Jun 042010
 

Hello,

It’s another crazy week for new music, there’s just so much good stuff out!

The second of three crucial vinyl editions celebrating the foundational work of Thomas Köner is now out; ‘Teimo’ was originally released in 1992 and has never been available on vinyl before. The first in this series sold out in a flash so we urge you to act fast if you want one, otherwise you’ll be tangling with serious dollar signs on Discogs in no time.

One of our favourite albums ever has been given the deluxe vinyl treatment by the very fine Numero imprint this week: Antena’s ‘Camino Del Sol’. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s just the perfect summer album, recorded and released in 1982 on Belgium’s legendary Les Disques Du Crépuscule label and comprised of perfectly formed synthy Bossa-pop songs that are bittersweet and breezy in the most peculiar and unforgettable sense. We cant tell you how happy we are that the extended Numero edition is now available on vinyl – complete with the label’s exceptionally high production values. Please give it a listen – it’ll soundtrack your summer.

Ariel Pink drops his hugely anticipated “proper studio album” with ‘Before Today’ and thankfully the transition from lo-fi to hi-fi hasn’t degraded his weirdo charm, channeling soft rock sounds from a bygone era alongside neon synth-core while substituting his former method of patching together frazzled ’80s samples for a real-time, live-band imitation of his sources. It’s one of the year’s weirdest and best pop long-players and comes to you with our highest recommendation.

The first new Oval material in nine years surfaces this week on a brand new Thrill Jockey mini-album, and Markus Popp has replaced the digital glitch he more or less invented with a more organic variant that sounds somewhere between modal composition and post rock. It took a couple of listens but ‘Oh’ is a real grower – slowly drawing you in with a highly distinct palette and unusual arrangements that sound like little else we’ve heard before. Highly recommended – and you can get it here a week early!

We also have to direct you to Weird Forest’s reissue of two early Emeralds transmissions on one LP courtesy of their guitarist Mark McGuire, while If you’re after something to twyst your limbs to try the Astro:dynamics compilation exploring Skweee, future hiphop and 8-Bit dub juice. You could always try dancing to Florian Hecker’s commissions for Comme De Garçon on Editions Mego instead, but don’t blame us if you end up in hospital. Balancing out the cutting edge with blunt funk is James Blake’s killer ‘CMYK’ 12″ on R&S, next to a kinky riddim trip from Hessle Audio’s Joe and another bomb joint from Aardvarck and his mate Kubus on the Bloom series. On a disco/house/techno tip please make sure to check the new Tiger & Woods 12″, the excellent Cassegrain on Mikrowave and the allstar 12″ for Monika Enterprise featuring remixes from Alva Noto and Wolfgang Voigt. Oh, and don’t forget to take a peep at the T. Williams Funky heater for the newly minted Local Action imprint.

We’ve also got copies of Drexciya’s seminal aquafunk masterpiece ‘Neptune’s Lair’, Rob Hood’s minimal blueprint ‘Internal Empire’, and the seminal Waveform Transmissions from Jeff Mills – all pressed to the highest specs and essential purchases for those who missed out first time around. The synthwave renaissance also continues to bloom dark flowers with the Fred Ventura-curated ‘Danza Mannequin: Italian Synthwave 1982-87’ and the tasty ‘Milano New Wave 1980-83 Redux’ for those of a moodier disposition.

Also out this week – releases from Lorn on the Flying Lotus curated Brainfeeder imprint, Robert Wyatt’s beautiful ‘Greatest Misses’ compilation on Domino, squashed beats courtesy of 1000 names, the long awaited new album from Paul White, plus releases from Dj Naughty/Roska, Ital tek, Astral Social Club, Doom, Sun Ra, Shlohmo, Todd Teje and much much more.

We hope you all get a good dose of weekend sunshine…..

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



THOMAS KöNER
Teimo (Special Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £12.99

*THE SECOND OF THREE INCREDIBLE VINYL REISSUES FROM THOMAS KONER – STRICTLY LIMITED COPIES* Type Records invite us to marvel at the gloomscapes of Thomas Köner again with the first ever vinyl pressing of his ’92 album, ‘Teimo’. It’s the second in a triptych of Köner’s earliest work, following the glacial resonance of ‘Nunatak’ and preceding the static drones of ‘Permafrost’. For many, this album is the most tuneful of the three, written with a harrowing harmonic narrative evoking near pitch black imagery of submerged sound as heard by an arctic diver encapsulated in a diving bell fathoms below the surface in extreme northerly latitudes. Most remarkably, Köner sourced the cavernous sounds here from recordings of gongs, precisely captured with contact microphones underwater in order to manipulate the illusory physicality of their ultra-subtle yet dense waveforms for sublimely hallucinatory effect. Crucially, this is not a trick of synthesis, each sound was borne from an organic source and layered, tempered and manipulated into droning clouds of intangible darkness, tones which stimulate the ear to elicit nervous responses to their near-ultrasonic presence, perpetually leaving the listener in state of rapt stasis, fighting the bodies own uncomfortable confusion between fright and flight. It’s almost like waking up with sleep paralysis on the sea floor while an ancient congregation of sea creatures meditate in infrasonic tones just beyond full audition. These frequencies and textures are elemental to their subharmonic core, rendered in vivid slow-motion to create a life-affirming yet alien experience you simply cannot forget. Do not miss.



OVAL
Oh
ELECTRONIC
Thrill Jockey
LP // £9.99

*LIMITED WHITE VINYL WITH HAND-GLUED PHOTO SLEEVE ART, INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COUPON REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* It’s been nine years since Markus Popp released his last album as Oval (2001’s Ovalcommers), a length of time that’s seen the electronic music world change dramatically. Famed for pioneering all things “glitch”, the Oval project began as a trio (originally comprising Frank Metzger and Sebastian Oschatz) specialising in the defacement and sabotage of CDs as a means for creating ruptured digital narratives, full of intentional faults and fissures. The outcome of these early experiments led to key releases in the mid-nineties, in particular ‘Systemisch’ and ’94 Diskont’, both of which transpired to be hugely influential throughout the electronic music world, setting a template for all the dissected, stammering aesthetics that flooded the rosters of labels like Mille Plateaux, Raster Noton and Mego. Of course, the musical climate has undergone massive changes since those days, and correspondingly, Markus Popp has reinvented Oval as a radically organic project that seems to be going out of its way to take the opposite approach to that of prior works. As Popp himself says: “after years of dissection and denial I wanted to try making ‘real’ music for a change”. While that might set alarm bells ringing in certain corners of his fanbase, it should be noted that Oval still sounds like Oval, it’s just that on Oh it all seems to be happening in real-time, and on conventional instruments. ‘Hey’ makes for a fitting introduction to the new sound, cycling through guitar-generated flurries of notes and harmonics while clusters of percussive pops fire out a rhythmic agenda. Before long organ chords and acoustic drums join in and a very naturalistic, seemingly live instrumental piece reveals itself. It’s the clever use of stringed instrumentation that’s at the heart of the ‘Oval-ness’ of this record – there’s surely still some sort of signal-manipulating skullduggery afoot, but who knows what it is and how it’s done; the involvement of computers remains a likelihood, but you’d be hard-pressed to work out precisely what processes you’re listening to. Perhaps the clue is in the Céleste Boursier-Mougenot sleeve art: for much of the time (particularly during the shorter tracks on the B-side) it does actually sound like you might be listening to a number of small birds pecking at a Les Paul. Oh is a fittingly beautiful and enigmatic comeback record for Oval, and happily, it won’t be too long before we get to hear more from the newly revamped project. Next month sees the release of a double-CD volume, also on Thrill Jockey – let’s hope it maintains the standard set here. Recommended.



ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
Before Today
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
4AD
CD // £8.99

The peculiar lo-fi trash aesthetics and cassette-sampling songcraft of Ariel Pink have positioned him as the forefather of the chillwave scene and the direct antecedent of key 2010 artists like Washed Out, Small Black and Toro Y Moi. Somehow the Paw Tracks alumnus has become one of the most influential figures in today’s underground music scene. However, as tends to be the way with pioneers, Mr Pink and his Haunted Graffiti pals stay one step ahead of the game on 4AD debut Before Today, switching to a live band sound that brilliantly channels soft rock sounds from a bygone era. From the relatively earnest Lindsey Buckingham-isms of ‘Bright Lit Blue Skies’ to the neon synth-core of ‘Fright Night Nevermore’ each song sounds like the work of a different band from the last, with only the odd, time-warped studio haze of the production to unite them. Take a listen to the leap between the FM-friendly falsetto funk of ‘Beverly Kills’ and the surreal, English accent-wielding heavy metal of ‘Butt-House Blondies’. As triumphs of album sequencing go, Before Today is brilliantly perverse. The greatest triumph of all however, has to be ‘Round And Round’ – without doubt one of this year’s finest pop songs. It’s strangely engineered, structurally unsound and features one of the least convincing synth sax sounds of all time, and yet it’s all somehow so perfect. The joyous looping chorus is one of the best things that’s happened to this set of ears in a very long time, although however majestic it may be, there’s really no getting around the fact that its essentially Deacon Blue’s ‘Fergus Sings The Blues’. I mean, it’s virtually identical. There’s a similar story to the almost as good ‘Can’t Hear My Eyes’, which has a close run in (some might say head-on collision) with Journey’s ‘Who’s Crying Now’. It’s almost as if Ariel Pink has substituted his former production technique – of patching together frazzled ’80s samples – for real-time, live-band imitation of his sources. It’s a great trick to pull off, and the tone of both the songs and the production is judged to perfection, sounding far too alien to be dismissed as mere pastiche or homage. One of the year’s weirdest and best pop long-players, Before Today comes with a mighty recommendation.



MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Tidings / Amethyst Waves
ELECTRONIC
Weird Forest
2LP // £20.99

Mark McGuire has been a member of triadic mega-unit Emeralds since their inception. Besides contributing to their ever growing catalogue, he’s also worked with Daniel “Oneohtrix Point Never” Lopatin as Skyramp and a prolific number of other solo projects. His most recent album for Weird Forest (originally released on Cassette by the Wagon label) has been hailed as his most definitive to date, crossing astral lines and psychedelic boundaries between noise squalls, lush-out synth washes and pastoral guitar passages with an all-encompassing vision beyond his years. The pristine mastering job from James Plotkin certainly enhances his vision, but this is still a comfortingly raw and free-roaming affair, dissolving tranced-out Kosmische patterns with an effortless organic ease. The album is broken between four long tracks. An opening collage of TV samples and blustery synth noise naturally morphs into Göttsching-esque guitar spirals, while the second blends fractal digital outbursts with tropical woodblock percussion while meshing layers of humid guitar and synth harmonics reminding of Popol Vuh. Making nods to the endless vistas of Klaus Schulze and the phasing techniques of Steve Reich, the breathtaking third section builds a graceful rise to sublime stratospheres unknown, leaving the final part of the journey for detached, reserved and peaceful meditation. ‘Tidings/Amethyst’ is as essential as anything in the Emeralds catalogue and should be experienced without delay by any of their followers. Highly Recommended.



ANTENA
Camino Del Sol (Deluxe Vinyl Edition)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
NUMERO
2LP // £17.99

*Amazing deluxe vinyl reissue of one of our favourite ever albums – Antena’s bossa-pop masterpiece ‘Camino Del Sol’. It really is the perfect summer album – all swooning changes, percolated Bontempi melodies and the kind of bittersweet, understated euphoria that defined Belgium’s seminal ‘Le Disques du Crepsecule’ imprint in the early 1980’s. If you don’t know this record – boy you’re in for a treat.* Cult French band Antena were made up of Isabelle Powaga, Pascale Moiroud and Sylvain Fasy and were signed to the legendary Crépuscule label in Belgium. Those of you that know these kinda things will no doubt be aware of Crépuscule’s notorious connection with Factory records, and indeed there’s a similarly Factory-style sound and aesthetic beneath the breezy pop on this record. At times reminiscent of Kraftwerk and John Foxx (who incidentally produced their ‘Boy from Ipanema’ single) while at the same time drawing influence from Jobim and Gilberto, the sound on this album is a deeply evocative mix that is really hard to place into any kind of contemporary context. Alas, Antena hardly sold any records, and were allegedly a factor in the demise of Crépuscule, but listening now it’s just obvious that they were just a victim of timing. Since then, this album has been hailed by more people than we could possibly mention as an absolute classic, blending a loungy Gallic charm with the most involving of synthesized production and the kind of perfect pop writing that just grabs you in the stomach on first listen. Think of it as a lo-fi, Casio pop amalgamation of Stereolab, Sade, Krafwerk, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bjork and you might get some sense of what to expect – but regardless of whether or not that description appeals to you – you owe it to yourself to at the very least give this gorgeous album a minute of your time. Absolutely perfect summertime listening – a huge recommendation.



REKORDAH / TAPES / LUKID / VARIOUS
Astro:Dynamics
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Astrodynamics
CD // £6.99

One of the UK’s leading ‘lectronic boogie fiends launches his Astro:dynamics label with a prime 16-track compilation. Charting the twin helixes of skweee and Beat Dimensions-style hiphop, he aligns Lukid with Slow Hand Motëm, Tapes with Slugabed and Subeena with Coco Bryce, opening a new bracket of lo-fi funk, or flunk for short (maybe?). All operators are united by a slower temperance and a taste for melodically tangible funk. Lukid’s ‘Pleurisy’ plays around with slightly nudged nodder’s beats and repetition inna devotional Dilla style, while Tapes mutates a static-punctuated array of dubbed sounds from ‘Oberheimer’. The Skweee joints are typically enjoyable, from the bobbly pop of Slow Hand Motem’s ‘Love Is The New Evil’, to Coco Bryce’s psilocybic arcade noise on ‘The Cliche’ or the dubstep grumble of Metske’s ‘Isotropic’. Mike Slott keeps it short and sweet with the prog-jazz propulsion of ‘Music’s Fun’ and SLugabed just keeps on hitting ’em with the demented gangsta lean of ‘Clunk Clunk’. If you enjoyed Rush Hour’s ‘Beat Dimensions’ series or Ramp’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ comp this is well recommended!



ROBERT WYATT
Greatest Misses
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
Domino
CD // £9.99

Previously available as a limited edition Japan-only release, Domino augment their retrospective of Robert Wyatt’s illustrious back-catalogue by reissuing this ‘Best Of’-style collection, spanning material from his early solo recordings of 1974 right up to 2003’s Cuckooland album. The track selection seems to have been designed as an ideal introduction to the former Soft Machine drummer’s solo work, collecting key album recordings and even one or two bonafide hits (regardless of what the album title says). Wyatt’s debut single, a cover of the Neil Diamond/Monkees song ‘I’m A Believer’ is included in its extended form (although, as ever it sounds jarringly out of place when set among his own compositions), as is the 1998 remaster of ‘Shipbuilding’, Wyatt’s memorable 1982 recording of the Elvis Costello song. Even though it isn’t one of Wyatt’s self-penned works, this spine-tingling performance is always going to be a highlight of any album it appears on, and it remains a key work in his discography. The seventeen-song selection avoids chronological ordering, instead favouring a more discerning, album-like sequence that begins with Old Rottenhat’s ‘P.L.A.’, which makes for an especially apt introduction to Wyatt’s uniquely sad vocal. Here he laments over his his wife Alfreda Benge in a manner that’s typical of Wyatt’s unflinching, often childlike directness: “Poor little Alfie, trying to draw/Poor little Alfie, trying to sleep” are the only words sung, yet it feels like an utterly heartfelt and empathetic tribute. Another early highlight here is ‘Heaps Of Sheeps’, A Brian Eno-assisted cut lifted from the 1997 Shleep album. This is a more rhythmic, uptempo outing than most, leading into the wholly contrasting ‘Free Will And Testament’ from the same long-player. This is another fantastic slice of Wyatt melancholia, on which he intones with a tangible sense of ennui: “Demented forces push me madly round a treadmill/Let me off please, I am so tired/Let me off please, I am so very tired.” Soon after there are two tracks from Rock Bottom (the 1974 album Wyatt regards as his debut album proper): the outstanding ‘Sea Song’ and ‘Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road’, which might be the proggiest, most sonically convoluted entry here. Listening through this collection conveys the sense not only of how singular this man’s canon is, but how much his oeuvre is informed by disconnections – whether that be from composition to composition or even within the same song. Cuckooland’s ‘Mister E’ finds a beautifully downbeat trumpet melody exchanging lines with Karen Mantler’s harmonica, all whilst clashing digitised synthesizer chords resound in the background. It’s an odd little piece, and one that couldn’t be attributed to anyone other than Wyatt. For those who’ve been harbouring an interest in Robert Wyatt’s catalogue but haven’t thus far known where to take the plunge, this album could hardly be more accommodating, offering as good a point of entry as any single disc could hope to offer. Beautiful.

Singles of the Week



HECKER
3 Track 12 Inch
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
Mini LP // £8.99

Hitting us between the eyes from a blind spot on the distribution schedule, Editions Mego drop a thrilling three tracker from Florian Hecker. The label calls this “…some of Hecker’s most accessible work to date, and a fine addition to any serious electronic music collection” and who are we to disagree?! From the press release we can assume that the tracks on the A-side were produced for the Comme des Garçons HOMME PLUS fashion show held in Paris, January 2009. We say this because they’re both rhythm driven pieces, and we’d imagine emaciated models to be dropping like flies if they were subjected to the alien psychoacoustics on the other side. Those rhythmic pieces, titled only by their track lengths, are about the f*nkiest we’ve heard from Florian since his ‘Hecker, Höller, Tracks’ Lp on Semishigure, sticking to a steady 120bpm tempo in one instance with dynamic electro-acoustic figures evolving from the stodgy groove. Another slightly pacier track introduces super-low sub tones to balance out the scrunched elastic highs, keeping to a linear motion with odd concatenations threatening to diffuse the groove in four different directions at once. This is f*nky, to an extent, but I wouldn’t bank on Marcus Nasty pulling it up on Rinse tonight. The flipside ’23’ 23″‘ is just incredible: a beatless, hallucinatory polychromatic soundscape, like being stuck in the centre of an industrial centrifuge spinning so fast that the noise seems to remain static in the same way as a zoetrope functions with light, while sounds bleed in from acutely peripheral angles to intensely affect your perceptions of space and time. With a beautifully minimal sleeve by Florian Pumhösl and a limited run of only 500 copies, this is what you call an essential purchase.



JAMES BLAKE
CMYK EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
R&S Records
12″ // £6.49

Massively anticipated soul futurism from James Blake! On his longest solo EP to date, Blake delivers the anthemic title track backed with three uncategorisable steppers functions. ‘CYMK’ is also the most upbeat cut we’ve heard from him, swinging around a 140bpm axis with pandrogynously pitched R’n’B vocals, skunk-hazed depth perceptions and a sense of barely tethered spatial chaos owing to his advanced programming skills. ‘Footnotes’ meanwhile can’t decide whether it’s electro-jazz fusion, cybertronik dubstep or slowfast bounce, ‘I’ll Stay’ imagines Vladislav Delay and Farben dissecting The Dream in a digital echo chamber and ‘Postpone’ sculpts warm rushes of rhodes around slow and dusty digital bass while his own vocals are morphed into faux-gospel harmonics. Honestly! As far as we’re concerned, this is as fresh as it gets for imaginative, innovative and head-inverting post-dubstep. Killer EP, no messin.



GREIE GUT FRAKTION / ALVA NOTO / WOLFGANG VOIGT
Stadt Mixe
ELECTRONIC
Monika
12″ // £6.99

*INCLUDES A KILLER REMIX FROM ALVA NOTO, AND TWO FROM WOLFGANG VOIGT* Antye Greie Fuchs aka AGF and Gudrun Gut have formed something of a Deutsche-Dub-Industrial unit with their Greie Gut Fraktion alliance for Monika Enterprise. Preceding their ‘Baustelle’ album is ‘Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt’, roughly translated as “We Build a New Town”, a cover of an early 80s Palais Schaumberg track (a band that included Moritz Von Oswald & Thomas Fehlmann in its lineup) also backed with remixes from Alva Noto and Wolfgang Voigt! So it’s a high calibre gang of contributors for sure, but is it any good? Ja, es ist sehr gut. Their original track, created using field recordings from building sites around Berlin, is drawn out as an electro-acoustic tech-stepper by Alva Noto, probably closest to the rhythmic advancements of his ‘Unitxt’ album. Their original mix is a grey, concrete techno-pop treasure, matching the sweetly curt cadence of the German lyrics with acousmatic samples in a solidly positive union. Better yet are the two mixes from Wolfgang Voigt in his fonky ‘Freiland Klaviermix’ mode, jarring his keys and samples of Bavarian symphonics against the original lyrics in a deeply rooted Teutonic style. We can’t wait for the album! Awesome.



AARDVARCK & KUBUS
Bloom 5
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Bloom
12″ // £6.99

Bloom 05 pitches another killer set of pig-outs from Aardvarck against three heavyweight screwballs from Dutch hiphop producer Kubus. The Pig gives a massive highlight on the turbulent flow of ‘Glitch’ and the tribalist ‘Afrik Slang’ with what sounds like Chewbacca samples over a sneering dubcrunk riddim. Kubus ov Opgezwolle and Top Notch records handles the flipside, dropping grumbling sci-fi hiphop on ‘Pruik’, raved-out hotstep with ‘In Je Graff’ and a febrile dose of skweee-nuss with ‘Hillwood’. White label copies only, blink and miss kids!



JOE
Claptrap / Level Crossing
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Since dropping one of 2009s biggest dubstep anthems in ‘Grimelight’ Joe has been busy hammering out some of the tidiest syncopations we’ve heard on a dubstep tune. ‘Claptrap’ makes a heavy nod to Spanish flamenco on an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track, using not much more than claps, sub hits and field recorded atmospherics to get us itching like a good ‘un. Crafty DJs will be able to do some serious sh*t with this baby. Meanwhile ‘Level Crossing’ slices up rattling hi-hats and swinging kicks with kooky railroad sounds for an experimental but no-less enjoyable jaunt sounding like James Blake gone a lickle bit loopy. Aces!



CASSEGRAIN
Cotton / Olbia
TECHNO / HOUSE
Mikrowave
12″ // £6.99

Mikrowave releases are a precious resource and the latest from Cassegrain is a peach. The metamorphic beast on the A-side came about when Turkish opera composer and production partner in Cassegrain worked with Alex Tsiridis at the Barcelona Red Bull session in 2008, pitting their ideas for an extraordinary techno fusion. When the track starts it feels like it’s playing at the wrong speed, but as the percussion subliminally infiltrates we realise the drag effect is part of the game, creating a druggy tension that’s toyed with odd vocal samples from Benga Adejumo (yup, one and the same), until an unexpected halfstep resolution in the closing quarters. Everyone from Sigha to Matt O’Brien is raving about this track and you should be too! On the flip Drumcode and Ovum contributor Perc evens out the oddness with a straighter kicking mix primed for the DJs and Caseegrain’s own ‘Olbia’ churns out viscous bass riffs with a mediterranean flourish that’s getting DJs like Norman Nodge and Par Grindvik excited. Killer.



DJ NAUGHTY / ROSKA
Firepower EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £6.49

Cheeky organ and subs driven Funky from DJ Naughty backed with a Roska remix! ‘Firepower’ rolls with lustrous bass offset by hard snares and synched to dubby organ stabs to help hone your Marcus Nasty look. ‘Gear Shift’ is largely missable but the ‘Quicktime’ refix from Roska reworks a Funky anthem with proper dread subs and a tougher riddimic syncopation.

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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REFERENCE
Aeonian EP
Planet E
12″ // £8.99

Detroit’s Luke Hess and Brian Kage combine as Reference for two big-room tracks on Planet E. ‘Best Day In Detroit’ arranges C2 styled kicks and subtly building stabs into a proper string-filled crescendo, while ‘Best Night In Detroit’ goes for a moodier bass-driven sound, keeping the vibes low-lit and tense, like anything could happen (but doesn’t really).
REFERENCE / CV313
VS. EP Part 2 (CV313 / Marko Fustenberg Mixes)
BERETTA GREY
12″ // £8.99

Reference is the collaborative project of two young Detroit stars, Luke Hess and Brian Kage. They face off with Steve Hitchell and Marko Furstenburg for a solid 12″ of deeper techno on Beretta’s minimal sublabel. Versus CV313 on ‘The Wake’ they craft a swinging techno groove loaded with clustered kicks and offset with a big ol’ snare to put thee in the groove. Against Marko Furstenburg they delve into a…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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REKORDAH / TAPES / LUKID / VARIOUS
Astro:Dynamics
Astrodynamics
CD // £6.99

One of the UK’s leading ‘lectronic boogie fiends launches his Astro:dynamics label with a prime 16-track compilation. Charting the twin helixes of skweee and Beat Dimensions-style hiphop, he aligns Lukid with Slow Hand Motëm, Tapes with Slugabed and Subeena with Coco Bryce, opening a new bracket of lo-fi funk, or flunk for short (maybe?). All operators are united by a slower temperance and a taste for melodically tangible funk. Lukid’s…
ZACKY FORCE FUNK & KUTMAH
Fukk
Clone Crown
12″ // £8.99

Zack Force Funk makes his second appearance on Clone Crown Ltd in as many weeks. These are six rudeboy boogie joints for the duttiest electro heads, from the potty-mouthed ‘Fukk’ written with Kutmah, to the Massive Attack-ish ‘Bombs’ and a Legowelt-sampling ‘The Split’ on the A-side. ‘Funky Gangster’ rips a juicy chunk from ‘Wordy Rappinghood’ and the viscous slow-bass of ‘Shitty Shotgun Pellets’ is designed strictly for cruising in your…
1000NAMES
Illuminated Man
Black Acre
CD // £7.99

Following a tangy green taster 10″ for Team Acre, 1000 Names graduate to upper skool with a full album for Black Acre. ‘Illuminated Man’ sheds more light on their mixture of IDM, post-Dilla hiphop and electro-jazz. We’re reminded of everything from the astral electro synths of Space Dimension Controller to Fulgeance’s Afro-inflections, but the duo stick with their own pace and sense of groove construction to warrant the attention coming…
1000NAMES
Illuminated Man
Black Acre
2LP // £11.99

Following a tangy green taster 10″ for Team Acre, 1000 Names graduate to upper skool with a full album for Black Acre. ‘Illuminated Man’ sheds more light on their mixture of IDM, post-Dilla hiphop and electro-jazz. We’re reminded of everything from the astral electro synths of Space Dimension Controller to Fulgeance’s Afro-inflections, but the duo stick with their own pace and sense of groove construction to warrant the attention coming…
LORN
Nothing Else
Brainfeeder
CD // £9.99

At the forefront of a new generation of hiphop-leaning electronica producers, Lorn comes branded with the Flying Lotus seal of approval on his Brainfeeder debut, ‘Nothing Else’. However, despite being shepherded by the good father of modern hiphop, Lorn is still a relative outsider both sonically and geographically, being the only Brainfeeder artist to not come from LA and bearing a sound that mixes hi-strength electronica with hiphop sampledelia in…
LORN
Nothing Else
Brainfeeder
LP // £12.99

At the forefront of a new generation of hiphop-leaning electronica producers, Lorn comes branded with the Flying Lotus seal of approval on his Brainfeeder debut, ‘Nothing Else’. However, despite being shepherded by the good father of modern hiphop, Lorn is still a relative outsider both sonically and geographically, being the only Brainfeeder artist to not come from LA and bearing a sound that mixes hi-strength electronica with hiphop sampledelia in…
PAUL WHITE
Paul White & The Purple Brain
Now Again
CD // £9.99

With a sack of samples from cult Swedish psyche guitarist S.T. Mikael and some irrepressibly inventive MPC skills, Paul White drops his much anticipated sophomore LP for Now Again/One Handed. As previous single ‘My Guitar Whales’ displayed, White has craned his ears further into the world of psychedelia than ‘The Strange Dreams of…’, using S.T. Mikael’s broad range of individual styles to colour his beats with exotic eastern sitars and…
SHLOHMO
Shlomoshun Deluxe
Friends of Friends
LP // £9.99

Another student of the LA downbeat skool, young Shlomo has been proving himself as one to watch with a recent XLR8R podcast and now his debut LP for Friends Of Friends, featuring remixes from Tokimonsta, devonwho, Fulgeance and Low Limit (aka Lazer Sword). Like his Cali peers Samiyam or Flylo, Shlohmo is one of those cosmically inclined cats, producing a sun-bleached sound that transfers its laidback and juicily psychedelic charge…
BLACKPOCKET / D-BRIDGE
Ur A Sta (D-Bridge Remix)
FAT CITY
10″ // £6.99

D-Bridge offers an alternative take on his own brother’s classic production ‘U’re A Sta’ for Fat City. DBridge turns in a sparse and slow rolling gangsta ride with hover-cruising synthbass and lagging snares for future-thugged effect, the man is just on fire right now. Highly Recommended!
CLICKS / GLITCH
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ROBIN FOX
A Handful of Automation
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

This is the first solo audio only release by Melbourne-based sound and laser artist Robin Fox. His previous solo release was a multichannel DVD for the Synaesthesia label but he has also contibuted to EMego in that time alongside the notoriously multi-disciplined Anthony Pateras. ‘A Handful Of Automation’ is extreme computer music for the connoisseur, wrangling vastly complex and bewildering shapes from his machine that are as chaotic as they…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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THOMAS KöNER
Teimo (Special Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £12.99

*THE SECOND OF THREE INCREDIBLE VINYL REISSUES FROM THOMAS KONER – STRICTLY LIMITED COPIES* Type Records invite us to marvel at the gloomscapes of Thomas Köner again with the first ever vinyl pressing of his ’92 album, ‘Teimo’. It’s the second in a triptych of Köner’s earliest work, following the glacial resonance of ‘Nunatak’ and preceding the static drones of ‘Permafrost’. For many, this album is the most tuneful of…
PARSON SOUND
Parson Sound (3LP Deluxe Box Set)
Subliminal Sounds
3LP Deluxe Box // £39.99

***Deluxe boxset of seminal 60s/70s Swedish drone/minimalist rock from the legendary Pärson Sound*** A spectacular archival package of primitive drone and minimalist rock/trance/psych from the Swedish underground, one of the most memorable audio documents ever. The nucleus of the Swedish 1960’s-70s underground psych rock scene: the legendary Pärson Sound. This deluxe 3-LP box set presents the most remarkable Swedish underground band, known in a later incarnation and continuation as International…
MELVINS
The Bride Screamed Murder
Ipecac
CD // £8.99

Sounding like it got its name from a Mario Bava film, along comes the latest full-length from the dependably scathing Melvins, who with this rack up their twentieth studio album within their quarter-century in the business. Once you get to grips with it, this record delivers the firm-footed collection of jolting metal you’d expect from a Melvins outing, offering up such hard-rocking late-comers as ‘Inhumanity And Death’ and ‘Hospital Up’….
COLIN POTTER & MICHAEL BEGG
Fragile Pitches
OMNEMPATHY
2CD // £12.99

Colin Potter and Michael Begg have previously crossed paths on the Fovea Hex project from a couple of years back, which brought together a host of ambient and experimental music talents, also including Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, The Hafler Trio and Irish singer Clodagh Simonds. For this new collaboration, the duo (who between them are contributors to Nurse With Wound and Human Greed) were commissioned by Unique Events for Edinburgh’s…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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TIGER & WOODS
Out Of Bounds EP (White Label)
EDITAINMENT
12″ // £7.99

The mysterious duo of Larry Tiger & David Woods (not their real names) tee off from the third installment of their excellent Editainment series. Both cuts are solid gold boogie burnouts, relicking and extending obscure early 80s disco with a groove awareness located somewhere between the Thriller lot and Soundhack. Hand-stamped white label copies. Criminally limited. Good to go!!!
TODD TERJE
New Mjondalen Disco Swingers
PERMANENT VACATION
7″ // £6.99

Another limited teaser for the ‘Remaster Of The Universe’ collection from Todd Terje. On the A-side he revises his own ‘Eurodans’ as a bopping jazz number under the New Mjondalen Disco Swingers handle while the flipside contains his Bollywood tribute ‘Surat Surfin’ as the Dullatten Disco Dandia. Quirky funtime.
TODD TERJE
Pop Muzik (Todd Terje Remix)
PERMANENT VACATION
12″ // £7.99

Cheeky pack of edits and refixes from Todd Terje and chums lifted from his forthcoming ‘Remaster Of The Universe’ 2xCD. Firstly, everyone’s talking about his acidic mix of M’s ‘Pop Muzik’ also included on the ‘Pop Muzik 30th Anniversary Remixes’ set, but our favourite has to be the Scandolous Chuck Norris remix of ‘All That She Wants’, or maybe it’s Kacic Kullmann’s Five remix of Cajmere’s ‘Percolator’ with accordians replacing…
ROX
Memoirs
Rough Trade
LP // £10.99

Rox has been widely tipped for big things this year, scoring herself a heavy press presence and a slot on the BBC’s influential Sound of 2010. The 21-year-old soul singer finally delivers her debut album after a steady, high profile build up, having recorded between London (with Jay-Z collaborator Al Shux) and New Jersey with Commissioner Gordon, whose work has contributed to albums like The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and…
ROX
Memoirs
Rough Trade
CD // £8.99

Rox has been widely tipped for big things this year, scoring herself a heavy press presence and a slot on the BBC’s influential Sound of 2010. The 21-year-old soul singer finally delivers her debut album after a steady, high profile build up, having recorded between London (with Jay-Z collaborator Al Shux) and New Jersey with Commissioner Gordon, whose work has contributed to albums like The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and…
DUB / REGGAE
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VARIOUS / GREENSLEEVES
Evolution Of Dub: Volume 5
Greensleeves
4CD // £14.99

Greensleeves’ educational ‘Evolution Of Dub’ series surveys ‘The Missing Link’ with four classic albums from legends Ossie Hibbert and Lloyd Coxsone complete with reproduction card sleeves of the original album covers. With heavy riddims from Sly & Robbie’s Revolutionaries to hand, keyboard player Ossie Hibbert produced one of the holy grails of dub reggae ‘Crueshal Dub’ in 1976, and is included here is full, unabridged form for the very first…
VARIOUS / GREENSLEEVES
Jammys From The Roots (1977-1985)
Greensleeves
2LP // £12.99

Greensleeves celebrate the legacy of Lloyd James aka King Jammy between 1977-85 with a high calibre 2 x 12″ selection. Jammy started out in the Waterhouse district of Kingston listening to the likes of Duke Reid and Coxsone before moving to Canada as a young man to be with his wife. In 1977 he moved back to JA to work as a producer/engineer alongside Scientist at the legendary King Tubby’s…
KALBATA & MIXMONSTER
Sugar Plum Plum / Play Music Selecta ft. Jah Thomas
Soul Jazz
12″ // £4.49

Big tings landing from Kalbata & Mixmonster ‘pon Soul Jazz! After a string a seriously good 12″s merging 2-step, dubstep and heavyweight dub, he’s gone all out, decamping to Jamaica to record two sumptuous vocal tracks with legendary vocalists Little John and Jah Thomas, accompanied by real musicians and proper analog equipment. The results are gorgeous, lending ‘Sugar Plum Plum’ a heavy lunged atmosphere and richness to the bass that…
VARIOUS / KINGSTON SOUNDS
Rocksteady Hits The Town
KINGSTON SOUNDS
CD // £10.99

Kingston Sounds cock an ear to the short lived Rocksteady period of Jamaican pop history with a 16-track selection including Roy Shirley, Uniques, Max Romeo and Sensations among others. In the extremely hot summer of 1966, producers like Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee and Derrick Harriot created a new slower style of Jamaican pop music that eschewed the frenzied pace of Ska for something a little more suited to the heat…
VARIOUS / KINGSTON SOUNDS
Rocksteady Hits The Town
KINGSTON SOUNDS
LP // £9.99

Kingston Sounds cock an ear to the short lived Rocksteady period of Jamaican pop history with a 16-track selection including Roy Shirley, Uniques, Max Romeo and Sensations among others. In the extremely hot summer of 1966, producers like Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee and Derrick Harriot created a new slower style of Jamaican pop music that eschewed the frenzied pace of Ska for something a little more suited to the heat…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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JAMES BLAKE
CMYK EP
R&S Records
12″ // £6.49

Massively anticipated soul futurism from James Blake! On his longest solo EP to date, Blake delivers the anthemic title track backed with three uncategorisable steppers functions. ‘CYMK’ is also the most upbeat cut we’ve heard from him, swinging around a 140bpm axis with pandrogynously pitched R’n’B vocals, skunk-hazed depth perceptions and a sense of barely tethered spatial chaos owing to his advanced programming skills. ‘Footnotes’ meanwhile can’t decide whether it’s…
AARDVARCK & KUBUS
Bloom 5
Bloom
12″ // £6.99

Bloom 05 pitches another killer set of pig-outs from Aardvarck against three heavyweight screwballs from Dutch hiphop producer Kubus. The Pig gives a massive highlight on the turbulent flow of ‘Glitch’ and the tribalist ‘Afrik Slang’ with what sounds like Chewbacca samples over a sneering dubcrunk riddim. Kubus ov Opgezwolle and Top Notch records handles the flipside, dropping grumbling sci-fi hiphop on ‘Pruik’, raved-out hotstep with ‘In Je Graff’ and…
JOE
Claptrap / Level Crossing
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Since dropping one of 2009s biggest dubstep anthems in ‘Grimelight’ Joe has been busy hammering out some of the tidiest syncopations we’ve heard on a dubstep tune. ‘Claptrap’ makes a heavy nod to Spanish flamenco on an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track, using not much more than claps, sub hits and field recorded atmospherics to get us itching like a good ‘un. Crafty DJs will be able to do…
DJ NAUGHTY / ROSKA
Firepower EP
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £6.49

Cheeky organ and subs driven Funky from DJ Naughty backed with a Roska remix! ‘Firepower’ rolls with lustrous bass offset by hard snares and synched to dubby organ stabs to help hone your Marcus Nasty look. ‘Gear Shift’ is largely missable but the ‘Quicktime’ refix from Roska reworks a Funky anthem with proper dread subs and a tougher riddimic syncopation.
T.WILLIAMS
Afric
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

Tom Lea’s newly minted Local Action label drops three heavyweight Funky house bombs from Deep Teknologi’s T. Williams and as far as we know it’s the first vinyl release to be associated with the Deep Teknologi duo who share close links with the likes of Cooly G and the rest of the burgeoning London house scene. In the style of Geeneus’ ‘Volumes 1’ or Seiji’s recent ‘Yesman’, the EP bridges…
HACKMAN
More Than Ever
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

The heat has barely cooled from Doc Daneeka’s Pattern debut before Hackman hauls out four ebullient dancers from the top pocket. ‘More Than Ever’ sets a sophisticated balance of garage bass and bright Funky percussion for the groovers, ‘Nobody Minds’ is the kind of bumpy joint you’d expect to hear in a Kismet set, while the highlight ‘Gutterflower’ cuts loose with pitching Afro-Latin drums and piquant xylophonics inna Afefe Iku…
JOAAN
Splendor In The Grass
7EVEN
12″ // £6.99

Bold fusions from the 7even records camp, unloading the debut 12″ from Joaan. ‘Splendor’ in the grass sets the pace to a Funky/techno compatible 130bpm with offset kicks to keep a finger in the dubstep bowl, but it’s when that synth drops that we’re in new territory, taking the exuberance of big room electro-house and tailoring it for the fans of Sbtrkt or Joy Orbison. Meanwhile, ‘115 State’ switches styles…
C156
Oink
DISBOOT
12″ // £6.99

Multifarious manic mashup business from Barcelona’s four-headed beast, C156. With one foot in Sheffield Niche, Cauto, The Gardener, Dr Res and Drome manhandle chunks of jungle, dubstep, raved up techno and hiphop to craft the title tracks, while ‘Can A Leprous Be Trendy?’ begs a vital question that never gets answered and ‘Latin Mayhem’ abandons any preconceptions of sexy Spaniards with a glut of Tigerbeat styled glitchcore. Fans of Squire…
DISTANCE
No Warning / Jungle Fears
Chestplate
12″ // £5.99

Distance brings the ruffage on latest Chestplate rattler. ‘No Warning’ comes from the most orthodox skool of Distance tracks with subtly shifting bass riff progression alloyed with crushing halfstep beats. However ‘Jungle Fear’ on the flip is an altogether more unsavoury beast, using grotty snare gnashes an a slow moving but extremely powerful sub sweep to twyst out ten tonnes of junglist torque for the strongback skankers. Fans of Goth…
DJ MADD
Not Afraid
LIME DUBS
12″ // £6.49

Stylish cyber-stepping dubs from DJ Madd. ‘Not Afraid’ is the highlight, playing it cool with a double timed percussive lunge underpinned by strafing halftimed bass for the darker sci-fi fiends. ‘Heavyweight’ on the flip is kinda missable, but ‘Funktion 1’ makes up some ground again with super crisp 808 percussion rolled into a technoid 4/4 stepper like Loefah on a brown elephant.
FUNTCASE
Takin The P*ss
PRIME AUDIO
12″ // £6.49

Cartoonish dubstep rave tearouts from Funtcase and South Bound Hangers. He’s giving it away on ‘Takin The P*ss’ with extreme levels of rave parody leading to a cataclysmic halfstep monster. On ‘Wizard Sleeve’ he and the South Bound Hangers add more drops than Rusko’s leaky tap, and finally ‘Oh Deary Deary Me!’ calls for more ChuckleVision comparisons with a common denominator factor primed for a newsround exposé presented by Barry…
ITAL TEK
Midnight Colour
Planet Mu
2LP // £11.99

Ital Tek follows his warmly received ‘cYCLiCAL’ album with another clutch of techy IDM-driven post-dubstep forms. ‘Midnight Colour’ expands his rhythm palette of 2-step and lurching halfstep to include slower hiphop vibes similar to label mate Kuedo’s crushed patterns or well measured electronic R’n’B swing vibes like on ‘Babel’ or the zappy ‘Subgiant’. His florid and highly melodic take on this style should be lapped up by anyone into Boxcutter,…
ITAL TEK
Midnight Colour
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

Ital Tek follows his warmly received ‘cYCLiCAL’ album with another clutch of techy IDM-driven post-dubstep forms. ‘Midnight Colour’ expands his rhythm palette of 2-step and lurching halfstep to include slower hiphop vibes similar to label mate Kuedo’s crushed patterns or well measured electronic R’n’B swing vibes like on ‘Babel’ or the zappy ‘Subgiant’. His florid and highly melodic take on this style should be lapped up by anyone into Boxcutter,…
KANJI KINETIC / MICHAEL FORSHAW / MR SLY
Assorted Nan-Bangers EP
COIN OPERATED
12″ // £5.99

Ragged party starting riddims from Kanji Kinetic, Mr. Sly, Kush Killa and Michael Forshaw. Kanji’s splattercore bassline hybrid turns nasty on ‘Drive U Crazy VIP’, and Mr. Sly goes ballistic with the dubstep rave tearout of ‘Nursery Rhyme’. Kush Killa imitates hardcore breaks on ‘Spaceface’ and Michael Forshaw’s ‘Turn Around Touch The Ground’ bangs out a raw booty blast.
LOST
Disgustin Justin / Metalfoot
HENCH
12″ // £5.99

Lost unleashes two bass mutants from the echo chambers of H.E.N.C.H recordings. ‘Disgustin Justin’ is the weirder A-side, tumbling wrong-footed drums over seasick bass currents to drag dancers into his groove. On the other side ‘Metalfoot’ is its unruly brother, using hollow metallic dread synthlines and lean triplet synched halfstep patterns to scare you witless. Deep, dark and heavy!
SCANONE / POINT B / FLINT KIDS
The Cantor Dust (Remixes)
Interakt
12″ // £5.99

Unruly electro-rooted dubstep and garage from Scanone, remixed by Point B and Flint Kids. His original ‘The Cantor Dust’ blends his techy production values with tearing dubstep bass and lurching halfstep patterns, but the reeeeal good stuff is on Point B’s mechanical 2-stepper, removing any unnecessary elements to reveal a highly efficient groove mechanism that needs to be checked by the future garage crew. Taking it back to the darkside…
TEDDY & G.TANK
Ghanaian Fire
UNDERGROUND UNIT
CD // £7.99

Teddy aka Silencer and his mate C. Tank lock and load 13 tracks of brash grime instrumentals. Silencer tracks regularly crop up on the shows of Elijah & Butterz and Logan Sama besides their own Rinse sessions, with the rudeness riffage and aggy bass of ‘Ren & Stimpy’ making a big impact recently and their collaborative ‘Ghanaian Fire’ churning up midi-orchestrations and super-itchy beats to mow down all in their…
VON D
Bon (Blasta / Distinction Mixes)
ARGON
12″ // £5.99

Argon enlist Distinction and Blasta to give Von D and Zhakee’s ‘Bon’ a pair of summery overhauls. Blasta’s mix is suitably frilly, with agile boogie-prog keys over roller’s dubstep rhythms, and Distinction takes it later into the night with deep hued chords and a nutricious drop to provide 100% of your subbass RDA.
ELECTRONIC
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OVAL
Oh
Thrill Jockey
LP // £9.99

*LIMITED WHITE VINYL WITH HAND-GLUED PHOTO SLEEVE ART, INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COUPON REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* It’s been nine years since Markus Popp released his last album as Oval (2001’s Ovalcommers), a length of time that’s seen the electronic music world change dramatically. Famed for pioneering all things “glitch”, the Oval project began as a trio (originally comprising Frank Metzger and Sebastian Oschatz) specialising in the defacement and sabotage…
MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Tidings / Amethyst Waves
Weird Forest
2LP // £20.99

Mark McGuire has been a member of triadic mega-unit Emeralds since their inception. Besides contributing to their ever growing catalogue, he’s also worked with Daniel “Oneohtrix Point Never” Lopatin as Skyramp and a prolific number of other solo projects. His most recent album for Weird Forest (originally released on Cassette by the Wagon label) has been hailed as his most definitive to date, crossing astral lines and psychedelic boundaries between…
HECKER
3 Track 12 Inch
Editions Mego
Mini LP // £8.99

Hitting us between the eyes from a blind spot on the distribution schedule, Editions Mego drop a thrilling three tracker from Florian Hecker. The label calls this “…some of Hecker’s most accessible work to date, and a fine addition to any serious electronic music collection” and who are we to disagree?! From the press release we can assume that the tracks on the A-side were produced for the Comme des…
GREIE GUT FRAKTION / ALVA NOTO / WOLFGANG VOIGT
Stadt Mixe
Monika
12″ // £6.99

*INCLUDES A KILLER REMIX FROM ALVA NOTO, AND TWO FROM WOLFGANG VOIGT* Antye Greie Fuchs aka AGF and Gudrun Gut have formed something of a Deutsche-Dub-Industrial unit with their Greie Gut Fraktion alliance for Monika Enterprise. Preceding their ‘Baustelle’ album is ‘Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt’, roughly translated as “We Build a New Town”, a cover of an early 80s Palais Schaumberg track (a band that included Moritz Von Oswald…
ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB
Happy Horse
HAPPY PRINCE
CD // £12.99

ASC’s Neil Campbell presents his latest psyche-out as a special release on Japan’s Happy Prince, housed in a yellow felt sleeve with insert. Chained to a throbbing kicks, he sequences head melting electronics on ‘Skelp’, before being sucked into ‘Kilmarnock’ which is a crazy experience in anyone’s books. Here we’re in the midst of a feverish tribal pub disco scene where they’ve been serving yoghurt and mushroom bombs behind the…
EXPERIMENTAL AUDIO RESEARCH
Mesmerised
Space Age
CD // £12.99

Around 1994 some of the foremost sonic explorers of that time, including Kevin Shields (MBV), Kevin Martin (The Bug, Techno Animal), AMM’s Eddie Prévost and Spacemen 3’s Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember united on acronymous Experimental Audio Research project aka E.A.R. In doing so, group organizer Pete Kember intended on opening a space where high and lowbrow approaches could be consolidated, where the ideas of Cage, Stockhausen, Varese, and Cardew were…
SUN ARAW
On Patrol
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £13.99

Continuing his spell of a busy old few months, Cameron Stallones arrives with his most ambitiously proportioned long-player to date. On Patrol arrives virtually alongside the Heavy Deeds LP and Platoon, by Stallones’ band, Magic Lantern and finds the psychedelic, sci-fi dub auteur expanding his creative parameters by taking the track durations to more jam-like lengths. Once again, ’70s kosmische sounds and misplaced tropical vibes seem to get all watery…
JAMES HOLDEN
DJ-KiCKS
K7
2LP // £13.99

**9 tracks selected from the CD version** Border Community staple James Holden presents the latest DJ Kicks. True to his style, the selection weaves through tracks of proggy modern disco and electronica with twists of techno and a few real curveballs displaying broadly scoped tastes. Notable highlights come on Mordant Music’s under-the-radar Italo mutant ‘Olde Wobbly’ into Maserati’s ‘No More Sages’, Ursula Bogner layered over Four Tet, and Legowelt’s ‘Flight…
JAMES HOLDEN
DJ-KiCKS
K7
CD // £10.99

Border Community staple James Holden presents the latest DJ Kicks. True to his style, the selection weaves through 20 tracks of proggy modern disco and electronica with twists of techno and a few real curveballs displaying broadly scoped tastes. Notable highlights come on Mordant Music’s under-the-radar Italo mutant ‘Olde Wobbly’ into Maserati’s ‘No More Sages’, Ursula Bogner layered over Four Tet, and Legowelt’s ‘Flight Of The Jupiter’ while elsewhere it’s…
MR SCRUFF
Pickled Spider ft. Kirsty Almeida
Ninja Tune
12″ // £5.99

The very idea of a pickled spider is just about the grossest thing I ever heard, but this latest production from Ninja Tune stalwart Mr Scruff sounds far better than its billing. Featuring Kirsty Almeida, the track features some of the sample-sifting we’ve come to expect from Scruff, but this time set into a rumbling dubstep framework, complete with knockabout, foundation-quaking bass and some rather nice string section inserts.
SKITANJA
Zombie Tonic
Seed
CD // £8.99

Seed offer up the debut album from Skitanja following their contributions to the two previous Seed compilations. The Bournemouth based ensemble of Steve Potatoes, the Powdered Cow, Duncan Fannykettle, D.I Signs and co all have daft names and make an excellently unhinged racket straddling jazz, gabber, punk and scuzzy IDM. Any given track can stretch itself between those parameters at will, jolting the senses with the acute mentallness of the…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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ALASDAIR ROBERTS / JACKIE OATES
A Selection of Marches, Quicksteps, Laments, Strathspeys Reels and Country Dances
ROOM 40
7″ // £5.99

Teaming up with One Little Indian-signed folk artist Jackie Oates, well-loved guitarist and songwriter Alasdair Roberts makes an appearance on Room40, which it has to be said, is an unlikely outlet for his intricate brand of Brit-folk. On this single, the two musicians set about three wonderful instrumentals, on which (presumably) Roberts takes up the guitar and Oates plays fiddle. The opening piece, ‘The Bloody Fields Of Flanders / The…
NINA NASTASIA
Outlaster
Fat Cat
CD // £9.99

Outlaster is Nina Nastasia’s first solo album since 2006’s On Leaving, having shared billing with Jim White of the Dirty Three on the ensuing year’s You Follow Me. Outlaster once again sees Nastasia reunited with long-term producer Steve Albini, although injecting new blood into her music are orchestral arranger Paul Bryan and Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker. ‘Cry, Cry, Baby’ is a striking opening to the record, getting underway with Nastasia’s…
JANE WEAVER
The Fallen By Watch Bird
BIRD
CD // £9.99

An enduring presence on Manchester’s music scene, Jane Weaver returns with a new collection of antiquated folk songs that boldly draws influence from “Eastern European children’s cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70’s television music and early murmurs of 80’s synth-pop”. As that billing would suggest, The Fallen By Watchbird is a very Finders Keepers-ish affair and calls upon some suitably distinguished and obscure guests. Susan Christie and Wendy Flower (one half of…
THE OWL SERVICE
The View From A Hill
RIF MOUNTAIN
CD // £10.99

The second installment in their The Pattern Beneath The Plough series sees The Owl Service releasing a full album’s worth of material – a follow-up to their EP-length collection of winter-themed folk songs, The Burn Comes Down. Once again the septet are joined by contributors Joolie Wood (of Current 93) and Mellow Candle’s Alison O’Donnell, and the resultant recordings feel like the most complete collection of songs yet from the…
KRISTIN HERSH
Cats & Mice
KITTEN CHARMER
CD // £10.99

Recorded live at Yoshi’s in San Francisco last year, Cats And Mice is a solo set by Throwing Muses star Kristin Hersh. The performance is presented as complete and unedited, finding Hersh delving not only into her own catalogue (from her 1994 solo debut, Hips And Makers right up to this year’s forthcoming Crooked, with one or two Throwing Muses numbers thrown in along the way) but also the traditional…
PEG SIMONE
Secrets From The Storm
RADIUM
CD // £11.99

With Secrets From The Storm, NYC-based singer and guitarist Peg Simone has put a remarkable avant-garde spin on the blues, collaborating with writer Holly Anderson and fellow Table Of The Elements star Jonathan Kane, who assists on the epic opening cut ‘Levee/1927’, a radical and poetic take on the original (‘When The Levee Breaks’) by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. This is quite some opening, shaping an incredible twenty-two…
PETER WOLF CRIER
Inter-Be
Jagjaguwar
LP // £10.99

Mineapolis duo Peter Pisano and Brian Moen release their debut full-length for Jagjaguwar, and they’re the latest artists to join the label from what it bills as “a burgeoning northern Midwest musical community”, lining up alongside Bon Iver, Gayngs and Volcano Choir. The tone of the record immediately establishes itself as a kind of rough-cut, very modern kind of Americana. The recordings are crunching, lo-fi affairs and the duo’s performances…
PETER WOLF CRIER
Inter-Be
Jagjaguwar
CD // £8.99

Mineapolis duo Peter Pisano and Brian Moen release their debut full-length for Jagjaguwar, and they’re the latest artists to join the label from what it bills as “a burgeoning northern Midwest musical community”, lining up alongside Bon Iver, Gayngs and Volcano Choir. The tone of the record immediately establishes itself as a kind of rough-cut, very modern kind of Americana. The recordings are crunching, lo-fi affairs and the duo’s performances…
SIMON LYNGE
The Future
Lo-Max
CD // £8.99

Greenlandic musician and songwriter Simon Lynge releases his first collection of songs for British label, Lo-Max. Even the most cursory listen through the album’s opening immediately communicates just how commercial and resolutely mainstream his writing style is, yet Lynge gets away with it by virtue of being so unfashionably sincere; when he sings “Give me love and I’ll bring it back to you” on ‘Love Comes Back To You’, he…
HIP HOP
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MF DOOM
Doom!
Think Differently Music
CD // £13.99

The meckle-faced truth drops 39 overproof exclusive and unreleased tracks for Think Differently. Much like any Doom album, there’s recurring sample themes and lyrics throughout, but you can basically look at this as an under-the-counter best-of, sequenced by someone with near unlimited access to his archives. You’ll get over 1 hour of unfathomable lyrics delivered alongside Vast Aire, Ghostface, RZA, Count Bass D and Just Blaze with beats from J…
THE INFESTICONS
Bedford Park
Big Dada
LP // £18.99

In 2000 Mike Ladd initiated his concept trilogy of albums centred around a war between The Infesticons and The Majesticons. Two brilliant albums and ten years later the Majesticons marching band emerge from a bunker to find the war is over and no one can even remember who either side are. Alongside guests including Saul Williams, Creature, Juice Aleem and Seraphim, celebrated wordsmith Ladd gives an album of raw punky…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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FEDERICO DURAND
La Siesta Del Cipre’s
SPEKK
CD // £13.99

This compelling new microsound work on Spekk was inspired by what its author describes as “the sensations produced by listening to music while falling asleep.” Federico Durand set about producing some wonderfully foggy, suggestively melodic miniatures for this album, each brilliantly capturing the kind of between state your senses are in at the moment of waking up, or drifting off to sleep. The slow moving, gauzy sound designs mirror sleep-tinted…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
Before Today
4AD
CD // £8.99

The peculiar lo-fi trash aesthetics and cassette-sampling songcraft of Ariel Pink have positioned him as the forefather of the chillwave scene and the direct antecedent of key 2010 artists like Washed Out, Small Black and Toro Y Moi. Somehow the Paw Tracks alumnus has become one of the most influential figures in today’s underground music scene. However, as tends to be the way with pioneers, Mr Pink and his Haunted…
ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
Before Today
4AD
LP // £10.99

The peculiar lo-fi trash aesthetics and cassette-sampling songcraft of Ariel Pink have positioned him as the forefather of the chillwave scene and the direct antecedent of key 2010 artists like Washed Out, Small Black and Toro Y Moi. Somehow the Paw Tracks alumnus has become one of the most influential figures in today’s underground music scene. However, as tends to be the way with pioneers, Mr Pink and his Haunted…
ROBERT WYATT
Greatest Misses
Domino
CD // £9.99

Previously available as a limited edition Japan-only release, Domino augment their retrospective of Robert Wyatt’s illustrious back-catalogue by reissuing this ‘Best Of’-style collection, spanning material from his early solo recordings of 1974 right up to 2003’s Cuckooland album. The track selection seems to have been designed as an ideal introduction to the former Soft Machine drummer’s solo work, collecting key album recordings and even one or two bonafide hits (regardless…
THE ACORN
Restoration (Four Tet / Born Ruffians Mixes)
Bella Union
12″ // £4.99

Previewing their forthcoming sophomore album, No Ghost, Ottawa’s The Acorn release this 12″ pairing together two LP cuts and two remixes. ‘Restoration’ makes a convincing case for this band to be classified within the upper tier of contemporary Americana, alongside the likes of (labelmates) Fleet Foxes, while ‘No Ghost’ sets its sights on slightly more far-reaching climes, dipping into the sort of complex percussive strategies you’d associate with Afro-rock. The…
BLITZEN TRAPPER
Destroyer Of The Void
SUB POP
2LP // £10.99

One of Portland’s foremost exports, Blitzen Trapper return with an album that’s their second offering on Sub Pop and their fifth in all. This is a record that states its intentions from the very outset, embarking upon a title-track that’s equal parts ludicrous and brilliant. It’s as if thirty-five years of pop music evolution never happened and that somehow the world got stuck in a prog-Americana themed episode of The…
BLITZEN TRAPPER
Destroyer Of The Void
SUB POP
CD // £9.99

One of Portland’s foremost exports, Blitzen Trapper return with an album that’s their second offering on Sub Pop and their fifth in all. This is a record that states its intentions from the very outset, embarking upon a title-track that’s equal parts ludicrous and brilliant. It’s as if thirty-five years of pop music evolution never happened and that somehow the world got stuck in a prog-Americana themed episode of The…
CONNAN MOCKASIN
Please Turn Me Into The Snat
Phantasy Sound
CD // £11.99

Released on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound label, this fourth album from Connan Mockasin is finally getting the London-dwelling musician some attention after a good five years or so in the wilderness. Please Turn Me Into The Snat is a dreamlike psychedelic opus that’s quite unlike anything else out there that gets branded with the ‘psych’ tag. Don’t expect any protracted krautrocking jams here though, there’s something about Mockasin’s music that’s…
DELOREAN
Subiza
True Panther
CD // £9.99

Marrying together Balearic house and incisive indie songwriting, Spanish quartet Delorean create a winningly euphoric package, modelling the sounds of this summer’s dancefloors in the image of Panda Bear fronting a chart-topping dance anthem circa 1994. You might equally say that Delorean are a bit like a more substantial sounding counterpart to Swedish disco waifs jj. In any case, Subiza is a triumphant long-player that cues up a succession of…
DELOREAN
Subiza
True Panther
LP // £10.99

Marrying together Balearic house and incisive indie songwriting, Spanish quartet Delorean create a winningly euphoric package, modelling the sounds of this summer’s dancefloors in the image of Panda Bear fronting a chart-topping dance anthem circa 1994. You might equally say that Delorean are a bit like a more substantial sounding counterpart to Swedish disco waifs jj. In any case, Subiza is a triumphant long-player that cues up a succession of…
FIELD MUSIC
Let’s Write A Book
Memphis Industries
7″ // £2.99

The second single from Field Music’s current double album, Field Music (Measure), ‘Let’s Write A Book’ shows a very different side to the Sunderland band’s stylistic repertoire. David Brewis takes the lead this time, fronting a track that doles out funk basslines and wah-wah guitars. Not dissimilarly, the B-side proves to be most unusual – it’s a cover of Syd Barrett’s ‘Terrapin’ which renders the Madcap Laughs cut as a…
GUN OUTFIT
Possession Sound
Post Present Medium
LP // £10.49

This trio from Olympia, Washington deliver their second album via Post Present Medium, penning some seriously strong American alt. rock missives from the simplest of setups. Now joined by recently recruited drummer Reuben Storey, songwriting/guitar/vocals duo Dylan Sharp and Caroline Keith convene for a great follow-up to last year’s Dim Light, said to be influenced by “The Byrds, Horses and Susan Sontag”. Given the limited instrumental palette, the premise of…
HERE WE GO MAGIC
Pigeons
Secretly Canadian
LP // £10.99

Returning for a second album as Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple switches from solo project to bandleader, thus marking a fairly radical shift in tone from the eponymous debut to this jam-bedecked second long-player. Expanding to a quintet seems to have helped breathe new life into Temple’s operation, as notably demonstrated by ‘Collector’, a playful, technicolour jolt of pop know-how that runs to about twice the length of the…
HERE WE GO MAGIC
Pigeons
Secretly Canadian
CD // £9.99

Returning for a second album as Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple switches from solo project to bandleader, thus marking a fairly radical shift in tone from the eponymous debut to this jam-bedecked second long-player. Expanding to a quintet seems to have helped breathe new life into Temple’s operation, as notably demonstrated by ‘Collector’, a playful, technicolour jolt of pop know-how that runs to about twice the length of the…
RAFTER
Animal Feelings
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.99

For his fourth album on Asthmatic Kitty, indie-rock producer to the stars, Rafter Roberts unleashes Animal Feelings, an inventive, beat-heavy pop album that’s tons of fun. The album gets straight down to business with the fey indie R&B pulsations of ‘No Fucking Around’, featuring stop-start drums and a chorus that repeats the title through a hefty Talk Box effect (also heard prominently throughout this week’s Ratatat album – must be…
THE ACORN
No Ghost
Bella Union
LP // £15.99

Championed by everyone from Elbow’s Guy Garvey to Kanye West, Ottawa’s The Acorn return with a second album that builds on the hard-earned acclaim of their debut, Glory Hope Mountain. Recently, we got to hear ‘Restoration’ and the album’s great title-track on a 12″ EP, but there’s plenty more substance to No Ghost: ‘Crossed Wires’ could almost pass as an offcut by The National, while ‘Slippery When Wet’ avoids the…
VARIOUS / SONIC CATHEDRAL
The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral
Sonic Cathedral
CD // £8.99

This tribute to psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson and his band The 13th Floor Elevators boasts quite a line-up; in addition to the inclusion of bands like A Place To Bury Strangers, Dead Meadow, Hush Arbors and Erickson himself (guesting alongside The Black Angels) there are also less obvious contributions from My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields (appearing with Le Volume Courbe on ‘I Love The Living’), Sonic Boom of Spacemen…
ZS
Music Of The Modern White
The Social Registry
LP // £13.99

The album begins with a percussion intro that sounds more like a gunfight than any sort of recognisable drumming routine, and continues to get weirder and weirder from there on. New York avant-garde-ists Zs might be seen as a kind of post-modern free-jazz ensemble, combining sax, guitars and live kit sounds with all the tumult of contemporary electronic drone music. This LP absorbs the impact of no-wave, industrial music, Merzbow…
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SUN RA
Beyond The Purple Star Zone / Oblique Parallax
ART YARD
CD // £13.49

In 1980 Sun-Ra fanatic Rick Steiger organised what was to be the “Greatest cultural event going on in America at that time” according to Sun Ra himself. The concert started the day after Christmas and evolved into a 6-day, 11-performance residency that rocked the Detroit Jazz centre to it’s boots. These are nine tracks from those sessions, capturing the Arkestra in full flight with some help from local musicians Tani…
GIDEON VAN GELDER
Perpetual
Kindred Spirits
CD // £12.99

Perpetual’ is the debut solo collection of lauded pianist and arranger Gideon Van Gelder. It was largely written in the time since his move to New York in 2007, during which he also arranged and contributed to José James’ beautiful ‘Black Magic’ collection, possibly prompting José to hail this as “…my favourite jazz album of 2010”. Gideon’s influences sprawl between Brazilian guitar virtuoso Toninho Horta and pioneering jazz composer Andrew…
HEAVEN AND
Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King
Staubgold
LP // £15.99

Fronted by Austrian guitarist Martin Siewert (known for his solo work on labels like Mosz), Heaven And is a quartet also comprising of drummers Tony Buck and Steve Heather, plus bassist/keyboardist Zeitblom. This album follows up their debut for Staubgold, Sweeter As The Years Roll By, and finds the group experimenting with dark and murky variations on jazz-inspired post-rock. Electronics flow freely alongside more conventional instrumentation, with Siewert making some…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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CALIBRE
Judgement Day EP
Samurai Red Seal
2×12″ // £11.99

Four tracks of hi-tempo liquid junglism from Calibre. The angle-grinding bass and rushing vibes of ‘Thrust’ or the fluid ‘step of ‘Jungle One’ are the picks of the bunch, but those lookign fr smoother rides will love ‘Don’t want Your Love’ or the epic ‘Judgement Day’ feat. DRS. 2 x12″ pressed on red vinyl with full colour picture sleeve.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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HECTOR
A.G.E. EP
2020Vision
12″ // £5.99

Three chunky house cuts from the excellent Hector. This man is a bona fide staple of the London DJ circuit so you know he knows that they know he knows whats good, yeah? All three tracks take us back to late 90s friday night house vibes with a little bit of US garage flavour stirred in for the swing with muscly kicks that work a treat.
HENRIK SCHWARZ & KUNIYUKI
Once Again Remixed
MULE MUSIQ
12″ // £7.99

Posh piano house music from Henrik Schwarz and Kuniyuki backed with a Soulphiction mix (also as instrumental) and a Kunikyuki remix. ‘Once Again’ features Schwarz’s prominent vocals smeared over the top of clear piano keys strictly for use when it’s gone 9 and the kids are tucked up in bed. Soulphiction’s instrumental remix fares better without the vocal. Over on the flip Kuniyuki aka Koss brings the lights down lower…
MATHEW JONSON
Agents of Time
Wagon Repair
2×12″ // £13.99

**5 tracks selected from the CD** Quite remarkably, this is the very first solo album from Canada’s finest melodic techno producer. He’s had long players out with his Cobblestone jazz quartet before, but his worldwide reputation is built on a stream of brilliant singles for M_nus, Itiswhatitis (is that still going?), and Wagon Repair. ‘Agents Of Time’ presents a lushed-out and esoteric side that was always nestling somewhere in his…
MATHEW JONSON
Agents of Time
Wagon Repair
CD // £11.99

Quite remarkably, this is the very first solo album from Canada’s finest melodic techno producer. He’s had long players out with his Cobblestone jazz quartet before, but his worldwide reputation is built on a stream of brilliant singles for M_nus, Itiswhatitis (is that still going?), and Wagon Repair. ‘Agents Of Time’ presents a lushed-out and esoteric side that was always nestling somewhere in his productions, but generally sidelined for dancefloor…
PETE GOODING & CHRIS COCO
Nightdance EP (Toby Tobias Mix)
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Fine mid-tempo house grooves from Pete Gooding and Chris Coco backed with a pair of ace remixes from Max Essa and Toby Tobias. This record is just a case of the remixes far outshining the originals, with Max Essa’s mix of ‘Night Dance’ pulling in Arthur Russell-esque proto-house/disco percussion in great style while Toby Tobias lays out a killer dark Italo version that fans of Legowelt or Anton Maiovvi will…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Cloud Cuckooland
FINDERS KEEPERS
2LP // £13.99

Accompanying the marvelous LP from Sam Spence, Finders Keepers drop a twenty track compilation peering into the pre-1974 archives of one of Germany’s longest running Krautrock independents, Kuckuck. During this period, the label was in its prog heyday, helmed by the forward thinking Eckart Rahn, whose release policy covered the early Kosmiche and Krautrock that he loved. One of his most successful moves was to sign releases from American ex-pat…
THE SIMONSOUND
Reverse Engineering
First Word
LP // £12.99

**Contains alternate track listing to the CD version** The Simonsound is a sonic collaboration between Simon James and Matt Ford aka DJ Format. ‘Reverse Engineering’ is their tribute to 50s and 60s “space music” (the sort of Moog and theremin saturated music espoused by Raymond Scott, The Radiophonic Workshop et al) mixed with a mature B-Boy’s sense of intrepid exploration beyond the annals of funk and soul. We can find…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ANTENA
Camino Del Sol (Deluxe Vinyl Edition)
NUMERO
2LP // £17.99

*Amazing deluxe vinyl reissue of one of our favourite ever albums – Antena’s bossa-pop masterpiece ‘Camino Del Sol’. It really is the perfect summer album – all swooning changes, percolated Bontempi melodies and the kind of bittersweet, understated euphoria that defined Belgium’s seminal ‘Le Disques du Crepsecule’ imprint in the early 1980’s. If you don’t know this record – boy you’re in for a treat.* Cult French band Antena were…
VARIOUS / MANNEQUIN
Danza Meccanica: Italian Synthwave 1982-87
MANNEQUIN
CD // £16.99

Italo disco has been much documented in recent years, but its underground post-punk analogue, Italian Synth Wave has received far less coverage. Mannequin Records and Fred Ventura attempt to redress the balance with these thirteen songs culled from tapes and records released between 1982-87. Unless you’re the biggest nerd ever (or grew up in Italy in early 80s), it’s unlikely you’ll know any of the featured artists but what they…
VARIOUS / SPITTLE
Milano New Wave 1980-83 Redux
SPITTLE RECORDS
LP // £16.99

At the behest of Italo legend Fred Ventura, Spittle Records turn our attention to under-reported new wave scene of Milan circa 1980-83. With a skillful mastering job from Giovanni Versari, we’re presented with twelve tracks from four bands who never received the attention they originally sought or deserved due to media and music industry indifference. Stuck outside of the rock and pop centres of London, New York or Berlin these…
DREXCIYA
Neptune’s Lair (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

A real totem of the Drexciyan canon, ‘Neptune’s Lair’ originally emerged from the Lardossen sea in 1999 before it was released on Berlin’s Tresor imprint. This is the first time it’s been available on vinyl for ages and It’s rightfully considered one of his best works, full of cryptically emotive synthwork set out with an explorative imagination to rival anything in the history of plugged-in music. Despite many attempts at…
DREXCIYA
Neptune’s Lair (2010 Edition)
Tresor
CD // £7.99

A real totem of the Drexciyan canon, ‘Neptune’s Lair’ originally emerged from the Lardossen sea in 1999 before it was released on Berlin’s Tresor imprint. This is the first time it’s been available as a digital release and It’s rightfully considered as one of his best works, full of cryptically emotive synthwork set out with an explorative imagination to rival anything in the history of plugged-in music. Despite many attempts…
A CERTAIN RATIO
Mind Made Up
LTM
CD // £9.99

Following a lengthy hiatus around the turn of the century ACR regrouped to try and recapture that tidy sense of funk that made them a celebrated anomaly in the Factory roster. With Martin Moscrop at the desk and some expert assistance from Gavin Kaps, ACR sound like a tight jazz-funk bandwith a taste for scratchy indie guitars and Hacienda synth stabs.
CEEPHAX
Acid Quiff
KITCHEN DWELLER
12″ // £6.99

*Blue Vinyl* Reissue of demented 303 abuse from Ceephax Acid Crew on Acid Quiff. Ceephax turns up three tracks of typically screw-loose acid peppered with daft samples and conducted with as much absurdity as you’d expect. Acid Quiff goes all soppy on the flipside with a multi-lateral Roland invasion skipping through tempos and acid sequences with a Dadaist sense of groove. Eeze bleedin’ off it mate!
INDIAN JEWELRY
Totaled
WE ARE FREE
CD // £9.99

Texan band Indian Jewelry are back with a new full-length, following up on the scrappy pleasures of 2008’s Free Gold. There’s something new afoot here, as can be heard from the dark basslines and pitched-down vocals of first track ‘Oceans’. It sounds as if the band are offering their own twisted take on electronic pop music, and based on this opener the result is something akin to a shoegazing Fever…
LED ER EST / ANCIEN REGIME
Split
MANNEQUIN
LP // £19.99

Italian synthwave specialists – Mannequin Records – pair Brooklyn’s Led Er Est with Ancien Régime of Rome in a hand numbered run of 500 split LPs housed in glossy inserts. Led Er Est are currently signed to Weird Records (run by Piter Schoolwerth who compiled the excellent comp for Angular) and contibute five tracks ranging from instrumental darkwave Giallo soundtracks to sombre-but-spiky electro-pop and post-industrial soundscapes that could have appeared…
RATATAT
LP4
XL
CD // £9.99

It sounds like stating the obvious, but LP4 is a direct follow-on from Ratatat’s LP3. That’s true in more than name alone, however, and apparently the material for this latest collection was conceived during the very same sessions that birthed this instrumental duo’s third album, released back in 2008. To explain the delay between these two releases, you need only take a glance at what band members Evan Mast and…
RATATAT
LP4
XL
LP // £10.99

It sounds like stating the obvious, but LP4 is a direct follow-on from Ratatat’s LP3. That’s true in more than name alone, however, and apparently the material for this latest collection was conceived during the very same sessions that birthed this instrumental duo’s third album, released back in 2008. To explain the delay between these two releases, you need only take a glance at what band members Evan Mast and…
SINNAMON / NORTHEND / GUNCHBACK BOOGIE BAND
Electrofunk Classics Volume One
Electrofunk
12″ // £6.49

Hot 12″ of early-mid 80s Electrofunk classics from Sinnamon, Northend and Gunchback Boogie Band. On the A-side we get the extended Pts.1 & 2 of Sinnamon’s ‘Thanks To You’ from 1982, including the deadly Shep Pettibone edits int he final section. On the flip there’s Northend’s discofied electrofunker ‘Tee’s Happy’, the original B-side to their ‘Happy Days 12″ from 1981, followed the party starting ‘Funn’ by Gunchback Boogie Band.
THE BEAT CLUB
Paris
LTM
CD // £9.99

As a deeply engrained part of Manchester history, The Beat Club can be counted as an underrated component of the Madchester movement. This is a reissue of their 1994 album for their own Electrobeat Records label served through LTM. Prior to this record they’d recorded one of the Hacienda’s most notorious anthems, the Miami Bass-influenced ‘Security’ from 1988, and proffered a a couple of singles for Rob’s Records. The Beat…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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CASSEGRAIN
Cotton / Olbia
Mikrowave
12″ // £6.99

Mikrowave releases are a precious resource and the latest from Cassegrain is a peach. The metamorphic beast on the A-side came about when Turkish opera composer and production partner in Cassegrain worked with Alex Tsiridis at the Barcelona Red Bull session in 2008, pitting their ideas for an extraordinary techno fusion. When the track starts it feels like it’s playing at the wrong speed, but as the percussion subliminally infiltrates…
JUAN ATKINS
20 Years Of Metroplex (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2CD // £10.49

Juan Atkins’ classic restrospective of his work on Metroplex from 1985-2005. 23 beyond classic tracks, the most extensive retrospective yet of techno music’s most famous innovator. Juan personally selected all the tracks on this double CD pack, containing a few pre-Metroplex tracks from his early Cybotron project, but with the bulk of his important works coming from his Metroplex catalogue, a label which he founded in 1985. Amazing tracklisting :…
DANIEL BELL
Globus Mix Vol. 4 – The Button Down Mind Of Daniel Bell. (2010 Edition)
Tresor
CD // £7.99

It’s been ten years since the release of ‘The Button Down Mind Of Daniel Bell’ so Tresor’s 2010 reissue is well overdue. It’s probably fair to say that this is one of the most influential mixes of its era, laying the ground for 10 years of minimized Detroit derivatives from Bogota to Berlin and back again. Bell presciently and succinctly aligned the many strands that house and techno had frayed…
ROBERT HOOD
Internal Empire (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

In techno terms, they don’t come much more essential or seminal than Robert Hood’s ’94 release for Tresor, ‘Internal Empire’. Upon release it was a manifesto for ultra sleek and efficient Detroit dance music, wasting little effort to gain maximum effect for the dancer’s mind and feet. It stripped away the excesses imported from Belgian hardcore and UK rave to a whirring, tightly wound rhythmic core flying through deep inner…
INIGO KENNEDY / MARCEL DETTMANN
The Shard
TOKEN
12″ // £8.99

Belgium’s advanced techno label Token presents a bold electronic sculpture from Inigo Kennedy backed with a heavily functional remix from Marcel Dettmann. ‘The Shard’ could almost be an outtake from a Chris Clark album with exuberantly dynamic IDM production concealing a complex rhythmic engine at its core. On remix detail, Dettmann charges the dance with elegantly brutal kicks and fractured elements of the original sprinkled like tangy crystals on the…
JEFF MILLS
Waveform Transmission Vol.1 (2010 Edition)
Tresor
CD // £7.99

On it’s 18th birthday, Jeff Mills’ seminal ‘Waveform Transmission Vol.1’ has been given the keys to the digital realm, opening it up to a whole generation of techno heads who’ve grown up under its influence. It sounds very little like his super refined space missions today but should still give a direct injection of adrenalin for anyone brave enough to test it’s bludgeoning 909s and blistering synthlines. This originally appeared…
JEFF MILLS
Waveform Transmission Vol.3 (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

Sixteen years after its original release, Tresor give Jeff Mills’ crucial ‘Waveform Transmission Vol.3’ its first digital issue. With this album Jeff advances on from the sound he hatched with the first volume, developing a sharper melodic sensibility with the sublime ‘Condor To Mallorca’ or reducing the distortion to reveal sleek beasts like the all-time classic ‘Solid Sleep’. There’s still industrial killers like the alarming ‘Wrath Of The Punisher’ and…
JEFF MILLS
Waveform Transmission Vol.3 (2010 Edition)
Tresor
CD // £7.99

Sixteen years after its original release, Tresor give Jeff Mills’ crucial ‘Waveform Transmission Vol.3’ its first digital issue. With this album Jeff advances on from the sound he hatched with the first volume, developing a sharper melodic sensibility with the sublime ‘Condor To Mallorca’ or reducing the distortion to reveal sleek beasts like the all-time classic ‘Solid Sleep’. There’s still industrial killers like the alarming ‘Wrath Of The Punisher’ and…
ARCTIC HOSPITAL
In Chaos
LANTERN
CD // £13.99

Complex, cleverly produced electronics from Wisconsin’s Eric Bray, with one foot in the camp of classic techno influences and the other stepping towards more cutting-edge, modernised sounds. You’ll hear glossy, full-blooded beats running through cuts like ‘Unorganized Affection’ (as opposed to ‘Disorganised Affection’, huh?), or cycling through clubbier sounds on ‘In Chaotic Blue’ and ‘Equality Heart’. There’s even a moment devoted to indulging in a spot of ambience on ‘Blossom…
SOLID GROOVE / SUBSKRPT
Throwing Stones / We’ll Be Fine
DUBSIDED
12″ // £5.99

Fresh from world domination alongside Diplo on the Mazor Lazer project, Dave “Switch” Taylor gets back to his strictly housing business for Dubsided. He lays down the big-boned ‘Throwing Stones’ on the A-side, chopping up a well known string sample like London’s peak time answer to Moodymann. Expect to hear this a LOT over the summer months! New signing Subskrpt takes the other side with big room heater ‘We’ll Be…
UNKNOWN
Oops EP
CARAVAN
12″ // £6.99

Caravan Recordings go incognito for CVAN013 with a pair of alternately wet ‘n dry warehouse jackers. Rumour has it that the A-side was produced by a group of Indonesian monks after visiting Berlin for a stag weekend. They were so enamoured with the happy faces responding to Gamelan-like techno at Berghain that they returned to Bali and created the fluid aquajack of ‘Ooops’ (which translates as GHB in Javanese). For…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS
Thai Beat A Go-Go: Volume 3
Subliminal Sounds
LP // £19.99

Subliminal Sound plunder the seemingly endless well of mental Go-Go from Thailand with a third volume. Like Thailand’s many pleasures, some of this is an acquired taste, but joints like Chailai & Sawanee’s Hi-NRG ‘Oye Jeb (Hurt)’, the loose soul strut of The Brothers’ ‘Jai Ying (Woman’s Heart)’ and Traces’ heartfelt cover of ‘Je T’aime’ will simply charm your pants off. On a moog-driven psyche tip we’ve got Oriental Funk’s…
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Peace And  Love

DADAWAH
Peace And Love
Dug Out
LP // £14.99

The Further  You Look - The Less You Will See

OMAR S
The Further You Look – The Less You Will See
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

#14

OASIS (OMAR S / SHADOW RAY)
#14
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

002 (2009  Edition with Bonus Track)

OMAR S
002 (2009 Edition with Bonus Track)
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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OMAR S
004
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

005 LP

OMAR S
005 LP
FXHE
2LP // £16.99

100 Snakes

JELLPHONIC & ZACKY FORCE FUNK
100 Snakes
Clone Crown
12″ // £8.99

1983

FLYING LOTUS
1983
Plug Research
CD // £13.99

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SCB
20_4
SCB
12″ // £5.99

Aground

RHYTHM AND SOUND
Aground
Rhythm And Sound
12″ // £7.49

An Electric  Storm (DIGITALLY REMASTERED WITH ENHANCED PACKAGING AND SLEEVENOTES)

WHITE NOISE (DELIA DERBYSHIRE)
An Electric Storm (DIGITALLY REMASTERED WITH ENHANCED PACKAGING AND SLEEVENOTES)
Universal
CD // £8.99

Anidea

GUIDO
Anidea
PUNCH DRUNK
2LP // £9.99

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Ayatollah

JACKIE MITTOO
Ayatollah
Basic Replay
12″ // £6.49

Broken Heart  (Ramadanman / Martyn Mix)

TRG / MARTYN
Broken Heart (Ramadanman / Martyn Mix)
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Carrier

RHYTHM AND SOUND
Carrier
Rhythm And Sound
12″ // £7.49

Detroit #1

OASIS (OMAR S / SHADOW RAY)
Detroit #1
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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Detroit!

OMAR S
Detroit!
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Domina

MAURIZIO / CARL CRAIG
Domina
m-series
12″ // £7.49

Dub From The  Heart

JAH WARRIOR
Dub From The Heart
Dug Out
7″ // £5.49

Dubout EP 2

LUKE HESS
Dubout EP 2
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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Electric  Chair

ANTHONY REDROSE
Electric Chair
Dug Out
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Hazyville

ACTRESS
Hazyville
Werk Discs
CD // £9.99

Here With Me

OMAR S
Here With Me
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

In Side My  Head

OMAR S
In Side My Head
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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It All Falls  Apart

THE SIGHT BELOW
It All Falls Apart
Ghostly International
CD // £13.99

Kilode Remixes  / Original

TONY ALLEN / CARL CRAIG
Kilode Remixes / Original
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £6.49

Kingdom

UNTOLD
Kingdom
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Lean Boot /  Ride The Rhythm

RICHARD DAVIS / MIKEY MURKA
Lean Boot / Ride The Rhythm
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

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Lyot Remix

BASIC CHANNEL
Lyot Remix
Basic Channel
12″ // £7.49

M-4.5

MAURIZIO
M-4.5
m-series
12″ // £7.49

M-6

MAURIZIO
M-6
m-series
12″ // £7.49

Mango Drive

RHYTHM AND SOUND
Mango Drive
Rhythm And Sound
12″ // £7.49

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Mask Talk

TOLOUSE LOW TRAX
Mask Talk
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £8.99

Music Hit You

RHYTHM AND SOUND W/JAH BATTA
Music Hit You
Burial Mix
10″ // £7.49

Nothing Never  Done Before The Time

WHITE MICE
Nothing Never Done Before The Time
Basic Replay
12″ // £6.49

Number 2

M.PITTMAN
Number 2
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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Pembroke

AIRHEAD & JAMES BLAKE
Pembroke
Brain Math
10″ // £6.99

Phylyps Trak

BASIC CHANNEL
Phylyps Trak
Basic Channel
12″ // £7.49

Plastik  Ambash

KYLE HALL
Plastik Ambash
FXHE
12″ // £7.99

Plesetsk  Cosmodrome

OMAR S
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

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Psychotic  Photosynthesis (Beatless Version)

OMAR S
Psychotic Photosynthesis (Beatless Version)
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Q 1.1

BASIC CHANNEL
Q 1.1
Basic Channel
12″ // £7.49

Raiz (Silent  Servant)

SILENT SERVANT / RAIZ
Raiz (Silent Servant)
HISTORIA Y VIOLENCIA
12″ // £5.99

Ramadanman  EP

RAMADANMAN
Ramadanman EP
HESSLE AUDIO
2×12″ // £10.99

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Recomposed  (Francois Kevorkian / Moritz Von Oswald Mixes)

CARL CRAIG & MORITZ VON OSWALD
Recomposed (Francois Kevorkian / Moritz Von Oswald Mixes)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
10″ // £6.99

Remixes  (Instra:mental / James Blake / Falty DL Mixes)

MOUNT KIMBIE
Remixes (Instra:mental / James Blake / Falty DL Mixes)
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

SMY Remixes  Volume 4 (CARL CRAIG / BASIC CHANNEL MIXES)

RHYTHM AND SOUND
SMY Remixes Volume 4 (CARL CRAIG / BASIC CHANNEL MIXES)
Burial Mix
12″ // £7.49

Sweat /  Dante

UNTOLD
Sweat / Dante
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

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The Bells  Sketch

JAMES BLAKE
The Bells Sketch
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

The Jelly  Roll EP (Upfront White Labels)

SCRATCHA DVA / ROSKA
The Jelly Roll EP (Upfront White Labels)
DVA MUSIC
12″ // £5.99

The Lie (LV  Remix)

ZOMBY
The Lie (LV Remix)
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £5.99

The  Versailles Sessions

MURCOF
The Versailles Sessions
Leaf
CD // £9.49

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The Versions

RHYTHM AND SOUND
The Versions
Burial Mix
CD // £13.49

Thirteen / Two  / Eight

OASIS (OMAR S / SHADOW RAY)
Thirteen / Two / Eight
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Three EPs

SHACKLETON
Three EPs
Perlon
3LP // £19.99

Titan EP

ILLUM SPHERE
Titan EP
3024
12″ // £6.49

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Watch How The  People Dancing / We Try

KENNY KNOTS / MIKEY MURKA
Watch How The People Dancing / We Try
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

Wireless

T++
Wireless
Honest Jon’s Records
2×12″ // £9.99

You Got Me /  So You Think You're Special

SCUBA
You Got Me / So You Think You’re Special
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

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