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Penelope Two: the second solo album from Penelope Trappes (also of The Golden Filter and Priscilla Sharp). The Trappes sound is slick and noirish electronic shoegaze pop, all slow and cinematic. Trappes’ voice sets the tone with its cold cool: this album will likely do great things for Julee Cruise fans. Its released by Houndstooth.
The Houndstooth label tasked the 26 acts on this extensive 4x LP box set with the following brief: take T. S. Eliot's 1925 poem 'The Hollow Men' with its doom and apocalyptic atmospheres as inspiration for a new track each. The contributions include music from Pan Daijing, Lanark Artefax, Roly Porter, Abul Mogard and Gazelle Twin with particular reference to the phrase in the poem: "In Death's Dream Kingdom". Perhaps appropriately dark in theme for today's challenging times, the collection is nevertheless diverse yet coherent in styles, aesthetics and ambiences. Topical electronics: apply liberally.
- Vinyl LP box set (HTH084)
Throwing Snow, AKA London-based Ross Tones makes music that combines dubstep, house, UK funky and post rock. Loma consists of eight tracks, compilling his recent series of EPs, including a mammoth 11-minute remix by Brooklyn-based Octa Octa. Double coloured vinyl LP (one yellow disc one green) and CD on Houndstooth.
- Vinyl Double LP (HTH102)
- Coloured vinyl
Vester Koza drops his debut LP via Houndstooth. Loader Mither - that means ‘a load of bother’, by the way - is one of those singular-minded records that both celebrate and mourn British rave culture. Track titles like ‘my well crap car (mardy mix)’ suggest an album that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but then the track’s deft assemblage of halcyon synths and skittering drums indicate otherwise. It’s all very Aphex Twin.
Run the Trappes! The Penelope Trappes, to be precise. Having released her acclaimed debut LP Penelope One on Optimo last year, Trappes is now hot-footing it over to Houndstooth for the follow-up. To tide people over before Penelope Two (seems she’s got a thing going there) Trappes is releasing this 7”. It contains album track ‘Carry Me’ and exclusive tune ‘I Can Hear You…’. The former is a mournful, syrup-slow ballad in the Grouper vein; the latter a Gothic Colin Newman tribute. Carry Me also comes with a CD on which Abul Mogard turns the title track into a reverberant drone.
Like many of today’s electronic artists, Marquis Hawkes bases himself in Berlin. On his new album The Marquis Of Hawkes he takes us on a journey through beatless drones, deep dub, body jerkers and some retro bass jabs. Jamie Lidell and Ursula Rucker make guest appearances. Double LP on Houndstooth.
Pariah makes his long-awaited return with his even-longer-awaited debut LP. The reason that the one born Arthur Cayzer has taken so long to drop Here From Where We Are is down to the fact that, after getting a little jaded by music, he took time to rediscover the sounds that really made him tick. As such, this record is a nice mix of the sort of banging techno he does alongside Blawan in Karenn and synth ambiences, sound art and more. He sounds like he’s enjoying himself, which is nice. Out via Houndstooth.
Special Request is Paul Woolford’s project for exploring his love of raved-up pirate radio, and new album Belief System is something of an epic release. This monster was assembled with sounds from the archives, contact mic recordings and modular synth activity, as well as the usual production tools, so there are some particularly wild noises flaring up all over this record. Double CD and quadruple LP editions available, on Houndstooth.
- Vinyl LP box set (HTH076)
Danse Noire co-founder Aisha Devi drops the follow-up to Of Matter And Spirit via Houndstooth. In DNA Feelings, Devi has created a visceral LP which bends rave styles to her will. The manner in which the sounds of the club are re-purposed as platforms for Devi’s powerful voice and dense, impressionistic lyrics is thrilling, unique, and the sign of genuine talent. Fans of Arca, Future Brown and Mykki Blanco will enjoy.
They may be called Soft as Snow (cue My Bloody Valentine comparisons) but in fact this Norwegian band are more in tune with the industrial and coldwave groups of the early 80s. Think Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle-influenced clank matched with IDM, techno and something of Fever Ray's brittle electronic pop.
- Vinyl LP (HTH085)
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Fresh from a collaborative 12” with Beatrice Dillon, here is the new full-length statement from Call Super. Arpo is his second album, and it inhabits that super-textured ambient-leaning techno space that we’ve come to love from the producer. Eleven tracks deployed across CD and double LP editions, from Houndstooth.
Take doesn't mean 'take' but instead is the Norwegian word for 'mist' or 'fog' - the sort of stuff I'd imagine London based composer Guy Andrews saw a lot of on his trip to Scandinavia. He is known for creating dark atmospheres and brooding soundscapes and here works with Alev Lenz, a composer whose music has recently been used on 'Black Mirror'.
After releases on R&S and Trust, Second Storey returns to Houndstooth for his second full length album. Lucid Locations forces identity into the forefront, shifting itself from angular and fiery percussion to ambient abstracted glitches down to a Drexciya inspired groove. A genre mixer with bass and rhythm at its core.
18+ generously handed over a load of stems to some respected producers, and what they got back is represented on They Remixes. Suicideyear, Mr. Mitch, Tia Maria and Audri Nix do the duties, representing sounds from trap to grime and countries from Puerto Rico to Portugal. 500 copies of heavyweight vinyl, on Houndstooth.
- Vinyl 12"
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Shift Work are a pair of analogue synth tweakers making tightly flowing pieces of hypnotising arpeggiations. Document II contains Two Shift Work originals and two remixes, one a slowed down jam from DVA Damas and one a quintessentially Factory Floor-esque Factory Floor reworking. 12” on Houndstooth.
- Vinyl 12"
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Three tracks from Throwing Snow’s full length LP Mosaic, remixed for Record Store Day. On this limited edition EP (340 for the UK and Ireland) his tracks have attained a catchy feel, geared towards opening sets or the last songs you listen to before you head out to the party. A must-have for the collectors!
Some genre bending from Snow Ghosts. A Wrecking is the second full length from the trio. This one sets to be a journey into layered vocals, wilting synthesisers, electronics and acoustic instruments working in sinister harmony. Mixing dark electronica with folk-ish melodies and expansive arrangements. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Houndstooth.
- CD (HTH034CD)
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Throwing Snow is a County Durham project, pulling field recordings of the local area into the middle of the sound, until synth and landscape become a fine-grained blend. Embers is a semi-aleatoric piece of process music, but it is also damn groovy, reaching peak-hour dancefloor levels of ecstasy at some points. CD and double vinyl editions released by Houndstooth.
British folktronica duo Snow Ghosts' latest offering is a collation of their two 2016 single releases, Lied and Vetiver. The release also includes a bonus remix from noise artist Prurient. Formed in 2008 as a merger of their aliases Throwing Snow and Augustus Ghost, the duo offers a potent blend of dark experimental electronica and captivating folklore-influenced vocals. Released as clear Vinyl LP on the Houndstooth label.
Berlin based Call Super, along with regular collaborator Objekt, are constantly bouncing off each other to push techno and house into new folds. Following his Dekmantel debut earlier in 2016 he returns to Houndstooth with New Life Tones, marking another leap into an unknown avenue. Groove, without genre allegiance.
Call Super springs two new tracks on the Houndstooth label. Migrant is a shuffling dancefloor number with a gauze of melancholy synth-texture suspended above it, and Meltinu on the B is much the same. Takes real production talent to balance two different vibes at once, and Super has pulled it off. 12”.
Once anonymous duo 18+ return to Houndstooth for their sophomore album following 2014’s Trust. Recording and collaborating split between Berlin and Honolulu Justin Swinburne and Samia Mirza pour this separation into their work together. Sonically sounding like The Streets with a contemporary trap twist.
Proper house for proper dancers, with a huge bounce to the kick drums and a rubbery boogie in the synth-lines. Marquis Hawkes works wonders on his debut full-length album, pulling together the different strands of his beloved genre into a triumphant whole, including disco-leaning tracks and vocal numbers (feat, Jocelyn Brown). Social Housing is out on Houndstooth.
Guy Andrews became frustrated with his musical direction. His DJ sets weren’t quite doing it for him anymore. Starting from a clean slate with his debut album Our Spaces, he has created an album of electronica that shakes of the shackles of working within one genre. Our Spaces balances aggressiveness with sensitivity perfectly for a blissful experience. On Houndstooth.
Marquis Hawkes kicks off the title track of Sweet by wrong-footing the listener, letting an R&B sample play unimpeded for few seconds before locking it in a loop and layering up his own funky house breaks. The tracks on this EP feel like the adventurous night that follows the sample’s bright summer’s day. 12” out on Houndstooth.
Akkord take a controlled, near-scientific approach to their construction of tracks: Obelisk is an appropriate name for this EP, as it does feel like something physical (and probably threatening) is being built in front of us, out of sub-bass and sharp percussive patterns. A thick and compelling electronic edifice, on Houndstooth.
Aisha Devi is a producer who stands somewhat apart from most of her peers. Of Matter And Spirit mixes Devi’s unusual vocals with hovering synth patterns to make tracks that skirt up against much contemporary electronic songcraft whilst remaining crucially different. A spiritual trip well worth your time, on Houndstooth.
Aisha Devi releases a new 12” on the Houndstooth label, the provocatively-titled Conscious Cunt. The balance between femininity and society’s patriarchal bullshit seems to be the emotional focus of the release, supported by dominating electronic productions. Pressed to heavyweight vinyl, limited to 500 copies.
Finally pressed to vinyl due to great demand, ‘HTH040’ is the final chapter in Akkord’s ‘HTH035’ package consisting of two remixes, both sourced with elements of tracks from the ‘HTH020’ EP. The first track is a left field experiment in drum and bass drone, the second an atmospheric sludgy arrangement of dub techno loops.
Dancefloor beat pioneer Marquis Hawkes’ latest release ‘Raw Materials’ revisits the primal house rhythms he made a name for himself with during his time with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Citing influences such as house originators Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt and Roy Davis Jr, ‘Raw Materials’ title track is a dreamy analogue beat driven track with ethereal vocals, followed by two primitive tracks that cut straight to the core.
- Vinyl 12" (HTH037)
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Reminiscent of Cex or Hrvatski dropping acid, HTH035 features time-warping beats, paranoid pads and an inexplicable catchiness to it all. Akkord is here remixed by Fis and OG Regis, the first leaning more towards the psychedelic electronica, the latter responsible for a slowed and distorted techno-feel.
Single the second from 18+’s Trust album. Dry is a slinky beast, trapped up percussion production poured over a sexy core. 18+ turns out to be an appropriate name for the duo: this is suggestive stuff, highly stylised and monochrome. Pretty compelling aesthetic all round. This 7” single is out on Houndstooth.
A gooey tart of electronics and acoustics from Throwing Snow. There is a lot to be said for Avarice; loads of drones and violins set the mood, whilst some sort of Oud shit and a grumpy sub-fart plow along the bottom of this slow-mo trip-hopper. Don't worry, they actually sound great together. Out on 12" vinyl from Houndstooth.
Menacing techno 12" vinyl from Houndstooth label. HTH030 are two reworks of Akkord's HTH020 EP, via The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow. Taking the HTH020 tracks a their own weird and foreboding directions, HTH030 sees both artists showcasing their esoteric production models, churning out two cryptic 4am techno leviathans.
18+ return from mixtape hell with a whole lot of fresh ideas and their debut record, 'Trust'. The duo spend most of the record's runtime breathing and hyperventilating over delicate and sensual electro-pop tunes, leaving the textures and eclectic amples sparse and intimate, their vocals rising and falling against solid ground. Not for the faint -- or repressed -- of heart.
Houndstooth makes way for their old friends Soft as Snow, a duo whose name doesn't quite fit with the next-generation, sci-fi sounds they bring to their electro-pop. 'Glass Body Remixed' takes one of their prime cuts and reroutes it twice; first, Lucy of Stroboscopic Artefacts unleashes it onto the floor, and then Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey extends it and sustains it into a gruesome acid jam, 'til there's nothing left.
Second Storey's heady club music combines a wealth of electronic genre into one sound, taking on the reflective nature of IDM and injecting it with techno workouts. 'Double Divide', his new record for Houndstooth, dedicates itself to pounding beats you're likely to hear on the dancefloor, but it's also sprinkled with meditative washes of sound that give it an altogether more ambient feel. As ever, Second Storey is a project that makes your body move, your heart feel and your mind tinker.
'Fifty Fathoms Deep' is Marquis Hawkes' debut record for the Houndstooth label. Hawkes lays down some house fundamentals for his tunes before breaking them into genre fragments, from funk to jazz and back to disco. Many of these tunes have yet to be heard on record, while some of them are already favourites in DJ sets from acts like Ben UFO.
Call Super is Joe Seaton, a Berlin-based house and techno newbie about to release his anticipated debut record 'Suzi Ecto' for Houndstooth Records, an in-house of Fabric (pretty sure we're all familiar with that one, right?) where his EPs have been appearing. Seaton and Houndstooth have warned that 'Suzi Ecto' is gonna be both blissed-out and totally terrifying. Sounds about right.
'Sulu Sekou / Coney Storm Drain' is a 7" bringing together two tracks from 'Suzi Ecto', the forthcoming debut release from electronic whiz kid Call Super. These two tracks are more meditative and downbeat compared to some of the wilder cuts Call Super offers up. The atmospheres on the b-side, "Coney Storm Drain", are harsher and less forgiving.
Alec Storey ditches the comedy name for something a little more sensible and delivers a kicking, dark cosmic techno freak-out that has its roots still slightly submerged in the outer reaches of what was once dubstep but spikes his Shaman Champagne with some filthy old warehouse dust and mind-spangling trippy ephemera. Another track worthy of mention here recalls the more delirious material on DJ Hells's once glorious International Deejay Gigolos.
One of the online underground’s best-kept secrets, 18+ have garnered acclaim with a trilogy of mixtapes, leading to commissions by Prada and the Venice Biennale. Blending lyrical themes of sexual ambiguity, anonymity, voyeurism and fantasy in the digital era with a minimal, yet catchy electronic hip-hop-meets-R&B aesthetic, their intrigue is deepened by how little is known about this US boy-girl duo. As 18+ prepare to emerge from the recesses of the internet, their first commercial release drops on Houndstooth.
As ever, cut and mastered by Matt Colton, the single ‘Crow’ (“a bass-heavy, finger-click-laden banger” – Tiny Mix Tapes), backed with ‘Horn’ (“haunting” – Dummy), is the first 7” on the label and is pressed to white, dinked vinyl in a strictly limited run of 300 copies worldwide.
Norwegian duo Soft As Snow make experimental pop for the interplanetary set, echoing the sounds of minimal wave and early Warp releases. Their approach to music making is hands-on; avoiding laptops in favour of analogue synths, drum machines and samplers, mixed with idiosyncratic vocals and heavily processed guitars. ‘Glass Body’, their debut 6-track mini album, is cut to heavyweight 180g 12” vinyl by Matt Colton.
Heavyweight 180 gram 12” vinyl from Houndstooth records, and strictly limited to 300 copies. Serving as an introduction back into his solo work and a build up to the release of an upcoming album. Warm bass driven melodies cover this EP, think Nosaj Thing, but with more jazz samples….Cut by mastering engineer of the year Matt Colton.
A collaboration between Throwing Snow and Augustus Ghost, hence the name Snow Ghosts, this ethereal mix of beautiful vocals, catchy melodies and quivering drums make for a really crowd pleaser. Remixes here from Herbert, Blue Daisy and Richard Skelton break the track up down and all around for both ambient sound and a dance floor filler.