Jan 152011
 

Hello,

After a bit of a wait we’ve at long last got copies of the remarkable vinyl debut from one of the most promising projects we’ve heard in recent months – Motion Sickness of Time Travel. These Grouper-compatible productions have been a real revelation – marrying intuitive synth configurations with blissful and unusual vocal layers that press all the right buttons. Initial copies come on Green vinyl – but the whole pressing is super limited and will sell out in a few days so no dithering if you want one.

Almost vibrating away to itself in the corner, the mysterious Eleh’s ‘Radiant Intervals’ is a new tract of physically tactile microtonal minimalism on Important Records. Making incremental adjustments to the modular synth set up, there’s one unusually rhythmic track, but the very best are those which simply stick to the original mandate of scarily powerful subbass experiences. Numbered edition of 700, housed in letterpress printed jacket. Don’t sleep (or the tremors will get ya)!

Matthew Mondanile’s ‘Ducktails III’ is just about the most anticipated H-Pop album of the last year. His songwriting is increasingly succinct while retaining that charmingly dilapidated and gently psychedelic aesthetic, making for a seductively sanguine listen.

This week also sees the reissue of two seminal Chris & Cosey albums, ‘Exotica’ and ‘Songs Of Love & Lust’ arguably from their most definitive period in the mid ’80s. Now remastered by Chris Carter and pressed up on coloured vinyl, the blueprints of underground club classics ‘Driving Blind’ and ‘Exotica’ can be cherished and fondled by new pickers and post-industrial trolls with battered copies alike. These are ESSENTIAL – don’t miss.

Peering a little deeper into the abyss, Dark Entries present five luxury reissues of early ’80s synthwave and EBM prototypes from the likes of Nagamatzu and Neon Judgement – available on vinyl with a stack of fliers, gig tix and other ephemera for the first time! Neither is as well known as the C&C gear but both have a rawer, punkier electronic instinct which often feels as exhilarating now as we imagine it did then. 500 hand-numbered copies only on each of these.

Aethenor are a moving feast of elements including Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley, virtuoso improv drummer Steve Noble and members of conceptual jazz-metal unit, Ulver. ‘En Form For Bla’ collects five astounding live recordings made in Oslo last year, a telepathically tuned display of expanding and contracting sonic densities formed from traces of Jazz, Avant-Metal and cerebral Nordic electronics of the most undefinable type. There’s some totally breathtaking moments in here. Highly recommended!

At the other end of the spectrum, Editions Mego give Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt’s ‘A New Way To Pay Old Debts’ a much needed reissue on CD. Our boy John Twells reckons it’s “one of the finest LPs to grace record store shelves in 2009″ and lovers of raw, primitive blues should be inclined to think the same.

On a singles ting, Andreas Tilliander makes mulch of dubstep and acid bashment on a wicked little 7″ for Sweden’s prolific iDEAL Recordings (limited to 200 copies), while Orphan101 bowls out the dance with the deadly ‘Disemble’ B-side to his Applepips debut and Jacques Greene buffs up his hi-res electroFunky sound on a debut solo 12” for LuckyMe.

Other releases this week feature from the very excellent Spokes, Resoe, Disrupt, Tunnidge, Jamie xx, Ensemble, Mr Oizo, Rolando, Robag Wruhme, Duffstep, Hackman, Helixir, Captured Tracks and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week
ELEH

Radiant Intervals

ELECTRONIC

Important Records

LP // £18.99

‘Radiant Intervals’ is the first Eleh LP on Important since ’08s ‘Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis Vol.3’, and follows one of the Wire magazine’s (and our) top records of 2010, the incredible ‘Location Momentum’ for Touch. Continuing with investigations into physically tactile tones and drones, this LP offers four further modular synth expeditions eternally moving towards the distant point depicted on the gorgeous, letterpress printed sleeve. After a stoically inert start ‘Night Of Pure Energy’ is unusually rhythmic (for an Eleh composition at least), propelled by waves of cone-caressing subbass and even spitting out shards of white noise as the pressure mounts. From that relative excitement ‘Death Is Eternal Bliss’ returns to particle-quiverring drones, succumbing to a innate longing for what lies beyond by attempting dissolve the listener through sheer vibrational force, while the slowly repetitive ‘Bright & Central As The Sun Itself’ emits sustained pulse waves with an intrinsic meditative value. ‘Measuring The Immeasurable’ is the most affecting, gradually enveloping the field of audition with asphyxiating microtonal hum closing in on the senses like we’re in a huge, sealed glass bowl filling with a hyper-conductive anaesthetic gas. A very pleasurable experience, to our minds at least. Numbered edition of 700. Jackets letterpress printed at 43rd Parallel Letterpress – don’t sleep.

MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL

Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious (Limited Vinyl Edition)

ELECTRONIC

DIGITALIS

LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on ultra-limited green vinyl. Beautiful layered vocals and electronics – a must for fans of Grouper.* Sublime temporal intervention of fragile drone pop from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, the solo alias of Hooker Vision co-curator, Rachel Evans. Between graduating from college and starting grad school last year she committed these five tracks onto a cassette for Digitalis which has since been remastered onto emerald green vinyl by Brad Rose, who hailed the album as “the best demo I’ve ever received” – and it’s really easy to believe him. ‘Seeping Through The Veil of the Unconscious’ finds Evans’ individual sound suspended like a time-lapsed image of Grouper’s angelic reveries or a more minimal, gaseous take on the sound made by Stellar Om Source. This is the sort of music you inhale with your ears, catching its subtly harmonised notes in your pleasure centres like some tingling rare space gas. Gazing out into the twinkling slow synth haemorrhage ‘Clairvoyance’, wordless vocals drift by like space dust on an endless cosmic voyage, while ‘Mental Projection’ is laced with the same kind of after-hours substance that informed the finest post-Detroit UK electronica. However, the album’s guiding star has to be the radiant ‘Telepathy’, a heart-stopping late night lullaby of half-heard vocal fragrances redolent of Altar Eagle albeit within a darkly rhythmic and strange 3D sound sphere. The detailed crevices and dense pop essence of this album takes everything she’s done before to incredible new heights, hence our highest recommendation for lovers of midnight electronic romance.

DUCKTAILS

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

WOODSIST

CD // £11.99

Totally satisfying third album of blissful H-Pop from Matthew Mondanile’s acclaimed Ducktails project. As many have come to realise, his stream of pop-conscious releases for Olde English Spelling Bee, Not Not Fun and Release The Bats tapped into a collective memory bank of gauzy, gum-soled melodies and ferric faded vocals with a timeless appeal. Over the course of those releases his songwriting has become more concise while never straying from the delicately executed lo-fi aesthetics or losing his knack for seductively woozy trance-outs. This simply means that ‘Arcade Dynamics’ is every bit as charming as you’d expect, containing eleven brilliantly dilapidated songs with an instant play it again, and again factor. From the gentle Springsteen-strength confidence of previous single ‘Hamilton Road’ to the pseudo-futurist lather of cheap synths and reverbed guitar in ‘The Razor’s Edge’, the achingly breezy porchcore of ‘Little Window’ and ten minute closer ‘Porch Projector’, you’ll end up wanting to live in his sanguine little world. So lush!!! Highly recommended.

CHRIS & COSEY

Songs Of Love & Lust – Remastered Edition (Coloured Vinyl)

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Conspiracy International

LP // £13.99

*Limited copies on industrial grey vinyl!* An all-time electro classic, available on remastered vinyl for the first time in a generation! Originally released in 1984, Chris & Cosey’s 3rd album proper ‘Songs Of Love & Lust’ contained two seminal moments in ‘Driving Blind’ and the timeless electronic thrill of ‘Walking Through Heaven’, both of which have cast a shadow of influence and inspiration on an entire generation of electronic artists and producers. Both tracks became a staple of Goth and New Wave playlists, adopted as anthems as far afield as the gay clubs of Chicago, New York and Berlin and fairly defining the possibilities of new digital equipment for many. Deeper into the set we find chilling nursery pop like ‘Lament’ featuring an unnervingly plaintive Cosey performance, next to the caterwauling cod-oriental synths of ‘Gardens Of The Pure’ the vividly cinematic ‘Raining Tears of Blood’ and the cyber-sexual frisson of ‘Tantalize’. This album should be considered a high priority purchase for any self-respecting electronic fiends who don’t already own it. ESSENTIAL!

CHRIS & COSEY

Exotika – Remastered Edition (Coloured Vinyl)

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Conspiracy International

LP // £13.99

*LIMITED COPIES ON RED VINYL* Vital reissue of Chris & Cosey’s fourth album proper, ‘Exotica’, fully remastered by Chris Carter! Originally released in 1987 and pretty much unavailable on vinyl ever since, ‘Exotica’ sees a slight shift into more club-friendly EBM/Electro, especially with the definitively anthemic title track which has since become the duo’s calling card as much as anything else they’ve released. In the likes of ‘Dancing On Your Grave’ or the flashy machine funk of ‘Beatbeatbeat’ we can also hear clear precedents for the likes of Autre Ne Veut and Twins, but we should remember that all the technology that went into these tracks was totally cutting edge at the time, from samplers to new digital synths and drum machines, lending this LP a timely sense of dedicated futurism. The exotika of the title can be felt in the cyber-sensuous Latin percussion and haunting synths of ‘Dr. John (Sleeping Stephen)’ and equally the simulated fourth world ambience of ‘Irama’, firmly enhancing its milestone status for dark and unexplained 80s electronics and dance music in general. ESSENTIAL!

AETHENOR

En Form For Bla

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

VHF

CD // £11.99

Æthenor darken our doorstep with a fourth album of amazing doom expressions. The line up includes improv percussion master Steve Noble (Rip Rig & Panic), Sunn 0))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley, Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) “automatically” composing a morphing fusion of avant-metal, doom-jazz and nordic ambience with a stunning feel for gaseous expansions and contractions of abstract sound. Recorded at three gigs in Oslo in 2010, ‘En Form For Blå’ captures the essence of something incredibly rare and mysterious, always keeping back more than they reveal, but those elusive revelations, once grasped have a tendency to dissipate like the most fleeting thoughts. Noble’s drums are a constant, keeping some semblance of timing in the ether, but the other elements are wickedly indistinguishable, feeding in a full spectrum of textures from digital and analogue electronics to pure amp distortion and the lurking subsonic rumble of O’Malley’s bass but nothing ever stays fixed for long, sounds are always in transition, arriving at sublime crux points before dissolving into dislocated energies and coagulating at some other arresting extreme. Comparisons are relatively pointless with this group, because they never fit for long. Features sleeve art from Stephen O’Malley. Highly recommended!!!

NAGAMATZU

Sacred Islands Of The Mad

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

Another premium archival reissue (available for 1st time on vinyl, limited to 500 hand-numbered copies) from Dark Entries Records, dusting off Nagamatzu’s 1986 cassette rarity ‘Sacred Islands Of The Mad’, replete with newsprint zine full of fliers, gig tickets, ads and photos. By the time of this, their second album, the group had changed from an Ipswich-based trio to a London-dwelling duo, Stephen Jarvis (SETI, Legion, Terror Against Terror) & Andrew Lagowski (Pure Motorised Instinct, Terraform) plying a definitively dry and moody style of coldwave post-punk made with brittle drum machines, cheap synths, guitars and vocals. Their name is lifted from a character in JG Ballard’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ and the feel of ‘Sacred Islands Of The Mad’ is suitably dystopian and British with a wry dance-ability. It’s largely dominated by ‘floor-orientated grooves such as the initial EBM thrust of ‘Lift Off’, the bleak-but-groovy Hooky-bass-driven minimalism of ‘Carmine’, a chilling, synth-heavy ‘Roma Distruta’ and the New Beat jolt of ‘Der Gute Kamerad’, but the most covetable moments are surely the sample-heavy, atmospheric tracks like the Gregorian chant layered ‘Watch And Waste’ or the spidery, Chris & Cosey alike closer ‘150 Murderous Passions’. If you fell in love with the Pump reissue last year, or think that ‘Faith and ‘Seventeen Seconds’ are the best Cure albums – this is a total must.

NEON JUDGEMENT

Early Tapes

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies only** Summoned from the nether regions of a nascent Belgian cassette scene, the very promising Dark Entries label presents 10 tracks by The Neon Judgement on LP for the first time. Hailing from Leuven, outside Brussels, the pair were instrumental in the creation of Belgium’s infamous EBM scene with the release of 1981s ‘Suffering’ tape, containing one of this album’s highlights in ‘Factory Walk’, plus the four tracks from their ‘TV Treated’ cassette, including the hugely influential industro-jack of the title effort. In many ways their stripped down but noisily direct dancefloor punk aesthetic mirrored the parallel moves of Suicide in New York, Cabaret Voltaire in Sheffield and the whole Deutsche Neue Welle thing, but there’s something unmistakably Belgian which can be traced through to New Beat and Techno which finds a point of genesis in the aforementioned killer cut ‘TV Treated’ and the likes of ‘Stay Mad’ with its stentorian  machine pulse and scuzzily euphoric chords. There’s an urgency and sincerity to these recordings which hasn’t aged a day and still prompts the same kind of raw, feverish reaction today, particularly in the current coldwave climate. All copies come with 11×11″ lyric sheet including rare photos, a mini poster and two silk screened die-cut diagrams taken from the band’s original synthesizer workbooks. This is one you NEED. Highly recommended!!!

SPOKES

Everyone I Ever Met

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Counter Records

CD // £8.99

The very excellent Spokes have been around for a while now (peep their epic debut ‘People Like People Like You’), but it is with ‘Everyone I Ever Met’ that they make their most substantial statement as a band. Sidestepping the post-rock styling’s of its predecessor, this sophomore album is their first foray into ‘proper’ songs, and what songs they are. Comparisons are likely to be made to The Arcade Fire (look – fancy instrumentation!) and to be honest you could even draw parallels with classic Pink Floyd (especially in the album’s introspective third act), but Spokes manage to do their own thing simply by sticking to their guns and producing amazing songs delivered with intensity and honesty. There are no half-hearted attempts to break new ground or lacklustre swipes at some hip new genre or other – this is just great music, and in that Spokes are pretty much out there on their own right now. Just check the sublime orchestral opener ‘3, 4, 5’, the noisy and deliriously catchy ‘Torn up In Praise’ or the lengthy title track and you’ll know you’re in the presence of something quite special. ‘Everyone I Ever Met’ is a record that deserves success, so buy it, love it, and tell yer friends about it!

BILL ORCUTT

A New Way To Pay Old Debts

FOLK / AMERICANA

Editions Mego

CD // £12.99

Editions Mego continue their quest for total world dominance with this blistering re-issue of Harry Pussy string-botherer Bill Orcutt’s ground shaking ‘A New Way To Pay Old Debts’. There is no doubt in my mind that this was one of the finest LPs to grace record store shelves in 2009, so a CD re-issue is more than warranted, and to bump it up with bonus material (both unreleased and from a prior 7”), well that’s just spoiling us. For those of you unfamiliar with Orcutt, his instrument of choice is a 4-string acoustic guitar which he plays (and abuses) with a heady originality. Bashing out impassioned primitive blues explorations he makes nods to American music’s rich history, but there is never a sense that this is mere reverence. Orcutt is not trying to retrace the footsteps of his heroes; in fact he is to classic blues what Hecker is to early electronic music, both hero and anti-hero simultaneously. This is noisy, raw and almost entirely out of time; Orcutt plays with the kind of intensity rarely heard from any musician, let alone a guitarist. There is a percussive quality, an electronic harshness and a punkish irreverence all tempered with a backbone of pure soul. Do not miss this album under any circumstances, trust me it’s good for what ails ya!

Singles of the Week
MOKIRA

Bias Line

TECHNO / HOUSE

Ideal

7″ // £5.49

Swedish super-producer Andreas Tilliander follows that killer Kondens 12″ a couple a months back with two gruffly experimental conceptions for iDEAL. Frontside, ‘Bias Line’ is like some glacially melting acid bashment track, gradually shedding layers of icy, electric blue distortion around a masticated acid bassline. Flipside, the tumultuous ‘Godstar’ wreaks havoc with expertly managed layers of electronic distortion cloaking a hulking halfstep swing rhythm. F**king aces all round. Limited to 200 copies on plain, white hand-stamped labels. You need this one!!!

ORPHAN101

Propa / Disemble

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

APPLE PIPS

12″ // £5.99

Applepips present two electro-reinforced steppers from Bristol’s Orphan101, including the immense ‘Disemble’. With a brilliant appreciation for space and silence, this shocking B-side deploys startling darkside detonations and electromagnetic EBM pulses to completely make our day. Can’t wait to hear this played on a big system!!! The flipside ‘Propa’ is a more restrained creature built with radar bleeps, fluttering electronica tones and a minimised, fluid post-dubstep skip enhanced with quaking subs. This is easily the best record Apple Pips have released since Instra:mental’s ‘Leave It All Behind’. Highly recommended!!!

JACQUES GREENE

The Look EP

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

LuckyMe

12″ // £5.99

Electro-seared Funky party cuts from Jacques Greene on his debut solo EP. With ‘The Look’ he joins a enviable list of debut contributions on Lucky Me, Hud Mo, American Men and Nadsroic among them, but brings something quite different to the table. The debonaire bounce of ‘The Look’ rolls with lazer-guided precision, no sweaty business here, while ‘Good Morning’ is like some new strain of deeper, introverted electroFunky with Deep House keys and tinted midnight vibes. ‘Holdin’ On’ drops in a canny R&B swinger, with subtle but damn effective edits and seasick synths in the closing stages reminding us of Machinedrum and Praveen’s ‘Sepalcure EP’ and ‘Tell Me’ keeps the drums loose and woozy while a synaesthetic light show of sublimely layered synths totally captures our attention. Fans of the more refined strains of Deep Teknologi, Cooly G, Kode 9 or L-Vis should be all over this.

This week’s releases in full!

sorted by genre | See all

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
See all
RESOE

The Black Void Of Space…

Echocord

CD // £9.99

‘The Black Void Of Space’ is Resoe’s most accomplished release to date. Outside of his Pattern Repeat actions with Echocord’s Kenneth Chistiansen it’s where he indulges his passion for techy, dubbed-out electronica, marrying the textures and ambience of Pole-esque dub techno with post-Dubstep and minimal tech-house rhythms. The twelve tracks of include ‘Minus and Plus’ and ‘Demoon’ from the preceding 12″ on Echocord, wedged among mellow dubstep-inspired vibes on ‘Dubcttin’…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
See all
JAMES PANTS

Every Night, I Dream

Stones Throw Records

7″ // £6.99

One of Stones Throw’s most distinguished and uncategorisable artists hails his ‘Love Kraft’ album with two “fresh beat” fusions of New Wave Electro Soul. With a Linn-style machine beat tighter than a cheerleaders socks, coupled with diamond glints of Paisley guitar ‘Every Night, I Dream’ comes prepared for the most debonaire dances whilst comfortably slotting alongside the hypnagogic disco of Nite Jewel or R&B concrète of Actress. On the flip,…
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW

Vweto

Mello Music Group

LP // £13.49

**WHITE VINYL** Damn hot set of instrumentals from astral soul mother, Georgia Anne Muldrow, dropping in an edition of only 500 pink vinyl! With ‘Vweto’ – meaning “Gravity” in Swahili – we’re privy to a whole other side of Georgia, shorn of her vocals but full of richly lyrical synth arrangements and heavy, HEAVY neck-snapping beats. These tracks sound like they were composed purely as instrumentals, the production is just…
BOOKS
See all
JOHN FAHEY

Vampire Vultures

Drag City

Book // £14.99

“The publication of How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life did a great deal to spread the word of Fahey’s literary talents, though sadly only a year before he died. Vampire Vultures is an unexpected gift and should ease the grief of those who thought they would never hear anything from John Fahey again. Originally a project of his own conception, it was to be an epic work that would expand…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
See all
AETHENOR

En Form For Bla

VHF

CD // £11.99

Æthenor darken our doorstep with a fourth album of amazing doom expressions. The line up includes improv percussion master Steve Noble (Rip Rig & Panic), Sunn 0))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley, Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) “automatically” composing a morphing fusion of avant-metal, doom-jazz and nordic ambience with a stunning feel for gaseous expansions and contractions of abstract sound. Recorded at three gigs in Oslo in 2010, ‘En…
AETHENOR

En Form For Bla

VHF

LP // £25.99

Æthenor darken our doorstep with a fourth album of amazing doom expressions. The line up includes improv percussion master Steve Noble (Rip Rig & Panic), Sunn 0))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley, Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) “automatically” composing a morphing fusion of avant-metal, doom-jazz and nordic ambience with a stunning feel for gaseous expansions and contractions of abstract sound. Recorded at three gigs in Oslo in 2010, ‘En…
HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE

The Beginning of a Protracted Struggle

La Station Radar

LP // £13.99

**Blue vinyl + insert** 1st LP pressing for Nashville, Tennessee’s self-described “improvisational sound/music collage and cathartic midnight noise party society” Horsehair Everywhere. Their handful of tapes and CDr’s on self-curated label No Kings Record Co. and Kimberly Dawn Recordings have earned comparisons with improv units like Smegma and Acid Mothers Temple, and ‘The Beginning Of A Protracted Struggle’ clearly warrants such praise. Recorded in late 2009, the A-side is one…
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS

Tree Of Knowledge

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

CD // £13.49

Compellingly mysterious Finnish Black Metal, originally issued by Hospital Productions in 2009 and recorded in 2007. Known for their splits with Urfaust and Nuit Noire, Circle Of Ouroborus (the ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail) infuse their brand of dramatic gloom with heavy trace elements of shoegaze, hollow post-punk inspirations from Joy Divison and the occult neo-folk of Current 93. The vocals definitely borrow from…
BURNING STAR CORE

Inside The Shadow

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

CD // £13.49

Originally released as a tour-only release, circulating in 2005, Inside The Shadow now gets a proper reissue from Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions. Here, C. Spencer Yeh (operating under his Burning Star Core moniker) unleashes purely organic soundscapes, carved out of violin plus bells and other such sonorous textures. The album’s quarter-hour title track eschews electronic sound sources in favour of gruff, overdriven string drones and a turbulent cacophony of jangling…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
See all
DUFFSTEP

Backseat (Duff Disco Remix) / Your Touch (Duff Disco Remix)

Join The Dots Music

12″ // £6.49

Jeremy Duffy reworks two of his Duffstep tracks as solid 100bpm Duff Disco chuggers ahead of his ‘Return To Saigon’ debut LP. The drag-disco of ‘Backseat’ builds with an expert dancefloor touch akin to the like-minded Cottam productions, while ‘Your Touch’ wraps warm, fluid chords around a hulking electro bassline to brilliant effect. A must check for fans of Kassem Mosse’s slow stuff, Mark E, or Toby Tobias.
POP & EYE

Out To Punch EP

EDITAINMENT

12″ // £7.99

Dazzling nu-disco edits, the fifth in the Editainment series following 12″s from Tiger & Woods and Cleo & Patra. In all likelihood it’s probably the same pair of japesters, now renamed as Pop & Eye, maintaining the same high quality levels. A-side ‘Spinach Spaceship’ is the one, a slick mid-tempo disco-house winner with a gorgeous flush of Berlin-ready synths and swirling vocal sample primed to go with your Mark E…
DUB / REGGAE
See all
JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE

Babylon Nightmare

LUSTRE KINGS PRODUCTIONS

CD // £14.99

Sophomore album from Dutty Artz family’s Jahdan Blakkamoore, indulging his conscious Reggae/HipHop side on seventeen tracks for Lustre Kings. We kinda struggle with this sound round these parts but there’s a couple of dope tracks like the DJ Child-produced ‘Down In The Ghetto’ and the ’90s R&B soul joint ‘Against All Odds’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
See all
ORPHAN101

Propa / Disemble

APPLE PIPS

12″ // £5.99

Applepips present two electro-reinforced steppers from Bristol’s Orphan101, including the immense ‘Disemble’. With a brilliant appreciation for space and silence, this shocking B-side deploys startling darkside detonations and electromagnetic EBM pulses to completely make our day. Can’t wait to hear this played on a big system!!! The flipside ‘Propa’ is a more restrained creature built with radar bleeps, fluttering electronica tones and a minimised, fluid post-dubstep skip enhanced with quaking…
JACQUES GREENE

The Look EP

LuckyMe

12″ // £5.99

Electro-seared Funky party cuts from Jacques Greene on his debut solo EP. With ‘The Look’ he joins a enviable list of debut contributions on Lucky Me, Hud Mo, American Men and Nadsroic among them, but brings something quite different to the table. The debonaire bounce of ‘The Look’ rolls with lazer-guided precision, no sweaty business here, while ‘Good Morning’ is like some new strain of deeper, introverted electroFunky with Deep…
TUNNIDGE

Dark Skies / Tribe

Deep Medi

12″ // £6.49

Tunnidge steps onto his 2nd plate for Deep Medi with the dread sci-fi killah ‘Dark Skies’ and the intriguing outernational vibes of ‘Tribe’. The ascending synthlines and Rutger Hauer samples lend a brilliant tension to ‘Dark Skies’, only exacerbated by droning, eyeball quivering subbass. We can’t pinpoint the source of the samples on ‘Tribe’ but it’s surely one of the most esoteric tracks Deep Medi’s catalogue, ripe for set-starting dramas….
HACKMAN

Made Up My Mind / Bam Bam

PTN

10″ // £6.99

Deeper burnin’ mongrel Funky from Hackman on his 2nd mission for PTN. ”Made Up My Mind’ entwines lemon-juicy synths with loopy vox and sunken subs-driven House rhythms in clean and efficient style. We can easily imagine this rompin’ at Fabric on a friday night. ‘Bam Bam uses the same undisclosed vocalist on a warmer House roller, flecked with well-studied keys, sloping bassline and touch of carnivalous percussion. One for fans…
SOOM T & DISRUPT

Ode To A Carrot

Jahtari

CD // £8.99

Digidub devotionals to our favourite herbal treat, fresh out of Disrupt’s cloudy echo chamber. Following their ‘Dirty Money EP, Soom T graces Disrupt’s riddims with indomitable style and fashion, lending a sweet and ornate flow strongly reminding of the juvenile voices on the classic White Mice LP. Disrupt’s productions are dripping with juicy hooks and plump subs, dropping future herbalist classics like the hard-drumming ‘Bring The Sensi’ feat. Zeb &…
SOOM T & DISRUPT

Ode To A Carrot

Jahtari

2LP // £12.99

Digidub devotionals to our favourite herbal treat, fresh out of Disrupt’s cloudy echo chamber. Following their ‘Dirty Money EP, Soom T graces Disrupt’s riddims with indomitable style and fashion, lending a sweet and ornate flow strongly reminding of the juvenile voices on the classic White Mice LP. Disrupt’s productions are dripping with juicy hooks and plump subs, dropping future herbalist classics like the hard-drumming ‘Bring The Sensi’ feat. Zeb &…
SPOOKY / VARIOUS

Quadrant EP

OIL GANG

12″ // £5.99

A BIG look from Oil Gang, dropping four ballistic Grime instrumentals from Spooky, Darq E Freaker, Mistayif and Splurt. We just can’t get over Splurt’s devastating ‘The Return VIP (Mega Remix)’, and it would appear that Starkey and Mosca have the same feelings, with Starkey wheeling it twice on a recent radio show! Also up there is Darq E Freaker’s classic cut-up ‘Rhythm & Slags’, a sidewinding romp from Sppoky…
HELIXIR

Summertime / Ride The Wind

7EVEN

12″ // £6.99

Part 1 of 3 plates comprising Helixir’s ‘Undivided’ LP, in a limited edition of 300 copies each. ‘Summertime’ rolls out on the A-side with a swinging post-dubstep/garage rhythm and dubbed-out sax swooping over the top. On the flip ‘Ride The Wind’ is tuffer, engaged with a surging rhythm section while natty melodica adds some offbeat skank to the forceful momentum.
GUGU / SCRATCHA DVA

The Afro Cuban EP

DVA MUSIC

12″ // £6.49

DVA music locks onto a heavy Latin vibe with two tracks from covert Manchester operator, GuGu, backed with an exclusive production from Rinse FM’s Grimey Breakfast show host, Scratcha DVA. GuGu’s ‘AC Riddim’ balances fruity rhodes, sax and keys with a bruising Funky bottom end and hip-synced percussion, while ‘RockAByeBaby’ cuts a little deeper with twinkling marimbas and lazered electro synths. Straying from the vibe, DVA drops a halfstep wounder…
HELIXIR

Undivided

7EVEN

CD // £12.99

Helixir drops his debut album for 7even, armed with ten brand new tracks including his recent eponymous single. ‘Undivided’ is essentially the slicker rolling cousin to F’s agile ‘Energy Distortion’ album, putting a breezier and light-footed French spin on the techy garage sound with spacious dub awareness and a frothy feel for melody and trippy harmonics. ‘Summertime’ sets up an effervescent steppy garage sound, while ‘Quiet Storm’ flexes some bristling…
ADELE / JAMIE XX

Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle)

XL

12″ // £4.99

Jamie xx reroutes Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ somewhere far cooler with an ace, 1-sided remix 12″. The man-of-the-moment lifts Adele’s vocal from the Paul Epworth production and settles her into a killer space oscillating between Diwali riddim-style claps and bumpy 4/4 slowhouse, keeping any melodic interventions super subtle to let the vocal really take root and dominate proceedings brilliantly. Surefire tip!
DUBKASM

City Of Walls / Hail Jah

DUBKASM

12″ // £6.99

The Rio-Bristol-London-based Dubkasm crew drop four digi-roots steppers featuring Ras Addis. Includes the mellow melodica and horns of ‘City Walls’, the darker droning ‘Shofar Dub’, the electro-fuelled uptempo skank of ‘Hail Jah’ and the dubbed out ‘Four Hands On The Desk’ mix.
DUBKASM

No Retreat

DUBKASM

10″ // £6.99

Rootsy, atmospheric steppers dub in four versions from Dubkasm. Each mix uses the same martial snare roll and sprung 4/4 rhythm, ut differ by a ‘Flute Instrumental’, a dryly percussive ‘Raw Drum Intro’ mix, an FX-drenched ‘Extreme Shift Mix’ and the smoked out ‘Raw Part 4’.
PHAELEH

Falling (Kulture Mix)

Disfigured Dubz

12″ // £5.99

Phaeleh steps up to Skreams’ Disfigured Dubz with the atmospheric roller ‘Falling’ b/w a junglist rework from Kulture. Like his celebrated drops for Wheel & Deal and Afterglo, Phaeleh’s signature feel for rave-yearning, tranced-out melodic arrangements and cleanly produced dubstep rhythms are fully intact. However, the Kulture remix takes that diva vocal where it really needs to go, arming her with an undercarriage of heavy junglist rollidge. Full colour picture…
VARIOUS / SUBDEPTH

Subdepth Records Vol. 1: Bass Music Compilation

SUBDEPTH

CD // £9.99

Compiling 15 tracks from undiscovered and promising new talents like Numan, Indigo, Dom HZ, Vandera, Swarms and more. Planet Mu’s Numan provides three highlights including the twilight tropical Bass vibrations of ‘Secrets’ , the jazz-sensual and beautifully restrained ‘Wild Smoke’ and the astro-boogie dubstep of ‘Kaya 47’, while we get a glimpse of Indigo’s sharpened new flex on ‘All Yours’ featuring sweet and dreamy vox from 86 regular, Poppy Roberts,…
ELECTRONIC
See all
ELEH

Radiant Intervals

Important Records

LP // £18.99

‘Radiant Intervals’ is the first Eleh LP on Important since ’08s ‘Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis Vol.3’, and follows one of the Wire magazine’s (and our) top records of 2010, the incredible ‘Location Momentum’ for Touch. Continuing with investigations into physically tactile tones and drones, this LP offers four further modular synth expeditions eternally moving towards the distant point depicted on the gorgeous, letterpress printed sleeve. After a stoically inert start ‘Night…
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL

Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious (Limited Vinyl Edition)

DIGITALIS

LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on ultra-limited green vinyl. Beautiful layered vocals and electronics – a must for fans of Grouper.* Sublime temporal intervention of fragile drone pop from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, the solo alias of Hooker Vision co-curator, Rachel Evans. Between graduating from college and starting grad school last year she committed these five tracks onto a cassette for Digitalis which has since been remastered onto emerald green vinyl…
ENSEMBLE

Excerpts

Fat Cat

CD // £7.99

A sumptuous suite of sophisticated, cinematic compositions by Montreal’s Olivier Alary’s Ensemble. Joined by award-winning film and theatre composer Johannes Malfatti and sharing bilingual vocals with long-term collaborator Darcy Conroy, Alary has hatched an indivisible blend of lush Gallic pop, heart swelling orchestrations and unconventional post-rock/indie without any clear precedents. The scope of ‘Excerpts’ perhaps shares something in common with Matthew Herbert’s eccentric command of big band instrumentation or Yann…
GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX

NY Is Killing Me

Young Turks

12″ // £4.99

As Jamie xx continues to rise through the echelons of musical accomplishment, encounters with bona fide legends like Gil Scott-Heron are almost inevitable. Mercifully his rework of Scott-Heron’s ‘NY Is Killing Me’ (taken from ‘I’m New Here’) is a gem, placing the clapping diwali-riddim-blues of the original in the freshest LDN dancefloor context. In a complete overhaul of the track, Jamie shakes out fractured phrases of Gil’s vocals over a…
CARLOS GIFFONI

Severance

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

CD // £13.49

While he’ll still carry around the tag of ‘noise musician’ in some quarters, Carlos Giffoni’s recent creative trajectory has seen him venture ever deeper into the realms of more formal and austere minimalist electronic composition. Severance follows on as a natural successor to 2008’s Adult Life, prompting comparisons to the analogue stringency of Mika Vainio and Pan Sonic at their most experimental whilst also doffing a proverbial cap to academic…
RAED YASSIN

The New Album

ANNIHAYA

CD // £13.99

Reissue of an adventurous and exotic suite from Amsterdam-based, Lebanese audio/visual artist and musician Raed Yassin on Annihaya Records – who recently released a Sun City Girls comp. ‘The New Album’ twists and repeats samples of popular Arabic music from his collection of vintage/hard to find vinyl collection through a maze of glitches and vinyl crackle with a ruffneck avant-garde B-Boy aesthetic, calling for comparisons with the likes of Muslimgauze,…
PIONAL / GAVIN RUSSOM / BLUE DAISY

We Have Been Waiting For You

HIVERN

12″ // £9.99

2nd release from Miguel Barros’ Pional project on Barcelona’s Hivern Disc label, including a stunning Blue Daisy remix and a synth-heavy psychedelic rework from Gavin Russom. There’s no clear definiton for the original ‘We Have Been Waiting For You’, but there are traces of harmonised indiepop vocals a la Delphic, disco drums and bass from the DFA textbook and piano keys from the deepest New York nightclub. Gavin Russom’s remix…
LUKE ABBOTT

Tuesday EP

Border Community

12″ // £4.99

Output Recordings veteran Luke Abbott resurfaces on the Border Community imprint for this nice little 6 track EP, clocking in at a healthy 22 minutes. Much like the childlike pastoral scenery on the cover, Abbott’s music is soft and doe-eyed, making use of a cascading arrangement of twinkle synths and some lovely melodic arrangements that are somehow interwoven around a padded 4/4 beat. When the fliters come out and the…
EXTREME / NOISE
See all
CARLOS GIFFONI

Adult Live

Ideal

2 x Cassette // £9.99

**Edition of 100, housed in oversized 2xC30 tape pack** Reissue of ruffneck modular synth experiments by Brooklyn’s “Venezuelan in-exile” and No Fun Fest/label general Carlos Giffoni. The title of ‘Adult Live’ is a self-explanatory pun on the his ‘Adult Life’ album also originally released in 2008, featuring four tracts of live recordings conducted at undisclosed locations around the same period. His feel for hypnotic, pulsing rhythm patterns is at the…
FOLK / AMERICANA
See all
BILL ORCUTT

A New Way To Pay Old Debts

Editions Mego

CD // £12.99

Editions Mego continue their quest for total world dominance with this blistering re-issue of Harry Pussy string-botherer Bill Orcutt’s ground shaking ‘A New Way To Pay Old Debts’. There is no doubt in my mind that this was one of the finest LPs to grace record store shelves in 2009, so a CD re-issue is more than warranted, and to bump it up with bonus material (both unreleased and from…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
See all
ARCHERS BY THE SEA

They were floating over the mountains, they were kings

La Station Radar

LP // £13.99

Magickal side of beautiful atmospheric drones and kosmische ambience by Vincent Caylet’s Archers By The Sea. Since 2007 Caylet has recorded for a wealth of labels, including (but not limited to) Peasant Magik, Under The Spire and Blackest Rainbow, spreading his lushly psychedelic sound far and wide. He also records as V, The Pistil Cosmos and Monks Of Balhill. ‘They Cut Rocks With A Knife In Their Hand’ unfurls to…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
See all
DUCKTAILS

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

WOODSIST

CD // £11.99

Totally satisfying third album of blissful H-Pop from Matthew Mondanile’s acclaimed Ducktails project. As many have come to realise, his stream of pop-conscious releases for Olde English Spelling Bee, Not Not Fun and Release The Bats tapped into a collective memory bank of gauzy, gum-soled melodies and ferric faded vocals with a timeless appeal. Over the course of those releases his songwriting has become more concise while never straying from…
SPOKES

Everyone I Ever Met

Counter Records

CD // £8.99

The very excellent Spokes have been around for a while now (peep their epic debut ‘People Like People Like You’), but it is with ‘Everyone I Ever Met’ that they make their most substantial statement as a band. Sidestepping the post-rock styling’s of its predecessor, this sophomore album is their first foray into ‘proper’ songs, and what songs they are. Comparisons are likely to be made to The Arcade Fire…
ELEPHANT

Ants / Wolf Cry

Memphis Industries

7″ // £3.99

Winsome debut from well-tipped London synthpop duo of Amelia Rivas (vocals/keyboards) and Christian Pinchbeck (guitar/production). Hitting a mark somewhere between Au Revoir Simone and Beach House, Amelia’s nonchalant vocals for ‘Ants’ bobs on a bed of woozy accordian and twirling guitar motifs, while exclusive B-side ‘Wolf Cry’ slips into coldwave mode with a really hauntng appeal. Songs like these were just made for the 7″ format.
JONNY

Candyfloss

TURNSTILE

7″ // £5.49

**PINK VINYL** Incredibly twee indiepop from Jonny, a sweet collaboration between Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Euros Child of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. A-side ‘Candyfloss’ is upbeat and as sugary and the title suggests. B-side ‘I Love The Living You’ is acoustic and downbeat. Limited edition of 500 pink vinyl with colour picture sleeve.
THE JAMESES

Caribou / Fifth Dimension

Captured Tracks

7″ // £5.99

Awesome double header from Floridians The Jameses for Captured Tracks. These dudes sound kinda like a more clear-headed Gary War, tapping into a strange seam of ’50s-via-’80s rock’n’roll with a thoroughly modern chillwave cool. ‘Caribou’ is a killer slab of warped Rock ‘n Roll and ‘Fifth Dimension’ sounds like a bunch of droogs let loose in a studio. Total winners. Tip!!
WHITE FENCE

Is Growing Faith

WOODSIST

LP // £16.99

Proper nostalgic nerve jangler from White Fence aka The Strange Boys and Darker My Love’s Tim Presley. ‘In Growing Faith’ adds a realistic dose of the Hoffmans to his usual ’60s proclivities, manifested in unpredictable pitch swoons, subtly disorientating, cross-eyed “what just happened?” mixing board trickery and acres of reverb. The most obvious comparison would be Ariel Pink, but he’s really gone a step further than him with the deeply…
WHITE FENCE

Is Growing Faith

WOODSIST

CD // £13.99

Proper nostalgic nerve jangler from White Fence aka The Strange Boys and Darker My Love’s Tim Presley. ‘In Growing Faith’ adds a realistic dose of the Hoffmans to his usual ’60s proclivities, manifested in unpredictable pitch swoons, subtly disorientating, cross-eyed “what just happened?” mixing board trickery and acres of reverb. The most obvious comparison would be Ariel Pink, but he’s really gone a step further than him with the deeply…
SUN AIRWAY

Nocturne of Crystal Exploded Chandelier

Dead Oceans

CD // £8.99

Debut full length from the Philadelphian bliss-pop project of Jon Barthmus. Once you’ve encountered the ecstasies of ‘Nocturne…’ it may come as something of surprise to discover that it was actually created before Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’, such is the distinct parallel between the two. Its boldly 21st century sound does, however, clearly reference Panda Bear, unmistakably so in the multi-tracked harmonic swell of ‘Swallowed By The Night’ and…
SUN AIRWAY

Nocturne of Crystal Exploded Chandelier

Dead Oceans

LP // £10.99

Debut full length from the Philadelphian bliss-pop project of Jon Barthmus. Once you’ve encountered the ecstasies of ‘Nocturne…’ it may come as something of surprise to discover that it was actually created before Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’, such is the distinct parallel between the two. Its boldly 21st century sound does, however, clearly reference Panda Bear, unmistakably so in the multi-tracked harmonic swell of ‘Swallowed By The Night’ and…
WIRE

Red Barked Tree

PINK FLAG

LP // £10.99

*Now available on vinyl* One of post-punk’s most potent and enduring bands display their relevance in 2011 with the typically considered new album ‘Red Barked Tree’. Since their ’77 classic ‘Pink Flag’ Wire have forged an uncompromising path, subtly evolving with each new record to arrive at this, an album confident enough to appear with no guest players and sound defiantly individual yet the same as they always have. Encompassing…
DEERHOOF

Super Duper Rescue Heads!

ATP

7″ // £5.49

**Picture Disc** Three shots of unimpeachably perky art-pop, preceding the groups 11th album ‘Deerhoof vs Evil’ on a very cute picture disc. Now 16 years into their sound he group capture something of a teenaged spirit in the John Hughes-movie synth sparkle and hormonal flush of melodic mood changes in ‘Super Duper Rescue Heads’. The raving instrumental ‘Hitchcock’ twirls with crazy instrumentation on the flip with a choppy melé of…
ANNA CALVI

Anna Calvi

Domino

LP // £13.99

Dazzling debut album by massively tipped pop virtuoso, Anna Calvi. Arriving with glowing reviews from the establishment, this self-titled collection of ten diverse songs was produced by PJ Harvey’s long-term studio spar Rob Ellis, loading her sound with a thrilling size and impact that’s going to win her so many more fans. Reference points for her heavily layered, deeply refined style are strewn between the ’80s goth-pop of The Cure…
ANNA CALVI

Anna Calvi

Domino

CD // £9.99

Dazzling debut album by massively tipped pop virtuoso, Anna Calvi. Arriving with glowing reviews from the establishment, this self-titled collection of ten diverse songs was produced by PJ Harvey’s long-term studio spar Rob Ellis, loading her sound with a thrilling size and impact that’s going to win her so many more fans. Reference points for her heavily layered, deeply refined style are strewn between the ’80s goth-pop of The Cure…
CODES IN THE CLOUDS

As The Spirit Wanes

ERASED TAPES

LP // £18.49

Strong but tender instrumental Post Rock from Dartford, Kent-based quintet Codes In The Clouds. Their third album for Erased Tapes is just as expansive as the first two, confidently melodic and brimming with cinematic positivity.
CODES IN THE CLOUDS

As The Spirit Wanes

ERASED TAPES

CD // £12.99

Strong but tender instrumental Post Rock from Dartford, Kent-based quintet Codes In The Clouds. Their third album for Erased Tapes is just as expansive as the first two, confidently melodic and brimming with cinematic positivity.
PIXIES

Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies (Vinyl Edition)

4AD

2LP // £15.99

SUN (OREN AMBARCHI)

I’ll Be the Same

Important Records

LP // £14.99

Some of you might know this already but Oren Ambarchi is quite the talented miscreant. Not content with simply producing some of the best experimental electronic albums kind of ever, he also manages to find time in his busy schedule to fit in work with his band, Sun (along with friend Chris Townend). Don’t however get this confused with the other band he plays in, Sunn O))) because although they…
JAZZ / RELATED
See all
DJ SNIFF

The Play-Back

ANNIHAYA

CD // £13.99

*Packaged in a 26cm x 40cm, stamp numbered limited edition of 500 copies, full colour fold out poster portraying the musician, the work of local artist Omar Khoury, with liner notes in both Arabic and English* DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) is a turntable musician working in the field of improvised and experimental music. His music focuses on the live reconstruction and narrativization of the phonographically amplified – the music,…
IGOR BOXX (SKALPEL)

Breslau

Ninja Tune

LP // £12.99

*Now available on vinyl* Skalpel’s Igor Pudlo (aka Igor Boxx for this release) gives a musical tribute to the 1945 siege of Festung Breslau (modern day Wroclaw) on his debut solo album. Armed with a formidable jazz background and a mind full of well-planned electronic chops, he alludes to the classic story where “Krautrock grinding illustrates the monotony of the endless battle, psychedelic ornaments underline the absurdity of wartime madness,…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
See all
INSTRA:MENTAL / MODE

Scene 3 / Stepping Stones

Exit Records

10″ // £6.99

Building anticipation for Exit’s Mosaic compilation, Instra:mental and Mode drop a pair of advanced downbeat twysters. Further to their ‘Voyeur’ cut on Disfigured Dubs, Instra:mental go further inside the machine to find ‘Scene 3’, sounding like Newcleus gone darkside with armour plated percussion and incredibly crafty mixing trickery. Mode’s ‘Stepping Stones’ is a more elegant composition built with sharp jolts of electroid percussion teetering on halfstep suspension, cushioned with scanning…
DJ MARKY

Fabriclive 55

Fabric

CD // £9.99

DJ Marky runs tings for the fifty-fifth Fabriclive mix, rolling out a selection of up-to-date D&B dramas from S.P.Y, Commix, Break, Marcus Intalex, Skream, Calibre, Icicle, Klute and loads more. The Brazilian D&B overlord has been a regular fixture at the club since day dot so it’s only fitting that he should head up his own disc, featuring hihglights such as Klute’s rugged sidestepper ‘Will You Still Love Me?’, Icicle’s…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
See all
VARIOUS / CD41

Over There!: American Songs and Marches of the Great War – 1917-1918, Vol. 1

CD41

CD // £11.99

We’re relatively peaceful creatures here but we love a rousing war song when we’ve got some marching to do. Among these 26 tracks you’ll find a number of surprisingly familiar tunes, not least Enrico Caruso’s titular ‘Over There’, which is currently being abused on an infuriating TV ad, and obviously the Sousa’s Band ‘The Stars And Stripes Forever’ version, while many others are just so catchy they feel familiar anyway….
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
See all
CHRIS & COSEY

Songs Of Love & Lust – Remastered Edition (Coloured Vinyl)

Conspiracy International

LP // £13.99

*Limited copies on industrial grey vinyl!* An all-time electro classic, available on remastered vinyl for the first time in a generation! Originally released in 1984, Chris & Cosey’s 3rd album proper ‘Songs Of Love & Lust’ contained two seminal moments in ‘Driving Blind’ and the timeless electronic thrill of ‘Walking Through Heaven’, both of which have cast a shadow of influence and inspiration on an entire generation of electronic artists…
CHRIS & COSEY

Exotika – Remastered Edition (Coloured Vinyl)

Conspiracy International

LP // £13.99

*LIMITED COPIES ON RED VINYL* Vital reissue of Chris & Cosey’s fourth album proper, ‘Exotica’, fully remastered by Chris Carter! Originally released in 1987 and pretty much unavailable on vinyl ever since, ‘Exotica’ sees a slight shift into more club-friendly EBM/Electro, especially with the definitively anthemic title track which has since become the duo’s calling card as much as anything else they’ve released. In the likes of ‘Dancing On Your…
NAGAMATZU

Sacred Islands Of The Mad

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

Another premium archival reissue (available for 1st time on vinyl, limited to 500 hand-numbered copies) from Dark Entries Records, dusting off Nagamatzu’s 1986 cassette rarity ‘Sacred Islands Of The Mad’, replete with newsprint zine full of fliers, gig tickets, ads and photos. By the time of this, their second album, the group had changed from an Ipswich-based trio to a London-dwelling duo, Stephen Jarvis (SETI, Legion, Terror Against Terror) &…
NEON JUDGEMENT

Early Tapes

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies only** Summoned from the nether regions of a nascent Belgian cassette scene, the very promising Dark Entries label presents 10 tracks by The Neon Judgement on LP for the first time. Hailing from Leuven, outside Brussels, the pair were instrumental in the creation of Belgium’s infamous EBM scene with the release of 1981s ‘Suffering’ tape, containing one of this album’s highlights in ‘Factory Walk’, plus…
THOSE ATTRACTIVE MAGNETS

Electromagnetic Pulse

Dark Entries

LP // £14.99

Transported from Tamworth, British midlands circa 1980-83 into 2011, Dark Entries presents the first ever compilation of work by Those Attractive Magnets. Helmed by Rikk Quay on keyboards and Andy Baldwin’s vocals and inspired by the DIY attitude of the punk explosion, they self-released a super-limited cassette EP ‘Pictures On The Wall’ in 1980, a 7″ ‘Nightlife/Love Chimes’ in 1983 and appeared on a Futurist music comp ‘Synthetic Romance’ in…
MR OIZO

Moustache (Half a Scissor) (Brainfeeder Vinyl Edition)

Brainfeeder

LP // £14.49

**Killer album reissued on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label – first time its been on vinyl! includes mp3 download code redeemable from the label** Even with a Levi’s advert backing it up, the fact that Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’ got to number one in the UK is still a thing of considerable wonderment… Finally putting the last vestiges of Flat Eric behind him, ‘Moustache (Half A Scissor)’ sees Oizo embarking on…
DARK DAY

Window

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

Yet another awesome reissue from Dark Entries; the first album produced by Robin Crutchfield after disbanding NYC’s seminal No Wave outfit, DNA. Joined by like-minded electronic music fiend, Bill Sack, the duo created a unique entry to the post-punk/electro-wave canon with ‘Window’, originally released through Plexus Records, nine tracks of eerily engaging toytronic melodies and fizzing mechanical percussion with unnerving potential. Lyrically they took inspiration from occult texts by Colin…
PESTEG DRED

Years of struggle against the lies, the stupidity and the cowardice

Dark Entries

LP // £13.99

Connecting with their gothic roots, Dark Entries presents the long-lost album by Pesteg Dred, available on vinyl for the first time since it was made 29 years ago. A trio of anglophilic Danish 18 years olds including Martin Hall (acoustic instruments/basses), Per Hendrichson (electric instruments) and Inge Shannon (vocals) made ‘Years Of Struggle Against the Lies, the Stupidy and the Cowardice’ over a weekend in a Copenhagen recording studio in…
AUSTRA

Beat and the Pulse

Domino

12″ // £5.99

Very classy gothwave disco licensed from Mike F*cked Up’s One Big Silence label. Fusing the drama of Zola Jesus with a club-troubling production worthy of The Knife or NIN, the extended version of ‘Beat And The Pulse’ has potential anthem status tattooed across its back. B-side tracks, the majestic ‘Energy’ and the powerful EBM throb of ‘Young & Gay’ signify very promising things for their forthcoming album. Limited edition vinyl…
FUJIYA & MIYAGI

Ventriloquizzing

Full Time Hobby

LP // £12.99

The dons of electro-pop serve their 2nd album for Full Time Hobby with ‘Ventriloquizzing’, an eleven track set of soft-edged electronica with the distinctively hushed vocals of David Best set to OCD-neat pop compositions.
FUJIYA & MIYAGI

Ventriloquizzing

Full Time Hobby

CD // £9.99

The dons of electro-pop serve their 2nd album for Full Time Hobby with ‘Ventriloquizzing’, an eleven track set of soft-edged electronica with the distinctively hushed vocals of David Best set to OCD-neat pop compositions.
TECHNO / HOUSE
See all
MOKIRA

Bias Line

Ideal

7″ // £5.49

Swedish super-producer Andreas Tilliander follows that killer Kondens 12″ a couple a months back with two gruffly experimental conceptions for iDEAL. Frontside, ‘Bias Line’ is like some glacially melting acid bashment track, gradually shedding layers of icy, electric blue distortion around a masticated acid bassline. Flipside, the tumultuous ‘Godstar’ wreaks havoc with expertly managed layers of electronic distortion cloaking a hulking halfstep swing rhythm. F**king aces all round. Limited to…
ROLANDO

5 To 8 EP

OSTGUT TON

12″ // £6.49

Heavy hitter from Rolando for Ostgut Ton; two contrasting killers first previewed on Ben Klock’s brilliant ‘Berghain 04’ mix. ‘De Cago’ is built for the dancers, no messing. Amped on pumping Chicago kicks and cooled with a spectral Detroit slinkiness this will be a DJ favourite for some time to come. The sumptuous ‘Junie’ is an entirely more melancholy affair of half-step techno and broad strokes of elegiac Motor City…
GHOSTLEIGH

For All Those

GHOSTLEIGH

12″ // £7.99

Ghostleigh stays in House gear for the ninth 12″ on his self-titled label. Two tracks of Deep House indebted to Detroit’s Patrice Scott but with a robust, Germanic construction. Limited white labels.
DIMITRIOS K

The D

Ideal

7″ // £5.99

Dimitrios K joins the esteemed iDEAL Recordings roster for a pair of killer monotone techno trax. You might not automatically connect this label with techno but considered next to the likes of Antti Rannisto or Mokira it really makes sense. Stoic-but-sexy A-side ‘The D’ revolves around a funked-up techno drum pattern with curious blurts of ruff-cut synth colour while the B-side slips into the Thomas Brinkmann-like groove of ‘This Our…
DUNGEON ACID

Warm And Damp

Ideal

7″ // £5.99

Hypnotic live acid sessions from Swedish DJ/Producer Jean-Louis Huhta (Skull Defekts/Kozmic Niggah), initiating his new Dungeon Acid alias. A-side ‘Warm & Damp’ comes off like a funkier Mika Vainio production, enveloping bobbling bass pulses in stray 303 modulations, whereas the flip ‘Damp & Warm’ is a more atonal and intensely driving pattern for locked-in jack-offs. limited to 200 copies on black vinyl with b&w insert. Tip!
ROBAG WRUHME / VARIOUS

Wuppdeckmischmampflow

Kompakt

CD // £8.99

Former Wighnomy Brother and micro-house legend Robag Wruhme serves his first commercially available mix CD for Kompakt with the deeply kinked ‘wuppdeckmischmampflow’. Throughout the session he strikes a lovely balance of tender classicism and perpetual house flow, deploying the likes of Danny Norbury’s ‘Speak Memory’ and the Ricardo Villalobos anthem ‘Dexter’ (multiple times) to lend the set an emotional ebb and flow that’s really quite hypnotic. Like any DJ worth…
SVEN WEISEMANN

Emphasized

MOJUBA

12″ // £8.99

Deep house opulence from Herr Weisemann, paying tribute to classic Prescription sounds in reverent fashion on the ever-reliable Mojuba. The lauded producer has been reatively quiet of late so this record is a real treat. The epic ‘Emphasized’ is a sublime, swinging journey to the deepside, finding its groove in rugged dub chords synced with crispy drum shuffles and offering an emotive payload of heart-wrenching strings in the closing quarters….
WORLD
See all
LOS RIBEREñOS

Silbando (GRC Mix)

ELECTRIC COWBELL RECORDS

7″ // £6.49

Sweet little 7″, this, licensing Los Ribereño’s psychedelic Peruvian cumbia tune ‘Silbando’ from the ‘Roots Of Chicha II’ comp, backed with a remix from Brooklyn’s Greenwood Rhythm Coalition. The charming but strangely dreamy original lays twanging surf geetar over infectious, percolating Cuban polyrhythms with a Peruvian twist, making for a terrific party jam The remix gives it a more electrified, Brooklyn-style infusion of snappy drum machine and dubby FX while…
VARIOUS / LION PRODUCTIONS

Groove Club Vol. 3: Cambodia Rock Intensified!

Lion Productions

2LP // £18.99

Further installment of this revelatory series, featuring 18 heavyweight pre-1975 Khmer rock classics pressed on double vinyl in gatefold sleeve with extensive liner notes. Prior to Pol Pot’s policy of genocide there was evidently a blossoming rock scene in Phnom Penh, soaking up imported American and British rock music and cross pollinating the sounds with traditional Cambodian melodies. The music is impassioned, wild, rhythmic and undulating, and has a habit…