Apr 222011
 
Hello,

It’s been a mental old week here – an unbelievable amount of good music out at the moment – so without further ado…

Long time readers of these pages will have no doubt have heard us go on at length about our undying love for The Cure’s trio of early albums – Faith, Seventeen Seconds and Pornography, and if you know what that means, or indeed if you have a penchant for the gothic minimalism of Martin Hannet’s work with Joy Division, you’ll want to head straight for the incredible new 12″ from Tropic Of Cancer- brought to you by the hugely promising Blackest Ever Black imprint. Cross-fertilized with the detached vocal beauty of, say, Grouper, it’s a haunting realisation of so much of what we love that we reckon it’ll no doubt end up being one of the most memorable twelves of the year.

Ezekiel Honig returns this week with his finest album to date – a beautiful, almost mournful evocation of memories and loss painted in electronic colours you’ll associate with the likes of Jan Jelinek, The Remote Viewer or even the Moritz Von Oswald Trio. The hazy, ghostly photograph on the front cover is evocative of the musical aesthetic – this is a deeply personal journal that brings to mind a kind of music we haven’t really been listening to for a while, and which we love. Big recommendation.

Ever since we picked up a vinyl copy of the Tindersticks amazing soundtrack for ‘Nénette Et Boni’ in ’96 we’ve been obsessively seeking out their instrumental work. This week sees the release of a lavish 5CD set collecting six soundtracks recorded by the band for the films of Claire Denis – clocking in at over three hours and containing some of the most cinematic and intimate music you’ll hear this year. If you’re not a fan of the band, or if you’ve never heard them before, we implore you to investigate this material – it’s just so sublime.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, Zwischenwelt is the paranormal audio/visual concern of Susana Correira, Beta Evers and Penélope Martin alongside esteemed Drexciyan/Dopplereffekt producer, Henirich Mueller. We have to admit that the promo version we had of this album – interspersed as it was with a morose sounding German interrupting the audio with “Das ist ein pro-mo-zi-o-nal ze-dee” – added a certain je ne sais quoi to the whole thing, but nonetheless it’s a brilliantly detached exploration of the classic Dopplereffektian manifesto – taking us back to the lab in brilliant style.

Rabih Beani may not be a name many of you will be immediately familiar with, but over the last few years his work under the Ra.H and Morphosis monikers has provided some of the most forward-thinking and original techno we’ve heard. His debut album “What Have We Learned” has already been garnering heaps of praise from all quarters, so with good timing we have some upfront double vinyl copies available for you to snap up – and if you’re a follower of Newworldaquarium, or indeed the afro-futuristic currents running through the likes of Actress or Hieroglyphic Being – we urge you to get in.

So much more to mention, so little time – but further down below you’ll find standout new releases from Emeralds’ Mark Mcguire, Sandwell District, Natural Snow Buildings, Dylan Ettinger, Wiley, Attilio Mineo’s amazing 1962 “Man In Space With Sounds” pressed up on deluxe vinyl, Dubbel Dutch, Photek, Downwards, an INCREDIBLE album from Tin Man, Prefuse 73, Jamie Woon, Boxcutter, Spatial, Addison Groove, Sanso-Xtro, Murcof, Cotton Goods, Sleepingdog, Jon Mueller, Marcus Intalex, Icicle, Sun Ra, Art Department, Big Strick, Moodymann, and much much more.

Have a fabulous long weekend…

Peace! nekkers…xx

Albums of the Week



TINDERSTICKS
Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Constellation
5CD BOX // £39.99

**Lavish box set collecting Tindersticks’ bespoke film scores – a whopping 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours!***. Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham’s preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks had been providing subtly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Now compiled by Constellation in highly collectible 5xLP and 5xCD box sets, these six feature-length soundtracks will obviously appeal to committed fans of the band, but really deserve to find a wide audience far beyond that. Like the films they were made for – 35 Rhums, L’Intrus, Vendredi Soir, Trouble Every Day, White Material and Nenette Et Boni – the band’s, haunting and evocative pieces are all about the accumulation of detail, and build slowly but surely to devastating emotional climaxes. Denis is preoccupied with landscape and the individual’s place within it, and Tindersticks respond with treatments that expertly navigate the intimate and the expansive: the default setting is somewhere between smoked-out brush-stroke Jazz, pastoral folk and modern classical, with shades of the most austere 90s Americana and post-rock, with guitar, harmonium and chamber strings prominent throughout. For us it’s the soaring, drum-driven material from Denis’s most recent picture, White Material, that hits hardest, but really it’s all fantastic stuff, and rewards deep immersion. The package couldn’t be more handsome either: both CD and vinyl come in foil-embossed boxes with 64-page booklet featuring colour film stills and an essay by Michael Hill. Fans of Vincent Gallo’s Warp stuff, Pram, Cave & Ellis, Nico, Palace and Neil Young’s Dead Man should all take notice. A massive recommendation.



ZWISCHENWELT
Paranormale Aktivitat
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Rephlex
CD // £8.99

Zwischenwelt is the paranormal audio/visual concern of Susana Correira, Beta Evers and Penélope Martin alongside esteemed ex-Drexciya producer, Henirich Mueller (Dopplereffekt/Arpanet/ Der Zyklus). Their name translates as “world in between” and relates to the theme of parapsychology – the exploration of paranormal psychic phenomena using scientific methodology – which informs ‘Paranormale Aktivitat’. Thankfully, and expectedly, their spectra hallucinations are more Konstantin Raudive than Yvette Fielding, but probably most similar in style and sound to Mueller’s almost indivisible Black Replica and Zerkalo projects of the last few years, which were coincidentally coordinated with a strong female presence. Also like those projects, songs are sung by carefully enunciated female voices, delivered in deadpan but chillingly melodic tone, reflecting the glassy synthetic strings and sleek black silicon surfaces of their rhythmic engines. We might be wrong, but from the sounds of it Mueller is responsible for the majority of the music, but it’s really the conceptual undertones and ritualistic, suggestively cinematic lyrics and narrative arc which make this the best Gerald Donald album since ‘Calabi Yau Space’, at least. Highly recommended.



EZEKIEL HONIG
Folding In On Itself (Limited Vinyl Edition)
ELECTRONIC
Type
LP // £10.99

*Strictly limited pressing, initial copies on clear blue vinyl* Manhattan’s Ezekiel Honig makes a welcome appearance on Type with the beautifully melancholy ‘Folding In On Itself’. The frayed, spectral layers of ambient sound and dusty pulses within recall the works of jan Jelinek, The Remote Viewer or even elements of the first MvO Trio LP, but his serene, almost sorrowful palette of tones comes from somewhere more private and personal. While those artists are all defined by a sense of intimacy in wide open space, Ezekiel’s location in one of the most densely populated areas on the planet perhaps gives it a more introverted insularity, as though he’s cosily enveloped by his memories while the world scurries about on the outside. Those memories and their corruption or decay are at the core of this record, like the overlaid family photos on the sleeve, capturing a sense of entropy in his quickly disintegrating city. Locally made field recordings are placed as rhythmic and textural clues to the shape of his environment, and when they happen to fall in sync with his instrumentation the effect is lush, creating and effortless illusion of everyday aleatory syncopation. This beautifully measured sense of drifting, stigmergic arrangement with programmed elements makes for a captivating narrative as varied as a walk through the city itself, but subtly enhanced like some sort of moody augmented reality app or wandering blindfolded through some vivid sound art installation. If anything, it’s as softly spoken and moving as anything Type have put out to date, so handle with care.



MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
A Young Persons Guide
ELECTRONIC
Editions Mego
2CD // £16.99

**Essential one-stop anthology of hard-to-find material by Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire – housed in a deluxe triple-panel gatefold digipak** Since releasing their ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here’ LP last year, Vienna’s Editions Mego has become a home away from home for Ohio space cadets Emeralds, with the band’s synth wizard John Elliott operating the Spectrum Spools sub-label and guitarist Mark McGuire cutting the the solo album ‘Living With Yourself’ for the main imprint. The latest bit of Emeralds-related gear to land on eMego is A Young Person’s Guide to Mark McGuire, an exhaustive 2xCD compilation of solo tracks from the prodigious axe-wielder’s back catalogue. It’s essentially a “best of”, selected by the man himself and Mego boss Peter Rehberg, bringing together 20 tracks from disparate CD-R and cassettes released in highly limited limited editions (a mere 60 copies in one case). At the tender age of 24, McGuire has created a body of work that would put most artists twice his age to shame, and its breadth and quality is beautifully showcased across A Young Person’s Guide. If you’ve ever listened to Emeralds then you’ll recognise McGuire’s guitar style instantly – mellifluous, cyclical phrases endlessly looped and delayed, frequently conjuring the kosmische grooves of Manuel Gottsching (especially on ‘The Marfa Lights’) and the tender, echoplexed sketches of The Durutti Column. You might think that McGuire’s playing feels a little slight and naked without the synthesizer accompaniments of his Emeralds compadres, but this couldn’t be further for the truth: his solo sound is muscular and expressive, satisfying the demands of psychedelia while also demonstrating a deep lyricism – this is music as emotionally resonant as it is disorientingly trippy. The overdriven squall of ‘Clague Woods’ summons Kevin Shields and early Cocteau Twins, while ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ makes us think of John Martyn’s Inside Out, and ‘Radio Flyer’ crackles and crinkles with the avant-folksy, autumnal beauty of Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing. For the most part McGuire’s music is gentle and comforting, but there are some terrific moments of violence and unease: the sound of a distant opera singer ‘Ghosts Around A Tree 1’, looped into delirium, or the ominous near-techno pulsation of ‘The Lonesome Foghorn Blows’. Even when at his most conventional, McGuire is enthralling: ‘Icy Windows’ feels like a Pavement or Sebadoh instrumental in dub, ‘Sick Chemistry is one-note drone made freshly intoxicating (like ‘Skies’, it also puts us in mind of Fennesz’s Black Sea), and the fabulous, rolling ‘The Invisible World’ sounds like a lost JJ Cale jam – it’s proper rock ‘n roll, McGuire-style. If anything, there are a few too many tracks on A Young Person’s Guide but we can hardly fault Mego for being generous; across the album’s hefty duration McGuire makes us realise anew what a unique, versatile and frankly irreplaceable instrument the guitar is, and there’s no higher praise than that. Huge recommendation.



ATTILIO MINEO
Man In Space With Sounds (Limited Vinyl Edition)
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Subliminal Sounds
LP // £22.99

*Limited vinyl pressing – 500 copies for the world* Attillio Mineo was commissioned with composing ‘Man In Space With Sounds’ for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The album was played in a clear plastic spherical elevator called the ‘Bubbleator’ for up to 150 people at a time and sold to the passengers as something of a novelty item. Nowadays original copies fetch over $100, but thanks to Subliminal Sounds’ Jack Diamond and Stefan Kery we’ve got this ace reissue. Considering this was made in a pre-Moog 1962, Mineo would have been using some very early electronics, but it’s probably fair to say that it’s not quite on the same level as Edgard Varese’s ‘Poeme Electronique’, made for the Brussels Expo only a few years earlier in 1958. The electronic element really takes second place to more conventional string arrangements, but still makes some hugely endearing appearances as on ‘ Century 21’ and ‘Boeing Spacearium’, and now also includes edited versions omitting the American voice over intros, but if you’re a wikky wikky scratch DJ with sample deficit disorder, you might find these appealing. A super intriguing curio and another slice of important early electronics from Subliminal. Highly Recommended.



SANDWELL DISTRICT
Sandwell District
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
CD // £9.99

If you missed out on Sandwell District’s ‘Feed Forward’ 2LP (currently going for £100+ 2nd hand!), it’s time to rejoice: they’ve just reissued a CD version (of sorts) featuring alternate edits from the vinyl. There’s no tracklisting or even a name printed anywhere on the sleeve or the CD, save for a tiny FFCD01 catalogue number, but we can tell you that there are 10 tracks. Basically, it’s as close as you’ll actually get to the originals if you don’t already own them, and downright essential if you don’t. So, this marks the end of Phase 2 in SD’s oeuvre, and with the recently announced Bob Osterlag LP incoming, we’re very much anticipating Phase 3! ESSENTIAL.



MORPHOSIS
What Have We Learned
TECHNO / HOUSE
Delsin
2LP // £14.99

‘What Have We Learned’ is one of the most anticipated LPs from the deep Techno quadrant this year. Rabih Beani’s debut album arrives five years after those first head-turning releases on his Venice-based Morphine Records as Morphosis (also, later as Ra.H), and although he’s only released about 1 or 2 records per year since, he’s become a standard bearer for the esoteric and rarified tradition of analogue cosmic techno. His music is suffused with a sophisticated mediterranean melancholy, likely coming from his Lebanese heritage and current Italian locale, and connecting with an experimental electronic and Afro-futuristic continuum reaching from Marinetti and the original Italian futurists to Danielle Baldelli, or across the cosmos to Sun Ra and Hieroglyphic Being. With impeccably classic yet up-to-date production values the album travels between the tentatively jazzy House abstraction of ‘Silent Screamer’ to the Horror soundtrack jack of ‘Too Far’ featuring unheimlich female vocals, and the instinctively moody wanderings of ‘Androids among Us’. Further out, ‘Gate Of Night’ feels like a half-remembered cut from his amazing ‘Time’ 12″ as Ra.H, all possessed Afro-rhythms and heavy-lidded, yawning space synths. In the closing stages the dramatic ‘Dirty Matter’ (previously remixed by NWAQ) carries us like some ancient tribalist ritual to the dazzling, KFW-like modular chaos of ‘Ascension’ and the spine-tingling, instinctive calculations of ‘Europa’ and its breathtaking conclusion. Ultimately, there’s an sci-fi sense of narrative and an unavoidably evocative spirit to this album which should engage the very deepest House and Techno fiends. Massively recommended.



NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS
Chants Of Niflheim
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BLACKEST RAINBOW
CD // £9.99

The curious and ever-intriguing Gallic duo Natural Snow Buildings have gifted us with yet another sublime full length with which to entertain our mind’s eye. This isn’t just material gleaned from their no-doubt bottomless pit of jams either, the material for ‘Chants of Niflheim’ was recorded practically weeks ago, so stands as a proper follow-up to the widely acclaimed Blackest Rainbow LP ‘Waves of the Random Sea’. It’s damned good too, showcasing their now patented fuzzy shoegazing ragas in all their extended, gritty glory. There’s a reason that in a scene dominated by groups coughing out extended drones Natural Snow Buildings shine – they’re just a little more unusual. It’s that opium-induced numbness that somehow works in tandem with the current crop of witch house/drag releases – Natural Snow Buildings might not sound the same at first, but the mood is simply unmistakable. Like a fistful of NyQuil, ‘Chants of Niflheim’ will do just the job when you need something to edge you into a lucid heavy-lidded state of bliss. Highly recommended.



SFV ACID
New West Coast
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Post Present Medium
LP // £11.99

*Limited to 500 copies* Properly whacked-out chopped ‘n screwed weirdness from the depths of San Fernando Valley – a must for fans of Hype Williams, Dro Carey or Niggas With Guitars! ** From the off you’re fully sunken into SFV’s stoned vibe, a mega-mellow zone-out where red-eyed machine rhythms can be barely arsed to keep up with syrup-drizzled keys and melting 303 squirms. It’s the work of one Zane Reynolds, who’s previously dropped a couple of super-limited CDr’s and a cassette all brewed with the same kinda just-eaten-a-block-of-hash-need-to-sit-down vibe. There’s a couple of real moment in here, not least the flashes of sluggish Drexciyan soul synth and acid twerks on ‘Sylmar Cement’, or the struggling-to-stay-upright ‘818 (Beat)’, and especially the lop-sided squelch of ‘(SThPss)’. Factor in some wickedly scrawled artwork and you’ve got a highly recommended purchase!

Singles of the Week



TROPIC OF CANCER
The Sorrow Of Two Blooms
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

Blackest Ever Black made an indelible mark on 2010 with a couplet of stunning releases from Raime. This year they open their leathery wings to shelter Tropic Of Cancer aka Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez (Silent Servant) for a midnight mission away from their spiritual home, Regis’ Downwards sect. No doubt, this is their strongest material to date: three passionately gothic odes to the romance of misery. There are clear, strong references to the gothic digital minimalism of Martin Hannet’s work on Joy Division, and maybe more apt allusions to the skinny Post Punk of Savage Republic, and Faith/Pornography/Seventeen Seconds era The Cure, but unlike many contemporary guardians of this sound, TOC’s misanthropy is articulated with exquisite production values closer to those of Grouper or Broadcast, making their introversion that much more tangible and heart-breakingly glorious. Of these three songs, ‘Dive (Wheel Of The Law)’ is the most affecting; Lobo’s lamenting vocals sigh for your sins while a malnourished drum machine paces echoic alley space like a Kafka character tortuously trapped in his misanthropy, plangent guitars precipitate a cold grey drizzle. This is severely dank, uncompromising material, and therein lies its beauty. If you’re on that wavelength, this will probably be one of the most precious 12″s you’ll encounter this year.



DYLAN ETTINGER
Lion Of Judah
ELECTRONIC
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.99

Troddin’ on from his amazing ‘New Age Outlaw’ sessions of the last 12 months, Dylan Ettinger offers a headful of smoked-out Psyche-Dub for everyones favourite label – Not Not Fun. ‘Lion Of Judah skulks out on dub-sodden synth-blues riffs joined by Drekka’s lone melodica, like Carpenter soundtracking a Sci-fi odyssey set between Kingston and Houston in the not too distant future. The almost sneering, weird vocals and childish melody of ‘Baptism’ further muddle the timeline, like some No Wave synth experiment made to be played at an echo chamber ritual in 2030 but intercepted by the NNF guys with their illegal time scoop, irrevocably altering the present and the future with its cryptic message. *Black vinyl big-hole 45 RPM 7 inch in stark silkscreened recycled sleeves with minimalist faux-Factory design/lettering by Manda Brown, plus a photocopied insert. Edition of 360.*



DUBBEL DUTCH
Remixes
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
DUTTY ARTZ
12″ // £8.99

Five straight aces from Dubbel Dutch on a limited white for NYC’s Dutty Artz crew. This is some seriously covetable club gear, giving sparse-but-deadly re-licks of vocals from R Kelly, Ciara and Deb Cox in proper, underground, white label tradition – unlike an invisible mp3 this is sh*t “…you can melt, scratch, break or lose when you move”! For us, they’re also the best tracks we’ve heard by Dubbel Dutch, an artist already ranked and tipped by the likes of Untold, Jamie XX, Nguzunguzu, and Sinden, to name a few. Nuff said. This is ESSENTIAL for fans of Kingdom or Jam City!!!!!!!!!!



PHOTEK / ADDISON GROOVE / BREACH
UFO (Addison Groove Mix) / Rings Around Saturn (Breach Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
unknown
12″ // £7.99

Addison Groove’s ‘Almost Headhunter’ remix of ‘UFO’ arranges his palette of pressurised 808 drums into a powerful 132bpm Techno groove, but manages to retain the dynamic essence of the killer original with tidy fake-out edits for the dancers. Breach’s mix of ‘Rings Around Saturn’ replaces the track in a 2011 deepside Funky context, keeping the groove sparse but with luscious subbass warmth and a very tidy hook. ACE.



WILEY
Showa Eski EP (Mickey Pearce / Royal T Mix)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Prodigal Entertainment
12″ // £5.99

Purest JA/UK HEAT finally landing on wax!!! ‘Showa Eski’ is the result of Wiley’s trip to Jamaica in 2010, when Dancehall producer Prodigal rebuilt one of his finest moments with an island pop twyst. Remixes come from Mickey Pearce aka Shortstuff, splitting the sound into gloopy bass and spurting drums, and unstoppable younger Royal T on a piano-heavy and road-ready energy mix. Prodigy’s original instrumental also included. Unmissable!!!!



DEAD GAZE
Somewhere Else
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

From deepest Mississippi Dead Gaze send a tenderly crafted side of grungy DIY pop. A-side ‘Somewhere Else’ is the most substantial, a mottled hypnogogic ballad with traces of Ariel Pink’s dilapidated ’80s FM synths and a ghostly falsetto swirling about tape mired guitar jangle. The other side is more intriguing, figuring a murky collage of vocal glossolalia and tumbled pseudo-ethnic rhythms in some kinda 4th world ambient space, while the flanged vocals and yearning lo-fi ecstasy of ‘Fishing With Robert’ reminds of Gary War or The Beets off of Captured Tracks. Lovely collage sleeve and free download code redeemable form the label, too!



PINK PLAYGROUND
TEN / COME FIND ME
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £7.99

**White vinyl with printed 10″ insert and individually numbered sleeve** Another genuinely outstanding 10″ from Downwards, introducing Houston’s Pink Playground to their ranks. After a super limited 7″ for Zoo Music and ahead of a debut LP for Mexican Summer, they give two tracks of classic referencing and utterly spellbinding shoegaze. A-side ‘Ten’ has a beautiful balance of repressed aggression seething up from the compressed but possessed drums but the foreground and misty middle distance are smudged with wordless, wraithlike vocals and blistering guitars medicated to dizzying effect. B-side ‘Come Find Me’ shares that beautiful sense of melodic cacophony but eased up slightly into a swaying, eyes-rolling-back-the-head sort of delirium, the feeling accentuated with looming MBV style compressions leading to the final passage of levitating, blissed-out jangle. Recommended!

 

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO
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MOKIRA / ECHOSPACE
Time Axis Manipulation
KONTRA
10″ // £8.99

2nd of 3 limited edition 10″ pressings presenting Dubs from Andreas Tilliander aka Mokira, this one with a remodel by Echospace. While there’s no fixed beat to speak of on Tilliander’s original ‘Axis Audio’, it’s still deeply dynamic, carving the air with sweeping dub chords teased into more menacing and supernatural shapes. The Echospace remodel adds a grittiness and a lead-bottomed weight, propelled by welting kicks textured with analogue-sculpted dub…

DJ F
Reflection For The Ubiquity
Semantica
12″ // £8.99

DJ F aka Ideograma appears on his second 12″ for Semantica Records for a diverse Techno session. Styles range from pumping, white-noise coated jacks to some real crafty Latin-synched shakers like ‘Expansión Permanente’ and ‘Eclosión’ at perhaps unconventional tempos. Well worth checking this!

ECHOLOGIST
Subterranean
Steadfast
CD // £10.49

Brendon Moeller aka Echologist delivers his third album using the pseudonym. Lovers of dynamic dub techno from Deadbeat to Monolake will be in their element within the kinetic spaces of ‘Subterranean’. Playing through as one extended beatless track, it takes us from the junction of whizzing FX and bass turbulence in the title track, through the BC filters of ‘Slow Burn’ and the ten minute churn of ‘Ritual’ right up…

 

BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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GROUNDISLAVA
Groundislava
TALLCORN MUSIC
LP + 7″ // £19.99

I know, I know – you’ve all had it with 8-bit, wonky synthed hypercolor bollox, so why should you get excited by Groundislava? Maybe because, like Flying Lotus before him, Jasper Patterson is not just a one trick pony; while the 8-bit ‘thing’ might be done to death right now, Patterson simply uses it as a part of his palette to help him craft complex, occasionally achingly-beautiful pop music. Oh…

MONO/POLY
Manifestations
Brainfeeder
12″ // £5.49

Mono/Poly has made beats for Fat City and Rush Hour’s crucial Beat Dimensions comp, but this Brainfeeder EP is the baddest of the lot. At seven tracks wide ‘Manifestations’ is also his most substantial release to date, allowing for scope to include lushed-out episodes like the exquisite ambience of ‘Forest Dark’ and near Dubstep levels of subbass madness. It’s all still firmly rooted in HipHop, but like his Brainfeeder brethren…

PREFUSE 73
The Only (She Chapters)
Warp
CD // £9.99

The latest album from Prefuse 73 is an odd one indeed, it’s been a while since he’s really trodden the rap deconstructionist path of his earlier records, but ‘The Only She Chapters’ is possibly the furthest he has moved away from his roots to date. Taking the female voice as the conceptual base for the record, he has made a noisy, unpredictable and hazy record which seems almost like a…

PREFUSE 73
The Only (She Chapters)
Warp
2LP // £14.99

The latest album from Prefuse 73 is an odd one indeed, it’s been a while since he’s really trodden the rap deconstructionist path of his earlier records, but ‘The Only She Chapters’ is possibly the furthest he has moved away from his roots to date. Taking the female voice as the conceptual base for the record, he has made a noisy, unpredictable and hazy record which seems almost like a…

 

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS
Chants Of Niflheim
BLACKEST RAINBOW
CD // £9.99

The curious and ever-intriguing Gallic duo Natural Snow Buildings have gifted us with yet another sublime full length with which to entertain our mind’s eye. This isn’t just material gleaned from their no-doubt bottomless pit of jams either, the material for ‘Chants of Niflheim’ was recorded practically weeks ago, so stands as a proper follow-up to the widely acclaimed Blackest Rainbow LP ‘Waves of the Random Sea’. It’s damned good…

COLIN STETSON
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Constellation
LP // £19.99

Chances are that even though you might not have heard of Colin Stetson, you have heard him play. The virtuoso horn player has lent his estimable skills to a plethora of projects; from Tom Waits to controversial Grammy winners The Arcade Fire, all of which has granted him a certain hallowed seat in music lore. ‘New History Warfare Vol. 2 : Judges’ is Stetson’s second solo jaunt, and is a…

COLIN STETSON
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Constellation
CD // £13.99

Chances are that even though you might not have heard of Colin Stetson, you have heard him play. The virtuoso horn player has lent his estimable skills to a plethora of projects; from Tom Waits to controversial Grammy winners The Arcade Fire, all of which has granted him a certain hallowed seat in music lore. ‘New History Warfare Vol. 2 : Judges’ is Stetson’s second solo jaunt, and is a…

HEY COLOSSUS / DETHSCALATOR
Hey Colossus Vs Dethscalator
BLACK LABS
LP // £8.99

“So here it is, the first release on Black Labs, sister label to UK label Riot Season. A split vinyl LP featuring two of the UK’s toughest cocks on the block. Three new long tracks from Hey Colossus and five from new boys on the chopping block Dethscalator. Clocking in at around 40 minutes and wrapped in a gorgeous sleeve. Hey Colossus and Dethscalator are two truly unhinged faces of…

 

DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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C90
CPO
SOUNDBOX DYNAMIC RECORDING
12″ // £6.99

What. The. Chuff. Is. This?!! It’s *apparently* edits of two very hard-to-find cuts from a Nigerian artist made in the ’70s, but it simply sounds like one of our frothiest dreams come true. The main ‘Smooth And Good Edit’ is a hypnotically minimal and lo-fi electronic disco rhythm topped with enchanting vocal. The flipside Dub rubs out the vocal, and then there’s a triplet twisted mix with a different version…

ARTHUR RUSSELL
Go Bang (Radio Slave / Yam Who Mixes)
Electric Minds
12″ // £6.99

New versions and remixes of Arthur Russell tracks by Radio Slave, Yam Who?, and Pocketknife. This material is practically untouchable, but Radio Slave does a great job with ‘Go Bang!’, who basically evens out and extends to 14 minutes for the DJs (who’ll know it can be a b*tch to mix), and there’s a cool Pocketknife remix of ‘Lucky Cloud’ with mad drum tunings. Tipped for the modern disco diggers!…

 

DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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DUBBEL DUTCH
Remixes
DUTTY ARTZ
12″ // £8.99

Five straight aces from Dubbel Dutch on a limited white for NYC’s Dutty Artz crew. This is some seriously covetable club gear, giving sparse-but-deadly re-licks of vocals from R Kelly, Ciara and Deb Cox in proper, underground, white label tradition – unlike an invisible mp3 this is sh*t “…you can melt, scratch, break or lose when you move”! For us, they’re also the best tracks we’ve heard by Dubbel Dutch,…

PHOTEK / ADDISON GROOVE / BREACH
UFO (Addison Groove Mix) / Rings Around Saturn (Breach Mix)
unknown
12″ // £7.99

Addison Groove’s ‘Almost Headhunter’ remix of ‘UFO’ arranges his palette of pressurised 808 drums into a powerful 132bpm Techno groove, but manages to retain the dynamic essence of the killer original with tidy fake-out edits for the dancers. Breach’s mix of ‘Rings Around Saturn’ replaces the track in a 2011 deepside Funky context, keeping the groove sparse but with luscious subbass warmth and a very tidy hook. ACE.

WILEY
Showa Eski EP (Mickey Pearce / Royal T Mix)
Prodigal Entertainment
12″ // £5.99

Purest JA/UK HEAT finally landing on wax!!! ‘Showa Eski’ is the result of Wiley’s trip to Jamaica in 2010, when Dancehall producer Prodigal rebuilt one of his finest moments with an island pop twyst. Remixes come from Mickey Pearce aka Shortstuff, splitting the sound into gloopy bass and spurting drums, and unstoppable younger Royal T on a piano-heavy and road-ready energy mix. Prodigy’s original instrumental also included. Unmissable!!!!

GHETTOZOID / SILVERMAN
Boy Toy (Silverman Mix)
One4Ho
12″ // £6.49

Crafty New-skool electro styles from Ghettozoid. There’s no clear bracket for ‘Boy Toy’, but there’s shades of radioactive Dubstep rave and steppin IDM techno wrapped up with robotic female vocals in a unique style. The Silverman remix is fiercer, fluctuating with febrile Happy hardcore signatures and rugged-rompin’ drum programming. Bonkers.

DARQ E FREAKER
Cherryade EP
OIL GANG
12″ // £5.99

**Translucent, marbled red vinyl** Third drop from Oil Gang, featuring the massive ‘Cherryade’ from ‘Next Hype’ producer, Darq E Freaker. Basically, it’s all about the A-side, romping hard for the DJs and MCs with his signature punching stabs recycled over burly, swaggering drums and serrated bass slashes. The flipside tracks are a bit gash, but we’re not complaining when you’ve got that A-side. TIP!

JAMIE WOON
Mirrorwriting
Polydor
CD // £8.99

Much anticipated debut opus from Jamie Woon, featuring three productions by Will Bevan aka Burial. It feels like an age since his ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ 12″ first wowed the world, but it was actually only five years ago, in which time he’s been placed fourth in BBC’s sound of 2011 poll and collaborated with Subeena and Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith. The album opens with those three Burial productions, the previous singles ‘Night…

JAMIE WOON
Mirrorwriting
Polydor
LP // £17.99

*Deluxe vinyl edition – Gatefold sleeve, 180g pressing* Much anticipated debut opus from Jamie Woon, featuring three productions by Will Bevan aka Burial. It feels like an age since his ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ 12″ first wowed the world, but it was actually only five years ago, in which time he’s been placed fourth in BBC’s sound of 2011 poll and collaborated with Subeena and Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith. The album opens with…

SPATIAL
Spatial
INFRASONICS
CD // £9.99

Although he’s not been too visible of late, Spatial’s body of work collected on here shows that he still stands out from a crowded nexus of garage futurisms. It features all four of his 10″s, spanning 2008-2010 and 13 tracks between them. There’s a very good reason why everyone from the academic likes of Alva Noto to London’s road-running Wifey crew praise his sound. If you don’t know, this is…

DARKHOUSE FAMILY / CRST
Stabwound / Redeye
CATAPULT RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Cardiff represents in style with choppy Grime and swagger-Tech from Darkhouse Family and CRST. ‘Stabwound’ is quite unlike Darkhouse Family’s Fat City debut in 2010, instead working at a sparring Grime rhythm with puncturing samples and itchy beats for the DJs. On the flipside, following a ruck of ruffige for No Hats No Hoods, Well Rounded and fellow Cardiff producer DJ, Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen, CRST go with a…

BOXCUTTER
The Dissolve
Planet Mu
CD // £10.99

Barry Lynn’s fourth album for Planet Mu effectively sees him disengage with Dubstep and embrace the esoteric strands of Jazz, Techno and Electronica which always richly informed his music. It’s no surprise really, given that his previous album ‘Arecibo Message’ and singles on Kinnego Records have been moving towards a finer balance of electro and acoustic instrumentation for the last few years. Worry not though, he’s not lost his head…

ADDISON GROOVE
This Is It / Make Um Bounce
TECTONIC
12″ // £5.49

Addison Groove churns it out on a third killer session of Chicago party music. Making the move to Tectonic, he’s also altered his style slightly for ‘Make Um Bounce’, dropping the pace but subtly upping the hypnotic intensity with rippling 808 patterns and sparing licks of acid primed and highly compatible with your Maurice Donovan or Slackk styles. For those who like it faster ‘This Is It’ clocks in at…

16 BIT
FRZR9000 / SKULL CRACK
MTA
12″ // £5.99

16 Bit on pure Dubstep Rave alert. A-side is built big and cheeky for the party with explosive halfstep dynamics, while the flipside rolls with a craftier triplet flow laden with bolshy stabs and crushing drops.

ALEKS ZEN
High Life / Pimp Shoes
BERKANE SOL
12″ // £5.99

Sweet but hard-edged tropical swing joints from London’s Aleks Zen, making his vinyl debut on Berkane Sol. ‘High Life’ rolls in on neon ’80s synth riffs before a subbass wipeout brings tuff, Bok Bok-like drums and percolating cowbells. Again, ‘Pimp Shoes’ is all sweet and floaty before a flood of oozing, blackened subs charges the sound like Oriel on crack and caipirinhas.

GATEKEEPER
Rawtones / Ignite (Ft. Grilza & Dread)
Screwloose Records
12″ // £5.99

Gatekeeper represents for Bristol on a Grimy pair backed with remixes from Asa & Koan Sound and Statix. There’s a notable elevation of his production values on the sharply rendered and powerful bass shapes and cutting edits of ‘Rawtones’, while ‘Ignite’ links with local MCs Grizla and Dread for a menacing session of darkest bass weight. Screwloose regular Koan Sound and Asa rework ‘Rawtones’ with a ruffed-up and gothic Garage…

IRRELEVANT
Better Off In Me (Calibre Mix)
Kokeshi
12″ // £6.49

Techno backed with a proper T++ styled remix from Calibre! The A-side has some fusion of Bluesy indie guy vocals over crooked techno, but it’s really that Calibre remix you want to be checking – clocking in at 140bpm with ricocheting drum delays and sparse but techy syncopations an sparingly used chords. Check!!

LOL
Me Me
Nonplus Records
CD // £9.99

The latest addition to Instra:mental’s Nonplus family, LOL is an ambitious studio project helmed by a notable drum ‘n bass producer who wishes to remain anonymous (though internet bods have inevitably already put paid to that). Though it pays conceptual homage to VHS, and makes use of 70s valve mics, cheap drum machines and no small amount of tape-crunch, this isn’t some lo-fi experiment – it’s a big, bombastic pop…

TRUTH
Dreams Never Come True / Fatman VIP
Deep Medi
12″ // £5.99

Truth weigh in with two obese ravers for Mala’s Deep Medi institution. ‘Fatman VIP’ rolls out the mentasms and serious sub weight whereas ‘Dreams Can Never Come True’ sounds like one fo those recent Horsepower Productions releases, shaping rhythms out of loading-guns, foley and cinematic samples executed to crafty effect.

 

ELECTRONIC
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EZEKIEL HONIG
Folding In On Itself (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £10.99

*Strictly limited pressing, initial copies on clear blue vinyl* Manhattan’s Ezekiel Honig makes a welcome appearance on Type with the beautifully melancholy ‘Folding In On Itself’. The frayed, spectral layers of ambient sound and dusty pulses within recall the works of jan Jelinek, The Remote Viewer or even elements of the first MvO Trio LP, but his serene, almost sorrowful palette of tones comes from somewhere more private and personal….

MARK MCGUIRE (EMERALDS)
A Young Persons Guide
Editions Mego
2CD // £16.99

**Essential one-stop anthology of hard-to-find material by Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire – housed in a deluxe triple-panel gatefold digipak** Since releasing their ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here’ LP last year, Vienna’s Editions Mego has become a home away from home for Ohio space cadets Emeralds, with the band’s synth wizard John Elliott operating the Spectrum Spools sub-label and guitarist Mark McGuire cutting the the solo album ‘Living With Yourself’…

DYLAN ETTINGER
Lion Of Judah
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £6.99

Troddin’ on from his amazing ‘New Age Outlaw’ sessions of the last 12 months, Dylan Ettinger offers a headful of smoked-out Psyche-Dub for everyones favourite label – Not Not Fun. ‘Lion Of Judah skulks out on dub-sodden synth-blues riffs joined by Drekka’s lone melodica, like Carpenter soundtracking a Sci-fi odyssey set between Kingston and Houston in the not too distant future. The almost sneering, weird vocals and childish melody of…

SANSO-XTRO
Fountain Fountain Joyous Mountain
DIGITALIS
CD // £7.99

*Mastered by Lawrence English* Sanso-Xtro’s long awaited follow-up to her 2005 debut for Type finally arrives, and sees an amazing development of sound. It’s a gentle, fragile collection of songs and instrumentals that remind us at one moment of Talk Talk, at others of old Alan Lomax recordings, with Gamelan and Kosmische experiments dropped in-between the gaps. In the time that has passed since ‘Sentimentalist’ Melissa Agate removed herself from…

CONRAD SCHNITZLER & BJORN HATTERUD
Hirschgebrull
SYNESTHETIC RECORDINGS
LP // £15.99

Exhilaratingly heavy electronics from OG industrial godfather, Conrad Schnitzler, and Norwegian writer, art critic and noise artist, Bjørn Hatterrud. ‘Hirschgebrüll’ (trans: ‘Stag Call’) is constructed from each artist’s detritus; files taken from CDs found in the bin and digital junk from the trash basket, mutually morphed and reassembled according to each artist’s personal agenda. The results were then sent to Maja Ratkje whose mastering job evens out the differing approaches…

WET HAIR
Radiant Line / Decay
NOT NOT FUN
7″ // £14.99

First digital issue of Wet Hair’s 2nd NNF album. ‘Glass Fountain’ enters a time-warped fusion of psychedelic ’60s organ spirals, vaguely sane vocals and the kinda of floppy but motorik Krautrock percussion that sounds like the drummer’s been playing the same mantra for thee days straight on ‘Mesmerized’, whereas ‘Crucifix In The Waves’ and ‘When The Right Time Comes’ are daintier, lo-fi garage kosmiche and ‘Stepping Razor (To Heaven’s Door)’…

TIN MAN
Scared
White Denim
LP // £13.99

Finally, we’ve got our hands on a stack of Tin Man’s exquisite ‘Scared’ LP, which was released nearly a year ago on White Denim (home to records by Mi Ami and M Ax Noi Mach). It follows very much in the languid vein of his exceptional ‘Cool Wave’ and ‘Wasteland’ records, distinguished by hushed and subtly affecting vocals relayed over blunted acid murmurings and haunting synth pads. That may seem…

FUTURA 2000
The Escapades Of Futura 2000 Feat The Clash
Celluloid
12″ // £5.99

A proper piece of HipHop history reissued right here – the legendary 12″ cut by pioneering graffiti artist Futura 2000 and The Clash’s Mick Jones! ‘The Escapades…’ was originally released in 1982, around the same time Futura was touring with The Clash on their Combat Rock tour, spraying backdrops live on stage. OK, granted, his MC skills aren’t on par with his nozzle control, but the fact that this is…

TV VICTOR
The Ways Of The Bodies / Timeless Deceleration
Tresor
3CD // £10.99

*Featuring additional production, recording and mixing by Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer* Substantial collection of three albums by Berlin ambient-electronic pioneer Udo Heitfeld aka TV Victor, digitally remastered and officially available to download for the first time. It features the double disc album ‘Timeless Deceleration’ from 2000 and the never-officially-released ‘Ways Of The Bodies’ from 2002, both quite unlike almost anything else that Tresor have released. Like his collection…

ZODIAC FREE ARTS CLUB
Floating World
PERMANENT VACATION
CD // £11.99

“Argy (Poker Flat) presents the Zodiac Free Arts Club! “Floating World” is about electronic music in the spirit of Ashra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Neu!, Popol Vuh and others captured in jam sessions. Founded in West Berlin in late 1967 by German artists, The Zodiak Free Arts Lab, also known as the “Zodiak Club”, was a short-lived but highly influential experimental live music venue. It was a musicians’…

 

FOLK / AMERICANA
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TRAD GRAS OCH STENAR
GARDET 12.6.1970
Subliminal Sounds
2LP // £32.99

“Deluxe package; gatefold sleeve, printed inner bags, and splash coloured vinyl. Contains a mind-bending sidelong previously unreleased track, revised liner notes and loads of previously unpublished photos”

DARK DARK DARK
Wild Go / Bright Bright Bright
Melodic
2LP // £15.99

A freakish sideshow exhibit of an album ‘Wild Go’ is the debut from gothic folkies Dark Dark Dark. The band is led by smoky-voiced vocalist Nona Marie Invie, and her near-cabaret tones lead the songs through the neon-lit underbelly of folk music. There is a disarming carnival flavor to ‘Wild Go’, and while it might sound pretty downplayed on the first listen, the more you pick out from each track,…

DARK DARK DARK
Wild Go / Bright Bright Bright
Melodic
2CD // £11.99

A freakish sideshow exhibit of an album ‘Wild Go’ is the debut from gothic folkies Dark Dark Dark. The band is led by smoky-voiced vocalist Nona Marie Invie, and her near-cabaret tones lead the songs through the neon-lit underbelly of folk music. There is a disarming carnival flavor to ‘Wild Go’, and while it might sound pretty downplayed on the first listen, the more you pick out from each track,…

GABLE
Cute Horse Cut
LOAF
LP // £20.99

French art poppers Gable describe their sound as ‘luxury DIY’, and while I’m not entirely sure what they mean, it gradually begins to make sense over the course of ‘Cute Horse Cut’. With strange, abstract vocals and the kind of toybox approach to sampling you’d expect to hear from a class of Icelandic schoolgirls, the different in Gable’s sound seems to be that their production is far from lo-fi. The…

GIANT SAND
Purge & Slouch
Fire Records
CD // £11.99

“Purge & Slouch” was originally released in 1993 and is the ninth Giant Sand reissue in the series from Fire Records and follow up to the successful ‘Center Of The Universe’. After the commercial and critical success of ‘Center Of The Universe’, Giant Sand looked to lay down the instinctive and impulsive spark of the band onto record, “Believing in recording in “the moment of impact” to result in a…

 

HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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MURCOF
La Sangre Iluminada
Infine
LP+CD // £16.99

*180g red vinyl* ‘La Sangre Iluminada’ (Enlightened Blood) is Murcof’s OST to a 2009 film directed by Ivan Duenas and inspired by Jose Carlos Becerra’s poems. The film tells the story of six characters who mutate into new bodies. Deep down, all six keep traces of their past lives, of the former bodies they miss; deep seated nostalgia has a hold on them. Murcof’s vaporous soundscapes track a tale hovering…

EMMANUEL WITZTHUM
Strings
Cotton Goods
2CD // £16.99

*LIMITED TO 100 HAND-PACKAGED COPIES FOR THE WORLD. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CD’S ARE HOUSED IN A MAILER ENVELOPE WHICH AT THE REQUEST OF THE LABEL WILL BE PERSONALISED WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND POSTED TO YOU WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL PACKAGING. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US ASKING US NOT TO SEND IT TO YOU THIS WAY – THE LABEL INSIST ON IT. ONCE MORE – IF YOU ARE NOT…

STINA
Summers In Mariana
SOMEONE GOOD
CD // £7.99

Room40 offshoot label Something Good are carving out a real niche for their special brand of sugar coated electronic pop music, and this sophomore album from Aussie songstress Stina is maybe their sweetest statement to date. ‘Summers in Mariana’ erupted from a desire to create a ‘summer’ album of sorts, but as Stina began writing, songs inevitably started to develop a life of their own. What we have instead is…

SLEEPINGDOG
With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields
Gizeh Records
CD // £8.99

Sleepingdog is the collaborative moniker of Belgian singer-songwriter Chantal Acda and hallowed drone-God Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid. ‘With Our Heads In The Clouds and Out Hearts In The Fields’ is their third album together, and probably the most successful blend to date of Acda’s introverted songs and Wiltzie’s instantly recognizable drones. They manage to rope in a couple of collaborators too in the shape of Touch artist…

 

INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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DEAD GAZE
Somewhere Else
La Station Radar
7″ // £6.99

From deepest Mississippi Dead Gaze send a tenderly crafted side of grungy DIY pop. A-side ‘Somewhere Else’ is the most substantial, a mottled hypnogogic ballad with traces of Ariel Pink’s dilapidated ’80s FM synths and a ghostly falsetto swirling about tape mired guitar jangle. The other side is more intriguing, figuring a murky collage of vocal glossolalia and tumbled pseudo-ethnic rhythms in some kinda 4th world ambient space, while the…

PINK PLAYGROUND
TEN / COME FIND ME
DOWNWARDS
10″ // £7.99

**White vinyl with printed 10″ insert and individually numbered sleeve** Another genuinely outstanding 10″ from Downwards, introducing Houston’s Pink Playground to their ranks. After a super limited 7″ for Zoo Music and ahead of a debut LP for Mexican Summer, they give two tracks of classic referencing and utterly spellbinding shoegaze. A-side ‘Ten’ has a beautiful balance of repressed aggression seething up from the compressed but possessed drums but the…

RISTO
176-671 (Ensimmaiset Askeleet)
Fonal
CD // £13.99

Finnish psychedelic rockers Risto have been tirelessly adding to the distinctly Northern European Fonal label for ages, and this latest bumper selection of tracks is yet another reason to find a new obsession. Yes, they sing in Finnish and make some sort of 80s pop approximation of T-Rex tracks, but it’s really not what you think it might be. Risto have gone through a number of changes throughout their career,…

JON MUELLER
Alphabet of Movements (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £10.99

*Initial copies come on transparent vinyl….* Visionary percussionist Jon Mueller returns to Type with an absorbing successor to last years critically acclaimed ‘The Whole’ album. His follow-up was recorded at Steve Albini’s legendary Electric Audio facilities and captures the essence of his recent live set; a solo performance for custom built snare drum and amplifier entitled ‘I Almost Expected to be Remembered as a Chair’. While the dubbed arrangement of…

EARTH
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Southern Lord
2LP // £23.99

*Limited to 3000 copies only, pressed-up on heavyweight black vinyl with special etching!* Since Dylan Carlson’s Earth resurfaced back in 2005 with the peerless ‘Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method’, the band seem to have hit on a second phase of renewed creative energy. Their last ‘proper’ album, ‘The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull’ showed Carlson widening the dusty doom-country he had pioneered on ‘Hex’ to include…

TOM ZACHARIAS
Belinda
Subliminal Sounds
2LP // £32.99

*Limited edition 500 copies deluxe 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve. Swedish early 70s underground psych funk erotica/groove record.*

ELEANOORA ROSENHOLM
Hyvaile Minua Pimea Tahti
Fonal
CD // £13.99

Despite sounding like a Northern European disco songstress, Eleanoora Rosenholm is actually a serial killing housewife created by the splintered mind of Circle core-member Mika Ratto. Along with Pasi Salmi and Noora Tommila, he makes freakishly weird electronic ‘concept’ music, which tells the peculiar story of suburban housewife Eleanoora Rosenholm. ‘Hyväile Minua Pimeä Tähti’ is the band’s third album, and takes their very unique blend of chamber music and disco…

ELEANOORA ROSENHOLM
Hyvaile Minua Pimea Tahti
Fonal
LP // £15.99

Despite sounding like a Northern European disco songstress, Eleanoora Rosenholm is actually a serial killing housewife created by the splintered mind of Circle core-member Mika Ratto. Along with Pasi Salmi and Noora Tommila, he makes freakishly weird electronic ‘concept’ music, which tells the peculiar story of suburban housewife Eleanoora Rosenholm. ‘Hyväile Minua Pimeä Tähti’ is the band’s third album, and takes their very unique blend of chamber music and disco…

MIGHTY CLOUDS
Mighty Clouds
POLYVINYL RECORD CO
LP // £12.49

“Mighty Clouds is the new project from Fred Thomas (City Center) and Betty Marie Barnes (SLGTM) and is a collaboration of the sort that can only occur when two musicians connect on a level that goes beyond the songs they are performing. Throughout Mighty Clouds’ self-titled debut, Thomas and Barnes’ musical camaraderie generates a gentle electricity that exudes intimacy and beckons the listener to move in for a closer listen….

TV RESISTORI
TV Resistori
Fonal
CD // £13.99

Finnish indie legends TV Resistori might just be the local equivalent of British twee-poppers Belle and Sebastian. There’s a similar lilting nonchalance, a familiar warming glow and a well-worn jangle to their music which could easily endear them to B&S fans, then again they sing in Finnish. Yep, regular Boomkat readers will likely already know that if you’re checking out something on Fonal label chances are that it’s gonna be…

TV RESISTORI
TV Resistori
Fonal
LP // £15.99

Finnish indie legends TV Resistori might just be the local equivalent of British twee-poppers Belle and Sebastian. There’s a similar lilting nonchalance, a familiar warming glow and a well-worn jangle to their music which could easily endear them to B&S fans, then again they sing in Finnish. Yep, regular Boomkat readers will likely already know that if you’re checking out something on Fonal label chances are that it’s gonna be…

BLOUSE
Into Black / Firestarter
Captured Tracks
7″ // £6.49

More exquisitely melancholy pop music dug out by Captured Tracks, this one the debut from Portland’s Blouse. While ostensibly moody, melancholy and grey-shaded, both tracks are suffused with a synthi disco elegance that surely owes something to their fellow townsfolk at IDIB records, especially on the infectious ‘Into Black’, while ‘Firestarter’ is explicitly primed for the goth disco with outwardly rebellious title contradicted by dreamy pop synth twinkles and smudged…

CRYSTAL STILTS
In Love With Oblivion
FORTUNA POP!
LP // £11.99

*Includes a download code redeemable directly from the label…* “Crystal Stilts burst out of Brooklyn’s storied post-punk indie scene in 2008 with a string of releases that culminated in their fantastic debut album Alight Of Night. Deftly combining the spooked 60s Texas psych of 13th Floor Elevators and Red Crayola, the gothic blues/punk howl of Gun Club, the dark, experimental DIYism of early Flying Nun/Xpressway groups and a dash of…

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Bella Union
CD // £13.99

“Recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas by John Congleton and produced by the band, “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care” is the Texas quartet’s first full-length studio effort since 2007’s “All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone”. The record was mixed by Congleton at Austin’s Public Hi-Fi studio and features artwork by long-time visual collaborator Esteban Rey.”

GANGPOL & MIT
The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club
Ipecac
CD // £10.99

“The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club is fourteen tracks of mutant synthetic pop, blending virtual orchestra fantasies, cinematic soft disco, exotica tourism and digital lyricism. As a music and graphic duet, Gangpol & Mit have jointly developed since 2002 a peculiar universe of digital pop inhabited by colourful and geometrical characters. Their sonic and visual world find its roots and echoes the humour of duos like Yello or Sparks, hybrid…

 

JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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MARCUS INTALEX
21
SOUL:12
3 x 12″ // £17.99

**SHIPS FRIDAY** *3×12″ featuring six tracks**Twenty one years into a scene-defining career arc, Marcus Intalex presents his debut album, ’21’. From beginnings in Manchester’s House and rave scene Marcus has recorded for many of the top D&B labels, including his own Soul:r and Revolve:r imprints, who also introduced important early works from Instra:mental, Martyn and Calibre. The vinyl version of ’21’ includes six tracks: ‘Celestial Navigation’ feat. S.P.Y., ‘Hot Hands’,…

MARCUS INTALEX
21
SOUL:12
2CD // £9.99

Twenty one years into a scene-defining career arc, Marcus Intalex presents his debut album, ’21’. From beginnings in Manchester’s House and rave scene Marcus has recorded for many of the top D&B labels, including his own Soul:r and Revolve:r imprints, who also introduced important early works from Instra:mental, Martyn and Calibre. The album spans 12 tracks including a mixtape reducing the whole thing to a 45 minute DJ mix. Highlights…

MARCUS INTALEX
Dusk / TB or not TB
SOUL:12
12″ // £5.99

**SHIPS FRIDAY** Celebrating twenty one years at the coalface of D&B and Jungle, Manchester’s Marcus Intalex presents two of the best tracks from his ’21’ album. There’s a definite hint of Autechre or Drexciya in the lush synth pads and arcing electro breakbeats of ‘Dusk’ on the A-side, neatly augmenting his sound in line with the likes of Instra:mental but doing so with integrity and finesse. The cheeky question posed…

JUBEI / BODDIKA
Patience VIP / Alignment (Boddika Remix)
METALHEADZ
12″ // £5.99

**Limited up-front white label** Bone-rattling D&B speech from Jubei, backed with argued electroid remix by Boddika. The hungry, turbulent breakbeats and hydraulic bass of the original ‘Patience VIP’ are reduced and calcified by Boddika, aka Instra:mental’s Alex Green, resulting in a 130bpm Electro roller that spits dusty clouds of white noise and brittle syncopation designed to elicit sharper moves from those who can.

SKEPTICAL / ANT TC1
Structure feat. MC Fokus / Mode Destruction
Dispatch Recordings
10″ // £5.99

Pair of lean and agile minimal D&B/Neurofunk steppers. Skeptical’s ‘Structure’ features MC Fokus on a snake-style twyster; all minimal, metal-tipped snares and muzzled subs in a darting syncopation. Ant TC1’s ‘Mode Destruction’ starts out echoic and dubby but soon evolves into a hard-stepping beast with snarling neurofunk synthlines.

ICICLE
Under The Ice
Shogun Audio
CD // £10.99

Ultra-heavyweight Neo-D&B from the exceptionally talented Icicle. ‘Under The Ice’ is a body-twisting feat of intensely intricate, cutting-edge drum programming in eleven parts, including guest appearances from Robert Owens and SP:MC. In the mechanical torsion of ‘Top Of The Page’, the shark-eyed hardstep punctuations of ‘I Feel U’ or ‘Nausea’s dynamic vortex, each rhythm and sound is arranged like some child prodigy with a Rubik’s cube while the steel plated…

ICICLE
Under The Ice
Shogun Audio
2×12″ // £11.99

Ultra-heavyweight Neo-D&B from the exceptionally talented Icicle. ‘Under The Ice’ is a body-twisting feat of intensely intricate, cutting-edge drum programming in four parts, including a towering Noisia remix. In the mechanical torsion of ‘Top Of The Page’, the shark-eyed hardstep punctuations of ‘I Feel U’ or ‘Nausea’s dynamic vortex, each rhythm and sound is arranged like some child prodigy with a Rubik’s cube while the steel plated production is clinically…

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE
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SUN RA
Jazz Session
TRANSPARENCY
DVD // £17.99

“Master quality French television broadcast from 1972, 31 minutes total. This black and white portrait of the Arkestra is startlingly beautiful, and is possibly the single finest film of the band ever seen. Recorded on a momentary stop in France on their way back to Oakland after the Autumn/Winter 1971 European and Egypt tours, this flawless video recording has never been seen by even the most hardcore Sun Ra collectors…

 

MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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ART DEPARTMENT
The Drawing Board
Crosstown Rebels
CD // £9.99

Art Department build on the massive success of their one and only record, ‘Without You/Vampire Nightclub’ with debut album ‘The Drawing Board’. The duo of Toronto’s Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White are joined by like-minded deep and sexy House types, Soul Clap and Seth Troxler on eleven tracks of, you guessed it, deep and sexy House loaded with vocals and a feel for the more sinister shades of sophisticated contemporary…

PROMMER AND BARCK
Alex And The Grizzly
Derwin Recordings
CD // £12.99

Luxurious debut collaborative project from two Berlin House veterans. Christian Prommer, drummer of choice for the Berlin jazz-house set, and Jazzanova producer/vocalist Alexander Barck have been working together for the last few years, before combining talents on ‘Alex and the Grizzly’, the first release on Compost’s new sublabel, Derwin Recordings. There’s distinct shades of their previous work, but it’s certainly not as jazz-tasteful as you might expect, covering a clutch…

WHOMADEWHO
Knee Deep
Kompakt
LP+CD // £13.49

Copenhagen’s Whomadwho trio (formerly on Gomma) make their Kompakt debut with third album ‘Knee Deep’. It’s by far one of the most rock/pop oriented releases on the label for some time, but their guitar/drum/vocal equation is well balanced with enough electronics to warrant their signing. The trio crafted the album in a “semi-built hotel” in their home city, and ended up with two sets of quite different songs. ‘Knee Deep’…

 

SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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TINDERSTICKS
Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009
Constellation
5CD BOX // £39.99

**Lavish box set collecting Tindersticks’ bespoke film scores – a whopping 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours!***. Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham’s preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks had been providing subtly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Now compiled by Constellation in highly collectible 5xLP and 5xCD box sets, these six feature-length soundtracks will obviously appeal to committed fans of the…

ATTILIO MINEO
Man In Space With Sounds (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Subliminal Sounds
LP // £22.99

*Limited vinyl pressing – 500 copies for the world* Attillio Mineo was commissioned with composing ‘Man In Space With Sounds’ for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The album was played in a clear plastic spherical elevator called the ‘Bubbleator’ for up to 150 people at a time and sold to the passengers as something of a novelty item. Nowadays original copies fetch over $100, but thanks to Subliminal Sounds’ Jack…

 

SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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ZWISCHENWELT
Paranormale Aktivitat
Rephlex
CD // £8.99

Zwischenwelt is the paranormal audio/visual concern of Susana Correira, Beta Evers and Penélope Martin alongside esteemed ex-Drexciya producer, Henirich Mueller (Dopplereffekt/Arpanet/ Der Zyklus). Their name translates as “world in between” and relates to the theme of parapsychology – the exploration of paranormal psychic phenomena using scientific methodology – which informs ‘Paranormale Aktivitat’. Thankfully, and expectedly, their spectra hallucinations are more Konstantin Raudive than Yvette Fielding, but probably most similar in…

TROPIC OF CANCER
The Sorrow Of Two Blooms
BLACKEST EVER BLACK
12″ // £7.99

Blackest Ever Black made an indelible mark on 2010 with a couplet of stunning releases from Raime. This year they open their leathery wings to shelter Tropic Of Cancer aka Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez (Silent Servant) for a midnight mission away from their spiritual home, Regis’ Downwards sect. No doubt, this is their strongest material to date: three passionately gothic odes to the romance of misery. There are clear,…

SFV ACID
New West Coast
Post Present Medium
LP // £11.99

*Limited to 500 copies* Properly whacked-out chopped ‘n screwed weirdness from the depths of San Fernando Valley – a must for fans of Hype Williams, Dro Carey or Niggas With Guitars! ** From the off you’re fully sunken into SFV’s stoned vibe, a mega-mellow zone-out where red-eyed machine rhythms can be barely arsed to keep up with syrup-drizzled keys and melting 303 squirms. It’s the work of one Zane Reynolds,…

GATTO FRITTO
Gatto Fritto
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
2LP // £19.99

Romantic analogue synth-pop and disco from Ben Williams (half of Hungry Ghost with Sam Weaver) for DJ Harvey’s International Feel Recordings – some junction of Umberto’s horror theme and IDIB’s midnight Italo pop moods. His eponymous debut album follows a string of 12″s for Dissident and Electric Minds a few years back, and still distinguished by all-analogue production values and a mature feel for disco-friendly arrangements. Cracking in, ‘The Curse’…

GATTO FRITTO
Gatto Fritto
INTERNATIONAL FEEL
CD // £10.99

Romantic analogue synth-pop and disco from Ben Williams (half of Hungry Ghost with Sam Weaver) for DJ Harvey’s International Feel Recordings – some junction of Umberto’s horror theme and IDIB’s midnight Italo pop moods. His eponymous debut album follows a string of 12″s for Dissident and Electric Minds a few years back, and still distinguished by all-analogue production values and a mature feel for disco-friendly arrangements. Cracking in, ‘The Curse’…

 

TECHNO / HOUSE
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SANDWELL DISTRICT
Sandwell District
SANDWELL DISTRICT
CD // £9.99

If you missed out on Sandwell District’s ‘Feed Forward’ 2LP (currently going for £100+ 2nd hand!), it’s time to rejoice: they’ve just reissued a CD version (of sorts) featuring alternate edits from the vinyl. There’s no tracklisting or even a name printed anywhere on the sleeve or the CD, save for a tiny FFCD01 catalogue number, but we can tell you that there are 10 tracks. Basically, it’s as close…

MORPHOSIS
What Have We Learned
Delsin
2LP // £14.99

‘What Have We Learned’ is one of the most anticipated LPs from the deep Techno quadrant this year. Rabih Beani’s debut album arrives five years after those first head-turning releases on his Venice-based Morphine Records as Morphosis (also, later as Ra.H), and although he’s only released about 1 or 2 records per year since, he’s become a standard bearer for the esoteric and rarified tradition of analogue cosmic techno. His…

SHIFTED
AVN 001
AVIAN
12″ // £6.99

Pumping, proper Techno minimalism from the shady figure of Shifted. The contrast of piercing ring modulation with stoic, lead-jacketed kicks and ticking hi-hats on the A-side is sharply effective and compatible with your L.B. Dub Corps or Szare bits. The B-side offers a bit of surprising section of petrified black metal ambience, before launching into another kicking Techno heavyweight, strongly reminding of Marcel’s Fengler or Dettmann’s elegantly efficient Berghain sound….

NICK DUNTON / SANDWELL DISTRICT
Between Worlds (Sandwell District Mix)
SURFACE
12″ // £6.49

Lush deep techno from Nick Dunton of the sadly defunct 65D Mavericks, backed with a gorgeous Sandwell District remix. Dunton’s original is swaddled in deeply layered synths which breakdown to reveal crystalline keys. The Sandwell District remix adds their own signature sense of space and time-dilating epicness, factoring in a rich, Basic Channel-style bassline and making a splendid centrepiece of that gorgeous piano refrain. White vinyl copies, don’t sleep on…

NICK SOLE
Contigo
MOJUBA
12″ // £9.99

Three highly polished, Detroit/Chicago-learnt Deep House trax from Berlin’s debonaire Mojuba label. ‘Contigo’ is Solé’s fourth 12″ for the label and sticks with what he does best. Crisp claps, rumpy kicks and shaking hi-hats entwine with sparingly used dub strikes and warmest rhodes on the title track, whereas the ‘Welcome To The Airport’ is more forward leaning, with a cheeky sample of a Scottish air stewardess embedded in it’s breezy…

BIG STRICK
Detroit Heat
Detroit Underground
CD // £14.99

The keener-eared Detroit observer should have caught Big Strick’s two 12″ appearances on FXHE over the last few years. He returns, presumably on his own label, 7 Days Ent, accompanied by Don Q – the vocalist from the timeless ‘U’ (AOS-2) – plus his cousin, Omar-S, and Tony Coates (who dat?) for a killer 14 track session. It features three previously released cuts in ‘Buckle Up’, ‘Whatup Doe’ and ‘100%…

RICARDO MIRANDA
Floorwax / Redline
HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH
12″ // £7.99

Choice cuts from Chicago’s Latin Soul Brotha on Rush Hours place for the prime stuff, Hour House Is Your Rush. ‘Floorwax’ features a niggling acid line like something out of an early DJ Funk tune or a more minimal mix of Lil Louis’ ‘Why Fall’, rubbing resonant 303 against slinkin’ 909 to deadly effect. This will burn the ‘floor! B-side is equally heavy, building a head of acid tension before…

KURT HARMON PROJECT / RON TRENT
From The Vaults: The Definitive Sounds Of Prescription Records EP Part 1
Prescription
12″ // £8.99

One from the Prescription Vaults, reissuing deepest House tracks by Kurt Harmon Project and Ron Trent. Here’s one for your next pub quiz – Kurt Harmon is actually the little brother of Lil’ Louis, don’t ya know! His ’98 cut ‘Comin Back’ works a real deep rut of 115bpm House topped with his own distinctive and soul gripping vocal, while the legendary Mr Trent offers the B-side to his ‘Dark…

AUNTIE FLO
GOAN HIGHLIFE
HUNTLEYS PALMERS
10″ // £8.99

Highly impressive debut of original Afro-jacking grooves from Auntie Flo. There’s a lot in common with the Comemé sound in both tracks but Auntie Flo has a fresher take on the sound, perhaps not quite as in-debted to Chicago. Recently played by Ricardo Villalobos, ‘Highlife’ is driven by a weighty kick drum but offset with swirling circular drum rhythms and chants to incite madness on the floor – best find…

MOODYMANN
I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits
DECKS REWORX
12″ // £8.99

An all-time Detroit House classic reissued and remixed by Appointment. ‘I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits’ should need little introduction to any self-respecting Detroit fiend, but for everyone else it’s just the ultimate in discofied and delayed gratification; tense, lush strings tease and seduce while that vocal swirls in and out of focus like a swooning mirage. To be honest, we’ve never encountered Appointment before, but their reworks…

SANTIAGO SALAZAR / ROQUE HERNANDEZ
Izalco / Retiro
HISTORIA Y VIOLENCIA
12″ // £6.49

Fifth release from Santiago Salazar (Los Hermanos/S2) and John Mendez’s (Silent Servant) Historia y Violencia boutique, LA-based Techno imprint. A-side is the Raíz remix of Roque Hernandez’s ‘Izalco’, a very healthy fusion of classic Chicago, Berlin and New York Techno styles with a modern finish. Santiago’s beautiful ‘Retiro’ occupies the flipside; a sleek and hypnotic deep Techno groove with glassy Martian melody and effortless rhythm programming. Al copies housed in…

DAVID ALVARADO / SANTIAGO SALAZAR
La Soledad / Caja De Luz
HISTORIA Y VIOLENCIA
12″ // £6.49

Sixth edition from Santiago Salazar and Juan Mendez’s consistently uncompromised Historia Y Violencia imprint. Formerly of the Strictly Rhythm and Peacefrog labels, among many others, LA-based Alvarado’s ‘La Soledad’ is menacingly dark and shifty with vocals reminding of Radio Slave’s ‘Black Sheep’ remix but with a slinkier, Latinzied LA techno swing. Santiago Salazar takes the more epic route with rhythmelodic synths motifs building into a sophisticated club killer.

VARIOUS / MATHEMATICS
Music From Mathematics: Selector Series One
MATHEMATICS
CD // £12.99

Daryl Cura, one of the three Dirty Criminals with Jamal Moss and Melvin Oliphant (X2), mans the decks for Mathematics’ 1st mix CD. The selection is curated by head honcho, Hieroglyphic Being, but Daryl takes care of duties, executed on 2 x Technics SL-1200MK2 + stereo mixer + Panasonic SV-3700 “all wax, no computers, no CDs, no mp3s, just real raw”. It takes in 13 tracks, mostly from recent catalogue…

TYREE
Nuthin Wrong
MOJUBA
12″ // £9.99

Mojuba kick off their new Underground Series with a reissue of Tyree’s ‘Nuthin Wrong’ from the ‘Soul Revival #3’ 12″ originally released on Dance Mania in 1995. Expect stripped and booty-driving House vibes, while the flipside is reversed in dedication to Ron Hardy. We’re sure he’d approve.

O/V/R
Post Traumatic Son (Marcel Dettmann Mixes)
Blueprint Records
12″ // £7.99

*Comes in an oversized outer sleeve to house the other 12″s in the series* The titan of Berghain applies his discretely effective, driving therapies to O/V/R’s ‘Post-Traumatic Son’ in three versions. ‘Construction 1’ sets the pace with systolic, spherical bass throbs and dry, moody vibes. ‘Construction 2’ teases in extra layers of percussion and probing synthlines. ‘MDR Version’ feeds the whole thing through his meat grinder for gristly, prickly, pounding…

MORPHOSIS / NEWWORLDAQUARIUM / T++
What We Have Learned (Newworldaquarium / Just For One Day Mixes)
Delsin
12″ // £7.99

Oh HELL yes! Building anticipation for a forthcoming Morphosis album, Newworldaquarium and Just For One Day have just floored us with two remixes of Rabih Beani (aka Ra.H) originals. Both remixers have defined something so rare and precious in Techno/House over the last few years that they’re the perfect choice to version such distinctive material. NWAQ’s ‘Via Mezzacane’ manipulation of ‘Dirty Matter’ is outstanding. Centred on a pummelling kick drum…

 

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ATROPOLIS
Atropolis
DUTTY ARTZ
CD // £10.49

Dutty Artz are on fire right now, following up the essential Dubbel Dutch 12″ with this debut burner from Atropolis. His eponymous LP is a lush and humid digital affair ripe for the ‘floor. Guest vocalists Anbuley and Noelia Fernandez flavour futuristic, polyrhythmic, drum-filled instrumentals with proper street attitude that could easily have come from Bogota or Brooklyn. If you’re into the Chancha Via Circuito album, get on this!

CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO
Rio Arriba
ZZK Records
CD // £13.99

Heavyweight modern psychedelic Cumbia trips from an outstanding and singular Argentinian producer. Although it’s not so prevalent in the UK (aside from maybe El-B sets and the odd Latin club), digital Cumbia – traditional Cumbia folk melodies augmented with up-to-date production – has got hips grinding to a slower beat across the globe. From his base just outside Buenos Aires, Chancha’s take on the sound is suffused with a gentle,…

MARIJATA
This Is Marijata
Academy LPs
LP // £18.99

Heavyweight classic Afro-Funk from Ghana – in fact, one of the heaviest of all time! Recorded in 1976, ‘This Is Marijata’ is the standard by which all other Afro-Funk albums are measured – it’s power, vitality and rawness have been emulated but never equalled. Lovingly remastered, fully licensed and reissued by Academy/Voodoo Funk, this is presented on digital format for the first time!