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Orlando Voorn is one of the Netherlands’ finest purveyors of forward-looking techno. With releases for most of the relevant labels under the sun (recent releases on Detroit Dancer and Third Ear Recordings), he now drops a full double LP onto Rush Hour. Prime dancefloor material, with one track featuring a vocal from Trish van Eynde.…view full details.
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Mike Cooper has lived a long and interesting life, but the septuagenarian shows no signs of slowing by the evidence of this delightful collection of delightfully weird, restless concrete exotica which is massaging my ears as I type. It’s a difficult album to describe because it spans so many styles over its 14 short tracks that as soon as I think I&rsqu…view full details.
merry6mas2015 continues the lovely tradition of Yellow6 releasing a special festive collection every year for the fans to celebrate the season with. Some tracks missed the boat for last album No Memories, Only Photographs, others were written quickly and recently, catching passing snatches of inspiration. All recorded (pretty much) in one take for an intimate feel. 125 CD copies, in a hand-sprayed sleeve.…view full details.
Both C Joynes and Nick Jonah Davies are taking a slight step in the dark on this release: possibly one reason they are doing it together. Split Electric is so titled because it finds the two experienced acoustic guitarists plugging in and going electric, providing a whole new set of audio corners to explore. Out on Thread Recordings, with original artwork from Richard Dawson.…view full details.
Animal Collective are back again! What strange areas have they wandered into this time around? The answer seems to be less harsh, but similarly frantic territory to Centipede Hz, though with a particular focus on shorter, faster songs. CD, LP and deluxe LP edition (that last one includes a psychedelic zoetrope-style slipmat), with the possibility of 3 different covers.…view full details.
Twinkle3 is the experimental trio of Clive Bell, Richard Scott and David Ross, performing on a range of electronics, woodwind and mbira. Their quest towards the creation of curious soundscapes is aided on Lower Earth Orbit by the presence of Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen, who fits in perfectly, soaring above the mix and being drawn into it (by computer manipulation) at the same time.…view full details.
A new Quentin Tarantino film is upon the horizon, and it comes with an original score, the first time for Tarantino. And who else could he choose for such a prestigious first time than the maestro himself, Ennio Morricone! The early US history period setting is sure to bring out the best in Morricone’s sweeping arrangements. CD or double LP on Decca.…view full details.
Jamie Woon has left it a good 4 years to follow up his debut album Mirrorwriting, possibly why this new one is called Making Time? Either way, these are tracks that have evidently had a lot of time and design lavished upon them, presenting a smooth, soulful experience for the listener. Features guest vocals from Willy Mason and Royce Wood Junior, and guest production from Lexx. 180g vinyl LP with booklet, on…view full details.
The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness is literally a number 1, best-selling album, and you are bound to know half the tracks (which feature the likes of Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey as guests) from near continuous radio play. It wasn’t originally released on vinyl though, making this heavyweight double LP release the crowning triumph of a strong year for The Weeknd.…view full details.
This 12” release on the 50 Weapons label pairs experienced Berghain techno overlord Marcel Dettmann with the young and up-and-coming Zenker Brothers, from Munich. Both tracks hit hard and run smooth, with the Brothers doing an impressive job of keeping up with the big boss. 180g vinyl 12”.…view full details.
In which a selection of lo-fi indie characters, marshalled together by the Dirty Projectors, cover the music of hi-fi actual pop superstar Janet Jackson. Dear Janet features sincere tributes from the likes of Tune-Yards, Dirty Beaches and Scout Niblett, each bringing a highly original spin to the originals. Double LP on Tin Angel.…view full details.
Blacksea Nao Maya brings together DJ Kolt, DJ Perigoso, DJ Noronha (and, for one track, DJ Joker) in various combinations, consistently providing furiously rolling batida, funaná and kuduro tracks. I found Calor No Frio’s rhythms irresistible, forcing joyous bodily movement, while the melodies and ambient sounds (surprise accordion!) locked in the mind. On Principal Discos.…view full details.
Hard-hitting metakuredo music from famed Lisbonian Normal Nada, who you also might know as Erre Mente or Qraqmaxter CiclOFF (that last one really rolls of the keys…). The 7 tracks that make up Transmutaceo Cerebra roll fast and frantic, but with a joyous good vibe. Released as an LP on the Principie Discos label.…view full details.
If Vessels’ recent album Dilate wasn’t club-ready enough for you (unlikely, but I’ll continue), Dilate Remixes should sort you right out. They’ve called in the minimal techno talents of Barker & Baumecker, the housey vibes of Ripperton, and Monkeytown man Alex Banks, for a deep, hedonistic trio of reinterpretations. 12” on Bias.…view full details.
Beat Spacek (also known for his work in Africa HiTech and Space Invadas) released his debut full-length Modern Streets earlier this year, a set of modern electro-soul jams made totally on IOS apps. This Remix EP gives dBridge, Seven Davis Jr and, perhaps unexpectedly, Animal Collective, a chance to funk it up with their own remixes. Banging stuff, on Ninja Tune.…view full details.
Gavin Russom’s Black Meteoric Star project returns for a follow up on the debut from 6 years ago. Rough and direct synth-electro-house jams fill up The Xecond Xoming Of Meteoric Star, a cosmically informed release if ever there was one. One track even includes his own vocal appearance, for the first time. Double LP on Nation.…view full details.
George Adams was a jazz saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist and occasional singer, and Finest is a great introduction to his work. Originally appearing on the Timeless Recordings label in the 70’s and 80’s, these energetic jazz blasts also feature bassist Cameron Brown, pianist Don Pullen and drummer Danny Richmond. On Dopeness Galore.…view full details.
Leon Vynehall presents his much-loved track Midnight On Rainbow Road, originally heard as part of Gerd Janson’s Music For Autobahns 2. For this stand-alone release, the ‘ambient race car music’ is presented in both its original free-drifting mix and as a ‘beat edit’ to keep the dancers happy. 12” on Rush Hour.…view full details.
A three track EP here from Shanti Celeste. Title track “Being” takes up the A side with its slowly building drums and humming synths. It’s a track with movements which ebb and flow away as it slowly warps time with its hypnotic, repetitive drum line. On the B side there is an ambient mix of Being and another slow burner of a track in Good Spirits. A 12” vinyl EP. …view full details.
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Mad Masks are an enthusiastically dark propositions, working the old-obscure-horror-soundtrack and the gothic vibes equally well. Drum machines, eerie guitar, unknown synth. Their self-titled debut album is available in a limited edition of 200 copies, along with 2 badges so you can wear your appreciation! On Peripheral Minimal.…view full details.
Stafraenn Hakon are an Icelandic band, trading in one of their country’s prime exports: ambient-tinged post-rock. Eternal Horse is their ninth album, and took them four years: needless to say, they know precisely what they are about by now, and the record is produced just right. Out on the Darla label.…view full details.
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Very old-school riffing from Ape Machine, a band entirely in love with the sound of a certain kind of 1970’s rock band (think Black Sabbath and Deep Purple), and perfectly happy to just get on with playing that, thank you very much. Fair enough. Coalition of the Unwilling is out on the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Heavy Psych Sounds label.…view full details.
More nominative determination at work here, as the Heavy Psych Sounds label delivers another LP of something heavy and psychedelic. Fair enough! Isaak are a band formed out of past members of Gandhi’s Gunn, and they get stuck straight into the stoner metal vibes that come so naturally to them. Sermonize is their second album.…view full details.
Debut album from Hearts Hearts, a group proud to combine the various disciplines of electronica, traditional heart-on-sleeve songwriting and contemporary classical music. On Young they keep every element carefully under control, creating sparse soundscapes of strings, drum machine beats and mournful vocals. Released on the Tomlab label.…view full details.
Danny Elfman, composer of a million soundtracks, naturally had a hand in accompanying Goosebumps, a series with an impressive heritage (62 books!). It sounds highly dramatic and plenty spooky, and comes packaged in brand new artwork exclusively designed by Tim Jacobus, the illustrator of the books. On Waxwork.…view full details.
2003’s American Civil War period blockbuster Cold Mountain went the extra mile in getting the sonic feel of the setting just right, by enlisting T Bone Burnett. Burnett managed to wrangle original songs from the likes of Elvis Costello, Jack White and Alison Krauss, as well as some Sacred Harp singing. First release on vinyl, 2LP.…view full details.
Debut album from Okokon, a collection of odd, personal, mostly electronic vignettes put together using custom software. He loops and samples from many different sources, assembling each track on the fly (and recorded in one take), resulting in an odd, disorientating soundscape. LP on the Other People label.…view full details.
Andrew Claristidge breaks away from his duo Acid Washed for some solo production, and he’s taken the excellent step of being inspired by the amazing story of the fatal ‘dancing plague’ of 1518 (look it up). Danser ou Mourir was made with an EMS synthesiser and the help of several friends, and comes out nice and odd. Yellow vinyl limited to just 150 copies.…view full details.
Before One, logically enough, is the immediate precursor to Ben Klock’s full-length album One. You know Ben Klock, and you know his reliable brand of big-room Berlin techno: endlessly compelling for the body, and sometimes even the mind. What a pro. Re-pressed 12” on Berghain’s Ostgut Ton label.…view full details.
Leftfield techno produced in a pleasingly direct manner: single take recordings using one drum machine, one echo unit, and a modular synth by the duo of Daniele Cosmo and CCO. Unpleasant Music For Unpleasant People is nice and dark, and full of on-the-fly development. 12” on Cosmo’s label Lux Rec.…view full details.
EXO is the Ekster label showing off lots of their favourite artists, all within the comfort of one compilation. Beguiling and atmospheric electronics from producers including Polysick, Bear Bones Lay Low and Lieven Martens Moana, expanding over 2 LPs of 180g vinyl. A good primer, and a good listen all in its own right too.…view full details.
Lata Ramasar’s The Greatest Name That Lives is one of those vanishingly rare records that entrances most of those who hear it, a remarkable slice of home-recorded early electronic pop from Trinidad & Tobago. Now you can avoid paying £500 for an original copy (seriously), and pick up the reissue from Invisible City Editions, with the bonus of an Alessandro Adriani remix.…view full details.
Meilyr Jones new single How To Recognise A Work Of Art is taken from his solo debut album 2013. Its a broadly orchestrated melodic pop number, built out of Jones’ melodramatic vocals, choirs, french harps, bassoons and some horns that parp out a particularly catchy refrain. 7” single, out on Moshi Moshi.…view full details.
Where Have You Been All My Life is a live-in-the-studio collection of reworkings of songs from the last 3 Villagers albums. The record successfully gets down for posterity the new, more intimate takes given to this material over the last few years of touring. Available in regular formats and also an indies-exclusive green vinyl edition with bonus tracks on the download code.…view full details.
This single from The Fat White Family is set off by a great visual reference to Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats, and the track itself sort of lives up to that, driven as it is with a tight electronic drum machine and a slight sense of queasiness to the synths and the vocals. Whitest Boy On The Beach is their own beast though. 7” on Without Consent.…view full details.
MONEY have that proud Mancunian vibe to them, not least in the vocals, which I don’t think I’d be unfair in saying sounds a little Morrissey-like? Second album Suicide Songs has arrived, and single I’ll Be The Night previews their emotionally weighty chamber-indie sound. 12” on Bella Union.…view full details.
Night Beats are up to their third album of psych-garage pop songs. Who Sold My Generation is out soon, but right now we have the single No Cops, a slick tune that drives forward on a krautrock-inspired rhythm line. Lots of that specifically psych-garage echo on the everything too. 7” single, released on the Heavenly label.…view full details.
All Them Witches are a heavy-jamming psych-rock unit, able to brew up mighty, bluesy riff-monsters in no time at all. Studio album Lightning At The Door was first released last year, but this reissue adds two exclusive bonus tracks: in the form of a stand-alone 7” if you get the vinyl version! On New West.…view full details.
Second album from Daughter, the slightly-ethereal, thoroughly-melancholic indie trio. They’ve been away for 3 years, and the time has allowed them to hone their frosted sound to a fine, sharp point: Not To Disappear is sincerely sad in sound and in words, but manages to avoid becoming maudlin. Out on 4AD.…view full details.
The old-school psychedelic rock produced by Witchcraft is pretty strong for a band originally just formed to cover Pentagram. 15 years in, Nucleus appears on Nuclear Blast (how neat), laden with riffs and wailing 1970’s guitar solos. Singer Magnus Pelander and his band have the sense of drama you want from this stuff too. CD or double LP.…view full details.
In which James Yorkston, John Thorne (of Lamb) and singer / sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan get together to record a remarkable set of material, encompassing original tunes, Ivor Cutler covers and improvisations. Everything Sacred is available in special independent-stores-only edition, with an exclusive bonus 7”.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Health & Efficiency is a hell of an EP, combining weird tape-manipulated soundscape ‘Graphic/Varispeed’ with the title track, which seems to accelerate at least 4 times before getting locked in a tight loop. Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Deceit is a paranoid, blast of Cold War, post-punk creativity, moving from eerie creep to the ecstatic flare of ‘SPQR’ and the howl of ‘Makeshift Swahili’. Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
Pink was first issued a few years ago as a digital-only compilation of vinyl-only 12” tracks that Four Tet had slipped out under the radar. Now they are back on vinyl again, but this time as a single, coherent collection. It’s all about the high quality shuffle here, Kieran working his magic over the course of 8 club-length tracks. 2LP on Text.…view full details.
More explosive, sugar-coated, electronic hype treats from good old Rustie, back with his third album. EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is packed to the bloody gills with sonic laser beams, massive synth textures, and, in a crucial distinction from his last record, no vocals. This is all Rustie, all the time. 15 bangers on 2LPs, from Warp.…view full details.
Jóhann Jóhannsson has made a film, a collage of super 8 footage of his Antarctic travels. The film is accompanied by an ethereal, suitably icy soundtrack by Jóhann himself, working with wonderful cellist Hildur Gudna∂óttir and Robert Aiki Aubrey Low. This CD+DVD set of End of Summer gives you both sides of the project. On Sonic Pieces.…view full details.
Merry Christmas from US rap-bruiser B Dolan and producer Bobby Peace. Tinselsnakes is an interesting winter tale (written by Ed Garland) intoned by Dolan over a simmering soundtrack. Festive white vinyl, packed a glow-in-the-dark 45’ adaptor with a full colour picture book illustrated by Inkymole. On Blunt Force Trauma.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! This Heat, their debut, is full of post-punk churn, dissonant ambience, and even proto-drum & bass (‘24 Track Loop’). Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
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