Mar 112011
 

Hello,

Rene Hell has shown up regularly on our radar since his excellent debut for Type ‘Porcelain Opera’ appeared last year. He’s been responsible for a number of standout releases under his own name but also with multifarious synthwave operations under the Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy monikers alongside fellow producer Driphouse. ‘The Terminal Symphony’, his brand new album out this week, refines his compositional chops to a more concise and obsessively structured form that we just adore. Initial vinyl copies come on super-limited white vinyl, with a bonus 40 minute cd of exclusive extra material. Oh, and his excellent Mandelbrot and Skyy LP is also out this week on Digitalis, limited to a mere 200 copies for the world.

Sweden’s Tape return this week with a beautiful follow-up to 2008s acclaimed ‘Luminarium’. offering a widescreen, intricately arranged selection of post-rock stylings tempered by typically intricate field recordings and electronic treatments. Fans of classic Tortoise would do well to investigate – the album is out now on CD and limited edition vinyl.

In more pastoral, gnostic territory, Higuma (aka Barn Owl’s Evan Caminiti and Lisa McGee) regroup for a sublime new album for Root Strata, full of billowing borderless ambient shapes and deeply embedded folk harmonics in inimitable style. It’s breathtaking stuff, limited to 500 copies.

It’s possible that by now you’re suffering from Daniel “Oneohtrix Point Never” Lopatin overload, but Arbor’s reissue of his Infinity Window album with Taylor Richardson is still unmissable. It’s one of his most bleak and minimal releases to date, like the soundtrack to a tense sci-fi flick set on an abandoned space station and really benefits form the balance with Taylor’s ghostly drones. Only 500 copies available and highly recommended!

Night Slugs’ electro agent Egyptrixx drops his debut album this week, a first for him and the label. He’s made the transfer from 12″-based dancefloor artist to album artist in fine style, serving a diverse and pop-sharp set of futuristic synthline dissonance that perfectly reflects the neon sheen of his crew in diverse fashion.

For the heavier heads Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi reconvene on LP with an amazing set of tracks recorded in 2010. Haino is in phenomenal form, providing hellish howls and lap steel guitar, while Ambarchi takes drum and O’Rourke bass, in a delicious gatefold sleeve designed by Stephen O’Malley. Aside from being droolworthy, it’s crushingly smart. And on the crushing tip, prolific mid-west noise artist Andrew Coltrane lands the 2nd 12″ on Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes label with two sides of exhilarating, excoriating noise. Don’t miss this one, there’s only 200 copies in silk-screened sleeves, mastered by Rashad at D&M.

On the ‘floor we’ve got three heavyweight records to shout about. Joe Seven’s solo debut on Exit works somewhere between the styles of Kowton and Instra:mental with minimalist, dynamic finesse, while Blawan makes his long awaited R&S debut with the acidic tribal futurism of the ‘Bohla EP’ and finally Slackk reppears on these pages after a deadly Numbers debut with the pure and refined East London ruff House of ‘Synthetic’ backed with a killer, classic-sounding gangster-soul 2-step joint.

Also out this week: new releases from Addison Groove, Four Tet vs Caribou, Wagon Christ, Dwayne Omarr, Dalek, Altered Natives, Sofrito, ASC, J Mascis, Merzbow, Akron/Family, Beach Fossils, Theo Parrish and much much more.

Have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week



RENE HELL
The Terminal Symphony (Limited Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Type
LP+CD // £12.99

*Initial copies come on strictly limited white vinyl, plus a bonus 40 minute CD of exclusive extra material* Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, ‘Porcelain Opera’, his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7″ track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho’s Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. ‘The Terminal Symphony’ is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more concise, obsessively structured and complex form of minimalism, making each sound count rather than allowing them to become lost in the glut of meandering, often flabby drone compositions that bulk out the genre. It’s an efficient aesthetic in the lineage of the original North Rhine sound of E.M.A.K, Kraftwerk, Conny Plank and co, also sharing much in common with Emeralds’ most recent move towards brief, song-like structuring, but still with that demented twinge of wickedly jarring harmonies and a taste for visceral synth textures and noise. This is all heard in the malleable chrome shapes of opener ‘Chamber Forte’, through the glassy geometrics of ‘Cello Suite No.3’ or the ecstatic modern classicism of ‘Juliard Op’, but when the intensity subsides the subtleties of closers ‘Detuned Clarinet’ and ‘Adagio For String Portrait’ beautifully contrast with melancholy and understated, but arresting, finesse. RIYL Emeralds, Radio People, E.M.A.K. or AFX – Highly Recommended.



TAPE
Revelationes
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Hapna / Immune
LP // £14.99

*Vinyl edition includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Since 2008’s gorgeous ‘Luminarium’, Swedish troupe Tape have been holed up in their Summa studio in Stockholm, studiously busying themselves hand-crafting a follow up. And what a sequel it is; ‘Revelationes’ is everything you would hope for from the band and more, finding the well-worn sound of brothers Andreas and Johan Berthling pushing into darker, more downtrodden territory. The overwhelming prettiness of Tape’s back catalogue has been pushed aside; echoes of Slint’s genre-defining ‘Spiderland’ haunt the opening notes of ‘Dust and Light’, but when the signature organs and electronics finally make an appearance it is a markedly more subtle and melancholy affair than we might have expected from the band. ‘Revelationes’ is somehow deeply sad and incredibly affecting, but is a record flecked with hope – the curiously uplifting vibraphones, wavering theramin and jazz-tinged drums offering an occasional and much needed counterpoint to the mood. The band have refined their craft over an enviable selection of full-lengths, and ‘Revelationes’, which clocks in at an economical thirty-two minutes, is easily their most focused to date. No song drags or outstays its welcome, instead their pieces are pointed and enjoyable, bringing to mind Tortoise at their very best. A beautiful album – Highly Recommended



MANDELBROT & SKYY
OD – Axis
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition of 300 copies for the world* Mandelbrot & Skyy is a new horizon for Jeffrey Witscher (Rene Hell) and Daren Ho (Raccoo-oo-oon), a pair of busy heads with a stack of ace releases for NNA Tapes, Type Records and Yellow Swans in the last year alone. We’d imagine ‘OD-Axis’ is the kind of horizontal, skyward-gazing gear you’re meant to listen to after imbibing the cyber disco of their recent, and very, very ace Cuticle 12″ on 100% Silk (don’t sleep on this one!). These four tracks form their take on the kind of patched harmonic cross-hatching and bubbling rhythmic cadences of the neo-Kosmiche sectors, only with a more melted, malleable construction and richness of detail that escapes many of its practitioners. Frontside they gently depressurise with the glowtone cadence of ‘System R’ before suspending us in a hybrid simulation of OPN and Belbury Poly-like harmonic dissonance with ‘Sirocco’ and lolling out to the lysergic synth noise of ‘TT Races’. B-side ‘Monte Carlo’ is more substantial, an intrepid multi-dimensional voyage navigating through the Schulze constellation via E.M.A.K style electromagnetic pulses and eventually being consumed by an epic black hole and spat out somewhere in the skies over the North Rhein. Excellent.



INFINITY WINDOW (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER & TAYLOR RICHARDSON)
Artificial Midnight (2011 Edition)
ELECTRONIC
ARBOR
LP // £13.99

Much needed new edition of this ethereal and deeply abstract 2008 recording by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Taylor Richardson (Purple Haze/Prehistoric Blackout). We’d have to classify this as one of the more blissed and minimalist projects Lopatin has been involved in, one where his usually striking synth architecture is subdued under Richardson’s gauzy layers of obfuscating drone. There’s a genuinely bleak, abandoned space station vibe to ‘Sheets Of Face’ with its dread-filled choral drones cloaking melancholy harmonies lurking at the bottom of long deserted corridors and around blind corners. ‘Internal Compass’ is more blissful, almost exhilaratingly so in that manner that OPN has managed to isolate and stretch to infinity, like a tentative, heart-fluttering moment frozen in time. ‘Skull Theft’, meanwhile, is an 11+ minute mission into mournful, solemnly slow and deeply engaging outer space music, light years removed from earth and coming to terms with its desolate situation. Incredible music, mastered by Keith Fullerton Whitman, art by Robert Beatty, in an edition of 500 copies. Highly recommended!



EGYPTRIXX
Bible Eyes
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
2LP // £11.99

Nights Slugs’ foreign correspondent, Toronto resident Egyptrixx, comes very correct with his second album ‘Bible Eyes’. It’s also the first solo artist album to be released on the label, and represents the more synth-based side of their oeuvre in fine style. He’s been a member of the crew since his early 2010 12″ ‘The Only Way Is Up’, but has been orbiting the mutant electro/Bass scene for a few years already. Ten tracks deep, the cryptically titled ‘Bible Eyes’ cycles through a neon spectrum of club killers interspersed with poppier and slightly more esoteric grooves. The undoubted highlight for many will be his achingly sharp pop piece ‘Chrysalis Records’ featuring the nonchalant female vox of Trust over his signature detuned synthlines and clipped Funky drums in sensuous, synthetic copulation. Those seasick synths form the basis for much of the album, in the two parts of banger ‘Recital’, to jelly-limbed effect on ‘Bible Eyes’ and to screwed Trance effect on ‘Naples’, the most melancholy and experimental moment. If you thought Egyptrixx was just all about club bangers, then this album should widen your expectations of him and Night Slugs in general. Highly Recommended.



KEIJI HAINO, JIM O’ROURKE & OREN AMBARCHI
In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BLACK TRUFFLE
2LP // £17.99

This international trio recorded ‘In A Flash Everything Comes Together…” one year after their first release, ‘Tima Formosa’ also on Black Truffle. It documents in entirety a live performance at SuperDeluxe. Tokyo on January 24th 2010, the players reconfigured as a classic power trio with Ambarchi on drums, O’Rourke on bass and Haino on guitar, lap steel, electronics and vocals. But this ain’t no standard rock set-up, this is heavyweight ritual improvisation featuring Haino in phenomenal form, taking a more central role to command Fushitsusha-weight dynamics from the trio. Taking the drummers stool, Oren Ambarchi’s percussion ranges from tantalising cymbal and hi-hat to propulsive five-limbed pounding when it’s required, while O’Rourke’s bass complements Haino’s lead, boosting his velocity at crucial moments. Undoubtedly, Haino is the main catalyst in this equation, from terrifying vocal outbursts to the tangled lap steel of ‘BLUES for putting a FUZZ beforehand’, his is a force to be reckoned with. Fittingly, the album is housed is lavish gatefold packaging with printed inner sleeves, design by Stephen O’Malley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and a stunning cover-image by noise-guitar blaster and internationally renowned visual artist Marco Fusinato. Strictly limited edition – don’t miss.



HIGUMA
Pacific Fog Dreams
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Root Strata
LP // £13.99

Way out in the North West American wilderness, Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) and Lisa McGee regroup for another exceptional, ethereal session as Higuma. ‘Pacific Fog Dreams’ is also their 2nd release for Root Strata, following their earliest collaborative release in ’08 with ‘Haze Valley’, and 2010s ‘Den Of The Spirits’ LP for Digitalis, one of the finest of its ilk in recent years. Their sound is incredibly precious and achieves the rarest of tangible sensations with glooming, ghostly drones and billowing gaseous shapes shrouded in mystery. Unlike say, the isolationist ambient tones of Thomas Koner, who operates at roughly the same latitude, their vast sound is infused with the spirit of a North West heritage, shoegaze guitars look down rolling mountains over dense forests and deeply embedded folk harmonies drift into being, as though breathed by the vegetation. Their bleakness is balanced with a quietly soaring positivity, whether its from McGee’s angelic vocal catharsis or Evan’s elemental, overarching mastery of quiet/loud or soft/ dramatic dynamics, we’re not sure, but their music is uncannily attuned to the ebb and flow of the senses with a dewy, sublime effervescence and spacious quality that leaves the small hairs on your arms tingling. ‘Pacific Fog Dreams’ was mastered by former Yellow Swan Pete Swanson and comes housed in full colour sleeve. Hugely recommended to romantic home listeners.



NACKT INSECTEN
Reality Bridge
ELECTRONIC
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.49

Ruaraidh Sanachan’s Nackt Insecten imparts his second full length LP of cosmic folk drones for Blackest Rainbow following the acclaimed ‘Quantum Odyssey’. He’s perhaps currently best known for his guitar shredding in the Moon Unit trio and also runs the Sick Head label which has released a ton of stuff from The Skaters to Ensemble Economique. His ‘Reality Bridge’ takes us to a psychedelically active zone of pastoral kosmische on ‘Solar Plexus Skyscraper’, all levitating, luscious drones with enough distortion for your ears to chew on, and sharing the side with the spellbinding, gnostic psychefolk of ‘Deathcatcher’. There’s something of a wild and barren spirit to the track which kinda defines his sound, and his impressive control over such a dense and free-moving piece of music. Flip over and ‘The Atomic Age’ rolls us in organic distortion over searching synth drones with surprisingly tender, personal effect, and ‘Suicide Overdrive’ finishes on a high, fuelled by motorik pulses and sky licking Krautrock guitar spirals. The lo-fi self-portarit sleeve artwork is purely indicative of the warped mind at work inside, and houses virgin 180g vinyl.



ANDREW COLTRANE
Systems Of Chaos
EXTREME / NOISE
The Trilogy Tapes
LP // £14.99

**Limited to 200 copies** Elemental, excoriating noise blinder from underground Midwest hero, Andrew Coltrane for Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes – following a blink and miss it 12″ from Dro Carey at the end of 2010. It’s release #378,483 for Coltrane, an artist whose discogs section stretches to 14 pages (and counting), and a relatively rare appearance on vinyl compared with the towers of cassettes he’s released on his own Hermitage Tapes imprint. So, what does it sound like? Side A is akin to being waterboarded with sulphuric acid at Guantanamo Bay in the middle of a full force hurricane, a blistering experience of flesh-strippingly visceral textures and convective dynamics that’s about as potent as they come. The B-side is equally brutal but with slightly more room to breathe, leaving pockets of tape silence as respite before the waves of noise onslaught, which spew forth with bone splintering force and an exhilarating sense of expression. It surely sounds even more affecting due to the brilliant mastering and press by Berlin’s D&M and comes with photocopied insert and silk-screened sleeves; something nice to look at while your ears are being masticated. Recommended!

Singles of the Week



JOE SEVEN
Restionaire / The Cous
TECHNO / HOUSE
Exit Records
10″ // £7.49

Highly impressive solo debut from Joe Seven, aka half of They Live and collaborator with Noisia. Tracing the Technoid tack of Instra:mental or Kowton, ‘Restionaire’ works on some heavyweight, sub-loaded 4/4 swing tip accented with Monolake-like dynamics and spring loaded reverbs. Flipside, ‘The Cous’ drops to 115bpm for a strutting 808 and woozy synth vibe referencing classic Drexciya and IDM strains. Don’t sleep on this. Big TIP!



BLAWAN
Bohla EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
R&S Records
12″ // £7.49

The R&S renaissance continues with three uniquely lethal tracks from one of the UK’s most exciting young producers. Like Untold before him, Blawan respectfully infuses his hardcore swung rhythms with a sound most commonly associated with the label, the good ‘ol 303. It forms an integral part of each track, from the chirruping squiggles smudged into the loping swingjack groove of ‘Bohla’ to the detuned gurgles eating into complex tribal polyrhythms on ‘Kaz’ or dissolved into the bass-sunken new world jack of ‘Lavender’. Aside from sounding fiercely technoid and alien, his use of acid sequences with swung or broken patterns exposes a vital connection between Belgian and UK hardcore dance musics, where tribal febrility meets cybernetic reality in a marriage of exotic futurism.



SLACKK / HARVEY JENKINS
Synthetic / Steelo
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Forefront Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Big platter from Slackk and Hervey Jenkins inaugurating the promising Forefront label. With ‘Synthetic’ Slackk solidifies a Glasgow-Liverpool-London connection in dapper style, harnessing careening tribal drums to a sub-soaked and bumpy 4/4 riddim layered with infectiously melodic bleeps. Hervey Jenkins takes up the other side with his debut production ‘Steelo’, a classically informed 2-step joint for the Gangster soul crew leaving most “Future Garage” cuts for dust. Arrives with support from Brackles, Jackmaster, Blackdown, Blawan, Dubbel Dutch and Hackman.

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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SESSION VIEW
Royal Road
ENYPNION
12″ // £6.49

Classy Dub House grooves from Session View for Enypnion. Both the original ‘Orange’ and the ‘Pressure Mix’ are carved very much in the image of dub techno godfathers, Basic Channel, from the pneumatic hi-hats to aqua-swung bass and measured matrix of FX. The title tracks is more idiosyncratic, unusually pulling up the kick drum anchor a quarter through the track and leaving us in cold outer dub space with only…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DWAYNE OMARR
Multi Funk
Rephlex
CD // £8.99

Hell, yeah! Obscure electrofunk legend Dwayne Omarr puts in an unexpected turn on Rephlex with a collection of classic jams, exclusive dubs and brand new tracks. You can forgive yourself for not knowing who he is, because nobody else does either! He’s one of those cats who’s remained behind the scenes, preferring to stay in the studio and lay down deadly, futuristic funk. A multi-instrumentalist of virtuoso talent, Dwayne starred…
WAGON CHRIST
Toomorrow
Ninja Tune
2LP // £13.99

Like a good cup of tea or a Crunchie, you always know what you’re in for when you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a brand new Wagon Christ album. This is Luke Vibert’s umpteenth record under the moniker, and since the classic ‘Throbbing Pouch’ all those years ago he’s had a certain section of the listening public literally weeing themselves for fresh material. It’s no slouch either, within…
WAGON CHRIST
Toomorrow
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.99

Like a good cup of tea or a Crunchie, you always know what you’re in for when you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a brand new Wagon Christ album. This is Luke Vibert’s umpteenth record under the moniker, and since the classic ‘Throbbing Pouch’ all those years ago he’s had a certain section of the listening public literally weeing themselves for fresh material. It’s no slouch either, within…
IKE ‘N’ MIKE
White Chinos
Fresh Up Records
7″ // £6.49

Super sleek Italo boogie from ED DMX’s Fresh Up Record series. Frontside, ‘White Chinos’ is their tribute to the Chick Corea’s duds on an ancient episode of the Old Grey Whistle Test, replete with deadpan vocals and a deadly Moroder-esque bassline arpeggio. Flip it for the romantic lather of ‘Turn This Love Around’, a library-esque groove of West Coast disco vibes with funky guitar and frickled Rhodes solos.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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KEIJI HAINO, JIM O’ROURKE & OREN AMBARCHI
In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One
BLACK TRUFFLE
2LP // £17.99

This international trio recorded ‘In A Flash Everything Comes Together…” one year after their first release, ‘Tima Formosa’ also on Black Truffle. It documents in entirety a live performance at SuperDeluxe. Tokyo on January 24th 2010, the players reconfigured as a classic power trio with Ambarchi on drums, O’Rourke on bass and Haino on guitar, lap steel, electronics and vocals. But this ain’t no standard rock set-up, this is heavyweight…
HIGUMA
Pacific Fog Dreams
Root Strata
LP // £13.99

Way out in the North West American wilderness, Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) and Lisa McGee regroup for another exceptional, ethereal session as Higuma. ‘Pacific Fog Dreams’ is also their 2nd release for Root Strata, following their earliest collaborative release in ’08 with ‘Haze Valley’, and 2010s ‘Den Of The Spirits’ LP for Digitalis, one of the finest of its ilk in recent years. Their sound is incredibly precious and achieves…
CM VON HAUSSWOLFF
800,000 Seconds In Harar
Touch
CD // £11.99

It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long for Swedish experimental composer Carl Michael Von Hausswolff to compose a solo album for Touch. In my mind he’s always been a part of the label’s wider roster, and listening to ‘800,000 Seconds In Harar’ it seems perfectly aligned with the British label’s wide-reaching sound. The record was produced as a soundtrack of sorts to a play focused on the…
C. YANTIS
Kerning
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.99

“Debut LP from this American artist formally known as Outrage Is A Hat. Yantis fuses guitar mediations with a multitude of instruments and noises creating a truly individual sound of the outer limits of American primitive sound… Yantis blurs modern noise experimentation with almost classical musicianship at times. The heavy and minimal are laid to together to create one of the most interesting sounds i’ve heard from a new artist,…
JASON LESCALLEET
Music For Magnetic Tape
ARBOR
Cassette // £4.99

Maine’s Jason Lescalleet makes his cassette debut on Arbor with the deeply engrossing ‘Music For Magnetic Tape’. A-side ‘Waves’ is the sort of composition which almost requires a period of contemplation after consumption. Compared to Morton Feldman by Keith Fullerton Whitman and created at his Glistening Labs studio, it works in three broad sections, moving from glacial piano through to overwhelming noise bluster and back to piano, but that’s the…
GOLDEN CUP
Sogno Elettrico
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £15.49

Sprawling album of beatless psyche jams summoned from an array of electro-acoustic instrumentation by Italians Maurizio Abate and Luca Massolin (curator of the 8mm Record label and member of Golden Jooklo Age). Their unique combination of electronic mandolin, electric guitar, electric organ and electronics are conducted into a systolic swirl of drones and coruscating guitar bliss-outs on the A-side of ‘O Sol, O Mar E A Harmonia Do Céu’, and…
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Totem Two (Picture Disc Edition)
Important Records
LP // £17.99

*Limited Edition vinyl picture disc* ‘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…
DALEK
Untitled
LATITUDES
CD // £8.99

New Jersey’s heavyweight avant-HipHop duo laid down their Latitudes session on 6th-7th July 2005 at Southern Studios, just miles away from the London bombing attacks. For many reasons, their sombre, affected recordings have been archived until now, but great music always has a habit of surfacing, whether it’s six years down the line or 50. It plays through as a densely detailed yet spaciously arranged multicultural collage, where base elements…
HORSE LATITUDES
Gathering
AURORA BOREALIS
CD // £11.99

Apparently since Circle-offshoot band Pharaoh Overlord pronounced the genre N.W.O.F.H.M (The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal) there has been a boom in the Finish metal scene that few of us outside of the country could have predicted. I always assumed most Fins were too busy making forest-folk music with logs, flutes and empty vodka bottles to be too concerned with metal but clearly I was wrong. ‘Gathering’ is the…
TEPHRA
Tempel
GOLDEN ANTENNA
LP // £15.99

Third album from Braunschweig, Germany’s Doom Metal/Sludgecore/Hardcore Punk outfit, Tephra. Highly melodic, dramatic and complex stuff not for the faint hearted. Vinyl housed in opulent die-cut, gatefold sleeve.
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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RAHAAN
Edits Vol. 1
SPACEMACHINE RECORDINGS
CD // £14.99

Chicago’s Rahaan is one of the world’s most in-demand and respected disco DJs. Comign through in the Warehouse days of Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles and co he received an enviable education at the altars of the best, but it was really Ron Hardy’s soul rich sets that inspired him most. Ever since he’s been dedicated to his craft, amassing a deadly collection of his own edits of classic joints in…
VARIOUS / BBE
Henry Street Grooves – Classic Deep, Funky And Jazzy House From New York
BBE
CD // £10.99

BBE scan the catalogue of New York House imprint, Henry Street Records for a 2nd time, following their 1999 overview ‘Henry Street Music: The Story So Far – 1993-1999’. There’s a slight crossover as this one starts in ’95 with Robbie Tranco’s smoove jazz Houser, ‘Drops’ and cruises through Dirty Harry’s ‘Funk Daze’, to DJ Duke’s sublime take on ‘E2-E4’ as ‘D2-D2’ from 1996 onto Robbie Rivera’s ‘Saxmania #1’ and…
VARIOUS / SOFRITO
Tropical Discotheque EP
Strut
12″ // £5.99

Sofrito do your tropical discotheque a favour with two mighty African and West Indian grooves pressed on ultra loud 12″. Both tracks were selected by Sofrito DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis, featuring one track from the splendid, eponymous compilation and their own exclusive new edit on the flip. A-side they drop Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire’s irresistible epic ‘Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup’, a firm favourite with the Sofritos…
VARIOUS / TRANS AIR
West Indies Funk
TRANS AIR
CD // £13.99

Trans Air return for a follow-up to the charming ‘Disc’o’Lypso’ with an 11 track compilation of Caribbean Funk. No denying it, The Esso Trinidad Steel Band’s cover of The Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ is a huge highlight, ready to charm the pants off any party in warmer climes (just turn the central heating up), and there’s also a cover of The Meters’ ‘Cardova’ by Syd Jones & The…
DUB / REGGAE
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BUNNY LEE
The Version Master Presents Creation Of Dub
Jamaican Recordings
CD // £11.49

Charming collection of versions from the vaults of Bunny Lee, presented by Jamaican Recordings. ‘Creation Of Dub’ collects 14 prime early dub productions featuring riddims selected by Bunny Lee and mixed at Dynamic Sounds by the master, King Tubby. Includes some genius pieces such as the ‘Jamaican Roots Dub’ of ‘Jamaican Fruits Of African Dub’, the beautifully cooled-out and Eastern-tingd ‘This Boss Of Dub’ versioning Jackie Edwards ‘So Jah Say’…
BUNNY LEE
The Version Master Presents Creation Of Dub
Jamaican Recordings
LP // £10.49

Charming collection of versions from the vaults of Bunny Lee, presented by Jamaican Recordings. ‘Creation Of Dub’ collects 14 prime early dub productions featuring riddims selected by Bunny Lee and mixed at Dynamic Sounds by the master, King Tubby. Includes some genius pieces such as the ‘Jamaican Roots Dub’ of ‘Jamaican Fruits Of African Dub’, the beautifully cooled-out and Eastern-tingd ‘This Boss Of Dub’ versioning Jackie Edwards ‘So Jah Say’…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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EGYPTRIXX
Bible Eyes
Night Slugs
2LP // £11.99

Nights Slugs’ foreign correspondent, Toronto resident Egyptrixx, comes very correct with his second album ‘Bible Eyes’. It’s also the first solo artist album to be released on the label, and represents the more synth-based side of their oeuvre in fine style. He’s been a member of the crew since his early 2010 12″ ‘The Only Way Is Up’, but has been orbiting the mutant electro/Bass scene for a few years…
BLAWAN
Bohla EP
R&S Records
12″ // £7.49

The R&S renaissance continues with three uniquely lethal tracks from one of the UK’s most exciting young producers. Like Untold before him, Blawan respectfully infuses his hardcore swung rhythms with a sound most commonly associated with the label, the good ‘ol 303. It forms an integral part of each track, from the chirruping squiggles smudged into the loping swingjack groove of ‘Bohla’ to the detuned gurgles eating into complex tribal…
SLACKK / HARVEY JENKINS
Synthetic / Steelo
Forefront Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Big platter from Slackk and Hervey Jenkins inaugurating the promising Forefront label. With ‘Synthetic’ Slackk solidifies a Glasgow-Liverpool-London connection in dapper style, harnessing careening tribal drums to a sub-soaked and bumpy 4/4 riddim layered with infectiously melodic bleeps. Hervey Jenkins takes up the other side with his debut production ‘Steelo’, a classically informed 2-step joint for the Gangster soul crew leaving most “Future Garage” cuts for dust. Arrives with support…
ADDISON GROOVE
Work It / Sexual
Swamp 81
12″ // £7.49

Addison Groove (aka Headhunter – as if you didn’t know) drops his 2nd 12″ of Juke, Dubstep and Electro hybrids for Loefah’s Swamp 81 label. ‘Work It’ deploys straight-up 808s in a straight-up Electro framework, shelltoes and Adidas ziptop almost included. Flip it and ‘Sexual’ rolls on a Jukin’ vibe with plumper subs, flickers of hi-hat rhythms and an altogether more senuous vibe than the turbonator bounce of the flip….
CONSEQUENCE
Snakes & Skulls / Dub Bounce
Exit Records
10″ // £7.49

Highly polished, atmospheric D&B minimalism from down under. With his debut album and a 12″ for Darkestral Excursions Consequence made a quiet but indelible impression on the neo-D&B scene. His 2nd single ‘Snakes & Skulls’ is cut from the same shadowy substance, dropping a uniquely laidback and swinging groove filled with isolationist ambient tones and Burial-esque crackles on the title track and an exceptional, molasses-slow tech-stepper on ‘Dub Bounce’. Recommended….
ASC
Starkwood / Reform
Autonomic
12″ // £7.49

NOMIC006 is given to ASC for a sharply rendered D&B session. A-side ‘Starkwood’ comes agile and flighty with tendon twitching techstep syncopation and the kind of luxurious, dynamic production values ASC is revered for. Flipside, ‘Reform’ tucks into a halfstep roll commanded by pressurised subbass gravity and air carving snare slices breathing from deep end atmospheres. Super solid stuff for fans of dBridge, Data or Rockwell.
ALTERED NATIVES
Tenement Yard Volume One: Sampler Two
Eye4Eye
12″ // £6.49

Mo’ fiyah from Altered Natives, pressing three more tracks from 2010’s ‘Tenement Yard’ album onto vinyl for the first time. The longer A-side is given over to the ‘Mirror Dance’ styles of ‘Restless Native’, all kinky synched percussion with a bubbling Afro lilt. ‘In My House’ is madder, working on a ruffed-up House slant with some real crafty triplet switches, and then there’s ‘God Made Me’ to bury the dance…
LOWTEC
Wonderkidd / Looser
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.49

Workshop’s Lowtec licks up two deeply dipped grooves to follow recent Nonplus heat from Actress, Boddika, and Kassem Mosse. He’s an unexpected name to crop up on this label for sure, but the clip of his grooves makes total sense considering the label’s current agenda. A-side features burnished, beatdown-vibing chords and samples alloyed to a crumpled 4/4 with a proper Berlin backroom meets smoky Detroit basement feel. Flip it for…
ID & SKINNZ
The Most High / No Love
EARWAX
12″ // £5.99

Mutant dubstep ruffige fom Bristol’s ID & Skinnz on Tectonic’s sister imprint. ‘The Most High’ takes no prisoners on a tribalist Breakstep pillage armed with rugged polyrhythms and blunderbuss-up-the-dance bass. One craftier, ‘No Love’ initially rolls out with the Addison Groove-style dubstepXjuke patterns but can’t hold back a torrent of junglist breaks and brick-hard subs getting tangled up in the madness.
INDIGO
Zero Point EP
ON THE EDGE
2LP // £12.99

Indigo returns to the fray in fine style with a double pack of robust new material including two Synkro remixes. 2010 was a quiet year, release wise, for Indigo, but in the last few months alone he’s appeared on Exit’s excellent ‘Mosaic’ compilation and remixed Illum Sphere for Tectonic, both building anticipation for the ‘Zero Point EP’. Inside, you’ll be glad to know, he’s as versatile as ever, stepping between…
JAYGLO
Wiseau Funk / Glo Worm
Boka Records
12″ // £5.99

Radioactive Dubstep ravers from the Boka HQ courtesy of Jayglo aka Vista. ‘Wiseau Funk’ brings it hard, like a Uranium-enriched Joker production aided by Herbie Hancock, while ‘Glo Worm’ is more uptempo, already finding favour with the likes of Roska, 16Bit, Matt-U, Diplo, and Akira Kiteshi.
LEWIS B
Dark Clouds (Synkro Mix)
Smokin Sessions
12″ // £6.49

Lewis B drops a 3rd 12″ of jazz-licked 2-Step for Smokin’ Sessions, this one backed with a shark-eyed Synkro remix! So I guess we’ll stop saying this is El-B, because it’s not (but it sounds like him), but we can say that ‘Dark Clouds’ really isn’t very dark, its actually a deep swinging and infectiously soulful roller that’s been tipped by everyone from Kissy Sell Out to Alexander Nut, and…
LX ONE
You / Give It Up
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £5.99

True skool dubstep Bass weight from LX One aka Joker D for N-Type’s Wheel & Deal label. Both sides come with enough bass to hypnotise a hippo, from the DMZ crowd pleaser ‘You’ to Youngsta favourite ‘Give It Up’. Quality.
MRK1
Dirty Dubstep Music / Let Me Hear You
HENCH
12″ // £5.99

Man like MRK1 brings it to H.E.N.C.H on a pair of raver’s lunchtime specials. ‘Dirty Dubstep Music’ sounds best with two nostrils full of MKat mrk II and a gob full of chips and gravy (required to line your stomach against those mid-range frequencies), while ‘Let Me Hear You’ spins off another rugged dubstep creation for the DJs.
SCORN
Yozza
OHM RESISTANCE
CD // £9.99

Ohm Resistance unleash 4 snarling, grizzled constructions from Mick Harris aka Scorn. Adhering to his classic formula of aggressively controlled percussion, abyssal dread bass and caustic atmospheres, ‘Yozza’ affirms expectations in typical style. Grrr.
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RENE HELL
The Terminal Symphony (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP+CD // £12.99

*Initial copies come on strictly limited white vinyl, plus a bonus 40 minute CD of exclusive extra material* Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, ‘Porcelain Opera’, his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7″ track…
MANDELBROT & SKYY
OD – Axis
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Limited edition of 300 copies for the world* Mandelbrot & Skyy is a new horizon for Jeffrey Witscher (Rene Hell) and Daren Ho (Raccoo-oo-oon), a pair of busy heads with a stack of ace releases for NNA Tapes, Type Records and Yellow Swans in the last year alone. We’d imagine ‘OD-Axis’ is the kind of horizontal, skyward-gazing gear you’re meant to listen to after imbibing the cyber disco of their…
INFINITY WINDOW (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER & TAYLOR RICHARDSON)
Artificial Midnight (2011 Edition)
ARBOR
LP // £13.99

Much needed new edition of this ethereal and deeply abstract 2008 recording by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Taylor Richardson (Purple Haze/Prehistoric Blackout). We’d have to classify this as one of the more blissed and minimalist projects Lopatin has been involved in, one where his usually striking synth architecture is subdued under Richardson’s gauzy layers of obfuscating drone. There’s a genuinely bleak, abandoned space station vibe to ‘Sheets Of…
NACKT INSECTEN
Reality Bridge
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.49

Ruaraidh Sanachan’s Nackt Insecten imparts his second full length LP of cosmic folk drones for Blackest Rainbow following the acclaimed ‘Quantum Odyssey’. He’s perhaps currently best known for his guitar shredding in the Moon Unit trio and also runs the Sick Head label which has released a ton of stuff from The Skaters to Ensemble Economique. His ‘Reality Bridge’ takes us to a psychedelically active zone of pastoral kosmische on…
THE BOOKS
Lost And Safe (2011 Edition)
Temporary Residence
CD // £12.99

The Wire’s album of the year 2005 – reissued for 2011!!! From their self-issued CDRs through to this their third full album, The Books have always retained a distinctive sound that has been resolutely difficult to pin down. Easing off the cello that was so conspicuous on ‘The Lemon of Pink’, The Books have also chosen to forsake the beatific vocals of collaborator Anne Doerner and concentrate fully on those…
THE BOOKS
Lost And Safe (2011 Edition)
Temporary Residence
LP // £16.99

The Wire’s album of the year 2005 – reissued for 2011!!! From their self-issued CDRs through to this their third full album, The Books have always retained a distinctive sound that has been resolutely difficult to pin down. Easing off the cello that was so conspicuous on ‘The Lemon of Pink’, The Books have also chosen to forsake the beatific vocals of collaborator Anne Doerner and concentrate fully on those…
AGF & CRAIG ARMSTRONG
Orlando
AGF PRODUCKTION
CD // £13.99

The latest in a long line of collaborations between lauded Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and Berlin-based electro-ist Antye Greie, ‘Orlando’ finds the duo tackling Virginia Woolfe’s masterpiece ‘Orlando’. Originally conceived as a play, the music still manages to stand on its own, echoing the haunting narrative with a steely resolve. Armstrong’s mastery and restraint is evident throughout but most successfully in the album’s more overtly orchestral moments. His compositional signatures…
FOUR TET / DAPHNI (CARIBOU)
Pinnacles / Ye Ye
Text Records
12″ // £6.99

Finally here, the highly anticipated split from Four Tet and Caribou’s Dan Snaith under his new Daphni alias! It lands on Four Tet’s Text imprint, the label he reserves for specials such as this and his acclaimed Burial collab. In typical multi-tiered style, Hebden’s ‘Pinnacles’ finds its groove in a shark-eyed spy funk intro before lurching into a swung 4/4 with multiple layers of bristling polyrhythms all rubbing against eachother…
VARIOUS / STRUCTURE
STRUC01CD
STRUCTURE
CD // £5.99

London-based DJ/Photographer/AV artist Shelley Parker presents a compilation of 11 dark, minimal and experimental electronic tracks from Scanone, Kansas City Prophets, Cursor Miner, Filter Feeder and herself as the first release on her Structure imprint. The set opens to the sharp contrasts of oily black subbass and teeth-gritting noise on Structure’s ‘Zero Point Energy’, before a Breaks-y charge from Kansas City Prophets ‘Drome’ and the sci-fi scape electro of Scanone’s…
ARNOLD DREYBLATT
Turntable History
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“Arnold Dreyblatt is an American composer who has studied with La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier. He is a member of the German Academy Of Art. He has released work on labels such as Table Of The Elements, Canteloupe, Tzadik, Hat Art and Dexter’s Cigar. ‘Turntable History’ is a recording of a 40 minute multi-channel sound composition which was concieved as part of an audio-visual installation installed in…
DURAN DURAN DURAN
Over Hard
COCK ROCK DISCO
CD // £10.99

Berlin-based breakcore botherer bashes one off for his Cock Rock Disco label. It’s great to see that his style hasn’t changed one bit over the years, still coming crude and lewd for those who like it in the eye. From the opening Lemmiwinks-alike intro through raving electro Breaks on ‘Bass Racist’ to exotic gabber of ‘Booty Jihad’, skittering beat edits on ‘Brainwash’, the usual PE samples and DJ Producer kicks…
POLLUTION SALUTE
Neon
LOST TRIBE SOUND
CD // £8.99

There could hardly be a more appropriate title for this debut album from Pollution Salute (aka Michael Fray) than ‘Neon’. And neon is exactly what springs to mind as fizzing electronics bumble and whirr into gear on this chirpy pop offering. Comparisons will no doubt be made to electronic pop stalwarts The Postal Service, but I can hear just as many nods to the classic early Morr Music catalogue as…
EXTREME / NOISE
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ANDREW COLTRANE
Systems Of Chaos
The Trilogy Tapes
LP // £14.99

**Limited to 200 copies** Elemental, excoriating noise blinder from underground Midwest hero, Andrew Coltrane for Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes – following a blink and miss it 12″ from Dro Carey at the end of 2010. It’s release #378,483 for Coltrane, an artist whose discogs section stretches to 14 pages (and counting), and a relatively rare appearance on vinyl compared with the towers of cassettes he’s released on his own Hermitage…
RYAN GARBES
Freedom Now
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £13.99

Ryan Garbes is best known as the former drummer for Raccoo-oo-oon and currently with Shawn Reed in Wet Hair, not to mention his Dunebuggy duo with Taterbug’s Charles Free. For Blackest Rainbow he deposits a 2008 recording of his fractured drumming meshed with flailing guitar distortion and crazy church organ interjections with a wicked sense of emancipation from any semblance of conventional structures. Or, a dude f**king about and making…
MERZBOW
Jigokuhen
Important Records
LP // £15.99

‘Jigokuhen’ both completes and commemorates Merzbow’s recent 14 part Bird Series for Important. Essentially its a stand alone release, but can be viewed as the 15th installment without any recourse from the man himself. It continues the avian theme of the series (itself based on Oliver Messaien’s ‘Catalogue d’Oiseaux’) through artwork depicting the Jigokuhen, which is roughly translated as “Hell Hen”, and two sides of hieroglyphic noise articulations which you…
MAURIZIO BIANCHI & FRANCISCO LOPEZ
KRMN
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“KRMN-FL and KRMN-MB were both created with the same original source materials, jointly created by Maurizio Bianchi and Francisco López. Produced fromt he partial oxidation of carbon-containing compounds, carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas and has no odor or color. It is the most common type of fatal poisoning in many countries. Exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart. KRMN (for Karbona Monooksido)…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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D. CHARLES SPEER
Arghiledes
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.49

‘Arghiledes’ is a brilliant homage to Greek Rebetiko music of the early 20th century by No Neck Blues Band’s David Shuford aka D. Charles Speer. It’s his 2nd solo LP under this moniker and a deeply researched, beautifully executed effort replete with in depth sleeve notes and paste-on cover. Coming from a Blues playing American of Greek descent, the project reflects the syncretic nature of Rebetiko music, itself made up…
ED ASKEW
Imperfiction
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Another addition to Drag City’s curious collection of ‘outsider’ folk records (sitting neatly alongside Gary Higgins in your collection), Ed Askew is an artist I haven’t come across before. After his debut for ESP in 1968, his second album ‘Little Eyes’ was recorded in 1970, but somehow never got past test pressing stage, and as so many records of this era did, was lost for decades. After the 70s Askew…
J MASCIS
Several Shades of Why
SUB POP
CD // £9.99

I suppose people shouldn’t be too surprised that J. Mascis’s latest solo outing is a peaceful, near-acoustic affair. He did after all help out his chum Thurston Moore on the gorgeous ‘Trees Outside the Academy’ LP, and here we find the Dinosaur Jr. feller pushing the rock and roll out into the cold and embracing something truly beautiful. He’s not alone either, Mascis has enlisted some enviable names; Sophie Trudeau…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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TAPE
Revelationes
Hapna / Immune
LP // £14.99

*Vinyl edition includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Since 2008’s gorgeous ‘Luminarium’, Swedish troupe Tape have been holed up in their Summa studio in Stockholm, studiously busying themselves hand-crafting a follow up. And what a sequel it is; ‘Revelationes’ is everything you would hope for from the band and more, finding the well-worn sound of brothers Andreas and Johan Berthling pushing into darker, more downtrodden territory. The…
TAPE
Revelationes
Hapna
CD // £9.99

Since 2008’s gorgeous ‘Luminarium’, Swedish troupe Tape have been holed up in their Summa studio in Stockholm, studiously busying themselves hand-crafting a follow up. And what a sequel it is; ‘Revelationes’ is everything you would hope for from the band and more, finding the well-worn sound of brothers Andreas and Johan Berthling pushing into darker, more downtrodden territory. The overwhelming prettiness of Tape’s back catalogue has been pushed aside; echoes…
FRANCESCO TRISTANO
Idiosynkrasia
Infine
2LP // £15.99

Revered modern clasiscal pianist and Moritz Von Oswald collaborator, Francesco Tristano, delivers an excellent new album for Infiné. ‘idiosynkrasia’ melds electronics and modern composition with effortless grace, spilling into nine tracks of unique forms with a cunning feel for rhythm and hypnotic melody. ‘Mambo’ combines all those elements for an initial display of prowess, before slipping into the sumptuous solo piano arrangement of ‘Nach wasser Noch Erde’. The album’s most…
NILS FRAHM & ANNE MULLER
7Fingers (Erased Tapes Edition)
ERASED TAPES
CD // £12.49

*New edition on Erased Tapes* Succeeding his ‘Wintermusik’ and ‘The Bells’ compositions for solo piano, Nils Frahms takes a wonderful detour into string heavy symphonies and glitch rhythms alongside the estimable talent of Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble’s Anne Müller. Frahms’s instrument of choice is largely subservient to the strings on much of the album, instead it’s his compositional talents which are in focus, writing for and with Müller, and her profound knowledge of…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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CRAFT SPELLS
After The Moment / Love We Spent
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Bittersweet pop music heavily indebted to New Order, the 2nd release by Craft Spells for Captured Tracks. ‘After The Moment’ is post-coital blisspop par excellence, wholly indebted to Manchester’s finest but that’s no bad thing at all. The distanced vox and arpeggiated NRG of ‘Love Well Spent’ has a taste of the ’80s pop explored by The Soft Moon.
ETERNAL TAPESTRY
Beyond The 4th Door
Thrill Jockey
CD // £12.49

Newly signed to Thrill Jockey, Portland psych-rockers Eternal Tapestry might just have come up with their greatest offering to date with ‘Beyond the 4th Door’. The core trio of brothers Nick and Jed Bindeman (Jed, you might recognize from Type Records’ Heavy Winged) and Dewey Mahood are joined here by horn/synth player Ryan Carlile and bassist Krag Likins who fill out the sludgy sound perfectly, giving ‘Beyond the 4th Door’…
ETERNAL TAPESTRY
Beyond The 4th Door
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.49

Newly signed to Thrill Jockey, Portland psych-rockers Eternal Tapestry might just have come up with their greatest offering to date with ‘Beyond the 4th Door’. The core trio of brothers Nick and Jed Bindeman (Jed, you might recognize from Type Records’ Heavy Winged) and Dewey Mahood are joined here by horn/synth player Ryan Carlile and bassist Krag Likins who fill out the sludgy sound perfectly, giving ‘Beyond the 4th Door’…
DISAPPEARS
Guider
Kranky
CD // £11.99

Chicago outfit Disappears burst out of nowhere last year with debut LP ‘Lux’ and immediately attracted media attention with their smoggy, narcotic sound. A slew of shows followed, and as we all know with touring usually comes writing, so it’s hardly surprising that the band’s sophomore album has come so soon after their debut. Although now backed up by the star-presence of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums in a…
BABY DEE
Regifted Light
Drag City
LP // £12.99

I managed to catch Baby Dee playing live before the Swans on their recent tour, and while it might not sound like it, her unusual, almost absurd compositions were the perfect introduction to Michael Gira’s sheet-noise blues. This latest addition to her canon offers more crazed compositions to the fold, taking in piano, glockenspiel, strings and Baby Dee’s unmistakable vocals. Her harp (possibly the instrument she is most associated with)…
BABY DEE
Regifted Light
Drag City
CD // £11.49

I managed to catch Baby Dee playing live before the Swans on their recent tour, and while it might not sound like it, her unusual, almost absurd compositions were the perfect introduction to Michael Gira’s sheet-noise blues. This latest addition to her canon offers more crazed compositions to the fold, taking in piano, glockenspiel, strings and Baby Dee’s unmistakable vocals. Her harp (possibly the instrument she is most associated with)…
AKRON/FAMILY
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Dead Oceans
2LP // £12.49

As its mouthful of a title might suggest, this latest bumper full-length from cosmic explorers Akron/Family is yet another genre bending off-world exploration into the outer realms. And trust me, that is nowhere near as horrible as my description might make it sound. It’s always been hard to characterize Akron/Family, and with ‘STII’ they haven’t made my life any easier with their near-symphonic collision of rampaging guitars, soaring synthesizers and…
AKRON/FAMILY
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Dead Oceans
CD // £9.99

As its mouthful of a title might suggest, this latest bumper full-length from cosmic explorers Akron/Family is yet another genre bending off-world exploration into the outer realms. And trust me, that is nowhere near as horrible as my description might make it sound. It’s always been hard to characterize Akron/Family, and with ‘STII’ they haven’t made my life any easier with their near-symphonic collision of rampaging guitars, soaring synthesizers and…
CHRISTINA CARTER
Texas Blues Working
BLACKEST RAINBOW
2LP // £18.99

“Quite simply one of my all time favourite releases on Blackest Rainbow from one of this generations most amazing artists gets the upgrade from cassette to double vinyl LP, featring the original 6 tracks from the original release, along with an additional brand new amazing track. The original edition on tape received some fantastic reviews, so its great to finally have this out on vinyl, as it really is a…
BEACH FOSSILS
What A Pleasure
Captured Tracks
CD // £10.99

Beach Fossils follow a well received debut album in 2010 with this substantial EP of eight songs for Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks. There’s a more mature, cleaner sound to the guitars, vocals and drums of ‘What A Pleasure’, given more space to glow and hear their articulate Pop nuance with more clarity. Lead singer Dustin Payseur shares songwriting duties with bassist John Peña this time out, and also duets with Wild…
BEACH FOSSILS
What A Pleasure
Captured Tracks
LP // £12.99

Beach Fossils follow a well received debut album in 2010 with this substantial EP of eight songs for Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks. There’s a more mature, cleaner sound to the guitars, vocals and drums of ‘What A Pleasure’, given more space to glow and hear their articulate Pop nuance with more clarity. Lead singer Dustin Payseur shares songwriting duties with bassist John Peña this time out, and also duets with Wild…
ABOUT GROUP
You’re No Good
Domino
12″ // £5.99

*About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized), Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)*‘You’re No Good’ is the first single from About Group’s forthcoming second album, released on Domino. It’s a re-versioning of Terry Riley’s landmark 1967 track, on which the minimalist composer took Harvey Averne’s latin-tinged soul track of the same title and turned it into…
FOUND
Factorycraft
Chemikal Underground Records
LP // £15.99

A direct successor to the art-school bands of yore, FOUND’s debut album is a near-flawless blend of the kind of indie-rawk we just don’t see enough of any more and the sort of blips and drum machine bounces you’d usually associate with Hot Chip. In this, FOUND are the perfect Chemikal Underground act, at times I’m reminded of early Delgados or late (electro-era) Bis, and at others there is more…
FOUND
Factorycraft
Chemikal Underground Records
CD // £9.99

A direct successor to the art-school bands of yore, FOUND’s debut album is a near-flawless blend of the kind of indie-rawk we just don’t see enough of any more and the sort of blips and drum machine bounces you’d usually associate with Hot Chip. In this, FOUND are the perfect Chemikal Underground act, at times I’m reminded of early Delgados or late (electro-era) Bis, and at others there is more…
KURT VILE
Smoke Ring For My Halo
Matador
CD // £9.99

The latest from indie darling Kurt Vile, ‘Smoke Ring for My Halo’ was recorded at various studios in New York City, Hoboken and Philadelphia. With the help of backing band The Violators, Vile has created maybe his most complete work to date – a daring collection of songs that represents him absolutely as a songwriter. This is still the same Vile we know and love, channelling the spirits of music…
PLANK!
Pig Sick (Remix) / Self Harm
Akoustik Anarkhy
7″ // £3.99

Cute Krautrock moments from Plank!, making their vinyl debut with ‘Self Harm’ and ‘Pig Sick (Remix)’. The spiky, driving drums and warbling synthesized grain of ‘Pig Sick (Remix)’ make the highlight for us, while ‘Self Harm’ is more pop-conscious and indie melodic. 400 hand-numbered copies only.
TIM COHEN
Magic Trick
Captured Tracks
LP // £15.99

Third solo album by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, exercising his acclaimed songwriting talent. “In the 12 songs collected here, Tim traverses a wide range of conflicting moods while somehow always reenforcing his songs with messages of hope and positivity. “Don’t Give Up”, “I Am Never Going To Die”, and “Flower” are perfect examples of the upbeat meancholy that has defined his solo work to this point. Joined by…
JAZZ / RELATED
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AUSTIN PERALTA
Endless Planets
Brainfeeder
CD // £10.99

Austin Peralta (son of groundbreaking skater, Stacy) makes his recorded debut outside of Japan on a fiercely confident Brainfeeder release. It’s a marked step away from anything Fly Lo’s label have previously offered, entering the contemporary jazz arena with Peralta commanding an ensemble including The Cinematic Orchestra and Strangeloop on electronic manipulation, Zane Musa on alto saxophone, Ben Wendel on tenor and soprano saxophone, vocals from Heidi Vogel and percussion…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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EQUINOX
Meecha / Your Love’s So Cold
Subtle Audio
12″ // £5.99

Equinox reaches deep into his vaults to present a killer ’96 original backed with a newer, but classically arranged roller. That A-side ‘Meecha’ is notorious for opening his and Bailey’s legendary set at Technicality in 2003, bringing the ruckus with ten tonnes of Amiga-compressed Amen crunch and billowing subs. Flipside ‘Your Love’s So Cold’ is more emo, rolling with ice-tipped percussion and echoic vocals for heartfelt impact. Ruff.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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CAPRACARA
Panic Beats
Fine Art Recordings
10″ // £7.99

Steely mission groove from Capracara backed with a chemically altered Diskjokke remix on the wide scoping Fine Art Recordings. On ‘Panic Beats’ Capracara delivers an adrenalising shot to the buttocks; optimised 107bpm machine rhythms plough a direct trajectory to his objective while a forcefield of robust arpeggiations deflect any stray limbs on the dancefloor and pupil-dilating synth pads keep the dancer’s senses alert and focussed on the task at hand….
WOLF + LAMB VS. SOUL CLAP
DJ-KiCKS
K7
CD // £10.99

American ambassadors of the “mature” house sound, Brooklyn’s Wolf + Lamb and Boston’s Soul Clap pair up for a four-way DJ Kicks session. At 27 tracks long they keep the multi-tiered vibes moving at a refined pace, taking in tracks from Greg Paulus, Tanner Ross, Deniz Kurtel, Lee Curtiss, Nicolas Jaar, Slow Hands, Sect and No Regular Play, mixed with their own exclusive contributions as Eli Gold, Soul Clap, Zev…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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MOON WIRING CLUB
A Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding (Second CD Edition – 2011)
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

*Second edition of this excellent album – same audio but new artwork* Despite reaching album number four and already having had Simon Reynolds sing his praises on Blissblog and in the Guardian, we’ve never really had any of Ian Hodgson’s Moon Wiring Club releases available other than a rather excellent split 7″ release for Ghost Box. Following on from an impressive amount of media attention and praise flowing from all…
JIB KIDDER
Library Catalog Music Series Vol. 11: Music for Hypnotized Minds
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

Jib Kidder aka Californian audio/visual artist Sean Schuster-Craig deposits an album of intricate cut-ups on Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music Series – alongside the seriously good B Lan 3 LP, also out this week. ‘Music For Hypnotized Minds’ is a seductively sweet array of miniature collages spliced from records already released on Asthmatic Kitty. If you’re an AK geek you might be able to spot the sample sources, but the…
ZDENEK LISKA
Mala Morska Vila
FINDERS KEEPERS
LP // £13.99

FK present the first ever issue of Zdenek Liska’s original orchestral/electronic score to ‘Malá Morská Víla’ from 1976, a Czech film adaptation of Hans C. Anderson’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. The label’s love affair with classic Czech film soundtracks in no secret, just check their acclaimed premiere reissues of ‘Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders’ and ‘Daisies’ for proof, but even they themselves regard ‘Malá Morská Víla’ as “one of the…
PSEUDOCODE
Slaughter In A Tiny Place
Sub Rosa
2LP // £17.99

Avant-garde heavyweights, Sub Rosa present a fascinating collection of previously unpublished darkwave experiments from a young Belgian trio circa 1980-82. It’s an area that’s been extensively mined for precious oils and gases by the likes of Dark Entries, Minimal Wave and Wierd Records among others, but you can trust Sub Rosa to strike upon seams of the sort of expressive gold which Psueodcore specialized in. The trio of Xavier Ess,…
HANNO LEICHTMANN
The African Twintower Suite
DEKORDER
CD // £14.49

‘The African Twintower Suite’ is Hanno Leichtmann’s (Groupshow/Static) “lost” soundtrack to a film that never came to be. It was originally intended to accompany 90 minutes of footage recorded in Namibia/Lüderitz by the late, seminal German director Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010), but the concept evolved to an art installation with 18 monitors sequencing the footage and Leichtmann’s exotic, abstract musical fusions were never used. Between 2009-2010 he compiled, edited, layered, collaged…
HANNO LEICHTMANN
The African Twintower Suite
DEKORDER
LP // £15.99

‘The African Twintower Suite’ is Hanno Leichtmann’s (Groupshow/Static) “lost” soundtrack to a film that never came to be. It was originally intended to accompany 90 minutes of footage recorded in Namibia/Lüderitz by the late, seminal German director Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010), but the concept evolved to an art installation with 18 monitors sequencing the footage and Leichtmann’s exotic, abstract musical fusions were never used. Between 2009-2010 he compiled, edited, layered, collaged…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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DEN HAAN
Gods From Outer Space
The Courier Of Death
2LP // £17.99

Den Haan return for a debut full length Hi-NRG/Italo lark on their self-curated Courier Of Death label. If you’ve got the stamina, ‘Gods From Outer Space’ is a mission is a full body workout loaded with 12 tracks of unrelenting power moves, stentorian sleaze vocals and infinite arpeggiations. Their previous singles tracks ‘Russian Boat Commander’, ‘Release The Beast’, ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Night Shift’ and ‘Looking For Love’ have all been reworked, and…
BOYS NOIZE & HOUSEMEISTER
Shizzo
Boysnoize Records
12″ // £5.99

Boys Noize and Housemeister pull no punches on this leatherbound jack-a-thon. Highlight has to be the EBM throbber ‘Saturday’ but those of a tougher persuasion will also be in their element for ‘Shizzo’ and the cold impact of ‘nBAXX’.
MI AMI
Dolphins
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.49

“‘Dolphins’ makes it hard to believe that Mi Ami used to be a rock band. Gone are the ferocious guitar, hypnotic basslines, and the thunderous drums of ‘Steal Your Face’ and ‘Watersports’, now replaced by an unrelenting electronic vibrancy. Bass player Jacob Long left the band earlier this year, creating an opportunity for founding members damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick to dive headfirst into a new setup: Damon ont he…
YOUNG GALAXY
Shapeshifting
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £12.99

I’m not entirely sure what it is about Canada that gives them such a command over the indie scene, but they’re at it again here. Young Galaxy are on their sophomore album now, and ‘Shapeshifter’ is produced by hip thang Dan Lissvik of Studio, so will probably sell a bazillion copies and win a Grammy. Okay, so I’m bitter – I wanted Bieber to win that one, and to be…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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JOE SEVEN
Restionaire / The Cous
Exit Records
10″ // £7.49

Highly impressive solo debut from Joe Seven, aka half of They Live and collaborator with Noisia. Tracing the Technoid tack of Instra:mental or Kowton, ‘Restionaire’ works on some heavyweight, sub-loaded 4/4 swing tip accented with Monolake-like dynamics and spring loaded reverbs. Flipside, ‘The Cous’ drops to 115bpm for a strutting 808 and woozy synth vibe referencing classic Drexciya and IDM strains. Don’t sleep on this. Big TIP!
PETER VAN HOESEN & DONATO DOZZY / TR NCH & IORI
61 Center Returning Vol. 3
TIME TO EXPRESS
12″ // £7.99

Three volumes in and Peter Van Hoesen returns to centre with Donato Dozzy, backed with a powerful production from TR Nch & Iori. A-side, Van Hoesen & Dozzy present the supremely stoic ‘Elektra’, an aerobic special with unfuc*ably pounding kicks and expertly measured, incremental evolutions. Other side, Tr Nch aka Dave Twomey and Iori Asano roll out minimalist ‘Barreleye’ with massively overweight bass kicks and wicked underwater FX. Recommended to…
THEO PARRISH / LARRY HEARD / VARIOUS
Assorted Elements EP
NDATL Muzik
12″ // £8.99

*Marbled vinyl* Essential Deep House session from Kai Alcé’s NDATL label, offering three of his own raw and tracky grooves backed with exclusive productions by Theo Parrish and Larry Heard! In such esteemed company Kai makes a heavy impression with the mesmerizing jack of ‘Lost’, the killer, Funky-compatible snares of ‘Simply ’93’ and the fruitier jazz-House of ‘Thoughts… sunny day’. On ‘Voices In The Dark’ Theo Parrish is in hypnotic…
OBTANE & GIORGIO GIGLI
The Incredible Tale of Secret Journey Through Your Eyes
ZOOLOFT
12″ // £6.99

Bewitching deep Techno session from Obtane and Giorgio Gigli, including a potent remix by the notorious Mike Parker. Spanning the A-side, their original is a pulsating, droning mass powered uncompromising kicks and coated in the kind of atmospheres that absorb your mind like a dry sponge dipped in acid. Keeping matters economical yet driving, Mike Parker replaces the atmospheric pressure with a virulent acidic charge over concussive kicks in typically…
WORLD
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DUG DUG’S
Dug Dug’s
Lion Productions
CD // £12.99

“The “must have” debut album (1971) from psychedelic guru Armando Nava and his band, recorded after their failed trip to NYC did not produce the stardom they had been promised; pain and disappointment sparking great song-writing on this, the first Mexican psych album in English. Essential.” CD housed in oversized, heavy card, vinyl-style sleeve and colour inner with obi-strip.
ORLANDO JULIUS & HIS AFRO SOUNDERS
Orlando Julius And The Afro Sounders
Voodoo Funk
CD // £14.99

Voodoo Funk reissue of Orlando Julius’ criminally overlooked Afrobeat masterpiece. In 1973 Philips originally released this LP, but it didn’t really fit their tastes at the time, simply being too egregiously funky when they were after something which would pleasantly bridge highlife and big band music. Obviously, OJ and his band, given their first access to a 24 multi-track at Ginger Baker’s legendary ARC studio, had different ideas when it…
SVEN KACIREK
The Kenya Sessions
Pingipung
CD // £12.99

In 2008, at the behest of the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, virtuoso experimental drummer and electronic producer Sven Kacirek travelled to Kenya on an extended trip as part of the Project Tracing Dance. He made a stack of live and field recordings which were later processed in his Hamburg studio and resulting in ‘The Kenya Sessions’. Neatly eschewing any stereotypical cliches, Sven has created a sensitive and subtle electronic collage weaved with…