad Back / Vomee
DENSE & PIKA
12″ // £6.99

*Hand-stamped white label* Strong TechnoHouse trax from a couple of known producers acting incognito. We haven’t a chuff who’s behind them, but the A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed’s Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
DOSEM
Parallel
Sino
2LP // £14.99

Double LP debut from Catalan Techno producer, Dosem. ‘Parallel’ includes his best known tracks ‘Beach Kisses’ and ‘Silent Drop’, presented here in exclusive vinyl versions.
DOSEM / SENDO
Parallel
Sino
2CD // £12.99

Double disc debut from Catalan Techno producer, Dosem. The first disc comprises a mixture of his euphoric dancefloor tracks such as ‘Beach Kisses’ and ‘Silent Drop’, interspersed with ambient interludes, 22 tracks total. Disc two is concerned with his ambient leaning productions for the Balearic types.
PAUL WOOLFORD
Achilles
Planet E
12″ // £7.99

Prolific UK House producer follows a sterling stream of releases and remixes on Local Action, Phonica and R&S with two engrossing Tech House tracks for Planet E. Mr Woolford complements the E vibe with the sophisticated psychedelia of ‘Achilles’, all triping arpeggios and wobbly wet synth squiggles with a Hip-notizing groove. The chunkier percussion of ‘Razor Burn’ shows why he’s so popular with the Funky set, stirring up swing-dippin’ drums…
SHADOW MOSES
Papermoon
LONESOME HERO
12″ // £5.99

Quality anonymous Techno from an undercover collective of producers. ‘Papermoon’ is a phat, rolling, teasing, groover, licking up dynamic dub chords and organic bassline shifts to grip the floor like little else. Flipside ‘Mothballs’ is a more minimal, hypnotic and swinging, kinda remidning of G-Man, Basic Channel etc. Hand-stamped white label, mastered by Redshape.
SILENT SERVANT
El Mar (Svreca Mixes)
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

**Two track one-sided vinyl** Semantica label head, Svreca, remixes Silent Servant in two versions. The first features a sliver of melody concealed by sprays of white noise and a bumpy, offset bass grumble. The second feels more autistic and anti-funked, with clods of churning drums arranged to teeth gritting effect.
VARIOUS / CROW CASTLE CUTS
Fouke Le Fitz Waryn EP
CROW CASTLE CUTS
12″ // £6.99

*300 hand-numbered and stamped grey vinyl with insert* Diverse House tracks from a North Wales-based collective of producers. Styles rove between mellow, Balearic-tinged Deep House from Maxim Lany + Lemahkular, to jazz-tinged moves by Studio Swiss, atmospheric late-night electro-House moods by Luv Jam, and Legowelt-like sci-fi groove of Taylor Made.

 

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VARIOUS / MR BONGO
Psychedelic Pernambuco
Mr Bongo
CD // £13.99

*The first release in a definitive series collecting psychedelic ’70s music from Pernambuco, Brazil. Includes 19 tracks of humid Psyche Rock grooves from the Brazilian underground* “Fabricas de Discos Rozenblit was founded by José Rozenblit in 1954 in Pernambuco (northeast Brazil). Im addition to a record label the operation boasted the first ever vinyl-pressing plant in the state, a super-modern factory and a studio capable of recording a full symphonic…
TSHETSHA BOYS
You Tube Top Hits
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Stars of the recent (and amazing) Shangaan Electro tour, the Tshe-Tsha Boys appear on their own album of ‘You Tube Top Hits’. The most recognisable exponents of the Shangaan sound (they wear clown masks and boiler suits, sorta like ICP but waay better), their’s is possibly the cheekiest style of Shangaan. This album includes their signature…
NKATA MAWEWE
Khulumani
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Ten-track album from what would appear to be a three piece vocal ensemble, entirely produced by Nozinja, and arranged by Nozinja and Mancingelani. ‘Much of ‘Khulumani’ is set to typically fast and charming Shangaan disco, but one track ‘Ndaheni’ is a slower Kwaito-tempo groove much in the style of Tiyiselani Vomaseve’s ‘Vangoma’, and worth your attention….
B.B.C.
Nwagezani
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Includes the massive, definitive Shangaan hit ‘N’Wagezani’ and nine more songs featuring lead vocals from BBC and backing by Vuyelwa and Shonisani. All production handled by Zojinja. TIP!!! **CDs are new and definitely playable, but some have received surface marks in transit**.
MC MABASA / NA SHIGOMBE SISTERS
Ritaboxeka Thumba
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Twelve tracks of gospel-tinged Shangaan Electro by Nozinja Music Productions. Features lead vocals from MC Mabasa and vocal harmonies by Na Shigombe Sisters over typically hi-velocity drum machines rhythms and lovely, fluid palm-wine guitar. No tracklisting but some real charms to be discovered inside.**CDs are new and definitely playable, but some copies do feature surface marks**….
XITSONGA DANCE
Vomaseve Vol. 3
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Eight instrumental dance tracks by The Dog, aka Nozinja Productions. We say instrumentals – they aren’t songs – but there are loads of mad noises, from barks to wails and mad, melodic motifs, over signature 180 bpm beats. Outrageous dancefloor tools. **CDs are new and definitely playable, but some copies have received surface marks in transit**….
TIYISELANI VOMASEVE
Vangoma
NOZINJA MUSIC PRODUCTION
CD // £5.99

*Printed CD with full colour artwork in CDr dust-cover, direct from Limpopo, Shangaan, RSA!* Tiyiselani Vomaseve dropped one of the highlights of Honest Jon’s ‘Shangaan Electro’ compilation last year with ‘Vanghoma’ (played by Ramadanman, among others). ‘Vanghoma Vol.3’ includes that titular hit and ‘Papa Vata Vuya’ from their recent single 12″ plus ten more songs from the harmonious quintet exclusive to this album. Recommended.**CDs are new and definitely playable, but…
VARIOUS / TRANS AIR
West Indies Funk Vol. 2
TRANS AIR
2LP // £14.99

**Now available on vinyl!** “Following the success of the first installment of ‘West Indies Funk’, the Trans Air label of Puerto Rico presents a second volume of rare vintage funk straight out of the Caribbean. This entry unearths more inspired cuts from artists such as The Troubadours, Steel Image, The Cassanovas, Blue Rhythm Combo and Kenny & The Beach Boys. They may not be household names, but their Caribbean-flavoured covers…
VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL
La Habana era una Fiesta
VAMPISOUL
2CD // £18.99

“From the mid-30s until approximately 1960, leading Cuban radio stations such as CMQ and Radio Progreso hired the most famous Spanish artists (and also many hustlers who came to America looking for riches) to broadcast the performances and variety shows with live music of Los Chavales de Espaoa, Los Bocheros or Los Churumbeles. The extensive reach of radio and cinema, together with the growing popularization of vinyl, enabled the quick…