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Emeralds/Imaginary Softwoods operator John Elliott presents his long-in-the-making ‘Outer Space’ project for the Arbor label this week. Like the two Danish blokes currently building a space rocket, the recording of this album was a deeply personal endeavour for Elliott, opting to use an entirely analogue synth setup with no digital arpeggiation which makes for a supremely intricate and hand assembled set in the tradition of many intrepid ’70s synth wanderers. If you’ve been following the Emeralds axis or have delved into the whole Kosmische revival – this is an absolute must.

Soul Jazz, meanwhile, deliver their most crucial release in a while with a genuinely eye-opening retrospective from mysterious eighties collective E.M.A.K. Covering the recording output between 1982 and 1988, this beautifully presented comp charts the movements of the Köln-based label from DIY beginnings through the advent of Midi, illuminating the grey area between ’70s experimentalists such as Kraftwerk and Conrad Schnitzler, and later industrial punks DAF and Einstürzende Neubauten.

A pair of albums from Rafael Anton Irisarri and Raster Noton’s Senking also surface this week, the former crafting a dark ambient album of towering majestic beauty, while the latter finds Senking investigating a minimalistic variant of the dubstep movement with an ultra-modernist, but classically dark theme. It follows his seminal ‘List’ CD with a diverse arrangement of clinical beats paralleling UK bass music, mixed with the kind of tentative, subdued atmospheres of Angelo Badalamenti embellished with a proper sound design aesthetic.

Two foundational innovators of electronic music also present retrospectives this week. Lee “Scratch” Perry aka The Upsetter drops a heavyweight double album of prime dubs from 1973-1979 including the pivotal ‘Chim Cherie’, remarkably the first instance of a drum machine used in Jamaican music. Also, make sure to check the 7″ pressing of this with an exclusive, unreleased dub on the flip – an absolute must for the dub fiends! Perhaps less well known, yet massively influential in his own right, Bruce Haack was the inventor of the Vocoder and is covered in the ‘Electric Voice’, focussing on his use of electronic voice which he reputedly put to work several years before Kraftwerk. His prototypical electro experiments are colourful and utterly captivating, respect is due once again to Stones Throw for widening their remit so well.

Limbering up for the ‘floor, we’ve got the latest Dug Out twelve, dropping a stone cold killer from Little John and Billy Boyo arranged by Rusty on the ‘Every Tongue’ riddim, next to the Breach and Doc Daneeka mixes of the Joy Orbison favourite ‘Fatherless’ and the golden 1st release from DJs Spinn & Rashad with eight Chicago footwork killers introducing the new sound of Juktronik. If the party is still wanting, we’d also highly recommend the Bok Bok and Roska mixes of MDSLKTR’s ‘Art & Cash’ and last but definitely not least, an evolutionary mutation from Oneman’s new 502 label, dropping the immense tectonic wobble-meets-Funky of Fis-T’s ‘Night Hunter’ – if you only buy one dancefloor 12″ this week, it’s gotta be this!!!

A special mention for two lovely lo-fi pop 7″s too, firstly the amazing Mathemagic/Young Prisms split on Atelier Ciseaux offers a pair of warped hypnagogic burners which could easily fit into the Witch House domain, while the rather addictive Jeans Wilder transmission from the uber on-it La Station Radar, delivers a beautifully rickety and instantly gratifying DIY pop song in ‘Simpler Times’ plus two lo-fi indie love songs. Needless to say, both are limited and numbered so act fast.

Also out this week, a new album from Nico Muhly, Gonzales’ utterly sublime ‘Solo Piano’ given a deluxe double-disc edition, a doublepack from Blue Daisy, plus releases from Celer, new comps from Italians Do It Better and their Perseo sublabel, two new 12″s on Underground Resistance, a cinematic Aardvarck album, juicy Danny Krivit edits and showings from Glass Candy, Ricardo Villalobos, Grinderman, Pinch, Brackles, Trentemoller, Smegma, Roots Manuva, Peter Broderick, Bvdub, Deerhunter, Altar Eagle and a limited re-press of that incredible Balam Acab 12″.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



OUTER SPACE (JOHN ELLIOTT)
Outer Space
ELECTRONIC
ARBOR
LP // £13.99

**Limited Clear Marbled Vinyl Edition from Emeralds/Imaginary Softwoods’ John Elliott** John Elliott of Emeralds presents another dazzling solo opus following the Imaginary Softwoods LP, pressed up on cloudy clear vinyl, housed in beautiful glossy sleeve and limited to 650 copies for the universe. With ‘Outer Space’ Elliott effectively continues the studies of mid 20th century electronic music composers such as Nik Pascal and Laurie Spiegel, translating the potential of pure electrical signal into a sublime meditational tool, converting electricity into acoustic pressure, attempting to find the melody of physics. He’s worked for three years on this album, eschewing the use of digital synthesizers and arpeggiation to sculpt analogue waves into an ocean of sound whose unfathomable depth couldn’t be achieved without this deeply personal method of practice. From an array of Arp Solus, Korg MS-10 and MS-20, Moog Voyager, Roland RS-101, and some assistance from Ralph Haussmann on Flame Talking Midi synth, their melancholy milky way plumes elicit intrepid moods for the astral wanderer, cast off into the almost violent darkness of ‘Quartz Synthesizer’ to arrive at the tranquility of ‘The Planck Era’ six tracks later, dazed yet revitalised. With the mastering from Keith Fullerton Whitman and filigree attention to artwork detail this is quite is quite the treat..



RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI
The North Bend
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
ROOM 40
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition vinyl pressing from Room 40, includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* It doesn’t get any easier writing about dark-ambient music, and certainly there are only so many adjectives you can usefully throw around the place to describe the music at hand. Often in this genre, what separates the good from the mediocre, and in turn the great from the good, tends to be something intangible that resides within the atmosphere a piece conjures, and (speaking from first-hand experience) trying to verbalise just what that is can often make you sound like a bit of a divvy. Having said all that, Rafael Anton Irisarri’s music is rich in imagery, and like Wolfgang Voigt’s corpus as Gas it seems to paint a synthesized portrait of a particular place and time without getting too directly involved in it, in the more documentary style of Chris Watson and the like. During The North Bend you’ll hear sounds that draw you into natural landscapes, but also muffled micro-melodies and huge, immersive sonic vistas fashioned from gusty electronic plumage. The standard and scope of production places Irisarri within the upper crust of artists in his field, and as with his work as The Sight Below the well-rounded depth of his sound will keep you returning time and time again. From the anthemic, looped fanfare of ‘Traces’ to the intoxicating, balmy orchestrations of ‘Blue Tomorrows’, every corner of this album brims not only with artistry and accomplishment but also a stealthy emotive grandeur that holds your attention for long after the record has finished. So yes, it’s a struggle to convey the sense of what this music is without getting a little bit wishy-washy or sentimental, but The North Bend is without doubt one of the more worthy albums of its kind and deserving of your full and immediate attention. Highly Recommended.



E.M.A.K. (ELECTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS KOLN)
A Synthetic History Of E.M.A.K. 1982-88
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Soul Jazz
CD // £11.99

Soul Jazz present a vital and timely compilation of the E.M.A.K. (Elektronische Musik Aus: Koeln) collective on their specialized Universal Sound imprint. ‘A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K.’ collects the three releases made by four producers, Matthias Becker, Michael Filz, Kurt Mill and Klaus Stühlen, operating from the Originalton West studio in Cologne; an 8-track recording space located in the basement of a record shop only 200m from Holger Czukay’s studio. However, their proximity to such an influential musician had little or no effect upon their individual take on synthesizer music. They were obviously aware of Kraftwerk, Eno, Human League and co, yet impressively sound unlike any of them, putting their machines to task on a wide array of experiments straddling pop craft, kosmische, and dance music in the gap between first wave ’70s experimentalists such as Kraftwerk and Conrad Schnitzler, and the later electronic punk of Einstürzende Neubauten and DAF. In many ways they also paralleled the post-punk DIY scene with their modest budgets inspiring innovative recording techniques and the fact they pressed and self-released all their own music, but again they couldn’t really be called a part of that scene as their music genuinely didn’t adhere to any of the prevailing stylistic trends. The first two releases, EMAK 1 & 2, were recorded pre-midi, and appear here in the form of the dramatic ‘Filmmusik’ which would become a local dance hit, plus the wobbly , warm abstractions of ‘Biela’ and the glistening euphoria of ‘Tanz Der Vampire’ with its strange, skanking, mid-section. Later on, the tracks from EMAK 3 would feature Midi and sampling, notably in the spooky sequences of ‘Sein Und Schein’ and the glorious, arcing ambience of ‘Traumreise’. As this compilation proves, these musicians made a unique, captivating sound which has largely been dubbed over in the history books but provides a crucial connection between two phases of German electronic music. For those scouring the outskirts of original Kosmische, New Age and ambient music, this album is nothing short of a revelation. Highly Recommended.



SENKING
Pong
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £14.99

Jens Massel aka Senking is responsible for one of our very favourite electronic albums of the last decade with his ‘List’ LP for Raster Noton. His music takes the dramatic spirit of classic John Carpenter and Badalamenti themes and updates it with advanced, ultra-modern studio production in order to elucidate his occluded atmospheres. With a deeply personal touch he conjures expansive synematic moods on ‘Pong’, often tainted with a sinister, midnight jazz appeal and always sculpted from the sort of tactile, synthesized wave shapes and tones your ears simply can’t wait to grasp and fondle like a precious substance. If anything this album is more subdued and tentatively melancholy than its predecessor, strongly reminding of Bohren And Der Club Of Gore on centrepiece ‘Low Flow’ and in the bunkered feel of ‘Luma’, but the rhythms also shadow the foreground too, offering distant, Teutonic cousins of dubstep with the brooding bulk of ‘Painbug In My Eye’, the Shackleton-esque ‘Mimi’ and ‘Death By Drowning’, which sounds like Jamie Vex’d’s darkest nightmares. For the real sound design freaks, cuts such as ‘Breathing Trouble’ should give you palpitations over a capable stereo setup and the quaking subs of ‘V8’ are primed to deploy on your Volvo estate rig, once the kids are dropped off at school. So, maybe imagine Bohren… jamming with Shackleton, John Carpenter and Alva Noto, and you’re in the right zone. Highly recommended.



LEE PERRY
Sound System Scratch: Dub Plate Mixes 1973 – 1979 (Vinyl Edition)
DUB / REGGAE
Pressure Sounds
2LP // £10.99

Jesus, this is heavy. Pressure Sounds scan a clutch of absolutely devastating Lee Perry riddims from the archives – with the sound quality so worn and obliterated in places it sounds like some kind of Hypnagogic variant on classic Black Ark dub – making for what is without doubt the standout Lee Perry archival issue of the last few years. Seek and ye shall find some of the absolute choice nuggets in the Upsetter archives like ‘Lama Lava Mix One’ with Augustus Pablo, a deadly (yet murky) mix of ‘Bucky Skank’ and the amazing dub of ‘Roots Train Number Two’ with Junior Murvin or the rickety rude early drum machine styles of ‘Chim Cherie’. It really doesn’t get any better – and now that its on heavyweight double vinyl, an absolute must.



MODESELEKTOR / T++ / SHACKLETON / VARIOUS
50 Weapons of Choice #2-9
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
50 WEAPONS
CD // £8.99

*Limited to 1000 individually numbered copies* Wicked selection of Modeselektor and Moderat remixes from Shackleton, Headhunter, T++, SBTRKT and more plus exclusive versions of ‘Art & Cash’ from Roska and Phon.o! The four remixes of Moderat’s ‘Rusty Nails’ are already classics in our book and shouldn’t need any more hype to lovers of the good stuff. It’s the exclusive’s that we’re most interested in here, with Roska putting a mean tropical spin on their ecstatic rave anthem, while Phon.o gives it a harder-edged undercarriage of tribal drums but maintains the arrow-straight intentions of the original. SBTRKT’s mix is easily one of his finest, and Housemeister’s ‘Untitled’ should work a treat on more athletic floors. Killer set!



NICO MUHLY
I Drink The Air Before Me
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
DECA / BEDROOM COMMUNITY
CD // £12.99

Composer and arranger Nico Muhly returns with a new solo album jointly released by his old pals at the Icelandic Bedroom Community label and Decca Classics. The past five years or so have seen Muhly collaborating with the likes of Bjork, Grizzly Bear, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Jonsi, Antony & The Johnsons and Philip Glass gaining a formidable reputation on the international stage as a composerr in his own right. There’s an opera in the pipeline too (set to premiere with the English National Opera in 2011), but in the meantime we have two new Nico Muhly compact disc recordings to contend with. One of these is A Good Understanding, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the other is I Drink The Air Before Me, a score for the Stephen Petronio dance piece of the same name. In his liner notes, Muhly speaks of this music’s relationship with the weather, and how he intended the various instruments to take on their own characters: “I wanted the ensemble to be a little quirky community of people living by the edge of the sea: a busybody flute, a wise viola, and the masculine, workmanlike bassoon, trombone and upright bass. The piano acts as an agitator, an unwelcome visitor, bearing with it aggressive electronic noises and rhythmic interruptions.” In terms of creative ambition and all-round mastery of his art, Muhly’s music is leagues above the vast majority of contemporary indie-classical artists. There’s no room for schmaltz or string ensemble tearjerking here; I Drank The Air Before Me engages with far more challenging and modernist concerns. Many of the classical recordings that come our way tend to be derived from dance pieces, yet this is one of the relatively few to truly engage with rhythm in a fresh and visceral manner. With the interlocking, overlapping intricacy of ‘Music Under Pressure 1 – Flute’ and the panicked, clashing polyrhythms of ‘First Storm’ Muhly plots a complex course, yet he still makes room for reflective tones when te time comes: the commanding, stop-start horn swells of ‘Music For Boys’ prove to be more elegantly melodic, while the bookending pieces (‘Fire Down Below’ and ‘One Day Tells Its Tale To Another’) make good use of a very melancholy sounding children’s choir. A hugely rewarding album that’s surely set to be one of the finest modern classical releases of 2010.



BRUCE HAACK
The Electric Voice
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Stones Throw Records
CD // £8.99

Stones Throw present the highly anticipated ‘Farad: The Electronic Voice’ a collection from American electric music pioneer and Vocodor innovator Bruce Haack. The set centres around Haack’s use of the vocoder, which he successfully created and put to work several years before its most notable use on Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’. Haack is a truly unsung hero of electric music, an iconoclast, a self-taught savant of sorts, and an innovative early adopter of plugged-in production techniques who developed a unique agenda to educate children with his music. These 16 tracks portray his prototypical techno and electro in all its glory, from the Silver Apples-esque ‘National Anthem To The Moon’, to his later work in the eighties with ‘Party Machine’, which is currently doing the rounds as a dope Prince De Language edit on youtube. Stones Throw have done a sterling job in giving this man some props – this is an absolute must for electronic music followers of all persuasions.



GONZALES
Solo Piano (Deluxe Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Gentle Threat
CD + DVD // £9.99

A very fine double-disc reissue of Gonzales’ much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano, bolstering the original audio disc with a healthy supply of video content. The DVD’s main feature, Major To Minor is a piano lesson played out as a comedic variety show, including contributions from Feist and, allegedly, someone from Daft Punk in robot guise. If Solo Piano captures Gonzales at his finest as a musician, then perhaps this document finds him at his best as a performer. In this context, all the jokey, over-the-top energy that manifests itself on his non-Solo Piano recordings finds its natural home. Also included is a highly entertaining piano duel between Gonzales and pianist Jean-Francois Zygel, plus a great half-hour concert film, White Gloves, featuring performances of Solo Piano tracks and collaborations with Jamie Lidell, Mocky and Leslie Feist. For those who’ve not yet heard the Solo Piano album itself, here’s a perfect opportunity to find out what everyone raves about. It seemed to spearhead a trend in unaccompanied piano albums, but of all the releases of its ilk from around that time, Gonzales’ work remains by far the most enduring and memorable. Residing somewhere within the shaded area of the great classical/jazz Venn diagram, there’s something about the Canadian musician’s incredibly natural way with melody and phrasing that stamps these recordings with a genuine air of timelessness. The six years since its original release have only confirmed Solo Piano’s status as a modern classic, and this revamped, audio-visual reissue makes for a fittingly complete package.

Singles of the Week



LITTLE JOHN AND BILLY BOYO
What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey)
DUB / REGGAE
Dug Out
12″ // £6.99

Another absolute archival unearthing from Dug Out! The impeccable series picks up Little John and Billy Boyo’s ‘What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey)’ from 1982, ruffed up with mad swinging effects and dubbed for the dance. Priceless vibes from the singers on the A-face and a heavyweight version of the original ‘Every Tongue’ riddim from Professor & Roots Radics on the flip, arranged by Rusty. Usual hand stamped sleeve and quality all round – this is one of the ruffest, floor destroying twelves money can buy. Essential.



MATHEMAGIC / YOUNG PRISMS
Split
ELECTRONIC
Atelier Ciseaux
7″ // £6.99

*Limited to just 350 copies for the world on special card sleeve and artwork by Jeremy Perrodeau. Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Emerging from the North American hypnagogic dreamscape, Mathemagic and Young Prisms are paired on a beautiful 7″ from Atelier Ciseaux records (following wax from Lucky Dragons, Best Coast and U.S. Girls). On the A-side we get Mathemagic’s ‘Breaststroke’, a sublime marriage of strangely squashed bass guitar with deliciously smacky vocals and half-heard drag beats in a lovely meeting of Shoegaze and Witch house disciplines. Without the buried beats and featuring a more natural indie bass, Young Prisms occupy a more classic shoegaze space strongly indebted to MBV, but also with a drowned optimism akin to Ducktails. Highly Recommended!



THE UPSETTER
Chim Cherie
DUB / REGGAE
Pressure Sounds
7″ // £4.99

The Upsetters’ ‘Chim Cherie’ is a veritable holy grail of reggae music. It marks a pivotal moment in Jamaican music when the first drum machine arrived and this is the result of its very first use. The programming was handled by Familyman Barrett and his brother, and welded onto The Upsetters’ version of ‘Billie Jean’ in the hands of one Lee “Scratch” Perry. The dub sounds much heavier than the original, yet they both suffer from tape degradation which lends the whole things in incredible, hazy quality. ‘Chim Cherie’ marked a turning point for so much electronic dance music whose roots lie in the movements of Jamaican studios over 30 years ago, this is just about as crucial as it gets.



BREACH
Fatherless (Doc Daneeka Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Sound the alarm! Ben Westbeech aka Breach drops a proper karnival anthem in ‘Fatherless’ backed up with a brilliant remix from Doc Daneeka. That tribal romping, bass-spillin’ original has been topping the playlists of Joy Orbison, Gilles Peterson and Sinden of late and it’s really not hard to hear why. Drop this in a sweaty room full of ravers and it’s guaranteed to raise the roof. Meanwhile on the flip, Breach’s ‘Man Up’ rolls off a tuff-but-sweet percussive roller, and Doc Daneeka rounds up any stray rumps on a taut remix punctuated with signature soca-snares. For all dancing crew!



DJ SPINN & DJ RASHAD
4 The Ghetto
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Ghettophiles
LP // £8.99

Two of Chicago’s baddest Juke producers work out eight trax ‘4 The Ghetto’. The rude filtered acid of ‘Transported’ recently appeared on Addison Groove’s stonking Fact mix while ‘Space Juke’ and the deeper trippin’ ‘Daydreamin (Juktronik)’ are for the synth-lovin’ bass cadets. If you’re here for the dirty ruff stuff, check ‘4 The Ghetto’ and the tumultuous subbass moves of ‘She Off A Yap’. Let’s go!



MODESELEKTOR / BOK BOK / ROSKA
Art + Cash Remixes
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

BIG party tracks from Roska and Bok Bok, remixing the anthemic ‘Art & Cash’ by Berlin rave fiends, MDSLKTR! Bok Bok brings it grimy styles on the frontside, knocking up a frisky riddim flecked with cha-chingin’ cash registers, clipped claps and a wonky bassline twyst destined to ruin box fresh kicks on dirty dancefloors. On the flip Roska keeps his cool with a carnival-ready riddim kinked with his trademark body-grappling kick/snare syncopations and sparing, spooky use of that lurid fluro synth strike. Played out by Modeselektor, Jackmaster and L-Vis. White label copies, in short supply!



FIS-T
Night Hunter
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
502 Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Mucking fassive Funky mongrel from Fis-T, dropping as the debut release on Oneman’s new 502 label. This is purest screwface business. The ghoulish A-side has been wrecking clubs across the country with probably the most crucial deployment of wobble bass we’ve heard on record, and harnessed to a lethal Funky beat to boot. Big support from Jackmaster, Bok Bok, Ramadanman, and Ben UFO all over this one! Over on the flip ‘Deep Mover’ repeats the trick, this time with grimy slashing strings. Humongous!!!



JEANS WILDER
Simpler Times
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

*Limited to 300 copies for the world* Killer 7″ from Jeans Wilder, following his super limited and hugely collectable splits with Best Coast and Jen Paul. ‘Simpler Times’ has really caught our ear; it’s one of those instantly gratifying DIY pop songs you feel like you’ve heard before in a drunken dream and could happily hear on repeat all afternoon. Lovers of Cold Cave, Wavves, or Blissed Out, beware! On the other side he deposits a pair of canny lo-fi love songs buried beneath bobbled tape grain yet still conveying arrestingly tender feelings in studied layered fashion. Utterly addictive and highly recommended.

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AARDVARCK
Choice
EAT CONCRETE
CD // £11.99

Man like Mike Kivits aka King Of The Pigs aka Aardvarck gives the finely structured beats of ‘Choice’ on a killer 21-track album for Eat Concrete. Within its grooves he dismantles house, hiphop, jazz and electronic boogie soul with a strong cinematic feel, making for a superb listen. The tracks are generally shorter, more concise beat ideas tied with a defined sense of narrative and moving from bluest, piano-lead downbeats…

BLUE DAISY
Raindrops EP
Black Acre
2×12″ // £10.99

Yet another stunning release from Blue Daisy, this time featuring vocals from Anneka and remixes from Permanent Vacation’s John Talabot, and Sunken Foal. The two original tracks from Kwesi Darko aka Blue Daisy are as lush and affecting as anything we’ve heard from him yet. In ‘Raindrops’ Anneka sounds like she’s been summoned to haunt, drifting between rickety drum machines, burred electrobass and Burial-esque atmospheres while a matrix of seasick…

NICK SPEED
Speed Of Sound
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

UR drop a dirty 4-track hiphop nugget from Detroit’s Nick Speed. You might not know the name, but Nick has been making waves in the US hiphop underground, garnering the attention of 50 Cent’s G-Unit with his work on Libido Sounds, a joint project with Elzhi of Slum Village. This lead to him signing with the Hiphop powerhouse, while a Model 500-sampling single ‘What Up Doe?’ caught the attention of…
BOOKS
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DJ HISTORY / VARIOUS
The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries
DJHISTORY.COM
Book // £16.95

Leading dance music writers Brewster and Broughton detail the visionary DJs who dramatically changed the course of music: from the very first nightclub DJs, to the founders of entire genres, including northern soul, hip hop, disco, techno, drum’n’bass and beyond. These are the obsessives, the playboys, the musical eccentrics who founded the craft of DJing, developed amazing techniques for performing with recorded music, and revolutionised the way music is conceived,…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI
The North Bend
ROOM 40
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition vinyl pressing from Room 40, includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* It doesn’t get any easier writing about dark-ambient music, and certainly there are only so many adjectives you can usefully throw around the place to describe the music at hand. Often in this genre, what separates the good from the mediocre, and in turn the great from the good, tends to be something intangible…

CELER
Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness
BASSES FREQUENCES
CD // £7.99

To anyone even passingly interested in drone or ambient music the name Celer has become a byword for all that’s finest within these genres. Recorded and mixed between mid 2006 and late 2007, this four-piece, hour-long collection is among the most substantial and sonically varied works within the Celer discography and arrives with a mastering treatment courtesy of 12k boss Taylor Deupree. Apparently billed as a collection of “elliptical love…

ARKHONIA
Trails/Traces
WHITE BOX
CD // £10.99

Arkhonia is a solo offshoot from one half of the long-defunct jz-arkh duo, who released two limited edition 7″s in 2001 before capturing the attention of Kompakt and the Pet Shop Boys, both of whom selected the track ‘DDRhodes’ for compilations (Pop Ambient 2002 and Back To Mine, respectively). Clearly this piece has legs: it also cropped up on a soundtrack to an experimental film and a commercial for the…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD / MIDNIGHT MOVERS
Danny Krivit, Edits By Mr. K Vol. 2: Music Of The Earth (EP1)
Strut
12″ // £5.99

First of two sampler 12″s lifting crucial cuts from Danny Krivit’s ‘Music Of The Earth’ edits compilation for Strut. He lays down a phat edit of Chairman Of The Board’s psychdelic soul burner ‘Life & Death’ on the A-side, thick with slow, heavy drum and fuzzed up guitars. On the flip he drops a chop of Midnight Mover’s infectious disco stomper ‘Follow The Wind’.

SOUL SEARCHERS / BLACK BLOOD
Danny Krivit, Edits By Mr. K Vol. 2: Music Of The Earth (EP2)
Strut
12″ // £5.99

Second of two sampler 12″s lifting crucial cuts from Danny Krivit’s ‘Music Of The Earth’ edits compilation for Strut. It’s hard to pick a favourite between these two, so we’ll say they’re both killer! On the front he rejigs tough funk of The Soul Searchers cut ‘We The People’, while the on the flip it’s an electrifying edit of Black Blood’s ‘Chicano’, a scorching hard Latin groover from 1975.

VARIOUS / PERSEO
Edits Volume One
PERSEO RECORDS
CD // £8.99

Mike Simonetti, head of Italians Do It Better and world renowned collector diverts the dancefloor into a killer set of edits from himself, Bottin and Martin Vogel, following the flush of 3 x 12″s. Those three Simonetti edits have been hogging our decks like a limpet since they came in, serving three serious ’90s house edits including the exceptional DJ tool ‘You Got That Look In Your Eyes’ and the…

DISKJOKKE
En Fin Tid
Smalltown Supersound
LP // £13.99

*Finally available on vinyl* A second Smalltown Supersound album from Diskjokke, En Fin Tid (translated from Norwegian as “A Happy Time”) finds Joachim Dyrdahl making his first full-length since becoming a full-time musician. His debut, Staying In had been pieced together over a number of years, comprised from a number of tracks composed separately. This time around, the bigger picture of a proper album is Dyrdahl’s main focus, and clocking…

APPALOOSA / GLASS CANDY
Intimate (Glass Candy Remix)
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
12″ // £6.99

Italians Do It Better return with a burner from Appaloosa, inc. Glass Candy remix! On the original mix Anne-Laure Keib sounds remarkably like Anne Clark, delivering disaffected and clearly enunciated vocals over a slick Italo bass throb on ‘Intimate’ produced by Max Krefeld, and the beatless ‘Teardrops & Pianos’ produced by Johnny Jewel. Flip it over and you’ll get the Glass Candy remix, one of their toughest for a while…

VARIOUS / LIGHT SOUNDS DARK
Return Of The Sherm
LIGHT SOUNDS DARK
CD // £8.99

A mighty followup to last years incredible ‘Sherm Sticks & Other Nasty Joints’ compilation from the badass muthas at Light Sounds Dark Records. As with the last LP, there’s a heavy bunch of psyche rock, disco and proggy dancefloor goods unknown by all but the most dedicated diggers. The highly obscure Rasputin crop up again from the last release with the album’s maddest highlight, a cover Of ‘Sympathy For The…

DJ SPINNA & BBE SOUNDSYSTEM
Strange Games & Funky Things 5
BBE
7″ // £4.99

Lifted from his forthcoming ‘Strange Games & Funky Things’, DJ Spinna and BBE offer The S.S.O. Orchestra’s ‘Faded Lady’ b/w instrumental. The symphonic soul of the original was produced by Roland Kruger in 1975 and should hit that soul spot somewhere between your crotch and the middle of your eyes.

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TROUBLE
12″ // £6.99

This is the debut EP from Men, a new electro-fuelled trio featuring the talents of JD Samson, formerly of Le Tigre. The song is a fairly lurid spillage of cuss words and procreation-related talk, with alternative parenting guidelines thrown in: “raise our kids/radical politics/Sonntag in the crib” and so on. All good fun and distressingly catchy, the track comes with a cracking Stereogamous remix, a raved-up Barletta remix, plus a…

VARIOUS / DETROIT BEATDOWN EDITS
DG Edits
Detroit Beatdown Edits
12″ // £5.99

DG Edits return for a second session squarely aimed at the funk and disco ‘floors. In line for the chop we get the juice of Parliament’s ‘Chocolate City Pt.1’ looped and arranged over a phat four-to-the-floor. Satisfaction guaranteed! On the flip it’s Barbara Roy & Ecstasy Passion and Pain’s elastic ’80s funk joint ‘If You Want Me’ realigned for a smooth, hypnotic and teasing groove while Funk Fusion Band’s ‘Can…
DUB / REGGAE
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LITTLE JOHN AND BILLY BOYO
What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey)
Dug Out
12″ // £6.99

Another absolute archival unearthing from Dug Out! The impeccable series picks up Little John and Billy Boyo’s ‘What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey)’ from 1982, ruffed up with mad swinging effects and dubbed for the dance. Priceless vibes from the singers on the A-face and a heavyweight version of the original ‘Every Tongue’ riddim from Professor & Roots Radics on the flip, arranged by Rusty. Usual hand stamped sleeve…

LEE PERRY
Sound System Scratch: Dub Plate Mixes 1973 – 1979 (Vinyl Edition)
Pressure Sounds
2LP // £10.99

Jesus, this is heavy. Pressure Sounds scan a clutch of absolutely devastating Lee Perry riddims from the archives – with the sound quality so worn and obliterated in places it sounds like some kind of Hypnagogic variant on classic Black Ark dub – making for what is without doubt the standout Lee Perry archival issue of the last few years. Seek and ye shall find some of the absolute choice…

THE UPSETTER
Chim Cherie
Pressure Sounds
7″ // £4.99

The Upsetters’ ‘Chim Cherie’ is a veritable holy grail of reggae music. It marks a pivotal moment in Jamaican music when the first drum machine arrived and this is the result of its very first use. The programming was handled by Familyman Barrett and his brother, and welded onto The Upsetters’ version of ‘Billie Jean’ in the hands of one Lee “Scratch” Perry. The dub sounds much heavier than the…

FAT FREDDY’S DROP
The Raft
The Drop
7″ // £3.99

The Antipodean reggae outfit drop a 7″ edit and Stepper’s dub of ‘The Raft’ from last year’s ‘Dr. Boondigga And The Big BW’ album. In 7″ edit form it’s a soul sweetened slab of dub reggae with vocals from Joe Dukie, but flip it and you’ve got mean 4/4 stepper with proper soundsystem ready FX.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MODESELEKTOR / T++ / SHACKLETON / VARIOUS
50 Weapons of Choice #2-9
50 WEAPONS
CD // £8.99

*Limited to 1000 individually numbered copies* Wicked selection of Modeselektor and Moderat remixes from Shackleton, Headhunter, T++, SBTRKT and more plus exclusive versions of ‘Art & Cash’ from Roska and Phon.o! The four remixes of Moderat’s ‘Rusty Nails’ are already classics in our book and shouldn’t need any more hype to lovers of the good stuff. It’s the exclusive’s that we’re most interested in here, with Roska putting a mean…

BREACH
Fatherless (Doc Daneeka Mix)
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Sound the alarm! Ben Westbeech aka Breach drops a proper karnival anthem in ‘Fatherless’ backed up with a brilliant remix from Doc Daneeka. That tribal romping, bass-spillin’ original has been topping the playlists of Joy Orbison, Gilles Peterson and Sinden of late and it’s really not hard to hear why. Drop this in a sweaty room full of ravers and it’s guaranteed to raise the roof. Meanwhile on the flip,…

DJ SPINN & DJ RASHAD
4 The Ghetto
Ghettophiles
LP // £8.99

Two of Chicago’s baddest Juke producers work out eight trax ‘4 The Ghetto’. The rude filtered acid of ‘Transported’ recently appeared on Addison Groove’s stonking Fact mix while ‘Space Juke’ and the deeper trippin’ ‘Daydreamin (Juktronik)’ are for the synth-lovin’ bass cadets. If you’re here for the dirty ruff stuff, check ‘4 The Ghetto’ and the tumultuous subbass moves of ‘She Off A Yap’. Let’s go!

MODESELEKTOR / BOK BOK / ROSKA
Art + Cash Remixes
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

BIG party tracks from Roska and Bok Bok, remixing the anthemic ‘Art & Cash’ by Berlin rave fiends, MDSLKTR! Bok Bok brings it grimy styles on the frontside, knocking up a frisky riddim flecked with cha-chingin’ cash registers, clipped claps and a wonky bassline twyst destined to ruin box fresh kicks on dirty dancefloors. On the flip Roska keeps his cool with a carnival-ready riddim kinked with his trademark body-grappling…

FIS-T
Night Hunter
502 Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Mucking fassive Funky mongrel from Fis-T, dropping as the debut release on Oneman’s new 502 label. This is purest screwface business. The ghoulish A-side has been wrecking clubs across the country with probably the most crucial deployment of wobble bass we’ve heard on record, and harnessed to a lethal Funky beat to boot. Big support from Jackmaster, Bok Bok, Ramadanman, and Ben UFO all over this one! Over on the…

CHESUS X DIVERSE CONCEPTS / C.R.S.T.
Baduka / Bump
TEN THOUSAND YEN
10″ // £7.99

Strong Bass styles for all fans of Joy Orbison and Doc Daneeka! On the front Chesus X Diverse Concepts whip up a slick killer in ‘Baduka’ with frisky Garage/Funky drums, yearning vocals and deep house motifs that already caght the attentions of Gilles Peterson, MAH, Martyn, Seiji and the rest! On the other, C.R.S.T really impresses with the light-footed flex of ‘Bump’ winking to classic El-B styles. Pressed on purple…

PINCH & PAVEL AMBIONT
Jellybean / Poison Antidote
P&P
12″ // £6.99

Deadly deep technoXdubstep mergers from Belarussian producer Pavel Ambiont and Bristol don, Pinch. On the A-side ‘Jellybean’ is a technofied augmentation of Pinch’s granite-hewn halfstep, buffing the surface with the filigree dynamics of tech-house and ambient electronica to make it sparkle like a boulder pebble-dashed with diamonds. For our money, ‘Poison/Remedy’ on the flip is really quite special. From a hulking halfstep intro the groove is remerged in a matrix…

DISCLOSURE
Offline Dexterity
Moshi Moshi Records
7″ // £3.99

Moshi Moshi enter the future garage game in style with two tracks from Disclosure. ‘Offline Dexterity’ is a dead ringer for a Joy Orbison cut, from the pitched vox to the MDMA-blurred chords and flighty 2-step rhythms. ‘Street Light Chronicle’ is a smoother and altogether warmer cut, rising from convective chords and subtle surface crackles to drop stealthy post-garage drums and disembodied diva vox. For lovers of Joy Orbison -…

BRACKLES / VARIOUS
Songs For Endless Cities: Volume 1
K7
CD // £9.99

Making sense of the multi-genre mesh that makes up modern beat music requires a dedicated head and focused set of digits. The DJ sets of Brackles have been instrumental in creating the current state of affairs with his meta-mixes trailing through Garage, to Funky and Dubstep, plus that unquantifiable boogie factor. For K7 he weaves an enviably acute overview of the scene, tying together tracks from Zomby, Floating Points, Cooly…

INNASEKT / SUMONE
Cluster / Zombie
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Techy, Break-infected nu-skool dubstep from Innesekt aka Sneer and Sully. ‘Cluster’ is the winner, setting out super crisp and punchy percussion over a corrugated bassline that stays just the right side of wobble. On the flip they rework Sumone’s ‘Zombie’ with an injection of breakbeats. For fans of XI, Kontext or Elemental.

NOAH D
Seeeriousss VIP
SUBWAY
12″ // £6.49

Noah D updates his style with a splash of purple synth juice on a one-sided crusher for Subway. ‘Seeeriousss VIP’ turns out some crafty halfstep to 4/4 switches over quaking subs while the flow is maintained with his dread melodies and that voice intoning the title. Ruff and tuff stuff for the harder steppers.

SOUL INTENT
Vapour Trailz
31 RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Monstrous D’n’B wrecker from Notts-based Soul Intent. All attention should be on ‘Vapour Trailz’, starting out deceptively old-skoolish with rattling breaks before dropping a seething Godzilla synthline designed to take out all within earshot. On the flip ‘A.I’ busts out a harder hiphop break with lunging bassline sounding a little like Kaman Leung dirtier experiments.

TRUTH
Puppets
AQUATIC LAB
CD // £10.99

In the hands of Truth the dubstep meme has reached its furthest geographical point. From their base in Christchurch, New Zealand, they deliver a debut album laden with serious dread bass and deeply moody melodies. ‘Puppets’ is 14 tracks thick with precise, lurching halfstep rhythms in thrall to the original DMZ sound of Coki and Loefah, probably best heard in the sci-fi darkness of ‘Lab Rat’, the fluctuating double-timed momentum…
ELECTRONIC
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OUTER SPACE (JOHN ELLIOTT)
Outer Space
ARBOR
LP // £13.99

**Limited Clear Marbled Vinyl Edition from Emeralds/Imaginary Softwoods’ John Elliott** John Elliott of Emeralds presents another dazzling solo opus following the Imaginary Softwoods LP, pressed up on cloudy clear vinyl, housed in beautiful glossy sleeve and limited to 650 copies for the universe. With ‘Outer Space’ Elliott effectively continues the studies of mid 20th century electronic music composers such as Nik Pascal and Laurie Spiegel, translating the potential of pure…

SENKING
Pong
Raster Noton
CD // £14.99

Jens Massel aka Senking is responsible for one of our very favourite electronic albums of the last decade with his ‘List’ LP for Raster Noton. His music takes the dramatic spirit of classic John Carpenter and Badalamenti themes and updates it with advanced, ultra-modern studio production in order to elucidate his occluded atmospheres. With a deeply personal touch he conjures expansive synematic moods on ‘Pong’, often tainted with a sinister,…

MATHEMAGIC / YOUNG PRISMS
Split
Atelier Ciseaux
7″ // £6.99

*Limited to just 350 copies for the world on special card sleeve and artwork by Jeremy Perrodeau. Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Emerging from the North American hypnagogic dreamscape, Mathemagic and Young Prisms are paired on a beautiful 7″ from Atelier Ciseaux records (following wax from Lucky Dragons, Best Coast and U.S. Girls). On the A-side we get Mathemagic’s ‘Breaststroke’, a sublime marriage of strangely squashed bass…

DRIVAN (KIM HIORTHOY)
Disko
Smalltown Supersound
LP // £16.99

Drivan is a new band project from Norwegian electronica star and graphic designer, Kim Hiorthoy, featuring a line-up of pan-Scandinavian pals: Swedes Lisa Ostberg and Louise Peterhoff and Kristiina Viiala of Finland. The group met while working on a dance piece titled The Potato Country in 2007, and the three girls in the band all come from different corners of the performing arts spectrum, yet everyone involved in Drivan contributed…

TRENTEMOLLER
Even Though You’re With Another Girl
IN MY ROOM
7″ // £3.99

The second single to be lifted from Trentemoller’s Into The Great Wide Yonder album, ‘… Even Though You’re With Another Girl’ finds the Danish producer in downbeat mode, fashioning a hauntingly noir-ish and forlorn love song with the assistance of Josephine Philip, singer of Copenhagen-based rock band Darkness Falls. Marimbas and melodramatic string riffs all help flesh out the atmosphere of the piece, and the production is quite marvellous. Over…

TRENTEMOLLER
Even Though You’re With Another Girl Remixes
IN MY ROOM
12″ // £5.49

On this 12″ format of Trentemoller’s new single – his second to be lifted from the Into The Great Wide Yonder album – Pantha Du Prince and Kollektiv Turmstrasse take on remixing duties. Up first, Kollektiv Turmstrasse fire the original up into a rich 4/4 template, piecing together clippings of the vocal and retaining some of the atmospherics of the original whilst adding a little mid-tempo dancefloor melodicism of their…

GONZALES
Ivory Tower
Gentle Threat
CD // £10.99

This album corresponds to a new film of the same title from Parisian polymath Chilly Gonzales. The movie stars Gonzales himself alongside musical pals Tiga and Peaches, with the two male leads playing chess champions competing for the affections of everyone’s favourite electro-punk provocateur. The album is produced in coalition with Boys Noize and finds Gonzales in the kind of danceable pop territory often occupied by Sebastien Tellier. Flirting with…

PALE SKETCHER
Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed
Ghostly International
LP // £16.99

Pale Sketcher gathers together a selection of remixed tracks based on material from Jesu’s 2007 album, Pale Sketches – a body of work whose heavy orientation towards electronics didn’t quite subscribe to Justin K. Broadrick’s more usual modus operandi. It quickly becomes clear that this is a direction that works for the Godflesh founder, orbiting around the borderline epic qualities his Jesu project tends to court without the underlying metal…

PALE SKETCHER
Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed
Ghostly International
CD // £9.99

Pale Sketcher gathers together a selection of remixed tracks based on material from Jesu’s 2007 album, Pale Sketches – a body of work whose heavy orientation towards electronics didn’t quite subscribe to Justin K. Broadrick’s more usual modus operandi. It quickly becomes clear that this is a direction that works for the Godflesh founder, orbiting around the borderline epic qualities his Jesu project tends to court without the underlying metal…

SPOEK MATHAMBO
Mshini Wam
BBE
CD // £8.99

South African House represents with a heavy debut album from MC Spoek Mathambo of Sweat.X. ‘Mshini Wam’ proves the Jo’berg rapper is at the vanguard of a fresh African sound, mixing traces of Kwaito with dubstep, techno and electrofunk in charismatic style. Recent single ‘Gwababa Don’t Be Scared’ fires the first warning shot of technoid Zulu beats, while ‘War On Words’ sounds like a dubstepped Various Production joint. For the…

SMEGMA
Smegma
La Station Radar
LP // £14.99

*Strictly limited to 500 individually numbered copies for the world* La Station Radar present a rare transmission from the still virile members of the infamous LAFMS (LA Free Music Society) scene, aka Smegma. California’s legendary improv and free noise-mongers are captured in full swing during a performance in 2009 at the 24 hour LAFMS Telethon Revisited event, plus two studio recordings. That recording arguably shifts from textured location recordings through…

47.5
Warm Sea
Crosstalk
CD // £12.99

Band names with numbers in can often be irritating, but a band name that’s nothing but numbers is just off the charts. Somehow, the name 47.5 is made even worse for having a decimal point in it. Presumably there’s some sort of numeric relevance to the moniker, but for the time being it must remain a mystery. This Brooklyn-based live/electronic duo are infinitely better than their enigmatic billing, latching beautiful…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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AGNES OBEL
Riverside EP
Pias
10″ // £4.49

Preceding the release of her debut album, Philharmonics, Danish-born singer-songwriter Agnes Obel presents the three-song Riverside EP. You can reasonably expect to constantly hear about how much Obel sounds like Joanna Newsom on this release, and there’s certainly something in that. The title track is a tremendous piano-driven slice of downbeat folkiness, perhaps also bringing to mind PJ Harvey’s White Chalk album. Next up is an atmospherically charged cover of…

PHILIP SELWAY (RADIOHEAD)
Familial
Bella Union
LP // £18.99

Philip Selway’s bandmates, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood (you may have heard of them) have already gone and released solo efforts – wildly differing ones at that.  While Yorke reshaped his songcraft through electronica on The Eraser and Jonny Greenwood proved his worth as a composer and film scorer (particularly on the outstanding There Will Be Blood OST), Selway steps out from behind the drum kit to offer up a collection…

PHILIP SELWAY (RADIOHEAD)
Familial
Bella Union
CD // £10.99

Philip Selway’s bandmates, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood (you may have heard of them) have already gone and released solo efforts – wildly differing ones at that.  While Yorke reshaped his songcraft through electronica on The Eraser and Jonny Greenwood proved his worth as a composer and film scorer (particularly on the outstanding There Will Be Blood OST), Selway steps out from behind the drum kit to offer up a collection…
HIP HOP
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ROOTS MANUVA VS WRONGTOM
Duppy Writer
Big Dada
CD // £7.99

Roots Manuva hands the keys to his catalogue over to Wrong Tom for a thorough dub overhaul on ‘Duppy Writer’. It’s a collection of dub reductions taking up where his bonus disc on the ‘Slime & Reason’ album left off, picking out gems from all four of Roots’ main studio LPs as well as ‘Dub Come Save Me’ and ‘Alternately Deep’, complete with new artwork from Tony McDermott – the…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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NICO MUHLY
I Drink The Air Before Me
DECA / BEDROOM COMMUNITY
CD // £12.99

Composer and arranger Nico Muhly returns with a new solo album jointly released by his old pals at the Icelandic Bedroom Community label and Decca Classics. The past five years or so have seen Muhly collaborating with the likes of Bjork, Grizzly Bear, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Jonsi, Antony & The Johnsons and Philip Glass gaining a formidable reputation on the international stage as a composerr in his own right. There’s…

GONZALES
Solo Piano (Deluxe Edition)
Gentle Threat
CD + DVD // £9.99

A very fine double-disc reissue of Gonzales’ much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano, bolstering the original audio disc with a healthy supply of video content. The DVD’s main feature, Major To Minor is a piano lesson played out as a comedic variety show, including contributions from Feist and, allegedly, someone from Daft Punk in robot guise. If Solo Piano captures Gonzales at his finest as a musician, then perhaps this…

AUTISTICI / VARIOUS
Autistici Reworked: Resonating Wires
Audiobulb
CD // £10.99

Audiobulb label owner David Newman presents another set of Autistici works, this time remixed by the great and the good of conteporary electronica: contrbutions come from acts like Richard Chartier, Francisco Lopez, Isan, Sawako and Ian Hawgood with Danny Norbury. The album begins with ex-Slowdive drummer Simon Scott, whose ‘Orexis’ takes on a studious dissection of static and tiny acoustic timbres. From within all this whirring minimalism a backdraft of…

SUB LOAM
Earthern Circle
Cotton Goods
CD // £13.99

*LIMITED TO 100 HAND-PACKAGED COPIES FOR THE WORLD. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CD’S ARE HOUSED IN A GREEN MAILER ENVELOPE WHICH AT THE REQUEST OF THE LABEL WILL BE PERSONALISED WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND POSTED TO YOU WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL PACKAGING* It’s always worth mentioning the packaging of these editions, and Earthern Circle is no exception. Housed within the by-now customary arrangement of multi-layered envelopes, this album also…

PETER BRODERICK
How They Are
Bella Union
CD // £7.99

A new collection of songs from musical polymath Peter Broderick, How They Are finds the prodigious singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist working his way through some of his most intimate recordings to date. The real standout proves to be ‘Sideline’, an opening track that begins with Broderick’s voice alone and exposed in acappella mode before some lonesome piano chords join in. It’s a beautiful piece that finds the songwriter’s voice…

PETER BRODERICK
How They Are
Bella Union
LP // £13.99

A new collection of songs from musical polymath Peter Broderick, How They Are finds the prodigious singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist working his way through some of his most intimate recordings to date. The real standout proves to be ‘Sideline’, an opening track that begins with Broderick’s voice alone and exposed in acappella mode before some lonesome piano chords join in. It’s a beautiful piece that finds the songwriter’s voice…

FABIO ORSI
Random Shades Of Day
Privileged To Fail
3CD // £12.99

A fantastic triple-disc release from one of ambient music’s leading lights, Fabio Orsi. Random Shades Of Day packages together a brand new full-length album, plus two CDs of previously unreleased and out-of-print material from throughout the composer’s career, including his debut EP I’m Happy Here, the brilliant South Of Me, Faded On The Blowing Of Winter and 1000 Days Red. This collection portrays Orsi as one of ambient music’s most…

BVDUB
The Art Of Dying Alone
Glacial Movements
CD // £12.49

Returning with his Bvdub project, San Francisco’s Brock Van Wey presents his cheerily titled new album, The Art Of Dying Alone. Previously seen on Kompakt’s Pop Ambient 2010 compilation, Van Wey capitalises on this growing momentum by delivering what’s almost certainly his finest hour to date. The album is a shining example of its genre, an astutely constructed flow of of ambience and introspection that navigates considerable depths. With a…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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JEANS WILDER
Simpler Times
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

*Limited to 300 copies for the world* Killer 7″ from Jeans Wilder, following his super limited and hugely collectable splits with Best Coast and Jen Paul. ‘Simpler Times’ has really caught our ear; it’s one of those instantly gratifying DIY pop songs you feel like you’ve heard before in a drunken dream and could happily hear on repeat all afternoon. Lovers of Cold Cave, Wavves, or Blissed Out, beware! On…

YELLOW MOON BAND
Barehed / Reign
CARAVAN
7″ // £3.49

Motorik slabs of instrumental psyche-rock from Yellow Moon Band. ‘Barehed’ is the fiercely charged A-side, abruptly dropping in from a folkrock intro to find a churning, heady rut of psych goodness. On the flip ‘Reign’ leans back a little for a more melodic involvement with lush middle eight and crafty lead flourishes.

STLS
Drumcore
KRS
7″ // £4.99

A bit of a mad one from Kill All Rock Stars – STLS are two women, Lisa Schonberg (Explode Into Colors, Kickball) and STS (The Haggard, Cadallaca) who perform standing up, facing each, other on two drum kits. These four tracks explore four energetic, mesmerizing patterns intending on recreating the structure of a pop song, using the timbres and textures of the drums to get that crucial melodious thunk. We…

GRINDERMAN (NICK CAVE)
Heathen Child / Super Heathen Child ft. Robert Fripp
Mute
12″ // £6.49

**Translucent Red Vinyl** Warming you up for the impending Grinderman 2 album, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos return with a filthy blues-rock romp that oozes lasciviousness. In addition to exclusive B-side ‘Star Charmer’ this red vinyl 12″ comes with an alternate version of the track, retitled ‘Super Heathen Child’ with a screeching guitar turn from King Crimson legend Robert Fripp. As an extra enticement, you also…

BLONDE REDHEAD
Here Sometimes
4AD
12″ // £5.49

Currently prepping their third LP for 4AD, Blonde Redhead offer a taster of what’s to come, releasing the album’s opening track, ‘Here Sometimes’ as a single. The band worked with rising Swedish production duo Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (whose credits include Fever Ray and Glasser). The icy synth-pop production brilliantly suits Kazu Makino’s vocal and suggests promising things are tome from the full-length. Meanwhile, on the B-side ‘Love…

DEERHUNTER
Revival
4AD
7″ // £4.99

A prelude to their forthcoming Halcyon Digest album, ‘Revival’ marks a typically inspired return for Deerhunter. The A-side is just about as hooky and as lean as the band have ever sounded, following up on the exploratory pop tones set by the Rainwater Cassette Exchage EP. Though not as nuanced, B-side ‘Primitive 3D’ might be even better. It’s a terrific companion piece at any rate, alternating between a chugging verse…

GOODNIGHT LENIN
Crook In The Creek
Static Caravan
7″ // £3.49

Highly likable folk-pop that’s at least partly in the Mumford mould, from new Midlands-based band Goodnight Lenin. Tight and chummy vocal harmonies, rattling upbeat songwriting plus liberal use of mandolin are all key elements of the Goodnight Lenin sound, and they’re undoubtedly very accomplished at what they do. The equally good ‘Ragged Schools’ further plunders a record collection that no doubt includes Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Band and Fleet…

PONTIAK
Living
Thrill Jockey
LP // £14.99

Album number five from Pontiak, Living was laid down on reel-to-reel tape in the band’s farmhouse studio. Made up of three brothers based in Virginia, Pontiak fashion an addictive, sludge-leaning brand of classic/stoner rock – all whilst keeping their farm running. While previous album Sea Voids thrived on spontaneity and was recorded over a relatively small number of sessions , Living took four months to make and perfect and the…

PONTIAK
Living
Thrill Jockey
CD // £13.99

Album number five from Pontiak, Living was laid down on reel-to-reel tape in the band’s farmhouse studio. Made up of three brothers based in Virginia, Pontiak fashion an addictive, sludge-leaning brand of classic/stoner rock – all whilst keeping their farm running. While previous album Sea Voids thrived on spontaneity and was recorded over a relatively small number of sessions , Living took four months to make and perfect and the…

TEN KENS
For Posterity
Fat Cat
CD // £11.99

The second album from Toronto-based alt. rockers Ten Kens arrives on Fat Cat, introducing itself with a scrum of distortion and erratic drum rolls on opener ‘Johnny Ventura’, which seems to feature a lot of open-string guitar bashing punctuated by eruptive, jagged wig-outs. Halfway through, all the noise drops away to reveal a strange, thinned out reverb-laden quiet bit before it all kicks off again. This is a weird first…

THE VASELINES
Sex With An X / Roaster
SUB POP
7″ // £3.99

After two decades of absence The Vaselines return with their legend very much in tact. ‘Sex With An X’ sees the Glaswegian indie heroes return following their 1989 split (announced the very week their debut album was released). Lifted from the forthcoming album of the same title, ‘Sex With An X’ would seem to give a telling account of the emotions behind reunions like this: “Feels so good, it must…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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IMAGINARY FORCES
Filth Columnist
OHM RESISTANCE
CD // £11.99

Ohm Resistance bring something foul and fiercely dark to the table of modern Drum & Bass with the debut album from London’s Imaginary Forces, aka Anthoney Hart. Equally influenced by the twin prongs of Metalheadz and Sunn 0))), ‘Filth Columnist’ combines viscous, blackened guitar strikes with hardstep spurts, gravelly hiphop and a glutton’s serving of noise punishment, making for a sound somewhere between Venetian Snares and Scorn. His ugly sound…
LIVE PERFORMANCE
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BOREDOMS / JUN KAWAGUCHI
77 BOA DRUM
Thrill Jockey
DVD // £19.99

An amazing feature length documentary all about Boredoms’ hugely ambitious 2007 performance, orchestrating seventy-seven drummers at a park in Brooklyn, NY. Presumably for some grand cosmic reason the number 7 plays a big part in this whole enterprise. The concert itself took place on July 7th 2007 at 7:07 PM and correspondingly the documentary is 77 minutes, 777 seconds long. In addition to some great footage of this huge live…
MAGAZINE
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SHOOK
009 Volume One / Autumn
SHOOK
Mag // £4.50

Excellent music, arts and culture mag, Shook, drops for Autumn, brimming with features on Chicago Juke, Sun Ra, and a particular lean towards the sounds and styles of contemporary South Africa – focussing on Spoek Mathambo, Kwaito, and by extension – Süd Electronic. This issue also features a tonne of articles and interviews with fresh, young, up-and-coming artists such as Cornelia Dahlgren of Social Monster, Dodger Man, and Kalbata. Top!…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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NDF / RICARDO VILLALOBOS
Since We Last Met (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
DFA
12″ // £5.99

DFA serve a straight killer from NDF aka Bruno Pronsato and Sergio Giogini, backed with an entrancing Ricardo Villalobos remix! ‘Since We Last Met’ is a departure of sorts for the label’s retro house and disco fetish, both sides embracing modernist tech-house minimalism with great results. It’s probably fair to say that NDF’s original is actually heavily influenced by the man on the remix, from the shaven Latin drums to…

KIRK DEGIORGIO
Exodus Earth
APPLIED RHYTHMIC TECHNOLOGY
12″ // £5.99

A.R.T. show no signs of lettting up in 2010, delivering another throbbing big room builder from Kirk Degiorgio. ‘Exodus Earth’ revolves around driving, muscular 909 percussion and steady-handed synth ascensions leading to an uplifting Detroit chorus in classic style. ‘New Genesis’ however, is a funkier effort with sweet-singing hi-hats and a warm, acidic transfer of synth energy reminiscent of Kevin Saunderson in full swing. Pumpin’.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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E.M.A.K. (ELECTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS KOLN)
A Synthetic History Of E.M.A.K. 1982-88
Soul Jazz
CD // £11.99

Soul Jazz present a vital and timely compilation of the E.M.A.K. (Elektronische Musik Aus: Koeln) collective on their specialized Universal Sound imprint. ‘A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K.’ collects the three releases made by four producers, Matthias Becker, Michael Filz, Kurt Mill and Klaus Stühlen, operating from the Originalton West studio in Cologne; an 8-track recording space located in the basement of a record shop only 200m from Holger Czukay’s studio….

E.M.A.K. (ELECTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS KOLN)
A Synthetic History Of E.M.A.K. 1982-88
Soul Jazz
2LP // £14.49

Soul Jazz present a vital and timely compilation of the E.M.A.K. (Elektronische Musik Aus: Koeln) collective on their specialized Universal Sound imprint. ‘A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K.’ collects the three releases made by four producers, Matthias Becker, Michael Filz, Kurt Mill and Klaus Stühlen, operating from the Originalton West studio in Cologne; an 8-track recording space located in the basement of a record shop only 200m from Holger Czukay’s studio….

BRUCE HAACK
The Electric Voice
Stones Throw Records
CD // £8.99

Stones Throw present the highly anticipated ‘Farad: The Electronic Voice’ a collection from American electric music pioneer and Vocodor innovator Bruce Haack. The set centres around Haack’s use of the vocoder, which he successfully created and put to work several years before its most notable use on Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’. Haack is a truly unsung hero of electric music, an iconoclast, a self-taught savant of sorts, and an innovative early adopter…

BRUCE HAACK
The Electric Voice
Stones Throw Records
2LP // £17.99

Stones Throw present the highly anticipated ‘Farad: The Electronic Voice’ a collection from American electric music pioneer and Vocodor innovator Bruce Haack. The set centres around Haack’s use of the vocoder, which he successfully created and put to work several years before its most notable use on Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’. Haack is a truly unsung hero of electric music, an iconoclast, a self-taught savant of sorts, and an innovative early adopter…

THE LONDON SNORKELLING TEAM
Audio Recording And Map
Brains And Hunch
CD // £10.99

This curious lot are a quartet who “play music they imagine may have happened some time in the 1950s, perhaps at a cocktail party for experimental scientists with a fascination for cartoons”. Apparently their live performances involve contributions from magicians, tap dancers and chemistry professors, and that sort of willful eccentricity certainly carries over into this album. Although it’s titled Audio Recording And Map, alas only the former is included…

BORIS GARDINER
Every Nigger Is A Star (Original Sound Track)
Jazzman
LP // £17.99

“We reach for the vinyl heavens again and catch a celestial delight – an exact repress of Boris Gardiner’s legendary “Every Nigger is a Star”, the long-lost soundtrack to a near mythical Jamaican film! Long a grail-status LP for reggae and funk aficionados alike, Gardiner’s OST for Calvin Lockhart’s mysterious movie has eluded any official or unofficial re-release since 1974. Presented in its original format and with its original cover…

BORIS GARDINER
Every Nigger Is A Star (Original Sound Track)
Jazzman
CD // £12.99

“We reach for the vinyl heavens again and catch a celestial delight – an exact repress of Boris Gardiner’s legendary “Every Nigger is a Star”, the long-lost soundtrack to a near mythical Jamaican film! Long a grail-status LP for reggae and funk aficionados alike, Gardiner’s OST for Calvin Lockhart’s mysterious movie has eluded any official or unofficial re-release since 1974. Presented in its original format and with its original cover…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ALTAR EAGLE
Mechanical Gardens
Type
CD // £7.99

This excellent debut-proper from hotly tipped duo Altar Eagle finds itself nestled somewhere between the icy drum machine pop of Cold Cave, the Kosmische refractions of Emeralds and the classic layered shoegaze of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Eden Hemming and Brad Rose have previously made music together as Corsican Paintbrush before changing their name and style on a pair of sought-after cassettes absorbing darkwave pop genius and the 1st…

SUMMER CAMP
Young
Moshi Moshi Records
CD // £7.99

The London duo follow-up the promise of early single ‘Ghost Train’ with this more extended release, packed to the rafters with hazily nostalgic references to an age that bandmates Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley are probably far too young remember. ‘Round To The Moon’ is due out as a single itself and kicks off the set in a joyous fashion, laying down lo-fi reverbs and wonkily tuned synths – the…

HADAMARD
Studio Gangster EP
Mighty Robot
12″ // £5.99

Following his well received 12″s and remixes for the likes of Bunker and Semantica Records, Hadamard the Dutch gangster gets dirty for Mighty Robot. Expect five freakin’ electro mutations, from old skool hiphop to badass funk, sounding like Ultradyne jamming with Cosmic Force on a grim day in the ghetto while Pamatex sits by and smokes a blunt. Diverse, jacking and dirty sh*t. Limited to 250 hand numbered copies.

HOLY GHOST!
Static On The Wire EP
DFA
CD // £4.99

DFA disco music from Alex Frankel and Nicholas Millhiser’s Holy Ghost! project. Their title cut will satisfy all those bar dwelling disco lovers with  soft funking rock guitars, and chorus strongly reminding of the recent Grosvenor album with all references pointing towards Hall and Oates. Meanwhile ‘I Will Come Back’ moves deeper into the night with black fluoro Italo synths and nuff cowbells, followed by the mirrorball reach of ‘I…

HOT CHIP
We Have Remixes (Hot City / Caribou / Todd Edwards Mixes)
Parlophone
12″ // £5.99

Extending the buzz of their ‘One Life Stand’ album, Hot Chip invite Todd Edwards, Hot City, Caribou and (Todd) Osborne (aka Soundmurderer) for the obligatory remix session. Following remixes for Boris, Appaloosa and Kingdom, Todd Edwards’ reappraisal as a foundational influence continues with his neo-baroque garage version of ‘Hand Me Down Your Love’, before Hot City brings the chunky London rave styles on a mix of ‘We Have Love’. Caribou…

NIKI & THE DOVE
DJ, Ease My Mind
Moshi Moshi Records
12″ // £4.99

Debuting on Moshi Moshi, Swedish act Niki & The Dove drop an anthemic dose of disco-bound high drama. It’s an age-old yarn about dancing to forget your woes – another one of those peculiarly Swedish, melancholy takes on club-pop that keeps on cropping up, from Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ to Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. This particular example of the form is a fairly thunderous, pomped up affair, accurately described by…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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BILEEBOB
Call Me
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

Unique hi-tek funk from Detroit courtesy of Aquanaut and veteran 313 figure, Bileebob. If you’ve peeped his earlier Bileebob cuts you’ll have some idea of what to expect; a signature confection of funked blues guitar licks worked with that shifty hi-tek slide. ‘Call Me’ is almost like a warmer answer to Arpanet’s cold, communications-fixated electro, but we reckon the best track is in the kinky strut of ‘Get A Phone’…

KEMETIC JUST
I Got Life (DJ Spinna / Kai Alce Mixes)
NDATL Muzik
12″ // £8.99

Richly soulful deep house moves produced by Justin Chapman, featuring the vocals of Terrance Down with remixes from DJ Spinna and KZR. Spinna’s mixes will leave the more soulful floors in a lather with his slick production sheen while we’d have to go with KZR’s Latin/Detroit dub with its sensual blend of styles.