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Artist: DEMDIKE STARE
Title: Testpressing #002
Format: 12"
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"Demdike Stare presents #2 in their Testpressing series. "Grows Without Bound" is a noisy analog session resurrected from the burning embers of industrial and noise, harnessed into an unstable growl that makes room for a barely-there percussive stumble -- think somewhere between Vainio and Nate Young. "Primitive Equations" takes inspiration from the bare-boned, hyper-tense production of Photeks "Ni - Ten - Ichi - Ryu," slugging out feral, steely noise and ardcore torque forged by calloused hands and burning minds to cruel, propulsive effect." -Modern Love.
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Artist: DEMDIKE STARE
Title: Testpressing #004
Format: 12"
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $17.00
"Searing, tormented darkside f**kery from Miles Whittaker and Sean Cantys Demdike Stare on their rinse-and-run Testpressing series. A-side "Fail" is a slowly descending panic attack of pealing hi-end frequencies and impending bass doom reaching a pit of noisy no return. B-side "Null Results" breaks loose with a scything jungle attack; frantic 16th note hi-hats and cone-crumpling subs laced with a rudeboy mentasm to incite warehouse capoeira. Come test." - Modern Love.

Artist: DEMDIKE STARE
Title: Testpressing #005
Format: 12"
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"Demdike Stare return with the fifth installment in their ongoing research and development series -- a double-headed monster split between gnarly reductions on the A-side, and industrial-strength edits on the flip. "Procrastination" edges through grimey detritus and gunshot snares within a vast open space perfectly primed for that Demdike slow-build. "Past Majesty" offers up a feral take on some kind of cyber-industrial insanity, somewhere between Ministry and Powell -- with a denouement which should probably come with a public health warning attached to it. All were saying is -- watch yr eardrums." - Modern Love.

Artist: DEMDIKE STARE
Title: Wonderland
Format: Double LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
Gatefold sleeve. "A project that came to life fueled by collectors obsession and a life-long willingness to dive head-first into unknown musical wormholes, Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty have never been defined by a singular musical trajectory. Their opening salvo of releases dabbled with the aesthetic of the occult and provided an alternate, parallax view of the Italian Library records with which they were both obsessed at the time, but as their long running mixtape series and brilliantly curated DDS label attest, their interests extend far outside the crevices of early electronic music and into dance music, dancehall, roots, jungle, techno, industrial, noise and beyond. While 2013s Testpressing series provided an outlet for mostly club-based productions shot from the hip, Wonderland, their first album since 2012s Elemental, has been constructed with a narrative in mind. From the clipped hard-style of the opening "Curzon", through the jaunty dancehall mutations of "Animal Style" and "FullEdge", exotica/house refractions on "Hardnoise", the frankly ridiculous, bass-bin destroying jungle ructions on "Sourcer", or the extended tease of "Overstaying", its probably the most enjoyable and loose-limbed hour of music in their catalog, or that youll likely hear in these weird, angst-ridden times. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton." - Modern Love.

Artist: G.H.
Title: Housebound Demigod
Format: Double LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"From the disputed border somewhere between Lancashire and Yorkshire, G.H. (Gary Howell) claims a no mans land where he is free to decimate distinctions between black metal and concrète techno by drawing upon an elusive, metaphysical force thats exclusively common to music rooted in that region; from Muslimgauze and Autechre thru Shackleton and Demdike Stare. The inarguably mongrel Housebound Demigod is G.H.s debut solo album, following the Ground EP (2011) and his involvement with the hexed Pendle Coven project and HATE, alongside Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, respectively, between 2003-2009. It sounds like nothing out there; the result of countless hours at the grindstone, using sound as tonal therapy and a purely expressive sculptural material to best render the feel of his bleak but extraordinarily beautiful surroundings, with all the rugged texture and captivating aesthetic of some ancient cave graffiti. The album unfolds as a treacherous topography of boggy drones, entrenched sub-bass and deforested, windswept feedback, strewn with the charred remains of black metal in opener "Screaming Demon Pickups" and the hollow-eyed stare down of "Angels And Doormen", or prone to bury the senses with unpredictable slow techno mudslides in "Mickey Cosmos" or the subsidence of "Packhorse". He often underlines that physicality with a drily ambiguous wit; check the bitterly clipped narrative on "Yorkshire Fog", or, equally, when he puts all his weight behind the stylus-troubling, bestial shudder of "Devils Bit Scabious", and you cant shake the feeling that hes gurning like an evil loon behind the rotten torque of the albums titular parting shot. While ostensibly monotone and overcast, the devil is found in the albums subtleties of timing and mixing detail; riddled with phantasms that lurk and lash out from the crevices of its granite slabs and pitch black ravines, all placed at oblique angles in his surreally folded, labyrinthine and unheimlich sound-field. Recorded with a DR550, a battered Charvel guitar and assorted guitar pedals. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, pressed at Pallas. RIYL: Nurse With Wound, Stephen OMalley, Autechre, David Lynch, Shackleton." - Modern Love.

Artist: MILLIE & ANDREA
Title: Drop the Vowels
Format: Double LP + CD
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
Special edition with a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format. “Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow label-mates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases between 2008 and 2010. They now return with Drop the Vowels, their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013/early 2014, its an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as much as it does Leilas incredible debut Like Weather, eschewing the dark aesthetic both producers are best known for in favor of something much more visceral. Its an album borne from a love of both pop and club music, made to evoke an adrenalized, hedonistic, as well as an emotional response. Opener "GIF RIFF" brings to life a gamelan edit stripped bare before the over-compressed "Stay Ugly" breaks out with a tumbling, broken arrangement situated somewhere between Richard D. James and Jai Paul. "Temper Tantrum" and "Spectral Source" follow, versions of tracks originally released on the second and third Daphne EPs respectively, the former a rugged rave anthem tempered by blue strings, the latter a proper dancefloor destroyer recalling Shakes mighty "Madmen." "Corrosive" flits between a fibrillating, arpeggiated steppers rhythm and a brutal jungle breakdown, while "Drop the Vowels" further explores and strips bare bass & drums before the slow but jacking warehouse killer "Back Down" provides pure percussive abandon. "Quay" ends the set with something quieter, a sublime coda made entirely from field recordings. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.” - Modern Love.

Artist: STRANGER, THE
Title: Watching Dead Empires in Decay
Format: LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
"Polymath James Leyland Kirby must surely have one of the most confounding CVs in the business: he spent years taking the piss out of the music industry with anthems rallying against the (VV)MCPS, he notoriously fell out with various well-known record labels for reasons youll just have to Google, goaded Aphex Twin with a series of "tributes" and channeled his love of everything from Falco ("Rock Me Amadeus"), Chris De Burgh, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Stockport karaoke nights into a stream of increasingly bizarre 7"s back in the early noughties. But at the same time, he was responsible for releasing some of the very earliest material from Boards Of Canada (Hell Interface: 1997), made a ruck of frankly groundbreaking industrial electronic records, brought new beat to the worlds attention and, in 1999, made his first album as The Caretaker, a project that would go on to release some of the most loved ambient/Lynchian albums of recent times. Since then, hes also produced an incredible suite of releases under his own name, scored various film projects and released three EPs under the Intrigue & Stuff banner which are so ahead of their time, they might just start sinking in properly by the end of the decade. All of which brings us to Watching Dead Empires in Decay, a new album recorded under another of Kirbys pseudonyms, The Stranger, and released on Modern Love, a label that has been close to Kirby through these last eventful 15 years. Its a dream album for the label: perhaps the most ambitious of Kirbys career so far. Its complex, singular, enigmatic, percussive, dark, and you just cant work out how it was constructed. Gone are the sampled 78s of The Caretaker, but it also doesnt exactly sound electronic -- you just cant quite fathom how any of it was put together: Field recordings? Found sounds? Sheets of metal scraped and hammered? Drum machines re-wired? Its stark and unsettling, haunted, even troubling -- but often just beautiful. It starts with the sharp clang of opener "We Are Enemies but Not Here" before the woozy percussive crawl "So Pale It Shone in the Night" sucks you into a bare landscape: somewhere between Eraserhead and Fumio Hayasakas music for Akira Kurosawa. And then there are moments that break through the tension with clarity and familiarity, nostalgia even: "Where Are Our Monsters Now, Where Are Our Friends?" could have been made by Boards Of Canada if they had taken a turn into more noxious terrain back in 1998, while "Spiral of Decline" offsets the drum programming youd most likely associate with a Powell record with an oblique sense of timing and space. It all ends with "About to Enter a Strange New Period," an unusual, vaporous coda that offers no resolution -- it just shuts proceedings down with nothing settled. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton; artwork by Guy Denning." -Modern Love.

Artist: SUUM CUIQUE
Title: Ascetic Ideals
Format: LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
"For their first release of 2012, Modern Love delivers the second album from Suum Cuique, the analog noise/experimental project from Miles Whittaker, one-half of Demdike Stare. The first Suum Cuique album Midden (YOUNGAM 002LP) was released on Modern Love sub-label Young Americans back in 2010, with these new recordings made in the intervening years and in between sessions for the Demdike Stare album, Elemental. What differentiates this project from all the others Whittaker is involved with is that the material recorded under Suum Cuique was made using analog hardware only, often recorded straight from the mixing desk with no overdubs or edits. The sound veers from the intense shards of noise that make up album opener "Strohtopf" to the padded techno malfunctions of "Kuiper Anomaly," the found sound/shortwave radio signals of "Atlas Levels" to the mystical rotations of "Intonation" and the electrified drones of album closer "Dionysus Decay." Although there are obvious sonic threads running between Suum Cuique and Demdike Stare, the material on Ascetic Ideals is much more stark, at turns recalling the work of Mika Vainio, Eleh, Maurizio Bianchi and even John Carpenter, whose nightmare visions lurk somewhere deep in the mix. Mastered and cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, limited to 700 copies." - Modern Love.

Artist: TURINN
Title: 18 1/2 Minute Gaps
Format: Double LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Outta the shadows and into the strobe-light, Alex Lewis, aka Turinn, debuts on Modern Love with a debut double-pack of sawn-off bruk-beats and anxious, nerve-riding grooves brewed in the ravines of North Manchester. Turinn emerges from a new generation of producers in the city that include longtime spar Willow, and upcoming producer Croww. Crooked and rugged, but tempered by an acute emotive sensitivity, 18 1/2 Minute Gaps renders a bleedin cross-section of mongrel, hybrid style n pattern in a breathless, deceptively freehand fashion that comes riddled with an electric blue energy all of its own. Committing ten tracks of fractious, mutant funk and sore feels, 18 1/2 Minute Gaps serves to cap Turinns formative phase of production like a lead lid on a nuclear rave implosion; trapping original ardcore nuum, Detroit booty and dank post-punk elements in a perpetual flux of in-the-pocket grooves which ravenously attempt to split at the seams, alternately pushing into Muslimgauze-like buffer zones of distortion or resoundingly wide ambient dimensions, and often both at once. This ambiguous dichotomy is epitomized between the rare surge of quick/slow torque in "Ovum", which almost sounds like Chris Carter sparring with Burial Hex, and then in his nod to the Italian new wave with "Elba", which seems to find the square root between Lorenzo Senni and some skudgy as heck Kassem Mosse grind, whereas the bittersweet soul of "1625" finds compatible links with his close peer, Workshops Willow as well as Japans Shinichi Atobe and scene enabler Move D, while "Parratactico" swaggers into quantum dancehall meters. The album title track runs at a next level Detroit momentum like DJ Stingray flipping Derrick May and Carl Craigs "Kao-tic Harmonies", before "ESO" cuts in like a super cranky El-B wearing itchy Primark underwear, and the bone-rattling hardcore jungle of "Spawn" soon enough gives way to the sweet lad couplet of "Petrichor" and "Ondine", where his elusive, distressed melodic touch really shines thru. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy; Pressed at Pallas." - Modern Love.

Artist: VATICAN SHADOW
Title: Death Is Unity With God
Format: Double LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"productions that dominated 2012s Ornamented Walls (LOVE 080LP). This double LP includes 12 of the 20 tracks included on the original 2014 limited six-cassette release of Death Is Unity With God, in advance of Modern Loves triple-CD edition compiling all the material. It clocks in at an hour and a half and features some of the most compelling productions from Fernow yet. Nodding to classic Muslimgauze, but also inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad, the oppressive atmospheres and destroyed rhythms isolate the gutted toil and drone in "Its to Come," while "F.B.I. God" reduces the drums to scorched blasts against some harrowing, darkside chords. The quasi-speed torment of "Manufactured Silencers Under Direct Orders" ends the A-side with dread, flowing into the haunting chorales and chiming percussions of "Living On and Off At the Shadows Motel" and the scything techno roil of "Small Explosives and Blasting Caps Inside the Pages of a Phonebook," before a particularly effective chamber-like meditation, "McVeigh Figure," draws aesthetic lines between ambient black metal, Coil, and early Autechre. "Waco Postmortem (Murrah)" ends the set operating nearly out of earshot with those incredible, sashaying synth motifs persisting in their struggle against the patina of hiss and exasperated rhythms blurred around the edges. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin." - Modern Love
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Artist: VATICAN SHADOW
Title: Ornamented Walls
Format: LP
Label: Modern Love
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Ornamented Walls is the most intense, brutal and, in many senses, most substantial work from Dominick Fernows Vatican Shadow project yet. Released to coincide with his first tour of Europe, the album incorporates the live mix rehearsals of "Operation Neptune Spear" with tracks made in their aftermath, recorded straight to tape and mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios. Anyone familiar with Fernows live set-up will recognize the distinct nature of this material -- making use of stems and partial tracks separated into a cassette system which is then re-layered and mixed, effected with electronic processing. In short -- Fernow uses his tape machines like turntables in a mix, weaving a hazy and intuitive narrative of sounds that never quite head in the direction you expect, all imbued with an almost feral attitude thats exhilarating to witness, their limitations (ever noticed how VS tracks end so abruptly? the tape ran out), and their mechanical machine qualities used to devastating effect. Side A features all three parts of "Operation Neptune Spear," originally made available in a measly edition of 17 cassettes and sold at the first-ever Vatican Shadow live show in L.A. back in May 2012. Side B features an additional 25 minutes of previously-unreleased work made in the aftermath of the show and using the same set-up, including an astonishing revision of "Cairo Is a Haunted City," dis-assembled and re-wired, lending it a shortwave quality thats nothing short of revelatory." - Modern Love

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