• Ryuichi Sakamoto’s async remixes LP set for vinyl release

    By | January 9, 2018

    Featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Arca, Jóhan Jóhannsson and more.

    Ryuichi Sakamoto is releasing async Remodels on vinyl, this March via Milan Music.

    Read next: An introduction to Ryuichi Sakamoto in 10 records

    The LP includes 11 reworks, edits and remodels taken async – one of our top 10 favourite albums of 2017. 

    Though Sakamoto released some of the remixes featured in this album via digital streaming platforms, and topped the list of our favourite digital albums of 2017 we wish were available on vinyl, this is its first physical release.

    Sakamoto is also releasing live album Glass with Jóhannsson in February.

    Listen to Cornelius’ remix of ‘Zure’ ahead of async Remodels‘ 2nd March release and check out the track list below.

    Tracklist

    1. Andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework)
    2. Andata (Electric Youth Remix)
    3. Disintegration (Alva Noto Remodel)
    4. Async (Arca Remix)
    5. Fullmoon (Motion Graphics Remix)
    6. Solari (Fennesz Remix)
    7. Solari (Jóhann Jóhannsson Rework)
    8. ZURE (Yves Tumor Obsession Edit)
    9. Fullmoon (S U R V I V E Version)
    10. ZURE (Cornelius Remix)
    11. Life, Life (Andy Stott Remodel)

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (3rd July)

    By | July 3, 2017

    Fractious krautrock, yacht soul and spiritual enlightenment.

    This week’s selection treads a fine line between the abrasive and the soothing, the organic and the industrial.

    Within that there’s a new netted 12″ for Arca, and 5-tracks from the industrial undergrowth on Snapped Ankles new EP, squaring up over the counter with as innocent a 7″ slab of blue-eyed soul you can image.

    As for albums, we encourage you to get loose in body and soul with Happy Meals’ Glaswegian ashram tapes, Bill Orcutt’s deconstructed American folk, woozy Trance tapes on Growing Bin and some girl punk of the highest, heaviest order.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond with help from Norman Records. 5 singles and 5 LPs every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


    Singles


    Snapped Ankles

    The Best Light Is The Last Light

    (The Leaf Label)

    Listen / Buy

    AGRROcultural woodsmen Snapped Ankles preface their forthcoming LP with this monster 5-track assault of turbo-fueled reverb and heavy psych. Taking the krautrock synthesis of the organic and the industrial to fractious new levels, Snapped Ankles may revel in the ragged, but what it lacks in raffination is made up in untethered lunacy.


    Ultra Satan

    USA/USB

    (Hoga Nord)

    Listen / Buy

    Wild and wondrous psychedelia from an ambitious collective who use vibrant and unusual textures to soundtrack the time the world ends because of global warming or whatever. Their freak flag flies high in trippy psych compositions that recall the crazed patterns of Zun Zun Egui and similar.


    Arca

    Saunter / Reverie

    (XL Recordings)

    Listen / Buy

    Taking the prize for the most eye-catching sleeve of the month, this limited (220 copies for the world) 12″ from peripatetic electronic genius Arca makes its brief appearance on the shelves this week. Push aside the shredded fishnet cladding and prize the numbered wax out of the hot pink sleeve to find a pair of brand new transmissions from the forward thinking producer. On the A-side ‘Saunter’ emerges from a cloud of fizzing static and insectile glitch, taking shape as a dystopic juggernaut who kicks aside the derelict cityscape with post rave keys and neo classical grandeur. Meanwhile on the flip, ‘Reverie’ ups the ante with tremulous sub bass, queasy strings and a heart stopping vocal chant – a national anthem for the new mechanised order…


    Ossia

    Gridlock EP

    (Berceuse Heroique)

    Listen / Buy

    A batch of 12”s from the Berceuse Heroique label have landed over the past couple of weeks and this effort from Bristol based Ossia is the pick of the crop. With a keen working of structure this one subtly propels the pulse amidst its sampled keys and textures, adding a certain electro-acoustic wooziness as it goes. The flipside is none too shabby either with an inspired direct to the floor remix from Lurka.


    Mirage

    Bend A Little

    (Preservation Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Preservation records are onto a winner here. Deep in the vaults of the famous Wishborne Sound Studios are a set of recordings never released before until now. In between laying down tracks for some pretty famous artists, season players such as Terry Woodford and the Muscle Shoals Horns would record there own jams with their own group called Mirage. Here’s just two of those bangers in all their yacht rock funk glory.


    LPs


    Happy Meals

    Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI

    (So Low / Optimo)

    Listen / Buy

    A release forged in Glasgow’s spiritual-industrial complex between local hardware voyagers Happy Meals and dance floor institution Optimo, duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook leave the kosmische groove of their 2015 LP Apero behind in favour of spaced-out electronics. Drifting on a concrete cloud of beatless drones, flutes and pseudo-devotional chants, imagine Alice Coltrane took a wrong turn out of LA and ended up on the outskirts of Glasgow and you’ll get an idea of what we’re talking about. The release also inaugurates So Low, a label named after the club night launched by Optimo’s Keith McIvor (AKA JD Twitch), Iona Fortune, Becky Marshall and Katie Shambles as an outlet for their industrial, EBM and cold wave records. Find out more about that compilation, released on VF in 2016 here.


    James Elkington

    Wintres Woma

    (Paradise of Bachelors)

    Listen / Buy

    Chicago dwelling Brit James Elkington has already played in Brokeback and guested with a huge range of likeminded musicians (Michael Chapman, Jeff Tweedy et al) but his first solo album should be the him that gets him on the map. It’s beautiful intricate folk full of the sort of atmospheres that made Ryley Walker’s ‘Primrose Green’ such a must-have.


    Trance

    Tapes

    (Growing Bin)

    Listen / Buy

    After releasing a trio of killer kosmische LPs at the dawn of the ’80s, Jürgen Petersen retired to the forests, scaled down his operation and began channeling his inter-dimensional inspiration into a series of self-recorded, self produced cassettes. Sometimes electronic, sometimes organic but always esoteric, these tapes have been an ever-present at Growing Bin HQ since the earliest days of the blog. Intended to be the first release on the label, this retrospective set collects five of the finest cassette only tracks into one immersive experience. Reach within Andreas Eschment’s gorgeous etched sleeve and you’ll find spiraling sine waves, dreamy sitar and gentle piano – the perfect soundtrack to a little spiritual enlightenment.


    Bill Orcutt

    Bill Orcutt

    (Pailalia)

    Listen / Buy

    Bill Orcutt’s frenetic shards of compulsively scribbled acoustic guitar violence have made for some great records in recent years, and this latest outing is another winner, albeit from a different approach as he moves to electric guitar and scales down the incendiary, tic-like stream-of- consciousness playing. Past effort A History of Everyone shattered and reconfigured standards of the American songbook into amorphous forms, and whilst this LP once again takes on such classics it keeps its structures more faithful and conventionally melodic, with beautiful moments that recall the work of collaborator Loren Connors. This is a still a Bill Orcutt record though and “more faithful” certainly doesn’t mean another hackneyed run through of these standards, as his inimitable touch still gives a sufficiently frayed edge, managing to breathe life into the familiar.


    The Coathangers

    Parasite

    (Suicide Squeeze)

    Listen / Buy

    These ladies know how to rock! Atlanta’s very own Coathangers started as a house party band and soon rose through the ranks with their tear it up, take no shit brand of punk rock. Here’s a killer one sided, five track drop into their world and it’s 100% from beginning to end. Could vinyl, etched on one side, what’s not to love?

  • The 20 best albums of 2017 so far

    By | June 30, 2017

    The year’s essential new albums for your collection.

    Having rounded-up the 10 best reissues of 2017 so far, we turn our attention to new albums, rounding up the twenty titles that have been on rotation at VF HQ in the last six months.

    Taken from our weekly recommended releases lists or from artists regularly covered on the site, this list should give a snapshot of what we believe are the most interesting and prescient new albums available on vinyl to add to your record collection.

    As ever, this is a broad church and given that we dig widely, don’t be surprised to find new music from Mali alongside major film soundtracks, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. next to independent jazz from South London’s young pretenders.

    As well as affirming what’s already known, hopefully you’ll discover something new along the way too.


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    Sampha

    Process

    (Young Turks)

    Listen / Buy

    Sampha returned to his roots after a year of high-profile collaborations with a tender, vulnerable solo debut for Young Turks. Process is a coming-of-age record born of difficult circumstances that is all the more beguiling for the hurt that’s on show. While the lyricism is as poignant as ever, Sampha’s experience as a producer shines through strongest here with tracks like ‘100% Plastic’ and ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ manipulating the silence and space between his words to devastating effect. A redemptive record bursting with ideas, confidence and the odd left turn.


    Josef Leimberg

    Astral Progressions

    (World Galaxy Records / Alpha Pup Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Stepping out from behind a who’s who of RnB and hip-hop collaborations that has seen him work with Erykah Badu, Funkadelic, Snoop Dogg and snag a credit on Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly, trumpet player Josef Leimberg released his debut solo work last autumn. Flying below the radar, Leimberg’s afro-futurist manifesto Astral Progressions has finally made it to vinyl and for-the-love-of-Sun Ra was it worth the wait. Featuring a cast of stellar musicians including Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Georgia Anne-Muldrow, it steers a gentle path through neighbouring galaxies of deep soul, tempestuous jazz fusion and buoyant hip-hop that will make fans of Robert Glasper, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and any of those mentioned above very happy indeed. Look out for the cover of Miles Davis’ ‘Lonely Fire’ and Tokio Aoyama’s Bitches Brew-referencing artwork too.


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    Awa Poulo

    Poulo Warali

    (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

    Listen / Buy

    Having notched up 10 years in 2016, Awesome Tapes From Africa kicked off its second decade with a reel of enchanting songs from the Mali-Mauritania border. Unlike many of the label’s projects, this release showcases Peulh singer Awa Poulo’s newest work, a dexterous pop-folk collection that weaves her incantatory vocals with acoustic flute riffs, shuffling percussion and the odd moment raking guitar distortion.


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    Mica Levi

    Jackie OST

    (Milan Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Mica Levi’s Bafta-nominated Under The Skin OST was a sensation for horror, a genre rediscovering its creative vim amid a flood of reverential reissues. For her second major soundtrack gig, the polymath scored the Jackie Kennedy biopic with a similarly stirring control. A hugely sophisticated and moving soundtrack from an artist growing into herself and shaping the form as she goes. Essential.


    Visible Cloaks

    Reassemblage

    (RVNG Intl.)

    Listen / Buy

    Everything RVNG Intl. put out is worth paying attention to. Their latest turn sees Portland duo Visible Cloaks explore high-res ambient tones and Japanese musical influences, heard on their popular series of Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo mixes. With guest spots from Domino artist Motion Graphics, Matt Carlson and cult Japanese act Dip In The Pool’s Miyako Koda, Reassemblage was the brittle soundtrack to the late winter and well worth revisiting.


    Vangelis Katsoulis

    If Not Now When

    (Utopia Records)

    Listen / Buy

    In 2014, Into The Light records released an acclaimed collection of early synth works from Greek composer and electronic avant-gardist Vangelis Katsoulis. Followed by an enchanting remix EP, the reappraisal catapulted Katsoulis to the top of the diggers directory. On If Not Now When we get a snapshot of where Katsoulis is currently at, combining a minimalist sensibility with an organic instrumental flair, whether on the motorik opener ‘All The Blue Skies’ or the Gigi Masin-esque dreamscape ‘Liquidity’. A rich record that should appeal to soundtrack heads and adventurous dance music fans alike.


    Fabiano Do Nascimento

    Tempo Dos Mestres

    (Now-Again)

    Listen / Buy

    The Brazilian guitarist behind one of our favourite albums of 2015, Fabiano Do Nascimento returned to Egon’s Now-Again Records to stretch his virtuoso chops once for another melancholic, uplifting snapshot of contemporary Afro-Brazil as passed down from the elders. As with his debut, there’s so much to fall in love with here, with the gentle rhythmic majesty of tracks like ‘Baião’ and ‘Canto de Xangô’ vying with the yearning melodies of ‘Oya Nana’ for top spot in our affections. A stunning achievement, and one which we’ve returned to time and again.


    Kelly Lee Owens

    Kelly Lee Owens

    (Smalltown Supersound)

    Listen / Buy

    Fleshing out the previously released 12″ homage to Arthur Russell ‘Arthur’ and a sublime collaboration with Jenny Hval on ‘Anxi’, Kelly Lee Owens’ self-titled LP glides effortlessly between baroque techno arrangements, soaring Björk-like hyperballads and sparser club tracks, before alighting at the gorgeous closer ‘Keep Walking’ (Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ anyone?) Knitted together by Owens’ astute, fragile vocals, this is about as poised a debut as you’ll hear all year.


    Les Amazones D’Afrique

    République Amazone

    (Real World Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Few records have blown us away this year quite like the high-octane debut from all-female west African group Les Amazones D’Afrique. In the first instance, République Amazone is a protest record targeting the repression of women both on the continent and around the world – or as they said in a recent interview, “a love letter to men” – and one where the music is as fresh and urgent as the message. Produced by Mbongwana Star affiliate Doctor L (Liam Farrell), it seamlessly crafts a contemporary sound from fragments of the region’s traditional heritage, desert blues, syncopated synth-heavy funk and stack-rattling bass music. Quite possibly one of the most under-rated party records of the year, political or otherwise.


    Luka Productions

    Fasokan

    (Sahel Sounds)

    Listen / Buy

    A tip-off from someone close to VF, we might have missed this first time round in January, but it’s been a record we’ve kept coming back to. Fasokan veers between Balearic dreamscapes, cosmic mantras and a fourth world weirdness that’s practically impossible to place in space or time. Afro-cosmi-ambient-new-wave? No combination of hyphenated genres really gets close.


    Jlin

    Black Origami

    (Planet Mu)

    Listen / Buy

    In an explosion of skittish percussion and tremulous bass, Indiana’s Jlin returned with sophomore offering Black Origami via the evergreen Planet Mu. Keeping rhythm right at the forefront, the producer delivers a complex set of bass-heavy body music which sees the footwork framework refracted through the prism of globalised club culture. Boasting the aggressive exoticism of Lisbon’s batida and Durban’s gqomu alongside the shimmering sound design of trap, Black Origami is the vital sound of today…and tomorrow…and probably ten years in the future. You’ll not hear nothing like the mighty Jlin…


    Ryuichi Sakamoto

    async

    (Milan)

    Listen / Buy

    Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 16th solo record is well worth picking up for hardened fans and newcomers alike. Drawing upon the vast sound palette of piano experimentation, Satie-like motifs, pulsing synth and notions of ambient and fourth world sounds that he’s developed over the past four decades, here such ideas meet the influence of Andrei Tarkovsky as a soundtrack of sorts to an imaginary Tarkovsky film. A wide-ranging effort with many a hidden depth this one already sounds fitting amongst some of Sakamoto’s finest works.


    Binker & Moses

    Journey to the Mountain of Forever

    (Gearbox)

    Listen / Buy

    Prodigious young drummer Moses Boyd returned for his second full-length of deep spiritual improvisations with saxophonist Binker Golding. Heirs to the Coltrane sound, the pair are just as content to groove in the pocket as soar to incantatory heights, as they do on the album’s superb ‘Intoxication From The Jahvmonishi Leaves’. Both powerful and extraordinary agile, Journey to the Mountain of Forever is one of the most exciting jazz records to emerge from the UK’s young scene.


    Arca

    Arca

    (XL Recordings)

    Listen / Buy

    Arca’s third full-length LP and the first to expose his sheer and brittle voice to record. Vulnerable and controlled, the album begins with the elegiac ‘Piel’, his voice echoing tenderly within the cathedrals of sound Arca-the-producer is so adept at creating. The track points to a shifting relationship that the voice adds to Arca’s work, where his maximalist, claustrophobic sonic structures appear somehow more distant and spacious, as if allowing his voice to physically inhabit them. As grandiose as Björk’s Vulnicura, to which Arca contributed, and heaving with operatic melodrama, it’s an album that somehow makes everything which came before seem incomplete. A self-titled rebirth, it’s as if we’re finally being introduced to the real Arca.


    Juana Molina

    Halo

    (Crammed Discs)

    Listen / Buy

    An absolute treat of a record from Argentine surrealist Juana Molina, who crafts a series of lush and beguiling miniatures for Belgian experiemntal outpost Crammed Discs. Built around the closely controlled softness of Molina’s voice, there’s a nostalgic, ephemeral air to tracks ‘Paraguaya’ or the drone-like ‘Lentísimo Halo’, in contrast to the live-wire electricity that courses through other stand-out ‘Cosoco’. A daring album, and essential for fans of Colleen, Stina Nordenstam or RVNG Intl.


    Brigid Mae Power

    The Ones You Keep Close

    (oscarson)

    Listen / Buy

    This Irish singer and multi-instrumentalist has the sort of swooping voice that could quiver at several paces. A lot of this short album contains nice traditional folk sounds backed by the lauded Peter Broderick but it’s when she stretches out to ‘Astral Weeks’ style sprawling jazz textures that the magic starts happening.


    LAPS

    Who Me?

    (MIC)

    Listen / Buy

    OK, cheating slightly, as this 5-tracker is more EP than mini-LP, but who cares? Golden Teacher’s Lady Two Collars and Sue Zuki from Organs Of Love unite as LAPS (aka Ladies as Pimps) for an anarchic slice of Glaswegian attitude, soaked in dubbed-out post-punk and industrial dancefloor machinations. While the heavyweight analogue production will appeal to fans of Optimo, Trevor Jackson et al. there’s a more soulful quality to the record driven by the pair’s lush vocal interplay, from the dread RnB of ‘Ode To Daughter’ to the clipped euphoria of ‘Lady Bug.’ Check out their recent VF mix paying tribute to Cosey Fanni Tutti too.


    Kendrick Lamar
    DAMN.
    (TDE, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope)

    Listen / Buy

    The vinyl release may not have dropped quite yet, but King Kendrick’s latest still qualifies, because, how could it not? There’s little more to add to the discussion at this stage, especially in under 100 words, but it’s safe to say this will go down as another classic, more varied in style and attitude than To Pimp A Butterfly, but no less urgent. Battle cry ‘DNA’ and the Steve Lacey collab on ‘Pride’ are our personal stand-outs. Do your future self a favour and pre-order this on vinyl, so that when it arrives you’ve got no excuses not to revisit it again.


    Yazz Ahmed
    La Saboteuse
    (Naim records)

    Listen / Buy

    This new record from British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed was one of the great surprises of 2017 so far, a controlled and unpretentious jazz album that puts Ahmed front and centre of the UK’s young jazz scene. Synthesizing eastern themes with funk-laced Return To Forever fusion and spacious, almost soundtrack-esque modes La Saboteuse adds a mystic depth to the contemporary conversation. For more context, read Yazz Ahmed’s urgent editorial on the challenges facing women in jazz today here.


    Laurel Halo
    Dust
    (Hyperdub)

    Listen / Buy

    The freshest entry into this list, sneaking in even ahead of our weekly 10 best lists, Laurel Halo follows up 2013’s Chance Of Rain for her third and most accomplished album for Hyperdub. Returning in part to her treatment of the human voice from debut LP Quarantine, Dust has an almost virtuoso quality, tip-toeing light-footed across avant-garde incantations (‘Arschkreicher’), buoyant pop fragments (‘Moontalk’) and estranged RnB (‘Jelly’). Refusing to settle, Dust already feels like one of the more ambitious records of 2017.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (10th April)

    By | April 10, 2017

    Arca, Future Islands and more.

    Such was the offering of new albums this week that we’ve had to bend the rules slightly. In the singles bin are two overgrown reissues that could just pass for extended EPs in the form of library legend Alessandro Alessandroni’s Afro Voodoo and a stunning new collection of Congolese electronics from Denis Mpunga & Paul K. on Music From Memory.

    For the albums proper, we’ve got heavy hitters from Arca, who delivers his finest work to date, and Future Islands, with further choice for all moods provided by Mastodon, Happyness and A Vision of Panorama.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond with help from Norman Records. 5 singles and 5 LPs every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


    Singles


    Amor

    Paradise / Love In An Arc

    (Night School)

    Listen / Buy

    The ever amazing Night School label strike a rich disco vein with this debut release from Amor – a band made up of Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler, Michael Francis Duch And Paul Thomson. Think Liquid Liquid on 99 Records if they both came from Glasgow. It’s got the sonic magic of that great city through both 13+ minute tracks on the 12″, which search, build and break like the era’s great extended disco mixes.


    Alessandro Alessandroni

    Afro Discoteca

    (Four Flies)

    Listen / Buy

    Four Flies don the safari gear for an expedition into the extensive vaults of Italian Library titan Alessandro Alessandroni, weaving their way through filmic jazz and experimental whistles to find a long forgotten tape titled Afro Discoteca. Restoring the recordings to their former brilliance, the label treat us to four tracks of unreleased Alessandroni inspired by African rhythms, primal grooves and the Mediterranean club scene of the late ’70s. Already causing a stir amongst the European DJ elite, this is essential listening for anyone of a cosmic complexion or Balearic bent.


    Denis Mpunga and Paul K.

    Criola

    (Music from Memory)

    Listen / Buy

    Music from Memory have done us all a good turn here with this compilation that takes in a 1980-84 span of criminally under-heard works from the Congolese/ Belgian duo Denis Mpunga and Paul K. “African music born out of an industrial European landscape” is the label’s apt description and indeed this one manages to effortlessly merge Congolese percussive stylings and Soukous/ Highlife flavours with computerized drum machines and synths. This one’s not likely to venture too far from the stereo in the coming months, and indeed given the strength of the material within, and the interest in unearthing these kinds of formative cross-pollinations, it’s hard to believe these sounds are only just surfacing to a wider audience. Highly recommended.


    Coby Sey

    Whities 10

    (Whities)

    Listen / Buy

    Having collaborated with the likes of Mica Levi and Klein, as well as continually delivering the goods on NTS radio, this is the second solo outing for Coby Sey’s blend of sedated sound and textured rhythm, upping the format from his first 7” to this 10” on Whities. Channeling a host of styles into the mix but managing to twist their fabric and delivery away from the purely derivative, this one casts some familiarities anew, and is a keen statement of intent. Worth keeping an eye on all components here- artist and label alike.


    Baltic Fleet

    Black Lounge

    (Blow Up)

    Listen / Buy

    Baltic Fleet make discofied krautrock that will make your feet move. They blend squelchy synths with shards of guitar over The Fall style basslines resulting in concise and economical Neu! like trance rock that veers supremely confidently into the discotheque.


    LPs


    Future Islands

    The Far Field

    (4AD)

    Listen / Buy

    Off the back of the extraordinary and deferred breakthrough LP Singles, Future Islands fifth album captures a band in motion, both physically, from an unforgiving tour schedule, and spiritually, in coming to terms with such vastly magnified exposure. They are by no means the first to find looking up at the heights more comfortable than looking down from the summit, but it’s in this tension that singer Sam Herring finds inspiration. More wary but far from jaded, Herring’s deliberate articulations bellow with authority of a singer owning his role, at times a tortured post-punk icon, at others veering towards the grisly, bar-room soul that coloured his recent cameo on Badbadnotgood’s IV. As a collection of songs, The Far Field sets out its stall early and choses never to stray too far from its way, its aspect captured in an epithet from triumphant duet with Debby Harry ‘Shadows’: “A melody that trails and falls yet never fully blooms / Is it enough? Well is it for you?”


    Arca

    Arca

    (XL Recordings)

    Listen / Buy

    Arca returns with his third full-length LP and the first to expose his sheer and brittle voice to record. Vulnerable and controlled, the album begins with the elegiac ‘Piel’, his voice echoing tenderly within the cathedrals of sound Arca-the-producer is so adept at creating. The track points to a shifting relationship that the voice adds to Arca’s work, where his maximalist, claustrophobic sonic structures appear somehow more distant and spacious, as if allowing his voice to physically inhabit them. As grandiose as Björk’s Vulnicura, to which Arca contributed, and heaving with operatic melodrama, it’s an album that somehow makes everything which came before seem incomplete. A self-titled rebirth, it’s as if we’re finally being introduced to the real Arca.


    A Vision Of Panorama

    Castaway

    (Chit Chat)

    Listen / Buy

    Launching his lilo into the cool azure of the Mediterranean, A Vision Of Panorama heads across the sun-kissed waves in search of bold new horizons. Branching out a touch from his trademark Balearic boogie, the Russian producer embraces the sonic swelter and pulse-raising tempo of the golden age of Italian house to deliver a dreamy sophomore LP for the unstoppable Chit Chat. Pungent with sun tan lotion and alive with the chime and flutter of digital marimba and synthesized flute, Castaway should be the perfect soundtrack to the summer season.


    Mastodon

    Emperor Of Sand

    (Warners)

    Listen / Buy

    You just can’t ignore this. Atlanta’s finest strike back with album number eight and if this is as far as you go with metal then you really need go no further. It’s full of riffs, there seems to be an octopus playing drums and they even go all John Carpenter at one point. It’s heavy as shit, full of licks, full of hooks and shows quite plainly why Mastodon are the top of their game. Just check the opening of ‘Andromeda’…


    Happyness

    Write In

    (Moshi Moshi)

    Listen / Buy

    Ah happiness. I remember that. A few remnants of the feeling come back when listening to the second LP by these spirited college rockers. Write In takes the blueprint from their heavily ’90s inspired debut Weird Little Birthday and adds in more originality and loses the sprawl. Fun time slacker guitar music that veers all over the dial.

  • Arca announces self-titled album on XL Recordings

    By | February 22, 2017

    Hear the producer sing on the album’s opening track ‘Piel’.

    Arca has unveiled his self-titled third album which will be released this spring on XL Recordings.

    Arca follows 2015’s incredible Mutant and features the producer’s singing voice for the first time on a proper album. Hear it now on the arresting opener ‘Piel’.

    The producer provided a hint of a vocal direction on last year’s Entrañas mixtape which featured the producer singing on the final track ‘Sin Rumbo’, which appears as the centerpiece to Arca.

    With artwork by regular collaborator Jesse Kanda, you can pre-order your copy on gatefold single vinyl (with 12″ booklet) here ahead of its release on 7th April and see the tracklist below.

    Tracklist:

    01. Piel
    02. Anoche
    03. Saunter
    04. Urchin
    05. Reverie
    06. Castration
    07. Sin Rumbo
    08. Coraje
    09. Whip
    10. Desafío
    11. Fugaces
    12. Miel
    13. Child

  • Dean Blunt and Arca’s ‘Meditation’ to get 10″ vinyl release on Hyperdub

    By | December 23, 2015

    The digital-only collaboration comes to vinyl.

    Though we’re still waiting on a proper follow-up to last year’s brilliant Black Metal, Dean Blunt has nonetheless been very generous with releasing new music this year with much of it coming under his Babyfather moniker. Now one of his best tracks this year, the Arca collaboration ‘Meditation’ will receive a vinyl release via Hypderdub.

    The song is paired with an instrumental version on the B-side and you can pre-order it now via Rough Trade ahead of a January release and listen below. [via FACT]

  • The 10 most collectable records of 2014

    By | December 20, 2014

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    We begin our end of year review with a look at ten of the most collectable records of 2014.

    So what defines a collectable record? Well, in our opinion many things, and rather than ranked as a definitive countdown, the records in this list each provide an opportunity to discuss a little about what we understand as value, from both a collector’s and a listener’s point of view. Of course, collectable doesn’t always means valuable and it’s in this rupture that we’ve sought to place these ten records.

    A few points to consider: The first, perhaps most expedient, yet nevertheless obvious factor when talking about collectables is monetary value, both on release and then later on the second hand market. By definition, every release in this list has to have been released in 2014, meaning the time in which they have to accrue any additional monetary value is short.

    While there are many reasons for a record to go up in value, high demand and short supply will expedite this no end. However, not all collectable releases need be particularly limited, as Slint’s Spiderland box set proved this year, with over 3,000 copies in circulation still demanding close to £200 on Discogs from the band’s tireless cult following.

    Finally, there’s the question of organic versus manufactured value and the difference between records readily available for £10 on release and those whose distribution or exclusivity closely control the conditions of their value.

    With the following ten records we’ve attempted to select a cross-section of titles that explore these points in greater depth, where value, rarity and collectibility are not only measured by inflated second-hand price-tags.

    Check out more end of year lists here:

    The top 20 vinyl records sleeves of 2014
    The top 30 vinyl reissues of 2014
    The top 100 vinyl releases of 2014

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    Illustration by Petra Péterffy. See more of her work here.


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