Mar 252011
 
Hello,

Taking a swift break from sifting through the mountain of Burial 12″s we’re struggling to process fast enough, here’s another heaving selection of prime new music released this week.

First up, this months The Wire cover star Richard Skelton makes one of his private pressing CD albums available on a limited vinyl edition. Released under his Carousell moniker, ‘Black Swallow & Other Songs’ features another mournful rendition of layered bowed strings, diffused by piano and voice as the album progresses. Limited copies only on this one – you’ve been warned.

Widely considered to be the first ever entirely electronic film score ever made, Louis and Bebe Barron’s soundtrack to ‘Forbidden Planet’ was recorded in 1956 and has been unavailable on vinyl pretty much ever since. This week sees a wonderful vinyl reissue courtesy of Poppy Disc – and it’s an absolute find, featuring tape loops and home-made electronics we’re completely unable to resist.

We’ve had a proper Tamil dancing party in here this week, and ‘Play That Beat Mr Raja Vol.1’ is one of those records that truly just beggars belief. Compiling Tamil (or Kollywood) film music from Madras made between 1984 and 1991, it contains some of the nuttiest, most endearing machine funk and east/west hybrids we’ve ever heard. In a very strange sonic syzygy, Finder Keepers also have a retrospective of Kollywood film music out this week, focusing on the work of Ilaiyaraaja, one of Kollywood’s most prolific composers, “a genre in his own right”. Exotic electronic essentials!

Falty DL, meanwhile, is on some steeply ascending trajectory right now. His second album ‘You Stand Uncertain’ is a marked development in his production style, consolidating his love of classic Soul/Funk and organic drum sounds with glistening electronics in the sharpest, most dextrous style imaginable. Honestly, it’s a shockingly good album!!!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, we should tell you Radiohead have a new album out. It’s called ‘The King Of Limbs’ and it’s just G R E A T.

Oh and that massively anticipated Actress remix of Panda Bear is also out this week on a limited edition 7″ for Kompakt, and while the original is undeniably lovely, we’ve been drooling over that remix, reminding of Ra.H’s scuffed jack, but simply sounding like another Actress ace. Go cop!

Mordant Music unleash a super limited Ekoplekz 12″ this week, an addendum to his sold-out tape pack featuring four-tracks of Sun Araw-alike dub and Radiophonic tones. And sticking with the dubs, don’t forget to peep Dug Out’s latest dip into Sugar Minott’s Black Victory vaults, this time plucking out the driving ‘Sweet Home’ from Willi Williams. Memotone’s ‘Multicolour EP’ is also worthy of praise, not least for the brilliant Lukid remix (this man is ON IT right now), but we reckon his brightly rendered configuration of Zomby-esque programming and HD digital tones will be cropping up a lot, soon enough. And for the W*tch House crew, Mater Suspiria Vision drops an emaciated approximation of Salem on a proper little oddity for New York’s Pendu Sound – home to Atelecine and Chelsea Wolfe. Only 300 copies of these – do what you need to do.

Also out this week: new releases from Lone, Dorian Concept, Snow Ghosts, Boddika, They Live, Dj Sprinkles, Om Unit, Modeselektor, Tin Man, Marcellus Pittman, Hoya Hoya, Lol, Photek, Swarms, Western Standards, Rene Hell and more.

Oh, did we mention there’s a new Burial twelve out?

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



CAROUSELL (RICHARD SKELTON)
Black Swallow & Other Songs (Limited Vinyl Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited pressing, initial copies come on clear vinyl* Following on from a cover feature in this month’s The Wire magazine, Richard Skelton makes this beautiful and scarce CD album available on a limited edition vinyl pressing. ‘Black Swallow & Other Songs’ was originally released on Skelton’s own Sustain Release imprint in a criminally low run of 100 CDs, so this will be the first chance many will get to hear this material. The album unfolds to reveal a soft and sparse study in understated melodies, with the nine minute “Artery” opening the album and building from a fractured whisper to leave its mark on your skin with blurry violin notes stretching to breaking point. The title track continues the theme, adding a heavy dose of melancholy to proceedings. But on the closing suite, “Owl Lanterns” and “The Clearing,” we get a full dose of hopefulness: vocal traces flicker by while the bowed strings add an unfaltering lightness, with Skelton’s guitar plucks passing by with a buoyant spirit. As Autumn Grieve’s wordless vocals bring everything to a close, there’s nowhere else to go but up. Her voice is the exclamation mark, powerful and restrained as it leads the strings to rest. Black Swallow & Other Songs is a potent mix of darkness and light, expertly crafted by one of the UK’s most interesting composers.



LOUIS & BEBE BARRON
Forbidden Planet
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
POPPY DISC
LP // £13.99

The 1956 soundtrack to sci-fi classic ‘Forbidden Planet’ is possibly one of the best known, yet least owned pieces of tape music in history. Long unavailable on vinyl, it’s definitively evocative ‘electronic tonalities’ were crafted by husband/wife duo Louis and Bebe Barron using the earliest tape recording techniques. Louis, a playwright, and Bebe, a researcher for Life magazine had gained some experience with tape through an early Telefunken model given by a German friend as a wedding present. When the couple moved to New York’s artistic haven, Greenwich Village around 1950 they encountered John Cage who commissioned them and their tape machine to work with him and David Tudor, resulting one year later in Cage’s Williams Mix, a four minute composition comprised from spliced fragments of over 600 recordings. Because they were one of a very select few to own such equipment at the time, their studio was frequently visited by the likes of Pierre Boulez, Stockhausen, and Edgard Varèse, while their writing connection also lead to them making spoken-word recordings of Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley and Tennessee Williams. Commissions for IBM and Ford followed, before a meeting with MGM’s Dore Schary lead to the creation of the ‘Forbidden Planet’ soundtrack, which at the time was considered by John Cage to be “disgustingly orchestral and musical” and ironically not even recognised as music by the Musicians’ Union who decreed it be credited as “Electronic Tonalities”. At the time, MGM didn’t even release the original soundtrack, instead opting for an orchestrated version of the theme by the David Rose Orchestra, which begs the question what may have come if the general public at large were able to own a copy of the fantastical sounds they had just been exposed to at the cinema, and what this may have inspired from them, and Louis and Bebe Barron? Aside from a slight pressing fault at the start of Side B in ‘Krell Shuttle Ride and Power Station’, the mastering and sound recreation by Norman Blake is faithful and near flawless, enhancing what is surely one of the most essential purchases of the year for fans of electronic music.



VARIOUS
Play That Beat Mr. Raja Vol. 1
WORLD
CARTILAGE RECORDS
LP // £13.99

‘Play That Beat Mr. Raja’ is a gobsmacking compilation of recordings made for the Tamil film industry, taking in all manner of bizarre mid-late ’80s sonics in the most beguiling, mindblowing manner. Like Charanjit Singh’s ‘Ten Raga’s To A Disco Beat’ or the Tafo Brothers’ ‘Plugged-in Pakistani Pops’ it’s an ear-opening exposé of the nascent, yet hugely sophisticated, electronic productions from this part of the world, making for a potently intoxicating experience to these Western sensibilities. To be fair, we’re being a bit broad there, as this sound is really most specific to the Kollywood film industry based in the South Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras) at the opposite end of the sub continent to Charanjit Singh and the Tafo Bros. It was compiled by the obsessives over at Cartilage Records, a team of Parisian bloggers/DJs and runs through eleven ecstatic fusions of truly insane drum machine acrobatics, slashing cinematic strings, the nuttiest analog synth sounds and the most charming vocals with an innate feel for daring structures and delirious composition. The sense of freedom and creativity is utterly endearing, placing familiar western concepts in a whole other context to leave us floored at every turn. Take the almost avian vocals and fractal arrangement of Japanil Kalyanaraman’s opening ‘Title Music’ (1985) for starters, then just try keeping your composure when the machine funk and vocoders of Vikram’s ‘Vikram Vikram’ (1986) hit, because we certainly couldn’t! There’s just too much to sink into, from the demented drum flurries of Mangamma Sabatham’s ‘Cola Cola Cola Cola’ to the lethal street funk of Putham Puthu Nayagan’s ‘Nallmuzhuvathum’ or the Ghost Box-like charm of Punnagai Mannan’s ‘Love Theme’, all of it leaving us dazed and (almost) speechless. If you’ve checked the clips and need any more persuasion, consider that it’s pressed on audiophile quality 140g vinyl, all songs faithfully mastered with no edits and contains notes for each composer and main playback singers, plus dazzling sleeve art and full colour, printed inner. It’s just droolworthy and totally ESSENTIAL!!!



ILAIYARAAJA
Solla Solla (Volume One)
WORLD
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

**First of two vinyl editions covering the work of incredible Tamil producer Ilaiyaraaja – containing 9 tracks and sleevenotes by FK’s Doug Shipton** Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India’s second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries in Bollywood and Lollywood in both productivity and experimentation – with a 34-year career spanning more than 900 film scores in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada – the man is a genre in his own right. And it’s an odd occurrence, this: in some sort of South Indian sonic syzygy, this amazing collection from Finders Keepers lands in the same week as another incredible set on Cartilage Music (called ‘Play That Beat Mr. Raja – Selected oddities from the Tamil film industry’), a compilation that also features Ilayaraaja. However, the two comps are defined by the eras they cover, this one illuminating the years 1977-1983 where we can hear glimpses of synthesizer incorporated into a fruity set of killer psyche-funk arrangements. Amazingly heavy selection from FInders Keepers this – don’t miss!



ILAIYARAAJA
Solla Solla (Volume Two)
WORLD
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

**Second of two vinyl editions covering the work of incredible Tamil producer Ilaiyaraaja – containing 9 tracks and sleevenotes by FK’s Doug Shipton** Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India’s second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries in Bollywood and Lollywood in both productivity and experimentation – with a 34-year career spanning more than 900 film scores in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada – the man is a genre in his own right. And it’s an odd occurrence, this: in some sort of South Indian sonic syzygy, this amazing collection from Finders Keepers lands in the same week as another incredible set on Cartilage Music (called ‘Play That Beat Mr. Raja – Selected oddities from the Tamil film industry’), a compilation that also features Ilayaraaja. However, the two comps are defined by the eras they cover, this one illuminating the years 1977-1983 where we can hear glimpses of synthesizer incorporated into a fruity set of killer psyche-funk arrangements. Amazingly heavy selection from FInders Keepers this – don’t miss!



RADIOHEAD
The King Of Limbs
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
XL
LP // £12.99

Not that it really matters a jot what we have to say, but boy this is a good album. Radiohead have long found themselves in the strange position of being tagged as weird by the mainstream press (by mainstream read pretty much everybody), and not quite weird enough by everyone else. Meantime, the band carry on producing an exceptional body of work, writing amazing songs and rendering them with invention and a level of accomplishment that’s more often than not staggering. And then you hear some Radio 4 show or another comparing ‘King of Limbs’ to Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed, his 1975 f*ck you to the music industry, and the album most often cited by journo’s in desperate need of something ‘experimental’ for a frame of reference. Metal Machine Music? Really? And then you get a whole bunch of more ‘knowing’ music followers comparing Radiohead to Flying Lotus or Autechre, similarly vacuous points of reference as far as we’re concerned, but then, whatever. Basically, King Of Limbs is just a great great set of songs, and if you look hard you’ll even find similarities with other alternative bands through the last 20 years, the looped drums of incredible album opener ‘Bloom’ sound to us like an updated version of classic Moonshake, while ‘Feral’ really just stands out as one of the most well-realised hybrid productions you’ll hear in 2011. We love it.



WESTERN STANDARDS
Space Is A Place
ELECTRONIC
WESTERN STANDARDS
LP+CD // £15.99

**Limited to 110 copies with bonus CD** Second transmission from the mysterious Western Standards, giving a curiously nuanced and diverse followup up to the enigmatic scenery of their ‘Energy Centre’ edition which dropped by in late 2010. Again, we’re given few clues as to the music’s origins, but with records like this half the fun is in filling in the gaps for yourself. The A-side guides us through three distinct sections, from a palette cleansing passage of drone to a skulky and downbeat electro groove with a stealthily disorientating scheme before closing out to a longer piece of burbling krautrock/minimalist techno rhythms arranged with unpredictable diversions into hypnotic, noisy textures and strangely spaced bass. Better yet is the other side, set up with three tracks of genuinely eerie, languid Kosmische, from the gentle dissonance of the first part to a windswept plane of plangent guitar and Barn Owl drone silting up in the final throes. We’re really no closer to discovering their secret after listening to ‘Space Is A Place’, but that’s no problem, you almost feel like the illusion would be spoiled if you knew more. Highly recommended.



FALTY DL
You Stand Uncertain
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

*Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* New York’s irrepresible anglophile Falty DL takes influence from the last 20 years of UK and US dance music on a brilliant 2nd album for Planet Mu. Since his debut ‘Love Is A Liability’ was released in 2009, Falty DL (real name: Drew Lustman) has risen to the forefront of the scene with a slew of deft remixes for The xx, Shake, Mount Kimbie and many others, to much critical acclaim. ‘You Stand Uncertain’ continues the sharp evolutionary curve we’ve witnessed in those remixes and his singles for Ramp and Rush Hour, among others, as his sharper IDM edges become beautifully smudged into ever jazzier, more soulful, yet forward thinking productions. Starkey collaborator Anneka lends her clear enunciation to the twinkling 2-step opener ‘Gospel Of Opal’, and relative unknown Lily McKenzie brings a burnished richness to the Theo P-style depths of ‘Waited Patiently’ and the Garage soul burn of ‘Brazil’, each highly successful in their own respects. The rest of the album further indulges his anglophilic tendencies in lush style and diverse tempos, from AGCG samples on ‘Open Space’ to the quicksilver skip ‘n dip of ‘Tell Them Stories’ and the ‘ardcore ructions of ‘Lucky Luciano’, but equally, there’s a deep seam of New York heritage and finesse that courses through the veins of each cut. Overall, it’s about as close to flawless as you’ll find for this sound, and comes very highly recommended indeed.

Singles of the Week



BURIAL
Street Halo
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

‘Street Halo’ is the first solo Burial 12″ in four years. It’s a peach. A-side ‘Street Halo’ is a yearning 4/4 roller tucked with all the hallmarks of his finest and usefully cut at 45rpm in case you want some slopped and screwed fun. Flipside, we find the slowdown soul-tugger ‘NYC’ featuring a more prominent vocal in the style of his songs from ‘Untrue’, but best of all is ‘Stolen Dog’, hankering after a twoc’ed mutt through a beautiful, Roedelius-like lead refrain, barely-there rhythms and swarming spectral shapes. Worth the wait? Indeed.



PANDA BEAR / ACTRESS
Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Mix)
ELECTRONIC
Kompakt
7″ // £5.49

Following a flurry of 7″ activity in 2010, Panda Bear prepares for his full length with sterling remix support from Actress. Prostrated on the beach, waves crashing in the background, ‘Surfers Hymn’ is a delirious pop ritual revolving around cascading, rainbow-coloured melodies struck on some kind of treated marimba or xylophone and refracted against the sand’s heat haze shimmer into glorious harmonies, crucial points accentuated with the sound of overheard planes and squawking gulls. Dazed and washed up after a day in the waves, Actress’ ‘Primitive Patterns’ remix views the original though clogged ears, the tinkling, melodic polyrhythms sounding like they’re played back through a conch shell while the percussive grooves are corroded to a sand-stomping tribal jack reminding of Ra.H’s ‘Time’ 12″ for Morphosis. This is one irresistible bit of wax – strictly limited and Highly recommended!



EKOPLEKZ
Fountain Square EP
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Mordant Music
12″ // £7.99

**Extremely limited twelve – new from Ekoplekz** Ekoplekz illuminates our radar with an incoming alien dub transmission for Mordant Music. Sharing two of its tracks, ‘Fountain Square’ is a vinyl companion to the recent, blink-and-you-missed-it ‘Memowrekz’ tapepack, investigating similarly unexplained analog occurrences as his Punch Drunk wax outing in 2010. These tracks are perhaps rhythmically and melodically made for the ‘floor, albeit the anti-G ‘floor of a one man echo chamber lost in deepest headspace. ‘Daytron Romance’ is a gritty lo-fi stepper with skittering, delayed drums creating a giddy sense of chaos around an harmonious core of woozy Radiophonic tones. ‘Doctrine 81’ (a version of ‘Doctrine 72’ from the boxset) salutes Sun Araw from the other side of the moon, squashing bulbous subs until they start to distort and crack while Martian melodica sings to the rain gods. Doing a one-foot bubble on the flip, ‘Arkrite’ is a dense cloud of animalistic analogue spirits, like the Elephants got loose from Ijahman Levi’s I Am A levi’ and took to a boiling, Ballardian ocean with Tapes in a ferric vessel while ‘Temporal Drift’ is the open ended voyage into cyberdub dimensions tipping off at the point of event horizon. Limited copies – essential purchase.



MEMOTONE / LUKID
Multicolour EP (Lukid Mix)
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Massively impressive debut from multi-instrumentalist talent, Memotone, backed with a smudged House refit by Lukid! Lead track ‘Multicolour’ is a masterful frisson of crisp and sharp, technicoloured hi-end riffage cushioned by wide subs with a magical, BoC like wow & flutter breakdown, but ‘Bellatrix’ is more on the Zomby tip, calculated synth arpeggiations running over tumultuous hiphop/double-timed rhythms. In a stroke of A&R genius, Lukid appears on the flip with a cyber-dreamy refit infused with padded 4/4 House kicks while the sugary melody is caramelised into a sticky, shiny residue. Don’t sleep on this one!



WILLI WILLIAMS
Sweet Home
DUB / REGGAE
Dug Out
12″ // £6.99

Deadly, digitally-driven special from the Black Victory vaults, rescued from obscurity by the Honest Jon’s/Mark Ernestus-curated Dug Out imprint. Powered by a welting machine rhythm – sounding more criss than ever on this pressing – Bagga Walker’s bass speaks eases the groove while Willie Williams sings, but the best has to be the rare, gripping Colarman toast.



MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Exorcism Of The Hippies
ELECTRONIC
Pendu Sound Recordings
7″ // £6.99

Limited edition (300 copies) vinyl debut from A/V W*itch House force, Mater Susiria Vision. If you’ve had a beady eye on this scene you’ll no doubt be familiar with MSV’s occultish oeuvre. Their work always has a strong visual corollary, usually appearing on multimedia DVDs or CDs up until now, and slots in neatly with Pendu Sound’s tainted roster of Atelecine and Chelsea Wolfe, among others. However, it’s hard to escape the fact that ‘Exorcism Of The Hippies’ sounds like an emaciated Salem. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing, and their exaggeratedly lo-fi methods gives the record a shadowy soul of its own, but you do end up kinda craving some more 808 fills and proper hooks. It looks great though, and for the collectors this is choice little oddity. Limited copies – don’t sleep!

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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INWARD CONTENT (DELTA FUNKTIONEN)
Inward Content
Meanwhile
2LP // £16.99

Clandestine techno/house imprint, Meanwhile records reveals a one-off opus from two highly respected techno producers, Niels Luinenberg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao). The deeply mystical ‘Inward Content’ session represents the Leuwarden sound of their native north Holland (also former home to another master of hypnotic repetition ((of the graphic type)), M.C. Escher) with an elegant, classically informed and deeply refined brand of 4/4 also identified on celebrated 12″s…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MEMOTONE / LUKID
Multicolour EP (Lukid Mix)
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Massively impressive debut from multi-instrumentalist talent, Memotone, backed with a smudged House refit by Lukid! Lead track ‘Multicolour’ is a masterful frisson of crisp and sharp, technicoloured hi-end riffage cushioned by wide subs with a magical, BoC like wow & flutter breakdown, but ‘Bellatrix’ is more on the Zomby tip, calculated synth arpeggiations running over tumultuous hiphop/double-timed rhythms. In a stroke of A&R genius, Lukid appears on the flip with…

LONE
Echolocations EP (Transparent Vinyl)
R&S Records
2LP // £16.99

*Some copies may be incorrectly labelled with the same labels for sides A&B and sides C&D – though the audio is correct* Does this man bleed MDMA?! Lone brings his £20-pill-strength sound to R&S for a six track session of skin-tingling, face-wiping House music. With a sound redolent of Fabio & Groovrider playing the Hacienda circa ’91, ‘Echolocations’ cannily closes a 20 year circle for R&S, time-splitting us between ’91…

DORIAN CONCEPT
Her Tears Taste Like Pears
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Four tracks of properly advanced electronic funk. Since 2008 Dorian Concept has made an indelible imprint on electronic music, not least with his incredible ‘When Stars Explode’ album and the outrageous ‘Trilingual Dance Sexperience’. For Ninja Tune he drops a suite of surprisingly DJ-friendly dancefloor idiosyncrasies, shimmying between the Funky-compatible, jazz-twirling dip ‘n jak of the title track to the Bashment bouncing propulsion of ‘My Face Needs Food’, sounding uncannily…

RAS G / LORN / ELIPHINO
Hoya:hoya Vol.2: Eliphino, Ras G & Lorn
Hoya:hoya
12″ // £6.99

Manchester’s Hoya:Hoya institution present their 2nd release, featuring music by Eliphino, Lorn and Ras G & The Afrikan Space Programme. Giving a diverse taste of their clubnight, which was hailed by Flying Lotus as one of the best on the world, Eliphino delivers the upstroked R&B skip of ‘Don’t Try Be’, a fluid futurist dancefloor riddim with hints of 2-Step, wonky electronics and coruscating female vocals (possibly Aaliyah?). Flipside, Lorn…

KURTIS SCOTT
If You Feel It
Unforgettable Music
7″ // £8.99

**Vinyl housed in fold-out card sleeve, includes 6″x6″ 12-page booklet with poetry by Kurtis and a short biography** Luxury re-press of Kurtis Scott’s electro-funk obscurity ‘If You Feel It (Get Up And Dance)’. According to his biography Kurtis has done it all, trained with Sugar Ray Robinson, acted with Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, and amassed over 2000 of his own poems on his website. His A-side side is a…

INFINITIROCK
Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Primordial Recollection
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £11.99

“By day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot of classical indian music around the house and since he could not understand hindi,…

INFINITIROCK
Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Primordial Recollection
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

“By day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot of classical indian music around the house and since he could not understand hindi,…

EASY & CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
Pythagoras Falafel Calamity
HARMONIA
12″ // £8.99

Ever wondered what Omar Souleyman’s band would sound like played through a gameboy? Easy & The Centre Of The Universe have made that daydream a reality with ‘Pythagoras Falafel Community’, five tracks of Skweee-seasoned Arabesques. However, be assured this isn’t just a cheeky pastiche. It’s maybe more like the original Prince Of Persia soundtrack taken to the Nth degree, from the overheated saz and circuit boards of ‘Yazid’ to the…

BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD
Summer Heart
PLANCHA / ART UNION
CD // £12.99

Winsome, debut chillwave opus from San Francisco’s Blackbrd Blackbird on Japan’s consistently trustworthy Art Union imprint. Formerly known as Bye Bye Blackbird, Mikey Sanders has upgraded his moniker in line with his production values, lending ‘Summer Heart’ an assured balance of wistful gauziness and more tangible electronic textures. Comparisons can be made to a whole sea of luminescent young souls such as Avey Tare, Toro Y Moi or Junior Boys…

TONY COOK
The Rap feat. The Kids
Stones Throw Records
7″ // £6.99

Further to his distinguished accomplishments in the field of freaky funk, Tony Cook unleashes two dirty little ’80s funk nuggets for Stones Throw. You gotta love the appearance of The Kids on ‘The Rap’ singing “i’m a woman’s man, a man’s threat” set to cowbell and synth driven disco-hop. So wrong but so good! Flip over and the mature synthfunk of ‘What’s On Your Mind’ should trigger lewd thoughts on…
BOOKS
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DAVID PINNER
Ritual
FINDERS KEEPERS
Book // £12.99

**Hardback edition from the Finders Keepers Forgery, highly recommended!** “Shrouded in the same brand of mystery and contradiction that forms its tangled plot, Ritual, the 1967 debut by RADA-trained playwright David Pinner is commonly recognised by cult cinema fanatics as the original seed that grew into the towering movie enigma The Wicker Man. Four decades since it first hit the bookshelves, rediscover this true modern rarity and historical keystone in…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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DAPHNI (CARIBOU)
Daphni Edits Vol. 1
RESISTA
12″ // £7.99

Enchanting first edition from the Resista label, offering two edits from one Daphni aka Mr Dan Snaith aka Caribou! Face up we’re smitten with the modern Afro-beat percolation of ‘Mapfumo’, his edit of a Chimurenga tune – the Zimbabwean style drawing on traditional Shona and Mbira music but played with electrified instrumentation – adding a lick of subbass and dubbed out tricks to the gorgeous guitar and vocals to really…

MILTON HAMILTON / PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL ALL-STARS
Edits By Mr K. – Sampler #3
Strut
12″ // £5.99

Expertly juiced, exclusive edits of Milton Hamilton’s Bob Blank-produced ‘We Have All The Time’ and a new, stereo Extended version of ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto’ by Philadelphia International All-Stars, pressed up extra loud for the DJs. The former is taken from the 1976 LP ‘Disco Madness’ on Tito Rodriguez’ TR imprint and is one of Bob Blank’s earliest productions. The latter removes the ‘floor-unfriendly bits for an eminently mixable,…

VARIOUS / TRANS AIR
West Indies Funk
TRANS AIR
2LP // £16.99

**Now available on vinyl** Trans Air return for a follow-up to the charming ‘Disc’o’Lypso’ with an 11 track compilation of Caribbean Funk. No denying it, The Esso Trinidad Steel Band’s cover of The Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ is a huge highlight, ready to charm the pants off any party in warmer climes (just turn the central heating up), and there’s also a cover of The Meters’ ‘Cardova’ by…
DOCUMENTARY
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JENNIFER MAAS
Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and ’70s
Cinewax
DVD // £11.99

**Finally on DVD after winning awards at film festivals around the globe. Special Features: deleted scenes, concert footage, trailer, What’s a Wheedle featurette, and more “Best documentary of 2010” – Michael Simmons, LA Weekly** “During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and decades before Nirvana, Microsoft and Starbucks put Seattle on the map, Seattle’s African American neighborhood known as the Central District was buzzing. The soul sounds of groups like…
DUB / REGGAE
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WILLI WILLIAMS
Sweet Home
Dug Out
12″ // £6.99

Deadly, digitally-driven special from the Black Victory vaults, rescued from obscurity by the Honest Jon’s/Mark Ernestus-curated Dug Out imprint. Powered by a welting machine rhythm – sounding more criss than ever on this pressing – Bagga Walker’s bass speaks eases the groove while Willie Williams sings, but the best has to be the rare, gripping Colarman toast.

NITTY GRITTY
General Penitentiary
Dug Out
LP // £9.99

Another Black Victory classic pulled up by the Honest Jon’s/Mark Ernestus-curated Dug Out label! The young stylishly individual Nitty Gritty rides riddims produced by a dreamteam of Studio One and Bullwackies players in 1985. The production is semi-digital, featuring some tearing machine rhythms offset with deft Piano Organ, Guitar, Sax and Trumpet, all underpinned by Bagga’s bass. The original is super-rare so this reissue should be considered quite essential.

NITTY GRITTY
General Penitentiary
Dug Out
CD // £8.99

Another Black Victory classic pulled up by the Honest Jon’s/Mark Ernestus-curated Dug Out label! The young stylishly individual Nitty Gritty rides riddims produced by a dreamteam of Studio One and Bullwackies players in 1985. The production is semi-digital, featuring some tearing machine rhythms offset with deft Piano Organ, Guitar, Sax and Trumpet, all underpinned by Bagga’s bass. The original is super-rare so this reissue should be considered quite essential.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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BURIAL
Street Halo
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

‘Street Halo’ is the first solo Burial 12″ in four years. It’s a peach. A-side ‘Street Halo’ is a yearning 4/4 roller tucked with all the hallmarks of his finest and usefully cut at 45rpm in case you want some slopped and screwed fun. Flipside, we find the slowdown soul-tugger ‘NYC’ featuring a more prominent vocal in the style of his songs from ‘Untrue’, but best of all is ‘Stolen…

FALTY DL
You Stand Uncertain
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

*Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* New York’s irrepresible anglophile Falty DL takes influence from the last 20 years of UK and US dance music on a brilliant 2nd album for Planet Mu. Since his debut ‘Love Is A Liability’ was released in 2009, Falty DL (real name: Drew Lustman) has risen to the forefront of the scene with a slew of deft remixes for The xx,…

FALTY DL
You Stand Uncertain
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99

New York’s irrepresible anglophile Falty DL takes influence from the last 20 years of UK and US dance music on a brilliant 2nd album for Planet Mu. Since his debut ‘Love Is A Liability’ was released in 2009, Falty DL (real name: Drew Lustman) has risen to the forefront of the scene with a slew of deft remixes for The xx, Shake, Mount Kimbie and many others, to much critical…

BODDIKA
You Tell Me / Breezin
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.49

Supremely dynamic, Technoid futurism from the studio of Boddika aka Instra:mental’s Alex Green. Boddika is the name he uses to exercise those areas of his production palette which are possibly too freaky for his better known alias, so here we get the dazzling architecture of ‘You Tell Me’ with its highly individual torsion and detuned lead riff, while ‘Breez’in’ jams on a fruity House tip, albeit a fruity flavour spiked…

KEVIN RUDOLF / ROCKWELL
I Made It ft. Lil Wayne, Jay Sean & Birdman (Rockwell Mixes)
MELTED DUBS
12″ // £6.49

Rockwell breaks the seal for the Melted Dubs series of refixes from unconventional producers. He offers a re-lick of Cash Money Heroes (Lil Wayne, Birdman, Kevin Rudolf and Jay Sean), uprooting their dirty South Bounce and synching them to a quicksilver stepper that’s neither double time, or half, it’s just a badass groove built with all the sorcery you’d expect from a Rockwell beat. Dub included on the flip.

SNOW GHOSTS
Lost At Sea EP
Black Acre
12″ // £6.99

Snow Ghosts is a stirring collaboration between the hotly tipped Throwing Snow and recently formed, London-based ensemble, Augustus Ghost. A-side they pillow dive into the drama of ‘And The Moon’, sounding something like the dreamchild of Clubroot, Björk and Various Production and dominated by Hannah Cartwright’s arresting, folksy vocals. The windswept romance of ‘Lost Of Sea’ follows, perhaps saluting the sepulchral vibe of Zola Jesus in a more subdued, British…

GERRY READ
Patterns EP
Dark Arx
12″ // £5.99

Debut 12″ from Gerry Read on London’s Dark Arx imprint. Compared to their first two occulded releases from Dark Arx and Binary Sequence, this one is a relative ray of sunshine, twisting up some crooked post-Techno Garage rhythm with convective chords a la George Fitzgerald or Joy O on ‘Last Time’, or tucking more broken yet House-y drum programming under exothermic melody on ‘Patterns’.

UNKNOWN / ERCA MYSTERY PROJECTS
Promiscuous Gyal (Dark Sky Remix)
ERCA Mystery Projects
12″ // £5.99

Dark Sky turn a modern pop soul classic inside-out on a 1-sided session for Erca. Last year it was Brandy and Erykah abused by Fantastic Mr Fox and Pariah, this time Nelly Furtado is flipped by Dark Sky with and abundance of tricky triplet programming and screwed vocals lashed to massive, undulating subs.

LURKA
Return / Stabiliser
Box Clever
10″ // £5.99

Slick sophomore effort from Lurka, operating on some teched-out tribalist tip for Box Clever. A-side ‘Return’ is like a synthesis of Shackleton’s dread drums with the dynamics of Instra:mental and the groove trickery of Ramadanman. ‘Stabiliser’ is more centripetal; crisp, organic drums dissappear into a vacuum roller primed for those who like their riddims lean, dark and dextrous.

LOL
Trophy Wife
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.49

London’s scene sensations, LOL drop the 2nd part of their LP project inspired by pre-internet music production and aesthetics. With an arsenal of VHS tape, ’70s valve microphones, analogue synths, cheap Argos catalogue guitars, and ’80s drum machines they make leftfield pop which references the music they grew up with. Their beveled arrangements and fluid poppiness bely no shortage of ideas or the chops to pull them off with a…

DJ MADD
The Battle / Secrets
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £5.99

Wheel & Deal tool up with two bellicose riddims from DJ Madd. There’s obviously some militant theme here, from the artwork depicting some urban stand-off to the track titles like ‘The Battle’, with its adrenaline-triggering waves off subbass and rock solid half-step stance, and over into ‘Secrets’, its electrodub-infected ally on the flip.

EMALKAY
Fabrication / Massive
Dub Police Records
12″ // £5.99

Turbo-injected halfstep worriment from Birmingham’s Emalkay! Face up, he nods to the OG neuro sound of Bad Company on ‘Fabrication’ full of finely chiselled rave noises to trigger your nostril of donkey solidifier, while flipside ‘Massive’ locks off a tighter, molasses-rooted raver with deft drum programming and dynamic mid-range synth bursts. Stonk!

PHOTEK / BODDIKA
101 (Boddika Mix) / This City
Photek Productions
12″ // £6.99

Photek fires off another 12″ of new gear, this one including a sharp Boddika remix. A-side, Boddika reworks ‘101’ fromt he previous single, armed only with a some crushingly pointillist drum machine sounds for a sparse and finely effective groover. Flipside, Photek drops ‘This City’, an augmented Electro-House-esque heavyweight propelled by overpowering kicks. Full colour jacket.

SWARMS
Old Raves End
Lodubs
CD // £12.99

“Swarms are Bristol-based production trio, originally from Malvern, where they came together under a shared love of many different influences; Sam and Pete both have a diverse background in post-rock, electronica, shoe gaze and ambient styles, while Tom brings in a deep understanding of drum and bass and dubstep. The merging of these sounds and ideas manifests itself in the uniquely evocative output of Swarms. Early tracks were created “just…
ELECTRONIC
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PANDA BEAR / ACTRESS
Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Mix)
Kompakt
7″ // £5.49

Following a flurry of 7″ activity in 2010, Panda Bear prepares for his full length with sterling remix support from Actress. Prostrated on the beach, waves crashing in the background, ‘Surfers Hymn’ is a delirious pop ritual revolving around cascading, rainbow-coloured melodies struck on some kind of treated marimba or xylophone and refracted against the sand’s heat haze shimmer into glorious harmonies, crucial points accentuated with the sound of overheard…

WESTERN STANDARDS
Space Is A Place
WESTERN STANDARDS
LP+CD // £15.99

**Limited to 110 copies with bonus CD** Second transmission from the mysterious Western Standards, giving a curiously nuanced and diverse followup up to the enigmatic scenery of their ‘Energy Centre’ edition which dropped by in late 2010. Again, we’re given few clues as to the music’s origins, but with records like this half the fun is in filling in the gaps for yourself. The A-side guides us through three distinct…

MATER SUSPIRIA VISION
Exorcism Of The Hippies
Pendu Sound Recordings
7″ // £6.99

Limited edition (300 copies) vinyl debut from A/V W*itch House force, Mater Susiria Vision. If you’ve had a beady eye on this scene you’ll no doubt be familiar with MSV’s occultish oeuvre. Their work always has a strong visual corollary, usually appearing on multimedia DVDs or CDs up until now, and slots in neatly with Pendu Sound’s tainted roster of Atelecine and Chelsea Wolfe, among others. However, it’s hard to…

THEY LIVE
Cancel Standard
Exit Records
LP // £11.99

So, They Live turns out to be a collaboration between Joe Seven (who dropped that killer 10″ a few weeks back) and epic D&B producer, Consequence. ‘Cancel Standard’ is their debut album, an exquisite suite of deeply atmospheric, sci-fi-toned productions with an engrossing narrative and exceptional production values. Tempos are kept downbeat and bass is squashed deep into the groove, making clear their intentions for this to be used as…

THEY LIVE
Cancel Standard
Exit Records
CD // £8.99

So, They Live turns out to be a collaboration between Joe Seven (who dropped that killer 10″ a few weeks back) and epic D&B producer, Consequence. ‘Cancel Standard’ is their debut album, an exquisite suite of deeply atmospheric, sci-fi-toned productions with an engrossing narrative and exceptional production values. Tempos are kept downbeat and bass is squashed deep into the groove, making clear their intentions for this to be used as…

ELLEN ALLIEN
Dust Remixes
Bpitch Control
CD // £10.99

Ellen Allien’s ‘Dust’ was another key step in her evolution from techno superstar to skewed pop starlet, and while it lacked the 4/4 crunch of her earlier work it still retained enough of the attitude to win over new fans. Now, however, she’s brought that pulsing beat back thanks to a whole gang of able remixers, from the tried and tested (Bodycode, Aux 88, Adultnapper) to the young bloods (Nicholas…

ANTONYM
Revile
Semantica
LP // £8.99

*Limited to 200 copies* Downwards contributor, Antonym features on the latest limited pressing from Spain’s Semantica label. Its creator is credited with “spoken word loops & electronics” formed into hypnotising experimental textures and patterns. This is far more esoteric than anything that’s appeared on the label thus far, and is gonna disappear in a flash…

RENE HELL
The Terminal Symphony
Type
CD // £7.99

Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, ‘Porcelain Opera’, his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7″ track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho’s Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an…

TOM THIEL
Tom Thiel
Shitkatapult
CD // £12.99

As a member of Bus (with Daniel Meteo) and Sun Electric (with MvO Trio / NSI.’s Max Loderbauer), Tom Thiel can claim to be a core member of the “Berlin Scene” for the last 20 years. So, it’s about time he delivered his debut solo album! His eponymous effort is a pure example of the Berlin electronic dub aesthetic, eleven tracks of dynamic, atmospheric, and economical productions sculpted by an…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS
Diamond Mine
Domino
LP // £10.49

Scottish feller and Fence Collective boss Kenny Anderson has notched up about forty albums to date, so why should we pay attention to this one? Well, frankly because it’s a collaboration with Jon Hopkins, the Helios-indebted friend of Eno who’s popped up on a whole host of rather good albums over the last few years. Hopkins’ greatest recent triumph was the fantastic Monsters OST, and he brings a similar level…

KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS
Diamond Mine
Domino
CD // £10.49

Scottish feller and Fence Collective boss Kenny Anderson has notched up about forty albums to date, so why should we pay attention to this one? Well, frankly because it’s a collaboration with Jon Hopkins, the Helios-indebted friend of Eno who’s popped up on a whole host of rather good albums over the last few years. Hopkins’ greatest recent triumph was the fantastic Monsters OST, and he brings a similar level…

MOUNTAINEER
The Real Mcqueen
Leng Records
CD // £9.99

I’ve always had a soft spot for Hamburg-based band Mountaineer. Led by the silky vocal tones of Henning Wandhoff, ‘The Real McQueen’ again finds him accompanied by Alexander Rischer on guitar, Anna Berermann on vocals and Christian Ebert on omnichord. It’s unsurprisingly sunny stuff too, bringing together the crisp Latin-via-alt country haze of Calexico and the nostalgic glow of classic 70s exotica to create an album that unreservedly revels in…

J MASCIS
Several Shades of Why
SUB POP
LP // £10.49

I suppose people shouldn’t be too surprised that J. Mascis’s latest solo outing is a peaceful, near-acoustic affair. He did after all help out his chum Thurston Moore on the gorgeous ‘Trees Outside the Academy’ LP, and here we find the Dinosaur Jr. feller pushing the rock and roll out into the cold and embracing something truly beautiful. He’s not alone either, Mascis has enlisted some enviable names; Sophie Trudeau…

MICHAEL CHAPMAN
Fully Qualified Survivor
Light In The Attic
LP // £14.99

*1970 British folk rock classic re-issued on vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve.* “Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the linage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60’s/early 70’s. For those unfamiliar with Chapman’s work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed…

T-BONE WALKER
You’re My Best Poker Hand: The Definitive Collection
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

“T-Bone Walker was crucial to the formulation of modern blues. Lovers of blues piano might not like that fact, but without T-Bone’s innovatory approach to playing the guitar there would have been no B.B. King, no Buddy Guy, no Freddie King, no Eric Clapton, nor any of the plank-spankers who strut the stage at blues festivals and club gigs. The line began with TBone, who along with his friend Charlie…

THOUSANDS
The Sound Of Everything
Bella Union
CD // £12.99

Disappointed with the sound they were making in their bedroom studio, acoustic duo Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman (aka The Thousands) decided to take an unusual route in the recording of their debut LP, they took it outside. Yep screw your fancy field recordings; these guys actually recorded the whole album in the great outdoors, giving it a strange but beautiful resonance, especially given the music itself. Comparisons will no…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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CAROUSELL (RICHARD SKELTON)
Black Swallow & Other Songs (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited pressing, initial copies come on clear vinyl* Following on from a cover feature in this month’s The Wire magazine, Richard Skelton makes this beautiful and scarce CD album available on a limited edition vinyl pressing. ‘Black Swallow & Other Songs’ was originally released on Skelton’s own Sustain Release imprint in a criminally low run of 100 CDs, so this will be the first chance many will get to…

PETER BRODERICK & MACHINEFABRIEK
Mort Aux Vaches
Mort Aux Vaches
CD // £16.99

*Limited to 500 copies only for the world, housed in a 3-panel 3-colour cover with hand-assembled printed paper tape* Peter Broderick: violin, piano, saw, voice Rutger Zuydervelt: guitar, objects, effects Jan Kleefstra: words (track 2) Romke Kleefstra: guitar, effects (track 2) Anne Chris Bakker: guitar, effects, laptop (track 2) Nils Frahm: piano (track 2) . Produced and recorded for Dwars by Berry Kamer, Amsterdam, 5 November 2009. Mastered by Nils…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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RADIOHEAD
The King Of Limbs
XL
LP // £12.99

Not that it really matters a jot what we have to say, but boy this is a good album. Radiohead have long found themselves in the strange position of being tagged as weird by the mainstream press (by mainstream read pretty much everybody), and not quite weird enough by everyone else. Meantime, the band carry on producing an exceptional body of work, writing amazing songs and rendering them with invention…

RADIOHEAD
The King Of Limbs
XL
CD // £8.99

Not that it really matters a jot what we have to say, but boy this is a good album. Radiohead have long found themselves in the strange position of being tagged as weird by the mainstream press (by mainstream read pretty much everybody), and not quite weird enough by everyone else. Meantime, the band carry on producing an exceptional body of work, writing amazing songs and rendering them with invention…

CHALK CIRCLE
Reflection
Post Present Medium
LP // £12.49

**Includes 16-page booklet compiled by Sharon Cheslow depicting the Chalk Circle story through photographs, press clippings and liner notes by Don Fleming** “Chalk Circle existed in the Washington, DC metro area punk/hardcore scene between 1981 and 1983. They were the first all-female rock or punk band ever to record and perform in DC, their recorded output is finally available on vinyl for the first time. Co-released by both Mississippi Records…

DANIELSON
Best Of Gloucester County
Fire Records
LP // £11.99

“5 years. A very long time in popular music. And yet 5 years is the time it took Daniel Christopher Smith, a.k.a. Brother Danielson, a.k.a. Danielson, to complete this his newest work. In a way, Danielson has, during these 5 years, let go (reluctantly, perhaps) of some family collaborators – namely his brothers Andrew and David, the percussionists, and childhood friends Chris and Ted, on keys and bass/guitar respectively. While…

EAT LIGHTS BECOME LIGHTS
Autopia
ENRAPTURED
LP // £14.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl** Driving yet melodic, Krautrock-referencing debut album from respected outfit, Eat Lights Become Lights – pressed on green vinyl. The group have found many fans through via previous singles for Enraptured and tours with New York’s Silver Apples, Stuart Maconie among them. Enhanced by digital emulations of classic ’60s compressors and EQs, ‘Autopia’ also folds in other influences from techno and shoegaze to create an impressively tight approximation…

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Belong
Play It Again Sam
LP // £12.49

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are (along with Vivian Girls and other Brooklyn-based operatives) at the center of an American indie revolution. A revolution that seems somehow to have set its sights on the most unlikely of targets – British twee pop. The band’s self-titled debut was a triumph of classic indie songwriting, and had more in common with Heavenly, The Wedding Present and the Sarah Records catalogue…

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Belong
Play It Again Sam
CD // £10.49

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are (along with Vivian Girls and other Brooklyn-based operatives) at the center of an American indie revolution. A revolution that seems somehow to have set its sights on the most unlikely of targets – British twee pop. The band’s self-titled debut was a triumph of classic indie songwriting, and had more in common with Heavenly, The Wedding Present and the Sarah Records catalogue…

YOUNGTEAM
Daydreamer
NORTHERN STAR
CD // £8.99

A Swedish band named after a Mogwai album – I was pretty certain that Youngteam would be some kind of whimsical Northern European post rock. Here’s the news – it’s actually not, and the band seem to (oddly enough) prefer British shoegaze than our shimmery Ebowed friends from Glasgow. Just flick over to album centerpiece ‘Northern Star’ and you’ll hear the kind of blurred, distortion heavy fretwork we’d have expected…
JAZZ / RELATED
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THE NATURAL YOGURT BAND
Tuck In With…
Now Again
CD // £13.99

Leading on from Jazzman Gerald’s issue of The Natural Yoghurt Band’s uncanny recreation of vintage library psychefunk sounds on ‘Away With Meloncholy’, Now Again present their sophomore effort. The first album sold out in a flash and judging from the endearing outernational eccentricities of ‘Tuck In With…’, this will be a favourite with those who who like their psyche expansive, unpredictable and irreverent.

THE OVERTON BERRY ENSEMBLE
T.O.B.E. / At Seattle’s Doubletree Inn
Light In The Attic
2LP // £24.99

*Double release LP featuring 2 of Overton Berry’s highly sought after recordings. Limited vinyl only reissue (1000 copies) with re-mastered audio, hand-numbered jacket, new notes, & unseen photos. Includes a download card with 3 previously unreleased live tracks – redeemable directly from the label* “Have you ever heard of Tukwila? Well, it’s safe to say that if Light In The Attic wasn’t located in Seattle, Washington, we mightn’t have either….
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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NETHER
True Believer (Marcus Intalex Mix)
Deep Soul Music
12″ // £6.49

Dubbed-out D&B from Nether, backed with a bulkier ‘Dancehall’ remix by Marcus Intalex featuring Ras T-Weed. The blooming dub chords of the original actually sounds like something from the Echospace catalogue before the hi-hats and sullen, sunken subs give its D&B provenance away. The end result is somewhere between the clipped halfstep sound and luscious Dub House, one for the very early, or very late hours of the night, depending….
MAGAZINE
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ZEKE CLOUGH
Proto Murk 1
PROTO MURK
Mag // £6.99

Tiny repress of the first Proto Murk magazine by Zeke Clough aka the dark mind behind the Skull Disco and Woe To The Septic Heart artwork. If you picked up the Shoogooble series all those years ago you’ll appreciate that these are now in full colour and just as disturbed as ever. TIP!
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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JACEK SIENKIEWICZ
On The Road
Cocoon Recordings
CD // £10.49

Polish Tech-House architect serves his second album for Cocoon. ‘On The Road’ is a brooding, clinically finished affair, giving eight examples of the efficiently propulsive style he’s honed over the years for labels such as Smallville and Klang, besides his own Recognition imprint.

SNORETEX
Strange Aeons
BUZZIN’ FLY
12″ // £5.99

Sam Willis (Allez-Allez / Walls) recently introduced his Snoretex alias with a great remix on the ‘Re-Synthesist’ CD for Harald Grosskopf. Now backed with an hypnotic SJU Muzic remix by Glenn Underground and Boo Williams he seduces us with the 100bpm Disco-Drag pacing of ‘Strange Aeons’, a sumptuous seven minute span of drowsy atmospheric pressure propelled by a tightly rolled triplets and splashed with electroid chirrups. Chicago’s Boo Williams and…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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LOUIS & BEBE BARRON
Forbidden Planet
POPPY DISC
LP // £13.99

The 1956 soundtrack to sci-fi classic ‘Forbidden Planet’ is possibly one of the best known, yet least owned pieces of tape music in history. Long unavailable on vinyl, it’s definitively evocative ‘electronic tonalities’ were crafted by husband/wife duo Louis and Bebe Barron using the earliest tape recording techniques. Louis, a playwright, and Bebe, a researcher for Life magazine had gained some experience with tape through an early Telefunken model given…

EKOPLEKZ
Fountain Square EP
Mordant Music
12″ // £7.99

**Extremely limited twelve – new from Ekoplekz** Ekoplekz illuminates our radar with an incoming alien dub transmission for Mordant Music. Sharing two of its tracks, ‘Fountain Square’ is a vinyl companion to the recent, blink-and-you-missed-it ‘Memowrekz’ tapepack, investigating similarly unexplained analog occurrences as his Punch Drunk wax outing in 2010. These tracks are perhaps rhythmically and melodically made for the ‘floor, albeit the anti-G ‘floor of a one man echo…

LEB LAZE
Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Troubled Machinery
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

“What started out as a total bummer–musical sketches and ideas hindered by a conked out machine–actually turned into an album. What you are hearing on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze’s core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die it randomly “freezes” at any given moment, often times wiping out anything that has been created within its path. What…

LEB LAZE
Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Troubled Machinery
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £11.99

“What started out as a total bummer–musical sketches and ideas hindered by a conked out machine–actually turned into an album. What you are hearing on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze’s core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die it randomly “freezes” at any given moment, often times wiping out anything that has been created within its path. What…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS
Interplay
METAMATIC
CD // £13.99

“Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He’s best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as ‘a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.’ Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ‘’pop’’ than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together – from early ‘80s electro…

CHELSEA WOLFE
The Grime and The Glow
Pendu Sound Recordings
LP // £14.99

NYC’s Pendu Sound follow aTelecine’s ‘A Tape Culture…’ with the much talked about sophomore effort from L.A. native, Chelsea Wolfe. Like Sascha Grey, Chelsea has a taste for the sweet blood of gothic noise music, giving her vocals over to a grim and remorselessly gloomy style of garage goth-rock also comparable in no small part to the earlier Zola Jesus records. There’s a lugubrious, lead-hearted aesthetic at the core of…

OM UNIT
The Timps EP
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £7.99

Om Unit presents a killer EP of fractured Electro for Civil Music, one of his very best to date. Paying dues to Aux 88 ‘The Timps’ jams on a shark-eyed, night-hunting Detroit vibe and ‘Prawn Cocktail’ craftily loosens the rigid swing of the old stuff with trickily programmed patterns and cascading arpeggiations for the electro swingers. He also provides a more shaking Kenny Larkin-like ‘Alternative Mix’ of ‘The Timps’ next…

ADVENTURE
Lesser Known
Carpark Records
LP // £14.99

Being a close associate of Baltimore’s very own electro superhero Dan Deacon, it would be predictable to assume that Adventure’s Benny Boeldt is a purveyor of sparkly, unpredictable electro symphonies. And you’d be warm for sure, but Boeldt seems far less interested in the sticky dancefloor, and far more taken by the neon haze of the 1980s and early 1990s. ‘Lesser Known’ is an album that to these ears seems…

ADVENTURE
Lesser Known
Carpark Records
CD // £9.99

Being a close associate of Baltimore’s very own electro superhero Dan Deacon, it would be predictable to assume that Adventure’s Benny Boeldt is a purveyor of sparkly, unpredictable electro symphonies. And you’d be warm for sure, but Boeldt seems far less interested in the sticky dancefloor, and far more taken by the neon haze of the 1980s and early 1990s. ‘Lesser Known’ is an album that to these ears seems…

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
At Home (Berou & Canblaster / Kelley Polar Mixes)
ZIRKULO
12″ // £6.99

Neuphoric pop music from London-loving Crystal Fighters, re-spun by Berou & Canblaster, Kelley Polar, and Mistabishi. Released just in time for the first buds of spring, ‘At Home’ is full of hand-holding vocal harmonies, a sliver of folksy ukulele (maybe banjo, maybe a fiddle?) and fat ’80s bass, kinda Katrina and the Waves for cool kids? For the ‘floor, Berou & Canblaster lend them an infusion of trim tribalist drums,…

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR
My House (Derrick Carter / Tensnake Mixes)
Moshi Moshi Records
12″ // £5.99

If you’ve stepped inside a club over the last few months you’ll no doubt have heard the “My House, is in order” refrain of Hercules & Love Affair’s ‘My House’. Here it is on 12″, backed up with a piano-heavy version from Stopmakingme, a surprisingly abrasive ‘BHQ Voodoo’ mix from Derrick Carter, a simmering Tensnake take and best of all, Andy Butler’s percolating, Dance Mania-inspired mix. For the dancers!

MODESELEKTOR
Monkey Flip
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £8.99

Modeselektor head up their first solo Monkey Town release, backed with a mean Boys Noize remix! ‘Monkey Flip’ is a massive Berlin ‘bab of party goodness, rocking a ragga sound infected with spiraling IDM arpeggios and gurgling acid licks while Nazizi and Abbas drizzle hot sauce all over the joint. For the remix, Boys Noize spin it as a percolating Booty banger with squelching bass sounds and cheeky jacking groove…

SIRIUSMO
Sirimande / Feed My Meatmachine
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £7.99

Monkeytown deliver an addendum to Siriusmo’s debut LP, ‘Mosaik’ in the form of four full-fat party tunes. ‘Sirimande’ is like Bassline taken to Berlin, jacked-up and electronified; ‘Programchild’ is a cute stab at angular, heavily tweaked Electro-pop; ‘Feed My Machine’ is a discombobulated HipHop/Techno head-wrecker; the erratic ‘Auf Wiedersehn’ is a rogue polyrhythmic dance crasher with badass drums and complex melodic arrangement.
TECHNO / HOUSE
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DJ SPRINKLES / K-S.H.E
Routes Not Roots
Skylax
CD // £12.99

Much-needed reissue of Terre Thaemlitz’s (aka DJ Sprinkles) K-S.H.E, or Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion album, originally released in 2006 in a limited, bespoke run on his Comatonse label. A good proportion of the tracks have been reissued over the last 12 months on a series of Skylax vinyls but this is their first full reissue on CD, including exclusive mixes of ‘Fuck The Down-Low (What’s Your Secret Mix)’ and ‘Double Secret’….

MARCELLUS PITTMAN
The Eastside Story
Seventh Sign Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Dizzying Detroit House music from the Three Chairs’ Marcellus Pittman! Those in the know are keenly aware that this man makes extraordinary tracks, just check his Unirhythm productions or last years Fit 12″ for proof. He’s done it again with the delirious ‘The Mad Underdog’, crafting the kind of instinctive, frothing, psychotomimetic groove that most producers would kill for. Set this off in a club and watch their bodies boggle!…

TIN MAN
Devotion
SALON RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

Setting the scene for his ‘Perfume’ LP, Tin Man launches the ‘Devotion’ 12″ including remixes from Tobias. and Antislash. The last 12 months have been the most productive, release-wise, of his career, including acclaimed albums and 12″s for White Denim Records and Absurd (including a wicked Donato Dozzy remix, go check!). Remixing ‘Love Sick’ from the ‘Perfume’ LP, Tobias. applies his fluidly intuitive mixing trickery to tease melodic acid lines…

WIREMAN
Monobloc
INNER SURFACE MUSIC
12″ // £6.99

Wireman inaugurates new MCR imprint ISM with three tracks of clinically gritty Technohouse. Frontways, ‘Monobloc’ is a stealthily dubbed-out jacker with corrugated chords and sparse, purposeful beat programming designed to grip on a big rig. Flipside ‘Distance’ drops the pace and becomes more introspective, kinda like a chillier Claro Intellecto production replete with mumbling square bass and chromed-out stabs. ‘To The Sleeper’ applies the finishing touch with funked up House…

MIKE DEHNERT
Framework
Delsin
CD // £9.99

A full spectrum display of techno might from Mike Dehnert on his first album proper for Delsin – *including two extra tracks not on the vinyl!*. In the space of only three years Dehnert has accrued considerable acclaim for his uncompromising work within the parameters of pure and raw Techno, dominating dancefloors such as Berghain or Tresor and far beyond with an unruly and kinetic sound. This CD version contains…

ROOTSTRAX
Harlequin / Deep’N Raw
Deeply Rooted House
12″ // £7.99

‘Harlequin’ is the prime debut from Rootstrax on DJ Deep’s near-flawless Deeply Rooted House label. Already appearing in Recloose’s recent RA mix, it’s simply an impeccable piece of deep and driving House music imbued with the sort of finesse you’d expect from this label. His identity remains elusive for now, begging the question whether this is a well known producer acting incognito (certainly sounds like it), or a young ‘un…

STIMMING
Liquorice
DIYNAMIC
CD // £9.99

‘Liquorice’ is the second album by Hamburg’s hugely respected Stimming, serving thirteen tracks of Diynamic electro-acoustic Tech-House. His production values are head and shoulders above many in his field, allowing for a more expansive and intricately nuanced sound. His appreciation of downtempo electronic groove composition places him broadly in the same bracket as Nicolas Jaar, as he incorporates more exotic Middle Eastern melodies and percussion and hints of jazz into…

TAKESHI KOUZUKI
The House of the Rising Sun
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £7.99

A 2nd Mathematics appearance for Takeshi Kouzuki, sending four tracks of raw, melodically-wired jack beats. The pick of the bunch is a brilliant effort entitled ‘Alone’, crafted in the style of classic Armando or Phuture with warped vocals lending a sense of sci-fi mystery to the rippling jackers patterns and tweaking synthlines reminding strongly of Kassem Mosse. Choice!

RUDE 66
Two Worlds 1992-1998
Creme Organization
2LP // £16.99

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label – Clear Vinyl!** Rude 66 aka (the even cooler-monikered) Ruud Lekx presents a long-overdue retrospective compiling Acid, Techno, IDM and Ambient tracks from his DJAX and Acid Planet daze. In a similar vein to the legendary Unit Moebius, these tracks show the traces of Chicago House, Benelux EBM and Detroit Electro-Techno which informed the notorious West Coast sound, from snappy acid tweakers…

ANDREAS GEHM
U Don’t Love Me Anymore EP
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £7.99

Eccentric, esoteric House music from German producer, Andreas Gehm. He’s previously released records as Elect Pt1 for Bunker Records and as The Minister for Crème Organization, but for Mathematics he’s on a mystical Windy City quest, from the dazed tribal jack of ‘This Is Voodoo’ to warmest chord convections and simmering machine rhythms of ‘All Souls Day’, reminding of the recent Hype Williams album, and the blunted electro-buck of the…

ALEX AGORE / JAMES JOHNSTON
Improper Change / I Know It’s Not Time (Rick Wade Mix)
NO MATTER WHAT
12″ // £5.99

Straight-up, classically-informed House music from Alex Agore. His cool, chords-driven original ‘Improper Change’ is bumped with added soul juice by Lady Blacktronika, while flipside there’s James Johnston’s lean and funky ‘I Know It’s Not Time’ backed with a smart Rick Wade remix.

KIRK DEGIORGIO AND IAN O BRIEN
Promenade Eleven
APPLIED RHYTHMIC TECHNOLOGY
12″ // £5.99

Classically informed techno workout from Kirk Degiorgio and Ian O’Brien, landing on the same ART reissue series after the BFC/Psyche 12″ and Degiorgio’s ‘Nairobi EP’. It’s apparently a reverse engineered remake of ‘Night On The Promenade’ which appeared on the New Religion’s ‘The Electric Institute’ under the Super-A-Loof handle, and comes backed with Kirk’s own tranced-up remix and a driving acidic version from The Third Man.

RUSTY EGAN, BOTTIN & JUSTUS KOHNCKE
Atzaro
BLITZ CLUB
12″ // £5.99

So, by the looks of it, Rusty Egan’s Blitz Club revival wasn’t just a one-off. For the 2nd release he links with two veterans of the German and Italian disco continuums for a frisky ‘Ibiza Mix’ of ‘Atzaro, driven by thick kicks and shuffled with lithe Latin hi-hats, whereas the ‘Berlin’ mix is made for the minimal disco types, all the groove concentrated in a propulsive bass undertow with spotlighted…

SHED
Well Done My Son
Soloaction
12″ // £8.99

Repress of a real classic René Pawlowitz project from 2006! Beautifully weighty, streamlined production with stirring melodies and driving percussion; Neo-Detriot/modern Berlin styles done to the highest degree.
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VARIOUS
Play That Beat Mr. Raja Vol. 1
CARTILAGE RECORDS
LP // £13.99

‘Play That Beat Mr. Raja’ is a gobsmacking compilation of recordings made for the Tamil film industry, taking in all manner of bizarre mid-late ’80s sonics in the most beguiling, mindblowing manner. Like Charanjit Singh’s ‘Ten Raga’s To A Disco Beat’ or the Tafo Brothers’ ‘Plugged-in Pakistani Pops’ it’s an ear-opening exposé of the nascent, yet hugely sophisticated, electronic productions from this part of the world, making for a potently…

ILAIYARAAJA
Solla Solla (Volume One)
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

**First of two vinyl editions covering the work of incredible Tamil producer Ilaiyaraaja – containing 9 tracks and sleevenotes by FK’s Doug Shipton** Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India’s second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries…

ILAIYARAAJA
Solla Solla (Volume Two)
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £11.99

**Second of two vinyl editions covering the work of incredible Tamil producer Ilaiyaraaja – containing 9 tracks and sleevenotes by FK’s Doug Shipton** Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India’s second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries…

ILAIYARAAJA
Solla Solla
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

**Includes 16 tracks total, with booklet including photos and sleevenotes by FK’s Doug Shipton.** Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India’s second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries in Bollywood and Lollywood in both productivity and experimentation…

DUG DUG’S
Dug Dug’s
Lion Productions
LP // £15.99

“The “must have” debut album (1971) from psychedelic guru Armando Nava and his band, recorded after their failed trip to NYC did not produce the stardom they had been promised; pain and disappointment sparking great song-writing on this, the first Mexican psych album in English. Essential.”