Sep 172010
 

Hello,

Brace yourselves, people, this week is just packed to the rafters with prime new music – probably the heaviest week for releases of the year so far.

Towering above the stacks of wax is the latest boutique pressing from Keith Fullerton Whitman, delivering an album so out-there and immersive it somehow manages to top his already astonishing run of releases this year. ‘Disingenuity’ features Keith at his Doepfer hybrid analogue/digital modular synth creating a maelstrom of dynamic tones shaped into a cosmically chaotic head rush, both blindingly complex and completely intuitive. One listen to the samples should alert fans to its stature, but for anyone else feeling adventurous, this is a TRIP! Oh, and it comes in some of the nicest looking vinyl packaging we’ve seen…

Another character featured regularly across these pages is Mika Vainio, returning this week with an unexpected and terrifyingly good 7″ transmission that must rank amongst his most approachable and effective in years. It features two sides of brittle, utterly devastating cold-wave workouts that make this one of the most essential 45’s you’ll buy this year – 500 copies only available.

From the fringes of the American underground come two massively disparate, yet hugely compelling LPs from Autre Ne Veut and Lil B. The former is one of the most addictive, earworming albums we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this year, toying with deeply rooted conceptions of synthpop in the slyest, most unique fashion imaginable. It’s like a lost soundtrack to a John Hughes film re-imagined in a parallel universe spinning on a slightly unhinged axis – it’s just totally top and massively recommended.

The Lil B album, meanwhile, features one of the most bizarre concepts you could possibly imagine in music today, whereby one of the most notorious characters in the U.S. hip hop underground launches 150 myspace pages, gets an obsessive and mainstream following and then proceeds to release an album on Weird Forest (yes, the same label that has given the world gems from the likes of Yellow Swans, Fennesz, Emeralds etc), which is made up of the dude flowing over ambient/drone synthworks he himself produced. Apparently the guy is really into Grouper as well – making for a completely incongruent and utterly compelling concept, and an album destined to polarise listeners and elicit extreme responses – which in itself is no mean feat. Anyway – make sure to check it,

Philip Jeck is also back with a new album this week and the man should just receive a national heritage status for his enrichment of the UKs experimental music scene. His latest album ‘An Ark For The Listener’ is another magical outing, fashioned with typically clandestine methods to summon ethereal feelings of intrigue and mystery with an arcane spirit. His records always feel like they’re from another time and place entirely, like tales spun by a learned man whose storytelling only gets better with age.

JD Twitch’s Optimo label completes a crucial and hugely commendable labour of love with the release of Chris Carter’s ‘The Spaces Between’. It features six tracks from the legendary Throbbing Gristle producer remastered from an 1980 tape release on Industrial Records, most notably featuring one of the very 1st appearances of the 808 drum machine on record. This music has never been released on vinyl before and it’s beyond essential for anyone dipping their wick in the waters of Dark Wave, Cold Wave, Electro or just plain auld classic Electronic music. Pant wettingly good stuff!

On the edit tip we’ve got a pair of pretty mental albums from VHS Head and Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting. VHS Head’s ‘Trademark Ribbons Of Gold’ is Skam’s best release in years, slicing up straight-to-video samples in a style somewhere between Games and Gescom. Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, meanwhile, isn’t just a nutty name, it’s the chopped and screwed project of Indignant Senility, taking the niche HipHop aesthetic to the nth degree for an intensely psychedelic experience.

For the poppier pickers we’d also recommend two albums from Glasser and Big Troubles. ‘Ring’ by Glasser is already touted by those in the know as the-next-big-thing, combining fronds of fresh-pop elements nodding to Bjork, Fever Ray and the XX in a beautifully natural manner. Big Troubles’ ‘Worry’ is a grubbier lo-fi affair, recalling MBV and The Jesus And Mary Chain in blistering C86 style. Again, highly recommended purchases!

Into more abstract territory and the classic ‘Afternoon Tea’ set by Oren Ambarchi, Fennesz, Pimmon, and Peter Rehberg is gifted a deluxe double vinyl repress on Weird Forest and is classic example of contemporary electronic improv which hasn’t aged a bit and should be picked up by any lovers of the Fenn O’Berg albums.
Tim Hecker also weighs in with the lovely ‘Apondalifa’, featuring 7″s of his signature swells of emotional electronics, brewed from treated guitars and effervescent synth tones, pressed up in a very limited quantity.

For the H-pop lovers, Nite Jewel’s ‘Am I Real’ is just sublime. It’s a little while since we’ve had something so substantial from Ramona Gonzales and her anachronistic disco style so these bittersweet six tracks are hugely welcome. Working with LA lynchpin Cole M.G.N, Nite Jewel have developed a more diverse sound which sits within their frame of detached pop perfection, making for another addictive, life-affirming record.

Limbering up for the floor, we got three top 12″ recommendations. Roof Light continues a killer run of form with two boogie-house joints for MoM, including one sick edit of Midnight Star’s ‘Midas Touch’! Julio Bashmore also rolls out a pair of smooth driving Funky joints on Soul Motive and special mention to Ninja Tune’s XX celebrations, dropping a killer 12″ packed with two Zomby tracks, a prime cut from The Bug and more from Two Fingers, Emika, and Daedelus.

Other highlights this week feature from Sam Prekop, Flying Lotus, Swans, Onmutu Mechanicks, Dam Funk, Squarepusher, Ikonika & Optimum, Islaja, Sutekh, Recloose, Matthew Dear, The Hundred In The Hands, Aeroplane, Rob Hood and the gargantuan Ninja Tune XX Box!!!

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Disingenuity
ELECTRONIC
PAN
LP // £18.99

Keith Fullerton Whitman has consistently blown our tiny minds this year with a stream of utterly crucial releases. Whether morphing the Arabic Oud into majestically ornate formations or commanding his self-generating hybrid analogue/digital modular setup into unimaginable arrangements, we’re witnessing the culmination of years of dedicated research and experimentation blossoming into tangible, cherishable productions in 2010. Arguably, he’s saved the best for this LP, using masses of recordings gleaned from live improv and studio sessions between 2007-08 as the raw material for these compositions, created between 2008 and spring 2010. In the seventeen minutes of ‘Disingenuity’ we’re subject to a cataclysmic display of cosmically attuned imagination, conjuring myriad configurations of textures, shapes, contours and tones with the constant ability to shock, seduce and tear us apart at will. Within the ever shifting dimensions of his arena, sounds are generated from his Doepfer Hybrid Modular Synth and made to radiate and ricochet from every surface, returning to our ears in a different shape and space each time, violently unstable and cosmically chaotic, yet hopelessly engrossing, kinda like hearing a field recording from the big bang. If that was the genesis, then ‘Disingenuousness’ is what came after, as the constellations settle into place and the excess energies disperse with reduced velocity, homogenizing into alien harmonic structures and nuclear melodies with the deft electro-acoustic rendition of pioneers like Pierre Henry, Bernard Parmegiani or Tod Dockstader, whose work he effectively continues today. If you love experiencing visceral, thrilling electronics that sounds like the music of the stars, you simply owe it to yourself to listen to this album, you will thank yourself afterwards. **Please be aware, this album is strictly limited, housed in custom printed outer-pvc with a design aesthetic worthy of the music contained within** ESSENTIAL.



PHILIP JECK
An Ark For The LIstener
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Touch
CD // £11.99

Exalted sonic alchemist and sound artist Philip Jeck presents his sixth solo album for Touch. ‘An Ark For The Listener’ is a meditation on verse 33 of “The Wreck of the Deutschland”, a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem about the drowning on December 7th 1875 of five Franciscan nuns exiled from Germany. Jeck first performed a version of the piece in February 2010, while this CD version was fashioned from extracts of live performances recorded over the last 12 months, using his usual array of Fidelity record players, Casio SK1 keyboards, Sony mini-disc recorders, and bass guitar with delay and effects pedals. The connection between the verse (included on the inlay) and the sounds within may be esoteric, but the effect is tangible in that richly evocative, and almost pious manner which courses deeply though Jeck’s body of work. Of course, the pieces are all instrumental so there’s no way of directly tying the two, but much of the suite returns to root samples of coruscating, silty strings, and cavernous widescreen drones, lending an innate sense of spirit, be it arcane or sublime. The abstracted narrative is developed from Jeck’s clandestine methods of texture manipulation, intuitively guided with a fluency that only seems to grow more graceful with age, spinning ever-engrossing tales without ever losing his enigmatic and ethereal local accent. In ‘Ark For The Listener’ his sounds evoke torment, passion, intrigue and wonder, somehow capturing elusive moments which occur with the fleeting nature of murky light reflecting from the Mersey on an overcast sky. Additional to the main suite are two “coda” pieces, remixed and previously unreleased versions from his ‘Live In Liverpool’ LP, bringing the set to a glistening, magical conclusion.



AUTRE NE VEUT
Autre Ne Veut
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

Olde English Spelling Bee is one of those labels you can implicitly trust to provide you with the most brilliantly weird music. Their latest missive is a self titled shocker from Autre Ne Veut, a moocher from the same circles as Oneohtrix Point Never and all those weirdo Brooklyn types with an uncanny line in subtly skewed pop queerness. Seriously, this is one of the strangest, most jarringly unique records of the year, and we love it. At heart it’s an incredible pop album with traces of Prince, Prefab Sprout and Kenny Loggins at its core, but each melody and harmony is delivered with an off-key sleight of hand that really plays on your preconceptions and experience of classic synth pop. There’s definite nods to the soundtracks of John Hughes movies and the like, but it’s perhaps more like The Breakfast Club score remade by the Troma company for some secret pay-per-view internet channel. Autre Ne Veut has possibly made one of our favourite albums this year and we urge you to investigate without delay. Essential!



EXPRESSWAY YO-YO DIETING
Bubblethug
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Weird Forest
CD // £9.99

Pat Maherr aka Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting (aka DJ Yo-Yo Dieting) first appeared on our radar with the dilapidated droneworks of his Indignant Senility releases. This, however, is a VERY different affair, concerned with ultra-slow and stodgy hiphop, chopped and screwed with a lo-fi experimental agenda. The sludgy pace of the chopped ‘n screwed aesthetic was originally borne in deepest Texas with the codeine-imbibed beats of DJ Screw but has since been adopted everywhere, from the Drag beats of Salem and oOoOO to remixes of Justin Bieber, admittedly taking it to the nth degree. In the hands of Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting it becomes a method of enhancing his music’s psychedelic potential, intensely trapping listeners in-the-moment with the effect of some impossibly strong GM marijuana, drowning heads in ultra-phuggy samples time-stretched and pitch bent until the ghouls between their crevices are released in some kind of Burroughs-ian edit technique. Of course, some people are gonna be like “f*ck that, I can slow some tunes down until they’re practically crippled”, maybe, but here it’s all about Maherr’s mysteriously inert, gravity crushed arrangements, those points deep in the track when it suddenly all makes sense, or gradually reaches such a cataleptic tempo that you’re almost physically affected, and certainly hypnotized at the very least. Like the Lil B record (also out on Weird Forest this week), this is a radical inversion of hiphop whose effect on the future is yet to be seen, but for sure, we can’t wait to see what happens! Very highly Recommended.



CHRIS CARTER
The Spaces Between
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Optimo Music
LP // £11.99

Optimo’s home brewed label really comes of age with a reissue of six tracks from Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter, recorded between 1974 and 1978 and remastered for their 1st ever vinyl pressing by the man himself. Label co-owner JD Twitch is a notoriously avid TG fan and has hand-picked these tracks from a cassette originally released on Industrial Records in 1980 (and subsequently on CD by Mute in 1991). The work of Chris Carter will be known by many of you, but for those who don’t, Carter was the musical and technical inspiration behind one of the UKs most important bands of all time, bringing art and rock music into the future with his mastery and early adoption of basic equipment like the 303 (he was the among the first in the world to use one on record), and the 808, which also makes one of its 1st recorded appearance here on bonus track ‘Climbing’. So, it’s safe to say that this man has serious credentials. With this in mind, these tracks really occupy a seminal space in the history of electronic music, deeply imbued with the twin spirits of darkest misanthropy and experimental endeavour, and most importantly – they sound f*cking amazing! As JD Twitch himself says “There is a beauty, an emotion and an imagination present here that is lacking in a lot of modern machine music. This music is as vital and wondrous today as it was four decades ago”. Amazing music.



AMBARCHI / FENNESZ / PIMMON / REHBERG / ROWE
Afternoon Tea
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Weird Forest
2LP // £19.99

*A deluxe double-vinyl tip-on gatefold edition of this superb collaboration, limited to a one-off pressing of 500 copies* Almost a decade on from its original release via Mille Plateaux offshoot Ritornell, Afternoon Tea still feels like a vision of the future. A quintet of extreme electronic experimenters come together for a journey into the digital borderlands between computer music and free improvisation, as captured over a series of live concerts held during the early months of 2000. In edition to a remastered version of the original two-part Afternoon Tea release, this 2009 edition comes packaged with an untitled compilation track (from the Maschinelle Strategeme album) plus twenty minutes or so of extra ‘Live Tea’ material that’s never been heard before. The scope of this music is somewhere between the early Mego catalogue (FennO’Berg springs most obviously to mind) and the more abstract ensemble concert recordings heard on the Erstwhile label, with a dominant aesthetic that’s firmly grounded in high-end digital noise music yet never really resorts to anything especially abrasive. ‘Afternoon Tea 1’ whirrs and clicks at a relatively unassuming dynamic level, subtly combining laptop textures with loose strands of treated guitar. While their fellow musicians keep to their computers, both Ambarchi and Rowe have their six-strings to hand, though neither resorts to anything discernibly guitar-like at any stage, and at least for the first twelve minutes or so, only complex, deep-set metallic sonorities and digitised crackle seem to make up the soundscape. These quiet textural elements offer no shortage of possibilities however, and the twenty-five minute ‘Afternoon Tea 2’ makes brilliant use of hyper-sensitive pickups, carefully sculpted amplifier hum and computer-generated glitch tapestries. The levels of discipline, poise and self-restraint exercised over these first two pieces is album enough in itself, but the addition of three further tracks is most welcome: after a relatively brassy three-minutes of spluttering noise and drone during the anonymous compilation piece ‘No Title’, the unreleased two-part ‘Live Tea’ recordings from the 2000 What Is Music? festival kick in, with the first installment offering harmonically resonant, bell-like guitar treatments, minor-key, almost orchestral drones and Philip Jeck-like integrations of some undisclosed modern classical recording. The second piece takes on a more voluminous, industrial quality, launching into ray gun synthesis sounds before eroding away to a hollowed-out spluttering end. Still sounding like something vehemently modern and firmly lodged towards the cutting edge of contemporary electronics, Afternoon Tea hasn’t aged a bit.



LIL B
Rain In England
ELECTRONIC
Weird Forest
CD // £9.99

Oh my days. Lil B and Weird Forest present one of the most baffling, polarizing, and OUT THERE releases of the year with ‘Rain In England’; a collision of stream-of-consciousness rap lyrics and beatless, new-age ambient synth music. It’s entirely the work of internet sensation Lil B, a “based” rap savant with more than 150 myspace pages, millions of views on youtube, and the most distinctive style in circulation right now. He’s been aptly described as the “anti-Drake”, a lo-fi and chronically underground character with an imposing glut of material. Weird Forest can evidently see the virtue of his music as a unique entity in a sea of homogeneity, moving rap music beyond the stale cynicism of backback hiphop and the bloated boasts and empty meaning of Gangster and Pop-Rap to occupy a position in front of the computer screen in his bedroom, as honest and grounded as the next man, only with the most naive and trippy synth music for company. To be totally honest, much of the music sounds like my 2 year old niece palming her casio keyboard, but that’s a massive part of B’s charm, that beautifully unpretentious, completely unconventional, and wickedly unprecedented juxtaposition of emotion and “based” technique which makes for an undeniably compelling listen. If you’re going to make one wildcard purchase this year, ‘Rain In England’ could be your most rewarding. Then again… Check the samples and make your own mind up!



VHS HEAD
Trademark Ribbons Of Gold
ELECTRONIC
Skam
CD // £10.49

Blackpool’s VHS Head made quite an impression with his Skam debut ‘Video Club’ some months back. Now following an acclaimed set for the Mary Anne Hobbs Radio 1 show he presents a remarkable debut album, sounding like something approaching James Ferraro or Daniel “OPN” Lopatin’s Games project, as edited by Gescom. Over the twenty tracks he deploys a palette of atypical Skam edits and icy spikes of digital glitch to a barrage of samples – mostly idents, incidental music, and f*ckknowswhat – presumably lifted from his collection of video tapes. It’s a vividly idiosyncratic world he’s created here, like being given access to his private den built out of clamshell cases, which actually turns out to be the portal into a videodrome arena of schlocky drama and strangeness on the cusp of the analog-to-digital transition which occurred across the ’80s. But that’s just one side of his flex, the other relies upon his razor sharp editing skills, hitting that ’86 vibe head-on with lethal electro/boogie edits nodding to Arthur Baker and Mantronix as much as Aphex Twin or Ae. Just check the chops on ‘Twitch Of The Nerve’ or ‘The Murder Cycles’ and you could be in the most twisted Blackpool nightclub that never existed. It’s blatantly the best thing Skam have released in years and shouldn’t disappoint anyone who knows what that means. Highly Recommended.



GLASSER
Ring
ELECTRONIC
True Panther Sounds
CD // £9.99

Exquisite, captivating pop music from Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser. Hotly tipped by those in the know, Glasser’s debut is set to be one of 2010’s albums to watch, featuring production from Fever Ray’s preferred studio unit, Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, focusing on her pure, crystalline vocals which have won very favourable comparisons to Bjork and Au Revoir Simone. Initial listens ascertain a classical set of pop instincts at play, from the soaring choral arrangements set to fizzing Four Tet-alike rhythms in ‘Home’ or the naturally folksy cadence of disparate elements in ‘Glad’ and the future classic ‘Plane Temp’. Sitting at the centre of her sound is the remarkable ‘T’, a boldly up-to-the-minute yet unconventional synthpop diamond, followed by the ohrwurm hooks of ‘Tremel’ and the blatantly Fever Ray inspired ‘Mirrorage’, and even toying with lilting Afrobeat timbres in ‘Treasury Of We’. There’s a very wide appeal to Glasser’s sound which should instantly register with lovers of The XX, Four Tet or Bjork, given half a chance. Highly Recommended.



SAM PREKOP
Old Punch Card
ELECTRONIC
Thrill Jockey
CD // £12.99

Anyone expecting another eloquent collection of jazz-inflected songcraft from Chicagoan songwriter (and member of The Sea And Cake) Sam Prekop is set for a bit of a surprise here. Old Punch Card is an all-instrumental electronic album said to have been inspired by the spirit of free improvisation and such iconic 20th century innovators as Raymond Scott, David Behrman and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The majority of the sounds heard on Old Punch Card are devised via modular synthesizer, and were recorded at Prekop’s home studio. The writing process began with prolonged periods of sound-tweaking experimentation from which interesting analogue sound designs would arise along with “happy accidents”. From here, the album was shaped around arrangements of the resultant sound snippets and although the final product proves to be a searchingly abstract affair, devoid of beats and conventional structuring, melodic forms will often take shape. The title track itself establishes a harmonious arpeggiated bloop, while the likes of ‘Knitting Needles’ and ‘Brambles’ manage to balance their more textural experimental tendencies with glisteningly tuneful constructions. Amongst other highlights, ‘November September’ expands the album’s otherwise strict electronic palette with lightly processed guitar edits and closing piece ‘The Silhouettes’ takes on a modulating, choppy character that might be said to invite comparisons with labelmate Oval’s sliced up loops. Recommended.



BIG TROUBLES
Worry
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

This immense new album from Big Troubles follows on from a great four-song EP for the Olde English Spelling Bee singles club, featuring the New Jersey fuzz-pop project bejewelled with pop hooks and spurts of brain-scorching noise. There’s an abundance of blistering C86-style pop nuggets on here, from the distortion-surfing ‘Bite Yr Tongue’ to the euphorically hooked-up ‘Freudian Slips’. There’s an overwhelmingly fizzy, treble-some recording style here which imbues the whole thing with a hazy, nostalgic quality that reminds us of everything from My Bloody Valentine to The Jesus and Mary Chain to Dinosaur Jr at their very peak – making for one of the standout lo-fi pop record of the year bar none. Very highly recommended.

Singles of the Week



MIKA VAINIO
It’s a Muthang / Midnight Mutant
ELECTRONIC
COMFORT ZONE
7″ // £5.99

Incredible 7″ of KILLER darkwave experiments from Mika Vainio!!! We’ve no idea what prompted this release, but Vainio has gone and made a pair of post-industrial dancefloor wreckers that must rank in amongst his most approachable and devastating material. it’s well documented that Mika’s got a thing for Suicide and their ilk so perhaps this material shouldnt come as too much of a surprise, but on the A-side we get a dry and heavy drum machine driven opening that splits into a hard head-nodders rhythm with an oozing black bulk of modulated synth pressure building with intensity like ‘Pan Finale’ from the the last Pan Sonic album. On the flip it’s ‘Midnight Mutant’, hewing a brittle machine rhythm and spectral melody from his mountain of hardware, finished with a raw yet lacquered execution. Seriously, just check the samples and act fast, there’s only 500 of these to go round and its just too too good. Essential purchase.



NITE JEWEL
Am I Real?
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
GLORIETTE
LP // £8.99

Much anticipated new mini-album from Nite Jewel, presenting six episodes of exquisitely personal disco pop drama in that inimitable and bittersweet style. With a string of records on Italians Do It Better, 1984, and Gloriette, Nite Jewel aka Ramona Gonzales has come to transcend the H-Pop, nu-disco and chillwave scenes around which she orbits, setting her out as a singular voice with a cannily anachronistic lo-fi style. Instant anthem and EP opener ‘Another Horizon’ has been circulating for a short while on the Beaterblocker compilation, but our favourites have to be the prescription numbness of ‘We Want Our Things’, kinda like Sally Shapiro on anti-depressants, and the pastoral grace of ‘Falling Far’, with its Cluster-esque melodic wow and flutter. For that matter, closer ‘Am I Real’ is a total doozy too, working with a spindly Prince vibe akin to a female version of Autre Ne Veut, with all the inherent warmth that suggests. Nite Jewel have turned out another miniature image of detached pop perfection with this excellent record, making it well recommended to fans of her previous transmissions and for all lovers of melancholy, glamorous pop music. Very highly recommended.



TIM HECKER
Apondalifa
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
ROOM 40
7″ // £5.99

*A limited 7″ vinyl edition of ‘Apondalifa’, splitting the nine-minute piece across the two sides. Included is a digital download coupon (redeemable directly from the label) entitling you to a free MP3 version of the piece as a single track.* Of all the big names in contemporary electronic music, few can make swells of noise sound so tuneful and emotionally engaging as Tim Hecker. The Canadian composer has long-since established his signature sound of gusty processed guitars, melodious static and soaring drones, and this new single-length release for Room40 finds him taking his craft to a new level of refinement. ‘Apondalifa’ begins with surging strands of guitar, clipped and layered over waves of stratospheric hiss, slowly taking a melodic shape as the piece develops; looped chord fragments become more apparent after a couple of minutes, and for certain stretches you’ll hear a good deal more of Hecker’s guitar playing than he normally permits. Drawing towards the four minute mark, bright synth tones cut through the melee, leading to a midway crescendo – from here onwards the clouds of electronic fizz dissolve away to expose mantra-like guitar figures, repeating and re-layering before themselves gently ebbing into nothing. A top-quality, most welcome return from this exceptional electronic musician – it’s only a shame there’s not more of it.



DUCKTAILS
Hamilton Road
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £5.99

Everyone’s favourite H-pop minstrel offers three sublime teasers for his forthcoming ‘Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics” album on OESB. In typical style, all the music was recorded at home on his rickety 4-track, but it’s really possible to notice a progression since his last album, ‘Landscapes’, manifesting itself in the beautifully sculpted pop arrangement of ‘Art Vandelay’. It’s still rough enough around the edges to keep its lo-fi credentials intact, and ‘Intro’ on the A-side is still druggy enough to make you feel warmly stoned, but ‘Sitting’ also belies a more efficient craft to his style, making the album a very tantalising prospect indeed. Copies are predictably limited and come with full colour, topographical fantasy artwork by Petra Cortwright. Essential purchase.



JULIO BASHMORE
Batak Groove / Around
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
SOUL MOTIVE
12″ // £6.49

Julio is the latest bass head to release on Bristol’s Soul Motive label, following in the footsteps of El-B, Joker, TRG, and Headhunter. As the title suggests, ‘Batak Groove’ prominently features the Batak drum, a frame drum indigenous to Malaysia and Indonesia with a hollow quality ripe for Julio’s tribal style. It’s among Julio’s more reduced and restrained productions, placing it as a tidy DJ tool for long blends. On the flip ‘Around’ is a far more plush affair, striking a deep house groove with classically elegant strings balancing the low-cut bassline and efficiently clipped, laidback percussion.



ROOF LIGHT
Midas / Palm
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
MILLIONS OF MOMENTS
12″ // £6.49

**Transparent Vinyl** One of 2010s breakout producers drops two boogie house heaters for MoM! If you’ve not caught his ‘Kirkwood Gaps’ album by now, you’re sleeping on a good ‘un, but no need to worry because you’ll need this one also to get the full breadth of his style. On the A-side is a buttered slab of 100bpm boogie/soul reworking elements of Midnight Star’s ‘Midas Touch’ with a touch of wind tunnel resistance and shoulder-dipping style. Over on ‘Palm’ he ups the pace to a Chicagoan 120bpm with slick strafing disco edits revolving around an elastic bass lick and utterly infectious drum shuffles. Get your dancing pumps on kids, this one’s on a ltd, hand-stamped white label ting and will fly oot…



ZOMBY / THE BUG / EMIKA / VARIOUS
Ninja Tune XX 12 Inches: Part 3
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Celebrating Ninja Tune’s 20th anniversary, Zomby, The Bug, Daedelus and Two Fingers (Amon Tobin and Joe Chapman) drop five killers. Zomby makes up for a dearth of recent releases with two tracks, the inverted 4/4 hardcore of ‘The Forest’ with its timeless electronica melody, plus the more crushed and complex ‘Orchid’. Meanwhile, The Bug weighs in with an exclusive version of the dread weapon ‘Tune In’ and Two Fingers knock out the advanced crunk rider ‘Fools Rhythm’. Daedelus completes the 12″ with a decimated remix of Emika’s ‘Drop The Other’, splaying the fragments into scurrying rhythms around his proggy melodic re-arrangement of the original elements. Two Zomby tracks you say?! A no brainer! (Comes with free download code redeemable from the label n’all!)

This week’s releases in full!
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ONMUTU MECHANICKS
Nocturne
Echocord
CD // £9.99

Onmutu Mechaniks is an alter ego of the prolific Arne Weinberg for Echocord. To date it’s given us two 12″s of loners techno soul nodding towards Convextion and Drexciya, a vibe he expands and asserts with ‘Nocturne’. Much like Sven Weisemann or the Echospace figures, Arne creates sounds worthy of, and ready for, an album. From the dub stasis of ‘Catatonic’ he guides us on an inward trajectory with the…
NORTHWORKS
Northworks
MILLIONS OF MOMENTS
12″ // £6.49

**Transparent Vinyl** Millions Of Moments introduce a new character to their roster with this heavy debut from Northworks pressed on a limited run of hand-stamped, clear vinyl. The sublime couplet of ‘In’/’Out’ establishes a deep blend of plummeting dubstep bass weight and shimmering ambient techno in the former, and a warm-but-glassy beatless cut for the latter, compatible with Roof Light’s techno hybrids yet with its own mellow personality. ‘Through’ takes…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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EXPRESSWAY YO-YO DIETING
Bubblethug
Weird Forest
CD // £9.99

Pat Maherr aka Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting (aka DJ Yo-Yo Dieting) first appeared on our radar with the dilapidated droneworks of his Indignant Senility releases. This, however, is a VERY different affair, concerned with ultra-slow and stodgy hiphop, chopped and screwed with a lo-fi experimental agenda. The sludgy pace of the chopped ‘n screwed aesthetic was originally borne in deepest Texas with the codeine-imbibed beats of DJ Screw but has since…
EXPRESSWAY YO-YO DIETING
Bubblethug
Weird Forest
2LP // £19.99

Pat Maherr aka Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting (aka DJ Yo-Yo Dieting) first appeared on our radar with the dilapidated droneworks of his Indignant Senility releases. This, however, is a VERY different affair, concerned with ultra-slow and stodgy hiphop, chopped and screwed with a lo-fi experimental agenda. The sludgy pace of the chopped ‘n screwed aesthetic was originally borne in deepest Texas with the codeine-imbibed beats of DJ Screw but has since…
ZIGSIXTEEN
Abstract Lullaby / 2×8
FUTURISTICA MUSIC
7″ // £5.99

Zig16 is an alias of Electric Conversation, who drops two tracks of warm and fuzzy-headed hiphop-psyche beats for Futuristica Music. The loping, organic breakbeat and gentle hues of ‘Abstract Lullaby’ distinctly remind of Paul White’s psyched style, while the flipside is a slower, more electronic composition with melancholic vibes worthy of Bibio or his close ally, As Valet. A genuine charmer.
DAM FUNK
Hood Pass Intact 12 inch
Stones Throw Records
12″ // £6.99

Fresh out the left coast, Stones Throw drop ‘Hood Pass’ from ‘Toeachizown’ including vocals from Comptons Most Wanted’s MC Eiht and lead singer of Slave, Steve Arrington, plus a Devonwho edit. The title cut is a bit of an allstar LA affair, with an appearance from Menace 2 Society star Eiht marking their first collaboration in nearly a decade. ‘4 My Homies’ is also enhanced with Steve Arrington’s authentic soul…
AMON TOBIN / ROOTS MANUVA / MICACHU / VARIOUS
Ninja Tune XX 12 Inches: Part 5
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

20th anniversary styles from Ninja Tune, dropping exclusive remixes and revisions of classic by Roots Manuva, DJ Vadim and Amon Tobin as well as the Kronos Quartet and Michachu, plus a Dels cut. It’s all about Mr Tobin on the A-side, who provides the frantic complexities of ‘Lost & Found’, and source matrial for Kronos Quartet, who remake samples from his ‘Foley’ album into an advanced neo-classical arrangement. The one…
VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE
Ninja Tune XX Boxset
Ninja Tune
6xCD + 6×7″ Box Set // £100.00

The Ninja Tune XX box set contains the following stuff which is 100% exclusive to the set and unavailable anywhere else in the world:
– 2 x CDs + 6 x 7″s featuring new tracks, unreleased archive recordings and remixes from Zomby, Scuba, Rustie, Gold Panda, Prefuse 73, The Bug, Dorian Concept, Kyle Hall, Wagon Christ, Modeselektor, Jaga Jazzist, King Geedorah, DJ Food, Toddla T, Kid Koala, The Heavy,…
VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE
Ninja Tune XX Vol.1: Two Decades and a Mixer
Ninja Tune
2CD // £9.99

Celebrating twenty years in the business, Ninja Tune are marking the occasion with a set of new releases, surveying the full breadth of the label’s roster. On the first disc of this first 2CD compilation, you’ll find new and exclusive tracks from the likes of Roots Manuva, Zomby, The Bug, Eskmo,Toddla T (feat. Ms Dynamite), Dorian Concept and Two Fingers, plus remixes from Flying Lotus and Benga, and further cuts…
VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE
Ninja Tune XX Vol.2: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces
Ninja Tune
2CD // £9.99

Another double-disc helping of new and exclusive material from the Ninja Tune camp as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The first disc of this collection features exclusive new recordings by Coldcut (feat. King Jammy), Bonobo (with Mercury winner Speech Debelle), Jaga Jazzist, Amon Tobin, Cougar, Yppah, Lorn and Floating Points, plus brand new remixes by Gaslamp Killer, Mala, Tunng, The Cinematic Orchestra and Slugabed. The second disc proves to…
FLYING LOTUS
Pattern+Grid World
Warp
Mini LP // £9.99

*Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Complementing his recent ‘Cosmogramma’ set, Flying Lotus drops seven succinct and deadly beat works for Warp. These tracks have been a main fixture of his live shows, displaying an unrivalled awareness of contemporary movements whilst solidly retaining characteristically psyched intentions. ‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ has to be the highlight, a nimble arrangement of stepping D’n’B syncopation spun with Anti-G lightness and woozy…
FLYING LOTUS
Pattern+Grid World
Warp
CD // £5.99

Complementing his recent ‘Cosmogramma’ set, Flying Lotus drops seven succinct and deadly beat works for Warp. These tracks have been a main fixture of his live shows, displaying an unrivalled awareness of contemporary movements whilst solidly retaining characteristically psyched intentions. ‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ has to be the highlight, a nimble arrangement of stepping D’n’B syncopation spun with Anti-G lightness and woozy harmonics to melt your mind. ‘Pieface’ follows with a…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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PHILIP JECK
An Ark For The LIstener
Touch
CD // £11.99

Exalted sonic alchemist and sound artist Philip Jeck presents his sixth solo album for Touch. ‘An Ark For The Listener’ is a meditation on verse 33 of “The Wreck of the Deutschland”, a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem about the drowning on December 7th 1875 of five Franciscan nuns exiled from Germany. Jeck first performed a version of the piece in February 2010, while this CD version was fashioned from extracts…
COSEY FANNI TUTTI & PHILIPPE PETIT
Mist While Sleeping / Invisible Whispers
Dirter
7″ // £6.99

Following Dirter’s release of ‘Fiends With A Face’ from sometime Bad Seed, James Johnston, and “musical travel agent” Philippe Petit ov the BiP_HOp label, they deliver a terrifically dark collaboration between Petit and TG’s Cosey Fanni Tutti. Both the tracks were apparently recorded some time ago, initially intended as tools for Petit’s live shows using turntables. With time and usage the record’s surface degraded, altering the the sound within. The…
MARCUS FJELLSTROM
Schattenspieler
MIASMAH
LP // £11.99

**Now available on vinyl!** 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…
BXI (BORIS AND IAN ASTBURY)
BXI (Boris and Ian Astbury)
Southern Lord
LP // £14.99

A new twenty-minute EP from the fairly unlikely pairing of Japanese avant-metal heroes Boris and Ian Astbury, vocalist for The Cult and the rebooted line-up of The Doors. Astbury seems to have been a bit of a gun for hire in recent years, adding his distinctive rawk yelp to albums from the likes of UNKLE and Slash over the past couple of years. This project seems to work out well…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ROOF LIGHT
Midas / Palm
MILLIONS OF MOMENTS
12″ // £6.49

**Transparent Vinyl** One of 2010s breakout producers drops two boogie house heaters for MoM! If you’ve not caught his ‘Kirkwood Gaps’ album by now, you’re sleeping on a good ‘un, but no need to worry because you’ll need this one also to get the full breadth of his style. On the A-side is a buttered slab of 100bpm boogie/soul reworking elements of Midnight Star’s ‘Midas Touch’ with a touch of…
SQUAREPUSHER PRESENTS: SHOBALEADER ONE
Cryptic Motion
ED BANGER
12″ // £7.99

Boogie disco dynamite from Squarepusher and Mr. Oizo! If you’ve not heard about this record yet you really should stay in and spend more time on the internet! ‘Cryptic Motion’ is a big departure from Tom Jenkinson’s usual hyperactive activities, but successfully so. This is Squarepusher on a groove tip with fonky strutting bassline and reinforced 80s funk drums and it works a charm. O’er ont he flip you’ll get…
D-PULSE
On A Highway To Saturn
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Nang Records revisit D-Pulse’s 2008 disco hit ‘Highway To Saturn’ – retitled here as ‘On A Highway To Saturn’ – with a set of able bodied remixes from Sare Havlicek, Jan Ken Po and Proper Heat. The vocal driven original is omitted in favour of D-Pulse’s own ‘Australian Shore’ dub with hazy cosmic guitars and a languid evening pace. Havlicek’s dub goes the opposite way with a boost of dancefloor…
FOUR MINTS
No Longer
NUMERO
7″ // £5.99

The master tapes belonging to Ohio’s legendary Capsoul label were thought to have been well and truly lost (in a flood, no less), but songwriter and producer Dean Francis recently unearthed two previously unheard Four Mints masters in his basement, both recorded at the Capsoul studios with the in-house session musicians. The thumping, bluesy A-side ‘No Longer’ is an especially brilliant piece, sounding fantastic here. These two rarities are presented…
DUB / REGGAE
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VARIOUS / GREENSLEEVES
Nice Up The Dance: UK Bubblers 1984-87
Greensleeves
2CD // £12.99

BIG compilation scanning the development of the UK Bubblers label and sound between 1984-87! As both a style, and a subsidiary of the Greensleeves powerhouse, UK Bubblers came to prominence in the early phase of the digitised dancehall era with a sound defined by the lyrical content and accents of MCs from Birmingham, London and Bristol, and the rugged productions of Greensleeves co-owner Chris Cracknell. Bubblers hits topped the UK…
KING TUBBY & THE AGGROVATORS
Shalom Dub
Jamaican Recordings
CD // £11.99

Originally released in 1975, King Tubby And The Aggrovators ‘Shalom Dub’ stands as one of the earliest and most cherished dub albums in existence. King Tubby, the studio mastermind, works with a a killer set of riddims from Bunny Lee’s archive and turns out a masterpiece of manipulated FX. Eighteen tracks deep including reworked classics from Cornell Campbell, Derrick Morgan, Johnny Clarke, Linval Thompson and more.
KING TUBBY & THE AGGROVATORS
Shalom Dub
Jamaican Recordings
LP // £10.99

Originally released in 1975, King Tubby And The Aggrovators ‘Shalom Dub’ stands as one of the earliest and most cherished dub albums in existence. King Tubby, the studio mastermind, works with a a killer set of riddims from Bunny Lee’s archive and turns out a masterpiece of manipulated FX. Eighteen tracks deep including reworked classics from Cornell Campbell, Derrick Morgan, Johnny Clarke, Linval Thompson and more.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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JULIO BASHMORE
Batak Groove / Around
SOUL MOTIVE
12″ // £6.49

Julio is the latest bass head to release on Bristol’s Soul Motive label, following in the footsteps of El-B, Joker, TRG, and Headhunter. As the title suggests, ‘Batak Groove’ prominently features the Batak drum, a frame drum indigenous to Malaysia and Indonesia with a hollow quality ripe for Julio’s tribal style. It’s among Julio’s more reduced and restrained productions, placing it as a tidy DJ tool for long blends. On…
NOCHEXXX
Ritalin Love / Timepiece
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

Another compelling release from beat anomaly Nochexxx, following up his vinyl debut on Actress’s Werk Discs label earlier this year. Much in the style of that 12″, there’s no easy category for these tracks, instead providing a plateful of masticated reference points circuit-bent into unique forms. On the A-side ‘Ritalin Love’ is a knutty collision of warped garage bass with ’80s soul samples and abstracted lo-fi Chicago jack. On the…
ZOMBY / THE BUG / EMIKA / VARIOUS
Ninja Tune XX 12 Inches: Part 3
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Celebrating Ninja Tune’s 20th anniversary, Zomby, The Bug, Daedelus and Two Fingers (Amon Tobin and Joe Chapman) drop five killers. Zomby makes up for a dearth of recent releases with two tracks, the inverted 4/4 hardcore of ‘The Forest’ with its timeless electronica melody, plus the more crushed and complex ‘Orchid’. Meanwhile, The Bug weighs in with an exclusive version of the dread weapon ‘Tune In’ and Two Fingers knock…
IKONIKA & OPTIMUM
Aqueous Cream / Ampersand
Hum & Buzz Records
12″ // £6.49

Ikonika and Optimum’s Hum & Buzz imprint makes its maiden voyage with a fresh pair of 130bpm rollers from the label CEOs. Ikonika occupies the A-side with ‘Aqueous Cream’, adding ornate and overweight electro-gangster synth stabs and dramatic piano keys to her augmented Funky patterns to sound brilliantly unlike anybody else out there. Linking with longstanding pal and collaborator Optimum on the flip for ‘Ampersand’, the duo calculate an icy…
SYNKRO / DBRIDGE
Letting Go (D-Bridge Remix)
Blackout Music
12″ // £7.49

Inaugural release from Bristol’s Blackout Music label featuring one original from Synkro plus a total stunner from DBridge. With ‘Letting Go’ it would appear that Synkro has dropped the garage flex for the present, following his acclaimed ‘Departure’ cut on Med School’s ‘New Blood’ comp. It’s a smooth transition, reworking his style at a 170bpm roll with characteristically moody atmospheres. In the presence of such greatness however, it will surely…
MARK PRITCHARD / TODDLA T / POIRIER / VARIOUS
Ninja Tune XX 12 Inches: Part 4
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Ninja Tune celebrate 20 years of underground existence with a bunch of hot exclsuives from Toddla T & Ms Dynamite, Roots Manuva, Mark Pritchard, Diplo and the massive Big Dada Sound. It’s hard to ignore the fact that everything Ms. Dynamite touches turns to solid gold at the moment, and she’s on versatile form with Toddla T’s ‘want U Now’, providing a more melodic and loved-up counter to rave bangers…
EL-B / TODD EDWARDS / SPANK ROCK / DARK SKY / VARIOUS
Ninja Tune XX 12 Inches: Part 6
Ninja Tune
12″ // £4.99

Ninja Tune celebrate their 20th anniversary with four tracks of futurist club and garage rhythms from El-B, Todd Edwards, Shuttle, and Dark Sky. Todd Edwards delivers a an unexpected swing from his usual flex on a B-More styled version of Spank Rock’s ‘What It Look Like’, while El-B exceeds expectationS with a very crafty dubstep revision of Fink’s ‘This Is The Thing’. Over on the flip Shuttle find a niche…
CESSA
Recon
MISSING LINK SOUNDS
12″ // £5.99

Slickly atmospheric, future garage-compatible cuts from Cessa. His previous installations for Missing Link Records have established a techy, deep-side style akin to the Hessle Audio or Formant operators and ‘Recon’ continues in style with efficiently skittering rhythms, pinned with warm subs and enriched with a blanket of swirling blue synth pads. On the flip, ‘Down and Out’ is a stranger number built from an ominous bass riff and laidback but…
BLOODMAN
Remote Viewing / Deep Fish
DECA RHYTHM
12″ // £5.99

Two electro-driven and breaksy sounding Dubstep variants from Bristol’s Bloodman. As a close associate of Appleblim and Gatekeeper he shares some of their taste for darker IDM-inspired melodies, while striking his own style of electroid rollidge with ‘Remote Viewing’, and augmented breakstep in ‘Deep Fish’. One for followers of Applepips, Elemental or the techier Bristol heads.
D’EXPLICIT
Follow Me
Dexplicit
12″ // £5.99

Anthemic Funky heaters from D’Explicit and DJ Naughty featuring vocals from Sweets. ‘Follow Me’ is the first Funky release from Grime pioneer, D’Explicit, turning his hand to a dutty, forceful variant of the style with nuclear-powered synth licks and robust bass thrusts. However, the two mixes from DJ Naughty are far more subtle, and by turns, successful, operating with a crafty sleight-of-hand and groovesome flex designed to incite far sexier…
HUMANLEFT / BENJAMIN DAMAGE
Arnaud & Bernard / Zeppelin
50 WEAPONS
10″ // £6.99

The 50 Weapons enterprise unfolds their latest, featuring two tracks of up-to-the-minute ravers from Venom’s buddy, Damage, and TB6’s Humanleft. ‘Zeppelin’ by Damage is easily the pick of the two, serving a hefty chunky of deeply swung Gutter House with bracing percussion slapped into soca-syncopated rhythms and a bittersweet lead melody. His and Venom’s ‘Deeper’ has been causing a commotion on the scene for some time now and we expect…
KITO
Kito EP
Disfigured Dubz
2×12″ // £11.99

Repping for the dubstep femmes out of Australia (that’s gotta be a niche minority!), Kito drops four tracks of pure pressure for Skream’s Disfigured Dubz imprint. ‘LFO’ has been in circulation for some time now, already appearing in mixes from Chef and Guido, but making its debut ‘pon wax here. ‘On The Floor’ follows with a Rustie-styled aquacrunk flex, while the second disc is loaded with techy dread swing of…
MADDSLINKY
Special EP (Toddla T / MJ Cole Mixes)
TRU THOUGHTS
12″ + CD // £6.99

Zed Bias revives his Maddslinky alias for a soulful vocal house treat backed with diverse remixes from Mr. Scruff, Toddla T, Atjazz, MJ Cole, Simbad and Chimpo. The original ‘Special’ is certainly one for the feelgood friday crew, a vibe carried on in MJ Cole’s slick 2-step rework. If you’re after summat a little ruffer check for Toddla T’s dutty Funky rework, or Chimpo’s bittersweet blend of dubstep rave and…
MATT-U & RISKOTHEQUE
Guillotine Growl / Double Blind
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Ballin’ for the rave, Matt-U & Riskotheque do the damage on Boka. ‘Guillotine Growl’ is their collaborative effort on the A-side, sounding kinda like Noisia is they did HipHop due to its ultra-slow pace and diced rap samples. On the flip Matt-U’s ‘Double Blind’ is a snaky groover, more uptempo and reinforced with an electric lead synthline. For fans of N-Type, Headhunter or Noah D.
SYNKRO
Reservoir / Just Say
Box Clever
10″ // £5.99

Synkro has the honour of starting Black Box’s deepside sublabel, Box Clever, with two 140bpm slickers. ‘Reservoir’ really shows a maturation of his style, incorporating a wider percussive palette and tempering his tranced-out inclinations with ghostly rave drones and widescreen ambience over his muscular bass sculpting. ‘Just Say’ offers a lighter adjunct, arranging warm, housey keys and whipcracking rhythm syncopations with a lovely sense of restraint.
SYNKRO / STRAY / VARIOUS
More Blood 010
MED SCHOOL
2×12″ // £11.99

Ace followup to Med School’s ‘New Blood’ compilation, offering four hi-end, nu-skool D’n’B cuts from Stray, Synkro, Royalston, and Circa. Each producer is on sparkling form, from the laidback flex of Stray’s ‘Frost’ and the filigree styes of Synkro’s DBridge-alike ‘In Transit’, to the ultra-techy IDM-ish aesthetic of Royalston’s ‘Glitchbitch’ and a cinematic moment from Circa’s ‘Kabal’.
THE CLAIRVOYANTS
Modern Day Slavery
Wonderland
12″ // £6.99

DJ Wonder resurrects his Wonderland label to release the darker techno of Spectral Band Replication and his own dubstep remix. The original mix of ‘Modern Day Slavery’ nods to the pumping NYC style of Jerome Sydenham but with enough slinky bassline shifts to keep it rooted in the UK. Wonder’s remix heads in an different direction to that and his recent ‘The Flow’ 12″, with a lurching halfstep formation for…
TUNNIDGE
7 Breaths / Fear
Chestplate
12″ // £5.99

Two club quakers from Tunnidge, making a sizeable dent in the Chestplate catalogue as the 1st new artist to the release on Distance’s carefully curated imprint. Evidently, they’re up to Distance’s standards, built with enough controlled aggression and maximised production values to qualify for entry. On the A-side ‘7Breaths’ growls like a spanked Rottweiler with bone shuddering bass and divebombing riffage inna proper Sound System style, while ‘The Fear’ deploys…
ELECTRONIC
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KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Disingenuity
PAN
LP // £18.99

Keith Fullerton Whitman has consistently blown our tiny minds this year with a stream of utterly crucial releases. Whether morphing the Arabic Oud into majestically ornate formations or commanding his self-generating hybrid analogue/digital modular setup into unimaginable arrangements, we’re witnessing the culmination of years of dedicated research and experimentation blossoming into tangible, cherishable productions in 2010. Arguably, he’s saved the best for this LP, using masses of recordings gleaned from…
MIKA VAINIO
It’s a Muthang / Midnight Mutant
COMFORT ZONE
7″ // £5.99

Incredible 7″ of KILLER darkwave experiments from Mika Vainio!!! We’ve no idea what prompted this release, but Vainio has gone and made a pair of post-industrial dancefloor wreckers that must rank in amongst his most approachable and devastating material. it’s well documented that Mika’s got a thing for Suicide and their ilk so perhaps this material shouldnt come as too much of a surprise, but on the A-side we get…
LIL B
Rain In England
Weird Forest
CD // £9.99

Oh my days. Lil B and Weird Forest present one of the most baffling, polarizing, and OUT THERE releases of the year with ‘Rain In England’; a collision of stream-of-consciousness rap lyrics and beatless, new-age ambient synth music. It’s entirely the work of internet sensation Lil B, a “based” rap savant with more than 150 myspace pages, millions of views on youtube, and the most distinctive style in circulation right…
LIL B
Rain In England
Weird Forest
2LP // £17.99

Oh my days. Lil B and Weird Forest present one of the most baffling, polarizing, and OUT THERE releases of the year with ‘Rain In England’; a collision of stream-of-consciousness rap lyrics and beatless, new-age ambient synth music. It’s entirely the work of internet sensation Lil B, a “based” rap savant with more than 150 myspace pages, millions of views on youtube, and the most distinctive style in circulation right…
VHS HEAD
Trademark Ribbons Of Gold
Skam
CD // £10.49

Blackpool’s VHS Head made quite an impression with his Skam debut ‘Video Club’ some months back. Now following an acclaimed set for the Mary Anne Hobbs Radio 1 show he presents a remarkable debut album, sounding like something approaching James Ferraro or Daniel “OPN” Lopatin’s Games project, as edited by Gescom. Over the twenty tracks he deploys a palette of atypical Skam edits and icy spikes of digital glitch to…
GLASSER
Ring
True Panther Sounds
CD // £9.99

Exquisite, captivating pop music from Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser. Hotly tipped by those in the know, Glasser’s debut is set to be one of 2010’s albums to watch, featuring production from Fever Ray’s preferred studio unit, Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, focusing on her pure, crystalline vocals which have won very favourable comparisons to Bjork and Au Revoir Simone. Initial listens ascertain a classical set of pop instincts at…
SAM PREKOP
Old Punch Card
Thrill Jockey
CD // £12.99

Anyone expecting another eloquent collection of jazz-inflected songcraft from Chicagoan songwriter (and member of The Sea And Cake) Sam Prekop is set for a bit of a surprise here. Old Punch Card is an all-instrumental electronic album said to have been inspired by the spirit of free improvisation and such iconic 20th century innovators as Raymond Scott, David Behrman and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The majority of the sounds heard…
SAM PREKOP
Old Punch Card
Thrill Jockey
LP // £12.99

Anyone expecting another eloquent collection of jazz-inflected songcraft from Chicagoan songwriter (and member of The Sea And Cake) Sam Prekop is set for a bit of a surprise here. Old Punch Card is an all-instrumental electronic album said to have been inspired by the spirit of free improvisation and such iconic 20th century innovators as Raymond Scott, David Behrman and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The majority of the sounds heard…
SPARKLING WIDE PRESSURE
Fields and String
DIGITALIS
LP // £14.99

Already sold-out at source, Field & String marks the first major release from Frank Baugh’s Sparkling Wide Pressure, following on from cassette and CD-R releases via labels such as Students Of Decay, Housecraft and Baugh’s own Kimberly Dawn Recordings. This four-piece album continually evades any neat classification; although it’s steeped in the language of psyched-out soundscapes this isn’t quite a drone record, nor is it an avant-folk affair, yet these…
ISLAJA
Keraaminen Paa
Fonal
CD // £13.99

Islaja (aka Merja Kokkonen) returns for a long-overdue new studio album for Fonal, following up on the groundwork laid down by Ulual Yyy and her Ecstatic Peace release, Blaze Mountain Recordings. Gone are the old lo-fi aesthetics and all those sounds that conjured up images of woodland frolicking and Moomins, and in their place are newfound electronic production/writing techniques and a far higher fidelity sheen. Among the highlights, expect dark,…
ISLAJA
Keraaminen Paa
Fonal
LP // £15.99

Islaja (aka Merja Kokkonen) returns for a long-overdue new studio album for Fonal, following up on the groundwork laid down by Ulual Yyy and her Ecstatic Peace release, Blaze Mountain Recordings. Gone are the old lo-fi aesthetics and all those sounds that conjured up images of woodland frolicking and Moomins, and in their place are newfound electronic production/writing techniques and a far higher fidelity sheen. Among the highlights, expect dark,…
ELUVIUM
Leaves Eclipse The Light (Four Tet Mix)
Temporary Residence
CD // £8.99

Limited to 2000 copies and featuring a typically great remix from Four Tet, this new Eluvium EP covers three tracks over the course of twenty-four minutes of luscious electro-orchestral ambience and experimental songcraft. The title track arrives first, shifting through hypnotic looped recordings and reversed strings whilst Matthew Cooper once again takes to the mic with his quivering, endearingly hesitant vocal. As the piece builds up you’re reminded of just…
SUTEKH
On Bach
Creaked
CD // £12.99

Sutekh’s Seth Horvitz has always been a masterful sonic technician and on this latest project he infuses his remarkable abilities as an electronic musician with references to one of classical music’s greatest ever figures. Last year Sutekh was recruited for a special performance titled Bach To The Moon at Paris’ Theatre Du Chatelet. He was the only electronic artist present, and was challenged with creating a Bach-inspired set. The fully…
BATHCRONES
Psychorama
NO PAIN IN POP
LP // £11.99

Hailing from the home of Southern HipHop aka Atlanta, Bathcrones has hatched a stoned-but-sprightly style of electro-Drag with ‘Psychorama’ (that is if we’re playing it at the right speed). Like Balam Acab and Salem, Bathcrones does that pitched-down thing wickedly well, keeping all his beats hazy and more sluggish than they ought to be, while cannily countering the effect with ultra-bright and dreamy melodies. It makes for a sublimly lucid…
ERIC COPELAND
Strange Days
Post Present Medium
LP // £11.99

A two-part album from Black Dice (and Terrestrial Tones) man Eric Copeland, Strange Days stretches out across two continuous sides of dadaist musical oddball-ery, scything through old recordings, found sounds and cassette-style snippets like Soundhack locked in a room with Ariel Pink and James Ferraro. Copeland seems to merrily cavort between mysterious, malformed locked grooves, constantly hopping from one idea to the next after only a few recycled bars. The…
KEMIALLISET YSTAVAT
Ullakkopalo
Fonal
CD // £13.99

Another elliptical masterpiece from the Finnish psychedelic collagists, Ullakkopalo is clearly an album that’s been laboured over. Supposedly this latest release took three years to complete, and although the same chaotic spirit of the outfit’s earlier recordings remains in place, there’s no doubting the heightened levels of care and expertise that have been poured into every measure of Kemialliset Ystavat’s latest. Starting very much as it means to go on,…
KEMIALLISET YSTAVAT
Ullakkopalo
Fonal
LP // £15.99

Another elliptical masterpiece from the Finnish psychedelic collagists, Ullakkopalo is clearly an album that’s been laboured over. Supposedly this latest release took three years to complete, and although the same chaotic spirit of the outfit’s earlier recordings remains in place, there’s no doubting the heightened levels of care and expertise that have been poured into every measure of Kemialliset Ystavat’s latest. Starting very much as it means to go on,…
JACASZEK
Lo-fi Stories (2010 Reissue)
GUSSTAFF
CD // £11.99

**Reissued for 2010** What a strange little album this is, and how appropriately titled. Mysterious Polish artist Jacaszek has created over the course of this album 14 peculiar vignettes, haunting soundtracks to lost silent films or possibly the films of the brothers Quay. Each track is seemingly composed using sounds discovered in rotting toyboxes or on broken tapes – like Colleen if she had been brought up in Eastern Europe…
PIETER NOOTEN
Here Is Why
Rocket Girl
CD // £11.99

Previously known for his work as part of Clan Of Xymox in the 1980s, Pieter Nooten might also be familiar to you for his 4AD album, Sleep With The Fishes, a 1987 collaboration with Michael Brook that won acclaim within the ambient music community. Nooten’s output has been fairly slight since then, but now signed to Rocket Girl, this artist returns with a selection of dream-pop excursions and song-scapes tinted…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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CHARLIE LOUVIN
Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

The great Charlie Louvin pays tribute to the late, great Gram Parsons by playing through Gram’s famous ‘Hickory Wind’ as well as the Louvin Brothers songs that Parsons helped to popularise during his lifetime. “On February 22, 1956, The Louvin Brothers warmed up for Elvis Presley at City Auditorium in Waycross, GA. On hand was a nine year old boy named Gram Parsons. It would leave an indelible mark on…
JOSEPHINE FOSTER & THE VICTOR HERRERO BAND
Anda Jaleo
Fire Records
CD // £10.49

Joining forces with her partner, Spanish musician Voctor Herrero, alt. folk queen Josephine Foster presents a freshly arranged rendering of Federico Garcia Lorca’s popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas. The songbook was outlawed during Franco’s dictatorship but had previously been recorded in 1931 by Argentinean flamenco dancer La Argentinita. The renditions laid down here are all characterised by a live, simply mic-ed sound that calls upon a wide…
THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS
Ironto Special
Thrill Jockey
CD // £11.99

Appalachian folk maestros and erstwhile bandmates with Jack Rose, The Black Twig Pickers return with a new album for Thrill Jockey (their first release for the label), recorded last year in the Virginian town of the title. As far as Americana goes, these guys are just about as authentic and on-the-money as it gets, romping through traditional regional songs (with a couple of originals thrown in) with an all-acoustic instrumental…
THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS
Ironto Special
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

Appalachian folk maestros and erstwhile bandmates with Jack Rose, The Black Twig Pickers return with a new album for Thrill Jockey (their first release for the label), recorded last year in the Virginian town of the title. As far as Americana goes, these guys are just about as authentic and on-the-money as it gets, romping through traditional regional songs (with a couple of originals thrown in) with an all-acoustic instrumental…
TIMBER TIMBRE
Timber Timbre (+ KCRW Sessions)
Full Time Hobby
2CD // £7.99

These days it’s increasingly difficult to get widespread attention simply by carving out a career as an trad singer-songwriter, but Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk has made a stealthily quite magnificent contribution to the genre with this eponymous album. Opener ‘Demon Host’ is as simple and unadorned as these things come, relying on a little lo-fi echo and largely unconditioned strumming right up until a lovely choral coda. From here the…
TIMBER TIMBRE
Timber Timbre (+ KCRW Sessions)
Full Time Hobby
LP+CD // £10.99

These days it’s increasingly difficult to get widespread attention simply by carving out a career as an trad singer-songwriter, but Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk has made a stealthily quite magnificent contribution to the genre with this eponymous album. Opener ‘Demon Host’ is as simple and unadorned as these things come, relying on a little lo-fi echo and largely unconditioned strumming right up until a lovely choral coda. From here the…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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AMBARCHI / FENNESZ / PIMMON / REHBERG / ROWE
Afternoon Tea
Weird Forest
2LP // £19.99

*A deluxe double-vinyl tip-on gatefold edition of this superb collaboration, limited to a one-off pressing of 500 copies* Almost a decade on from its original release via Mille Plateaux offshoot Ritornell, Afternoon Tea still feels like a vision of the future. A quintet of extreme electronic experimenters come together for a journey into the digital borderlands between computer music and free improvisation, as captured over a series of live concerts…
TIM HECKER
Apondalifa
ROOM 40
7″ // £5.99

*A limited 7″ vinyl edition of ‘Apondalifa’, splitting the nine-minute piece across the two sides. Included is a digital download coupon (redeemable directly from the label) entitling you to a free MP3 version of the piece as a single track.* Of all the big names in contemporary electronic music, few can make swells of noise sound so tuneful and emotionally engaging as Tim Hecker. The Canadian composer has long-since established…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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DUCKTAILS
Hamilton Road
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £5.99

Everyone’s favourite H-pop minstrel offers three sublime teasers for his forthcoming ‘Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics” album on OESB. In typical style, all the music was recorded at home on his rickety 4-track, but it’s really possible to notice a progression since his last album, ‘Landscapes’, manifesting itself in the beautifully sculpted pop arrangement of ‘Art Vandelay’. It’s still rough enough around the edges to keep its lo-fi credentials intact, and…
BIG TROUBLES
Worry
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

This immense new album from Big Troubles follows on from a great four-song EP for the Olde English Spelling Bee singles club, featuring the New Jersey fuzz-pop project bejewelled with pop hooks and spurts of brain-scorching noise. There’s an abundance of blistering C86-style pop nuggets on here, from the distortion-surfing ‘Bite Yr Tongue’ to the euphorically hooked-up ‘Freudian Slips’. There’s an overwhelmingly fizzy, treble-some recording style here which imbues the…
TWIN SISTER
Colour Your Life / Vampires With Dreaming Kids
Domino
2×12″ // £14.99

This new edition on Domino’s Double Six offshoot compiles the first two EP releases from Long Island band Twin Sister, whose Vampires With Dreaming Kids is given a first airing on physical formats, while the Colour Your Life EP is given its debut UK release. This band have a murky dreamlike quality to their productions that at time sounds like a live band, real-time take on the aesthetics of chillwave-style,…
TWIN SISTER
Colour Your Life / Vampires With Dreaming Kids
Domino
CD // £11.99

This new edition on Domino’s Double Six offshoot compiles the first two EP releases from Long Island band Twin Sister, whose Vampires With Dreaming Kids is given a first airing on physical formats, while the Colour Your Life EP is given its debut UK release. This band have a murky dreamlike quality to their productions that at time sounds like a live band, real-time take on the aesthetics of chillwave-style,…
PIGEONS
Hearts
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £5.99

Psych-pop purveying wife/husband duo Pigeons follow up their Si Faustine album on Olde English Spelling Bee with a further two sides of homespun lo-fi loveliness. Fastened together using the simplest of beatbox loops, a wandering bassline and a few key guitar leads, ‘The Paradise’ has something quite magical about it, keeping its constituent parts spare and minimal whilst allowing the silvery central vocal to flood through the recording. B-side ‘Radio…
SWANS
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Young God
CD // £11.99

After a fourteen year absence, Michael Gira resurrects his legendary apocalyptic no-wave band for a fabulous new album on his own Young God imprint. Assembling a cast of musicians that includes familiar Swans and Angels Of Light conspirators, Gira also welcomes a few new members to the fold with guest stars including Devendra Banhart, Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper, Bill Rieflin (of Ministry, REM and Robyn Hitchcock’s band), Shearwater multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris…
FUTURE ISLANDS
Undressed
Thrill Jockey
12″ // £10.49

**4 song vinyl EP** Featuring four acoustic recordings of tracks culled from the Future Islands discography, the Undressed EP comes in a hand-numbered limited run of 1000 copies, pressed on 150 gram vinyl and housed in a Kymia Nawabi-designed sleeve. Dropping their favoured electro-rocking arrangements, the Baltimore band embrace pianos and string arrangements, all of which casts the likes of ‘In The Fall’ in a new, strikingly graceful light. There’s…
CHIEF
Modern Rituals
Domino
CD // £9.99

Chief arrived at their new home on Domino from complete obscurity – an increasingly rare feat considering the size and stature of the label – with not an ounce of buzz surrounding them. Perhaps one reason for the band’s fast-tracking is that they’re a fundamentally ‘classic’ sounding outfit, dipping into West Coast pop sounds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young styled multi-layered vocal high jinks. In the demographic stakes you…
CHIEF
Modern Rituals
Domino
LP // £12.99

Chief arrived at their new home on Domino from complete obscurity – an increasingly rare feat considering the size and stature of the label – with not an ounce of buzz surrounding them. Perhaps one reason for the band’s fast-tracking is that they’re a fundamentally ‘classic’ sounding outfit, dipping into West Coast pop sounds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young styled multi-layered vocal high jinks. In the demographic stakes you…
MAGIC KIDS
Memphis
True Panther Sounds
LP // £10.99

**Includes free mp3 download code redeemable from the label** Having already given us a taste of their impeccable pop wares with the terrific single ‘Hey Boy’ (released last year on Goner), this talented bunch of (alarmingly young) musicians deliver their full-length via True Panther, a label that’s currently home to up-and-comers like Delorean, Girls and Tanlines. Memphis manages to sound indebted to the greats of American pop, like Brian Wilson…
PEEPHOLES / APATT
Kingdom / Paul The Record
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £8.99

**Red Vinyl** This new split release from Upset The Rhythm features DIY pop duo Peepholes and Liverpudlian collective Apatt. The lo-fi ruckus created by Peepholes is instantly lovable. Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle switch between synth and drums, sharing the vocal duties as they go. The six tracks collected here are tons of fun too, sailing through fourtrack-recorded, beaten-up tunes like ‘Airforce Trainer’ and the Animal Collective-worthy ‘Alpine Song’. After…
SUPER WILD HORSES
Fifteen
Hozac
LP // £13.99

“HoZac Records is proud to announce the much anticipated debut album by Melbourne duo Super Wild Horses. It’s rare that such a striking balance between tough and tender can be executed as well as it has on this long-player, bridging post-punk simplicity with savagely primitive propulsion, all wrapped up in a scratchy indie-pop envelope, sealed and delivered right into your vulnerable skull. Super Wild Horses are two Melbourne gals who…
SUPER WILD HORSES
Fifteen
Hozac
CD // £13.99

“HoZac Records is proud to announce the much anticipated debut album by Melbourne duo Super Wild Horses. It’s rare that such a striking balance between tough and tender can be executed as well as it has on this long-player, bridging post-punk simplicity with savagely primitive propulsion, all wrapped up in a scratchy indie-pop envelope, sealed and delivered right into your vulnerable skull. Super Wild Horses are two Melbourne gals who…
SWANS
Cop / Young God / Greed / Holy Money
SOME BIZZARE
2CD // £11.99

A double-disc, quadruple-release reissue from the Swans camp, supplying a bumper size dose of vintage material on the heels of the band’s brand new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky. Cop first emerged in 1984, the year after the band’s debut LP, Filth and builds upon the tortured grind of Norman Westerberg’s mighty industrial guitars with tape loops and scouring percussive elements – perhaps…
TV BUDDHAS
TV Buddhas EP
TROST
12″ // £8.99

Endearingly scuzzy garage rock and pop pomp from TV Buddhas, a trio originally from Tel Aviv, now living it up in Berlin. They wear their influences like badges on a piss-stained leather jacket, citing The Ramones, The Replacements and Richard Hell as idols and it’s clear to hear in the raw drive of ‘Let Me Sleep’ and the bluesy Rock’n Roll-infected ‘Fast Generation’. Apparently this EP was recorded in one…
VARIOUS / BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
Avon Calling 2
BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
CD // £10.99

Released in 1979, the legendary Avon Calling compilation showcased some of the key DIY bands on Bristol’s music scene. Local musician Simon Edwards formed Bristol’s first independent record label, Heartbeat Records, which set about releasing music from around the region via 7″s, before ultimately culminating in a compilation LP showcasing fifteen of the featured bands. The album met with much acclaim and John Peel notably went on to declare the…
JAZZ / RELATED
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MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO
White World
SLOWFOOT
CD // £11.99

A new experimental project featuring This Heat drummer Charles Hayward, Monkey Puzzle Trio releases its debut album for the Slowfoot label. The other two members of this trio are double-bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Pinski Zoo/Crackle) and vocalist Viv Corringham. Somewhere between avant-jazz and song-craft, the music on White World was all conceived from free improvisation committed to tape over four days. The recordings were then sifted through and edited into their…
TUBBY HAYES
Jazz Genius: The Flamingo Era
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

A triple CD set packaging together assorted sets by British jazz legend Tubby Hayes, recorded between 1956 and 1961. Hayes was a prodigious talent on the UK jazz scene, and came to be regarded as one of the country’s greatest ever jazz virtuosos. Here he performs alongside fellow musicians such as British sax hero Ronnie Scott, drummers/bandleaders Tony Crombie and Tony Kinsey. “Following his apprenticeship with the UK big bands…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ALIX PEREZ
Dark Days EP
Shogun Audio
2×12″ // £11.99

Shogun Audio deliver the proper, full colour, finished copies of Alix Perez’s ‘Dark Days’ double pack followup to the acclaimed ‘1984’ LP. Most notably these four tracks feature D’n’B top dog Noisia on the tearing Neurofunk scientifics of ‘Loose Ends’, while UK hiphop stalwarts Foreign Beggars run out on the crooked lean of the title track. The techy flex of ‘Behind Time’ and the Breakage-alike ‘Menacing Ways’ complete a strong…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 320: October 2010
Wire
Magazine + CD // £4.00

There’s a new installment of The Wire Tapper CD series with this latest issue, featuring new – and in some cases exclusive – material from the likes of Western Vinyl act Callers, Fuzzy Lights, Utech noise group Locrian, Yann Novak & Robert Crouch, Gerritt Wittmer and Israel Martinez. Inside the magazine there’s text on Catherine Christer Hennix (author of the recently reissued electroacoustic masterpiece The Electric Harpsichord), Los Angeles Free…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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PANTHA DU PRINCE
Diamond Daze (2010 Edition)
Dial
CD // £12.99

Crackling pop. Dial is always a label which has proudly explored simple black and white imagery, rather than extravagant sleeve design. Last out the blocks was the splendid Lawrence album ‘Absence of Blight’ which snuck up on many people late last year, finding its way into numerous end of year lists. Pantha explores similar sound forms here, melodic reduced pop tracks, a touch of grooving minimal and a splash of…
RECLOOSE
Early Works Sampler Part 1/2
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Rush Hour turn their reissue agenda to Recloose in the 1st part of a well warranted retrospective. This 12″ features the three tracks from his ‘Spelunking EP’, originally released 1999 on Planet E to much acclaim, and cementing his reputation as a unique purveyor of techno funk. Added to classics like the Innerzone Orchestra-esque ‘Get There Tonight’ and the soul melting fusion of ‘Soul Clap 2000’ is the exclusive ‘Land…
MATTHEW DEAR
Little People (Black City) (Mark E Mix)
Ghostly International
12″ // £5.99

First single to be lifted from Dear’s ‘Black City’ album, featuring that set’s highlight ‘Little People’, backed with a Mark E remix. The vocals of ‘Little People’ undeniably point to Bowie and David Byrne, but Dear delivers them with charm and conviction to stamp his own authority over a mid-tempo, modern disco production with his usual application of glossy values. Mark E’s dub version goes all hypnotic and drone-y for…
ART DEPARTMENT FEAT. SETH TROXLER
Vampire Nightclub / Without You
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Horny and handsome club tracks from Canadian duo Art Department, aka Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White, featuring vocals from Seth Troxler. The A-side ‘Vampire Nightclub’ plays it cool and groovy with hushed, druggy vocals and ass-working bass bumps, while the smarter B-side shoots for a prime electro-house workout nodding to classic late ’80s Trax vibes. Very useful tracks with a proper play it again factor.
LAUHAUS / MAKAM
Tessera Remixes (Mr G / Kerri Chandler Mixes)
SUSHITECH
12″ // £8.99

Mr. G and Kerri Chandler step to the ‘floor with a fine set of remixes for Sushitech. Mr. G takes pole position with an involving tech-house mix of Lauhaus’s ‘Varna Vibes’, tinged with restrained tribal percussion and arranged with the touch of an experienced DJ/producer. Kerri Chandler gives two heavy House remixes of Makam’s ‘You Might Lose It’ on the flip, firstly a pumping ‘6:23 Again’ version, and a synthline…
SLAM
Room 2 (Pan-Pot Mix)
Paragraph
12″ // £5.99

Medium-sized-room techno tools from Pan-Pot and Slam. ‘Room 2’ is Pan-Pot’s effective roller on the A-side while Slam offer something a little different on the flip with a chunky bit of House tackle on ‘Heart Of The Soul’ and the optimised tech-house of ‘Collecting Data’. Big with Dubfire and Richie Hawtin.
VARIOUS / POKER FLAT
Shaping Elements
Poker Flat
2CD // £11.49

Hi-end modern tech-house compilation from scene leaders, Poker Flat, featuring 2 CDs (one mixed, one unmixed) of new and exclusive material from Steve Bug, Richie Hawtin, Patrick Chardronnet, Donnacha Costello, Wighnomy Brothers, Martin Landsky and many more. Disc 1 is a round up of unmixed individual tracks, kicking off with Steve Bug’s exclusive ‘A Shot In The Dark’ and running by Lawrence’s sublime remix of Donnacha Costello’s ‘Leaving Berlin’, Joris…
VARIOUS / POKER FLAT
Shaping Elements (6 Track Vinyl Edition)
Poker Flat
2LP // £13.49

Six prime and exclusive cuts of Poker Flat’s trademark tech-house minimalism from Steve Bug, Donnacha Costello, Patrick Chardronnet, D’Julz, Benny Rodrigues, and Jay Tripwire and Katherine Larr. Steve Bug’s big-room groover ‘A Shot In The Dark’ starts proceedings accordingly, leading to the hypnotic effects of Costello’s ‘Hey, Dummy’. On the other plate, Patrick Chardronnet offers the stealthily evolving opulence of ‘Birds On Strings’ and Benny Rodrigues adds a real frisky…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL
Flipper Psychout
VAMPISOUL
2LP // £19.99

This disc marks Vampisoul’s first forage around in the vaults of Italian library company, Flipper Music, unearthing obscure psychedelic sounds and exotica dating between 1969 and 1975. Most of the music here is being reissued for the very first time, having originally appeared on labels such as Octopus and Canopo, and composers such as Alessandro Alessandroni (who famously whistled on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’s OST), Sandro Brugnolini…
VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL
Flipper Psychout
VAMPISOUL
CD // £13.99

This disc marks Vampisoul’s first forage around in the vaults of Italian library company, Flipper Music, unearthing obscure psychedelic sounds and exotica dating between 1969 and 1975. Most of the music here is being reissued for the very first time, having originally appeared on labels such as Octopus and Canopo, and composers such as Alessandro Alessandroni (who famously whistled on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’s OST), Sandro Brugnolini…
JOHN BARRY
John Barry Revisited
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
4CD // £14.49

Exploring the less widely heard works by one of the best known and best loved of all film composers, this excellent four disc collection features the soundtrack to 1964’s Zulu, the score to a 1963 US TV documentary titled Elizabeth Taylor In London (featuring Taylor herself reading poetry by Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and speeches by Churchill, Queen Elizabeth I and William Pitt), a singles collection (including versions of…
ACANTHUS
Le Frisson Des Vampires
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £12.99

“Embryonic Free-Psych-Funk recordings from Parisian teenage improv-prog-combo (including members of French No-No Mod-Rockers Unity” “One of the most underrated and misunderstood directors to emerge from the rising smoke of the 1968 Parisian social explosion, Jean Rollin – a director with early links with the Paris underground, The Letterists, The Surrealists, improv theatre and the free-press – is best known for his films in the fantastique genre, producing the first French…
JACKY CHALARD
Superman Supercool
Cache Cache
12″ // £7.49

**Translucent Yellow Vinyl** Cache Cache resurrect three timeless essentials from the “uncrowned king of the No No generation”, Jacky Chalard, on translucent yellow wax. It follows Miki’s mindblowing ‘Fantomas Break’, with a quick but quality fix of Kosmische-Disco-Rock, featuring extended versions and original tracks from his 1977 LP, ‘Avec Un Pied Dans Le Rock ‘N Roll’. The “fusion” aspect is most apparent in the title track, driven by a muscular,…
ACANTHUS
Le Frisson Des Vampires
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

“Embryonic Free-Psych-Funk recordings from Parisian teenage improv-prog-combo (including members of French No-No Mod-Rockers Unity” “One of the most underrated and misunderstood directors to emerge from the rising smoke of the 1968 Parisian social explosion, Jean Rollin – a director with early links with the Paris underground, The Letterists, The Surrealists, improv theatre and the free-press – is best known for his films in the fantastique genre, producing the first French…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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NITE JEWEL
Am I Real?
GLORIETTE
LP // £8.99

Much anticipated new mini-album from Nite Jewel, presenting six episodes of exquisitely personal disco pop drama in that inimitable and bittersweet style. With a string of records on Italians Do It Better, 1984, and Gloriette, Nite Jewel aka Ramona Gonzales has come to transcend the H-Pop, nu-disco and chillwave scenes around which she orbits, setting her out as a singular voice with a cannily anachronistic lo-fi style. Instant anthem and…
AUTRE NE VEUT
Autre Ne Veut
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

Olde English Spelling Bee is one of those labels you can implicitly trust to provide you with the most brilliantly weird music. Their latest missive is a self titled shocker from Autre Ne Veut, a moocher from the same circles as Oneohtrix Point Never and all those weirdo Brooklyn types with an uncanny line in subtly skewed pop queerness. Seriously, this is one of the strangest, most jarringly unique records…
CHRIS CARTER
The Spaces Between
Optimo Music
LP // £11.99

Optimo’s home brewed label really comes of age with a reissue of six tracks from Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter, recorded between 1974 and 1978 and remastered for their 1st ever vinyl pressing by the man himself. Label co-owner JD Twitch is a notoriously avid TG fan and has hand-picked these tracks from a cassette originally released on Industrial Records in 1980 (and subsequently on CD by Mute in 1991). The…
PURO INSTINCT (PEARL HARBOUR)
Puro Instinct EP
GLORIETTE
LP // £8.99

Ace record from the equally ace Gloriette Records, following up Pearl Harbour’s debut with four pop-perfect California dreams (via Soviet Russia). The duo of sisters Piper & Skylar K made an underground hit last year with ‘Something About The Chaparrals’ on Mexican Summer, displaying a canny taste for the frothier end of 4AD pop, enhanced by production assistance from LA scene lynchpin, Cole MGN. Cole is also behind the Soviet-themed…
AEROPLANE
Superstar
Eskimo Recordings
12″ // £6.99

‘Superstar’ is the second single from Aeroplane’s ‘We Can’t Fly’ album, backed with a Chromeo remix. Their original is sweet shot of cosmic disco pop with talkbox vox driven by glam pianos and an elastic bass, complemented with a cover version from Chromeo and The Krays’ surging Italo discotheque mix.
FRANK (JUST FRANK)
The Brutal Wave
WEIRD RECORDS
CD // £10.49

Much hyped debut album of Cold Wave pop fusions from Parisian duo Frank (just Frank). The group studiously situate their sound between early ’80s UK and US Wave traditions, siphoning the atmosphere from classic records by The Cure, Joy Division/New Order, and The Smiths, with the instincts of lo-fi operators such as Silk Flowers and Blank Dogs. Frank’s look is exquisitely executed, benefitting from subtly hi-end production values for that…
FRANK (JUST FRANK)
The Brutal Wave
WEIRD RECORDS
LP // £12.99

Much hyped debut album of Cold Wave pop fusions from Parisian duo Frank (just Frank). The group studiously situate their sound between early ’80s UK and US Wave traditions, siphoning the atmosphere from classic records by The Cure, Joy Division/New Order, and The Smiths, with the instincts of lo-fi operators such as Silk Flowers and Blank Dogs. Frank’s look is exquisitely executed, benefitting from subtly hi-end production values for that…
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
The Hundred In The Hands
Warp
LP // £14.99

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** A vital and richly varied debut album from one of Warp’s most talked about new acts, The Hundred In The Hands. The Brooklyn duo must surely rank as one of synth-pop’s more exciting prospects of the moment, arriving at this full-length with a trail of releases that includes the excellent six-track EP This Desert and the more recent Pigeons’ single. This is…
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
The Hundred In The Hands
Warp
CD // £8.99

A vital and richly varied debut album from one of Warp’s most talked about new acts, The Hundred In The Hands. The Brooklyn duo must surely rank as one of synth-pop’s more exciting prospects of the moment, arriving at this full-length with a trail of releases that includes the excellent six-track EP This Desert and the more recent Pigeons’ single. This is a debut bestowed with strong, instantly memorable pop…
CRAZY B*TCH IN A CAVE
On Top
COMFORT ZONE
12″ // £6.99

Vienna’s Comfort Zone (who release this week’s killer Mika Vainio 7″) deploy a flamboyant curveball from Crazy Bitch In A Cave aka CBC, backed with a wickd remix from Hard Ton. This “one-person-show” displays their wares on the B-side with ‘On Top’, setting an arresting vocal performance somewhere between Klaus Nomi, Cassy and Autre Ne Veut to an uncomfortably fast track splicing techno and D.I.Y wave-pop. It’s jarringly ace. Meanwhile…
WE LOVE
We Love
Bpitch Control
CD // £11.99

Italian electronic duo Giorgia Angiuli and Pierro Fragola deliver their debut album for Bpitch.  This first full-length comes after only a very brief period of incubation (the project only began in the winter of 2009) but they’ve quickly found their feet.  The album’s early tracks establish a musical idiom that encompasses the bleepy, emotionally charged electro-pop of ‘Don’t Cross’ and the processed, melancholic cello instrumental, ‘Cruise Control’, complete with skittering…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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MARK DU MOSCH
Bareknuckle
SD RECORDS
12″ // £7.99

Syncom Data Recordings return with a strident techno killer from Mark Du Mosch, edited by Nukubus. Apparently these tracks are lucky to be released at all as Mark had to untangle and restore the original tape from a bit of an accident, but we’re all grateful they’re here because ‘Bareknuckle’ is a grade A weapon. It’s a straight-up, heads-down electro-techno pumper with flashes of warm analogue synth melody strongly reminding…
BARKER & BAUMECKER
Candyflip EP ft. Jimmy Edgar
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.49

Smart moves from Ostgut Ton, representing the techier sound of Berghain’s Leisure System event with a collab from resident DJ ND Baumecker and Sam Barker of Voltek. The heart of ‘Candyflip’ beats purest electrotechno for the ‘floor, with the arrangement and hi-end editing giving a functional futurist spin which we’d normally associate with progressive ‘tronica labels like Warp or Planet Mu. ‘The Hole’ presently brings us back to throbbing 4/4,…
SOUL CENTER
General Eclectics
Shitkatapult
CD // £11.99

Soul Center is Thomas Brinkmann’s fonkier alter-ego, a persona he’s periodically revisited to unload his weirder inclinations since 1999. While experimental leaning, Soul Center tracks are keenly focussed on the groove, providing a more merry adjunct to more atmospheric and rigid releases under his own name. The giddy German shuffle of ‘Walk With Me’ from his Curle 12″ is a big highlight here, also exemplifying the bandy strut found in…
RAZA
Gonna Make You Work EP
MILLIONS OF MOMENTS
12″ // £6.49

**Translucent Orange Vinyl** Oooh yes, more of that healthy deep house stuff from MoM… hand stamped, orange vinyl copies, with five tracks of deepest Detroit and Chicago inspirations. The A-side features the two tracks from his previous MoM 7″, namely the infectious Chicago vibes of ‘Gonna Make You Work’, and the Carl Craig-esque ‘As One’, while the flipside bears the purposeful throb of ‘Big Room Subtleties’ and the rich analogue…
HORIZONTAL GROUND
hg06
HORIZONTAL GROUND
12″ // £7.99

Horizontal Ground continue to command the more clued up techno floors with two heavyweights from anonymous operators. There’s definitely a b*cking Chicago flavour to these tracks, nodding to the tougher works of Green Velvet or Dance Mania releases with maximised kicks and snares configured for clubs with sweaty walls and pummeling sound systems. The A-side kinda sounds like Ben Klock in a frisky mating ritual with a coy clanger, whereas…
RED RACK’EM
How I Program
BERGERAC
12″ // £6.99

Diverse and effective set of Disco-infected House music from Red Rack’em on his new Bergerac imprint. Leaving the usual edits aside for a minute, Rack’em proves some impressive chops on ‘How I Program’ working up a hungry square bassline under agile drum machine patterns, kinda like Claro Intellecto gone freaky. On the flip ‘Bonn’ heats up Rhodes chords and sly-slipping deep house rhythms like a more up-for-it cousin to Kerrier…
JICHAEL MACKSON
Just In Time
Musique Risquee
12″ // £7.99

The hugely underrated Jichael Mackson returns with two fresh slabs of economical crafty and advanced German technohouse. ‘Locus Pocus’ is the more direct of the two, rolling out a swelling bassline pulse under dynamic filter treatments and mesmerizing bleeps for fans of DJ Koze. For the deeper heads ‘Sugar Hill Mountain’ is a real treat, setting an off-centre rhythm akin to recent Regis exploits, only with a smoother, more atmospheric…
ROBERT HOOD
Power To Prophet / Clash
M-Plant
12″ // £7.99

Robert Hood has evidently been eating his greens of late, resulting in two killer floor slayers on the latest M-Plant. Quite rightly, everyone is going nuts for this 12″; from the chest caving kicks and acid propulsion of ‘Power To Prophet’ on the A-side, over to an optimised Steve Poindexter tribute in ‘Crash’, re-engineering Chicagoan style with a Detroit muscle car engine. Don’t need to say anything else about this…
SUMERIAN FLEET
Sumerian Fleet
Clone West Coast Series
12″ // £8.99

Alden Tyrell and Mr Pauli invade the West Coast of Holland in their Sumerian Fleet guise, hand-stamped red label stylez! This is quite simply one of the best new school dark wave records we’ve heard, utilising the skills of one master producer – Alden Tyrell – and the infamous DJ Overdose aka Mr Pauli, to create powerful tracks inspired by everyone from Liasons Dangereuses/DAF and Front 242 to The Cure…
A GUY CALLED GERALD
Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions EP3
Laboratory Instinct
12″ // £6.99

Laboratory Instinct complete the run of 3×12″s from A Guy Called Gerald’s ‘Tronic Jazz: The Berlin Sessions’. There are four beautifully fluid and typically melodic productions here, from the heaving, sub-driven deep house flow of ‘Iland’ to the more fragile Hulme-meets-Detroit spirit of ‘Just Soul’ on the A-side, and over to the aqua-jack of ‘Round Eco’ or the most “Berlin” moment here, the highly refined and atmospheric pulse of ‘The…
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BOLA JOHNSON
Man No Die
VAMPISOUL
2LP // £19.99

The irrepressible Vampisoul label presents a wonderful overview of Nigerian legend, Bola Johnson. With all the attention afforded to Fela Kuti, Victor Olaiya and King Sunny Ade, Bola seems to have slipped by all but the most ardent collectors and Nigerian natives, that is until Kayode Samuel painstakingly researched and dug deep in the crates to collect these twenty two track, spread over two discs. As you’ll discover when dipping…
BOLA JOHNSON
Man No Die
VAMPISOUL
2CD // £18.99

The irrepressible Vampisoul label presents a wonderful overview of Nigerian legend, Bola Johnson. With all the attention afforded to Fela Kuti, Victor Olaiya and King Sunny Ade, Bola seems to have slipped by all but the most ardent collectors and Nigerian natives, that is until Kayode Samuel painstakingly researched and dug deep in the crates to collect these twenty two track, spread over two discs. As you’ll discover when dipping…