TNT Roots - Raw Dub Creator (Bokeh Versions)
Raw Dub Creator LP is a survey of TNT Roots’ 2006 - 2018 CDr selected by Bokeh. These are driving, dark, militant sounds for these times made in seeming isolation in Northampton. As half of Earthquake, he’s responsible for the darkest, forward, most slept-on future of dub to grace us. Picked by Alexandru Drăgănescu/JB
Ubek - II (Sucata Tapes/Discrepant)
Following the 2017 tape released by Discrepant’s sub-label Sucata Tapes, the mysterious Polish duo Ubek returns with a new collection of degraded echoes, salvaged from authority. Galvanised as if lost to the shock of formal experiments.
Varsovia - Recursos Inhumanos (Buh Records)
Varsovia’s Recursos Inhumanos
(Inhuman Resources), a classic album of Peruvian synth punk, is finally available in vinyl format. Since its appearance in 2014, Varsovia surprised many listeners with its combination of punk and synthesizer electronics. Using sequencers and drum machines, loud guitars and a voice that oscillates between whispers and shouts, the band builds songs that offer a freewheeling and visceral vision of Lima. The trio, made up of Fernando Pinzás (synthesizers, programming), Dante Gonzales (synthesizers, programming) and Sheri Corleone (vocals, guitars) has quickly garnered a loyal following and become one of the references of a new generation of Latin American artists who explored dark electronic sounds of a post-punk sensibility.
Villaelvin - Headroof (Hakuna Kulala)
In April 2019 improvising lyricist, producer and sound artist Elvin Brandhi moved into the 'Villa' in Kampala, Uganda, to work on a collaborative album with several artists from the Nyege Nyege collective. Auto-tune blast beats from field recordings of Evangelist churches, the swamps surrounding the studios, with warped drums by Kampala based percussionist Omutaba, improvised stream of consciousness lyrics from local rappers Hakim and Swordman Kitala, with glitched out bassy productions with Boutiq Studio manager Don Zilla and Congolese producer Oise. This new project called Viillaelvin is the first full LP to be released on Hakuna Kulala.
Wilder Gonzales Agreda - 25 Años De Revolución (Superspace Records)
Wilder Gonzales begun his musical career in 1995 with his first bands Avalonia and Fractal, both part of the Peruvian post-rocker scene known as Crisálida Sónica. Since then he has been pursuing a musical ethos that makes him one of the most interesting contemporary sound artists from Perú. Gonzales Agreda has released more than 50 discs by now, on his own label, Superspace Records, and on other labels across the world like Clinical Archives (Russia), Ruidemos (Spain), TibProd (Poland), Limitada (Argentina), Tape Safe (Belgium), Discos Invisibles (Mexico), Aloardí (Perú) among others.
Will Guthrie - Nist Nah (Black Truffle)
Nantes-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie returns to Black Truffle with Nist-Nah. Like his previous solo record on the label, the abrasive hip-hop concrète of People Pleaser (BT027), Nist-Nah finds Guthrie branching out in a new direction, this time in a suite of six percussion pieces primarily using the metallaphones, hand drums and gongs of the Gamelan ensembles of Indonesia. The music presented here is grounded in Guthrie’s travels in Indonesia and study of various forms of Gamelan music, from the stately suspended temporality of the courtly Javanese Gamelan Sekatan, to the delirious, thuggish repetition that accompanies the Javanese trance ritual Jathilan, to the shimmering acoustic glitch of contemporary Balinese composer Dewa Alit and his Gamelan Salukat.
YlangYlang - Interplay (Crash Symbols)
Catherine Debard has been active as YlangYlang since 2012, a creative staple in the Montreal music community. She’s worked frequently as a collaborator, but continues developing her unique interstitial solo recordings through a variety of labels and performance experiments. Inspired in part by the writing of Danish poet Inger Christensen, in Debard’s words Interplay explores “how we are shaped and shaping our experience at the same time” and “how free we can be within our own limitations.”