Aug 272010
 

Hello,

It’s an EPIC week for new music, headed by a super-limited, marrow quaking record from Eleh on Important Records made in an edition of just 500 individually numbered copies for the world. ‘Repose’ completes a trilogy of releases following the ‘Retreat/Return’ LPs for Touch, and once again manages to harness bass tones, location recordings and frequency experiments in a manner that makes an almost shocking physical impact when played loud. Eleh’s are just about the most fascinating, not to mention collectable records in electronic music right now – we urge you to grab one of these while you can.

John Twells pushed us in the direction of Geoff Mullen’s incredible ‘Bongo Closet’ album when it was released on a limited edition tape earlier this year, rightly declaring it to be one of the standout albums of 2010. He’s now done the right thing and given it a new lease of life on his Type label via a limited vinyl pressing, and for those of you yet to hear it you can expect to discover one of the most unusual, smudged synth/drone albums made in recent times. The album is filled with subtle subterranean symphonics and innate inner movements which reveal themselves gradually, surrounded by a warm and somehow ageless analogue fuzz that’s as far removed from the stone cold facade of classic drone music as it gets. Again, limited copies on this one!

Markus Popp’s long dormant Oval project made a long awaited return earlier this year with the release of the ‘Oh’ EP, and this week finds the glitch pioneer unveil his epic 70-track/2-hour long album proper for Thrill Jockey. It’s a fascinating turn of events from Popp, presenting an intricately woven spread of miniatures joining the dots between post-rock and indescribable electronic chirrups that have an almost birdsong quality about them. When the palette is broken by the unexpected appearance of bass tones or percussion, the impact becomes exponentially heightened, making for an album that somehow sounds like Tortoise, Autechre and Hecker combined, and yet unlike anything we’ve really heard before. We’ve got the album a week upfront – available on double CD and deluxe double vinyl.

After producing what was for many the standout album of 2009, Ducktails (aka Matthew Mondanile) returns this week with a brand new 7″ single that once again is just about the freshest thing we’ve heard in ages. Distorted jangle and flanged vocals, looped drums, woozy synths and an almost African sense of psyched repetition are the order of the day – just so good. Oh, and if you missed out on his first album (the self-titled Ducktails), it’s now available on a limited vinyl re-press courtesy of the cool cats at Not Not Fun.

More contemplative listening comes from the ‘Offstrings: Inventions For Guitar’ album that expands the parameters of the humble six-string at the hands of five players; David Daniell, Travis Burke & Daniel Burke, Michael Vallera, and Mark Shippy with breathtaking soundtrack-ready swells and dissonant blues rumbles , while Concern’s ‘Caesarean’ offers sublime decaying drones, ambience and field recordings in a style shared and influenced by William Basinski.

Entering the dancefloor and we’re faced with two widely scoped techno sets, Surgeon’s Fabric mix and Shed’s magnificent second album. The former offers a steamrolling mix that expands techno’s vocabulary to incorporate fresh dubstep and its mongrel offspring in a style like few others, wile Shed confesses a love of early ’90s UK techno and ‘ardcore with an emotional, bass loaded and thoroughly enjoyable album that really advances on from his celebrated debut and bravely tears Berlin a new basshole.

In the electronic quarters we find two extraordinary pieces of music from Conrad Schnitzler, and BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa. The Schnitzler is a reissue of a private press tape from ’74, capturing an engrossing episode of motorik kosmiche backed with an ace remix from Pole which sounds uncannily sounds like the Mvo Trio. More up to date, BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa’s ‘Space Finale’ is quite honestly one of the most mindblowing ambient albums we’ve heard in years. It’s just so ambiguous, unpredictable and strange that we’ve developed a small addiction to it and think you may too.

If that’s not enough, we recommend you also check Lucky Me curators The Blessings debut on Nod Navigators, the new (old) Mr Maxted tape on Mordant Music, while Roof Light’s 12″ is probably his best so far. Also make sure to check for new bits by Machinedrum and Spartan Lover, the Boris and Sun Araw reissues, a Funky anthem from Aramac, V.I.V.E.K’s powerful EP on Deep Medi, Redlight and Ms Dynamite vs Roska, Actress and Martyn remixes of Kode 9, the excellent TRG vs Falty DL twelve, a new killer from Skudge, plus releases from Jneiro Jarel, Roots Manuva, Om Unit, Cindytalk, Shortstuff, Boduf Songs, Antony and the Johnsons, Madlib, Kompakt, Conforce and much much more.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! Nekkers…….xx

Albums of the Week



ELEH
Repose (Circle Two: Coastal Rotation For Dune Loop)
ELECTRONIC
Important Records
LP // £15.99

*Strictly limited, individually numbered edition of just 500 for the world* Eleh’s series of releases since 2006 have been some of the most enigmatic additions to the avant-garde/minimalist canon in recent memory. ‘Circle Two: Coastal Rotation For Dune Loop’ is a new 17 minute composition which recently debuted at the Mutek festival in Montreal. It completes a trilogy of releases following the ‘Retreat/Return’ LPs for Touch, replete with an etching of concentric circles on the reverse. His/Her/Their (who knows?) sound of swollen bass pulses and augmented acoustic phenomena is rooted in the minimalist traditions of Charlemagne Palestine, Eliane Radigue and La Monte Young, offering a personal and deeply spiritual investigation of analog synthesis concerned with emphasizing the physical presence of sound. This means that Eleh records demand to be played loud and with your complete attention. When experienced through capable speakers the juxtaposition of tones, subatomic bass quivers and electroacoustically shaped microtonal shifts are dispensed with an intense tactility, and unnervingly so at high volume. Compositionally, the piece is almost palindromic in arrangement, like emerging from a crater in the dunes of the title to meet a visceral sea breeze, before descending back into the abyss to be joined by chirruping hi frequencies while the low-end tremors become trapped under the weight of their own gravity. Only in the hands of such hyper-aware dronesmiths can this music affect so deeply, and in the case of Eleh, seem to attain a beautifully cathartic and intimate quality that’s impossible to describe. This LP is limited to 500 copies for the world and comes with our highest recommendation.



GEOFF MULLEN
Bongo Closet
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £8.99

*Strictly limited vinyl-only album* Geoff Mullen is a hugely respected member of the New England experimental/improv scene, often found in the same circles as Keith Fullerton Whitman aka Hrvatski. He makes his Type debut with an utterly bewitching, secretive set of sounds which were originally heard on a cassette released by the ‘Razors And Medicine’ label earlier this year, containing six tracks of personal, heavy and undeniably magical drone music. He uses a modest setup of treated guitar together with the Yamaha CS50 synthesizer (a baby sibling of the CS80 used so definitively in Blade Runner), plus mottled FX and loops to create fascinating music which gracefully darts away from any clear pigeonholing. Over the course of this album he vividly evokes the spirit of some towering avant-garde/drone figures but consistently holds his own with a unique sense of arrangement and innate inner movements. This is evident from the first track, with its subterranean core of symphonic movement shyly guarded with layers of tape hiss and stray drones, followed by a loop-based piece of reversed rustic drums and bloopy ’60s electronics. As we wind deeper in, he continues to change discipline, conjuring cavernous ambient scapes and darker skylines, but there’s a distinct, silvery thread of positive emotion flowing through his ferric silt which makes writing about these sounds an almost fruitless task as they continue to shift focus and beguile at every turn. Ultimately, Mullen has an uncanny grasp of melody, mood and harmony which should be ignored at your peril.



OVAL
O
ELECTRONIC
Thrill Jockey
2CD // £12.99

*The long awaited full-length return of Markus Popp with a brand new, 2 hour long album for Thrill Jockey* Having dropped off the radar over recent years , Markus Popp made a much-anticipated return under his Oval guise earlier on in 2010, delivering the Oh EP for Thrill Jockey. Now, the full-length is with us – all seventy-tracks and two hours of it. There’s a very clear distinction between the Oval material of the 1990s and this new music: previously, Popp had emphatically put theory and concept ahead of the actual end product, and this made for groundbreaking, often startlingly alien sounds. All these years on and the notion of wilfully disrupting digital music platforms as a means of creation (the essence of the ‘glitch’ movement Oval spearheaded) feels like a well-worn and familiar idea, and so rather than retread former glories, ‘O’ represents a radical departure for Popp. Abandoning his own custom-built, glitch-generating apparatus, the new approach brings Popp’s musicianship to the fore, and across this sprawling track selection he further explores the language of trilling electroacoustics previewed on the recent EP. Once again, Popp occasionally adorns his compositions with percussion, adding a further ‘real-life’ layer to the whirring, machinated sounds that pierce the fabric of his recordings, but perhaps contrary to the intention, you can’t help but wonder how those central electronic constituents are made. On the surface, it seems as if you’re listening to guitars and soft-synths being sculpted into prickly melodic shapes, but you can’t quite tell how much is performed in real-time and how much is an electronic treatment – or for that matter what that electronic treatment might be. Consequently, it’s a little bit difficult to accept O as an about-face from Popp’s conceptual, process-heavy past; the essential aesthetics of this music (particularly the more fragmentary, miniaturised tracks of the second disc) actually seem like close cousins of the old-style Oval works – almost as if you’re listening to a synthesis or replication of that pioneering glitch music, except it’s all very live, even acoustic sounding this time around. However it was made, O is a triumphant return for Popp, one that sets out to reinvent the Oval sound yet remains true to its singular, pioneering spirit. Highly Recommended.



CONRAD SCHNITZLER
Zug
ELECTRONIC
m=minimal
LP // £11.99

Extraordinary and essential archival obscurity from kosmische generator Conrad Schnitzler, reissued for the first time on vinyl with reshapes from Pole, and Bornbräber & Strüver. Schnitzler’s 20 minute composition ‘Zug’ was issued on a private tape back in 1974, capturing the innovator in his most alien and transcendental form. The track revolves around a hypnotic and infinitely linear rhythm which Schnitzler gradually develops into glorious astral plumes, increasing with creepy intensity towards some foreboding, unresolved conclusion. The two remixes offer possible solutions to this problem. Firstly, Pole’s reshape sounds remarkably similar to the recent MvO Trio experiments, detaching the prickly, metallic hi-end rhythms and arranging them around a swooping subbass momentum with acres of space in between. It’s more earthbound than the original, but equally hypnotic and abstract. Further on and Bornbräber & Strüver give another grounded but similarly driving effort loaded with slow pounding kicks and a slowly maturing synth grind reminding us of Motiivi:Tuntematon’s incredible ‘Mankind Failed’ to some extent. No messing, this is an unbelievably important archival discovery which couldn’t have surfaced at a more apt time. Highly recommended.



CONCERN
Caesarean
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
SLOW FLOW REC
CD // £7.99

*Beautiful album of aged recordings, drones and field recordings – a must for followers of William Basinski* Caesarean’s lead track, ‘Discrete Memorial’ is a real rarity within the field of ambient music: it’s a piece that instantly takes hold of you, dragging you deeply into its faded, tape-eroded realm. Rather than stringing out drones from analogue synths, soft synths or field recordings, Concern’s Gordon Ashworth instead calls upon the services of various acoustic sound sources (clarinet, banjo, guitars, organs and more), all collaged together in an almost tangibly physical recording environment that seems a million miles away from the computer-dominated soundscapes this genre generally throws your way. It’s only the start of a very long journey (the album isn’t too far off maxing out the disc), but you might have trouble moving on from ‘Discrete Memorial’. It’s really quite wonderful; full of faults and dropouts, an introductory piano riff fires up in a stuttering loop, before languid woodwind tones join in. In theory this would all sound a bit derivative of William Basinski, but Ashworth ably asserts a very different voice on these pieces and certainly doesn’t adhere to any strictly repetitious loop-driven formula. Even on more conventionally drone-driven compositions like ‘Mending’ or ‘Leaving Gold’ there’s very evidently something special about those shimmering harmonics and endlessly sustaining strings; as much as the music itself, it’s to do with the production and the way the instruments dissolve into one another as Ashworth pieces the different elements together. Using both cassettes and quarter-inch tape, the album layers various crumbling stretches of acoustic sounds – perhaps never more adeptly than on the finely spliced ‘From Warmth And From Violence’ and its half-hour-plus follow-up ‘Immersed In Envy, Porous With Forgetfulness’, a formidable, slow-moving montage of ideas and sonic environments. Opening with ten minutes or so of dazzling metallic thrum, Ashworth goes on to pool sparse, untreated concrete sounds with overspilling harmonium chords to tremendous effect. Like Caesarian as a whole, it’s not easy to pinpoint precisely what it is about all this that distinguishes Concern as something special, but take a listen and it’ll soon become self-evident. Highly recommended.



SURGEON
Fabric 53: Surgeon
TECHNO / HOUSE
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Anthony Child aka Surgeon knocks up one the finest mixes in Fabric’s illustrious catalogue. It finds him at a point in his career where tempered experimentation is key, taking risks and derivés into zones most other “techno” jocks wouldn’t touch with yours. As ever, the selection is subject to meticulous sequencing and deft mixing, blurring the rhythmic codes of dubstep and techno like a Dutch botanist attempting to cross a cactus with a tulip. The throb is at the root of what he does here, but it’s broken with tracks from Instra:mental, Greena, Starkey, Gatekeeper and Subeena, adding a more tumultuous topography to the linear thrust of his pure techno selections from Ritzi Lee, FSG, Reeko, Ancient Methods, Orphyx, PAS, Hood and many more. This is aerobic club music for athletic ears and should be soundtracking your next power walk or saturday night warm up without question.



DAVID DANIELL / VARIOUS
Offstrings: Inventions For Guitar
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Complacency Records
LP // £14.99

Around the turn of the century there seemed to be a wave of guitarists versed in experimental and electronic musics who sought out ways of drawing new sounds from their instrument of choice; the likes of Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman (on his still-superb Playthroughs album), Sebastien Roux and Christopher Willits were among the most notable artists in this movement, and now, at the start of a new decade, this excellent album strives to highlight the work of five emerging guitarists from Chicago with similar designs on re-imagining the guitar’s timbral landscape.  Travis Bird & Daniel Burke contribute the first two tracks on the album, arriving with a brand of subtly constructed music that owes something to the lulling melancholy of Loren Connors.  The duo pluck a mournful, electrified path through opener ‘Breaking The Ice Before Winter Sets In’ and subsequently drift through a freetime soundscape of volume-swelling chords and frayed, jangling frequencies on ‘Dark Matter’.  Venturing in a more abstract direction, Michael Vallera’s ‘Arm Of The Sun’ reshapes the guitar’s tonal range into something more akin to an analogue synthesizer, pulsing through tidal drone motions.  Here, the guitar doesn’t actually sound like anyone’s actually playing it.  There’s no expression in the performance as such; instead the instrument is used as a tone generator, incrementally building up to an incredible, intense crescendo.  David Daniell’s contribution, meanwhile, is just utterly breathtaking. Daniell has recently been found touting his wares in collaboration with Christian Fennesz, and on his piece here, ‘Strobe’, an underlying tremolo figure and organ-like sustaining tones provide a dramatic background context for swathes of stirring, soundtrack-ready six-string manoeuvres.  The poise and magnitude of all this seems to reach far beyond the normal parameters of purely guitar-generated music, yet your attention isn’t particularly drawn to the presence of post-production or processing.  Daniell’s definitely one to keep tabs on.  Mark Shippy closes the album wielding his steel-strung acoustic on ‘x-Involucrant-x’, which to a certain degree brings to mind John Fahey’s Table Of The Elements-era output.  On a purely harmonic level, Shippy’s piece might be the most involving of the bunch, taking you through dissonant cascades of ascending/descending runs that rumble and reverberate between the speakers in a commanding fashion, to some degree translating the spirit of bluegrass into a new, modernist language.  Limited to 500 copies on 180 gram coloured vinyl (100 white vinyl, 100 translucent blue, 100 clear, 100 clear & translucent blue, 100 white & translucent blue), complete with digital download coupon, redeemable directly from the label. Very highly recommended.



SHED
The Traveller
TECHNO / HOUSE
OSTGUT TON
CD // £10.49

‘The Traveller’ is simply the most anticipated techno album of the year, and probably one of its best. It’s yet another pristine example of René Pawlowitz’s dilated dancefloor scope, sourcing influences from ’90s UK techno and hardcore to explore new routes around the signature 4/4 pulse of Berlin dance music. As with his massively acclaimed predecessor ‘Shedding The Past’, Shed seems completely at ease with the album format, offering a range of deadly, yet often brief ideas which add up to a personal and nostalgic comment on techno in 2010. That spirit of pre-’94 jungle and hardcore is written deeply through cuts like ‘Leave Things’, which initially sounds like a Japanese Telecom track before bursting into into a truly magnificent ‘ardcore head rush, and then there’s the vintage Reload-esque construction of ‘Atmo – Action’ and the hyperactive mentasms of ‘No Way!’ just in case you had any doubts about what makes this guy buzz. And in case if you were wondering, straight 4/4 tracks do make an appearance, bookending the set with the insistent momentum of ‘My R-Class’ and the celestial vectors of ‘HDRTM’, but the best bits are those shorter, dreamy ‘ardcore snapshots like the vintage Carl Craig-esque sweep of ’44A (Hard Wax Forever)’ and the ‘Polynomial C’ style strings of ‘Hello Bleep!’. Needless to say, fans of the previous album should be hugely satisfied, and newcomers should be investigating at the first opportunity. Recommended.



BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA
Space Finale
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
2LP // £16.99

*Fantastic collaboration between two masters of immersive drone music and location recordings – available on a deluxe vinyl edition for the first time* This incredible ninety-minute album was originally released on cassette earlier on this year. Divided into four lengthy pieces, the album has the feel of a classic piece of analogue experimentation, populated by obliterated field recordings, vintage synth timbres, archaic, blipping tones and above all, acre after acre of sustaining, continuous sound.  It’s hard to know exactly how this music came about, but if you scry long enough over these vast, smoky vistas you’ll hear shapes (of some sort) starting to emerge.  It’s listed that the principal ‘instrument’ used in the making of this record was a Revox 2-channel tape machine, and the fact that the release was originally consigned to cassette means that the warm, magnetic character of the music is seen through right to the end.   The classic, old-fashioned styling of the album contributes to the overwhelming ambiguity that hangs over proceedings; very few modern, digital drone records manage to achieve such an unshakable air of foggy enigma, and at its intangible best ‘Space Finale’ evokes a fantasy meeting between Delia Derbyshire and The Hafler Trio. Strictly limited copies – an absolute treasure.



THE BLESSINGS
Galaxy High
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Nod Navigators
LP // £6.99

The Blessings are DomSum and Martyn Flyn, two cats behind one of the best labels in the world right now, Glasgow’s LuckyMe. While their label has given birth to some milestone rekkids like Hud Mo’s ‘Ooops’ 12″ and the American Men album, they’ve kept their own beats on the downlow, choosing to release these six sweet ‘n crispy blends of New Jack Swing, electro and midnight funk on Nod Navigators. In ‘Arisseee Henson’ they ooze purple soundtrack synth juice from every pore, and on ‘Faberge’ take off from the same base as Hud Mo’s lazer funk, before the centrepiece ‘Moranis Riding Ants’ makes their reference points quite clear, balancing warm ’80s nostalgia with flickers of futurist dubstep bass and crushed drum programming. Furthermore, ‘Keith Sweats’ pays tribute to the don of slicked out R’n’B in canny ‘tronic style and the blurred harmonic hues of ‘Hot Song’ leaves a very memorable taste on the ear. Fans of Hud Mo, Mike Slott, and Funkineven need to get on this!



MR. MAXTED
Momentum
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Mordant Music
Cassette // £6.99

Before Mordant Music released ‘Lives & Privacy (94-89)’ we’d never heard of Mr Maxted. Two years down the line and we keep returning to that scuzzy grey LP, it’s just so damn good. This limited edition tape (100 only) features material mostly produced at the same time, but with one new track ‘I’m Having A Breakdown’. This is pure bedroom meddling music, recorded from cheap drum machines directly onto tape, leaving a blurry imprint of Benelux beats and soggy Yorkshire synth yearnings to perfume your room with the fragrance of stale nicotine, overheating Roland boxes and dry geek sweat. Apparently the label will continue to excavate Mr Maxted’s hidden spools into the next year and “…promise a dearth of pristine ambient material to compliment these sullied pop emissions”. We can’t f**king wait. Limited to 100 copies for the (under)world – Essential Purchase.

Singles of the Week



DUCKTAILS
Mirror Image
ELECTRONIC
Showply Records
7″ // £4.99

Total bliss-out gem from Matthew Mondanile aka Ducktails, offering two nostalgia-warped avant-pop picks on Shdwply. Compared with the last few, 2010 has been a quiet year for Ducktails, this being his first solo release of the year and all, but dude’s obviously just been chilling, going on a road trip or hanging out at the beach or something. On the A-side, ‘Apple Walk’ sounds like he just got home after a long hot day and laid his vibe straight onto 4-track, making for 3 minutes of distorted jangle and flanged vocals with a sublime intention. With ‘Mirror Image Index’ on the flip he enters a slightly stranger zone, a few hours down the line and the air is still warm and the effect is a little druggier, imbuing his looped drums, woozy organ and spiraling synth with a lilting, almost African sense of psyched repetition. Magical.



ROOF LIGHT
What Makes You So Special
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Highpoint Lowlife
12″ // £5.99

Show-stealing 4-track white label from Roof Light. This producer seems to go up in our estimations with every release, this time making a direct derivé between the shadows of Detroit House and New York Garage to really cut loose in beautiful style. From the hyper-jittery garage flex of the title track the pace is dropped and the groove ramped with the Actress-style Detroit shimmer of ‘Face Up (To Your Sensibilities)’, squashing a fat square bassline under psyched-tae-f**k disco-soul vocals. Over on the flip the vibe switches gear again with a skippin’ Todd Edwards bustle ruffed-up with the kinda scuffed samples and arrangement you’d expect from a Rick Wilhite track, while ‘Cake, Biscuits and How’s Yer Father’ tips out on a seductively swirling garage lean with hints of Zomby and Blue Daisy. Don’t miss out on this, it’s an absolute winner for anyone with their head in the future garage/house clouds. Highly Recommended.

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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MARKO FURSTENBERG
Counter Mode EP
ARTLESS
12″ // £7.99

Driving dub-techno tackle from Mojuba’s meaner, leaner A.R.T.Less sub-label. The A-side is an edit of his superb ‘BBT’ from the ‘Repentence’ 12″, a ruggedly prime example of the dub techno new skool rebuffed for a denser, heads-down appeal. ‘070120’ is brand new, a dryly spacious roller from the techno echo chambers of Berlin, built with cavernous dub chords and booming kicks to start your engines. Fans of Basic Channel, check!…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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THE BLESSINGS
Galaxy High
Nod Navigators
LP // £6.99

The Blessings are DomSum and Martyn Flyn, two cats behind one of the best labels in the world right now, Glasgow’s LuckyMe. While their label has given birth to some milestone rekkids like Hud Mo’s ‘Ooops’ 12″ and the American Men album, they’ve kept their own beats on the downlow, choosing to release these six sweet ‘n crispy blends of New Jack Swing, electro and midnight funk on Nod Navigators….

JNEIRO JAREL
Amazonica
Kindred Spirits
7″ // £5.99

Preceding Jneiro Janel’s (aka Dr Who Dat?) ‘Fauna’ album, Kindred Spirits drop an exclusive vocal mix of ‘See Them Cry’ backed with the wonky psychbeat of ‘Amazonica’. That exclusive mix is dope, matching the plush bassline and dippin’ soul lean of the beat with an agile vocal from Cilla K. ‘Amazonica’ is a brilliantly weirder, one for the contemporary psych-soul heads. Recommended.

AEED
Error Code (Ad Bourke / Flako Mix)
Error Broadcast
7″ // £6.99

Dope 4-track of 8Bit beats and hiphop instrumentals from Swiss dude Aeed, backed with clever revisions from AD Bourke and Flako. the originals are neat and brief beats suited for the Beat Dimensions and Skweee followers. The real good stuff is lurking in the ‘Moussaka’ remixes ont he flip though, with AD Bourke dropping aRustie-esque wrigglers mix and Flako giving it a proper percussive pots ‘n pans version with merrily…

ROOTS MANUVA
Jah Warriors
Big Dada
7″ // £4.99

Wicked new material from Roots Manuva and producer Wrongtom. ‘Jah warriors’ is the one-off lead single from the forthcoming Big Dada album where Wrongtom remixes selected tracks from each of Manuva’s main studio albums, plus ‘Dub Come Save Me’ and ‘Alternately Deep’. Together with vocal spar Ricky Ranking, Roots is in top form, but he’d be less so without Wrongtom’s ace riddims, from the drowsy Caribbean steppers vibe of the…

MACHINE DRUM
Many Faces
LuckyMe
12″ // £6.99

The metamorphosis of Machinedrum continues apace with a mini-album for Glasgow’s Lucky Me empire. Keen to display the breadth and adaptability of his style, ‘Many Faces’ balls between squashed electro-hop like ‘Sakatak’ to wobbly juke on ‘It’s That Bass’ and warped fusions of Bassline and Ghetto House in ‘Make Me’ while ‘Lemme F_ck It’ tips his New Era to Chicago Footwurk. Another feather in the cap for Lucky Me and…

ANDREYA TRIANA
Lost Where I Belong
Ninja Tune
LP // £12.99

*Limited Edition Vinyl Edition – comes with a download code redeemable directly from the label* The widely hyped debut album from Ninja Tune’s latest rising star, Andreya Triana, Lost Where I Belong is a jazzy, noir-ish soul album that gives a full introduction to a vocal talent who’s previously worked with Flying Lotus, Theo Parrish and Mr Scruff, among others. The production and arrangements here ooze class (if, indeed, class…

DONNIS / NOSAJ THING
Gone EP (Nosaj Thing Mix)
Fool’s Gold
12″ // £8.99

Donnis brings some Atlanta flavour to Fools Gold backed with remixes from Craze and Nosaj Thing. The pop-primed potential of ‘Gone’ can be explained by the production from Needlz, whose resumé includes beats for Lupe Fiasco and Ludacris. Onto the remixes and Craze drops it for the club with a bouncy chunk of fun flecked with his famed scratches whereas Nosaj Thing takes it to outer space with cosmic chorals…

OM UNIT
Searching (EAN Remix)
Stretched
12″ // £4.99

Om Unit producer Jim Coles supplies a big, vulcanised stepping rhythm for ‘Searching’, complete with sampled vocal hook and borderline-epic synth melodies. By the time it reaches its final leg, the track lurches into a double-time feel with some thumping electro-house beats that cast a new light on that nagging synth riff. The EAN remix builds the piece up with massive roving basslines and heavily compressed drums.

SPARTAN LOVER
Eye Drop / Silk Smooth Skin
LOSONOFONO
7″ // £5.49

Skrawny 8-bit geek funk and lo-fi Skweee boogie from the Harmonia and Dødpop regular. The A-side track ‘Eye Drop’ rubs out hard-edged, brittle drum machine beats and sandpaper-textured synths in his own sideways style, while ‘Silk Smooth Skin’ jumps on a crispier slump-funked roll with crafty drum edits and slicker synth wipes to work mutant dancers to the bone.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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GEOFF MULLEN
Bongo Closet
Type
LP // £8.99

*Strictly limited vinyl-only album* Geoff Mullen is a hugely respected member of the New England experimental/improv scene, often found in the same circles as Keith Fullerton Whitman aka Hrvatski. He makes his Type debut with an utterly bewitching, secretive set of sounds which were originally heard on a cassette released by the ‘Razors And Medicine’ label earlier this year, containing six tracks of personal, heavy and undeniably magical drone music….

CONCERN
Caesarean
SLOW FLOW REC
CD // £7.99

*Beautiful album of aged recordings, drones and field recordings – a must for followers of William Basinski* Caesarean’s lead track, ‘Discrete Memorial’ is a real rarity within the field of ambient music: it’s a piece that instantly takes hold of you, dragging you deeply into its faded, tape-eroded realm. Rather than stringing out drones from analogue synths, soft synths or field recordings, Concern’s Gordon Ashworth instead calls upon the services…

BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA
Space Finale
Editions Mego
2LP // £16.99

*Fantastic collaboration between two masters of immersive drone music and location recordings – available on a deluxe vinyl edition for the first time* This incredible ninety-minute album was originally released on cassette earlier on this year. Divided into four lengthy pieces, the album has the feel of a classic piece of analogue experimentation, populated by obliterated field recordings, vintage synth timbres, archaic, blipping tones and above all, acre after acre…

BORIS
Absolutego
Southern Lord
2LP // £19.99

*75 copies only for the UK – the first time this album has ever been on vinyl. Due to the enormous length of the songs, as well as the originally crafted flow of the album, ‘Amplifier Worship’ was previously only available on CD. After much deliberation and clever editing the albums’ massive content was made ready for vinyl. The artwork has also been given a tasteful overhaul by Southern Lord…

BORIS
Amplifier Worship
Southern Lord
2LP // £19.99

*75 copies only for the UK – the first time this album has ever been on vinyl. Due to the enormous length of the songs, as well as the originally crafted flow of the album, ‘Amplifier Worship’ was previously only available on CD. After much deliberation and clever editing the albums’ massive content was made ready for vinyl. The artwork has also been given a tasteful overhaul by Southern Lord…

TOPAZ RAGS
Chown Center
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.99

Topaz Rags is a trio featuring Pocahaunted star Amanda Brown and Robedoor’s Britt Brown, and having already released an album and EP for Not Not Fun, they return with redoubled psychedelic gravitas for this 7″ offering. ‘Crown Center’ moves like a brontosaurus wading through maple syrup (Canadian grade 3), thanks to a bassline that quivers under its own lurching heft. Twanging through the slurry, surf-compatible guitar leads dart around within…

SUN ARAW
Heavy Deeds
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

Sun Araw – and the Not Not Fun label in general for that matter – are becoming ever more essential with each release. Heavy Deeds is the latest dubbed-out, tropical psych missive from this far-out collective, featuring an increasingly mature approach to experimental queasiness. On this occasion psych architect Cameron Stallones embarks upon a trajectory reminiscent of fellow solar travellers Sunburned Hand Of The Man knocking heads together with Sun…

CINDYTALK
Up Here In The Clouds
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Gordon Sharp’s Cindytalk returns with another new long-player for the mighty Editions Mego imprint , a follow-up to last year’s The Crackle Of My Soul. ‘Up Here In The Clouds’ might well be said to bear as close a resemblance to ambient music as it does noise, and while much of the record plays out as a slow influx of electronically cultivated texture – largely divorced from the usual musical…

LAW OF THE ROPE
Unmarked Graves
TEENAGE TEARDROPS
LP // £13.99

Raw Black Metal from the depths of a dying town in Antelope Valley, Palmdale, California. This terrifically foul LP features tracks taken from their previous three cassettes on NNF, Faunasabbatha and Tavernkeben plus a brand new track exclusive to this album. Expect petrified vocals, sewer soaked guitars and frankly f**king grim vibes throughout and you won’t be disappointed. Limited to 300 copies with huge 24″ x 36″ poster fold out….
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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DEA / SPACELEX / ALBION
Heavy Rotation
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £6.99

Four fine edits of super rare cosmic disco tunes from Albion, Dea and Spacelex. We really couldn’t tell you who the originals are by, but the tracks range from wigged out throbbers to space cruising strutters, all with that classic Beppe Loda vibe. Limited copies.

BEPPE LODA PRESENTS MC1
Counter
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Beppe Loda drops a dramatic slow-Italo roller backed with remixes from Bottin and Radome. Loda sticks close to the original version by MC1 by simply upping the ante with frilly synth fills and a more muscular bass. The ever reliable Bottin turns up a handsome floor filler on the flip and Radome go with the groovy mid-tempo thrust.

CHINA BURTON / RAZZMATAZZ
Deep Disco & Boogie Vol. 1 Sampler
Kindred Spirits
12″ // £7.99

Two ultra rare disco and boogie tunes, selected for reissue by the UK’s top disco dealer, Zafar Chowdry aka Zaf aka Pussclod. On the A-side there’s an extended mix of China Burton’s ‘You Don’t Care (About Our Love)’, complete with that heavyweight breakdown and symphonic strings from disco heaven. Turn it over and you’ve got the slick boogie of Razzmatazz’s ‘Set It Out’. Both tracks remastered from original studio tapes…

VARIOUS / NYC TRUST
NYC White Label #2
NYC TRUST
12″ // £6.99

Party dedicated remixes with a New York Latin edge. TM Juke opens with a version of GRC’s ‘Tabaco Y Ron’ on a Latino B-Boy vibe with blazing horns and kinky keys. Next up, DJ DRM remixes MLB’s ‘Twilight Reprise’ as a laidback and atmospheric house roller while the flip is given to Midnight Lab’s Latin-rigged dub-disco, ideal for sipping cocktails and such.

VARIOUS / SPATIAL DISCO
Spatial Disco
ELECTUNES
LP // £11.99

Ace comp of classic disco drawn from the legendary Tele Music library label. First class disco and boogie grooves with a distinct electronic flourish courtesy of Saveur Mallia, aka the figure behind classic cuts as Arpadys. He’s responsible for most of the gear here, with a few inclusions from fellow Spatial artistes. Compared to the second volume, which is already out, these cuts are of a classy late ’70s vibe,…
DUB / REGGAE
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SCIENTIST
The People’s Choice Dub
Tamoki Wambesi Dove
CD // £9.99

“Superb collection of some of the best of Overton ‘Scientist’ Brown’s dubs released through Roy Cousins Tamoki-Wambesi-Dove. Recorded at Channel 1 and Jamaica (w/ Sylvan Morris) Recording studios, mixed at King Tubby’s. Featuring the cream of Jamaica’s session musicians including Sly & Robbie, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook, ‘Flabba’ Holt, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parks, ‘Style’ Scott, ‘Santa’ Davis, “Gladdy’ Anderson, Ansell Collins and Lloyd Chalmers just to name a few. TRACKLIST:…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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ROOF LIGHT
What Makes You So Special
Highpoint Lowlife
12″ // £5.99

Show-stealing 4-track white label from Roof Light. This producer seems to go up in our estimations with every release, this time making a direct derivé between the shadows of Detroit House and New York Garage to really cut loose in beautiful style. From the hyper-jittery garage flex of the title track the pace is dropped and the groove ramped with the Actress-style Detroit shimmer of ‘Face Up (To Your Sensibilities)’,…

V.I.V.E.K.
Feel It (+Bonus CD)
DEEP MEDI MUSIK
2×12″ + CD // £11.99

Oh gosh. Deep Medi come to crumble your foundations with a super-heavyweight double pack by V.I.V.E.K, following the acclaimed triple disc album from Mala. If medical science is working towards some form of non-invasive treatment using ultrasonic therapy, we think they should really enlist the services of this fella. With the title track he hits a frequency that’s just made my armpits tingle (that doesn’t happen often), and sustains it…

ARAMAC
Hurt Inside
STICKS N’ STONES
12″ // £6.49

Weighty fresh Funky from Aramac, dropping the Marcus Nasty and Footloose fave ‘Hurt Inside’ b/w ‘Intruder’. Apparently this guy has been at it for a while but it’s the first time he’s crossed our radar, sounding like a fusion of Altered Natives, Martyn and Brackles with the tremendous A-face ‘Hurt Inside’. ‘Intruder’ on the flip is a more stripped Funky roller with a mean subbass and fairly darkside synths, but…

FALTY DL / TRG
See Other People (Falty DL Mix) / St. Marks (Cosmin TRG Mix)
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

Cosmin TRG and Falty DL unleash mutual reworks of their recent tracks for Rush Hour’s Direct Current series. Both producers are perched right at the top of their respective trees right now and seem to have synchronized their styles perfectly with contrasting, yet complementary executions. On the A-side Falty DL goes for TRG’s ‘See Other People’, twisting the track through a matrix of tricky filters while augmenting the groove with…

SHORTSTUFF
The Summer Of Shortstuff: Part 3
Ramp Recordings
10″ // £6.99

Two more dancefloor slayers from Shortstuff, completing his trilogy of 10″s for Ramp. This one contains the lethal strains of ‘Swine Time’, a considered fusion of quicksilver Grime and Garage styles sounding like a Zomby remix of Africa HiTech, maybe? ‘Fig Rolls’ holds it down on the flip, cutting loose on a crafty Funky mutation with wild samples strewn across its bumpy grooves. There’s no solid brackets for these bits…

REDLIGHT / ROSKA
What You Talking About!? (Roska Mix)
MTA
12″ // £5.99

Redlight and Ms Dynamite’s ‘What You Talking About’ is destined to become one of the years biggest dancefloor fillers. The digital version comes backed with a Roska remix and the original ‘MDMA’ instrumental, plus the Ms. Dynamite accapella for all DJ dem. ‘What Are You Talking About’ pretty much defines the 2010 collision of dubstep, dancehall and tranced-out rave styles, while Roska’s version picks up where ‘Squawk’ left off, going…

KODE 9 / MARTYN / ACTRESS
You Don’t Wash (Martyn / Actress Mixes)
K7
12″ // £4.99

Martyn and Actress sign on to remix Kode9’s exclusive track from the DJ Kicks mix. Both producers seem to explore relatively new or uncharacteristic sounds with their respective versions, from Martyn incorporating a Carl Craig-esque string filter for the big room groovers, to Actress offering his straightest Funky workout to date, twisting the Marimbas and whistles of the original into a strangely clipped yet universally effective workout. Badness.

D-FORMED / MATT GREEN
Base.Corrupt #10
BASE CORRUPT
12″ // £6.49

Three fierce dubstep rave joints from Matt Green and D-Formed incuding a remix from Fused Forces. Pick of the bunch is the Fused Forces remix of Green’s ‘Black Forest’, riding a hard halfstep rhythm tainted with darkside jungle flavour, or the weighty bass thrust of ‘Paradize’, guaranteed to wreck the nastier dubstep parties.

SCORN
Refuse: Start Fires
OHM RESISTANCE
2LP // £11.99

The awesome force of Scorn (aka former Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris) is unleashed in long form on his first album for a few years. As his legions of devoted fans will know, Scorn has been doing this thing for a long time now, pre-dating dubstep by a good decade, and belligerently forcing his beats into ever sludgier and darker patterns over time. We start here with ‘Bear Felt Nowt’,…

SUBSCAPE / J KENZO
Dominant Species / Constant
DUB POLICE
12″ // £6.49

Boisterous and dread-infused dubstep rave from the Dub Police camp. Subscape’s ‘Dominant Species’ stamps its authority with snarling, ravenous synth lashes and tumbling breaks almost reminding of LD’s tropical techno, while J Kenzo embarks on a tribalist halfstep mission wandering swampy, Hatcha-style subs and kinky Latin polyrhythms. Chunky buggers.

THE WEEVIL SERIES
Larva EP
THE WEEVIL SERIES
12″ // £5.99

Second stage of the Weevil series develops from ‘larva’ to ‘Pupa’ with three angles on Dubstep, Breaks and D’n’B. The first track is a hardman Dubstep cut packed out with churning concrete Breakbeats and flooded with powerful subbass. Next we’re offered a Breaksteppy workout with crooked garage patterns and Breaks-style bass. Meanwhile, the longer flipside is given over to a dented D’n’B roller with sludgy subs and a scuzzy, technofied…

VARIOUS / STUDIO ROCKERS
Re-Wired Volume 1
STUDIO ROCKERS
12″ // £5.99

Studio Rockers prop up four unknown producers on the first of their ‘Rewired’ EPs. First introductions come from Pempi ft. Jahbliss on the highlight of ‘Fire, a natty Benga-style roller with fat subs. Next Dodge Virus serves a crushed and swampy halfstepper on ‘Wa Gwaan’, followed by the other highlight in Albert’s smudged and mellow garage stepper ‘Cross Eyed’. Nuphlo signs off with the lurching, atmospheric halfstep of ‘Karma Than…
ELECTRONIC
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ELEH
Repose (Circle Two: Coastal Rotation For Dune Loop)
Important Records
LP // £15.99

*Strictly limited, individually numbered edition of just 500 for the world* Eleh’s series of releases since 2006 have been some of the most enigmatic additions to the avant-garde/minimalist canon in recent memory. ‘Circle Two: Coastal Rotation For Dune Loop’ is a new 17 minute composition which recently debuted at the Mutek festival in Montreal. It completes a trilogy of releases following the ‘Retreat/Return’ LPs for Touch, replete with an etching…

OVAL
O
Thrill Jockey
2CD // £12.99

*The long awaited full-length return of Markus Popp with a brand new, 2 hour long album for Thrill Jockey* Having dropped off the radar over recent years , Markus Popp made a much-anticipated return under his Oval guise earlier on in 2010, delivering the Oh EP for Thrill Jockey. Now, the full-length is with us – all seventy-tracks and two hours of it. There’s a very clear distinction between the…

CONRAD SCHNITZLER
Zug
m=minimal
LP // £11.99

Extraordinary and essential archival obscurity from kosmische generator Conrad Schnitzler, reissued for the first time on vinyl with reshapes from Pole, and Bornbräber & Strüver. Schnitzler’s 20 minute composition ‘Zug’ was issued on a private tape back in 1974, capturing the innovator in his most alien and transcendental form. The track revolves around a hypnotic and infinitely linear rhythm which Schnitzler gradually develops into glorious astral plumes, increasing with creepy…

OVAL
O
Thrill Jockey
2LP // £14.49

*The long awaited full-length return of Markus Popp with a brand new, 2 hour long album for Thrill Jockey* Having dropped off the radar over recent years , Markus Popp made a much-anticipated return under his Oval guise earlier on in 2010, delivering the Oh EP for Thrill Jockey. Now, the full-length is with us – all seventy-tracks and two hours of it. There’s a very clear distinction between the…

DUCKTAILS
Mirror Image
Showply Records
7″ // £4.99

Total bliss-out gem from Matthew Mondanile aka Ducktails, offering two nostalgia-warped avant-pop picks on Shdwply. Compared with the last few, 2010 has been a quiet year for Ducktails, this being his first solo release of the year and all, but dude’s obviously just been chilling, going on a road trip or hanging out at the beach or something. On the A-side, ‘Apple Walk’ sounds like he just got home after…

DUCKTAILS
Ducktails
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Essential re-issue of one of the most talked-about LPs of the last few years, the first vinyl album from Ducktails. One of the most tangible reasons ‘Ducktails’ had such an impact is the uncontrived and gentle manner which Matthew Mondanile conveys his hypnagogic nostalgia, managing to elicit such vividly hazy memories of beach holidays you never had, with the same sort of deft skill as likeminded operators Skaters, Gary War…

MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM
Strange Music
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

The first collaborative album by electronic music pioneer Dieter Moebius and bassist Gerd Beerbohm, Strange Music originally surfaced in 1982. Recordings like ‘Subito’ and ‘Glucose’ seem to have as much to do with the rough-cut, primitive pop of the post-punk and new-wave scene as much as they do experimental electronics, yet this sort of impulsive DIY simplicity is counterbalanced by surreal and adventurous exercises such as ‘White House’, which toys…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

Another fantastic release on the evergreen Tompkins Square imprint, this compilation presents a selection of American wartime songs recorded from the 1920s right up to the outbreak of the Second World War. A portion of all proceeds from the album will be donated to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Of America (IAVA.org). “This newly minted collection presents performances captured between 1924 and 1939 of songs originating from the American Civil War,…

PASTOR T.L. BARRETT & THE YOUTH FOR CHRIST CHOIR
Like A Ship (Without a Sail)
Light In The Attic
CD // £10.99

An incredible sounding reissue of T.L. Barrett’s much sought-after, self-released 1971 gospel/soul album, Like A Ship (Without A Sail) features a stunning production that remains searingly fresh forty years on, all leant great depth by its memorable choral arrangements. “Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barrett’s rare gospel soul classic Like A Ship… (Without A Sail) is finally receiving a much-needed reissue. Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one…

PASTOR T.L. BARRETT & THE YOUTH FOR CHRIST CHOIR
Like A Ship (Without a Sail)
Light In The Attic
LP // £17.99

An incredible sounding reissue of T.L. Barrett’s much sought-after, self-released 1971 gospel/soul album, Like A Ship (Without A Sail) features a stunning production that remains searingly fresh forty years on, all leant great depth by its memorable choral arrangements. “Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barrett’s rare gospel soul classic Like A Ship… (Without A Sail) is finally receiving a much-needed reissue. Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one…

VARIOUS / NUMERO
Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands
NUMERO
2LP // £20.99

“The second in our series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouse’s Lowland operation out of Beaumont, Texas. Long after the Bopper’s plane crashed and the Winter brothers (Johnny and Edgar) and Janis Joplin split, Texas’ Golden Triangle was home to a vibrant scene of musicians, songwriters, and entrepreneurs just trying to make it in Houston, let alone the world. From the ashes of…

EMMANUELLE PARRENIN
Maison Rose
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Cited as a French peer to the likes of Sandy Denny, Emmanuelle Parrenin was a part of France’s folk revival of the late 1960s, recording eight albums in the lead up to Maison Rose, her final long-player, released in 1976. Far from restricting itself to a conventional set of acoustic songs, Maison Rose is indebted to experimental digressions: while pieces such as ‘Plume Blanche, Plume Noire’ depict Parrenin as a…

EMMANUELLE PARRENIN
Maison Rose
Lion Productions
LP // £17.99

Cited as a French peer to the likes of Sandy Denny, Emmanuelle Parrenin was a part of France’s folk revival of the late 1960s, recording eight albums in the lead up to Maison Rose, her final long-player, released in 1976. Far from restricting itself to a conventional set of acoustic songs, Maison Rose is indebted to experimental digressions: while pieces such as ‘Plume Blanche, Plume Noire’ depict Parrenin as a…

BODUF SONGS
This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything
Kranky
LP // £13.99

For this fourth album as Boduf Songs, Matthew Sweets has expanded his range as a musician and composer. While previously we’ve heard the lo-fi songwriter working his way through, creaking acoustic vignettes, this outing features a bold new array of instruments and a distinct sharpening of the project’s experimental tendencies. Throughout the album, it sounds as if Sweets is doing his best to keep his voice down – as if…

TIMBER TIMBRE / TASSEOMANCY
Demon Host
Full Time Hobby
7″ // £3.99

‘Demon Host’ is the first single to be lifted from the Timber Timbre’s eponymous debut, previously released via Arts & Crafts and soon to be reissued by Full Time Hobby. Here, we get to hear Toronto songwriter Taylor Kirk in all his stripped back splendour, rattling through lo-fi, bluesy Americana in fine voice. For the most part the track is pared down to just acoustic guitar and vocals, leaving a…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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DAVID DANIELL / VARIOUS
Offstrings: Inventions For Guitar
Complacency Records
LP // £14.99

Around the turn of the century there seemed to be a wave of guitarists versed in experimental and electronic musics who sought out ways of drawing new sounds from their instrument of choice; the likes of Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman (on his still-superb Playthroughs album), Sebastien Roux and Christopher Willits were among the most notable artists in this movement, and now, at the start of a new decade,…

CHAPELIER FOU
613
Ici D’ailleurs
2LP // £18.99

Having been suitably taken with his earlier, self-titled album, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find that Louis Warynski’s second long-player as Chapelier Fou has arrived so quickly on its predecessor’s heels. The young Frenchman shares a label with like-minded pals Yann Tiersen and Matt Elliott (who contributes guest guitar and vocals to 613), dissolving the boundaries between electronica, cinematic classical music and jaunty European folk. ‘G Tintinnabulum’ introduces…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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S. CAREY
All We Grow
Jagjaguwar
CD // £9.99

Previously to be found playing in Bon Iver’s band, Sean Carey steps out on his own for Jagjaguwar, constructing a hugely impressive solo outing that calls on all his experience both as a modern folk performer and as a formally trained musician – Carey has a degree in classical percussion. These classical elements run particularly strongly through the stabbing, repetitious arrangement of ‘We Fell’, bearing the minimalist influence of Steve…

S. CAREY
All We Grow
Jagjaguwar
LP // £11.99

Previously to be found playing in Bon Iver’s band, Sean Carey steps out on his own for Jagjaguwar, constructing a hugely impressive solo outing that calls on all his experience both as a modern folk performer and as a formally trained musician – Carey has a degree in classical percussion. These classical elements run particularly strongly through the stabbing, repetitious arrangement of ‘We Fell’, bearing the minimalist influence of Steve…

ROYAL TRUX
Cats And Dogs
Drag City
LP // £14.49

The classic fourth album by trash-punk heroes Royal Trux gets the vinyl reissuing treatment from Drag City. This record marked the end of Royal Trux’s first period of tenure with Drag City, after which they were off to Virgin Records for a three-album deal. The songs come through more cleanly than on the duo’s earliest work but there’s still plenty of bite (no pun intended) to tracks like blues-scuzzer ‘Teeth’,…

INFINITY
Collected Works 1969-70
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Available for the first time in nearly four decades, the recorded works of British psych band Infinity resurface thanks to Lion Productions, who reissue this twelve-track collection complete with revealing liner notes and photographs from the band’s heyday. A (perhaps unexpectedly) fascinating insight into the life and works of a largely unknown band from a period in music history that seems all-too distant. “Legendary UK psych outfit Infinity formed in…

NEON INDIAN
Mind Ctrl: Pshychic Chasms Possessed
Static Tongues
CD // £8.99

One of last year’s big discoveries, Neon Indian, has his chillwave masterpiece Psychic Chasms given an airing on digital formats. While some listeners are likely to start throwing around references to all things hypnagogic, or citing artists like James Ferraro as ports of comparison, Psychic Chasms seems to exist solely as an exercise in great pop music and is far more instantly appealing than its VHS-ripped (possibly) constituent parts might…

THE SOFT MOON
Parallels
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Darkwave ace from The Soft Moon, serving their second 7″ single for Captured Tracks. We’re really feeling the motorik velocity of the title track and its sludgy blanket of synths on the A-side, while ‘Bones’ slows to a murkier, but no less moody shuffle reminding of Silk Flowers. Fans of Factory Floor and Cold Cave really need this in their life!

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS
Thank You For Your Love EP
Rough Trade
12″ // £6.99

This new EP paves the way for Antony’s forthcoming full-length, Swanlights, taking its lead track from the album but supplying a further four non-LP recordings – one of which features none other than William Basinski.  ‘Thank You For Your Love’ is a graceful, gospel-tinged ballad that swells up with horns and feverish expressions of gratitude as it wheels towards the chorus.  As it progresses, the song turns out to be…

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS
Thank You For Your Love EP
Rough Trade
CD // £4.99

This new EP paves the way for Antony’s forthcoming full-length, Swanlights, taking its lead track from the album but supplying a further four non-LP recordings – one of which features none other than William Basinski.  ‘Thank You For Your Love’ is a graceful, gospel-tinged ballad that swells up with horns and feverish expressions of gratitude as it wheels towards the chorus.  As it progresses, the song turns out to be…

GURU GURU
UFO
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Nowadays it’s not uncommon to find legendary krautrock drummer Mani Neumaier performing and recording alongside the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, but it’s his pioneering work of forty years ago for which he’s most fondly regarded. Teaming up with bassist Uli Trepte, Neumaier laid the foundations for Guru Guru, one of the great German experimental bands of the 1970s. UFO was the group’s debut, a groundbreaking distillation of its musicians’…

HANOI JANES
Young & Dumb
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Hanoi Janes plunders scuzzy garage, rock-a-billy and Afrobeat via five pop perfected songs. They’re very much in the style of his ‘Year Of Panic’ LP and bound to receive just as much attention. Very good.

AWESOME COLOR
Massa Hypnos
Ecstatic Peace
LP // £12.99

**Includes code for hi-res MP3 download – redeemable from the label** Now three albums into their career, Detroit-born Awesome Color return with another classy long-player, arriving after six years spent touring with mentors like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. In the finest tradition of the Motor City’s garage-bred rock & roll this power trio pack a heavy punch that fits in with all the classic genre tropes whilst avoiding any…

BRAD LANER
Natural Selections
HOMETAPES
LP // £12.99

**Now available on coloured vinyl with digital download code included – redeemable from the label** Brad Laner has been behind countless recording guises, most significantly shoegaze pioneers Medicine, plus electronica acts Lexaunculpt, Electric Company and Planet Mu’s Internal Tulips – he even played with post-punk/industrial heroes Savage Republic. Now resuming activities under his own name, Laner delivers a pop-inspired solo album. Co-produced by Thom Monahan (of Vetiver and Brightblack Morning…

CHIEF
Night & Day
Domino
7″ // £2.99

Following up on the ‘Breaking Walls’ 7″ from a month or two back, new Domino signing Chief return with another taster of their forthcoming Modern Rituals album. The sound nods to a furtively grandiose brand of indie-rock that has elements of alt. folkists Fleet Foxes and Midlake running through it, but the choruses hint at something a little more anthemic – weirdly evocative of a CSNY-loving Interpol. B-side ‘My Love…

COSMETICS
Sleepwalking
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Spooky synth-pop/darkwave gem from the hotly tipped Cosmetics on the Captured Tracks imprint – home to Silk Flowers, Blank Dogs and Gary War, among others. On both tracks they favour a sensuous mid-tempo pulse with snaky, druggy and swirling synths providing the main attraction next to Aja Emma’s disaffected vocals. Find a darker spot between Villa Nah and Nite Jewel and you’re there. And on clear vinyl too!

MAGIC KIDS
Memphis
True Panther Sounds
CD // £9.99

Having already given us a taste of their impeccable pop wares with the terrific single ‘Hey Boy’ (released last year on Goner), this talented bunch of (alarmingly young) musicians deliver their full-length via True Panther, a label that’s currently home to up-and-comers like Delorean, Girls and Tanlines. Memphis manages to sound indebted to the greats of American pop, like Brian Wilson and Phil Spector yet without resorting to a retro…

MINKS
Ophelia
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Second release from Minks for Captured Tracks. There are three tracks of 4AD inspired gaze-pop headed by the lovely ‘Ophelia’, which sounds like a less fuggy Ariel Pink, backed with the dreamy New Order-inspired sequence of ‘Our Ritual’ and the caustic swoon of MBV-alike instrumental ‘Dead Believer Dog’. Sweet sleeve too.

MOONHEARTS
Moonhearts
Tic Tac Totally
LP // £13.99

The debut album from US garage/surf rocking trio Moonhearts (formerly known as Charlie & The Moonhearts), this is a generally more muscular, Ramones-ish affair than much of the material emanating from this scene at the moment. Occasionally recalling Jay Reatard in his prime, tracks like ‘Can’t Find My Way’ pack quite a punch, rattling through the fuzz deluge with a little more low-end menace than most lo-fi caterwaulers. Another blistering…

NO AGE
Glitter
SUB POP
7″ // £3.99

‘Glitter’ is the lead single from the Sub Pop duo’s forthcoming album, Everything In Between. Sounding like a more polished entity here than on previous outings, Dean Spunt and Randy Randall (two names always worth reprinting) preserve the grungey elegance of their songwriting but offer up a more complete and considered context for it. The expected layers of fuzz and feedback are consigned to a more strategic role in the…

NO AGE
Glitter
SUB POP
12″ // £6.99

‘Glitter’ is the lead single from the Sub Pop duo’s forthcoming album, Everything In Between. Sounding like a more polished entity here than on previous outings, Dean Spunt and Randy Randall (two names always worth reprinting) preserve the grungey elegance of their songwriting but offer up a more complete and considered context for it. The expected layers of fuzz and feedback are consigned to a more strategic role in the…

PHILIP SELWAY (RADIOHEAD)
By Some Miracle
Bella Union
7″ // £3.99

The first single to be taken from the Radiohead drummer’s debut solo long-player, ‘By Some Miracle’ is a fine introduction to the tone of the album. Contrasting the nature of his day-job, Selway demonstrates an ear for more familiar singer-songwriter material, carving out an artful line in fingerpicked, half-whispered melancholy. It’s a beautiful recording too, aided by a backing band that includes Lisa Germano, plus members of Wilco and Soul…

THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
Nobody Knows the Heaven
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Enjoyably bizarre Parisian mystic folk recordings from 1974, sounding like a missing link between Marc Bolan and the earlier works of Devendra Banhart. To set the scene: it’s 1974, it’s Paris, two young guys in their bed-sit (one of whom is French music maven/famous producer Jay Alanski) are dreaming of counter-culture, and their internal versions of California and New York. The result is this album, a child begotten of Marc…

TRICKY
Murder Weapon
Domino
7″ // £2.99

On this new single from Tricky, the trip hop pioneer kicks off with a music box playing through ‘My Way’ that’s suddenly interrupted by the cocking of a gun. Thereafter the song loops through Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ theme as vocals cycle through talk of firearms and other such nefariousness. Truth be told that’s about the size of it, so if you like the idea of that, quids in, otherwise…
JAZZ / RELATED
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MADLIB
Medicine Show No.8: Advanced Jazz
MMS
CD // £13.99

Hip cats and jazz kids, the class is in session with your tutor/guru, Madlib. Number eight in his ‘Medicine Show’ series is dedicated to the masters of ‘Advanced Jazz’, from Miles Davis to Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and beyond. It’s essentially Madlib in his smoky studio blending sections from his favourite records by each artist, ten in total, flowing between funky jazz, fusion jazz and downright obscure jazz. If sleeves…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SYNKRO / DBRIDGE
Letting Go (D-Bridge Remix)
Blackout Music
12″ // £7.99

Inaugural release from Bristol’s Blackout Music label featuring one original from Synkro plus a superb remix from DBridge. With ‘Letting Go’ it would appear that Synkro has dropped the garage flex for the present, following his acclaimed ‘Departure’ cut on Med School’s ‘New Blood’ comp. It’s a smooth transition, reworking his style at a 170bpm roll with characteristically moody atmospheres. In the presence of such greatness however, it will surely…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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VARIOUS / ENDLESS FLIGHT
I’m Starting To Feel Okay Vol.4
ENDLESS FLIGHT
CD // £10.49

KZA steps to the decks for volume 4 of the ‘I’m Starting To Feel Okay’ series, filtering out 18 tracks of disco finesse from the likes of John Daly, Kink & Neville Watson, Culoe De Song, Runaway, Mugwump, The Revenge a.o. The mix starts out slow, psyched and smoky with A Mountain Of One’s remix of Kuniyuki’s ‘Touch’, gradually building some momentm with KZA’s own ‘Le Troublant Acid’ and the…

OCTOBER
That Placid (Ewan Pearson Mix)
CARAVAN
12″ // £6.99

Killer weirdo disco-techno from Bristolian producer October backed with a Balearic infected mix from Ewan Pearson. The original welds disco samples to a slow pounding 4/4 like some lo-fi Marc E production. Ewan Pearson’s mix is predictably of a high standard, fleshing the cut out with spectral dub FX and a rude Italo bassline.

VARIOUS / KOMPAKT
Total 11
Kompakt
2CD // £11.49

Now eleven installments deep, Kompakt maintain the highest standards with their latest ‘Total’ roundup featuring 26 tracks from DJ Koze, Wolfgang Voigt, The Field, Gusgus, Matias Aguayo and many more. Opening duties are ably handled by Koze who successfully goes out on a limb with ‘Der Wallach’, an acutely experimental number with distinct similarities to Wolfgang Voigt’s awesome Sog 12″ for Profan. Beligerantly, Sog turns up with the luscious ‘Silbereisen’,…

VARIOUS / KOMPAKT
Total 11
Kompakt
3LP // £13.49

*16 Track vinyl edition* Now eleven installments deep, Kompakt maintain the highest standards with their latest ‘Total’ roundup featuring 16 tracks from DJ Koze, Superpitcher, Mugwump, The Field, Thomas Fehlmann and many more. Opening duties are ably handled by Koze who successfully goes out on a limb with ‘Der Wallach’, an acutely experimental number with distinct similarities to Wolfgang Voigt’s awesome Sog 12″ for Profan. Beligerantly, Sog turns up with…

AZARI & III
Reckless With Your Remixes 1
PERMANENT VACATION
12″ // £7.49

Floor filling remix package of Azari & III’s ‘Reckless With Your Love’ anthem, courtesy of Tensnake, Tuff City Kids, Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt, and Midnight Magic. All the attention is already on the instant classic vibes of Tensnake’s mix, a breakbeat houser that C&C Music Factory would be proud of while Tuff City Kids aka Arto Mwambe and Gerd Janson’s Hi-NRG house mix will be soundtracking saturday nights for…

OGRIS DEBRIS
Aery
AFFINE
12″ // £7.99

Austrian duo, Gregor Ladenhauf and Daniel Kohlmeigner have set out a series of unique tech-house tracks for Compost’s Black Label series and Rotary Cocktail over the last few years. Released through Parisian label, Affine, ‘Aery’ goes a notch deeper into their world, balancing their frivolous affectations with classy deep house elements. The wide subs and minimised rhythms intro of ‘Dark Aery’ soon give way to more weirder synth arrangements, while…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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MR. MAXTED
Momentum
Mordant Music
Cassette // £6.99

Before Mordant Music released ‘Lives & Privacy (94-89)’ we’d never heard of Mr Maxted. Two years down the line and we keep returning to that scuzzy grey LP, it’s just so damn good. This limited edition tape (100 only) features material mostly produced at the same time, but with one new track ‘I’m Having A Breakdown’. This is pure bedroom meddling music, recorded from cheap drum machines directly onto tape,…

LORD KRISHNA VON GOLOKA
Sergius Golowin
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Reissue of a mystical, majestic and magical Krautrock classic by Sergius Golowin. It was initially released in 1974 on the legendary Kosmiche Kuriere label, and has since been hailed by the noted Krautrock scholar, Julian Cope, as “A long Kosmiche-epic of high magic proportions” in his essential Krautrocksampler. An advocate an friend of LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, and subsequently author and politician, Sergius contributes mystical poetry to a backdrop of…

TEHO TEARDO
Soundtrack Work 2004-2008
Expanding
CD // £10.99

Having found fame and acclaim at Cannes with his prize-winning score for Il Divo (the Paolo Sorrentino biopic of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti), Teho Teardo is now poised among the elite of European cinema’s up-and-coming composers. His music for that film (for which he was awarded both the Ennio Morricone Prize at the Italia Film Festival and the David di Nonatell Prize) is included on this catch-up retrospective…

BRAINSTORM
Smile A While
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

Reissue of a classic German jazz/prog-rock album from Brainstorm circa 1972. ‘Smile A While’ was their first release as Brainstorm, after developing a deadly reputation under the name of Fashion Pink. The group featured four virtuoso players, masters of flute, clarinet, and sax (tenor and soprano) alongside the more typical drums and guitars, creating a sound inspired by both US and UK rock and blues from The Soft Machine to…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CLUBFEET
Gold On Gold
Plant
CD // £11.99

Melbourne trio Clubfeet fashion a brand of electro-pop that immediately invites favourable comparisons to Hot Chip as well as fresher faces on the scene like Silver Columns. Launching with the guitar-twanging disco touches of ‘Edge Of Extremes’, Clubfeet immediately make a good case for themselves, dropping catchy choruses and a punchy production before shifting into the more purely electronic, synth-waving sounds of ‘Last Words’. Up next is first single, ‘Teenage…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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SURGEON
Fabric 53: Surgeon
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Anthony Child aka Surgeon knocks up one the finest mixes in Fabric’s illustrious catalogue. It finds him at a point in his career where tempered experimentation is key, taking risks and derivés into zones most other “techno” jocks wouldn’t touch with yours. As ever, the selection is subject to meticulous sequencing and deft mixing, blurring the rhythmic codes of dubstep and techno like a Dutch botanist attempting to cross a…

SHED
The Traveller
OSTGUT TON
CD // £10.49

‘The Traveller’ is simply the most anticipated techno album of the year, and probably one of its best. It’s yet another pristine example of René Pawlowitz’s dilated dancefloor scope, sourcing influences from ’90s UK techno and hardcore to explore new routes around the signature 4/4 pulse of Berlin dance music. As with his massively acclaimed predecessor ‘Shedding The Past’, Shed seems completely at ease with the album format, offering a…

SHED
The Traveller
OSTGUT TON
2LP // £14.49

‘The Traveller’ is simply the most anticipated techno album of the year, and probably one of its best. It’s yet another pristine example of René Pawlowitz’s dilated dancefloor scope, sourcing influences from ’90s UK techno and hardcore to explore new routes around the signature 4/4 pulse of Berlin dance music. As with his massively acclaimed predecessor ‘Shedding The Past’, Shed seems completely at ease with the album format, offering a…

CONFORCE
Grace EP
Delsin
12″ // £6.99

Boris Brunnik aka Conforce has been a busy boy of late, dropping a killer debut album for Meanwhile and very useful 12″s for Curle and Field. The ‘Grace’ EP is infused with the same Detroit/Dutch techno spirit that made those releases so special, from the fluttering, near beatless synth Convextions of ‘Shade’, deep into the sunken bass groove of ‘Grace’, strongly reminding of label mates Redshape or Quince, plus the…

MARK E
Nobody Else
RUNNING BACK
12″ // £7.99

Excellent modern house music from Mark E, offering two original productions plus bonus beats and a digital exclusive for Gerd Janson’s Running Back stable. We’re a bit partial to the lead cut ‘Nobody Else’, a surprisingly electronic oriented cut for Mark E, but loaded with a typically heavy quota of disco bass and kinky cowbell rhythms. This track has understandably been getting the likes of MCDE and James Holden in…

SKUDGE
Overture / Mirage
Skudge
12″ // £6.99

**Blue Marbled Vinyl** Now four releases deep, Skudge follow the firing Aardvarck remix 12″ with two sides of killer techno reductions. Their classic-yet-fresh style has won favour with jocks across the board, from Scuba to Ewan Pearson, finding the right balance of subtle technical flair and innate Detroit funk. ‘Overture’ is the best example here, opening up a warm, whirring and effortlessly groovesome rhythm underpinned by those stealthily building chords…

DELTA FUNKTIONEN
Setup One: Decorum
Ann Aimee
12″ // £6.99

Deadly Dutch dude, Delta Funtionen drops dancefloor diamonds on the latest from Ann Aimee. There feels like a more urgent yet refiend agenda behind the tracks here compared to his previous work for the label, from the frisky flex of ‘Abundance’ to the pounding pressure of ‘One’s Space’, both keeping matters heavy but with enough space and finesse to impress the most discerning techno conoisseurs. Meanwhile ‘Please Identify’ is the…

SP-X
Signal Path Experiments EP
KOMISCH
12″ // £5.99

Super-strength debut release from the very promising SP-X. We could write what we know about this guy on the back of a special brew ringpull, but in true techno style all you need to know is that he makes muscled dancefloor killers like a pro. The A-side ‘SP – 17’ is the one, centred on chest rattling bass kicks swamped in ‘orrid gurgling sounds, and filtered to f*ckery for lethal…

TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE / MARCEL DETTMANN / PETER VAN HOESEN
The Remixes Pt. 1
CLR
12″ // £7.99

Supremely uncompromising techno from Traversable Wormhole, Marcel Dettmann and Peter Van Hoesen. There’s basically no f*cking with any of these guys, from the shatterproof springback rhythm of Dettmann’s ‘Closed Timelike Curve’ remix to PVH’s pounding acid-noir mix of ‘When 2D Meets 3D’ and through the refined drama of the originals. Guaranteed heavyweight material!

UNKNOWN / 1XA
Waveshape / Atrium Munitions
1XA
12″ // £6.99

Deep, moody and incognito dub techno from the superb 1XA gang, just how we like it. ‘Waveshape’ is our personal pick of the two, a driven flow of electro-kinked slow techno with bleak, cavernous atmospheres to lose yourself in. ‘Atrium Munitions’ on the flip irons out those kinks for a rolling dub-techno cut with organically swelling blusters of noise and a drowsy velocity that works a treat gone silly O’Clock….

KYLE HALL
Worx Of Art
WILD OATS
12″ // £8.99

Taking it back to er… ’08, with a repress of Kyle Hall’s highly sought after first release on Wild Oats. We get to witness the genesis of a style with these four tracks full of gritty, but sensual, Detroit house with soul. ‘Fuse N Me’ is a luscious House cut in the vein of KDJ or Theo, all convective currents of warm jazz keys entwined with marimbas embedded in heavy…

CHASE SMITH
Romance Synthetique
TECHNOIR AUDIO
12″ // £8.99

Deeper House music from Pittsburgh’s Chase Smith. The title track respectfully nods to his Detroit heros with shades of The Other People Place written into a smoothly dark grove. On the flip the remixes take it out for late night and dubbier makeovers.

SOUL DESIGNER
The Soul Is Back Remixes
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Fabrice Lig makes his presence felt following a great album for Fine Art and vinyl on R&S with remixes from UR Timeline aka Mike Banks & Jon Dixon, Luke Slater, Marco Passarani, Fluxion, and Mental Overdrive. That Slater mix is a bit of winner, featuring a canny line in spherical bell melodies and pumping peaktime vibes reminding of that killer Ben Klock 12″ for Deeply Rooted House, while UR’s Mike…
WORLD
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EL KINTO
Circa 1968
Lion Productions
LP // £17.99

“All twenty-two tracks by these Uruguayan legends, whose line-up includes members of Totem and Limonada, and features the compositional abilities of candombe legend Ruben Rada, and his alter-ego, poet/panhandler and acid casualty Eduardo Mateo. El Kinto began their brief but eventful life in music playing in the dark shadows at Orfeo Negro (Black Orpheus), a night club near the Portones de Carrasco in Montevideo, Uruguay. Inspired by the way the…

EL KINTO
El Kinto: Complete Collection
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

“All twenty-two tracks by these Uruguayan legends, whose line-up includes members of Totem and Limonada, and features the compositional abilities of candombe legend Ruben Rada, and his alter-ego, poet/panhandler and acid casualty Eduardo Mateo. El Kinto began their brief but eventful life in music playing in the dark shadows at Orfeo Negro (Black Orpheus), a night club near the Portones de Carrasco in Montevideo, Uruguay. Inspired by the way the…

MATEO Y TRASANTE
Mateo Y Trasante
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

El Kinto’s Eduardo Mateo teams up with Afro-folk percussionist Jorge Trasante for this 1976 collaboration, reissued by Lion Productions. “As many of you who have followed along with us while we chart a course through the rich musical heritage of Uruguay know full well, a military dictatorship took control of the country in the early 1970’s, causing most well-known musicians to emigrate. The nation’s most influential musician, enfant terrible iconoclast…

SANDHY & MANDHY
Para Castukis
Lion Productions
LP // £17.99

An Argentinean rarity from the Lion Productions label, dating back to 1969. The Para Castukis LP has been lovingly replicated from the orignal edition, complete with top quality mastering and an ultra-heavy gatefold sleeve. “Here at last is a chance to discover why people have been willing to pay a very steep price to hear Sandhy & Mandhy, the duo who were not a duo, the band who were not…