Nov 262010
 

Hello,

It seems that you can’t turn sideways without bumping into one Emeralds related project or another at the moment, but this week unearths a real gem courtesy of John Elliott (responsible for that astonishing Imaginary Softwoods album) and Sam Goldberg (the brains behind another one of the year’s finest synth projects – Radio People) – working together as Mist. The pair mark a highpoint for the new-new-age revival with a spiked sci-fi aesthetic rendered in vivid, ultra-spacious technicolor and delivered on a beautiful, limited pressing for the Amethyst Sunset label.

Treading similar terrain are Rene Hell and Three Legged Race, providing an immersive, darkened and outrageously spaced-out analogue adventure for the Arbor label, an imprint already very well versed in the art of slipping out standout productions from scene stalwarts including Oneohtrix Point Never. Pressed in an edition of 400 copies for the world and housed in a glossy jacket and printed inner sleeve designed by Jeff Witscher, its another collectors edition we heartily recommend.

If you’ve been following these pages over the last 12 months or so you’ll no doubt already be aware of the Not Not Fun label’s inspired run of form this year. This week finds them on another supremely addictive smudged-pop tip with a killer collaboration between LA Vampires and Olde English Spelling Bee stalwart Matrix Metals. Together they make a blurred and hypnotic synthpop variant that lives somewhere between the perfumed nostalgia of Nite Jewel and the solipsistic hallucinations of James Ferraro. Needless to say – we just love it.

Speaking of Olde English Spelling Bee, Forest Swords’ acclaimed ‘Dagger Paths’ is now given a special cd release. If you’ve not heard the album before, it’s a kind of widescreen, semi-acoustic, Morricone inspired variant of Burial’s night time music, and this limited 2CD set includes a tonne of rarities, remixes and even a 25 minute mixtape. Not many of these left now…

Raster Noton, meanwhile, continue to impress with a brand new solo transmission from SND’s Mark Fell, who somehow makes deeply experimental music with a real funked and deadly core. The sound palette is restricted and precise and the frequencies tip towards the top-end throughout, yet there’s a swing and shuffle to these pieces that bring to mind fierce UK Garage/Bassline or Footworkin’ Juke without too much a stretch of the imagination. It’s peerless, singularly conceived and executed material, and it comes to you with our highest recommendation.

Over on the dancefloor there’s a whole ruck of standout releases this week, headed by the Night Slugs crew and their very first CD compilation – ‘Allstars Volume 1′. Packed with VIP versions and exclusive tracks from Mosca, Jam City, L-Vis vs T. Williams, Ikonika’s buddy Optimum, Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Kingdom’, Lil Silva and much more – its as righteous a document of UK dancefloors as you’re gonna get in 2010 – go cop dat!!!

Matt Cutler, aka Lone, also makes an appearance on CD this week and seals his move into House-d up arenas with ‘Emerald Fantasy Tracks’ for his Magic Wire imprint. Essentially this does for the current House scene what BoC did for downbeat HipHop in the late 90s, smearing the sound with a gorgeously nostalgic feel that’s sunkissed and hazy – precisely what we’re after on an ice cold November evening in deep industrial Manchester.

The Tribal Guarachero mix of Untold’s ‘Anaconda’ and Dubbel Dutch’s ‘Pulso’ are FINALLY given the proper wax treatment and feature on one of the year’s deadliest 12″s, while mini-albums from Games (Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford) and D’eon from the excellent Hippos In Tanks label also finally land on wax after a few weeks in the digital realm.

If you’ve been digging the constant stream of cold wave and synthpop rarities finding their way back to vinyl this year then make sure to check out two fantastic albums from Italian synthwave operators ‘Chrisma’ – dating back to the very end of the 70’s and brought to you on coloured vinyl from the good folks at Medical Records.

Other highlights feature this week from Martyn, Mosca, Chasing Voices, Concern, James Blake, Scuba, Horsepower Productions, Taz, Ramadanman and Appleblim, Braiden vs Kassem Mosse, Coh, Sohrab, Kim Doo Soo, Distance, Margaret Dygas, Recloose, Marcel Dettmann, Research, Krystal Klear, Brutal Music, Geiom, Bass Clef and an amazing Japanese Raymond Scott figurine!

Have yourselves a wonderful week…and stay warm!

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



MIST (JOHN ELLIOTT & SAM GOLDBERG)
Glowing Net EP
ELECTRONIC
Amethyst Sunset
LP // £12.99

*Emeralds’ John Elliot and Radio People’s Sam Goldberg on a killer, dense and tripped out synth adventure – already sold out at source* Sam Goldberg (Radio People) and John Elliott (Emeralds/Imaginary Softwoods) embark on their latest vision quest as Mist with a dazzling album of untethered interzonal synth exploration. ‘Glowing Net’ previously appeared as a cassette on Goldberg’s Pizza Night label but it’s clearly one of those sessions that just had to end up on wax, ready to soundtrack the light show behind your eyelids. ‘Glowing Net’ takes the sounds of their previous ‘Mist’ LP one step further, affording a 360º panoramic view of totally classic sci-fi soundscapes. From the outset of ‘A.M.’ there’s a sure adjustment of reverb settings, expanding their sound to the peripheries of perception and allowing glimpses of previously unseen/heard galactic disturbances deep in the distance. The effect carries into ‘Sky High’ where a deceptively mixed distant clang more than once made us think some workmen were repairing a shuttle outside the office, itself creating a magically transcendent space enhanced by the flurry of chromatic synth shapes. From the dominant, titanic emotions of ‘Mist Stream’ onwards, the other side encounters the vast shapes of ‘Soaring Yellow/Glowing Net’ and the breathtaking, near-symphonic scenery of ‘Mist Refrain’, both as close as you’ll get to a contemporary equivalent of classic ’70s/’80s sci-fi soundtracks. The effect of all this is surely enhanced by the remastering for vinyl by James Plotkin and a vinyl lacquer cut at Berlin’s alchemical D&M. Highly recommended indeed.



VARIOUS / NIGHT SLUGS
Night Slugs Allstars Volume 1
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
CD // £9.99

In UK club music 2010 was the year of the Night Slugs. To celebrate this fact, they round up 13 prime cuts for their 1st CD release, including exclusives and VIP versions from their top boys and showcasing the most virile memes of Teched-out Funky, Jacked-up R&B and Electroid Bass music. On an upfront and exclusive tip, there’s a ramped-up VIP mix of Mosca’s awesome ‘Square One’, next to Jam City’s all-new and stupidly effective ‘Arpjam’ plus the shocking force of an L-Vis 1990 & T. Williams hookup entitled ‘Stand Up’, all created especially for this comp. You may also notice a few newish names, introducing the likes of Ikonika’s buddy Optimum on the fluttering, tranced-out Funky riffs of ‘Broken Embrace’ and the lazer-soul House of Montreal’s Jacques Greene with ‘(Baby I Don’t Know) What You Want’. Still fresh out the box, Girl Unit’s outstanding ‘Wut’ anthem makes a bold appearance next to Kingdom’s athletic Ballroom banger ‘Bust Broke’ and there’s still no f**king with Lil Silva’s ‘Seasons’, possibly the label’s canniest A&R move. Factor in Bok Bok’s remix of another megatonne bomb ‘IRL’, the sweetened synth licks of Velour’s ‘Booty Slammer’ (now outed as the work of Hyetal and Julio Bashmore), and the warped electro-heat of Egyptrixx and Cubic Zirconia, and you know what the outcome is… ESSENTIAL.



RENE HELL / THREE LEGGED RACE
Violin Petal (Auden) / Whipped Secrets
ELECTRONIC
ARBOR
LP // £12.99

*Arbor pair off the indomitable Rene Hell and Hair Police’s Robert Beatty for a compelling synth workout made in a limited vinyl-only edition* Rene Hell has become a regular feature on these pages over the last 18 months with a slew of crucial tapes for Agents Of Chaos and LPs for Type and Pete Swanson’s s/t imprint, each opening portals to his sound from alternate angles. The latest vision is ‘Violin Petal {Auden}’ a four part suite of ritualistic sci-fi synth music, borrowing from contemporary minimal techno and early tape music in order to propel the listener great distances without moving an inch. He may be bound by bedroom recording practices but Rene doesn’t let that stop him going to the ends of the universe, locked in an unending spiral sprawl of unraveling synth patterns with a strangely vivid narrative. If that side was about the journey, Beatty’s Three Legged race side is like the arrival on some unknown planet, starting out wide eyed and agog with alien folk melodies and garbled, indecipherable voices attempting to make contact before the scale of the mission sets in and we’re on isolationist tape music territory, richly evocative of the Radiophonic Workshop or Morton Subotnik – but is this real or a VR simulation? From here til the end the melodic landscape becomes more fragmented and pixellated with an unpredictable logic sounding like it was programmed at Keith Fullerton Whitman’s labs back on Terra, while the feeling of being stranded out starts to become more appealing. If deep space missions are your thing, this one is worth your undivided attentions. Pressed in an edition of 400, housed in glossy jacket featuring images by each artist and printed inner sleeves and centre labels designed by Jeff Witscher. Just ace.



LONE
Emerald Fantasy Tracks
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
MAGIC WIRE
CD // £8.99

Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he’s found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody has really started to pay dividends. ‘Emerald Fantasy Tracks’ is one of the most unapologetically ecstatic dancefloor albums we’ve heard this year, from the eccied AGCG delights of ‘Aquamarine’ to the pickled keys of ‘Re-Schooling’, he does to the current House scene what BoC did with HipHop and downbeat electronica in the late ’90s. Tracks like ‘Moon Beam Harp’ or ‘Cloud 909’ feature titles that are in themselves enough to send your mind in the right direction, but it’s his grasp of lushed-out and retro-futuristic electronics that make this album such an enjoyable experience, enveloping your senses with the fragrant wow and flutter of detuned synthlines and a sublimely tactile attention to polaroid-grainy and slightly decaying surface detail. By far his best material to date – highly recommended.



MARK FELL
Multistability
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £12.99

SND’s Mark Fell makes a late entry for one of the electronic albums of the year with his latest solo opus: ‘Multistability’. As one half of SND alongside Mat Steel and solo as ‘H’, Mark uncompromisingly operates on the bleeding edge of digital music production. He’s in possession of a beautifully rare talent; the ability to make highly academic music with an innately Funky and dare we say, accessible, edge. He himself and many others may not agree, but there’s something so listenable to his rhythmically-driven and melodically aware style that we can’t help but hear him in that context. The conceit behind ‘Multistability’ is assuredly highbrow, referring to the notion of seeing two separate images at once, kinda like a Rubin face/vase effect. From the outset we’re entangled in a meticulous mesh of ultimately chaotic, but incredibly well organised patterns and sonic topologies – essentially the result of experiments whose side-effects just happen to be the most extreme and stripped examples of digital funk imaginable. Believe it or not, Mark cites his collaborative efforts with friend and fellow musician Yasunao Tone as a major influence on these tracks, which is understandable when it comes to their constantly morphing aesthetic and deliberate intentions, but seriously, we couldn’t ever imagine feeling as compelled to twitch like this when listening to a Tone CD. We’d be more inclined to compare his constructions with the fiercest UK Garage/Bassline or Footworkin’ Juke, albeit filtered and reduced into the most minimal variant possible. Just imagine those hyper-concatenated rhythms zipped into more “conventional” dancefloor sounds – in a parallel universe Marcus Nasty is whipping up a hypestorm with blends of ‘Multistability’ and the latest Pantha dubplate. However, as the label correctly states, ‘Multistability’ should be understood in light of Fell’s claim that “Music is a technology for constructing an experience of time”, which really sums this album up more succinctly than we ever could, while leaving his whole oeuvre brilliantly unresolved and open to the wildest interpretations. We’re not using this lightly – ESSENTIAL!



FOREST SWORDS
Dagger Paths (Limited Edition with Bonus Disc)
ELECTRONIC
NO PAIN IN POP
2CD // £10.99

*Special edition – comes with a 70 minute bonus disc which is exclusive to this set and not available on download formats. The bonus CD features early demo tracks and remixes from Pariah, Becoming Real, Dro Carey, and Turnbull Gree, as well as a 25 minute mixtape* An incredible debut from Forest Swords – nope, we’ve never heard of them before either, but they’re only based down the road in The Wirral so we’ll send them a thank you message via carrier pigeon or something. ‘Daggers Path’ is a textured patch of personal sonic connections infusing outsider drone-folk and lo-fi pop with modern r’nb and vintage dub tropes that capture that feeling of Grouper jamming with the Velvets down at Tubby’s that you forgot to remember that time you didn’t imagine it. Central figure, M. Barnes, cyphers the same soulful impact you’d find in the vocal samples of a Burial record for instance, and shades them with a widescreen wash of lo-fi colours reminiscent of the inherent skyward drama found in his native coastal location, also embedding each track in slow-burnt dub basslines and dread guitar jangles which echo out across the low-lying landscape for miles around. On ‘Hoylake Misst’ there’s even elements of Amon Düül, if they’d taken cues from Timbaland beating rhythms with pencils on his desk, or on ‘Glory Gong’ we feel like we’re about to be dropped into some reggaeton bumper before the all the edges dissolve and we’re left with ghostly male groans and plaintive guitar shimmers while some deft fingers on the desk rubs in dubbed out samples and the stodgy-slow bass keeps on heaving. It’s love at first sight with this album and we reckon you’ll fall for it too. Please don’t sleep on this!



LA VAMPIRES FEATURING MATRIX METALS
So Unreal
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

*Strictly limited to 600 copies only for the world* After a sterling hookup with Zola Jesus, Amanda Brown’s LA Vampires get involved with Matrix Metals aka Outer Limits Recordings on a ridiculously good LP for NNF. The vibes are quite different on this one, largely thanks to the infusion of Matrix Metals’ sunbleached aesthetic, building warped 2D beachscape sonic scenery out of decaying tape loops and fizzy casio synth solos, all super heavy-lidded and practically pixellating as it comes out the speakers. All songs were recorded to 4-track by scene lynchpin M Geddes Gengras and require your attention right away if heavyweight dreampop does funny things to your head. Super recommendation for fans of James Ferraro, Nite jewel, Zola Jesus and beyond!



CENTURY PLANTS / LOCRIAN
Dissolvers
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Tape Drift
LP // £12.99

*Beautiful silver leaf screen-printed sleeves – a strictly limited vinyl run from Tape Drift* Tape Drifts impressively move into the vinyl realm with a sublime split LP of bleak drone treatments from Chicago’s Locrian and the terrifically titled Century Plants of Albany, upstate New York. Firstly, the presentation is about pitch-perfect; black label vinyl housed in silver leaf ink screen-printed sleeve and a special double-sided colour insert – just to whet your appetite. Century Plants commandeer the A-side, stoking the very slow burn of ‘Fading Out’, evolving from near-inaudible, ominous, spectral figures, fleshed out with spidery webs of autonomic guitar picking and deeply unsettling psych-drone shapes looming from the aether. ‘Delirium’ is the after effect, eyes slowly rolling in the back of the head while sparse, wintry-tanged ambience gives way to O’Malley-esque feedback manipulation and harmonised subbass. Passing the tourniquet to Locrian, we’re soon subsumed by the psychoactive ‘On A Calcified Shore’, glass-scraped feedback swirling into ghoulish apparitions and sustained underlying drones stretching out into an inky black void, while ‘Omega Vapors’ intoxicates the senses with billowing clouds of feedback noise and quietly agitated strings make the skin crawl and prickle. Gorgeous music – limited copies only.



D’EON
Palinopsia
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £7.99

Montreal’s exotic digi-funk wizard, D’eon is the latest artist to escape from HIT’s vortex of future-vintage pop greats. As if from nowhere, his debut album ‘Palinsopia’ presents a fully formed package that’s so hard to ignore, injecting R&B, Breakbeat Hardcore, and electrosoul with sublime doses of psychedelic raga drones and a devotional pop spirit, subsequently sounding quite like nobody else we can think of. The exquisitely measured opener, ‘Palinsopia Intro + Almost Out Of Time’ is an epic iintroduction, false starting with a flurry of JD Emmanuel-esque new-Age synth scales before spanking us into a Peter Gabriel dreamspace with ‘Almost Out Of Time’ proper. Just wait for the vocal and a stupidly wide grin will follow! From here we’re granted full access to D’eon’s world, from the cascading, romantic arpeggios of ‘2040’ sounding like the theme to a high school drama set in Mumbai, to the elegiac Hardcore House of the outstanding ‘What We Want To Be’ like some magical B-side from Rob’s Records circa 1992. Deep into his heady interzone, we enter the opiated R&B/Raga states of ‘Kill A Man With A Joystick In Your Hand’, the greazy boogie of ‘Keep The Faith’ and a soaring closer of epic proportions in ‘Across The Sea’. D’Eon’s pop instincts and psychedelic wanderlust are just achingly exquisite, we urge you to check this out and embrace one of the most exciting debuts of the year.



CHRISMA
Chinese Restaurant
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Medical Records
LP // £14.99

Chrisma’s seminal 1977 LP ‘Chinese Restaurant’ receives the premium reissue treatment courtesy of Medical Records (the same label who gave us the Deutsche Wertarbeit and Alexander Robotnick reissues). Most importantly, this album was recorded in London under the auspices of a certain Nico Papathanassiou and his brother Vangelis – yep that Vangelis – operating somewhere on the cusp of Italian prog-rock, synth-punk/pop and New Wave electronics. Out-of-print on vinyl since the original issue, it contains the awesome hit single ‘Black Silk Stocking’ besides the unmistakable Giallo styles of ‘Lola’ and the mindblowing ‘Lycee’, a stunning prog jaunt full of synthesized fanfare and faded European grandeur. We’re pretty much pinching ourselves over the synthier cuts here – you just have to check them out. As always, these are limited, hand-numbered copies only, pressed to 180gm orange vinyl with full colour artwork. An absolute treasure.



CHRISMA
Hibernation
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Medical Records
LP // £14.99

**Crucial reissue of a highly sought-after Italian synthwave gem. Ltd clear vinyl copies!** In a double whammy week for pivotal synth-punk reissues, Medical Records present Chrisma’s follow-up to ‘Chinese Restaurant’ – the timeless and long-out-of-print Italian new wave of their ’79 LP ‘Hibernation’. Again, this album was recorded at Vangelis’ Nemo studios in London, but nobody can confirm or deny whether he actually played on it. We do know, however, that his brother Niko Papathanassiou is credited with production and arrangement. In contrast to their debut album, there’s a queer sense of glammed-up punk to this LP, albeit with their brilliantly discordant sense of melody and explorative songwriting. You simply don’t hear songs like ‘Hibernated Nazi’ or the melodramatic flourishes of ‘Aurora B’ every day, and for the more wayward discos tracks such as ‘Gott Gott Electron’ and ‘We R’ have potential anthem status written all over them. Don’t sleep on this one, there’s only 500 hand-numbered copies and they ain’t gonna last…

Singles of the Week



UNTOLD / DUBBEL DUTCH
Anaconda (Tribal Guarachero Mix) / Pulso
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
SSSSS
12″ // £6.49

This one’s been brewing for a while, and it seems like we’ve had a barrage of emails about it almost daily for weeks – so here it finally is, the Tribal Guarachero refit of Untold’s mighty ‘Anaconda’, backed with the sheer headf*ck of ‘Pulso’ from Dubbel Dutch. The shadowy SSSSS label have prepared themselves well for the inevitable “WTF?!?” faces that the ‘Anaconda’ remix will cause by keeping themselves well and truly out of reach – we really have no idea who’s behind the label nor where they’re from – but if you’re asking us to explain the hows and whys – we just don’t know! It’s apparently the work of some mysterious producer, augmenting the original in line with an emergent Mexican style defined by the track’s clomping kicks and triplet fills. The closest rhythmic comparisons we could make are Ramadanman’s ‘Pitter’ or Plastikman’s ‘Slinky’, but we urge you to find out for yourselves – it’s surely one of the years biggest productions. On the flip, Dubbel Dutch drops ‘Pulso’, sounding like a skewed remake of ‘Pulse X’ and again with some proper hip-configuring 3/4 time signatures. This is where the dance is at right now, and we can only try to keep up. Oh aye, and for the aesthetes, the sleeve is next level. ESSENTIAL!!!!!!



GAMES (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER & JOEL FORD)
That We Can Play
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £7.49

Another pseudo-chart hit from the parallel ’80s universe of Daniel “OPN” Lopatin and Tigercity’s Joel Ford, aka Games! It’s definitely about time for another session from this duo because we’ve already worn out the first 7″ at the Boomkat yacht moored on the ship canal. ‘That We Can Play’ beefs up the aesthetic of their debut disc with a more heroic feat of FM pomp and fractal boogie created in their studio/den somewhere in Brooklyn, this time joined by Chicago’s Gatekeeper on remix duties and the extraordinary talent of Laurel Halo on vocals. Laurel’s voice on ‘Strawberry Skies’ beautifully enhances the strutting, cod-mystical Far-Eastern pop vibes from Lopatin and Ford, setting an emotive agenda for the woozy chromatic blur of ‘MIDI Drift’, the duo’s current calling card. On the coked-up buzz of ‘Planet Party’ shoulder-coordinating syn-drums dredge false memories of LA power plays by keytar-wielding stallions, before ‘Shadows In Bloom’ envisages Fancy’s lost fantasy project tapes with Jan Hammer from 1987. Perhaps most striking is the pneumatically fit remix of CFCF’s Peter Gabriel-esque ‘It Was Never Ment To Be’, whilst Gatekeeper’s straight-to-VHS version of ‘Strawberry Skies’ takes Halo and co into a surreally screwed simulation of Hellraiser. We’re gonna have to see someone about our Games addiction… Very highly recommended!



MARTYN
Left Hander / Shook Up
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
3024
12″ // £6.49

Man-like-Martijn Deykers slinks into motion with two outright killers on 3024. Remarkably, this is Martyn’s first solo 12″ of 2010, a year in which he dropped a crucial Fabric mix and expanded his label’s horizons to draw blunted and Techno sounds into the fold. With ‘Left Hander’ he cuts in from a broken house angle, sharing certain rhythmic traits with Altered Natives while firmly retaining his feel for soulful, classically-informed Detroit melody in grand style. On the other side, ‘Shook Up’ goes one step duttier, dragging the drums down to a gruffly accented swing while sly strings, twinkling keys and fluttering synth motifs imagine some infectious fusion of mad effective South London and Detroit disciplines. Basically, this 12″ is lethal and your turntables want it, badly!



VARIOUS / BRUTAL MUSIC
Brutal 500 Series – Part 1
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
BRUTAL MUSIC
12″ // £7.99

After a slew of killer mix CD missions, the Finders Keepers-affiliated Brutal Music initiate their Brutal 500 Series with three blinders plucked from the vaults of Dom Thomas. While the rest of the series will feature new music from the likes of Cherrystones, Gaslamp Killer, Dom and Black Lodge, this inaugural episode skirts round proto-house, cosmic funk and plain unclassified grooves. On the A-side we get Alésia Cosmos’ 1983 French obscurity ‘H-CO’, a headful of reversed tape loops, phased guitars and flurries of synthesizer set to crisp bongos, next to the calamitous, motorik psyche-rock of former John Cage student, Donald Knaack and his nutty junkyard funk on ‘Built To Last, Fall Apart’. This one is off the scale! On the flipside we get the full 13 minutes of Indoor Life’s incredible ‘Voodoo’, originally released in 1981 and largely the preserve of clued-up collectors, until now. Just check the mutant brew of bandy-legged funk, Art-skool dub noise and Bryan Ferry-esque vocals and you should be hooked. Shout out to the die-cut disco sleeve too, looking fly!



CHASING VOICES
Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
TECHNO / HOUSE
Chasing Voices
12″ // £9.99

**Limited Edition one-sided, black label copy housed in monotone, hand screen-printed sleeve** Cast your mind back to the beginning of this year and you might remember a jaw-dropping obscurity from New York’s Chasing Voices on the Slow To Speak-affiliated Preserved Instincts label. From what we can fathom, this is a collective of producers working anonymously within the context of reactionist rhetoric, as the labels states “The affecting despondency of the anonymously disseminated Chasing Voices series confirms this project is more an act of survival than an exercise in cultural luxury”… “There is no “artist” in this equation, no ordained or predestined genius operating behind the mystified veil of divined talent”. But regardless of who made it, ‘Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit’ is amazing. It has the same sense of dark intensity which lodged their previous 12″ deep in our minds, only this time conveyed via vintage-sounding techno circa 1994 (read: classic AI era). The mood is unrepentantly dystopian, yet paradoxically infused with the positive, rebellious spirit of the anti-CJB era, and comes very close to a sound dear to the hearts of many. Highly recommended!



MOSCA / SULLY
PRODUCER #3 / PART 1
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.99

Fat City’s esteemed Producer series invites three new beat-makers to the fold, Mosca, Burgaboy, and Sully. It’s been a vintage year for Mosca releases (and it’s only his first, technically speaking), and ‘Tilt Shift’ adds a previously unheard HipHop string to his bow, taking post-Dilla templates and shaking them with his Sound System sensibilities to yet again make jaws hit the floor. Burgaboy backs this up in a searing Bassline context with his outrageously propulsive remix, while Sully chips in on the flip with a smacking Garage swinger in ‘Black Projects’. This 12″ is ruff, and very ready for the dance.



RESEARCH
Rapid Eye Movement / Tough
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Reel Estate
12″ // £8.99

Genre-bending electro-industrial jazzfunk obscurity from Geoff Serle aka Research. The two original tracks were recorded in 1985 and were recently reworked by Geoff at his studio in London, giving new life to two unmissably ace dancefloor oddities. Kinda like Jeff Phelps with more yelps or maybe Mandré suffering a No Wave breakdown, the A-side ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ sounds like our man has been dabbing speed for days while listening to Prince and Chris Carter records, and we’re still not even close to what’s going on here. Flip it and you’ll encounter ‘Tough’, displaying a tad more restraint, but still full of futurebeat intent manifested in spiky drum machine spurts and cyberpunk-y dread dub FX. Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies and worth twice the entry alone. TIP!

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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ASUSU
No Kya / No Kya (F Remix)
Project Squared
12″ // £5.99

Heavyweight Dub-tech roller from Asusu backed with a lean and mean F remix. With ‘No Kya’ Asusu syncopates a classic BC bassline with sparse, swinging garage drums and dynamic dub chords, while F fills int he gaps on the flip with a killer, heads-down 4/4 garage version. Comes in canny spot-gloss sleeve for the fiends. Fans of Headhunter, T++ or Indigo need to check this!!!
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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LONE
Emerald Fantasy Tracks
MAGIC WIRE
CD // £8.99

Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he’s found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody has really started to…
D’EON
Palinopsia
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £7.99

Montreal’s exotic digi-funk wizard, D’eon is the latest artist to escape from HIT’s vortex of future-vintage pop greats. As if from nowhere, his debut album ‘Palinsopia’ presents a fully formed package that’s so hard to ignore, injecting R&B, Breakbeat Hardcore, and electrosoul with sublime doses of psychedelic raga drones and a devotional pop spirit, subsequently sounding quite like nobody else we can think of. The exquisitely measured opener, ‘Palinsopia Intro…
GAMES (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER & JOEL FORD)
That We Can Play
Hippos In Tanks
LP // £7.49

Another pseudo-chart hit from the parallel ’80s universe of Daniel “OPN” Lopatin and Tigercity’s Joel Ford, aka Games! It’s definitely about time for another session from this duo because we’ve already worn out the first 7″ at the Boomkat yacht moored on the ship canal. ‘That We Can Play’ beefs up the aesthetic of their debut disc with a more heroic feat of FM pomp and fractal boogie created in…
CHICO MANN
Analog Drift
Wax Poetics
2LP // £16.99

Core Antibalas member, Chico Mann, presents his second solo album for the recording wing of revered jazz mag, Wax Poetics. ‘Analog Drift’ includes a cover of Talking Heads ‘Once In A Lifetime’ infused with a deadly Afro-Latin feel, and eleven further tracks of heavily Cuban-accented modern soul music with strong traces of NYC/Miami Freestyle and vibes not dissimilar to Toro Y Moi. Check this!!!
CHICO MANN
Analog Drift
Wax Poetics
CD // £10.99

Core Antibalas member, Chico Mann, presents his second solo album for the recording wing of revered jazz mag, Wax Poetics. ‘Analog Drift’ includes a cover of Talking Heads ‘Once In A Lifetime’ infused with a deadly Afro-Latin feel, and eleven further tracks of heavily Cuban-accented modern soul music with strong traces of NYC/Miami Freestyle and vibes not dissimilar to Toro Y Moi. Check this!!!
ONRA / TOKIMONSTA / VARIOUS
Cosmopolyphonic
MOAMOO / ART UNION
CD // £13.99

Japan’s Art Union imprint gets a firm grip on the slippery end of future boogie funk and the sound-formerly-known-as-wonky with eighteen tracks from the likes of Devonwho, Tokimonsta, Pursuit Grooves, Onra, Kay Suzuki and more. The label has already dropped some reet heaters from As Valet and Tokimonsta this year so you should be able to clearly gauge where their interests lie. ‘Cosmopolyphonic’ also operates as about the best exposé…
KRYSTAL KLEAR / ARETHIS
Greensilver / Rugged Angels
Dub Organizer
12″ // £5.99

Cooly G’s Dub Organizer label flexes some serious vinyl muscle with deadly yet divergent cuts from Krystal Klear and Arethis. Hanging on a Boogie tip, Hoya:Hoya resident and renowned electrofunk master Krystal Klear drops the heat-seeking vibes of ‘Greensilver’, the kind of scorching soul track we could imagine Foot Patrol controlling the floor to down at the Moss Side leisure centre on a saturday night in ’86, only given a…
AD BOURKE
Mirage
CITINITE
LP // £6.99

Ultra-fiddly boogie funk workout from Citinite’s Rome correspondent, Ad Bourke. With the eight tracks of ‘Mirage’ he goes to town on the tweakiest synth fills and rudest, shoulder-popping drum machines, sounding somewhere between a sex-starved Dam Funk and Architeq on crack. There are some parallels between his sound and the Scandinavian Skweee style, but we kinda get the impression that Ad takes his productions a little more seriously. Big with…
SUMSUN
Samo Milagro
MOAMOO / ART UNION
CD // £11.99

Matthewdavid’s Leaving Records – home to records from Ras G, Dak and Oscar McClure among others – expand their remit with Sumsun’s excellent debut album. Taking cues from the most psyched end of Indie pop a la Animal Collective, the cosmic noise of the LA beats scene and the kind of boogie/proto-house sounds Maxmillion Dunbar has been exploring, Sumsun sets an invitingly tropical and heady agenda. ‘Ants’ opens with a…
SOULEANCE (FULGEANCE & DJ SOULIST)
Soupape
First Word Records
12″ // £6.99

Souleance is the funked-up French alliance of Fulgeance and DJ Soulist, hitting a groove of crafty boogie, disco and funk cut-ups. To be honest we’ve never heard Soulist before, but we can clearly discern Fulgeance’s fancy edit skills at work here, from the subtly-spliced Gainbourg-esque Funk groove of ‘Amourette’, into a killer Brazillian Bossa-chopped ‘Passarinho’ and the sly swivel of Automatico’. On the other side ‘Soupape’ flips into filtered electro-boogie…
BOOKS
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DAVID LUBICH
Catch The Beat: The Best Of Soul Underground 1987-91
DJ History
HARDCOVER BOOK (LARGE) // £19.99

Soul Underground covered the explosion in dance music and club culture of the 1980s and 90s in a way that no other publication was able to. In an era that gave us rare groove, go-go, hip hop and house, the magazine delivered consistently brilliant writing about the artists, DJs and clubs at the heart of these scenes (which established titles like NME and Melody Maker largely sidelined). Collecting the best…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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CENTURY PLANTS / LOCRIAN
Dissolvers
Tape Drift
LP // £12.99

*Beautiful silver leaf screen-printed sleeves – a strictly limited vinyl run from Tape Drift* Tape Drifts impressively move into the vinyl realm with a sublime split LP of bleak drone treatments from Chicago’s Locrian and the terrifically titled Century Plants of Albany, upstate New York. Firstly, the presentation is about pitch-perfect; black label vinyl housed in silver leaf ink screen-printed sleeve and a special double-sided colour insert – just to…
CONCERN
Caesarean (Limited Vinyl Edition)
ARBOR
LP // £12.99

*Limited vinyl edition – 500 copies for the world* Caesarean’s lead track, ‘Discrete Memorial’ is a real rarity within the field of ambient music: it’s a piece that instantly takes hold of you, dragging you deeply into its faded, tape-eroded realm. Rather than stringing out drones from analogue synths, soft synths or field recordings, Concern’s Gordon Ashworth instead calls upon the services of various acoustic sound sources (clarinet, banjo, guitars,…
NAILS
Unsilent Death (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Southern Lord
LP // £14.99

Covering a head-scrambling ten songs in just over twelve minutes (!) Californian band Nails pack one heck of a lot of sound onto this CD. Unsilent Death has previously been released on a couple of occasions: once on CD and later on vinyl, via Todd’s Streetcleaner label. The fact that Southern Lord are picking up the record for a third-time release suggests that there’s something fairly special about these recordings,…
THE SECRET
Solve Et Coagula (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Southern Lord
LP // £15.99

Reportedly, The Secret were signed by Southern Lord on the strength of a freakishly brilliant demo submission, and if it sounded anything like the Italian black metallers’ finished album you could understand why. Solve Et Coagula is a fearsome onslaught, delivered with a brutish efficiency within a fullsome, air-tight production. Following on from similarly strong material by fellow recent Southern Lord newcomers Black Breath, it sounds like the label’s on…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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VARIOUS / BRUTAL MUSIC
Brutal 500 Series – Part 1
BRUTAL MUSIC
12″ // £7.99

After a slew of killer mix CD missions, the Finders Keepers-affiliated Brutal Music initiate their Brutal 500 Series with three blinders plucked from the vaults of Dom Thomas. While the rest of the series will feature new music from the likes of Cherrystones, Gaslamp Killer, Dom and Black Lodge, this inaugural episode skirts round proto-house, cosmic funk and plain unclassified grooves. On the A-side we get Alésia Cosmos’ 1983 French…
LAID BACK
Cocaine Cool
Brother Music
12″ // £8.99

As the quality of imported drugs continues to rise during the global recession, it’s possibly no wonder that Laid Back have updated their staple anthem ‘White Horse’ for the Neo-Disco masses. ‘Cocaine Cool’ is essentially ‘White Horse Part.2’, tweaking 30 year old tapes from the original session and adding some sorta half-rapped/spoken lyrics from Arthur Stander. As the duo stated “In 1985, an earlier version was included on the album…
MIKE SIMONETTI
Let’s Be Careful Out There
MIKE
12″ // £6.99

It’s disco drivetime with Mike Simonetti and the second set of crucial edits on his Mike label. The Italians Do It Better head drops the classic cruise control vibes of his favourite Fleetwood Mac track on the A-side, while the B-side sees n deadly obscure disco wave tune ‘Needs More Cowbells’ and what is apparently an unknown gem from some big early ’80s new wave band (we haven’t the faintest…
OCTOBER
Vanamonde EP
Misericord
12″ // £6.99

Superb disco excursion from the omni-talented Jules Smith aka October. His ‘Vanamonde EP’ drops squarely on Ewan Pearson’s Misericord label, bearing four tracks of the classiest Neo-Disco, already finding favour with the likes of Ivan Smagghe and the Wolf & Lamb crew. On the A-side ‘Breeprise’ steadily burns up lissom bass guitar with cool, crisp drums, sensual rhodes and canny film samples at a louche mid-tempo pace. On the flip…
PERSNICKETY ALL-STARS
Sisters Are Doin’ It EP
PERSNICKETY SOUNDS
12″ // £6.99

Super-satisfying Disco edit jobs from Persnickety All-Stars, primed for peak time play. The A-side is DJ Bang’s Chitown reedit of Suzy Q’s ’82 boogie joint ‘I Can’t Give You More’, with big vocals and infectious cowbells to enhance the wiggle factor. Flip it and you’ll find DJ Bang’s Chitown re-edit of Caroline Crawford’s ’78 Salsoul anthem ‘Coming On Strong’ with some seriously deadly drums and proper heads down, hands-in-the-air vibes….
VARIOUS / SECRET STASH
Peruvian Funk
SECRET STASH
LP // £17.99

From the same label who delivered the Soviet Funk and Porno Groove LPs, comes 11 tracks of completely obscure Peruvian Funk. Eric Foss of Secret Stash records spent a week digging in the crates and garages of central Lima in order to unearth these beauties. As the story goes he was finding it a pretty fruitless task until a stack of beat up cardboard boxes yielded this treasure trove of…
DOCUMENTARY
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GARY WEIS
80 Blocks From Tiffanys
Traffic
DVD // £15.99

’80 Blocks From Tiffany’s’ is a rare and seminal expose of life in a much maligned South Bronx of the late ’70s, as seen through the eyes of two Puerto Rican and Afro American gangs, The Savage Nomads, and the Savage Skulls. It was directed by a former Saturday Night Live producer, Gary Weis and captured in brilliantly unfussy, street-level style by Joan Churchill. As far as we’re aware, this…
DUB / REGGAE
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DENNIS BROWN
The Crown Prince of Reggae – Singles (1972 – 1985)
VP Records
LP // £8.99

Collecting his best singles between 1972-1985, with production from the likes of Ossie Hibert, Aswad, Jackie Mittoo, Joe Gibbs and Niney The Observer, and musicians ranking among them The Professionals, Aggrovators and The Roots Radics, The Taxi Gang, and more. Dennis was awarded the title ‘Prince Of Reggae’ by Bob Marley, acknowledging the influence of his defining lovers rock anthems on successive generations of Jamaican artists. Inside you’ll find an…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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VARIOUS / NIGHT SLUGS
Night Slugs Allstars Volume 1
Night Slugs
CD // £9.99

In UK club music 2010 was the year of the Night Slugs. To celebrate this fact, they round up 13 prime cuts for their 1st CD release, including exclusives and VIP versions from their top boys and showcasing the most virile memes of Teched-out Funky, Jacked-up R&B and Electroid Bass music. On an upfront and exclusive tip, there’s a ramped-up VIP mix of Mosca’s awesome ‘Square One’, next to Jam…
UNTOLD / DUBBEL DUTCH
Anaconda (Tribal Guarachero Mix) / Pulso
SSSSS
12″ // £6.49

This one’s been brewing for a while, and it seems like we’ve had a barrage of emails about it almost daily for weeks – so here it finally is, the Tribal Guarachero refit of Untold’s mighty ‘Anaconda’, backed with the sheer headf*ck of ‘Pulso’ from Dubbel Dutch. The shadowy SSSSS label have prepared themselves well for the inevitable “WTF?!?” faces that the ‘Anaconda’ remix will cause by keeping themselves well…
MARTYN
Left Hander / Shook Up
3024
12″ // £6.49

Man-like-Martijn Deykers slinks into motion with two outright killers on 3024. Remarkably, this is Martyn’s first solo 12″ of 2010, a year in which he dropped a crucial Fabric mix and expanded his label’s horizons to draw blunted and Techno sounds into the fold. With ‘Left Hander’ he cuts in from a broken house angle, sharing certain rhythmic traits with Altered Natives while firmly retaining his feel for soulful, classically-informed…
MOSCA / SULLY
PRODUCER #3 / PART 1
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.99

Fat City’s esteemed Producer series invites three new beat-makers to the fold, Mosca, Burgaboy, and Sully. It’s been a vintage year for Mosca releases (and it’s only his first, technically speaking), and ‘Tilt Shift’ adds a previously unheard HipHop string to his bow, taking post-Dilla templates and shaking them with his Sound System sensibilities to yet again make jaws hit the floor. Burgaboy backs this up in a searing Bassline…
SCUBA
Before (Deadboy Remix) / So You Think You’re Special (Joe Remix)
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Deadboy and Joe head up the last of three 12″s loaded with reinterpretations of tracks from Scuba’s ‘Triangulation’. Revising ‘Before’ Deadboy brilliantly plays with our perceptions of pitch, fundamentally f**king with conventional arrangements to make his fusion of jungle and garage sound so odd, yet strikingly effective. On the flip Joe totally rewires ‘So You Think You’re Special’ as a Fonky Piano House spesh, almost leaning into discordant Conlon Nancarrow…
JAMES BLAKE
CMYK EP (Cyan Vinyl Edition)
R&S Records
12″ // £6.99

*Limited Edition transparent Cyan vinyl – Ships Friday* Massively anticipated soul futurism from James Blake! On his longest solo EP to date, Blake delivers the anthemic title track backed with three uncategorisable steppers functions. ‘CYMK’ is also the most upbeat cut we’ve heard from him, swinging around a 140bpm axis with pandrogynously pitched R’n’B vocals, skunk-hazed depth perceptions and a sense of barely tethered spatial chaos owing to his advanced…
TAZ
Gold Tooth Grin
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

Eight releases down, Numbers drop the anthemic ‘Goldtooth Grin’ from Glasgow’s dubstep rotter, Taz Buckfaster. The lead cut has been in circulation for over 12 months with those in the know, charted highly by Gernot Modeselektor as far back as 2009 and featuring regularly in the sets of Jackmaster and his numerous numbers affiliates. Basically if you’re into the most melodic, melancholy and crunked-out end of Joker, Starkey or Girl…
HEM / SHORTSTUFF
On A Mission (Shortstuff Remix)
BERKANE SOL
12″ // £5.99

Man with the plan, Geiom’s Berkane Sol imprint revives his own Hem moniker and sets it off with a killer Shortstuff remix, backed with two crooked 8-Bit boogie joints. This label has a habit of pulling out some cracking remixes and Shortstuff’s exemplifies the rule, romping wi’ bashy soca drums and an all round ballistic dancefloor flavour to complement Terrible Shock’s infectious vocals. On the flip Hem’s 8Bit New jack…
BASS CLEF
Promises (Appleblim & Peverelist Mix)
BLANK TAPES
12″ // £4.99

Rather crucial sounds from the Blank Tapes camp, dropping the Appleblim and Peverelist rework of Bass Clef’s ‘Promises’. The rampant original appears on the B-side, seething with airless, urgent, tin-tapping Afro percussion at 150bpm, all driven by lustrous bass and blown wide open with skyscraping synth pads. Flip the plate and Bristol’s Appleblim & Peverelist breathe new life into the track, reducing the groove to a flickering shadow of its…
HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS
Quest For The Sonic Bounty
Tempa
CD // £8.99

Croydon’s OG dubstep dons return with a brand new album of standardly heavyweight subbass dramas. It’s now six years since their template setting ‘To The Rescue’, and at least 10 years since their earliest releases imagined the formula for what would become known as dubstep. Up until recently they’ve been notoriously quiet, only emerging again in 2009 with a pair of killer come-backs including a masterful revision of Lee Perry….
ELIPHINO
Undivided Whole EP
Somethinksounds.
12″ // £7.99

Four tracks of well-studied Garage/House manoeuvres from Eliphino. On the A-side he burns up the Joy Orbison-indebted ‘You’ll Know’ next to the loose and smudged shuffler ‘L.F (I Know)’. On the flip ‘Condensation’ sounds like a drowsy Speed Garage track and ‘I Just Can’t’ finds its flex in screwed Garage at a 115bpm pace. Fans of XXXY, Illum Sphere or Martyn should join the fun.
RAMADANMAN & APPLEBLIM / CARL CRAIG
Void 23
AUS Music
12″ // £7.99

Finally here – the much anticipated technoid Funky hookup of Appleblim & Ramadanman, backed with a scintillating Carl Craig edit! ‘Void 23’ is about the straightest tech-house thing we’ve heard Rams and ‘Blim produce all year, but that certainly doesn’t detract from its tried and tested dancefloor prowess. If you were going to improve it though, there’s one man you’d call up for this kind of job… Carl Craig offers…
BE-1NE
Tube Sound / Illusion
Area Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Fat and crisp atmospheric dubstep from Birmingham’s Ben Ewins aka Be-1ne. This is the 1st vinyl release from his homegrown Area recordings, dropping one side of Icicle-alike spare and dread-filled ’06 halfstep on ‘Tube Sound’, backed with a gloomy lurcher in ‘Illusion’ on the flip. Classy stuff for fans of Youngsta DJ sets, or the dread halfstep of Kryptic Minds, Loefah etc.
COMPOUND ONE
Pum Pum Beat / Back Off
COMPOUND ONE
12″ // £6.49

Compound One aka UKG stalwart, Qualifide, goes rude and techy. ‘Pum Pum Beat’ reduces crisp garage patterns to slick and punchy movements, while ‘Back Off’ opens out into joyful breakstep soul and comes over all old-skool Steve Gurley with seriously artful 2-step syncopations.
CYMATIC
Electric Church / Jungle Fever
Box Clever
10″ // £5.99

Cymatic is the congregation of four distinctive dubstep producers, Ruckspin & Quantum Soul, and Octane & DLR. On ‘Electric Church’ they go deeper and darker with a Massive Attack-styled brooding bassline, swampy atmospheres and shuffled halfstep beats, dubbed for heavy effect. ‘Jungle Fever’ is where they cut loose, reminding of vintage Horsepower Productions with bristling dark garage rhythms woven with cinematic samples and a lost-in-the-tropics vibe.
J:KENZO
Stomp / Between Two Worlds
Argon Records
12″ // £5.99

Burly dubstep standards from J:Kenzo on Argon, following his ‘Tropic Thunda’ heavyweight for the label some months back. ‘Stomp’ is all about the lurching halfstep styles, driving LFO flared bass deep in the groove while strongback snares keep it skanking in the right direction. ‘Between Two Worlds’ locks into a more meditative double-timed shift with scissoring hi-hats and sludgy rumble of subs. For fans of Hatcha or N-Type.
MAN LIKE ME / BRACKLES / VARIOUS
Lovestruck EP
BLACK BUTTER
12″ // £6.49

Man Like Me continue to flirt with dubstep and other raved-up sounds, enlisting Brackles, Tom Starr, Kill Light and Leatherhead for the remix session. Top of the pile, Brackles goes in on an organ spiked slice of socaFunky-ruffige and Leatherhead remakes ‘Run Over’ as a brass-heavy Funky roller. On the other side, Kill Light turns ‘Lovestruck’ into a grinding Electro-House/Dubstep romp and Tom Starr does a dirty party trick for…
SEVEN
Sinister / Abduction
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Solid dubstep tools from Seven, upfront white-label styles on Black Box. The choice cut is ‘Sinister’, an uptempo roller punctuated with skull-splitting snares and ghostly rattling percussion to suit the midnight rave vibes, while ‘Abduction’ is more on the big intro, build-and-drop halfstep tip, bearing a mammoth subbass heave and super crisp percussion. One for fans of V.I.V.E.K, Vex’d, Hatcha, or Youngsta.
SKINNZ
Keep It Gutta / Euphorbia
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Skinnz aka Baobinga comes correct with two crafty swingers for Boka, pressed on transparent ear-waxy-yellow vinyl. ‘Keep It Gutta’ dips into the Night Slugs slipstream with a heat-sealed fusion of delirious synthline excesses and percussive syncopation. ‘Euphorbia’ comes on sweet and fresh on the flipside, serving sea-sick swing rhythms and swirling, slightly discordant synths to wicked effect. Tipped to fans of Girl Unit, Bok Bok, or Mosca.
TAYO MEETS ACID ROCKERS FT PUPAJIM
Vampayaa (RSD & Starkey Remixes)
SCRUB A DUB
12″ // £5.99

Heat-seeking Sound System riddim from Tayo and Acid Rockers, backed with suitably weighty remixes from Starkey, RSD and Marcus Visionary. From the top, their original ‘Vampayaa’ sends Pupajim doing his sweetened Horace Andy thing over authentic, flying 4/4 steppers rhythms, while RSD tucks into a rugged Brizzle breakstep mode. On the flip Marcus Visionary drops a samba-infused and tropical House/Dubstep compatible winner, while Starkey busts out lazer-zapping prog riffage and…
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MIST (JOHN ELLIOTT & SAM GOLDBERG)
Glowing Net EP
Amethyst Sunset
LP // £12.99

*Emeralds’ John Elliot and Radio People’s Sam Goldberg on a killer, dense and tripped out synth adventure – already sold out at source* Sam Goldberg (Radio People) and John Elliott (Emeralds/Imaginary Softwoods) embark on their latest vision quest as Mist with a dazzling album of untethered interzonal synth exploration. ‘Glowing Net’ previously appeared as a cassette on Goldberg’s Pizza Night label but it’s clearly one of those sessions that just…
RENE HELL / THREE LEGGED RACE
Violin Petal (Auden) / Whipped Secrets
ARBOR
LP // £12.99

*Arbor pair off the indomitable Rene Hell and Hair Police’s Robert Beatty for a compelling synth workout made in a limited vinyl-only edition* Rene Hell has become a regular feature on these pages over the last 18 months with a slew of crucial tapes for Agents Of Chaos and LPs for Type and Pete Swanson’s s/t imprint, each opening portals to his sound from alternate angles. The latest vision is…
MARK FELL
Multistability
Raster Noton
CD // £12.99

SND’s Mark Fell makes a late entry for one of the electronic albums of the year with his latest solo opus: ‘Multistability’. As one half of SND alongside Mat Steel and solo as ‘H’, Mark uncompromisingly operates on the bleeding edge of digital music production. He’s in possession of a beautifully rare talent; the ability to make highly academic music with an innately Funky and dare we say, accessible, edge….
FOREST SWORDS
Dagger Paths (Limited Edition with Bonus Disc)
NO PAIN IN POP
2CD // £10.99

*Special edition – comes with a 70 minute bonus disc which is exclusive to this set and not available on download formats. The bonus CD features early demo tracks and remixes from Pariah, Becoming Real, Dro Carey, and Turnbull Gree, as well as a 25 minute mixtape* An incredible debut from Forest Swords – nope, we’ve never heard of them before either, but they’re only based down the road in…
JAMES BLAKE
Limit To Your Love
Atlas Recordings
10″ // £6.49

Impeccably presented, one-sided 10″ pressing of James Blake’s remarkable ‘Limit To Your Love’, housed in full-colour sleeve. So, after a string of mindblowing singles which dismantled dubstep and rebuilt it with a baroque, electro-acoustic refinement, Blake has simply gone Pop proper, with jaw-dropping results. It’s as though the rare elements of padded subbass and splintered percussion he isolated in the bell jar of those early 12″s have plainly fused into…
RAYMOND SCOTT
100th Anniversary Doll + CD Set
PRESSPOP MUSIC
Doll + CD Box Set // £37.99

Officially approved by the Raymond Scott Archives Celebrating his 100th anniversary, this amazing Raymond Scott set comes with fabric cloth jacket, mini clavivox (carefully designed to look as close to the original model as possible), and CD with 5 songs, including two that have never been heard before! CONTENT: doll height: 6″, mini clavivox (instrument) height: 3″, doll and clavivox material: soft-vinyl (doll wears jacket made of fabric, there is…
ALLEN GINSBERG
Doll+CD Set
PRESSPOP MUSIC
Doll + CD Box Set // £37.99

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked……..” The voice of the great poet reverberates even more, today!. The Allen Ginsberg Doll, officially approved by the Allen Ginsberg Estate. Comes with fabric cloth jacket, glasses, book, Uncle Tom hat, beaded necklace, and CD with 5 poetry readings and 1 song (all of the recordings are previously unreleased). Limited to 1000 pieces. CONTENT : doll,…
SUN ARAW
Beach Head (2010 edition)
SUN ARK
LP // £9.99

If ever there was an LP that sounded EXACTLY the way its sleeve looked, this would be it. Beach Head is an unfathomably spaced out, four track long psychedelic epic, combining all those slightly queasy new age-isms that seem to be so in-vogue right now in the improv/psych community. Ancient, Popol Vuh-style synth modulations get buried under a heap of generic ‘Eastern’ vibes, echo-erased vocals and all manner of jangly,…
REUBER
Ring
Staubgold
LP // £15.99

Appearing in the midst of a virulent Kosmische revival, Reuber represents for the OG Krautrock sound with ‘Ring’. Ironically, Reuber is one of a few German artists working so specifically with this kind of sound while managing to keep it feeling up-to-date, authentically adhering to the original mandate of a primal yet forward thinking new German music. Using a Kaossilator, cello, guitar and Phraselab, he surges headlong into five exhilarating…
REUBER
Ring
Staubgold
CD // £13.99

Appearing in the midst of a virulent Kosmische revival, Reuber represents for the OG Krautrock sound with ‘Ring’. Ironically, Reuber is one of a few German artists working so specifically with this kind of sound while managing to keep it feeling up-to-date, authentically adhering to the original mandate of a primal yet forward thinking new German music. Using a Kaossilator, cello, guitar and Phraselab, he surges headlong into five exhilarating…
STELLAR OM SOURCE
Trilogy Select
MOAMOO / ART UNION
CD // £11.99

*Limited Japanese CD edition, featuring a track with Oneohtrix Point Never* Intrepid sci-fi soundtrack-y synth excursions from the mind of electronic visionary, Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, collated by the good folk at Olde English Spelling Bee. ‘Trilogy Select’ is essentially a directors cut of tracks taken from Stellar Om Source’s trio of self-released CDr albums made between 2005-2009 – ‘Ocean Woman’, ‘Alliance’ and ‘Crusader’, including one track made…
COH
Z-Rated
Rotor Relief
CD // £14.99

Uncompromising sound artist Ivan Pavlov, aka CoH, releases his latest body of work in a special edition for France’s Rotorelief label, housed in a stunning and unique pop-out digicase CD design. While relating to the release of Takahashi Miike’s ‘Zebraman 2’ – a low budget Japanese superhero farce – ‘Z-Rated’ also doubles as a compilation of rare and previously unreleased early material dating from 1992 right up to 2009. If…
EXTREME / NOISE
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MATS GUSTAFFSON
Needs!
DANCING WAYANG
LP // £14.99

Another bewildering display of maverick improv from renowned Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson, courtesy of the skillfully curated Dancing Wayang imprint. Since the late ’80s Mats has worked with the vanguard of European and American improvisers, developing a unique mastery of the Fluteophone – a combination of saxophone mouthpiece and a flute – in addition to other, more standard reed instruments. ‘Needs!’ is a further exploration of his instrument’s potential using…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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SLEEPY SUN / CHRIS WATSON / SAM AMIDON / VARIOUS
Psych Folk 10
Rough Trade Shops
10″ // £6.99

The keen ears of Rough Trade and the Green Man festival have paired the venerable Chris Watson with Doves for his first ever remix, backed with contemporary psych-folk songs from Pete Greenwood, Sam Amidon, and Sleepy Sun which were all hits at this years festival. It would be quite impossible to predict what this trade-off could sound like, but Mr Watson has pretty squarely hit the sound we’d half-imagined. Taking…
KIM DOO SOO
The Evening River
BLACKEST RAINBOW
2LP // £18.99

The exquisitely fragile sound of Kim Doo Soo first came to wider attentions when Damon & Naomi included four of his tracks on their cherished ‘International Sad Hits’ compilation in 2006. Since then his distinctive, trembling renditions of Korean folk songs have been limited to a 2007 album ’10 Days Butterfly’ and the original CD issue of ‘The Evening River’ on the excellent P.S.F. Records earlier this year. Now righteously…
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Here Comes The Indian (Vinyl Edition)
Paw Tracks
LP // £14.99

Limited copies now available on vinyl. This early release from Animal Collective was informed by the psychedelic freakouts of nineties west coast isolationists like Caroliner and Sun City Girls, the emotional hooks and bursts of punk, the textures and structures of berlin & cologne style minimal techno a la Kompakt & Basic Channel, the earthiness of Amon Duul and Can, and the organic looseness of the best of the free…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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SOHRAB
A Hidden Place
Touch
LP // £11.99

Touch introduce a new artist to their roster, a 26 year old called Sohrab from Tehran. His startlingly beautiful first release ‘A Hidden Place’, is a six track album of elaborate ambient electronics and textured drones. Sohrab’s music is understandably informed by a life isolated from outside cultures, and even displaced in his own country, which makes his instinctively blissful yet subtly menacing music all the more remarkable. In ‘Susanna’…
MARCUS FISCHER
Monocoastal
12K
CD // £7.99

Markus Fischer joins the illustrious ranks who’ve appeared on Taylor Deupree’s excellent 12k label, presenting a supremely delicate solo debut. He cites his movements up and down the West coast of America during the last two decades as a major influence on his sound, infusing frayed, fractured and quietly restrained compositions with field recordings and allowing lo-fi noise textures to creep and grow around both the artificial and natural sounds…
SCOTT CORTEZ
Twin Radiant Flux
Line
CD // £7.99

Line’s latest release comes from Chicago’s Scott Cortez. With hints of Fennesz and learned guidance from the sounds of Eno and Robin Guthrie et al, Scott works with treated guitars to create velveteen drones and blissed ambient spaces, often teetering on the brink of drifting into more secluded, and shadowy spaces but always remaining within view of the light. The effect of these nine tracks is a little like sitting…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Dirty Water – The Birth Of Punk Attitude
Year Zero
2CD // £11.99

Immense 33-track 2CD compilation charting the birth of punk attitude through the music of Suicide, Gene Vincent, T Rex, Sun Ra, MC5, The Stooges, New York Dolls and many more. It was compiled by music scribe and authority on music, Kris Needs, who also provides an extensive 76-page perfect-bound book, and appears on the same label that assembled the ace ‘Bustin’ Out’ compilation of New Wave to New Beat classics,…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Dirty Water – The Birth Of Punk Attitude
Year Zero
2LP // £15.99

Immense 23-track 2LP compilation charting the birth of punk attitude through the music of Suicide, Gene Vincent, T Rex, Sun Ra, MC5, The Stooges, New York Dolls and many more. It was compiled by music scribe and authority on music, Kris Needs, who also provides an extensive 76-page perfect-bound book, and appears on the same label that assembled the ace ‘Bustin’ Out’ compilation of New Wave to New Beat classics,…
SAROOS
See Me Not
Alien Transistor
CD // £12.99

See Me Not finds German trio Saroos reuniting for a second album, this time overseen by producer Odd Nosdam. The band consists of Lali Puna and Console member Christoph Brandner, Notwist and Contriva man Max Punktezahl and Iso68’s Florian Zimmer. As might be expected from such an esteemed bunch, the album is a diverse and multifaceted affair that pulls off the trick of sounding like a virtuosic studio project without…
FERGUS & GERONIMO
Never Satisfied
Hardly Art
7″ // £3.99

Anticipating a full length LP in 2011, Hardly Art present two charming indie-punk-pop songs from Brooklyn-viaTexas duo, Fergus & Geronimo. The A-side ‘Never Satisfied’ is a charmingly catchy nugget with obvious Beach Boys inspirations, while the flipside is apparently a cover of a novelty Pac-Man track, honestly. 500 copies only, pressed on blue/white wax.
JAZZ / RELATED
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IGOR BOXX (SKALPEL)
Breslau
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.99

Skalpel’s Igor Pudlo (aka Igor Boxx for this release) gives a musical tribute to the 1945 siege of Festung Breslau (modern day Wroclaw) on his debut solo album. Armed with a formidable jazz background and a mind full of well-planned electronic chops, he alludes to the classic story where “Krautrock grinding illustrates the monotony of the endless battle, psychedelic ornaments underline the absurdity of wartime madness, jazz rhythms sound off…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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DISTANCE
Skys Alight / 1 Regret
Autonomic
12″ // £6.99

Autonomic’s exceptional taste for the techiest riddims around finds Distance killing it on their latest plate. While his tracks are always built to the most exacting specs, we’ve always been after more than the halfstep thing from Distance, which is why these two productions are such a blessing. ‘Skys Alight’ ups his game with the craftiest swagger imaginable, setting proper tech-stepper patterns and highly affecting bursts of Autonomic-standard synths. On…
SKEPTICAL / PESSIMIST
Cold One (Jubei Remix) / Zulu
Ingredients Records
12″ // £5.99

One of the strongest Ingredients releases to date, featuring two tracks of strongback hardstep from Jubei and Pessimist. On the A-side metalheadz producer Jubei sets up his first ever remix, a rework of Skeptical’s ‘Cold One’ executed with exacting production values for seriously tuff effect. Pessimist gives his debut track on the flip,with the Ed Rush-alike ‘Zulu’ for the dancefloor warriors. Big with Godlie, dBridge, Friction, Flight, Rockwell +++
MAGAZINE
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BIG UP
Issue 8
BIG UP
Mag // £6.99

Second Birthday issue of the San Fransico-based independent quarterly print and online magazine about contemporary art, underground music, revolutionary people, and street culture, with an emphasis on all aspects of the current global bass music scene. Main features include Lazer Sword, Headhunter aka Addison Groove (Tempa), Lorn (the first non-L.A artist to sign to Brainfeeder), Truth (New Zealand’s greatest dubstep export, with releases on Deep Medi & Aquatic Lab), Andreya…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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MARGARET DYGAS
How Do You Do?
POWER SHOVEL AUDIO
CD // £10.99

Japan’s Powershovel Audio presents Margaret Dygas’ much-anticipated debut album, housed in an opulent hardcover book-bound case with 36 page booklet of Dygas’ personal photos. Clued-up House and Techno heads will be well aware of this Polish born, California-raised DJ/Producer via her acclaimed mixes for RA, LWE or most recently Fact, and equally her small but immaculate catalogue of releases for premier outlets such as Perlon and NSI. Her brand of…
TIAGO
DISAMBIGUATION / NADA A PERDER
DFA
12″ // £6.49

Remixer and producer of some repute for a host of premier disco outlets, Tiago Miranda gives up his latest Neo-disco joint on DFA. ‘Disambiguation’ is one of those canny disco/house hybrids that the label specializes in, merging the two disciplines with playful and considered style. Flip it and you’ll discover ‘Nada A Perder’ a chunky piano house bomb with heaps of Balearic cool.
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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LA VAMPIRES FEATURING MATRIX METALS
So Unreal
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

*Strictly limited to 600 copies only for the world* After a sterling hookup with Zola Jesus, Amanda Brown’s LA Vampires get involved with Matrix Metals aka Outer Limits Recordings on a ridiculously good LP for NNF. The vibes are quite different on this one, largely thanks to the infusion of Matrix Metals’ sunbleached aesthetic, building warped 2D beachscape sonic scenery out of decaying tape loops and fizzy casio synth solos,…
CHRISMA
Chinese Restaurant
Medical Records
LP // £14.99

Chrisma’s seminal 1977 LP ‘Chinese Restaurant’ receives the premium reissue treatment courtesy of Medical Records (the same label who gave us the Deutsche Wertarbeit and Alexander Robotnick reissues). Most importantly, this album was recorded in London under the auspices of a certain Nico Papathanassiou and his brother Vangelis – yep that Vangelis – operating somewhere on the cusp of Italian prog-rock, synth-punk/pop and New Wave electronics. Out-of-print on vinyl since…
CHRISMA
Hibernation
Medical Records
LP // £14.99

**Crucial reissue of a highly sought-after Italian synthwave gem. Ltd clear vinyl copies!** In a double whammy week for pivotal synth-punk reissues, Medical Records present Chrisma’s follow-up to ‘Chinese Restaurant’ – the timeless and long-out-of-print Italian new wave of their ’79 LP ‘Hibernation’. Again, this album was recorded at Vangelis’ Nemo studios in London, but nobody can confirm or deny whether he actually played on it. We do know, however,…
RESEARCH
Rapid Eye Movement / Tough
Reel Estate
12″ // £8.99

Genre-bending electro-industrial jazzfunk obscurity from Geoff Serle aka Research. The two original tracks were recorded in 1985 and were recently reworked by Geoff at his studio in London, giving new life to two unmissably ace dancefloor oddities. Kinda like Jeff Phelps with more yelps or maybe Mandré suffering a No Wave breakdown, the A-side ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ sounds like our man has been dabbing speed for days while listening to…
FURTHER REDUCTIONS
Decidedly So
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Outstanding debut 7″ from Further Reductions for their Brooklyn buddies at Captured Tracks. Both songs are as good as anything we’ve heard from this label over their prolific last 12 months, adding to the canon of contemporary coldwave with a uniform yet individual sound. From what we can discern ‘Decidedly So’ locates itself in that parallel dream-pop nether zone where Suburban Knight lives in Belgium and produces DIY synth bands,…
VARIOUS / ROUGH TRADE SHOPS
Synth Wave 10
Rough Trade Shops
CD // £11.99

TRACKLISTING: 1. Ye Olde Maids – Cocoa Cherubs 2. Crystal Castles – Empathy 3. Fever Ray – Stranger Than Kindness 4. Blank Dogs – Heat and Depression 5. 2VM – Ponika 6. Led Er Est – Scissors 7. Terror Bird – Shadows In The Halls 8. Zola Jesus – Night 9. Washed Out – New Theory 10. Cosmetics – Black Leather Gloves 11. Desire – Don’t Call 12. Cold Cave…
TANLINES
Volume On
Family Edition
CD // £10.99

Comprehensive collection of Tanlines tracks to date, including a six-track disc of bonus versions and reworks from Capracara, Memory Tapes, Basic Needs, Luke Jenner of the Rapture and . Ahead of their debut album this is the best place to get acquainted with their chillwave-y indie-disco sound, previously released on the likes of Kitsuné, Matador, Young Turks and XL. Make sure to check for their dreamy ‘Z’ cut featuring Glasser,…
VARIOUS / KITSUNE
Kitsune Maison 10 (The Fireworks Issue)
Kitsune
2LP // £12.99

Tenth timely roundup of all that’s contemporary, French and discofied from the uber-cool Kitsuné Maison. Next to (relatively) old hands like Digitalism, Justus Köhncke, and Two Door Cinema Club, there’s a wealth of new talent to get acquainted with, unless you’re already familiar with Cascadeur, Guards, The Aikiu, Housse De Racket or Waylayers? We’re not so sure what the subtitle “The Fireworks Issue” pertains to, but over two discs you’ll…
VARIOUS / KITSUNE
Kitsune Maison 10 (The Fireworks Issue)
Kitsune
2CD // £10.99

Tenth timely roundup of all that’s contemporary, French and discofied from the uber-cool Kitsuné Maison. Next to (relatively) old hands like Digitalism, Justus Köhncke, and Two Door Cinema Club, there’s a wealth of new talent to get acquainted with, unless you’re already familiar with Cascadeur, Guards, The Aikiu, Housse De Racket or Waylayers? We’re not so sure what the subtitle “The Fireworks Issue” pertains to, but over two discs you’ll…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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CHASING VOICES
Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
Chasing Voices
12″ // £9.99

**Limited Edition one-sided, black label copy housed in monotone, hand screen-printed sleeve** Cast your mind back to the beginning of this year and you might remember a jaw-dropping obscurity from New York’s Chasing Voices on the Slow To Speak-affiliated Preserved Instincts label. From what we can fathom, this is a collective of producers working anonymously within the context of reactionist rhetoric, as the labels states “The affecting despondency of the…
RECLOOSE
Early Works
Rush Hour
CD // £13.99

Following their excellent Shake retrospective, Rush Hour round up the early (and best) works of House maverick Recloose, on one killer comp. ‘Early Works’ compiles the three tracks from his Planet E debut, the ‘Spelunking EP’, containing the Innerzone Orchestra-esque ‘Get There Tonight’ and the hybrid Detroit Disco-Techno funk of ‘Land Of The Lost Dance, next to the genius classics ‘Mym 230 (RIP)’, the Moodymann-ish ‘Can’t Take It’ with soul…
MIKE DEHNERT / SASCHA RYDELL
MDSR
FACHWERK
12″ // £7.99

Pure and killer techno tools from Sascha Rydell and Mike Dehnert, one track a piece. From the off Rydell’s ‘SR’ limpet-locks into a supple dub-techno groove, while Denhnert drives deep into his trademark shuffled syncopations for a welting basement killer. For the DJs, dancers and those that know. Check!
MARCEL DETTMANN / ROBAG WRUHME / COSMIN TRG
Modeselektion Vol. 01 Part 3 (Blue Vinyl)
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £7.99

**Limited transparent blue vinyl!** Completing the vinyl run of the first series of Modeselektion 12″s, three tracks on a House and Techno tip from Marcel Dettmann, Robag Wruhme, and Cosmin TRG. Commanding the A-side, Dettmann churns up ‘Lyrate’, a dubbed-out and slinky roller with kinky shuffle for bold floor moves. On the flip Robag Wruhme exercises his dextrous electronic side with a cheekily tipsy ‘Bierholer, and Cosmin TGR (sic) sits…
BRAIDEN / KASSEM MOSSE
The Alps
DOLDRUMS
12″ // £6.99

Rinse FM’s master of all things electro, techno and Funky makes his recording debut with ‘The Alps’, backed up with an immense Kassem Mosse remix. In a way, his original track balances the moody sensuality of Jerome Sydenham with the funky fresh essence of the Night Slugs sound, hitting a confident stride comfortably straddling both sounds in unique style. Flip it and one of the year’s heaviest producers, Kassem Mosse…
ACQUIESCENCE / FAKE LEFT
Nocturnal Wave
iS Records
12″ // £5.99

Very smart debut from Edinburgh’s Nocturnal Wave, concocting his own blend of deep-end Detroit and Chicago signatures on two unique grooves. The strikingly punchy and metallic sound sphere of ‘Acquiescence’ has recently caught the attentions of Linkwood, Jus-Ed and the Deep Space Orchestra, and to us sounds something like that Space System 12″ on Optimo, only sculpted from pure mercury. On the flip ‘Roots In The Sky’ hits a furrow…
GUTI & DUBSHAPE
Every Cow Has A Bird
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Jazz cooled contemporary House tracks from Guti & Dubshape on Crosstown Rebels. ”Every Cow Has A Bird’ is the lighter of the two, countering a wandering bassline with smooth piano phrases to ease you into the night, whereas ‘Bueno’ is a little more direct, drawing us in with wiggly square bass and keeping dancers locked into a thick but frothy rhythm. F
NATIVE UNDERGROUND
Till It Hurts
The Wurst Music Co
12″ // £6.49

Native Underground is the work of a true House veteran, Henry Maldonado (House 2 House on Strictly Rhythm and Rhythm Section for MAW), and singer Javi. Following more recent tracks on Tirk, the pair set about creating a sound reminiscent of the early/mid-eighties proto-House sound spun out at clubs like Jellybean Benitez’s Funhouse club where Henry soaked up the vibes. ‘Till It Hurts’ screams friday night potential, while ‘Push 4…
ROBERT OWENS
Art
Compost
CD // £12.99

Certified House music veteran, Robert Owens, makes a return to the fray supported by productions from longtime collaborator Larry Heard, UK producer Atjazz, and Compost regular Beanfield over two discs totalling 19 new and exclusive tracks. Robert emphasizes that this album signifies a sea-change in dancefloor tastes towards more personal, soulful sounds in age of divisive social media like facebook and twitter etc. The first disc has a widely scoped…
WORLD
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THE PSYCHEDELIC ALIENS
Ghana 1969-1971
Academy LPs
2CD // £14.99

**Incredible, unprecedented Afro-Psych-Rock album housed in special hardcover book-bound case with a 32page booklet** ‘Psycho African Beat’ is widely considered to be THE holy grail of late ’60s/early ’70s African psychedelia. It collects three releases – a 4-song EP and 2 x 7″s – recorded over three years, combining strains of garage rock, American soul, funk and psych with an intrinsic and inimitable African feel for melody and rhythm. Compiling…
DANAY
The Havana Cultura Sessions
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £7.99

Brownswood’s Havana Cultura sessions presents the arresting vocals of Danay Suarez. Over four tracks we’re treated to an audience with her impressive range, equally adept at soul, jazz, or R&B with an expressive, instinctively melodic and unpredictable signature set to rich backing from Roberto Fonseca (Piano), Ramses Rodriguez (Drums), Vince Vella (Conga and Percussion), and Omar Rodriguez (Double Bass). Limited edition, housed in full colour picture sleeve.