Long-in-the-making, The Caretaker’s soundtrack to Grant Gee’s documentary on W.G. Sebald ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ is now out on limited edition vinyl. Reflecting the themes of the film – art, history, life and loss – source material from Franz Schubert’s 1927 ‘Winterreise’ is subjected to his perplexing processes for a strangely evocative and eerie album bound to leave a lasting impression. 700 copies only on this one, with a cd edition to follow next month.
Following the blink-and-miss drop of Demdike Stare’s ‘Elemental’ parts 1 & 2, the third instalment darkens our doorstep this week. Heading deep into bleak post-Industrial zones, their sound-sphere is subtly, mysteriously enhanced by an unquantified substance on three tracks of mescaline strength synth apparitions, brutalist rhythm architecture and mind-churning FX. There are 1000 copies available on coloured vinyl, intended to slip into the gatefold package housing parts 1 & 2. Once they’re gone…
Singular, under-appreciated electronic auteur F.C. Judd is also due much praise this week with Public Information’s issue of 35 archival tracks dating to the ’60s. A peer of Daphne Oram, Fred Judd also developed his own light-to-sound synthesizer, the Chromasonics system, predating Buchla and Moog’s earliest models. ‘Electronics Without Tears’ is a revealing retrospective peppered with genuine early electronic and concréte gems. 500 copies available on vinyl, plus a Digipak CD with a photo booklet.
On a mixtape tip we’ve got a couple of right burners from Pinch and DJ Q. The Bristol-based boss of Tectonic Records, Rob Ellis offers a diverse selection, running dreadnaught steppers, peaktime Techno and bullying Bass music for the FabricLive series, squarely defining his vision of dance music with killer force and form. However, if you’re after something friskier, fun and outright “P-A-R-T-Y”, DJ Q’s mix of nineteen personal productions for the unstoppable Unknown To The Unknown is kinda unmissable.
Meanwhile, Gerry Read should seduce any forward-thinking Electronic/House heads with his third 12″ for Ramp’s Fourth Wave sub label. ‘All By Myself’ and ‘What A Mess’ manage to reference the past without becoming beholden to it, nodding to classic House from a refreshingly angular perspective. Fans of more experimental House producers like Matthew Herbert or Pepe Braddock should really check this.
Also Ramp affiliated, Dro Carey’s latest doublepack is an absolute peach. With an innately off-centre sense of timing and feel for syncretic groove production, the young Australian producer displays an awareness and swagger beyond his years, finding the perfect crux between outré oddness and dancefloor functionality.
Finally, there’s the debut from Sheffield’s highly touted producer Beneath. Taking the dread spirit of ’06 Dubstep and updating it with deft, rolling UK House rhythms, the first release on his self-curated No Symbols imprint sounds like some of the best elements of DMZ, Lil Silva, Shackleton and Pinch rolled into one. Limited hand-stamped white label wax only. Just how you like it.
Also out this week: Joy Orbison and Boddika’s “Swims” drop for Swamp 81, another special box set from MF Doom, the next in the Touch whitelabel series courtesy of Jana Winderen, plus new releases from Kowton vs Dusk, Mark Van Hoen, Daniel Menche, Hauschka, The Big Pink, ASC, Jon Convex, Photonz, Muslimgauze, Mika Vainio, Casiokids and much more.
Have yourselves a fabulous week…