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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.
This debut work from Mohammed was first released in 2009. Roto Vildblomma is a powerful sound-mass of strings and electronics, merging impressively into a compelling harmonic whole. This reissue, courtesy of Antifrost, presents the album in brand new artwork, and is narrowly limited to just 111 copies.…view full details.
Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Rough Trade.…view full details.
A remarkable release here: saxophone titan Colin Stetson has arranged Henryk Gorecki’s much loved 3rd Symphony (one of the best-selling classical works ever) for an ensemble of electronics, guitars and woodwinds that includes members of Liturgy and Arcade Fire. It is a fascinating new spin on the piece: nice on Stetson. On 52Hz.…view full details.
Lake Ruth are a brand new group featuring members of Holy Fuck and The New Lines, making their debut right here on The Great Pop Supplement! The Inconsolable Jean-Claude sounds like an experimental twist on 1960’s lounge music, and carries a gorgeous sweeping feel. Take note: this 45rpm 7” is limited to just 300 copies.…view full details.
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The latest release on the Pan sublabel Codes chronicles the warped, schmarped and screwed samples of Liverpool's Ling, assembled from recordings of journeys into the fields and e-fields. With Attachment, he attempts to explore how habitual behaviours can loosen our grip on reality, like when a phone buzzes and everyone in earshot checks their own. We're an odd bunch, us 21st century humans, aren't we?…view full details.
There’s only 500 copies of this limited 12” from SØS Gunver Ryberg, and it’s a banger. AFTRYK pumps-up the artist’s interest in sound art until it becomes techno. Harsh textures are turned into snares and basslines, industrial-quality synth riffs are sped-up over pummelling drum machines. This is outsider noise-techno done properly.…view full details.
Fursaxa’s psychedelic acid-folk uses organs, dulcimers and cheap casio keyboards to tap into the dark foundations of traditional folk music. The queasy drones are wonderful, but it’s the overdubbed Nico-esque vocals which are really wonderful. Sloowax are making Fursaxa’s Immured available on vinyl in an edition of 300 copies.…view full details.
At Hope’s Ravine is the debut album from Glaswegian four-piece, Holy-Esque. The band set out to do things on an epic scale with an anthemic mix of post-punk and electro-pop. They have been likened to bands such as U2, Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen, The National and The Walkmen. The next big thing? …view full details.
Once Smitten is the debut album from London native Elliott Power. The album explores the dark, hidden recesses of his hometown through the genre mashing of soul, trip-hop and UK bass music, recalling classic sounds that may have been heard on the Mo-Wax label in its heyday. Power is signed to the ambitious Marathon Artists, a label whose scope and vision suits him rather well. The album also features contributions from Dorian Lutz.…view full details.
Deek Recordings unveil the debut album from Bullion. Loop The Loop continues the inventive electronic pop Bullion released in a series of vinyl singles. This London artist makes an eclectic electro-funk that splices 1980s synth pop with modern technology and the catchiest hooks imaginable. The dazzling instrumentation has got him called prog-pop, but it’s much better than that sounds.…view full details.
Harsh, dizzying and wonderful EBM-techno hybrids from an assortment of remixers let loose on The Soft Moon’s Deeper. Deeper Remixed Volume 1, on vinyl 12”, blends cold wave synths, distorted drum machines and Cocteau Twins textures as Ancient Methods, Phase Fatale, Blush Response and Codex Empire do their worst to the post-punk originals.…view full details.
Kompakt bring us The Field’s The Follower on CD and 180 gram vinyl. This album is six tracks of luscious long-form techno made from his trademark dense loops and beautiful textures. With even more of a kosmische element, this release is the perfect melancholic headphone music to drift off with.…view full details.
Commodo’s fearsome UK bass music borrows from trip-hop, grime, dubstep and soundsystem culture, but the result is still distinctively his own. On How What Time he also incorporates sounds from middle eastern music and a willingness to sample just about anything in the pursuit of a beat. MC Trim lends a hand with some aggro vocals too.…view full details.
Emika self-releases Flashbacks on vinyl 12”. After her successful How To Make A Symphony project this EP uses a similar blend of classical and electronic elements. Her delicate vocals connect the pulsing synth textures and melancholy piano. Franck Vigroux ups the tempo with a rough-edged remix as well.…view full details.
Intensive industrial techno from Perc. Ma proves that no matter how many electronic-noise upstarts appear Perc’s metallic EBM still rules. On this vinyl 12” the abrasive kick drums and distorted snares are also balanced by compositional nuance; subtle gamelan influences and abstract electroacoustic elements.…view full details.
French producer Mr Oizo returns and brings along Charli XCX as well. The vinyl 12" Hand in the Fire, on Ed Banger, displays all the charm and electro-punk eccentricity of 2014 LP The Church and, of course, the iconic Flat Beat. This is French house music full of wit, weirdness and varied instrumentation.…view full details.
Despite the name Clouds aren’t interest in making any ambient nonsense. The collaboration between Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson is only interested in minimal and mechanical techno. Timeslip Roadmender on Electric Deluxe is a relentless vision of cold, lo-fi electronic music set to a 4x4 kickdrum. …view full details.
Achieving a 4.5 rating on Resident Advisor with a debut album is a pretty big deal -- but hey, this is a pretty great album. With the Netherlands now a hotbed for the weirder edges of house and techno, Gesloten Cirkel is way out on the weirdest edge in every sense - even their identity is shrouded in mystery. This double 12” on Murder Capital moving quickly, so worth getting whilst you can.…view full details.
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Gesloten Cirkel first emerged in 2009 with a 12” on The Hague’s Viewlexx sister label; the awesome Murder Capital ran by none other than I-F, a man with impeccably fine taste. Also, it should be known; the man I believe to be single handedly responsible for the resurgence of Italo Di…view full details.
Parallelism follows up his self-titled 2015 release with Angular Geometry. This CD on Shimmering Moods is ambient drone full of rich synthesizer and muffled field recordings. The album begins subtly, with barely perceptible tones and murky tape hiss like Kevin Drumm at his quietest. But beneath the surface there are some lovely melodies and even some glitchy rhythms.…view full details.
With Valanx’s The Towering Pillars the Shimmering Moods label continue releasing artists who blur the distinctions of drone and ambient, electronic and acoustic. This CD, with handmade cover, strikes a darker tone than many contemporaries and pushes into dank, industrial zones. The music is dense and downcast; a bleak and often beautiful collection. v…view full details.
All Caps unveil the very first release from rave deconstructivist Neuroshima. This producer has been hotly tipped for some time, and on Rave Archives the secretive artist finally gets the chance to release some woozy ambient jungle. Liquid sub-bass and cut-up breakbeats are layered over drifting drones. This vinyl 12” is clearly part of UK soundsystem culture, but not as we know it. …view full details.
Boris and Merzbow have been collaborating for years with various albums, but Gensho might be their most maximal outing to date. The format here is unusual: 1 CD (or 2 LPs) each for the two artists, the idea being that you play them on top of each other and tweak the volumes to make your very own noise-blast composition. 150 minutes of music in total! Please note that the double LP sets are sold separately, as Part One and Part Two.…view full details.
If you’re going to borrow that name, you’ve got to live up to it. Thankfully Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks do a decent job. On Down in Heaven their sound is less scuzzy and more indebted to 1960s pop like the Mamas and Papas. Groovy and dense guitars keep the pace over bright and memorable melodies. Available on CD, vinyl LP and independents only LP and 7”.…view full details.
The maestro of spiritual free jazz Albert Ayler reissued on Jeanne Dielman. This debut recording comes from 1964 and reveals that even this early in his career Ayler’s scathing tone and technical skills were obvious. The highlight of My Name is Albert Ayler is the tortured cover of Summertime, which the rhythm section play straight whilst Ayler goes gloriously berserk.…view full details.
Despite being named Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, a title that perhaps suggests a solo, Mingus-only effort, this 1964 record actually captures Charles Mingus’ experimentation with a large, 11 piece group, performing some of his finest tunes, including ‘Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul’. Vinyl reissue on the Jeanne Dielman label.…view full details.
Take another dive into the voluminous back catalogue of the cosmic jazz overlord himself, Sun Ra. Volume 1 of The Saturn Singles collects together a bundle of shorter, earlier tracks, which find Ra trying to make pop / R&B music. Needless to say, it comes out unlike a lot of later Ra, but even less like actual R&B. Reissued by Jeanne Dielman.…view full details.
After six years the legendary trip-hop group return with Ritual Spirit, on 12” vinyl. This EP borrows from Massive Attack's past with Tricky, but also includes collaborations with new artists who share their dark and dense sound, including Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. The music is heavy, varied and always claustrophobic. …view full details.
Both Gate and Control Unit make industrial music from weirdo electronics and abstract drones. Together on their collaboration, The Album, they raise the intensity levels to create freeform psych rock that isn’t afraid of a little harsh noise. This vinyl LP on 8mm records is limited to 300 copies only.…view full details.
Scanni is a collaboration between long-serving experimentalists Scanner and Anni Hogan, best known, respectively, for adventurous electronics and arrangements for the likes of Marc Almond. Also appearing on the record are guests that range from Swans’ Jarboe to Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür! On SFE.…view full details.
Federico Fellini’s 60’s experimental flick Toby Dammit is a great film by a legendary director, and the soundtrack ain’t bad either. The highly respected Nino Rota does an excellent, dramatic job arranging the score, and there is also a significant appearance from a Ray Charles song. LP on Bella Casa.…view full details.
De Montevert is the minimal indie-pop solo project of Ellinor Nilsson. This self-titled release, following 2012’s Friends and Enemies, showcases a sound that has been stripped back and refined. Nilsson’s emotive voice dominates, framed by jagged, almost post-punk, bass and guitar. Available on CD and vinyl LP from Nomethod. …view full details.
Oliver Ho produces music on the axes of techno and noise. Danny Passarella works with synthesisers, but also designs clothes. Together they’ve made Multi, a conceptual EP on the subject of gender (non-)binaries. Four tracks of thoughtful synth-scapes and reverbed techno. 12” release on Passarella’s self-titled label.…view full details.
For the very first time on vinyl Astral Recordings have collected the work of obscure synth-drone experimenters CHI. Formed in 1985 this collective of musicians made an improvised kosmische full of handmade percussion instruments, new-age synthesizers and extended tape loops. Their trippy electroacoustic drone and improv is finally available on The Original Recordings. …view full details.
Opal Tapes alumni HOLOVR lands on Firecracker Recordings. The Trace Realm EP on vinyl 12” stretches out warped acid house basslines and chattering drum machines into expansive ambient music. Long minimal synth drones are combined with off-grid drum programming and new-age textures. The music reflects a dark side of the chill-out area.…view full details.
Nicola Ratti is a minimalist composer obsessed with both electronic experimentation and the drones of 20th century classical music. For Pressure Loss he lets both these instincts run wild, using for this vinyl LP only two modular synthesizers. This album, for Where to Now? records, is composed of synth blips and gurgles that slowly form into rich and fascinating drones.…view full details.
David Vassalotti leads the 4AD group Merchandise, but this album finds him striking off on his own: he writes, performs and produces every track on Broken Rope, and is also responsible for the artwork. Consequently, what we hear here is a clear representation of Vassalotti, his loves and interests. Released on Wharf Cat Records.…view full details.
Flavor Crystals are 1 decade and 4 albums into their career, which means that The Shiver Of The Flavor Crystals sounds exactly as the band means it to: a wispy, gorgeous psych-rock ride. Featuring guest appearances from members of The Telescopes and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Double LP on MPLS Ltd.…view full details.
Slow Season’s self-titled debut is a scorching tribute to 1970s blues rock, with some references to their West Coast home thrown in for good measure. So, that means plenty of slide guitar solos, hoarse vocals and even some harmonica riffing. They record direct to reel to reel tape, which probably accounts for their tight dynamics and heavy playing.…view full details.
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