Sep 292011
 

“A long time coming, this album is finally hitting the streets, and it sounds AMAZING. Really captures a forward thinking attitude on some classic sounding industrial from the 90’s” -Joseph Graham, Razor Blade Dance Floor

“‎A murderous beast of genetically re-engineered dance destruction, hyper-experimental noise and deranged melodies from the underbelly of the Machine.” -Jared Louche, CHEMLAB.

UCNX RETURN WITH NEW LP, ‘GENERATION DAMAGED’

Philly/NJ Electro-industrial/EBM/Coldwave/IDM/You-Name-It-It’s-In-There fusion band UCNX return with their sophomore LP release ‘Generation Damaged’, their first release since 2009’s ‘Run Your Body’ single, on DSBP Records. The 9 track LP features a louder, angrier, more aggressive sound for the group, though not losing the hallmarks of their sound: rock-styled vocals, strong song-writing, an 90’s style influence filtered through a modern sound, & a willingness to experiment and forge a more cohesive album that can both set the dancefloor on fire as well as command the full attention of your headphones.

Not counting the fun experiment of mashing up Nitzer Ebb with Iron Maiden from the 2009 single, ‘Generation Damaged’ represents the culmination of 2 difficult years for band members Doug “dOGulas” Sudia, John “nVIR” Monette, with assistance by new studio hand and guitarist Kurt “Zir0” Samuels. Life hardships for those involved have bred a snarling beast of an album, featuring a strong use of guitars to accent their hard industrial sound. Tracks like “Overgrowth” and the title track “Generation Damaged” feature propulsive dance beats mixed with thick synths and swirling noise loops, while tracks like the speed tempo classic NIN-styled “Still”, heavy crusher “The Innocent” (with it’s harsh noise outro being an exercise in endurance), and the equal parts destructive yet somber “Consequence Brings” vary the tempo and eliminate the possibility of redundancy throughout the album. Throw in rock-styled sung vocals, a collaboration with Blayne from fellow electro-rockers Idiot Stare and a cover of post-punk legends Killing Joke’s “Our Last Goodbye”, and you have an album that demands full attention beginning to end in the days of pick-and-choose digital music sampling. Uncompromising sound, variety, and a care and quality to their work that few bands can match.

Download a free mp3 of the lead single, “Overgrowth” to sample… http://www.ucnxonline.com/mp3s/UCNX-03-Overgrowth.mp3

Order the album NOW from DSBP Records HERE: http://www.dsbp.cx/index.php?page=ucnx.html Or order through Storming the Base HERE: http://www.stormingthebase.com/products/UCNX.-Generation-Damaged..html

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Sep 282011
 

Novità Settembre 2011

Krisma

Chybernation

16 artisti per il primo tributo ai Krisma

Collana: Interno 4 Records 13

Formato: 14×18,5

CD audio + LIBRO pp. 96

Prezzo: € 14,90

ISBN: 978.88.89035.48.1

CHyberNation, con un titolo che gioca con la natura e la storia dei Krisma, è un progetto che vede la partecipazione di

16 artisti indipendenti alle prese con il repertorio della band di Maurizio Arcieri e Christina Moser.

Volvo Tapes di Enrico Fontanelli (Offlaga Disco Pax), Cosmic Boilers con Andy (Bluvertigo), Roulette Cinese, Gli

Avvoltoi, XX Century Zorro, Shivan, Johnny Grieco (Dirty Actions), The Tempelhof, Machina Amniotica e Stardog,

sono solo alcuni dei nomi italiani coinvolti in un progetto che vede partecipazioni anche di artisti di altri paesi come

Red Flag (San Diego, CA.), AntiQuark (Los Angeles, CA.).

Assieme alle 16 cover, 2 inediti incisi direttamente dai Krisma.

Un’opportunità per scoprire un songbook tra i più pregiati della discografia italiana e l’occasione per ripercorrere la

carriera e la storia dei Krisma attraverso la prima bio-discografia ufficiale del gruppo, un intervista esclusiva e un

libro con decine di illustrazioni.

CHYBERNATION È UN PROGETTO A CURA DI JOYELLO TRIOLO.

INTRODUZIONE AL LIBRO DI LUCA FRAZZI.

GLI AUTORI: La formazione dei Krisma (già Chrisma), nasce nel 1976 per volere di Maurizio Arcieri, ex componente dei NEW DADA e autore di

alcuni successi pop come solista. L’esordio del duo si concretizza con due 45 giri (“Amore” e “U”) che sanciscono l’inizio della collaborazione

con Niko Papathanassiou (fratello di Vangelis), che porterà alla realizzazione dell’album Chinese Restaurant registrato, nel 1977 a Londra, nella

nascente atmosfera punk di quegli anni. A quel disco ne seguirà un altro, realizzato con lo stesso team (Hibernation) dopo il quale il gruppo

cambierà la ragione sociale in Krisma, virando verso un’elettronica ricercata e innovativa, che arriva in piena forma artistica fino ai giorni

nostri.

IL CURATORE: Joyello Triolo è nato a Verona, un 20 Settembre degli anni 60. Disc-Jockey, giornalista, appassionato di musica e di elettronica,

fin dagli anni 80 ha lavorato in discoteca e in radio (Radio Cento Fiori, Radio Popolare…), ha inciso dischi con varie formazioni indipendenti (Le

Madri della Psicanalisi, Peluqueria Hernandez) senza mai abbandonare lo studio e la sperimentazione elettronica, con applicazioni nella musica

concreta, acusmatica e d’avanguardia. Parallelamente coltiva la passione per la scrittura e la critica musicale collaborando con testate

giornalistiche, radio, web-magazine e aggiornando (quasi) quotidianamente il suo blog FardRock.

www.joyello.net

Via Pascoli 32 – 47853 Cerasolo Ausa di Coriano (RN)

tel. 0541682186 – fax 0541683556

www.ndanet.it – info@ndanet.it

per il catalogo NdA Press:

www.ndanet.it/ndapress.php

 

Sep 262011
 

Old Europa Cafe / Rodolfo Protti

oec(at)oldeuropacafe(dot)com

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*ATRAX MORGUE – Paranoia CD Jewel-Box € 12,00*

Finally we was reprinting this long sold-out album, first out in 2000 on OEC. This was the first and only full-length CD-album out on OEC by the Italian cult prophet of Murderous & Pain Elektronik Muzak! A slow death with great sorrow… Psychopathic ready to kill voice, self-abusing electronic sounds mixed to dangerous feed-backs & noises, an isolationist & disgusting soundtrack for disturbed maniacs! Multiple personality disorder… Here you are finally introduced to the little sister of Mr. Atrax Morgue : Miss Atrax Morgue & all his maniac pleasures, plastic sex & bestial babies… Maniac cover with a touch of 60’s psychedelia.

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*LUFTWAFFE – ART ABSCON – GNOMONCLAST – S/T CDr Digipack € 13,00*

This factory printed CDr was released for the live show held by the 3 bands on the 16th July 2011 in Italy. The album is numbered on CDr label, limited to 100 copies and contains only unreleased tracks, some of them are different versions of already published ones. *LUFTWAFFE *is giving a face to the worst possible. Non time is advent. Et Nihil Est. The uncompromising marriage of Martial Industrial, Acoustic Folk and Solipsistical Nihilism. *ART ABSCONs* is He Who in Absence Art. German poetic and apocalyptic aestheticism emphasized by a musical melange of psychedelic neo art folk pop and Gnostic theatrics. *GNOMONCLAST* is the velvet glove placed upon the many fingered hand of Valence, Luftwaffe, and Art Abscon. Instrumental folk, classical, and experimental compositions, gentle melodies counter pointed by aggressive vocals.**

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*OECDR 042 **N. – Lessness http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10785** 3xCDr Box € 20,00*

LESSNESS, neologism introduced by Samul Beckett, whose significance will be something like “Pure Absence”. The box features three different moods. The first one with same box title “Lesness” was recorded in 2010 and includes field recordings from hospital’s waiting rooms,

place for birth and death in Western civilization.

The second one “Resignation” is an expression of giving up induced by existence absurdity. Most of the sounds here are mainly created by concrete sounds tape loops through “loyal” Revox. Third is entitled “Communication Overload” and its entirely made by analog noise drones in classique N. style.

Limited / Numbered edition of 50 copies.**

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*OECDR 041**KADAVER / DJINN – Anti Human Life* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10815*CDr Jewel-Box € 10,00***Limited / Numbered edition of 80 copies.

*OECD 136 **ROSA RUBEA – The Fire and the Rose http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10322** CD Digibook € 15,00*

*OECD 140 **XX CENTURY ZORRO – La Volpe du XX Siecle http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10371** CD Digifile****€ 15,00*

*ARTEFACTUM – Foxgloves & Bluebells CD Digipack € 13,00*

*DIVISION S – Something to Drink V CD Folder € 13,00*

*FOLKSTORM – Folksongs CD Jewel-Box € 13,00*

*FOLKSTORM – Folksongs : When Words Are Not Enough [Boxed Edition] € 39,00*

*SATANISMO CALIBRO 9 – Orgasmurder CD Slim-DVD Box € 13,00*

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*the next 3 CD releases are foreseen to be on stock in 2-3 weeks !***

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*GNOMONCLAST – /Gather Together/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10956

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OLD EUROPA CAFE (OECD 145) CD Digipack , Price: 13,00

This, the second album of a proposed trilogy, furthers the themes drawn from Tempus Null nearer to a conclusion. While remaining aggressively percussive, many orchestral movements and melodic constructions accompany the virulent proclamations of J1 StatiK (Luftwaffe) and N2 ItinitI (Valence). Also accompanying Gnomonclast for this release are a host of musicians from such bands as Art Abscons, Cult Of Youth, Awen, Stahlfaust, State Research Bureau, Giftstrauch, and Front Sonore. This album exemplifies its title, for never before have so many diverse artists gathered together to tell a coherent, yet complex narrative concerning time’s certain movement toward an end. Prior to time’s censure, Gnomonclast offers “Gather Together,” an album that requires close scrutiny.

Tracklist: 1. Endstrom 2. Machine 3. Render Not Worship 4. A New Way 5. We Are The Last 6. Der Geist Der Feinen Felder 7. Zeit Ist EIn Verraeter 8. Sins Of Our Parents 9. Ascension Of Indignation 10. Ruins Of Heldscalla 11. Wake, Nancy 12. Entres Las Cenizas 13. Black Rainbow 14. Gloria 15. Riddles 16. Winter’s Frost 17. Fly

*O PARADIS – /Carreteras/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=11011

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OLD EUROPA CAFE (OECD 149) CD Digipack , Price: 13,00

Carreteras (“Roads” for English) is the last trip of Ô Paradis through secondary roads leading to the unknown. The hardships of fleeing of the wild animal that devours the speech of men. With a sound more electronic than usual for Demian’s project, this work invites us to drive without fear to the horizons of our deepest longing.

Tracklist : 1. Nada Muere 2. Salir Corriendo 3. las Vísceras de la Emoción 4. AP-7 5. движение 6. Ojos Cerrados 7. Aprendiendo Paisajes 8. Carretera al Infierno 9. Rua Do Paradis 10. We Are Gentlemen 11. Reflejos en el Asfalto 12. El Mismo Hombre II 13. Ciudades Dormidas 14. Con Terror 15. Area de Descanso 16. Motel 17. La Última Curva

*THE SONG SPARROWS – /Days that are no more/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=11023

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OLD EUROPA CAFE (OECD 147) CD Jewel Box , Price: 13,00

Founded in 2006 by Didì (voice, flute, sitar, lyrics) and Martino (guitar, bass ,percussions, harp, chorus), the Song Sparrows are the result of a great passion for late 60’s,early 70’s british Acid Folk. In 2009, after some successful live exhibitions, they decided to record a selfmade demo “Rhymes before Spring”. Love for animals, respect for Mother Nature and worshipping of the whole Creation in all its forms represent not only a musical inspiration emphasized in the evocative, fairy-tale lyrics plonged in a bucolic and pastoral atmosphere between imagination and reality, but a real, coherent lifestyle. The Animistic conception of the Universe is the inspiration for the debut album “Days that are no more”.

Limited to 300 copies

Tracklist : 1. Desert – intro 2. Nor ever wind blows loudly 3. Teaching birds to sing 4. The nine days Queen 5. Allegro Op.9 (Benedetto Marcello) 6. The Maid’s lament 7. Woodland Whisper 8. Days that are no more 9. Quicksand 10. Time in my life 11. Rhymes before Spring 12. Gently Johnny 13. November Reverie 14. Farewell – outro

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Arrived September 21, 2011 >>*DEUTSCH NEPAL – /Amygdala/*

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AUTARKEIA (acd 066 ) CD Digipack, Price: €13,00**

Arrived September 21, 2011 >>* IRM – /Oedipus Dethroned / An Act Of Self Mutilation Is An Act Of Freedom/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=11051

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AUTARKEIA (acd 062 ) 2xCD Box, Price: €23,00

Arrived September 15, 2011 >>* ART ABSCONs – /Am Himmel mit Feuer II/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10985

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FRONTE NORDICO (AA I) LP, Price: €23,00

Arrived September 15, 2011 >>* CLUB MORAL – /1981-86/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10992

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VINYL ON DEMAND (VOD93) 5xLP Box + DVD, Price: €99,00

Arrived September 15, 2011 >>* LAIBACH – /Gesamtkunstwerk/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10735

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VINYL ON DEMAND (VOD84) 5xLP Box + DVD, Price: €135,00

Arrived September 10, 2011 >>* CULT OF YOUTH – /The Devil’s Coals/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=11034

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BLIND PROPHET RECORDS (BPR006 ) 7″ Vinyl, Price: €9,00

Arrived September 08, 2011 >>* ANDREW KING & BROWN SIERRA – /The Kraken E.P./* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10989

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DAIS RECORDS (DAIS 016 ) 12″ Vinyl, Price: €11,00

Arrived September 08, 2011 >>* COUM TRASMISSIONS – /Sugarmorphoses/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10967

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DAIS RECORDS (DAIS 023) LP, Price: €20,00

Arrived September 02, 2011 >>* BLOOD AXIS – /Born Again/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10860

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STORM / TESCO DISTRIBUTION (STRM-12LP) 2xLP, Price: €30,00

Arrived September 02, 2011 >>* BLOOD AXIS – /Ultimacy (1991-2011)/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10965

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STORM / TESCO DISTRIBUTION (STRM-13) CD Digisleeve, Price: €14,00

Arrived September 02, 2011 >> *BRIGHTER DEATH NOW – /Innerwar/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10980

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COLD MEAT INDUSTRY / TESCO DISTRIBUTION (CMI210) CD Digipack, Price: €14,00

Arrived September 02, 2011 >>* BRIGHTER DEATH NOW – /Very Little Fun/* http://www.oldeuropacafe.com/main.php?nav=pd&prdct=10978

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COLD MEAT INDUSTRY / TESCO DISTRIBUTION (CMI209) 3xCD, Price: €30,00

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Sep 252011
 
FORCED EXPOSURE MAILORDER UPDATE
NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 09/26/2011
order from our NEW! beta site:
http://beta.forcedexposure.com

you can also click on cover art or album info to order online
from our old site http://www.forcedexposure.com

a secure order form is available for credit card purchases.
we also accept orders via FAX at 781 321 0321.

and via mail:
FORCED EXPOSURE / 219 Medford Street / Malden, MA 02148 / USA

for more information about shipping or ordering
please refer to our FAQ: http://www.forcedexposure.com/faq.html

direct any questions to mailorder@forcedexposure.com

12K
12K 2021CD DEUPREE & MARCUS FISCHER, TAYLOR: In A Place Of Such Graceful Shapes CD BOX/7″ (12K 2021CD) 30.00
“In the fading days of autumn in 2010, Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer, having become acquainted only earlier that year, set out on the sort of cross-country collaboration typically executed via technology and the web. However, having made a few rough sketches, they became disenchanted by the Internet and the machines between them, and quickly realized that the only way forward was via a plane ticket. Marcus left Portland for New York in February of 2011. The two met face-to-face for the first time, and without any hesitation embarked on 4 days of creating music and photographing the bitter cold and deep snow that covered the state. Buried in a sea of guitar pedals, looping boxes, analog synths, tape recorders, found objects and percussion instruments, Deupree and Fischer settled into the 12k studio and began crafting long passages of music, with no editing, into what would become the single composition on the CD. The creative energy didn’t stop in the studio, however, as the frozen bay and snow-covered hills of a park along the Hudson River became the visual backdrop that brought the project to completion. The fruits of their collaboration could not be realized only with a single compact disc, and grew to become a boxed set containing a CD, a 7″ record and a booklet of photographs. Titled In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes and limited to only 500 copies, the stark and austere package starts with a black box adorned with a monochromatic photograph of a winter landscape, with the artists’ names and the album title only appearing in tiny print on the bottom of the box. Inside, the jacket of the 7″ shines in a bright, warm yellow — the only color in the landscape, provided by waterside grasses — and contrasts with the black and white photography (taken by both Deupree and Fischer) inside the booklet. A warm grey tone ties everything together on the CD and outer box to balance the color palette.”
ASHES (UK)
ASHES 001.1EP BRUNN, BENJAMIN: Dust Part 1 10″ (ASHES 001.1EP) 11.00
Benjamin Brunn has been releasing music for over 10 years for labels such as Workshop, Smallville, Third Ear & Wave and has been a long-time collaborator with Move D. Strictly using hardware only, Ben delivers his latest EP via new label Ashes. Four cuts of Clavia Nord & 707 — heavy, blissed-out house music spread over two slabs of vinyl. Very limited copies, featuring full artwork sleeve by Franski.
ATLANTIC
SD 1477HLP HUBBARD, FREDDIE: Backlash LP (SD 1477HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version. Originally released in 1966. Gatefold exact repro, manufactured by Rhino. “…this excellent set falls between hard bop and the avant-garde, often hinting at both. Hubbard’s regular group of the time (with James Spaulding on alto and flute, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Bob Cunningham, and drummer Otis Ray Appleton, plus guest conga player Ray Barretto) performs the debut version of his famous ‘Little Sunflower,’ an excellent remake of ‘Up Jumped Spring,’ and four lesser-known pieces. Hubbard and Spaulding made for an excellent team and there are plenty of exciting moments on this brief but potent set.” — All Music Guide
SD 7268HLP COBHAM, BILLY: Spectrum LP (SD 7268HLP) 14.00
180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Originally released in 1973. “Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded his debut album, which is still his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with keyboardist Jan Hammer, guitarist Tommy Bolin, and electric bassist Lee Sklar. Two other numbers include Joe Farrell on flute and soprano and trumpeter Jimmy Owens with guitarist John Tropea, Hammer, bassist Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto on congas. The generally high-quality compositions (which include ‘Red Baron’) make this fusion set a standout, a strong mixture of rock-ish rhythms and jazz improvising.” — All Music Guide
AUDIKA RECORDS
AU 1012CD RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Let’s Go Swimming CD (AU 1012CD) 11.00
“A lot of DJs stake the tapes I make and try to make them into something more ordinary. Let’s Go Swimming was supposed to be a futuristic summer record. Some DJs said that nobody would ever, ever play that. I think eventually that kind of thing will be commonplace.” – Arthur Russell interview with David Toop in 1986.”This is an impossible dance music, jumbling your urges, making el you want to move in ways not yet invented, confounding your body as it provokes it — a work of genius” – Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker in 1986.”Remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s most mind-bending (and boggling) psychedelic dance-raga originally released in 1986. The 12″ and CD include all three versions of Let’s Go Swimming: Arthur’s own mixes of the Gulf Stream Dub and Puppy Surf Dub and the legendary Coastal Dub mixed with love by Walter Gibbons. Also included is the previously unreleased epic 11-minute keyboard funk version of ‘Make 1,2’ (Gem Spa Dub).”
AU 1012EP RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Let’s Go Swimming 12″ (AU 1012EP) 14.00
12″ version.
BARGE RECORDINGS
BRG 010LP WEIS, MIKE: Loop Current/Raft LP (BRG 010LP) 14.00
“Mike Weis is no stranger to the American indie/experimental music scene. He’s been the percussionist and drummer for the highly respected Chicago outfit Zelienople for the better part of the last decade, and has collaborated with such esteemed underground luminaries as Scott Tuma, The North Sea, Xela (John Twells), and Jasper TX. With so many feathers in his proverbial cap, it’s hard to believe that this is Mike’s first solo outing. Upon the very first listen to Loop Current/Raft it becomes clear that Mr. Weis is much more than just another hired gun. The compositions on Loop Current/Raft breathe a singular vision of percussion as centerpiece to a multilayered aural canvas. Mike’s drums are shrouded in billowy clouds of ambient sound and muted synthetic drones. Tribal rhythms glean in and out of focus as sheets of bells, claves, bowed cymbals, and rattles dance over a hazy backdrop of manipulated field recordings, short wave radio samples, and found sounds. There is a subtle yet unmistakably eastern feel to the recordings. Mike’s training in West African polyrhythmic drumming as well Korean Pungmul drumming coupled with his foundation of traditional western ‘rock’ percussion patterns–birth an almost neo-gothic gamelan style. This inspired approach produces a recording that is both compelling and mesmerizing.” Limited edition of 250 for the world. Hand assembled, stamped and numbered.
BE AS ONE (ISRAEL)
BAO 032EP TRIPMASTAZ: House Syndrome 12″ (BAO 032EP) 12.00
Tripmastaz debuts with a full EP on Be As One. “House Syndrome” is truly an infectious tech-house stormer for the big stages, which is already being championed by the A-list DJs. “Constant Learning” is a proper tribal techno affair that combines a rolling groove with a catchy melody and an uplifting, summery mood. On the B-side, Tripmastaz takes things into deeper territories with “Quiet Hit Men,” an acidic bassline worked around a machine groove. “Pende (Dub)” closes with an underground attitude.
BLUE NOTE
BLP 1560LP MOBLEY, HANK: Hank LP (BLP 1560LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1957. Featuring Donald Byrd (trumpet), John Jenkins (alto sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Wilbur Ware (bass) and “Philly” Joe Jones (drums).
BLP 1568LP MOBLEY, HANK: Hank Mobley LP (BLP 1568LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1957. Featuring Bill Hardman (trumpet), Curtis Porter (alto and tenor sax), Sonny Clark (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums).
BLP 4006LP REECE, DIZZY: Blues In Trinity LP (BLP 4006LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1958. Featuring Donald Byrd (trumpet), Tubby Hayes (tenor sax), Terry Shannon (piano), Lloyd Thompson (bass) and Art Taylor (drums).
BLP 4023LP REECE, DIZZY: Star Bright LP (BLP 4023LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1959. Featuring Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums).
BOND EXPORT
BOND 004EP BEES, ANDREW: Life In The Ghetto 7″ (BOND 004EP) 5.50
“Straight from Maxfield Avenue, 1989, Castro Brown’s New Name Muzik outfit produced some of the best of the first wave of digital roots. Here are a couple of their finest outings.” Backed by “New Name Muzik Computer Version.”
BOND 005EP BEES, ANDREW: Struggle & Strive 7″ (BOND 005EP) 5.50
“Andrew Bees has two of his finest tunes in ‘Struggle & Strive’ and ‘Life in the Ghetto.’ These stand right beside his classic ‘Militant’ on Music Lion as early classics of the emerging style.”
BOUZOUKI JOE
BZJ 7502LP VA: Turkish Freakout 2: Psych-Folk 1970-1978 2LP +7″ (BZJ 7502LP) 25.00
Repressed. Gatefold 2LP version — includes a limited edition bonus 7″ single with vintage sleeve artwork. “Last summer (2010), indie label Bouzouki Joe brought you a choice selection of some of the finest rare Turkish funk and psych-rock grooves, painstakingly unearthed direct from the source in Istanbul. The result: you freaked out (in a good way). With that in mind, we present the second installment of Turkish Freak Out!, featuring another batch of classic tracks from the Golden Age of Turkish music. With spiritual guidance from Mister Jason, this compilation, comprised entirely of original 7″ recordings from Turkey’s most creative and experimental artists, is guaranteed to deliver another five-star freak-out.”
BOX CLEVER (UK)
BOXCL 009EP KAHN: Way Mi Defend/Azalea 10″ (BOXCL 009EP) 11.00
Box Clever present Kahn’s second record, which sees him take his music to darker, more intense territory. “Way Mi Defend” is a militant stepper, where ticking cymbals and war-like dread speech introduce shuffle-grooved beats and tough boom bass. As the battle progresses, Kahn piles on the pressure, adding speaker-test sub bursts and rolling, tribal drums. “Azalea” finds Kahn in a slightly more reflective mood, delicately-arranged strings providing the backing for sultry French vocal samples, echo-chamber snares and subterranean bass pressure.
BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 010CD DRIVER, JAN: Amatilda CD (BNR 010CD) 17.00
Jan Driver has been releasing music since 1993. Born and raised in Berlin, he started to produce music with analog gear and ever since, he’s done more than 100 remixes for artists such as Armand Van Helden, Laurent Garnier, Boys Noize, Faithless, Blaze, Romanthony, Afrika Bambaata, and others. With his own hits and remixes, he has toured the world from 1995-2003, until he decided he needed a break, saying goodbye to the pressure of making hits. He founded his own label Grand Petrol in 2004 where he started to release more deeper and playful tech-house while also releasing the music of his long time friend, Siriusmo. Between 2006-2009, studio work took up most of his time, so he didn’t do many DJing gigs but found himself being the mastering engineer, mixer and co-producer for Riva Starr, Modeselektor, Siriusmo and many more productions. In 2010, he released his much-anticipated Gain Reaction EP which got him big support from house and techno DJs like Erol Alkan, Miss Kitten, Tiga, A-Trak, Jesse Rose, Annie Mac and many more. Soon, Jan started producing his own music everyday and suddenly there was an album, his very first — playful as never before, and so colorful — an album that reflects his experience of almost 20 years of electronic music, quality production and forward-thinking tracks you can’t put in any category. Do you like techno? Disco? Punk? UK dub-tech? Listen to this album — it’s all in there, but be prepared, your head might explode because of Jan’s heavy bass. Real bass. Deep shit. Great tracks. Welcome back, Jan Driver.
BURLESQUE MUSIQUE (GERMANY)
BUR 008EP AKA AKA & UMAMI & THALSTROEM: What Matters Remixes 12″ (BUR 008EP) 12.00
This EP by AKA & Thalstroem is a collaboration with Umami. On A2, Hanne & Lore reinterpreted the track with their distinctive minimal style, Broombeck boosted it to the maximum on B1, and Philip Bader drifts away in endless after-hours on B2.
BUTTERZ (UK)
BR 008EP TRIM: I Am 12″ (BR 008EP) 11.00
Revisiting TRC’s “Skipping Rope” instrumental from the first release in the Butterz White Label series, “I Am” shows Trim on a more laid back vibe then his usual “war monger” approach, but it is one of the best things he has written so far, already strongly supported by a host of big name DJs including Logan Sama, Sinden, Benji B, and Mistajam. On the remix duties are Preditah (JME, Earth 616 and LV (Hyperdub/Keysound).
CAPITOL
T 1186HLP ESQUERITA: Esquerita! LP (T 1186HLP) 15.00
180 gram exact repro reissue of the 1959 debut from “the original Little Richard.” “For the most stomping, all out rock ‘n’ roll, Esquerita takes a back seat to no one. In fact he takes no seat at all — he stands, crouched and weaving over his piano, with a rhythm group and strong tenor sax right behind him.”
CBS
CBS 65804LP PUTHLI, ASHA: Asha Puthli LP (CBS 65804LP) 11.50
Exact repro of Indian diva Asha Puthli’s first album, originally released in 1974. Covers of George Harrison’s “I Dig Love,” J.J. Cale’s “Right Down Here,” Bill Withers’ “Let Me In Your Life” and John Lennon’s “Love.” Another J.J. Cale cover, “Lies,” is completely OUT, with schizoid, phase-shifted wailing that characterizes this singer’s ultimately avant-fused psyche.
CBS 80978LP PUTHLI, ASHA: She Loves To Hear The Music LP (CBS 80978LP) 11.50
Asha Puthli’s 1974 follow-up to her eponymous debut includes covers of Cole Porter’s “Night And Day,” Neil Sedaka’s “Laughter In The Rain” and Van McCoy’s “You’ve Got To Tell Her.” Production and arrangements by Del Newman.
CBS 81443LP PUTHLI, ASHA: The Devil Is Loose LP (CBS 81443LP) 11.50
Asha Puthli’s third album, 1976’s The Devil Is Loose, is one of her most critically-acclaiemd. The spacey, groove-driven originals “Flying Fish” and “Space Talk” predate dancefloor classics from the likes of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder.
CHASING VOICES
PRESERV 003EP CHASING VOICES: Another Walk 12″ (PRESERV 003EP) 11.00
Another dark, mutant techno exercise from anonymous producer Chasing Voices. One-sided release, housed in a silkscreened jacket.
COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)
CSR 110CD NDE: Krieg Blut Ehre Asche CD (CSR 110CD) 16.50
2009 release. Debut from this Belgian duo. Like the dark, solitary figure which adorns the cover, NDE are shrouded in mystery and desolation. No web site. No Myspace. No contact details. The music speaks loudly and across the centuries. A unique smelting of malevolent, noisy black metal, pounding, anthemic martial drums and wretched death industrial in eight acts.
CSR 116CD IRON FIST OF THE SUN: Behavioural Decline CD (CSR 116CD) 16.50
Originally released in 2009. Personal obsessions skewed by drug use, codes of behavior observed by a misanthropic mind. Bitter and cold. Nihilistic and scornful. Elitist and pure. Behavioural Decline documents the rise of treachery and the fall of honor. Power electronics that sonically take inspiration from electro-acoustics and ideology akin to black metal/black noise. A deeply personal recording. For fans of Prurient and Sutcliffe Jugend.
CSR 124CD SEHNSUCHT: Wüste CD (CSR 124CD) 16.50
Former Mayhem front-man Maniac, whose band Skitliv has proved to be a surprising departure from the black metal genre for which he was best known for over 20 years, has formed a side-project with fiancé Vivian Slaughter, bass player/vocalist with the Japanese all-girl band Gallhammer, Skitliv’s guitarist Ingvar Magnusson and experimentalist Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound). Unlike Skitliv, which is a noise/doom amalgam, with Maniac’s vocals still firmly rooted in black metal, Sehnsucht is in the noise/darkwave/ambient genre, with any vestiges of black metal pared away. Housed in a 6-panel digipak.
CSR 125CD WICKED KING WICKER: God Is Busy…Save Yourself CD (CSR 125CD) 16.50
2009 release. Wicked King Wicker is pure doom. Their brand of guttural expression strips away the rock n’ roll base and leaves nothing for the listener than the caustic reality of the darkest side of life. It is heavy, barbaric and void of hope. Wicked King Wicker has taken the power of doom metal and added noise to the mix to make its point. God Is Busy… Save Yourself is their sixth album, and their first released outside of the U.S. Wicked King Wicker is unique, and their extreme doom stands alone as the heaviest, most brutal doom imaginable and it may take you places you don’t want to go.
CSR 133CD MERZBOW & Z’EV: Spiral Right/Spiral Left CD (CSR 133CD) 16.50
In the planning (and many faxes, emails and discussions in person) for 20 years, finally this stunning collaborative release for Cold Spring from Japanese noise king Merzbow and legendary elemental sound artist Z’ev is here. The tracks were created in London and Tokyo, with each artist remixing the other’s original sounds. Two tracks weighing in at 22 minutes and 28 minutes, respectively! Dark ambient noise in a special textured card digisleeve.
CSR 135CD SEVERIN, STEVEN: Blood Of A Poet CD (CSR 135CD) 16.50
Acclaimed solo artist and founding member of the legendary Siouxsie & The Banshees, Steven Severin’s debut album for Cold Spring Records is titled Blood Of A Poet (Le Sang d’un Poete). This album is his entire soundtrack to Jean Cocteau’s 1930 black & white Surrealist classic and is the second in his ongoing series of “Music For Silents.” Blood Of A Poet received its premiere at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood in January of 2010 and his first-ever solo tour of the UK was hosted by the Picturehouse chain of cinemas. Housed in a stunning gatefold digisleeve.
CSR 136CD MZ.412: In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi CD (CSR 136CD) 16.50
1995 bore witness to the resurrection of nefarious Swedish horde MZ.412 (previously manifest as Maschinenzimmer 412) — Nordvargr, Drakh, Ulvtharm and Shaitan. This ground-breaking, genre-defining album saw the inventors of “black industrial” blur the boundaries between black metal, ritual industrial, dark ambient and power noise. In Nomine… captures the darkest sides of Satanism, death and ritual sacrifice — an enduring, blasphemous statement of True Swedish black industrial. This remastered version features two previously unreleased tracks (“In Ritual Of Blood And Oath” and “Infinite Hollow”), alternate versions and all new artwork. Just under 74 minutes of music housed in a matte digipak with spot varnishing.
COMEME (ARGENTINA)
COMEME 012EP GORBACHEV, PHILIPP: In The Delta 12″ (COMEME 012EP) 12.00
The Delta is a symbolic and poetic place — where the flow of the river enters the ocean. The Delta gives the feeling of rhythm. The Delta is the supreme destination. The Delta refers to hanging out in the city streets. Essential in The Delta is the spirit of conscious spontaneity, collaborations with artists, jam sessions, highs and lows, night-time, stories and other basic habits from the primordial age of music. Recorded in Moscow, Nikolina Gora, Russia and in Berlin, Germany.
CYNOSURE (CANADA)
CYN 048EP WANDLER & MASTRA: Kassandra EP 12″ (CYN 048EP) 12.00
Swiss producers Wandler & Mastra are no strangers to the formula that most DJs seek when hunting for the bombs necessary to make a set magical. A-side “Kassandra” lifts things off the ground with a mystical groove and bass line that swells and subtly evolves into a peak time shuffler. “Scrabble” also morphs into a bouncing euphoria, this time by way of a filtered, minimal groove. “Scharlotte Dub” nods respect to the dub techno sound and pays homage to Berlin’s Chain Reaction camp.
DECCA
DL 5355LP AXELROD, DAVID: The Auction LP (DL 5355LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro of David Axelrod’s slavery-themed 1972 album for Decca. Features guitarist David T. Walker, bassist James Hughart and co-production by Cannonball Adderley. A little of everything from Axelrod, from the chorus on “Be Proud, My Race!” to the conga break on “Leading Citizen” — perfect bathroom-break music while you’re watching Roots on Netflix.
DEEP MEDI MUSIK (UK)
MEDI 049EP OLD APPARATUS: Zebulon 10″ (MEDI 049EP) 13.00
“Mala’s DEEP MEDi Musik label release the second single by (at this point in time) unknown artist(s)(?) Old Apparatus. 180 gram vinyl 10″ with printed sleeve.”
DELSIN (NETHERLANDS)
DSR 089EP CONFORCE: Dystopian Elements EP 12″ (DSR 089EP) 12.50
Conforce presents the Dystopian Elements EP. “Luminous” is a tantalizing deep house number whose tempo looks to the future. “Desolate Ground” is sparse and spare, yes, but warm and enveloping. “Lonely Run” again mines a cerebral vein, but one with a muted acid bassline and a heightened sense of edginess. “Vacuum” is the most dancefloor, with tight hi-hat rotations and a muffled, muted bassline. Overall, it’s subtle, expansive and dub-wise stuff that oozes with genuine class and real restraint.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 060EP JOST/LAWRENCE, CARSTEN: A Greater Administration Of Lower Interests 12″ (DIAL 060EP) 12.50
Here are two double A-sided anthems presented by Dial Records founders Carsten Jost and Lawrence. There wasn’t much of a summer in northern Europe this year — hard rain all the time, temperatures under the t-shirt limit — still, the festival season was a deep success. These pieces were tested at the Nachtdigital Festival in Olganitz near Leipzig and Smallville in Hamburg and are the result of thousands of happy faces dancing the night away.
DIGIKILLER
DKR 065EP KUSH DAN I: Jah Law Of Love 7″ (DKR 065EP) 5.50
“Legendary and rare roots reggae tunes from 1982. Michael ‘Kush Dan I’ Gardine produced himself doing the awesome ‘Jah Law of Love’ at Tuff Gong to great effect, featuring fantastic instrumentation. Originally released only in tiny quantity on 45 in JA, it’s back now, and featuring the same brilliant label art, faithfully reproduced in Jamaica from the original films.”
DKR 066EP REGGAE GEORGE: Girl You’re Too Young 7″ (DKR 066EP) 5.50
“Kush also produced some tunes with Reggae George, most notably the well known ‘Three Wicked Men.’ This killer tune, ‘Girl You’re Too Young,’ is a killer slice of heavy lovers. Only ever dubiously released in Canada on a now very rare 12-inch, it’s also back again, shedding some light on the under-appreciated artist and producer both.”
DKR 067EP WILD EYES: Wickedness 7″ (DKR 067EP) 5.50
“Straight from Maxfield Avenue, 1989, Castro Brown’s New Name Muzik outfit produced some of the best of the first wave of digital roots. Here are a couple of their finest outings. ‘Wickedness’ by Wild Eyes is one of the most sought-after one-away tunes of the era.”
DISSONANT (SPAIN)
DISS 001CD ANTONA, MARC: Rules Of Madness CD (DISS 001CD) 17.00
Producing and releasing his explorative and unique electronic music on labels such as Mobilee, Highgrade, Freak N’Chic or Micro-Fibres for years, it was in 2010 that Marc Antona felt the time was right to embark on the entirely independent project, Dissonant. Over the year that followed, not only did Marc put out three highly-praised EPs on his label, he also built and nurtured its concept to what is now the home of his first full-length album Rules Of Madness. Exposing the hidden grooves within the beats and kicks, Rules Of Madness features ten tracks of organic music full of hidden melodies and underlying emotional ambience while keeping the pumping vibe experienced in his DJ live sessions. Through his first album on Dissonant, Marc shows his own creative vision of what he wants to be sexy underground music. Rules Of Madness opens with “Guru,” the album’s sense of shy mystery and intrigue revealed with muffled demeanor and secretive rhythm. Just afterwards, “All Against The Law” introduces the next main thread: analog field recordings that celebrate the fascinating and often-unheard soundtrack of everyday life. These recordings, coupled with the poetic sampled vocals on “Illegal” and the humorous and charming “Hammock Spider Story,” serve to create a beautiful and honest thread to Marc’s tracks. Marc Antona’s Iberian influence is laid bare throughout: the ten tracks coming from his studio on the white island of which he fondly says has “so much contrast between the peaceful nature and the amazing clubbing scene, with so much energy that ideas are plentiful when it’s time to make music.” Woven with exactly that contrast, tracks like “Prohibition Circus” and “Crush To Pulp” play with raw, organic hand claps, groovy feelings and the sprinkling bells of ambience. What makes them so compelling, though, is the atmosphere that they ricochet within; crunching machinery combines with bounding bass and beats to fuel the dancefloor. Throughout his journey and discoveries as a musician, Marc’s passion for “creating musical trips, taking people into his world and making them enjoy the changes of moods from happiness to melancholy, from energy-pumping moments to relaxing, deep waves” has developed and is now clearly on point with an album that fully delivers.
DUMB-UNIT (CANADA)
DU 063EP ELON: Colombian EP 12″ (DU 063EP) 12.00
Dumb-Unit returns with an energetic four-tracker from Elon. A long-time label-mate, Elon strips it all back to create a bumping and infectious, naked groove. No decor here, only pure syncopated and pushing rhythms to notch it up a tad. The energetic pacers of Elon are complemented by a deeper excursion; a superb Exercise One remix that takes the original and works it into a pulsing, main floor late-night jam.
ECHOCORD (GERMANY)
ECHO 053EP RESOE: The Black Void Of Space EP 00/2 12″ (ECHO 053EP) 12.00
This is the second 12″ from Resoe’s debut album The Black Void Of Space (ECHO 009CD). “Nachhall” is an atmospheric track, but still aimed for the floor. The metallic chords and lush strings build up slowly through the track, which ends as a pure techno monster like the old school sound of Detroit. “Dubcuttin'” is Resoe’s dubstep track, with a more techno kind of edge. Don Williams’ remix is a Detroit-inspired track, with hard, stabby chords and filtered efx.
ECSTATIC PEACE RECORDS + TAPES
E#105R HUNTING RITUALS: Brooding Forest LP (E#105R) 16.50
Hunting Rituals is the moniker of Scott Johnson (also Scott Cloud, Thoughts On Air) which was inspired from many impromptu collaborations with other weirdo musicians within the city limits of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Brooding Forest was the first recording to feature a second member, a fellow collaborator Jeremiah Buchan from Bottom Feeder who was also a main influence on the overall ritual sound process. This recording fuses Scott’s focus of feral improv with Jeremy’s premeditated landscapes of organic creep sound. Brooding Forest was recorded in Sonic Unyon’s basement, originally released as a cassette on Myiasis Tapes. This is the true underground shadow music of Ontario improv/drone/outsider accidentalia. Startling and hypnotic. Limited pressing.
E#110B MV CARBON: Dislodged Perihelion LP (E#110B) 16.50
MV Carbon is a Brooklyn-based musician/artist with a completely unconventional and wildly conceptual approach to music-making and performance. She uses fragmented field recordings, cello, guitar, analog synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, tape manipulations, and photosensitive oscillators to create eerie and weirdly unsettling compositions. Carbon has collaborated with a who’s-who of avant-garde contemporanea: Aki Onda, Tony Conrad, Evan Parker, John Wiese, C Spencer Yeh, Twig Harper, Bill Nace, John Edwards, Culver (Skullflower), Okkyung Lee, Smegma and a host of others. She has performed internationally for years in galleries, rock clubs, museums, attics, basements, gardens, etc. With her band Metalux she has released music on some of the most interesting labels of the last ten years: 5RC, Load, Hanson, Veglia, No Fun, and Nihilist. Her work with the band Bride Of No No has two releases out on Atavistic. Her solo cassette tape, The Shaft, was released on Period Tapes in July 2011. Carbon is also a painter and installation artist whose artwork has been exhibited at a number of U.S. galleries. Dislodged Perihelion utilizes vintage drum machines and synths, guitar loops, tape machines, voice, and cello. The lyrics abstractly reveal particular scenarios, images, moods, and impressions where the listener feels and experiences sensations from disruption to enchantment. Edition of 300 LPs with silkscreen covers printed by Rel Records.
E#21G HORSEBLADDER: Not, I’ll Not LP (E#21G) 16.50
Not I’ll Not is the debut LP from Horsebladder aka Elaine Kahn, a poet & musician currently living in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kahn uses minimalist loops & incantation to create primitive pop songs for the second body. Vocals range from ethereal to ragged, music is a corporeal daydream of night sweats & sad sex, laced with preconscious allusions to Dome, Two Daughters & Catullus. Previous releases on Yod Tapes & Night People. This recording will spook you into a third-floor poet mind devising schematics for basement loveletter. The sounds of a heart beating through raw chambers of reverb and rhythm. Engrossing, exquisite and holistically haunting. 300 copies.
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 123CD MCGUIRE, MARK: Get Lost CD (EMEGO 123CD) 15.50
And yet another killer album from the ever-productive Mark McGuire (Emeralds). It just keeps getting better, as he delivers another fine set of tunes in his perfected style. A few more electronic elements than usual and even some voices, but still the unique blend of feel-good riffs, electric and acoustic loops and melodies that just stick in the head. This album is chockablock with short hits and one long jam of blissed-out McGuire ambience. Awesome. Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals, and guitar-synthesizer recorded digitally between June 2010 and July 2011 in Westlake, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. Mixed at Hardbodies, July 2011 by Mark McGuire. Mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Photography and art by Mark McGuire, 2011.
EMEGO 127CD ANGEL: 26000 CD (EMEGO 127CD) 15.50
Angel is Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) who play time-transcending freeform sound with the weightlessness and gravity of electromagnetic signals, together since 1999. These five tracks describe the last period of a 26,000 years-long cycle that leads to a new situation on this planet. 26000 was recorded between 2008 and 2010 at Construction Site Studios in Berlin and Ilpo’s cottage in Karttula, Finland and features guest appearances by Hildur Gudnadottir, BJ Nilsen and Oren Ambarchi. The repertoire of the instruments is very wide: glass bowls, metal objects, pieces of wood, grass, birds, dragonflies, lake echo, smoking box and regular electronic equipment as well as acoustic instruments. Hildur plays cello & the hallodrone (a kind of cello that feeds itself back). Oren plays percussion & guitar. Benny did field recordings and processing. All mixed by Angel at Dirk’s newly-built studio called Zone and mastered by Rashad Becker in Berlin. It’s all good in the tummy, bwoys, because the Black Sabbath parts were totally AC/DC. “Nothing is wider than empty things.” –Francis Bacon “Time is the accident of accidents.” –Epi Kuros
EMEGO 128CD ORCUTT, BILL: How The Thing Sings CD (EMEGO 128CD) 15.50
Yet another essential, cracking new set of songs from Bill Orcutt, showcasing a further development of his unique, visceral acoustic style. The language that Orcutt uses looks familiar at first glance, but cuts deeper and it’s a myriad of twisted audio that’s both full-on and drenched in melancholy, usually in the same gasping breath. While a lot of it is the classic face-melting style, some quieter segments counter balance on the title track as well the epic closer “A Line From Ol’Man River” and “Heaven Is Closed To Me Now.” Recorded Spring 2011 in the Living Room, San Francisco.
ENDLESS FLIGHT (JAPAN)
EF 038EP STRATEGY: The Fixer 12″ (EF 038EP) 15.50
Strategy returns with two excellent, alternative house tracks. “The Fixer” is unique mixture of dubby house and a kind of Italo disco sound. If you like the music of Caribou’s Daphni or Four Tet, you will like this song. The B-side, “Another Rain,” is Krautrock-oriented house meets Thomas Fehlmann — it’s for Four Tet, Prins Thomas or Lo Soul fans.
FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)
FACESXLDS 001EP PANTS & TOM NOBLE, JAMES: Selected Sound Remixes Pt. 1 12″ (FACESXLDS 001EP) 12.50
Nice pairing of producers to rework two cool old Klaus Weiss tracks. B-Boys delight!
FAKE DIAMOND RECORDS (DENMARK)
FDR 017CD LATE GREAT FITZCARRALDOS, THE: The Late Great Fitzcarraldos CD (FDR 017CD) 17.00
The sound of The Late Great Fitzcarraldos is like sand between your toes. Bittersweet love songs paying homage to Otis Redding, Brian Eno, John Cale and Luther Vandross. This is sophisticated, melodic luxury music for a generation that has the history of music up their sleeve, but really just wants to meditate. The Late Great Fitzcarraldos is a Danish trio consisting of Tobias Buch-Andersen (vocals and keyboards), Jacob Funch (guitar and vocals, also known from I Got You On Tape), and Jakob Millung (bass and vocals, also in the band Choir Of Young Believers). The Late Great Fitzcarraldos are a volatile gas, which appears to have found temporary peace in a house built by Roy Orbison, Phil Spector and Motown’s Berry Gordy only to be blown up with love in slow motion by Brian Eno and some of the other colorful producers from the ’80s. The trio who records and lives in the U.S. and Denmark write elegant, luscious songs that make you dream away to a country where there are cocktails coming out of the taps, wall-to-wall carpeting is woven of marijuana, and a Caribbean sun washed in pastel colors 24-7. The eponymous debut album is a headstrong, eccentric oasis where edges are turned into curves. But the ideas, whether a harmonica on a long voyage, a comatose saxophone section or the recurring stiff-legged rhythm box, keeps the listener alert. And then Tobias Buch, a brilliant soul singer, in the midst of all this.
FORMULA (UK)
FRM 001EP CHAMPION: Lighter EP 12″ (FRM 001EP) 11.00
Hotly tipped by Fact Magazine as one to watch, Champion — the 20 year old producer from London’s funky scene — has very quickly gone from relative obscurity to getting played on repeat by massive DJs like Kode 9, Benji B, Bok Bok, Roska and Oneman. “Lighter” has been a club anthem for nearly two years without seeing a release, so there can be no better way to launch his own Formula Records imprint than with this much-wanted cut.
FOURTH WAVE (UK)
4TH 002EP READ, GERRY: Untitled/Legs 12″ (4TH 002EP) 11.00
Fourth Wave returns for its second poem from the dark abyss of change, this time from the mysterious 18 year-old, Gerry Read. Multi-instrumentalist Gerry chops through layers and layers of samples with his own playing to create landscapes of rolling, deep, Detroit-flecked house music.
FREUDE AM TANZEN (GERMANY)
FREUDE 052EP JUNO6: Jenz Lutz EP 12″ (FREUDE 052EP) 12.00
Stefan Schutz aka Juno6 belongs to the Leipzig New School, comfortably seated between deeper house and techno. On Jenz Lutz, he displays the Juno6 portfolio fully with a portion of funkiness and a sprinkle of pop — at least on one of the cuts. With clever vocals and emotional vehemence, the A-side searches for a match — seldom has that good old Jethro Tull flute enjoyed such a natural context in club music.
FRIJSFO BEATS (UK)
FRJ 010EP VA: Frijsfo Beats Volume 3 12″ (FRJ 010EP) 12.00
Frijsfo Beats present the biggest yet in their series of vinyl EPs, compiling new work from Cardopusher, Desto, Kuoyah, Geiom and Submerse, assembled with the label’s distinctive ear, tuned to wilder mutations of garage, techno soul, footwork, and dubstep.
FULL PUPP (NORWAY)
FP 005CD VAREID, MARIUS: Telemark CD (FP 005CD) 17.00
Norwegian producer/DJ/remixer Marius Våreid’s work covers a wide range of musical styles, from Balearic disco/house, NY garage to tropical jazz. Having worked with talents like Prins Thomas, Ray Mang, DJ Yellow, Rune Lindbaek, Bugge Wesseltoft, Pete Herbert and Ajello, Marius is always seeking out new collaborators to push his music in new directions. Marius started out as a breakdancer and a piano student, listening to Herbie Hancock and the Rock Steady Crew as well as Dizzy Gillespie and Satie. But it was the Swedish radio show “SoulCorner” with radio legend Mats Nileskjär that got Marius interested in DJing and music production. Nileskjär’s shows dug deep in the history of black dance music, and always presented the newest in house, hip-hop, etc. Starting out with a Dynachord Tape Echo mixer, a Fender Rhodes Mark I and 2 turntables back in the late ’80s, Marius waited a good 20 years to release his first solo album, now ready to launch from the safe havens of Prins Thomas’ Full Pupp label.
GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)
GUESS 034CD ZAHIR, AHMAD: Hip 70’s Afghan Beats! CD (GUESS 034CD) 17.00
A major star in Afghanistan in the ’70s until his death in 1979, and a legend today, Ahmad Zahir has something impressive to offer to all Western ears open to exotic rock and pop sounds. Compiled from his vast 1970s discography, here’s a selection with some of his best tracks, an astounding set showing his unique, distinct psychedelic sound. Centered around his deep voice, and with the use of electric guitar (including some wah-wah), stunning, reverb-heavy drums, some sitar and tabla, organ, flutes and bass, these are incredible folk-pop tunes from another world. Remastered from the original master tapes and including extensive liner notes.
HANDMADE BIRDS
HB 004LP HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA, THE: A Natural History Of Failure LP (HB 004LP) 18.00
“THQO is Ryan R. Unks, formerly guitarist of legendary Pittsburgh metal outfit Creation Is Crucifixion, who has been a key player in dark experimental music for more than a decade. A Natural History of Failure was released in 2010 on CD by Utech Records, a label known for its curatorial savvy and credible catalogue. This is the first and only pressing of this milestone on vinyl, in limited quantity.”
HBWLS 023LP CROOKED NECKS: Something Must Break LP (HBWLS 023LP) 12.50
“The flagship release in the Handmade Birds White Label Series. Born from personal tragedy experienced by the band, and for that reason held close and left unprinted for years, Crooked Necks are now sharing this deeply personal set of Joy Division covers in a one time, limited pressing. These covers resonate in the true spirit of the originals, while integrating the unique style of Crooked Necks.”
HEMLOCK (UK)
HEK 013EP PANGAEA: Hex/Fatalist 12″ (HEK 013EP) 12.00
“Pangaea turns out the lights and blesses Hemlock with two of his toughest productions yet. ‘Hex’ channels the spirit of ’92 via Plastic People, picking up the most eccentric, deranged vocal along the way. ‘Eeeeeechiiiieeee’. On the flip ‘Fatalist’ is a dark-side joint of the highest order. ‘Alright. Listen. Listen. Listen.'”
HOT HAIR (GERMANY)
HOTHAIR 004EP RED STARS OVER TOKYO: Hits Of Sunshine 12″ (HOTHAIR 004EP) 14.00
Limited vinyl (300 copies) with almost 40 minutes running time. For fans of Type Records, Digitalis, Kranky and Kompakt’s annual Pop Ambient series. A new excursion into melancholy, reshaping years of electro, ambient, lo-fi and post-whatever one grew up with. The artist states: “With Hits Of Sunshine, I wanted to make a sunny record during dark winter evenings with a more beat-oriented direction, and as usual, as with all past releases, I totally failed…”
HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH (NETHERLANDS)
HHYR 001CD HOWARD, TEVO: Crystal Republic/Pandora’s Box CD (HHYR 001CD) 17.00
On Tevo Howard’s first CD release, Hour House Is Your Rush marries his two EP releases for HHYR: Crystal Republic from 2010 and Pandora’s Box. Next to that, two more tracks are added, “Move” from 2009 as well as “I Won’t Lay Back,” from Rick Poppa Howard’s s/t EP of the same year. This makes a comprehensive compilation showing some of the best output from his recent catalog. Though his tracks are heavily inspired by the early days, his productions sound very crisp and “today.” The Crystal Republic tracks show his emotional and raw warehouse side, whereas on the Pandora’s Box tracks, Tevo experiments with different rhythms and textures, which results in a varied set of tracks, from classic Chicago acid house to more Italo leanings. Tevo’s music truly takes us back to the original vibe of Chicago house music, without getting too dusty.
INCUNABULUM (NETHERLANDS)
INC 009CD VAN WISSEM, JOZEF: A Priori CD (INC 009CD) 15.50
2008 release. Liner notes by David Tibet: “Once some music dropped through my letter-box; let’s summon their sounds into our world now, and deliver their names as Roses or Stations. The picture they imagined was both clear and cryptic: the certainties of the 17th century holding tight the ugly beauty that we now see scattered around us. I loved these CDs by Jozef van Wissem, A Rose By Any Other Name and Stations Of The Cross. And then I received a new album, A Priori, and I immediately played it and heard its stark and repetitive intensity, its stately and glacial march. There is nothing quite like it that I have heard before — it is timeless, breathing deeply and exhaling showers of snow, endless circles, mirrors, spirals, the sea. When Jozef plays the lute, he pours out endless space. What can I say but let the rain come, close your eyes and watch the stars fall and rise and fall again.” “Something has been slowly happening to the perception of lutes, over the past five years or so the instrument has received a kind of popular culture pardon. Jozef van Wissem has been more of a sniper in this battle rather than a braying officer, his releases finding their mark and word spreading of his undoubted skill. A Priori is the most complete example yet of this Renaissance-tagged instrument embracing timelessness. His minimalist playing may be a taint to those who prefer whippersnappers offering rippling runs of notes, to those accustomed to listen till they became surfeited, but van Wissem plays with a tender surety. There is a Satie-like feel to the melody on ‘Aerumna,’ the sharp strings announcing the notes like sundial chimes. His use of musical palindromes, instead of tying the pieces to form, makes his music seem instead like long, gentle arcs of endless recurring melody. (8/10) –Scott McKeating, Foxy Digitalis
INCUS RECORDS (UK)
INCUS 001CS BAILEY, DEREK: Concert In Milwaukee Cassette (INCUS 001CS) 13.00
Cassette version. A reproduction of the original alleged cassette — featuring light-blue lettering printed on the light-grey cassette body — excluding the numbered insert.
INCUS 061CD COXHILL & ALEX WARD, LOL: Old Sights, New Sounds CD (INCUS 061CD) 19.00
Performed by Lol Coxhill, soprano saxophone, and Alex Ward, clarinet. Recorded at Incus HQ, London; October 14, 2010.
INCUS 062CD BAILEY, DEREK: Concert In Milwaukee CD (INCUS 062CD) 19.00
“This was a cassette not officially released on Incus or any other label. It was sold by Derek Bailey at concerts. For a short period in 2010 original copies were sold via the Incus website. Now released on CD, restored and transferred from the original cassette. The back story: In 1983 Derek Bailey was due to visit Japan for a concert tour and decided to take with him, for sale at the concerts, a cassette recorded live in Milwaukee. Approximately 500 cassettes were prepared and dispatched to the promoter in Japan but, in the event, the tour fell through and the cassettes were returned to England. On arriving to collect the two boxes containing the cassettes from the Post Office, Derek found that they were badly damaged and, having to pay to regain them, decided to collect only one of the parcels. The salvageable cassettes – number not known, but probably around 150 – were subsequently sold at other live dates. All were produced on a light-grey plastic cassette body with ‘Concert in Milwaukee, Derek Bailey’ plus date of concert, printed in light-blue directly on the cassette body. The cassette came with an insert with the number DBC2 (no number on cassette itself).”
JACKPOT RECORDS
JPR 019CD CROCK: Grok CD (JPR 019CD) 12.00
“Coming from the brilliant minds of Quasi’s Sam Coomes and Hella’s Spencer Seim, Crock’s debut record Grok is the end product of several years of refined collaboration, and truly a sound and vision unlike any other. Each song shifts and burns through an albums’ worth of ideas in the compact space of 4 minutes. It’s not so much a collage as it is some new kind of sonic highway where it’s always rush hour. Amid all the electronic fragments, outsider doom riffs and dozens of other sounds racing by, at the center of the songs are the signature sounds of either of the creators. Coomes’ instantly-recognizable vocal harmonies push some of the best songs from prog-freak out territory into the realm of Beatles-y pop wonder. The spazzy, sputtering drum work by Seim is not only on par with the best Hella moments, but serves as an anchor to the trails of sometimes blissful, sometimes crazed composition shooting off in all directions.”
JPR 019LP CROCK: Grok LP (JPR 019LP) 18.00
LP version on neon green-colored vinyl.
JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)
JBJ 1021EP BURR & K.J. TRIO, FRANCES: I Say No, No More/I Won’t Hurt You Anymore 7″ (JBJ 1021EP) 11.00
Raw, hard and guttural blues from obscure female Chicago singer Frances Burr, backed up by a hard-driving, pepped-up and rowdy KJ Trio — piano banging, sax honking, drums clattering everywhere. No mistake though, this is Miss Burr’s show all the way, and she’ll let you know, too! Another unique and wonderful rhythm & blues side to grace the ongoing Jukebox Jam series of club rockin’ RnB 45s!
JBJ 1022EP TIMMONS, TERRY: Got Nobody To Love/Daddy Be Good To Me 7″ (JBJ 1022EP) 11.00
Immense early ’50s rhythm and blues belter from a singer otherwise more often known for far softer material. This one opens with a rasping horn pattern, before slipping into a swinging and rolling tom-drum and hand-clap rhythm and some knockout call-and-response vocals from Terry Timmons and her back-up. The horns return sporadically to wild effect throughout, making this an effortless showcase of the art of “build it up and break it down.”
JBJ 1023EP RUCKER, ERVIN: Done Done The Slop/Baby You Were Meant For Me 7″ (JBJ 1023EP) 11.00
Totally amazing, wild and untamed R&B room-shaker all about the dance craze that made a mess of many a dance floor – the Slop! A massive spin on the notorious Pittsburgh scene of yesteryear that’s gained another well-earned airing in today’s worldwide smattering of vintage R&B clubs. On the flip is “Baby You Were Meant for Me,” a totally groovy, low-fi mid-tempo bumper with an off-kilter rhythm and sleazed-out sax solo to die for.
JM 084EP JOHNSON, JOE: Rattlesnake, Baby, Rattlesnake/Gold Digging Man 7″ (JM 084EP) 8.00
If it’s a shimmying, head-nodding and hip-twisting R&B party-starter that you’re looking for, then look no further than “Rattlesnake Baby” from Joe Johnson! Based around a ridiculously infectious groove, this is the kind of sound you can easily envision playing behind the podium dancers of the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Flip it over and “Gold Digging Man” is no slouch either — a heavy-bottomed, boogaloo-tinged stomper which betrays a strong influence of ’64, ’65-era JB. More party starters, from Jazzman.
JM 085EP CONTRERAS, TINO: El Jazz Mexicano 7″ (JM 085EP) 12.50
Our never-ending mission to reveal the under-appreciated-yet-worthy-of-attention jazz masters around the world has now taken us far away and across the sea to Mexico. Tino Contreras has produced countless recordings, played on innumerable live dates, and has performed with various jazz groups all around the world. Yet he is still relatively unknown, and probably Mexico’s best kept secret in jazz. This 4 track EP limited edition EP presents the wide-ranging musical skills of Tino as a jazz musician. Latin-esque ritual chants in “Orfeo en los Tambores,” avant-garde experimentation with a psychedelic subframe in “Orbita,” waltz-time jazz in “La Noche de los Dioses” and religiously-themed choral jazz in the song “Credo.” Hand-numbered edition of 600 copies.
KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)
LDN 023EP VIBEZIN: From The Crates EP 12″ (LDN 023EP) 11.00
Vibezin is a longtime stalwart of the London pirate underground, best known as half of United Vibez, a DJ partnership with Amen Ra. This EP showcases his sample-scattered production approach, influenced by UK garage’s magpie-like approach to fragments of great records of the past, and dubstep’s reverence for weighty sub-bass. “Hot 4 U” layers crashing drums and strange funk samples to create a significant soundscape. “Mad Sick” rolls into darker Jamaican dread territories, while “Vicious” recalls classic jungle, but with a brooding, halfstep exoskeleton.
LDN 026LP SULLY: Carrier LP (LDN 026LP) 16.50
LP version. Long before — four of five years before — the UK garage revival kicked in and “future” garage had even been dreamt up, Sully began finding a space between 2step’s swing, dubstep’s edge and breakstep’s drums, all underpinned by the rude spirit of jungle. He displayed a deft touch for heart-breaking melodies that could touch people as much as the ruff sub-bass could hit them, as evidenced on EPs like Phonebox and Jackman’s Rec for the pioneering Frijsfo Beats label. Carrier comes good on Sully’s unwritten promise to his long-hopeful fans. It’s a short but sweet opus that embraces house, 2step, UK funky, purple synths and juke, with a widescreen, epic vision and Sully’s trademark emotive vistas. In fact, so poignant was one cut, “2Hearts,” that it was rumored to have been held back for the mythical “lost” Burial’s DJ Kicks mix. The second half of Carrier sees Sully — best known for his 2step garage variants — filter his own take on Chicago footwork, combining eski strings, crunchy 808 claps and ravey piano loops at a tempo last used by jungle, while a hitherto unheard UK funky influence is also revealed on “Encona.” Collectively, the album presents a body of work infected by ruffneck pirate culture.
KITSUNE (FRANCE)
CDA 006CD VA: Kitsuné Maison Compilation 2 CD (CDA 006CD) 15.50
2006 release. The second volume in Kitsuné’s absolutely essential Kitsuné Maison series, focused on straight-up danceable gems. Volume 2 features Wolfmother, MSTRKRFT, Bloc Party, Boys Noize, Cazals, Azzido Da Bass, Joakim, Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco, Christopher Just & Raphael Just, Shinichi Osawa, Fox n’Wolf, Todd Terje, Adam Sky, Popular Computer, Kaos, Brennan Green and Jenny Wilson.
CDA 007CD VA: Kitsuné Maison Compilation 3 CD (CDA 007CD) 15.50
2006 release. The third volume in Kitsuné’s absolutely essential Kitsuné Maison series, focused on straight-up danceable gems. Volume 3 features Simian Mobile Disco, The Lovely Feathers, The Whip, Fox n’ Wolf, Klaxons, Van She, Freeform Five, Boys Noize, Gossip, Soulwax, Alex Gopher, The World Domination vs. Adam Sky, Dead Disco, Metronomy, The Valentinos, Bag Raiders, Oh No! Oh My!, The Whitest Boy Alive and Digitalism.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 242LP BORATTO, GUI: III 2LP+CD (KOM 242LP) 21.00
2LP version, plus a free CD version of the album.
KOM EX069EP VOIGT & VOIGT: Speicher 69 12″ (KOM EX069EP) 12.00
Both sides of this new Speicher edition will surprise listeners with its unorthodox arrangements. “Synthesize” hypnotizes with a persistent ’80s vocal loop that moves over some kind of industrial bridge, then sways on a disco house loop into nirvana. “Idolize” sounds more like noble-trance, starting with a dark chord bass/piano riff and then climbing over a Klaus-Schulze-like sequencing ladder into the heaven of rave-bliss. A warm summer rain on the beach of Ibiza in the ’70s.
KOMP 090CD BORATTO, GUI: III CD (KOMP 090CD) 15.50
Gui Boratto is truly that success story that aspiring dance producers dream of. From his Brazilian home of São Paolo as a student of architecture and design, he quickly found himself in the position as one of the country’s primary pop/rock producers (including work for Steel Pulse). It was with his 2005 debut Kompakt release on the K2 sub-label Arquipélago that shot him into prominence and paved a strong path of singles that led to the now classic full-length Chromophobia (KOMP 056CD/KOM 152LP). The lead singles “Mr. Decay” and “Beautiful Life” remain two of the most unforgettable tracks in Kompakt history — the latter official video with well over a million views on YouTube. It was his sophomore album, the 2009 breakthrough, Take My Breath Away (KOMP 070CD/KOM 190LP) which evolved him as a dance producer further into a realm of his own right as one of Brazil’s most established musicians. His remixes for Pet Shop Boys, Massive Attack and co-producing Bomb The Bass further demonstrate this tremendous talent amongst us. Following a world-wide rollercoaster of almost 3 years continuously on the road touring, Gui Boratto found himself back in his São Paolo studio in early 2011. The results are here with III — arguably his greatest musical accomplishment to date. Kicking off with the slow drive of “Galuchat,” the sitar-ish instrumental embedded in the track sets a foundation of melancholic organic groove found throughout III. “Stems From Hell” will not disappoint the die-hard fan — his masterful approach to the maximum and minimum of sound variation is pure peak-time. “Striker” was originally intended for his second full-length, but was left on hold and fortunately completed for III. Featuring vocals from Gui Boratto himself, his contagious bass line has no limit, recalling the likes of Echo And The Bunnymen. Gui began III with “The Third” — a gorgeous play on the four/four pattern that suddenly moves from eight bars to only six. Hi-hats become almost shuffle-like in their flow. Gui Boratto said about going into producing “The Trap” that “the good thing about doing an album is the possibility of experimentalism.” He lets his instinct totally flow as a Rhodes, piano and tremolo guitar converse with one another. Beauty and sadness remarkably collide. A sure album highlight, “Destination: Education” marks the return of his wife Luciana Villanova on vocals (who also sings on “Beautiful Life”) — a 119 techno/house crooner that will be a surefire favorite on the modern dancefloor. Gui lovingly likens “Flying Practice” as a part of the three bars that grace the album cover. Classic trance chording build a variety of moods and builds. A French horn makes the transition and conclusion. “Soledad” is directly inspired by and pays homage to Astor Piazzolla’s “Soleda” and ironically, a little of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer.” This journey ends off with “This Is Not The End” — an indie-minded track that demonstrates how masterful Gui Boratto has evolved his signature sound into something quite monumental. Again, Luciana Villanova’s beautiful vocals captures the spirit of what Boratto brings to life.
KYE
KYE 013CD DARGE, MONIEK: Sounds Of Sacred Places CD (KYE 013CD) 16.00
“New 2011 edition of this cornerstone sound art collection, originally published in 1987 on LP by Igloo. Sounds of Sacred Places arrives in a high gloss 4-panel digipak with accompanying 16 page booklet of photos and notes. Remastered from the original tapes by Moniek Darge at the Logos Foundation, Gent. Edition of 500.””In most ethnic cultures, sacred places serve an important social function. The qualities, typical of these places, explain to western people the magic magnetism of these ‘holy grounds’. During our international Logos Duo concert tours we have had the opportunity to visit quite a few of these places. Uluru, the ‘Shadowgiving Mountain’ of the Aborigines, better known under its western name of Ayers Rock (Australia), impressed us more than any other. The presence of water and an enormous monolith in the midst of the vast desert plain is given as an explanation for its magical appeal. But to the Aborigines, each little place of the rock contains tracks of their ancestors, the ‘Dreamtime People’, who live in this mountain and speak to them in the sounds of the winds howling through the crevasses and rockholes. Uluru is also the dwelling-place of the ‘World Serpent’, the most powerful totem shared by the surrounding tribes. Sounds of Sacred Places attempts to transform the listener into a living witness of the sounds of similar places, not far away in any specific ethnic culture, but in Flanders.” –Moniek Darge, 1987
KYE 014LP MILLION YEAR SPREE: Million Year Spree LP (KYE 014LP) 16.00
“Million Year Spree is the first in an occasional series of shared LPs where two like-minded souls meet under one umbrella. Hamilton, Ontario’s Fossils have long been the reigning kings of no-fi acoustic sewage, producing an endless stream of outstandingly dire handcut confusion. Calfornia’s Darksmith came to public attention last year (2010) via their peerless Total Vacuum LP (Hanson). Wilting electronics, floppy turntableism and sun-baked cassette protocol are combined and destroyed in a claustrophobic void. With additional mixing by Graham Lambkin and mastering by Jason Lescalleet, Million Year Spree is the last word on being and nothingness. Hand-numbered edition of 400.”
LIEBE DETAIL (GERMANY)
LDLTD 004EP LAWRENCE/JICHAEL MACKSON: Place To Be/Fluff In The Bellybutton 12″ (LDLTD 004EP) 12.00
Here’s the fourth round in Liebe*Detail’s hand-picked re-release series. This time they combined two very special tracks from outstanding artists Lawrence and Jichael Mackson together on a strictly-limited 12″. Both tracks haven’t been available for more than 3 years on vinyl, now.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 065CD HYUN, SHIN JOONG: Beautiful Rivers And Mountains CD (LITA 065CD) 15.00
Subtitled: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74. “Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions, but one that produced reverberating echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. For the first time outside of Korea, Shin’s music will be readily available to music lovers the world over. Light In The Attic are thrilled to release Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974, a career spanning CD compilation of the diminutive guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and talent developer. Inspired by jazz, soul, and traditional Korean music, Shin started his career in the mid-1950s, performing for US troops stationed locally after the Korean War armistice of 1953. While his English language skills were limited, the young player had no trouble communicating through his trusty electric guitar, but Shin was no mere 6-string slinger for hire, he was able to communicate something far beyond your average professional musician. Production work and extensive songwriting followed, not to mention a steady stream of electrifying performances. Gaining momentum by the moment, Shin developed popular success across South Korea molding proteges like singing duo the Pearl Sisters and folk-psych songbird Kim Jung Mi into top pop stars. From there it was hit after hit. The late 1960s rock explosion and an influx of imported music from The Beatles, Jimmy Smith, and The Jefferson Airplane all informed and inspired Mr. Shin to elevate his own craft. Even experimental trips via a crew of local hippies also took the music man to new heights despite Korean law forbidding such rebellion. Drug use was illegal and punishable as a serious offence. Park Chung-hee, then President of South Korea began to closely monitor Shin’s ‘subversive’ activities. After refusing to write a song in praise of the political leader, the musician was labeled unpatriotic and his career was instantly snuffed-out through a series of surveillance, torture, and institutional confinement. While this was not the end of Shin’s musical story, for an all-too-brief moment in Korean cultural history, Shin Joong Hyun and his talented accomplices laid down a trove of recordings that have slowly reverberated far from their native land. Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974 features Korean/English lyric translations, unseen pictures, beautiful graphic design, and extensive liner notes with Shin Joong Hyun.”
MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
MACROM 025CD GOLDMANN & FINN JOHANNSEN, STEFAN: Macrospective 2CD (MACROM 025CD) 20.00
Two DJs, one tracklist. Probably for the first time in the history of dance music, a release focuses on extracting the pure sound signature of the DJ. When the tracks to choose from are limited to one playlist, the sequencing decisions and mix styles of the DJs reveal their individualities as well as the different possibilities the music allows when formed into one continuous stream. Macrospective is the first conceptual double mix offering a 1-on-1 comparison of the art of DJing with two masters of the craft. But you’ll also love it for being a comprehensive retrospective of one of the most intriguing contemporary label catalogs in electronic music. The two mixes by Macro founders Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johannsen highlight key works of the label (including poll-winners “The Maze,” “Law Of Return,” “Arcade” & “Lunatic Fringe”), bringing out the versatility and individuality of each track. Great music allows for more than a single interpretation. Who could better suggest one than the A&Rs behind Macro and the resident DJs at the label’s residency at Berlin’s legendary Berghain club? Finn Johannsen’s mix is a one-take live journey through build-ups, peaks and comedowns, but also detours, distractions and surprises. Stefan Goldmann’s alternative take is a carefully constructed “architectural” mix, locking specific turning points of the tracks to form an 80-minute dramatic composition of Macro’s essence. By the way, both DJ mixes are vinyl mixes. In an era of dull mp3s, the aesthetics of Macro’s carefully-cut record releases are the basis for this double album.
MADLIB MEDICINE SHOW
MMS 012CD MADLIB: Madlib Medicine Show No. 12 – Raw Medicine: Madlib Remixes CD (MMS 012CD) 16.00
“Raw Medicine is the latest collection of Madlib remixes, featuring a host of unsuspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. We ain’t naming names. The show runs sixty minutes plus with features thirty plus tracks. The Madlib Medicine Show Series is a combination of Madlib’s new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta’s 4-ton stack of vinyl.”
MESSTHETICS
MSS 701EP HOT CLUB MURPHY: 12 Minutes At The Hot Club Murphy 7″ (MSS 701EP) 6.00
“The best and most thoughtful/most coherent post-Homosexuals record since L.Voag, an astonishingly unheard and unsought-after surprise from the widely-ignored year of 1982. Reissued on 7” vinyl EP by Messthetics and Stewart Anderson’s (Boyracer, 555+++) Milk & Alcohol label in a numbered edition of 457 numbered copies in silk-screened sleeves. “
MONITOR RECORDS
MPS 607LP FREEBORNE, THE: Peak Impressions LP (MPS 607LP) 11.50
Weird orchestral, mesmo-psych from Boston, originally released in 1968. Exact repro reissue. “With zero prior credentials, this young band created an album of remarkably original studio-psych in the dark, intricate eastcoast style. Dominated by keyboards and loaded with serious ambitions, Peak Impressions is somewhat similar to Mandrake Memorial’s Puzzle, but more spooky in vibe and less cohesive in structure.” –Acid Archives
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 107CD SOLEY: We Sink CD (MORR 107CD) 15.50
This is the first full-length release from Iceland’s Sóley Stefánsdóttir. The bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills. Even though Sóley sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. It’s the sound of this voice that’s at the very core of her intricate compositions, tracks that flare like a bunch of magic lanterns, taking shape, growing hazy, flaming up once again, then moving on. Sóley sans Seabear is basically a storyteller who has come up with her very own wonderland. Meet her on the street and she seems rather introverted; yet, she’s far from shy in this self-created musical sphere, a sonic realm she freely expands, stakes out, reinvents, turns upside-down. Throughout the album, Sóley spins one yarn after the next; at one point, unfortunate “Smashed Birds” have to give their feathers for a new dress, while the guitar, making a special appearance, sets the tone. Elsewhere, she focuses on the moment when a dream is exposed as such, this time over a huge sonic expanse drowned in reverb. Song after song, the former student of composition manages to combine seemingly disparate elements with stunning ease — a snap of her fingers and a click of the tongue. After Theater Island, 2010’s 6-track EP, Sóley presents an album full of rhythmic, makeshift creatures, of handclaps hidden in the undergrowth, tempting us to join in. These tracks are sometimes incredibly catchy; amazingly quirky at other times: think cardigan-folk from the northern hemisphere, think Joanna Newsom minus her harp, or the CocoRosie sisters circa 2004, but clearly better-trained and less crooked. In other words: her voice, those loops moving around like wooden toys, and finally the piano — that’s the backbone, the essence of her compositions; at least until some unexpected element appears.
MULE ELECTRONIC (GERMANY)
MULE 083EP JUS-ED: Flight To Tokyo 12″ (MULE 083EP) 15.50
After the album Vision Dance (MULE 021CD) on Mule Electronic, Jus-Ed returns with the follow-up single, Flight To Tokyo. “Flight To Tokyo” on the A-side is dark, hypnotic house with a female vocal loop. “The Machine” on the B-side is a typical underground-quality-style deep house track.
MUSLIMGAUZE PRESERVATION SOCIETY (CANADA)
TMPS 008CD ROOTSMAN/MUSLIMGAUZE, THE: Fuck Israel CD (TMPS 008CD) 22.00
“The Muslimgauze Preservation Society are pleased to announce another incendiary Muslimgauze remix, Fuck Israel. The source material is the International Language of Dub (Third Eye, 1995), which is a remix album of The Rootsman tracks, hence a remix of a remix, or ‘Gauzified as it were. When Jones first met The Rootsman in 1996, several Rootsman albums were passed along by way of musical introduction. Jones promptly responded with several remixes on DAT, his way of saying ‘hello’, the posthumously titled Fuck Israel being among them. Chronologically, International Language of Dub is the second Rootsman album and is part two of the multi-part The Rootsman/Muslimgauze series on TMPS. Fuck Israel is a cry of anger against the illegal occupation of Palestine and the ongoing economic, political, and social subjugation of Palestinians by the Israelis. Each track is dedicated to an Israeli authority figure directly responsible for the oppression and/or death of Palestinians. Musically the tempo and textures of Fuck Israel varies from song to song. ‘Fuck Ariel Sharon pt 1’, ‘Fuck Benjamin Netanyahu pt 1’, ‘Fuck Benjamin Netanyahu pt 2’ are comprised of upbeat, vigorous breaks with a distinct ‘grime’ feel. ‘Fuck Yitzhak Rabin’ is a breaks track that cascades along a river of bass and then plummets into a chasm of drones. Conversely, ‘Fuck Ehud Olmert’ is a beatless psychedelic vocal loop while ‘Fuck Benjamin Ben-Eliezer’ is a digression into more abstract textures. By ‘Fuck Shimon Peres’, organ melodies and Rasta vocals place Muslimgauze in distinct dub reggae territory. ‘Fuck Ehud Barak pt 1’ and ‘Fuck Ehud Barak pt 2’ are among the stand-out tracks with their echo-soaked steady horse-trot tempo while electronic ricochets shimmer and pulse throughout. Crowning track, ‘Fuck Avignor Lieberman’ could pass for a downtempo rhythm-with-flute track if it was not for the over-muscular bass lines that shake the speakers like a tectonic shift. On Fuck Israel, Muslimgauze muscles through a dubstep club, knocking-over hipster trendies in the process. Packaged with papyrus covers, hand printed in Egypt, with a 9 panel fold-open poster, CD set in a super jewel case and bonus sticker.”
MUSTANG RECORDS
MS 901HLP FULLER FOUR, THE BOBBY: I Fought The Law LP (MS 901HLP) 14.00
Exact repro reissue of El Paso, Texas’ Bobby Fuller Four’s 1966 album, featuring their widely-recognized hit on the title track. On 180 gram vinyl, manufactured by Rhino.
MY BEST FRIEND (GERMANY)
MBF 12083EP KAISERDISCO: Zouk EP 12″ (MBF 12083EP) 12.00
Kaiserdisco are definitely “Made in Germany,” producing modern, cutting-edge tracks with a nevertheless timeless and classic feel. “Kuala” is an ethno-natured track with a lively bass line and uplifting small melody stabs, smithereens of vocals and a superb drive. For the more traditional Kaiserdisco fan, there’s “Singa,” another powerful tool of a track. Kaiserdisco keep a beat tight and introduce a lot of rising, cool sounds, building up lots of vertical “hands-in-the air” energy.
NO19 MUSIC (CANADA)
NO19 019EP ROSS, TANNER: B Side/4 U EP 12″ (NO19 019EP) 12.00
This is Tanner Ross’ first solo release under his given name and it’s causing an enormous buzz via consistent plays from label-boss Jonny White (Art Department), Damian Lazarus, and a few close friends of the family. Adding to the two stunning originals, “B Side” and “4 U” (feat. Flo Night), and pushing things into unmissable territory is a brilliant remix of the latter from Deniz Kurtel.
NOW-AGAIN
NA 5085CD KASHMERE STAGE BAND: Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 2CD/DVD (NA 5085CD) 21.00
“Now-Again Records announces an expanded deluxe edition of its Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 anthology, to be released in conjunction with the Jamie Foxx-produced, award-winning documentary Thunder Soul: The True Story of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band. After capturing audience awards festivals like SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival, the word is out that Kashmere was the greatest high school band – ever. Their story is tucked in between slabs of hard ’70s funk, soul, and jazz: Conrad Johnson transformed a bunch of rough-hewn high schoolers into a band that could compete with any in the nation – professional, or otherwise. Forget high school bands, we’re talking about sixteen year old kids who would give the JBs a run for their money! The Kashmere Stage Band released a total of eight albums and three 45s on Johnson’s Kram label. The band’s best tracks are collected here – in an anthology now expanded into a 2CD/DVD deluxe edition. Producer Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt features an expanded booklet with updated liner notes and essays, more rare photos and ephemera, and a DVD which contains the B+/Flying Lotus produced Texas Jewels: The Making Of Texas Thunder Soul short, a recently unearthed 1973 documentary on the band, and a 1972 performance.”
OSTWIND RECORDS (GERMANY)
OW LTD028EP JOSH/JULES UND JAZPER: Achtuntwintig 12″ (OW LTD028EP) 12.00
Achtuntwintig is made for the spirit of soccer. The Germany against Netherlands classic, in this juncture, is reflected by young producer & DJ Josh from Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Jules & Jazper from The Netherlands.
OUT HERE RECORDS (GERMANY)
OH 020CD VA: Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon CD (OH 020CD) 15.50
The 12 songs on this compilation look at the Arab world through a new pair of glasses: Beirut’s underground. The CD focuses on a young generation that is tired of war, fed up with politics, sick of religious madness and angry about Euro-American exoticism. It is keeping itself alive with electro beats, raw aggressive hip-hop or in-your-face indie rock. Together these musicians show a new picture of this war-shaken city and region and show a different Beirut. “The Israelis just bombed our city,” one musician joked in 2006, “because Beirut was suddenly cooler and hipper than Tel Aviv.” With lots of irony and black humor, Beirut’s alternative music scene often tries to neglect the fact that the city and the region is still full of problems, conflicts and contradictions. The scene does not get the same media attention the commercial pan-Arabic satellite-TV pop industry does, but is closely linked to the civil society networks that are of great importance in the ongoing revolutions in the Arab world in 2011. These artists show a new, open-minded city reminiscent in a way of the Golden Beirut of the ’60s and ’70s — only updated. In those “golden” years before the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), Beirut used to be the hub towards the Western world. Lebanese psychedelic rock bands entertained an international crowd in hip Beiruti clubs. In only a few years, the city’s liberal reputation was shot to pieces during the civil war. Golden Beirut brings together some of the most important voices in the alternative music scenes of Beirut whose music has nothing to do with propaganda, traditionalism and commercialism: Zeid Hamdan and his projects Shift Z and Soap Kills mix minimalist electronic sounds with soft Arab singing. The indie-rock, post-punk and electro-pop bands Scrambled Eggs, The New Government and Lumi still know how to sweat on stage and create catchy songs. Hip-hop MC Lix aka Malikah, one of the best Lebanese female MCs, attacks stereotypes with full force. Katibe 5 rap about the Palestinian refugee camp they grew up in, and rapper Rayess Bek discusses life between Lebanon and France. Oud player und charismatic singer Ziad Sahhab opposes the strong connections between musicians, music and politics in Lebanon, while Praed and The Incompetents experiment with wedding music and lullabies. Last but not least, this CD features the upcoming satirical folk rock band Mashrou’ Leila. They are the first to slowly rise from underground hype to reaching wider audiences. Golden Beirut was compiled by ethnomusicologist and journalist Thomas Burkhalter, founder of the music network www.norient.com. The photos in the booklet were shot by Tanya Traboulsi, an Austrian-Lebanese photographer living in Beirut.
POPCORN (UK)
POPC 106EP RAVENS/SPARKS OF RHYTHM, THE: My Baby’s Gone/Handy Man 7″ (POPC 106EP) 8.00
Two amazing vocal group harmony sides, back-to-back. Both sides smoke and simmer away gently to a swinging, minor-key accompaniment, making them perfect late-night picks for your popcorn shakedown! The Ravens’ “My Baby’s Gone” was originally cut back in 1950, making the original one of the earliest (and scarcest) 45rpms in existence. The Sparks Of Rhythm’s “Handy Man” features smooth seduction blended with a somewhat malevolent, sinister edge.
PRESTIGE
PRESTIGE 7082LP MOBLEY, HANK: Mobley’s 2nd Message LP (PRESTIGE 7082LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1956. Featuring Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Walter Bishop (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Arthur Taylor (drums).
R&S RECORDS (BELGIUM)
RS 1107EP KLAUS: Tusk EP 12″ (RS 1107EP) 14.00
Klaus is a classically-trained young musician from London, already picking up plaudits from James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Erudite and cultivated, this debut EP sets a tone for an early evening on a heavy system or an earlier morning on the headphones. Layered drum patterns give way to distorted atmospherics permeated with that heavy, heavy bass — almost Eno-esque in its structure.
RENEGADE MASTERS (UK)
RM 001EP SOURCE, THE: What Have I Done? 12″ (RM 001EP) 14.00
The first release from the Renegade Masters camp, by activist project The Source (aka Soom T & Disrupt) is sure to become a central track in any collection, with a high dance value, sweet bass layers, and punk ascetic. With both the A and B-side borrowed from the classic C64 game soundtrack to “Target Renegade” produced by Gary Biasillo, the 8-bit is tied to a fire-powered philosophical rhythm. Remixes by An-Ten-Nae and Party Catani.
RIF MOUNTAIN (UK)
RM 014LP A-LORDS, THE: The A-Lords LP+CDR (RM 014LP) 17.00
The A-Lords unleash their debut LP. Primarily Michael Tanner (Plinth) and Nicholas Palmer (Directorsound), the band perversely straddle elaborate instrumental music and longer, gloomier pieces. The bulk of their songs were recorded in a barn at night on the Dorset/Devonshire border. Each song is an a very slow and deliberate paean to the oft maligned (and rightly so) fields of Dorset. The first batch were improvised on summer days spent in gardens, churches and a lovely old wooden summerhouse. The second set of songs made themselves known over two nights in a rusty old barn during Harvest Festival. Microphones were placed in trees outside and under the floorboards, making the tunes regretfully creak into life. The album, comprised of four tracks from their out-of-print Barl Fire EP and six new songs, arrives as a 180 gram vinyl LP with a CD-R of the whole album.
RMR 008CD OWL SERVICE, THE: The Pattern Beneath The Plough Parts 1 & 2 2CD (RMR 008CD) 17.00
New double CD set bringing together the last two Owl Service releases, The View From A Hill album and The Burn Comes Down EP. Both of the original releases are now sold out as word-of-mouth continues to spread about The Owl Service’s exquisite brand of folk-rock. This package, with all new artwork, also contains a wealth of bonus material from the band’s earlier releases.
RINSE (UK)
RINSE 008EP BRACKLES: Rinse Presents: Brackles 12″ Number One 12″ (RINSE 008EP) 11.00
London-based DJ and producer Brackles makes his debut as a Rinse artist. Brackles has steadily built a name for himself as a DJ and producer to watch, going on to be a regular at London’s FWD>> club night and with his own weekly show on Rinse FM. As a producer, he’s released several highly sought-after releases and his DJ sets are renowned party-starters, effortlessly taking in funky, grime, vintage 2-step and bassline. This 12″ is a taster of his Rinse Presents full-length.
ROCKET RECORDINGS (UK)
LAUNCH 040LP TEETH OF THE SEA: Your Mercury LP (LAUNCH 040LP) 20.00
LP version. Teeth Of The Sea return with Your Mercury, their colossal second LP. Balanced elegantly between electronic exploration and incendiary psychedelic freakout, these 46 minutes showcase a band whose expansive mindset has birthed a unique sound, more dynamic, adventurous and vividly atmospheric than ever before. ‘Your Mercury’ exists on a strange and beguiling astral plane, whereby the boundaries between the synth odysseys of the 70s, the guitar-noise-fuelled infernos of the ’80s, horrorscore schlock, Reich-ian repetition, and a whole plethora of other cathode-ray and speaker-stack birthed epiphanies are blurred into one futuristic and fearsomely coherent whole. Teeth Of The Sea, the most exciting psychedelic band in the UK, have spun into a brand new orbit. In the vein of: Eno, Goblin, Emeralds, Butthole Surfers, Ash Ra Tempel and Liars.
LAUNCH 043LP ANNAPURNA ILLUSION: Life Is An Illusion LP (LAUNCH 043LP) 23.00
Rocket Recordings are proud to introduce the pyramidal meditationist Life Is An Illusion album by France’s Annapurna Illusion, the evil twin of Not Not Fun’s High Wolf. Life Is An Illusion is scattered with fizzing electric guitars and ambient ragas which unfurl with the might of a psychedelic blizzard, fogging the sponges of the brain and eyeballs with a wash of hallucinations where Ash Ra Temple jam for hours on end with Loop. Tropical repetitive rhythms drone and drift, guided by a swarm of breezy effects and celestial layered synths that engulf the base of the mountain in hypnotic swirls of colorful, head-spinning rituals before zipping airborne to glide in a state of tranced euphoria.
LAUNCH 044LP ONEIDA/MUGSTAR: Collisions 02 LP (LAUNCH 044LP) 20.00
New York’s Oneida and Liverpool’s Mugstar exert overdriven oscillating forces on an interstellar trip of humming ohm amps and shifting clusters where time shuttles flicker back and forth between eons. Explore the second in the Rocket Recordings odyssean Collisions series and joyride this twin engine release. The proceedings lift off with Oneida’s moiré patterned “Shahin’s Bong.” Mugstar set chase with their own odyssean endeavor, “European Nihilism,” the Aurora Borealis viewed from within. With the hum and drone of layered synths drawing the listener in, these psychedelic warlords hit you hard with a super-colossal Hawkwind-esque rock-out like a centrifugal force that twists and turns, morphing on a continual humming of valves into the artifice of repetitive noise, until at saturation point, the asymptotic curve annihilates you in the quest for the perfect ion.
RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
VAULT 001EP AARDVARCK/DUSTER VALENTINE: Tracks From The Vault: Limited Edition – Vol. 1 12″ (VAULT 001EP) 12.50
This is a cheeky little series where Rush Hour drops never-before-released tracks and mixes from its vaults as well as tracks which are in dire need of a re-release. The series kicks off with an unreleased track by the mysterious Duster Valentine — an anthemic disco track that, with its catchy piano loop, pays homage to the golden days of New York house music. You’ll also find Aardvarck’s fun-loving-freestyle-disco-mash-up-party-jam. It was only released as a limited one-sided promo, so here’s a remastered and extended version.
SENSE MUSIC & MEDIA (GERMANY)
SLICES 311DVD SLICES: The Electronic Music Magazine Issue 3-11 DVD (SLICES 311DVD) 0.01
Slices is a free DVD magazine out of Germany, focusing on the contemporary electronic music scene. It can be added to orders at no cost. Features: Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie, Anstam, Elektro Guzzi, Stabil Elite, Junior Boys, Clara Moto. Tech Talk: Loudness/Compression. Label feature: Uncanny Valley. EB Live & Rare: Apparat Band. Videos: Rone, Portable, Chaim feat. Meital De Razon, Supaluga & Ichiro_. PAL 16:9. Running time: 148 minutes.
SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)
SKUDGE 005EP SKUDGE: Man On Wire 12″ (SKUDGE 005EP) 12.50
Anyone following Skudge’s output will know that his tracks are not mere “one-trick ponies.” The story continues to unfold on this incredibly strong 3-tracker from the moodiest-sounding machines in Stockholm.
SMALLVILLE (GERMANY)
SMALL 026EP MOOMIN: Sweet Sweet 12″ (SMALL 026EP) 12.00
Sebastian Genz aka Moomin gets ready for his debut album on Smallville Records, this time with a remix done by Oskar Offermann of White. Sweet Sweet introduces the tenderness of Moomin’s deep-diving sound. As if a whole magic night with lovely music and beautiful people could be expressed in just a few minutes, this magician of sound and texture compresses those feelings into one single track.
SMOG VEIL
SV 108CD CARNEY’S SERIOUS JASS PROJECT, RALPH: Seriously CD (SV 108CD) 12.00
“Ralph Carney was a founding member of the pre-Waitresses band, Tin Huey, but is best known for his long association with singer Tom Waits, and collaboration with his nephew, Patrick Carney, on the Black Keys album, Attack & Release, Carney explains, ‘I decided to do another record of tunes I loved, sticking close to the same styles as my first album. Basically a mix of ‘honkers and screamers’ type saxophonists, mostly from the late 1940’s through the early to mid 1950’s, alongside kind of obscure Ellington small band songs– I also did a couple of Coleman Hawkins tunes from his time in Europe in the ’30s.'”
SV 108LP CARNEY’S SERIOUS JASS PROJECT, RALPH: Seriously LP (SV 108LP) 12.00
LP version.
STATTMUSIK (SWITZERLAND)
STATT 005CD CARINA, NADINE: Magic Box CD (STATT 005CD) 17.00
This is the debut full-length album from Nadine Carina. Born in 1986, Carina grew up in a little village called Maggia, in the Italian part of Switzerland. She always showed a great passion for music; always ready to sing at her village’s parties and regularly exploring her father’s vinyl collection. She started to play piano at a very young age and was a member of the Philharmonic Band of Ticino, playing clarinet. The guitar came later, when rock bands like The Who and Genesis began to influence her musical background more and more. After moving to Geneva, she attended a music and technologies school (ETM), where she started to write her own songs inspired by songwriters like Shannon Wright, Julie Doiron and Alessi’s Ark. Learning music technology, she began to arrange her songs programming with MIDI, using effects pedals and loopers. She made two homemade EPs and her song “Like Her” played on a Swiss-Italian TV channel from a solo performance video in her father’s kitchen. In 2010 she decided to move to Liverpool, England, where she took music and sound technology courses at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Inspired by the Liverpool music scene, Nadine started getting gigs in bars and venues, performing her songs, sometimes solo, sometimes with a band. Her debut LP Magic Box is a collection of songs written over the past 2 years. Lots of “dreamed” material and technological tinkerings show the magic of this work, which hides deep and meaningful messages. Being her first album, it has this kind of proximity with the artist that you can only find on early works. You can almost listen to her taking a deep breath before pressing “record” on her little 4-track. Nadine draws you into 13 quiet, melancholic moments, sometimes minimalistic (alone with her guitar) and sometimes more adventurous (deep programmed arrangements), but always with the aim to keep you in a kind of comfortable woolly bubble. In two words, this album is spontaneous and fragile.
STAUBGOLD (GERMANY)
STAUBDIG 015CD MASCHINA, JASMINA: Alphabet Dream Noise CD (STAUBDIG 015CD) 17.00
The second full-length album from celebrated Australian musician Jasmine Guffond aka Jasmina Maschina continues her brave expedition into a musical dreamland as yet unknown. Firmly rooted in experimental electronics with an equal dedication to song, Jasmina’s folk soundscapes transport you into her beautiful world of sonic adventure, strong emotions, electronics, songs and deep love. The journey starts with fresh new sounds, abstract yet organic, floating among melodious, even catchy guitar lines and generated noise joy. After our initial take-off we hear basses warbling away at our feet and a rhythm hard to find in any conventional rock format. This pre-shadows the breath of a new world and when finally landed on this fantastic planet, we encounter a whole new life in Jasmina’s voice. It seems to come from the deep center of one of those tropical flowers one sees in late-night nature specials as her song reverberates off the petals, coming to caress our ears; fully foreign and bathed in lunar light. Jasmina is not following some fashion made up by someone else before her. Instead there is something original, something truly creative. She is one who sings to her soul, one who has found her natural voice, one who has no trouble expressing any emotion whatsoever. She inhabits her own world, her own vast universe and we are merely invited in. A culmination of sound, song and ambience.
STILLCOLD RECORDS (UK)
SSC 001EP LESOTHO PROTOKOL: Lesotho Protokol 12″ (SSC 001EP) 12.50
Stillcold Records is a new label from East London, dedicated to releases existing in the physical realm. With its focus squarely on pristine sounding vinyl, Stillcold patrols the shadowy borderlands of house and techno and their many bass-weighted mutations. All this on heavy, limited vinyl pressings, cut and mastered at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Stillcold’s initial offering, three tracks by Lesotho Protokol presents stylish turns of technoid kwaito house, dark funky and boogie-jit.
STUDENTS OF DECAY
SOD 089LP AQUARELLE: Sung In Broken Symmetry LP (SOD 089LP) 16.00
“Describing the music of Aquarelle’s Ryan Potts is a difficult task indeed. It’s related to the hazy, heavily treated output of musicians such as Fennesz and Tim Hecker, but one would be remiss to locate it solely within the realm of electronic ambient or drone, as there are often strong organic, rhythmic and composerly elements to Potts’ work. In fact, the title of his last record, Slow Circles, might offer the best point of access into the Aquarelle aesthetic, in which compositional tropes such as cyclicality and accretion are woven together with surging, bright overtones, fragmented acoustic guitar melodies, and monumental distortion. Another point of distinction between Potts’ guitar-based compositions and that of the laptop-wielding contemporaries and forebears amongst whom one would be tempted to locate his sound is the fact that he largely eschews digital, ‘in-the-box’ processing. A self proclaimed ‘FX pedal fetishist,’ his compositions carry with them a boldness, depth and grit that is all but impossible to cultivate through DSP alone and aligns some elements of his sound with that of Scott Cortez/Lovesliescrushing and late-period Yellow Swans. Using a palette of electric and acoustic guitars, vintage and boutique effects pedals and various percussion sources, Potts crafts highly detailed, slowly evolving soundscapes which beg for repeat listens so that one might get inside their myriad layers. ‘With Verticals’ opens the record, blooming suddenly into a startlingly propulsive edifice replete with crackling, distorted guitar sounds married to quasi-Reichian percussion. Later, ‘Origin’ sizzles and hisses its way into a staggeringly detailed drone opus before opening up into a veritable vista of acoustic guitar, cymbal and cello histrionics. A cohesive and fully immersive collection, Sung in Broken Symmetry is an assured statement from a young musician who is equally comfortable navigating frailty and violence. Mastered by James Plotkin. Edition of 300.”
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 332CD WYNNE, JOHN: Installation For 300 Speakers, Pianola And Vacuum Cleaner CD (SR 332CD) 15.50
John Wynne’s untitled installation for 300 speakers, pianola and vacuum cleaner is at once monumental, minimal and immersive. It uses sound and sculptural assemblage to explore and define architectural space and to investigate the borders between sound and music. There are three interwoven sonic elements: the ambient sound of the space in which it is installed, the notes played by the piano, and a computer-controlled soundtrack of synthetic sounds and gently-manipulated notes from the piano itself. Because none of these elements are synchronized, the composition never repeats. “Integrating composed sounds along with the sounds of the pianola, and in correspondence with the acoustical play of the space and the exterior environment, the installation is a sort of live organic composition of varying input and output. The constellation of elements at play in Wynne’s installation engage the temporal and the environmental, composing them into an unsteady musicality: the delicate unfurling of sounds as they arise from different points in the room find both support and rupture from the trains passing by outside; the bulky mass of loudspeakers, with their plastic and wood surfaces and dusty odor, command attention while attempting to integrate with the pianola’s sculptural melodies.” –Brandon LaBelle; This is an enhanced CD whose contents altogether include: an audio CD with a 45-minute recording of the installation; Bouncing Off The Walls, a split-screen video by Pete Gomes; and “An Aesthetics Of Pressure,” an essay by Brandon LaBelle.
SUGARHILL RECORDS
SH 268LP GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE: The Message LP (SH 268LP) 12.00
Originally released in 1982. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino. It’s like a jungle sometimes.
SUPER (UK)
SPR 005EP RANDOMER: Obtuse 12″ (SPR 005EP) 11.00
Following his inclusion on Hessle Audio’s 116 & Rising compilation, Randomer returns to Raffertie’s Super imprint with the four track Obtuse EP. Otherworldly and tribal, the title track maneuvers menacingly with crafted aggression. A record awash with percussive mastery and originality, already picking up solid selector support from the likes of 2562, Pangaea, Pariah, Hackman, Boxcutter, Subeena and more.
SUPPLY
SUPPLY 001EP B-TRACKS: Specialize 12″ (SUPPLY 001EP) 12.50
Killer EP of deep, bumping, soulful house and techno music — warm tearaway and analog the old-school way, kicking off Soren Jahan and John Barera’s brand-new Supply imprint in fine style. Super-limited proper dopeness.
TERANGA BEAT (SENEGAL)
TBLP 014LP GUELEWAR: Halleli N’dakarou 2LP (TBLP 014LP) 26.50
Teranga Beat proudly presents legendary group Guelewar from Banjul, Gambia. Amongst the most experimental, psychedelic bands out of Africa, Guelewar offer a unique sound and instrumentation, mixing traditional compositions with modern instruments such as the Mini-Moog. The Alligators was a group led by Bai Janha who was the most important musician from Gambia. The Alligators later became Guelewar when Bai began to collaborate with Laye N’Gom. Guelewar fused a blend of bougaraboo and saourouba mixed with soul and funk and were heavily influenced by traditional singer Moussa N’Gom. For a decade, Guelewar was the biggest influence in the region of Sene-Gambian music. Here, on their last recording, live in the Canari Club de Kaolack, Senegal, 1982, the 12 members guide you to another level. Housed in a lavish gatefold sleeve with full-color innersleeves, this double LP version includes liner notes and historic photographs outlining the beautiful story of this exceptional band from this distinctive West African country — Gambia.
TEXT (UK)
TEXT 011EP FOUR TET: Locked/Pyramid 12″ (TEXT 011EP) 12.00
Limited stock. Limited info.
TEXT 012EP JUK JUK: Winter Turn Spring/Frozen 12″ (TEXT 012EP) 12.00
Limited 12″ release from London producer Caleb Waterman.
TIME-LAG RECORDS
TLR 054LP VIRGIL CAINE: The Great Lunar Oil Strike, 1976 LP (TLR 054LP) 31.00
“First ever reissue of this hopelessly rare and obscure 1971 rural Virginia private press folk masterpiece. A true anomaly in the seemingly bottomless world of self released albums, this one charts a truly unique realm all its own. While the sound itself may draw some clear influence from classics of the day, even lifting the band name from a song by the band, the mood & vibe here is ponderously uncharted territory, seemingly birthed complete from some parallel sonic reality. Crude lo-fi metaphysical basement folk rock filtered through a deeply southern gothic/Appalachian/Americana band aesthetic and executed in the purest, most sincere, spontaneous, vibe-thick sense possible. The atmosphere trapped in these grooves is truly as strong as it gets and is sure to engulf any open-minded listener given half a chance. The near magical power of the album seems to lay in its extreme polarization; on the one hand there is a fully developed lyrical depth and intellect that’s profoundly poetic, even novelistic, yet the music & recording is shockingly raw, unhinged, completely unselfconscious, and downright weird. It’s a dusty, creaky, ebb & flow of clackity percussion, acoustic strum, shaky low-watt electric guitar licks, occasional floorboard rattling bass, and thick southern drawl. Even the recording quality has a bizarre lo-fi character of its own, with some sounds seeming to barely hit the tape at all, while others are wildly overblown, wrapping the whole deal in a gauzy tape hiss fog, with hints of garagy distortion. The album progresses with a casual but surprisingly purposeful intent, hitting an intimately mystical, visionary, dream-like arc through the entire second side of the record and ending in complete dissipation. All taken together it’s a seriously teleportive trip to a flicker in time & place that is really quite special. The scratchy textless black & white band photo cover art suites the album perfectly: striking yet vague, timeless yet ancient, simple yet mysterious. Pressed on highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl and packaged in an exact reproduction heavy old-style cover, with exact repro labels. Also includes a double-sided heavy stock insert with new liner notes from main songwriter and vocalist Roger Mannon, as well as introductory notes from band scholar and devoted fan Jack D. Fleischer. One time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies.”
TLR 055LP BACHS, THE: Out Of The Bachs LP (TLR 055LP) 34.00
“First ever correct reissue of this Chicago area 1968 private press Holy Grail. One of the most legendary & valuable garage/psychedelic LPs ever, this one has been seeing massive hype and huge price tags for decades now, all with good reason. For a ’60s private press LP it’s got a truly remarkable number of things going for it that set it apart from literally every other LP in this bag. An album of all original material that amazingly combines the best elements of garage, psychedelia, and teenage self release realness without hitting any of their many pitfalls along the way: totally crude garage production values, crackling on-the-edge energy, and wild punk-minded rave-ups — without any covers, flat sameness, or throw-away filler. Beautifully inspired mind-expanding sonic depth, confused, fantastic lyrics, relentless jangle, swirling reverb, unhinged fuzz/feedback outbursts, and constantly flowing textures – without any pretentiousness, blues jamming or self indulgence. Exquisitely personal, human, painfully lonesome, and achingly moody – without any macho posturing, stoned goofs, or bad diary poetry. Then there’s the fact that these guys came up with gorgeous unique songs, both singers have great distinct voices that are constantly playing off each other, and the band takes a wide-open approach that spans pop sensibility, acid experimentalism, and heartbreaking teen ballad moves, and combines them into a sound totally their own. Would seriously be too good to be true if it didn’t actually exist, and it barely ever did. Recorded and mixed in just 10 hours at a makeshift studio above a pharmacy, and locally pressed as an edition of only 150 copies, the few remaining original LPs are true artifacts… Which makes it totally confounding that all past reissues have sadly not even come close to capturing the crystalline, biting fidelity of the original album. We’ve fixed that once and for all with total top-notch mastering from a pristine original copy, to bring you just as close to the soul-piercing experience of spinning the real thing as possible. Pressed on highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl. Packaged in an exact reproduction heavy weight reverse tip-on cover, made just like the original, plus exact repro metallic printed labels. One time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies.”
TRI ANGLE
TRIANGLE 001CD BALAM ACAB: See Birds CD (TRIANGLE 001CD) 10.00
First release on Tri Angle, now repressed on CD — originally released in August 2010 on 12″ vinyl that sold-out immediately. Balam Acab’s See Birds EP presents an optimistic yet haunting glimpse of a droning future. See Birds is the product of 19 year-old Ithaca, New York resident and solo producer, Alec Koone. “He isolates and distorts bits of source material (say, vocal loops or beat fragments) and smears them together in new arrangements. The results are remarkably seamless. Take opener ‘See Birds (Moon)’, where a scratchy drone meets heavy, blown-out beats and a chorus of layered vocals. The way he puts them together, a new natural rhythm for these sounds emerges and it becomes hard to imagine them in any other order… a heck of an impressive first step.” –Pitchfork (8.0)
TRIANGLE 008EP AYSHAY: WARN-U 12″ (TRIANGLE 008EP) 12.50
12″ version. Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait and now living in New York City, Fatima Al Qadiri is the producer and vocalist behind Ayshay. Fuelled by her fascination with the sacred songs of Islam, WARN-U is a homage and reinterpretation of the sounds that have haunted Al Qadiri since she was a child. Constructed entirely out of her own vocals, which she filtered and layered upon one another, WARN-U is Al Qadiri’s attempt to reconfigure the concept of “sacred” music as inspiring divine love and divine fear. Even in her adoption of the name Ayshay, a flippant term which means “whatever” in Arabic, Fatima Al Qadiri seeks to distance the austere values inherent in worship music from her own interpretation of the latter. Listening to the three songs Al Qadiri has created for this record, which work in sequence almost as a tone poem, conjures up a dizzying array of mixed, sometimes indefinable emotions. They sound menacing and yet strangely comforting, ancient and bizarrely futuristic. As well as Al Qadiri’s own original material, the record features an epic 12-minute long megamix by L.A.-based production duo, Nguzunguzu. In keeping with the tone poem vibe of the original songs, the label agreed that the remix element of the record should mirror this, and so as opposed to commissioning a bunch of different remixers to put their spin on the material, they decided to have one act create one giant reinterpretation of all the songs featured on WARN-U, something which they referred to throughout the creative process as a remix suite, of sorts. When she’s not producing music as Ayshay, Fatima Al Qadiri is responsible for the “Global.Wav” column on the brilliant online NYC culture magazine DIS, using her column to draw attention to the kind of obscure pop music that generally goes unnoticed in the Western world. Late last year, she gained some online attention with the “Muslim Trance” mix she made exclusively for DIS. The mix was made up of original Ayshay material which in contrast to the original a cappellas of WARN-U, reinterpreted Islamic anthems by sampling sacred Shi’ite and Sunni vocals with original music.
TRUNK (UK)
JBH 041LP GARRICK & SHAKE KEANE, MICHAEL: Rising Stars LP (JBH 041LP) 16.50
LP version. 1964 was a pretty special year, especially for groovy jazz in Britain. Not only did it see the release of Moonscape by the Michael Garrick Trio (JBH 022CD) but also the birth of these fine and exceptionally rare recordings. Modern, jazzy, exotic and progressive, early British jazz rarely sounded so good or beautiful. In 1964 the modern British jazz scene was growing, progressing and bursting out in creative musical rashes. Following the release of Moonscape (the UK’s rarest British jazz LP), Michael Garrick teamed up with horn legend Shake Keane to cut an EP of modern ideas in a quartet setting called A Case Of Jazz. It was issued the same year in a run of just 99 copies. At the same time, flugelhorn maestro Shake Keane was working with several arrangers and set-ups, one of the results being a peculiar (and possibly unreleased) acetate of 4 cues: two recorded with The Hastings Girls Choir, two in a small but lively and slightly Latin combo. Coming directly from Michael Garrick’s own archive, these exceptionally rare eight cues from 1964 have now been brought together for this unusual and exciting release. Opening with two cues with Keane and the Hastings Girls Choir, the music is ethereal and strangely exotic. Moving then through a fine British bossa nova and into the quartet recordings, we find the music pleasing, progressive (for 1964), creative and exciting. Also of note is the mighty fine “Sun Maiden,” which has the kind of classic piano riff and repetitive regal rhythm so sought-after by many jazz collectors. These tracks and complete album are worthy additions to the growing archive of the classic modern British period jazz, and feature two major artists flourishing early in their careers. Personnel (last four cues only): Shake Keane (flugelhorn), Michael Garrick (piano), Coleridge Goode (bass) and Bobby Orr (drums).
UNDERWATER PEOPLES RECORDS
UP 007LP LYNCH, JULIAN: Terra LP (UP 007LP) 18.00
LP version. “Julian Lynch grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, where, as a youth, he learned to play clarinet and guitar. In high school, he performed in bands alongside future members of Real Estate, Titus Andronicus, and Family Portrait. During a year spent studying in Scotland, Julian collaborated with Gary Caruth of Sad City. While working for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington, D.C., he played drums with the band Hairizona. Julian moved to Madison, WI, in Fall 2008 to begin a Master’s program in Ethnomusicology. In Madison, he recorded and released three CD-R’s under his given name: Born2Run, Birthday and Garden is Adventure. In 2009 and 2010, Olde English Spelling Bee released two LPs by Julian Lynch, Orange You Glad and Mare, respectively. Julian continues to live and record in Madison, where he is currently enrolled in a joint PhD program in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology.” Includes a download code and double-sided insert.
UNKNOWN LABEL
D 001DF-EP COPELAND, INGA: Inga Copeland 12″ (D 001DF-EP) 12.50
Very limited repress. Hype Williams member Inga Copeland takes it solo on this lush 4 track EP. As “poppy” as it is “trippy” — you’ll love it.
PD 14683EP BROWN & MARVA WHITNEY, JAMES: You’re Welcome, Stop On By/Baby, Don’t You Know 7″ (PD 14683EP) 7.00
Reissue of this James Brown production: Vicki Anderson’s duet with Bobby Byrd, “You’re Welcome, Stop On By” b/w “Baby, Don’t You Know.”
VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)
VAMPI 080CD VA: Gozalo! – Bugalú Tropical Vol. 1 CD (VAMPI 080CD) 12.00
2007 release. After a very long time researching the archives of the most important record labels of Peru, we present volume one of Gozalo! (“enjoy it!”) a collection of this country´s best artists during the ’60s and ’70s. Peru, surely not a heavyweight champion of well-known music, at least in Europe or North America, was the home to so many exciting bands and artists. Names like Charlie Palomares, Mario Allison, Lucho Macedo, Al Valdez, Ñico Estrada, Los Hiton’s and many more, who were experimenting with “foreign” sounds and rhythms such as jazz, pop, boogaloo and soul, and giving them their very own unique Peruvian flavor. Complete with very detailed and explanatory liner notes and cover art by Pablo Iglesias (from the mandatory Latin-art book Cocinando!).
VIDAB (GERMANY)
VIDAB 014EP SVENSSON, TOMAS: Lavagen 12″ (VIDAB 014EP) 12.00
Vidab presents the debut solo release from Tomas Svensson. Some may know him as a half of Berlin duo SubbRoomAssociation, or as the former live drummer of Schulz & Söhne. The Sweden native delivers two tracks that perfectly fit the mood of his home country with its huge forests, clear lakes, and wide landscapes. Swedish techno with a Detroit soul.
VINYL ON DEMAND (GERMANY)
VOD 084LP LAIBACH: Gesamtkunstwerk – Dokument 81-86 5LP BOX/DVD (VOD 084LP) 185.00
“This ultra-deluxe leather-bound box set comes in a cross-like holder for the five vinyl discs and also includes a DVD with two outstanding live performances from 1982 and 1984 plus a large poster, ten postcards, a metal enamel-badge as well as an extensive 36-page booklet illustrated with archive photos of Laibach’s hometown, Trbovlje. The box focuses on Laibach’s early years as a provocative performance music and multimedia group and includes early studio and unreleased recordings in combination with many legendary live-documents from the 1981-1986 period, all previously unreleased on vinyl. LP1 contains unpublished and rare, early ’80s studio-recordings plus 1982 live recordings from former Yugoslavia from Belgrade (Serbia) and Zagreb (Croatia). LP2 contains two performances from Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 1982 and 1984. Side A from the Novi-Rock-Festival 1982 and Side B from December 1984 at Malci Belic Hall. LP3 contains two Berlin (Germany) performances from 1983 and 1985: the live Berlin Metropol 1983 tape known as Vstanjenje V Berlin released by Galerie Skuc and the Berlin Atonal performance on February, 17 1985. LP4 contains two performances from Amsterdam (Netherlands) in 1985, which were previously released on the Staalplaat Tape Ein Schauspieler. LP5 contains the concert in the village of Hum near Nova Gorica (Slovenia) in 1986 which was the first (semi)-legal concert in Slovenia after their performance ban in 1983. The DVD includes two more former Yugoslav live performances from 1982 and 1984.”
VOD 091LP TAZARTES, GHEDALIA: Works 1977-79 4LP BOX/10″ (VOD 091LP) 138.00
“4LP-box with 10″ Tazartes’ Transports, Tazartes, Diaspora, Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil, and Quelque Part Quelqu’un. The French artist and autodidact Ghedalia Tazartes who is born in Paris in 1947 is a true nomad spending more than 30 years within musical practice and experimentation. Ghedalia is the orchestra and a pop group all in one person: the self is multitude and others, freely connecting the sounds, the rhythms, his voice, his voices. The extra-European music opens the ear to Ghedalia’s intra-European exotism. The permanent metamorphosis is a principle of composition; it escapes control, refuses classification, diametrical to the purists of synthetic culture and technocrates of noise. He wanders through music from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. Utilizing magnetic tape recorders, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian anhydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies. This box concentrates on his early works from 1977-1979 and his four officially released vinyl-LP’s plus a 10″ of an unreleased work from 1978. All the material is superbly remastered for vinyl by Anders Peterson of ghostsounds.net, pushing the overall quality and dimension in sound to an amazing new level and experience.”
VOD 092LP GRIM: Works 1983-89 3LP BOX (VOD 092LP) 90.00
“3LP-box includes Vital 1983-86 LP, Amaterasu 7″, Message 12″, Folk Music LP, and various contributions. GRIM is an absolutely amazing, almost schizophrenic and obscure power-electronics and noise-one-man project of Jun Konagaya. Jun’s sound changes its mood and atmosphere in seconds. From extreme harsh and hard power electronic noise-walls to ingenious folk-songs and tunes as you know it from Charles Manson. In the very early ’80s Jun formed White Hospital together with Tomosada Kuwabara. They released one album called Holocaust in 1984 and split. At that time Jun had already released the Vital tape with his project GRIM. Kuwuhara moved on to form Vasilisk while Jun continued as GRIM releasing one LP, 12″ and 7″ as well as contributing to several compilations during the ’80s.”
VOD 093LP VA: Club Moral 1981-1986 5LP BOX/DVD (VOD 093LP) 138.00
“Compilation of early Club Moral, DDV, Etat Brut & The Parts-tracks from 1981-1986. Club Moral was founded by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (AMVK) and Danny Devos (DDV) in Antwerp on January 1st, 1981. The framework to this incredible box-set is mainly based on selected tracks by DDV from 4 Sept and A Sound Atlas of Venerology, Club Moral’s Mit neuen Waffen, with additional compilation tracks and live recordings by Club Moral. Furthermore Etat Brut’s complete Geometrie d’un Assasinat and a selection of tracks by The Parts (DDV, AMVK and Erik Vloeberghs) are included. Some of the tracks included in this box-set have never been released before. From 1981 until 1993 Club Moral acted as a venue and until today as a music performance band. They have become known for their controversial performances and imagery because they focused on the presentation of art and live events of an extreme nature. Acts that have performed at Club Moral have included Non (Boyd Rice), Coup de Grace (Michael Moynihan), Slave State, Gerechtigkeits Liga, – Delta t, John Duncan, Angst, AR/TE, ProduKtion, Jack Stevenson, ConDom and many more. This box-release should give an audio- and visual overview and insight into the work of and at Club Moral and their two protagonists, DDV and AMVK. It will take you beyond the highly sought after vinyl-release of To All Who Are Interested from 1989 and will focus on the very early stage of Club Moral’s work including acclaimed pieces of close friends and collaborators.”
WARNER BROTHERS
BS 2763HLP GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION: Graham Central Station LP (BS 2763HLP) 14.00
“This promising 1973 album represents bass wizard Larry Graham’s first post-Sly and the Family Stone work. Much like his previous band, Graham Central Station was a multiracial unit that blended soul grooves and pop hooks to create an exuberant hybrid. However, Graham Central Station gives Graham’s bass work a more upfront role in the sound and adds further layers of rhythms with drum machines and rhythmic-sounding keyboards like the clavinet.” –All Music Guide. 180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.
BS 2876HLP GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION: Ain’t No ‘Bout-A-Doubt It LP (BS 2876HLP) 14.00
Producer Larry Graham’s (Sly & The Family Stone) funk band Graham Central Station’s third album, originally released in 1975. The classic opening track “The Jam” was sampled by Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Beastie Boys and Prince. 180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.
WARP RECORDS (UK)
WARP 215CD PLAID: Scintilli CD (WARP 215CD) 17.50
“Plaid’s music involves emotive riffs that sit proudly over complex syncopated rhythms. The songs have melodic narratives and only rarely is the human voice used to spell these out. Synthetic layers are heaped on, producing euphoric highs at times and uncomfortable dark spaces at others. In the years since their last release, Plaid’s time has been spent composing for film and stage as well as touring new and classic works, including performances at Warp Records’ 20th anniversary, which lead to developing ideas for their latest album project, Scintilli.”
WARP 215LP PLAID: Scintilli 2LP (WARP 215LP) 22.50
2LP version.
WHITE BOX (UK)
WHITEBOX 012EP STRANGER SON: Inside Many Summers EP 12″ (WHITEBOX 012EP) 11.00
Super limited 12″ from Manchester’s disco-rock finest Stranger Son. For fans of Liquid Liquid, P.I.L., LCD Soundsystem and the ’70s soundtracks of Bernard Herrmann. Featuring Warp Records’ Lonelady on guitar and members of the Manchester cosmic space-rock collective GNOD.
YOUNG TURKS (UK)
YT 046CD BULLION: You Drive Me To Plastic CD (YT 046CD) 15.50
“This is Bullion’s first release for Young Turks. At nine songs, 21 minutes total, You Drive Me To Plastic is neither an EP nor an album, nor a beat-tape, nor a mixtape, and yet manages to touch on all of these notions at once. If these are supposed to be “beats,” they are devoid of the played-out signifiers — no looped breaks, no wobbly basslines, no squiggly 8-bit chirps — but the language of composition is entirely rooted in the hip-hop tradition. What is remarkable about this record is the ease with which Bullion draws disparate elements together, fusing them into a harmonious ensemble. Exotic percussion, jangling guitar lines and library grooves are married with hard-edged ’80s retro-funk, plodding nu-wave synthesizers and Krautrock drones, and though these all make for unlikely bedfellows, here they tessellate perfectly as if made to match. The detailed intricacy and speed at which this record unfolds can feel jarring at first but rewards with repeat listens. Bullion rejects any kind of rhythmic convention, opting for awkward, faster tempos, odd time signatures, Afro-beat patterns, and beatless, dreamy interludes. It is the faintly glowing ghosts of yesteryear that unite all the songs on this record. The voices whisper, chant and float through the music, part acid-flashback, part new age hymn, their words twisted beyond all comprehension, yet clearly communicating a heady, intoxicating dreaminess. As the deep, dubby swirls of ‘Lol Express’ fade into the angular ooohs and ahhhs of ‘Too Right,’ followed by the Gregorian chants of ‘Spirit Mighty,’ it seems like this producer is having far too much fun pushing the boundaries of what he does to reign himself in. Perhaps a recent tour in Africa has paid dividends on informing the Bill Laswell meets hi-life atmosphere throughout. There is definitely a global outlook, or ‘world music’ feel to this work. The Italo funk of ‘Pressure To Dance,’ the most instantly accessible track, will find as much favor in the record boxes of Mancuso disciples and bearded Balearic warriors as it will on the dancefloors of Dalston’s numerous basement clubs. Equally, the blunted hip-hop head-nod crew will most definitely find something to pack their bowl to here. Overall, this is a mature and sophisticated record that will delight crate diggers of all ages, especially those searching for something with one foot in the past and one foot in the sound of tomorrow. A work of beguiling beauty, and an endearingly quirky listen, You Drive Me To Plastic is arguably his finest and most original work to date. If he can find it in himself to deliver a full length of this quality, then the future is golden.” –Mr. Beatnick
YT 063EP SBTRKT/OBJEKT: Wildfire 12″ (YT 063EP) 12.00
Split release (Sbjekt #01) from SBTRKT and Objekt. Where SBTRKT squeezes, Objekt expands; where SBTRKT threads vocal harmony, Objekt implements a programmed lyricism akin to Kenny Larkin or LFO; where SBTRKT builds a tight vehicle to share a wholly electronic vision with a new audience, Objekt breaks it down.
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Sep 232011
 

Hello,

The Tri Angle label returns this week with Ayshay’s long awaited debut ‘Warn-U’ – available here a week upfront on vinyl and CD formats. It’s the work of New York City’s Fatima Al Qadiri, a promising new artist and a conduit of exotic contemporary world music for DIS magazine to boot. Equal parts ethereal, Grouper-style vocal layering and Sublime Frequencies-from-the-future vibes make for one of the strangest, most affective singles of this year, with an added Nguzunguzu remix as a sweet bonus for the dancefloor.

Occupying a rarified, ethereal avant-pop space, Arthur Russell’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ arrives this week remastered and reissued for the first time in 25 years! Now backed with an exclusive, previously unreleased bonus track – the Afro-bubbling Balearic delight ”Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ – we also get the seminal rhythm schematics of the prescient, mindblowing original in three mixes, no less. Ahhh, it’s a no brainer!!!

Dramatic Records continue to elaborate their mythical Proto-Techno fantasy with a first vinyl release containing brand new material from Rasmus Folk and Walter Schnaffs – also available here a week upfront. From Romantic retro-futurism to ice-cold synth-soul, it comes highly recommended to fans of Ford & Lopatin, Deux, and Tangerine Dream.

It’s also a strong week for dramatic and darker electronics. Zola Jesus lands the eagerly awaited 180g vinyl and CD copies of ‘Conatus’, while Roly Porter nee half-of-Vex’d explores a crushing blend of Neo-Classical drone grandeur, Industrial-strength Techno textures and Noise with his crucial and truly amazing ‘Aftertime’ LP for Bristol’s revived Subtext label.

Then there’s a revelatory reissue of very early work by art brut agent provocateur, Genesis P-Orridge in her pre-Throbbing Gristle guise, COUM Transmissions. It takes in two sides of surprisingly coherent piano improvisations and tape manipulations and has been superbly restored by Hospital Productions Kris Lapke, now standing as a valuable document for those tracing the roots of experimental modern music.

Also in the heavyweight category, Ilpo Väsäinen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (SchneiderTM) regroup as Angel on Editions Mego with a physically stunning side of bleak drone, earthy percussions and electro acoustic mastery featuring contributions from Oren Ambarchi, Hildur Gudnadottir and BJ Nilsen.

And for master producer/engineering auteur accolades, they don’t come much more revered than Martin Hannett, who’s spotlighted on a double CD of unreleased and early material. There’s some amazing moments here, featuring Factory Records’ sound architect experimenting with syndrums, synths and all manner of FX equipment. A must for the heads!

On a more exotic lean, Finders Keepers present one of their best collections yet of Pakistani film music, concentrating of more dancefloor end of this wonderful spectrum. For the DJs and adventurous dancefloors there’s enough wild drumming, zany arrangements and exhilarating funk to keep you peaking for nights on end.

Also notable mentions for the Social Climbers reissue on Drag City – a killer side of excavated No Wave trash pop and sickly funk; to the Jim Haynes double LP of supernatural drone and electroacoustics for the brilliant Helen Scarsdale Agency; for Robedoor’s cyber-raga drone LP ‘Too Down To Die’ on Not Not Fun; and to a surprise restock of Clam Casino’s unanimously acclaimed and in-demand ‘Instrumentals’ double LP – limited stock only!!!

For the dancing crew, we’ve got the latest – and possibly the best – in Radiohead’s remix series including versions from Jamie xx, Anstam, and SBTRKT, plus another standardly devious session of inimitable House/Techno/Electro from Kassem Mosse for Nonplus, besides the heavyweight Kuedo and Mala refits of King Midas Sound and the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo and Peverelist taking on the Shangaan Electro sound with killer, diverse results.

Also out this week, new releases from Apparat, Throwing Snow, Mark Mcguire, Kid Koala, Boom Bip, Presk, Walls, Plaid, Warpaint, Lawrence English, Wilco, Gui Boratto, HTRK, Scuba, Blawan, Marcel Dettmann, Jus Ed, Lawrence, Stones Throw, Zed Bias, Gemmy, Synkro, Aquarelle, Roman Flugel and an amazing USB circuit board housed in a custom remote control including 24 hours of material from Janek Schaefer!

If you’re still with us, we now have tickets on sale for a very special Manchester Halloween 100% Silk party hosted with the good people of Wet Play and Islington Mill on October 29th. Maria Minerva will perform all her hits in live PA fashion, while Ital and Protect-U will hypnotise and scandalize with special live and DJ sets, all set to a theme of cyBalearic-package-holiday-on-Neptune-circa-2143-vybez. You’re all cordially invited!!!

have yourselves a wonderful week…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



AYSHAY
Warn-U
ELECTRONIC
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.49

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on contemporary world music for the bizarro DIS magazine, sometimes accompanied by her kaleidoscopic, ‘net-foraging mixtapes. These breathtaking tracks comprise her first release, and although we’ve become deeply familiar with their youtube videos for over a year now, it’s a blessing to finally have them in the physical realm for tactile gratification. Each song is built entirely from her own pitched and layered vocals in a manner distinctly reminiscent of Grouper’s ethereal harmonising, but more intriguingly inspired by the Islamic religious songs she’s absorbed since childhood. Their impact distinctly recalls the emotion-enhancing autotune effect favoured by so many North African and Middle Eastern pop artists for its emphatic effect, but is still seen as distasteful in certain swathes of supposedly “forward thinking” western ears. Yet in our opinion it refracts a transcendent emotive clarity which frightens us to be quite honest, and keeps us returning to this trio of songs more times than a sane person possibly should. Furthermore, the accompanying Nguzunguzu megamix gives the tracks a crafty junglist context in a lineage of Arabic pop/hardcore dating back to the likes of Lennie De Ice sampling Factory Records’ obscure Algerian Rai release ‘N’Sel Fik’ by Cheba Fadela. Ultimately, for seekers of mystical sublime frequencies from the near future, this record is just beyond essential.



ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
Audika
LP // £11.99

Pure magic on wax – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World Of Arthur Russell’ compilation, and once in alternate form on the ‘Springfield’ 2LP, but the three original mixes haven’t seen the light of day since 1986, and the 11-minute keyboard funk version of ‘Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ is previously unreleased in any form. What you get is one of the most adventurous New York dance tracks of the era, so ahead of their time it prompted Arthur to comment to David Toop “Some DJs said that nobody would ever, ever play that. I think eventually that kind of thing will be commonplace”, and at no stretch of the imagination, its layers of hydraulic percussion clearly foreshadow the fluid complexities of jungle from Source Direct or Rufige Kru and a mechanised rhythm schematic which producers are still chasing to this day. But of course, it’s not hardcore, it’s the lushest, loveliest avant-disco pop with an unmistakable downtown flavour, with vocals dubbed into blissful delirium for purest dancefloor psychedelia. The bonus track ‘Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)’ is icing on the cake, a languid mid-tempo bubbler setting sail on a raft of Afro-beat inspirations and dubbed-out disco delight. Ah, it’s just so essential, isn’t it!?!?



RASMUS FOLK / WALTER SCHNAFFS
Endless House: The Folk/ Schnaffs EP
ELECTRONIC
Dramatic Records
LP // £8.99

*The first vinyl excursion from The Endless House project – available here as an upfront exclusive* Dramatic Records’ beautifully packaged Endless House CD compilation from early this year won us over us with its dapper synth-pop, wave and proto-techno sounds, not to mention a wry and winning backstory about a doomed super-club opened by Czech millionaire Jiri Kantor amid the treetops of the Bialowieska Forest. We’ve waited the best part of nine months for a new transmission from the label, but it was worth it, ‘cos The Folk/Schnaffs EP also represents Dramatic’s first vinyl outing, one which elaborates and extends the Endless House’s retro-futuristic mythology while serving up new tunes of the highest calibre. ‘Sylvia Kristel’ is Rasmus Folk’s tribute to his troubled love affair with the star of Emmanuelle, a spooky minimal wave killer shot through with new romantic pomp, while ‘Coupe’ is a wonderfully airy, stepping dream-pop number, like Deux meets Ford & Lopatin, and ‘Dinner In Trieste’ a sleazy, sleeping pill-smashed lounge-funk work-out. Brilliant. Schnaff’s side is less poppier, more paranoid-sounding, but also more dancefloor-oriented – taking in the ice-cold synthesizer soul-searching of ‘I Am Germany’, disorienting dub-disco cut ‘Spaceship Earth’ and ‘Phillips Pavillion’, a widescreen analogue epic in the style of Tangerine Dream. All superb stuff. The Endless House lives on!



ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

*Gatefold 180 Gram vinyl edition – limited copies on a white marbled pressing. Includes download code redeemable from the label* Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV power-balladeering becomes something altogether more eldritch with the deployment of chilly reverb and impertinently pattering industrial percussion. With their tension between uplifting, almost trancey chords and spikier, gothier chamber strings, ‘Hikikomori’ and ‘Lick The Palm Of The Burning Handshake’ both have a claim to being called this album’s answer to ‘Sea Talk’. As ever, Zola’s constant hunt for emotional climax doesn’t always bear fruit (and leads to the odd overblown moment that sounds a bit like The Cranberries), but in our godless, unromantic age her unabashed bids for transcendence are to be applauded – we defy you not to shed a little tear when experiencing album closer ‘Collapse’, which is gospel by way of minimal wave. Some of the most affecting moments are the most breezy, as on unreconstructed synth-pop ‘Seekir, and you really get a sense of how insouciantly brilliant Danilova can be on ‘Shivers’, a crazily powerful combo of imploring vocal, hanging pads and epic 4AD dynamics balanced on a crudely effective stepping rhythm bashed out on the nearest available drum machine. If what made Zola Jesus exciting in the past was her not quite knowing what she wanted to be, Conatus is the sound of her establishing her own coherent identity, one that reconciles her experimental tendencies with her pop ambitions. An unarguably big, big album.



ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
ELECTRONIC
Subtext
LP // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the creaking corridors of the Event Horizon. This really is one of the most suffocatingly atmospheric records we’ve heard all year, with an ice-cold and uncompromising aesthetic, but beautifully paced and compellingly borne out: from the opening ‘Atar’ on in, with its noir synths, punishing low-end and drones hovering like enemy attack helicopters. At first ‘Tleilax’ sounds like it could’ve come off one of Leyland Kirby’s Intrigue & Stuff 12″s, before the arrival of machine-gun drum machines and shouted vocal snips – this wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the latest Prurient album, but there’s also something in its texture and attitude that clearly identifies it as a product of the British post-rave tradition. Navigating beauty and brutality like it ain’t no thing, the album takes in reverbed chamber instrumentals like ‘Kaitain’, bone-crunching, Earth and KTL-indebted doom-fests like ‘Rossak’ and sub-bass pressure poems likie ‘Giedi Prime’, with some elegiac, almost Vangelis-like interludes thrown in fod good measure. It’s perfectly balanced, and it moves quickly – every blast of scouring power electronics is followed by a melodic, reassuring swell of strings, and it’s in these contrasts, expertly handled, that Aftertime’s magic lies. Highly recommended for fans of Earth, Raime, Sandwell District, Fennesz, Emptyset, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Kangding Ray, The Haxan Cloak and the like.



COUM TRANSMISSIONS
Sugarmorphoses
ELECTRONIC
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

**Amazing pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings – limited pressing!!!** Dug out from the archives, ‘Sugarmorphoses’ documents Genesis P-Orridge in her earliest artistic guise, COUM Transmissions, recorded at their HQ, the Ho Ho Funhouse in Hull circa 1974. Pre-dating their most infamous ‘Prostitution’ swansong show of 1976, by all rights it’s something of an important and prescient historical artefact showcasing the devious early imagination of one of modern music’s most singular characters. The pull-out insert gives some context to their situation, surrounded by Hells Angels, drugs and breadline living conditions in a derelict house, all written in typically entertaining fashion by Genesis. And the music? Well, it’s ragged and compelling, featuring Gen at the piano playing hypnotically warped improvisations overlaid with scratchy, cut-up field recordings off old dictaphone tape, finding an uncanny balance of chaotic arrangement and something more steady, and weirdly cohesive which engages the imagination. There’s no way you would call it academic, but it is defiantly, intuitively experimental and playfully tactile with a warped sense of space and time, texture and tone which can be traced through his later work. For fidelity assurance, the tape transfer was handled by Aaron Dilloway, audio restoration and editing by Hospital Productions associate Kris Lapke, and mastering by Josh Bonati. Highly Recommended!



VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Life Is Dance
WORLD
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**Hugely anticipated collection of extraordinary Pakistani film music. Bursting with excitable indigenous percussion, crazy synth fills, exotic vocals and dazzling arrangements made to own the dancefloor!** “Once again, Finders Keepers Record is given unparalleled access to the EMI Pakistan vaults to bring you Life Is Dance – the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed groundbreaking Lollywood cinematic pop compendium The Sound Of Wonder! Here you’ll find fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced-out and funked up Urdu-grooves complete with harmonium melodies and driven by some of the most random factor, freakish, finger numbing, percussion hat the South east Asian mainstream has ever had to offer. Above all, Lollywood soundtracks sound RAW! Re-imagine some of the most action packed Bollywood productions (which Lollywooders actively did) then fire the make-up department, take away the special effects budget and then improvise. The lack of gloss on a dusty Pakistani mini-LP makes for truly experimental Eastern pop music. So, it’s time to meet the culprits. The names on the back of the records that’ll keep you gambling on Ghazals and taking punts on Pakistani pulp-ballardy. As an introduction, in place of R.D. Burman and Asha Bosle, we have Mr. M Ashraf and his long-term female collaborator, Nahid Akhtar. This duo would provide Pakistan with it’s Gainsbourg/Birkin or it’s Morricone/Dell’Orso for over 20 years, recording squillions of cut-and-paste sonic collages and moog-fuelled desperate love/hate/chase/chill/kill songs mixing onomatopoeic Urdu lyrics with unexpected bursts of user friendly English language (which often elongates the running time passed the 5 minutes mark) and throwing in the odd motif froma Barry White or Donna Summer hit. We also have legends like Noor Jehan, a national treasure and household name in Pakistan whose discography of film songs have deprived the vaults of EMI Pakistan of floor space for half a century.” Highly recommended!



ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan Cloak et al. ‘Dark Matter Leak”s ascetic blend of whining high-end synth tones and heavily processed, technoid drums alludes to the outer reaches of the Pan Sonic catalogue, while the more playful rhythmic interludes ‘In’ and ‘Out’ are stitched together from recordings of earthy percussion sources – DIY gongs, glassbowls, sticks, stones and other stuff to break your bones. The presence of the three star guests – Hildur Gudnadottir on cello, Oren Ambarchi on guitar, BJ Nilsen supplying field recordings and processing – is strongly but almost subliminally felt, their contributions substantial but subordinated to the density and coherence of the whole. Mastered by Rashad Becker in Berlin, this is really strong, vivid work indeed, an absolute must for the darklings, drone-freaks and electro-acoustic connoisseurs among you.



MARTIN HANNETT
Maverick Producer, Genius and Musician
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Ozit
2CD // £11.99

Two discs spanning 29 tracks produced, engineered or performed by “the man who set the template for the Manchester Sound.” A revered electronic innovator and sonic instigator, Hannett is best known for defining the sound of Factory Records and seminal early releases by Joy Division with his experimental approaches – their distinctive drum sound was achieved using the AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley – just one of many unconventional techniques he would deploy (there’s also a photo of his cigarette-between-two-mics method in the liner notes, ha!). His work combined a love of sci-fi with a deeply inquisitive nature carried over from his Chemistry studies at uni and obviously a insatiable thirst for sound, all of which would give birth to a very particular sound, often perceived as cold, industrial and futuristic, which defined the early Factory Records aesthetic. The first disc focuses on Martin as musician and producer engineer, including some brilliant, unreleased studio takes of experiments on Syndrums, assorted Synths and piano, plus some of his work with groups and artists such as Pete Farrow and Belts and Braces – the first band he recorded – besides some excerpts of conversation with Joy Division/New Order’s Bernard Sumner. The second disc is purely Martin Hannett’s productions between 1975-78 (and a quip from Peter Hook), showing his nascent yet instantly recognisable style.



SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also because they actually had some instrumental prowess. You see most of the bands affiliated with the movement (especially the lesser known ones) seemed to forget that it helped to be able to play keyboard/guitar before pressing the record button. All that was needed was a bag of blow and the right friends with the right jacket and shades. Thankfully Social Climbers had the good sense to learn their craft first, and the result is this single, lone album, originally released on three 7″s in 1980. Oddly listening to it now it seems to make perfect sense in the wake of releases from Not Not Fun and Hippos In Tanks. There’s no way Amanda Brown’s crucial LA Vampires project didn’t take at least a couple of scoops of NYC no-wave dementia when pioneering her sickly, funk damaged records – and hearing an album made without any of that reference is a real privilege. Social Climbers self titled LP might not have the status of Suicide’s debut, but fans of grimy disintegrated trash pop should look no further.



JIM HAYNES
The Decline Effect
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
2LP // £18.99

*Heavyweight double vinyl edition* ‘The Decline Effect’ is Jim Haynes’ latest investigation into the entropic properties of “rusted” noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja’s Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are “evidence left behind from ephemeral aktions, shipwrecked electronics, re-engineered field recordings, and transmissions from the ether”; tangibly vapourous and acutely chilling tracts of glooming drone and charged atmospheric particles which seem to swirl with radioactive convection and condense on the finer facial hairs. Most like BJ Nilsen, there’s a flow to his composition which feels unforced and constantly engaging, as with the patient, calculated introduction of monolithic, blackened drone from the eerily empty beginnings of ‘Ashes’, or the reverse crystallisation of microscopic sounds in ‘Half-Life’. But most impressive is the harmonic layering of ‘Cold’, genuinely warranting that title with what sounds like contracting metals shivering beneath a symphony of gaseous blue tonalities. Sublime.



ROBEDOOR
Too Down To Die
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £12.99

Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. ‘Parallel Wanderer’ is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. ‘(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration’ starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push of ‘Afterburners’, laced with heaving kicks and all the distortion wiped from the vocals to dramatic effect.



CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Type
2LP // £16.99

*Limited stock back in – on black vinyl* Earlier on in 2011 Clams Casino created a genuine hypestorm with his self released free download ‘Instrumental Mixtape’ and more recently the breathtaking ‘Rainforest’ EP for the Tri Angle label. Like us and reams of other fiends, the heads at Type craved those instrumentals on wax, and here they are, all 13 of them. Mike Volpe makes classic, crushing ghetto beats, with a uniquely textured twist, siphoning ideas from the major studio productions he’s absorbed as a die-hard Hip Hop fan (check his Fact mix for a dose of his reality) through a crash-prone PC in his mother’s attic. He might possibly have a better set-up right now, but these tracks were certainly all produced with meagre, honest, modern means. But that’s all by the by, because ultimately his music is stunning, and that’s all we need to know. There’s no need to describe each track, all you need to know is that this is one of the weightiest, most heart-bruisingly emotional sets we’ve encountered in the ’10s, and surely sets the bar high for bedroom producers the world over. It’s no wonder the likes of Soulja Boy, Lil B and Mobb Deep are all clamming (sorry!) for his productions. Limited blue vinyl for those of you with nimble fingers…

Singles of the Week



RADIOHEAD
Bloom (Jamie xx Rework) / Separator (Anstam RMX) / Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
XL
12″ // £7.99

The last in the ‘King Of Limbs’ remix series – featuring contributions from Jamie xx, Anstam and SBTRKT!. A-side Jamie xx offers a beautifully subtle remix of ‘Bloom’, keeping the drums distanced against a plangent metallic melody, while Thom’s vocals are bleached into eerie glossolalia shades away from Tom Krell, tingling falsettos included. The Annstam remix of ‘Separator’ is predictably ace, retaining a healthy amount of the song structure but breaking the drums with trademarked ‘ardcore torque, leaving SBTRKT to satisfy the groovers with a slick swinging, warm-but-brittle revision of ‘Lotus Flower’. Solid.



KASSEM MOSSE
Enoha EP
TECHNO / HOUSE
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Mosse returns to Instra:mental’s Nonplus with four raw and highly devious machine rhythms. A-side features the cobra-coital rhythmic slither of ‘Enoha’, sounding like some deadly inversion of Villalobos’ Latino-Tech patterns, next to the killer ‘GS02’, which bears a striking resemblance to the experiments of Container or KPLR. Flipside, he loads up the instinctually minimalist and rogue machine patterns of ‘Inswanna’ and the Drexciyan drum machine dexterities of ‘Sleepworking’ for the Technoid steppers. A massive ace, this.



KING MIDAS SOUND
Kuedo And Mala Versions
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

With a year passed since the release of King Midas Sound’s Waiting For You LP, it might seem a bit late for remixes of its tracks, but to be honest these brutal versions from Mala and Kuedo instantly justify themselves. Mala goes for a rootical halfstep sound on his rub of ‘Earth A Kill Ya’, keeping Roger Robinson’s dread pronouncements centre-stage but arming them with Terminator synths and scuttling woodblock polyrhythms that invoke classic DMZ. Kuedo (Jamie Vex’d) excels himself with his mix of ‘Goodbye Girl’, delivering an epic, gritty R&B smackdown, all bone-crunching subs, squealing synths and ghosted vocal snippets – like the evil older brother of Joker’s purple funk. Unmissable 12″ for the serious bass heads.



PEVERELIST / VILLALOBOS & LODERBAUER
Shangaan Shake: Villalobos/Loderbauer & Peverelist
TECHNO / HOUSE
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

After excellent instalments from Shake, Oni Ayhun and Mark Ernestus, it’s the turn of the Villalobos / Loderbauer duo, and Bristolian bass maverick, Peverelist to re-imagine the Shangaan sound in divergent fashion. With source material a million miles (well, maybe 6000) removed from their ECM collaboration, Max Loderbauer and Ricardo Villalobos give a fluidly controlled and trippily dynamic 9 minute bubbler, full of springy drums and oozing bass under a dub-smudged patina. Peverelist meanwhile continues a trajectory into slower tempos with a magical, swinging House revision of Tsetsha Boys, picking out tiny fragments of the original in a lushly afro-cosmic dreamspace. Recommended!

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals
Type
2LP // £16.99

*Limited stock back in – on black vinyl* Earlier on in 2011 Clams Casino created a genuine hypestorm with his self released free download ‘Instrumental Mixtape’ and more recently the breathtaking ‘Rainforest’ EP for the Tri Angle label. Like us and reams of other fiends, the heads at Type craved those instrumentals on wax, and here they are, all 13 of them. Mike Volpe makes classic, crushing ghetto beats, with…
KID KOALA
Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score
Ninja Tune
10″ // £8.99

**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** Lovely, imaginative and incredibly mature soundtrack work from the ever-unpredictable KK, with cut ‘n paste hip-hop dispensed in favour of serene, cinematic chamber classical pieces that summon Max Richter and Johann Johansson. There’s a real sense of optimism and wonder to these pieces, a bit of a relief from the by-numbers melancholy pastures usually occupied by neo-classical gear; and while the weight…
KID KOALA
Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score (Artbook & CD)
Ninja Tune
Book and CD // £18.99

**132 page book – includes full score on CD** Lovely, imaginative and incredibly mature soundtrack work from the ever-unpredictable KK, with cut ‘n paste hip-hop dispensed in favour of serene, cinematic chamber classical pieces that summon Max Richter and Johann Johansson. There’s a real sense of optimism and wonder to these pieces, a bit of a relief from the by-numbers melancholy pastures usually occupied by neo-classical gear; and while the…
LULA CORTES E ZE RAMALHO
Throwing Snow / Illum Sphere Mixes
Mr Bongo
7″ // £5.99

**Clear Vinyl** Crazy piece of wax, this, pairing men-of-the-moment Throwing Snow and Illum Sphere against vintage Brazilian psyche-jazz from Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho. A-side Throwing Snow plays it slow and cool with a rework of ‘Omm/Louvação a Iemanjá’, keeping the pressure on the downstroke with throbbing slow House beat surrounded by spacious, swirling elements of flute and strings before rolling out with some super tight drum programming and spookily…
NAUTILUSS & LORD SKYWAVE
Ultraviolet / Blue Monday
Hemlock Recordings
12″ // £5.99

New collaboration between Canadian producer Nautiluss and Lord Skywave aka the singer from Simian. The label seems to be heading for Chris Martin’s BASS Music shelf again with ‘Ultraviolet’, a sickly combination of harmonised pop vox and finger-popping shuffle beat, while the flipside fares slightly better with the droning Reese bass and lilting Balearic percussion of ‘Bleu Monday’. RIYL Breton or LOL.
BOOM BIP
Zig Zaj
Lex Records
CD // £9.99

Guest-heavy new LP from Cincinatti’s Boom Bip, only the third full-length proper of his career. Among the contributors are Luke Steele (Empire Of The Sun), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Josh Klinghoffer (Chilli Peppers), Money Mark, Cate Le Bon (Neon Neon) and members of Warpaint and Bon Iver. It’s a strange and ambitious album, shaking entirely loose of Bip’s hip-hop origins to take in folky chamber-pop, out-and-out indie-rock and expansive, largely…
RUSTIE
Ultra Thizz / Dreamzz
Warp Records
12″ // £7.99

**Limited edition one-sided vinyl with laser etching on the flip!** Rompin’, next level Electro-Funk euphoria styles from the one called Rustie. In quick succession to his ‘All Nite’ banger, this one ratchets anticipation for his LP higher still, firing hypercolour riffage and percussive stuns like nobody else. On a more romantical tip, ‘Dreamzz’ is no doubt debted to a certain Roulé classic, but with the ultra-modern stadium flair Rustie’s made…
VARIOUS / GILLES PETERSON
Presents Brownswood Bubblers Seven
Brownswood Recordings
CD // £9.99

Gilles Peterson selects his seventh Brownswood Bubblers compilation, starring sixteen fresh cuts of Boogie, Electro-jazz and electronic soul to suit your mood. Highlights have to be Tiombe Lockhart and Todd Weinstock’s slick Deep House cut as Cubic Zirconia called ‘Night Or Day’ featuring lush, late night vox from Bilal, or Simon ‘Basement Jaxx’ Ratcliffe’s tweaking Electro-soul bumper ‘Mindset’ and the the vintage-sounding boogie-soul of Jon Phonics’ ‘The One’.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
Editions Mego
LP // £14.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan…
ANGEL (ILPO VAISANEN AND DIRK DRESSELHAUS)
26000
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

An unexpected and hugely welcome return for Angel, the dream pairing of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), with a new full-length set on eMego. The album is book-ended by two extended pieces, ‘Before The Rush’ and ‘Paradign Shift’, austere epics of all-consuming acoustic drones and digital oscillations, with a physical force and blackness of heart that conjures the avant-metal ambiences of KTL, Sunn O)), The Haxan…
JIM HAYNES
The Decline Effect
The Helen Scarsdale Agency
2LP // £18.99

*Heavyweight double vinyl edition* ‘The Decline Effect’ is Jim Haynes’ latest investigation into the entropic properties of “rusted” noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja’s Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are “evidence…
ROBEDOOR
Too Down To Die
NOT NOT FUN
LP // £12.99

Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. ‘Parallel Wanderer’ is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. ‘(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration’ starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push…
NOOTHGRUSH
Live For Nothing
Southern Lord Recordings
CD // £11.99

Live recordings culled from two radio show appearances in 1996 and 1999. Crushing, loud, and seriously heavyweight doom for the hardcore.

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
Audika
LP // £11.99

Pure magic on wax – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World Of Arthur Russell’ compilation, and once in alternate form on the ‘Springfield’ 2LP, but the three…
ARTHUR RUSSELL
Let’s Go Swimming
Audika
CD // £9.99

*Beautiful gatefold CD digipak wallet with a poster insert of Arthur. Artwork features a watercolor by Tom Lee* Pure magic – a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell’s futurist disco classic ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with incredible bonus material – much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the ‘World…
VARIOUS / STRUT
Disco Not Disco (Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics 1974-1986)
Strut
2LP // £15.99

The Strut label explores the sounds of the mid-’70s to mid-’80s on this excellent selection of post punk and new wave takes on dance music, bringing together the sounds of the New York underground, early Detroit and Belgian New Beat. The UK isn’t left out of the equation either. Notably, Factory Records’ Quando Quango (featuring a pre-M People Mike Pickering) make an appearance with a remix of their 1983 electro…
THE STEPKIDS
The Stepkids
Stones Throw Records
CD // £9.99

A retro pastiche ‘supergroup’ of accomplished session musicians isn’t usually the sort of thing that appears on the Stones Throw roster, but then The Stepkids are so much more than that. Sure on first listen it might sound like the kind of West Coast rhythm and blues that just doesn’t exist past the late 70s, but these songs are made with so much attention to detail it’s hard not to…
CLIVE TANAKA Y SU ORQUESTA
Jet Set Siempre No. 1
PLANCHA / ART UNION
CD // £13.99

Eccentrically eclectic album from Clive Tanaka, a resident of the Japanese island of Hokkaido where he runs Tanaka Heavy Industries Ltd. ‘Jet Set Siempre’ was issued on cassette already but now arrives on turquoise vinyl cut with eight tracks of hyper-loungin’ Latin disco funk befuddled with sharp electronic twists and some trippy cosmic essence. The sides are divided into ‘For Dance’ and ‘For Romance’, the former following some unbalanced formula…
JOAKIM
Nothing Gold
Tigersushi Records
CD // £8.99

“‘Nothing Gold’ borrows its title from the Robert Frost poem cited in ‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton, which delves into the interplay that unfolds amongst young adults as they make that turbulent transition between youth and adulthood. As an observer, it might appear strange that it has taken 4 albums for Joakim to confront a theme that is so obviously omnipresent in his work. But once again, Joakim is having…
MARIUS VAREID
Telemark
Full Pupp
CD // £14.49

Debut album of Scanda-learic Disco-House Electronics. Marius finds himself in good company on Full Pupp alongside former collaborators such as Prins Thomas, Ray Mang, Rune Lindbaek and more, plying a brand of dusky disco with lightly layered instrumentation and enough arpeggios to keep you sailing beyond the sunset.
MORTEN SORENSEN
The Burn Down EP
TIRK
12″ // £5.49

After making his name with a string of remixes and a classy cover of Chic, Morten Sorensen presents his 2nd single for Tirk. ‘Burn Down’ is crimped and tucked for the Disco-Tech crowd with a fine balance of crisp Tech-House dynamics and uplifting disco energy. The LPZ remix refines the vibe for a deeper effect, while ‘Owe That 2 U’ hits a dope boogie House stride reminding of recent Red…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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RADIOHEAD
Bloom (Jamie xx Rework) / Separator (Anstam RMX) / Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)
XL
12″ // £7.99

The last in the ‘King Of Limbs’ remix series – featuring contributions from Jamie xx, Anstam and SBTRKT!. A-side Jamie xx offers a beautifully subtle remix of ‘Bloom’, keeping the drums distanced against a plangent metallic melody, while Thom’s vocals are bleached into eerie glossolalia shades away from Tom Krell, tingling falsettos included. The Annstam remix of ‘Separator’ is predictably ace, retaining a healthy amount of the song structure but…
KING MIDAS SOUND
Kuedo And Mala Versions
Hyperdub
12″ // £4.99

With a year passed since the release of King Midas Sound’s Waiting For You LP, it might seem a bit late for remixes of its tracks, but to be honest these brutal versions from Mala and Kuedo instantly justify themselves. Mala goes for a rootical halfstep sound on his rub of ‘Earth A Kill Ya’, keeping Roger Robinson’s dread pronouncements centre-stage but arming them with Terminator synths and scuttling woodblock…
F
Full Throttle / Slow Down
7even Recordings
12″ // £6.49

You can rely on F to bring the lean, teched-out steppers when you need ‘em, and he’s back on 7even with with a smart new brace of cuts. A-side ‘Full Threat’ is a fat-free electro breaker in the vein of Boddika, doing serious damage with nowt much more than an 808 and a bad attitude. ‘Slow Down’ is painted from the same palette but rhythmically speaking is on more of…
THROWING SNOW
Shadower / Sanctum
Sneaker Social Club
12″ // £6.99

Sneaker Social Club records catch rapidly ascending star, Throwing Snow, for a very smart inaugural release. His moody, mesmerising ‘Shadower’ was recently used to set the scene for Claude Vonstroke’s Resident Advisor mix, with its palette of crisp 808 percussion, tingling synth elevations and what we’re guessing is a hang-drum loop put to gorgeous use. The sense of tingly rave wonder soon turns darker with ‘Sanctum’ as the 2-step beats…
PRESK
Love Again EP
TEN THOUSAND YEN
12″ // £7.99

**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Presk’s recent debut drop on Fourth Wave took our breath away so it’s good to have him back so soon with a hefty EP for Doc Daneeka’s crafty Ten Thousand Yen label. Four tracks of thickset, UKF-infected techno from the Dutch producer: ‘Devour’ is a guaranteed anthem, a skippy little mover with some cut-throat edits and expertly deployed synth stabs for the tech-savvy…
ZED BIAS / SKREAM / MARK PRITCHARD
Badness / Trouble In The Streets
TRU THOUGHTS
12″ // £11.49

*Dazzling picture disc! Includes download code redeemable from the label* Beat scientist Zed Bias steps off with Skream and Mark Pritchard for a pair of Dubstep Rave and rogue House tracks. With Skream on ‘Badness’ he’s running the rave vibes with narsty sawtooth synth harnessed to swooping, hard-edged subs and 140bpm swing beats. Better yet is ‘Trouble In The Streets’ with Mr Africa Hitech, Mark Pritchard, rolling a percussively chunky…
ZED BIAS
Biasonic Hotsauce: Birth Of The Nanocloud
TRU THOUGHTS
CD // £8.99

Big new album from Zed Bias, showcasing the full breadth of his production talent. Bashment is the watch-word here, with an early highlight coming in the shape of ‘Do It’, a carnival smasher vocalled by Dynamite MC. Jenna G turns up for a turn on springy West London house jam ‘Fairplay’, while elsewhere there are plenty of swinging, UK-flavoured electro-house cuts like ‘Koolnahman’ (brightened up by the rudebwoy mic chat…
ADRIAN LENZ / SANDMAN
Cover Me (Ol Oil’ Riddim) / No Prisoners
BLANK MIND
12″ // £7.49

Stylishly menacing Grenadian Soca styles from a very intriguing new label outta London. Blank Mind’s first release is inspired by the annual tradition of Jab Jab, a Halloween-esque carnival which occurs in early august and features groups of motor oil-drenched and chain-wielding individuals clutching salted pig tails in their teeth who roam the streets of Greneda chanting and playing self-made percussion – jawbones, bells, buckets etc – between the hours…
DIZZ1
Decay feat Royalston / Gone Soon
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Head-nod navigator Dizz1 and D&B producer Royalston meet in the middle for two broken, rolling and stepping variations for Black Acre. Together they tuck-up some Techy vibes on ‘Decay’, kinda like older Martyn styles, with detailed drumwork and shifty bass, but a moodier, heads-down vibe. Flipside it’s Dizz1 dolo on ‘Gone Soon’, a blue sci-fi stepper with well studied old-skool Mala vibes.
GEMMY
Too Far / Da Dodgems
World Of Wonders
12″ // £6.49

Future-fresh Dubstep-Boogie weight from one of Bristol’s most colourful producers. The one to check is obviously the massive ‘Da Dodgems’, finding a sweet spot between jerkin’, late ’90s Timbaland-style R&B and rolling Dubstep-Boogie like few others we could think of. The flipside ‘Too far’ is a cool and kinda unusual piece of halfstep funk, but trust us, you simply need this for the B-side!
SYNKRO
Prologue / Summer Blues
Blackout Music
12″ // £5.99

Lean and dextrous Hi-Tech steppers from the uniquely prolific Synkro. A-side ‘Prologue’ plays it smart and minimal with snakestyle syncopations switching between halfstep and Tech-step with unpredictable and unusual timing for the agile junglists. Flipside ‘Summer Blues’ borrows a classic Vangelis synth-brass sample (or at least make very obvious reference), but does so with enough style and panache to pull it off. Well RIYL dBridge, Indigo, Rockwell.
VERSA
5AM
Smokin Sessions
12″ // £6.49

Buttered 2-Step Garage soul from Versa on his debut platter. There’s a warm soul percolating through all three tracks but the standout has to be ‘5AM’, a rolling Garage groove flushed with sweet Joy O vibes and buoyed by rich Reese bass. Support from Laurent Garnier, Beezy, Nihal BBC Radio1 and Synkro.

 

ELECTRONIC
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AYSHAY
Warn-U
Tri Angle
12″ // £7.49

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on…
RASMUS FOLK / WALTER SCHNAFFS
Endless House: The Folk/ Schnaffs EP
Dramatic Records
LP // £8.99

*The first vinyl excursion from The Endless House project – available here as an upfront exclusive* Dramatic Records’ beautifully packaged Endless House CD compilation from early this year won us over us with its dapper synth-pop, wave and proto-techno sounds, not to mention a wry and winning backstory about a doomed super-club opened by Czech millionaire Jiri Kantor amid the treetops of the Bialowieska Forest. We’ve waited the best part…
AYSHAY
Warn-U
Tri Angle
CD // £5.99

*Upfront Exclusive – available to buy from here a week upfront* Without a doubt, Ayshay’s ‘WARN-U’ is one of the most original and spellbinding singles of 2011, and an artistic step-up for the already formidable Tri Angle imprint. Ayshay, meaning “whatever” in Arabic, is a handle for Fatima Al Qadiri, a New York City-based sonic sorceress born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, who also writes a fantastic column on…
ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
Subtext
LP // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the…
ROLY PORTER
Aftertime
Subtext
CD // £9.99

Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex’d, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the…
COUM TRANSMISSIONS
Sugarmorphoses
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

**Amazing pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings – limited pressing!!!** Dug out from the archives, ‘Sugarmorphoses’ documents Genesis P-Orridge in her earliest artistic guise, COUM Transmissions, recorded at their HQ, the Ho Ho Funhouse in Hull circa 1974. Pre-dating their most infamous ‘Prostitution’ swansong show of 1976, by all rights it’s something of an important and prescient historical artefact showcasing the devious early imagination of one of modern music’s most singular characters. The…
WALLS
Coracle
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Walls waste no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut album (MOJO’s #1 Electronic LP of 2010) with a glorious set of eight swooning slow trance tinglers for Kompakt. ‘Coracle’ is as cute as the name suggests, yet perhaps with a keener dancefloor edge than we’ve previously perceived from their music. The sleek Techno engine which drove this album’s predecessor is fine tuned to a Balearic tempo, but with…
WALLS
Coracle
Kompakt
LP+CD // £12.99

*Initial copies on White vinyl – Includes free CD version of the album* Walls waste no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut album (MOJO’s #1 Electronic LP of 2010) with a glorious set of eight swooning slow trance tinglers for Kompakt. ‘Coracle’ is as cute as the name suggests, yet perhaps with a keener dancefloor edge than we’ve previously perceived from their music. The sleek Techno engine which…
MARK MCGUIRE
Get Lost
Editions Mego
LP // £15.99

Emeralds’ Mark McGuire serves up his much-anticipated second set of original solo material for Editions Mego, following last year’s Living With Yourself. The young Ohio native conjures, once again, a distinctly American but moreover cosmic-tinged sylvania – all campfires, marshmallows and flasks of ‘shroom tea – on an album tellingly dedicated to “friends, family and the spirit of the summer night sky”. His lush electric and acoustic guitars are the…
MARK MCGUIRE
Get Lost
Editions Mego
CD // £11.99

Emeralds’ Mark McGuire serves up his much-anticipated second set of original solo material for Editions Mego, following last year’s Living With Yourself. The young Ohio native conjures, once again, a distinctly American but moreover cosmic-tinged sylvania – all campfires, marshmallows and flasks of ‘shroom tea – on an album tellingly dedicated to “friends, family and the spirit of the summer night sky”. His lush electric and acoustic guitars are the…
PLAID
Scintilli
Warp Records
CD // £9.99

Recorded over two years in their new North London studio, this album finds Plaid in fine form, offering up some of their most generously melodic and even poppy work to date. With its bucolic chamber instrumentation (is that a harp we hear?) and woozy vocal tones, opener ‘Missing’ could almost be Stereolab, while ‘Unbank’ has the progged-out vibe of Plaid’s younger labelmate Hudson Mohawke, albeit with krautrock rather than R&B…
APPARAT
Song Of Los (Mogwai Mix)
Mute
12″ // £4.99

A standout cut from Apparat’s majestic new album, backed with an outstanding Mogwai remix and a slithering, percussive overhaul by Park Frequency. One for the lovers, ‘Song Of Los’ features Sascha Ring crooning to the stars over beautifully euphoric, creamy Techno-Pop synths and heart-pulsing bass with measured glimmers of New Order-esque guitar. Flipside, Mogwai give a big nod to Salem and the kind of epic pop substance coming from the…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk
Mute
LP+CD // £17.99

**Deluxe, special edition LP version includes 180g vinyl, CD copy & fold-out poster** Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad electronic styles under the Apparat moniker with…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk (Deluxe Edition)
Mute
CD // £14.99

**Deluxe CD Edition – Housed in a book-style sleeve with exclusive bonus track ‘The World Around You’ and 24-page booklet** Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad…
APPARAT
The Devil’s Walk
Mute
CD // £9.99

Heart-swelling and matured electronic pop from one of Germany’s most endearing modern songsmiths. Four years since his acclaimed ‘Walls’ LP and the widely loved Moderat album with his MDSLKTR pals, Sascha Ring comfortably fulfils his status as a foremost composer of majestic electronic pop with ‘The Devil’s Walk’, consolidating myriad electronic styles under the Apparat moniker with an unshakable emotive sincerity and elegantly classical yet fresh production style. We can…
SUN ARAW
Ancient Romans
SUN ARK
CD // £9.99

Delicious album of stoned psyche from Camerone Stallones, his first solo full length since last year’s massive ‘On Patrol’. In the meantime he’s released some well received and diverse collaborations with Matthewdavid and Eternal Tapestry, but really, he’s at his very best when left to own devices and free to wander bleary eyed and dopey through the sun baked dub soundscapes of his mind. It’s so hard to escape any…
MIRROR TO MIRROR
Here You Leave Today
CYLINDRICAL HABITAT MODULES
LP // £13.99

Dreamy soft synth music from Alex Twomey aka Persimmons Pomegranate, presenting his first vinyl release following a stream of cassettes for the likes of Arbor and Gift Tapes and his own Jugular Forest imprint. Compared with his noisier peers in this scene, the Mirror To Mirror sound is elegantly plush and devoid of any distorted grit which may graze on your ascension to catatonia. They’re featherlite yet densely layered and…
PIETER NOOTEN / MICHAEL BROOK
Sleeps With The Fishes
4AD
CD // £6.49

When 4AD was in its prime with Ivo Watts-Russell at the helm, they were unbeatable to the point where even their lesser-known albums were sparkling gems in and unpredictable 80s music scene. ‘Sleeps With The Fishes’ is one of those hidden gems, and now gets a way overdue reissue which should re-affirm its status as one of the key precursors to the ambient post-classical records of the last decade. If…
WARPAINT
Undertow Remixes
Rough Trade
12″ // £4.99

**Green Vinyl** This two-hitter of remixes comes as a tidy taster of Warpaint’s killer LP ‘The Fool’. The all-girl LA quartet have garnered plenty of attention touring with The xx and Zola Jesus, and ‘Undertow’ might be their best tune to date. Here we find mysterious producer Night Plane (aka William Raucher) stretching the original into a hypnotic eight plus minutes of transcendent New York house music. Letting the deadpan…
THE AMAZING BIRTHS (MARK MCGUIRE AND JULIAN GULYAS)
Younger Moon
CYLINDRICAL HABITAT MODULES
LP // £13.99

3rd release from Mark McGuire (Emeralds/Spectrum Spools) and Julian Gulyas as The Amazing Births, and their first on vinyl. ‘Younger Moon’ was recorded in the depths of a Westlake, Ohio winter this year, and finds McGuire’s ribbony guitar and electronic sequences in amorphous marriage with fluid layers of modular synth and electronics conducted by Gulyas. They make a great pairing together, finding enough space within each other’s dense emissions to…
MEMORYHOUSE
The Years
SUB POP
12″ // £5.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Hot on the heels of acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum and various other dot-com entities, Toronto two-piece Memoryhouse make their Sub Pop debut with ‘The Years’, a mini album containing their 2010 digital-only, self-released EP fully re-recorded, remixed and remastered, plus the new tracks ‘Modern, Normal’ and ‘Quiet America’. The five tracks form a cohesive set of gorgeous, ethereal synth-pop songs, all of…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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MEG BAIRD
Seasons On Earth
Wichita Recordings
LP // £12.99

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** “Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers. Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed ‘Dear Companion’ – Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond. For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten.”
MEG BAIRD
Seasons On Earth
Wichita Recordings
CD // £9.99

“Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers. Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed ‘Dear Companion’ – Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond. For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten.”
NADINE CARINA
Magic Box
Stattmusik
CD // £12.49

Debut full length from Swiss-Italian Nadine Carina. She currently studies at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts and here presents a cutely lo-fi sound; slow, endearing acoustic guitar and folksy arrangements played on guitar, piano and synth with sweetly fragile and dreamy vocals embellished with subtle electronic processing.

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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JANEK SCHAEFER
National Portrait
ROOM 40
USB + Remote Control // £28.99

**24 hour (1000xMP3) album on USB circuit board, packaged in a screen printed remote control** “This edition follows on from the original installation, which was commissioned as part of his retrospective at The Bluecoat, in Liverpool city centre. A condensed collection of 24 hours of found sound, forming a seething ocean of data from that final days broadcasting. Voiceovers, incidental music, current affairs reports, commercials, dead air, sports commentary, film…
SEAN MCCANN
Open Resolve
ORANGE MILK RECORDS
LP // £13.99

**Purple vinyl, first pressing. Includes A4 insert** Adventurous contemporary American psych stunner from the prolific and hotly-tipped Sean McCann. Beloved of knowledgeable blogs and mags such as Weed Temple and Tinymixtapes, his ‘Open Resolve’ session is a full spectrum collage of blistered synth noise and dissonant drones informed by free jazz and free kosmiche techniques for a visceral and uninhibited sound. His music expands and contracts with elemental force, sucking…
AQUARELLE
Sung In Broken Symmetry
STUDENTS OF DECAY
LP // £13.99

*Edition of 300, includes download coupon redeemable from the label* ‘Sung In Broken Symmetry’ is the first vinyl release featuring the FX pedal-sculpted drone and ambient music of Ryan Potts, aka Aquarelle. There’s a clear kinship between his blooming guitar treatments and compositions by Tim Hecker or Fennesz, but the distinction between them lies in his fetishising of the pedal over DSP or “in-the-box” processing, which unmistakably imbues his sound…
LAWRENCE ENGLISH
The Peregrine
EXPERIMEDIA
LP // £13.49

**Vinyl only. Edition of 500** ‘The Peregrine’ is Lawrence English’s homage to J.A. Baker’s obscure tome of the same title. Without a doubt, it’s also one of his most beautifully realised releases. That’s possibly due in no small part to the profound impact the book has played on his work since first discovering it, by chance, some years ago in David Toop’s loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London. As…
ALVA NOTO AND RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
UTP (2011 Edition)
Raster Noton
CD // £13.99

*2011 edition – available as a cd-only release for the first time* A most welcome return for one of the most intriguing creative partnerships in contemporary experimental music, UTP_ reunites Carsten Nicolai with Ryuichi Sakamoto for a special performance in conjunction with Ensemble Modern, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim. The title is derived from the notion of ‘utopia’, referencing the town’s design background – Mannheim was…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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THROWING MUSES
Anthology
4AD
2CD // £14.99

I still remember hearing Throwing Muses for the first time, and somehow even fifteen years later the band sound just as beguiling as they did back then. ‘Anthology’ is not a greatest hits collection and neither does it compile the entire recorded history of the band, instead it offers a place to start for interested new fans and a handful of rarities for the initiates. The meat of the collection…
THE DISCO ZOMBIES
Drums Over London
Acute Records
LP // £14.99

*Overlooked ’79 Punk-Pop classics housed in heavy card jacket. Includes 10-page colour booklet with photos and notes, plus download coupon redeemable from the label* Carpark’s sister label Acute Records present their first vinyl release, a reissue of The Disco Zombies’ three singles, compiled as the album they never achieved. Hailing from Leicester and ranking as the city’s greatest punk rock group, they unfortunately missed out on punk fame due to…
CAVE
Neverendless
Drag City
LP // £14.49

‘Neverendless’ is the perfect title for this latest hypnotic offering from Yank Kraut-rockers Cave. Their near-mantras fall into the same category as scene pioneers Neu! or even latecomers Stereolab or Electralane, but the band takes on the sound with a rare punk bite. Sure the songs are long, spiraling dedications to elven realms but the near-DIY shuffle of the band’s chunky organ, synthesizers and fuzz bass is hard to ignore,…
WARPAINT
The Fool (Deluxe Edition)
Rough Trade
2CD // £10.99

**Deluxe Edition featuring a bonus disc of the Exquisite Corpse EP, b-sides and remixes** Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
The Quickening
Rock Action Records
LP // £13.99

**Includes free album download redeemable from the label** Kicking off with ‘White Castle’ which sounds something like Emeralds covering Steve Reich, it’s hard what to make of Rock Action’s Remember Remember. It’s Krautrock, but not like any Krautrock you’ve heard before – the extensive many-membered act is too scattershot to succumb to such simple classification. Occasionally they sound more like Bo Hansson or David Axelrod, at others more aligned with…
REMEMBER REMEMBER
The Quickening
Rock Action Records
CD // £9.99

Kicking off with ‘White Castle’ which sounds something like Emeralds covering Steve Reich, it’s hard what to make of Rock Action’s Remember Remember. It’s Krautrock, but not like any Krautrock you’ve heard before – the extensive many-membered act is too scattershot to succumb to such simple classification. Occasionally they sound more like Bo Hansson or David Axelrod, at others more aligned with the post rock of label bosses Mogwai. What…
ANIKA
No One’s There
Stones Throw Records
7″ // £6.99

A surprising, echo-chamber-post-punk gem from the intriguing Anika, produced by Bristol legend Geoff Barrow and remixed by upstart Vex Ruffin. ‘No One’s There’ is a tantalising taste of what’s to come from Anika – a political journalist living between Bristol and Berlin – and her self-titled debut album, which was apparently recorded in only 12 days, just one week after meeting Geoff Barrow and bonding over a mutual love of…
CAGED ANIMALS
Eat Their Own
Lucky Number Music
LP // £12.99

**Includes code to download full MP3 album plus five bonus tracks – redeemable from the label** “If Alan Vega was 40 years younger, he’d be doing this. Or if they remade Blue Velvet, this could work as the soundtrack” – The Guardian Names like Arthur Russell or Beck get cited often as influences, but it is rare that upon listening to a modern artist you feel the genre-fusing depth of…
CAGED ANIMALS
Eat Their Own
Lucky Number Music
CD // £9.99

**Includes code to download full MP3 album plus five bonus tracks – redeemable from the label** “If Alan Vega was 40 years younger, he’d be doing this. Or if they remade Blue Velvet, this could work as the soundtrack” – The Guardian Names like Arthur Russell or Beck get cited often as influences, but it is rare that upon listening to a modern artist you feel the genre-fusing depth of…
ILYA MONOSOV
Sailor Man
Holy Mountain
LP // £15.99

**Includes free digital download redeemable from the label** Ilya of the Monosov Swirnoff duo and Shining Paths presents his first solo LP for Holy Mountain. Low key, almost whispered vocals play with noirish, spooked western signatures in nine tales accented with hints of flamenco and subtly psychedelic blues, like the “fumblings of a detective attempting to resolve his own crimes.” Fans of Scott Walker and Nick Cave should try this….
JOHN CALE
EP: Extra Playful
DOUBLE SIX
12″ // £7.49

**Heavyweight vinyl with download coupon redeemable from the label** Domino’s sister label Double Six present the latest EP from art-rocker, John Cale. He’s in versatile and experimental form, taking in everything from fuzzed-up indie-pop on ‘Castastrofuk’ to railroad pop and even smokily downbeat and atmospheric electronic downbeats with autotuned French lyrics for ‘Pile A L’Heure’.
JOHN CALE
EP: Extra Playful
DOUBLE SIX
CD // £6.99

Domino’s sister label Double Six present the latest EP from art-rocker, John Cale. He’s in versatile and experimental form, taking in everything from fuzzed-up indie-pop on ‘Castastrofuk’ to railroad pop and even smokily downbeat and atmospheric electronic downbeats with autotuned French lyrics for ‘Pile A L’Heure’.
PUFFY AREOLAS
Gentleman’s Grip
Hozac
7″ // £5.99

Cacophonous, punky blues noise from Ohio’s best titled band, ever. The title track zings straight to the pleasure centre with an oblique wall of psychedlic distortion shielding shrieked and dubbed-out vocals, wheeling axe work and steaming drums. B-side ‘Psychomania’ is equally f*cked-up and raucously sexy, and ‘By The Hand’ tips out on a juiced instrumental jam.
SIC ALPS
Battery Townsley
Drag City
7″ // £5.49

Raw and scratchy but impeccably hooky pop music from the Sic Alps. Both tracks were recorded by Eric Alps at Bauer mansion, with Mike and Noel Alps making the music. The A-side’s discordant and scuffed in all the right places and jams like a good ‘un. B-side is called ‘Cambridge Vagina’ and piles on the hairy distortion around super sweet and echo-drenched vocals, hitting the mark between lo-fi grungy indie…
TAMMAR
Visits
Suicide Squeeze
LP // £10.99

*Limited edition of 500 on ice pink vinyl. includes download code redeemable from the label* Bloomington, Indiana’s Tammar serve a seven track of EP of slightly odd post-punk indie with krautrock influences. “On Visits, Tammar pulls off a pretty incredible trick with each and every one of its post-punk anthems, probably something of which the band doesn’t take much note. They mine the classic sounds of paranoia, malaise and misnanthropy…
TWIN SISTER
In Heaven
Domino
CD // £9.99

*Highly accomplished synth-pop album marrying exquisitely fragile vocals with robust drum machines and fragile melodies in shades of Little Dragon and Prefab Sprout. Includes fold-out poster* “To the core, Twin Sister is a capital “p” Pop band. The songs on their debut album In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken as a whole, In Heaven proves itself a…
TWIN SISTER
In Heaven
Domino
LP // £11.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Highly accomplished synth-pop album marrying exquisitely fragile vocals with robust drum machines and fragile melodies in shades of Little Dragon and Prefab Sprout. Includes fold-out poster. “To the core, Twin Sister is a capital “p” Pop band. The songs on their debut album In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken…
WILCO
The Whole Love
ANTI
2CD // £11.99

*Deluxe 2CD: 52 page book, 2 Oversized CD wallets, hardcover slipcase* “For Wilco, the release on September 26th of ‘The Whole Love’ represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros for the release of ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ created a thrilling story, now ‘The…
WILCO
The Whole Love
ANTI
2LP + CD // £17.99

*Double180gm LP with gatefold Audiophile wax – includes bonus track and also a copy of the CD in a cardboard sleeve.* “For Wilco, the release on September 26th of ‘The Whole Love’ represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros for the release…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND
No Diggity / House Arrest
Wah Wah 45s
7″ // £5.99

Brassy Balkan ska and R&B covers this time out for the much-loved Hackney Colliery Band. After providing the highlight of their eponymous debut album, the sousa-led version of Blackstreet’s ’90s R&B classic ‘No Diggity’ makes a welcome appearance on the A-side, but the flip is entirely exclusive to this platter, steppin’ up a propulsive Balkan party monster lead by booming kick drum and even features some singing for the first…
MICHAEL GARRICK & SHAKE KEANE
Rising Stars
Trunk Records
CD // £8.99

‘Rising Stars’ is the latest in a long line of quality albums Trunk have been peddling for the last few years. You might have come across British jazz legend Michael Garrick before thanks to his seminal album ‘Moonscape’ (still one of the rarest and most sought after UK jazz LP’s), and just after this release Garrick teamed up with fugelhorn player Shake Keane and recorded a super limited EP called…
MICHAEL GARRICK & SHAKE KEANE
Rising Stars
Trunk Records
LP // £12.99

‘Rising Stars’ is the latest in a long line of quality albums Trunk have been peddling for the last few years. You might have come across British jazz legend Michael Garrick before thanks to his seminal album ‘Moonscape’ (still one of the rarest and most sought after UK jazz LP’s), and just after this release Garrick teamed up with fugelhorn player Shake Keane and recorded a super limited EP called…
AKIRA SAKATA & CHIKAMORACHI
Live At Hungry Brain
Family Vineyard
LP // £13.99

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** “In 2009 Family Vineyard released the first U.S. album by Japanese saxophone legend Akira Sakata in more than 20 years. That critically heralded release, Friendly Pants, was with Sakata’s long running rhythm crew Chikamorachi — drummer Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty Duo, Bjork, Jandek, etc.) and acoustic bassist Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Grand Ulena, Brise-Glace, etc.). This LP is their follow-up. Recorded during…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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NEED FOR MIRRORS / BAZIL
Lo Walk / Traction
Dispatch Recordings
10″ // £6.49

Limited edition 10″ of liquid and neuro-funked rollers from Need For Mirrors and Bazil.

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE
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WET PLAY / ISLINGTON MILL & FAKTION PRESENT
100% Silk Halloween DRENCH: Saturday 29th October, June, Islington mill, Salford
Wet Play
EVENT TICKET // £9.75

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EVENT TICKET – NOT A CD OR VINYL RELEASE* Manchester does Halloween in style with a live PA from dreamy future disco goddess Maria Minerva, plus live & DJ sets from the amazing Ital and the hotly-tipped Protect-U duo. They’ll be aided and abetted by the Wet Play Pals and DJ Den Bosch for a consensual drenching of cosmic disco sleaze, tranzgressive boogie and…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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GUI BORATTO
III
Kompakt
2LP + CD // £14.99

**Includes free CD version of the album** Gui Boratto’s snappily titled ‘III’ is, unsurprisingly, his third album, and finds him balancing his sophisticated Trance-Techno formula with a sleek, but grittily EBM/Wave-informed tilt. He starts out purposefully slow and sensually synthy, like John Carpenter for 2011, before the tempo builds with the brooding Big-room tension of ‘Stems From Hell’. ‘Striker’ is where the EBM influence really bleeds through, driving out darkly…
GUI BORATTO
III
Kompakt
CD // £8.99

Gui Boratto’s snappily titled ‘III’ is, unsurprisingly, his third album, and finds him balancing his sophisticated Trance-Techno formula with a sleek, but grittily EBM/Wave-informed tilt. He starts out purposefully slow and sensually synthy, like John Carpenter for 2011, before the tempo builds with the brooding Big-room tension of ‘Stems From Hell’. ‘Striker’ is where the EBM influence really bleeds through, driving out darkly sexy Bass guitar licks under cold and…
VARIOUS / SOMA
Soma Records: 20 Years
Soma
3CD // £10.49

*Triple CD release including exclusive unreleased DAFT PUNK track ‘Drive Unreleased 1994’ + Slam & Silicone Soul DJ Mixes* Daft Punk – Drive Unreleased 1994 is track 1 on the Soma 20 Years compilation triple CD release, and is joined by selected Soma Records classics, including tracks by Slam, Silicone Soul, The Black Dog, Funk D’Void, Samuel L Session, Percy X and Desert Storm. CD 2 is a Slam DJ…
FLOWERS AND SEA CREATURES
Flowers and Sea Creatures
BUZZIN’ FLY
CD // £9.99

“Debut album from acclaimed Montreal alt-electronica duo Flowers And Sea Creatures, coproduced with Ewan Pearson (Delphic / The Rapture / Kompakt), The Revenge and Fred Everything. CD limited to 1000 copies – features a unique Maltese Cross digipak fold-out packaging. ”
MANO LE TOUGH
Stories EP
BUZZIN’ FLY
12″ // £5.49

After a string of disco-leaning releases for Internasjonal, Mirau and Dirt Crew, Mano Le Tough tries his hand at a sort of discofied Tech-House Pop with fine results. A-side ‘Stories’ is a real treat, glowing with lovely synth arrangement and unhurried modern disco rhythm creating the right atmosphere for that poignant vocal hook to leave its mark. ‘From The Start’ is a touch darker, experimenting with slightly more shoegazy vocal…
RADIQ
Gun Street Shuffle
Musique Risquee
12″ // £6.99

Radiq returns with three tracks in a warmer, jazzed-up and minimal House style for Musique Risqueé. Like his op.disc and Philpot 12″s, we perceive a richer sense of soul and organic texture here as opposed to the clicky mnmlsm of his earlier releases. It’s clear to hear in the deftly layered keys and percussion of the title track and the spacious freshness of ‘Pharoahe’, while the clipped bass contours and…
VARIOUS / COCOON RECORDINGS
Green & Blue: Raresh & Sascha Dive In The Mix
Cocoon Recordings
2CD // £9.99

Two Deep and Techy House titans portray their individual visions of House music over two carefully selected mix CDs. Raresh of the [a:rpia:r] imprint picks out the first disc with a lush and steady grooving run of tracks from Deepchord, Harrison Fnord, Delano Smith, Claro Intellecto, Rootstrax, Luciano and Villalobos, among others, 17 total. On the second disc Sascha Dive sustains the mood with sixteen tracks of immaculately sculpted, deep…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
Souterrain Transmissions
LP // £15.99

*Gatefold 180 Gram vinyl edition – limited copies on a white marbled pressing. Includes download code redeemable from the label* Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV…
ZOLA JESUS
Conatus
Souterrain Transmissions
CD // £9.99

Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she’s not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like ‘Swords’ and ‘Ixode’ fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while ‘Avalanches”s 90s MTV power-balladeering becomes something altogether more eldritch with the deployment of chilly reverb and impertinently pattering industrial percussion. With their tension…
MARTIN HANNETT
Maverick Producer, Genius and Musician
Ozit
2CD // £11.99

Two discs spanning 29 tracks produced, engineered or performed by “the man who set the template for the Manchester Sound.” A revered electronic innovator and sonic instigator, Hannett is best known for defining the sound of Factory Records and seminal early releases by Joy Division with his experimental approaches – their distinctive drum sound was achieved using the AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley – just one…
SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also…
SOCIAL CLIMBERS
Social Climbers
Drag City
CD // £11.49

Something wonderful happened in early 80s Manhattan, and while it didn’t mean a lot to most folk at the time, the art-pop of bands like Suicide, DNA, Glenn Branca and later Sonic Youth would capture the imagination of generations to come, they just didn’t know it yet. Social Climbers brought something a little different to the table, not least because they hailed from the Midwestern wasteland of Indiana, but also…
ADAPTA
Adapta EP 1
BRUTALIST SUNSET
12″ // £6.99

*New project from bitstream – 200 copies only for the world* Electro heads should be getting excited right about now – Adapta is the new alias for Steve Conner of the legendary Bitstream. Over three years since they quietly slipped out of view he returns with a robustly updated sound drawing parallels with the likes of T++ and Instra:mental. A-side features the swaggering Electro-Tech cut ‘Isokon Lawn’, riding eye-quivering subs…
ESG
Come Away With ESG (2011 Edition)
Fire Records
CD // £9.99

**2011 reissue courtesy of Fire Records with new liner notes and interview with Renee Scroggins.** Just in case you fancy feeling your age, it’s worth noting that ESG’s ‘Come Away With ESG’ was originally released way back yonder in 1983 on 99 Records – minting a sound that has now gone on to be copied by many but bettered by few… A trio of sisters who have since drafted in…
BESTIAL MOUTHS
Hissing Veil
DAIS RECORDS
LP // £14.99

*Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 on clear vinyl* Debut LP from this feral Los Angeles trio. ‘Hissing Evil’ is an uncompromisingly gloomy and viciously propulsive collision of elements, where rattling hardcore goth drumming and cold, fleshly synths consecrate the ground for a barrage of howls and frankly f**king possessed vocals from Lynette Cerezo. The synth atmospheres place them within the same sphere as Atelecine, Zola Jesus or Tearist, but the…
S.C.U.M. / CARTER TUTTI
Whitechapel (With Carter Tutti Mix)
Mute
12″ // £4.99

Epic, dreamy future-disco from Mute’s new darling, S.C.U.M, lifted from their acclaimed debut album ‘Again Into Eyes’ and backed with a stranger Carter Tutti remix. Suggesting Erasure dancing with Sigur Ros at a gay disco in the tundra, ‘Whitechapel’ is a triumphant piece of dancefloor pop awash with magical mellotron against a backdrop of soaring choirs, also included in condensed single version. Equally the briefer ‘Blindness’ is composed with an…
HTRK
Work (Work, Work)
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £9.99

HTRK slickly seduce with the unheimlich sensuality of their third album ‘Work (Work, Work)’. Since their last LP they’ve unfortunately pared down to a duo after the sudden death of bass player Sean Stewart in 2010, and while it may be gauche to attribute the lightless mood of this LP to his departure, it certainly lends some inescapable context. It’s hardly like they were doing tween-pop previously, but the sense…
CAGED ANIMALS
Teflon Heart
Lucky Number Music
7″ // £4.49

*Pink vinyl* Rather catchy pop numbers from Vincent Cacchione, featuring ‘Teflon Heart’ lifted out of his debut album ‘Eat Their Own’, plus ‘Your Eyes Are Gettinnnggg Sssllleeepppyyyyy’ which is exclusive to this single. That A-side is jangly, shuffly and cute as they come, contrasting acutely with the cold, punchy machine rhythms and twisted minimal wave synths of the flipside, making for a very unique little pop record.
TAMBOUR BATTANT
Animals
CHATEAU BRUYANT
12″ // £6.99

Squealing Electro-House and Fidget/Dubstep modes from Benjamin Fournier & Nicholas Baloche, backed up with a remix from Canadian, Zimo. The original is a proper squelchy jacker firing off hazardous synthlines in all directions. Mind your eyes. The remix flings itself between luching halfstep fonk and squeaky jack for the party boys and girls.

 

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KASSEM MOSSE
Enoha EP
Nonplus Records
12″ // £7.99

Mosse returns to Instra:mental’s Nonplus with four raw and highly devious machine rhythms. A-side features the cobra-coital rhythmic slither of ‘Enoha’, sounding like some deadly inversion of Villalobos’ Latino-Tech patterns, next to the killer ‘GS02’, which bears a striking resemblance to the experiments of Container or KPLR. Flipside, he loads up the instinctually minimalist and rogue machine patterns of ‘Inswanna’ and the Drexciyan drum machine dexterities of ‘Sleepworking’ for the…
PEVERELIST / VILLALOBOS & LODERBAUER
Shangaan Shake: Villalobos/Loderbauer & Peverelist
Honest Jon’s Records
12″ // £5.99

After excellent instalments from Shake, Oni Ayhun and Mark Ernestus, it’s the turn of the Villalobos / Loderbauer duo, and Bristolian bass maverick, Peverelist to re-imagine the Shangaan sound in divergent fashion. With source material a million miles (well, maybe 6000) removed from their ECM collaboration, Max Loderbauer and Ricardo Villalobos give a fluidly controlled and trippily dynamic 9 minute bubbler, full of springy drums and oozing bass under a…
BLAWAN
What You Do With What You Have
R&S Records
12″ // £6.99

R&S dip into the UK pool again with two eagerly-awaited fresh Techno killers from Blawan. The A-side ‘What You Do With What You Have’ revolves around a canny vocal sample of KDJ taken from a lecture at the RBMA and pitched up and down over a crunching bit of Techno rollidge guaranteed to get the dance going. The flipside ‘Vibe Decorium’ carves into a more swung sort of rhythm sodden…
SCUBA
Adrenalin
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Scuba returns with three tracks of flashy, tranced-out Tech-House and proggy Electro-House. ‘Adrenaline’ works a formula of rounded square bassline, rigid kicks and uplifting big room breakdown, while ‘Never’ rearranges the factors to a Boddika-styled Electro rhythm with lazer-grabbing maxi-tranz-pads, and ‘Everywhere’ nods to late ’80s Electro-boogie. Picture sleeve!
MARCEL DETTMANN
Translation EP
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £7.49

Terrific new 4-track EP of muscular, reduced and immaculately grooving techno from man like Dettmann. There are few producers on this earth who can create techno music that sounds sensuous and danceable while still being harsh and heavy enough to scrape the paint off a warehouse’s walls, but the Berghain badman is one of them, and this EP feels to us like some of his most gripping material we’ve heard…
CONFORCE
Dystopian Elements EP
Delsin Records
12″ // £7.99

Midnight Techno pressure from the deeply respected Dutch producer, Conforce. Following his Electroid session on Clone’s Basement Series and a well received LP for Meanwhile, he’s in a squashed and narcotic mood here. In all but one case the tempo is kept below 115bpm or on the Dub downstroke, from the crawling, bass-swollen urban synthscape of ‘Luminous’ through the grinding, Andy Stott-like pacing of ‘Lonely Run’ to the Dubstep-infleunced ‘Desolate…
ROMAN FLüGEL
Fatty Folders
Dial
2LP // £14.99

The German Techno legend also known as Soylent Green, Eight Miles High and Alter Ego presents the very first album under his own name. It’s surprising considering he’s been doing this for over 15 years now, but the finely stripped rhythms and emotive clarity throughout ‘Fatty Folders’ perhaps best represent his personal conception of House and Techno most accurately, and befitting of his birth name. It includes tracks form both…
ROMAN FLüGEL
Fatty Folders
Dial
CD // £9.99

The German Techno legend also known as Soylent Green, Eight Miles High and Alter Ego presents the very first album under his own name. It’s surprising considering he’s been doing this for over 15 years now, but the finely stripped rhythms and emotive clarity throughout ‘Fatty Folders’ perhaps best represent his personal conception of House and Techno most accurately, and befitting of his birth name. It includes tracks form both…
DJ JUS ED
Flight To Tokyo
Mule Electronic
12″ // £7.99

Mule Electronic present two tracks from Ed’s ‘Vision Dance’ album, cut one per side for loudness and quality. A-side is the dark, droning ‘Flight To Tokyo’, one of the meanest tracks from the album, revolving around a vocal sample stoically intoning ‘Happiness’ over sci-fi synths and heavy, heavy 4/4 bass hits. Flipside ‘The Machine’ is a lighter, more fleet-footed House groove kept sparse and dubbed out for the dancers to…
AXEL BOMAN
Lucky Tiger EP
Glass Table
12″ // £10.49

*Picture disc. Includes Appleblim & Al Tourettes remix* Warm, sultry and slightly trippy Deep House modernism from a busy Axel Boman, following his drops on Play It Down, Pampa and Studio Barnhus. The lead cut ‘Esteban Peligro’ sets a lowlit, swinging vibe with subtle chords and steady bass keeping it cool while odd drum samples, dub stabs and spaced-out synths swirl in the mix with a deft touch. Elsewhere, his…
STINGRAY313
Misinformation Campaign
TRUST
12″ // £7.99

Four lean and sci-fi mean Detroit Electro trax from the master of his art. In quick succession from his Micron Audio 12″, this one features highlights in the steel and concrete urban vistas of ‘Herd Instinct’ on the A-side, or the nervous, paranoid twitch of ‘Who’s Watching The Watchers’ and the empty warehouse dance music of ‘Defect’. Heavy cut with typical Austro Mechana quality for Trust.
LAWRENCE
Never As Always (Pt. 1)
LAID
12″ // £7.99

Warm, dub-infused and minimalist House movements from the Dial/Laid label co-founder. A-side bears the crisply elegant shift of ‘Rise’ backed with a subtle Sten Dub with some neatly smudged synth action at the breakdown. Flipside is the weightier Dub 2, cutting off any more excess and really pushing the bass to the corners of the groove for optimal intimacy.
EFDEMIN
Please
Curle Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Efdemin returns to Curle Recordings with two deep Techno excursions, including a collaboration with Kassian Troyer. Solo, his ‘Farnsworth House’ side was “Inspired by & contains samples from “Fahr Weg” by 1000 Robota” lending an atmospheric detail to his typically sleek Techno shuffles. Flipside with Troyer ‘Blount’ is slower, more glamourous and pushed by supple bass balnced with sparing, painterly strokes of warm chords and field recorded ambience.
COSMIN TRG
Simulat
50 WEAPONS
CD // £9.99

Cosmin TRG completes his transformation from dubstep outsider to 21st century techno superhero with this superb debut album on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons label. ‘Simulat’ nicely balances booming floor-fillers with more oblique, abstracted cuts, but without ever lapsing into that “I’m diverse me, I’m gonna take you on a journey” tokenism that so commonly plagues house/techno LPs. Yeah, if it’s bangers you’re after then you won’t be disappointed: check the clipped…
MOOMIN
Sweet Sweet
SMALLVILLE
12″ // £7.99

Fresh Berliner House music from the cutely titled Moomin, following his two 12″s for the boutique imprint Aim. A-side ‘Sweet Sweet’ mesmerises with a blend of Detroit-learned chords and neatly padded kicks arranged with that cool grooving German finish. Flipside Oskar Offermann reshuffles the same track with effervescent 909 percussion and a more subtle sense of reserve, keeping those strings simmering for as long as it takes before Moomin’s original…
JACK DIXON & ROBIN CARD
Decade EP
Take Records
12″ // £6.99

Crisply polished and swinging Double Garage/Techy stuff from up-and-coming producer Jack Dixon and his pal Robin Card. A-side, ‘Adrian’ works on a fluid, dub chord-driven motion akin to a slower F production crossed with Midland, a vibe carried through the deft flex of ‘Leave’, and explored with a funkier vibe on the flipside’s ‘Keith’.
SANTIAGO SALAZAR
Smile Now, Cry Later
Seventh Sign Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Seventh Sign follow previous aces from G-Strings and Marcellus Pittman with three tracks from Santiago Salazar aka Ican aka member of UR’s Galaxy 2 Galaxy. Unlike his mroe recent, and tougher, solo tracks for Historia Y Violencia, these are full of electronic warmth and soul, driven by classic ’90s Detroit House rhythm engines and showcasing his fluent Hi-Tech jazz musicianship.
SKUDGE
June
Skudge
12″ // £7.99

Three cuts of purified analogue Techno from the much talked-about production unit. A-side is given to the Tribal instincts of the title cut, shuffling deliciously padded drums with sparing claps and whistles under silvery strings for classy Detroit appeal. The flipside features the subs-driven, tracky hardware knowledge of ‘Man On Wire’, a slinkily stripped groover with deadly, shivering hi-hats and that all-important pristine analogue finish that you can’t get enough…

 

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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS
Life Is Dance
Finders Keepers Records
CD // £9.99

**Hugely anticipated collection of extraordinary Pakistani film music. Bursting with excitable indigenous percussion, crazy synth fills, exotic vocals and dazzling arrangements made to own the dancefloor!** “Once again, Finders Keepers Record is given unparalleled access to the EMI Pakistan vaults to bring you Life Is Dance – the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed groundbreaking Lollywood cinematic pop compendium The Sound Of Wonder! Here you’ll find fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced-out and…
GUELEWAR
Halleli N’Dakarou
TERANGA BEAT
2LP // £14.99

**Heavyweight double gatefold with liner notes** Revelatory reissue of prototypical Mbalax-Psych from legendary Gambian group, Guelewar. ‘Diamonoye Tiopité’ documents their last performance, live at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal, 1982, mixing traditional compositions influenced by indigenous MBalax and Kora rhythms with Congolese drumming and the crucial, modern addition of a Mini-MOOG. Up until the time of this gig, the group were essentially the main group in The Gambia,…
GUELEWAR
Halleli N’Dakarou
TERANGA BEAT
CD // £11.99

Revelatory reissue of prototypical Mbalax-Psych from legendary Gambian group, Guelewar. ‘Diamonoye Tiopité’ documents their last performance, live at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal, 1982, mixing traditional compositions influenced by indigenous MBalax and Kora rhythms with Congolese drumming and the crucial, modern addition of a Mini-MOOG. Up until the time of this gig, the group were essentially the main group in The Gambia, alongside the equally renowned Ifang Bondi,…