MAGIC MIX

synthwave . electro-pop . alt-R&B . minimal wave

WEEK STARTING 29 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of Inji by LA Priest.
‘Inji’ is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest.

Across its 10 audaciously imaginative tracks, ‘Inji’ reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and willfully absurd spirit of his previous band, the beloved Late Of The Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and composition.

From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of ‘Oino’, the maddeningly catchy digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the turn of the year, to ‘Learning To Love’, the record’s gargantuan, eight minute long prog-house centrepiece and ‘Occasion’, a melting Martian Prince come-on, ‘Inji’ confounds and delights in equal measure and at every turn.


FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: Limited edition indies only GREEN VINYL edition. Gatefold sleeve with poster + mini booklet.

DFA is proud to release a long-gestating 12” single of wild interprations of Eric Copeland’s 2013 album “Joke In The Hole”. The Black Dice member received universal acclaim for the record, “Fringe though Copeland may be, this album is a serious coup for DFA—he walks the line between complete nuttiness and outright accessibility, and ends up with one of his best records to date.” (XLR8R) Starting us off is Panda Bear, who adds his trademark falsetto vocals and shuffling percussion, sweetening Eric’s black coffee beats. DFA’s own sonic collagist Larry Gus blends Eric’s mumbled vocals with bright percussion and a vocoded male choir, among many other audio dalliances. Meanwhile, Hyperdub’s Fhloston Paradigm (AKA King Britt) takes aim with his laser cannons, firing volleys at unrelenting waves of marching alien armies, before being swallowed up in a solar flare. Finally, Anthony Naples (Text Records, Trilogy Tapes) brings it back to the club with snaps, claps, and hi-hats, but it sounds like you left ‘em out in the rear window of your car on a sunny day. You know what we mean.

Limited editon of 1000 hand-stamped and numbered copies, assembled at DFA in NYC.

“It’s tempting to take the record’s relentless affability with a grain of salt, but Copeland seems genuinely eager to please, and Joke in the Hole really is fun to listen to.” XLR8R

“Joke In The Hole is a step forward for Copeland, as his murky mess of clumsy samples is gradually beign transformed into actual songs.” - The Quietus”

“...The result is music every bit as unclassifiable and singular as that on an Black Dice album, but which is characterised by the same playfulness that drives AC.” – Fact Magazine


Back in stock Cover of In Colour by Jamie XX.
Jamie xx releases his debut album 'In Colour' on Young Turks. The 11 track LP includes previous releases ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ as well as forthcoming single ‘Loud Places’, which features vocals from Romy Madley Croft.

The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.

Back in stock Cover of In Colour - Deluxe Triple Vinyl Edition by Jamie XX.
This Deluxe LP is a limited edition triple LP, cut at 45rpm on coloured vinyl and including two exclusive instrumentals. 

Jamie xx releases his debut album 'In Colour' on Young Turks. The 11 track LP includes previous releases ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ as well as forthcoming single ‘Loud Places’, which features vocals from Romy Madley Croft.

The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.

Lapsley

Station / Painter (Valentine)

Over the course of the past year, fast-emerging singer, songwriter and producer Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher has become one of the most hotly tipped new UK artists around.

The Southport, England-raised artist has created a unique sonic identity, mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting.

On 'Station' you might be checking the credits to see who the male voice is, but actually Låpsley duets with herself, pitching one half of her vocals down to a male timbre. Both vocals entwine to create an intimate feel to the song. 

“I knew when I finished writing ‘Station’ that this was what I wanted to sound like. I was still experimenting before, playing around with different beats, techniques and tempos” - Låplsey

Collecting Eddie Ruscha's cassette recordings over two compilation albums has been one of the highlights of the label, so it seemed right to hand over the choice tracks to a set of his contemporaries from the City of Angels. First up is rising star Suzanne Kraft. The alias of Diego Herrara, very much a young man to watch. With releases for Running Back, Young Adults and Noise In My Head, as well as possibly EP of the year already as Dude Energy, while holding down being a member of The Pharoahs (ESP Institute / Not Not Fun) and not forgetting, one half of Blase with Mr Ruscha himself, he's a busy man so getting this remix took some effort! However, it was all worth it, as Diego takes the crazy afro-stylings of "Afrobotics" and pulls it towards the danceflor, adding percussion and sirens, forging the originals vibes in to a ethno-beat club jam that is all about that heads down moment. Next up is the quirksum individuality of The Samps. The project of one of LAs fiest, but hidden musicians, Cole MGN. Working with Nite Jewel, Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct is cool enough, but his solo Samps project is another level, with a mind-altering exploration of funk warped electronics. Sure enough then, his take on "Shockers" is just that, a mash of beats, bass and sample cut ups. This is pyschedelic dance music for the mind. Flipping things completely is LA's Mr Funk himself, Tom Noble. Taking the laid back grooves of "Underdogs", Tom does his trademark good time, party vibes with a killer boogie style remix. Letting the groove do the work, keys and a good deal of wiggle just led it all ride home. Finally then is something Emotional Response is all about, highlighting producers the label is fans of, but letting them explore alternate spheres. While Cameron Stallones' Sun Araw project has become one of the names in modern psychedelic experimentation, little is known of the alter-ego Aristrocrat P. Child. With just one cassette of warped disco edits to his name, here he closes the EP with exactly that, a re-edit of cut up irreverance, twisted and looped to distraction - an ethereal experimental and modern musical genius...just like Mr Ruscha.

Throwing Shade

Fate Xclusive EP

Throwing Shade is rising London-based producer, DJ and NTS Radio presenter Nabihan Iqbal, who Dazed and Confused magazine have hailed her as “London’s new alt-pop hope”, received a 9/10 review from Mixmag for her debut EP 9/10, and charted in The Wire’s top 10 electronic releases of 2014.

Her second EP ‘Fate Xclusive’ effortlessly covers ground between seductive downbeat pop (lead single ’Honeytrap’, vocalled by Emily Bee), pulsing club (‘4eva Fate’) and contemporary leftfield electronic music (‘Mirror’). All bear the rainbow fingerprints of her signature kaleidoscopic production style.

The EP release sees her poised to build on a busy last 18 months and reach a wider audience. October 2013 saw her debut release – ‘Mystic Places’ - on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint. In May 2014 she released the ’19 Jewels’ EP on No Pain In Pop, and followed up with the ‘Chancer / Blanx’ 12” on the dancefloor label Happy Skull. She was commissioned by the Tate Britain gallery in November 2014 to compose a piece of music for the Turner Prize.

Her productions are often described as “cosmic r&b” and “digital soul”. Drawing in iridescent strains of popular music – from African and Asian modes, to the grime-y axis of London’s contemporary sound narrative – Throwing Shade creates a diverse and abstract sound patchwork, intangibly borne in the here-and-now. 

The first release from the new Malka Tuti record label introduces us to Xen, a multi-talented multi-cultural singer, artist and designer from Tel Aviv. For her debut EP she went into the studio with the Red Axes lads to produce two original tracks for the A-side as well as two different versions on the B-side. After already collaborating with them on their track "This is It" for a Correspondant records compliation on 2014, this time she takes a step froward and really brings out her post-cold-wave-some-wave attitude and delivers two psychedelic oddball pop tracks, highly influenced by German krautrock as well as British and French post-punk and late 80s Israeli new-wave. The deadpan fuzz of "Bells" wouldn't sound out of place on Trevor Jackson's "Metal Dance" compilations while "All Of The Sun" is the moody, broody and spiky sound we all love early Celluloid records for. 
On the B-side Red Axes take to the controls to deliver a dubbed out dancefloor killer topped with layered, echo-drenched xylophone and serrated guitars. Speaking of dub, the "Voodoo" mix of "All Of The Sun" sounds like a brain-melting studio soundclash between Adrian Sherwood and Benga, rounding the package off in terrifying fashion.

Various Artists

Peru Boom - Bass, Bleeps And Bumps From Peru's Electronic Underground

This bass heavy and potent collection features the key Peruvian producers and DJs that have helped build Lima’s reputation as ‘jewel in the crown’ of South America’s rave and party scenes. Tropical bass artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Chakruna, Animal Chuki and Deltatron have long been guided by the roots of chicha and Peruvian cumbia. This sees them reshape and digitally render the original sounds fashioning new cuts inspired by dubstep, techno, trap, grime, house and electronica all aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Detroit has techno, Chicago has house, and Peru’s DJs and producers consider Lima as the home of tropical bass. A global and amorphous style of music that has producers, DJs and flag-bearers from various corners of the world from South Africa and Angola’s Kudoro scenes to the Baile Funk parties of Brazil, international DJs like Diplo, Switch and labels like Mad Decent have long been absorbing and redefining the sound.

Electronic music made in Peru is often influenced by the national music style, cumbia, a slow and syncopated style of music full of complex rhythms. Lima is the central meeting point for all of Peru’s Andean, African and European cultures and this is reflected by the varied music blaring out from speakers around the city. With an admirable respect for labels like Infopesa, the most influential label in ‘60s & ‘70s Peru for chicha and Peruvian Cumbia, the artists of today bring traditional and once popular sounds bang up to date, creating a new history influenced by urban Lima.



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