Oct 152010
 

Hello,

John Elliott ov Emeralds presents the definitive Coloured Mushroom And The Medicine Rocks collection, seven tracks for drum machine and synthesizer from his side project with Chrles Szerzen and Sandra Serio. We’re almost salivating over the sleeve art alone – a photo of two big, juicy Fly Agarics – and the psilocybic theme runs deep through seven tracks of tripping electronics with exquisite moments of revelation. Super limited copies on this one, highly recommended to all lovers of psychedelic kosmische and Emeralds collectors.

Operating on a completely different though no less dreamy plain is Tarentel/Alps founder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, who this week delivers a career highlight with “Love is a Stream”. The album sits somewhere between shoegaze/dream-pop and layered drone music, bringing to mind everyone from Belong to Grouper to Tim Hecker and My Bloody Valentine along the way. The limited vinyl edition comes with a full extra cd album as a bonus, featuring original material from Cantu-Ledesma reworked by John Twells, aka Xela.

The ever-compelling Hyperdub label deliver what is destined to be their biggest album since Burial’s ‘Untrue’ with the long-in-the-making full-length debut from Darkstar. There’s already been a crazy amount of press coverage and reviews of ‘North’ across the board so it’s unlikely you won’t have already heard about how the initial recordings were ditched by the band, only to embark on a recording process which has led to the most song-based and crossover-primed album in the Hyperdub catalogue. The production here is just fantastic, harking back to the bittersweet, man vs machine aesthetics of The Human League and OMD with an economy of delivery that warrants much credit.

Scott Tuma is a much revered character in the American underground, a founder member of the Boxhead Ensemble and solo artist of exceptionally original material in his own right. His most recent album ‘Dandelion’ was released as a vinyl-only edition earlier this year and sold out in a matter of days so the digitalis label have now thankfully put together an expanded CD edition including over half an hour of extra, previously unreleased material. If you haven’t heard it before, ‘Dandelion’ is a beautiful listen, largely focusing on Tuma’s distinctive Takoma-esque porch-side strums, but with unsettling field recordings, shortwave transmissions, wiry violin, rhythmic metal scrapes, music-box interludes, spectral banjo plucks and distant piano sequences transporting the whole thing somewhere else. We just love this album – make sure to check it out.

The Actress curated Werk Discs label returns this week after a bit of a quiet spell with two heavyweight new releases. Hovering just off the floor is Lukid’s ‘Chord’, his third album for the label and a further refinement of his smudged and slumped post-Dilla, drowsy-Theo sound, pressed onto heavy triple vinyl for heavy home play. Lone, meanwhile, drops the exquisite ‘Once In A While’ (the ecstatic one that opened up Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix), backed with Sinden and Midland remixes – surely one of the bigger anthems of the year. Also pushing forward, Planet Mu continue on their Chicago Footwork mission and deliver another crucial full-length, this time from DJ Roc – one of Chi-town’s sickest DJs and producers. Across a gargantuan set of tracks he sets off a seriously strong album for Planet Mu – kinda like a more propulsive DJ Nate with elevated production values – don’t miss it!

From the way under the radar, we’ve got a handful of copies of Western Standards’ ‘Energy Centre’, a lovely slab of hazy impressionistic audio landscaping on hand-numbered and stamped vinyl. We’re reminded of everyone from BJ Nilsen to Evan Caminiti, destined to capture the imagination of electronic/ambient heads everywhere.

Clearing a path to the ‘floor, we’ve got some outstanding outernational transmissions from Shackleton, Burnt Friedman, and Mark Ernestus. One plate chops up Congotronics tracks from Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, and the other tucks into secret rhythms from Can’s legendary Jaki Liebezeit and Burnt Friedman. Both are nothing short of crucial and won’t be around for long. Sticking on a tribalist tip, Pinch’s ‘Croydon House’ anthem finally sees the light of day on Loefah’s expertly curated Swamp81 label, while T. Williams goes in ruff and rugged on the ‘Chop & Screw’ EP for Deep Teknologi, besides LV’s nods to South African Kwaito with ‘Boomslang’ on Hyperdub. Elsewhere, Peverelist & Hyetal turn out another incredibly unique platter from the Bristol enclave, meshing synthline futurism and and post-junglist flex with innate style and panache.

Other highlights this week come from Panda Bear, Earth, Celer, Tropics, DJ Rashad, Smegma, Night Slugs, Spatial, Tempa Allstars, Barbara Morgenstern, Entr’acte, Brian Mcbride, Machinefabriek, Genotype, Finders Keepers, Dop, Squarepusher, Delia & Gavin, Ben Klock and much much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



JOHN ELLIOT (EMERALDS)
Colored Mushroom And The Medicine Rocks
ELECTRONIC
Wagon
LP // £14.99

*Limited to 420 copies only for the world – on coloured vinyl, including an 11×11 double sided insert packed in high UV gloss coated jackets* John Elliot ov Emeralds brings his blissful Coloured Mushroom and the Medicine Rocks project to coloured vinyl in a limited run of 420 copies on Wagon. The tracks have been hand flicked and picked by Elliott from various tapes made this year with his buddies Charles Szerzen on Synthesizer and Sandra Serio on Drum Machine and Effects, harvesting seven of the best to soundtrack your next mission to Mars. We’re almost sold on the sleeve art alone; a full-colour close up photo of a Fly Agaric mushroom in all its potent glory, but the sounds inside are equally enchanting. Like Elliott’s Imaginary Softwoods and Outer Space missives, this music is entirely electronic, untethered from Mark McGuire’s more grounded guitars in Emeralds and able to freely traverse more abstract Kosmische topographies. They make a serene entrance with ‘Follow The Path’, trekking towards expanding polychromatic vistas guided by burbling drum machines, while ‘Blood Poodles/Sore Subject’ insinuates something more sinister, with curling arpeggios revealing foreboding drones and bleached, wispy sci-fi tones. However, perhaps best of all are the two tiny 2 minute integers on the A-side, the remarkably Pole-alike crackledub of ‘Out Of Luck’ and the spooling portal of ‘Blotter Accident’, possibly coming to terms with a generous dose of lysergic revelation. This LP has to one of the most immediately engrossing of all the recent Emeralds excursions and comes with highest recommendations for autumnal psychonauts heading off on their yearly trips. Transfer it to your walkman and go roaming the meadows…



JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Love Is A Stream (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £11.99

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD album of material reworked by Type label head John Twells, aka Xela* Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. “Love Is A Stream” marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist’s brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as ‘Loving Love’ feel like an all-analogue take on Fennesz’s noisier moments, complete with hazy exchanges between skyscraping major 7th chords; you might equally suggest that Love Is A Stream goes some way towards joining the dots between My Bloody Valentine and more recent drone-pop scene leaders such as Tim Hecker and Grouper. Although the dominant component parts of this sound seem to spring from the fiery embers of molten synthesizers and tape saturated guitar tones, the album derives some of its luxurious textural presence from vocals supplied by the likes of Type boss John ‘Xela’ Twells, Lisa McGee and Maxwell August Croy. You can just about make out lost voices roaming around the pulverised mix of ‘Stained Glass Body’ and the billowing ‘River Like Spine’ (though it’s fairly hard to make any single element out, given how melted and fluid the mixing is), bringing a frail human element to an album that otherwise sounds entirely not of this Earth. The bonus CD that comes with this vinyl edition features a 50 minute assembly of reworked outtakes handled by Type label head John Twells, better known as Xela. He feeds Cantu-Ledesma’s sound sources into his analogue pressure cooker, imbuing the material with a warm fuzz and hum that only serves to accentuate the layered shoegaze ambience lurking in the belly of this beautiful music.



DARKSTAR
North
ELECTRONIC
Hyperdub
CD // £10.99

Leading up to the release of their feverishly anticipated debut album for Hyperdub, Darkstar underwent some major evolutionary changes. Perhaps most signifiicantly they expanded from a production/writing duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley into a trio, now including vocalist James Buttery. This personnel change has been reflected in the music too. While previously Darkstar’s sound leaned towards the fringes of dubstep, the musical profile of North is considerably more difficult to define. The genre connections remain at least partially in-check on former single ‘Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer’ – perhaps the most immediately addictive and outwardly dancefloor-friendly cut here, thanks to a fine garagey swing – but elsewhere the band morph into a kind mutant, introspective synth-pop project, turning out sublime robotic soul on the likes of ‘Deadness’ and ‘Dear Heartbeat’. Upcoming single ‘Gold’ probably tells you something about where Darkstar are setting their sights, remaking the Human League classic ‘You Remind Me Of Gold’ with a mulched electronic moroseness. Despite its origins, the song sounds a million miles away from any notions of rose-tinted ’80s nostalgia, and as North begins to reveal itself you’ll hear Darkstar encroaching upon a very fresh and modern electronic pop idiom. The stunning ‘Under One Roof’ is pinned together by dystopian lyrics and a production that sways woozily through soundscapes that could have been lifted from Fever Ray’s debut album. Rather than resting on top of the mix, Buttery’s singing is cleverly knitted into the fabric of the music: the vocals on the almost OPN-like ‘Two Chords’ and the beatless ‘In The Way’ are full of dropouts and glitches, as if they’ve been recklessly timestretched out of shape – the latter track makes for a particularly striking album opener, wrongfooting your expectations from the outset with an aching ballad assembled from a hybrid of cracked electronics and pseudo-classical instrumentation. Releasing an album like ‘North’ marks a bold move from Hyperdub, but the label has been duly rewarded with what must surely rank as one of the year’s most stylistically inventive and talked about debuts.



SCOTT TUMA
Dandelion (Expanded CD Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
DIGITALIS
CD // £7.99

*Expanded CD Edition – includes over 35 minutes of material not featured on the vinyl edition of this album* Another highly anticipated release from the excellent Digitalis imprint – this time from Boxhead Ensemble’s Scott Tuma who manages to weave a sound that incorporates dense and unsettling field recordings with Takoma-esque porchside strums, wiry violin, rhythmic metal scrapes, music-box interludes, Location recordings, Shortwave signals, spectral banjo plucks and distant piano sequences. The first thing we hear is the exaggerated whirr of phased tape treatments opening up to expose beautiful, disjointed music box chimes that carve out a mysterious, nocturnal path through ‘San Luis Free 2E’. This short piece gives way to the similarly fleeting ‘Old Woman’, another miniature populated by wiry violin and rhythmic metal scrapes. It’s only by the time ‘Red Roses For Me’ comes around that we’re really permitted enough breathing space to fully cast ourselves into Tuma’s universe. Here, layered field recordings underscore spectral banjo plucks, distant piano sequences, and eventually, a folksy accordion melody. It’s this kind of fragmented, displaced approach to acoustic music that best represents Tuma’s craft, whisking him far away from comparisons to the legions of Fahey-ites out there and other such contemporary exponents of Americana. ‘Again And Again’ marks another highlight, sculpting a nebula of airy guitar twangs and manipulated drone vapours. By this point the album seems to be converging on more fully-formed, song-like arrangements, all of which leads us up to ‘Hope Jones (Jason’s Song)’, where we hear a voice rising from the ghost-country stillness. All this invites a moment of outright spine-tingling beauty before ‘Free Dirt’ limbers up to shred your nerves in the most exhilarating fashion, offering considerably more visceral pleasures with its bowed metal percussion, howling feedback and dissolved room sounds. The closing couplet of ‘True History’ and ‘The Roses Are Red’ deliver some sort of catharsis – the former dispensing glorious reverberant blues while the latter finds Tuma’s guitar achieving a kind of weightlessness, floating off into the atmosphere in a fashion that’s halfway between Loren Connors and The Durutti Column. The bonus material kicks off with a 21 minute “intermission” that seems to really transport you somewhere completely different, creating a collage of shortwave recordings and seemingly ancient transmissions to act as a kind of cathartic break before three lovely pieces end the album with the porchside strums only Tuma seems to produce with such emotional clarity and finesse. An important, beautiful album from a true master of modern Americana and experimental music that should not be missed.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Live Generators (1.5)
ELECTRONIC
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

Fresh in from Rene Hell’s Agents Of Chaos tape label, a continuation of the incredible ‘Generator’ session released on Root Strata earlier this year, featuring Keith Fullerton Whitman manning his Doepfer hybrid Analogue/Digital synthesizer. Again Fullerton Whitman investigates “the unpredictable entropies & slight signal degradation inherent to Analog instrument design”, and the findings are truly riveting. With only the slightest input, he sets off sequences of unpredictably morphing shapes and sounds, eliciting the very chaos of a synthesizer’s internal life with almost limitless configurations of electro-acoustic patterning. This is so far removed from anything conventional in the truest sense, pissing from a great height on so much banal and predictable “psychedelic” music. For a tape, the clarity is brilliant while still keeping that natural cassette noise, and the sleeves are professionally printed. Incredible.



ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN & GEOFF MULLEN)
Take Me To Your Dealer
ELECTRONIC
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

It’s a double whammy for the Agents Of Chaos label, following KFW’s second ‘Generator’ installment with his ‘Take Me To Your Dealer’ tape, made with his close ally, Geoff Mullen, under the Any Given Sunday alias. This is still freeform and noisy territory, but there’s a richness to the tone of their sounds and an over-riding sense of instinctive arrangement which keeps it from falling into outright noise. On the A-side their creation spits cautiously sluggish and fractured rhythms amidst mentally warped and often horrific sounds, deftly maintaining the illusion of traveling through nightmarish and outlandish territory without actually moving at all, touching the cavernous depths of frigid bass tones and out to the perimeters of cold hard electric surfaces while skeletal synth figures rattle and howl in the darkness. On the other side they seem to congeal their sound into a more fluid body before spurting breathtaking alien melodies and harmonics with a distinct Radiophonic feel, only Delia, Daphne and John have all licked some of Hoffman’s special sauce and gone 3D. This cassette has just swallowed me whole, and if I wasn’t in the office right now, i’d be lying down, eyes tightly shut and exploring the nether zones behind my eyelids with this tape playing as loud as possible. Highly recommended for lovers of properly alien psychedelic sounds!



LUKID
Chord
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Werk Discs
3LP // £14.99

Werk Discs’ core member, Lukid, drops his third album for the label, a triple disc vinyl affair including three previously released tracks and two handfuls of brand new cuts. Usefully enough, the hovering drone of ‘Chord’, the smudged slowhouse of ‘Saddlebags’ and the Dilla-esque ‘Veto’ from his ‘Foma’ album make their debut appearance on wax, congruously slotting amongst a largely downtempo and heavy-headed set of home listening material. Lukid’s music has never really been intended for the club, and the best way to digest the eight new tracks is from the most comfortable chair you can find, preferably with a brew and a biscuit. Highlights have to be the fluffy shimmer of ‘Spiller’ or the droning harmonics and Trish Keenan-like vocals pushed deep into the framework of ‘Makes’, while ‘Through Gritted Teeth’ maymake you want to do a sly armchair shuffle to it’s Theo Parrish-on-valium squirm. These tracks almost seem to be defined by their hazy of definition, as any discernible edges are smudged further and further out of focus until we have a heaving, amorphous mass of tonal hues and blurred rhythms oozing from the speakers in front us. Lush.



DJ ROC
The Crack Capone
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

DJ Roc is one of Chicago’s baddest DJs and Footwork producers. Born and raised in the city’s Southside Juke stronghold, his three ‘Juke City’ mixtapes are among the most widely distributed examples of this niche scene, dominating the playlists of rhythmically aware freaks and dancers across the world. ‘The Crack Capone’ is his debut collection of 20 individual solo productions, an arsenal of highly flammable, hi-speed dance manipulators, running from the Junior Reid-sampling ‘One Blood’, to the Gregorian chants and churning Toms of ‘Phantom Call’, the contortionist syncopations of ‘Crack Like This’, and the heart-stoppingly tender balance of tension in moments like ‘Take His Ass Out’ and ‘Lost Without You’. In many ways, it’s a more muscular adjunct to Nate’s equally brilliant ‘Da Trak Genius’ album, and just as much fun. Planet Mu have seemingly exposed a Pandora’s box of Juke/Footwork goodness with their current label agenda and we can’t praise them enough for it. Hugely recommended!



EARTH
A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra Capsular Extraction
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Southern Lord
CD // £9.99

Released in their complete form for the very first time, this disc collects in their entirety the 1990 Smegma Studios sessions which constituted the recorded debut of legendary drone-metal pioneers Earth. Combining material that was previously scattered between the Extra Capsular Extractions EP and Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitar, this release has been given the care and attention it deserves with liner notes penned by the band’s own Dylan Carson with exclusive Simon Fowler artwork housed in a Stephen O’Malley-designed package. You can hear this massively influential band drawing up its stylistic template on these tracks, grinding through spectacularly slow-moving minimalist riffs, as heard on the sludgy Sabbath-isms of ‘Geometry Of Murder’ and the crushing, epic sustains of ‘Ouroboros Is Broken’, while industrial-style drums rear up during ‘German Dental Work’, the like of which could have been lifted from one of Swans’ grizzlier moments. A definitive account of Earth’s doomy beginnings, this new Southern Lord edition is essential listening for anyone disposed toward the alternative side of heavy music.



WESTERN STANDARDS
Energy Centre
ELECTRONIC
WESTERN STANDARDS
LP // £13.99

A lovely slab of hazy, impressionistic audio landscaping from the mysterious Western Standards, limited to 110 copies of hand-stamped vinyl housed in hand-assembled sleeves. With practically no background info to go on, we’re not sure if this is his/her/their debut, or 20th release, but there’s a curious blend of dissonant desert guitars, synth electronics and tailored drones occuring here which we think will really pique the interest of folks with their head in kosmische and ambient electronic clouds. The seven untitled tracks rove from widescreen synth washes, kinda like a lo-fi Tim Hecker, into more esoteric space music akin to BJ Nilsen, via harmonised drones with sparse but heavy thrummed guitar reminding of Evan Caminiti on the first side. Turn it over and you’ll find more defined rhythmic structures, from the music-box psyche melody and slow, skulky drumming of the first track, into more cinematic, Badalamenti-esque shades of silvery drone and spindly keys to a majestic closing statement nodding to Roedelius at his most synthetic and pastoral. The album also comes with a bonus CDR copy, handy for transferring to iPods and suchlike so you can enjoy this album on your travels. ‘Energy Centre’ is one of those albums that almost manages to pass under the radar undetected, but really deserves some wider attention. Highly Recommended.

Singles of the Week



SHACKLETON / KONONO NO.1
Mokuba Special / Rubaczech
TECHNO / HOUSE
CONGOTRONICS
12″ // £6.99

A hugely tantalising taster for the forthcoming remixes of Crammed Discs’ Congotronics series, featuring Shackleton and Burnt Friedman remixing Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, respectively. This is nowt short of a dream come true for geeks the world over, setting up a transcontinental dialogue between four distinctive groups of rhythm auteurs. On the A-side Shackleton chops up Kasai Allstars’ ‘Mukuba’ from their ‘In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic’ (sounds like a Skull Disco track already!), trapping the drums in elliptical, evolving loops, and adding sullen dread bass drones to flip the group into a mechanized Conoglese future. On the other side Burnt Friedman errs closer to Konono’s insistent shuffle on ‘Rubaczech’, secreting syncopated 2-step bass bumps and rearranging their likembes into mesmerizing loops of tangy metallic resonance. The tracks easily speak for themselves, though – check the samples and get loose Highly recommended!



LONE
Once In A While / Raptured
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Werk Discs
12″ // £5.49

Lone drops the anthemic ‘Once In A While’ (the opener from Kode 9’s DJ-Kicks mix), backed with a new cut and remixes from Midland and Sinden! With ‘Once In A While’ and his recent ‘Pineapple Crush’ 10″ Lone aka Matt Cutler has really found his niche, melding the exuberant flush of late 80’s Chicago House and early ’90s UK Rave in a saffron-infused fever dream for a fully lushed-up dancefloor vibe. ‘Rapture’ follows in the same anachronistic style, imagining flared boogie synths and gauzy machine drums like a 3rd gen tape copy of something Grooverider might have played on Kiss back in 1991. On the remix tip Sinden brings ‘Once In A While’ up to date with a mesh of Funky syncopation and pitching Bassline synths with a lairy swinging junglist flava, followed by a proggier tech-house mix from Midland, suitable for the bigger rooms. No doubt, the original is one of the most definitive anthems of 2010, have a dab!



MARK ERNESTUS / BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT
5 7
ELECTRONIC
Nonplace
12″ // £6.99

Truly mesmerizing outernational rhythm trips from Mark Ernestus (Rhythm & Sound) and Burnt Friedman, reinterpreting secret rhythms from Freidman and Jaki Liebezeit. The Ernestus mix of ‘5’ is a stealthily paced and loose groove, tucking Liebezeit’s drumming into ornate swirls with a tumbling cadence, gradually adding of kilter stabs low in the mix until a final flourish of arabesque washes seals the cut with a sombre mood. Burnt Friedman’s own mix of ‘7’ has a more defined Afro-lilt with evolving rhythms finding a stumbling groove together with Daniel Schroter’s Bass guitar and the distant sounds of Marimba (maybe?) placed deep in the lush scenery. Fans of Shackleton, Chronomad, Muslimgauze and, of course, Rhythm & Sound make sure to check this!



PEVERELIST AND HYETAL
The Hum / rrrr
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Bristol just keeps on bringing it! Punch Drunk drops two very special fusions from Peverelist and Hyetal, mixing fluid future junglism with heat-warped synthlines at 134bpm. ‘The Hum’ shakes out tribal-synced percussive demons under cover of wickedly dischordant, midnight blue synths and rambunctious subs, while ‘rrrr’ operates with more sparing, spiky drums and quaking low end carrying an emotive payload of spiraling melodic arpeggios. The two producers have consolidated their aesthetic differences achingly well, hence a big recommendation to all DJ and dancers!



LV & OKMALUMKOOLKAT
Boomslang / Zharp
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

“Big tings/Big tings/Big tings!” Hyperdub’s latest heater was borne in South Africa when LV visited Jo’burg on a tour/Kwaito recon mission. Linking up with local MC Okmalumkoolkat via Spoek Mathambo, LV laid a Kwaito-styled riddim for his incesantly infectious repetition of “Boomslang”, and one of the years most immediate cuts hit the ground running. The tune is purely indicative of the outernational fusions occurring within the walls of London town and we’re helpless against its charms. On the flip you’ll find the dinkier ‘Zharp’, a sticky sweet but brief confection of Skweee-style 8-Bit synths and tidily tucked syncopations for able dancers.



T.WILLIAMS
Chop And Screw EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Deep Teknologi
12″ // £5.99

Bulky House insulators from Deep Teknologi’s T. Williams. With ‘Chop & Screw’ he resorts to the filtered Latin disco trick, something we’ve not really heard in the majority of UK Funky, while strapped up with swinging snare bites and an infectious bassline surge. On the rude tribalist killer ‘Hard Cash’ any niceness is stripped from the bones for a skeletal percussive workout harbouring an evil-staring riff and severely ominous subs, while ‘In The Deep’ tips one for the dancers with right-footing kick/bass syncopations and looming darkside stabs. Certified heavyweight. Don’t ignore this!



PINCH
Croydon House / Elements
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Swamp 81
12″ // £6.49

One of the years most flawlessly curated imprints drops a crucial installment from Pinch. ‘Croydon House’ is Pinch’s concession towards the stream of sub-130bpm tracks from the UK Bass quadrant. Loefah deployed it recently on Benji B’s 1Xtra show to much adulation, and now it’s here for mass destruction, knotting a junglist palette of percussion with sludgy subbass strafes to unsettle the foundations of Funky/House in lethal style. ‘Elements’ occupies the flipside, stepping back to 140bpm with an up-jacking flex coming from metronomic hi-hats and relentless bassbin punishment in his clearly defined dread mode. Test these anywhere for practically guaranteed results. BIG tip!



PANDA BEAR
You Can Count On Me
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
Domino
7″ // £4.49

The second of three limited edition 7″ singles to be released by Panda Bear in the build-up to his new album Tomboy, this outing gives two more excellent reasons for get excited about what’s in-store on the much-anticipated Person Pitch follow-up. ‘You Can Count On Me’ is a shimmeringly optimistic pop gem featuring the customary reverb-dappled wall-of-voices we’ve come to expect from Panda Bear’s records. Unusually, guitars feature heavily, providing an effects-heavy musical backdrop along with sparse, tropically-inclined beats and drifting excerpts of sampled dialogue. ‘Alsatian Darn’ proves to be very special in its own right, taking on a more urgent, minor-key tone during the first half before really opening up for a towering final passage overrun with handclaps, yet more layered vocal hooks and Reich-ian synth repetitions.

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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PULSHAR
Inside
Desolat
CD // £9.99

After some well received releases on Phonobox, Aphro Sainz and Pablo Bolivar’s dubby ambient House project serves an album on Locodice and Martin Buttrich’s Desolat label. Working within the album format, they expand the Pulshar sound to encompass softened Dubstep and low slung disco with Aphro’s poppy vocals alongside the pristine dub surfaces they’re known for. ‘California State Of Mind’ is their poppiest creation, a smudged and sluggish boogie disco…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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LONE
Once In A While / Raptured
Werk Discs
12″ // £5.49

Lone drops the anthemic ‘Once In A While’ (the opener from Kode 9’s DJ-Kicks mix), backed with a new cut and remixes from Midland and Sinden! With ‘Once In A While’ and his recent ‘Pineapple Crush’ 10″ Lone aka Matt Cutler has really found his niche, melding the exuberant flush of late 80’s Chicago House and early ’90s UK Rave in a saffron-infused fever dream for a fully lushed-up dancefloor…
LUKID
Chord
Werk Discs
3LP // £14.99

Werk Discs’ core member, Lukid, drops his third album for the label, a triple disc vinyl affair including three previously released tracks and two handfuls of brand new cuts. Usefully enough, the hovering drone of ‘Chord’, the smudged slowhouse of ‘Saddlebags’ and the Dilla-esque ‘Veto’ from his ‘Foma’ album make their debut appearance on wax, congruously slotting amongst a largely downtempo and heavy-headed set of home listening material. Lukid’s music…
OFFSHORE
Aneurysm EP
Big Dada
12″ // £4.99

Offshore makes the move to Big Dada after his killer 12″ for Stuff, blazing up four tracks of crafty Scottish crunk housed in dope, hand-sprayed sleeves. There’s definite shades of his Glasgow peers Rustie and Hud Mo all over these tracks, from the heavyweight 808 bounce and bitter candied synths of ‘Aneurysm’, through the unique, baroque midi melodies of ‘Hiccup’ , and into the martial exuberance of ‘UTG’ and he…
DARLING FARAH / FUNKINEVEN
Berline EP
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ // £6.99

Prime 2010 Jacker from Darling Farah, backed with very useful remixes from Funkineven, Clara Moto, and Christian Martin. The chunky, sub-driven vibes of Darling’s original will go down verywell at all points ont he Berlin-London axis, while Funkineven’s remix gives a more classic Chicago Jack feel with hard-tweaking 303 and proper crispy box beats. Infiné’s Clara Moto follows with a relatively reserved and cleanly minimal version, next to a scuzzy…
Q-BERT
Best Of Skratchy Seal
Dirt Style
LP // £12.99

One essential bit of wax for the scratch DJs: the very best skipless samples from seven Skratchy Seal editions, selected and condesned onto one rekkid by Invisbl Skratch Piklz’ extraterrestrial ambassador on earth, DJ Q-Bert. F-R-E-S-H.
GOLD PANDA
Lucky Shiner
Notown Records
LP // £12.99

*Now available on vinyl.* The highly anticipated debut album from Gold Panda (discounting the Japan-only collection of singles!). Ever since his ‘Miyamae’ 12″ dropped on Various Production’s label last year, it was obvious Gold Panda was one to watch. Since then he’s had a clutch of warmly received singles for Make Mine and Ghostly International besides a stream of remixes for everyone from Health to The Field, each painting a…
TROPICS
Soft Vision EP
Planet Mu
12″ // £4.99

Planet Mu enter that parallel ’80s zone that’s seemingly swallowed up half the youth of today, presenting the emotive debut release from Tropics. This melancholy young man has already been touted by the likes of Pitchfork and XLR8R and caught the attention of Lucky Dragons, who asked him to remix their ‘A New’ with lovely results. Over these three tracks Tropics taps into that nostalgic vibe but with a more…
BOOKS
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STEVIE CHICK
Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces
BLACK DOG PUBLISHING
Book // £16.49

Stevie Chick, the writer behind ‘The Black Flag Story’ and Sonic Youth’s biography ‘Psychic Confusion, authors this portrayal of Ninja Tune to mark their 20th anniversary. “20 Years of Beats & Pieces is the latest in Black Dog Publishing’s popular Labels Unlimited series… It includes exclusive interviews with many of the key artists and label staff from Ninja Tune and its successful subsidiaries including Big Dada and Counter…A stylish and…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Love Is A Stream (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £11.99

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD album of material reworked by Type label head John Twells, aka Xela* Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. “Love Is A Stream” marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist’s…
EARTH
A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra Capsular Extraction
Southern Lord
CD // £9.99

Released in their complete form for the very first time, this disc collects in their entirety the 1990 Smegma Studios sessions which constituted the recorded debut of legendary drone-metal pioneers Earth. Combining material that was previously scattered between the Extra Capsular Extractions EP and Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitar, this release has been given the care and attention it deserves with liner notes penned by the band’s own Dylan Carson…
GARETH DAVIS AND MACHINEFABRIEK
Drape
Home Normal
CD // £7.99

Following up on their Soundlines and Ghost Lanes collaborations of last year, the fine experimental clarinetist Gareth Davis and one-man music industry Rutger Zudervelt resume duet duties for this mightily impressive full-length follow-up. These tracks came from the same sessions as the Ghost Lanes 3″CD and the forthcoming Grower album, all laid down on the spur of the moment. These sessions marked the duo’s first work together in person, and…
SMEGMA
Mirage
Important Records
LP // £15.99

*LP VERSION INCLUDES A TRACK EXCLUSIVE TO THIS FORMAT* Enduring noise music innovators Smegma return, some thirty-eight years into their career with new album Mirage, which – somewhat confusingly – features slightly different tracklists on the different formats. Both versions open with the free-funk/splatter-jazz of ‘World Of My Own’, a noisy but ultimately pretty friendly assemblage of found sounds and wildly abstract garage performances. Following up, ‘Mirage’ is more surreal…
SMEGMA
Mirage
Important Records
CD // £12.99

*CD VERSION INCLUDES A TRACK EXCLUSIVE TO THIS FORMAT, PLUS A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDING FROM 1974* Enduring noise music innovators Smegma return, some thirty-eight years into their career with new album Mirage, which – somewhat confusingly – features slightly different tracklists on the different formats. Both versions open with the free-funk/splatter-jazz of ‘World Of My Own’, a noisy but ultimately pretty friendly assemblage of found sounds and wildly abstract…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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MIKE SIMONETTI & JOHNNY JEWEL
Albuterol
PERSEO RECORDS
CD // £7.99

Mike Simonetti and Johnny Jewel’s mix of personal faves and edits of edits finally lands on CD for IDIB’s Perseo sublabel. The mix came about when Mike spent some time in Portland with johnny and the idea was hatched to do a DJ selection drawing from Mike’s world renowned collection. Like most, we’re struggling to name many of these cuts but there’s a ruck of bargain basement disco like ‘Found…
FREE DISCO
Collection of Ignorance (Yam Who? Mix)
STRANGE DESIRE RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.99

Bit of a hit for the Nu-Disco cognoscenti, this. Four shades of disco, including a Yam Who? remix and a very odd ‘Barealic Ambient Mix’, all limited to 250 copies! Free Disco’s gliding ‘Mad Fish’ has a keen electronic Italo flow, which Yam Who? duly takes down to his pace for a smoother grooving bit of space funk. On the flip Free Disco link with Naive Sound Boogie Band for…
MARNI
Issimo 1
ISSIMO
12″ // £6.49

Reissue of two slick edits by Austria’s Marni, includes a hot mix of Rod Stewarts ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy’ juiced for maximum dancefloor potential and primed for more mature dancers who’ve still got something to prove.
NICK CHACONA
Slice Of Life
Wurst
12″ // £6.99

Louche, mid-tempo, modern disco from Nick Chacona, backed up with a Name In Lights remix. ‘Slice Of life’ meshes rolling Italo bass with frayed dub swirls at an early evening pace, while Name In Lights perk it up some with sprightly hand claps and a tidy Balearic guitar chop.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DJ ROC
The Crack Capone
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

DJ Roc is one of Chicago’s baddest DJs and Footwork producers. Born and raised in the city’s Southside Juke stronghold, his three ‘Juke City’ mixtapes are among the most widely distributed examples of this niche scene, dominating the playlists of rhythmically aware freaks and dancers across the world. ‘The Crack Capone’ is his debut collection of 20 individual solo productions, an arsenal of highly flammable, hi-speed dance manipulators, running from…
DJ ROC
The Crack Capone
Planet Mu
2LP // £11.99

DJ Roc is one of Chicago’s baddest DJs and Footwork producers. Born and raised in the city’s Southside Juke stronghold, his three ‘Juke City’ mixtapes are among the most widely distributed examples of this niche scene, dominating the playlists of rhythmically aware freaks and dancers across the world. ‘The Crack Capone’ is his debut collection of 20 individual solo productions, an arsenal of highly flammable, hi-speed dance manipulators, running from…
PEVERELIST AND HYETAL
The Hum / rrrr
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Bristol just keeps on bringing it! Punch Drunk drops two very special fusions from Peverelist and Hyetal, mixing fluid future junglism with heat-warped synthlines at 134bpm. ‘The Hum’ shakes out tribal-synced percussive demons under cover of wickedly dischordant, midnight blue synths and rambunctious subs, while ‘rrrr’ operates with more sparing, spiky drums and quaking low end carrying an emotive payload of spiraling melodic arpeggios. The two producers have consolidated their…
LV & OKMALUMKOOLKAT
Boomslang / Zharp
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

“Big tings/Big tings/Big tings!” Hyperdub’s latest heater was borne in South Africa when LV visited Jo’burg on a tour/Kwaito recon mission. Linking up with local MC Okmalumkoolkat via Spoek Mathambo, LV laid a Kwaito-styled riddim for his incesantly infectious repetition of “Boomslang”, and one of the years most immediate cuts hit the ground running. The tune is purely indicative of the outernational fusions occurring within the walls of London town…
T.WILLIAMS
Chop And Screw EP
Deep Teknologi
12″ // £5.99

Bulky House insulators from Deep Teknologi’s T. Williams. With ‘Chop & Screw’ he resorts to the filtered Latin disco trick, something we’ve not really heard in the majority of UK Funky, while strapped up with swinging snare bites and an infectious bassline surge. On the rude tribalist killer ‘Hard Cash’ any niceness is stripped from the bones for a skeletal percussive workout harbouring an evil-staring riff and severely ominous subs,…
PINCH
Croydon House / Elements
Swamp 81
12″ // £6.49

One of the years most flawlessly curated imprints drops a crucial installment from Pinch. ‘Croydon House’ is Pinch’s concession towards the stream of sub-130bpm tracks from the UK Bass quadrant. Loefah deployed it recently on Benji B’s 1Xtra show to much adulation, and now it’s here for mass destruction, knotting a junglist palette of percussion with sludgy subbass strafes to unsettle the foundations of Funky/House in lethal style. ‘Elements’ occupies…
SOLO BANTON & TREVOR IRIE
Dancehall Nice Again / No (Version)
Jahtari
7″ // £4.99

On ‘Dancehall Nice Again’ Solo Banton links with singer Trevor Irie on a charging “100% vibes-powered space rocket that won’t miss it’s aim…”, riding sweet ‘n hard on Disrupt’s crushing ‘Rhythm Riddim’. On the flip is Disrupt’s ‘No’ riddim, a spiralling, echo-laden slab of digi-dub wickedness.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA / BOK BOK / IKONIKA
Hoes Come Out At Night (Ikonika Mix)
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Ruthless ravers from the Night Slugs camp; new family member, Cubic Zirconia in conjunction with Bok Bok and remixed by Ikonika. Commednably setting any possible feminist agenda aside, Ikonika rerubs ‘Hoes Come Out At Night’, turning it into a Soca-tek romper with swooping subs, narcotic R&B vox and a ruffneck Chicago flavour. On the flip Bok Bok and Cubic Zirconia drop the pace slightly for ‘Reclash (Give It To Me)’…
SPATIAL
INFRA004
INFRASONICS
10″ // £5.49

While his Infrasonics label has been busy turning out solid goodies from Ike Release, Hot City and XXXY, Spatial’s own productions have been scarce in 2010. His fourth release on the label adds some lean but juicy flesh to the bones of his future garage blueprints while factoring in a more feminine pressure by way of dainty 2-step melodies and diced vocals. The title might not give much away, but…
DJ RASHAD
Itz Not Rite
Planet Mu
12″ // £4.99

Planet Mu’s commendable Juke and Footwork agenda turns out a heavyweight EP from scene lynchpin, DJ Rashad. With his releases on Juke Trax and Databass plus countless DJ spots around Chicago, Rashad advanced the Booty styles of his peers, DJ Funk, Gantman, Paul Johnson and DJ Godfather, to form Juke as we know it today. Following DJ Nate’s awesome album, Rashad drops six heavily functional heat generators, from the taut,…
KINGTHING
Mad Hatter EP
FORTIFIED AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Strong Garage futurism from KingThing, following in the footsteps of XXXY, VVV and Loops Haunt on the excellent Fortified Audio imprint. The vibe is restless and rugged throughout the ‘Mad Hatter EP’ from warped 4/4 swing of ‘La-Di-Da’, spiked with spectral diva vox and peppered with twysting mentasms, through the fruity flex of ‘Bump’ and the canny balance of brittle woodblocks, almost baroque R’n’B melody and bristling syncopations in the…
SOLO BANTON
No / Rhythm Riddim
Jahtari
7″ // £4.99

Jahtari roll in with a heavyweight from Solo Banton, produced by the deadly talent of Disrupt. ‘No’ appeared recently on the Jahtarian Dubbers vol.2 comp as a Rootah refix but in original form Disrupt drops a spiralling, echo-laden slab of digi-dub wickedness topped with humourous, observant and memorable lyrics from the legendary UK soundman. On the flip Disrupt drops the crushing ‘Rhythm Riddim’, deploying vintage digital percussion on a humongous…
NUMAN
Race Against Time
Planet Mu
12″ // £4.99

Numan makes a step up to Planet Mu with four unique examples of his dubstep fusion sound. Raved up releases on Wicky Lindows and Slit Jockey cemented the 18 year olds status as one to watch, and now under the wing of µ we can really see what’s happening in his hard drive. The looped flute stabs of the title track bely his early Grime influences but soon morph into…
RIYA
Seems Like / The Cycle
Autonomic
12″ // £6.99

Riya aka Laura Pacheko heads up the 2nd Autonomic 12″, lending vocals to productions from DBridge, and Mr O. Jones (Skream), with assistance from Mr D. Kirkham (half of Instra:mental). Most notably, the DBridge-produced ‘Seems Like’ opened the Autonomic FabricLive. 50 mix with its melancholy sci-fi steppers vibe, but the intense 4/4 throb of the ‘The Cycle’ on the flipside is exclusive to this plate. It sets a deadly momentum…
SUPRA1 / L-VIS 1990 / BRACKLES
Still Believe EP (Brackles / L-Vis 1990 Mixes)
Trouble & Bass Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Nitro-fuelled rave naughtiness from the T&B camp; Supra1’s ‘Still Believe’ backed with remixes from Brackles, L-Vis 1990, Gucci Vump and The Phantom. We’d recommend drawing for Brackles’ sparser, itchy-skipping Future-step remix and L-Vis 1990’s Night Slugs special. Gucci Vump’s kinda reminds of Kingdom’s epic sound, but the original and The Phantom remix are a little too garish. Still, heavy twelve!
SKREAM / FALTY DL / SBTRKT / VARIOUS
Tempa Allstars Vol. 6
Tempa
2LP // £11.49

In the sixth annual installment of the world’s most essential Dubstep compilation we find refined mongrel killers from Skream, Icicle, Falty DL, Benga, SBTRKT, and Alix Perez. For the dubstep congnoscenti this is like Christmas, Eid, and Hannukah all at once. We’re immediately drawn to Icicle’s rather outstanding ‘Anything’, following a flawless 12″ on Shogun Audio with quicksilver sci-fi steppers sophistication. Skream is in fierce form too, delivering the soca-tek…
BAOBINGA & MENSAH / BAOBINGA & DVA
N.S.G. / This One’s Wavey
Build
12″ // £5.99

Baobinga links with Mensah and DVA on his self-curated Build imprint. The standout is ‘This Is Wavey’ a heavy hookup with DVA on a carnival-styled romp, mixing Scratcha’s drum palette with next sound design. Recommended.
DATA
Hedorah / Little White Lies
DUBZILLA
12″ // £6.49

Lean but heavy Dub steppers from Data. ‘Hedorah’ arranges punchy, cone shuddering drums and lurching bass into an ultra-minimalist halfstep tool on the A-side, keeping matters sparse and dread-filled. On the flip ‘Little White Lies’ introduces some more tangible emotion in the form of trickling synthlines and a foreboding Gynoid diva vocal around a purposeful steppers pattern. Tuff but restrained goods for fans of Commix, Sabre, or Elemental.
DEHAEL / DOJAH
Fear Nobody (6Blocc Edit) / Thunderkuff
Moonshine Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Heavy halfstepping dub from Dehael and Dojah, including a 6Blocc Edit. ‘Fear Nobody’ is the choice tune, edited by 6Blocc for a powerful skanking effect, while Dojah’s ‘Thunderkuff’ covers the flipside with a dread rave basslines and a wicked vocal from Knorsq and Saimn-i.
DODGER MAN
Mango Tree / 2_12
Awkward Movements
12″ // £6.49

Fresh off the London hype line, Dodger Man drops two Breaks-y sounding Dubtech joints with a clinical finish. ‘Mango Tree’ is like Post-Dubstep for the Marine Parade crowd with polished production and standardised arrangements, while ‘2_12’ figures on the flip with an impressive display of dynamic dub chords attached to crisp finished rhythm sitting somewhere between the sounds of Indigo and Kontext.
HIZATRON
Telescope Dope
WIGFLEX
12″ // £5.99

Melodic IDM/Tech-House fusions from Nottingham’s Hizatron, a contemporary of Spamchop and the Blunted Robots crew. ‘Telescope Dope’ operates on the A-side, a hurky-jerky tech-house wiggler with bobbling kicks and surging synthline tricks borrowed from Mnml techno. ‘Executive Ball Scratcher’ gets a bit groovier, melding twinkling electro-marimba type sounds reminding of Caribou or the Border Community lot, mixed with ruffled Garage House patterns before ‘Klondyke’ contorts itself into a febrile ball…
THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS
We Do Scorpion Thingz
Rag and Bone
CD // £11.99

Sheffield’s Bassline-influenced electronic japesters drop their first full release of the year. They describe their own music like “Hitting a woman copper in the face with a cro-bar” which we don’t recommend, but made us chuckle. With this in mind, you’ve gotta take ‘We Do Scorpion Thingz’ with a pinch of ket, bowling as it does from rampant warpers like ‘Dark Thing’, to wonk jobs like ‘After Hours Dog Racing’,…
UNKNOWN ARTIST
Fine Day
ZENKA
12″ // £6.49

It had to happen at some point… Kirsty Hawkshaw’s vocals are placed over a surging dubstep monster. One-sided, limited copies…
YOUTHMAN / BULLETPROOF
Freestyle Maniac / GutterKrunk
Infamous Recordingz
12″ // £5.99

Radged dance agitators from Youthman and Bulletproof for the harder end of the Dubstep/Breakstep scenes. Youthman’s ‘Freestyle Maniac’ welds B-More style breaks onto pendulous, boulder-shaped 4/4s and ruffed up synthline textures. On the flip New Zealand’s Bulletproof go one harder with D&B production values worked into a reinforced Breakstep romper. Goin’ on ‘Aard!
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JOHN ELLIOT (EMERALDS)
Colored Mushroom And The Medicine Rocks
Wagon
LP // £14.99

*Limited to 420 copies only for the world – on coloured vinyl, including an 11×11 double sided insert packed in high UV gloss coated jackets* John Elliot ov Emeralds brings his blissful Coloured Mushroom and the Medicine Rocks project to coloured vinyl in a limited run of 420 copies on Wagon. The tracks have been hand flicked and picked by Elliott from various tapes made this year with his buddies…
DARKSTAR
North
Hyperdub
CD // £10.99

Leading up to the release of their feverishly anticipated debut album for Hyperdub, Darkstar underwent some major evolutionary changes. Perhaps most signifiicantly they expanded from a production/writing duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley into a trio, now including vocalist James Buttery. This personnel change has been reflected in the music too. While previously Darkstar’s sound leaned towards the fringes of dubstep, the musical profile of North is considerably more…
DARKSTAR
North
Hyperdub
LP // £8.99

Leading up to the release of their feverishly anticipated debut album for Hyperdub, Darkstar underwent some major evolutionary changes. Perhaps most signifiicantly they expanded from a production/writing duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley into a trio, now including vocalist James Buttery. This personnel change has been reflected in the music too. While previously Darkstar’s sound leaned towards the fringes of dubstep, the musical profile of North is considerably more…
INNERCITY
Future Life (Special Edition W/Cassette)
Aguirre
LP + Cassette // £14.99

*Special Edition – comes with a bonus album-length cassette of extra material* Innercity is one Hans Dens, an ambient simulant/recording artist from the same heavy-lidded Antwerp experimental scene as Dolphins Into The Future. He’s had a batch of cassettes and ltd CDRs out on Taped Sounds, Ikuisuus, Ruralfaune and his own Why So Serious label (great name!!), previously appearing on these pages with his scrambled ‘Visions From Dream State’ CD…
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Live Generators (1.5)
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

Fresh in from Rene Hell’s Agents Of Chaos tape label, a continuation of the incredible ‘Generator’ session released on Root Strata earlier this year, featuring Keith Fullerton Whitman manning his Doepfer hybrid Analogue/Digital synthesizer. Again Fullerton Whitman investigates “the unpredictable entropies & slight signal degradation inherent to Analog instrument design”, and the findings are truly riveting. With only the slightest input, he sets off sequences of unpredictably morphing shapes and…
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN & GEOFF MULLEN)
Take Me To Your Dealer
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

It’s a double whammy for the Agents Of Chaos label, following KFW’s second ‘Generator’ installment with his ‘Take Me To Your Dealer’ tape, made with his close ally, Geoff Mullen, under the Any Given Sunday alias. This is still freeform and noisy territory, but there’s a richness to the tone of their sounds and an over-riding sense of instinctive arrangement which keeps it from falling into outright noise. On the…
RENE HELL / FLOWERMAN
Split
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

Ruling the ferric realm this week, another Agents Of Chaos tape (check the others from Driphouse, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Any Given Sunday!), this time split between Flower Man aka Chicago’s Chris Bush, and AoC head, Rene Hell. Flower Man’s side is a vortex of cheap drum machine pulses, flanging metallic synths and scrawled dot matrix symphonics, sucked through a time vacuum from a fantasy laboratory in 1986. Rene Hell’s…
DRIPHOUSE
Fm Radio ’10
AGENTS OF CHAOS
Cassette // £5.99

The Agents Of Chaos tape label offers a blissed transmission from Raccoo-oo-oon’s Daren Ho, an improvised performance originally broadcast on WNYU in spring 2010. Driphouse is Ho’s all digital, ambient solo project, following releases and tracks on Night People and Upstairs with just over 20 minutes of twinkling, Bladerunner-esque scenery that Vangelis might well be proud of. Again, top quality cassette mastering and proper, pro-printed sleeve. A genuine gem!
WESTERN STANDARDS
Energy Centre
WESTERN STANDARDS
LP // £13.99

A lovely slab of hazy, impressionistic audio landscaping from the mysterious Western Standards, limited to 110 copies of hand-stamped vinyl housed in hand-assembled sleeves. With practically no background info to go on, we’re not sure if this is his/her/their debut, or 20th release, but there’s a curious blend of dissonant desert guitars, synth electronics and tailored drones occuring here which we think will really pique the interest of folks with…
MARK ERNESTUS / BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT
5 7
Nonplace
12″ // £6.99

Truly mesmerizing outernational rhythm trips from Mark Ernestus (Rhythm & Sound) and Burnt Friedman, reinterpreting secret rhythms from Freidman and Jaki Liebezeit. The Ernestus mix of ‘5’ is a stealthily paced and loose groove, tucking Liebezeit’s drumming into ornate swirls with a tumbling cadence, gradually adding of kilter stabs low in the mix until a final flourish of arabesque washes seals the cut with a sombre mood. Burnt Friedman’s own…
MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM
Double Cut
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

Remastered from the original tapes, Double Cut is the second album by electronic music legend Dieter Moebius and bassist Gerd Beerbohm, originally released in 1984. For this collection of recordings, the two musicians honed in on the most elemental aspects of their music – in particular its rhythmic constituents. From our current historical vantage point it’s not too hard to think of Double Cut as a premonition of what was…
BARBARA MORGENSTERN
Fan No. 2
Monika
2CD // £13.49

Presented as a “guided tour” through Barbara Morgenstern’s career to date, Fan No. 2 is a double-album sized collection that goes beyond the default greatest hits-style package and adds previously unreleased cuts alongside a Beatles cover (‘Blackbird’), a Robert Wyatt collaboration (‘Camouflage’) and possibly best of all, two of Barbara’s earliest EPs: the sought-after Enter he Partyzone and Plastikreport. There’s lots to get stuck into here, and the new tracks…
JOSEPH CLAYTON MILLS
Leaving My Shadow Still To Be With You
ENTR’ACTE
Cassette // £6.49

Joseph Clayton Mills is a member of Chicago improv trio, Haptic. Between 2009-2010 he recorded and assembled ‘Leaving My Shadow Still To Be With You’, using an unconventional array of instrumentation including Cambridge Audio-Visual Heart Monitor, Hurdy Gurdy, Morse Code Instructograph, pocket watch, found home rcording (“Jane Christmas 1942”), phonograph horn, shortwave radio, thimble, wine glass and more to create freeform assemblies of drone, dynamic electro-acoustics and unknown textures. Like…
MATMOS / LESSER / WOBBLY
Simultaneous Quodlibet
Important Records
LP // £15.99

This triumvirate of electronica virtuoso acts reunite after far too long a hiatus, returning with a witty and predictably technical excursion into the extremes of improvised electroacoustic music. The album started life as a number of improvised recordings made made for Hollow Earth Internet Radio back in 2008. Additional overdubs were made at Safety Scissors’ home studio and at Snowghost Studios in Montana, with extra helpings of synth, organ, drums…
CARIBOU
Sun / Leave House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Mix)
City Slang
12″ // £6.99

Another joyfully tempered dancefloor expedition lifted from Caribou’s ‘Swim’ album, backed with a sensuously building Motor City Drum Ensemble remix of ‘Leave House’. It’s hard to avoid the fact that Caribou and Four Tet share some vital similarities, the best of which are heard in ‘Sun’, from the gracefully bristling breakbeats looped into supple 4/4 rhythms to the ecstatic crescendos of phased vocals and cottony soft sound design. Motor City…
THE BIG PINK / VARIOUS
Tapes (Mixed by The Big Pink)
K7
CD // £10.99

Electro-rock maestros The Big Pink offer up a stunning new mix for the K7 label, drawing especially heavily on the finest sounds to emerge from the drag/witch house scene. Artists on the tracklist include Salem, oOoOO, Actress, Gang Gang Dance, Joker and These New Puritans. The mix opens with ‘Slow Dancing’ by GR†LLGR†LL, whose music sounds like a digitised hallucinogenic nightmare, pieced together from scraps of low bitrate detritus scavenged…
KALLABRIS
The Standard Of A Fly
ENTR’ACTE
LP // £11.99

Quiet and considered post-industrial improv from obscure German artist and member of the Cranioclast collective, Kallabris aka Michael Anacker, for the Entr’acte label. Kallabris has put his name to a handful of releases dating back to 1987 for a range of fringe imprints including Jazztone, Drone Records and Old Europa Cafe, exploring post ’80s industrial sounds with a resolutely avant and experimental aesthetic. This set was played and recorded live…
CABOLADIES
Live Anywhere
Aguirre
LP // £12.99

Tucked in the slipstream of last week’s Brother Raven album and the ace Innercity LP (out this week), a very strange side of wax from Chicagoan synth duo, Caboladies. ‘Live Anywhere’ is the recording of their 1/15/2010 performance on WHPK 88.5 FM in Chicago, USA, capturing one side of chaotic, primordial techno soup and polychromatic harmonics and another, more drifting side of cottony ambience, distorted synth textures reminding of KFW…
GOLDEN DISKO SHIP / JASMINA MASCHINA
City Splits #1 Berlin
Monika
CD // £10.99

Marking the start of a brand new series of releases for Monika, City Splits Vol.1 runs in parallel with the label’s popular 4 Women No Cry compilations, but rather than collecting artists from different parts of the globe, this series draws together talents from the same city, united under the billing of being two of that city’s most exciting burgeoning talents. “Having recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of reunification and…
STEVEN SEVERIN
Sleepercell
Lumberton
CD // £4.99

A founding member of Siouxsie & The Banshees, Steven Severin now devotes his musical energies towards more abstract encounters with sound, often creating soundtracks for film works. The three-piece, twenty-minute Sleepercell draws heavily on sounds culled from weird shortwave transmissions and kicks off with a title track that interweaves lost voices, plucked from the ether, with revenant drones to eerie effect. The Tod Dockstader-like atmosphere of this first piece is…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Constant Sorrow: Bluegrass From Root To Flower
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

“Whilst companion set Bluegrass Big Three explores the giants of the bluegrass explosion in the decade from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, Constant Sorrow takes a more studied overview of the whole scene from its roots in the 1920s and 1930s, through the growth between 1940 and 1950 to the flowering of the music and its mainstream acceptance in the late 1950s. harmingly known as “Old Time Music”…
VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

For the fourth installment in their always excellent Imaginational Anthem compilation series, the Tompkins Square label goes about compiling works from modern-day, up-and-coming acoustic guitar heroes; while previous volumes focused on the “forgotten legends of the American Primitive genre” you’ll hear a wealth of new voices coming through on this entry, including C. Joynes, William Tyler (Silver Jews, Lambchop), Tyler Ramsey (from Band Of Horses), Nick Jonah Davis and Aaron…
VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities
TOMPKINS SQUARE
LP // £15.99

For the fourth installment in their always excellent Imaginational Anthem compilation series, the Tompkins Square label goes about compiling works from modern-day, up-and-coming acoustic guitar heroes; while previous volumes focused on the “forgotten legends of the American Primitive genre” you’ll hear a wealth of new voices coming through on this entry, including C. Joynes, William Tyler (Silver Jews, Lambchop), Tyler Ramsey (from Band Of Horses), Nick Jonah Davis and Aaron…
KURT WAGNER & CORTNEY TIDWELL PRESENT KORT
Invariable Heartache
City Slang
LP // £12.99

Both firmly ingrained in the fabric of Nashville life, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and alt. country chanteuse Cortney Tidwell have reunited for an album that pays tribute to the noble art of the country duet, with a particular focus on the music released by the Chart Records catalogue. Cortney’s grandfather, Slim Williamson, ran the Cart label, for which her father, Cliff Williamson, eventually became an A&R man. The family connection is…
KURT WAGNER & CORTNEY TIDWELL PRESENT KORT
Invariable Heartache
City Slang
CD // £8.99

Both firmly ingrained in the fabric of Nashville life, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and alt. country chanteuse Cortney Tidwell have reunited for an album that pays tribute to the noble art of the country duet, with a particular focus on the music released by the Chart Records catalogue. Cortney’s grandfather, Slim Williamson, ran the Cart label, for which her father, Cliff Williamson, eventually became an A&R man. The family connection is…
DENIS JONES
Red + Yellow =
HUMBLE SOUL
CD // £10.99

A second album from Manchester’s improvising electronic/folk auteur Denis Jones, Red + Yellow = aims to transfer al the ingenuity of his renowned live shows into a studio environment, recruiting a host of additional personnel from across Manchester’s live scene. Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra, Corinne Bailey-Rae), Paddy Steer (Homelife), trumpet player and Gondwana Records label boss Matt Halsal, Jon Thorne (Lamb, Lou Rhodes) and fellow local songwriting hero Aidan Smith…
DOUG PAISLEY
Constant Companion
NO QUARTER
LP // £11.99

Doug Paisley’s first (and eponymous) album was filled with classic folk and country songwriting, and this follow-up (also on No Quarter) builds on the strength of that set with a collection of songs that’s already gaining comparisons to The Band and Neil Young circa After The Goldrush. There’s nothing forced or fake about Paisley’s music, he’s just a timeless Americana artist (who, like Neil Young before him, happens to be…
DOUG PAISLEY
Constant Companion
NO QUARTER
CD // £10.99

Doug Paisley’s first (and eponymous) album was filled with classic folk and country songwriting, and this follow-up (also on No Quarter) builds on the strength of that set with a collection of songs that’s already gaining comparisons to The Band and Neil Young circa After The Goldrush. There’s nothing forced or fake about Paisley’s music, he’s just a timeless Americana artist (who, like Neil Young before him, happens to be…
GIANT SAND
Blurry Blue Mountain
Fire Records
CD // £10.99

Howe Gelb’s pioneering alt. country band Giant Sand returns with a brand new album, twenty-five years on from their 1985 debut album, Valley Of Rain. Of the new record, Gelb says: “These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. As with every previous album, none of this was…
JANE WEAVER / STARLESS & BIBLE BLACK / VARIOUS
Echoes From The Mountain
RIF MOUNTAIN
CD // £7.99

New on The Owl Service’s label, Rif Mountain comes this compilation paying homage to legendary folk label Village Thing, an independent British company that ran between 1970 and 1973, specialising in “alternative folk”. The label was a home to artists such as Ian A. Anderson, Dave Evans, Wizz Jones and Sun Also Rises, all of whom are covered over the course of this compilation, with contributing acts including Jane Weaver,…
OWEN
Abandoned Bridges / I’m Always In Love
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
7″ // £3.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Mike Kinsella returns to Polyvinyl with a great new 7″, featuring two recordings exclusive to this release. Owen is Kinsella’s solo guise, though he may be more widely known for his contributions to bands like Joan Of Arc, Aloha, Cap’n Jazz and American Football. ‘Abandoned Bridges’ is an elegantly mournful take on left-of-centre singer-songwriter introspection, featuring some great acoustic fretwork and an…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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SCOTT TUMA
Dandelion (Expanded CD Edition)
DIGITALIS
CD // £7.99

*Expanded CD Edition – includes over 35 minutes of material not featured on the vinyl edition of this album* Another highly anticipated release from the excellent Digitalis imprint – this time from Boxhead Ensemble’s Scott Tuma who manages to weave a sound that incorporates dense and unsettling field recordings with Takoma-esque porchside strums, wiry violin, rhythmic metal scrapes, music-box interludes, Location recordings, Shortwave signals, spectral banjo plucks and distant piano…
BRIAN MCBRIDE
The Effective Disconnect
Kranky
CD // £11.99

Stars Of The Lid’s Brian McBride was recruited by filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein for the soundtrack to their documentary film The Vanishing Of The Bees. Not having seen the film, we can only really take The Effective Disconnect on its own terms, as a standalone project, and in that sense it’s certainly an enormous success. McBride has stated that his intention was to create a number of enclosed,…
UPWARD ARROWS
Upward Arrows
Under The Spire
CD // £7.99

Part Timer’s John McCaffrey unveils a new guise for the Under The Spire, delivering an album specifically with that label’s agenda in mind. Even the project’s name references Under The Spire: “the name Upward Arrows is an allusion to the thousands of church spires that pepper the world, all pointing upwards like arrows aimed at the sky” says McCaffrey. In musical terms McCaffrey has adapted his musical strategy to what…
CELER
Weavings Of A Rapid Disenchantment
BASSES FREQUENCES
10″ // £9.99

Released in a limited edition of 350 copies, this new 10″ from the Basses Frequences imprint features two companion compositions to the the Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness. A melting pot of electronics, analogue tape manipulation, strings and field recordings (of thunder and a freight train), these tracks perhaps sound ‘bigger’ than much of Celer’s output, and yet the principles behind the duo’s stringently minimalist approach remain in check. The…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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PANDA BEAR
You Can Count On Me
Domino
7″ // £4.49

The second of three limited edition 7″ singles to be released by Panda Bear in the build-up to his new album Tomboy, this outing gives two more excellent reasons for get excited about what’s in-store on the much-anticipated Person Pitch follow-up. ‘You Can Count On Me’ is a shimmeringly optimistic pop gem featuring the customary reverb-dappled wall-of-voices we’ve come to expect from Panda Bear’s records. Unusually, guitars feature heavily, providing…
DIRTY PROJECTORS
Bitte Orca (Expanded Edition)
Domino
2CD // £9.99

**Limited edition version including a Bonus CD with unreleased material & B-sides.** I was beginning to lose hope, I really was. 2009 wasn’t shaping up to be a great year for pop music; sure there have been good albums but there weren’t many really ‘defining’ records. Animal Collective had hit us square in the chops with ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ but nobody else had raised their game to meet it -…
KIT
Invocation
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £10.99

This Oakland quartet specialise in incredibly energetic, mercilessly brief punk-pop songs, all recorded under typically abrasive lo-fi circumstances. While the recordings are rough and ramshackle, the instrumental onslaught is ferocious, jolting through these melodic noise forays like a more tuneful, slightly less choppy Melt Banana. Perhaps Deerhoof would make for a better comparison: there are tendencies towards all-out noise splurges, but equally, there’s a pleasing intricacy to how the instruments…
ANDREW CEDERMARK
Moon Deluxe
Underwater Peoples
LP // £16.99

Underwater Peoples is one of those labels you can really trust in – everything they’ve released to date has been quite magnificent, with the likes of Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Tennis, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks and Mountain Man all contributing to their catalogue. This latest long-player on the New Jersey imprint comes from former Titus Andronicus guitarist Andrew Cedermark, who presents an addictive collection of homemade singer-songwriter material and…
BERND JESTRAM (TARWATER) & J. EDWARD DONALD
Rats Live On No Evil Star
Gusstaff Records
CD // £12.99

Rats Live On No Evil Star are an unusual duo, connected to that other notable palindromic experimental band, To Rococo Rot, in a roundabout sort of way: Bernd Jestram is a member of Tarwater, Ronald Lippok’s ‘other’ band. A bizarre foray into post-punk/art-rock songwriting, the album centres around the work of J. Edward Donald, a writer of very strange music indeed, who occasionally lifts his lyrics from sources such as…
THE PHANTOM BAND
The Wants
Chemikal Underground
CD // £10.49

The Wants finds this ambitious Glaswegian band raising their game considerably for their sophomore full-length, a curious assemblage of clever post-folk variations and proggier, occasionally krautrock-influenced sounds. Early single ‘A Glamour’ introduces the album with a weirdo glam stomp that’s faintly suggestive of a more organic retake on Battles’ ‘Atlas’. From here on the album continues to evade pigeonholing, summoning up dark, cycling synths, some slick, piled-up vocals and electronically-enforced…
ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL
Erland & the Carnival
Static Caravan
LP // £11.99

**Now available on vinyl** Here at last is the debut album from curious psych-folk supergroup Erland And The Carnival, whose line-up features the titular Erland Cooper alongside former Verve guitarist (and The Good, The Bad & The Queen member) Simon Tong and drummer/engineer David Nock, who’s best known for his work alongside Sir Paul McCartney on his Fireman project. Previous single ‘Trouble In Mind’ seems to get better with every…
HALF HANDED CLOUD
As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf…
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £10.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** One of the longest standing artists on the Asthmatic Kitty imprint, Half-Handed Cloud is the solo project of John Ringhofer, who can also be seen playing trombone for Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers and bass in Danielson. On record, Half-Handed Cloud’s music manages to be simultaneously simple in its lo-fi elegance and yet impressively ornate in its continual chopping and changing. Zipping through twenty-five…
HALF HANDED CLOUD
As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf…
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.49

One of the longest standing artists on the Asthmatic Kitty imprint, Half-Handed Cloud is the solo project of John Ringhofer, who can also be seen playing trombone for Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers and bass in Danielson. On record, Half-Handed Cloud’s music manages to be simultaneously simple in its lo-fi elegance and yet impressively ornate in its continual chopping and changing. Zipping through twenty-five joyous miniature songs in around forty minutes, Ringhofer…
OUR BROKEN GARDEN
Golden Sea
Bella Union
CD // £13.99

Anna Bronsted follows up her 2008 album, When Your Blackening Shows with a beautiful second long-player.  The Danish vocalist and songwriter has been known to play keyboards for Efterklang, but this album marks her out as an impressive musical force in her own right.  Assisted by various musically-inclined friends (most notably guitarist/keyboardist Soren Bigum and bass player Moogie Johnson) Golden Sea quickly reveals itself as something really quite special; there’s…
SHADY BARD
Trials
FOREST INDUSTRIES
CD // £8.99

Previously to be heard on Static Caravan, Shady Bard’s music is an emotive amalgam of colourful, narrative folk music, post-rock and the sort of lavishly constructed presence a band like Tindersticks summon up. Supposedly the album is inspired by forest fires that ravaged the Peloponese in 2007, and that bleakness seeps into the writing. During ‘Night Song’ Becko sings: “abandon your hopes and drown in your fears tonight” in a…
THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION
Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit
Temporary Residence
CD // £10.99

Featuring remixes by Eluvium and none other than Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, this eight-track mini-album arrives the same week as the new album from band member Pall Jenkins’ other project, Three Mile Pilot. There are three originals on the Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit tracklist, starting with the pulsating, motorik opener ‘Blank Page’ and follow-on ‘The Orchid’ which strips away the krautrock influence in favour of some ghoulish strings and piano work with…
THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION
Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit
Temporary Residence
LP // £13.99

Featuring remixes by Eluvium and none other than Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, this eight-track mini-album arrives the same week as the new album from band member Pall Jenkins’ other project, Three Mile Pilot. There are three originals on the Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit tracklist, starting with the pulsating, motorik opener ‘Blank Page’ and follow-on ‘The Orchid’ which strips away the krautrock influence in favour of some ghoulish strings and piano work with…
THE WALKMEN
Lisbon
Bella Union
LP // £16.99

**Now available on vinyl** The sixth studio album from acclaimed indie rockers The Walkmen finds them relocated to a new home, at the Bella Union label. Considering the band’s layout as a unit doesn’t diverge terribly far from the indie norm, they’ve done a fine job of sounding curiously unlike their peers. The opening pairing of ‘Juveniles’ and ace single ‘Angela Surf City’ finds the band striking plenty of distance…
THREAD PULLS
New Thoughts
OSAKA
CD // £10.49

Having so far garnered comparisons with everyone from Liars to This Heat, Throbbing Gristle and Sonic Youth, this band have a lot to live up to. New Thoughts captures the groove-driven, no-wave/industrial-inspired sounds of this Irish band, whose line-up is a stripped back duo comprising bass and drums, with vocals and occasional electronic elements seeping into the mix. It takes a lot of invention to make a setup like this…
THREE MILE PILOT
The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten
Temporary Residence
2LP // £16.99

Returning with their first new studio album in thirteen years, Three Mile Pilot are on fine form for The Inevitable Past Is The Forgotten Future. The band has been on hiatus due to the breakaway success of side projects launched by members Pall Jenkins and Zach Smith (The Black Heart Procession and Pinback, respectively), but this comeback is an impressive affair. Self-produced in the band members’ own home studios, the…
THREE MILE PILOT
The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten
Temporary Residence
CD // £11.99

Returning with their first new studio album in thirteen years, Three Mile Pilot are on fine form for The Inevitable Past Is The Forgotten Future. The band has been on hiatus due to the breakaway success of side projects launched by members Pall Jenkins and Zach Smith (The Black Heart Procession and Pinback, respectively), but this comeback is an impressive affair. Self-produced in the band members’ own home studios, the…
XBXRX
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POLYVINYL RECORD CO
7″ // £3.99

*INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COUPON REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* You may recall XBXRX from their wild improv album, Sounds, released back in 2007 on Important Records – here they purge themselves of ten songs across two sides of 7″ vinyl, blazing through deconstructed, Melt Banana-style hardcore and extreme, bristling discordance. It’s pretty heavy-going but you can really feel the energy pouring out of this little wax disc. Good stuff. Limited…
JAZZ / RELATED
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VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Echoes Of Italy
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
2CD // £7.99

An overview of 1950s Italian and Italian-American music, featuring Sophia Loren, Connie Francis, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Mario Lanza and many more. “Continuing a series exploring the popular music of Europe, Echoes Of Italy offers the ideal snapshot of Italian music in the fifties. This superb collection offers almost two and a half hours of great performances by such legends as Sophia Loren and Mario Lanza, as well as artists…
VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Hot Feet
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

“Hot Feet is the story in music, words and pictures, of the thriving dance culture in the USA across three decades, from the Jazz Age of the ’20s, to the Depression years of the ’30s, and on through World War II to the immediate post-war era. Hot Feet’s three-disc, 70-track selection amply illustrates the evolution of danceable music, from the hot jazz of the Roaring ’20s, to the “sweet music”…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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GENOTYPE
Ritual Dance EP
Exit Records
3 x 10″ // £15.99

Justin Richardson aka Genotype/Just Jungle makes a welcome return to the fray with a 3×10″ album of cold junglist futurism configured with old skool methods. Between the late ’90s and early ’00s he produced a string of underground heavy hitters for Renegade Hardware and Reinforced, but while much of the scene has moved into Techier Neurofunked territory, Justin has retained proper dub rooted principles. His aesthetic slots very neatly into…
GENOTYPE
Ritual Dance LP
Exit Records
CD // £8.99

Justin Richardson aka Genotype/Just Jungle makes a welcome return to the fray with a new album of cold junglist futurism configured with old skool methods. Between the late ’90s and early ’00s he produced a string of underground heavy hitters for Renegade Hardware and Reinforced, but while much of the scene has moved into Techier Neurofunked territory, Justin has retained proper dub rooted principles. His aesthetic slots very neatly into…
NOISIA & JOE SEVEN / ALIX PEREZ / STRAY
Invisible002
INVISIBLE
2×12″ // £11.99

Bit of a wet dream for the minimal techy D&B types; Noisia, Joe Seven, Alix Perez, and Stray various configurations for the second release on Invisible Recordings. Noisia flash some impresive mnmlst muscle with Joe Seven on the ninja-slick ‘Ease Forward’, backed with one of Alix Perez’s most efficient moments to date ‘The Observer’ (killer track!). On the 2nd disc Noisia & Alix Perez face off on ‘Underprint’, and Stray…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 321: November 2010
Wire
Mag // £4.00

This month’s Wire boasts features on Irish composer/conceptual artist Jennifer Walshe, Belgian composer Wim Mertens, plus interviews with Bjorn Torske and Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group. You’ll also find a primer devoted to Detroit legends Drexciya, and an Invisible Jukebox with experimental pianist John Tilbury.
FILE MAGAZINE
Issue 4: Autumn/Winter 2010
FILE
Mag // £6.50

The bi-annual magazine devoted to “the fields of graphic design, art, photography, fashion and moving image” returns with an Autumn/Winter issue, featuring (among many other things) an interview with Tamara Drewe creator Posy Simmonds (with plenty of illustrations included) and a selection iconic photographic images of French New Wave cinema from the camera of Raymond Cauchetier. Also of note: while the magazine previously shipped with a DVD, now the video…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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RAUDIVE
Chamber Music
MACRO
CD // £11.99

Venerable German techno artist Oliver Ho presents his album as Raudive, ‘Chamber Music’ for Stefan Goldmann’s Macro imprint. Ho describes the album as ‘Bitches Brew voodoo reeds, New York no wave noices and European avant-string spin a mesmerizing dark patina around the ultra-present 3000-year-rhythms’ and we won’t argue. He’s certainly gone much further than any of his techno records have dared venture, exploring those sounds which have obviously informed his…
DOP
Greatest Hits
Circus Company
CD // £9.99

dOP present their debut album, cheekily titled ‘Greatest Hits’, for Circus Company. Together with vocalist Jaws, the trio remind of Guillaume And The Coutu Dumont’s brand of cabaret-inspired House music with a flair for jazzy keys, odd instrumentation like Chinese flute, painino, cajon, and cuica. Fun times.
JOHN TEJADA & JOSH HUMPHREY
Assimilation
Palette Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Four tracks of well rounded tech-house electronics from Palette owner John Tejada and his buddy Josh Humphrey. On the A-side we get the perky, polished propulsion of ‘Assimilation’, and a twinkling IDM/Tech House cut in ‘Culture Shock’. On the flipside the warm chords of ‘Adaptation’ recalls Move D, while ‘Subversion’ offers a craftier, more complex electronic roller with a flush of sweet harmonics in the second half.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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MOEBIUS
Blue Moon – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bureau B
LP // £13.99

‘Blue Moon’ was Moebius’s (Cluster/Harmonia) last solo release for Sky Records. It is the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which neither I, nor Asmus Tietchens (who writes the sleevenotes) have seen, but it looks pretty cool from the stills on the sleeve – some kind of late ’80s German crime thriller, possibly. Anyway, this is the only instance of Moebius writing a film score and as such…
MOEBIUS
Blue Moon – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bureau B
CD // £13.49

‘Blue Moon’ was Moebius’s (Cluster/Harmonia) last solo release for Sky Records. It is the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which neither I, nor Asmus Tietchens (who writes the sleevenotes) have seen, but it looks pretty cool from the stills on the sleeve – some kind of late ’80s German crime thriller, possibly. Anyway, this is the only instance of Moebius writing a film score and as such…
ANGELO MICHAJLOV
Saxana: The Girl On A Broomstick
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £12.99

“The previously unreleased spooked-out psychedelic-jazz score to 70s Czech’s ‘other’ favourite teenage witch flick.” ‘Saxana – The Girl On A Broomstick’ is another Finders Keepers truffle hunted from the archives of the studio that brought you ‘Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders’, one of the most celebrated reissues in their immense catalogue. It includes the entire studio sessions (plus psychedelic effects) written by Angelo Michajlov and performed by the Karel…
ANGELO MICHAJLOV
Saxana: The Girl On A Broomstick
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

“The previously unreleased spooked-out psychedelic-jazz score to 70s Czech’s ‘other’ favourite teenage witch flick.” ‘Saxana – The Girl On A Broomstick’ is another Finders Keepers truffle hunted from the archives of the studio that brought you ‘Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders’, one of the most celebrated reissues in their immense catalogue. It includes the entire studio sessions (plus psychedelic effects) written by Angelo Michajlov and performed by the Karel…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CURSOR MINER
Requires Attention
Uncharted Audio
CD // £9.99

Electronica maverick Cursor Miner deploys his fourth album, a journey into the lawless frontiers of pop music where just about anything can happen. Oddball opener ‘Reject’ is what you’d imagine Depeche Mode jamming around a campfire might sound like, while the more circuit-centric ‘The Golem Of Bognor Regis’ lurches more conscientiously in the direction of an electro influence, whilst also sounding a little like one of Atom TM’s many guises…
SQUAREPUSHER
Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator
Warp
CD // £7.99

Tom Jenkinson is a restless musical soul. For his latest album he’s dropped the Squarepusher moniker after ‘Just A Souvenir’ in favour of the cryptic Shobaleader One tag, which also includes his new band of Strobe Nazard on keys, Sten t’Mech and Arg Nution on guitar, and Company Laser on drums. Apparently this new set up came about when “Last summer a bunch of kids got in contact with me…Their…
SQUAREPUSHER
Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator
Warp
LP // £11.99

Tom Jenkinson is a restless musical soul. For his latest album he’s dropped the Squarepusher moniker after ‘Just A Souvenir’ in favour of the cryptic Shobaleader One tag, which also includes his new band of Strobe Nazard on keys, Sten t’Mech and Arg Nution on guitar, and Company Laser on drums. Apparently this new set up came about when “Last summer a bunch of kids got in contact with me…Their…
DELIA GONZALEZ & GAVIN RUSSOM
Track 5
DFA
12″ // £7.99

Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russom offer their swansong as a duo, backed with a mesmerizing remix from Âme. ‘Track 5’ was originally recorded during the sessions which produced ‘The Days Of Mars’ back in 2005 but they didn’t feel like its machine driven vibes sat well among their more organic, hand-played compositions. Thankfully they returned to the track later in Berlin, playing back live segments into the wispy kosmische grooves,…
KISSES
The Heart Of The Nightlife
THIS IS MUSIC
CD // £9.99

**Includes a free download of ‘Other Planets’ EP – redeemable from the label** This Los Angeles duo deliver their full-length debut, following on from their widely lauded and much-blogged hazy pop missives ‘People Do The Most Amazing Things’ and ‘Bermuda’. Exhibiting the same kind of songwriting smarts as like-minded contemporaries Delorean, jj and Air France, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson also share those acts’ bleary-eyed regard for the dancefloor sounds…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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SHACKLETON / KONONO NO.1
Mokuba Special / Rubaczech
CONGOTRONICS
12″ // £6.99

A hugely tantalising taster for the forthcoming remixes of Crammed Discs’ Congotronics series, featuring Shackleton and Burnt Friedman remixing Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, respectively. This is nowt short of a dream come true for geeks the world over, setting up a transcontinental dialogue between four distinctive groups of rhythm auteurs. On the A-side Shackleton chops up Kasai Allstars’ ‘Mukuba’ from their ‘In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into…
BOB HOLROYD / FOUR TET / T.WILLIAMS
African Drug: The Remix EP
PHONICA
12″ // £7.99

London’s Phonica Records offer Four Tet and T. Williams (Deep Teknologi) remixes of a dancefloor staple from Bob Holroyd. His finest release, 1994s ‘African Drug’ was included on two seminal mixes, Coldcut’s ‘Journey’s By DJ’ and Francois K’s Essential mix, and is ripe for an update in today’s tribal climate. Four tet’s takes the track on an epic journey , weaving and winding its layers of tumbling drums into an…
PHOTONZ
Aquarian Ball / Urban Dreams
ONE EYED JACKS
12″ // £5.99

Nutty jacking killer from Portugal’s Photonz duo, following their recent remix of Shake and 12″s for Dissident. The A-side should be getting a fair rinse round these parts, filtering centrifugal breakbeat edits in a properly dynamic Anthony Shakir style, while the flipside ‘Urban Dreams’ jacks up mystical Chicago melodies and sharply sliced, ruffneck box beats. Guaranteed floor movers. Heavy.
KLOCKWORKS
Klockworks 06
KLOCKWORKS
12″ // £6.49

Proper stylish and heads-down techno from Ben Klock for his personal Klockworks imprint. With ‘Under Pressure’ the monotone bassline propulsion is balanced with tight loops of soulful Chicago-style organ, whereas ‘Voyage one’ is more rigid, bucked with body hitting kicks and tribal toms to grip the ‘floor and hold it firmly in place. ‘You’ is the most economical and deadly of the lot, giving up arid, frictional rhythms offset with…
SAMUEL H. SIMPSON
Spronkle (F Mix)
TAKE
12″ // £5.99

Rolling, chords-driven Tech-House from Samuel H. Simpson, backed with a streamlined dubtech remix from F. We won’t dwell on the original, because the remix is so much better – adding churning subs and bodylicious syncopations to bouncing dub chords in F’s well-defined style. Heavy.
TAL M. KLEIN
Without Her
ANILIGITAL MUSIC
12″ // £6.99

**Marbled Purple Vinyl** Atmospheric slow disco and Balearic styles from Tal. M Klein, with remixes from Hardway Bros and DJ DRM. ‘Without Her’ errs close to the IDIB sound of tape-warm, early ’80s analogue disco, also included in a more Latinized ‘Cosmic Boogie’ remix. Ont he flip Hardway Bros give a groovin’ proto-House version and Brooklyn’s DJ DRM spins out a neater, poppier mix.
HEALING FORCE PROJECT
Analogic Prospectus / Moorg 1
ACIDO
12″ // £7.49

The mysterious Acido label invites Antonio Marini to their fold with a pair of cinematic, throbbing machine workouts. ‘Moorg#1’ spans the A-side with queasy pulsing acid bass and paranoid, noirish Moog strokes meant for dark basements and slow strobes. The woozy pressure of ‘Analogue Prospectus’ is on the flip, thick analogue bass and spherical synthlines compressed deep into the lower registers allowing loads of space for blunt cowbells and raw…
LEGOWELT
Bayville Cove
Clone West Coast Series
12″ // £7.99

Legowelt dreams up two heavy Chicago jackers reminiscent of his DX releases, for Clone’s hand-stamped West Coast series. ‘Bayville Cove’ executes entrancing chord progressions and tactile bass moves with crispy analogue machine rhythms, oh yeah, and a flock of artificial seagulls. ‘Colorado Snow Music’ is more exotic, riffing with Arabesque, maybe East African scales and classic jackers patterns.
WORLD
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DICK KHOZA
Chapita
MATSULI MUSIC
LP // £16.99

Luxurious issue of this “lost” album by legendary South African jazz drummer, Dick Khoza, from the vaults of As-shams, first in a series of reissues by Matsuli Music in a ltd run of 500 hand-numbered copies. As the story goes, Dick had been playing since the 1950s when this album was made in 1976, playing with future SA jazz greats such as Tete Mbambisa, Dudu Pukwana, and Johnny Dyani in…
RANIL & HIS TROPICAL BAND
Ranil’s Jungle Party
MASSTROPICAS
LP // £12.99

Awesome reissue from Masstropicas, trekking deep into the heart of 1970s Peru to find the missing link between the Latin Rock of Santana and the lost civilizations of the Amazon. The tropical sound of Ranil weaves snakey Afro-Rhythms with warm and graceful electric guitars, somewhere between Psychedelic surf and Salsa, creating a humid and utterly intoxicating Cumbia brew, direct from the semi-mythical city of Iquitos, Peru. This is the first…
VARIOUS / SABOR
Sabor Do Brasil Vol. 5
SABOR
LP // £12.99

**Another chance to pick up this very unique album** We’ve all heard of Italian “cosmic” music, but far fewer will know these 11 classic Bossa Nova, Samba, and Exotica cuts, loosely tied up as a Brazilian “cosmic” music. The first issue in this series was compiled by Mr Cosmic himself, Danielle Baldelli, and the vibe is carried right through these tracks, including rare edits and long version of cuts from…