Oct 292010
 

Hello,

This week sees the debut release from Pre-Cert Home Entertainment, a new label loosely affiliated with Finders Keepers and Demdike Stare. Anworth Kirk’s eponymous debut is an exploration of the murkiest, most esoteric and outré samples taken from collective banks of VHS videos and library records you’ll never see or own, influenced by sound poetry, European fumetti and clandestine reference points. Their first transmission is a beautiful 22-minute collage that reminds us of classic Position Normal records and V/Vm’s ‘There Was A Fish In The Percolator’. If you know what that means, grab one while you can.

The week has been completely owned by the reissue of two landmark electronic albums from Chris & Cosey. ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Trance’ were completed in 1981 and 1982 respectively (the years following the temporary demise of their former group, Throbbing Gristle) and feature the duo drafting a blueprint for the future of electronic music to come. With the darkest intentions and a minimal yet elaborate aesthetic they served as a massive influence to everyone from Drexciya and Jamal Moss to AFX and Optimo – basically electronic music wouldn’t be the same without them. Coloured vinyl remastered editions – you so need these in your life.

Olde English Spelling Bee continue an impressive run of releases with a vinyl pressing from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring contributions from Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never. Her music captures the naively romantic futurism of low grade ’80s sci-fi and privately pressed synth music with a sensitivity to sustained, shadowy moods and suspension tank atmospherics. If OPN’s ‘Zones Without People’ or Dylan Ettinger’s ‘New Age Outlaws’ really took you there, this is a must.

The Immune label also make a big impression this week with two exquisitely presented albums from Expo 70 and Ilyas Ahmed. Expo 70’s ‘Where Does Your Mind Go? is the work of Justin Wright and Matt Hill (aka Umberto), and serves four long tracks of pure psychedelic kosmische opulence for fans of Oneohtrix Point Never, Arp or Imaginary Softwoods. The much needed vinyl issue of Ilyas Ahmed’s double header ‘Between Two Skies’/’Towards The Night’, meanwhile, explores soundtrack-y solo guitar, piano and vocals with an hypnotic, improvisatory effect. Both come in the most beautiful gatefold, tip-on sleeves.

For the darkside ambient heads, Wicked Messenger’s ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is a real treat. It appears on Plague Recordings, the fascinating Belgian label which presented the awesome Pump album earlier this year and covers forsaken ground somewhere between Thomas Köner, Gas and Kevin Drumm, with a more malicious, almost black metal aesthetic. It’s very highly recommended!

Heating up the dancefloor, Modeselektor make a big dent in the rave with their action-packed ‘Modeselektion Vol.1’ compilation, featuring eighteen exclusive and unreleased prime cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, Mala, Ramadanman and more. It succinctly gives a flavour of their current parties and squares off the round technoid bass sound of the Berlin-London axis in deadly style. All killer. No filler! Also killing it on the floor is Girl Unit’s gargantuan ‘Wut’ for Night Slugs, undoubtedly one of the year’s definitive tracks. With a combination of deadly 808 fills, lazer synths fired from the hip and the most earworming vocal hook imaginable, this will be be topping many end-of-year playlists, no doubt.

Straight outta Berlin, we’ve just copped the new Workshop 12″, a three tracker from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. It’s practically worth it for the awesome Even Tuell track alone, but the two slow-motion avant-House killers on the flip should seal the deal for anyone with a taste for deeply smudged and esoteric dance music.

Other highlights this week come courtesy of Peter Rehberg, Fennesz and Jim O’Rourke, aka Fenn O’Berg with not one but two new vinyl albums, an excellent new LP from Blank Dogs, CFCF’s excellent ‘The River EP’ on RVNG Intl, plus releases from Gaslamp Killer, Dam-Funk, Supersilent, Errorsmith, MJ Cole & Wiley, Boxcutter, Soul Jazz’s Riddim Box compilations, Hardhouse Banton, Vladislav Delay, Barn Owl, Koen Holtkamp, Avey Tare, Sigha vs Marcel Dettmann, Surgeon, Cindytalk, ESG, Fantastic Mr Fox and much much more.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



STELLAR OM SOURCE
Trilogy Select
ELECTRONIC
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

*Another highly sought-after pressing from the Olde English Spelling Bee, this time from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring Daniel Lopatin aka 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 with fellow cosmonaut, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). Her sonic concepts were hatched at international bases in The Hague, Lisbon, New York and Paris, instinctively capturing the naively romantic futurism of low grade ’80s sci-fi and privately pressed synth music with a sensitivity to sustained, shadowy moods and suspension tank atmospherics. Her music revels in the saturated colours, tones and shapes her synths make, creating vividly kinaesthetic relationships between her lo-fi holographic harmonics so they seem to glow like console radiation from the cockpit of a one woman shuttle. There’s a beautiful balance of honest, earnest and adventurous intent, mixed with a feel for fun and engrossing narrative romance, never going too academic or up her own arse and tempering the temptation to totally cut the anchor line with her blunted cosmic hooks. If OPN’s ‘Zones Without People’ or Dylan Ettinger’s ‘New Age Outlaws’ really took you there, this is a must. Comes with free download coupon redeemable directly from the label and 12″ insert housed in glossy, full colour sleeve.



ANWORTH KIRK
Anworth Kirk
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £7.99

*First release on this new archival label loosely associated with Demdike Stare and the Finders Keepers crew* Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new imprint releasing limited vinyl artifacts of contemporary musical and non-musical material dredged from the collections of a number of hugely respected culture vultures in the north of England. Their obsessive tendencies are channeled into this debut release, a 22 minute collage of acousmatic oddities reclaimed from the ditches of VHS video culture, the dustiest corners of the record racks and places most folk won’t allow themselves or their children to go. It’s a tribute to the immersive and escapist effect of obscure and exotic film soundtracks and banks of library records, European fumetti and obscure sources which feed into their fabric and enhance their psychedelic potential. We can hear precedents for this aesthetic in the cutups of Position Normal and People Like Us or the surreal melodrama of V/Vm’s Twin Peaks tribute ‘There Was A Fish In the Percolator’, but this particular side is more concerned with the noirish ambient hues, moods and textures which reflect the industrial landscape of its local history. The semi-fictitious protagonist Anworth Kirk melds influence from Letterist poetry to tape loops, found-sound and European folklore in a wonderfully uncertain and unpredictable manner, creating an esoteric narrative between the 12 segued tracks presented in two chapters. The vinyl plays at 45rpm – a nod to late period Indian horror soundtracks – and the artwork depicts a cryptic theme set to unravel and complicate in further episodes, including the forthcoming Samhain Slant Azimuth seasonal sound-collage mix. Limited to 500 copies – highly recommended.



EXPO 70
Where Does Your Mind Go?
ELECTRONIC
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

**1st pressing limited to 500 copies, pressed at RTI. Includes mp3 download coupon redeemable directly from the label** An utterly absorbing and time-dilating double LP of masterful synth music from one of the scene’s most prolific and respected sons, Expo 70 aka Justin Wright, together with Matt Hill – who recently dropped that brilliant Umberto album on Not Not Fun. Aiming a few notches above the reams of DIY tape spools, ‘Where Does Your Mind Go?’ was recorded professionally at the studio of Jason Meagher (No Neck Blues Band) in upstate New York over the course of one evening and features production values worthy of the D&M vinyl cut and full-colour, tip-on gatefold sleeve. The four tracks total 74 minutes of the most delicious drone and intangibly hazy harmonics, occasionally punctuated with burbling machine rhythms and steered with a deeply assured set of cosmic instincts. The scale of ‘Where does your mind go?’ is just epic, each track as majestic and cinematic as the last. The opener ‘Close Your Eyes And Effortlessly Drift Away’ sails out on gently bobbing drum machine and cirrus strands of Göttsching-esque guitar, like the soundtrack to Martian Balearic beach holiday where the atmosphere is as dusty red-brown as the hues of his arcing synths. ‘Night Dusting The Atmosphere’ is more sci-fi cinematic, full of sustained string-filled trepidation and encroaching arpeggiations arranged with the overarching vision of a Klaus Schulze classic. ‘Transgressing Outward Which Is Inward’ is probably the most stirring, passionate piece largely due to the darkly romantic keys which fall somewhere between the wanderings of Roedelius and Terry Riley and in harmony with towering forcefields of vintage analogue synthesizer tones. ‘Ancient Hawk Soul Takes Flight’ is the transgressive and psychedelic closer, lost deep in a black hole of tonal blurs and still-but-moving drones. We couldn’t really recommend this any higher to fans of Imaginary Softwoods, Arp, Oneohtrix Point Never’s most untethered moments, or taking lots of drugs by yourself and lying down between two massive speakers.



CHRIS & COSEY
Trance
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered grey vinyl editon w/ glosy A4 b&w insert!** Chris & Cosey’s 2nd album for Rough Trade, ‘Trance’ was originally released a year after their seminal ‘Heartbeat’ LP, in 1982. This is the first time it’s been reissued on vinyl in two decades, landing with impeccable timing in the midst of a cold wave revival. The genius electronic auteur, Chris Carter, and the agent provocateur, Cosey Fanni Tutti moved into even darker territory with these eight tracks, using Chris’s dynamic studio innovations and Cosey’s notorious imagination to articulate unspoken feelings of darkest misanthropy. The atmosphere of ‘Trance’ is unremittingly overcast and reassuringly darkside, from the cyber-tribal ritual sequences of ‘The Giants Feet’ and the immaculate electro sting of ‘Impulse’ to the opiated Arabesque ‘The Gates Of Ancient Cities’ maintaining a visceral tang and taste for the “other”. Even when they go more poppy, like with Cosey’s naif vocals and woozy cornet on ‘Secret’ or the jaunty gallop of ‘Until’, they’re still ten shades shy of uplifting and pretty much define that feeling of dystopian futurism that so many look for in classic early ’80s electro. This really is one of the most future-thinking, incredibly produced and timeless artefacts from the early 80’s cold-synth scene, and comes to you with our highest possible recommendation.



CHRIS & COSEY
Heartbeat
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered blue vinyl edition w/ glossy A4 b&w insert!** C & C’s ‘Heartbeat’ is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C’s post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the electro and synthpop underbelly of the 1980s and cast a towering shadow of influence over so much machine made music to come, from Juan Atkins and Drexciya to successive waves of synth music ever since. ‘Heartbeat’ established the duo outside of TG, further developing the careening sequencer settings which Carter had welded into the band, and feeding into a new wave of post-punk pop with uncompromising minimalist aesthetics and a darkly crooked intent. Between the sinister baroque paean ‘This Is Me’ and the foundational electro of the title track, these eleven tracks form a shadowy cornerstone of unterwelt electronic pop and dance music, and should be considered as creatively important as Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ or Human League’s ‘The Dignity Of Labour’. We really can’t overstate this – you NEED this album in your life.



MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS
Modeselektion Vol. 01
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Monkeytown Records
CD // £10.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 1 of their Modeselektion series, featuring 18 exclusive, previously unreleased and cherry-picked bombs from Mala, Marcel Dettmann, Ramadanman, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, eLan, and more. With this series the notorious party boys draw an axis between shared techno-disco-BASS sounds of London and Berlin, reflecting the technicolour scope and diversity of their eponymous parties. In among the mass of kinetic fusions certain cuts just stand out from an already impressive crowd. Bok Bok’s ‘Say Stupid Things’ is one of the best he’s ever released, a crunked-off killer firing mad triplets and grimy-as-f*ck bass, next to the aquatic throb and parry of Dettmann’s brillaint ‘Lyrate’, and a smoked out bass job from Tadd Mullinx & Daniel Meteo in ‘The Good Star’. Basically, this is an all killer, no filler selection comprehensively squaring the round sound of 2010.



FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part One
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The first half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Tokyo legs of the tour, with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 1’ and ‘Tokyo 1’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be on the receiving end of these two live albums so soon after the studio-based full-length is quite a treat. In reality, Fenn O’Berg’s earliest albums, The Magic Of… and The Return Of… had owed much to this trio’s live work – both being composites of various concert recordings, later edited together in post-production. It comes as little surprise then, that this return to the live arena sounds so surefooted. It’s hard to say how much – if any – of this has been processed or manipulated after the initial concert performances, but the resultant outpouring of glitches, molten laptop drones and babbling synthesis sounds simultaneously chaotic yet fluid, recapturing the same sort of wildly experimental and slightly unmanageable feel of the In Stereo studio sessions. As with that album, these documents are incredibly hard to get a handle on; just when you think the trio are settling into some sort of inscrutably steady whirlpool of noise and tonality, something erupts from the surface taking you by surprise and redirecting your attention. It’s hard to say why the Editions Mego camp chose to release this as two separate LPs rather than a double-album – if you want one, you’ll undoubtedly want the other as well – but regardless, Live In Japan serves up a fine pair of releases, rendering the revered electronic super-group’s on-stage sound in pristine, hi-fi clarity. Highly recommended.



FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part Two
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The second half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Nagoya legs of the tour (with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 2’ and ‘Nagoya 2’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be on the receiving end of these two live albums so soon after the studio-based full-length is quite a treat. In reality, Fenn O’Berg’s earliest albums, The Magic Of… and The Return Of… had owed much to this trio’s live work – both being composites of various concert recordings, later edited together in post-production. It comes as little surprise then, that this return to the live arena sounds so surefooted. It’s hard to say how much – if any – of this has been processed or manipulated after the initial concert performances, but the resultant outpouring of glitches, molten laptop drones and babbling synthesis sounds simultaneously chaotic yet fluid, recapturing the same sort of wildly experimental and slightly unmanageable feel of the In Stereo studio sessions. As with that album, these documents are incredibly hard to get a handle on; just when you think the trio are settling into some sort of inscrutably steady whirlpool of noise and tonality, something erupts from the surface taking you by surprise and redirecting your attention. It’s hard to say why the Editions Mego camp chose to release this as two separate LPs rather than a double-album – if you want one, you’ll undoubtedly want the other as well – but regardless, Live In Japan serves up a fine pair of releases, rendering the revered electronic super-group’s on-stage sound in pristine, hi-fi clarity. Highly recommended.



ILYAS AHMED
Between Two Skies / Towards The Night
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

*Includes a digital download coupon, redeemable directly from the label* This deluxe double-vinyl edition reissues a pair of releases by Pakistan-born Portlander Ilyas Ahmed, who originally released the albums Between Two Skies and Towards The Night in runs of just 50 copies each, only for Digitalis to reissue them on CD and digital formats. This edition comes pressed on heavyweight virgin vinyl, housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket featuring brand new collage art from Ahmed himself, made especially for this release. These primitive recordings house some remarkably beautiful sounds, largely focussed on Ahmed’s solo guitar playing and mournfully howling voice. Between Two Skies opener ‘Black Midas’ recalls moments of Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ’66 soundtrack, combining lonesome piano chords and sporadic bell chimes with that distinctive guitar and voice combination. There’s a drifting, improvisational bent to Ahmed’s music, meaning a looseness and shambolic quality interacts with the hypnotic, somnolent flow of fingerpicking and quiet falsetto. Towards The Night follows an even less direct path, dabbling in extended durations and bluesy guitar improvs lasting up to quarter of an hour each. There’s less in the way of additional instrumentation and vocals, which only lends a heightened sense of solitude and meditation to the pieces. Limited to just 987 copies.



BLANK DOGS
Land And Fixed
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Captured Tracks
CD // £10.99

Brilliant synthwave transmission from Mike Sniper’s Blank Dogs. Besides running the prolific, wave-riding Captured Tracks label in Brooklyn, Mike has carefully curated an impressive arc of artistic development with his pet project, growing out of lo-fi beginnings to the brighter and relatively clean sound of ‘Land And Fixed’. The album’s twelve tracks are still shrouded in tape textures but the sounds behind the gauze are more pop-confident, laden with super tight synthpop hooks and arranged as efficiently as ever. Dipping in, we find that ‘Blurred Tonight’ has the charm and jangle of prime New Order, and in ‘Collide’ the coldwave pop melancholy of Cold Cave, while ‘Insides’ has an influx of EBM-inspired synths and cold, brittle drum machine rhythms. The jangly Manc guitars which permeate much of the LP are deployed achingly well in the spiky post-punk of ‘Languages’ and on the album’s most electronic track, the discordant synth harmonics and pulsing sequences of ‘Elevens’ owe a debt of gratitude to Chris Carter. Again, New Order are clearly referenced on ‘All Around’ in a curious NYC<>MCR return influence hile ‘Through The Wall’ opens out into a more widescreen shoegaze sound, remarkably similar to what Altar Eagle are doing with a fusion of magically reverbed guitars and celestial synth melody infused with narcotically fugged vocals. Highly Recommended.



WICKED MESSENGER
Officium Nocturnum
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Plague Recordings
2CD // £13.99

Darkest drone and blackened post-industrial ambience from Martin Kränzel aka Wicked Messenger. ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is released by the same Belgian label who presented us with the awesome Pump album earlier in the year, and have been recently blowing our minds with their archival vortex. The album is split into three glacially epic half hour movements over two CDs, covering the bleakest strains of post-apocalyptic sonic ennui with remorseless intent. In the first movement brittle, glassy shards of electronics skitter with dungeon shaped reverbs, piercing the film of disbelief in order to allow your mind to fully enter a macabre unterwelt of harrowing ambient symphonics and ethereal, claggy atmospheres. The second movement opens with groaning strings and more devilish, prickly textures biting at the edges of vast gong resonances, sounding something like Thomas Köner soundtracking an arcane, ancient ritual of mittel European druids. The resonances almost imperceptibly bleed outwards into denser clouds of majestic Gas-like drone, but made for a far darker corner of the forest than Wolfgang Voigt ever dared to venture. Movement III approaches more distinct black metal territory, in atmosphere and mood at least. We’re placed in the milieu of an indistinct crowd, possibly his local shopping mall, maybe in the middle of an theatre audience at the interval, when a voice speaks from the ether, like Beelzebub himself whispering indecipherable sweet nothings before timpani drums and choral incantations re swollen with surging bass drones and we’re left shivering, petrified and entranced. Incredible material.



CFCF
The River EP
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
RVNG Intl.
LP // £10.99

**Totally sublime new EP from CFCF for Brooklyn’s RVNG INTL, with access to remixes from Games, Jacques Renault and Coyote on a download coupon redeemable directly from the label!** CFCF’s incredibly diverse presence has been unavoidable over the last 12 months, what with his avalanche of remixes for Junior Boys, Sally Shapiro, Owen pallett, Helath, Crystal Castles and so many more, plus lauded releases for the über-kool Acéphale and Paper Bag Records. His Werner Herzog-inspired ‘The River-EP’ collects six recent productions, beaming the headlamps on a path for emotive electronic futures while nodding to the likes of Peter Gabriel and Johan Agebjorn in the back seat of his Delorian (actually, do Delorians have back seats?). The remixes refract his beam in three directions; Jacques Renault goes solid emo-disco with a mix of ‘Frozen Forest’, the Oneohtrix helmed Games turn ‘It Was Never Meant To Be This Way’ into a grade A Rimini power ballad and Coyote remakes ‘Frozen Forest’ as a cruising Balearic charmer. Well recommended!

Singles of the Week



GIRL UNIT
Wut
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Solid gold anthem business from Girl Unit on the follow-up to the killer ‘I.R.L’ 12″ for Night Slugs. It would appear from his form this year that Girl Unit specialises only in BIG tunes, which is no bad thing when you’ve got a rave to rub up the right way. At the pinnacle of this particular monolith is ‘Wut’, his scorching fusion of Araab Muzik-style martial 808’s and purest R&B synthline saturation that’s become a staple in the sets of Jackmaster, Ikonika and Oneman since the summer. There’s no avoiding it’s lazered brilliance, beaming rapturous organ and that earworming vocal snippet like the light of the second coming. OK, maybe that’s a bit strong, but we’ve definitely seen nerds prostrating at the speakers when this is dropped. Still following the crunk money trail, ‘Every Time’ jams out spindly triplets and boom-quaking bass hits with properly epic synth arrangements, leaving ‘Showstoppa’ to go out in a blaze of glory driven by huge black Bentley bass wamps and future lurching synth moves. Right here, right now, they don’t come any bigger than this 12″.



VARIOUS / WORKSHOP
Workshop 11
TECHNO / HOUSE
WORKSHOP
12″ // £6.99

Another top class transmission from the more avant end of Berlin House and Techno from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. Even Tuell spans the A-side with a deep droning raw House track, the sort of sumptuously bass soaked, majestic and mesmeric groove that could only emerge from the Hardwax axis. On the flip Madteo follows a unique 10″ for Meakusma with a claustrophobic smack-house production peppered with cinematic samples and gloomy, grumbling subbass. Midnightopera share this mood on the final cut, another 100bpm submersible powered by dragging bass hits and cloaked with noirish synth pads, ideal for the deepest hours of the comedown/post club session. Very good indeed.

This week’s releases in full!
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DAM-FUNK
Adolescent Funk
Stones Throw Records
2LP // £16.99

Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf digs deep into Dam-Funk’s tape archives to present a “new” album recorded 1988-1992. ‘Adolescent Funk’ features some of Dam’s very earliest joints, created with his favoured setup of Linn drum machine, Korg M1, and Casio SK1. This is the real deal DIY boogie business, all recorded straight onto cassette, yet sounding remarkably well finished and articulate. These are all proper songs, which would have lain…
GASLAMP KILLER
Death Gate
Brainfeeder
10″ // £16.99

Fresh out of Brainfeeder’s box of tricks, five original tracks from The Gaslamp Killer, including some assistance from his buddies Gonjasufi, Computer Jay and Mophono. ‘Death Gate’ is a freakin’ riot of styles, as to be expected from the hairbrained head behind much of Gonjasufi’s ‘A Sufi And A killer’ and some of the most whacked-out mixtapes of the last few years for brilliant labels like Finders Keepers and Disques…
JNEIRO JAREL
Fauna
Kindred Spirits
CD // £12.99

Multi-talented beatsmith Jneiro Jarel (producer for Dr. Who Dat?, Shape Of Broad Minds, MF Doom, remixer of TV On The Radio, among many other things), offers his Brazilian-inspired ‘Fauna’ LP for the ever-interesting Kindred Spirits label. The album was recorded over a three month period where Jarel gorged himself on the renowned Brazilian record collection of KS label-head KC tha Funkaholic, inspired by classic records from Arthur Verocai and Zuco…
BESTBOYGRIP
Fonck EP (Architeq Mix)
Keep Up!
12″ // £7.99

Enhanced Electro-Boogie from Bestboygrip – apparently a German D&B producer working under the cover of anonymity. On the A-side he knocks out the terrific slow jammer ‘Fonck’ with deftly nudged drum machine syncopations and a proper lazered finish. Architeq follows with a dubbier remix in a slower yet busier and more kinetic style. On the flip ‘Copyright’ struts on a tidy disco vibe driven by plump bass and a bristling…
DAM-FUNK / COMPUTER JAY
LA Series # 7
All City
10″ // £6.99

The 7th installment in All City’s highly collectable Los Angeles series – aka the one y’all been waiting for! Two tracks from the don, Dam Funk, on the A-side, and three from the hugely respected Computer Jay on the flip, with both producers repping for their city in heavy style. Dam starts up with the nonchalant groove of ‘Night Stroll’, conjuring imagery of a neon-lit LA street scene glowing against…
DAM-FUNK / DAEDELUS / VARIOUS
Proximity One: Narrative of a City
Proximal Records
LP // £13.99

A survey of the current state of Los Angeles beat music, Proximity One: Narrative Of A City marks the inaugural outing for new label Proximal Records. Featuring a line-up of artists that includes recognisable names like Daedeleus and Dam Funk, the tracklist has plenty of new hip-hop names to take note of too. One such newcomer is Benedek, who gets the compilation underway with his brilliant, stuttering ‘Laser Forest’, full…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part One
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The first half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Tokyo legs of the tour, with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 1’ and ‘Tokyo 1’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be…
FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part Two
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The second half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Nagoya legs of the tour (with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 2’ and ‘Nagoya 2’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be…
ILYAS AHMED
Between Two Skies / Towards The Night
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

*Includes a digital download coupon, redeemable directly from the label* This deluxe double-vinyl edition reissues a pair of releases by Pakistan-born Portlander Ilyas Ahmed, who originally released the albums Between Two Skies and Towards The Night in runs of just 50 copies each, only for Digitalis to reissue them on CD and digital formats. This edition comes pressed on heavyweight virgin vinyl, housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket featuring brand…
WICKED MESSENGER
Officium Nocturnum
Plague Recordings
2CD // £13.99

Darkest drone and blackened post-industrial ambience from Martin Kränzel aka Wicked Messenger. ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is released by the same Belgian label who presented us with the awesome Pump album earlier in the year, and have been recently blowing our minds with their archival vortex. The album is split into three glacially epic half hour movements over two CDs, covering the bleakest strains of post-apocalyptic sonic ennui with remorseless intent. In…
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Elogia De La Sombra
LATITUDES
CD // £8.49

Sounding especially at home with the off-the-cuff formatting of the Latitudes sessions, the Master Musicians Of Bukkake take to the Southern Studios with two exclusive long-form jams. Made up from members of Earth, Sun City Girls and Burning Witch, this band make an imaginary, broadly ‘Eastern’ sound that seems to have no particular allegiance to any single culture. ‘Tainted Phenomena’ builds slowly through half-ragas and traditional Tibetan Buddhist mantras with…
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Love Is A Stream
Type
CD // £7.99

Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. “Love Is A Stream” marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist’s brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as ‘Loving Love’ feel…
CINDYTALK
The Poetry Of Decay
Editions Mego
2LP // £20.99

‘The Poetry Of Decay’ compiles Cindytalk’s two most recent albums, last year’s long-in-development ‘The Crackle Of My Soul’, and the more recent ‘Up Here In The Clouds’, together with a 7″ released on Klanggalerie in 2003. Together they sharply define the contemporary sound of Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp in contrast with his pre-2001 investigations of broken down rock structures and abstract piano ambience. In the 21st century he’s made a move…
WICKED MESSENGER
The River Disappeared Sidewards
Plague Recordings
CD // £9.99

Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter and point out that Wicked Messenger is a dark ambient project – a very dark ambient project as it happens. The River Disappeared Sidewards is the limited edition debut album from German composer/producer Martin Kranzel, and it’s just the thing to immerse yourself in as the nights draw longer and the clocks go back. The tone is creepy from the get-go…
VARIOUS / RUNE GRAMMOFON
Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep
Rune Grammofon
2LP // £14.99

**Includes free MP3 download of the whole album – redeemable from the label** This new compilation on Rune Grammofon marks the Norwegian label’s 100th release. Now twelve years into its lifespan, this esteemed and most un-pigeonhole-able of imprints celebrates with a collection of thirteen exclusive tracks by long-standing Rune Grammofon favourites such as Deathprod, Supersilent, Alog, Ultralyd and Maja Ratkje, plus a few newer additions to the fold – the…
VARIOUS / RUNE GRAMMOFON
Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

This new compilation on Rune Grammofon marks the Norwegian label’s 100th release. Now twelve years into its lifespan, this esteemed and most un-pigeonhole-able of imprints celebrates with a collection of thirteen exclusive tracks by long-standing Rune Grammofon favourites such as Deathprod, Supersilent, Alog, Ultralyd and Maja Ratkje, plus a few newer additions to the fold – the most recent being Jenny Hval. In the release notes, it’s pointed out that…
WICKED MESSENGER
Vision Rites And Techniques Of Ecstasy
Plague Recordings
CD // £9.99

If the recently rebooted Hammer film studios ever fancied remaking The Devil Rides Out, perhaps the deathly aural broth of Vision Rites And Techniques Of Ecstasy would make for a suitably infernal soundtrack accompaniment. This third album from dark-ambient exponents Wicked Messenger is actually said to be influenced by Mesoamerican cultural practices, “in particular the vision quest”, as the explanatory blurb would have it. Truth be told, these grim drone-scapes…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ESCORT / GREG WILSON / EWAN PEARSON
Cocaine Blues
ESCORT
12″ // £8.99

Slick disco from Brooklyn’s Escort, backed with remixes from Ewan Pearson and Greg Wilson. Their original ‘Cocaine Blues’ is a sureshot of classic-sounding midtempo disco, while Greg Wilson gives a dubbier, more expansive version with added cowbells and Ewan Pearson takes it to the late ’80s with an almost Soul II Soul kinda sound.
ESG
Dance To The Best Of ESG
Fire Records
2CD // £10.99

Fire Records follow a heap of Soul Jazz reissues to present another crucial history of South Bronx discopunk upstarts, ESG. As the sleevenotes eloquently depict, the three sisters of ESG (Renee, Marie and Valerie Scroggins) grew up in a tuff New York neighbourhood under the auspices of a mother who would give them instruments early on in the hope they could stay off the streets and away from the dangers…
COS/MES
Gozmez Land *Chaosexotica
ESP INSTITUTE
CD // £9.99

ESP Institute compile the acclaimed output of Tokyo’s Cos/Mes aka DJ/Producers Flatic and 5ive on a rather dapper full length CD. The eleven track are taken from their three 12″ singles in 2010, ‘DFG (Featuring Dr. Nishimura)’, and the ‘Gozmez Land’ and ‘Chaosexotica’ records that inform the title, snugly slotting together to make one of the most charming and lushly psyched disco albums we’ve heard this year. The Duo are…
PRINS THOMAS / FOOG / HIDEO KOBAYASHI
Inner Films 70’s Part 1
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £6.99

Bit of a cheeky one, this… the first of three 12″ volumes lifted from a Japan only CD comp featuring remixes of classic film themes… this one containing Prins Thomas redoing the ‘Gonna Fly Now’ theme from Rocky with all the charm and humour you’d expect from this guy, plus an Italo remix of ‘Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ courtesy of Mules musiq’s Foog, and another more…
[SIC] / ERRORSMITH
Orange Sky Remixes
MEAKUSMA
12″ // £7.99

Tidy disco package from the diverse Meakusma camp, featuring remixes of Sic! from Errorsmith, LowLow and Quarion. It’s been far too long since we’ve heard new material from Errorsmith, aka half of MMM, and his mix of ‘Orange Sky’ is worth the wait. At first glance it may seem like a very straight playing piece of disco punk, but the super punchy production disguises some wickedly skewiff elements like bass…
[SIC]
Orange Sky
MEAKUSMA
12″ // £7.99

[Sic!] is the Italo-disco revival project helmed by Alessandro Tartari, Jules Etienne and Massimiliano Pagliari at their studios in Berlin. They put a cute spin on the Euro disco sound in four diverse tracks, from the throbbing ‘Orange’ which was rcently remixed by Errorsmith, to a proper roller in ‘Footprints’ and cool slow jam in ‘Almost There’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS
Modeselektion Vol. 01
Monkeytown Records
CD // £10.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 1 of their Modeselektion series, featuring 18 exclusive, previously unreleased and cherry-picked bombs from Mala, Marcel Dettmann, Ramadanman, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, eLan, and more. With this series the notorious party boys draw an axis between shared techno-disco-BASS sounds of London and Berlin, reflecting the technicolour scope and diversity of their eponymous parties. In among the mass of kinetic fusions certain cuts just stand out…
GIRL UNIT
Wut
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Solid gold anthem business from Girl Unit on the follow-up to the killer ‘I.R.L’ 12″ for Night Slugs. It would appear from his form this year that Girl Unit specialises only in BIG tunes, which is no bad thing when you’ve got a rave to rub up the right way. At the pinnacle of this particular monolith is ‘Wut’, his scorching fusion of Araab Muzik-style martial 808’s and purest R&B…
ROEL FUNCKEN
Daze Flextone EP
EAT CONCRETE
12″ // £6.99

Funckarma’s Roel Funcken steps out on a techy ‘beats mission for Eat Concrete. After a decade producing the instantly recognisable Funckarma sound, it’s interesting to hear Roel going alone over these four tracks. There’s an effervescent spaciousness to ‘Daze Flextone’ which carries through the whole EP, fixing spiralling synthline ascensions to skittering, skeletal post-electro rhythms with little sign of the slow and heavy dubstep influence which recently weighed their sound….
FANTASTIC MR FOX
Evelyn EP
Black Acre
2×10″ // £11.99

Fantastic Mr Fox returns with an excellent 4-track 2×10″ bearing no small resemblance to the work of Mr James Blake and Mount Kimbie. From the opening interjections of effervescent soul vocals, clipped beats and warm, hovering chords in ‘Evelyn’ or the fluid and flapping syncopations of ‘Fool Me’ we’re instantly reminded of the aforementioned artists and that’s high praise indeed. Again with ‘Over’ his burnished 2-step twitch is distinctly Blake-ish,…
MJ COLE & WILEY
From The Drop (L-Vis 1990 Mix)
PROLIFIC RECORDINGS
12″ // £5.99

Big news from MJ Cole and Wiley, backed with a killer L-Vis 1990 remix! For us this has to be one of Wiley’s best performances on record for ages, full of effortless swagger and hard-punctuated diction contrasting wickedly with MJ’s fluid ‘Angel’ Riddim’, which sounds kinda like a minimised Wooo! riddim. On remix duties L-Vis 1990 comes solidly correct with bulky swinging percussion and succinct squirts of acid for the…
SUBMERSE & RESKETCH
Hold It Down
Well Rounded Records
10″ // £5.99

Big moves from Well Rounded Records, dropping the much-talked about ‘Hold It Down’ from Submerse. This soul burning skipper came to much wider attention recently as the closer for Jackmaster’s anthem-rammed URB session, putting the final kiss of sweetened garage on a seriously heavyweight mix. Favourable comparisons to Burial will abound, but this seems to be the tip of the iceberg for Submerse, whose previous cuts for L2S and Night…
BOXCUTTER
Moon Pupils / 2time ft. Kab Driver
KINNEGO
12″ // £6.49

Lush double drop from Boxcutter and Kab Driver, following Space Dimension Controller’s ‘Love Quadrant’ pearl on Kinnego. On the A-side Boxcutter’s on a fluttering garage workout with ‘Moon Pupils’, dropping from his more typical 140bpm to a cruising 130bpm with restlessly kinetic synthlines building into a celestial lather and spurting off in all directions. Future garage producers take note! On the flip Boxcutter goes with Kab Driver on ‘2time’ a…
WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
Mrs Fingers (Quantec Mix)
WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
10″ // £6.99

Third release from this charming boutique imprint, including a dubbed out Quantec remix. WNCL’s original ‘Mrs Fingers’ pays tribute to the smooth depths of Larry Heard inna dubstep style, melting lush, swirling chords over a loping halfstep riddim. The Quantec version drops the pace and tucks the groove into a more sluggish swing while the chorts dart across the stereo field in lucid dub patterns.
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box
Soul Jazz
2CD // £11.99

Soul Jazz set their sights on the morphing parameters of UK Funky with a cherry-picked, 21-track double disc compilation. While they’ve touched on the topic with the Future Bass and Box Of Dub sets, this one is essentially a “Best Of” UKF, locking off stone cold heavyweights from Kode 9, Lil’ Silva, Grievous Angel, Crazy Cousinz, DVA, Ill Blu, Roska, MJ Cole, and Altered Natives, among others. The style has…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box Volume One
Soul Jazz
2LP // £11.99

After the ace Future Bass pack, Soul Jazz focus on UK Funky with a two volume set. It’s pretty much a “best of” UKF, bringing together some of the scene’s biggest tracks from the last few years. Volume One is heaving with anthems, from the infectious rattle and bounce effect of Altered Natives ‘Rass Out’ right through to Donae’o’s weekend weapon ‘African Warrior’. Roska’s fearsome revision of Ghosts On Tape’s…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box Volume Two
Soul Jazz
2LP // £11.99

After the ace Future Bass pack, Soul Jazz focus on UK Funky with a two volume 2 x 12″. It’s pretty much a “best of” UKF, bringing together some of the scene’s biggest tracks from the last few years. Like the first volume, this is rammed with crucial Funky heaters, this time from the likes of Kode 9, DVA, Ill Bu, Lil Silva and more. You simply can’t mess with…
SPOOKY
Spartan EP (Upfront Copies)
NO HATS NO HOODS
12″ // £6.99

Full-strength Grime rinse-out from Oil Gang producer, Spooky. It’s all about the ruff and tuff ‘Spartan’on the A-side, a boisterous killer with heavyweight metallic drops and firing rhythms aching to be chopped up and spat over. On the flip Martelo weighs in with more concise, breakbeat rocking remix followed by ‘Top 3 Selected Remix’, another rugged, bouncing grime instrumental made for the DJs.
DJ DOM
The Mind Of DJ Dom
PTN
12″ // £6.99

Deeper Funky freshness from DJ Dom, Brackles & Shortstuff’s uni mate. His four tracks fall very neatly in line with previous PTN drops from Hypno, Hackman and Doc Daneeka, treading that line between BLN-style Deep House and LDN Funky. Our favourite has to the sublime ‘Plastic People’ with it’s Mr. De-alike electrosexual synthwork, or the filtered acid squirm of ‘Untitled’, while the flipside contains the more percussive, almost Broken Beat…
HARDHOUSE BANTON
The Return EP
ANGEL BROTHERS
12″ // £6.99

The producer of UKF’s biggest anthem ‘Sirens’ drops a four-track heater for 2010 with ‘The Return’. It’s only his 2nd full release, following a couple of remixes for Four Tet and Jammer, and includes the anthemic ‘Colonel’ backed with three weekend-primed slabs of Bashment House ruffige. ‘Colonel’ has been on rotation with the likes of Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster for the last few months now, igniting crowds with cheekily insistent…
BROKEN NOTE
Zound
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Hand-stamped upfront white label business from Boka, presenting a white-sided issue of Broken Note’s crushing ‘Zound’. This is the kind of dynamic Dubstep ruffage that separates the men from the boize, going on hard styles with fearsome synthlines unfolding like a Transformer in fight mode and punishing drums designed to send the rave over the edge. Comes with a free sticker too!
CESSMAN VS. JOE ARIWA
Shanker
DUBLIMINAL
12″ // £6.49

Roots and Future clash on a heavy dubstep plate outta South London. At Ariwa studios Cessman and Joe Ariwa laid down four tracks of crushing bass weight headed up with the standardly effective ‘Skanker’, plus a dubbed out ‘Emperor Selassie I’, and the more soulful vocal lead ‘Wicked Man’ featuring Queen Omega and the morphing delays and FX treatments of ‘Razor Sharp Dub’. Comes with full picture sleeve. For fans…
DIPLO / VARIOUS
Blow Your Head: Diplo presents Dubstep
MAD DECENT
CD // £11.99

Diplo compiles sixteen of his favourite dubstep anthems for Mad Decent. It’s a full fat collection of some of the biggest riddims from the last few years, bowling from Joker & Ginz’s ‘re-Up’ to the Subfocus remix of Rusko’s ‘Hold On’ feat Amber Coffman, via zomby’s ‘Strange Fruit’, James Blake’s ‘Sparing The Horse’ and emix of Untold’s ‘Stop What You’re Doing’, plus nuff others from Doctor P, Caspa, Benga, Datsik,…
N-TYPE / MATT-U
Simples / Compass
Biscuit Factory Records
12″ // £5.99

Split Dubstep rave platter from N-Type and Matt-U. On ‘Simples’ N-Type rolls off tribal drums, Distance-style axework and wobble bass while Matt-U churns up powerful subbass and rattling halfstep drum programming on the flip with ‘Compass’.
PHAELEH
Untitled 333 / Tachi
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £5.99

Phaeleh’s first Wheel & Deal platter finds him in a proper dancefloor mood. ‘Untitled 333’ goes for the bold halfstep rave style played out by N-Type, while ‘Tachi’ feat. Alex Taylor is a techier synthline driven equivalent.
RANDOMER & FIFE
No Sleep / On A Roll
Soul Jazz
12″ // £4.49

Building on his Future Bass appearance, Randomer links with Fife for two restless tribalist ructions. ‘No Sleep’ shakes out super-crisp drums and electroid marimbas with a robust, Breaks-y finish, backed with the Untold-indebted ‘On A Roll’, bussin’ out silverback swagger riddims and seasick synths for the saturday night swingers. Ruddy good fun, Rufus. Ruddy good.
SEVEN
Wait / Germs
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Heavyweight Dubstep tools from Seven for Black Box. ‘Wait’ is a bit of a beast, writhing with tumultuous Breakstep rhythms tucked hard-in-the-pocket and bleeping, sonorous melody to drive the rave nutty. On the flip ‘Germ’ is infected with the dread halfstep, arranging spooky harpsichord and cavernous echo chamber drums over swollen subs for a strange fusion of Far-eastern mysticism and horror movie tension in the dance. Crafty tackle.
SUBSCAPE
Time To Escape EP
Dub Police Records
2×12″ // £11.99

Rave-ready double pack from Subscape, following Trolley Snatcha’s lead on Dub Police. Be prepared for the nastiest mid-range drops on the gangsta stepping ‘Screw Up’ and epic halfstep styles from ‘Jus Coz’, while ‘All Day’ fuses Hard House and Dubstep styles, followed by the crafty clown-stepping triplets of ‘Mr Kipling’.
ELECTRONIC
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STELLAR OM SOURCE
Trilogy Select
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

*Another highly sought-after pressing from the Olde English Spelling Bee, this time from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring Daniel Lopatin aka 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…
EXPO 70
Where Does Your Mind Go?
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

**1st pressing limited to 500 copies, pressed at RTI. Includes mp3 download coupon redeemable directly from the label** An utterly absorbing and time-dilating double LP of masterful synth music from one of the scene’s most prolific and respected sons, Expo 70 aka Justin Wright, together with Matt Hill – who recently dropped that brilliant Umberto album on Not Not Fun. Aiming a few notches above the reams of DIY tape…
VLADISLAV DELAY AS SISTOL
Remasters and Remakes
Halo Cyan Records
2CD // £11.99

In the wake of his ace album ‘On The Bright Side’, Phthalo reissue Vladislav Delay’s first, self-titled LP as Sistol, backed with remixes from Mike Huckaby, Alva Noto, Falty DL, Ike Yard and DMX Krew among many others. Sistol is a home for Vladislav’s grubbier techno exercises, working kinda like a scuzzier cousin to Wolfgang Voigt’s Studio 1 series. The eight original tracks feel very much of their time, and…
THE XX / FOUR TET
VCR (Four Tet Mix)
Young Turks
12″ // £4.99

Four Tet is latest in line to remix The XX, dropping a lithe, discofied version of ‘VCR’ on a one-sided pressing. There’s seemingly not a week that goes by without a new Four Tet remix but he’s not slacking with this material, sprinkling the trio with his magic kraut-disco dust for a warm and twinkly piece of dancefloor pop with his trademark crisp drums and charming synthlines cushioning the vocal….
BORNGRABER & STRUVER
In G
m=minimal
LP // £13.49

Motorik 21st Century-Electronic-Krautrock from Borngraber & Struver, the latest in a line of essential releases from M=Minimal. With ‘In G’ they’ve reduced the linear essence of records from Neu and Conrad Schnitzler into a modern day equivalent, concentrating on subtle, hypnotic tonal shifts and slowly evolving patterns over thumping systolic kicks in ‘Part I’, and entering more esoteric, beatless territory in ‘Part II’ with arcing guitars and hard-filtered strings, gradually…
CARIBOU
Swim + Swim Remixes
City Slang
2CD // £12.99

*A RE-RELEASED VERSION OF CARIBOU’S OUTSTANDING 2010 ALBUM, FRESHLY PACKAGED WITH AN ADDITIONAL FULL-LENGTH REMIXES SET THAT INCLUDES GOLD PANDA, DJ KOZE, FUCK BUTTONS, NITE JEWEL, WALLS, IKONIKA, GAVIN RUSSOM AND JUNIOR BOYS* Following on from 2008’s Polaris Prize-winning Andorra, Dan Snaith returns with a fresh take on the Caribou sound, working more dance-friendly structures into his work, which makes for quite a revelation given the project’s tendencies towards jazz…
THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON
From The Archives Vol. 6
FUTURE SOUND
CD // £11.99

FSOl rack their archives and come out with a clutch of early experiments for Vol.6 of their ongoing ambient archeology project. While many of these tracks will only be known to their hardcore inner circle, the styles are warmly reminiscent of their finest work at the turn of the ’90s when they were at the forefront of electronic dance music with classic albums like ‘Lifeforms’. There’s 16 tracks of luscious,…
EXTREME / NOISE
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WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
Peaced
Riot Season
LP // £8.49

In addition to having a great band name, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth might just have given us the week’s most severe and sonically pulverised release. Peaced is probably as extreme as underground heavy rock music can get before it sounds like your ears are broken. Sweetening the death-blow impact of their sound, the band serve up bad-pun song titles for your (or more likely, their) amusement: the utterly overwhelming…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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WOODEN WAND
Death Seat
Young God
CD // £13.49

In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: “To me, it’s obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that’s moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank.” High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice,…
WOODEN WAND
Death Seat
Young God
LP // £15.99

In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: “To me, it’s obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that’s moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank.” High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice,…
DIRECTORSOUND
Two Years Today
Tona Serenad
CD // £12.99

This full-length return from Nicholas Palmer’ Directorsound begins with the lapping sounds of waves against a beach, played out as a natural rhythmic accompaniment to slippery Hawaiian guitars and kind of ornate chamber pop whimsy that permeates the entirety of ‘Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon’. After this, Palmer seems to relocate from his beachside situ to the end of a pier somewhere, ploughing through the quirky and…
ELLIOTT SMITH
Ballad Of Big Nothing
Domino
7″ // £3.99

Reissued to coincide with the newly issued Elliott Smith compilation An Introduction To…, this heavyweight 7″ single features two of the songwriter’s best-loved recordings: Either/Or’s ‘Ballad Of Big Nothing’ and B-side ‘Division Day’ – formerly released as a single in its own right on Suicide Squeeze Records. It (meaning songwriting and music in general, really) doesn’t get a great deal better than this. If you don’t already own this in…
ELLIOTT SMITH
An Introduction To…
Domino
CD // £9.99

As the title probably suggests, An Introduction to Elliott Smith is a career-spanning best-of compilation designed as an overview of the music of Elliott Smith, truly one of the very greatest songwriters of our age. It’s been seven years since Smith’s tragic passing, and this release (quite rightly) strives to keep his legacy alive. The album’s title seems apt, because this is definitely a package geared at listeners taking their…
ELLIOTT SMITH
An Introduction To…
Domino
LP // £11.99

As the title probably suggests, An Introduction to Elliott Smith is a career-spanning best-of compilation designed as an overview of the music of Elliott Smith, truly one of the very greatest songwriters of our age. It’s been seven years since Smith’s tragic passing, and this release (quite rightly) strives to keep his legacy alive. The album’s title seems apt, because this is definitely a package geared at listeners taking their…
GIANT SAND
Blurry Blue Mountain (Deluxe Edition)
Fire Records
2CD // £13.99

**Deluxe edition to mark Giant Sand’s 25 year anniversary: Includes the new Blurry Blue Mountain and their debut album Valley Of Rain** Howe Gelb’s pioneering alt. country band Giant Sand returns with a brand new album, twenty-five years on from their 1985 debut album, Valley Of Rain. Of the new record, Gelb says: “These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists…
HIP HOP
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MED
Where I’m From ft. Aloe Blacc / Classic ft. Kweli
Stones Throw Records
12″ // £7.99

Heavy head nodders from MED. ‘Where I’m From’ features the soul vocals of Aloe Blacc over bass rich and bumping production from Oh No, while the aptly titled ‘Classic’ features guest verse from Talib Kweli and a dope beat from Karriem Riggins. Both tracks come with dirty/clean/inst/acapella versions, housed in full colour heavy card sleeve. Standardly Stones Throw styles!
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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BARN OWL
Ancestral Star
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

Returning with a brand new album of arid, dustbowl blues and slow-motion desert-scapes, Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras resume duties as Barn Owl for a third album. Previously this band has tended to court associations with the sound developed by Earth for their Hex album; the overall effect is resolutely bleak and doom-laden, yet not entirely without some grounding in the language of grassroots Americana. Ancestral Star takes the Barn…
BARN OWL
Ancestral Star
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

Returning with a brand new album of arid, dustbowl blues and slow-motion desert-scapes, Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras resume duties as Barn Owl for a third album. Previously this band has tended to court associations with the sound developed by Earth for their Hex album; the overall effect is resolutely bleak and doom-laden, yet not entirely without some grounding in the language of grassroots Americana. Ancestral Star takes the Barn…
HAUSCHKA
Foreign Landscapes
Fat Cat
LP // £13.99

Seemingly getting better with every release, Hauschka delivers his third album for Fat Cat’s classical offshoot, 130701. Having previously established himself as a gifted pianist and composer for prepared piano, Volker Bertelmann takes his craft to the next level by work extensively with orchestration. Recruiting a twelve-piece string and wind ensemble from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra, Bertelmann sets about transferring his lyrical and very accessible take on contemporary classical composition…
KOEN HOLTKAMP
Gravity / Bees
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Following on from his 2008 solo album on Type, Field Rituals, Koen Holtkamp (known not only for his solo work, but also as one half of Mountains) delivers a new vinyl-only full-length for Thrill Jockey. Gravity/Bees takes the form of two side-long pieces, the tone of which marks a significant change in Holtkamp’s compositional strategy: one of the key themes running though…
CLEM LEEK
Holly Lane
HIBERNATE
CD // £9.99

Opening with the effects-coated chiming of a grandfather clock, Holly Lane immediately sets out its stall as an album steeped in all things antiquated and dusty. Expect a slow barrage of 78rpm static, dissolved, haunted house piano motifs and strategically atmospheric field recordings throughout. Present throughout the album is a floating palette of synthetic ambiences and string-like pads, ranging from the grand and orchestral strains of ‘Mistletoe Lane’ to the…
BRIAN MCBRIDE
The Effective Disconnect
Kranky
LP // £13.99

Stars Of The Lid’s Brian McBride was recruited by filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein for the soundtrack to their documentary film The Vanishing Of The Bees. Not having seen the film, we can only really take The Effective Disconnect on its own terms, as a standalone project, and in that sense it’s certainly an enormous success. McBride has stated that his intention was to create a number of enclosed,…
ANDREW BIRD
Useless Creatures
Bella Union
CD // £10.99

Originally released as the second disc in the special edition of Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast album, Useless Creatures now gets a release in its own right. Performed as part of a trio with double bassist Todd Sickafoose and percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco fame) this album is an instrumental affair with more of an experimental slant than the singer-songwriter styled album that it originally emerged alongside, making good use of…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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AIAS
A La Piscina
Captured Tracks
LP // £15.99

**Now available on vinyl** Catalonian band Aias are the latest underground pop phenomenon to rise from the Captured Tracks ranks, an all-girl guitar/drums/bass trio who all contribute vocals. Apparently the band got together to play at a birthday party before starting to take it all a bit more seriously. The press release text makes it all sound so unbelievably easy: “The desire to win in the fight against the instrument…
HALLO GALLO 2010
Blinkgurtel / Drone Schlager
Vampire Blues
7″ // £6.99

In a music world currently overflowing with krautrock re-enactment societies Hallo Gallo 2010 should come as something of an antidote. This is the current solo project of Michael Rother, an artist synonymous with the ’70s krautrock boom, having spent time as a member of Kraftwerk and Harmonia, and most famously of all, co-founding Neu! For Hallo Gallo this iconic musician teams up with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and bassist…
AVEY TARE
Down There
Paw Tracks
CD // £8.99

The first official solo full-length from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) arrives in the midst of a singles series from bandmate Panda Bear. To be very general it would seem that on recent evidence Panda Bear is the confirmed pop architect of the group – entrenching his music in lavish whirlpools of Brian Wilson vocal tracking – while Avey Tare leans more heavily in the direction of experimentation….
AVEY TARE
Down There
Paw Tracks
LP // £14.99

The first official solo full-length from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) arrives in the midst of a singles series from bandmate Panda Bear. To be very general it would seem that on recent evidence Panda Bear is the confirmed pop architect of the group – entrenching his music in lavish whirlpools of Brian Wilson vocal tracking – while Avey Tare leans more heavily in the direction of experimentation….
GIARDINI DI MIRO
Il Fuoco
City Centre Offices
CD // £13.99

This new album from Italian post-rockers GIardini Di Miro is a compilation of soundtrack music devised for Giovanni Pastrone’s silent film Il Fuoco (translated as “The Fire”), released in 1915. The project began life as a one-off, live-soundtracking performance held at Turin’s Museo Nazionale Del Cinema, but thankfully the band decided to immortalise their efforts on record, leading to the release of what has to be amongst Giardini DI Miro’s…
JJ
jj No.2
Secretly Canadian
LP // £11.99

A re-release of their acclaimed debut album, jj No.2 by Swedish duo jj was one of 2009’s pop highlights, and now it’s back in circulation thanks to Secretly Canadian. Having emerged from the same wave of Balearic-loving Scandinavians that gave the world Air France, jj delivered a nine-song, twenty-seven minute album that seems to perfectly capture a particular set of emotions, poised somewhere between summery dancefloor-oriented optimism and indie introspection….
JJ
jj No.2
Secretly Canadian
CD // £8.99

A re-release of their acclaimed debut album, jj No.2 by Swedish duo jj was one of 2009’s pop highlights, and now it’s back in circulation thanks to Secretly Canadian. Having emerged from the same wave of Balearic-loving Scandinavians that gave the world Air France, jj delivered a nine-song, twenty-seven minute album that seems to perfectly capture a particular set of emotions, poised somewhere between summery dancefloor-oriented optimism and indie introspection….
CRYSTAL STILTS
Shake The Shackles
Slumberland Records
7″ // £5.49

**White Vinyl** Making a most welcome return, Crystal Stilts resume duties with a fresh blast of reverberant pop music that takes its cues from ’80s indie and ’60s garage sounds. ‘Shake The Shackles’ condenses this band’s strengths perfectly into an exquisite three-and-a-half-minutes that despite its vintage influences manages to come across as resoundingly modern and relevant. ‘Magnetic Moon’ is decidedly less contemporary however, taking on an almost swampy, rockabilly twang…
TRASH KIT
Teenagers
UPSET THE RHYTHM
7″ // £3.99

**Translucent Orange Vinyl** London-based all-girl trio Trash Kit made an impression with their eponymous debut album earlier on in the year, putting a more rhythmic emphasis on garage-punk sounds by flirting with African-influenced beats. This single delivers two non-album tracks that might well constitute the group’s most immediate work to date. ‘Teenagers’ is particularly strong, surrounding feisty guitar jags with lots of tumbling percussion, resulting in a rhythmically layered, scrappy…
CHARLES DOUGLAS
The Lives Of Charles Douglas
Broken Horse
CD // £10.99

Nowadays better known as novelist and screenwriter Alex McAuley, Charles Douglas made this long-lost album in 1999 with the assistance of producer Moe Tucker (of Velvet Underground fame) and engineer Kurt Ralske (best known for his work in Ultra Vivid Scene), who owned the rat-infested NYC studio in which it was recorded. Douglas spins a good yarn about the making of this album, and gives the distinct impression that everyone…
ANDREW CEDERMARK
Moon Deluxe
Underwater Peoples
CD // £13.99

Underwater Peoples is one of those labels you can really trust in – everything they’ve released to date has been quite magnificent, with the likes of Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Tennis, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks and Mountain Man all contributing to their catalogue. This latest long-player on the New Jersey imprint comes from former Titus Andronicus guitarist Andrew Cedermark, who presents an addictive collection of homemade singer-songwriter material and…
ANIKA
Anika
INVADA
LP // £14.49

**White Vinyl** This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you’d associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties….
ANIKA
Anika
INVADA
CD // £11.99

This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you’d associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties. Former single…
CINEMA RED AND BLUE
Cinema Red and Blue
What’s Your Rupture?
CD // £10.99

This is a collaborative project that brings together members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts with guest appearances from Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. Recorded last year in Brooklyn, this session breathed life into a host of originals penned by Comet Gain’s David Feck as well as covers of songs by Vic Godard, The Chills, Dead Moon and Len Bright Combo. Teaming up with…
CINEMA RED AND BLUE
Cinema Red and Blue
What’s Your Rupture?
LP // £11.99

This is a collaborative project that brings together members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts with guest appearances from Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. Recorded last year in Brooklyn, this session breathed life into a host of originals penned by Comet Gain’s David Feck as well as covers of songs by Vic Godard, The Chills, Dead Moon and Len Bright Combo. Teaming up with…
DESERTSHORE
Drifting Your Majesty
CALDO VERDE
CD // £13.49

Instrumental band Desertshore release their debut full-length via Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label. Principally a trio, the band comprises keyboardist Chris Connolly, drummer Dave Muench and guitarist Phil Carney, who has played with both Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. A number of additional players show up for these sessions, most notably Mark Kozelek himself, who contributes additional guitar parts. The tone of the album shifts between a number…
DUTCH UNCLES
Fragrant
Memphis Industries
7″ // £2.99

Newly signed to Memphis Industries having cut their teeth on the Love & Disaster label, art pop up-and-comers Dutch Uncles unleash a great new single in the shape of ‘Fragrant’, a far from run-of-the-mill three minutes of smart, colourful pop music that feels boldly progressive, but not at the expense of a good tune. B-side ‘Lovebone’ is a little more adventurous, toying with tricky rhythmic patterns and getting a bit…
KAREN ELSON
The Truth Is In The Dirt
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.49

One of the harder-rocking, rootsy numbers on Karen Elson’s The Ghost Who Walks debut long-player, ‘The Truth Is In The Dirt’ makes for a solid and pleasingly gutsy new single.  The B-side makes the release particularly worthwhile: Ms. Elson takes on a well-observed cover of Donovan’s 1966 psych-pop anthem ‘Season Of The Witch’.
P*SSED JEANS
Sam Kinison Woman / L Word
SUB POP
7″ // £3.99

Sub Pop’s dubiously monikered Pennsylvania punk quartet return with two new songs “unassociated with nor otherwise promotionally leading up to any upcoming full-length album”. P*ssed Jeans are an antidote to the more sanitary, hipster-slanted punk acts out there, blasting their way through the kind of disjointed, frayed-edge material that harks back to classic Touch & Go bands like Butthole Surfers and The Jesus Lizard. ‘Sam Kinison Woman’ is a quite…
PUJOL
Black Rabbit
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.49

New to Jack White’s Third Man Recordings is Tennessee-dwelling songwriter, “shreditorialist, unlicensed metaphysician, and polymathmagician” Daniel Pujol, who eschews the more customary Nashville leanings of the label with two blasts of underground rock & roll that owe much of their sound to garage-punk and Sonic Youth. ‘Black Rabbit’ stirs up memories of Love As Laughter in their prime, while ‘Too Safe’ could pass for one of No Age’s finer songs,…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
RR Scorpii
Rock Action Records
12″ // £5.99

This EP follows on from Remember Remember’s celebrated eponymous long-player from 2008, delivering four new tracks of experimental, modern-classical influenced post-rock, the like of which brings to mind bands like Rachel’s or Parlour, with hints of Stereolab’s fanciful instrumental moments and perhaps even Philip Glass creeping into the mix. Good stuff.
THE PHANTOM BAND
The Wants
Chemikal Underground
LP // £16.99

The Wants finds this ambitious Glaswegian band raising their game considerably for their sophomore full-length, a curious assemblage of clever post-folk variations and proggier, occasionally krautrock-influenced sounds. Early single ‘A Glamour’ introduces the album with a weirdo glam stomp that’s faintly suggestive of a more organic retake on Battles’ ‘Atlas’. From here on the album continues to evade pigeonholing, summoning up dark, cycling synths, some slick, piled-up vocals and electronically-enforced…
WEEKEND
Sports
Slumberland Records
CD // £12.99

Slumberland continue to churn out great releases at a frightening rate, and this debut full-length missive from San Francisco band Weekend immediately makes its mark. ‘Coma Summer’ would be a brilliant opening to any record, a blast of addictive no-wave pop music carried on a jetstream of noise and detuning guitar feedback. It sounds a little like Matthew Bower guesting on an Abe Vigoda album. Normally when this much texture…
JAZZ / RELATED
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SUPERSILENT
10
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

Supersilent 9 was the first album by this revered Norwegian improv group to have been recorded without founding member and drummer Jarle Vespestad on board. Perhaps as a reaction to Vespestad’s departure the group radically shifted their approach, each member shunning their usual instruments of choice in favour of a Hammond organ. Supersilent 10 finds the three remaining players (Arve Henriksen, Stale Storlokken and Helge Sten, aka Deathprod) switching musical…
SUPERSILENT
Supersilent 11
Rune Grammofon
LP // £13.99

The music on the vinyl-only Supersilent 11 album dates back to the same recording sessions that birthed Supersilent 8 (released in 2007), but the folks at Rune Grammofon are quick to point out that there’s no B-material here: Supersilent 8 was originally planned as a triple album before Helge Sten (aka Deathprod, the album’s producer) decided to split the five hours of music he’d finished across separate albums. These sessions…
DAVID LEE JR.
Evolution
Universal Sound
CD // £10.99

Originally released in 1974 in a run of just 400 copies, David Lee Jr.’s one-off solo album emerged via the composer/drummer’s own label, Supernal Records. Evolution is a powerful and experimental jazz album, focussed on the potential of drum-based compositions, although it goes someway beyond that too, charting Lee’s prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. In addition to his commanding presence behind a full kit, Lee plays all kinds of…
DAVID LEE JR.
Evolution
Universal Sound
LP // £10.99

Originally released in 1974 in a run of just 400 copies, David Lee Jr.’s one-off solo album emerged via the composer/drummer’s own label, Supernal Records. Evolution is a powerful and experimental jazz album, focussed on the potential of drum-based compositions, although it goes someway beyond that too, charting Lee’s prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. In addition to his commanding presence behind a full kit, Lee plays all kinds of…
MARVIN PETERSON & THE SOULMASTERS
In Concert
Jazzman
LP // £18.99

Jazzman bill this latest reissue in their Holy Grail series as the rarest of all, having originally only circulated in a run of only 50 copies back in 1968. “Marvin ‘Hannibal’ Peterson will be a familiar name to ’70s jazz enthusiasts, but his career started with the Soulmasters in Texas back in the ’60s. As bandleader and trumpeter, they were a popular outfit around the Texas nightclub circuit with their…
MARVIN PETERSON & THE SOULMASTERS
In Concert
Jazzman
CD // £7.99

Jazzman bill this latest reissue in their Holy Grail series as the rarest of all, having originally only circulated in a run of only 50 copies back in 1968. “Marvin ‘Hannibal’ Peterson will be a familiar name to ’70s jazz enthusiasts, but his career started with the Soulmasters in Texas back in the ’60s. As bandleader and trumpeter, they were a popular outfit around the Texas nightclub circuit with their…
MICHAEL GARRICK TRIO
Moonscape
Trunk
CD // £4.99

I do love a good story, and you can almost always guarantee getting one with Trunk. This time around we’re delving into the personal collection of Johnny Trunk, who is by all accounts a man on a mission when he wants something. A few years ago he was after a lesser known jazz 10″ called ‘Moonscape’ by British jazz act the Michael Garrick Trio, a 10″ that was limited to…
MULATU ASTATKE
Timeless
Mochilla
CD // £10.99

“Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music, and the inventor of Ethio-Jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and in recent years a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk. The award winning and invaluable ‘Ethiopiques’ series has shed light on a vital and amazing music scene that existed in the Addis Ababa region in…
SARA MITRA
April Song
Impossible Ark / Unfold
CD // £10.99

A vocal-led jazz album from Impossible Ark and the Unfold Records division of Tru Thoughts, April Song is the debut album from singer Sara Mitra, who has written all but three of the entries here (the exceptions being the traditional folk piece ‘Black Is The Colour’, the Nat Adderley-penned ‘The Old Country’ and Bobby Cole’s ‘Life On A Look’). Supported by a host of young jazz musicians (including Mitra’s husband…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SKEPTICAL / PESSIMIST
Cold One (Jubei Mix) / Zulu (White Label)
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 +++ Very…
JUBEI
Distrust
METALHEADZ
2×12″ // £11.99

Dropping the same week as his excellent remix for Ingredients, four tracks of heavyweight D&B from Jubei on Metalheadz. The first plate is all about stealthy steppers rhythms and seriously fine-tuned Reese bass, while the deadly second platter links with Ulterior Motive to go all ’98 darkside styles reminiscent of Ed Rush or Nico on ‘Tevertron’, and gets wicked with the drum workouts on ‘Snore Tooth’. Bold cuts for fans…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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KOLSCH
Speicher 68
Kompakt Extra
12″ // £6.99

Two tried and tested club tools from Denmark’s Rune Riley Kölsch aka Tattoo Rec’s Ink & Needle. Besides sharing his name with Köln’s gorgeous local brew, Kölsch’s ‘Lorelei’ rides a 4/4 schaeffel beat and frothy cascading synths, hence it’s position at the front of Michael Mayer’s record box this summer and a worthy release on Speicher. ‘Silberpfeil’ follows on the flipside with a steady building techno tool for the more…
KAISERDISCO
In No One’s Shadow
My Best Friend
CD // £13.49

The debut album from My Best Friend duo Kaiserdisco (aka Frederic Berger and Patrick Buck) compiles ten new and previously unreleased tracks plus MBF favourites ‘Aquja’ and ‘Carachillo’. Much of the album delivers efficient, solidly produced tech-house that’s neither too minimal nor excessively embellished, but the percussion arrangements are always fluid and versatile – sounding particularly well-judged on the title track and the voice-chopping ‘Hickup’. The two former singles slot…
SIMON BAKER / RADIOSLAVE
Too Slow (Radioslave Mix)
2020Vision
12″ // £5.49

Radioslave’s refined remix of 20:20 Vision’s Simon Baker. ‘Too Slow’ was last heard on Ralph Lawson’s ‘We Love Space Sundays 10’ comp, and features Radioslave at his most stealthy and sensitive, crafting a subtle moiré of metallic delays and glass cut, tension-holding strings with powered by a purring bassline. Ltd, one sided, white-label copies. With imitation marker pen printed on centre sticker. Honest.
SOUL CENTER
GE_02
Shitkatapult
12″ // £6.49

Shitkatapult present four tracks of Teutonic fonk from Soul Center (aka Thomas Brinkmann), lifted out of his ‘General Electric’ album. There’s a frivolous sense of fun written through these cuts, from the unraveling edits of ‘Don’t Fake The Cake’, to the jerky perk of ‘Pig Peg’, in the clipped funk guitars and twisted electronics of ‘Fu_ky du_ky’ and definitely in the Boosty slap-and-tickle of fretless bass on ‘Boot_Box’. Daft funk!…
TOM SCHUMACHER / VARIOUS
Get Physical 8
GET PHYSICAL
CD // £11.99

Get Physical present their eighth annual label round up, featuring eighteen Tech House and Mnml Disco-tech standards from M.A.N.D.E.A.R (M.A.N.D.Y & Matthew Dear) Nôze, Booka Shade, Italoboyz, DJ T, Lopazz, Damian Lazarus and more, selected and mixed by Thomas Schumacher. The mixing is assuredly clean and concise, blending a proper weekend-ready mix with well measured pace and a hypnotic groove running from the exclusive Matthew Dear vs M.A.N.D.Y track ‘Buddies’…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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ANWORTH KIRK
Anworth Kirk
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £7.99

*First release on this new archival label loosely associated with Demdike Stare and the Finders Keepers crew* Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new imprint releasing limited vinyl artifacts of contemporary musical and non-musical material dredged from the collections of a number of hugely respected culture vultures in the north of England. Their obsessive tendencies are channeled into this debut release, a 22 minute collage of acousmatic oddities reclaimed from the…
COMIC WOW
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space And Time
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £8.99

**Includes an MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Also known to use the alias Feathers (though not to be confused with Asa Irons’ freak-folk troupe of the same name), Comic Wow is a group formed around the creative nucleus of Eddie Alonso and Eric Rasco. Using an array of often unusual or vintage instruments (from the Farfisa Mini Compact to the Suzuki Omnichord through to the Baldwin Electric Harpsichord)…
COMIC WOW
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space And Time
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

Also known to use the alias Feathers (though not to be confused with Asa Irons’ freak-folk troupe of the same name), Comic Wow is a group formed around the creative nucleus of Eddie Alonso and Eric Rasco. Using an array of often unusual or vintage instruments (from the Farfisa Mini Compact to the Suzuki Omnichord through to the Baldwin Electric Harpsichord) The band set about making a kind of synth-fuelled…
WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Honey And Bile
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £8.99

**Includes an MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Another very fine release in Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music series, this album comes from William Ryan Fritch, a prolific film composer, sound recordist and multi-instrumentalist from Oakland, CA. Fittingly, Music For Honey and Bile takes on the character of a cinematic score, collecting a number of varied instrumentals that show an incredible range to Fritch’s diverse talents. In addition to…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CHRIS & COSEY
Trance
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered grey vinyl editon w/ glosy A4 b&w insert!** Chris & Cosey’s 2nd album for Rough Trade, ‘Trance’ was originally released a year after their seminal ‘Heartbeat’ LP, in 1982. This is the first time it’s been reissued on vinyl in two decades, landing with impeccable timing in the midst of a cold wave revival. The genius electronic auteur, Chris Carter, and the agent provocateur, Cosey Fanni Tutti moved into…
CHRIS & COSEY
Heartbeat
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered blue vinyl edition w/ glossy A4 b&w insert!** C & C’s ‘Heartbeat’ is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C’s post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the…
BLANK DOGS
Land And Fixed
Captured Tracks
CD // £10.99

Brilliant synthwave transmission from Mike Sniper’s Blank Dogs. Besides running the prolific, wave-riding Captured Tracks label in Brooklyn, Mike has carefully curated an impressive arc of artistic development with his pet project, growing out of lo-fi beginnings to the brighter and relatively clean sound of ‘Land And Fixed’. The album’s twelve tracks are still shrouded in tape textures but the sounds behind the gauze are more pop-confident, laden with super…
CFCF
The River EP
RVNG Intl.
LP // £10.99

**Totally sublime new EP from CFCF for Brooklyn’s RVNG INTL, with access to remixes from Games, Jacques Renault and Coyote on a download coupon redeemable directly from the label!** CFCF’s incredibly diverse presence has been unavoidable over the last 12 months, what with his avalanche of remixes for Junior Boys, Sally Shapiro, Owen pallett, Helath, Crystal Castles and so many more, plus lauded releases for the über-kool Acéphale and Paper…
FURTHER REDUCTIONS
Decidedly So / Not Unknown
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,…
CRAFT SPELLS
Party Talk
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Two total charmers from Stockton, CA’s Craft Spells, making their debut release with this 7″ for Captured Tracks. It’s tough to pick a favourite between them but i’ll draw for the bright and jangly title track and its Smiths-indebted harmonic breeziness, placing melancholic (but not depressing) indie pop in the bright white light of California to sound a little like Toro Y Moi cutting about Oldham St in his best…
DREXCIYA
Harnessed The Storm (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £16.99

One of the most legendary Detroit Electro/Techno albums of all time, reissued by Tresor. ‘Harnessed The Storm’ is one of the later and greatest of the seven Drexciyan storms, containing the eternal masterpiece ‘Digital Tsunami’ and the classic ‘Under Sea Disturbances’. If you don’t already own this, look sharp. ESSENTIAL.
KISSES
The Heart Of The Nightlife
THIS IS MUSIC
LP // £15.99

**Includes a free download of ‘Other Planets’ EP – redeemable from the label** This Los Angeles duo deliver their full-length debut, following on from their widely lauded and much-blogged hazy pop missives ‘People Do The Most Amazing Things’ and ‘Bermuda’. Exhibiting the same kind of songwriting smarts as like-minded contemporaries Delorean, jj and Air France, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson also share those acts’ bleary-eyed regard for the dancefloor sounds…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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VARIOUS / WORKSHOP
Workshop 11
WORKSHOP
12″ // £6.99

Another top class transmission from the more avant end of Berlin House and Techno from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. Even Tuell spans the A-side with a deep droning raw House track, the sort of sumptuously bass soaked, majestic and mesmeric groove that could only emerge from the Hardwax axis. On the flip Madteo follows a unique 10″ for Meakusma with a claustrophobic smack-house production peppered with cinematic samples and…
SIGHA / MARCEL DETTMANN
Early Morning Lights (Marcel Dettmann Mix) / Over The Edge
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £8.99

Freshest techno from Sigha and Marcel Dettmann on Sigha’s freshly minted label, Our Circula Sound. Sigha’s own ‘Over The Edge’ rolls into an acidic tech-house formation with a dubbed-out soundsphere and heavy driving square bass on the A-side, whereas Marcel Dettmann goes more uptempo with his ‘Early Morning Lights’ remix, finding that sweet spot between swing and jack functions to put your batty into gear while a cold metallic melody…
JIMI TENOR
Take Me Baby
DECKS CLASSIX
12″ // £8.99

Reissue of a classic Jimi Tenor 12″ from 1995, originally deployed on JD Twitch’s T&B label. Jimi puts his indelible stamp on House music in four versions, applying uncanny Alan Vega-esque vox to the experiemental pop-House original, a squawking mental ‘Finnish Bass Boy Remix’, the darker disco version and a peakin’ ‘Slappers, Organ & RX70 Chorus Mix’ to cater for any point in the night. Still sounds totally out there!…
A GUY CALLED GERALD
Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions EP4
Laboratory Instinct
12″ // £6.99

Contrary to what we stated on the last AGCG 12″, THIS is the final of four 12″s cutting the tracks from ‘Tronik Jazz The Berlin Sessions’ to wax. On the A-side is the crispy tech-house jacker ‘Dirty Trix’ and its moody, filtered strings next to the more piquant jack ‘n roll of ‘Indi Vibe’. On the flipside you can tell he’s spent some in Berlin from the schaeffel flow of…
SURGEON
Force & Form (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

Seminal Techno LP, reissued by Tresor for 2010. Upon original release in 1999, ‘Force + Form’ was at the vanguard of contemporary techno, worshipped by nearly all who encountered it. The massive highlights of ‘At The Heard Of It All’ and ‘The Hollow Men’ are still peerless to this day, while the experimentalism of ‘Black Jackal Throwbacks’ is just as effective now as 10 years ago. ESSENTIAL.