Stream Ata Kak’s seven-track African disco reissue ‘Obaa Sima’

Yaw Atta-Owusu AKA Ata Kak’s ‘Obaa Sima’ was originally released on cassette and limited to around 50 copies. Brian Shimkovitz– owner of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog– picked up a copy back in 2002 in Cape Coast, Ghana. He eventually remastered said own personal tape– the original masters were ruined– and now, a dozen years after that exciting and curious purchase, the rest of us can buy and hear those twisty-disco curios for ourselves. The seven-track release is out this week via Awesome Tapes From Africa, and can be streamed for one week only. Listen below.

Luke Slater to release new EP as Planetary Assault Systems, listen to the title-track

After releasing one of the better techno albums during whatever the year before the last one was as LB Dub Corp techno hero Luke Slater is back, this time reawakening his Planetary Assault Systems moniker. ‘The Eyes Themselves’ is to be the name of the new EP and you can now stream its not untypcially moody acid freakiness under an unyielding 4/4 beat of a title-track…*takes breath*… below.

stream new Skeptical d&b ep ‘Imperial’

The ‘Imperial’ EP is UK D&B producer Ashley Tindall aka Skeptical’s new release for the Exit Records label. (If John Peel was still around no doubt he’d have introduced his records thus: ‘spelt with a K, almost inevitably’). Twenty two minutes of top-rate modern-day D&B, this, perfectly pitched and terrifically styled, with just enough mood changes and pace redifinement. From the opener title-track’s Stakka & Skynet-like interstellar wares and twitchy drum patter, to the light and bouncy pitter patter of ‘Instant Reflex’, we believe you should get right on this, post-haste. Listen to it streaming via the bloke’s Bandcamp below.

Listen to Powell remix of Daniel Avery’s ‘Water Jump’

Daniel Avery’s 2013 flawless techno crossover LP ‘Drone Logic’ has up to now been remixed by a host of acts as part of a series of 12-inch packages. A double CD, compiling all of the said mixes, is due beginning of March, but not before one final slab of vinyl; this time featuring Diagonal boss– and all round heavy-hitter– Powell (although this rejig of ‘Water Jump’ curiously sounds like it has purposefully been drained of much of the original’s vitality).

fluoride drop new single ‘sleep’ // listen here

‘Sleep’ is possibly the standout cut lifted from new Dustin Payseur– taking time out from psych-janglers Beach Fossils– band Fluoride’s debut LP ‘Material’. Yelling vocals, low-hanging, repetitive bassline, and a near constant MBV-lite feedback, the single is available now on Payseur’s own Bayonet Records. A strange cross between shoegaze and post hardcore, perhaps? Listen below.

We list the five most crucial all-girl indie-rock groups in the world right now!

1 Fuzz Girls

Seattle four-piece who sight Breeders and Sleater-Kinney as influences. Sound like an inferior version of both.

2 November Girls

Dublin band with a garage-y dark doo-wop twist and no end of second-rate near hits.

3 The Misdeed Girls

Portland trio– including siblings Sharon and Bethany Hurst– playing a d.i.y. brand of feisty indie-rock with a grunge-tinged twist.

4 Slang Girls

London’s answer to Vivian Girls. (‘Err, who?’- half asleep sub Ed.)

5 Virginity Belt

Fresh new towsome outta LA, regurgitating that C86/lofi brand indie thingy for the millionth time. Also awesome!