Jun 242011
 
Hello,

Clams Casino is possibly the hottest producer on the planet right now. His beats have been vocalled by Lil B and Soulja Boy, but ‘Rainforest’ is his solo debut proper, stepping out from behind his monitor with a clutch of uniquely waterstained and gothically blunted instrumentals. Like the rest of the Tri Angle sound, this is music for solo immersion, drenched in heartache and consumed by emotion. Out now on CD and Limited vinyl – a massive recommendation.

Rachel Evans made a big impression with her debut album as Motion Sickness Of Time Travel at the end of last year. Her sophomore LP ‘Luminaries & Synastry’ lands this week and finds her control a beautiful glide into more pastoral climes, defined by naif, blissfully tingling vocals and romantic clouds of synths. The first pressing comes on pink vinyl and includes the album on CD with two bonus tracks – get in while you can.

Spread over two records split with Alien Radio and Ben Vida, Keith Fullerton Whitman makes another weighty appearance at the top of our lists this week. His Dekorder LP is an exhilarating sequence edited from live performances on a Buchla Modular synth and backed with more Radiophonic pieces by Alien Radio, while his Amish offering pairs him up with Ben Vida for a more varied set, with passages recalling the knotty syncopations of Ae.

In more expansive realms, Biosphere’s uncannily prophetic ‘N-Plants’ sees the Norwegian master-producer move away from the jazz structures of his previous few outings to an ominously cold and digital sound. The fact that it was conceived as a dedication to Japan’s Nuclear program – prior to the devastating earthquake – only enhances it’s haunting air of melancholy.

Fuelling the ‘floor, Perc’s ‘Wicker & Steel’ is a weighty, Industrial-influenced Techno album of the most robust kind. Perc’s been honing a weapons-grade sound for nearly a decade, and his debut album is the result of diligent dancefloor observations and a taste for stylishly dark and powerful rhythm programming. Copies come in a tin box and are well tipped for fans of Ancient Methods, British Murder Boys and that proper rugged sound. You know the one…

With ‘Invasion Of The Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D’ Soul Jazz present their best compilation in ages. Kevin Martin and Stuart Baker are your selectors, collecting 35 tracks of the maddest, baddest post-’85 digital dancehall, sharing up some serious knowledge. The graphic novel and sonic fictional concept by Paolo Parisi is gravy on the dumpling. It’s BIG!!!

For the shorter attention spans, Zomby sets the scene for his keenly anticipated ‘Dedication’ album with the baroque set-dance movement of ‘A Devil Lay Here’, and his enchanting solo piano B-side ‘Basquiat’, pressed up on a limited edition 7″. Oh, and we’ve got a limited amount of copies back in of the ‘Natalia’s Song’ 10″, as well as a Hyperdub repress of the Zombie EP.

The Downwards and Sandwell crews are also out in full effect this week, the former unleashing the latest in their limited edition 10″ series with a strong EP from KVB delivering motorik shoegaze on transparent vinyl for fans of Joy Division, while the Sandwell posse begin their ‘third phase’ with a pulsing, heavyweight dancefllor construction from the mysterious Rrose, whomever they might be.

Other things to watch out for: Pursuit Grooves returns with a strong second album of psychedelic modern funk, Cosmin TRG reappears on 50 Weapons with the Techy 808 deployment of ‘Fizic’, and Virgo Four get remixed by Caribou and Hunee for a deeper modern look. Elsewhere, Darling Farah’s ‘EXXY’ 12″ for Civil Music is an outsider take on Tech-House/2-step and electronics with a Detroit lean, while Falty DL swings it good and proper, NY styles, for All City, and D.O.K. makes a barging Grime entrance with the wicked ‘West Coast’ EP on Hyperdub.

Also out this week, new music from Stephan Mathieu, Deepchord, Sbtrkt, Madlib, Samiyam, Silkie, James Blake, John Beltran, Seth Horowitz (aka Sutekh), Myrmyr, Burnt Friedman, Rob Hood, Sigha, Girl Unit, Brownswood and much much more.

Oh, and if you’re in the Manchester area don’t forget to come down to the Shangaan Electro party and BBQ at the Islington Mill this Sunday!

Have a fabulous week….

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
Luminaries & Synastry
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP+CD // £13.99

**Limited first vinyl pressing, comes on coloured vinyl and also Includes a CD copy of the album that features two extra tracks not on the vinyl** Rachel Evans left many listeners stunned with her debut album ‘Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious’, released on tape and vinyl to pretty much universal acclaim at the end of last year. Her follow-up proper, ‘Luminaries & Synastry’ is a divine, subtly dizzying descent from the heights of that album, catching Rachel cocooned in a feather-like freefall to more pastoral climes without ever actually touching down to solid ground. The simplicity of instinctively layered, ethereal vocals and seemingly infinite arpeggios make for a mesmerising take on pop music, where the atmospheric composition contains far more nitrous oxide in a lower pressure system, and duly everyone floats about dazed in a state of post-rave/orgasmic bliss. This suspended sensation is unmistakable on opener ‘Luminaries’, those whispered vocals condensing around beads of glinting machine rhythms and convective synth swirls, precipitating the mood of things to come. Following this, ‘Synastry’ provides a poignant moment of clarity where you can almost make out whole phrases through the pillow of gaseous drones, slowing the systolic rate for the twilight glide of ‘Late Day Sun Silhouettes’ and the lambent organ glow of ‘Ascendant’ or ‘Athame’. Entering the kosmische vortex of ‘Day Glow’ and ”Moving Backward Through The Constellations’ the mood turns less blissed and more viscerally tactile, where creeping arpeggios envelope Rachel’s haloed vocal in a tangle of bittersweet dissonance, before the gaseous glades of ‘Eight Nineteen’ opens out, eyelids fluttering, to the scenery of ‘The Walls Were Dripping With Stars’. The LP features artwork by Hobo Cult’s Frank Ouelette, mastering by Brad Rose and a cut by D&M, the first pressing of the last album sold out in less than a week so check in early. Sublime.



CLAMS CASINO
Rainforest
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Tri Angle
LP // £7.99

Clams Casino might just be the hottest producer on the planet right now. For some time his electrifying beats have been lighting up mixtapes for Lil B, Soulja Boy and other unique personalities in the new rap underground, but recently he’s stepped out of the shadows to become acclaimed in his own right, releasing his own instant-classic Instrumentals mixtape, and now proffering a timely EP on Tri Angle, his debut release proper. Those expecting more of the ruggedly romantic R&B infusions he’s best known for will be initially surprised, but ultimately enchanted, by the more knotty, abstract direction he’s taken for ‘Rainforests’. With its foregrounding of crackle, ‘Natural’ could almost be mistaken for The Caretaker making hip-hop, were it not for the generous dosage of Clams’ signature whooshing synth atmospherics and amorphous vocal moans. ‘Treetop’ is just beautiful, wistul techno arpeggios and barely-there beats foraging forlornly through an ambience of exotic birdsong and high-altitude air pressure. Rhythm is back in the foreground for ‘Waterfalls’, but again this is a tune built to deliver a substantial emotional payload rather than cheap club thrills; ‘Drowning’ maintains the almost gothic sensibility of the EP, pattering snares, piano chords and sepulchral synth jabs ebbing and flexing in the ether. There’s a release of sorts for ‘Gorilla’, razor-sharp strings lifting the blunted percussion heavenwards, but this vertical ascent isn’t quite enough to suppress the all-pervasive feelings of heartache and listlessness. Rainforest is an isolationist hip-hop epic that accords perfectly with the Tri Angle aesthetic while also affirming and deepening Clams’ singular production style; it’s a new benchmark in the bedroom hip-hop revolution, the real sh*t, and totally essential.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / ALIEN RADIO
Split
ELECTRONIC
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Fantastic split album from Dekorder presenting two contrasting works showcasing the vast possibilities of Don Buchla’s famous Modular Electronic Music System (originally invented for use by the likes of Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Terry Riley et al at the San Francisco Tape Music Centre). Keith Fullerton Whitman is a noted master of this system: his staggering ‘Disingenuity b/w Disingenuousness’ put it to mind-bending use last year on Pan Records – topping many end-of-year charts in the process, including our own. His side ‘101105’ was recorded live at the semi-monthly “The Bunker” parties in Brooklyn last year opening up for Detroit’s Ectomorph and weaves a delirious sequence of sawtooth arpeggios with a masterfully symphonic touch. The piece is actually spliced from various edits of his performance but plays uninterrupted for a powerfully psychedelic experience. It’s surely no wonder that he’s now been commissioned a residency at GRM studios to work on a piece for Francois Bayle’s original 80-channel acousmonium. By comparison, Ulf Schütte or Alien Radio’s side is practically pop, presenting five really excellent shorter compositions anchored by clear, pulsing rhythms reminding of Ursula Bogner’s frothy rhythms, the studio experiments of Conny Plank or the functional aesthetics of Delia Derbyshire’s Radiophonic outings. You may have previously encountered his music as part of Datashock or Phantom Horse, or most memorably on that Kraak 7″ with Ducktails and Kohn. You simply don’t come across these sounds articulated with such clarity and diction very often, it really is an an unmissable release.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / BEN VIDA
Required Wreckers
ELECTRONIC
Amish Records
LP // £14.99

**Finally available on this deluxe and limited vinyl pressing – astonishing new synth heat from Keith Fullerton Whitman and Ben Vida on Amish Records`**. The tidy New York label that brought us Ensemble Economique’s ‘Standing Still, Facing Forward’ presents the third instalment in its brilliantly named Required Wreckers Series, a split LP from two of the US underground’s most intrepid explorers of electronic sound. Ben Vida’s side sees him using both analogue and digital control sources, and creating a complex web of patches that results in a really angsty, wheedling sound. Vida was looking to create something which “refuses to slip into contemplative or mystical arenas that so many in today’s electronic music reference” and boy, he’s succeeded. While ‘Aggregatepulseripper (Damaged III)’ is heavy-going, it’s completely engaging, at times dropping – momentarily at least – into a kind of lurching, erratic funk. On the flip Keith Fullerton Whitman rolls out the kind of uncompromising but characterful hardware shred-fest that has seen him earn the praise of everyone from the power electronics community to advanced techno noggins like T++. Recorded in January 2008 in Somerville, MA, it documents one of his solo synthesizer sets based on a theme, and a circuitry, of economy. Using audience noise, ambient room-tone and the output from different-sized speakers as sound sources, he feeds the signal into different patches, and lets rip. It’s another thrilling example of what wonders can be achieved at the interface between analogue and digital, and apart from a single 4096 bd delay, the recording has not been subjected to any kind of treatment, overdub or sequencing. As ever with Whitman, there’s a curious rhythmic flex to even his most out-there experiments – as the globs of electronic sound on ‘080114’ cluster and coagulate they from brittle, near-‘ardkore beat patterns in Ae/AFX style, before dissolving into a harsh, wailing climax that comes over like a disaffected teenage robot taking his anger out on Guitar Hero, if Guitar Hero was programmed by Mark Fell and Florian Hecker. Vanguard synth/noise experimentation honestly doesn’t get much better than this…



BIOSPHERE
N-Plants
ELECTRONIC
Touch
CD // £10.99

Okay so this is weird – in February 2011 Gier Jenssen finished an album dedicated to the Japanese post-war reconstruction and, specifically, the country’s futuristic nuclear program. After surveying numerous photos he became fascinated by the idea that nuclear power plants could be built so close to the sea in earthquake-prone areas, and this slowly became the focus for his recordings. A few months later and, alas, the album has gained considerable poignancy – we are now in the aftermath of one of Japan’s most serious disasters and Jenssen’s concepts have a strangely prophetic quality to them. The music itself is hardly melancholy, but has a damaged, cold, digital edge which mirrors the clean architectural perfection of the ominous structures, pre-earthquake of course. As Jenssen’s clipped, purposeful rhythms slowly make their way into synthetic patterns, they guide the record and imbue proceedings with a fitting Kubrickian haze. ‘N-Plants’ almost reminds of early SND (think ‘Stdio’ or ‘Makesndcassette’) but played at the wrong speed. These are slow, booming passages of sound carried out with a masterful ear, displaying the razor sharp precision of a true veteran of the field. Lazy, lackadaisical witch-house this is not, but ‘N-Plants’ shares threads with its purposeful slow-down of dance music tropes. It’s a powerful record: without the context ‘N-Plants’ is an affecting, engrossing listening experience, but with the added air of melancholy, it becomes all the more haunting and memorable. Highly Recommended.



PERC
Wicker & Steel
TECHNO / HOUSE
Perc Trax
CD // £10.99

Debut album of industrial-strength techno from the UK’s Perc. This producer can do disciplined, patient minimalism – for all its drama, lead single ‘My Head Is Slowly Exploding’ is nothing if not a masterclass in sustained tension – but he’s also capable of cutting loose, with often jaw-dropping results: ‘You Saw Me”s natty drum syncopations and cold wave atmospherics sound like Sandwell District trying their hand at UK Funky, while bruising highlight ‘London, We Have You Surrounded’ is a fleet-footed update of the tribal techno violence of vintage Downwards; ‘JMurph’ is industrial with a capital ‘I’, its unbelievably tough, war-ready rhythm constructed out of beaten and battered metalwork. There’s great variety within the munitions factory aesthetic: see ambient scene-setter ‘Choice’, the beatless but still brutal ‘Pre-Steel’ and future-primitive roller ‘Snow Chain’, all of which make explicit Perc’s debt of lineage to TG, Chris & Cosey, Cabs, DAF et al. But really this album is about as gentle as a kick in the face, and if you ask us that can only be a good thing. Highly recommended for fans of Ancient Methods, Peter Van Hoesen, Scion, British Murder Boys and all the hard, uncompromising stuff.



VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Soul Jazz
2CD // £12.99

**Double CD with graphic novel by Paolo Parisi** Soul Jazz present a lucubrate compendium of digital dancehall scanning the spectrum of computerised dub from 1985 up to the present day. Reggae expert Stuart Baker and electronic dub general Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) have cherry-picked 35 tracks between them, spanning out-and-out obscurities known only to the hardcore heads, and a clutch of related goodies from producers heavily under their influence. Like Mo’wax’s ‘Now Thing’ compilation a decade ago, this set will likely expose a lot of heads to the incredibly diverse and unique arrangements of instrumental Digi-dancehall, clearly showing their connections with Techno, Electro, D&B, Grime, Dubstep and the whole digitized Bass music diaspora. The way it’s all tied up with Paolo Parisi’s graphic novel is gravy on the dumpling. So, inside you’ll find some total killers, from the original movement of King Tubby’s ‘Fat Thing’, through influential killers like Lenky’s ‘Diwali Riddim’, to the infectious bubble of Jammys’ ‘Peenie Peenie’, but it’s the bits in between that you gotta watch out for! Productions such as Henfield and Shadowman’s snake-psyching ‘Babatunde’, Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch’s rudee ‘Corners Boy’, or the acid burn of Fat Eye’s ‘Clothes Pin Rhythm’, all filling in gaps that many won’t even know existed. If this was a clash, Kevin Martin delivers some killer blows not least for the inclusion of Redlight’s nexx-level ‘M.D.M.A’, but overall Stuart Baker takes the title for sheer “what-the-fook?” factor. Don’t miss this. It’s too wicked. Highly recommended!!!



PURSUIT GROOVES
Frantically Hopeful
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
TECTONIC
CD // £9.99

We were well impressed with Pursuit Grooves’ 2010 EP Foxtrot Mannerisms, which at the time seemed like an unlikely offering to come from Bristol’s dubstep stronghold Tectonic. For her debut album proper (following two self-released CDRs), Frantically Hopeful, the New Yorker seems to have absorbed more obviously UK influences into her grounded future-soul sound, but overall the vibe is firmly in keeping with that of her hometown’s musical melting pot. ‘Revolutionaries’ is the kind of scuffed steppers’ house you might expect to come from Pangaea, elevated by Grooves’ oak-smoked croon, but it’s a deceptive opener, more obviously dancefloor-oriented than what follows. Tracks like ‘Type Send Universe’ and ‘Mars Is Rising’ essay the kind of psychedelic boogie-funk styles that will appeal to fans of Dam-Funk, Theo Parrish and Madlib alike, while sub-heavy broken beat numbers ‘I Sink’ and ‘Peace Talks’ could almost be warehouse finds from 2000Black. Every track’s a winner, if truth be told, but right now we’re particularly digging Chicago house homage ‘Transformation Of Consciousness’ and ‘What About’, which teams a longing vocal take and French movie dialogue samples with slouchy, sleep-deprived breakbeats. This album is a remarkable achievement, and a big evolutionary leap forward for Pursuit Grooves, with pop nous to match its bold experimentalism. Highly recommended for fans of everything from Alice Coltrane to Urban Tribe.

Singles of the Week



ZOMBY
A Devil Lay Here / Basquiat
ELECTRONIC
4AD
7″ // £4.49

Zomby sets the scene for his massively anticipated ‘Dedication’ album with two exquisitely solemn compositions. ‘A Devil Lay Here’ is baroque 2-step for the twenty tens, tucking deftly sheared drums into a beautifully tailored pocket while a signature crisp and captivating melody pirouettes and sashays between the groove, all watched on by swooning techno pads. Equally, if not more refined, is the stunning B-side ‘Basquiat’, a deeply melancholic composition for solo piano and subtle, droning strings conducted with impeccable grace and sophistication. Without a doubt these tracks bode incredibly well for the album, but also well warrant those early allusions to “the next AFX” which have been readily bandied around. Highly recommended.



RROSE
Primary Evidence
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

Sandwell District: Phase 3 starts here. ‘Primary Evidence’ consists two tracks of wormholing Techno from this incognito producer. A-side ‘Secretion’ bucks off thwacking claps and is driven by an evil synthline grind primed to do the damage. B-side ‘Bare Hands’ is more restrained, deploying elegantly minimal percussion and a super crisp, oscillating acid line that’s making our teeth ache. For our money it’s either Derren Brown or Guru Josh behind this. Onwards!



THE KVB
Into The Night
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £7.99

**Limited First Pressing on Transparent Vinyl** Downwards continue to split the crowd with their riveting 10″ series, presenting this astonishing slab of motorik depression from The KVB. Klaus Von Barrel, as they’re also known, have had a couple releases on FLA Records & Tapes and BEKO DSL, like their Downwrds label mates Pink Playground, but unlike them there’s something darker, sexily narcotic and thrusting to their sound. ‘Into The Night’ is a case in point, with couldn’t-give-a-fu*k, glazed-eye vocals heard from behind a wall of Joy Div synths and a bruisingly muscular, meth-fuelled bassline. ‘Lost’ is perhaps more spacious, mixing everything tantalisingly out-of-reach, but with just enough abrasive guitar to gnash on. Again on ‘Hide & Wait’ the flanging, fire-and-ice-breathing guitar is upfront, while vocals are half-heard in the murk next to unrelenting drums Stephen Morris would be proud of. Includes 10″ x 10″ insert. Recommended!



VIRGO FOUR
It’s A Crime (Caribou / Hunee Mixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.49

Taken from their recently released collection of archival material, Virgo’s ‘It’s A Crime’ is nicely overhauled here with remixes from Caribou and Hunee. After years in the cult margins, Caribou is virtually a popstar these days, and one of the reasons the sudden surge popularity is his increased propensity for making punchy, accessible house jams. Here he strips Virgo’s groove down to its techy, box-banging essence, massaging its bassline into a sinewy electro riff and adding his own plaintive vocals to the broth; the results are gratifyingly raw and lo-fi, but also resoundingly pert and club-ready. Hunee’s version is a more conventional deep house update, while Virgo’s original take is, almost needless to say, sheer class – full of their customary lazer-guided chords, crisp claps and hissing hi-hats, a true house classic brought back from the brink of extinction by the heads at Rush Hour. Big 12″.



DARLING FARAH
EXXY
TECHNO / HOUSE
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £8.99

Darling Farah’s 2nd release for Civil Music is a peach, fusing his Detroit-learnt Techno heritage with more European elements of cleanly contoured and spacious Tech-House and a gritty UK Swing. Leading off, ‘EXXY’ shuffles an hypnotic, Cassy-like vocal with the sort of swing-Tech drum programming heard on Nick Höppner’s wicked ‘A Peck And A Pawn’ production. Obviously a restless musical spirit, he explores more lopsided, Zomby-esque R&B calculations on ‘Younger’, and the flighty 2-step of ‘Crown’, but back in House mode he gives the EPs other highlight on ‘Show Me’. The way he fades the vocal in and out, coupled with that plush production and instinctive Detroit vibe makes this kinda unmissable for fans of everyone from Joy Orbison to Mark Kinchen. A big recommendation!



FALTY DL
Make It Difficult / Jack Your Job
TECHNO / HOUSE
All City
12″ // £7.99

Falty DL continues his takeover in 2011 with two dead smart sides for All City. There’s almost not a week gone by without at least one or two of his remixes catching our attention every week, and most importantly the quality is consistently brilliant. With ‘Make It Difficult’ he again nails that black art of syncretic groove composition: constructing rhythms that sound like a DJ synching two loose but compatible tracks. In this case, it might actually be a three deck mix, creating a swingsome lather of vintage NY House patterns and breakbeats with supreme dexterity. Flipside he’s on it again, applying his patented spatial rendering to make the patterns slide inside each other like a coital moire of deepside House memes. Mmmmm.



COSMIN TRG
Fizic / De Dans
TECHNO / HOUSE
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

More swinging future-tech heat from Cosmin TRG on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint. ‘Fizic’ is a tranced-out, arpeggio-driven dancefloor arrowhead, flecked with acid and delivered with an ineffable bounce and elasticity that betrays Cosmin’s background in dubstep and UKF derivation. ‘De Dans’ will cause mayhem on any self-respecting dancefloor – a sinewy, box-banging techno cut propelled along by scuffed claps and sky-scraping 808 drum builds the likes of which we haven’t heard since the early days of Plastikman. Like recent heavy drops from Blawan and Boddika, this is effectively old-school techno made righteously, rigorously new-school by deft programming and sub-bass pressure, and it works a f*cking treat.



STEPHAN MATHIEU
To Describe George Washington Bridge
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
DEKORDER
10″ // £7.99

Acclaimed electro-acoustic composer Stephan Mathieu returns to Dekorder following his 2009 release ‘The Key To The Kingdom’ with another achingly lush and limited edition 10″. He deploys similar methods to his recent 12k album ‘A Static Place’: playing original 78 recordings from his famed collection through a gramophone, recording onto customized mic’s and transforming the output with spectral analysis and convolution processes in order to capture the spatial quality of the room – only the results here are much more succicnt, and poignantly beautiful because of their brevity. The end product is genuinely opulent, but not ostentatious, perhaps divining kindred spirits with the Caretaker, but aesthetically occupying a far more refined and detailed space. In a word, they’re incredible. Highly recommended.



D.O.K.
West Coast EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

After years best known as Terror Danjah’s sidekick, DOK has stepped out solo with a slew of wicked releases on Butterz and Hardrive in the last 12 months. His Hyperdub debut ‘West Coast’ is the best of the bunch so far. Co-constructed with his regular spar, Mista Danjah, the lead cut winds up a sun-curdled G-funk riff around inimitably flash edits: you know, the kind of spine slippin’ rhythms that require a HND from Rinse.FM to be able to mix properly. Heck, you’d need to make that a degree delivered by Spyro himself to work the VIP version – these beats are outrageous! Turn over and ‘East Coast’ runs out a tougher 2-stepping Grime riddim, again produced with sort of energy and swagger that could only come from the heartland of East London’s Grime scene. TIP!

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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DEEPCHORD
Hash-Bar Loops
Soma
CD // £8.99

There are legion imitators, but few artists are capable of sculpting dub-techno as sensuous, immersive and lastingly rewarding as that produced by Rod Modell. Historically the Deepchord man’s finest work has arisen from his collaborations with Steve Hitchell as Echospace, but here he flies solo and acquits himself beautifully, delivering twelve pensive studies in shimmering, kickdrum-powered aquatic ambience. As if it wasn’t already obvious, the title leaves you in no…
DEEPCHORD
Hash-Bar Remnants pt 1
Soma
12″ // £7.99

‘Hash Bar Remnants’ is the first new Deepchord release in a year, and deals with a particularly smoky take on Rod Modell’s immersive sound. The title is more explicit than we’d expect, but let’s be honest, it’s a fairly apt reference. In their time honoured style, ‘Amsterdam Remnant 1’ builds a ghostly groove from the barest, but most potent ingredients, and perhaps we can detect a hint of byzantine resonance…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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CLAMS CASINO
Rainforest
Tri Angle
LP // £7.99

Clams Casino might just be the hottest producer on the planet right now. For some time his electrifying beats have been lighting up mixtapes for Lil B, Soulja Boy and other unique personalities in the new rap underground, but recently he’s stepped out of the shadows to become acclaimed in his own right, releasing his own instant-classic Instrumentals mixtape, and now proffering a timely EP on Tri Angle, his debut…
CLAMS CASINO
Rainforest
Tri Angle
CD // £6.99

Clams Casino might just be the hottest producer on the planet right now. For some time his electrifying beats have been lighting up mixtapes for Lil B, Soulja Boy and other unique personalities in the new rap underground, but recently he’s stepped out of the shadows to become acclaimed in his own right, releasing his own instant-classic Instrumentals mixtape, and now proffering a timely EP on Tri Angle, his debut…
PURSUIT GROOVES
Frantically Hopeful
TECTONIC
CD // £9.99

We were well impressed with Pursuit Grooves’ 2010 EP Foxtrot Mannerisms, which at the time seemed like an unlikely offering to come from Bristol’s dubstep stronghold Tectonic. For her debut album proper (following two self-released CDRs), Frantically Hopeful, the New Yorker seems to have absorbed more obviously UK influences into her grounded future-soul sound, but overall the vibe is firmly in keeping with that of her hometown’s musical melting pot….
VARIOUS / HARMONIA
Harmonia Family Album
HARMONIA
2LP // £17.99

When this first album arrived on our doormat, we assumed it was a tribute to the music of Roedelius, Moebius and Rother, and the cycling kosmische arpeggios of BMBB’s opening track seemed to confirm that this was the case. However the presence of contributors such as Wankers United and track titles such as ‘Weird Ass Lovin’’ should’ve told us we were dealing with something altogether different, and sure enough we…
MADLIB
Medicine Show No. 9: Channel 85 presents Nittyville (Limited Screen-Printed sleeve)
MMS
3LP // £35.99

After the curious skip from episode #8 to #10, Madlib finally drops #9, a full fat boom-bap session featuring Detroit’s Frank Nitt. As the label says “…”Channel 85,”…is far off most dials. This album’s concept TV station runs one show only: the comic-drama, reality-musical called Nittyville, featuring Frank, MED, Oh No, Madlib, and a supporting cast of extras.” It’s fourteen tracks wide, ten of those are rap tracks and the…
SAMIYAM
Sam Baker’s Album
Brainfeeder
2LP // £13.99

Ever since he wheeled out his synthed-out, weed-sick styles on that Hyperdub EP back in 2008, we’ve been waiting for a proper full-length from Samiyam, and now it’s finally here, on the Brainfeeder label operated by his old mucker Flying Lotus. There are a lot of cats in California repping this broken, monged-out but reasusringly bottom-heavy hip-hop aesthetic right now – Matthewdavid, The Gaslamp Killer, and Gonjasufi, to name but…
SAMIYAM
Sam Baker’s Album
Brainfeeder
CD // £9.99

Ever since he wheeled out his synthed-out, weed-sick styles on that Hyperdub EP back in 2008, we’ve been waiting for a proper full-length from Samiyam, and now it’s finally here, on the Brainfeeder label operated by his old mucker Flying Lotus. There are a lot of cats in California repping this broken, monged-out but reasusringly bottom-heavy hip-hop aesthetic right now – Matthewdavid, The Gaslamp Killer, and Gonjasufi, to name but…
SLOW HAND MOTëM
Vanity Hugs (Mesak Mix)
Astro:Dynamics
7″ // £5.49

After regular appearances on compilations for Flogsta Danshall, Dødpop, Harmönia, and Ramp, Slow Hand Mötem delivers what is arguably his best track to date on this here 7″, backed with a trippy Mesak remix. Firstly it’s not your average Skweee track, it’s more a skewed form of House music, replete with a throbbing Chicago sexiness and repetition, but you could still call it Skweee due to the weird, wiry synthlines…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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STEPHEN O’MALLEY
Romeo
Editions Mego
Cassette // £8.99

**Edition of 250 copies** 2nd of three cassette releases by Stephen O’Malley for Editions Mego, featuring 40 minutes of dedicated, over-saturated solo guitar and amp worship recorded in January 2011. The recording of ‘Romeo’ took place at an underground venue/shop called UGANDA in Jerusalem, projecting “…one man’s personal encounters within Jerusalem’s “old city” walls for a repeated time: the intensity, dementia and absurdity of the human condition; the magnetism &…
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE & JOACHIM MONTESSIUS
Voxorgachitectronumputer
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

“Charlemagne Palestine wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s, intended by the composer to rub against audiences’ expectations of what is beautiful and meaningful in music. A composer-performer, he always performed his own works as soloist, but likes new experiences too ! His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is best known for his intensely performed piano works. Joachim Montessuis – Since his birth in…
BENJAMIN THIGPEN
Divide By Zero
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

“Benjamin Thigpen, nomad, born in the United States, immigrated to Paris at the age of 31. He studied music, literature, philosophy and esthetics. He now composes in European studios such as GRM, EMS, Visby and STEIM, as well as in his bedroom and in the train. After six years as a teacher at Ircam, he currently teaches computer music in Italy, Belgium and occassionallly Sweden, while also working as a…
HEY COLOSSUS
RRR
Riot Season
LP+CDR // £16.99

“RRR is the seventh album for Hey Colossus, and the third for Riot Season (also home to Circle, Acid Mothers Temple, Sh*t And Shine, Black Boned Angel, Todd, Sloath, Ultraphallus etc). This album follows last year’s Eurogrumble Vol.1 LP, which received broad acclaim as well as landing in some end of year lists. The band formed in 2003 as a five piece, based in London. Eight years on (and with…
ISRAEL MARTINEZ
El Hombre Que Se Sofoca
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

“Israel Martinez (Guadalajara, Mexico 1979) is a sound artist, empirical composer and has developed his works in different fields: electroacoustic and experimental music, composition, sonic installations and sculpture. He has participated in several festivals in Mexico, such as Radar, Mutek, Muestra Internacional de Arte Sonoro, Interface, Estacionarte, and also in one of the most important art & technology events worldwide: Austria’s Ars Electronica Festival, where he accomplished the Award of…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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JUSTUS KÖHNCKE / VARIOUS
Nang Presents: New Masters Series Vol. 3
NANG
CD // £12.99

Taking time out from composing film scores with Irmin Schmidt in the south of France (news to us too!), Justus Köhncke and Jennifer Cardini present a seamless blend of tracks (and some of Justus’ own edits) by Hot Chip, Human League, Rusty Egan, Bottin, Space, Hiem, Pocket, Baxendale, and more. The mood and groove are sophisticated, primed for laidback listens with a cocktail or two.
BBII
Red Giant
Fresh Up Records
7″ // £5.99

Retro-disco charms from Ed DMX’s Fresh Up imprint. BBII are apparently “…a mysterious all-star session group gathered from the four corners of London to comose and record funky disco and soundtrack gems.” Their ‘Red Giant’ is a charming Italo chugger with cute melodies and a “cold breakdown”. ‘Car Chase’ is more jazz-funky, frilling out on keys ripe for a ’70s cop show jam.
SOUNDSPECIES
Bamana Project
ROUND IN MOTION
12″ // £5.99

Soundspecies are Henry and Oliver Keen, a production/DJ/performance unit with a list of fans including Ras Kwame, Gilles Peterson and Mary-Anne Hobbs, and sessions at BBC’s Maida Vale under their belts. ‘Bamana Project’ was inspired by Oliver’s musical pilgrimage to West Africa in 2006, and more specifically by the sounds and people of Bamako, capital of Mali. With assistance from drummer Dave De Rose (Moloko, Mark Ronson, Mulatu Astatke), they…
THE RHYTHM ODYSSEY
Right On Up (For Love)
Lipservice
12″ // £5.49

2nd single lifted from Dean Meredith’s (Chicken Lips) debut album as The Rhythm Odyssey ‘Metaphysical Transition’. ‘Right On Up (For Love)’ gets down with the greasy ’80s boogie soul vibe, and gets enforced by The Main Stem’s sleazy remix. Flipside The Emperor Machine takes the tempo down and ups the Moroder vibe with class, while the main man drops a cheeky weapon with the dubbed out baggy jack of ‘Amsterdam…

 

DUB / REGGAE
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KEITH HUDSON
Entering The Dragon
Sunspot
LP // £15.99

Prime reissue of the enigmatic Keith Hudson’s utterly classic debut ‘Entering The Dragon’. Distinguished from the rest of the crowd by his taste for slightly psyched, lean, mean and moody riddims, Hudson carved out a crucial piece of reggae history with this album setting a legacy which has lost none of its lustre today, nearly 25 years after his death. Includes 12″ x 12″ liner notes and track-by-track breakdown. So…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D
Soul Jazz
2CD // £12.99

**Double CD with graphic novel by Paolo Parisi** Soul Jazz present a lucubrate compendium of digital dancehall scanning the spectrum of computerised dub from 1985 up to the present day. Reggae expert Stuart Baker and electronic dub general Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) have cherry-picked 35 tracks between them, spanning out-and-out obscurities known only to the hardcore heads, and a clutch of related goodies from producers heavily under their influence….
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D (PART ONE)
Soul Jazz
2LP // £12.99

Kevin Martin (a.k.a The Bug) cherry-picks the first of two volumes comprising cutting-edge electronic riddims from the likes of Diplo, Harmonic 313, and the Bug himself, plus radical Digi-Dancehall innovations from a posse including Lenky, Steely and Clevie, Dave Kelly and many more. The hardcore pickers will no doubt know many of these tracks, but the blend of outside producers and straight-up Dancehall may not be familiar to all. On…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D (PART TWO)
Soul Jazz
2LP // £12.99

**Centre labels on some copies may be mis-printed** Soul Jazz’s Stuart Baker cherry picks the second volume of ‘…Mysteron Killer Sounds’, culling a clutch of Digital wickedness from King Tubby, Firehouse Crew, Jammys, South Rakkas Crew, Fat Eyes and many more. In contrast with Kevin Martin’s selection on volume 1, certified expert Stuart draws for the weirder, wilder and more shocking end of the post ’85 Jamacian Dancehall spectrum with…
SILKIE
City Limits Vol. 2
Deep Medi
CD // £7.99

One of Dubstep’s leading-edge producers drops his second album proper, featurng guest production from Skream, Von D and Truth. While he may not have the pop cache of Skream or Benga, Silkie has steadily forged a distinct, and hugely respected identity within his scene over a string of acclaimed 12″s for Deep Medi, Soul Jazz and Disfigured Dubz. ‘City Limits Volume 2’ opens to the rainy day Dubstep mood of…
SILKIE
City Limits Vol. 2
Deep Medi
3 x 12″ // £18.99

One of Dubstep’s leading-edge producers drops his second album proper, featurng guest production from Skream, Von D and Truth. While he may not have the pop cache of Skream or Benga, Silkie has steadily forged a distinct, and hugely respected identity within his scene over a string of acclaimed 12″s for Deep Medi, Soul Jazz and Disfigured Dubz. ‘City Limits Volume 2’ opens to the rainy day Dubstep mood of…
SBTRKT
SBTRKT
Young Turks
CD // £9.99

The debut album from SBTRKT on Young Turks is here, and it’s a strong set, managing to infuse the sounds of London’s dance underground with a poppier essence. It’s a vocal-heavy affair, with mic duties largely handled by formidable night bus crooner Sampha, while the rhythms are rooted in swinging, post-dubstep house, albeit with nods to various staging-posts in British soundystem culture – the masked producer’s affection for both ragga-jungle…
D.O.K.
West Coast EP
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

After years best known as Terror Danjah’s sidekick, DOK has stepped out solo with a slew of wicked releases on Butterz and Hardrive in the last 12 months. His Hyperdub debut ‘West Coast’ is the best of the bunch so far. Co-constructed with his regular spar, Mista Danjah, the lead cut winds up a sun-curdled G-funk riff around inimitably flash edits: you know, the kind of spine slippin’ rhythms that…
VARIOUS / BROWNSWOOD
Brownswood Electric 2
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £9.99

Brownswood cast their net over 14 fine and thoroughly up-to-date electronic funk productions of all shades from DJG, Synkro & Indigo, Jus Wan, Funk Ethics, HxdB, Stray, Monky, Ta-ku, DJ Dials, and more. Highlights have to Synkro & Indigo’s mid-tempo Garage excursion ‘Knowing You’ and Stray’s highly crafty consolidaion of Footwork and D&B modes on ‘Break Your Legs’, which is actually slicker than the title infers. We’d also have to…
KORELESS / SYNKRO & INDIGO / VARIOUS
Brownswood Electric 2.1
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £7.49

Sampler for round 2 of the well selected ‘Brownswood Electr*c’ compilations, checking four fresh electronic fusions from Indigo & Synkro, Ta-ku, Koreless, and DJ Dials. A-side presents a nascent appearance from Ta-ku with his crisply endearing, Dorian Concept-like ‘Hey Kids’, and DJ Dials on the spiralling arpeggios and neatly diffused rhythms of ‘Pillowforts’ for the Mount Kimbie heads. Koreless’s ‘Away’ would appear to be exclusive to this record, proffering his…
SHARMAJI
How To Move / Twist It Left
Davey Jones
12″ // £8.99

Outstanding outernational dubstep/swing grooves from Sharmaji and DJ Wade of New York’s Sub Swara posse! Championed by Ben UFO, Sharmaji’s ‘How To Move’ is a spellbinding polyrhythmic wriggler conducting Mala-meets-Shackleton-style gallop-stepping drums and deadly bassline descents while a buoyant R&B sample keeps the whole thing treading water. Composed with DJ Wade, ‘Twist It Left’ leafs the Skull Disco catalogue for inspiration, going in old testament style with darker dread atmospheres,…
JAMES BLAKE
Lindisfarne / Unluck
Atlas Recordings
10″ // £5.49

The 2nd single accompanying Blake’s debut LP features two of his more classically solemn, modern chamber soul pieces. Some might balk at this comparison, but it just struck me that the tuning and oddly dappled surfaces of ‘Lindisfarne’ could punt this as Akira Rabelais for mums. That’s no par, it’s just pointing out the way in which he’s succinctly worked his classical training into a more instantly gratifying sound liked…
BADAWI
No Schnitzel feat. Sensational
THE INDEX
12″ // £5.99

Smart platter from New York’s Badawi, linking with peerless MC, Sensational on ‘No Schnitzel’, backed with a murderous Techno-stepping dub. Can’t say we’ve heard Badawi doing HipHop before but the results could quite happily pass for a Skam production from Funckarma, not least due to Sensational distinctive drawl. The dubbed ‘More Schnitzel’ version is is more physically athletic, as opposed to verbally, running on tricky stepping edits and twysted bass…
TESSELA
Slugger EP
All City
12″ // £7.49

Restlessly kinetic Bass trax from the West Country’s Tessela. A-side ‘Slugger’ does the 2-step swerve between daft vocal samples and sharply contoured drums, kinda like a drunken Falty DL. Flipside, ‘Subway’ and ‘Push’ lock-off an old-skool rave-infected swing with droning subs and dubbed-out stabs reminding of Andrea’s Daphne outings.
DJ MADD / VARIOUS
Presents: Transmissions Vol. 1
BLACK BOX
CD // £4.99

DJ Madd is behind the first volume of Black Box’s ‘Transmissions’ mix series. All tracks are drawn from the label’s focussed catalogue of dread-infused halfstep specials, built up over the last 2 years. Starting at Lurka’s recent ‘Tempted’, Madd skulks between Kryptic Minds’ remix of his own ‘Dub Marine’ to TMSV’s moody ‘All It Takes’, the rattling breakstep of Seven, lugubrious subbass drones from N-Type and Cyrus, Benton’s skull-cracking ‘Sinners’,…
DJG / GANG COLOURS / VARIOUS
Brownswood Electric 2.2
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £7.49

2nd sampler for round 2 of the well selected ‘Brownswood Electr*c’ compilations, covering diverse and largely uptempo tracks from DJG, Stray, Gang Colours and Frederic Robinson. On a funked-up Dubstep tip, DJ G’s ‘Automatic’ is one for the robotic steppahs, while Stray’s ‘Break Your Legs’ would be one of the first instances we’ve encountered attempting to consolidate Juke and D&B disciplines, and more importantly – with success! Flipside, Gang Colours…
LUKE’S ANGER
Sid’s Revenge
BONUS ROUND
12″ // £6.49

Rough playing bastard techno rug-cutters including a cool Kid606 remix. Luke demolishes any clear boundaries between Knarzy Techno, Dubstep rave and Bassline with the multi-style assaults of ‘Atomic Smash’, ‘Badman Get Badder’ and ‘South Of The Ordinary’, while Kid 606 serves an acutely sweet ‘n sour crunkstep remix of ‘Atomic Smash’.
MIGRANT
Exit Plan
IBERIAN
12″ // £5.99

Three-track sampler of rogue Garage and Dubstep taken from Migrant’s eponymous album. ‘Limbic Sistim’ is the instant fave, full of that mid-late 90s Todd Edwards Garage flavour a la revivalists, Hot City, and perhaps with a dash of Lil’ Silva style swagger. Flipside ‘Acid Sumatra’ is a shade darker, rolling on pressurised Dubstep subs and flecked with rude Toms, techno stabs and a meaner Latin shake. We’re not quite sure…
VESICLE
We Are Lost EP
PARADISE LOST
12″ // £6.49

Darker, tormented Dubstep from Finnish duo, Ilkka Rytöluto and Tuomas Järvensivu aka (the-much-easier-to-pronounce) Vesicle. They showcase a bold and confident sound on their 2nd single, rolling between the Clouds-like atmospheric pop clarity of the title track, to crafty triplet downbeats on ‘Smoke Curls’. In sharp relief on the flipside, ‘Mythos’ feels like FSOL-meets-Noisia at a Scandinavian dubstep ritual, and ‘Redemption’ could be a not-too-distant relative of Current Value.

 

ELECTRONIC
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MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
Luminaries & Synastry
DIGITALIS
LP+CD // £13.99

**Limited first vinyl pressing, comes on coloured vinyl and also Includes a CD copy of the album that features two extra tracks not on the vinyl** Rachel Evans left many listeners stunned with her debut album ‘Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious’, released on tape and vinyl to pretty much universal acclaim at the end of last year. Her follow-up proper, ‘Luminaries & Synastry’ is a divine, subtly dizzying…
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / ALIEN RADIO
Split
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Fantastic split album from Dekorder presenting two contrasting works showcasing the vast possibilities of Don Buchla’s famous Modular Electronic Music System (originally invented for use by the likes of Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Terry Riley et al at the San Francisco Tape Music Centre). Keith Fullerton Whitman is a noted master of this system: his staggering ‘Disingenuity b/w Disingenuousness’ put it to mind-bending use last year on Pan Records -…
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / BEN VIDA
Required Wreckers
Amish Records
LP // £14.99

**Finally available on this deluxe and limited vinyl pressing – astonishing new synth heat from Keith Fullerton Whitman and Ben Vida on Amish Records`**. The tidy New York label that brought us Ensemble Economique’s ‘Standing Still, Facing Forward’ presents the third instalment in its brilliantly named Required Wreckers Series, a split LP from two of the US underground’s most intrepid explorers of electronic sound. Ben Vida’s side sees him using…
BIOSPHERE
N-Plants
Touch
CD // £10.99

Okay so this is weird – in February 2011 Gier Jenssen finished an album dedicated to the Japanese post-war reconstruction and, specifically, the country’s futuristic nuclear program. After surveying numerous photos he became fascinated by the idea that nuclear power plants could be built so close to the sea in earthquake-prone areas, and this slowly became the focus for his recordings. A few months later and, alas, the album has…
ZOMBY
A Devil Lay Here / Basquiat
4AD
7″ // £4.49

Zomby sets the scene for his massively anticipated ‘Dedication’ album with two exquisitely solemn compositions. ‘A Devil Lay Here’ is baroque 2-step for the twenty tens, tucking deftly sheared drums into a beautifully tailored pocket while a signature crisp and captivating melody pirouettes and sashays between the groove, all watched on by swooning techno pads. Equally, if not more refined, is the stunning B-side ‘Basquiat’, a deeply melancholic composition for…
ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE
Standing Still, Facing Forward
Amish Records
LP // £15.99

**Features Obi-strip and 16-page booklet** ‘Standing Still, Facing Forward’ is an incredibly evocative suite of cinematic compositions created from concrete techniques, tape loops and more mysterious processes by Brian Pyle of Starving Weirdos. It would have been made roughly around the same time as his equally brilliant, but perhaps more fugged and drugged ‘Psychical’ LP on NNF, and follows his instincts into noirish, dramatic scapes best suited to a Lynch…
JOHN BELTRAN
Ambient Selections
Delsin Records
3LP // £19.99

John Beltran was responsible for some of the greatest ambient techno records of the 1990s, and despite falling into near-obscurity for much of the 00s, his place in the canon has recently been secured thanks to reissues on Styrax and Millions of Moments. The latest Dutch label to declare its admiration for the producer is Delsin, home to artists like Redshape and Delta Funktionen on whom Beltran’s influence is marked….
HELADO NEGRO
Canta Lechuza
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.99

For ‘Canta Lechuza’, Roberto Carlos Lange (aka Boom & Birds, Epstein, and half of Savath & Savalas with Prefuse 73), took to a wood house with 400 acres of land in winter 2010, and turned out a remarkably lovely and idiosyncratic album. In the best sense, there’s no comfortable category for this guy. His spirited music absorbs and a rich Hispanic language and culture, along with elements of ambient pop,…
HELADO NEGRO
Canta Lechuza
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £11.99

**Includes code for MP3 download redeemable from the label** For ‘Canta Lechuza’, Roberto Carlos Lange (aka Boom & Birds, Epstein, and half of Savath & Savalas with Prefuse 73), took to a wood house with 400 acres of land in winter 2010, and turned out a remarkably lovely and idiosyncratic album. In the best sense, there’s no comfortable category for this guy. His spirited music absorbs and a rich Hispanic…
MARIHIKO HARA
Credo
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

The last we heard of Marihiko Hara’s fractured minimalism was on a lovely Cotton Goods CDr back in 2009. He returns on Home Normal with a tenderly executed album of Alva Noto-like clicks and cuts interspersed with haunting drones and spectral apparitions.
QLUSTER
FRAGEN
Bureau B
LP // £12.99

Not Cluster, or Kluster, but Qluster, a project which sees Hans-Joachim Roedelius collaborating with Onnen Bock rather than his usual partner Dieter Moebius. Bock is a musician and sound installationist who has played in Zeitkratzer (the avant-garde ensemble known for their work with the likes of Carsten Nicolai, Keiji Haino and Terre Thaemlitz), and he’s been exchanging musical ideas with Roedelius since 2007. Existing fans of Roedelius needn’t worry: his…
PYROLATOR
Neuland/1
Bureau B
12″ // £8.99

*Lurid yellow wax!* Kurt Dahlke (head of the legendary Ata Tak label, formerly of Der Plan and briefly DAF) revives his Pyrolator alias with two modernist Techno tracks after a considerable hiatus. ‘Am Ufer’ suggests he’s been spending some time hanging out with the Kompakt set, delivering a matrix of crisp, rolling bass rhythms and fluttering synthlines organised on a Monome (as used by LFO, Fly Lo, Daedelus etc). ‘Myrtle…
HENRI POUSSEUR
Parabolique D’Enfer
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

“This is the sixth release (out of eight) in Sub Rosa’s catalog devoted to this composer’s experimental and electronic works. It also marks the end of the trilogy on the Parabolic works (following the 1972 unreleased recordings and the 2001 collective performance). This time around, they have a piece built through another major Pousseur work: Leçon d’Enfer (composed in 1990-1991 around Arthur Rimbaud). This previously unreleased version was realized by…
DISKJOKKE
Sagara
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £10.99

‘Sagara’ was borne as a carte blanche commission by the Norwegian festival Øya for Diskjokke in 2009. Effectively he had a return ticket anywhere in the world to work with some musicians and settled upon Bandung, Java, to record and make music with the Sambasunda Gamelan group (good choice, fella!). After two weeks recording everything from their traditional instruments to city noise and “pulsating hot mountain springs” he returned to…
ALEXANDER RISHAUG
Shadow Of Events
DEKORDER
LP // £10.99

Alexander Rishaug is a sound artist and musician operating out of Oslo; having graduated from celebrated improv collective ARM, he’s collaborated with the likes of Svarte Greiner, Lasse Marhaug and Tape. He arrives now on the ever-compelling Dekorder label with a terrific new album, Shadow Of Events, which manages to sound at once self-generating and grievously composed. The title indicates the kind of liminal, melancholic space that Rishaug’s music inhabits,…
SOLARIS SERIES
Solaris Series 1/3
HIDDEN HAWAII
10″ // £8.99

**Clear vinyl. Limited copies** Exceptional, cutting-edge D&B mutants outta Berlin’s Hidden Hawaii camp. Side A rolls off out at sluggishly mechanical halfstep throb akin to dBridge’s ‘Decayed’ and craftily escalates the tempo by the tracks end. Side B is defined by an itchier, techier febrility, for the agile steppers and well programmed dancers.
SOLARIS SERIES
Solaris Series 2/3
HIDDEN HAWAII
10″ // £8.99

**Clear vinyl. Limited copies** Exceptional, cutting-edge Tech-step D&B and propulsive Techno from Berlin’s Hidden Hawaii camp. A-side is a brooding industrial halfstep D&B beast with intricate rhythmic details and acres of futuristic dread space. Side B has a uniquely swinging Techno momentum and is layered with darkside drones.
SOLARIS SERIES
Solaris Series 3/3
HIDDEN HAWAII
10″ // £8.99

**Clear vinyl. Limited copies** Exceptional, cutting-edge D&B/Dub-Tech fusions from Berlin’s Hidden Hawaii camp. Side A is a dazzling rinse of bursting drumfunk dynamics cushioned with wide dub chords in a minimalist, stepping framework. Side B is tinted with Rephlexian melodies and contorted with snapping 808 percussion leading to a lush piano breakdown.
PROCESSORY
Change Is Gradual
SUGARCANE RECORDINGS
CD // £10.99

Jori Hulkkonen presents his second album of moody modern electro-pop as Processory with vocalist Jerry Valuri. It’s now four years since their eponymous debut and as with most of Jori’s productions, their sound is technologically updated while retaining a timeless pop sensibility. ‘Change Is Gradual’ is split as a three part suite. Part One shuffling through icy blue pop like ‘All Good Things’, Jerry sounding a lot like Bernard Sumner,…

 

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PATRICK KEILLER
Robinson In Ruins
BFI
DVD + BLU-RAY (DUAL FORMAT) // £15.99

“Robinson in Ruins marks the eagerly awaited return to feature filmmaking by Patrick Keiller, imaginative social commentator and Britain’s foremost cinematic essayist. The film reconnects with the enigmatic scholar Robinson (London, Robinson in Space), newly released from open prison and embarking on a journey through the South of England, where he is ‘shipwrecked’. Believing he can communicate with a network of non-human intelligence, and wanting to investigate the possibility of…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY
There Is No God
Domino
10″ // £5.99

“‘There Is No God’ / ‘God Is Love’ is the new single from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine.”
THE FRUIT TREE FOUNDATION
First Edition
Chemikal Underground Records
CD // £9.99

“The Fruit Tree Foundation is an independent project that grew from the Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival. Led by Emma Pollock (formerly of The Delgados) and Rod Jones (Idlewild), The Fruit Tree Foundation also features James Graham (Twilight Sad), Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Jill O’Sullivan (Sparrow And The Workshop), Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston, Karine Polwart and Jenny Reeve. The artists wrote and rehearsed the album over a long…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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STEPHAN MATHIEU
To Describe George Washington Bridge
DEKORDER
10″ // £7.99

Acclaimed electro-acoustic composer Stephan Mathieu returns to Dekorder following his 2009 release ‘The Key To The Kingdom’ with another achingly lush and limited edition 10″. He deploys similar methods to his recent 12k album ‘A Static Place’: playing original 78 recordings from his famed collection through a gramophone, recording onto customized mic’s and transforming the output with spectral analysis and convolution processes in order to capture the spatial quality of…
SETH HORVITZ
Eight Studies for Automatic Piano
Line
CD // £7.99

Completely brilliant, brain-boxing suite of piano minimalism from Seth Horvitz, inspired by the works of James Tenney, Ligeti, Charlemagne Palestine and Conlon Nancarrow. The aim of Eight Studies was apparently to use simple computer-aided compositional pieces to “test the limits of human perception and machine precision”; it was performed by a Yamaha Disklavier C7 without the presence of a single human being, and recorded live; indeed, it’s a work that…
MYRMYR
Fire Star
Under The Spire
LP // £11.99

Really beautiful new album from Oakland duo Agnes Szelag and Marielle Jakobsons, casting soaring chamber compositions in perfect ambient space. Painted from a bright but controlled palette of cello, plucked violins, pianos, bells, harps and electronics, and shot through with subtle vocal interventions, Fire Star is the follow up to Mymyr’s acclaimed Digitalis LP The Amber Sea. This one was recorded during a snowstorm on Shasta Mountain on April 6-9,…
TEN AND TRACER
Friendless Now
NOMADIC KIDS REPUBLIC
CD // £7.49

Jonathan Canupp has been knocking off releases as Ten And Tracer for ten years now, with his latest landing on the Home Normal-affiliated Nomadic Kids Republic. ‘Friendless Now’ is a suite of impressionistic IDM soundscapes coloured with drifting drone hues crafted from an array of organic instruments and processed via macbooks and a rack of outboard equipment. He was actually requested by the label (specifically Ian Hawgood) to prepare an…
ESMERINE
La Lechuza
Constellation
CD // £12.99

Esmerine is Godspeed Black You Emperor’s Bruce Cawdron and A Silver Mount Zion’s Beckie Foon indulging their sweetest, most melodic impulses, but their brand of stirring neo-classical Americana is here burdened with a palpable sadness – La Lechuza is a tribute to the group’s friend Lhasa de Sela, who died last year aged just 37. Barr and Cawdron’s marimba lines invariably occupy centre-stage, the pulsating minimalism of opener ‘A Dog…
DANIEL THOMAS FREEMAN
The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

‘The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself’ is an ode to emerging out of depression, articulated as bleak drones gradually turning into glacial ambience by Daniel Thomas Freeman, who is best known for his role in Rameses III. Written over a period of six years, it includes references to specific times and places through depression, like the morphed Westminster Cathedral bells to the still, distant rattle on ‘Dark House Walk’ or the…
TWO PEOPLE IN A ROOM
Two People In A Room
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

René Margraff is best known for his Pillowdiver releases on 12k and Under The Spire. As Two People In A Room he aligns with Michelle Hughes to follow up their 2010 cassette on their A Crash At Every Speed label. Processed guitars and samples are diffused into a languid mist of raga-like drones and crystalline ambience or gently coxed into more visceral shoegaze textures.

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THE INTERNATIONAL VICIOUS SOCIETY
Vol 5
UNIVERSITY OF VICE RECORDS
LP // £16.49

**Limited to 500 copies** Properly bonkers compendium of exotic and “painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the 50s and 60s”. It’s a worldwide affair, taking in amped-up teeny dance starters from Peru, Italy, Belgium, Tahiti, Hawaii, Indonesia, USA and Germany among them. Apparently these were all played at the Universoty Of Vice parties organised by Laslo (a Dutch Chemistry student) and Gersido (an Italian artist) and held in the…
DEERHOOF
Milk Man (2011 Edition)
ATP
LP // £13.99

**White vinyl – Remastered and reissued for 2011, includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** New album from hotly tipped Deerhoof, a 4 piece who hail from San Francisco. They are admired by Sonic Youth, Matt Groening and Stephen Malkmus who have all invited them to play ATP. All Tomorrows Parties have licensed ‘Milkman’ from Washington, Olympia’s eternally chic Kill Rock Stars label. In keeping with previous Kill Rock…
DEERHOOF
Milk Man (2011 Edition)
ATP
CD // £9.99

**Remastered and reissued for 2011** New album from hotly tipped Deerhoof, a 4 piece who hail from San Francisco. They are admired by Sonic Youth, Matt Groening and Stephen Malkmus who have all invited them to play ATP. All Tomorrows Parties have licensed ‘Milkman’ from Washington, Olympia’s eternally chic Kill Rock Stars label. In keeping with previous Kill Rock Stars releases – which include Elliot Smith, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney…
FINK
Perfect Darkness
Ninja Tune
LP // £13.99

Fink’s sixth album is set to catapult the long-serving Ninja Tune singer/songwriter into the wider consciousness. For years he’s been diligently working behind the scene, writing for the likes of John Legend, Ximena Sarinan, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green, but here he takes centre stage with a smouldering and purposeful book of songs.

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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THE THING & OTOMO YOSHIHIDE
Shinjuku Crawl
Smalltown Superjazzz
CD // £12.99

First of two collaborative fusions from renowned Scandinavian improv/free jazz trio The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love); this one with prolific and hugely respected Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide. The session was recorded live at Pit Inn, Tokyo, by Jim O’Rourke on October 2nd, 2007. So where to start?! These guys are capable of extraordinary feats of musical dexterity and we can safely say they’re in acrobatic form…
THE THING & JIM O’ROURKE
Shinjuku Growl
Smalltown Superjazzz
CD // £12.99

Second of two collaborative improv/free jazz escapades from world renowned Scandinavian trio The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love); this one featuring the indomitable Jim O’Rourke. They recorded ‘Shinjuku Growl’ live on 4th February 2008, O’Rourke plays guitar while Gustafsson attempts to perforate your ear drum with shredding alto and baritone sax squalls, all propelled, churned and spiked with the incredible momentum of Haaker Flaten’s bass and Nilsson-Love’s…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Watch The Closing Doors
Year Zero
2CD // £14.49

**Includes extensive, lucubrate notes by Kris Needs and 32 tracks from Duke Ellington to Allen Ginsburg and John Cage** “Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York’s Musical Melting Pot is a six volume, double CD series, by renowned journalist and author Kris Needs. This ambitious project is released throughout 2011 via Year Zero and it is aiming to capture the fast-vanishing magic of New York City while documenting…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Watch The Closing Doors
Year Zero
2LP // £18.49

**25 tracks selected from the CD edition** “Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York’s Musical Melting Pot is a six volume, double CD series, by renowned journalist and author Kris Needs. This ambitious project is released throughout 2011 via Year Zero and it is aiming to capture the fast-vanishing magic of New York City while documenting major musical landmarks and developments, from post-war New York of the mid…
BURNT FRIEDMAN
Zen’Aku
Nonplace
LP // £9.99

Burnt Friedman grapples with four uniquely carved rhythms on a new Nonplace release. In fine tradition, he navigates streams of instinctively ancient drum patterns powered by modern production techniques, accompanied by the supple skills of Nu Dub Players Joseph Suchy (Electric Guitar), Daniel Schröter (Bass Guitar) and Hayden Chisholm (Saxophone), plus the multi-disciplined Takeshi Nishimoto on Sarod (an Indian stringed instrument). Mastering by Rashad Becker and cover artwork by Theo…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ASC
Brainscan
Samurai Red Seal
12″ // £6.99

**GREY VINYL** Supremely Techy D&B programming feats from ASC for Samurai Red Seal – home to records from Eveson, Need For Mirrors and Calibre. A-side, ‘Brainscan’ is powered by over-wide bassline and punctuated with sharp, clean, shadow boxing percussion. Flipside ‘Zone One’ is more intent on twisting your torso with crafty snare placements and super kinetic synth strafes. Lean and mean.
BENTON / ARC 88
Having Fun / 2 Many
Terrain Records
12″ // £5.99

N-Type’s long dormant Terrain label rears it’s gurning mug for two old-skool ‘ardcore rinse-outs. A-side Benton is on one with ‘Having Fun’, turning out warehouse-igniting breaks and loadsa Reese bass pressure. Arc 88’s ‘2 Many’ takes the flipside with a more gully kind of ‘ardcore tuck and roll techniques with a wicked robo-ragga vocal. Tuff.
FRACTURE & NEPTUNE
Customtone
Astrophonica
12″ // £8.99

*Hand numbered heavyweight screen-print sleeve. Edition of 500* Contrasting sides of darker, jazzy Drumfunk and deeply Techy, twystin’ minimalism. Together, Fracture and Neptune tuck into the crisp and instinctively organised ‘Customtone’, programming deftly acrobatic drums and moodier jazz notes. Going solo, Fracture’s ‘Brain Freeze’ centres on a wickedly dissonant synth motif and darting, super-efficient drum placements for the movers. Top class production levels. Lovely packaging.

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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BAREM
After The Storm
Minus
CD // £10.99

Minus present the debut album from Argentine newcomer Barem.
MARIAN
Only Our Hearts To Lose
Freude Am Tanzen
CD // £12.99

Marek Hemmann is best known for his melodic Tech-House releases on labels such as Raum…Musik and Freude Am Tanzen. His Marian project expands his style into a more pop-based sound, largely due to inclusion of Fabian Reichelt whose canny Erland Øye impersonation gives this album a wider appeal. Together they harmoniously gel a neat fusion of powerbook-ed beats and vocals, softening the edges with processed acoustic instrumentation and tender melodies….
MARIAN
Only Our Hearts To Lose
Freude Am Tanzen
2LP // £16.99

Marek Hemmann is best known for his melodic Tech-House releases on labels such as Raum…Musik and Freude Am Tanzen. His Marian project expands his style into a more pop-based sound, largely due to inclusion of Fabian Reichelt whose canny Erland Øye impersonation gives this album a wider appeal. Together they harmoniously gel a neat fusion of powerbook-ed beats and vocals, softening the edges with processed acoustic instrumentation and tender melodies….

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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DUB TAYLOR
Lumiere
Sub Rosa
LP // £15.99

“Dub Taylor is a US composer, producer, engineer and designer born June 22, 1948 in Burbank, California. He has many creative facets: recording and mastering engineer, record producer as well as composer, graphic designer and visual artist. He has studied with pianist Richard Bunger and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Not long after the release of Lumière, Taylor established Vargod Studios for electronic music and recorded sound, where in 1974 he created…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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THE KVB
Into The Night
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £7.99

**Limited First Pressing on Transparent Vinyl** Downwards continue to split the crowd with their riveting 10″ series, presenting this astonishing slab of motorik depression from The KVB. Klaus Von Barrel, as they’re also known, have had a couple releases on FLA Records & Tapes and BEKO DSL, like their Downwrds label mates Pink Playground, but unlike them there’s something darker, sexily narcotic and thrusting to their sound. ‘Into The Night’…
PROPER HEAT
The Move EP
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Proper Heat aka Martin Virgin, Saxtone and Karolis Ramoska, follow up their Nang debut with two laidback jaunts backed by Ichsan and James Bright remixes. ‘The Move’ makes a fine entry at a relaxed mid-tempo pace with catchy vox, and ‘getting To’ will ease the ‘floor into the mood. The Ichisan remix has a slightly stronger electronic finish, while James Bright flexes some tight synthbass.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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GIRL UNIT
Wut (Claude Vonstroke Mix)
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Frankly massive remixes of Girl Unit’s ubiquitous anthem, delivered by Claude Vonstroke. The bearded party don and Dirtybird emperor releases the original triplet 808 rolls into two bounding Tech-House version. The ‘Undressed Mix’ includes the sheer, ecstatic drop factored into a seriously robust House pattern, everything optimised for maximum impact. His ‘Butt Naked Mix’ is leaner and meaner, still with the heavy heavy pressure but leavened for a more heads-down…
PERC
Wicker & Steel
Perc Trax
CD // £10.99

Debut album of industrial-strength techno from the UK’s Perc. This producer can do disciplined, patient minimalism – for all its drama, lead single ‘My Head Is Slowly Exploding’ is nothing if not a masterclass in sustained tension – but he’s also capable of cutting loose, with often jaw-dropping results: ‘You Saw Me”s natty drum syncopations and cold wave atmospherics sound like Sandwell District trying their hand at UK Funky, while…
RROSE
Primary Evidence
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

Sandwell District: Phase 3 starts here. ‘Primary Evidence’ consists two tracks of wormholing Techno from this incognito producer. A-side ‘Secretion’ bucks off thwacking claps and is driven by an evil synthline grind primed to do the damage. B-side ‘Bare Hands’ is more restrained, deploying elegantly minimal percussion and a super crisp, oscillating acid line that’s making our teeth ache. For our money it’s either Derren Brown or Guru Josh behind…
VIRGO FOUR
It’s A Crime (Caribou / Hunee Mixes)
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.49

Taken from their recently released collection of archival material, Virgo’s ‘It’s A Crime’ is nicely overhauled here with remixes from Caribou and Hunee. After years in the cult margins, Caribou is virtually a popstar these days, and one of the reasons the sudden surge popularity is his increased propensity for making punchy, accessible house jams. Here he strips Virgo’s groove down to its techy, box-banging essence, massaging its bassline into…
DARLING FARAH
EXXY
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £8.99

Darling Farah’s 2nd release for Civil Music is a peach, fusing his Detroit-learnt Techno heritage with more European elements of cleanly contoured and spacious Tech-House and a gritty UK Swing. Leading off, ‘EXXY’ shuffles an hypnotic, Cassy-like vocal with the sort of swing-Tech drum programming heard on Nick Höppner’s wicked ‘A Peck And A Pawn’ production. Obviously a restless musical spirit, he explores more lopsided, Zomby-esque R&B calculations on ‘Younger’,…
FALTY DL
Make It Difficult / Jack Your Job
All City
12″ // £7.99

Falty DL continues his takeover in 2011 with two dead smart sides for All City. There’s almost not a week gone by without at least one or two of his remixes catching our attention every week, and most importantly the quality is consistently brilliant. With ‘Make It Difficult’ he again nails that black art of syncretic groove composition: constructing rhythms that sound like a DJ synching two loose but compatible…
COSMIN TRG
Fizic / De Dans
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

More swinging future-tech heat from Cosmin TRG on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint. ‘Fizic’ is a tranced-out, arpeggio-driven dancefloor arrowhead, flecked with acid and delivered with an ineffable bounce and elasticity that betrays Cosmin’s background in dubstep and UKF derivation. ‘De Dans’ will cause mayhem on any self-respecting dancefloor – a sinewy, box-banging techno cut propelled along by scuffed claps and sky-scraping 808 drum builds the likes of which we haven’t…
CESTRIAN
Annihilator (Perseus Mix)
FUTURE FLASH
12″ // £7.99

*Hand-stamped white label with heavy duty wax seal* Ali Renault greases up for a filthy Hi-NRG Electro throb-off in his Cestrian alter ego, backed with a bubbling acid remix by Perseus. ‘Annihilator’ is a full frontal, tops-off, hairy-backed jacker throwing the full weight of Mr. Renault’s hardware resources into action. Put some poppers in the smoke machine and play this and you’re onto a winner. Pereus Traxx goes slower and…
THE ECHELON PLAN
Black Dots In An Ocean Of White
INCHOATE MUSIC
12″ // £5.99

Surface Records launch their new Inchoate imprint with three slick TechnoHouse tracks by The Echelon Plan, plus one monstrous remix from Delta Funktionen. Those original tracks find a neat balance between darker Techno shades and House swing, but for our money it’s all about that uncompromising remix, off-loading thunderous kicks and sparing synth stabs that will make you wish it was 2am saturday morning every time you play it. Stylishly…
ADONIS
No Way Back
KSTARKE RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Unreleased ’24 Track Version’ and Trxmnn ‘Beated Version’ of an alltime favourite Chicago classic. The ’24 Track Version’ pushes the bassline up front and in effect with some more tweaks from the original, not least the omitted vocal. The ‘Beated Version’ jacks the drums right in your face, with the bassline left to the background – totally ideal for crafty DJs who need to extend this seminal track. Tip!
PETER VAN HOESEN
North 6th EP
KOMISCH
12″ // £5.99

Impeccably tucked ‘n rolled Techno killers from the Brussels badboy. While he’s all well and good working with straight 4/4 kickers, for our money PvH’s most interesting moments occur when he slides off the grid into more swaggered rhythms. Example number one is ‘North 6th’, dropping kicks every few bars or shuffling the hi-hats with a devilish sleight-of-hand for absolutely funked-up body control. Flipside ‘Desay Duty’ is a more subtle,…
ROBERT HOOD
Omega: Alive
M-Plant
CD // £12.99

Heavyweight, nicely sequenced and mixed collection of live versions from the don, Robert Hood, centered around tracks from last year’s ‘Omega’ LP. ‘Omega’ was inspired by Richard Matheson’s end-of-the-world novel (and subsequent movie adaptation) The Omega Man, and for ‘Omega Alive’ Hood has decided to give an extra “post apocalyptic” burnish to his productions – as if his steely, aerobic minimal techno sound wasn’t dystopian enough already. As ever, what…
BLACK JAZZ CONSORTIUM
Structure EP
Soul People Music
12″ // £8.99

Rolling off a series of cherished 12″s for DJ Qu’s Strength Music and his own Soul People, Fred P dips into his Black Jazz Consortium guise on four diverse Deep House burners. A-side ‘Truth In High Places’ grooves with subbass-powered rhythms and sensitively swirling synths, whereas the sumptuous ‘Far Away’ shakes on a broken Latin House agenda akin to his peer DJ Qu. Deeper in, ‘Levels’ slinks between brittle, percolating…
TRAXX / J.T.C. / D’MARC CANTU
The Definition Of Jak, The Definition Of Hope
LUX REC
12″ // £8.99

**White vinyl** Three vintage-styled new skool jackers from the trinity of Traxx, James T. Cotton and D’Marc Cantu. As the title suggests, Traxx’s ‘Pzykotic Houzetrak’ is just a bit tapped, following his instincts for a tough and raw machine workout peppered with samples of a chirpy (perhaps spiked) Japanese lass. James T. Cotton’s ‘Recall’ is a little more polished, referencing some classic Windy City jack moments with an ass-grabbing, rubbery…
SIGHA
The Politics Of Dying (James Ruskin Mix) / Over The Edge (Shifted Mix)
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £6.99

Sigha’s Our Circula Sound label racks up cat#002 featuring one original track, and remixes by Shifted and James Ruskin. ‘The Politics Of Dying’ is a solid DJ tool, structured rigid and unremitting for dark room actions. The Shifted remix smudges its sharp contours for a more dubbed, swinging groove, while James Ruskin subtly strafes closer to Regis’ patented hydraulic flow with his optimised dystopian atmospheres and rolling bassline.
RICARDO MIRANDA
Urbanism EP
NOBLE SQUARE
12″ // £7.99

Noble Square present one of the highlights of Rick Wilhite’s ‘Vibes’ compilation backed with new remixes from Miranda as Chiba with Hernan Cronner, and Daryl Cura. The original ‘Urbanism’ transports us straight to (what we’d imagine to be) a downtown Chicago scene; police sirens streaming by, and the sound of damn fine House music creeping out of some big-ass rig. The Chiba mix is heavier on the kicks and built…

 

WORLD
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VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora 1916-29
TOMPKINS SQUARE
3CD // £26.99

“Before the Golden Age of Americana on Record, immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire were singing their joys and sorrows to disc in New York City. The virtuosic musicians from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant livingin the U.S. who recorded between WWI and the Depression, are presented here across two discs along with a third disc of masterpieces they imported as memories on shellac-and-stone. The intermingled lives and…