Jun 112010
 
Hello,

Big box of tricks for you this week, headed by the long awaited arrival of Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Returnal’ album for the Editions Mego label. Connecting the dots between classic 1970’s synthesizer music, mid 90’s electronic ambience, Kosmische and ephemeral/Hypnagogic pop charm, it comes highly recommend for any of you who have loved the music of Fever Ray, Popol Vuh, Klaus Schulze, Autechre, Aphex Twin or Jan Hammer! ‘Returnal’ is available now on CD, download formats and a limited deluxe vinyl edition – just 1000 have been made.

Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell’s ‘Deepchord Presents Echospace’ project returns to Modern Love this week with a new 12″ featuring two tracks that won’t be available on the soon to be released ‘Liumin’ album, while Sandwell District unleash the second of two limited edition samplers, this time featuring exclusive material from Regis, Silent Servant and Female pressed up on transparent blue vinyl. Oh, and there’s a deluxe, one-time-only vinyl pressing of the brilliant King Midas Sound album ‘Waiting For You’, finally here!

Probably the freshest thing we’ve heard this year is the incredible ‘Variations For Oud & Synthesizer’ 7″ from maverick producer Keith Fullerton Whitman with an explosion of dynamic electro-acoustic attacks as the earthly tone of the Oud tangles with fragments of electric ephemera orbiting the periphery to create a supremely psychedelic experience. Copies are highly limited and come pressed on 45rpm “big-hole” 7″ with classic replica labels housed in b&w jacket with a frosted plastic outer. So good.

After his last album ‘Northern’ sunk into pretty, more acoustic waters, Taylor Deupree returns this week with new album ‘Shoals’, for our money the best thing he has done since the mighty Stil album from 2002. The focus of Deupree’s recordings here is a selection of Javanese and Balinese gamelan instruments he encountered during a residency at the University Of York Music Research Centre, with the final arrangements managing to harness a deeply organic sound into a recording process that comes from the very top end of the digital environment. It’s a beautiful album that maximises its emotional impact with restraint and a certain amount of austerity that’s missing from so many of the home-spun recordings released on a myriad home-spun imprints doing the rounds at the moment.

Also out this week: two fabulous 7″s on the Touch label (one from Lawrence English, one from Philip Jeck and Marcus Davidson), Robert Hood’s anticipated ‘Omega’ soundtrack on double vinyl and CD, the excellent new ‘Bloodlines’ album from Brad Rose’s ‘The North Sea’ (the first 100 copies we sell coming on blood-red transparent vinyl!), a brilliant twelve from hitherto unknown operators Downliners Sekt (think Rhythm & Sound vs T+ vs Autechre), one of the years biggest dancefloor twelves courtesy of Mr Mageeka, Emeralds homeboy’s Mark Mcguire with his excellent ‘Tidings / Amethyst Waves’ album now available on CD, a killer new twelve from Martyn for Ostgut, CV313 remixed by the mighty STL, plus new releases from Solvent, Clogs, Ramadanman, Gemmy, Kryptic Minds, Woebot, Giuseppe Ielasi, Roy Ayers, Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, Harmonia, Function, Lost Trax and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! Nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week



ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Returnal
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Quite honestly one of our most anticipated albums of the year so far, and a genuine contender for the best of 2010, ‘Returnal’ is the fourth LP from the Boston/New York based synth dreamer, Oneohtrix Point Never. Last year’s ‘Drifts’ set was a compendium of his previous – and very hard-to-come-by – albums for labels including No Fun, Arbor and Gneiss Things and was a clear favourite for many in 2009, held in high regard by the Wire magazine, and cherished dearly by anyone in its possession. OPN’s hypnagogically-charged body of work is a dense fog of references, from beat driven edits on the ‘Memory Vague’ mini-album recollecting DJ Screw’s slowcore psychedelia, to privately intimate sci-fi vistas of ‘Russian Mind’ harking back to synth-whizz J.D Emmanuel or the fleeting, ephemeral pop charm of Ducktails washed throughout his catalogue. Mego’s Peter Rehberg obviously sensed the appeal of this mixture, putting together OPN’s most developed and mindblowing work for this brand new album, aligning an exceptional potential within the contemporary sonic landscape. For us, with the exception of few others, we’ve not really come across an artist whose music has so profoundly affected us in a very long time. Dare we say it…? Since Burial. Yeah, so you’re asking yourself “what the f*ck have they got in common?”. The very simple fact is that they both somehow trigger that un-nameable particle phizz that nobody has ever been able to explain, and hopefully never will. With 100% conviction and in the truest sense of the word, this is an essential purchase for lovers of Fever Ray, Popol Vuh, Klaus Schulze, Autechre, Aphex Twin or Jan Hammer. Brilliant.



TAYLOR DEUPREE
Shoals
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
12K
CD // £8.99

While he’s kept himself busy with a series of short-form releases over the past couple of years, ‘Shoals’ is in fact Taylor Deupree’s first proper album release since 2007’s Northern. While that record introduced traditional instrumentation (notably acoustic guitars) into the 12k boss’ repertoire, ‘Shoals’ shuns any pop-oriented, pastoral tendencies and marks a return to the more abstract, intensive temperament of Deupree’s key work, Stil. ‘Real’ instruments still play their part on Shoals, but this time the focus of Deupree’s preliminary recordings is a selection of Javanese and Balinese gamelan instruments he encountered during a residency at the University Of York Music Research Centre. Rather than playing these in a conventional fashion, Deupree set about experimenting with the timbres and innate sonorities of the materials they were made of, coaxing sounds out of playing surfaces via scraping, tapping or using an eBow. The resultant recordings were then channelled through a specially devised looping program within Deupree’s favoured Kyma system, rendering a sonic environment rich in layers and subtle sound processing treatments. On first impressions, Shoals feels like a markedly more substantial piece of work than its predecessor, but then it’s also less immediately pretty. This is to be regarded as a good thing, because within the complexity and apparent freedom of these pieces you’ll hear the workings of the same artist that made records like the aforementioned Stil. (2002) and its precursor Occur (2001) so enduringly brilliant. The key difference between Shoals and those albums is the use of space and air: while some of Deupree’s best moments to date have derived from sounds that have been largely confined to the two-dimensional space of a computer’s hard drive, Shoals seems to breathe and pulse in a far more organic fashion – though all the while retaining the precision and intrigue of passing digital ephemera that are so integral to what Deupree does. In addition to the tactile instrumental source sounds, you can also hear their interplay with the surrounding space – each recording giving you a sense of the room’s dimensions and the mechanics of Deupree’s real-time performance. The division of the album into four lengthy pieces seems like another nod to Stil., and it’s a format that seems to suit this composer’s working methodologies, allowing the central loop of each composition to evolve through its natural course. Northern was hardly a lull in this man’s catalogue – it was and remains an expertly crafted album of its kind – and so calling Shoals a return to form wouldn’t quite be right, it is however a return to the more methodical and interrogative spirit of Taylor Deupree’s most successful releases. Very highly recommended.



THE NORTH SEA
Bloodlines (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on transparent blood-red vinyl* Brad Rose of Digitalis fame returns with a powerful album under The North Sea pseudonym and ‘Bloodlines’ is one of his noisiest and most engrossing works yet. Painting a ghoulish soundscape that’s one part dense drone, one party spiralling kosmische and two parts sonic nihilism, Rose pays dues to the heavy electronic synthesis of Ramleh, Throbbing Gristle or Whitehouse but with an innately explorative vision and dynamic discipline that places this in 2010, as opposed to 1982. The sides run through continuously, bleeding tracks together into alternating streams of synth and guitar drone and more tender, stray Radiophonic blips with an untethered freedom to create abstract walls of sound. Drummer Mike Weis of Zelionople joins Brad for the majority of the record, although imperceptibly so at times, adding encroaching clanks and puncturing, tortuous hits to pit the surface of his dense drones with sore welts. The whole affair is brilliantly disorientating and troubling, liable to leave listeners naked and freezing in the middle of a gale force noise assault, or occasionally, offer some respite with near-pastoral moments of calm, but only occasionally. ‘Bloodlines’ is a cathartic expression of craftily structured terror, releasing daemons onto blood red wax for those of you fast enough to snap up one of the beautiful coloured editions. Highly Recommended.



ROBERT HOOD
Omega
TECHNO / HOUSE
M-Plant
CD // £11.99

Topping a newly re-energised M-Plant schedule, Robert Hood pays tribute to the 1971 film ‘The Omega Man’ with a re-imagined techno soundtrack – a brand new album from the master. The original film featured Charlton Heston as a last-man-on-earth figure, sequestered in a penthouse in LA, guarding life-saving serum by day and chased by zombies at night. It originally featured a jazzy easy-listening score courtesy of Ron Grainer, but Hood felt it needed a stronger and more urgent score that better represented his view of the movie. This means a display of his sharpest material for years, ranging from industrial throb-offs like ‘Alpha’ and the ominous drones of ‘Think Fast’, to noirsh, empty street scenes like ‘Are You God’ and the morse code rhythms of ‘The Family Watches’. We were hoping/expecting for some more beatless sections but we’ll happily make do with the plaintive tones of ‘The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers)’ and just settle in for a kicks driven night drive through Hood’s imagination. Some of Hood’s finest propulsive material in years – very strong indeed.



JIM FERRARO (JAMES FERRARO)
On Air
ELECTRONIC
MUSCLEWORKS INC
CD // £10.99

We’ve only just come out of the trance state elicited by his ‘Last American Hero’ LP and now Jim (short for James, innit) Ferraro goes ‘On Air’ with fourteen tracks of unbelievably distinctive zoned-out kosmiche and martian hazyrock ephemera for his own Muscle Works Inc. label. The casings and genius artwork conceal fourteen tracks wrenched from Ferraro’s memory banks circa the mid 80s, high on sugary cereal with dilated ears absorbing computer game repetitions interjected with TV background noise. We’ll be f*cked if we can sum this stuff up any more than the wildest vortextual montage you’ve never heard, from psychotropical squawks to ident-extensions from a somnambulent dimension. So so good, and limited to just 100 copies for the world.



JAMES FERRARO
Feed Me
ELECTRONIC
MUSCLEWORKS INC
CD // £10.99

It’s a double whammy week for Ferraro releases, here presenting the alternate soundtrack to the 1989 nes cartridge ‘A Boy And His Blob’ after his ‘On Air’ madness. ‘Feed Me’ is about as mental and vital as the Ferraro oeuvre gets, strafing between well trodden bubblegum rock to 2D fantasy role playing in the realm of cannibalistic snuff and suchlike. In typical anti-fashion there’s absolutely no predicting what the hell is going to occur, and trust us, some freaky sh*t happens! Some of the tracks are almost like proper songs, almost, and the rest sounds like a tape machine playing Dennis Greenridge instrumentals being doused in chicken gravy and mauled by a bunch of honky zombies. WTF is going on? We don’t know but we really like it – welcome to another essential missive from one of the most original voices in contemporary music. 100 copies only!

Singles of the Week



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Variations For Oud & Synthesizer
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
NO LABEL
7″ // £6.99

Over the last ten years KFW has persistently melted our minds with unfathomably brilliant compositions. In 2005 he brought these amazing tracks into being, running dextrous Egyptian Oud passages through a Serge modular synthesizer accompanied by an array of Eventides clockworks harmonizer, metal zarb, Italia Modena electric guitar, electro-harmonix pedals and vox amplifier at his home studio, the Reckankomplex, and the Harvard university studio for electro-acoustic composition (HUSEAC). Finally released in 2010, we can confirm they’re two of his very finest arrangements and easily one of the best things we’ve heard all year, sounding like some long lost Ilhan Mimaroglu tapes remastered by Florian Hecker, or as he puts it himself “…this music can be seen as my “tribute” to Dariush Dolat-Shahi’s first Folkways record…& François-Bernard Mâche’s ‘Kemit’ & ‘Korwar’ one-two punch'” (to be frank, we’re not familiar with either, but they’re on the list now!). Face A opens with an explosion of dynamic electro-acoustic attacks emerging from acute blindspots to test the shape of the space we’re about to enter. This continues to spasm and diffuse as the more earthly tone of his Oud and the metal zarb rhythms fuse into place and we’re left stunned and silenced. Face B is a more sedate, but no less affecting piece, directing our attention to the fluid Oud at its core until we realise the space has opened into a palatial Byzantine hall with us at the centre and fragments of electric ephemera orbiting the periphery to create a supremely psychedelic experience that doesn’t require drugs to completely lose oneself within. As an article of faith in electronic music to express completely abstract yet lucidly human feelings this record is practically unparalleled in recent times. Copies are highly limited and come pressed on 45rpm “big-hole” 7″ with classic replica labels housed in b&w jacket with a frosted plastic outer. Want, need, must have!!!



DEEPCHORD PRESENTS ECHOSPACE
Vibrational Studies (In Echospace) / Symbolism In Transition
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
Modern Love
12″ // £5.99

*Limited Edition 12″ featuring 2 tracks not included on the soon to be released ‘Liumin’ album* Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell return to Modern Love with this new twelve and soon to be released album ‘Liumin’. In the years that have passed since their last album both artists have been busy with numerous projects, building their own Echospace imprint and recording under a number of different guises. Modell in particular has developed his longstanding fascination with location recordings, and some made in Tokyo over the last couple of years provide the source material for these new tracks. Although the vapor trails of dub still colour the essence of their recordings, ‘Vibrational Studies’ (an alternate version of album opener ‘In Echospace) is a much more ‘destroyed’ experience than anything the pair have done before, deploying a relentless cycle of washed-out analogue loops layered around submerged field recordings and electric currents that somehow propel the track while at the same time immersing it in deep, murky waters. ‘Symbolism In Transition’, by sharp contrast, forms a padded configuration with a sort of late night shuffle so beloved of Move D, all squashed House vibes, sparkling melodic keys and bursts of barely there white noise – it’s a gentle, beautiful thing.



SILENT SERVANT / FEMALE / REGIS
Sampler Single Two
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Part 2 of 2 – limited edition blue vinyl 1st pressing, Hand stamped with custom insert* Second of two sampler 12″s for the highly anticipated Sandwell District album! The group are out in full force again, with two tracks from Silent Servant complemented by cuts from Regis and Female. Those two Silent Servant efforts are simply immense. On the a-side dry boulder kicks and geyser release valves set the scene for a sublimely star-eyed synth wash, while his flipside finds its depth with sonar bleeps and spindly metronomic percussion before the darkest synthline you’ve heard in years injects surroundings with impenetrably inky blackness. Female’s ‘Live Extract’ sounds kinda like he left a Gas CD playing in the background while he makes a brew and writes an email, eventually a mobile phone signal disturbs the peace and he turns the DAT off. Maybe? The Regis edit of this sounds like a workout theme for a synchronized dubtech dancing team from Siberia. F*ckin’ reight mate. Essential!



LAWRENCE ENGLISH
Incongruous Harmonies
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
7″ // £4.99

The pieces on this latest Touch 7″ were composed by Room40 label boss Lawrence English for a performance by avant-garde Australian circus group Circa for their Regarding The Joy Of Others performance. The event involved the transformation of Brisbane’s Gasometer from an imposing industrial presence to the backdrop for a unique trapeze act by Chelsea McGuffin. Accompanying this, English set about spinning some of his signature electronic tones and noise signals designed to allow the audience to “experience the woman’s pain and sheer joy”. Devoid of that context the two compositions (‘Without Sanctuary’ and ‘One Thousand Miles Of White’) remain pertinent drone works, making for an apt companion to his Kiri No Oto album (also on Touch). Expect windblown drifts of static, searing jetstream sounds and hints at grainy, veiled field recordings. Amazing.



PHILIP JECK & MARCUS DAVIDSON
Spliced
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Touch
7″ // £4.99

The two tracks on this 7″ were recorded at a performance by Philip Jeck and Marcus Davidson during a long-weekend of events and talks revolving around the themes of Hauntology and sounds of the natural world in early summer 2008 in the resplendent surroundings of London’s Museum Of Garden History, located on the South Bank. Davidson plays keyboards and Jeck uses his familiar, but enigmatic array of record players, editing and overdubbed bass to create majestically blooming harmonics and beautifully textured patterns that draw us in and envelope us within their lush clasp. As with anything Philip Jeck is involved with, the magical connotations seem the most appropriate, as they elicit something unimaginably life-affirming in the A-side’s ‘London Tenderberries’ which he duly morphs into an inverse dimension of dub-distanced and intangible subbass strafes moving across the stereo field within opaque atmospheres that seem to leave a fine layer of Thames fog mixed with ultra-fine pollen on the surface. Mystical, phantastical and utterly compelling material.



DOWNLINERS SEKT
Hello Lonely, Hold The Nation
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
DISBOOT
12″ // £6.99

Four immense groove deconstructions from the shadowy cast of Downliners Sekt landing somewhere between Autechre, Rhythm & Sound and T++. It’s fair to say we’re a little intrigued with this record, not least because of the willfull lack of information attached to it, but also because the production is so shockingly precise and complex. First up ‘U Gumbu’ starts out sounding like Autechre’s ‘Pro Radii’ mixed with the sort of funk and soul displacment of James Blake’s ‘Air & Lack Therof’ before lapsing into a crackling dub groove almost worthy of Rhythm & Sound’s ‘Distance’. Next ‘Dirty Meinz’ calls for the T++ comparison with mechanically shifted post-garage techno styles swamped in psyche-tumbled static while acousmatic voices croon from the ether. Meanwhile ‘Inside Maverick’s’ takes a different route with distant bomb-drop bass implosions and shivering organic jazz percussion sinking slowly into a tense and ominous K-hole. Applying the finishing touch, ‘Negative Green’ finds a graceful tension between ultra compressed bass weight and wide-open dub space threaded with ethereal jazz signatures reminding of Biosphere’s ‘Dropsonde’ set mutated to the nth degree and spliced with vocal glossolalia worthy of Burial. We’re really, really into this 12″ and any fans of hi-calibre, beats-driven electronica should pay it their full attention without fail. Highest recommendation.



CV313 / STL
Infinit-1 (STL Remix)
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
Echospace
12″ // £8.99

*LIMITED CLEAR VINYL* CV313 give cause for contemplation in two mixes of ‘Infinit-1’ backed with the first ever STL remix on the flip. Both of the original mixes were recorded at Leipziger Platz Studio in Berlin using a prototypical hybrid form of waveshaping and subtractive synthesis called “Carriershaping” currently in development for wider consumption in the near future. Their original is our preferred choice, using their advanced tools to create something tangibly classic, squaring the Detroit spirit with deep yet sprightly chord licks and a heavy, heavy bass catalyst made to drag you deep under. The remodelled version is a more muted affair, featuring an ultra low-cut bass grumble and ghostly dub apparitions gradually revealing themselves. STL’s remix is just immense, plunging into the deep-end head first with meditative, laidback arrangements and a drawn-out dreamy quality to levitate the dancefloor. Dub house heads will easily fall in love with this.



MR MAGEEKA / L-VIS 1990
Different Lekstrix (L-Vis 1990 Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

After circulating for what seems like years ‘pon dubplate, Numbers drop the direct current of Mr Mageeka’s ‘Different Lekstrix’. When it first cropped up on one of Marcus Nasty’s radio Rinse-offs the blogosphere and forums were set alight with folk trying to figure out what the hell it was. Now, nearly 12 months down the line and it’s a regular fixture in the sets of DVA, Kode 9, Jackmaster, Geeneus and just about any other DJ worth tracking right now. We’d have to rank it next to Martin Kemp’s ‘No Charisma’ for the sheer rinse-and-repeat factor, with that cartoonish synthline sounding juicier on every play. L-Vis 1990 is roped in on remix detail, giving it a slow burning swing with escalating synth pads and a potent, squidgy-black bass to co-ordinate heads, torsos and toes. In a word, this is unmissable. To the future!

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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DEEPCHORD PRESENTS ECHOSPACE
Vibrational Studies (In Echospace) / Symbolism In Transition
Modern Love
12″ // £5.99

*Limited Edition 12″ featuring 2 tracks not included on the soon to be released ‘Liumin’ album* Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell return to Modern Love with this new twelve and soon to be released album ‘Liumin’. In the years that have passed since their last album both artists have been busy with numerous projects, building their own Echospace imprint and recording under a number of different guises. Modell in particular…
CV313 / STL
Infinit-1 (STL Remix)
Echospace
12″ // £8.99

*LIMITED CLEAR VINYL* CV313 give cause for contemplation in two mixes of ‘Infinit-1’ backed with the first ever STL remix on the flip. Both of the original mixes were recorded at Leipziger Platz Studio in Berlin using a prototypical hybrid form of waveshaping and subtractive synthesis called “Carriershaping” currently in development for wider consumption in the near future. Their original is our preferred choice, using their advanced tools to create…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MANDRé
Mandre 4
Rush Hour
CD // £13.99

Rush Hour unearth an absolute funk/fusion treasure from the elusive Mandré. Notably The Mystery Man From Outer Space was signed to Motown for the final few years of his career, releasing a handful of cherished synth soul bombs which go for hundreds of dollars on ebay nowadays. As the story goes this, his fourth album, was released privately on his Future Groove label but just after the copies were shipped…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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THE NORTH SEA
Bloodlines (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on transparent blood-red vinyl* Brad Rose of Digitalis fame returns with a powerful album under The North Sea pseudonym and ‘Bloodlines’ is one of his noisiest and most engrossing works yet. Painting a ghoulish soundscape that’s one part dense drone, one party spiralling kosmische and two parts sonic nihilism, Rose pays dues to the heavy electronic synthesis of Ramleh, Throbbing Gristle or Whitehouse but with an innately…
NURSE WITH WOUND
Huffin’ Rag Blues
Dirter
2LP // £17.99

**Double LP on blue vinyl with laser etching on the D-side – Alternate mix to the CD edition** Another spectacular torrent of Dadaist experimental exotica from Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles, with a suitably scattershot list of contributors and collaborators, including repeat offender Colin Potter (credited with “testicular randomisation”) and a host of ‘proper’ musicians and vocalists prepared to undergo the NWW treatment. As with the companion release to this…
STIAN WESTERHUS
Pitch Black Star Spangled
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.99

Arriving the same week as the new Puma LP, Pitch Black Star Spangled is the new solo album from that trio’s guitarist Stian Westerhus, a musician also known for his role in famed Nordic big-band export Jaga Jazzist. When last Westerhus unleashed a solo release, it was around twelve months ago with the inaugural outing for Rune Grammofon’s The Last Record Company subsidiary, and like that album (titled Galore), this…
STIAN WESTERHUS
Pitch Black Star Spangled
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

Arriving the same week as the new Puma LP, Pitch Black Star Spangled is the new solo album from that trio’s guitarist Stian Westerhus, a musician also known for his role in famed Nordic big-band export Jaga Jazzist. When last Westerhus unleashed a solo release, it was around twelve months ago with the inaugural outing for Rune Grammofon’s The Last Record Company subsidiary, and like that album (titled Galore), this…
ZEITKRATZER / JAMES TENNEY
Old School
ZEITKRATZER
CD // £13.49

Experimental ensemble Zeitkratzer dedicate this latest disc to the music of American composer and music theorist James Tenney (a student of John Cage, Harry Partsch and Edgard Varese), performing three of his works: ‘Critical Band’ (1988), ‘Harmonium No. 2’ (1976) and ‘Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion’ (1971). The recordings were made live at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, October 3rd 2009 and include the first ever recording of…
ZEITKRATZER / JOHN CAGE
Old School
ZEITKRATZER
CD // £13.49

Recorded at 2006’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, this Zeitkratzer performance tackles the John Cage compositions ‘Four6’ (1992), ‘Five’ (1988) and ‘Hymnkus’ (1986). Previously tackled by Sonic Youth on their Goodbye 20th Century album, ‘Four6’ stretches out over thirty minutes, prompting each performer to cycle through a series of twelve pre-determined sounds according to a complex structuring sequence. The outcome is more visceral and immediately absorbing than the tricky score suggests,…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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TODD TERJE / VARIOUS
Remaster Of The Universe
PERMANENT VACATION
2CD // £13.99

Colourful Norwegian disco exploits from the one and only Todd Terje, collecting his numerous remixes and edits of a hugely diverse cast of pop, disco and anything else he fancies over two discs. The fist disc is essentially a taste of his DJ sets, a continuous mix including the brilliant remix of Ace Of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’, next to verisions of José Gonzales, Duliatten Disco Dandia, Mungolian Jetset,…
RISCO CONNECTION
Risco Connection
MUSICO PARADISCO
2LP // £17.99

“In the late 1970s, Joe Isaacs put together a unique dub/disco/reggae project called Risco Connection. The group released multiple 12” singles covering classic disco tracks in an inspired Jamaica-Funk fashion, a style still considered something of a novelty in the mainstream at the time, and in the process successfully put their stamp on the original versions. Far ahead of their time, Risco Connection is more popular today than they ever…
ILIJA RUDMAN
Time and Time
Electric Minds
12″ // £6.99

Slicked out retro-boogie fetish gear from Croat maestro Ilija Rudman. His two mixes of ‘Time And Time’ are hewn from purest early 80s Boogie disco vibes, made to shake shoulders and percolate perms alike. On the flipside Michael J Collins extends the fun for the freaks with a dash of proto-house groove and arcing synth washes. Ace.
MAXXI & ZEUS (QUIET VILLAGE)
The Cell / The Struggle
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
12″ // £6.99

Adopting mythical titles and moving back into the realm of proggy ambience, Maxxi & Zeus aka Matt Edwards and Joel Martin deliver their first record for Internasjonal Feel. There’s hints of their ‘Silent Movie’ classic in here, but embellished with more of a wide-eyed Global Communication or Amorphous Androgynous aura, brushing their beatless canvas with strokes of Indian melody and exotic off-world harmonics like some library theme to a balearic…
SARE HAVLICEK
Dreams In Light
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Slovenia’s Sare Havlicek presents his first vinyl release backed with a Ray Mang remix and dub on Nang. With lyrics from Hannah Mancini Sare goes for the disco jugular, heating up enough hypercoloured synthlines to power a small tugboat. Ray Mang’s remix gives ‘Dreams In Light’ a useful lick of snazzy riffage and tighter bassline.
DUB / REGGAE
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HENRY & LOUIS
Israel / Hands Of Jahoviah
2 Kings
10″ // £5.99

Deeply rooted dubs from Henry & Louis featuring Izyah Davis on Bristol’s 2Kings label. Both ‘Israel’ and ‘Hands Of Jahoviah’run on a 4/4 steppers vibe backed with sweet dubs for the DJs.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DOWNLINERS SEKT
Hello Lonely, Hold The Nation
DISBOOT
12″ // £6.99

Four immense groove deconstructions from the shadowy cast of Downliners Sekt landing somewhere between Autechre, Rhythm & Sound and T++. It’s fair to say we’re a little intrigued with this record, not least because of the willfull lack of information attached to it, but also because the production is so shockingly precise and complex. First up ‘U Gumbu’ starts out sounding like Autechre’s ‘Pro Radii’ mixed with the sort of…
MR MAGEEKA / L-VIS 1990
Different Lekstrix (L-Vis 1990 Mix)
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

After circulating for what seems like years ‘pon dubplate, Numbers drop the direct current of Mr Mageeka’s ‘Different Lekstrix’. When it first cropped up on one of Marcus Nasty’s radio Rinse-offs the blogosphere and forums were set alight with folk trying to figure out what the hell it was. Now, nearly 12 months down the line and it’s a regular fixture in the sets of DVA, Kode 9, Jackmaster, Geeneus…
BRODINSKI / EGYPTRIXXX
Arnold Classics EP
Grizzly
12″ // £4.99

Gnarly electro-house and twisted Funky from Brodinski backed with remixes from Tony Senghore, Egyptrixx and DJ Sega. It’s the second major party starter from Switch’s Grizzly imprint, chasing the rave dragon into the rumpin’ zone of ‘Arnold Classics’, before Tony Senghore gives a duttier Funky-infected ‘Staggering Daggering’ remix, f*ck trolleys to the ‘floor! Egyptrixx gives a cooler mix bumped up with plump subs and DJ Sega goes for the ruffer…
JME
Avalanche Music 2: JME
Avalanche Music
CD // £7.99

JME follows in the footsteps of Wiley with his own crucial collection of hard-to-come-by instrumentals for Avalanche Music. The Boy Better Know CEO is renowned for his mic and hustling skills but we shouldn’t forget that his productions are some of the most definitive in his game, gracing mixtapes and singles by everyone from Jammer to Trim and Lady Sov. So we get weighty the lethal ‘Skeng’ and stalking strains…
PEARSON SOUND
Down With You / Higher
DARKESTRAL GALAXICOS
12″ // £6.99

*Translucent Orange Vinyl* Beautifully presented orange vinyl Darkestral drop from David Kennedy aka Ramadanman in his Pearson Sound mode! The multi-disciplined production dynamo reverts to his palette of close-shaven percussion and deeply spacious atmospheres for a side of dubstep, and another of techy-flexing D’n’B minimalism of the highest calibre. His 180bpm-paced ‘Down With You’ is the choice cut, setting a formation of fractured syncopations, smoky soul vox and distant chords…
LD VS CLUEKID
Jay’s Reese
RINGO
12″ // £5.99

Ruuudebwoy anthem alert!!! Two of dubstep’s finest go toe-2-toe on a pair of rinsers with a proper ‘ardcore attitude. ‘Jay’s Reese’ is as simple, yet deadly effective, as they come, using a swollen beast of a Reese bassline and slashing breakbeat edits to rule the ‘floor for six solid minutes. On the flip ‘The Intro’ turns again to London hardcore jungle circa ’94 for a more stepping pattern with potent…
SEPALCURE
Love Pressure
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Deeper soul burning dubstep and dreamy broken beats from Sepalcure aka Machine Drum and Praveen. It’s a massive diversion from both operators previous styles, using their combined wealth of production knowledge to create four tracks of effervescent, kinetic and slightly unstable grooves marked with convective chord progressions and classic vocal lifts. ‘The Warning’ previously appeared on Scuba’s Resident Advisor face off with himself, conducting a submerged ambient skipper with nods…
GEMMY
Maroon Chant / Last 3 Digits
EARWAX
12″ // £5.99

One of the core Bristol G’s drops two synthline-heavy halfsteppers for ‘Earwax. ‘Maroon Chant’ weaves an interesting African sample among dense currents of purple heat and gangsta swinging syncopations. ‘Last 3 Digits’ slices up a staggered rave riff into evolving formations around more leaden skank beats on the flip. For fans of Joker, Ginz, Mensah etc.
SPOOKY
Murderer EP
OIL GANG
12″ // £5.99

Burly grime four-tracker from Oil Gang’s Spooky. Grime fiends will certainly know the Barrington Levy-sampling ‘Murderer’ from the essential Butterz Fact mix by Elijah & Skilliam, but the madness doesn’t stop there, as the crushing ‘Devil Within’ unloads mammoth riffage harnessed by a concrete half-step riddim recently used by D Double E as the instrumental for his ‘Bassline Murder’ cut. On the flip matters get serious with the broken 4/4…
KRYPTIC MINDS
One Of Us (Triple Vinyl Edition)
Swamp 81
3 x 12″ // £17.99

*6-TRACK VINYL EDITION* Swamp81 finally deliver the Kryptic Minds album ‘pon wax, and bwoy, was it worth the weight! They’ve pulled out all the stops to present one of the most sophisticated darkside statements in dubstep as a heavyweight triple LP housed in full colour, heavy-card sleeve, replete with a fold-out A1-size poster! For maximum impact they also trimmed the track list down to six of the best, meaning one…
ASC
Phobos
NonPlus
12″ // £6.99

Non-Plus drops the progressive D’n’B minimalism of ASC’s ‘Phobos’, recently heard on the Autonomic Fabric mix, backed with the mystical stepper ‘Matter Of Time’. With the A-side ASC reduces his percussion to a fusion of sticky electro-bass hits and ricocheting claps synched for ultra fluid movements. His previously unreleased B-side however is a lusher affair, setting an agile rhythm with dipping, wrong-footing punctuation and a widescreen far-Eastern melodic infuence that…
KING MIDAS SOUND
Waiting For You (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Hyperdub
2LP // £12.49

*Finally available on Deluxe gatefold vinyl – 1000 copies only, never to be repressed* Regarded by many as the source of his finest material, in his King Midas Sound guise Kevin Martin (in collaboration with Roger Robinson) concentrates on the haunted and somnambulistic qualities of dub music, like a tracing paper facsimilie of his Bug project dialled from 6 feet below the rave, still feeling the choking bass weight, but…
ANTISERUM / XI
Mofo / Neighborhood Lasersniper
TUBA
12″ // £6.49

San Fran’ Antiserum rocks up with two gangsta-leaning darkside dubstep weapons pon white label. With two handfuls of hiphop samples, a ruckus of wobble bass and Excision style synthlines this will probably go down a treat in the heavier dubstep dances.
DROP THE LIME / DIPLO / ROSSI B & LUCA
Devil’s Eyes
Trouble & Bass Recordings
12″ // £5.99

12″ versions of Drop The Lime’s ‘Devils Eyes’ including remixes from Diplo, Tomb Crew, Kanji Kinetic and Rossi B & Luca. With a steamin’ hardbag diva vocal imported direct from the badlands of Bolton, Diplo goes on a carnival rampage with a battery of militant soca drums, Tomb Crew do a noisy dubstep party thing, Kanji Kinetic gets excited and shoots his Bassline rave load before Rossi B & Luca…
DUBBEL DUTCH
Throwback EP
Palms Out Sounds
12″ // £5.99

Big ravers from Dubbel Dutch, hitting up the massive ‘Throwback’ b/w ‘deep Underground’ and ‘Fool In You’. That A-side has been on heavy rotation within the party circles of the Numbers and Night Slugs camps of late, and with total justification. When the hardcore break drops and the diva hits her stride there’s not a still limb in the room! ‘Deep Underground’ on the flip comes off like a well…
MATTY G
My 808 / Turf W*rz
DUB POLICE
12″ // £6.49

Matty G salutes classic Miami electro with the overproof ‘My 808’ backed with the swaggering ‘Turf Wrz Version 2’. In the same vein as Loefah, Orson or Addison Groove, both tracks take the staple 808 kit for starters and build up rugged electro variants with a dubstep spin.
MEESHA
Clack
LO DUBS
12″ + CDR // £5.99

**Includes free CD version** Ruff dubstep electronica from Toronto’s Meesha. Both ‘Cack’ and ‘Block’ follow the formula of concussive kicks and billowing subs topped with viciously corrugated mid-range synths to pull out your best screwface. Comes backed with a CD copy for the digital DJs and the collectors. Buy vinyl, innit?!
RUSKO
O.M.G.!
MAD DECENT
2LP // £15.99

W.T.F?! Dubstep’s biggest character hits the next level of his stratospheric rise to intergalactic domination with a debut album pebbledashed with glittering guest spots and more breakdowns than the Priory and Betty Ford centre combined. So, if all the rumours are true, the forthcoming Britney and M.I.A albums are going to be Rusko productions, which is about the most ludicrous yet fascinating development in the recent history of pop music….
SEIJI / MJ COLE / VARIOUS
Gilles Peterson Presents: Havana Cultura Remixes
Brownswood Recordings
2CD // £10.99

Brownswood’s main man, Gilles Peterson, invites a clutch of beat connoisseurs including Seiji, Louie Vega, 4 Hero and erm… Carl Cox, to remix modern Cuban jazz and funk from the ‘Havana Cultura’ compilation. The results are as cafe-friendly and cooooool as you might expect, finding highlights in Louie Vega’s bristling Eol mix of ‘Roforofo Fight’, Michel Cleis’ clinking minimal house mix of ‘Rezando’ and certainly the reinforced drums and loaded…
ELECTRONIC
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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Returnal
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Quite honestly one of our most anticipated albums of the year so far, and a genuine contender for the best of 2010, ‘Returnal’ is the fourth LP from the Boston/New York based synth dreamer, Oneohtrix Point Never. Last year’s ‘Drifts’ set was a compendium of his previous – and very hard-to-come-by – albums for labels including No Fun, Arbor and Gneiss Things and was a clear favourite for many in…
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Returnal
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

Quite honestly one of our most anticipated albums of the year so far, and a genuine contender for the best of 2010, ‘Returnal’ is the fourth LP from the Boston/New York based synth dreamer, Oneohtrix Point Never. Last year’s ‘Drifts’ set was a compendium of his previous – and very hard-to-come-by – albums for labels including No Fun, Arbor and Gneiss Things and was a clear favourite for many in…
JIM FERRARO (JAMES FERRARO)
On Air
MUSCLEWORKS INC
CD // £10.99

We’ve only just come out of the trance state elicited by his ‘Last American Hero’ LP and now Jim (short for James, innit) Ferraro goes ‘On Air’ with fourteen tracks of unbelievably distinctive zoned-out kosmiche and martian hazyrock ephemera for his own Muscle Works Inc. label. The casings and genius artwork conceal fourteen tracks wrenched from Ferraro’s memory banks circa the mid 80s, high on sugary cereal with dilated ears…
JAMES FERRARO
Feed Me
MUSCLEWORKS INC
CD // £10.99

It’s a double whammy week for Ferraro releases, here presenting the alternate soundtrack to the 1989 nes cartridge ‘A Boy And His Blob’ after his ‘On Air’ madness. ‘Feed Me’ is about as mental and vital as the Ferraro oeuvre gets, strafing between well trodden bubblegum rock to 2D fantasy role playing in the realm of cannibalistic snuff and suchlike. In typical anti-fashion there’s absolutely no predicting what the hell…
OH NO ONO
Internet Warrior EP
Leaf
12″ // £6.99

Denmark’s Oh No Ono released one of the year’s most interesting psych-pop albums in their sophomore effort, Eggs, and now this new remix EP comes along as an impressive appendix. Original track ‘Internet Warrior’ kicks off the playlist in typically exuberant and quirky fashion – sounding uniquely not-of-this-earth through every squeaky vocal and each swelling string gesture. Of the remixes, Caribou’s take on ‘Eleanor Speaks’ proves to be particularly special,…
WOEBOT
Moanad
HOLLOW EARTH
CD // £8.99

Woebot is Matthew Ingram, a much respected music blogger and journalist with heavyweight credentials including captainship of the indispensible Dissensus forum and a number of articles published for Wire magazine and The Guardian. In recent years he’s shifted slightly away from criticism to investigate a style of eccentrically English sonic collages with his trusty MPC and a wealth of musical ideas on his Hollow Earth label. ‘Moanad’ is his second…
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER / TOMUTONTTU
Split
ALTER
7″ // £4.99

Lovely 7″ released to coincide with the recent OPN/Tomutonttu tour and limited to only 500 copies for this world. Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Wayland Lincoln Border’ is one of his shorter offerings, a beatless swimming from placid, shimmering shallows into gently swelling waves of distortion under the light of 3 full beaming moons. On the other side of the moons Tomutonttu plies his mystical trade in strange, psilocybic electronics with traces…
MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Tidings / Amethyst Waves
Weird Forest
CD // £10.99

*NOW AVAILABLE ON CD* 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…
HARMONIA & ENO ’76
Tracks & Traces Remixed
Gronland
CD // £7.99

Paying on the promise of the sampler 12″, Gronland offer the full remix set of tracks from Harmonia & Eno’s ‘Tracks and Traces’ album, originally released in 1976. Aside from the Shackleton and Appleblim & Komanazmuk mixes, there’s new versions from The Field, Burger/Voigt, Modularsystem and MITMIX. ‘Taking By The Riverside’ for a quicksilver dubstep trek, Appleblim & Komanazmuk use the golden source material to offer one of their most…
CHAPELIER FOU
613
Ici D’ailleurs
CD // £12.99

Having been suitably taken with his earlier, self-titled album, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find that Louis Warynski’s second long-player as Chapelier Fou has arrived so quickly on its predecessor’s heels. The young Frenchman shares a label with like-minded pals Yann Tiersen and Matt Elliott (who contributes guest guitar and vocals to 613), dissolving the boundaries between electronica, cinematic classical music and jaunty European folk. ‘G Tintinnabulum’ introduces…
DEXTRO
Zero Circle EP
16 K
12″ // £6.49

16K present Dextro’s ‘Ring Cycle’ from his ‘Winded’ album backed with remixes from Anticon’s Alias and the always excellent TVO. From the melodic IDM source material of his original TVO builds a squirming slab of techno psychedelics with hints of broken dubstep flow and Basic Channel-esque chords strung through his off-centre programming. This is impressive! The Alias remix swings for the indie/hiphop crossover with squashed mid-tempo beats and a sharp…
MICHAEL FAKESCH
Exchange
Musik Aus Strom
CD // £9.99

Funkstorung’s Michael Fakesch revives the Musik Aus Strom imprint from a three year hibernation to release a compendium of his remix works. There’s an all-star line up in the firing line, from Mr. Oizo to MoM & Mark E Smith’s Von Südenfed project, but all are treated with the same caustic digital approach, leaving his binary fingerprint all over the show. Fakesch is a notoriously prolific character with enough versatility…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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NINA NASTASIA
Outlaster
Fat Cat
LP // £14.99

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…
JACK ROSE WITH D. CHARLES SPEER & THE HELIX
Ragged and Right
Thrill Jockey
Mini LP // £12.99

A veritable modern-day legend of the acoustic and lapsteel guitar, Jack Rose made a rare foray onto an electrified instrument for this recording. In addition to his customary unplugged mastery, Ragged And Right benefits from the late, great Rose’s Telecaster prowess and a line in electric lapsteel. This recording session was inspired by the Mordicai Jones/Link Wray ‘Three Track Shack’ sessions and came about while the musicians involved were touring…
JACK ROSE WITH D. CHARLES SPEER & THE HELIX
Ragged and Right
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

A veritable modern-day legend of the acoustic and lapsteel guitar, Jack Rose made a rare foray onto an electrified instrument for this recording. In addition to his customary unplugged mastery, Ragged And Right benefits from the late, great Rose’s Telecaster prowess and a line in electric lapsteel. This recording session was inspired by the Mordicai Jones/Link Wray ‘Three Track Shack’ sessions and came about while the musicians involved were touring…
VARIOUS / RHYTHM & BLUES
The History of Rhythm & Blues 1952-57
Rhythm & Blues
4CD // £23.99

The third volume in Rhythm & Blues Records’ vast anthology of all things R&B spans four discs, taking in the years of 1952 to 1957. The CDs are presented in a paperback-sized, digipak-style fold-out with an accompanying 68-page booklet providing commentary on the 109 recordings collected on the release. The first disc is subtitled Blues In The City – Downhome Southern Blues from Memphis To Chicago, and features artists such…
HORSE FEATHERS
Thistled Spring
Kill Rock Stars
CD // £10.99

For their third album, Portland’s Horse Feathers continue to create their own space within the Americana genre, adorning the vividly melancholy songwriting of Justin Ringle with layers of luscious additional instrumentation, the like of which most folk-orineted acts would probably shy away from. It’s the addition of strings, bowed saw, harmonium, french horn and other such elements that really shapes the Horse Feathers identity however, perfectly complimenting the sorrowful central…
JANE WEAVER
The Fallen By Watch Bird
BIRD
LP // £13.99

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…
JUNKBOY
Koyo
ENRAPTURED
CD // £8.99

Taking its name from a Japanese word meaning “gentle sunlight”, this latest album from Junkboy, the recording alias of Brighton-dwelling brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb, keeps to its billing, sounding every inch the companion to supine summer afternoons. Introductory track ‘Firth’ was apparently inspired by a day the brothers spent listening to John Cameron’s soundtrack to Kes, something that’s very much evident in its lyrical woodwinds and ambling acoustic backing….
ROLAND WHITE
I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘N Roll
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

A reissue of an obscure 1976 album on Ridge Runner Records, I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘N Roll is a rather fabulous album by mandolin-toting bluegrass maestro, Roland White. Tompkins Square issue this album on CD and digital formats for the very first time, remastering the material from the original tapes. “Roland White, along with his brother Clarence, made bluegrass and country music history as members of the Kentucky Colonels….
VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
I’m Going Where The Water Drinks Like Wine: 18 Unsung Bluesman Rarities 1923-1929
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

Always keen to champion the underdog, Sub Rosa present their latest compilation: an anthology of works by the blues musicians history forgot. Collected from various 1920s recordings – caked in 78rpm crackle – these selections represent an alternate depiction of the blues canon, starting with Sylvester Weaver’s bottleneck instrumental ‘Guitar Blues’, billed here as the very first blues ever recorded (dating back to 1923). From here onwards, the compilation reintroduces…
HIP HOP
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SLUM VILLAGE
Fantastic Vol. 2
NE’ASTRA MUSIC GROUP
2LP // £16.99

Special 10th Anniversary reissue of one of Dilla’s most sought-after and earliest albums: Slum Village’s hugely influential ‘Fantastic Vol.2’. With hindsight, it’s widely acknowledged that this is one of the most important hiphop albums of its generation, upholding ATCQ’s mission for authentic hiphop after they disbanded with a blend of dapper soul bumping beats and on-point lyrics from MCs T-3 and Baatin. Alongside D’Angelo, Pete Rock, Common, Busta Rhymes and…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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TAYLOR DEUPREE
Shoals
12K
CD // £8.99

While he’s kept himself busy with a series of short-form releases over the past couple of years, ‘Shoals’ is in fact Taylor Deupree’s first proper album release since 2007’s Northern. While that record introduced traditional instrumentation (notably acoustic guitars) into the 12k boss’ repertoire, ‘Shoals’ shuns any pop-oriented, pastoral tendencies and marks a return to the more abstract, intensive temperament of Deupree’s key work, Stil. ‘Real’ instruments still play their…
LAWRENCE ENGLISH
Incongruous Harmonies
Touch
7″ // £4.99

The pieces on this latest Touch 7″ were composed by Room40 label boss Lawrence English for a performance by avant-garde Australian circus group Circa for their Regarding The Joy Of Others performance. The event involved the transformation of Brisbane’s Gasometer from an imposing industrial presence to the backdrop for a unique trapeze act by Chelsea McGuffin. Accompanying this, English set about spinning some of his signature electronic tones and noise…
PHILIP JECK & MARCUS DAVIDSON
Spliced
Touch
7″ // £4.99

The two tracks on this 7″ were recorded at a performance by Philip Jeck and Marcus Davidson during a long-weekend of events and talks revolving around the themes of Hauntology and sounds of the natural world in early summer 2008 in the resplendent surroundings of London’s Museum Of Garden History, located on the South Bank. Davidson plays keyboards and Jeck uses his familiar, but enigmatic array of record players, editing…
CLOGS
The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton
Brassland
CD // £8.99

Featuring guest spots from The National’s Matt Berninger, Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond, this latest album from neo-classical ensemble Clogs is their most vocal-centric outing to date. Berninger’s presence seems like a logical one: Clogs already features the talents of two other contributors to The National (Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome), and the timing of this release seems poised to capitalise on the recent high profile success of High…
GIUSEPPE IELASI
Tools
12K
CD // £6.99

Having broken away from the droves of drone artists out there with 2009’s excellent Aix album, Giuseppe Ielasi established a very different vocabulary to that he put to good use in the earlier part of his career. Like so many of his contemporaries, Ielasi once specialised in microsound-style soundscapes and guitar processing, but with Aix he shifted into a more rhythmic mindset, making beats from location-recorded objects and materials. ‘Tools’…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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FOL CHEN
Part II: The New December
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.99

Los Angeles band Fol Chen return with a sequel to last year’s John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made, embarking on a dizzying line-up of awkward time signatures, complex programmed elements and tricky live-band pop elements. After the ditzy yet tuneful intro of ‘The Holograms’ along comes key track ‘In Ruins’, which starts off with a dark beat onslaught, momentarily bringing to mind These New Puritans, but all that’s dismissed when a…
ALLO DARLIN’
Allo Darlin’
FORTUNA POP!
LP // £10.99

Sharing a record label with The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart, Allo Darlin’ occupy a similarly sunny indie-pop disposition, harking back to the heyday of twee-pop and the C86 movement’s sounds. Led by Australian-born songwriter Elizabeth Morris, this London-basedquartet got their start with ‘Henry Rollins Don’t Dance’ a splendid and most comical indie-pop missive that’s sadly absent from this debut album. ‘Woody Allen’ fills the gap left by the…
ALLO DARLIN’
Allo Darlin’
FORTUNA POP!
CD // £10.99

Sharing a record label with The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart, Allo Darlin’ occupy a similarly sunny indie-pop disposition, harking back to the heyday of twee-pop and the C86 movement’s sounds. Led by Australian-born songwriter Elizabeth Morris, this London-basedquartet got their start with ‘Henry Rollins Don’t Dance’ a splendid and most comical indie-pop missive that’s sadly absent from this debut album. ‘Woody Allen’ fills the gap left by the…
FANG ISLAND
Fang Island
SARGENT HOUSE
CD // £11.99

Brooklyn quintet Fang Island met at the prestigious Rhode Island School Of Design, the same establishment that had previously thrown together bands like Talking Heads, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Lightning Bolt. Fang Island’s art-rock roots certainly shine through on this debut album, but there’s an extroverted flamboyance that transcends any such pigeonholing. This band isn’t shy when it comes to dispensing linked-up, duelling guitars and their debut album probably owes…
FIELD MUSIC
The Week That Was + School Of Language
Memphis Industries
2CD // £10.99

A specially bundled together double-pack containing work from both Field Music side-projects: School Of Language and The Week That Was. David Brewis’ side-project, School Of Language presents its 2008 long-player Sea From Shore while Peter Brewis lines up the eponymous The Week That Was full-length from the same year.
ISLET
Celebrate This Place
SHAPE
12″ // £8.99

The pieces on this latest Touch 7″ were composed by Room40 label boss Lawrence English for a performance by avant-garde Australian circus group Circa for their Regarding The Joy Of Others performance. The event involved the transformation of Brisbane’s Gasometer from an imposing industrial presence to the backdrop for a unique trapeze act by Chelsea McGuffin. Accompanying this, English set about spinning some of his signature electronic tones and noise…
PUMA
Half Nelson Courtship
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

The first Rune Grammofon album (and third overall) from this young Norwegian trio, who as the label puts it “musically started out as the younger cousins of Supersilent”. Half Nelson Courtship is certainly not an album living in the shadow of the improv titans, however, and spending only a short amount of time with Puma’s music reveals a more pronouncedly visceral and untamed element running through their recordings. The trio…
PUMA
Half Nelson Courtship
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.99

The first Rune Grammofon album (and third overall) from this young Norwegian trio, who as the label puts it “musically started out as the younger cousins of Supersilent”. Half Nelson Courtship is certainly not an album living in the shadow of the improv titans, however, and spending only a short amount of time with Puma’s music reveals a more pronouncedly visceral and untamed element running through their recordings. The trio…
SAGE FRANCIS
Li(f)e
ANTI
2LP // £13.99

Leftfield hiphop trooper, Sage Francis, offers his first new album since ’07s ‘Human The Death Dance’. On ‘Li(f)e’ he employs the talent of producer Brian Deck (formerly of Califone) to give a country-fied twang to proceedings. Rustic slide guitars, jangling acoustic six-strings and thrummed bass are weighed with heavy drums on each track bar the lush sweep of closer ‘The Best Of Times’ produced by Yann Tiersen. Sage’s style of…
TEENAGE FANCLUB
Baby Lee
Pema
7″ // £3.99

Lifting one of the most glaring standouts from their just-released ninth album, Shadows, Scottish indie heroes Teenage Fanclub present ‘Baby Lee’ on 7″. This is a vintage slice of Norman Blake songwriting – perhaps worthy of going toe to toe with the sort of material he was serving up on Grand Prix. Well, perhaps. ‘Secret Heart’ is well above par as B-sides go, finding Gerard Love fashioning some superb chorus…
VARIOUS / SONIC CATHEDRAL
The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral
Sonic Cathedral
LP // £13.99

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…
JAZZ / RELATED
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ROY AYERS
Lots Of Love
Universal Sound
2LP // £11.99

Universal Sound adds another certified classic to its catalogue with the 1983 Roy Ayers album ‘Lots Of Love’. It came out in 1983 on Ayers’ own Uno Melodic label around the same time he was producing boogie gear like ‘Eighties Ladies’ and ‘Sylvia Striplin’. With a huge supporting cast of players at his disposal, Roy’s dilated scope takes in Afro-beat, baaadass boogie funk and more. This is some real classic…
ROY AYERS
Lots Of Love
Universal Sound
CD // £10.99

Universal Sound adds another certified classic to its catalogue with the 1983 Roy Ayers album ‘Lots Of Love’. It came out in 1983 on Ayers’ own Uno Melodic label around the same time he was producing boogie gear like ‘Eighties Ladies’ and ‘Sylvia Striplin’. With a huge supporting cast of players at his disposal, Roy’s dilated scope takes in Afro-beat, baaadass boogie funk and more. This is some real classic…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 317: July 2010
Wire
Mag // £4.00

Some of favourite artists feature in this months edition of the most essential cross-genre chronicle. The Bug is your cover star for July, chatting to Lisa Blanning about his career metamorphosis from God’ car-crash improv to King Midas Sound’s dread-infused dancehall. Oneohtrix Point Never is quizzed in the Invisible Jukebox and Chicago’s DJ Nate finally gets the wider coverage he deserves for blowing minds with deadly Footwork productions. Reputed designer…
WAX POETICS
Issue 41: May/June 2010
Wax Poetics
Mag // £8.99

KRS-One is large and in-charge on the cover of this bi-monthly Waxpoetics issue. He features in an in-depth interview, next to other greats like Ice Cube, Ice-T and EPMD. Our favourite section has to be the interview with Latin hiphop pioneer DJ Disco Wiz spinning yarns about the hard knock life in 1970s Bronx, and there’s a fascinating interview with legendary hip-hop super-producer, Easy Mo Bee. Plus there’s all the…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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MICHAEL MAYER
Immer 3
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

It’s now four years since Michael Mayer’s last ‘Immer’ mix so the time is ripe for a new selection from the Kompakt co-founder. For number three he gathers a charming bunch of super-melodic techno-pop and contemporary European disco from Cortney Tidwell & Ewan Pearson, Smith ‘n Hack, Culoe de Song and more. Ewan Pearson’s mix of Tidwell’s ‘Don’t Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up’ sets a lush ambient scene…
DAN CURTIN
Lifeblood
MOBILEE
CD // £9.99

KUNIYUKI TAKAHASHI
Walking In The Naked City
MULE MUSIQ
CD // £9.99

Mule Musiq maestro Kuniyuki Takahashi aka Koss exercises his deep house soul with ‘Walking In The Naked City’. Alongside Henrik Schwarz & Fumio Itabashi ‘Once Again’ opens the groove with real jazzy piano and rhodes driven house featuring vox from Schwarz and ‘First Experience’ stirs up a latte-scented froth with restless percussion. Night Forest’ is probably the lushest cut here, all slow tumbling congas and rhythmic cicadas riding sumptuously plump…
ARK
Arkpocalypse Now
Perlon
CD // £11.99

The Perlon mainstay and fidgety micro-house pioneer returns with his first long player since ’05s ‘Caliente’. Longterm fans will be glad to know he’s not fucked with his acclaimed formula, still creating tricksy house grooves informed by a love of jerky 80s funk and a knack for quirky offbeat edits. There’s a handful of real dancefloor tracks like the perky ‘I Can Come’ and ‘Sugar of Brain’, which isn’t to…
DOP
Watergate 06
WATERGATE
CD // £12.99

dOP is the latest Berlin techno figure called up the Watergate ranks. His is the ixth mix in theri ongoing series, this time commanding a simmering selection of classy tech-house and minimalism. We enter via the live strains of ‘The Dust’ recorded in situ at Watergate, before dissolving into his and Nôze’s ‘Les Fils Du Calvaire’ and filtered through a seection of his collaborations with Daniele Papini, Seuil and Wareika,…
GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS
Breaking The Fourth Wall
Circus Company
CD // £9.99

Guillaume Coutu Dumont presents his latest album effort on Circus Company, placing him in like-minded company with labelmates Dave Aju and dOP both appearing here. ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall’ further expands his sound beyond the constraints of minimal with a broader percussive palette erring on the tribal and a refined taste for deep and hypnotic house signatures. ‘Can’t Have Everything’ features dOP on a delicate but engrossing shaker, while ’32…
REBOOT
Shunyata
Cadenza
CD // £15.49

Reboot aka Frank Heinrich produced his debut single for Cadenza back in 2007. After touring respected European stables like Cocoon, Cécille and Sei Es Drum he returns to Cadenza with his first album ‘Shunyata’. His sound is operates very much withing the parameters occupied by Villalobos, Luciano or Sis for example, that is to say hi-end tech-house minimalism with a florid and near psychedelic attention to microscopic detail. Much like…
REBOOT
Shunyata
Cadenza
2LP // £13.99

Reboot aka Frank Heinrich produced his debut single for Cadenza back in 2007. After touring respected European stables like Cocoon, Cécille and Sei Es Drum he returns to Cadenza with his first album ‘Shunyata’. His sound is operates very much withing the parameters occupied by Villalobos, Luciano or Sis for example, that is to say hi-end tech-house minimalism with a florid and near psychedelic attention to microscopic detail. Much like…
ROBERTO BOSCO
Biosphere Ep
MINIMALSOUL
12″ // £5.99

Uptempo kicking and Detroit-inspired techno from Italian Roberto Bosco. He goes full tilt with both sides, setting ornate rhythm patterns to hold his florid melodies and uplifting synthline vibes for fans of Francois K, Elliot Dodge or Len Faki.
VARIOUS / DUBSIDED
Dubsided 1: Mixed by Subskrpt
DUBSIDED
CD // £10.99

Dubsided’s secret weapon aka Subskrpt mans the decks (or more likely the mouse) for a thirty four track pillage through the Dubsided catalogue. You’ll find all your favourite names like Herve, Duke Dumont, Jesse Rose, Solid Groove/Switch, nadastrom, Trevor Loveys and Lee Mortimer pushed together with bespoke edits and a relentless party sequencing.
XENIA BELIAYEVA
Ever Since
Shitkatapult
12″ // £6.49

Detroit Grand Pubahs, Andre Winter and Ezequiel Sanchez step to Xenia Beliayeva’s ‘Ever Since’ for Euro-dancing and electroid party fun. Her original fixes big room-ready vox to nu-Italo backing, kinda like a sub-par Ellen Allien. Andre Winter gives her a shiny mnml tech-house wiggle, while the Grand Pubah’s start the party with cheeky riffage and Sanchez gives a fine bass-lead and darker tech-house shake.
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KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Variations For Oud & Synthesizer
NO LABEL
7″ // £6.99

Over the last ten years KFW has persistently melted our minds with unfathomably brilliant compositions. In 2005 he brought these amazing tracks into being, running dextrous Egyptian Oud passages through a Serge modular synthesizer accompanied by an array of Eventides clockworks harmonizer, metal zarb, Italia Modena electric guitar, electro-harmonix pedals and vox amplifier at his home studio, the Reckankomplex, and the Harvard university studio for electro-acoustic composition (HUSEAC). Finally released…
DOM THOMAS
The Exploding Disco Inevitable
BRUTAL MUSIC
2LP // £13.99

Building on the unsteady experience of his ‘Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps’ mix session,  Finders Keepers and B-Music captain Dom Thomas moves into the realm of Denizen Funk, Proto House and Psyche Rock with ‘The Exploding Disco Inevitable’. Adapting its name from a series of cross-media pollinations instigated by Andy Warhol, Dom constructs bridges connecting racy Bollywood disco with ancient psyche and disorientated Anatolian surfbeat, spanning the gulfs of time and place…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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SOLVENT
Subject To Shift
Ghostly International
CD // £8.99

So, six years down the line from ‘Apples & Synthesizers’ Solvent presents another beautifully built album of creamy synthpop and warm robot music for Ghostly International. Lead single ‘Loss For Words’ affirmed that he was back on form and the rest of the LP doesn’t disappoint. ‘Formulate’ toys with camp Hi-Nrg bassline and vocoders and ‘Don’t Forget To Phone’ continues a long running comms theme with bendy triplet rhythms and…
ANTHONY ROTHER
Popkiller 2
DATAPUNK
CD // £9.99

Anthony Rother emerges from the Datapunk studio with a new set of tough but melodic electrotechno. Over ten tracks he covers darker shades of the modern electro dancefloor in his classic style, from the minimal grunt of ‘Disco Light’ to streamlined workouts like ‘Cinema’, the saw-tooth serrations of ‘Big Boys’ and the glossy atmospherics of ‘Skyline’.
BOYS NOIZE
Kontact Me Remixes
Boysnoize
12″ // £5.99

Party grinding remixes of Boys Noize album track ‘Kontakt Me’ from Rynecologist, Jan Driver, Housemeister, and Depressed Buttons. Top of the pile is the Rynecologist mix with a darkly sexy New Beat thrust, while Jan Driver gives a subtly minimised but chunky version and Housemeister spikes the punch with some Bmore breaks.
YANN TIERSEN
Palestine (Chapelier Fou Mix)
Ici D’ailleurs
12″ // £10.99

‘Palestine’ is one of the key tracks from Yann Tiersen’s forthcoming album, Dust Lane, and is presented here with remixes by Deadverse (of Dälek), plus labelmates Chapelier Fou and Third Eye Foundation (aka Matt Elliott), with Tiersen himself supplying an alternate mix of the cut. In the label’s own words: “Deadverse (Dälek) gives the opening shot with a version worthy of an armoured division ready to blast away all genres…
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ROBERT HOOD
Omega
M-Plant
CD // £11.99

Topping a newly re-energised M-Plant schedule, Robert Hood pays tribute to the 1971 film ‘The Omega Man’ with a re-imagined techno soundtrack – a brand new album from the master. The original film featured Charlton Heston as a last-man-on-earth figure, sequestered in a penthouse in LA, guarding life-saving serum by day and chased by zombies at night. It originally featured a jazzy easy-listening score courtesy of Ron Grainer, but Hood…
ROBERT HOOD
Omega
M-Plant
2LP // £17.99

Topping a newly re-energised M-Plant schedule, Robert Hood pays tribute to the 1971 film ‘The Omega Man’ with a re-imagined techno soundtrack – a brand new album from the master. The original film featured Charlton Heston as a last-man-on-earth figure, sequestered in a penthouse in LA, guarding life-saving serum by day and chased by zombies at night. It originally featured a jazzy easy-listening score courtesy of Ron Grainer, but Hood…
SILENT SERVANT / FEMALE / REGIS
Sampler Single Two
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Part 2 of 2 – limited edition blue vinyl 1st pressing, Hand stamped with custom insert* Second of two sampler 12″s for the highly anticipated Sandwell District album! The group are out in full force again, with two tracks from Silent Servant complemented by cuts from Regis and Female. Those two Silent Servant efforts are simply immense. On the a-side dry boulder kicks and geyser release valves set the scene…
MARTYN / ROMAN LINDAU
Berghain 04: Part I
OSTGUT
12″ // £7.49

Coinciding with their inclusion on Ben Klock’s Berghain 04 mix, Martyn and Roman Lindau drop a pair of prime technoid permutations for OstGut Ton. Martyn’s ‘Miniluv’ pivots around a proper techno skippers pattern, nudging in his influences from Broken Beat, Dubstep and – most prominently – deepest house music to warm the cockles of yer heart and the soles of your feet. It’s another matter entirely with Roman Lindau however,…
ELEKTRO GUZZI
Elektro Guzzi
MACRO
CD // £11.99

Elektro Guzzi are a Viennese trio who deceptively perform what sounds like digitally sculpted techno on a trad set-up of bass, guitar and drums. They’ve earned an enviable reputation as a live act performing this highly structured conceit, playing everywhere from Japan to Berlin without even releasing a record. Their debut album is produced by fellow Austrian auteur Patrick Pulsinger and released through Stefan Goldmann’s highly respected Macro imprint. Remarkably…
WOLFGANG VOIGT
Freiland Klaviermusik
Profan
CD // £9.99

Wolfgang Voigt (Gas/Sog/Studio 1 etc.) pays on the promise of his 2008 12″ ‘Freiland Klaviermusik’ with a full album of psychotomimetic techno fonk for Profan. That 12″ still stands out as one of the most shocking techno records of the last few years. It’s definitely not everyones cup of tea and it’s been known to clear late night floors in Manchester on a few occasions, but for those of a…
FRANCO CANGELLI / MLZ
Paper Cut EP (MLZ Mix)
MOWAR
12″ // £5.99

Belgian producer Franco Cangelli sets off the ‘Paper Cut EP’ for his homebrewed Mowar imprint, complemented with a hulking techno revision from MLZ. Cangelli’s own original mix finds its groove between darker kicking Chicago house and Belgian techno piloted overweight bass hits, while ‘When They Come’ pivots around offset claps for a tuffer hous vibe. On the flip MLZ sinks into his ocean of sound with a heavy DJ tool…
DAMON WILD / 65D MAVERICKS / SCREED
Side Remix Ep
Synthetic Catalogue
12″ // £5.99

One for the hard-heads, this. ‘Screed’ owns the B-side with an array of fast and heavy concussive kicks with forward leaning synthlines. Synewave label operator Damon Wild gives a slick remix on the flip, but it’s the 65D mavericks version that makes this all worth your attention with a meld of Basic Channel submersion and pivoting Berghain syncopation with a UK touch.
JAMES RUSKIN
Work
Blueprint Records
12″ // £5.99

James Ruskin and Steve Rachmad must have been sprinkling amphetamines on their weetabix when they came up with the 3rd release for Blueprint’s LTD series. Going heads-down at 137bpm, Rachmad takes the A-side with a fast and heavy tool for the DJs, while on the flip theres a fully pumped ‘BP Mix’ and the original’. Pounders, mate!
KERO & FUNCTION
Function Kero EP
Detroit Underground
12″ // £8.99

Rugged bass and techno transmission from Kero and Function with remixes from Soundmurderer, Corbin Davis and Matt Herdman. Firstly, we should warn you that the Soundmurderer track is a baaadman tune! He reworks his angular jungle style at a dubstep pace but still retains the dipping flex and contrasting breaks tones for sick effect. Corbin Davis gives a bass-loaded techno fix while Kero and Function go hard on the breakbeat…
LOST TRAX
Lost Trax 2
SCSI-AV
12″ // £5.99

The Scsi-Av label has been dormant for what seems like an eternity, their self-imposed silence at long last broken by this gorgeous 2-track follow-up to the excellent ‘Lost Trax’ Ep released back in 2007. Penned by an unknown technician described only as “a highly respected master…” ‘Lost Trax 2’ slots into that lush terrain where classic Detroit Techno and electro come together, the kind of material produced by Carl Craig…
OOFT
Ride In To The Red Zone
Foto Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Ooft is the joint effort of The Revenge (aka Glasgow’s prolific Graeme Clark) and Ali Herron. With ‘Ride In To The Red Zone’ they lay down a bed of heavyweight slowhouse kicks before dropping a scorching male vocal, while ‘Spanky Spanky’ aligns itself with the sort of drag-house grooves spun out by Mark E and co. Limited copies only.
TORNADO WALLACE / LINKWOOD
Paddlin’ (Linkwood Mix)
DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
12″ // £6.99

Prime slow-house beatdowns from Tornado Wallace backed with a fantastic LInkwood remix. Tornado is the alter-ego of Melbourne’s Lewie Day, a chap with a thing for the deepest strains of Detroit house music and a series of ceebrated releases for Murmur, 8bit and Herzlich. His ‘Paddlin’ cut starts out sounding like ‘ShariVari’ locked in a wind tunnel, creating a killer drag-house effect before manipulating the groove with swampy filters and…
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OFEGE
Try and Love
Academy LPs
CD // £15.99

Another chance to own this remarkable reissue of a cult classic Afro-psyche-rock LP! Ofege’s debut album ‘Try & Love’ was recorded in 1972, capturing the sound of a Nigerian high-school psyche-funk band playing at the EMI studios in Lagos. The group were spotted by Odion Iruoje, an employee of EMI who promptly recorded the group’s first LP. The record became an international success at the time, and more recently featured…