Given the success of his early EPs on Werkdiscs and Rush Hour, hopes are naturally high for this debut album from adopted Londoner Moire. The mystery producer has previously spoken of his love of the capital city, variously calling it "raw, yet so full of soul" and describing his style as "London techno". Certainly, there's a notable world-weariness amongst the attractive analogue electronics, enveloping chords and post-industrial dancefloor rhythms of Shelter. While there are unsettling moments - see the bubbling, acid-flecked warehouse hypnotism of "Rings" and the disarming sludge of "Stars" - for the most part Moire deals in hazy, late night beauty, smothering the album in intoxicating textures and flitting late night melodies (see the dawn-over-Hackney Marshes feel of "Mr Figure" for proof).
It's been a little while since Lee Gamble graced us with some fresh abstractions in his otherworldly sound enclave, and so his return to PAN is a thoroughly welcome one. Ahead of a new long player later in the year this EP finds Gamble drifting through plumes of ambient electronica tropes, with "Kali Wave" coming on like a beautiful fusion of breakbeats and dub techno. "Mimas Skank" has a glitchier modus operandi, but not at the expense of some catchy melodic threads and a steady ticking groove. "Girl Drop" however jettisons the beats for a marvelous display of reverb management, which leaves you feeling well practiced in the art of aural disembodiment.
Brighton collective The Outer Church took an impressive first step into the waters of label ownership last year, teaming up with Front & Follow for a wondrous double disc compilation featuring the likes of Pye Corner Audio, VHS Head, Ekoplekz and Some Truths. They collaborate once more, focusing specifically on the intoxicating, sumptuous sound of Pye Corner Audio for this release, which features an extended edit of "Black Mist", The Head Technician's contribution to that compilation. "Black Mist" is all the more impressive in extended format with its rough around the edges, acid-soaked kosmiche sounding even more hypnotic. It's complemented by a rare, haunting remix from Old Apparatus and the calming, undulating stylings of all-new PCA jam "Bulk Erase".
As exciting the news about Warp's signature of Nozinja was, the now-standard drip feed campaign that's accompanied it will most likely have vexed those out there that just want to buy some wax man! So the label's exact plans with the Shangaan Electro artist may still be under wraps, but Warp have offered a glimpse into the future with this sublime debut. Fans of the Honest Jon's compilation Shangaan Electro won't really need any additional persuasion but if you are not familiar with the hi tempo brand of lo-fi South African dance music Tsekeleke offers a perfect introduction to the sound. Our tip is the haywire vocal mix on the flip. More please Warp!
Returning to PAN for the first time since 2011's 19-minute sound piece How Wheeling Feels When The Ground Walks Away, New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff presents Blaster. Based around an intriguing concept to say the least, Blaster is described as a "document of his explorations of computer viruses as agents within the composition process," using the computer virus of the same name to "infect" 808 rhythms and construct all-new shapes out of the resulting audio mulch. As you might expect from such a concept, the resulting audio is extreme to say the least; glitchy, abrasive and wildly unpredictable, each of the eight tracks splutter and misfire like a jammed machine gun. While PAN's recently released Miseri Lares from Valerio Tricoli showed the label's more delicate experimental side, Blaster is very much PAN in full on sonic assault mode.
Hans-Joachim Roedelius's 1982 masterpiece is newly available on digital format and sounding absolutely stunning. The Cluster man's ninth solo album perfectly captures all the best components of the new age and komische eras, where glass-like synths and sparse vocals fuse to form one single wall of sound. This is the first time that the full LP has been reissued and remastered, and its 11 tracks are both groundbreaking and timeless music that continues to shape both the present and future.