Sep 102010
 
Hello,

This week sees the release of DJ Nate’s mindblowing ‘Da Trak Genious’ album. It’s a showcase of his singular and hyper-rhythmic Footwork style, an evolutionary anomaly borne from Ghetto House and Booty that sounds to us like Autechre jamming with Philip Glass round at DJ Funk’s place. It might sound far fetched, but we honestly can’t think of any clear precedents for this style and it’s just gotta be one of the most unique and compelling collections of the year.

Broadcast and The Focus Group, meanwhile, follow on their amazing collaborative album for Warp with a beautiful 7″ release over on the Ghost Box imprint, deploying exquisitely psychedelic recordings infused with that gently pastoral English manner. It comes alongside another Ghost Box 7″ featuring Belbury Poly and Mordant Music on a spaced out journey exploring the Surrey town of Godalming through a murky Hauntological lens. Beautiful collectors editions – grab them both!

A special mention should go to the first release from Raime on the very promising Blackest Ever Black label. This one has been hogging our turntable for a while, conjuring very favourable comparisons with the likes of Shackleton, Muslimgauze and Zoviet*France and causing a real rustle in the underground from Altered Zones to Simon Reynolds’ Blissblog. Check the samples and you’ll know why…

For even darker strains of electro-acoustic and electronic material you really must check the Narcissus Trance 7″ from Mick Harris & Karl O’Connor, better known as Regis & Scorn, plus the amazing debut release from acclaimed visual artist Konx-Om-Pax. The Regis / Mick Harris 7″ is far removed from anything we’ve heard from either artist before, deploying a concrete-style collusion of darkened sounds and industrial reductions that just own things, while the Konx-Om-Pax release blends heavyweight electro-acoustic processing with cataclysmic noise and moments of pure melancholy worhty of Autechre or Coil. Oh and it features a Carlos Gifoni No Fun Acid mix! There are only 200 copies in existence, miss at your peril.

Lawrence English provides a lush counterpoint to all that dark madness with two special releases, the first being a super limited vinyl run of ‘A Colour For Autumn’ housed in silk screened sleeve, and the second a delicate collaboraion with Japanese artist Minamo for the Room 40 label. On the former he continues a seasonal theme from ‘Varying Degrees Of Winter’ with a hushed yet stately composition of microsound and glacial arrangements featuring a beautiful contribution from Fennesz, while ‘A Path Less Travelled’ offers a sublime meeting of ultra subtle drone and detailed tones.

Maverick sound physician and artist Florian Hecker is also back this week, and he just never fails to intrigue. His ‘Neu’ CD was supposed to come out three years ago but finally reaches us in 2010 bearing four diverse tracks of hi-end sonic research. We couldn’t recommend this to the casual listener, but those with an ear for the finer details of digital synthesis should be ordering their copy asap.

Scrolling back to the early ’80s we got two vintage archival transmissions. Firstly Miki’s ‘Fantomas Break’, a mindblowing Hungarian “Rapsploitation” cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Rockit’ dug out by the fiends at Finders Keepers and pressed onto red vinyl, and secondly a killer piece of New Romantic electro from original Blitz Club DJ and founder, Rusty Egan.

So much more out this week, including a double CD edition from one half of The Boats – Andrew Hargreaves (Just 125 available!), a massive new 300+ page book from Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto, an excellent album of synth-infused pop from the massively tipped Teengirl Fantasy, the return of Arp aka Alexis Georgopoulos of The Alps with another set of mind-expanding Kosmische, a new EP from The Hundred In The Hands, backed with remixes from Blawan and Walls, and a dinky little blues/electronica oddity on the Ethbo label from Stephen Cohen. Other releases this week feature from Hildur Gudnadottir, the Miasmah label, Murmur, Falty DL, Pariah, Alan Lomax, Pinch, Gang Gang Dance, Chronomad, Constellation, Seaworthy & Matt Rosner, Grinderman, Blonde Redhead, El Guincho, Superpitcher, Drums of Death and much much more…

have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ANDREW HARGREAVES
Defragment (Special 2CD Edition)
ELECTRONIC
LACIES
2CD // £11.99

*STRICTLY LIMITED DOUBLE-DISC EDITION FEATURING 12 BONUS TRACKS IN HANDMADE PACKAGING – 125 COPIES ONLY* Best known as one half of The Boats, Andrew Hargreaves has also been spotted plying his trade under pseudonyms such as Beppu and Tape Loop Orchestra, though here he steps out from behind his alternate guises and releases a new solo album under his own name.  Back in July, Hargreaves released Fragments, a ludicrously limited (50 copies) collection of out-takes and off-cuts from a (then) forthcoming long-player.  Defragment is that long-player, and quite wonderful it is too.  Recorded between such venerable and exotic locations as Barcelona, Tokyo and Burnley, Defragment finds Hargreaves taking piano and electronic programming as the starting point for his compositions, whilst intermittently calling upon the cello (and on one occasion, musical saw) of regular cohort Danny Norbury.  At the piano Hargreaves plots his way through understatedly lyrical passages that tug at the heartstrings without resorting to sentimentality; there seems to be a minimalist style at work here that recalls Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaborations with Alva Noto, yet true to the form of his prior work, Hargreaves instils a tangible sense of warmth in his recordings.  Amidst a prickly, glitch-riddled electronic backdrop, standouts like ‘Mystical And Secret Sayings’ and ‘Variation Is Repetition’ find Hargreaves keying his way through a typically inviting production that neatly contrasts the subtle erosion of those instrumental recordings with a distinct digital cleanliness.  Meanwhile, Norbury’s contributions to pieces ‘Just Us Together’, ‘Handwritten Notes’ and ‘Confusion In Consequence’ give the album that extra lift when necessary – the latter in particular proving to be especially powerful, its muted piano colours and drowsy strings conspiring to create a very autumnal sound palette.  If you’ve ever fallen for Hargreaves’ music previously, whether alone or with The Boats, Defragment is sure to enrich and beguile. Supplementary is a substantial companion disc compiling additional tracks and alternate mixes.  Once again, Danny Norbury is on board for a few tracks, including the anthemic, click-beat backed post-rock of ‘Song For Nowhere’ and the tape hiss-laden ‘A Veteran At Twenty-Nine’.  Lovely.



DJ NATE
Da Trak Genious
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

DJ Nate, the aptly donned “Trak Genious” is a 20 year old producer from the south side of Chicago. His music is a fiercely unique blend of techniques derived from Hiphop and Juke (aka Ghetto House or Booty) made to soundtrack intense Footwork battles, best seen on youtube for those outside of Chi-town. For us, it’s one of the most exciting sonic anomalies of the last decade, combining the raw, febrile functions of Jungle with unquantifiable elements drawing comparisons to the repetitious phasing of Steve Reich and the complex, esoteric B-Boy programming of Autechre, next to the more obvious work of DJ’s Funk and Deeon. We can distinctly remember stumbling across this stuff on youtube at 1am some 18 months ago and spending the next 5 hours watching videos before turning up to work bleary eyed and buzzing the next morning barely able to believe our ears. It was as if Autechre had implanted their hieroglyphic futuRhythm codes in the DNA of Booty 17 years ago and now it had come of age, blooming insanely mutated patterns to incite the dance, wild styles. But of course, that’s not the case, this sh*t evolved of its own accord, and that’s one of the best things about it. Whether he takes to Evanescence or Marvin Gaye, Nate juices the best bits from his favourite records and flips them into intense staccato arrangements the likes of which we’ve quite simply never heard before, which is a unique attribute in its own right, but when it’s this good, its worth screaming about. His unpredictable, morphing moiré of syncopations have developed their own controlled system of signifiers primarily designed for the dance. If you’re one of those people who always complains that Jungle is too fast, you simply may not get it, but if you can read/dance between the lines you’ll find stunning contradictions between centripetal subbass gravity and percolating drums on the brink of evaporation, broken into blocks and tied together with rapid fire samples seemingly pitched at will to sound like our most psychedelic dancefloor dreams have come to life. Put in context next to the majority of dance music, Nate’s concatenated arrangements and freeform style offer a new route out of rhythmic torpor and a glaringly vivid grassroots idea for the future of the dance. Digesting these 25 tracks in one go is an intense experience, and strangely enough we kinda craved that strange effect youtube compression has on the bass, but don’t get it twisted, we’re completely over the moon that Planet Mu have gone to the effort of persuading Nate to release his music, and think that fans of everything from Timbaland to Venetian Snares should listen to it at least once. Utterly Essential.



LAWRENCE ENGLISH
A Colour For Autumn (Limited Vinyl Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Digitalis / Sweat Lodge Guru
LP // £12.99

**Now available on strictly limited vinyl – 300 copies for the world in a silkscreened sleeve** A Colour For Autumn follows on from English’s previous seasonally themed album, 2007’s For Varying Degrees Of Winter, interpreting the ‘feel’ of the natural cycle into a series of abstract microsound compositions. ‘Droplet’ instantly takes on a choral feel, and we can hear a falsetto male voice instantly dissolving into a swirling sea of sound. In addition to the ambiguous conglomeration of vocal sustain, unplaceable field recordings add texture to the mix, eventually taking on harsher, noisier shapes by the piece’s close. There’s a brassy quality to ‘Watching It Unfold’, taking on a warm, gradual, almost anthemic quality as chords change at a stately, glacial pace, but ‘The Surface Of Everything’ ushers in a more pronounced use of instrumentation – not to mention a contribution from Christian Fennesz, who brings a fresh electronic angle to the track’s guitar exchanges and droning strums. This textured approach adds an extra layer of depth to the album, and ‘The Surface Of Everything’ arguably occupies the broadest, most satisfying range of sonorities of anything on the album. ‘Galaxie Of Dust’ has more of a smudged feel, squishing together greyed sounds and quivering high frequency tones, only to lead into ‘Stillness In Motion’ and its Oren Ambarchi-like bass tones. While the low-end marks out a melody slippery, steely drones move back and forth leading into a beautiful final phase full of static noise and gentle feedback. Lovely.



HECKER
Neu
EXTREME / NOISE
Galerie Neu
CD // £14.99

Three years after it was initially due for release, Berlin’s Galerie Neu deliver four tracks from revered sound artist, Florian Hecker. The planned original release was designed by Peter Saville and housed on a laser cut block of open porous foam in a transparent, smoke grey acrylic cover, but unfortunately they scrapped that idea and presented it in a jewel case with a teasing 6-page leporello instead. Ah well. We’re more concerned with the sounds within and they undoubtedly offer some genuine revelations for any Hecker fans, most prominently the 17-minute, microscopic investigation of ‘Yin Pitch Detection Synthesis Kissing 17’26”, detailing kinetic insectoid textures with vivid recalling imagery of sitting in an amphitheatre surrounded by the chirrup of a thousand invisible crickets, broken only by the distorted peal of a distant bell. Meanwhile, as the title tells us ‘Wq Acid VII’ is akin to his squiggly formations on the ‘Acid In The Style Of David Tudor’ album, ten minutes of dynamically morphing electro-acoustic arrangements. Two more concise tracks finish the set, the calculated ultra-minimalist rhythms of ‘Neu Ext’, and the fractal barrage of computer generated textures in ‘≤ ∑’, produced on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Off The Record/ Sound Arc’ for the Musée d’Art Moderne De a Ville De Paris in 2004. Head twisting, hugely interesting material from a maverick producer – highly recommended.



TEENGIRL FANTASY
7am
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
MEROK
CD // £8.99

The latest outpouring of near insufferable hipness from the Merok stable comes from Ohio electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy, who line themselves up alongside the likes of Delorean and Tanlines amongst the current wave of artists to intelligently rethink dancefloor pop music for the post-Merriweather Post Pavilion generation. If there can be said to be such a thing. 7am really hits the spot with dream-vision ’80s synth routines like the scrambled midtempo ‘In An Arena’ and the chillwaving majesty of ‘Make The Move’, whilst more cerebellum-tampering sounds crop up during the psych-ish ‘In The Rain’. The album really accumulates momentum towards the end of its sequence with the raved-up brilliance of ‘Cheaters’ and the sample-melting schizoid bliss of ‘Forever The Feeling’. Tremendous.



MARCUS FJELLSTROM
Schattenspieler
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
MIASMAH
CD // £9.99

With a title that translates as “Shadowplayer”, this new album from the excellent Marcus Fjellstrom is quick to set the scene. Combining wonderfully crackly ambient textures with ancient sounding classical instrumentation, Fjellstrom’s music is perhaps like a sonic equivalent to the cinema of the Brothers Quay or Guy Maddin in its stylised and revised recreation of something old, monochromatic and somehow already familiar. It’s fairly commonplace to find ambient or dark-ambient works that channel this sort of run-down aesthetic , but Fjellstrom goes somewhat further by using real orchestration and then aging it. Consequently, there’s so much more invested in Fjellstrom’s music and his soundscapes are far richer than the kind of loop-driven, predominantly electronic material of his contemporaries. Particular highlights arise during the creaky, percussion-driven ‘Liquid Fire’ and the incredible woodwinds of ‘Untitled 090616’, but this marvellous album is best digested as a whole.



MINAMO & LAWRENCE ENGLISH
A Path Less Travelled
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

Produced over the course of two years, A Path Less Travelled unites Japanese improvising microsound quartet Minamo with Room40 boss, Lawrence English. Field recordings, processed sounds and, of course, Minamo’s initial instrumental sketches all come together in a gentle harmonic fusion that’s at once layered and detailed yet eminently peaceful. You’d assume that countless hours of post-production have gone into the making of this record, yet early standout ‘Headlights’ still retains a very live feel as it spools through minimal guitar musings and electric piano tones. All this is set to a backdrop of chirping cicadas, adding not only an extra sonic dimension but also a high frequency sub-current that compliments the wandering melody. Next up, ‘Glimmer’ proves to be especially successful, merging what sounds like wind instrument passages with waves of crackle and hum. The physicality of the piece serves in stark contrast to the more gossamer tones of ‘Headlights’ or ‘Springhead’, a far more feathery affair that opens with some tingling bell noises only to unfurl with stretches of harmonium drone. Far and away the longest track on the album, ‘Springhead’ goes through various evolutionary stages, peaking with a tuneful, brassy finale that feels like quite a departure from those tentative beginnings. The album closes with the most song-like of all the selections: ‘Fireworks’, whose strummed guitar backdrop provides both a rhythmic cue and a chord sequence for the otherwise droning instrumentation to follow. A fine set from these two institutions of modern-day micro-ambience, A Path Less Travelled comes with a hearty recommendation to fans of either party’s work.



HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR
Mount A
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
CD // £11.99

The album that preceded last year’s outstanding Without Sinking album, Mount A was originally billed under the Lost In Hildurness moniker and now gets a remastered reissue under Hildur Gudnadottir’s real name. Despite the often expansive sound, all instruments are played by Hildur herself, including cello, viola, piano, vibraphone, zither and gamelan. Acting as a one-woman orchestra, this talented Icelandic musician and composer manages to craft something that’s at once big and intimate. At the time of Mount A’s initial release it would have been likely for Gudnadottir to be predominantly thought of as a serial collaborator and guest musician rather than a solo artist in her own right. Her list of credits is impressive to say the least, and includes a touring post with Animal Collective, plus recordings by Pan Sonic, Valgeir Sigurdsson, BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa, Nico Muhly, Múm and more recently The Knife and Wildbirds & Peacedrums. On Mount A, perhaps due to the solo setting, repetition and loop-like structures dominate many of the tracks. This gives rise to some beautiful melodic hooks, especially during the jagged cellos of ‘Floods’ and the weary viola glissandos of ‘Casting’. While bowed strings play the largest part on the album, around halfway plucked sounds take centre-stage: ‘Self’ is an absorbing piece based around a zither, building up through spindling layers into a panoramic arrangement bolstered by wave-like, lapping drone tones and slightly creepy micro-tuned intervals. Putting vibraphone to good use, ‘In Gray’ and the tense, febrile ‘Earbraces’ sound spacious and filmic while ten-minute closing piece ‘You’ lets in a more optimistic mood, once again calling upon plucked sounds for a starting point. There’s a freedom and lightness to this final entry that counteracts some of the intensity that characterised much of what came before.

Singles of the Week



BROADCAST & THE FOCUS GROUP
Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

The most anticipated and collectable of all the Study Series 7″s comes from Broadcast and Julian House’s The Focus Group. ‘Familiar Shapes and Noises’ expands on the magick explored in their acclaimed Warp release ‘Witch Cults of The Radio Age’, blending collage techniques and arcane studio processes to invoke the oddest feelings of nostalgia. The longest effort, ‘Inside Out’ weaves Trish Keenan’s ethereal murmurings into rocky drum breaks, flute and harpsichord with a brilliantly unpredictable arrangement while ‘The Song Before’ sounds like a 60s psych band rehearsing in a haunted scout hut . Our favourite, ‘Tuesday’s Offerings’ is really about the Familiar Shapes of the title, setting acoustic guitar, folksy fiddle and spidery piano keys to a truly unnerving nursery rhyme melody whose title continues to evade us (if it is a real nursery rhyme at all!). You really shouldn’t need persuading…



RAIME
Raime EP
ELECTRONIC
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.49

Massively tipped debut from this new artist and label; Raime, and Blackest Ever Black Recordings. The UK based duo have forged one of the finest contributions to the darkened post-dubstep canon we’ve yet heard, distilling the essence of Shackleton’s most maudlin moments with labyrinthine reverbs and salt-cured percussion over three tracks allegedly built from arcane industrial and post-punk samples. This 12″ is already causing much consternation in the blogosphere; with Altered Zones, Simon Reynolds’ Blissblog and Fact Magazine all singing its praises. ‘Retread’ initiates the session with an unnerving arrangement of suspended, ceremonial drums and an immensely affective choral drone, deployed with enough subtlety and atmosphere to really send shivers down the spine. ‘This Foundry’ follows, uncannily recalling the parallel dimensions of Balam Acab in its dragging Quasimodo flow and and vastly spacious sound design. ‘We Must Hunt Under The Wreckage Of Many Systems’ puts the final, frozen finish to the EP with a still, centred rhythm seemingly hung from flesh hooks in the ceiling while bowel shuddering subs disturb the flagstones below, shadowy reverbs skittering off cold, concrete surfaces. We’ve heard about a very special remix package forthcoming, but for now you’ll have to flay yourself to this every evening. Outstanding.



BELBURY POLY / MORDANT MUSIC
Study Series 03: Welcome To Godalming
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

Arms folded, legs crossed, we sit down to the third in Ghost Box’s highly collectable Study series. This chapter invites an amazing guest contribution from Mordant Music to accompany Mr Jupp in two assignments looking at the small Surrey town of Godalming. The location obviously holds some nostaligic weight for the pair, resulting in two deeply personal compositions. Belbury Poly’s ‘Swingalong’ strangely combines an ever-so-slightly sleazy funk lick with sitar and acousmatic voices to sound like something from Irmin Schmidt’s ‘Kamasutra’ soundtrack, as heard by an eight year old behind the sofa of his parent’s holiday cottage. The sound of innocence being tainted? Mordant Music’s ‘Inn Ohm the Lake’ is decribed by the label as “…an ecstatic piece of pastoral electronica.” and we’d wholeheartedly agree as his lapping analogue textures languidly flutter in the breeze. Very Highly Recommended.



KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS) & MICK HARRIS / ROSE KALLAL
Narcissus Trance
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
We Can Elude Control
7″ // £3.99

Superb, limited edition 7″ featuring Regis/Scorn and Rose Kallal documenting a collaborative music/art project that was part of an international group show involving big art folk such as Turner Prize Nominee Mark Titchner and the New York painter Wade Guyton, as well as a number of emerging artists. For the project Karl O’Connor and Mick Harris worked to create a display of dynamic digital synthesis akin to the work of Peter Rehberg or Florian Hecker, with a sliver of cinematic impact nodding to classic John Carpenter. On the flip, former Sunn 0))) sleeve designer and acclaimed sound artist/filmmaker Rose Kallal offers ‘Mobius Coil’, a sludgy, down-pitched side order of infused drums that are as dark and atmospheric as you’d rightly expect on a release of this nature. Highly limited and well recommended!



KONX-OM-PAX
Optimo Tracks
ELECTRONIC
Display Copy
CD // £6.99

Acclaimed visual artist Konx-Om-Pax presents an absolutely amazing first release from his Display Copy label, including a No Fun Acid remix by Carlos Giffoni. Konx-Om-Pax is one of those enviably hyper-active characters, equally adept at creating dazzling artwork for sleeves like Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Rifts’ comp and a number of Rustie releases, as well as art direction for videos from Jamie Lidell and Hudson Mohawke, collaborations with Mogwai and even a series of seriously heavyweight mixtapes. For this release we’re dealing with his sonic persona, presenting three extended tracks roving between Swans-strength bludgeoning on ‘I’, onto close, clammy, digital drone shapes on ‘II’ with shades of Coil or Autechre at their most sullen. The longest, and most impressive, is ‘III’, displaying a hyper-aware aesthetic blending Hecker-esque digital spasms with lysergic noise squalls and cavernous electro-acoustic dynamics crossing the disciplines of Bernard Parmegiani and Keiichiro Shibuya in a head-frazzling fashion. With such visceral material to work with Caros Giffoni ends the set with a compelling remix, feeding the source material through his mazy No Fun Acid matrix to splay him into an anxious blur of squirming sinewaves and organically evolving noisescapes. In other words, this is really really REALLY good, and completely f**ked sideways. Comes in limited, hand numbered (200 copies) and printed artwork, a free sticker, and our noisiest recommendation to fans of the Mego or No Fun Productions camps. Don’t miss.



MIKI
Fantomas Break
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Cache Cache
12″ // £7.49

**Translucent Red Vinyl** Finders Keepers introduce their new Cache Cache sister label with a mindblowing Hungarian Electro version of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Rockit’ from 1984 pressed up on transparent red vinyl. Honestly, this one takes the biscuit, adding bizarre Transilvanian vocals and oodles of atmosphere to the scratches and machine rhythms of the original, proving that the pervasive futurist influence of this pivotal cut really had some impact behind the iron curtain. It also features a deadly edit version from one Tandy Love, giving the vocal an even weirder Dalek spin and extending the vibes for longer sessions on the lino. If that isn’t enough, there’s a killer hiphop/disco cut in ‘Csillagszemü Ég’, again with the screwed vocals and truly lethal machine rhythms. Miss this at your peril.



THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
Pigeons (Walls / Blawan Mixes)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Warp
12″ // £3.99

Warp’s most promising synthpop duo present the Richard X-produced ‘Pigeons’, backed with a killer remix from the mysterious Blawan and Kompakt’s new darlings, Walls. It’s a teaser single for their forthcoming and much anticipated debut album, marrying melancholy vocals almost worthy of Trish Keenan with a ‘floor-ready nu-wave pop pulse. Blawan follows, making his first appearance since that outstanding Hessle 12″ to lay a broken post-dubstep roller with hints of Martyn or Ramadanman’s crafty flow. The flipside is given to Walls, aka Allez-Allez’s Sam Willis and Alessio Natalizia, who give it the sophisticated Kompakt techno touch with gossamer bassline and streamlined re-arrangement.



RUSTY EGAN PRESENTS SHOCK
R.e.r.b.
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
BLITZ CLUB
12″ // £5.99

Remarkable archival release from notorious New Romantic lynchpin, Rusty Egan! Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s, Rusty almost single-handedly defined the New Romantic/Synthpop movement with his DJ sets at The Blitz Club, where he would play Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Ultravox to a cabal of “Blitz Kids” including Boy George and club owner Steve Strange, irrevocably altering the course of British pop music forever. He was also producer for the likes of Visage and Spear of Destiny and an infamous figure on the London club scene. ‘ R.E.R.B.’ was produced during this period, assisted by session drummer Richard James Burgess to create a icy cold slab of instrumental electro which sounds somewhere in between Cabaret Voltaire and Kraftwerk with dull neon, coke-numb synths and a typically sleazy rhythm. We could easily imagine him playing this in the early hours of a Blitz night, to a floor full of preening Neo-narcissist peacocks. On the flip we get an extended 2010 edit, upping the pace a little but remaining fairly faithful to the original. In the current climate of darkwave and synthpop revival this is a true treasure and really shoudn’t be overlooked.



NABO
Rock Solid Goldmine EP
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Hobby Industries
12″ // £6.99

Hobby Industries follow the excellent Aslope Ep with three tracks of screwed and squashed low-end variants from Nabo, including a lovely remix from Clouds. ‘Neigh’ introduces his style with a slumped James Blake/Dilla-esque structure and wickedly warped, off-key melodies somewhere between the Beat Dimensions and Skweee aesthetics. ‘Parkinlot Pimp’ takes the off-kilter melodies one step further with slow and crooked synth calculations in a Zomby or Rustie fashion for the smokers, while ‘Rock Solid’ dices guitar and theremin-like sounds on an ultra slow flow akin to Kaman Leung. Clouds complete the set with a mist of bleeps and woozy electronics anchored with weighty sub drones, weirder and darker than we’ve heard from them before. Recommended!



STEPHEN COHEN
This Is A Test / Let’s All Root For The Home Team
FOLK / AMERICANA
Ethbo
7″ // £5.99

In the wake of that brilliant Mike Cooper reissue, the Ethbo label pluck another gem from seemingly out of nowhere, courtesy of The Tree People’s Stephen Cohen. Both tracks feature Cohen’s mellow acoustic guitar accompanied with his gently burred vocals. The deceptively tentative ‘This Is Just A Test’ features multi-tracked acoustic strings layered into spidery rhythms, joined by xylophone and assorted twinkly percussion growing into a confident mix of East and West, like KFW’s ‘Variations For Oud’ gone bluesy improv. ‘Let’s All Root For The Home Team’ is more melancholy, Cohen delivering more in the way of a song structure, narrating a high school basketball game (we assume) with a distanced, brooding stance. Quite lovely.

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MURMUR
Fume EP
Meanwhile
12″ // £6.99

A good few years after their last release and a well received RA mix, the Murmur unit warm up their machines for a sublime dub house trick backed with a PCB 3000 remix. Their trademark style of organically shuffling house is still firmly in place, only perhaps belying some deeper dub influence with a hypnotic moiré of corruscating machine rhythms and narcotically filtered chords in lead cut ‘Tangle’. ‘Fumes’ follows…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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NABO
Rock Solid Goldmine EP
Hobby Industries
12″ // £6.99

Hobby Industries follow the excellent Aslope Ep with three tracks of screwed and squashed low-end variants from Nabo, including a lovely remix from Clouds. ‘Neigh’ introduces his style with a slumped James Blake/Dilla-esque structure and wickedly warped, off-key melodies somewhere between the Beat Dimensions and Skweee aesthetics. ‘Parkinlot Pimp’ takes the off-kilter melodies one step further with slow and crooked synth calculations in a Zomby or Rustie fashion for the…

FALTY DL
Endeavour
Planet Mu
12″ // £4.99

Drew Lustman’s kaleidoscopic prism of styles locks onto juicy boogie house and IDM rare groove for his latest Planet Mu release as Falty DL. ‘Endeavour’ opens with a deep blush of hovering NY House chords and extremely tidy mid-tempo rhythms, keeping the funk deep in the pocket for all able hips and asses. ‘Filthy Divinity’ follows with heavier Funk agenda, working it like a prime Luke Vibert joint with super…

DAM MANTLE
Purple Arrow EP
Growing Records
12″ // £5.99

Debut drop from Growing Records, presenting another intriguing release from Glasgow’s Dam Mantle. Over the course of the last 6 months a series of beguiling, delicately sculpted and instinctively psyched releases from this guy have aroused widespread curiosity, resulting in a forthcoming remix for GonjaSufi on Warp, among others. The closest comparison for his fractal 8-bit beats would be his ally Becoming Real, also finding parallels in the fried silicon…

PARIAH
Safehouses EP
R&S Records
2×12″ // £10.99

Pariah justifies the hype following his debut release with six tracks of Detroit-infected post-garage, hiphop and ambient. Firstly ‘The Slump’ makes a connection with his labelmate Juan Atkins, arranging 313 electro beats with a distinct garage swing and vastly atmospheric synth pads. ‘Prism’ continues the vibe with juiced electrobass riffs and Burial-style garage vox and then there’s the highlight of ‘Crossed Out’, delivered in deadly Joy Orbison style. Meanwhile ‘C-Beams’…

JULES CHAZ
Toppings…
Wagon Repair
CD // £10.99

Wagon Repair make a brave, and successful, diversion from their typical 4/4 groove with a debut album of crooked hiphop/reggae from fellow Canadian, Jules Chaz. While ‘Toppings…’ is his first release of any kind, he’s already been producing for years with over 300 finished beats to prove it. These 21 tracks are brimming with a playful, groovesome downbeat character, keeping matters loose, smoky and unquantised in the post-Dilla manner of…

JULES CHAZ
Toppings… EP
Wagon Repair
12″ // £5.99

**10 tracks selected from the CD version** Wagon Repair make a brave, and successful, diversion from their typical 4/4 groove with a debut album of crooked hiphop/reggae from fellow Canadian, Jules Chaz. While ‘Toppings…’ is his first release of any kind, he’s already been producing for years with over 300 finished beats to prove it. These 10 tracks are brimming with a playful, groovesome downbeat character, keeping matters loose, smoky…
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WAX POETICS
Cover Story Volume Two: Odd, Obscure & Outrageous Album Art
Wax Poetics
Book // £20.99

A team of obsessive collectors has gathered together a unique and worldly selection of rare album covers that spins bizarre and mind-boggling narratives. We are not deciphering mysteries, only adding to their mythos. Every album cover tells a story, and here we enter the world of the odd, obscure, and outrageous. Some hint at the profound, via spiritual, supernatural, or chemical explorations, or speak of the prosaic wolrds of war,…

CARSTEN NICOLAI
Moiré Index
Gestalten
Hardcover Book + CD // £35.99

*Heavyweight, Hardcover 312 page book from Carsten Nicolai, a follow-up to his acclaimed ‘Grid Index’* Following on from his Grid Index book, Raster Noton’s Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) turns his attention to the moiré pattern, an interference effect created by the overlaying of lines or grids. Billed by the artist himself as “a decisive visual dictionary on the phenomena of moiré interference patterns”, this book serves as a comprehensive…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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MARCUS FJELLSTROM
Schattenspieler
MIASMAH
CD // £9.99

With a title that translates as “Shadowplayer”, this new album from the excellent Marcus Fjellstrom is quick to set the scene. Combining wonderfully crackly ambient textures with ancient sounding classical instrumentation, Fjellstrom’s music is perhaps like a sonic equivalent to the cinema of the Brothers Quay or Guy Maddin in its stylised and revised recreation of something old, monochromatic and somehow already familiar. It’s fairly commonplace to find ambient or…

KARL O’CONNOR (REGIS) & MICK HARRIS / ROSE KALLAL
Narcissus Trance
We Can Elude Control
7″ // £3.99

Superb, limited edition 7″ featuring Regis/Scorn and Rose Kallal documenting a collaborative music/art project that was part of an international group show involving big art folk such as Turner Prize Nominee Mark Titchner and the New York painter Wade Guyton, as well as a number of emerging artists. For the project Karl O’Connor and Mick Harris worked to create a display of dynamic digital synthesis akin to the work of…

YANN NOVAK
Relocation.Reconstruction
Line
CD // £7.99

Pieced together from the various sound elements within the three installations of Yann Novak’s solo exhibition, Relocation.Reconstruction is an abstract exploration of “the multitude of emotional states experienced during and after the relocation of one’s life.” Long-term followers of the Line label may recall Richard Chartier’s 2003 disc, Two Locations, an album similarly caught up in the turbulent process of relocating. While Chartier presented two different pieces based upon installations…

RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI
The North Bend
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

CD Edition now available. 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…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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DANNY KRIVIT
Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2: Music Of The Earth
Strut
CD // £11.99

Legendary collector and DJ turns it out for a second volume of rare, obscure and downright classic disco and funk edits. Each track is guaranteed winner from the front of his crate, opening with Patrice Rushen’s sun-drenched ‘Music Of The Earth’, moving into Milton Hamilton’s ‘We Have All The Time’, via the heavyweight polyrhythmic throb of Black Blood’s ‘Chicano’, and the instantly gratifying ‘Let Me Down Easy’ by Rare Pleasure,…

BLAKULA!
Permanent Midnight
Bear Funk Records
CD // £11.99

“Blakula is a black vampire born in Haiti, hibernated in Transylvania and defrosted in New York City. It’s 1977. After living for too long among the humans Blakula starts to enjoy life to the full, even its darkest aspects. Gradually Blakula becomes more human than normal people and starts behaving and ”feeling” like them. So Blakula posed for Robert Mapplethorpe’s camera, wrote poems with William Burroughs, shared spray cans and…

THE LOVE SUPREME
Waiting For The Love EP
TIRK
12″ // £5.99

The Italian disco quartet face off with Chicken Lips on a four track remix set. On the A-side Chicken Lips give a smooth and simple disco mix and Love Supreme give a canny ‘Kraut Diversion’ refix with motorik bassline and propulsive percussion. On the flip you’ll find Chicken Lips’ ‘Warehouse Dub’ with beefier kicks and cowbells while Love Supreme offer an electro disco ‘Reversion’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DJ NATE
Da Trak Genious
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

DJ Nate, the aptly donned “Trak Genious” is a 20 year old producer from the south side of Chicago. His music is a fiercely unique blend of techniques derived from Hiphop and Juke (aka Ghetto House or Booty) made to soundtrack intense Footwork battles, best seen on youtube for those outside of Chi-town. For us, it’s one of the most exciting sonic anomalies of the last decade, combining the raw,…

DJ NATE
Da Trak Genious
Planet Mu
3LP // £13.49

DJ Nate, the aptly donned “Trak Genious” is a 20 year old producer from the south side of Chicago. His music is a fiercely unique blend of techniques derived from Hiphop and Juke (aka Ghetto House or Booty) made to soundtrack intense Footwork battles, best seen on youtube for those outside of Chi-town. For us, it’s one of the most exciting sonic anomalies of the last decade, combining the raw,…

KALBATA
Artikal Youth / Helem
YELLOW MACHINES
12″ // £4.99

Yellow Machines make a slick sidestep into mongrel Funky & Bass with two tracks from Kalbata (Soul Jazz, Double Science). Built with the warehouse party in mind, ‘Artikal Youth’ fixes a dread bassline heave onto punchy Soca/Funky percussion with a heads-down, direct drive command. ‘Helem’ holds the flipside, operating in murkier waters with a rugged blend of dubstep, electroid garage and techno functions. Fans of the Rag ‘n Bone label…

SUPERISK
Find Your Way (Mensah Mix)
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Beastly smack ‘n roll dubstep from Superisk, a Bristol ally of Peverelist and co, backed with an optimized Mensah remix. ‘Find Your Way’ was a major highlight of Guido’s celebrated Fact mix and is allowed to roll out in all its thunderous glory here, sounding like a vintage Kode 9 joint with dramatic sino-strings and concussive bass wallops. On the flip Mensah tightens up with a propulsive 4/4 steppers vibe…

KRYPTIC MINDS
Follow Me VIP / Rubberman
Osiris Music UK
12″ // £5.99

Two deep freeze steppers from Kryptic Minds, delivered on their homegrown Osiris imprint. Darkside lovers need to watch out for these two, between the haunting female vocal imprint on the A-side and the ghoulish halstep of ‘Rubberman’ you’ll get more than your recommended weekly allowance of urban ennui. One for fans of Icicle, Loefah, and proper 2006 dubstep business.

MALILONE
Gina 80 / Lions And Pearls
ARGON
12″ // £5.99

Floor igniting electropop/dubstep fusion from Malilone, straight outta Paris. This 12″ is arguably the finest release in Argon’s catalogue to date, building on the diverse style of fellow French producer Von D with a winning blend of sublime feminine pressure and bold production values. We’re most surprised at just how effective ‘Gina80’ works, finding a calculated niche between Magnetic Man-ish dubstep pop and something far more classic by making reference…

D.O.K.
Golden Axe EP
Hardrive
12″ // £4.99

Cheekily effective Grime riddim from Terror Danjah’s production spar, D.O.K, also featuring Sir Spyro. While the purple synth vibes of ‘Golden Axe’ and ‘Slip Stream’ have already appeared as a digital release, the ’90s pop-hit sampling ‘Missing Step’ is exclusive to this 12″, lifting a liberally emotive hook from a very well know track and shackling it onto a bruising hardcore/grime twyster with some help from Sir Spyro of the…

DJ NAUGHTY
Goosebumps (Gemmy Mix)
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £6.49

Bumpy electro-house/Funky fusions from DJ Naughty backed with remixes from Gemmy and Jamie George. The original has a loose and ragged feel fit for the floor, which Jamie George rearranges with heavier kicks for a ‘Goosebumps At Night’ mix. Gemmy goes straight to the dubstep rave with his mix, skweezin’ out fluoro melody and brittle 808s.

PINCH
The Boxer (Darqwan Mix)
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.99

Pinch lets the chain off on another killer for Tectonic, backed with a lethal Darqwan remix. ‘The Boxer’ squarely contrasts with his recent ‘Jellybean’ track alongside Pavel Ambiont, steering back to the concrete principles of dubstep with overwhelming bass and a commanding percussive reduction delivered with a voodoo intensity. Master craftsman, Darqwan, meanwhile ups the ante on the flip, augmenting the bass with cone slashing serrations twystin’ the riddim with…

501
Short Circuit
SPECIAL BRANCH
12″ // £5.99

Black Acre’s Special Branch launch a new mission from 501. ‘Short Circuit’ finds its flex somewhere between jazzed Broken Beat and dubstep with a blend of live double bass, purple synths and unstable drums collapsing on the halfstep. ‘Everything In It’s Place’ follows with a techy breakstep roll out, updating original ’93 styles with crafty 2010 dynamics. For fans of Toasty and Elemental.

BENGA / YOUNGMAN
Ho / One & Only (Upfront White Labels)
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
12″ // £5.99

**Upfront White Label copies** Chunky dubstep pop and fierce soca variants from Benga, with vocal assistance from MC/singer, Youngman. ‘Ho’ sends the big room dubstep vibes in a similar vein to his Magnetic Man single with infectious lead and super-polished halfstep dynamics. The bittersweet ‘One & Only’ is far more rugged and a fresh direction for Benga, running out a galloping Soca rhythm topped with sugary vocals from Youngman to…

DROP THE LIME
Fabriclive 53
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Drop The Lime squares the peaking, fidgety, warping rave-house sound of 2010 with a 26-track mix for Fabriclive. He largely draws from a family of labels including his own Trouble & Bass, and London’s Night Slugs, Grizzly and Discobelle, corralling cuts from Zombie For Money, AC Slater, Egyptrixx, L-Vis, and Little Jinder, sequenced with classic acid from Maurice and Adonis, plus party wild cards from Bill Haley andhis Comets, and…

GOLI & ASHBURNER
Field Of Vibrations
Clandestine Cultivations
12″ // £5.99

Dread halfstep from Goli + Ashburner, presenting their collaborative debut ‘pon Clandestine Cultivations. Together they launch ‘Field Of Vibrations’, a sparse lugubrious lurch of snarling synths and slow paced drums, while Goli goes alone on the flip with two darkened dubstep standards.

SIMON/OFF
Forever
IMMERSE
12″ // £6.49

Jazz and Latin spiked dubstep experiments from Austrian producer, Simon/Off. He’s previously released on Haunted Audio and Surface Tension before dropping the propulsive A-side ‘Forever’ with warm jazz chords and a forward 4/4 momentum. On the flip ‘No Pills’ goes on a Latin-inspired broken house jaunt and ‘On Arrête Tout’ rounds out a breaks-inspired dubstep groove. For fans of Hessle Audio, 4 Hero and the Mindset crew.

SKREAM
Listenin’ To All The Records On My Wall / Give You Everything
Tempa
12″ // £4.99

Certified Dubstep anthem from Skream. ‘Listenin’ To The Records On My Wall’ signifies the evolution and maturation of Dubstep into a recognised pop format, with the scene leader honing his influences from hardcore jungle and UK Bass into 3+ minutes of hands-in-the-air rave with a melancholy edge. Imagine the vibes of Zomby’s ‘Where Were You In ’92’ augmented for MTV and you’re almost there. On the flip ‘Give You Everything’…

THE RAAH PROJECT / CESSA
Trick of the Light (Cessa Mixes)
SUMMER DAWN
12″ // £6.99

The Raah project are essentially Australia’s answer to The Cinematic Orchestra, mixed with a bit of Fat Freddy’s Drop. They hand ‘Trick Of The Light’ from their ’09 album ‘Score’ to Cessa for two unique halfstep house remixes. Cessa re-organises the violins, keys and electronics into one moody ‘Trick Of The Midnight’ mix, and another more rugged rhythm on a curiously swung style. White label copies.
ELECTRONIC
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ANDREW HARGREAVES
Defragment (Special 2CD Edition)
LACIES
2CD // £11.99

*STRICTLY LIMITED DOUBLE-DISC EDITION FEATURING 12 BONUS TRACKS IN HANDMADE PACKAGING – 125 COPIES ONLY* Best known as one half of The Boats, Andrew Hargreaves has also been spotted plying his trade under pseudonyms such as Beppu and Tape Loop Orchestra, though here he steps out from behind his alternate guises and releases a new solo album under his own name.  Back in July, Hargreaves released Fragments, a ludicrously limited…

RAIME
Raime EP
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.49

Massively tipped debut from this new artist and label; Raime, and Blackest Ever Black Recordings. The UK based duo have forged one of the finest contributions to the darkened post-dubstep canon we’ve yet heard, distilling the essence of Shackleton’s most maudlin moments with labyrinthine reverbs and salt-cured percussion over three tracks allegedly built from arcane industrial and post-punk samples. This 12″ is already causing much consternation in the blogosphere; with…

KONX-OM-PAX
Optimo Tracks
Display Copy
CD // £6.99

Acclaimed visual artist Konx-Om-Pax presents an absolutely amazing first release from his Display Copy label, including a No Fun Acid remix by Carlos Giffoni. Konx-Om-Pax is one of those enviably hyper-active characters, equally adept at creating dazzling artwork for sleeves like Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Rifts’ comp and a number of Rustie releases, as well as art direction for videos from Jamie Lidell and Hudson Mohawke, collaborations with Mogwai and even…

CLOUDLAND CANYON
Fin Eaves
Holy Mountain
CD // £13.99

Kip and Kelly Ulhorn’s mystic, kosmische-inspired Cloudland Canyon project returns for a third long-player, this time taking emphasis away from the krautrock-isms explored on prior works and creating a kind of psych-drone friendly strain of dream-pop. This new approach takes Cloudland Canyon to a whole other level. From the get-go you can hear something special brewing: ‘No One Else Around’ serves up a wall-of-noise production that could be a collaboration…

GANG GANG DANCE
Kamakura
LATITUDES
CD // £8.49

Excellent 15 minute session recorded by Brooklyn’s Gang Gang Dance in August 2007, prior to their ‘St. Dymphna’ opus for Warp. At this point in their sound we find the group in transition between the cut-up forms of their earlier releases and the magpied beat structures of their current style. Essentially they treat rhythms from B-More to Grime, Dubstep and techno as modern folk forms to be weaved with their…

LA STATION RADAR / VARIOUS
La Station Radar
La Station Radar
CD // £8.99

*Killer label comp featuring 20+ tracks from a ruck of buzz artists bridging the gap between Kosmische, lo-fi and Hypnagogic pop – highly recommended!* La Station Radar is one of the most intriguing French labels we’ve discovered this year. Impressive releases from Smegma and Jean Wilder caught our attention recently and now there’s this epic 25-track compilation to chew on, featuring exclusive tracks from the likes of Norse Horse, Blessure…

CHRONOMAD
Sayeh
Alien Transistor
CD // £6.99

Saam Schlaminger’s Chronomad is a rarified project incorporating modes of Mid-Eastern and Western music situated somewhere between Muslimgauze, Shackleton and Demdike Stare. His two previous releases for The Notwist’s Alien Transistor label have long been favourites in the office, offering a lighter adjunct to the politcally charged work of Muslimgauze. These are finely detailed and beautifully crafted pieces, blurring the distinctions between collage and composition to create vividly fragrant and…

CHRONOMAD
Sayeh
Alien Transistor
LP // £7.99

Saam Schlaminger’s Chronomad is a rarified project incorporating modes of Mid-Eastern and Western music situated somewhere between Muslimgauze, Shackleton and Demdike Stare. His two previous releases for The Notwist’s Alien Transistor label have long been favourites in the office, offering a lighter adjunct to the politcally charged work of Muslimgauze. These are finely detailed and beautifully crafted pieces, blurring the distinctions between collage and composition to create vividly fragrant and…

ARP
The Soft Wave
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £9.99

Gorgeous sophomore solo album of contemporary kosmische from Arp aka Alexis Georgopoulos of The Alps and Expanding Head band fame. His previous helpings of heavenly transmissions on ‘In Light’ and in conjunction with Anthony Moore have gained cult status, loved by everyone from Uncut to Pitchfork for their melding of sunset emotions and pastoral bliss conducted with an exquisitely charming elegance. Amidst the reams of Kosmische operators around today, ‘The…

GANG GANG DANCE
Kamakura
LATITUDES
12″ // £10.99

Limited, one-sided pressing of a 15 minute session recorded by Brooklyn’s Gang Gang Dance in August 2007, prior to their ‘St. Dymphna’ opus for Warp. At this point in their sound we find the group in transition between the cut-up forms of their earlier releases and the magpied beat structures of their current style. Essentially they treat rhythms from B-More to Grime, Dubstep and techno as modern folk forms to…
EXTREME / NOISE
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HECKER
Neu
Galerie Neu
CD // £14.99

Three years after it was initially due for release, Berlin’s Galerie Neu deliver four tracks from revered sound artist, Florian Hecker. The planned original release was designed by Peter Saville and housed on a laser cut block of open porous foam in a transparent, smoke grey acrylic cover, but unfortunately they scrapped that idea and presented it in a jewel case with a teasing 6-page leporello instead. Ah well. We’re…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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STEPHEN COHEN
This Is A Test / Let’s All Root For The Home Team
Ethbo
7″ // £5.99

In the wake of that brilliant Mike Cooper reissue, the Ethbo label pluck another gem from seemingly out of nowhere, courtesy of The Tree People’s Stephen Cohen. Both tracks feature Cohen’s mellow acoustic guitar accompanied with his gently burred vocals. The deceptively tentative ‘This Is Just A Test’ features multi-tracked acoustic strings layered into spidery rhythms, joined by xylophone and assorted twinkly percussion growing into a confident mix of East…

SERAFINA
Bloody Hell
STOLEN
CD // £6.99

A beautiful, stripped down new five-song mini album from Serafina Steer, revealing this singer-songwriters talents as a harpist and vocalist. Although the presentation of these pieces means she’s bound to score countless comparisons to Joanna Newsom, Steer is an entirely different kind of artist, presenting her music in a far more matter-of-fact, occasionally almost stream-of-consciousness-like fashion that’s very upfront and direct. The instrumentation proves especially beautiful right across Bloody Hell,…

ALAN LOMAX / VARIOUS
I’ll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey”, Mississippi Records present a crucial reissue of ‘I’ll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down’ housed in heavyweight card with tip-on sleeve, including an extensive booklet and exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk…

ALAN LOMAX / VARIOUS
I’ll Meet You On That Other Shore
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey”, Mississippi Records present a crucial reissue of ‘I’ll Meet You On That Other Shore’ housed in heavyweight card with tip-on sleeve, including an extensive booklet and exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk revival he…

ALAN LOMAX / VARIOUS
I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey”, Mississippi Records present a crucial reissue of ‘I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die’ housed in heavyweight card with tip-on sleeve, including an extensive booklet and exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk revival he…

ALAN LOMAX / VARIOUS
Wave The Ocean, Wave The Sea
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey”, Mississippi Records present a crucial reissue of ‘Wave The Ocean, Wave The Sea’ housed in heavyweight card with tip-on sleeve, including an extensive booklet and exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk revival he had…

ALAN LOMAX / VARIOUS
Worried Now, Won’t Be Worried Long
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey”, Mississippi Records present a crucial reissue of ‘Worried Now, Won’t Be Worried Long’ housed in heavyweight card with tip-on sleeve, including an extensive booklet and exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk revival he had…

ÓLöF ARNALDS
Innundir Skinni
One Little Indian
CD // £9.99

A follow-up to the widely acclaimed debut (Við og Við) by this Icelandic singer-songwriter, Innundir Skinni is another fine selection of fragile folk tunes, this time supplemented by English language entries, and perhaps most notably, a duet with Björk. Glancing over the album credits, there are further ties to some of Iceland’s biggest musical exports: Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros produces the album (having also worked on her first LP)…

SILJE NES
Opticks
Fat Cat
CD // £8.99

Norwegian songwriter Silje Nes serves up a second full-length for Fat Cat, and with this new offering you can certainly hear a more mature artist to the one that released 2007’s Ames Room. ‘Symmetry Of Empty Space’ finds loose fitting electric guitars joining up with half-formed beats in a beguilingly slipshod fashion as various small percussive devices and bowed string textures float in and out of the mix. Over this…

SISKIYOU
Siskiyou
Constellation
CD // £13.99

Siskiyou is a project with roots in the Great Lake Swimmers. The group leader, Colin Huebert is a former member of GLS, while his collaborator, Erik Arnesen is still a member. Apparently, Huebert left Great Lake Swimmers only to work on an organic farm before eventually settling in Vancouver, Canada. These songs came about from impromptu recordings made at Huebert’s new home, setting down new songs in a sketchbook-like fashion,…

SISKIYOU
Siskiyou
Constellation
LP // £18.99

Siskiyou is a project with roots in the Great Lake Swimmers. The group leader, Colin Huebert is a former member of GLS, while his collaborator, Erik Arnesen is still a member. Apparently, Huebert left Great Lake Swimmers only to work on an organic farm before eventually settling in Vancouver, Canada. These songs came about from impromptu recordings made at Huebert’s new home, setting down new songs in a sketchbook-like fashion,…

ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
You Won’t Let Me Down Again
V2 / Coop
7″ // £4.99

In fine desert-rocking style, ‘You Won’t Let Me Down Again’ finds Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan’s ongoing collaboration at the summit of its powers, taking on a gutsy, bluesy tone that brims with Americana authenticity. Hard to believe then that this was penned by a woman from Glasgow. Smashing Pumpkin James Iha joins the fray on guitar. The B-side takes the form of an extended cut of album title-track ‘Hawk’….

THE SECRET SISTERS
Big River
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.49

Having not too long since released a single by female duo Smoke Fairies, Jack White’s Third Man Records now presents a 7″ by another all-girl twosome, The Secret Sisters, who tackle covers of Johnny Cash and Carter Family songs (‘Big River’ and ‘Wabash Cannonball’, respectively) with a little help from Jack and the rest of the Third Man in-house band. In severe danger of stealing the limelight entirely, White is…
HIP HOP
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ROOTS MANUVA VS WRONGTOM
Duppy Writer
Big Dada
2LP // £10.99

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…

DELS
Shapeshift (Kwes / Ghostape Mixes)
Big Dada
12″ // £5.99

**Limited edition whitelabel featuring customised, individual sleeve and hand-written catalogue number on a white label! Wooo!** The Joe Goddard-ov-Hot-Chip-produced ‘Shapeshift’ receives a makeover from Kwes, Eli-T and Ghostape. Kwes enters the scene with a curious fusion of B-Boy breaks and acoustically aware gamelan interjections while Eli-T gives a warped and muted hiphop strider and Ghostape largely eschew the vocal to work on a kinda post-Diwali riddim construction with a tempered…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH
A Colour For Autumn (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Digitalis / Sweat Lodge Guru
LP // £12.99

**Now available on strictly limited vinyl – 300 copies for the world in a silkscreened sleeve** A Colour For Autumn follows on from English’s previous seasonally themed album, 2007’s For Varying Degrees Of Winter, interpreting the ‘feel’ of the natural cycle into a series of abstract microsound compositions. ‘Droplet’ instantly takes on a choral feel, and we can hear a falsetto male voice instantly dissolving into a swirling sea of…

MINAMO & LAWRENCE ENGLISH
A Path Less Travelled
ROOM 40
CD // £8.99

Produced over the course of two years, A Path Less Travelled unites Japanese improvising microsound quartet Minamo with Room40 boss, Lawrence English. Field recordings, processed sounds and, of course, Minamo’s initial instrumental sketches all come together in a gentle harmonic fusion that’s at once layered and detailed yet eminently peaceful. You’d assume that countless hours of post-production have gone into the making of this record, yet early standout ‘Headlights’ still…

HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR
Mount A
Touch
CD // £11.99

The album that preceded last year’s outstanding Without Sinking album, Mount A was originally billed under the Lost In Hildurness moniker and now gets a remastered reissue under Hildur Gudnadottir’s real name. Despite the often expansive sound, all instruments are played by Hildur herself, including cello, viola, piano, vibraphone, zither and gamelan. Acting as a one-woman orchestra, this talented Icelandic musician and composer manages to craft something that’s at once…

MURRALIN LANE
Our House Is On The Wall
12K
CD // £7.99

Our House Is On The Wall is the debut release from Swedes Murralin Lane, a duo formed by David Wenngren and Yiva Wiklund. While regular followers of Wenngren’s main project, Library Tapes, will no doubt be expecting some of his signature piano work, Our House Is On The Wall makes a clean break from that sound, instead framing Wiklund’s vocal pieces within crumbling lo-fi tracts fashioned from distorted tones and…

THE GREEN KINGDOM
Prismatic + Remixes
Home Assembly Music
2CD // £10.49

This latest edition from the Home Assembly camp is a double-disc affair, packaging the new album by The Green Kingdom (aka Michigan’s Michael Cottone) with a bonus remix CD, featuring contributions from the likes of The Boats, The Declining Winter, Part-Timer, Northerner, Inch-Time and Bvdub. Mastered by Taylor Deupree, Prismatic invites plenty more comparisons with the 12k label’s discerning microsound agenda, presenting whirled electroacoustics and quiet, melodious drones across forty-five…

SEAWORTHY & MATT ROSNER
Two Lakes
12K
CD // £7.99

A brilliant new collaboration from two of Australia’s leading electroacoustic practitioners, Two Lakes finds Seaworthy’s Cameron Webb joining forces with Matt Rösner for an album based upon the sounds of the coastal ecosystems of Lakes Meroo and Termeil in New South Wales. The duo set about collecting detailed location recordings of the various lakeside habitats and environments, capturing sound from forest regions, streams and beaches at different times of day….

ERIC CHENAUX
Warm Weather With Ryan Driver
Constellation
LP // £18.99

A wonderful new collection of modern post-folk songs from Toronto songwriter, Eric Chenaux, Warm Weather With Ryan Driver is collaboration with the keyboard instrumentalist of the title. These two clearly gel brilliantly on these songs, conspiring to create some highly original and always very emotive takes on balladry. Of Chenaux’s three Constellation full-lengths to date, Warm Weather is surely his most fully formed and accomplished, with the sublime ‘Since We’re…

ERIC CHENAUX
Warm Weather With Ryan Driver
Constellation
CD // £13.99

A wonderful new collection of modern post-folk songs from Toronto songwriter, Eric Chenaux, Warm Weather With Ryan Driver is collaboration with the keyboard instrumentalist of the title. These two clearly gel brilliantly on these songs, conspiring to create some highly original and always very emotive takes on balladry. Of Chenaux’s three Constellation full-lengths to date, Warm Weather is surely his most fully formed and accomplished, with the sublime ‘Since We’re…

EPIC45
Daylight Ghosts / Any Second Now (voices)
Make Mine Music
7″ // £4.99

A brand new (and fairly hefty) 7″ vinyl release from the Make Mine Music mainstays, headed by a fairly radical electronic overhaul of ‘Daylight Ghosts’ from the band’s In All The Empty Houses album. Epic 45 do a fine job of filling the gap left by Hood, layering banks of crisp, shuddering electronics on top of their homespun and rustic brand of jangle-some post-rock. Flip over and you’ll find a…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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GRINDERMAN (NICK CAVE)
Grinderman 2
Mute
LP+CD // £14.99

*180g VINYL EDITION WITH 12″ 16-PAGE BOOKLET, POSTER AND CD COPY OF THE ALBUM* Returning for a second chomp of the cherry, Nick Cave’s Grinderman project is back with a new album that elevates the band’s caddish dirty old man schtick to the next level. Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds really hit their stride on this sophomore airing of the grimy side-project, expanding the range and repertoire of its…

GRINDERMAN (NICK CAVE)
Grinderman 2
Mute
CD // £10.99

Returning for a second chomp of the cherry, Nick Cave’s Grinderman project is back with a new album that elevates the band’s caddish dirty old man schtick to the next level. Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds really hit their stride on this sophomore airing of the grimy side-project, expanding the range and repertoire of its swamp-rock sleaze… but not too much. Musically, Grinderman 2 certainly features a broadened agenda…

GRINDERMAN (NICK CAVE)
Grinderman 2 (Deluxe Edition)
Mute
CD // £13.99

*DELUXE PACKAGE INCLUDES 60-PAGE BOOKLET AND POSTER* Returning for a second chomp of the cherry, Nick Cave’s Grinderman project is back with a new album that elevates the band’s caddish dirty old man schtick to the next level. Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds really hit their stride on this sophomore airing of the grimy side-project, expanding the range and repertoire of its swamp-rock sleaze… but not too much. Musically,…

SEELAND
How To Live
LOAF
CD // £9.99

The second album from Seeland finds the band (started by Broadcast’s Timothy Felton and Plone’s Neil McAuley) in fine voice, taking their particular brand of “Retro Futurist” pop to the next level. Although introductory number ‘Black Dot, White Spider’ sounds fairly familiar for its analogue, motorik aesthetic, Seeland quickly prove to be far more qualified than most to be working within the now highly fashionable krautrock idiom, and besides which,…

ROBERT SCOTT
It’s Too Early / The Moon Upstairs
A Number Of Small Things
7″ // £6.99

Morr Music’s assistance in the revival of seminal New Zealand band The Clean continues with this new single release from one of that band’s founding members. ‘It’s Too Early’ launches into a lightly fuzzed, shoegazing rock groove that gets a little more abstract as time goes on, attracting granulated vocal debris in its closing moments, while ‘The Moon Upstairs’ feels more polished and especially airy and light thanks to some…

SLEEPY SUN
Marina
ATP
10″ // £5.99

Another strong airing from blues rockers Sleepy Sun, ‘Marina’ was the opening song from their album Fever, released earlier on in the year. Once again you’ll no doubt find yourself struck by the silky execution of this band’s boy-girl harmonies, but the inventive percussive work and lightly psychedelic synth treatments take this track beyond the usual stoner-centric constraints of the band’s genre. B-side ‘Horses’ puts in a memorable shift too,…

BLONDE REDHEAD
Penny Sparkle
4AD
CD // £9.99

Penny Sparkle is the third Blonde Redhead album to be released by 4AD, following on from Misery Is A Butterfly and 23. The veteran New York trio sound quite fantastic here too, launching straight into recent single ‘Here Sometimes’, whose appeal seems to heighten with every listen. Immediately the band establish a more iced-over electronic sound – something that accommodates Kazu Mazino’s voice beautifully and helps inform a kind of…

BLONDE REDHEAD
Penny Sparkle
4AD
LP // £13.99

Penny Sparkle is the third Blonde Redhead album to be released by 4AD, following on from Misery Is A Butterfly and 23. The veteran New York trio sound quite fantastic here too, launching straight into recent single ‘Here Sometimes’, whose appeal seems to heighten with every listen. Immediately the band establish a more iced-over electronic sound – something that accommodates Kazu Mazino’s voice beautifully and helps inform a kind of…

BLONDE REDHEAD
Penny Sparkle (SPECIAL EDITION BOX)
4AD
CD // £14.99

*LIMITED BOXED EDITION* Penny Sparkle is the third Blonde Redhead album to be released by 4AD, following on from Misery Is A Butterfly and 23. The veteran New York trio sound quite fantastic here too, launching straight into recent single ‘Here Sometimes’, whose appeal seems to heighten with every listen. Immediately the band establish a more iced-over electronic sound – something that accommodates Kazu Mazino’s voice beautifully and helps inform…

EL GUINCHO
Pop Negro
Young Turks
CD // £9.99

Gloriously sunny debut album of space age tropicalia from El Guincho! With his series of beaming releases on Young Turks, El Guincho aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa has put a smile on the mug of almost anyone who has encountered his music. Maybe it’s because he lives in the sun drenched idyl of Barcelona, or maybe he’s just a genuinely nice and talented guy, but it’s still hard to make music this…

SUMMER CAMP
Round The Moon
Moshi Moshi Records
7″ // £4.99

No sooner have this duo released their excellent EP (titled Young), than they’re releasing a single from it – the uplifting, lo-fi ’80s-styled number ‘Round The Moon’ with its “danced all night” feel-good, bleary eyed choruses. B-side ‘It’s Summer’ keeps the same sort of vibe up and running with its chiming twee-wave tones and blissfully harmonised vocals.

ANCIENT CRUX / NORSE HORSE
Split
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

Another excellent 7″ from La Station Radar, this new release pairs Californian acts Ancient Crux and Norse Horse for some fine homemade pop fun. While Ancient Crux traverse Pixies-esque alt. rock terrain on ‘Benevolent Void’ (one of their two contributions to this release) Norse Horse prove to be a far stranger prospect, slinking their way through the clippety-clop Western melancholy of ‘Meat Whale’ and then delving into the tropical exotica…

JON WAYNE
Texas Funeral
THIRD MAN
LP // £15.99

As probably suggested by the Sex Pistols-lampooning sleeve art, Jon Wayne’s Texas Funeral is far from a straight-laced country & western album. Originally released in 1985, Jack White’s Third Man imprint now delivers a welcome vinyl-only re-issue. Regarded as a formative and influential touchstone in the fields of cow-punk and alt. country, Texas Funeral sounds like a fusion of Captain Beefheart and the scuzziest and most inebriated sounding garage rock…

MONTE CAZAZZA
The Cynic
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £9.99

Monte Cazazza is the dark godfather of Industrial music. A notorious performance artist from San Francisco, Monte’s credibility is such that he even coined the term Industrial music from his “Industrial Music For Industrial People” quote, which Throbbing Gristle would later appropriate for their legendary label. Since the late 70’s he’s worked as a producer and engineer for TG and Psychic TV among others, besides very occasional releases of his…

BLACK MOUNTAIN
Wilderness Heart
Jagjaguwar
CD // £9.99

Wilderness Heart found Canadian alternative folk/metal behemoths Black Mountain enlisting the services of producers for the very first time. D. Sardy and Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, etc) both helped the band complete their fastest recording turnaround to date, getting the album down and finished in its entirety over a four month period. The band are almost certainly at their very best here, no doubt benefitting from being alleviated of some…

BLACK MOUNTAIN
Wilderness Heart
Jagjaguwar
LP // £11.99

Wilderness Heart found Canadian alternative folk/metal behemoths Black Mountain enlisting the services of producers for the very first time. D. Sardy and Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, etc) both helped the band complete their fastest recording turnaround to date, getting the album down and finished in its entirety over a four month period. The band are almost certainly at their very best here, no doubt benefitting from being alleviated of some…

INTERPOL
Interpol
Soft Limit
CD // £11.99

Now lodged somewhere towards the upper echelons of American indie rock aristocracy, Interpol deliver their fourth album, their last with bassist Carlos Dengler. Usually when a band releases an eponymous album that isn’t their debut offering it denotes some sort of landmark or creative milestone for them, and if that’s to be the case here, on first listen it seems that Interpol (The Album) is less a radical makeover and…

INTERPOL
Interpol
Soft Limit
LP // £18.99

Now lodged somewhere towards the upper echelons of American indie rock aristocracy, Interpol deliver their fourth album, their last with bassist Carlos Dengler. Usually when a band releases an eponymous album that isn’t their debut offering it denotes some sort of landmark or creative milestone for them, and if that’s to be the case here, on first listen it seems that Interpol (The Album) is less a radical makeover and…

LES SAVY FAV
Root For Ruin
Wichita
CD // £9.99

Three years on from their previous album, Let’s Stay Friends, Les Savy Fav return with a blistering and lean new record in Root For Ruin. Leading with ‘Appetites’ the band reassert their position as one of the most vital punk-influenced indie rock bands on the circuit. Since their earliest output in the late-nineties, this has been a band whose angular and wonderfully disjointed guitar assault has cast quite an influence…

OF MONTREAL
False Priest
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
2LP // £15.99

For this tenth album Kevin Barnes’ sprawling pop vehicle, Of Montreal, seems to have finally gone legitimate, ditching the manic MIDI orchestration of old in favour of a proper, recording studio setting. In fact, sonically, this could hardly have been a bigger step up. The production and overall level of detail behind False Priest’s construction is absolutely staggering, something that’s at least partly attributable to the work of super-producer Jon…

OF MONTREAL
False Priest
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
CD // £8.99

For this tenth album Kevin Barnes’ sprawling pop vehicle, Of Montreal, seems to have finally gone legitimate, ditching the manic MIDI orchestration of old in favour of a proper, recording studio setting. In fact, sonically, this could hardly have been a bigger step up. The production and overall level of detail behind False Priest’s construction is absolutely staggering, something that’s at least partly attributable to the work of super-producer Jon…

WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY
Jojo Burger Tempest
Melodic
2CD // £10.99

Manchester’s Working For A Nuclear Free City return with an immense double-disc sophomore album, following up on the massive Stateside success of their 2007 debut, Businessmen & Ghosts. The band are a comparatively low profile entity at home, but in the wake of the American release of that first album they found themselves nominated for the Shortlist Prize alongside Wilco, Feist, M.I.A. and Arcade Fire, with more recent appearances including…
JAZZ / RELATED
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DECOY & JOE MCPHEE
OTO
BO’ WEAVIL RECORDINGS
CD // £9.99

Having made two sets of recordings as a trio, Bo Weavil improv group Decoy combined forces with jazz legend Joe McPhee. Decoy already features the incendiary organist Alexander Hawkins, drummer Steve Noble and double-bassist John Edwards, but McPhee certainly adds an extra dimension to this already very potent three-headed unit. The sax legend is given free rein across the extended experimental landscape of ‘Opening Night’ (a forty minute set), while…

FEINDREHSTAR
Vulgarian Knights
Musik Krause
CD // £12.99

German jazz house unit Feindrehstar unload a full album for Musik Krause. Previous treats from their ‘Knochenbrechers Ball’ 12″ are included, alongside a wide range of grooves cleverly blurring the distinctions between synthetic and organic, new and old. The electronic element adds the sort of dancefloor weight you need from a Musik Krause record while their skilled ensemble, consisting of brass, keys, drummers and guitars play with a consummate agility…

FEINDREHSTAR
Vulgarian Knights
Musik Krause
2LP // £12.49

German jazz house unit Feindrehstar unload a full album for Musik Krause. Previous treats from their ‘Knochenbrechers Ball’ 12″ are included, alongside a wide range of grooves cleverly blurring the distinctions between synthetic and organic, new and old. The electronic element adds the sort of dancefloor weight you need from a Musik Krause record while their skilled ensemble, consisting of brass, keys, drummers and guitars play with a consummate agility…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SKEPTICAL
Cold One / Fallen Angel
Ingredients Records
12″ // £5.99

Techy, halfstep D’n’B from Skeptical and Manchester’s Dub Phizix. On the A-side ‘Cold One’ coolly runs out clean and precise steppers functions, but the undoubted highlight has to be the collab on the flip, coming off like Ed Rush’s ‘Alien Girl’ trapped in a halfstep airlock, full of drag suspense and a heavyweight subbass. Recommended.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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RADIO SLAVE
I Don’t Need A Cure For This(Kenny Larkin Mix) / N.I.N.A. (Dj Sneak Mix)
REKIDS
12″ // £5.99

Refined, big room rolling remixes of Radio Slave from Kenny Larkin and DJ Sneak. Revising ‘I Don’t Need A Cure For This’, Kenny Larkin keeps the mood simmering and straight forward while DJ Sneak flicks the tribal vibes of ‘N.I.N.A’ with his kinky Chicago flow.

SUPERPITCHER
Kilimanjaro
Kompakt
3LP // £13.49

Back in 2004 Aksel Schauffler released ‘Here Comes Love’, one of the most acclaimed records in Kompakt’s venerated catalogue. Since then Superpitcher has collaborated with his label boss, Michael Mayer, on the SuperMayer LP, before working on this, his superb sophomore album. ‘Kilimanjaro’ is a lush dancefloor/head space including 10 brand new productions in his wonderfully intimate and loved-up style, defining the label’s pop-house aesthetic in a similar vein to…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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BROADCAST & THE FOCUS GROUP
Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

The most anticipated and collectable of all the Study Series 7″s comes from Broadcast and Julian House’s The Focus Group. ‘Familiar Shapes and Noises’ expands on the magick explored in their acclaimed Warp release ‘Witch Cults of The Radio Age’, blending collage techniques and arcane studio processes to invoke the oddest feelings of nostalgia. The longest effort, ‘Inside Out’ weaves Trish Keenan’s ethereal murmurings into rocky drum breaks, flute and…

BELBURY POLY / MORDANT MUSIC
Study Series 03: Welcome To Godalming
Ghost Box
7″ // £5.99

Arms folded, legs crossed, we sit down to the third in Ghost Box’s highly collectable Study series. This chapter invites an amazing guest contribution from Mordant Music to accompany Mr Jupp in two assignments looking at the small Surrey town of Godalming. The location obviously holds some nostaligic weight for the pair, resulting in two deeply personal compositions. Belbury Poly’s ‘Swingalong’ strangely combines an ever-so-slightly sleazy funk lick with sitar…

BELBURY POLY
Farmer’s Angle (Revised edition)
Ghost Box
10″ // £8.99

The highly sought after ‘Farmers Angle’ 3″CD was the debut recording from Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp and also the label’s very first release. Six years down the line and it receives a timely reissue, presented in a revised and expanded edition with three bonus tracks including one with The Advisory Circle. Looking to the classic TV themes and library music of his youth, creator Jim Jupp set the template…

BELBURY POLY
Farmer’s Angle (Revised edition)
Ghost Box
CD // £6.99

The highly sought after ‘Farmers Angle’ 3″CD was the debut recording from Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp and also the label’s very first release. Six years down the line and it receives a timely reissue, presented in a revised and expanded edition with three bonus tracks including one with The Advisory Circle. Looking to the classic TV themes and library music of his youth, creator Jim Jupp set the template…

PIERRE RAPH
Jeunes Filles Impudiques
FINDERS KEEPERS
7″ // £4.99

Finders Keepers don their flasher macs and visit the soundtrack to French skin flick ‘Jeune Filles Impudiques’ aka Schoolgirl Hitchhikers. The film itself is apparently quite so-so, but these tracks depict a vibrant No-No generation in the wake of the 1968 Paris uprising. For the break hunters there’s a pair of real killer drum workouts, especially the feverish ‘Gilda & Gunshots’, but the sleazy, second-class jazz miniatures and library theme…

FINDERS KEEPERS / VARIOUS
Twisted Words Volume 1
FINDERS KEEPERS
7″ // £4.99

“A sonic oeuf a decade in the hatching. Initially announced in the music press in 1999, Twisted Nerve Records finally release their spoken word library on a sporadic series of 45rpm vinyl discs manufactured in strictly limited numbers. Influenced in design by a varied cross section of vintage vinyl discs of high-art, political propaganda, stroybook records, folkways field recordings and exploito-trash, Twisted Words Archival Transcritpions comprise exclusive oral contributions from…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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TEENGIRL FANTASY
7am
MEROK
CD // £8.99

The latest outpouring of near insufferable hipness from the Merok stable comes from Ohio electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy, who line themselves up alongside the likes of Delorean and Tanlines amongst the current wave of artists to intelligently rethink dancefloor pop music for the post-Merriweather Post Pavilion generation. If there can be said to be such a thing. 7am really hits the spot with dream-vision ’80s synth routines like the scrambled…

TEENGIRL FANTASY
7am
MEROK
LP // £10.99

The latest outpouring of near insufferable hipness from the Merok stable comes from Ohio electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy, who line themselves up alongside the likes of Delorean and Tanlines amongst the current wave of artists to intelligently rethink dancefloor pop music for the post-Merriweather Post Pavilion generation. If there can be said to be such a thing. 7am really hits the spot with dream-vision ’80s synth routines like the scrambled…

MIKI
Fantomas Break
Cache Cache
12″ // £7.49

**Translucent Red Vinyl** Finders Keepers introduce their new Cache Cache sister label with a mindblowing Hungarian Electro version of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Rockit’ from 1984 pressed up on transparent red vinyl. Honestly, this one takes the biscuit, adding bizarre Transilvanian vocals and oodles of atmosphere to the scratches and machine rhythms of the original, proving that the pervasive futurist influence of this pivotal cut really had some impact behind the iron…

THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
Pigeons (Walls / Blawan Mixes)
Warp
12″ // £3.99

Warp’s most promising synthpop duo present the Richard X-produced ‘Pigeons’, backed with a killer remix from the mysterious Blawan and Kompakt’s new darlings, Walls. It’s a teaser single for their forthcoming and much anticipated debut album, marrying melancholy vocals almost worthy of Trish Keenan with a ‘floor-ready nu-wave pop pulse. Blawan follows, making his first appearance since that outstanding Hessle 12″ to lay a broken post-dubstep roller with hints of…

RUSTY EGAN PRESENTS SHOCK
R.e.r.b.
BLITZ CLUB
12″ // £5.99

Remarkable archival release from notorious New Romantic lynchpin, Rusty Egan! Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s, Rusty almost single-handedly defined the New Romantic/Synthpop movement with his DJ sets at The Blitz Club, where he would play Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Ultravox to a cabal of “Blitz Kids” including Boy George and club owner Steve Strange, irrevocably altering the course of British pop music forever. He was also producer for…

TERROR BIRD
Shadows In The Halls
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

A four-song EP from Canadian synth-wave maven, Nikki Never and occasional member Jeremiah Haywood, ‘Shadows In The Halls’ is an excellent demonstration of how good DIY electronic pop music can be, even under the most lo-fi of circumstances. The EP’s title track perfectly captures the essence of gothy ’80s pop romanticism, like a bedroom-recorded companion to Zola Jesus’ Stridulum II material. Elsewhere, the tone turns towards gloomy operatics, as heard…

MAJEURE (ZOMBI)
Timespan + Remixes
Temporary Residence
2CD // £17.99

**Double disc edition with remixes from Steve Moore, Justin K Broadrick & Black Strobe** Majeure is the new side project from A.E. Paterra, who is probably better known as half of Goblin-aping Prog-synth duo, Zombi. Splitting off on his own tangent, his ‘Timespan’ LP is a lazer etched, three-track trek to the stars using a similar rack of vintage analogue eqipment (DSI MonoEvolver, Moog Source, Korg 700, Roland Juno 60,…

DRUMS OF DEATH
Generation Hexed
Greco-Roman
CD // £8.99

Colin Bailey’s Drums Of Death project returns to the Hot Chip-related Greco Roman label for an album on which Bailey promises “rave horns and love songs, ranging from blistering acid house to instrumental space hop to piano power ballads and everything in between”. More generally conceived as a pop album made in Bailey’s own idiosyncratic terms, Generation Hexed is a flamboyant and broad collection that offers classic acid house party…

MAJOR LAZER
Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do (Special Bonus Edition)
MAD DECENT
CD // £8.99

*Special Edition – includes the Lazers Never Die EP!* You can’t really predict Mad Decent’s movements nowadays, you’ve just got to sit tight and wait for the next colourful hybrid of world wide styles to pop out of Diplo’s bag. The latest project is a huge collaborative effort from Diplo & Switch plus a horde of collaborators ranging from Santigold to Mr Vegas, Turbulence to Jah Dan, T.O.K to the…

SILVER COLUMNS / CARIBOU
Always On (Caribou Mix)
Moshi Moshi Records
12″ // £4.99

Taken from their rather excellent Yes & Dance album, ‘Always On’ is the latest single from Silver Columns – the electro-popping side-project of Adem and The Pictish Trail. In addition to the original comes a remix from Caribou, whose recent spell of imperious form carries over into this superb cut, extending to an addictive nine minutes of exquisite, vintage-tinged 4/4 production that’s very much in keeping with the tone of…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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UNKNOWN / QNS
Quantity Not Sufficient 2/6
HIDDEN HAWAII / QNS
12″ // £8.49

**White Vinyl** Exceptional D’n’B minimalism outta Berlin courtesy of the clandestine Hidden Hawaii label. It’s the second single from QNS, following releases from the excellent Felix K (remember that killer on 31 Records?) and Double O. This is ultra-modern D’n’B with a very Teutonic edge, reducing the percussion to flickering, highly effective syncopations with almost subliminal yet omnipresent subs and dynamically spacious sound design. If you’re a fan of Monolake’s…

DAHA
The Black Extraterrestial
City Boy
12″ // £8.99

Vintage sounding Detroit rhythms from an original Member Of The House, Lawrence Hall aka Daha, with additional production from Delano Smith. ‘Treat Me Like A Man’ works a sophisticated funky house groove with plush strings and deep filters, a great mixing device for the smooth rollers. ‘The Journey’ meanwhile hits that just-gone-midnight vibe with swirling crimson chords and a yearning female vocal intoning the title. Nice.

THE THIRD MAN / ARNE WEINBERG / VARIOUS
The Bad Mask EP
TABERNACLE RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

Glasgow club night, Slabs Of The Tabernacle, invites four former guests, John Heckle, Arne Weinberg, The Third Man, and PassEnger for a diverse and heavy debut. Following his classically informed 12″ for ART, The Third Man goes a little darker on ‘Come Get It’, mixing potent strains of BC with a kicking Detroit inspirations to get ’em clawing the ceiling in Glasgow. Arne Weinberg provides a deep and fluid Detroit…

TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE / SLEEPARCHIVE / CHRIS LIEBING
The Remixes Pt. 2
CLR
12″ // £7.99

Second transmission from Traversable Wormhole for CLR features a grungy Sleeparchive remix and stylish rework from label head, Chris Liebing. The Sleeparchive remix retains the heavy-lidded effect and exacerbates it with mesemrizing intensity coming from subtly oppressive layers of noise while diving the bass so deep into the groove that it bottoms out into throaty spasms. It’s perhaps not the most dancefloor friendly, but it’s ‘incredibly dark in the best…