Oct 232010
 
Hello,

We’re loaded to the gills with excellent records this week, with the deluxe reissue of John Elliott’s Imaginary Softwoods album towering above them all. It originally emerged on a triple tape pack a few years back and has since become revered as one of the finest and most sought-after of all the Emeralds-related side-projects. It’s bleak but majestic, sombre yet life-affirming scope is reflected in the double gatefold sleeve, with stunning artwork from Elliott and Witchbeam, plus mastering by James Plotkin and a cut at D&M. It’s a beautiful package and as limited as they come – first come, first served!

Not Not Fun continue a hectic release schedule with an absolutely prime haul of wares this week, the best of the bunch being Umberto’s ‘Prophecy Of The Black Widow’, a very canny appropriation of Carpenter-esque Giallo-isms with a slant towards Italo and early ’80s New Wave, kinda like a cheekily scuffed VHS version of Gatekeeper or Zombi. Also make sure to check out Ensemble Economique’s ‘Psychical’ for a trippier, a voodoo take on this sound, and Dylan Ettinger’s ‘New Age Outlaws’ for the drone-y Vangelis look with some really surreal twists.

Jane Birkin’s solo debut ‘Di Doo Dah’ is a certified Gallic classic. Light In The Attic give it a much needed reissue, including bonus tracks and original artwork supplemented with previously unseen photographs, and of course the sublime production and arrangements from Jean Claude Vannier and Serge Gainsbourg. Opulent doesn’t begin to describe it, which should deserves a space in the racks of any self-respecting Francophile or lover of sensuous pop music.

On a rhythm tip, Dam Mantle bursts through with his debut album ‘First Wave’, while King Tubby is given a beautiful 7×7″ box set. Dam Mantle has been making waves with his remixes for Gold Panda, Gonasufi and Au Revoir Simone, among others, but this is his defining statement, full of fractal arrangements and crooked juxtapositions that just work so well in their own psyched-out headspace. Fans of Flying Lotus, As Valet, or Becoming Real should check this pronto. And for the Dub heads, that Tubby box set is just crucial, collecting 14 of his finest riddims in a proper heavyweight casing, paying tribute to one of reggae’s most innovative auteurs in resplendent style and fashion.

We’re brimming with killer singles this week too, topped by Greatest Hits’ ‘Danse Pop’ gem for Olde English Spelling Bee. Imbued with the same crooked charm as Autre Ne Veut or James Ferraro, this is a f**ked-up brew of FM boogie pop and Pete Waterman-esque naughtiness that we won’t be forgetting in a hurry. It’s highly recommended!!! Taking to the ‘floor, Raster Noton drop an absolute blinder from Kangding Ray, reinforced with remixes from Alva Noto and Ben Frost. This is futurist Germanic avant-techno at it’s very best, reworking post-dubstep and technoid templates with enhanced production values and monstrous bass, and pretty much worth the cover price alone for Ben Frost’s overwhelmingly powerful remix.

From another angle, Mark Ernestus plugs into a tradition of Afro-Germanic fusions with two essential reworks of Konono No.1. For us, this is a dream come true, sounding exactly halfway between Basic Channel and purest Congolese dance music. Check the samples and watch your jaw drop.. For more traditional House and Techno, peep Space Dimension Controller’s most substantial vinyl release to date, the diverse and dazzling ‘Temporary Thrillz’, pressed on marbled purple double vinyl for R&S. FXHE also have two hot drops from Omar-S, one featuring a reissue of Roy Davis Jr.’s staple classic ‘All I Do’, backed with an immense tribal original from AOS and DJ B-Len-D, and the other featuring four tracks of grit-ridden tracky Detroit House by Omar in solo mode.

Elsewhere, we’ve got a sublimely rooted 10″ from Wareika Hill Sounds on Honest Jon’s (causing much consternation on the 33 or 45 ting), the deadly 2nd instalment of Modeselektion volumes, including next level beats from Shed, 2562, and SBTRKT, and that remarkable Space System 12″ on Optimo Music, doubtless one of the maddest electro-acoustic disco records we’ve heard all year, if that genre even exists!

And lest we forget, Not Not Fun also present the final transmission from Pocahaunted, placing Amanda Brown and co in a proper studio for the first and last time, resulting in three tracks of ritualistic pop music with all their strands of noise, post-punk dub, and desert pop revealed in not-quite-technicolor glory.

Other highlights this week come from Sven Weisemann, Boddika, Kontext, Subeena, Apparat, Hauschka, Peter Broderick, Marnie Stern, Warpaint, Dom Thomas, Recloose, Villalobos, Levon Vincent, Commix, Tom Ze, and a ruck of essential CD issues from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti – don’t miss them.

have yourselves a fabulous week….

Peace! Nekers…xx

Albums of the Week



IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS
Imaginary Softwoods (Deluxe Gatefold Edition)
ELECTRONIC
DIGITALIS
2LP // £17.99

*Key album from Emeralds founding member John Elliot, previously available in a handmade edition of just 150 copies. The album is widely regarded as one of the most important of all the Emeralds side-projects to date and for this edition the audio has been completely remastered by James Plotkin and cut at Berlin’s D&M. It also features new artwork from John Elliot and Witchbeam. We have 300 copies only available – first come, first served* John Elliott, aka 1/3 of the Emeralds, embarked on an anonymous journey into washed out synthdrone-psychedelia some two years ago. The results were released on an obscure triple cassette, and eventually made their way into the hands of the marvellous Digitalis imprint, who’ve done us all a great favour by pressing them once again on this gorgeous gatefold edition. Our enviably prolific protagonist chose to work under the Imaginary Softwoods sobriquet for this release, untethering himself from the more widescreen Emeralds project to involve himself in a vast array of bleak dronescapes and almost baroque experiments, recalling the personal endeavours of 60’s/70’s European private pressings. The sounds here are bleached to a ferric residue (captured on high quality chrome tape), gaining a similar timbre to Kevin Drumm’s recent ‘Imperial Distortion’ works, albeit with more melodic movement and a shy, starry-eyed personality. And unlike the spirit-invoking crescendos of Emeralds, Imaginary Softwoods tracks are by comparison, relatively restrained and brooding affairs, perhaps because they’re limited to two hands on the keys instead of six? The tracks are neatly organised into five minute compositions, spread between overcast, sullen atmospheres and gently sombre moments whose tones are stripped to a dull sparkle, sounding like some well worn acetate found on a dusty shelf. We’re completely smitten with these recordings, and if you’re lucky enough to nab one of these we’re certain you’ll share the feeling. An absolute essential for fans of JD Emmanuel, Kevin Drumm and Emeralds – grab one while you can.



UMBERTO
Prophecy Of The Black Widow
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

Seeping out of the American underground on the always engrossing NNF label, Matt Hill presents his sophomore Umberto album. It follows on from the Giallo soundtrack style he brilliantly aped on ‘From The Grave…’ deeper into the bowels of the early ’80s sound, leering creepily at John Carpenter and the more bewitching ends of Italo disco and new wavey bits. Many have tried this sound – step forward Zombi, Gatekeeper, Francesco Clemente, Anton Maiovvi – but far fewer have achieved it with as much grain and VHS-warped eeriness as this. It feels more like James Ferraro has locked onto a killer Giallo collection in his dream dungeon and authentically immersed himself in their soundtracks, recreating their mood, tension and gothic mise-en-scene with scary accuracy, from the witch disco of ‘The Psychic’ and ‘Night Stalking’ to the Eurozone emotions of ‘Red Dawn’ and the Goblin-esque ‘Widow Of The Web’, all the while keeping a sly sliver of knowing cheekiness tucked in the top pocket. By the time you reach the ascending end-title arpeggiations of ‘Everything Is Going To Be Okay’ it’s time for another oversized pizza and 10 gallon bottle of cola. Sick record, limited to 485 copies, with wicked artwork from Seth Johnson. Highly Recommended!



JANE BIRKIN
Di Doo Dah
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Light In The Attic
CD // £11.99

The first solo album released by Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah was made in conjunction with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, originally released in 1973. This new Light In The Attic reissue adds a further two bonus tracks on the CD version: 1971’s ‘La Decadanse’ and ‘Les Langues De Chat’. The original artwork is supplemented with previously unseen photographs, French and English lyric transcriptions and extensive liner notes in the booklet including a new interview with Birkin herself. Di Doo Dah follows on from the 1969 duet album Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus’ and the classic 1971 release, L’Histoire De Melody Nelson, and while this is still very much a collaboration, Birkin’s singularly breathy lead vocal is at the heart of all things. The production and Vannier arrangements are wonderful throughout, at times recalling the lithe string parts from his experimental solo album L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches, and Gainsbourg’s writing hits some real highs with the likes of ‘Help Cammionneur!’, ‘Kawasaki’ and ‘La Baigneuse De Brighton’. This record invites parallels to be drawn with the solo albums Birkin’s daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg would go on to make; she’s recruited the services of male writers and producers yet still managed to make a record that sounds like it’s all her own. Highly recommended.



ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE
Psychical
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

An all-out stunner from Brian Pyles aka California’s Starving Weirdos, joining in on NNF’s current soundtrack-y agenda with an incredible solo album. ‘Psychical’ is about as heavy as they come, for synthesized dreams of dark African dread and blood curdling ambience, at least. The whole album plays through like a movie itself, tracks blending into one another like scenes to effectively toy with your senses of fear and what-the-f**k comes next… doom laden drones blacken the horizon to all the peripheries creating a tense atmosphere for panned hand-drums, incantations of “Blood and Marijuana”, unheimlich poetics and even a cameo from Tom Carter ov Charalambides, shredding the acid red skies with guitar on ‘Real Things’. We fear we might be giving too much away and spoiling the fun at this point so we’ll just say this is one of the darkest and most affecting sides of schlock horror we heard all year. Limited copies only, and featuring occult VHS artwork by Manda Beth Brown.



DAM MANTLE
First Wave
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Growing Records
CD // £5.99

Brilliant debut album from fractal beat collage artist, Dam Mantle. With only one full release to his name and a handful of ace remixes for Gold Panda, GonjaSufi and Au Revoir Simone, the Glaswegian producer (sometimes a duo) has obviously warranted a good deal of attention from all quarters of the musical world. We can simply put this down to the fact that their sound is strikingly unique, imbued with a restless soul twitching between spikes of skweeed digital hip-hop, crafty electronic boogie, dubstep and whatever else is good right now, managing to make it all sound messily coherent in a really psyched-out style. It’s so hard to lock his tracks to any singular pole that we won’t bother, but if you’ve been charmed by Zomby, boggled by Becoming Real or under the spell of As Valet and the maddest strains of the LA sound, this album is a total must.



KING TUBBY
King Tubby’s Dub Box: 14 Killer Dubs From The Dubmaster
DUB / REGGAE
Jamaican Recordings
7 X 7″ BOX // £33.99

Seriously heavyweight 7 x 7″ box set including rare King Tubby classics housed in opulent, glossy-finished box set from Jamaican Recordings. This is a fitting tribute to one of dub’s most integral auteurs, including his very best versions for Bunny “Striker” Lee, and a handful of his finest remixes, plus bonus cuts from the first four official King Tubby LPs. Contains absolute head-wrecking masterpieces such as the sci-fi sampling ‘A Rougher Version’, the echo chamber ghosts of ‘Jahovah Version’, his seminal ‘Conversation Dub’ reduction, and the magical dub soul of ‘Declaration Of Dub’ all cleanly cut with imitation centre labels. There’s no repress on this badbwoy, so wine up quick if you want one! Full Tracklisting: 7″ 1. 1. Roots Of Dub 2.Dread Locks Dub 7″ 2. 3. Better Version 4. A Good Version 7″ 3. 5.Declaration Of Dub 6. A Truthful Dub 7″ 4. 7. The Jahovah Dub 8. Conversation Dub 7″ 5. 9. Waltzing Mathilda 10. Weeping Dub 7″ 6. 11. Natty Dub 12. Move Out Of Babylon Dub 7″ 7. 13. Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks 14. A Rougher Version



DYLAN ETTINGER
New Age Outlaws
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

“New York City, 2069. A new form of crime has evolved. Only one hard-as-nails ex-cop has what it takes to get to the bottom of their plot and stop the new age outlaws from finding the alien artifact and destroying earth as we know it.” Back in March this year, NNF released the original version of this album on cassette, but it’s maker, Dylan Ettinger, has returned to the master tapes in order to “further articulate the new age sci-fi ambient drift jazz vision of those pieces into something even grander and more elegant”, now issued as the ‘Directors Cut’, buffed with new mastering, resequenced tracklist and extra noodly Vangelis impersonations. The A-side is one long drift of cinematic synth washes and arcing arpeggiations, from tender to intrepid via field recordings of the cyber jungle in the space of 25 mins. The mission gets weirder and more confused as the glowing pills kick in on the flipside, starting in a techno bar in the old zones surrounded by a chorus of pissed up aliens, before succumbing to blissed out ethereal harmonics at ‘Penguin Point’ and coming home to a one-roomed apartment on the 764th storey in ‘Gordons Theme’. Features stunning sci-fi sleeve art from Dan McPharlin and photocopied insert, in an run of 490 copies.

Singles of the Week



GREATEST HITS
Danse Pop
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £5.99

Chart smashing 7″ from the Olde English Spelling Bee camp, dropping the debut from Brooklyn’s hugely tipped Greatest Hits. Aside from having one of the best names ever, this band also make some of the most f**ked up pop music we’ve heard all year. Think Autre Ne Veut doing a guest spot on The Hitman And Her presented by Pete Waterman and James V/VM in a Michaela Strachan mask, and you’re almost there. The PWL-production line groove of ‘Danse Pop’ is our favourite, while ‘Make You Mine’ strikes a baggier rut of Balearic sunshine, pished-up on warm vodka and starved of oxygen from smoking too many Regals. On the flip ‘Stop And Go’ is a weird-out slice of FM boogie pop pie and ‘Ambulance’ is a snottier electropunk nugget. Can the Olde English Spelling Bee do no wrong? Magic.



KANGDING RAY / ALVA NOTO / BEN FROST
Pruitt Igoe
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Enhanced and incredibly produced bass music from the Raster Noton camp courtesy of Kangding Ray, reinforced with stunning remixes from Alva Noto and Ben Frost. With ‘Pruitt Igoe’ Kangding Ray augments his sound to Raster’s current avant-techno agenda, logging onto the ‘floor with the burly swing of ‘Rise’ and ‘Fall’, both echoing Dubstep’s move into slower tempos and elevated groove technology like some uncompromising Teutonic cousin to Pinch’s ‘Croydon House’ sound or a steel-plated Shackleton rhythm trip. Of course this is all in line with Raster’s overriding agenda of intense, considered minimalism, striving to eke the optimised impact from every sound and eschewing the need for any unnecessarily conventional melody or harmony. On the remixes, Alva Noto continues a streak of rhythmically charged form, following remixes for Greie Gut Fraktion and Vladislav Delay with a colossal remodel of ‘Rise’, filtering the original’s distorted field recordings of street singers from Uttar Pradesh into something like an inverted version of Ancient Methods’ stentorian techno funk. Finally, Ben Frost returns Kangding Ray’s programming favour on his ‘By The Throat’ album with a gripping refix of ‘Fall’, placing kicks like boulders strewn on arctic tundra while dynamically contorting the ghoulish synths into nightmarish figures looming from the inky blackness. As you can probably tell, this is pushing our buttons, hard. So good.



MARK ERNESTUS VS. KONONO NO.1
Masikulu Dub
TECHNO / HOUSE
CONGOTRONICS
12″ // £7.99

The second in this heavyweight Congotronics remix series sets Mark Ernestus of Rhythm & Sound/Basic Channel fame to task, remixing Konono No.1’s ‘Masikulu’ in two blinding versions. To call this a dancefloor dream come true might be hyperbolic, but wholeheartedly sincere. Ernestus tackles the material faithfully and respectfully, duppying Konono’s mesmeric rhythms with a learned sleight of hand and additional percussion from like-minded ally, Burnt Friedman, resulting in two tracks of mindblowing and timeless Afro-Germanic hybrids. Very usefully, the 115bpm pace is coolly House and Techno compatible, making for endless potential permutations in the right hands and ripe for a global dancefloor currently converging on a tribal trajectory. We could heap praise on this all day but you’ve probably checked the samples and know what we’re talking about already. As ESSENTIAL as they come.



SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
Temporary Thrillz
TECHNO / HOUSE
R&S Records
2×12″ // £12.99

**Purple Marbled Vinyl** Returned from the core of the sphere of the unknown, Space Dimension Controller delivers a luscious double pack for R&S, and on marbled vinyl to boot. There are few in modern techno/house/electro quarters who haven’t been charmed by his 12″s on Royal Oak and Kinnego, and that number is set to increase with these seven tracks. The epithet adorning both plates “Created aboard the Electropod of a time-trapped futurist” neatly encapsulates ‘Temporary Thrillz’, from the silvery electrosoul shimmer of ‘Mercurial Attraction’, to the Anti-G slide of ‘2EZ (Autopilot’s Lament)’ and the sci-fi Boogie sophistication of ‘Transatlantic Landing Bay’. Our two favourite tracks are coincidentally the slowest, with the lubricated ‘lectrosex of closer ‘Simmering Emotion (Stay With Me)’ and the sensuous drag of ‘Kaleidoscopic Ecstacy’ sounding like slow jamz for android porn. Big tip!



OMAR S
These Complimentary Track’x
TECHNO / HOUSE
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Omar-S on the case again, dropping three tracks of undiluted D-troit Jack-trax and one mad little Disco edit. ‘Solely Supported’ is Electro-House in the original Chicago sense of the term, riding a fat Italo-debted bassline and crispy claps deep into the groove, before the fiercely raw ‘Under Jamaica’ does what he does best with gritty, tracky drum loops and submerged bass dubbed up and smoked out, Omar-S style. On the flip ‘Columns’ dominates with a more laidback and smoothly hypnotic House number, while the deadly ‘Boot Gill’ adds some of his nonchalant charm to a deep Disco edit. Needed.



ROY DAVIS JR. / OMAR S
All I Do / Da-Teys
TECHNO / HOUSE
FXHE
12″ // £10.99

FXHE present a lip-smackingly choice rerelease of Roy Davis Jr.’s ‘All I Do’, backed with an epic percussive workout from Omar S and DJ B-Len-D. No messing, ‘All I Do’ is an all time classic NYC Garage classic, maybe not as well known as ‘Gabrielle’ but a staple fixture in Omar’s DJ sets and a beautiful tune nonetheless. On the flip the restless soul and imagination of A.O.Smith links with his Detroit fellow for ‘Da Teys’, keeping matters subtly minimal yet deeply tribal with insistent congas pushed on with stealthy bass hits while slow rising keys smokily infiltrate and intoxicate the whole affair. This one’s going to be getting a lot of play around here. So good.



WAREIKA HILL SOUNDS
Kumina Mento Rasta
DUB / REGGAE
Honest Jon’s Records
10″ // £6.99

“Wareika Hill Sounds is the contemporary roots reggae project of Calvin cameron – mainstay of the original Light Of saba line-up, the genius behind Lambs Bread Collie – who to this day lives above the headquarters of the mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, in the Wareika district of Kingston, Jamaica. In the great pedagogical traditions of the multi-cultrual Light Of Saba, and before that Count Ossie, this new recording runs together two JA musical traditions – a kind of drumming (and drum) brought from the Congo, and the island’s variation of calypso – into a thundering grounation charge. As always, the Skatalite’s trombone-playign is majestic: deadly, gripping, deeply cultivated. The dub is tremendous, too. Expertly mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin,a nd beautfully pressed at Pallas, for maximum soundboy worries. With a lovely printed sleeve, designed by Will Bankhead.” Limited copies – highly recommended!



POCAHAUNTED
Threshold
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.99

Not Not Fun deliver Pocahaunted’s final recordings together, made earlier this spring at the end of a three week US tour. Funnily enough, these are their first and last recordings to be in a proper studio (Louder, in San Fran), and the results are a brilliant tease for what might have been. ‘Threshold’ starts out slow, building from almost orgiastic sighs, yawns and wails to find a heads-down discopunk-steppers groove, featuring the triumvirate of Amanda Brown, Diva Dompe and Leyna Noel forming loose but hypnotic chants and ghostly caterwauls. On the flip ‘Echolocation’ is essentially their closing note, loping towards the conclusion with an instinctively mournful feel guided by Diva Dompe’s deft bass and a mesmerizing slow climax of vocals and deliciously amateurish desert dub guitar with acres of reverb. Limited, and very excellent indeed.



SHED / 2562 / SBTRKT
Modeselektion Vol. 01 Part 2
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £7.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 2 in their highly collectable Modeselektion series, scanning the future of 128bpm groove technology. 2562 offers a swinging garage-techno number on ‘Wind It Up’, while Shed serves dusted, minimalist jazz/2-step percussion and a sweeping, heavily filtered synthline to head swirling effect. Finally, SBTRKT does his characteristically playful yet deeply techy thing with ‘The Unspoken’, rubbing Zomby-style melody over bustling brukken beats and surging electro synth strikes…



SPACE SYSTEM
Sorrow Show EP
ELECTRONIC
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.99

Remarkable release from Optimo Music; four tracks of crazy electro-acoustic disco psychedelia, fresh outta Jakarta, Indonesia!! Space System are Adhianto Aryo and Jonathan Kusuma, two relatively new producers with only a small handful of releases to their name. With ‘Sorrow Show’ the duo erect a towering, modern psych-disco colossus where thunderous toms collide with breathtaking synth explosions before grooving into lazer-guided jazz keys worthy of Mr Fingers. We’ve honestly never heard owt quite like this before. ‘Petik’ follows, binding heavenly harp with dub-splayed synths and a brittle but inviting shuffle rhythm. On the remix tip, ‘Sorrow Show’ receives a more EBM tempered revision, and ‘Nocturnal’ blends bobbling Chicago bassline with Gamelan-like timbres for another incredibly unique fusion. Seriously – get this.

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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MARCONI UNION
Glassworks
BineMusic
12″ // £7.99

A welcome return to the Bine label from the dependably good Marconi Union, the Glassworks EP features three variations on the superb downtempo 4/4 title track. Blurring the lines between deep, Monolake-style techno and more home-listening oriented sounds, ‘Glassworks Red’ is incredibly immersive, taking on a panoramic scope that can’t help but suck you in. A more economical take on the track arrives in the form of a ‘Video Edit’,…

SVEN WEISEMANN
Sole Exception EP
ESSAYS
2×10″ // £15.99

Sven Weisemann’s ‘Sole Exception’ is his first and only of the year. It follows the tangent taken on the ‘Xine’ album and previous Essays 7″s to more cinematic and soothing soundtracky terrain, or perhaps even a form of modern Library music, when considered with the classically plaintive sleeve. While the majority of the five tracks are driven by fine-tuned Detroit house and electro motors, we’d never really play them in…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DAM MANTLE
First Wave
Growing Records
CD // £5.99

Brilliant debut album from fractal beat collage artist, Dam Mantle. With only one full release to his name and a handful of ace remixes for Gold Panda, GonjaSufi and Au Revoir Simone, the Glaswegian producer (sometimes a duo) has obviously warranted a good deal of attention from all quarters of the musical world. We can simply put this down to the fact that their sound is strikingly unique, imbued with…

TOKIMONSTA
Midnight Menu
LISTEN UP
LP // £11.99

L.A’s Tokimonsta drops her highly anticipated debut album, landing on the Japanese imprint, Listen Up, a subsidiary of the Art Union conglomerate. As indicated by her 12″ and the growing bluster of hype surrounding her work, ‘Midnight Menu’ is a very satisfying experience, double dipped in sunny, soul rich atmospheres and conjuring a splendidly laidback and loved-up L.A. vibe that’s at once complementary, and yet distinct from her circle of…
BOOKS
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ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS
Swanlights (Special Hardcover Book Edition)
ABRAMS IMAGE
Hardcover Book + CD // £19.99

**A special 144-page hardcover book of Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing which also includes a CD version of Swanlights** After the dark introspection of previous album The Crying Light, Antony Hegarty returns with a tentatively optimistic new collection of songs for the fourth Antony & The Johnsons full-length, Swanlights. It’s another achingly beautiful piece of work, and one that announces itself with the resoundingly positive ‘Everything Is New’ -…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE
Psychical
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

An all-out stunner from Brian Pyles aka California’s Starving Weirdos, joining in on NNF’s current soundtrack-y agenda with an incredible solo album. ‘Psychical’ is about as heavy as they come, for synthesized dreams of dark African dread and blood curdling ambience, at least. The whole album plays through like a movie itself, tracks blending into one another like scenes to effectively toy with your senses of fear and what-the-f**k comes…

POCAHAUNTED
Threshold
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.99

Not Not Fun deliver Pocahaunted’s final recordings together, made earlier this spring at the end of a three week US tour. Funnily enough, these are their first and last recordings to be in a proper studio (Louder, in San Fran), and the results are a brilliant tease for what might have been. ‘Threshold’ starts out slow, building from almost orgiastic sighs, yawns and wails to find a heads-down discopunk-steppers groove,…

CARTER TUTTI
Cabal
Cti
CD // £10.99

Debut album from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in their guise as Carter Tutti. Having established themselves as electro/industrial pioneers as Chris & Cosy, the pair have now returned for 11 brand new original compositions. Cabal combines chris carter’s instrumentation and cosey fanni tutti’s unique vocal, guitar and cornet techniques with music styles encompassing dense electronic soundscapes, dub influenced rhythms, extreme vocal manipulations and spacious electro patterns. Check.

CHRIS & COSEY / VARIOUS
Core
Cti
CD // £8.99

Core features collaborations between Chris & Cosey, Robert Wyatt, Coil, Boyd Rice, Monte Cazazza, John Uncan, Joe Potts and Lustmord. This legendary 1988 compilation has been digitally remastered and features enhanced cover artwork and extensive sleeve notes by the artists.

CARTER TUTTI
CTI In Continuum: The Library of Sound Edition 3
Cti
CD // £8.99

Originally released in 1995, In Continuum: The Library Of Sound – Edition 3 is another highly abstracted foray into the gloopy recesses of ambient music from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. There’s probably a greater range of stylistic variations and textures at play here than on the Electronic Ambient Remixes series, absorbing the rich, string-based drones ‘Audio Lava’ and the loping, filtered beats of ‘Spectrophilia’ whilst sifting through the…

COSEY FANNI TUTTI
Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness
Cti
CD // £9.99

First released in 2004, Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness was based upon a Cosey Fanni Tutti sound piece recorded for Resonance FM in 2003. This broadcast drew from Cosey’s “live art action” at Disneyland California the previous year and uses the ambient sound recordings from the event as its founding building blocks. The album’s aim is said to be “to evoke in the listener the sensations of disorientation, loss of…

CHRIS CARTER
Electronic Ambient Remixes One
Cti
CD // £8.99

A collection of “dark ambient remixes, radical reworkings and reinventions of the 1980 Chris Carter album, The Space Between”, Electronic Ambient Remixes One first emerged in 2000 on the Conspiracy International label. Across an hour of deep and undulating drone designs and heavy aquatic fluctuations like ‘Slomo’ and ‘Falling’, Carter creates a musical landscape that’s somewhere between the deep bass menace of Lustmord or Thomas Koner’s most primal work and…

CHRIS CARTER
Electronic Ambient Remixes Three
Cti
CD // £8.99

For this third in the Electronic Ambient Remixes series Chris Carter turns his attention towards original Throbbing Gristle material from the 1970s and 1980s. The resultant set of soundscapes originally emerged in 2001, and places particular emphasis on rhythm. The Throbbing Gristle material used for the project all stemmed from Carter’s own tape and loop-based contributions to the band’s music and deconstructs them into minimalist, hypnotic new pieces that squelch…

COSEY FANNI TUTTI
Electronic Ambient Remixes Two
Cti
CD // £8.99

More drone-scaping reinterpretative work from the Chris & Cosey camp, Electronic Ambient Remixes Two is a collection of reworkings based on tracks from Cosey Fanni Tutti’s 1981 album, Time To Tell, and as with Electronic Ambient Remixes One the tone is bleak and alien, yet by no means unwelcoming. Expect four lengthy pieces – each filtered and abstracted into post-industrial sonic deserts, with the twenty-three minute ‘Time To Tell’ forming…

LARSEN / NURSE WITH WOUND
Erroneous: A Selection Of Errors
Important Records
CD // £12.99

Erroneous: A Selection Of Errors is the result of two years’ worth of file swapping and conceptualising between legendary UK electronics visionary Steven Stapleton and Italian avant-rock band (and Important Records regulars) Larsen. Also along for the ride is former Neu! and original Kraftwerk member, Eberhard Kranemann (Fritz Muller) who joins forces with NWW for the opening sixteen-minute opus, ‘Tickety-Boo’. The piece quickly evolves from a typically sinister electroacoustic piece…

CARTER TUTTI
Feral Vapours of the Silver Ether
Cti
CD // £11.99

Originally released in 2007, this album finds renowned electronic duo Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in a tranquilising quasi-ambient mode that references nature in its murky melding of electronic and organic components. The album credits would seem to suggest that all the acoustic and more conventional instrumentation comes from Cosey (who also supplies vocals) while Chris looks after the samples and electronics. The results are warming, abstract compositions such…

EXCEPTER
LATE / Tank Tapes
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

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

CHRIS & COSEY
Luchtbal
Cti
CD // £8.99

This 2003 release is based on a Chris & Cosey live performance at CC Luchtbal in Antwerp, Belgium the previous year. The recording features reworked live versions of thirteen classic C&C tracks and marked the final appearance of the duo as Chris & Cosey (hereafter they would release music as Carter Tutti). In addition to the sixty-eight minute set, the CD comes with an enhanced section, featuring three music videos…

ROBEDOOR
Pacific Drift
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.49

Not Not Fun summon the gloom of an oncoming apocalypse with three tracks from LA visi-goths, Robedoor. Spanning the A-side, ‘Pacific Drift’ elicits the imagery of a washed-up, coastal California town at midnight, nowhere to go, nothing to do but blank out the depression with crushing OM style riffs and a sliver of cosmic hope in the form of twinkling keys giving to something to reach for. On the other…

DWARR
Animals
Drag City
CD // £12.99

This record is quite unlike anything else within the spectrum of metal or heavy rock music. Originally released in 1986, Animals is the work of solo musician Duane Warr, who at the time was a factory worker in South Carolina. Reportedly struggling with depression at the time, Warr set about making his most personal album, Animals, using a Tascam 8-track in his trailer, playing every instrument bar the drums -…

DWARR
Animals
Drag City
LP // £14.99

This record is quite unlike anything else within the spectrum of metal or heavy rock music. Originally released in 1986, Animals is the work of solo musician Duane Warr, who at the time was a factory worker in South Carolina. Reportedly struggling with depression at the time, Warr set about making his most personal album, Animals, using a Tascam 8-track in his trailer, playing every instrument bar the drums -…
DOCUMENTARY
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VARIOUS / BASSWEIGHT
Bassweight
THE SRK
DVD // £10.99

‘Bassweight’ is the first full-length feature documentary to cover the now international sound of Dubstep. It traces the genre from it’s roots in the backrooms of bars and clubs in Croydon to the virulent spread of halfstep into the Soundsystems of Brazil, Japan, and U.S.A. The production team, SRK (aka Soka Afrika, Graffiti Asia, Rackgaki, Scratching The Surface: Japan) interview some of the scene’s leading players, including a jolly, but…
DUB / REGGAE
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KING TUBBY
King Tubby’s Dub Box: 14 Killer Dubs From The Dubmaster
Jamaican Recordings
7 X 7″ BOX // £33.99

Seriously heavyweight 7 x 7″ box set including rare King Tubby classics housed in opulent, glossy-finished box set from Jamaican Recordings. This is a fitting tribute to one of dub’s most integral auteurs, including his very best versions for Bunny “Striker” Lee, and a handful of his finest remixes, plus bonus cuts from the first four official King Tubby LPs. Contains absolute head-wrecking masterpieces such as the sci-fi sampling ‘A…

WAREIKA HILL SOUNDS
Kumina Mento Rasta
Honest Jon’s Records
10″ // £6.99

“Wareika Hill Sounds is the contemporary roots reggae project of Calvin cameron – mainstay of the original Light Of saba line-up, the genius behind Lambs Bread Collie – who to this day lives above the headquarters of the mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, in the Wareika district of Kingston, Jamaica. In the great pedagogical traditions of the multi-cultrual Light Of Saba, and before that Count Ossie, this new recording runs together…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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SHED / 2562 / SBTRKT
Modeselektion Vol. 01 Part 2
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £7.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 2 in their highly collectable Modeselektion series, scanning the future of 128bpm groove technology. 2562 offers a swinging garage-techno number on ‘Wind It Up’, while Shed serves dusted, minimalist jazz/2-step percussion and a sweeping, heavily filtered synthline to head swirling effect. Finally, SBTRKT does his characteristically playful yet deeply techy thing with ‘The Unspoken’, rubbing Zomby-style melody over bustling brukken beats and surging electro synth strikes……

BODDIKA
Boddika’s House / Syn Chron
NAKED LUNCH
10″ // £6.49

Boddika is best known as half of the Instra:mental unit alongside Damon Kirkham. ‘Boddika’s House’ is his 1st release with this new pseudonym, exploring a more brittle, Breaks-driven sound around the 130bpm mark. On the A-side ‘Boddika’s House’ rolls with punchy 4/4s and clean, symmetrical contours, leading into the kind of chord progressions which make Instra:mental so popular. On the flip the glaringly white surfaces of ‘Syn Chron’ are organised…

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’…

MADDSLINKY
Make Your Peace (2010)
TRU THOUGHTS
CD // £7.49

Tru Thoughts present a reissue of Maddslinky’s overlooked classic Garage album, ‘Make Your Peace’. Originally released in 2002, it fell the same fate as much UK urban music of the time, overlooked by mainstream media but destined to sow the seeds for a generation to come, as it’s still citied by Skream as a massive influence on his sound today. Notably, the label have tacked on his classic ‘Cargo’, which…

MADDSLINKY
Make A Change
TRU THOUGHTS
CD // £7.99

In case you’ve been asleep for the last 13 years, Maddslinky is the alias of veteran UK producer and acknowledged progenitor of Dubstep, Zed Bias. With ‘Make A Change’ he presents the updated sound of Maddslinky, featuring guest spots from Skream, Mr Scruff, and Jenna G. Over 14 tracks he travels between rooted dubstep like ‘Lionheart’ with Ghost1 and Mighty Moe, cruising Kwaito House styles on ‘Dub Is For Real’…

SUBEENA
Neurotic
Opit Records
12″ // £5.99

Subeena further develops her technoid post-dubstep sound on ‘Neurotic’, backed with Egyptrixx and Ghosts On Tape remixes. There’s something of a bowing reggaeton flex to ‘Neurotic’, which Subeena really makes her own with the addition of a distinctive vocal accent. ‘Wishful Talk’ follows, focused on deep droning subs and rolling techno rhythms, again with her own vox. Egyptrixx takes this cut closer to the centre of the floor with bulky…

KONTEXT
No More Room In Hell EP
IMMERSE
2×12″ // £12.99

Stanislav Sevostyanikhin returns under his Kontext guise with four tracks of tightest dubtech minimalism on Immerse. These are his first Konext productions since the impressive ‘Dissociate’ album, continuing a trajectory into widescreen Dub techno and clipped, post-dubstep rhythm programming. ‘No More Room In Hell’ combines the luscious atmospheres of Pendle Coven or Bvdub with subtle glitching rhythms, while ‘Daphnia Pulex’ adds glassy electronic melodies and padded subs to the equation….

SOIL & PIMP SESSIONS / DOC DANEEKA
Pop Korn Remixes (Doc Daneeka / Wafa Mixes)
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £4.99

Alternately minimal and rugged Funky remixes of Japanese Jazz outfit, Soil & Pimp Sessions, from Doc Daneeka and Wafa. Continuing a busy run of form in 2010, Doc Daneeka gives a restrained, minimal refit of ‘Pop Korn’, adding small blurts of sax and piano phrases to a rolling rhythm loaded with tuffer soca snares. On the flip Wafa doesn’t hold back, flipping the original elements into a steaming slab of…

ARKIST
What Do I See
DECA RHYTHM
12″ // £5.99

Rolling in off two collabs with fellow Bristolians Komanazmuk and Appleblim, Deca Rhythm present Arkist’s solo debut proper. ‘What Do I See’ is a smart introduction, cruising out on 4/4 techno steppers patterns with super clean, trance-tinged chord progressions and buffed synthline contours. Flip over for the leaner, and in our opinion, deadlier, ‘Out Of The Sun’, arranging deft and punchy 2-step rhythms with a glacial sense of space and…

DJG
Time Is The Fire
Transistor
12″ // £5.99

Fourth release from Headhunter’s Transistor label, rolling heavy with two tracks from DJG. ‘Time Is The Fire’ shackles curling tribal drum rolls into a loping halfstep pattern with rugged slashes of junglist bass and a darker electroid breakdown. On the flip, ‘Escape Pod’ is a dreamier roller built with dainty dub chords and warmest subbass pressure.

KUTZ
Hypno / Itch (Upfront White Labels)
Digital Soundboy Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Fierce Dubstep ravers from Soul Jazz regular, Kutz, dropping upfront white label copies of his Digital Soundboy debut. It’s all about ‘Hypno’ on this here plate, jamming with ruffneck Soca swagger riddims and a caustic lead synthline primed to do some lasting damage up in the club. On the flip, the growling ‘Itch’ leans on a nastier halfstep tip with corrugated riffage and darkest dread science. A big one for…

MAJOR LAZER / M.I.A. / THOM YORKE
Lazers Never Die
MAD DECENT
12″ // £6.99

Heat-seeking Dancehall weaponry from Major Lazer, calling in reinforcements from Thom Yorke, Kicks Like A Mule, and Buraka Som Sistema. MIA and Busy Signal join in the martial reggaeton vibes of ‘Sound Of Siren’, while Collie Buddz and Lindi Ortega take it nice and slow with the lovers dancehall of ‘Good Enough’. On the remixes, Kicks Like A Mule flip Mr Vegas and Azealia Banks over a proper Congo Natty…

MARCO DEL HORNO
Ho! Riddim ft. P Money
BLACK BUTTER
12″ // £6.49

Anthemic dubstep/grime crossover from Marco Del Horno vs Swerve ft. P Money. ‘Ho! Riddim’ is essentially an answer to S-X’s ‘Woooo! Riddim’, coming fresh and modern with super clean and punchy production and it’s swagger seriously enhanced by P Money’s appearance. On the flip Funtcase takes it to the party with a B-More spiked remix rolling with a tonne of mid-range synthline pressure.

SEVEN / CODE071
A London Sumtin’ (Seven Mix) / Think About It
One Gun Salute
12″ // £6.99

Rugged Junglist inversion inna Dubstep style from Seven. It’s really all about Seven’s remix of the title track – itself an version of Tek 9’s Reinforced classic – finding that sweet spot between old skool jungle yardcore and halfstep pressure by basically swiping away the breaks to leave bulbous bass and tuff, minimalist rhythms. ‘Think About It’ follows on the flip with a more standard dread halfstep skanker.

SUCKAFISH P. JONES
Mr. Midnight
DISBOOT
12″ // £6.99

Lurid club tracks from Suckafish P Jones, sounding like the offspring of Slugabed and Rustie. ‘Match Set Point’ waddles out on a squashed and wonky HipHop vibe akin to Debruit, while ‘Wild & Dirty’ gives up tricky triplet syncopations and reels of nutty, discordant synth strikes reminding of Offshore. On the flip ‘Bubble Bath’ works up a fluorescent B-More sweat sounding like Rustie’s ‘Let Me See What U Workin With’…

TMSV
Signal / Cold
Box Clever
10″ // £5.99

Dread dubstep from Dutch producer, TMSV, following Synkro and DBridge’s lead with the 2nd drop on Box Clever Records. At the risk of stereotyping, we’re massively reminded of fellow Dutch producers Icicle or even Funckarma on ‘Signal’. Maybe it’s the clinically skeletal production, or the use of Bubbling-style stuttered syncopation (also reminding of TRG’s ‘Tower Block), but there’s definitely a recognisble similarity in their sounds and arrangement. On the flip…

TROLLEY SNATCHA
One Trick Pony EP
Dub Police Records
2×12″ // £11.99

Aside from having the BEST sleeve in the history of dubstep, ‘One Trick Pony’ is also Trolley Snatcha’s most substantial release to date. It features four brand new and exclusive cuts, balancing the flagrant Meph-toned rave of ‘Pass Me By’ with the more feminine, D1-style pressure of ‘Always On My Mind’ on the first plate, and contrasting the cataclysmic halfstep explosion of ‘Roccos Revenge’ with the sweeter Rhodes and swinging…

UTAH JAZZ
Take No More (N-Type Remix)
Vintage Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Two Jump-Up Junglist rollers from Utah Jazz, backed with an N-Type remix. Utah Jazz’s originals are made for the most steaming points of the night with screaming synths and bludgeoning rhythms. N-Type heads in a different direction with ‘Take No More’, built for the skankers and the slow rollers.
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IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS
Imaginary Softwoods (Deluxe Gatefold Edition)
DIGITALIS
2LP // £17.99

*Key album from Emeralds founding member John Elliot, previously available in a handmade edition of just 150 copies. The album is widely regarded as one of the most important of all the Emeralds side-projects to date and for this edition the audio has been completely remastered by James Plotkin and cut at Berlin’s D&M. It also features new artwork from John Elliot and Witchbeam. We have 300 copies only available…

KANGDING RAY / ALVA NOTO / BEN FROST
Pruitt Igoe
Raster Noton
12″ // £8.99

Enhanced and incredibly produced bass music from the Raster Noton camp courtesy of Kangding Ray, reinforced with stunning remixes from Alva Noto and Ben Frost. With ‘Pruitt Igoe’ Kangding Ray augments his sound to Raster’s current avant-techno agenda, logging onto the ‘floor with the burly swing of ‘Rise’ and ‘Fall’, both echoing Dubstep’s move into slower tempos and elevated groove technology like some uncompromising Teutonic cousin to Pinch’s ‘Croydon House’…

DYLAN ETTINGER
New Age Outlaws
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

“New York City, 2069. A new form of crime has evolved. Only one hard-as-nails ex-cop has what it takes to get to the bottom of their plot and stop the new age outlaws from finding the alien artifact and destroying earth as we know it.” Back in March this year, NNF released the original version of this album on cassette, but it’s maker, Dylan Ettinger, has returned to the master…

SPACE SYSTEM
Sorrow Show EP
Optimo Music
12″ // £7.99

Remarkable release from Optimo Music; four tracks of crazy electro-acoustic disco psychedelia, fresh outta Jakarta, Indonesia!! Space System are Adhianto Aryo and Jonathan Kusuma, two relatively new producers with only a small handful of releases to their name. With ‘Sorrow Show’ the duo erect a towering, modern psych-disco colossus where thunderous toms collide with breathtaking synth explosions before grooving into lazer-guided jazz keys worthy of Mr Fingers. We’ve honestly never…

PEDER
Dirt & Gold
Fake Diamond Records
CD // £10.99

New on Danish label Fake Diamond Records comes the second album from multi-talented producer Peder, whose first album appeared via the Ubiquity imprint. Dirt & Gold is an unusual blend of styles, taking an eccentric trail through soul music, strange vintage soundscapes and the kind of sounds you’d most closely associate with ’70s TV themes or old spy thrillers. The likes of ‘Light Years’, ‘Meat Is Murder, Tasty, Tasty Murder’…

APPARAT
DJ Kicks
K7
2LP // £13.99

The latest addition to K7’s long-running DJ Kicks series comes from Sascha RIng, aka Apparat, the highly regarded Berlin-based producer known for his collaborations with Bpitch’s Ellen Allien and Modeselektor (under the Moderat guise) as well as his own productions. The tone of this mix gravitates towards electronic music’s more melodically conscious acts, whilst making sure to keep the beats coming thick and fast. The mood then is dark, yet…

APPARAT
DJ Kicks
K7
CD // £9.99

The latest addition to K7’s long-running DJ Kicks series comes from Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, the highly regarded Berlin-based producer known for his collaborations with Bpitch’s Ellen Allien and Modeselektor (under the Moderat guise) as well as his own productions. The tone of this mix gravitates towards electronic music’s more melodically conscious acts, whilst making sure to keep the beats coming thick and fast. The mood then is dark, yet…

CHRIS CARTER
Small Moon
Cti
CD // £8.99

The Throbbing Gristle founding member’s 1999 solo album Small Moon is an experimental techno-leaning album released just before he embarked upon the Electronic Ambient Remixes series. While the first couple of tracks on the record – in particular the rampant ‘Praxiz’ – converge on a kind of high-tempo, dancefloor-geared post-industrial minimalism (or something to that effect…), as the album develops it begins to delve into the kind of deep-set soundscapes…

MARGOT
France 2 EP
Border Community
12″ // £4.99

Italian du Margot arrive at Border Community with their debut for the label: a four-track EP kicking off with title track ‘France 2’, an arpeggiating tribute to the sorts of electrohouse sounds that have been emanating from Gallic shores over the past few years. After this strong opening, ‘Voci Giaga’ continues along similar lines, piling on the synth melodies, only for a drifting monotone vocal to whisper its way into…

THE ORB & YOUTH
Impossible Oddities
Year Zero
3CD // £10.99

A mammoth triple-disc retrospective of the pioneering acid house label WAU! Mr Modo, curated by its founders, The Orb’s Alex Patterson and Youth, of Killing Joke fame. The first two discs compile all the label’s key early releases from artists such as STP Twentythree, Eternity, Delkom, Paradise X, Sun Electric, Mystic Knights and, perhaps most famously, Zoe, whose ‘Sunshine On A Rainy Day’ gave the label one of its biggest…

THE ORB & YOUTH
Impossible Oddities
Year Zero
2LP // £14.99

A double LP retrospective of the pioneering acid house label WAU! Mr Modo, curated by its founders, The Orb’s Alex Patterson and Youth, of Killing Joke fame. The first two discs compile a selection of the label’s key early releases from artists such as STP Twentythree, Eternity, Delkom, Paradise X, Sun Electric, Mystic Knights and, perhaps most famously, Zoe, whose ‘Sunshine On A Rainy Day’ gave the label one of…
EXTREME / NOISE
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Z’EV
as/if/when
Sub Rosa
CD // £11.99

Two recordings of legendary industrial musician/sound artist Z’ev, captured live in 1978 at radio station KPFK, and 1982 recorded at Savoy Tivoli, San Francisco. Z’ev live shows are feats of avante-garde athleticism, requiring himself to manipulate huge arrays of percussion – fashioned from scrap metal and plastic – into impulsively idiosyncratic tribal rhythms inspired by Indonesian, Indian, African and Afro-Caribbean traditions and his own readings of esoteric and mythical religious…

JOHN ZORN
Torture Garden (20th Anniversary Edition)
Tzadik
CD // £15.99

Naked City was John Zorn’s unique avant-garde ensemble and “composition workshop”, displacing the saxophonist/composer’s pan-genre experiments into the context of a conventional rock band line-up. A collision of jazz, hardcore punk, thrash, noise and modern classical music, Naked City’s music was overwhelming in its use of extremes. This twentieth anniversary album collects the Torture Garden (1991) and Leng Tch’e (1992) releases, with performers including Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Fred Frith,…

ZEITKRATZER / WHITEHOUSE
Whitehouse Electronics
ZEITKRATZER
CD // £13.49

Reinhold Friedl’s renowned experimental troupe tackle interpretations of Whitehouse classics, avoiding the use of electronics altogether and instead recreating the uncompromising noise pioneered by William Bennett using only amplified classical instruments. Among the performers are harpist Rhodri Davies, trumpeter Matt Davis, trombonist (and recent Machinefabriek collaborator) Hilary Jeffery and Friedl himself, who takes to the piano. William Bennett has a hand in the release too, collaborating on rehearsals and the…

KORBER / PRINS
RI 1.5442
CAVITY
CD // £13.99

Released in a beautifully hand-made, hand-numbered edition of 337 copies, this disc houses a live performance by experimental improv maestros Gert-Jan Prins and Tomas Korber, recorded at La Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans in France, July 2009. Both artists utilise unspecified electronics with Korber adding guitar to the piece. Regular followers of work by these two will probably already be braced for something particularly extreme and unconventional, and RI 1.5442 certainly delivers…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY / THE BLACK SWANS
Sing Larry Jon Wilson
Drag City
7″ // £5.99

A delightful new split 7″ from Drag City, released in tribute to the late outlaw country legend, who released his final album, on Drag City last year. On the A-side, Will Oldham is joined by Cheyenne Mize for a tremendous violin and guitar accompanied rendition of the very beautiful ‘Bertrand My Son’, from LJW’s 1975 debut album, New Beginnings. Flipping over, the B-side finds Wilson’s producer Jerry DeCicca performing the…

MIDLAKE
The Courage Of Others (Special Edition)
Bella Union
2CD // £9.99

**Special 2 CD edition featuring the World Cafe sessions & an alternative version of ‘Fortune’** Midlake’s sophomore album, The Trials Of Van Occupanther was a surprise hit back in 2006, and the group’s reputation only seems to have snowballed as the years have gone on. The ’70s rock feel of that album seems to have been substituted in favour of British prog-folk as the central influence this time around however,…

RYAN FRANCESCONI
Parables
Drag City
LP // £12.99

*INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COUPON REDEEMABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE LABEL* Well, this has to rank as one of the year’s best solo instrumental records – Parables is quite unlike anything else to be heard within the dominant currents of solo acoustic guitar music, exhibiting a level of invention and musicianship that transcends the usual points of reference. A member of Joanna Newsom’s Ys Street Band and one of the arrangers who…

RYAN FRANCESCONI
Parables
Drag City
CD // £11.99

Well, this has to rank as one of the year’s best solo instrumental records – Parables is quite unlike anything else to be heard within the dominant currents of solo acoustic guitar music, exhibiting a level of invention and musicianship that transcends the usual points of reference. A member of Joanna Newsom’s Ys Street Band and one of the arrangers who worked on her Have One On Me album, Ryan…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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HAUSCHKA
Foreign Landscapes
Fat Cat
CD // £8.99

Seemingly getting better with every release, Hauschka delivers his third album for Fat Cat’s classical offshoot, 130701. Having previously established himself as a gifted pianist and composer for prepared piano, Volker Bertelmann takes his craft to the next level by work extensively with orchestration. Recruiting a twelve-piece string and wind ensemble from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra, Bertelmann sets about transferring his lyrical and very accessible take on contemporary classical composition…

PETER BRODERICK
Music For Contemporary Dance
ERASED TAPES
2×10″ // £17.99

Music For Contemporary Dance packages together Peter Broderick’s compositions for soundtracking choreography. The two scores compiled for this release are Music For Falling From Trees and Music For Congregation, the first being a suite for piano and strings previously released by Erased Tapes to great acclaim (on this very site, among a good many others), while the latter is a new work, commissioned by artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler,…

ERIK SATIE
42 Vexations (1893): Performed by Stephane Ginsburgh
Sub Rosa
CD // £11.99

This disc presents a seventy-minute version of Erik Satie’s famous Vexations composition of 1893 – a piece composed on a single page of music, intended (or at least posthumously presumed to have been intended, based on notes) for repetition 840 times. John Cage initiated the first known public performance of this music in 1963, recruiting a team of pianists (including David Tudor, Christian Wolff and John Cale) who’d take turns…

ANDREA FERRARIS, MATTEO UGGERI, MUJIKA EASEL, ANDREA SERRAPIGLIO
Autumn is Coming, We’re All in Slowmotion
HIBERNATE
CD // £8.99

When there are four people involved in a collaboration and all their names are slightly difficult to remember (in spelling terms, at least), perhaps it’s time to think up a band name. Just saying. Regardless, this project was initiated by musicians Matteo Uggeri and Andrea Ferraris, who met after a series of collaborations with electronic music luminaries such as Maurizio Bianchi. Having discovered some shared interests in their pursuit of…

BRUNO LETORT
Lignes
Sub Rosa
CD // £12.99

Based on the novel of the same name by Murakami Ryu, Lignes is a highly unusual, avant-garde electroacoustic composition from French composer and guitarist Bruno Letort, featuring contributions from chamber ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (as conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy) and vocalists Kumi Okamoto and Klaus Blasquiz (former singer with French prog rockers Magma). “Bruno Letort is a French composer born in 1963 in Vichy. This guitarist published a series of albums…

CODES IN THE CLOUDS
Paper Canyon Recycled
ERASED TAPES
CD // £10.99

Kent quintet Codes In The Clouds delivered something of a post-rock opus with their Paper Canyon album of last year, and now the band present this fine remix LP as an appendix, featuring such artists as Machinefabriek, Library Tapes, Nils Frahm, Rival Consoles and Worriedaboutsatan. The set gets underway with an opening cut that isn’t strictly a remix at all. Instead, it’s a reworking of epic album track ‘Don’t Go…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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MARNIE STERN
Marnie Stern
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £13.99

For her third album, Marnie Stern has raised her game all over again, sounding consummately at ease with the utterly unique sound she’s been developing ever since her In Advance Of The Broken Arm debut album. It’d be hard to think of any other artist who achieves such a remarkable symmetry between sheer technical ability and credible songwriting. Amidst a flurry of two-handed tapping runs Stern always manages to assert…

MARNIE STERN
Marnie Stern
Souterrain Transmissions
CD // £9.99

For her third album, Marnie Stern has raised her game all over again, sounding consummately at ease with the utterly unique sound she’s been developing ever since her In Advance Of The Broken Arm debut album. It’d be hard to think of any other artist who achieves such a remarkable symmetry between sheer technical ability and credible songwriting. Amidst a flurry of two-handed tapping runs Stern always manages to assert…

ENVY
Recitation
Rock Action
2LP // £13.49

**Now available on vinyl** Envy unleash their fourth full-length album for Mogwai’s Rock Action label, further blurring the boundaries between panoramic post-rock styles and blazing, hardcore-influenced extremes. The pervading tranquility of opener ‘Guidance’ comes as something of a surprise – knowing this band’s quiet-loud reputation you might reasonably be expecting the track to well and truly kick off at some point, yet you’ll have to wait until a good four…

CLECKHUDDERSFAX
Spen Beck
UPSET THE RHYTHM
CD // £11.99

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 angles are thrown by…

WARPAINT
The Fool
Rough Trade
2LP // £16.99

Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in part to high profile touring slots with the likes of The xx, The Walkmen,…

WARPAINT
The Fool
Rough Trade
CD // £11.99

Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in part to high profile touring slots with the likes of The xx, The Walkmen,…

THE FALL
The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall (Omnibus Edition)
Beggars Banquet
4CD BOX // £15.49

Originally released in 1984, The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall was the band’s eighth studio album and their first for the Beggars Banquet label. This LP saw the band line-up expanding with the inclusion of Brix Smith (these days to be seen on Gok’s Fashion Fix), while John Leckie helped refine the band’s sound as producer. The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall has become one of…

65DAYSOFSTATIC
Heavy Sky EP
Hassle Records
CD // £5.99

Following on from their massive electro-rock opus, We Were Exploding Anyway (which notably featured a guest appearance from Robert Smith of The Cure), Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic return with a set of seven new tracks. This somewhat ample EP (there’s over half-an-hour of new music here) arrives barely six months on from the album’s release but the material shows no signs of sounding like leftovers. Having said that, strictly speaking opening cut…

BROKEN RECORDS
Let Me Come Home
4AD
LP // £11.99

A triumphant follow-up to the Edinburgh band’s debut album of last year, Until The Earth Begins To Part, this second long-player finds Broken Records maturing nicely and tightening their grip on the kind of well-spoken, arena-baiting indie-rock epics with which they made their name. Very much embedded in the same earnest and emotional terrain as North American contemporaries such as The National and Arcade Fire, Let Me Come Home isn’t…

BROKEN RECORDS
Let Me Come Home
4AD
CD // £11.99

A triumphant follow-up to the Edinburgh band’s debut album of last year, Until The Earth Begins To Part, this second long-player finds Broken Records maturing nicely and tightening their grip on the kind of well-spoken, arena-baiting indie-rock epics with which they made their name. Very much embedded in the same earnest and emotional terrain as North American contemporaries such as The National and Arcade Fire, Let Me Come Home isn’t…

HUGO RACE
Fatalists
Gusstaff Records
CD // £12.99

From founding Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds member, Hugo Race, comes a dark and husky singer-songwriter album on Gusstaff Records, carrying overtones of Mark Lanegan and Tom Waits. “Hugo Race’s new solo album Fatalists is raw, moody and lyrically driven. Recorded in Italy, guitarist Antonio Gramentieri (Sacri Cuori, Delavega), Arizonan violinist Vicky Brown (Desoto Caucus, Lilium), percussionist Diego Sapignoli (Sacri Cuori, Delavega), and Dutch bassist Erik Van Loo (Willard…

PURLING HISS
Public Service Announcement
WOODSIST
LP // £15.99

Off-the-charts no-fi tape-haze drawl from Birds Of Maya man Mike Polizze on Woodsist, that finds the guitarist, songwriter and noise-monger penning some seemingly fearsome pop songs whilst under the influence of seriously malfunctioning cassette decks. ‘Don’t Try It’, for example, is pretty much a perfect guitar-driven pop song, but it’s warped and warbled beyond belief by some insanely screwy production values. In fact, Purling Hiss at times out-does Ariel Pink…

SMALL BLACK
New Chain
Jagjaguwar
CD // £8.99

Brooklyn band Small Black rank alongside Washed Out as the leading lights of the chillwave movement, having given the ludicrously billed genre one of its key anthems to date in ‘Despicable Dogs’. New Chain is the band’s debut album, and it marks a distinct increase in the fidelity stakes since the release of their eponymous EP: the productions are full and colourful, delivered with far more recording clarity than their…

SMALL BLACK
New Chain
Jagjaguwar
LP // £9.99

Brooklyn band Small Black rank alongside Washed Out as the leading lights of the chillwave movement, having given the ludicrously billed genre one of its key anthems to date in ‘Despicable Dogs’. New Chain is the band’s debut album, and it marks a distinct increase in the fidelity stakes since the release of their eponymous EP: the productions are full and colourful, delivered with far more recording clarity than their…

THE CONCRETES
WYWH
SOMETHING IN CONSTRUCTION
CD // £12.99

The Concretes are all but unrecognisable from the band that first stole hearts with their sublime 2003 debut. The departure of erstwhile frontwoman Victoria Bergsman (currently to be found recording under the alias Taken By Trees) undoubtedly has much to do with the change, but even taking that into consideration it’d be hard to have imagined this previously Velvet Underground and Motown inspired combo embracing the minimal, organic disco sounds…

VIOLENS
Amoral
Static Recital
LP // £14.99

New York three-piece Violens are led by songwriter/producer Jorge Elbrecht, known for his work with Lansing-Dreiden. This debut full-length arrives on the heels of the much-blogged and much-loved ‘Acid Reign’ single which remains one of Amoral’s key moments. Beyond that standout, the album mines influences from the pop climate of the 1980s (the press release volunteers Simple Minds – which seems especially pertinent on ‘Until It’s Unlit’ – and OMD…
JAZZ / RELATED
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POLAR BEAR WITH JYAGER
Common Ground
Leaf Label
CD // £6.99

Common Ground marks the first collaboration between Mercury-nominated jazzists Polar Bear and London-based MC, Jyager. This twenty-five minute mini-album follows up Polar Bear’s Leaf Label debut, Peepers, taking some of the original tracks from that album – even using samples from a vinyl copy of the record – and completely reconstructing them, adding Jyager’s vocals along the way. The results are often weird and woozy, but the looseness and experimentally-minded…

POLAR BEAR WITH JYAGER
Common Ground
Leaf Label
LP // £8.99

Common Ground marks the first collaboration between Mercury-nominated jazzists Polar Bear and London-based MC, Jyager. This twenty-five minute mini-album follows up Polar Bear’s Leaf Label debut, Peepers, taking some of the original tracks from that album – even using samples from a vinyl copy of the record – and completely reconstructing them, adding Jyager’s vocals along the way. The results are often weird and woozy, but the looseness and experimentally-minded…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SEBA
Don’t You Love Me Anymore
31 RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Extra-techy steppers from Seba, dropping on Doc Scott’s superb 31 Records. ‘You Don’t Love Me’ is the sound of Seba joining the minimal D&B party, contributing writhing acid lines, ultra-clipped and diamond-tipped percussion, and cleanly powerful subs to the cause. For a contrast ‘Keep Me Waiting’ rolls with a slicker liquid vibe on the flip, all romantic, atmospheric pads and crisp rhythms with a bit of an epic breakdown and…

TRACE
Lost Dubs 1
DSCI4
12″ // £5.99

Trace’s DSCI4 label drops two unexpected but entirely welcome remixes of his classic ‘Sonar’ and ‘Final Chapter’ from Ed Rush & Optical, and Tim Reaper. The A-side is a certified tech-step classic in VIP form from Ed Rush & Optical, apparently salvaged from one of the last remaining playable dubplate copies, de-noised and remastered at Metropolis for the fiends. It sounds heavy-as-hell and is nowt short of essential for fans…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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GOLDWILL
Discooker
DESSOUS
12″ // £5.99

Presenting three new tracks on the Dessous label, Goldwill kick off with the warm and jazzy, downtempo house sounds of ‘Nachtzug’, chopping up vocal samples and spurting out foghorn-like synth tones. Title track ‘Discooker’ is a finely edited future disco romp pinned together by vulcanised synth chords, drifting pads set low in the mix and a satisfyingly thudding kick track. There’s more vocal-splicing and thumping depth to be plumbed in…

HUNEE
Bobo Alone In Paradise
Rush Hour
12″ // £8.99

Superbly unique and infectious Deep House music from Hunee. The four tracks of ‘Bobos Alone In Paradise’ follow a seam of highly acclaimed releases in 2009 for the likes of Internasjonal and Permanent Vacation, but now working for Rush Hour he really cuts loose with heavyweight House and Disco vibes. ‘Bobo’ hits up first with irresistible Latin syncopations, shuffled for purest dancefloor effect, and tipped off-kilter with warmest Rhodes stabs…

LUKE SOLOMON
The Difference Engine – Redux
REKIDS
CD // £8.99

*A new version of Luke Solomon’s 2008 album, re-edited into shape so as to offer the reduxed versions of tracks formerly only available as part of the DJ-style, mixed format edition of the album* New on Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint comes this latest full-length from Luke Solomon, co-founder of the Music For Freaks label. The album gets underway with a stumbling beat running throughout the title track, only for ‘The…

PABLO TARNO
Quintette EP
SERIALISM
12″ // £5.99

Cleanly refined, deep and minimal Tech-House from Pablo Tarno, following releases as Moforize for the Serialism/Mean/Essential Reload axis. ‘On & Off at Buckingham Rd’ gives a plush start with heavy rolling subs and involving loops, ‘Cramberro’ follows on a perky Tribal tip and ‘Lift Me Up’ goes a shade dubbier. Ekkohaus rounds out with the dub loosened and shuffly remix of ‘Martini Bianco’, probably the strongest track here.

RADIO SLAVE / VARIOUS
Strictly Rhythms Vol. 5
STRICTLY RHYTHM
2CD // £9.99

Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave pays tribute to New York’s pivotal House label with a double disc mix selection. The ‘Downtown’ mix covers more laidback after-party territory between the ’90s soul of Ultra Nate’s ‘Situation Critical’, the Wamdue Project’s ‘Remember The Memory’, saucy stuff from Angel Morales, plenty of Mood II Swing and Armand Van Helden’s classic ‘Break Night’ as The Mole People. The second disc is more party-friendly, taking…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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UMBERTO
Prophecy Of The Black Widow
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £15.99

Seeping out of the American underground on the always engrossing NNF label, Matt Hill presents his sophomore Umberto album. It follows on from the Giallo soundtrack style he brilliantly aped on ‘From The Grave…’ deeper into the bowels of the early ’80s sound, leering creepily at John Carpenter and the more bewitching ends of Italo disco and new wavey bits. Many have tried this sound – step forward Zombi, Gatekeeper,…

JANE BIRKIN
Di Doo Dah
Light In The Attic
CD // £11.99

The first solo album released by Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah was made in conjunction with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, originally released in 1973. This new Light In The Attic reissue adds a further two bonus tracks on the CD version: 1971’s ‘La Decadanse’ and ‘Les Langues De Chat’. The original artwork is supplemented with previously unseen photographs, French and English lyric transcriptions and extensive liner notes in…

DIPLO
Chasing The Dragon
MAD GREASY
CD // £7.99

A highly entertaining, crate plundering hour-long mix CD from Diplo that patches together countless garage rock, soul and psychedelic obscurities from the ’60s and ’70s. Keeping the selections shrouded in mystery, no artists are referenced on the packaging and the track titles themselves have been largely made up by Diplo, thus setting we listeners the task of working it all out for ourselves. Amongst the highlights are Funkadelic’s ‘Can You…

DOM THOMAS
Synthetic Soul & Other Junk
BRUTAL MUSIC
CD // £9.99

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 of unknown delights,…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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GREATEST HITS
Danse Pop
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
7″ // £5.99

Chart smashing 7″ from the Olde English Spelling Bee camp, dropping the debut from Brooklyn’s hugely tipped Greatest Hits. Aside from having one of the best names ever, this band also make some of the most f**ked up pop music we’ve heard all year. Think Autre Ne Veut doing a guest spot on The Hitman And Her presented by Pete Waterman and James V/VM in a Michaela Strachan mask, and…

CURSOR MINER
Requires Attention
Uncharted Audio
2LP // £13.99

**Now available on vinyl** Electronica maverick Cursor Miner deploys his fourth album, a journey into the lawless frontiers of pop music where just about anything can happen. Oddball opener ‘Reject’ is what you’d imagine Depeche Mode jamming around a campfire might sound like, while the more circuit-centric ‘The Golem Of Bognor Regis’ lurches more conscientiously in the direction of an electro influence, whilst also sounding a little like one of…

MOCK & TOOF
Norman’s Eyes
Tiny Sticks / M&T Inc.
12″ // £5.99

The third single from their Tuning Echoes album, ‘Norman’s Eyes’ finds Mock & Toof dispensing another dose of angular dancefloor pop. In addition to the weird and infectious original mix, there are reworks from Massimiliano Pagliara and Prosumer; the former stretches the track out, incorporating a firm bleeping bassline and washes of synth strings and vocal dissolves, while the Prosumer version serves up a kind of primitive, cryptic house track…

PEEPHOLES
Lair
HUNGRY FOR POWER
EP // £9.99

Last heard on an Upset The Rhythm split release with Liverpudlian collective Apatt, lo-fi synth-rock du Peepholes get a new 12″ all to themselves (albeit with two remixes on the B-side). ‘Ladder’ is an energetic and highly tuneful ninety-second blast of lurid keys & drums fronted by scorched and distorted lead vocals. All the more memorable is ‘Lair’, which sounds great on the original and perhaps even better in the…

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…

TWIN SHADOW
Forget
4AD
CD // £10.99

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…

WATER BORDERS
Akko
HUNGRY FOR POWER
EP // £8.99

Moody, lo-fi Electro Goth from San Francisco’s Water Borders, featuring a cameo from Glasser and remixes from Petals and DJ Murlo. After finding it’s right speed, ‘Akko’ gives a theatrical performance of wraithlike incantations and dramatic vocal cadences, yearning to be Jhonn Balance or Ian Curtis in that eternally endearing DIY-style, and backed up with cut-price Vangelis synth plumage, gloomy atmospheres bordering on Black Metal and a sullen, half-arsed bassline…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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MARK ERNESTUS VS. KONONO NO.1
Masikulu Dub
CONGOTRONICS
12″ // £7.99

The second in this heavyweight Congotronics remix series sets Mark Ernestus of Rhythm & Sound/Basic Channel fame to task, remixing Konono No.1’s ‘Masikulu’ in two blinding versions. To call this a dancefloor dream come true might be hyperbolic, but wholeheartedly sincere. Ernestus tackles the material faithfully and respectfully, duppying Konono’s mesmeric rhythms with a learned sleight of hand and additional percussion from like-minded ally, Burnt Friedman, resulting in two tracks…

SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
Temporary Thrillz
R&S Records
2×12″ // £12.99

**Purple Marbled Vinyl** Returned from the core of the sphere of the unknown, Space Dimension Controller delivers a luscious double pack for R&S, and on marbled vinyl to boot. There are few in modern techno/house/electro quarters who haven’t been charmed by his 12″s on Royal Oak and Kinnego, and that number is set to increase with these seven tracks. The epithet adorning both plates “Created aboard the Electropod of a…

OMAR S
These Complimentary Track’x
FXHE
12″ // £8.99

Omar-S on the case again, dropping three tracks of undiluted D-troit Jack-trax and one mad little Disco edit. ‘Solely Supported’ is Electro-House in the original Chicago sense of the term, riding a fat Italo-debted bassline and crispy claps deep into the groove, before the fiercely raw ‘Under Jamaica’ does what he does best with gritty, tracky drum loops and submerged bass dubbed up and smoked out, Omar-S style. On the…

ROY DAVIS JR. / OMAR S
All I Do / Da-Teys
FXHE
12″ // £10.99

FXHE present a lip-smackingly choice rerelease of Roy Davis Jr.’s ‘All I Do’, backed with an epic percussive workout from Omar S and DJ B-Len-D. No messing, ‘All I Do’ is an all time classic NYC Garage classic, maybe not as well known as ‘Gabrielle’ but a staple fixture in Omar’s DJ sets and a beautiful tune nonetheless. On the flip the restless soul and imagination of A.O.Smith links with…

D’MARC CANTU
Black Tears
CREME JAK
12″ // £7.99

Noirish jakbeats from Chi-town’s D’Marc Cantu, aka X2 and 2AM/FM. ‘Black Tears’ is relatively minimal and subdued compared with his catalogue for Spectral Sound, Relief and Nation, but it’s more about building a stealthy, dextrous groove that could lead anywhere but coolly keeps it’s agenda moody and clandestine for the duration.

JUJU & JORDASH / ROBERT HOOD
Deep Blue Meanies (Robert Hood Mixes)
Dekmantel
12″ // £7.99

Juju & Jordash task Rob Hood with remixing tracks from last year’s s/t album – with killer results. We’re privy to both sides of Hood’s sound here. His Sci-fi mix of ‘Blue Meanies’ is in line with his recent run of electro-edged killers like the ‘Omega Man’ soundtrack, pumping out elegantly muscular rhythms on the lower strata while a layer of diamond cut electro pulses and proper techno synths fuse…

RECLOOSE
Early Works Sampler Part 2/2
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Celebrating the genius of Recloose in fine style, Rush Hour drop the 2nd of two sampler 12″s for his ‘Early Years’ comp. This one is worth the entry price twice over for ‘Mym 230 (RIP)’, a stone cold classic from his Planet E debut back in ’98 and a huge favourite at the Boomkat hideout. On the flipside is his ‘Can’t Take It’ classic featuring vocals from Dwele, one for…

PASSARANI & SACCO / RICARDO VILLALOBOS
Flora (Villalobos & Melchior Mix)
Desolat
12″ // £8.99

Expertly crafted deep and classic-sounding House music from Marco Passarani & Sacco, backed with remixes from Villalobos & Melchior, and Livio & Roby Ce Face. The original grooves with convective currents of conga percussion and trapped vocal loops reminding of a more smudged Soundhack track, while Livio & Roby Ce Face stir up a psyched and jazzy blur of rhythms and vibes, followed by Villalobos & Melchior’s more pumping 15…

AWANTO 3
For Five EP
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Tom Trago’s ‘Voyage Direct’ series presents two mid-tempo heaters from Rednose Distrikt aka Steven De Peven. ‘Get That BeeDeeBee’ is discofied-house music is the stringest Rush Hour tradition, elegant yet dirty, sensuous and hypnotic ‘Dam-style beatdown. ‘I Am Cumming’ pushes up the tempo on the flip, teasing up warmest filtered disco vibes and Detroit-debted soul chords. A must for fans of Trus’me, Rick Wilhite or Recloose.

LEVON VINCENT
Invisible B*tchslap EP
Deconstruct
12″ // £8.99

Pivotal House heavyweight from Levon Vincent, reissued for your pleasure. ‘Invisible Bitchslap’ was essentially the moment Levon Vincent really came to the attention of the wider House and Techno community, following a handful of releases in the early 00s for More Music NY. It’s the first release on his Deconstruct Music label and contains the haughty thrust of ‘Invisible Bitchslap’ on the A-side and the raw drums and instinctive arrangement…

COMMIX / MARCEL DETTMANN
Re:Call To Mind Part 2 (Marcel Dettmann / Sigha / Kassem Mosse Mixes)
METALHEADZ
2×12″ // £10.99

Metalheadz present the Marcel Dettmann, Sigha, Kassem Mosse, and Two Armadillos remixes of Commix on one mighty handsome double pack. If you missed out the Burial 12″, then bully for you, but if you’re of a future Techno/House persuasion this is basically “the sh*t”, as someone once said. Marcel Dettmann and Sigha share the first plate, contrasting nicely with Sigha’s elegiac Tech-House mix of ‘She’s Still Smiling’ on one side,…

2 AM/FM
The Final Approach
CREME JAK
12″ // £7.99

Deep end jackers from 2AM/FM aka Tadd Mullinix (dabrye!) & D’Marc Cantu for the excellent Creme Jak label. As with all their releases, these are stripped down and functional, yet packed with distinctive dancefloor character. ‘The Final Approach’ combines Bam Bam style vocals with a truly hypnotic bassline and some cold-wave fusion synthline all with a frosting of chilly warehouse darkness. ‘Landing Dock Two’ is more experimental, perhaps suitable as…

JON MCMILLION
The Remixes (San Proper / Juju & Jordash Mixes)
NU EARTH KITCHEN
12″ // £8.99

Killer, tripped-out and experimental-leaning House music from San Proper, Juju & Jordash, and Vakula. The original material, taken from John McMillion’s debut album, is spun into two fantastic shapes by San Proper; a kinked, vintage-sounding mix of ‘Saw You Looking’ with mental metallic pitch bends (y’know those ace sounds you get when you’re washing the pans?), and a bluesy stomping peaker on the flip, remixing ‘Solette Simms’. Juju & Jordash…

TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE / SURGEON
Traversable Wormhole Single #3
CLR
12″ // £7.99

CLR hand over two Traversable Wormhole tracks for remixes from Surgeon and Brian Sanhaji. With his ‘Exiting The Milkyway’ remix Surgeon offers a side of haunting, hollowed synthlines and simmering rhythms. Brian Sanhaji’s mix of ‘Transducer’ is much heavier, charged with kinetic surface noises and driven by a bulldozing bassline guaranteed to ignite any big techno rooms. Super solid tracks for the DJs.

CALLY / SKUDGE
Wake Oops! (Skudge Mix)
FEAR OF FLYING
12″ // £5.99

Featuring a very useful Skudge remix! The two originals are cool, late-night House grooves, with the filtered grooves of ‘Gud Gioc’ currently riding on the playlist of Ar:Pi:Ar, but we’re more concerned with Skudge’s minimally balanced and direct refit on the flip, sounding somewhere between sleek Rob Hood styles and G-Man’s ‘Quo Vadis’.

GARY BECK / MARK BROOM / SPEEDY J
Consumed Remixes
EDIT SELECT
12″ // £5.99

Big tracks from the Edit Select label – Mark Broom and Speedy J step in to remix Gary Beck’s ultra-functional killer ‘Consumed’. Mark’s ‘Bang Bang’ remix keeps it dry and throbbing, focussed on hugely powerful bassline and arid atmospherics. Speedy J’s remix works with a funkier shuffle and flying, filtered and flanged hi-hats with a squiffy subbass-driven breakdown. His ‘Straight Faced Dub’ is more kinetic, feeding us through disorienting reverb…

JUANPABLO
Dream EP
FRIGIO
12″ // £6.99

Frigio’s head honcho invites Chicago’s Josh Werner and perennial acid fiend, JTC, on an intrepid electro-acid quest. With help from the shadowy ArD2 aka Penélope his original ‘Dream’ sounds like a muzzled Ultradyne in a reflective mood, while the sinister EBM-spiked throb and bustle of ‘Midas Land’ fuses Josh Werner’s vox into a detuned cut of gothic acid feat. arrangements from Rolf Martens and Ekis. JTC takes on ‘Dream’ on…

LAAK
Negatively Seductive
AUSTERE RECORDINGS
12″ // £6.99

Warmest House convections from Laak, delivering their splendid debut 12″ on the freshly minted Austere imprint. Jus Ed has put his weight behind this one, giving it some regular rotation on his Underground Quality radio show. Three of the tracks are effortlessly lovely, analogue tributes to classic Chicago and Detroit templates, with one slightly tougher, heads-down dancer on ‘Solar Flare’. This won’t be around for long!

THE MINISTER
Paranoia on Planet X
CREME JAK
12″ // £7.99

Creme come to Jak with the second release from cult undercover artiste, The Minister. Seven studied and instinctive tributes to the Chicago sound, from the Bam Bam-styled ‘My Land Of Exctasy’, through the elegant Larry Heard sound of ‘Night Flight’, and hypnotic, psyched jackers like ‘Clouds’ and ‘Paranoia On Planet X’. A must check for fans of Legowelt, James T Cotton, Tevo Howard, etc.
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TOM ZE
Studies Of Tom Ze: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You
LUAKA BOP
Deluxe Box Set (3xLP/7″/CD) // £49.99

*Lavish hand numbered box-set featuring the legendary “Studying” titles on heavy 180g vinyl with original artwork, plus an exclusive 7″ featuring Tom Zé/Tortoise Live at the Barbican, recorded in 2001, a special code to digitally download all music content from the boxset directly from the label, a bonus CD: A conversation- Tom Zé, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay and a 12 page illustrated booklet by noted Brazilian music scholar Chris Dunn*…

EBO TAYLOR
Love & Death
Strut
CD // £9.99

A brand new album (his first studio set to be released internationally) from Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor, with accompaniment from Berlin’s Afrobeat Academy. “Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and ’60s as highlife exploded. Cutting his teeth with leading big bands like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band, Ebo Taylor quickly rose through the ranks…

EBO TAYLOR
Love & Death
Strut
2LP // £13.99

A brand new album (his first studio set to be released internationally) from Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor, with accompaniment from Berlin’s Afrobeat Academy. “Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and ’60s as highlife exploded. Cutting his teeth with leading big bands like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band, Ebo Taylor quickly rose through the ranks…