Completing a cycle of three limited LPs released this year, Demdike Stare’s much anticipated ‘Voices Of Dust’ lands this week, featuring 50 minutes of darkened music and typically freakish artwork from Andy Votel. It includes the righteous rhythm trip ‘Hashashin Chant’ and the gaseous environs of ‘Repository Of Light’ bowing to the MvO trio’s impeccable improvisations. Limited as hell and darker than thou – the first two instalments sold out in a week so do what you gotta do and do it fast.
Charging into the circle, Andrea brings an intergenerational Chi-Manc dialogue full circle with her homage to the southside sound of Juke. Rapid fire samples, raring rhythms and a celebrated feel for melody collide in deadly style on one of the boldest Daphne records to date. Don’t f**k about; if you’re not dancing, get off the floor!
Type records’ broad yet coherent tastes veer into ritualistic, heavy instrumental terrain with a remarkable album from Jed Bindeman’s Heavy Winged trio. After a stream of cult cassettes for NNF, Aurora Borealis and Digitalis a.o, the band entered a proper studio to reveal the innate power of their sound, resulting in ‘Sunspotted’. Initial copies come on strictly limited red vinyl and with a top recommendation to fans of Mogwai, Sonic Youth or Yellow Swans.
After a couple of brilliant teaser 12″s featuring Mark Ernestus and Shackleton, Crammed finally deliver the gargantuan 26 track/double CD set of remixes of Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, featuring sensitive and reverent remixes from the likes of Animal Collective, Juana Molina, Deerhoof, Michachu, and Optimo, as well as those Shackleton and Ernestus mixes and much much more. From another part of Africa, the exceptional Group Doueh provide the visceral desert blues delights of ‘Beatte Harab’, their third album for Sublime Frequencies – housed in luxury gatefold sleeve and hugely recommended!
Kevin Drumm’s ‘Sheer Hellish Miasmah’ is a staple of any self-respecting modern noise fan’s diet. For the 1st time, eight years since its release, Editions Mego present a highly desirable double gatefold foil-embossed vinyl pressing, looking and sounding better than ever. Fans of the heavy stuff owe themselves an early xmas present.
Entirely worthy of its own 7″, Souterrain Transmissions present Zola Jesus incredible’ ‘Poor Animal’ in a hand-numbered edition of 900 copies. The considered attention to packaging detail is befitting of this emerging starlet and these two tracks from her ‘Stridulum’ album are surely among the year’s best.
We’ve also got a handful of the brilliant Ekoplekz 12″, Punch Drunk’s day trip to radiophonic dub-scaping in celebration of 5 years of killer releases. If warped, lo-fi analogue dub and limited, one-off pressings are your bag, this is a complete must-have.
Upping the groove, Lukid delivers two of his highly unique builds this week, with the 1st release for Glum Records. Expect two sides of heavyweight House idiosyncracies somewhere between a Rohypnol-dosed Theo Parrish, NWAQ and Mark Ernestus, amidst mirage-like compressions. This is the sort of sh*t you check this list for. DON’T SEEP!
The Automatics Group ‘Auto 17’ is an exploration of the infidelities which occur over time in vintage modular synthesizers. The VCS 3 was the first commercially available portable modular synth, whose properties are explored in academic fashion by Peter Worth and Theo Burt of York’s Music Research Centre for Russell Haswell’s OR label. The results are worth filing in your drone section next to Eleh or Eliane radigue.
Rolling out on a House tip we got three special variations from Detroit, UK and Amsterdam. Mayday’s ‘Relics’ sampler contains four seminal Derrick May productions, collected for the 1st time on one super-limited run of 12″s. Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman, meanwhile, heads on a Jungle/House hybrid mission for Hessle Audio, like a skimpier version of his deadly Hemlock and Swamp 81 twelves, and Aardvarck presents his swaggering ‘Dam anthem ‘Nosestep’ backed with an acidic Cosmin TRG remix and an unreleased mix of ‘Re Spoken’ by Nubian Mindz – a version of which appeared on Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix.
Other highlights this week come from Earth (Limited gatefold vinyl!), 8bitch, Altered Natives, Rafael Toral, Arvo Part, Spokes, Villalobos mixing Moebius, Shigeto, Chromatics, Ultralyd, Lee Perry, LV, Brackles, Scuba, Dntel, Various Production, Ben Klock, Soundway and much much more…
Have yourselves a wonderful week….