Release Date: 2nd July 2021
Foul Play is definitely a suitable title for this EP as Kessler has brought the big guns to the tea party for this one. Really getting to the heart of what Holding Hands is all about I love how straight up in the face these bangers are.
Expect a lot of gun fingers and shouts of “this one’s a stinky wiiiiiiinky” when these get dropped in the club. That’s probably the best way of describing the vibe here...
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All four tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...
a1. Kessler - Foul Play
a2. Kessler - Lotus
b1. Kessler - Hood Mentality
b2. Kessler - R2D2 On Crack
Release Date: 27th August 2021
Manchester UK’s Space Afrika make music of what they term “overlapping moments” – oblique mosaics of dialogue, rhythm, texture, and shadow, half-heard through a bus window on a rainy night. Honest Labour, the group's first full-length since 2020's landmark hybtwibt? (have you been through what i’ve been through?) mixtape, expands the project's palette with classical strings, shimmering guitar, and visionary vocal cameos, leaning further into their enigmatic fusion of ambient unrest and cosmic downtempo. It's a sound both fogged and fragmented, at the axis of song craft and sound design, born from and for the yearning solitudes of life under lockdown.
The album title is tiered, alluding to a legendary patriarch from co-founder Joshua Inyang's Nigerian family tree (who was lovingly called “Honest Labour” for his loyalty and resilience) as well as the nature of self-designated work, such as Space Afrika's music – a “labor of love” in its truest sense. With fellow co-founder Joshua Reid recently relocated to Berlin, the pair began sharing files last fall, piecing together poetic vignettes of looping haze and found sound, inspired by the notion of “records that leave an impression, and help the listener deal with their life.” As the isolation of Covid compounded with the worsening winter, the songs skewed increasingly introspective and emotive, reflecting a mood of dissipating futures and the infinite nocturnal unknown.
The artists cite two core motivations for Honest Labour: to transcend the sum of their influences, and “to show what we're capable of.” Both ambitions are entirely realized. The collection's 19 tracks flow with a synergy and sophistication as rare as they are radical, untethered to the dusty dub-techno templates of Space Afrika's early years. These are interstitial anthems, expressionistic and open-ended, delirious but deliberate, attuned to the drift and dreamstate of the present moment: “Ultimately this is an homage to U.K. energy, and an album about love and loss.
A2 Indigo Grit ft. guest
A3 Lose You Beau
A6 Preparing the Perfect Response ~
A7 Ny Interlude
A8 Rings ft. guest
A9 Noise Sweet
A10 B£E ft. Blackhaine
B1 Like Orchids
B2 Meet Me At Sachas
B3 U ft. kinseyLloyd
B5 Girl Scout Cookies ft. bianca scout
B6 Ladybird Drone
B7 With Your Touch
B8 Strength ft. LA Timpa
B9 Honest Labour ft. HforSpirit
Release Date: 11th June 2021
The Avalanches’ era defining debut album ‘Since I Left You’ has finally come of age. Now 20 years old, ‘Since I Left You’ gets a timely reissue along with an additional record of fifteen remixes from the likes of MF DOOM, Stereolab and Carl Craig. The Avalanches made ‘Since I Left You’ out of hundreds of vinyl samples, the grand finale and biggest climactic triumph of the Sampladelic Decade. Containing classic singles ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ and ’Since I Left You’, the reissue’s remixes give each track a new lease of life, while still maintaining the sunny disposition of the originals.
a1 Since I Left You
a2 Stay Another Season
a4 Two Hearts in 3/4 Time
b1 Avalanche Rock
b2 Flight Tonight
b3 Close to You
b4 Diners Only
b5 A Different Feeling
c2 Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
c3 Pablo's Cruise
c4 Frontier Psychiatrist
d2 Summer Crane
d3 Little Journey
d4 Live at Dominoes
d5 Extra Kings
e1 Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
e2 Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Edan Remix)
e3 Frontier Psychiatrist (Mario Caldato Jr's 85% Remix)
e4 Close To You (Sun Araw Remix)
f1 Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)
f2 Flight Tonight (Canyons Travel Agent Dub)
f3 Radio (Sinkane Remix)
g1 Since I Left You (Prince Paul Remix)
g2 Electricity (Harvey's Nightclub Re-edit)
g3 Summer Crane (Black Dice Remix)
g4 Extra Kings (Deakin Remix)
h1 Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (MF DOOM Remix)
h2 Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Dragged By Leon Vynehall)
h3 A Different Feeling (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Remix)
h4 Thank You Caroline (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Frontiers is the first compositional solo album from ALC-Angelos Liaros Copola creating a mesmerizing soundtrack by blending drone, ambient and dark electronics in a powerful pulsating narrative with a strong cinematic approach.
All compositions are structured based on four main instruments. Two analog synths, a Greek lyra string and an electric piano. Chord progressions constantly evoke turbulent emotions through the album from remote isolation to desperate sadness and warm cathartic crescendos full of hope.
Frontiers LP is a soundtrack collection of hidden gems and past unreleased archives of Angelos, also known for his industrial techno moniker Blakk Harbor.
8 tracks LP, total playing time 37:28 min.
1. ALC - Frontiers
2. ALC - Gaze Of The Sphinx
3. ALC - I Remember You Silent
4. ALC - Monochromatic Memories
5. ALC - Crossing Rivers (The Refugee Song)
6. ALC - Meteora
7. ALC - Vanishing Away
8. ALC - Hidden Paths
Release Date: 25th June 2021
From a stylistic perspective, all bets are off as modernist bass music bowls forward with its sights on the dance. Over the past three years, J-Shadow has embodied that ethic more than most with a hybridised flex snapping fluidly between lurid grime waveforms, rave-indebted structures and hi-tech sound design. A perfect fit for Sneaker Social Club’s own omnivorous tendencies, then.
Following drops on Super Hexagon, Nous, Comic Sans and Bun The Grid, Shadow lands on Sneaker Social with no less than six shellers packing a potency which has to be heard to be believed. Proceedings start off comparatively mellow with the atmospheric, vocal-laced ‘Fade’ – all cascading breaks and airy pads, before pivoting towards a kind of weightless style sprayed with blaster fire and dislocated snare rushes on ‘Kugelblitz (The Inescapable Rewarp)’. ‘Diffraction’ leans in on grime rudeness, albeit with a flamboyant twist up, before ‘Atlantis’ shakes up the B-side with an aquatic excursion into jungle territory clearly nodding to early Bukem. ‘Particle Horizon’ continues the uptempo charge, but straps starry-eyed arps to the barefaced breakbeat choppage with soul-quaking results. ‘Hibernation (Lumina Falls)’ acts as a kind of mood leveler to round out the EP, but even in these more patient moments the sound palette is vast and dynamic.
At every step, Shadow’s production prowess shines through in glorious technicolour, all shimmering surfaces and molten sonic matter. The degree of detail is frankly staggering, from cascading sample arrays to infinitesimal FX tweaks. His vibrant personality comes through whether he’s tearing it up at 160 or dropping the kicks out altogether, celebrating the eclecticism that embodies modern club music.
a1. J-Shadow - Fade
a2. J-Shadow - Kugelblitz (The Inescapable Rewarp)
a3. J-Shadow - Diffraction
b1. J-Shadow - Atlantis
b2. J-Shadow - Particle Horizon
b3. J-Shadow - Hibernation (Lumina Falls)
Release Date: 16th July 2021
Cignol has cemented himself as one of the brightest lights in the burgeoning nu-skool electro scene, here he debuts on UTTU with 4 tracks of expertly produced deep emotional electro vibes.
a1. Cignol - Future State
a2. Cignol - Between You And Me
b1. Cignol - Echus Chasma
b2. Cignol - Seasonal Flow
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Originally released on CD in 1999, Astral Industries present a first vinyl issue of Monolake’s much-loved Gobi, licensed from Imbalance Computer Music. Set to the backdrop of the Gobi desert in eastern Asia, two shimmering vistas plunge the listener into a vast and deeply hypnotic nocturnal soundscape. The perennial hiss and rattle of insects float along the fresh night air in soft waves. The desert thrives with quiet activity as a westerly wind skitters across moonlit dunes, granulated folds dancing like sheets of thin silk. Tectonic plates murmur beneath the shower of stars overhead, their millennial cycles whispering of aeons past. Vividly textured and enticingly synthetic in its sound design, Gobi succeeds as a stunning piece of minimalism.
a1. Side A
b1. Side B
Release Date: 25th June 2021
After taking over the globe with a career of offensive releases with the likes of Dirty Bird, Suara, Ovum, Pets, and his own Fantastic Voyage, global house slimeball Justin Jay gets yucky 4 childsplay with 6 nasty traXXX ranging from filthy techno and slimy acid electro to vulgar baltimore club.
a1. Justin Jay - Make It Bounce
a2. Justin Jay - Ugh ft Danny Goliger
a3. Justin Jay - Anytime I Want
b1. Justin Jay - Yucky
b2. Justin Jay - Check This Out ft Bad Boombox
b3. Justin Jay - Real$hit
Available: 29th July 2021
Constructed from a library of sounds collected by the artist in the rainforests of Borneo, Llyr’s debut album is an expansive documentation of natural beauty and human interference. Out July 29th on Max Cooper’s Mesh imprint, it is the first full-length album from the Berlin resident.
The result of painstakingly manipulating these recordings via a multitude of cutting edge production techniques, Biome is an expression of precarity and beauty. It invites the listener to be enveloped by Llyr’s augmented reality rendering of the tropical rainforest, one of the Earth’s most biodiverse and iconic biomes, and encourages them to consider our impact on the natural world.
Split into two sections - Pre-Anthropocene and Anthropocene - Biome tells its story with vast sonic ecosystems of molecular detail. Opening to the sounds of bird call, faint monkey hollers and the gentle crackling of mist-enshrouded trees, the album sets its tone with an archetypal impression of the jungle; one of instant familiarity. This is then expanded on across eight tracks, with the first four offering an abstract meditation on the marvels of nature, and the remainder of the album presenting a sonic vision of human interference - more chaotic and complicated than before.
Llyr’s recordings include signifiers of human presence left untouched as an integral part of the story, with natural phenomena manifesting in different ways on each track. The resulting creations are a testament to the inherent musicality of the natural world. ‘Courtship Signal’ uses a recording of frogs singing in Kubah National Park to map out the rhythms and pitches of its composition, reconstructing an exact structural replica of these mating calls before manipulating and recomposing. Elsewhere, ‘The Hawthorne Effect’ captures a swarm of insects engaging in a rare mating ritual, sampling both a collective hum and individual percussive moments to build an entire library of sound. Similarly, ‘Winged Chamber Music’ carves out a majestic sonic cave using recordings of water dripping and the chattering of bats pitched down to human hearing range. Having engaged wholeheartedly with these moments as they occurred, Llyr extracts themes and motifs with a sincere respect for their origins.
The first section is made in its entirety from Llyr’s own rainforest recordings with no use of drum machines, synths or samples. The recordings feature at every possible scale from macro to micro: unmodified binaural field recordings set the scene; granulated layers add pseudo-synthetic textural atmosphere; iteratively processed one-shots provide punctuation; and carefully designed custom instruments, forged from short fragments and cycles, express harmony and rhythm. The second half, heralding the arrival of humans, relaxes the rule book and a smattering of synthetic elements enter the fray to maximise visceral impact.
The resulting work is a debut album that considers extensive themes by weaving these rare recordings into a remarkably coherent sonic blueprint. Biome resonates as both an affecting listening experience and a thematic exploration of the changing world we inhabit.
A1. Refuge of Majesty
A2. Chorus of the Insects
A3. Winged Chamber Music
A4. Courtship Signal
B1. Intrusion #509
B2. The Hawthorne Effect
B3. Interject (feat. Private Agenda)
Release Date: 4th june 2021
Beto Beto is a new label from Bristol releasing house-centric uk inflected club and ambient music.
BETO01 is a hand stamped white label in the tried and tested format of the disco 12” single ~ two floor ready mixes of the title track Poliziotteschi (one club/one dub) and a weirdo left field bonus cut. The Chosen Mix offers bold smokey Chicago and Italo influenced techno whilst the Mirrors Mix is much more rooted in Bristol, with its sparse dubbed out structure, low tempo and trippy progression.
a1. The Beto Boys - Poliziotteschi (Chosen Mix)
a2. The Beto Boys - Long Distance
b1. The Beto Boys - Poliziotteschi (Mirror Mix)
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Acclaimed UK electronic musician Kevin Richard Martin (The Bug, King Midas Sound) releases a stunningly powerful rescore of Andrei Tarkovsky’s seminal 1972 movie Solaris on Phantom Limb.
The film is intense, psychologically devastating and bleakly compelling. Interweaving themes of love, horror, sorrow, nostalgia, memory and dystopia, Martin’s score expertly mirrors this expansive breadth of psychic weight, from existential dread to heartbreaking poignancy, with immense emotional gravity. Drawn to its “narrative struggle between organic, pastoral memories of a lost past, and the harsh, dystopian realities of a futuristic hell,” Martin employs atonal noise, simmering waves of distorted synthesis, undulating drones and otherworldly, astronomic sound-design to crushing effect. Subtly submerged recurring motifs - reflections of individual characters - rise and fall amidst the fog, occasionally illuminating the doom like motes of starlight, before settling back into the density of space.
1. Opening credits (theme for Kris. )
3. Concrete Tunnels
5. Together Again
6. In love with a ghost
9. Wife or Mother
10. Rejection of Earth
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Incienso is excited to announce ‘basement, etc…’, the debut album from Brooklyn producer downstairs J a.k.a. Josh Abramovici.
Combining elements of Trip-Hop, Acid House, Dub, Korg Triton timbres and a healthy dose of the most chilling beats of the ‘20s, J steps out into the world from down below with an entrancing set of seven songs that warmly elude to his previous releases under the aliases snacs and VOSE 106, but taken in new directions and heights - strangely familiar but fresh, friendly, and uniquely J…
a1. Three Times
a2. Solid Air City
a3. Soft Tissue
a4. Lab Rat Boogie
b2. Viewing Space
Release Date: 18th June 2021
In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand.”
It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (“Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970”), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as “archived magnetic recordings.” The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions.” And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.
Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards, which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers—“transcriptions” of an unknown author, slathered.
A1. Became Self Aware
A3. Electronic Rhythm Number Thirteen
A4. Theme Number Five
B1. Return To Synth Mountain
B3. Theme Sixty Eight
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Just a continuation of things that have been done before and that will be done in the future. The plan is that there is no plan and the story goes on! 18 tracks about distinct moods, patterns and the pure joy of creation itself.
A2. Stone Cold 369
B2. CZ3000 Dub
B3. DJ Camo Bro
C1. Collapse Casual
C2. Breathing Method
D1. Rio Dub
D2. Testo BC Mashup
D3. Dolan Tours
F1. Harrison Ford
F2. Pepper Boys
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Being somewhere, while being somewhere else
A place I look for in other places
A moment on repeat
I made this music as a way to hug myself
All music performed and written by Ulla E. Straus
A1. Aware Of Something
A2. Look Or Look Away
A3. Both Feelings
A4. Chest Of Drawers
B1. Something Inside My Body
B2. Clearly The Memory
B3. Far Away
B4. Somewhere Else
Available: 4th May 2021
*Strictly 1 per customer only - any multiple copies or orders will be cancelled and refunded*
‘A ceremony that invokes ancient spirits like the Dom & Roland productions, the early raw sound of RZA and the bleakness of the Birmingham techno scene in the 90's.
A cinematic trip of film noir aesthetics mixed with an eastern european sci fi sensibility.
Touch Of Evil meets Zulawski's On The Silver Globe.
Pessimist runs the voodoo down for the first time on Berceuse heroique and we are proud to release some of his most honest work.’
a1. Empty Words
a2. Nothing Positive
b1. Dem Control
b2. We Did It
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Cult UK producer Iglew returns with his highly anticipated sophomore record after a six year hiatus, finding a perfect home on Facta and K-LONE’s label, Wisdom Teeth.Iglew first burst through during the instrumental grime boom of the mid-‘10s, debuting on Mr Mitch’s Gobstopper imprint with the now-verified classic ‘Urban Myth’ EP. A run of massive edits, remixes, radio rips, plus a feature on legendary label Boxed followed -and then he went into hiding. Six years on, his follow-up EP expands and consolidates his sound into something truly unique anddistinct. Hiscentral talents -glacial synth work, timeless melodies, pristine sound design -are all on show here in abundance, but twisted to fit new, refreshed patterns and structures.
‘Caffeine Dream’ is mutant UK techno that offsets distorted bass and glitching synths against warm chords and a noodling melody. ‘Gold’ is cool and stepping, sitting somewhere between early Night Slugs and the refracted deep house of DJ Python. Title track ‘Light Armour’ is the EP’s understated climax -a lowlit and psychedelic take on modern pop, sounding something like a Charli XCX record A&R’d by the Freerotation crew. To close, ‘Microfunk Lament’ and ‘Hakwsworth Woods’ lean into microhouse and Reich-school minimalism, putting Iglew’s immense knack for melody and soul on full display.
a1. Caffeine Dream
b1. Light Armour
b2. Microfunk Lament
b3. Hawksworth Woods