On the albums front, we have a range of fresh titles across the musical spectrum. On the electronic side Loraine James navigates new sonic territory under her new Whatever The Weather alias, and boundary-pushing composer Caterina Barbieri explores new electronic landscapes on latest release Spirit Exit. Tirzah selects an array of artists to throw her kaleidoscopic second release in the wash via new remix album ‘Highgrade’. 700 Bliss (Moor Mother and DJ Haram) strike a balance between avant experimentalism and off-kilter club electronics on Nothing To Declare. Huerco S pivots away from mid-noughties ‘outsider’ house affiliations and matures with a highly praised album of deconstructivist electronics.
Shelley Parker’s first outing on Hypercolour bubbles with labyrinthine bass and breaks. T-Flex jumps from techno to jungle to hardcore on a fruitful rave endeavour, and Mike Paradinas revives his µ-Ziq moniker for a gallop through intricate and uplifting junglist rhythms. Dan Snaith reawakens the Daphni name for a brand new LP, and Kuedo resurfaces on Brainfeeder, ushering in a new sonic sweet spot between UK bass and synth-led electronics. yeule unveiled an LP of futuristic hyper-pop, and Maylee Todd articulates a novel strain of conceptual pop-R&B on Stones Throw.
Mysterious braindance artist Brainwaltzera finally emerges with ITSAME - a futuristic apparition formed of emotive electronica and jittery breaks, and RX-101 turns to the motor city for an album inspired by Detroit techno. Pye Corner Audio release audio from a headline performance at Sonic Cathedral’s 15th birthday party and Dopplereffekt return to Leisure System with their first album since 2017. Luke Vibert’s 18th(!) album ‘GRIT.’ features an arsenal of playful acid jams, snappy electro and house rhythms of the highest order.
In the field of indie The Smile (Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner) deliver a stunning debut of masterfully-crafted indie songwriting. Mercury Prize nominees Black Country, New Road showcase honed songwriting prowess with ‘Ants From Up There’.
Wu-Lu’s genre-defying beats quiver with homemade 90s grunge energy on innovative punk-rap LP LOGGERHEAD, meanwhile hip-hop experimentalists Model Home conjure a fresh slew of distorted beats on their second compilation for Disciples. Bristol-incubated SCALPING fold in techno, EBM, post-punk, and noise aesthetics to create their own wicked magic. Lastly reggae legend Horace Andy assembles an all-star cast from On-U Sound Records’ roster for Midnight Rocker, produced by legend Adrian Sherwood.
Singles include bass-tinged club excursions from Overmono, Ploy, Lone, Pessimist, TSVI & Loraine James, techno from Skee Mask, footwork from Jlin, new material from Burial and fresh drum and bass from Tim Reaper, Dwarde and SHERELLE. We have a Villalobos remix of tracks by the legendary Andrew Weatherall and Datassette and Luis (DJ Python alias) bring the braindance. There’s contemporary composition from Rupert Clervaux and a collaboration between The pale faced family on the hill and Oliver Coates. Additionally, there’s the latest Khruangbin & Leon Bridges collaboration, and a new EP from legend of metal, noise, industrial and everything in between - JK Flesh.
Compilations & reissues include many gems that have been unearthed from the back catalogues of Broadcast, David Toop, Coil, Zoviet France, Fennesz, Meitei, Alva Noto, Jan Jelinek (Farben), Bochum Welt, DJ Stingray 313, A Guy Called Gerald and Moodymann.