First up the mighty Brain Machine are performing live for the first time tonight at the Men & Machines night at Stereo in Glasgow. I unfortunately won't be there so am rather jealous of everyone who will be. Hopefully there will be some photos to share later this week. If you see a copy of the Brain Machine LP I recommend you snap one up as the warehouse have lost a bunch of them meaning that it's looking like less than 100 made it out into the wide world. And if you've got one already - well consider yourself the owner of a bit of a rarity by the looks of things. We've got a few cds left in stock if anyone wants one. The best thing since Delia & Gavin's Days Of Mars....?
For those that live in London this week see's Detachments play at the Buffalo Bar in Highbury & Islington on Tuesday 28th April in support of the release of their new single THE FLOWERS THAT FELL. It's part of the brilliant Offset night and also features ADVERT and Relics live too - plus myself playing some post punk and 80s synth records. Should be rather special seeing as the Buffalo Bar is tiny. Plus on the night we'll have 50x signed copies of the 7" single for sale. Alongside that we will also have the new Detachments t-shirts for sale. Only 100 printed and designed by Sebastien from the band. Hopefully we'll have some t-shirts available on the label web store in the next few weeks too but if you want one first then get down on Tuesday night.
In terms of what I've been buying the past few weeks, well, these are what I've invested my pennies on....
The most eagerly awaited dubstep album since Burial's second album and boy is it worth the wait. Not only does it include some of his already released tracks that you may well know - such as Vancouver - but it breaks the boundaries of the walls that are dubstep. It's never solely confined to the 140bpm offbeats and instead really shows Martyn's influences that are obviously vast and wide - taking in beautiful piano interludes, deep vocal house and the uplifting melancholia of transmat techno strings. It's been said that this will stand the test of time as doesn't fit completely into the time or place - yes it is rooted in dubstep - but it is an album that is much more than that and crucially is all the better for it.
Martyn has also cleverly priced the cd really cheaply at £6.99 and then also put the album out on a beautiful triple album format at a usual album price of around £15.99 so really you have no excuse to pick it up on one of the formats!
And this is a right little sneaky exclusive. Very limited in a silk screened sleeve from Precious System - This Is The Voice Of Love this is only available from the Innercityvisions web store. It's a great disco techno genre crossing record with a great nod to the past with dj tools on the b-side (Bassapella!!). Prins Thomas gave it a rinsing at Bla last week in Oslo and it's one of those secret weapons that will be making sense all across the summer.
Also over the past couple of weeks I bought the Salem - OHK 7" which has been released on the Japanese Big Love label. You know how much of a fan I am and as always the mighty Salem deliver an ode to the darkness and horror.
You can get it from Rough Trade:
This week we also got back the debut remix from Thisisnotanexit's own Spectral Empire. They've remixed Detachments forthcoming single Circles into a 10 minute dark descent into the horror, horror, horror of wherever their warped minds are. In these days of remixes sounding, well, quite similar really this really is incredibly exciting.
Take a sneak peak here:
Forthcoming on limited edition black plastic along with remixes from Martyn and King Of Town sometime soon.
Also, in other news Parallels are shooting a video for ULTRALIGHT at the moment so watch out for that debuting soon. They've also done a fair number of interviews with various blogs - plus Dazed Digital - so watch out for those. We're also throwing a small launch party for the Parallels ULTRALIGHT EP at 93 Feet East on Tuesday 12th May in association with new night SIGNALS FROM THE COSMOS. I'll be playing records alongside urlaubshits (great blog by the way - go check it out) and it's free entry so put it in your diary.
For those wondering what They Came From The Stars I Saw Them are up to well they have a bunch of gigs lined up over the summer PLUS a show at Bestival in September so if you've got your tickets get ready for that one! They have a guitarist now too.
Coming soon for the summer is the They Came From The Stars I Saw Them IBIZA ep featuring remixes of Rabbit Seal Monkey by King of Town and Tronik Youth plus a remix of The Unstoppable Kite by Hatchback. A couple of tracks for the night time in Ibiza and a track for the days by the beach too. Nice. It will be out on limited edition sand coloured vinyl (I might be making that up.....).
Finally, April has just wandered in and asked for a mention of how pretty she's looking. So, happy to oblige.
April - you're looking incredibly pretty today.
And that my friends is all. Don't forget to go out and grab a copy of Detachments The Flowers That Fell on Monday (or if you want a limited signed copy head on down to the Buffalo Bar on Tuesday night!).