Aug 122011
 

Hello,

Clams Casino and Type Records have just made our week with a double vinyl pressing of his future classic ‘Instrumentals’ mixtape. Pressed on a one-time-only limited edition vinyl run, initial copies come on transparent blue vinyl for the collectors – available exclusively from us a week upfront. The double LP features all thirteen huge and deeply affective productions, from colossal crunk bangers to the very freshest Hip Hop and those breathtaking computer ballads that make him sound quite unlike anyone else on the planet. Fans of bedroom electronica and ghetto-ready Hip Hop: this is as essential as it gets.

The fourth release from the impeccably dark Blackest Ever Black imprint also drops this week, the totemic ‘In A Syrian Tongue’ 12″ by Regis. It explores a hash-infused fantasy of Techno rollidge and morbid dronerock romance, with utterly gobsmacking consequences. Sticking with the Techno spectrum you’ll also find a killer comp of insane, forward-thinking African Techno, or specifically Kuduro, on the ‘Bazzerk’ comp; a full force collection up-to-the-time Bass music from a ruck of artists we’ve never heard before, but can’t help dancing to. This is a big look for Mental Groove, one we hope they continue to explore – and we urge you to check it out.

At the other end of the spectrum we find Maria Minerva’s bewitching ‘Cabaret Cixous’, a sensual payload of suggestively referential Pop, House and subtle experimentalism. There are tracks on here we could happily hear on loop all day, sieving the best elements of Eastern Eurodisco and ’90s pop romance into a blissed and sincerely psychedelic state. It’s easily the best thing NNF have released since the Peaking Lights album – available now on CD and download, vinyl to follow soon.

In light of the recent ructions here in the UK, we could all use some meditational aids, and they don’t come more recommended than Mississippi’s issue of classical Indian vocal raga from Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan. The ten ragas on this collection are the first to be released in the Western world, introducing us to an ancient, mystic tradition of music which transcends time, race, politics, everything. And on a more celestial sci-fi Techno tip, Jeff Mills looks to ‘2087’ for inspiration on the latest Axis, a sonic fictional soundtrack to to the ’66 sci-fi flick, while Aguirre’s discovery of a forgotten New Age masterstroke by JD Emmanuel ‘Tranceformations’ is just a beautiful piece of work, calm, collected and imbued with a meditational spirituality that’s deeply endearing. Limited edition of 400 on heavy wax in thick card sleeve.

Elsewhere on the ‘floor, 100% Silk are in business with Magic Touch’s eccied ’90s House dreams on ‘I Can Feel The Heat’, next to fresh Dutch Funky-Tech from Presk on Ramp’s Fourth wave offshoot and a totally idiosyncratic side of augmented AI Techno styles from the wonderful Nochexxx. That’s not to mention the cracking Numbers reissue of DJ Pierre’s ‘Mystery Girl’ backed with a firin’ Seiji remix, and finally a cold, metallic slab of experimental goodness from Wire’s Bruce Gilbert on the rekindled Touch 7″ series.

Also out this week: new music from Skudge, Ras G, Dark Sky, Azari & III, Sepalcure, Roof Light, Tempa, Roedelius, Amen Dunes, Soundway, Dj Diamond, Terror Danjah, RSD, Miracle, Marcus Schmickler, Anticon and a whole ruck of new releases from Mississippi.

Lastly – in light of the riots in London last week and the catastrophic fire at the Sony DADC warehouse (home to the entire physical catalogue of one of the UK’s largest independent music distributors – PIAS), we urge you to go out there and support those labels most directly affected. The list of labels is enormous (there are several lists now published online if you do a quick search) – but they include labels like Finders Keepers, Fat Cat, Full Time Hobby, Warp, Nina Tune, Soma, Thrill Jockey, Beggars (4AD, XL, Rough Trade etc), Rock Action, Fabric, Border Community, Rekids, Chemikal Underground and over 100 others. The best way you can help these labels is to go out there and buy music directly from them (be it digital downloads or what remains of their physical product) – and spread the word.

Ok, have yourselves a fabulous week…and stay safe.

Peace! nekkers….xx

Albums of the Week



CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals (Limited Coloured Vinyl)
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Type
2LP // £15.99

*Upfront exclusive – get it from us a week early on limited edition coloured 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…



VARIOUS
Jess & Crabbe present Bazzerk
WORLD
Mental Groove
2LP // £16.99

KILLER compilation of up-to-the-time Kuduro from a Bass diaspora of Angolan, Portuguese, French and South American artists. ‘Bazzerk’ was compiled by two French DJ/Producers, Jess & Crabbe after missions to Angola and further afield to dig out the very best bits you’ll find here. For our money it’s one of the best collections of this sound that we’ve encountered. Most of the tracks are widely compatible with the whole UKF, Post-Dubstep and Bubblin sound, and in many instances more colourful, potent and immediately danceable. To get started we’d point you towards the arcing trance riffs and whistling melody of DJ Ketchup’s ‘Um Ano de Namoro’, the darker Electro bounce of Cabo Snoop’s Kwaito-compatible ‘Windek’, and to Captain Bubbles’ strafing ‘Nerima Funk’, the floatin’ old-skool ‘ardcore vibes of DJ Rick & DJ Wilson’s ‘Na Paz’, DJ PM’s rampant ‘O Último Grito’, or the intricacies of Diamond Bass’ ‘Stereotype’. Clear some room in front of the speakers… Recommended!



J D EMMANUEL
Tranceformations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations
ELECTRONIC
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

**Limited edition of 400. 160g vinyl housed in full colour thick card sleeve** A gorgeous, forgotten classic of new age synth introspection from ’81-’85 excavated and reissued by Belgium’s Aguirre imprint – home to the similarly reclined Lieven Martens. ‘Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations’ revolves around a conceptual cycle following the course of the day. Inevitably it starts at ‘Morning Worship’, brewing slow rhythmic patterns which radiate shimmering melodies, before the strolling pulses of ‘Midday Attunement’ meander under woozy, modulating tones seductively swirling in stereo formation. If that sounds a bit similar to lots of other synth music of the era, it’s because it is, but there’s an attuned grace and and deliciously squashed vibe individual to his sound here. However, matters become much more engrossing and distinguished on the other side. On ‘Evening Devotional’ a gurgling mass of tones beautifully bends just in-and-out of focus as melancholy keys gently ascend and descend, enveloping our ears in a molten Sequential Circuits Pro-One goop, and ‘Midnight Meditation’ sustains a lingering, quietly plangent resonance into the depths of the night. “Somewhere hidden in the deepest part of the Self is that special place where One can go within to the most ancient part of one’s Self and connect with the origin of Self. Ancient Minimal Meditations reaches into that special place of creation of the Self and its Oneness with the Creator of All.”



MARIA MINERVA
Cabaret Cixous
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £11.99

Over the course of a 12″, cassette, and a stream of ace youtube vids, Maria Minerva has emerged as one of the most interesting artistes to come into leftfield-pop focus over the last 12 months. ‘Cabaret Cixous’ is her debut album, a coruscating water-bed of mottled ’90s dance-pop memes writhing under blankets of slyly sexy new age synths while her dreamy vocals whisper and croon seductively suggestive lyrics. It’s not quite aural soft porn, but there’s an inescapably lascivious element to her music which definitely has its appeal and marks her out with more teeth and enigmatic confidence than, say, Nite Jewel, with whom she’s often compared. Musically, her references span deep House to the Euro-pop she absorbed growing up living in Tallinn, Estonia, but all bleached with that straight-to-tape aesthetic so loved by NNF and Jim Ferraro et al, while lyrically and conceptually the album’s title invokes French feminist theorist Hélène Cixous and her songwriting is both visceral and solipsistically dreamy. It’s a richly satisfying and highly recommended listen.



JEFF MILLS
2087
TECHNO / HOUSE
Axis
CD // £17.99

Jeff Mills in sonic fiction mode again with an engrossing homage to the 1966 sci-fi flick, ‘Cyborg 2087’ written by Arthur C. Pierce and directed by Franklin Adreon. Mills describes the mission best: “It is the year 2087. The world had become a place where thoughts were not only monitored and restricted, but also, muted or reconstructed to favor the current ruler of Earth and its inhabitants. The once exceptional human was merely reduced to a byproduct in the multi-dimensional industry of Planetary Hypostatisfaction. A boundless depository of Cosmic energy controlled by an unknown force that had become too powerful to even reveal itself…” It all takes form as 15 tracks of inimitably Millsian machine-driven Techno drama clocking in at just under 59 minutes, including a booklet with modified plot written by Jeff and an Axis Records Agent recruitment card. Sign us up.



KHANSAHIB ABDUL KARIM KHAN
Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan
WORLD
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Mississippi’s latest essential discovery, ‘Khasahib Abdul Karim Khan’ collects ten ragas sung by a master of Indian classical vocal music, Abdul Karim Khan, recorded around 1934-35. Despite an iconic reputation on the sub-continent, this is the first collection of his work to be released in the West, which is surprising considering his cache with the likes of La Monte Young, who contributes to the sleevenotes “When I first heard the recordings of Abdul Karim Khan I thought that perhaps it would be best if I gave up singing, got a cabin up in the mountains, stoked it with a record player and recordings of Abdul Karim Khan, and just listened for the rest of my life.” They’re strong feelings indeed, but immersion in this music is an often breathtaking and deeply spiritual experience which would understandably lead to such powerful sentiments. As the commendably in-depth sleevenotes tell us, Abdul Karim Khan was born to a long line of musicians and singers who can trace their heritage back to a group of Sunni families of the Chisti order of Sufi saints, and whose ancestors were employed to perform in the court of Delhi circa 17th century. Like any ancient recordings from this period, there is a truly haunted and haunting element simply from the age of the recordings, but it’s increased tenfold by the mystic, impassioned delivery of his songs, those ululating motifs and cascading scales are stock-still-arresting and simply sound like so little else to the untrained, or we’d imagine, even the trained ear. This is transcendent music of an ancient tradition, captured nearly 80 year ago, well over an average lifetime, but it feels even more ancient still, taking us to a whole other world where folks were probably even more transfixed by these sounds than we are, but even in our saturated world, the magical, enigmatic value of this music is still deeply, greatly affecting. Together with the booklet of notes and photos and a heavy card tip-on jacket, this is a highly recommended album, the likes of which you really don’t come across too often.

Singles of the Week



REGIS
In A Syrian Tongue
TECHNO / HOUSE
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

Blackest Ever Black strike a most vital vein of byzantine technoid rollidge with a colossal twelve from Regis. The label’s 4th release opens the doors of Techno perception to welcome the Downwards doyen’s most potently atmospheric, bass-possessed productions in memory, including a spellbinding live version with fellow electronic druid Mick Harris (aka Scorn). It’s a sound he’s been keening towards for over 15 years, but has now reached with an accelerated curve on the inimitably fluid, bruising and grazing styles of his remixes for Raime, Sandwell District and Tommy Four Seven. Firstly there’s ‘Blood Witness’, a suitably evocative title for the psychedelic hash-swirl of future-primitive drum programming and heavy-lidded drones which seem to hover over it’s chasmic bass shapes. The live version enhances this sense of space and seductively looming bass; Mick Harris’ additional treatments conjures the vertiginous effect of standing on top of a high building while resisting the urge to bowl over and see what happens. Finally, ‘Blinding Horses’ is, in our opinion, a milestone of sorts in the Regis’ catalogue, synchronising his love of morbid rock romanticism with the physical drive of Techno and Bass music like nothing we’ve ever heard before. Simply put – one of the best records you’ll hear all year. *Please note that these are now plain sleeve copies that come with a printed insert*



PRESK
And Cut / Mold
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Crafty and unique Techno/Funky/’Step fusions outta the Netherlands by Presk, on this new Ramp Recordings sublabel. ‘And Cut’ is his debut release, a precisely measured balance of clipped Funky swing with sharply contoured Techno drums and dubbed-out synth stabs, all leaving nuff room in the rhythm to fill with dancefloor attitude. The stick ‘n twitch motion of ‘Mold’ is a bit close to Bubblin’, but a few shades moodier and on some levels refined. The drugged bass synths remind more of Nguzunguzu and that American take on Bass music while the cold delivery is just plain rude. yeah, one to keep an eye on.



MAGIC TOUCH
I Can Feel The Heat
TECHNO / HOUSE
100% Silk
12″ // £8.99

Magic Touch is the early-mid ’90s House guise of Damon Palermo, bandmate alongside Daniel “Ital” Martin-McCormick in Mi Ami. His breakout solo debut is a pure ‘floor burner, helplessly flouncing from the Shake-like disco-looping House NRG of the title track to the eccied Haçienda tingle of ‘Clubhouse’, and a pure tribalist rhythm excursion with ‘Trax Crusader’. Yeah mate, they cost a tenner but it’s like being back in ’93. Recommended!



BRUCE GILBERT
Monad
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Touch
7″ // £5.49

Wire’s Bruce Gilbert restarts Touch’s 7″ series, which has previously seen highly collectable shortform releases from Mika Vainio, Fennesz, and Phillip Jeck. Following an Editions Mego reissue of his seminal mid ’80s works and recent live outings, these two tracks comprise his first new material since 2009s ‘Oblivio Obligatum’ and find him working to typically stoic, yet subtly dynamic scheme of electronic sound art. Both tracks deliver cold, metallic drones with a “coruscating” resonance, all produced on a system of Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon synth, Zoom RFX-200, Korg Kaos Pad and Apple GarageBand. A-side ‘Ingress’ is a dense mass of dissonant, shivering tones with a detailing that demands to played loud to reveal all of its qualities, while ‘Re-Exit’ works with a quiet-loud structure of alien tones surging forth and receding into a swarming haze of unheimlich digital darkness. Tasty stuff, we’re sure you’ll agree.



PIERRE’S PFANTASY CLUB
Mystery Girl
TECHNO / HOUSE
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

The Numbers imprint is already well known for pulling some proper tricks out of their bag, and this is a BIG one. Originally released in 1987, DJ Pierre’s 2nd single ‘Mystery Girl’ should surely count in the Chi-town hall-of-fame, squarely defining the sound with horny bass vamps, futurist synth strokes and ‘floor burning intent which garners a guaranteed reaction in all the right spots. Roped in for the remix, Seiji’s Bassrub jacks up the subs and rides the kicks with batty bruising distortion for an equally irresistible push. No messing, this is just stone cold deadly…!!!



NOCHEXXX
Savage Herald’ / ‘Charro
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Nochexxx ain’t the most prolific producer out there, but whenever he does reappear, he’s always got something worthwhile to share. Back on Ramp Recordings for a new single, ‘Savage Herald’ sounds like it could’ve been made in Sheffield in ’92, a trippy, low-slung bleep techno number that’s devastating in its oscillating, frigidly funky simplicity. We just can’t stop caning this one. ‘Charro’ begins inna similarly lo-fi, this time more ambient techno fashion, like an offcut from Warp’s first Artificial Intelligence comp, albeit on a hi-speed drum flex more reminiscent of ghettotech. But just when you think you’ve got a handle on what’s going on, it shifts up – or sideways – into an acid-flecked, arpeggiated party track, and from there just grows more and more wonked out and psychedelic, completely mulching up the rulebook as it goes, and goes, and goes. On first listen you might feel a little bit queasy, but believe us, on round 2 you’ll be hooked. Idiosyncratic, at times electrifying stuff.

 

This week’s releases in full!
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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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SKUDGE
First Observation EP
Echocord Colour
12″ // £6.99

**Yellow/Green Vinyl** Skudge continue to mine a rich seam of tough, scuffed techno on a nifty new EP for Echocord. Dubbed chords expand and contract in finest Mark ‘n Moritz style across a locked grid of reinforced kicks, but it’s not all unwavering warehouse stricture – that rock-hard rhythm is enlivened with some refreshingly uncouth cymbal crashes and, oddly enough, carnival whistles. More immediately satisfying for us is ‘Void’, a…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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CLAMS CASINO
Instrumentals (Limited Coloured Vinyl)
Type
2LP // £15.99

*Upfront exclusive – get it from us a week early on limited edition coloured 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…
RAS G
Down 2 Earth
Ramp Recordings
CD // £7.99

Storming new album on Ramp Recordings from Ras G, featuring no less than 19 tracks. Ras has been a cult figure among beat-heads for at least three years, with a string of dizzying releases on labels like Brainfeeder, All City and Poo-Bah; he actually first appeared on Ramp back in 2009 with the impeccably wonked-out Destination Three EP. If you’ve been following him all this time, you’ll know roughly what…
SQUEAKY LOBSTER
Will-O’-The-Wisp EP
Vlek Records
10″ // £8.99

Heavily squashed, morphing electronic HipHop by the one called Squeaky Lobster. A-side segues from fractal, sitar-sampling electro-hop of ‘Flying Rupees’ through the strange ‘Magic Carpet Interlude’ and the orchestral stabs of ‘Saint Senya’. Turn over and ‘Aarnivalkea’ sounds like Clark jamming with Funckarma, all twisted digital grains and neck-snapping torque, next to the unstable, sample strewn electronics of ‘Runnin’ Amok’. Colour sleeve with embossed artwork by Martin Embacher.

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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BRUCE GILBERT
Monad
Touch
7″ // £5.49

Wire’s Bruce Gilbert restarts Touch’s 7″ series, which has previously seen highly collectable shortform releases from Mika Vainio, Fennesz, and Phillip Jeck. Following an Editions Mego reissue of his seminal mid ’80s works and recent live outings, these two tracks comprise his first new material since 2009s ‘Oblivio Obligatum’ and find him working to typically stoic, yet subtly dynamic scheme of electronic sound art. Both tracks deliver cold, metallic drones…
DEAD ELEPHANT
Thanatology
Riot Season
CD // £8.99

Diverse 2nd releases from Italian prog-metal band. ‘Thanatology’ spans the meditative doom metal passage of ‘Bardo Thodol’, through sepulchral black metal (replete with throaty hollers) with ‘On The Stem’, to the expansive Badalementi-meets-Bohren-And-Der-Club-Of-Gore-at-a-Neurosis-therapy-session atmosphere of ‘A Teardrop On Your Grave / Downfall OF Xibalba’.

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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BILLY FRAZIER
Billy Who?
BILJUMA RECORDS
12″ // £6.99

Classic, must-grab, remastered reissue of an underground disco classic circa 1980. A regular feature at spots such as The Paradise Garage, The Loft and Warehouse, that slinky bassline, cheeky vocal charm and strings are primed for big soundsystems and intimate bar sessions alike. Sought after – for a good reason!
EXQUISITE TASTE
It’s You That’s Happening
STARLITE
12″ // £6.99

Vital reissue of an obscure but deadly boogie session from 1984. ‘It’s You That’s Happening’ was Exquisite Taste’s only release, for one reason or another, but the combination of addictive vocals with body-controlling drums and lithe bass licks ensure its place in the pantheon of mid-’80s boogie wonders. Flipside includes a pristine instrumental and acapella.

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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PRESK
And Cut / Mold
Fourth Wave
12″ // £6.99

Crafty and unique Techno/Funky/’Step fusions outta the Netherlands by Presk, on this new Ramp Recordings sublabel. ‘And Cut’ is his debut release, a precisely measured balance of clipped Funky swing with sharply contoured Techno drums and dubbed-out synth stabs, all leaving nuff room in the rhythm to fill with dancefloor attitude. The stick ‘n twitch motion of ‘Mold’ is a bit close to Bubblin’, but a few shades moodier and…
NOCHEXXX
Savage Herald’ / ‘Charro
Ramp Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Nochexxx ain’t the most prolific producer out there, but whenever he does reappear, he’s always got something worthwhile to share. Back on Ramp Recordings for a new single, ‘Savage Herald’ sounds like it could’ve been made in Sheffield in ’92, a trippy, low-slung bleep techno number that’s devastating in its oscillating, frigidly funky simplicity. We just can’t stop caning this one. ‘Charro’ begins inna similarly lo-fi, this time more ambient…
DOM
Blakelock EP
877 Records
12″ // £7.99

Crafty Dubstep from Dom on the freshly minted 877 label, backed with remixes by Grievous Angel and Donga & Blake. There’s a definite hint of Timbaland to the original ‘Blakelock’, squashing a squirmy bass under fragrant vocals sample and sparse, shoulder-rolling rhythm to cool effect. On the flip Grievous Angel steps up for a meaner, meatier version with louder, ruffed-up percussion, and Donga & Blake run a slickly dubbed Garage…
DJ DIAMOND
Flight Muzik
Planet Mu
2LP // £12.99

This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: ‘Burn Dat Boy’ and ‘Horns’ are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G’s ‘Narst’. ‘Torture Rack’ is brutal and brilliant, beat-’em-up vocal…
ADMIRAL BAILEY / TERROR DANJAH
Jump Up (Terror Danjah Mixes)
Hardrive
12″ // £5.99

Murderous Grime Junglism from East London’s don gorgon. Greensleeves latest Dubstep outing hands Admiral Bailey’s classic ‘Jump Up’ to Terror Danjah for a flash-as-f**k ruckus of Breakbeats, sirens, deadly bass and squally samples for an absolute madness. The Dub is just lethal. Don’t miss this.
ROOF LIGHT
On The Third EP
PHUTURE SHOCK MUSIK
12″ // £6.49

Three shifty Future Garage/House/Hardcore spliced grooves from man-like-Roof Light. Starting at a squashed and swung tip with the House tempos of ‘On The Third’, he moves up a gear for the highlight ‘City Gear’, alternating between crisp, spacious 2-step and dense junglist breakdown with killer groove control, while ‘Powder’ comes off like a mean Falty DL cut, all splayed 2-step patterns sprayed with hyper jazz motifs and kinetic spatial diffusions….
DARK SKY
Radius EP
50WEAPONS
12″ // £8.99

Smart new 4-track EP from Dark Sky on Modeselektor’s increasingly hyperactive 50 Weapons imprint. ‘Speeding Blue’ is a nice ‘n oily little number, delicately ravey chords bending around galloping, post-UKF snares and rising subs – swung house perfection, basically. Neon is on a techier tip, slinky ‘Show Me Love’-style riffage colliding with distant diva strains across a broken 4/4 superbly styled for the steppers. On ‘The Lick’ teams almost sino-grimey…
SEPALCURE / FALTY DL / XI
Sepalcure Remixes
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £6.49

Three tracks by Sepalcure get reworked by a starry cast of remixers numbering Jimmy Edgar, FaltyDL, XI and Daedaeus. The work of Sepalcure – that’s the duo of Travis ‘Machinedrum’ Stewart and Praveen Sharma – straddles the crossroads of dubstep, UKG, house, hip-hop and a kind of toughed-up future-soul, and the remixes they’ve commissioned here are suitably diverse. Toronto dubstep talent XI is given top billing with his remix of…
DAMU / HGLDT
2010 / Knowing You (Resketch Mix)
SWING AND SKIP
12″ // £5.99

Strong Garage moves from Damu, HGLDT and Resketch. On the A-side Damu provides a manicured Joy Orbison style (before he went all House) production with ‘2010’, all chromatic softsynth flares and crisp surface detail with a distinguished percussive palette. Flipside HGLDT gets all emosh with the simmering Trance vibes of ‘Knowing You’, which is duly tightened up for a rolling mid ’90s GarageHouse remix from Resketch.
DISTANCE
Dubstep Allstars Vol. 8
Tempa
CD // £8.99

OG Dubstep player, Distance drops the eighth edition of the scene’s most definitive mix series. There are few in this arena with more bassbin credentials than Greg Sanders. Since earliest productions dropped on Lix Corruptions and Hotflush, he’s been an integral architect of the halfstep sound, leading to releases on almost every Bass label under the sun including his own Chestplate institution. For this 25-track mix he drops no less…
DUBKASM / RSD
More Jah Songs (RSD Mix)
SUFFERAH’S CHOICE
12″ // £5.99

RSD on anther remix mission for Digistep and DJ Stryda’s Dubkasm. Frontside he plays it coolly rooted with a laidback but heavyweight remix of ‘More Jah Songs’ featuring mellifluous vocal from Tena Stelin. Flipside you’ll find Dubkasm’s original Lovers Dub ‘There’s A Love’ featuring Christine Miller, backed with a super sub-loaded RSD mix, keepign the tempo and vibe intact but sending the bass to worryingly low levels.
ROB SPARX
Walk On (Propatingz Mix)
Profound Audio
12″ // £6.49

Clipped and techy Dubstep funk from Rob Sparx backed with a Propatingz remix. ‘Walk On’ is one of Rob’s finest moments, finding him on a hard swung groove with angular edits and relatively restrained use of cross-eyed basslines. On the other hand Propatingz offer a convulsive halfstep remix on the flip, sounding like a poundshop Joker.

 

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J D EMMANUEL
Tranceformations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations
Aguirre
LP // £13.99

**Limited edition of 400. 160g vinyl housed in full colour thick card sleeve** A gorgeous, forgotten classic of new age synth introspection from ’81-’85 excavated and reissued by Belgium’s Aguirre imprint – home to the similarly reclined Lieven Martens. ‘Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations’ revolves around a conceptual cycle following the course of the day. Inevitably it starts at ‘Morning Worship’, brewing slow rhythmic patterns which radiate shimmering melodies, before…
MARIA MINERVA
Cabaret Cixous
NOT NOT FUN
CD // £11.99

Over the course of a 12″, cassette, and a stream of ace youtube vids, Maria Minerva has emerged as one of the most interesting artistes to come into leftfield-pop focus over the last 12 months. ‘Cabaret Cixous’ is her debut album, a coruscating water-bed of mottled ’90s dance-pop memes writhing under blankets of slyly sexy new age synths while her dreamy vocals whisper and croon seductively suggestive lyrics. It’s not…
MIRACLE / FENNESZ / IKONIKA / THE FIELD
The Visitors EP
House Anxiety
2×12″ // £9.99

A memorable highlight of Steve Moore and Daniel O’Sullivan’s ‘Fluid Window’ is retailored by Fennesz, Ikonika, The Field, Ulver and Adeptus. The earworming, emotive synth hooks of ‘Visitor’ appear in original and radio version backed with a sumptuous, stalking instrumental version by The Field on the first disc. Second disc comprises an industrial-tempered Ikonika version at House tempo, a good look for this lady, next to Fennesz’s clouds of guitar…
ROEDELIUS
Wasser Im Wind
Bureau B
CD // £11.99

Rodelius’ 10th solo album is widely considered to be one of his finest. Originally released in 1982, in a sense it’s a monument to his former, highly influential, krautrock unit, Cluster, and deeply redolent of the wanderlust which defined his and Dieter Mobius’ most definitive early works. This is clear from the motorik pulses of Drummer One machine beats in ‘Ruf Aus Der Ferne’ to the dub-dappled ‘Fenster Im Schnee’,…
ROEDELIUS
Wasser Im Wind
Bureau B
LP // £12.99

Rodelius’ 10th solo album is widely considered to be one of his finest. Originally released in 1982, in a sense it’s a monument to his former, highly influential, krautrock unit, Cluster, and deeply redolent of the wanderlust which defined his and Dieter Mobius’ most definitive early works. This is clear from the motorik pulses of Drummer One machine beats in ‘Ruf Aus Der Ferne’ to the dub-dappled ‘Fenster Im Schnee’,…
HANS NIESWANDT
Hans Is Playing House
Bureau B
2LP // £16.99

**Includes free digital download code redeemable from the label** Bureau B collect 14 remix productions by Hans Nieswandt, a DJ/Producer/Journalist from Mannheim, Germany with over 20 years in the game. ‘Hans Is Playing House’ is the first retrospective of his remix work, drawn from a body of 45 remixes and especially focused on his work with German artists and lyrics, including the likes of Barbara Morgenstern and Eric D. Clarke….
HANS NIESWANDT
Hans Is Playing House
Bureau B
CD // £13.99

Bureau B collect 14 remix productions by Hans Nieswandt, a DJ/Producer/Journalist from Mannheim, Germany with over 20 years in the game. ‘Hans Is Playing House’ is the first retrospective of his remix work, drawn from a body of 45 remixes and especially focused on his work with German artists and lyrics, including the likes of Barbara Morgenstern and Eric D. Clarke. Whatever he touches has consistently “fun” vibe to it,…
SOLYST
Solyst
Bureau B
CD // £11.99

Kreidler drummer Thomas Klein unleashes his self-described style of “Tribal Dub Krautrock” amidst good company on the Bureau B label. Working outside of his band, Thomas’ approach here is stripped to the fundamentals of hypnotic rhythm and (mono)tone electronic patterns with a contemplative, restrained and focused methodology. There’s a clear connection with his krautrock forefathers Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Neu’s Klaus Dinger and Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru, but this…

 

EXTREME / NOISE
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THOMAS LEHN & MARCUS SCHMICKLER
Live Double Seance [Antaa Kalojen Uida]
Editions Mego
LP // £22.99

If like us you’re still recovering from the ecstatic onslaught of Marcus Schmickler’s recent Peter Rehberg collaboration on PAN, prepare to be hospitalised again, this time by Shmickler in partnership with a different laptop magus, Germany’s Thomas Lehn. Coming courtesy of Mego, it’s a live recording of a 6-channel loudspeaker concert of improvised electronic music given in November 2010 at Äänen Lumo Festival for New Sounds on Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki….

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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FRED MCDOWELL
The Alan Lomax Recordings
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

This has gotta be a piece of history right here. These 12 songs comprise Alan Lomax’s first recordings of the legendary Fred McDowell in an incredible, on-the-spot document of his soul-stomping, spirit-wrenching blues. Fred is joined by Miles Pratcher on second guitar for a number of songs, and accompanied by Annie Mae McDowell’s vocals and Fanny Davis on hair comb, running through a repetoire of spirituals and original songs. We’re…
NAT BALDWIN
People Changes
Western Vinyl
LP // £15.99

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** “Double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin’s album ‘People Changes’ is much like the stark Maine setting in which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born…

 

HIP HOP
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SERENGETI
Family & Friends
Anticon
CD // £9.99

Chicago’s Serengeti drops his solo debut after years working with Polyphonic. ‘Friends & family’ is hailed as his most listenable, lucid outings to date, unravelling his complex raps with concise and engaging delivery. Production is handled by WHY? and Advance Base, the producer formerly known as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, keeping the beats spare but hefty enough to match the lyrics.

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VARIOUS
Group Flex (Special edition Flexidisc book)
CASTLE FACE RECORDS
5 x Flexidisc / Book // £31.99

**Includes digital download card redeemable from the label** “its not cheap, but its one of the nicest artefacts of recorded music we’ve seen for a while. Group Flex Volume 1 is a compilation of five Bay Area bands who are all globe trotting Bay Area dominators. It’s a fully playable book of flexi discs and art by WILLIAM KEIHN (resident artist at Castleface) with ten exclusive, burning tracks by BLASTED…
AMEN DUNES
Through Donkey Jaw
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £14.99

**Includes digital download code with 2 bonus songs redeemable direct from the label** Remarkable 2nd album of dirge pop and dissonant outsider goth from Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes. ‘Through Donkey Jaw’ arrives roughly a year since the lo-fi improvisations of his ‘Murder Dull Mind’ EP built upon the morbidly obsessed sound of his debut ‘DIA’ for Locust in 2009, but both of those records were actually recorded around 2006…
AMEN DUNES
Through Donkey Jaw
Sacred Bones Records
CD // £11.99

**Includes digital download code with 2 bonus songs redeemable direct from the label** Remarkable 2nd album of dirge pop and dissonant outsider goth from Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes. ‘Through Donkey Jaw’ arrives roughly a year since the lo-fi improvisations of his ‘Murder Dull Mind’ EP built upon the morbidly obsessed sound of his debut ‘DIA’ for Locust in 2009, but both of those records were actually recorded around 2006…
COUNT VERTIGO
X Patriots / I’m A Mutant
MISSISSIPPI
7″ // £7.99

Killer, dissident punk obscurity from Portland circa 1979, courtesy of one-hit wonders Count Vertigo. Apparently an original copy of this was the most expensive Portland record ever sold, and it’s kinda easy to hear why; this is some definitively angry rock music. A-side features the impassioned holler of ‘X Patriots’, decrying the CIA, FBI, police control, government lies and America in general set to a stomping three chord guitar and…
COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES
GIVING
HOMETAPES
LP // £13.99

**Coloured Vinyl – Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Three years after their releases for Table Of The Elements, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees make a welcome return with their blend of Krautrock drive and Bluegrass/Folk instrumentation. Uplifting, decpetively simple melodic arrangements and attuned musicianship make a delightful blend for fans of Rhys Chatham who’d like a bit more experimental pop.
COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES
GIVING
HOMETAPES
CD // £11.99

Three years after their releases for Table Of The Elements, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees make a welcome return with their blend of Krautrock drive and Bluegrass/Folk instrumentation. Uplifting, decpetively simple melodic arrangements and attuned musicianship make a delightful blend for fans of Rhys Chatham who’d like a bit more experimental pop.
DEAD MOON
In The Graveyard
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

From the inestimable Mississippi label “Reissued for the first time – Dead Moons first record! Originally released in 1988. Dead Moon were a band that existed outside of the constraints that time & style usually impose on artists. An authentic mix of psychedelic rock, punk, blues, country, & every other American music worth a damn. This LP features all time classics such as “Graveyard” (A 13th Floor Elevators type vibrating…
DEAD MOON
Defiance
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Reverent reissue from Mississippi Records. “Dean Moon’s 3rd LP from 1990. Another classic with hits such as “Not The Only One”, “Crystal Is Falling”, “Dagger Moon”, “Walking On My Grave”, “Johnny’s Got A Gun” & “Unknown Passage”. A perfect record, not for the faint of heart. Remastered from the original tapes.”
DEAD MOON
Unknown Passage
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

A big recommendation from the revered Mississippi Records “Dead Moon’s 2nd LP. Great pop ballads sit side by side with heavy rock songs. A hit laden record featuring classics such as “Dead Moon Night”, “A Miss Of You”, “54/40 or Fight”, “Time Has Come Today”, “Demona”, & “On My Own”. originally released in 1989, easily one of the top 4 rock records of all time. Remastered from the original tapes.”…
LUKE TEMPLE
Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care
Western Vinyl
CD // £11.99

Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple showcases his widely acclaimed tenor; “…one of the most beautiful voices in pop music” according to Sufjan Stevens. ‘Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care’ was actually crafted in 2008 before the success of Luke’s two albums in his Here We Go Magic ensemble, but deservedly sees the light of day loaded with eight endearing and evocative folk-pop songs. “from heartbreaking ballads like “So Long,…
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
On Avery Island (2011 Edition)
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

Re-packaged reissue of Neutral Milk Hotel’s acclaimed debut album, including fold out poster and bonus tracks from the ‘Everything Is’ 7″. 16 years since original release in 1995, ‘On Avery Island’ coincides with band leader Jeff Magnum’s curation of ATP 2011, and reaffirming his status as a totemic influence to successive generation of indie experimenters such as Arcade Fire, Caribou or even Franz Ferdinand. This is the definition of fuzzy,…
SON LUX
We Are Rising
Anticon
CD // £11.99

Son Lux arrives at his his second album for Anticon, a kaleidoscopic symphony of acoustic instrumentation, tempered electronics and bold songwriting. In contrast with his previous effort ‘At War With Walls And Mazes’ which took three years behind closed doors to create, ‘We Are Rising’ was composed and executed in the 28 days of February in response to the annual RPM challenge. With some assistance from the yMusic sextet (Antony,…
SON LUX
We Are Rising
Anticon
LP // £15.99

Son Lux arrives at his his second album for Anticon, a kaleidoscopic symphony of acoustic instrumentation, tempered electronics and bold songwriting. In contrast with his previous effort ‘At War With Walls And Mazes’ which took three years behind closed doors to create, ‘We Are Rising’ was composed and executed in the 28 days of February in response to the annual RPM challenge. With some assistance from the yMusic sextet (Antony,…

 

JAZZ / RELATED
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MOHA!
Meiningslaust Oppgulp (A Singles Compilation)
Rune Grammofon
CD // £11.99

“Meiningslaust Oppgulp is a limited edition compilation of rare, limited and hard to find tracks from vinyl singles released between 2008 and 2011. Out of Norway’s super-fertile impro scene, MoHa! have boldly been leading the way with a sound that encompasses the best of rock, free jazz and electronic music. Despite the enormity and broad spectrum of sounds that constitute their unique style, it is the work of just two…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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AZARI & III
Azari & III
Loose Lips Records
CD // £10.99

Debut album time for the hugely popular House group outta Toronto. Their eponymous entry includes the anthemic single tracks ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’, ‘Indigo’, ‘Hungry For The Power’ and ‘Manhooker’ plus seven new productions very much int he same rut of finely tweaked early ’90s House vibes. For the party.
AZARI & III
Manic
Loose Lips Records
12″ // £6.99

Hot House trax from Azari & III. ‘Manic’ rides a juicy, toned and muscular bassline arpeggio and seductive diva moans on the original, but we prefer the stripped instrumental, laid bare for proper tucked-in wiggles. Acapella also included. Full colour sleeve.
PIGON
Sunrise Industry
Dial
12″ // £6.99

Oliver Kargl (Rndm) and Philip Sollmann (Efdemin) regroup as Pigon on four deeply sensuous and experimental Tech-House/Electronic cuts. With ‘Painting The Tape’ they summon a slinky, minimal shift from effortlessly grooving bass pressure and lilting drum cadence coated with a very healthy amount of tape crackle. On the other hand, ‘Sunrise Industry’ is more driving and hypnotic, made for the 6am connoisseurs. The two are sandwiched by the more esoteric…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
Black Goddess OST
Soundway Records Ltd
CD // £8.99

**Cult Nigerian soundtrack of progressive afro-jazz fusion circa ’78 with some amazing keyboard work and drumming. Presented in cool gatefold slipcase fedepicting stills from the film. We’ve rarely heard anything quite like it.** “Soundway Records are proud to present the original soundtrack to Ola Balogun’s legendary movie Black Goddess from 1978. The film was written and directed by Balogun (recognized as one of Nigeria’s most renowned directors) but shot and…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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STOPMAKINGSENSE AND THE DEADSTOCK 33S
Gravity
Tigersushi Records
12″ // £5.99

Justin Roberton (The Deadstock 33s) and Dan Avery (Stopmakingme) collude on four tracks of quirky proto-House throbs for the indie-disco crowd. A-side, ‘Gravity’ jams on a slow Italo pulse layered with sparkling arpgeggios and ‘Park Drive’ hits neat seam of jacking Warehouse bleeps. B-side ‘Oscillate’ is the stand-out hit, an insistent EBM-ish roller with infectious vocal stabs and hypnotic bassline, beside ‘the cooler groove of ‘A Rising Madness’.

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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REGIS
In A Syrian Tongue
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

Blackest Ever Black strike a most vital vein of byzantine technoid rollidge with a colossal twelve from Regis. The label’s 4th release opens the doors of Techno perception to welcome the Downwards doyen’s most potently atmospheric, bass-possessed productions in memory, including a spellbinding live version with fellow electronic druid Mick Harris (aka Scorn). It’s a sound he’s been keening towards for over 15 years, but has now reached with an…
JEFF MILLS
2087
Axis
CD // £17.99

Jeff Mills in sonic fiction mode again with an engrossing homage to the 1966 sci-fi flick, ‘Cyborg 2087’ written by Arthur C. Pierce and directed by Franklin Adreon. Mills describes the mission best: “It is the year 2087. The world had become a place where thoughts were not only monitored and restricted, but also, muted or reconstructed to favor the current ruler of Earth and its inhabitants. The once exceptional…
MAGIC TOUCH
I Can Feel The Heat
100% Silk
12″ // £8.99

Magic Touch is the early-mid ’90s House guise of Damon Palermo, bandmate alongside Daniel “Ital” Martin-McCormick in Mi Ami. His breakout solo debut is a pure ‘floor burner, helplessly flouncing from the Shake-like disco-looping House NRG of the title track to the eccied Haçienda tingle of ‘Clubhouse’, and a pure tribalist rhythm excursion with ‘Trax Crusader’. Yeah mate, they cost a tenner but it’s like being back in ’93. Recommended!…
PIERRE’S PFANTASY CLUB
Mystery Girl
NUMBERS
12″ // £6.99

The Numbers imprint is already well known for pulling some proper tricks out of their bag, and this is a BIG one. Originally released in 1987, DJ Pierre’s 2nd single ‘Mystery Girl’ should surely count in the Chi-town hall-of-fame, squarely defining the sound with horny bass vamps, futurist synth strokes and ‘floor burning intent which garners a guaranteed reaction in all the right spots. Roped in for the remix, Seiji’s…
WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
Get Lifted (Karenn Mix)
WNCL Recordings
10″ // £8.49

Rude Hip-House stomper backed with an iced Karenn remix (aka Blawan and Pariah). WNCL’s original zooms Todd Terry-brass stabs and wiggly block beats into 2011 with a spicy dash of electric bass and gruff finish for direct dancefloor action. Flipside, you’ll find the Karenn remix, their first official release to date and a a great, if considerately low-key start, spacing the groove with hyperreal reverb settings while keeping the vibe…
ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
Piper
Frictional
12″ // £8.99

Raw ‘n rugged yet debonaire Detroit Techno Funk from Anthony Shakir! After reviving his cherished Frictional Recordings with the ‘Thought Processes’ EP in 2010, Shake is evidently in the mood for some, judging from the clip of ‘Piper’, a ducking, darting breakbeat edit conducted with the agility of an East London Funky/Grime production, but with a cool-handed control that’s all 313. On the flip, ‘So Delivered’ deploys a classic palette…
PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER
Uffuff
Editions Mego
12″ // £11.99

Gloriously unexpected 12″ of lithe techno and dirgey electronic pop from the Editions Mego camp, featuring one original by, and three remixes of, German artist Philippe Quehenberger. ‘Uffuff’ is a mid-paced, distortion-heavy dancefloor banger – imagine SebastiAn or Justice if they looked up to Pan Sonic as much as they do Daft Punk. The remixes are of tracks from Quehenberger’s most recent album, Hazards: the ever wonderful Patrick Pulsinger transforms…
CAJUN HARDT
Untitled 1 & 2
REFERENCE
12″ // £8.99

Lushly finished, almost pastoral Techno grooves from the unknown quantity, Cajun Hardt. One side is more moody, the other sweetly melancholy, but both with super crisp, twirling synthline and unusual, Latinized drum programming. Anonymous and intriguing…

 

WORLD
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VARIOUS
Jess & Crabbe present Bazzerk
Mental Groove
2LP // £16.99

KILLER compilation of up-to-the-time Kuduro from a Bass diaspora of Angolan, Portuguese, French and South American artists. ‘Bazzerk’ was compiled by two French DJ/Producers, Jess & Crabbe after missions to Angola and further afield to dig out the very best bits you’ll find here. For our money it’s one of the best collections of this sound that we’ve encountered. Most of the tracks are widely compatible with the whole UKF,…
VARIOUS
Jess & Crabbe present Bazzerk
Mental Groove
2CD // £15.99

KILLER compilation of up-to-the-time Kuduro from a Bass diaspora of Angolan, Portuguese, French and South American artists. ‘Bazzerk’ was compiled by two French DJ/Producers, Jess & Crabbe after missions to Angola and further afield to dig out the very best bits you’ll find here. For our money it’s one of the best collections of this sound that we’ve encountered. Most of the tracks are widely compatible with the whole UKF,…
KHANSAHIB ABDUL KARIM KHAN
Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

Mississippi’s latest essential discovery, ‘Khasahib Abdul Karim Khan’ collects ten ragas sung by a master of Indian classical vocal music, Abdul Karim Khan, recorded around 1934-35. Despite an iconic reputation on the sub-continent, this is the first collection of his work to be released in the West, which is surprising considering his cache with the likes of La Monte Young, who contributes to the sleevenotes “When I first heard the…
KOUROSH YAGHMAEI
Back From The Brink
Now Again Records
3LP // £22.99

**Truly opulent, oversized deluxe triple gatefold LP with 28-page colour booklet penned by Kourosh himself, plus rare photos and ephemera from the Iranian ’70s rock scene. All music remastered from original tapes. Phew!** “Now-Again Records is proud to present Back From The Brink, the only legitimately licensed collection of the godfather of Iranian psychedelic rock, Kourosh Yaghmaei. Known within the Iranian diaspora simply by his first name, Kourosh’s Pre-Revolution recordings…
VARIOUS / MISSISSIPPI
Fanafody: A Collection of Recordings and Photography from Madagasikara Volume II
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

**Housed in typical Mississippi old-style tip-on heavy card jacket** “The second volume of recordings in a series of Madagascar music. From the archives of Montreal recordist, Charlie Brooks. While containing some similar artists as volume one, Fanafody focuses more on his second trip through the island during 2002 featuring violin players and throat singers. Includes extensive photography and Liner notes.” We don’t recall stocking the first volume of ‘Fanafody…’ but…
EL HADRMY
Kamlat / La Mone
MISSISSIPPI
7″ // £7.99

Mississippi are truly spoiling us this week. This beauty features two songs from Mauritanian guitarist and singer Hadrami Ould Medeh, originally pressed in Lebanon in 1970. There were only 500 copies pressed and distributed at their shows, as a second pressing was shelved due to war breaking out in Lebanon. The most obvious comparison we can make is to the modern day electric desert blues of Western Sahara’s Group Doueh…
ORCHESTRE RAIL-BAND DE BAMAKO
Rail-Band Orchestra of Bamako
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £12.99

“Reissued for the first time, the legendary Malian Rail Band’s classic 1970 debut LP. Based out of the Buffet Bar of the Station Hotel in Bamako, the band was sponsored by the Ministry of Information. Swirling afro-latin guitars & horns. Malian folk songs modernized & played by some of the country’s finest musicians including Tidani Kone & Salif Keita.”
VARIOUS / MISSISSIPPI
Street Musicians Of Yogyakarta
MISSISSIPPI
LP // £13.99

**Another amazing Mississippi reissue. Old style tip-on jacket with extensive liner notes and bonus 7″** ” In 1978 Jack Body recorded an amazing amount of street musicians in java. His ear was geared not just towards traditional folk forms of music but also to all the new hybrids of pop street music. Here we find a mix of his recordings that really cannot by classified easily. Influences on the music…
TABOU COMBO
Respect
SECRET STASH
LP // £15.99

**Limited, hand-numbered and assembled edition. Includes download code redeemable from the label** ” Formed in 1967 just outside of Port-au-Prince, Tabou Combo has proven to be the most successful band to ever come out of Haiti. They’ve toured Europe, Mexico, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States (including a central park concert boasting over 20,000 attendees). It has been said by many that Tabou Combo is Haitian music. Their unique…