Boys And Diamonds LP+CD
This is the debut full-length album by Rainbow Arabia. Averse to any easy classification, Rainbow Arabia's continent-trekking, kaleidoscope pop is rooted in no particular time or place, employing modern technological processes to an array of musical cultures and eras. The Los Angeles duo began with the purchase of a Lebanese Casio that played microtonal scales and Eastern beats, with which they quickly recorded their propulsive first EP, The Basta, synthesizing bossa nova and industrial post-punk with heavy Middle Eastern vibes. Digging deeper for inspiration from the worldly found sounds of Sublime Frequencies compilations, their follow-up EP, Kabukimono, expanded the color palette of their "fourth world" pop with dark, Arabic disco-dancehall jams sitting alongside sunnier moments with Caribbean and African flourishes. Rather than restricting themselves to the expanse and musical artifacts of Earth alone, Danny and Tiffany Preston recalibrate their focus, aiming their sights upwards into outer space. Nearly a year in the making, Boys And Diamonds is a stunning journey that not only marries East with West but also the past with the future. Immediately, you can hear some familiar elements found in their previous releases: Danny's asymmetrical tribal beats and lysergic pads, Tiffany's labyrinthine fretwork and tick-tock vocal swagger. But you'll also notice: the hooks are stickier and more confident, the rhythms are sturdier, and the production is lusher, even astral, giving the songs more space to breathe. Boys And Diamonds is unmistakably a pop album but also one that comfortably fits in with Kompakt's long-standing lineage of genre-refracting releases. You will be hard-pressed to find another record that cohesively brings to mind Siouxsie rubbing elbows with Shabba Ranks, Giorgio Moroder sipping daiquiris in Bali, Desmond Dekker envisioned through skittering footwork, Tom Tom Club sitting in with Congotronics, even early Madonna produced by Chris and Cosey. Unlikely as all of that sounds, Rainbow Arabia makes it sound easy. Drummer/producer extraordinaire Butchy Fuego (Pit Er Pat, Boredoms, MIA) contributes arrangements and beats in places, and Icy Demons' Dylan Ryan plays on the percussion-heavy island shuffle "Nothin Gonna Be Undone." The album was mixed at the wonderful Hobby Shop studios in L.A. by Mudrock, who also adds some final production touches on the record.
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Honest Jon's Records
Top of Form Two brilliant Shackleton tracks with remixes by T++ and Baron Mordant. On "Fireworks," the mood is malevolent with synth shrapnel crisscrossing a stately, choral progression. T++'s remix enacts a rhythmic necromancy, its brittle, emaciated breakbeats shunting forward ravenously. "Undeadman" raises "Deadman." Midi signals from the original were sent to synths; sounds and effects were recorded separately and rearranged. Mordant Music re-fashions it into an epic of bad-trip kosmische. Designed by Will Bankhead, the sleeve layers different Zeke Clough artworks, in spot UV varnish.
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MDR 7 12"
Marcel Dettman Records
"Raw killer techno."
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Extrakt EP 12"
The Extrakt EP captures the latest state of Elektro Guzzi's incredible live sound, recorded in London with the outstanding capabilities of Brendon "Octave" Harding, the trusted engineer of dub legend Lee "Scratch" Perry, and mixed by mega-producer Patrick Pulsinger. The four cuts capture Elektro Guzzi's raw side, turning out dark, sexy grooves with an almost indie edge -- probably their most danceable and DJ-friendly studio material to date -- specifically produced for the vinyl format.
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Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance 12”
Omar S starts 2011 in fine form with this absolutely incredible track. This is up there with the likes of Psychotic Photosynthesis. One sided release. Check!
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JEFF MILLS: The Beatmaster 12”
BLACK ART MUSIC ft. BLAKE BAXTER: Afro Acid 12”
PROTECT-U: World Music 12”
ROYAL T: Orangeade 12”
MARTINEZ: Mzuzu 12"
VA: Warehouse Vol. 1 12"
DANIEL STEFANIK: Nocturnal 12"
SOUND OF THE ENDERS: Chapter 1: Lloyd 12"
JAMIE ANDERSON & OWAIN K: Without Sound 12"
CAMARA & BUSTLER/HIDENOBU ITO: When The Night Falls/Come (feat. Anna Yamada) 10"
FIAKUN TEAM: Around Your Neck 12"
TOM CLARK & BENNO BLOME: Falling 12”
SHACKLETON: Deadman 12"
KASBAH ZOO: Palabras 12"
MARCIN CZUBALA: Stay Close 12"
ROLAND APPEL: Fleurs Du Mal 12"
HENRY & LOUIS (FEAT. PACEY): Everyman Different (Mungo's Hi Fi Rmx) 12"
RODRIGUEZ, ROBERTO: Manolesque EP 12"
WILL SAUL & TAM COOPER: Hi-Lo/Room In Your Heart 2x12"
SCIENCE/VON D: Motion Tween EP 12"
BRUCH & JUNIOR: Runway To Kenia 12”
FUSED FORCES: K-Hole/Who U Dealing With 12"
JONA: Air EP 12"
BRANDT BRAUER FRICK: Corky 12"
MIHALIS SAFRAS VS. PASCAL MOLLIN: Jaws EP 12"
LIVIO & ROBY: Moduri EP 12"