Oct 012010
 

Hello,

As we enter the busiest end of the year, Salem provide what has to be a serious contender for 2010’s finest with ‘King Night’. The music they make presents a conceptual anomaly that shouldn’t work but somehow just does – finding a point of precarious equilibrium between classic shoegaze signatures, syncopated percussive arrangements and hip hop posturing slowed down and spun off centre until you can no longer discern what/when/why or how this music was made, by whom and for what purpose. You might well have dipped into the whole Witch/Drag House movement recently, and basically it’s largely down to these guys that so many disparate ideas have converged at this gloriously messy, mongrel moment in time. With their debut album they’ve digested the most unheimlich elements of Juke, chopped ‘n screwed R’n’B, and Shoegaze to create one of the most exhilarating sonic experiences we’ve encountered in a long time. It’s immediate, visceral and completely over the top in the best possible sense, presenting the most joyous and addictive kind of pop music with a seriously dark and narcotic underbelly. We’re just completely addicted to it, and urge you to check in.

oOoOO’s self-titled debut 12″, meanwhile, is very much cut from the same cloth and establishes the Tri Angle label as probably the most interesting and relevant imprint of the moment – despite only releasing a couple of twelves to date. Following on from that amazing debut by Balam Acab, oOoOO mine a similarly dark R’n’B-influenced space, but with an elegiac grace all of its own. It includes one of the year’s most infectious songs in ‘Hearts’, finding a gap between Cassie and Fever Ray and bridging it with a glacial and heartstopping line in twilight pop that you just won’t be able to resist. The Drag term neatly fits the sense of androgynous, down-pitched Pop factors at play here, but essentially these are 6 exquisitely moody songs with an undeniable play-it-again-and-again factor making it one of the standout twelves of the year .

Also from the American underground we get two immense albums from Mark McGuire, and Sun Araw. McGuire’s ‘Living With Yourself’ is his finest solo effort to date, following the awesome Emeralds album on Editions Mego with a deeply intimate blend of tender guitar and spiralling kosmische synths, full of romantic, affective nostalgia. On a different plane entirely, but again coming to terms with a more muddled sense of psychedelic yearning, is Sun Araw’s double header ‘Off Duty + Boat Trip’, a totally unique meeting of fugged dub and instinctive cosmic freedom, at once jarring and coherent in the maddest style possible.

From the German avant-garde, Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld’s (aka ANBB) long awaited debut album ‘Mimikry’ finally drops, as does a precious archival gem in the form of Cluster & Farnbauer’s amazing ‘Live In Vienna’ set on Important Records. The ANBB album exceeds all expectations with a complex mesh of Blixa’s mutated vocals and typically clinical production from Carsten Nicolai, restlessly experimental and bravely futuristic. At the other end of the scale is the remarkable, (and previously unreleased on CD) recording of Cluster from 1980, featured in an improvised setup with the rare addition of a drums from Joshi Farnbauer. There may be a lot of Kosmische reissues floating around right now, but this is simply one of the very best.

Sticking with vintage electronics, the third edition of the crucial Year Zero compilations scans New wave to New Beat from 1983 with tracks from Anne Clark, Front 242, John Carpenter and New Order among others, while the boutique Medical Records label offers the totally obscure but brilliant ‘Deutsches Wertarbeit’ from Dorothea Raukes. Fans of NDW and electric grey Krautrock will be in their element here, and it’s on red vinyl to boot!

Gonjasufi made one of the most unique albums of the year with ‘A Sufi and A Killer’, and now Warp have enlisted Broadcast & The Focus Group, Oneohtrix Point Never, Dem Hunger, Mark Pritchard and more for a heavyweight remix session. The revisions are entirely worthy of the material and surely form one of the more interesting Warp releases of recent times. We should also mention the stunning issue of Charlemagne Palestine’s ‘Strumming’ on Sub Rosa. Split over 3CDs with informed sleeve notes from Ingram Marshall, this is one of the more engrossing artifacts of the 20th Century Avant-Garde you’ll encounter this year, and comes with our highest recommendation to anyone looking for a sublimely exalted sonic experience.

This week also sees the release of Commix’s Re:Call To Mind remix session, featuring Burial, Kassem Mosse, Marcel Dettmann, Pangaea, UR, and many more, spinning their emotive D’n’B into all kinds of technoid shapes.

On a singles tip, we’ve got dancefloor heavies headed by the gleaming Hippos In Tanks label and a strictly limited vinyl pressing of White Car’s Industrial Funk outta Chicago. Burnley’s blonde bombshell Millie winds up on a deepside remix of Helixir, and Levon Vincent offers his first and only track of 2010 with his remix of Jus Ed’s ‘I’m Coming’, don’t sleep on this! King Midas Sound meanwhile offer an exclusive version of ‘Cool Out’ on Hyperdub’s first ever 7″ and Kingdom’s essential C*nty-style banger ‘That Mystic’ finally gets pressed to wax! Other highlights this week feature from Rustie, Gold Panda, Eskmo, Stephen O’Malley, Silkie, Jack Sparrow, Doc Daneeka, Scuba, Dakota Suite, Solar Bears, Seiji, Prince Rama, Anodyne vs Autechre, Red Rack’em, Deepchord, Letherette, Terror Danjah, Cloaks and much much more…

Have yourselves a wonderful week…..

Peace! Nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week



SALEM
King Night
ELECTRONIC
IAMSOUND
CD // £9.99

Truly EPIC debut album from unavoidable Drag/Witch-House protagonists, Salem – quite easily the years most exhilarating listen. Since 2008 this trio have been spiking the sewers of pop with prescribed doses of scarily prescient ghettogothic crunk on Acephalé and Merok records, inventing one of the most spellbinding modern genres in the process. They’re a tiding of ghoulish pop magpies, accepting of all that is good and grimy about ubiquitous mainstream saturation and robosexual R’n’B, absorbing and filtering their most unheimlich elements and enhancing them with a blank-eyed Shoegaze aesthetic, wickedly exaggerating and distorting their features until they leer back with overwhelming intensity, simultaneously creating one of the most oppressing and liberated sounds you’ve heard in years. Their vision and influence has spawned a coven of scattered, yet like-minded operators in Hype Williams, Balam Acab and oOoOO among others, finding kindred spirits in the affective potential of chopped and screwed rap and classic 4AD feelings, cutting past any ironic bullsh*t to acutely fulfill the needs of a generation searching for viscerally psyched, tactile “experiences”. Following a tiny handful of 7″s, ‘King Night’ is their defining statement, eleven tracks of devastating, slo-mo MPC drum fills worthy of Araab Music, fused to nuclear synth bursts delivered with an achingly blank insouciance, all smeared in acetone-wet MDMA and left to degrade in a Michigan basement until it’s nerves are permanently polarised, fluctuating between extreme, saccharine euphoria and melancholy misanthropy. Inside you’ll find the revamped 808-rolling genius of ‘Redlights’ from their ‘Yes, I Smoke Crack’ debut 7″, the slow nosebleed beauty of ‘Traxx’, sounding like Seefeel on a codeine overdose, next to the narco-saturated E and E-esque synth saturation of ‘Sick’, and the supremely uncomfortable MBV intensity of ‘Release Of The Boar’. Every time we come back to this album we uncover yet more bewitching, peripheral “what the f*ck was that?!” moments, like where the rhythm seems to slip out of place in ‘Frost’, (but did it?) or wondering what the hell the drawling rap of “I Can’t Feel It/ I Can’t Feeeel Sh*t” in ‘Trapdoor’ is all about. ‘King Night’ defines the intangibly elusive, illusive, and yet omnipresent contradictions of contemporary pop culture and we can’t recommend it any higher. Serious contender for album of the year.



COMMIX / VARIOUS
Re:Call To Mind
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
METALHEADZ
CD // £7.99

Absolutely crucial remix album of Commix tracks from Burial, dBridge, Instra:mental, Kassem Mosse, Marcel Dettmann, Underground Resistance, A Made Up Sound and more!!! It was probably over two years ago when that infamous 2-min clip of the Burial remix appeared on Bailey’s 1Xtra show, causing moody fanboys and fangirls the world over to shed a tear in the light of their macbook screens. Finally we get the full six minute version of ‘Be True’, every bit the Burial classic and more than enough reason to make an investment. In case you’re a picky f**ker (which you should be) the rest of the album is grade A gear, from the fluid suspension of Instra:mental’s ‘Japanese Electronics’ remix, through the Mala-ish mix of ‘How You Gonna Feel’ from Pangaea to Kassem Mosse’s stunning version of ‘Strictly’ with its classic Goldie sample rewired to a squashed techno template. A delicious dub-house cut from Sigha and standardly solid techno ructions from Marcel Dettmann and UR’s sinister acid rub of ‘Satellite Song’ finish a heavyweight set. ESSENTIAL!



MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Living With Yourself
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Emeralds member Mark McGuire presents his heart-melting solo album for Editions Mego. Mark is no stranger to solo releases, he’s got about 800 gazillion of them on tiny tape and CDr labels including his co-run Wagon Tapes and Gneiss Things besides a tonne others. He’s also worked with Daniel “Oneohtrix” Lopatin as Skyramps, but for all we’ve heard ‘ ‘Living With Yourself’ is surely his most accomplished excursion yet. Taking inspiration from early friendships, family and “the problems that inevitably develop through years of knowing someone” McGuire’s compositions tenderly unfurl nostalgic scapes of Göttsching-like guitar forms and bubbling synths with that endless ability to capture elusive, fleeting moments of bliss like the best of his work with Emeralds. His knack for blending acoustic guitar signatures with magical synths is conducted with the keenest sleight of hand, not deceptively so, but more like an illusion of blissed misdirection, contrasting and melding textures and harmonic qualities to create unpredictable crux points that’ll leave you beaming inside. He dispenses this formula to sublime effect on tracks like opener ‘The Vast Structure Of Recollection’ and the achingly affective ‘Two Different People’, delivering acute hits of romantic yearning and ponderous wonderment with a beautifully instinctive nature. Possibly most gorgeous of all is ‘Clear The Cobwebs’, paring down the synths for a largely solo guitar delight with a flourish of electrcity in the final throes, and furthest from anything we’ve heard previously is ‘Brothers (For Matt)’, a ten minute closer floating from tape collage to Shoegaze thrash with a meditative kosmische finalé. There’s an intimate personality and existentialist optimism to ‘Living With Yourself’ which we reckon will really take hold after a few listens. Highly Recommended.



SUN ARAW
Off Duty + Boat Trip
ELECTRONIC
WOODSIST
CD // £11.99

Awesome double header from the modern psych craftsman Cameron Stallone aka Sun Araw; three new tracks recorded earlier in 2010, and the ‘Boat Trip’ from way back when (er…2008). ‘Off Duty’ is essentially the down time after ‘On Patrol’, deeds done and kicking back with the biggest, most potent zoot you’ve been bothered to make in a while. ‘Last Chance’ makes a visceral entrance with cataclysmic starburst noise subsiding to reveal the slouchiest, loping psyche-dub rhythm vocals hollering from 20 metres away… or is he right next to you, no bother, i’m high and this sounds f*cking cool (i’m not really, y’know, i’m just getting into it maan). Next ‘Midnight Locker’ evens the keel, centred on droning, down-pitched melodica played by Augustus Pablo from his submarine in the bathroom over bowel-quaking subs heard from the basement, while all kinda FX gremlins gate samples from the other rooms of this freakin’ haunted house. ‘Deep Temple’ finishes the ‘Off Duty’ trip with an eleven minute visit to the attic, where we find a shrine to Terry Riley amidst a hydroponic skunk farm and lie down to the sound of a thousand unremembered dreams, caught in ecstatic suspension between a furious axe solo and a the sound of Jackie Mittoo dribbling on his Wurlitzer. Messy in the best possible way. Finally ‘Boat Trip’ is like some mystical steppers excursion to the Bermuda triangle, booming Wolf Eyes tracks over a ten foot stack into the fog over a placid sea before ‘Canopy’ hits a remote island and sits down to chew peyote with the natives. Or something. ESSENTIAL!



ANBB (ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD)
Mimikry
ELECTRONIC
Raster Noton
CD // £13.49

Having nicely set up the release of this album with their Ret Marut Handshake EP a few months back, Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld (of Einsturzende Neubauten fame) deliver a set that exceeds all expectations. One of the most strikingly obvious comparisons to arise from that first batch of material was the Alan Vega/Pan Sonic collaboration, yet Mimikry goes much further than combining the established aesthetics of its constituent parts and creates something that actually feels very new. Carried over from the EP you’ll find ‘Ret Marut Handshake’, ‘I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground’, the Harry Nilsson cover ‘One’ and an extended version of ‘Bernsteinzimmer’, but it’s the all-new material that tends to impress the most. Ten-minuter opener ‘Fall’ is a fairly challenging starting point, introducing the album with an artificially elongated wheeze/scream that develops into an almost unbearable cacophony that suddenly recedes to reveal hovering sub-frequencies, fractured electronics and heavily layered and manipulated vocal takes from Bargeld. The mutating soundscape proves to be both emotionally engaging and quite brilliantly complex, at times referencing the glitch vs. piano dynamics of Alva Noto’s Ryuichi Sakamoto collaboration. After this tour de force of an opener the album starts to find a more solid rhythmic groove with ‘Once Again’, on which Bargeld sounds like Current 93’s David Tibet encoded as a computer virus. Splendid stuff. Mimikry is also one of the more sonically liberated Alva Noto releases, finding Carsten Nicolai experimenting with more freely melodic content that embraces conventional notions of song in a far more wholehearted fashion than you might have expected. A piece such as ‘Bernsteinzimmer’ really underlines this, embracing a wonderful string arrangement that somehow doesn’t feel out of place alongside the more uncompromising, surging electronics you’ll hear elsewhere. Indeed, fans of Nicolai’s remarkable beat constructions will be overjoyed to hear the furious, detailed arrangement of ‘Berghain’ (which seems to neatly incorporate some of Einsturzende Neubauten’s familiar scrap metal percussion tactics), while the crunchy, distorted and finely filtered beats of the title track really hit the mark too, grinding out an imposing bassline to frame Bargeld’s always captivating vocal. A brilliant meeting of two of Germany’s most restlessly experimental artists, Mimikry comes heartily recommended.



GONJASUFI
The Caliph’s Tea Party
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Warp
CD // £10.49

Mark Pritchard, Oneohtrix Point Never, Broadcast and The Focus Group, and Dem Hunger, among others, are invited to remix one of 2010s most unique albums, ‘A Sufi And A Killer’ by GonjaSufi. Between his distinctive vocals and the superb instrumentals from Flying Lotus, Mainframe and Gaslamp Killer, this is some prime source material which the appointed remixers treat with due care and reverent attention. Most interesting to our ears is the sublime OPN mix, sweetly blending acoustic guitar with pastoral synth chords and a flock of stray seagulls before mutilating Gonja in a matrix of FX to make him croak like a wizened old android. It’s not what you’d expect and all the better for it! Broadcast & The Focus Group also make a magical pairing on ‘The Caliph’s Tea Party’ remix, countering the eastern mysticism of the original with a peculiar, vintage sense of English psychedelia which unfolds into stately baroque motifs and finely layered shellac textures. Dem Hunger also makes a memorable appearance with his ‘Bowel Blood’ remix of ‘SuzieQ’, taking license to mulch the original to a fractal display of unpredictable, smudged and screwed psychedelics. The Hezus remix is great too, taking a hazy kinda ’60s garage/surf approach and the Jeremiah Jae mix remakes ‘Kobwebz’ as an unstable display of timestretched oddness. Needless to say, this album is very good.



CLUSTER & FARNBAUER
Live In Vienna 1980
ELECTRONIC
Important Records
2CD // £14.49

Magnificent reissue of this tape obscurity from 1980, Cluster’s eighth album (the first of three live LPs) originally released on the YHR label (which was curated by Pump’s David Elliott), also including archival material never before issued on CD. With so much stuff from this era coming to the surface recently it’s sometimes easy to get blasé about it all, but this is one you really ought to give your fullest attention to. As the title says, this was recorded live in Vienna in 1980 at the Wiener Festwochen Alternativ, replete with all the ferric static, atmospheric noise and inherent hazy gremlins you’ve grown to adore about these artefacts. But that’s by-the-by, as the music within is of the most seductive teutonic avant-garde variety, featuring six tracks of free-roaming and intuitive kosmiche improvisations, both highly experimental and engrossing to the core. ‘Service’ draws us in with a tentative display of arcing synthesizers and ominous gong tones before the unusual addition of Joshi Farnbauer beautifully meshes his percussion into their vast sonorous scapes, gradually evolving into a stunning 30 minute improv session. The effect is so compelling you can almost hear the audience collectively holding their breath, waiting for the next spurt of ideas or plume of discordant synth signaling the next phase. Two shorter tracks, the disturbing ‘Kurz’ and its martial typewriter rhythm follow into the more classical ‘Piano’, presumably conducted by Roedelius, completing the first disc. The second disc opens with an overheard exclamation of “Schiese!” and into the controlled urgency of ‘Drums’, winding unsteady and explorative drum patterns around a bobbling synthesizer until the two copulate like the genesis of Techno, EBM and all that, happening right before your ears. This track is nothing short of genuinely mindblowing! In the longer 25-minute centre-piece ‘Metalle’, the trio are joined by more percussionists, the mysteriously monikered Jürs and Rapnik, as the ensemble expands to embark on a mystical trip full of shuddering Faustian sheet metal, unpredictable percussive quirks and epic synthesizer shapes morphing and coagulating like some mechanized astral jazz trip. Again, Rodelius closes the show with the contrast of his fluid piano sequences, joined by tender, spidery percussion tingling like the hairs on the back of my neck right now. This album is a bona fide stunner, ESSENTIAL.



VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Bustin’ Out 1983: New Wave To New Beat Volume 3
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Year Zero
CD // £10.99

Volume 3 of this commendable compilation series joining the dots between New Wave and New Beat with some exceedingly prime selections from New Order, Front 242, Xmal Deutschland, Anne Clark, John Carpenter and more. As with the previous installments, they find a special blend of well known and obscure cuts from a pivotal era in electronic music. The highlights here run deep and thick, from the dystopian urban ennui of Anne Clark’s New Wave anthem ‘Sleeper In Metropolis’, to the seminal EBM of The Neon Judgement’s ‘Fashion Party’ – which is massively influential on the likes of Adult, Jamal Moss and Alden Tyrell, respectively. John Carpenter’s ‘The End (Sound Version)’ is nothing short of an electro/synthwave blueprint, again inspiring hundreds, if not thousands of successive artists, and then we get two sides of the rock/pop dance dichotomy, with Front 242’s Industrial classic ‘Take One’ and New Order’s sublime ‘Your Silent Face’. On the more obscure tip, Koto’s ‘Chinese Revenge’ is an absolute peach, as is the 12″ ‘Qual’ remix from 4AD’s Xmal Deutschland, primed for the most discerning goth discos around. Oh aye, and there’s also total standards like Laid Back’s ‘White Horse’ and Cocteau Twins’ ‘Sugar Hiccup’, but we’re guessing you know those well already. Basically, we gotta give this a massive thumbs up!



DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT
Deutsche Wertarbeit
ELECTRONIC
Medical Records
LP // £17.99

**Red Vinyl** Another superb reissue from Seattle’s Medical Records, plucking Dorothea Raukes’ ’81 album ‘Deutsches Wertarbeit’ from Krautrock obscurity and resissuing it on red vinyl in a limited run of 500 copies. Dorothea was in a tiny minority of German frauleins to work in Krautrock circles, first with her Düsseldorf band Streetmark (she recorded four albums as their lead singerin between ’76-’81) and later as a solo artist for Sky Records. She’s responsible for all all the sounds on ‘Deutsche Wertarbeit’, finding an endearing blend of sensibilities, from the rhythm driven pop of the Neue Deutsche Welle to the spacey textures and ambience of Klaus Schulze. Her canny melodic character shines through cheeseball keys of ‘Guten Abend, Leute’, but doesn’t shy away from darker tones like with ‘Unter Tage’. Best of all is he proto-tranz glide of ‘Auf Engelsflügeln’, which is pretty much worth the cost of entry alone, while the electric grey drama of ‘Intercity Rheingold’ and ‘Der Gross Atem’ seal the deal. Really feeling this!



CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
Strumming Music (for Piano, Harpsichord & Strings)
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Sub Rosa
3CD // £14.99

Charlemagne Palestine’s ‘Strumming Music’ is universally regarded as his best-known composition and considered a masterpiece of the 20th Century Avant-Garde. Sub Rosa have compiled three versions over three discs, Charlemagne’s original ‘Strumming For Bösendorfer’ (1974), Betsy Freeman’s performance ‘Strumming For Harpsichord’ (1977), and ‘Strumming For Strings’ (1977) organised at SF Conservatory by John Adams, together with a 16-page booklet by Ingram Marshall. The original piece features Palestine forcefully playing two notes in rapid alternation for over 45 minutes on a nine-foot Viennese Bösendorfer Imperiale Grande piano with the sustain pedal depressed for the entire duration. The notes gradually expand into clusters and as the piece grows the piano slowly detunes, building spine tingling harmonics and eliciting a variety of rarely heard spectral timbres and high overtones which could really only be captured with an instrument of this calibre, and by a musician of such magnitude. The ritualistic effect is intensely astounding, in the most visceral, mesmerizing and physical sense of the word, capturing your attention from the first note and exponentially increasing it over the duration with the most sublime and somnambulistic grace. We could not recommend this set any higher. Life affirming stuff.

Singles of the Week



OOOOO
oOoOO EP
ELECTRONIC
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.99

Tri Angle Record’s 2nd issue is the debut release proper from a very special artist, San Francisco’s oOoOO. He’s in very good company on this exquisitely curated label, nestled among the likes of Balam Acab, Stalker and Nowa Huta, who together form a collective shadow over the disciplines of big money R’n’B and shivering Cold Wave electro with a creepily succinct Pop aesthetic. And it’s this acute articulation of mood and style that sets these productions apart from any other crowd out there. Tracks like ‘Hearts’ with its Fever Ray-meets-Cassie feel or the arcane hooks of ‘Burnout Eyes’ have the mark of a scarily intuitive Pop genius, knowingly built with the most conventional structures yet nudged at all the crucial moments with choruses that beguile like a shy, lo-fi version of Kate Bush’s finest or enrapture like David Sylvian at his most melancholy, perpetually toying with the tuning for spine chilling and perspective re-aligning effect. Also, their debt to Salem, acknowledged progenitors of the Witch House/Drag scene, is keenly felt in the numb melancholy of ‘Sedsumting’ and to a lesser extent in ‘Plains’, while the Visions Of Trees remix of the breathtaking ‘Burnout Eyess’ adds a spectral New Age ambience worthy of the most lushed out Juno 6 moments, and we say that without the slightest hint of cynicism. This is simply one of the most extraordinary debut records we’ve heard in a long time and should be owned by every house so your kids can come across it one day and perpetuate a cycle of blissed melancholy. Totally Essential.



WHITE CAR
No Better
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Hippos In Tanks
12″ // £7.99

**Strictly limited vinyl edition of the ace debut from Industrial Funk project, White Car, on the excellent Hippos In Tanks label!** Having already collaborated with Giallo exponents Gatekeeper, and had a video pieced together by Daniel ‘Oneohtrix’ Lopatin, White Car is the latest buzz project to emerge from the hugely promising Hippos In Tanks label and features an addictive leather trousered passion for the EBM/Industrial sound of DAF, Nitzer Ebb, or Liasons Dangereuses with an incredibly canny eye for detail and a taste for sinister gothic splendour. Like Jamal Moss’s Medusa edit series (dedicated to the underage Goth/Pop/Rock club), they’re inspired by a virulent strain of European Industrial music that infected the Chicago club scene through the ’80s and whose influence can be felt right through the catalogues of Trax and Mathematics. With the benefit of hindsight, they’ve burned off any excess to leave a sulphuric residue of disaffected vocals, sledgehammer snares and sweaty chested synths, efficiently recalling the frisson of sexual energy and electronic futurism which ignited Chi-town night spots. We couldn’t recommend this release any higher to fans of Chris Carter, Ministry, Jamal Moss or Amyl Nitrate.



HELIXIR / MILLIE
Undivided (Millie Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
7EVEN
12″ // £6.99

In preparation for his forthcoming ‘Undivided’ album, Helixir gets it together on ‘Atlantis’, backed up with a brilliant Millie (DJ MLZ) remix. The title ‘Atlantis’ is deeply reflected in the subaquatic nature of Helixir’s original, serving a fluid flow of heavily compressed and sinuous dubtech bass rhythms with flickers of coruscating percussion. Coming up for air, Millie’s 4Ward mix adds a brace of scaly hi-hats to the deep flowing bass currents, pivoting around whirlpool edits and dappled with a murky synthline. One for the very deepest techno mariners, and fans of Pinch, Headhunter or AnD.



DJ JUS ED / LEVON VINCENT
I’m Coming (Levon Vincent / Aybee Mixes)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

Superb deep house treat from Jus-Ed, plumped up with remixes from Levon Vincent and Aybee! ‘I’m Comin’ is the signature tune from Ed’s forthcoming ‘Next Level’ album, framing the earworming lead refrain around a strong New York bassline and crisp, punchy percussion with his standard seal of vintage freshness. Levon Vincent, meanwhile, offers his first production of the year (remix or otherwise) with a robust NY House heavyweight bulging pumping machine rhythms and wickedly spacious reverbs for that epic feel. Aybee confirms the essential nature of this record with a tenderly hushed and grooving rework leading to a sublime second half. Killer House music!



KING MIDAS SOUND
Lost / Frequencies
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
7″ // £5.49

Killer single from Kevin Martin’s King Midas Sound project, dropping ‘Lost’ from the ‘Waiting For You’ album, plus an exclusive version of ‘Cool Out’ featuring French singjay, Pupajim. Roger Robinson’s performance on ‘Lost’ is just sublime, singing a tale of forlorn Lovers rock over a dread-weighted riddim sounding like a RZA offcut from the ‘Ghost Dog’ soundtrack. On ‘Frequencies’ Pupajim’s meditation on the tactile experience of bass provides another intensely dark pleasure, sailing like a ghost ship over swells of frayed crackle and bone crushing subs with the exquisite elegance of Horace Andy. Essential, no less.



KINGDOM
That Mystic
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Haughty R’n’B/Club heavyweights from the Night Slugs quadrant – quite possibly one of the years deadliest 12″s. Needless to say, we’re big fans of the Kingdom sound round these parts and we’ve been clamming for this on vinyl all bloody summer! We get three tracks from the digital copy, optimised for club potential and sounding deadlier than ever. The title track is a lethal fusion of darkside synth drones, bolshy ballroom kicks and helium R’n’B vox delivered in devastating style, primed for fake-out Vogue flops and proper C*nty behaviour. On the flip ‘Bust Broke’ comes closer to the Night Slugs fold with clocking percussion and cavernous trance stabs leading to an addictive R’n’B breakdown, while ‘Seven Chirp’ chops florid flamenco guitar into a swinging dancers special peppered with bird sound and deliciously melancholy synth motifs. These tracks inject any dancefloor they touch with an undeniably dark and sexy vibe and we can’t get enough of it. Essential!

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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HATIKVAH / DEEPCHORD
In The Spirit (inc. Deepchord Remake)
Soma
12″ // £5.49

Splendid and very useful follow-up to the Hatikvah album, presenting ‘In The Spirit’ backed with an acapella and Rod Modell’s superb Deepchord remix. The original is a classy German House groove with clinically finished bassline, almost like Florian Schirmacher’s Wareika tracks, but minus the tricky percussion and upping the late-night sensuality, especially with that vocal. Meanwhile, Dub House master craftsman, Rod Modell, gives a supremely luxurious version on the flip,…
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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GOLD PANDA
Lucky Shiner
Notown Records
CD // £7.99

The highly anticipated debut album from Gold Panda (discounting the Japan-only collection of singles!). Ever since his ‘Miyamae’ 12″ dropped on Various Production’s label last year, it was obvious Gold Panda was one to watch. Since then he’s had a clutch of warmly received singles for Make Mine and Ghostly International besides a stream of remixes for everyone from Health to The Field, each painting a more detailed and involving…
GONJASUFI
The Caliph’s Tea Party
Warp
CD // £10.49

Mark Pritchard, Oneohtrix Point Never, Broadcast and The Focus Group, and Dem Hunger, among others, are invited to remix one of 2010s most unique albums, ‘A Sufi And A Killer’ by GonjaSufi. Between his distinctive vocals and the superb instrumentals from Flying Lotus, Mainframe and Gaslamp Killer, this is some prime source material which the appointed remixers treat with due care and reverent attention. Most interesting to our ears is…
GONJASUFI
The Caliph’s Tea Party
Warp
LP // £12.99

Mark Pritchard, Oneohtrix Point Never, Broadcast and The Focus Group, and Dem Hunger, among others, are invited to remix one of 2010s most unique albums, ‘A Sufi And A Killer’ by GonjaSufi. Between his distinctive vocals and the superb instrumentals from Flying Lotus, Mainframe and Gaslamp Killer, this is some prime source material which the appointed remixers treat with due care and reverent attention. Most interesting to our ears is…
ESKMO
Eskmo
Ninja Tune
CD // £9.99

After a suite of acclaimed singles for Warp and Planet Mu, San Francisco’s Brendan Angelides aka Eskmo reaches his sophomore album. His uniquely proggy and melodic take on electronic hiphop drafts in elements of dubstep, Rustie/Flylo funk and the kind of angular, complex pop played by Rudi Zygadlo, resulting in florid compositions which don’t fit easily in any category. Abandoning the need to create “club” tracks, ‘Eskmo’ is an expression…
DAEDELUS / TEEBS
LA Series # 6
All City
10″ // £7.99

Another supremely diverse and deadly 10″ straight outta LA, this time pairing Daedelus and Teebs. With the super high quality levels of the series so far, we wouldn’t expect anything less than top class from Daedelus and he delivers in style. His is a six-track mini suite of endearing sketches, rolling from a toxic wonky jungle spillage in ‘Fates Say’ to golden era hiphop beat-works on ‘Old Hearts’ and breezy,…
LETHERETTE
Letherette EP
HO TEP
12″ // £6.99

Wickedly diverse set of broken-down and rebuilt boogie, hiphop and ’80s soul vibes from the hotly tipped Letherette, the 2nd release on Alexander Nut’s Hotep label. The duo have cropped up recently with remixes of Bibio and Solar Bears, and a track on the ace Brownswood Bubblers comp, picking up fans like Brackles, Sinden, Benji B and Gilles Peterson along the way. On the A-side they burn up Dilla-esque downbeats…
MACHINEDRUM
Many Faces Deluxe Edition (inc. Cassette & T-Shirt – Large)
LuckyMe
LP + CASSETTE + T-SHIRT // £26.99

**Includes the Many Faces LP plus a cassette and T-shirt (SIZE: LARGE)!** The metamorphosis of Machinedrum continues apace with a mini-album for Glasgow’s Lucky Me empire. Keen to display the breadth and adaptability of his style, ‘Many Faces’ balls between squashed electro-hop like ‘Sakatak’ to wobbly juke on ‘It’s That Bass’ and warped fusions of Bassline and Ghetto House in ‘Make Me’ while ‘Lemme F_ck It’ tips his New Era…
MACHINEDRUM
Many Faces Deluxe Edition (inc. Cassette & T-Shirt – Medium)
LuckyMe
LP + CASSETTE + T-SHIRT // £26.99

**Includes the Many Faces LP plus a cassette and T-shirt (SIZE: MEDIUM)!** The metamorphosis of Machinedrum continues apace with a mini-album for Glasgow’s Lucky Me empire. Keen to display the breadth and adaptability of his style, ‘Many Faces’ balls between squashed electro-hop like ‘Sakatak’ to wobbly juke on ‘It’s That Bass’ and warped fusions of Bassline and Ghetto House in ‘Make Me’ while ‘Lemme F_ck It’ tips his New Era…
RUSTIE
Sunburst EP
Warp
12″ // £6.49

Since 2007 Wegie rogue Rustie has decimated the world of electronic music with a handful of exhilarating 12″s. The demented ‘Sunburst’ is his long awaited debut for Warp, lurching into his future vision of hyper-coloured prog-rock, crystallized digital emotions and bombastic rhythm dynamics. Much like his ‘Jagz The Smack’ debut, there’s no clear banner to this style, crushing everything from ultra-modern American Funk to ’80s synth dreams, 8-Bit Japanese cuteness…
RUSTIE
Sunburst EP
Warp
CD // £5.49

Since 2007 Wegie rogue Rustie has decimated the world of electronic music with a handful of exhilarating 12″s. The demented ‘Sunburst’ is his long awaited debut for Warp, lurching into his future vision of hyper-coloured prog-rock, crystallized digital emotions and bombastic rhythm dynamics. Much like his ‘Jagz The Smack’ debut, there’s no clear banner to this style, crushing everything from ultra-modern American Funk to ’80s synth dreams, 8-Bit Japanese cuteness…
ONRA
The One ft. T3
All City
12″ // £6.99

Onra’s boogie killer ‘The One’ feat. T3 of Slum Village backed with not one, but two remixes from Detroit’s Waajeed! The cut in question originally appeared on his ‘Long Distance’ LP, surely one of the years finest Boogie-debted albums, and also features the bonus vibes of an untitled killer sounding like BoC going all New Jack slump on your ass. Waajeed is the perfect candidate for a rerubs on the…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN
A Grand Tour Of Tunisia
THREE LOBED
2LP + CD // £25.99

*Housed in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve* A mammoth release from the evergreen Three Lobed label, this huge package features a heavyweight double-vinyl edition of Sunburned Hand Of The Man’s A Grand Tour Of Tunisia, cultivated from recording sessions held over on UK shores back in 2007. The line-up for these recordings featured Sunburned members Paul Labrecque, John Moloney, Sarah O’Shea, Robert Thomas and Ron Schneiderman plus Michael Flower and Herb…
STEPHEN O’MALLEY
Cocon & Oiseau De Nuit
Editions Mego
Cassette // £8.99

Editions Mego present one longform exploratory performance from Sunn 0)))’s Stephan O’Malley, recorded in Paris during the winter of 2006 and recently excavated, revamped, and mastered at Piethopraxis in Köln. The first in a series of three cassette releases for EMego, the 40+ minutes of ‘Cocon & Oiseau De Nuit’ are similar in form to his ‘Keep An Eye Out’ LP for Table Of The Elements and the ‘Salt’ album…
HEAVY WINGED
Fields Within Fields
THREE LOBED
LP // £15.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Monolithic and motorik lo-fi psyche music from Heavy Winged on a handsome 180gm vinyl pressing from Three Lobed Recordings. These two tracks were recorded late last year when the group happened to be in Brooklyn together, combining their collective force in triumphant fashion. ‘Among The Maori’ is a bloodied thrust of pounding, primitive tribal drumming from Xela collaborator Jed Bindeman surrounded by…
THE HOTOTOGISU
Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century
Important Records
2CD // £14.49

Floating Japaneses Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century is a key work in the Hototogisu discography, originally released via the DeStijl label in 2005 across a 3LP package, hand-glued and adorned with Matthew Bower artwork. This Important Records reissue quite rightly brings the album to a wider audience (the original was limited to a mere 300 copies). While later albums (featuring Marcia Bassett) tended to be a more searing listening…
WHITE HILLS
Stolen Stars Left For No One
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

“Thrusting space rock into the 21st century and beyond, White Hills have not so much carved but blasted out their own niche of Kraut-driven heaviness and soaring guitar acrobatics of the highest order. The band’s sonic catalogue is deep and highly sought after, with every limited release selling out instantly. Comprised of three new tracks, ‘Stolen Stars Left For No One’ was recorded live with no overdubs, with drumming supplied…
EVAN CAMINITI
West Winds
THREE LOBED
LP // £15.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** **Limited Edition of 600 hand-numbered, screen-printed copies – includes code for free digital download** Barn Owl and Higuma’s Evan Caminiti is capable of doing amazing things with the humble guitar. With experience gleaned from the processes of his previous solo releases, the majestic ‘Psychic Mud Shrine’ and the obscure ‘Digging The Void’, he’s reached a level of impressive maturity, making ‘West Winds’…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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HELIXIR / MILLIE
Undivided (Millie Mix)
7EVEN
12″ // £6.99

In preparation for his forthcoming ‘Undivided’ album, Helixir gets it together on ‘Atlantis’, backed up with a brilliant Millie (DJ MLZ) remix. The title ‘Atlantis’ is deeply reflected in the subaquatic nature of Helixir’s original, serving a fluid flow of heavily compressed and sinuous dubtech bass rhythms with flickers of coruscating percussion. Coming up for air, Millie’s 4Ward mix adds a brace of scaly hi-hats to the deep flowing bass…
KING MIDAS SOUND
Lost / Frequencies
Hyperdub
7″ // £5.49

Killer single from Kevin Martin’s King Midas Sound project, dropping ‘Lost’ from the ‘Waiting For You’ album, plus an exclusive version of ‘Cool Out’ featuring French singjay, Pupajim. Roger Robinson’s performance on ‘Lost’ is just sublime, singing a tale of forlorn Lovers rock over a dread-weighted riddim sounding like a RZA offcut from the ‘Ghost Dog’ soundtrack. On ‘Frequencies’ Pupajim’s meditation on the tactile experience of bass provides another intensely…
KINGDOM
That Mystic
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Haughty R’n’B/Club heavyweights from the Night Slugs quadrant – quite possibly one of the years deadliest 12″s. Needless to say, we’re big fans of the Kingdom sound round these parts and we’ve been clamming for this on vinyl all bloody summer! We get three tracks from the digital copy, optimised for club potential and sounding deadlier than ever. The title track is a lethal fusion of darkside synth drones, bolshy…
JACK SPARROW
Circaidian
TECTONIC
CD // £10.99

Debut album business from Leeds-based producer Jack Sparrow. Since 2007 Mr. Sparrow has cultivated a robustly defined sound that’s really come into its own with recent releases for Tectonic. ‘Circadian’ is concerned with the night, providing a collection of deeply atmospheric tracks sensitive to what enhances the experience of secluded consumption, but also directly levered towards the floor with drum rhythms swinging between voodoo techno and dread halfstep. Perhaps imagine…
SILKIE
City Limits Vol. 1.2: Bass Junkie – 80’s Baby
DEEP MEDI MUSIK
12″ // £6.49

Silkie on a mission here, dropping two anthemic rollers for the next round of ‘City Limits Vol.1.2’. ‘Bass Junkie’ is unquestionably one of the heaviest dubstep/rare groove/jungle fusions we’ve heard this year, smashing out bassbin-wrecking subs and tightly tucked drum rolls with an acidic lick of boogie for acute balance. Guaranteed ruffige in the dance! ’80s Baby’ on the flip rolls with that flagrant purple gangsta lean, all extra-Funked up…
SPHERIX
In A Hole / In The Dark
LOWERCASE
12″ // £6.49

Spherix goes deep under with the inaugural release for Lower Case Recordings. ‘In A Hole’ is a choice pick for those into the darker, more esoteric side of Skull Disco or the recent Raime release, shaking out shadowy dub gremlins inside a scuttling rhythmic framework weighted with oppressively ominous bass. On the flip ‘In The Dark’ he elicits a more spacious sense of dread with murky subs laying the foundation…
RAMADANMAN / BOK BOK / MODESELEKTOR
Modeselektion Vol. 01 Part 1
Monkeytown Records
12″ // £7.99

Advanced monkey-tek electro riddims from Modeselektor, Bok Bok and Ramadanamanadan on a limited edition pressing. These three tracks initiate the colossal ‘Modeselektion’ series in firing style, from the critically-crafty concatenations of Ram’s ‘Pitter’ to the bling-futurism of Bok Bok’s ultra-urbane ‘Say Stupid Things, and obviously the stadium rave of MDSLKTR’s own ‘VW Jetta’. Recommended!
TERROR DANJAH
Reinforced
RWINA
12″ // £6.49

Terror Danjah & D.O.K serve three bangers for Amsterdam’s Rwina records. It’s been a busy year for terror Danjah but thankfully his quality levels haven’t suffered, evidenced in the epic build of ‘Reinforced’ and its array of mesmerizing synth drops. ‘Peanut Punch’ on the flip links with D.O.K for a hard skanking riddim layered with bling-shiny synths and twinkling melodies, while the indomitable ‘Stomp Test’ goes on a heads down…
GHOST MUTT / SLUGABED
Sasquatch (Slugabed Mix)
LOWRIDERS
12″ // £5.99

Squelchy, manic and rather unhinged psyk-hop from Ghost Mutt, prepared with a Slugabed remix on the flip. The two original tracks are two sarnies short of a mentallists picnic, losing any semblance of conventional melodic arrangement and only just held together with the crookedest head nodders beats… but definitely having fun doing it! Slugabed joins in the madness on the flipside, reorganising the chaos with his heavy dynamics to make…
SEIJI
Seiji2
Seijimusic
12″ // £7.99

Fruity-fresh House bombs from the one and only Seiji! The legendary Bugz In The Attic producer has really caught out attention with his self titled label, cutting direct for the floor with a run of killer Dancefloor tracks. The joyful ‘Straylight’ has bundles of fun running with a sea-sick synthline just shy of the Night Slugs sound, over bumptious Sneak-style rhythms, while ‘Weedkiller’ is a respectful nod to Roska’s rude…
DOC DANEEKA
Television EP
PTN
2×10″ // £12.99

Super-heavy 4-track 2×10″ pack from the one like Doc Daneeka. To our sensibilities the best tracks are on the second plate, with the nicely deep and hazy transmission of ‘Copz’ featuring Rodski hitting that late-night swingers spot and the crimson hues of ‘Like A Fool’ licked with a sweet vocal for that acute soul burn. On the other plate you’ll find the 8-bit bleep cruise of ‘Mario’s Mushrooms’ and the…
ASC
The Touch
Auxiliary
12″ // £5.99

Highly sophisticated Tek-steppers from ASC backed with a smart revision from Vaccine. The craftily uncluttered original ‘Touch’ arranges darting, angular syncopations with gliding synthesizer atmospheres and a potent pseudo-Far Eastern touch referring to the same david Sylvian touchstones as DBridge or Instra:mental. On the flip Vaccine slows the tempo but ups the groove with lipped post-garage/dubstep rhythms and introduces the vocals of Riya in a spectral duet with the original….
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…
BENGA / YOUNGMAN
Ho / One & Only
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
12″ // £5.99

Chunky dubstep pop and fierce soca variants from Benga, with vocal assistance from MC/singer, Youngman. ‘Ho’ sends the big room dubstep vibes in a similar vein to his Magnetic Man single with infectious lead and super-polished halfstep dynamics. The bittersweet ‘One & Only’ is far more rugged and a fresh direction for Benga, running out a galloping Soca rhythm topped with sugary vocals from Youngman to balance the stinging rasp…
CLOAKS
Desolate Turves
3BY3
12″ // £8.99

Grizzled and grimy five-track EP from the perpetually moody Cloaks. In the two parts of the title track they do their nastiest Scorn-style industrial halfstep, while ‘Blackstar’ is more of a slow pneumatic pounder doused in caustic crackle and ‘Coil’ chews up chunks of digital noise and regurgitates them as a sloth-like slab of dubstep terror. Heavy.
DARQ E FREAKER
The Horus EP
Avalanche Music
12″ // £5.99

LARGE instrumental Grime killers from Nu Brand Flexx producer, Darq E Freaker. Honestly, there’s no f*cking about with this, from the frantic chop up of Tempa T’s ‘Next Hype’, here as ‘Next Hoe’, to the spiky booty spinner ‘What You Got?’ and a pair of nutty choppers in ‘Caeser’ and ‘Represent’ on the flip. Heavyweight TIP for all Grime DJ and fiends!
DIPLO
U Don’t Like Me ft. Lil Jon (Picture Disc)
MAD DECENT
12″ // £11.99

**Picture Disc** Limited Edition picture disc of Diplo and Lil’ Jon’s dubstep daytrip ‘U Don’t Like Me’, backed with a South Rakkas Crew remix. This is the sound of Diplo rewiring dubstep with a HipHop slant for the Jock-step crew, a point further reinforced with South Rakkas Crew’s bombastic metal guitars. Very colourful vinyl.
LAUREN MASON
Stronger
Avalanche Music
CD // £7.99

Chunky R’n’B Grimepop longplayer from East London gyal, Lauren Mason. To date she’s worked with the cream of the urban crop, from Wiley to Terror Danjah and Burgaboy, covering everything from Bassline to Grime and Funky. She’s kinda like a more roadworthy Katy B, vocalling a ruck of electro-house bangers, dubstep skankers, raving D’n’B, all-out Grime killers and scorching R’n’B.
RUSKO
Hold On
MAD DECENT
12″ // £7.99

Second single to be culled from the ‘O.M.G.!’ album, presenting Dirty Projector’s Amber Coffman over varying dubstep, D’n’B and electro-house reworks. The original has a bit of a post-dubstep/garage flex, whereas Tom Stephan gives Amber a thumping electro-house/Funk overhaul, Subfocus go crunked-out D’nB and 12th Planet give a relatively restrained dubstep version.
SEVEN
Sinister / Abduction (Upfront White Labels)
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Solid dubstep tools from Seven, upfront white-label styles on Black Box. The choice cut is ‘Sinister’, an uptempo roller punctuated with skull-splitting snares and ghostly rattling percussion to suit the midnight rave vibes, while ‘Abduction’ is more on the big intro, build-and-drop halfstep tip, bearing a mammoth subbass heave and super crisp percussion. One for fans of V.I.V.E.K, Vex’d, Hatcha, or Youngsta.
T-WOC
Delayed Responses Vol. 3
ALPHABET SET
12″ // £5.99

Three unruly dubstep mutations from Dublin’s T-Woc. On the A-side ‘Meccano’ meshes skittering post-dubstep patterns with colourfully acidic melody inna Zomby style, while ‘the Window’ works out Shackleton-esque drum swerves and warped Mid-Eastern drones. ‘Dirt Digger’ closes out on a melancholy halfstep tip with moody swirling lead synth.
THE WEEVIL SERIES
Adult EP
THE WEEVIL SERIES
12″ // £6.49

Concluding the 3×12″ Weevil cycle, another anonymous artist offers three unique darkside dubstep anomalies. ‘A1’ is a creepy drone track, totally beatless apart for some low-end padding and focussed on scurrying surface patterns around a viscous black drone. ‘A2’ introduces a clinically finished halfstep riddim, curiously carving a style between Alva Noto’s recent beat works and some drier halfstep style akin to Raime. The flipside keenly reminds of the darker…
ELECTRONIC
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OOOOO
oOoOO EP
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.99

Tri Angle Record’s 2nd issue is the debut release proper from a very special artist, San Francisco’s oOoOO. He’s in very good company on this exquisitely curated label, nestled among the likes of Balam Acab, Stalker and Nowa Huta, who together form a collective shadow over the disciplines of big money R’n’B and shivering Cold Wave electro with a creepily succinct Pop aesthetic. And it’s this acute articulation of mood…
SALEM
King Night
IAMSOUND
CD // £9.99

Truly EPIC debut album from unavoidable Drag/Witch-House protagonists, Salem – quite easily the years most exhilarating listen. Since 2008 this trio have been spiking the sewers of pop with prescribed doses of scarily prescient ghettogothic crunk on Acephalé and Merok records, inventing one of the most spellbinding modern genres in the process. They’re a tiding of ghoulish pop magpies, accepting of all that is good and grimy about ubiquitous mainstream…
MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Living With Yourself
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Emeralds member Mark McGuire presents his heart-melting solo album for Editions Mego. Mark is no stranger to solo releases, he’s got about 800 gazillion of them on tiny tape and CDr labels including his co-run Wagon Tapes and Gneiss Things besides a tonne others. He’s also worked with Daniel “Oneohtrix” Lopatin as Skyramps, but for all we’ve heard ‘ ‘Living With Yourself’ is surely his most accomplished excursion yet. Taking…
MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
Living With Yourself
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

Emeralds member Mark McGuire presents his heart-melting solo album for Editions Mego. Mark is no stranger to solo releases, he’s got about 800 gazillion of them on tiny tape and CDr labels including his co-run Wagon Tapes and Gneiss Things besides a tonne others. He’s also worked with Daniel “Oneohtrix” Lopatin as Skyramps, but for all we’ve heard ‘ ‘Living With Yourself’ is surely his most accomplished excursion yet. Taking…
SUN ARAW
Off Duty + Boat Trip
WOODSIST
CD // £11.99

Awesome double header from the modern psych craftsman Cameron Stallone aka Sun Araw; three new tracks recorded earlier in 2010, and the ‘Boat Trip’ from way back when (er…2008). ‘Off Duty’ is essentially the down time after ‘On Patrol’, deeds done and kicking back with the biggest, most potent zoot you’ve been bothered to make in a while. ‘Last Chance’ makes a visceral entrance with cataclysmic starburst noise subsiding to…
ANBB (ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD)
Mimikry
Raster Noton
CD // £13.49

Having nicely set up the release of this album with their Ret Marut Handshake EP a few months back, Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld (of Einsturzende Neubauten fame) deliver a set that exceeds all expectations. One of the most strikingly obvious comparisons to arise from that first batch of material was the Alan Vega/Pan Sonic collaboration, yet Mimikry goes much further than combining the established aesthetics of its constituent parts…
ANBB (ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD)
Mimikry
Raster Noton
2LP // £19.99

Having nicely set up the release of this album with their Ret Marut Handshake EP a few months back, Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld (of Einsturzende Neubauten fame) deliver a set that exceeds all expectations. One of the most strikingly obvious comparisons to arise from that first batch of material was the Alan Vega/Pan Sonic collaboration, yet Mimikry goes much further than combining the established aesthetics of its constituent parts…
CLUSTER & FARNBAUER
Live In Vienna 1980
Important Records
2CD // £14.49

Magnificent reissue of this tape obscurity from 1980, Cluster’s eighth album (the first of three live LPs) originally released on the YHR label (which was curated by Pump’s David Elliott), also including archival material never before issued on CD. With so much stuff from this era coming to the surface recently it’s sometimes easy to get blasé about it all, but this is one you really ought to give your…
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT
Deutsche Wertarbeit
Medical Records
LP // £17.99

**Red Vinyl** Another superb reissue from Seattle’s Medical Records, plucking Dorothea Raukes’ ’81 album ‘Deutsches Wertarbeit’ from Krautrock obscurity and resissuing it on red vinyl in a limited run of 500 copies. Dorothea was in a tiny minority of German frauleins to work in Krautrock circles, first with her Düsseldorf band Streetmark (she recorded four albums as their lead singerin between ’76-’81) and later as a solo artist for Sky…
ROCKETNUMBERNINE / FOUR TET
Matthew And Toby (Four Tet Mix)
Text Records
12″ // £6.99

Glorious transmission from Four Tet’s Text imprint, a dedication to Steve Reid from Rocketnumbernine including a remix from Kieran Hebden himself. The duo of Rothko’s siblings, Ben and Tom Page, comprise Rocketnumbernine and ‘Matthew & Toby’ is their first vinyl release. It’s a superbly executed fusion of spiritual jazz and Krautrock drive, pairing softly blurred synthline elevation with adroit drumming, able to pivot between pulsing, motorik linearity and tumbling jazz…
HUNTER-GATHERER
Pere Lachaise
OSAKA
7″ // £4.49

Intriguing 7″ oddity from Hunter-Gatherer on Osaka Recordings, housed in glossy full colour picture sleeve. Following his acclaimed debut album ‘I Dreamed I Was A Footstep In The Trail Of A Murderer’, this 7″ peers deeper into his murkily cinematic world with the creepy halfstep and noirish electronic motifs. Rhythmically ‘Undergrowth’ is more interesting, arranging scurrying blocks of machine percussion akin to Kassem Mosse’s NonPlus 12″ with soaring AI-era synths…
SOLAR BEARS
She Was Coloured In
Planet Mu
2LP // £11.99

Planet Mu present the debut album of pastoral electronica from Solar Bears. Their ‘Inner Sunshine’ 12″ gave us a sweet taste of what to expect, and the full deal is a very pleasant experience, crossing untangled lines between IDM, folktronica, pastoral kosmische and soundtracky synth music. Their music calls to mind everyone from Emeralds and OPN to Bibio or Morricone, but with an unpretentiousness, naive, and intuitive feel to their…
SOLAR BEARS
She Was Coloured In
Planet Mu
CD // £6.99

Planet Mu present the debut album of pastoral electronica from Solar Bears. Their ‘Inner Sunshine’ 12″ gave us a sweet taste of what to expect, and the full deal is a very pleasant experience, crossing untangled lines between IDM, folktronica, pastoral kosmische and soundtracky synth music. Their music calls to mind everyone from Emeralds and OPN to Bibio or Morricone, but with an unpretentiousness, naive, and intuitive feel to their…
JON MUELLER
The Whole
Type
CD // £7.99

In addition to being one of America’s most persistently interesting avant-garde percussionists, Jon Mueller has in recent years carved a niche for himself among more mainstream company, working with Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, and perhaps most notably of all, Volcano Choir, the acclaimed Bon Iver-related side-project that features Justin Vernon. One way or another, Type Records seems to have made a habit of capturing established experimental artists at a…
CHRISTOPHER WILLITS
Tiger Flower Circle Sun
Ghostly International
2LP // £16.99

When last we heard from Christopher Willits he was releasing his Plants And Hearts EP from Room40 and co-authoring the Line album, Listening Garden, with Taylor Deupree. Both these releases were back in 2007 and converged on te more experimental end of the laptop/guitar melder’s art. Now returning to Ghostly International with a follow-up to his Surf Boundaries album, Willits opens up his sound to include some of the poppier…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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AGNES OBEL
Philharmonics
Pias
LP // £13.99

Anyone who heard the recent Riverside 10″ EP from Danish-born Agnes Obel will know exactly what sort of spectral loveliness to expect from the singer-songwriter’s full-length. Philharmonics is a delicately poised affair that certainly doesn’t over-do it in terms of the arrangements; pieces such as ‘Beast’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Close Watch’ manage to sound haunting and intimate without having to build-up the instrumentation too much. In all these cases, light…
AGNES OBEL
Philharmonics
Pias
CD // £10.49

Anyone who heard the recent Riverside 10″ EP from Danish-born Agnes Obel will know exactly what sort of spectral loveliness to expect from the singer-songwriter’s full-length. Philharmonics is a delicately poised affair that certainly doesn’t over-do it in terms of the arrangements; pieces such as ‘Beast’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Close Watch’ manage to sound haunting and intimate without having to build-up the instrumentation too much. In all these cases, light…
HANS CHEW
Tennessee & Other Stories
THREE LOBED
LP // £13.99

The debut solo album from Hans Chew, the pianist behind Brooklyn band D. Charles Speer & The Helix, who notably performed alongside Jack Rose for his Luck In The Valley and The Black Dirt Sessions. Expect a wealth of bar-room honky-tonk turns from Chew, who seems to switch effortlessly between fulsome, barnstorming country hoedowns to more pared-down cowboy boogies. Tennessee & Other Stories is also notable for its supporting cast…
WOODEN WAND
Wither Thou Goest, Cretin
BLACKEST RAINBOW
LP // £14.49

The prolific James Toth reissues his super-limited CD-R (which came mounted on a block of wood) on slightly less limited (300 copies) vinyl via the Blackest Rainbow label. This might be thought of as a warm-up release for Wooden Wand’s forthcoming Young God album, due in a few weeks’ time. For all Toth’s dalliances with bigger indie labels (e.g. career highs like Second Attention on KRS or James & The…
HANS CHEW
New Cypress Grove Boogie
THREE LOBED
7″ // £5.99

**Picture Disc** Previously, Hans Chew has been heard manning the keys on records by Jack Rose and D. Charles Speer & The Helix, now he’s turned his hand to penning an accomplished set of piano-driven bar-room country and boogie-woogie jams for the full-length Tennessee & Other Stories. This mightily chunky picture disc 7″ previews the album with two of the cuts from the long-player, ‘New Cypress Grove Boogie’ and ‘Forever…
THE MALADIES OF BELLAFONTAINE
Black Biro
Static Caravan
7″ // £3.49

**Clear Purple Vinyl** This Wigan-based septet serve up a great two-tracker for Static Caravan, serving some slightly surreal folktronica on ‘Black Biro, simultaneously bringing to mind early Tunng, Broadcast and perhaps even a touch of The Sugarcubes. Though perhaps not. B-side ‘Longsocks’ doesn’t disappoint adding a snake-charming clarinet line, a little cello dissonance and sparkling glockenspiel to this busy, but ultimately very charming jazzy jumble.
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
Strumming Music (for Piano, Harpsichord & Strings)
Sub Rosa
3CD // £14.99

Charlemagne Palestine’s ‘Strumming Music’ is universally regarded as his best-known composition and considered a masterpiece of the 20th Century Avant-Garde. Sub Rosa have compiled three versions over three discs, Charlemagne’s original ‘Strumming For Bösendorfer’ (1974), Betsy Freeman’s performance ‘Strumming For Harpsichord’ (1977), and ‘Strumming For Strings’ (1977) organised at SF Conservatory by John Adams, together with a 16-page booklet by Ingram Marshall. The original piece features Palestine forcefully playing two…
CIRCLE BROS
Haven
MORC
LP // £12.99

The first Circle Bros album in almost a decade, Haven has in fact been pieced together from tracks originally composed for a number of different releases, but ultimately found themselves compiled into a single sequence and mastered by Drekka’s Michael Anderson. The first – and longest – piece introduces itself with layers of ultra-lo-fi guitars and jumbled, processed percussive details, all of which you tend to expect will collapse into…
DAKOTA SUITE / DAVID DARLING / QUENTIN SIRJACQ
Vallisa
GLITTERHOUSE
LP // £16.49

Sumptuous neo-classical offering from Dakota Suite, joined by the Cello of David Darling and Quentin Sirjacq’s Piano, recorded at Vallisa Auditorium, a small chapel in Bari, Italy. The trio conjure a wide range of moods and emotions with their intuitive arrangements, gracefully sweeping us between sombre, melancholic solo piano and graceful chamber pieces with an elegantly solemn atmosphere. This album will nourish the spirit of those in need of a…
DAKOTA SUITE / DAVID DARLING / QUENTIN SIRJACQ
Vallisa
GLITTERHOUSE
CD // £13.99

Sumptuous neo-classical offering from Dakota Suite, joined by the Cello of David Darling and Quentin Sirjacq’s Piano, recorded at Vallisa Auditorium, a small chapel in Bari, Italy. The trio conjure a wide range of moods and emotions with their intuitive arrangements, gracefully sweeping us between sombre, melancholic solo piano and graceful chamber pieces with an elegantly solemn atmosphere. This album will nourish the spirit of those in need of a…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VIOLENS
Amoral
Static Recital
CD // £11.99

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…
THE SEXUAL OBJECTS
Cucumber
RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN
LP // £12.99

After a slow drip of singles over the past couple of years, the full-length album from The Sexual Objects finally drops. The band is a project from Davy Henderson, best known for his work within such legendary Scottish indie combos as Fire Engines and Nectarine No. 9. First off, no doubt many of you will find your interest piqued by the information that opening track ‘Here Come The Rubber Cops’…
DUSTIN WONG (PONYTAIL)
Infinite Love: A Square Defining A Circle
Thrill Jockey
2CD+DVD // £13.99

“Dustin Wong was a founding member of the Baltimore bands Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine. For ‘Infinite Love’, he wanted to focus on the potential of an actual album and the journey from beginning to end. This journey or musical process is increasingly being lost in the digital era, where often the focus is on tracks or collections of tracks. To highlight that journey, ‘Infinite Love’ is presented as a double…
DUSTIN WONG (PONYTAIL)
Infinite Love: A Square Defining A Circle
Thrill Jockey
2LP + DVD // £14.99

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** “Dustin Wong was a founding member of the Baltimore bands Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine. For ‘Infinite Love’, he wanted to focus on the potential of an actual album and the journey from beginning to end. This journey or musical process is increasingly being lost in the digital era, where often the focus is on tracks or collections of tracks. To highlight that…
KIT
Invocation
UPSET THE RHYTHM
CD // £8.99

This Oakland quartet specialise in incredibly energetic, mercilessly brief punk-pop songs, all recorded under typically abrasive lo-fi circumstances. While the recordings are rough and ramshackle, the instrumental onslaught is ferocious, jolting through these melodic noise forays like a more tuneful, slightly less choppy Melt Banana. Perhaps Deerhoof would make for a better comparison: there are tendencies towards all-out noise splurges, but equally, there’s a pleasing intricacy to how the instruments…
ROYAL BATHS
Litanies
WOODSIST
CD // £13.99

San Francisco band Royal Baths are the latest garage rock troupe out of the Woodsist camp, releasing a debut album coated in gloomy, cellar-dwelling fuzz and hollowed out ‘verb. As with all the finer bands of this ilk, Royal Baths are substantially more than the sum of their fashionable production traits: ‘After Death’ has a clear Velvet Underground-indebted darkness about it which carries over into the equally addictive ‘Nikki Don’t’…
ROMAN
Roman
Karaoke Kalk
LP // £15.99

Further proving himself to be Karaoke Kalk’s most exuberant and flamboyant of signings, Roman presents a brand new album packed with gloriously gaudy pop.  On the one hand, Roman’s delivery is so brashly confident and upfront in the mix that you’d have a job thinking of him as anything other than a mainstream artist in the making, yet his songwriting and often bizarre approach to song structure/arrangement ensures that he’s…
PRINCE RAMA
Shadow Temple
Paw Tracks
CD // £9.49

Paw Tracks venture further than ever with a remarkable album from Kraut-Psyche trio, Prince Rama. With some assistance from Avey tare and Josh Deakin of Animal Collective, Prince Rama have developed a highly distinct sound. Perhaps imagine Amon Düül jamming with Animal Collective and you’re very close to what’s going on here as they weave epic choral harmonies with traditional Indian chants, synths, a range of percussion, drum machines, and…
PRINCE RAMA
Shadow Temple
Paw Tracks
LP // £13.99

Paw Tracks venture further than ever with a remarkable album from Kraut-Psyche trio, Prince Rama. With some assistance from Avey tare and Josh Deakin of Animal Collective, Prince Rama have developed a highly distinct sound. Perhaps imagine Amon Düül jamming with Animal Collective and you’re very close to what’s going on here as they weave epic choral harmonies with traditional Indian chants, synths, a range of percussion, drum machines, and…
SOFT LANDING
Soft Landing
BA DA BING
LP // £14.99

*Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label* Formed by Beirut band members Paul Collins (guitar and vocals) and Perrin Cloutier (drums) with assistance from multi-instrumentalist Mike Lawless, Soft Landing deliver a debut album that’s well worth investigating. You can certainly hear some of the more adventurously exotic instrumentation and rhythms found on Beirut recordings strewn across this long-player, although the overt Eastern European references of Zach Condon’s music are…
WARM WIDOW
Widower
WHITE BOX
CD // £10.49

Having found itself on a roll with two great albums that loosely inhabit the ambient genre (Richard A. Ingram’s Consolamentum and Arkhonia’s Trails/Traces), the White Box label makes a sharp exit from the drone-o-sphere with this blistering Manc-punk long-player from Warm Widow. Of course, if you look a little further back into the White Box catalogue you’ll notice this isn’t quite the A&R curveball it initially seems to be (just…
AIAS
A La Piscina
Captured Tracks
CD // £13.99

Catalonian band Aias are the latest underground pop phenomenon to rise from the Captured Tracks ranks, an all-girl guitar/drums/bass trio who all contribute vocals. Apparently the band got together to play at a birthday party before starting to take it all a bit more seriously. The press release text makes it all sound so unbelievably easy: “The desire to win in the fight against the instrument itself, the need to…
CHEAP TIME
Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)
In The Red
LP // £13.99

**Includes free MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Offering an alternate take on In The Red’s primitive garage-rock template, Nashville’s Cheap Time inject a little Alex Chilton-inspired power-pop into their sound. Over the course of this snappy thirty-minute long-player (their second for In The Red) you’ll hear the vaguely Syd Barrett-reminiscent ‘Everyone Knows’, great basement jams like ‘Down The Tube’ and breezy, melodious fare such as ‘June Child’, which…
CHEAP TIME
Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)
In The Red
CD // £13.99

Offering an alternate take on In The Red’s primitive garage-rock template, Nashville’s Cheap Time inject a little Alex Chilton-inspired power-pop into their sound. Over the course of this snappy thirty-minute long-player (their second for In The Red) you’ll hear the vaguely Syd Barrett-reminiscent ‘Everyone Knows’, great basement jams like ‘Down The Tube’ and breezy, melodious fare such as ‘June Child’, which eschews the more customary fuzz and reverb aesthetics in…
CLINIC
Bubblegum
Domino
2LP // £21.99

For their latest album, long-standing indie outsiders Clinic take a step in the direction of something approaching pop music. Bubblegum features syrupy, if slightly sinister slow jams and peculiar library music aesthetics conjured up by a deft usage of string arrangements, harpsichords and dulcimers. The album’s lead single, ‘I’m Aware’ sails into earshot with a swooningly lovely configuration of (un-)easy-listening chord sequences that at times feel as if they’re parodic…
CLINIC
Bubblegum
Domino
CD // £9.99

For their latest album, long-standing indie outsiders Clinic take a step in the direction of something approaching pop music. Bubblegum features syrupy, if slightly sinister slow jams and peculiar library music aesthetics conjured up by a deft usage of string arrangements, harpsichords and dulcimers. The album’s lead single, ‘I’m Aware’ sails into earshot with a swooningly lovely configuration of (un-)easy-listening chord sequences that at times feel as if they’re parodic…
F*CKED UP
Year Of The Ox
Matador
12″ // £5.49

An immense new release in Fucked Up’s Zodiac series, Year Of The Ox finds the mighty Toronto punk band stretching out across two lengthy pieces in a fashion that’s at once in-keeping with their hardcore, noisy origins and pretty darn experimental. ‘Year Of The Ox’ takes up a stirring thirteen-minutes that feature a string quartet and additional vocals from gothy chanteuse du jour, Zola Jesus. Following on is the similarly…
FOPS
Yeth Yeth Yeth
Monotreme Records
LP+CD // £12.99

Fops is a project started by Dee Kesler of Thee More Shallows and Chadwick Donald Bidwell of Ral Partha Vogelbacher. Together they adopt a propulsive and pleasingly accessible approach to remodelling krautrock, avoiding the trap of merely recreating the sounds of 1970s Germany and instead working the well-loved motorik aesthetic into a set of enthralling experimental pop songs featuring some hair-raisingly weird lyrics. The likes of ‘Black Boar’ and ‘Scandinavian…
SPECTRALS
Peppermint
Moshi Moshi Records
7″ // £4.99

Previously heard on labels such as the bang-on-trend Captured Tracks, British popsters Spectrals now find themselves hotly tipped and on the star-making Moshi Moshi label. ‘Peppermint’ is a lovely combination of Spector-ish production and songwriting that comes across like a doo-wop influenced high school prom band circa 1959. On the strength of this fine single you might compare the band to fellow retro revisionists, Girls.
SUPERCHUNK
Majesty Shredding
One Four Seven
CD // £9.99

After an absence of nine years, US indie rock behemoths Superchunk return with a new LP produced by Scott Solter (famed for his work with the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice). Some of the band’s time away from recording might be explained by the fact that the band’s Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance are co-founders of Merge Records (the big US indie to which Arcade Fire, among other notable bands,…
JAZZ / RELATED
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SUN RA AND HIS MYTHIC SCIENCE ARKESTRA
The Paris Tapes
ART YARD
2CD // £14.99

Interstellar Jazz EPIC from Sun Ra & His Mythic Science Arkestra; a previously unreleased and highly sought after documentation of a live performance at Le Theatre Du Châtelet in Paris form 1971, including sleeve notes from Arkestra member Knoel Scott and unpublished photos from the concert by Jorg Becker. The Arkestra are in outstanding polyphonic form here, spreading out over 2 discs and 2 hours worth of provocative cosmic noise…
SUN RA AND HIS MYTHIC SCIENCE ARKESTRA
The Paris Tapes EP
ART YARD
LP // £10.99

Interstellar Jazz EPIC from Sun Ra & His Mythic Science Arkestra; a previously unreleased and highly sought after documentation of a live performance at Le Theatre Du Châtelet in Paris form 1971. The LP features three tracks included on the extensive CD with sleeve notes from Arkestra member Knoel Scott and unpublished photos from the concert by Jorg Becker. We get sumptuously groovy versions of Sun-Ra standards ‘Space Is The…
MULATU ASTATKE
Timeless
Mochilla
2LP // £17.99

“Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music, and the inventor of Ethio-Jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and in recent years a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk. The award winning and invaluable ‘Ethiopiques’ series has shed light on a vital and amazing music scene that existed in the Addis Ababa region in…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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COMMIX / VARIOUS
Re:Call To Mind
METALHEADZ
CD // £7.99

Absolutely crucial remix album of Commix tracks from Burial, dBridge, Instra:mental, Kassem Mosse, Marcel Dettmann, Underground Resistance, A Made Up Sound and more!!! It was probably over two years ago when that infamous 2-min clip of the Burial remix appeared on Bailey’s 1Xtra show, causing moody fanboys and fangirls the world over to shed a tear in the light of their macbook screens. Finally we get the full six minute…
SATO
Detroit Lies Bleeding / Seeker
Ingredients Records
12″ // £5.99

Brooding, atmospheric steppers from Sato. ‘Detroit Lies Burning’ deploys agile, rolling percussion bolstered with darker subs and crackly synth textures reminding of Burial. ‘Seeker’ turns out a ruffer Breakbeat charger and ‘Justify’ surges forward with a mean-assed Neurofunk sensibility.
SUNCHASE
Ultimate Survival / Varka
X-TINCTION AGENDA
12″ // £5.99

Dystopian D’n’B minimalism from Ukranian producer, Sunchase. As the mnml meme continues to infect the D’n’B flow we get darkside reduction like ‘Ultimate Survival’, dispensing with the typical breakout dynamics to concentrate on the atmospheric details orbiting his coolly efficient rhythm programming. ‘Varka’ continues in the same vein, constructing a majestically dark hardstepper for lovers of Consequence or Kryptic Minds.
MAGAZINE
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WAX POETICS
Issue 42: July/August 2010
Wax Poetics
Mag // £8.99

D’Angelo and Erykah Badu on the covers. In-depth features on Barry White, D’Angelo, Gil Scott-Heron, Erykah Badu, how Melvin Bliss’ ‘Synthetic Substitution’ helped pattern the sound of hip-hop, songwriter Ernie Hines, wah-wah pedal inventor Del Casher and the innovative guitarists who pioneered its use, Bilal, The Bamboos, Curtis Mayfield, and a whole lot more.
WAX POETICS
Issue 43: September/October 2010
Wax Poetics
Mag // £8.99

Cover stars Augustus Pablo and Gregory Isaacs are both the subject of extensive in-depth features, plus essays on Chris Blackwell & Island records, Sugar Minott, and Bob Andy. Also includes Beres Hammond, Alton Ellis, David Rodigan’s record rundown, UK dub photo-feature, early Greensleeves artwork reproduced, Panamanian dancehall, and an explanation of tape delay techniques and the Roland Space Echo device.
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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SUPERPITCHER
Today (2010 Edition)
Kompakt
CD // £10.99

Reissue of the mighty mix cd from Superpitcher, opening with the Ghostly delights of that man Lawrence, ‘Spark’ shows the producer at his best – a bassline to go on with, drop this and everyone gets up! Of course there’s a healthy representation of some definitive recent Koln joints, Nathan Fake’s Dinamo in the mix, and dare we venture most probably not for the last time this year. Also Oliver…
SEBASTIAN MULLAERT (AKA MINILOGUE)
Wawuwe
Mule Electronic
2CD // £13.49

Minilogue’s Sebastian Mullaert has compiled and mixed a sumptuous double disc mix CD for Mule Electronic. His selections arenothing short of premium tier house music, both modern and vintage. The first disc fashions a fine blend from fifteen tracks including material from STL ‘Silent State’, Black Jazz Consortium ‘Something Old’, Claudio Fabrianesi & Donato Dozzy ‘Fade Out’, The Mole ‘Bounty Hunter’ and more from Koss, KAB, Roger Gerressen, and others….
MORNING FACTORY
Dazin EP
2020Vision
2×12″ // £8.99

Four tracks of deeper House music from Dutch producers, Morning Factory. ‘Dazin’ is built for the bigger clubs with chunky rhythms and subtly peakin’ vibes, while ‘Bouncing Moog’ drops the pace for a sultry slow jack with warm Moog signatures. On the second disc ‘Btraxx’ hits a cool seam of tribal house for fans of Radioslave’s Cabana Fever tracks and ‘Dedication’ takes the mood deep again with filtered discosoul vibes….
TNT SUBHEAD
Deep Shit Show (Neurotic Drum Band Mix)
GROOVEMENT
12″ // £6.99

**RED VINYL** ‘Deep Sh*t Show’ is apparently the work of a well known producer acting incognito. It’s a fine and deep House pumper etched with jazzy motifs and driven by crisp percussion. New York’s Neurotic Drum Band step in on remix detail, taking the pace down and bringing out a laidback Latin shuffle element. The ‘Niagara ‘Boogaloo’ edit jacks the tempo up again for another heads-down and heavy groove. Fans…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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TWIG HARPER & DANIEL HIGGS
Clairaudience Fellowship
Thrill Jockey
LP // £13.99

Two legendary forces in the realm of experimental noise/rock/folk/out music have collaboarted on this outre LP, limited to 1000 copies housed in full-colour jackets with a coupon for DRM-free MP3 download redeemable from the label including one track not on the vinyl LP. Breaking down ‘Clairaudience Fellowship’ is no easy task. Taken literally, the title refers to “Clairaudience” – to hear beyond physical vibration, and “Fellowship”, in a communal or…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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WHITE CAR
No Better
Hippos In Tanks
12″ // £7.99

**Strictly limited vinyl edition of the ace debut from Industrial Funk project, White Car, on the excellent Hippos In Tanks label!** Having already collaborated with Giallo exponents Gatekeeper, and had a video pieced together by Daniel ‘Oneohtrix’ Lopatin, White Car is the latest buzz project to emerge from the hugely promising Hippos In Tanks label and features an addictive leather trousered passion for the EBM/Industrial sound of DAF, Nitzer Ebb,…
VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Bustin’ Out 1983: New Wave To New Beat Volume 3
Year Zero
CD // £10.99

Volume 3 of this commendable compilation series joining the dots between New Wave and New Beat with some exceedingly prime selections from New Order, Front 242, Xmal Deutschland, Anne Clark, John Carpenter and more. As with the previous installments, they find a special blend of well known and obscure cuts from a pivotal era in electronic music. The highlights here run deep and thick, from the dystopian urban ennui of…
AUTOMELODI
Automelodi
WEIRD RECORDS
LP // £12.99

Accomplished debut album of NDW/Cold Wave Pop from Montreal’s Xavier Paradis aka Automelodi for Pieter Schoolwerth’s Weird Records organisation. With reference points from DAF to Martin Dupont and a host of more obscure operators, ‘Automelodi’ is brimming with romantic synth sensuality and keenly studied pop conventions. The fact that most of the lyrics are sung by Xavier in French lends a yearning sense of authentic European sophistication, and together with…
AUTOMELODI
Automelodi
WEIRD RECORDS
CD // £10.49

Accomplished debut album of NDW/Cold Wave Pop from Montreal’s Xavier Paradis aka Automelodi for Pieter Schoolwerth’s Weird Records organisation. With reference points from DAF to Martin Dupont and a host of more obscure operators, ‘Automelodi’ is brimming with romantic synth sensuality and keenly studied pop conventions. The fact that most of the lyrics are sung by Xavier in French lends a yearning sense of authentic European sophistication, and together with…
TECHNO / HOUSE
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DJ JUS ED / LEVON VINCENT
I’m Coming (Levon Vincent / Aybee Mixes)
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

Superb deep house treat from Jus-Ed, plumped up with remixes from Levon Vincent and Aybee! ‘I’m Comin’ is the signature tune from Ed’s forthcoming ‘Next Level’ album, framing the earworming lead refrain around a strong New York bassline and crisp, punchy percussion with his standard seal of vintage freshness. Levon Vincent, meanwhile, offers his first production of the year (remix or otherwise) with a robust NY House heavyweight bulging pumping…
ANODYNE / AUTECHRE / THE BLACK DOG
Anodyne – Remix EP
Psychonavigation Records
12″ // £5.99

Finally landing on vinyl – the EPIC Autechre remix of Anodyne, backed with revisions from The Black Dog and Lackluster. The ‘Close Your Eyes (Corporation Street)’ remix is quite a departure for Autechre, swerving away from advanced IDM and submitting to their breakbeat ‘ardcore fetish in deadly style, harking back to the halcyon daze of ’92 with sped up hiphop breaks and a brainwiping synthline reminding of ‘Eutow’. The Black…
MARCEL FENGLER
Enigma EP
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.99

The lesser known, but no less effective of Berghain’s Marcels drops three tracks of insidiously hypnotic techno for OstGut Ton. ‘Rapture’ traps a Hood-esque disco lick in a wormhole of driving bass and pneumatic hi-hats, introducing crisp claps at the optimal moment for a slyly delivered rush. Increasing the intensity, ‘Razkaz’ churns out a relentless throbber wrapped with phasing, filtered synthlines to feel like you’re being simultaneously sucked backwards and…
GIORGIO GIGLI & OBTANE
Looking Through A Mindscape
ZOOLOFT
12″ // £5.99

Supremely powerful and beautifully refined Italian techno, backed with an awesome Milton Bradley remix. Giorgio Gigli and Obtane are responsible for the A-side, a subtly threatening slab of purified techno driven by systolic subbass pulses pounding away under toxic brown atmospheres. Do Not Resist The Beat!’s Milton Bradey takes control on the flip, giving more priority to the percussion int he mix while keeping the mood severely occluded for that…
RED RACK’EM
The Early Years
BERGERAC
CD // £11.99

Red Rack’em tunes have been a staple part of the nu-disco and deep house fraternity’s diet for the last three years. The man behind the project, Danny Berman, is also responsible for the highly celebrated Hot Coins series of pirate soul and bootleg disco edits released between 2004-2006, counting Gilles Peterson, The Idjut Boys and Greg Wilson among his biggest fans. ‘The Early Years’ collects 13 of his rarest productions,…
RICK WILHITE / VARIOUS
Vibes: New & Rare Music EP Part E
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Fifth and final 12″ from Rick Wilhite’s very enjoyable ‘Vibes’ series, offering three handsome Detroit House jams from some of the city’s lesser known producers. Marc King’s ‘Can U Feel It’ owns the A-side with a kicking yet emotive piece of dancefloor spice with some killer Latin percussion after the drop. On the flip are two tracks that didn’t appear on the recent ‘Vibes’ compilation CD; TJ & DJ Raybone…