Mar 182011
 
Hello,

Brought to you by the Demdike Stare/Andy Votel curated Pre-Cert Home Entertainment label, the semi-fictitious Applehead makes his debut this week with a mystifying album of cold modernist-pop experiments referencing everything from Roman Catholicism, corruption, Belgian surrealism and Italian giallo in a suitably unhinged musical odyssey . The material edgily shifts from Concrète to spoken word, via Giallo and tape music to create a kind of macabre mediterranean folklore that will give you nightmares. Featuring subtly disturbed/inspired/hilarious sleeve art by Anworth Kirk, there’s 400 copies only of this baby… you know what to do!

Spectrum Spools is the highly promising new sublabel of Editions Mego curated by Emeralds’ John Elliott. Dredging the depths of the American synth/noise underground, their first two releases from Bee Mask and Fabric are total essentials, the former a super-structured cryptic synth/concrète collage beloved of everyone from Autre Ne Veut to Will Bankhead, the latter a multi-dimensional neo-Kosmiche organism. Both limited to 500 copies and utterly essential to all Kosmische obsessives out there.

For the Radiophonic and Hauntological fiends amongst you, Stefan Blomeier’s out-of-the-blue oddity ‘Popular Electronics II’ is a must have. It’s bloopy electronics and tape experimentations sound like they could have been made any time between 1960 and last week, and should be checked without delay by fans of Ursula Bogner, D.D. Denham, Ghost Box or Daphne Oram.

The Rephlex label rock up in a pair of British Knights to deliver their most exciting transmission for years with the badboy 2LP and CD compilation of T.C.M.’s two earliest 12″s. They marked the cusp of a transition in the UK underground from fast HipHop to Hardcore, with an aesthetic which cast an influence over everyone from Autechre to Demdike Stare. They’re fierce and deadly, don’t miss! Ramadanman/Pearson Sound, meanwhile, heads up the latest Fabriclive mix with a 30+ track selection spanning House and Grime to Shangaan Electro. It essentially proves why he’s hailed as one of the most forward thinking dancefloor producers and DJs around, serving a masterclass in multi-genre & tempo fusions.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was the darling of the downtown New York arts and music scene in the early ’80s. ‘Early Works’ collects his nascent sonic forays with “industrial sound effects” group , Gray in a silkscreen-printed package, including the amazing ‘Drum Mode’ and three much rarer cuts which form a vital and unique part of music and art history. Very limited copies available, act fast!

If you’ve been following the Tri Angle label and the smudged pop and shoegaze/R&B layers of Salem or Laurel Halo, Grimes’ ‘Halfaxa’ is one of those albums that you’ll want to check in with. The emotive impact of tracks such as ‘Weregild’ and ‘Heartbeats’ really hooked us by the tear ducts and comes highly recommended

For the twyst out, we’ve got a killer sampler for Instra:mental’s forthcoming LP featuring two proper HD quality funk ups, while Becoming Real drops the Eski-styled ‘Closer’ backed with a wicked Jam City refix and Ossie’s sterling Funky anthem ‘Tarantula’ ups the game with slick sophistication.

Also out this week: Berlin’s master of jacking swinging techno Mike Dehnert delivers his debut album proper for Delsin, there’s a wonderful album from Vibracathedral Orchestra violinist Bridget Hayden, Giuseppe Ielasi returns with sublime one-off project ‘Oreledigneu’ and releases from Jacques Greene, Coki, Swindle, Raster Noton, Richard Skelton, 808 State, Theo Parrish, Tandy Love, Dibiase, Doc Daneeka, Duffstep, 12k and Sister Crayon complete a stellar lineup.

Lastly, our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends and customers in Japan, we’re all wishing and hoping for better days…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



APPLEHEAD
Applehead de Applehead
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £9.99

*Second limited edition transmission from this Demdike Stare / Andy Votel orchestrated boutique imprint. 400 copies for the world*Pre-Cert Home Entertainment return from the vinyl pits of Manchester and much further abroad to present a compendium of clues exploring the semi-fictitious and quasi-symbolic qualities of Applehead. With sublime references to Roman Catholicism, Politics & Agriculture, corruption, fairy-tales, Horrotica, Post-war European Surrealism and fumetti/giallo crime fiction Applehead’s first LP is presented within the aesthetic context of cold modernist-pop and Italian and Spanish horror film music featuring randomized spoken word segments and concrete compact tape experiments. It’s a seriously absorbing trip. Their sonic seed trails lead to seemingly dead ends which turn out to have secret trapdoors into yet more catacombs of references to the belgian surrealism movement, the films of Lucio Fulci, the outrageous prog ideals of Franco Battiato and a hive of sounds homaging Carpenter, Oram, Massiera, Simonetti and Besombes among them. By the end of the record, when the miasma begins to recede you’ll be clearer as to the essence of Applehead’s macabre mediterranean folklore and his connections to the industrial North West. Until then, you’re in the dark. Album features subtly disturbed artwork from Anworth Kirk and vinyl was cut at Berlin’s D&M. Limited to 500 copies and highly recommended.



BEE MASK
Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico
ELECTRONIC
Spectrum Spools
LP // £13.99

*500 COPIES ONLY* Bee Mask’s mind-melting ‘Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico’ was released in 2010 on a c30 cassette through Gift Tapes. Editions Mego’s John Elliott-helmed Spectrum Spools label has given it a vital vinyl reissue, faithfully remastered by Rashad Becker at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering. To say we’re excited by the potential of this label is a given, but let’s deal with the incredible album in question first. Chris Madak aka Bee Mask’s music exists in a continuum of musique concrète and tape experiments stretching back to the earliest emissions of Pierre Henry through more recent sounds captured on The Lovely Music label and the present day hypnagogic/synth noise of Emeralds, Rene Hell or Oneohtrix Point Never. However, unlike the improvised, “one-take” stream-of-consciousness approach preferred by many today, ‘Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico’ has been meticulously sculpted from a range of sounds (listed here as Synthesizers, percussion, piano, tape, and voice) recorded, mixed, and edited between 2006-2010 in Cleveland and Philadelphia. The result is a highly structured and often breathtaking confluence of contrasting sounds arranged with a magnetic mystery and a cryptic logic which will reveal itself in due course. Bee Mask already counts the likes of Autre Ne Veut (who included a large chunk of this LP in his Altered Zones mix) and Will Bankhead (who released ‘Frozen Versioning (Hyperborean Return)’ on his The Trilogy Tapes label) as big fans, and no doubt your good selves, soon enough. Frankly, this release is unmissable for anyone on the hunt for exceptional new electronic music – Essential Purchase.



T.C.M.
The Criminal Minds
HIP HOP
Rephlex
2LP // £11.99

Killer drop from Rephlex, compiling the hugely sought-after early 12″s by legendary UK HipHop unit The Criminal Minds. While at college in 1985, DJs Halo and Chase 1 formed TCM, incorporating DJ Spatts and MC Iceski later on. As the story goes, DJ Halo sold his decks in 1990 to fund their first release, the ‘Guilty As Charged EP’, and soon after were joined by MCs Safe D and CMD before producing the ‘Tales From The Wasteland’ EP in 1991. They were limited to runs of 300 and 500 copies respectively, hence the cool asking price of £800+ for originals nowadays. After the ‘ardcore explosion of ’92 the group went on to produce a string of jungle records for White House including the notorious ‘Baptised By Dub’, but these discs are solely concerned with that pair of visceral early releases, featuring ‘Urban Warfare’, ‘Just Check It’, ‘Police State’ and ‘Section 12 Paragraph 0’ from 1990s ‘Guilty As Charged’ 12″, plus ‘Systems Overload’ and ‘Illegal Procedure’ from their 1991 12″ ‘Tales From The Wasteland’. The crunching breaks, the ruffneck scratches, the wildcard samples and most of all, the fierce, rocking attitude which just can’t be touched. Listening to these tracks you’re hearing the birth of ‘ardcore, jungle, and D&B and the kinetic energy and discipline which would influence everyone from Autechre to Demdike Stare, the raw and basic ideas of the original UK HipHop invasion feeding forward into today. Essential purchase!



PEARSON SOUND / RAMADANMAN
FABRICLIVE 56: Pearson Sound / Ramadanman
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Ramadanman heads up the latest Fabriclive session with a crucial 30+ track selection spanning House and Grime to Shangaan Electro. This guy should require little introduction: his singles and remixes over the last three years are some of the most forward thinking dancefloor productions coming from the UK, and the Hessle Audio label he co-runs with Ben UFO and Pangaea is just owning things right now. His mix embraces the best of electronic dance music in 2011, judged with a pacing and narrative well beyond his years. The first section sets an efficient House vibe with cuts from Levon Vincent and Marcello Napoletano blended with Elgato’s exclusive ‘Music (Body Mix)’ and Tiyiselani Vomaseve’s ‘Vanghoma’ aka the slower one from ‘Shangaan Electro’. From here it’s swing-House with his own ‘Grab Somebody’ and an as yet unreleased remix of Joy O’s ‘GR Etiquette’, and onto the grimy stuff with a fierce Lil Silva dub of ‘Bad Girl’, Jam City’s ‘Night Mode’ and Pangaea’s deadly ‘Inna Daze’. Factor in an inspired blend with Pinch’s ‘Qawwali’ and MJ Cole & Wiley’s ‘From The Drop’, and his own ‘Work Them’ with Joy Orb’s ‘J. Doe’, plus the shark-eyed run of D1 ‘Sub Zeo’ > S-X ‘Woooo’ > Ramadanman ‘Glut’ > Addison Groove ‘F*ck The 101’ and you’ve got a real taste of the UK ‘floor in 2011. Recommended!



GRAY
Early Works
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
UNKNOWN LABEL
LP // £9.99

Gray was the downtown “industrial sound” band started by Andy Warhol acolyte and avant-garde HipHop legend, Jean-Michel Basquiat. ‘Early Works’ is an astonishing collection of their first creations, reissued in a silk-screened sleeve bearing his distinctive crown motif (the same which adorns Ramelzee’s classic ‘Test Pressing’ sleeve). Named after the medical bible, Gray’s Anatomy, Basquiat, together with Michael Holman formed the group in 1979 and would later be joined by Shannon Dawson, Wayne Clifford, Nick Taylor and a young Vincent Gallo to operate at the core of New York’s downtown scene, playing shows at the Mudd Club, CBGB’s and Hurrahs amidst the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie. But Gray were quite a different proposition, playing ethereal, abrasive industrial “sound effects” music on scaffolding, synths and whatever machines they could lay hands on. One of the tracks here, the spectral, sloping, dread dubbed ‘Drum Mode’ has appeared on a number of compilations over the last decade, most notably on Gomma’s seminal ‘Anti NY’ comp, but the rest are about as rare as a pube in the queen’s soup. There’s the echoic industro-dub collage of ‘Wig’ for starters, next to the ritualistic, Oriental workshop atmospheres of ‘Eight Hour Religion’ and a scratchy, lysergic episode of tape loops, free-psyche drums and textures in ‘Figure It Out For Yourself’, all assuredly ahead of their time. This music forms a vital chunk of art and music history and should be considered an absolutely essential purchase, we reckon.



FABRIC
A Sort of Radiance
ELECTRONIC
Spectrum Spools
LP // £13.99

*500 COPIES ONLY – First release on this hugely exciting new label from Emeralds’ John Elliott and Editions Mego.* Chicago-based, Ohio-bred multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Mullane inaugurates the Spectrum Spools label with the spellbinding voyage of ‘A Sort Of Radiance’. This is his debut album, and first release on vinyl but he’s previously released cassettes in small runs on Fairchild Tapes and Stunned Records. The fact that he’s skipped much of the ferric initiation/screening process should tell you that his music is of a more distinguished character than many trapped in the tape dream. He’s capable of initiating vast astral dialogue between his machines of choice (we’re not quite sure what he uses here – guitar and computer, possibly?), inviting us in to a “multi dimensional organism of sound that has perplexing depth and astounding detail” according to the label, and sublimely immersive if you ask us. Its structured around five longer compositions and slightly fewer vignettes, or palette cleansers for the epic sections. Those epic sections rove from dense, skin-tingling ultraviolet fog and cascading arpeggios of ‘Leaving The House’ to the HD synaesthetic phenomena of ‘Light Float’ and stereo-spiralling columns of synth movement on ‘Soft Disconnect’, all vividly rendered and deeply detailed while the shorter pieces allow for more condensed, dynamic ideas like with the woozy stereo swirl of ‘Control’ and the abrasive space-grit textures of ‘Left’. Cut by Rashad Becker at Berlin’s D&M, January 2011. RIYL Emeralds, OPN, or Rene Hell – don’t miss!



BRIDGET HAYDEN
A Siren Blares In An Indifferent Ocean
ELECTRONIC
(K-RAA-K)3
LP // £12.99

Probably best known as the violinist for free-noise pioneers Vibracathedral Orchestra, I was pretty sure I knew how ‘…An Indifferent Ocean’ would sound before I’d even sat down to give it a run through. How wrong can a guy be? This is pretty far from the wailing post-psych of Hayden’s previous troupe, and far closer to Grouper’s early, singular haunted drones. With saturated tape sounds forming the backbone of ‘…An Indifferent Ocean’, Hayden throws down gloopy guitar notes and pained vocals to create a barely-heard haze of songs. There are songs there, sort of, but they have to be reached by climbing through a syrupy mass of white noise and shimmering, cavernous reverb. It’s all too easy when making this sort of music to end up with a record that can’t be enjoyed, something that just crosses the line between harmony and dissonance, but Hayden knows just when to reign her compositions in, and manages to come up with an album that is punishing but also deeply enjoyable. These songs could almost sit comfortably with any on the Miasmah roster, such is the creepy, drone-heavy mood pushed forth on the record. And that, as any followers of the label will know, is high praise indeed. Recommended listening.



MIKE DEHNERT
Framework
TECHNO / HOUSE
Delsin
2LP // £15.99

A full spectrum display of techno might from Mike Dehnert on his first album proper for Delsin. In the space of only three years Dehnert has accrued considerable acclaim for his uncompromising work within the parameters of pure and raw Techno, dominating dancefloors such as Berghain or Tresor and far beyond with an unruly and kinetic sound. This LP version of ‘Framework’ contains nine dancefloor-focussed tracks, from the subs-propelled swing of ‘Infix’ to the welting jack of ‘Palindrome’, the peaking riffage of ‘Teilfolge’ and one of his inimitably swung specials on ‘Beatmatching’, which is destined to become a classic round these parts. He also factors in a couple of more esoteric, beatless numbers on ‘Kontextfrei’ and the ‘IntroOutro’ sections, but really, you’re not buying a Dehnert album to sit down to, are ya? A very smart pick for fans of up-to-the-moment yet classically informed Techno.



GRIMES
Halfaxa
ELECTRONIC
Lo Recordings
CD // £9.99

Claire Boucher’s debut as Grimes has been a long time coming and has already drawn comparisons with the work of fellow chill/drag/witch/h-pop characters Laurel Halo, Hype Williams and even Autre Ne Veut. When it gets it right – it’s quite the killer too, with opener “Outer” managing to integrate sincere, properly sung vocal harmonies with the kind of compressed low-end rumble that would make Salem blush. “Rasik” is another standout, flexing shoegaze signatures with impressively heavy-hitting vocals and throbbing bass pulses that end all too abruptly, before the majestic “Heartbeats” ingests cinematic conceits without falling into the trap of dragging itself through a vortex of cod-emotions, instead playing with timbre and pitch to create something that sounds like Fever Ray crossed with Enigma – in the best possible sense. Over the course of an hour you’re drawn deeper and deeper into an alternate pop matrix, with only the occasional misstep (such as the British Airways advertising soundalike “Intor / Flowers”) nudging you back to reality. Overall though, “Halfaxa” is one of the more accomplished and absorbing full-length’s to have emerged from the genre with a plethora of dodgy names – and comes to you with much recommendation, make sure to check it out.



ORELEDIGNEUR
Alpi
ELECTRONIC
Senufo Editions
LP // £14.99

**Limited edition of 200 hand-numbered copies** Engrossing new Senufo Edition from Oreledigneur, a collaborative duo of Giuseppe Ielasi and Renato Rinaldi. Between 2004-2009 Rinaldi followed filmmaker and photographer Armin Linke on the shooting sessions for his film ‘Alpi’, recording on-location sound for the film which was then edited, sound-designed and assembled into this LP by Oreledigneur. With the whole sound archive at his disposal, Ielasi remained relatively faithful to the original material by editing and composing without any additional processing but the end result bears little resemblance to the final soundtrack. It’s a vivid montage of acousmatic sound, removed from their source and rarely evocative of their subject, The Alps, aside form a few distant cowbells and a very un-natural sounding snow. Instead we hear the sounds of artificial ski tracks, maintenance machines, scientific laboratories, tunnel resonances, military academies and broken equipment, clashing the generally perceived image of the Alps in literature, movies and TV with the modern, anthropized Alps full of tourists and recreational areas. Essentially, there are some incredible sounds on here, from ultra-vivid HD explosions to curious, microscopically detailed rhythm textures, all arranged with jarring juxtapositions and a seriously uncanny sense of space. It’s certainly one of the most intersting Senufo Editions so far and comes very highly recommended.

Singles of the Week



STEFAN BLOMEIER
Popular Electronics II / Radio Astronomy
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Research Laboratory Of Electronic Progress
7″ // £5.99

*Amazing, limited edition Radiophonic inspired 7″ from this hitherto unknown producer* Stefan Blomeier is an elusive character. This excellent 7″ of deliriously frothy Radiophonica is the only tangible, physical evidence of his existence while a few virtual clues lying in some corporate-looking websites and an intriguing Tumblr page further flesh out the enigma. So, what of this Danish code-breaking mathematic genius (if the data is to be believed?) and his rather brilliant music? His first release on Research Laboratory Of Electronic Progress sounds like it could have been produced any time between 1960 and last week, the A-side a superbly bloopy tape experiment which could have emerged from the studios of Raymond Scott or Jan Jelinek, full of dusty ferric air and scrambled egg-head melodies of the most charming variety. Turn over and the amazing ‘Radio Astronomy’ gazes out onto wispy plumes of Moogy moon melody and theremin-like sci-fi tones arranged with a sense of urgency and trepidation redolent of any number of classic TV themes. Needless to say, we think any fans of Ursula Bogner, Delia Derbyshire, Ekoplekz or Ghost Box will be conducting their own investigations into this mysterious manipulator of the senses. Highly Recommended.



INSTRA:MENTAL
Resolution 653 LP Sampler
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.49

Nonplus maintain a relentless streak of form with this stunning sampler 12″ for Instra:Mental’s forthcoming debut album ‘Resolution 653’. The duo’s production values have never been in doubt but this time executed to a fierce degree. Face up, ‘Thomp’ operates like some Cyborg funk ritual, deploying Untold-style, cone-folding kicks and grazing percussion with earth-moving subs and minimalist splashes of airlock pressure synths. Face down, ‘When I Dip’ is a certified future rudeboy anthem (by the international association of future rudeboys, don’t u know), a double ‘ard electro rocker intensifying original New York, Miami and Detroit memes with a 2012 production palette. Check the samples – just so good. Highly recommended!!!



BECOMING REAL
Closer / Antarctic City (Jam City Remix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
COLD WORLD INDUSTRIES
12″ // £6.49

Riding a crest of adulation from all corners, Becoming Real impresses on these two killers, backed with a Jam City remix! The naggingly infectious ‘Closer’ picks up where Zomby left off with his near mythical Eski mixes, erecting a filigree, minimalist Grime framework to hold a brilliant bathroom diva vocal, while ‘Antarctic City’ heads on a featherweight Footwork mission in keenest London style. His like-minded brethren, Jam City turns ‘Closer’ inside out on the remix, dumping the diva and replacing her with paranoid bleeps, sluggish half-timed machine pulses and carnival whistles, or possibly a delirious kettle. Who knows? It’s all second to none right now, as long as Zomby keeps those Eski dubs to himself…



OSSIE
Tarantula (FunkinEven Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
LIGHT WORKS
12″ // £5.99

Lighworks have the honour of dropping Ossie’s anthemic ‘floor killer ‘Tarantula’ as the first release on the label. In 2010 it picked up attention across the board after becoming a staple in the sets of Ossie’s mate, DJ Petchy on Live FM, followed by support from Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Ben UFO, Bok Bok, and yer ma. For a debut production he’s displaying chops ahead of his years with a firm grasp of crisp, Afro-rhythmic beat programming and silky synths, while his flipside production ‘Creepy Crawlies’ takes a tougher, electroid stance but still with the same sense of finesse. Cherry on the cake, Funkineven tightens the swing of ‘Tarantula’ on a crafty jacking mix with clanking drum machines. Highly Recommended!

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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MELON
Money (Sascha Dive Mix)
Ratio? Music
12″ // £7.99

Melon aka Je Dàvu aka A’dam’s Jeroen Hofer ropes in a 15 minute remix of his ‘Money’ cut from Frankfurt’s Sascha Dive. With refined pacing and grace, Dive opens the track out through blooming, fragrant female vocals and an infinite bassline tweaked to hypnotic effect. One sided copies.
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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COLEMAN / TA’RAACH
LA Series # 9
All City
10″ // £7.99

The penultimate chapter in All City’s LA series introduces us to the esoteric soul beats of Coleman and Ta’Raach. Mochilla label owner and multi-talented photographer/DJ/producer bloke Coleman drops a highly impressive suite of four sumptuous neo-soul/HipHop, from the slumpy bob of ‘Earthquake’ and the boogie bump of ‘Black Bush’ featuring supple bass from Steven “Thundercat” Bruner and lush keys from Cedric “i_Ced” Norah, to the abstract beatless vortex of ‘Travels…
DIBIASE
Machines Hate Me
Alpha Pup
LP // £12.99

Debut full length LP steez from LA’s Dibiase, following impressive drops for Fat City and All City records. Those releases called for comparisons with Madlib, Dilla and a whole heap of slump-funked producers who’re taking inspiration from ’80s boogiesoul and computer games; the ambient sound of half-remembered innocence. With these influences and adjuncts in mind Dibiase gives fifteen tracks of staggered MPC beats, perhaps erring more towards the electronic and…
FLAKO
Mini Tollbooth
PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
EP // £9.99

Sterling solo debut business from fLako. He’s been around for a few years now, dropping bombs like the Jay Scarlett and Gaslamp Killer favourite Vortex Cookies – a remix of Robot Koch – and landing tracks on the likes of Ghostly International and Brownswood Recordings, so it’s kinda hard to believe that’s this is his first fully solo release. Opener ‘Chroma’ exposes his jazzy soul in fine style, infusing his…
GRACIELA MARIA
Many Places
PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
LP // £11.99

On her debut album, ‘Many Places’ Graciela Maria makes the move from collaborative vocalist with Robot Koch to solo artist in her own respect. These ten tracks are produced by Robot Koch with assistance from Fingathing’s Sneaky on bass to marry electronic and organic instrumentation with surreal and personal lyrics imbued with the vibe of classi singer/songwriters such as Tim Buckley or Elliot Smith.
BOOKS
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MACEL ELY II
Ain’t No Grave : The Life And Legacy Of Brother Claude Ely
Dust to Digital
Hardcover Book + CD // £34.99

*Amazing hardcover book and CD package from the exquisite Dust to Digital label* Recorded interviews of over 1,000 people in the Appalachian Mountains lay the foundation for this 360 page biography detailing the life of Brother Claude Ely, the religious singer-songwriter and Pentecostal-Holiness preacher from southwestern Virginia, perhaps best-known for his song, “There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”. While visiting a London record shop in 2001, Macel…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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CM VON HAUSSWOLFF
800,000 Seconds In Harar
Touch
CD // £9.99

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…
AIDAN BAKER
Lost In The Rat Maze
Consouling Sounds
CD // £11.99

This prolific Canadian classically trained multi-instrumentalist has contributed much to the doom/drone/ambient genre. Nadja, Arc and Whisper Room are just a few of his manifestations. Known for his extensive ambient soundscapes, Baker chose a different approach on Lost in the Rat Maze by almost embracing a “postrockish” method of composing.
VAMPILLIA
Alchemic Heart
Important Records
CD // £13.99

“New project on Important presented by Vampillia who have colored two colossal compositions with beautiful contributions by members of the Boredoms, Jarboe (ex-Swans), Inswarm and Japanese Noise-God Merzbow. Layered strings, piano, bass, noise and voices are weaved mysteriously and expand as two magnificently parallel aesthetic worlds. Comprised of two pieces, Sea/Land, a primitive landscape is created via listening and destroyed when the pieces are complete. Vampillia, much like the Boredoms,…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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PENNY & THE QUARTERS
You and Me
NUMERO
7″ // £6.49

Totally gorgeous 7″ pressing of a semi-unknown doo-wop soul diamond, ‘You And Me’ taken from Numero’s ‘Eccentic Soul: The Prix Label’ compilation! We say semi-unknown because since the release of the compilation in 2007, the track, taken from a box of unlabeled masters discovered at an estate sale, has achieved cult status due to prominent inclusion on Derek Cianfrance’s hit indie film, ‘Blue Valentine’, leading to the part-discovery of its…
DUB / REGGAE
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JUDAH ESKENDER TAFARI
Land Of Confusion (Ticklah Remix)
Liondub International
7″ // £5.99

‘Land Of Confusion’ is a scorching roots reggae riddim produced by New York’s Ticklah and voiced by conscious vocalist, Judah Eskender Tafari. Originally released as a B-side in 2007, Ticklah has revamped the riddim with his signature out-board effects, percussion and keyboard harmonies for 2011, finding much favour with the likes of Jah Shaka who has deployed it on his soundsystem time and again. Limited edition of 700 copies for…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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PEARSON SOUND / RAMADANMAN
FABRICLIVE 56: Pearson Sound / Ramadanman
Fabric
CD // £9.99

Ramadanman heads up the latest Fabriclive session with a crucial 30+ track selection spanning House and Grime to Shangaan Electro. This guy should require little introduction: his singles and remixes over the last three years are some of the most forward thinking dancefloor productions coming from the UK, and the Hessle Audio label he co-runs with Ben UFO and Pangaea is just owning things right now. His mix embraces the…
INSTRA:MENTAL
Resolution 653 LP Sampler
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.49

Nonplus maintain a relentless streak of form with this stunning sampler 12″ for Instra:Mental’s forthcoming debut album ‘Resolution 653’. The duo’s production values have never been in doubt but this time executed to a fierce degree. Face up, ‘Thomp’ operates like some Cyborg funk ritual, deploying Untold-style, cone-folding kicks and grazing percussion with earth-moving subs and minimalist splashes of airlock pressure synths. Face down, ‘When I Dip’ is a certified…
BECOMING REAL
Closer / Antarctic City (Jam City Remix)
COLD WORLD INDUSTRIES
12″ // £6.49

Riding a crest of adulation from all corners, Becoming Real impresses on these two killers, backed with a Jam City remix! The naggingly infectious ‘Closer’ picks up where Zomby left off with his near mythical Eski mixes, erecting a filigree, minimalist Grime framework to hold a brilliant bathroom diva vocal, while ‘Antarctic City’ heads on a featherweight Footwork mission in keenest London style. His like-minded brethren, Jam City turns ‘Closer’…
OSSIE
Tarantula (FunkinEven Mix)
LIGHT WORKS
12″ // £5.99

Lighworks have the honour of dropping Ossie’s anthemic ‘floor killer ‘Tarantula’ as the first release on the label. In 2010 it picked up attention across the board after becoming a staple in the sets of Ossie’s mate, DJ Petchy on Live FM, followed by support from Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Ben UFO, Bok Bok, and yer ma. For a debut production he’s displaying chops ahead of his years with a…
WHEEZ-IE
All Werked Up EP
Individuals
12″ // £5.99

Well Rounded send their hyped-up offshoot Individuals into the circle armed with four tracks of high-velocity Booty/Juke. Wheez-ie hails from Texas via Boston and makes furiously fast and varied Juke. Sometimes it’s a bit Cutlass Supreme, without the idiosyncracies of the real southside side sound, but it’ll work the ‘floor, no doubt.
JACQUES GREENE
Another Girl
LuckyMe
12″ // £5.99

LuckyMe drop one of the most anticipated dancefloor 12″s of the last 12 months, backed up with remixes of tracks from ‘The Look’ by Rinse FM’s Braiden and UR’s Mark Flash. There’s no need to bang on about ‘Another Girl’, it’s straight anthem material combining ohrwurming vocal, a a rolling emotional topography and dancing neon melodies in beautiful style. Flip it and Braiden gives a tough rework of ‘Holdin’ On’,…
EGYPTRIXX
Bible Eyes
Night Slugs
CD // £10.99

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…
COKI
Boomba / Carbon Aliens
Tempa
12″ // £5.49

What the f**k has Coki been smokin’? His latest platter for Tempa is by far his weirdest to date. Featuring an ecstatic ass on the centre label, ‘Boomba’ sounds like chamber music for hydro-toking bass aliens, with warped, harpsichord-like melody and irregular, obtuse bass quakes crumbling the walls of halfstep to leave behind a surreal and abstract rhythmic framework. Flipside, ‘Carbon Aliens’ staggers on a drunken-master halfstep style, knees buckling…
BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA
Creeper / Infamous
50 WEAPONS
12″ // £7.99

50 Weapons invite Benjamin Damage (ov Damage & Venom fame) back for another session, this time with his buddy Doc Daneeka. ‘Creeper’ revolves around a stealthily building, seasick pitch-bent synthline with tightly chopped breaks for a kind of neo-Hip House vibe. ‘Infamous’ is darker, chrome-plated electrohouse vibes with a nasty acid drop in the final throes. Ace.
MAU’LIN
Deeper Than The Sun
HOTEP
12″ // £6.49

London-based Mau’lin zig-zags between futurist Broken Beat and crooked 2-Step concrète on his debut 12″ for Alex Nut’s Ho Tep label. Accompanied by Canadian vocalist, Amenta the 2-stepped ‘Deeper Than The Sun’ twitches with a deeply engrained LDN funk, all the energy and dynamism concentrated deep in the pocket to irresistible effect. Flipside, ‘Good Arithmetic’ busts an Afro-House-y Broken Beat flex built from dextrous rhythm edits and soaked in cosmic…
DUFFSTEP / FALTY DL
Getting To Sirius Remix EP #3
Join The Dots Music
12″ // £6.49

Duffstep makes the smart move of getting Falty DL in to remix ‘Tired’ from his ‘Getting To Sirus’ LP, backed with Young Montana? and Eliphino remixes. As evidenced on his ‘Young Stand Certain’ LP, Falty DL is in prime form, applying some of his magic to ‘Tired’ to energize it with bristle-stepping jazz drums and the kind of dextrous spatial engineering which elevates his productions way above the crowd. On…
J.O.H. VS THE DREAM
J.O.H. Is A 10
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £5.99

Scorching Juke/Booty version of The Dream’s ‘Shawty Is A 10′ from the mysterious J.O.H! To date we’ve only copped sight of J.O.H on their Jukin’ remix of Ikonika’s ‘Ikonoklast’, but this time the spotlight is all theirs, applying a fearless undercarriage of pneumatic kicks to the original to club-excoriating effect. It’s a BIG look. Don’t sleep on this!!!
SWINDLE
Mood Swings
BUTTERZ
12″ // £4.99

Next level grimy soul from the Butterz camp! The schizoid skunky switch of ‘Mood Swings’ is Grade A dancefloor dirt, flipping from super-sweet intro to pneumatic bass pulses and electroid Dubstep signatures with a Grime sense of swagger and straight-to-the-head deliverance. ‘Bebop’ is cheekier’ swinging out with zoot-suited riffage and Swindle’s supremely crafty beat programming for a unique and damn effective Grime evolution.
PEARSON SOUND
NSWL007
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Super-limited white-label waist winders from Pearson Sound! Two remixes built for the club from one of the dancefloor’s hottest properties. Nuff said. They’re gonna fly so act fast…
JANNER / BUNZER0 / MANOUVRE
Je M’en Fish
Je M’en Fish
12″ // £5.99

Three way split from a trio of Belgian Dubstep producers. Janner’s ‘Proteus’ swivels on some ‘ardcore-infused garage tip, while BunZer0 drops the trance-tinged and melodic IDM-step of ‘Second Meeting (VIP Remix)’ and Manouvre cuts deeper with the F-style Dub-Tech of ‘Mr Moody’s Morning Madness’.
ELECTRONIC
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BEE MASK
Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico
Spectrum Spools
LP // £13.99

*500 COPIES ONLY* Bee Mask’s mind-melting ‘Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico’ was released in 2010 on a c30 cassette through Gift Tapes. Editions Mego’s John Elliott-helmed Spectrum Spools label has given it a vital vinyl reissue, faithfully remastered by Rashad Becker at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering. To say we’re excited by the potential of this label is a given, but let’s deal with the incredible album in question first….
FABRIC
A Sort of Radiance
Spectrum Spools
LP // £13.99

*500 COPIES ONLY – First release on this hugely exciting new label from Emeralds’ John Elliott and Editions Mego.* Chicago-based, Ohio-bred multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Mullane inaugurates the Spectrum Spools label with the spellbinding voyage of ‘A Sort Of Radiance’. This is his debut album, and first release on vinyl but he’s previously released cassettes in small runs on Fairchild Tapes and Stunned Records. The fact that he’s skipped much of the…
BRIDGET HAYDEN
A Siren Blares In An Indifferent Ocean
(K-RAA-K)3
LP // £12.99

Probably best known as the violinist for free-noise pioneers Vibracathedral Orchestra, I was pretty sure I knew how ‘…An Indifferent Ocean’ would sound before I’d even sat down to give it a run through. How wrong can a guy be? This is pretty far from the wailing post-psych of Hayden’s previous troupe, and far closer to Grouper’s early, singular haunted drones. With saturated tape sounds forming the backbone of ‘…An…
GRIMES
Halfaxa
Lo Recordings
CD // £9.99

Claire Boucher’s debut as Grimes has been a long time coming and has already drawn comparisons with the work of fellow chill/drag/witch/h-pop characters Laurel Halo, Hype Williams and even Autre Ne Veut. When it gets it right – it’s quite the killer too, with opener “Outer” managing to integrate sincere, properly sung vocal harmonies with the kind of compressed low-end rumble that would make Salem blush. “Rasik” is another standout,…
ORELEDIGNEUR
Alpi
Senufo Editions
LP // £14.99

**Limited edition of 200 hand-numbered copies** Engrossing new Senufo Edition from Oreledigneur, a collaborative duo of Giuseppe Ielasi and Renato Rinaldi. Between 2004-2009 Rinaldi followed filmmaker and photographer Armin Linke on the shooting sessions for his film ‘Alpi’, recording on-location sound for the film which was then edited, sound-designed and assembled into this LP by Oreledigneur. With the whole sound archive at his disposal, Ielasi remained relatively faithful to the…
RENATO RINALDI
Dyed In The Grain
Senufo Editions / Entr’acte
CD // £12.99

We’re spoilt for choice by Senufo Editions (actually this is a split with London’s Entr’acte label) this week: Sound Designer, Renato Rinaldi follows his ‘Alpi’ release with Giuseppe Ielasi to explore “…sounds processed from recordings made during the manufacture of ceramic tiles: from prime material collecion to the hammering of the final test tile”. However, unlike ‘Alpi’ the sounds here are heavily processed and treated (between 2005 and 2009, with…
ANNE-JAMES CHATON
Evenements 09
Raster Noton
CD // £12.99

Legendary German imprint Raster Noton is well known for its often obtuse A&R policy, but this new album from French poet Anne-James Chaton fits in at the most esoteric end of their challenging spectrum. ‘Événements 09’ takes spoken word clips taken from abstract collection of texts and chops them together to create rhythmic patterns. The synthesized, noisy shuffle Pan Sonic might forge from a veritable collection of electronic boxes is…
NATALIE BERIDZE / TBA
Forget’fulness
Monika
CD // £11.99

‘Forget’fulness’ is another disarming slab of slithering electronic pop from Max Ernst alumnus Natalie Beridze (aka TBA), this time however she allows the pop to slightly outweigh the electronics. Her work has for a long time skated (and blurred) the line between experimental and pop, but ‘Forget’fulness’ is maybe her most successful to date. There are nods towards the classic disco of Georgio Moroder but the record never ‘goes disco’,…
EXCEPTER
LATE / Tank Tapes
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

New York’s “…premiere improvisatory, vocal-and-electronics cosmic beat-box band…” return to Woodsist with a brilliant side of loopy hypnotics, including an insert code for free digital download of the 2007 cassette-only release for Tank Tapes redeemable directly from the label. All four tracks are previously unreleased, arms-out eyes-shut wanders through darkly tinted terrain. ‘Oboh’ opens up with what sounds like reversed field recordings made inside a washing machine at a Native…
VIVENZA
Modes Reels Collectifs
ROTORELIEF
LP // £23.99

**Limited edition of 575 copies, heavyweight vinyl in super thick, glossy sleeve** Remastered reissue of underrated noise brutalist Vivenza’s 1981 composition ‘Modes Réels Collectifs’. The high price tag is warranted by the fact that his stuff is rarely available and this one in particular can be considered a starting point for much of his later work focussed on futurist idealism, machines and industry. “By suggesting to us, on a philosophical…
ESELSOHR
Voluntary Milking System
Senufo Editions
7″ // £7.99

**Letterpressed sleeve, clear vinyl, numbered edition of 135 copies** Eselsohr is a collaborative project between Giuseppe Ielasi and Jennifer Veillerobe. ‘Voluntary Milking System’ is another field recording from Ielasi following the more edited, and brilliant ‘Alpi’, which is also out this week on Senufo editions. “Unprocessed recordings made at the farm “Le Petit Bouveche” in Saint Leger sur Sarthe (Normandy region, France). The farm’s main building is a large stable,…
JAMES BREWSTER
As A Hovering Insect Mass Breaks Your Fall
Make Mine Music
CD // £8.99

“James Brewster is an English musician, producer and sound explorer currently living in Malmö, Sweden. ‘As a hovering insect mass breaks your fall’ is his fourth solo album, though it is the first to be released under his given name. It is also the first full album he has recorded since moving to Sweden in mid-2006. Brewster’s aim with this record was to incorporate as many of his influences, ideas…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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BODUF SONGS
This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything
Under The Spire
CD // £9.99

For this fourth album as Boduf Songs, Matthew Sweets has expanded his range as a musician and composer. While previously we’ve heard the lo-fi songwriter working his way through, creaking acoustic vignettes, this outing features a bold new array of instruments and a distinct sharpening of the project’s experimental tendencies. Throughout the album, it sounds as if Sweets is doing his best to keep his voice down – as if…
HOWE GELB & A BAND OF GYPSIES
Alegrias
Fire Records
LP // £11.99

Acclaimed as both a solo star and as frontman for the alt. country legends Giant Sand, Howe Gelb embarks upon an unlikely crossover project for his latest record, infusing his music with the sounds of flamenco as played by a genuine band of gypsies in Cordoba, Spain. “Back when Howe Gelb used to live in the desert he only had three tapes he could listen to in his car: Tom…
HOWE GELB & A BAND OF GYPSIES
Alegrias
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

Acclaimed as both a solo star and as frontman for the alt. country legends Giant Sand, Howe Gelb embarks upon an unlikely crossover project for his latest record, infusing his music with the sounds of flamenco as played by a genuine band of gypsies in Cordoba, Spain. “Back when Howe Gelb used to live in the desert he only had three tapes he could listen to in his car: Tom…
SPECTRE FOLK
The Blackest Medicine Vol. II
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

“Pete Nolan was Spectre Folk before drumming and strumming in Magik Markers was his main gig, and will be Spectre Folk long after he shuffles off this mortal coil. The main benefit of ghost-folk is: you can play it way after you’re dead, and while you’re alive the Spectre can haunt any decent willing body with a gift for the unreal. This time around, fellow Michigander Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)…
HIP HOP
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T.C.M.
The Criminal Minds
Rephlex
2LP // £11.99

Killer drop from Rephlex, compiling the hugely sought-after early 12″s by legendary UK HipHop unit The Criminal Minds. While at college in 1985, DJs Halo and Chase 1 formed TCM, incorporating DJ Spatts and MC Iceski later on. As the story goes, DJ Halo sold his decks in 1990 to fund their first release, the ‘Guilty As Charged EP’, and soon after were joined by MCs Safe D and CMD…
T.C.M.
The Criminal Minds
Rephlex
CD // £9.99

Absolutely Killer drop from Rephlex, compiling the hugely sought-after early 12″s by legendary UK HipHop unit The Criminal Minds. While at college in 1985, DJs Halo and Chase 1 formed TCM, incorporating DJ Spatts and MC Iceski later on. As the story goes, DJ Halo sold his decks in 1990 to fund their first release, the ‘Guilty As Charged EP’, and soon after the crew were joined by MCs Safe…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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RICHARD SKELTON
Marking Time (2011 Edition)
Preservation
CD // £12.99

*This new edition of Marking Time features a new piece called Ford, specially recorded to complement the album’s existing pieces in this updated version, also featuring a reworking of the original artwork by Mark Gowing* Providing what is no doubt one of the most beautiful albums of the year so far, Richard Skelton is a prolific recording artist whose work is ordinarily made available via his private press imprint Sustain-Release….
12K / VARIOUS
MOSS
12K
CD // £6.99

“Moss, is a live recording from a unique collaboration by sound artists/musicians Molly Berg, Olivia Block, Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello. This was a midnight concert at the beautiful Trinity Cathedral in San Jose, CA which was part of the 01SJ Biennial. Olivia and Steve had performed solo sets on the previous nights. The final night was meant to be a duo with Molly and Stephen but the opportunity to…
ROLF JULIUS
Music For Distance
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

Rolf Julius is acknowledged as one of the foremost modern sound artists, having previously exhibited alongside work by John Cage, Nam Jun Paik, Bill Fontana, Milan Knizak, and David Tudor. The second release in Western Vinyl’s Small Music series compiles two pieces; ‘Music For A Distance’ composed between 2003-2009 and the shorter installation piece ‘Music In A Corner’ created in 1983. The former is an engrossing 40 minute tract of…
EMANUELE ERRANTE
Time Elapsing Handheld
Karaoke Kalk
LP // £13.99

Italian musician Emanuele Errante’s debut album ‘Migrations’ was something of a revelation, taking the shadowy template thrown down by Deaf Center and Marsen Jules and giving it a blissful, almost-hopeful focus. It’s been four years since that debut, and in the interim Errante has been busy collaborating with Dakota Suite and crafting this, his sophomore solo work ‘Time Elapsing Handheld’. Those of you enamoured with his earlier work will likely…
EMANUELE ERRANTE
Time Elapsing Handheld
Karaoke Kalk
CD // £12.99

Italian musician Emanuele Errante’s debut album ‘Migrations’ was something of a revelation, taking the shadowy template thrown down by Deaf Center and Marsen Jules and giving it a blissful, almost-hopeful focus. It’s been four years since that debut, and in the interim Errante has been busy collaborating with Dakota Suite and crafting this, his sophomore solo work ‘Time Elapsing Handheld’. Those of you enamoured with his earlier work will likely…
NILS FRAHM & ANNE MULLER
7Fingers (Erased Tapes Edition)
ERASED TAPES
LP // £13.99

*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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SISTER CRAYON
Bellow
Manimal Vinyl Records
CD // £10.99

“Something small and quiet at first, Sister Crayon began with vocalist Terra Lopez playing classical guitar and pre-programmed beats on a loop pedal to attentive house crowds. With the addition of members Dani Fernandez (MPC 1000 and Microkorg), Genaro Ulloa (Keyboards and Synths) and Nicholas Suhr (Drums and Percussion), Sister Crayon has emerged as a four-piece whose emotional live performances along with their styles of ambience, hip-hop, and “hysterical” have…
CIRCUIT DES YEUX
Ode To Fidelity
De Stijl Records
7″ // £6.49

“3 new songs from Haley Fohr. Seemingly inspired by something or someone that has pierced her young, little heart, Ms Fohr has established herself as one of the most ambitious songwriters (for anyone who’s taken the time to actually listen to her previous efforts). These sounds form a part of the arc that i doubt has apexed. This single will echo between yr ears till the new full length is…
BARE WIRES
Don’t Ever Change / Ready 2 Go
Robot Elephant
7″ // £4.99

Thrustin’ glam rock from Oakland, CA’s Bare Wires. ‘Don’t Ever Change’ is apparently endorsed by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, who features in the video (probably up on youtube). Fans of glam rock will probably like this.
BEARSUIT
The Phantom Forest
FORTUNA POP!
CD // £11.99

“Bearsuit return with a fierce new sound incorporating dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats. Produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Breeders, Foals), the band have swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats in the light of a dramatic line-up change. “The Phantom Forest” is laden with dance-floor fillers and brazen melodies, with a birdsong finale to serenade your dawn-walk home. But lurking…
BRAVE IRENE
Brave Irene
Slumberland Records
CD // £12.99

“Rose Melberg’s musical journey began in 1992 with the formation of Tiger Trap in her native Sacramento. Trading in immaculate crash-pop that was as influenced by English C86 indie-pop as it was by the US underground, Tiger Trap released a string of great records on the estimable K Records that became foundation documents of US indie-pop. Tiger Trap is an oft-cited influence on young indie bands, and Melberg’s writing, singing…
BRAVE IRENE
Brave Irene
Slumberland Records
LP // £12.99

“Rose Melberg’s musical journey began in 1992 with the formation of Tiger Trap in her native Sacramento. Trading in immaculate crash-pop that was as influenced by English C86 indie-pop as it was by the US underground, Tiger Trap released a string of great records on the estimable K Records that became foundation documents of US indie-pop. Tiger Trap is an oft-cited influence on young indie bands, and Melberg’s writing, singing…
BROWN RECLUSE
Evening Tapestry
Slumberland Records
LP // £13.99

“Brown Recluse formed in 2006 around the core of Timothy Meskers and Mark Saddlemire. Their debut release, the six-song Black Sunday EP, is a brilliant blast of pop invention, blending influences from the psych pop of The Zombies and Margo Guryan, the tropicalia of Os Mutantes and ’60s producers like Joe Meek and Phil Spector. Over the next year, the duo expanded to a six-piece that played numerous East Coast…
BROWN RECLUSE
Evening Tapestry
Slumberland Records
CD // £13.99

“Brown Recluse formed in 2006 around the core of Timothy Meskers and Mark Saddlemire. Their debut release, the six-song Black Sunday EP, is a brilliant blast of pop invention, blending influences from the psych pop of The Zombies and Margo Guryan, the tropicalia of Os Mutantes and ’60s producers like Joe Meek and Phil Spector. Over the next year, the duo expanded to a six-piece that played numerous East Coast…
DANIELSON
Best Of Gloucester County
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

“5 years. A very long time in popular music. And yet 5 years is the time it took Daniel Christopher Smith, a.k.a. Brother Danielson, a.k.a. Danielson, to complete this his newest work. In a way, Danielson has, during these 5 years, let go (reluctantly, perhaps) of some family collaborators – namely his brothers Andrew and David, the percussionists, and childhood friends Chris and Ted, on keys and bass/guitar respectively. While…
ED ASKEW
Here We Are Together Again / Yellow Dollars
De Stijl Records
7″ // £6.49

“This is the last of the vintage, tipple era Askew, before the fingers cramped and began tickling digital ivory. These 2 wondrous cuts would’ve been included on the “Little Eyes” CD if time were not space. Wonderful live version, of “Here We Are Together Again” and “Yellow Dollars”, taken from David Porter’s Show on WYBC, Nov 1969. These songs are the topical concern of that or any era (Love and…
FRIENDS
Friend Crush
Lucky Number Music
7″ // £4.99

Infectiously charming 7″ from New York’s über-cool Friends. This is the kind of debut single most pop-eyed acts would kill their mates for, licking up the most simple but memorable A-side in ‘Friend Crush’ with reverbed snare and ESG-esque bassline iced with synth and that super cool vocal. ‘Feeling Dank’ is equally pared down yet effective, alternately wet/dry drums and clapping chorus base gorgeous vocal harmonies. Obvious TIP!
NAKED ON THE VAGUE
Twelve Dark Noons
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label**
PRAXIS
Profanation : Preparation For A Coming Darkness
M.O.D. Technologies
CD // £13.99

‘Profanation: Preparation For A Coming Darkness’ is the latest album by the Bill Laswell-helmed Praxis and features guest spots by Iggy Pop, Mike Patton, Serj Tankian and Killah Priest.
SIN FANG
Summer Echoes
Morr Music
LP // £15.99

Three years since Sin Fang Bous’s debut ‘Clangour’ we find the Icelandic indie chap back once more, but this time it’s different – I mean, he’s dropped the ‘Bous’ from his name after all. With that snappier, more memorable artist moniker, it follows that the music should be a little more lean and palatable too and that’s certainly true. The ghosts of New Zealand’s famed Flying Nun label are alive…
THE BABIES
The Babies
Shrimper
LP // £15.99

**Now available on vinyl – includes free download card redeemable from the label** The Babies are a sort of Brooklyn supergroup comprised of Vivian Girls vocalist Cassie Ramone, Woods bassist Kevin Morby and Bossy drummer Justin Sullivan. I’m sure by now you know how this self titled debut will sound, and you probably won’t be wrong – there’s no disguising the fact that the record sounds quite a lot like…
TREMBLING BELLS
The Constant Pageant
Honest Jon’s Records
LP // £9.99

Trembling Bells are led by virtuoso drummer Alex Neilson, and the band is his chance to really embrace his love of classic British folk music. He manages to hit the nail on the head too, conjuring up a classic era of folk without every falling into modern tropes (weird forest folk, anyone?) or into the loathesome cider drinking festival vibe. These are well-composed and expertly played songs, polished off by…
TREMBLING BELLS
The Constant Pageant
Honest Jon’s Records
CD // £8.99

Trembling Bells are led by virtuoso drummer Alex Neilson, and the band is his chance to really embrace his love of classic British folk music. He manages to hit the nail on the head too, conjuring up a classic era of folk without every falling into modern tropes (weird forest folk, anyone?) or into the loathesome cider drinking festival vibe. These are well-composed and expertly played songs, polished off by…
WIRES UNDER TENSION
Light Science
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

Earnest instrumental post-rock from South Bronx’s Wires. Under.Tension duo. Theo Metz plays angular, athletic sequences on his drum kit while Christopher Tignor colours their music with a flush of swooping strings, evocative electronics and sampling techniques. At times it can get a bit Riverdance, but you can’t really knock their zealous and cinematic vision which seems to genuinely come from the heart. Includes coupon for free album download redeemable from…
JAZZ / RELATED
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T.K. RAMAMOORTHY
Fabulous Notes And Beats Of The Indian Carnatic: Jazz
EM
LP // £18.99

A fabulous session of swinging ’60s Indo-Jazz from Japan’s EM Records! This is some exquisitely rare and daring material, not only only in number but in style – we really can’t think of many other examples fusing deeply rooted Carnatic music with jazz! While the Indian influence is quite pronounced in American jazz, namely the spiritual fusions of John and Alice Coltrane, it rarely works the other way around. However,…
T.K. RAMAMOORTHY
Fabulous Notes And Beats Of The Indian Carnatic: Jazz
EM
CD // £15.99

A fabulous session of swinging ’60s Indo-Jazz from Japan’s EM Records! This is some exquisitely rare and daring material, not only only in number but in style – we really can’t think of many other examples fusing deeply rooted Carnatic music with jazz! While the Indian influence is quite pronounced in American jazz, namely the spiritual fusions of John and Alice Coltrane, it rarely works the other way around. However,…
THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE
From The Stairwell
Denovali Records
2LP // £26.99

The long-running project of breakcore man Jason Kohnen (aka Bong Ra) and Gideon Kiers, ‘From The Stairwell’ is The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble’s latest shadowy collection of creeping, Lynchian jazz and it might just be their most successful to date. With each album Kohnen and Keirs seem to rely less on their production smarts and more on the qualities of their selection of players, and ‘From The Stairwell’ is truly a…
THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE
From The Stairwell
Denovali Records
CD // £12.99

The long-running project of breakcore man Jason Kohnen (aka Bong Ra) and Gideon Kiers, ‘From The Stairwell’ is The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble’s latest shadowy collection of creeping, Lynchian jazz and it might just be their most successful to date. With each album Kohnen and Keirs seem to rely less on their production smarts and more on the qualities of their selection of players, and ‘From The Stairwell’ is truly a…
TOMMY GUERRERO
Lifeboat and Follies
Galaxia
CD // £13.99

“Raised on the colorful and gritty streets of San Francisco and steeped in the dark brew of a perfect cultural storm where skateboarding, music and art smashed right into each other, Tommy Guerrero was destined for greatness of the soulful sort. Adapting to his hilly local environs with speed and style, Guerrero was a bona-fide pioneer of modern street skateboarding, turning pro and traveling the world while still just a…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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MUTE AND MAKO
Astral Transmissions EP
Ingredients Records
12″ // £5.99

**Includes recipe for cosmic carrot cake!** Mute & Mako step up with two slick D&B cuts for Ingredients. ‘Astral Transmissions’ is a luxurious liquid roller with spakling atmospheres and cool-running breaks. ‘Lost Sector’ switches the lights out for a more menacing, tucked and hungry roller. I’m robbin’ that recipe…
BLOCKS & ESCHER
Shadow Play / Miller
Digital Soundboy Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Yes, rudeboy!!! Two proper D&B dancers specials from London’s Blocks & Escher. ‘Shadow Play’ is just straight up deadly Tech-Step junglism with sweeping bass shapes and tucked conga rolls which should only be approached by dancers of an intermediate level, at the least. ‘Miller’ is more liquid but with the rolling, raved-up dub vibes of Digital or Genotype.
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 326: April 2011
Wire
Magazine + CD // £4.00

Your favourite periodical this month features sound artisan and cover star, Richard Skelton in interview. Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside plays the Invisible Jukebox, American outsider and instrument maker, Charlie Nothing is covered by Byron Coley, and there’s much more on Funkystepz, Harald Grosskopf, the legendary Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, Peter Evans, Olivia Block and the usual reviews, listings and a free 20-track CD.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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FRANCESCO TRISTANO / BEN KLOCK
Idiosynkrasia Remixes (Ben Klock Mixes)
Infine
12″ // £7.99

Ben Klock, Fumiya Tanaka and Ark rework the title track from Francesco’s ‘Idiosynkrasia’ LP with diverse and hi-end results. Ben Klock opens with a pneumatic Techno workout, draping Francesco’s piano lines and fine-cut electronics reminiscent of recent Carl Craig over his well-lubed mechanical rhythms in a bright balance of Berghain menace and electronic sophistication. Ark’s mix is made for the party, applying the droning strings and frothy keys to a…
MACEO PLEX
Your Style
Crosstown Rebels
12″ // £6.99

Crosstown Rebels’ latest features the sensual centrepiece of Maceo’s recent album ‘Life Index’ backed with a fine Maya Jane Coles remix. ‘Your Style’ is the most refined and lighter side of his oeuvre, about as far from his Mariel Ito tracks as they get. Maya Jane Coles complements the vibe with a slinkily suspended and fragile revision.
DENIZ KURTEL
Music Watching Over Me
Crosstown Rebels
CD // £12.99

Much anticipated debut LP courtesy of a regular contributor to the Wolf + Lamb and Crosstown Rebels imprints. Along with Wolf + Lamb, Nicolas Jaar and Soul Clap, Deniz’s name has been unavoidable in the last 12 months, from remixes for Chaim, Seth Troxler and Will Saul to DJ sets across the planet. ‘Music Watching Over Me’ includes versions of her two previous singles for Crosstown, the ’80s disco bounce…
WOLF + LAMB VS. SOUL CLAP
DJ-KiCKS
K7
2LP // £18.99

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. Taking in 9 tracks from Tanner Ross, Deniz Kurtel, Nicolas Jaar, Slow Hands, SECT and No Regular Play, mixed with their own exclusive contributions as Soul Clap, Zev and Gadi Mizrahi. Handsome.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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APPLEHEAD
Applehead de Applehead
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £9.99

*Second limited edition transmission from this Demdike Stare / Andy Votel orchestrated boutique imprint. 400 copies for the world*Pre-Cert Home Entertainment return from the vinyl pits of Manchester and much further abroad to present a compendium of clues exploring the semi-fictitious and quasi-symbolic qualities of Applehead. With sublime references to Roman Catholicism, Politics & Agriculture, corruption, fairy-tales, Horrotica, Post-war European Surrealism and fumetti/giallo crime fiction Applehead’s first LP is presented…
GRAY
Early Works
UNKNOWN LABEL
LP // £9.99

Gray was the downtown “industrial sound” band started by Andy Warhol acolyte and avant-garde HipHop legend, Jean-Michel Basquiat. ‘Early Works’ is an astonishing collection of their first creations, reissued in a silk-screened sleeve bearing his distinctive crown motif (the same which adorns Ramelzee’s classic ‘Test Pressing’ sleeve). Named after the medical bible, Gray’s Anatomy, Basquiat, together with Michael Holman formed the group in 1979 and would later be joined by…
STEFAN BLOMEIER
Popular Electronics II / Radio Astronomy
Research Laboratory Of Electronic Progress
7″ // £5.99

*Amazing, limited edition Radiophonic inspired 7″ from this hitherto unknown producer* Stefan Blomeier is an elusive character. This excellent 7″ of deliriously frothy Radiophonica is the only tangible, physical evidence of his existence while a few virtual clues lying in some corporate-looking websites and an intriguing Tumblr page further flesh out the enigma. So, what of this Danish code-breaking mathematic genius (if the data is to be believed?) and his…
JOHN CAMERON
Kes (Original Soundtrack Music)
Trunk Records
CD // £7.99

The first thing you have to note about this early Trunk classic is that it’s not a re-issue, the Kes soundtrack was never put out without the film itself, so Jonny Trunk did something truly marvellous, a service to the world of music by spending the time, money and effort into releasing this material. From the first notes of the first track you’ll know why we needed this record in…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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GUNNAR BJERK
Back Then / Stay
DFA
10″ // £6.99

For years Gunnar Bjerk has been the in-house engineer at DFA, working on a number of their recordings under the tutelage of James Murphy while crafting the tender dance-pop of ‘Back Then’ in his spare time. It’s a gorgeously wistful slow jam dedicated to his long-distance girlfriend and achieves that perfect balance of sadness and optimism in classic FM pop style. ‘Stay’ is its dancefloor-direct counterpart, propelled by a smudged…
808 STATE
Narcossa
CREED RECORDS
12″ // £8.99

Three classic 808 State joints on one 12″: ‘Narcossa’, ‘Olympic State (Heavy Bass Euromix)’ and ‘Repaer Repo’. Certified classic material. Reissue well warranted!
TECHNO / HOUSE
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MIKE DEHNERT
Framework
Delsin
2LP // £15.99

A full spectrum display of techno might from Mike Dehnert on his first album proper for Delsin. In the space of only three years Dehnert has accrued considerable acclaim for his uncompromising work within the parameters of pure and raw Techno, dominating dancefloors such as Berghain or Tresor and far beyond with an unruly and kinetic sound. This LP version of ‘Framework’ contains nine dancefloor-focussed tracks, from the subs-propelled swing…
MIKE DEHNERT
Framework
Delsin
CD // £12.99

A full spectrum display of techno might from Mike Dehnert on his first album proper for Delsin – *including two extra tracks not on the vinyl!*. In the space of only three years Dehnert has accrued considerable acclaim for his uncompromising work within the parameters of pure and raw Techno, dominating dancefloors such as Berghain or Tresor and far beyond with an unruly and kinetic sound. This CD version contains…
INSTANT HOUSE
Dance Trax EP
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £8.49

Reissue of Instant House’s classic early ’90s House gear, the ‘Dance Trax EP’ produced by the consortium of Joe Claussell, Stan Hatzakis and Tony Confusione. Seven tracks of bona fide New York House with that inimitable Vibe, including an unreleased bonus from the vaults entitled ‘Hat Hat’.
THEO PARRISH
Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be
Sound Signature
12″ // £8.99

Standardly superb House music from Theo, dropping off a couple more cuts from his ‘Sketches’ LP. Firstly there’s a much needed vinyl pressing of his outstanding 10 minute aquatic electro funk killer ‘Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be’, giving the nod to Drexciya in a masterfully fluid and intuitive groove construction. Flipside is the 12+ minute tropically jazzy guitar and synth vibe-out of ‘360@1:29on696 (Full Version)’ featuring…
RON TRENT
Lost Tribes Regained EP
FUTURE VISION
12″ // £7.99

Three immersive groove excursions from Ron Trent. ‘The Clan Speaks’ works on some tricksy Afro-rhythmic agenda with stereo-panned vocals and swung bass adding an extra layer of illusory disorientation so that Ron can work his magic. Flipside we find the jazzy flourishes of ‘Oduwold’ and the drier groove of ‘Open Roads’.
JOE DRIVE
RD-2452
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £8.99

Another new recruit joins the Mathematics academy for aspiring space cadets, delivering a debut portfolio of six burning Chicago House trax. There’s four beat-driven tracks with tough rhythms offset by fluid, alien-melodic keys and harmonies, plus two beatless efforts.
DEMETRIO GIANNICE
Slow EP
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Fine 4-tracker of Deepest House strains. Demetrio has recently worked with Chez Damier on a collaborative 12″ under the Adventures In Barcelona alias, and also cropped up on a remix of his ‘Why’ cut for Mojuba. On his 2nd 12″ for Third Ear he’s in handsome form, from the well-studied Chicago depths of ‘November’ to the dextrous arrangement of ‘Slow’ and the great, Moodymann-styled ‘QC’. Full colour picture sleeve.
JOHN HECKLE
The 4th Dimension EP
MATHEMATICS
12″ // £8.99

John Heckle follows his very well received ‘Life On Titan’ 12″ with four tributes to the deep and cosmic House sounds of the Windy City. There’s two jazzier, smoother numbers on ‘The 4th Dimension’ and ‘What Once Was’, and two sturdier, psycho-activating jackers ‘Forgotten Lights’ and ‘Ahead Of Time’, each crafted with an authentic lo-fi bite.
LEONID / XDB / PATRICE SCOTT / ANTON ZAP
The Aphotic Segments: Part One
SISTRUM
12″ // £8.99

Fine four-tracker compiled by and including tracks from Patrice Scott, plus XDB, Anton Zap and Leonid. Highlights have to be Anton Zap’s boogie-warmed shuffler ‘Sunshine’ and Patrice Scott’s sleekly toned ‘3AM’, while XDB gives the raw Chi-troit finesse of ‘Sotarin’. One for the deep fiends and after-hours cats!
SATURN V / X2
The Fresh Heir / Modem
RHYTHM RELICS
10″ // £8.99

Two dark and slightly psychotic wall shakers from Nation’s jack shack. X2 aka James T Cotton and Melvin Oliphant deliver the spiked Virgo vibe of ‘Modem’ full of dark, cruising synths and intricately arranged but fluid swing-jack patterns. Saturn V’s ‘The Fresh Heir’ finds that classic Chicago balance of futuristic synth menace and funky groove essence with twanging bass vamps and a disturbed, stabbing squawk sound all the way through…
WORLD
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VARIOUS / NUMERO
Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua de Chicago
NUMERO
CD // £16.99

Far from the twin epicenters of New York and Miami, Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label were both feeling and generating the aftershocks of the mid-’70s salsa boom. Holed up in their own bustling Puerto Rican community center on Chicago’s west side, these third coast salseros plied their trade outside the hot lights, cutting their teeth in city parks, VFW halls, and Holiday Inn rec rooms. Nearly 50 records survive…
VARIOUS / PARLORTONE
Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside
PARLORTONE
LP // £15.99

We’re not sure what’s triggered the influx of classic Thai Luk Thung music compilations (ZRMs bamboo-cased ‘The Roots of Thai Funk’ and various Sublime Frequencies, Finders Keepers’ and Subliminal Sounds volumes), but it’s certainly opened our ears to a beautifully altered mode of music that seems famiiar, yet feels so exotic and alien. The latest appears on Parlortone’s ace Dust-To-Dgital series, preserving “fourteen funky, down-home songs from the 1960s, the…
TANDY LOVE
Turk Jerk: Anatolian Anagrams
FAT CITY
LP // £12.99

From the exotic mind of Tandy Love the Turk Jerk comes a super limited followup to his Fat City LP, 13 de-pipped and delectable edits of obscure and unknown Anatolian psyche. From the Bosphorus to the Irwell, nobody does it quite like this fella, selecting only the ripest, most exotic fruits from his collection and serving only the juiciest bits. On the A-side psych heads will be in their element…
TANDY LOVE
Turk Jerk: Anatolian Anagrams
FAT CITY
CD // £10.99

From the exotic mind of Tandy Love the Turk Jerk comes a super limited followup to his Fat City LP, 13 de-pipped and delectable edits of obscure and unknown Anatolian psyche. From the Bosphorus to the Irwell, nobody does it quite like this fella, selecting only the ripest, most exotic fruits from his collection and serving only the juiciest bits. On the A-side psych heads will be in their element…