Dec 032010
 

Hello,

While everyone preoccupies themselves with year-end charts, we’re still knee-deep in a relentless flow of new releases that shows very little sign of slowing down as we head into December.

Never-one to ease-up on the quality control, there’s been very little new material from Shackleton in 2010. Recent weeks, however, have seen him unexpectedly start up a new imprint and, finally, deliver his epic contribution to Fabric’s mix series, bringing together an extended set of pretty much entirely unreleased material and exposing those of you unlucky enough never to have seen him play to one of the most impressive live arrangers in electronic music right now. It’s an incredible set – make sure to check it out.

Many of you will have no doubt noticed all the interest surrounding the Moon Wiring Club in recent weeks, topped off with an article in the Guardian by Simon Reynolds last week. The project has, in fact, been going on for several years and is the work of Ian Hodgson, a supremely creative operator who has, over the course of four albums, built one of the most colourful and heartwarming contributions to the Hauntological canon. His newest album “A Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding” has just been released and feeds a psychedelic stream of VHS recordings, 1980’s children’s television and smudged beats into a hugely enjoyable musical excursion through Radiophonic terrain that followers of the Ghost Box label will just adore. Oh, and in an especially nice touch, the vinyl edition carries its own artwork (a seriously beautiful artefact) and different audio – despite some of the track titles being the same.

Mining similar yet somehow ever-so-slightly more sinister territory are Mordant Music, who having spent 8 months delving into the BFI’s archive of public information films from the 70’s and 80’s proceeded to completely re-score almost two hours worth of films, presented now on one incredible DVD package – MisinforMation. It’s available exclusively here and we reckon is responsible for the best two hours we’ve spent in front of a TV screen this year. Buy it, watch it, then buy a copy for everyone you know for Christmas – there’s nothing out there like it.

The Weird Forest label continue an impressive run of releases with the debut album from the Hush Arbours related Winter Drones. It’s an album that splits its attentions between layered noise-drone of the Yellow Swans variety, and shoegaze pop that situates itself somewhere between Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine. Hugely enjoyable and perfect for these arctic conditions we’re having right now – we urge you to check it out.

And just to remind us that its always a mistake to publish your year-end charts before the year is actually up, Soft Moon cap off an incredible run for the Captured Tracks label with an utterly essential album from The Soft Moon – for our money one of the finest synthwave records of the year.

So much more out this week, including a limited whitelabel from Morphosis featuring remixes from Newworldaquarum and T++, an INSANE and genius twelve from Vindicatrix providing the most headcrushing cover of a Michael Jackson track you’ll likely ever hear, Raime undergoing the remix treatment by Regis, a limited new 7″ from Panda Bear, a sturdy Witch-House compilation from the Robot Elephant label called ‘Isvolt’, plus releases from Arp101, Terror Danjah, Ikonika vs Funkineven, Pariah and D’eon on a limited LP pressing from No Pain In Pop, Jam City, Deadboy, Bvdub, Heavy Winged, Mount Kimbie, Cristian Vogel, Sufjan Stevens, Part Timer, Basil Kirchin, The Knife, Cottam, Slackk and much much more.

Have yourselves a wonderful week, and stay warm…

Peace! Nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



SHACKLETON
Fabric 55: Shackleton
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Fabric
CD // £9.99

The enigmatic master of outernational dystopia and psychedelic rhythms turns in an outstanding Fabric mix full of exclusive, unreleased material. As anyone who has submitted themselves to his ritualistic live shows will attest, this producer operates in a very special dancefloor dimension. Those shows have become the stuff of legend, reworking the most potent elements of his records into a stunningly febrile, in-the-moment context designed to elicit absolutely primal urges. In our opinion, his live show is one of the best in the world right now, and has been for a few years, so this mix is essentially one of the deadliest documents of post-everything club music money can buy. The majority of the tracks are previously unreleased (13 of the 22), meshed with (tomb)stone-cold classics from his Skull Disco and Perlon releases such as ‘Death Is Not Final’ with Vengeance Tenfold, both sides of ‘New Dawn’/’Massacre’ and the haunting ‘Something Has Got To Give’. Sacrifice yourself at the altar of Shackleton and redeem your soul for a dance with the devil. ESSENTIAL.



MOON WIRING CLUB
A Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding (CD Edition)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

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 the right places, his new album “A Spare Tabby At The Cat’s Wedding” finally arrives and is no doubt destined to grace many a year-end chart. Tapping into the same H**ntological conceit of making use of half-remembered childhood memories and rewiring them for subsequent use in music, British producers in particular have tended to focus on the Radiophonic era with impressively evocative results. Alongside better-known sci fi fare such as Doctor Who and the Tomorrow People, public service broadcasts, children’s programming and all sorts of televisual oddities are where Hodgson takes his primary influence, building on the sounds he remembers growing up with and turning them into something almost contemporary. The fingerprints of the 70s and 80s are still present, but the smudged-and-sequenced beats are more reminiscent of early Boards of Canada, or indeed the new wave of operators like D’eon. But where many producers mine funk, soul and psychedelic records for samples, Hodgson exclusively bases his productions around this specific period of British television history. Pieced together using a Playstation 2 program (itself now archaic technology) there is a beauty to the music’s almost naïve construction that lends itself perfectly to the end product. You can almost imagine this music being pieced together on old tape equipment, and through the limitations of the software, Hodgson has found his stride. The songs on ‘A Spare Tabby At The Cat’s Wedding’ (Hodgson’s fourth album under the moniker) never get overly complex or tricky, instead relying on the heaps of well-mined samples to speak for themselves. Voices tumble over voices creating a cloud of half-heard words, and VHS-tainted synths bubble up beneath them, dragging us right back into a world of thick-knit sweaters and Marathon bars. It’s a record that truly succeeds in bringing our ever-more-distant memories to some kind of focus without discolouring them a jot. Oh and it should be mentioned that the vinyl version of this album is completely different – despite sharing some of the same track titles – all the material is unique to each format. Anyone out there who’s got even just a vague interest in the Ghost Box label, Broadcast or any of the 80s tinged landscapes of Olde English Spelling Bee should check it out without delay…



THE SOFT MOON
The Soft Moon
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Captured Tracks
CD // £11.99

*One of the best coldwave/darkwave pop albums you’ll come across this year!!!* After snagging our attention with an unassuming 7″ earlier this year, The Soft Moon returns with an equally captivating debut album. That single ‘Parallels’ makes a noteworthy appearance amidst superbly executed references to Joy Division, Bauhaus and swathes of the most f**ked darkwave imaginable. Just check the super low-slung, motorik bassline of ‘Circles’ and the gothic agitations of ‘Out Of Time’ for a good entry, and then go to ‘When It’s Over’ to witness them on a far slower and more epic tip. ‘We Are We’ is their most EBM moment, powered by buzzing, serrated saw tooth synth and sheets of distortion and then there’s the towering might of potential anthems ‘Tiny Spiders’ or the Pump-esque ‘Into The Depths’. Really, this is one of the best coldwave/darkwave pop albums you’ll come across this year. Highly recommended!



WINTER DRONES
Blood In The Coffin
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Weird Forest
CD // £8.99

*Amazing album of distorted shoegaze treatments and darkside drones from a member of Hush Arbors. Massive recommendation for fans of Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine* As the snow creeps over our green and pleasant land there could be little better than some seasonal drone music to ring around us as we settle in and batten down the hatches. From their name, you would expect Winter Drones to be able to deliver this kind of material in spades, but this London-based band has more under the hood than just a few sustained tones here and there. In fact one of the first comparisons that springs to mind is My Bloody Valentine or early Jesus & Mary Chain; ‘Blood In The Coffin’ is jam packed with the kind of hazy bliss we last witnessed on ‘Loveless’ or ‘Psychocandy’. That’s not to say the band are some kind of nu-gaze pretenders, this music doesn’t feel forced or trite any more than it feels part of some kind of hip scene or another – rather you have the sense that the echoes of MBV come as a natural progression of their own base elements. Sure there are drones in the mix somewhere, but they come wrapped in heady white noise and surprisingly urgent percussion. When the band takes a turn for the ambient, it feels almost like a pit-stop before they embark on another urgent trip into heady post-shoegaze noise and the fact that the record comes with the coveted Weird Forest seal of approval makes you aware that you’re listening to something just that little bit more special than usual. A huge, snowy recommendation.



D’EON / PARIAH / VARIOUS
The Bedroom Club
ELECTRONIC
NO PAIN IN POP
LP // £8.99

To borrow from the North Manc Beds manifesto, “the bedroom is often the site for unequalled creativity and experimentation…”. With six tracks from d’Eon, Patten, Bathcrones, Protect-U, Dunian, and Pariah, No Pain In Pop explore that intimate integer of isolated yet creative zones where today’s underground auteurs shape their impressionistic sound, released from the strictures of club music, but irretrievably influenced by its after effects. Patten’s ‘This Sharpened Mist’ carries a dazed and fuggy-headed effect, like he soaked up the most transcient dance loops on a night out and just had to drain them out on this track, with all the inherent flaws and psychedelic effect of memory. Likewise Bathcrones’ brief ‘Vineyard Of The Sea’ is redolent of someone attempting to recreate a nagging electropop hook you caught in a drunken state some hours before. Following a stellar debut for HIT, d’Eon embodies a prevalent style of impressionistic Chicago House with the instrumental ‘Prochaine Station’, while Dunian makes a vinyl debut with the deeply smudged and opaque Games-style vision ‘All Intros’ and Pariah perfectly sums up the blissful solitude vibe in ‘Blackfriars’. All context aside, this is just a great mini-comp of deeply affected dreampop. Limited copies!

Singles of the Week



RAIME / REGIS
If Anywhere was here he would know where we are
TECHNO / HOUSE
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

After their incredible dystopian debut crept out of a sewer somewhere, Raime drop the 2nd Blackest Ever Black release, backed with an exceptional Regis remix. ‘If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are’ is another side of hugely evocative dread minimalism, all suggestive tones and ghoulish rhythms writhing somewhere between Dubstep and ritualistic industrial zones. If anything this track offers less melody and even fewer stylistic signposts, while equally creating a greater space for the arcane mind to inhabit. In a stroke of A&R genius, the label has also secured one of Regis’ finest remixes of recent years o’er on the flip – and coming from some of his biggest fans, we don’t say that lightly. Versioning ‘This Foundry’ from the 1st 12″, Regis dowses for the darkest Techno substance, wading chest deep in dank, fetid and ethereal ambience while propelled by a current of subs-driven steppers techno drums more akin to Shackleton than anything you’ve heard from him before. Darkside b’stards, your time!



MORPHOSIS / NEWWORLDAQUARIUM / T++
What We Have Learned (Newworldaquarium / Just For One Day Mixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
MOS
12″ // £7.99

**Limited white label!** Oh HELL yes! Building anticipation for a forthcoming Morphosis album, Newworldaquarium and Just For One Day have just floored us with two remixes of Rabih Beani (aka Ra.H) originals. Both remixers have defined something so rare and precious in Techno/House over the last few years that they’re the perfect choice to version such distinctive material. NWAQ’s ‘Via Mezzacane’ manipulation of ‘Dirty Matter’ is outstanding. Centred on a pummelling kick drum and spaced-tae-f*ck, hypnotic sound design, it jacks and glides through webs of filters and heady compression techniques to truly rule the ‘floor given the right circumstances. Just For One Day is the alias of a veteran Berlin producer, whose identity will surely become apparent when you check the sample. His rework of ‘Android’s Among Us’, deploys a signature palette of hardcore-licked percussion around tactful traces of the original to rank with the very best of his material from recent years. This 12″ is the sh*t, basically.



ARP 101
Flush
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Eglo Records
12″ // £5.99

Eglo’s enigmatic secret weapon drops three fluoro R&B heavyweights for the future funkateers. From the crushed and discombobulated acid boogie of ‘Flush’ on the A-side you know this is gonna be a special session, before cruising the interstellar funk vortex to a proper low-rollin’ cosmic-gangsta ride on ‘Korg-A-Tron’. Finally ‘Ac!d’ tips the scales back into resplendent Dam-Funk territory, fingers dripping with greazy synth juices but still causing enough friction through fizzing, spasmodic drum machine splurts for that bona fide funk itch. The likes of Benji B, Martin Cark, and Alex Nut are understandably all over this one…



VINDICATRIX
Hume / Unborn Vectors
ELECTRONIC
Mordant Music
12″ // £6.49

Hand-stamped, sealed and sprayed white label** A year after their beguiling debut album Vindicatrix exhume MJ with inimitable style. ‘Hume’ turns ‘Human Nature’ into a nightmarish, totally genius sing-a-long, sounding something like David Sylvian after a heavy S&M session before unpredictably flipping into a pulsing EBM beat. On the other side ‘Unborn Vectors’ stealthily morphs from avant-classical torch song drone into a writhing, wraithe-like acid techno throb. Totally unique and incredibly produced – these will disappear in a flash so don’t miss out.



DEADBOY / GATTO VIOLA & DOC DANEEKA / VARIOUS
Cash Antics Vol. 2
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Well Rounded Records
12″ // £5.99

Well Rounded get the dancefloor drippin’ with four delectable R&B refits from Deadboy, Skinnz, Gongon & Bad Autopsy, and Gatto Viola & Doc Daneeka. After heavy circulation on the internets, Deadboy’s rework of Drake’s ‘Fireworks’ finally hits wax, stirring a modern soul gem with downpitched and sweetly swung House rhythm for emotional dancefloor impact. We’re not sure who they’ve reworked, but Gongon & Bad Autopsy shimmy into the feminine pressure vibes of ‘Mag (Remix)’, before we turn over and Skinnz continues a run of good form with the ripe and rugged burn of ‘Turn U On’, currently a big fave with Deadboy. Finally, Gatto Viola & Doc Daneeka’s Philly Soul rework ‘Backstabbin’ Angie’ hits a highly sophisticated Funky groove. A must have for the Deadboy track alone, well recommended to all DJ’s!



PANDA BEAR
Last Night At The Jetty
ELECTRONIC
Fat Cat
7″ // £4.99

Third in a series of crucial 7″s from Animal Collective’s Panda Bear setting the scene for his ‘Tomboy’ album coming 2011. He’s certainly pared his sound down to a few well-worked elements with these recent tracks, focusing on those heart-warming vocal harmonies and plaintive echo chamber percussive elements with ‘Last Night At The Jetty’. It’s possible to detect a slight dubstep influence in there if you were that way inclined, but pinched and rounded to the indie pop format to provide a refreshing framework for those seasonal vocals. The same sense of minimalism is applied to ‘Drone’, duetting brilliantly blindfolded and dissonant synth chords with extended vocal drones in quite an avant-garde sense, yet with sincerest pop intentions. There’s only 350 for the UK and Ireland and the previous 7″s have sold out at source within days so do be quick.



JAM CITY
Magic Drops
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Night Slugs introduce the debut proper from the highly touted Jam City, following his essential estival anthem ‘Ecstasy’. While he’s been tipped as “the most exciting prospect in House” by the likes of Fact magazine, the three tracks of ‘Magic Drops’ are fundamentally influenced by early Grime, specifically Wiley’s lean and efficient Eski Beat. The lead cut rolls off a damn cold fusion of taut, swaggering crunk snaps and glassy bleeps with glaring robo-grime synthline and a necessary trace of heat from alien-exotic, neon-lit keys. On the flip the equally sparing ‘Scene Girl’ will make lesser producers blush at his virile R&G moves while the dancefloor won’t be able to hold back, and then there’s the more dense and menacing ‘2 Hot’, gliding into tranced-out instrumental Grime zones with sublimely suspended halfstep syncopation. You can bet your life there’s gonna be some killers from this guy in 2011, but for now this 12″ makes us very happy…



SLACKK
Theme EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

Numbers finally drop the rampant ‘Theme EP’ by underground lynchpin, Slackk!!! If you’ve had your ear to the ground then Slackk’s productions have been unavoidable, regularly turning up in the sets of Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster. After years hosting the awesome grimetapes.com, his own productions arrive at a deadly conclusion of ruffed-up tribal House and Eski memes hitting squarely between the eyes of Grime and Funky. The label understandably compare his sound with the fury of classic UR tracks like ‘Riot’ or ‘The Punisher’, but there’s also a distinct seam of sussed Chicago jack in there too, referencing the likes of Tyree’s ‘Video Crash’ or Steve Poindexter’s ‘Work That Mutha F*cker’. Essentially it’s their raw and direct effect that warrant those comparisons, from the oozing sewer synths and riddimic ructions of ‘Theme From Slakk’ to his outstanding “Eski-House” tribute to Wiley on ‘Fire Flies’. This guy doesn’t f**k about, and his debut is one of the most scintillating dancefloor efforts we’ve heard all year.

This week’s releases in full!
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APPAREL
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MODESELEKTOR / 50 WEAPONS
50 Weapons T-Shirt (Large) + 50 Weapons Of Choice #2-9
50 WEAPONS
T-Shirt + CD // £29.99

Limited edition 50 Weapons Tee, comes with the “50 Weapons of Choice” CD compilation free inside! This is a size Large.
MODESELEKTOR / 50 WEAPONS
50 Weapons T-Shirt (Medium) + 50 Weapons Of Choice #2-9
50 WEAPONS
T-Shirt + CD // £29.99

Limited edition 50 Weapons Tee, comes with the “50 Weapons of Choice” CD compilation free inside! This is a size Medium.
BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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BVDUB
A Silent Reign (Red & Clear Vinyl)
Styrax
2×12″ // £15.99

**Red and clear Vinyl Version** Luxury doublepack of half-stepping dub techno melancholy from Brock Van Wey. BVDub specialises in the kind of cathartic dubtechno that practically forces you into a state of narcosis and ‘Silent Reign’ is just full of those moments. The patterns of the title track set the tone for the EP, rubbing out most of the kicks to featherweight atmospheres suspended in blissful ambience, before ‘Anyone Who…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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ARP 101
Flush
Eglo Records
12″ // £5.99

Eglo’s enigmatic secret weapon drops three fluoro R&B heavyweights for the future funkateers. From the crushed and discombobulated acid boogie of ‘Flush’ on the A-side you know this is gonna be a special session, before cruising the interstellar funk vortex to a proper low-rollin’ cosmic-gangsta ride on ‘Korg-A-Tron’. Finally ‘Ac!d’ tips the scales back into resplendent Dam-Funk territory, fingers dripping with greazy synth juices but still causing enough friction through…
DMX KREW
Do It All Nite / Worm Hole
Fresh Up Records
7″ // £5.99

Ed DMX heads up the latest boogie burner from Fresh Up records, following a couple of tasty, anonymous tranmissions. ‘Do It All Nite’ is pop-sharp and properly sussed for the dancefloor, rocking up crisp drum machine beats and freakalicious synth squiggles replete with vocoder vox. ‘Wormhole’ is more on that warm and woozy, uptempo Dam-Funk tip. Hot.
LONE
Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Vinyl Edition)
MAGIC WIRE
2LP // £11.99

**Now available on vinyl** Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he’s found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody…
ARCHITEQ
Into The Cosmos EP
TIRK
12″ // £5.49

Architeq and Tirk have one final fling for 2010, peppered with revisions from Dan Lissvik and Mr Beatnik. The former flips ‘Odyssey’ into a beach-ready slap-bass strutter, while the latter reworks the title track into a stoned electrodub shuffle. Architeq’s original stitches up fonky rhodes and dubbed out melodica in his frayed and freaky slowdisco style while ‘Halloween Acid’ sounds like Luke Vibert on valium. Recommended.
DZA FT. NON & MUJUICE
Bulls Eye (Dizz1 Mix)
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Further fortifying Black Acre’s global credentials the label present a line up spanning the globe. From mother Russia, Dza & Mujuice, on the re-rub there’s Australia’s Dizz1 and on vocal duties we fly all the way to the West Coast of the US for Shadowhuntaz mic man, Non Genetic.
QUIROGA
Really Swing Vol 2
REALLY SWING
10″ // £5.99

Really Swing strike back with another 8 tracks on a bumper 10″ from Quiroga. Vol.2 is an ideoplastic voyage into shifty beats, luscious jazz keys and fractured melodies…
BOOKS
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GILLES PETERSON & STUART BAKER
Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s
Soul Jazz
HARDCOVER BOOK // £26.49

Spawned in the upscale beachside neighborhoods of Rio De Janeiro in the late 1950s, the laid-back sound and culture of Bossa Nova (“New Wave”) rode on a brief wave of optimism in Brazil: the country had just elected a new president, a five-year plan for prosperity had been laid out and the great architect Oscar Niemeyer had proposed his plans for the new modern city of Brasilia. Reflecting this optimism…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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WINTER DRONES
Blood In The Coffin
Weird Forest
CD // £8.99

*Amazing album of distorted shoegaze treatments and darkside drones from a member of Hush Arbors. Massive recommendation for fans of Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine* As the snow creeps over our green and pleasant land there could be little better than some seasonal drone music to ring around us as we settle in and batten down the hatches. From their name, you would expect Winter Drones to be able…
WINTER DRONES
Blood In The Coffin
Weird Forest
LP // £10.99

*Amazing album of distorted shoegaze treatments and darkside drones from a member of Hush Arbors. Massive recommendation for fans of Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine* As the snow creeps over our green and pleasant land there could be little better than some seasonal drone music to ring around us as we settle in and batten down the hatches. From their name, you would expect Winter Drones to be able…
GROUPER
Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (2010 Pressing)
Yellow Electric
LP // £15.99

*Extremely limited 3rd private pressing of this classic album* This brand new album of midnight Shoegazer classics from Portland’s Liz Harris really is one of the most special albums you’ll hear this year. While the filtered, tape-fuelled obfuscation of her signature sound remains, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill is far more resonant up front about the songs at the heart of her work. Opening track ‘Disengaged’ offers a…
ULRICH KRIEGER
Fathom
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

Saxophonist and composer Ulrich Krieger is already widely respected for having been a part of the incredible Zeitkratzer and having collaborated with Merzbow. However this fifty-minute composition is possibly his most striking to date. A collaborative effort with Alan Licht, Tim Barnes and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, ‘Fathom’ is a deep, doomy exercise in patience and subtlety. With stark, minimal percussion and a bleak, haunted soundscape punctuated by Krieger’s blackened…
GROUPER / ROY MONTGOMERY
Split (CD Edition With Bonus Track)
Yellow Electric
CD // £14.99

*First CD edition of this beautiful split release between Grouper and Roy Montgomery, featuring an exclusive bonus track and packaged in a lovely custom digipak* The pairing is an inspired match, facing Montgomery’s extended solo composition for guitar against four shorter tracks of spectral magick from Liz Harris. Starting with the Montgomery’s ‘Fantasia On A Theme By Sandy Bull (Slight Return)’, we’re soon enchanted by a long passage of jangly…
HEAVY WINGED
Sunspotted
Type
CD // £7.99

Type records break new ground with a blood red side of free-rock from Jed Bindeman’s Heavy Winged trio. Contemporary avant and heavy instrumental rock fiends will probably be familiar with the group’s sprawling, cacophonous mass of CDRs, cassettes and wax for NNF, Digitalis and Aurora Borealis, but unless you’re in the band yourself, you’ve never heard them playing quite like this before. The underground safety net of lo-fi recording techniques…
TEETH OF THE SEA
Your Mercury
ROCKET RECORDINGS
CD // £8.99

Teeth Of The Sea return with ‘Your Mercury’, their second LP following on from their critically acclaimed debut ‘Orphaned By The Ocean’ and their ‘Hypnoticon’ EP. After six months of sepulchral visions, synapse-frying sonics and 7.4% cider, the band has created an album balanced elegantly between electronic exploration and incendiary psychedelic freakout. ‘Your Mercury’ exists on a strange and beguiling astral plane, where the boundaries between the synth odysseys of…
CURRENT 93
Nature Unveiled
Jnana
LP + 7″ // £16.49

Dating back to 1984, Nature Unveiled was the debut LP by Current 93, and as was the case with last week’s reissue of Dog’s Blood Rising, this edition aims to reproduce the presentation of the original pressing whilst restoring and remastering the audio in no small measure. As an extra added bonus, you’ll find tucked away in the jacket a repress of the Current 93 / Nurse With Wound split…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ILIJA RUDMAN
Against The Wall (Killer Whale Mix)
Ism Recordings
12″ // £5.99

‘Against The Wall’ – IIija’s debut release for Yam Who’s Ism label – has been reworked by the disco supergroup Killer Whale. The original is rebuilt around the hypnotic vocal and horn line sounding like some of the recent remixes from Tensnake or Carl Craig.
DOCUMENTARY
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MORDANT MUSIC
MisinforMation
BFI
DVD // £14.99

*Boomkat Exclusive* ‘MisinforMation’ is one of the most surreal, evocative and compelling DVDs you’ll ever have the pleasure of watching. It’s a collaboration between the enigmatic Mordant Music and the esteemed BFI, who commissioned MM to spend eight months researching and re-scoring an array of 70s and 80s public information films and documentary shorts produced by the Central Office of Information (COI). For a generation of UK citizens over the…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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SHACKLETON
Fabric 55: Shackleton
Fabric
CD // £9.99

The enigmatic master of outernational dystopia and psychedelic rhythms turns in an outstanding Fabric mix full of exclusive, unreleased material. As anyone who has submitted themselves to his ritualistic live shows will attest, this producer operates in a very special dancefloor dimension. Those shows have become the stuff of legend, reworking the most potent elements of his records into a stunningly febrile, in-the-moment context designed to elicit absolutely primal urges….
DEADBOY / GATTO VIOLA & DOC DANEEKA / VARIOUS
Cash Antics Vol. 2
Well Rounded Records
12″ // £5.99

Well Rounded get the dancefloor drippin’ with four delectable R&B refits from Deadboy, Skinnz, Gongon & Bad Autopsy, and Gatto Viola & Doc Daneeka. After heavy circulation on the internets, Deadboy’s rework of Drake’s ‘Fireworks’ finally hits wax, stirring a modern soul gem with downpitched and sweetly swung House rhythm for emotional dancefloor impact. We’re not sure who they’ve reworked, but Gongon & Bad Autopsy shimmy into the feminine pressure…
JAM CITY
Magic Drops
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Night Slugs introduce the debut proper from the highly touted Jam City, following his essential estival anthem ‘Ecstasy’. While he’s been tipped as “the most exciting prospect in House” by the likes of Fact magazine, the three tracks of ‘Magic Drops’ are fundamentally influenced by early Grime, specifically Wiley’s lean and efficient Eski Beat. The lead cut rolls off a damn cold fusion of taut, swaggering crunk snaps and glassy…
SLACKK
Theme EP
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

Numbers finally drop the rampant ‘Theme EP’ by underground lynchpin, Slackk!!! If you’ve had your ear to the ground then Slackk’s productions have been unavoidable, regularly turning up in the sets of Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster. After years hosting the awesome grimetapes.com, his own productions arrive at a deadly conclusion of ruffed-up tribal House and Eski memes hitting squarely between the eyes of Grime and Funky. The label understandably compare…
ACTRAISER / ROTTY / THOUGHT COSMIC
3 Of A Kind Ep 2
Fresh Minute Music Ltd
12″ // £5.99

Fresh Minute Music have a habit of pulling out optimised Funky House heavyweights, evidenced by previous killers from Altered Natives. ‘Three Of A Kind EP 2’ collects four debut rug cutters from previously unreleased producers, Actraiser, Rotty and Thought Cosmic, all keeping the quality levels typically high. Actraiser dominates proceedings with his Funky compatible A-side rides ‘Step Up’ and ‘Lakitu’, both built muscular yet agile for the dancers and the…
JACQUES GREENE / OPTIMUM
Baby I Don’t Know What You Want / Broken Embrace
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Latest Night Slugs Limited cuts out two tracks from their CD-only ‘Allstars’ comp, featuring debut NS sides from Jacques Greene and Optimum. Montreal’s Jacques Greene sets the vibe to hypercoloured emotional House with ecstatic, acid-soaked synths and that nagging vocal for all tears-on-the-dancefoor crew. Turn it over and Ikonika’s regular spar and Hum + Buzz co-owner Optimum drops the streamlined electrohouse roll of ‘Broken Embrace’, defined by a dazzling light…
MOUNT KIMBIE
Blind Night Errand / William (Dayglo Mix) / Maybes (Live)
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Special 12″ from one of the years most cherished acts, Mount Kimbie, including exclusive versions of early 12″ tracks. They kick off with ‘Blind Night Errand’, one of ‘Crooks & Lovers’ fattest dancefloor cuts before scrolling back to their debut 12″, revising ‘William’ with a pulsing technoid Funky swing on the ‘Dayglo Mix’ and also contributing a live version of ‘Maybes’ recorded live at Berghain and sounding far more majestic…
CREWDSON
Dust EP (Bass Clef / Grasscut Mixes)
Slowfoot Records
12″ // £6.99

Tricky ‘tronica styles from London’s Crewdson on Robert Logan’s esteemed Slowfoot imprint, readied with remixes from Bass Clef and Grasscut. Unavoidable comparisons to Mount Kimbie or Matthew Herbert are well warranted on the complex, jazz-structured intricacies of ‘Dust Crawlers’ or the spindly glitch sound of ‘Pet’, while Grasscut turn ‘Mime’ into a fractal IDM pop moment, kinda like The Chap in a fonky K-Hole, and Bass Clef gives ‘Goodbye Old…
JAMIE GEORGE
Flying Saucer (Roska / J:Kenzo Mixes)
ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
12″ // £6.49

Some months after DJ Oneman gave it the seal of approval on his Rinse: 11 mix CD, Jamie George’s ‘Flying Saucer’ lands on wax backed up with Roska and J Kenzo remixes. His original goes in slick and streamlined, greasy enough to slide into the shirt and shoes crowd but still ravin’ enough to work in the grimier ends. Jamie’s partner in SoulTonic SoundSystem J Kenzo, gives a ruder remix,…
TERROR DANJAH
Grand Opening (Undeniable EP 1)
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Three big cuts from Mr. Danjah’s killer Hyperdub album, including his devastating take on the Funky meme ‘Story Ending’. For us, that cut is worth the cost of entry alone, alloying inextricable elements of Grime-gone, junglist ‘ardcore and heat-seeking boogie riffage into a 130bpm framework. It’s still defiantly Terror Danjah but compromised with a confident and experienced swagger. On the flip ‘Grand Opening’ brings Dream Maclean on a bellicose grime…
ARKIST
I Couldn’t Possibly
IMMERSE
12″ // £6.99

Diverse styles from Bristol’s Arkist, changing tack to Tech-House and R&B-infused Dubstep for Immerse. ‘I Couldn’t Possibly’ jacks on a strange and uniquely dissonant style of post-Dubstep Tech-House, all hard surfaces and a cold airy atmospheres. ‘Only If You Mean It’ flips into some Bristolian Dubstep formation with an R&B spiked flex.
IKONIKA / FUNKINEVEN
Ikonoklast EP
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Hyperdub press up ‘Ikonoklast’ and ‘Yoshimitsu’ from Ikonika’s sterling debut album, backed with rugged machine funk and Juke reworks from Funkineven and Joh. The lead cut is as cutely crooked as anything from her considerable catalogue, creating a holographic 8-bit prism of wibbly synths and silicon-crisp drums, while album highlight ‘Yoshimitsu’ is one of her most elegant and melodically considered compositions to date. On a remix tip Funkineven riffs on…
JACK SPARROW
Loveless / Dread ft. Ruckspin
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.99

Contrasting cuts from Sparrow’s Circadian album, optimized for one heavyweight 12″. ‘Loveless’ runs out with uptempo Dubstep/House hybrid vibes on the A-side, kinda like a tuffer version of what Joy Orbison, Braiden and George Fitzgerald are doing with House music at the moment, while ‘Dread’ ft. some assistance from Ruckspin goes ruff-as-knackers on the flip, firing off techy twystin’ steppers patterns with dynamic stabs and a bellicose bassline.
DIDZ & CHICO / C.R.S.T.
Something New / Roulette
TEN THOUSAND YEN
10″ // £7.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 350 copies** Classy contemporary Garage styles from the Ten Thousand Yen label, introducing new artists Didz & Chico, and a tightly tucked swinger from C.R.S.T. Cardiff’s Didz & Chico make an impressive debut with ‘Something New’, full of carbonated 2-step beats and warm, vintage-sounding strings with a rich snippet of soul vocals. C.R.S.T’s masterful ‘Roulette’ further proves why they’re on the tip of everyones tongue right now,…
STARKEY / EGYPTRIXX / ARP 101 / ITAL TEK
Space Traitor EP Vol.1
CIVIL MUSIC
12″ + CDR // £8.49

Chunky bundle from Starkey, combining his ‘Space Traitor EP’ 12″ with a CD of remixes from Egyptrixx, Kaiser, Rudi Zygadlo, ARP101, and Ital Tek. These are some of his first new productions since the ‘Ear Drums And Black Holes’ LP dropped at the other end of the year, firing out the lurid rave ruffige of ‘Robot Hands’ and the mad grimey string slashes of ‘Holodeck’ plus a laidback moment with…
CLOUD / THROWING SNOW
Strings (Throwing Snow Mix)
Exceptional Records
12″ // £5.99

Business class proggy House music from Cloud, dropping ‘Strings’ from his debut album ‘Hokarangen Space Program’ backed with a smart Throwing Snow remix. His deceptively simple ‘Strings’ centres around a swooning, folksy violin refrain and effortless, padded 4/4 propulsion. Throwing Snow duly shakes the rhythm into a twitchier formation somewhere between Garage and Broken Beat, while embellishing the folksy strings with a well-tempered post-rock slant.
CRAYZEE BANDITT
Avalanche Music 3: Crayzee Banditt (Instrumentals)
Avalanche Music
CD // £10.99

Avalanche Music return for a third volume, this time in the company of a producer who has been hiding in the lab for a while – Crayzee Banditt. He makes what is widely regarded as Grime in it’s purest form, having produced tracks for P Money, Little Dee, Nu Brand Flexxx, Funky Dee & Essentials crew. 20 tracks wide, get in.
HIGH TONE
Out Back
Jarring Effects
3LP // £12.99

“Over the course of five albums since 1998, High Tone have embedded their dub with sonic distortions and downtempo rhythms, creating an original sound. Their new album ‘Out Back’ is set out in two different but complementary parts, reflecting the diversity and versatility of the band’s influences (Portishead, Scorn, Boogie Down Productions, Lee Scratch Perry, Digital Mystikz…) and their own unique sound characterised by heavy broken basslines, nervous scratches and…
HIGH TONE
Out Back
Jarring Effects
2CD // £11.99

“Over the course of five albums since 1998, High Tone have embedded their dub with sonic distortions and downtempo rhythms, creating an original sound. Their new album ‘Out Back’ is set out in two different but complementary parts, reflecting the diversity and versatility of the band’s influences (Portishead, Scorn, Boogie Down Productions, Lee Scratch Perry, Digital Mystikz…) and their own unique sound characterised by heavy broken basslines, nervous scratches and…
HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS
Quest For The Sonic Bounty
Tempa
3 x 12″ // £13.49

Croydon’s OG dubstep dons return with a brand new album of standardly heavyweight subbass dramas. It’s now six years since their template setting ‘To The Rescue’, and at least 10 years since their earliest releases imagined the formula for what would become known as dubstep. Up until recently they’ve been notoriously quiet, only emerging again in 2009 with a pair of killer come-backs including a masterful revision of Lee Perry….
JACK SPARROW / L-WIZ / VON D / VARIOUS
Cloqworq 003
CLOQWORQ RECORDINGS
2×12″ // £11.99

Third release from Anti Social’s Cloqworq Records, bringing a spectrum of melodic and bass-driven productions from Jack Sparrow, Sukh Knight, Von D and L-Wiz. Sukh Knight kicks things off with insistent synth stabs and Bollywood strings on a hard halfstep with an original skankers vibe. Jack Sparrow, meanwhile, opts for a more Shackleton-inspired fusion of spooked atmospherics and gloomy bass and Von D rolls off a heavy roller using flash…
WALSH AND BENTON / TES LA ROK
The Last Crumb / Mandem
Biscuit Factory Records
12″ // £5.99

“Benton is one of Dubstep’s up and coming stars. Tes La Rok is a dubstep DJ & music producer from east Helsinki, Finland. He was one of the first international names to break thru in the scene few years ago. Walsh says his style is very energetic and his sets full of uptempo tracks, “I’m really into the more techy, futuristic side of the sound. Mystical pads, staggered beat patterns,…
ELECTRONIC
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D’EON / PARIAH / VARIOUS
The Bedroom Club
NO PAIN IN POP
LP // £8.99

To borrow from the North Manc Beds manifesto, “the bedroom is often the site for unequalled creativity and experimentation…”. With six tracks from d’Eon, Patten, Bathcrones, Protect-U, Dunian, and Pariah, No Pain In Pop explore that intimate integer of isolated yet creative zones where today’s underground auteurs shape their impressionistic sound, released from the strictures of club music, but irretrievably influenced by its after effects. Patten’s ‘This Sharpened Mist’ carries…
VINDICATRIX
Hume / Unborn Vectors
Mordant Music
12″ // £6.49

Hand-stamped, sealed and sprayed white label** A year after their beguiling debut album Vindicatrix exhume MJ with inimitable style. ‘Hume’ turns ‘Human Nature’ into a nightmarish, totally genius sing-a-long, sounding something like David Sylvian after a heavy S&M session before unpredictably flipping into a pulsing EBM beat. On the other side ‘Unborn Vectors’ stealthily morphs from avant-classical torch song drone into a writhing, wraithe-like acid techno throb. Totally unique and…
VARIOUS / ROBOT ELEPHANT
Isvolt
Robot Elephant
CD // £8.99

Reppin’ for a British take on the whole WitchHouse phenomenon, ‘Isvolt’ collects nine tracks from the a young new coven of †‡†, Fostercare, White Ring, Mater Suspiria Vision, Modern Witch and Party Trash. Distinguishing itself from the more R&B-infused sound of Tri Angle records, this comp stalks scorched ground between the EBM/Industrial Wave of //Tense//, Mater Suspiria Vision and White Ring’s Salem-aping dungeon crunk and the emaciated shoegaze-pop of Raw…
PANDA BEAR
Last Night At The Jetty
Fat Cat
7″ // £4.99

Third in a series of crucial 7″s from Animal Collective’s Panda Bear setting the scene for his ‘Tomboy’ album coming 2011. He’s certainly pared his sound down to a few well-worked elements with these recent tracks, focusing on those heart-warming vocal harmonies and plaintive echo chamber percussive elements with ‘Last Night At The Jetty’. It’s possible to detect a slight dubstep influence in there if you were that way inclined,…
CRISTIAN VOGEL
Black Swan
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

For an artist who cut his teeth in a band named after a piece of computer music software (Super_Collider), it seems only natural that Cristian Vogel should end up making academic experimental music. Those who follow Vogel’s movements will already know he is deeply involved with the legendary Kyma digital synthesis/sequencing system, and ‘Black Swan’ feels like the perfect extension of those interests. Academic but never staid or dull, this…
PACIFIC 231 & LIEUTENANT CARAMEL
Just Digging The Crazy Art
ROTORELIEF
LP // £19.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 250 copies** The Rotorelief label is doing our heads in, in the best possible way this week with the likes of ‘Just Digging The Crazy Art’. It’s the work of 1st wave Industrial artiste Pacific 231 aka Pierre Jolivet, and Lieutenant Caramel aka award winning “hunter of sounds” Phillipe Banchard, together carving out a slab of monstrously mysterious and utterly beguiling electro-acoustic noise. ‘Dreamcatcher’ is the most…
JAC BERROCAL, MARIE FRANCE & JACK BELSEN
Marie Antoinette Is Not Dead
ROTORELIEF
7″ // £13.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 470 copies on clear crystal vinyl with marbled white droplets** Originally released in late 2008, ‘Marie Antoinette Is Not Dead’ is another unclassified gem from France’s Rotorelief label. There’s surely some ****Wave that this would slot into but we’re not entirely sure which, because as far as we’re aware, French-Revolution Wave hasn’t been recognized by the international institute of Waves as yet. With smoky, hushed jazz drumming…
MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Persecutionem
ROTORELIEF
LP // £19.99

Heavyweight Industrial electronics from the notorious M.B., released in a run of 250 hand-numbered copies in full-colour jackets through France’s Rotorelief imprint. ‘Persecutionem’ deals with the persecution of early Christians as only Maurizio Bianchi knows how. There are six tracks of murkiest drones, loops and genuinely unsettling scapes within, evocative of something very untoward and unholy with or without the background info. Not for the faint hearted or easily scared….
MRS JYNX
Shark Carousel
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

“Planet Mu present the second album from Manchester’s Mrs Jynx aka Hannah Davidson. The familiar early 90s pastoral synthlines and nostalgic counterpoints are here but come with the added variety of some decidedly 80s sounding basslines along the way. The deceptively intelligent ‘Shark Carousel’ builds on the early ’90s electronic influenced sound of Jynx’s debut. There’s a little more emphasis on lower frequencies and slightly more upbeat arrangements, but all…
THE GASMAN
Power Points
Planet Mu
CD // £8.99

“Portsmouth resident Christopher Reeves was born in 1976 and grew up mainly listening to Cliff and Elvis until he got a radio of his own, when he got into taping synth-pop music off the airwaves and prolonging the good bits using the tape-to-tape function on his cassette recorder. Then he started playing chords over the top to make it more exciting and satisfying, almost turning them into his own bits…
ZOON VAN SNOOK
(Falling From) The Nutty Tree
Mush
CD // £11.99

(Falling from) The Nutty Tree, the debut long player from enigmatic Bristolian Zoon van snooK, playfully treads a fine line between the ostensibly gleeful and affably sinister echelons of the Oddtronica spectrum. Chopped, clipped and pulverised beats, tacit vocal samples, found sounds and curious field recordings provide the rhythmical backdrop to an accompanying plethora of plucked, chimed and slapped instrumophones. Jazz-flecked piano chords, bucolic melodies of layered ukuleles and accordions,…
EXTREME / NOISE
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CURRENT 93
Dogs Blood Rising
DURTRO JNANA
LP // £14.99

Originally released in 1985 in an edition of 1000 copies, Dogs Blood Rising was the second full-length release from Current 93. This highly limited edition reissue has been “significantly restored and remastered”, presented in a fashion that reproduces the original edition as closely as possible. Capturing Current 93 at their most experimental, Dogs Blood Rising carries an immense power, with David Tibet’s diabolic utterances in truly chilling form, dissolved into…
FRED FRITH
Live In Japan
ReR
CD // £12.99

These concerts were part of a solo tour of Japan organized by the now-defunct magazine Fool’s Mate. The music on the CD was first released in 1982 by Recommended Records Japan. At some time during the ensuing 20 years the masters disappeared. This version was meticulously re-created from 96K vinyl transfers by Tom Dimuzio in 2007.
FOLK / AMERICANA
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SUFJAN STEVENS
All Delighted People
Asthmatic Kitty
2LP // £12.99

Billed as an EP but clocking in at sixty minutes (seriously), ‘All Delighted People’ is a sort of prologue to Sufjan Stevens’ gorgeous ‘The Age Of Adz’ album, and explores elements of his sound we haven’t heard in a while. Thankfully the haphazard sense of experimentation we witnessed on ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ and ‘A Sun Came’ is back on ‘All Delighted People’ as wonky electronic elements pop up between flutes,…
SUFJAN STEVENS
All Delighted People
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £6.99

Billed as an EP but clocking in at sixty minutes (seriously), ‘All Delighted People’ is a sort of prologue to Sufjan Stevens’ gorgeous ‘The Age Of Adz’ album, and explores elements of his sound we haven’t heard in a while. Thankfully the haphazard sense of experimentation we witnessed on ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ and ‘A Sun Came’ is back on ‘All Delighted People’ as wonky electronic elements pop up between flutes,…
WILLIAM TYLER
Behold The Spirit
TOMPKINS SQUARE
LP // £14.99

William Tyler is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a guitarist who has spent the last several years recording and touring with Silver Jews and Lambchop among others. In addition he has contributed to albums by artists as diverse as Charlie Louvin, Candi Staton, and Wooden Wand, as well as taking part in a large ensemble piece by composer Rhys Chatham. He also recently contributed a track to Tompkins Square’s…
IGNATZ
Selected Songs From Cassettes (2005 – 2009)
KRAAK
LP // £11.99

(K-RAA-K)3 have done us all a bit of a favour and rounded up eight hard-to-find idiosyncracies from Ignatz. If you’re after Bram Devens’ laser disc hits, you should really look at the title, because these tracks are all taken from very small runs of cassettes released on labels such as Goaty Tapes, Bennifer Editions, Dreamtime Taped Sounds and New Age Tapes, and contain some of his most personal, intimate recordings,…
HISATO HIGUCHI
Henzai
Family Vineyard
LP // £14.99

Tokyo-based guitarist/singer Hisato Higuchi presents his fourth full-length and first LP release. “Henzai” is Higuchi at his most bare, splitting 12 torch-songs between slow-motion improvisations and composed pieces, each sung with a mixture of beautiful wordless passages that appear to have no beginning or end and electric guitar passages that catch the fainest of blue melodies and single note trances. The influence of Blind Willie Johnson and The Cure’s “Pornography”…
SHUGO TOKUMARU
Port Entropy
Souterrain Transmissions
CD // £10.99

‘Port Entropy’ is the fourth album from Japanese folk-popper Shugo Tokumaru, and proves (if proof were needed) that he is as close as you can get to a Japanese Sufjan Stevens. The comparison may seem a bit odd, but Tokumaru’s brand of well-orchestrated folk-pop is more than worthy of standing up to Stevens’ earlier, simpler works. Sure there might not be choirs of two-hundred angels imported straight from heaven, but…
SHUGO TOKUMARU
Port Entropy
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

‘Port Entropy’ is the fourth album from Japanese folk-popper Shugo Tokumaru, and proves (if proof were needed) that he is as close as you can get to a Japanese Sufjan Stevens. The comparison may seem a bit odd, but Tokumaru’s brand of well-orchestrated folk-pop is more than worthy of standing up to Stevens’ earlier, simpler works. Sure there might not be choirs of two-hundred angels imported straight from heaven, but…
SUZANNE LANGILLE & NEEL MURGAI
Wild & Foolish Heart
Family Vineyard
LP // £14.99

*One-time LP pressing, recommended for fans of Christina Carter, Nico, Thalia Zedek, Judee Sill and Patty Waters* Suzanne Langille started her recording career as a vocalist alongside Loren Mazzacane Connors on a string of rare LPs in the mid-1980s acclaimed for their startling transformation of the blues. Langille has added vocals and lyrics to many Connors albums, including the landmark “Hell’s Kitchen Park,” collaborated with San Agustin and issued a…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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MOUNTAINS
Choral (Special Black Cover Edition)
Thrill Jockey
2LP // £16.99

*New edition in a limited black sleeve, includes a download code redeemable from the label* Following on from last year’s triumphant vinyl-only release Mountains, Mountains, Mountains on Catsup Plate, this latest opus from Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg finds the pair decamped to Thrill Jockey. Mountains have certainly risen to the challenge of releasing via a bigger label, and Choral could reasonably be considered the duo’s most refined full-length to…
JEAN-PHILIPPE COLLARD-NEVEN
Fleeting Music
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

The piano is an instrument that fails to die. Even when its death was heralded in the 80s when the synthesizer became popular, its resurrection came with a zombie-like outbreak and solo piano albums became the norm rather than the exception. ‘Fleeting Music’ is another solo piano record, but rather than focus on the pretty or shoehorn delicate compositions onto played out field recordings, Belgian composer Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven instead uses…
DANNY SAUL
Kinison – Goldthwait
HIBERNATE
CD // £7.99

Ambient music, as a rule, isn’t very funny. This isn’t a bad thing – comedy music isn’t worth listening to for the most part, but if you were going to make a batch of hilarious tunes for worldwide release, you probably wouldn’t set your sights on hazy ambient music as its vessel. Manchester operative Danny Saul is aware of this, and though this concept album is focused on the legendary…
PART TIMER
Real To Reel
LOST TRIBE SOUND
CD // £8.99

*Brand new album of folk-tinged electronic love songs featuring contributions from Nicola Hodgkinson, aka Empress, Aaron Martin and Heidi Elva on vocals and harp* Starting out as a member of sorely missed Northern duo Clickits, John McCaffrey has redefined himself over the last few years as a prime purveyor of beautiful, folk-tinged electronic love songs. Yes, songs, I said it – these three-to-four minute slices of bliss are far from…
WIL BOLTON
Time Lapse
HIBERNATE
CD // £7.99

Hibernate records continues to dominate the pastoral ambient wasteland with this latest missive from Boltfish co-owner Wil Bolton. Better known as glitchy IDM feller Cheju, on ‘Time Lapse’ Wil strips down his sound to come up with something far more measured and beautiful than anything in his back catalogue. Beginning with the reverberating electronics of ‘Falling Away’ this sets the tone for the album, with distant field recordings sitting beneath…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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BANJO OR FREAKOUT
105 / Dead In The Snow
Memphis Industries
7″ // £2.99

**White vinyl** Banjo Or Freakout’s Alessio Natalizia offers a sublime dream-pop charmer. Both tracks were recorded at the Rare Book Room Studios in New York with Nicholas Verhens (worked with Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors) and give a satisfying taste of what to expect from his forthcoming debut album, due in early 2011. ‘105’ is the gentler, seductively sweet A-side sounding like Panda Bear or Deerhunter, and ‘Dead In The…
VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
Dr Boogie presents WASA WASA
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

This latest Dr Boogie Presents… compilation from the Sub Rosa camp focuses on the lesser known – and downright obscure – artists of the rhythm and blues boom between 1952 and 1968. “Rhythm’n’Blues defines a music style born out of the Blues and Gospel. Played by black musicians in the early ’40, Rhythm’n’Blues was first called’Race Music’. In 1949, as the US magazine Billboard published an article by Jerry Wexler,…
VARIOUS / SUB ROSA
Dr Boogie presents WASA WASA
Sub Rosa
LP // £14.99

This latest Dr Boogie Presents… compilation from the Sub Rosa camp focuses on the lesser known – and downright obscure – artists of the rhythm and blues boom between 1952 and 1968. “Rhythm’n’Blues defines a music style born out of the Blues and Gospel. Played by black musicians in the early ’40, Rhythm’n’Blues was first called’Race Music’. In 1949, as the US magazine Billboard published an article by Jerry Wexler,…
WOODEN SHJIPS
O, Tannenbaum
SICK THIRST
EP // £10.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl** This is a remastered reissue of a Wooden Shjips Xmas cassette (very few around, sent to friends and family) ..in time for the festive season..the Wooden Shjips version of two seasonal classics. These two 8 minute (infinite if you count the locked groove on the “oh tannenbaum” side) workouts will have you supping eggnog and stuffing stockings in no time…
SPOKES / YPPAH
We Can Make It Out (Yppah Mix)
Counter Records
7″ // £4.99

**Hand-stamped, ltd white label copies, individually numbered edition of 300** Arresting new single from the hotly touted Spokes. Since the release of their ‘People Like People Like You’ debut this Manchester-based five-piece have attracted the keenest attentions of the post-rock/indie cognoscenti, resulting in a firm handshake with Ninja Tune’s bespoke Indie imprint, Counter. After gestating their sound for the last 18 months they emerge with a boldly accomplished and near-symphonic…
SLOW CLUB
Christmas, Thanks For Nothing EP
Moshi Moshi Records
CD // £6.99

Slow Club have really put their all into this splendid Christmas EP, offering new songs for the Yuletide canon alongside well-worn classics. The EP gets underway with a stripped down cover of the Steve Van Zandt-penned Darlene Love and E Street Band song ‘All Alone On Christmas’, an oft-overlooked Springsteen-less track notable for its presence on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. There’s more Darlene Love to come: ‘Christmas (Baby Please…
THREAD PULLS
New Thoughts
OSAKA
LP // £11.99

**Now available on vinyl** Having so far garnered comparisons with everyone from Liars to This Heat, Throbbing Gristle and Sonic Youth, this band have a lot to live up to. New Thoughts captures the groove-driven, no-wave/industrial-inspired sounds of this Irish band, whose line-up is a stripped back duo comprising bass and drums, with vocals and occasional electronic elements seeping into the mix. It takes a lot of invention to make…
JAZZ / RELATED
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SUPERSILENT
10
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.49

Supersilent 9 was the first album by this revered Norwegian improv group to have been recorded without founding member and drummer Jarle Vespestad on board. Perhaps as a reaction to Vespestad’s departure the group radically shifted their approach, each member shunning their usual instruments of choice in favour of a Hammond organ. Supersilent 10 finds the three remaining players (Arve Henriksen, Stale Storlokken and Helge Sten, aka Deathprod) switching musical…
FREE FALL
Gray Scale
Smalltown Superjazzz
CD // £12.99

Like the evocative simplicity of the album’s cover, ‘Grey Scale’ is an album that is hard to easily define. Coming from the cracked musical minds of Ken Vandemark, Havard Wiik and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten this full-length attempts to pay tribute to the mood of Jimmy Giuffre’s legendary 60s trio. In doing so the sound is intentionally throwback, but with a master like Vandemark involved it’s hard to go far wrong….
ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER
Schone Aussicht
Staubgold
LP // £14.49

Armchair Traveller is the collaborative moniker of musicians Hella von Ploetz (on glass harp), Silvia Ocougne (on a variety of prepared and traditional guitars), Werner Durand (on self-made wind instruments), and Sebastian Hiken (on percussion and cello). From this collection of instruments you have an inkling that the music will be somewhat ‘different’ and you’d be right – as the name suggests the band takes influence from ethnic music, and…
ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER
Schone Aussicht
Staubgold
CD // £14.49

Armchair Traveller is the collaborative moniker of musicians Hella von Ploetz (on glass harp), Silvia Ocougne (on a variety of prepared and traditional guitars), Werner Durand (on self-made wind instruments), and Sebastian Hiken (on percussion and cello). From this collection of instruments you have an inkling that the music will be somewhat ‘different’ and you’d be right – as the name suggests the band takes influence from ethnic music, and…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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VARIOUS / SUBTLE AUDIO
Subtle Audio Vol II
Subtle Audio
2×12″ // £11.99

Subtle Audio scan the most esoteric and experimental strains of modern D&B with five tracks taken from their 42 track, 3xCD compilation. On the first plate Requiem turns out frantic and florid sub-continental percussion with ‘Ancient Dub’, while Accidental Style keeps the funk tight in the pocket with an arrangement of complex, skittering jazz breaks. The second plate swings out further, from the epic sci-fi vibes of Macca’s dynamic drumfunk…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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CARIBOU / DJ KOZE
Swim Remixes
City Slang
12″ // £6.99

Caribou ropes in remixer-par-excellence, DJ Koze, for three tenderly faithful revisions of tracks from ‘Swim’. In capable hands ‘Found Out’ becomes a Koze Tech-House-Pop odyssey, powered by deeply padded and slinky House rhythm with the vocals cut loose to drowsily drift around the stereo field. Taking a very different approach, ‘Jamelia’ becomes a super sweet fusion of breezy indie-pop soul and carbonated R&B with a stunning attention to lysergic detailing…
FRANKLIN DE COSTA
Fragile EP
Curle Recordings
12″ // £7.99

After recent diversions into dub smudged House as Mudkid, Franklin De Costa goes straight Deep House with a contemporary twist for Curle. Leading off ‘Fragile’ fixes hazy, almost half-heard piano keys with padded bass and heavily smoked late night ambience, while ‘Circular Beings’ rubs up an electro-edged boompty Houser with deeply jazzed touches. On the flip ‘Ush Ush’ sit in a Nu-Euro-Deep groove and ‘Soulbound’ sets its sights on the…
VARIOUS / TIRK
Tirk03
TIRK
CD // £10.99

As the year draws to a close it becomes time for those beloved lists and compilations to start appearing in a heady deluge. The Tirk label are now on their 65th release, and as usual collect the yearly goings on with an annual (remember anuals? Those were great) for the lazier music fans out there. A collection of disco, psych-rock and funk from the past and present, this should appeal…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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MOON WIRING CLUB
A Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding (CD Edition)
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

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 the right places, his new album “A Spare Tabby At The Cat’s…
MOON WIRING CLUB
A Spare Tabby At The Cat’s Wedding (Vinyl Edition)
Gecophonic
LP // £13.99

*Vinyl edition is completely different to the CD version – some of the track titles are the same, but the audio is specific to each format* Moon Wiring Club has a membership of one, Mr. Ian Hodgson of Clinksell, who makes fantastically trippy hauntological collages on a Playstation 2 and a “second-hand copy of MTV Music Generator 2 from 2001”. Strangely enough, his four albums to date have bypassed our…
MOON WIRING CLUB
Shoes Off and Chairs Away
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

The second album from Ian Hodgson’s Moon Wiring Club, ‘Shoes Off And Chairs Away’ was released back in 2008, and if you’ve heard any of Hodgson’s other records under the moniker, you’ll no doubt know what to expect. Working tirelessly with his copy of Music for the Playstation 2 (seriously, what’s more hauntological than that?) Hodgson has again used the history of forgotten British television to source his banks of…
MOON WIRING CLUB
An Audience of Art Deco Eyes
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

Originally released in 2007 ‘An Audience of Art Deco Eyes’ was the debut album from Ian Hodgson’s Ghost Box approved Moon Wiring Club project and perfectly sets the scene for his hauntological experimentations. Back in 2007 the word hauntology was hardly on anyone’s lips – sure Ghost Box were pumping out 3” CDs and Broadcast were experimenting with the lost sounds of library music, but Hodgson was hardly part of…
MOON WIRING CLUB
Striped Paint For The Last Post
Gecophonic
CD // £11.99

‘Stripped Off And Chairs Away’ is the third album from Ian Hodgson’s Moon Wiring Club. Taking more of a discernibly 80s bent than its predecessors, this record shows Hodgson getting far more in tune with his percussion and low-end pressure. On tracks such as ‘Shape Ritual’ or ‘Foxy Mind’ for example, synth-funk basslines hop around chunky disco-influenced beats, and while all the sounds are obviously sampled from old TV programs…
BASIL KIRCHIN
Primitive London
Trunk Records
CD // £9.99

Trunk Records continue their quest to unearth the finest nuggets from esteemed composer Basil Kirchin with this latest epic find. ‘Primitive London’ is the first score Kirchin composed, and accompanied a somewhat exploitative documentary focused on the seamy underbelly of London in the 1960s – soundtracking interviews with strippers, swingers and whomever else the filmmakers could find to shock the conservative Great British public. Clocking in at just under forty…
BASIL KIRCHIN
Primitive London
Trunk Records
LP // £12.99

Trunk Records continues their quest to unearth the finest nuggets from esteemed composer Basil Kirchin with this latest epic find. ‘Primitive London’ is the first score Kirchin composed, and accompanied a somewhat exploitative documentary focused on the seamy underbelly of London in the 1960s – soundtracking interviews with strippers, swingers and whomever else the filmmakers could find to shock the conservative Great British public. Clocking in at just under forty…
WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Honey And Bile
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £9.99

Another very fine release in Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music series, this album comes from William Ryan Fritch, a prolific film composer, sound recordist and multi-instrumentalist from Oakland, CA. Fittingly, Music For Honey and Bile takes on the character of a cinematic score, collecting a number of varied instrumentals that show an incredible range to Fritch’s diverse talents. In addition to the composition and production, Fritch performs virtually everything on…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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THE SOFT MOON
The Soft Moon
Captured Tracks
CD // £11.99

*One of the best coldwave/darkwave pop albums you’ll come across this year!!!* After snagging our attention with an unassuming 7″ earlier this year, The Soft Moon returns with an equally captivating debut album. That single ‘Parallels’ makes a noteworthy appearance amidst superbly executed references to Joy Division, Bauhaus and swathes of the most f**ked darkwave imaginable. Just check the super low-slung, motorik bassline of ‘Circles’ and the gothic agitations of…
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE
Plays John Carpenter
VERSATILE
CD // £10.99

From the moment we read the artist name on their 2008 debut album ‘A Land For Renegades’ we already had a feeling we knew what French duo Zombie Zombie’s music was going to sound like. we weren’t wrong – their love of 80s horror flicks was evident from the first note, so it’s hardly surprising that this passion ended up having the band stalk the haunted synthesized pulse of John…
THE KNIFE
Seeds (Shinedoe / Portable Mixes)
RABID
12″ // £5.99

Culled from their killer ‘Tomorrow in a Year’ LP, ‘Seeds’ has been given the remix treatment by two of Olaf Dreijer’s favourite artists – Bodycode and Shinedoe. Berlin-resident Bodycode takes the almost early-Warp sounding pad melodies and bolsters on an urgent, grinding beat nodding to both classic warehouse productions and the contemporary Berlin scene at once. My money’s on the Shindoe remix, however which looks back a little further, taking…
SEX WORKER
Waving Goodbye
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £14.99

Daniel Martin-McCormick had us at the name, but Sex Worker’s ‘Waving Goodbye’ also has the musical merit to keep our interest much longer. Opening to the expressive synth-pop of ‘Tough Love’ he quickly takes us down a dark alley with an astonishing ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ cover version, and into the dramatic ‘Cool Boy’, which sounds something like Zola Jesus haunted by the spirit of Autre Ne Veut. ‘Next To…
ROXY EPOXY
1000
ROTORELIEF
EP // £13.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies** ‘1000’ collects six previously unreleased cold wave and synth pop songs by Portland. Oregon’s Roxy Epoxy outfit, released through the beguiling Rotorelief label outta France. If we weren’t told so, it’d be easy to mistake them for an original ’80s band, especially on their cover of Nine Circles’ dystopian Wave classic ‘What’s There Left’. They also sport a tidy line in uptempo Goth-disco with tracks…
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
Delicacies
Delicacies
2CD // £11.99

Throughout 2010 SMD have released a string of techno tracks on their Delicacies label. What you have in front of you is a select bunch of those cuts, all inspired by weird and wonderful foods SMD encountered on their globe-trotting tours. Check out the likes of EBM-esque pumper ‘Nerve Salad’, the queer bleep groove of ‘Thousand Year Egg’ or the perky jack of ‘Sweetbread’ for guaranteed big room fun time,…
STARLINGS
Weight In Gold (Starkey Mix)
CIVIL MUSIC
7″ // £3.99

Sheffield four-piece Starlings launch their balaeric-indie-funk sound with the release of their debut single ‘Weight In Gold’. Influenced by the songwriting and production values of Simple Minds, Heaven 17, and more prominently Talk Talk, Starlings infuse 90s dance basslines with tripped-out dub guitars and psychedelic choruses from charismatic frontman Justin Robson. Having been taken under the production wing of arch psychonaut and cosmic remix king Richard Norris (The Grid, Time…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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RAIME / REGIS
If Anywhere was here he would know where we are
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

After their incredible dystopian debut crept out of a sewer somewhere, Raime drop the 2nd Blackest Ever Black release, backed with an exceptional Regis remix. ‘If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are’ is another side of hugely evocative dread minimalism, all suggestive tones and ghoulish rhythms writhing somewhere between Dubstep and ritualistic industrial zones. If anything this track offers less melody and even fewer stylistic signposts, while…
MORPHOSIS / NEWWORLDAQUARIUM / T++
What We Have Learned (Newworldaquarium / Just For One Day Mixes)
MOS
12″ // £7.99

**Limited white label!** Oh HELL yes! Building anticipation for a forthcoming Morphosis album, Newworldaquarium and Just For One Day have just floored us with two remixes of Rabih Beani (aka Ra.H) originals. Both remixers have defined something so rare and precious in Techno/House over the last few years that they’re the perfect choice to version such distinctive material. NWAQ’s ‘Via Mezzacane’ manipulation of ‘Dirty Matter’ is outstanding. Centred on a…
COTTAM
Cottam 4
COTTAM
12″ // £5.99

With three hugely sought-after 12″s on his own label and a couple of sly drops for Story and Wolf & Lamb, Cottam lands on #4 of his revered series. A-side is a real dancefloor bomb, licking up an almost-acidic Afro guitar chops over hip-thrusting bass wamps and spiraling synthlines like Carl Craig at his finest. The B-side is a little more restrained but no less effective, juicing the best bits…
VAN RIVERS & THE SUBLIMINAL KID
For An Answer
F
12″ // £7.99

Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid flex some proper techno moves for the third release on the F label. Taking a break from co-producing and engineering for Fever Ray they get elbow deep in the pacy thrust of ‘For An Answer’, weaving Millsian bleep textures over agile, linear drum machine patterns, while ‘Bad Seed’ is a more muted and streamlined, yet no less effective pulse of deceptively simple dancefloor energy….
NAX ACID & HIRONORI TAKAHASHI
Gaia’s Archetype
ACONITO
12″ // £5.99

Uncompromisingly deep and brooding techno from Japan’s Hironori Takahashi, including a Nax_Acid remix. ‘Outgass’ is the big highlight here, a side of well balanced and immersive techno powered by sculpted subbass kicks and opened into widescreen proportions with some dazzling production tricks. On the flipside there should be some kind of warning attached to the pounding ‘Serv’, a stoically fierce tribal tattoo for modern dancefloor rituals, followed by Nax_Acid’s more…
DJ SPRINKLES
House Explosion II
Skylax Classic
12″ // £7.99

**Yellow Vinyl** Terre Thaemlitz raises the roof with two party-primed Deep House workouts on Skylax. We’d recommend diving straight for the outstanding ‘Infected’, sounding like a Moodymann killer augmented with bottomless subbass and drowned in Sprinkles’ signature trippy mixing trickery. And just in case we didn’t emphasise it enough, that subbass is truly deadly!!! Meanwhile, ‘Crosstown’ shakes it out good ‘n proper on the flip, dispensing with straight kicks in…
WBEEZA
Jackaboom
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £8.49

Much-hyped House business from South London’s Wbeeza, delivering his 4th 12″ for Third Ear Recordings. Keeping matters as stripped-to-the-bone as possible ‘Jack Ur Car’ kicks out a raw and sub-heavy Jackers riddim compatible with the most efficient Prosumer productions, while the pitching percussive effect of the equally minimal ‘Boom!’ nods to Cooly G’s ‘Phat Si’. Cover looks dope.
STEVE RACHMAD / BEN KLOCK
Virton Upgraded (Ben Klock Remixes)
Music Man
12″ // £7.99

Straight up techno tools from Steve Rachmad and Ben Klock. In his Ignacio guise, Rachmad pounds out the tough and trancey ‘Virton Upgraded’ on the A-side. Ben Klock offers two revisions on the flip, a strangely unique fusion of Red Planet folk melodies and kicking drums on remix A, and a more reduced but deadly effective remix B. Solid wares.
DEEP SPACE ORCHESTRA
Trust Skynet EP
USE OF WEAPONS
12″ // £6.99

Deep Space Orchestra deliver their first full EP on this, the maiden voyage of their own label: Use of Weapons. With their unreleased tracks getting heavy rotation from selectors such as DJ Jus- Ed, Kirk Degiorgio, Michael Rutten, Scott Grooves, Floating Points and other esteemed jockeys, 2010 has seen some well-deserved support for the duo. Calling on the remix services of long-time cohort Graeme Clark (aka The Revenge), who rounds…
SHAMUS COGHLAN
Technophile EP
807 RECORDINGS
12″ // £5.99

807 Recordings’ second release brings back the dedication of Shamus Coghlan’s quest to Destroy Mediocrity. From the very onset of A-side ‘Truth Serum’ he releases an all-out Sonic assault of pure unapologetic techno. Fast-paced and layered with analog modulation he sets the pace of those who can keep up. ‘180 Grams’ features a big warehouse jacking beat, layered with deep, dark, cold Sci-fi sounds.
VIDEO COMPILATION
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VARIOUS / BFI
Stop! Look! Listen!
BFI
2 X DVD // £16.99

The fourth volume on the Central Office of Information focuses on health, safety and welfare public broadcast films. Cautionary tales, motherly advice, celebrity appearances and shock tactics have all been utilised by the COI to prevent us from being: killed on the road; burnt to death; abducted by strangers; crushed by tractors; drowned at sea, and so on. This release concentrates on the longer films in this field, punctuated by…