DMX Krew Stellar Gateway Five tracks of beautifully honed, acid-laced electro from Ed Upton, aka DMX Krew, who continues to be an unstoppable musical force. To pick out two tracks, Opening Statement, unsurprisingly the first track on the EP is a complex beast, with pulsing layers of sounds and beautiful melody. Stellar Gateway, the title track kicks off the B Side, evoking an cosmic trip, with Ed channelling his inner Space Odyssey 200. Ultimately, this EP showcases what you already know, that Acid doesn't need to be in yer face –it can creep up quietly, but still whisk you away to the dancefloor. Byrd Out 12"
Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine (10th Anniversary) 10th Anniversary Edition available on 'Desert Sun' coloured vinyl. Columbia, South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick (aka Toro y Moi) rose to the fore of the music blogosphere in summer 2009 when he and a few peers made their hazy bedroom recordings the most talked-about sound of the season. Critics across the board took notice of the range of his compositions, and his debut album, Causers of This, showcased his ability to make elements of Brian Wilson’s pop, 80s R&B, and Stone’s Throw hip hop coalesce into a distinct sound that’s as suitable for a dancefloor as it is a pair of headphones. When Chaz first signed to Carpark Records, the plan was to release two records in 2010 — one electronic and one with live instrumentation — and although it didn’t quite fit into the same calendar year as his debut, Underneath the Pine is that latter offering. This release sees him following the same creative urges to completely different ends. Having spent the year listening to film composers like Ennio Morricone and Franc?ois de Roubaix, Bundick returned to his home in Columbia, the birthplace of many Toro tracks of yore, to bring his new ideas to fruition. The result of these sessions is an album evocative of R. Stevie Moore’s homespun ruminations, David Axelrod’s sonic scope, Steve Reichian piano phrasing, and the pervasive funk of his first record. Underneath the Pine announces a new phase for an artist whose talent defies classification. Carpark Records LP Pre-Order
Pet Shop Boys Introspective Introspective has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide to date and was the first to feature production by Trevor Horn, whose lavish orchestrations marked a new sonic direction for PSB. Introspective also saw Pet Shop Boys introduce a new approach to the format of an album and its respective singles: each of the 6 tracks on the album’s original track-listing is over six minutes in length, and they were later edited to fit the more traditional format of a seven-inch single. This Catalogue re-issue features with the newly-remastered original album. CD | LP
Alex Somers Siblings 2 A new full length album from the acclaimed composer and producer Alex Somers, you'll recognise some of his work from the scores from Black Mirror, Captain Fantastic, Taylor Swift's Miss Americana, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth and far more, as well as collaborations with Sigur Ros. Musician, composer, producer and visual artist Alex Somers releases his debut albums Siblings and Siblings 2 on March 19th 2021. Two double albums housed in a beautiful single sleeves Siblings and Siblings 2 have been a long time coming being primarily written between 2014-2016. Siblings and Siblings 2 have 13 hauntingly beautiful, impressionistic tracks apiece, the records draw on the composer’s main musical interests - film composition, ambient, post-classical, post-rock and electronica - combining grandeur and intimacy, broad brushstrokes and subtle detail, minimalism and maximalism. Krunk LP Pre-Order
Alex Somers Siblings A new full length album from the acclaimed composer and producer Alex Somers, you'll recognise some of his work from the scores from Black Mirror, Captain Fantastic, Taylor Swift's Miss Americana, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth and far more, as well as collaborations with Sigur Ros. Musician, composer, producer and visual artist Alex Somers releases his debut albums Siblings and Siblings 2 on March 19th 2021. Two double albums housed in a beautiful single sleeves Siblings and Siblings 2 have been a long time coming being primarily written between 2014-2016. Siblings and Siblings 2 have 13 hauntingly beautiful, impressionistic tracks apiece, the records draw on the composer’s main musical interests - film composition, ambient, post-classical, post-rock and electronica - combining grandeur and intimacy, broad brushstrokes and subtle detail, minimalism and maximalism. Krunk LP Pre-Order
Mort Garson MOTHER EARTH'S PLANTASIA (AUDIOPHILE EDITION) Before Brian Eno did it, Mort Garson was making discreet music. Julliard-educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored the 1969 moon-landing and plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell's By the Time I Get to Phoenix. In the mid-1970s, a force of nature swept across the continental United States, cutting across all strata of race and class, rooting in our minds, our homes, our culture. It wasn’t The Exorcist, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, or even bell-bottoms, but instead a book called The Secret Life of Plants. The work of occultist / former OSS agent Peter Tompkins and former CIA agent / dowsing enthusiast Christopher Bird, the books shot up the bestseller charts and spread like kudzu across the landscape, becoming a phenomenon. Seemingly overnight, the indoor plant business was in full bloom and photosynthetic eukaryotes of every genus were hanging off walls, lording over bookshelves, and basking on sunny window ledges. The science behind Secret Life was specious: plants can hear our prayers, they’re lie detectors, they’re telepathic, able to predict natural disasters and receive signals from distant galaxies. But that didn’t stop millions from buying and nurturing their new plants. Perhaps the craziest claim of the book was that plants also dug music. And whether you purchased a snake plant, asparagus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (or bought a Simmons mattress from Sears), you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for them. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants…and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog. Plants date back from the dawn of time, but apparently they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson. Few characters in early electronic music can be both fearless pioneers and cheesy trend-chasers, but Garson embraced both extremes, and has been unheralded as a result. SACRED BONES LP
Iglooghost Lei Line Eon Double LP is on 'transparent marbled' coloured vinyl. The second album from experimental electronic producer Iglooghost, following on from Neo Wax Bloom. Energised, fantastical, unique and definitely a little bit bonkers. If you're into the likes of Flying Lotus then check this out. Lei Line Eon - written and produced entirely by Iglooghost is the creative polymath's follow up to his breakthrough debut album Ne? Wax Bloom. The sophomore album is a product of Iglooghost integrating a lost tradition he has spent his time researching called Lei Music with the laptop music he is known for. The performance of Lei Music has extraordinary effects and whilst there is no clear explanation of why - some believe it could be related to a variety of properties unique to Dorset. Lei Line Eon features collaborations with LOLA and BABii, the latter who he has worked with alongside Kai Whiston collectively as 'Gloo' - creating clothing, club nights and strange online artefacts. Speaking on the album Iglooghost says “I wrote Lei Line Eon after studying my hometown’s secretive tradition of Lei Music - a mysterious subgenre that summons floating lifeforms. I wanted to make a slow-motion squelching giga-detailed opus that smells like granite & perfume.” Gloo LP Pre-Order
Leon Vynehall Rare, Forever Following on from his critically acclaimed debut full legnth Nothing Is Still, Leon Vynehall brings his second album Rare, Forever. Here he showcases all the strings to his bow—creating music that’s borderless and unbound—alongside artwork by Eric Timothy Carlson (Grammy nominated for his work with Bon Iver). ‘Rare, Forever’ is a beautiful marriage of everything he's done so far while remaining genuinely progressive; the end result sounding like ‘Nothing Is Still’ but with the narrative toned down, and the dancefloor dialled up. The album follows his winter 2020 ‘A Little More Liquid’ performance—the stunning audio-visual exploration/livestream project (and live follow up to his sold-out “Nothing Is Still” residencies in London and New York)—that Vynehall collaborated on with Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson and which served to introduce some of the ‘Rare, Forever’ album materials and themes Ninja Tune CD | LP Pre-Order