Welcome to the Bleep Weekly Roundup, our guide to the best new releases. Our album of the week is from Com Truise, a new collection of rare unreleased tracks and hidden gems in his signature retro synth-wave style. Our EP of the week is from the legendary Forgemasters, an unreleased cut by the outfit who kick started Warp records in 1988 - remastered and now featuring 3 remixes from Luca Lozano, 96 Back and John Shima as well as liner notes from Jane Fitz.
This week we announced our Albums of The Year, check out our list below featuring exclusive formats and bonus material. Alongside this we started the annual advent series with exclusive releases from Laraaji and Sarah Davachi so far - be sure to sign up for daily updates on the forthcoming drops!
Elsewhere we have Moving Shadow's new label Over/Shadow dropping unreleased material from Blame, an exclusive pressing of Indio’s classic self titled release from 99’, an intoxicating new album from Shackleton’s project Tunes Of Negation featuring Heather Leigh, the Dinamplatz label brings together junglism, acid house, machine-funk and ambient techno and Vegyn’s label PLZ Make It Ruins release an LP of 40 locked grooves from the likes of Arca, Blood Orange, Duval Timothy, Loraine James, Mica Levi and many more.
Downloads this week include the second instalment from Aleksi Perälä’s Colundi compilation series, live material from Nils Frahm, one of our favourite labels this year Nous’Klaer Audio select some of their finest from the past months and a set of remixes from the Keleketla! and Coldcut project featuring the likes of Skee Mask, Machinedrum and DJ Stingray.
Album of the Week
Com Truise – In Decay, Too
Finishing off a year of top-shelf releases on Ghostly International, Com Truise is back with his signature sound of retro electronics on In Decay, Too.
More eagle-eyed fans will notice that the title of this record links it to In Decay, the 2012 compilation which brought together early Com Truise rarities with tracks from his Komputer Kasts series. In Decay, Too is no different - the sources of these tracks range from Soundcloud uploads to pieces made for Adult Swim’s Singles Club (‘Galactic Melt’).
Given the disparate array of sources, it’s remarkable how distinctive and uniform In Decay, Too is. Since emerging in the early 2010s, Com Truise mastermind Seth Haley has wowed with the project’s hypnagogic take on synth music. In this regard the tracks here are no different - all are vivid, 80s-indebted electronic compositions.
Single / EP of the Week
Forgemasters – Skies Over Sheffield EP
This one goes way back. Winston Hazel, Sean Maher and Rob Gordon aka Forgemasters rose to fame in the acid world off the back of their iconic ‘Track With No Name’, Warp’s first ever release in 1988. Shortly after, ‘Skies Over Sheffield’ was recorded, but never saw the light of day. Seven Hills finally put it out, and not a second too late. The track is an acid jam of the highest order, full of bilious bass and breaks, as fresh as it would’ve been in the early 1990s. Keeping the Sheffield dream alive, this disc also comes loaded with remixes by Luca Lozano, 96 Back and John Shima.