Feb 182011
 

Hello,

Lots of interesting bits this week, but we seem to have spent the last few days listening to nothing other than the amazing “On Fell” 7″, a nostalgic collaboration between members of Hood and The Remote Viewer. What you get for your money are two beautiful pop songs arranged in a style synonymous with both bands and yet ultimately sounding quite unlike either – treated vocals, melodica, frayed low-end, the kind of melody that won’t leave you alone for some time. Anyway – we just absolutely love this record – it isn’t remotely relevant to anything new happening in music, but it’s offered us a momentary lapse back to another era, and it feels nice. 300 copies only – treat yourself.

Jamie xx’s sensitive yet robust overhaul of Gil Scot-Heron’s modern classic ‘I’m New Here’ lands this week and offers another tantalising glimpse into the supremely forward thinking production style of Jamie Smith. Available on a single LP pressing with lovely die-cut sleeve or on CD, it’s a robust and eye-opening set, with surprising new rhythms and contexts deftly transposing Gil’s rooted soul vocals onto an ultra-modern framework.

Another young-un making waves is Toro Y Moi on the beautifully smudged ‘Underneath The Pine’, his sophomore follow-up to 2010s much-loved ‘Causers Of This’. He cycles backwards from the ’80s boogie vibes into a gauzier, tropical cocktail of Francophile Pop and soft-focus disco with a deliciously half-cut cinematic feel referencing the likes of Ennio Morricone, Antena and The Beach Boys with a mustachioed charm.

Seasons (Pre-Din) also returns from the cold this week with one of his deeply engrossing missives ‘Lesser And Still’, limited to 130 copies for those what know, edging towards a zone where sinister and sublime become interchangeable adjectives. Norway’s Juv, meanwhile, unleash their eponymous LP for Miasmah, featuring material recorded 14 years ago! Now presented on deluxe 2LP (with free download code) and CD, it’s is a must have for fans of everyone from Svarte Greiner to Thomas Köner or Sunn 0))).

If that’s all too lovely for you, the Mirror Tapes issue of an unreleased, archival Maurizio Bianchi session is the perfect antidote. Recorded in 1981, around the same time as his definitive ‘Symphony For A Genocide’, ‘Technology-X’ is a crushing C47 of dynamic noise misanthropy delivered straight to the jugular. Amazing that this music is surfacing after all these years – and on a label from Kuala Lumpur to boot – the joys of the modern age.

Also out this week: the killer, strictly limited debut EP from the hotly tipped Creep featuring vocals from Romy XX and a Deadboy remix, a beautiful hand-made gatefold 7″ from ex-Slowdive member Simon Scott on the Sonic Pieces label, two killer EP’s from Shackleton for Honest Jon’s, plus releases from Rainbow Arabia, Omar S, Ill Blu, Funkystepz, Seiji, Lone, Six Organs of Admittance, Dolphins Into The Future, Morton Feldman, Ducktails, Horizontal Ground, Coco Bryce, Jamie Grind, L-wiz and much much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



JUV
Juv (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
MIASMAH
2LP // £13.99

*Limited double vinyl edition – comes with a download code redeemable directly from the label* Juv is the Norwegian duo of Are Mokkelbost and Marius von der Fehr. Miasmah present what is effectively their debut release, some 14 years after it was initially conceived. Between 1996 and 1998 the solemnly attuned duo created a dark metal variant with strong traces of bleak ambient and experimental doom, following a strict methodology within limited means. Sampler-derived minimalism, guitar abstraction and field recordings were key ingredients, slowly coalescing in the confines of their bedroom studio. Unfortunately, due to disagreements, work on the album abruptly stopped. Only two years ago Are Mokkelbost started compiling the album and rediscovered hours of music, rescued from tapes in a suitcase. Think Sunn O))) stuck with Svarte Greiner, Deathprod and Thomas Koner in a freezing log cabin in the Norwegian wilderness, and you’re almost there. Recommended.



SEASONS (PRE-DIN)
Lesser and Still
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
THY
CD // £5.99

Earlier this week we felt a bitterly cold chill in the boomkat cave. A few hours later somebody noticed a box of new Seasons (pre-din) CDs. They turned out to be a new album ‘Lesser And Still’, another bleak yet beautifully ethereal transmission which comes to us after what seems like a bit of a hiatus from the Seasons (Pre-Din) camp. Anyone familiar with his work will know that the sound features a potent substance mined from the darkest recesses of the psyche and sculpted by processes of elemental attrition, or so we’d like to imagine. The truth is, nobody (apart from the artist) knows how this music comes into being. There are discernible layers of field recorded textures, FM voices, wind-picked symphonic strings swells and lung-sucking atmospheric pressure changes, but the methods used to achieve this are suitably clandestine. There are four shorter tracks and one final extended piece, infinitely elastic in headspace/time, triggering the sixth sense to search for the source of acousmatic howls in the distance. As ever, these are hand-made and packaged with all the care and attention you’d expect, and limited to 130 copies only. Recommended!



GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX
We’re New Here
ELECTRONIC
XL
LP // £12.99

Jamie XX’s hugely anticipated rework of ‘I’m New Here’ – 2010s universally adored return from Gil Scott Heron – lands in fine style, and we can confirm it’s a right Bobby Dazzler. In a stroke of A&R genius the enviably talented member of The XX has sensitively overhauled thirteen tracks from the original, re-arranging, re-asserting and re-contextualising Gil’s soul-rich delivery with an up-to-the-minute yet timeless production patina whilst pumping new blood into the heart of each song. For instance the solemn march of ‘The Crutch’ becomes a stunning wash of synths and itchy jazz drums, and ‘Running’ is flipped as a road-ready HipHop banger, bringing forward the latent, underlying rhythm of the original while retaining it’s melancholy sense of intent. In stark contrast, ‘I’ll Take Care Of You’ is diverted from it’s deep soul moorings to become a potential piano House anthem with serious credentials. And then there’s the Rui Da Silva-sampling liberties of ‘Ur Soul And Mine’, where the essence of the original is traded for something which could be accused of superficiality, yet equally affecting in its own post-modern sense. It’s possible to say that the production obviously take precedence over the original message of each individual piece, so, short of him time traveling back to the studio and re-writing each track with Gil, he’s pulled off a sterling effort, hopefully opening Gil’s oeuvre up to a whole other generation of conscious listeners and confirming his relevance in an age when revolutions are televised 24 hours a day. Highly recommended!



TORO Y MOI
Underneath The Pine
ELECTRONIC
Carpark
CD // £9.99

Chaz Bundick’s sophomore dream suite is, like, really, really sweet. Following one of 2010s most adored debut LPs ‘Causers Of This’ was always going to be an easy task for the man best known as Toro Y Moi. Could you ever imagine this guy getting stressed over anything?! He’s taken it so easy that ‘Underneath The Pines’ has come out as a soft-focus boogie-pop set, smudging the lines between Antenna-like tropical Bossa Nova, Francophile soundtracks, late ’70s yacht disco and even the sort of dinky electronics which Ghost Box reference so deftly. He’s effectively removed any of the sharp angles from his previous effort so that layers seem to lap and harmoniously lather with other in a psyche-smudged seventies blur, moving through a repertoire of cocktail bar pseudo-classics like the in-house band for a dilapidated Hotel on a South Pacific island. Sweeping into the lobby of ‘Intro/Chi-Chi’ we’re greeted with the aural equivalent of BoC’s holiday snaps from 1983, before a quick wink from the band and the languid disco of ‘New Beat’ falls into place. A flick of the hips and we’re on the terrace for the tickled marimba and French flourish of ‘Go With You’, matched for arresting cuteness by the Beach Boys-meet-Belbury Poly bliss-pop of ‘Got Blinded’. The simulation begins the flicker slightly with the dissonant quirks of ‘How I Know’, but as the sun sets over the swimming pool pop of ‘Good Hold’, the night still appears young as the mustachioed West Coast chimes of ‘Elise’ play to the close. Includes free download coupon redeemable from the label. Warmly recommended!



MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Technology-X
EXTREME / NOISE
MIRROR TAPES
Cassette // £7.99

Mirror Tapes present a stunning issue of unreleased, archival work from notorious electronic noise pioneer, Maurizio Bianchi. ‘Technology-X’ was salvaged from tapes dating to 1981 and carefully restored and remastered for cassette by Edward Sol of Quasi Pop records, faithfully representing MB’s crushing dynamics and incredibly visceral textures. This is a pure expression of tortuous sonic misanthropy, at times sounding like a 20 juggernaut pile-up in slow motion, all wrenching metal torque and extreme, corrugated cadences, before lurching into almost melodic tracts of ornate noise sculpture extruded through a sickening vortex of FX and disemboweled howls. And that’s just the A-side. Tape is professionally duplicated & factory sealed C47 with inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour and silver.

Singles of the Week



CREEP (WITH ROMY XX)
Days (Deadboy / Azari & III Mixes)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Young Turks
12″ // £11.99

Infectiously memorable and limited edition picture-disc introduction from Brooklyn’s Witch House duo, featuring the R&B-possessed vox of Romy xx. Chances are you’ve heard of Creep long before you’ve actually heard them, such is the nature of the internet hype beast. But in this instance, the praise is due. Backed with remixes by Deadboy and Azari & III, their debut ‘Days’ is an achingly well-structured piece of Haunted House music, cloaking skeletal voodoo machine rhythms with sulky dark wave bass and reversed shoegaze guitars while The XX’s Romy pouts out every vowel with elegiac R&B emotion. The effect is powerful yet immensely fragile, with all the nuanced arrangement of a stadium-arresting megahit introverted to lushly depressive effect. The remixes dutifully diverge its impact into the numb, in-the-pocket swing of Deadboy’s abandoned Garage mix, and a dancefloor-trained Chicago version by anthem-makers Azari & III. Highly recommended!



SIMON SCOTT
Depart, Repeat
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Seven Pieces
7″ // £8.99

This is the first in a new series of beautifully packaged, hand-assembled gatefold 7″ releases from boutique imprint Sonic Pieces. Limited to 300 individually numbered copies, each release in the Seven Pieces series looks set to join those gorgeous first editions the label has become well loved for – except that these are the very first vinyl editions on the label. Piece one comes from ex-Slowdive member and noted producer in his own right Simon Scott, delivering two heartfelt tracks recorded at Nils Frahm’s Durton studio in Berlin. As the liner notes explain, Scott had a bit of a health scare a couple of years back, the impact of which led to the recording of two pieces which are quite unlike the ethereal electronic productions he has been releasing on his own Kesh label, as well as the Miasmah imprint in recent years. Here you’ll find Scott in singer-songwriter mode, delivering two acoustically strummed pieces sung and played by him on guitar and Xylophone, augmented by Nils Frahm on piano, synths “watch alarm” and glockenspiel. Thankfully the scare proved to be a false alarm, but the tracks leave behind them the vapour trail of sadness and hope Scott experienced at the time, imbuing this beautiful record with an added sense of poignancy. 300 copies only – don’t miss.



ON FELL
Untitled
ELECTRONIC
Moteer
7″ // £5.99

By the time Andrew Johnson and Craig Tattersall started recording as The Remote Viewer and The Famous Boyfriend back in the late 90’s, they were both no longer active members of Hood, one of the most important bands of the day. In the years that followed both camps would cross paths fairly irregularly, the odd contribution here and there, but never anything more than just a fleeting meeting of old friends sharing ideas. “On Fell” is a new (most likely one-off) collaboration between Hood’s Chris Adams and the Remote Viewer’s Andrew Johnson, spread across three strictly limited 7″ releases (the first of which is out this week), featuring contributions from a bunch of connected heads such as Craig Tattersall and Wedding Present guitarist Paul Dorrington. The music they make is quite different to anything you will have heard from either the Remote Viewer, Bracken, Moteer or Cotton Goods camps over the last few years, the emphasis being on pure, joyous, melancholy and unforgettable pop songs, and we just can’t stop listening to them. It might be fuelled by the kind of nostalgia that’s impossible to articulate, or maybe it’s just because pretty much everyone involved in this project has had a hand in some of the music we’ve loved most over the last 15 years; but quite honestly we were almost in tears the first time we heard the first of the two untitled tracks here, and every time we listen to it we get that same bittersweet sense of joy. These are simple songs, produced and recorded with a rough-around-the-edges, almost naive aesthetic that is the polar opposite to so much of the music we listen to these days. It’s true, there are electronic treatments on the vocals, there’s a heavy low-end element and sonic trickery present, but it still feels like a momentary step back to another era, one we almost forgot. We can’t tell you how much we love this 7″ – if any of this means anything to you we urge you to grab one of the 300 copies available while you can, it’s a keeper.



RIVET
Inside Looking Out
TECHNO / HOUSE
NAKED INDEX
12″ // £6.99

Feeling this… Three tracks of spectral Techno with a real rugged finish from someone called Andy Rivet – on what would appear to be a Frozen Border-affiliated imprint (their email address is the only give away). The A-side is a relentless dry groover deploying swooping subbass and sandpaper-textured rhythms with moody pads. B-side features one dub-touched roller and a killer Breakbeat-driven jack-off kinda reminding of Shed’s recent Power House productions. You know what to do…



SHACKLETON
Deadman (King Midas Sound Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.49

First of two extra special Shackleton drops on Honest Jon’s, this one loaded with a remix from Kevin Martin in his King Midas Sound guise. Cut from the scaly flesh of his landmark Fabric mix, ‘Deadman’ continues Shackleton’s odyssey into the nether regions of agoraphobic subbass tremors and reassuring doom. Marching lines of insectoid percussive scurries and tribal congas trigger limbs while glutinous subbass feeds your primary instinct to move. At the same time, acousmatic voices and dread drones encroach from the peripheries, making you feel supremely uncomfortable. In King Midas Sound mode Kevin Martin splays the original with an ethereal, gaseous sensitivity, subs emitting spherical pulse waves while Hitomi’s vocal feels her way through the dense ether. Incredible, rarified, deeply evocative vibes, with a sleeve featuring exceptional artwork by Zeke Clough and design by Will Bankhead. Fully recommended.



SHACKLETON
Fireworks (T++ / Mordant Music Mixes)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Honest Jon’s Records
2×12″ // £10.99

Second of two crucial Shackleton singles on Honest Jon’s, weighted with dynamic remixes by T++ and Mordant Music. In contrast to the coffin intensity of ‘Deadman’, ‘Fireworks’ is widescreen and viewed from above (perhaps best imagined from the perspective of the unfortunate soul in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Enter The Void’?), suspended in up-drafting columns of ghoulish synth voices, silvery hi-hats and convulsing kicks evaporated from viscous subs way below. With ‘Undeadman’ his zombied cadaver arises again, divined like a worm from the ground by plunging subs to join the skull disco on consecrated ground. T++ is similarly averse to gravity, his agile rebuild feeling like it’s being dragged upwards by the chest, limbs carving ‘ardcore torque in mid-air, buffeted by sub-harmonic turbulence. There’s a reference to his classic Dynamo 12″ in the title ‘Außen Vor’, but we haven’t the foggiest what it means. Kindred darkside shamen, Mordant Music plays the ‘Undeadman’ like a dread-dub marionette, trapped in halfstep inertia at the centre of a dizzying atmospheric pressure system. Sleeve design by Will Bankhead, layering Zeke’s artwork with a spot UV finish. Essential!



OMAR S
Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!!
TECHNO / HOUSE
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Omar S strides into 2011 with a certified future classic – limited one sided 12″ styles. Fresh from the FXHE production line, the sublime yet stentorian ‘Here’s Your Trance Now Dance’ is cut from the same mold as his ‘Psychotic Photosynthesis’ hit, cruising the celestial highway with sparkling synth arrangements embellished, shifting gears through well-oiled arpeggios and kept on on course with instinctively-tuned tribal machine rhythms. There’s a sense of magical awe to this track which can’t be put into words, but is reflected beautifully in the sci-fi fantasy expo artwork on the centre label. This will surely be in DJs bags for years to come. Highly recommended!



ILL BLU
Meltdown EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

The UKs most feted yet elusive Funky/House production duo drop the one we’ve been waiting for. Three tracks round and ten ton heavy, the ‘Meltdown’ EP is a rare instance of Ill Blu leasing material to ears outside their tight knit network of producers – to date they’ve only dropped one twelve on Hyperdub, the sophisticated ruffige of ‘Bellion/Dragon Pop’, and are best known for major label remixes of geordie gynoid, Cheryl Cole and Hot Chip, plus an underground banger for Shystie. Between the advanced tribal ruckus of ‘Meltdown’, the heat-seeking synth and siren blast of ‘Overdose’ or the sweet ‘n sour flex of ‘Chelt’ this is one of the hottest plates on the table right now. Pure badness!



RAINBOW ARABIA
Without You
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Kompakt
7″ // £4.99

Masterful Tropi-pop from Kompakt’s hotly tipped Rainbow Arabia duo outta LA. There’s an unmistakable kindred spirit with the likes of Gang Gang Dance or Lucky Dragons in ‘Without You’, but it’s the the pair’s cute symmetry and dinky arrangement that steers them to the right of either act. The yearning, synth-pop learnt vocals of Tiffany Preston are instantly dancefloor-catchy (you might even find yourself mumbling along on first listen), and laid over mid-tempo disco kicks and sawtooth-burred bass, all arranged with a sense of faded eighties exuberance. It’s warm yet distanced enough for the post-modern indiepop crowds and bedroom pop hoarders alike, even including a semi-instrumental version to cover all bases. An ideal marriage, if you ask us.

This week’s releases in full!
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COCO BRYCE
Boesoek
Fremdtunes
LP // £10.99

‘Boesoek’ is Coco Bryce’s debut album, arriving after a string of idiosyncratic electronic wonk beats for MYOR and a couple remixes from Pixelord and Kelpe. His tracks have also slotted neatly into Skweee comps for Harmönia and Mässy, setting his sound somewhere between the intersecting worlds of electronic hiphop and 8-bit funk. Highlights are found on the swaggering nu-skool electro-funk of ‘Embarcadero’, the R&B bounce of ‘Nineteen’, and the strange,…
DUFFSTEP
Getting to Sirius
Join The Dots Music
CD // £8.99

Jeremy Duffy is best known for his Duff Disco tracks, but that might be set to change with his ‘Getting To Sirius’ album, produced under the Duffstep alias. Fusing slow disco, dubstep, hiphop and electronica like few before him, Duffy has crafted one of the most ingenious UK Beatdown/dancefloor albums of the last year. Recommended.
PAVAN
Holy Volt
HARMONIA
LP // £13.99

Pavan is Frans Carlqvist (aka Limonious), head of premier Swedish Skweee outlet, Flogsta Danshall. ‘Holy Volt’ is his debut album of nine squirming electronic funk joints including the debut single ‘Punt Kick/Crank Up’, and new tracks like the swaggering ‘War’ the arabesque 8-bit curls of ‘7 to 4’, the raw and fizzy zig-zag rhythms of ‘Afrika’ and the endearingly dissonant ‘Buttons’. Fun times.
JOYRIDE
Joyride
Millions Of Brilliant Idiots
12″ // £7.99

Killer twelve from German producer Joyride, making his debut with eight tracks of crooked beat fusions for the newly minted Millions Of Brilliant Idiots label. Falling just short of glitch music, yet full of hyperactive, angular edits, ‘Joyride’ shreds 8-bit melodies with crunchy, squashed beats and a bank of unpredictable samples to sound something like Mouse On Mars meets Team Doyobi round at Black To Comm’s place. Ace – make…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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JUV
Juv (Limited Vinyl Edition)
MIASMAH
2LP // £13.99

*Limited double vinyl edition – comes with a download code redeemable directly from the label* Juv is the Norwegian duo of Are Mokkelbost and Marius von der Fehr. Miasmah present what is effectively their debut release, some 14 years after it was initially conceived. Between 1996 and 1998 the solemnly attuned duo created a dark metal variant with strong traces of bleak ambient and experimental doom, following a strict methodology…
SEASONS (PRE-DIN)
Lesser and Still
THY
CD // £5.99

Earlier this week we felt a bitterly cold chill in the boomkat cave. A few hours later somebody noticed a box of new Seasons (pre-din) CDs. They turned out to be a new album ‘Lesser And Still’, another bleak yet beautifully ethereal transmission which comes to us after what seems like a bit of a hiatus from the Seasons (Pre-Din) camp. Anyone familiar with his work will know that the…
JUV
Juv
MIASMAH
CD // £8.99

Juv is the Norwegian duo of Are Mokkelbost and Marius von der Fehr. Miasmah present what is effectively their debut release, some 14 years after it was initially conceived. Between 1996 and 1998 the solemnly attuned duo created a dark metal variant with strong traces of bleak ambient and experimental doom, following a strict methodology within limited means. Sampler-derived minimalism, guitar abstraction and field recordings were key ingredients, slowly coalescing…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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SHACKLETON
Deadman (King Midas Sound Mix)
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.49

First of two extra special Shackleton drops on Honest Jon’s, this one loaded with a remix from Kevin Martin in his King Midas Sound guise. Cut from the scaly flesh of his landmark Fabric mix, ‘Deadman’ continues Shackleton’s odyssey into the nether regions of agoraphobic subbass tremors and reassuring doom. Marching lines of insectoid percussive scurries and tribal congas trigger limbs while glutinous subbass feeds your primary instinct to move….
SHACKLETON
Fireworks (T++ / Mordant Music Mixes)
Honest Jon’s Records
2×12″ // £10.99

Second of two crucial Shackleton singles on Honest Jon’s, weighted with dynamic remixes by T++ and Mordant Music. In contrast to the coffin intensity of ‘Deadman’, ‘Fireworks’ is widescreen and viewed from above (perhaps best imagined from the perspective of the unfortunate soul in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Enter The Void’?), suspended in up-drafting columns of ghoulish synth voices, silvery hi-hats and convulsing kicks evaporated from viscous subs way below. With ‘Undeadman’…
ILL BLU
Meltdown EP
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

The UKs most feted yet elusive Funky/House production duo drop the one we’ve been waiting for. Three tracks round and ten ton heavy, the ‘Meltdown’ EP is a rare instance of Ill Blu leasing material to ears outside their tight knit network of producers – to date they’ve only dropped one twelve on Hyperdub, the sophisticated ruffige of ‘Bellion/Dragon Pop’, and are best known for major label remixes of geordie…
JAMIE GRIND
Footwork EP
FORTIFIED AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

**Translucent Yellow Vinyl** After making a solid first impression with his Infrasonics debut, Leeds-based Jamie Grind reduces Chicago footwork to a shimmering flicker of neatened swing rhythms on Fortified Audio. The lead track deploys many of the same elements as your average footwork cut but arranged for House’d-up UK ‘floors. Linking with Hackman the pair sketch out a skittering Broken-Beat raver on ‘Saw The Light’ while ‘Without You’ runs with…
FUNKYSTEPZ
Fuller / Hurricane Riddim
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

Two future-rude Funky riddims from North London’s Funkystepz on Hyperdub! Both tracks have received maximum rotation on the crew’s Rinse FM show and from scene supporters Marcus Nasty and Kode 9, now it’s your turn. ‘Fuller’ rides a tuff 4/4 bounce with some tweakin’ radioactive lead keeping the energy strapped to the core for lean and heavily concentrated effect. The urgent mission strings, hard-arpeggiated synths and snare tattoo of ‘Hurrican…
EMVEE / GRAPHICS
Future Runnings EP
SHIFTING PEAKS
12″ // £5.99

Four rugged and rude Funky mutants on a split from Birmingham’s Emvee and South London’s Graphics. We’ve not heard much from Emvee since that killer Wireblock outing and his previous remix for Shifting Peaks, but he makes his presence felt with the siren blaring carnival ruckus of ‘Windrush’, sounding like a small samba band conducted by Marcus Nasty, trapped in the back of a meat wagon, while ‘Strength’ runs out…
LONE
Pineapple Crush / Angel Brain (Clear Yellow Vinyl Edition)
MAGIC WIRE
10″ // £5.99

**TRANSLUCENT YELLOW VINYL EDITION – LIMITED COPIES!!** Joyous debut release from Lone’s Magic Wire Recordings! After a prime inclusion opening Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix and respected records on Werk Discs in the last 12 months, Lone has developed an open ended style sucking hardcore, boogie and pastoral synth into his groove. ‘Pineapple Crush’ is a choice party-maker, gazing back to ’91 with genes from Hip-House and nascent UK hardcore…
SEIJI
Seiji3
Seijimusic
12″ // £6.99

Killer third drop on Seji’s eponymous imprint finds the UK bass veteran in boisterous form. ‘More Of You’ staggers in on drunken sea-legged synths with balance-correcting waves of subbass lurching dancers into a taut-muscled and shark-eyed garage swing groove. Test this at peak time for deadly results! ‘Sticks’ on the flip is jauntier, building a dextrous rave riddim around cartoonish hooks and daft noises, kinda like a Joy Orbison beat…
L-WIZ
Straitjacket / 4.42 OZ
KAPSIZE
12″ // £5.99

While Joker preps his major label assault, his Kapsize label offers crafty cybeR’n’B Dubstep hybrids from Sweden’s L-Wiz. Being the first Kapsize 12″ to be headed by someone who isn’t Joker, they’d have to come with something special. The dextrous downbeat swing of ‘Straitjacket’ is just that, a unique bassbin grinder nudging the standard halfstep pattern with calculated precision and draped in proper Eurogenous trance-toned synths. ‘4.42 Oz’ is similarly…
ELEPHANT MAN
Vampires & Informers
SUBATOMIC SOUND
12″ // £8.99

Subatomic Sound, Stereotyp, Ming, and Dubbelstandart ramp versions for an exclusive vocal from Elephant Man. Subatomic Soundsystem have produced riddims for Lee “Scratch” Perry and Ari Up of late, and deliver a squashed ‘Bloodstep’ mix of Dubstep and authentic JA flavours here, next to a murderous burial weapon refit from man-like Stereotyp. Flip it and Ming goes in with a raved-up Dubstep version, followed by a smoked-out ‘Transylvania’ steppers dub…
SCANONE
Breedle
YELLOW MACHINES
12″ // £4.99

Electro-galvanized ‘ardcore, dubstep and techno productions from Yellow Machines’ most active contributor, Scanone. ‘Breedle’ is the one you need, licking old skool Belgian techno over twysting ‘ardcore breaks and powerful Dubstep bass, whereas ‘Feep’ updates warehouse electro with some Dubstep swing and ‘Session’ screws a classic Dark Garage template to 120bpm with his crisp electroid finish.
TRUTEK
Crossrhodes
Lodubs
12″ + CDR // £6.99

**Both tracks also come on a CDR included inside the sleeve** Fresh Dubstep fusioneering from the TruTek trio of DJ/producers Rutile, Panza and Senate. There’s a delicious tension to ‘Crossrhodes’ arising from the breezy rhodes keys of the title coupled with waves of offset subbass and tumbling breakbeat arrangements. ‘Mystery Machine’ is lightly more esoteric, like a Dubstep version of the Drumfunk D&B sound, with arcing breakbeat edits cut around…
ELECTRONIC
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GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX
We’re New Here
XL
CD // £9.99

Jamie XX’s hugely anticipated rework of ‘I’m New Here’ – 2010s universally adored return from Gil Scott Heron – lands in fine style, and we can confirm it’s a right Bobby Dazzler. In a stroke of A&R genius the enviably talented member of The XX has sensitively overhauled thirteen tracks from the original, re-arranging, re-asserting and re-contextualising Gil’s soul-rich delivery with an up-to-the-minute yet timeless production patina whilst pumping new…
GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX
We’re New Here
XL
LP // £12.99

Jamie XX’s hugely anticipated rework of ‘I’m New Here’ – 2010s universally adored return from Gil Scott Heron – lands in fine style, and we can confirm it’s a right Bobby Dazzler. In a stroke of A&R genius the enviably talented member of The XX has sensitively overhauled thirteen tracks from the original, re-arranging, re-asserting and re-contextualising Gil’s soul-rich delivery with an up-to-the-minute yet timeless production patina whilst pumping new…
TORO Y MOI
Underneath The Pine
Carpark
CD // £9.99

Chaz Bundick’s sophomore dream suite is, like, really, really sweet. Following one of 2010s most adored debut LPs ‘Causers Of This’ was always going to be an easy task for the man best known as Toro Y Moi. Could you ever imagine this guy getting stressed over anything?! He’s taken it so easy that ‘Underneath The Pines’ has come out as a soft-focus boogie-pop set, smudging the lines between Antenna-like…
TORO Y MOI
Underneath The Pine
Carpark
LP // £14.99

Chaz Bundick’s sophomore dream suite is, like, really, really sweet. Following one of 2010s most adored debut LPs ‘Causers Of This’ was always going to be an easy task for the man best known as Toro Y Moi. Could you ever imagine this guy getting stressed over anything?! He’s taken it so easy that ‘Underneath The Pines’ has come out as a soft-focus boogie-pop set, smudging the lines between Antenna-like…
ON FELL
Untitled
Moteer
7″ // £5.99

By the time Andrew Johnson and Craig Tattersall started recording as The Remote Viewer and The Famous Boyfriend back in the late 90’s, they were both no longer active members of Hood, one of the most important bands of the day. In the years that followed both camps would cross paths fairly irregularly, the odd contribution here and there, but never anything more than just a fleeting meeting of old…
DOLPHINS INTO THE FUTURE
On Sea-Faring Isolation
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

**VINYL RE-PRESS** Timely digital reissue of Dolphins Into The Future’s sublime 2009 NNF release. The man also known as Cetacean Nation Institute For Environmental Sounds, Wildlife Tapes Portal Jams, or Lieven Martens to his friends, pillow dives into a semi-conscious ocean of improvised New Age loops, field recordings and pitch-refracted, Riley-esque synthline wanderings, webbed-fingers navigating the way across the keys. Like a saltier Monopoly Star Child Searcher or JD Emmanuel…
NICOLAS JAAR
Space Is Only Noise
Circus Company
LP // £11.99

‘Space Is Only Noise’ is the first album by a precocious young producer, Nicolas Jaar. By anyones estimations his arrival into the electronic music sphere has been unavoidable, receiving comparisons to Villalobos and AFX from The Guardian, providing one of Resident Advisor’s most adventurous mixes to date and practically having Panorama Bar, Fabric and Bar25 eating out of his hands – all before he’d turned 20! His string of releases…
NOVI_SAD
Inhumane Humans
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

“Novi_sad is the guise for Thanasis Kaproulias, an artist Influenced by the pioneers of audio assault. He began generating sounds in 2005 making use of amplified environmental recordings, drone manipulations, structured ambient soundscapes, microtones vs overtones, all forming together in a hyper structure of iconoclastic form. Novi_sad’s artistic output displays a high level of technical ability, as well as a sensitivity to the nuances of location. The strength of his…
PORT ROYAL
2000 – 2010 The Golden Age Of Consumerism
N5MD
2CD // £14.99

“In 2010 Italian wide-screen electronica group port-royal celebrated 10 years as a band. For the occasion they have teamed up with the n5MD imprint yet again for the release of a career spanning double album. “2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism” collects all of the band’s rarities, compilation appearances and remixes in one unabbreviated package containing close to 3 hours of music . Disc one includes the long out of…
STATELESS
Matilda (+ Bonus Instrumentals)
Ninja Tune
2CD // £9.99

Following an eponymous debut for !k7 in 2007, Leeds-based quintet, Stateless have evolved the sumptuous dramas of ‘Matilda’ for Ninja Tune. Working with Björk producer Damian Taylor, the group have taken a more electronic tack this time out, Chris James’ distinctive vocal pushed to the fore over a compelling fusion of Blues and Afro melodic signatures mixed with Dubstep-strength bass, optimised percussion and robust saw tooth synths.
SUBTRACTIVELAD
Kindred
N5MD
CD // £13.99

“Now 7 albums in, Stephen Hummel has decided to push his SubtractiveLAD project into seemingly uncharted territory. Fans of Hummel’s work know that at any given moment his songs can thoughtfully veer into more “classic” electronic music territory. On previous efforts, artists such as Boards of Canada and Brian Eno have been name-dropped as stylistic signposts but now such widescreen chill-room workouts are only one part of Hummel’s bigger picture….
EXTREME / NOISE
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MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Technology-X
MIRROR TAPES
Cassette // £7.99

Mirror Tapes present a stunning issue of unreleased, archival work from notorious electronic noise pioneer, Maurizio Bianchi. ‘Technology-X’ was salvaged from tapes dating to 1981 and carefully restored and remastered for cassette by Edward Sol of Quasi Pop records, faithfully representing MB’s crushing dynamics and incredibly visceral textures. This is a pure expression of tortuous sonic misanthropy, at times sounding like a 20 juggernaut pile-up in slow motion, all wrenching…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
Asleep On The Floodplain
Drag City
CD // £10.99

Ben Chasny has spent many years at this point perfecting his very personal vision of the American landscape. With his early LPs he managed to grab a groundswell of support for his distinctly lo-fi recordings, and since hitting the Drag City label with the breathtaking ‘School of Flower’ he has managed to extend his vision to countless others. ‘Asleep on the Floodplain’ continues his exploration, and while it doesn’t change…
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
Asleep On The Floodplain
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Ben Chasny has spent many years at this point perfecting his very personal vision of the American landscape. With his early LPs he managed to grab a groundswell of support for his distinctly lo-fi recordings, and since hitting the Drag City label with the breathtaking ‘School of Flower’ he has managed to extend his vision to countless others. ‘Asleep on the Floodplain’ continues his exploration, and while it doesn’t change…
BLACK EAGLE CHILD
Lobelia
Preservation
CD // £12.99

“Black Eagle Child is a guise for guitarist Michael Jantz. Jantz has previously released an expansive body of work, sprawling across some of the most notable underground labels of the current day, including Stunned, Housecraft and Digitalis. His solo recordings work a realm of exploratory zones for guitar that touch on the discordant, psychedelic and pastoral, while also deploying varied percussion and field recordings for texture and rhythm. That journey…
CHRIS WEISMAN
Transparency
AUTUMN
2CD // £16.99

*Limited to 300 copies* Vermont singer-songwriter Chris Weisman is a constantly befuddling part of the Autumn label roster. Sitting amongst drone-makers and new age activists you’d expect the guitarist to end up banging on steel strings for forty minutes conjuring spirits from an unseen netherworld, but not Chris Weisman. He seems far happier writing gorgeous, understated folk-pop gems, more easily comparable to The Magnetic Fields or Elliot Smith than to…
LIZ JANES
Say Goodbye
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

“‘Say Goodbye’ is the first Liz Janes release in five years following on from the Sufjan Stevens produced ‘Done Gone Fire’ (2002), her 2005 collab with LA free-jazz collective Create, and her second full-length ‘Poison & Snakes’ (2004). This time around she’s teamed up with Asthmatic Kitty artist and über producer Rafter Roberts to give us her own version of a soul record, as seen through the lens of a…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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SIMON SCOTT
Depart, Repeat
Seven Pieces
7″ // £8.99

This is the first in a new series of beautifully packaged, hand-assembled gatefold 7″ releases from boutique imprint Sonic Pieces. Limited to 300 individually numbered copies, each release in the Seven Pieces series looks set to join those gorgeous first editions the label has become well loved for – except that these are the very first vinyl editions on the label. Piece one comes from ex-Slowdive member and noted producer…
K. LEIMER
Music For Land And Water
AUTUMN
CD // £9.99

It would be a big mistake to pass off Kerry Leimer’s 1983 tape ‘Music For Land And Water’ as simply ‘new age’. Certainly in its slow-burning beauty and near blissful mood there are similarities between Leimer’s work and the then-popular new age movement, but ‘Music For Land And Water’ is far more complex than you might expect. The music is stated as having been ‘produced specifically for performance and installation’,…
MORTON FELDMAN
Triadic Memories
Sub Rosa
CD // £13.99

20 years after he first released a recording of Morton Feldman’s extensive ‘Triadic Memories’, Jean-Luc Fafchamps returns to the piece, playing according to a “corrected edition” of the score released in 1991. Most notably the revised edition included small digits attached to Feldman’s “repeat marks” – notations which Jean-Luc had originally understood as meaning the piece should be played twice – which now indicated that some passages should be repeated…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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CULT OF YOUTH
Cult of Youth
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £11.99

“Born out of a love for the post-industrial music and culture that had inspired him ever since he had first discovered music as a teenager, Cult Of Youth began as a series of home recordings by founder Sean Ragon. Ragon’s solo Cult Of Youth project released a 7-inch and then one full-length on then fledgling Dais Records (also responsible for introducing the world to Cold Cave and releasing Genesis P-Orridge’s…
CULT OF YOUTH
Cult of Youth
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £14.49

“Born out of a love for the post-industrial music and culture that had inspired him ever since he had first discovered music as a teenager, Cult Of Youth began as a series of home recordings by founder Sean Ragon. Ragon’s solo Cult Of Youth project released a 7-inch and then one full-length on then fledgling Dais Records (also responsible for introducing the world to Cold Cave and releasing Genesis P-Orridge’s…
DUCKTAILS
Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

Finally on vinyl! Totally satisfying third album of blissful H-Pop from Matthew Mondanile’s acclaimed Ducktails project. As many have come to realise, his stream of pop-conscious releases for Olde English Spelling Bee, Not Not Fun and Release The Bats tapped into a collective memory bank of gauzy, gum-soled melodies and ferric faded vocals with a timeless appeal. Over the course of those releases his songwriting has become more concise while…
PURLING HISS
Hissteria
RICHIE RECORDS
LP // £16.99

Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss aka acclaimed shredder Mike Polizze of Birds Of Maya lays down his new side of scuzz-bucket psyche-rock for Richie Records, after previous trips on Permanent and Woodsist. The four-lane highway of ‘Hissteria’ goes at it bareback in the backseat, loaded to the gills on pills and whiskey with cruise control rhythms keeping just between the lines and singeing, speaker-corroding guitar excess creating a hotbox of hairy mayhem….
RYKARDA PARASOL
For Blood And Wine
Gusstaff Records
CD // £13.99

A singer-songwriter in the mould of Nick Cave (albeit a female version of…), Rykarda Parasol has a pitch-black blues rock drawl it’s impossible not to get sucked in by. She describes her style as rock-noir and who am I to disagree, with vocal tones as church-burningly decadent as Siouxsie Sioux, powerful imagery erupts throughout the album. Parasol has a poetic quality to what she does, and a literary gravity to…
SLUG GUTS
Howlin’ Gang
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £14.99

Borne from the heat-stricken confines of suburban Brisbane, Australia, Slug Guts present their second LP of raw but stylish Garage Rock. Recorded in a railway acrriage on the outskirts of Ipswich, their sophomore LP ‘Howlin’ Gang’ follows their debut ‘Down On The Meat’, released through Stained Circle Records (home to records by Jay Reatard and The Dirtbombs among others), with an echo-laden nihilism driven by tribal Toms and slashes of…
SLUG GUTS
Howlin’ Gang
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £11.99

Borne from the heat-stricken confines of suburban Brisbane, Australia, Slug Guts present their second LP of raw but stylish Garage Rock. Recorded in a railway acrriage on the outskirts of Ipswich, their sophomore LP ‘Howlin’ Gang’ follows their debut ‘Down On The Meat’, released through Stained Circle Records (home to records by Jay Reatard and The Dirtbombs among others), with an echo-laden nihilism driven by tribal Toms and slashes of…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SEBA
Vanity / Nostalgia
Warm Communications
12″ // £5.99

Superb D&B platter by the one and only Seba. A-side ‘Vanity’ has just grabbed us by the proverbials with some deadly drum programming, augmenting classic hard-step patterns with snaky fake-out shifts riding over surges of Teebee-esque subbass synth shapes. Flip over and ‘Nostalgia’ updates techier drum fills with unfu**able production enhancements and again, powerful bass synths cruising under it all with shark-eyed intent.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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AGORIA
Impermanence
Infine
CD // £11.99

Typically luxuriant suite of expansive Tech-House from Agoria on his third album, featuring guest vocals from Seth Troxler, Carl Craig and Kid A. The celebrated French producer arrives at a sweeping, cinematic sound with ‘Impermanence’ after building anticipation with Carl Craig’s raunchy appearance on single ‘Speechless’, which sets a tone for the rest of the album. Seth Troxler also puts in an intimate performance on ‘Soulless Dreamer’ while Kid A…
DERRICK CARTER
fabric 56: Derrick Carter
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Derrick Carter, king of the boomp, is behind the decks for Fabric 56. The bona fide Chicago pioneer should need little introduction to House heads anywhere so we’ll cut to the chase… Includes 17 tracks, from Carter’s tried and trusted faves such as Green Velvet ‘La La Land’, Cajmere ‘Percolator’, to the likes of Justin Long’s mix of Sneak ‘Respect Bonito’, Tommy Davis and DJ Spen remix of Dennis Ferrer’s…
FLOWERS AND SEA CREATURES
A.M. (Ewan Pearson Mix)
BUZZIN’ FLY
12″ // £5.49

Lush, ambient House electronics from Buzzin’ Fly’s new darlings, backed with an arresting Ewan Pearson edit and remix of ‘International’ by MyMy’s Lee Jones. Ewan Pearson applies his hugely sought-after expertise to ‘A.M.’ on the A-side, teasing the track out with MDMA-triggered potency, followed by the rather sublime original. On the flip Lee Jones gives a luxurious rework of the Ewan Pearson-produced ‘International’, primed for more sophisticated modern House ‘floors….
MARTIN DAWSON & GLIMPSE
No One Belongs Here More Than You
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Chunky but deeper-tinted big room House from Glimpse and Martin Dawson (aka half of Two Armadillos w/ Giles Smith), backed with Ewan Pearson’s ‘Balearos Maximos’ remix. To be fair, Ewan’s mix is the best thing here, tugging at the bum muscles with rumpy bass and proper sun kissed vibes.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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FRANCOIS DE ROUBAIX
Courts Metrages
WEME
2LP // £22.99

Belgium’s Wémè Records present their 2nd collection of music by French film music guru, Francois De Roubaix. While their previous edition featured his more electronic productions, ‘Courts Metrages’ compiles 14 shorter film works made during his short musical career 1963-1976, effortlessly spanning folk, electro, jazz, psychedelic tone breaks and unclassified incidentals recently discovered in lost archives. There are a number of other, fairly exhaustive Fracois De Roubaix compilations doing the…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CREEP (WITH ROMY XX)
Days (Deadboy / Azari & III Mixes)
Young Turks
12″ // £11.99

Infectiously memorable and limited edition picture-disc introduction from Brooklyn’s Witch House duo, featuring the R&B-possessed vox of Romy xx. Chances are you’ve heard of Creep long before you’ve actually heard them, such is the nature of the internet hype beast. But in this instance, the praise is due. Backed with remixes by Deadboy and Azari & III, their debut ‘Days’ is an achingly well-structured piece of Haunted House music, cloaking…
RAINBOW ARABIA
Without You
Kompakt
7″ // £4.99

Masterful Tropi-pop from Kompakt’s hotly tipped Rainbow Arabia duo outta LA. There’s an unmistakable kindred spirit with the likes of Gang Gang Dance or Lucky Dragons in ‘Without You’, but it’s the the pair’s cute symmetry and dinky arrangement that steers them to the right of either act. The yearning, synth-pop learnt vocals of Tiffany Preston are instantly dancefloor-catchy (you might even find yourself mumbling along on first listen), and…
STACCATO DU MAL
Desespere / Conducir
Wierd Records
7″ // £6.99

Staccato Du Mal is the minimal Cold Wave alias of Ramiro Jeancarlo, owner of the SDM label, home to his alter egos Opus Finis (a duo with Carlos E. Oni), Flesh Graey Display and Xeno & Staccato with internationally published fashion photgrapher, Miss Liz Wendelbo. ‘Desespero’ is defined by minimal, triplet-shifty drum machine patterns synched with darkly seductive lead synth and Ramiro’s severely affected vocals. B-side ‘Conducir’ is exclusive to…
JOHN FOXX & LOUIS GORDON
Sideways (2011 Edition)
METAMATIC
2CD // £11.99

It’s always a pleasure to have a John Foxx record slip into my review pile… I still remember as if it were yesterday when my dad handed me a copy of Foxx’s 1980 classic ‘Metamatic’ telling me it was something ‘I might like’. I had never heard anything like it before, these pristine almost alien sounding vocals layered over the darkest of analogue synthesized landscapes, a track like ‘Underpass’ for…
XENO & OAKLANDER
Vigils
Wierd Records
LP // £15.99

Weird Records present a crucial vinyl issue of Xeno & Oaklander’s self-released CD-r debut from 2006, remastered and loaded with a previously unreleased bonus track. It merges “…the cold, cinematic aesthetics of artist Liz Wendelbo with the architectural exactitude of Sean McBride (a.k.a. Martial Canterel)” and, most impressively, was recorded in one take over the (presumably) cold and bleak night of October 1st, 2006, and has been played to bone…
MARTIAL CANTEREL
You Today
Wierd Records
LP // £14.99

Martial Cantarel (aka half of Xeno & Oaklander) has been plying his idiosyncratic wave pop through limited edition runs of tapes, vinyl and compilation tracks for the likes of Wierd Records, Xanten and Chronditic Sound since 2002. He’s held in high regard by Brooklyn’s minimal electronic types and previous releases have garnered much acclaim from the likes of NME, The Guardian and Dazed & Confused. ‘You Today’ ties first wave…
MARTIAL CANTEREL
You Today – Single
Wierd Records
7″ // £6.99

Wierd Records – the label helmed by Pieter Schoolwerth, compiler of the ‘Cold Waves + Minimal Electronics comp – presents the brilliant title single from Martial Canterel’s latest album, backed with an amazing exclusive B-side. ‘You Today’ is perfectly indicative of Martial’s breakneck-paced yet elegant Cold Wave style which he developed outisde of his other project, Xeno & Oaklander, full of shoulder-jerking machine rhythms and the memorably acute synth hooks….
MARTIAL CANTEREL
Occupy These Terms – Single
Wierd Records
7″ // £6.99

Wierd Records present the essential opener to Martial’s ‘You Today’ album backed with an exclusive b-side. As half of Xeno & Oaklander and one of the labels most acclaimed artists, he’s developed an aggressively fast style of Coldwave electronics best heard on ‘Occupy These Terms’, which would feel like it’s speeding away if it wasn’t for those killer icy hooks and his beautifully affected vocal. Exclusive B-side ‘The Case’ appears…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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RIVET
Inside Looking Out
NAKED INDEX
12″ // £6.99

Feeling this… Three tracks of spectral Techno with a real rugged finish from someone called Andy Rivet – on what would appear to be a Frozen Border-affiliated imprint (their email address is the only give away). The A-side is a relentless dry groover deploying swooping subbass and sandpaper-textured rhythms with moody pads. B-side features one dub-touched roller and a killer Breakbeat-driven jack-off kinda reminding of Shed’s recent Power House productions….
OMAR S
Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!!
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Omar S strides into 2011 with a certified future classic – limited one sided 12″ styles. Fresh from the FXHE production line, the sublime yet stentorian ‘Here’s Your Trance Now Dance’ is cut from the same mold as his ‘Psychotic Photosynthesis’ hit, cruising the celestial highway with sparkling synth arrangements embellished, shifting gears through well-oiled arpeggios and kept on on course with instinctively-tuned tribal machine rhythms. There’s a sense of…
JUS ED
Deeply I Feel
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

*Marbled purple wax!* Edward McKeithen aka Jus-Ed goes shades deeper on UQ 35, setting off two of his own backed with dubs and remixes by Marcus Nega and Joey Anderson. Ed’s own ‘Deeply I Feel’ is smooth-but-rugged deep House with vox from Alison Crockett, and ‘Get In Gear’ a version featuring Big Brother Don Q who previously appeared on the timeless Omar-S classic, ‘U’. Marcus Nega concentrates the fundamentals into…
SZARE
HG08
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £6.99

Finished product off the Horizontal Ground production line: three tracks of dry groove mechanics from Szare. It seems each new Szare 12″ shows a carefully considered, incremental evolution in his style. The A-side shapes those trademark subs with leaner muscularity while teasing in a Millsian, SITS-style synth drone. The B-side comes confidently funkier, all slipping, Housed-up gear changes for the dancers, followed by a sticky, minimalist electro swinger. On it….
WORLD
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ORLANDO JULIUS & HIS AFRO SOUNDERS
Orlando Julius And The Afro Sounders
Voodoo Funk
LP // £15.99

Voodoo Funk reissue of Orlando Julius’ criminally overlooked Afrobeat masterpiece. In 1973 Philips originally released this LP, but it didn’t really fit their tastes at the time, simply being too egregiously funky when they were after something which would pleasantly bridge highlife and big band music. Obviously, OJ and his band, given their first access to a 24 multi-track at Ginger Baker’s legendary ARC studio, had different ideas when it…
VARIOUS / NOW AGAIN
Those Shocking, Shaking Days
Now Again
3LP // £23.99

Lavish, heavyweight triple gatefold compilation spelling the untold story of late ’60s/early ’70s Indonesian psyche-funk. It follows Sublime Frequencies’ recent exposes of the same period of Indonesian musical history on their revelatory reissues of albums by Dara Puspita and Koes Plus, who coincidentally appear on this album, too. ‘Those Shocking, Shaking Days’ is a labour of love compiled, researched and assembled by Stones Throw/Now-Again’s Egon, together with notorious crate digger,…