avant . leftfield . post-rock . drone . experimental


Following up one of the most truly obscure, cult electronica offerings to date, BYO-JO finally get round to dropping release no. 2, twenty four years later!! Somewhat of a golden treasure around these parts, BY01 - the "Space Disco EP" by Slow Rota and various artists fetches upwards of £80 if and when it surfaces 2nd hand. I think there MAY be a copy in Vinyl Exchange at the moment if you're lucky! Unheard through online platforms, googling the release's titles ain't gonna get you very far either... there's very few records left with so much mystery surrounding them!

Anyway, label owner and contributor, Andrew has been kind enough to bring forth the latest offering. Artist going under the name Caution! Horses. The vibe sees cushion soft electronics toying with cerebral drones and organic chimes. Recalling the childlike brilliance of fellow North West experimentalist, Solar Power Buddha whilst paying respect to industrial pioneers Chris & Cossy and their Throbbing Gristle moniker. There's more than a nod to Detroit techno and its futuristic slant; yet there's a primitive and simple beauty to the tracks displayed, shunning them from a particular chronology. Crowning glory for me is "Moment Is The Message", which sees hardwired, DIY electronix merged with splurging analogue phlegm and a Kraut-informed drum palette. "K-Balcony" is a shimmering, content and sublime number, unpacking your woes and strains on a white sandy beach as the waves lap around your ankles. Caution! Horses' skilled piano work rubs you up and down as a highly musical piece is rolled out effortlessly; bliss is the air and vigor on the horizon! "Every Cloud" concludes the breathtaking long player in a suitably otherworldly way; recalling the best bits of B12 and Model 500 as eerie atmospheres wash over rigid, mechanized beats. It's another stone cold epic addition into the annals of UK electronica and in particular the freeform and creative sprit of the North West. Stupendously limited and most recommended - get those skates on folks!


Matt says: A wonderful & completely under-the-radar offering of DIY electronix, forward-leaning techno and industralized utopia from local legend Andrew Odia. First release is one highly coveted and sought-after piece!


Ltd CD Info: Small repress run of this cult, North West techno classic.

Back in stock Cover of Siki by Singu.
Free your mind and float away, you’re now entering the mode of the Growing Bin. Hamburg’s centre for audio enlightenment is back with another sublime sensory experience, this time from the land of the rising sun.

Keen to get another stamp on his passport, Basso reached out to Japanese duo Singu, two open minded cats who just love to jam. Marrying Kiyo’s free drumming with Keta Ra’s melodic mastery of keyboard and guitar, the two-piece fuse free jazz, post-rock, kosmische and ambient into immersive and esoteric improvisations. Free from any compositional concerns, the Hiroshima outfit trade in energy, emotion and expression.

The frenetic percussion and ephemeral melodies of opener ‘Aurora Gate’ instantly transport you to the breathless churn of a Tokyo crossroads, where thousands of people rush by but you stand still in the eye of the storm. Though they may be explosive, the drums sit back in the mix, offering a soft intensity behind the shimmering wall of melody. A nimble and nuanced affair, ‘Bop’ brings rapid fire rhythm, slick syncopation and hypnotic piano refrains. Cool bass rolls along like KDJ’s ‘Rectify’, as Singu update the acid jazz template like Toshio Matsuura covering Carl Craig. Singu journey from far out to Furthur on Aside closer ‘Nagebu’, strapping in for psychedelic synth wig out which is heavy on the resonance and free on the filter.

Blooming out of the darkness on the B1, Basso favourite ‘Fazaria’ soothes and moves you with its twinkling keys, nebulous wave forms and delicate guitar, leaving you wide eyed in wonder as the drum fills burst like fireworks across a star-filled sky. ‘828’ sweeps into abstraction as Kiyo and Keta Ra combine snapping glitches and aquatic electronics with fractal guitar tones and woozy bass, pushing through a portal to see what’s beyond. An a-grade wall melter, this trip makes great use of tension as the crisp machine drums stand in sharp contrast to the whirring, blurring guitars. Finally ’44’ carries you home on a downbeat drift, a flawless fusion of buzzing electronics, misty pads and relentless percussion played with perfect poise. Turn on, tune in and trip out, Singu bring you music from the moment that you’ll love for a lifetime.


Patrick says: Japanese duo Singu perfectly capture the calm in the storm, a moment of presence amid the buzz of a busy city streets; headphones in, eyes down, the crowd a blur before you. Sit back and treat your ears as post rock, jazz, kosmische and Balearic collide into "Siki".

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