Jul 092010
 

Hello,

Rising to the top of the pile this week is the long-awaited Fennesz rework of Steven Hess and Sylvain Chauveau’s latest On release, ‘Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not’. Following Deathprod’s previous rework of the duo, Fennesz makes sublime use of the inherent crackles and anomalies found in the recordings with subtly deployed percussion, ambient signatures and choral dissonance, plus one magnificent long form conclusion that’s worth the entry price alone. Initial copies come on strictly limited white vinyl so act fast if you want one.

Following on from the universally acclaimed Ducktails album last year, plus the Burial/Ennio Morricone stylings of the more recent Forest Swords debut, the Olde English Spelling Bee label continues to impress with another mouth-watering trio of new releases. In particular, Julian Lynch’s ‘Mare’ album has already had extensive coverage from the likes of Pitchfork and looks set to provide the label with its most high-profile release yet. If you’ve not heard of him before, Lynch is a close associate of Real Estate/Ducktails and for his solo material draws on a wealth of influences ranging from a love of dream-pop to his studies in ethnomusicology and work at the library of Smithsonian Folkways, his former employer. At first glance ‘Mare’ is a fine example of New Jersey’s pop soaked indie scene, but come a little closer and you’ll find the exotic instrumentation and explorative nature that’s intrinsic to Lynch’s highly considered fusions, taking in elements of basement pop, jazz, and the whole Hypnagogic thing. It seems like everyone is talking about this album, we urge you to check it out.

Last year’s Moritz Von Oswald Trio album displayed an exploration of improvised krautrock, dub, jazz and techno signatures. The trio have since taken the project out of the studio and into the live setting, making for an incredible experience from all reports. Earlier this year, Francois K recorded the group live in New York (the trio on that occasion extended to include Francois K himself plus Carl Craig) and the results are now on double gatefold vinyl with a free CD edition included. The group play with a focused urgency and incredible skill that makes them one of the few examples of techno artists who’ve successfully extrapolated their sound from the studio and into a real time, in-the-moment setting. Be warned – this is a one-time vinyl pressing that will not be around for long.

We weren’t completely convinced by Autechre’s recent ‘Oversteps’ album, but this weeks “Move of Ten” addendum has completely blown us away. For those of you who’ve always cherished the beat driven aspect of Ae, ‘Move Of Ten’ is much more reflective of their dancefloor stance; ten tracks of techy vectors and killer B-Boy/techno rooted rhythms primed for inquisitive DJs, dancers and headphone dwellers alike. It gets said pretty much with ever new Autechre release, but at least 3 or 4 of the tracks here are easily the best the pair have released in a decade.

Elsewhere in the home listening zone we’d have to recommend the sophisticated album of strings, keys and glitch rhythms from Nils Frahm and Anne Müller. It’s like a continuation of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s sublime trio of albums but with the emphasis on strings rather than piano, and comes on CD and limited edition vinyl. On a more archaic but equally gorgeous level the new album from Pigeons has been softening our week with considered psyche-folk stirrings, but if you’re after something a little more timelessly heavy, Sub Rosa’s 6th Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music is an absolute must-have.

It’s a killer week for the dancefloor too, lead by Ramadanman’s immense footworking ‘Fall Short/Work Them’ fusions for Swamp 81, Snowing Throw’s brilliant debut for Alex Nut’s new label Ho Tep and the deadly pivot of Aardvarck’s Skudge remix. In longer form there’s the return of Urban Tribe in full force, featuring Sherard Ingram with Carl Craig, KDJ and Shake exploring the more esoteric strains of Detroit house and techno, plus a sick Terror Danjah mini-album and a collection of heavyweight Afro Rock and Psychedelia from the learned Soundway label. Oh yeah, we almost forgot to mention, the new M.I.A album is a rumpin’ killer too! This lady has the keenest ears in pop and manages to put her lesser able peers to shame in one smart move.

Other releases out this week come from Autonomic heroes ASC with a new album for Instra:Mental’s Nonplus label, Roska’s mighty ‘Squark’ finally available on vinyl, a new album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon, the recent Paul White album finally available on vinyl, plus releases from Jammer, Headhunter, Grails, Perlon, Basic Channel, Larry Levan, Numero and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! Nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week



ON / FENNESZ
Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not – Reworked by Fennesz (Limited Vinyl Edition)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Type
LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on white vinyl – recordings made by Steven Hess and Sylvain Chauveau completely reworked by Christian Fennesz* Regrouping for a third album under their ‘On’ moniker, Steven Hess and Sylvain Chaveau have created another body of chilling improvised recordings at their Chicago studio. As with previous records the results were passed to a guest musician for rearrangement of perspective and mixing techniques. Following Deathprod’s work on ‘Your Naked Ghost…’, the material for this album was handed to experimental virtuoso Christian Fennesz, who transforms the source sounds into a display of stripped, yet richly textured drone ambience. However, unlike the dense scapes of Helge Sten’s rework, Fennesz deftly treats the sounds with a light and effervescent touch, rendering the inherent crackles and surface disturbances into a gentle topography of blissfully dissipating sonics. The trio of collaborators have developed a working relationship since performing as a trio in 2004, which possibly explains the innately tactile understanding of their material by Fennesz, from the choral dissonance of opener the ‘Inconsolable Polymath’ to the plaintive use of Hess’s slow percussion and muted blue keys in the title track, allowing each element to contract and expand with an intuitively organic evolution, especially on final track ‘The Sound Of White’. This 20 minute closer could be counted among his finest compositions, layering Chaveau’s prepared guitar into drifting glassy harmonics with near subliminal surges in volume drawing the ear to background crackles and tender amp hum for an engrossing uneasy listen.



NILS FRAHM & ANNE MULLER
7Fingers
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
HUSH
CD // £8.99

Succeeding his ‘Wintermusik’ and ‘The Bells’ compositions for solo piano, Nils Frahms takes a wonderful detour into string heavy symphonies and glitch rhythms alongside the estimable talent of Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble’s Anne Müller. Frahms’s instrument of choice is largely subservient to the strings on much of the album, instead it’s his compositional talents which are in focus, writing for and with Müller, and her profound knowledge of string arrangements. They clearly relish the possibilities of this collaboration, fashioning dramatic, cinematic suites like the pastoral sweep of ‘Because This Must Be’, and the gracefully solemn ‘Let My Key Be C’ and the almost pop-tidy arrative of ‘Long Enough’ with outstanding success. When his keys do come into play they’re entwined with precisely clipped glitch rhythms, as with the quicksilver step of ‘7Fingers’ and the finely tuned pitches of ‘Duktus’, all strongly reminiscent of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s ‘Insen’. Again, each of these tracks are elevated through Müller’s strings, whether bursting in with shocking velocities on ‘Journey For Traveller’ or floating in at the crucial moment of Reminds To Teeth’, they’re right at the emotional core of this album, carrying out a highly sophisticated and articulate dialogue with Frahms’s keys. Beautiful music.



JULIAN LYNCH
Mare
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

*Hugely tipped new album from the wondrous Julian Lynch fusing lo-fi basement aesthetics with elements of Jazz, pop ambience, drones and Casio pop, brought to you by the Olde English Spelling Bee, one of the most inspired and influential labels of the moment* Olde English Spelling Bee continues its near unprecedentedly good run of form with this first official album release from New Jersey’s Julian Lynch, an experimental songwriting talent who’s very much in the ascendance. Lynch seems to operate in the same sort of circles as Ducktails, Real Estate and Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, pursuing a more substantial branch of washed-out pop than many of their lo-fi styled peers. “Mare” incorporates his wide influences gleaned from a very interesting background working for the Smithsonian Folkways and his studies in the field of ethnomusicology. Like so many others, we’d really struggle to find a tag that adequately describes his music, and that’s a brilliant thing. It’s ambient pop, in that gauzy, heartfelt sense of Ducktails (he’s also a member of Matthew Mondanile’s live show and Real Estate-related Alex Bleeker & The Freaks), but really doesn’t stop there, folding in smooth jazz elements from his clarinet, drowsy drones from a harmonium and melodic percussion gleaned from Indian tablas and African shakers. This means that while it errs towards the hypnagogic frame of reference, each element effortlessly seems to have a fluctuating, individual life of its own, while making total sense in his indiepop style. It’s not too often that you hear lo-fi, basement-style aesthetics put to use on such a musically accomplished project as this. Each piece seems to take on its own character, with ‘A Day At The Racetrack’ offering a richly undulating line in clean and atmospherically loaded psych-pop guitars, while ‘Stomper’ adopts a homely, half-asleep analogue synth motif. Elsewhere ‘Ruth My Sister’ delivers an incredibly tight downbeat jazz routine fronted by beautiful reeds, choral vocals and flickering rhodes pianos. ‘Ears’ is another triumphant highlight, and possibly represents a more conventional songwriting style for Lynch – there’s even a full-blown J. Mascis-esque fuzzed up guitar solo, which like everything else on this record is judged to perfection. The warm and muffled production style of ‘Mare’ gives it a very potent sense of atmosphere and ambience, and in a very quiet and gradual way makes its case for being one of the year’s standout albums to date. A huge recommendation. **Features full colour “tip-on” style jacket and mp3 coupon redeemable directly from the label**



MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO
Live In New York
TECHNO / HOUSE
Honest Jon’s Records
2LP + CD // £18.99

*Includes a free CD version inside!* Earlier in 2010 Francois K recorded the Moritz Von Oswald Trio live in performance at New York’s Unsound festival. The results are laid out on a heavyweight gatefold 2LP also featuring photography of original artwork by Cosima von Bonin. For this special live show Carl Craig and Francois K join the trio, contributing modular synth and live effects respectively, on four extended sound & rhythm excursions. They maintain the heavily dubbed and improvised nature of last year’s ‘Vertical Ascent’ throughout, developing pulsing sequences which slink between jazz, techno, dub and krautrock with an unrivalled urgency and intuition. The recording also incorporates environmental sound from the club, which rather than detract from the show, lends a trippy mid ground perception to proceedings. Driven by Sasu Ripatti’s controlled percussive clatter, the ensemble set a deft groove which is duly splayed into fantastical dub shapes by the men on the mixing board, daubing the surface with splashes of Sun-Ra infused cosmic interference and Can style tropical breezes. The effect is acutely psychedelic and dynamically dancefloor orientated, in the most esoteric sense of the phrase. If you’re familiar with their recorded output you’ll be stunned at what they can do in a real-time, live situation. Very highly recommended – and strictly limited to boot.



AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten
ELECTRONIC
Warp
CD // £7.99

*Absolutely killer addendum to Autechre’s ‘Oversteps’ album – but for our money this is so so much better* Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. That’s not to say that it isn’t melodically and harmonically rich, but in comparison to the largely downtempo and relatively effusive IDM of ‘Oversteps’, this album is more reflective of their crushing acid-tech live sets, driven by an advanced motor of post-everything percussive programming and incredibly dynamic sound design structures. It’s the dance music side of Autechre’s sonic hyperprism coming out to play, showing that they can still keep two steps ahead of whatever games everyone else is on, whilst still retaining that innate sense of B-Boy controlled funk that they imbue into all their finest feats of programming complexity. This is technology in the hands of those who really know how to use it and comes with high recommendations for and from those that know.



M.I.A.
/\/\ /\ Y /\
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
XL
LP // £12.99

M.I.A likes to knock out extremely good, brilliantly screwed up pop albums. She’s done it twice already with ‘Arular’ and ‘Kala’, and she’s about to do it all again with ‘Maya’, probably her brashest, noisIest and most adventurous to date. We’ve already been impressed with the 16-Bit referencing dubstep-conrete of ‘Steppin Up’, and maybe less so ‘Meds And Feds’, but there’s another eight brave and future leaning missions to really get excited about, and some of them are just jaw-droppingly good. It’s probably an unfair comparison to make, but between herself and Lady Gaga it’s easy to see who has reached the top of their game with the most credibility intact. Like the Gaga, she’s obviously surrounded herself with good people, but in M.I.A’s case those people have some interesting musical ideas and good links with the underground, not just a wild wardrobe. So, she’s got Blaqstarr and Rusko alongside longtime spar Diplo to nourish her pop roots with some real unna’ground fertiliser, resulting in tracks like the dub flanged killer ‘It Takes Some Muscle’, the unhinged bashment bubble & squeak of ‘Teqkilla’ or squawking halfstep pop like ‘Space’. With ‘Tell Me Why’ there’s a pointed wink towards the Panda Bear/Animal Collective axis of indie-psyche, only anchored with a booming 808 bass, and there’s no fear that her lyrical style has waned, making that mid-Atlantic enunciation work so much better than Uffie’s snotty style. Basically, she’s cut looser than any of her contemporaries with a well measured mix of exotic global currents and a real heavyweight sound design element that’s futureproofed this set for years to come. Very very good indeed.



VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
The World Ends Afro Rock And Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria
WORLD
Soundway
2CD // £12.99

Soundway Records presents an extensive and largely exclusive look at Afro Rock And Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria over a huge 32-track compilation – one of the best compilations from the incredible Soundway stable so far. All of these tracks were recorded by small bands in Nigeria at the same time Fela Kuti was hitting his stride, yet largely eschew his dominant style with an African take on the psyche-rock coming from London and San Francisco, saluting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Jefferson Airplane. Like any of the Soundway compilations, there’s so man revelatory moments hidden in here, such as the bassline tripping People Rock Outfit’s ‘Blacky Joe’ (where the hell is that sub sound coming from?!), the frayed wurlitzer keys of The Identicals’ ‘Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa’, the heavyweight head’s groove of The Action 13’s Active Action’ and the churning motorik bassline and drum tumble of The Funkees’ ridiculous ‘Breathrough’ (DJs and breaks diggers, this is deadly!). This is one serious muther of a compilation for all the Afro and psyche fiends, do not sleep on this!



TERROR DANJAH
Power Grid
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Planet Mu
CD // £6.99

Over the last 12 months Terror Danjah has received some long overdue credit for his role in preparing the ground for younguns like Joker, Swindle and Gemmy. The massive ‘Gremlinz’ retrospective and more recent singles on Hyperdub and Butterz played a big hand in his reappraisal, opening up hard-to-come by music to an army of nu-ears. ‘Powergrid’ is affirmation, if it were needed, that’s he’s still here and leading the game by experience, sounding off eight crucial hybrids that “swallow r’n’b and dubstep into Terror’s self made matrix. From the prowling marimba and halfstep of ‘Space Traveller’ to the ruggedly synched swing of ‘Menace’, or from the dynamic starburst synths of ‘Twisted’ to the twitchy ‘ardckore surge of ‘Power Grid’  this is some of the most deadly UK dance music in circulation right now. Heavyweight!



URBAN TRIBE
Program 1 – 12
TECHNO / HOUSE
MAHOGANI MUSIC
LP // £11.99

Together for the first time since 1998, and on Moodymann’s Mahogani Musiclabel no less, Sherard Ingram, Anthony Shakir, Carl Craig and Kenny Dixon Jr return with a new Urban Tribe album. In recent years the Tribe’s manoeuvres have been dutifully handled by Ingram aka DJ Stingray, heading his project down the cyberjit alleys of yo’ mind, but now reunited, the rabble have roused twelve tracks of sheer Detroit excellence, clearly reflecting the melancholy mood and style of their city. It’s unnecessary to try and pick out who did what and where; some tracks have the distinct traits of their maker, and some sound like composite efforts, but we can assure you that each has been selected for their quality over owt else. They range from soul burnt beatdown to slow and industrial technoid darkness via propulsive abstract booty and back again, making brilliant use of the combined talent involved. Even down to the fractal artwork, this feels and sounds like a special project that demands the attentions of any self respecting 313 fiend. Highly Recommended.



PIGEONS
Si Faustine
FOLK / AMERICANA
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

Another sublime transmission from the Olde English Spelling Bee label, Pigeons is the husband/wife psyche-pop/folk project of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin. Coming from a background featuring in Seattle’s The Sea Donkeys collective – who also included Sublime Frequencies main man Hisham Mayet – they’ve moved from releasing cassettes and lathe cuts of free jazz and noise, to make blissfully pastoral folk songs from their home in Paris. If that all sounds like a bit of a hippyfreak fairytale, this album will open your eyes. It features excellent contributions from revered guitarist Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter, Gnaw, Zashiki Warashi), and Jason Meagher of No-Neck Blues Band, who alternate between lucid acoustic folk strums and more coarsely textured psyche styles, neatly embellishing Knudsen’s pure vocal tone. ‘Si Faustine’ is in possession of some truly gorgeous songs which lovers of Women & Children, Karen Dalton or Julian Lynch should fall for – very highly recommended. *LP is housed in full colour tip-on style jacket and includes free mp3 coupon redeemable from the label*



ASC
Nothing Is Certain
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NonPlus
CD // £7.99

After 10 years of impressive releases for Offshore, Good Looking and Covert Operations, ASC drops his new album on Instra:mental’s excellent Nonplus Records. With ‘Nothing Is Certain’ he’s created a defining moment for the Autonomic canon, focussed on glowing, far-eastern electro-referencing melodies and agile modern tech-step programming. ‘Matter Of Time’ sets his agenda with exceptional production values before swinging into the lush but fractured minimalism of ‘Opus’ and taking a moment for reflection on the beatless ‘Conversations’. ‘Microsia’ and ‘The Depths’ are tricker half-timed beat experiments and there’s even a stab at slow swung electro-house in ‘Textura’. Back in 180bpm mode ‘Losing You’ and ‘The Ubiquity Incident’ shift back into steppers gear with impressively widescreen results. ASC is in sophisticated form and should be checked by any fans of DBridge, Instra:mental, Sabre etc. Recommended.



VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 6 (1957-2010)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Sub Rosa
2CD // £12.99

The sixth and penultimate edition in Sub Rosa’s ongoing assembly of crucial noise and electronic music looks at the period 1957-2010. So far the series has been duly noted for its excavation and reappraisal of lesser known works by important artists and vol. 6 is no different, presenting 26 exclusive and original compositions including the work of Tzvi Avni, Joseph Nechvatal, and Kohei Gomi/Pain Jerk among better known titans of the avant garde such as Stephen O’Malley, Dick Raaymakers, John Weise and Z’ev. We enter disc one to the thrilling electroacoustic composition ‘Mi Vida’ by Prix Ars Electronica award winner, Israel Martinez, exploring the visceral narrative of a car ride which ends in a crash. Ata Ebtekar presents an original commission in ‘Turquoise Gas in Ice’, a complex piece of electroacoustic composition playing Persian classical scales on acoustic instruments which are then run through a modular synthesizer to create dazzling abstract harmonics. From La Monte Young’s former archivist Joseph Nechvatal, ‘Ego Masher’ is another revelation, offering a vivid Cageian collage which undoubtedly reminds us of James Ferraro’s recent exploits, while on ‘Trautonium Jetztzeit #4’ Oliver Strummer + Liesl Ujvary use the same machine that created the sound of birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic to shape an acrid noisescape and the work of the hugely influential Henry Cowell is represented in ‘The Banshee’, a 2’30 summoning of dynamic electronic ghosts. The second disc starts with the drum practices of Z’ev and follows through Daniel Menche’s drones and a intense noise attack from John Weise. The Pain Barrier’s ‘Virus’ offers a blackened chunk of speedcore gabber, thematically linked with Julie Rousse’s ‘Flesh Barbie Techno Fuck’ glitchcore, and followed with Bird Palace & Cristian Vogel’s micro-to-meta expansion of sound fragments in ‘PHing’. One of the oldest recordings is Else Marie Pade’s ‘Syv Cirkler’ from 1958, distinctly reminding of Daphne Oram’s ethereal experiments and finding similarities in the high frequencies tones of Stephen O’Malley’s ‘Dolmens & Lighthouses’ but also sharp contrasts in his use of ultra low subbass registers. This historically ripe collection of sound warrants your attention without delay.



SUN KIL MOON
Admiral Fell Promises
FOLK / AMERICANA
CALDO VERDE
CD // £13.49

Ever since he formed the Red House Painters over 20 years ago Mark Kozelek has been revered by musicians and critics alike as one of the most distinctive songwriters and voices in contemporary music. This fourth album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker is one of his most spartan and affecting yet, with Kozelek accompanied by his own beautifully rendered Spanish guitar throughout. The album opens with “Alesund” and an extended intro reminiscent of the sublime classical appropriations used by Nikos Mamangakis on his work for the Heimat scores. When Kozelek’s voice finally appears it delivers the same emotional impact that’s been unmistakably his own ever since ‘Down Colorful Hill’ was released in 1992 – the effect should be soothing but Kozelek packs so much introspective weight into every word that you can’t help but sink into a kind of bittersweet sadness almost immediately. The next hour followers a similar trajectory, but Kozelek keeps the emotional tension taught right to the end, a trick he’s pulled off pretty much with every record he’s been associated with. Despite listening to so many of his imitators over the years, it’s a conceit that no other songwriter seems able to pull off as convincingly, at least not for us. A beautiful album – highly recommended to seasoned followers and newcomers alike.

Singles of the Week



RAMADANMAN
Fall Short / Work Them
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Swamp 81
12″ // £6.49

Ramadanman continues to blaze a trail through 2010 with a highly anticipated drop for Loefah’s Swamp 81 crew. Working with a similar palette of 808-driven beats as Addison Groove or Girl Unit, he references Chicago juke and Dutch bubbling in ‘Fall Short’, arranging economical and hugely effective patterns that land outside the zones of dubstep and Funky, yet complement them beautifully. With the flipside joint ‘Work Them’ he also nods to the similarities between B-More and UK Hardcore, twisting out rumbunctious breakbeats and flashing stabs that have been sending crowds loopy in the hands of Kode 9, Bok Bok and Ben UFO recently. The quality and effectiveness of these tracks simply speak for themselves. This is a no brainer – Essential purchase.



THROWING SNOW
Un Vingt / Cronos
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
HO TEP
12″ // £5.99

*Debut release on Alex Nut’s new label: Ho Tep!* Throwing Snow’s debut ‘Un Vingt’ is the 1st drop on Alex Nut’s promising new label, Ho Tep. The A-side is a very canny blend of broken dubstep and more psyched-out textures, perhaps best described as the mid-way point between older Martyn releases (before he went house) and Shackleton (er… before he went house too!). However, there is a unquantifiable element to this track that makes it stand out, whether it’s the chord progressions or the tucked drums we’re not sure, but it’s impressive either way. On the flipside, it’d be fair to put ‘Cronos’ with the wonkier, or more progressive dubstep brigade, along with the likes of Floating Points and Illum Sphere, but again, there’s a natural kink and cosmic inclination that puts this fella out on his own limb. Really strong debut, Recommended!



BIG TROUBLES
Drastic and Difficult
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £6.99

Getting the Olde English Spelling Bee singles club underway, New Jersey band Big Troubles drop four new songs, including an alternate rendition of the EP’s title track which is due to appear on their forthcoming album, Worry in the coming weeks. Pleasingly, ‘Bad People’ sounds a lot like it was probably recorded in the same room pictured on the sleeve, maybe even using some of the stuff seen in the photo (though possibly not the Nerf bow & arrow). As bedroom rock & roll goes this is pretty raw, piling on nasty wafers of guitar fuzz while the vocals sail off into a Jesus And Mary Chain-induced stupor. ‘Grey Dayz’ is probably the finest track, mumbling through yet more shadowy, tuned-out vocals while spectral rockabilly guitars float through the song like the ghost of Chris Isaak. Awesome.



AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten (Part One)
ELECTRONIC
Warp
12″ // £5.99

**Part 1** Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. This is part 1 of the vinyl version, bearing four tracks that for our money are easily the finest we’ve heard from Ae for some time. While the recent ‘Oversteps’ was a display of complex melodic IDM functions, these tracks are concentrated on the groove, in that innately cybertronik B-Boy style that’s written through their best beats. ‘Etchogon-s’ starts the set with a spiky hardsteppers arrangement laced with convulsive drum protrusions to get you in a crooked wriggle. ‘Y7’ follows this into a wormhole of psilocybic acid patterns textured like finely crushed glass rubbed on the cochlea and driven by a gracefully padded 4/4 – its probably the most AFX sounding track we’ve heard from Autechre – and an absolute warehouse killer. ‘Pce Freeze 2.8i’ on the other hand works a boulder-bass heavy hiphop groove with barren atmospherics and striking digital implosions, and then ‘Rew1’ spews gurgling acid dissonance into the circuitry of a malfunctioning hiphop bounce groove. Highly limited copies – very very good indeed.



AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten (Part Two)
ELECTRONIC
Warp
12″ // £5.99

**Part 2** Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. This is part 2 of the vinyl version, holding six tracks from the CD edition. While the recent ‘Oversteps’ was a display of complex melodic IDM functions, these tracks are concentrated on the groove, in that innately cybertronik B-Boy style that’s written through their best beats. In ‘Nth Dafusederb’ they’re on a crushed jack-hop slide, nodding to Ultramag’s style hiphop breaks but heading the opposite direction with vast, rolling sonoramics and fluttering BoC style melodies embedded within. The title of ‘Iris Was A Pupil’ alone gives us shivers, but the unstable states of plastic synth and exquisite strings are sure to effect those nerves reserved for Ae emotions. ‘M62’ is the most DJ-friendly of the lot, if that matters. Working with a relatively linear 4/4 pattern they layer gently rolling harmonics into a lushly reflective composition that’s coincidentally the closest they ever come o sounding like AFX. ‘Ylm0’ is another pause for thought, creating a pool of eddying BoC-style ambience and delicate percussive melodies before ‘Cep Puiqmx’ returns to the darkside of tumultuous harmonic drama and hyperkinetic digi-rhythms. Highly limited copies – Recommended!



SKUDGE
Skudge Remixes Part 1
TECHNO / HOUSE
Skudge
12″ // £7.99

Extremely limited copies of Aardvarck and Jared Wilson’s heavy Skudge remixes. You really need to know that Aardvarck plays a blinder here, screwing the drive of ‘Convolution’ with his special touch until it pivots, ricochets and romps across the groove with a truly tech-house movement. To be totally honest, Jared Wilson’s mix is nothing special, giving ‘Overture’ a bucking acid overhaul, but the A-side is simply one of those tracks that just owns it. Killer twelve.



ROSKA
Squark
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Rinse
12″ // £4.99

Roska drops the highly sought-after ‘Squark’ backed with the restless ‘Tomorrow Is Today’. It’s really all about the minimal madness of ‘Squark’ right here, building a stone cold swagger riddim from carnival whistles, cartoonish avian interjections and the all important kicks and snares synched for the loose and funky swingers. ‘Tomorrow Is Today’ heats up a sticky post-garage riddim with insistent strings, cyber-strafing synths and an affective bass surge while ‘Hey Cutie’ crosses into electro-Funky territory and the digital exclusive ‘I Like You’ features Jamie George on a chunky late night house tool. ‘Squark’ is big!

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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SCION / BASIC CHANNEL
Arrange & Process Basic Channel (2010 Edition)
Tresor
CD // £7.99

Finally re-issued after years in the out-of print wilderness, “Arrange & Process Basic Channel” is the definitive trawl through the archives of one of the most influential electronic music labels of all time. Here’s what we said about it when it was first released back in 2002: “It was never going to be a straight forward thing – a Basic Channel mix has been on the cards for many years…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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PAUL WHITE
Paul White & The Purple Brain
Now Again
3LP // £22.99

*Limited Edition Vinyl – Finally Available* With a sack of samples from cult Swedish psyche guitarist S.T. Mikael and some irrepressibly inventive MPC skills, Paul White drops his much anticipated sophomore LP for Now Again/One Handed. As previous single ‘My Guitar Whales’ displayed, White has craned his ears further into the world of psychedelia than ‘The Strange Dreams of…’, using S.T. Mikael’s broad range of individual styles to colour his…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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SIMON SCOTT
Traba
IMMUNE
LP // £13.99

Following the blurry shoegaze ambience of his revelatory ‘Navigare’ LP for Miasmah, former Slowdive drummer Simon Scott applies his melancholy treatments to four tracks of widescreen, textured ambience for Chicago’s Immune label. ‘Traba’ is distinguished from his debut by a swirling aquatic theme embedded in the titles and the nautical nature of the recordings. The mass of ‘She Came From The Sea’ is flooded with slow moving currents of darkness…

ALTAR OF FLIES
Permanent Cavity
Ideal
CD // £10.99

‘Permanent Cavity’ is the latest, and some may say the best, in a long line of noise recordings from the prolific Mattias Gustafsson. It was recorded to tape between 2007-2008 at his studio in Sweden and contains seven articles of controlled experiments in the art of structured noise designed to unsettle and scare. His tactile approach and appreciation of silence and space would place his work closer to that of…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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JAGA JAZZIST
Bananfluer Overalt EP (Prins Thomas Mix)
Ninja Tune
12″ // £5.99

Norwegian prog-jazz nontet Jaga Jazzist return with a new EP lifting ‘Bananfluer Overalt’ from their One Armed Bandit album. It’s a spectacular onslaught of musicianship and compositional detail that finds the ensemble on top form, but adding value, along come a slew of Scandinavian remixing talents: skweee scenester Sprutbass offers a great overhaul of ‘One Armed Bandit’ translating the central instrumental theme to a barrage of phosphorescent synthesizers. It’s terrific…

LARRY LEVAN
Paradise Garage: Classic West End Records Remixes
West End Records
CD // £9.99

Killer selection of Larry’s baddest moments in the remix seat for the likes of Taana Gardner, Loose Joints and Peech Boys. Al the tracks have been digitally remastered for DJ quality audio fidelity, and even arranged by bpm from 98 up to 132 for the laziest spinners! Tracks range from his notorious version of Loose Joints ‘Is It All Over My Face’ to timeless classics like Taana Gardner’s ‘Heartbeat’, ‘No…

LARRY LEVAN
Live at the Paradise Garage
GARAGE RECORDS
2CD // £11.99

A prime reissue of Strut’s double CD document of the legendary Larry Levan on the deck at the Paradise Garage. If you’ve heard about this fella but never actually heard him, this is the place to do it, stretching out from Motown soul to disco funk and Italo disco with a vision and groove like no other. This new issue comes with a 6 panel insert of previously unseen photographs…

MOCK & TOOF
Suppress Your Feelings (Ray Mang Mix) / Shoeshine Boogie (Dan Lissvik Mix)
TINY STICKS
12″ // £5.99

Ray Mang and Dan Lissvik come on board to remix Mock & Toof’s ‘Suppress Your Feelings’ and ‘Shoeshine Boogie’ from their Tuning Echoes album. Lissvik’s take on ‘Shoeshine Boogie’ proves to be especially fertile ground, the Swedish producer (who’s also one half of Studio) strips the track right down to a restrained, nicely proportioned minimal disco cut.

SPACE
Deliverance (Justus Kohncke / The Love Supreme Mixes)
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Space aka Didier Marouani originally released ‘Deliverance’ in 1977 for Disques Vogue. Now in 2010 Justus Kohncke, The Love Supreme and The Heels Of Love are roped in to remix an underground disco classic by Nang records. Kohncke’s ‘Wild Pitch’ mix is the pick of the bunch with an inversely inefficient drag-jackin’ killer, while The Love Supreme are more faithful to the original disco modes and the the Heels Of…
DUB / REGGAE
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THE SKATALITES
Herb Dub – Collie Dub
Motion
LP // £9.99

In 1975 core members of the foundational Skatalites group assembled for two sessions, one at Lee Perry’s Black Ark and another at Aquarius. It was the first time they’d been together since the group disbanded in 1965 and resulted in ‘ The Legendary Skatalites’ album for the Jam Sounds label, and this, the dub version ‘Herb Dub Collie Dub’ featuring tracks mixed by King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry. The…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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RAMADANMAN
Fall Short / Work Them
Swamp 81
12″ // £6.49

Ramadanman continues to blaze a trail through 2010 with a highly anticipated drop for Loefah’s Swamp 81 crew. Working with a similar palette of 808-driven beats as Addison Groove or Girl Unit, he references Chicago juke and Dutch bubbling in ‘Fall Short’, arranging economical and hugely effective patterns that land outside the zones of dubstep and Funky, yet complement them beautifully. With the flipside joint ‘Work Them’ he also nods…

M.I.A.
/\/\ /\ Y /\
XL
LP // £12.99

M.I.A likes to knock out extremely good, brilliantly screwed up pop albums. She’s done it twice already with ‘Arular’ and ‘Kala’, and she’s about to do it all again with ‘Maya’, probably her brashest, noisIest and most adventurous to date. We’ve already been impressed with the 16-Bit referencing dubstep-conrete of ‘Steppin Up’, and maybe less so ‘Meds And Feds’, but there’s another eight brave and future leaning missions to really…

M.I.A.
/\/\ /\ Y /\
XL
CD // £7.99

M.I.A likes to knock out extremely good, brilliantly screwed up pop albums. She’s done it twice already with ‘Arular’ and ‘Kala’, and she’s about to do it all again with ‘Maya’, probably her brashest, noisIest and most adventurous to date. We’ve already been impressed with the 16-Bit referencing dubstep-conrete of ‘Steppin Up’, and maybe less so ‘Meds And Feds’, but there’s another eight brave and future leaning missions to really…

M.I.A.
/\/\ /\ Y /\ (Special Edition)
XL
CD // £10.99

*SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES FOUR EXTRA TRACKS* M.I.A likes to knock out extremely good, brilliantly screwed up pop albums. She’s done it twice already with ‘Arular’ and ‘Kala’, and she’s about to do it all again with ‘Maya’, probably her brashest, noisIest and most adventurous to date. We’ve already been impressed with the 16-Bit referencing dubstep-conrete of ‘Steppin Up’, and maybe less so ‘Meds And Feds’, but there’s another eight brave…

TERROR DANJAH
Power Grid
Planet Mu
CD // £6.99

Over the last 12 months Terror Danjah has received some long overdue credit for his role in preparing the ground for younguns like Joker, Swindle and Gemmy. The massive ‘Gremlinz’ retrospective and more recent singles on Hyperdub and Butterz played a big hand in his reappraisal, opening up hard-to-come by music to an army of nu-ears. ‘Powergrid’ is affirmation, if it were needed, that’s he’s still here and leading the…

TERROR DANJAH
Power Grid
Planet Mu
2LP // £11.99

Over the last 12 months Terror Danjah has received some long overdue credit for his role in preparing the ground for younguns like Joker, Swindle and Gemmy. The massive ‘Gremlinz’ retrospective and more recent singles on Hyperdub and Butterz played a big hand in his reappraisal, opening up hard-to-come by music to an army of nu-ears. ‘Powergrid’ is affirmation, if it were needed, that’s he’s still here and leading the…

ASC
Nothing Is Certain
NonPlus
CD // £7.99

After 10 years of impressive releases for Offshore, Good Looking and Covert Operations, ASC drops his new album on Instra:mental’s excellent Nonplus Records. With ‘Nothing Is Certain’ he’s created a defining moment for the Autonomic canon, focussed on glowing, far-eastern electro-referencing melodies and agile modern tech-step programming. ‘Matter Of Time’ sets his agenda with exceptional production values before swinging into the lush but fractured minimalism of ‘Opus’ and taking a…

ASC
Nothing Is Certain
NonPlus
3 x 12″ // £17.99

After 10 years of impressive releases for Offshore, Good Looking and Covert Operations, ASC drops his new album on Instra:mental’s excellent Nonplus Records. With ‘Nothing Is Certain’ he’s created a defining moment for the Autonomic canon, focussed on glowing, far-eastern electro-referencing melodies and agile modern tech-step programming. For the 3×12″ vinyl he’s pared the tracklist down to six essentials, also featuring contributions from Consequence and Vaccine. From the dystopian sci-fi…

THROWING SNOW
Un Vingt / Cronos
HO TEP
12″ // £5.99

*Debut release on Alex Nut’s new label: Ho Tep!* Throwing Snow’s debut ‘Un Vingt’ is the 1st drop on Alex Nut’s promising new label, Ho Tep. The A-side is a very canny blend of broken dubstep and more psyched-out textures, perhaps best described as the mid-way point between older Martyn releases (before he went house) and Shackleton (er… before he went house too!). However, there is a unquantifiable element to…

ROSKA
Squark
Rinse
12″ // £4.99

Roska drops the highly sought-after ‘Squark’ backed with the restless ‘Tomorrow Is Today’. It’s really all about the minimal madness of ‘Squark’ right here, building a stone cold swagger riddim from carnival whistles, cartoonish avian interjections and the all important kicks and snares synched for the loose and funky swingers. ‘Tomorrow Is Today’ heats up a sticky post-garage riddim with insistent strings, cyber-strafing synths and an affective bass surge while…

JAMMER
Jahmanji
Big Dada
CD // £9.99

Making the step up to a bigger label, Jammer straddles overground and underground with his ‘Jahmanji’ LP for Big Dada. Supported by production from Rapid, Redlight (aka DJ Die), Mumdance and Toddla T, and bolstered by guest appearances from Boy Better Know crew, Newham Gens, Frisco and Kivanch, ‘Jahmanji’ easily lives up to the promise of the hype. The Toddla T-produced single ‘Party Animal’ rips a classic Adonis bassline for…

CASPA
Terminator (Trolley Snatcha Remix)
SUB SOLDIERS
12″ // £6.49

Trolley Snatcha and Doctor P get on board for remixes of Caspa. Going for the nostalgia nipple tweak, Trolley Snatcha remixes ‘Terminator’, emotive synth pads and shuddering bassline included. Doctor P attends to ‘Marmite’ with a nucking futty rave assault spewing Mkat-flavoured mid-range synth wobbles and incessant stabs.

HEADHUNTER & ORPHAN101
Hocus Pocus / V.7.01
DECA RHYTHM
12″ // £5.99

Two aces from Headhunter & Orphan101! On the A-side ‘Hocus Pocus’ Headhunter goes on a prime dubtech mission with aquatic Berlin dub chords and light-hoofed percussion countered by waves of incredible subbass pressure. Together with Orphan101 he creates ‘V.7.01’ on the flip, resting on a well gauged 4/4 sub push with floating atmsopheric tech-house chords to melt your head. Very tidy tracks!

VISTA & PRESENCE KNOWN
Their Prey / Water Torture
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Totally darkened dubstep rave from the label that brought you big ‘uns from 16Bit, Akira Kiteshi and DJ Madd. Both tracks benefit from Presence Unknown’s overweight D’n’B touch, lending bludgeoning synths and nitro-propelled kicks to the dance-ready collage of film samples and drops. For fans of Excision, Rusko, Caspa, etc.
ELECTRONIC
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AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten
Warp
CD // £7.99

*Absolutely killer addendum to Autechre’s ‘Oversteps’ album – but for our money this is so so much better* Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. That’s not to say that it isn’t melodically and harmonically rich, but in comparison to the largely downtempo and…

AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten (Part One)
Warp
12″ // £5.99

**Part 1** Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. This is part 1 of the vinyl version, bearing four tracks that for our money are easily the finest we’ve heard from Ae for some time. While the recent ‘Oversteps’ was a display of complex…

AUTECHRE
Move Of Ten (Part Two)
Warp
12″ // £5.99

**Part 2** Acting as an addendum to their recent ‘Oversteps’ LP, but actually functioning as an entire album in it’s own right, ‘Move Of Ten’ is Ae’s outlet for their more rhythmically concerned recent productions. This is part 2 of the vinyl version, holding six tracks from the CD edition. While the recent ‘Oversteps’ was a display of complex melodic IDM functions, these tracks are concentrated on the groove, in…

VARIOUS / STAUBGOLD
100 Jahre Einsamkeit: Markus Detmer Plays Staubgold
Staubgold
CD // £8.99

This album is the 100th release from the mighty Staubgold label, arriving twelve years on from its establishment in Cologne by Markus Detmer. 100 Jahre Einsamkeit is also the third compilation in the Plays Staubgold series, following on from Peter Grummich’s DInner Music For Clubbers and Alec Empire’s Rauschgold. Interestingly, Staubgold as we know it will end hereafter, and this release heralds a reboot for the label, as it divides…

FANAL
Fanal III
Sonig
LP // £14.99

This is the third album of unclassifiable electronica from Kai Althoff for Sonig. It collects twelve “songs” patching together the oddest juxtapositions of Deutsche cabaret, naive kiddy melodies and elements of folk, rock and circus music with a undeniable coherance that places it in great company with the oddballs of Sonig’s roster. His tracks are largely driven by tinny drum machines and feature his tormented vocals sung in German ….

GITAR
Stuffed
Seeland
CD // £13.99

Slicing through pop culture in a style that recalls early VVM, Cassetteboy and other such pluderphonic exponents, Gitar blitz through a collage of hard-edited audio clips, taking in ’80s FM-friendly metal, various musical crimes against taste and decency (you’ll hear everything from Billy Ocean to Huey Lewis & The News), plus radio clippings and other such nonsense. It all moves at a bewildering and blistering pace, but Stuffed is a…
EXTREME / NOISE
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Z’EV
as/if/when
Sub Rosa
LP // £14.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Two recordings of legendary industrial musician/sound artist Z’ev, captured live in 1978 at radio station KPFK, and 1982 recorded at Savoy Tivoli, San Francisco. Z’ev live shows are feats of avante-garde athleticism, requiring himself to manipulate huge arrays of percussion – fashioned from scrap metal and plastic – into impulsively idiosyncratic tribal rhythms inspired by Indonesian, Indian, African and Afro-Caribbean traditions and his own readings of esoteric and…

EVIL MOISTURE
If You Want To F*ck The Sky, Teach Your C*ck To Fly
Ideal
LP // £10.99

Evil Moisture’s latest album ‘If You Want To F*ck The Sky, Teach Your Cock To Fly’ is the handiwork of European noise legend Andy Bolus and performance artist Brigitte Bordelle. Manufactured at their studio in an old mirror factory in Paris, ‘If you want to fuck the sky, teach your cock to fly’ takes it’s title from an old Russian prison saying and sounds like it was made to soundtrack…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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PIGEONS
Si Faustine
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

Another sublime transmission from the Olde English Spelling Bee label, Pigeons is the husband/wife psyche-pop/folk project of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin. Coming from a background featuring in Seattle’s The Sea Donkeys collective – who also included Sublime Frequencies main man Hisham Mayet – they’ve moved from releasing cassettes and lathe cuts of free jazz and noise, to make blissfully pastoral folk songs from their home in Paris. If that…

SUN KIL MOON
Admiral Fell Promises
CALDO VERDE
CD // £13.49

Ever since he formed the Red House Painters over 20 years ago Mark Kozelek has been revered by musicians and critics alike as one of the most distinctive songwriters and voices in contemporary music. This fourth album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker is one of his most spartan and affecting yet, with Kozelek accompanied by his own beautifully rendered Spanish guitar throughout. The album opens with “Alesund” and an…

VARIOUS / NUMERO
Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands
NUMERO
CD // £15.99

“The second in our series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouse’s Lowland operation out of Beaumont, Texas. Long after the Bopper’s plane crashed and the Winter brothers (Johnny and Edgar) and Janis Joplin split, Texas’ Golden Triangle was home to a vibrant scene of musicians, songwriters, and entrepreneurs just trying to make it in Houston, let alone the world. From the ashes of…

VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts is the first release on Frank Fairfield’s Tompkins Square offshoot, Pawn Records, drawing from his own personal collection of 78rpm records. Fairfield’s collection covers recorded music from right across the golden era or the gramophone, stretching between the 1910s to the 1960s. Significantly, the music reissued here doesn’t only cover the expected bluegrass and Americana genres but a wide variety of musics from all over…

VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
I’m Going Where The Water Drinks Like Wine: 18 Unsung Bluesman Rarities 1923-1929
Sub Rosa
LP // £14.99

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…

VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE
Beyond Berkeley Guitar
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

A rich and well surveyed overview of the current solo acoustic guitar scene, revealing a talented current generation of guitar players and their rediscovery of American roots music. Going deeper than the expected post-Takoma revival players, the compilation also serves up highlights such as the jazzy, Django-inspired Ava Mendoza, whose ‘Regional Park Blues Between Hay & Grass’ rounds off the album brilliantly. “Beyond Berkeley Guitar is the follow-up to 2006’s…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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ON / FENNESZ
Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not – Reworked by Fennesz (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £9.99

*Initial copies come on white vinyl – recordings made by Steven Hess and Sylvain Chauveau completely reworked by Christian Fennesz* Regrouping for a third album under their ‘On’ moniker, Steven Hess and Sylvain Chaveau have created another body of chilling improvised recordings at their Chicago studio. As with previous records the results were passed to a guest musician for rearrangement of perspective and mixing techniques. Following Deathprod’s work on ‘Your…

NILS FRAHM & ANNE MULLER
7Fingers
HUSH
CD // £8.99

Succeeding his ‘Wintermusik’ and ‘The Bells’ compositions for solo piano, Nils Frahms takes a wonderful detour into string heavy symphonies and glitch rhythms alongside the estimable talent of Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble’s Anne Müller. Frahms’s instrument of choice is largely subservient to the strings on much of the album, instead it’s his compositional talents which are in focus, writing for and with Müller, and her profound knowledge of string arrangements. They clearly relish…

NILS FRAHM & ANNE MULLER
7Fingers
HUSH
LP // £11.99

*Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Succeeding his ‘Wintermusik’ and ‘The Bells’ compositions for solo piano, Nils Frahms takes a wonderful detour into string heavy symphonies and glitch rhythms alongside the estimable talent of Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble’s Anne Müller. Frahms’s instrument of choice is largely subservient to the strings on much of the album, instead it’s his compositional talents which are in focus, writing for and with Müller, and…

JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Ex Patris
Important
CD // £12.99

“Composer-lute player Jozef Van Wissem is renowned for his unusual approach of the Renaissance and Baroque lute. He cuts and pastes classical pieces, reverses melodies, adds electronics and processed field recordings made at airport lounges and train stations. The unusual wedlock of composition and improvisation creates an unheard amalgam of contemporary folk and late Renaissance music. He has accomplished the strange feat of bridging the idiom of seventeenth century lute…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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JULIAN LYNCH
Mare
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £13.99

*Hugely tipped new album from the wondrous Julian Lynch fusing lo-fi basement aesthetics with elements of Jazz, pop ambience, drones and Casio pop, brought to you by the Olde English Spelling Bee, one of the most inspired and influential labels of the moment* Olde English Spelling Bee continues its near unprecedentedly good run of form with this first official album release from New Jersey’s Julian Lynch, an experimental songwriting talent…

BIG TROUBLES
Drastic and Difficult
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £6.99

Getting the Olde English Spelling Bee singles club underway, New Jersey band Big Troubles drop four new songs, including an alternate rendition of the EP’s title track which is due to appear on their forthcoming album, Worry in the coming weeks. Pleasingly, ‘Bad People’ sounds a lot like it was probably recorded in the same room pictured on the sleeve, maybe even using some of the stuff seen in the…

VARIOUS / LTM
Auteur Labels – Factory Records 1987
LTM
CD // £11.99

LTM offer a brilliantly curated overview of a pivotal year in the history of Factory Records. 1987 was a year of flux for the label, as Tony Wilson wanted to concentrate on more “intelligent” pop records, and A&R head Mike Pickering was moving further on a strictly dance music vector. The results make for great listening, ranging from well known pop classics such as New Order’s ‘True Faith’ and the…

GRAILS
Black Tar Prophecies 1, 2, 3
Important
LP // £15.99

Limited vinyl edition of Grails’ pivotal 2006 release Black Tar Prophecies 1,2,3. Released to coincide with the debut of Black Tar Prophecies 4 being released simultaneously on Important Records. Cut and pressed at RTI for maximum fidelity. Heavy duty tip on gatefold jackets by Stoughton.

GRAILS
Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 4
Important
LP // £18.99

**Limited Picture Disc** Portland-based instrumental rock band Grails add a fourth session of ‘Black Tar Prophecies’ to the highly acclaimed first three volumes for Important. One of the many great facets of Grails is their dextrous ability to bend styles to their will, segueing between juxtaposed sounds in a brilliantly concise and idiosyncratic manner. ‘I Want A New Drug’ patches gregorian chant with chilling strings and industrial ambience, while ‘Self-Hypnosis’…

DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE
Dark Night Of The Soul
Emi
CD // £8.99

Dark Night Of The Soul is the highly acclaimed studio album from Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. It’s something of a cross-media spectacle, including contributions from notables in the fields of art, music and film, namely the photography of David Lynch, and the vocals of Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop, Black Francis, Vic Chesnutt, and Jason Lyttle, with music and production shared by…

DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE
Dark Night Of The Soul
Emi
2LP // £19.99

Dark Night Of The Soul is the highly acclaimed studio album from Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. It’s something of a cross-media spectacle, including contributions from notables in the fields of art, music and film, namely the photography of David Lynch, and the vocals of Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop, Black Francis, Vic Chesnutt, and Jason Lyttle, with music and production shared by…

DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE
Dark Night Of The Soul
Emi
2LP + 2CD DELUXE BOXED SET // £58.99

**Includes double LP and double CD, photocards, poster and 12″ booklet of photography by David Lynch** Dark Night Of The Soul is the highly acclaimed studio album from Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. It’s something of a cross-media spectacle, including contributions from notables in the fields of art, music and film, namely the photography of David Lynch, and the vocals of Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Julian…

EL GUINCHO
Piratas De Sudamérica
Young Turks
12″ // £4.99

This new EP from tropical-wave electronic pop architect El Guincho takes on new arrangements of “various South American standards and lost classics”. While previously El Guincho has scored innumerable comparisons with Panda Bear for his reverb sodden laptop loops, this new release finds producer Pablo Dias-Reixa pursuing a strand of balmy, Latin-inspired psychedelic that’s all his own. Joined by vocalists Juleta Venegas and Adrian Venegas, Dias-Reixa croons his way through…

LUCAS RENNEY
Strange Glory
BRILLE
CD // £9.99

This album from Golden Virgins frontman Lucas Renney is a lavish and commanding solo debut, shaping the age-old subject matter of break-ups and general heartbreak into an exceptional collection of songs that never fails to feel sincere and intelligent. Renney is aided by a sympathetically mournful line-up of arrangements and a production job by Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde. The album is bejewelled with string ensembles and pensive fingerpicking, prompting comparisons…

MONOTONIX
Fun Fun Fun / Try Try Try
Drag City
7″ // £5.49

Second of two crushing rock ‘n roll joints from crazy Israeli outfit Monotonix. Rock journos everywhere are choking their chickens over these guys and to be fair, it’s easy to hear why. ‘Fun Fun Fun’ is a nihilistic thrust of Stooges style garage punk delivered with a sweaty intensity that carries so well with the Steve Albini recording, and ‘Try Try Try’ lashes out with thunderously functional drumming and a…

MONOTONIX
Never Died Before / Lazy Boy
Drag City
7″ // £5.49

Monotonix are the sort of balls-out rock band that receive plaudits like “Most exciting Band In Rock ‘n Roll” and “The most virile Rock ‘n Roll band in the universe” across the board. Ahead of a highly awaited album due in 2011, they’ve thrown down two singles with Steve Albini in Chicago, giving a fairly strong hint of what to expect next year. There’s a furnace blast of axe and…

NOUVELLE VAGUE
Best Of
Peacefrog
2CD // £13.99

Gargantuan 31-track double CD, featuring the following tracks: Disc: 1 1. I Melt With You 2. Just Can’t Get Enough 3. Ever Fallen In Love 4. Master And Servant 5. Love Will Tear Us Apart 6. Heaven 7. Guns Of Brixton 8. Teenage Kicks 9. All My Colours 10. Making Plans For Nigel 11. Blue Monday 12. Dancing With Myself 13. In A Manner Of Speaking 14. Our Lips Are…

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
Disconnect From Desire
Full Time Hobby
2LP // £12.99

**Coloured vinyl** Cueing up a second long-player, School Of Seven Bells return with an album that fleshes out some of the ideas initiated on their debut, Alpinisms, developing their sound in all the right ways.  Although on paper this band deal in electronic pop music, there’s undoubtedly more afoot here than on your average synth-wielding opus.  The phrase wall-of-sound inevitably tends to crop up in writing about this band, and…

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
Disconnect From Desire
Full Time Hobby
2CD BOX // £10.99

**Deluxe packaging with School Of Seven Bells tarot cards and a bonus CD featuring an alternative version of ‘Alpinisms’** Cueing up a second long-player, School Of Seven Bells return with an album that fleshes out some of the ideas initiated on their debut, Alpinisms, developing their sound in all the right ways.  Although on paper this band deal in electronic pop music, there’s undoubtedly more afoot here than on your…

THE DURUTTI COLUMN
LC
4 Men With Beards
LP // £19.99

The second Durutti Column album, originally released on Factory Records in 1981, marked the departure of producer Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Buzzcocks) and the addition of drummer Bruce Mitchell, who would remain a longtime collaborator with chief member, guitarist Vini Reilly. LC is as powerful as the debut, a fantastic collection of guitar excursions that transcend genre. This is also the first album to feature Reilly’s speak-sing vocal style on…

THE DURUTTI COLUMN
The Return of the Durutti Column
4 Men With Beards
LP // £19.99

“Despite the title, this was the debut album from Manchester’s Durutti Column, originally released on the legendary Factory Records label in 1980. This album is a collaboration between guitarist, and the only permanent member of the band, Vini Reilly and Producer /keyboard player Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Buzzcocks). Though lumped in with the post-punk movement, The Durutti Column’s debut is hardly reminiscent of what that term brings to mind. The…

THE SUPERIMPOSERS
Sunshine Pops!
Wonderfulsound
CD // £9.99

The Superimposers are Dan Solo and Miles Copeland, two of the UK’s finest perfect pop practitioners, with production from Shawn Lee (collaborator with Money Mark and Tommy Gurrero). The Superimposers have been going since 2005, when former car mechanic and fishmonger Dan Solo met Miles Copeland in a south coast joke shop. After a period studying musique concrète and avant-garde production at college in London, they’re now focusing on their…
JAZZ / RELATED
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BOBBY JACKSON
The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story
Jazzman
CD // £12.99

The seventh release in Jazzman’s Holy Grail series, this album sheds light on unsung jazz hero Bobby Jackson, reissuing his 1966 LP, filled with deep, modal and progressive sounds. “You won’t find the name Bobby Jackson in the jazz books. Yet here is a remarkable man who did more than anyone to promote live jazz in his hometown of Minneapolis, risking everything to open a venue for jazz lovers and…

BOBBY JACKSON
The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story
Jazzman
LP // £18.99

The seventh release in Jazzman’s Holy Grail series, this album sheds light on unsung jazz hero Bobby Jackson, reissuing his 1966 LP, filled with deep, modal and progressive sounds. “You won’t find the name Bobby Jackson in the jazz books. Yet here is a remarkable man who did more than anyone to promote live jazz in his hometown of Minneapolis, risking everything to open a venue for jazz lovers and…

SUN RA ARKESTRA
Egypt Strut
4 Men With Beards
LP // £17.99

“In 1983 Sun Ra travelled to Egypt-the land of great African kings and perhaps descendants of an alien race, and therefore, a kind of spiritual homeland for Ra-to record two compositions by the godfather of Egyptian jazz, percussionist Salah Ragab. The second piece, “Dawn”, is a composition based on an Islamic hymn sung during the Arabic month of “Shawall” and features Ra playing the Hohner melodica. This record is particularly…

THE NATURAL YOGURT BAND
Eastern Promise
Jazzman
7″ // £4.99

Two esoteric psyche beat jams from the Natural Yoghurt Band aka Miles Newbold and Wayne Fullwood. They’ve previously released a 7″ for Jazzman, and this is a teaser for their up coming album ‘Tuck In With The Natural Yoghurt Band’. On ‘Eastern Promise’ the drums are crisp but vintage sounding and provide a backing for wildly panned pulsations and “phonosynthetic oscillations” with a exotic twist. ‘Psalm’ is a little slower…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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GILLES PETERSON / VARIOUS
Havana Cultura Remixed EP
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £5.99

**WHITE VINYL** The Havana Cultura project was set up with the intention of giving a new generation of Cuban musicians a stage to show their. Following the colourful compilation on Brownswood, Gilles Peterson picks out remixes from Seiji, Michel Cleis and T. Skinner to crossbreed Afro-Latin and European dancefloor styles. The Cleis remix of ‘Rezando’ is particularly fine, taking his time to set up a sophisticated wiggler layered with detailed…

SOUL CLAP
Action/Satisfaction
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Crosstown Rebels go a notch deeper with two fine housers from Soul Clap backed with a Lee Jones remix. The tidy hip-house vibes of ‘Action/Satisfaction’ put a smile on our mugs, mixing up 90’s r’n’b/house vocals with electro-house synthline at a laidback clip. We could roll to this. ‘Break 4 LIfe’ is another handsome groover, swirling up luscious late night synth pads over a sensuous bass drive with hints of…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 6 (1957-2010)
Sub Rosa
2CD // £12.99

The sixth and penultimate edition in Sub Rosa’s ongoing assembly of crucial noise and electronic music looks at the period 1957-2010. So far the series has been duly noted for its excavation and reappraisal of lesser known works by important artists and vol. 6 is no different, presenting 26 exclusive and original compositions including the work of Tzvi Avni, Joseph Nechvatal, and Kohei Gomi/Pain Jerk among better known titans of…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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DJ ELEPHANT POWER
Elepha In Da Flash
Sonig
LP // £14.99

Avant-electroid shenanigans from DJ Elephant Power on his second album for Sonig. There’s a whole heap of cross-dressed styles on parade here, lifting a sniff of dubstep here, some ragged electro-house there and dousing the whole thing in a shower of skweee humour. We’re not sure exactly how relevant this album is to anyone but there’s a sly screwiness that should register with any weirdos.

WAFA
Ewid Disco (Drop The Lime Mix)
Grizzly
12″ // £4.99

Full strength party actions from Sinden’s Grizzly label. Wafa is at the wheel for this one, sparking the rumbunctious Italo-meets-Mario brothers cheek of ‘Ewid Disco’ and the churning off-key electrohouse madness of ‘Pop Up’. On the flip ‘3 Man Down’ false starts with B-More breaks before piling on an a demented electroFunky squealer and handing over to Drop The Lime’s turbo-injected ‘Ewid Disco’ revamp. For fans of Mr. Oizo, Toddla…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO
Live In New York
Honest Jon’s Records
2LP + CD // £18.99

*Includes a free CD version inside!* Earlier in 2010 Francois K recorded the Moritz Von Oswald Trio live in performance at New York’s Unsound festival. The results are laid out on a heavyweight gatefold 2LP also featuring photography of original artwork by Cosima von Bonin. For this special live show Carl Craig and Francois K join the trio, contributing modular synth and live effects respectively, on four extended sound &…

URBAN TRIBE
Program 1 – 12
MAHOGANI MUSIC
LP // £11.99

Together for the first time since 1998, and on Moodymann’s Mahogani Musiclabel no less, Sherard Ingram, Anthony Shakir, Carl Craig and Kenny Dixon Jr return with a new Urban Tribe album. In recent years the Tribe’s manoeuvres have been dutifully handled by Ingram aka DJ Stingray, heading his project down the cyberjit alleys of yo’ mind, but now reunited, the rabble have roused twelve tracks of sheer Detroit excellence, clearly…

SKUDGE
Skudge Remixes Part 1
Skudge
12″ // £7.99

Extremely limited copies of Aardvarck and Jared Wilson’s heavy Skudge remixes. You really need to know that Aardvarck plays a blinder here, screwing the drive of ‘Convolution’ with his special touch until it pivots, ricochets and romps across the groove with a truly tech-house movement. To be totally honest, Jared Wilson’s mix is nothing special, giving ‘Overture’ a bucking acid overhaul, but the A-side is simply one of those tracks…

VARIOUS / BBE
City to City 3: DJ Deep’s Journey Through Chicago, Detroit And New York’s Secret House Gems
BBE
CD // £11.99

DJ Deep’s quality series of compilations gives an expert cross-section of heavy house music from Chicago to Berlin via Detroit and New York. This is a relatively up-to-date selection compared to his usual vintage-leaning picks, drawing for modern winners like Claro’s ‘Signals’, the killer Ben Klock remix of Kerri Chandler’s ‘Pong’, and more from Frozen Border and Redshape. Reppin’ for the olde tymers we get some guaranteed underground classics like…

WAREIKA
Harmonie Park
Perlon
2LP + CD // £17.99

Superb album of experimental groove construction from Hamburg-based trio, Wareika, pressed on double vinyl and also including a gapless CD version! The characters behind the project, aka Florian Schirmacher, Jakob Seidensticker and Henrik Raabe, have created a dazzling set of improvisations which succinctly blur the distinctions between analog and digital, real and organic. The four movements are all edited from one epic composition (included on the CD), a lengthy percussive…

VARIOUS / TRAX
House Of Trax Vol 5
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

Rush Hour scroll way back to 1984 and the work of (arguably) the first house heads, Jesse Saunders and Vincent Lawrence. On the A-side we got two mixes of the massively overlooked ‘Gwendolyn’, originally released on Trax boss, Larry Sherman’s, Precision Records. The Farley “Funkin” Keith version is the one, setting an early template for Chicago weirdos with a druggy dubbed intro and truly unique rhythm programming. A longer mix…

VARIOUS / MATHEMATICS
Music From Mathematics Vol. 5
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £7.99

Vol.5 of the ongoing Mathematics series is dedicated to deep house music from Italy and Greece. Audio Atlas sets the mark with ‘Alaska’ which is – ironically enough – a lovely and warm groover with an inbuilt New York house sensuality. Simoncino’s ‘Baila Baiana’ hits that classic Guidance recordings sound before the cosmically inclined keys of Mayo Soulomon’s ‘Cuvatura di Tempo’ nourish the dancefloor spirit with a great balancing act…

DJ JUS ED
No More Pain (Anton Zap Mix)
Underground Quality
10″ // £8.99

**GREEN MARBLED VINYL** Jus Ed sets up a slab of abstracted Connecticut garage soul featuring a sweet vocal from June April and backed with an Anton Zap remix. ‘No More Pain’ is full of characteristic chord changes and raw rhythmic twists from Ed, while Zap plays around with a slower deep house groove driven by a smudged bassline and crisp drums.

URBAN TRIBE
Rick Wilhite presents Vibes: New & Rare Music Part D
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.49

Massive record from Rick Wilhite and the good folks at Rush Hour. The fourth installment of the ‘Vibes’ sessions offers a killer workout from Urban Tribe (aka Sherard Ingram, Carl Craig, Shake and Moodymann), churning up a deadly disco loop on ‘My First Mistake’. This is effectively an unreleased KDJ tune, therefore it won’t last 2 seconds round here! On the flip Rick Wilhite provides his own ruff-assed mix of…

FUNCTION / VARIOUS
Substance Vol. 2
Infrastructure
12″ // £7.99

Repressed for the fiends, Oscar Mulero, Chistian Wunsch, Olga + Jozef and the 65D Mavericks roll heavy on this 2004 12″. The two picks have to be Oscar Mulero’s off-centre industrial revision of O/V’s ‘Kes’, and the superb Olga + Jozef refit of Function’s ‘Balance Of Power’, a must for any fans of the more twisted BMB cuts. Wunsch’s mix of Function’s ‘Montage’ should satisfy your hard techno cravings and…

JEFF MILLS
Waveform Transmission Vol.1 (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £16.99

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

GHETTO BROTHERS
Ghetto Disco / Ghetto Blues
ROYAL OAK
12″ // £6.99

Heavyweight old-skool house music from Blake Baxter and Orlando Voorn, together as the Ghetto Brothers. Back in 1993 when these tracks were first unleashed, Blake and Orlando were ruling house and techno playlists with a succession of classics for everyone from KMS to Tresor. Theres no denying the enrgy of these cuts, with the looping funk licks of ‘Ghetto Disco’ charging up the A-side and the killer ‘Ghetto Blues’ pivoting…

K-HAND / KERO / PUNISHER [DETROIT] / SOMFAY
Kerohand 2: Content EP
KEROHAND
12″ // £9.99

**White Vinyl** Detroit’s Kelli Hand (aka K-Hand) and Kero join forces for a tricky blend of IDM, electro and techno minimalism on their new Kerohand label. It’s an unusual arrangment, turning up the brittle electro-jack of K-Hand’s ‘Emotional Content’, next to the clipped IDM techno of Kero’s ‘B’ham Bounce’. On the flip Punisher gives a tougher IDM mix and Jesse Somfay reduces it to a techy minimal flow.

SMALL PEOPLE
The People
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

**PURPLE MARBLED VINYL** Smallpeople are better known as Smallville shop and label head Julius Steinhoff and his mate Just Von Ahlefeld. Following last years collaboration for Laid they present four strong tracks of well studied and classically rooted house music nodding to Chez Damier and Mike Huckaby. The best tracks are on the B-side in the sprightly pivot of ‘The People’ and the shaken twist of ‘Chasing The Sun’ while…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
The World Ends Afro Rock And Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria
Soundway
2CD // £12.99

Soundway Records presents an extensive and largely exclusive look at Afro Rock And Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria over a huge 32-track compilation – one of the best compilations from the incredible Soundway stable so far. All of these tracks were recorded by small bands in Nigeria at the same time Fela Kuti was hitting his stride, yet largely eschew his dominant style with an African take on the psyche-rock coming…