Aug 132010
 
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Following on from the vinyl edition of Daphne Oram’s foundational ‘Oramics’ set, Young Americans delve deeper into spectral electronics with a dark and intense album from the hitherto unknown Suum Cuique. Using a purely analogue configuration of machines, ‘Midden’ sounds like the meeting point between the reduced functionalism of Eleh, the industrial pulse of Pan Sonic and the powerfully transcendent synth experiments of Eliane Radigue – and comes very highly recommended to those of you with an interest in any of those characters. It comes in a white-on-white embossed sleeve and is limited to 400 copies, act sharp.

In a similarly occluded mood, the 14 part ‘Saiwala’ collection features exclusive tracks from Chris Watson, Francisco López, Thomas Koner, BJ Nilsen, Black To Comm and many more, all utilising recordings of wind patterns and wind storms, from blistering, visceral noise courtesy of Tetsuo Furudate to Mike Harding’s intimate recording of a broken window and the supreme mystery of Chris Watson’s ‘Ravenscleugh’, capturing the symphony of a bracing Northumbrian gale.

The contemporary kosmische of Brother Raven finally makes an appearance on vinyl this week, with synth and drum machine experiments recorded to tape and reminding us of a dreamily naive new-age RPG computer game with obvious comparisons with Oneohtrix Point Never and Skaters’ Spencer Clark. if you want the real deal vintage New Age, though, you simply MUST pick up the Important Records reissue of J.D. Emmanuel’s seminal 1982 ‘Wizards’ album before they all go, there’s only 500 for the world.

Further justifying her status as the first lady of UK House music (Kate Lawler, do one!), Cooly G turns out the sumptuous ‘Up In My Head’ alongside the brilliantly demented ‘Phat Si’ for Hyperdub. It’s one of the most distinctive 12″s of the year, balancing feisty aggression and fluttering sensuality for a slickly sexy workout with multiple strains of dancefloor music twisted into uniquely trademarked syncopations. For our money she’s still the most exciting proposition on Hyperdub – and this twelve comes well recommended,

Elsewhere in the home listening quarters the talented Keith Kenniff (aka Helios) offers a brand new Goldmund album of expansive contemporary classical, The Books deliver a crackling collage of folksy electronics and beats and Grasslung comes to the fore with a finely detailed display of micro-ambient and glitch-ridden sonic architecture.

Other highlights feature from Cosmin TRG teasing the Dutch Bubblers sound into his hybrid fusions on Hemlock, and a brilliantly hypnotic release from underground Berlin figure TV Victor on Non Standard Productions which should be investigated by any fans of NSI, the MvO Trio or Gas. As if that’s not enough, there’s a super-limited 7″ from Forest Swords, tapes from William Fowler Collins and John Elliott of Emeralds, plus more from Sylvia Striplin, Berkane Sol, High Wolf, Matthew Dear, Neu!, Nadja, Shortstuff, Kim Hiorthoy, Drum Eyes, Arto Mwambe, Finders Keepers, and much much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



SUUM CUIQUE
Midden
ELECTRONIC
Young Americans
LP // £14.99

*Immense, dark and unbelievably heavy analogue productions somewhere between Eleh, Pan Sonic and Eliane Radigue on this limited edition vinyl pressing. It doesn’t really matter when this music was made or by whom, all you need to know is that only 400 copies have been made for the world, housed in a suitably anonymous white-on-white embossed sleeve* Suum Cuique (pronouned Soom Kwi-Kwe, Latin for “To Each His Own”) follows the remit of Young Americans to explore uncharted, experimental, and personal synthscapes, guided by the hand of intuition with an entirely analogue array of machines. There’s a confidence and ability to these productions which elevates them above the masses of lo-fi synth meanderings currently murmuring in the underground, occupying the tantalising space between Eliane Radigue and James Ferraro, or Thomas Köner and Daphne Oram, creating a dialogue between their shared and opposing aesthetics to give an emotional response with deeply chilling and engrossing results. In ‘Lithic Reduction’ concrète textures grind like a millstone to release powdery clouds of analog dust, settling only to be dispersed by gusts of blackened distortion, whereas ‘Red Binary’ is distinctly electronic, revolving around muted radar bleeps like the resonance from SAW II soundtracking a speckly pill experience that’s starting to go west. The album’s centrepiece, the aptly titled ‘Entropy’ nods to the sublimely stoic work of Eleh, radiating microtonal bass shifts while a bitter northerly wind builds in intensity. Brilliantly out of place, ‘Cyclic Redundancy’ opens the flipside with a majestically submerged slab of completely obliterated and submerged 4/4, like an unholy collusion between Mika Vainio, Sandwell and Bernard Parmegiani soundtracking a trade union rave in the 1950’s, before ‘Even In Death…’ conjures imagery of a eulogy given by a Mongolian throat singer with crows circling overhead. Strictly limited copies, catch it while you can.



BROTHER RAVEN
VSS-30
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £14.99

The outer limits of contemporary kosmiche and experimental synth music continue to be explored with a screen printed and hugely limited transmission from Seattle’s hotly tipped Brother Raven. As a rite of passage, they’ve already released a handful of cassettes on local imprint Gift Tapes and the ace Taped Sounds outlet (home to Oneohtrix Point Never, Uton, and James Ferraro among others), before dropping these two sides of “space music with the positive-vibe ambiance of early new age”. They also cite Inuit mythology and time travel among their influences, with slightly more discernable traits inherited from the early ’80s synth music of J.D. Emmanuel. The duo of Jamie Potter and Jason E Anderson have a charmingly naive sound, wandering through an array of Multi and Micro Moogs, Polysynths and Yamaha keyboards recorded to tape, with the slightly unusual addition of a Roland SH-101 and SH-1, which we’d assume are responsible for the interjections of fragile proto-techno pulses which crop up in between their freeform strokes. Overall, the effect of ‘VSS-30’ is like progressing through an early 8-bit commodore game, eager to progress towards the next level, but happy to vibe off the dayglo graphics and sounds. The recording to tape adds that unmistakable analogue warmth that makes this one of the finer records of its kind to hit our racks this year. Limited to 150 copies and highly recommended to fans of KFW, OPN or Skaters.



CHRIS WATSON / THOMAS KöNER / BJ NILSEN / VARIOUS
Saiwala
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Fario
CD // £9.99

*Featuring previously unreleased and specially commissioned material from Black To Comm, Thomas Köner, BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and more – housed in an oversized french-language booklet* This specially compiled release features 14 exclusive compositions exploring the aesthetics of wind and wind storms from Chris Watson, BJ Nilsen, Francisco López, Black To Comm, Thomas Köner, Jana Winderen and more. It comes with a French-language booklet with interviews with the contributors but unfortunately our French game is weak so we’ll head straight to the sounds within, a rather magnificent collections focussed on that most primal and deeply evocative element. Köner’s ‘The Weary Seer’ deploys the movement of air very subtly, reserving it for tantalisingly slow and breathy background imagery in a wider scene of darkly spiritual, cavernous ambience, sharply contrasting with Tetsuo Furudate’s visceral cyclone in ‘Mr G. I., He Is Still Calling Me In The Wind’, a Merzbow-esque display of noise mystery. Mike Harding’s excellent ‘Broken Window’ focusses on the serendipitous nature of wind, capturing pressure changes from the titular pane, while Black To Comm’s psychedelic ‘Scorpions Rising’ features whistling and autumnal gusts. Francisco López offers the uncomfortably close and wickedly indecipherable field recording treatments of ‘Untitled #240’ and the always magical BJ Nilsen seems to investigate the dynamic connections between electrical distortion and wind in the attentive ‘Wind Amp’. Finally, Chris Watson closes the set with another incredible field recording – ‘Ravenscleugh’ recorded in the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland, a brief but marvelously symphonic composition. Very highly recommended.



GOLDMUND
Famous Places
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

Keith Kenniff’s second release for the Western Vinyl imprint (and his third full-length in all) finds the Helios man returns to the project’s inclinations toward nostalgic piano compositions. Famous Places features a list of tracks named after locations that have played an important part in Kenniff’s life to date, each one being loaded with a particular significance relating to memory. A close-miced recording technique accentuates the simplicity and intimacy of Kenniff’s melodious musings, and while the piano solo is clearly the medium the Goldmund project is predominantly concerned with, Kenniff frequently adds contextual details to his recordings, setting his keywork among billowy, abstract drones, a few quietly mixed-in additional instruments and occasional percussion (as put to good use on the outstanding ‘Dane Street’). Like Harold Budd before him, Goldmund blurs the lines between ambient music and contemporary-classical and creates intensely atmospheric and very cinematic vignettes (Kenniff’s music has accompanied manifold films, advertisements and television broadcasts). Famous Places ranks as another first class entry into Kenniff’s discography.



J.D. EMMANUEL
Wizards
ELECTRONIC
Important Records
LP // £17.99

*Long-awaited Important edition of this amazing Kosmische album – newly mastered from the original tapes and made in an edition of 500 copies for the world* Chances are you won’t have heard of J D Emmanuel before. This record in particular was a private pressing released back in 1982 and owned by a select few punters who quite clearly did their research. In recent years the record’s reputation has spread, with rumours circulating that it was a transcendent blend of Terry Riley, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Popul Vuh and early Kraftwerk – but finding it was about as easy as looking for a connection between Wolf Eyes and The Spice Girls. Then, without fanfare, the album re-appeared as a limited edition on the Belgian ‘Dreamtime Taped Sounds’ and we knew as soon as we got our grubby mitts on a copy that this was something that simply had to be heard to be believed, that would stun just about everyone we know with its almost meditative electronic explorations. I’m sure many of you remember Delia Derbyshire’s amazing ‘Electrosonic’ LP (that lasted about two weeks…) and this album gives us the same kind of chills, it’s just THAT sound, it’s impossible to put your finger on but even more impossible to re-create. With the amount of retro-electronic music coming out at the moment you’d think someone would have nailed it, but no, it’s still these records that emerged at the time, that came from people genuinely excited by the technology and the possibilities this technology could inform that really hit you where you need to be hit. Using three Sequential Circuit Pro-1 synthesizers, a Crumar Organ and some delays (recording direct to tape) Emmanuel manages to conjure up deep, distorted faraway lands, astral plains and shimmering multi-coloured skies – the soft synthesizer tones dictating the journey perfectly. Whether with bubbling, almost sequenced-sounding synth bass, or with organ-like improvised phrases, Emmanuel never takes a wrong turn and this is an album that will rarely leave your turntable (trust me, it’s been welded to mine since I got it). The sensitivity and simplicity of the music is almost impossible to convey, suffice to say we think it’s one of the best (and most unexpected) things we’ve heard this year so far, and followers of early electronic music, Kraftwerk and the Radiophonic Workshop need to get a hold of one right away. Stunning stuff, and incredibly limited – we only have a few so be quick if you want to secure yourself a copy. ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.



VARIOUS / INDIAN FILM
The History of Indian Film Music
WORLD
TIMES MUSIC
10 X CD BOX SET // £45.99

Super expansive 10xCD box set (seriously, this thing weighs a ton) featuring 169 tracks charting the history of Indian film music with complimentary hardback book housed in an opulent boxset. This is easily the most comprehensive collection of Indian Film Music we’ve ever seen. As anyone who has witnessed a Bollywood or Indian film will testify, among the quaintly loved-up but often lousy storylines are glorious musical sequences, colourfully choreographed and packed with memorable hooks. The thing that’s most impressive about this set is how far back it goes – starting with super-obscure recordings from the 1930’s and 40’s, followed by by two discs covering the golden period of the 1950’s, two discs covering the 1960’s and then some wildly evocative 1970’s recordings spanning a further two discs. Basically this is an absolute treasure trove of gems waiting to be discovered – we’ve only had a quick skip through each disc so far and the quality is top notch, covering legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Ashok Kumar, and Asha Bhosle to newer stars including Shreya Ghoshal and Hema Sardesai, coupled with heavily researched book written by Rajiv Vijayakar. It’s every bit the definite article of Hindi cinema and should excite connoisseurs and fans alike – don’t miss.



THE BOOKS
The Way Out
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Temporary Residence
CD // £10.99

Their fourth album together, celebrated folktronic cut-up merchants The Books return on a new label for The Way Out, their first release in half a decade. The album seems to switch between sample-driven collage pieces and more conventionally composed songs. In the former camp you’ll hear tracks like the single, ‘A Cold Freezin’ Night’, which takes the form of mosaic of mischievous children’s voices rattling through teases, name-calling and casual death threats. You’ll hear more Avalanches-esque voice-splicing littered throughout the album, as heard on the new-agey self-help soundscape of ‘Chain Of Missing Links’, the complex cello/guitar-led soul patchwork of ‘I Didn’t Know That’ or late-coming highlight ‘The Story Of Hip-Hop’ – a kind of meeting between Four Tet and People Like Us. On the songs front, ‘Beautiful People’ stands out, with its upbeat rhythmic signatures, warm crackling arrangement and harmonised vocals. The arrival of a swirling brass finale underlines just how lovely this piece is. Along similar lines, tracks arriving a little deeper into the sequence ‘All You Need Is A Wall’, Thirty Incoming’ and the elegiac blues of ‘Free Translator’ all make for glorious songwriting exercises, with samples, instrumental sources and vocals all gelling into a flow of warm, swelling signals. Recommended.



GRASSLUNG
Sincere Void
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Root Strata
CD // £7.99

Sincere Void is the first major release from Brooklyn musician Jonas Asher. Having previously released via small cassette or CD-R runs, this luscious new collection of ambient compositions finds Asher not only receiving the backing of the ever-influential Root Strata label, but also fellow abstract electronics maestro, Taylor Deupree, who masters the album. The content of this music feels a little grittier and more coarsely analogue in character than anything you’d be likely to hear on 12k, but there’s a clear thread of common ground between Grasslung and the kind of micro-ambiences that label specialises in. Opening cut ‘Scarred Hands We Drift’ has to be one of the most immediate and all-round beautiful short-form drone pieces of the year, almost sounding like pop music with its levitating chord interchange and vibrant sonic character. From here onwards the album opens up to involve more obviously physical and acoustic sounds, whether that be the gravelly loop fragments of ‘Roland Park Noose’ or the glitchy architecture of piano composition ‘Tired Of Remembering’. Striving for more grandiose planes, ‘Feeding Your Vanity’ recalls The Sight Below, while the exceptional ‘When We Were Young’ reverts to a more humble mode dominated by tremulous synth lines and glassy, slow-shifting organ-like figures. Excellent stuff – limited to 500 copies.

Singles of the Week



COOLY G
Up In My Head / Phat Si
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

The UK’s first lady of Funky offers two hip melting joints for Hyperdub. She’s taken 2 minutes out from updating her facebook and twitter to grace us with another pair of effortlessly astounding riddims following last years killer ‘Narst/Love Dub’ set, which everyone rightly got the gush over. Again there’s a masterful balance of light and dark, or sensuality and feisty aggression, at play here. ‘Up In My Head’ is helplessly loved up, caught in the raptures of swooning strings and sumptuously swung bass with those cascading machine rhythms yearning for able bodies to lock into their sinuous grasp. And if that’s the foreplay, tings gets nastier with ‘Phat Si’, unloading the G-ruffest subs under metalic synth spasms and constantly unstable percussion imbued with that most unattainable element of squashed music found everywhere from Chicago house to Jungle, a febrile tension of psyched and hypersexual dancefloor interplay. Cool as f*ck, and ESSENTIAL, no less.



FOREST SWORDS
Rattling Cage
ELECTRONIC
NO PAIN IN POP
7″ // £4.49

Cast your mind back a few months and the hypnagogically attuned among you may remember Forest Swords’ immense debut for Old English Spelling Bee, a record that was described by some as capturing the spirit of Burial and Ennio Morricone in one densely fogged package. Following in the same dub drowsy and tape rendered aesthetic is his ‘Rattling Cage’ 2-tracker for No Pain In Pop. The ‘Rattling Cage’ fuses distant marimba tinkle with arcing guitars, spectral wurlitzer and mournful vocals in a rustic dub pop quilt. ‘Hjurt’ on the other hand builds a sublime tension through a spiky/spooky post-punk drum break and jangly, Shadows-on-smack riffage with a liminal dubconscious ambience that hits the spot, dead on. Highly recommended.



COSMIN TRG
Tower Block / Béton Brut
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
HEMLOCK
12″ // £6.49

Following his peakin’ Funky drops for Tempa and Rush Hour, TRG goes dark and techy with two steely focussed actions for Hemlock. The imagery is set with the title for ‘Tower Block’, taking the vibe pan-ghetto sci-fi with a blend of frisky Latin shuffles and calculated Zomby-esque motions craftily nodding to the Dutch Bubblers sound. ‘Bton Brut’ stays in that occluded Nether zone with cranky dry textures and haunted pads circling proper tricksy future techno rhythms like a darkside version of Rishi Romero’s ‘African Forest’. Severely ON IT gear. Well recommended!!!



TV VICTOR
GRV Vol. 1
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
NON STANDARD PRODUCTIONS
12″ // £6.99

TV Victor is an alias of Udo Heitfeld, an underground Berlin figure with deep roots connecting to Moritz Von Oswald and Thomas Fehlmann, who has been working for the Tresor imprint and associated labels since the late ’80s. For Tobias Freund’s NSI label he offers three relatively recent experiments, time stamped around early summer 2009. The A-side is 10 minutes of looping rhythms submerged under a matrix of filters and dub FX while layers seem to peel and fray in the ether, reminding at times of the MvO Trio album. On the other side we’re lulled into the trickling triplet patterns of ‘010709’, featuring more rhythmic movement than the claustrophobic flip and affected with off-balance mixing trickery for a sublimely psyched experience akin to Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas releases. The sole rhythmic anchor for ‘100609’ is a lone kettle drum buried in the background while layers of acousmatic ambience seep to the fore with the spectral grace of Philip Jeck. Highly Recommended.

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TV VICTOR
GRV Vol. 1
NON STANDARD PRODUCTIONS
12″ // £6.99

TV Victor is an alias of Udo Heitfeld, an underground Berlin figure with deep roots connecting to Moritz Von Oswald and Thomas Fehlmann, who has been working for the Tresor imprint and associated labels since the late ’80s. For Tobias Freund’s NSI label he offers three relatively recent experiments, time stamped around early summer 2009. The A-side is 10 minutes of looping rhythms submerged under a matrix of filters and…

QUANTEC
Force Vive EP
Phonobox
12″ // £8.99

**White Vinyl** Sven Schienhammer goes under the waves with four tracks of dubby house for Phonobox. ‘Circles (Re-Edit)’ offers a slow, lurching groove just below 110bpm, but the rest of the cuts settle around the 120bpm mark, from the intricate shuffles of the title track to the streamlined Detroit shapes of ‘Swayings’ reminding of Mike Huckaby’s S.Y.N.T.H works.
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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EXILE
AM/FM Remixes EP
Plug Research
LP // £12.99

Following his excellent ‘Radio AM/FM’ album, Exile and Plug Research offer up a 9-track addendum of remixes and exclusive vocal versions from his circle of LA based peers. Top of the pile, Samiyam’s hovering organ and crispy slump beat mix of ‘Population Control’, while Take’s mix of ‘Your Summer Song’ swings out stereo-pysched synth stabs and slow crushed Latinjazz breaks like Dilla gone awry. Also features mixes from Free The…

TOKIMONSTA
Midnight Menu
LISTEN UP
CD // £12.99

L.A’s Tokimonsta drops her highly anticipated debut album, landing on the Japanese imprint, Listen Up, a subsidiary of the Art Union conglomerate. As indicated by her 12″ and the growing bluster of hype surrounding her work, ‘Midnight Menu’ is a very satisfying experience, double dipped in sunny, soul rich atmospheres and conjuring a splendidly laidback and loved-up L.A. vibe that’s at once complementary, and yet distinct from her circle of…

AS VALET
Primitive
MOAMOO / ART UNION
CD // £12.99

As Valet presents another highly intriguing release on the Japanese Moamoo label with a head full of psyched hiphop flavours on his remarkable debut album, including remixes from Blue Daisy and Ichiro. We know very little about the artist; his myspace states he’s from Uganda, which is most likely a cute bluff, and the Moamoo website is in Japanese, but his music gladly offers all you need to know, collecting…

LODEN
Buggy
Mush
CD // £11.99

Five years since his ‘Valeen’ album for Eat This Records, Jolan Koks aka Loden delivers his sophomore album for Mush. It’s a largely downtempo affair, riddled with cute glitches, fizzing neon IDM melodies and hiphop-influenced beats. Fans of older Machinedrum or Boom Bip albums will get a kick out of this.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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CHRIS WATSON / THOMAS KöNER / BJ NILSEN / VARIOUS
Saiwala
Fario
CD // £9.99

*Featuring previously unreleased and specially commissioned material from Black To Comm, Thomas Köner, BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and more – housed in an oversized french-language booklet* This specially compiled release features 14 exclusive compositions exploring the aesthetics of wind and wind storms from Chris Watson, BJ Nilsen, Francisco López, Black To Comm, Thomas Köner, Jana Winderen and more. It comes with a French-language booklet with interviews…

GRASSLUNG
Sincere Void
Root Strata
CD // £7.99

Sincere Void is the first major release from Brooklyn musician Jonas Asher. Having previously released via small cassette or CD-R runs, this luscious new collection of ambient compositions finds Asher not only receiving the backing of the ever-influential Root Strata label, but also fellow abstract electronics maestro, Taylor Deupree, who masters the album. The content of this music feels a little grittier and more coarsely analogue in character than anything…

WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS
Hiding In Light
DIGITALIS
Cassette // £6.99

Having already dispensed premium slices of sonic darkness for Type and Root Strata, desert-residing drone harbinger William Fowler Collins delivers a highly limited new cassette release for Digitalis. Hiding In Light has a particularly nice flow to it, segueing between extreme lulls of gloom-smattered ambience and the more expected noxious elements of Collins’ sound. The field recordings that bookend the first side divide up the darker aspects of this music…

QUIET LIGHT WATER GAP (EMERALDS)
Nerve Trigger
Wagon
Cassette // £8.99

Quiet Light Water Gap is the solo work of Emeralds’ John Elliott and his ‘Nerve Trigger’ tape is by far the weirdest thing we’ve heard from their camp. This year alone he’s pumped out four cassettes, but unfortunately we’ve not heard them yet so who knows, this may be straight up normal in comparison? Anyway, ‘Nerve Trigger’ is essentially a musique concrète collage of disjointed plunderphonic samples, layering surreptitious recordings…

NADJA
Sky Burial
LATITUDES
CD // £8.99

Canadian doomgazers Nadja make an outstanding contribution to Southern’s ongoing Latitudes series with this immense album, divided into two long-form compositions. The first, ‘Jaguar’ is a slow-building droner, stirring up a grim collage of processed bell tolls, guitar scrapes and difficult to decipher field recordings that builds up into a booming low-end dominated soundscape that exudes abstract sludge-maetal gravitas. ‘Sky Burial’ is quicker to assert itself, cranking up the Nadja…

NADJA
Sky Burial
LATITUDES
LP // £10.99

Canadian doomgazers Nadja make an outstanding contribution to Southern’s ongoing Latitudes series with this immense album, divided into two long-form compositions. The first, ‘Jaguar’ is a slow-building droner, stirring up a grim collage of processed bell tolls, guitar scrapes and difficult to decipher field recordings that builds up into a booming low-end dominated soundscape that exudes abstract sludge-maetal gravitas. ‘Sky Burial’ is quicker to assert itself, cranking up the Nadja…

BXI (BORIS AND IAN ASTBURY)
BXI (Boris and Ian Astbury)
Southern Lord
CD // £6.99

A new twenty-minute EP from the fairly unlikely pairing of Japanese avant-metal heroes Boris and Ian Astbury, vocalist for The Cult and the rebooted line-up of The Doors. Astbury seems to have been a bit of a gun for hire in recent years, adding his distinctive rawk yelp to albums from the likes of UNKLE and Slash over the past couple of years. This project seems to work out well…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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SYLVIA STRIPLIN
Give Me Your Love
Soul Jazz
CD // £13.49

Soul Jazz reissue of this definitive, super-rare and in-demand boogie soul LP produced by Roy Ayers. It was originally released in 1981 on Ayers’ own Uno Melodic label, with a bespoke set of arrangements for the honeyed tones of Eighties Ladies singer Sylvia Striplin, who would also provide vox for the jazz fusion group Aquarian Singers. The music is some of Roy’s finest, full of those trademark bassline bubbles and…

SYLVIA STRIPLIN
Give Me Your Love
Soul Jazz
2LP // £14.49

Soul Jazz reissue of this definitive, super-rare and in-demand boogie soul LP produced by Roy Ayers. It was originally released in 1981 on Ayers’ own Uno Melodic label, with a bespoke set of arrangements for the honeyed tones of Eighties Ladies singer Sylvia Striplin, who would also provide vox for the jazz fusion group Aquarian Singers. The music is some of Roy’s finest, full of those trademark bassline bubbles and…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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COOLY G
Up In My Head / Phat Si
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

The UK’s first lady of Funky offers two hip melting joints for Hyperdub. She’s taken 2 minutes out from updating her facebook and twitter to grace us with another pair of effortlessly astounding riddims following last years killer ‘Narst/Love Dub’ set, which everyone rightly got the gush over. Again there’s a masterful balance of light and dark, or sensuality and feisty aggression, at play here. ‘Up In My Head’ is…

COSMIN TRG
Tower Block / Béton Brut
HEMLOCK
12″ // £6.49

Following his peakin’ Funky drops for Tempa and Rush Hour, TRG goes dark and techy with two steely focussed actions for Hemlock. The imagery is set with the title for ‘Tower Block’, taking the vibe pan-ghetto sci-fi with a blend of frisky Latin shuffles and calculated Zomby-esque motions craftily nodding to the Dutch Bubblers sound. ‘Bton Brut’ stays in that occluded Nether zone with cranky dry textures and haunted pads…

BOWLY
Bleeps / Idée D’un Tropique
BERKANE SOL
12″ // £5.99

Electropical Dubstep/Funky riddims from Montreal’s Bowly for Berkane Sol. ‘Bleeps’ is one of our favourite tracks from the label in some time, laying a groove somewhere between Emvee or Ill Blu’s ruggedly percussive Funky and the shiny electronic surfaces of Hackman. The more broken rhythmic stride of ‘Ide Dun Tropique’ is another winner, setting weirdo Caribbean melodies with a darker, skulking intent, like Senor Coconut mixed with Ed Rush, kinda….

MIDLAND
Play The Game EP
PHONICA
12″ // £6.99

Atmospheric breakstep and tech-house from Ramadanman collaborator Midland, backed with a superb Dexter remix. Midland’s reminds of the emotive dubtech of Indigo or earlier Martyn releases while ‘Leitmotif’, made with Furiku, is a rolling tech-house standard and ‘Head Down’ gathers some momentum with crisp shuffles and a big room techno prowess. The finest track by miles is Dexter’s ‘Play The Game’ refit, using a similar percussive palette to his ‘Redbox’…

SHORTSTUFF
The Summer Of Shortstuff: Part 2
Ramp Recordings
10″ // £6.99

Ramp drop the second summer session from Shortstuff; two future itchin’ wrigglers from the top drawer. ‘Tweaked’ is the maddest of the two, scrambling a ruffed up garage riddim with wild snare punctuations and unpredictably loose, yet calculated arrangements. Meanwhile ‘Galaxy’ on the flip sounds like some cyber Afrobeat styles flipped for the future swingers with agile syncopations and a gorgeously alien Afro melody. Nobody else sounds quite like this….

DJ C
Jump Up and Bounce / Mad Again (Du Ting Mix)
WNCL Recordings
10″ // £6.99

**SHIPS FRIDAY** Thick bashment-style thrusts from junglist DJ C on the second release from West Norwood Cassette Library records. ‘Jump Up And Bounce’ is a clarion call to the sweaty floors and dirty great speaker stacks everywhere, delivering a payload of gruff rolling bass topped with female ragga chat. Over on ‘Mad Again (Du Ting Mix)’ things get a bit more calamitous with a breakbeat midsection anchored with shuddering bass….

RUCKUS & ROKE
Spectrum / Glockrotten
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.

THE OTHERS / LD
Quantum Leap / Oh Yeah
DUB POLICE
12″ // £6.49

Lifted from Dub Police’s Scion sampler, two tracks from The Others and LD. With ‘Oh Yeah’ LD drops a fairly laidback but tricky shaker, inverting Soca rhythms to his unique dubstep specs. On the flip The Others pile out with a dirty halfstep rave maker.
ELECTRONIC
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SUUM CUIQUE
Midden
Young Americans
LP // £14.99

*Immense, dark and unbelievably heavy analogue productions somewhere between Eleh, Pan Sonic and Eliane Radigue on this limited edition vinyl pressing. It doesn’t really matter when this music was made or by whom, all you need to know is that only 400 copies have been made for the world, housed in a suitably anonymous white-on-white embossed sleeve* Suum Cuique (pronouned Soom Kwi-Kwe, Latin for “To Each His Own”) follows the…

BROTHER RAVEN
VSS-30
DIGITALIS
LP // £14.99

The outer limits of contemporary kosmiche and experimental synth music continue to be explored with a screen printed and hugely limited transmission from Seattle’s hotly tipped Brother Raven. As a rite of passage, they’ve already released a handful of cassettes on local imprint Gift Tapes and the ace Taped Sounds outlet (home to Oneohtrix Point Never, Uton, and James Ferraro among others), before dropping these two sides of “space music…

J.D. EMMANUEL
Wizards
Important Records
LP // £17.99

*Long-awaited Important edition of this amazing Kosmische album – newly mastered from the original tapes and made in an edition of 500 copies for the world* Chances are you won’t have heard of J D Emmanuel before. This record in particular was a private pressing released back in 1982 and owned by a select few punters who quite clearly did their research. In recent years the record’s reputation has spread,…

FOREST SWORDS
Rattling Cage
NO PAIN IN POP
7″ // £4.49

Cast your mind back a few months and the hypnagogically attuned among you may remember Forest Swords’ immense debut for Old English Spelling Bee, a record that was described by some as capturing the spirit of Burial and Ennio Morricone in one densely fogged package. Following in the same dub drowsy and tape rendered aesthetic is his ‘Rattling Cage’ 2-tracker for No Pain In Pop. The ‘Rattling Cage’ fuses distant…

MATTHEW DEAR
Black City
Ghostly International
2LP // £16.99

Ranking among the most anticipated house/electronic albums of the year, ‘Black City’ is Matthew Dear’s latest opus. Three years have passed since ‘Asa Breed’ , which he’s spent diligently maintaining his other personas, releasing records as False, Audion and Jabberjaw for a host of labels. However, it’s no secret that he saves his finest, most pop-friendly ideas for release under his birth name, unpressured by dancefloor trends and free to…

MATTHEW DEAR
Black City
Ghostly International
CD // £10.99

Ranking among the most anticipated house/electronic albums of the year, ‘Black City’ is Matthew Dear’s latest opus. Three years have passed since ‘Asa Breed’ , which he’s spent diligently maintaining his other personas, releasing records as False, Audion and Jabberjaw for a host of labels. However, it’s no secret that he saves his finest, most pop-friendly ideas for release under his birth name, unpressured by dancefloor trends and free to…

DRIVAN (KIM HIORTHOY)
Disko
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £9.99

Drivan is a new band project from Norwegian electronica star and graphic designer, Kim Hiorthoy, featuring a line-up of pan-Scandinavian pals: Swedes Lisa Ostberg and Louise Peterhoff and Kristiina Viiala of Finland. The group met while working on a dance piece titled The Potato Country in 2007, and the three girls in the band all come from different corners of the performing arts spectrum, yet everyone involved in Drivan contributed…

HIGH WOLF
Shangri L.A
MOAMOO / ART UNION
CD // £9.99

High Wolf is a rising star in the cosmos of loopy kosmiche and hypnagogic drone music alongside peers James Ferraro, Spencer Clarke and OPN. He’s responsible for the visceral Iibiis Rouge album with psych hero Neil Campbell (Astral Social Club/ Vibracathedral Orchestra), one of our very favourites this year, besides releases on Not Not Fun and his own Winged Sun label. ‘Shangri L.A’ is his latest opus, a sublimely mysterious…

BITCHIN BAJAS
Tones / Zones
Important Records
LP // £17.99

Bitchin’ Bajas is the solo project from Cooper Crane of Chicago krautrock revivalists, Cave. On Tones / Zones, Crane wields a selection of old synthesizers and an organ, crafting a far-out playlist of meditative analogue melodies and looping arpeggios that instantly draw comparisons to modern day pace-setters like Emeralds as well as the kosmische pioneers of the past. Important Records themselves point out the fortuitous timing of this album’s release,…
EXTREME / NOISE
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VARIOUS / IMPORTANT
Viva Negativa! A Tribute to the New Blockaders Vol. III
Important Records
2CD // £14.99

Featuring a star-studded line-up of contributors, this double-disc release pays homage to noise music pioneers The New Blockaders, with tracks recorded by some of the avant-garde’s leading lights, including Keith Fullerton Whitman, Jim O’Rourke, Wolf Eyes, Thurston Moore, Prurient, Carlos Giffoni, Aaron Dilloway, Z’ev, John Wiese, Jason Kahn, The Haters and Daniel Menche. Recent years have seen a growth in interest in The New Blockaders and this massive two-pronged third…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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JUDEE SILL
Live In London: The BBC Recordings 1972-73
WATER
CD // £8.99

Sadly, the late and very great Judee Sill didn’t leave behind an especially extensive catalogue of works, but apart from the two albums (her self-titled 1971 debut and its 1973 follow-up, Heartfood) completed in her lifetime, we’ve since heard Dreams Come True, mixed by Jim O’Rourke from materials for a proposed third album, along with a few live recordings and outtakes compiled for reissues. This live album draws from three…

ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
Hawk
V2
2LP // £16.99

A third album from this enduringly fertile collaboration finds the former Screaming Trees frontman adding his none-more-weathered vocal to another exceptional collection of songs produced, arranged and for the most part written by Isobel Campbell. There’s no evidence of diminishing returns here, with plenty more of the haunted Western-styled balladry that made prior efforts so special plus flirtations with vintage, orchestral soul (‘Come Undone’), rollicking Dylan-goes-electric numbers (‘Get Behind Me’)…

ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
Hawk
V2
CD // £12.99

A third album from this enduringly fertile collaboration finds the former Screaming Trees frontman adding his none-more-weathered vocal to another exceptional collection of songs produced, arranged and for the most part written by Isobel Campbell. There’s no evidence of diminishing returns here, with plenty more of the haunted Western-styled balladry that made prior efforts so special plus flirtations with vintage, orchestral soul (‘Come Undone’), rollicking Dylan-goes-electric numbers (‘Get Behind Me’)…

ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
Hawk (Digipak Edition)
V2
CD // £12.99

A third album from this enduringly fertile collaboration finds the former Screaming Trees frontman adding his none-more-weathered vocal to another exceptional collection of songs produced, arranged and for the most part written by Isobel Campbell. There’s no evidence of diminishing returns here, with plenty more of the haunted Western-styled balladry that made prior efforts so special plus flirtations with vintage, orchestral soul (‘Come Undone’), rollicking Dylan-goes-electric numbers (‘Get Behind Me’)…

THE TRAVELLING BAND
The Horizon, Me And You
Too Pure
7″ // £4.49

Manchester’s The Travelling Band release their first material that’s not hosted by their own Sideways Saloon label, instead stopping by the Too Pure singles club for a numbered, limited edition (500 copies) 7″. Both songs here are lifted from the band’s “prospective album”, to be titled ‘Screaming Is Something’, and as is in-keeping with their DIY roots the production was undertaken by the band themselves. ‘The Horizon, Me And You’…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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GOLDMUND
Famous Places
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

Keith Kenniff’s second release for the Western Vinyl imprint (and his third full-length in all) finds the Helios man returns to the project’s inclinations toward nostalgic piano compositions. Famous Places features a list of tracks named after locations that have played an important part in Kenniff’s life to date, each one being loaded with a particular significance relating to memory. A close-miced recording technique accentuates the simplicity and intimacy of…

THE BOOKS
The Way Out
Temporary Residence
CD // £10.99

Their fourth album together, celebrated folktronic cut-up merchants The Books return on a new label for The Way Out, their first release in half a decade. The album seems to switch between sample-driven collage pieces and more conventionally composed songs. In the former camp you’ll hear tracks like the single, ‘A Cold Freezin’ Night’, which takes the form of mosaic of mischievous children’s voices rattling through teases, name-calling and casual…

THE BOOKS
The Way Out
Temporary Residence
2LP // £18.99

Their fourth album together, celebrated folktronic cut-up merchants The Books return on a new label for The Way Out, their first release in half a decade. The album seems to switch between sample-driven collage pieces and more conventionally composed songs. In the former camp you’ll hear tracks like the single, ‘A Cold Freezin’ Night’, which takes the form of mosaic of mischievous children’s voices rattling through teases, name-calling and casual…

CELER
Dying Star
Dragon’s Eye Recordings
CD // £6.99

Recorded towards the end of 2008 using only a vintage analogue synthesizer and a mixing board, Dying Star is an eight-part, fifty-minute work from drone purists Celer, whose inscrutable discography continues to expand after the incredibly sad and untimely passing of one half of the duo; Danielle Baquet-Long. The accompanying notes state that the motivation behind these pieces was to create something rooted in improvisation that captured a sense of…

OLA PODRIDA
Belly Of The Lion
Western Vinyl
LP // £14.99

Ola Podrida is the recording alias of David Wingo, who with Belly Of The Lion delivers a second long-player, and a thing of great beauty it is too. Penned and produced within the confines of his own apartment, this record sounds nothing like the single-handed affair it in fact is, delivering song after song of exquisitely arranged melancholic Americana. This isn’t your standard-issue navel-gazing acoustic strum-athon, but rather a shimmering…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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STEVE MASON / STUDIO / ALEXIS TAYLOR
Am I Just A Man (Studio / Alexis Taylor Mixes)
DOUBLE SIX
12″ // £6.49

Limited to 500 copies, this 12″ features remixes of the Beta Band frontman’s latest single, ‘Am I Just A Man’ from cult Swedish act Studio and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. The original hints at the tone of the poppier end of The Beta Band’s material whilst taking on a chord sequence that vaguely brings to mind The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now’. The Studio take on the track transports the…

DRUM EYES
Gira Gira
UPSET THE RHYTHM
CD // £10.99

A project initiated by DJ Scotch Egg and Boredoms’ E-DA, Drum Eyes present their splendid debut on the dependably offbeat Upset The Rhythm. After the ADD analogue, squelching kosmische of ’50-50′, the excellent ‘Future Police’ takes a stance that’s halfway between affable synth-pop and live-kit powered dubstep. The outcome is a gritty, yet oddly fun head-nodding club track. Turning towards more unearthly, psychedelic fare, ‘Future Yakuza’ is a lengthy stroll…

DRUM EYES
Gira Gira
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £12.49

A project initiated by DJ Scotch Egg and Boredoms’ E-DA, Drum Eyes present their splendid debut on the dependably offbeat Upset The Rhythm. After the ADD analogue, squelching kosmische of ’50-50′, the excellent ‘Future Police’ takes a stance that’s halfway between affable synth-pop and live-kit powered dubstep. The outcome is a gritty, yet oddly fun head-nodding club track. Turning towards more unearthly, psychedelic fare, ‘Future Yakuza’ is a lengthy stroll…

AUTOLUX
Transit Transit
ATP
LP // £11.99

The six year wait is at last over; LA alt. rock trio Autolux return with a brand new full-length, the severely overdue follow-up to their widely commended debut album, Future Perfect. This is a band who often find themselves summarised with just one or two handy pigeonholing comparisons – references to either shoegaze or Sonic Youth are commonplace in Autolux reviews, and Transit Transit doesn’t always defy such categorisations -…

BRAD LANER
Natural Selections
HOMETAPES
CD // £10.99

Brad Laner has been behind countless recording guises, most significantly shoegaze pioneers Medicine, plus electronica acts Lexaunculpt, Electric Company and Planet Mu’s Internal Tulips – he even played with post-punk/industrial heroes Savage Republic. Now resuming activities under his own name, Laner delivers a pop-inspired solo album. Co-produced by Thom Monahan (of Vetiver and Brightblack Morning Light fame) the album takes the form of an accomplished psych-tinted affair that piles up…

PEOPLE OF THE NORTH
Deep Tissue
BRAH
LP // £13.99

People Of The North is an occasional Oneida side-project, spearheaded by the band’s mainstays Kid Millions and Bobby Matador. Active since 2003, POTN often includes contributions from the other members of Oneida, as is the case on this four-piece long-player. ‘Tunnels’ motors through a kind of jazzed-up krautrock-inspired instrumental – the beats don’t keep still, jittering around with a little more fuss than you’d hear from a Neu! record, but…

THE SMILES AND FROWNS
The Smiles And Frowns
Akoustik Anarkhy
CD // £7.99

Phoenix, Arizona psych-rockers The Smiles And The Frowns are the latest band to grace the roster of Manchester label, Akoustik Anarkhy. Despite the considerable scope of their diligently retro sound, The Smiles And The Frowns are but a duo, and this release arks an eponymous debut that’s brimming with references to vintage acid-pop and childlike melodic departures. ‘Cornelius’ is a stunning early entry, winding through a delightful, ’60s-styled tune, the…

VARIOUS / FULL TIME HOBBY
Hobbyism
Full Time Hobby
CD // £1.99

This new sampler from the Full TIme Hobby label is well worth getting hold of. In addition to the exceedingly reasonable price, the tracklist features a selection of new and recently released gems from the label’s roster, including a previously unheard song from Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘Taiwanese Boots’, lifted from their forthcoming new LP. Further highlights crop up in the form of recent outings by School Of Seven Bells (the…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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NEBULA / REACTIV
South London Nights
SCIENTIFIC WAX
12″ // £6.49

Deep and techy D’n’B and garage rinse-offs from South London’s Scientific Wax. On Nebula’s ‘South London Nights’ a glorious widescreen intro gives way to swooping amens and a surging Reese bass. Reactiv’s two tracks are more interesting to us, with the forward thinking hardstep of ‘Midnight Star’ ticking the right boxes and ‘Necessary Evil’ coming off like techno augmented Burial-styles.

ALIX PEREZ
Dark Days EP (Upfront White Labels)
Shogun Audio
2×12″ // £11.99

Upfront white label copies of Alix Perez’s followup to his ‘1984’ debut LP. The title tracks features Foreign Beggars over a typically slick stepper, while on ‘Loose Ends’ he colludes with Noisia for a tearing piece of Neurofunk. Limited copies!

SEBA
Never Let You Go / This Is Our House
Warm Communications
12″ // £6.49

Warm and fluid atmospheric D’n’B from Seba. ‘Never Let You Go’ is for the hands-in-the-air steppers, imagining a more elegant version of Teebee’s tranced-up tear-out styles with crisply efficient steppers beats and glorious Reece bass. ‘This Is Our House’ meanwhile takes it back for the dancers with techier syncopations and spacious floating synthline vibes. For fans of Rockwell or Calibre.
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 319: September 2010
Wire
Mag // £4.00

There’s a great cover on this month’s issue, relating to a central article about how the past is reshaping the music of the present, featuring texts and viewpoints from ten of the magazine’s contributors. Trends in vintage technology usage (Keith Fullerton Whitman is used as an example), reissue labels (mississippi) and buzz-terms like hypnagogic pop, hauntology are all scrutinised for your reading pleasure. Additionally, you’ll find an Invisible Jukebox with…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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ARTO MWAMBE
Live At Robert Johnson Vol.6
Live at Robert Johnson
CD // £8.99

Bucking the trend of previous ‘Live at Robert Johnson’ mixes, Arto Mwambé aka Philip Lauer and Christian Beisswenger actually play live! And when they say live, it’s hands-on drum machines, keys and FX, not just pressing a spacebar and mincing behind the laptop. The pair masterfully weave an hour of their classic material full of Roland beats, playful keys and sweetened synthlines with a delightful gait and spontaneous vibe that’ll…

AUDIOJACK
Motion Sickness
2020Vision
12″ // £5.99

More of that brown paper bag business from 2020 Vision, courtesy of Audiojack. Between the jaunty mince of ‘Motion Sickness’ and its tidy piano keys, and the tribal-tinged push of ‘Shakedown’ there’s easily enough to get your friday night rolling.

JAMES TEEJ
Seven Day Mend (Spencer Parker Mix)
REKIDS
12″ // £5.99

Rekids roll with a more soulful vibe from James Teej, backed with a solidly trancing version from Spencer Parker. ‘Seven Day Mend’ features a lonesome vocal to guide dancers through the motions of a warm tech-house mover, while Parker’s mix lays out thick 4/4s with an efficiently trancy glide.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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JACKY CHALARD
Je Suis Vivant, Mais J’ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £12.99

Once again delving deep into their archive of obscurities and long forgotten rediscoveries, Finders Keepers present this 1974 collaboration between French prog-pop star Jacky Chalard (and his group, Dynastie Crisis) with science fiction writer/voice actor, Gilbert Deflez. This album is like a psychedelic radio play, setting incredible French rock music backdrops against spoken passages. As tends to be the case with the best FInders Keepers releases, listening to Je Suis…

JACKY CHALARD
Je Suis Vivant, Mais J’ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

Once again delving deep into their archive of obscurities and long forgotten rediscoveries, Finders Keepers present this 1974 collaboration between French prog-pop star Jacky Chalard (and his group, Dynastie Crisis) with science fiction writer/voice actor, Gilbert Deflez. This album is like a psychedelic radio play, setting incredible French rock music backdrops against spoken passages. As tends to be the case with the best FInders Keepers releases, listening to Je Suis…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ID1OTS / DJ KOZE
In The Gold Room (Dj Koze Mixes)
LOEB
12″ // £6.49

Kooky club gear from Russian ensemble Id1OTS backed with a DJ Koze remix. ‘In The Gold Room’ features production from Andrei Antonets of Alexandroid, guitar from Pavel Kamakin, aka art director of Moscow’s 16tons club, and Ilya Shapalova, one of the top 5 guitar players in Russia, according to the Russian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Together they sound a little like Beck went for a weekend at Bar25 and…

JEE DAY
Like A Child
DFA
12″ // £6.99

Pumping big-room antics from Jee Day, making his solo debut for DFA. ‘Like A Child’ first cropped up as an exclusive on Juan Maclean’s DJ Kicks mix, slotting hand-in-glove into his friday night-friendly set. It’s the work of one Dennis McNany, a go-to engineer for the likes of The Rapture and Turing Machine, which would explain the studied rock thrust of his arrangement and taste for grinding electrodisco riffs. On…

NEU!
Neu! ’86
Gronland
CD // £9.99

Neu!’s notorious fourth and final album is finally given a full and official issue, to be known henceforth as ‘Neu! ’86’. Following the untimely death of estranged bandmate Dinger in 2008, Michael Rother relinquished his uncompromising stance on the album, and with the consent of the legendary drummer’s heir, he returned to the original master tapes in 2009 in order to rework the elements of what was formerly known as…

NEU!
Neu! ’86
Gronland
LP // £12.99

*Limited Pink Vinyl* Neu!’s notorious fourth and final album is finally given a full and official issue, to be known henceforth as ‘Neu! ’86’. Following the untimely death of estranged bandmate Dinger in 2008, Michael Rother relinquished his uncompromising stance on the album, and with the consent of the legendary drummer’s heir, he returned to the original master tapes in 2009 in order to rework the elements of what was…

TEETH
See Spaces
Moshi Moshi Records
7″ // £4.99

Riotous, noisy dance-pop from this new Moshi Moshi band, who based on the strength of this single seem to be heading in a similar direction to HEALTH with their robotic, psychotropic racket-mongering. ‘See Spaces’ is exceptionally good, spooling through strobing synth chords and brain-melting punk-rave crossovers, while ‘Time Changes’ is a slightly more straightforward synth-rock workout that’s not a million miles away from Crystal Castles’ noisier moments.

THE COUNT & SINDEN
After Dark ft. The Mystery Jets
Domino
7″ // £2.99

The Count & Sinden aim for the pop jugular with an infectious, radio-friendly anthem featuring a vocal from William Rees of Mystery jets. The main version calls to mind straw boater hats and flashy Radio 1 festival adverts, while the the Count’s ‘Afterdub Mix’ gives it a tidy dub lope.
WORLD
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VARIOUS / INDIAN FILM
The History of Indian Film Music
TIMES MUSIC
10 X CD BOX SET // £45.99

Super expansive 10xCD box set (seriously, this thing weighs a ton) featuring 169 tracks charting the history of Indian film music with complimentary hardback book housed in an opulent boxset. This is easily the most comprehensive collection of Indian Film Music we’ve ever seen. As anyone who has witnessed a Bollywood or Indian film will testify, among the quaintly loved-up but often lousy storylines are glorious musical sequences, colourfully choreographed…

DRUMMERS OF THE SOCIETE ABSOLUMENT GUININ
Voodoo Drums
Universal Sounds
2LP // £13.99

*** 2010 EDITION – 100% ESSENTIAL!!!*** Soul Jazz yet again come correct with the roots and culture. This amazing set of ritual breakbeats Haitian style has to be the most phenomenal, left field battle breaks album you could imagine. The rhythms used cause spirits to manifest themselves in the physical world, all powerful, some benevolent, others less so. Enjoyable and really quite mind expanding, this is recommended to anyone who…

GILLES PETERSON’S HAVANA CULTURA BAND
Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega Remixes)
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Gilles Peterson offers Louie Vega’s Eol Mix of ‘Roforofo Fight’ by his Havana Cultura Band, plus one bonus remix and instrumental. There’s few others who could capably tackle this material and Vega does a bustling good job on the Eol mix, keeping close to the organically syncopated flow of the original. Ont he remix he straightens out the kinks for the DJs with a more solid 4/4 bass to latch…