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21 May

In the Spotlight This Week:
Porcelain Opera

RENE HELL
Porcelain Opera
LP+CD // £9.99

Splazsh

ACTRESS
Splazsh
CD // £10.99

Caduceus

AKIRA RABELAIS
Caduceus
CD // £12.99

Does It Look Like I'm Here?

EMERALDS
Does It Look Like I’m Here?
CD // £11.99

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Hello,

It’s a seriously album-heavy week, with some of the year’s biggest releases packed into one deadly selection below.

If you’ve been getting into the Kosmische/Synth revival there are two standout albums finally out, the first is the Editions Mego debut of amazing Ohio 3-piece Emeralds, the second an absolutely amazing obscurity from the excellently monikered Rene Hell. Emeralds have hunkered down and delivered their most concise and lean set of tracks yet, eschewing the more tripped-out, longer pieces that have characterised much of their output to date in favour of shorter and more emotive pieces that often dip into a quasi new-age vibe, though with that same unhinged foundation that has typified their material these last few years. Rene Hell, meanwhile, opts for a much darker aesthetic, marrying spiralling synth transmissions with discordant analogue bursts, pitched down and treated vocal edits and a heady arrangement that induced a kind of glazed-over paralysis the first time we gave it a listen a few weeks back. And believe us when we say that’s high praise indeed.

When it comes to uncompromising characters in experimental music you can’t really stray too far without bumping into Kevin Drumm, who at long last appears this week on a long-rumoured 5CD boxed set retrospective on the Pica Disk label. if you’re of a faint-hearted disposition, look away now, as the material covered across these 5 discs is just blacker than black, ranging from tear-out noise freakouts to low, pulsing and deadly low-end guitar treatments that quite honestly have completely blown us away these last few days. It comes in a suitably rich and majestic gold-embossed box and for our money is just essential listening for any of you into uncompromising music – it just doesn’t get much better.

After many many years pushing some of the most forward-thinking electronic music around it seems that the people have at long last clocked the brilliance of Actress, whose long awaited new album is out this week. It occurred to us the other day how funny it was that this album has so often been described as Bass-music when really, there’s hardly a bassline throughout the whole thing, but the aesthetic really is next-level, marrying the machine funk of Prince with the trippiness of Arthur Russell and the snappy percussive style of Shake, veering in a brilliantly woozy style from squashed House to purple-edits without breaking into a sweat. Its been rightly singled-out as an early contender for album of the year so if you wanna know what all the fuss is about – get checking.

David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label has rarely followed any traditional industry conventions, so it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to find three new albums hit their release schedule in one day. The first two, from Jan Bang and Toshimaru Nakamura, are just brilliant (read the reviews below for more info), but the third warrants a mention all its own – a brand new album from Akira Rabelais. Akira may not be a household name but is probably one of the most influential and distinct producers in experimental electronic music, his unique method of building his recording process from the ground-up, including using his own modified software, imbues his material with a kind of untouchable quality that’s impossibly to define. Our best advice is – check the track previews below, buy a copy, and immerse yourself in one of the most unusually beautiful records you’ll have the pleasure of discovering this year.

Much much more out this week, including Guido’s long awaited debut album, a limited edition cassette for the Tapeworm label from Pita, a couple of reissues on the excellent Ghost Box label, killer mongrel dancefloor twelves from Doc Daneeka, Kavsrave, and Marcus Price, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble produced by Mos Def for a new 12″ of cover versions (including one of the Art of Noise’s ‘Moments In Love!), a special edition of The Cure’s classic ‘Disintegration’ with loads of bonus material, plus releases from The Dead C, Efdemin, Bobby Konders, Sublime Frequencies, Sigha, Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek, Rinse, Faust and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



RENE HELL
Porcelain Opera
ELECTRONIC
Type
LP+CD // £9.99

*Initial vinyl copies include a bonus full-length CD album of extra material called ‘Rogue Camera’* The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For Rene Hell Witscher sort of places himself alongside Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never with alter-dimensional synth trips referencing classic kosmiche, but with the lustre of nostalgia picked away to reveal a decidedly modern grasp of electronic psychedelia. Much like his peers, he manages to envelope his archaic source sounds with a forward thinking sensibility that’s conscious of developments which occurred between the early 70s and the early 10s, allowing him to avoid the pitfalls of kitsch, but play around with more honest cliche. Hell maps out a patch that focusses and aligns the visions of Cluster into Basic Channel while adding his own special enzymes to catalyse unpredictable psilocybic changes, a controlled but near-random factor liable to spew out tape chewed voices and dart off into tangential black holes or bloom into star burst harmonics like a box of illicit Chinese fireworks. Eschewing the constrictions of software programming, Hell’s intuitive hardware approach enhances these possibilities, take the album centre piece ‘L.Minx’ as the prime example, where the central synthline shudders and spasms in an electrical storm of distorted, blackened blows, before diverging and converging within the stereo field to defuse and reconnect your cerebral hemispheres with devilishly studied efficiency. A noisenik’s sense of freedom gives him license to create textures and tones which would likely be frowned upon in the original Kosmiche scene, but here on ‘Razor. P+’ they mark the track with a modernist aesthetic that puts history to good use and thrills us in the process. Witscher’s synth gospels are more than just a flash in the pan and proves that there’s still much terrain to be covered in the recently remembered lands of pure analogue synth music. Very highly recommended.



ACTRESS
Splazsh
TECHNO / HOUSE
Honest Jon’s Records
CD // £10.99

After crafting one of the most enduring albums of the last few years with 2008’s ‘Hazyville’, Actress sets his sights on the future with a crucial LP for Honest Jon’s. This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon’s are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham’s place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir, and secondly, a major maturity and cohesion in his sound. Wheras it’s predecessor was composed over a staggered period of many, many years, this album was fashioned in a fraction of that time, lending a tangible symmetry between these shapeshifting tracks that’s as loose as it is detached from the rest of the modern herd. Of the 14 tracks he’s selected, we’ve previously encountered the first two, with the unstable space float of ‘Hubble’ appearing on a shady Thriller 12″ and his remix of Various Production’s ‘Lost’ reminding us how good his most overlooked cuts can be. From here in it’s all about that next-level longing, sealing the airlock and initiating pressure sequence with ‘Futureproofing’, before laying down the robo-boogie with ‘Always Human’. Showing a teflon resistance towards easy categorisation, ‘Get Ohn (Fairlight Mix)’ swerves down a side street into a footwurkin’ face-off by cyborgs sliding to a mutilated mix of Jon E Cash and Chez Damier played underwater. Next we hit the erogenous interzone of ‘Maze’ and that incapacitatingly lush bassline designed to lock into your central nervous system and send shockwaves of piloerection to every f*cking corner of your soul. After that, we’re cynically dumped, cold post-sex style into the Ferraro-esque Prince tribute ‘Purple Splazsh’, and on into the Detroit ghetto stalk of ‘Let’s Fly’. The dissonant robo-crunk of ‘The Kettle Men’ and closing entry ‘Casanova’ confirm that if anything, the man is only suffering from a surfeit of ideas and expanded technical expertise. Which is never a bad thing. If you want music that enhances or removes you from your own reality like the most visceral sci-fi novel or confirms that there is a sprawling future beyond the stasis of too much modern music, this is just absolutely vital listening.



AKIRA RABELAIS
Caduceus
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

*Long awaited new album from the hugely influential Akira Rabelais, his first proper full-length since 2004’s “Spellewauerynsherde”, also for David Sylvian’s Samadhisound imprint.* A new Akira Rabelais album is cause for considerable excitement around these parts, his small but perfectly formed catalogue of releases has created one of the most complete and consummate identities in electronic music. On this long awaited new album ‘Caduceus’ the Texan-born artist returns to the guitar – an instrument he wielded during his early years on the Austin live scene, playing in industrial bands during the 1980s. Although processed guitar music has become something of a staple on the experimental electronic scene of late, ‘Caduceus’ sounds very different from other records in the field, taking on a far more radically abstract tone. ‘Seduced By The Silence’ introduces the record with an almost percussive, grinding sound that at times more closely resembles an annihilated tabla than a stringed instrument. More subtle, implicitly melodic emissions are to come, with the crumbling timbres of ‘Then The Substanceless Blue’ and the blissful cacophony of ‘Where To Let Our Scars Fall In Love’ representing early highlights. Considering this album is derived from a single instrumental source, the dynamics are remarkably broad, ranging from the quiet AM radio-style lullabies of ‘Comme Un Ange Enivré D’un Soleil Radieux’ to the howling distortion surges of ‘Night Dances Through Heaven’s Black Amnesia’. In both cases there’s a magical otherness at work that goes beyond the realms of electronic music’s conventional cold logic, and holds the kind of mysterious appeal you’d associate with artists like Andrew McKenzie, Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles. Cleaner sounds arise sporadically over the course of the record, with ‘Surface Of Soft Steps, Violets Whisper’ and ‘On The Little In-Betweens’ momentarily unshrouding the guitar to explore more conventional harmonic relationships, while ‘In A Cadence Of Vanishing’ reveals untreated acoustic guitar as it shifts through an ominously stationary chord sequence and a backdrop of crackling static jetisons flecks of melody. Over the course of this magnificent hour-long work Rabelais manages to coax sounds out of his instrument, the like of which you just wouldn’t encounter in the work of his peers: whether it be the peculiar flat-packed, concertina tones of ‘As Fingers Trace Around The Rim Of A Colourless Sky’ or the lost voices and radio wave interference of hushed closing piece ‘A Door Opens Backwards’ there’s always something remarkable around the corner. Very highly recommended.



EMERALDS
Does It Look Like I’m Here?
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

After a glut of super-limited CDrs, cassettes and vinyl pressings, Cleveland, Ohio’s Emeralds present their most developed album to date on Editions Mego. Like everyone else (read: maybe you, The Wire, Peter Rehberg, Fact Magazine, so many blogs) we’ve become big fans of their open-skied and kosmic sound, working our way back from ‘Solar Bridge’ through sparse reissues, and following through last years stunning self titled LP and ‘What Happened’ for No Fun, plus the many, many side projects from individual members Steve Hauschildt, Mark McGuire and John Elliot. Yup, they’re an annoyingly prolific bunch. Following the trend of recent albums ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here?’ takes a different approach from their early work, eschewing lengthy improvised jams for a sculpted and highly organised sound which thankfully hasn’t lost any of the swirling synth magic they’ve become known for. As they’ve matured and developed a stronger sense of identity, the comparisons to Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and Popol Vuh are still relevant, but with this album they’ve harnessed the elemental chaos into well honed and efficient movements, with sublimely intuitive key changes and melting textures skillfully gauged for piloerect impact, defining their art with ever more graceful contours. We’re only 2 minutes into the cascading arpeggios and pastoral guitars of ‘Candy Shoppe’ before they hit us with the first pivotal bliss surge. It’s these moments that define their sound and reflect the comparison to “cheesy” new age or kosmiche, moments of open-hearted honesty delivered without ironic discharge. We find these moments scattered across the album, in the spiraling clasp of guitars and burbling synth in ‘Double Helix’, the breathless ascension of ‘Genetic’ and the tactile envelopment of ‘Goes By’. Their other attribute is one that places them in perfect company on Mego, next to the likes of Fennesz and even more appropriately, Oneohtrix Point Never, that searching sonic futurism, seeking out utterly alien and tinglingly lush harmonic colours that justifies what many may perceive as archaic synth noodling. ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here’ is a magical accomplishment and should be experienced by any lovers of affecting electronic music, Just remember to turn your euphoria blocker off.



KEVIN DRUMM
Necro Acoustic
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Pica Disk
5CD BOX // £29.99

*5CD boxed set including five albums – Lights Out, Malaise, Decrepit, No Edit and Organ, each with an individual CD wallet and housed inside a gold-embossed box with a 24 page booklet* The soundworld of avant-garde laptop guitarist Kevin Drumm is a beguiling, isolated and often harrowing place to visit. His catalogue of releases for labels like Hospital Productions and Mego have singled him out as an elemental force within the parameters of drone, noise and darkest ambient. Drumm’s Norwegian peer Lasse Marhaug has compiled this vital 5CD boxset for his own Pica Disk label, surveying a range of work ranging from recently discovered recordings dating to 1996, to a new album of necro acoustic material made between 2006-2008, The four tracks of ‘Lights Out’ are exclusive to this set. Using pulse generators, filters, feedback and some computer processing, we’re placed in the eye of tornado with ‘Spraying The Weeds’ and subjected to near-infrasonic levels of subbass in ‘Blistering Statick’, but these just prepare the ground for the 18-minute ‘Idle Worship’ where Drumm controls a dense wave of stoically charged tones; insectoid highs like an army of cicadas singing a dirge, and quivering subbass drones liable to slowly dislodge the plaster on your ceiling. Much like his seminal ‘Imperial Distortions’ set, this is not recommended to those of a claustrophobic nature. ‘Malaise’ is a more recent effort, licensed from an original 2 x c30 cassette on Hospital Productions last year, and unfortunately sans rosary. These are eleven shorter tracks of shaved, naked and shivering drones and rhythmic noise, relentless, intuitive and improvised abstractions carved from guitar, oscillators and computer. ‘Decrepit’ consists of previously unreleased material from 98-99, with reissue of tracks from his 2005 Kitty Play split LP and tracks from his super limited Dilmna records release in 2008; ranges from brief, furious noise aches to chamber doom scapes and needle-woven tonal explorations. ‘No Edit’ is exclusive to this boxset, an album of prepared guitar material recorded in 2009 and divided into two lengthy improvisations using prepared guitar, Octave Fuzz, pedals and mini-amp. The first section deconstructs his axe into kaleidoscopic splinters of morphing noise, while a second, more lethargic effort picks away at an emaciated six-string with thin wrists and heavy lids, attempting to eke out its very final sigh. ‘Organ’ is our final port of call, originally recorded in 1996 by Jim O’Rourke and initially included in edited form on the ‘Comedy’ album. Over 55 minutes of salvaged recordings Drumm lulls us into a deep hypgnosis with Earth-like primeval chords crushed into black ash with a saintly restraint and dedication worth of Phil Niblock to challenge the listeners concentration in return for deeply meditative rewards. The gold embossed boxset housing the CDs looks uncannily alike a tabernacle which only serves to reinforce the near religious impact of processing Drumm’s music in your own personal space, where opening the unholy coffer to receive its bitter sacraments will become like some Hellraiser-esque rite of passage. Highly recommended to fans of Vainio, Merzbow, Pita, Konër and Prurient, a totally overwhelming collection of music from the darkside.



GUIDO
Anidea
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
PUNCH DRUNK
CD // £7.99

Punch Drunk drop the blazing debut from Guido! With two hugely acclaimed singles and only just as many remixes, Guido has achieved a level of respect within the bass-music scene usually reserved for long standing vets. Alongside the other G’s, Ginz, Gemmy and er… Joker, Guido has developed a unique fusion of heavyweight R’n’B, dubstep and electrofunk, more commonly known as “dat purple Brizzle sound”. With the grimy strings and starburst synth of last years ‘Orchestral Lab’ he injected the sound with a charismatic melodic-but-melancholy personality that refreshed the overtly dread style the scene was headed into. This is fresh club music that learned an important lesson from dubstep: 90% of female dancers don’t want darkstyle badman tracks all the time! With this perhaps subconsciously in mind, Guido makes polychromatic fresh-step, using heavyweight subs and considerate gangsta rhythms to get the whole club bouncing. Tracks like ‘Beautiful Complication’ and ‘Mad Sax’ are becoming anthems from Glasgow to Athens, and we reckon that the highlight, ‘Way U Make Me Feel’ featuring Yolanda is potentially one of the years biggest anthems. Everyone from Pitchfork to Fact magazine are big into this. A must check!!!



PITA
Mesmer
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

Another indispensable limited edition (250 copies) from the wonderful Tapeworm cassette label, this time reissuing a long out-of-print composition by Editions Mego boss Peter Rehberg. ‘Mesmer’ was in fact Rehberg’s very first solo work, commissioned by Ash International as part of their Mesmervariations double CD, released in 1995. This themed compilation included pieces by fellow sonic experimenters such as Gescom, Ryoji Ikeda, Robert Hampson and CM Von Hausswolff, all inspired by the work of 19th century “animal magnetist and hypnotist” Friedrich Mesmer. The first side of the cassette features the original nineteen-minute composition, while the B-side is a slightly longer, alternate rendering, culled from Rehberg’s own dubplate, which he had cut for DJ use back in 1996. Far from the auricle-scouring extremes that were to come from Rehberg and his Pita project, ‘Mesmer’ is a comparatively meditative digital drone piece. The narrative still bristles with noisy ruptures and flecks of glitchy distortion, but at its essence the track is a stream of undulating tones guided by a pervading sense of uncharacteristic sobriety and steadiness. Pita fans will no doubt be glad to hear that as drone-based records go, this is a million miles away from the sort of pastoral exercises you tend to encounter nowadays, and instead offers a kind of intelligent, hovering ambiguity that’s neither especially menacing nor welcoming. Just as was found to be the case with the recent Kevin Drumm reissues on Perdition Plastics, ‘Mesmer’ still harbours plenty of intrigue despite its age, and there’s something timelessly powerful about its technology-defying aesthetic as a wiry, disrupted mass of signals. The B-side manifests itself as a grubbier version in a more advanced state of erosion, which resonates nicely with the lo-fi analogue formatting and the archival nature of the release.



JAN BANG
And Poppies From Kandahar
JAZZ / RELATED
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

A new album from electronic and ambient jazz producer Jan Bang, featuring an all-star cast of musicians including: Jon Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen (whose Cartography and Chiaroscuro albums were co-produced by Bang). Samadhi Sound founder David Sylvian came up with the album’s name and the titles to every piece, setting an over-arching mood for the record that hints at concepts without being overly prescriptive. The album features a variety of production techniques, calling upon Bang’s background as a sampler obsessive and a collector of recorded sounds. Consequently these tracks take on a sense of collage, as if created as a patchwork over a lengthy period of time – pieced together from a number of location-based recordings as well as individual performances, captured both on the stage and in the studio. The album begins with ‘The Drug Mule’, occupying a tone that sets the scene for what’s to come and calling upon a wealth of quiet and mysterious timbres that creak and resonate within a broader, ambient soundscape. ‘Self Injury’ more closely observes individual contributions, with Henriksen’s unmistakable falsetto joining with a deep double bass part and occasional string excerpts. On ‘The Midwife’s Dilemma’, Endresen contributes an absorbingly abstract vocal while Molvaer applies his trumpet soloing over a Schumann melody. Elsewhere, ‘Passport Control’ takes a snippet of Kammerflimmer Kollektief’s ‘Gammier Zen + Hohe Berge’ and rebuilds the piece with new brass instrumentation and the wonderful ‘Heidegger’s Silence’ offers a compelling, muffled orchestral soundscape that seeps elegiac grandeur in the most understated sense that notion permits. The final piece proves especially memorable; apparently ‘Exile From Paradise’ is derived from a document of Sidsel Endresen’s performance at the Punkt Festival two years ago, and features Jon Hassell’s enigmatic, almost supine trumpet soloing and a host of infinitely subtle additional concrete sounds that lend the track a sense of time and space. Another very special album from the Samadhi Sound stable.



TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA
Egrets
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

The “no-input mixing board” of Toshimaru Nakamura has become one of the scene defining instruments of “Onkyo” – the radical turn-of-the-century improv movement that redefined the roles of noise and minimalism in contemporary Japanese experimental music. Nakamura has played extensively alongside fellow innovators such as Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide and another veteran of this movement, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama joins him for Egrets, a wonderful new record for David Sylvian’s unwaveringly excellent Samadhi Sound imprint. Egrets expands somewhat on the the conventional array of sounds within Nakamura’s arsenal, although his sonic hallmarks remain present. There are four outright solo pieces here, each one a part of his ongoing ‘Nimb’ series. In these instances Nakamura harnesses the internal feedback potential of his mixing board to generate incredibly delicate and revelatory tones. Conventionally, such sonorities would manifest themselves as high frequency pitches or intense bouts of sculpted static, but for this release the music occupies a broadened scope, beginning with the complex, floating micro-polyphony of ‘Nimb (number 42)’ and continuing in a not dissimilar fashion through the heavily filtered, coarse, swelling chords of ‘Nimb (number 43)’. Later on the album, we hear a return to the piercing extremities of Nakamura’s hallmark sounds: the beautifully detailed, yet remorselessly piercing ‘Nimb (number 44)’ and the closing ‘Nimb (number 45)’, whose deep bass and crackle half brings to mind Pole. For the non-‘Nimb’ entries onto the album Nakamura teams up with both the aforementioned Akiyama and Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, known for his acclaimed Rune Grammofon works, both as a solo artist and as part of Supersilent. These collaborations prove to be massively fruitful, stirring up some synergetic performances: ‘Semi’ pairs Akiyama’s pensive guitar tracts with flickering, occasionally almost bird-like high frequency sounds from Nakamura in a very natural fashion, while ‘Tane’ finds Henriksen at his most avant-garde, rustling through clanking noises and fleeting vocal utterances as a network of electronic signals spreads out all around him. Positioned towards the close of the album, ‘Yura’ toys with head-splitting sine wave modulations and blubbery bass tones while Henriksen’s filtered brass exhalations drone along in a creamily harmonious fashion. Egrets is simultaneously challenging and highly musical (in an extreme sort of way), not to mention brilliantly produced – it’s another essential release on Sylvian’s very fine label.



JEMAA EL FNA
Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna
WORLD
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £22.99

‘Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna’ is a riveting and intoxicating document of traditional life in Marrakesh, capturing renditions of songs from the repertoire of Morocco’s greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad and more. The tracks feature three central groups, Amal Saha, Mustapha Mahjoub and Troupe Majidi, with the latter filling more than half the record. Each band revolves around a set-up of amplified Oud, banjo and Mandolin played through speakers powered by car batteries, with stirring vocals and percussion seemingly attacking from every direction; from thunderous hand drums to inimitably timed claps from the crowd. The effect is spectacular, placing us in the centre of the action with a remarkably clean recording that allows for all the passion and electricity in the air while retaining an intimate depth and space. We could bang on about this for days but we’ve only got a handful of copies so we don’t want to tease you too much. Awesome record.



OUS MAL
Nuojuva Halava
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Preservation
CD // £13.99

Here’s something very special indeed from the Preservation label: Nuojuva Halava is the debut album proper from Finnish artist Ous Mal, aka 22-year-old Helsinki resident, Olli Aarni, who recently appeared on Under The Spire with his Viime Talvi release. As with that outing, this album features a scratchy old sound palette, seemingly made up of several layers of dust, cobwebs and crackling atmospherics. The fustiness makes for a beautiful production technique, but the music itself is often incredibly light and ebullient. For all the lo-fi trappings encasing the record, you’re seldom starved of something beautiful at the heart of the mix. For instance, on opener ‘Marraskuu’ there’s a lovely swell of orchestral melody cutting through the sliced-up, heavily looped debris, and as Nuojuva Halava unfolds you’ll hear Aarni putting to good use a combination of samples and instrumentation (including the indigenous Finnish string instrument, the kantele), conjuring a sonic playground that’s loaded with fantastical imagery and faux-nostalgia. By the time ‘Vaskiset Kielet’ arrives you might be a tad surprised to hear a warm, low-end beat plodding alongside the track’s patchwork of decaying melodies, but eroded away rhythms are buried throughout the album’s sequence and as the label is keen to point out, this is a collection of of works that finds “common ground between the dusty tenor of old-school hip hop cassettes and the fog of deep ambience”. A very fine album indeed.



MOUNT VERNON ARTS LAB
The Séance at Hobs Lane
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Ghost Box
CD // £9.99

‘The Séance at Hobs Lane’ originally revealed itself on the Via Satellite label in 2001 before Ghost Box gave it a first resissue in ’07, and now another for 2010. It features a coven of prime electronic operators at the table, including the late John Balance of Coil, plus members of Add N to X, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian alongside project instigator, Drew Mulholland, who has also produced music for Trunk and Durtro Jnana. Mulholland’s interests in psychogeography, the occult and vintage British sci-fi scores heavily inform this CD, which couldn’t be any more fitting for a Ghost Box release, really! From the electro-acoustic depth charge of opener ‘The Fog Detonator’ we’re dropped into the queer surroundings of the Jhonn Balance-remixed ‘Hobgoblins’ where hunchbacked brass cavorts with wheezing synths and sparkling bells somewhere in the ether. ‘The Black Drop’ hows another dimension to his oeuvre with rich, oaky strings reminding of some Wickerman incidental music and again ‘Sir Keith at Lambeth’ summons dense thickets of synth noise which believers of EVP may be able to draw something from. ‘The Vauxhall Labyrinth’ meanwhile uncannily evokes images of sheltering in an abandoned tube stop while a lonely sax plays from the other end of the platform and the dynamic noise movements of ‘While London Sleeps’ perhaps imagines an Orwellian future where drone bots hover outside your window, checking all is as it should. Mr Mulholland has crafted a sterling slice of aural magic with this album that should appeal to fans of avant-jazz, electro-acoustic, sci-fi soundtracks and of course those intrigued by the concept of hauntology. Recommended.

Singles of the Week



DOC DANEEKA
Deadly Rhythm EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Pattern
12″ // £6.99

Lethal four-tracker of freshest Funky! Doc Daneeka initiates Ramp’s new PTN sublabel, devoted to emergent strains of UKF, with his debut solo EP. With only a handful of tracks on comps (Fabric’s Elevator Music) and a remix for Delphic the hype has so far outweighed the proof, but this EP sets that straight. ‘Deadly Rhythm’ sets the carnival vibe from the off with tribalist drum kinks and tactile, muscular subs while ‘Dizzeeheights’ runs with a smoother house vibe heated with filtered rhodes and subtly droning klaxons. On the flip ‘Bumblebeeriddim’ comes off like jan Driver’s ‘Rat Alert’ designed more specifically for smaller, sweatier UK clubs amd ‘Swine Flu’ knocks off a rugged skank riddim with traces of Roska or DVA’s party style. The likes of Martyn, Brackles and Bok Bok have been spinning these out recently and we’d recommend you do too!



KAVSRAVE
Quotes
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

Next-level dubstep heat from the newest Numbers recruit, Kavsrave. Hailing from Croydon, aka the spiritual home of the ‘step, Kavsrave grew up making tunes and partying alongside close mates Joy Orbison and A1 Bassline. His music hits the very same receptors as Joker’s purple wow beats, a mix of super-tight future funk synths and roaring basslines that Jackmaster has been caning in his sets of the last 12 months. ‘P-Clart’ starts the session with a flush of floating R’n’B vocals coating a pirahna-toothed bass synth and expertly organised half-step funk. ‘Tightly Closed’ reworks this formula with hyperventilating vocal snippets applied to masses of crushing neon synth pressure and the instantly recognisable refrain of ‘Baggage Handler’ leads us into one of the years undoubted heavyweight anthems. If you like Terror Danjah, Joker or Joy Orbison then this record is a proper recommendation!



HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Heritage EP
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
Choice Cuts
12″ // £7.99

*Totally ace new twelve from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with 5 cover versions of Fela Kuti, Madlib, Jay-Z, Art Of Noise, Outkast and MF Doom in their inimitable brass band style- Limited copies!* Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble recorded these five scorching reworks of tracks by Fela Kuti, Madlib, Jay-Z, Art Of Noise, Outkast and MF Doom. Mos Def was tasked with scoring the set, which is played out by the band in super tight style. We can almost guarantee you’ve never heard ‘Moments In Love’ quite like this before and even if you can’t tell what the original is, these are just killer big band funk cuts that’ll you’ll massively peak off. One for the DJs, the dancers and the collectors!



MARCUS PRICE & CARLI / BOK BOK / GIRL UNIT
Mat Bira Kvinnor Weed (Bok Bok / Girl Unit Mixes)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Palms Out Sounds
12″ // £5.99

Ram-out roadblock platter of ruff party goodies from Marcus Price & Carli backed with remixes from Kingdom, Bok Bok, Dubbel Dutch and Girl Unit! OK, so it’s possible that you may be suffering from Night Slugs overload right now, what with the glut of party starters in the last few months, but that really shouldn’t detract from the fact that this is a heavyweight 12″! Kingdom does his rugged NY-meets-London thing with jolts of Ballroom house and thick subs, Dubbel Dutch hit the money with G-funked synths atop an electro-housey steamer, Bok Bok works up his stinging neon synths and Girl U.N.I.T massively impress with a boldly futuristic production sheen. Big party tip!

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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SIGHA
Shake
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Hot Flush’s London techno agent drops a mixed bag of subs heavy tech-house and garage-spiked techno. ‘Shake’ is the pick of the bunch, pin-pointing a warm and well-rounded dry tech-house swing somewhere between Ben Klock and Scuba’s respective styles. On the other hand, the flipside ‘Shapes’ is a more awkward customer, seeming too fast for modern techno standards, but too rigid for the future garage posse, i guess it’s a…

ECHOLOGIST / SIGHA
Slow Burn (Sigha Mix)
Steadfast
12″ // £7.99

Smarter techno dancers from Brendon Moeller backed with a sick Sigha remix! The on-form Moeller has really grabbed our attention with the frictionless dub-tech shimmy of ‘Slow Burn’ while ‘Slow Burn Dub’ gets trickier decimated duppy-tech vox and a dubbed-out square bass bounce. Sigha tightens up his version for a heads-down dungeon techno driver, all muscled bass and dry mechanical shuffles somewhere between Scuba and Dettmann. Large.

ANTON ZAP
Social Background
ETHEREAL SOUND LABEL
10″ // £8.99

Mmmmmm, two more of those succulent deep house grooves from Anton Zap. ‘Can’t Tell You’ locks into an endless tracky vibe given some variation with off set clap and snare placements for the swingers while cyclical synths swoop and swoon in trapped loops of ecstasy. ‘Social Background’ on the flip contains a little more musical movement but it’s still about trapping you in that tracky dancer’s mode and keeping you…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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CARLOS Y GABY / GIFTED & BLESSED
LA Series Part 5
All City
10″ // £7.99

Number 5 of All City’s L.A. series is quite simply their best by some distance. For this installment they invite celebrated arranger, composer and producer Carlos Niño together with singer Gaby Hernandez on one side, while GB aka Gifted & Blessed contributes the other. Carlos y Gaby’s give three tracks roaming through levitating Latin-infused synth pastures on ‘Happy Summer Solstice’, slow-baked rhodes chords and ascending strings with ‘In The Whirl…

JELLPHONIC & ZACKY FORCE FUNK
100 Snakes
Clone Crown
12″ // £8.99

Dapper-but-dirty P-funk electro from the West Coast courtesy of Jellphonic and Zackey Force Funk. This is a first for both artist and label, spurting out a some club-heating funk juice for fans of Dâm-Funk, Zapp, Funkadelic etc. on the electro-boogie joint ‘100 Snakes’ while ‘Sexxy’ on the flip gives up something a little slower and freakier for the ladies with a killer Prince-style vocal from Reggie Blount and St Liquor-ish…

SHOES
Eccentric Breaks & Beats
NUMBERO
CD // £13.99

Verily dope kit of classic breaks and beats from the legendary Shoes production team. This set originally started out as a bootleg released through Shoes’ own label but the Numero imprint, whose source material is raided for the album, got in touch with the cheeky editors and released these brilliant collages on their own label. Fans of RJD2, Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne or DJ Shadow should be all over this like…

SHOES
Eccentric Breaks & Beats
NUMBERO
LP // £18.49

Verily dope kit of classic breaks and beats from the legendary Shoes production team. This set originally started out as a bootleg released through Shoes’ own label but the Numero imprint, whose source material is raided for the album, got in touch with the cheeky editors and released these brilliant collages on their own label. Fans of RJD2, Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne or DJ Shadow should be all over this like…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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KEVIN DRUMM
Necro Acoustic
Pica Disk
5CD BOX // £29.99

*5CD boxed set including five albums – Lights Out, Malaise, Decrepit, No Edit and Organ, each with an individual CD wallet and housed inside a gold-embossed box with a 24 page booklet* The soundworld of avant-garde laptop guitarist Kevin Drumm is a beguiling, isolated and often harrowing place to visit. His catalogue of releases for labels like Hospital Productions and Mego have singled him out as an elemental force within…

PITA
Mesmer
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

Another indispensable limited edition (250 copies) from the wonderful Tapeworm cassette label, this time reissuing a long out-of-print composition by Editions Mego boss Peter Rehberg. ‘Mesmer’ was in fact Rehberg’s very first solo work, commissioned by Ash International as part of their Mesmervariations double CD, released in 1995. This themed compilation included pieces by fellow sonic experimenters such as Gescom, Ryoji Ikeda, Robert Hampson and CM Von Hausswolff, all inspired…

JOE EVANS & CRAIG BURSTON
Systems Out Of Chance
RUNNINGONAIR MUSIC
CD + DVD // £6.99

*Limited edition cd+dvd set housed in hand screen printed, recycled card sleeves – recommended to fans of the more esoteric end of the Mordant catalogue, Wiliam Basinski and Alva Noto’s work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, where the chaos of pure signals is transposed into systematically beautiful music* ‘Systems Out Of Chance’ is an audio visual CD+DVD collaboration between composer Joe Evans and image maker Craig Burston. The project was initially exhibited…

XELA
The Divine
DEKORDER
LP // £12.99

On this, Dekorder’s vinyl edition of the original cassette issued by Digitalis, John Twells follows up his black metal drone opus ‘The Illuminated’ with two sides of God-fearing gloom and rapturous noise-scapes. The Divine begins with that most welcoming of ecclesiastical soundtracks: the ringing of churchbells, but after a couple of minutes this cacophonous exercise in campanology seems to spiral out of control, looping and falling over itself before merging…

GARETH DAVIS & STEVEN R. SMITH
The Line Across
alt.vinyl
LP // £17.99

Following up their 2009 collaboration on Important Records, Westering, clarinetist Gareth Davis and guitarist/avant-violinist Steven R. Smith return with The Line Across, a limited edition LP on the Alt.Vinyl label. Incidentally, in addition to being a weighty (180g) slab of vinyl, this release arrives in a very impressive sleeve featuring intriguing artwork printed onto some sort of (wipe clean?) plastic-coated jacket. Musically, this pair are a great match, and the…

MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
The Visible Sign Of The Invisible Order
Important
2LP // £19.99

Important Records offer a deluxe double gatefold repress of MMOB’s debut album, originally recorded during ritualistic sessions in the forests of North West USA during 2004. When we say deluxe, we really mean it. The LP comes housed in a heavy duty tip on sleeve from Stoughton featuring artwork by Stephen O’Malley and includes over 20 minutes of recordings not to be found on the original CD. This incarnation of…

MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Totem Two
Important
LP // £15.99

‘Totem 2’ is the latest album from No-Age supergroup Master Musicians Of Bukkake. This lineup of the band features members of Earth, Asda, Burning Witch, The Diminished Men and guests from Secret Chiefs 3 and the thriving Istanbul music scene. Production is handled by Randall Dunn, who is responsible for amazing albums by Six Organs of Admittance, Sunn 0))) and Earth, and the record was pressed at RTI for highest…

MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Totem Two
Important
CD // £12.99

‘Totem 2’ is the latest album from No-Age supergroup Master Musicians Of Bukkake. This lineup of the band features members of Earth, Asda, Burning Witch, The Diminished Men and guests from Secret Chiefs 3 and the thriving Istanbul music scene. Production is handled by Randall Dunn, who is responsible for amazing albums by Six Organs of Admittance, Sunn 0))) and Earth, and the record was pressed at RTI for highest…

AUN
VII
Important
CD // £12.99

The seventh album from Montreal’s harbinger of blackmetaldoompsychedelia appears on Important. Of the two sides of Aun’s bi-polar output this falls into the cataclysmic doom zone, full of downtuned scorched-earth riffage and ominous ambience. The inclusion of drummer Away from Voivod lends a thunderous motorik propulsion to ‘Falcon’ and punctures ‘Broken Bill’ with neck snapping weight. For fans of Earth, Sunn 0))), Pelican, Gnod – Recommended.

DEMONS
Untitled (Ltd Edition Lathe Cut)
alt.vinyl
7″ // £12.99

**Limited edition lathe cut on 8″ transparent, square vinyl** Two amazing tracks from Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Steven Kenney (Hatred, Galen), hand-pressed onto 8″ lathe cut by the world renowned Peter King in New Zealand. The record swamps us in saturated synth tones, salted and left on the groove to wither and evaporate with each play. Sounds like something is about to happen. Limited to 100 copies only, do…

RAYMOND DIJKSTRA
L’opus L’H
DEKORDER
LP // £15.99

Radical Dutch DIY artist/musician Raymond Dijkstra presents an album of personal sonic dramas for Dekorder. With countless self-released CD and vinyls he constructed a fascinating sonic universe for himself. This will be his most widely available release for some time, consisting of two extended improvisational enigmas using harmonium, scraping metal and glass, tuba, and strings to make an odd racket. He employs methods similar to “Automatic Writing” or “Surrealist Automatism”…

SLOATH
Sloath
Riot Season
LP // £12.99

This latest addition to the Riot Season catalogue comes from UK metallers Sloath, who take inspiration from the greats of doom and sludge on this three-piece debut. You’ll hear the influence of slow-mo bass merchants like Earth writ large across these tracks and the group’s heavily saturated production doesn’t hurt on that front either. The band’s sound distills an old fashioned brand of heaviness that stems right back to the…

YRSEL
Requiem For The 3 Kharites
AURORA BOREALIS
CD // £11.99

A collaborative black metal soundscape from French doom act The Austrasian Goat and Swedish dark ambient maven Ondo, Yrsel combines the best of the two artists’ respective genres into a deep and immersive collection of harrowing, drone-embracing atmospheres. Requiem For The Three Kharites takes its concept from the Three Graces of Greek mythology, and the album purports to be “A requiem for the loss of culture in an ever spiralling…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Heritage EP
Choice Cuts
12″ // £7.99

*Totally ace new twelve from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with 5 cover versions of Fela Kuti, Madlib, Jay-Z, Art Of Noise, Outkast and MF Doom in their inimitable brass band style- Limited copies!* Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble recorded these five scorching reworks of tracks by Fela Kuti, Madlib, Jay-Z, Art Of Noise, Outkast and MF Doom. Mos Def was tasked with scoring the set, which is played out by the…

NEUROTIC DRUM BAND
Robotic Hypnotic Adventure (Abe Duque / Runaway Mixes)
Wurst
12″ // £6.99

John Selway’s Neurotic Drum Band duo take a remixing from Abe Duque, Runaway and Harkin Raney. Duque offers a chunky but sensual piano and drum lead mix of ‘Robotic Hypnotic Adventure’ that should be checked by all fans of Reade Truth, while Runaway give a fine NY deep house overhaul and Harkin Raney does a slightly camp piano house mix.

BOTTIN / VARIOUS
New Masters Series Vol. 1: Discoursive Diversions
NANG
CD // £11.99

Nu-disco hero Bottin presents his first mix CD for the Nang corporation. Actually, this is a bit more than your average mix CD as Bottin has remixed each and every track to his exacting specifications, trimming inches and measuring inside seams like a a proper hands-on Italo tailor. The selection flows from Lindstrom’s ‘Paaskelyd’ via his own IDIB killer ‘No Static’ to another IDIB heater in Solange’s ‘Robots Are Un-American’,…

BRIAN BENNETT
Voyage: A Journey Into Discoid Funk
DJM Records
LP // £11.99

This is a limited reissue of Brian Bennett’s hugely sought after disco classic. Bennett made this album in 1978 and it’s been in demand with cosmic disco types ever since. The dancefloor tracks ‘Voyage’ , ‘Chain Reaction’ and ‘Pendulum Force’ are guaranteed party starters but there’s also a couple of wicked beatless synth cuts that proves why original copies go for silly money online. You may also be interested to…

HE3 PROJECT
Chapter One
Family Groove
CD // £14.99

A lost treasure dating back to 1974, this album is the first batch of recordings from pianist, arranger and songwriter Herman Eberitzsch Jr. III, whose remarkable music fleetingly lit up San Francisco’s funk and soul scene around the time of the city’s “much fabled artistic and political awakening”. The studio tapes had languished for thirty-five years in Eberitzsch’s basement until the people at Family Groove Records all but stumbled upon…

HE3 PROJECT
Chapter One
Family Groove
LP // £21.99

A lost treasure dating back to 1974, this album is the first batch of recordings from pianist, arranger and songwriter Herman Eberitzsch Jr. III, whose remarkable music fleetingly lit up San Francisco’s funk and soul scene around the time of the city’s “much fabled artistic and political awakening”. The studio tapes had languished for thirty-five years in Eberitzsch’s basement until the people at Family Groove Records all but stumbled upon…

ICHISAN & NAKOVA
Yugo Tempo
NANG
CD // £11.99

Between them duo Ichisan & Nakova have toured the cream of the new disco stables with releases on Nang, Eskimo and Airtight. They present their debut album together for Nang, collecting thirteen Balkan disco grooves spiked with sparkling spacewise synths, cosmic guitar licks and dubbed basslines for the connoisseurs. Fans of Lindstrom, Ilija Rudman or Todd Terje should have a peek.

MOCK & TOOF
Tuning Echoes
TINY STICKS
CD // £12.99

The prolific remixers and certified disco darlings present a debut album for their Tiny Sticks label. They’ve made a name for themselves with illicit edits of Madonna and remixes for everyone from Hot Chip to Friendly Fires, displaying a wide-reaching musical scope that’s earned them a strong relationship with the DFA crew. ‘Tuning Echoes’ shows some well-trained pop chops with crowd friendly vocals from Gavin Gordon and Pollyester pocked across…

MOSCOW
Deep Heat
LOEB
12″ // £6.99

Sparkling modern disco from Moscow aka Matt Waites, a remixer of some repute for The Klaxons, Roisin Murphy and errr… Robbie Williams. His ‘Deep Heat’ original is a frothy example of the mid-tempo electronic disco that LoEB specialize in, backed with a cowbell driven mix from Thee Loving Hand and his own stripped and spacious dub mix. For fans of Lindstrom or Prins Thomas.

VARIOUS / NEEDWANT
Future Disco Vol. 3: City Heat
NEEDWANT
CD // £9.99

Bar-friendly modern disco compilation featuring Ray Mang, Lindstrom, Crazy P, Todd Terje, Greg Wilson, Bot’ox, Ilija Rudman and others. We’re not sure what’s future about it, but there’s a handful of cool grooves like Lindstrom & Christabelle’s MJ alike ‘Baby Can’t Stop’, Todd Terje’s ‘Eurodans’ and Ray Mang’s piano-house jammer ‘Look Into My Eyes’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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GUIDO
Anidea
PUNCH DRUNK
CD // £7.99

Punch Drunk drop the blazing debut from Guido! With two hugely acclaimed singles and only just as many remixes, Guido has achieved a level of respect within the bass-music scene usually reserved for long standing vets. Alongside the other G’s, Ginz, Gemmy and er… Joker, Guido has developed a unique fusion of heavyweight R’n’B, dubstep and electrofunk, more commonly known as “dat purple Brizzle sound”. With the grimy strings and…

GUIDO
Anidea
PUNCH DRUNK
2LP // £11.99

Punch Drunk drop the blazing debut from Guido! With two hugely acclaimed singles and only just as many remixes, Guido has achieved a level of respect within the dubstep scene usually reserved for long standing vets. Alongside the others G’s, Ginz, Gemmy and er… Joker, Guido has developed a unique fusion of heavyweight R’n’B, dubstep and electrofunk, more commonly known as “dat purple Brizzle sound”. With the grimy strings and…

DOC DANEEKA
Deadly Rhythm EP
Pattern
12″ // £6.99

Lethal four-tracker of freshest Funky! Doc Daneeka initiates Ramp’s new PTN sublabel, devoted to emergent strains of UKF, with his debut solo EP. With only a handful of tracks on comps (Fabric’s Elevator Music) and a remix for Delphic the hype has so far outweighed the proof, but this EP sets that straight. ‘Deadly Rhythm’ sets the carnival vibe from the off with tribalist drum kinks and tactile, muscular subs…

KAVSRAVE
Quotes
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

Next-level dubstep heat from the newest Numbers recruit, Kavsrave. Hailing from Croydon, aka the spiritual home of the ‘step, Kavsrave grew up making tunes and partying alongside close mates Joy Orbison and A1 Bassline. His music hits the very same receptors as Joker’s purple wow beats, a mix of super-tight future funk synths and roaring basslines that Jackmaster has been caning in his sets of the last 12 months. ‘P-Clart’…

MARCUS PRICE & CARLI / BOK BOK / GIRL UNIT
Mat Bira Kvinnor Weed (Bok Bok / Girl Unit Mixes)
Palms Out Sounds
12″ // £5.99

Ram-out roadblock platter of ruff party goodies from Marcus Price & Carli backed with remixes from Kingdom, Bok Bok, Dubbel Dutch and Girl Unit! OK, so it’s possible that you may be suffering from Night Slugs overload right now, what with the glut of party starters in the last few months, but that really shouldn’t detract from the fact that this is a heavyweight 12″! Kingdom does his rugged NY-meets-London…

DJ MUJAVA / VARIOUS
Ayobaness! The Sound Of South African House
Out Here
CD // £10.99

Over the latter half of the last decade various gems from the South African house scene have bubbled up into a wider circulation. Of course, the most recognisable of these was DJ Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’, an electrifying jolt of raw dance music that made the world’s clubs stand to attention. Ahead of a pivotal year for South Africa with the world cup and all (even if you don’t like football,…

HANUMAN
Bola Remixes EP
SLEAZETONE
12″ // £7.49

Following it’s original appearance on Idle Hands, Hanuman’s Sheffield bleep-styled ‘Bola’ is taken for further remixes by Star Eyes, Chrissy Murderbot, Kanji Kinetic and Thunderous Olympian. Chrissy Murderbot goes down the B-More booty route while Kanji Kinetic gets on an active garage jack and Thunderous Olympian offers a 4/4 electrohouse vibe. Cool.

KISMET / RINSE
Rinse 12 – Mixed By Kismet
Rinse
CD // £8.99

Never to be caught slacking, Rinse FM hand over to Circle crew’s DJ Kismet for a swim in the deeper waters of US & UK house. As a DJ, Kismet represents a more mature and refined alternative to the future-hungry quick-burn of Oneman or the rave ebullience of Geeneus, carrying the burden of a classically informed and feminine sound for the station. Expect tracks from Thomas Schumacher, Hiro, Wbeeza and…

WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY / BRACKLES
What It Is / What It Is (Brackles Mix)
WNCL Recordings
10″ // £6.99

Respected blogger West Norwood Cassette Library presents the first entry for his self titled label, backed with a lazer guided slab of Wunky from Brackles. The original skips with a freshened dub-tech/breaks flex, while the Brackles version is all about tightly offset conga rolls and wickedly discordant synths to make one unsure of whether they’re coming or going. Trippy roller!

CALIBRE
Tenopause
DEEP MEDI MUSIK
12″ // £6.49

The liquid D’n’B legend turns his hand to dubstep again for a second 12″ ‘pon Mala’s Deep Medi label. ‘Tenopause’ is the sweeter of the two tracks, using deftly spaced percussion and plummeting subbass depths arranged with the level of sophistication you’d expect. ‘Discreet Dub’ is a darker effort, using mystical pipes, dread bass and Fabio Frizzi-esque synth flourishes to cinematic effect. Spielberg-step!

ITAL TEK
Spectrum Falls / Giga
Atom River
12″ // £6.49

Second drop from the Atom River label displaying two shades of Ital tek’s IDM/Dubstep hybrids. ‘Spectrum Falls’ is about the lush, happy and hafstepped side of his style with fluoro pink melodies and well sculpted electronic bassline. ‘Giga’ shifts up to a snapping garage pattern with melancholy moods for fans of Burial etc.

NAPHTA / RAMADANMAN
Jungle Republic (Ramadanman Mix)
RUFF REVIVAL
12″ // £6.99

Naphta’s ‘Long Time Burning’ LP continues to provide heavy inspiration with a pair of deadly junglist remixes from Ricky Force and Ramadanman. We’ve never actually heard of Rocky Force before but the man steps up with some detonating chops to give ‘Jungle Republic’ a thorough amen spanking. There’s a tucked bounce and rinse effect to this that’ll have it on rewind for some time to come. O’er on’t flip we…

XI / HEADHUNTER
The Ghost (Headhunter Mix)
ORCA RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.99

Technoid dubstep mechanics from XI and Headhunter on the first release form Orca Recordings. XI’s original rounds hard-rolled percussion, grumbling bass and ethereal vocals into a neat shot of dubstep, while Headhunter takes his time on a more refined rollers track, embellishing the vocals to atmospheric effect and licking up deft dub chords for that deep techno feel.
ELECTRONIC
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RENE HELL
Porcelain Opera
Type
LP+CD // £9.99

*Initial vinyl copies include a bonus full-length CD album of extra material called ‘Rogue Camera’* The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For…

EMERALDS
Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

After a glut of super-limited CDrs, cassettes and vinyl pressings, Cleveland, Ohio’s Emeralds present their most developed album to date on Editions Mego. Like everyone else (read: maybe you, The Wire, Peter Rehberg, Fact Magazine, so many blogs) we’ve become big fans of their open-skied and kosmic sound, working our way back from ‘Solar Bridge’ through sparse reissues, and following through last years stunning self titled LP and ‘What Happened’…

EMERALDS
Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Editions Mego
2LP // £14.99

After a glut of super-limited CDrs, cassettes and vinyl pressings, Cleveland, Ohio’s Emeralds present their most developed album to date on Editions Mego. Like everyone else (read: maybe you, The Wire, Peter Rehberg, Fact Magazine, so many blogs) we’ve become big fans of their open-skied and kosmic sound, working our way back from ‘Solar Bridge’ through sparse reissues, and following through last years stunning self titled LP and ‘What Happened’…

HIVE MIND
Untitled (Ltd Edition Lathe Cut)
alt.vinyl
7″ // £13.49

**Limited edition lathe cut on 8″ transparent, square vinyl** Under his Hive Mind moniker, Greh Holger has amassed a countless number of CDr’s, cassettes and vinyl releases, not least for his own Chronditic Sound, but Not Not Fun, Ultra Eczema and tonnes more over the last ten years. For Newcastle’s bastion of underground music, Alt.Vinyl, he gives two sides of intriguing drone and primitive post-industrial weirdness lathe cut to a…

ACTIVE CHILD
Curtis Lane
MEROK
10″ // £7.99

This six-song EP is the first proper release from Los Angeles-based artist Active Child, following on from a number of out-of-print limited editions that have garnered interest from all the right tastemakers. ‘When Your Love Is Safe’ is a real class act, delivering a synth-pop masterpiece that’s not got an ounce of retro in it. Instead, a soaring falsetto vocal (that at times comes across as a bit Justin Vernon)…

ARC
Church
Din
CD // £11.99

Arc is the duo of DiN label boss Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve, and for this latest work these two analogue electronics hounds staged a concert at St. Mary’s Church in Philadelphia late last year. The five lengthy tracks presented here were all captured live at this atmospheric venue and subsequently mixed and mastered in a suitably hi-fi fashion by Shreeve himself. The tone of the album feels very much…
EXTREME / NOISE
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THE DEAD C
Clyma Est Mort / Tentative Power
BA DA BING
2LP + CD // £23.99

‘Clyma Est Mortr’ is the super-rare album by New Zealand avant-rock legends, the Dead C. It’s been the preserve of eBay fiends until now (who’ll all be crying when they see this), but here everyone gets a chance to witness the group in deadly form, playing to an audience of one (Siltbreeze’s Tom Lax) for release on the mythical Proletariat Idiots Productions label, with fake audience noise dubbed over from…

ZS
New Slaves
The Social Registry
LP // £17.99

New Slaves is the latest full-length from New York avant-rock heavyweights Zs, who pack well over an hour’s worth of brilliantly produced instrumental clatter into this disc. You might view the album as being of two halves: the first made up of shorter, more concentrated works, the second featuring more extended, freeform recordings. ‘Concert Black’ is a great intro, rifling through lively guitar natural harmonics and mustering up the kind…

ZS
New Slaves
The Social Registry
CD // £11.99

New Slaves is the latest full-length from New York avant-rock heavyweights Zs, who pack well over an hour’s worth of brilliantly produced instrumental clatter into this disc. You might view the album as being of two halves: the first made up of shorter, more concentrated works, the second featuring more extended, freeform recordings. ‘Concert Black’ is a great intro, rifling through lively guitar natural harmonics and mustering up the kind…

THE DEAD C
Perform M. Harris
BA DA BING
LP // £14.99

**Primitive early recordings of notorious New Zealand avant-rock group the Dead C** “First ever recordings by the Dead C. from 1987, made in their first month of existence. These are two epic versions of Max Harris that will screw your head to the floor. Released as a cassette in an edition of 21 and subsequently never available together as originally intended, this is the first vinyl release of these histroic…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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PETER BRODERICK / MACHINEFABRIEK / VARIOUS
Brian 50 – CD Edition
BRIAN RECORDS
CD // £8.99

*CD Edition including the Machinefabriek and Peter Broderick tracks from the lathe-cut version, plus 9 more tracks from Brian Records artists – 200 copies only* If you missed the alluringly bizarre Brian 50 release from last month, here’s another chance to get hold of the thing, albeit under a slightly streamlined guise. The initial run of 50 copies (featuring the 8″ lathe-cut transparent vinyl component) has, quite predictably vanished, although…

DAMIEN JURADO
Saint Bartlett
Secretly Canadian
CD // £9.99

On Saint Bartlett, veteran indie songwriter Damien Jurado sounds like a man reborn; from the first instance of ‘Cloudy Shoes’ his music seems to have been entirely revitalised for this latest Secretly Canadian long-player. In addition to the more hopeful tone that presides over many of these songs, some credit for this reinvention has to go to the album’s fine arrangements and its production, which comes courtesy of labelmate Richard…

DAMIEN JURADO
Saint Bartlett
Secretly Canadian
LP // £10.99

On Saint Bartlett, veteran indie songwriter Damien Jurado sounds like a man reborn; from the first instance of ‘Cloudy Shoes’ his music seems to have been entirely revitalised for this latest Secretly Canadian long-player. In addition to the more hopeful tone that presides over many of these songs, some credit for this reinvention has to go to the album’s fine arrangements and its production, which comes courtesy of labelmate Richard…

KAREN ELSON
The Ghost Who Walks
XL
CD // £9.99

Delivering her debut album, supermodel Karen Elson has well and truly immersed herself in the culture of vintage Americana, leaving her native Greater Manchester behind in spectacular style as she reinvents herself as a Nashville chanteuse. It’s inevitable that the shadow of Elson’s husband Jack White looms large over this record, particularly since he helms the production – and for that matter releases the record via his Third Man Recordings…

LONE WOLF
The Devil And I
Bella Union
CD // £12.99

Lone Wolf is the newly adopted alias of songwriter Paul Marshall, and this new album follows up the cult success of his 2007 album, Vultures (released under his own name). The name change is presumably some sort of diversionary tactic – an attempt to draw attention away from the fact that he is that most unfashionable of species: the male, acoustic guitar wielding singer-songwriter. What’s more, Marshall is a particularly…

MICAH P. HINSON
And The Pioneer Saboteurs
Full Time Hobby
CD // £9.99

A fourth album of original material from the Texan songwriter, following on from last year’s covers album All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers. Micah P Hinson returns with his latest backing band handle: … And The Pioneer Saboteurs, The first thing to strike you about the record is the striking deployment of string arrangements. Hinson’s never been shy with the widescreen presentation of his music, but here he takes…

MICAH P. HINSON
And The Pioneer Saboteurs
Full Time Hobby
LP // £15.99

A fourth album of original material from the Texan songwriter, following on from last year’s covers album All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers. Micah P Hinson returns with his latest backing band handle: … And The Pioneer Saboteurs, The first thing to strike you about the record is the striking deployment of string arrangements. Hinson’s never been shy with the widescreen presentation of his music, but here he takes…

STORNOWAY
Beachcomber’s Windowsill
4AD
CD // £9.99

Oxford quartet Stornoway deliver their largely self-produced debut album for 4AD, and ostensibly the band would seem to be following in the footsteps of other pop-folk acts to have broken through; all the multi-instrumentalist tinkering that comes with the territory is very much present and correct (with a little extra weirdness thrown in – there’s some rhythmic carrot chopping going on in here, apparently), and while if you squint your…

STORNOWAY
Beachcomber’s Windowsill
4AD
LP + 7″ // £14.99

Oxford quartet Stornoway deliver their largely self-produced debut album for 4AD, and ostensibly the band would seem to be following in the footsteps of other pop-folk acts to have broken through; all the multi-instrumentalist tinkering that comes with the territory is very much present and correct (with a little extra weirdness thrown in – there’s some rhythmic carrot chopping going on in here, apparently), and while if you squint your…

THE FAMILY ELAN
Low Bow Bright Glow
alt.vinyl
LP // £16.99

An album that seems to call upon folk and traditional musics from all around the globe, Bow Low Bright Glow is the latest full-length enterprise from The Family Elan, the collaborative project between Chris Hladowski (of Scatter and Nalle) and Hanna Tuulikki (Hladowski’s bandmate in Nalle). Here we get traditional dances from Eastern Anatolia, old Uzbekistani songs and apparently, even a spot of medieval music of unknown derivation. The only…

THE FAMILY ELAN
Low Bow Bright Glow
alt.vinyl
CD // £13.99

An album that seems to call upon folk and traditional musics from all around the globe, Bow Low Bright Glow is the latest full-length enterprise from The Family Elan, the collaborative project between Chris Hladowski (of The One Ensemble, Scatter and Nalle) and Hanna Tuulikki (Hladowski’s bandmate in Nalle). Here we get traditional dances from Eastern Anatolia, old Uzbekistani songs and apparently, even a spot of medieval music of unknown…

VILLAGERS
Becoming A Jackal
Domino
CD // £8.99

Villagers is the solo project of young Irish songwriter Conor O’Brien, formerly of the once hotly tipped rock band, The Immediate, who disbanded in 2007. Becoming A Jackal finds O’Brien transgressing the customary folk-inspired guidelines of solo songwriter acts in favour of darker terrain that’s uncommonly substantial for a fellow who looks for all the world like he’s about fourteen years old. O’Brien has already enjoyed a charmed start to…

VILLAGERS
Becoming A Jackal
Domino
2LP // £14.99

Villagers is the solo project of young Irish songwriter Conor O’Brien, formerly of the once hotly tipped rock band, The Immediate, who disbanded in 2007. Becoming A Jackal finds O’Brien transgressing the customary folk-inspired guidelines of solo songwriter acts in favour of darker terrain that’s uncommonly substantial for a fellow who looks for all the world like he’s about fourteen years old. O’Brien has already enjoyed a charmed start to…
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AKIRA RABELAIS
Caduceus
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

*Long awaited new album from the hugely influential Akira Rabelais, his first proper full-length since 2004’s “Spellewauerynsherde”, also for David Sylvian’s Samadhisound imprint.* A new Akira Rabelais album is cause for considerable excitement around these parts, his small but perfectly formed catalogue of releases has created one of the most complete and consummate identities in electronic music. On this long awaited new album ‘Caduceus’ the Texan-born artist returns to the…

TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA
Egrets
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

The “no-input mixing board” of Toshimaru Nakamura has become one of the scene defining instruments of “Onkyo” – the radical turn-of-the-century improv movement that redefined the roles of noise and minimalism in contemporary Japanese experimental music. Nakamura has played extensively alongside fellow innovators such as Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide and another veteran of this movement, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama joins him for Egrets, a wonderful new record for David Sylvian’s…

OUS MAL
Nuojuva Halava
Preservation
CD // £13.99

Here’s something very special indeed from the Preservation label: Nuojuva Halava is the debut album proper from Finnish artist Ous Mal, aka 22-year-old Helsinki resident, Olli Aarni, who recently appeared on Under The Spire with his Viime Talvi release. As with that outing, this album features a scratchy old sound palette, seemingly made up of several layers of dust, cobwebs and crackling atmospherics. The fustiness makes for a beautiful production…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THE CURE
Disintegration (Deluxe Edition)
Universal
3CD // £17.99

Despite being considered by many the definitive Cure album, ‘Disintegration’ actually marked the band’s move away from the more esoteric and experimental writing style that characterised their run of releases the previous decade. It also just happened to become their most successful record and the first to really find a huge audience Stateside, cementing their reputation as arch-miserablists with a knack for writing a perfect pop tune. The thing that’s…

THE CURE
Disintegration (Heavyeeight Double Vinyl Edition)
Universal
2LP // £15.99

Despite being considered by many the definitive Cure album, ‘Disintegration’ actually marked the band’s move away from the more esoteric and experimental writing style that characterised their run of releases the previous decade. It also just happened to become their most successful record and the first to really find a huge audience Stateside, cementing their reputation as arch-miserablists with a knack for writing a perfect pop tune. Despite the fact…

FAUST
Faust Is Last
Klangbad
2LP // £18.99

Could it be that there’s something a bit final about this album? Apart from the fact that it has the word “Last” in the title, the sleeve features a similar image to that of the very first Faust album, suggesting that the group have finally come full circle. Confusingly however, there are two Fausts knocking about at the moment, one featuring Zappi Diermaier and Jean-Herve Peron, the other (this one)…

FAUST
Faust Is Last
Klangbad
2CD // £15.99

Could it be that there’s something a bit final about this album? Apart from the fact that it has the word “Last” in the title, the sleeve features a similar image to that of the very first Faust album, suggesting that the group have finally come full circle. Confusingly however, there are two Fausts knocking about at the moment, one featuring Zappi Diermaier and Jean-Herve Peron, the other (this one)…

LA LA VASQUEZ
Mexican Ghost (On A Boat)
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Another fun new band on the Captured Tracks imprint, who are really churning out the releases these days. La La Vasquez kick off their 7″ with a bout of jerky and detuned surf rock instrumentalism via the brilliantly titled ‘Mexican Ghost (On A Boat)’, all of which is build up to the title track, ‘Hello’ which is a masterclass in stylish DIY incompetance and vaguely saturnine whinge-punk. Over on the…

WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS
Retina
Leaf
LP // £7.99

**White Vinyl** For this new venture, Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums expand their singular, percussion-heavy sound with the recruitment of the Schola Cantorum Reykjavik Chamber Choir, who have previously worked with Bjork on her all-vocal album, Medulla. In fact the Icelandic connection doesn’t end there: the EP features arrangement from Hildur Guðnadótir, recording by Ben Frost and production from the latter’s Bedroom Community pal, Valgeir Sigurðsson. The outcome of all…

BORN RUFFIANS
What To Say
Warp
7″ // £2.99

Still best known for their advert-soundtracking cut ‘Hummingbird’, Born Ruffians return to Warp with a brand new batch of material, spearheaded by this catchy little number. Compared to ‘Hummingbird’s all-round brazenness, ‘What To Stay’ is a relatively understated single, instead getting under the skin in by stealth. The vocals sound a little as if they’ve taken some inspiration from labelmate Jamie Lidell’s soulful delivery, albeit with a slightly more cartoonish…

CAMERA OBSCURA
The Nights Are Cold
4AD
7″ // £2.99

This new single is a bit of a love-in between Camera Obscura and Richard Hawley. The A-side is a decidedly beautiful cover of the Sheffield songwriter’s ‘The Nights Are Cold’ while Hawley himself takes a swipe at remixing the band’s ‘The Sweetest Thing’. Don’t expect any plunging basslines or slamming beats (well, obviously), but Hawley does go some way towards cleaning up Camera Obscura’s usual lo-fi ’60s pop tendencies, leaving…

CHROME HOOF
Crush Depth
Southern
CD // £10.99

It would be all too easy to write-off Chrome Hoof as a bit of a novelty act and the sort of band that would be a veritable hoot on a festival bill but a little too eccentric and contrived in practice to be much of a prospect on record. Crush Depth proves there’s more to this lot than spangly space armour and tongue-in-cheek collisions of doom metal and disco culture….

GIRLS NAMES
EP
Captured Tracks
12″ // £12.99

This Belfast band cite the likes of Beat Happening, Black Tambourine, Felt and Josef K among their influences, and they filter these points of reference through their music in a very successful manner indeed. ‘Don’t Let Me In’ launches the EP with some Jesus And Mary Chain-via-sixties-girl-group drumming and a memorable, effortlessly simple chorus. Next, ‘Warm Hands, Cold Heart’ takes on a more rockin’ trajectory, launching into a big old…

GOD HELP THE GIRL
Baby You’re Blind
Rough Trade
7″ // £2.99

A surprisingly upbeat – even funky – new single from Stuart Murdoch’s God Help The Girl, which will line up alongside tracks from the band’s eponymous album and the Stills EP for the soundtrack to Murdoch’s yet to be made film. It’s good to hear a slight diversion from the sort of material we’ve heard so far from this project, and although it’s not a million miles away from the…

MAGIC LANTERN
Platoon
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £13.99

Platoon marks the welcome return of Portland-dwelling psych explorers Magic Lantern, a band who count Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones amongst their number. Recorded and mixed by Best Coast member and Pocahaunted collaborator, Bobb Bruno, Platoon perfectly captures this band’s distinctive approach to experimental, lo-fi rock, hurtling through exotic, dusty sounding organ passages and ravaged wah-wah sequences. The stoner-dub grooves of ‘Moon Lagoon Platoon’ provide an early highlight, while the astral…

VARIOUS / LTM
Auteur Labels: Independent Project (1980-2010)
LTM
CD // £11.99

This disc marks the latest entry into LTM Recordings’ Auteaur Labels series – its ongoing excavation of cult recording imprints. This time around it’s the turn of Bruce Licher’s Independent Project Records, and among other unearthed treats here, this album notably plays host to the Camper Van Beethoven classic, ‘Take The Skinheads Bowling’, which is always good to have around, is it not? “Founded by Bruce Licher of renowned experimental…

YETI LANE
Twice
Sonic Cathedral
12″ // £6.99

Parisian psych-popsters Yeti Lane return with a follow-up to their eponymous debut album, re-recording LP cut ‘Twice’ is especially for the occasion and supplementing it with a further three new songs. For this release the band are reborn as a duo (comprising vocalist/guitarist/synthesist Ben Pleng and drummer/co-synthesisit Charlie Boyer) who returned to the studio with a slightly altered agenda. Although the likes of ‘Speed Me Up’, ‘Floating’ and ‘Twice’ itself…
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SUN RA
The Shadows Cast By Tomorrow
Jazzman
3 x 7″ Box // £21.99

*Special boxed set, the first collection ever to reissue Sun Ra’s 7 inch singles in their original format. Limited to 999 individually numbered copies* Jazzman truly outdo themselves with a 3 x 7″ pack of ultra-rare Sun-Ra material pressed on glow-in-the-dark wax housed in custom-made, triple gatefold, screen printed sleeve. Sun-Ra would originally release these 7″s on his own Saturn imprint, usually pressed in runs as small as 50 which…

JAN BANG
And Poppies From Kandahar
Samadhisound
CD // £12.99

A new album from electronic and ambient jazz producer Jan Bang, featuring an all-star cast of musicians including: Jon Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen (whose Cartography and Chiaroscuro albums were co-produced by Bang). Samadhi Sound founder David Sylvian came up with the album’s name and the titles to every piece, setting an over-arching mood for the record that hints at concepts without being overly prescriptive. The…

VARIOUS / NONPLACE
10th Anniversary Edition
Nonplace
CD // £12.99

A special birthday edition from Burnt Friedman’s Nonplace label, commemorating a decade in operation. This compilation presents fourteen exclusive tracks, with contributions from all the label’s major players: Flanger, Root 70, The Embassadors, plus Basic Channel legend Mark Ernestus (who supplies a remix of The Embassadors’ ‘Makena’) and D&M’s Raashad Becker (who volunteers a couple of remixes, including Flanger’s ‘Crime In The Pale Moonlight’). Burnt Friedman himself features fairly heavily…

NAT BIRCHALL
Guiding Spirit
GONDWANA
CD // £9.99

Hailing from a village in the Northwest of England, Nat Birchall is currently a leading light on Manchester’s jazz scene, which by all accounts seems to be something of a hotbed of talent. Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana label continues to reveal the fine music currently emanating from the city with this follow up to Birchall’s Akhenaten long-player of last year. As a saxophonist (playing both tenor ad soprano) Birchall’s style is…

LOVE CRY WANT
Love Cry Want
Weird Forest
2LP // £16.99

The Weird Forest label release this album for the very first time on vinyl after almost forty years of obscurity, capturing a standout moment in the history of fusion music. Recorded in June 1972, this album is a blistering explosion of wild jazz, rock music and psychedelia, notably featuring legendary organist Larry Young (famed for his part in Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew era). Love Cry Want were based in Washington…

JOHN BUTCHER
Trace
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

This new John Butcher release on the Tapeworm cassette label features two distinct works from the legendary Brit improvisor, the first (on the A-side) capturing a concert recorded last October at L’Eglise Saint-Merri in Paris, featuring unaccompanied tenor and soprano saxophone solo work, the second (on the B-side) taking more of an abstract and intimate feel. This latter piece, titled ‘More Of An Urge Than An Idea’ merges sax, controlled…

HEAVEN AND
Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King
Staubgold
CD // £12.99

Fronted by Austrian guitarist Martin Siewert (known for his solo work on labels like Mosz), Heaven And is a quartet also comprising of drummers Tony Buck and Steve Heather, plus bassist/keyboardist Zeitblom. This album follows up their debut for Staubgold, Sweeter As The Years Roll By, and finds the group experimenting with dark and murky variations on jazz-inspired post-rock. Electronics flow freely alongside more conventional instrumentation, with Siewert making some…
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EFDEMIN
Chicago
Dial
CD // £12.99

Dial maintain a very respectable run of releases with the second album from one of Berlin’s more interesting house heads, Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin. Whether solo or as Pigon with Oliver Kargl, he’s always ensured a richly detailed and classically informed take on house music, incorporating a DJ/producer’s innate sense of groove with a listener’s ear for filigree intricacies. It’s these twin factors that lend ‘Chicago’ such a gracefully mature…

ELLEN ALLIEN
Dust
Bpitch Control
CD // £11.99

Berlin’s first lady of techno presents the successor to 2008s ‘Sool’ with a blend of minimalist electroid, tech-house and guitars for ‘Dust’. ‘Ourotopie’ starts off with an uncanny, and perhaps unknowing, homage to the Exorcist theme coupled with Berlin ambience and a throbbing house bass, before ‘Flashy Flash’ jiggles on a squidgy electro-tech vibe. Her stabs at indie-pop dance crossovers on ‘Sun The Rain’ and ‘You’ aren’t wholly successful, coming…

ELLEN ALLIEN
Dust
Bpitch Control
2LP // £14.99

Berlin’s first lady of techno presents the successor to 2008s ‘Sool’ with a blend of minimalist electroid, tech-house and guitars for ‘Dust’. ‘Ourotopie’ starts off with an uncanny, and perhaps unknowing, homage to the Exorcist theme coupled with Berlin ambience and a throbbing house bass, before ‘Flashy Flash’ jiggles on a squidgy electro-tech vibe. Her stabs at indie-pop dance crossovers on ‘Sun The Rain’ and ‘You’ aren’t wholly successful, coming…

GLIMPSE
Runner
Crosstown Rebels
CD // £12.99

Runner is the first full-length collection from DJ/producer Christopher Spero, who launches his album with a bit of old, crackly vinyl spouting some sort of optimistic gospel sermon. This leads us into the main body of ‘Walk Tall’, which pads along at a midtempo with a nice line in gamelan-like, tuned woodblock percussion. After the darker, more overtly soulful sampling of ‘If I Was Your Girl’, Spero shifts his attention…

GLIMPSE
Runner
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Serving up four prime cuts from Christopher Spero’s debut Glimpse full-length, this sampler twelve gets underway with the driving, vocal-slicing house of ‘Enjoyable Employable’ before dropping into ‘I Know I Show It’, which ups the stakes with its roving basslines and rumbling piano licks. Flipping over, ‘Things To Do In Denver’ sounds like a well-worn formula put to good use, thanks to its winning cocktail of springy rhodes chords, soulful…

JAMES HOLDEN
Triangle Folds
K7
12″ // £5.99

James Holden presents his first new material in 3 years on the exclusive 12″ partnering his forthcoming DJ Kicks mix. ‘Triangle Folds’ reconnects with the Krautrock lines of his last album ‘The Idiots Are Winning’, using his modular synth collection to mould tripping mid-tempo sequences which sway and bobble with a typical lushness. ‘Triangle Folds Inside Out’ slows the formula to a psyched out mass of arpeggiated bass and trickling…

METRIKA
Paradox (Spencer Parker Mix)
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Returning to Crosstown Rebels, Métrika delivers a new 12″, with ‘Paradox’ arriving as a minimal, kick-snare centric micro-house cut that dabbles with electroclash-type vocals and a devilishly simple line in bloopy melodicism. The Spencer Parker remix elaborates on the original, lending extra depth to the beats and adding a neat line in floating synth pads.
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MOUNT VERNON ARTS LAB
The Séance at Hobs Lane
Ghost Box
CD // £9.99

‘The Séance at Hobs Lane’ originally revealed itself on the Via Satellite label in 2001 before Ghost Box gave it a first resissue in ’07, and now another for 2010. It features a coven of prime electronic operators at the table, including the late John Balance of Coil, plus members of Add N to X, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian alongside project instigator, Drew Mulholland, who has also produced…

VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Cloud Cuckooland
FINDERS KEEPERS
CD // £9.99

Accompanying the marvelous LP from Sam Spence, Finders Keepers drop a twenty track compilation peering into the pre-1974 archives of one of Germany’s longest running Krautrock independents, Kuckuck. During this period, the label was in its prog heyday, helmed by the forward thinking Eckart Rahn, whose release policy covered the early Kosmiche and Krautrock that he loved. One of his most successful moves was to sign releases from American ex-pat…

THE ALPS
Le Voyage
Type
CD // £7.99

*Beautiful new album from The Alps, capturing a sense of pastoral wonder reminiscent of 1970’s psychedelia and the widescreen exuberance of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier’s renowned work together, all offset by experimental vignettes influenced by GRM’s musique concrète archive and the Radiophonic Workshop* Reunited for a fourth full-length together, Tarentel’s Jefre Cantu-Ledesma once again joins forces with Alexis Georgopoulos of ARP and Scott Hewicker of Troll. While their last…

THE ADVISORY CIRCLE
Mind How You Go (Revised Edition)
Ghost Box
CD // £9.99

*Finally Available On CD* This is something of an occasion for the Ghost Box label, starting a series revisiting their classic albums in expanded editions. In addition to the seven tracks from the original 3″CD we get nearly a whole side’s worth of exclusive compositions including remixes from Belbury Poly (aka label head Jim Jupp) and Seeland (aka ex-Broadcast and Plone band members). The Advisory Circle is marked in the…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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IIBIIS ROOGE
Iibiis Rooge
DEKORDER
LP // £13.99

A real treat for fans of psy-trance, only we’re not talking Ozric Tentacles sh*te, this is Astral Social Club and High Wolf in collaboration for Dekorder. Under the Iibiis Rooge handle the pair have shaped an amazing sound jammed from streams of improvised electronics and looped percussion, sounding something like a lo-fi version of Gavin Russom chewing peyote with Florian Hecker, kinda. Neil Campbell’s Astral Social Club is evidently responsible…

MY DISCO
Young You
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £10.99

My Disco are a fierce little proposition from Australia. They arrive at their Blast First Petite release after a handful of records over the last five years where they developed a stoically repetitive and driven take on post-punk disco. ‘Young You’ features three tracks of locked drum loops and near monotone riffage with incredibly tight arrangements. The spiky opener practically spits the titular refrain ‘You’ in your face over stomping…
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ACTRESS
Splazsh
Honest Jon’s Records
CD // £10.99

After crafting one of the most enduring albums of the last few years with 2008’s ‘Hazyville’, Actress sets his sights on the future with a crucial LP for Honest Jon’s. This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon’s are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham’s place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir, and secondly,…

ACTRESS
Splazsh
Honest Jon’s Records
2LP // £12.99

After crafting one of the most enduring albums of the last few years with 2008’s ‘Hazyville’, Actress sets his sights on the future with a crucial LP for Honest Jon’s. This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon’s are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham’s place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir, and secondly,…

BOBBY KONDERS
A Lost Era In NYC 1987-1992
International Deejay Gigolo
CD // £8.99

Bobby Konders is well known to hordes of original house heads, not least here in Manchester where his music was central to the development of the Hacienda house aesthetic. DJ Hell knows the importance of Bobby’s music too, collecting eleven of his best cuts for this International Deejay Gigolos release with the intention of presenting him to a new generation of deep jackin’ heads. So we get the seminal ‘Poem’…

READE TRUTH
Let’s Go To Heaven
Wurst
12″ // £6.99

New York’s Reade Truth brings his sexually charged deep disco house sound to Wurst, backed with a Brennan Green refix. If you checked his ace 12″ for Planet E you’ll probably know about this record already. ‘Let’s Go To Heaven’ succinctly combines his techy deep house sound with a fluid disco sensuality and NY vibe, which Brennan Green run all the way with on ‘Let’s Go To New York Instead’,…

OMAR S
Ultra Fine
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Alexander Omar Smith comes hard with three tracks of rugged acid for FXHE. These are essentially three variations on a tracky and hypnotic vibe ellicited from what sounds like a 606, 303 and some of that cryptic lo-fi magic he keeps in the top drawer. It’s not really Chicago acid either, these tracks sound more like ‘Sheet One’ era Plastikman than owt from DJ Pierre and co, eschewing warm and…

ANDY BLAKE
Cave Paintings 1
Cave Paintings
12″ // £5.99

Former Dissident label head Andy Blake launches his new Cave Paintings series with two sides of ultra-stripped and improvised rhythm tracks. Both of these cuts sit somewhere in that foisty gap between house, techno and disco, constructed with a raw and intuitive 1-take approach before being mastered for optimal effect on the floor. Side X is nothing more than a wandering bassline sequence with subtly strafing percussive pattern kinked with…

CONFORCE
Black Stroke EP (Kink & Neville Watson Mix)
Modelisme
12″ // £8.99

Conforce provides his second 12″ for Modelisme backed with an acid house remix from KiNK & Neville Watson. ‘Black Strobe’ is a sleek and efficient example of the Dutch affection for Detroit’s most sparkling productions, with uplifting vibes and whirring 909 percussion to boot. Conforce’s ‘Far From Here’ ups the melodic ante with florid 313 synths and the remix brings it back down to a jacking house number.

JEREMIAH
Khawuleza ft. Vusa Mkhaya
Balance Alliance
12″ // £8.99

**Transparent Vinyl** Cracking split release from Mojuba and Prescription offshoot – Balance Alliance, featuring the DJ Aly Meghji and Oracy remixes of Jeremiah’s ‘Khawuleza’. DJ Aly Meghji’s remix hits the ‘floor with heavy swinging Afro-house patterns and a ruffed-up, grinding synthline adding a dirty taste to a sophisticated groove. However, we’d have to champion the Oracy mix on the flip. It’s another rare killer from the Mojuba regular, dropping the…
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JEMAA EL FNA
Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £22.99

‘Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna’ is a riveting and intoxicating document of traditional life in Marrakesh, capturing renditions of songs from the repertoire of Morocco’s greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad and more. The tracks feature three central groups, Amal Saha, Mustapha Mahjoub and Troupe Majidi, with the latter filling more than half the record. Each band revolves around a set-up of amplified Oud,…


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All Of Your Things (Blue Daisy Mix)
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MARK FELL (SND)
Attack On Silence
Line
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Ayatollah

JACKIE MITTOO
Ayatollah
Basic Replay
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Beacon (Mount Kimbie Mix)
HEMLOCK
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Beat Box
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
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TERROR DANJAH
Bipolar
BUTTERZ
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PEVERELIST
Clunk Click Every Trip / Gather
PUNCH DRUNK
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Colorfield Variations
Line
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Corner Dub (Blue & Red Mix) / Pretty Bright Light

RSD
Corner Dub (Blue & Red Mix) / Pretty Bright Light
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99


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Death Is Not Final / T++ Remix

SHACKLETON / T++
Death Is Not Final / T++ Remix
SKULL DISCO
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MARCEL DETTMANN
Dettmann
OSTGUT
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Die Slow (Clark Mix) / Before Tigers (Gold Panda Mix)
City Slang
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Do It / Psychedelic Runway
KAPSIZE
12″ // £5.99


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Dub From The Heart

JAH WARRIOR
Dub From The Heart
Dug Out
7″ // £5.49

Elektronische Musik; Experimental German Rock and Electronic Musik 1972-83 - PART TWO

VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Elektronische Musik; Experimental German Rock and Electronic Musik 1972-83 – PART TWO
Soul Jazz
2LP // £13.99

Footcrab / Dumbsh*t

ADDISON GROOVE
Footcrab / Dumbsh*t
Swamp 81
12″ // £6.49

For 2

ALVA NOTO
For 2
Line
CD // £8.99


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Good Energy / Green Hill

RSD
Good Energy / Green Hill
PUNCH DRUNK
12″ // £5.99

Holly Brook Park / 80's

JOKER
Holly Brook Park / 80’s
KAPSIZE
12″ // £5.99

Hyph Mngo

JOY ORBISON
Hyph Mngo
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

King Culture Presents : Cuss Cuss

KING CULTURE PRESENTS : CUSS CUSS
King Culture Presents : Cuss Cuss
Basic Replay
12″ // £6.49


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Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up

TONY ALLEN / MORITZ VON OSWALD / CARL CRAIG
Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up
Honest Jon’s Records
2LP // £12.99

Light In August

DANNY NORBURY
Light In August
LACIES
CD // £7.99

One Of Us

KRYPTIC MINDS
One Of Us
Swamp 81
CD // £9.99

Raiz (Silent Servant)

SILENT SERVANT / RAIZ
Raiz (Silent Servant)
HISTORIA Y VIOLENCIA
12″ // £5.99


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Solo Andata

SOLO ANDATA
Solo Andata
12K
CD // £8.99

Stone - Original Soundtrack Recording

BILLY GREEN
Stone – Original Soundtrack Recording
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £9.99

The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow EP

JOY ORBISON
The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow EP
AUS Music
12″ // £7.99

The Water Is Fine EP

KYLE HALL
The Water Is Fine EP
Moods & Grooves
12″ // £8.99


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This Bliss

PANTHA DU PRINCE
This Bliss
Dial
2LP // £11.99

Three EPs

SHACKLETON
Three EPs
Perlon
CD // £12.99

Transition

FENNESZ
Transition
Touch
7″ // £5.49

Triangulation

SCUBA
Triangulation
Hotflush Recordings
3LP // £16.99


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Untitled 1-3 (Reissue)

WILLIAM BASINSKI & RICHARD CHARTIER
Untitled 1-3 (Reissue)
Line
CD // £8.99

Yukon (Mr Fox Mix) / Walk Through Walls (LV Mix)

UNTOLD
Yukon (Mr Fox Mix) / Walk Through Walls (LV Mix)
HEMLOCK
10″ // £5.99

Zulawski

ANTONI MAIOVVI
Zulawski
Fright
12″ // £6.99

Zumpi Central EP

TERROR DANJAH
Zumpi Central EP
PIRATE SESSIONS
12″ // £4.99


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