Jun 182010
 

Hello,

The selections are deep and broad at the mid point in 2010 and beautifully illuminated by the sumptuous woozy-destroyed-dub-house of Deepchord’s latest Echospace album for Modern Love. Rod Modell and Steven Hitchell have been busy with various solo and collaborative endeavours since ’07s ‘The Coldest Season’ but on their new album ‘Liumin’ they combine field recordings made in Tokyo with analogue techniques to build an immersive, meditative exercise designed to send you into a state of aural narcosis. The first edition comes as a double with a bonus CD featuring 80 minutes of treated field recordings made by Rod Modell in Tokyo – don’t miss out.

Kode 9’s swinging selection for the DJ Kicks series offers a snapshot of his DJ sets over the last couple of years, joining the dots between classic broken beat in Maddslinky’s ‘Cargo’ to African house from Mujava, spiralling Funky from Ill Blu and hybrid juke footwork from Addison Groove. It’s fully mastered to CD and guaranteed to sound better than your tinny MP3 podcasts at the BBQ, while the double vinyl edition features unmixed tracks, a whole ruck of exclusives and classics never before available on wax. This is where the dance is at, right now.

Svarte Greiner’s dark masterpiece ‘Penpals Forever And Ever’ was originally released on cassette a couple of years ago and is now given a limited vinyl issue on the Digitalis label together with a full side of extra material, while Raster Noton offer up the first taster for the long awaited collaboration between Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten / Bad Seeds fame with a limited edition 12″ released under their ‘Anbb’ moniker.

If you’re after something a little more exotic, check the incredible Honest Jon’s compilation ‘To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul’, a book-style CD and opulent 4LP boxset spanning the first thirty years of the 20th century in this important part of the world. The music covers passionate paeans and instrumental improvisations from a cross section of religious beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and locations all captured by the Gramophone Company and painstakingly restored at Abbey Road studios from crackly 78s. It’s an absolute treat and should be checked by anyone with an appetite for unearthing gems from the furthest reaches of the back of beyond.

Much much more out this week, including an archive tape of sub-loaded jeep disco from Memphis courtesy of The Tapeworm label, the unmatched mechanical brutalism of Regis & Female’s ‘Against Nature’, a sublime split EP from Cloaked Light and Pale Blue Sky on the always-excellent Arbor label, plus a full-length album from Greg Davis and Zach Wallace under the Sun Circle moniker.

There’s a killer Shed remix of dBridge on Fat City – a heavyweight fusion primed for dancefloor wreckage, plus two limited edition twelves from hotly tipped coldwave/postpunk operators Factory Floor (one featuring a remix from the legendary Chris Carter, and one featuring a remix from New Order’s Stephen Morris), while Felix K delivers a dark and deadly D’n’B reduction for 31 records, Foxy Brown bolsters the mighty Dug Out imprint and Altered Natives make a righteous appearance on Martyn’s 3024 label.

Have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



DEEPCHORD PRESENTS ECHOSPACE
Liumin / Liumin Reduced
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
Modern Love
2CD // £9.99

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD featuring 80 minutes of field recorded treatments made by Modell in Tokyo* ‘Deepchord Presents Echospace’ is the collaborative project of Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell, two veteran producers based in Chicago and Detroit, now returning for a second full album for the Modern Love label. In the years that have passed since their last album both artists have been busy with numerous projects, developing 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 provided the source material for what would eventually become this new album. Indeed, a bonus CD that comes with the first pressing of the CD features 80 minutes of these original field recordings. Although the vapor trails of dub still colour the essence of much of this new material, ‘Liumin’ is an altogether more ‘destroyed’ experience than its predecessor, opening with the washed-out, beatless sequence of ‘In Echospace’, a track that somehow manages to harness the disorientating experience of being a stranger in a strange land, with only the flickering glow of neon lights for company. The album unfurls with stretches of immersive techno and low-end treatments compressed with a growling, unstable focus that’s in turn oppressive and soothing, re-creating the uniquely ambiguous euphoria/narcosis that comes with extended sleep deprivation. It’s an effect that’s perhaps encapsulated best on ‘BCN Dub’, a heaving warehouse thump that’s entwined with shortwave radio transmissions bringing to life a disembodied horn-section from deep in the ether. There may well be some connection to dub lurking deep in the foggy mists of these recordings – but ‘Liumin’ inhabits far more opaque and unsettling terrain to anything you may have heard from both this project, or any of its many imitators. Highly Recommended.



KODE 9
DJ Kicks
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
K7
CD // £10.99

King of the Swingers aka Kode 9 delivers his first commercially available mix since the pivotal Dubstep Allstars 3 with a 31-track swift blend for DJ Kicks. It more or less sums up the last 18 months of underground developments, crossing a wide tempo gap from 120-140bpm and covering the spectrum of UK dance music from Funky to Broken Beat to Dubstep, Grime and that mongrel new stuff. We get no less than four Kode 9 joints, three of them fresh-off-the-block, plus a stupendously screwed Cooly G cut ‘Phat Si’ and the soon-come Hyperdub single, Ill Blu’s ‘Bellion’. Broken beats come from Aardvarck’s certified KILLER Prince tribute’Revo’, Morgan Zarate’s ‘M.A.B’ and the Maddslinky staple ‘Cargo’ aligned with the requisite number of up-to-the-moment anthems like Grievous Angel’s ‘Move Down Low’, Mr Majika’s ‘Different Lekstrix’ and Addison Groove’s ‘Footcrab’. There’s also a brand new Zomby joint, the phosphorescing twyst of ‘Spiralz’, and notably the killer Mujava cut ‘Mugwanti’ from the Ayobaness comp for some African authenticity. Quite possibly best of all is the new Ramadanman slayer ‘Work Them’ putting some sidespin on the Juke influx with a feat of breakbeat hardcore scientifics spliced with jit-boogie to make you go, hard, and not forgetting his signature blend of Zomby’s ‘Godzilla’ with DMZ’s Mountain Dread March’. What are you waiting for?



SVARTE GREINER
Penpals Forever And Ever (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

Expanding Erik Skodvin’s extremely limited 2008 cassette edition Penpals Forever, this vinyl release remasters the original content and adds a whole extra side’s worth of new material, all of which is exclusive to the LP. You wouldn’t necessarily discern this straight away from the Deaf Center member’s elusive and teasingly enigmatic music, but apparently ‘Penpals Forever And Ever’ is an “imaginary tale of a long dead baroque painter and his telekinetic correspondence with a flightless bird.” It all seems so obvious in hindsight. The revamped sleeve art helps point the way towards this sort of archaic, suggestively supernatural imagery, particularly thanks to a brilliantly sinister etching that crops up on the back-cover. This is a release that really starts to sound like it looks too, quickly assuming a brilliantly grim analogue language that floods the speakers with hiss, and unbelievable pitch-black reverberations. The first side throws you into this bleak auditory realm head first, with exhumed renaissance-era string plucks haunting the vinyl grooves before dispersing into the smudginess of Skodvin’s droned-out backdrop – a kind of sonic Rorschach test within which you might make out veiled recordings of birds squawking and other such subconscious-ransacking sounds. The new compositions continue in the same deathly vein, offering mist-shrouded structures that only reinforce Skodvin’s position at the very top of the dark-ambient tree. There are three new pieces in all, encompassing a range of sounds that calls upon vaporising groans, plunging percussive rumbles and lost threads of guitar that meander around discordantly in the darkness. Marvellous stuff all round. The cassette was restricted to just 150 copies, but the LP isn’t exactly easy to come by either, limited to a comparably measly 450 copies. No dawdling with this one.



REGIS & FEMALE
Against Nature (11 Reclaimed Fragments)
TECHNO / HOUSE
DOWNWARDS
2LP // £12.99

**Clear Vinyl** In 2000 Tresor released this classic album from Karl O’Connor and Peter Sutton aka Regis and Female. Unhappy with the final edit applied by the label, Sutton and O’Connor have essentially given it a “directors cut” on 2 x clear 12″ vinyl for this essential 2010 reissue on Downwards. The thunderous industrial techno tracks of the original are still in place, but for us the most essential sections are those haunting intro and outro parts sounding at once like Throbbing Gristle or even Joy Division executed with a cold but steady hand. These copies now come with new artwork and the now familiar photocopied insert featuring a photo of their original studio, with bonus annotations. Heavy.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Generator
ELECTRONIC
Root Strata
Cassette // £7.99

Following his incredible 7″ transmission ‘For Oud & Synthesizer’, Keith Fullerton Whitman presents a set of mindblowing compositions recorded late 2009 for Root Strata. Frustrated by the restrictions of performing computer music in public settings and keen to involve a larger element of risk into his music, Keith follows his obsession with “the tenets of Process music & Systems music” to investigate “the unpredictable entropies & slight signal degradation inherent to Analog instrument design”, resulting in a set of infinitely morphing and self-modulating sequences subtly guided by a hand and mind that perceives the possibilities of music like very few others we can think of. For the tech-heads this involves sending three voltage streams from two LFO’s to different modules… and that’s where we’ll stop, because it’s all noted in the lovely heavy card sleeve anyway! He’s basically creating every sound you hear in-the-moment, on-the-jog, weaving sine waves into florid patterns which can range from alien acidic permutations like the frankly incredible 23-minute ‘Generator 2’, to lushly psychotropic sequences such as ‘Generator 1’, both of which were left untouched meaning you’re simply listening to the modular synths organising themselves into stunningly “musical” arrangements. We can hear the merest hint of human involvement in the audible patching and slightly mismatched levels, but to be totally honest we wouldn’t have noticed this if KFW didn’t point it out. The tracks just seem to have a hugely varied, constantly mutating life of their own, expanding with the vivid pattern arrangements of a DMT trip to immerse us head to toe in tactile waves of pure electronic pulse, panned, pitched and pushed into timelessly chaotic yet controlled motifs. In a way, this tape puts swathes of kosmische imitators and synth obsessives to shame, being both eminently listenable, and completely original. A late night listening session with this has just left us gobsmacked and it’s a crying shame that there’s only 200 copies for the world because far more people need to hear it. So good.



VARIOUS / HONEST JONS
To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul
WORLD
Honest Jons
4XLP HEAVYWEIGHT BOX // £29.99

***Ultra-deluxe 4xLP Boxset version including all 34 tracks from the CD*** Honest Jon’s apply their dedicated digging awareness to the Middle East again, following transfixing installments from Baghdad and the sublime ‘Open Strings…’ compilation. ‘To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul’ collects 32 intensely beautiful recordings made by the Gramophone Company and HMV in Istanbul during the the first three decades of the twentieth century, while the Ottoman Empire was in it’s final throes of collapse. From instrumental improvisations to passionate paeans, this album crosses bridges between Gypsies, Muslims, Christians and Jews, city folk and country dwellers to present a fascinating artefact that’s half historical document, half treasure trove of spirits unleashed from crackly 78s. The entire album was expertly restored at Abbey Road studios to sound remarkably clear, allowing the full impact of these songs to affect wholly. A vintage aural luxury – do not miss.



SUN CIRCLE
Lessness
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
ARBOR
2LP // £17.99

Sun Circle is a duo formed by Greg Davis and Zach Wallace that harks back to the greats of drone music, particularly the likes of Charlemagne Palestine and La Monte Young. Minimalist in the most classic sense, the agenda of Lessness intensively explores the timbral potential of single specific instruments within the narrowest of compositional parameters. Steady-handed drone maestros Davis and Wallace spin one side each from drums and a gong, sourcing two from tamboura – one sustain-based work and one rhythmic piece. The former is a majestic, overtone-enriched affair that’s everything a piece of this kind should be, presenting the illusion of stasis whilst ebbing and flowing with rich, natural modulations. Sun Circle have previously shared a split release with Eleh, and the music on this double-LP might be thought of as an unplugged take on the sort of meditative audiophile drones that artist specialises in. The gong piece might be the finest thing here – it’s certainly the freest and most melodic contribution, flowing through deep, low frequency resonances that yield a subtle and varied distribution of pitches. At the more rhythmic end of the material here there’s an exercise devoted to strictly pared down drumming patterns and a second tamboura piece that cycles through a root-fifth-octave progression to trance-inducing effect. Ruthlessly devoid of decorative baggage, Lessness will be greeted with open arms by all the minimalism purists out there. Limited to 400 copies for the world.



CHUGGA
Memphistophelis
ELECTRONIC
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Another inspired selection from the Tapeworm label, this time making use of some longstanding connections to Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles* Chugga are an immediately interesting proposition: two air conditioner repair school flunkies with a crazy homemade subbass device and a thing for slack, heat-hazed deep south funk and disco with a dub pressure. The pair of Lester Fuero and Jeff Haines hail from Memphis and made this sly tribute to their city ‘Memphistophelis’ in 1996, gleaning eleven tracks of dope, lean and groovesome disco that’s since been plundered for releases on Terre Thamlitz’s Comatonse label and even covered by Austria’s Zeitkratzer electro-acoustic ensemble. The full sessions never got a proper release until now though, suitably showing up now on The Tapeworm with a strangely out-of-time-and-place value which puts it in great stead among the labels disparate schedule. At the base of each track is Jeff’s ‘L.F.U’ or ‘Low Frequency Unit’, wildly dominating the set with quivering subsonic pressure that mercifully benefits from Terre Thaemlitz’s mastering onto tape to sound even more claggy and potent. Musically, their ideas are scraped together from classic samples and bagfuls of funk and soul snippets used sparingly to achieve a sparse yet close and humid sound dripping with a latent late night sensuality. Fans of Terre’s DJ Sprinkles sound will find much to like here, as will lovers of Mark E or NewWorldAquarium. Highly Recommended.

Singles of the Week



ANBB (ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD)
Ret Marut Handshake
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Two of the most distinctive presences in German experimental music unite for this stunning new collaborative venture, introducing the project with a five-track 12″ that precedes a full-length due later on in the year. As it turns out, these two seemingly strange bedfellows have long admired one another’s work and the project has itself been a long-term concern, in development since 2007. Bargeld lends his vocal to Nicolai’s soundscapes, a formula that in theory might lead to an end product resembling Alan Vega’s work with Pan Sonic. There is, however, something rather more immediately synergetic about this project, and Bargeld’s voice embeds itself very naturally within Nicolai’s seemingly inhospitable, yet ever-inscrutable production. Lead track ‘Ret Marut Handshake’ sets the tone, and everything immediately slots into place: the Einsturzende Neubauten frontman (and sometime Nick Cave sideman) Bargeld gives a commandingly expressive vocal performance that functions perfectly in counterpoint to the clinical precision of the pinpoint backdrop. While familiar Alva Noto hallmarks are in place, there’s actually very little about the track that could be branded ‘minimal’, and the production soon reveals itself to be a multi-layered and robust affair. Possibly the biggest curveball on the EP, arriving next is a cover of Harry Nilsson’s ‘One’ (from 1968’s Aerial Ballet album, later popularised all over again by Aimee Mann on the Magnolia soundtrack). While it’s mildly peculiar to hear Bargeld emotively intoning his way through the song, it’s flat out bizarre to think that this is in any way the handiwork of Noto, an artist responsible for countless high-concept sound installations and uncompromising glitch landmarks like ‘Transform’. Yet it’s the terse digital arrangement that makes the piece so compelling – the solitary theme being underlined by the lonesome, metronomic blip running throughout the track. Subtle waves of noise and Xerrox-like quasi-orchestral timbres frame hints of piano, completing a logic-defyingly great rendition. A considerably more abstract affair, ‘Electricity Is Fiction’ introduces the B-side, laying down a rhythmic barrage while Bargeld’s digitised voice floods every corner of the mix – even providing a vintage electro-style ascending/descending bassline. Switching tone again, ‘Bersteinzimer’ channels a richly elegiac tone that calls upon a string ensemble, a few loose high frequency drones and a palpable sense of drama. Bargeld’s clearly in his element here, delivering a central performance that’s devoid of production tricks or manipulations. Another cover completes the EP: ‘I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground’ is a traditional American folk song that’s been boldly rearranged by the two Berliners. Nicolai is at his most restrained, supplying only the leanest backdrop of bass-heavy, panning electricity surges and snare-like percussive noise while Bargeld puts in an engagingly natural and forthright vocal. Exciting stuff from these two avant-garde greats; let’s hope the album isn’t too far behind.



D-BRIDGE / SHED / RAMADANMAN
Producer #2 Remix EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.99

Serious remix session from Shed and Ramadanman tackling dBridge’s killer ‘ZX81’ from the ‘Producer #2’ compilation! No joke, Shed’s remix is quite possibly the best track we’ve heard from him since the album a few years back. With a bulbous, slow-motion Reese bass, scissoring hi-hats and the kind of bumpy bass swing that made ‘Another Wedged Chicken’ so addictive, the Berlin maverick has crafted a lethal tune that’s guaranteed to be in our boxes for years to come. For his mix, the prolific Ramadanman works with dance-weirding pitch bends and the kind of future-tribalist syncopations that made his Pearson Sound tracks and the recent ‘Glut’ 12″ for Hemlock so bloody crucial. In this case, he’s overshadowed by the towering mix on the flip, but who the f**k is complaining?! Essential dancefloor weight for all crew!!!



DVA DAMAS
DVA Damas
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £6.99

**White Vinyl** The unpredictably brilliant Downwards label spins out three tracks of snotty goth garage from California’s Dva Damas (pronounced duh-va duh-mas apparently). Their songs are brief but assured, from the the ghoulish Rock-a-billy strut of ‘Brand New Head’ with its sneering bassline and numb synth drones to the motorik bass rev and cascading circus synths of ‘See Me’ or the cantering Suicide-inspirations of ‘Time Dilation’. In essence this record draws a line between the attitudes and aesthetic of leather-jacketed 50s rockers, late 70s New York punks and 90s techno industrialists to end up in 2010 where it’s everything, all at once. White vinyl, photocopied insert courtesy of Silent Servant, very limited copies only. Need!



FACTORY FLOOR
Lying (Chris Carter Mix)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
BLAST FIRST PETITE
12″ // £5.49

Emerging in the wake of their brilliant Blast First Petite 10″, Factory Floor have wrangled a remix from none other than industrial legend Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle/Chris&Cosey) backed with a heavier pressing of ‘Wooden Box’ for the DJs. Carter takes the sparse source material and picks away at the surface to subtly illuminate Nikki Colk’s vocals over black lit strobing synths while retaining the stoic but pacy drive of the original. ‘A Wooden Box’ on the flip is a sharp thrust of minimal industrial techno with despondant female vox. A tip for fans of Cold Cave, TG, Silk Flowers, Minimal Wave Tapes etc! – Essential twelve.



FELIX K
Recognition / Ice
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
31 RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Berlin’s Felix K follows Nether’s dark gem ‘Beating Me’ with another stone cold minimal D’n’B killer for Doc Scott’s 31 Records. ‘Recognition’ adopts the reductionist approach common to his city, synching pin-on-skull hi-hat patterns with strongback rim shots and ghoulish sweeps of mood setting synth to really capture the zeitgeist. On the flip ‘Ice’ is a techier beast, commanding controlled limb coordination with scuttling percussive trickery and a swampy sub for sublime tension. For fans of Rockwell, Data, Sabre or Instra:mental. Killer.



FACTORY FLOOR
A Wooden Box (Stephen Morris Mix)
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
BLAST FIRST PETITE
12″ // £5.49

Accompanying Chris Carter’s ‘Lying Remix’, New Order’s duracell bunny drummer, Stephen Morris, remixes ‘A Wooden Box’ from Factory Floor’s brilliant Blast First Petite 10″. Much like his peer, Morris sticks to the original structure of his respective track, but takes the drastic measure of completely warping Nikki Colk’s vox with some high-end auto-tune treatment to make her sound like some lachrymose gothbot. On the flip we get the original mix of FF’s minimal throbber ‘Lying’ laid out on a heavy cut 45rpm pressing for smarter DJs to drop down the disco. A tip for fans of Cold Cave, New Order, Silk Flowers, Minimal Wave tapes etc!



FROZEN BORDER
Frozen Border 05
TECHNO / HOUSE
FROZEN BORDER
12″ // £6.99

Frozen Border drop their first 12″ for 2010 from another undercover agent.You should know the styles with these guys by now; stripped and optimized underground techno tools for those who like to go until the sun sets again. The A-side rolls out a threatening bass rumble with dry, frictional percussion grazing the surface and subtly aquatic dub chord adding space and depth. The B-side could almost be a Marcel Dettmann production (but we don’t think it is), unloading another dread bassline only with more emphasis on the shivering hi-hat swing and coarse internal syncopations. For fans of Regis, Norman Nodge, Marcel Fengler or Szare – big twelve.



FOXY BROWN
Love Is Where You Find It
DUB / REGGAE
Dug Out
7″ // £5.49

Heavyweight feminine pressure from JA legend Foxy Brown!!! Following from the revelation of Dadawah’s ‘Peace And Love’ Dug Out goes dutty wine with a digital dancehall cut spiced with early 90s R’n’B vibes, recorded by Lloyd Pickout Dennis at Dynamic with the Firehouse Crew. It’s one of those deadly cuts that slips under the radar of all but the most eagle-eyed and dedicated selectors until it’s ripe for reissue. As with anything on this label, there’s no need to think twice. BUY.



CLOAKED LIGHT / PALE BLUE SKY
Split
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
ARBOR
LP // £10.99

Arbor’s latest delivery is a transfixing split record divided between Cloaked Light and label manager Mike Pollard’s Pale Blue Sky project. Quiet, solitary reflection is the order of each side, or as the label puts it “both offering reconsiderations / examinations to the common listening experience”. Cloaked Light’s ‘Clear Of’ is a side-long drone composition placing the listener in a slowly shifting atmospheric vibration. Gradually emerging from total silence, the experience is akin to lying still on a windless sunny day when the sound of distant plane hovers into audition, filling the surrounding space with a timelessly evocative hum reminding of Eleh. But, before the plane passes we’re stuck in the moment, that second is expanded so the very subtlest threshold becomes a heavy presence and inherent distortions catch our attention before fading away like like a palindronic aural hallucination. Pale Blue Sky’s ‘Someday, Sometime’ is more celestial, where pure shades of beautifully radiant tones are smudged through tape manipulation into a tactile blur, exploring “the inner workings of tonal relationships” wherein exquisite moments of harmonic bliss occur. This is a record you’ll return to at opportune moments for years to come. Limited to 400 copies housed in glossy jacket and inners, highly recommended.



ALTERED NATIVES
The Bitch / Crop Duster
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
3024
12″ // £6.49

Chunky bruk-house rollers from Danny Native! Mr Natives is owning this corner of the modern house movement right now with his killer ‘Tenement Yard’ album and a ruck of celebrated DJ sets. Recently featuring heavily in the sets of Martyn and himself, ‘The Bitch’ bounces a cheeky square bassline into play with old-skool ruff-house vibes pivoting about shoulder dropping syncopations. On the flip ‘Crop Duster’ takes it down low with crouching subs and skittering percussion showing the lineage of Afrobeat through house and broken beats to end up in Natives territory. Fans of Martyn, Cooly G, Deep Teknologi or Kode 9 should check!

This week’s releases in full!
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NEU!
Limited Edition Black T-Shirt (Size Medium)
Gronland
T-Shirt // £18.99

The first ever official Neu! tees, the classic Neu! logo printed in fluorescent Orange on a BLACK T-shirt. This is a size MEDIUM.
NEU!
Limited Edition Black T-Shirt (Size LARGE)
Gronland
T-Shirt // £18.99

The first ever official Neu! tees, the classic Neu! logo printed in fluorescent Orange on a BLACK T-shirt. This is a size LARGE.
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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DEEPCHORD PRESENTS ECHOSPACE
Liumin / Liumin Reduced
Modern Love
2CD // £9.99

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD featuring 80 minutes of field recorded treatments made by Modell in Tokyo* ‘Deepchord Presents Echospace’ is the collaborative project of Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell, two veteran producers based in Chicago and Detroit, now returning for a second full album for the Modern Love label. In the years that have passed since their last album both artists have been busy with numerous projects,…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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BECOMING REAL / DVA
Fast Motion (DVA Mix)
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

8-Bit squeezed funky dance music from Becoming Real backed with a smart remix from DVA. To be honest, we’d recommend heading straight for the drawn out and slightly druggy drones of DVA’s ‘Fast Motion’ remix, but ‘Fast Motion’s off-kilter blend of Funky and halfstep, is also on the money, sounding kinda like Girl Unit on ketamine. Sterling wares – Recommended!
RANDY BARRACUDA
On The Low
HARMONIA
12″ // £8.99

Randy Barracuda advances the Skweee game to the next platform, accompanied by a remix from Tes La Rok. We’re really not sure what the ‘Streisand Effect’ is to be honest, maybe it’s like the Stockholm syndrome, but a bit more camp? Anyway, it’s a dope tune, advancing the Skweee style with shower-faced synthlines riding 20″ rimmed snares and Volvo estate bass. Safe. The Tes La Rok remix offers a late…
CARLOS NINO
Spaceways Radio Collage
Dublab
CD // £13.99

Carlos Nino is the common factor in some of LA’s most spiritually connected outfits, from the free space duo Life Force Trio to the ever morphing Build An Ark ensemble and a multitude of other projects. For the excellent Dublab crew he contributes a 77 minute psychedelic soul collage, giving a taste of his long running weekly ‘Spaceways’ radio show on LA’s KPFK 90.7FM. The man quite obviously has a…
BECOMING REAL
Tracy Chapman / The Thing
LO FI FUNK
7″ // £6.99

A second, and much better drop from Becoming Real this week. With ‘Tracy Chapman’ they pay reverent tribute with a deeply jazzed and broken beat cut hat bears the same kind of tension as future funked electronics from James Blake and Mount Kimbie. ‘The Thing’ is another ace, this time running ascending synthlines through subtly swaggered beat programming to really catch your attention. A must for the future funk DJs…
CLICKS / GLITCH
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ROBIN FOX
A Handful of Automation
Editions Mego
Cassette // £8.99

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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SVARTE GREINER
Penpals Forever And Ever (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

Expanding Erik Skodvin’s extremely limited 2008 cassette edition Penpals Forever, this vinyl release remasters the original content and adds a whole extra side’s worth of new material, all of which is exclusive to the LP. You wouldn’t necessarily discern this straight away from the Deaf Center member’s elusive and teasingly enigmatic music, but apparently ‘Penpals Forever And Ever’ is an “imaginary tale of a long dead baroque painter and his…
SUN CIRCLE
Lessness
ARBOR
2LP // £17.99

Sun Circle is a duo formed by Greg Davis and Zach Wallace that harks back to the greats of drone music, particularly the likes of Charlemagne Palestine and La Monte Young. Minimalist in the most classic sense, the agenda of Lessness intensively explores the timbral potential of single specific instruments within the narrowest of compositional parameters. Steady-handed drone maestros Davis and Wallace spin one side each from drums and a…
WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS
Enter The Host
Root Strata
Cassette // £7.99

Previously heard on Type with his Perdition Hill Radio album (released almost exactly one year ago), New Mexico’s William Fowler Collins returns to the dark side with Enter The Host, a new highly limited cassette that finds him setting down his guitar in favour of shuruti box. Once again, droning murk is the pervading force in Collins’ work, but there’s a restraint and focus at play here that sets this…
DANIEL MENCHE
Raw Fall
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

Fans of Daniel Menche, or for that matter the Editions Mego label in general, will no doubt already be aware of the Portland artist’s interest in the ferocious sounds made by waterfalls.  Last year’s ‘Katarakt’ was constructed from a number of waterfall field recordings made around the pacific Northwest of the USA, and while the end product featured some heavy-duty processing, this new Tapeworm edition gives us an insight into…
BARN OWL
The Conjurer
Root Strata
CD // £9.99

**INCREDIBLE ALBUM – FINALLY AVAILABLE ON CD** Don’t be fooled by the Beatrix Potter-baiting band name, this San Francisco duo are cut from the same mold as arch doom-mongers Earth, purveying glacially paced gothic stoner rock that draws plenty of parallels with Dylan Carson and co. circa Hex. Throughout, there’s the distinct feeling of a version of Americana gone wrong. Skeletal electric guitars intone with a tentative, death-knell twang at…
INTERFERENCE
Interference
The Social Registry
2LP // £17.99

This is a never-before released record from one of the foremost collectives of New York’s Downtown music scene of the early 1980s. Despite being slated for a release of Josh Bauer and Glenn Branca’s Neutral Records, this album has remained unavailable up to this point – a fact made all the more surprising by the knowledge that the band included early members of Sonic Youth and Rhys Chatham’s ensemble. On…
PSYCHIC ILLS
Catoptric
The Social Registry
LP // £12.99

**Green Marbled Vinyl** New York psych operators Psychic Ills return with a new EP for The Social Registry, presenting material lifted from around the same period in the band’s lifespan that led to their Mirror Eye album. After the brooding raga of ‘Transmute’, ‘Secret Flower’ introduces a swaggering, rocky sound pinned dow by a flat beat and hazed-over vocals. The Eastern vibes remain dominant thanks to modal guitar circulations taking…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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BEATFANATIC / DANIEL SAVIO
I Love It EP
SOUNDSCAPE
12″ // £7.99

Screwed disco variations from Stockholm’s Beatfanatic backed with an ace Skweee mix courtesy of Daniel Savio. The 33-instead-of-45 vibes on ‘I Love It’ work wonders for that disco drag effect, while ‘Tyler’s Revenge’ sounds like some kinda Ron Hardy disco jacker and Savio’s Skweee mix makes economically great use of his electro drums and steadily evolving synth sequences on his ‘Robots’ remix.
CHAZ JANKEL
The Submarine Has Surfaced
Cj Records
CD // £12.99

Currently enjoying something of a resurgence thanks to the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Blockheads veteran Chaz Jankel returns with a brand new album, featuring a number of contributors from “the UK dance underground” such as Natalia Scott (of Rogue Nouveau), Steven Tart, soul singer Alex Watson and the current vocalist for The Blockheads, Derek Hussey. Touted as a return to Jankel’s club roots, the…
CHICKEN LIPS
The Best Of Chicken Lips
TIRK
CD // £12.49

Everyone loves Chicken Lips. It was written in the secret disco handbook owned by all members of the secret order of the bar DJ. Anyway, since the turn of the century they’ve proffered a constant stream of nu-disco edits, original grooves and remixes that more or less defined the whole nu disco thing. The ‘Best Of…’ scans their discography to pick out the very wiggliest, strut-worthy and slickest they can…
DUB / REGGAE
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FOXY BROWN
Love Is Where You Find It
Dug Out
7″ // £5.49

Heavyweight feminine pressure from JA legend Foxy Brown!!! Following from the revelation of Dadawah’s ‘Peace And Love’ Dug Out goes dutty wine with a digital dancehall cut spiced with early 90s R’n’B vibes, recorded by Lloyd Pickout Dennis at Dynamic with the Firehouse Crew. It’s one of those deadly cuts that slips under the radar of all but the most eagle-eyed and dedicated selectors until it’s ripe for reissue. As…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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KODE 9
DJ Kicks
K7
CD // £10.99

King of the Swingers aka Kode 9 delivers his first commercially available mix since the pivotal Dubstep Allstars 3 with a 31-track swift blend for DJ Kicks. It more or less sums up the last 18 months of underground developments, crossing a wide tempo gap from 120-140bpm and covering the spectrum of UK dance music from Funky to Broken Beat to Dubstep, Grime and that mongrel new stuff. We get…
KODE 9
DJ Kicks
K7
2LP // £13.99

For the DJs and the wax fiends DJ-Kicks drop a crop of unmixed cuts from Kode 9’s recent mix. It’s a welcome bonus for anyone watching this end of the scene, featuring vinyl exclusives such as Lone’s first house foray ‘Once In A While’ and Mujava’s magnificent ‘Mugwanti’ next to hard-to-find classics like Aardvarck’s Prince-rockin’ ‘Revo’ and a staple of Kode’s old FWD sets in Maddslinky (aka Zed Bias)’s ‘Cargo’….
D-BRIDGE / SHED / RAMADANMAN
Producer #2 Remix EP
FAT CITY
12″ // £6.99

Serious remix session from Shed and Ramadanman tackling dBridge’s killer ‘ZX81’ from the ‘Producer #2’ compilation! No joke, Shed’s remix is quite possibly the best track we’ve heard from him since the album a few years back. With a bulbous, slow-motion Reese bass, scissoring hi-hats and the kind of bumpy bass swing that made ‘Another Wedged Chicken’ so addictive, the Berlin maverick has crafted a lethal tune that’s guaranteed to…
ALTERED NATIVES
The Bitch / Crop Duster
3024
12″ // £6.49

Chunky bruk-house rollers from Danny Native! Mr Natives is owning this corner of the modern house movement right now with his killer ‘Tenement Yard’ album and a ruck of celebrated DJ sets. Recently featuring heavily in the sets of Martyn and himself, ‘The Bitch’ bounces a cheeky square bassline into play with old-skool ruff-house vibes pivoting about shoulder dropping syncopations. On the flip ‘Crop Duster’ takes it down low with…
SBTRKT & SAMPHA
Break Off
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £6.99

The Sbtrkt wagon rolls off another big ‘un, this time with XX-remixer Sampha for Ramp recordings. To be frank, that yelpy vocal in ‘Break Off’ is f**king annoying but the rhythm is too strong to really get us that p*ssed off. It sits somewhere between hi-tech funky and electro-house and is already doing the damage in the hands of Jackmaster and co. As the title suggests, ‘Evening Glow’ is more…
COSMIC REVENGE
Cold Hearted EP
FORTIFIED AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Cosmic Revenge presents his second EP, a four tracker for Fortified Audio. Opener ‘Hurricane Blues’ comes off like Ikonika’s ‘Fish’ with a more defined IDM debt, while ‘Mutations’ follows with a clean and melodic garage breaks groove. ‘Cold Hearted’ is the best thing here, running an Altered Natives style drum entanglement with jazzy chords to match before ‘Late Nights’ jams on a halfstepped Gangsta boogie flex.
ITAL TEK / IKONIKA / FALTY DL
Moment In Blue
Planet Mu
12″ // £5.49

Two tracks lifted from Ital Tek’s Midnight Colour’ album backed with Ikonika and Falty DL remixes of the title cut. Ikonika’s remix opens the set with a highly melodic charge off-setting the lumpen Breaks style rhythm programming underneath. Ital Tek himself offers ‘Crush Horizon’ a late 90s styled hiphop instrumental and the skewed garage-step of ‘Infinity’ while Falty DL’s mix slashes a classic vocal into the ultra-melodic twinkle of ‘Moment…
BENGA
Stop Watching / Little Bits (Upfront White Label)
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
12″ // £5.99

Steppin’ out of his Magnetic Man suit, Benga drops two high-impact rave slayers for Digital Soundboy. The sparse syncopations of ‘Stop Watching’ on the A-side is like some evil dubstep cousin to Roska’s ‘Squawk’, using maximised stabs and skeletal – yet big boned – rhythm structure to stand as a wicked DJ tool. ‘Little Bits’ however chucks everything in with mad reverse edits, stella’d-up riffage and a bucking kick/snare pattern…
CASPA / VARIOUS
My Style
DUB POLICE
CD + DVD // £10.99

Caspa is cut loose with a sack of 23 upfront dubstep bangorz for Dub Police’s very first mix CD. It’s bursting at the seams with exclusive tracks from all of the DP crew, including The Others, Subscape, Emalkay, Trolley Snatcha, Distinction, Matty G, D1, The Others, Doctor P and The Others, plus exclusive dubs of Joker’s ‘Tron’ and Skream’s ‘Clap Your Hands’ for good measure. In the world of dubstep…
GIGGS
Let Em Ave It
XL
CD // £9.99

Giggs is genuinely one of the scariest voices we’ve ever heard in UK hiphop, or Street rap as it’s become known. His nonchalant drawl has featured on recent albums from Wiley and Skepta and can currently be heard oozing out of a thousand car stereos in London and beyond. ‘Let Em Ave It’ is his first major release, landing on XL after building a rep with his SN1 posse via…
JAZZSTEPPA
Investment Decision
STUDIO ROCKERS
12″ // £5.99

Dubstep’s premier troupe spark off a pair of big room heaters for Tony “Moody Boyz” Thorpe’s Studio Rockers imprint. The A-side ‘Investment Decision’ shreds big band parps and wheezes over a bullish bassline while the very brief ‘Perspective’ gives 44secs of doomy jazz breakout. On the flip ‘Sweet Tooth’ features the sugary vocals of Erika set to ultra-bright and ebullient orthodox dubstep benefitting from production from Mr Moody Boy himself….
KOMONAZMUK
Dance Too (Lee Jones Mix)
APPLE PIPS
12″ // £5.99

Rock ‘ard dubstep charger from Komanazmuk contrasted with a tidy tech-house mix from Lee Jones. ‘Dance Too’ has featured prominently in Appleblim’s sets of late, mowing crowds down with a darkside D’n’B-debted bassline and techno-esque linear charge. On the flip Aus Music and My My’s Lee Jones cools the pace with a wide open and atmospheric tech-houser.
ORPHAN101
Tribtek Parts 1 & 2
SAIGON
12″ // £5.99

Two tribal-techno dubsteppers painted with dark droning atmospherics from Orphan101. The two parts of ‘Tribtek’ comprise the first release on Saigon Recordings, setting out their stall next to the likes of Applepips and 7even as purveyors of hybrid dubtech. ‘Pt.1’ arranges sub-loaded 4/4 kicks into a heads-down charge with the faintest hints of Shackleton in the dryly spacious reverb settings. ‘Pt.2’ jacks on with an undercarriage of swooping subs and…
TAZ BUCKFASTER
Recovery / Headlock
SUBWAY
12″ // £6.49

Tearing-balls-out dubstep rave from Glasgow’s Taz Buckfaster. The refined sugar rush of ‘Recovery’ is an intense blast of rave powah for anyone who enjoys the frolicks of Rusko and Caspa, while ‘Headlock’ is a brostep anthem in the making, conjuring imagery of letterman jacketed dubstep goons flushing lesser steppers down the loo. Madness.
ELECTRONIC
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ANBB (ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD)
Ret Marut Handshake
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Two of the most distinctive presences in German experimental music unite for this stunning new collaborative venture, introducing the project with a five-track 12″ that precedes a full-length due later on in the year. As it turns out, these two seemingly strange bedfellows have long admired one another’s work and the project has itself been a long-term concern, in development since 2007. Bargeld lends his vocal to Nicolai’s soundscapes, a…
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
Generator
Root Strata
Cassette // £7.99

Following his incredible 7″ transmission ‘For Oud & Synthesizer’, Keith Fullerton Whitman presents a set of mindblowing compositions recorded late 2009 for Root Strata. Frustrated by the restrictions of performing computer music in public settings and keen to involve a larger element of risk into his music, Keith follows his obsession with “the tenets of Process music & Systems music” to investigate “the unpredictable entropies & slight signal degradation inherent…
CHUGGA
Memphistophelis
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

*Another inspired selection from the Tapeworm label, this time making use of some longstanding connections to Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles* Chugga are an immediately interesting proposition: two air conditioner repair school flunkies with a crazy homemade subbass device and a thing for slack, heat-hazed deep south funk and disco with a dub pressure. The pair of Lester Fuero and Jeff Haines hail from Memphis and made this sly tribute…
PULSE EMITTER
Above Clouds
Root Strata
Cassette // £7.99

Lovely set from Portland based Darly Groetsch that falls nicely into the realms created in his Meditative Music series. Two long sides of analog drift, punctuated by occasional bright harmonics and sparse florescent rhythms. Soundtrack to Carl Sagan’s visions of other worlds in ‘Cosmos’. Edition of 100 dubbed cassettes with offset printed covers.
LONELY GHOSTS
Come Down From The Mountain
One Inch Badge
7″ // £3.99

Brighton’s Tom Denney, formerly of Help She Can’t Swim, is the man behind Lonely Ghosts, recording under the alias since 2006. His latest single is a tour de force in homespun, electronically-enhanced pop, throwing down raw, machined beats, emo-ish vocals and immense choruses on ‘Come Down From The Mountain’ while ‘Ghosts Of Mice’ takes on a slightly more stripped feel that winningly conjures up images of Denney pouring his heart…
THE BOATS
Ex. 1
Our Small Ideas
CD // £5.99

Returning with a limited run of a Japanese tour EP on their very own Our Small Ideas imprint, The Boats deliver four tracks “performed (mostly) live in Prestwich March 29th-30th 2010”. Beginning with ‘The Book Is Red’, Messrs Hargreaves and Tattersall weave their familiar magic, cultivating dusty old electronic melodies and woody beat designs as the track slowly develops into a focussed, very rhythmic work complete with crispened up drum…
THE BOATS
Ex. 1 (Ltd Edition with Poster)
Our Small Ideas
Ltd Edition CD & Poster // £7.99

*Special Edition – comes with an individually numbered Japanese Tour poster made in an edition of 90 copies on a strictly one-time-only basis* Returning with a limited run of a Japanese tour EP on their very own Our Small Ideas imprint, The Boats deliver four tracks “performed (mostly) live in Prestwich March 29th-30th 2010”. Beginning with ‘The Book Is Red’, Messrs Hargreaves and Tattersall weave their familiar magic, cultivating dusty…
ROEDELIUS
Lustwandel
Bureau B
CD // £13.99

‘Lustwandel’ is Hans-Joachim Roedelius’ third solo album, a series of chamber music pieces originally released in 1981 via Sky Recordings and now reissued on Bureau B with original artwork intact. The recordings were made in 1979 around the same time as his classic ‘Jardin Au Fou’, both with the involvement of producer Peter Baumann (formerly of Tangerine Dream) at Paragon studios. Apparently it was the realisation of Roedelius’ long held…
LE RéVéLATEUR
Motion Flares
Root Strata
Cassette // £7.99

The standard of this current batch of Root Strata cassettes is dizzyingly high. This album-length outing from Montreal-based musician Roger Tellier-Craig arrives in the same week as a host of fine tapes, including something of a classic in the shape of Keith Fullerton Whitman’s imperious Generator. As with the Whitman release, Motion Flares worships at the altar of the analogue synthesizer, but rather than take Whitman’s more methodical and studious…
NOIZ / TROUBLESHOOTER
Slashback / Yellowcore
YELLOW MACHINES
12″ // £4.99

Uncompromising ‘Ardkore ruffige from Noiz backed with a Electro-hardcore twyster from Troubleshooter. Noiz’s ‘Slashback’ cuts loose with the original hardcore breaks and dynamic mentasms panned and spatialized for deadly effect. Troubleshooter’s ‘Yellowcore’ is the best we’ve heard from him in years, sounding like his former collaborators Bitstream mixed with ‘Card Hore’ era Jega, complete with all the filigree detailing that implies.
FOLK / AMERICANA
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VARIOUS / HARRY SMITH
Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volume 4
Revenant
2CD / Book // £12.99

Finally available again, now at a much cheaper price. Harry Smith was by all accounts the most eccentric of characters, a polymath who would count avant-garde filmmaker, alchemist, occultist, folklorist, painter, magician, archivist and expert on string figures, paper airplanes, and Ukrainian painted eggs among his many, many vocations. However in recent years he has become best known for a short series of folk music collections. In three volumes, Smith…
BRUNER
Songs For A Friend
NUMEROPHON
LP // £15.99

**Laser-etching on the B-side** A collection of songs representing the last known recordings of Pisces lead singer Linda Bruner, Songs For A Friend hint at a remarkable solo talent that was never quite realised or revealed to the world at large. With the understated accompaniment of Pisces guitarist Jim Krein, Bruner lays down six songs – all but one of which are covers – committed to tape under the most…
JEFF MANGUM
Live At Jittery Joe’s
AMERICAN DUST
LP // £17.99

This recording came at a key point in Mangum’s career, wedged in between Neutral Milk Hotel’s On Avery Island and their masterpiece In The Airplane Over The Sea. Consequently, this live set features a selection of highlights from that first record, intermingled with work-in progress versions of In The Airplane… cuts. Additionally, there’s a cover of Phil Spector’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ and a rendition of ‘I Will…
MOUNTAIN MAN
Made To Harbor
Bella Union
CD // £12.99

Mountain Man are an all-girl trio, formed at college in the small town of Bennington, Vermont. These ladies specialise in acappella style songwriting, deeply embedded in the traditions of American folk and Appalachian music, only occasionally calling upon the use of an acoustic guitar for a little accompaniment and guidance. Only underlining the earthy, feel-good vibes of the project, the Bella Union press release says of the band: “They are…
SIBYLLE BAIER
Colour Green
AMERICAN DUST
LP // £17.99

German songstress Sibylle Baier tends to be thought of in the same terms as Vashti Bunyan, acquiring a belated legendary status among folk collectors. Recorded between 1970 and 1973, the songs of Colour Green were documented in secret via an old reel-to-reel machine kept under her bed. Briefly, Baier’s music found some widespread exposure thanks to Wim Wenders’ film Alice In The Cities, yet even after this the recordings themselves…
THE R.G. MORRISON
Farewell, My Lovely
LOOSE MUSIC
CD // £8.99

Scoring comparisons with everyone from Crosby, Stills & Nash to Ryan Adams, Devon’s The R.G. Morrison invite parallels to Americana heroes both old and new, coming off favourably thanks to an impressive line in arrangements exemplified by pieces such as the string-buoyed ‘Virginia’ and the honeyed harmonies of ‘Beckett’. For all The R.G. Morrison’s expertise in the field of country-rock, there’s a bit more oomph in hoary, fuzzed-up dirges arriving…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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CLOAKED LIGHT / PALE BLUE SKY
Split
ARBOR
LP // £10.99

Arbor’s latest delivery is a transfixing split record divided between Cloaked Light and label manager Mike Pollard’s Pale Blue Sky project. Quiet, solitary reflection is the order of each side, or as the label puts it “both offering reconsiderations / examinations to the common listening experience”. Cloaked Light’s ‘Clear Of’ is a side-long drone composition placing the listener in a slowly shifting atmospheric vibration. Gradually emerging from total silence, the…
JOHN DAVIS & MAXWELL AUGUST CROY
Halides
Root Strata
DVD // £8.99

This new DVD from the Root Strata camp features “Hand processed & solarized” super-8 film by John Davis, set to musical accompaniment from a duo of Davis with Maxwell August Croy. This audio-visual project was projected live to improvised sounds at last year’s On Land Music Festival at the Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, and is replicated here as a seventeen minute flow of abstract, analogue sound sculpting and scratchy…
IAN HAWGOOD
Live Performances: Japan 2009
Under The Spire
CD // £7.99

Home Normal’s Ian Hawgood supplies the material for this latest Under The Spire release, presenting two different sets, each focussing on a specific instrument “with seemingly limited range”, as the man himself puts it. First up is ‘Piece For Shruti Box’, drawn from an improvised set recorded at O-Nest in Shibuya, Tokyo last October. This makes for an interesting comparison with this week’s William Fowler Collins cassette on Root Strata,…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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OWEN PALLETT
Lewis Takes His Shirt Off (Dan Deacon / Benoit Pioulard / Max Tundra Remixes)
Domino
12″ // £5.99

An ultra limited (200 copies) remix 12″ exclusively for independent retailers featuring an all-star line-up of producers. In addition to the album version, this release includes contributions from up-and-coming Canadian producer CFCF, Kranky’s Benoit Pioulard (who offers a great wispy, beatless piece), Simon Bookish, Domino’s very own electronica genius Max Tundra and Baltimore-based auteur Dan Deacon, who supplies a highlight with his beautiful if ultimately manic, cyborg take on the…
CHIEF
Breaking Walls
Domino
7″ // £3.99

Unveiling their latest signing, Domino presents the first single from Los Angeles quartet Chief. ‘Breaking Walls’ is a lightly melancholic slice of summery, West Coast pop. At first, all this seems fairly unassuming – from the monosyllabic band name to the disarmingly gimmick-free arrangement, Chief are just a sweet sounding soft-rock band. Calling upon great vocal harmonies and crystalline guitar melodies, both the A-side itself and B-side ‘Your Direction’ prove…
DAVID KARSTEN DANIELS & FIGHT THE BIG BULL
I Mean To Live Here Still
Fat Cat
CD // £10.99

Following on from his Sharp Teeth and Fear Of Flying albums, songwriter David Karsten Daniels once again returns to Fat Cat, this time with a nine-piece jazz ensemble in tow. The addition of Fight THe Big Bull undoubtedly adds much to Daniels’ sound, and the conventional songwriter defaults of introspection and languid acoustics are replaced by adventurous brass fuelled arrangements courtesy of band leader Matthew White, who by turns compliments…
MICAH P. HINSON
Take Off That Dress For Me
Full Time Hobby
7″ // £3.99

One of the standout cuts from his … And The Pioneer Saboteurs album, ‘Take Off That Dress For Me’ nevertheless isn’t one of the most obviously single-like missives. While much of the album is wrapped up in lavish arrangements – usually decked out in strings – this song goes back to basics with a strummy, solo acoustic backdrop. It’s a bit of an anti-single, if you like. B-side ‘Watchers Tell…
NANCY GARCIA
Be The Climb
Ecstatic Peace
CD // £10.99

Some of you noise fanatics out there might recall Nancy Garcia from back in her Monotract days, playing alongside Carlos Giffoni and Roger Rimada and releasing some choice sounds via Load and Ecstatic Peace through the mid-00s. This new solo jaunt acknowledges some of that trio’s oscillator-melting mayhem whilst branching out into guitar-driven alt.rock that on occasions brings to mind Free Kitten or even Magik Markers. ‘These People’ certainly fits…
ROKY ERICKSON & OKKERVIL RIVER
True Love Cast Out All Evil
Chemikal Underground
LP // £13.99

True Love Cast Out All Evil features the first new material from 13th Floor Elevators legend Roky Erickson in some fourteen years, and with the help of fellow Texans Okkervil River he presents the cream of his unreleased songs, written at various points in a career spanning four decades. Okkervil frontman Will Sheff sifted through some sixty songs before arriving at the twelve-track selection that made the eventual album. In…
WOVEN BONES
In and Out and Back Again
Hozac
LP // £13.99

In And Out And Back Again is the debut album from punishing garage rockers, Woven Bones. The tone of the album is distinctly heavier and darker than the usual American lo-fi clatter and perhaps owes more to the likes of the Jesus And Mary Chain than the sort of Woddsist or In The Red schools of scuzz. All that said, this band clearly employ the same reverb loving engineering tactics,…
WOVEN BONES
In and Out and Back Again
Hozac
CD // £13.99

In And Out And Back Again is the debut album from punishing garage rockers, Woven Bones. The tone of the album is distinctly heavier and darker than the usual American lo-fi clatter and perhaps owes more to the likes of the Jesus And Mary Chain than the sort of Woddsist or In The Red schools of scuzz. All that said, this band clearly employ the same reverb loving engineering tactics,…
YO LA TENGO
Here To Fall Remixes
Matador
12″ // £5.99

No strangers to being on the receiving end of a remix, Yo La Tengo this time undergo a selection of hip-hop themed overhauls from De La Soul, RJD2 and Pete Rock, having previously worked with the likes of Tortoise, Kevin Shields and μ- Ziq. As Yo La Tengo songs go, ‘Here’ To Fall’ takes on a wistful, uncharacteristically epic quality, calling upon some stirringly soulful instrumentation in the form of…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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FELIX K
Recognition / Ice
31 RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Berlin’s Felix K follows Nether’s dark gem ‘Beating Me’ with another stone cold minimal D’n’B killer for Doc Scott’s 31 Records. ‘Recognition’ adopts the reductionist approach common to his city, synching pin-on-skull hi-hat patterns with strongback rim shots and ghoulish sweeps of mood setting synth to really capture the zeitgeist. On the flip ‘Ice’ is a techier beast, commanding controlled limb coordination with scuttling percussive trickery and a swampy sub…
DAEDELUS
Happily Ever After
Dublab
CD // £13.99

The anachronistic Victorian badman drops a hyperkinetic rave selection for Dublab’s ‘Future Roots’ mix series. LA resident Daedelus, real name Alfred Darlington, attributes his first musical epiphany to a trip to London in the early 90s when he was serendipitously exposed to hardcore rave via pirate radio. That ‘ardkore rush has obvously stayed with him, influencing the unpredictable arrangement of his multifarious productions and now this shocking mix. The selection…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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JUNE
June01
JUNE
12″ // £8.99

Future-retro house music from Tsampikos Fronas, making his production debut with three deep acid jackers. The jacking patterns and full sunken bass line of ‘Alleviation’ are nothing new but there’s something queerly exotic about the acidic riffage that reminds us of Luke Vibert in a really good way. Meanwhile ‘Pulsar’ deftly straddles mid 80s styles from Chicago and Europe with raw jackers patterns doused in hazily reminiscent synths and ‘Lost…
TOBY TOBIAS
You Know EP
REKIDS
12″ // £5.99

Superior modern disco house from Rekids staple, Toby Tobias. ‘You Know’ featuring Marcus Marr has just won us over with that killer bassline, sticking his boogie gloves on to spank your disco into next year. ‘Pinot Soiree’ is also an excellent title for his sophisticated Balearic house swinger with a elegant balance of tinkling hi-end marimbas and slow humping toms to trap thine ass and shoulders in the groove. Meanwhile…
UNKNOWN / NO LOGO
Contrast EP
NO LOGO
12″ // £5.99

Varying sides of techno and tribal house from a mysterious collective assoiated with Rekids, Yore and Moods & Grooves. ‘Contemplate’ circles a straight kickin’ 4/4 with clipped congas and a soulful lead lick. On the flip ‘Atmosphere’ takes us back to ‘crasher circa 2001 for a spot of prog-trance with a sniff of Detroit in there somewhere (please note, we never really went to ‘crasher, ever).
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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SERGE GAINSBOURG
Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin
DOXY
LP // £14.99

A new vinyl edition of early Serge Gainsbourg music, this LP draws from two releases: the A-side features songs (in stereo) from Gainsbourg’s second album (1959’s No.2), on which he’s joined by Alain Goraguer Et Son Orchestre, while the B-side culls recordings from Gainsbourg’s 1958 debut, Du Chant A La Lune, a live recording from the same year (made at Theatre Des 3 Baudets) and his score to Jacques Donoil-Valcroze’s…
ENNIO MORRICONE
Escalation
Get Back
LP // £15.99

The soundtrack to Roberto Faenza’s 1968 picture, Escalation is far more readily available and far better known than the film for which it was composed; while you’d be hard-pressed to track down a copy of Escalation outside of a second-hand Italian VHS, the score is given an exceptionally well turned out 180 gram LP edition. That’s largely because the composer in question is none other than Ennio Morricone, a man…
MILES DAVIS
Lift To The Scaffold
DOXY
LP // £14.99

A vinyl edition of Miles Davis’ soundtrack to the 1958 film noir by Louis Malle, Ascenseur Pour Léchafaud (Lift To The Scaffold), starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet. This was Malle’s first film, and aged just twenty-four the director approached Davis in order to persuade him to record the music. With support from drummer Kenny Clarke, bassist Pierre Michelot, pianist Rene Urtreger and Barney Wilen on tenor sax, Davis set…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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DVA DAMAS
DVA Damas
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £6.99

**White Vinyl** The unpredictably brilliant Downwards label spins out three tracks of snotty goth garage from California’s Dva Damas (pronounced duh-va duh-mas apparently). Their songs are brief but assured, from the the ghoulish Rock-a-billy strut of ‘Brand New Head’ with its sneering bassline and numb synth drones to the motorik bass rev and cascading circus synths of ‘See Me’ or the cantering Suicide-inspirations of ‘Time Dilation’. In essence this record…
FACTORY FLOOR
Lying (Chris Carter Mix)
BLAST FIRST PETITE
12″ // £5.49

Emerging in the wake of their brilliant Blast First Petite 10″, Factory Floor have wrangled a remix from none other than industrial legend Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle/Chris&Cosey) backed with a heavier pressing of ‘Wooden Box’ for the DJs. Carter takes the sparse source material and picks away at the surface to subtly illuminate Nikki Colk’s vocals over black lit strobing synths while retaining the stoic but pacy drive of the…
FACTORY FLOOR
A Wooden Box (Stephen Morris Mix)
BLAST FIRST PETITE
12″ // £5.49

Accompanying Chris Carter’s ‘Lying Remix’, New Order’s duracell bunny drummer, Stephen Morris, remixes ‘A Wooden Box’ from Factory Floor’s brilliant Blast First Petite 10″. Much like his peer, Morris sticks to the original structure of his respective track, but takes the drastic measure of completely warping Nikki Colk’s vox with some high-end auto-tune treatment to make her sound like some lachrymose gothbot. On the flip we get the original mix…
TOOG
Goto
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £13.99

This is an incredibly strange album – it’s still just about something you could classify as pop music, but it’s all so fractured and eccentric that you’d have a job slotting it into any genre at all. You may recall Toog’s 2004 long-player Lou Etendue, which itself was conspicuously deviant in its approach to electronic pop music, although was arguably most notable for the guest appearance of Italian actress/director Asia…
HEALTH
USA Boys / In Heat (Javelin Mix)
City Slang
7″ // £5.99

A first preview of what’s to come from the brilliant new HEALTH Disco 2 remix collection, this new limited edition 7″ (500 copies) features a brand new HEALTH original ‘USA Boys’, which finds the band stripping away some of their noisier tendencies in favour of machinated, downbeat pop alchemy (perhaps like a chart-friendly Fuck Buttons) plus the utterly ace Javelin remix of ‘In Heat’ in all its uplifting, summery synth-funk…
ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK & LUDUS PINSKY
The Analog Session
THIS IS MUSIC
CD + DVD // £12.99

Don Robotnick just can’t stay away from the floor and brings longtime collaborator Ludus Pinsky with him. As the title suggests, this is an all-hardware affair, jamming together on nine direct Italo-electro and house permutations driven by 4/4 engines and spaced-out synth arpeggiations in classic style. Fans of Pigna records’ Marco Passarani and endless sweaty dance-offs will get a buzz from this.
ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK & LUDUS PINSKY
Sunday Morning / N5 From Outer Space
THIS IS MUSIC
12″ // £6.99

This Is Music lift two tracks from Robotnick and Pinsky’s ‘The Analog Session’ and give ’em a well deserved vinyl pressing. The two veterans have worked together a number of times over the last 20 years which becomes apparent in their intuitive and ell paced compositions. ‘Sunday Morning’ works it way deep into an infinitely arpeggiated groove marked with restrained melodic motifs. ‘N5 From Outer Space’ is a different story….
UFFIE
Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
BECAUSE
CD // £11.99

It’s four years since Uffie established herself as the pre-eminent rap star in the making with ‘Pop The Glock’ and she returns in 2010 with one of the year’s most defining albums of its kind. Working with long time collaborator Feadz and also featuring beats from Oizo, Mirwais and SebastiAn, she’s joined by Pharrell Williams and Mattie Safer to give a brash, uber confident and pop studded debut album. All…
UFFIE / HUDSON MOHAWKE
A.D.D. S.U.V. (Hudson Mohawke Mix)
ED BANGER
12″ // £5.49

Slipping out just ahead of her ‘Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans’ LP, Uffie drags Pharrell along for a dash of French electro-rap on ‘Add Suv’ backed with Hud Mo and Armand Van Helden remixes. With an intensely French electro-disco production from Mirwais, Uffie and Pharrell trade verses from their respective pedestals. Hudson Mohawke’s remix is a very welcome workout, crushing Cybotronik electro into mid-90s handbag vibes for elbows in the…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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REGIS & FEMALE
Against Nature (11 Reclaimed Fragments)
DOWNWARDS
2LP // £12.99

**Clear Vinyl** In 2000 Tresor released this classic album from Karl O’Connor and Peter Sutton aka Regis and Female. Unhappy with the final edit applied by the label, Sutton and O’Connor have essentially given it a “directors cut” on 2 x clear 12″ vinyl for this essential 2010 reissue on Downwards. The thunderous industrial techno tracks of the original are still in place, but for us the most essential sections…
FROZEN BORDER
Frozen Border 05
FROZEN BORDER
12″ // £6.99

Frozen Border drop their first 12″ for 2010 from another undercover agent.You should know the styles with these guys by now; stripped and optimized underground techno tools for those who like to go until the sun sets again. The A-side rolls out a threatening bass rumble with dry, frictional percussion grazing the surface and subtly aquatic dub chord adding space and depth. The B-side could almost be a Marcel Dettmann…
ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
At The Bonnie Brook
Astro-Lab
12″ // £7.99

Brand new Shake gear backed with remixes from Osborne and Photonz! It’s getting to be like buses on Wilmslow road with Shake records nowadays, following years of drought with yet more new material (minus the bag lady raving about a new world order). ‘At The Bonnie Brook’ catches him in a top mood, banging out bucking house beats with crisply cornered synth edits finished as only Shake can. Osborne’s mix…
ORACY
Bass Mood
MOJUBA
12″ // £7.99

Mojuba mainstay Oracy has consistently provided some of the Berlin label’s biggest highlights. He returns with his first solo 12″ in nearly 2 years and it’s totally worth the wait. ‘Bass mood’ is house sophistication of the highest order, an irresistibly funky groove grown from pristine percussion, percolating synth sounds and a grubby bassline destined to wreck floors for years to come. On the flip we get the beautifully tempered…
DON WILLIAMS
Dynamic Rain
Baud
12″ // £5.99

Mojuba and A.R.T.Less manager Don Williams provides two deep and tricky Detroit jackers for Baud. ‘Dynamic Rain’ is lead by future-tribal tom patterns and sparse, abstract synthlines. The idiosyncratic ‘Glis Groove’ on the flip reminds of Redshape (who coincidentally mastered this 12″) with deep shuffling arrangement tinged with a sci-fi house vibe. Lovely heavy card sleeve and top class cut & mastering job.
WOLFGANG VOIGT
Freiland Geduld (DJ Koze Mix)
Profan
12″ // £8.99

Perpetutaing the psychotomimetic scheme of his ‘Freiland Klaviermusik’ album, Wolfgang Voigt presents two tracks from the album, backed with an exceptional DJ Koze version. The two original tracks are really only for the brave, or those who like to listen on the edge, but Koze’s mix of ‘Geduld’ gives it a dancefloor-palatable rework with a killer subbass and the keys tripped into ethereal harmonics to inject the floor with a…
RICK WILHITE / KYLE HALL
Rick Wilhite presents Vibes: New & Rare Music Part C
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

This excellent series pairs off veteran Rick “the Godson” Wilhite with Kyle “MF” Hall for three under-the-counter future classics. ‘After Fall’ is essentially Kyle’s KDJ tribute, attacking a bass-strong loop with a barrage of filters to make you seriously lose your sh*t in the best way possible. With ‘Analog Love’ The Godson uses the classic ‘Love & Happiness’ a cappella to flavour a brilliantly tricky groove made for the dancers…
DJ HELL / VARIOUS
CD Twelve
International Deejay Gigolo
3CD // £10.99

DJ Hell gathers a gaggle of house heads including Henrik Schwarz, Peter Kruder, Carl Craig, Brian Ferry, Soulwax, Peaches and the Psychonauts for the twelfth annual International Deejay Gigolo convention. There’s 33 tracks in total, 17 of which are exclusive to these three CDs. Highlight from the first disc have to be DJ Linus’ sexually charged beatdown on ‘Are You Ready?’, Skatebard’s Italo dancing mix of Diskokaine’s ‘Shame’ and Naum…
ELECTRIBALT / PACOU
Enter (Pacou Mixes)
SOULINER
12″ // £5.99

Solid and diverse set of techno trax from Electribalt with Pacou and Pablo Bolivar remixes. To date Electribalt productions have been a preserve of the digital realm, with releases on digi labes Silent Season and Enypnion but ‘Enter’ is a fine intorduction ‘pon wax with a heavyweight tech-house rhythm driven by bulky bass and simmering filter vibes. Against Pacou they ratchet up the tempo for a proper pounder, while Pacou…
SAMULI KEMPPI
Kosmos EP
KOMISCH
12″ // £5.99

Berghain-primed techno from Samuli Kemppi backed with a crafty Peter Van Hoesen remix. His ‘Kosmos’ and ‘Massa’ cuts are mesmerizing and sophstciated techno heavyweights from the same school as Fengler, Slater or Klock. PVH’s remix of ‘Massa’ shreds some of the tense rhythmic muscle to leave an unstable undercarriage of delayed bass kicks and ‘Suunta’ adds a cold thrilling melody to frost any room it’s deployed in.
STEVE SUMMERS
Lucid Fingers EP
ECHOVOLT RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

Steve Summers gets down with four tributes to the halcyon days of Mr Fingers and Trax records for Echovolt. The last 12 months have seen some choice drops from Steve (aka Jason Letkiewicz) for Clone’s Jack For Daze series and more recently the excellent Jamal Moss alike Malvoeaux 12″. With ‘Lucid Fingers’ he unloads plump bass and rabid claps reminding of Santos’ ‘Work The Box’, while ‘Deep Necking’ adds some…
TERRENCE DIXON
Room 310
MEAKUSMA
12″ // £7.99

Entrancing new material from Detroit’s Terrence Dixon backed with far-out jazz techno refixes from Upperground Orchestra aka Rabih Beani (Ra.H) and friends. Those two original Dixon tracks are easily worth the price of admission alone. Just check the unreal bassline sequence of ‘Room 310’ or the mysterious Millsian spacefunk extrapolations of ‘Who Is That’ and be wowed. In a stroke of A&R genius Morphine Records boss Rabih Beani is requested…
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VARIOUS / HONEST JONS
To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul
Honest Jons
4XLP HEAVYWEIGHT BOX // £29.99

***Ultra-deluxe 4xLP Boxset version including all 34 tracks from the CD*** Honest Jon’s apply their dedicated digging awareness to the Middle East again, following transfixing installments from Baghdad and the sublime ‘Open Strings…’ compilation. ‘To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul’ collects 32 intensely beautiful recordings made by the Gramophone Company and HMV in Istanbul during the the first three decades of the twentieth century, while the Ottoman Empire…
VARIOUS / HONEST JONS
To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul
Honest Jons
2CD // £14.99

Honest Jon’s apply their dedicated digging awareness to the Middle East again, following transfixing installments from Baghdad and the sublime ‘Open Strings…’ compilation. ‘To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul’ collects 32 intensely beautiful recordings made by the Gramophone Company and HMV in Istanbul during the the first three decades of the twentieth century, while the Ottoman Empire was in it’s final throes of collapse. From instrumental improvisations to…
VARIOUS / HAITIAN VODOU
Spirits of Life : Haitian Vodou (2010 Edition)
Soul Jazz
CD // £9.99

“This album was recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port au Prince, Haiti and features the music and songs of Vodou (or Voodoo), the African -derived religion that slaves brought to the country. The music has an intensity that reflects the history and isolation of Haiti from the outside world. Heavyweight drumming accompanies the vocals of the priest and choir of the Societe Absolument Guinin. With it’s roots in West…
VARIOUS / MONK
Travelling With My Portable Electric Phonograph Volume 1
Monk
LP // £12.99

“What did South Africa and South East Asia of the 1940s and 50s have in common? In both places the local population was trying to gain independence from British colonialism. Although colonialism is never a good thing, there are always some positive outcomes when two cultures collide, especially when it comes to music. The Zulu of South Africa are the largest ethnic group in the country and are well known…