Paradise Cinema – Paradise Cinema [GONDLP040TG]

PARADISE CINEMA - Paradise Cinema

The multi-instrumentalist Jack Wyllie (Portico Quartet/Szun Waves) presents his new project Paradise Cinema. It was recorded in Dakar, Senegal in collaboration with mbalax percussionists Khadim Mbaye (saba drums) and Tons Sambe (tama drums). The impressionistic and dream-like quality of ‘Paradise Cinema’ is a stunningly effective realisation of Wyllie’s experience, in ahypnagogic state of aural consciousness. Atmospherically ‘Paradise Cinema’ is vaporous and enigmatic, but also percussive; existing in a paradoxical sound-space that’s amorphous,yet still purposeful, serene, but propulsive and aesthetically sharp. Khadim Mbaye and Tons Sambe, provide the rhythmic backbone of the record. There are traditional elements of mbalax rhythm, but it is often deconstructed or played at tempos outside of the tradition, so while it hints at a location it occupies a space outside of any specific region. ‘Paradise Cinema’ is also informed by notions of hauntology – a philosophical concept originating in the work of French philosopher Jacques Derrida– on possible futures that were never realised andhow directions taken in the past can haunt the present. On the album’s title Wyllie comments, ”there are a handful of old cinemas in Dakar – these big modernist buildings dotted around the city built around independence. They’re old and derelict now, but feel to me like monuments to that period, when the city was flooded with utopian ideas about its potential futures.” As such it sits closely to 4thworld music – situated in an imagined culture and time that never came to pass. And while it contains rhythmic references to Senegal it combines these elements with ambient and minimalist music to produce a sound that sits outside of any tradition.

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Paradise Cinema – Paradise Cinema [GONDLP040TG]

The Heliocentrics – Telemetric Sounds [MMS039]

HELIOCENTRICS, The - Telemetric Sounds

The Heliocentrics, the UK’s cosmic, psychedelic-funk ensemble issue their second album on maverick producer Madlib’s label, Madlib Invazion. Drawing equally from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone, the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, Pierre Henry’s turned-on musique concrète, and Can’s beat-heavy Krautrock, they have – regardless of the label on which they’ve released their music – pointed the way towards a brand new kind of psychedelia, one that could only come from a band of accomplished musicians who were also obsessive music fans. It’s only six months since The Heliocentrics released their last album, ‘Infinity of Now’, but boy how the world has changed since then. To reflect that, this new collection of songs is more intense, dark, paranoid, uncertain and, well, angry. It makes for a typically out there record that pulls together disparate worlds and defies familiar conventions. There are moments of sweetness and light such as “Space Cake” but also pixelated realms of jazz complexity that glisten and glean. This is an album that will lead you to strange, thought provoking places, but will also greatly reward any time you spend there.

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The Heliocentrics – Telemetric Sounds [MMS039]

NEP – Pop Not Pop (Songs For New Europe 1985-1989) [FOX005LP]

NEP - Pop Not Pop: Songs For New Europe 1985-1989

NEP was a loose multimedia collective formed in 1982 Zagreb, ex-Yugoslavia. The founder Dejan Krsic collaborated with various artists in a quest of re-thinking the stale concepts of art history, position of the author and the barriers between pop and elitist high culture. Heavily influenced by Walter Benjamin and Andy Warhol in theory and Brian Eno and Kraftwerk in music, Krsic created NEP as an umbrella term (meaning Nova Evropa or New Europe) of diverse rule-breaking activities, covering graphic design, music, photography, video, news-media and theoretical work. Musically NEP focused on experiments in ambient and tape-music, self-released and hard to find compilation tapes like “The Cassette Played Poptones” (1988). Deeply immersed in pop-culture, politics and art theory Krsic’s search for perfect pop music. For the first time Fox & His Friends team compiles best cuts from unreleased and rare NEP tapes, covering the period from 1985 to 1989 on POP NOT POP abum.

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VA – All Stars Vol.3 [FRV034]

HOLT, Daniel/GREY PEOPLE/SCANNOIR/NEGOCIUS MAN/SONS OF TRADERS - All Stars Vol 3

Frigio Allstars 3 comes from the murky underbelly of electronics, where the nights are long and the days are short. Ashen tones pricked with lighter shades, all smeared with attitude in this collection of underground tracks made for the underground. Daniel Holt dives deep into the darkness with the nine minute industrial throb of “Vaccuous Transient.” A stomping beat pierces sci-fi score synthlines in a track brimming with menace. Grey people debuts on Frigio with the grime smeared jack of “Bruxism.” The flip is all first timers to the Madrid label with Scannoir offering “De Panaesher.” Sitting somewhere between synth lament and uplifting wave, this track is a true modern classic from a member of the GOTT camp. Madrid’s very own Negocius Man follows with “101 Wars” a winding worming work of glazed electronics to kill any dance floor and the amazing finale, “The Smile Of The Body” coming care of Bari’s talent based in Berlin under the moniker of Sons Of Traders.

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VA – All Stars Vol.3 [FRV034]

Free Range – Camry Horses [OE005]

FREE RANGE - Camry Horses

Free Range are back with their second outing for Osàre editions. ‘Camry Horses’ is a mesmerising dive into the brutal pop-tinged electronics of the duo, taking the mutant surrealism of their first release on the label a step further. Deliciously droning, Matt Weiner and Ernestas Sadau warp melancholic synth over a stomping-techno pulse in ‘Jet Lag is Calling.’ ‘Thunder God’ predicts transmogrifying weather patterns, while ‘Liquid Latex’ casts a touch of dominatrix energy, all powered by hypnotic dancefloor occultism.

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Free Range – Camry Horses [OE005]

Maelstrom & Louisahhh – Ascender EP [DATO08]

MAELSTROM/LOUISAHHH - Ascender

French duo Maelstrom & Louisahhh, make their debut on Discos Atonicos with an excellent 3 tracker of metallic and twisted textures, riding between the electro and darkwave, backed with the pulses of EBM. An absolute weapon that comes with a heavy remix delivered by Snare-Master Cardopusher.

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Maelstrom & Louisahhh – Ascender EP [DATO08]

Pasiphae – Possessed Realms [PNKMN40]

PASIPHAE - Possessed Realms

Bearing the torch of a new generation West Coast artists, The Hague based Pasiphae comes through with a haunting four-tracker on Pinkman. Weaving the accents of horror with the ambience of hope, ‘Possessed Realms’ offers a trip through desolate terrains of restless minds. The haven of the night congregates the wrecked ones and hope tainted with misery turns the grimness into light. The idea of finding comfort and rejuvenation in the dark is liberated, opening broad horizons for creation. While our future might be uncertain, the present is ripe for Pasiphae.

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Pasiphae – Possessed Realms [PNKMN40]

Olivia – Dancing Snake [PNKMN39]

OLIVIA - Dancing Snake

Krakow based Olivia joins Pinkman with a modern twist on ancient charming practices. “Dancing Snake” takes you to a surging tomb rave in the heat of the desert. Your dehydrated soul will be satisfied by liquid notes of acid, while your mind is hypnotized by oriental melodies. Grubby rhythms and crunchy kicks reminisce about reality, making you wonder whether this all was just a lucid dream.

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Olivia – Dancing Snake [PNKMN39]

Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child? [BTL003]

BAM BAM - Where's Your Child? (reissue)

“Back to Life” presents its third installment repressing one of the best acid tracks ever produced, a must have for any collector: Bam Bam “Where’s your child?”, originally released on Westbrook Records in 1988 and licensed by Desire Records in the same year. Chris Westbrook needs no introduction: he is the sole owner of legendary Westbrook Records, always linked to the acid scene.

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Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child? [BTL003]

Silicon Scally – Dormant [CPU01011011]

SILICON SCALLY - Dormant

Silicon Scally is the most prolific of Finlow’s alias projects, and on Dormant, the third Silicon Scally release for Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit, Finlow constructs four pieces of thrillingly futuristic broken-beat electro. These tracks never stand still, their little cells of synth and percussion always evolving. When combined with some stomping drum programming, the final result is an EP which has that rare balance of endless danceability and genuinely innovative production. It’s the sound of a master creator letting loose while also managing to keep everything in the pocket, a marvel of moving parts.

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Silicon Scally – Dormant [CPU01011011]

Turk Turkleton – Hive Mind EP [LOP13]

TURK TURKELTON - Hive Mind

Back in December 2019, Lunar Orbiter Program added Turk Turkleton to its roster via a fine split EP. Now they’ve given the mysterious artist a chance to shine via a debut solo EP. It’s a quietly impressive affair containing four fine cuts, all of which boast stupendously sturdy drums and tons of intergalactic electronics. Our pick of a very strong bunch is ‘Rock It’, a throbbing peak-time workout smothered in undulating acid lines and razor-sharp electronic riffs. That said, there’s plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP, including chunky, funk-fuelled opener ‘Safe’ and rumbling Drexciya-esque closing cut ‘X-Statione’.

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Turk Turkleton – Hive Mind EP [LOP13]

Kraftwerk – Tour De France [0190295272104]

KRAFTWERK - Tour De France (Special Edition) (reissue)

The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century.  Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

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Kraftwerk – Tour De France [0190295272104]

Kraftwerk – The Mix [0190295272128]

KRAFTWERK - The Mix (Special Edition) (reissue)

The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

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Kraftwerk – The Mix [0190295272128]

Kraftwerk – Computer World [0190295272302]

KRAFTWERK - Computer World (reissue)

The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

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Kraftwerk – Computer World [0190295272302]