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VF Live: Peter Adjaye #1

Drawing from his collection of rare African records from the 1950s onwards.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live – our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate mixes and performances.

For sound artist Peter Adjaye aka DJ AJ Kwame’s first VF Live set, he delivers a mix from his East London studio.

Watch and listen above, find out more about the set and check out the tracklist below.

“It’s all about afro-funk, highlife and west african contemporary music styles. I am of West African origin – specifically from Ghana – and have always heard highlife music throughout my life. It is one of the most important foundations of contempoary African music infused with a pride of national identity through the mix of traditional and modern techniques.”


1. Marijata – No Condition is Permenant
2. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa Soca
3.Thomas Frempong – Mada Meho So
4. Nana Tuffour – Sikyi Medley
5. Ahehehinnou Vincent – Best Woman

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (15th May)

Japanese city pop, Brooklyn hip-hop, UK reggae and more.

In singles, we’ve got Walton on Ilian Tape, Sapphire Slows on Nous Disques, Danny Red on Jah Warrior, Burnt Friedman / Jaki Liebezeit / João Pais on Non Place, and a compilation on Tone Drop.

On the albums front, there’s Light in the Attic delivering a second Japanese City Pop compilation, Okkyung Lee on Shelter Press, Josey Rebelle helming a compilation for Beats in Space, Justo The MC & Maticulous on Maticulous 21 and Kassel Jaeger collaborating with Jim O’Rourke.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.




(Ilian Tape)


Described by label Ilian Tape as “Rude Marching Drum Storms” – Walton’s four techno rattlers are exactly the kind of tracks you’d want to hear in the midst of a peaktime set, beaming amongst your pals as the soundwaves rumble through you. Opener ‘FX 625’ flits ascending percussions to an effect that sounds like a heavier sister of Special Request’s ‘SP4NN3R3D’. Soon, the aforementioned marching drums warped through sci-fi electrocuted synths on EP standout ‘Djembe’. On the flip, there’s a dubbed-out twist of jungle rhythmic flair in ‘Debris’, closed out with a technotronic jackhammer gone amok in your brain via ‘Tek Breath Riddim’. Pangs to be inside a dark club’s embrace have never felt so real. – GH

Sapphire Slows

Emotion Still Remains

(Nous Disques)


Japanese producer, DJ and vocalist offers her second four-tracker for the Mundus series on Nous. Emotion Still Remains is a potent mix of ambient and progressive electronica where candid synths mingle with haunting vocals. Perhaps it is this naivete that gives the release its unique charm and truly allows for all shades of feelings and impressions to flow. From eerie tenderness of ‘Will Tell You A Story’ follows the playful ‘Emotion Still Remains’ leading towards the romantic melancholy of ‘It Comes Back In Waves’ and finally, into the pensive experimentation of ‘After Your Body Fades’. – LS

Danny Red

‘Leggo Mi Hand’

(Jah Warrior)


Danny Red’s name still rings out in the UK’s reggae scene, having built a reputation from here to JA since the 1980s. His latest release ‘Leggo Mi Hand’ is just another one, in a long line of timeless records that continues the legacy of freedom music, which at present feels all the more relatable. The 7” also features a vocal-less dub of the track which is equally as mesmerising and transformative as the vocal-led version. – JB

Burnt Friedman / Jaki Liebezeit / João Pais


(Non Place)


Burnt Friedman and legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebzeit built up a distinctive body of work with their Secret Rhythms series, and split EP Eurydike gives us some of the duo’s final work before Liebzeit’s passing in 2017. Playing to their mutual ideas on minimalism, monotony and circular rhythms, the two tracks here combine their meticulous approaches to rhythm and electronics. An EP of kindred spirits, the flipside introduces Friedman’s work with Portugese drummer João Pais as they further explore the natural laws of motion and “automatic music”. – JH

Dawl / The He-Men / Various Artists

Tone Drop Out Vol.9

(Tone Drop)


If you’ve ollowing DAWL for some time now, even further beyond his debut power release on celebrated Scottish label ‘Craigie Knowes’ which catapulted him into the ever growing public domain of all things breaks, acid and general all-round party vibes. From the shadows of the scene Mysterious producer DAWL alongside Sween have been curating and distributing music via their London based label Tone Dropout since 2013. They are known most synonymously for their compilations, which speed between 4 and 6 tracks of old school inspired breakbeat and electro. Making frequent appearances on these releases, alongside artists such as The He-Men and DJPC, the duo have been busy building their repertoire for their ninth volume, which does not disappoint. Joining forces with label regulars Corporeal face, Bufo Bufo and the He-Men they supply a weighty 6 dance tracks to get you moving. – EH


Various Artists

Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop OAR and Boogie 1972 – 1986

(Light in the Attic)


Bringing a much needed dose of sunshine, Light in the Attic returns with this second instalment of its Japanese City Pop series. Like its first edition, the cover is adorned with nocturnal summer nostalgia courtesy of Hiroshi Nagai’s artwork. Sounds contained within are just as joyful, a blend of electronics with pop ranging from ’80s electro drum-pad ballads to funk-fuelled dance floor chuggers. – GH

Okkyung Lee

Neo Yeun

(Shelter Press)


Having spent the past twenty years expanding the cello’s sound palette through extended technique, improvisation, and extensive collaboration in the avant-garde, Okkyung Lee’s Neo Yeun is a first full length outing for her chamber music ensemble of the same name. Drawing on youthful memories of Korean pop music as well as Lee’s classical music training- cello, bass, piano and harp are carefully interwoven in a game of counterpoint and subtle dissonance. An apt merger of the tonal and atonal elements that underpin her intriguing body of work. –  JH

Various Artists

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(Beats in Space)


Josey Rebelle is a purveyor of underground music globally, with celebrated performances at some of the world’s most revered spaces and radio stations. Tim Sweeney’s iconic Beats in Space label presents a glimpse into her sublimely varied style with Josey In Space. The vinyl sampler twists and turns into the dreamier sides of house, with four very talented producers immortalised in wax. From South London, Balamii resident Shy One through to the creative prowess of Fotomachine, the swirling sounds of romantic house echoes nostalgia for the dance floor and beyond. – EH

Kassel Jaeger and Jim O’Rourke

In Cobalt Aura Sleeps

(Editions MEGO)


GRM’s own electroacoustic wizard François Bonnet aka Kassel Jaeger and the avant-garde legend of all things noise, jazz, glitch and rock Jim O’Rourke unite for an encore to their 2017 masterpiece Wakes on Cerulean Shores. In Cobalt Aura Sleeps shapeshifts from sublimely glimmering harmonies into the jittery extra-terrestrial articulations and slow-motion explosions of corrosive noise. The two lengthy pieces, with their patient progressions and surgical detail, invite a profound, focused listen sure to stir the imagination. – LS

County of Kings

(Maticulous 21)


The way County of Kings starts sets the tone for Justo The MC to paint a vivid picture of life in King’s County, otherwise known as Brooklyn. Produced entirely by Meticulous, who’s previously worked with MF Doom and RA the Rugged Man, he creates a soundscape that feels timeless as though Justo is starring in his own Blaxploitation flick with the soul-led samples and modern-day hood stories. Another reason why New York rap should never be disregarded, especially if your ears are held firmly to the ground. – JB

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (24th April)

Reggae riddims, live-wire techno, ambient dub and more.

In singles we’ve got records by Wayne Jarrett, Slikback & Soda Plains, Josephine Foster, Pugilist and Raven.

On the albums front, there’s Lorenzo Senni, Night Sea, Ssleeping Desiress, Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon, and Ivan Ave.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Slikback / Soda Plains




Slikback and Soda Plains step-up for the latest instalment of PAN’s Split series with heavy oscillations. On the A-Side, Slikback stutters fragmented electronics into live-wire techno and back again, descending in-and-out of a rhythmic haze. Meanwhile on the flip, Soda Plains kicks the bpm up a notch with two whirling, peak-time slammers. Easily one of the best offerings in the Split series yet, alongside Tzusing and M.E.S.H.’s outing. – GH

Josephine Foster

‘I’m A Dreamer’



The 7” single that never was from Josephine Foster’s 2013 LP of the same name, ‘I’m a Dreamer; finally gets a run on the singles format owing to a second wave of discovery as part of the soundtrack to Netflix series The End of the F***ing World. The title sets the tone here as Foster’s lilting voice gently works it way through a loving confessional, letting mouth organ and piano flesh out an evocative vision of tranquil Americana. – JH

Wayne Jarrett

‘Love In A Mi Heart’

(17 north parade)


Wayne Jarrett’s 1982 dub classic is one of those understated records that you’ll want to Shazam if you hear in a bar somewhere or carnival (before it was postponed). It’s sparse sounding with not a lot going on production wise, allowing for Jarrett’s vocals to really take centre stage and lead the riddim, rather than vice versa. – JB


Heavy Lies The Crown



For the past four years, Melbourne-based prodigious DJ and producer Pugilist continues to deliver exceptionally well-crafted, club ballers with an impressive track record on labels such as Whities, Zam Zam and Nous’klaer to name a few. He has since cemented his aesthetics between head-spinning UK garage and jungle, and chunky breaks. This fresh outing finds a fitting home on the bass-heavy Thule Records. Heavy Lies The Crown kicks off with speedy UK garage missile embellished with dreamy pads on the eponymous track. Following it are the stripped-down fizzy breaks of ‘Untitled’, the psychedelic junglism of ‘Adversity’ and tribal techno bubbler ‘Portal’. – LS





Multi-faceted musical artist Raven takes Radio Slaves label ’Rekids’ by storm with a blissful, experimental techno 5-track EP. The Canadian-born Barcelona-based artist has been making waves for the past couple of years as a DJ, fluidly joining the dots between rave and other dance aesthetics. Raven applies this to Flames, zig-zagging between ethereal soundscapes through to bouncy house percussion. ‘In2U’ starts with a reflective sweep of ambient like synths, quickly reinforced with driving beats and paired with serene vocals. Situated in-between Saint and BBGRL, ‘IN2U’ acts as a perfect bridge through to the more downtempo sub-bass of the rest of the EP. Listening through to Flames, it transcends strictly club use, but will also be a welcome addition on dance floors in the future as well. – EH


Lorenzo Senni

Scacco Matto



Drumless, gated sounds assembled to their own internal logic of short circuits and jittered euphoria, Scacco Matto is another refreshing blast of pointillistic trance from Lorenzo Senni. Where in past releases this pointillistic concept kept things fidgety and overtly off-kilter, this one gives a slight revision to the formula, nudging it a touch closer to more conventional structures. The work of a
self-proclaimed “rave voyeur”, Scacco Matto comes at the dance floor from an atypical perspective and colours dance music nostalgia with a heightened shade of abstraction. – JH

Ivan Ave

Double Goodbyes

(Mutual Intentions)


Aside from having some wicked art deco-inspired cover art, Ivan Ave’s newest release on Mutual Intentions in ‘Double Goodbyes’ is as mesmerising from start to finish. Built upon a jazz and soulful foundation, Double Goodbyes sonically nods to what he describes as daytime TV shopping music. Combined with some killer features from LA based vocalist Joyce Wriceand Clever Austin of Hiatus Kaiyote, Ave pulls off a masterstroke with Double Goodbyes. – JB

 Night Sea


(Silent Season Canada)


Next up on the reputable Canadian label Silent Season is an ambient dub long-player by an American duo – Night Sea. Still is a lustrous example of the label’s ongoing journey towards music that is rich with emotions and impressions of nature. Through its course, effervescent atmospheres and dubby pulses flow side by side, painting a picture of a misty terrain for the solitary wanderers. Some particular standouts are ‘HDSB’ with its ethereal narration and percussive sensibility; the mysterious ricochets, urgent drum echoes and melancholic aura of ‘Sukho’; and the string-melody riding on rich dub-kicks surrounded by watery-hats on ‘Cherry’. – LS

SSleeping Desiress

Exile House on Onderstroom

(Onderstroom Records)


Gabriel Ramos aka SSleeping Desiress, delivers his phenomenal second studio album Exile House, following up from his self-titled debut in 2015 on Onderstroom Records. Sitting somewhere between synth pop and dark wave, the sullen lyrics evoke the powerful drawl of artists such as John Maus and Boy Harsher. Exile House is stripped-back, unlike his previous work, with a heavy guitar presence overlaid with sweeping synths, deviating from the weighty traits of EBM. All 8 tracks blissfully blend together to take you on a 30 minute dreamlike psychedelic voyage – perfect for these hazy spring afternoons. – EH

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon

To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind

(Trost Records)


Taken from an improvised live set in 2018, guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer/percussionist Tyler Damon’s wigged-out performance gets its first release in To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind. With echoes of Peter Zummo in the recording’s playfulness, the duo channel free jazz, metal and Buddhist monastic music into an incantatory sound that is distinctly their own. – GH

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (10th April)

Deep house, dub, drum’n’bass, field recording serenity and more.

Following a harrowing week in global news, we continue to look toward music to uplift us. As ever, we share our favourite records of the week, in the hopes that they will bring you a respite and joy, while also supporting artists and labels during these difficult times.

In singles we’ve got a new EP from Pepe Bradock, uplifting soul via Stone Foundation, a Dom & Roland reissue, Squarepusher’s melancholic electronica and provocative chug from Nude Photo.

On the albums front, Maggie Payne’s seminal electronics are back via Aguirre, DJ Python shimmers through on Incensio, Dreadzone revist Dread Times, Yves Tumour returns to Warp and LF58 bring drone sorcery to Astral Industries.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Pepe Bradock

Dactylonomy I: Dumb Thumb, Count de Finger



On the heels of deep electronica don Pepe Bradock’s announcement of the release of a debut album under new alias Brigitte Barbu, he returns under his given name for a vinyl-only drop of two springtime bubblers in Dactylonomy I: Dumb Thumb, Count de Finger. A-Side ‘Audio Jewels’ is a classic Bradock burner, subdued vocal samples echoed around jazz-hued piano builds. On the flip, ‘Mattithyahu’ kicks proceeding up a notch, fuelled by looping stomps and filter bass. Though it may not be possible to blast these from speakers on high yet – trust they’ll be doing the rounds as soon as we can. – GH

Stone Foundation

‘The Light in Us’



Emotions such as joy aren’t just something to be felt but heard also, especially at a time like this. Taken from the band’s forthcoming ninth album, Stone Foundation’s ‘The Light in Us’ is an upbeat, funk-led jam but it’s the vocals from rising soul vocalist Laville who lifts your spirits on the record. The track could stand alone without Laville’s vocals, Stone Foundation have made plenty like that, but it’s his gentle yet smooth singing that brings out the joy ‘The Light in Us’ exudes. – JB

Dom & Roland

‘Can’t Punish Me’ / ’98 Dubplate Version’

(Dom & Roland Productions)


Lovers of late ‘90s drum and bass place Can’t Punish Me amongst the finest cuts of the era, and listening in twenty years down the line its mutant reformulation of the chords to David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ still sound audacious. Dom Angas takes the Roland of this moniker from the Roland S760 sampler, and it’s only fitting that another of his musical loves – the dubplate – should make its way onto
the flipside and add further rumble on the subs. – JH

Nude Photo




New York-producer Nico Pain, aka Neud Photo, returns to italo/EBM focused label Mysidian with the provocatively chuggy EP Dreamz. Toying between the light and dark elements of New Beat and electro, Pain transports the listener into the club mentality of a dancer. Powerful percussions are overlaid with cheeky synth lines from start to finish. OFF-Lick invokes a particular sense of industrialism, whilst Aether is more of a gradual roller – slowly taking you through to the climax. – EH





After his latest vicious offering, the acid-tinged drum’n’bass of Be Up A Hello, Squarepusher is back on Warp with a fresh 12″. On Lamental, he embarks on a gentler path of melancholic electronica and welcomes particularly raw and unapologetically simple sounds. The focus is shifted towards ingenious arrangements and their delicate micro-particle developments within the tracks. The EP includes the previously unreleased original of ‘MIDI Sans Frontières’ with the addition of beat-infused version dubbed ‘(Avec Batterie)’, two new cuts – ‘The Paris Track’ and brief ‘Les Mains Dansent’ – and Be Up A Hello’s ‘Detroit People Mover’. – LS


DJ Python

Mas Amable



Like a cooling breeze cascading over you on a springtime afternoon, DJ Python returns with new album Mas Amable, on Anthony Naples’ Incienso imprint. As with his top-tier debut – Dulce Compañia – on Was Amable Python has crafted zen downtempo and house that glimmers with percussive flourishes like dub rattles and reggaton skitters. Close your eyes, breathe deep out a window, and teleport to whatever dimension you please, imagining a future time when you’ll hear Mas Amable shaking through speakers in the sunshine. – GH


Dread Times



Dreadzone have managed to stay alive throughout the years by bringing new voices into the group. While the sonical identity of the group has largely remained the same, the addition of Bazil and Greg Dread’s son Marlon add a more contemporary edge. Tracks such as ‘Battle’ set the conscious yet dance-ready tone of the record, which begins as a ragga composition before morphing into some light dub. With the album being originally released in 2017 on the group’s label Dubwiser Records, the re-recording of the album marries the staple dub sound of Dreadzone with a more vibrant, electronic edge. – JB

Yves Tumor

Heaven to a Tortured Mind



Starting out from the experimental musician pigeon hole, successive albums have shown Yves Tumor to be one of the most intriguing musical shapes-shifters in recent years, and that this latest LP favors strength of songwriting over textural excursions comes as no surprise. Upping the rock guitar and instrumentation, whilst effectively putting an arsenal of adventurous sounds to good use in the name of verse-chorus-verse, this one coolly shoots for a sense of the anthemic. – JH

Maggi Payne

Ahh Ahh

(Aguirre Records)


Maggi Payne, the illustrious experimental electronic music producer, has had her seminal mid ’80s compositions Ahh Ahh repressed courtesy of Aguirre records. The 6-track album of experimental joy was originally brought to life for the performance group ‘Technological Feets’, led by video artist Ed Tennenbaum of the San Francisco Bay Area. The music naturally lends itself to the movement of the body, as graceful sweeping drones and cascading rhythms build a powerful reflective ambiance. – EH



(Astral Industries)


Giuseppe Tillieci, aka Neel, and Filippo Scorcucchi introduced LF58 with an enigmatic three-tracker on ASC’s Auxiliary in 2017. Three years later, they team-up with one of London’s most progressive ambient electronica labels Astral Industries to release Alterazione. The double LP presents four extended cuts of entrancing drone sorcery, heady melodies, and glitchy IDM dystopia. Opening ‘Iniziazione’ builds up from illegible field recordings into extra-terrestrial liquid techno followed by the frosty loops of ‘Rituale’. A vitric wormhole of seductively melodic echoes pulses on ‘Metamorfosi’ and ‘Evocazione/Contatto/Risveglio’ merges three shorter pieces into a single recording reminiscent of their unforgettable live performances. – LS

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (3rd April)

Bubbling house rollers, sharp jungle, ethereal cello and more.

In singles, we’ve got Kouslin on Livity Sound, a Yu Su-led sampler off of Rhythm Section’s Shouts compilation, Simstah on Re:st, Silver Leaf on Emotional Rescue, and The Third Degree on Mukatsuku.

On the albums front, Interstellar Funk collects rare synth wave, Clarice Jensen weaves cinematic celloscapes, Minor Science steps up on Whities, Wilma Archer returns to Western Circular and Beatriz Ferreyra unveils archival offerings on Room 40.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Yu Su / Katerina / Lock Eyes / Valesuchi / Dawit

(Rhythm Section International)


Illustrious Rhythm Section celebrates five years of the label with a new 36-artist compilation called SHOUTS, which also features three vinyl samplers. While all of the offerings are absolutely worth checking out, Shouts 1 is the firm favourite thanks to a beautifully bubbling duo of A-side tunes by Yu Su and Katerina, backed with acid and techno peaktime pumpers from Lock Eyes and Valesuchi, followed by a twangy ear worm roller via Dawit to close out proceedings. While you can’t get to club in 3D, trust in RS to bring dance floor emotions to you in your own home. – GH


2020 Vision

(Livity Sound)


Given Livity Sound’s reputation with bass culture and attention to detail on the low end, Kouslin makes a fitting addition to the label’s ranks for his second EP at the intersection of multiple dance forms. Released as a counterstrike of sorts to the high-octane cuts that seek to dazzle on tempo alone, each of the four pieces here stand firm in 100bpm power to push things forward. – JH


A Lost Path



Swiss label Re:st persistently expands its catalogue of heady bass, ambient and experimental music, and the debut 12″ from the mysterious Simstah is no exception – blending these influences into an emotionally-charged hybrid oscillating between peak-time ferociousness and chill-out introspection. Sharp jungle mercilessly drops across heavily reverberated string slides through ‘Oblivious’ followed by the nonchalant downtempo of ‘2020’, which gradually swells into a seismic bass blitz. Eponymous ‘A Lost Path’ revives the post-garage nostalgia while the submerged dub of ‘Untold Story’ weaves together evaporating voices, tingly piano, and glitchy percussion. – LS

Silver Leaf


(Emotional Rescue)


Emotional Rescue reissue a limited edition 7inch by the short lived mid-80s project ‘Silver Leaf’ featuring the singles ‘Hey!’ and ‘Can We Rebuild Our City’. Little is known about Silver Leaf – nevertheless, musically it communicates through a merge of psychedelic rock and an electronic experiment. John Farris, the keyboardist of ‘Ex-Zephy’, makes a feature whilst the repetitively hypnotic vocals from the mysterious vocalist Silvia Leaf weave through the melody. ‘Can We Rebuild Our City?’ starts with the dreamy yet slightly melancholic chords of Farris before the powerful sounds of percussion rattle through completed with Leafs questioning lyrics. – EH

The Third Degree




In 2009, The Third Degree covered Duffy’s classic which was released two years prior, and since then it’s become a staple for soul DJs. It really does sound as though it were released in the ’60s, due to the rhythm & blues and funk composition, highlighting the enduring timelessness of ‘Mercy’. The track was previously released on Acid Jazz Records and Tri Sound is getting a deserving reissue on Mukatsuku. – JB


Beatriz Ferreyra

Echos +

(Room 40)


Spanning the years 1978 to 2008, Echos + encapsulates Beatriz Ferreyra’s uncanny ability for reanimating acoustic recordings, and electrically charging them into new forms. The human voice in particular gets a good work out on this one, with vocal fragments merging and losing familiarity as their nuances are exploded and brought into a dramatic musical narrative. A former member of the radical GRM collective that reconfigured sound and composition under the banner of electroacoustic music, as mere background listening these engaging sounds will happily lead you astray. – JH

Wilma Archer

A Western Circular

(Domino Recording Co)


It can be difficult to build a universe and a story deep enough across ten tracks, but Wilma Archer, who spent the past five or so years making this record, takes listeners on a voyage with A Western Circular. ‘Last Sniff’, which sees Archer collaborate with MF DOOM, is a pacy but moody record aided by strings that add a layer of melancholy to the track. The compositions are multilayered and rich throughout, and with ‘Scarecrow’ an example of the boldness in Archer’s sonic approach, it’s clear that it was a highly emotive process. – JB

Minor Science

Second Language



Since its inception in 2014, Nic Tasker’s Whities has released adventurous dance floor orientated experimental sounds. A staple on the label, Minor Science offers his debut LP, Second Language – a future post-club classic merging avant-garde electronica, bassline, techno and sound design experiments. Particular highlights include ‘Spoken And Unspoken’ – lethargic electro finishing with a musique concrete breakdown, as well as the experimental electronica blending with euphoric Danish techno on ‘For Want Of Gelt’, and ‘Blue Deal’ – a glimmering post-bass ballad softened by melancholic breaks. – LS

Various Artists

Artificial Dancers: Waves of Synth Curated by Interstellar Funk LP

(Rush Hour Music)


Interstellar Funk’s Artificial Dance imprint has hosted a vast array of talent – from an introduction to Job Sifre’s productions, through to Pasiphae and beyond. The DJ and producer presents an amalgamation of these sounds for Artificial Dancers: Waves of Synth, exploring off kilter, synth-lef jams produced between 1978 and 2018. Sounds come from celebrated artists such as Chris & Cosey and the Human League, through to lesser known Californian DIY band Batang Frisco. Highly essential listening for the fans of all kinds of wave. – EH

Clarice Jensen

The experience of repetition as death

(Fat Cat Records)


Cellist and composer Clarice Jensen weaves cinematic compositions in her third solo album, The experience of repetition as death. Oscillating between drone, ambient and classical, its 5 tracks are uplifting and forboding in equal measure. – GH

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Lawrence Lek conjures “soundtrack to an unreal nightclub” in new Temple OST

“Ethereal dance anthems, haunting Vocaloid refrains, and soundscapes of the near future.”

Lawrence Lek’s Temple score for an imagined nightclub has been released via The Vinyl Factory.

Lek originally composed the music as the soundtrack to his installation of the same name, for group show Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, presented by The Store X at 180 The Strand.

For the exhibition, Lek made a physical version of Temple – the karaoke club originally featured in his feature-length CGI film ‘AIDOL’ (exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ, 2019), where the fading pop star Diva plans her comeback with an AI ghostwriter.

Lek’s Temple installation acted as a physical simulation of the fictional digital space. Its soundtrack filled the neon-lit room, while screens displayed video game walkthroughs of a new subterranean tunnel that leads virtual ravers from Temple Tube Station to Diva’s club, through the burning rubbish bins of a future-wracked London.

Mirroring the journey through denial, nostalgia and acceptance that characterise the seven stages of grief, Temple OST is an elegy to nocturnal euphoria and to the memories that linger when the lights go on and the dance floor empties.

Limited to 500 copies, the vinyl artwork features an original CGI rendering of a bouquet of lilies.

Order a copy of Temple here, check out the cover art and tracklist below.


Side A

A1. Dead Souls 亡灵 05:11
A2. Hermitage 隐居 05:06
A3. Equinox 秋分 05:48
A4. Freeport 自由港 04:36

Side B

B1. Drifter 漂流者 05:36
B2. Dirge 挽歌 03:11
B3. Prospekt 道路 06:53

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (21st March)

Ghanian hip-life, spring equinox ambient, koto instrumentals atop beefy breaks and more.

Following an unprecedented week, as ever music continues to provide a vital source of community, a sanctuary and a lifeline. We will continue to share our favourite 12″s, EPs, LPs, reissues – as well as the stories around these records – with this in mind. If you are in a position to do so, we urge you to please continue to support artists, labels and record shops by purchasing releases.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.



Tenan Wu



Tenan Wu is a good sonic example of West African traditionalism meeting modernity. Olando hails from the Frafra people in rural northern Ghana, which has approximately 300,000 speakers. Collaborating with Big Solo, one of Kumasi’s most prominent hip-life producers, the 163bpm of ‘Tenan Wu’ gives it a rush of intensity and haste akin to city life in Ghana. While the vocals embrace the Ghana of old, it’s the production that ushers in the Ghana of tomorrow. – JB


Whities 027



Described by Jasss as “an unapologetic ode to rave” – her new 12″ on Whities, appropriately called Whities 027, sees her weaving grinding techno with IDM and breakbeat to gleaming effect. A-side ‘Turbo Olé’ is primed for peaktime nocturnal takeover when communities around the world are once again able to hit respective dance floors. On the flip, B-side loops warped synths into a haze of cinematic, dystopian strings. – GH





Dutch duo formed by Robin Koek and Nick Lapien are back, this time on the Delsin records imprint with 4-tracks of spectacular sound design for their Icarus EP. Known for dabbling in club-centred techno and electro, the duo welcomely exhibit some stripped back melodies. The title track ‘Icarus’ is almost bare, creating an illuminating soundscape, moving onto the ethereal chords of ‘Ganzfeld Effect’. These two tracks pose as immersive scene setters, only to be disrupted by the crunchy techno edged drums of Vapour. Rounding off the EP, ‘Delphic’s crisp breakbeat and dubbed out drums present a more club focused approach, toying with electro tendencies creating a visceral ending. – EH


‘I Can Feel It’- Extended Mix by Juan Atkins



As an eighteen-year-old, Thomas Barnett let loose a slab of Detroit techno history with Rhythim Is Rhythim’s 1987 EP Nude Photo, and a return to the studio in the same year produced this comparatively understated, yet no less propulsive work of youthful prescience under the Paris moniker. Long on the reissue wish list of those who have dug around Barnett and Juan Atkins’ discography, the forward motion of these addictive synth lines and punchy bass hooks thrive on an extended mix, working a spell on the passage of time. – JH


Surface Tension



After almost a decade-long hiatus, the English dubstep wunderkind Clubroot returns with a fresh 12″ for the Portland-based LoDubs Records, Surface Tension. Re-discovering the darker waters of UK garage and early dubstep, this new outing adds a pinch of Japanese instrumentals as heard on ‘Conqueror’ with its bowed and plucked Koto passages atop the beefy breaks and sizzling hats. Next up on the A-side, ‘Control’ rides at pace with heartbeat kicks, dynamic snaps, and chopped-up guttural synths. Finally, on the flip, ‘Subterranean’ creeps in with murky distorted bass and rich pads rattled by the hefty kicks and smoothed over with somber atmospheres. – LS


Various Artists

From Above Volume 2

(Lumiére Noire)


Parisian based label, Lumiere Noire, run by esteemed producer and DJ Chloé celebrates its third birthday this year. Following on from their first edition of the From Above compilation in 2018, they return with a staggering, crescendo-like 14 track 2xLP offering. On From Above Volume 2 the music navigates between new wave, breakbeat, indie dance and beyond, exploring all the possibilities of electronic music aesthetics. Featuring artists such as the L.I.E.S. affiliate Krikor through to Rebeka Warrior – known to many as one half of the electro-industrial project ‘Kompromat’ – all tracks wind through a path that encapsulates the growth of the label over the past couple of years. ‘The Prehistoric Lemurs’ stands out as the perfect bouncy, synth pop number by the Populists, which also serves as a welcome contrast against Thomas Jackson’s downtempo roller. – EH

Zebra Katz

Less Is Moor

(The Vinyl Factory)


Mixing industrial and hip-hop with trap and bass, multi-disciplinary artist and musician Ojay Morgan aka Zebra Katz serves up his debut LP, Less Is Moor. Though stripped-back throughout in its instrumental elements, the album offers a ride through everything from fierce flows to deconstructed electronics to lo-fi ballads across its 15-tracks. Filled with tracks to move you – both physically and cerebrally – Less Is Moor is an album that’s greater than the sum of its parts when taken as a whole. – GH

Jon Hassell

Vernal Equinox



Originally released on Robert Ashley’s Lovely Music imprint, Vernal Equinox returns to vinyl 42 years after the fact, in timing with this year’s vernal equinox and the beginning of spring. Fresh from a three-year stint of studying raga and singing with legendary teacher Pandit Pran Nath, Jon Hassell’s debut set out the trumpet as a vehicle for shape making and softly curving notes in a way that breaks down their supposed borders- a sensation that Hassell refers to as “calligraphy in the air”. As such, this LP thrives on fluidity as it ventures into outernational ambience, and its perpetual sense of the serene make it an ever-welcome listen. – JH

Lyra Pramuk


(Bedroom Community)


Icelandic label Bedroom Community seems a fitting platform for the anticipated LP debut of the spellbinding American vocalist Lyra Pramuk. Fountain stretches the frontiers of classical vocal articulation aided by highly imaginative and surgically detailed digital processing. Intrinsically emotive, its allure is solidified by the personal transformation the artist has undergone during Fountain’s making. As Lyra’s own non-binary identity settles in, so does the album emerge into existence in its post-human form. Fountain oscillates with both rich harmonic atmospheres, such as on ‘Tendril’, as well as primeval pulsations, à la ‘Gossip’. – LS





Mutsumi’s self-titled LP gets its first vinyl outing on Utter. Like some kind of inter-dimensional sonic video game character, protagonist Mu dabbles in hip-hop, country, thrash metal, post-punk, house and disco at the hands of producer Maurice Fulton. (It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does.) A trip in every sense, the album even throws in signature Fulton burners to fly your nocturnal flag to. – GH

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (6th March)

Bubbling jazz for the dance floor, afro-groove meets Japanese ohayashi, and electroacoustic wizardry.

In singles, we’ve got a new EP from multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray, a ’70s funk gem via the Netherlands, Robert Bergman’s psychedelic propulsions “for the heads”, skippy limp benders from Jump Force, and futuristic electro from Conforce under his Versalife alias.

On the albums front: the work of electronic pioneer Ruth Anderson gets a much deserved spotlight; Ajate weave afro-groove with Japanese ohayashi festival music; Isle of Jura returns with its chugged-out Transmission comp series, Ceramic Hello’s minimal synth cult classic is back; and Pantha Du Prince delivers deep forest downtempo.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.



‘Change The World’ / Try, Try’

(Mr Bongo)


Just when you thought you’d heard every important funk song of the ’70s, along comes another lower low-key, hidden gem. Solat, a group made up of Dutch-Antillian and Surinamese musicians, only ever released two singles for Poker Records which after time became highly sought after and hard to find artefacts in the Netherlands. ‘Change The World’s’ saxophone-led groove does well to set the atmosphere and it’s evident from the first 30 seconds why it became a club hit. ‘Try, Try’ is equally sublime. With so much great funk coming out of the midwest in the 1970s, it’s endearing that records like this get to live a second life. – JB

Emma-Jean Thackray

Rain Dance



Shimmering jazz meets electronics and hip-hop, through the mind of multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray in Rain Dance. The record marks the inaugural release on her new label, Movementt, carrying the sonic torch from her Ley Lines EP along the way. First track ‘Rain Dance’ / ‘Wisdom’ is a trumpet and keys slow groove to laze away your days to, while ‘Open’ nods to beat maestros like Dilla, and ‘Open (again)’ unfolds into improvisatory realms. The EP is closed out with a deep, shooping bubbler, ‘Movementt’ – a track that’s perfect for dance floor jams and bedroom boogies alike, complete with percussion that lends itself to emphatic hand claps too. – GH

Robert Bergman




As a producer, label boss, DJ, and a renowned crate-digger, Robert Bergman’s multifaceted approach to electronica has made him a stalwart of the Amsterdam scene. Temporarily stepping away from his Brew imprint for a solo debut on L.I.E.S, this one’s a point in case for Bergman’s ability to put an arsenal of psychedelic propulsion to good use and lay on a certain amount of “squelch” for good measure. Take it as no idle threat when the label states this EP as being “strictly for the heads”. – JH


Cosmic Language



Dutch producer Versalife (aka Delsin’s Conforce) presents a new EP Cosmic Language on Trust, boasting four-club ready tracks traversing a spectrum of high energy techno with a nod to classic electro sounds. ‘Recirculator’ oscillates playfully, perfectly driving the tension through to the stripped-back roller of ‘Gravitational Anomaly’. It’s a pitch perfect dance floor-orientated EP, full to the brim with an electro vision for 2020. – EH

Jump Source


(Jump Source )


Priori and Project Pablo bring back their trippy limb benders on the second 12″, JS02, under their Jump Source moniker. Three divergent dubs are served along with a counterfeit a capella in between. ‘Empathy Dub 1’ rolls at high-speed armed with punchy kicks, robust bass lines, and euphoric stabs while ‘Empathy Dub 2’ offers a slow-paced roots-inspired bass with wild sweeps of modulation across its elements. Both cuts bring back hazy memories of Basic Channel glory days, while the closing melancholy-tinted ‘Empathy Dub 3’ overlaps into modern Swedish techno embellished with spirited melodies, compelling hi-hats and lush sweeps of gentle noise. – LS






It’s hard to tell which elements of Ajate’s Alo are inspired by afro-groove and Ohayashi, a traditional Japanese form of festival music. The two sounds are woven together so seamlessly that Ajate has managed to capture a distinct fusion, particularly on ‘Sowah’. Although the band have been going since 2011, there’s always been a close harmony between Japanese and African funk and soul. Alo is a great example of the way sounds are able to migrate in contemporary music. – JB

Ruth Anderson


(Arc Light Editions)


As one of the first women to set up a studio dedicated to electronic music in the 1960s, Ruth Anderson’s impact was far reaching, yet a 70-year-career within a male dominated industry saw her own works met with an all too familiar story of neglect and exclusion. Here, a collection from Arc Light Editions, rightfully illuminates Anderson as an electroacoustic composer with a serious flair for tape manipulation, and a practice that was buoyed by the healing qualities of sound and studies in psychoacoustics and Zen Buddhism. From advert plunderphonics, and voice cutups, to the power of pure sine waves and speech vowels transformed into a side-long meditation, there’s a wealth of vital material here. – JH

Ceramic Hello

The Absence of a Canary

(Ice Machine)


The Absence of a Canary – an iconic 1981 minimal synth album from Canadian duo Ceramic Hello – gets a much deserved reissue on imprint Ice Machine, sub-label of longstanding electro imprint Suction Records. Originally released on Mannequin records in the ’80s, The Absence of a Canary mixes child-like synth lines with babbling vocals. The album features a series of tracks interspersed between interludes and short random warbling rhythms, which perfectly link the cinematic, and beautifully simplistic, quality of the project. – EH

Pantha Du Prince

Conference of Trees

(Modern Recordings)


Conference of Trees was originally conceived as a live multi-media performance composed for an ensemble of five musicians playing hand-crafted instruments. Now, this enigmatic work exploring “the sonic characteristics of different woods, combining avant-techno, visual poetics and speculative science” gets a much-deserved wax treatment. Its majestic drone opener with sprinkles of piano, ‘Approach In A Breeze’, is followed by odd gamelan rhythms on ‘Transparent Tickle Shinning Grace’. Elsewhere, deep forest downtempo surges through ‘When We Walk’, while mysterious dub techno palpitates on ‘Roots Making Family’ and ‘The Crown Territory’ acknowledges the aesthetics of Pantha Du Prince’s early works. – LS

Jura Soundsystem

Jura Soundsystem Presents Transmission Two

(Isle Of Jura)


Australian imprint returns with the second instalment of its Jura Soundystem compilation series, Transmission Two. Collected by label head Kevin Griffiths, its 10-tracks span dub, downtempo, house and ambient, all with an overriding whiff of eau du chug. Case in point, you’ll find dubbed-out tropical funk belters like Legowelt’s Bochum Welt alias track ‘Greenwich’ alongside unexpected positive affirmations by actor Jeff Bridges. Like the first iteration, Transmission Two is a stellar collection of rarities as well as coveted cuts making their vinyl debut. – GH

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (28th February)

EBM-tinged electro, melancholy dub and reverberant post-punk.

In the singles’ section this week, we’ve got drone-like percussion from Vatican Shadow, electro from Mark Ash, the latest 12″ on Violet’s Naive imprint, and a 7″ reissue of disco legends Gary’s Gang.

On the album’s front, there’s washed-out dub from Huerta, a nod to Chicago house from Delroy Edwards, Jeremy Cunningham’s cathartic jazz LP, a reissue for minimalist pioneer Ellen Fullman, and a dose of scuzzy post-punk by Mentira.

This week’s rundown is by The Vinyl Factory Editors Anton Spice and Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova and Emily Hill.


Mark Ash

Mirror Glazed Lavish

(Fleisch Records)


Italian-born, Berlin-based producer Marc Ash synthesises his disillusionment with the contemporary electronic music scene in his first record in two years for German body music collective Fleisch, Mirror Glazed Lavish. Following a debut EP/cassette on Clan Destine Records in 2017, which featured droning vocals and EBM-tinged electro, Ash returns with a manic rollercoaster of psycho-electro. While ‘Control Freak’’s reverberating acid line transports you to the sweaty, smoke-filled club, the EP reaches a climax with Morah’s remix of ‘Clexxa’. The chords of ‘Tubular Bells’ tinkle in the background of this industrial dance floor stomper, for a true hands-in-the-air moment. – EH

Vatican Shadow

Opium Crop Airstrikes

(Hospital Productions)


Vatican Shadow continues his return to the early days of industrial electronica on Opium Crop Airstrikes, receiving its first vinyl edition having been originally released on cassette in 2019. The lengthy, eponymous title track is reminiscent of the militant rhythm marches, metallic percussion, and dense, drone-like bass lines of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. A darker shade of hell emerges on the hard-hitting ‘Hellfire Hidden Tribes’, with its unsettling overtones, followed by the head-spinning, echoing vocals and glassy ambiances of ‘Loyal To The Deceased’. – LS

Gary’s Gang

‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’ (Danny Krivit re-edit)

(Sam Records)


The saxophone on this Danny Krivit re-edit is so trance-inducing it’s easy to see why this Gary’s Gang disco classic is deserving of reissue. As the weather slowly starts to brighten, there probably couldn’t be a better time to drop this, and, as one of the YouTube comments says, it sounds like something that the cantina band would play somewhere in Mos Eisley. When the flute drops, another layer of texture emerges to what is already a superb dance track. – JB


Sunda School

(Porridge Bullet)


Leaps of genre are a given with Raul Saaremet’s Ajukaja project, and with Sunda School he lands smoothly on the keys, interlocking a host of organ sounds to great effect. A luminary of Estonia’s dance music scene and releasing here on his own Porridge Bullet label, the A-side takes a mellow and rhythm-savvy approach, whilst the flip-kicks back a step further and conjures organ sounds that recall the likes of Mammane Sani. – JH





“A melodic ode to melancholy moments spent in clubs and broken romances captured in the snapshots of a strobe,” London producer ELLES makes her debut on Naive’s main imprint with Summers_Of_Love EP, following the release of emo_ecstacy_everything on the Naivety sub-label in 2019. Drawing you in with the ‘catch-a-feel, beginning of the night out with your pals’ piano of ‘gotchu’, ELLES explores nostalgic dance floor realms further – in the roboto shakes of ‘WRTRGRER4A’ and two-stepper ‘put on our classics’. All of which gets a wrapped up in emotional acid via ‘end of the night’. – GH






The debut LP by Huerta, Junipero is an 11-track epic that sees the Berlin-via-LA multi-instrumentalist and producer take an introspective turn. An ode to his Californian roots released via the Australian Voyage Recordings label, Junipero draws inspiration from washed-out dub and offers a contemporary take on dreamy, breakbeat house. Huerta uses field-recordings combined with West Coast-inspired synthesis to craft a weightless genre-bending trip. Expect melancholic dub stabs on ‘Blanket Dub’, ambient abstraction on ‘It Goes Over Me’, a sea of submerged vocals and fast-paced exoticism on ‘Mutualism’, and emotional seaside breakbeat on ‘All Wild Things Are Shy’. – LS

Delroy Edwards

Slappy Happy



L.I.E.S. has been one of the most consistent labels over the last few years, delivering into a vast array of genres – from the broken dancehall techno of French producer Krikor, to the tenacious techno of Broken English Club. Slappy Happy sees label favourite Delroy Edwards step up to the plate once again, with a gracious nod to the sounds of Chicago house. Sparse drum rhythms and hypnotic synth hits capture the essence of that ’80s sound on what is a rounded, mature release from the LA native. – EH

Jeremy Cunningham

The Weather Up There

(Northern Spy)


Our responses to loss and grief are complex and highly emotive. The Weather Up There is a sombre, but immaculate and tender story, led and told by Chicago-based jazz musician Jerry Cunningham, who uses the album to respond to the death of his brother. Tracks such as ‘It’s Nothing’ feel heavy and subdued, and there’s a sense throughout the album that Cunningham has managed to tap into all of the various stages of grief. – JB

Ellen Fullman

In the Sea

(Superior Viaduct)


Following on from a vital reissue of 1985’s The Long String Instrument, Superior Viaduct return to cap off a retrospective of Ellen Fullman’s ’80s output with this double LP set. Zoning in on 1987 and bringing a couple of cassette-only releases to vinyl, In the Sea further delights in the swirl of overtones that Fullman draws from 70-foot long metal wires and a wooden resonator. With a philosophy of “letting the strings sing their own song” and a deep understanding of tuning and minimalism, In the Sea is a serious quest into vibration and the inner workings of sound. – JH



(Harbinger Sound)


Sao Paulo duo Mentira head to Barcelona to join up with Harbinger Sound for this self-titled 6-tracker. Drawing on no-wave, post-punk and industrial influences, Mentira submerge their melodies in reservoirs of reverb, twinning the well-worn DIY aesthetic with minimalist approach. The result is a record that sounds both familiar and refreshingly new – just a few steps removed from the grungy world of King Krule. – AS

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Watch our short film exploring vinyl culture in Bogotá

Digging in the Colombian capital.

Having visited Hawaii, Lisbon, Istanbul and Bangkok, our Vinyl Culture series returns with a trip to Colombian capital Bogotá.

Located between the Caribbean and the Amazon, Colombia is a country with a rich natural and cultural history. Its musical heritage is equally varied, and takes many guises, whether in the colourful pico sound system culture of Barranquilla in the north, or the vibrant techno scene connecting with Latin America and beyond from the inland town of Medellín.

It’s in the country’s bustling capital city Bogotá however that we find Colombia’s musical home – a melting pot of cultures and influences, from Afro-Colombian rhythms to fuzzed-out psychedelic guitar music, lilting to the increasingly global sound of cumbia.

It’s no secret that the Colombian capital’s record scene is thriving, as local and international collectors trawl its record shops, and collectives emerge championing social justice and societal change through music.

For this short film, producer and musician N. Hardem leads us through a selection of the city’s record shops – including the extraordinary shoe and vinyl emporium Zapateria Cosmos – before meeting a cross section of the city’s artists and musicians like DJ Blanko, Mateo Rivano, Mario Galeano and all-female DJ collective Rulos Vinyl Club.


Film by Santiago Morales
Narration by N. Hardem


Elquin Torres (Zapateria Cosmos)
DJ Blanko
Mateo Rivano
Jacob Vargas (Interdiscos)
Rulos Vinyl Club
Mario Galeano

Music by:

Nelda Piña y La Boa
Fumaça Preta
Celia Cruz
Frente Cumbiero & Mad Professor
Los Pirañas
N. Hardem x Aven Rec

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