The Dummy guide to the best new albums & events: May 2012

29.04.12 Words by: Charlie Jones

April 30th
Records
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Kwes–‘Meantime’[Warp]
Kwes debut EP is about to be released on everyone’s favorite, Warp Records.
The Future Sound of London–‘Environments Vol.4’[Jumpin’ & Pumpin’]
The electronic experimentalists FSOL, on Environments Vol.4 present unreleased and remastered material.
Tangerine Dream–‘Le Parc’[Esoteric / Reactive]
The German electronic music group will release a remastered edition of their classic 1985 album “Le Parc”.
oOoOO–‘Our Loving Is Hurting Us’[Tri Angle]
oOoOO’s long awaited second EP on Tri Angle Records, will be available on the 30th of April.
Cate Le Bon–CYRK[Turnstile]
Cardiff based singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon will release her album CYRK on Turnstile.
Lower Dens–Nootropics[Ribbon]
That’s a double LP release by the indie rockers Lower Dens, on Ribbon Records.

May 4th
Events
Camden Crawl
Camden Crawl is summer’s opening multi venue festival and takes place across Camden Town, from the 4th to the 6th of May. Amongst the 250 musicians you can see Death In Vegas, Actress, Niki And The Dove, Rustie and Virals. It also features performing arts, crafts, visual art and loads more.

May 5th
Events
Lone Album Launch at Bussey Building
Lone will appear at Peckham’s Bussey Building, for the launch of his album Galaxy Garden on R&S Records.
Lorca at The Star Of Kings
Dummy’s own Lorca, will be taking over The Star Of Kings basement, also known as “the rave cave”.

May 6th
Events
Watergate 10 year anniversary party at The Great Suffolk St Warehouse
The famous Berlin club Watergate, celebrates 10 years of impressive presence in the techno world and takes over the UK’s capital with Ellen Alien, Pan Pot and Marco Resmann.
Grizzly Party Feat. Sinden – Melé – Krystal Klear Brenmar at The Nest
The UK label Grizzly throws a party at The Nest. Its boss Sinden will play along Melé, Krystal Klear and Brenmar.

May 7th
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Girl Unit–‘Club Rez’[Night Slugs]
Described as his “most advanced material yet”, Girl Unit’s latest EP looks like is going to be a belter.
Âme–‘Live’[Innervisions]
The German duo, Âme reached their 10th anniversary this year and are celebrating by releasing Âme Live. This album is a collection of recordings from the road, including new versions of classics and remixes by other artists.
Last Step–‘Sleep’[Planet Mu]
The Canadian, breakcore master, Venetian Snares is back, with his mellower moniker, Last Step. In his own words: “Sleep are tunes I recorded while falling asleep. These tracks are really different for me, really mellow and dreamy, that nice comfortable feeling when you’re falling asleep. This is what I sound like in my sleep.”
Joker–‘Skitta/I Think You Should Know’[Kapsize]
The Bristolian’s latest offering on his own imprint Kapsize.
OFF!–‘Off!’[Vice]
LA based punk band will release their first full-length album via Vice Records.
Lone–‘Galaxy Garden’[R&S]
Galaxy Garden is Lone’s anticipated LP on R&S, where he presents a more refined sound. We also see Machinedrum contributing in two tracks.
Virals–‘Coming Up With The Sun’[Tough Love]
A release, by a promising new artist, that goes by the name Viral. Out on Tough Love Records.
Rinse Presents:Brackles[Rinse Recordings]
Brackles’ garage influenced debut LP is set to drop on the 7th of May on Rinse Recordings.
Slugbed–‘Time Team’[Ninja Tune]
The contemporary electronic producer Greg Feldwick aka Slugabed will release his debut album on Ninja Tune.

May 9th
Events
Grimes at XOYO
Londoners are about to be curried away by Grimes’ talent and ethereal presence.

May 10th
Festivals
The Great Escape (Brighton)
The Great Escape has been taking place in Brighton for the past six years and is known for showcasing new music. Over the course of three days, more than 300 bands will play in 30 venues, across the seaside town.

May 11th
Events
Planet Mu Night at XOYO
Planet Mu knows all about throwing excellent events. On this occasion they will present a heavyweight evening, with some of the best music out there provided by Kuedo, Machinedrum, Boxcutter, Rudi Zygadlo and Tropics.
Optimo at The Nest
Optimo is headlining a night of the latest disco acts from around the world.

May 12th
Events
Amon Tobin – Live Isam Show at O2 Academy Brixton
Amon Tobin’s mind bending AV show comes back to London on the 12th of May.

May 13th
Events
Grandmaster Flash at Brixton Clubhouse
The legendary hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, is paying London a rare visit. Not to be missed!

May 14th
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Squarepusher–‘Ufabulum’ [Warp]
Ufabulum looks like is Squarepusher’s comeback with a bang and will hit the record shelves on the 14th of May. Another big release by Warp Records.
Niki & The Dove–‘Instict’[Mercury]
The Swedish electro, synth pop duo Niki & The Dove, will drop their debut album on May the 14th.

May 16th
Events
Ninja Tune Records at Fabric
Ninja Tune Records will host a night with Thundercat, Floating Points, Slugabed and Offshore at London’s Fabric.

May 18th
Events
Night Slugs 4th Birthday at 7-9 Crucifix Lane
Night Slugs are celebrating their 4th birthday at a Crucifix Lane warehouse space on the 18th of May. The impressive line up consists of Bok Bok, L-VIS 1990, Jam City, Girl Unit, Egyptixx and Ikonika.
Simian Mobile Disco Lp Launch at Fabric
Apart from Simian Mobile Disco’s album launch, you can also check Objekt, Blondes, Pinch, Code 9 and Youngsta, all under one roof.
Tanlines at The Lexington
The Brooklyn electronic pop duo will appear at London’s Lexington on the 18th of May.
Jeff Mills – Axis 20th Anniversary at Corsica Studios
If you want to check Detroit’s Jeff Mills spinning records all night long, you’d better head down to Corsica Studios, where he will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his imprint Axis Records.

May 19th
Events
Evian Christ at Corsica Studios
Nguzunguzu, Alexander Nut, Nic Tasker and very special guests will join Tri Angle’s Evian Christ, at Corsica Studios.

May 21st
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Pantha Du Prince and Stephan Abry–‘Ursprung’[Dial Records]
Tech house, electronica artist Pantha Du Prince and experimental producer Abry Ursprung join forces to form Ursprung. Their eponymous debut album will be released via Dial Records.
Iron Curtis–‘Soft White Waist Band’[Mirau]
Debut album by German house producer Iron Curtis, on Tensnake’s label Mirau.
Saint Etienne–‘Words And Music by Saint Etienne’[Universal]
Uk indie pop outfit Saint Etienne will release their first album in seven years, on the 21st of May.
Drexciya–‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II’[Clone]
Clone records offer the second part of their re-issue series, for one of the most important techno acts, Drexciya.
Amon Tobin–‘box set compilation’[Ninja Tune]
A rather big box set will be released through Ninja Tunes. It will include seven CDs, six 10-inches, a DVD and lots of Tobin’s previously unreleased material.
Herve–‘Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down’[Cheap Thrills Records]
The British producer Herve will release his electro oriented debut album, on his own label Cheap Thrills Records.

May 25th
Events
Tensnake, John Talabot, Skudge & Futureboogie at Corsica Studios
A killer line up, in one of London’s most intimate spaces.

May 26th
Events
James Ruskin, Surgeon, Silent Servant & Sigha at Cable
A good dosage of techno, courtesy of London based Blueprint Records.
Levon Vincent, Space Dimension Controller & Cosmin TRG at Fabric
Another impressive night at Fabric.

May 28th
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Lauren Halo–‘Quarantine’[Hyperdub]
It has certainly been a great year for the electronic music artist so far. Her first full-length album, is scheduled to be released on Hyperdub.
2:54–‘2:54’[Fiction]
The London based indie band 2:54, will release their eponymous debut album on Fiction Records.
ALT-J–‘An Awesome Wave’[Infectious]
The breakthrough band Alt-J will release their debut album “An Awesome Wave” on May 28th via Infectious Music.
Scissor Sisters–‘Magic Hour’[Polydor]
The American group Scissor Sisters will release their forth album on Polydor.
Sigur Ros–‘Valtari’[EMI]
The Icelandic post rock band Sigur Ros return with their sixth studio album Valtari.
Regina Spektor–‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’[Sire/Warner Bros]
A release featuring Regina Spektror’s graceful voice will be available on the 28th of May.
Howse–‘Lay Hollow’[Tri Angle]
Tri Angle’s latest signing Howse, will make his debut release on the 28th of May.
Colourbox–‘Colourbox’[4AD]
Colourbox compilation will mark 4AD’s 30th anniversary. The box set will include studio recordings and mixes by the British electronic music group Colourbox.
Rinse Presents:Roska 2[Rinse]
That’s Rosca’s second album on “Rinse Presents” series and finds him stepping onto more housey territories rather than grime and funk.
The Hundred In The Hands–‘Keep It Low’ (Andy Stott / Patten / JD Twitch Remixes) [WARP]
New York electro/pop duo will release their latest single ‘Keep It Low’ on Warp Records. It will feature three remixes by Andy Stott, Patten and JD Twitch.

May 30th
Festivals
Mutek (Montreal)
Mutek has taken place in Montreal since 2000 and has established itself as one of the most original and avant-garde international showcases of electronic music and digital arts. Some of the artists included in this year’s amazing line up are: Basic Soul Unit, Tim Hecker, Blondes, Monolake, Jeff Mills, Shackleton, Nicolas Jaar, A Guy Called Gerald and Alex Smoke, to name a few.