Special Request Bedroom Tapes Bedroom Tapes is comprised solely of lost material from a recently discovered box of cassettes that emerged in the process of a house move. These tracks capture some of Paul Woolford's most wide-eyed and naïve creative impulses at a tender age. Seemingly lost forever, some were part of sessions that led to him being signed to now-defunct UK techno imprint Blue Basique. This is the first chapter in this archive and an intimate portrait of the artist at a key stage of his creative development. The tracks have been carefully mastered at Metropolis with a loving hand by Matt Colton who has been meticulous to retain their idiosyncrasies. Houndstooth CD | LP
Flame 2 Dive / Rain The Bug and Burial return as Flame 2, on The Bug's PRESSURE imprint. Following last year's instant sell out Flame 1 - 'Fog/Shrine' 12" on PRESSURE. Pressure 12"
Flowdan Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket’ is the new album from one of the founding members of UK Grime crew, infamous Roll Deep MC Flowdan. Flowdan’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ unites unforgettable characters in the grime scene today, linking both purists and its younger disciples. The legendary Plastician sits alongside newcomer Muszolini as Flowdan continues to work alongside key producers such as Footsie, Filthy Gears, Riddla and Maniac, bringing a hefty balance of body and weight to the Flowdan sound. Marc Veira, the man behind the Flowdan alias, grew up in London and the influence of the city is prominent throughout ‘Full Metal Jacket’. Lead single, “Welcome To London” tackles the daunting nature of the city; one that may seem welcoming and beautiful to tourists, but not to those who experience it in day to day life. Shining a dark light on his hometown, Flowdan explores the melting pot of London and the instincts that bring its diverse population together in tracks “Cash Flow” and “One Question”; “We might not always see or understand them, but everyone has pressures and because of this you must be versatile in order to survive”. “News At Ten feat. Irah” hones in on the exposure of this underbelly; whatever occurs, however big or small, it will be a newsworthy issue and you will hear about it. TRU THOUGHTS CD
Special Request Vortex Special Request returns from hibernation with four albums he made in his underpants. Of the new material, he tells us: "I had a right fucking doss making this. Fuck all that conceptual guff m888" Strictly bowel-evacuating bangers. Those of a nervous disposition should also watch out for incontinence. Many people think you can't do anything truly NEW in electronic music. Special request disagrees. He elaborates: "nah, that's bollocks" Upon playing some of the new tracks to a friend, the question "are u alright m8?" was asked. Now you, the avid listener, can answer for yourself. Houndstooth CD | LP
Girl Unit Song Feel UK mastermind Phil Gamble aka Girl Unit makes a powerful return with Song Feel, his debut full-length album and first release since 2012’s acclaimed EP Club Rez, featuring Kelela, Taliwhoah, Ms Boogie and more. An essential member of London’s eclectic Night Slugs camp, he’s back with a fully developed body of work featuring six key vocal collaborators. While still steeped in low-end pressure like his past work, Song Feel reaches toward a classic timelessness: time-honoured elements of production sit seamlessly alongside the most contemporary sounds, as Girl Unit densely layers radio gloss and big melodies over beats that take influence from a variety of Club and Pop sources. Since the start Girl Unit has always taken influence from pop, preferring to hear music with vocals both on and off the dancefloor. Here he has created a unique sonic environment for each of his collaborators to tell their story. The record opens with ‘WYWD’, featuring R&B iconoclast and long-time collaborator Kelela gliding over intimate street soul sonics and luminous funky leads. Next, a volatile West Coast bassline and stadium-size dancehall percussion guide British singer Taliwhoah through elegant synth washes on ‘Stuck’. On ‘Wreck’, Brooklyn rapper Ms Boogie spits hardcore verses that twist and turn along GU’s erratic lows, creepy atmospheres and drillin’ drums. ‘Pull Up’ featuring Tampa’s Thast delivering a menacing confrontational flow over gliding subs and eerie staccato. Los Angeleno Rush Davis sings metaphysical soul over a saccharine choir on the slow-burning ‘Evidence’. Lastly, London’s Brook Baili dances with big piano chords and jubilant basslines on the radio-ready swing of ’24 Hours’. Though Girl Unit gave his features free reign vocally, clear themes of changing relationships in a modern era emerge across Song Feel, lending the record a curiously frothy yet intimate sensation. In-between, blissfully stripped-down instrumental interludes bind everything together, giving the album’s host and creator some much-deserved solo time. Night Slugs LP
Ikonika Into U (Kaka Bootleg) Kaka's flip of a modern pop classic will have your brain erase the original and permanently overwrite it with this deep, powerful version. Night Slugs 12"
Burial Claustro / State Forest A new 12" single for 2019 from Burial on Hyperdub! 180g vinyl. "The extra-terrestrial keys that come in here link ‘Claustro’ to the revivalist rave aesthetic currently rife in UK club music, but when they’re deployed in Burial mode we find them to be haunted rather than exuberant." Things take a darker turn on the flip, as ‘State Forest’ heads “firmly back in the ambient drone territory" that has defined his more recent work. Hyperdub 12"