22 tracks, full sleevenotes. Exclusive ltd. edition varnished sleeve available from Rough Trade Shops only.

The new Rough Trade Shops compilation CD is aimed squarely at the New Year. Shiny, fresh, clean and minimal electronic music in your earphones provide the perfect soundtrack for the cold and frosty early January.

Rough Trade Shops Electronic 01 was released 10 years ago and they are revisiting the theme of their first genre compilation in order to share with you some of their favourite artists who have been utilising technology – as a means to an end – in the last year or so. The hardware / software tangibly present, you can almost hear the 1’s and 0’s in the compositions.

As Rough Trade’s Rob Young writes in the sleeve notes –“Check, for instance, Emeralds’ Mark McGuire’s glowing ‘Alma’, which begins with a hymn; or Nicolas Jaar’s incantatory ‘Space is Only Noise if You Can See’, like a dubbed-out Depeche Mode. At the other end of the scale, Prurient and Keiji Haino (in tandem with Finnish sub-bass spelunkers Pansonic) use the full throated roar and the abject howl of the avant-garde and the hardcore. Meanwhile, compare Rustie’s dense ‘Hyperthrust’, with its micro-events folded up and crammed into milliseconds, with alva noto’s ‘uni deform’ bitcrush collision, which emerges from the rarefied world of conceptual sound art. Marcus Schmickler, who can occasionally be found making exploratory post-rock as Pluramon, sends your ears down a labyrinth of no return with the abstract operations of ‘Discordance Axis’, closely followed by Ekoplekz’s hallucinatory tone-scrub, jarring and alienating as an MK-ULTRA mind-control experiment.

In ‘And The World Laughs With You’, Brainfeeder’s shapeshifting boss Flying Lotus invites Thom Yorke to jack into a cybernautical call and response session. Even the most outwardly conventional track here, Hercules & Love Affair, has its House 4/4 scraped and sandblasted with gravelly patches of digital irritant. Ford & Lopatin’s ‘Emergency Room’ is like some unearthly fusion of Scritti Politti and Heaven 17; John Maus’s swooning portamento synthi-fanfares summon up the Fairlight manoeuvres of The Thompson Twins and Blancmange. Azari & III’s ‘Manhooker’ transports you back to sun-up at some orbital rave at the very close of that strange plastic decade.”

Comprising sound art, dubstep, chill-wave, witch house, electro-pop, digital hip hop, tech-minimalism, electro-house, and metal-machine music, supplied by labels such as editions Mego, Warp, Blastfirstpetite, raster-noton, Type, Skam, Tri Angle and more, RTE11 is selected by the staff at both London shops and is as stylistically-varied as you would expect.


1.   Rene Hell – Oxford Meter End

2.   Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise If You Can See

3.   Flying Lotus – …And The World Laughs With You ft. Thom Yorke

4.   Shackleton / King Midas Sound – Deadman, Death Dub Remix

5.   Ayshay – WARN-U

6.   John Maus – Head For The Country

7.   Ford & Lopatin – Emergency Room

8.   Rustie – Hyperthrust

9.   Hercules & Love Affair – My House

10. Azari & III – Manhooker

11. Modeselektor – Evil Twin feat. Otto von Schirach

12. Death Grips – Guillotine

13. Sensational meets Koyxen – +weekend2 (remix work)

14. alva noto – uni deform

15. anne-james chaton – pop is dead

16. Marcus Schmickler – Discordance Axis

17. Ekoplekz – Critical Condition

18. Pansonic with Keiji Haino – If I could incarnate this feeling would you consider it a creation

19. Prurient – A Meal Can Be Made

20. Solar Bears – Twin Stars

21. Mark McGuire – Alma (Reprise) / Chances Are

22. Ben Frost – Ó God protect me

Rough Trade Shops Electronic 11 CD.

Release date: January 16th 2012

Catalogue # RTE11.