Jul 162010
 
Hello,

The infectious dark glamour of the LA Vampires vs Zola Jesus album is surely one of the most compelling releases of the year so far, and is now thankfully available on a limited vinyl run. Featuring Amanda Brown of Pocahaunted and the pre-eminent goth pin-up Nika Roza Danilova setting stall in the back room of a dub session out there in the middle of a Lynchian night scene, the two talents soak loping basslines and narcoleptic vocals through their battered 4-track to absolutely bewitching effect. We could say it’s all about the affected ‘No No No’ cover, but the entire LP will have you spellbound for time. We love this record so much – grab one while you can.

There’s been a long build-up to Mount Kimbie’s debut album ‘Crooks & Lovers’ which is finally released this week, and it’s quite the treat. Merging a distinct line in squashed jazz blueprints juxtaposed with a set of up-to-the-moment digital rhythms and sprawling electronic emotions, it’s an album that exchanges dancefloor movements for a more personal listening experience that’s multi-faceted and stylistically distinct, already destined to be one of the most enduring electronic albums of the year.

Following the same ferric rite of passage undertaken by Oneohtrix Point Never and Emeralds, Cleveland, Ohio’s Sam Goldberg delivers a brilliant debut album of synth driven Kosmische under the Radio People moniker. With a skyward gaze he elicits introspective human feelings from the cold circuitry of his synthesizers, creating a rolling topography of silvery drones, pop hooks and tempered Krautrock rhythms sounding like some long lost private pressing. If you loved ‘Returnal’ – this will rule your world.

Another special collusion has also been turning us upside out this week, with Keiji Haino and Pan Sonic’s ‘In The Studio’ capturing the lauded veterans “circling each other like gladiators in the colliseum”, only the arena is a Berlin studio, and their weapons are a blood curdling vocal howl and homemade synthesizers. The way these elements combine is a thing to be marveled at and we can only pray for your poor neighbours once it gets going. We always say this about anything Pan Sonic are involved with – but this is just about as good as it gets.

Continuing a vintage year for Keith Fullerton Whitman, the Amethyst Sunset label release a split LP between himself and Mike Shiflet, with KFW mapping alien sonics with the aid of a hybrid Digital/Analog synthesizer, while Shiflet crafts incredibly dense thickets of modulating pulse-wave drone with subtle guitar treatments. Fans of Fennesz or Kevin Drumm should investigate without fail – but be warned, copies are in extremely limited supply.

Max Richter also returns this week with ‘Infra’, an immensely absorbing score commissioned by the Royal Ballet in collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor. It premiered in late 2008 and finally arrives on CD, cementing Richter’s reputation as a composer with a balance of ear-bending soundscaping and a heartbreaking melodic touch.

Other notables this week include the Foxy Baby LP on Not Not Fun, a must for fans of the time and tape warped style of James Ferraro or Ariel Pink, while on another plain entirely Steve Spacek drops a splendidly mature future soul album for Exit recordings, nudged and pinched with his innate boogie flex. A HUGE highlight of the week arrives courtesy of Bristol’s Peverelist, delivering what is for our money his finest material to date with a cold and disfunctional rhythmic flex that’s as influenced by Junglist templates as by the technoid machinations so typical of his productions so far. Arp101 makes his bold debut on Eglo, while Blue Daisy, Illum Sphere and Eliphino rock Kidkanevil’s ‘Basho Basho’. Also out this week, new material from Kode 9, Quest, Oriol, James Pants, American Men, Bok Bok, Martyn, Richard Youngs, the Dug Out label, Four Tet, Gold Panda, NMB, Jimmy Edgar, Toro Y Moi, Jana Hunter, Jus Ed, and a cd edition of Charanjit Singh’s incredible 1982 proto-techno obscurity “Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat”

Have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



MOUNT KIMBIE
Crooks & Lovers
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hotflush Recordings
CD // £8.99

With two EPs and a handful of remixes, Mount Kimbie have opened a portal into the world of post-dubstep, electronic fusion soundscaping. ‘Crooks & Lovers’ is their much anticipated debut album, an assured statement comprised of crafty complexities and coherently juxtaposed angles making use of the freedom from any immediate dancefloor demands. With their releases landing on HotFlush and their inclusion in the catch-all net of dubstep, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re a purely dancefloor act but there’s many more elements at play within Mount Kimbie that we’ve always felt would better lend them to the album format. The shards of acoustic guitars, crying-on-the-dancefloor vocals and jazz arrangements woven into their singles are given more time to develop here, from the vocal glossolalia of ‘Adriatic’, sounding like an XX experiment recorded on a 10th storey balcony, to the woozy underwater accordian and nautical atmospherics of ‘Ode To Bear’ or the Bohren And Der Club Of Gore-style dark jazz closer ‘Between Time’, indulging their esoteric inclinations with finesse. That’s certainly not to say that they’ve forgetten the groove entirely. It’s still a central feature of their sound, just largely slowed to a more sedate, hazy pace. The heavy compressed head-swing of ‘Would Know’ sounds like Actress stepping off with James Blake (who frequently works closely with the duo), and ‘Blind Night Errand’ programmes Bretschneider-esque digital minimalism spliced with an East London flex in line with Spatial productions. They’re at their best when all the elements mesh together, with idiosyncratic chord arrangements, effervescent R’n’B vibes and clinical rhythm structures of ‘Carbonated’ or the morphing BC-to-Balearia of ‘Field’ and the twitchy soul of ‘Mayor’. ‘Crooks & Lovers’ is a deeply enjoyable album with a broad appeal to lovers of pop savvy, technically aware and original electronic music. A Must.



RADIO PEOPLE
Radio People
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

*Killer vinyl debut for Sam Goldberg’s excellent Kosmische-driven ‘Radio People’ project after cassette releases for the Emeralds-curated Wagon and Gneiss Things labels. A must for followers of Oneohtrix Point never or, indeed, Emeralds* From the salty tear-infected circuit boards of Cleveland, Ohio, comes ‘Radio People’, Sam Goldberg’s synthwave commission for the ever-excellent Digitalis imprint. For the latter half of the ’00s he’s been a part of the same underground noise scene as Emeralds, running his Pizza Night cassette imprint and releasing a handful of rare tapes on Gneiss Things, Wagon and Weird Forest, among others. Radio People is a relatively recent handle he’s been using for a trio of now out-of-print cassettes on Pizza Night, and this is the first vinyl product of that chemically imbalanced sound. He could be considered a more lo-fi adjunct to Emeralds’ prog developed chops, or Oneohtrix’s hypnagogic sound sculptures, but still clearly communicates cosmic thoughts of vast kosmiche dronescapes and internal synth chaos with occasional, vivid flashes of pop hooks and Krautrock rhythms bearing a solitary tenderness of his own. He largely keeps his tracks concise and varied, skillfully sequencing ‘Radio People’ to gradually open up from gauzy beginnings of ‘The Leaf Home’, to plunge into the wormhole of ‘Split Personality’ and into the private pressing style introspection of ”The Leaf Home Pt. II (Vietnam)’, with its sunken machine drums and gorgeously warm synth wisps. Best of all, is the brief thrust of ‘Designer’, the album’s most direct and dramatic composition recalling Klaus Schulze and more recent Gavin Russom tracks in miniature, and certainly the 8 minute closer, coming off like some hallucinogenic ‘Nam flashback with swooping rotor blade synths and a lysergic undercurrent of synth noise. This is album is a real find and a must for fans of Oneohtrix, or any of the numerous Emeralds-related projects. Highly Recommended.



LA VAMPIRES & ZOLA JESUS
LA Vampires & Zola Jesus
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

*Easily one of the releases of the year so far, finally available on limited edition vinyl* Ghostly goings on from gothic psych queen Zola Jesus and kindred spirit LA Vampires (the current guise of Amanda Brown from Pocahaunted), who collaborate across this killer new mini album. ‘Bone Is Bloodstone’ rumbles into motion with those familiarly smudged out, indecipherable vocals and evaporating drum machines but there’s a heavy bass groove and some ghoulish melodic developments set to balance out any of the more noxiously no-fi elements . In a more reflective mood, ‘In The Desert’ momentarily extinguishes the low end and stirs up a shimmering expanse of freetime wah-wah chords and droning voices. An altogether more percussive prospect, ‘Searching’ hints at Pocahaunted’s latter-day output, firing up a junkyard dub rhythm, and this idea gets stretched out to booming sub-funk proportions in time for closer ‘No No No’, which you can just about discern as covering the Dawn Penn classic. Seriously seriously essential wares – very highly recommended.



MAX RICHTER
Infra
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Fat Cat
CD // £9.99

This latest release from modern classical star Max Richter is a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet. Premiered at the Royal Opera House in November 2008, the piece was put in the spotlight by a BBC documentary around the same time, only to be revived at the beginning of this year, resuming its run at Covent Garden.  Richter’s soundtrack is an absorbing blend of shortwave-style droning transmissions, beautiful string ensemble pieces and piano compositions.  Compared with his solo studio albums, the format of the score seems to permit Richter to shift into a more abstract mode at regular points over the course of the album, dissolving orchestration into airwave-cruising static for introductory piece ‘Infra 1’ or exploring a dulcet ether-dwelling hum on ‘Journey 2’, but over the course of the album you’ll hear plenty of this composer’s more conventional neo-classical writing too: ‘Infra 5’ is vintage Max Richter, developing a sumptuous, yet repetitive melodic theme and laying a shifting chord sequence beneath it.  The results are typically emotive and by the conclusion ascend to a kind of urgent crescendo while blistering radio noise begins to swell in the mix.  A quick glance at Richter’s IMDB page suggests that we can expect more collaborations and soundtrack-style projects from Richter in the months and years to come; already he’s scored a slew of TV projects, along with notable films such as Waltz With Bashir, and recently the Blue Notebooks piece, ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ played a prominent role in Scorcese’s gothic schlock-fest, Shutter Island.  Infra proves Richter’s versatility and searchingly experimental drive as a composer, pitching that ideal balance between ear-bending soundscapes and all-out heartbreak. Highly Recommended.



KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / MIKE SHIFLET
Split LP
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Amethyst Sunset
LP // £16.99

So, 2010 is turning out to be a vintage year for KFW releases, following his stunning ‘Generator’ tape, a split with Carlos Giffoni and the incredible ‘Variations for Oud & Synthesizer’ 7″ now comes this Split LP with Mike Shiflet encapsulating guitar/drone experiments. Keith’s side was recorded in his home town, feeding a performance on hybrid Digital/Analogue Modular synthesizer through a mono keyboard amp in order to explore a topography of arcane, gnarled and visceral electronics. It’s almost pointless trying to describe the noises within, because what happens from points A-B simply couldn’t be articulated in any form, but its the way the seemingly static drone elements burst into shards of noise and almost percussive spirals that makes this such an utterly compelling listen and yet another example of KFW’s unparalleled sonic weltanschauung. Over on the flipside Mike Shiflet holds his own with an incredibly dense and slow-building modulating pulse-wave drone that grows into an organically unfolding scene of burred tones scraping at the ear, before subsiding into throttled low end frequencies gradually losing the will to survive and dissipating into echoic guitar noise. Limited copies – very highly recommended.



PAN SONIC & KEIJI HAINO
In The Studio
EXTREME / NOISE
BLAST FIRST PETITE
2LP // £17.99

Three of the worlds foremost extreme sound artists/producers collide ‘In The Studio’ on a highly limited and opulent spot-gloss gatefold album. Recorded days after the live performance captured on ‘Shall I Download A Black Hole and Offer It To You’, this is Keiji Haino and Pan Sonic witnessed in the controlled environs of a Berlin studio, serving eleven utterly compelling examples of freeform noise, vocal gymnastics and power electronics. The track titles, from the hand of Haino, indicate the abstract esoteric nature of the recordings, with ‘If I could incarnate this feeling would you consider it a creation’ attached to 1 minute of Keiji’s blood curdling vocal catharsis (sounding strangely like the odd little chap from Police Academy), and the jawdropping ‘In the hollow created between the eyebrows, what offering would be most appropriate’ signifying seven minutes of lucid operatic falsetto descending into diabolical undertones of strafing drones and oncoming clouds of caustic noise. The dilated scope of the session is perhaps best heard on ‘Imperious doppelganger of tears, playing catch with objectivity that evades ultimate responsibility’, where spasmodic jazz/metal drums pound clustered chunks of percussive flesh over walloping synthetic bass hits and shadowy, dynamic alien shapes invade the space at will. On ‘”Without Doubt”, an attestation written from that time, will no longer have effect, because the wound has widened so much’ Haino riffs away on guitar over Mika & Ilpo’s reinforced machine beaten industrial squalls, and appears again in a more sombre form, articulating acutely melancholy axe signatures to bleak, blank bass drones in ‘Perhaps there is no need to return’, a sublime meeting of mystical and uncompromising minds from opposite ends of the world. The heavyweight nature of the music is beautifully represented in Stephen O’Malley’s stunning sleeve, firmly enhancing the irresistible allure of this album. Very highly recommended.



STEVE SPACEK
Black Pocket The Album
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Exit Records
CD // £8.99

Steve Spacek needs little introduction to the future soul/broken beat cognoscenti. To everyone else, he’s one of the UK’s most unique producer/singers, our answer to someone like Om’mas Keith for example. His recent motions under the Black Pocket alias have thrown up some real gems, most notably the anthemic ‘Ur A Sta’ and associated remixes from his bruv DBridge and forward thinking peer, Martyn. ‘The Album’ is a culmination of this solo endeavour, seventeen tracks of riddim kinked idiosyncracies and future boogie vibes that followers of Dâm-Funk will flock to. From mutilated edit jams like ‘Juiced’ to squashed midnight wonk on ‘Sta Simonez’ and soul-glowing beatdown on ‘AI Softly’ his refined character and some 20 years of production knowledge lend this set a subtle futurism that can’t be touched. Spacek’s beats are all about that extra little nudge, that tweak of finesse and near-organic depth perception that fans of Mark Pritchard, Floating Points or even DBridge will love. Highly Recommended.



OUTER LIMITS RECORDINGS
Foxy Baby
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

**Pink Marbled Vinyl** Time and tape warped hypno-pop from Foxy Baby, suspected by some to be the work of one Sam Meringue, aka maker of Matrix Metals and Flashback Repository on OESB and others. His label sums Foxy Baby up as an “esoteric glam-damaged concept record about Berlin nightclubs and foxy ladies”, and that ‘s quite on the money, except this Berlin is in an alternate dimension where Ariel Pink sits at the head of the Reichstag and instead of amphetamine sulphate, everyone necks handfuls of valium and and the pilsner is standardly spiked with codeine. Like James Ferraro’s audio hallucinations, it’s hard to pick out what’s what, whether that’s a sample you’re hearing or new recordings subjected to enigmatic mulching processes, but either way the effect is thoroughly intoxicating. In amongst the tumultuous power pop degradations, there are some really sublime moments like ‘Bergheim’ with its almost BoC like melancholy flutters, or the narcotic carousel melody of ‘Headspins’, and the submerged, top-of-a-mountain geetar solo headspace of ‘Driving At Night’. Limited copies, on marbled pink vinyl. Apparently you’ll get a buzz if you lick the wax.

Singles of the Week



PEVERELIST
Better Ways Of Living / Fighting Without Fighting
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Following the unanimous acclaim for his ‘Jarvik Mindstate’ LP, Peverelist drops two righteously forward riddims for Punch Drunk – and for our money they’re his finest yet. The Bristol ringleader has built his rep on quality, not quantity and these tracks bear testament to his prinicipled and stringently executed approach. ‘Better Ways Of Living’ nods to the pared down 808 aesthetic of Swamp 81 with a brittle bustling beat scaffold acting like monkey bars for a piped synth organ to twist, scuttle and roll around in, while ‘Fighting Without Fighting’ continues the rhythmically busy flex with slick dipping edits and bespoke dub measurements applied inna future jungle-hardcore style. His built-from-the-ground-up style and the exquisitely brief yet sprightly synth motif make this one of his very finest tracks to date and a deadly mixing tool to slip with your Ramadanman, Blawan and Joe 12″s. Utterly sick twelve – don’t miss.



ARP 101
Dead Leaf
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
EGLO
12″ // £5.99

All you boogie funkateers, listen up! Eglo drop some of that red top, gangster cruising illness with Arp 101’s debut release, a pair of down-slow and effortlessly groovy R’n’B joints featured heavily on Alex Nut’s radio show of late. Fresh-sealed drums punctuate each side for a slow drawling effect while ‘Dead Leaf’ licks up Kraftwerk-on-the-strip synths and ‘Warriors Galactic’ is all about the oversized bassline spilling gin and juice over your new crepes. Mary Anne Hobbs, Sinden and Falty DL are all signed up to this guy’s fanclub, get in quicksharp!



NAPHTALI
Hole Up Your Hand
DUB / REGGAE
Dug Out
10″ // £8.99

The Dug Out mission continues, this week presenting East London’s Naphtali on a slick digital killer. ‘Hole Up Your Hand’ is one of his very first singles, produced at the Vibes Sounds studio in 1987 with Blacka at the controls crafting a minimal digital skanker with a timelessly futuristic atmosphere and a version included for the DJs. Choice cuts once again from Dug Out – stone cold killer.



KIDKANEVIL / ILLUM SPHERE / BLUE DAISY
Basho Basho Remixed Remixed Ep 1
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
First Word Records
12″ // £5.99

Eliphino, Illum Sphere, Tokimonsta and Blue Daisy line up for a masterful remix session of Kidkanevil’s ‘Basho Basho’ EP. You should be warned, there’s some seriously potent material on this 12″, staring with Eliphino’s mix of ‘The Floating World’ which starts apace with a Joy Orbison-alike take on garage, arranging shivering hi-hats into impressive shuffles while his basslines manages to go way deeper than anything we’ve heard for time. Also in fine form, Illum Sphere gives up one of his deadliest club tracks to date on a remix of ‘When Doves Bounce’ brimming with crunk bass and choppy samples. Tokimonsta’s laidback LA disposition beams through on her Unsound Bliss Mix of ‘Megajoy’, but surely the highlight has to be Blue Daisy’s ‘Minjo’ version, laying his spatially aware astro-hop atmospheres over devastating subbass movements like the UK’s finest answer to Flying Lotus. Massive twelve.

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ARP 101
Dead Leaf
EGLO
12″ // £5.99

All you boogie funkateers, listen up! Eglo drop some of that red top, gangster cruising illness with Arp 101’s debut release, a pair of down-slow and effortlessly groovy R’n’B joints featured heavily on Alex Nut’s radio show of late. Fresh-sealed drums punctuate each side for a slow drawling effect while ‘Dead Leaf’ licks up Kraftwerk-on-the-strip synths and ‘Warriors Galactic’ is all about the oversized bassline spilling gin and juice over…

STEVE SPACEK
Black Pocket The Album
Exit Records
CD // £8.99

Steve Spacek needs little introduction to the future soul/broken beat cognoscenti. To everyone else, he’s one of the UK’s most unique producer/singers, our answer to someone like Om’mas Keith for example. His recent motions under the Black Pocket alias have thrown up some real gems, most notably the anthemic ‘Ur A Sta’ and associated remixes from his bruv DBridge and forward thinking peer, Martyn. ‘The Album’ is a culmination of…

STEVE SPACEK
Black Pocket The Album
Exit Records
LP // £11.99

*12-track vinyl Edition* Steve Spacek needs little introduction to the future soul/broken beat cognoscenti. To everyone else, he’s one of the UK’s most unique producer/singers, our answer to someone like Om’mas Keith for example. His recent motions under the Black Pocket alias have thrown up some real gems, most notably the anthemic ‘Ur A Sta’ and associated remixes from his bruv DBridge and forward thinking peer, Martyn. ‘The Album’ is…

FREE THE ROBOTS
Ctrl Alt Delete
Alpha Pup
2LP // £14.99

The Alpha Pup family of labels and distribution network really has nailed that whole Wonkified take on modern Hip Hop that’s emerged out of the American West coast over the last couple of years, fuelling a number of imprints (including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, and the impressively diverse Leaving Records) that have really come to embody the sound. But Alpha Pup is, of course, also a record label in its…

JIMMY EDGAR
Hot, Raw, Sex
K7
12″ // £4.99

No rest for the wicked as Jimmy Edgar drops his latest backed with remixes from Kris Wadsworth and Machinedrum. ‘Hot, Raw, Sex’ jumps on a Prince-indebted Detroit electro tip with some exceedingly frilly keys and snapping machine rhythms. Kris Wadsworth goes into a darker EBM mode and Machinedrum offers a clever quickslow mix for the slicker booty movers.

JAMES PANTS
New Tropical
Stones Throw Records
12″ // £8.99

Stones Throw’s resident oddball unleashes six tracks of anachronistic beat experiments with no tangible brackets. Two tracks ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Hanama Beat’ favour the distorted and over driven kickdrum as a basis for stary electronic loops and strange samples, while ‘1988’ could be considered as a tribute to some weird strain of rare groove boogie that got left out of the history books. ‘This Crazy Sound’ meanwhile mixes up martial snare…

ORIOL
Night & Day
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

In the wake of his warmly received debut single ‘Coconut Coast’, the Spanish-Trinidadian, but Cambridge-based Oriol serves a heatwave of electronic jazzfunk augmentations for Planet Mu. He really honed his sound at the CDr nights in London alongside the likes of Floating Points and the Eglo heads, a place where boogie informed hiphop and soul fired Broken Beats melded into one another to produce the rare groove sound of 2010….

ORIOL
Night & Day
Planet Mu
2LP // £11.99

In the wake of his warmly received debut single ‘Coconut Coast’, the Spanish-Trinidadian, but Cambridge-based Oriol serves a heatwave of electronic jazzfunk augmentations for Planet Mu. He really honed his sound at the CDr nights in London alongside the likes of Floating Points and the Eglo heads, a place where boogie informed hiphop and soul fired Broken Beats melded into one another to produce the rare groove sound of 2010….

TONY COOK
Video Rock!
Stones Throw Records
12″ // £8.99

Stones Throw deposit another teaser for the forthcoming Tony Cook retrospective with ‘Video Rock’ b/w ‘Get To The Point’ housed in stylish full colour picture sleeve. Both tracks slip into that early ’80s boogie mode, with ‘Video Rock’ featuring a sexy vocal from Tavell while ‘Get To The Point’ keeps the funk firmly in the pocket with a vocal from Vernon Cheely. Fans of Dâm-Funk or the recent Reggie Blount…

GOLD PANDA
You EP (Osborne / Seams Mixes)
Ghostly International
12″ // £8.99

Further to the original release on Notown, Ghostly International pick up Gold Panda’s exotic glitchhop and tack on two remixes from Osborne and Seams. His original ‘You’ refines the method of chopped vox and eastern influences from last years ‘Quitters Raga’, delivering an uplifting filip of dancefloor sweetness with slow and heavy disco drums. For the remixes Osborne excels himself with a micro-processed slowfast version, splitting the glitches into frayed,…
CLICKS / GLITCH
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AUTISTICI
Detached Metal Voice: Early Works (Vol I)
Audiobulb
CD // £8.99

Featuring rare early works and previously unreleased tracks, Detached Metal Voice showcases some of Autistici’s most experimental material, exploring electroacoustic dissections of what might once have been classical music (‘Morphine (Detail)’), cut-up voices and odd sound poetry (‘Babyman’), plus digitally mutated jazz (‘Colonic People’). One of the weirdest entries has to be ‘Whispering Mongo Man’, which takes audio from a John Lennon interview, only to erase all the words, leaving…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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LA VAMPIRES & ZOLA JESUS
LA Vampires & Zola Jesus
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

*Easily one of the releases of the year so far, finally available on limited edition vinyl* Ghostly goings on from gothic psych queen Zola Jesus and kindred spirit LA Vampires (the current guise of Amanda Brown from Pocahaunted), who collaborate across this killer new mini album. ‘Bone Is Bloodstone’ rumbles into motion with those familiarly smudged out, indecipherable vocals and evaporating drum machines but there’s a heavy bass groove and…

KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / MIKE SHIFLET
Split LP
Amethyst Sunset
LP // £16.99

So, 2010 is turning out to be a vintage year for KFW releases, following his stunning ‘Generator’ tape, a split with Carlos Giffoni and the incredible ‘Variations for Oud & Synthesizer’ 7″ now comes this Split LP with Mike Shiflet encapsulating guitar/drone experiments. Keith’s side was recorded in his home town, feeding a performance on hybrid Digital/Analogue Modular synthesizer through a mono keyboard amp in order to explore a topography of…

RICHARD YOUNGS & SIMON WICKHAM-SMITH
20 Years
VHF
LP + 3CD // £34.99

“20 Years celebrates two decades of music from Richard Youngs and SimonWickham-Smith, featuring four previously unreleased albums. The set includes the first new vinyl edition from the pair in almost 15 years, plus three other projects (presented here on CD) that were all completed and intended for release by the duo in the ’90s, but fell by the wayside for various reasons. 20 Years, the newly recorded LP, is one…

HIGH WOLF
Ascension
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £13.99

Following a slew of small-scale tape and CD-R releases, High Wolf release a five-track official debut album for Not Not Fun with mastering duties performed by Yellow Swan, Pete Swanson. Working with loops, trance-inducing effects fog and phantom rainforest percussion, this French artist spools out nagging swirls of colourful psychedelia and tribal drone fudge. ‘Meeting Of The Three Seas’ sounds like an alien campfire jam, summoning up tribal beats, head-spinning…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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HARRY THUMANN
Andromeda
Hansa International
LP // £10.99

Reissue of Harry Thumann’s glorious 1983 prog-synth-disco escapade ‘Andromeda’. The original is a favourite of such notables as Daniel Wang and DJ Harvey and reputed to go for mad money on Ebay, so you’re getting a bloody good deal with the full colour sleeve and perfectly reproduced centre stickers! Heck, it probably even sounds better too! The proggy cosmic vibes of ‘Sphinx’ is a secret weapon of the aforementioned jocks…

BBII
Tropical Laser Fantasy / Sagittarius
Fresh Up Records
7″ // £5.99

Yes all disco fiends! Fresh Up Records is a the pet project of some well known characters with ties to the Rephlex camp (who shall remain unnamed for now), trading in nu-retro strains of Vocoder boogie, Library Funk and Moog Disco. They hit the floor strutting with the Moog-jamming ‘Tropical Lazer Fantasy’, full of from-the-hip lazer synths, uptempo drums and wicky-wicky geetar in the image of Giorgio Moroder. On the…

BREAKBOT
Baby I’m Yours Remix EP
ED BANGER
10″ // £5.49

Flashy French disco pop from Breakbot backed with a highly effective Italo remix from Aeroplane. ‘Baby I’m Yours’ sets a yelpy vocal from Irfane to some proper Daft Punk style disco vibes while Aeroplane slip down a gear into Italo cruise mode with some spectacular production twists to update the style for 2010.

HOT LUNCH
Inside Of You
POPULAR PEOPLE’S FRONT
12″ // £6.49

Chunky discohouse bugger from the well-known but undercover figure, Hot Lunch. ‘Inside Of You’ is the third release on the Popular People’s Front specials label which is owned and operated by Bill Brewster, Chris Duckenfield and Leo Elstob, following contributions from Rufdug and Glasgow’s ‘OOFT!’. Side A is an entrancing disco edit nodding to Soundhack and loaded with an immense breakdown, while the flipside contains two tamer versions.

JAMIE LIDELL
I Wanna Be Your Telephone (Tiga Mix)
Warp
12″ // £4.99

The original version of ‘I Wanna Be Your Telephone’ features guitar from Beck and backing vocals supplied by Nikka Costa, but Lidell’s vocal remains the star attraction, soulfully wending its way through a crunching, splutteringly funky, roughed-up electronic production. As for B-sides, album track ‘You Are Waking’ gets a remix from Bill Youngman, while Tiga takes on the single itself, embracing the lo-fi mood and stripping away much of the…
DUB / REGGAE
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NAPHTALI
Hole Up Your Hand
Dug Out
10″ // £8.99

The Dug Out mission continues, this week presenting East London’s Naphtali on a slick digital killer. ‘Hole Up Your Hand’ is one of his very first singles, produced at the Vibes Sounds studio in 1987 with Blacka at the controls crafting a minimal digital skanker with a timelessly futuristic atmosphere and a version included for the DJs. Choice cuts once again from Dug Out – stone cold killer.

MARTIN CAMPBELL
Historical Tracks (1978-1981): The Foundation
Channel One
LP // £11.99

Martin Campbell first became known on these shores when Jah Shaka would regularly deploy his roots classic ‘Who Can We Run To’ in the late ’80s. Historical tracks 1978-81 proves that Martin had actually been producing for ten years prior to UK fame, appearing as a sort of bedroom maverick, playing all the instruments himself and recording drums in his mum’s garage, although some vocals were pro recorded at King…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MOUNT KIMBIE
Crooks & Lovers
Hotflush Recordings
CD // £8.99

With two EPs and a handful of remixes, Mount Kimbie have opened a portal into the world of post-dubstep, electronic fusion soundscaping. ‘Crooks & Lovers’ is their much anticipated debut album, an assured statement comprised of crafty complexities and coherently juxtaposed angles making use of the freedom from any immediate dancefloor demands. With their releases landing on HotFlush and their inclusion in the catch-all net of dubstep, you’d be forgiven…

MOUNT KIMBIE
Crooks & Lovers
Hotflush Recordings
2LP // £11.99

With two EPs and a handful of remixes, Mount Kimbie have opened a portal into the world of post-dubstep, electronic fusion soundscaping. ‘Crooks & Lovers’ is their much anticipated debut album, an assured statement comprised of crafty complexities and coherently juxtaposed angles making use of the freedom from any immediate dancefloor demands. With their releases landing on HotFlush and their inclusion in the catch-all net of dubstep, you’d be forgiven…

PEVERELIST
Better Ways Of Living / Fighting Without Fighting
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Following the unanimous acclaim for his ‘Jarvik Mindstate’ LP, Peverelist drops two righteously forward riddims for Punch Drunk – and for our money they’re his finest yet. The Bristol ringleader has built his rep on quality, not quantity and these tracks bear testament to his prinicipled and stringently executed approach. ‘Better Ways Of Living’ nods to the pared down 808 aesthetic of Swamp 81 with a brittle bustling beat scaffold…

KIDKANEVIL / ILLUM SPHERE / BLUE DAISY
Basho Basho Remixed Remixed Ep 1
First Word Records
12″ // £5.99

Eliphino, Illum Sphere, Tokimonsta and Blue Daisy line up for a masterful remix session of Kidkanevil’s ‘Basho Basho’ EP. You should be warned, there’s some seriously potent material on this 12″, staring with Eliphino’s mix of ‘The Floating World’ which starts apace with a Joy Orbison-alike take on garage, arranging shivering hi-hats into impressive shuffles while his basslines manages to go way deeper than anything we’ve heard for time. Also…

AMERICAN MEN
Cool World (Ikonika & Optimum / Hudson Mohawke / Falty DL Mixes)
Lucky Me
2LP // £13.99

Buffed by adulation from all corners of the industry and backed with remixes from Hud Mo, Ikonika & Optimum, Machine Drum, and Falty DL, American Men deliver their first five tracks of Miami-lazer-rock for Lucky Me. The Glaswegian group comprise three members of the short lived Russia outfit and a current member of the hotly tipped Dananananaykroyd supergroup, playing a canny fusion of complex Math Rock and arcade game melodies….

TIGA / MARTYN / EFDEMIN
Gentle Giant Remixes
Turbo
12″ // £7.99

Tiga enlists Martyn, Efdemin and Mathew Jonson to remix ‘Gentle Giant’ (featuring the vocals of Jake Shears and James Murphy) from his ‘Ciao!’ album. Firstly, the garage flexing euphoric burn of Martyn’s mix has been causing quite a stir in the hands of able jocks like Jackmaster, while Efdemin jacks on an economically plush Chicago/Berlin mix and Mathew Jonson trances out over a tricksy triplet groove driven by a massive…

DIAMOND K & AL RIPKEN JR / BOK BOK
Hands In The Air (Bok Bok Mix)
TOP BILLIN
12″ // £5.99

Rude party tricks backed up with remixes from Bok Bok, Lunice, Cobra Krames and Trusta. Al Ripken Jr’s remix of Aaliyah’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothing’ is one of our alltime favourite B-more club tracks. Together with Diamond K he unloads a proper call and response club killer on ‘Hands In The Air’. On the remix front, Bok Bok takes it to London with grimy snares and his signature synth squiggles, while…

VARIOUS / RINSE FM
I Love Funky
Rinse
2CD // £8.99

Neatly coinciding with Rinse’s elevation to a proper ‘legal’ radio station (congrats!), Supa D and MA1 drop anthem-jammed mixes for the ‘I Love Funky’ followup to the dubstep compendium. To be fair, you’d be hard pushed to find a stronger overview of the last few years, and mixed by two of the scene’s most central figures too. Supa D covers ground from Champion’s rugged ‘Motherboard’ riddim to Roska’s ‘Feeline’, Donaeo’s…

AL TOURETTES & APPLEBLIM
Lipsmacker EP (Linkwood Remix)
AUS Music
12″ // £7.99

Appleblim and Al Tourettes on a garagey tech-house mission for Aus Records, backed with a prime Linkwood remix! Their A-side effort ‘Lipsmacker’ finds a contemporary sweetspot between the fractured Todd Edwards inflections of Akufen and the garage techno of Tim Wright, leaning towards Panorama Bar rather than Tresor vibes. ‘Mr Swishy’ on the flip cuts a techy garage figure with twitching synth bursts and a swampy bassline, but Linkwood reconfigures…

UNKNOWN
Porque Te Dub
JAHMIGA
7″ // £5.99

The mysterious Jahmiga follow their version of ‘Whiskey’ with a digidub mix of an undying 1974 Spanish dance classic, widely known from the movie ‘Cria Cuervos’. The unidentified Spanish vocal lends it a super crisp Bossa Nova breeziness which works wickedly well with the pointed digital riddim. Don’t sleep on this, it’s a charmer.

QUEST
Smooth Skin / Wind Tunnel
DEEP MEDI MUSIK
12″ // £6.49

Original dubstep maestro Quest takes an about turn from 140bpm steppers towards a luscious slow house sound on ‘Smooth Skin’. It’s a highly successful detour too, finding compatibility in the drag-grooves of NWAQ or Mark E while still retaining its own sub-heaving swing and that crisply turned-out finish. In case the dubsteppers are feeling disenfranchised though, ‘Wind Tunnel’ is a deadly intricate halfstepper with pursed sci-fi synth wipes and an…

GEORGE FITZGERALD
The Let Down
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

George Fitzgerald first appeared on our radar with his ‘Don’t You’ cut on Scuba’s Sub:stance mix. Fast fwd a year and he’s got his first release on Hot Flush, dropping the future garage soul of ‘The Let Down’ and a luscious dubtech gem in ‘Weakness’. It’s hard to escape the fact that both sides strongly remind of Joy Orbison, but that’s a really obvious comparison to make considering that he’s…

KODE 9
You Don’t Wash feat. The Spaceape
K7
12″ // £5.99

‘You Don’t Wash’ is Kode 9’s exclusive production made to accompany the recent DJ Kicks mix set. By our reckoning it’s his first new production in nearly 12 months, moving deeper into an urban jungle-state-of-mind with insistent marimbas synched to bustling Afro-Latin percussion. It’s a firmly Funky-rooted production in the vein of ‘Black Sun’ or ‘2 Bad’, dispensing with the dread vibes of old in place of an elegantly gliding…

BENGA
Stop Watching / Little Bits
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…

EKELON / RSD
Asian Blades (RSD Mix)
POLICE IN HELICOPTER
12″ // £7.99

Following drops on Mary Anne Hobbs’ ‘Evangeline’ compilation and Creative Space, Ekelon returns – backed with an RSD remix – for Berlin’s Police In Helicopter. The original chokes a squirming acid line under inverted kicks and spooky electroid synths inna techier Reso style, while RSD does his standardly heavy Bristol roller thing.

LAUREN PRITCHARD / GEIOM
Painkillers (Geiom / Flotilla Mixes)
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £6.49

Island Records starlet Lauren Pritchard drops the Geiom and Flotilla remixes of ‘Painkillers’ from her forthcoming LP ‘Wasted In Jackson’. Her strong gospel and country influenced vocals have been honed on the Broadway stage and come across like a bolder Courtney Tidwell, hence the electronic associations inferred with these remixes. Geiom is in tricky dubstep mode on the A-side, brewing a busy mash of skittering post-garage percussion and lilting synths…

RUCKUS & ROKE
Spectrum / Glockrotten (Upfront White Labels)
OFF ROAD
12″ // £5.99

Rugged dubstep rave wrangling from Rusckus and Roke. ‘Spectrum’ is the noisier, more upferrit of the two, balling tearout midrange synths and halfstep patterns with some fierce edits. ‘Glockrotten’ lands on the flip with a slightly more laidback mover coated in sci-fi synth pads.

SEVEN & ELVEE
Breakdown / Moonshine
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £6.99

N-Type’s Wheel & Deal lands a pair of rugged churning grooves from Seven and Elvee. ‘Breakdown’ on the A-side rolls strong with mechanized breakstep strafes and a raving electroid lead and ‘Moonshine’ goes a step darker with swollen half-timed subs and parping digi-dub brass for a Kromestar-meets-Vex’d effect.

ZINC
Crack House Vol. 2
Zinc Music
12″ // £5.99

Zinc drops a second edition of Crack House beats, roping in Skream, JME and Angela Hunte for a toot. ‘Gimme The Camera’ features additional production from Skream and a B-More/party vocal from Hunte on a chunky electro-house riddim with nudges of Dubstep styled bass. ‘Let’s Go’ is loads a JME vocal over club ready electro-house and ‘Nexx’ goes all out with the Funky electro banger vibes.
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RADIO PEOPLE
Radio People
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

*Killer vinyl debut for Sam Goldberg’s excellent Kosmische-driven ‘Radio People’ project after cassette releases for the Emeralds-curated Wagon and Gneiss Things labels. A must for followers of Oneohtrix Point never or, indeed, Emeralds* From the salty tear-infected circuit boards of Cleveland, Ohio, comes ‘Radio People’, Sam Goldberg’s synthwave commission for the ever-excellent Digitalis imprint. For the latter half of the ’00s he’s been a part of the same underground noise…

FOUR TET
Angel Echoes (Caribou Mix)
Domino
12″ // £6.99

Featuring remixes from Caribou and Jon Hopkins (of Domino’s own Double Six imprint), a new single arrives from Kieran Hebden’s There Is Love In You album. Sailing through layered vocal loops and chiming melodies the original mix always threatens to kick in properly, but the tentative kick/hi-hat combo holds back all the way.  Caribou’s eight-minute mix goes straight for the dancefloor jugular though, losing none of the source material’s celestial…

JASON URICK
Fussing & Fighting
Thrill Jockey
LP // £10.99

Following on from last year’s brilliant Husbands album, Baltimore’s Jason Urick continues to impress with a new four-track LP. While last time around we were treated to exemplary drone constructions, Fussing & Fighting reveals a more loop-based ambient feel that morphs and evolves in a slow-burning, song-like fashion. ‘Fussing & Fighting’ itself could almost be a Panda Bear record piped through Basic Channel’s studio equipment, blending immersive electronic psych-pop with…

NORTH MANC BEDS
Mancweb
Skam
12″ // £7.99

It’s only taken them 5 years, but NMB finally deliver new material from their clandestine crew of veteran IDM craftsmen. The elusive bunch all bear close ties with the Skam label, meaning a strong likelihood that some of these tracks could be from an incognito Skam superstar. Sticking to the machines they know and love, NMB tweak out melodies and rhythms built from squashed R’n’B, electroid swingbeats and dystopian post-dance…

PAPERCUTZ
Do Outro Lado Do Espelho (Lylac Ambient Reworks)
Audiobulb
CD // £10.99

Lovely set of shoegazy ambient remixes of Portuguese composer :Papercutz from Helios, Simon Scott, Taylor Deupree, Rameses III, Autistici, Jasper TX and more. The source material comes from his ‘Lylac’ album, a set of cinematically lush orchestrations neatly blending acoustic and electronic instrumentation with popwise vocals, ripe for the revision session. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the show is Taylor Deupree’s magical reweave of the title track, taking the focus away…

QUA
Q&A
Mush
CD // £11.99

‘Q&A’ is Qua’s third full length album, the work of sound artist Cornel Wilczek with contributions from extremely talented drummer Laurence Pike (Pivot, Triosk, Savath + Savalas), shaping a manic sonic universe where the playful nature of Moondog is mixed with elements of Math rock, cartoonish memes a la Raymond Scott and a widely scoped psych vibe nodding to the tropicalia of Os Mutantes. Laurence Pike’s drums are the rhythmic…
EXTREME / NOISE
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PAN SONIC & KEIJI HAINO
In The Studio
BLAST FIRST PETITE
2LP // £17.99

Three of the worlds foremost extreme sound artists/producers collide ‘In The Studio’ on a highly limited and opulent spot-gloss gatefold album. Recorded days after the live performance captured on ‘Shall I Download A Black Hole and Offer It To You’, this is Keiji Haino and Pan Sonic witnessed in the controlled environs of a Berlin studio, serving eleven utterly compelling examples of freeform noise, vocal gymnastics and power electronics. The…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES
Archive: 2003-2006
Bella Union
LP // £14.99

A collection of previously unreleased recordings from Fred Nicolaus and Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, this compilation plays out like a laboratory document that led to more fleshed out and polished Department Of Eagles songs as well as one or two bits and pieces that became Grizzly Bear songs. The lo-fi ‘Practice Room Sketches’ are always interesting, recurring throughout the album, and the entries that open and close the album prove…

DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES
Archive: 2003-2006
Bella Union
CD // £10.99

A collection of previously unreleased recordings from Fred Nicolaus and Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, this compilation plays out like a laboratory document that led to more fleshed out and polished Department Of Eagles songs as well as one or two bits and pieces that became Grizzly Bear songs. The lo-fi ‘Practice Room Sketches’ are always interesting, recurring throughout the album, and the entries that open and close the album prove…

JUNKBOY
Koyo
ENRAPTURED
LP // £11.99

Taking its name from a Japanese word meaning “gentle sunlight”, this latest album from Junkboy, the recording alias of Brighton-dwelling brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb, keeps to its billing, sounding every inch the companion to supine summer afternoons. Introductory track ‘Firth’ was apparently inspired by a day the brothers spent listening to John Cameron’s soundtrack to Kes, something that’s very much evident in its lyrical woodwinds and ambling acoustic backing….
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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MAX RICHTER
Infra
Fat Cat
CD // £9.99

This latest release from modern classical star Max Richter is a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet. Premiered at the Royal Opera House in November 2008, the piece was put in the spotlight by a BBC documentary around the same time, only to be revived at the beginning of this year, resuming its run at Covent Garden.  Richter’s soundtrack is an absorbing blend of shortwave-style droning transmissions,…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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DELOREAN
Ayrton Senna EP
Mushroom Pillow
CD // £6.99

Delorean are an electro-pop four piece from Barcelona. Their music slots like a greased hot dog into that happy indie dance spot between Air France, El Guincho and Delphic, combining yelpy male vocals with spiky, shiny guitars, euphoric synths and sprightly percussion so irresistible even the shyest indie kids will be compelled to shake out a twee move or two. The ‘Ayrton Senna EP’ was released last year on Barcelona’s…

RICHARD YOUNGS
Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits
Jagjaguwar
LP // £9.99

*Extremely rare collection with considerable cult status now receives a very welcome release on vinyl via Jagjaguwar – comes with a coupon for an MP3 version redeemable directly from the label* “Thus was the simple dare handed to Richard Youngs from his friend Andrew “Paz” Paine during their weekly Sunday meet-up. Ever the modest master, Youngs said in accepting this friendly challenge that he merely endeavored to capture the “beats…

TORO Y MOI
Leave Everywhere
Car Park
7″ // £3.99

From the battered jukebox of his mind, Toro Y Moi delivers two archival tracks from 2006. Both the title track and ‘First Date’ are shockingly devoid of the sun frayed electronics with which he’s made his name, instead taking on Beach Boys vibe reminiscent of Panda Bear’s material of roughly the same era. ‘Leave Everywhere’ is the more pop dedicated, featuring Chaz Bundick’s vocals buried amidst dreamy guitar swirls and…

DONNA REGINA
The Decline Of Female Happiness
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £11.99

The Decline Of Female Happiness is the sixth Donna Regina album for Karaoke Kalk and (by my count at least) their eleventh in all, arriving twenty years after the duo’s first published recordings. Over these years husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen have refined their own corner of the pop universe, penning unassuming yet often heartbreaking little pop productions fronted by Regina’s infinitely melancholy voice. The new album…

LOWER DENS (JANA HUNTER)
Twin-Hand Movement
GNOMONSONG
CD // £13.99

For our money Jana Hunter has always been criminally underrated, her lonely, smudged songs somehow failing to capture the wider public imagination despite (or maybe because of) offering a completely off-kilter mixture of bittersweet introspection and a sound pop sensibility. All of this looks set to change with her debut album as ‘Lower Dens’, a record that ups the ante on both production (ably handled by Chris Coady) and stylistic…

LOWER DENS (JANA HUNTER)
Twin-Hand Movement
GNOMONSONG
LP // £14.99

For our money Jana Hunter has always been criminally underrated, her lonely, smudged songs somehow failing to capture the wider public imagination despite (or maybe because of) offering a completely off-kilter mixture of bittersweet introspection and a sound pop sensibility. All of this looks set to change with her debut album as ‘Lower Dens’, a record that ups the ante on both production (ably handled by Chris Coady) and stylistic…

ASS
Salt Marsh
Static Caravan
LP // £9.99

On his third album Andreas Soderstrom, known more concisely as Ass, provides seven wonderfully crafted instrumental folk songs. While its starker predecessor ‘My Get Up And Go Just Got Up And Went’ set a more sombre style of playing, ‘Salt Marsh’ builds an eerily lush sound, taking influence from the jazz into folk findings of Pentangle and traces of Six Organs of Admittance’s psyched strums. This is probably due to…

ASS
Salt Marsh
HEADSPIN
CD // £12.99

On his third album Andreas Soderstrom, known more concisely as Ass, provides seven wonderfully crafted instrumental folk songs. While its starker predecessor ‘My Get Up And Go Just Got Up And Went’ set a more sombre style of playing, ‘Salt Marsh’ builds an eerily lush sound, taking influence from the jazz into folk findings of Pentangle and traces of Six Organs of Admittance’s psyched strums. This is probably due to…

DIRTY PROJECTORS
Stillness Is The Move (Lucky Dragons Mix)
Domino
7″ // £3.99

Dave Longstreth has long been attempting to contextualize his love of commercial R&B within his compositions, and he has long struggled with just how to do it. In the end he managed it by playing it straight – ‘Stillness Is the Move’ is almost a straight-up R&B track; no bullshit, just vocal harmonies and killer, killer Timbaland-inspired beats. I’m sure the track’s mainstream success is limited – a white, quirky…

ENDLESS BOOGIE
Full House Head
NO QUARTER
LP // £15.99

New York’s Endless Boogie deliver the latest album of raw blues rock for No Quarter. The session was recorded at the Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, capturing the essence of their bar rock blues roar in seven tracks led by the hoarse holler of Top Dollar and his masterful axe chops.

ENDLESS BOOGIE
Full House Head
NO QUARTER
CD // £9.99

New York’s Endless Boogie deliver the latest album of raw blues rock for No Quarter. The session was recorded at the Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, capturing the essence of their bar rock blues roar in seven tracks led by the hoarse holler of Top Dollar and his masterful axe chops.

KENSETH THIBIDEAU
Repetition
Temporary Residence
CD // £11.99

As a founding member of Tarantel, and particpant in about a dozen or so other projects, including Sleeping Poeple with Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffmer, Kenseth Thibdeau is a pivotal figure in the SoCal indie scene. ‘Repetition is his debut solo album, a meditative set taking cues from the more pastoral side of Krautrock, but with a slow motorik charge that warrants the title. That’s probably best heard on the circular…

STEVE MIRO
Rude Intrusions/Second Sentence/Trilemna
LTM
2CD // £12.99

Digital remaster of the collected works of cult Manchester artist Steve Miro. Includes his three albums ‘Rude Instructions’, ‘Second Sentence’ and ‘Trilemna’ originally released on Object Music between 1979 and 1984, plus rare demos from the same period. Booklet features artist biog and archive images for the diehard Miro fans.
JAZZ / RELATED
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HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND
Money
Wah Wah 45s
7″ // £5.99

Fresh from the jazz pits of East London, Hackney Colliery Band make the transfer from much-vaunted live act to a recording ensemble with their killer version of Kelis’ ‘I Got Your Money’. With a full range of brass on show, the group comprising of many respected blowers – with credits for Jarvis Cocker and Porpoise Corpus among others – swap hard hats for New Eras on the party staple, while…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 318: August 2010
Wire
Mag // £4.00

August’s edition features one of the their most striking front covers in memory; Chris Watson’s face obscured with butterflies (are they real??). The enigmatic sound recordist and ex-Cab talks about his fascinating career and working with everyone from david Attenborough to Z’ev. Surgeon is also afforded a feature article, and this months primer covers the instellar pulse of cosmic disco. Elsewhere, Joe Muggs meets Terror Danjah, coiner of the Hypnagogic…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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AMÉ
Rrose Sélavy EP
Innervisions
12″ // £7.99

New Âme releases are a highly prized resource in the overworked fields of house music. Frank Weidemann and Kristian Beyer aka Âme have achieved this status through two simple methods; making great tracks, and releasing very few of them. ‘Rrose Selavy’ is a great track, simple as. The subtle drama and tripping sophistication of the title track is testament to their combined years of crowd control tactics across the world,…

ARGY
Argy Presents D Edge Sao Paulo
These Days
CD // £9.99

Argy presents a tribute to his favourite club, Sao Paolo’s D.Edge, selecting 15 tracks of night burning tribal and vocal house. From the C2 style rise of MCDE’s Art Of Tones remix, through his own shimmy shakers and heavyweight house jive from Jerome Sydenham, Kerri Chandler, DJ Duke, Ribn and Aril Brikha, Argy captures the chuggy modern house vibe square on.

GEOFFROY KOMOBO PRES MUGWUMP:
Raping The World We Left Behind
Kompakt
12″ // £6.49

Belgian duo Geoffroy Dewandeler and Olivier Gregoire supply a pairing of new tracks under their Mugwump guise, beginning with the plunderphonic-influenced sample-hopping techno of ‘Raping The World We Left Behind’, whose hodge-podge layering and helter-skelter vibraphone-like melodies make for an agreeably cartoonish formula. Next comes the more straight-ahead crisp electronics of ‘E40 Blues’, merging bleepy bass routines with broken-beat infused 4/4 patterns.

VARIOUS / FUMAKILLA
10 Years Of Fumakilla
Fumakilla
2CD // £10.99

Berlin’s Fumakilla label has ploughed a distinct style of elastic tech-house for 10 years now . They celebrate this fact with a fat double disc album; one set of exclusive tracks, and a retrospective mix by label head Woody. The exclusives range from Livio & Roby’s agile ‘Jack cu Soul’, to J.M. Aboga & Danny Fiddo’s tidy rhodes shuffler ‘Until The Roots’, and druggy but super crisp minimalist house from…

VARIOUS / SOUNDOFSPEED
Circles
Soundofspeed Records
CD // £12.99

UK release of this previously Japan-only album of laidback tracks from Speedofsound. Collecting tracks from Kuniyuki Takahashi aka Koss, Lee Jones of My My and the Aus Music label, Luke Vibert, Henrik Schwarz and Shur-I-Kan, it’s just about as smooth as it gets…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Library Catalog Music Series Vol. 7: Music For Paradise Armor
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £11.99

Volume. 7 of Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music Series presents the quirks and quarks of Richard Swift’s Instruments Of Science & Technology alias. He’s previously released a bunch of material on Secretly Canadian records but changes stylistic tack on ‘Music For Paradise Armor’, eschewing his usual vocals in favour of gorgeously frayed and exquisite analog electronics driven by clickety beats and bleep rhythms. To achieve his charming sound he uses…

KRISTIN MILTNER
Library Catalog Music Series Vol. 8: Music For Dreaming And Playing
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £11.99

We rejoin Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalogue Music Series at volume.8 with a lovely installment from Kristin Miltner. With a background in video and installation art, composition, and sound design, Kristin is an ideal candidate for this series, especially as she has particular experience creating sound design elements for many popular computer games and toys, including EA’s Sims 3 and Sims Animals, plus a number of facebook and iPhone games. Her…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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OUTER LIMITS RECORDINGS
Foxy Baby
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

**Pink Marbled Vinyl** Time and tape warped hypno-pop from Foxy Baby, suspected by some to be the work of one Sam Meringue, aka maker of Matrix Metals and Flashback Repository on OESB and others. His label sums Foxy Baby up as an “esoteric glam-damaged concept record about Berlin nightclubs and foxy ladies”, and that ‘s quite on the money, except this Berlin is in an alternate dimension where Ariel Pink…

MAJEURE (ZOMBI)
Timespan Remixes
Temporary Residence
LP // £13.99

Brilliant set of remixes for A.E. Paterra’s Majeure project coming from Black Strobe, Steve Moore and Justin K Broadrick. Moore initiates the mission with a motorik Italo mix of the title track, conjuring vintage Giallo imagery and comparisons to Legowelt’s most cinematic moments. Justin K Broadrick also takes a pop at the same track, keeping the steady disco pace intact with rockier drums before collapsing into the sludgy style he’s…

TETINE
Tropical Mutant Punk Funk
SLAM DUNK
12″ // £5.99

Delectable art-disco from Brazil/London based Tetine, offering four tracks lifted off their recent ‘From A Forest Near You’ album. in pole position is an ‘Mutant’ edit of their signature cut ‘Tropical Punk’, a highly sophisticated floor burner with half sung/half spoken vocals and drifting, droning synth chords laid over an ass clasping bassline and crisp disco drums. ‘Yr Daughter Lies’ is grade-A post-punk skronk, scuffed with stray electronics and driven…

INDIAN JEWELRY
Totaled
WE ARE FREE
LP // £12.99

Texan band Indian Jewelry are back with a new full-length, following up on the scrappy pleasures of 2008’s Free Gold. There’s something new afoot here, as can be heard from the dark basslines and pitched-down vocals of first track ‘Oceans’. It sounds as if the band are offering their own twisted take on electronic pop music, and based on this opener the result is something akin to a shoegazing Fever…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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FABRICE LIG / SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
Digital Forest
R&S Records
12″ // £5.99

R&S’s run of great form continues with a big room heater from Farbice Lig backed with an astounding Space Dimension Controller remix. The original mix of ‘Digital Forest’ is built with a teasing symphnic climax primed to slip in with your Carl Craig or Redshape records, but it seems almost uncouth next to the graceful glide of SDC’s remix on the flip. His ’33 Degree Tape Mix’ nods to the…

DJ JUS ED
Next Level
Underground Quality
CD // £8.99

Ya dun know it’s Jus-Ed, fools! Connecticut’s finest arrives at his second album following five years of prolific output, largely for his own Underground Quality imprint. Now firmly back in the production seat, Ed gives a rich taste of his style, covering 10 shades of the deepest house moods. Those signature punchy drums are at the base of each track, from the warm and friendly greeting ‘I’m Coming’, to the…

JUANA MOLINA
Un Dia (Reboot Mix)
Domino
12″ // £6.49

Long-awaited vinyl pressing of that track that Villalobos has been caning for ages – finding Reboot revising the title track from Juana Molina’s last album. His Latin affectations lend themselves well to Molina’s Argentinian roots, curling phrases of her Spanish vocals into a sophisticated bass groove with subtle syncopations for sexy hips and slinky shoulder movements. limited, 1-sided white label copies only.

MARK E
Works 2005-2009 Vol 2 : Selected tracks & edits
MERC
CD // £9.99

Completing his retrospective look at the last five years, Mark E deposits another seven cuts of slow-motion house and disco edits for Merc Music. Of all the disco edit dudes currently pimping their wares we reckon Mark is one of the very finest, doing something really special with his source material, rather than giving it a lazy hack and splice job. This second volume draws a line under his 12″…

A GUY CALLED GERALD
Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions EP1
Laboratory Instinct
12″ // £6.99

AGCG drops three tracks of deep and effervescent digital techno lifted from his recent album. Since moving to Berlin earlier in the ’00s, Gerald has been hard at work hewing his familiar analog warmth from a new palette of digital equipment. The results are typically lush, exemplified in the crystal clarity and firm bass tones of ‘People Moover’. The best way to compare the old and new AGCG is probably…

FUTURE BEAT ALLIANCE
Machines Can Help EP
Tresor
12″ // £7.99

Future Beat Alliance keep the faith with three bold neo-Detroit techno trax for Tresor. From the Red Planet synth flurries of ‘Simulation’ to the ultra-bright melodic constellations of ‘Cross Dissolve’ fans of Arne Weinberg, Convextion and Vince Watson will not be disappointed.

JITTERBUG
Beaten Trax EP
UZURI
12″ // £8.99

Deeper Chicago house tributes from Jitterbug for Uzuri. This guy obviously knows his Chi-town onions, giving praise to the late night styles of Prescription on the Thanks Spencer’, or Kerri Chandler in the ruff but smooth ‘Catacombs’ while ‘Ancient Ruins’ works it out with a silvery disco loop and ‘Dune Buggy’ nods to the rugged arrangements of Boo Williams.

LINE IDLE
Tense
ANDNOTOR
12″ // £5.99

Sophisticated analogue technopop from Glasgow’s Line Idle unit. ‘Tense’ is the fourth release on the Andnotor label, a brooding dancefloor charge with affected ’80s male vocals and a killer electro hook. On the flip there’s a choice acid rerub from Nu42, extending the pleasure to nine minutes and featuring a flickering 303 lick frolicking with the bassline in prime warehouse style. Andnotor’s previous releases have caught the attention of S’Express’…

OZKA / PETER VAN HOESEN
Hidden Roots (Peter Van Hoesen Mix)
MOWAR
12″ // £5.99

Franco Cangelli’s Mowar imprint turns out four tracks of prime techno from Belgium’s Ozka, backed with a pumping Peter Van Hoesen remix. The title track shows his years of experience producing for labels such as Dave Angel’s Rotation, smearing smudged dub chords over churning bass groove and strafing percussive syncopations. ‘Intel Dub’ nods to dubstep in a swung style layered with hypnotic chords, kinda like a more melodic Detroit version…
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CHARANJIT SINGH
Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat
Bombay Connection
CD // £12.99

*FINALLY AVAILABLE ON CD – 1982 PROTO-TECHNO MADE IN INDIA – AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE TROVE OF EARLY ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC THAT SOUNDS LIKE APHEX’S ANALORD TRANSPORTED TO EARLY 80’S MUMBAI – DO NOT MISS!* Charanjit Singh’s ‘Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat’ is quite easily one of the maddest records we’ve ever had in stock. It was originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer, intending to capitalise on…