Your weekly cheat sheet.
The experts behind the counter of London’s Phonica Records are some of the most dedicated diggers and DJs we know, so every week we tap their insider knowledge to get a tip-off on the latest essential release.
From killer DJ picks and leftfield dance gems to vital reissues and obscurities from around the world, here’s your guide to the best new vinyl on the shelves.
Grammar of Movement
Grammar Of Movement’s first EP is a dense, distorted and totally London take on slow-techno, taking in raw noise, ragged drum machines, ambient transmissions and and a drop of night bus mysticism. A truly beguiling debut on a label that’s been throwing out great records since day one.
Fans of Vancouver horizontalists Mood Hut will fancy this new 12″ from Project Pablo, a 1080p graduate who arrives on Lone’s recently rebooted Magic Wire label with four tracks of lo-fi, carefree, sun-bleached house with just enough kick to get you up off your sun lounger.
Rave Archive EP
Anonymous producer Neuroshima brings six tracks of blunted jungle and ambient to Bake’s label for a long-awaited debut release (some of these cuts were turning up in Kowton’s sets back in 2014). Fans of Tessela, Actress or anything Hessle Audio’s released in the past few years will find this one to be essential, and it’s clearly the best sleeve of the week too.
(Public Possession/Under The Influence)
Released as part of the Under The Influence series, Mappamondo features four subtle reworks of little-known gems. Highlights are the modem bleeps and rubbery disco of ‘Computer Wars’ and the camp and sweaty Italo disco number ‘My Man’.
Sun Ra EP
Aussie producer Mall Grab pops up on the new offshoot from London label Church with four warm, deep and ever so slightly askew swingers. The standout is ‘Cant’, which flips a soft-as-butter Alicia Keys sample previously copped by Mala into a hazy, subtly distorted house journey.