Apr 012011
 
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Making for a slightly surreal and oddly comforting listen, Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and others contribute to an album of tracks re-working material from Jane Weaver’s ‘Fallen By The Watch Bird’. The original’s miasmah of influences from Eastern European children’s cinema to Germanic kunstmärchen are reinterpreted with a varied sense of psychedelia and wonderment with an ethereal edge, perfect for spring pressure systems.

Florian Hecker’s Prix Ars Electronica-award winning ‘Sun Pandämonium’ is one of the most vital, dynamic and distinctive electronic music documents of a generation. Issued for the first time on vinyl by the increasingly essential PAN imprint, it has been specially mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M and comes packaged in the label’s typically lavish screen-printed jacket design. There’s only 800 in the world and you should all be fighting over copies = It’s an ESSENTIAL listen!!!

On the same label, we implore you to check out ‘Wie Zeit Vergeht’ from former DAF/Din A Testbild member and underground Berlin lynchpin, Frieder Butzmann. If you’re into the kind of modular electronic work beloved of Keith Fullerton Whitman, this album will rule your world. We’ve barely been able to take it off the office turntable for the last fews days and it is, quite literally, messing with our heads in the best possible sense.

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel’s ‘Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious’ is without doubt one of the year’s best albums so far, with the first pressing selling out in just a few days. If you missed out, count yourself super lucky, we have a very limited number of copies pressed up on white vinyl for your listening pleasure – don’t miss this!

2562 and Hotflush both release big albums for the post-Dubstep crew this week. On ‘Fever’, 2562 approaches his sound with new production methods resulting in a revitalised and classically futurist sound. Similarly scoped, Hotflush’s ‘Back and 4th’ comp presents ten brand new exclusives from the label, including some absolute belters from Roska, Falty DL, Boxcutter and Scuba. It’s all killer, no filler! Oh, and the CD version extends the remit to include 10 extra tracks – classics from the label to sit alongside the exclusives.

We’ve also been well impressed with the return of Ike Yard, 28 years after their one and only album in 1982 for Factory Records. Featuring two members of the equally legendary Death Comet Crew, Michael Diekmann and Stuart Argabright, ‘Nord’ captures their classic sense of back-alley sci-fi dystopia in arresting form. Kaboom Kaboom’s ‘Barra Barra’, meanwhile, is another prime entry from the Miasmah label, featuring the work of Belgian artist Bram Bosteels. It conjures the beauty of Eastern European cinema soundtracks and Gallic surrealism with a rusted post-industrial palette of sounds making for a deeply unique and creepy entry worthy of your time.

In May 2010 Michachu and The Shapes worked with the London Sinfonietta to create the bewildering ‘Chopped & Screwed’, consolidating two opposing aesthetics in utterly unique fashion. We weren’t expecting anything so weird, or so good, but boy it’s special – a massive recommendation to fans of er, cough syrup and cravats. Honestly though, its amazingly good!

Aguirre Records crop up on the radar twice this week with engaging installments from Red Electric Rainbow and Secret Colors. The former features four tracks of private-press style Kosmische in handstamped sleeve from “21st Century face melter” Daniel D. Smith, while the latter is a debut LP of cosmic chaos and astral serenity with a surreal lo-fi aesthetic, also including a bonus cassette.

For the floor (or the sofa, if that’s your place) Kode 9 gives the first taste of his forthcoming ‘Black Sun’ LP on two typically dread-filled and melancholy riddims for Hyperdub, while Maurice Donovan aka Ramadanman puts a big smile on our ears with his cheeky-assed ‘Babeh/Satisfied’ session for SSSSS. Following that line, Julio Bashmore drops the well rounded ‘Batty Knees Dance’ EP for Martyn’s 3024 imprint, while Factory Floor finally release the vinyl of their NRGetic Industrial disco pounder, ‘(R E A L L O V E)’ on Optimo, backed with a winning remix from the label operators.

Also out this week, new releases from Bibio, Daedelus, P Jam, Egyptrixx, Peverelist, Kryptic Minds, Helios, Cloaks, Bill Callahan, Tied & Ticled Trio, Cold Cave, Miracle, Minimal Wave, Rick Wilhite, SCB and much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP
The Watchbird Alluminate
FOLK / AMERICANA
Bird Records
LP // £11.99

Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and Samandtheplants, among others, rework songs from Jane Weaver’s ‘Fallen By The Watch Bird’ LP, pressed up on this beautiful vinyl edition for the Finders Keepers affiliated Bird imprint. Taking influences from Eastern European children’s cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70s television music and early murmurs of 80s synth-pop, the album is described by the label as a “new conceptual pop project featuring cosmic aquatic folklore” – and the source material is here handed over to a suitably cosmic cast of characters. Demdike Stare open proceedings with their first ever remix – an extended and engrossing revision of ‘Europium Alluminate’, shapeshifting Jane’s vocals into a sustained breath of glooming haar rolling down over pulsing bass and submerged, mechanical rhythms sounding like the echos of overworked mill machinery. Working in the background of Susan Christie’s recital of poetry by Michael Hill, Focus Group give ‘A Circle And A Star Part 1’ a droning backdrop, while Anworth Kirk unfurl a tenderly psyched collage of folksy detritus, fuzzed guitar and languorous drums for ‘Noctilumina’. With Emma Tricca, Wendy FLower, Magpahi and Susan Christie all making further contributions, the album runs like a slightly smudged fairytale, replicating the sense of wonder portrayed on that suitably ethereal cover image.



HECKER
Sun Pandamonium
ELECTRONIC
PAN
LP // £18.99

**Deluxe first vinyl edition of this iconic modern masterpiece, limited to 800 copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged with six monochrome lacquered sheets housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve with original artwork by Tina Frank and Florian Hecker** Originally released n 2003, Hecker’s 3rd album release, ‘Sun Pandämonium’ received the Award of Distinction Digital Music at the Prix Ars Electronica festival the same year. Mastered for vinyl by Rashad Becker at Berlin’s D&M, it now forms part of Pan’s crucial vinyl series. In reviews of it from the time of release, you’ll find many, many adjectives invariably describing it as “sickening”, “vomit-inducing” or “overwhelming” to name a few, but we’d say it’s best summed up as visceral, both in the affective sense, and the most literal, pertaining to the organs in the cavities of the body. His extremely dynamic compositions attack from a bewildering range of angles with a psychoacoustic sound design intended to stimulate the most sensitive regions of the inner ear, which may well induce nauseating effects in the untrained or casual listener, but those with a strong stomach/set of lugs will no doubt find exhilarating. It’s almost like the aural equivalent of DMT, where vivid shapes and patterns are revealed to the user with a mysteriously innate organisation as the result of many refinement processes. Hecker’s intensely detailed and academic processes here reveal purely artificial, computer-created sounds in an advanced display of truly forward-thinking sonic acrobatics and alien timbres whose effect is as breathtaking as the most potent psychedelics, yet without any of the side effects (well, actually we can’t prove that last bit!). ESSENTIAL purchase!!!



MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious (White Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited second pressing of one of the albums of the year so far – this time on White Vinyl* Sublime temporal intervention of fragile drone pop from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, the solo alias of Hooker Vision co-curator, Rachel Evans. Between graduating from college and starting grad school last year she committed these five tracks onto a cassette for Digitalis which has since been remastered onto emerald green vinyl by Brad Rose, who hailed the album as “the best demo I’ve ever received” – and it’s really easy to believe him. ‘Seeping Through The Veil of the Unconscious’ finds Evans’ individual sound suspended like a time-lapsed image of Grouper’s angelic reveries or a more minimal, gaseous take on the sound made by Stellar Om Source. This is the sort of music you inhale with your ears, catching its subtly harmonised notes in your pleasure centres like some tingling rare space gas. Gazing out into the twinkling slow synth haemorrhage ‘Clairvoyance’, wordless vocals drift by like space dust on an endless cosmic voyage, while ‘Mental Projection’ is laced with the same kind of after-hours substance that informed the finest post-Detroit UK electronica. However, the album’s guiding star has to be the radiant ‘Telepathy’, a heart-stopping late night lullaby of half-heard vocal fragrances redolent of Altar Eagle albeit within a darkly rhythmic and strange 3D sound sphere. The detailed crevices and dense pop essence of this album takes everything she’s done before to incredible new heights, hence our highest recommendation for lovers of midnight electronic romance.



VARIOUS / HOTFLUSH
Back and 4th
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hotflush Recordings
3LP // £22.99

HotFlush present a striking document of their here and now, featuring ten previously unreleased exclusives from Boxcutter, Falty DL, Sigha, Boddika, Roska, dBridge, Sepalcure, and more. Each artist has handed in a killer original, which is something you don’t always get with a compilation. Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Praveen) eases us in with the nuanced narrative of ‘Taking You Back’ a highly evolved and dreamy 2-step joint in the image of their two magical 12″ singles. Next, Boxcutter brings the ruffige on ‘LOADtime’, built from burly breakbeats softened with his jazzy deftness, before Boddika swaggers out with the future jack of ‘Warehouse’. Second plate, dBridge excels himself on ‘Knew You Were The 1’ a sumptuous arrangement of midnight keys, soul-sweet vox and fluid riddim minimalism, while Scuba gives the killer jack attack of ‘Feel It’ and man-of-the-moment Falty DL delivers the magically atmospheric ‘Regret’ (how many great tunes does this man have?!?!). On the third and final plate Sigha churns the ‘floor with the Techno bulk of ‘Fold’ next to George Fitzgerald’s sub-loaded yet flighty ‘We Bilateral’ and Roska just turned us upside down with the fanciful Footwork of ‘Measureless’. Seriously prime gear, highly recommended!!!



2562
Fever
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
WHEN IN DOUBT
2LP // £13.99

Dave Huismans cements his reputation as a virtuoso beat breaker with his crucial third album ‘Fever’. While previous LPs ‘Aerial’ and ‘Unbalance’ carved out a whole section of Dubstep crossover all for himself, with ‘Fever’ he’s largely dropped the tempos in line with the dancefloor’s move to Housier climes. It’s a case of one step back, two steps forward as he imposes strict parameters for the production: every sound used was sampled from disco records. Of course, once those sounds are isolated, Huismans does whatever the f*ck he wants with them, resulting in a uniquely textured and deftly twysted evolution of his sound. From the Latin Rascal-ish stutters of opener ‘Winamp Drama’ it’s clear we’re in for a different kind of 2562 session. ‘Cheater’ comes next with more familiar patterns, but his usually aerodynamic arrangements are replaced with more weight, drums rub and spark off each other and the whole atmosphere is murkier, clouded with basement condensation. Again, with ‘Aquatic Family Affair’ his beats bristle with a frictional electricity, that scissoring swing syncopation shredding with a ruder clip. At the midway point ‘Intermission’ comes closest to the beat structure of the records he samples, tucking-up a deadly Boogie swing with very canny snare placements, as heard through squinted ears, while ‘Flavour Jam Park’ is just classic 2562, an extremely lean and brittle structure that feels like it may topple over at any time, before we roll into the ruffed-up couplet of ‘This Is Hardcore’ and the jabbing metallic stabs of ‘Brasil Deadwalker’. The energy is then cooled and controlled for the crispy swing of ‘Final Frenzy’ and the agile dip of ‘Wasteland,’ while the title track pulls off some kinda Theo-meets-Domu-in-zero G stunt. Like the recent Falty DL opus, this guy has found a special balance of soul-tugging swing and technical dexterity which deserves your undivided attentions. Highly Recommended.



IKE YARD
Nord
ELECTRONIC
Desire Records
LP // £14.99

**Clear vinyl, full colour sleeve** Twenty eight years after their seminal eponymous debut (and only LP), New York’s Ike Yard return with a shockingly impressive new album. Now pared down to a trio of original members, Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton, and Michael Diekmann (who recently turned up as B Lan 3 with a brilliant LP on Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music Series), they’re still in possession of an unquestionably minimal, menacing and beautifully dystopian sound, the sort of blanketed darkness one can genuinely become immersed in. From the outset ‘Nord’ is as bleak as a north Manchester skyline, the furtive first track ‘Traffickers’ scanning the darkness with radar bleeps and distant bass hits while the atmospheres become increasingly tense, claggy and inimitably cinematic. ‘Miral’ shares an MCR/NYC sense of pessimism, pointillist drum machines are set with coldest warehouse reverbs and ghoulish synths bluster around Kenny Compton’s signature, unsettling vocals. From the dank cadence of ‘Masochistic’ inwards, don’t expect this to get much more positive. OK, there’s some moments which could be construed as ambiguous in the folk guitars of ‘Metallic Blank’ and the Nico-esque vocal melody of ‘Beautifully Terrible’, but ‘Type N’ brings us back to grizzled street scene futurism, where nervous drum machines twitch while fetid synth ambience closes in and we retreat into the proto-Autonomic sound of ‘Citiesglit’, ending up shivering, burned out and f**king harrowed by the side effects of ‘Orange Tom’. ESSENTIAL purchase!!!



KABOOM KARAVAN
Barra Barra
JAZZ / RELATED
MIASMAH
CD // £9.99

Kaboom Karavan is the working moniker of Belgian Bram Bosteels, and true to Miasmah’s unshakable form he conjures dense and beautiful soundtracks to lost reels of flickering cinematic weirdness from the embers of Eastern European cinema and Gallic surrealism. Bosteels has been at this for a while too, and has his scraping soundtracks perfectly in check – they never get overwhelming or drift into self indulgence, instead constructing small vignettes, odes to puppetry and the Grand Guignol. There is a sense that Bosteels may have grown up just around the corner from a carnival that’s seen better days; his creepy horns and scraped steel strings could almost hold up an old Big Top, with the wretched abominations that weave their way throughout ‘Bara Bara’ stepping out from the wreckage of its sideshow. The album could almost be linked to the clamorous pre-industrial stylings of German pioneers Einsturzende Neubauten; their deep, influential signature works as a sort of anchor for the material. ‘Bara Bara’ never gets too electronic, or overly processed, but the themes are there and the echoes of industrial music are unmistakable, emphasising its Dadaist soul, coughing up piece after piece of dilapidated, rusted scrap. We are blessed with the task of picking up the pieces, enjoying another slice of essential, beautiful and slightly creepy weirdness from Miasmah. Recommended.



MICACHU & THE SHAPES AND THE LONDON SINFONIETTA
Chopped & Screwed
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Rough Trade
CD // £10.99

Classical crunk, who’d a thunk it? Michachu, that’s who. Her and The Shapes collaborated with London Sinfonietta to create ‘Chopped & Screwed’ live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, providing Rough Trade with their first ever classical release. The concept itself is pretty far flung, merging the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin’ early ’90s Houston HipHop legend, DJ Screw, with the rarified sound of one of the world’s leading contemporary orchestras. But, considering Michachu’s background studying at Purcell, Britain’s oldest specialist music school, and her idealistic debut album ‘Jewellery’, produced with the UKs pre-eminent experimentalist, Matthew Herbert, it’s not actually all that contrived. While the Sinfonietta ably handled their own instruments, Michachu took the innovative approach of hand making her own instruments to be played by herself and the Shapes, as she explains “Our own instruments sound a bit percussive, a bit like samples, a bit different. When I write songs on a guitar I find my hands falling into the same bar chords all the time, but if you have something new in front of you there are no rules. No one else has ever played one before so you can approach music differently just make it up as you go along”. The end product is truly outstanding, and probably total anathema to orthodox classicists, but in all its bewitching dissonance and crooked articulation, a total pleasure to more adventurous ears. Trust us, you’ve never heard owt quite like it. Highly recommended!



RED ELECTRIC RAINBOW
Dark Days
ELECTRONIC
Aguirre
LP // £14.99

Private press-style Kosmische explorations from “21st century face melter” Daniel D. Smith. ‘Dark Days’ is his vinyl debut for Belgium’s Aguirre imprint, preparing us for “the Technocalyps” with four long tracks recorded entirely on a Nord Lead 2 in June 2010. Parallels can be drawn between his mesmerizing style and that of Emeralds’ John Elliott, certain strains of the OPN sound or Caboladies, as he clearly operates in that fantasy synth zone, but there’s an accent to his melodies and a blissfully glazed disposition all of his own making. White label vinyl comes housed in hand-stamped sleeve.



SECRET COLORS
Lunar + Lullaby
ELECTRONIC
Aguirre
LP + Cassette // £14.99

**Includes bonus cassette’** Seattle’s Secret Colors present their debut vinyl LP of lo-fi and starry-eyed Neo-Kosmiche for Belgium’s Aguirre Records. ‘Lunar’ follows a lone tape transmission for Digitalis Limited last year with two sides of space sounds oscillating between cosmic chaos and astral serenity, quite often at the same time. A-side ‘Stretching Out’ is broadly broken into three sections, swimming through a sea of spectral guitar noise in the first to reach a more magical New Age shore, all gently twirling light shows heard through clogged ears, and onto the higher, shoegazing altitudes of the final section with some rumbling bass frequencies stirring way below in the mist and murk. The trip gets much stranger on the second tract of ‘Zoning Out’, jamming out primitive techno rhythms before a sprinkling of glassy-eyed synth magic resolves the tension and they begin to come down with a section of sombre, subdued chords and becoming trapped on an endless carousel of ever-muddier drone.



FRIEDER BUTZMANN
Wie Zeit Vergeht
ELECTRONIC
PAN
LP // £18.99

*Mindblowing assembly of experimental and utterly visceral analogue experiments from former member of DAF, Frieder Butzmann – DO NOT MISS* Frieder Butzmann is a veteran of the Berlin underground, a former member of DAF, and Din A Testbild alongside Gudrun Gut, and collaborator with Genesis P. Orridge, Thomas Kapielski and Wolfgang Müller. ‘Wie Zeit Vergeht’ is his contribution to Pan’s increasingly essential canon of experimental material, following incredible releases by Keith Fullerton Whitman, Evan Parker, and Joseph Hammer, among others. Influenced by aspects of Stockhausen’s work and the influence of dadaist avant-garde composition which he first encountered nearly 40 years ago, Butzmann manipulates sounds created using the infamous ‘Black Box’ modular system made at STEIM in Amsterdam in 1995, together with cut-up and dismantled lyrics excerpted from Stockhausen’s ‘Telemusik’ and ‘Kurzweien’ to create an intuitive and naively raw collage of acousmatic sound, electronics and vocals. His work eschews technical finesse in favour of articulating his ideas through eccentric sounds. Both sides travel a diverse topography of cut-up concrete sounds, noise blurts and disorientating acoustics conducted with a knowingly unhinged aesthetic. The LP was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, in a limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press colour jacket which itself is housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas. Utterly unmissable.

Singles of the Week



KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE
Otherman / Love Is The Drug (Feat Cha Cha)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Hyperdub’s head honcho serves a first taster of his forthcoming ‘Black Sun’ LP with two mystikal entries featuring Space Ape and Cha Cha. Furthering his new, up-stepping sound from the ’09 single ‘Black Sun’, A-side ‘Otherman’ sails in on signature, wheezing melodica surrounded by melting synth drones before Tech-stepped swing drums and cone-imploding subs suck the air from the room, perhaps explaining Spaceape’s breathless, distanced vocal. Flipside, ‘Love Is The Drug’ introduces Cha Cha, an MC/Singer from Guizhou, China and in possession of a superbly sultry, spectral delivery, over a sleeker, heavy rolling riddim matched with melancholy synthlines twisted into mournful cadences. It’s standardly moody Kode 9 business and a class tease for the album (which is absolutely ace, as it goes). Really into this – highly recommended.



MAURICE DONOVAN
Babeh / Satisfied
TECHNO / HOUSE
THE HOUSE SOUND OF SSSSSS
12″ // £6.49

The 2nd SSSSS release heralds the much anticipated return of Ramdanman’s fictitious Chicago alter ego, Maurice Donovan. He recently cropped up on a slick remix of Julio Bashmore’s ‘Everybody Needs A Theme Tune’ but this time he’s fully in control. On the A-side we get the horny holler of ‘Babeh’, a big, bad swinger with ass-pummeling bottom-end bobulations and teasing crescendos to give you a rush you’ll remember. Flipside, ‘Satisfied’ takes Lil’ Louis’ girl and gives her something to moan about while churning up robust toms and ass-slapped snares to make you go for it. Bad-to-the-bone!!!



JULIO BASHMORE
Batty Knee Dance EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
3024
12″ // £5.99

Following his all-taking ‘Everyone Needs A Theme Tune’ session, Señor Bashmore drops two uplifting ‘floor charmers, delivered through Martyn’s boutique 3024 imprint. ‘Batty Knee Dance’ is a warm and fluid deeper House groove with added plump-bummed bass and ‘floor sating vocals, but ‘Ribble To Amazon’ is the one you need, elevating any space it’s played in with surging disco filter tricks applied to a criss, cowbell-lead electrohouse rhythm, kinda like a loved-up inversion of Instra:mental’s recent outings.



FACTORY FLOOR
Real Love (Optimo Espacio Mix)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.99

*Vinyl version from Optimo Records* Killer new release from Factory Floor backed with a smart Optimo remix. The last year has been the groups most productive, seeing the release of an essential 10″ + DVD and successive remixes from Chris Carter and Stephen Morris, all on Blast First Petite. On ‘(R E A L L O V E)’ theres no massive transformation, just a few tweaks to the formula, making for an even more dancefloor friendly thrust, Niki’s vocals walking through walls of tempered industrial dub guitars and ethereal atmospheres all powered by a motorik bassline arpeggio. The Optimo remix remains very faithful to the original, reworking the mix balance to give more precedence to the flying, flanging hi-hats for a more grooving, technoid sensation. TIP!

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BIBIO
Mind Bokeh
Warp
2LP // £15.49

It only feels like yesterday that Black Country sort Bibio (real name Stephen Wilkinson) was crafting crackly post-Board of Canada soundscapes for fuzzy THC-addled minds. That didn’t last long though, Wilkinson found Dilla just like born-again Christians find God, and that was all he needed to set off on a new direction. His last record ‘Ambivalence Avenue’ triumphed with its blurry blend of 70s and 80s nostalgia and clipped neon…
BIBIO
Mind Bokeh
Warp
CD // £9.99

It only feels like yesterday that Black Country sort Bibio (real name Stephen Wilkinson) was crafting crackly post-Board of Canada soundscapes for fuzzy THC-addled minds. That didn’t last long though, Wilkinson found Dilla just like born-again Christians find God, and that was all he needed to set off on a new direction. His last record ‘Ambivalence Avenue’ triumphed with its blurry blend of 70s and 80s nostalgia and clipped neon…
SHLOHMO
Places / Seriously
FoF Music
7″ // £7.99

Delectable downbeats from Friends Of Friends’ finest, Shlohmo. Pure hazy LA morning vibes on this one; ‘Places’ is like a bong before breakfast, easing in to the day with tenderly picked guitar, pen-on-coffee mug percussion and oozing bass carrying a drifting, un-credited vocal into blurry harmonic clouds. Maybe back to bed after this. Slowly waking up from a nap to a drizzly afternoon, ‘Seriously’ picks out a more melancholy coda…
DAEDELUS / FLOATING POINTS
Tailor-Made (Floating Points / TOKiMONSTA Mixes)
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Alfred Darlington’s charmingly bizarre ‘Tailor Made’ showed up a few weeks back as a teaser for his forthcoming ‘Bespoke’ LP, and the kitchen-sink electronic salsa has now been shaken up by a smartly picked duo of talented hands. First up to the plate is LA wonky lass TOKiMONSTA, who takes Alfred’s original and pushes into a blur of down-tempo West Coast funk. You might recognize the style as somewhat indebted…
KUTMAH / VARIOUS
The New Error
THE HIT AND RUN
CD // £10.99

First edition of a three-volume mix CD series to be released in 2011, coinciding with Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s ‘Two Soups And A Honeybun’ global gallery touring art show. ‘The New Error Volume 1’ is a nine-part mix, containing 23 unreleased beats by MF Doom, Madlib, Dibia$e, Flying Lotus, Om Unit, Gaslamp Killer, Actress, Ruckazoid and many more, plus original production by Kutmah and additional slices of Mr. Oizo, Lazer Sword,…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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GNOD & WHITE HILLS
Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II
ROCKET
2LP // £15.99

**Translucent Yellow Vinyl** A 3rd titanic Kraut/Psyche-rock face-off from Manchester’s bonglords, Gnod, and New York’s space cadets, White Hills. They first met under the light of seven moons on ‘Aquarian Downer’ in 2008, followed by the first ‘Drop Out’ album for Drug Space Records in 2009, whilst the intervening years have seen a flurry of individual rituals occurring on NNF, Blackest Rainbow and Thrill Jockey, to name a few. It’s…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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CHICKEN LIPS PRESENTS THE RHYTHM ODYSSEY
Metaphysical Translation
Lipservice
CD // £8.99

The Rhythm Odyssey is one of the more recent guises of Chicken Lips’ Dean Meredith. This man’s music lives and breathes for the ‘floor, which is where ‘Metaphysical Transition’ is headed. The latest episode of his eternally shapeshifting persona in concerned with strains of early ’80s disco, from Moroder-esque Italo cruisers such as ‘Shower Scene’, to raunchy New Beat/EBM like ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Musiquebox’ and the most potent parts of…
TEREA
Terea
Jazzman
LP // £18.99

“In the olden days the music business was a torrid set of affairs run by hustlers, sharks and gangsters. Broken promises, deceit and corruption was the order of the day, and to be thrown out of a window was seen as a rite of passage into the business. Amongst all this hustle and bustle was the murky world of the ‘tax scam’ label. Set up for wealthy individuals to invest…
TEREA
Terea
Jazzman
CD // £12.99

“In the olden days the music business was a torrid set of affairs run by hustlers, sharks and gangsters. Broken promises, deceit and corruption was the order of the day, and to be thrown out of a window was seen as a rite of passage into the business. Amongst all this hustle and bustle was the murky world of the ‘tax scam’ label. Set up for wealthy individuals to invest…
VARIOUS / BBE
The M + M Mixes Vol. 2 By John Morales: Part B
BBE
2LP // £18.99

*Second of two vinyl parts!* Volume 2 presents 26 stone cold aces from the vaults of one of NYC’s most lauded disco producers. Includes John’s first credited mix on Inner City’s ‘Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair’, plus dancefloor dynamite such as WAR’s ‘Slipping Into Darkness’ and more reworks of Loletta Holloway, Teddy Prendergrass, First Choice, Harold Melvin and many more.
VARIOUS / BBE
The M + M Mixes Vol. 2 By John Morales: Part A
BBE
2LP // £18.99

Volume 2 presents stone cold aces from the vaults of one of NYC’s most lauded disco producers. Includes John’s first credited mix on Inner City’s ‘Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair’, plus dancefloor dynamite such as WAR’s ‘Slipping Into Darkness’ and more reworks of Loletta Holloway, Teddy Prendergrass, First Choice, Harold Melvin and many more.
VARIOUS / BBE
The M + M Mixes Vol. 2 By John Morales
BBE
2CD // £12.99

Volume 2 presents 26 stone cold aces from the vaults of one of NYC’s most lauded disco producers. Includes John’s first credited mix on Inner City’s ‘Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair’, plus dancefloor dynamite such as WAR’s ‘Slipping Into Darkness’ and more reworks of Loletta Holloway, Teddy Prendergrass, First Choice, Harold Melvin and many more.
DUB / REGGAE
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AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
Voodoo Of The Godsent
On U Sound
CD // £12.99

“Voodoo Of The Godsent’ is the first new recording in five years from African Head Charge, and marks the beginning of an extensive series of new releases and classic reissues celebrating the 30th Anniversary of On-U Sound. Formed in the early 80s by On-U head man Adrian Sherwood and percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, African Head Charge have established a unique reputation over the years for producing exceptionally beautiful and deeply…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE
Otherman / Love Is The Drug (Feat Cha Cha)
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Hyperdub’s head honcho serves a first taster of his forthcoming ‘Black Sun’ LP with two mystikal entries featuring Space Ape and Cha Cha. Furthering his new, up-stepping sound from the ’09 single ‘Black Sun’, A-side ‘Otherman’ sails in on signature, wheezing melodica surrounded by melting synth drones before Tech-stepped swing drums and cone-imploding subs suck the air from the room, perhaps explaining Spaceape’s breathless, distanced vocal. Flipside, ‘Love Is The…
VARIOUS / HOTFLUSH
Back and 4th
Hotflush Recordings
3LP // £22.99

HotFlush present a striking document of their here and now, featuring ten previously unreleased exclusives from Boxcutter, Falty DL, Sigha, Boddika, Roska, dBridge, Sepalcure, and more. Each artist has handed in a killer original, which is something you don’t always get with a compilation. Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Praveen) eases us in with the nuanced narrative of ‘Taking You Back’ a highly evolved and dreamy 2-step joint in the image…
VARIOUS / HOTFLUSH
Back and 4th
Hotflush Recordings
CD // £10.99

Hotflush send us bong-eyed with a double CD collection of forward exclusives and anthems past from their revered stable of artists. The first disc is really unmissable, collating ten previously unreleased exclusives from Boxcutter, Falty DL, Sigha, Sepalcure, Boddika, Roska, dBridge, and more. Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Praveen) eases us in with the nuanced narrative of ‘Taking You Back’ a highly evolved and dreamy 2-step joint in the image of…
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Fever
WHEN IN DOUBT
2LP // £13.99

Dave Huismans cements his reputation as a virtuoso beat breaker with his crucial third album ‘Fever’. While previous LPs ‘Aerial’ and ‘Unbalance’ carved out a whole section of Dubstep crossover all for himself, with ‘Fever’ he’s largely dropped the tempos in line with the dancefloor’s move to Housier climes. It’s a case of one step back, two steps forward as he imposes strict parameters for the production: every sound used…
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Fever
WHEN IN DOUBT
CD // £10.99

Dave Huismans cements his reputation as a virtuoso beat breaker with his crucial third album ‘Fever’. While previous LPs ‘Aerial’ and ‘Unbalance’ carved out a whole section of Dubstep crossover all for himself, with ‘Fever’ he’s largely dropped the tempos in line with the dancefloor’s move to Housier climes. It’s a case of one step back, two steps forward as he imposes strict parameters for the production: every sound used…
JULIO BASHMORE
Batty Knee Dance EP
3024
12″ // £5.99

Following his all-taking ‘Everyone Needs A Theme Tune’ session, Señor Bashmore drops two uplifting ‘floor charmers, delivered through Martyn’s boutique 3024 imprint. ‘Batty Knee Dance’ is a warm and fluid deeper House groove with added plump-bummed bass and ‘floor sating vocals, but ‘Ribble To Amazon’ is the one you need, elevating any space it’s played in with surging disco filter tricks applied to a criss, cowbell-lead electrohouse rhythm, kinda like…
P JAM
Anger Management
Hardrive
12″ // £5.49

**Red Vinyl** Terror Danjah’s imprint comes correct once again with the killer instincts of P Jam’s slewing ’04 instrumental ‘Anger Management’, a ruggedly sinuous, snake biting riddim built with the coldest drums and seething, barely muzzled bassline. The swagger-tech special, ‘Sorefoot’ is equally deadly, one for warehouse spaces and hard-jawed headphone sessions. Heavy.
EGYPTRIXX
Battle For North America
Aaahh! Real Monsters
12″ // £6.99

Chunky mutant electro-house rollers from Egyptrixx. The tribal march of ‘Battle For North America’ sounds like it’d be a lot of fun heard half-cut on a friday night, while ‘Hexagon Ya’ gets loose on a fluoro R&B rave tip for the wonky rollers. The rugged ‘Phones’ jacks on a snarling electro-house meets dubstep rave sound, and ‘Drive U Crazy’ reaches for the lasers with a blend of Funky drums and…
KRYPTIC MINDS
Can’t Sleep
BLACK BOX
CD // £8.49

Slick sophomore album from one of Dubstep’s darkest units. Since stepping into the 140bpm shadows with ‘One Of Us’, the duo have almost fully assimilated the scene’s characteristics, yet retained clear traces of their D&B DNA. ‘Can’t Sleep’ features thirteen exquisitely engineered tracks, from the uptempo swerve and swagger of ‘Just After Sunset’ to the sprawling dread vistas of ‘1000 Lost Cities’. Previous single ‘Can’t Sleep’ is at the core…
KRYPTIC MINDS
Can’t Sleep
BLACK BOX
3LP // £15.99

*Six-track / Triple LP version* Slick sophomore album from one of Dubstep’s darkest units. Since stepping into the 140bpm shadows with ‘One Of Us’, the duo have almost fully assimilated the scene’s characteristics, yet retained clear traces of their D&B DNA. This LP version of ‘Can’t Sleep’ features six exquisitely engineered tracks aimed at the heads of the darkest ‘floors, from the uptempo swerve and swagger of ‘Just After Sunset’…
NEAT + SUBMERSE
Close (Falty DL Mix)
Airflex Labs
12″ // £5.99

Strong package from Airflex Labs, featuring (if we’re not mistaken) Submerse’s first flirtations with Funky, alongside Neat, plus superb remix from Falty DL! ‘Close’ isn’t strictly Funky by any means, but it’s at roughly 130bpm and it’s not strictly (future) Garage-debted either. Whatever it is, it’s still full of the virtues which make all Submerse’s gear so primed for the ‘floor. Flip over and Falty DL sprinkles ‘Close’ with his…
PEVERELIST
Dance til the Police Come / Fundamentals
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

A long overdue meeting between one of the UK’s most distinctive dancefloor operators and its foremost label. While the two have evolved simultaneously out of the post-dubstep milieu, they’ve never officially collaborated until now. A-side, ‘Dance Til The Police Come’ is techy and raved-up, with smudges of those melancholy synths which defined the killer Hyetal hookup last year on ‘The Hum/Rrrr’ or the outstanding ‘Better Ways Of Living’. Flipside, once…
HYPNO
KOKO / Analies
Teal Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Wickedly unique riddims from Iceland’s Funky anomaly, Hypno. These two are more outré than his Ramp and Pattern drops, ‘Analies’ fusing big-band jazz samples with skipping, Footwork-esque rhythms hinging on a crisp hi-hat, while ‘Koko’ is more conventional, swinging with clipped and percolating Funky patterns with uniquely spatialized elements. Cool stuff.
ANTISERUM / ILL-ESHA / 12TH PLANET
Zephyr / Purple & Gold
Dub Police Records
12″ // £5.99

North America represents on Dub Police with two lurid club tunes. Antiserum links with 12th Planet on the Zapp-meets-Joker bounce of ‘Purple + Gold’ on the A-side, before hooking up with San Fran’s Ill-Eska on ‘Zephyr’ for another squealing party track.
DJ MADD
Pitch Black / New Reality
Osiris Music UK
12″ // £5.99

DJ Madd comes with the dread halfstep sound for Kryptic Minds’ Osiris Music imprint. X-face ‘Pitch Black’ drops lethal subbass swerves and tight, minimal drums for air-carving skank moves. Y-Face ‘New Reality’ tucks into a cold, gangsta-rolling formation with droning subs and dank, chilling atmospheres. One for the Distance lovers.
DJ MADD
No Respect
BLACK BOX
12″ // £6.49

Lurching dread halfstep on a 1-sided special plate from Black Box. ‘No Respct’ would fit in the canon of Dubstep tunes using cockney geezer samples, this one saying something about “No respect in the old days”, and laid over dynamically spacious drums, plummeting, wide-assed subs and dread echo chamber atmospheres.
GREGORY ISAACS
Crucial Steppa / Know & Understand
ALPHA STEPPA
12″ // £5.99

The 2nd in Alpha Steppa’s Dub Dynasty series honours the legacy of the late, great Gregory Isaacs inna 2011 Dub-meets-Dubstep sound. With an exclusive vocal laid down in London, the A-side features the ‘Crucial Steppa’ mix, hanging somewhere between 4/4 stepper and FX-carved halfstep, plus a smoked-out ‘Officer’ dub. The flipside ‘Know & Understand’ is more of a skanking Digidub vibe with parping brass and bassbin pummeling subs.
LADY GREW
Bass Bully
GHETTO QUIETLY
12″ // £4.99

Four filthy ragga cuts from New York/Dublin’s Lady Grew, following drops from Prince Kong on Dublin/Berlin-based Ghetto Quietly records. The riddims are kept stringently stripped but optimised for maximum pressure while Lady Grew spouts all kinda madness over the top. Imagine Soom-T working with The Bug and you’ve got the idea. Fierce!!!
ELECTRONIC
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HECKER
Sun Pandamonium
PAN
LP // £18.99

**Deluxe first vinyl edition of this iconic modern masterpiece, limited to 800 copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged with six monochrome lacquered sheets housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve with original artwork by Tina Frank and Florian Hecker** Originally released n 2003, Hecker’s 3rd album release, ‘Sun Pandämonium’ received the Award of Distinction Digital Music at the Prix Ars Electronica festival the same year. Mastered for vinyl by Rashad Becker…
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious (White Vinyl Edition)
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited second pressing of one of the albums of the year so far – this time on White Vinyl* Sublime temporal intervention of fragile drone pop from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, the solo alias of Hooker Vision co-curator, Rachel Evans. Between graduating from college and starting grad school last year she committed these five tracks onto a cassette for Digitalis which has since been remastered onto emerald green…
IKE YARD
Nord
Desire Records
LP // £14.99

**Clear vinyl, full colour sleeve** Twenty eight years after their seminal eponymous debut (and only LP), New York’s Ike Yard return with a shockingly impressive new album. Now pared down to a trio of original members, Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton, and Michael Diekmann (who recently turned up as B Lan 3 with a brilliant LP on Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music Series), they’re still in possession of an unquestionably minimal,…
RED ELECTRIC RAINBOW
Dark Days
Aguirre
LP // £14.99

Private press-style Kosmische explorations from “21st century face melter” Daniel D. Smith. ‘Dark Days’ is his vinyl debut for Belgium’s Aguirre imprint, preparing us for “the Technocalyps” with four long tracks recorded entirely on a Nord Lead 2 in June 2010. Parallels can be drawn between his mesmerizing style and that of Emeralds’ John Elliott, certain strains of the OPN sound or Caboladies, as he clearly operates in that fantasy…
SECRET COLORS
Lunar + Lullaby
Aguirre
LP + Cassette // £14.99

**Includes bonus cassette’** Seattle’s Secret Colors present their debut vinyl LP of lo-fi and starry-eyed Neo-Kosmiche for Belgium’s Aguirre Records. ‘Lunar’ follows a lone tape transmission for Digitalis Limited last year with two sides of space sounds oscillating between cosmic chaos and astral serenity, quite often at the same time. A-side ‘Stretching Out’ is broadly broken into three sections, swimming through a sea of spectral guitar noise in the first…
FRIEDER BUTZMANN
Wie Zeit Vergeht
PAN
LP // £18.99

*Mindblowing assembly of experimental and utterly visceral analogue experiments from former member of DAF, Frieder Butzmann – DO NOT MISS* Frieder Butzmann is a veteran of the Berlin underground, a former member of DAF, and Din A Testbild alongside Gudrun Gut, and collaborator with Genesis P. Orridge, Thomas Kapielski and Wolfgang Müller. ‘Wie Zeit Vergeht’ is his contribution to Pan’s increasingly essential canon of experimental material, following incredible releases by…
MINT JULEP / HELIOS
Adorn
UNSEEN
CD // £6.99

The first widely available EP from Keith Kenniff (Helios, Goldmund) and wife Hollie Kenniff’s pop/shoegaze project Mint Julep, ‘Adorn’ is the perfect taster of their dreamy, nostalgic sounds. Those expecting ‘Adorn’ to sound simply like Helios with vocals will be surprised – the opening track immediately shows the widescreen production values and distinct sound of the project. In fact the sound might have more in common with M83 than with…
DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE
Frequency Conquisadors
PAN
LP // £18.99

Berlin-based DSM have been in operation since 1982 producing vinyls, CD and tapes for a wealth of underground imprints such as Hypnagogia, Vinyl-On-Demand, Auf Abwegen and more, also collaborating with groups such as The New Blockaders, Zeitkratzer Ensemble and Artificial Memory Trace. They’ve performed in high art institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, – and far beyond. Which all leaves the question, what do they sound like? ‘Frequency Conquistadors’ is…
ILIOS
Kenrimono
PAN
LP // £18.99

Another fascinating early catalogue number from Pan Records, this one from sound artist, Ilios. ‘Kenrimono’ is an extremely dense collage of field recordings made in Japanese pachinko parlours (you know, the endless arcade game with little metals balls?) in the Kansai area in 2007. Only this is ‘Kenrimono’ a variant of the game for advanced players which gives certain privileges during the course of a high-risk game. The effect of…
GRAY
Shades Of…
PLUSH SAFE RECORDS
CD // £14.99

*Incredible album from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Vincent Gallo’s legendary Gray collective, pieced together by original band members Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor and featuring original archival material plus new edits* Gray are an almost mythical factor in the musical history of downtown New York. Their first incarnation comprised painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman wth Nicholas Taylor and Justin Thyme in a sort of “easy listening bebop industrial…
SEAN MCCANN
The Capital + The Sky Is Filled With Incredible Wishes
Aguirre
LP + Cassette // £14.99

**Includes bonus cassette** ‘The Capital’ is the second vinyl release by ascending drone-star Sean McCann, proffered by Belgium’s Aguirre Records (home to releases by Brother Raven, Caboladies, and Red Electric Rainbow among others). It falls very comfortably under the canopy of modern Kosmische/Synth noise also explored by Bee Mask, Emeralds or Fabric, but there’s a few unique elements to McCann’s music which set him apart. Violins figure quite prominently throughout,…
CLOAKS
Versions Grains LP Sampler (Ancient Methods Mix)
3BY3
12″ // £6.99

**Hand-stamped white label, limited edition of 400** Four effluvial techno and industrial bass weight remakes of tracks from Cloaks’ debut LP by Ancient Methods, Justin Broadrick, Oyaarss, and Legion Of Two. ‘Versus Grain’ was one of the darkest transmissions we caught in 2009, whose rotten and rusted fruits provide brilliantly raw material for the remixes. It’s worth the cost of entry alone for Ancient Methods’ nine-minute viking ruffige remix of…
HATCHBACK
Zeus & Apollo
Lo Recordings
CD // £10.99

Hatchback is the solo moniker of San Francisco producer Sam Grawe. While his day job might be producing syrupy house and disco under the Windsurf moniker (along with producing buddy Daniel Judd), the Hatchback material shows his more sensitive, calmer side. I want to refrain from dropping the dreaded ‘chill’ tag, but this is decidedly chilled material, with slowly developing synthesizer textures and pads and propulsive analogue rumbles and sequencer…
EXTREME / NOISE
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EVAN PARKER & JOHN WIESE
C-Section
PAN
LP // £18.99

“British free jazz phenomenon Evan Parker with electronic and tape noise artist John Weise in a set of real-time evolving improvisations intended for maximum volume. Vinyl version of the CD released earlier this year, but slightly different containing all the final mixes and edits of the sessions with a new and more intense mastering for the maximum listeing experience. C-Section finds density in scarcity – deep, glacial muck bubbles emerge…
MARK DURGAN
Ploughing Furrows Into Rotten Burrows
PAN
LP // £18.99

This is one of the earlier Pan releases, coming from clandestine noise alchemist, Mark Durgan aka Putrefier and Olympic Sh*t Man (yes!!!). Mark has had his ear at the grindstone since 1986, releasing through myriad legendary noise labels such as Broken Flag, No-Fi, MSBR, RRRecords, Harbinger Sound and more, collaborating with the likes of The New Blockaders in his time. His recordings deploy an array of homemade devices and environmental…
BILLY BAO
Urban Disease
PAN
LP // £18.99

** Can’t even begin to describe this one, maybe it’s kinda like being extruded through five alternating dimensions of reality in one sitting, if that helps?** “‘Urban Disease’ is the new radical work by Billy Bao, Mattin, Taku Unami, Tim Barnes, Barry Weisblat and Margarida Garcia. It’s important to remember that before Mattin and anarchism ruined his life, Billy Bao was a bit of a troubadour who accompanied himself on…
SEWER ELECTION
Vidoppna Sar
PAN
LP // £18.99

“Sewer Election is Dan Johansson, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is most known for his extreme and nasty noise on often limited edition cassettes and obscure vinyl releases on labels such as iDEAL, Troniks, Chondritic Sound, Release the Bats!, Freak Animal, Segerhuva, Gameboy to name a few.. He is a member of the swedish collective Utmarken and lo-fi group Ättestupa. Following on from his Kassettmusik release, this new album is…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP
The Watchbird Alluminate
Bird Records
LP // £11.99

Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and Samandtheplants, among others, rework songs from Jane Weaver’s ‘Fallen By The Watch Bird’ LP, pressed up on this beautiful vinyl edition for the Finders Keepers affiliated Bird imprint. Taking influences from Eastern European children’s cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70s television music and early murmurs of 80s synth-pop, the album is described by the label as a “new conceptual pop project featuring…
BILL CALLAHAN
Apocalypse
Drag City
CD // £10.99

“Essentially an ensemble recorded live in the studio, Bill Callahan’s ‘Apocalypse’ is the corpus delecti. If tape is like meat, this record is the whole hog – no cuts. Callahan, riding on the back of his band, corrals them all and guides them single-handedly with love and ferocity. Bill Callahan is a recording studio guru, a tastefully rampant singer-songwriter, a heartthrob, a visual artist, a statesman for the times and…
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
From Country Hai East Cotton
BLACKMAPS
CD // £5.99

Singer/songwriter MC Taylor makes songs that fall somewhere between the laid back grooves of early Ninja Tune and the exquisite country/folk of Mountaineer, and the production here sounds like it could have come from a multi-million dollar movie, and that’s praise indeed. At times the songs might get a little more MOR than we’re used to, but that’s not really a negative, sometimes you just need to kick back and…
MIDLAKE / VARIOUS
LateNightTales
Night Time Stories
CD // £10.99

Bella Union’s Midlake have always been a bit ‘weird’ for the regular indie set, and I suppose that’s why they were snapped up by Simon Raymonde’s excellent imprint. I always chalked it down to their love of jazz, but this Midlake-curated edition of Late Night Tales shows their interests are more wide-ranging than people might expect. The band never actually resorts to the ‘jazz drop’ at all, and maybe that’s…
ALELA DIANE
Alela Diane & Wild Divine
Rough Trade
LP // £13.49

For those of you who don’t know, Wild Divine is the name of Alela Diane’s freshly formed band, and strangely enough features both her husband Tom Bevitori and her father Tom Menig on guitar. That oddness aside, the band manage to widen the sound first heard on Diane’s debut ‘The Pirate’s Gospel’ and take it to far more marketable places. The jangling, sun-bleached Americana feels like it was always written…
ALELA DIANE
Alela Diane & Wild Divine
Rough Trade
CD // £9.99

For those of you who don’t know, Wild Divine is the name of Alela Diane’s freshly formed band, and strangely enough features both her husband Tom Bevitori and her father Tom Menig on guitar. That oddness aside, the band manage to widen the sound first heard on Diane’s debut ‘The Pirate’s Gospel’ and take it to far more marketable places. The jangling, sun-bleached Americana feels like it was always written…
AMIINA FEAT. LEE HAZLEWOOD
Hilli (At The Top Of The World) / Leather and Lace
BLASKJAR RECORDS
7″ // £6.99

Before his passing at the end of the summer, Lee Hazelwood made one final recording, a collaboration with Icelandic quartet (and lynchpins of the extended Sigur Ros line-up) Amiina. Hazelwood’s part in all this is a spoken word piece, themed around lost idylls, melting snows and climate change (I think). Who better to set all this to music than these four Arctic soundscapers, who thread a heart-warmingly chipper musical narrative…
JOHN STAMMERS
John Stammers
SOMETIME SONGS LIMITED
CD // £10.49

Here’s a nice quiet one for springtime – John Stammers is a Northern chap, and seems to have more than a passing interest in the music of Richard Thompson and Nick Drake. That’s not to say these wistful guitar/vocal led compositions are carbon copies of either, but if you’ve got a well-worn copy of ‘Five Leaves Left’ on your shelf in the front room then there’s a good chance you’ll…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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MICACHU & THE SHAPES AND THE LONDON SINFONIETTA
Chopped & Screwed
Rough Trade
CD // £10.99

Classical crunk, who’d a thunk it? Michachu, that’s who. Her and The Shapes collaborated with London Sinfonietta to create ‘Chopped & Screwed’ live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, providing Rough Trade with their first ever classical release. The concept itself is pretty far flung, merging the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin’ early ’90s Houston HipHop legend, DJ Screw, with the rarified sound of…
MICACHU & THE SHAPES AND THE LONDON SINFONIETTA
Chopped & Screwed
Rough Trade
LP // £15.99

**Includes download coupon with exclusive bonus material – redeemable from the label** Classical crunk, who’d a thunk it? Michachu, that’s who. Her and The Shapes collaborated with London Sinfonietta to create ‘Chopped & Screwed’ live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, providing Rough Trade with their first ever classical release. The concept itself is pretty far flung, merging the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin’…
AMIINA
Animamina (2011 Edition)
BLASKJAR RECORDS
CD // £6.99

**2011 EDITION** After playing on and generally gracing the last two Sigur Rós albums – “Agaetis Byrjun” and their untitled album, not to mention the Album Leaf record “In a Safe Place” and the Efterklang album “Tripper”, the women of Amina have at long last created some beautiful and engaging music of their own. This, their debut ep, is released on a new imprint – The Worker’s Institute – finally…
ROME PAYS OFF
There’s No Simple Explanation
TRACE RECORDINGS
CD // £6.99

Rome Pays Off are Mark Beazley and Crawford Blair, founder members of the original panoramic, triple bass outfit Rothko. Their debut release “There’s No Simple Explanation” is due for release on Mark’s own Trace Recordings imprint on April 11th 2011. Written and recorded over two months of Sundays during the Spring of 2010, they are the first new recordings by the duo since 2000. The record resonates with the depth,…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Dirty Water 2: More Birth Of Punk Attitude
Year Zero
2LP // £19.49

Due to popular demand Kris Needs presents a crucial followup to his ‘Dirty Water’ compilation, readdressing the ‘Birth Of Punk Attitude’ through 19 expertly chosen tracks covering spiritual jazz, reggae, primitive rock ‘n roll and much more. Across tracks from Captain Beefheart, Suicide, David Bowie, Bo Diddley, MC5, and Patti Smith, Kris gets closer to an aural version of Zigzag, the crucial fanzine he edited in the ’70s, taking in…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Dirty Water 2: More Birth Of Punk Attitude
Year Zero
2CD // £14.49

Due to popular demand Kris Needs presents a crucial followup to his ‘Dirty Water’ compilation, readdressing the ‘Birth Of Punk Attitude’ through 39 expertly chosen tracks covering spiritual jazz, reggae, primitive rock ‘n roll and much more. Across tracks from Captain Beefheart, Suicide, David Bowie, Albert Ayler, Parliament, Bo Diddley, Woody Guthrie, MC5, John Otway, and Tapper Zukie, plus a 76-page booklet, Kris gets closer to an aural version of…
GRUPO OZ
Grupo Oz
SECRET STASH
LP // £16.99

Secret Stash share Grupo Oz’s Mexican Psych-Funk circa 1972 on a reissue of ‘Miss Thing’ following previous sessions of Porno Grooves, and Soviet, Peruvian, and Gospel Funk. Obviously, the Latin element is prominent throughout these tracks, infused with a rolling funkiness which reminded the label of Funkadelic, hence their reason for reissuing the album. “In 1971 a group of studio musicians calling themselves Grupo Oz in Mexico City got together…
BEARSUIT
The Phantom Forest
FORTUNA POP!
LP // £12.99

“Bearsuit return with a fierce new sound incorporating dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats. Produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Breeders, Foals), the band have swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats in the light of a dramatic line-up change. “The Phantom Forest” is laden with dance-floor fillers and brazen melodies, with a birdsong finale to serenade your dawn-walk home. But lurking…
COLOURMUSIC
My _____ is Pink
Memphis Industries
CD // £9.49

While on these pages Oklahoma might be best known for being home to the esteemed Digitalis label, there’s plenty of other musical experimentation going on there, although you might not know it. Colourmusic hail from Stillwater, OK and make a peculiarly blown-out brand of nouveau hardcore. It’s still chunky, fast and loud, but there’s a sense that Ryan Hendrix and Nick Turner know more about production and electronics than most…
MARS CLASSROOM
The New Theory Of Everything
HAPPY JACK
CD // £13.99

“Robert Pollard is no stranger to Mars. As a precocious earthling, he wrote one of his first songs about the red planet, and even though Bob’s a peaceful man, the God of War’s favorite celestial body keeps orbiting through his deep-space consciousness (see Pinball Mars, “Queen of Mars”). Is the constellation Ursa Major even in the same quadrant of the sky as Mars? Ask an amateur astronomer like Gary Waleik,…
MARS CLASSROOM
The New Theory Of Everything
HAPPY JACK
LP // £15.99

“Robert Pollard is no stranger to Mars. As a precocious earthling, he wrote one of his first songs about the red planet, and even though Bob’s a peaceful man, the God of War’s favorite celestial body keeps orbiting through his deep-space consciousness (see Pinball Mars, “Queen of Mars”). Is the constellation Ursa Major even in the same quadrant of the sky as Mars? Ask an amateur astronomer like Gary Waleik,…
MATTHEW FRIEDBERGER
Meet Me In Miramas
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

Matthew Friedberger is one half of The Fiery Furnaces. ‘Meet Me In Miramas’ follows right on the heels of the sold out ‘Napoléonette’ LP and is the second of six full length albums Matthew Friedberger will release in 2011. This six record set, ‘Solos’, in which he plays only a single given instrument per album (though not necessarily the same actual individual example of the single given instrument), is designed…
SEBADOH
Bakesale (2011 Reissue)
Domino
2CD // £9.99

*Includes a bonus disc containing all singles, EPs and rarities from the ‘Bakesale’ period, lovingly compiled by Lou and Jason*
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
All Eternals Deck
Tomlab
CD // £9.99

Although ‘All Eternals Deck’ might be John Darnelle’s umpteenth album under the Mountain Goats moniker, it’s actually only his third as a ‘full band’. This band includes bassist Peter Hughes and drummer Jon Wurster, and is known for creating waves of controversy among Darnelle’s legion of unruly fans. Those fans are still harboring a grudge after Darnelle upset ‘em all by fleshing out his signature sound, but for those of…
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
All Eternals Deck
Tomlab
LP // £12.99

Although ‘All Eternals Deck’ might be John Darnelle’s umpteenth album under the Mountain Goats moniker, it’s actually only his third as a ‘full band’. This band includes bassist Peter Hughes and drummer Jon Wurster, and is known for creating waves of controversy among Darnelle’s legion of unruly fans. Those fans are still harboring a grudge after Darnelle upset ‘em all by fleshing out his signature sound, but for those of…
TIMBER TIMBRE
Creep On Creepin’ On
Full Time Hobby
CD // £9.99

Sometimes music is so perfectly dark, it might almost cheer you up. Timber Timbre have that rare gift, and their post-Tom Waits underworld bar blues has a wink and a shuffle to it that could get even the most po-faced devils jumping for joy. With black humor and a velveteen sense of style singer Taylor Kirk guides us through his smoky realm with a swagger usually confined to Midwestern dive…
TIMBER TIMBRE
Creep On Creepin’ On
Full Time Hobby
LP // £15.99

Sometimes music is so perfectly dark, it might almost cheer you up. Timber Timbre have that rare gift, and their post-Tom Waits underworld bar blues has a wink and a shuffle to it that could get even the most po-faced devils jumping for joy. With black humor and a velveteen sense of style singer Taylor Kirk guides us through his smoky realm with a swagger usually confined to Midwestern dive…
JAZZ / RELATED
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KABOOM KARAVAN
Barra Barra
MIASMAH
CD // £9.99

Kaboom Karavan is the working moniker of Belgian Bram Bosteels, and true to Miasmah’s unshakable form he conjures dense and beautiful soundtracks to lost reels of flickering cinematic weirdness from the embers of Eastern European cinema and Gallic surrealism. Bosteels has been at this for a while too, and has his scraping soundtracks perfectly in check – they never get overwhelming or drift into self indulgence, instead constructing small vignettes,…
THE GREG FOAT GROUP
Dark Is The Sun
Jazzman
10″ // £10.99

**Hand-printed, hand-stamped and hand-numbered 10″ vinyl, limited to 500 copies** Jazzman present the highly endearing debut from British pianist/composer/arranger, Greg Foat. We could have been fooled into thinking tis was some vintage find, such is the accomplished virtue of these tracks. Greg deploys unusual instrumentation, including harpsichord, tubular bells and a 15 piece choir is a style reminding of, but not limited to, Serge Gainsbourg, and acknowledges his influences from…
TIED & TICKLED TRIO AND BILLY HART
La Place Demon
Morr Music
2LP // £15.99

It feels like way too long since Weilheim scenesters Tied and Tickled Trio released their last nugget of white-hot jazz on the waiting world. Brothers Markus and Micha Acher might still be best known for their work in The Notwist, but for some of us their finest moments have been attached to their stunning catalogue under the Tied and Tickled moniker. ‘La Place Demon’ might be their best record to…
TIED & TICKLED TRIO AND BILLY HART
La Place Demon
Morr Music
CD // £11.99

It feels like way too long since Weilheim scenesters Tied and Tickled Trio released their last nugget of white-hot jazz on the waiting world. Brothers Markus and Micha Acher might still be best known for their work in The Notwist, but for some of us their finest moments have been attached to their stunning catalogue under the Tied and Tickled moniker. ‘La Place Demon’ might be their best record to…
RHYS CHATHAM
Outdoor Spell
NORTHERN SPY
CD // £11.99

“Rhys Chatham has trailblazed a course through late 20th century music, equally knowing in post-minimalist composition as he is in punk. Not since Roebling laid his span across the East River has there been an artist who builds bridges in both how we hear music and how we can appreciate art. His latest album, Outdoor Spell, is a further impressive document thats hard to classify, recording for trumpet and voice,…
RHYS CHATHAM
Outdoor Spell
NORTHERN SPY
LP // £14.99

“Rhys Chatham has trailblazed a course through late 20th century music, equally knowing in post-minimalist composition as he is in punk. Not since Roebling laid his span across the East River has there been an artist who builds bridges in both how we hear music and how we can appreciate art. His latest album, Outdoor Spell, is a further impressive document thats hard to classify, recording for trumpet and voice,…
COLORLIST
The Fastest Way To Become The Ocean
Serein
10″ // £7.99

Chicago’s crossover jazz duo, multi-instrumentalists Charles Rumback and Charles Gorczynski aka Colorlist, head up the latest release from boutique imprint Serein. On ‘The Fastest Way To The Ocean’ Rumback plays percussion, bells and melodica, while Gorczynski plays saxophone, numerous woodwind instruments, synthesizers and harmonium alongside Jeff Parker of Tortoise on ‘Nine Lives’ while Liz Payne lends vocals and melodica to the closing track. Combined, they make for an immersive, at…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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RUFIGE KRU / ALEX REECE
Terminator / Pulp Fiction
Razors Edge
12″ // £6.49

S.P.Y and Lynx remix two of Metalheadz’ most iconic tracks, Rufige Kru’s ‘Terminator’ and Alex Reece’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, respectively. Touching material of this calibre is a tricky business, but one that S.P.Y ably handles, reinforcing ‘Terminator’ for the rabid jump-up masses with tonnes of body-twysting bass torsion and concrete-coated breakbeats. On the flip, Lynx gives a faihful update of Alex Reece’s ‘Pulp Fiction’.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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CHRISTOPHER RAU
Pervading Animal
PAMPA RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Smallville Records-regular, Christopher Rau follows in the footsteps of Isolée, Nathan Fake, and Robag Wruhme to release on DJ Koze’s Pampa label. ‘Pervading Animal’ is a sophisticated, gliding, uptempo House number with uplifting chords and rugged-but-refined machine rhythms. Flipside you’ll find ‘CFR’ a dubbier variant on the same theme, next to the quirky swinger ‘How Are You Today’.
TRENTEMOLLER
Shades Of Marble Remixes (Trentemoller / KiNK Mixes)
IN MY ROOM
12″ // £5.99

Big room-satisfying Tech-House from Trentemøller, featuring reworks from KiNK and Kaspar Bjørke. The muscular groove of ‘Shades Of Marble’ is pitted with big peaks and breakdowns to command big crowds, while KiNK offers a slightly more subtle, but more stylish, Chicagoan workout for the jackers, and Kaspar Bjørke gives a chunkier, driving version.
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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FACTORY FLOOR
Real Love (Optimo Espacio Mix)
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.99

*Vinyl version from Optimo Records* Killer new release from Factory Floor backed with a smart Optimo remix. The last year has been the groups most productive, seeing the release of an essential 10″ + DVD and successive remixes from Chris Carter and Stephen Morris, all on Blast First Petite. On ‘(R E A L L O V E)’ theres no massive transformation, just a few tweaks to the formula, making…
TURQUOISE DAYS
Alternative Strategies
Minimal Wave
LP // £20.99

**White Vinyl** Vintage, melodic and emotive New Wave from Jersey-based duo Turquoise Days dating back to 1984. Both Luciano Brambilla and David Le Breton were subject to the same list of influences as everyone else at the time, from Human League to Fad Gadget, resulting in the well studied charm of ‘Alternative Strategies’. Their most famous release, the ‘Grey Skies/Burred’ 7″ is included here, next to the skrawny guitar and…
COLD CAVE
Cherish The Light Years
Matador
CD // £9.99

‘Cherish The Lights Years’ is the boldest statement yet from one of our very favourite bands, Cold Cave. Headed by Wes Eisold and bolstered by a brace of session musicians, their latest album was recorded in a proper studio and therefore has a near-exponential increase in production values since ‘Cremations’, and even ‘Love Comes Close’, but, you’ll be glad to know, has lost none of their misanthropic charm. In interview…
COLD CAVE
Cherish The Light Years
Matador
LP // £12.99

‘Cherish The Lights Years’ is the boldest statement yet from one of our very favourite bands, Cold Cave. Headed by Wes Eisold and bolstered by a brace of session musicians, their latest album was recorded in a proper studio and therefore has a near-exponential increase in production values since ‘Cremations’, and even ‘Love Comes Close’, but, you’ll be glad to know, has lost none of their misanthropic charm. In interview…
MIRACLE (STEVE MOORE AND DANIEL O’SULLIVAN)
Fluid Window
House Anxiety
LP // £14.99

Miracle is the unique Techno-Pop side-project of two prolific and broad-minded artists, London’s Daniel O’Sullivan (Sunn O))), Guapo, Mothlite, Æthenor) and NYC’s Steve Moore (Zombi, Earth, Titan, Gianni Rossi). During a Guapo/Zombi US tour in 2006 and under the influence of copious psychotropics, the duo instinctively decreed to work together and Miracle is the result. Their first offering ‘Fluid Window’ features six exquisite future pop songs pitting Moore’s lauded synth…
MIRACLE (STEVE MOORE AND DANIEL O’SULLIVAN)
Fluid Window
House Anxiety
CD // £6.99

Miracle is the unique Techno-Pop side-project of two prolific and broad-minded artists, London’s Daniel O’Sullivan (Sunn O))), Guapo, Mothlite, Æthenor) and NYC’s Steve Moore (Zombi, Earth, Titan, Gianni Rossi). During a Guapo/Zombi US tour in 2006 and under the influence of copious psychotropics, the duo instinctively decreed to work together and Miracle is the result. Their first offering ‘Fluid Window’ features six exquisite future pop songs pitting Moore’s lauded synth…
MARTIN DUPONT
Lost and Late…
Minimal Wave
LP // £20.99

‘Lost And Late’ is a glorious collection of super-rare recordings from Marseilles’ cult New Wave outfit, Martin Dupont. Formed in 1981, the group would release several albums and play shows supporting Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Lotus Eaters. We get tracks taken from ‘Inédits 81-83’, the ‘Your Passion’ 7″ and the original version of the title track from their ‘Just Because’ LP. This 1985 masterpiece features emotionally charged vocals…
LINEAR MOVEMENT
On The Screen
Minimal Wave
LP // £20.99

Another diamond from the Minimal Wave label, giving up the ghosts of Linear Movement’s largely unreleased ’83 recording ‘On The Screen’ revived from the original tapes. Their narcotically fugged ‘Way Out Of Living’ also opens the recent ‘Minimal Waves Tapes Vol.1’ comp, but we’re totally snagged on the pure synth hooks of the instrumental ‘Cytogenetic Movement’ and the Marc Almond/Soft Cell-indebted emotional tang of ‘To Another Soul’. Seriously, make sure…
OPPENHEIMER ANALYSIS
Oppenheimer Analysis EP
Minimal Wave
LP // £18.99

**Limited to 500 hand-numbered 180gm copies with full colour insert** By popular demand, Minimal Wave kick off a stream of limited represses with their first release from Oppenheimer Analysis. Digitally remastered for vinyl by Marc Houle, their eponymous entry contains four selected tracks from the ’82 cassette release ‘New Mexico’, including the utterly infectious, Human League-like ‘The Devil’s Dancers’ and the topical ‘Cold War’, recorded at the height of the…
STEREO
Somewhere In The Night
Minimal Wave
LP // £18.99

Minimal Wave presents a gleaming nugget of original synth/pop from the French duo of Terry Noritop and Bernie Adam, aka Stereo. Both the highly sought-after title track and ‘No More’ appeared on their 1982 and 1983 12″s of the same name, becoming dancefloor and radio hits on both sides of the Atlantic. A further six tracks complete the album, drawn from studio recordings made between 1982-95, including the previously unreleased…
EVIL MADNESS
Super Great Love
Editions Mego
CD // £14.99

An Icelandic super-group made up of BJ Nilsen, Johann Johannsson and members of Stilluppsteypa, Evil Madness might already be old hands in the Editions Mego stable, but those of you expecting another ‘Space Finale’ or ‘Man From Deep River’ will be sorely disappointed. Evil Madness are a dance act, and in every sense of the word, taking in large scoops of their sound from chillwave, industrial and EBM while leaving…
GRAHAM PHILIP D’ANCEY
The Sacred Project
Minimal Wave
LP // £18.99

Another early excavation from Minimal Wave repressed to feed demand! Graham Philip D’Ancey’s ‘Sacred Project’ was originally recorded in 1980 “…in an 8 track studio on Denmark Street in The West of London” but only one track, the slow-strobing ‘Heart’ was ever released as a 7″ on Blue September. That, and the remaining three tracks featured here have been remastered for this release, including the dreamy mid-tempo pulse of ‘Blood’,…
CIRCUIT 7
Video Boys
Minimal Wave
LP // £23.99

**Lime green vinyl, housed in printed inner sleeve and hand-numbered jacket** ‘Video Boys’ collects tracks from the two 7″s released by Martyn Good and Andy Partington in 1984, together with alternative, previously unreleased versions and bonus tracks. A-side contains the driving synth-pop epic ‘Video Boys’ and ‘The Force’, plus the shoulder-sharp ‘Beat Tonight’ and gorgeous Human League-like vignette ‘India’. B-side features ‘Modern Story’ and the Sakamoto-esque ‘Eastern Dream’, next to…
CLASS B BAND
Movie T
Wagon Repair
CD // £12.99

Spanish duo, Class B Band, unload fifteen tracks of Ibiza-friendly chuggers for Wagon Repair. From the Balearic Hip-House of ‘Drain Age’ to sinister, electro-licked ‘Gingko Biloba’, bunky choggers like ‘I’m Electric’ or the kind of warped, 7am moments like ‘Horrendous Masterplan’ Class B Band bring the seedier side of Ibizan dance music to your bedroom.
COSMIC KIDS
Reginald’s Groove (Juan Maclean Mix)
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £7.99

Happy House from Cosmic Kids, featuring remixes by Juan Maclean, Bicep and Classixx. The blend of tempered glitch and thrumming disco on Kids’ original should fire up most indie-leaning dancefloors, while Juan Maclean’s piano-heavy mix will have hands in the air guaranteed. Flip it and Classixx give a chunk of fresh electro-disco next to Bicep’s lithe Acid re-rub.
KXP
K-X-P
Smalltown Supersound
LP // £15.99

KXP are a Finnish trio based around the lynchpin of Timo Kaukolampi, best known for his work in Op:l Bastards and The Lefthanded, though recently he’s also come to wider attention for producing and co-writing with Scando-pop starlet, Annie. Kaukolampi’s fellow bandmates have considerable experience under their belts too, with links to Jimi Tenor, Pekka Pohjola and Aavikko. The main influences shared by the trio are cited as Raymond Scott,…
THE HEELS OF LOVE
Chain Gang
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Milan’s Heels Of Love deliver an uptempo, ’80s influenced synth-pop killer backed with remixes from Foto and Lazertom and The Blast Crew. Comprising Luca Saponaro (The Love Supreme) and Michele Tessadri (Fratelli Riviera) Heels Of Loveoffer the first track to be taken from their forthcoming Nang LP. The velocity of ‘Chain Gang’ will appeal to fans of Factory Floor, while Max Essa’s brilliant vocal kinda reminds of that nutty Twins…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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MAURICE DONOVAN
Babeh / Satisfied
THE HOUSE SOUND OF SSSSSS
12″ // £6.49

The 2nd SSSSS release heralds the much anticipated return of Ramdanman’s fictitious Chicago alter ego, Maurice Donovan. He recently cropped up on a slick remix of Julio Bashmore’s ‘Everybody Needs A Theme Tune’ but this time he’s fully in control. On the A-side we get the horny holler of ‘Babeh’, a big, bad swinger with ass-pummeling bottom-end bobulations and teasing crescendos to give you a rush you’ll remember. Flipside, ‘Satisfied’…
COSMIN TRG
A Universal Crush
Rush Hour
2×12″ // £13.99

Cosmin TRG continues his trajectory into deeper House and Techno grooves on his third release for Rush Hour’s Direct Current series. The title track begins with a cascade of strangely tuned strings before becoming consumed by driving 4/4s, while ‘Negligee’ views Detroit from a distance with zig-zagging bars oscillating between pitched strings and squirming bleeps propelled by thick, padded bottom end. Magnetic Bodies’ takes the vibe somewhere more romantic with…
RICK ‘THE GODSON’ WILHITE
Analog Aquarium
Still Music
2LP + CD // £16.99

Perceptions of this excellent new album from Rick ‘The Godson’ Wilhite are no doubt altered by a rare and generous show of sunshine in this part of the world. If ever a record was primed for summer – this is it. Wilhite is a Detroit legend, with a career spanning some 20 years as a DJ, Musician and as part of the Three Chairs with Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Marcellus…
RICK ‘THE GODSON’ WILHITE
Analog Aquarium
Still Music
CD // £13.99

Perceptions of this excellent new album from Rick ‘The Godson’ Wilhite are no doubt altered by a rare and generous show of sunshine in this part of the world. If ever a record was primed for summer – this is it. Wilhite is a Detroit legend, with a career spanning some 20 years as a DJ, Musician and as part of the Three Chairs with Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Marcellus…
UNKNOWN / ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
Disco001
ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
12″ // £10.99

**Clear Vinyl** Anonymous, deep and engrossing Techno-House tracks pressed on clear vinyl with black label. We haven’t the foggiest who’s behind these but they’re pretty cool. A-side features one Techno roller driven by ‘M5’ style bassline and craftily dynamic effects, plus a dry and hypnotic minimal groover. Flipside there’s a cheeky bit of ‘The Climax’ woven into a moiree of metallic House grooves. Tip!
UNKNOWN / ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
Disco002
ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
12″ // £10.99

**CLEAR VINLY** Faceless black label Techno-House from err… somewhere? Both sides of Analogue Solutions 002 feature sprawling and intuitively mesmeric Techno tracks obviously produced deep-in-the-zone. A-side is more Detroit-debted, reminding a little of Mike Huckaby’s firm but deft touch, thick bass kicks offset with tingling hi-hats and wormy synths. B-side, the percussion has a neat African lilt, coupled with more spectral melodies, kinda like a technofied and slightly less lo-fi…
UNKNOWN / ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
Disco003
ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS
12″ // £10.99

**Clear Vinyl** Some totally anonymous black label goodness from f**k-knows-where! We can tell you bot all about the provenance of this record, but we can tell you there’s a wickedly tracky cut of rustling machine rhythms and looping piano on the A-side, backed with an expertly carved and Detroit-looking groove on the flip, plus one dry and bleepy Sleeparchive-esque jacker. Got you guessing? Check!
SCB
Loss / Future Unknown
AUS Music
12″ // £7.99

The man sometimes known as Scuba ditches the vowels for two prime Tech House specials on Aus Music. He might look dead moody in all his press shots, but ‘Loss’ shows a more sensitive side to the Hotflush CEO, coming with juicy square bass, similar to recent Joy Orbison moves, under uplifting chord arrangements and ’90s-toned shimmer of vocals worked to lush effect. Just in case you thought hed gone…
VERSALIFE
Night Time Activities Pt.1
Clone West Coast Series
12″ // £7.99

Clone present the first of three 12″s from Versalife aka a West Coast Dutch producer with some killer releases over the last few years. The obvious highlight is ‘Solenoids Of Insomnia’, an impeccably clean yet rocking electro-techno track with shades of Aux 88 and Egyptian Lover, a must for any self-respecting electro fiend! There’s also another three tracks, reminding of classic Convextion and others, but with a signature strength of…
FUDGE FINGAS
Now About How
PRIME NUMBERS
CD // £9.99

Sterling debut album from Edinburgh’s Fudge Fingas aka Gavin Sutherland. We know some House heads have been counting down the days until this landed, such is the level of love for this guy’s productions. As a multi instrumentalist talent, he’s played on Prime Numbers from Linkwood and Trus’me, but it’s his own productions that have garnered the most attention, landing in mixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and Ame…
FUDGE FINGAS
Now About How
PRIME NUMBERS
2LP // £11.99

Sterling debut album from Edinburgh’s Fudge Fingas aka Gavin Sutherland. We know some House heads have been counting down the days until this landed, such is the level of love for this guy’s productions. As a multi instrumentalist talent, he’s played on Prime Numbers from Linkwood and Trus’me, but it’s his own productions that have garnered the most attention, landing in mixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and Ame…
EDDIE C
Parts Unknown
ENDLESS FLIGHT
CD // £9.99

Sterling Neo-disco produce from Eddie C, serving his debut long player through Endless Flight. He’s a regular contributor to fellow Canadian disco fiend, The Mole’s 7 Inches Of Love label, besides a drop on Home Taping Is Killing Music and two recent records for Endless Flight already. The three tracks from his latest 12″, ‘Do It Yourself’ feature here, including the licked-up lather of the title track and the tripping…
DINKY
Take Me / Polvo
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.99

Sweeter, driving, deep and modern House music from Berlin-based Chilean ex-pat, Dinky aka Alejandra Iglesias. ‘Take Me’ wraps up a sultry and fluid groove with tenderly droning synths, well-timed vocal breakdowns and tactile layers of minimal Latin percussion. Flipside, ‘Polvo’ is more laidback, riding jazzy key flourishes, soul-releasing vox and an effortlessly hypnotic bassline deep into the night. Real classy stuff.
VIDEO COMPILATION
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VARIOUS / MONITOR POP
Berlin Super 80
Monitor Pop
DVD+CD // £30.99

Incredible flashback of early 80s Berlin subculture on an amazing DVD, Book and CD package featuring output by virtuosos of the city’s underground movie scene who rediscovered Super 8 as an adequate outlet for their creative endeavours. Accompanied by a compilation of music, covering a huge range of styles and currents – from punk to ingenious dilettantes, this lavish package recalls the walled in city’s unique feel and lifestyle. By…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 1
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £26.99

**AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE 1ST TIME – LTD COPIES ONLY!** ‘Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol.1’ was the first ever Sublime Frequencies and my my is it a good one. Collecting the tracks from tapes he managed to acquire back in 1989 Alan Bishop has come up with a window into a world of pop music rarely heard by those outside of this equatorial island. I mean, it’s…
ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO
Cotonou Club
Strut
CD // £12.99

*Charming “come-back” album from a legendary and versatile Benin-based group featured heavily on recent West African funk compilations from Soundway, Analog Africa and Popular African Music. Includes contributions from Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thompson and Nick Mccarthy – oddly enough.* “Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are national institutions in Benin, West Africa. Formed during the late ’60s, they soundtracked the years following Benin’s independence under Kerekou’s Leninist – Marxist regime, whipping up a groundbreaking…
ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO
Cotonou Club
Strut
2LP // £18.99

*Charming “come-back” album from a legendary and versatile Benin-based group featured heavily on recent West African funk compilations from Soundway, Analog Africa and Popular African Music. Includes contributions from Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thompson and Nick Mccarthy – oddly enough.* “Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are national institutions in Benin, West Africa. Formed during the late ’60s, they soundtracked the years following Benin’s independence under Kerekou’s Leninist – Marxist regime, whipping up a groundbreaking…

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