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With another mesmerizing masterpiece, Iori is back on the scene to push your mind across borders. Between the deep and powerful a-side Monsoon and meditative b-side Rainfall, there’s a whole spectrum of types of rain for you to discover. A modern classic for your headphone, or the small, dark corners of the dance floor. …view full details.
The City by Serbian duo Tapan comes on like the sharp-edged no wave sax funk of James Chance nailed to a European techno beat. The other three tracks that make up this freaky four-tracker have live percussion moving in and out of the mix like rolling mist over the glassy electronics. 12” on WT Records. …view full details.
The second volume of Mike Huckaby’s banging Waldorf Wave synthesizer productions. My Life With the Wave Vol. 2 collects the Detroit master’s explorations of a single vintage 1982 synthesizer. The wave is iconic because of its deep and rich pad tones, created with digital oscillators but analogue filters. What that means for you is dense and soulful deep house. For gear buffs and house-heads alike.…view full details.
Cardopusher’s Unsatisfied Customer Jams basically does what it says on the tin. This 12” vinyl on Super Rhythm Trax is four tracks of rough, raw analogue acid house optimised for dingy rooms. The basslines are squelchier than anything else and the drum machines are denser. This is sharp and melodic dance music honed to perfect, formal simplicity.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
We scored some copies of the repress of this gorgeous slice of Motor City techno soul... It’s not difficult to hear why Aaron ‘Fit’ Siegel’s ‘Carmine’ topped/ was so high in many 2015 end of year lists. A simple, weeping, elegiac 303 melody, subtle phasing percussion, heart melting strings and bittersweet tinkling piano all come together perfectly to …view full details.
Casio Royale (very strong pun-work) produces an excellent contribution to the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label roster. As the label name suggests, these are no-nonsense tunes, thrown out on the fly to whip tight-packed crowds into ecstasy. In Basements Vol. 1’s four tracks each tear energy out of their analogue gear with deadly dancefloor efficiency.…view full details.
Eerie and off-kilter house-not-house from Shamos. Road Works Part 1 on 12” vinyl, from Funkineven’s Apron label, is the debut from this secretive artist. The four tracks are balanced between raw and minimal electronic grooves and a deft use of samples and arrangements. The final result is both rough-edged and jazzy.…view full details.
Inventive little EP here from Fabrizio Rat, a producer and pianist who set out to construct this EP using only a drum machine and a piano. The results are 4 Techno tracks made out of deliciously fiddly little looped sounds from the piano: strings scraped and prepared, the surface tapped and treated. La Machina is impressive as an invention and as a set of dancefloor tracks.…view full details.
Visonia is an icy-modern cold-wave project, and Opal’s Sunflowers is their second full-length album. Most of the vocals seem to have been pushed through a whole bank of filters, leaving the identity of the singer(s) unclear: a good fit with the distant sound of the synths and the drum machines. LP release on Last Known Trajectory.…view full details.
Ruf Dug’s debut full-length Island was released last year and enjoyed by many: that release is now complemented by these Remixes, featuring leading names like Peaking Lights and Kenneth Badger. Various approaches are taken: vapourwave from 2814 and dub from Al Breadwinner. Limited edition 12” release on Music For Dreams.…view full details.
Experimental split EP from artists December and Kaumwald. Following Kaumwald’s last release on Opal Tapes and December’s on Blackest Ever Black’s sub label, this limited vinyl 12” of Half Cuts 1 has been pressed by Paradisum. Both artist are focused on abrasive drones, harsh textures and distorting house and techno rhythms. But where K…view full details.
Noisy, psychedelic drone on this project from Trensmat label founders Magnetize and The Last Sound. Whirling Hall of Noise is an opportunity for the artists to indulge their obnoxious side, with some Cabaret Voltaire-inspired DIY industrial. Arc Molt has been pressed to vinyl 12” by Candela Rising and includes a no-nonsense remix from Talker, who straps…view full details.
On this stamped vinyl 12”, ethnomusicologist Arthur Boto Conley has selected tracks from German producer Don’t DJ that incorporate euclidean rhythm patterns. What that means outside of academic music theory is a beautifully packaged collection of unusual electronic sounds. Traditional percussive music is filtered through algorithms for a dense rhythmic assault.…view full details.
Sleazy outsider house from DJ Nozaki and Nipps. Together as ZZZ they make a strange and minimal electronic music. It’s hard to predict whether it will clear, or fire up, a dancefloor. On 111(303+808) the clue is in the title. 808 drum machines get down with warped 303 basslines and rapid-fire vocals. On vinyl 10” and you can only have one.…view full details.
Thick, addled house-not-house from producer Cleveland. On Atlas his productions are airy and light, full of distant synth melodies and barely-there arpeggios. But these are still dancefloor-oriented tunes, with tight, jazzy percussion to hold them down. Hivern have pressed this to vinyl 12” with some lovely artwork. …view full details.
A total winner of a Carnival-loaded dance track here from Mele. Ambience isn’t ambient at all: there is no way this rolling drum pattern or these bold soul-diva vocals could sink into the background. Nope, this track is certain to kick things into touch on any dancefloor, egging the crowd on with stop-start dynamics. 12” on Lobster Boy.…view full details.
Tolk To Meh by Chunky is released on Swamp81 imprint, 81. Both tracks on the this 12” slab are wilting under the weight of dub. The title track is a minimal slice of deep dub, with a bass that will be familiar to those au fait with the 81 label. On the flip, Who Is That, has a similar vibe but is fully loaded to obliterate any club’s soundsystem. …view full details.
Detroit-influenced electro from Finnish duo Morphology. Mirror Comparator, on vinyl 12” from Central Processing Unit, is a ridiculously funky exercise in sci-fi house and dense techno. The pair clearly borrow their minimal drum machines and evocative synth arpeggios from masters like Drexciya, but they bring enough melody and skill to stand out.…view full details.
Borrowing from funk, jazz, soul and everything in between Alex Puddu makes big-band soundtracks to B-movies that don’t exist. On In the Eye of the Cat his focus is on groovy Ennio Morricone-style arrangements and scuzzy synthesizer sections, there’s even a couple of flute solos. On vinyl LP from Schema.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Alessio Natalizia showcases the full spectrum of his sound on this reasonably diverse album, that despite covering a few styles (techno/ EBM/ industrial/ ambient/ synth pop) still manages to merge right into the Diagonal aesthetic and fits the label like a leather glove. So there’s dancefloor bangers such as the Belgian EBM flavoured ‘Head Body…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Bergen’s Electric Eye are doing all the traditional psychedelic things. Distorting. Hypnotising. Warping. Using sitars at random. They are who they are, and that happens to be classicists. ‘Different Sun’ is busy with references to psych rockers old and new, but between the bluster they’re able to find the things that actually matter to us: striking melodies and compelli…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
I’m sure this will be flying off the shelves with the same slow-mo enthusiasm that exists in the carousel scene of Logan’s Run, because you know: psych rock. This hard classic of honest-to-god guitar licks and far-out, faraway singsong comes from White Hills, who’ve been going since the eve of the millennium (it doesn’t sound that long ago, but the 2000s are in …view full details.
Color Tapes reissue another gem of underground synthesizer shenanigans from the 1980s. Mystery Plane’s Still Life has been remastered from the cassette release and perfectly captures the group’s krautrock and kosmische-inspired, but also quintessentially English, sound. Cold wave synths meets driving industrial drum machines.…view full details.
Japanese stoner metal for those constantly seeking slower and sludgier music. This reissue of Khola Cosmica's unfairly neglected 2011 album is so slow and so sludgy the hypnotic grooves enter psychedelic territory. This first time vinyl pressing has remastered sound, insert and new artwork to stare at as you drift away.…view full details.
Together, R. Ducros and L. Simoncini are a potent Italian Library music duo, up their with the genre’s 70’s greats. Their work is seeing reissue, thanks to the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. America Amore Amaro is a set of funky, jazzy numbers, setting a very groovy lounge atmosphere. 500 copies of this 180g vinyl reissue.…view full details.
One of the most dramatic, energetic releases from the vaults of Italian Library music that we’ve yet heard. The materials on Rino de Filippi’s Riflessi were originally released in 1973, seemingly destined to background roles in adverts and the like. But these electro-prog-lounge stylings were too strong, and have been enjoyed by collectors ever since. 180g reissue on Sonore Music Editions.…view full details.
Rocchi-Godi-Chiarosi are an Italian Library music group whose work is seeing reissue, thanks to the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. Pop Paraphrenia… is a wonderful slab of jazz-funk numbers, all with a nice loungey vibe. As well suited to early 1970’s Italian TV shows as to solo listening on your turntable. 500 copies of this 180g vinyl reissue.…view full details.
Fabio Fabor is an Italian Library music composer with cult appeal, being reissued as a public service by the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. Aquarium is all about underwater sound environments, crafted with lots of echo, odd synths and organs, and a melodic approach to composition. High quality oddity. 500 copies of this 180g vinyl reissue.…view full details.
Carlo Savina is another Italian Library music composer with cult appeal, being reissued as a public service by the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. Grand Tour naturally has a travel theme, creating cruise-ship-lounge environments from equal parts orchestra, guitar and synthesiser. 500 copies of this 180g vinyl reissue.…view full details.
This ultra-rare album from the free-form quartet Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin arrives on vinyl LP for the first time. This avant-garde work of drone and improvisation has been discussed more than heard since being included on the Nurse with Wound list. But Souffle Continu are changing all that. Now you can hear the abrasive horns, and dark free improv of Gestation Snore on CD and vinyl.…view full details.
The third volume of Color Tapes compilation of predominantly UK cold wave bands is here. Using basic synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers these groups invented a new genre of ice-cold synth-pop. Cold Waves of Color collects these impossible to find rarities of droning, aggressive synth music and then packages them on vinyl LP with a poster and fanzine.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Samuel Kerridge lands back on Downwards for his third album - a predictably intense and brutal assault of power electronics meets crumbling apocalyptic industrial techno/ noise. Punishing, aggressive, pummeling beats - check.Harsh/ explosive synth racket - check.Evil sounding - check.Nods to …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
The third release on Visionist and PAN collaborative label PAN x Codes is the debut EP from Ling. After the recent phase of retro electronic / synth music with every man and his dog emulating old German kosmische music it’s great to finally get stuff coming out recently (…view full details.
As might be clear from their name (and the excellent track titles), Good Willsmith have a sense of humour. But on Things Our Bodies Used to Have they also show their serious side, with an extended suite of dense and hypnotic improvisation. They draw on noise, drone and free improv, blending loose synths, prog guitar solos and plenty of electronic bleeps and arpeggios. Pressed to limited clear vinyl LP by Umor Rex.…view full details.
Gold Class are a Melbourne, Australia based gang of post-punk independents. Straight away you’ll notice the especially deep voice of thing singer, irresistibly recalling certain Northern UK indie originals… It’s You is their debut full-length, and it makes a strong impression. LP on Felte.…view full details.
French producer Breakbot digs out his synthesizer for this funky synth pop release. Still Waters distills everything great from disco, boogie and jittery French house to create a sharp pop album frozen in time. Ed Banger have pressed this to vinyl LP and CD and have kindly included the CD with the vinyl.…view full details.
Bremen are a duo from Sweden. Despite releasing on Blackest Ever Black, they aren’t techno boys: wow! Instead, they play a blackened form of minimal psychedelia, forging a direct link to some foresty nether regions of the mind. Eclipsed is their second for the label, and stretches out over 2 LPs.…view full details.
Two prime tracks from Gwilym Gold’s recent record A Paradise get the acoustic treatment here on Greener World (Alt Version). Stripping away numerous sonic layers leaves the intimate core of these compositions fully visible: gorgeous. Limited edition of 300 12” copies, released by The Vinyl Factory.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck ups with a bassist who says dubious things on the internet. On record however they are delight. One wonders how people with so many problems manage to make such uplifting music. Opener 'Out of Mind' fairly skips along like …view full details.
Having released much of their previous material themselves, All Them Witches are putting their latest psych-rock epic through the New West label. Locking themselves away in a Tennessee cabin for 5 days, they’ve emerged with Dying Surfer Meets His Maker as a result. Whilst there is a definite groove; switching between soft vocals over picked guitars and Hawkwind esque bass driven peaks, there is a palpable sombreness to this record. …view full details.
The concept behind Be’s album One is intriguing: an imagined version of what a honeybee might hear over the course of a British summertime. Field recordings are used, as are delicate improvisations, including parts from Mark Lanegan, Amiina and Jason Pierce of …view full details.
Geoff Barrow’s Invada label release yet another high-grade contemporary film soundtrack: this time, James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Nightcrawler. Two vinyl versions available: one ‘Cherry Cola’ coloured and one ‘Streetlamp Yellow’ coloured, each with a different piece of striking artwork on the sleeve.…view full details.
Spider King are a little known example of early 1980’s British Northern post-punk being served up with a huge dollop of FUNK! on the side. Those sharp guitars and shouty vocals are all there, but so are broad, squelchy synth basslines. It fits remarkably well. Shot To Pieces, compiled from tracks recorded between 1979 and 1983, is the first full-length album from Spider King.…view full details.
Reissue of Soul Jazz’s classic compilation New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982. As the subtitle should signal to you, this is some sharp groovy action, from incredible artists including Theoretical Girls, Dinosaur L and Alan Vega. New tracklist for this reissue, on double LP and on CD.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
The improbably monikered New York band Winkie produce that rarest of thing - shoegaze without guitars. There’s nothing in the sleeve notes to explain what instruments they actually use - I’m guessing it’s the bass guitar making all the jagged tones and feedback. The album starts in impressive style ‘I Will Not Weep For Any Throne You Fall From’ …view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
Proving that you don’t need a budget of a million and 15 years to make a record, the Wave Pictures made this record in one day using one microphone. This simple approach to recording yields an album which has an atmosphere all of its own and a sound that you could never capture in a studio environment. Everything is live so mistakes have to stay in and you know what? I’ve enjoyed …view full details.
Indie from Exeter and indie from Munich, together at last. Muncie Girls represent the South West with an original and a Ramones cover, and Sandalotkids are the Germans, adding a hint of shoegaze into the mix. This split release contains four tracks of jaunty fun from up-and-coming artists, released as a 7” on the Uncle M label.…view full details.
Thunderpop is a new one to me.. but an appropriate moniker for this it certainly is. Russia’s Pinkshinyultrablast make dreamy shoegaze pop, with power and direction. Cherry Pit is the second single from their upcoming sophomore album on Club AC30. Imagine if Boris and Braids teamed up to make a pop album.…view full details.
Thee Oh Sees really love ‘Fortress’ imagery don’t they? I’m sure this is the 3rd or 4th release associated with fortresses, always suggesting that John Dwyer’s garage-punk heroes are mounting a dramatic adventure. Lovely. The Fortress single is a stand-alone release recorded in the same sessions as the recent Mutilator album, plus a live cut on the flip! 7” on Castle Face.…view full details.
Supernaut/One Way Or Another is a limited vinyl 7” from Slow Season and it also marks the release of their debut full-length. To relax after an album launch these blues-rockers have recorded a frantic Black Sabbath cover alongside an original song. Both tunes show their burnt-out take on 1970's hard rock.…view full details.
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