Nov 122010
 

Hello,

Anworth Kirk & Demdike Stare spent halloween making a stupendous 50 track sound and music collage which sees the light of day this week. Adhering to their part art/part trash research model, this 69 minute session covers the anti-label’s obsessions with VHS Video culture, electronic Folkways records, Germanic Kunstmärchen, Italian Fumetti, sound poetry, outsider art and field recordings while nodding to their local industrial landcape and history. Trust us, you’ve probably never heard anything like it.

Concern’s beautiful ‘Truth & Distance’ album is a modern dark ambient classic, now given a limited vinyl pressing with initial copies available on pure white vinyl. Shimmering layers of drone are morphed from incubated acoustic instrumentation to sound something like Tim Hecker, but with a darker, more visceral twist tailor-made for the long nights in front of us. The vinyl edition also includes an extra 10 minutes of audio not on the long sold out CD – and really is one of the most engrossing albums of its kind you’ll hear this year.

Also on Digitalis, the long-awaited Garden Sound album is finally with us, combining the considerable talents of Barn Owl and Jed Bindeman’s Eternal Tapestry sounds. If bleak and psychedelic desert-drone-rock is your bag, grab one while you can because it’s already sold out at source and limited to a measly 400 copies.

For fans of Cold Cave or the darkwave revival, Wes Eisold’s compilation of tracks recorded under the Ye Olde Maids moniker between 2006-2008 is an absolute must. The lead singer and founder of Cold Cave delves into a period in between his hardcore dalliances with the Locust and Fall Out Boy and Cold Cave proper with 24 tracks of embryonic synth-heavy pop and noise that’s a total thrill to witness.

Following the awesome reissue of Maurizio Bianchi’s ‘SFAG’ tape, intriguing Malaysia-based imprint Mirror Tapes present a stone cold classic of early ’80s industrial electronics from founding member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler. ‘10.10.84’ is simply essential for fans of Kosmische and analogue electronics and comes with our highest recommendation.

Up there with Salem and the Tri Angle records output, How To Dress Well’s ‘Love Remains’ is one of the years most talked about debuts and a must for anyone following the leylines of Witch House and post-R&B pop. We’ve only got a handful of import only copies before a domestic release next year…don’t sleep on this!

Merzbow’s colossal ‘Merzbient’ boxset has just blown us away, not least for the exquisite hardcover casing and die-cast medallion! It features at least half a days worth of “quieter” recordings made between 1987-90 and surely ranks as one of the most listenable and astounding releases from Masami Akita’s vast discography. It’s really not for everyone, but if you’re feeling adventurous and if the work of Kevin Drumm or Prurient has ruled your world, this will just blow your mind. Oh aye, it’s limited to 555 copies too.

Equally essential are volumes II and III of ‘The Secret Museum Of Mankind’, beautifully reissued by Outernational with assistance from Sublime Frequencies co-founder, Hisham Mayet. The two volumes collect some of the earliest and greatest performances of traditional world musics from all corners of the globe and will be indispensable to fans of Honest Jon’s ”Sprigs Of Time’ or the legendary Alan Lomax series.

On the singles front, Shackleton launches his new label Woe To The Septic Heart with a killer twelve featuring artwork by Zeke Clough, while for the heavier dancefloors we’ve gotta recommend the new doublepack from The Bug backed with Autechre and DVA remixes, and the new DMZ 12″ – their first in 2 years – which will disappear in a flash. Elsewhere, Manchester’s brilliant Hoya Hoya crew drop the first twelve on their newly minted label featuring new tracks from Lone, Illum Sphere and Krystal Klear, James Blake collaborator Airhead delivers a sublimely sparse 12″ backed with a Nick Höppner remix, and the seminal Reel By Real ‘Surkit’ productions are given a much needed reissue across two limited twelves. Also, make sure not to miss the Salem, SBTRKT and Main Attrakionz remixes of These New Puritans and the brilliant MBV styled angular jams of Regis’ new Six Six Seconds project.

Oh, and out of nowhere, a gorgeous 10″ of previously unreleased material from Arthur Russell and Allen Ginsberg sees the light of day, an absolute must for all of you (and there are many) who just cannot get enough of the late, great man.

Also out this week, releases from Regis and James Ruskin’s O/V/R project, Lazer Sword remixed by Rustie, a new album from Madlib, new cassettes from The tapeworm, Zomby remixing Piece of Shh, a new twelve from Darkstar, an expanded double-disc edition of Scuba’s ‘Triangulation’ album including remixes from the likes of Falty DL, Joe and Deadboy, plus releases from Brian Eno, VHS Head, Library Tapes, Keith Kenniff (aka Goldmund), Stereolab, Calibre, Gary War, Jesu, Mandre, A Made Up Sound, Becoming Real, Vladislav Delay vs Oneohtrix, Eveson and much much more.

have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



ANWORTH KIRK & DEMDIKE STARE
Samhain Slant Azimuth
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
CD // £5.99

Samhain Slant Azimuth is a 50 track sound and music collage that was performed and mixed by Pre-Cert’s Anworth Kirk and Demdike Stare between 23.30 and 00.39 on 31st October 2010 (Hallowe’en). Taped at a mutual domestic residence for the entertainment of family and friends, Pre-Cert have pressed a very limited amount of physical copies available exclusively here. Adhering to their Part Art/Part Trash research model, this 69 minute session delves into the macabre, combining the label’s key influences including sound research libraries / V.H.S. video culture / electronic Folkways records / Germanic Kunstmärchen / Italian Fumetti / Indian Horror Films / sound poetry / tape manipulation / outsider art and field recordings to name just a few. Boasting the signature characteristics of Demdike Stare’s vinyl trilogy and the newly released Anworth Kirk LP, ‘Samhain Slant Azimuth’ continues to give a stylistic nod to the folkloric/industrial landscape of the anti-labels local history while providing a glimpse at their soon to be revealed archive of disparate noise.



YE OLDE MAIDS
God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Worm
CD // £8.99

Wesley Eisold is the founding figure behind New York’s awesome Cold Cave unit. Ye Olde Maids’ ‘God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us’ collects 24 bedroom recordings made by Wes between 2006-2008, featuring previously unreleased songs and all the tracks from a hugely limited and now out-of-print LP from 2009, offered through his own book publishing and record label imprint, Heartworm press. Given their time frame, these tracks trace his transformation from a Hardcore vocalist working with the likes of The Locust and Fall Out Boy, to his current guise as pre-eminent darkwave genius who has the likes of Genesis P. Orridge and Prurient clamoring to work with him. We’ll make no bones about it, Cold Cave are one of our very favourite bands in the world right now, and it’s a f**king thrill to witness the morphosis occurring in these tracks. Without any dates to go from we can only assume that the tracklisting works in reverse chronological order, essentially devolving from the nascent strains of synthpop in ‘Cocoa Cherub’ at the head of the album to corrosive hardcore by the end of ‘Twenty-One’. In true Cold Cave style, we’re invited to be a voyeur, a fly-on-the-wall in his bedroom, witnessing Wes exploring his psyche through vivid poetry embellished with cheap synths and drum machines, and discovering the most acute pop sensibility along the way. Very highly recommended.



CONCERN
Truth & Distance (Extended Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

*This is an extended, limited vinyl edition of a dark ambient classic, featuring an extra 10 minutes of bonus material. Initial copies come on white vinyl!* Another heart-stopping debut brought to you by the increasingly inspired Digitalis imprint, Concern is the recording project of Gordon Ashworth who in a previous incarnation (as Oscillating Innards) delivered an altogether more brutal take on experimental music before planting his feet firmly in the world of shimmering, layered drones. Despite the heavily processed sound of this material, the three long tracks here (clocking in at a total of 40 minutes on this vinyl edition) were constructed almost entirely out of acoustic instrumentation, with the opening piece gradually building from a frayed field recording into a colossal hum of dense, layered drone that just seems to expand and develop without any perceptible change. It’s inspiring, deceptively visceral stuff. Next up – ‘Young Birth’ begins along a similar trajectory but soon curls up into into an incubated assembly of disentangled instruments, before the epic closing “Heratsink” proceeds to completely obliterate the vast majority of what passes for contemporary Drone with a colossal shimmer that sounds like Tim Hecker reconfiguring classic Raga structures into something almost unspeakably beautiful.



CONRAD SCHNITZLER
10.10.84
ELECTRONIC
MIRROR TAPES
Cassette // £6.99

*250 copies only of this incredible archival treasure from Conrad Schnitzler* Another fascinating archival reissue from the Mirror Tapes label, documenting a 1984 session by founding member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster and former student of Joseph Beuys, Conrad Schnitzler. The recording was made in Berlin on 10th October 1984, utilizing pre-recorded synthesizer sounds on separate tapes which were mixed into a larger, more complex piece. Essentially he’s remixing his own material on the spot, in the same way legions of laptop performers do nowadays. His sounds are startlingly cold and pure, and alien in the most beautiful sense, unpredictably changing a right angles into new formations and arrangements guided by an almost unparalleled imagination. With the picture on Herr Schnitzler framed against Teuffelsberg outside Berlin and the sounds within, this is every bit the essential purchase for any self confessed Teutophile (?) who can find the romance in early ’80s Industrial electronics. Incredible.



HOW TO DRESS WELL
Love Remains
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
LEFSE RECORDS
CD // £13.99

Joining the ranks of Salem and the Tri Angle label, Tom Krell’s ‘How To Dress Well’ project has garnered considerable attention since he first started dropping material about a year ago. Charged by the same fascination with R&B, submerged production techniques and enough fuzz and distortion to satiate the most intoxicated listener, his debut album throws you into a trip though many of the signatures that have made the U.S. electronic underground so compelling and forward thinking over the last 18 months. Ok, many of the ideas are driven by the same retroactive archetypes that fuel so much of what has fallen into the Hypnagogic, Hauntological and W**ch House scenes, but the ability to elicit those feelings without any overtly emotive signatures is what makes the music so satisfying. There’s just a coherence and narrative to the tracklisting that works extremely well, leaving you with an over-arching sense of melancholy that perhaps you weren’t really expecting if you’ve ever listened to, say, a track by Salem. The 14 tracks on ‘Love Remains’ are taken from a number of different self-released EP’s and the material has been remastered – with the distortion and washed out feel kept firmly intact. There are moments that recall the most personal recordings and outtakes of Arthur Russell and others that sparkle with the same bittersweet glamour of Nite Jewel, but if you’ve fallen in love with records by either, or indeed that magnificent oOoOO EP on Tri Angle, ‘Love Remains’ will just rule your world. Highly Recommended.



GARDEN SOUND
Black Summit
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited to 400 copies only, already sold out at source* Garden Söund is the rewarding collaboration of two hugely respected outfits: Barn Owl and Eternal Tapestry. Word of the album has spread like wildfire on a vast midwest plain, hence all 400 copies are sold out at source. ‘Black Summit’ finds the commonalities in Barn Owl’s epic desert scapes and the crushingly potent psychedelia of Jed Bindeman’s Eternal Tapestry with immeasurable success. The two characters stalk moonlit canyons of deeply affecting, ritualistic psyche-rock in ‘Forbidden Paradise’ and towering totems of precipitous doom in ‘Beast Of Burden’, and on to survey the widescreen vista of ‘Hidden Origin’ or the breathtakingly lysergic sprawl of ‘Obsidian Sky’. If you’re familiar with either set of artists you’ll already have an idea of what to expect – and it delivers in spades. Strongly recommended to fans of Earth, Jesu, or indeed Barn Owl and Eternal Tapestry – don’t miss.



MERZBOW
Merzbient
EXTREME / NOISE
Soleilmoon Recordings
12 X CD DELUXE BOX SET // £79.99

The old adage “nothing exceeds like excess” is inversely defined in Merzbow’s latest exploit, a beguiling, gargantuan and limited (to 555 hand-numbered copies) 12 x CD boxset of “quieter” material, housed in hardcover box with red foil block print, featuring sounds recorded between 1987 and 1990 and accompanied by a die-cast metal medallion enscribed with the word ‘dōbutsukaihō’ meaning ‘Animal Liberation’ in Japanese. When Masami Akita (Merzbow) started touring internationally around the late eighties, he required a portable setup which changed his studio sound, but he continued to record using his tried and tested method of recording self-created junk instruments, including a “big handmade junk instrument made from a metal box with piano wires” manipulated with a bow. Now 20 years after the drop, these often-stunning recordings have been remastered for release, providing a vital insight to the lesser heard, more spacious and perhaps even more enthralling side of Merzbow’s recorded archive. One of the closest comparisons we could draw is to the work of Kevin Drumm on ‘Sheer Hellish Miasmah’ for his temperance of clangorous, visceral noise and caustic textures conducted at unnervingly low volume and with such uncanny attention to minute shape and detail. But then again, this is Merzbow and from the amount of hugely evocative material inside we could draw analogues to Oram or Parmegiani and foley work for classic sci-fi/horror films. Giving some more context to these tracks, the ‘RBA’ titles of the majority refer to “Right Brain Audile”, which was also used in his ‘Music for Bondage Performance’ soundtracks to films produced by Right Brain, which coincidentally appeared around the same time these tracks were made. Scanning through, we find the most ornate forms of indecipherable tones and structures amidst the mass, all seemingly organised with relatively subdued yet kinetic touch, mirroring the infinite and discriminate evolution of patterns in nature itself, or certainly the considered arrangement of Japanese gardens depicted on the box and individual CD sleeves – which piece together to form a picture of an exquisite Japanese garden. It’s certainly not for the part-time listener, but anyone willing to immerse themselves in a parallel universe of sound should book some time off work and clock in with this for one of the most intense, mental holidays imaginable.



VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. II (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
WORLD
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

Presented on deluxe double vinyl for the first time, Sublime Frequencies’ Hisham Mayet has reissued this stunning compilation of early recordings from the ends of the earth between 1925-48. The collection was originally conceived by Pat Conte – also responsible for the Harry Smith boxset on Smithsonian Folkways and a series for Doxy music – with the intention of compiling some of the greatest performances of world and ethnic music ever recorded. As far as we’re concerned, they’ve come pretty close, tripping around the world via a set of sublime sonic postcards depicting each country’s finest recordings of indigenous music in a pre-westernized era. The gravity of the compilation should not be underestimated, ranking alongside Honest Jon’s recent raid on the EMI archives for ‘Sprigs Of Time’. The performances inside are just riveting and nothing short of mindblowing, from the visceral human ecstasy in Professor Vyas devotional ‘Yari Mohi Gatai Dehi Mai Shaim’ to the exotic delicacies of a Western Javanese “new song” ‘Nji Iti Narem’, the deceptively charming Trinidadian Calypso of Lord Invader’s ‘Old Time Cat-O-Nine’ or the blackest Greek melancholy of A. Kostis’ ‘Kaike Ena Sholio’. No matter if you’re a world music noob or an Alan Lomax type, this compilation is quite incredible and comes with the warmest recommendations from these ears.



VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. III (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
WORLD
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

Presented on deluxe double vinyl for the first time, this is Volume III of Outernational Records’ crucial ‘The Secret Museum Of Mankind’ series. Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies is behind this reissue of a previously CD only release back in 1995, offering all 24 tracks with extensive original sleevenotes and rare photos housed in heavyweight gatefold sleeve – with similar production values to the Sublime Frequencies series. Vol.III tours the globe between 1925-48, stopping off at India, Russia, Turkey, Burma, Persia, Albania, Laos, and the less exotic England, among others, offering sonic-postcard like glimpses into a pre-westernized field of traditional music from the early era of recorded sound. The compilation was originally conceived and compiled by Pat Conte, who is also responsible for the Harry Smith boxset on Smithsonian Folkways and a series for Doxy Music, encompassing a mindblowing array of musical tongues and accents mastered from original 78s which have all but been lost to the onward march of time. It’s impossible to do justice to the wealth of recorded history in this paragraph, so basically, if you were enraptured with Honest Jon’s raid on the EMI archives in ‘Sprigs Of Time’ or the likes of Alan Lomax’s field recordings, this is an essential purchase.

Singles of the Week



SHACKLETON
Man On A String Part 1 and 2
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
WOE TO THE SEPTIC HEART!
12″ // £6.49

Shackleton enters the void left by Skull Disco with the launch of a brand new and somewhat unexpected new imprint: Woe To The Septic Heart! It’s become a noticable trend that when Shackleton produces for other labels he tends to adjust ever so slightly towards their aesthetic, but Septic is clearly the place to go for the most esoteric, personal strains of his sound. ‘Man On A String Parts 1 & 2’ maps out a florid jungle scene populated with telepathic drum circles and spiraling sequences of melodica-like tones organised in ritual formations over a sprawling 10 minute duration. By contrast ‘Bastard Spirit’ is like the evil character lurking in the undergrowth, beating a super slow and martial bass tattoo with groovesome swagger and all of the melody emitted from tilted percussive timbres and the presence of menacing subbass harmonics, all designed to put dancers in a drowsy, hypnagogic state in order to be infiltrated by the titular entities. With the awesome full colour artwork from Skull Disco sleeve designer, Zeke Clough, this looks like being the start of something very special indeed. Deadly.



ARTHUR RUSSELL & THE FLYING HEARTS
Ballad Of The Lights ft. Allen Ginsberg
FOLK / AMERICANA
PRESSPOP MUSIC
10″ // £13.99

Sublime offering from the lauded Beat poet and the downtown deity, brought to life in opulent style by the Japanese label, Presspop Music. After meeting in San Francisco at the start of the ’70s, Allen Ginsberg and Arthur Russell developed a long-standing creative relationship rooted in mutual passions for poetry, music, and Buddhism which resulted in these two tracks, recorded in 1971 and 1977 respectively. In the summer of ’71 ‘Pacific Heights Mantras was recorded for inclusion on Ginsberg’s ‘Blake’ album, pairing his deeply rich and confident monochordal variations and Harmonium playing with Russell’s favoured Cello, accompanied by flute, mandolin and chorus from Reverend Adjari & Buddhist Chorus. We’re left with a lump in our throat by the end of the side, it’s just magical to experience their energies fused so simply and naturally. Turn over and you’ll discover ‘Ballad Of The Lights’, recorded in NYC in 1977 and featuring Arthur’s group, The Flying Hearts, accompanied by Ginsberg’s calm and close mic’d voice. Initially starting out as a melancholy, folksy piece of solo cello and Arthur’s gentle vocals before surprisingly morphing into a tender pop paean with guitars and an enigmatic Organ refrain. It’s records like this that help the world realise the true extent of Arthur’s pure genius and influence. The10″ vinyl is housed in a gorgeous sleeve designed by Archer Prewitt and hand letterpressed by Jeff Mueller of Dexterity Press. Essential purchase.



THE BUG
Infected EP
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Ninja Tune
2×12″ // £7.99

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Heavyweight 2×12″ platter from The Bug, dropping two brand new cuts with vox from Hitomi and Roots Manuva, plus remixes of his classics ‘Skeng’ and ‘Poison Dart’ from Autechre and DVA, respectively. To be fair, the opener ‘Catch A Fire’ could easily have appeared under his King Midas Sound or Black Chow aliases, largely due to the balance of Hitomi’s honeyed vocals with the bottom end tug and crushing snares. Quite surprisingly, ‘Tune In’ is the first time The Bug and Roots Manuva have colluded on a track, finding a scorched common ground between their rooted disciplines with Roots coming off like a preacher caught on some stray pirate station, ranting apocryphal bars over a dread Radiophonic Ragga riddim. Autechre are an unusual but inspired choice to remix the classic ‘Skeng’, not surpassing the cataclysmic Kode 9 version but putting a hugely effective and menacing spin on the track, nonetheless. Can we have an instrumental on vinyl please?! Tipping out on a Funky flex, DVA rounds off with his ‘Poison Dart’ remix, retuning the cut with a motor of rattly West African drums and squibbly subs for the ravers. Have we mentioned the spot gloss, full colour sleeve yet? BIG!!!



SIX SIX SECONDS
She Can’t Say
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
DOWNWARDS
7″ // £5.99

Regis & Female’s Downwards imprint indulges their taste for shoegaze drone pop with a pair of end-of-the-rope anthems from Six Six Seconds. The lineup curiously credits Karl O’Connor (Regis) with “location recording” next to the more typical, and apparent vocals, electronics, and guitar from Eden, and percussion accredited to Francis Berine. Unfortunately we can’t tell you much more about the group, because we don’t know jack-sh*t about them, but ‘She Cant Say’ conveys all you really need to know, kissing the sky with maudlin, Velvets style back beat and acres of distorted guitar lushly scraping at your cochlea like a billion tiny shards of diamond. The obvious reference point for the flipside ‘Surrender (Your Heart)’ is MBV, and it’s conducted with enough reverence and visceral strength to be entirely worthy of the comparison. For those who like the taste of strong shoegaze pop, and can’t resist the idea of it being shaped by Regis – this is a must. Comes housed in PVC sleeve with fold-over insert and postcard. TIP!



AIRHEAD
Paper Street
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Brain Math
12″ // £6.99

Breathtaking track from former James Blake Airhead, backed with a refined remix courtesy of Ostgut Ton label head and 0.5 of MyMy, Nick Höppner. On ‘Paper Street’ Airhead more than proves his worth as a solo artist with a stunning measure of vastly spacious sound design elements and ultra-reduced rhythms, sounding like Pole just got totally blunted with Mount Kimbie in the VR deck of a shuttle to Neptune. Maybe? The track’s sense of spatial awareness and feel for dreamy anti-g rhythms is nothing short of astounding and genuinely sounds like quite nothing else out there. On the flip Nick Höppner does a sterling remix turn, inserting a heaving 4/4 pattern kinked with micro-rhythmic flickers and carefully managing to retain that widescreen sense of space and grace. Big tip!



REEL BY REAL
20 Years of Surkit: A Reel By Real Retrospective (A & B)
TECHNO / HOUSE
ARTLESS
12″ // £9.99

Absolutely vital reissue of a Detroit masterwork in two parts from Marty Bonds aka Reel By Real. ‘Surkit’ was originally conceived and released 20 years ago and is regarded as a holy grail of Detroit Techno, marrying inimitably funked machine rhythms and the deepest space soul synthlines imaginable. Part A/B contains the magical and mesmerising 1990 mix of ‘Surkit’ plus the still devastating ‘Vessels In Distress’ replete with additional strings from Juan Atkins, no less. Turn over and ‘Sundog’ is waiting to wreck your head with supremely crafty drum machine breakbeats and a sublimely intricate bassline from the upper echelons of 313 history. Mastered by Redshape and housed in individual hand-stamped sleeve – do not miss this.



REEL BY REAL / ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
20 Years of Surkit: A Reel By Real Retrospective (C & D)
TECHNO / HOUSE
ARTLESS
12″ // £9.99

Absolutely Vital reissue of a Detroit masterwork in two parts from Marty Bonds aka Reel By Real. ‘Surkit’ was originally conceived and released 20 years ago and is regarded as a holy grail of Detroit Techno, marrying inimitably funked machine rhythms and the deepest space soul synthlines imaginable. Part C/D offers the blissfully melancholy ‘Distance’ and the timeless futurism of ‘Surkit (1991 1-102 Version)’. On the flip Anthony “Shake” Shakir lends a hand on ‘Serene’, living up to the name with elegiac synth pads and ornate rhythm programming to stand up next to anything else from this period. Mastered by Redshape and housed in individual hand-stamped sleeve – do not miss.



DIGITAL MYSTIKZ
Education / Horrid Henry
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
DMZ
12″ // £6.49

DMZ returns to town on a two headed beast from Mala and Coki!!! Discounting Digital Mystikz’ (Mala’s) ‘Return II Space’ LP this is the first new DMZ plate in two years, and yes, you should be excited! Both tracks will be known to the hardcore heads (the ones who check dubstepforum before brekkie), but to everyone else these are fresh off the bat. ‘Education’ bears no small resemblance to recent Peverelist tracks in structure and style, from the warbly Teutonic synth melodies to the shuffled syncopations, and that’s a huge compliment going either way. As expected, the bass is warmer than Caribbean sun and almost guaranteed to have an equally positive effect in the dance. Flip the platter and you’ll find the notorious ‘Horrid Henry’, one of Coki’s most infamous riddims of the last few years and possibly the final word in hardcore skank-out rudeness. One word – ESSENTIAL!



THESE NEW PURITANS / SBTRKT / SALEM
Hidden Remixes
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Domino
10″ // £5.49

SBTRKT, Salem, Main Attrakionz and Ghost Hunter are drafted in to remix tracks from These New Puritans. The eleven tracks of ‘Hidden’ are practically kick-starting a new decade of art-rock/pop experimentation and the appointed remixers are qually part of that brave new world. From a brief tribal introduction SBTRKT propels us into a version of the purposeful ‘We Want War’, with vocals sounding uncannily like Massive Attack’s 3D over agitated Electro-House blares and scissoring UK dance syncopations. Next, the American underground is exposed with two rather immense remixes from Main Attrakionz and Salem. The former, an Oakland-based “cloud rap” duo overhauling ‘3000’ as a doomy banger with smoke-choked bedroom bars and thunderous hiphop beats, the latter one of our favourite outfits of 2010 flipping ‘Hologram’ with deliriously icky trance synths and screwed vocals as good as anything from their debut album. Another relative unknown, Ghost Hunter, brings up the rear with a more carbonated version of ‘We Want War’, bubbling up some heady fusion of Cluster-esque synth swirls and blunted post-diwali riddim beats. Essential wares.



ILLUM SPHERE / LONE / KRYSTAL KLEAR
Hoya:hoya 1
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hoya:hoya
12″ // £6.99

Manchester’s Illum Sphere and Jonny Dub present the debut release on their newly minted Hoya:hoya imprint named after the much acclaimed Manchester club night of the same name. By far the highlight of the release is Lone’s ‘Let The Music Play’, a unique sounding disco track with a thumping kick drum and distorted vocals layered to great effect before a rugged synthline takes everything down a notch. Illum Sphere, meanwhile, deploys a killer slowed down take on UK Funky which starts off with a trademark ambient wash and thudding drums before a synth reminiscent of his recent Titan 12″ on 3024 takes over and the whole thing collapses back in on itself. Rounding off the twelve is Krystal Klear with a very 80s sounding piece of modern boogie complete with handclaps and those apt crystal synths. A seriously heavy twelve and a perfect start to what promises to be a label to watch.



O/V/R
Post-Traumatic Son
TECHNO / HOUSE
Blueprint Records
12″ // £6.49

**On clear vinyl for the fiends!** Regis and James Ruskin team up for a highly effective new O/V/R excursion. The title track is a lean and uncompromising pounder, layered with tension building synthlines and a relentless attitude. ‘Descending the Left Corner’ is a little trickier, set with a deadly bassline swing akin to the Kalon tracks meshed with simmering Basic Channel style synth modualtions. In other words it’s pretty f**ing sick! Finally, ‘Crippled Nurse (and Water)’ indulges their more esoteric inclinations with a screwed downbeat acid number nodding to classic A.I.-era ‘tronica.

This week’s releases in full!
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LAZER SWORD / RUSTIE
Batman / I’m Gone (Rustie / Low Limit Mixes)
INNOVATIVE LEISURE
12″ // £7.99

The Bay Area’s heaviest electronic hiphop duo roll off ‘Batman’ and ‘I’m Gone’ from their s/t debut album, bucked up with reboots from Nguzunguzu and Rustie! The original ‘Batman’ is one of the album’s more complex and tricky grooves, exercising their tastes for greazy electro-funk, glitching ultra-modernism and gleaming synth music. Fresh from a killer track on Dutty Artz ‘NYC Tropical’ comp, Nguzunguzu tightens it up for the dance with…
RUCKAZOID
Crush
All City
12″ // £7.99

All City join the synth age with a dope 12″ from scratch legend, Ricci Rucker’s Ruckazoid project. On ‘Crush’ Ricci kinda reminds of recent coldwave electro from DJ Overdose’s Model Man project, stretching out on a fairly abstract but funky tip. Flip it and ‘All City’ slumps into a loping downtempo head nodder kinda like Dam Funk vs The Hasbeens, made for cruising in yer Scirocco down the high street…
LAZER SWORD
Lazer Sword
INNOVATIVE LEISURE
CD // £12.99

Lords of the American electronic underground, Lazer Sword aka Lando Kal and Low Limit, drop a heavyweight debut album, housed in a very impressive full-colour gatefold sleeve. Over the last two years their presence on the influential Beat Dimensions series and individual solo records for Numbers and the excellent Innovative Leisure label have cemented their reputation as ones to watch. That all pays off with their full-length premiere, 15 tracks…
LAZER SWORD
Lazer Sword
INNOVATIVE LEISURE
2LP // £14.99

Lords of the American electronic underground, Lazer Sword aka Lando Kal and Low Limit, drop a heavyweight debut album, housed in a very impressive full-colour gatefold sleeve. Over the last two years their presence on the influential Beat Dimensions series and individual solo records for Numbers and the excellent Innovative Leisure label have cemented their reputation as ones to watch. That all pays off with their full-length premiere, 15 tracks…
MACHINEDRUM
Let It (Lazer Sword Mix)
INNOVATIVE LEISURE
12″ // £9.99

Separated from his ‘Want To 1 2’ album, Machinedrum drops ‘Let It’ featuring Melo-X, backed with the exclusive ‘Flud’ and remixes from Edit and label buddies Lazer Sword. The title track is evidently his push towards a more commercial HipHop/R&B sound, while maintaining a more electronic edge. Meanwhile with ‘Flud’ he goes into post-Dilla bump mode, but still with the attention to psyched-out electronic detailing that you’re not going to…
MADLIB
Medicine Show No.10: Black Soul
MMS
CD // £12.99

The 10th edition of Madlib’s Medicine Show mix series heats up eighty minutes of the damn deadliest ‘Black Soul’. No doubt, that title is loaded with reference points, but in this instance Black Soul is that sumptuous late ’70s sound where soul was interchangeable with disco, and disco was morphing into boogie, where electronic licks were becoming de rigour and the dancefloor was becoming ever so slyly futuristic. We can…
ITSU UNO
B-Boy Rave for the Ageing Hipster: Part 2
FAT HOP
7″ // £5.99

Jerome Hill dips back into his Itsu Uno guise for the second of his jukebox-ready party 7″s. The title track is all about chunky B-Boy breaks with swerving mentasms for the over 30 crew. On the flip ‘The Elephant – (More Trunk Edit)’ hits up optimized HipHop breaks, cut loud and chunky to put some funk in your (aging) trunk.
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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CONCERN
Truth & Distance (Extended Vinyl Edition)
DIGITALIS
LP // £9.99

*This is an extended, limited vinyl edition of a dark ambient classic, featuring an extra 10 minutes of bonus material. Initial copies come on white vinyl!* Another heart-stopping debut brought to you by the increasingly inspired Digitalis imprint, Concern is the recording project of Gordon Ashworth who in a previous incarnation (as Oscillating Innards) delivered an altogether more brutal take on experimental music before planting his feet firmly in the…
GARDEN SOUND
Black Summit
DIGITALIS
LP // £11.99

*Strictly limited to 400 copies only, already sold out at source* Garden Söund is the rewarding collaboration of two hugely respected outfits: Barn Owl and Eternal Tapestry. Word of the album has spread like wildfire on a vast midwest plain, hence all 400 copies are sold out at source. ‘Black Summit’ finds the commonalities in Barn Owl’s epic desert scapes and the crushingly potent psychedelia of Jed Bindeman’s Eternal Tapestry…
JESU
Heart Ache & Dethroned
Hydra Head
2CD // £13.99

Originally released in 2004, Heart Ache was the first release from Justin Broadrick under the Jesu moniker. The album harbours two twenty-minute tracks, and now arrives on a lovely new CD edition that includes the ‘Dethroned’ EP which was recorded at the same time but only just completed this year. The Jesu blueprint is given its first airing here, introducing Broadrick’s singular brand of electronically-enhanced doom-gaze. In addition to the…
ZEROCROP
ON TAPE
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

Another mighty missive from the ever confounding Tapeworm, commissioning a four track, 30 minute cassette from London-based musician, Zerocrop aka Parker. These songs feature the legendary Roland Juno 6 and the Casio MT-41, plus pedal steel guitar and electric guitar deployed under his uncannily Johnn Balance-alike vocals in an unsettling pop format, taking inspiration from a number of tape recordings he made at the age of 13. It’s perhaps his…
MICHAEL NORTHAM
Solar Night
MIRROR TAPES
Cassette // £6.99

The brilliant Mirror Tapes keep ’em coming, this one from prolific sound artist and electro-acoustic explorer, M. Northam. ‘Solar Night’ is crafted from a range of sounds gathered “during one week of intense geographical movement, where sounds were developed over one midsummer’s night in Lapland with golden foil, shakuhachi, chance objects and pitch pipe followed by live performances in cazalla, Spain and Berlin.” The sounds are organized into four tracks…
KAWABATA MAKOTO
White Summer of Love Dreamer
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £14.99

Two sides of evocative, layered kosmiche drone works from Kawabata Makoto, the august leader of Acid Mothers Temple. ‘White Summer of Love Dreamer’ is his second release for Blackest Rainbow, picking up from where ’08s ‘Rainbow Of Love’ left off and sailing out over two extended sides of psychedelic soundscaping using acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki, sarangi, tambura, organ, hurdy-gurdy, electronics and vocals. Both sides heavily under the influence of…
LESBIAN
Stratospheria Cubensis
Important Records
CD // £12.99

Time for the heavy stuff. Following a 2007 album on Holy Mountain, the cannily un-google-able Lesbian appear on Important Records with a grizzly howler of theatrical, proggy metal and epic psych/stoner vibes veering into Pelican territory. At only five tracks deep but over 70 minutes long, the tracks build in complexity and length over the duration, from a relatively short 8-Minute blast of roared vocals and angular chops in ‘Poisonous…
WRAITHS
Dust In Our Mouths
AURORA BOREALIS
CD // £11.99

Fourth release in as many years from the Scottish harbingers of ritual ambient drone noise – previously operating under the cover of the LVTHN and Sigillum Dei pseudonyms. With their no computer or synthesizer stance, Wraiths still manage to conjure the requisite effect from their shadowy array of “re-structured equipment, location acoustics and human vocals”, all unnervingly committed to disk under ritual conditions. They share more than a latitude with…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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SIR VICTOR UWAIFO / SONNY OKOSUN
Benin City Grooves (Frankie Francis & Simbad Edits)
SOFRITO SPECIALS
12″ // £7.99

Sofrito invites Frankie Francis and Simbad to the plate for a pair of masterful reworks of Sir Victor Uwaifo and Sonny Okosun. They give the Benin City groove of ‘Ohue’ a strutting and sparkling revision with tweaky synth stabs while keeping the strutting Afrobeat flow intact, whereas ‘Odenigbo’ is a more faithful Afro-Funk dipper with a kinky Latin accent.
MANDRé
Solar Flight
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Super hot joint from Mandré, following the reissue of his ‘M4’ album with the extraordinary Loft anthem ‘Solar Flight’ and backed with a driving edit of ‘M3000’ from Felix Dickinson and Nick The Record. They really don’t come more certified than ‘Solar Flight’, an ecstatic piece of cosmic-disco-jazz-fusion with notoriously electric synthesizer excesses famously spun out by David Mancuso and co around ’78. With his futuristic, masked attire and stunning…
THE SOUL BROTHERS INC
The Story of The Soul Brothers Inc.
Tramp Records
CD // £11.99

Charming compilation of 17 tracks including rare bonus cuts by late 60s/early70s Texan Funk outfit The Soul Brothers. Like many of their time, they would only release a few 7″s, but with the Funk revival of the last ten years or so they’ve emerged from obscurity to become appreciated by a new generation. get on the badass heavy Funk cuts like ‘Git It’ or the energetic ‘Soul Train’ or the…
DUB / REGGAE
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DAVID RODIGAN
Fabriclive 54
Fabric
CD // £10.99

Fabric Live hits number 54 and does it in true (dubplate) style with David Rodigan. The mix features rare reggae, dub and dancehall moving between more modern selections and old school stylings. Artists included in the mix feature Super Cat with ‘Don Dada’ a proper dancehall classic, Joe Gibbs and Errol T who contribute the minimalist ‘Hey Prayed (Dubbed)’, while Cadenza’s ‘Stop That Train’ offers a more contemporary take on…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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SHACKLETON
Man On A String Part 1 and 2
WOE TO THE SEPTIC HEART!
12″ // £6.49

Shackleton enters the void left by Skull Disco with the launch of a brand new and somewhat unexpected new imprint: Woe To The Septic Heart! It’s become a noticable trend that when Shackleton produces for other labels he tends to adjust ever so slightly towards their aesthetic, but Septic is clearly the place to go for the most esoteric, personal strains of his sound. ‘Man On A String Parts 1…
THE BUG
Infected EP
Ninja Tune
2×12″ // £7.99

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Heavyweight 2×12″ platter from The Bug, dropping two brand new cuts with vox from Hitomi and Roots Manuva, plus remixes of his classics ‘Skeng’ and ‘Poison Dart’ from Autechre and DVA, respectively. To be fair, the opener ‘Catch A Fire’ could easily have appeared under his King Midas Sound or Black Chow aliases, largely due to the balance of Hitomi’s honeyed vocals…
AIRHEAD
Paper Street
Brain Math
12″ // £6.99

Breathtaking track from former James Blake Airhead, backed with a refined remix courtesy of Ostgut Ton label head and 0.5 of MyMy, Nick Höppner. On ‘Paper Street’ Airhead more than proves his worth as a solo artist with a stunning measure of vastly spacious sound design elements and ultra-reduced rhythms, sounding like Pole just got totally blunted with Mount Kimbie in the VR deck of a shuttle to Neptune. Maybe?…
DIGITAL MYSTIKZ
Education / Horrid Henry
DMZ
12″ // £6.49

DMZ returns to town on a two headed beast from Mala and Coki!!! Discounting Digital Mystikz’ (Mala’s) ‘Return II Space’ LP this is the first new DMZ plate in two years, and yes, you should be excited! Both tracks will be known to the hardcore heads (the ones who check dubstepforum before brekkie), but to everyone else these are fresh off the bat. ‘Education’ bears no small resemblance to recent…
ILLUM SPHERE / LONE / KRYSTAL KLEAR
Hoya:hoya 1
Hoya:hoya
12″ // £6.99

Manchester’s Illum Sphere and Jonny Dub present the debut release on their newly minted Hoya:hoya imprint named after the much acclaimed Manchester club night of the same name. By far the highlight of the release is Lone’s ‘Let The Music Play’, a unique sounding disco track with a thumping kick drum and distorted vocals layered to great effect before a rugged synthline takes everything down a notch. Illum Sphere, meanwhile,…
TRUTH
Amnesia / International
DEEP MEDI MUSIK
12″ // £6.49

Deep Medi #32 comes from down-under dubsteppers, Truth. On ‘Amnesia’ it’s all about spooky atmospheres with creepy horror film keys and creaking ambient pads over zombie-shuffling halfstep patterns, whereas ‘International’ runs tings ‘ardcore with mentasm swipes and brukked up dubstep ruffige vibes. Another big twelve from DM!
PIECE OF SHH / ZOMBY
Diablo Riddim (Zomby Mix)
Svetlana
12″ // £5.49

Very crafty post-dubstep wrigglers from Belgradeyard Soundsystem member, Piece Of Shh… backed with deft remixes from Zomby and Hektagon. He’s had a dope release out on Earsugar Beatbox and remixed Sutekh previously, but this is his first proper foray into the dubstep arena. His ‘Diablo Riddim’ skitters between concrete dubstep rave and squirming techno signatures, before Zomby steps in with a much less frantic and swaggering reduction of rave styles…
DARKSTAR
Gold (John Roberts Mix)
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Rolling off their widely acclaimed ‘North’ album, Darkstar drop an edited version of ‘Gold’, their cover of Human League’s ‘You Remind Me Of Gold’, backed with a terrific John Roberts remix. There’s a clear hint of more recent Junior Boys productions to their revision, from the effete, subtly effected vocals and slow pulsing tempo to their sumptuous rearrangement and emotive attraction. However, we much prefer John Roberts’ Deep House rework,…
CRST / DOC DANEEKA / MOSCA
Good Love EP (Doc Daneeka Mix)
NO HATS NO HOODS
12″ // £6.99

Heavyweight goodies from No Hats No Hoods with two tracks of limber Garage, backed with a Funky mix from Doc Daneeka and a very spicy Grime refit from Mosca. ‘Good Love’ is one of those vintage-sounding Future Garage bubblers that just demands to be pulled up and rewound every time, while Doc Daneeka diverts it’s charm and energy into a tighter rolling rolling Funky remix. On the flip CRST’s ‘Ultra64’…
LATE
Phantom Papers EP
IMMERSE
2×12″ // £12.99

Finnish producer Late has secured a healthy reputation with respected drops on Noppa, Formant and more recently for Skream’s Disfigured Dubz. Moving into darker Burial territory for Immerse, he offers four emotional punishments riding dread Reese bass and idiosyncratic garage syncopations. It should be said, that of all the post-Burial milieu, these are probably some of the best examples we’ve heard. In the clipped junglist rollidge and meancholy MDMA dream…
LATE
Phantom Papers EP – Part Two
IMMERSE
12″ // £6.99

Second part of Late’s ‘Phantom Papers’ session, compiling the title track and ‘Bittersweet’. Both cuts are primed for the post-Burial crew, from the clipped junglist rollidge and melancholy MDMA dream synths of ‘Bittersweet’ through the the extended intro and brukken construct of ‘Phantom Papers’, also hinting at something akin to the Downliners Sekt 12″. Certainly one for fans of Roof Light, Breakage, Burial, etc.
A MADE UP SOUND
Rear Window
Delsin
12″ // £7.99

Two sterling dancefloor sweeteners from Dave Huismans aka 2562, operating in A Made Up Sound mode. With ‘Rear Window’ he delivers one of the best tracks on Delsin this year, rolling out a kinked 4/4 rhythm synced with swollen subs and trademark melnacholy chord progressions. Of course the devil is firmly in the detail, which will become clearly apparent when this is deployed on a big rig. Killer tune! A…
COMMIX
Satellite Type 2 (Marcel Dettmann Remix 2) / How You Gonna Feel (Pedestrian Remix)
METALHEADZ
10″ // £5.99

Expanding the brilliant Commix remix session, Marcel Dettmann and Pedestrian give bonus revisions of two album highlights. Dettmann’s darkly enigmatic 2nd remix of ‘Satellite Type 2’ adds a more dystopian layer of brooding synth licks while reworking the rhythm with stern square bass functions, contrasting nicely with his salty 1st version. Pedestrian (nope, not the Anticon bloke as far as we’re aware) follows with a deep end dubstep/garage roller, reworking…
SPOOKY
Spartan EP
NO HATS NO HOODS
12″ // £6.99

Full-strength Grime rinse-out from Oil Gang producer, Spooky. It’s all about the ruff and tuff ‘Spartan’on the A-side, a boisterous killer with heavyweight metallic drops and firing rhythms aching to be chopped up and spat over. On the flip Martelo weighs in with more concise, breakbeat rocking remix followed by ‘Top 3 Selected Remix’, another rugged, bouncing grime instrumental made for the DJs.
BECOMING REAL
Spectre EP
Not Even
12″ // £5.99

What’s this, then?! Becoming Real follow smart drops for Ramp and Lo Fi Funk with an 8-bit Grime killer featuring Trim and backed with remix from DJ Rashad! The lead cut ‘Like Me’ owes as much to Wiley as it does Zomby, arranging optimized bleeps inna cold Eski mix style assisted by typically brilliant bars from Trim. ‘Showdown In Chinatown’ follows on a more abstract sino-grime tip with trickling melody…
SCUBA
Three Sided Shape
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Scuba drops a highlight of his ‘Triangulation’ LP, the deep-end shuffle-tek construction of ‘Three Sided Shape’, backed with a techy House remix of ‘Latch’ from Will Saul & Mike Monday. ‘Three Sided Shape’ is like a 3D version of Joy Orbison’s rave-friendly sound, using an advanced spatial awareness and production skills to shape a heavy swinger bristling with tactile textures. Will Saul & Mike Monday also impress on a mix…
SCUBA
Tracers (Deadbeat Mix) / On Deck (Falty DL Mix)
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Deadbeat and Falty DL weigh in with diverse remixes of tracks taken from Scuba’s ‘Triangulation’ LP. On the A-face Deadbeat reshapes ‘Tracers’ into a heavy rolling techno-steppers cut laden with full-sunken subs and elements of the original synth pads dubbed and sparingly use for rich emotive impact. Fans of Monolake or T++’s more technofied rollers should cop this! FaltyDL takes a very different approach with ‘On Deck’, adding to rather…
SCUBA
Triangulation (Interpretations)
Hotflush Recordings
2CD // £11.99

**Expanded edition, now with a bonus disc of interpretations and remixes from FaltyDL, Will Saul and Mike Monday, Deadbeat, Joe, and Deadboy** Scuba finds his bearings amidst the pillars of dubstep, garage, techno and electronica on his outstanding second album. The last two years since the release of the landmark ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ album have been something of a golden period for the head of the Hot Flush clan and…
CYRUS
Minimal / Underworld
Random Trio Productions
12″ // £5.99

Random Trio’s Cyrus moves further into his sound with two heavily stripped and meditative earth movers. ‘Minimal’ is just that, the faintest hint of haunting melody cocooned in chest crushing subbass and tied up with sparing percussion. ‘Underworld’ takes to a dread jungle scene, unidentified sounds lurking from the periphery while warped tribal percussion balances the ballooning bassline underneath. Watch out for the wicked drums after the 2nd drop.
EMALKAY
Crusader / Power Tool
Dub Police Records
12″ // £6.49

Premium promo styles from Emalkay for Dub Police. There’s no messing with the A-side ‘Crusader’, a junglist assault from the leagues of Cluekid and LD’s ripping tearouts on Ringo or Bullfrog Beats, while ‘Power Tool’ slips back into weighty halfstep mode. That A-side is especially heavy!
OCTANE & DLR
Red Tape
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Rugged, 1-sided dubstep construction from Octave and DLR, following suit from the Seven, DJ Madd, and Hatcha to release on Black Box. ‘Red Tape’ sounds like it could have scuttled out from some cave back in 2007, built firmly in the image of Vex’d’s most concentrated and hard hitting hafstep crushers with snarling bass licks held in place with a muzzle of seething percussion.
UNKNOWN / WAR
DEB Tribute / Slave Driver
WAR
12″ // £5.99

**SHIPS FRIDAY** War Dubs pay tribute to the sadly departed JA legend, Dennis Brown, in the best way they known how. Reverent, rooted and rugged dubstep revisions of ‘Do You Remember Dennis Brown’ and ‘Slave Driver’, white label styles.
VON D
Sunlight ft. Phephe / Chacha’s Leggings
SUBBALICIOUS
12″ // £6.49

Two sweetly deep yet driving dubstep standards from Von D, appearing on Chef’s Subbalicious label. ‘Sunlight’ finds a tidy groove of feminine pressure, Phephe’s vocals and the florid lead complimented with smooth rolling subs and swinging drum patterns. ‘Chacha’s Leggings’ doesn’t really cut loose but goes one tuffer than the flip with staggered kicks and smoked out skankers vibes.
ELECTRONIC
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER
10.10.84
MIRROR TAPES
Cassette // £6.99

*250 copies only of this incredible archival treasure from Conrad Schnitzler* Another fascinating archival reissue from the Mirror Tapes label, documenting a 1984 session by founding member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster and former student of Joseph Beuys, Conrad Schnitzler. The recording was made in Berlin on 10th October 1984, utilizing pre-recorded synthesizer sounds on separate tapes which were mixed into a larger, more complex piece. Essentially he’s remixing his…
RANDY GIBSON
Analog Apparitions
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

Heavyweight harmonic drones from the always surprising Tapeworm imprint. Brooklyn-based composer, Randy Gibson, was a student of famed minimalist La Monte Young and his two compositions here are firmly rooted in the studied traditions of his tutor. Given the quite specific titles of ‘The First Analog Pillar with its Simplest Primes and The Harbinger of The Second Pillar with The Low Modora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Cirrus from Apparitions…
NUEARZ
Face Lift
Skam
CD // £10.99

One year after his ‘Saturation Point’ debut, Kazuhiro Okuda aka Nuearz drops the followup ‘Face Lift’ for Skam. His sound is comfortably at home among the label’s roster, sharing certain traits with VHS Head and Mr 76IX in his complex, ever-morphing arrangements and taste for more caustic electronic textures than you’re average IDM head. Most brilliantly, it’s incredibly hard to tag Nuearz’s sound as anything other than his own, able…
VLADISLAV DELAY AS SISTOL / ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER / FALTY DL
On The Brighter Side (Remixes Vol.2)
Halo Cyan Records
12″ // £7.99

Vladilslav Delay ropes in a stellar cast of contemporary electronic maestros to rework tracks from his album as Sistol. Furthest removed from the original material is Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rainbro remix of ‘Funseeker’, effectively turning in a glorious addendum to ‘Returnal’ with soaring, spindly melodies embedded in a synthesized cloud of powdered glass atmospheres, chokingly gorgeous and affective as usual. Meanwhile, Falty DL continues an infallible run of form with…
STEFAN GOLDMANN VS FENNESZ
Remiksz
THE TAPEWORM
Cassette // £4.99

**Cassette only. Limited to 250 copies** The Touch-affiliated Tapeworm label presents a “hard drive dialogue” between Christian Fennesz and Stefan Goldmann. ‘Remikssz’ is a result of Goldmann erasing the samples used on Fennesz’s ‘Szampler’ piece-by-piece and replacing them with samples from his own collection of sounds made between 1999-2010 for his Akai S5000 sampler, in the same sequence. The final product bears no resemblance to Fennesz’s original other than structure,…
BRIAN ENO
Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Warp
CD // £9.99

This has to rank as one of the most hotly anticipated albums in Brian Eno’s recent career – no doubt in part because it’s his first release for Warp, and therefore marks the union of two of electronic music’s most revered institutions. Small Craft On A Milk Sea (the first new Eno album since 2005’s often song-based collection Another Day On Earth) takes the form of fourteen improvised pieces conceived…
BRIAN ENO
Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Warp
2LP + 2CD DELUXE BOXED SET // £65.99

*Limited Edition Box Set packaged in a rigid, Birch paper-covered slipcase with printed and foil-blocked cover and spine, this edition includes a 180g heavyweight, double disc vinyl pressing of the album, in full-colour, case-bound 12″ cover. Lined in crimson stock with foil block, a CD pressing of the album, along with an extra disc containing four extra tracks, in full-colour, case-bound 12″ cover. Lined in crimson stock with foil blocked…
VHS HEAD
Trademark Ribbons Of Gold
Skam
2LP // £13.99

**Now available on vinyl** Blackpool’s VHS Head made quite an impression with his Skam debut ‘Video Club’ some months back. Now following an acclaimed set for the Mary Anne Hobbs Radio 1 show he presents a remarkable debut album, sounding like something approaching James Ferraro or Daniel “OPN” Lopatin’s Games project, as edited by Gescom. Over the twenty tracks he deploys a palette of atypical Skam edits and icy spikes…
EXTREME / NOISE
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MERZBOW
Merzbient
Soleilmoon Recordings
12 X CD DELUXE BOX SET // £79.99

The old adage “nothing exceeds like excess” is inversely defined in Merzbow’s latest exploit, a beguiling, gargantuan and limited (to 555 hand-numbered copies) 12 x CD boxset of “quieter” material, housed in hardcover box with red foil block print, featuring sounds recorded between 1987 and 1990 and accompanied by a die-cast metal medallion enscribed with the word ‘dōbutsukaihō’ meaning ‘Animal Liberation’ in Japanese. When Masami Akita (Merzbow) started touring internationally…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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ARTHUR RUSSELL & THE FLYING HEARTS
Ballad Of The Lights ft. Allen Ginsberg
PRESSPOP MUSIC
10″ // £13.99

Sublime offering from the lauded Beat poet and the downtown deity, brought to life in opulent style by the Japanese label, Presspop Music. After meeting in San Francisco at the start of the ’70s, Allen Ginsberg and Arthur Russell developed a long-standing creative relationship rooted in mutual passions for poetry, music, and Buddhism which resulted in these two tracks, recorded in 1971 and 1977 respectively. In the summer of ’71…
LINDA PERHACS
Parallelograms
Sundazed
LP // £18.99

“Championed by modern luminaries Devendra Banhart, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Daft Punk, the gentle, ethereal masterpiece that is Parallelograms, Linda Perhacs’ sole 1970 LP for Kapp, is at once the defining artistic statement of the psychedelic-folk genre and completely without equal. Arranged by L.A. soundtrack svengali Leonard Rosenman (The Twilight Zone, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Fantastic Voyage) and performed by some of the top jazz session players…
BLACK EAGLE CHILD / DONATO EPIRO
Split
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £12.99

Split LP courtesy of Michael Jantz’s Black Eagle Child and the prolifically talented Italian guitarist, Donato Epiro. Black Eagle Child’s side breaks down into four tracks of lush solo guitar works with a breezy, pastoral stroke that’s like one big ol’ cathartic sigh. Ahhhhh. Donato Epiro’s side is a little more intricate and varied, rubbing in charming electronic embellishments and effects like the sweep of sustained strings in ‘Il Primo…
ANA CARAVELLE
Basic Climb
Non Projects
LP // £13.99

The Non Projects label presents the debut album from 22-year-old Los Angeles-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ana Caravelle. The central instrument on Basic Climb is Caravelle’s harp, although the arrangements extend far beyond that, adding a beautiful array of woodwinds, strings and percussion to the recordings. While you’d probably be expecting a certain amount of Joanna Newsom comparison in a write-up of Caravelle’s work (as is the certain fate of…
CALEXICO
Feast Of Wire (Deluxe Ltd Edition Reissue)
City Slang
2CD // £13.99

*Special Edition – comes with a 9 track Bonus Disc* ‘Feast Of Wire’ is arguably the bands most accomplished album to date, the alt-country formula retaining its quasi melancholly fusion of accordion’s, skittering drums, Mariachi/Bossa tempo’s and horns, complete with their signature tenor vocal that is at the root of much of the bands reflective quality. ‘Feast of Wire’ also explores Calexico’s more cinematic aspirations with the inclusion of 5…
CALEXICO
Feast Of Wire (Deluxe Ltd Edition Reissue)
City Slang
LP+CD // £15.99

*Special Edition – comes with a 9 track Bonus Disc* ‘Feast Of Wire’ is arguably the bands most accomplished album to date, the alt-country formula retaining its quasi melancholly fusion of accordion’s, skittering drums, Mariachi/Bossa tempo’s and horns, complete with their signature tenor vocal that is at the root of much of the bands reflective quality. ‘Feast of Wire’ also explores Calexico’s more cinematic aspirations with the inclusion of 5…
FAUN FABLES
Light Of A Vaster Dark
Drag City
LP // £13.99

A lush and vibrant collection of songs based around many different colours of folk music. On this, her 6th release for Drag City, songwriter Dawn McCarthy has written a mini opus which is full of fear, wonder and playfullness as she meditates on the cyclical nature of dark and light and the beauty of the little things in life. McCarhty is supported by her erstwhile collabroator Nils Frykdahl of Slepytime…
FAUN FABLES
Light Of A Vaster Dark
Drag City
CD // £12.99

A lush and vibrant collection of songs based around many different colours of folk music. On this, her 6th release for Drag City, songwriter Dawn McCarthy has written a mini opus which is full of fear, wonder and playfullness as she meditates on the cyclical nature of dark and light and the beauty of the little things in life. McCarhty is supported by her erstwhile collabroator Nils Frykdahl of Slepytime…
GIANT SAND
Blurry Blue Mountain
Fire Records
LP // £11.99

Howe Gelb’s pioneering alt. country band Giant Sand returns with a brand new album, twenty-five years on from their 1985 debut album, Valley Of Rain. Of the new record, Gelb says: “These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. As with every previous album, none of this was…
LAISH
Laish
WILLKOMMEN
CD // £7.99

An honest, humble and uplifting set of songs from Laish, Daniel Green and friends. Green is part of the London and Brighton Willkommen Collective and also plays in prog folk group Sons of Noel. Daniel’s delivery is distinct, accompanied by interesting fingerpicking styles, unusal vocal harmonies, violins, melodica and rattling drums.
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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PADANG FOOD TIGERS
Born Music
Under The Spire
CD // £7.99

An introspective and enigmatic mesh of field recordings and sparse instrumentation marks out this excellent new album from Padang Food Tigers. The work of Spencer Grady and Steven Lewis from drone-folk heroes Ramses III, Padang is a project that finds the pair reducing the elements of their music right down to sparse guitar and banjo arrangements with piano, found sounds and drones etched into the mix. The guitar elements are…
IBREATHEFUR
Everyday You Look Different
Under The Spire
CD // £6.99

*4 track EP on CD-R in hand-stamped & numbered recycled card packaging with two inserts. 100 copies only* Ibreathefur is the project name of Chris Spearman, here delivering a work full of tension and dynamics, one minute pummelling you with harsh electronic noise the next soothing you with calm and fuzzy drones. A maelstrom of electronic noise hits you as this lovely 4-tracker opens, bringing to mind the more glacial…
LIBRARY TAPES
Like Green Grass Against Blue Sky
AUETIC
CD // £8.99

Self-released on his Aeutic label, this is the 5th album from David Wenngren’s project, Library Tapes. Lasting just under half an hour, Wenngren has slowly refined his ideas into one of the more distinctive modern classical variants we’ve heard in recent months. Simple but evocative piano motifs hover over field recordings and other indeterminable sounds, lulling the listener into a semi-conscious state. Long-term fans will be glad to know that…
KEITH KENNIFF
The Last Survivor
Circle Into Square
CD // £9.99

*Brand new album of soundtrack compositions from Keith Kenniff, better known as Helios and Goldmund* “The Last Survivor” is a serene and deeply moving soundtrack which perfectly complements a doucmentary film following the lives of four survivors of different genocides and their struggles to cope with the tragedies that have shaped their lives. Keith Kenniff, who also records as Helios and Goldmund for Type and his own label, Unseen, has…
SEGUE
We Learn To Forget
Under The Spire
3″ CD // £6.49

*3-track 3″ CD in hand stamped & numbered recycled card packaging and two inserts. 100 copies only* Segue is the solo project of Jordan Sauber from Vancouver. He blends guitar with found sounds and field recordings for a series of minimal drones perfectly matched with Under The Spires homespun aesthetic. As with everything on this label, limited copies only!
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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DEAN MCPHEE
Brown Bear
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £6.99

Having previously impressed on a World Of Winter split 7″, Dean McPhee offers a more complete picture of his talents as a solo guitarist on this EP for the Blast First Petite label (originally released on vinyl by Hood Faire). Playing clean electric guitar without too much in the way of reverb, McPhee plucks his way through some lovely instrumentals here, perhaps bringing to mind John Fahey’s more melodic Table…
JON SAVAGE / VARIOUS
Jon Savage: Presents Black Hole – Californian Punk 1977-80
Domino
CD // £9.99

Jon Savage, the esteemed writer and cultural historian, delivers a collection of 26 tracks celebrating the first wave of Californian Punk from 1977-80. Savage, most notable for being the author of ‘Englands Dreaming’ has brought his extensive knowledge of the punk scene with a pick of tracks from stalwarts like The Dead Kennedys, The Germs, X, and the Zeros alongside impressive pieces from lesser known characters. The Germs’ ‘Forming’ opens…
MUGSTAR
Lime
Important Records
CD // £12.99

Mugstar’s second album this year for the excellent Important Records finds the band continue their excellent approach to psychedlic rock, propelling them alongside contempories like Bardo Pond, Oneida, and Kinski. Revolving around locked krautrock rhythms, soaring guitars, driving riffs, and turbo-charged grooves, Mugstar start the album with a series of driving guitar licks and smudged vocals before fixing on a repetative groove on keys and drums. ‘Serra’, meanwhile, starts with…
STEREOLAB
Not Music
Duophonic UHF Disks
2LP // £14.99

A radically different approach delivers an album of signature Stereolab stylings embellished by an improvised recording process. All 13 tracks were laid down at Instant Zero, their studio in Bordeuax, during the same sessions for their 2008 album ‘Chemical Chords’. ‘Not Music’ differs from its predecessor by way of Tim Gane’s more experimental approach, messing around with a “series of about seventy tiny drum loops” before adding improvised chord progressions…
STEREOLAB
Not Music
Duophonic UHF Disks
CD // £8.99

A radically different approach delivers an album of signature Stereolab stylings embellished by an improvised recording process. All 13 tracks were laid down at Instant Zero, their studio in Bordeuax, during the same sessions for their 2008 album ‘Chemical Chords’. ‘Not Music’ differs from its predecessor by way of Tim Gane’s more experimental approach, messing around with a “series of about seventy tiny drum loops” before adding improvised chord progressions…
PLUG
Plug
UPSET THE RHYTHM
CD // £8.99

Intriguingly articulate drums and bass and hooky keyboard duo Plug present their debut album for Upset The Rhythm, amidst the good company of No Age, John Maus and Future Islands. They’ve got some spunk these two, i’ll tell thee. Their eleven tracks are bright, concise and forward leaning, updating a sparse early ’80s post-punk sound with a brisk and confident character. They almost sound like Drap En Hund just grew…
PLUG
Plug
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £10.99

Intriguingly articulate drums and bass from hooky keyboard duo Plug present their debut album for Upset The Rhythm, amidst the good company of No Age, John Maus and Future Islands. They’ve got some spunk these two, i’ll tell thee. Their eleven tracks are bright, concise and forward leaning, updating a sparse early ’80s post-punk sound with a brisk and confident character. They almost sound like Drap En Hund just grew…
CLECKHUDDERSFAX
Spen Beck
UPSET THE RHYTHM
LP // £11.99

**Now available on vinyl** The second album from the awe-inspiringly weird West Yorkshire combo Cleckhuddersfax arrives on Upset The Rhythm. There’s no way to approach categorising this band, and the rate at which they churn out ideas is truly baffling – tearing through eight absolutely unique songs in around half-an hour. ‘Four Principles’ belts through some weird garage-prog shapes and features a great Middle Eastern-sounding synth line, while further bizarre…
THE NOTWIST
Neon Golden (Deluxe Ltd Edition Reissue)
City Slang
LP + DVD // £20.99

**Deluxe limited edition reissue marking the 20th anniversary of City Slang – includes the bonus DVD “On/Off The Record** Tipped for major things this album from the Acher brothers (Micha and Markus) with the two Martin’s, Messerschmid and Gretschmann aka Console delivers in every way. Expected when you consider the talent involved, members freelance across groups of the stature of Lali Puna and The Tied and Tickled Trio. The group…
THE NOTWIST
Neon Golden (Deluxe Ltd Edition Reissue)
City Slang
CD + DVD // £13.99

**Deluxe limited edition reissue marking the 20th anniversary of City Slang – includes the bonus DVD “On/Off The Record** Tipped for major things this album from the Acher brothers (Micha and Markus) with the two Martin’s, Messerschmid and Gretschmann aka Console delivers in every way. Expected when you consider the talent involved, members freelance across groups of the stature of Lali Puna and The Tied and Tickled Trio. The group…
VARIOUS / LTM
After Twilight
LTM Recordings
CD // £11.49

“LTM present a compilation album of new recordings by artists who recorded for stylish European indie Les Disques du Crépuscule. Featuring contributions from Antena, Anna Domino, Paul Haig, Blaine L. Reininger, Cathy Claret and The Names, After Twilight features several brand new songs as well as modern updates of favourite back-catalogue tracks. Part nostalgic reverie, part retro-futurist nod, the album was executive produced by electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena, and seamlessly…
WILD PALMS
Draw In Light
One Little Indian
10″ // £6.49

Double A-side single from Wild Palms. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, two tracks of accomplished and euphoric indie post-rock produced by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, Clinic).
JAZZ / RELATED
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A Collection Of Progressive & Independent Spiritual Jazz 45s, 1968-75
Jazzman
3 x 7″ // £19.99

Jazzman capitalise on the resurgence of interest around progressive and spiritual forms of jazz in recent years with this celebration of three lesser known, but important figures: James Spaulding, Lightmen Plus One, and James Tatum, split over 3×7″s and housed in a special double gatefold sleeve. This music defines the real undercurrent of 60s/70s jazz music, previously heard on their excellent ‘Spiritual Jazz’ LP collection, but presented here on the…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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CALIBRE
Even If
SIGNATURE
3×12″ + CD // £20.99

Sixth studio album from Calibre, returning to deep end liquid D&B after a few forays into relatively experimental terrain. ‘Even If’ is presented as a 3 x 12″ vinyl pack with one track pressed per side for maximum audio fidelity, accompanied with an expanded CD version of thirteen tracks. The CD won’t be available separately! Logially, the vinyl tracks lean towards the dancefloor friendly, without ignoring the need for emotive…
EVESON
Numbers / Life In The Balance
CHANNEL 82
12″ // £5.99

Eveson’s beautiful ‘Numbers’ finally sees the light of day on wax, backed with Liquid stepping and 140bpm tracks on the flip. Those in the know (Joy Orbison included) were charting the title cut over 12 months ago, but the track has lost none of its magnetic emotive appeal. We’d only been privy to the youtube clip but strangely enough this version still has that youtube-y resonance on the vocal, with…
GENOTYPE
Ritual Dance EP
Exit Records
3 x 10″ // £15.99

Justin Richardson aka Genotype/Just Jungle makes a welcome return to the fray with a 3×10″ album of cold junglist futurism configured with old skool methods. Between the late ’90s and early ’00s he produced a string of underground heavy hitters for Renegade Hardware and Reinforced, but while much of the scene has moved into Techier Neurofunked territory, Justin has retained proper dub rooted principles. His aesthetic slots very neatly into…
DATA
Visualizations Vol. 2
Horizons Music
2×12″ // £11.99

Dapper doublepack from D&B minimalist Data, including assistance from Dynamic and a remix from Utrecht/London production duo, June Miller. With ‘Reconnaissance’ and ‘Bleak’ feat. Dynamic, Data serves clinically arranged and mechanical syncopations with the deadly flair and precision. With ‘One Night Stand’ he adds lush dub chords to the formula and June Miller finish with a super-techy revision of ‘Abstractions’ for those still left on the ‘floor. One for fans…
DATA & KEZA / DATA & DYNAMIC
Surveillance / The Foid
INSIDE
12″ // £5.99

Two ultra-lean and menacing sides of D&B minimalistix from Data in conjunction with Keza and Dynamic. Crafted with Keza, the A-side ‘Surveillance’ is focussed on warehouse-ready hardstep syncopations with serious attention paid to the percussive detailing. Conceived with Dynamic, ‘The Fold’ lurches on a halfstep lean punctuated with shatterproof snare strikes and underpinned with anguished cyborg synths. A must for fans of the darkest, deadliest D&B tools from Rockwell, Felix…
LYNX
Star / On The Other Side
Blackout Music
12″ // £7.99

Atmospheric D&B from man-like-Lynx (of Lynx & Kemo), the 2nd release from Blackout Music followingSynkro/Dbridge’s lead. ‘Star’ features Bashiyra & Malibu’s fragrant vocals over flutes and breezy atmospheres with a sub-continental feel, attached to unfussy D&B steppers patterns. ‘On The Other Side’ flips the vibe to a darker aesthetic with trickier rhythm programming. One for fans of Calibre.
ROCKWELL
DJ Friendly Unit Shifter
Shogun Audio
12″ // £5.99

Rockwell follows his deadly ‘Reverse Engineering’ with two slightly more standard yet tricky steppers for Shogun Audio. Titling your track ‘DJ Friendly Unit Shifter’ is a little cynical, but the glitchy futurist vibes will surely find a home on the more forward thinking D&B ‘floors, while ‘Fakin’ Jacks’ really cuts loose with that programming prowess that he’s known for, firing off the techiest rhythm acrobatics for the dancers. A must…
MAGAZINE
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THE WIRE
Issue 322: December 2010
Wire
Mag // £4.00

The most essential electronic periodical on the planet features the maverick rhythm master and former Skull Disco CEO, Shackleton, on the cover and in interview chatting about his new label Woe To The Septic Heart and a forthcoming Fabric mix, among other matters of importance. Elsewhere, William Bennett aka Whitehouse is tested by the Invisible Jukebox, Scientist is interviewed by Joe Muggs and Nam Jun Paik speaks to Brian Morton….
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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ERNESTO FERREYRA
El Paraiso De Las Tortugas
Cadenza
CD // £11.99

Following a series of well received 12″ singles, Cadenza present the debut LP from Ernesto Ferreyra. Having lived in places as diverse as Ibiza and Berlin, the influence of the house and techno scenes in these cities stretches across these tracks with reassuring subtlety. Delicate changes in melody and percussion snake around the kickdrums while a stream of warm pads flows over and under the mix to generate a powerful…
JATOMA
Jatoma
Kompakt
LP // £11.99

This latest signing to Kompakt is a real breath of fresh air, obscuring divides between dancefloor music and Animal Collective style electronic psychedelia. Jatoma have chosen to shroud themselves in secrecy, although we do know that they’re Danish and may or may not be a trio who are already involved with better known projects. Whoever they may be, they’re onto a winner with this vibrant and enormously creative debut; while…
JATOMA
Jatoma
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

This latest signing to Kompakt is a real breath of fresh air, obscuring divides between dancefloor music and Animal Collective style electronic psychedelia. Jatoma have chosen to shroud themselves in secrecy, although we do know that they’re Danish and may or may not be a trio who are already involved with better known projects. Whoever they may be, they’re onto a winner with this vibrant and enormously creative debut; while…
BJORN TORSKE
Kokning
Smalltown Supersound
CD // £10.99

Norway’s Bjorn Torske returns with his fourth studio album ‘Kokning’. Opening on a playful note with a slow-building title track, Torske strums a lone acoustic guitar against a background of shimmering synths setting the scene for a highly engaging piece of work. Throughout the course of the album a wide palette of genres are taken in and adapted to the Skrangle-House style (an open ended take on house music stemming…
DECIMAL
Lost In A Dark Place
Soma
CD // £8.99

Lost In A Dark Place is the debut album from Illinois producer Decimal, aka David Spacek. The album features ten tracks, including anthemic former single ‘Forgotten Requiem’ and another 12″ track, ‘Melody Attack’, but amongst the other cuts you can expect, big, trancey chords from ‘Soulchamber’, perennially useful Detroit hues from ‘Simulation’, electro-infused proto-IDM designs on ‘A Physical Sense Of Time’ and even an epic kosmische-flavoured synth epic, ‘The Lesson…
FENIN
Mixes & Maxis
Shitkatapult
CD // £12.99

Fenin showcases a selection of some of his finest deep and dubby techno with a collection of previously unreleased and vinyl-only tracks for Berlin’s Shitkatapult. While showcasing a good understanding of the minimal dub sound, it’s interesting to hear traces of UK garage and dubstep incorporated into Fenin’s sound, with Done (Edit) coming across like a low-end rubbed version of Basic Channel’s mighty Phylyps Track II.
JOHN TEJADA
Sweat (On The Walls) Remixes
Poker Flat
12″ // £6.49

John Tejada’s hypnotic 2004 minimal tech-house tune ‘Sweat (On the walls)’ gets another run out on Poker Flat’s classics series, backed with a 2010 update from Martin Landsky and a slick rework from Donnacha Costello.
MATT TOLFREY & CHRIS SYLVESTER
Almost There
REKIDS
12″ // £5.99

Wiggly tech-house rollers from ubiquitous DJ/Producer Matt Tolfrey and his buddy Christopher Sylvester. ‘Almost There’ is the more peakin’ of the two, as big piano chords clamber over rolling bass, while ‘Touch The Toes’ goes for a more heads-down and incessant shuffle vibe.
SEI A
White Rainbow
Turbo Recordings
CD // £11.99

Glasgow born Sei A comes up strong on ‘White Rainbow’, his first full length release on Turbo Recordings. Across the thirteen tracks on offer a real wealth of talent is displayed with a fine selection of rich, full bodied tech-house tracks primed for the floor. Album Highlight ‘Little One Song’ opens with a heavy bassline threatening to swallow you whole before a kick drum fires into the mix cascading up…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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ANWORTH KIRK & DEMDIKE STARE
Samhain Slant Azimuth
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
CD // £5.99

Samhain Slant Azimuth is a 50 track sound and music collage that was performed and mixed by Pre-Cert’s Anworth Kirk and Demdike Stare between 23.30 and 00.39 on 31st October 2010 (Hallowe’en). Taped at a mutual domestic residence for the entertainment of family and friends, Pre-Cert have pressed a very limited amount of physical copies available exclusively here. Adhering to their Part Art/Part Trash research model, this 69 minute session…
DOM THOMAS
Synthetic Soul & Other Junk
BRUTAL MUSIC
2LP // £11.99

**Standard double-vinyl edition** Finders Keepers magnate, Dom Thomas, offers the follow-up to the masterful ‘Exploding Disco Inevitable’ mix with a further blend of obscure proto house, denizen loops, far flung folk, cosmic rock and post punk. Again, we don’t have the foggiest ferkin’ clue what he’s playing, but the vibes are exceptionally heavy as to be expected. From a whirlpool of cosmic Krautrock beginnings we’re plunged into a morphing vortex…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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YE OLDE MAIDS
God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us
Worm
CD // £8.99

Wesley Eisold is the founding figure behind New York’s awesome Cold Cave unit. Ye Olde Maids’ ‘God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us’ collects 24 bedroom recordings made by Wes between 2006-2008, featuring previously unreleased songs and all the tracks from a hugely limited and now out-of-print LP from 2009, offered through his own book publishing and record label imprint, Heartworm press. Given their time frame, these tracks trace his transformation…
HOW TO DRESS WELL
Love Remains
LEFSE RECORDS
CD // £13.99

Joining the ranks of Salem and the Tri Angle label, Tom Krell’s ‘How To Dress Well’ project has garnered considerable attention since he first started dropping material about a year ago. Charged by the same fascination with R&B, submerged production techniques and enough fuzz and distortion to satiate the most intoxicated listener, his debut album throws you into a trip though many of the signatures that have made the U.S….
SIX SIX SECONDS
She Can’t Say
DOWNWARDS
7″ // £5.99

Regis & Female’s Downwards imprint indulges their taste for shoegaze drone pop with a pair of end-of-the-rope anthems from Six Six Seconds. The lineup curiously credits Karl O’Connor (Regis) with “location recording” next to the more typical, and apparent vocals, electronics, and guitar from Eden, and percussion accredited to Francis Berine. Unfortunately we can’t tell you much more about the group, because we don’t know jack-sh*t about them, but ‘She…
THESE NEW PURITANS / SBTRKT / SALEM
Hidden Remixes
Domino
10″ // £5.49

SBTRKT, Salem, Main Attrakionz and Ghost Hunter are drafted in to remix tracks from These New Puritans. The eleven tracks of ‘Hidden’ are practically kick-starting a new decade of art-rock/pop experimentation and the appointed remixers are qually part of that brave new world. From a brief tribal introduction SBTRKT propels us into a version of the purposeful ‘We Want War’, with vocals sounding uncannily like Massive Attack’s 3D over agitated…
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
Commotion
Warp
12″ // £4.99

One of the highlights from their s/t debut album, ‘Commotion’ appears backed with remixes from disco dons Tiger & Woods and Capracara. The title cut comes deeply infused with the spirit of early ’80s 4AD releases and embellished with a subtle Italo/PunkFunk propulsion ripe for the more discerning Indie discos. But, those in need of a more groovesome fix should check the Linn-esque snares on Tiger & Woods ’80s weekender-ready…
MVDV (MAARTEN VAN DER VLEUTEN)
Ctrl EP
SHIP WREC
12″ // £7.99

Prolific Dutch electro dude, Maarten van der Vleuten, covers Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’ backed with two darker electro-techno workers. The remix ain’t that bad really, sounding like something Anthony Rother might knock up on a day off, while the flipside trips into FSOL-esque electro/Breaks territory. Comes with free download code redeemable from the label.
LES SINS (TORO Y MOI)
Lina
Car Park
12″ // £6.49

Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) limbers up for the dancefloor with two heavily treated disco diamonds as Les Sin, recorded in 2009 at his home studio in Columbia, South Carolina. No doubt, his celebrated ‘Causers Of This’ album was a happily danceable effort, but these two tracks have a more clearly defined purpose, and they fulfill it in style. The instantly infectious ‘Lina’ cuts straight to the chase with…
GARY WAR
Police Water EP
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £10.99

Under the wickedly cryptic title of ‘Police Water’, Gary War delivers his latest psych-pop dazzler on Sacred Bones – also including the two tracks from his ‘Reality Protest’ 7″. Just as everyone begins to catch up with his brilliant body of work from the last two years, he goes and switches up his sound with reinvigorated song structures, a broader tonal palette and far, far tighter rhythm programming. Don’t worry,…
GARY WAR
Police Water EP
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £9.99

Under the wickedly cryptic title of ‘Police Water’, Gary War delivers his latest psych-pop dazzler on Sacred Bones – also including the two tracks from his ‘Reality Protest’ 7″. Just as everyone begins to catch up with his brilliant body of work from the last two years, he goes and switches up his sound with reinvigorated song structures, a broader tonal palette and far, far tighter rhythm programming. Don’t worry,…
TIMMY’S ORGANISM
Rise of the Green Gorilla
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £13.99

Debut album of feral, blistered Rock ‘n Roll and distorted cold wave from Timmy’s Organism for the brilliant Sacred Bones label. All ten songs were recorded between 2007-2010 and cross electrified train lines between raucous stompers like ‘Ugly Dream’ to more tender moments of piano, distortion and electronics on ‘Building The Friend-ship’, visiting emaciated, Suicide-esque wavey sh*t in ‘Give It To Me Babe’ or the Cold Cave-ish ‘Silver Mountain’ in…
TIMMY’S ORGANISM
Rise of the Green Gorilla
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £10.99

Debut album of feral, blistered Rock ‘n Roll and distorted cold wave from Timmy’s Organism for the brilliant Sacred Bones label. All ten songs were recorded between 2007-2010 and cross electrified train lines between raucous stompers like ‘Ugly Dream’ to more tender moments of piano, distortion and electronics on ‘Building The Friend-ship’, visiting emaciated, Suicide-esque wavey sh*t in ‘Give It To Me Babe’ or the Cold Cave-ish ‘Silver Mountain’ in…
BOYS NOIZE / ROBERT HOOD / PHON.O
Nott / Trooper
Boysnoize Records
2×12″ // £9.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl** Weighty rave assault from Boys Noize and an army of remixes including Rob Hood, Phon.O, Shadow Dancer and Paul Chambers. The first plate serves the cut-up electro-house intentions of the Boys’ original ‘Nott’, next to a chiptune fused version from Chambers and Shadow Dancer’s flashy edits. With the more stomping ‘Trooper’ Rob Hood gives a fierce DJ tool driven by bolshy but minimal kicks and stentorian stereo…
DIGITALISM
Blitz EP
Kitsune
12″ // £5.49

Much-loved production duo Digitalism return to Kitsune with new single ‘Blitz’ a typically poppy and melodious dancefloor stomper that’s been compressed to the hilt. Saturated with all Digitalism’s customary fizz, the production unfolds through arping chord sequences, heavily squeezed basslines and a mix that keeps everything very much in-your-face throughout. Adopting a similar sound at a lower tempo (and with equally bombastic, melodic results) ‘Stratosphere’ is another splendid original cut,…
TWIN SHADOW
Forget
4AD
LP // £13.49

Discovered and subsequently co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Twin Shadow is the recording alias of George Lewis Jr. whose brand of ’80s inspired pop music somehow finds its very own special niche in a musical marketplace already saturated with sounds that, on paper at least, meet that description. As bedroom-crafted pop music goes, Lewis’ achievements are mightily impressive, and Forget is loaded with intelligent, hook-filled pop songs that feel…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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REEL BY REAL
20 Years of Surkit: A Reel By Real Retrospective (A & B)
ARTLESS
12″ // £9.99

Absolutely vital reissue of a Detroit masterwork in two parts from Marty Bonds aka Reel By Real. ‘Surkit’ was originally conceived and released 20 years ago and is regarded as a holy grail of Detroit Techno, marrying inimitably funked machine rhythms and the deepest space soul synthlines imaginable. Part A/B contains the magical and mesmerising 1990 mix of ‘Surkit’ plus the still devastating ‘Vessels In Distress’ replete with additional strings…
REEL BY REAL / ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
20 Years of Surkit: A Reel By Real Retrospective (C & D)
ARTLESS
12″ // £9.99

Absolutely Vital reissue of a Detroit masterwork in two parts from Marty Bonds aka Reel By Real. ‘Surkit’ was originally conceived and released 20 years ago and is regarded as a holy grail of Detroit Techno, marrying inimitably funked machine rhythms and the deepest space soul synthlines imaginable. Part C/D offers the blissfully melancholy ‘Distance’ and the timeless futurism of ‘Surkit (1991 1-102 Version)’. On the flip Anthony “Shake” Shakir…
O/V/R
Post-Traumatic Son
Blueprint Records
12″ // £6.49

**On clear vinyl for the fiends!** Regis and James Ruskin team up for a highly effective new O/V/R excursion. The title track is a lean and uncompromising pounder, layered with tension building synthlines and a relentless attitude. ‘Descending the Left Corner’ is a little trickier, set with a deadly bassline swing akin to the Kalon tracks meshed with simmering Basic Channel style synth modualtions. In other words it’s pretty f**ing…
PETER VAN HOESEN / SENDAI / SP-X
61 Center Returning Vol. 2
TIME TO EXPRESS
12″ // £7.99

Dry and menacing techno from SP-X, Peter Van Hoesen and Sendai for Time To Express. Stealth and efficiency seems to be the modus operandi for these three cuts, from the frictional layers of Peter Van Hoesen’s focussed roller ‘Hope In Honesterror’, to the Regis style broken techno flow of Sendai’s ‘Northeast’, and onto SP-X’s muscular ‘Extract’, built with the sort of extra crisp snare whips and brain mushing kicks that…
GHOSTLEIGH / BRIAN BARIAN
Ageing Young Sessions Vol. 1
AGEING YOUNG SESSIONS
12″ // £6.99

Ghostleigh and Brian Barian pair off on a one-sided 12″, initiating the Aging Young Sessions with three tracks of idiosyncratic House. Ghostleigh takes the first two tracks, offering the sweet but brief boogie House vibes of ‘Crystalend’ followed by the crisp and warm vibes of ‘Nothing Is Gone Move On’, and a warm US Garage inspired groove from Brian Barian on ‘Spectrums’.
KINK & NEVILLE WATSON
Metropole
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Kink & Neville Watson return for a third outing together, knitting robust Chicago House and floating Detroit Techno in their signature style. The robust jacking rhythm and joyful melodies of ‘Metropole’ are primed for peak-time play and should win over even the most hard-to-please House heads, while the raw and melancholy groove of ‘The Long Wait’ reminds of Newworldaquarium circa ‘Until My Heart Stops’.
MARCEL DETTMANN / ROBAG WRUHME / COSMIN TRG
Modeselektion Vol. 01 Part 3 (Limited Edition Whitelabel)
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £6.99

**Upfront, hand-stamped and individually numbered white label copies, limited to 100 copies** Completing the vinyl run of the first series of Modeselektion 12″s, three tracks on a House and Techno tip from Marcel Dettmann, Robag Wruhme, and Cosmin TRG. Commanding the A-side, Dettmann churns up ‘Lyrate’, a dubbed-out and slinky roller with kinky shuffle for bold floor moves. On the flip Robag Wruhme exercises his dextrous electronic side with a…
JAMES RUSKIN / REGIS
Return (Regis Mix)
Blueprint Records
12″ // £5.99

Second release from James Ruskin’s Blueprint ltd series – an imprint reserved for tougher and more experimental techno tools from the archives. Regis is firing on all cylinders with his remake of ‘Return’, recycling the kinky patterns from his ‘Advanced Bossa’ remix of Female in hyper-efficient and killer form. On the flip 65D Mavericks give a twitchy IDM version and James Ruskin’s lamping original gets a solid run out.
FUNCKARMA
Reasch EP
SHIP WREC
12″ // £8.99

The brothers Funcken regroup on four tracks of hi-tek acid and tricky beat science for Shipwrec. In the title cut we find a restless fusion of swinging drums and Techno twists reminding of their Mystery Artist 12″ for Skam, while ‘TRrnt’ fluctuates between half-timed acidic gurgles and febrile, almost D&B style syncopations. Flip it and ‘Spud Bencer’ goes on a jauntier HipHop flex with nutty synthlines screwing off in all…
SURGEON
Force & Form (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £14.99

Seminal Techno LP, reissued by Tresor for 2010. Upon original release in 1999, ‘Force + Form’ was at the vanguard of contemporary techno, worshipped by nearly all who encountered it. The massive highlights of ‘At The Heard Of It All’ and ‘The Hollow Men’ are still peerless to this day, while the experimentalism of ‘Black Jackal Throwbacks’ is just as effective now as 10 years ago. ESSENTIAL.
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VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. II (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

Presented on deluxe double vinyl for the first time, Sublime Frequencies’ Hisham Mayet has reissued this stunning compilation of early recordings from the ends of the earth between 1925-48. The collection was originally conceived by Pat Conte – also responsible for the Harry Smith boxset on Smithsonian Folkways and a series for Doxy music – with the intention of compiling some of the greatest performances of world and ethnic music…
VARIOUS / OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. III (Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48)
Outernational Records
2LP // £24.99

Presented on deluxe double vinyl for the first time, this is Volume III of Outernational Records’ crucial ‘The Secret Museum Of Mankind’ series. Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies is behind this reissue of a previously CD only release back in 1995, offering all 24 tracks with extensive original sleevenotes and rare photos housed in heavyweight gatefold sleeve – with similar production values to the Sublime Frequencies series. Vol.III tours the…
HAYVANLAR ALEMI
Guarana Superpower
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £20.99

Sublime Frequencies present a diverse side of modern Turkish psychedelia and mesmeric instrumental post-rock jams from Hayvanlar Alemi. In the most traditional sense of ’60s Anatolian psyche and modern post-rock, fuzzed-up and spindly guitars are pivotal to their sound, joined by deft percussion, electric mandolin and even stylophone on one track for added psych points. Initial listens reveal the album to be peppered with potential anthems, from the towering post-rock-y…
T.R. MAHALINGAM
Mali: Essential Recordings of Carnatic Bamboo Flute
EM
2LP // £27.99

Gorgeous double gatefold issue of two crucial albums by “the greatest living flutist of South India”, T.R. Malingham or Mali to millions of South Indians, presented in respectfully opulent stye by Japan’s EM reissue imprint. This is meditative, spiritual, and exotic music of the highest order, combining his two most revered recordings from 1969 and 1970 over two very special discs. Mali is said to be able to commune with…
T.R. MAHALINGAM
Mali: Essential Recordings of Carnatic Bamboo Flute
EM
CD // £16.99

Gorgeous issue of two crucial albums by “the greatest living flutist of South India”, T.R. Malingham or Mali to millions of South Indians, presented in respectfully opulent stye by Japan’s EM reissue imprint. This is meditative, spiritual, and exotic music of the highest order, combining his two most revered recordings from 1969 and 1970 over two very special discs. Mali is said to be able to commune with birds via…