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100% PURE (NETHERLANDS)
PURE 062EP

LUMEN, JAY: Mooovin 12″ (PURE 062EP) 12.00
100% Pure welcomes back Jay Lumen, credited by Beatport last year as one to watch. “Mooovin” is a vocal-infused, synth-squelching power tune and “The Story” is filled with twitching beat plots, intrigue, emotion, sassy soul snippets and a banging bass. To honor of all the vinyl lovers out there, the label releases Jay’s previously digital-only track, “Is Mine.” Atmospheric and up-tempo for the clubscape, its blended vocal snatches strut across the rolling beats.

3LOBED
3LOBED 083LP

GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO: Sand City LP (3LOBED 083LP) 19.00
“Three Lobed Recordings is extremely excited to be releasing Sand City, a blistering new collection of original compositions from Steve Gunn and John Truscinski, otherwise known as the Gunn-Truscinski Duo. Steve Gunn is one of the most exciting American guitarists working today. His solo discography, as well as his work with GHQ, should be well known to folks who have followed Three Lobed Recordings over the past several years. Percussionist John Truscinski is a stalwart of the American underground in his own right through his dedicated work in X.O.4 (with Bill Nace and Jake Meginsky), Slaughterhouse Percussion, as well as with GHQ (as last seen on the outfit’s Everywhere At Once from the Oscillation III series). Sand City is an extremely mature and thoughtfully-crafted album that conjures some of the most potent moments of both Fantasias-era Sandy Bull and the more guitar-centric Sun City Girls albums while firmly charting its own raga-based territory. It is an exceptionally strong collection that should leave listeners rapt for years to come.” Hand-numbered edition of 624.

ACIDO RECORDS (GERMANY)
ACIDO 007EP

HEALING FORCE PROJECT: Moorg#1/Analogic Prospectus 12″ (ACIDO 007EP) 13.00
“Subtle pulsating space mission score alike far out ambientish techno tunes.” All tracks by Antonio Marini.

ALIEN8 RECORDINGS (CANADA)
ALIEN 089LP

HECKER, TIM: Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again 2LP (ALIEN 089LP) 25.00
“Now, for the first time on vinyl, Haunt Me is available as a clear vinyl double LP, packaged in a full-color gatefold sleeve, and limited to 750 copies. Tim Hecker needs much less of an introduction today than he did when he released his debut recording Haunt Me nearly ten years ago; he now easily holds his own with top tier electronic artists from around the world. Despite its age, the album remains interesting and vital. While not nearly as complex as more recent outings such as Harmony in Ultraviolet and Imaginary Country, it gives a very clear view into the artist’s approach and style. Haunt Me is a beautifully arranged record that sees nine compositions spread out over twenty tracks that have been woven together to form one long extended piece of music. This method has become standard on the recordings by Hecker that followed Haunt Me and is an excellent method to deeply immerse the listener in the work. At the time of Haunt Me’s release, Pitchfork championed Tim Hecker as one of North America’s best kept secrets, scoring the album an impressive 8.6 on 10, and they have continued to support the artist’s endeavors ever since. On Haunt Me, Hecker is often riding a fine line between ambient and noise. During one interlude, he is utilizing a cascading wave of distortion and throbbing bass, just as it starts to become the slightest bit oppressive. Gears are quickly shifted and the high-end harmonies and feedback are quickly giving way to more lush passages in the vein of early Stars of the Lid. Tim Hecker very quickly learned the technique of blending the ebb and flow of soft and hard sound and he continues to work towards perfecting this technique today.”

ANCIENT METHODS (GERMANY)
ANCIENT 005EP

ANCIENT METHODS: Fifth Method 12″ (ANCIENT 005EP) 12.00
“Modern, uncompromising industrial-esque techno bombs.”

AREA REMOTE (NETHERLANDS)
AREA 024EP

MILLER, SEAN: Chic Easy 12″ (AREA 024EP) 12.00
Admired globally for his unique take on house music, Toronto-born Sean Miller has played at some of the most renowned nightclubs and festivals and has releases on labels such as Viva Music, Saw Recordings and Saved Records. “Chic Easy” features deep industrial bass chugs that move energetically under electric riffs and peaks. “Carousel” is one for the speed-freaks with tune warps revolving around stabbing sound snippets. Vibrantly relentless.

AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)
AUS 1030EP

SIDESHOW: Fink Dubs EP 12″ (AUS 1030EP) 12.00
Ninja Tune records have allowed Aus Music to release some of Sideshow’s deep, intensely dubbed-out interpretations of the latest Fink album Sort Of Revolution, the critically-acclaimed international singer-songwriter’s third album for the legendary stable. “Sort Of Dubolution” (a dub of the album’s title track), comes as a classic Sideshow live dub epic, drenched in Fink’s signature vocals alongside an earth-moving bass line. Follower “Dub It All” (an edit of Fink’s “See It All”) is a stabbier, angular take on the original.

AXIS
SITS 005EP

MILLS, JEFF: Something In The Sky 5 12″ (SITS 005EP) 9.00
Fifth installment in the “Something In The Sky” project.

BLUE NOTE
BLP 4163LP

DOLPHY, ERIC: Out To Lunch! LP (BLP 4163LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1964. Featuring Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard David and Anthony Williams. “Out to Lunch stands as Eric Dolphy’s magnum opus, an absolute pinnacle of avant-garde jazz in any form or era. Its rhythmic complexity was perhaps unrivaled since Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, and its five Dolphy originals — the jarring Monk tribute ‘Hat and Beard,’ the aptly titled ‘Something Sweet, Something Tender,’ the weirdly jaunty flute showcase ‘Gazzelloni,’ the militaristic title track, the drunken lurch of ‘Straight Up and Down’ — were a perfect balance of structured frameworks, carefully calibrated timbres, and generous individual freedom.” — All Music Guide

BOOMARM NATION
BOOMARM 001EP

GULLS: Mean Sound 12″ (BOOMARM 001EP) 11.00
“The experimental beat making of Gulls, aka Jesse Munro Johnson, is a force to be reckoned with. Based out of Portland, Oregon, his electronic adventures are patiently psychedelic, masterfully composed, and brimming with the earnestness of an artist whose music is designed to yell ‘this is NOW!’ Every track is built entirely from the ground up. Johnson samples only himself, cutting up and rearranging myriad textures horns, synthesizers, etc. into dazzling kaleidoscopic formations. A densely woven tapestry of sound, the listening experience is not the simplest to articulate. Yet we can begin to pull at the strands, to see what exuberant stars and hungry black holes make up this immense electronic cosmos. Gulls’ compositional discipline reveals an interest in classical minimalists like Philip Glass as well as the polyrhythmic intensity reminiscent of traditional West African and Brazilian music. While informed by a scholarly interest in music across genre and location, the project is rooted firmly within club culture. As a dance floor maestro, Gulls takes cues from early dub, dancehall, and sound system culture, blowing basic pieces of music into astronomical proportions, into mammoth versions with their own savage lives. As even the forefront of today’s electronic music scene finds itself compartmentalized by genre and subgenre, the boundaryless compositional voice and healthy swagger of Gulls is thrilling. The EP also features Kranky recording artist and sonic voyageur Strategy, whose remix of ‘Mean Sound’ blasts things into another galaxy entirely.”

BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 059LP

MOEBIUS: Blue Moon OST LP (BB 059LP) 17.00
180 gram LP version. By 1969 at the latest, Dieter Moebius was synonymous with the avant-garde electronic music scene in Germany. He and Hans-Joachim Roedelius formed Cluster, a seminal electronic/ambient duo, while Moebius was also a member of the so-called Krautrock supergroup Harmonia (with Michael Rother and Roedelius), as well as collaborating on various other projects with the likes of Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier from Guru Guru. This was the last solo album that Moebius delivered to Sky Records, originally released in 1986. Blue Moon was released at a time when electronically-created pop music was no longer perceived as exotic. It was new music, free of the ballast of the 1970s, minimalist and uncluttered. Moebius, a constant simplifier in the Cluster/Harmonia family, made a particular virtue of this simplicity on Blue Moon, resulting in 11 wonderfully measured miniatures, rhythmic, harmonic textures of exceptional aural transparency. Clarity, calm and an impression of unthreatening irreality run through all 11 pieces, which, to capture their full sense of musical and atmospheric development, would all need to be twice as long. Instead of which, regrettably, they break off abruptly, all too soon, all too often. Short isn’t always sweet. What an epochal flight of fancy Blue Moon could have been, had it extended to a double album format. But Moebius, his wings clipped in the service of film music, needed, of course, to match his compositions to the length of each scene — sometimes a blessing, other times a curse. Due to their soundtrack function, the 11 compositions on the album fell short of the glittering diamonds they could so easily have become, precious though they undoubtedly were. As previously on Tonspuren (BB 040CD/LP), Moebius structures his music with well defined, sharp contours, modestly elegant, simple yet rich in detail, thus never running the risk of lapsing into monotony. This is forceful electronic pop music and it works perfectly well without pictures. It has survived throughout the decades because Moebius — much like his Harmonia colleagues, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Michael Rother — had formulated a musical language which, today, can be understood better than ever. Innersleeve with full-color photos and notes by Asmus Tietchens.

CADENZA (GERMANY)
CADENZA 055EP

DIGITALINE: Okoubaka 12″ (CADENZA 055EP) 14.00
Cadenza welcomes Swiss duo Digitaline back into the fold for their 55th release. The Okoubaka EP is proof that Laurent Bovey aka Laps and Gregory Poncet aka Gregorythme have lost none of their production flair, with both a dancefloor-tailored house sound and dark, dubby, atmospheric techno. “Kaya” glides along with an acid-heavy bass line and a barrage of heavy beats, while “Okoubaka” features harsh beats, brash synths and an onslaught of spooky effects that heighten the track’s eerie vibe.

CELESTIAL HARMONIES
CH 13189CD

YOSHIMURA/PRO MUSICA NIPPONIA, NANAE: The Art Of The Koto, Volume Four… CD (CH 13189CD) 14.00
…Works By Miki And Yoshimatsu. “This disk completes the four-volume The Art of the Koto, which features the musical artistry of Nanae Yoshimura. As a companion especially to Vol. 3: Works for Nijugen, it contains three more compositions for the nijugen-koto, a modern version of the koto with twenty strings (instead of the thirteen strings of the traditional koto). This time, however, the focus is on works for nijugen-koto and an ensemble of Japanese traditional instruments, played by members of Pro Musica Nipponia (Nihon Ongaku Shudan). On this disk, two compositions by Minoru Miki can be heard: Tatsuta-no-kyoku written in 1971 is one of his earliest solo compositions for the new instrument nijugen-koto, which was ‘invented’ in 1969 (track seven). The other is his Concerto Requiem for nijugen-koto solo and an ensemble of Japanese instruments (track one), one of Miki’s most important works written in 1981. Tracks two through six include a piece in five movements by the versatile composer Takashi Yoshimatsu (*1953). Originally written in 1998 for nijugen-koto solo and a trio of European instruments, it was newly arranged in 1999 for an ensemble of Japanese instruments to be performed during ‘Pro Musica Nipponia the 156th regular concert’ on August 8, 2000, in Tokyo.”

CH 13287CD

KEANE & OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK, BRIAN: Kelebek/The Butterfly OST CD (CH 13287CD) 14.00
“With the Kelebek/The Butterfly soundtrack, film producer Mahmut Bengi has brought Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Brian Keane together once again to create the music to this mystical and tragic story. The result is remarkable and moving. The score to Kelebek/The Butterfly effortlessly flows from East to West, from orchestral score to Turkish music, and into electronic sound design. The music moves just as effortlessly between moods, from mystical to tragic to suspense to folkloric or romantic. Whether it’s the fusion of jazz and the red-hot Middle Eastern musicianship of ‘On The Move,’ the beautiful melodic and harmonic East-West mixtures of ‘Yusuf’s Theme’ and ‘Zeynep’s Romance,’ the Turkish-folk-meets-American-roots music of ‘Teacher,’ the simple and honest oud and guitar collaboration on ‘Brother To Brother,’ the new age orchestra and ney of ‘Butterfly,’ the moving and tragic ‘Yusuf Prays/Lost Souls’ that features Omar’s older brother Haci Ahmet Tekbilek on duduk with an orchestral adagio, Omar’s haunting vocals over a multi-layered harmonium and sampled glass harmonica in ‘Losing Hope,’ the bizarre and wonderful combination of Richard Hunter’s harmonica playing with traditional Middle Eastern folk music in ‘Street Fair’ (based on the Azeri folk song ‘Menim Canimsan’), or the Dervish updated to hip-hop/electronic trance in ‘Deep Blue,’ Brian and Omar continue to push the boundaries of musical tradition while simultaneously demonstrating a respect and affection for those traditions and their spiritual origins. Now in their mid-fifties, Omar and Brian have continued growing in their own worlds as prominent master musicians; this soundtrack for Kelebek/The Butterfly is testimony that their friendship and musical collaboration are truly enduring.”

CELLULOID RECORDS
CELL 5014LP

DOLPHY, ERIC: Conversations LP (CELL 5014LP) 11.00
Multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, after playing with the likes of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, originally released Conversations in 1963 on Fuel. This is the 1986 Celluoid reissue, featuring different cover art. The line-up includes Richard Davis (bass), Clifford Jordan (soprano sax), Prince Lasha (flute), Sonny Simmons (alto), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Eddie Kahn (bass) and J.C. Moses (drums). Tracks: “Jitterbug Waltz,” “Music Matador,” “Love Me” and “Alone Together.”

CELL 5015LP

DOLPHY, ERIC: Iron Man LP (CELL 5015LP) 11.00
1986 Celluoid reissue of Dolphy’s 1963 album, originally released by Douglas. The line-up includes Richard Davis (bass), Clifford Jordan (soprano sax), Prince Lasha (flute), Huey Simmons (alto), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Eddie Kahn (bass) and J.C. Moses (drums). Both of these albums are underrated gems, but this one’s got a richly palatable visceral jubilance across cuts like “Mandrake,” “Come Sunday” and “Burning Spear.”

CHERRY RED PHONOGRAPH (UK)
CRP 107LP

SOFT MACHINE: Bundles LP (CRP 107LP) 31.00
“Originally released in 1975, Bundles marked a turning point for the band, not marked by the fact that this album was the first to have an actual title, instead of just a number. This would also be the last album to feature the brilliant keyboard playing of Mike Ratledge, the last surviving member of the original 1963 Wyatt-Allen-Ayers line-up, but whose playing here takes a backburner to the prominent role played by brand new guitarist (and another ex-Nucleus member) Allan Holdsworth. Holdsworth’s hardworking guitar style breathes new life into the band after the relatively weary sounding Seven. Although, much of what came after Fourth has been dismissed as past-prime by many Softs fans, Bundles is that one bright star on the post-Wyatt horizon, and along with absolutely brilliant musicianship all around, this is some of the best fusion jazz to be found from that or any other period.”

CINEWAX
CINE 800CD

VA: Winter’s Bone: Music From The Motion Picture CD (CINE 800CD) 12.00
“Debut release from Light In The Attic’s new soundtrack label: Cinewax. Dramatic score by Dickon Hinchliffe (founding member of Tindersticks). Winter’s Bone, the music: Among the highlights of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are the old time sounds of the Ozarks translated into the 21st century by stellar vocalist Marideth Sisco. Her Ronnie Gilbert (of the Weavers)-inspired vocals are absolute joy — and she’s an expert storyteller of the Ozarks region; her spoken word podcast, These Ozarks Hills, can be found online at KSMU.org. Although these musicians are not yet nationally known (yet), this soundtrack should will draw attention to these regional heroes: Dennis Crider, an expert Western Swing guitar picker; Missouri bluegrass maverick, Bo Brown; claw hammer banjo picker, Van Colbert; guitarist and songwriter, Rick Reding; and Missouri Ozarks fiddle master Billy Ward (to name but a few) that will delight fans of No Depression and classic Americana music. For those seeking more contemporary music flavors, one could do no better than Dickon Hinchliffe — a founding member of the seminal English band The Tindersticks in which he wrote songs, played violin, guitar and keyboards. Dickon’s other movie film scores (with the Tindersticks’) include director Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day which starred Vincent Gallo.”

CNG (GERMANY)
CNG 001EP

SHACKLETON VS. KASAI ALLSTARS/BURNT FRIEDMAN VS. KONONO NO. 1: Mukuba Special/Rubaczech 12″ (CNG 001EP) 12.00
“Remixes of electro-traditional music from Congo by Burnt Friedman & Sam Shackleton for Crammed Discs’ Congotronics series.”

CNG 002EP

ERNESTUS VS. KONONO NO. 1, MARK: Masikulu Dub/Masikulu Rhythm 12″ (CNG 002EP) 12.00
“Ultra heavy Afro-beat rooted house techno compatible monster tune.”

COLUMBIA
RG 561EP

BRAINSTORM: Journey To The Light/We’re On Our Way Home 12″ (RG 561EP) 10.00
“Repress of the classics!”

CORWOOD INDUSTRIES
COR 0742LP

JANDEK: Chair Beside A Window LP (COR 0742LP) 21.00
“The grainy, haunted beauty of Jandek’s early work went through many phases, never quite as varied and multi-faceted as the material on his 4th album, Chair Beside A Window released in 1982. The relatively wide range of Chair Beside A Window gives insight into the influences on the seemingly impenetrable Jandek sound. Hearing the blown-out harmonica bluster of ‘You Think You Know How To Score’ it’s hard not to imagine it as the Jandek equivalent of a Dylan phase, however insanely translated. Most notable in terms of both variance and firsts is the standout track ‘Nancy Sings’, featuring the first time we hear an outside vocalist. This song, a sad and empty blues featuring stunning female vocals, could easily be argued for as the moment freak-folk was born. Nods to folk blues, early gospel and even some strange takes on group jams appear. The layers of intentions and emotional frequency are always a mystery, but the mystery is more colorful and relatable here than it ever was before. Vinyl for this album has been unavailable since the initial pressing and has been sought ravenously by collectors ever since. Working in direct collaboration with Corwood Industries, we’re thrilled to offer this exact repress, heavyweight-vinyl edition.”

DEKMANTEL (NETHERLANDS)
DKMNTL 004EP

JUJU & JORDASH: Deep Blue Meanies (Robert Hood Remixes) 12″ (DKMNTL 004EP) 12.50
Robert Hood delivers 2 devastating remix cuts of the great “Deep Blue Meanies” track from Juju & Jordash’s self-titled long player (DKMNTL 002CD/LP)…TIP!

DESSOUS (GERMANY)
DES 099EP

GOLDWILL: Discooker 12″ (DES 099EP) 12.00
Berlin & Schwerin-based nu-breeds-de-jour Goldwill cook up a rather special release as Dessous teeters ever closer to its 100th release. Discooker is comprised of 3 original tracks on vinyl. Sauntering off into the night, “Nachtzug” delivers a tripped-out, jazzy jam that skips between off-kilter house and laid-back disco edit stations. A freaky, warbling synth tone becomes the main destination as skipping beats and warm, coal-fired beats pump throughout.

DIGITALIS
DIGI 028LP

GARDEN SOUND: Black Summit LP (DIGI 028LP) 14.00
“When it comes to blown-out psychedelia, the first current band I want to hear is Eternal Tapestry. When it comes to desolate desert blues, that band is Barn Owl. Those are two pretty potent names in the world of experimental music right now so when 4/5 of them join up for some Portland sessions, that’s good news for us all. Gärden Sound is the quartet of Dewey Mahood and Jed Bindeman of Eternal Tapestry (as well as Plankton Wat & Heavy Winged, respectively) and Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti of Barn Owl. Black Summit is their first charcoal-lined foray into the deep and if you can’t get lost in this haze, there’s not much hope. Immediately evident is the incredible restraint shown by all four players. They’re not being timid or trying to feel each other out, but there’s an obvious level of comfort and understanding between each. With three guitars and Bindeman’s trademark drumming, it would be easy to drown everything in full-on sludge but Gärden Sound are too damn good to play that game. Opener, ‘Forbidden Paradise,’ sets the scene. Methodical guitar works lull the listener into a solemn state of comfort while Bindeman adds to the hypnosis with tribal-infused narcotic rhythms. The build-up is slow but gets you ready for the knock-down blasts of ‘Beast of Burden.’ Heavy stomp and zoned-out, smoked-out guitar riffs that blow the roof to oblivion. This is music that needs to be played as loud as you can stand it. ‘Hidden Origin’ calms things back down, contemplating the next move while finding its way through the blackened labyrinth concocted by Porras, Caminiti and Mahood. Each guitarist finds his own path as they lead each other to the prize. The 14-minute closer, ‘Obsidian Sky,’ brings everything home. Sprawling riffage like a dense forest of apocalyptic crumble. Desolation takes hold as the molasses drones take shape and form themselves into an unpassable mountain of debris. It’s mind-bending and cathartic; a sonic temple crushed to ash so it can rise again. Gärden Sound prove worthy opponents, ably standing on their own and stomping out their own trail toward the stars.”

DOCTOR VINYL (BELGIUM)
RDLGI 002EP

SALAS, DC: Peru 12″ (RDLGI 002EP) 12.00
This 12″ vinyl release comes in transparent plastic bag deluxe packaging with obi. DC Salas’ nugget “Peru” has been stuck on repeat at the Doctor Vinyl record store in Brussels, and here it is, plus some killer remixes, and another DC Salas track baptized “Petit Bonheur.” The Mugwumpian version has already attracted massive attention from DJs everywhere, while Dave Dk’s rendering reduces and teases the elements of the original into a relentless maelstrom with a hint of Basic Channel.

DRAG CITY
DC 387LP

DEATH: …For The Whole World To See LP (DC 387LP) 15.00
LP version, repressed again. “Their time in the studio was overseen by engineer Jim Vitti, whose work with Parliament/ Funkadelic seems to have informed his decision to record Death in raw fashion with little polish, showcasing the organic power relationships within the trio. The songs recorded there make up …For the Whole World to See, which today blasts from the speakers as a fresh and inspired early entry in the category of punk rock. Death had a single pressed, Politicians In My Eyes b/w Keep On Knocking, selling them at their shows and on the street. Things weren’t really going anywhere when they heard from Columbia Records’ president Clive Davis. He was interested, but he had one demand — they’d have to change their name. David, acting as the band’s leader, would have no part of it, a decision that ultimately brought an end to Death. Moving to New England, David, Bobby and Dannis reconnected with their faith, forming the Christian rock-n-roll band The 4th Movement, whose self-released early-80s album joined Death’s 45 as a sought-after obscurity for the next generation. 2009 is the time that Death is finally here …For The Whole World to See. …For The Whole World to See is the first full-length release EVER for the band called Death — with only one 7″ single to their name, and that usually goes for about a grand per. That’s $1000! For those who do have the single, the remastered sound here will break you up.”

EAT CONCRETE (NETHERLANDS)
EAT 020EP

FUNCKEN, ROEL: Daze Flextone EP 12″ (EAT 020EP) 12.50
Roel Funcken, one-half of Dutch electronica duo Funckarma, delivers the Daze Flextone EP, his solo debut for Eat Concrete Records. These four tracks highlight the latest take on his dubstep-fused electronica experiments. The result is energetic, original and extremely heavy. Three of these tracks were previously released on CD only thru Berlin’s Ad Noiseam. Also included is a Roel Funcken remix of a track by Dutchman Krampfhaft.

ECHOCORD (GERMANY)
ECHO 047EP

ONMUTU MECHANICKS: Lupus Moon EP 12″ (ECHO 047EP) 12.00
Arne Weinberg aka Onmutu Mechanicks presents his first 12″ on Echocord. Being known for producing deep, melodic techno, Arne’s alias Onmutu Mechanicks serves as a project for all things abstract and dub-influenced. The Lupus Moon EP combines dub techno and the deep, melodic techno that Arne is known for. The tracks “Lupus Moon” and “Aspiring To Aspire” are taken from his album Nocturne (ECHO 008CD). This EP also contains a remix by XDB, known from the Metrolux label.

ELECTRIC DELUXE (GERMANY)
EDLX 011EP

KIERAN, PHIL: Empty Vessels 12″ (EDLX 011EP) 12.00
The Empty Vessels EP is Phil Kieran’s debut on Electric Deluxe. The title track features a stripped-down, swinging groove. Tripped-out sounds flavored from industrial, house, and alien origin shift, move and melt this unique techno hybrid. The Gary Beck remix is for the more traditional dancefloor. A cool groove, dusty bass drum and huge rim shots create a framework for noise build-ups and Gary’s own treatment of the already deranged original sounds, sending you straight to rave heaven.

ELEVATOR BATH
EEAOA 034CD

SHOEMAKER, MATT: Soundtrack For Dislocation CD (EEAOA 034CD) 14.00
“Matt Shoemaker’s first full-length album for Elevator Bath is Soundtrack for Dislocation, an entirely self-contained account of a fantastically abstract and intensely personal vision. As with much of Shoemaker’s work, this is an album permeated with a very potent sense of unease. And despite the fact that the use of field recordings is very minimal here, there is a no less organically tangible quality which only contributes to the feeling of disquietude. For those unfamiliar with Matt Shoemaker’s work, Soundtrack for Dislocation is absolutely the ideal place to start as it is arguably the most fully-realized project in his catalog. All the necessary elements are present: The enigmatic cover and interior images, the cryptic track titles, and of course the recordings themselves – densely packed and elaborately evolved aberrancies, open to various interpretations. Shoemaker seems to have provided more than enough clues to the puzzles he offers in his works but, like the most effective tales, these subtle indications cannot quite account for all that happens. The rest is up to the astute listener who accepts this very inscrutability as the reward. Matt Shoemaker’s music has been released by such labels as Trente Oiseaux, The Helen Scarsdale Agency, Mystery Sea, and Ferns Recordings. He resides in Seattle. Packaged inside an extra thick, full-color, matte finish, 6-panel digipak featuring Shoemaker’s beautiful photography, this compact disc has been issued in an edition of 509 copies.”

ESKIMO (BELGIUM)
ESK 503808

BOTTIN: Discocracy 12″ (ESK 503808) 12.00
Bottin is an Italian musician, sound designer and DJ in Venice, where he fights a reckless war against his neighbors: the infamous pigeons of St. Mark’s square, who sometimes try to sabotage his already unstable vintage synths. Bottin’s sound is a blend of ’70s disco, early ’80s electro, and Italian giallo and can be roughly defined as “horror disco.” His Eskimo debut was supported by everyone from Mylo to Aeroplane to Prins Thomas to Pete Herbert, and many more.

GENERATOR RECORDS
GEN 031EP

VA: Generator: Broadcast In Hi-Tech 2×12″ (GEN 031EP) 15.00
“A showcase of US & International artists starting with the fierce, primetime techno debut from UK’s Abstract Science sure to sweat that dancefloor. Another Generator debut is Sydney, Australia’s Andy Rantzen [of ItchE and ScratchE] with a soothing techno groove ‘love song’ entitled ‘The Kiss’. On the US front, Chicago’s Obsolete Music Technology [Emphasis Recordings/Aesthetic Audio/Eargasmic] hands in an impressive show of fistpumpin’, energizing future house while JAMAL MOSS weaves together another of his trademark wayout lofi masterpieces. From the Detroit sector, DJ T1000 [Pure Sonik/Generator/Tresor] bringing it with ‘Detroitism’ a clapyourhands/ stringladen spacetech funker followed with ‘Daily Routine’ by Terrence Dixon [Utensil/Tresor/Children Of Tomorrow], a minimal space capsule thumper, perfect for a go on a antigravity simulator. Columbus, Ohio’s Plural [6ONE6/Dobox/Miga] contrives a saucy laidback glitchy groove with mysterious and moody pianostabs. Lastly, for those who dig the fluid, melodic classic Detroit sound, take a BackToTheFuture techno journey with Chicago/Detroit dynamic duo, Windimoto [Windimoto Music/ Phuture Soul Recordings].”

GOODVIBE RECORDS (UK)
GVR 002EP

HUGO: The Dark Side 12″ (GVR 002EP) 12.00
The Goodvibe Records project is an effort to expand the boundaries of Hugo and his favorite producers’ music, beyond standard nightclub beats. Hugo takes the listener down the darker alleys of his sound. We are all strongly attracted by the dark side of life, of humor, of music — it doesn’t make us bad people, but in fact, lightens the seriousness of subjects dubbed taboo. Includes remix-work by Jay Haze.

GROOVIE (SPAIN)
GROO 025LP

A BOLHA: Um Passo A Frente LP (GROO 025LP) 29.00
“Brazilian band the Bubbles became the toast of the underground Rio de Janeiro scene, backing Tropicalist singer Gal Costa’s residence at the Sucata night club in 1970. They won the ‘Best Band of the Festival’ award at the VII FIC of 1971 (International Festival of Songs), the same year they appeared on Leno’s Vida y obra de Johnny McCartney album. After venturing to England to attend the Isle of Wight Festival, they decided to experiment with a heavier sound, more akin to UK bands of that era (Deep Purple, Cream, King Crimson, Humble Pie, with a little Beatles’ White Album in for good measure) than that of their Brazilian cohorts. A name change to A Bolha later, still loaded with verve and swagger, fueled by drugs, they recorded their first album, which has secured a permanent place as one of the best hard psych rock albums to ever emerge from South America. The LP, Um Passo a frente (‘A step forward’), was released in 1973 by the Continental label, in a gatefold cover which was quite luxurious for the era. This masterpiece, now impossibly hard to find as an original, certainly made a name for A Bolha in the pantheon of 1970s Brazilian rock. But success in the early 1970s was not like it had once been in the old Jovem Guarda or Tropicalist days, when bands had weekly TV shows to help them become well- known nationwide–and eventually, worldwide. In other words, the meager abilities of Continental to promote the album made it a collector’s item, not the fate a band would actively seek for their recordings. Now we at Groovie Records bring to you the reissue of this masterpiece of the Brazilian rock, the LP is a replica in a gatefold cover, and includes the infamous hard- rocking 1971 single as bonus tracks.””

GROO 026LP

DARA PUSPITA: The Garage Years LP (GROO 026LP) 29.00
“Dara Puspita (trans. ‘Flower Girls’) was arguably the world’s greatest all-female garage rock band. The reason you’ve probably never heard of them is that they came from Indonesia where they were extremely popular during the 1960s. Their career spanned from 1965 until 1973 including 3 years (1969-1971) living and touring in Europe. The four albums recorded by the original members between 1966 and 1968 (the material represented on this LP) is one of the great chapters of 1960s popular music history never to be reissued in vinyl, let alone recognized beyond a few tuned-in souls and adventurous record collectors in the Western world. This is an amazing compilation for all garage rockers, fuelled with fuzz tunes and groovy rhythms.” Includes an insert with rare photos and extensive notes by Alan Bishop.

HALO CYAN
PHC 002CD

VLADISLAV DELAY (AS SISTOL): Remasters & Remakes 2CD (PHC 002CD) 13.00
“Over the past decade, Sasu Ripatti, better known as Vladislav Delay, has released a series of sonically exploratory and innovative albums and singles under his Luomo, Uusitalo, and other guises (including his current stint as an integral part of the Moritz von Oswald Trio), working with labels such as Chain Reaction, Force Tracks, Mille Plateaux, Staubgold, and Leaf, etc. Slightly lost in all that shuffle over the last ten+ years was one of his earliest projects under the name Sistol, recorded for and released by Phthalo Records back in 1999. Ripatti has remastered his earliest album for a deluxe 2CD reissue, and pubs like Pitchfork and Resident Advisor have already posted excitedly anticipatory news of their 2010 release. The first disc features two exclusive new tracks recorded during the original album sessions, and the album as a whole has been remastered by Sasu himself to better capture the punch and flow he’s perfected over the past ten years of putting out punchy electronic projects such as the Luomo records.” The second disc features remixes by Ike Yard, Mike Huckaby, Aki Latvamäki, Alva Noto, John Tejada, FaltyDL, [a]pendics.shuffle, DMX Krew, Somatic Responses, DuranDuranDuran and Sutekh.

HAND OF GOD (NETHERLANDS)
HOG 003EP

RENAULT, JACQUES: Marilyn’s Gold 12″ (HOG 003EP) 12.50
Jacques Renault hits us up with two buttery smooth disco tracks. Both tracks sound like a hot summer night in a NYC nightclub. Guaranteed to get the freaks out at night.

HARVEST RECORDS
HRV 004LP

VILLAGES: The Last Whole Earth 2LP (HRV 004LP) 22.00
“Asheville, North Carolina resident Ross Gentry performs and records under the guise of Villages. With dense layers and glacial droning, he creates engaging narrative soundscapes that evoke the shifting fragility of the early ambient movement as well as the elegance of symphonic composition. The Last Whole Earth is engagingly contemplative and meticulously well-crafted drone. With washes of guitar and synthesizer, subdued vocals, field recordings and minimal noise, Villages devises a beautifully pastoral narrative teeming with honest emotion. While the majority of drone artists are currently plotting a darker and harsher course, this offers warm radiance reminiscent of acts like Flying Saucer Attack, Labradford and Stars of the Lid that many are sure to find refreshing. This double LP is housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve with artwork from Asheville artist Lisa Nance. The pressing is limited to 500 copies.”

HRV 006LP

GUNN, STEVE: Sundowner LP (HRV 006LP) 17.00
“Native Philadelphian and current Brooklynite Steve Gunn has been paving a unique path in his solo career for years now, fusing elements of the American experimental scene (as a member of drone./noise ensemble GHQ) with complex finger-picking and raga-inspired styles to craft a new direction. Almost a full year since the release of the ecstatic Boerum Palace (Three Lobed Recordings), we are pleased to present Sundowner for the first time on vinyl. Sundowner was previously only available in limited CD form on Digitalis. Pressed at RTI for maximum listening pleasure, the album was remastered by Patrick Klehm (Lee Ranaldo, Comets On Fire, Yellow Swans) with an additional five minutes of work. This pressing is limited to 500 copies.”

HELLO?REPEAT RECORDS (GERMANY)
HELLO 016EP

DAZE MAXIM: Tomorrow Universe 12″ (HELLO 016EP) 12.00
As usual, Hello?Repeat co-founder Daze Maxim returns with three outstanding tracks which are made for a better tomorrow.

HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH (NETHERLANDS)
HHYR 011EP

NAPOLETANO, MARCELLO: Every Day Madness 12″ (HHYR 011EP) 12.50
His name gives away the fact that he is Italian, otherwise you’d be forgiven for thinking a Chicago native produced these tracks. Marcello Napoletano already spoiled us with his releases on labels like Mathematics and Yore, now he goes back to the basics for HHYR. Three tracks that show the original spirit of raw, emotive, jacking music. One word: Madness!

IMMUNE
IMMUNE 011LP

EXPO ’70: Where Does Your Mind Go? 2LP (IMMUNE 011LP) 24.00
“Where Does Your Mind Go? is the brand new studio album from Expo 70 recorded during one prolific evening in 2009 while on an East Coast tour. The recording was tackled by Jason Meagher (No Neck Blues Band, D. Charles Speer & the Helix) at his Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York. On the recording, Expo 70 founder Justin Wright is joined by part-time player Matt Hill (Umberto) and the two truly capture time and stand it still. Where Does Your Mind Go? is a 74-minute journey released on deluxe double LP and comprised of four long-form tracks that each take up a side of the two LPs. The drum rhythm of the album’s opening track ‘Close Your Eyes and Effortlessly Drift Away’ will surely put the listener in a relaxed trance. Delicately strummed notes from guitar and synth slowly surface and come to the forefront, building as the guitar melodies shift and flow alongside majestic ambience that is eventually joined by a moody bass line. Side B’s ‘Night Dusting the Atmosphere’ is a more electronically-driven piece that conjures the best of mid-’70s Klaus Schulze with darker moods that sound more like a ’70s horror film than a loose drift into space. The second record shifts as ‘Transgressing Outward Which Is Inward’ opens with a pounding synth loop and is accompanied three minutes later by piano. Clocking in at nineteen minutes, this track’s brooding synth melodies and fluttering piano notes build into a John Cage-like choral resonance. It’s not hard to lose time while listening as the moods of each instrument delicately transform and intertwine.” Deluxe full-color gatefold sleeve.

IMPORTANT RECORDS
IMPREC 314CD

MUGSTAR: Lime CD (IMPREC 314CD) 12.00
“Mugstar’s third album (their second on Important Records) maintains the power and heaviness of sonic assault laid out in their previous releases whilst extending musical maneuvers and textures into new territories. ‘Sunburnt Impedance Machine’ moves through driving riff passages with soaring guitars and voice recalling touches of early Floyd before locking into a repetitive keyboard and drum driven outro, power on, power on! ‘Serra’ is an extended voyage through a shimmering Krautrock landscape, continuous and expectant grooves that call to mind a turbo-charged Neu! – combine with heavy waves of churning Minimalist synth ala Glass or Reich. Clinic’s Hartley guests here — adding distant bursts of haunting clarinet skronk – inducing flashes of Nik Turner or Beefheart (you gotta hear it). ‘Radar King’ launches with mesmeric drums and bass whilst guitars weave and build to near climax before descending to an eerie space — hanging, drifting with a stretched moment of tape fx weirdness before the energy inevitably re-emerges, it builds and charges with looming and crunching guitars to a colossal tornado apocalypse finale. A noisefest Sonic Youth would revel in. ‘Beyond The Sun’ closes in a more reflective mood with incessant rhythms punctuated by arpeggiated synths and distant voice evoking a feel of pastoral psychedelicism. The mantra-like effect driven this time with restraint, atmospheric shifts verge on enlightenment and dark uneasiness. Take the list of band names mentioned above, add a few others along the lines of Bardo Pond, Oneida, Circle, Kinski, wind the intensity and volume levels up to blistering and you’ll be entering the universe of Mugstar.”

IMPREC 315CD

LESBIAN: Stratospheria Cubensis CD (IMPREC 315CD) 12.00
“Stratospheria Cubensis picks up where 2007’s Power Hor (Holy Mountain) left off. The album takes the band and listener on a darker and more elaborate optimistic prog-doom journey, each track telling an epic psychedelic story using myriad genres, styles, and timbres. Seldon Hunt’s impressive artwork richly supports the albums themes that the band describes simply as ‘mushrooms in the sky with diamonds.’ Recorded and Mixed at London Bridge and Aleph Studios Seattle by Randall Dunn (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Earth, Boris, Sunn O)))). Mastered by Mell Dettmer at Sinister Kitchen. Artwork and layout by Seldon Hunt. Logo by John Santos.”

IN-AKUSTIK (GERMANY)
MOOD 4606CD

DAUNER, WOLFGANG: One Night In ’88/Pas De Trois 2CD (MOOD 4606CD) 17.00
“The boundaries in jazz have now become smoother, the horizon is expanding. Dauner, Mariano and Saluzzi anticipated these developments back in the eighties. You can hear it immediately: three world class musicians get together. Wolfgang Dauner is one of the pioneers of German jazz and is one of the first avant-garde players; he also explores classical territory on the piano. Charlie Mariano showed for decades that he had an open ear for world music influences. And the virtuoso on the bandoneon, Dino Saluzzi brings his expressive playing into jazz sessions. Together they create enchantingly beautiful and timeless music, in the sumptuous melodies, unexpected jumps in rhythm and the elegantly flowing solos. Jazz meets tango — in a daring, as well as emotionally moving, performance.”

INTERNASJONAL (NORWAY)
INT 016EP

PULICHINO, FERNANDO: Open Source (Prins Thomas Edit)/Best Is Yet To Come 12″ (INT 016EP) 12.00
Fernando Pulichino should be a familiar name to you, either as part of 2020 Soundsystem or maybe his recent cover version of Bauhaus’ “Kick In The Eye” on Redux. Anyway, Internasjonal cherry-picked two of his tracks, one for the peak-time and one for the good times. Includes an edit by Prins Thomas.

KATALYST ENTERTAINMENT
KE 348CD

COHRAN AND THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE, PHILIP: The Spanish Suite CD (KE 348CD) 13.00
“The Spanish Suite was written to magnify the contribution that Moorish Spain made on the European Renaissance. The relationship of music to cosmic rhythms and harmony was altered from the original state of Spanish music and eventually distorted down to the 12 tone equi-temperment system of tuning. The Artistic Heritage Ensemble was taught to play outside of the 12-tone system and to recognize natural tone relationships. The musicians had to be dedicated to music for life in order to reach the level they obtained. The Spanish Suite represents the median effort in returning to our original music. It was written and first performed in December of 1965 an AACM performance at the St. John Grand Lodge located at 7349 S. Ingleside in Chicago. This particular performance was at the Afro Arts Theatre at 3900 S. Drexel in February of 1968.”

KE 696CD

COHRAN AND THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE, PHILIP: Armageddon CD (KE 696CD) 13.00
“Yet another masterpiece from the archives of Phil Cohran. Armageddon was conceived in 1958 and written down in 1963. After performing with Sun Ra and benefiting from the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Phil Cohran’s compositions changed decidedly, and he began to focus on cosmology and culture. This particular performance was recorded live at the Afro Arts Theater at 3900 S. Drexel in Chicago on February 11th, 1968. It has never been released and practically unheard in over 40 years.”

KILL ROCK STARS
KRS 539EP

THERMALS, THE: Never Listen To Me 7″ (KRS 539EP) 5.00
“Musically, ‘Never Listen To Me’ and its B-side ‘There Is Always A Reason’ find The Thermals treading new ground. Unlike the power-chord powered raucous sing-alongs for which The Thermals are famous, these songs are driven primarily by the rhythm section, with the guitar and vocals taking on a more subtle, subdued role. Like most Thermals songs, on the surface they appear quite simple. But these songs expand and collapse in new and exciting ways, and are a good indication of where The Thermals are heading.”

LA MUSIC (GERMANY)
LAM 005CD

AUSTEN, LOUIE: Last Man Crooning/Electrotaining You! 2CD (LAM 005CD) 21.00
One of the last fellows of the endangered “crooner” species & after 40 years in showbiz, Austria’s Louie Austen is a timeless role model and elder statesman for old & young, glowing with confidence and full of power. During the span of a decade, Louie´s leapt from thriving as an enigmatic night club crooner to one of the most exhilarating performers electronic music has to offer. His oeuvre is as diverse as it can get: he enchants folks with his songs at the Wiener Burgtheater in a Johann Nestroy play adaption, he’s been featured in the Oscar-winning Stefan Ruzowitzky movie The Counterfeiters, and you´ll also find him onstage at a hip, smoky Berlin underground electro club. One has a hard time trying to pin Louie Austen down. With the long-awaited Last Man Crooning/Electrotaining You!, Louie Austen and his producers were immensely inspired by James Bond, the power of funk & soul, and epic-ness in general. Beyond the seeming lightness and elusiveness of human emotion, there’s a palpable, neverending love for music, a passion for women, humanity in general, and other cities. Louie was also greatly inspired by backflashes of his lively past during the ’70s and ’80s, when he was living in South Africa, Australia and the USA. As if one silvery disc was not enough, there are 2 CDs awaiting you with Electrotaining You! — a remix album of all original Last Man Crooning tracks by a great variety of international DJs and artists, including Acid Washed, Christopher Just, Frittenbude, Ian Pooley, Filippo Naughty Moscatello, Matzak, Rodion, Eric D’Clark, Phonique, Mike Vamp (Märtini Brös.), Remute and Kinky Movement.

LA MUSIQUE FAIT LA FORCE (FRANCE)
LMFLF 042EP

TENSNAKE: Coma Cat 12″ (LMFLF 042EP) 12.00
“German producer Tensnake has a passion for ’70s & ’80s Disco, and with his recent track ‘Coma Cat’ its obvious. Why ‘Coma Cat’ we asked Tensnake: ‘I named the track ‘Can I Get Get’. Then I went out to a party one night and met a particular person; she had a lot of fun and a lot to drink…maybe one too many. She turned from Party Cat into Coma Cat, and I decided that she definitely deserved a track which is named after her.’ Besides the original, we would like to serve you also brand new mixes by Round Table Knights & Treasure Fingers for DJ pleasure.”

LADIES & GENTLEMEN (GERMANY)
LG 006EP

PHONIQUE VS. TIGERSKIN: Longdrink EP 12″ (LG 006EP) 12.00
Phonique and Tigerskin explore their passionate, freaky and funky sides on their Longdrink EP. Phonique throws us two hot ones with “Sandman” and “Longdrink.” The former skips through tripping, tool-y and percussive territories while the latter goes all-out with a rolling bass and hedonistic synth passages. Tigerskin’s “Loop Back In Time” grows from a rolling drum array into a disco-fueled killer while “Tony’s Riff” is a jazz-based jam with super-funky drums fused with deep house and cutting-edge techno.

LEKTROLUV (BELGIUM)
LL 036EP

SOUND OF STEREO: Helium 12″ (LL 036EP) 12.00
Sound Of Stereo’s Helium EP shows two sides of the amazing duo. The A-side is full of crowd-pleasing, anthem-style bangers represented by the title track. Next, there is Sound Of Stereo’s deeper B-side: techno, but not narrow-minded vibes represented by the track “Radium.” Remixes provided by Paul Chambers and Jan Driver.

LL 037EP

HIGHBLOO: Fakirology 12″ (LL 037EP) 12.00
This is Highbloo’s second EP on Lektroluv. Highbloo has played at all the big festivals; in the meantime, he’s a regular at Social Club in Paris and will also play the gigantic I Love Techno fest. The remixes on this EP are from the hands of UK star Will Bailey and Mumbai Science, who are currently killing it globally. Fakirology is a sweet mix between midget, dirty Dutch and minimal techno.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 036LP

RODRIGUEZ: Cold Fact LP (LITA 036LP) 19.00
LP version, 2010 repress. Deluxe 180 gram pressing, heavy jacket. “It’s one of the lost classics of the ’60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in color and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion, and, of course, ‘jumpers, coke, sweet mary jane.’ The album is Cold Fact, and what’s more intriguing is that its maker — a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez — was, for many years, lost too. He recorded Cold Fact — his debut album — in 1969, and released it in March 1970. It’s crushingly good stuff, filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late ’60s inner-city America.”

LUNA FLICKS (NORWAY)
LUNA 011EP

DISKJOKKE & STRANGEFRUIT PRESENTS THE SHOOKT: Ghost In The Machine 12″ (LUNA 011EP) 12.00
The Sjukt (pronounced “The Shookt,” meaning “the sick”) is the alias of Diskjokke and half of Mungolian Jetset and Luna’s co-founder Paul “Strangefruit” Nyhus. This EP showcases two pounding pieces of machine-made-flesh for the ears ‘n feet. “Ghost In The Machine” is a deep ‘n chunky trip to the far-out spheres, incorporating elements of psychedelic disco and exotic samples. “Bug In The Machine” is a simplistic tech-house stomper fueled with bugged-out squeaks, sounds and riffs aimed at the out-of-the-body feeling of three a.m. clubbing.

M-PLANT
MPM 009EP

HOOD, ROBERT: Power To Prophet/Clash 12″ (MPM 009EP) 12.00
Hot off the heels of his Omega (MPM 008CD/LP) album, Robert Hood delivers 2 killer tracks. The thundering kick and warehouse-style acid line on “Power To Prophet” will add energy to any dancefloor. “Clash” is a nod to the old skool Chicago minimal techno sound of producers such as Steve Poindexter.

MPM 010EP

HOOD PRESENTS FLOORPLAN, ROBERT: Living It Up/Wall To Wall 12″ (MPM 010EP) 12.00
Robert Hood finally restarts his disco-influenced pseudonym Floorplan. “Living It Up” loops a disco sound while evolving with pads and synth stabs. “Wall To Wall” takes things deeper, exploding with claps, driving things in a way only the Hood can do.

M=MINIMAL (GERMANY)
MINIMAL 003LP

BORNGRABER & STRUVER: In G LP (MINIMAL 003LP) 15.50
“21st century electronic Krautrock” is perhaps the best description for the album In G, on which Berlin’s Borngräber & Strüver skillfully recombine the influences of motorik Kraut and the achievements of minimal techno to their own musical statements. There is no trance bliss or party sound, only condensed musical statements. It was in 1999 when Borngräber & Strüver met at Ninetynine Records in Berlin. Since then, they have worked together on musical projects. Their first release EP on the UK label Blue Juice polarized many and was soon followed by remixes for artists like A Guy Called Gerald and Beth Hirsch. Their debut album Transcontinental featured dark Blade Runner-inspired atmospheres and fine electro beats meeting dub effects and surprising breaks. On this album, Borngräber & Strüver blend guitars, vocals and horns in a particular way, almost evoking a hidden soundtrack for your mental cinema.

M>O>S RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
MOS 002EP

ROSS 154: Until My Heart Stops 12″ (MOS 002EP) 12.50
White label/stamped repress on red vinyl. The second release on the M>O>S record label could have been part of Holland’s rich techno-history, if released when the tracks were made. Dating back as early as 1993, these two tracks come straight out of a plastic bag full of SA90 tapes in Ross 154’s bathroom and a cardboard box filled with cassettes. Old shit for new times.

MADLIB MEDICINE SHOW
MMS 010CD

MADLIB: Madlib Medicine Show No. 10 – Black Soul CD (MMS 010CD) 16.00
“Madlib digs deep to give you a mix of 60s and 70s soul and funk unlike you’ve ever heard. Madlib has taken us across so many different terrains with his Medicine Show Series. His most recent work? The sweetest installation yet – Madlib Medicine Show No. 10: Black Soul. Through Madlib’s extensive output you’ve seen – or heard rather, Madlib’s unique power to renew value to obscure sounds, and with this particular project nothing has changed. Madlib Medicine Show No. 10 reminds us of the mastery Madlib has performed throughout his heralded body of work, sourcing inspiration by the likes of Don Blackman, ZZ Hill or the Sylvers and blowing you away with the original work that stems from it. With Black Soul, he’s digging deep to give you a mix of 60s and 70s soul and funk unlike you’ve ever heard.”

MELTED (GERMANY)
MELTED 004EP

KRYPTIC UNIVERSE: Ha-Lo EP 12″ (MELTED 004EP) 12.00
“Atmospheric bleeping and dubbed-out techno EP.” Stamped, numbered edition of 303.

MEXICAN SUMMER
MEX 038LP

RAMASES: Space Hymns LP (MEX 038LP) 24.00
“In 1971, a message was delivered from an Egyptian god through his vessel to the youth of the world via the infamous Vertigo label. That vessel was one Martin Raphael, a central heating salesman from Sheffield, shocked into servitude by Ramases in order to preach his word. Backed by the band Hotlegs, who were moments away from being known as 10cc, Ramases created this one-of-a-kind cosmic folk rarity, a bizarre and alluring message of peace and the supernatural, housed in a six-panel Roger Dean gatefold designed to make your pupils dilate. Mexican Summer proudly presents an exact reissue of the first Ramases LP, available domestically after almost 40 years of a secret existence.” Hand-numbered edition of 2000.

MEX 042LP

PERHACS, LINDA: Parallelograms 2LP (MEX 042LP) 26.00
“Mexican Summer is beyond psyched to present a hefty, heavy gatefold edition of Linda Perhacs’s lone album, Parallelograms. On the strength of this single album, recorded in 1970, Linda Perhacs remains a towering figure in the world of psychedelia, folk, female singer-songwriters, and acid-visionaries alike. Lauded by artists as diverse as Daft Punk, Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, and Swedish metal band Opeth, in the 21st century, her album remains a testament to her singularity of vision. Ignored upon its initial release, Parallelograms seemingly sank without a trace, and Perhacs gave up making music for the next forty years. Psych fans the world over unearthed and began to obsess over this album in the meantime: a spine-tingling blend of crystalline vocal melodies from Perhacs, mind-expanding sound effects, and on the title track, one of the finest aural hallucinations ever captured, equal parts ‘sound sculpture’ and ‘visual music.'” Deluxe gatefold, hand-numbered edition of 1000 copies, featuring a download coupon and 6-sided insert with new liner notes written by Perhacs in May, 2010.

MEX 064EP

GAUNTLET HAIR: Out, Don’t/Heave 7″ (MEX 064EP) 5.00
“The duo of Andy R. and Craig Nice makes up Denver, CO’s Gauntlet Hair, but the gravity of the situation they create goes deeper than that. Both men are part of the Rhinoceropolis house in the city, and have sparked a musical movement that’s already gotten some dap via electronic artist Pictureplane. Gauntlet Hair divides the dance beats with an icy spell of post-punk and chilly, urbane vocals, but keep the rhythm up front and the aural violence at tense levels. Imagine the gorgeous gents of Duran Duran dressing up as Liars and showing up to the beardo mountain Brooklyn commune to pants the guys in Yeasayer, and you’re a bit on course to defining the heavy space hits and body-moving apocalypse grooves they dumpster-dine on every night. Pressed on beautiful translucent yellow vinyl.” Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies.

MEX 071EP

SOFT PACK, THE: Gagdad 7″ (MEX 071EP) 5.00
“The Soft Pack celebrates their jump over to the tanning rays of Mexican Summer with a brand new single. ‘Gagdad’ sprawls across both sides of a 7″ with a party-starting organ groove, slamming drums, and the unmistakable vibes that one of our catchiest acts has no trouble bringing across. No matter what time of year, the distinct Fall/VU groove of ‘Gagdad’ will convince you to don some shades, make it down to your nearest body of water, and get your own beach party happening, under the auspices of no man-made laws.”

MIASMAH (UK)
MIA 013LP

FJELLSTROM, MARCUS: Schattenspieler LP (MIA 013LP) 18.00
LP version. Swedish composer and multimedia artist Marcus Fjellström’s debut Miasmah release follows two critically-acclaimed full length albums on Lampse. In addition, Marcus has had several commissioned works requested, leading to him working with, among others, the Swedish Royal Ballet, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, numerous ensembles, soloists and filmmakers. Currently based in Berlin, Fjellström’s compositions often combine aspects of modern classical composition and arrangement and more avant forms of music, be that acoustic or electronic. Schattenspieler (which translates as “Shadowplayer”) takes the form of eleven compositions which explore ambience and melody, texture and silence. Haunting synth and orchestral, instrument-based audio constructions flow from one moment to the next — the fleeting ghosts of Fjellström’s melodies rise, only to be buried under a claustrophobic clutter of percussion and creaking background noise. These pieces do indeed feel like you’re listening to something more implied than obviously stated, as if Fjellström wants only to expose his listeners to the shadow of the music — the implication being perhaps a more terrifying experience than to be confronted outright. The undeniably Angelo Badalamenti-esque descending synth strings of opening track “The Disjointed” lay the foundations for this album; music resting somewhere between the unsettling horror soundtracks of Jerry Goldsmith, the elevating melodies of Cliff Martinez, and the subtle audio constructions of Miasmah label-mates Kreng and Jacaszek. Marcus’ wide-ranging abilities in composition and his willingness to let go of accepted form and function makes Schattenspieler a perfect choice of release for the Miasmah label. The suspense-laden “Antichrist Architect Management,” with its harrowing and tense undertones, weaving synth lines and washes of static hiss and flicker, is a particular stand-out track. Schattenspieler also includes a four-part suite “House Without A Door,” which was originally commissioned for the Bernd Behr film of the same name. “Uncanny Valleys,” reflective in some ways of the opening track, is a haze of descending synth and organ tones. The imperfections in these often scratchy recordings makes for an alluring, almost drug-induced state of mind where all that is real is unreal.

MINUS (CANADA)
MINUS 101CD

MAGDA: From The Fallen Page CD (MINUS 101CD) 15.50
This is the debut full-length album from Berlin’s reigning queen of minimal, Magda. Enter the disorientating, evocative world that Magda has created — one that teeters on opposition: otherworldly but visceral, brutally dark with a warm sense of beauty and grace, sparse yet full-bodied and dense. Haunting electronic soundworlds that fall somewhere in-between reality and some sort of intangible dreamscape, brimming with nostalgic clues to the past and a curiosity-rousing sense of remembrance. >From The Fallen Page is an engulfing, transportive album that takes listeners from one end of the spectrum to the other, treading the fine lines of extremities along the way. Starting with “Get Down Goblin,” a growling, dramatic entrance into her electronic voyage, the album bleeds into tracks of all shapes and sizes, from the swelling, eerie chords and solid rhythms of “Lost In Time,” to the oozy, bass-ridden “Breakout,” to the dynamic tech-y workout of “Your Love Attack.” And though the tracks sequence to tell a story, they all fall under the same alluring spell regardless of order: for instance, “Music Box” — a daydream-y sound-world filled with chilling chords and a lurid sense of dread (indeed, a music box from a dark past) — is a cinematic pairing to the dizzying builds and piano fills of “Doom Disco,” which sounds somewhere in-between a hand-clapping, bouncing club and an ancient, creaking haunted house. The funked-out, low-slung groove of “Japan” closes the chapter, a melancholic farewell immersed in soft, lush melodies. The darkly-tinged collection takes on a personal, animated effect as a result of entirely unique sounds. In fact, everything in the album’s movement came about naturally, from its inception to its change in direction. Originally set out to be a post-punk, dark disco set of soundtrack-inspired music, it evolved into a melodious and percussive adventure into Magda’s past and influences. The album’s punchy bass lines and hypnotic drum patterns tell of her days growing up in Detroit, she didn’t purposefully set out to find memories; the memories found her.

MINUS 102EP

JPLS: Voxplosion 12″ (MINUS 102EP) 11.00
JPLS’ Voxplosion EP finally reveals key pieces that have woven themselves throughout Richie Hawtin’s sets for the past year. “Voxplosion Puss” features an endless vocal statement constantly collapsing in on itself. “Voxplosion Escape” focuses on a conversation regarding one’s hopeless, inevitable fate. Radio distortion twists in the background as signature JPLS vocal modulations tear apart. “Voxcycle A” features a gravity-defying bass line and sharp vocal stabs. “Voxcycle B” opens up like a tense computer trying to diagnose its own madness.

MOCHILLA
MO 016CD

ASTATKE, MULATU: Timeless CD/DVD (MO 016CD) 19.00
“Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music. He is the inventor of Ethio-jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers and a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from the sublime tezetas to the most foot-stomping funk. The award-winning and invaluable Ethiopiques series has shed a light into a vital and amazing music scene that existed in the Addis Ababa in the ’60s. The composer/arranger of that era was Mulatu Astatke. On February 1st he blessed the sold-ut Luckmann Theatre with an amazing show. He shared the stage with veterans of the Los Angeles jazz scene Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence and Phil Ranelin. The performance is beautiful, showcasing many classics as well as some new material. Nas, Damien Marley, Cut Chemist, Quantic, Madlib and K’naan all have felt the influence of Ethio-jazz. This special edition honors Mulatu and his music. Part one of a three-part series. CD includes live concert (mastered) and the ‘Yekermo Sew (Te’amir Remix).’ DVD contains full live concert, slideshows and special features.” NTSC region 0 format DVD; run time: 73 minutes; black & white; stereo; aspect ratio: 1:33:1. Housed in a hardbound package with a 20-page booklet.

MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)
MONKEY 007EP

MODESELEKTOR: Modeselektion Vol. 01 #3 12″ (MONKEY 007EP) 12.00
The final 12″ from Modeselektion Vol. 01 (MONKEY 006CD), featuring all-exclusive tracks by Marcel Dettmann, Robag Wruhme, and Cosmin TRG. Constantly in search of the next new beat, Modeselektor focus their first installment mainly on the progression of dubstep’s offsprings and related or unrelated but similar-sounding techno producers in London, Berlin or elsewhere. The project, spanning 3 separate 12″ releases, an ultra-limited and numbered clear vinyl 2LP, and the CD will present the music in whichever context you like. On blue vinyl.

MUTABLEMUSIC
MUTABLE 17540

IF, BWANA: ”Assemble.Age!” CD (MUTABLE 17540) 13.00
“Modern classical music meets industrial meets musique concrete. The music of If, Bwana (Al Margolis) represents a vigorous, original and informed continuation of the experimental traditions of American music, responding as it does to the sounds and materials of late 20th and early 21st century American life with a keenly sensitive ear and a marvelous feeling for form, balance, and texture in music. The five works on this recording all utilize and reprocess the performances (both studio and live) of the musicians and vocalists. Their work has been processed, edited, selected and assembled into strange and mutated pieces, which in many cases are quite some way removed from the realms of the familiar.”

MUTABLE 17541

DICK & THOMAS BUCKNER, ROBERT: Flutes & Voices CD (MUTABLE 17541) 13.00
“Flutes & Voices is utterly brilliant improvisation, finding two longtime musicians in top form. Thomas Buckner and Robert Dick have somewhat parallel musical histories. For well over three decades, both Buckner and Dick have redefined what is acoustically possible on their instruments. Both have a profound interest in the development of a highly individual sound language and in free improvisation. Their activities have helped shape the downtown scene in New York, and affected the course of new music worldwide. About four years ago, they began to very occasionally meet to start and continue a musical dialog. In June 2009, they recorded together. Flutes & Voices, a collection of dynamic improvisations, is the result.”

MUTABLE 17542

KIMURA, MARI: The World Below G And Beyond CD (MUTABLE 17542) 13.00
Subtitled: Works For Violin Subharmonics And Interactive Computer. “Mari Kimura is a creative violinist carrying on the tradition of renovation and transformation of her instrument by composing for herself, using the media that is available in her lifetime. This album includes two kinds of works: solo violin works using ‘subharmonics,’ an extended bowing technique she developed, and works for violin and interactive computer. In April 1994, at a solo recital in New York City, Kimura introduced subharmonics as a musical element to extend the range of the violin by a full octave below the open G string without changing the tuning. Playing subharmonics takes precise control of bow pressure and speed, reliably and repeatedly on demand, which is extremely hard, especially in real time performance situations. Her introduction of subharmonics was widely praised by Edward Rothstein, the chief critic of The New York Times who described it as a ‘revolutionary technique’ for the violin. Kimura took these obscure sounds and developed them further. She created compositions using subharmonics not for the sake of novelty but to use them as a new element for the musical language for the violin. This album contains many of her early works using subharmonics controlling different subharmonic intervals, such as subharmonic octave, third and second. Since the early 1990’s, Kimura has also been a violinist/composer specializing in interactive computer music composition and performance. She created many works for the violin using an interactive computer music program MaxMSP. On this album she includes some of her older works for violin and MaxMSP, as well as more recent compositions.”

MY BEST FRIEND (GERMANY)
MBF 12073EP

BUKADDOR & FISHBECK: Glaedys 12″ (MBF 12073EP) 12.00
Bukaddor & Fishbeck return with a 12″ that will seduce and baffle critics with its stylistic diversity while winning new fans with its daring refusal to conform to contemporary minimal house. “Glaedys” features euphoric vocal snippets chasing each other, FX sounds evolving from the depth of the bass, and filters opening with the speed of light. “Vocoloco” is a tuff track — trippy, drugged-out minimalism evolves into a kind of hi-NRG track to set all dancefloors on fire.

NINJA TUNE (UK)
ZEN 161LP

ESKMO: Eskmo 2LP (ZEN 161LP) 20.50
2LP version. “Brendan Angelides, aka Eskmo, somehow manages to rope together the aesthetics of glitch, dubstep, and R&B into a package that is troubling, beautiful and strangely uplifting all at once. It states, simply and without the need for any of these words, that Angelides is a unique presence in electronic music.”

NONPLACE (GERMANY)
NON 029EP

FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT, BURNT: 5 7 EP 12″ (NON 029EP) 12.00
Friedman & Liebezeit present two pieces in their “Secret Rhythms” project. Both tracks, one mixed and co-produced by Mark Ernestus (Rhythm & Sound) and one by Burnt Friedman, testify less to post-processing and editing techniques than to the physicality of the instruments played. The post-Can Liebezeit created his own cycle-based drum system and developed an innovative drumset. Friedman’s percussive, synthetic or acoustic sound sequences adhere to the same understanding of rhythm, allowing the two sound generators to perfectly intermesh. Cover artwork by Theo Altenberg.

NORM REX
NRX 001LP

MACHINE DRUM: Want To 1 2? 2LP (NRX 001LP) 17.00
“In the early 2000s, Travis Stewart had several releases on Miami electronic/ambient/dub/IDM label MERCK, under aliases Syndrone, Sepalcure and Machinedrum. The label was clearly influenced by UK labels Warp, Skam and Rephlex, and Machine Drum’s soundscape compositions are often compared to fellow Floriadian Prefuse 73, as well as Boards of Canada, Push Button Objects and Autechre . He is now an inspiration/mentor for 2010-era melodic electronic/beats acts such as Lunice, Lazer Sword, Glitch Mob, Siriusmo. This album features guest vocals from Williamsburg neo-soul / new wave hipster Theophilus London (Green Label Sound) and Brooklyn emcee Mickey Factz (Battery Records), known for his ahead-of-the curve blending of lyrics with unlikely beats, Sarah Ruba (previously featured on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers Four), Detroit electronic legend Jimmy Edgar (Warp Records), and former battle DJ Ie.Merg_ .” Housed in a hallucinatory holographic gatefold sleeve.

NRX 002EP

MACHINE DRUM: Late Night Operation 12″ (NRX 002EP) 8.00
“Miami’s Machine Drum gets the acid house remix treatment from Neon Black, (previous remix for Lazer Sword remix work), Body Language (aka The Lovers, Theophilus London’s backing band), and an electro/disco/boogie rework by the UK’s Letherette.”

NUMERO GROUP
NUMERO 032LP

JOHNSON, SYL: Complete Mythology 6LP+4CD BOX (NUMERO 032LP) 80.00
“In the 40 years since Syl Johnson exited Chicago’s Twinight label for Memphis’ Hi Records concern, the world has been struggling to grasp and package the early years of this legendary soul man’s career. Endless compilations, botched bootlegs, and shabby two-fers litter his section card, ear and eyesores all. Four years in the making, Complete Mythology is by far the most exhaustively researched and meticulously presented work from The Numero Group to date. Encompassing the first fifteen years of a career that spans half a century, Complete Mythology not only covers his obvious hits but shines a light into the dark corners of a true musical visionary. Born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin’ Wolf in the 1950’s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. His break was to come recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in 1967. Johnson dominated the label as both a hit maker and producer, providing such hits as ‘Come On Sock It to Me,’ ‘Different Strokes’ (one of the most heavily sampled songs in the history of recorded music — paid homage by N.W.A., Kid Rock, Michael Jackson, J. Dilla and dozens of others), ‘Is It Because I’m Black’ (which reached Number 11 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1969), among many more. Included on the 81-track, 6LP+4CD box (both formats included) are re-mastered versions of no less than twenty-eight singles from the Twinight, Federal, Cha-Cha, Tmp-Ting, Special Agent, and Zachron labels, facsimiles of the Dresses Too Short and Is It Because I’m Black albums, ten previously unreleased tracks and detailed track by track notes from acclaimed music historian Bill Dahl. The fifty-two page booklet contains a thirty-five thousand word essay, scores of previously unpublished photos, a sampling index, and complete discography — all presented in a lavish hard-bound box. For the uninitiated, this is history; for those familiar, this is respect for one the greatest musical artists of our time.”

OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
OESB 057LP

STELLAR OM SOURCE: Trilogy Select LP (OESB 057LP) 17.00
“Trilogy Select is the second full-length vinyl LP from Netherlands-based electronic musician Christelle Gualdi under her Stellar OM Source moniker. The album consists of a selection of tracks from her CD-R trilogy released last year (2009) (Crusader, Alliance, & Ocean Woman) hence the title Trilogy Select. It was recorded between 2006 and 2009 in a variety of locations including The Hague, Lisbon, Paris, and New York and features the track ‘Rites Of Fusion’ which is a collaboration with Dan Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. The original CD-R tracks were re-edited and meticulously sequenced and then remastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. Packaged in amazing full color high-gloss jackets designed by Christelle along with a double-sided color insert that features the artwork from the original 3-cd set. Also includes an mp3 download coupon.”

OMNI RECORDING COMPANY (AUSTRALIA)
OMNI 137CD

WAGONER, PORTER: What Ain’t To Be, Just Might Happen/Sings His Own CD (OMNI 137CD) 18.00
“Presented here for the very first time on CD are Porter’s two greatest LPs from this era, both full of stark autobiographical moments. Most notorious of these is The Rubber Room, a 1971 chart hit over-brimming with pain and insanity. Other highlights abound: ‘If I Lose My Mind’ and ‘Comes And Goes’ both explore similar tortured terrain, while ‘Albert Erving’ describes a broken recluse and ‘Be A Little Quieter’ a man tormented by his ghosts. Remastered with love and care from the original RCA Victor master tapes and presented with exclusive liner notes, rare photos from Porter’s private collection and a generous clutch of extra tracks (including a rare duet with Merle Haggard). Porter Wagoner was a consummate showman, songwriter and performer who clothed the darkest jewels from the human heart in a purple sequined countrypolitan sheen. Remastered in 2010 from the original RCA Victor master tapes. Deluxe packaging, twenty-page full color booklet with scholarly liner notes, rare photos from Porter’s private collection, memorabilia, etc. Thirty-track CD. All original recordings.”

OMNI 138CD

PARTON, DOLLY: The Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite… CD (OMNI 138CD) 18.00
…Songwriter, Porter Wagoner. “Two original LPs from the queen of country music on CD for the very first time. Before Dolly the pop icon. Before Dolly the cultural phenomenon. There was Dolly the most sublime songwriter and performer of her generation. The evidence is right here. The Fairest Of Them All is the greatest Dolly Parton album you’ve never heard, recorded over 1968 and 1969 and never issued in any form, it is a superb recording from start to finish. From the harrowing psychiatric depths of ‘Daddy Come And Get Me’ and the empowering heights of ‘Just The Way I Am’ to the most moving narrative in the Parton canon, ‘Down From Dover.’ ‘Robert’ tells of forbidden love; ‘Chas’ of passion that can never be. Dolly is at her creative peak, always breaking new ground. Also included is the 1972 LP My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner, a fine tribute to her mentor and companion through these years. Remastered from the original RCA Victor master tapes, both albums appear for the very first time on CD and are presented in a deluxe collector’s edition with exclusive liner notes, unpublished photos and two very rare extra tracks. Twenty-page full color booklet and memorabilia included. Twenty-three-track CD. All original recordings.”

OMNI 139CD

VA: Russkie Wig-Out! CD (OMNI 139CD) 18.00
Subtitled: Demented Surf/Electro/Exotica From Behind The Iron Curtain. “Deep from the darkest heart of Russia comes this terrifying amalgam of B-culture detritus and mutant retro-futurism. As incongruous as they are sublime, these gems of post-Soviet exotica craft the shuddering twangs of surf rock to elastic electro rhythms, rockabilly chops and theremin wails. Imagine Bruce Haack detained at the border by KGB operatives and thrown into the Gulag with the tortured remains of Dick Dale and Les Baxter. Twenty-six-track remastered compilation with deluxe packaging, twenty-page full color booklet with scholarly liner notes, rare photos, posters, original covers, and memorabilia.” Artists include Messer Chups, Oleg Kostrow, Messer Fur Frau Muller, Kim & Buran and Supersonic Future.

OMNI 140CD

VA: The World Is A Monster: Columbia Hillbilly 1948-1958 CD (OMNI 140CD) 18.00
“Out of the ashes of World War II, post-war corporate U.S.A would sully its hands with anything in search of a buck. Heck, even hillbilly music. Here, for the first time, are thirty-two of the grimiest, most delicious slabs of hillbilly misery and mayhem to grace the Columbia Records imprint. From the rhinestone noir of Rocky Porter’s ‘The World Is A Monster’ and Johnny Bond’s ‘All I Can Do Is Cry’ to the proto-feminist declaration of Polly Possum’s ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Men’ and the proto-punk loser’s lament of The Maddox Brothers’ ‘Ugly And Slouchy.’ More tears in your beer than you can count, more kick in your heels than a regiment of cavalry. Remastered with love and care from the original Columbia tapes in a deluxe collector’s edition with rare photos and memorabilia.”

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 042EP

KLOCK, BEN: Compression Session 12″ (OSTGUT 042EP) 12.00
Ben Klock continues his exploration into the many zones and movements within the techno world. Now you have the chance to experience “Compression Session 1” in its full melancholic beauty, along with two other new tracks. Climbing synth themes float amongst a barrage of drums in this rather anthemic yet controlled session from Klock. On “Static Test,” Klock concentrates on some really heavy, prominent raw grooves. “Compression Session 2” blends warm, analog textures, frenetic tones and accurate, intense drum programming.

OSTWIND RECORDS (GERMANY)
OW LTD024EP

JOSH: Veeruntwintig 12″ (OW LTD024EP) 11.00
“We are proud to introduce one more Mecklenburg artist from the house of Ostwind. Josh is from our state capital Schwerin, and — as well as ourselves — has been growing up in Mecklenburg’s oldest club, the ‘Gerberei’. According to this, there is only one thing to say about his sound: pushing, Detroit-infected techno with a particular, timeless dub note. Josh’s both tracks are called ‘Uptime’ and ‘Distance’, maddening us and making the dancefloor seem to be endlessly. Who’s been to Gerberei in Schwerin once, will know where Josh got his sense for this great sound from. Josh, welcome on the deck of our sailing boat and thanx for this wonderful record.”

PEOPLE
PE 6606LP

J.B.’S, THE: Hustle With Speed LP (PE 6606LP) 11.00
Exact repro reissue of the J.B.’s 1975 album, released before members Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker left the group. Produced by James Brown, sampled by many.

PERMANENT RECORDS
PERM 010LP

PURLING HISS: Purling Hiss LP (PERM 010LP) 15.00
Repressed. “Purling Hiss is one of Philly’s Best! Purling Hiss is the side-project of Holy Mountain recording artists, Birds of Maya, guitarist Mike Pollize. Birds of Maya are a full-on psychedelic rock band from Philly. Apparently, Birds just aren’t full-on enough to satisfy Pollize’s far-out tendencies. On his debut solo record, Pollize plays bass, drums, and guitar, relentlessly, as if he’s playing to save his life. This recording is so intense that the pressing plant told us they’d risk breaking their equipment if they cut the lacquers with the original master. We sent ’em a new master and it sounds great! For Fans Of: Birds of Maya, Earthless, Loop, High Rise, Les Rallizes Denudes, and lo-fi blown-out psych.”

PERM 018LP

RUNNING: Running LP (PERM 018LP) 15.00
“Running is one of America’s best psych/punk bands. Running sounds to us like Clockcleaner, if they played twice as fast and half as long. The vocals are reverbed beyond recognition, the drums are pummeling, and the bass and guitar are abrasive feedback-laden. After pumping out a couple of incredible cassette tape-only releases, Running went into the studio and recorded some of their material (semi) professionally. Those recordings have now been preserved to wax as Running’s debut 12″ EP. This eponymous EP comes housed in a jacket with really interestingly created artwork and contains exactly 13 totally brutal weird punk songs. If these guys were jockier, they’d be a hardcore band. Thankfully, they’re too arty for that ish. This record fucking rips! The first pressing is limited to 500 copies!”

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 068EP

PROMMER AND BARCK: Pictures Of The Sea/Gladys Knight 12″ (PERMVAC 068EP) 12.00
Christian Prommer and Alexander Barck join forces for Permanent Vacation. Deep Kraut music from Berlin via Chicago, Köln, Detroit and Munich. Influences are as varied as: disco, Krautrock, deep house, folk music, spiritual jazz, rock, world music, Chicago house, Detroit techno and ambient sounds. “Pictures Of The Sea” is a beautiful cover version of the Al Di Meola theme, which turns into a lush, deep house groover. “Gladys Knight” is a wonky ’80s boogie jam Larry Levan would be proud of.

PHLOX (UK)
PHLOX 001EP

GDX/AURA ANTHROPICA: Want You/Drummond II 12″ (PHLOX 001EP) 12.00
Aura Anthropica is a dubwise guise for Hans Platzgumer, sometimes known as Spezial Material’s H.P.Stonji and now flourishing within the terrain of heavy, low-end sounds. “Drummond II” is a dark, brooding bass monster — almost a scene score with colorful synth touches and some edgy paint to add to the tension and the hostility. Mysterious, mystifying and very heavy. GDX aka Gerhard Potuznik aka GD Luxxe presents freestyle-friendly 2-stepper “Want You,” incorporating some tasty ’99-style UKG moves with ample boogie.

PHLOX 002EP

GROUP NIOB: Vector/Amber 12″ (PHLOX 002EP) 12.00
Group Niob is the collaborative work of Phlox label heads Gerhard Potuznik and Martin Sovinz. “Vector” continues further with exploratory mining into the 140 bpm-dubbed-into-technoid seam — its low-end is devious and drills itself into the synapses, mirages of dub cascading either side. “Amber” is a writhing dub organism — heavy and grooving, ideal for smoke-machined basements and strobed warehouses. Fans of everything from Scuba, Mike Dehnert, Wax series and Seldom Felt to technological Iration movements should check without delay.

PLATZHIRSCH SCHALLPLATTEN (GERMANY)
PLATZ 025EP

VA: Mit Pauken Und Trompeten Vol. 4 12″ (PLATZ 025EP) 12.00
Platzhirsch hands the techno scene a 4th volume of Mit Pauken Und Trompeten. Gabriel Ananda returns to Platzhirsch armed with “Kota Sur,” a big-room techno tool prepped for DJs who like to knock down walls. Tobias Becker brings us “Knasterhouse.” Apparently, Ricardo Villalobos caught wind of a Tobias Becker 5-way orgy; rumor has it that this dirty little party included Tobi’s 808, 909, Moog Voyager and Yamaha DX100. Villalobos himself dropped it at Timewarp’s 2010 after-hours.

POLYDOR
PD 6153LP

J.B.’S INTERNATIONALS: Jam II Disco Fever LP (PD 6153LP) 11.00
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1978. Featuring vocals by Martha and the Lazers, plus members Sinclair Pinckney, Jimmy Nolan and Johnny Griggs. The album closer is “I Wanna Hug My Baby At The Disco” and Mr. James Brown is really pulling the strings here.

POM POM (GERMANY)
POM 034LP

POM POM: 34 2LP (POM 034LP) 32.00
“POM POM 34 continues where #33 left us off: dark, loud, black, techno!!” Gatefold (black!) sleeve.

QUANTUM (BELGIUM)
QU 442EP

VA: Sub Rosa vs. Kompakt 12″ (QU 442EP) 7.00
Rare warehouse stock; 1999 release. As an introduction to the full length release Sub Rosa Versus Kompakt, this is a 12″ with a few teasing elements: Lelonek giving an Indian jungle-like flavor to Thomas/Mayer’s low techno, and Bump & Grind crushing the subtle and melodic sound of OM1 (both only available on this EP). Also features the original Kompakt tracks. When electro meets electro, nothing is really the same.

QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)
QUINTESSE 017EP

LUKATRON: Facts Of Life EP / Primitive Series One 12″ (QUINTESSE 017EP) 12.00
This is a Luke Solomon release under his new moniker, Lukatron. The man is classic, the music is classic. Four toolish tracks with an old school house and techno flavor, the way some fellas out there like it. As you can see, this is part 1 of a series of Lukatron releases.

REJECTED (GERMANY)
REJ 012EP

MAHER DANIEL/DANIEL DUBB: 3rd Time Is A Charm/Bring The Heat 12″ (REJ 012EP) 12.00
“After staying on home shores for their previous release, Rejected look much further afield for 012 and welcome two young and exciting Canadian producers in Maher Daniel and Daniel Dubb. With a bumper 2009 under his belt that saw him release music on Get Physical Music, Souvenir and Bedrock, Maher Daniel was in the finest of form leading into 2010. His remix of Tone Depth’s classic ‘Rumblefish’ for John Digweed’s imprint saw him sit pretty at the top of the techno charts for a full two and half months. As resident of Montreal’s world famous ‘Stereo’, Daniel has warmed the floor for many of the world’s biggest names. The success of his cross genre sets have lead to bookings at festivals and clubs right across the world, Creamfield’s Abu Dhabi, Igloo Fest and Watergate being particular highlights. Toronto resident Daniel Dubb is a name to watch closely over the next few months. With releases and remixes lined up for VIVa, 8Bit and Plastic City, Daniel is an artist who will be very much at the forefront of the scene. His release on Supernature has already caught the ear of the world’s finest, finding support from both house and techno DJs alike.”

REMOTE AREA (NETHERLANDS)
REMOTE 029EP

DE MOOR & GIDEON BOUWENS, WOUTER: I Am A Flirt For You 12″ (REMOTE 029EP) 12.00
DJ/producer Wouter de Moor has an unstoppable appetite for good music that gets people partying. DJ/producer Gideon Bouwens is known for his pumping DJ sets as well as solo tracks on massive compilation albums. Together their collective genius has risen in ranks on labels such as Paco Osuna’s Spanish Mindshake as well as on Remote Area, and now they’re back with four more party tunes for the clubs. These are thumping tunes with soul, bodylicious vocals and deep groove.

REMOTE 030EP

DJ MADSKILLZ PRESENTS MORNING GLORY SEEDS: Tramadol 12″ (REMOTE 030EP) 12.00
Remote Area welcomes one of Amsterdam’s most versatile artists — DJ Madskillz as Morning Glory Seeds. The last 2 decades have witnessed Madskillz release more than 90 unique and energetic productions dedicated to the dancefloor. When Morning Glory Seeds appears, it’s not as the heart-shaped plant that induces all manner of hallucinogenic pleasures, but he will take you on a trip to the deeper side of dance life — so hold on tight.

RHYTHM & SOUND (GERMANY)
RS 001EP

RHYTHM & SOUND W/ PAUL ST. HILAIRE: Music A Fe Rule 12″ (RS 001EP) 10.00
1997 release, available again. After four 10″ singles on Burial Mix, here is the first 12″ on Rhythm & Sound’s own imprint. More exceedingly deep dub excursions with the Basic Channel affiliation, with Tikiman’s echo-scattered vocals on one side, an instrumental version on the other.

RS 002EP

RHYTHM & SOUND/CHOSEN BROTHERS: Mango Walk/Mango Drive 12″ (RS 002EP) 10.00
1998 release, available again. “This very special release is a collaboration with the Wackies label. Rhythm & Sound — this Berlin-based techno dub project — offers us this brilliant 3 track release. The A-side features an unreleased track, ‘Mango Walk’ from 1979 by the legendary Chosen Brothers backed by Bullwackie’s Allstars and a dub version. The B-side features a reworked version by Rhythm & Sound.”

RS 003EP

RHYTHM & SOUND: Roll Off/B 12″ (RS 003EP) 10.00
1998 release, available again. “As a pretaster for a full length CD, here is a new Rhythm & Sound release. Famous deep dub techno from Berlin. This 12″ features two more experimental instrumentals.”

RS 004EP

RHYTHM & SOUND W/SAVAGE: Smile 12″ (RS 004EP) 10.00
1999 release, available again. “Here we have three new tracks by the well known Rhythm & Sound. One side being ‘Smile’ with vocal appearance by Savage, a new artist with a Caribbean background, in a vein similar to Paul St. Hilaire’s performance on the first Rhythm & Sound (‘Music A Fe Rule’). The other side contains the two new tracks: ‘Distance’ and ‘Range.’ These tracks are more in a free, empty and sound-oriented vein similar to their earlier work on Basic Channel.”

RS 005EP

RHYTHM & SOUND: Carrier 12″ (RS 005EP) 10.00
1999 release, available again. “Here we have three tracks by well-known Rhythm & Sound. No vocals this time — these tracks are more in a free, empty and sound oriented vein similar to their earlier work on Basic Channel.”

RS 006EP

RHYTHM & SOUND: Trace 12″ (RS 006EP) 10.00
2001 release, available again. “Berlin’s Basic Channel Crew has been most influential in the field of minimal techno soundscapes. With the sub-labels Maurizio, Main Street Records, Burial Mix and Rhythm & Sound, Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald created platforms for different aspects of their own productions, and with Chain Reaction for productions from their musical environment. The present 12″ is a teaser for the Rhythm & Sound compilation CD which contains most of the material released on the 12″ singles on the Rhythm & Sound label so far.”

RS 007EP

RHYTHM & SOUND: Aground 12″ (RS 007EP) 10.00
2002 release, available again. “The seventh 12″ single on the Rhythm & Sound label. Within the output range of Rhythm & Sound’s production, this label is the platform for more free or abstract material, with the Burial Mix label focusing on vocal tunes and the respective versions/dubs. With the heavyweight ‘Aground’ and the densely atmospheric ‘Aerial’ (with Tikiman’s superb distant background vocals) this is an excellent start for a new series.”

RSD 001CD

RHYTHM & SOUND: Rhythm & Sound CD (RSD 001CD) 15.50
2001 release, restocked. “Berlin’s Basic Channel Crew has been most influential in the field of minimal Techno-Soundscapes. With the sub-labels Maurizio, Main Street Records, Burial Mix and Rhythm & Sound Mark Ernestus und Moritz Von Oswald created platforms for different aspects of their own productions, and with Chain Reaction for productions from their musical environment. The present CD contains most of the material released on the Rhythm & Sound label — only on vinyl 12″/10″ so far — since it’s launch in 1998. The material is remastered and partially edited for CD format, to create a continuous flow through the wide spectrum ranging from minimal, abstract electronics to driving uptempo grooves with a stronger influence of classic Jamaican dub elements in the best Basic Channel tradition, including highlights like ‘Smile’, the only vocal track (featuring Savage), ‘Mango Drive’ a re-shape of the Chosen Brothers’ 1979 unreleased Reggae tune ‘Mango Walk’, or ‘No Partial’, inspired by the essential, though never generally released ‘Higher Fieldmarshall Dub’ by the Wailers Band. Packaged in a stunning ‘nature’ digipack again.”

ROIR
RUSLP 8306LP

JENIFER, DARRYL: In Search Of Black Judas LP (RUSLP 8306LP) 14.00
“Darryl Jenifer returns to ROIR, home to the Bad Brains’ legendary debut album, to release his solo debut. In Search of Black Judas blasts off with hardcore riffs and monstrous grooves, delivered with classic Bad Brains fire and fury and the quickness to shift into downtempo reggae passages. It’s a heady and intoxicating mix of sounds that continues a quest for innovation and soulful vibes, anchored by Jenifer’s rock steady lines. >From the stripped down rub-a-dub of ‘Babylon Leave Me Alone’ to the dark and ominous ‘Trinity Rub’, an excursion into post-punk-dub akin to PIL or The Ruts, Jenifer’s inventive bass builds a rock-steady foundation on each track. ‘Black Slavery Dayz Mosh’ is a charging reggae groove featuring Bad Brain’s vocalist HR’s twisted and treated vocals. With Intricate, spacious and detailed production In Search of Black Judas is an aural pleasure and long awaited addition to an already grand legacy.”

RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
RH 031EP

HUNEE: Bobos Alone In Paradise 12″ (RH 031EP) 12.50
This is Hunee’s debut release for Rush Hour. This four-track EP truly is a deep house delight and shows Hunee’s strong love for disco music. Title track “Bobo” has a hypnotic, deep groove which centers around a catchy vocal sample and comes in two versions, original and dub. “Like Dat” and “Sand Days” further explore Hunee’s hypnotic house grooves. Addictive stuff!

RH 112B-EP

RECLOOSE: Early Works Sampler Part 2/2 12″ (RH 112B-EP) 12.50
This is the second of two samplers celebrating Recloose’s early works from the late-’90s/early ’00s. This 12″ opens with “Mym 230 (RIP),” a track taken from his Planet E debut release from 1998. It also features one of his biggest tracks to-date, “Can’t Take It,” which was the debut recording of soul vocalist Dwele. “Antares” and “Crosstown” are two tracks taken from the artists’ personal vault — tracks which were recorded back in the day, but remained unreleased… until now!

RH DC4-EP

COSMIN TRG: Liebe Suende/Sores Of Attraction 12″ (RH DC4-EP) 12.50
Cosmin TRG is back with his second release in the Direct Current Series on Rush Hour. This time, he loses the steppy beats and turns out two fierce house tracks, yet he keeps his signature cut-up R&B samples and the future attitude. Slowly, TRG is becoming one of Rush Hour’s favorite new house producers.

RH VD2-EP

AWANTO 3: For Five EP 12″ (RH VD2-EP) 12.50
Rush Hour presents a new series of releases entitled Voyage Direct. The saga continues with the second in the series, this time by Awanto 3, which is the new alias for Steven de Peven aka Aliah Poeh aka the founding member of Rednose Distrikt. Awanto 3 delivers two mid-tempo house bangers that are >10 minute-long, hypnotic, joyful builders.

SCION VERSIONS (GERMANY)
SCION 007EP

VAINQUEUR: Ranges 12″ (SCION 007EP) 12.00
“René Löwe produced, essential dub techno cuts in unique R.L. chords-driven sound design.”

SOFT ABUSE
SAB 043EP

PIGEONS: Visions Of The Valley 7″ (SAB 043EP) 10.00
“Limited edition of 200!! This 2 song platter find Pigeons pushing farther into tripped out pop songwriting, narrowly clinging to their inner art rock leanings. Dusty, west coast, flowery psyche pop & placid, melancholy blues mysticism fill these grooves. Recorded by Clark & Wednesday in the Bronx & Paris & comes in a hand printed sleeve.”

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (UK)
SJR 237EP

UNTOLD: Come Follow Me/Fly Girls 12″ (SJR 237EP) 9.00
“Two exclusive tracks on Soul Jazz Records from Untold as part of the Future Bass project. Post-dubstep, post-house, post-everything, Untold is one of the most progressive producers around and this release confirms his position — cutting-edge, forward-looking bass music of the highest order.”

STIL VOR TALENT (GERMANY)
SVT 052EP

KOLETZKI & FRAN, OLIVER: Echoes 12″ (SVT 052EP) 12.00
The producer and DJ Oliver Koletzki and singer Fran are riding on the fast track to glorious pop music. They now release “Echoes,” from their album Lovestoned with four different remixes. The original, with its groovy loop, some softly-floating pianos and great musical synthesizers reminds of pop tracks by the likes of Mia or Morcheeba. Niko Schwind adds some surrounding percussion, strings and effects. Solomun drops a fat, acid-y bass line onto the sweet vocal, driving everyone wild.

STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE
SAAH 063CD

KRAUS, SHARRON: The Woody Nightshade CD (SAAH 063CD) 13.00
“The Woody Nightshade takes an amble down a slightly different route along Sharron Kraus’ musical path. Reminiscent of the expanded instrumentation and compositional arrangements found on The Fox’s Wedding (on David Tibet/Current 93’s Durtro/Jnana label, 2008), gone are the traditional folk tools of the trade, such as the familiar use of banjo and fiddles, in favor of drums, electric guitar and bass. While that may sound as though Kraus has ‘gone electric’, she uses this foray into broader instrumentation as texture and color, wrapping coarse velvet and splashing subtle earth tones over her songs. Kraus’s signature has always been her distinctive vocals, and her idiosyncratic siren sound is in top form throughout.”

STREET KNOWLEDGE (GERMANY)
SK EP

TOBIAS: Street Knowledge 12″ (SK EP) 12.00
“Quick white label action reissue with an extended and crispy Villalobos version.”

SUTRO PARK
SP 1005LP

LOS LOBOS: Tin Can Trust LP (SP 1005LP) 18.00
“Tin Can Trust is Los Lobos’ first collection of new original material in four years. The Grammy-winning East L.A. band’s lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez (guitar, drums, vocals), David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals), Cesar Rosas (guitar, vocals) and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals). Seven songs on the album are distinguished and genius Hidalgo-Pérez collaborations, including the opening track ‘I’ll Burn It Down,’ (featuring Susan Tedeschi). Three others were written in whole or in part by Rosas — including the album’s two Spanish-language numbers: the cumbia ‘Yo Canto’ and the norteño ‘Mujer Ingrata’ — and display Los Lobos’ signature seamless infusion of Mexican folk songs into rock music. Also included in Tin Can Trust — a cover of the Grateful Dead’s ‘West L.A. Fadeaway’ — offering a nod to the bands’ shared history that extends back into the 1980s when the Angelenos befriended and opened shows for their northern peers.” Gatefold sleeve.

TAPETE (GERMANY)
TR 188LP

SCHWEFELGELB: Das Ende Vom Kreis LP (TR 188LP) 17.00
LP version. This is the second full-length album by Germany’s Schwefelgelb. A lot has happened since their acclaimed debut album Alt Und Neu — Sid and Eddy aka Schwefelgelb were invited to the Wire festival in Tokyo, the biggest festival for electronic music in Asia. The picky, well-informed audience went crazy over Schwefelgelb’s mix of electro, new and dark wave, and their eccentric stage performance did the rest. The same happened on tour in England, Spain, and Poland, and during that time, Schwefelgelb found the time to remix a number of other artists. If on their debut Schwefelgelb brilliantly combined brute electronic body music with catchy melodies and melodic detail, they now not only further continue to do so on Das Ende Vom Kreis, but take it to the extreme. On the one hand, a cool elegance, that keeps reminding you of the sound of the Sheffield scene (Human League, Cabaret Voltaire); on the other hand, the hard, but never overly simplistic beats. In this respect, Schwefelgelb have managed to square one and the same: smart music that gives you the chance to pogo dance that nevertheless sounds as fresh and progressive as if the Roland TR-808s had just recently rolled off the assembly line. Das Ende Vom Kreis will cause a stir in the discos around the globe, with the exhilarated, worn-out masses soaked with sweat.

TEMPA (UK)
TEMPA 051EP

VA: Tempa Allstars Vol. 6 2×12″ (TEMPA 051EP) 18.00
This is the sixth volume in the Tempa Allstars series, providing a trusted filter to bass music enthusiasts in a time where music is so readily available that it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to discover its real highlights, especially in the underground. Skream opens Allstars 6 with “Rollin’ Kicks,” and it does exactly what it says. The payoff here comes with giving yourself over to the progressive nature of the track — long-time followers of Skream’s productions will recognize this as one of the many styles in the pioneer’s arsenal while relative newcomers may be surprised by this progressive and nuanced technique. For those who’ve not kept one eye on the brilliant and diverse output DnB producers such as dBridge and indeed Shogun Audio have been putting out there, this may be your first introduction to Icicle. With “Anything,” wicked production value gives weight to his bass notes and shine to the shuffling metallic percussion. Icicle is joined by fellow samurai from the Shogun camp, Alix Perez, who sends an elastic bass line searching through a corridor of muffled voices, distorted synth lines and seemingly echoing chasms, bringing Allstars 6 to a close with “Untitled.” Also included are three of the most exciting beatsmiths our generation has sprouted so far. Falty DL comes with a short and sweet offering in the form of “Sunday” — a lush riddim perfect for the British BBQ, and at under 3 minutes, the sun may still be shining before it’s time to replace the plates with Benga’s “I Come From London,” swung with the indomitable swagger that oozes from the S. Londoner. Cricket-like whistles add high energy frenzy to the rolling bass and percussion jamboree. Remixer du jour, SBTRKT’s music has found its way into the boxes of electronic music’s most discerning DJs and he doesn’t falter on “Sleep In Tokyo,” an early-hours backdrop for cities that never sleep.

THRILL JOCKEY
THR 211LP

MOUNTAINS: Choral 2LP (THR 211LP) 16.00
3rd pressing now available. Double LP version.

THR 253CD

BARN OWL: Ancestral Star CD (THR 253CD) 14.00
“Evan Caminiti (guitars, vocals) and Jon Porras (guitars, vocals, drums, harmonium) met in San Francisco in 2006 and immediately started playing music together. Over the next four years, the two gradually sculpted a vast collection of hazy desert sky meditations — ominous, barren expanses of music for desert walks at dusk, and dark, pastoral passages embellished with psychedelic and atmospheric wash. A mixture between devotional ragas and dusty stomp with atmosphere and production that references shoegaze and black metal influences. Ancestral Star, their third LP, marks the evolution of the Barn Owl sound into a territory where it has become wholly its own, transcending the sum of its influences and taking on a life of its own. At the same time, it is a more realized extension of that sound. Caminiti and Porras paid close attention to the composition of each track and its flow within the album as a whole. Engaging throughout, every moment contributes to an overall feeling of mysterious desert expanse and a sonic narrative that unfurls like a cinematic metaphysical western.”

THR 253LP

BARN OWL: Ancestral Star LP (THR 253LP) 14.00
Gatefold LP version.

THR 254LP

HOLTKAMP, KOEN: Gravity/Bees LP (THR 254LP) 14.00
“The detailed and resonant music of Koen Holtkamp is disarmingly beautiful. Gravity/Bees is technically a very complex recording, but so directly emotional as to betray its origins, much like Holtkamp’s work in Mountains. Originally spurred by an invitation to take part in the Dissolving Localities Project in Jerusalem in May 2010, Holtkamp’s decision to craft a recording from bees stemmed from a desire to create something he was attracted to from a production standpoint, something extremely detailed and resonant. On one level representing a continuous flow of sound like a drone but also having a familiar association making it human. In the beginning of the piece the instruments are sculpted around the bee recordings; as the piece develops the actual bees gradually become background and the instruments take focus loosely emulating the buzzing resonant characteristics of the hive. ‘Loosely Based On Bees’ is mainly a studio creation with only a few live additions from a 2008 New Year’s performance added on toward the end.”

TIME-LAG RECORDS
TLR 050CD

PRISMA: The Cosmic Coil CD (TLR 050CD) 8.50
“”The feminine entities of Visitations/Attar Cups step forward, duo style, for their debut longplayer — and what a debut it is. These magical ladies have been oh-so-subtly wowing locals with their rare live sets for a few years now, and as hard as it is to imagine, this album manages to surpass their live wonder in both intimacy and intensity. A mesmerizing cycle of ultra-hush dreamtime lullabies, ethereal ghost pop, lost folk, and trance-state sonic whirlpools. The songs are hazy shimmerings of dusty splendor, delivered with utter beauty and fragility, yet shrouded in a thick veil of mystery and sadness. The drones seem to be pulled from between the cracks in silence by some woozy late-night ritual, summoning an edgy and ecstatic presence into the very spirit of the sound. Recorded to analog tape with minimal equipment and much spontaneity, the rural autumn/winter setting of the process has no doubt penetrated the creation, and suits the cozy/lonely vibe perfectly. Nice price digital version of the LP in a two-color, offset-printed, double-sided foldout cover, with woven inner sleeve. Limited to 600 copies.”

TLR 050LP

PRISMA: The Cosmic Coil LP+CD (TLR 050LP) 31.00
“Packaged in a truly cool and unusual three-color, screen-printed, double-sided foldout art paper cover, with a flocked/screen-printed fuzzy, mini-poster insert. Pressed on highest quality 180 gram vinyl with full-color photo-printed labels. Each copy also includes a bonus CD version of the album in its own metallic-printed cover (different from the standard CD cover) for easy all night repeat-o-play. Edition of 400 copies.”

TOKEN (BELGIUM)
TOKEN 016EP

PHASE: Subtext EP 12″ (TOKEN 016EP) 12.00
“New Phase, new bomb, early support by Ben Klock, Surgeon, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, James Ruskin etc. Phase is back on track with a new Token EP. It was worth the wait. Honestly, it was a tough call to choose which track should have which side/position on the 12″… On this EP, again it’s safe to say no fillers are present. Let’s keep it with that, it’s a new Phase release on Token, you already know what to expect by now. This formula never failed in the past, it only gets better.”

TOMPKINS SQUARE
TSQ 2509CD

VA: People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 3CD (TSQ 2509CD) 19.00
…1913-1938. “In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Depression gripped the Nation. It was a time when songs were tools for living. A whole community would turn out to mourn the loss of a member and to sow their songs like seeds. This collection is a wild garden grown from those seeds.” — Tom Waits, from the Introduction. “One of the best selling historical sets of all-time is now available as a specially priced abridged package — most of the photos and notes intact, the same 3CD repertoire, in a rackable digipak! 70 powerful and tragic songs from the Golden Age of American Roots Music. Over 30 never before reissued. Introductory notes By Tom Waits.”

TRAUM (GERMANY)
TRAUM 129EP

FRESKA: Comanche 12″ (TRAUM 129EP) 12.00
Freska belongs to the new generation of artists not bound by one genre. “Comanche” starts like a New York house record from the ’80s, with Italian house influences, but skips categorization when the melody drops in. What starts like a futuristic Bochum Welt track turns out to bring ancient sounds and colors that would fit in a movie about Rome in 500 B.C. Later, he adds a Spanish snapper to contort the mix a bit further.

TRESOR (BELGIUM)
TRESOR 10073LP

SURGEON: Basictonalvocabulary 2LP (TRESOR 10073LP) 23.50
Tresor presents a classic repress on vinyl of a seminal album by Surgeon, originally released in 1997. Surgeon fires up his second album release (following 1996’s Communications LP on Downwards) with his first album on Tresor. Basictonalvocabulary expands from Tony’s more dance-oriented 12″releases via more abstract sound shapes and deft frequency control. Neither total dancefloor nor outright home-listening, this album explores a more nocturnal collage of sound design where rhythms form the underlying framework for subtle twists to accent the sound architecture with depth and feeling. Tony’s work is about universal communication where cultural and social barriers are bridged by personal, raw electronic snapshots set within minimal sonic contexts. Basictonalvocabulary speaks a new global sound language for worldwide interpretation. The machine code is on the tape: open your ears and decipher. Stupefying electro-trance of the most stratospheric order.

TRESOR 10117LP

SURGEON: Force + Form 2LP (TRESOR 10117LP) 23.50
Tresor represses the third seminal album by the UK’s Surgeon, originally released in 1999. Surgeon’s third Tresor album reinforces the theories communicated in previous releases, drawing carefully on the parallel between loud music’s ability to cross cultural differences. The opposing swing toward experimentally contemplative music is played quietly to produce a different perception. Sentimental with high emotional content while sometimes simultaneously brutal, Force + Form brews a powerful physical experience at club-level decibels.

TRESOR 10181LP

DREXCIYA: Harnessed The Storm 2LP (TRESOR 10181LP) 23.50
2LP version. Classic repress of Drexciya’s Harnessed The Storm, originally released in 2002 — the armor-plated follow-up to 2001’s Neptune’s Lair (TRESOR 10129CD/LP). Detroit’s best-kept secret reloads the torpedo tubes with 7 tracks of deep water darkness to break up your frozen waters. The vinyl version of Neptune’s Lair begins your journey with the Kraftwerk-ian “Digital Tsunami,” before diving deeper into the classic Motor City elektro of “Song Of The Green Whale,” “Lake Haze” and “Mission To Ociya Syndor And Back.” The final and deepest stage of this dangerous sonic dive ends with the old-skool of “Dr. Blowfins’ Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres” and “Soul Of The Sea.”

TRESOR 10220LP

VA: It’s Not Over: Compilation Vol. 13 2LP (TRESOR 10220LP) 23.50
Originally released in 2005 on Tresor, now repressed on double vinyl. Tresor Club Berlin: in the first two weeks of April 2005, a techno milestone in the Leipziger Straße was celebrated not only because of its final cut but also because of its lasting treasure: 14 days of closing parties, 14 years of loyalty to the Berlin sound, to the Tresor sound and to club culture itself. Not since the mid-’80s closing of Studio 54 in New York, at the dawn of techno’s birth, has a dance club’s final days received such international attention. And it became a summit for an amazing league of talented friends in the Tresor family who came from around the world to share their respect, rip the sound out of the ground in the Leipziger Straße and move it into the hearts of the clubbers who never wavered in their support. The same Tresor sound lives on without the Leipziger Straße, because one thing is for sure: It’s Not Over. The compilation title speaks for itself, and many of the top international electronic music artists who played at Tresor’s last parties have produced tracks exclusively for the compilation: personal souvenirs in a memorial to a legend. This double vinyl collection is the ultimate frame to a landmark in club history, and the rousing list of friends includes DJ Rush, Joey Beltram, Dave Tarrida, Oscar Mulero, Gary Martin, DisX 3, Surgeon, and Chris Liebing.

TURBO RECORDINGS
TURBO 085EP

AZARI & III: Indigo 12″ (TURBO 085EP) 12.00
“Turbo Recordings is proud to present its latest signing, Azari & III. Azari & III’s first two singles were championed by an impressive cross-section of DJs and artists like Erol Alkan, Hercules & Love Affair, Michael Mayer and Friendly Fires. This broad-spectrum appeal led to Juno Plus featuring them on their ‘Ones to Watch in 2010’ list, while ‘Hungry for the Power’ ranked on Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 50 Tracks of 2009’ poll. They’ve been courted by Trax to become the flag-bearers of a late 80s Chicago revival, made arguably the best 90s dance pop hit of the 2000s with ‘Reckless (For Your Love)’, attracted the attention of Pitchfork and the indie kids, and yet they’ve only released two EPs. What they’ve got in the pipeline is going to blow people away. Their first outing on Turbo showcases a more stripped-down club sound, the pop vocals subdued to lush moans, the tones darker and deeper than what you’ve heard from them before, but every bit as catchy and effective on the dancefloor. The dub is an extended version with 10% more funk, 5% more ‘jack’, and 1% more jazz (our imposed limit).” On blue vinyl.

TURBO 090EP

ZZT (ZOMBIE NATION & TIGA): Zzafrika 12″ (TURBO 090EP) 13.00
“ZZR is Zombie Nation and Tiga. ‘Zzafrika’ is Nature’s Coolest Joke.”

UNKNOWN LABEL
C 002EP

AQUARHYTHMS/JONNY L.: Experience/This Time (Carl Craig Remixes) 12″ (C 002EP) 10.00
“Two of Carl Craig’s finest remixes on one 12″.”

VINYL LOVERS (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
VL 901080LP

THUNDERS, JOHNNY: Hurt Me LP (VL 901080LP) 24.00
“A collection of rare acoustic tracks recorded in Paris in November 1983 during the period in which Thunders had reformed the Heartbreakers and was recording and touring again all over the world. Hurt Me proved that underneath all the snarl and swagger Thunders could still deliver a brilliant performance.”

WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)
WG 002EP

VA: Penguin EP 12″ (WG 002EP) 12.00
The Penguin EP perfectly shows the range of the three Parisian guys dOP. From state-of-the-art deep house with Catz & Dogz to their great jam with Wareika over to some freaky session with Nôze, it all comes to a head with a true dancefloor smasher with Daniele Papini. Hotly-tipped by artists such as Mathias Kaden, M.A.N.D.Y., Zander VT, Tiefschwarz, The Mole, etc.

WERGO (GERMANY)
WER 6578

HADDAD, SAED: Deux Visages CD (WER 6578) 24.00
Performed by Ensemble Modern. Featured works: Le Contredésir, Les Deux Visages de l’Orient, Études mystérieuses, The Sublime, On Love I, On Love II. “Saed Haddad views good music as needing, in addition to many intangible elements, a balance of physical and metaphysical traits. In the former category, he includes beauty, energy, magic, tension and virtuosity. In the latter category rest elusive concepts: the existential, the intellectual, the transcendental. The compositions presented on this CD belong to two periods of compositional practices. In the first period (2004-06), Haddad aimed to achieve a synthesis of Arabic and Western music, without the usual Western gimmicks, i.e. tourism, exoticism or even ‘abstraction.’ His goal was true existential and transcendental integration, not a juxtaposition or imposition of one tradition on the other. In the latter period (2007-), the ever-questioning composer has been distancing himself from a direct, existential contact with Arabic culture.”

WER 6855

MUSIKFABRIK: Krönung (Coronation) CD (WER 6855) 24.00
“Wergo’s focus with this new CD entitled Coronation is not on blue blood or kingly power, but in organic processes — the music on this CD sends up its shoots and produces blossoms like crowns. ‘(co)ro(na),’ by Vykintas Baltakas, springs from a cascade of motivic branchings, its roots in a cycle of works named after the alchemical Ouroboros, a snake that swallows its own tail. Its dragon’s blood, so the legends say, is cinnabar red, like the hue that shines in ‘Cinnabar’ by Rebecca Saunders. Magnus Lindberg’s ‘Joy’ expresses itself through its profligacy with spectral harmonies and the resonant snapping of the strings of a demolished piano. ‘Thalleïn’ by Iannis Xenakis creates sieves that proliferate until they transform into archaic dances, refulgent with the brass tones.”

WHAT THE…? RECORDS
WHAT 012LP

BREN’T LEWIIS ENSEMBLE, THE: At The North Pole, Easter Day, 1982 LP (WHAT 012LP) 16.00
“As part of the 25th anniversary of the Butte County Free Music Society, At The North Pole, Easter Day, 1982 follows The Butte County Free Music Society boxset Induced Musical Spasticity and The Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble’s Three Christs of Ypsilanti. Recording and performing primarily in the mid-to-late 1980s, with sporadic efforts in the early 1990s, this barely organized enclave based in rural Northern California ingests and disgorges outsider free music à la Smegma and other bent LAFMS trippers, the UK’s A Band, 5 Starcle Men, Gastric Female Reflex, Id M Theft Able, and the sort of visionaries currently promoted by labels such as Chocolate Monk, Destijl, and Ultra Eczema. Members of the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble later migrated to Vomit Launch, Glands of External Secretion, The Idiot, Serious Problmz, and Bananafish magazine. In comparison to the only other available recording of a complete live performance by the group (the side-long ‘Industrial Barbecue,’ on the above-mentioned BUFMS boxset), At The North Pole, Easter Day, 1982 is starker and more minimal overall. Previously released on the Mary Jane cassette in 1983. One-sided LP with silkscreen cover designed by artist Paul Coors, from an idea, along with a BUFMS-supplied glow-in-the-dark mini poster. 129 copies limit on a history which has no.”

WHAT 013LP

HORN, GORDY: The Glue That Holds The Kids Together LP (WHAT 013LP) 16.00
“Vinyl debut of long-running Cincinnati Ohio/Northern Kentucky improv unit circling the center of saxophone/electronics Tim Schwallie (of The Wolverton Brothers) and doublebass/electronics Scott Hisey. Over many many many many years the core remain the same with various collaborators and members walking in and stepping or falling out, but the core remain the same, as they stepped in and fell out of modes such as free improv, free funk, free song, as evidenced in these on record. And included on record is a highly-picked sample of highlights from Gordy line-ups, including involving Clayton ‘Chicken’ Gunnels (RIP, of the JBs, America Eats Its Young-adelic), Mark Perry (Heevahava), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and names here. ‘So Mark Perry ‘discovered Clayton’ wandering Covington streets. Clayton was too well-dressed to be ‘just another homeless dude’ as Mark put it. Mark started a dialogue which turned into sporadic jams with Clayton, then Mark decided that Gordy Horn get-togethers were the best formats for Clayton and you know the rest… ‘Do you know karate?’ Tara was a singer with a very sloppy and very loud noise jam thing in the early nineties that I liked a lot–in particular I liked this pretty quiet small young girl that would transform into a screaming banshee on stage… We talked and then they moved to LA; her boyfriend od’ed, she moved back, and we started talking again. Scott and I were in a collaborative mood. We met up with Aimee who was willing to bring her harp around, and Gordy was a four-piece for 8 months or so around June to Dec 1999… The quartet with Spencer and Adam was really the go-to quartet for a while there (2003-2006) and I am glad we got one of those jams on the record.’ –Tim Schwallie, Spring 2010, Cincinnati Ohio. One-sided LP with silkscreen cover designed by artist Paul Coors. 130 copies limit.”

WOLFSKUIL LIMITED (GERMANY)
WLTD 012EP

AMRO, BAS: Le Huitieme Arrondissement 12″ (WLTD 012EP) 12.00
The Netherlands’ Bas Amro has been DJing and making music since the age of 14 and has an extremely talented ear. The title track is a classic example of his talent. A meeting of Jimpster and Pépé Bradock with organs, a disco-esque bass line and a solid house groove. Pitto reinterprets this tune, giving the original moody vibe a dark little twist. “Sunday Rut” is a no-nonsense tech-house roller with a melodic surprise in the break.

WORLD VILLAGE (GERMANY)
WORLD 450007

ERRAJI, HASSAN: Awal Mara CD (WORLD 450007) 19.00
Moroccan master musician “Hassan Erraji’s stunning World Village album Awal Mara is a comeback disc of pure excellence. It is sure to re-ignite his army of dedicated admirers around the world as well as recruit new legions of music aficionados about to experience the aural delights and charm of his creations for the first time. The album is packed full of compelling new songs fashioned from Erraji’s immense classical musical knowledge, absorbed into a contemporary music sensibility which has most certainly been given a veritable Yorkshire twist by the highly esteemed personnel involved with the project. Meticulously recorded by the widely respected producer Dave Creffield whose exhaustive list of credits include Kaiser Chiefs and Embrace, the album was actually recorded at the Leeds studio owned by one of the Kaiser Chiefs themselves. The recordings then remained in Yorkshire to be mixed and mastered in Leeds by another highly regarded producer, Carl Rosamond, who has worked with many seminal Leeds bands such as Cud and The Wedding Present. Add to the Erraji recipe an exciting new dynamic young band including the extravagantly gifted rhythm team of Kenny Higgins and Ben Stevens and all the ingredients are there to once again establish Hassan as one of the most important, charismatic, fascinating and influential artists on the world music stage today.”

YEAR ZERO (UK)
YZLDV 006LP

THE ORB & YOUTH: Impossible Oddities: From Underground To Overground 2LP (YZLDV 006LP) 21.00
2LP format features the 15 rare and club-friendly cuts from the 3CD package plus a download code insert to the full album. Featuring rare and influential cuts across acid house, ambient soundscapes & dub from the W.A.U.! Mr. Modo catalog. Cover art image designed by Jimmy Cauty of sonic anarchists The KLF. Features a previously-unheard demo version of The Orb’s “Little Fluffy Clouds” and an unreleased version of Zoe’s “Sunshine On A Rainy Day.” Includes an extensive “scrapbook” fold-out poster of original W.A.U.! cuttings from ’80s and ’90s music press unearthed from The Orb’s personal archive.

YEP ROC RECORDS
YEP 2627CD

SOFT BOYS, THE: A Can Of Bees CD (YEP 2627CD) 13.50
“Swarming hymns of second generation psychedelic pop mastery, The Soft Boys’ two most influential and groundbreaking albums are finally back in print via Yep Roc Records. Main man Robyn Hitchcock, along with demon guitarist Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman and drummer Morris Windsor manage to bottle ’60s guitar pop, shake it up with caged teenage fury and cut it all with a healthy dose of lyrical levity. A Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight — seen as fatally un-hip when originally released — would go on to be seen as seminal albums and become catalysts for ’80s jangle pop and college rock, directly inspiring band’s like R.E.M. and The Flaming Lips.”

YEP 2628CD

SOFT BOYS, THE: Underwater Moonlight CD (YEP 2628CD) 13.50
“Swarming hymns of second generation psychedelic pop mastery, The Soft Boys’ two most influential and groundbreaking albums are finally back in print via Yep Roc Records. Main man Robyn Hitchcock, along with demon guitarist Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman and drummer Morris Windsor manage to bottle ’60s guitar pop, shake it up with caged teenage fury and cut it all with a healthy dose of lyrical levity. A Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight — seen as fatally un-hip when originally released — would go on to be seen as seminal albums and become catalysts for ’80s jangle pop and college rock, directly inspiring band’s like R.E.M. and The Flaming Lips.”

Z RECORDS (UK)
ZEDD 020CD

AKABU: The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be CD (ZEDD 020CD) 15.50
The debut album from Akabu is a retrospective yet futuristic delivery from Dave Lee, inspired by over 20 years in dance music’s history and touching on live instrumentation, contemporary sounds and dexterous electronic craftsmanship. Akabu is the deep house pseudonym of British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee, who has released under a plethora of other monikers, including Joey Negro, Jakatta, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor. Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1990. Fast forward 20 years and little has changed — Dave is still experimenting with new techniques, taking inspiration from new artists and using this knowledge of the past in new, original creations. The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be is an ode to an inert love of electronica, “I wanted to call on the first wave of deep, warm, acidic house like Marshall Jefferson and Larry Heard as an influence, combined with some of the contemporary stuff I like such as Carl Craig, Jimpster, Martin Buttrich,” explains Dave. Revisiting the sound of some of his first productions back in the late ’80s, such as “Ride The Storm” and “Phuture Bound,” whose Âme remix took the track to a new level, Akabu’s The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be explores the electrifying analog sounds of Dave Lee. The album features collaborations with Norway’s Boomclap Bachelors on “You Want It All” which has been supported by everyone from Gilles Peterson and Ewan Pearson to Groove Armada and Laurent Garnier. André Lodemann gets involved on the cinematic “Another World” while Johnny Dangerous aka Foremost Poets adds his quirky vocals to “Crystalized.” Incognito front-man Tony Momrelle features on the beautiful, deep Stevie Wonder-ish “Life Is So Strange,” Paris-based Canadian blues singer Tanya Michelle features on “Behind The Mask” and Joel Edwards guests on the title track. Expect this album to appeal to lovers of more musical house music, those who want a modern-sounding CD that stands up at home or in the car as well as on the dancefloor.

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This week: We are back with the classic HALLOWE’EN ORANGE – those of you who have been following us for a while know that this is a long-standing, eye-bleeding, trick or treat Storming tradition! MASSIV IN MENSCH claim the top-spot this week with their new album called Niemand Weiss was die Zukunft Bringt (No one knows what the future will bring). This is their 6th studio album and features guest appearances from Reiner Schoene (check him on Wikipedia, or just imagine Darth Vader in German!), as well as mind.in.a.box, Kontrast, and several others! You thought you had things under control, but nope here comes Massiv in Mensch to kick you in the balls! OUT OF LINE. The name has become synonymous with the best in electro and EBM. I need only mention SUICIDE COMMANDO, BLUTENGEL, and SPECTRA PARIS to have you rushing to your Xmas list already!! Pre-order them all here! German EBM group FOD drop a new album for fans of And One and Welle:Erdball. Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) releases something very interesting here to great effect: self-described as Ballads, gypsy rolls, Italo Western piano tunes, heavy guitar riffs and Autoharp, the new album Hitman’s Hell should be on your radar if you like new and very exciting music. The Young Gods return with an all-new album for 2010, and not surprisingly it is superb. Get this, don’t forget! Conjure One return with a new album of beautiful pop-techno songs for Nettwerk. Die Krupps is back with an mini-album that features contributions from Unheilig, Vigilante, and Memphis!! The Ludovico Technique (Crunch Pod) drop a mini-EP of harsh industrial music. OMD’s new album is finally shipping. Six new titles are incoming from Hands Productions (Germany), including new stuff from 5F-X, Geistform, Edgey, Typhoid, and more!! Don’t forget we have added even more clothing to our T-shirts section: this week’s feature add: a sexy shirt from Iszoloscope !!

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MASSIV IN MENSCH “NIEMAND WEISS WAS DIE ZUKUNFT BRINGT – FANPACK”
After 2008’s zany “Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle”, Massiv in Mensch pull no punches on their sixth studio album, the aptly titled “Niemand weiss, was die Zukunft bringt” (Nobody Knows What the Future Will Bring). The album opens with an intro featuring the unmistakable voice of German actor Reiner Schoene (notable as the German voice-over voice of Darth Vader, as well as roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Babylon 5, and more). Schoene went into the recording studio especially for this release, so its a real treat for cult movie buffs. Also making an appearance is mind.in.a.box, adding a synthpop vibe and subtle harmonies to Massiv in Mensch’s killer sound. The album features a cover of the cult techno hit Die Kybernauten (recently back in the spotlight on a re-issue on German label Infacted) as well as a guest appearance from Kontrast vocalist Nebelgeist. Massiv in Mensch deliver 14 tracks of techno-inspired dance music without ever missing a beat! Released on Artoffact and available December 7th, 2010.

1. Prolog mit Reiner Schöne
2. Teig der Vernunft
3. Transformation II (feat. @vx and mind.in.a.box)
4. I love to hate
5. Mich besiegst Du nicht
6. Against all odds
7. Die Kybernauten
8. Like a star
9. Kein Tanz!
10. Ein Teil von mir (feat. Tomas Appelhoff)
11. Ob Du auch kalt bleibst (feat. Nebelgeist)
12. Lost in the thought (feat. Finja Battenberg and Mirco Dalos)
13. Radical/Relevant
14. Niemand weiss, was die Zukunft bringt
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AN ELECTRO STORM FROM OUT OF LINE!!

SUICIDE COMMANDO “DEATH CURES ALL PAIN”
Bloody snow! Hard-Electro-legend Suicide Commando unleashes his very own winter time inferno! “Death Cures All Pain”, the second single from their latest long playing album “Implements of Hell” is a thudding, dark and ferocious mid tempo monster that is bound to literally move (through sheer bass power) and infiltrate listeners with a combination of massive beats and menacing atmosphere. This is no mere dance track; this is sonic horror that punches you straight in the guts. The new maxi CD sports not only three remixes of the title track (club-heavy reworks by Aesthetic Perfection and :SITD: among them) and two other remixes of album tracks, but also the whiplashing aggro-pounding non-album B-side “Go fuck Yourself” in two floor- smashing versions, resulting in a club-inferno that is almost at album length. If you like your Christmas dark, beat-laden and filled with menace, this electronic thunderstorm is for you! This is a limited EP and will be sold out quick, just like the previous two singles on Out of Line! Released on Out Of Line and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Death cures all Pain (Suicide edit)
02 Go fuck yourself (bashing hard mix)
03 Death cures all Pain (SITD remix)
04 Death cures all Pain (Aesthetic Perfection remix)
05 The perils of Indifference (Stahlnebel vs Black Selket remix)
06 Go fuck yourself (extended bashing & mocking)
07 God is in the Rain (Advent Resilience remix)
08 Death cures all Pain (Kant Kino remix)
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BLUTENGEL “PROMISED LAND (LIMITED CD)”
Winter time, the dark time of the year, a mystic time for dreams, legends and fairy tales! Berlin-based band Blutengel, pioneering the fusion of dark, fantastic Gothic-sounds and lively Electro Pop for more than a decade, has established the nice, little tradition of dishing up a fitting sound track for the magical Christmas season in form of an exclusive single release every year. This year’s goodie, “Promised Land”, recorded with a fresh and new line up, will be released on November 26th as a limited maxi CD. The title track, a perfect melange of dark pomp and an ultra-catchy melody on a rock- solid beat will be included on “Promised Land” in a single-version as well as in three different remixes (one of them from CHROM) and can easily stand in line with the greatest hits of the charts-accustomed group. The b-side “A Miracle” is an elegiac ballad that is sure to melt you away. And the best is: none of the tracks included on this sonic gem will ever be released on any album! The new album is expected for February 2011. Released on Out Of Line and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Promised Land
02 Promised Land (Ship of fools REMIX)
03 A Miracle
04 Promised Land (CHROM Remix)
05 Promised Land (Remix by GINTRONIC)
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SPECTRA PARIS “CHRISTMAS GHOULS”
Winter time and especially the Christmas season have been inspiring musicians of all eras around the globe. Enter SPECTRA*paris. Just barely half a year after Elena Alice Fossi’s latest outing “License To Kill”, the charismatic Kirlian-Camera-singer embarks on a very special journey ex- ploring the cold season’s atmosphere and her softer side. Framed by two otherworldly renditions of “Silent Night”, a Christmas classic if ever there was one, SPECTRA*paris envelop us in a climate of pure magic, infused by the spirit of the enchanted heavens, saints and ghosts, invisible devils and a sense of the sacred, but also allowing disquieting moments to sneak in every once in a while. As far removed from the cringe-inducing kitsch that floods the record dealers’ shelves at the end of every year as can be, this little sonic gem not only uncovers a previously unknown side of the band but is also THE definitive sound track for all those who have always longed to invoke a Christmas spirit of a different kind. Magical with a flight of sinister, “Christmas Ghouls” sounds like the Archangel Gabriel and Lucifer playing chess on a snowy night in a parallel universe. The experience unfolds on November 26th on CD in a deluxe Digipak! Released on Out of Line.

01 Silent Night
02 Movie Ghouls (Italian Version)
03 Joaquin Murietta
04 Time behind the Clock
05 Snoqualmie is sleeping
06 Snowy Cross Tale
07 King Snow’s Garden
08 Spectrelfen
09 Movie Ghouls (Album Version)
10 Stille Nacht
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FOD “MASCHINENTANZ”
Hit-laden songs at the intersection of Electro-Pop and EBM. On their second album “Maschinentanz”, f.o.d. effectively continue down the path they embarked on with their debut. With vocal support from ex-Blutengel Eva Poelzing and a sack full of club-compatible, emotional and melodic tunes, the trio’s groovy machine dance is enhanced by German and English lyrics that can be contemplative, tongue in cheek or rather direct. The young German Electro-nauts avoid being easily pigeonholed, assembling a distinctive, yet brazenly catchy, eclectic sound of their own from the various stylistic possi- bilities that synthetic music has to offer. Serving as the long-awaited missing link between the Bodypop of And One, the Minimal-gadgetry of Welle:Erdball and the Melodic Electro sound of bands like Solitary Experiments, “Maschinentanz” is rather effective. Listen. Love. Dance! F.O.D. are supporting AND ONE on their ‘Tanzomat’ Tour. Released on Fear Section and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Dirty Pop
02 Kreuzritter
03 Angels
04 Jung und Stolz
05 Maschinentanz
06 Mein Herz
07 Burnout
08 Heal me
09 Humanoid
10 I Know
11 Distance
12 Schlaflied
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ALEXANDER HACKE / DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO “HITMAN’S HEEL”
Alexander Hacke is known as the bass player of Einstürzende Neubauten and main figure in Fatih Akins movie “Crossing the Bridge”. Besides collaborating in countless bands on the side he has also been composing film scores for two decades. The American born Danielle de Picciotto was singer of the “Space Cowboys” and Gudrun Gut’s “Ocean Club” and is an icon in Berlin’s creative underground and co-founder of the Love Parade together with Dr Motte. Her art and film projects are exhibited internationally.  Hacke/ de Piccciotto have been a huge influence on Berlins underground scene since the eighties and have been touring the world with their collaborations since 2000. Their new album goes back to the basics. After deciding to give up their house in Berlin 2010 the couple is on the road in search of new horizons. Celebrating this restless nomadic lifestyle they decided to go back to classic songwriting, without sequencing or electronic processing. Concentrating purely on their instruments (guitar, autoharp, keyboards, drums) their songs can be performed on any stage and unplugged. Disregarding fashion, conventions or everyday standards, their lyrics speak of the world they are discovering: “Solitude”, “Magic” and “Freedom”. The brew Ballads, gypsy rolls, Italo Western piano tunes, heavy guitar riffs and Autoharp transports the audience into the world of the uncompromising explorer. Released on Potomak and available November 26th, 2010.

1 The Circuit
2 Hickory Dickory Dock
3 Time Is Passin’
4 War
5 Bikers Lullaby
6 Ballad Of The Lonely Fish
7 The Hitman’s Heel
8 Flowers
9 On The Road
10 Rise And Converge
11 Even Further
12 Nauseous Waltz
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THE YOUNG GODS “EVERYBODY KNOWS”
There is the intro, “Sirius Business”. The aim is clear, highly cosmic but never presumptuous. Aerial samples gobbled up by waves of saturated riffs, a few moving seconds to, yet again, glide into the doors of perfection. Welcome to the heart of “Everybody Knows”, the new Young Gods album. This is a band that has never ceased to conceive soundtracks for the great unknown, ballads for outer worlds. There is that voice that rises endlessly like a summer sun over the jungle, vibrating to the sound of some newly discovered ancient music, drinking straight from the fountains of psychedelic rock and the rivers of ambient electronics… The song is called “Blooming”. It is as direct and inspiring as the tracks that have marked the history of rock and pop in the last five decades. And this is only a warm-up. The monumental “No Land’s Man” comes in right on its tail, dancing like a panther lost under the lights of San Francisco’s Matrix club. As 1968 makes way for 2010, a new era is upon us. “No Land’s Man”, future live behemoth, dynamites the brain with its hendrixian solos splashing into infinity like a group of mad gipsies straight out of a Philip K. Dick dream.  Even after a song like that, the manic tension doesn’t falter as the band follows up with “Mister Sunshine”, a shamanic meditation cum colossal anthem, sublime soaring vocals joining a celestial choir only to finish the flight by crashing down on our hearts and souls. The album flows on with “Miles Away”, a long four o’clock tea shared between a hard rock band and an ambient minimalist master. The record also has its share of softer moments (“Two To Tango”, “Aux Anges”), bringing the listener back to the olden days of the band without them ever sounding nostalgic, before climaxing with “Once Again”, an eight minute sonic free fall after which returning to normal existence seems almost painful. Should one even need to point out that the Young Gods are breathtaking and tight as ever? Franz Treichler, Al Comet, Bernard Trontin and Vincent Hänni have come out with a world shaped album, undefinable, acoustic, electric, electronic, vintage and avant garde that subtly compiles recent experiences (“Knock On Wood”, “Woodstock”) and a majestic past (“TV Sky”, “Second Nature”). “Everybody Knows” is a record that will haunt you for a lifetime. Released on Two Gentlemen and available November 26th, 2010.

1 Sirius Business
2 Blooming
3 No Land’s Man
4 Mister Sunshine
5 Miles Away
6 Two To Tango
7 Introducing
8 Tenter le grillage
9 Aux Anges
10 Once Again
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CONJURE ONE “EXILARCH”
Rhys Fulber, the Canadian-born artist and producer behind Conjure One is set to release his third album, EXILARCH, on November 9 on Nettwerk Records. The current single, “Like Ice,” features vocals by one of dance music’s most sought after voices, Jaren Cerf (Armin Van Buuren, John O’Callaghan, Matt Cerf). As a member of industrial rock outfit, Front Line Assembly and later, Delerium, Fulber went on to sell a quarter of a million albums in the US and over a million units worldwide with the collaborative Delerium album, Karma. On Conjure One’s self-titled debut, two singles – “Tears From The Moon” and “Sleep” – placed #1 on the UK Club Chart and #3 on Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Having worked with a diverse collection of artists – Josh Groban, P.O.D., Sarah Brightman, Mudvayne, Sinead O’Connor, Megadeth, Fear Factory – the multi-talented Fulber brings his expertise to his solo project. Exilarch (a reference to the Jewish leaders of the Babylonian exile) is a nomadic album that travels between light and dark, meticulously incorporating world-influenced instrumentals grounded with haunting vocals, lush textures and subtle electrobeats. Released on Nettwerk and available November 9th, 2010.

1. Like Ice (feat. Jaren)
2. Places That Don’t Exist
3. Zephyr (feat. Jaren)
4. Nargis (feat. Azam Ali)
5. Nomadic Code
6. The Distance (feat. Jaren)
7. I Dream In Colour (feat. Leah Randi)
8. Existential Exile
9. Run For Cover (feat. Free Dominguez)
10. Oligarch
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DIE KRUPPS “ALS WAREN WIR FUR IMMER”
Original announced as ‘Beyond’ single, the new release by DIE KRUPPS now evolved into a mini-album. ‘Als wären wir für immer’ is the first DIE KRUPPS (mini) album with exclusively new material since 1997! With this 8-tracks mini-album, DIE KRUPPS again are breaking new ground, without denying their roots or moving away from their own unique sound… this album is 100% DIE KRUPPS… DIE KRUPPS 2010! Dance floor killers meet groove monsters, moving through the room like a steamroller… catchy melodies, massive hooks and lyrics with a message are DIE KRUPPS trademarks, and this album proves it again: body and mind are in perfect synchronicity! The remixes complete the picture and show the broad spectrum of DIE KRUPPS music – and prove that remixes can very well have a purpose… the UNHEILIG remix for example was a result of a show both bands played together 3 years ago, when UNHEILIG was not yet the headlining band they are today (Unheilig in Germany are a Top 5 chart-band nowadays!)! Out of pure sympathy, both bands agreed to remix each other’s music… the DIE KRUPPS remix was the first to be released, but because the band is only now releasing a new album, the UNHEILIG remix of ‘Beyond’ wasn’t released earlier… fortunately, the track hasn’t aged a bit and sounds as fresh and exciting as it did when it was originally conceived. ‘Dr. Mabuse’ finally, an absolute ’80s classic by Ralf Dörper’s former band PROPAGANDA, which has been in DIE KRUPPS’ live repertoire since the early ’90s and was played more frequently again in recent years, also found its way onto this album… it was decided that it was finally time to release a studio recording of DIE KRUPPS’ frenetic version of the cult track. All new songs were again produced by Jürgen Engler & Chris Lietz… for the music, Jürgen Engler joined forces with guitarist Marcel Zürcher, who has been in the band since its reunion in 2005… Another featured track ‘The Chameleon Man’ which is a collaboration with Chile’s best Industrial Rock act VIGILANTE. After ‘Too Much History’ now there is ‘Als wären wir für immer’ (engl.: ‘As if we were forever’)… it seems like there is no end in sight for DIE KRUPPS! The motto is as always: VOLLE KRAFT VORAUS! (Full steam ahead!). Released on Synthetic Symphony and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Beyond
02 The Chameleon Man
03 Die Macht
04 Dr. Mabuse
05 Als wären wir für immer
06 Beyond / UNHEILIG Remix
07 The Chameleon Man / VIGILANTE Remix
08 Dr. Mabuse / MEMPHIS Remix
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THE LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE “THE LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE”
The name itself stems from the drug-assisted aversion therapy found in the novel and film “A Clockwork Orange”, in which the patient is forced to view violent imagery while injected with experimental medication in an attempt to condition the subjects behavior. The Ludovico Technique as a band takes this concept and transforms it into music. The lyrical content draws from personal experience and observation – you will hear nothing which has not been translated from feeling to sound. It is harsh industrial music highlighting the dark aspects of the human experience as well as the depths to which the human mind can deteriorate. Available November 26th, 2010.

1- Devotion
2- Heal My Scars
3- Memory
4- This Life
5- Living Filth
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OMD “HISTORY OF MODERN”
2010 album from the British Electronic/Synth Pop band, their first new album in 14 years. The album was produced by OMD and mixed by one of the UK’s most in demand producers Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys/Blood Red Shoes/Razorlight). History Of Modern is a powerful, pulsating, vibrant and contemporary album with a strong Pop sensibility. Tracks such as ‘Pulse’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Sister Marie Says’ and ‘The Future’ are huge future dancefloor fillers while others like the downtempo ‘Bondage Of Fate’, ‘If You Want It’ and ‘Sometimes’ are quite simply beautiful, classic OMD songs. The music sees a return to the band’s early pioneering electronic roots, a sound that is now recognized as being a major influence on many of today’s electro artists. The likes of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, The XX and The Killers have all cited OMD as a massive inspiration.

1. New Babies: New Toys
2. If You Want It
3. History of Modern (Part I)
4. History of Modern (Part II)
5. Sometimes
6. Rfwk
7. New Holy Ground
8. The Future
9. Sister Marie Says
10. Pulse
11. Green
12. Bondage of Fate
13. The Right Side
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NEW TITLES FROM GERMANY’S HANDS PRODUCTIONS!

5F-X “FLIGHT RECORDER 5.0”
In Hands Paper-Pack! This new and 5th album of 5F-X continues where they left off with ‘The Xenomorphians your Friendly Invasion’, powerful club-oriented electro sci-fi tribal industrial at its best. Flight Recorder 5.0 offers 8 new tracks and 2 remixes of tracks you probably come in contact with in the clubs. Typical powerful beats meet electronica sounds, lo-fi sci-fi sounds and radio messages. Some of these messages are difficult to understand, but we were able to record things such as files of the pulsating audionautic sequence controller – ‘a.s.c.- epsylon’ become an announcement of impending groove-quakes during the flight recordings. Giant wobbles stalking the com traffic, assimilating everything in its atmospheres. With a 5F-X crewmember working the controls, the satellite FX-5 in flight traffic-scanning mode reached down to update the xenomorphian invasion coordinates. Powerful, melting rhythmic styles catch the pilots and hypnotize their feet. The ‘Crowdscanner 5000’, capable of scanning through any life form synops… Did you ‘get’ it? Released on Hands and available November 22nd, 2010.

01 Audioautical-file.001
02 Audioautical-file.002
03 Audioautical-file.003
04 Audioautical-file.004_Sountox Remix
05 Audioautical-file.005
06 audioautical-file.006
07 E.d.d.y.-scope.007_Flight Recorder Remix
08 Audioautical-file.008
09 Audioautical-file.009
10 Audioautical-file.010
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GEISTFORM “TRANSISTOR MUSIC”
Rafael Martinez Espinosa aka Barcelona Geistform convinced us over the last years at all the important festivals and on his releases, as a producer with modern aesthetic of analogue industrial beats, full of energy – in some ways connected to the rhythm ’n’noise scene, and in some way close to minimal techno and idm. On his 4th studio album, this time dedicated to Transistors, that without them, electronic music would not be possible. On the structures of static, kicking noise rhythms with minimal, analogue techno-industrial bass lines, his composit ions are arranged with short wave radio sounds field recordings of background noises and frequencies captured in a electric power-station. Electrons at work. Released on hands and avaialble November 26th, 2010.

01 Source Sensor
02 Radiacion
03 Emisor
04 Antimatter
05 First Product
06 Alta Energia
07 Tesla
08 Vanguard
09 2osc
10 Bad Particle
11 General Electric
12 Eightfold Way
13 Cms Detector
14 Solid State
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EDGEY “MISFIRE”
Taking the techy, aggressive powernoise of ‘Square Form Annihilations’ and the cleaner more methodical beat-driven styling’s of ‘Flawed’, EDGEY delivers his third and long awaited full-length release on HANDS. No stranger to conflicting sound design; EDGEY’s ‘Misfire’ explores the dichotomy of rough and powerful noise with the smooth and methodical structures of breakcore-oriented drum’n’bass and idm. EDGEY’s latest release is as dangerous as a misfire. It’s storm full of energy and roughness and for sure he is one of the brightest stars in the breakcore-drum’n’bass universe. Stephen James Knight AKA EDGEY is a New York based electronic music producer, writer and artist working in the veins of Drum’n’Bass, idm, breakcore, Noise and Industrial for over 15 years, cataloguing a respectable number of releases in each of the varying genre’s, and continues to help shape the sound for the future. Released on Hands and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Before the Storm
02 Terminal Accretion
03 Stress Failure
04 Drown
05 Chaosbane
06 Treatment
07 Left Wanting
08 Trouble Horizon
09 I become
10 Revenge
11 Floor Crank
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SCHACHTANLAGE GEGENORDER.DENISE RITTER “AUFGELASSEN”
Soundartist Denise Ritter aka Schachtanlage Gegnort has been doing her electroacoustic sound art since 1997, composing industrial noise music by recording sounds of the coal and steel industry and coal-mining. On ‘Aufgelassen’ she creates a blend of darkness and mystery, creating pulsating sound worlds by using the recordings of industrial sounds of pounding machines, voice samples of steel workers, sounds of steel, stone and delay rooms. Most recordings were made deep under Earth in mines or steel-mills. Those sound worlds have on one hand organic structures, on the other hand mechanical structures, in total ‘aufgelassen’ offers quite various yet exciting, deep and almost mysterious atmospheres. Denise Ritter studied sound art in Saarbrücken and has performed throughout the last years many sound installations and sound sculptures all over Europe. In 2010 she won the Deutschen Klangkunstpreis. Her self-released albums ‘Einsatzstoffe & Energie’ (1997) and ‘Erzengel’ (1998) became milestones of post industrial music, and after her release ’41 Jahre ‘ (2005) on HANDS, here is her second album for the label. Available November 26th, 2010.

01 La Mine
02 St. Charles
03 Alter Mann
04 Grubenbahn
05 Südkai
06 Km 58,8
07 Saarhafen
08 Schachtwasser
09 Dillinger
10 Minette
11 Nordschacht
12 Konverterhalle
13 Site Kazebierg
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TYPHOID “SIMULAZIONE DI DIVINTA”
With ‘Destinazione Magnetica’ – nearly a decade ago with HANDS Catalog number HANDS D030, the Ancona based musician Maurizio Landini released an absolutely unique and magical piece of electronica; probably many years too early. Here, finally, is the second album. 10 years later, Typhoid’s sound has developed further, perhaps less nervous yet still keeps the quality level that is an experimental merger of empathic chillout ambient soundscapes and IDM influenced eclectic beats. Intelligent and breaky beats, sharp as diamonds, fly through warm and crystal clear electronica sounds and chill-out atmospheres. Simulazione di Divinità offers 11 IDM tracks at its best and includes an extended Version of Biscuits and Water and an outstanding remix of Isolationaut done by label mate ORPHX. Released on Hands and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Ho quello che ho
02 Di nuovo buio
03 Non vi conosco
04 Taiga-Graphite
05 Isolationaut
06 Vena Bassa
07 Raggio di Consistenza
08 Nuove Attese
09 Biscuits and Water (Extended)
10 Milestoned (feat. Zoon and DJ Mystica)
11 Isolationaut (Orphx Remix)
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THE PCP PRINCIPAL “RHYTHMUS EX HERETICA”
In Hands Paper-Pack! The PCP Principle returns with his second album – a crushing blend of grinding beats and epic, cinematic arrangements unlike anything you will have heard ever before! Probably Symphonic Rhythm’n’Noise should be the style name for the sound of R. Challenger aka The PCP Principle on – ‘Rhythmus Ex Heretica’. An astonishing and fresh mixture of absolute club orientated rhythm’n’noise beats and soundscore. Electronic sounds meet symphonic strings and powerful kicking electro industrial beats to create 11 club smashers, full of deep emotion. More aggressive and complex than the debut album ‘Electronic Violence Phenomena’, yet emotionally impacting and awe inspiring at the same time; the focus of the album being philosophy and the failings of human belief systems. This album is sure to tear up the dance floor as well get your emotions racing and your mind contemplating. Released on Hands and available November 26th, 2010.

01 Annihilation is the only Option
02 Sanctifiction
03 Disanthropy
04 Apocalypse when?
05 Flatline
06 Tiny Minds
07 A glorius Moment of Horror
08 Nothing to Me
09 Flx
10 The Spiderheart
11 Travesty
http://www.stormingthebase.com/details.asp?ProdID=40052298

ISZOLOSCOPE “BETWEEN THE SPHERES A FOREST OF LIMBS IS SINGIN – TSHIRT”
black shirt w/ frontprint in silver & cold grey. design: conceived & drawn by sagana bouffard.
http://www.stormingthebase.com/details.asp?ProdID=40052299

***** new from ARTOFFACT RECORDS!

VARIOUS – TRITON FESTIVAL 2010 – ORDER NOW!!

What do you get when you mix the world’s biggest social networking site for gothic industrial culture (VampireFreaks) with America’s biggest gothic industrial festival? Triton Festival 2010! Artoffact Records presents the Triton Festival 2010 official compilation featuring contributions from Celldweller, Icon of Coil, Apoptygma Berzerk, Clan of Xymox, Ayria, Terrorfakt, and 10 others. Includes several rare or previously unreleased tracks as well as remixes from scene favourites Combichrist and Grendel !

Hi-lights includes Celldweller’s new single Louder Than Words from the upcoming album. Synthpop greats Icon of Coil and Apoptygma Berzerk contribute classic tracks. Clan Of Xymox appears with one of the best gothic singles in years. Interface drops a track remixed by Combichrist. Reaper delivers a dancefloor monster on X-Junkie with remix work from Grendel. Other tracks of note are the rare Left Side Neighbour remix of Terrorfakt and a brand new (!!) track from Panic Lift. As if that wasn’t enough, up and coming artists like Ayria, Life Cried, and Syrian deliver solid material. 16 tracks in all representing both the big names and newcomers at this year’s Triton Festival!!

1. Celldweller – Louder Than Words
2. Icon of Coil – Android
3. Apoptygma Berzerk – Friendly Fire
4. Clan of Xymox – Emily
5. Interface – Faith In Nothing (No Faith Mix By Combichrist)
6. Reaper – X-Junkie (Grendel Remix)
7. Syrian – Musika Atomika
8. State of the Union – Radioman
9. The Gothsicles – Mix This Song Into A23’s Maps of Reality
10. Ayria – Insect Calm
11. Life Cried – Bound In Hate
12. FGFC820 – Hello, Baghdad
13. Deadstar Assembly – The Darkest Star
14. Komor Kommando – Love Your Neighbor
15. Terrorfakt – Skullfucker (Left Side Neighbour Remix)
16. Panic Lift – When Euphoria Ends

Order the CD now at the Artoffact Store !!
ARTOFFACT 2010:

AOF085 – Haggard – Awaking the Centuries – CD
AOF086 – Haggard – Eppur Si Muove – CD
AOF087 – Omega Lithium – Dreams In Formaline – CD
AOF088 – Dead When I Found Her – Harm’s Way – CD
AOF089 – Various – Kinetik Festival Volume 3 – 3CD
AOF090 – Ascii.Disko – Stay Gold Forever Gold – CD
AOF091 – Absurd Minds – Serve Or Suffer – CD
AOF092 – Memmaker – How To Enlist In A Robot Uprising: Deluxe Edition – 2CD
AOF093 – Memmaker – How To Remix A Robot Uprising – DD
AOF094 – Mona Mur & En Esch – 120 Tage – CD
AOF095 – Jesus on Extasy – Holy Beauty + Bonus – CD
AOF096 – Jesus on Extasy – Beloved Enemy + Bonus – CD
AOF097 – Psyche – Remembering Dwayne – CD
AOF098 – The Sorrow – Blessings From A Blackened Sky – CD
AOF099 – The Sorrow – Origin of the Storm – CD
AOF100 – Jesus on Extasy – No Gods – CD
AOF101 – Various – Triton Festival 2010 – CD
AOF102 – Massiv in Mensch – Niemand weiss, was die Zukunft bringt – CD
AOF103 – The Sorrow – The Sorrow – CD

ARTOFFACT RECORDS 2009 RELEASES:

AOF068 – Massiv in Mensch – Hands on Massiv: The Remixes – DD
AOF069 – Kobold – Blowback – DD
AOF070 – Xandria – Ravenheart [Bonus Tracks] – CD
AOF071 – Interlace – Nemesis – CD
AOF072 – Various – Kinetik Festival Volume 2 – DCD
AOF073 – S.V.D – No Ordinary Man – DD
AOF074 – Haujobb – Homes & Gardens 2.0 Special Edition – DCD
AOF075 – Urceus Exit – The Worst That We’ve Become – DD
AOF076 – Urceus Exit – Compensation For the Sound of Silence – DCD
AOF077 – Haggard – Tales Of Ithiria – CD
AOF078 – Xandria – India – CD
AOF079 – Xandria – Kill the Sun – CD
AOF080 – v01d – Weakener (EP featuring Ayria) – DD
AOF081 – v01d – This Is Not A False Alarm Anymore – DCD
AOF082 – v01d – Burnt Upon Re-Entry – DD
AOF083 – Individual Totem – Mumia Vera – DCD
AOF084 – Individual Totem – Collectotem – DD

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Oct 292010
 

This is Todd at A Different Drum.   Argh!  I can’t find the time to write a proper update, so I’m just going to rip through a pile of CD’s that may interest you.  I’ll put up the audio samples on some of them later and mention them again in a proper update.  This is just the quick version…

Let’s kick it off with another cool pre-order…

Provision “Paradigm Shift” $12 — After some time with the band split up, Provision is back together with new music and a whole new album of uptempo, edgy synthpop.   You can now read about and pre-order the exciting new CD here :
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/KR-001/Provision-Paradigm-Shift

Keep in mind that you can also pre-order the somewhat expensive, but highly anticipated new Alphaville CD single, CD album, and limited edition CD+DVD.  Just take a look here :
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/AVCD2/Alphaville-Catching-Rays-on-Giant

NEW ARRIVALS:

Culture Kultur “Spirit” $18 — Smashing futurepop which includes a dance rendition of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. 
Order the CD here :
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/849723030028-4/Culture-Kultur-Spirit

Funker Vogt “Blutzoll” (import 2CD digipack) $20 — I only have a few copies of the import 2CD edition.  I will have the USA 2CD and regular editions here next week.  But if you’re an import junky, jump on it here: 
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SPV308290-2CD/Funker-Vogt-Blutzoll-Limited-2CD-Import-Digipack

Deine Lakaien “Indicator” $20 — This is a cool new album by the darkwave heroes from Germany.   Watch a couple versions of the video for their latest single and order the CD here :
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/50524981822-0/Deine-Lakaien-Indicator

Deine Lakaien “Indicator” (Limited Edition 2CD) $26 — The limited edition features a bonus CD with extra tracks and a deluxe booklet.   Order the limited edition here :
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/505249818232-9/Deine-Lakaien-Indicator-Limited-Edition-with-bonus-disc

Apoptygma Berzerk “Imagine There’s No Lennon” (CD+DVD) $38

Oct 292010
 

Hello,

This week sees the debut release from Pre-Cert Home Entertainment, a new label loosely affiliated with Finders Keepers and Demdike Stare. Anworth Kirk’s eponymous debut is an exploration of the murkiest, most esoteric and outré samples taken from collective banks of VHS videos and library records you’ll never see or own, influenced by sound poetry, European fumetti and clandestine reference points. Their first transmission is a beautiful 22-minute collage that reminds us of classic Position Normal records and V/Vm’s ‘There Was A Fish In The Percolator’. If you know what that means, grab one while you can.

The week has been completely owned by the reissue of two landmark electronic albums from Chris & Cosey. ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Trance’ were completed in 1981 and 1982 respectively (the years following the temporary demise of their former group, Throbbing Gristle) and feature the duo drafting a blueprint for the future of electronic music to come. With the darkest intentions and a minimal yet elaborate aesthetic they served as a massive influence to everyone from Drexciya and Jamal Moss to AFX and Optimo – basically electronic music wouldn’t be the same without them. Coloured vinyl remastered editions – you so need these in your life.

Olde English Spelling Bee continue an impressive run of releases with a vinyl pressing from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring contributions from Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never. Her music captures the naively romantic futurism of low grade ’80s sci-fi and privately pressed synth music with a sensitivity to sustained, shadowy moods and suspension tank atmospherics. If OPN’s ‘Zones Without People’ or Dylan Ettinger’s ‘New Age Outlaws’ really took you there, this is a must.

The Immune label also make a big impression this week with two exquisitely presented albums from Expo 70 and Ilyas Ahmed. Expo 70’s ‘Where Does Your Mind Go? is the work of Justin Wright and Matt Hill (aka Umberto), and serves four long tracks of pure psychedelic kosmische opulence for fans of Oneohtrix Point Never, Arp or Imaginary Softwoods. The much needed vinyl issue of Ilyas Ahmed’s double header ‘Between Two Skies’/’Towards The Night’, meanwhile, explores soundtrack-y solo guitar, piano and vocals with an hypnotic, improvisatory effect. Both come in the most beautiful gatefold, tip-on sleeves.

For the darkside ambient heads, Wicked Messenger’s ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is a real treat. It appears on Plague Recordings, the fascinating Belgian label which presented the awesome Pump album earlier this year and covers forsaken ground somewhere between Thomas Köner, Gas and Kevin Drumm, with a more malicious, almost black metal aesthetic. It’s very highly recommended!

Heating up the dancefloor, Modeselektor make a big dent in the rave with their action-packed ‘Modeselektion Vol.1’ compilation, featuring eighteen exclusive and unreleased prime cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, Mala, Ramadanman and more. It succinctly gives a flavour of their current parties and squares off the round technoid bass sound of the Berlin-London axis in deadly style. All killer. No filler! Also killing it on the floor is Girl Unit’s gargantuan ‘Wut’ for Night Slugs, undoubtedly one of the year’s definitive tracks. With a combination of deadly 808 fills, lazer synths fired from the hip and the most earworming vocal hook imaginable, this will be be topping many end-of-year playlists, no doubt.

Straight outta Berlin, we’ve just copped the new Workshop 12″, a three tracker from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. It’s practically worth it for the awesome Even Tuell track alone, but the two slow-motion avant-House killers on the flip should seal the deal for anyone with a taste for deeply smudged and esoteric dance music.

Other highlights this week come courtesy of Peter Rehberg, Fennesz and Jim O’Rourke, aka Fenn O’Berg with not one but two new vinyl albums, an excellent new LP from Blank Dogs, CFCF’s excellent ‘The River EP’ on RVNG Intl, plus releases from Gaslamp Killer, Dam-Funk, Supersilent, Errorsmith, MJ Cole & Wiley, Boxcutter, Soul Jazz’s Riddim Box compilations, Hardhouse Banton, Vladislav Delay, Barn Owl, Koen Holtkamp, Avey Tare, Sigha vs Marcel Dettmann, Surgeon, Cindytalk, ESG, Fantastic Mr Fox and much much more.

have yourselves a fabulous week…

Peace! Nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



STELLAR OM SOURCE
Trilogy Select
ELECTRONIC
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

*Another highly sought-after pressing from the Olde English Spelling Bee, this time from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point never* Intrepid sci-fi soundtrack-y synth excursions from the mind of electronic visionary, Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, collated by the good folk at Olde English Spelling Bee. ‘Trilogy Select’ is essentially a directors cut of tracks taken from Stellar Om Source’s trio of self-released CDr albums made between 2005-2009 – ‘Ocean Woman’, ‘Alliance’ and ‘Crusader’, including one track made with fellow cosmonaut, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). Her sonic concepts were hatched at international bases in The Hague, Lisbon, New York and Paris, instinctively capturing the naively romantic futurism of low grade ’80s sci-fi and privately pressed synth music with a sensitivity to sustained, shadowy moods and suspension tank atmospherics. Her music revels in the saturated colours, tones and shapes her synths make, creating vividly kinaesthetic relationships between her lo-fi holographic harmonics so they seem to glow like console radiation from the cockpit of a one woman shuttle. There’s a beautiful balance of honest, earnest and adventurous intent, mixed with a feel for fun and engrossing narrative romance, never going too academic or up her own arse and tempering the temptation to totally cut the anchor line with her blunted cosmic hooks. If OPN’s ‘Zones Without People’ or Dylan Ettinger’s ‘New Age Outlaws’ really took you there, this is a must. Comes with free download coupon redeemable directly from the label and 12″ insert housed in glossy, full colour sleeve.



ANWORTH KIRK
Anworth Kirk
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £7.99

*First release on this new archival label loosely associated with Demdike Stare and the Finders Keepers crew* Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new imprint releasing limited vinyl artifacts of contemporary musical and non-musical material dredged from the collections of a number of hugely respected culture vultures in the north of England. Their obsessive tendencies are channeled into this debut release, a 22 minute collage of acousmatic oddities reclaimed from the ditches of VHS video culture, the dustiest corners of the record racks and places most folk won’t allow themselves or their children to go. It’s a tribute to the immersive and escapist effect of obscure and exotic film soundtracks and banks of library records, European fumetti and obscure sources which feed into their fabric and enhance their psychedelic potential. We can hear precedents for this aesthetic in the cutups of Position Normal and People Like Us or the surreal melodrama of V/Vm’s Twin Peaks tribute ‘There Was A Fish In the Percolator’, but this particular side is more concerned with the noirish ambient hues, moods and textures which reflect the industrial landscape of its local history. The semi-fictitious protagonist Anworth Kirk melds influence from Letterist poetry to tape loops, found-sound and European folklore in a wonderfully uncertain and unpredictable manner, creating an esoteric narrative between the 12 segued tracks presented in two chapters. The vinyl plays at 45rpm – a nod to late period Indian horror soundtracks – and the artwork depicts a cryptic theme set to unravel and complicate in further episodes, including the forthcoming Samhain Slant Azimuth seasonal sound-collage mix. Limited to 500 copies – highly recommended.



EXPO 70
Where Does Your Mind Go?
ELECTRONIC
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

**1st pressing limited to 500 copies, pressed at RTI. Includes mp3 download coupon redeemable directly from the label** An utterly absorbing and time-dilating double LP of masterful synth music from one of the scene’s most prolific and respected sons, Expo 70 aka Justin Wright, together with Matt Hill – who recently dropped that brilliant Umberto album on Not Not Fun. Aiming a few notches above the reams of DIY tape spools, ‘Where Does Your Mind Go?’ was recorded professionally at the studio of Jason Meagher (No Neck Blues Band) in upstate New York over the course of one evening and features production values worthy of the D&M vinyl cut and full-colour, tip-on gatefold sleeve. The four tracks total 74 minutes of the most delicious drone and intangibly hazy harmonics, occasionally punctuated with burbling machine rhythms and steered with a deeply assured set of cosmic instincts. The scale of ‘Where does your mind go?’ is just epic, each track as majestic and cinematic as the last. The opener ‘Close Your Eyes And Effortlessly Drift Away’ sails out on gently bobbing drum machine and cirrus strands of Göttsching-esque guitar, like the soundtrack to Martian Balearic beach holiday where the atmosphere is as dusty red-brown as the hues of his arcing synths. ‘Night Dusting The Atmosphere’ is more sci-fi cinematic, full of sustained string-filled trepidation and encroaching arpeggiations arranged with the overarching vision of a Klaus Schulze classic. ‘Transgressing Outward Which Is Inward’ is probably the most stirring, passionate piece largely due to the darkly romantic keys which fall somewhere between the wanderings of Roedelius and Terry Riley and in harmony with towering forcefields of vintage analogue synthesizer tones. ‘Ancient Hawk Soul Takes Flight’ is the transgressive and psychedelic closer, lost deep in a black hole of tonal blurs and still-but-moving drones. We couldn’t really recommend this any higher to fans of Imaginary Softwoods, Arp, Oneohtrix Point Never’s most untethered moments, or taking lots of drugs by yourself and lying down between two massive speakers.



CHRIS & COSEY
Trance
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered grey vinyl editon w/ glosy A4 b&w insert!** Chris & Cosey’s 2nd album for Rough Trade, ‘Trance’ was originally released a year after their seminal ‘Heartbeat’ LP, in 1982. This is the first time it’s been reissued on vinyl in two decades, landing with impeccable timing in the midst of a cold wave revival. The genius electronic auteur, Chris Carter, and the agent provocateur, Cosey Fanni Tutti moved into even darker territory with these eight tracks, using Chris’s dynamic studio innovations and Cosey’s notorious imagination to articulate unspoken feelings of darkest misanthropy. The atmosphere of ‘Trance’ is unremittingly overcast and reassuringly darkside, from the cyber-tribal ritual sequences of ‘The Giants Feet’ and the immaculate electro sting of ‘Impulse’ to the opiated Arabesque ‘The Gates Of Ancient Cities’ maintaining a visceral tang and taste for the “other”. Even when they go more poppy, like with Cosey’s naif vocals and woozy cornet on ‘Secret’ or the jaunty gallop of ‘Until’, they’re still ten shades shy of uplifting and pretty much define that feeling of dystopian futurism that so many look for in classic early ’80s electro. This really is one of the most future-thinking, incredibly produced and timeless artefacts from the early 80’s cold-synth scene, and comes to you with our highest possible recommendation.



CHRIS & COSEY
Heartbeat
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered blue vinyl edition w/ glossy A4 b&w insert!** C & C’s ‘Heartbeat’ is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C’s post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the electro and synthpop underbelly of the 1980s and cast a towering shadow of influence over so much machine made music to come, from Juan Atkins and Drexciya to successive waves of synth music ever since. ‘Heartbeat’ established the duo outside of TG, further developing the careening sequencer settings which Carter had welded into the band, and feeding into a new wave of post-punk pop with uncompromising minimalist aesthetics and a darkly crooked intent. Between the sinister baroque paean ‘This Is Me’ and the foundational electro of the title track, these eleven tracks form a shadowy cornerstone of unterwelt electronic pop and dance music, and should be considered as creatively important as Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ or Human League’s ‘The Dignity Of Labour’. We really can’t overstate this – you NEED this album in your life.



MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS
Modeselektion Vol. 01
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Monkeytown Records
CD // £10.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 1 of their Modeselektion series, featuring 18 exclusive, previously unreleased and cherry-picked bombs from Mala, Marcel Dettmann, Ramadanman, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, eLan, and more. With this series the notorious party boys draw an axis between shared techno-disco-BASS sounds of London and Berlin, reflecting the technicolour scope and diversity of their eponymous parties. In among the mass of kinetic fusions certain cuts just stand out from an already impressive crowd. Bok Bok’s ‘Say Stupid Things’ is one of the best he’s ever released, a crunked-off killer firing mad triplets and grimy-as-f*ck bass, next to the aquatic throb and parry of Dettmann’s brillaint ‘Lyrate’, and a smoked out bass job from Tadd Mullinx & Daniel Meteo in ‘The Good Star’. Basically, this is an all killer, no filler selection comprehensively squaring the round sound of 2010.



FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part One
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The first half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Tokyo legs of the tour, with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 1’ and ‘Tokyo 1’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be on the receiving end of these two live albums so soon after the studio-based full-length is quite a treat. In reality, Fenn O’Berg’s earliest albums, The Magic Of… and The Return Of… had owed much to this trio’s live work – both being composites of various concert recordings, later edited together in post-production. It comes as little surprise then, that this return to the live arena sounds so surefooted. It’s hard to say how much – if any – of this has been processed or manipulated after the initial concert performances, but the resultant outpouring of glitches, molten laptop drones and babbling synthesis sounds simultaneously chaotic yet fluid, recapturing the same sort of wildly experimental and slightly unmanageable feel of the In Stereo studio sessions. As with that album, these documents are incredibly hard to get a handle on; just when you think the trio are settling into some sort of inscrutably steady whirlpool of noise and tonality, something erupts from the surface taking you by surprise and redirecting your attention. It’s hard to say why the Editions Mego camp chose to release this as two separate LPs rather than a double-album – if you want one, you’ll undoubtedly want the other as well – but regardless, Live In Japan serves up a fine pair of releases, rendering the revered electronic super-group’s on-stage sound in pristine, hi-fi clarity. Highly recommended.



FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part Two
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The second half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Nagoya legs of the tour (with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 2’ and ‘Nagoya 2’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be on the receiving end of these two live albums so soon after the studio-based full-length is quite a treat. In reality, Fenn O’Berg’s earliest albums, The Magic Of… and The Return Of… had owed much to this trio’s live work – both being composites of various concert recordings, later edited together in post-production. It comes as little surprise then, that this return to the live arena sounds so surefooted. It’s hard to say how much – if any – of this has been processed or manipulated after the initial concert performances, but the resultant outpouring of glitches, molten laptop drones and babbling synthesis sounds simultaneously chaotic yet fluid, recapturing the same sort of wildly experimental and slightly unmanageable feel of the In Stereo studio sessions. As with that album, these documents are incredibly hard to get a handle on; just when you think the trio are settling into some sort of inscrutably steady whirlpool of noise and tonality, something erupts from the surface taking you by surprise and redirecting your attention. It’s hard to say why the Editions Mego camp chose to release this as two separate LPs rather than a double-album – if you want one, you’ll undoubtedly want the other as well – but regardless, Live In Japan serves up a fine pair of releases, rendering the revered electronic super-group’s on-stage sound in pristine, hi-fi clarity. Highly recommended.



ILYAS AHMED
Between Two Skies / Towards The Night
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

*Includes a digital download coupon, redeemable directly from the label* This deluxe double-vinyl edition reissues a pair of releases by Pakistan-born Portlander Ilyas Ahmed, who originally released the albums Between Two Skies and Towards The Night in runs of just 50 copies each, only for Digitalis to reissue them on CD and digital formats. This edition comes pressed on heavyweight virgin vinyl, housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket featuring brand new collage art from Ahmed himself, made especially for this release. These primitive recordings house some remarkably beautiful sounds, largely focussed on Ahmed’s solo guitar playing and mournfully howling voice. Between Two Skies opener ‘Black Midas’ recalls moments of Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ’66 soundtrack, combining lonesome piano chords and sporadic bell chimes with that distinctive guitar and voice combination. There’s a drifting, improvisational bent to Ahmed’s music, meaning a looseness and shambolic quality interacts with the hypnotic, somnolent flow of fingerpicking and quiet falsetto. Towards The Night follows an even less direct path, dabbling in extended durations and bluesy guitar improvs lasting up to quarter of an hour each. There’s less in the way of additional instrumentation and vocals, which only lends a heightened sense of solitude and meditation to the pieces. Limited to just 987 copies.



BLANK DOGS
Land And Fixed
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Captured Tracks
CD // £10.99

Brilliant synthwave transmission from Mike Sniper’s Blank Dogs. Besides running the prolific, wave-riding Captured Tracks label in Brooklyn, Mike has carefully curated an impressive arc of artistic development with his pet project, growing out of lo-fi beginnings to the brighter and relatively clean sound of ‘Land And Fixed’. The album’s twelve tracks are still shrouded in tape textures but the sounds behind the gauze are more pop-confident, laden with super tight synthpop hooks and arranged as efficiently as ever. Dipping in, we find that ‘Blurred Tonight’ has the charm and jangle of prime New Order, and in ‘Collide’ the coldwave pop melancholy of Cold Cave, while ‘Insides’ has an influx of EBM-inspired synths and cold, brittle drum machine rhythms. The jangly Manc guitars which permeate much of the LP are deployed achingly well in the spiky post-punk of ‘Languages’ and on the album’s most electronic track, the discordant synth harmonics and pulsing sequences of ‘Elevens’ owe a debt of gratitude to Chris Carter. Again, New Order are clearly referenced on ‘All Around’ in a curious NYC<>MCR return influence hile ‘Through The Wall’ opens out into a more widescreen shoegaze sound, remarkably similar to what Altar Eagle are doing with a fusion of magically reverbed guitars and celestial synth melody infused with narcotically fugged vocals. Highly Recommended.



WICKED MESSENGER
Officium Nocturnum
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Plague Recordings
2CD // £13.99

Darkest drone and blackened post-industrial ambience from Martin Kränzel aka Wicked Messenger. ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is released by the same Belgian label who presented us with the awesome Pump album earlier in the year, and have been recently blowing our minds with their archival vortex. The album is split into three glacially epic half hour movements over two CDs, covering the bleakest strains of post-apocalyptic sonic ennui with remorseless intent. In the first movement brittle, glassy shards of electronics skitter with dungeon shaped reverbs, piercing the film of disbelief in order to allow your mind to fully enter a macabre unterwelt of harrowing ambient symphonics and ethereal, claggy atmospheres. The second movement opens with groaning strings and more devilish, prickly textures biting at the edges of vast gong resonances, sounding something like Thomas Köner soundtracking an arcane, ancient ritual of mittel European druids. The resonances almost imperceptibly bleed outwards into denser clouds of majestic Gas-like drone, but made for a far darker corner of the forest than Wolfgang Voigt ever dared to venture. Movement III approaches more distinct black metal territory, in atmosphere and mood at least. We’re placed in the milieu of an indistinct crowd, possibly his local shopping mall, maybe in the middle of an theatre audience at the interval, when a voice speaks from the ether, like Beelzebub himself whispering indecipherable sweet nothings before timpani drums and choral incantations re swollen with surging bass drones and we’re left shivering, petrified and entranced. Incredible material.



CFCF
The River EP
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
RVNG Intl.
LP // £10.99

**Totally sublime new EP from CFCF for Brooklyn’s RVNG INTL, with access to remixes from Games, Jacques Renault and Coyote on a download coupon redeemable directly from the label!** CFCF’s incredibly diverse presence has been unavoidable over the last 12 months, what with his avalanche of remixes for Junior Boys, Sally Shapiro, Owen pallett, Helath, Crystal Castles and so many more, plus lauded releases for the über-kool Acéphale and Paper Bag Records. His Werner Herzog-inspired ‘The River-EP’ collects six recent productions, beaming the headlamps on a path for emotive electronic futures while nodding to the likes of Peter Gabriel and Johan Agebjorn in the back seat of his Delorian (actually, do Delorians have back seats?). The remixes refract his beam in three directions; Jacques Renault goes solid emo-disco with a mix of ‘Frozen Forest’, the Oneohtrix helmed Games turn ‘It Was Never Meant To Be This Way’ into a grade A Rimini power ballad and Coyote remakes ‘Frozen Forest’ as a cruising Balearic charmer. Well recommended!

Singles of the Week



GIRL UNIT
Wut
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Solid gold anthem business from Girl Unit on the follow-up to the killer ‘I.R.L’ 12″ for Night Slugs. It would appear from his form this year that Girl Unit specialises only in BIG tunes, which is no bad thing when you’ve got a rave to rub up the right way. At the pinnacle of this particular monolith is ‘Wut’, his scorching fusion of Araab Muzik-style martial 808’s and purest R&B synthline saturation that’s become a staple in the sets of Jackmaster, Ikonika and Oneman since the summer. There’s no avoiding it’s lazered brilliance, beaming rapturous organ and that earworming vocal snippet like the light of the second coming. OK, maybe that’s a bit strong, but we’ve definitely seen nerds prostrating at the speakers when this is dropped. Still following the crunk money trail, ‘Every Time’ jams out spindly triplets and boom-quaking bass hits with properly epic synth arrangements, leaving ‘Showstoppa’ to go out in a blaze of glory driven by huge black Bentley bass wamps and future lurching synth moves. Right here, right now, they don’t come any bigger than this 12″.



VARIOUS / WORKSHOP
Workshop 11
TECHNO / HOUSE
WORKSHOP
12″ // £6.99

Another top class transmission from the more avant end of Berlin House and Techno from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. Even Tuell spans the A-side with a deep droning raw House track, the sort of sumptuously bass soaked, majestic and mesmeric groove that could only emerge from the Hardwax axis. On the flip Madteo follows a unique 10″ for Meakusma with a claustrophobic smack-house production peppered with cinematic samples and gloomy, grumbling subbass. Midnightopera share this mood on the final cut, another 100bpm submersible powered by dragging bass hits and cloaked with noirish synth pads, ideal for the deepest hours of the comedown/post club session. Very good indeed.

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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DAM-FUNK
Adolescent Funk
Stones Throw Records
2LP // £16.99

Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf digs deep into Dam-Funk’s tape archives to present a “new” album recorded 1988-1992. ‘Adolescent Funk’ features some of Dam’s very earliest joints, created with his favoured setup of Linn drum machine, Korg M1, and Casio SK1. This is the real deal DIY boogie business, all recorded straight onto cassette, yet sounding remarkably well finished and articulate. These are all proper songs, which would have lain…
GASLAMP KILLER
Death Gate
Brainfeeder
10″ // £16.99

Fresh out of Brainfeeder’s box of tricks, five original tracks from The Gaslamp Killer, including some assistance from his buddies Gonjasufi, Computer Jay and Mophono. ‘Death Gate’ is a freakin’ riot of styles, as to be expected from the hairbrained head behind much of Gonjasufi’s ‘A Sufi And A killer’ and some of the most whacked-out mixtapes of the last few years for brilliant labels like Finders Keepers and Disques…
JNEIRO JAREL
Fauna
Kindred Spirits
CD // £12.99

Multi-talented beatsmith Jneiro Jarel (producer for Dr. Who Dat?, Shape Of Broad Minds, MF Doom, remixer of TV On The Radio, among many other things), offers his Brazilian-inspired ‘Fauna’ LP for the ever-interesting Kindred Spirits label. The album was recorded over a three month period where Jarel gorged himself on the renowned Brazilian record collection of KS label-head KC tha Funkaholic, inspired by classic records from Arthur Verocai and Zuco…
BESTBOYGRIP
Fonck EP (Architeq Mix)
Keep Up!
12″ // £7.99

Enhanced Electro-Boogie from Bestboygrip – apparently a German D&B producer working under the cover of anonymity. On the A-side he knocks out the terrific slow jammer ‘Fonck’ with deftly nudged drum machine syncopations and a proper lazered finish. Architeq follows with a dubbier remix in a slower yet busier and more kinetic style. On the flip ‘Copyright’ struts on a tidy disco vibe driven by plump bass and a bristling…
DAM-FUNK / COMPUTER JAY
LA Series # 7
All City
10″ // £6.99

The 7th installment in All City’s highly collectable Los Angeles series – aka the one y’all been waiting for! Two tracks from the don, Dam Funk, on the A-side, and three from the hugely respected Computer Jay on the flip, with both producers repping for their city in heavy style. Dam starts up with the nonchalant groove of ‘Night Stroll’, conjuring imagery of a neon-lit LA street scene glowing against…
DAM-FUNK / DAEDELUS / VARIOUS
Proximity One: Narrative of a City
Proximal Records
LP // £13.99

A survey of the current state of Los Angeles beat music, Proximity One: Narrative Of A City marks the inaugural outing for new label Proximal Records. Featuring a line-up of artists that includes recognisable names like Daedeleus and Dam Funk, the tracklist has plenty of new hip-hop names to take note of too. One such newcomer is Benedek, who gets the compilation underway with his brilliant, stuttering ‘Laser Forest’, full…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part One
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The first half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Tokyo legs of the tour, with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 1’ and ‘Tokyo 1’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be…
FENN O’BERG
Live In Japan Part Two
Editions Mego
LP // £13.99

The second half of a two-part live album from Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg, documenting the trio’s 2009 tour of Japan. This LP captures the Kyoto and Nagoya legs of the tour (with side-length tracks ‘Kyoto 2’ and ‘Nagoya 2’). There had been an eight year gap between the last two Fenn O’Berg studio albums (2002’s The Return Of Fenn O’Berg and this year’s In Stereo), so to be…
ILYAS AHMED
Between Two Skies / Towards The Night
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

*Includes a digital download coupon, redeemable directly from the label* This deluxe double-vinyl edition reissues a pair of releases by Pakistan-born Portlander Ilyas Ahmed, who originally released the albums Between Two Skies and Towards The Night in runs of just 50 copies each, only for Digitalis to reissue them on CD and digital formats. This edition comes pressed on heavyweight virgin vinyl, housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket featuring brand…
WICKED MESSENGER
Officium Nocturnum
Plague Recordings
2CD // £13.99

Darkest drone and blackened post-industrial ambience from Martin Kränzel aka Wicked Messenger. ‘Officium Nocturnum’ is released by the same Belgian label who presented us with the awesome Pump album earlier in the year, and have been recently blowing our minds with their archival vortex. The album is split into three glacially epic half hour movements over two CDs, covering the bleakest strains of post-apocalyptic sonic ennui with remorseless intent. In…
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Elogia De La Sombra
LATITUDES
CD // £8.49

Sounding especially at home with the off-the-cuff formatting of the Latitudes sessions, the Master Musicians Of Bukkake take to the Southern Studios with two exclusive long-form jams. Made up from members of Earth, Sun City Girls and Burning Witch, this band make an imaginary, broadly ‘Eastern’ sound that seems to have no particular allegiance to any single culture. ‘Tainted Phenomena’ builds slowly through half-ragas and traditional Tibetan Buddhist mantras with…
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA
Love Is A Stream
Type
CD // £7.99

Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. “Love Is A Stream” marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist’s brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as ‘Loving Love’ feel…
CINDYTALK
The Poetry Of Decay
Editions Mego
2LP // £20.99

‘The Poetry Of Decay’ compiles Cindytalk’s two most recent albums, last year’s long-in-development ‘The Crackle Of My Soul’, and the more recent ‘Up Here In The Clouds’, together with a 7″ released on Klanggalerie in 2003. Together they sharply define the contemporary sound of Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp in contrast with his pre-2001 investigations of broken down rock structures and abstract piano ambience. In the 21st century he’s made a move…
WICKED MESSENGER
The River Disappeared Sidewards
Plague Recordings
CD // £9.99

Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter and point out that Wicked Messenger is a dark ambient project – a very dark ambient project as it happens. The River Disappeared Sidewards is the limited edition debut album from German composer/producer Martin Kranzel, and it’s just the thing to immerse yourself in as the nights draw longer and the clocks go back. The tone is creepy from the get-go…
VARIOUS / RUNE GRAMMOFON
Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep
Rune Grammofon
2LP // £14.99

**Includes free MP3 download of the whole album – redeemable from the label** This new compilation on Rune Grammofon marks the Norwegian label’s 100th release. Now twelve years into its lifespan, this esteemed and most un-pigeonhole-able of imprints celebrates with a collection of thirteen exclusive tracks by long-standing Rune Grammofon favourites such as Deathprod, Supersilent, Alog, Ultralyd and Maja Ratkje, plus a few newer additions to the fold – the…
VARIOUS / RUNE GRAMMOFON
Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

This new compilation on Rune Grammofon marks the Norwegian label’s 100th release. Now twelve years into its lifespan, this esteemed and most un-pigeonhole-able of imprints celebrates with a collection of thirteen exclusive tracks by long-standing Rune Grammofon favourites such as Deathprod, Supersilent, Alog, Ultralyd and Maja Ratkje, plus a few newer additions to the fold – the most recent being Jenny Hval. In the release notes, it’s pointed out that…
WICKED MESSENGER
Vision Rites And Techniques Of Ecstasy
Plague Recordings
CD // £9.99

If the recently rebooted Hammer film studios ever fancied remaking The Devil Rides Out, perhaps the deathly aural broth of Vision Rites And Techniques Of Ecstasy would make for a suitably infernal soundtrack accompaniment. This third album from dark-ambient exponents Wicked Messenger is actually said to be influenced by Mesoamerican cultural practices, “in particular the vision quest”, as the explanatory blurb would have it. Truth be told, these grim drone-scapes…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ESCORT / GREG WILSON / EWAN PEARSON
Cocaine Blues
ESCORT
12″ // £8.99

Slick disco from Brooklyn’s Escort, backed with remixes from Ewan Pearson and Greg Wilson. Their original ‘Cocaine Blues’ is a sureshot of classic-sounding midtempo disco, while Greg Wilson gives a dubbier, more expansive version with added cowbells and Ewan Pearson takes it to the late ’80s with an almost Soul II Soul kinda sound.
ESG
Dance To The Best Of ESG
Fire Records
2CD // £10.99

Fire Records follow a heap of Soul Jazz reissues to present another crucial history of South Bronx discopunk upstarts, ESG. As the sleevenotes eloquently depict, the three sisters of ESG (Renee, Marie and Valerie Scroggins) grew up in a tuff New York neighbourhood under the auspices of a mother who would give them instruments early on in the hope they could stay off the streets and away from the dangers…
COS/MES
Gozmez Land *Chaosexotica
ESP INSTITUTE
CD // £9.99

ESP Institute compile the acclaimed output of Tokyo’s Cos/Mes aka DJ/Producers Flatic and 5ive on a rather dapper full length CD. The eleven track are taken from their three 12″ singles in 2010, ‘DFG (Featuring Dr. Nishimura)’, and the ‘Gozmez Land’ and ‘Chaosexotica’ records that inform the title, snugly slotting together to make one of the most charming and lushly psyched disco albums we’ve heard this year. The Duo are…
PRINS THOMAS / FOOG / HIDEO KOBAYASHI
Inner Films 70’s Part 1
UNKNOWN LABEL
12″ // £6.99

Bit of a cheeky one, this… the first of three 12″ volumes lifted from a Japan only CD comp featuring remixes of classic film themes… this one containing Prins Thomas redoing the ‘Gonna Fly Now’ theme from Rocky with all the charm and humour you’d expect from this guy, plus an Italo remix of ‘Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ courtesy of Mules musiq’s Foog, and another more…
[SIC] / ERRORSMITH
Orange Sky Remixes
MEAKUSMA
12″ // £7.99

Tidy disco package from the diverse Meakusma camp, featuring remixes of Sic! from Errorsmith, LowLow and Quarion. It’s been far too long since we’ve heard new material from Errorsmith, aka half of MMM, and his mix of ‘Orange Sky’ is worth the wait. At first glance it may seem like a very straight playing piece of disco punk, but the super punchy production disguises some wickedly skewiff elements like bass…
[SIC]
Orange Sky
MEAKUSMA
12″ // £7.99

[Sic!] is the Italo-disco revival project helmed by Alessandro Tartari, Jules Etienne and Massimiliano Pagliari at their studios in Berlin. They put a cute spin on the Euro disco sound in four diverse tracks, from the throbbing ‘Orange’ which was rcently remixed by Errorsmith, to a proper roller in ‘Footprints’ and cool slow jam in ‘Almost There’.
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS
Modeselektion Vol. 01
Monkeytown Records
CD // £10.99

Modeselektor proudly present volume 1 of their Modeselektion series, featuring 18 exclusive, previously unreleased and cherry-picked bombs from Mala, Marcel Dettmann, Ramadanman, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, eLan, and more. With this series the notorious party boys draw an axis between shared techno-disco-BASS sounds of London and Berlin, reflecting the technicolour scope and diversity of their eponymous parties. In among the mass of kinetic fusions certain cuts just stand out…
GIRL UNIT
Wut
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

Solid gold anthem business from Girl Unit on the follow-up to the killer ‘I.R.L’ 12″ for Night Slugs. It would appear from his form this year that Girl Unit specialises only in BIG tunes, which is no bad thing when you’ve got a rave to rub up the right way. At the pinnacle of this particular monolith is ‘Wut’, his scorching fusion of Araab Muzik-style martial 808’s and purest R&B…
ROEL FUNCKEN
Daze Flextone EP
EAT CONCRETE
12″ // £6.99

Funckarma’s Roel Funcken steps out on a techy ‘beats mission for Eat Concrete. After a decade producing the instantly recognisable Funckarma sound, it’s interesting to hear Roel going alone over these four tracks. There’s an effervescent spaciousness to ‘Daze Flextone’ which carries through the whole EP, fixing spiralling synthline ascensions to skittering, skeletal post-electro rhythms with little sign of the slow and heavy dubstep influence which recently weighed their sound….
FANTASTIC MR FOX
Evelyn EP
Black Acre
2×10″ // £11.99

Fantastic Mr Fox returns with an excellent 4-track 2×10″ bearing no small resemblance to the work of Mr James Blake and Mount Kimbie. From the opening interjections of effervescent soul vocals, clipped beats and warm, hovering chords in ‘Evelyn’ or the fluid and flapping syncopations of ‘Fool Me’ we’re instantly reminded of the aforementioned artists and that’s high praise indeed. Again with ‘Over’ his burnished 2-step twitch is distinctly Blake-ish,…
MJ COLE & WILEY
From The Drop (L-Vis 1990 Mix)
PROLIFIC RECORDINGS
12″ // £5.99

Big news from MJ Cole and Wiley, backed with a killer L-Vis 1990 remix! For us this has to be one of Wiley’s best performances on record for ages, full of effortless swagger and hard-punctuated diction contrasting wickedly with MJ’s fluid ‘Angel’ Riddim’, which sounds kinda like a minimised Wooo! riddim. On remix duties L-Vis 1990 comes solidly correct with bulky swinging percussion and succinct squirts of acid for the…
SUBMERSE & RESKETCH
Hold It Down
Well Rounded Records
10″ // £5.99

Big moves from Well Rounded Records, dropping the much-talked about ‘Hold It Down’ from Submerse. This soul burning skipper came to much wider attention recently as the closer for Jackmaster’s anthem-rammed URB session, putting the final kiss of sweetened garage on a seriously heavyweight mix. Favourable comparisons to Burial will abound, but this seems to be the tip of the iceberg for Submerse, whose previous cuts for L2S and Night…
BOXCUTTER
Moon Pupils / 2time ft. Kab Driver
KINNEGO
12″ // £6.49

Lush double drop from Boxcutter and Kab Driver, following Space Dimension Controller’s ‘Love Quadrant’ pearl on Kinnego. On the A-side Boxcutter’s on a fluttering garage workout with ‘Moon Pupils’, dropping from his more typical 140bpm to a cruising 130bpm with restlessly kinetic synthlines building into a celestial lather and spurting off in all directions. Future garage producers take note! On the flip Boxcutter goes with Kab Driver on ‘2time’ a…
WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
Mrs Fingers (Quantec Mix)
WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
10″ // £6.99

Third release from this charming boutique imprint, including a dubbed out Quantec remix. WNCL’s original ‘Mrs Fingers’ pays tribute to the smooth depths of Larry Heard inna dubstep style, melting lush, swirling chords over a loping halfstep riddim. The Quantec version drops the pace and tucks the groove into a more sluggish swing while the chorts dart across the stereo field in lucid dub patterns.
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box
Soul Jazz
2CD // £11.99

Soul Jazz set their sights on the morphing parameters of UK Funky with a cherry-picked, 21-track double disc compilation. While they’ve touched on the topic with the Future Bass and Box Of Dub sets, this one is essentially a “Best Of” UKF, locking off stone cold heavyweights from Kode 9, Lil’ Silva, Grievous Angel, Crazy Cousinz, DVA, Ill Blu, Roska, MJ Cole, and Altered Natives, among others. The style has…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box Volume One
Soul Jazz
2LP // £11.99

After the ace Future Bass pack, Soul Jazz focus on UK Funky with a two volume set. It’s pretty much a “best of” UKF, bringing together some of the scene’s biggest tracks from the last few years. Volume One is heaving with anthems, from the infectious rattle and bounce effect of Altered Natives ‘Rass Out’ right through to Donae’o’s weekend weapon ‘African Warrior’. Roska’s fearsome revision of Ghosts On Tape’s…
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ
Riddim Box Volume Two
Soul Jazz
2LP // £11.99

After the ace Future Bass pack, Soul Jazz focus on UK Funky with a two volume 2 x 12″. It’s pretty much a “best of” UKF, bringing together some of the scene’s biggest tracks from the last few years. Like the first volume, this is rammed with crucial Funky heaters, this time from the likes of Kode 9, DVA, Ill Bu, Lil Silva and more. You simply can’t mess with…
SPOOKY
Spartan EP (Upfront Copies)
NO HATS NO HOODS
12″ // £6.99

Full-strength Grime rinse-out from Oil Gang producer, Spooky. It’s all about the ruff and tuff ‘Spartan’on the A-side, a boisterous killer with heavyweight metallic drops and firing rhythms aching to be chopped up and spat over. On the flip Martelo weighs in with more concise, breakbeat rocking remix followed by ‘Top 3 Selected Remix’, another rugged, bouncing grime instrumental made for the DJs.
DJ DOM
The Mind Of DJ Dom
PTN
12″ // £6.99

Deeper Funky freshness from DJ Dom, Brackles & Shortstuff’s uni mate. His four tracks fall very neatly in line with previous PTN drops from Hypno, Hackman and Doc Daneeka, treading that line between BLN-style Deep House and LDN Funky. Our favourite has to the sublime ‘Plastic People’ with it’s Mr. De-alike electrosexual synthwork, or the filtered acid squirm of ‘Untitled’, while the flipside contains the more percussive, almost Broken Beat…
HARDHOUSE BANTON
The Return EP
ANGEL BROTHERS
12″ // £6.99

The producer of UKF’s biggest anthem ‘Sirens’ drops a four-track heater for 2010 with ‘The Return’. It’s only his 2nd full release, following a couple of remixes for Four Tet and Jammer, and includes the anthemic ‘Colonel’ backed with three weekend-primed slabs of Bashment House ruffige. ‘Colonel’ has been on rotation with the likes of Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster for the last few months now, igniting crowds with cheekily insistent…
BROKEN NOTE
Zound
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

Hand-stamped upfront white label business from Boka, presenting a white-sided issue of Broken Note’s crushing ‘Zound’. This is the kind of dynamic Dubstep ruffage that separates the men from the boize, going on hard styles with fearsome synthlines unfolding like a Transformer in fight mode and punishing drums designed to send the rave over the edge. Comes with a free sticker too!
CESSMAN VS. JOE ARIWA
Shanker
DUBLIMINAL
12″ // £6.49

Roots and Future clash on a heavy dubstep plate outta South London. At Ariwa studios Cessman and Joe Ariwa laid down four tracks of crushing bass weight headed up with the standardly effective ‘Skanker’, plus a dubbed out ‘Emperor Selassie I’, and the more soulful vocal lead ‘Wicked Man’ featuring Queen Omega and the morphing delays and FX treatments of ‘Razor Sharp Dub’. Comes with full picture sleeve. For fans…
DIPLO / VARIOUS
Blow Your Head: Diplo presents Dubstep
MAD DECENT
CD // £11.99

Diplo compiles sixteen of his favourite dubstep anthems for Mad Decent. It’s a full fat collection of some of the biggest riddims from the last few years, bowling from Joker & Ginz’s ‘re-Up’ to the Subfocus remix of Rusko’s ‘Hold On’ feat Amber Coffman, via zomby’s ‘Strange Fruit’, James Blake’s ‘Sparing The Horse’ and emix of Untold’s ‘Stop What You’re Doing’, plus nuff others from Doctor P, Caspa, Benga, Datsik,…
N-TYPE / MATT-U
Simples / Compass
Biscuit Factory Records
12″ // £5.99

Split Dubstep rave platter from N-Type and Matt-U. On ‘Simples’ N-Type rolls off tribal drums, Distance-style axework and wobble bass while Matt-U churns up powerful subbass and rattling halfstep drum programming on the flip with ‘Compass’.
PHAELEH
Untitled 333 / Tachi
Wheel & Deal Records
12″ // £5.99

Phaeleh’s first Wheel & Deal platter finds him in a proper dancefloor mood. ‘Untitled 333’ goes for the bold halfstep rave style played out by N-Type, while ‘Tachi’ feat. Alex Taylor is a techier synthline driven equivalent.
RANDOMER & FIFE
No Sleep / On A Roll
Soul Jazz
12″ // £4.49

Building on his Future Bass appearance, Randomer links with Fife for two restless tribalist ructions. ‘No Sleep’ shakes out super-crisp drums and electroid marimbas with a robust, Breaks-y finish, backed with the Untold-indebted ‘On A Roll’, bussin’ out silverback swagger riddims and seasick synths for the saturday night swingers. Ruddy good fun, Rufus. Ruddy good.
SEVEN
Wait / Germs
BLACK BOX
12″ // £5.99

Heavyweight Dubstep tools from Seven for Black Box. ‘Wait’ is a bit of a beast, writhing with tumultuous Breakstep rhythms tucked hard-in-the-pocket and bleeping, sonorous melody to drive the rave nutty. On the flip ‘Germ’ is infected with the dread halfstep, arranging spooky harpsichord and cavernous echo chamber drums over swollen subs for a strange fusion of Far-eastern mysticism and horror movie tension in the dance. Crafty tackle.
SUBSCAPE
Time To Escape EP
Dub Police Records
2×12″ // £11.99

Rave-ready double pack from Subscape, following Trolley Snatcha’s lead on Dub Police. Be prepared for the nastiest mid-range drops on the gangsta stepping ‘Screw Up’ and epic halfstep styles from ‘Jus Coz’, while ‘All Day’ fuses Hard House and Dubstep styles, followed by the crafty clown-stepping triplets of ‘Mr Kipling’.
ELECTRONIC
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STELLAR OM SOURCE
Trilogy Select
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
LP // £14.99

*Another highly sought-after pressing from the Olde English Spelling Bee, this time from Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, featuring Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point never* Intrepid sci-fi soundtrack-y synth excursions from the mind of electronic visionary, Christelle Gualdi aka Stellar Om Source, collated by the good folk at Olde English Spelling Bee. ‘Trilogy Select’ is essentially a directors cut of tracks taken from Stellar Om Source’s trio of self-released…
EXPO 70
Where Does Your Mind Go?
IMMUNE
2LP // £18.99

**1st pressing limited to 500 copies, pressed at RTI. Includes mp3 download coupon redeemable directly from the label** An utterly absorbing and time-dilating double LP of masterful synth music from one of the scene’s most prolific and respected sons, Expo 70 aka Justin Wright, together with Matt Hill – who recently dropped that brilliant Umberto album on Not Not Fun. Aiming a few notches above the reams of DIY tape…
VLADISLAV DELAY AS SISTOL
Remasters and Remakes
Halo Cyan Records
2CD // £11.99

In the wake of his ace album ‘On The Bright Side’, Phthalo reissue Vladislav Delay’s first, self-titled LP as Sistol, backed with remixes from Mike Huckaby, Alva Noto, Falty DL, Ike Yard and DMX Krew among many others. Sistol is a home for Vladislav’s grubbier techno exercises, working kinda like a scuzzier cousin to Wolfgang Voigt’s Studio 1 series. The eight original tracks feel very much of their time, and…
THE XX / FOUR TET
VCR (Four Tet Mix)
Young Turks
12″ // £4.99

Four Tet is latest in line to remix The XX, dropping a lithe, discofied version of ‘VCR’ on a one-sided pressing. There’s seemingly not a week that goes by without a new Four Tet remix but he’s not slacking with this material, sprinkling the trio with his magic kraut-disco dust for a warm and twinkly piece of dancefloor pop with his trademark crisp drums and charming synthlines cushioning the vocal….
BORNGRABER & STRUVER
In G
m=minimal
LP // £13.49

Motorik 21st Century-Electronic-Krautrock from Borngraber & Struver, the latest in a line of essential releases from M=Minimal. With ‘In G’ they’ve reduced the linear essence of records from Neu and Conrad Schnitzler into a modern day equivalent, concentrating on subtle, hypnotic tonal shifts and slowly evolving patterns over thumping systolic kicks in ‘Part I’, and entering more esoteric, beatless territory in ‘Part II’ with arcing guitars and hard-filtered strings, gradually…
CARIBOU
Swim + Swim Remixes
City Slang
2CD // £12.99

*A RE-RELEASED VERSION OF CARIBOU’S OUTSTANDING 2010 ALBUM, FRESHLY PACKAGED WITH AN ADDITIONAL FULL-LENGTH REMIXES SET THAT INCLUDES GOLD PANDA, DJ KOZE, FUCK BUTTONS, NITE JEWEL, WALLS, IKONIKA, GAVIN RUSSOM AND JUNIOR BOYS* Following on from 2008’s Polaris Prize-winning Andorra, Dan Snaith returns with a fresh take on the Caribou sound, working more dance-friendly structures into his work, which makes for quite a revelation given the project’s tendencies towards jazz…
THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON
From The Archives Vol. 6
FUTURE SOUND
CD // £11.99

FSOl rack their archives and come out with a clutch of early experiments for Vol.6 of their ongoing ambient archeology project. While many of these tracks will only be known to their hardcore inner circle, the styles are warmly reminiscent of their finest work at the turn of the ’90s when they were at the forefront of electronic dance music with classic albums like ‘Lifeforms’. There’s 16 tracks of luscious,…
EXTREME / NOISE
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WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
Peaced
Riot Season
LP // £8.49

In addition to having a great band name, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth might just have given us the week’s most severe and sonically pulverised release. Peaced is probably as extreme as underground heavy rock music can get before it sounds like your ears are broken. Sweetening the death-blow impact of their sound, the band serve up bad-pun song titles for your (or more likely, their) amusement: the utterly overwhelming…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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WOODEN WAND
Death Seat
Young God
CD // £13.49

In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: “To me, it’s obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that’s moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank.” High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice,…
WOODEN WAND
Death Seat
Young God
LP // £15.99

In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: “To me, it’s obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that’s moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank.” High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice,…
DIRECTORSOUND
Two Years Today
Tona Serenad
CD // £12.99

This full-length return from Nicholas Palmer’ Directorsound begins with the lapping sounds of waves against a beach, played out as a natural rhythmic accompaniment to slippery Hawaiian guitars and kind of ornate chamber pop whimsy that permeates the entirety of ‘Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon’. After this, Palmer seems to relocate from his beachside situ to the end of a pier somewhere, ploughing through the quirky and…
ELLIOTT SMITH
Ballad Of Big Nothing
Domino
7″ // £3.99

Reissued to coincide with the newly issued Elliott Smith compilation An Introduction To…, this heavyweight 7″ single features two of the songwriter’s best-loved recordings: Either/Or’s ‘Ballad Of Big Nothing’ and B-side ‘Division Day’ – formerly released as a single in its own right on Suicide Squeeze Records. It (meaning songwriting and music in general, really) doesn’t get a great deal better than this. If you don’t already own this in…
ELLIOTT SMITH
An Introduction To…
Domino
CD // £9.99

As the title probably suggests, An Introduction to Elliott Smith is a career-spanning best-of compilation designed as an overview of the music of Elliott Smith, truly one of the very greatest songwriters of our age. It’s been seven years since Smith’s tragic passing, and this release (quite rightly) strives to keep his legacy alive. The album’s title seems apt, because this is definitely a package geared at listeners taking their…
ELLIOTT SMITH
An Introduction To…
Domino
LP // £11.99

As the title probably suggests, An Introduction to Elliott Smith is a career-spanning best-of compilation designed as an overview of the music of Elliott Smith, truly one of the very greatest songwriters of our age. It’s been seven years since Smith’s tragic passing, and this release (quite rightly) strives to keep his legacy alive. The album’s title seems apt, because this is definitely a package geared at listeners taking their…
GIANT SAND
Blurry Blue Mountain (Deluxe Edition)
Fire Records
2CD // £13.99

**Deluxe edition to mark Giant Sand’s 25 year anniversary: Includes the new Blurry Blue Mountain and their debut album Valley Of Rain** Howe Gelb’s pioneering alt. country band Giant Sand returns with a brand new album, twenty-five years on from their 1985 debut album, Valley Of Rain. Of the new record, Gelb says: “These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists…
HIP HOP
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MED
Where I’m From ft. Aloe Blacc / Classic ft. Kweli
Stones Throw Records
12″ // £7.99

Heavy head nodders from MED. ‘Where I’m From’ features the soul vocals of Aloe Blacc over bass rich and bumping production from Oh No, while the aptly titled ‘Classic’ features guest verse from Talib Kweli and a dope beat from Karriem Riggins. Both tracks come with dirty/clean/inst/acapella versions, housed in full colour heavy card sleeve. Standardly Stones Throw styles!
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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BARN OWL
Ancestral Star
Thrill Jockey
CD // £10.99

Returning with a brand new album of arid, dustbowl blues and slow-motion desert-scapes, Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras resume duties as Barn Owl for a third album. Previously this band has tended to court associations with the sound developed by Earth for their Hex album; the overall effect is resolutely bleak and doom-laden, yet not entirely without some grounding in the language of grassroots Americana. Ancestral Star takes the Barn…
BARN OWL
Ancestral Star
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

Returning with a brand new album of arid, dustbowl blues and slow-motion desert-scapes, Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras resume duties as Barn Owl for a third album. Previously this band has tended to court associations with the sound developed by Earth for their Hex album; the overall effect is resolutely bleak and doom-laden, yet not entirely without some grounding in the language of grassroots Americana. Ancestral Star takes the Barn…
HAUSCHKA
Foreign Landscapes
Fat Cat
LP // £13.99

Seemingly getting better with every release, Hauschka delivers his third album for Fat Cat’s classical offshoot, 130701. Having previously established himself as a gifted pianist and composer for prepared piano, Volker Bertelmann takes his craft to the next level by work extensively with orchestration. Recruiting a twelve-piece string and wind ensemble from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra, Bertelmann sets about transferring his lyrical and very accessible take on contemporary classical composition…
KOEN HOLTKAMP
Gravity / Bees
Thrill Jockey
LP // £11.99

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Following on from his 2008 solo album on Type, Field Rituals, Koen Holtkamp (known not only for his solo work, but also as one half of Mountains) delivers a new vinyl-only full-length for Thrill Jockey. Gravity/Bees takes the form of two side-long pieces, the tone of which marks a significant change in Holtkamp’s compositional strategy: one of the key themes running though…
CLEM LEEK
Holly Lane
HIBERNATE
CD // £9.99

Opening with the effects-coated chiming of a grandfather clock, Holly Lane immediately sets out its stall as an album steeped in all things antiquated and dusty. Expect a slow barrage of 78rpm static, dissolved, haunted house piano motifs and strategically atmospheric field recordings throughout. Present throughout the album is a floating palette of synthetic ambiences and string-like pads, ranging from the grand and orchestral strains of ‘Mistletoe Lane’ to the…
BRIAN MCBRIDE
The Effective Disconnect
Kranky
LP // £13.99

Stars Of The Lid’s Brian McBride was recruited by filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein for the soundtrack to their documentary film The Vanishing Of The Bees. Not having seen the film, we can only really take The Effective Disconnect on its own terms, as a standalone project, and in that sense it’s certainly an enormous success. McBride has stated that his intention was to create a number of enclosed,…
ANDREW BIRD
Useless Creatures
Bella Union
CD // £10.99

Originally released as the second disc in the special edition of Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast album, Useless Creatures now gets a release in its own right. Performed as part of a trio with double bassist Todd Sickafoose and percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco fame) this album is an instrumental affair with more of an experimental slant than the singer-songwriter styled album that it originally emerged alongside, making good use of…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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AIAS
A La Piscina
Captured Tracks
LP // £15.99

**Now available on vinyl** Catalonian band Aias are the latest underground pop phenomenon to rise from the Captured Tracks ranks, an all-girl guitar/drums/bass trio who all contribute vocals. Apparently the band got together to play at a birthday party before starting to take it all a bit more seriously. The press release text makes it all sound so unbelievably easy: “The desire to win in the fight against the instrument…
HALLO GALLO 2010
Blinkgurtel / Drone Schlager
Vampire Blues
7″ // £6.99

In a music world currently overflowing with krautrock re-enactment societies Hallo Gallo 2010 should come as something of an antidote. This is the current solo project of Michael Rother, an artist synonymous with the ’70s krautrock boom, having spent time as a member of Kraftwerk and Harmonia, and most famously of all, co-founding Neu! For Hallo Gallo this iconic musician teams up with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and bassist…
AVEY TARE
Down There
Paw Tracks
CD // £8.99

The first official solo full-length from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) arrives in the midst of a singles series from bandmate Panda Bear. To be very general it would seem that on recent evidence Panda Bear is the confirmed pop architect of the group – entrenching his music in lavish whirlpools of Brian Wilson vocal tracking – while Avey Tare leans more heavily in the direction of experimentation….
AVEY TARE
Down There
Paw Tracks
LP // £14.99

The first official solo full-length from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) arrives in the midst of a singles series from bandmate Panda Bear. To be very general it would seem that on recent evidence Panda Bear is the confirmed pop architect of the group – entrenching his music in lavish whirlpools of Brian Wilson vocal tracking – while Avey Tare leans more heavily in the direction of experimentation….
GIARDINI DI MIRO
Il Fuoco
City Centre Offices
CD // £13.99

This new album from Italian post-rockers GIardini Di Miro is a compilation of soundtrack music devised for Giovanni Pastrone’s silent film Il Fuoco (translated as “The Fire”), released in 1915. The project began life as a one-off, live-soundtracking performance held at Turin’s Museo Nazionale Del Cinema, but thankfully the band decided to immortalise their efforts on record, leading to the release of what has to be amongst Giardini DI Miro’s…
JJ
jj No.2
Secretly Canadian
LP // £11.99

A re-release of their acclaimed debut album, jj No.2 by Swedish duo jj was one of 2009’s pop highlights, and now it’s back in circulation thanks to Secretly Canadian. Having emerged from the same wave of Balearic-loving Scandinavians that gave the world Air France, jj delivered a nine-song, twenty-seven minute album that seems to perfectly capture a particular set of emotions, poised somewhere between summery dancefloor-oriented optimism and indie introspection….
JJ
jj No.2
Secretly Canadian
CD // £8.99

A re-release of their acclaimed debut album, jj No.2 by Swedish duo jj was one of 2009’s pop highlights, and now it’s back in circulation thanks to Secretly Canadian. Having emerged from the same wave of Balearic-loving Scandinavians that gave the world Air France, jj delivered a nine-song, twenty-seven minute album that seems to perfectly capture a particular set of emotions, poised somewhere between summery dancefloor-oriented optimism and indie introspection….
CRYSTAL STILTS
Shake The Shackles
Slumberland Records
7″ // £5.49

**White Vinyl** Making a most welcome return, Crystal Stilts resume duties with a fresh blast of reverberant pop music that takes its cues from ’80s indie and ’60s garage sounds. ‘Shake The Shackles’ condenses this band’s strengths perfectly into an exquisite three-and-a-half-minutes that despite its vintage influences manages to come across as resoundingly modern and relevant. ‘Magnetic Moon’ is decidedly less contemporary however, taking on an almost swampy, rockabilly twang…
TRASH KIT
Teenagers
UPSET THE RHYTHM
7″ // £3.99

**Translucent Orange Vinyl** London-based all-girl trio Trash Kit made an impression with their eponymous debut album earlier on in the year, putting a more rhythmic emphasis on garage-punk sounds by flirting with African-influenced beats. This single delivers two non-album tracks that might well constitute the group’s most immediate work to date. ‘Teenagers’ is particularly strong, surrounding feisty guitar jags with lots of tumbling percussion, resulting in a rhythmically layered, scrappy…
CHARLES DOUGLAS
The Lives Of Charles Douglas
Broken Horse
CD // £10.99

Nowadays better known as novelist and screenwriter Alex McAuley, Charles Douglas made this long-lost album in 1999 with the assistance of producer Moe Tucker (of Velvet Underground fame) and engineer Kurt Ralske (best known for his work in Ultra Vivid Scene), who owned the rat-infested NYC studio in which it was recorded. Douglas spins a good yarn about the making of this album, and gives the distinct impression that everyone…
ANDREW CEDERMARK
Moon Deluxe
Underwater Peoples
CD // £13.99

Underwater Peoples is one of those labels you can really trust in – everything they’ve released to date has been quite magnificent, with the likes of Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Tennis, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks and Mountain Man all contributing to their catalogue. This latest long-player on the New Jersey imprint comes from former Titus Andronicus guitarist Andrew Cedermark, who presents an addictive collection of homemade singer-songwriter material and…
ANIKA
Anika
INVADA
LP // £14.49

**White Vinyl** This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you’d associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties….
ANIKA
Anika
INVADA
CD // £11.99

This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you’d associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties. Former single…
CINEMA RED AND BLUE
Cinema Red and Blue
What’s Your Rupture?
CD // £10.99

This is a collaborative project that brings together members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts with guest appearances from Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. Recorded last year in Brooklyn, this session breathed life into a host of originals penned by Comet Gain’s David Feck as well as covers of songs by Vic Godard, The Chills, Dead Moon and Len Bright Combo. Teaming up with…
CINEMA RED AND BLUE
Cinema Red and Blue
What’s Your Rupture?
LP // £11.99

This is a collaborative project that brings together members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts with guest appearances from Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. Recorded last year in Brooklyn, this session breathed life into a host of originals penned by Comet Gain’s David Feck as well as covers of songs by Vic Godard, The Chills, Dead Moon and Len Bright Combo. Teaming up with…
DESERTSHORE
Drifting Your Majesty
CALDO VERDE
CD // £13.49

Instrumental band Desertshore release their debut full-length via Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label. Principally a trio, the band comprises keyboardist Chris Connolly, drummer Dave Muench and guitarist Phil Carney, who has played with both Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. A number of additional players show up for these sessions, most notably Mark Kozelek himself, who contributes additional guitar parts. The tone of the album shifts between a number…
DUTCH UNCLES
Fragrant
Memphis Industries
7″ // £2.99

Newly signed to Memphis Industries having cut their teeth on the Love & Disaster label, art pop up-and-comers Dutch Uncles unleash a great new single in the shape of ‘Fragrant’, a far from run-of-the-mill three minutes of smart, colourful pop music that feels boldly progressive, but not at the expense of a good tune. B-side ‘Lovebone’ is a little more adventurous, toying with tricky rhythmic patterns and getting a bit…
KAREN ELSON
The Truth Is In The Dirt
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.49

One of the harder-rocking, rootsy numbers on Karen Elson’s The Ghost Who Walks debut long-player, ‘The Truth Is In The Dirt’ makes for a solid and pleasingly gutsy new single.  The B-side makes the release particularly worthwhile: Ms. Elson takes on a well-observed cover of Donovan’s 1966 psych-pop anthem ‘Season Of The Witch’.
P*SSED JEANS
Sam Kinison Woman / L Word
SUB POP
7″ // £3.99

Sub Pop’s dubiously monikered Pennsylvania punk quartet return with two new songs “unassociated with nor otherwise promotionally leading up to any upcoming full-length album”. P*ssed Jeans are an antidote to the more sanitary, hipster-slanted punk acts out there, blasting their way through the kind of disjointed, frayed-edge material that harks back to classic Touch & Go bands like Butthole Surfers and The Jesus Lizard. ‘Sam Kinison Woman’ is a quite…
PUJOL
Black Rabbit
THIRD MAN
7″ // £5.49

New to Jack White’s Third Man Recordings is Tennessee-dwelling songwriter, “shreditorialist, unlicensed metaphysician, and polymathmagician” Daniel Pujol, who eschews the more customary Nashville leanings of the label with two blasts of underground rock & roll that owe much of their sound to garage-punk and Sonic Youth. ‘Black Rabbit’ stirs up memories of Love As Laughter in their prime, while ‘Too Safe’ could pass for one of No Age’s finer songs,…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
RR Scorpii
Rock Action Records
12″ // £5.99

This EP follows on from Remember Remember’s celebrated eponymous long-player from 2008, delivering four new tracks of experimental, modern-classical influenced post-rock, the like of which brings to mind bands like Rachel’s or Parlour, with hints of Stereolab’s fanciful instrumental moments and perhaps even Philip Glass creeping into the mix. Good stuff.
THE PHANTOM BAND
The Wants
Chemikal Underground
LP // £16.99

The Wants finds this ambitious Glaswegian band raising their game considerably for their sophomore full-length, a curious assemblage of clever post-folk variations and proggier, occasionally krautrock-influenced sounds. Early single ‘A Glamour’ introduces the album with a weirdo glam stomp that’s faintly suggestive of a more organic retake on Battles’ ‘Atlas’. From here on the album continues to evade pigeonholing, summoning up dark, cycling synths, some slick, piled-up vocals and electronically-enforced…
WEEKEND
Sports
Slumberland Records
CD // £12.99

Slumberland continue to churn out great releases at a frightening rate, and this debut full-length missive from San Francisco band Weekend immediately makes its mark. ‘Coma Summer’ would be a brilliant opening to any record, a blast of addictive no-wave pop music carried on a jetstream of noise and detuning guitar feedback. It sounds a little like Matthew Bower guesting on an Abe Vigoda album. Normally when this much texture…
JAZZ / RELATED
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SUPERSILENT
10
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

Supersilent 9 was the first album by this revered Norwegian improv group to have been recorded without founding member and drummer Jarle Vespestad on board. Perhaps as a reaction to Vespestad’s departure the group radically shifted their approach, each member shunning their usual instruments of choice in favour of a Hammond organ. Supersilent 10 finds the three remaining players (Arve Henriksen, Stale Storlokken and Helge Sten, aka Deathprod) switching musical…
SUPERSILENT
Supersilent 11
Rune Grammofon
LP // £13.99

The music on the vinyl-only Supersilent 11 album dates back to the same recording sessions that birthed Supersilent 8 (released in 2007), but the folks at Rune Grammofon are quick to point out that there’s no B-material here: Supersilent 8 was originally planned as a triple album before Helge Sten (aka Deathprod, the album’s producer) decided to split the five hours of music he’d finished across separate albums. These sessions…
DAVID LEE JR.
Evolution
Universal Sound
CD // £10.99

Originally released in 1974 in a run of just 400 copies, David Lee Jr.’s one-off solo album emerged via the composer/drummer’s own label, Supernal Records. Evolution is a powerful and experimental jazz album, focussed on the potential of drum-based compositions, although it goes someway beyond that too, charting Lee’s prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. In addition to his commanding presence behind a full kit, Lee plays all kinds of…
DAVID LEE JR.
Evolution
Universal Sound
LP // £10.99

Originally released in 1974 in a run of just 400 copies, David Lee Jr.’s one-off solo album emerged via the composer/drummer’s own label, Supernal Records. Evolution is a powerful and experimental jazz album, focussed on the potential of drum-based compositions, although it goes someway beyond that too, charting Lee’s prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. In addition to his commanding presence behind a full kit, Lee plays all kinds of…
MARVIN PETERSON & THE SOULMASTERS
In Concert
Jazzman
LP // £18.99

Jazzman bill this latest reissue in their Holy Grail series as the rarest of all, having originally only circulated in a run of only 50 copies back in 1968. “Marvin ‘Hannibal’ Peterson will be a familiar name to ’70s jazz enthusiasts, but his career started with the Soulmasters in Texas back in the ’60s. As bandleader and trumpeter, they were a popular outfit around the Texas nightclub circuit with their…
MARVIN PETERSON & THE SOULMASTERS
In Concert
Jazzman
CD // £7.99

Jazzman bill this latest reissue in their Holy Grail series as the rarest of all, having originally only circulated in a run of only 50 copies back in 1968. “Marvin ‘Hannibal’ Peterson will be a familiar name to ’70s jazz enthusiasts, but his career started with the Soulmasters in Texas back in the ’60s. As bandleader and trumpeter, they were a popular outfit around the Texas nightclub circuit with their…
MICHAEL GARRICK TRIO
Moonscape
Trunk
CD // £4.99

I do love a good story, and you can almost always guarantee getting one with Trunk. This time around we’re delving into the personal collection of Johnny Trunk, who is by all accounts a man on a mission when he wants something. A few years ago he was after a lesser known jazz 10″ called ‘Moonscape’ by British jazz act the Michael Garrick Trio, a 10″ that was limited to…
MULATU ASTATKE
Timeless
Mochilla
CD // £10.99

“Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music, and the inventor of Ethio-Jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and in recent years a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk. The award winning and invaluable ‘Ethiopiques’ series has shed light on a vital and amazing music scene that existed in the Addis Ababa region in…
SARA MITRA
April Song
Impossible Ark / Unfold
CD // £10.99

A vocal-led jazz album from Impossible Ark and the Unfold Records division of Tru Thoughts, April Song is the debut album from singer Sara Mitra, who has written all but three of the entries here (the exceptions being the traditional folk piece ‘Black Is The Colour’, the Nat Adderley-penned ‘The Old Country’ and Bobby Cole’s ‘Life On A Look’). Supported by a host of young jazz musicians (including Mitra’s husband…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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SKEPTICAL / PESSIMIST
Cold One (Jubei Mix) / Zulu (White Label)
Ingredients Records
12″ // £5.99

One of the strongest Ingredients releases to date, featuring two tracks of strongback hardstep from Jubei and Pessimist. On the A-side metalheadz producer Jubei sets up his first ever remix, a rework of Skeptical’s ‘Cold One’ executed with exacting production values for seriously tuff effect. Pessimist gives his debut track on the flip,with the Ed Rush-alike ‘Zulu’ for the dancefloor warriors. Big with Godlie, dBridge, Friction, Flight, Rockwell +++ Very…
JUBEI
Distrust
METALHEADZ
2×12″ // £11.99

Dropping the same week as his excellent remix for Ingredients, four tracks of heavyweight D&B from Jubei on Metalheadz. The first plate is all about stealthy steppers rhythms and seriously fine-tuned Reese bass, while the deadly second platter links with Ulterior Motive to go all ’98 darkside styles reminiscent of Ed Rush or Nico on ‘Tevertron’, and gets wicked with the drum workouts on ‘Snore Tooth’. Bold cuts for fans…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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KOLSCH
Speicher 68
Kompakt Extra
12″ // £6.99

Two tried and tested club tools from Denmark’s Rune Riley Kölsch aka Tattoo Rec’s Ink & Needle. Besides sharing his name with Köln’s gorgeous local brew, Kölsch’s ‘Lorelei’ rides a 4/4 schaeffel beat and frothy cascading synths, hence it’s position at the front of Michael Mayer’s record box this summer and a worthy release on Speicher. ‘Silberpfeil’ follows on the flipside with a steady building techno tool for the more…
KAISERDISCO
In No One’s Shadow
My Best Friend
CD // £13.49

The debut album from My Best Friend duo Kaiserdisco (aka Frederic Berger and Patrick Buck) compiles ten new and previously unreleased tracks plus MBF favourites ‘Aquja’ and ‘Carachillo’. Much of the album delivers efficient, solidly produced tech-house that’s neither too minimal nor excessively embellished, but the percussion arrangements are always fluid and versatile – sounding particularly well-judged on the title track and the voice-chopping ‘Hickup’. The two former singles slot…
SIMON BAKER / RADIOSLAVE
Too Slow (Radioslave Mix)
2020Vision
12″ // £5.49

Radioslave’s refined remix of 20:20 Vision’s Simon Baker. ‘Too Slow’ was last heard on Ralph Lawson’s ‘We Love Space Sundays 10’ comp, and features Radioslave at his most stealthy and sensitive, crafting a subtle moiré of metallic delays and glass cut, tension-holding strings with powered by a purring bassline. Ltd, one sided, white-label copies. With imitation marker pen printed on centre sticker. Honest.
SOUL CENTER
GE_02
Shitkatapult
12″ // £6.49

Shitkatapult present four tracks of Teutonic fonk from Soul Center (aka Thomas Brinkmann), lifted out of his ‘General Electric’ album. There’s a frivolous sense of fun written through these cuts, from the unraveling edits of ‘Don’t Fake The Cake’, to the jerky perk of ‘Pig Peg’, in the clipped funk guitars and twisted electronics of ‘Fu_ky du_ky’ and definitely in the Boosty slap-and-tickle of fretless bass on ‘Boot_Box’. Daft funk!…
TOM SCHUMACHER / VARIOUS
Get Physical 8
GET PHYSICAL
CD // £11.99

Get Physical present their eighth annual label round up, featuring eighteen Tech House and Mnml Disco-tech standards from M.A.N.D.E.A.R (M.A.N.D.Y & Matthew Dear) Nôze, Booka Shade, Italoboyz, DJ T, Lopazz, Damian Lazarus and more, selected and mixed by Thomas Schumacher. The mixing is assuredly clean and concise, blending a proper weekend-ready mix with well measured pace and a hypnotic groove running from the exclusive Matthew Dear vs M.A.N.D.Y track ‘Buddies’…
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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ANWORTH KIRK
Anworth Kirk
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment
LP // £7.99

*First release on this new archival label loosely associated with Demdike Stare and the Finders Keepers crew* Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new imprint releasing limited vinyl artifacts of contemporary musical and non-musical material dredged from the collections of a number of hugely respected culture vultures in the north of England. Their obsessive tendencies are channeled into this debut release, a 22 minute collage of acousmatic oddities reclaimed from the…
COMIC WOW
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space And Time
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £8.99

**Includes an MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Also known to use the alias Feathers (though not to be confused with Asa Irons’ freak-folk troupe of the same name), Comic Wow is a group formed around the creative nucleus of Eddie Alonso and Eric Rasco. Using an array of often unusual or vintage instruments (from the Farfisa Mini Compact to the Suzuki Omnichord through to the Baldwin Electric Harpsichord)…
COMIC WOW
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space And Time
Asthmatic Kitty
CD // £8.99

Also known to use the alias Feathers (though not to be confused with Asa Irons’ freak-folk troupe of the same name), Comic Wow is a group formed around the creative nucleus of Eddie Alonso and Eric Rasco. Using an array of often unusual or vintage instruments (from the Farfisa Mini Compact to the Suzuki Omnichord through to the Baldwin Electric Harpsichord) The band set about making a kind of synth-fuelled…
WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Honey And Bile
Asthmatic Kitty
LP // £8.99

**Includes an MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** Another very fine release in Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music series, this album comes from William Ryan Fritch, a prolific film composer, sound recordist and multi-instrumentalist from Oakland, CA. Fittingly, Music For Honey and Bile takes on the character of a cinematic score, collecting a number of varied instrumentals that show an incredible range to Fritch’s diverse talents. In addition to…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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CHRIS & COSEY
Trance
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered grey vinyl editon w/ glosy A4 b&w insert!** Chris & Cosey’s 2nd album for Rough Trade, ‘Trance’ was originally released a year after their seminal ‘Heartbeat’ LP, in 1982. This is the first time it’s been reissued on vinyl in two decades, landing with impeccable timing in the midst of a cold wave revival. The genius electronic auteur, Chris Carter, and the agent provocateur, Cosey Fanni Tutti moved into…
CHRIS & COSEY
Heartbeat
Cti
LP // £13.99

**Remastered blue vinyl edition w/ glossy A4 b&w insert!** C & C’s ‘Heartbeat’ is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C’s post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the…
BLANK DOGS
Land And Fixed
Captured Tracks
CD // £10.99

Brilliant synthwave transmission from Mike Sniper’s Blank Dogs. Besides running the prolific, wave-riding Captured Tracks label in Brooklyn, Mike has carefully curated an impressive arc of artistic development with his pet project, growing out of lo-fi beginnings to the brighter and relatively clean sound of ‘Land And Fixed’. The album’s twelve tracks are still shrouded in tape textures but the sounds behind the gauze are more pop-confident, laden with super…
CFCF
The River EP
RVNG Intl.
LP // £10.99

**Totally sublime new EP from CFCF for Brooklyn’s RVNG INTL, with access to remixes from Games, Jacques Renault and Coyote on a download coupon redeemable directly from the label!** CFCF’s incredibly diverse presence has been unavoidable over the last 12 months, what with his avalanche of remixes for Junior Boys, Sally Shapiro, Owen pallett, Helath, Crystal Castles and so many more, plus lauded releases for the über-kool Acéphale and Paper…
FURTHER REDUCTIONS
Decidedly So / Not Unknown
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Outstanding debut 7″ from Further Reductions for their Brooklyn buddies at Captured Tracks. Both songs are as good as anything we’ve heard from this label over their prolific last 12 months, adding to the canon of contemporary coldwave with a uniform yet individual sound. From what we can discern ‘Decidedly So’ locates itself in that parallel dream-pop nether zone where Suburban Knight lives in Belgium and produces DIY synth bands,…
CRAFT SPELLS
Party Talk
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Two total charmers from Stockton, CA’s Craft Spells, making their debut release with this 7″ for Captured Tracks. It’s tough to pick a favourite between them but i’ll draw for the bright and jangly title track and its Smiths-indebted harmonic breeziness, placing melancholic (but not depressing) indie pop in the bright white light of California to sound a little like Toro Y Moi cutting about Oldham St in his best…
DREXCIYA
Harnessed The Storm (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £16.99

One of the most legendary Detroit Electro/Techno albums of all time, reissued by Tresor. ‘Harnessed The Storm’ is one of the later and greatest of the seven Drexciyan storms, containing the eternal masterpiece ‘Digital Tsunami’ and the classic ‘Under Sea Disturbances’. If you don’t already own this, look sharp. ESSENTIAL.
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The Heart Of The Nightlife
THIS IS MUSIC
LP // £15.99

**Includes a free download of ‘Other Planets’ EP – redeemable from the label** This Los Angeles duo deliver their full-length debut, following on from their widely lauded and much-blogged hazy pop missives ‘People Do The Most Amazing Things’ and ‘Bermuda’. Exhibiting the same kind of songwriting smarts as like-minded contemporaries Delorean, jj and Air France, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson also share those acts’ bleary-eyed regard for the dancefloor sounds…
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Workshop 11
WORKSHOP
12″ // £6.99

Another top class transmission from the more avant end of Berlin House and Techno from Even Tuell, Madteo and Midnightopera. Even Tuell spans the A-side with a deep droning raw House track, the sort of sumptuously bass soaked, majestic and mesmeric groove that could only emerge from the Hardwax axis. On the flip Madteo follows a unique 10″ for Meakusma with a claustrophobic smack-house production peppered with cinematic samples and…
SIGHA / MARCEL DETTMANN
Early Morning Lights (Marcel Dettmann Mix) / Over The Edge
OUR CIRCULA SOUND
12″ // £8.99

Freshest techno from Sigha and Marcel Dettmann on Sigha’s freshly minted label, Our Circula Sound. Sigha’s own ‘Over The Edge’ rolls into an acidic tech-house formation with a dubbed-out soundsphere and heavy driving square bass on the A-side, whereas Marcel Dettmann goes more uptempo with his ‘Early Morning Lights’ remix, finding that sweet spot between swing and jack functions to put your batty into gear while a cold metallic melody…
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Take Me Baby
DECKS CLASSIX
12″ // £8.99

Reissue of a classic Jimi Tenor 12″ from 1995, originally deployed on JD Twitch’s T&B label. Jimi puts his indelible stamp on House music in four versions, applying uncanny Alan Vega-esque vox to the experiemental pop-House original, a squawking mental ‘Finnish Bass Boy Remix’, the darker disco version and a peakin’ ‘Slappers, Organ & RX70 Chorus Mix’ to cater for any point in the night. Still sounds totally out there!…
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Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions EP4
Laboratory Instinct
12″ // £6.99

Contrary to what we stated on the last AGCG 12″, THIS is the final of four 12″s cutting the tracks from ‘Tronik Jazz The Berlin Sessions’ to wax. On the A-side is the crispy tech-house jacker ‘Dirty Trix’ and its moody, filtered strings next to the more piquant jack ‘n roll of ‘Indi Vibe’. On the flipside you can tell he’s spent some in Berlin from the schaeffel flow of…
SURGEON
Force & Form (2010 Edition)
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

Seminal Techno LP, reissued by Tresor for 2010. Upon original release in 1999, ‘Force + Form’ was at the vanguard of contemporary techno, worshipped by nearly all who encountered it. The massive highlights of ‘At The Heard Of It All’ and ‘The Hollow Men’ are still peerless to this day, while the experimentalism of ‘Black Jackal Throwbacks’ is just as effective now as 10 years ago. ESSENTIAL.
Oct 292010
 

Hi,
only a few days until Maschinenfest 2010 – check the line-up at www.maschinenfest.de. Following label acts will perform at maschinenfest this year: WINTERKÄLTE, MONO NO AWARE, EDGEY, NULLVEKTOR and 13TH MONKEY. Following you find our forthcoming releases for November and our still fresh V.A. – 2010 HANDS (2cd):
Mono No Aware – Pachinko To Hanbaagaa  limited (cd-ep)
5F-X – Flight Recorder 5.0 (cd)
GEISTFORM – Transistor Music (cd)
EDGEY – Misfire (cd)
SCHACHTANLAGE GEGENORT . DENISE RITTER – Aufgelassen (cd)
TYPHOID – Simulazione Di Divinità (cd)
THE PCP PRINCIPLE – Rhythmus Ex Heretica (cd)

Please be aware that the new Mono No Aware cd-ep is a limited and hand numbered edition of 300 copies and only available at HANDS.  You can get it at one of our merchandise stands like for example at Maschinenfest 2010 (5th – 7th November) or
our web shop: www.handsproductions.com. And Still available all our 2010 Releases:
V.A. – Forms Of Hands 10 (cd)
SHORAI – It Was Listening With Mechanical Precision (cd)
MASCHINENKRIEGER KR52 VS. DISRAPTOR – Meltdown (cd)
16PAD NOISE TERRORIST  – Utopia (cd)
NULLGRAD – The Shepherds Satellite (cd)
MORBUS M. – Forget The Past (cd)

Out on HANDS November:

MONO NO AWARE           Pachinko To Hanbaagaa                   cd-ep
HANDS D154                      Hands Paper Pack                                9 euro

This limited, 300 copy, hand-numbered, 6 Track CD-EP includes over 30 minutes of new and unreleased tracks. Regarding the title, Pachinko To Hanbaagaa, you are probably curious how it sounds, but you can be sure this mini album offers 6 typical powerful Ryhthm’n’Noise tracks from Mono No Aware, delivered from his numerous live performances in the last years, or on his 4 released studio albums. This 6 track Rhythm’n’Noise club smasher is full of energy, noise and distorted beats.  Packed in a thin version of the common Hands paper pack, the release comes with a Hamburger on the front, as well as a nice Hamburger Sample by Andy Warhol on the track Hanbaagaa. This mini album is exclusively offered for our customers at our HANDS online shop or merchandise stands.

Tracks:
1.Itade         2.Sora
3.Hanbaagaa     4.Radio Joohoo
5.Open Door     6.O Miyage

Out on HANDS November:

5F-X                            Flight Recorder 5.0                             cd
HANDS D155                      Hands Paper Pack                                13 euro

This new and 5th album of 5F-X continues where they left off with ‘The Xenomorphians your Friendly Invasion’, powerful club-oriented electro sci-fi tribal industrial at its best. Flight Recorder 5.0 offers 8 new tracks and 2 remixes of tracks you probably come in contact with in the clubs. Typical powerful beats meet electronica sounds, lo-fi sci-fi sounds and radio messages.  Some of these messages are difficult to understand, but we were able to record things such as files of the pulsating audionautic sequence controller – ‘a.s.c.- epsylon’ become an announcement of impending groove-quakes during the flight recordings. Giant wobbles stalking the com traffic, assimilating everything in its atmospheres. With a 5F-X crewmember working the controls, the satellite FX-5 in flight traffic-scanning mode reached down to update the xenomorphian invasion coordinates. Powerful, melting rhythmic styles catch the pilots and hypnotize their feet. The ‘Crowdscanner 5000’, capable of scanning through any life form synopsis in the airfield-spheres, is translating an audionautic groove-control unknown to Earth. Dear Earthlings this is an X-File Record! This is not a Test…

Tracks:
1.Audioautical-file.001 2.Audioautical-file.002
3.Audioautical-file.003 4.Audioautical-file.004 _Sountox Remix
5.Audioautical-file.005 6.audioautical-file.006
7.E.d.d.y.-scope.007 _Flight Recorder Remix
8.Audioautical-file.008 9.Audioautical-file.009
10.Audioautical-file.010

Out on HANDS November:

GEISTFORM                       Transistor Music                                cd
HANDS D159                      Hands Paper Pack                                13 euro

Rafael Martinez Espinosa aka Barcelona Geistform convinced us over the last years at all the important festivals and on his releases, as a producer with modern aesthetic of analogue industrial beats, full of energy – in some ways connected to the rhythm’n’noise scene, and in some way close to minimal
techno and idm.  On his 4th studio album, this time dedicated to Transistors, that without them, electronic music would not be possible. On the structures of static, kicking noise rhythms with minimal, analogue techno-industrial bass lines, his compositions are arranged with short wave radio sounds field recordings of background noises and frequencies captured in a electric power-station. Electrons at work.

Tracks:
1.Source Sensor 2.Radiacion
3.Emisor                4.Antimatter
5.First Product         6.Alta Energia
7.Tesla                 8.Vanguard
9.2osc                  10.Bad Particle
11.General Electric     12.Eightfold Way
13.Cms Detector 14.Solid State

Out on HANDS November:

EDGEY                   Misfire                                         cd
HANDS D157                      Hands Paper Pack                                13 euro

Taking the techy, aggressive powernoise of ‘Square Form Annihilations’ and the cleaner more methodical beat-driven styling’s of ‘Flawed’, EDGEY delivers his third and long awaited full-length release on HANDS.  No stranger to conflicting sound design; EDGEY’s ‘Misfire’ explores the dichotomy of rough and powerful noise with the smooth and methodical structures of breakcore-oriented drum’n’bass and idm.  EDGEY’s latest release is as dangerous as a misfire. It’s storm full of energy and roughness and for sure he is one of the brightest stars in the breakcore-drum’n’bass universe.  Stephen James Knight AKA EDGEY is a New York based electronic music producer, writer and artist working in the veins of Drum n Bass, IDM, Breakcore, Noise and Industrial for over 15 years, cataloguing a respectable number of releases in each of the varying genre’s, and continues to help shape the sound for the future.

Tracks:
1.Before The Storm      2.Terminal Accretion
3.Stress Failure        4.Drown
5.Chaosbane             6.Treatment
7.Left Wanting          8.Trouble Horizon
9.I Become              10.Revenge
11.Floor Crank

Out on HANDS November:

SCHACHTANLAGE GEGENORT . DENISE RITTER  Aufgelassen     cd
HANDS D156              Hands Paper Pack                                        13 euro

Soundartist Denise Ritter aka Schachtanlage Gegnort has been doing her electroacoustic sound art since 1997, composing industrial noise music by recording sounds of the coal and steel industry and coal-mining. On ‘aufgelassen’ she creates a blend of darkness and mystery, creating pulsating sound worlds by using the recordings of industrial sounds of pounding machines, voice samples of steel workers, sounds of steel, stone and delay rooms. Most recordings were made deep under earth in mines or steel-mills. Those sound worlds have on one hand organic structures, on the other hand mechanical structures, in total ‘aufgelassen<‘offers quite various yet exciting, deep and almost mysterious atmospheres. Denise Ritter studied sound art in Saarbrücken and has performed throughout the last years many sound installations and sound sculptures all over Europe. In 2010 she won the Deutschen Klangkunstpreis. Her self-released albums ‘Einsatzstoffe & Energie’ (1997) and ‘Erzengel’ (1998) became milestones of post industrial music, and after her release ’41 Jahre ‘ (2005) on HANDS, here is her second release on HANDS.

Tracks:
1. La Mine              2. St. Charles
3. Alter Mann           4. Grubenbahn
5. Südkai               6. Km 58,8
7. Saarhafen            8. Schachtwasser
9. Dillinger            10. Minette
11. Nordschacht 12. Konverterhalle
13. Site Kazebierg

Out on HANDS November:

TYPHOID         Simulazione Di Divinità                                 cd
HANDS D153              Hands Paper Pack                                        13 euro

With ‘Destinazione Magnetica’ – nearly a decade ago with HANDS Catalog number HANDS D030, the Ancona based musician Maurizio Landini released an absolute unique and magical piece of electronica; probably many years too early. Here, finally, is the second album of Typhoid. 10 years later, Typhoid’s sound has developed further, perhaps less nervous yet still keeps the quality level that is an experimental merger of empathic chillout ambient soundscapes and IDM influenced eclectic beats. Intelligent and breaky beats, sharp as diamonds, fly through warm and crystal clear electronica sounds and chill-out atmospheres. Simulazione Di Divinità offers 11 IDM tracks at its best and includes an extended Version of Biscuits And Water and an outstanding remix of Isolationaut done by label mate Orphx.

Tracks:
1.Ho Quello Che Ho      2.Di Nuovo Buio
3.Non Vi Conosco        4.Taiga-Graphite
5.Isolationaut          6.Vena Bassa
9.Biscuits And Water (Extended)
10.Milestoned (Feat. Zoon And Dj Mystica)
7.Raggio Di Consistenza
8.Nuovo Attese  11.Isolationaut (Orphx Remix)

Out on HANDS November:

THE PCP PRINCIPLE       Rhythmus Ex Heretica                    cd
HANDS D158                      Hands Paper Pack                                13 euro

The PCP Principle returns with his second album – a crushing blend of grinding beats and epic, cinematic arrangements unlike anything you will have heard ever before!  Probably Symphonic Rhythm’n’Noise should be the style name for the sound of R. Challenger aka The PCP Principle on – ‘Rhythmus Ex Heretica’. An astonishing and fresh mixture of absolute club orientated rhythm’n’noise beats and soundscore. Electronic sounds meet symphonic strings and powerful kicking electro industrial beats to create 11 club smashers, full of deep emotion. More aggressive and complex than the debut album ‘Electronic Violence Phenomena’, yet emotionally impacting and awe inspiring at the same time; the focus of the album being philosophy and the failings of human belief systems. This album is sure to tear up the dance floor as well get your emotions racing and your mind contemplating.

Tracks:
1.Annihilation Is The Only Option
2.Sanctifiction                 3.Disanthropy
4.Apocalypse When?
5.Flatline                      6.Tiny Minds
7.A Glorius Moment Of Horror
8.Nothing To Me         9.Flx
10.The Spiderheart              11.Travesty

Still fresh:

V.A.                    2010 HANDS                                              2cd
HANDS B037              Hands Paper Pack                                        19 euro
(HANDS D151+ HANDS D152)
This is the new 2cd label compilation 2010 HANDS featuring again 30 new exclusive Tracks by 10 artists or over 145 minutes and is again a must have for open minded listener of electronic music. You will get 3 new tracks of your favorite artists or can discover new artists by listening to 3 non-album tracks so it is like getting ten 7“-eps on cd format. In total a collection of progressive electronic beats from Rhythm’n’Noise and IDM over experimental Techno to dark Drum’n’Bass.
Following artists are featured: Orphx, Geistform, S.k.e.t., Greyhound, Shorai, Maschinenkrieger Kr52 vs. Disraptor, Incite/, Syntech, 13th Monkey and 16pad Noise Terrorist.
Tracks:
cd1
Incite/  1.memory effect  2.moonlevel  3.under construction
Geistform  4.valve base  5.iskra  6.cern
Orphx  7.anima  8.animus  9.shatter self
Shorai  10.todo a zen  11.noxious sounds
12.el recopetín – inducción industrial (piticli mix)
16pad noise terrorist  13.i met myself  14.load the x in your head  15.lovecore
cd2
Creyhound  1.lunatic  2.memories  3.inner rhythm
Maschinenkrieger kr52 vs. disraptor  4.monotonie 72  5.in vitro  6.nuke tac team
S.k.e.t.  7.deactivate consumer fascism!  8.actualise yourself in a new world order
9.no limits for heroes (2010 riot dynamix)
13th monkey  10.boulder dash  11.incus  12.syphon
Syntech  13.pandemona  14.crash  15.global impulse


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