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Ben Böhmer

Bloom

    Ben Bohmer is a man compelled - a composer and producer who constantly seeks to give life to new ideas through his music. His new album 'Bloom' is a reset, a confident reassertion of his own desires and more improvisational origins. It’s a bold swathe of styles and tempos that earlier tracks in his career feel like breadcrumbs to. In 'Bloom', we hear and feel Ben’s growth, the joyful pursuit of newness that obsessively pulls him back to the studio day after day, season after season. It features exciting collaborations with Lykke Li, Oh Wonder, Enfante Sauvage (one half of The Blaze), Erin LeCount, Malou, JONAH and Max Milner.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Martin
    2. Hiding (feat. Lykke Li)
    3. Best Life (feat. JONAH)
    4. Memory Cassettes
    5. Beautiful (feat. Malou)
    6. Faithless (feat. Erin LeCount)
    7. Rust
    8. Evermore (feat. Enfant Sauvage)
    9. Rain (feat. Max Milner)
    10. The Sun (feat. Oh Wonder)
    11. Blossoms

    TSHA

    Sad Girl

      TSHA returns to Ninja Tune with her eclectic sophomore album 'Sad Girl'. Her most danceable work to date, 'Sad Girl' sees TSHA explore genres, finding joy in hedonism and escapism whilst also addressing difficult feelings and revelling in the sadness. Featuring a host of talented artists including Dan Whitlam, Caroline Byrne, Rose Gray, Master Peace and more, TSHA also lends her own vocal talents to 'Sad Girl'. 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Sad Girl (feat. Dan Whitlam)
      2. Girls (feat. Rose Gray)
      3. In The Night
      4. Can’t Dance (feat. Master Peace)
      5. Green
      6. Sweet Devotion (feat. Caroline Byrne)
      7. Lonely Girl
      8. In Bloom (feat. Abi Flynn)
      9. Azaleas (feat. Ingrid Witt)
      10. Take
      11. Drive (feat. Ingrid Witt)
      12. Fight

      Nilüfer Yanya

      My Method Actor

        One of the most exciting musicians today, Nilüfer Yanya returns with a brand new studio album ‘My Method Actor’ set to release Sept 13th via Ninja Tune. With a unique blend of soulful melodies, indie rock grit, and jazz influences, Yanya’s music continues to captivate audiences worldwide. The new body of work being a development and evolution from her previous sound. Her first album ‘Miss Universe’ and its 2022 follow-up ‘Painless’ cemented her as one to watch and a staple in the indie scene, lauded by critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Since her debut, she has performed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Later with Jools Holland and NPR’s legendary Tiny Desk.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Keep On Dancing
        2. Like I Say (I Runaway)
        3. Method Actor
        4. Binding
        5. Mutations
        6. Ready For Sun (touch)
        7. Call It Love
        8. Faith’s Late
        9. Made Out Of Memory
        10. Just A Western
        11. Wingspan

        Floating Points

        Cascade

          Cascade pushes Floating Points’ sound forward into new places. The eight songs here are allowed to smoulder and spark for up to eight minutes at a time, allowing for more expansive exploration of sounds and grooves than before.

          A subtle homage to his hometown of Manchester ripples across Cascade. “Afflecks Palace” an enveloping glide of harp melodies overtaken by otherworldly bleeps and beeps, named after a Mancunian market described as an “emporium of eclecticism.” Elsewhere, there’s ‘Key 103’, named after “an underground Manchester radio station a young Sam Shepherd would listen to “religiously”.

          Almost a decade on since Elaenia, his revered debut album, the composer has discovered ways to thread his experiments outside of club music seamlessly into his music designed for the dancefloor.

          Recommended if you like… Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Caribou, DJ Koze.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Vocoder [Club Mix]
          2. Key103
          3. Birth4000
          4. Del Oro
          5. Fast Forward
          6. Ocotillo
          7. Afflecks Palace
          8. Tilt Shift
          9. Ablaze 

          Blockhead

          Music By Cavelight - 20th Anniversary Edition

            Music by Cavelight is the first solo studio album by American hip hop producer Blockhead. It was originally released on Ninja Tune in 2004. An album of sample-heavy collages, the music ranges from Kid Koala-like humuor ('Intro: Hello Popartz') to more moody soundscapes ('You’ve Got Maelstrom' or the martial 'Sunday Séance'). Blockhead carefully merges tonal qualities, like the sad strings and funk bass of 'Carnivores Unite' or the outer-space zither of 'Jet Son'.This version includes bonus Aesop RockInstrumentals, plus previously unreleased Lost Files ‘99-’03.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Hello Popartz
            2. You've Got Maelstrom
            3. Carnivores Unite
            4. Insomniac Olympics
            5. Sunday Seance
            6. A Better Place
            7. Road Rage Breakdown
            8. Triptych Pt. 1
            9. Triptych Pt. 2
            10. Jet Son
            11. Jet Son
            12. Music By Cavelight
            13. Breath And Start
            14. Bullfight In Ireland
            15. Beef & Brocs
            16. Uplifting Corn
            17. Need A Tissue
            18. Okay Alright
            19. Dead Or Alive
            20. Checkers
            21. Marvelous
            22. Graveyard Hunt
            23. Another Time
            24. Dreamtime
            25. Organic Beef
            26. Spy Games
            27. Bloop Bloop
            28. Happy Baby
            29. P's Joint
            30. Space Disco
            31. Summertime
            32. Hawkeye
            33. Sing Along

            Tycho

            Infinite Health

              Ninja Tune is pleased to announce Tycho’s latest album Infinite Health, the long-awaited follow-up to the accompanying pair of Weather and Simulcast. The Grammy-nominated producer Scott Hansen, AKA Tycho, has carved a distinct niche for his hypnotic blend of lush synths, atmospheric soundscapes and intricate melodies.

              Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and frequent tour collaborator Zac Brown both joined Tycho to co-produce Infinite Health, with Chris also lending his mixing talents for the album.

              TRACK LISTING

              1.Consciousness Felt
              2.Phantom
              3.Restraint
              4.Devices
              5.Infinite Health
              6.Green
              7.DX Odyssey
              8.Totem
              9.Epilogue

              Ebbb

              All At Once

                Newly signed to Ninja Tune without having released a single track. This five-track EP marks Ebbb’s first output. Emerging from the vibrant, avant-garde London live scene that spawned black midi and Black Country New Road – and despite being together for barely a year – the band have already landed on something truly singular. Fusing pulsing rhythms, immersive electronic production, sparkling melodies, layered vocal harmonies and beats that veer from ambient to industrial, the result is an idiosyncratic hybrid of sounds. One that the group describes as “Brian Wilson meets Death Grips”. But while the EP might be experimental, loose and unpredictable, it’s also deeply considered, taut, and absolutely flab-free.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Himmel
                2. Answered
                3. Swarm
                4. Torn
                5. Seamlessly

                Salute

                True Magic

                  Manchester-based producer salute makes vibrant, heart-on-sleeve electronic music,blending ecstatic and melancholy feelings.

                  Equally comfortable with using samples and original vocals, their tracks draw fromvarious styles of bass music.

                  Early material such as 2015’s ‘Gold Rush’ EP and 2016 mini-album, ‘My Heart’,blended R&B and hip-hop elements with production inspired by artists like HudsonMohawke and Rustie.

                  After the artist relocated from Vienna to England, subsequent releases like the‘Condition’ trilogy and 2023’s ‘Shield EP’ have been more exuberant and clubfriendly, and more overtly inspired by UK garage and future house. 

                  Taking a more collaborative approach, the new album features vocals and productionfrom a groundbreaking array of artists, such as Rina Sawayama, piri, Empress Of, Disclosure, Karma Kid, Sam Gellaitry, Léa Sean, LEILAH and Nakamura Minami.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Start
                  Saving Flowers (with Rina Sawayama)
                  Reason (with Karma Kid)
                  Lift Off! (with Disclosure)
                  Maybe It's U (with Sam Gellaitry)
                  Go! (with Á

                  Glass Beams

                  Mahal

                    The genesis of Glass Beams, which formed around founding member Rajan Silva, stemmed from the rekindling of childhood memories related to his father, who emigrated to Melbourne from India in the late 1970s. Silva, in particular, was drawn to the fusion of Western musical styles and traditional Indian music showcased in his father's music collection. Iconic Bollywood vocalists such as Asha Bhosle coexisted with blues legends like Muddy Waters and DVDs like 'Concert for George'—a star-studded tribute to the late Beatles member George Harrison—were in heavy rotation growing up. This cross-pollination of East and West, of old and new, is a sentiment that the trio have sought to capture in their self-produced, serpentine, psychedelic-tinged music. Throughout their output, Glass Beams present a timeless fusion of cultures and sounds beamed through a prism of live instrumentation and DIY electronica, all wrapped up in a mesmerising visual world of their own creation.

                    Recommended if you like… Khruangbin, Tame Impala, Altın Gün, SAULT, Yussef Dayes, Surprise Chef, Ezra Collective.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Horizon
                    A2. Mahal
                    A3. Orb
                    B1. Snake Oil
                    B2. Black Sand

                    Metronomy

                    Posse EP Volume 2

                      Following on from the recently released limited edition “Nice Town” 12”, celebrating the legendary Metronomy’s signing to Ninja Tune, the band bring the second chapter in their Posse EP series out on Friday 12th July. The Posse EP series, where Metronomy invite a hand-picked selection of rising talent to collaborate, Posse EP Volume 2 expands on the series, including the previously released “Nice Town”, a collaboration with Pan Amsterdam.

                      The first Posse EP came out in 2021, and featured the likes of Biig Piig, Spill Tab, Sorry, Brian Nasty and Folly Group. The lead single from the EP, “405”, has since become one of Metronomy’s biggest tracks with more than 15M streams on Spotify alone.

                      Volume 2 sees Joseph Mount continue to flaunt his tastemaker talents, showcasing the likes of Nourished by Time, Lynks, Miki, Master Peace, Faux Real, TaliaBle, SPIDER, as well as Naima Bock and Joshua Idehen, who join him on new single “With Balance”, which will be released alongside the EP’s announcement.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Nice Town - Metronomy X Pan Amsterdam
                      A2. With Balance - Metronomy X Naima Bock X Joshua Idehen
                      A3. Contact High - Metronomy X Miki X Faux Real

                      B1. My Love - Metronomy X Nourished By Time
                      B2. Typical - Metronomy X Lynks X SPIDER X Master Peace X TaliaBle

                      Floating Points

                      Del Oror

                        Following the crunchy, gnarled, all-out energy of last year's smash single 'Birth4000'; 'Del Oro' ebbs and flows, twinkling with vintage Floating Points nostalgia before pulling the rug and locking in to a head-down, dancefloor packing groove.

                        Hiatus Kaiyote

                        Love Heart Cheat Code

                          'Love Heart Cheat Code' is a snapshot of four musicians dancing together on the edge, 11 playful, exuberant tracks that shine light. Yet, for a band that made a name for itself with its complexity and received critical praise and multiple Grammy nominations for their embrace of maximalism, one of the most striking things about Love Heart Cheat Code is its simplicity.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Hiatus Kaiyote have always been a pretty upbeat bunch, with Choose Your Weapon and Mood Valiant proving a big hit in the shop, but 'Love Heart Cheat Code' is the perfect summery distillation of their hazy, psychedelic sound.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Dreamboat
                          2. Telescope
                          3. Make Friends
                          4. BMO Is Beautiful (feat. BMO Of Adventure Time)
                          5. Everything's Beautiful
                          6. Dimitri
                          7. Longcat
                          8. How To Meet Yourself
                          9. Love Heart Cheat Code
                          10. Cinnamon Temple
                          11. White Rabbit

                          Elkka

                          Prism Of Pleasure

                            Bringing her debut album to Ninja Tune, rising DJ and producer Elkka presents Prism of Pleasure, an exploration of sensuality and queerness, and a celebration of pleasure in all its forms- sensual, sexual, aural, deprived, creative, painful, political, the list goes onit is this prism that acts as the lens through which Elkka sees the world.

                            Prism of Pleasure brings Elkka’s voice to the fore, with collaborations from John Carroll Kirby (Frank Ocean, Solange, Harry Styles), Dot Major (London Grammar) and additional writing/production from Tim Bran (Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue) and Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine & The Queens).

                            Elkka has engaged sex and sensuality expert Oli Lipski as a creative consultant in the project. The pair aim to share their research on the album themes though thinkpieces and features.

                            Gorgeous visuals for the album and accompanying live show delivered by prominent design studio DR.ME (Mick Jagger, Evian Christ, Ela Minus), whose work has been exhibited at the London V&A Museum and LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

                            Photography for the album was shot by Elkka’s long term creative partner, muse and wife Alexandra Lambert (Metronomy, Loraine James, Charlotte dos Santos).


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Break All My Walls Down
                            2. Right Here
                            3. Make Me
                            4. Crushhh (feat. John Carroll Kirby)
                            5. Air Tight (feat. Dot Major)
                            6. Your Skin
                            7. Passionfruit (feat. John Carroll Kirby)
                            8. I Just Want To Love You
                            9. Surrender2me
                            10. FCKD It

                            Amon Tobin

                            Permutation - 25 Year Anniversary Reissue

                              Amon Tobin’s critically acclaimed 3rd album, the modern classic Permutation
                              celebrates its 25th anniversary with this special edition, featuring a
                              revamped sleeve with a die-cut window on the front to view expanded inner
                              sleeve artwork by the original designer, the legendary Kevin Foakes AKA
                              Openmind. Originally released in 1998, Permutation showcases some of the
                              finest experimental breakbeats, injected with the pioneering Tobin’s
                              idiosyncratic sounds.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Sordid
                              A2. Bridge
                              A3. Like Regular Chickens
                              B1. Reanimator
                              B2. Fast Eddie
                              B3. Nova
                              C1. Escape
                              C2. Nightlife
                              C3. People Like Frank
                              D1. Sultan Drops
                              D2. Switch
                              D3. Toys
                              D4. Melody Infringement

                              Machinedrum

                              3FOR82

                                Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum reasserts his GOAT status with another brilliantly innovative album effortlessly traversing tempos and musical styles as only he can. “3FOR82” comprises 12 high-intensity, ruminative tracks that thread the needle between his past, present and future selves. His first studio album since 2020’s “A View of U”, “3FOR82” features an incredible cast of collaborators including Tinashe, Duckwrth, Mick Jenkins, Jesse Boykins III, KUČKA, AKTHESAVIOR, Tanerélle, deem spencer, Deniro Farrar and Topaz Jones.

                                Between drum & bass, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, dazzling beat switches and a singular ear for sonics, Machinedrum adopts a rich, prismatic approach to collaboration, building on the uptempo vocal manipulations that won him acclaim in electronic communities, notably on 2011’s breakout LP Room(s) and 2013 opus Vapor City.

                                Recommended if you like… Flume, Mura Masa, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Nia Archives


                                TRACK LISTING

                                Side A
                                A1. ORACLE (feat. Aja Monet)
                                A2. RESPEK (feat. Topaz Jones & Ezri)
                                A3. WEARY (feat. Mick Jenkins & Jesse Boykins III)
                                A4. H0N3Y
                                A5. HEAL (feat. AKTHESAVIOR & Deniro Farrar)
                                A6. ILIKEU (feat. Duckwrth)
                                Side B
                                B1. U_WANT (feat. KUČKA)
                                B2. BLESSD (feat. Deem Spencer)
                                B3. RISE (feat. ROZET)
                                B4. ZOOM (feat. Tinashe)
                                B5. KILL_U (feat. Tanerélle)
                                B6. GODOWN (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

                                I. JORDAN

                                I AM JORDAN

                                  Having amassed numerous accolades and achievements, the electrifying DJ and producer I. JORDAN (they/them) is set for a huge year with their debut album, I AM JORDAN, due for release on 10th May 2024. Thanks to this extraordinary forthcoming album, complemented by consistently breathtaking visuals and creative concepts, Jordan is poised to breakthrough to the mainstream in 2024. Championing trans and non-binary voices, they have enlisted Aries Moross as Creative Director (Kylie Minogue, Spice Girls), and track collaborators include rising stars such as DJ and producer TAAHLIAH, and the star of Sex Education, Felix Mufti.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. When Lights Flash
                                  2. Casino High
                                  3. Real Hot N Naughty
                                  4. The Countdown
                                  5. Butterlick
                                  6. Reification And Pathetic Fallacy
                                  7. People Want Nice Things
                                  8. Round N Round
                                  9. The Woodpecker
                                  10. 7 Degrees Of Despondent
                                  11. Close To You
                                  12. Rapt Finis

                                  Mr. Scruff

                                  Ninja Tuna - 2024 Reissue

                                    As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour.

                                    16 years since the release of his classic album “Ninja Tuna”, the record will be released for the first time on vinyl in the form of a deluxe 3LP black biovinyl housed in a greyboard gatefold sleeve and featuring infinity peelable tuna sticker on the cover.



                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Test The Sound (Extended Version)
                                    A2. Music Takes Me Up (with Alice Russell)
                                    A3. Donkey Ride (with Quantic)
                                    B1. Hairy Bumpercress
                                    B2. Whiplash
                                    B3. Nice Up The Function (with Roots Manuva)
                                    C1. Bang The Floor (with Danny Breaks)
                                    C2. Get On Down
                                    C3. Hold On (with Andreya Triana)
                                    D1. Give Up To Get
                                    D2. Kalimba
                                    D3. Zen (with Skuff & Inja)
                                    E1. This Way (with Pete Simpson)
                                    E2. Stockport Carnival
                                    E3. Fix That Speaker
                                    F1. Bunch Of Keys (LP Edit)
                                    F2. Rocking Chair
                                    F3. Nice Up The Function (Remix Instrumental)

                                    Metronomy are undoubtedly one of the defining alternative acts of the 21st Century, renowned for their perfectly crafted electronic pop songcraft and electric live shows, that has seen them dazzle audiences at festivals and headline stages across the world. After releasing album seven Small World in 2022, Metronomy are now beginning their next chapter as they sign to Ninja Tune in 2024.

                                    To celebrate the new relationship, their first offering from the label, “Nice Town”, will be released on a special limited edition vinyl - featuring the eclectic rapper, jazz musician and MD for Iggy Pop Pan Amsterdam, and including special remixes by Metronomy and Alain Ogue.

                                    It's not what I was expecting at all - an alluring, coastal shanti with breezy, optimistic vibes; that trumpet motif alone should be enough to keep you beaming for the entire day. And it's bossa nova drum palette (featured on the Metronomy remix) is a bright and funky direction towards movement. The electro beats and rap from Pan Amsterdam is laid back and charismatic - yes - everythings perfectly in place for an evergreen anthem that I reckon has enough legs to see it through to the end of the year lists. Perfect pop! 

                                    Flip side sees a more housey remix by Alain Ogue who swamps the trumpet motif in echo, gets busy on the filters, affects the vocal with a kinda AM radio distortion and generally makes the track available for your clued up London indie-dance crowd. Top stuff! 

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Matt says: Two truly infectious takes on one scrumptious trumpet theme. Guitar guitar licks, seaside organ, clever vocal. This has got has got HIT written all over it without being over in a flash.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Nice Town (Original)
                                    A2. Nice Town (Metronomy Remix)
                                    B1. Nice Town (Alain Ogue Remix)

                                    Ben Böhmer

                                    One Last Call

                                      Acclaimed Berlin based composer and producer Ben Böhmer announces his signing to Ninja Tune with the release of his cinematic new single, ‘One Last Call (feat. Felix Raphael)’.

                                      ‘One Last Call’, featuring Felix Raphael and co-written by Oh Wonder, marks Böhmer’s first release with Ninja Tune and arrives two years on from his critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Begin Again’.

                                      Teased to fans during his live sets over the past year, while playing to huge crowds around the world, including high profile festival slots at Glastonbury, Primavera Sound, Life is Beautiful, Awakenings, CRSSD, Lost Village, Lightning in a Bottle, Forbidden Fruit, Sziget and Pukkelpop.

                                      For fans of Bonobo, Elkka, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State.


                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. One Last Call (feat. Felix Raphael) [Extended]
                                      B1. One Last Call (feat. Felix Raphael) [Alternative Version]

                                      George Riley

                                      Un/limited Love

                                        London based singer and producer George Riley releases her ‘Un/Limited Love’ EP via Ninja Tune. Through a progressive sound that encapsulates soul, forward thinking electronics, ambience and so much more, Riley has, over the space of two critically acclaimed projects in ‘interest rates, a tape’ and ‘Running In Waves’, carved an abstract yet wholly relatable niche within London’s thriving music scene.

                                        The EP explores themes of agency and feeling in control, as well as Space, female archetypes, surrendering to something you can’t control, love and voyeurism.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Lust
                                        2. Skin
                                        3. Elixir
                                        4. Star
                                        5. S E X (Feat. Hudson Mohawke)
                                        6. Satisfy You 

                                        Actress

                                        LXXXVIII

                                          Actress (Darren Cunningham) — one of the preeminent and most singular voices in UK electronic music — returns with new album LXXXVIII. The conceptual groundwork for the coming album is built on a game of chess, each track named for a particular piece. With each thoughtful move the game grows and develops over time - something we can hear reflected throughout the album’ textured and delicate layers.

                                          The release follows 2022’s mesmerizing Dummy Corporation EP, which placed Actress firmly back in the center of underground club culture. Prior to that his 2020 album Karma & Desire — which saw guest collaborations from Mercury Prize winner Sampha, Zsela and Aura T-09 — received widespread acclaim, with The Guardian commenting the album “cements his place as one of the great poets of club culture”.

                                          First single “Push Power ( a 1 )” premiered this year on the iconic IICON stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival, with Actress playing straight after Four Tet. LXXXVIII arrives off the back of a recent live performance at Field Day in London, one of his largest live shows this year, where he showcased visuals from ‘Grey Interiors’ - an A/V project in collaboration with experimental creative studio Actual Objects, who’ve worked with the likes of ShyGirl, Kali Uchis, LSDXOXO and have presented work at Coachella and 180 The Strand’s Futureshock exhibition.

                                          John Cale recently invited Actress to collaborate on a track from his first album in 7 years, resulting in “MARILYN MONROE’S LEGS (beauty elsewhere)”.



                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Push Power ( A 1 )
                                          2. Hit That Spdiff ( B 8 )
                                          3. Azd Rain ( G 1 )
                                          4. Memory Haze ( C 1 )
                                          5. Game Over ( E 1 )
                                          6. Typewriter World ( C 8 )
                                          7. Its Me ( G 8 )
                                          8. Chill ( H 2 )
                                          9. Green Blue Amnesia Magic Haze ( D 7 )
                                          10. Oway ( F 7 )
                                          11. M2 ( F 8 )
                                          12. Azifiziks ( D 8 )
                                          13. Pluto ( A 2 )

                                          Floating Points

                                          Birth4000

                                            Crunchy, gnarled, all-out energy. The track has already had a lasting impact on the summer's dancefloors having been played out by Four Tet at his Finsbury Park headline show as well as gracing Arcadia’s industrial spider when played by Shepherd and Caribou b2b at this year’s Glastonbury, also appearing in festival sets from Peggy Gou, Ben UFO, Call Super, Palms Trax and more, as well as being the highlight of Shepherd's secret headline slot at this year's NTS summer party.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Floating Points gives gives The Chemical Brothers a run for the money when it comes to conjuring up cranium-bursting, stadium-slaying hits. Squealing, shuddering and juddering after an intro that'll have meeker ravers legging it for the back door. This one's bigger than an arctic truck!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Birth4000 (Extended)

                                            Sofia Kourtesis

                                            Madres

                                              Madres is, unsurprisingly, dedicated to Kourtesis' mother. More surprising though it is also dedicated to world-renowned neurosurgeon Peter Vajkoczy. The story of how a world-renowned neurosurgeon came to appear in the liner notes of this record is one of tenacity, miracles, all-consuming love and ultimately, of hope.

                                              When she began work on her debut, Kourtesis was seemingly unstoppable. A string of rapturously received EPs and singles made her one of the fastest rising stars in the electronic world and beyond.

                                              She has already graced the cover of Mixmag, released a brilliantly energetic and moving Resident Advisor ‘RA Session’, appeared on ‘End of Year’ lists from the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork, DJ Mag and Spotify (#6 Best Electronic Song) and played instant sell-out early shows at London’s Lafayette and Manchester’s YES as well as standout performances at Glastonbury, Green Man, Wide Awake and Primavera and tours supporting Caribou and Bicep.

                                              Recommended if you like… Daphni, Logic1000, TSHA, Joy Orbison, HAAi, Jacques Greene

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: A thoroughly captivating move through hazy lo-fi rave, rich rhythmic electronica and skittering IDM from Sofia Kourtesis and the ever-reliable electronic bastion Ninja Tune. It's beautifully produced, warmly dedicated and full of some of the most memorable electronic pieces i've heard in years. Superb.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Madres
                                              2. Si Te Portas Bonito
                                              3. Vajkoczy
                                              4. How Music Makes You Feel Better
                                              5. Habla Con Ella
                                              6. Funkhaus
                                              7. Moving Houses
                                              8. Estación Esperanza
                                              9. Cecilia
                                              10. El Carmen

                                              Elkka

                                              DJ Friendly

                                                Following the festival-circuit success of DJ Friendly, Elkka's new EP encompasses the whole spectrum of dancefloor emotion in a pumping love letter to the club. From tilted warpers to sultry club jams, the energetic collection is primed for heavy duty soundsystems.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. Babe
                                                A2. Thirsty
                                                B1. DJ Friendly
                                                B2. Make Me

                                                The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                Man With A Movie Camera - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                  Celebrating 20 years since the release of their incredible soundtrack to the experimental Soviet documentary film, ‘Man With A Movie Camera’, The Cinematic Orchestra reissue the album for the first time on 140g colour vinyl, in ashen and pewter grey.

                                                  When ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ was eventually recorded and released in 2003 to much acclaim, The Guardian said, “You can perform an autopsy on the jazz instruments, DJ Shadow-like grooves and repeating chord sequences, yet come away scratching your head as to how, in such simple combinations, they make such heartfelt music.”

                                                  For fans of Floating Points, Mica Levi, Miles Davis, Vangelis, Jóhann Jóhannsson, BADBADNOTGOOD.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. All That You Give (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                  A2. Burn Out
                                                  B1. Evolution (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                  B2. Man With The Movie Camera
                                                  C1. All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)
                                                  C2. Flite
                                                  D2. Everyday
                                                  E1. Oregon
                                                  E2. Horizon (feat. Niara Scarlett)
                                                  F1. Semblance
                                                  F2. Flite (Original Version)

                                                  Barry Can’t Swim’s highly anticipated debut album is finally here. Those who have liked Barry’s output to date will love this full length. It showcases both sides of his artistry - his ability to write dancefloor-ready party bangers and also his more downtempo, piano-led pieces. These two sides will also come to life throughout 2023 and beyond on stage, with a stacked diary of both traditional DJ shows and his very first full band live shows. Every album track was written and crafted with it’s position within the full length piece of work in mind - it’s an album designed as such, rather than a collection of songs thrown together.

                                                  Silky, airy, uplifting production which is sure to give you tingles and rushes of rose tinted nostalgia. The upfront production is paired with pop-like sensibilities and bucket loads of sentiment; delving into the vast tropes of electronic music that have preceded it whilst offering the listener something that is undeniably brand new and looking forwards. Incredible! 




                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: A gloriously fresh and fun new album that should appeal to fans of Real Lies, Avalanches, DJ Seinfeld, Ross From Friends and Anthony Szmierek. Album highlight for me, "Some Deadbeat Gospel" is an incredible piece - a epochal ode to night club culture from Somedeadbeat paired, skewed and twisted into BCS's bouncy synthetic house soundbed.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. When Will We Land?
                                                  2. Some Deadbeat Gospel (feat. Somedeadbeat)
                                                  3. Sonder
                                                  4. How It Feels
                                                  5. Sunsleeper
                                                  6. Woman
                                                  7. I Won’t Let You Down (feat Falle Nioke, Blackboxx)
                                                  8. Always Get Through To You
                                                  9. Tell Me What You Need (feat. Just Lil)
                                                  10. Dance Of The Crab
                                                  11. Define Dancing

                                                  Forest Swords

                                                  Bolted

                                                    Forest Swords (aka electronic producer/composer Matthew Barnes) returns. Having spent the past few years working as an in-demand composer and sound designer – writing music for ballet, film and video games – 'Bolted' was recorded over the last twelve months in Barnes’ home city of Liverpool. His ad hoc studio in a former vehicle and munitions factory (with connections to shadowy guerilla artists The KLF) became a gateway for him to explore, using a combination of hardware, software and tape machines to mould and sculpt a sound world for the album.

                                                    Across its 11 tracks he dives deeper into his unique sonic vocabulary (including personal samples of Neneh Cherry and the late Lee Scratch Perry) to weave together a set of tracks that sounds equally muscular and bleak, haunting and euphoric. While his previous album – the acclaimed 'Compassion' released in 2017 – saw Barnes toy with widescreen technicolour, the world of ‘Bolted’ is tightly wound, taught, with a sense of aching urgency like never before.

                                                    Recommended if you like… Aphex Twin, Björk, Oneohtrix Point Never, Andy Stott, Boards of Canada, Burial, Massive Attack.


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: Crystalline synth stabs and soaring melodies, gritty post-industrial soundscapes lightened with Barnes' unfaltering ear for sound. It's like OPN listened to a bit of yacht rock and fancied a few melodies amongst the clattering FM madness. Brilliant.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1. Munitions
                                                    2. Butterfly Effect
                                                    3. Rubble
                                                    4. Night Sculpture
                                                    5. Caged
                                                    6. Tar
                                                    Side B
                                                    1. The Low
                                                    2. Chain Link
                                                    3. Hjope
                                                    4. End
                                                    5. Line Gone Cold

                                                    Kid Koala

                                                    Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs - 2023 Reissue

                                                      Cult classic Some of my Best Friends are DJs is given a new lease of life on the 20th anniversary of release.

                                                      It's the Kid Koala you know and love, a turntablised soundtrack of more antics of the cranky and mysterious characters from Kid Koala's comic book land of Nufonia.”

                                                      Some of My Best Friends are DJs comes complete with the original 50-page comic book and mini chess game from the first pressing.

                                                      On original release, the album was supported by a cabaret-style tour known as “The Short Attention Span Theatre”, which featured 3 DJs on 8 turntables, a slide show and a bingo game among other quirky surprises.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Strat Hear
                                                      A2. Basin Street Blues
                                                      A3. Radio Nufonia
                                                      A4. Stompin At Le Savoi
                                                      A5. Space Cadet 2
                                                      A6. Grandmaphone Speaks
                                                      A7. Skanky Panky
                                                      A8. Flu Season
                                                      B1. Robochacha
                                                      B2. Elevator Hopper
                                                      B3. Annie's Parlor
                                                      B4. Bonus Materials: On The Set Of Fender Bender
                                                      B5. More Dance Music
                                                      B6. Vacation Island
                                                      B7. Negatron Speaks

                                                      Yeule

                                                      Softscars

                                                        Multi-dimensional artist and producer yeule announces their new album softscars arriving 22nd September via Ninja Tune. The album represents a new direction for yeule as they explore softer textures and disembodied arrangements that feature their ethereal vocals front and centre. The project closely examines the anatomy of their long held emotional wounds for their most vulnerable work yet.

                                                        The announcement follows their previous single “sulky baby" and their critically-acclaimed 2022 album Glitch Princess, which received a 'Best New Music' stamp from Pitchfork. yeule is a multifaceted artist across music and visual art. The yeule project was fabricated by Ćmiel to act as a portal or rift which allows them to communicate their art to the outside world, while still being protected within their inner shell. yeule was constructed as a manifesto of Ćmiel’s own identity, where they have always had access to multiple avatars and the freedom to change or contort at will — solace through embodying mutable, chameleon-like multiplicities.


                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Martin says: An unnervingly diverse selection of glitched-out electronics, roaring electro-punk and shimmering shoegaze atmospherics, ripped and scattered across the sound field. There are as many moments of tentative beauty as there are uncompromising walls of sound and pummelling syncopated electronics.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Side A:
                                                        X W X
                                                        Sulky Baby
                                                        Softscars
                                                        4ui12
                                                        Ghosts
                                                        Dazies

                                                        Side B:
                                                        Fish In The Pool
                                                        Software Update
                                                        Inferno
                                                        Bloodbunny
                                                        Cyber Meat
                                                        Aphex Twin Flame

                                                        Jaga Jazzist

                                                        The Stix - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                          "The Stix" combines the digital-dancefloor-jazz-jiggery-pokery of their debut with the energy and exuberance of their live shows. As well as the gentle flowing loose avant-jazz grooves of previous tracks, "The Stix" includes much more upbeat tracks that take 70s jazz-fusion and time changing jazz-rock as a starting point and add modern production techniques to create fresh new sounds.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side A
                                                          Kitty Wu
                                                          Day
                                                          Another Day
                                                          Side B
                                                          Suomi Finland
                                                          Aerial Bright Dark Round
                                                          Side C
                                                          Toxic Dart
                                                          I Could Have Killed Him In The Sauna
                                                          Doppelganger
                                                          Side D
                                                          Reminders
                                                          The Stix 

                                                          Róisín Murphy

                                                          Hit Parade

                                                            One of music’s most innovative artists, Queen of Electronic Music and the Avant-Garde, Róisín Murphy is back with a much anticipated new album - her sixth - in collaboration with the legendary producer DJ Koze. Hit Parade sees the idiosyncratic trailblazer masterfully spanning genres such as disco, soul, pop and house. Róisín Murphy is a multifaceted and Mercury nominated singer, songwriter, producer, fashion icon, creative director, podcast host and screen actor 

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. What Not To Do
                                                            2. CooCool
                                                            3. The Universe
                                                            4. Hurtz So Bad
                                                            5. The House
                                                            6. Spacetime
                                                            7. Fader
                                                            8. Free Will
                                                            9. You Knew
                                                            10. Can’t Replicate
                                                            11. Crazy Ants Reprise
                                                            12. Two Ways
                                                            13. Eureka

                                                            Bonobo

                                                            Dial M For Monkey - 2023 Repress

                                                              Twenty years since its original release, Ninja Tune reissue the critically acclaimed ‘Dial ‘M’ for Monkey’, the second studio album by Bonobo.

                                                              The album showcases Bonobo’s signature blend of downtempo electronic, trip-hop, jazz, and world music. It’s an album that gives clear indication of the type of sound that would soon make Bonobo a globally recognised name.

                                                              Over the years, ‘Dial ‘M’ for Monkey’ has remained a fanfavourite and a standout release in Bonobo’s now illustrated back catalogue.

                                                              For fans of Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Caribou, DJ Koze, Burial, Little Dragon.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Noctuary
                                                              2. Flutter
                                                              3. D Song
                                                              4. Change Down
                                                              5. Wayward Bob
                                                              6. Pick Up
                                                              7. Something (Longer) For Windy
                                                              8. Nothing Owed
                                                              9. Light Pattern
                                                              10. Pick Up (Four Tet Remix)
                                                              11. Behind The Light

                                                              Mr Scruff

                                                              Trouser Jazz - Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                Deluxe 20th anniversary edition of the classic Mr. Scruff album. 2LP (blue / red vinyl) with iconic artwork by Mr. Scruff & Airside plus infinity peelable trouser sticker on the cover to reveal silver and gold foiled 20th anniversary trousers. 

                                                                Our review from 2002
                                                                Brilliant and long awaited third LP from the Stockport man. It combines favourite Scruff flavours of quirky breaks ("Come On Grandad", "Champion Nibble"), funky hip hop ("Vibrate" with Braintax), soulful grooves ("Come Alive" with Niko) and sea shanty sillyness ("Ahoy There" is "Shanty Town" continued, even down to the Michael Aspel 'Ribena Sights & Sounds Of The Sea' samples) with added (nu) jazz stylings (loads of these tracks have been played by Gilles Peterson on his 'Worldwide' show). Check "Beyond" with Seaming To, or great intrumentals like "Giffin", "Shelf Wobbler", and "Sweet Smoke". All in all I think it's even better than its predecessor! Essential!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Here We Go
                                                                A2. Sweetsmoke
                                                                A3. Come Alive (feat. Niko)
                                                                A4. Shrimp
                                                                B1. Vibrate (feat. Braintax)
                                                                B2. Ug
                                                                B3. Shelf Wobbler
                                                                C1. Valley Of The Sausages (feat. Sneaky & Seaming To)
                                                                C2. Champion Nibble
                                                                C3. Come On Grandad
                                                                D1. Beyond (feat. Seaming To)
                                                                D2. Giffin
                                                                D3. Ahoy There!

                                                                Little Dragon

                                                                Slugs Of Love

                                                                  The iconic Swedish 4-piece Little Dragon – spearheaded by vocalist Yukimi Nagano – return with a new and utterly beguiling blend of avant pop on their album “Slugs of Love” on Ninja Tune, inviting outright legend Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and rapper JID (J Cole / Dreamville) for collabs. The universally loved (and Grammy-nominated) band paved the way for the likes of Billie Eilish, Steve Lacy, Solange and Kaytranada, setting the benchmark for electronic pop and inspiring the new generation to push boundaries and explore new sonic territories.

                                                                  Recommended if you like… Tame Impala, SAULT, Toro Y Moi, Gorillaz, Roisin Murphy

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Liam says: Funky and off-kilter return from avant-pop maestros Little Dragon, 'Slugs Of Love' is a proper infectious blend of chewy indie dance grooves and electro-pop - earworms (or should I say earslugs) galore!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Amöban
                                                                  A2. Frisco
                                                                  A3. Slugs Of Love
                                                                  A4. Disco Dangerous
                                                                  A5. Lily’s Call
                                                                  A6. Stay (feat. JID)
                                                                  B1. Gold
                                                                  B2. Kenneth
                                                                  B3. Glow (feat. Damon Albarn)
                                                                  B4. Tumbling Dice
                                                                  B5. Easy Falling

                                                                  King Geedorah

                                                                  Take Me To Your Leader - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                    King Geedorah is an alias of ex KMD man MF DOOM, who's mined a rich seam of cold war era B-movie synth sounds, heart wrenching soul strings and funk breaks for this excellent LP. He's also brought in a long list of leftfield MCs to guest here; Biolante, Gigan, Jet-Jaguar, Trunks, Rodan, Nassan Chop etc.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Fazers
                                                                    2. Fastlane (feat. Biolante)
                                                                    3. Krazy World (feat. Gian)
                                                                    4. The Final Hour (feat. MF DOOM)
                                                                    5. Monster Zero
                                                                    6. Next Levels (feat. Lil’ Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)
                                                                    7. No Snakes Alive (feat. Jet-Jaguar & Rodan)
                                                                    8. Anti-Matter (feat. MF DOOM & Mr Fantastik)
                                                                    9. Take Me To Your Leader
                                                                    10. Lockjaw (feat. Trunks)
                                                                    11. I Wonder (feat. Hassan Chop)
                                                                    12. One Smart Nigger
                                                                    13. The Fine Print

                                                                    Jayda G

                                                                    Guy

                                                                      Jayda G, the Grammy-nominated writer, producer, DJ, environmental toxicologist, campaigner and broadcaster, is returns with her new full length album, ‘Guy’.

                                                                      Co-produced with Jack Peñate (who has previously worked with the likes of SAULT, David Byrne and Adele), with contributions from Lisa-Kaindé Diaz (of Ibeyi), Ed Thomas (Stormzy, Nia Archives, Jorja Smith) and more.

                                                                      The new album brings Jayda’s own voice and words into focus across 13 tracks that draw on her House, Disco, RnB and Soul roots while emphasizing her pop songwriting sensibilities, interspersed with archival recordings of her late father made shortly before he passed away when Jayda was just 10 years old. They form the bedrock of the album’s narrative, capturing a small snapshot of the American experience, told through the eyes of a young African American man. 

                                                                      Despite the at times sombre nature of the source material, the album ultimately proves to be an uplifting and positive experience, both musically and from the message it delivers.

                                                                      For fans of Channel Tres, Moodymann, SAULT, The Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon, Roisin Murphy, PinkPantheress, Peggy Gou, DJ Koze, Anz, Little Dragon.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Intro
                                                                      Blue Lights
                                                                      Heads Or Tails
                                                                      Scars
                                                                      Interlude: I Got Tired Of
                                                                      Running
                                                                      Lonely Back In O
                                                                      Your Thoughts
                                                                      Interlude: It Was Beautiful
                                                                      Meant To Be
                                                                      Circle Back Around
                                                                      When She Dance
                                                                      Sapphires Of Gold
                                                                      15 Foot

                                                                      Nabihah Iqbal

                                                                      Dreamer

                                                                        Using broader concepts, ‘Dreamer’ is “more introspective, because it's about things that I’ve been through over the last few years,” she says. The album is an intimate journey through snapshots and memories of Nabihah’s life. Exploring personal identity and grief through the soft-focus lens of melancholy, the album is not one specific sound. Her left-field lo-fi aesthetic twirls itself throughout as she manages to skate between tracks without ever sounding disjointed. Apart from four of the songs which have live drums on them, Nabihah wrote, recorded and produced the album herself. Incorporating the harmonium and sitar in her music for the first time, instruments reflective of her Pakistani heritage, it’s Nabihah’s rawest and most personal work yet.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Mine says: Though not a million miles away sonically from her 2017 debut album ‘Weighing Of The Heart’, Nabihah Iqbal's second long player ‘DREAMER’ does sound like the London based musician, producer and DJ has taken on a new creative direction, deconstructing her trademark sound of electronic shoegaze and dreamy synth-pop into its core elements. While sounding more mature and confident than its predecessor, the record also shows more vulnerability, as if past struggles (among them stolen equipment and a family emergency during the pandemic) have left her visibly exposed. The ethereal, otherworldly opener “In Light” is followed by a catchy dream pop number, the aptly titled “Dreamer”, before “This World Couldn't See Us” introduces more electronic elements and spoken vocals without interrupting the sonic theme of melancholy that is undisputedly making its mark throughout the entire the album.

                                                                        ‘DREAMER’ sounds like it was written by someone who feels just as at home at an intimate gig as at a rave, but it manages to combine Iqbal's influences so effortlessly that the album flows and never strays from what it set out to do, despite featuring tracks as wildly different as the introspective, stripped back “Lilac Twilight”, the haunting, beatless “Sweet Emotion (Lost In Devotion)” and the anthemic, trance influenced “Sky River”; one of the songs on the album that showcases her love for dance music. Awash with ambient synth pads, reverb laden guitars, textured melodies and big beats, ‘DREAMER’ manages to please both stargazers and night-time ravers. A truly beautiful record by an artist who is at a creative peak in her career.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. In Light
                                                                        2. Dreamer
                                                                        3. This World Couldn’t See Us
                                                                        4. Sunflower
                                                                        5. Lilac Twilight
                                                                        6. Gentle Heart
                                                                        7. Sky River
                                                                        8. Sweet Emotion (Lost In Devotion)
                                                                        9. A Tender Victory
                                                                        10. Closer Lover

                                                                        Black Country, New Road

                                                                        Live At Bush Hall

                                                                          A brand new album of unreleased material from Black Country, New Road, recorded at the historic music venue Bush Hall, in London at a series of unique shows at the end of December 2022. Mixed by John Parish and mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road, the new album and material marks a new chapter for the band as a six-piece.

                                                                          Fresh from the success of ‘Ants From Up There’ and with a full touring schedule ahead of them in 2022, Black Country, New Road aka Lewis Evans, May Kershaw, Georgia Ellery, Luke Mark, Tyler Hyde and Charlie Wayne, wrote an entire new set of material to perform. Playing to swelling crowds at festivals, including triumphant performances at Primavera, Green Man and Fuji Rock, they entered a new musical phase as they navigated and developed songs that were just weeks old. They also toured the US and headlined two sold-out shows in New York.

                                                                          These new performances have seen the band garner widespread support from across the board with Rolling Stone UK describing their Green Man set as "unmissable", and the Guardian going on to say that they were "greeted by something close to rapture." These performances have also attracted a profile from the NY Times, multiple glowing live reviews, and a nomination for Best Live Performer at the AIM Independent Music Awards last year.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: The almighty BCNR return for a stylistically off-piste but unusually blistering selection of jagged arty rock and soaring instrumentals. Waves of crushing groove and soaring vocals, blasts of activity and languid lulls aplenty. It's a wonderfully weird concept, but it's perfectly executed by this hugely talented bunch.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A
                                                                          Up Song - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          The Boy - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          I Won’t Always Love You - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Across The Pond Friend - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Laughing Song - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Side B
                                                                          The Wrong Trousers - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Turbines/Pigs - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Dancers - Live At Bush Hall
                                                                          Up Song (Reprise) - Live At Bush Hall

                                                                          The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                                          Every Day - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                            20th Anniversary edition of the mind blowing second LP (i'm not including the remixes set) from J Swinscoe and Co. They're joined on three tracks by vocalists Fontella Bass and Roots Manuva, the other four are lush sweeping fusions of 70s style cosmic jazz, dreamy downbeat and nu-jazz. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            All That You Give (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                                            Burn Out
                                                                            Evolution (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                                            Man With The Movie Camera
                                                                            All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)
                                                                            Flite
                                                                            Everyday
                                                                            Oregon
                                                                            Horizon (feat. Niara Scarlett)
                                                                            Semblance
                                                                            Flite (Original Version)

                                                                            Young Fathers

                                                                            Heavy Heavy

                                                                              Young Fathers - Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and G. Hastings - announce details of their brand new album Heavy Heavy. Set for release on February 3rd 2023 via Ninja Tune, it’s the group’s fourth album and their first since 2018’s album Cocoa Sugar. The 10-track project signals a renewed back-to-basics approach, just the three of them in their basement studio, some equipment and microphones: everything always plugged in, everything always in reach.

                                                                              Speaking about the title, the band write that Heavy Heavy could be a mood, or it could describe the smoothed granite of bass that supports the sound… or it could be a nod to the natural progression of boys to grown men and the inevitable toll of living, a joyous burden, relationships, family, the natural momentum of a group that has been around long enough to witness massive changes.

                                                                              “You let the demons out and deal with it,” reckons Kayus of the album. “Make sense of it after.”

                                                                              For Young Fathers, there’s no dress code required. Dancing, not moshing. Hips jerking, feet slipping, brain firing in Catherine Wheel sparks of joy and empathy. Underground but never dark. Still young, after some years, even as the heavy, heavy weight of the world seems to grow day by day.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Liam says: Young Fathers have always remained an euphoric and life affirming outlet during turbulent times and with 'Heavy Heavy' this is no different. With huge choruses and exquisite instrumentation that dabbles in neo-soul, hip-hop and avant-pop, 'Heavy Heavy' is just a flat out joyous listen. Main highlight is the massive and awe-inspiring 'Geronimo' - incredible stuff!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              01. Rice
                                                                              02. I Saw
                                                                              03. Drum
                                                                              04. Tell Somebody
                                                                              05. Geronimo
                                                                              06. Shoot Me Down
                                                                              07. Ululation
                                                                              08. Sink Or Swim
                                                                              09. Holy Moly
                                                                              10. Be Your Lady

                                                                              TSHA

                                                                              Capricorn Sun

                                                                                TSHA returns to Ninja Tune with her long-awaited debut album ‘Capricorn Sun’. Recorded over the past two years, the record delivers on the promise of her previous EP’s and Singles with 12 tracks that perfectly encapsulate the emotive blend of underground electronic and hook-laden pop sensibilities that have led to her being one of the most talked about new artists of the past few years. From gracing the front cover of high-profile magazines, appearing on numerous billboards, being included in flagship playlists and programmes by multiple streaming services and being placed on countless ‘best of’ & ‘one to watch’ lists, alongside high-praise from across the music press and radio – TSHA shows no sign of slowing down in 2022.

                                                                                ‘Capricorn Sun’ is both a statement of where she is right now as an artist and producer, but also a reflection of time she spent writing and recording the album, and the impact of global events, familial upheaval and personal struggles during that period. 

                                                                                As you move through the album’s remaining tracks there are noticeable shifts across moods and emotions - ranging from the more upbeat and positive “The Light” and “OnlyL” through to moodier cuts like “Anxious Mind” — a personal highlight of TSHA’s — and the brooding “Dancing In The Shadows”, both of which feature vocalist Clementine Douglas. Other tracks hold significance for particular points in TSHA’s life, such as the previously released single “Sister”, written during lockdown after finding out she had an older half sister via her estranged father, and “Water” which picks up on TSHA’s love of the Malian Griot singing traditions (as evidenced on previous single “Demba ft. Trio Da Kali”) and features Grammy-winning vocalist Oumou Sangaré.

                                                                                As a Capricorn herself, TSHA was initially drawn to the tales of ancient Greek mythology that told of a creature with the body of a goat and tail of a fish, hinting at the dual nature of the sign and the idea of having two distinct sides to a personality. “I like to identify with some of the positive characteristics of a Capricorn: the hardiness and the work ethic… but also the sensitivity,” she explains. “Naming the album ‘Capricorn Sun’ was a good way of saying ‘this is me’”. It’s a theme that carries through the album’s creative and artwork, which features several pygmy goats that are “a visual representation of the different parts of me, like the songs on the album represent different parts of me,” says TSHA.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: Stalwart label Ninja Tune release their latest outing, this time from TSHA, with her breathtaking debut, 'Capricorn Sun'. It's a wonderful melting pot of bright electronica, shimmering dub and UKG, topped with breakbeat vocals and housey key stabs. A wonderfully melodic but undeniably deep journey.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Galdem (Intro)
                                                                                2. The Light
                                                                                3. OnlyL (feat. NIMMO)
                                                                                4. Water (feat. Oumou Sangaré)
                                                                                5. Dancing In The Shadows (feat. Clementine Douglas)
                                                                                6. Giving Up (feat. Mafro) **
                                                                                7. Anxious Mind (feat. Clementine Douglas)
                                                                                8. Time
                                                                                9. Power
                                                                                10. Running
                                                                                11. Sister
                                                                                12. Nala (Outro)

                                                                                PVA

                                                                                Blush

                                                                                  The eleven blistering tracks from the trio, made up of Ella Harris and Josh Baxter (who share lead vocals as well as handling synths, guitars and production) alongside drummer and percussionist Louis Satchell, are made from a formula of acid, disco, blistering synths, the release of the dancefloor and cathartic sprechgesang post-punk.

                                                                                  On their debut album PVA carry that same energy from the live circuit, while also building out a holistic world full of texture and heart. 'Blush' is rich with industrial-sized beats that pack a heavyweight punch, jagged punk spirit, and moments of hushed contemplation from Harris’ poetic lyrics.

                                                                                  It sprints tirelessly throughout, linking influences including Portishead, PC Music, Laurie Anderson, and cult rave-pop duo The Pom-Poms with ease. The album was produced by the band alongside friends Ben Romans-Hopcraft (Warmduscher) and Jamie Neville (Pumarosa) over a two week period at Neville’s home studio in South London. They then mixed the record at FOLD, the club hidden away on a trading estate in East London.

                                                                                  One place intimate, another industrial; this is PVA’s world.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Untethered
                                                                                  A2. Kim
                                                                                  A3. Hero Man
                                                                                  A4. Interlude
                                                                                  A5. Bunker
                                                                                  A6. Comfort Eating
                                                                                  B1. The Individual
                                                                                  B2. Bad Dad
                                                                                  B3. Transit
                                                                                  B4. Seven (feat. Tony Njoku) 

                                                                                  Bicep

                                                                                  Meli (II)

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                                                                                    Off the back of their critically acclaimed Sophomore album "Isles", Bicep release a limited edition white label of the track Meli (II) - a storming 4x4 heater that has been a highlight of their recent live shows

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Meli (II)

                                                                                    Black Country, New Road

                                                                                    Ants From Up There

                                                                                      Following on almost exactly a year to the day from the release of their acclaimed debut “For the first time”, the band have harnessed the momentum from that record and run full pelt into their second, with “Ants From Up There” managing to strike a skilful balance between feeling like a bold stylistic overhaul of what came before, as well as a natural progression.

                                                                                      Their debut “For the first time” is a certain 2021 Album of the Year, having received ecstatic reviews from critics and fans alike as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Released in February to extensive, global, critical support - perhaps best summed up by The Times who wrote in their 5/5 review that they were "the most exciting band of 2021" and The Observer who called their record "one of the best albums of the year" - the album made a significant dent on the UK Albums Chart where it landed at #4 in its first week, a remarkable achievement for a largely experimental debut record. The album also reached #1 on Any Decent Music, #2 at Album Of The Year and sat at #1 on Rate Your Music for several weeks, remaining the record to generate the most fan reviews and site discussion there this year. Black Country, New Road were also declared Artist Of The Week and Album Of The Week by The Observer, The Line Of Best Fit and Stereogum, and saw features, including covers and reviews, from the likes of Mojo, NPR, CRACK, Uncut, The Quietus, Pitchfork, The FADER, Loud & Quiet, The Face, Paste, The Needle Drop, DIY, NME, CLASH, So Young, Dork and more.

                                                                                      With “For the first time” the band melded klezmer, post-rock, indie and an often intense spoken word delivery. On “Ants From Up There” they have expanded on this unique concoction to create a singular sonic middle ground that traverses classical minimalism, indie-folk, pop, alt rock and a distinct tone that is already unique to the band.

                                                                                      Recorded at Chale Abbey Studios, Isle Of Wight, across the summer with the band’s long-term live engineer Sergio Maschetzko, it’s also an album that comes loaded with a deep-rooted conviction in the end result. “We were just so hyped the whole time,” says Hyde. “It was such a pleasure to make. I've kind of accepted that this might be the best thing that I'm ever part of for the rest of my life. And that's fine.”


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      LP
                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                      A1. Intro
                                                                                      A2. Chaos Space Marine
                                                                                      A3. Concorde
                                                                                      A4. Bread Song
                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                      B1. Good Will Hunting
                                                                                      B2. Haldern
                                                                                      B3. Mark’s Theme
                                                                                      Side C
                                                                                      C1. The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
                                                                                      C2. Snow Globes
                                                                                      Side D
                                                                                      D1. Basketball Shoes

                                                                                      CD 
                                                                                      Intro
                                                                                      Chaos Space Marine
                                                                                      Concorde
                                                                                      Bread Song
                                                                                      Good Will Hunting
                                                                                      Haldern
                                                                                      Mark’s Theme
                                                                                      The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
                                                                                      Snow Globes
                                                                                      Basketball Shoes

                                                                                      4LP Box Set / Deluxe CD
                                                                                      Ants From Up There
                                                                                      Side A

                                                                                      A1. Intro
                                                                                      A2. Chaos Space Marine
                                                                                      A3. Concorde
                                                                                      A4. Bread Song
                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                      B1. Good Will Hunting
                                                                                      B2. Haldern
                                                                                      B3. Mark’s Theme
                                                                                      Side C
                                                                                      C1. The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
                                                                                      C2. Snow Globes
                                                                                      Side D
                                                                                      D1. Basketball Shoes

                                                                                      Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall 
                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                      A1. Mark’s Theme (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      A2. Instrumental (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      A3. Athens France (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                      B1. Science Fair (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      B2. Sunglasses (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      Side C
                                                                                      C1. Track X (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      C2. Opus (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      C3. Bread Song (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
                                                                                      Side D
                                                                                      D1. Basketball Shoes (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall) 

                                                                                      Bonobo

                                                                                      Fragments

                                                                                        Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that he - aka Simon Green - has ever had to make. It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fuelled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild.

                                                                                        Fragments is a series of 12 sonic affirmations, featuring some of the hardest and most hip-shaking grooves that Green has ever created. The ballads are perfectly placed throughout; they capture a world in flux and glow with hope. Coaxing the ideas out initially took some hard work. The constantly-touring Green creates best while on the move; the global shutdown forced him to stand still.

                                                                                        Musical themes began to arise through Green’s exploration of modular synthesis, recordings he had made of harpist Lara Somogyi, his work with arranger and string player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, his own playing of the Fender Rhodes and more, as the album was created, recorded and mixed by Green over the past two years. The album also came into focus as he sought refuge on solo adventures into nature, away from the shutdowns and wild fires and into the blazing California desert.

                                                                                        “Tides,” featuring Chicagoan singer and poet Jamila Woods, acted as a catalyst, and the album began to click into place around it. “I knew I had a centrepiece, I knew how it was all going to sound,” he says. Working with arranger and string player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, musical themes began to emerge. Recording orchestral musicians in actual studios helped bring the songs “out of the box” even more.

                                                                                        A rhythmic framework started to come together too: the structures of UK bass music and rave began to seep into beats that would become tracks like “Otomo” (eventually co-produced by O’Flynn and featuring a sample of the Bulgarian choir 100 Kaba-Gaidi), and “Sapien.” The ”old school, Detroity, Moodymann and Theo Parrish inspired” “Shadows” was recorded with friend Jordan Rakei. “Rosewood,” “Closer” and “Counterpoint” each start with an ecstatic snap to them, but snake down surprisingly different paths. Somogyi's harp and Atwood-Ferguson's strings mingle together on the beatless “Elysian.” Two ballads flesh out the second half of the record: “Day by Day” featuring Kadhja Bonet and “From You” featuring Joji.

                                                                                        It's about the dancefloor in many ways, about how “I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other,” Green reflects. But the positivity isn’t just in the uptempo rhythms: even the most introspective and melancholic pieces have joy in them.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: A stunning new LP from Simon Green's Bonobo, fusing the clattering percussion and smooth rolling basses of 2010's 'Black Sands' with the more soulful, smooth sounds of the more recent outings. It's both a perfect artistic statement, and a wonderfully evocative listen, including some of the biggest names in modern soul and electronica. Brilliant.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Polyghost (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
                                                                                        2. Shadows (feat. Jordan Rakei)
                                                                                        3. Rosewood
                                                                                        4. Otomo (feat. O’Flynn)
                                                                                        5. Tides (feat. Jamila Woods)
                                                                                        6. Elysian
                                                                                        7. Closer
                                                                                        8. Age Of Phase
                                                                                        9. From You (feat. Joji)
                                                                                        10. Counterpart
                                                                                        11. Sapien
                                                                                        12. Day By Day (feat. Kadhja Bonet)

                                                                                        Debut album from the hyped tae fook South Korean artist Park Hye Jin. Now located in LA, it seems 2021 is the explosive year for this in-demand act.

                                                                                        Stiring up a storm through her "If U Want It" 12", plus some tasty collaborations with the likes of Clams Casino, Blood Orange, Galcher Lustwerk and Nosaj Thing, the Ninja Tune-signed genius lays out her sonic identity in an edgy, attitude-filled LP which is both hi-tek and emotion-filled.

                                                                                        Stylistically, Jin seems to digest booty bass and ghetto house, combine it with some of the modern lo-fi house aesthetics and give it her own uniquely S. Korean sugary icing. Some of her drum patterns recall early DJ Rush or Green Velvet, while at other times lo-fi pioneers like Seinfeld and DJ Boring are clearly an influence. It's her deadpan, cool ass delivery that really seals the deal though. Taking influence from Chicago drill, post-punk and pop and somehow gelling it all together into something sincerely her own.

                                                                                        It's a beautifully modern LP which loses none of its soul from being entirely electronic. A future star in the making. Recommended. 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: The wonderful 'Before I Die' sees Park Hye Jin renewing her take on oft-minimal footwork influenced house. It's a sleek and breezy affair, with the more propulsive moments being tempered with her heavily reverbed, hypnotic vocals forging a brilliant combination of drive and nuanced, lo-fi percussion.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        Let’s Sing Let’s Dance
                                                                                        I Need You
                                                                                        Before I Die
                                                                                        Good Morning Good Night
                                                                                        Me Trust Me
                                                                                        Where Did I Go
                                                                                        Never Give Up

                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        Can I Get Your Number
                                                                                        Whatchu Doin Later
                                                                                        Sex With ME (DEFG)
                                                                                        Where Are You Think
                                                                                        Never Die
                                                                                        Hey, Hey, Hey
                                                                                        Sunday ASAP
                                                                                        I Jus Wanna Be Happy 

                                                                                        Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jordan Rakei returns with his fourth studio album, "What We Call Life’". Diving even deeper into his sound world, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before. Rakei, already a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, was curious about the potential of using therapy for further self-discovery. During the process, he began to learn more about his behaviour patterns and anxieties, and addressed his long-standing irrational phobia of birds – a fear often associated with the unpredictable and the unknown, and something explored in the album’s creative direction and visuals.

                                                                                        ‘What We Call Life’ is Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. Its lyrics concern the lessons that the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, and London-based artist learned about himself during therapy, a journey that began two years ago when he started reading about the ‘positive psychology’ movement. These themes manifest on songs like lead single “Family”, which Rakei says is “the most personal” he’s ever been with his lyrics. “I wanted to hit my vulnerability barrier and be really honest. It’s about my parents’ divorce in my mid-teens but still having love for them no matter what,” he explains.

                                                                                        Artwork was created by Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist Justin Tyler Close (who has worked previously with the likes of Laura Marling), who resonated with the themes on Rakei’s album. The image was created in a remote photo shoot, with Rakei sending images over the internet that were projected onto a sheet and photographed by Close. The melancholic images reflect the title of the record, a question that Rakei would sometimes ask himself during a period of his childhood in which he suffered a great deal of anxiety: Is this what we call life? Rather than accepting defeat, the title is today a commentary on the more happy, confident, and assured person and artist that Jordan Rakei is today


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Millie says: Jordan Rakei fourth album is highly anticipated here at Piccadilly, the album explores themes worn close to Rakei’s sleeve. Personal and moving, the track ‘Family’ is so beautiful and soulful.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Family
                                                                                        A2. Send My Love
                                                                                        A3. Illusion
                                                                                        A4. Unguarded
                                                                                        A5. Clouds
                                                                                        B1. What We Call Life
                                                                                        B2. Runaway
                                                                                        B3. Wings
                                                                                        B4. Brace
                                                                                        B5. The Flood

                                                                                        DJ Seinfeld

                                                                                        Mirrors

                                                                                          If much of DJ Seinfeld’s previous work was characterised by a sepia-tinged haze, a result of the producer’s deliberately lo-fi production techniques, then brand new album ‘Mirrors’ sees his music come firmly into focus.

                                                                                          “On this album I wanted to retain a lot of the raw emotionality that brought people to my music in the first place,” says Armand Jakobsson, better known as DJ Seinfeld. “But I also wanted to become a much better producer. It’s been an arduous process but it’s a real statement of where I’m at as a producer and person right now. I’ve been through various sonic explorations in the past few years but have come to understand what people like about my music and how to move forward with it.”

                                                                                          Recorded between Berlin and Malmo, ‘Mirrors’ is the follow-up to Seinfeld’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut album ‘Time Spent Away From U’ and his first for Ninja Tune. Named after a quote by Armand’s favourite writer, Argentinean novelist Julio Cortázar, the album finds the producer in a more settled and grounded mood after an unfortunate family incident forced the producer to spend more time at home in his native Sweden over the past few years.

                                                                                          Citing late night sessions learning how to produce on his laptop while at university in Edinburgh and ‘pretending to be Burial’ as key turning points in his journey, Seinfeld has now produced an album with all the emotional depth and musical dexterity of those electronic luminaries. ‘Mirrors’ touches on everything from UK Garage to down-tempo house to ambient to breaks and is an at times tender, at times euphoric sonic journey with a producer slowly realising his full potential.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. She Loves Me
                                                                                          2. Walking With Ur Smile
                                                                                          3. U Already Know
                                                                                          4. The Right Place (feat. Teira)
                                                                                          5. Home Calling
                                                                                          6. These Things Will Come To Be
                                                                                          7. Tell Me One More Time
                                                                                          8. Someday
                                                                                          9. I Feel Better
                                                                                          10. Song For The Lonely

                                                                                          Kevin Martin’s first solo full-length album under The Bug moniker for seven years could not be better timed, and could not be more needed: ‘Fire’ - the third exhilarating part of an incendiary urban triptych, that began with 2008’s explosive ‘London Zoo’ via 2014’s mind-melting 'Angels & Devils' - is fourteen tracks that immolate the synapses, flail the body, that cinematically take you from arcing evocations of a bleak lockdowned city-scape to swooping deep-focus close-ups of Martin and his collaborator’s psyches at breaking point. The aggression, the attitude, the vertiginous scope and subterranean incisiveness, the destabilising unsettling frenzy of The Bug sound is marshalled to perfection throughout but ‘Fire’ is no mere reanimation of the Bug’s past - for Martin, the album is both a response to the unique circumstances of the past year but also a chance to reflect his own journey from reclusive sound-obsessive to family man, and his thirst - in a period of enforced hermetic isolation - for contact, for the mayhem that can only happen between people, noise and bass, the derangement of the senses that has been Bug’s method and trajectory ever since it first crawled out of London’s deepest corners in the late 90s. It’s the Bug’s best yet, possibly the most ferociously realised and immensely moving music Martin has ever made, and still touches on those initial cravings and impulses that first propelled ‘London Zoo’ into your world like a pipe bomb through your letterbox. It’s a HUNGRY record in all senses.

                                                                                          “I've always been addicted to the physicality and intensity of sound: I started The Bug because I wanted to make music for a soundsystem I had in storage, and the live experience of The Bug has always been something I wanted to reflect on record - I’m always looking for fuel to the fire and live shows - and MISSING live shows in lockdown was a real impetus” Martin admits. “I’m always asking - how can I ramp this up MORE? How can I get people more out of control? For me a live show should be unforgettable, should alter your DNA, or scar you for life in a good way - that’s always been my goal, to set up shows that are unforgettable. I like friction, chaos, fanning the flames with sound, and this album is the most reflective of the live show in terms of intensity and the sheer fuck-off attitude of those shows. ‘WHAT the FUCK?’ is the reaction I want - insane is a good reaction especially at a time when there’s so much control in how people consume music and are pacified culturally”.

                                                                                          The MCs featured (longtime likeminds like Flowdan, Roger Robinson, Moor Mother, Manga Saint Hilare, Irah & Daddy Freddy alongside relatively new names to the Bug stable like Logan, Nazamba and FFSYTHO) inevitably reflect the external madness of a world turned upside down, but also dig deep into themselves to craft reflective, pitilessly honest portrayals of the rage, resistance and resignation the last year has engendered in all of us. Check the juddering maelstrom of ‘Clash’ wherein Logan matches every lunging hit of the kick and Martin’s none-more-dank dubtronics with a diseased narrative of mental warfare and strife, or ‘Pressure’ where Flowdan imperiously calls out the universe for a scrap over a beat so thunkingly rapacious its as if the ghost of Andy Weatherall has been reanimated for some rerubbing duties. Throughout ‘Fire’ you can hear MCs and Martin upping the ante, pushed to new heights and lows by an ever-present, periphirally-glimpsed armageddon. The album is bookended by the TS Eliot Award winning poet and long term friend and collaborator Roger Robinson.

                                                                                          “2020 was the worst dystopian nightmares made real - part of me was panic-stricken, the other part of me was ‘how am I going to stay sane?’” recalls Martin. “I’ve got to support 4 people and it might be YEARS before I play shows - this was at the back of my mind making the album. Just to keep calm I got into making solo albums which was meditative, got me back in touch with myself and enabled me to rebuild my studio which kept me working and helped me keep my head straight. It was crucial because I’ve realised through life that what keeps me grounded is music. I used to think I wanted to bury myself in NOW, reality, sensation, information - as time’s gone on I’ve realised I want to actually make a parallel world in sound - the studio gave me an escape from just how fucked up the world was last year. That feeling of external chaos but really questioning yourself internally is something that all the MCs, in different ways, reflect on ‘Fire’. And I feel I’ve grown - making music not just as an egotistical pursuit but to support my family has meant I’ve stopped overthinking things - we KNEW when tracks were finished and loosening my maniacal control over the music, letting it breathe and come together more naturally. That’s something I think you can hear throughout the album.”

                                                                                          ‘Fire’ then is 14 tracks that not only chart where we are right now, but offer tantalising glimpses of just what miracles we might soon conjure again together. Growing up VAST. Get some ‘Fire’ in your belly and feel the BURN. This plague has found its soundtrack. 

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Having long been one of the most uncompromising forces in music, there is a significant amount of excitement over the new Bug LP. and with good cause. 'Fire' lurches from cavernous bunker techno to shadowy trip-hop via dark hip-hop, perfectly performed by a superb line-up of guest collaborators, and brought together in The Bug's inimitable no-holds-barred production style. Superb.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                          1. The Fourth Day (feat Roger Robinson) (1:57)
                                                                                          2. Pressure (feat Flowdan) (3:48)
                                                                                          3. Demon (feat Irah) (3:48)
                                                                                          4. Vexed (feat Moor Mother) (3:44)

                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                          1. Clash (feat Logan) (3:07)
                                                                                          2. War (feat Nazamba) (4:30)
                                                                                          3. How Bout Dat (feat FFSYTHO) (3:47)

                                                                                          Side 3
                                                                                          1. Bang (feat Manga Saint Hilare) (3:03)
                                                                                          2. Hammer (feat Flowdan) (3:28)
                                                                                          3. Ganja Baby (feat Daddy Freddy) (3:15)
                                                                                          4. Fuck Off (feat Logan) (3:24)

                                                                                          Side 4
                                                                                          1.Bomb (feat Flowdan) (4:46)
                                                                                          2. High Rise (feat Manga Saint Hilare) (4:17)
                                                                                          3.The Missing (feat Roger Robinson) (4:35)

                                                                                          I JORDAN

                                                                                          Watch Out!

                                                                                            London based DJ and producer I JORDAN releases their new EP ‘Watch Out!’ on Ninja Tune.

                                                                                            India is tipped as one of the world’s most exciting artists, producers and DJs of the moment following last year's’ hugely successful ‘For You’ EP. They have captured the attention of the scene’s top tastemakers and have received impressive support, with stellar reviews from Pitchfork (8.0), NME (5/5), Clash (8/10) and the EP’s title track ‘For You’ voted as Resident Advisor’s #1 Best Track Of 2020, Crack Magazine’s #2 and Pitchfork’s #21.

                                                                                            I JORDAN had quite the year despite most shows being cancelled in 2020 and was named as Pete Tong’s Breakout Star Of 2020 on BBC Radio 1, listed as one of The Guardian’s 50 Amazing Musicians To Watch in 2021 and won Best Breakthrough Producer at the annual DJ Mag Best Of British Awards. 

                                                                                            ‘Watch Out!’ sees I JORDAN reflect on how movement has tied into their life over the years. India describes the record as “a homage to both physical and conceptual movement” and comes as a result of their own pattern of movement being forcibly changed by lockdown.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A
                                                                                            1. Only Said Enough
                                                                                            2. Watch Out!
                                                                                            3. 10:58
                                                                                            B
                                                                                            4. You Can’t Expect The Cars To Stop If You Haven’t Pressed The Button 
                                                                                            5. Feierabend 
                                                                                            6. And Groove 

                                                                                            Leon Vynehall returns with new album ‘Rare, Forever’ - the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’. 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.

                                                                                            Recommended if you like: Four Tet, Thom Yorke, Floating Points, Kelly Lee Owens, Avalon Emerson, Beatrice Dillon, Boards of Canada.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: 2018's 'Nothing Is Still' had us all wowed in the shop, so it's with some excitement that Vynehall's latest lands. This time we get the claustrophobic atmospherics and cavernous beats we've become accustomed to, but enriched with a wealth of complexities in both sound design and percussive drive. From off-kilter time signatures and wonderfully hypnotic synth lines, this is superb from start to finish.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Ecce! Ego!
                                                                                            2. In>Pin
                                                                                            3. Mothra
                                                                                            4. Alichea Vella Amor
                                                                                            5. Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been
                                                                                            6. Worm (& Closer & Closer)
                                                                                            7. An Exhale
                                                                                            8. Dumbo
                                                                                            9. Farewell! Magnus Gabbro
                                                                                            10. All I See Is You, Velvet Brown

                                                                                            Black Country, New Road

                                                                                            For The First Time

                                                                                            Born from the Brixton Windmill scene that has seen the likes of black midi, Squid, Fat White Family and Shame rise to prominence, Black Country, New Road now take up the mantle and release their debut album.
                                                                                            The seven piece kick off proceedings with the aptly titled “Instrumental”, a maelstrom of sounds and influences including the post-rock mastery of Slint, the Klezmer style folk of Beirut and dapples of free-jazz improvisation.
                                                                                            Throughout the album’s six tracks those themes continue along with a simmering sense of drama and intensity. The best example of this occurs on the monolithic last track “Opus”, clocking in at just over 8 minutes it locks the listener in with a sprawling sonic soundscape of plateaus and troughs that recalls the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
                                                                                            For The First Time is an ambitious and intelligent album that stands out as one of the best debut releases of 2021.


                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Instrumental
                                                                                            2. Athens, France
                                                                                            3. Science Fair
                                                                                            4. Sunglasses
                                                                                            5. Track X
                                                                                            6. Opus

                                                                                            After two years of studio development, sample searching and production upgrades, Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) drop hotly anticipated second album, “Isles”. On the title, 'We have strong mixed emotions, connected to growing up on an island, wanting to leave, wanting to return'. 

                                                                                            From their early days living and clubbing in Belfast, to their move to London over a decade ago, the breadth of music they’ve been exposed to during this time informs “Isles’” massive sonic palette. Both cite the joy of discovering Hindi vocals overheard from distant rooftops, snatches of Bulgarian choirs drifting from passing cars, hitting Shazam in a kebab house in the vain hopes of identifying a Turkish pop song.

                                                                                            Lead single "Apricots" encapsulates these disparate influences perfectly. Sampling traditional Malawian singers - recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey in 1958 and released via the label Beating Heart, whose profits go towards supporting the ongoing music conservation work of the International Library of African Music; and a 1950’s performance by The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir, steeped in a shimmering bath of warm synths, its spare percussion and arresting vocals bring the big room chills of 90s rave, while still evoking something lost or forlorn. The accompanying video is directed by Mark Jenkin, who recently took home a 2020 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Director for his 2019 film Bait.




                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Patrick says: Flexing relentless muscle since those youthful days on the blog scene, Bicep bring us their second LP, blending their love of jacking house, proper techno and pumping italo with fragments of UK club history and the cultural diversity of their London bass. The ideal soundtrack to your living room lockdown disco.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Atlas
                                                                                            2. Cazenove
                                                                                            3. Apricots
                                                                                            4. Saku (feat. Clara La San)
                                                                                            5. Lido
                                                                                            6. X (feat. Clara La San)
                                                                                            7. Rever (feat. Julia Kent)
                                                                                            8. Sundial
                                                                                            9. Fir
                                                                                            10. Hawk (feat. Machìna)

                                                                                            As we all struggle to deal with the sorry state of Earthly affairs, Darren Cunningham answers the Batcall and returns with a brand new Actress LP on usual haunt Ninja Tune. The producer recently resurfaced with his self released mixtape '88', a sparse and stripped back set of low slung house crunch, electro madness and uncompromising techno coated in a thick patina of fuzz and feedback. 'Karma & Desire' then is a comparatively expansive and accessible affair, replete with vocal contributions from the likes of Sampha, Zsela, Aura T-09 and Christel Well.

                                                                                            Billed as “a romantic tragedy set between the heavens and the underworld", the set serves us a string of retro-ist house and techno heaters, balancing a fragile beauty, in the form of soulful vocals or delicate keys, with the grit and growl of hissing drum machines and gnarly basslines. Naturally Darren avoids playing with a straight bat, twisting the traditional styles with the chopped and screwed sound design he excels at. If singles and stompers are your thing, look to "Angels Pharmacy", "Loveless" and the meditative closer "Walking Flames", but really this album works best when enjoyed in its entirety. 


                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Fire And Light
                                                                                            Angels Pharmacy (feat. Zsela)
                                                                                            Remembrance (feat. Zsela)
                                                                                            Reverend
                                                                                            Leaves Against The Sky
                                                                                            Save
                                                                                            VVY (feat. Sampha)
                                                                                            XRAY
                                                                                            Gliding Squares
                                                                                            Many Seas, Many Rivers (feat. Sampha)
                                                                                            Loveless (feat. Aura T-09)
                                                                                            Public Life (feat. Vanessa Benelli Mosell)
                                                                                            Fret Loose (feat. Christel Well)
                                                                                            Turin (feat. Aura T-09)
                                                                                            Diamond X
                                                                                            Walking Flames (feat. Sampha)

                                                                                            Machinedrum

                                                                                            A View Of You

                                                                                              Machinedrum returns with his definitive new album “A View of U” featuring an incredible cast of collaborators including Freddie Gibbs, Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Tanerélle, Jesse Boykins III and Rochelle Jordan. Distilling his signature fusion of IDM, UK rave, jungle and bass culture blended with myriad US regional hip-hop and club music styles. it’s a potent and masterfully executed fusion, evoking a pace, warmth and groove synonymous with his modern classic “Vapor City” (2013).

                                                                                              Recommended if you like… Squarepusher, Lone, Jamie xx, Flume

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. The Relic (feat. Rochelle Jordan)
                                                                                              A2. Star (feat. Mono/Poly & Tanerélle)
                                                                                              A3. Kane Train (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
                                                                                              A4. Wait 4 U (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
                                                                                              A5. Sleepy Pietro (feat. Tigran Hamasyan)
                                                                                              A6. Spin Blocks (feat. Father)
                                                                                              B1. Idea 36 (feat. Chrome Sparks)
                                                                                              B2. Believe In U
                                                                                              B3. 1000 Miles (feat. Sub Focus)
                                                                                              B4. Inner Eye
                                                                                              B5. Ur2yung

                                                                                              Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu

                                                                                              Renegade Breakdown

                                                                                                Marie Davidson is back with a new album “Renegade Breakdown” on Ninja Tune. A new band, and a bold new sound under the banner of Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu, it is a trio formed of old-time friends with shared roots in Montreal’s DIY scene: Marie, Pierre Guerineau (also in Essaie pas on DFA) and Asaël R. Robitaille. The record follows previous album “Working Class Woman” (2018) and is drawn to the idea of the eternal return, they deliver a forward-facing, innovative pop record that builds on the classic tenets of Marie’s music to create something that strikes out towards a broader audience. With dark humour and interpolated musical influences from Fleetwood Mac to Kraftwerk, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker. 

                                                                                                If there’s a mood that encapsulates “Renegade Breakdown”, it’s the one found at 3AM after a long night, when it’s time to start putting on the classics.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Renegade Breakdown
                                                                                                Back To Rock
                                                                                                Worst Comes To Worst
                                                                                                Center Of The World (Kotti Blues)
                                                                                                La Ronde
                                                                                                C’est Parce Que J’m’en Fous
                                                                                                Just In My Head
                                                                                                Lead Sister
                                                                                                My Love
                                                                                                Sentiment

                                                                                                Julianna Barwick

                                                                                                Healing Is A Miracle

                                                                                                  Four years on from the release of her last, critically acclaimed LP, Julianna Barwick returns with “Healing Is A Miracle”.

                                                                                                  A distinctive meditation on sound, reverb and the voice, “Healing Is A Miracle” is a record built on improvisation and a close affinity to a couple of trusted items of gear, from which she spins engrossing, expansive universes. Additionally, Barwick draws on the input of three collaborators with whom she has nurtured deep friendships with over the years: Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore; who each gently nudge out at the edges of her organically-evolved sound.

                                                                                                  Recorded in the wake of a seismic shift in her life following a move from New York—where she had lived for 16 years—to Los Angeles where she is now based, the title of the record came to her after thinking about how the human body heals itself, of the miraculous processes we pay little attention to: “You cut your hand, it looks pretty bad, and two weeks later it looks like it never happened… That’s kind of amazing, you know?” It’s a sentiment that feels particularly apt for the moment. From there, she conceived of the record’s simple statement title, ran it past a couple of friends, and it was settled. Like with the record itself, and all of her work, it’s about following her gut, and seeing where it takes her.

                                                                                                  “Healing Is A Miracle” began life in spring of last year, when Barwick sat down with her vocal looping set-up and began sketching out some ideas for new solo material. “It had been so long since I had done that,” she recalls, “making something for myself, just for the love of it… it was emotional, because I was recording music that was just from the heart, that wasn't for an 'assignment' or project… it brought me to tears a little”.

                                                                                                  Part of the joy also came from a small but significant switch up to her recording process: the addition of some studio monitors—a birthday gift from Jónsi and Alex (Somers)—having previously recorded all of her music on headphones. “The first song I remember making with those was the first song on the album, Inspirit.” she explains, “When I added the bass I really felt it in my body, you know, in a way you just wouldn’t with headphones… it was kind of euphoric and fun. I got really excited about making the record in that moment, and I think that really had an impact on the sounds I ended up making.”

                                                                                                  Excitement too came from the chance to work with three dream collaborators. Her connection to Jónsi began via producer Alex Somers, when Barwick flew to Reykjavík to record some sessions with him for her 2013 record “Nepenthe”, a trip which would begin a long-standing affinity with Iceland and the people she connected with there. “I think he has the best voice in the world,” she says, “and hearing my voice with Jonsi's is one of the joys of my life.” Nosaj Thing—the highly respected electronic producer and stalwart of the LA scene who has worked with the likes of Kendric Lamar—had gotten in touch to express his affection for her 2011 album “The Magic Place”, and they’d since been trying to find a way to work together. Barwick and Lattimore had struck up a friendship over many years performing live together, and had moved to LA around the same time. Finding herself in the same city as all three for the first time, it felt natural to include them in her process, and added to the feeling of newness, support and friendship she had while producing the record.

                                                                                                  Beyond her records, Barwick’s impressive live shows have gained incredible praise over the years from the likes of The Guardian—who described her performance as “exquisite in its eloquence, reflection and compassion” in their 5* review—The New York Times, NPR, and more. She has also supported and performed with an amazing array of artists including Bon Iver, Grouper, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius, Mas Ysa, and Nat Baldwin.

                                                                                                  Barwick has additionally been involved in some head-turning collaborations over the years. In 2015 she took part in The Flaming Lips’s Carnegie Hall show, performing music from their reimagining of “Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, alongside Phillip Glass, Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson and Pattie Smith. That same year she was invited to play two shows with Yoko Ono, one at MoMA (“my favorite thing ever”) and one in Central Park. In 2012 she released a collaborative album with Helado Negro as OMBRE, and has also released a collaborative single with Rafael Anton Isarri, on the super-limited Thesis label, and most recently, the “Command Synthesis” EP, on RVNG Intl. sub-label Commend There, which employed AI to build five tracks that responded to the airborne environment outside a hotel room. In 2019 she teamed up with Doug Aitken on his nomadic art project, and created stunning performances in the Massachusett wilderness.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: 'Healing Is A Miracle' is an absolute triumph of majestic instrumentation, perfectly balanced atmospherics and tasteful collaboration. 'In Light' with Jónsi couldn't have been a more perfect fit, with both of their voices coalescing into one grand, sonic gesture. Stunner.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Inspirit
                                                                                                  Oh, Memory Ft. Mary Lattimore
                                                                                                  Healing Is A Miracle
                                                                                                  In Light Ft. Jónsi
                                                                                                  Safe
                                                                                                  Flowers
                                                                                                  Wishing Well
                                                                                                  Nod Ft. Nosaj Thing

                                                                                                  Little Dragon

                                                                                                  New Me, Same Us

                                                                                                    Little Dragon—the pioneering Swedish four-piece fronted by enigmatic vocalist Yukimi Nagano, with multi-instrumentalists Håkan Wirenstarnd and Fredrik Wallin on keyboards and bass respectively and Erik Bodin on drums and percussion—return with their sixth studio album, “New Me, Same Us”.

                                                                                                    For a band who are proudly left-of-centre and fiercely protective of doing things on their own terms, they have achieved no shortage of mainstream recognition. Grammy nominated for 2014’s “Nabuma Rubberband”, Little Dragon have long been seen as one of the most sought-after groups to work with. Chalking up an enviable list of collaborators throughout the years, working with equally groundbreaking artists like BADBADNOTGOOD, Gorillaz, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Flume, Kaytranada, Big Boi (who was first put on to the band via fellow Outkast member André 3000), De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Tinashe, Mac Miller, Future, Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans and more. Their hugely popular and highly regarded live performances have spawned a decade-spanning career which has seen them recently co-headline a show with Flying Lotus at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and perform at some of the world’s most revered festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Bestival, Lollapalooza, Melt, Dour, Sonar and Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Camp Flog Gnaw’.

                                                                                                    Having played together since their school days in Gothenburg—where they’d meet up after class to jam and listen to records by artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Alice Coltrane —“New Me, Same Us” is the sound of a band going back to basics and falling back in love with their instruments: drums, bass, keyboards, harp, guitar and voice, to produce some of their most focussed and inarguably best music to date. “This album has been the most collaborative for us yet.” they explain, “which might sound weird considering we’ve been making music together for all these years, but we worked hard at being honest, finding the courage to let go of our egos and be pieces of something bigger.”

                                                                                                    Entirely self-produced and recorded at their long-term home-built studio in Gothenburg, “New Me, Same Us” represents another chapter in the continuing evolution of Little Dragon, finding new direction in their unique style of unhurried, off-kilter r’n’b, pop and electronics, they sound as rejuvenated and energised as ever. The record also finds them in a reflective mood, Yukimi’s distinctive vocals musing on transitions, longing, and saying goodbye. “We are all on our own personal journeys,” they say, “full of change, yet still we stand united with stories we believe in, that make us who we are.” Lead single ‘Hold On’ is a message about breaking away and moving on, ‘Rush’ is about yearning for a love now lost, ‘Another Lover’ is described as a daydream of heartache, “I can’t understand what I'm doing / don't understand where we going” Yukimi laments in the opening lines. The aptly named ‘Sadness’ speaks to “how you might think you know someone but then time shows you a new face” say the band. ‘Where You Belong’ is a lullaby of fear of loss and death. There is room for optimism too, though. ‘New Fiction’ seeks that space in which to create new narratives and forge your own path and ‘Are You Feeling Sad’ is a reminder to take a step back and not worry too much: “you gonna be alright / don’t worry don’t worry / things gonna turn out fine”. 

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Hold On
                                                                                                    Rush
                                                                                                    Another Lover
                                                                                                    Kids
                                                                                                    Every Rain
                                                                                                    New Fiction
                                                                                                    Sadness
                                                                                                    Are You Feeling Sad?
                                                                                                    Where You Belong
                                                                                                    Stay Right Here
                                                                                                    Water

                                                                                                    Denis Sulta

                                                                                                    Aye Spoake Te Sumwuhn & They Listenhd

                                                                                                      With our close relationship with Rubadub in Glasgow, we spotted Denis Sulta's pre-destined path and rise up the dance music pyramid sooner than most. Much like his predecessor Jackmaster a decade previous, there was an initial spark to the DJ / producer which had the full support of his loyal home town crew, ensuring his message was hammered far and wide at every opportunity.

                                                                                                      Now a household name amongst the under 30's, not least for his outrageous festival antics, flamboyant DJ performances and unrelenting residency at Sub Club; he's recently, and relatively quickly, garnered the cover of Mixmag and joined Radio 1's Residency show to add to his credentials.

                                                                                                      His first album, on prestigious label Ninja Tune, it serves to showcase the energetic and rambunctious DJ style he's become famous for whilst also showing a depth of studio technique that belies his less-that-serious public image. Aligning itself with the hedonism of Glasgow's night life, whilst journeying through the more electric experimental and nocturnal moods of dance music without revisiting over trodden ground the LP, "Aye Spoake Te Sumwuhn..." is Sulta's battle cry to the global audience.

                                                                                                      Set to play on increasingly bigger and bigger stages, this affirmative, recklessly naive yet confident LP finds (real name) Hector marching up the hype mountain with his trademark hefty beats and screaming synths wailing gleefully at the moon and the dancefloor. You'll want to stay hydrated, it's a marathon not a sprit!



                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      In~Narito
                                                                                                      Gas Whillis (While I Paint My Nails)
                                                                                                      ForTee
                                                                                                      I'm Not Always Right, So I Listen
                                                                                                      Matthew Keeps Me Pirrie
                                                                                                      It's Tough, But Not As Much As The Dream Is Worth (Joseph) -
                                                                                                      Dan (wll SOME Day KNOW How Special He Makes Me Feel)
                                                                                                      Welcome, To The Rest Of My Life

                                                                                                      Leon Vynehall

                                                                                                      I, Cavallo

                                                                                                        British musician and producer Leon Vynehall is part of a vanguard of artists expanding the ambition of electronic music. Highly respected for his musical output, he has established himself as a genuine artist, releasing bodies of work that are layered with musicality and craftsmanship. His debut 2018 album Nothing Is Still received exceptional reviews and was featured in various end of year lists. It was accompanied by a Novella which was co-written by Vynehall and two well-received short films directed by Young Replicant (The xx, Bonobo, Flying Lotus).

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A. I, Cavallo
                                                                                                        B. I, Cavallo (ClubFront) 

                                                                                                        Purveyors of contemporary ambient and electronic inspired music, A Winged Victory for the Sullen make a bold return on new album “The Undivided Five”. The pair, made up of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie, have created iconic film scores and forward-thinking ambient groups, releasing a series of game-changing records for Erased Tapes and Kranky. On “The Undivided Five” they rekindle their unique partnership for only their second piece of original music outside of film, TV and stage commissions, creating an album that channels ritual, higher powers and unspoken creative energies. Their fifth release (following their debut album, two scores and an EP), they embraced the serendipitous role of the number five, inspired by artist Hilma af Klint and the recurrence of the perfect fifth chord.

                                                                                                        This album sees them create bold new work built on their foundations in ambient and neoclassical. Since their 2011 self-titled debut, the duo have emerged as part of a much-lauded scene alongside peers like Max Richter, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tim Hecker and Fennesz. Their 2014 album “Atomos” was the product of a commission to score a new performance by Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor, while 2016’s “Iris” was the score for director Jalil Lespert’s thriller, “In the Shadow of Iris”. They count the likes of Jon Hopkins among their fans, who included ‘Requiem For The Static King Part One’ on his 2015 Late Night Tales compilation. They composed the score for Invisible Cities, a specially-created performance to herald 2019’s Manchester International Festival, and have played some of the world’s most celebrated venues, including a sold out Boiler Room performance at London’s Barbican, and a 2015 BBC Proms show curated by Mary Anne Hobbs at the Royal Albert Hall.

                                                                                                        They were first introduced by mutual friend Francesco Donadello in 2007, a close collaborator who’s gone on to mix all of the AWVFTS records. O’Halloran launched his reputation with two acclaimed solo piano albums, attracting the attention of director Sofia Coppola, who asked him to score her 2006 film Marie Antoinette, and he has since won an Emmy for his 2015 theme song for Jill Soloway’s Transparent series, and been nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for his 2017 score with Hauschka for Garth Davis’ Lion. Wiltzie, meanwhile, founder of iconic drone outfit Stars of the Lid, has scored Hollywood films including Kevin MacDonald’s “Whitney”, Jake Scott’s “American Woman” and collaborated with Jóhann Jóhannsson for 2014’s The Theory of Everything.

                                                                                                        This album sees them pay greater heed to the small details in their sound than previously, something they say has been encouraged by the move to a new label. It’s been their first opportunity since their debut to create something that’s solely guided by their ideas, and it represented an opportunity to call back to that first outing while also building on the various ways in which they’ve grown. “We understand that times have changed,” they say. “We have evolved, but we also didn’t want to forget the beginning.”

                                                                                                        They channel influences such as Debussy, nodded to in the opening track, whose big chords and complicated arrangements inform a lot of their approach – parts that sound simple but require great skill to execute. Likewise, the artist Hilma af Klint – one of the first abstract Western artists – informed their ideas about drawing on spiritual influences to shape their work. “It’s like an invisible hand guiding things,” they say.

                                                                                                        The start of recording sessions for the album were marred by the death of one of their closest friends. Within weeks after the funeral O’Halloran found out that he would be expecting his first child, and it was soon after that a visit to see the art of af Klint brought home a profound realisation of life, death, the afterlife, and the spaces in between. She belonged to a group called "The Five", a circle of five women with a shared belief in the importance of trying to make contact with spirits, often by way of séances. This chimed with the duo’s unspoken approach to collaboration, and nudged them to return to their writing process centered around the harmonic perfect fifth; the five senses, the divine interval – The Undivided Five.

                                                                                                        The album was also shaped by the breadth of locations in which it was created, helping to shape its nuanced sonics. In addition to O’Halloran and Wiltzie’s respective Berlin and Brussels studios, the record took shape across six different sites. They recorded orchestral samples in Budapest’s Magyar Rádió Studio 22, re-recorded album parts in Brussels’ Eglise Du Beguinage’s unique, reverb-heavy surrounds (where Wiltzie has performed with Stars of the Lid and, in 2018, organised a tribute concert for Jóhann Jóhannsson), experimented with overdubs in Ben Frost’s Reykjavik studio, and recorded grand piano parts in a remote woodland studio in northern Italy. The duo pay close attention to the micro-level of sound, and each of these places was chosen for the qualities which could enrich the finished product. And it’s in Francesco Donadello’s studio in Berlin, where all of the previous AWVFTS material has been mixed, that the album was run through the studio’s analog board, binding the record’s different parts together.

                                                                                                        It was their connection to Jóhannsson which partly shaped the direction of their new album. They were asked to create a remix for him, which he heard before his death in 2018, where they unlocked a new process in terms of how they work. They recomposed the strings, using modular synthesis, old synths and string and piano arrangements, a method they applied to album opener ‘Our Lord Debussy’. “It’s about going into the DNA of music and taking different strands,” they say.

                                                                                                        The album is their debut for Ninja Tune, and comes as change is underway for O’Halloran, moving from Berlin – hence the title of ‘Keep It Dark, Deutschland’ – after a decade in the German capital. He’s headed to Iceland, the country where the pair shot their latest press photos and which is an important locale for both of them. The wide-spanning connections which have shaped the record are testament to their deep roots as artists. This album’s powerful energy is driven by the deep-rooted bond between them.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: ‘The Undivided Five’ is the newest outing from the masters of ambient classical music, A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Their debut album hit us all pretty hard back in 2011, and has continued to be on the player pretty much constantly since then. Though they’ve released a soundtrack and another LP since, this is really only the second full album, and it is every bit the spiritual successor. Soaring, spine-tingling swells of string and synth coalesce together into a perfectly organic, yet otherworld rush of emotion and heft. Brittle, tentative passages are suddenly engorged with indescribable euphoric joy, evocative but fleeting, bringing to mind their debut, but with every bit rendered in unparalleled definition. ‘The Undivided Five’ deserves every attention you can give it, every precious moment you spend with it revealing more secrets and more colours you didn’t even know existed. An unrivalled beauty.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1.Our Lord Debussy
                                                                                                        2. Sullen Sonata
                                                                                                        3. The Haunted Victorian Pencil
                                                                                                        4. The Slow Descent Has Begun
                                                                                                        5. Aqualung, Motherfucker
                                                                                                        6. A Minor Fifth Is Made Of Phantoms
                                                                                                        7. Adios, Florida
                                                                                                        8. The Rhythm Of A Dividing Pair
                                                                                                        9. Keep It Dark, Deutschland

                                                                                                        We've come an awful long way since Floating Points' first utterances entered our stratosphere. That opening trio of twelves ("J&W Beat", "Love Me Like This" and "Vacuum Boogie") immediately caught the attention of us and our customers and we've been hooked on this cat throughout the last ten years.

                                                                                                        Whereas the incredible "Elaenia" (2015) was a five-year process, "Crush" was made during an intense five-week period, inspired by the invigorating improvisation of his shows supporting The xx in 2017. He had just finished touring with his own live ensemble, culminating in a Coachella appearance, when he suddenly became a one-man band, just him and his trusty Buchla opening up for half an hour every night. He thought what he’d come out with would 'be really melodic and slow-building' to suit the mood of the headliners, but what he ended up playing was 'some of the most obtuse and aggressive music I've ever made, in front of 20,000 people every night,' he says. 'It was liberating.'

                                                                                                        Fundamentally, this is still stylistically a Floating Points record. Classically informed pieces drift into focus without beats, only to dissolve into a mist of modular-generated textures. There's some speaker-tested mainroom techno moments, namely the lead single "LesAlpx" which concludes side A's meticulously programmed schedule with a moment of undiluted dancefloor energy. Fans of his jazz-flecked house will find tracks like "Last Bloom" and "Anasickmodular" a joy to behold; possessing that idiosyncratic shuffle and swing that instantly characterize an FP production. "Bias" opens side B with a unfathomably futuristic, attitude-ridden bass monster until Sam unexpectedly flips into his patented, cerebral jazz-house hybrid. Don't get me wrong though, he's not resting on his laurels in any way. His New Sounds bite and spit, as he seems to harness extraordinary levels of intricacy and power from his trusty Buchla synthesizer and his much lusted-after Arp Odyssey. More refined, more evolved, deeper, richer - but the same Floating Points - sound up your tree? It should be. 


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Matt says: The Chetham's graduate has been a permanent fixture on our shelves for the last decade. 'Crush' embodies everything we love about him across a succinct and direct two sides. Drifting through a highly musical sanctum, we get expressions on modular and synth informed, and indeed elevated, by Sam's well documented and rich musical education.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A: 
                                                                                                        Falaise
                                                                                                        Last Bloom
                                                                                                        Anasickmodular
                                                                                                        Requiem For CS70 And Strings
                                                                                                        Karakul
                                                                                                        LesAlpx

                                                                                                        Side B: 
                                                                                                        Bias
                                                                                                        Environments
                                                                                                        Birth
                                                                                                        Sea-Watch
                                                                                                        Apoptose Pt1
                                                                                                        Apoptose Pt2 

                                                                                                        Romare

                                                                                                        Gone / Danger

                                                                                                          In the two years since the release of his critically acclaimed album "Love Songs: Part Two", Romare, real name Archie Fairhurst, has spent his time almost solely on the road. Playing over 150 shows across the world, including stops at Berghain / Panorama Bar, Primavera Sound, All Points East, Dimensions, III Points, Printworks and The Warehouse Project. He joined both Bonobo and Nightmares On Wax on their US tours, playing iconic venues like Terminal 5 and Output in New York and Smart Bar in Chicago, has played shows across India and Australia, and held two sold-out London residences, first at Phonox and most recently at the Jazz Cafe.

                                                                                                          Recorded over the same period, in which he also acquired an electric organ and built a new recording studio, the two tracks, "Gone" & "Danger" represent his most intentional and direct nod to the dancefloor to date. The titular A-side, with its menacing bassline and soaring piano stabs was named after a vocal snippet since removed from the track. The B-side "Danger" was imagined as an alternative to "Gone", with both tracks being recorded 'whilst watching the seasons change from winter to summer in the new studio set up in the garden'.

                                                                                                          Romare's finely crafted house tapestries have appealed to everyone here at Piccadilly since his first forays on Ninja Tune. Intricate yet unimposing, his detailed collages nod to hip-hop and downbeat whilst working intrinsically within house music's wide cannon. 


                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Matt says: Romare's deft and gentle hand strikes again. The UK's answer to Moodymann? Maybe not but there's parallels as to how they both manipulate sound. Sometimes less is more, and Romare demonstrates this perfectly.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. Gone
                                                                                                          B1. Danger

                                                                                                          Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

                                                                                                          Building on her formative works, “The Return” sees Sampa tackle bigger questions, exploring what it means to feel at home, to feel excluded, and to see someone as an outsider. It stems from the rift Sampa has experienced in the rise of her career, where she’s celebrated as part of a new generation of Australian musicians while at the same time still being seen as an other. The album artwork features Sampa alongside a Nyau dancer - traditional dancers and figures that are found in villages across parts of Africa. For Sampa, the dancer represents the fear of the unknown which is often projected by the West when it comes to African traditions. She also wanted to rediscover her ancestors’ spirituality: her mother’s side of the family are of the Bantu ethnicity from which the Nyau tradition originates.

                                                                                                          The themes behind the album are addressed head on in title track ‘The Return’. At the close of the track, Whosane’s lyrics refer to “returning to the self of my self”. This, for Sampa, is what she’s been trying to do for the past six years: to find new ways of feeling at home and rediscover an emboldened idea of herself. "Home is described in a lot of ways and means a lot of different things to different people,” she says. “I had to redefine in my mind and in my spirit what home means.” The album is both a re-telling of that journey, and the realisation of her aim; the album walks us through that return to home, while the accomplished sound and lyricism underscores the steps she’s made as a person and artist.

                                                                                                          Her African heritage is an important aspect of her exploration of home. On ‘OMG’, for instance, she talks about celebrating the cultures and traditions of Africa:

                                                                                                          “Daddy adolescent said he’d get out from the streets
                                                                                                          Give him kid a feed
                                                                                                          Let em grow they feet
                                                                                                          Fly em out of Africa
                                                                                                          Give them kids a beat
                                                                                                          Show them how the other half
                                                                                                          How the world lives”

                                                                                                          Explaining the meaning behind the lyrics, she says, “I personally feel that people on the continent have a duty to our family in the diaspora, to re-teach our culture, language, spirituality, ways and return our peeps to ourselves. To me ‘OMG’ sounds like the songs we heard in our childhood. It’s broadly about flexing your culture! Loving where you’re from and even being shocked at the realisation of not knowing how dope it is to be ‘who you are’.” The video was shot between South Africa and Botswana, where she was raised, and gave Sampa the chance to involve her parents in her world. “I got to do something that I’ve never done before,” she says. “Which is to have my parents in one of my music videos. This is the first time they have been involved in my music at this level and it was important for me to express accepting and flexing my culture with the two people who know me most!”

                                                                                                          On album opener, ‘Mwana’, she employs the language of the Bemba tribe which her mother is a descendent of. “Mwana” means “child” in Bemba, and the song samples her mother and features her sister singing, making connections between her immediate family and their wider history. However, “The Return” is a reference to a physical journey, as well as a spiritual one; Sampa returned to Zambia and Botswana, where she was born and raised, respectively. There, she recorded the videos for both ‘Final Form’ - the triumphant single which sees her embrace the struggle of growing as an artist, and ‘OMG’. She is also set to release a short film titled ‘Homecoming’ about her experiences returning home to play her first shows on African soil. Across every aspect of “The Return”, from the music and the lyrics, to the visuals and the artwork, Sampa The Great returns to the foundations propping up her sense of self and in doing so makes a bold statement about who she is as an artist.


                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Millie says: Sampa The Great’s masterful ‘The Return’ is the musical culmination of four years of self discovery, a theme which runs throughout the entire album. Incorporating everything we love about hip-hop as well as a celebration of Southern African rhythm, this album is pure and dynamic. Featuring some badass artists like Whosane and Krown, this is the gift that just keeps on giving.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir)
                                                                                                          Freedom
                                                                                                          Wake Up (Interlude)
                                                                                                          Time’s Up (feat. Krown)
                                                                                                          Grass Is Greener
                                                                                                          Dare To Fly (feat. Ecca Vandal)
                                                                                                          Any Day (feat. Whosane)
                                                                                                          OMG
                                                                                                          Light It Up (Interlude)
                                                                                                          Final Form
                                                                                                          Heaven (feat. Whosane)
                                                                                                          Diamond In The Ruff (feat. Thando, Krown)
                                                                                                          Leading Us Home
                                                                                                          Summer (feat. Steam Down)
                                                                                                          Brand New (feat. SILENTJAY)
                                                                                                          Give Love (Interlude)
                                                                                                          The Return (feat. Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
                                                                                                          Don’t Give Up (feat. Mandarin Dreams)
                                                                                                          Made Us Better (feat. Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori)

                                                                                                          Soulful, intimate and expansive all at once, Jordan Rakei’s third album, "Origin", cuts straight to the point. The melodies are brighter, the sound is bigger and the vision behind it more finely-tuned. Switching up from the highly personal and intimate portrait he painted with 2017’s "Wallflower", which was a way of grappling with his experience of anxiety and introversion, "Origin" is overtly inspired by dystopian visions of our future - notably Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. 'I’m worried that we’re losing a sense of connection,' explains Jordan, with many of the album lyrics exploring technological growth, and how it affects our sense of humanity. For example, new single "Say Something" is 'about speaking up for what you believe in; a call to arms for future humans to stand up against the AI systems which govern a now-dystopian world. It follows recent single "Mind’s Eye", which envisions a future world where malfunctioning tech implanted in the human body has flooded the users mind with projections of chaos. He meditates daily, something he adopted partly in response to his issues with anxiety, and something which has shaped his worldview and informed his writing and production process.

                                                                                                          On "Origin", Rakei has scaled up his ambitions, and is more confident in the way he goes about achieving them. Making tracks that speak more confidently, in brighter colours, and which deal with something bigger than himself. He channeled the classic songwriting and musicality of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, striving to surprise and delight with the form of his work, and always infusing it with the same effortless swing and human feel that he fell in love with listening to A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and 9th Wonder.


                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Millie says: Rakei returns with his new sublime album, exploring themes of a technological and a dystopian future while producing the best jazz groves around topped with soulful vocals. Absolutely gorgeous stuff!

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          01. Mad World
                                                                                                          02. Say Something
                                                                                                          03. Mind’s Eye
                                                                                                          04. Rolling Into One
                                                                                                          05. Oasis
                                                                                                          06. Wildfire
                                                                                                          07. Signs
                                                                                                          08. You & Me
                                                                                                          09. Moda
                                                                                                          10. Speak
                                                                                                          11. Mantra

                                                                                                          Jayda G releases her debut album “Significant Changes” via Ninja Tune, having risen steadily through the dance music underground thanks to her infectious energy, vitality, rhythm and boundless enthusiasm. Musically it’s a blend of vintage drum machine funk drawing heavily on Chicago’s house blueprint - a natural progression from a string of EPs both solo and alongside her friend and mentor DJ Fett Burger (Sex Tags Mania), often appearing on the Freakout Cult label the two ran jointly until 2018 and most recently her newly minted JMG Recordings imprint. Also renowned for her high-energy performances as a DJ, the past 12 months have seen her play London’s formidable Printworks venue alongside the likes of Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann and Omar-S, be invited by The Black Madonna to play at her Warehouse Project takeover, and Berlin’s iconic Panorama Bar, as well as festival appearances at Field Day, Kala, Melt!, AVA and the xx’s Night And Day to name a few.

                                                                                                          'I’ve gone through some significant changes personally, in terms of growing up into the person that I am, my career just morphing to a place I never dreamed or imagined possible,' explains Jayda. 'It’s about me understanding myself as an artist, understanding who that person is, and who I want that person to be, and taking more responsibility for the platform that I’ve been given.' 


                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          CD
                                                                                                          1. Unifying The Center (Abstract)
                                                                                                          2. Renewal (Hyla Mix)
                                                                                                          3. Stanley’s Get Down (No Parking On The DF)
                                                                                                          4. Leave Room 2 Breathe (feat. Alexa Dash)
                                                                                                          5. Orca’s Reprise
                                                                                                          6. Missy Knows What’s Up
                                                                                                          7. Sunshine In The Valley (feat. Alexa Dash)
                                                                                                          8. Move To The Front (Disco Mix)
                                                                                                          9. Conclusion

                                                                                                          2LP
                                                                                                          A1. Unifying The Center (Abstract)
                                                                                                          A2. Renewal (Hyla Mix)

                                                                                                          B1. Stanley’s Get Down (No Parking On The DF)
                                                                                                          B2. Leave Room 2 Breathe (feat. Alexa Dash)

                                                                                                          C1. Orca’s Reprise
                                                                                                          C2. Missy Knows What’s Up

                                                                                                          The Cinematic Orchestra are back with a definitive new album that explores a timeless question of vital importance in 2019 - what to believe? Founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime partner Dominic Smith have enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (vocalist on Bonobo’s 'First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson, Kindness). Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) features on strings and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin).

                                                                                                          In 2019 it is easy to see the band’s influence, jazz is all around us, London and LA have recently produced scenes more prolific than anyone expected; Kamasi Washington has been nominated for both Grammy and Brit Awards, Sons Of Kemet a Mercury Prize, BADBADNOTGOOD provide jazz soundtracks to high fashion shows and Kendrick Lamar has put the jazz palette at the top of the charts. When The Cinematic Orchestra released their critically acclaimed debut album “Motion” it helped pave the way for this moment, incorporating as it did an interpretation that had been lacking in the oeuvre and encouraging a new generation of musicians to break rules. “To Believe” doesn’t shy away from this ethos - its articulation of the band’s unique sonic language, encompassing not only jazz but the sort of transcendental orchestration combined with the elegant electronics of artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Floating Points, artists they have helped forge a path for, has never been more cohesive and compelling.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Matt says: This year is the 20th birthday of this prestigious band who, out of the fertile soils of UK jazz, hip-hop and electronica, have grown into a much-celebrated household name. What better crown to mark the end of their teens than ‘To Believe’. With another ambrosial list of vocal collaborations, its (notably) reduced number of tracks and a huge injection of neo-classical nuances, it aims its bow directly at the heart; a body of work that seems to exist and transmit out of a heavenly and divine realm. The band employ a beguiling tapestry of organic and electronic instruments, samples and improvisation throughout. There's a deliberate and considered higher consciousness to the entire album, like it's whispering into your ear late at night between the pillows. Sometimes like a snow-dusted fairytale with its highly cinematic string arrangements, at other's deeply introspective; it's the message that matters after everything else is removed, and on ‘I Believe’ we receive it with a fragile yet focussed intimacy.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. To Believe (feat. Moses Sumney)
                                                                                                          2. A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life (feat. Roots Manuva)
                                                                                                          3. Lessons
                                                                                                          4. Wait For Now/Leave The World (feat. Tawiah)
                                                                                                          5. The Workers Of Art
                                                                                                          6. Zero One/This Fantasy (feat. Grey Reverend)
                                                                                                          7. A Promise (feat. Heidi Vogel)

                                                                                                          The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                                                                          A Caged Bird / Imitations Of Life

                                                                                                            Ninja Tune bring us the first new material from The Cinematic Orchestra in three years via a limited vinyl release of the Roots Manuva collaboration "A Caged Bird / Imitations Of Life". Claps and tambourines bring us into the room, where the downbeat ensemble gently tease out a skeletal fusion of thoughtful piano, solid percussion and moody electronics, made whole with Roots Manuva's philosophical flow and urgent strings. It's clear by now though that TCO don't trade in the linear, and soon enough the track explodes into syncopated drums, twinkling electronics and a drifting chorus, tugging every heartstring at once. Available on a limited vinyl with an instrumental and acapella on the flip, this is a welcome return for the electronic legends.


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life
                                                                                                            B1. A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life (Instrumental)
                                                                                                            B2. A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life (Acapella) 

                                                                                                            Marie Davidson

                                                                                                            Working Class Woman

                                                                                                            Marie Davidson’s new album turns the mirror on herself. "Working Class Woman” is the Montreal-based producer’s fourth and most self-reflective record: it’s a document of her state of mind, of operating within the spheres of dance music and club culture. Drawing on those experiences, as well as an array of writers, thinkers and filmmakers who’ve influenced her, Davidson’s response to such difficult moments is to explore her own reaction to them and poke fun. 

                                                                                                            The sound of "Working Class Woman” is more direct than any of her previous outings. She still mines the same influences, from Italo disco, to proto-techno and industrial, but leadens them with a gut-punching weight, making for a record that’s more visceral than any she’s released before. Industrial heaviness is balanced by Davidson’s spoken text - rather than spoken word, which she sees as a distinct tradition - dark, textured soundscapes are counterweighted by statements that carry a more darkly humourous edge than before, making observations on both aspects of club culture as well as more oblique critiques of the modern world. It’s something that’s encapsulated in the driving momentum of lead single "So Right", which matches pared back lyrics with a melodic bassline and bright synths, her words sketching out a euphoric feeling that chimes with the music.

                                                                                                            Building on the dancefloor-minded trajectory charted by her previous record "Adieux Au Dancefloor” (Cititrax / Minimal Wave), which drew praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader and Resident Advisor, and opened up her sound to a new, wider audience, earning support from peers such as Nina Kraviz and Jessy Lanza. 


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Your Biggest Fan
                                                                                                            2. Work It
                                                                                                            3. The Psychologist
                                                                                                            4. Lara
                                                                                                            5. Day Dreaming
                                                                                                            6. The Tunnel
                                                                                                            7. Workaholic Paranoid Bitch
                                                                                                            8. So Right
                                                                                                            9. Burn Me
                                                                                                            10. La Chambre Intérieure

                                                                                                            Actress X London Contemporary Orchestra

                                                                                                            Lageos

                                                                                                              Following the release of the ’Audio Track 5’ EP and live performances at the Strelka Institute (Moscow), Barbican Centre and Tate Tanks (London), electronic producer and musician Darren Cunningham AKA Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) release a full album of their collaboration on Ninja Tune entitled ‘Lageos’.

                                                                                                              Originally performed at the Barbican in February 2016, the project was curated by Boiler Room and LCO with support from Arts Council England and Ninja Tune. The music created a synergy between both live electronic and acoustic components, not just in the harmonies but in the way the traditional instruments were spliced into new hybrid instruments. As part of the process, Actress and LCO augmented traditional piano and created sounds from objects as varied as temple bowls and plastic bags. The show, a massive sell-out success, eventually lead to the release of this much anticipated album.

                                                                                                              For the album, LCO recorded the individual instrumental parts as stems at Spitfire Studio then sent to Actress to manipulate, in turn delivering some truly unique new pieces. LCO also went on to reinterpret Actress classics ‘Hubble' and ’N.E.W' among others from his catalogue.

                                                                                                              "In many ways the collaboration is about exploring an ambiguity of sound that sits between electronic and acoustic spaces; something that we’re aiming to push further as part of the live shows,” says the LCO’s Hugh Brunt of the collaboration. “For much of the set we look to realize as close as possible the timbres and colours of Actress’ electronics through acoustic means (which he in turn responds to); something of a physicalisation of those synthesized or sampled sounds. That has involved utilizing various accessories: plastic bags (for white noise or to emulate an EQ’d hi-hat); keys; Blu-Tack (to dampen the piano’s upper strings); milk frothers on harp strings, etc."

                                                                                                              The project’s genesis was very much inspired by, as well as performed at, the mecca of brutalism – the Barbican Centre. Iannis Xenakis, a Greek composer and architect who would create buildings to fit his scores, and scores to fit his buildings was an inspiration, Actress and LCO took architectural layouts of the Barbican and created sounds directly inspired by its shapes.


                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Barry says: A less beat-driven adventure for Actress, focusing mainly on the texture and interplay between found sounds and a classical orchestra. Fitting in nicely to his previous dusty electronic workouts, Lageos is a fascinating and impeccably curated suite of brutalist ambience and avant-garde electronica.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              LAGEOS
                                                                                                              Momentum
                                                                                                              Galya Beat
                                                                                                              Chasing Numbers
                                                                                                              Chaos Rain
                                                                                                              Surfer’s Hymn
                                                                                                              N.E.W.
                                                                                                              Audio Track 5
                                                                                                              Voodoo Posse, Chronic
                                                                                                              Illusion
                                                                                                              Hubble

                                                                                                              Cocoa Sugar, announced in November 2017 that Young Fathers had a brand new album and it has been highly anticipated since. The trio – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole – marked the news by previewing a brand-new song, ‘Lord’ and a subsequent accompanying video. Just like their previous standalone 2017 single ‘Only God Knows’ (written for the Trainspotting T2 film and described by director Danny Boyle as “the heartbeat of the film”), ‘Lord’ provided an enticing glimpse of what to expect from Young Fathers’ third full album; something typically unique and exhilarating, but leaner, more muscular and self-assured than ever before. Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers operating with a newfound clarity and direction, and is without doubt their most confident and complete statement to date.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Millie says: Long awaited but is now finally here, Cocoa Sugar is refreshingly original as their new sound is bold and irresistibly good.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. See How
                                                                                                              2. Fee Fi
                                                                                                              3. In My View
                                                                                                              4. Turn
                                                                                                              5. Lord
                                                                                                              6. Tremolo
                                                                                                              7. Wow
                                                                                                              8. Border Girl
                                                                                                              9. Holy Ghost
                                                                                                              10. Wire
                                                                                                              11. Toy
                                                                                                              12. Picking You

                                                                                                              Peggy Gou

                                                                                                              Once

                                                                                                                Currently the most glittering starchild in the house cosmos, Peggy Gou has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent months, probably due to the fact she's fucking brilliant. Previous outings on Rekids, Phonica White and Technicolour have had us giddy with adoration and this latest EP on Ninja Tune keeps the times good and our cerebellum shuddering. The 12" opens with the magnificent "It makes You Forget (Itgehane)", an acid tinged taste of mechanical soul that's incidentally the biggest house heater of the year so far. Peggy's warm vocals (appearing for the first time, and in her native Korean no less), ride a wriggling acid B-line and rolling drum pattern, intersecting perfectly with the smooth vamps and crystalline chimes which lend the track the kind of naive and optimistic charm you may remember from early Prescription records, Dream2Science and your first pill. Switching over to the B-side you'll find the sci-fi synthery, propulsive groove and medicated charms of "Hundres Times" and lastly the spectral electro of "Han Jan". Immaculately turned out in Jee-ook Choi's spacey sleeve art - this is a must have!

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
                                                                                                                Hundres Times
                                                                                                                Han Jan

                                                                                                                Bicep

                                                                                                                Bicep

                                                                                                                  Bicep - the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are mainstays in the current dance music climate. Fresh off the back of groundbreaking live performances across the globe (notably Dekmantel but also here at MCR's Parklife) they now present their debut album - as it its taken them this long! First coming onto our radar in 2010, the pair have come a long way since the initial 'NY house revival' that set their careers alight after running a tastemaking blog - Feel My Bicep. The perfect summation of the duo’s career to date - "Bicep" is a sonic tour of their history touching the cornerstones of underground club culture. Matt and Andy have pulled off the rarest of feats, to make a singularly unique electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature. It’s a perfectly succinct album: loose, raw and energetic enough for the dancefloor, yet refined, artfully composed and contemplative enough for home listening.



                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Orca
                                                                                                                  2 .Glue
                                                                                                                  3. Kites
                                                                                                                  4. Vespa
                                                                                                                  5. Ayaya
                                                                                                                  6. Spring
                                                                                                                  7. Drift
                                                                                                                  8. Opal
                                                                                                                  9. Rain
                                                                                                                  10. Ayr
                                                                                                                  11. Vale
                                                                                                                  12. Aura

                                                                                                                  Actress X London Contemporary Orchestra

                                                                                                                  Audio Track 5

                                                                                                                    Everyone's favourite leftfield enigma, Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra as they premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding back catalogue. Showcased last year at The Barbican Centre London and Strelka Institute Moscow and in conjunction with Boiler Room this 12” release named simply "Audio Track 5" serves as an introduction to a larger body which will be released on Ninja Tune and Boiler Room TV as both a full length album plus live show in August this year. Over a decade of releases Cunningham has built a reputation as a fine creator of cerebral abstract techno, or R&B concrète, crafting pulsing kickdrums, jittering percussion and chopped sample loops into churning, rumbling tracks soaked in static. But he has also been on record saying he wants to make ‘classical stuff for a modern generation’. A truely defining artist, who isn't afraid to push challenging content if it gets his message across clearer, we've been big fans of Actress here at Piccadilly since forever. In this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham’s choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music laced with electrostatic interference and DSP nuances. It'll keep existing fans on their toes, which is kinda why we love him! 

                                                                                                                    For me, Actress exists in a sparsely populated world of pure muses. Throughout musical history you have people at the very forefront of a generation or culture. Artists who relate to a time and environment rather than appeal to specific genre constraints of an fleeting aspect of club culture. Artists who truly put 'art' before anything else - often challenging the norm and usually way ahead of what the general consensus then later terms as cool. I put Darren Cunningham in this class, alongside Bowie, Kate Bush, Prince, Jamal Moss, AFX, Burial and Madonna. A grand statement I know but as the esteemed producer reaches album number five his artistic focus and future vision is unrivalled. The simplest you could say about "AZD" is that it’s art - the unique creation of a unique mind. There will be few more distinctive, brilliant or visionary suites of music released in 2017. Shimmering through a holographic prism its opening trilogy of tracks shines with new industry and broken societies; mixing dissonance with rhythm unceremoniously. Side B twists and churns through a multitude of audio processes, the very fabric of time space audible as Actress switches our receptors onto maximum sensitivity; offering up two painfully current club cuts in the process ("X22RME" & "Runner"). As side C slide gracefully in with the neo-orchestration of "Falling Rizlas" Actress prepares us for the demonically epic "Dancing In The Smoke" which defies categorization entirely, spinning old school hip-hop vox through an audio spiralizer and swirling metallic washes. Side D opens with the alluring "There's An Angel In The Shower", fluttering electronics gentle serenading us through highly emotive micro-chords. Finally "Visa" sees the Actress depart us in spritely, mischievous form, playful arpeggios rambunctiously motoring away as Cunningham pours hot white noise and electromagnet shards over the recording medium. It's been another awe inspiring, and at time uneasy vision of the future and how it's gonna sound, but Actress welcomes in the new with a wry smile and comforting gaze.



                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    NIMBUS
                                                                                                                    UNTITLED 7
                                                                                                                    FANTASYNTH
                                                                                                                    BLUE WINDOW
                                                                                                                    CYN
                                                                                                                    X22RME
                                                                                                                    RUNNER
                                                                                                                    FALLING RIZLAS
                                                                                                                    DANCING IN THE SMOKE
                                                                                                                    FAURE IN CHROME
                                                                                                                    THERE’S AN ANGEL IN THE SHOWER
                                                                                                                    VISA

                                                                                                                    Nathan Fake has grown from his beginnings as an undeniably skilled, but relatively inoffensive purveyor of twee IDM (see the cutesy electronic rhythms and circuit-bent melodies of 'Drowning In A Sea Of Love') into a powerhouse of challenging electronics and innovative melodic constructions.

                                                                                                                    The brash and stomping 'Feelings 1' could easily be stretched into a 6-minute long OPN track from his early catalog, but retains its impact and drive in part due to it's brevity, letting up after only a couple short minutes with a thematic segue into the thumping title track. Utilising his tried-and-tested technique of a filtered-out beginning into a revisitation of that theme, but injected with fiery percussion and swooning synthplay, Fake constructs a towering wall of chaotic arps and fizzling saturation, underpinned by distorted kick drums and dusty pads.

                                                                                                                    'HoursDaysMonthsSeasons' is much more along the lines of Border Community heavy-hitters Holden or Luke Abbott, pitching tweeting modulars and syncopated throbs against a droning foundation of fire and brimstone. As with all of Fake's more recent work, this is a deep and rewarding experience, but gives as much as you do, revealing it's complexities through patence and perserverance. 

                                                                                                                    Moving further along (we have convered the towering 'DEGREELESSNESS elsewhere), we move into ambient territory with 'SmallCityLights' which is a relaxing and much-needed respite (make use of it while you can) before the thudding dystopian sidechained duality of 'Radio Spiritworld'. Like a pack of robots fizzing and staggering towards a neon sun, we get chillwave guitars, industrial hammering and crackling electronic connections, coming together into a bracing mix of rampant retro-futurism and forward-thinking outsider 'tron.

                                                                                                                    Providence is as contrary and (I imagine) divisive as anything Fake has accomplished thus far, founded upon his considerable talent for writing a dancefloor stomper, but abstracted into the outer realms of melodicism and rhythm. A challenging, towering behemoth of an album, that will confound and amaze in equal measure. 

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: Nathan Fake does OPN. Shimmering synths, soul-shaking drone and abstracted rhythms mashed together (amazingly) into a brittle and brutal amalgamation of conceptual genius and technical mastery. A++, Will listen again.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Feelings 1
                                                                                                                    PROVIDENCE
                                                                                                                    HoursDaysMonthsSeasons
                                                                                                                    DEGREELESSNESS (ft Prurient)
                                                                                                                    The Equator & I unen
                                                                                                                    SmallCityLights
                                                                                                                    Radio Spiritworld
                                                                                                                    CONNECTIVITY
                                                                                                                    RVK (ft Raphaelle)
                                                                                                                    REMAIN
                                                                                                                    Feelings 2

                                                                                                                    Simon Green, aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album – the masterful, magisterial “Migration” – is a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and indeed, beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, "Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life."

                                                                                                                    It is a theme with a personal as well as a sociological aspect to it. Last year, a close family member passed away. “My Family and I are all disbanded and spread to far corners of the earth,” explains Green, “In the end we did the funeral in Brighton. My own personal idea of identity, where I am from, and what home is, has played into this record and its migratory themes. Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?”

                                                                                                                    It's tempting to relate Green's emotive aesthetic to his sense of dislocation. He grew up in rural Hampshire with a father heavily involved in the British folk scene. "We would have endless folk jams in the house. There would be random banjo and violin players crashing in the garage for the weekend.” Not that he was necessarily feeling his dad’s taste at the time: “I was a grubby little skater back then, listening to alt-rock, hardcore and hip hop”. But no doubt this phase was an early musical education, indeed Green started learning to play guitar, piano, 4-track tape recorders and effects pedals in this period, building up soundcscapes from an early age. His move to Brighton is also a key influence; his skill at drum programming harks back to his days DJing and producing in the small, musically fertile town. Under the initial guidance of Tru Thoughts' Rob Luis and at nights such as Phonic:hoop where he began to regularly play all-night DJ sets.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: Has it really been almost 4 years since Bonobo's last full-length? Yes! yes it has, but the wait has been worth it. This is an altogether more soulful affair, still packed with the sort of downbeat rhythmic mastery you've come to expect but imbued with a melancholic and matured aura that only adds to mr Green's veritable mastery of his craft. A triumph.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1) Migration
                                                                                                                    2) Break Apart
                                                                                                                    3) Outlier
                                                                                                                    4) Grains
                                                                                                                    5) Second Sun
                                                                                                                    6) Surface
                                                                                                                    7) Bambro Koyo Ganda
                                                                                                                    8) Kerala
                                                                                                                    9) Ontario
                                                                                                                    10) No Reason
                                                                                                                    11) 7th Sevens
                                                                                                                    12) Figures

                                                                                                                    Letherette

                                                                                                                    Last Night On The Planet

                                                                                                                    Letherette return with their second album for Ninja Tune. Imbued with the duo’s signature warmth and distinctive swing, “Last Night On The Planet” is ten tracks deep and runs the gamut from hip-hop (featuring raps from Rejjie Snow and Stones Throw’s Pyramid Vritra), to straight-up four-to-the-floor house trax, uptempo ‘80s R&B-inspired dancefloor heaters, and deeper, introspective downtempo moments (blessed by Jed & Lucia of Ubiquity Records). With a wide range of RIYL artists including Lone, MCDE, Lapaluz and Flako, don't let the street ready rap of "Momma" lull you into thinking this is gonna be a straight up hip-hop LP. "Rich & Dan" displays Letherette's ear for a warbled, head twisting sound design. "Shanel" treads the electrofunk / boogie route that we've seen Letherette rock so well in the past while tracks ""Wootera" and "Bad Sign" display Letherette's love for a banging house beat. The speed in which Letherette changes style and direction through the album is striking if nothing else, not only displaying the varied production talents of this artist but also a lesson in how to structure an album in a dynamically pleasing fashion. Excellent stuff!

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Momma Feat. Rejjie Snow
                                                                                                                    2. Rich & Dan
                                                                                                                    3. Shanel
                                                                                                                    4. Wootera
                                                                                                                    5. Bad Sign Feat. Jed & Lucia
                                                                                                                    6. Dog Brush
                                                                                                                    7. Frugaloo
                                                                                                                    8. Soulette
                                                                                                                    9. Rubu
                                                                                                                    10. Last Night On The Planet Feat. Pyramid Vritra

                                                                                                                    Illum Sphere

                                                                                                                    Glass

                                                                                                                      Producer, DJ and NTS resident Illum Sphere (Ryan Hunn) returns to Ninja Tune with his second full length ‘Glass’. An album stretching nine dynamic but focused tracks reminiscent of Helena Hauff and Kassem Mosse.

                                                                                                                      Hunn replaces the sharp turns and drastic shifts in altitude of 2014’s ‘Ghosts Of Then And Now’ with mechanical depth and a beating cohesiveness hinted at on his ‘Second Sight’ and ‘Spectre Vex’ 12”s. It’s a shift that’s bled into his acclaimed DJ sets and recent mixes for fabriclive and Dekmantel, previously drawing support from Benji B, Thom Yorke, Ben UFO and NTS.

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Patrick says: On this striking sophomore offering Illum Sphere fuses regimented drum machines and spectral techno with late night ambience and icy coldwave to create an audio snapshot of a lonely winter in Berlin.

                                                                                                                      Travis Stewaert aka Machinedrum returns with possibly his career-defining album. Written during the early stages of this year, which saw Steward move to California and start exploring esoteric and new age sounds. This concept of sound as a healer, or as a way of expanding our mind is something he's trying to carry throughout the execution of the album. From opener "Lapis", Machinedrum immediately grabs our attention - slowly an arpeggio ascending to heaven which, apparently building towards the mother of all drops, instead fades up and off into the ether. "Morphonogene" swiftly carries the listener into some skitty, future-proof beats backed by what will become the albums ident - pitched angel vox set to a half-tempo swagger. "Angel Speak" continues the theme with euphoric stabs building and rising before a huge snare roll signifies the drop into bass heavy wobble - the post-everything production ethos coming through strong on this number while MeLo-X offers understated, classy assistance.
                                                                                                                      The music throughout is scintillating, stimulating and stylish; from the mind-candy riffs of "White Crown", the ecstatic d&b finale of "Do It 4 U" (featuring an absolute stand-out vox from singer-of-the-moment D∆WN). From the smile-inducing, melodic brilliance of "Colour Communicator" to the precision and build of "Dos Puertas" featuring Rihanna collaborator Kevin Hussein, one of those albums that displays perfectly what it sounds like to be alive RIGHT NOW, without a thought of looking backwards. There's a plethora of collaborations: the aforementioned MeLo-X; Jesse Boykins III offers a moment of astral r&b goodness on "Celestial Levels"; Rochelle Jordan provides the lift off as Machinedrum works the rhythm flips on "Tell U". There are also contributions from Ruckazoid, Roses Gabore and SK Simeon. It's a tour de force of future musica and we love it! Recommended. 


                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Matt says: Thoroughly invigorating listen from Machinedrum, exploring new styles and sounds with ease and finesse. Perfect for anyone wanting a glimpse into the futuristic progression / hybrid of bass and pop music

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Lapis
                                                                                                                      Morphogene (ft Ruckazoid)
                                                                                                                      Angel Speak (ft MeLo-X)
                                                                                                                      Tell U (ft Rochelle Jordan)
                                                                                                                      Surfed Out Do It 4 U (ft D∆WN)
                                                                                                                      Celestial Levels (ft Jesse Boykins III)
                                                                                                                      Isometrix
                                                                                                                      Spectrum Sequence
                                                                                                                      White Crown (ft Tosin Abasi)
                                                                                                                      Ocean Of Thought
                                                                                                                      Etheric Body Temple
                                                                                                                      Dos Puertas (ft Kevin Hussein)
                                                                                                                      Opalescent
                                                                                                                      Colour Communicator

                                                                                                                      The Invisible

                                                                                                                      Life's Dancers - Inc. Floating Points Remix

                                                                                                                        In a career packed with plaudits, critical praise and plenty of highlights (for instance, when I put them on at Sounds From The Other City), The Invisible have cut a singular path through the musical world, remaining independent and individual whilst still achieving mainstream success. That they manage to pull this off whilst still boasting an ephemeral, essentially indescribable sound and style is remarkable when you think about it. 
                                                                                                                        Here the trio follow their excellent third LP with a 12" single brought to you in collaboration with DJ, producer, jazz genius and man of the moment Floating Points. And it's the Eglo man who kicks us off, taking the controls for an A-side remix chocked full of loose funk and heart swelling melody. Sweeping, autumnal strings drift over syncopated drums and punchy bass, fusing into a nebulous shelter for Dave Okumu's gossamer vocals. Dreamy, deep and dancey, the track drops out into stripped back, groove led excursions with just enough frequency to make those maximal moments hit with full emotional resonance. Peppered with the trilling synths, sparkling sequences and subtle tones he's made his own, this is Floating Points in full control of all around him - simply masterful. Even for a man of FP's inummerable talents, none of this would be possible with from piss-poor material, and The Invisible's original version opens the flip in no less impressive fashion. Emotive, immersive and blessed with the kind of off-kilter rhythm missing from music since Micachu had her Shapes, this fusion of jazz tones, funk beats and dreampop haze is worth the admission fee alone. But that's not all folks, for deep in the obscurity of the B2 glimmers a brand new track, co-written by Floating Points. Powered by thudding drum machines and sparkling sequences, "First Time" offers dramatic 80s tinged guitar chords, booming boogie bass and all the wonk you'd expect from an intoxicated evening at an Eglo showcase. If you're digging on the synthetic soul sound of Blood Orange or Ghostpoet right now, you'll love this. 

                                                                                                                        Space Dimension Controller

                                                                                                                        Orange Melamine

                                                                                                                          Crunchy, tattered and enjoyably odd 'Orange Melamine' is a lovingly produced and deeply personal album that laces supernatural sounds and translucent synths with a sense of overflowing harmony. Washed in reverb and draped in hiss, the album draws influence from the old VHS tapes handed down to Space Dimension Controller from his older brother and cousins, as well as artists like Boards of Canada, Brian Eno and William Basinski. The album is also steeped in audio and visual references from 80s and 90s sci-fi films and animations; from The Guyver, Short Circuit, The Gobots, and Ghostbusters through to The Fifth Element, Escape from New York and Power Rangers.

                                                                                                                          The recording process involved Space Dimension Controller (real name Jack Hamill) using a batch of unopened Pyral cassette tapes from the 70s, some of which were so old they had degraded, he claims: “A lot of the drum sounds were created from scratch in some granular programs and putting them onto the tapes really changed the sound of them. Every track in each track was recorded separately onto one of these tapes at double speed and 200% pitch then the tape was recorded back into the DAW at half speed. Looking back at it now, I can’t believe how patient I was when making this album, it really took a long time.” The use of these tapes creates a rough prettiness and incessant buzz beneath the stuttering beats and glitch-heavy techno effects. On tracks like “The Bad People” and “West G Cafetaria” Hamill, like the best producers of his ilk, has made something just short of pop music without compromising the album’s essential strange qualities.

                                                                                                                          On 'Orange Melamine' Hamill skilfully displays his early ability to make electronic tracks there are intricate and futuristic but also imbued with personality. Original without being difficult, enjoyable while being distinctive; that Orange Melamine triumphs without compromise is testament to a distinctively creative artist.

                                                                                                                          The Invisible

                                                                                                                          Patience

                                                                                                                          Listen to The Invisible’s new album, 'Patience', and what you will feel most strongly is the band’s sense of “joy and gratitude for being alive.” The experiences of Dave Okumu (guitar, vocals), Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) since the release of their last album, 'Rispah', both individually and collectively, mean that the group “have gained a deeper understanding of the value of life,” and a mission to communicate that to the listener. On 'Patience', they achieve these aims with a kind of effortless transcendence.

                                                                                                                          From the opening bars of the wonderful “So Well”, (featuring their friend and collaborator Jessie Ware), the feeling of joy pervades the record. Although the group have worked on this record with Anna Calvi, Rosie Lowe, Connan Mockasin and Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) as well as Ware, the sense of collective excitement and pleasure in music-making is what holds sway. It’s an album which hints towards the London soul of Ware, but combines it with the experimentation of the LA beat scene (where Dave Okumu went to write many of the songs) and the raw funk of D’Angelo.

                                                                                                                          Shortly before the release of Rispah (itself a heartfelt tribute to Okumu’s dead mother), Okumu was electrocuted while playing with the band onstage in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s possible that only the intervention of Herbert, who pulled his guitar off him, saved his life. This personal sense that the band have of deliverance has lead to Patience, not least their sense that they are “the luckiest men alive.”

                                                                                                                          Joyous without losing any of its intelligence or compositional rigour, the record takes its title from an unfashionable but profound idea - that, if we want to solve problems we have to be prepared to work and to wait rather than expecting instant results. It was an idea clarified when Dave found himself playing in Paris only a week after the gun attacks which ripped through the city on November 13th 2015. On his way home he read an interview with the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in which he talked about a realisation that could only have come to him in space: “What started seeping into me on...seeing all the ancient scars, was the incredible temporal patience of the world.”



                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          So Well
                                                                                                                          Save You
                                                                                                                          Best Of Me
                                                                                                                          Life’s Dancers
                                                                                                                          Different (ft Rosie Lowe)
                                                                                                                          Love Me Again (ft Anna Calvi)
                                                                                                                          Memories
                                                                                                                          Believe In Yourself
                                                                                                                          K Town Sunset (ft Connan Mockasin)

                                                                                                                          Ash Koosha

                                                                                                                          I AKA I

                                                                                                                            Ninja Tune are proud to announce the release of a new album, 'I AKA I', from Ash Koosha. Born in Iran and currently living in London, Ash makes the kind of “mind-bending electronic music” (Pitchfork), which has had the cognoscenti buzzing for months.

                                                                                                                            Working mainly with his own field recordings, treating each sampled source as a physical object, Koosha squeezes, stretches, distorts and moulds units of sound before using a background in classical music - both Persian and Western - gleaned from his time at the Tehran Conservatory of Music to structure and shape the result into affecting, original and often beautiful movements - a process he calls “finding geometry in sounds.”

                                                                                                                            Koosha has already lived and done more than most artists do in a lifetime, not least being imprisoned in Iran for his music and having to seek asylum in the UK. More important to him are his current activities, from film and synaesthetic experiments to FACT Albums of the Year and support from the likes of Run The Jewels and Empress OF, to an interest in virtual reality which will lead to a world’s first VR “experience” of his new album, at special ‘viewings’ next year. His process sounds technical and the results are both destructive as well as constructive, but the resulting album 'I AKA I' is also fundamentally human, and that’s set to take Koosha to a whole new level.


                                                                                                                            Illum Sphere

                                                                                                                            Second Sight / Ritual

                                                                                                                              UK DJ / producer and co-founder of the Manchester institution Hoya:Hoya (club night / label), Illum Sphere releases his new 12" via Ninja Tune. His first output since mid 2014's 'Spectre Vex' double pack, the two tracks "Second Sight" and 'Ritual' are reflective of a shift to a more machine-sounding approach to his productions. Lead track "Second Sight" is a stark, paranoid banger lurking in menacing cold wave / minimal wave / industrial territory, whilst on the flip "Ritual" layers minimal, mechanical percussion with gently arpeggiating synth lines. Two expertly crafted cuts from a producer at the top of his game, with more new music on the horizon.



                                                                                                                              Jaga Jazzist

                                                                                                                              Starfire

                                                                                                                                In December 2012, Jaga’s main songwriter, Lars Horntveth, left Norway and moved to Los Angeles. There, on the other side of the world, inspired by the space around him, the size of the sky above him, the endless light flashing past as he drove round the city at night, he began composing the new suite of works which would become 'Starfire'. Periodically he was joined by other members of the 8-piece band who would lay down their contributions in his apartment / studio before returning home to Norway. When the basics of the album were in place, he went back to Oslo to finish the record in the professional studios that the band had built and furnished over the years.

                                                                                                                                The result is a revelation. After the more heavily scored work of 'One Armed Bandit' and 'Live' with the Britten Sinfonia, 'Starfire' moves to a more experimental studio-led approach - "The idea was that we thought about the songs as both the original song and a remix in one" - morphing each song into a variety of sonic directions. With an increase in the use of electronics and the guitar work of Marcus Forsgren given new prominence, it’s probably the least straightforwardly “jazz” of their records. Instead, all the elements which have made them such an important band - the way their technical chops combine with the kind of mutual sympathy which comes from growing up together - are here melded into an utterly unique sound on what could turn out to be the group’s crowning achievement.

                                                                                                                                'Starfire' is a beautiful, visceral, utterly exhilarating piece of work that keeps spiralling up and away, structurally complex, musically rigorous, but without ever losing touch with a certain earthy sensuality and human sympathy. It could just be Jaga's masterpiece.


                                                                                                                                Evelyn Jane Mason and Jeremiah Klein met in Vancouver in 2011 and connected via a shared love of bass music, R&B and pop. Though their work is collaborative, Jeremiah leans towards production, with Evelyn providing startling vocals and frank lyrics. The results are enthrallingly hazy.

                                                                                                                                Popping up two years ago in February 2012 with a staggeringly brilliant 12" via Canadian creative collective and imprint King Deluxe, FACT compared Evy Jane's "frozen pop futurism" to the likes of Clams Casino and The Weeknd, whilst Pitchfork simply labelled it "stunning," giving it a Best New Track feature. Newly signed to Ninja Tune, Evy Jane's Closer EP neatly rounds up the duo’s sonic excursions since their explosive debut.

                                                                                                                                Inherently DIY, Evelyn and Jeremiah draw upon Vancouver's mystical aura to create a world that mirrors and magnifies it. From self-directed videos to hypnotic songwriting, Evy Jane is inspired by the hooks and melodies of R&B as much as the sub low shudder of the UK’s shifting bass music spectrum and the ebb and swell of tidal synth washes and grainy atmospherics.

                                                                                                                                Title track "Closer" draws the listener into its swirling electronic textures, catchy melodies and bass. The effect is to be caught helpless in its current, and the combination with the song’s lyrical plea for further closeness is heady. ‘Nothing So Great’ is a simply magical combination of synths rising gradually from heavy to urgent with commanding vocals describing the dark aftermath of sex. "Sosoft" is future R&B that charts the fear and wonder of romance via fathoms-deep bass and utterly beguiling vocals, dark veins spreading through lullaby softness. Final track "Worry Heart" ventures into dubbier territory, a recollected vision of failed reassurance seeing Evelyn’s vocals soar: "You are so damn fair. With your anchors gone, you are floating too free".

                                                                                                                                The beautiful 'Closer EP' vinyl format features artwork by the amazing Leif Podhajsky.


                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Closer
                                                                                                                                Nothing So Great
                                                                                                                                Sosoft
                                                                                                                                Worry Heart

                                                                                                                                FaltyDL

                                                                                                                                In The Wild

                                                                                                                                  Drew Lustman returns to the LP format after the success of 2012's "Hardcourage" and his subsequent dancefloor orientated business on Swamp81 and his own Blueberry Records. "In The Wild" sees the Brooklyn producer stretching further into his established territory of glitchy electronica and bass leaning house, while expanding his horizons with a melange of new flavours. Lead track "Do Me" offered some deeply skewed footwork, while "Greater Antilles" incorporates hints of ambient into its exotic sound. So far FaltyDL has paid his dues, learned from contemporaries and hit the big time, and now on album number four, it seems he's ready to see how far he can go.

                                                                                                                                  It’s a new Mr. Scruff album and you know what to expect, right? We widdle on about sexy potatoes and bouncy bacteria offering you a cup of tea, you have a little chuckle and actually make a brew, you stick on the album and… hold on. Because you see, quietly and without a lot of fuss (cos that’s not the way the Stockport Strepsil rolls) Mr. Scruff aka Andy Carthy has been evolving and developing his music.

                                                                                                                                  So yeah, you can still count upon a shedload of gritty funk and stony soul (not sure where this metaphor’s going..?) but the new record displays a stripped back musicality, a depth that maybe hasn’t been there before. It’s been coming across his last few releases, but this is the most complete, sustained exploration of where his music is at right now. In Carthy’s own pithy words it’s “tougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes.”

                                                                                                                                  If this record proves anything, it’s that there’s more, much more to the work of Andy Carthy than dancefloor grooves and funny cartoons.

                                                                                                                                  Don’t worry though - it is still one sexy potato.


                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  01. Stereo Breath Feat. Denis Jones
                                                                                                                                  02. Render Me Feat. Denis Jones
                                                                                                                                  03. Deliverance
                                                                                                                                  04. Thought To The Meaning Feat. Denis Jones
                                                                                                                                  05. Friendly Bacteria
                                                                                                                                  06. Come Find Me Feat. Vanessa Freeman
                                                                                                                                  07. Where Am I?
                                                                                                                                  08. He Don't Feat. Robert Owens
                                                                                                                                  09. What
                                                                                                                                  10. We Are Coming
                                                                                                                                  11. Catch Sound Feat. Denis Jones
                                                                                                                                  12. Feel Free

                                                                                                                                  Machinedrum

                                                                                                                                  Vapor City

                                                                                                                                    Electronic music’s Renaissance man Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, drops ‘Vapor City’ his first full-length offering since his critically heralded ‘Room(s)’ in 2011.

                                                                                                                                    Conceptually based on recurring dreams he has had for years about an unknown metropolis, Stewart has finally crafted a fully formed soundscape which doubles as a map into this imaginary universe. “‘Vapor City’ is an album inspired by a dream city,” explains Stewart. “A collection of different songs each representing different districts in the city.”

                                                                                                                                    Combining the speed of skittering jungle / juke rhythms with enveloping half speed basslines, atmospheric pads, lush piano chords and disembodied vocal samples, he's created the perfect backdrop for a trip through his invisible city. Opener (and single track) 'Gunshotta' twists old school jungle and ragga vox with a post-dubstep emotive soul and electronic depth. Hardcore shifter 'Infinite Us' combines rough beats with sparkling synth spirals with rising notes, while 'Don’t 1 2 Lose U' reimagines old school R&S rave with 2013 digital kit, juke rhythms and that post-Burial, post-Blake emotion. Taking a bit of a breather in the BPMs 'Center Your Love' offers a swooning female vocal and Boards Of Canada style detuned keyboard lines at the centre of rolling head-nod break. Heavily treated yearning vocals over a rolling junglist rhythm make 'Rise N Fall' another outstanding cut here, with 'U Still Lie' bringing an 80s electro ballad feel to the proceedings, and closer 'Baby It’s U' offering R&B suffocating under the crunch, crackle and rumble of current alt-step production sounds.

                                                                                                                                    The perfect counterbalance to the wave of harsh stadium-friendly no-brain EDM bro-step that passes for 'dance music' these days.


                                                                                                                                    Machinedrum

                                                                                                                                    Eyesdontlie / Body Touch

                                                                                                                                      Electronic music’s Renaissance man Machinedrum aka Travis Stewart is prepping for his biggest and boldest album release to date with Ninja Tune. ‘Eyesdontlie’ is the first single from the new record.

                                                                                                                                      Conceptually the album is based on recurring dreams that Travis has had for years about a metropolis known as Vapor City. He has crafted a fully-formed soundscape which doubles as a map into this imaginary universe. The road to Vapor City begins now with the ‘Eyesdontlie’ single, representing the first district from Travis Stewart’s newest universe.

                                                                                                                                      Travis has produced for Azealia Banks and Theophilius London, and ghost written for Missy Elliot and Tiesto. Other high profile fans include SBRTKT, Hudson Mowhawke, and Jesse Boykins, amongst many others.

                                                                                                                                      There is a large immersive campaign around the record including a new interactive website and unique launch parties streamed with Boiler Room in London, Paris, Berlin, New York and LA, each with visuals themed around a different district from ‘Vapor City’.


                                                                                                                                      If there's one thing occasionally lacking in the current crop of electronic wonders, it's fun. Fun is what sets Letherette apart, what makes them more than just another act in electronica, and what makes their self-titled debut a classic album. Letherette is, dare we say it, a classic of 'dance' music generally.

                                                                                                                                      The young duo from Wolverhampton have won hearts, minds and feet with four EPs, stunning remixes for Machinedrum and Bibio, and exuberant live shows. It's easy to see why they inspire such enthusiasm; they understand the cutting edge without feeling afraid to let themselves go, and their music is all the better for it. Letherette explores mood confidently, taking in introspective, melancholic moments as well as upbeat drive, and lending their debut extraordinary depth.

                                                                                                                                      If you're someone that wants to enjoy music as much as you admire it, Letherette will put a big, day-long smile on your face.


                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      After Dawn
                                                                                                                                      D&T
                                                                                                                                      Restless
                                                                                                                                      I Always Wanted You Back
                                                                                                                                      The One
                                                                                                                                      Gas Stations And Restaurants
                                                                                                                                      Cold Clam
                                                                                                                                      Warstones
                                                                                                                                      Boosted
                                                                                                                                      Space Cuts
                                                                                                                                      Hard Martha
                                                                                                                                      Say The Sun

                                                                                                                                      Bonobo

                                                                                                                                      The North Borders

                                                                                                                                        'The North Borders’ is the eagerly anticipated fifth studio album from iconic Ninja Tune artist Bonobo, and features appearances from Erykah Badu, Grey Reverend, Szjerdene and Cornelia.

                                                                                                                                        Three years on from his breakthrough album 'Black Sands', 'The North Borders’ has kept to a similar widescreen electro-acoustic soundscape, providing us with another selection of upbeat downbeat gems. Opener 'First Fires' has the melancholy and post-dubstep clicks and blips of a James Blake production, given extra similarity by Grey Reverend's vocal. Bonobo has been playing with 2-step rhythms for a while now (check 'Black Sands' favourite 'Eyesdown'), and now with the UK garage revival in full swing, cuts like 'Emkay' and 'Know You' sound right on point for 2013. House cuts like 'Don't Wait' and 'Antenna' lead the way to an alternative dancefloor, while 'Cirrus' features a similar intricacy to Kieran Hebden's polyrhythmic creations. Star guest Erykah Badu adds typically sublime vox to string-laden wonky-hop cut 'Heaven For The Sinner', while upcoming singer Szjerdene is equally ear-catching on future R&B essentials 'Towers' and 'Transits'. 'Jets' expands on the kind of crackling atmospherics of a Burial production, adding lush strings and organic percussion. 'Sapphire' has a rolling dubstep rhythm, but with plucked harps and vocal samples sewn into the mix. Bonobo leaves us wanting more with the beatdown downbeat album closer 'Pieces', featuring sweet vocals by Cornelia and uplifting strings and woodwind.


                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        01. First Fires Feat. Grey Reverend
                                                                                                                                        02. Emkay
                                                                                                                                        03. Cirrus
                                                                                                                                        04. Heaven For The Sinner Feat. Erykah Badu
                                                                                                                                        05. Sapphire
                                                                                                                                        06. Jets
                                                                                                                                        07. Towers Feat. Szjerdene
                                                                                                                                        08. Don't Wait
                                                                                                                                        09. Know You
                                                                                                                                        10. Antenna
                                                                                                                                        11. Ten Tigers
                                                                                                                                        12. Transits Feat. Szjerdene
                                                                                                                                        13. Pieces Feat. Cornelia

                                                                                                                                        FaltyDL

                                                                                                                                        She Sleeps Part 2 - Inc. 2000Black / Martyn Remixes

                                                                                                                                          Drew Lustman is currently one of the hottest new names in electronic music. ‘She Sleeps’ is the second single from his new album ‘Hardcourage’ and features a collaboration with Friendly Fires' vocalist Ed Macfarlane. The single is spread over two separate 12”s. The only vocal song on the full length, "She Sleeps" features a brilliant, haunting turn from Macfarlane. Mysterious, tender and reflective, his lyrics weave around the driving, purposeful percussion and a melody that's singularly exploratory and gentle. The single comes with a remix package that more than does justice to the quality of the original. Exuberant London broken beaters / boogie-ists 2000Black (Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane, Kaidi Tatham) have worked "She Sleeps" into a deep, hypnotic soulful groove (this 12” includes vocal, instrumental and acapella versions of their mix). Meanwhile, Holland's electronic pioneer Martyn has reworked the track into a writhing, muscular dancefloor stomp.


                                                                                                                                          Welcome if you will, to the coming of age of FaltyDL, AKA Drew Lustman. A producer who's already carved out a name as one of the most exciting talents to emerge in electronic music of late, he's released albums on Planet Mu, supported Radiohead (and topped Thom Yorke's office playlist,) as well as remixed the XX, Scuba and Mount Kimbie - to name but a few. He also has his own label, Blueberry Records, in collaboration with which Ninja Tune presents "Hardcourage".

                                                                                                                                          "Hardcourage" is the NYC-based Lustman's masterpiece: an electronic opus inspired by love and crafted with renewed intent and dedication. Lustman often makes mention of attempting to channel the music in his head, to allow it to pour forth direct from his subconscious. In "Hardcourage" it seems he's succeeded. The music here feels incredibly natural, the songs taking the most perfect of shapes, their emotive rise and swell both subtle and immensely powerful.

                                                                                                                                          Halfway through making the album, Lustman fell in love - the object of his affections rapidly becoming his muse. He's been very lucky in more ways than one: "Hardcourage" is full of uplift, energy and purpose - it genuinely feels like all the best parts of falling in love.

                                                                                                                                          The album's opener "Stay, I'm Changed" is much more than just a track that happens to come first; it genuinely opens the album, setting the tone and enticing the listener in to the self-contained world within. From its initially tentative, horn-like synths, it gradually grows in urgency, drama and emotional depth.

                                                                                                                                          Second single "She Sleeps" is the only vocal track on the album, featuring a brilliant, haunting turn from the Friendly Fires' Ed Macfarlane. The pair bonded over a shared love for garage music, (ironically, garage being the sound Falty has moved away from on the album.) The collaboration feels instinctive and inspired, two minds meeting to make a song with a purity and vulnerability not often found in electronic music.

                                                                                                                                          "Finally Some Shit / The Rain Stopped" feels like the blues lifting. Its pattering drums bring to mind rain against a windowpane, the driving bassline is like renewed resolve captured in music. "Hardcourage" is about 'when things are in Limbo and having the courage to carry on,' says Lustman, and nowhere is that more in evidence than here.

                                                                                                                                          The album’s first single "Straight & Arrow" summarises the musical direction Lustman has taken with "Hardcourage". His move away from a US take on garage has resulted in a masterful brand of atmospheric, soul-drenched house and electronica. As you'd expect, Falty has applied as much vision to the album's close as he has its beginning. "Bells" has a strong claim to be electronica's greatest love song. Like the clouds parting, the heart leaping, the world seeming to chime with happiness, it's the perfect end to the perfect declaration of love.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Stay I'm Changed
                                                                                                                                          She Sleeps (Feat. Ed Macfarlane)
                                                                                                                                          Straight & Arrow
                                                                                                                                          Uncea
                                                                                                                                          For Karme
                                                                                                                                          Finally Some Shit / The Rain Stopped
                                                                                                                                          Kenny Rolls
                                                                                                                                          Korban Dallas
                                                                                                                                          Reassimilate
                                                                                                                                          Bells

                                                                                                                                          "Hexagonal crystals have a unique directionality," says Slugabed, "which must be aligned and oriented with Earth's spin axis for every crystal in the inner core." This idea led him to try a computational experiment. If all the crystals must point in the same direction, why not one big crystal?

                                                                                                                                          Could an iron ball 1,500 miles across be a single crystal? Unheard of until now, the idea has prompted realisation that the temperature-pressure extremes of the inner core offer ideal conditions for crystal growth. Slugabed's high-pressure laboratories have conducted numerous experiments to test these theories.

                                                                                                                                          The article "Time Team" is a concise documentation of these experiments.

                                                                                                                                          Greg Feldwick is 23 years old and from Bath. He makes noises as Slugabed. His first releases were on Stuff, Ramp and then Planet Mu but now he is signed to the mothership, Ninja Tune. His music is suffused with a unique mix of humour, next level production, dancefloor smarts and melancholic emotion. “Time Team” is his debut album and we think it’s a belter. The album opens with “New Worlds", a heroic trudge across a vast space landscape, followed by the single “Sex”, a place of wildly suggestive synth squelch. He then takes us deeper, delving into the disembodied anime of “All This Time” and on to “Moonbeam Rider” which combines digital lyncanthropy with a kind of deep funk groove that ought to come with a warning label. Along with the nervous squeals of "Travel Sweets" and the widescreen spangling of “Unicorn Suplex” this is a record that evokes a very particular, very peculiar, but never less than beautiful worldview. An album highlight is “Mountains Come of The Sky”, which has a wonderful rolling rhythm and uplifting vocal, whilst the synth melody goes stratospheric at the mid-point. “Grandma Paints Nice,” distills yet more warmth and emotion from supposedly synthetic sounds, and “Climbing A Tree” sounds like the slow and wonderful death of a computer clinging on to its last, implanted false memory. Crowning the album, electro jam "Earth Claps" takes you on a field trip to the very core of the earth, melts you down and spits you out of a volcano. Lastly, the mood of dislocated melancholy is pushed almost to a nervous breakdown on the closing track “It’s When The Future Falls Plop On Your Head”.

                                                                                                                                          Asked to explain “Time Team,” Feldwick responds that “it's to do with deep feelings about mostly inexpressible things.” It is indeed an album full of feeling and warmth and humor, a remarkable feat for a record composed mainly on synthesisers and drum machines. You will be hearing a lot more of Slugabed.

                                                                                                                                          Something witty about crystals or whatever nonsense we were banging on about earlier.


                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. New Worlds
                                                                                                                                          2. Sex
                                                                                                                                          3. All This Time
                                                                                                                                          4. Moonbeam Rider
                                                                                                                                          5. Travel Sweets
                                                                                                                                          6. Unicorn Suplex
                                                                                                                                          7. Dragon Drums See All 2
                                                                                                                                          8. Mountains Come Out Of The Sky
                                                                                                                                          9. Grandma Paints Nice
                                                                                                                                          10. Climbing A Tree
                                                                                                                                          11. Earth Claps
                                                                                                                                          12. It's When The Future Falls Plop On Your Head

                                                                                                                                          In early 2011 Luke Vibert told Ninja Tune that he had just found some long-lost never heard before DATs dated 1995-1998 and titled "Back On Time".

                                                                                                                                          In 1996 Blue Angel Recordings an offshoot of the legendary Rising High label released the "Drum & Bass For Papa" album by Plug AKA West Country king of kitschtronica Luke Vibert, whom at that time had only released under his Wagon Christ moniker. The album remains to this day one of the acclaimed records to emerge from the buoyant and hugely influential electronic scene of the south-west in the 90s. Alongside people like Aphex Twin and Tom Middleton, Vibert filled cassettes with new tunes, hijacked the pirates and revelled in all that was original, twisted and like nothing else before.

                                                                                                                                          So a few years later and somewhat ahead of the curve, Vibert shook up D&B. Avant-jungle that wasn't made for the 'club', the album was an eccentric bolt from the blue, it shocked many of Vibert's contemporaries but went on to influence many, most notably Squarepusher.

                                                                                                                                          Until now Plug has yielded just one album - possibly only a humble man like Luke Vibert would have a whole album of top-quality electronic tracks just sat around for over 15 years and not release them. The 10 tracks on offer here include the proto-garage vocal stylings of "Feeling So Special", the demented circus-organs of "No Reality", the hilariously titled "Come On My Skeleton", the old-skool rinse out of "Mind Bending", the skewed bollywoodisms of "A Quick Plug for A New Shot" and all with impeccably produced jungle credentials as the bed.

                                                                                                                                          Sounding brand new as well as being a lost classic from a electronic icon, "Back On Time" is a release that anybody interested in the progression of dance music should be very curious to hear and enjoy.


                                                                                                                                          Loka

                                                                                                                                          Passing Place

                                                                                                                                            Loka, Ninja Tune's cult psychedelicists, purveyors of cinematic music that disturbs and troubles and intrigues rather than comforts, return with a new album, Passing Place. With many acts finding considerable critical acclaim in the music world right now through adventures in the outer reaches of psychedelia / jazz / classical, it's worth remembering that Loka have been ploughing this field with stunning results ever since their debut track on Ninja Tune's 10th birthday compilation "Xen Cuts" in 2000 when they emerged from the same fertile alt-Liverpool scene as Pop Levi, Zukanican and Super Numeri. The debut album proper was Fire Shepherds in 2006. Since that album, co-founder Karl Webb left Loka, leaving Mark Kyriacou to carry the banner. Mark re-grouped with members of the live Loka band and went about sketching out ideas later to become "Passing Place"… The result is their most confident and cinematic album yet. Less claustrophobic and inward than before, the new album has a wide-screen, rolling hills vista feel to it. It is an album seeped in reflection, but containing a wide-eyed thinking of the days to come. Welcome to the timeless world of Loka.


                                                                                                                                            Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL releases his debut EP with Ninja Tune and it’s an absolute cracker. Over its four tracks he shows the range and grasp of rhythm, atmosphere and melody which have made him one of the most exciting producers in electronic music right now.

                                                                                                                                            Title track “Atlantis” is distinguished by a complex, swinging, relentlessly danceable beat, unfeasibly low bass hits and a melancholic tune which sits somewhere between Four Tet and classic rave. “Can’t Stop The Prophet” shows the DNA of Wagon Christ (an early influence) spliced with the sonics of post-dubstep and the restless energy of an ADHD toddler, ending with a first-love junglist wig-out. “My Light, My Love”, seemingly sampled and built out of the sonic spaces between notes and beats, is perhaps the deepest moment on an incredible EP, while “The Sale Ends” takes us once more back to the skipping feel of a fractured, interplanetary 2-step.

                                                                                                                                            FaltyDL is one of the hottest names in electronic music right now and the Atlantis EP shows why. Immersed in the old New York and Chicago sound yet creating a more subtle and ultimately futuristic mash-up of influences, Lustman takes his influences and makes them fresh. The sometime sushi-chef and now New York resident has been turning heads since 2008, when Mike Paradinas signed his US-ified versions of UK garage to Planet Mu and released it on an unsuspecting world. Since then, Lustman has looked to expand and evolve his signature sound over two albums, an EP and three singles for the label. In addition, he has released an Afro-beat-inspired 12”, "Mean Streets Pt 1" with Loefah’s Swamp81 label, a single on Ramp backed with a remix from Jamie XX, plus remixes of his own for the likes of Mount Kimbie, The XX, Scuba, Photek, Anthony Shake Shakir and others.


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Atlantis
                                                                                                                                            2. Can't Stop The Prophet
                                                                                                                                            3. My Light, My Love
                                                                                                                                            4. The Sale Ends

                                                                                                                                            Fink

                                                                                                                                            Perfect Darkness

                                                                                                                                              Mention Fink and you surprisingly get one of two reactions: head-scratching non-familiarity; or the impassioned response that prompts artists such as John Legend and Professor Green to wax lyrical about him live on air. It is a remarkable void, one which looks set to finally close upon the release of Fink’s latest studio album 'Perfect Darkness'.

                                                                                                                                              As Fink explains, "Singer-songwriters always get criticised – fairly – for sometimes sounding like a scratched record… Moaning about this, moaning about that, girlfriend’s left you, blah blah, blah. With Fink we do sing about relationships and love and emotions - but we also sing about other stuff: embracing fear, Berlin dawns, looking forward."

                                                                                                                                              A smouldering, pulsating, and purposeful book of songs, 'Perfect Darkness' bristles with tense passion and hypnotic charm. It is, in two words, bewitching and addictive. Judging by this new record he is set to emerge into the bright lights of long-deserved mass recognition.



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