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HARRIS, XANDER: I Want More Than Just Blood (High Heels Mix) 12″ (SILK 006EP) 10.50
“Italians may do it better — ice cream, genuine leather, synth splatter — but everything’s still bigger in Texas. Like this X Large redux from Austin’s X Harris. He calls side A the ‘high heels remix’ which is chop-shop talk for shoegaze if yr shoes happen to be red patent pumps. Less gore than before, more vast unknown than he’s ever shown, side B soars like the flight of a DJ navigator who’s recently returned home to realize he’s left the 80s far behind, it’s almost 2012, and everyone he loves has aged and moved on without him. But the force is still strong with this one. If Xander Harris had a hammer, he’d beat down John Carpenter’s door, turn that Carpenteria into a Danceteria, and make that grave-waver Sweatt. Finally, an escape from New York.”
FOURCOLOR: As Pleat CD (12K 1065CD) 13.00
“Fourcolor is the solo project of Keiichi Sugimoto (Minamo, Filfla) and should be well known to the 12k audience with his two previous releases, Air Curtain (2004) and Letter of Sounds (2006) both highly regarded and now out of print, which established him as one of the label’s leading roster figures. As Pleat takes the familiar sound of Fourcolor and explores some subtle new sonic territory. It’s as tonal and warm as always but he expands on his style by including more fractured, accidental sounds and an obvious growth in experience and talent. What makes Fourcolor’s music so engaging is how Sugimoto manages to coax a lovely spectrum of sounds from his guitar without it ever sounding too over-processed or digital. From bubbling, low bass that provides a foundation to woven harmonies, pulses, and shimmers, there is a rich palette of sounds created. Add in a bit of careful, jittery skip-editing and implied rhythms and a groove starts to emerge from the ambience. Hints of his poppier Filfla project also come into play once again as Fourcolor brings in some guest-vocals courtesy of Sanae Yamasaki (aka Moskitoo) who lends her angelic voice to ‘Quiet Gray 1’ and ‘Iris (Familiar)’ adding further dimension to the works. As Pleat is unquestionably Fourcolor, but there is a pillow-like quality to the sound, a softness that plays beautifully off of the more organic edits and sharper plucks that all combines to create the most engaging Fourcolor album to date.”
CHYMERA/MARCEL JANOVSKY: Curl/Still In Paradise 10″ (200WHITE 002EP) 12.00
This 10″ contains Chymera’s brilliant deep house track “Curl” for the first time on vinyl and a superb rework of the 1989 dance classic “Rich In Paradise”: “Still In Paradise” by Marcel Janovsky. Chymera’s “Curl” is licensed courtesy of Dirt Crew Recordings.
FM BELFAST: Underwear 7″ (ANOST 030EP) 7.00
To celebrate the signing of the wonderful Icelandic supergroup FM Belfast, A Number Of Small Things presents “Underwear,” the biggest hit from their debut album How To Make Friends (KRCD 012CD/KRLP 012LP) with an exclusive additional version that was recorded live in their backyard and a version from Prins Póló. “Underwear” perfectly captures FM Belfast’s carefree and enthusiastic attitude and provides a glimpse into the joy surrounding everything the band gets up to.
EMERSON, KEITH: Inferno LP (AMS 034LP) 34.00
“This record was released for the legendary Cinevox label in 1980 as a soundtrack for Dario Argent’s Inferno movie. The Italian director did not choose Goblin this time, but keyboard wizard Keith Emerson. The tracks are mainly based on classical music (a full orchestra was used for the score!), with only one track reminiscent of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, ‘Taxi Ride.’ Overall, this is a nice LP, with some (obviously) great piano playing. First time ever 180g audiophile deluxe vinyl reissue; includes a poster that analyzes thoroughly both soundtrack and movie.” Gatefold sleeve.
UNITED WATERS: Your First Ever River LP (ARB 005LP) 17.00
“If you know the man behind United Waters (B.K.A Brian Sullivan) from anything, you’ll know him as the guitar thudder in Brooklyn’s densest duo, Mouthus…. The new LP by United Waters rises and falls, slowly and organically – if you’re half listening, it’s a pleasant stream of organic electronics with the occasional acoustic guitar sound cutting through, perfectly lovely stuff, you could put it on anytime for anybody. But when the headphones go on and lights get dimmed, the evidence of the painstaking work that went into the composition and creation of these tracks is apparent, beautiful and stunning. The image that ran through my mind was Sullivan as a kid, late at night, staring at the black and white snow of the television in the dark – but he’s seeing the secret patterns embedded in it, digital sparrows flying to nowhere through psychedelic vectors that no one else can see – or maybe listening to the radio long after the broadcast dropped off and the station stopped broadcasting, and he’s able to hear the secret songs that the machines sing to one another in the night.” –Peter Meehan
ADA: Me And The Three 12″ (AREAL 058EP) 12.00
We all knew very well that we had reached a point of no return. There was no need to talk about it. All four of us were sitting there, facing each other, sad, yet full of confidence. “Go to hell! No one will ever touch my board again! In the future, I will solder it myself, and the way I want it to! Robotica, here we come!!!”
BRIKHA, ARIL: Forever Frost 12″ (AOV 003EP) 12.50
Art of Vengeance’s second release sees Aril Brikha take yet another turn in style. “Forever Frost” is a journey in melody built in layers, trying to fit as many melodies in one track without going over the line. “Tundra” is a bit more on the rough side but with arps and chords coming in and out while “Glaciar/For Minou” strips things down a bit to a more bassier and warmer sound with strings/chords, less melodies and more groove.
DEIRDRE WILSON TABAC, THE: The Deirdre Wilson Tabac CD (AU 5014CD) 17.00
Recorded in Philadelphia in 1969, this trio’s irresistible blend of funk, jazz and pop didn’t connect with audiences on its original release, but has gone on to attract a considerable cult following. Truly groovy, soulful weirdness that you kind of can’t stop listening to. Deirdre Wilson Tabac’s sole album makes its CD debut here, accompanied by background notes.
BLACKWOOD APOLOGY: The House Of Leather CD (AU 5015CD) 17.00
The brainchild of 23 year-old writer/guitarist Dale Menten, The House Of Leather is a rock opera set in a bordello during the U.S. Civil War. It was originally released in December 1968, shortly before it was staged as a sell-out rock opera in Minnesota. A fine mixture of acid-tinged pop-rock and ballads, it makes its long-overdue CD debut here — together with liner notes that tell the story of the production’s ill-fated move to New York in 1970.
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Sleepy Hollow CD (AU 5016CD) 17.00
This trio’s sole album has been described as one of the most uncanny Beatles sound-alikes ever made, and now it makes its long-overdue CD debut here. Recorded in Philadelphia in 1972, it contains several perfect pop songs, and is sure to delight fans of the Fab Four and other early ’70s pop wizards such as Badfinger and We All Together.
ASC: Symbol #1 12″ (AUXSYM 001EP) 11.50
“The Symbol Series is a venture into all the deepest territories of electronic music. No genre is restricted. The first release in this special series naturally comes from ASC, but expect to see other artists step up to the plate over the year. The Symbol Series will be released on 12″ vinyl and limited to 250 copies only. No repress, so get it before you miss it!” On orange vinyl.
PASTORIUS & RASHID ALI, JACO: Live in Cannes, France – 19 December 1984 LP (B 131LP) 27.00
“Following a week-long bass seminar, Jazz Hall of Famer and acclaimed bassist, Jaco Pastorius, along with drummer Rashied Ali (best known for his work with Coltrane) gave this informal live concert. Here Pastorius plays two of his own songs, ‘Slang’ and ‘Continuum’, along with Coltrane’s ‘Naima’, Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’, and McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’, among others. Pastorius is at the top of his game here, which means some of the best electric bass playing you’ll ever hear.” Orange vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
PASTORIUS/PAT METHENY/BRUCE DITMAS/PAUL BLEY, JACO: Live In New York City – 16 June 1974 LP (B 132LP) 27.00
“This historic recording was actually made in two years earlier than Jaco Pastorius’ ‘debut’ LP, Jaco. Here Paul Bley gives Pastorius the opportunity to lead his own session featuring a young Pat Metheny on guitar (also one of Metheny’s first recordings), Paul Bley on keyboards and Bruce Ditmas on drums.The songs are Carla Bley / Paul Bley penned tracks except for Annette Peacock’s ‘Blood.'” Clear vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with red lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
METHENY, PAT: Live In Cannes, France – 28 January 1983 LP (B 133LP) 27.00
“A stellar live performance by Pat Metheny and the Heath Brothers (Jimmy on tenor sax Percy on bass, and Albert on drums) recorded in Cannes on 28 January 1983. Here Metheny, who would go on to win a Grammy that same year for ‘best jazz fusion performance’, tackles three Heath Brothers tracks -‘Sassy Samba’, ‘Artherdoc Blues’, ‘Move To The Groove’ – followed up by an amazing guitar solo and the classic ‘All The Things You Are.'” Maroon vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
BLOOMFIELD/CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE/SID WARNER/MINKE JOHNSON/NORMAN MAYELL, MICHAEL: Live In Chicago, 1964 LP (B 134LP) 27.00
“Guitar hero and Chicago native Mike Bloomfield was one of the first great white blues guitarists to rise to fame in the sixties, simultaneously jump-starting a renewed interest in the vibrant Chicago blues scene. Here Bloomfield, who was just 21 at the time, can be heard along with a young Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and Sid Warner on bass, playing a mix of traditional blues along with his own numbers. This is one of Bloomfield’s earliest recordings.” Clear blue vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with red lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
SUN RA ARKESTRA: Live at the Storyville, NYC – 24 October 1977 LP (B 135LP) 27.00
“Quite simply one of Sun Ra’s best live albums. This rare recording finds Ra, along with a 19-piece Arkestra, playing a mix of his own compositions (‘Images’ and ‘Lights’) along with several jazz standards (including Jelly Roll Morton’s ‘King Porter Stomp’ and Duke Ellington’s ‘Lightnin”). While Ra’s own compositions were usually more avant-garde affairs, he always revelled in playing the classics as well in an effort to give his audience a lesson in jazz history.” Red vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
SUN RA ARKESTRA: Live at the Storyville, NYC – 29 October, 1977 LP (B 136LP) 27.00
“Day two of this rare live concert at the Storyville finds Ra and a 19-piece Arkestra again giving the audience a lesson in jazz with tracks like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘My Favorite Things’, Tadd Dameron’s ‘Lady Bird’ and Miles Davis’ ‘Half Nelson’, as well as a taste of his own classics (‘Englight(en)Ment’ and ‘The Satellites’).” Clear red vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with blue lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
TAJ MAHAL TRAVELLERS: Live at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm – 1 July 1971 LP (B 137LP) 27.00
“Recorded on 1 July 1971 in the geodesic dome at the ‘Utopia & Visions 1871-1981’ exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Takehisa Kosugi’s Taj Mahal Travellers were a Japanese experimental improv group active in the 1970s. The group, heavily influenced by Fluxus, used electronic effects to create their own unique improvised drones.” White vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with red lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
TAJ MAHAL TRAVELLERS: Live at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm – 9 July 1971 LP (B 138LP) 27.00
“Day two of this historic and rare live performance at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.” Grey vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with blue lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
GILBERTO, JOAO: Live in NYC October 9, 1964/Live In Mexico 1974 LP (B 139LP) 27.00
“While most of side A is taken from the historic performance given by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto in October of 1964 at Carnegie Hall in NYC, just prior to their winning the Grammy Award for best album of the year, side B was originally released as the 1974 live album, En Mexico, recorded just after Joao and his wife had moved there, and featuring his classic ‘Farolito’ along with ‘Besame Mucho’.” Clear green vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
COLEMAN, ORNETTE: Live in Beograd, Yugoslavia – 2 November 1971 LP (B 140LP) 27.00
“A rare live concert given by Ornette Coleman (on alto, trumpet and violin), tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Ed Blackwell, in Belgrade in 1971. Coleman performs Haden’s ‘Song for Che’ along with four of his own lesser-known numbers.” Clear yellow vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).
METRONOMY: The English Riviera LP+CD (BEC 5772840) 25.00
The UK’s Metronomy present their third album, The English Riviera. The follow-up to 2008’s critically-acclaimed Nights Out, The English Riviera is a sonic progression of epic proportions and affirms Metronomy front man and producer, Joseph Mount, as a rare British talent. Since Nights Out, the band have swollen to a four piece with new members Anna Prior on drums, Gbenga Adelekan on bass, original member Oscar Cash on keys/sax, and Joe himself on vocals, keys and guitar. This expansion of personnel is reflective of a new record that is mapped by vast soundscapes, incredible depth and warmth, and big pop hooks. Part love letter to the area of Devon coast Mount grew up in and part concept album about his own semi-fictionalized vision of “The English Riviera,” the tone for the album is set by the opening sounds of seagulls, distant waves and a music hall string quartet. However, any notion of whimsy is swiftly dispelled, as the seismic bass line of “We Broke Free” shudders and ushers in waves of layered guitars and synths. Having produced and remixed everyone from Roots Manuva, Kate Nash and Nicola Roberts, this is the first Metronomy album that Mount has taken out of his bedroom and recorded in a proper studio. The results are telling. Characterized throughout with a sense of warmth and richness, The English Riviera is in parts reminiscent of seminal 1970s West Coast studio albums from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, but due to Mount’s studio wizardry, the record sounds vibrant and entirely of its time. Few other albums released this year will so successfully transcend such a plethora of influences and ideas and form such a coherent body of work. Includes a CD version of the entire album.
THOUSANDS: The Sound of Everything CD (BEU 275CD) 13.50
“Born out of late-night graveyard experimentation, Seattle’s Thousands is comprised of guitarists/vocalists Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman. The Sound of Everything, the duo’s stark and original spin on modern folk music is one of the most gentle and serene recordings you’re likely to ever hear. The band’s debut album is solely voices, guitars, and an array of environmental sounds — birds, leaves, wind — intentionally recorded along with the songs and untouched. Each recorded live in one take, the songs on the album provide a musical snapshot of a moment in time, a picture postcard of the world as it was where and when Garrard and Bergman recorded each of these 11 songs. The two drove tirelessly across the Pacific Northwest searching for recording locations, settling on an abandoned silo, a barn and a riverbank as the perfect natural studios. Originally brought to the attention of Bella Union by Fleet Foxes’ Sky Skjelset, Thousands have managed to fit the sound of everything cozily in between two headphones.”
THOUSANDS: The Sound of Everything LP (BEU 275LP) 18.50
180 gram LP version. Includes a download code for material not included on the album.
SKINNERBOX: Anapol 12″ (BPC 234EP) 12.00
This wild, uninhibited mix of avant-jazz, funk, electronica, and disco beats has become an insider tip within the scene in record time, and a short while later, the two men and a Minimoog are rocking Berlin’s hottest clubs. After releases on TonKind, Neopren, and Bar25 Records, please give a standing ovation to Skinnerbox. “Purgatory Five” begins with a twisted melodic figure which is then quickly overtaken by a calmly pulsating house beat and moody, minimal melodies with a sweeping harmonic series.
MONO/POLY: Manifestations EP 12″ (BF 016EP) 12.50
“Manifestations is a funky and diverse sonic collection from Mono/Poly, a talented member of the Brainfeeder roster. A well paced work, the EP’s momentum grows and then contorts into other dimensions, balancing powerful rhythms and a beautiful depth for a holistically moving experience. Manifestations has seven tracks, each with a very different tone. From the warm opening haze of the title tune to the complete crashing madness of ‘Punch The Troll In The Neck,’ Mono/Poly has cultivated a choice sonic garden to explore. The shifty beats of ‘Glow’ are straight off the streets of Los Angeles, while the stakeout sounds of ‘Toe Jam’ descend into the groove with fresh urgency. ‘Forest Dark’ has a bipolar personality altogether, with a funky industrial grind that flips over headfirst into the ripples of a peaceful pond.”
MATTHEWDAVID: Outmind CD (BF 019CD) 15.50
“LA based Matthewdavid is a man who builds with warm tones. His music reflects beautiful, fleeting moments and magnifies them. The songs unveiled on Outmind are destined for infinite replay. Light, gauzy moments blend with those densely layered. The biggest swing gives way to the slowest sway. These are classic jams obscured in fuzz and fog. Outmind was lovingly crafted and resonates with Matthewdavid’s heartfelt glow.”
MATTHEWDAVID: Outmind LP (BF 019LP) 17.50
UMAMI: Conquer The Night 12″ (BUR 006EP) 12.00
Umami, who claim to make songs, not tracks, come up with their first solo EP. They hoist sails and push their style forward with “Conquer The Night.” “All What You Get” is driving, funny, but still eclectic tech house in a fresh-sounding garment. The ageless synth line of “Sunshine And Godzilla” will drive the crowd crazy for sure and with “Kukukuku” they prove that Finnish lullabies also work on the dancefloor.
DIGITALINE: Up And Down My Spine 12″ (CADENZA 062EP) 14.00
Cadenza presents an offering from Swiss/German duo Laurent Bovey & Gregory Poncet aka Digitaline. Deep and chugging grooves, atmospheric spheres and industrial synth patterns are Digitaline’s forte, and this EP is no exception to their uncompromising rule. “Africa” features a sensual and stripped-down vocal from “Diaraby Nene” by Oumou Sangaré. “Shivers” is percussive and clear with heavy kicks, tribal essences and an impeccable arrangement. Two deep and courageous house pieces.
VA: Music from Macedonia 2 CD (CAP 21727CD) 17.00
“Another CD with music from one of Europe’s last ‘unexplored regions’ on the musical map. Here we get to meet one of Macedonia’s most popular groups in the vanguard for the modernized folk music, Synthesis, but also one of the many local groups that fondly cherish the tradition, Kirka. Goran Alachki, perhaps the foremost accordionist is featured, as is one of the many fantastic wind orchestras, Orkestar Ace.”
LEOSON, MARKUS: Malletiana CD/SACD (CAP 21743CD) 17.00
Markus Leoson performs on marimba, vibraphone and cimbalom. Featured works: Niklas Sivelöv: Suite para Marimba; Philippe Manoury: Solo de Vibraphone; Alfred Eyser: Libriccino – 4 Pezzi brevi per cimbalom ongarese; Markus Leoson: Ex Machina; Pietro Rigacci: Claire per vibragono; Darius Milhaud: Saudades do Brasil. Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
VA: Perceptions Of Time CD/SACD (CAP 21800CD) 17.00
Featured works: Arvo Pärt: Fratres; Sofia Gubaidulina: Serenade; Anders Jormin: Three Angels; Lhasa; Tiden är ingenting; Staffan Mossenmark and Jesper Norda: Green Bridge; Notes of Fratres. Nominated for Swedish Grammy Award 2008. Performed by Mats Bergstrom (guitar); Anders Jormin (double bass); Joakim Svenheden (violin). Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
VA: It’s A Happening!: Texas Girls Of The 60’s CD (CIC 1069CD) 15.00
“The best know girl group in Texas during the late 60s was The Heart Beats of Lubbock. They made it to Hollywood for a Battle of the Bands contest on the Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay hosted TV show, Happening ’68. The Heart Beats shut down all the other male groups and won the Battle of the Bands on nationwide TV. Considering that no one in the band was older than 17, this was quite an accomplishment. All seven recordings by The Heart Beats are included on this album, along with other great female led bands from 1966, such as The WordD from Dallas and The Bombshells of Houston. An added bonus is folk singer, Linda Pierre King from Houston, whose self-penned originals from 1966 foreshadowed subsequent folk singers such as Janis Ian and Melanie. The fact that only five of the twenty-five songs on this album were ever released during the 60s, testifies to the enduring fascination with unearthing undiscovered gems by the girls of Texas.”
KORT: Invariable Heartache CD (SLANG 680023CD) 15.50
“Not so much a replication, but more of a study in reclamation.” — Kurt Wagner”Invariable Heartache is an album inspired by a shared love for Nashville and its musical traditions. Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner – a long time champion of the city’s history and charms – and Cortney Tidwell – whose family have, for decades, played a significant part in the city’s (country) musical life – are both fervent admirers of the music that has emerged from the city. It was an early collaboration on Cortney’s Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up album that led to the two of them performing together at Nashville club The Basement in the summer of 2008. Such was the crowd’s overwhelming response that evening that the idea of a duets album was born, and though work didn’t begin for well over a year the concept was never forgotten. It was discussion about Cortney’s family history, however, that led them to the Chart Records catalogue, a label run by Cortney’s grandfather Slim Williamson, A&Red later by her father Cliff Williamson, and for which her mother Connie Eaton also recorded. The result of their subsequent fascination with what they discovered on dusty forgotten vinyl is an album that pays tribute to art of the duet and the classic songwriting that lay behind many of the albums and singles released by the label, a tribute on a grander scale to the forgotten sounds of ‘Music City USA’. Keeping it in the family, Invariable Heartache was produced by Kurt Wagner, recorded by Cortney’s husband Todd Tidwell at Music Row’s Starstruck Studios and by Roger Moutenot (who produced much of Lambchop’s last album) at Hap Town, and mixed by Mark Nevers, whose association with Lambchop goes back to its earliest days and who has since become one of Nashville’s go-to guys. With 11 songs taken from the Chart Records catalogue, and one more recorded by Cortney’s mother for ABC Dunhill, this is a project that, from start to end, comes right from the heart.”
DEBRUIT: Sis Surpriz 12″ (CIV 020EP) 15.00
“When French producer dEbruit relocated to London, it was just the start of a journey that would take him much further east than Hackney. dEbruit explains; ‘I lived in a Turkish neighborhood in London and my productions are always a result of curiosity over the sounds and people around me. I wanted to learn more and try something with Turkish music and instruments so I travelled to Turkey in October, and I’m so glad I did.’ The end results of dEbruit’s travels are the four painstakingly crafted tracks of SiS Surpriz (which translates as Skewer Surprise). Traditional Turkish folk instruments are coupled with modern, synthetic sounds on an EP that’s full of eastern promise. Opener Accorde Don combines accordion and darbuka drums (a kind of goblet drum) with ‘bump-hop’ beats, whilst Turkish Ish features zurna flutes, talkbox effects and scything synths. Mezde’s bassheavy, low-slung bounce deploys the string sounds of the kabak kemane — a violin-like instrument originating from Southeastern Turkey — with darbuka and davul drums. Zurna flutes and synths return on the slo-mo, chopped and screwed digi-funk of Lil Zurna. Born Xavier Thomas and raised in Brittany, France, dEbruit’s name is an amalgamation of the French words debris (broken glass) and bruit (noise). His boundary-smashing, genreswerving style deliberately veers towards the chaotic — ‘I like when electronic music and instruments lose control of what they’re meant to do,’ he adds. SiS Surpriz is the third in dEbruit’s trilogy of EPs which began with futuristic electro hip-hop workout Let’s Post Funk featuring Jamie Woon and Om’Mas Keith, and was followed by 2010’s African highlife inspired Spatio Temporel. The trio of releases all feature 3-D artwork by German designer Rainbowmonkey, and 3-D glasses are also included for your viewing pleasure.”
MAETRIK: Crush On Me 12″ (COR 086EP) 12.50
Eric Estornel aka Maetrik presents “Crush On Me” and “Push” for Cocoon — two absolute masterpieces representative of Estornel’s unique style, using hallucinogenic vocals, hypnotic beats and a power that is deep and latently noisy at the same time to put the dancefloor over the edge of insanity. With a large number of releases on labels such as Treibstoff, Dumb-Unit and Audiomatique, Maetrik has proven to be one of the most reliable protagonists of dark house, dub and funky techno.
MORALES, DIEGO: Sacándose Uno 12″ (COMEME 011EP) 12.00
Diegor’s first solo EP is a colorful result of all of his influences and experiences, and a true reflection of his great dancefloor knowledge. It is dirty and rough, heavily rhythmic, extremely musical, playful and full of the “locura” (craziness) techno tracks need. This dark adventure, full of magic, groove and imagination is another Cómeme production beyond the clichés of what is supposed to be “Latin.”
TRISTANO, FRANCESCO: BachCage: MoritzVonOswald&Lawrence_rmx 12″ (DG 4764400) 16.00
After Idiosynkrasia (IF 1012CD), Luxembourgian pianist and composer Francesco Tristano’s InFiné release recorded in Detroit with Carl Craig, this high-contrast EP features remixes of three tracks from his Deutsche Grammophone full-length, BachCage. Moritz Von Oswald offers “One Note Development Nr. 2” and “Tantra Development” on the A-side, both remixes of pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Dial recording artist Lawrence remixes “Tritano Introit” on the flip.
YOUANDEWAN: Youandme (on My Mind)/Zeal 12″ (DISF 013EP) 11.50
“Next for Disfigured Dubz is the debut single from Leeds based producer Youandewan. The story goes that one day whilst relaxing by the pool in Ibiza, Ewan’s manager played some of his demos on the soundsystem with Skream in company and he was gripped, two tracks were signed to Disfigured Dubz and here they are. A: ‘Youandme (On my mind)’ harks back to the days when 2 Step garage ruled the London airwaves and gives a nostalgic look back to the pre-dubstep revolution. A crackling warm Rhodes loop and atmospheric field recordings warm the cones whilst vocal snippets creep in and float amongst the classic 2 step beats. Tension builds, temperatures rise and the bass blows like a cool breeze on a summer’s afternoon.”
AGARIC & WALKER: Chase’s Dream 12″ (DU 062EP) 12.00
Your horoscope: Dumb-Unit merges with 2011, preparing a new outlook and attitude of strong singles for global consumption. The first: a winning combination from Walker and Agaric. Previous sonic excursions were only a test. Listeners worldwide should expect strong hi-hats and low rumbles mixed with smart, moving percussion. Although fantasy themes abound, the narrative is firmly rooted on the dancefloor. Check attitudes at the door. Happy lucky golden dragon double 8 good time. On white vinyl.
PENDERECKI, KRZYSZTOF: Symphony No. 4 ”Adagio” CD (DUX 822CD) 19.00
Performed by The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. “The Italian word ‘adagio’, which was chosen by Krzysztof Penderecki for the title of his Symphony No. 4 has some obvious music connotations for everyone. It is worth reminding here however, that — the word of great, going back to Petrarch’s times tradition; the word alive till now creating more and more new meanings, phrases and idioms. This adverb means first of all a slowly performed activity which takes place without haste…. In Penderecki’s Symphony No. 4 the music seems to possess this maturity on a perfect level, there is certain dignified celebration of content, inner focus.”
VA: Echocord Jubilee Comp. CD (ECHO 010CD) 15.50
After 49 vinyl releases and nine CD albums in nine years, Echocord is proud to announce their anniversary project, Echocord Jubilee Comp.. Here are 10 exclusive tracks by 10 of their finest artists over the last nine years. Exclusive tracks by Fluxion, Quantec, Deadbeat, Onmutu Mechanicks, Brendon Moeller, Luke Hess, Resoe, Stephen Hitchell, Fenin and Mikkel Metal. All tracks are powerful, dubby tracks that will suit the dancefloor, but are also perfect for the home listeners. Echocord is happy to still to be here, and hopes you will all enjoy this compilation.
CHAPMAN, MICHAEL: The Resurrection And Revenge Of The Clayton Peacock LP (E#109E) 16.50
Michael Chapman, one of the finest acoustic guitar innovators borne of the late ’70s UK folk scene, was in Philadelphia early 2010, paying tribute to his good friend, the late Jack Rose, a mighty six-string alchemist in his own right, and a youngster wholly inspired by Chapman’s critical recordings. While sharing in the good light of friendship backstage, we asked Michael if he’d ever recorded an LP of purely improvised guitar music. It seemed feasible, as the current state of acoustic guitar exploration was in equal measures inspired by both composition and improvisation. Chapman, along with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Fahey et al, was a significant and historical informant for this young set. But he claimed to have never even entertained the notion of an LP of exclusively improvised playing. Anyone who has had the good fortune to hear Michael just take off in the middle of his songs and simply shred into zones of in-and-out-of-the-chakras stratosphere knows that such an idea could only be wildly welcomed. As it were, Michael got in touch within a week or so and said he was game, and here it is, The Resurrection And Revenge Of The Clayton Peacock, two sides of unbroken, idiosyncratic guitar improvisation that moves from neck-tapping harmonics into effects pedal kosmische into distinctly strange tone huzz. An odd and lovely, momentous session. Limited edition of 500 copies, each numbered with silver ink.
MASTERS ORCHESTRA (FEAT. DESNEY BAILEY), ROBIN: Dance With The Moon 12″ (FIAKUN 002EP) 12.00
Fiakun returns with a signing by Robin Masters Orchestra. Oliver Marquardt, in collaboration with Desney Bailey, presents a classic house tune, full of nuances and romance. “Dance With The Moon” comes complete with two high-level remixes. Sasse reinterpret the original with a lighter mixture that brings us to a more organic scene while Matthias Vogt leaves aside his musical education to give you a very tasty remix for hot nights.
POLY STYRENE: Generation Indigo CD (FNM 001CD) 14.50
“At the end of 2010, Poly Styrene, the unforgettable front woman and iconic face of the seminal UK punk band X-ray Spex announced her return to the music scene with the album Generation Indigo produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, TheFireman, and Edwyn Collins). Poly Styrene remains a genuine icon and one of the main influences on the Riot Grrrl scenes with bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, LeTigre and others recognizing her fiery, irrepressible presence. With her great self-styled image, brilliantly sharp lyrics and powerful presence, Poly’s indomitable spirit still inspires. The album kicks off with the mighty, power-pop of ‘I Luv Ur Sneakers’ and maintains the quick pace with first single ‘Virtual Boyfriend’ before then moving into dubstep territories on the title track ‘Generation Indigo’. The album takes in everything from neo-X-ray Spex punk rock on ‘Thrash City’ and ‘L.U.V’ to the Trojan-reggae infused grooves of ‘No Rockefeller’, ‘Code Pink Dub’ and ‘Colour Blind’ whilst stand out songs, ‘Thrash City’ and ‘White Gold’ attest to the power of Poly’s soaring vocals. Poly showcases humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics.”
POLY STYRENE: Generation Indigo LP (FNM 001LP) 18.50
POLY STYRENE: Generation Indigo (Limited Edition) CD (FNM 9001CD) 18.50
Limited edition deluxe CD version in hard book-style packaging. Includes 5 exclusive art prints designed by Poly Styrene.
OWEN-B: Owen-B CD (GF 250CD) 13.00
“The unknown rarity from Ohio that released this great psych album in 1970. Off the master tapes, this music is hard driven fuzzed out psychedelic rock that has never been reissued before. Includes four bonus tracks.”
MANTRONIX: Bassline 7″ (GET 5703EP) 11.00
“Kurtis Mantronik was always ahead of the times. Back when rap pioneers like Run- DMC and LL Cool J were rapping over stripped-down, minimalist beats, Mantronik, via his group Mantronix with MC Tee, was pushing the boundaries of hip-hop sonic landscape beyond hard drums and DJ scratches. With Bassline, the signature track from his debut self-titled album, he fused electro-funk elements with vocoder and synthesizer, resulting in a dynamic new sound that was often imitated but never equaled. Get On Down is proud to present this classic single on a brand new 7″ blue vinyl pressing, featuring the vocal and instrumental versions.”
DINOSAUR L: Go Bang 7″ (GET 701EP) 11.00
“No one pushed the boundaries of dance music quite like the late Arthur Russell. On Go Bang, in his Dinosaur L persona, Russell’s unique falsetto-esque vocals are layered over a pulsing disco thump with a flourish of Fender Rhodes keys establishing the downtown feel of this solid groove. Get On Down is proud to present this classic single on a brand new 7″ red vinyl pressing, featuring the complete ‘Go Bang Part 1’ and ‘Go Bang Part 2.'”
DINOSAUR L: In The Corn Belt 7″ (GET 702EP) 11.00
“Working in his Dinosaur L persona the mix on In The Corn Belt is by another giant of the genre, Larry Levan of Paradise Garage fame. The groove is intensified by layers of shredding guitar, percussion and some instrumentation that sounds otherworldly. Get On Down is proud to present this classic single on a brand new 7′ yellow vinyl pressing, featuring the complete ‘In The Corn Belt Part 1’ and ‘In The Corn Belt Part 2’.”
SLEEPINGDOG: With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields LP (GZH 031LP) 18.00
LP version. This is Sleepingdog’s third album after Naked In A Clean Bed and the critically-acclaimed Polar Life. Once upon a time in the days of the Belgian Franc, Chantal Acda made the acquaintance Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, and the two became fast friends through a mutual love of disco bowling, and 1970s Danish scary movies. They first collaborated on vocals on the infamous last track “The Struggle” on Mr. Wiltzie’s 2004 The Dead Texan. Now, over the course of 10 years, this strange friendship has slowly developed into a musical collaboration which at this point is a rarity for Mr. Wiltzie, because of his notorious slow-burning output for his legendary project Stars Of The Lid. For With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields, these two have somehow gone back in time to capture the sound of glacial-moving, dark cough syrup pop music. Mr. Wiltzie has manipulated his trademark haunting ambience, deconstructing and funneling it through the beautiful voice and song compositions of Chantal Acda. Together, Sleepingdog have gently abducted these gaseous tones and choruses of Pacific tree frogs into some beautifully-crafted, melancholic orchestration that reminds us all that we exist in a world of strangers, drifting only two feet apart.
JUST OTHERS: Amalgam LP (GUESS 078LP) 23.50
One of the rarest UK folk artifacts gets a deserved vinyl reissue at last. Amalgam was privately-pressed in 1974 and sells for over $1,500 in auctions, it’s that rare. But it’s also a fantastic acoustic album, contemplative, odd and outside — a highly recommended disc for any folk and folk-rock fan. Housed in a high-quality carton cover and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with an unbeatable remastered sound quality. Includes an insert with photos, liners and lyrics.
NGC-4594: What Really Means! LP + 7″ (GUESS 079LP) 29.00
Named after the galactic location of the nearest black hole to Earth, NGC-4594 only issued one single during their brief existence in 1967. But such was the majestic allure of Going Home/Skipping Through The Night that a myth grew around NGC-4594, with rumors of a “great lost album” spoken about in hushed tones by connoisseurs of psychedelic music. Now that album — locked in the vaults for four decades — is finally available, along with the true story of this strangest of psychedelic bands from Storrs, Connecticut. Deluxe release in a high-quality carton cover, pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Includes an insert with photos and extensive liner notes. Comes with a bonus 7″ featuring both tracks from the original 1967 single release.
JULY: July LP (GUESS 080LP) 29.00
Guerssen Records is proud to release on vinyl nothing less than an essential album to anyone with a minimum interest in psychedelic music. This very rare 1968 UK album, originally released on the Major Minor label, features essential psych classics such as “Dandelion Seeds” and “My Clown.” This is the definitive vinyl reissue of this beauty, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a high-quality carton cover with old-style backflaps and a fantastic 4-page insert with photos and extensive liner notes by UK psych authority David Wells. Also included is a full-color reproduction of the rare-as-hell original promo poster.
NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA, BJ: Big Shadow Montana LP (HMS 020LP) 16.00
“After producing their frozen trilogy of intoxicated dronemuzik for the Agency, these Scandinavian gentlemen have ventured into more absurdist territories through fictionalized soundtracks for imagined Mondo films and science fiction serials. It is in this context that BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa present the apparitional Big Shadow Montana, an album of slow-motion delirium manifested in occluded smears, nocturnal gasps, and arcane tones from a variety of analogue synthesizers. Amidst the near constant wash of bleary-eyed etherealism, Big Shadow Montana cycles through several sonic themes and leitmotifs, displayed in varying states of clarity. In these transitions between half-remembered phrases and bleary-eyed thrumming, the album emerges as if it were the aftermath from a protracted bout of metaphysical channel surfing. Flickered impressions flash in conjunction with Breton’s manifesto of Surrealism in the form of the memories from happily drunk escapades in the heart of winter, the sidereal spells cast by the innerspace travelers Klaus Schulze and Coil, and the nagging questions of existential portent: ‘Was that bassline from Goblin, or was it German Oak? Maybe something from Faust IV?’ The trio of Nilsen, Sigmarsson, and Thorsson elegantly twist and bend these fleeting images into a spiraling symphony of bubbling electronics and spectral drones that mutate on both sides of the record into lugubrious yet carnivalesque waltzes. When this first appears, it is the echoing undercarriage of a simple melody, bobbing amidst rattling chains and cascading cymbal crashes only to dissolve into sequences of cold-war era tone beacons and empathic swaths of maudlin sound design. At the second occurrence, the melody washes ashore on the Iceland beach, where nude Viking men and women try in vain to get a tan when the sun is just barely going to rise above the horizon in the winter months. It is a pyrrhic jubilation of calliope harmonies set down by organs and synths turning a pale-blue hue in the wake of all that white skin shivering underneath the arctic sky.”
SCHNEIDER MEETS JENS BOND, GUIDO: Bob & Curly 12″ (HIGH 095EP) 12.00
When Guido Schneider and Jens Bond join forces, fans of electronic dance music go weak at the knees. These two tracks clearly showcase the rhythmic abilities of former drummer Bond with crisp beats that get straight to the point. Coupled with the ability of Schneider to create subtle arrangements with original compositions and a sophisticated sound palette, the result is a densely atmospheric work. Warm rhythms and psychedelic vocals travel to the heart of the musical jungle.
KIRBY, LEYLAND: Intrigue & Stuff Vol.1 LP (HAFTW 009LP) 18.00
James Leyland Kirby (aka The Caretaker) presents the first of a set of four limited edition vinyl pressings. Six tracks wide, 30 minutes long, these are all previously-unreleased retro-futurist recordings. What then is Intrigue & Stuff? Is it a comment by the late great Martin Hannett when describing Tony Wilson’s Factory? “There’s an awful lot of incest that goes on,” mused Hannett. “Intrigue and stuff.” The biggest clue could be found in one of the track titles: “Live For The Future, Long For The Past,” a track which itself has been used to soundtrack the final coda to a BBC series entitled Everything And Nothing, a two-part documentary which dealt with two of the deepest questions there are — what is everything, and what is nothing? We can confirm that Intrigue & Stuff will be delivered in four parts spread across four 12″ pressings. Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. 700 copies only.
KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE: Black Sun CD (HYP 002CD) 16.50
“It’s been 5 years since South London-based duo Kode9 & the Spaceape’s debut album. On this new disc, named after Kode9’s influential 2009 single Black Sun, the intensity and themes of their debut Memories of the Future remain, but the delivery is clearer and more rapid, the beats more jagged and restless. Starting as a dense onslaught, Black Sun proceeds to expand and contract its galaxy, sucking you into its orbit, and daring you to come and bathe in the warmth of its toxic glow.”
LARSEN: Cool Cruel Mouth CD (IMPREC 325CD) 14.00
“Cool Cruel Mouth is Larsen’s 9th full length studio album and marks 15 years of activity with a fine collection of textural, cinematic, haunting, nocturnal songs. Written and recorded in 2010. Cool Cruel Mouth finds the band as a 5 piece with the full time addition of lyricist Little Annie ‘Anxiety’ Bandez as the official voice of Larsen. Also featured on Cool Cruel Mouth is inimitable Baby Dee playing piano on one of the two featured instrumentals as well as on her own composition ‘Unheard Of Hope,’ one of Larsen’s rare covers here in good company of their surprising interpretation of crooner classic ‘It Was A Very Good Year’.”
LARSEN & Z’EV: In V.Tro CD (IMPREC 326CD) 14.00
“Larsen and Z’ev In V.tro is a soundtrack for micro-cinematic images that document the studies on cells of the Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale (Basic Human Anatomy Institute), between 1935 and1985. Visuals are from a studio by professors Dario Cantino and Antonio Barasa, teachers of these Scientific Institutes. By browsing great quantities of original footage on films kept in the local University with a scientific and reasoned view, Cantino and Barasa wanted to go back over the stages of history and techniques of in vitro cultures and their documented shootings, to pay tribute to the Maestro of anatomical discipline, Professor Giuseppe Levi. Not only professor Levi had the intuition of the great potential of the in vitro studies of cells, using the technique developed by American zoologist Ross G. Harrison, he also enforced his studies on cells with cinema techniques, using single frames taken by optical microscope edited and sped up, obtaining a cinematic footage. These exceptional scientific documents still represent today a useful tool for studies and researches in a lot of medical branches like Cellular Biology, Histology and Microscopic Anatomy.”
KUBISCH, CHRISTINA: Mono Fluido CD (IMPREC 327CD) 14.00
“Mono Fluido collects two major compositions from Christina Kubisch which, until now, have been unreleased. Extensive liner notes and photographs detail the origins of the work. Heavy drones and deep emotions run through these newly discovered pieces.””In 1980 I had the possibility to make some professional recordings on an eight track tape in an Italian sound studio for the sound track of the film Liquid Movie by Fabrizio Plessi. Some months after having finished the sound track I listened to the material again and suddenly felt the desire to make a new piece out of the material, which would be free of the limitations of a cinematic sound track. I made several new downmixes of the eight track tape and treated some of the sounds with a speed control device, one of the few tools which I had available in my own studio at that time. The sound sources are flute (alto and bass flute) played by myself, the sounds of swinging plastic tubes in the air, the recordings of the windscreen wiper (‘tergicristallo’) of my old car, the sampled sounds of glass and of my own breathing. Just pure instrumental sounds and some ‘field recordings,’ no electronics. The piece is a quiet piece of ambient music, an acoustic landscape, unspectacular and yet intense. I called it ‘fluido,’ which is the Italian word for liquid or fluid. Then I forgot about it. The tape was in my archive all these years with the remark Mono Fluido on the spine. Only recently I decided to digitize it, despite the mono tag, and I listened to it again. Eventually I thought the piece deserved to be published after almost 30 years. Although mono is kind of a dinosaur in the world of multichannel fiction I like the simplicity and clarity of it and I hope the listener might share this experience.” — Christina Kubisch, December 2010
KUBISCH, CHRISTINA: Magnetic Flights CD (IMPREC 328CD) 14.00
“Magnetic Flights is entirely made of electromagnetic field recordings of international airports and inside airplanes. The recordings of this piece were made by Christina Kubisch on her travels in 2007 from and to the airports of Bukarest, Manchester, Chicago, Seoul, Munich, Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfort, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Pisa, Milan and London. The sounds were not altered electronically nor changed in any other way. The only tool, which was used for a part of it, was a filtering program (DINR). All recordings were made with the help of special sensitive wireless headphones, by which the aboveground and underground electromagnetic fields are detected, amplified and made audible. The headphones are custom made and have been developed by myself and constructed by the engineer Manfred Fox, Berlin. The sounds are much more musical than one could expect. There are complex layers of high and low frequencies, loops of rhythmic sequences, groups of tiny signals, long drones and many things which change constantly and are hard to describe.”
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE: Totem Three CD (IMPREC 333CD) 14.00
“Following the tremendous success that was Totem 2, Important offers you Totem 3. LP pressed in an edition of 1000. This is the final offering before entering the new wave of the failed future from MMOB. Totem 3 journeys from quiet Bardo womb choosing meditations and instrumental mantras to the delusional glee of Kali Yugafied Indian rock. Totem 3 is the most diverse and heartfelt of the Totem Trilogy. A steady pulsating musical mirror prison expressing the atrophy of our ‘Modern World’ through no-age hallucinations of passionate and unfolding melodies. A blissful mirage filled caravan with no destination pushing onward through a mercurial blue sanded desert between what is and what was. A place where disembodied nomadic djinn join in lament attempting to push through the cell phone interference with a message of no return.”
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE: Totem Three LP (IMPREC 333LP) 17.00
WORST FRIENDS: Billiards With A Midget 12″ (INTSPE 005EP) 12.00
Worst Friends is Ryan Cavanagh and John Paul Jones (no, not that one) from Brooklyn. They’re also known amongst the beards as Tom Croose and Slow Hands. The music sounds very unlike any short persons playing sports of any kind, though slow and low is definitely the tempo. There’s the beautiful Balearic original, Eric Duncan’s psychedelic ride on the disco carousel and Prins Thomas’ version, which channels the song through recently-acquired skills as a choirboy and 4-finger keyboard chords.
CHANNEL IN CHANNEL OUT: The Author And The Narrator LP (KK 062LP) 15.50
LP version. Channel In Channel Out is the musical project of Portland, Oregon’s Marcus Cotten and The Author And The Narrator marks his debut release on Karaoke Kalk. Channel In Channel Out fuses so many styles that it really is hard to know just what is going on between the input and the output that is this artist’s creative process. His art is like some alchemical spell, fusing genres as diverse as good old fashioned singer-songwriting with moments of experimental electronica. At times, Channel In Channel Out’s music verges on the psychedelic, but no matter how far-out the compositions become, they remain songs at heart. The songwriting has something of the throw-away, sketch-like approach of Guided By Voices, but there is clearly a profound message concealed within each of these songs, and although one might have to delve deep through many layers of figurative disguise to work it out, this is part of the enjoyment: much more than mere songs, the tracks are like a kind of emotional riddle. While the tunes generally defy comparison, Cotten’s voice has a somewhat familiar quality to it. Then out of nowhere, there are moments of loopy, ambient bliss that quickly give way to almost bluesy acoustic guitar riffs, ending in an analog bubble-bath that could easily have been recorded by Delia Derbyshire or Raymond Scott. The Author And The Narrator is constantly full of surprises. One really never quite knows what to expect, other than a thoroughly delightful album and enjoyable listening experience. Includes free download voucher for the whole album.
THAO & MIRAH: Thao & Mirah CD (KRS 538CD) 16.50
“Thao and Mirah both often go by their first names only. That is mostly why they wanted to make a record together. Other reasons include: they are friends, they were finally in San Francisco at the same time, and both joyfully welcomed a short departure from their respective successful solo careers to collaborate on a project. Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration. Such freedom allowed for varied and rewarding levels of innovation, and a determination to keep the music-making as in-house as possible: both Thao and Mirah assume many of the instrumentation duties: from drums and bottles to slide guitar and knee caps. All songs maintain the writers’ shared gifts: profound emotional poignancy with lyrics and melodies to match and stay with you.”
THAO & MIRAH: Thao & Mirah LP (KRS 538LP) 16.50
THEM: Them LP (MJJ 314LP) 27.00
“Originally released in 1970 on the Los Angeles-based psychedelic label, Happy Tiger, Them was the band’s first release since Van Morrison’s departure in 1965. After a few years spent floundering, the band regrouped under the leadership of founding member Alan Henderson to produce this brilliant psychedelic-tinged album. Morrison’s replacement was none other than the king of session men, Jerry Cole. Cole was quite a catch for the band considering his lengthy resume, which included recording with The Byrds on ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds, and Nancy Sinatra on ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking,’ to name just a few. He was also one of the best bandleaders in the business, leading bands on the top television music shows of the day, Hullabaloo and Shindig, among others. On top of all this, Cole was also a songwriter, and here contributes the opening tracks to both sides A and B, ‘I Keep Singing’ and ‘Memphis Lady.’ Unfortunately this renaissance of the band failed to produce any hits, and they soon faded into history, leaving fans with little knowledge of this great, if little-known, second era of Them.”
WHOMADEWHO: Knee Deep LP+CD (KOM 230LP) 14.50
Danish trio Tomas Barfod, Tomas Høffding and Jeppe Kjellberg aka WhoMadeWho have paved an illustrious career spanning numerous singles and two acclaimed full-length albums. They have certainly been one of the few acts in the past decade to successfully redefine the term “crossover” in music, thanks to their genre-hopping creative tact. Now, WhoMadeWho team up with Kompakt to bring you this very special release. Following a long tour and still riding on the success of their last full-length The Plot (2009), in early 2010, the trio isolated themselves in several rooms of a semi-built hotel near the harbor of their hometown. The days at the hotel quickly evolved into a musical tour-de-chambre, with ideas being kicked back and forth between the band members working in separate rooms. During the writing process, two musical directions occurred and instead of trying to merge the two, the band decided to record two albums. First up is what we have here — the mini-album Knee Deep. These tracks clearly show the band’s love for electronic music in conjunction with ’60s-inspired psychedelic vocal productions. The band has deliberately chosen to save the more melodic and radio-friendly songs for “the second album” though it’s obvious that the single “Every Minute Alone” is one of the most brooding and greatest songs you’ve heard from them. As drummer and electronic handyman Tomas Barfod puts it, the mini-album came from the desire to create “a focused listening album that draws on a more abstract musical starting point.” Even from the very first minute of the opening track, it becomes obvious that WhoMadeWho are painting with a darker palette than on previous records. With an intense use of bass clarinet and a forward-driving beat, the song reflects certainty and insecurity in search of answers. Throughout Knee Deep, this uncertainty culminates in the album-closer “We’re Alive, It’s A Miracle,” which comments on not only the album title and thematic development, but also references the band’s experiences and challenges which included losing a childhood home to fire, the winding roads of marriage, record label disputes, etc., all which have filled the band’s consciousness and forced them to put their career under review. Luckily, they chose the band and the music. Produced by Michael Mayer. The CD included with this vinyl mini-album includes five bonus tracks including remixes by Michael Mayer, Tomboy, Spleen United and Renaissance Man. Only released in this LP+CD format.
VA: Kompakt Total 5 CD (KOMP 026CD) 14.50
Surprise 2011 repress of this 2003 release. The Kompakt Total series was started in 1999 and has revolutionized the compiling of German electronic music into friendly, eagerly-anticipated state-of-the-art components. All you have to do is supply the couch and the electricity. A recap of recent vinyl highlights and exclusive moments, you buy these because you have to keep track. This is the fifth volume and features: SCSI-9, Superpitcher, Phong Sui, Justus Köhncke, T. Raumschmiere, Reinhard Voight, M.Mayer, Joachim Spieth, Thomas Fehlmann, Mikkel Metal, Jonas Bering.
VA: Laid 11 12″ (LAID 011EP) 12.00
Dial’s sub-label Laid presents tracks by UK’s Juergen Junker and Lowtec. Junker enters the Laid zone with two deeply-rooted house pieces. Lowtec has always been a main influence on the Dial/Laid family, and here he presents a dirty Rhodes stomper to hit the house floors again. Freaky alert!
DEMAC, TOM: Indulge & Lunge EP 12″ (LDS 016EP) 12.00
The lovable Tom Demac has been a solid fixture in the UK scene for some time now. Well-known for his complex live sets using tons of analog gear, his bass-heavy, warm modern house sound has not gone unnoticed! On this special EP, we find two exclusive new tracks plus remixes by Germany’s Soulphiction and Iron Curtis. A triumph all round!
VELOSO, CAETANO: Caetano Veloso LP+CD (LR 1310LP) 27.00
“Originally released in 1968, Caetano Veloso’s debut album did for Brazilian music what the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s did for rock & roll, giving birth to the soon-to-be tropicalia movement, which fused Brazilian music with pop, psychedelia and social awareness (and Veloso’s leftist politics actually earned him a stint in jail in 1968 for ‘anti-government activity’). Veloso, nonetheless went on to become one of the most popular and influential Brazilian musicians of all time. Includes the genre-defining classics ‘Clarice’ and’ ‘Soy Loco Por Ti, America,’ ‘Superbacana,’ ‘Tropicalia’ and ‘Alegria, Alegria.’ Now with bonus CD of the album!” On 180 gram vinyl.
OS MUTANTES: Os Mutantes LP+CD (LR 1410LP) 27.00
“With the release of their debut LP in 1968, Os Mutantes cracked the already red hot tropicalia scene wide open. Fusing traditional Brazilian music, psychedelia, rock and a good dose of pure experimentalism, they quickly became giants both in Brazil and in the outer fringes of pop music, where they have managed to reign supreme for the past four decades. Not an easy task in such a crowded arena. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Tom Ze, and Os Mutantes? What do these people put in their drinking water? The band went on to release several more albums, but this one was their magnum opus. Now with bonus CD of the album!” On 180 gram vinyl.
DAN, SAMUEL: Moonglasses EP 12″ (MLTD 044EP) 12.00
This killer EP from Samuel Dan starts with massive sample loops custom-made to keep those hands in the air. An infectious, bouncing bassline ebbs and flows through the track, while the tight percussion keeps those feet pounding the floor. Octad & Phiorio’s remix is stripped-down and funked up. Like a prime Larry Levan cut, funk, disco and house collide but without the mix ever becoming cluttered. The floor-filling “Back Home” features immense builds and eminently catchy hooks guaranteed to spread smiles.
NITE JEWEL: It Goes Through Your Head LP (MEX 075LP) 18.00
2011 repress. “The music of Ramona Gonzalez (you know her better as Nite Jewel) brings to mind the days of Teen Steam–a restless, infectious R&B beat, a voice you can sing along to, a positive outlook that sympathizes with your troubles and helps you to dance them away. With a melody like the one found on It Goes Through Your Head, you’re going to find that it’ll stay there as well, bridging a pop sensibility beginning with Cyndi Lauper, continuing on through ’80s pop R&B like Expose and The Jets, and ending with Ms. Gonzalez’s winning charm and tremendous voice. Remixes by DaM-Funk and the Samps on the flip side reinforce the inherent danceability in these exclusive tunes. Play this record, then get out, get organized and do something awesome today!” Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000 copies.
KABOOM KARAVAN: Barra Barra LP (MIA 015LP) 18.00
LP version. This is the debut full-length release on Miasmah from Kaboom Karavan — the Belgian collective led by Bram Bosteels. Kaboom Karavan has a history in theater, film and contemporary dance, but that doesn’t really help shine a light on their music. They have collaborated with musicians all over the world including Miasmah’s very own Kreng, and released a debut album on Mexico’s Umor Rex imprint, but again, this probably only gives a small indicator of what the collective actually sound like. There is something effortlessly surreal about the band, and surrealism is an aspect of art often attempted and very rarely perfected. Here, Bosteels abuses his choice of instruments (and players) to the point where the listener would barely be able to place which instruments were being used at all, in fact at times you’d be hard pressed even to place what sort of music it was. Through a haze of pizzicato strings, clouds of sullen reverberation and clamorous percussion, you get the feeling that you have been catapulted into a universe just outside of perception. Jazz and Dadaism might be the cornerstones of Barra Barra but these disparate influences are twisted and melted beyond recognition, leaving only remnants on the finished product. Barra Barra is a complex album which takes patience to navigate through; you could hear the German clanking pre-industrialism of Einstürzende Neubauten, the slow, brooding doom of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore and the stuttering abstraction of Black To Comm, yet it still feels fresh and distinctly current. Unusually, the most fitting comparison might be the work of The Brothers Quay, as the ticking, creaking, stuttering songs feel perfectly matched with these flickering, haunted images. This is what makes the album such an appropriate addition to the Miasmah canon, and one that will haunt your dreams (and nightmares) for months to come. Includes a free mp3 download coupon.
EKOPLEKZ: Fountain Square 12″ (MORDANT 047EP) 13.00
“Ekoplekz seeps four ‘Memowrekz’ orphans out by hook, by crook, by leg & by hand. This man is a sorcerer. All muzik spontaneously conjured into existence in an entirely analogue environment. Recorded to four-track cassette, ignoring all basic rules of good recording practice. Absolutely no post-production during mix-down/digitisation other than some very discreet ‘nips & tucks’. All extraneous noises incl. tape hiss, crackle, distortion and hum are intrinsic to the recordings. Please do not adjust your set. Influences might include raw ’70s home recordings by Cabaret Voltaire (attic tapes), Suicide (rehearsal tapes), Young Marble Giants (‘Salad Days’), Throbbing Gristle, Robert Rental, Factrix; some German stuff like Cluster, Harmonia, Kraftwerk (pre-Autobahn), Monoton, etc; early dub reggae production – Lee Perry, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo etc; BBC Radiophonic Workshop, ’70s electronic library muzak and beyond.”
KUNIYUKI: Bamboo City 12″ (MUSIQ 055EP) 14.00
“This is a single cut from the new album, Kuniyuki’s Dancing In The Naked City. A side ‘Bamboo City’ sounds like Kuniyuki’s way Chilean minimal house stuff. It’s like a fusion of Luciano and Four Tet. B side ‘Come With Us’ is a DJ tool edit of original album version. It’s a darker and more mixable housey version.”
OSTRAVSKA BANDA: On Tour 2CD (MUTABLE 17544) 22.00
“Formed in 2005 by Petr Kotik as the resident chamber orchestra for the biennial Ostrava Days, Ostravska banda consists of young musicians from Europe and the U.S. whose primary interest is the performance of new music. The core instrumentation of 24 players can change according the requirements of each score. Their repertoire includes works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Edgard Varese, Luigi Nono, Gyorgy Ligeti, Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Christian Wolff, Petr Kotik, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Martin Smolka, Miroslav Srnka and Petr Bakla, as well as many young and emerging composers. On Tour, their debut 2-CD release includes live recordings of Ostravska banda’s October-November 2010 European tour. The compositions presented are: John Cage: ‘Concert for Piano and Orchestra’; Petr Kotik: ‘In Four Parts (3,6 & 11 for John Cage)’; Somei Satoh: ‘The Passion; Bernhard Lang: Monadologie IV’; Luca Francesconi: ‘Riti Neurali’; Petr Bakla: ‘Serenade’; Paulina Zaubska: ‘Dispersion.’ Soloists include Hana Kotkova, violin; Thomas Buckner and Gregory Purnhagen, baritones; and Joseph Kubera, piano.”
HARVEY, MICK: Sketches From The Book Of The Dead CD (MUTE 9503CD) 15.00
“Internationally renowned for his career with The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mick Harvey returns with his first fully self-penned album, Sketches From The Book Of The Dead. In 2007, Harvey started writing songs about the stories and memories he had of some people close to him that he had lost. Throughout 2009, more of Harvey’s old friends and comrades checked out prematurely, and Harvey found himself thinking even more about what it all meant — about the relationships one still has with people after they’re gone and how different experiences bring back different memories and emotions. These thoughts translated into songs for what is now a fully-focused project.”
MURPHY JAX: Masters Of Meta Space 12″ (MFR 034EP) 12.00
Canada’s My Favorite Robot Records, steered by the My Favorite Robot duo and James Teej, have joined forces with the hotly-tipped Berlin-based producer, Murphy Jax. Jax was behind one of last year’s big records, the superb It’s The Music, featuring vocals from the legendary Mike Dunn. Now, he has taken time out of his busy schedule to release this superb EP of ’80s synth-inspired disco and electronica. Featuring remixes by Jori Hulkkonen and Dance Disorder.
MCPHEE, KEVIN: Get In With You 12″ (NL 008EP) 11.50
“Next up is a 12″ by Kevin McPhee, which features an LV remix of Kevin’s ‘Get In With You.’ His drum work also shouts just as loud as his twisted use of vocal snippets and samples with the ‘Bridges’ being a great example of what we’re attempting to shout about. Constructed from homespun and self recorded samples it traverses a drum pattern not a million miles away from the work of Mount Kimbie, but focuses a little harder on the punch of the kick drum, using those bitcrushed scratches and ticks around it to frame the resonance of the low frequencies.”
EMIKA: Count Backwards 12″ (ZEN 12263EP) 10.00
“‘Count Backwards is the story of an over-fed yet undernourished soul in search of a little peace and quiet,’ explains Emika. ‘In times of stress, you can count your date of birth backwards or spell your birth month backwards and the logical side of the mind is kicked into action, resulting in a feeling of calm. Counting Backwards is a coping mechanism in overwhelming moments of panic.’ The single is remixed by British dubstep producers Kryptic Minds who have released several albums, their latest, Lost All Faith, on their own Defcom Records last year. Marcel Dettmann transforms the original song into a deep techno meditation for which Emika resang the vocals. Dettmann is a producer and resident DJ resident at the legendary Berlin club Berghain. He released his debut album Dettmann on the club’s label, Ostgut Ton, in 2010.”
DAEDELUS: Bespoke CD (ZEN 169CD) 15.50
“After a busy couple of years of touring, remixing and releasing singles and EPs with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw, Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus returns with his full length album on Ninja Tune, Bespoke, a title summing up the unique and eccentric vision of a musical artist as obsessed with the clothing of the Victorian-era as he is with the music of the future.”
INSTRA:MENTAL: Resolution653 3×12″ (NONPLUS 003LP) 37.00
“Instra:mental have completed their debut album and there’s no better home for it than their own firmly established label Nonplus. Having made a name for themselves over the last few years as avant-garde, forward thinking producers who set trends instead of following, they lay down a full length album showcasing where their productions are at now rather than being a summary of where they’ve come from. Savaging dance floors worldwide in the sets of DJs such as Loefah, Addison Groove and Benji B amongst others. Tracks like ‘Aggro Acid’ and ‘Talkin Mono’ give us crude analogue acid modulation at its rawest that twists and gurgles across the sound spectrum with mesmeric manipulation.” 3×12″ featuring 6 of the full-length’s 13 tracks; includes mp3 dropcard for the entire album.
LEE, KATIE: Songs Of Couch And Consultation/Life Is Just A Bed… CD (OMNI 131CD) 18.00
…Of Neuroses. 2009 release. “Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…the cults of psychoanalysis and psycho-babble were just a gleam in some misfits eye. Here, those pseudo-sciences are lampooned to delirious effect. The teaming of folk-cabaret chanteuse Katie Lee with lyricist Bud Freeman and composer Leon Pober resulted in the 1957 satirical masterpiece Songs Of Couch And Consultation. Numbers like ‘Repressed Hostility Blues’ and ‘The Will To Fail’ have, if anything, gained more traction in today’s over-analyzed, over-medicated world. The LP received rave notices and even spawned a sequel, 1960s Life Is Just A Bed Of Neuroses. Remastered sound with exclusive liner notes, rare photos, ephemera and extra tracks.”
JENNINGS, WAYLON: The Dark Side Of Fame CD (OMNI 135CD) 18.00
2010 release. “Conventional wisdom holds that in the era of the late ’60s and early ’70s Waylon Jennings was a tethered beast, shackled in the straight jacket of the Nashville Machine’s conformity. But we beg to differ. Indulge us for a moment and really listen to the 28 brooding, blistering sides collected here. Witness the barely controlled menace of ‘Don’t Play The Game,’ the sublime quasi-psychedelia of ‘MacArthur Park’ or the eye-gouging fuzz-tone of ‘Six Strings Away.’ This magnificent collection of pre-‘outlaw’ cuts proves that ‘conventional wisdom’ never got it more wrong and that Waylon Jennings never lived far from the wrong side of the tracks. Deluxe collector’s reissue remastered from the original RCA Victor master tapes and presented with exclusive liner notes, photos and a rare duet with fellow maverick Lee Hazlewood.”
GRANDPA JONES: Makes The Rafters Ring/Yodeling Hits CD (OMNI 143CD) 18.00
“When Louis Marshall Jones first adopted the stage persona ‘Grandpa’ in the 1930s he was not a grandfather at all, in fact he was barely twenty years of age. ‘Grandpa Jones’ soon became a renowned and respected performer of ‘old-timey’ and traditional songs, his youthful faced lined with stage paint, a handlebar moustache pasted on, his flaxen hair tinted grey and a battered banjo in hand. Flash forward three decades and Grandpa Jones made a unique and quasi-psychedelic sight on the Grand Ole Opry, a real grandpa (made up as a ‘fake’ grandpa) performing fantastic ‘traditional’ songs (often written by himself). This deluxe 32 track collector’s edition presents two of his very finest 1960s albums, remastered from the original Monument master tapes with exclusive scholarly liner notes, rare photos and a clutch of extra excellent LP cuts and rare 45 sides. 20 page full colour booklet with exclusive liner notes and rare photos.”
SUMAC, YMA: Miracles CD (OMNI 144CD) 18.00
“Rumoured to be an Incan Princess (or a Jewish housewife from Brooklyn) there is one thing about Yma Sumac of which there is no doubt: her voice — an astounding instrument both emotive and playful that captured the imagination of millions during the height of her 1950s Voice Of The Xtabay exotica-fame. After years of global adulation, tours behind the iron curtain and then a number of personal crises, Yma was ready to return to the spotlight in 1972. Flanked by original collaborator (King of Exotica) Les Baxter, this was to be no tired rerun of former glories but instead a blistering psyche-rock-exploitation opus! Yma growls and swoops her way over solid grooves, swirling keys and fuzz guitars.” Includes 3 previously-unreleased bonus tracks.
VA: Panorama Bar 03 12″ (OSTGUT 047EP) 12.00
This is part three in a vinyl series of exclusive tracks off of Panorama Bar 03 (OSTGUT 017CD), compiled and mixed by Prosumer. Hitherto unreleased, the three tracks on this 12″ tick all the boxes that make Prosumer such a unique DJ: house in its various identities. Soundstore starts the triptych with frantic fever visions of Chicago’s second wave. Steffi slows down the pace with some serious deep house. To close, Hunee teaches you a freestyle lesson.
MURAKAMI, RYO: Monophonic EP 12″ (PANRECORDS 001) 12.00
Ryo Murakami has his own label, Pan Records. This release is a 4-track EP that contains a remix of “Lunch Of God” by STEREOCiTI that is deep and atmospheric. The rest of the EP sees Murakami ride on some slow dub and deep beats next to another track full of head-spinning synths.
SPRINGINTGUT: Summer Of Seven 1/7 7″ (PING 023EP) 8.00
Seven 7″s in seven months — Hamburg’s Pingipung label surprises fans with a strictly-limited vinyl series called Summer Of Seven. From April to October 2011, one single each month will bring on the longest summer Hamburg has ever seen. Two straight bouncers from Andi Otto aka Springintgut features Indian string music micro-sampled and overdubbed with cello and a drum machine. Two odes to the animals of Bangalore: the eagles above, and the dogs underneath. Artwork by C.I.Alex. 200 copies only.
PRESTO, PETER: Summer Of Seven 2/7 7″ (PING 024EP) 8.00
Hamburg’s Pingipung label surprises fans and music lovers with a vinyl series called Summer Of Seven, featuring fresh, unreleased, single-quality tracks. Each release is strictly-limited to 200 copies. Volume 2 features tracks by Peter Presto, not only the founder of Pingipung, but also the chap who did the first release on the label in 2002. For Summer Of Seven, he has reworked a theme from a classic computer game adventure in his very own vivid, melodic, happy-go-lucky dub style.
VA: Quartet for the End of Space CD (POGUS 21059) 13.00
“This recording consists of eight electro-acoustic compositions and two pieces by each of the four composers. Pauline Oliveros: ‘Mercury Retrograde, ‘Cyber Talk.’ Francisco Lopez: ‘untitled #270,’ ‘untitled #273.’ Doug Van Nort: ‘Outer; Inner.’ Jonas Braasch: ‘Web Doppelganger,’ ‘Snow Drifts.’ The works span a vast sonic terrain, challenging listener and performer alike through a seamless blend of deep listening and absolute noise, moving between ever-fluid improvisation and carefully controlled sound manipulation. The quartet convened for two improvisational sessions between February and May of 2010, with Lopez sitting in on a Triple Point (Oliveros/Van Nort/Braasch) recording session and bringing his finely crafted sonic objects-as-instruments, further spanning the electro-acoustic divide that has become Triple Point’s calling. The four later re-formed for their debut concert at the Deep Listening Institute in Kingston, NY in September of 2010. These sessions have since become raw material for the individual artists to construct new visions of this shared sonic body through extensive and thorough evolution of the recordings–personal reflections culled from a collective tapestry.”
SHOW-B: Came Down In Time 12″ (PFR 118EP) 12.00
Poker Flat welcomes Mathias Schober aka Show-B to the ranks with a whole new batch of funk-laden, truly deep electronic jams. “Far Down” is a swirling and all-encompassing tech-house journey characterized by pitching synths and focused percussion. The technical and dubbed-out “Time Comes” is a superb example of a modern electronic hybrid. Crossing heavy dub stabs and delay-washed fx with thick, room-filling synths and exceptional detailing, this inventive and textural track is pure home-grown and highly recommended!
ANYMAN/MONSTAR: Genesis/Party People 12″ (PFND 001EP) 11.50
“Profound Audio explodes into the scene dropping their highly anticipated dancefloor smashers, ‘Genesis’ and ‘Party People,’ from the Genesis EP. This debut release has received massive international support from heavyweights including Skream, Benga, Rusko, 12th Planet, Excision and Datsik, among others. They’ve also been featured on BBC 1Xtra (TrueTiger Takeover), Rinse.FM, Red Bull Music Academy Radio, etc.”
VA: A Journey To Thyme 5CD BOX (PSYCHBOX 004CD) 57.00
2011 repress, originally released 2009. Subtitled: 80 of the Rarest ’60s Garage Tracks from the US and Canada. This is the final release in the Psychic Circle series of numbered, limited edition 5CD boxed sets. A Journey To Thyme is an 80-track excursion into the murky world of ’60s garage sounds from the USA and Canada. As with all the Psychic Circle box sets, A Journey To Thyme features 5 individually-packaged CDs in replica card wallets. Familiar names jostle for our attention alongside their more obscure contemporaries, and each volume was compiled and sequenced by the legendary psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). A Journey To Thyme was originally released as a 2CD/3LP set on the Past & Present label in 2001, and this is the first time all 5 volumes have been assembled as a deluxe 5CD boxed set. Accompanied by a detailed 84-page booklet featuring updated band histories, rare photographs and full discographies, this is another addition to any fan of the genre’s collection. Artists include: Unrelated Segments, Beckett Quintet, The Enfields, Moving Sidewalks, The Painted Faces, Ugly Ducklings, Chayns, American Blues, Faine Jade, Canterbury Fair, The Cryan Shames, Haymarket Riot, The 4 Of Us, Thee Midniters, The New Breed, The Roosters, The Fifth Order, Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2, The Rats, The Esquires, The Poets, The Hallmarks, The Outcasts, The Rationals, The Iguanas, The High Spirits, 49th Parallel, The Myddle Class, The Sonics, The Xtreems, The Countdown Five, The Druids, English Setters, Five Empressions, Vogues, What’s Happening, Ex-Cels, Zoo, Mark Four, Roads End, Tommy Burk & The Counts, Chad Allan, Bassmen, What-Knots, These Properous Times, Thunderbirds, British Walkers, Leather Boy, Glory Rhodes, Blue Banana, State Of Mind, Pattens, Living End, American Four, and Messengers.
MELLO VS. SKIPSON, ROB: The Mel Skipson Project 10″ (QUINTESSE 021EP) 12.00
The story goes like this: Skipson (also known as Knarf Skipson in the past) was recording “K’s Editspot Pt.1,” which is based on samples from a Rob Mello track. Skipson sent the final version to Rob. Rob liked it and sent one of his tracks back and this project was born. That’s the easy way of sample-clearing! This 10″ is about house music with groovy beats and fat basslines, rough and ready. Limited to 500 copies.
SAD LOVERS AND GIANTS: Epic Garden Music LP (RRS 004LP) 31.00
“Sad Lovers and Giants originally formed in 1981 and produced ‘classy alternative pop music,’ a psychedelic post punk sound. The guitars chimed above atmospheric keyboards held together by a rock solid rhythm section underpinning very accessible song writing and the strong haunting voice of singer Garce. Think Chameleons, early Cure, and latterly bands like Interpol. After their initial split in 1984, interest in the band grew at home and abroad prompting them into reforming in the late 80s and producing several more great albums but Epic Garden Music is the starting point. Also includes six bonus tracks taken from three 7-inch releases: ‘Imagination,’ ‘Landslide,’ and ‘When I See You’ (from Cle); ‘Colourless Dream’ and ‘Things We Never Did’ (from Colourless Dream); ‘Lost in a Moment’ (from Lost in a Moment).”
SAD LOVERS AND GIANTS: Feeding The Flame LP (RRS 005LP) 31.00
“Sad Lovers And Giants’ first full album, a brilliant atmospheric post punk album, elements of Joy Division and The Chameleons and more tellingly of bands that followed. Recorded in 1983, Feeding The Flame showcases the original line up at their very best. Featuring the bonus track ‘Close To The Sea.’ Innersleeve with lyrics.”
HVAL, JENNY: Viscera CD (RCD 2108CD) 17.00
Jenny Hval is a Norwegian artist and writer and this is her first album using her own name. With a background in writing and performance, her music is poetic, sensual, challenging, dark and beautiful, as well as melodic and spacious. In 2006, Hval released her successful debut album To Sing You Apple Trees under the moniker Rockettothesky. The album received rave reviews and became a surprise hit with its mix of pop, poetry and rampant sexuality. She was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in the “Best New Act” category and she played most of the big Norwegian festivals in 2007, as well as shows and small festivals in the UK and Europe. With her second album, Medea (2008, also as Rockettothesky), a different and more experimental tone was set. Hval invoked the Greek tragic heroine Medea — the monstrous mother, powerful sorceress, and foreign woman — through spoken-word and improvised sound textures. She also started playing live with free improv musicians Håvard Volden (guitar) and Kyrre Laastad (drums & percussion). Since the release of Medea, Hval has completed several other projects: composing and performing the commissioned piece “Meshes Of Voice” with singer and composer Susanna Wallumrød (Susanna and the Magical Orchestra) for Ladyfest 2009, composing and performing at the Ultima Festival for Contemporary Music, publishing the slightly controversial novel Perlebryggeriet (trans. The Pearl Brewery, 2009) and starting a free folk/improv duo with Håvard Volden (Nude On Sand). Viscera is set in the body. The songs are stories of flesh and travelling, both sensual and provocative. She wanted to make free music without a conceptual framework, but realized after recording the album that all the songs deal with travelling in one way or another. Some songs have a modernist protagonist — an unknown and yet present I — whereas other songs take place in the body, viscerally travelling. Inside becomes outside, the body is turned inside-out. The music for Viscera was composed and arranged by improvising. It follows the lyrics wherever they go: spoken-word, surrealist folk tales, or just plain provocative imagery. Modernist fantasy? Fantastic anatomy? Produced by Deathprod and Jenny Hval.
SUPERSILENT: 10 LP (RLP 3102LP) 22.00
LP version. This is the tenth release in the Supersilent series. Since the very beginning, Supersilent have always moved forward with the greatest integrity. Supersilent’s music is collective work, total group improvising, with not a whit of individual grandstanding. They never rehearse as a group and don’t discuss the music with each other, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Every recording and every concert is a unique occasion, not to be repeated, and their music lives in a no-man’s-land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. It can sometimes appear to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepathic level. Supersilent 10 brings further evidence to the above. Known as being heavy on the electronics, they have moved slightly towards a more acoustic landscape with Ståle Storløkken, treating the splendid Steinway piano at Rainbow with some great playing. Supersilent 10 features some of the band and Arve Henriksen’s most beautiful and lyrical moments side-by-side with some of their most eerie soundscapes. Most of the recordings on this album were done by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow with some recordings from the Supersilent 8 sessions from 2005 added. Mixed by Helge Sten. Members include: Helge Sten (audio virus, electric guitar), Ståle Storløkken (grand piano, keyboards), Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics).
JONO EL GRANDE: Phantom Stimulance LP (RLP 3106LP) 22.00
LP version. This is the third full-length release by Jon Andreas Håtun aka Jono El Grande, a self-taught composer, musician, conductor and prankster who remains an outsider on the far margin of the Norwegian experimental music scene. He released his debut mini-album Utopian Dances in 1999, a collection of absurdist instrumentals recorded at home using not much more than a workstation synth. 2003 saw the release of Fevergreens (RCD 2031CD), an album that drew upon classic progressive rock, film music, easy listening and a variety of pop idioms and featured a 9-piece orchestra. 2009’s Neo Dada (RCD 2084CD/RLP 3084LP) was a masterstroke; brimming with creative ideas, odd turns, weird combinations of sounds and instruments, complex time signatures and a healthy dose of pure musical joy, all mysteriously sugared with melodic hooks that would stick to your brain like any annoying pop tune. As far as musical form and content goes, this can be said to continue with Phantom Stimulance. It’s put together to celebrate Jono’s 15 years as a composer and performer and 10 years as a band leader, but it’s not a mere compilation. Recorded in Athletic Studio, home to great analog recordings by Supersilent, Motorpsycho, Scorch Trio and countless others, it’s a collection of new versions of stage favorites and previously-unreleased songs as well as a brand-new song. Jono lists movements like Rock In Opposition and the Canterbury Scene and artists and composers like Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, Magma, Henry Cow and Gentle Giant as inspirational sources but has established his own signature with his latest releases and stage shows. Instrumentations and arrangements have become more adventurous, he has picked up the electric guitar again and successfully added a rougher edge to the ensemble sound. Includes mp3 download voucher for the entire album.
PHAEDRA: The Sea LP (RLP 3107LP) 22.00
LP version. Pressed on white vinyl with free mp3 download. Also includes an inner sleeve with lyrics. This is the truly excellent debut album from Phaedra, a new voice on the Norwegian music scene. Rune Grammofon has not been so taken by a debutante since the appearance of Susanna And Her Magical Orchestra back in 2004. Phaedra is Ingvild Langgård, singer, songwriter and painter. Educated at Oslo National Academy Of The Arts in 2006, she has also worked with film, photography, field recordings, installations and vocal-based performance, and her works have been shown in several Norwegian cities as well as in New York (Norwegian Art Now). Co-produced by Madrugada’s Frode Jacobsen, The Sea is the kind of classic, timeless music that doesn’t come often these days, a mix of folk and psychedelia with a dash of blues and soul; sacred death hymns and shimmering atmospheres hand-in-hand with enchanting melodies and crystalline vocals all shrouded in a dark veil of mystery. Maybe the sort of record Joe Boyd would have produced some forty years ago. The Sea is the first album in a trilogy that constitutes a lyrical and musical cycle, fragments of homegrown mythology, physical and spiritual metamorphosis, death, the other side and losing your soul.
HVAL, JENNY: Viscera 2LP (RLP 3108LP) 26.50
Limited 2LP version with mp3 download.
LAST HURRAH!!, THE: Spiritual Non-Believers LP (RLP 3109LP) 22.00
LP version. This is the new project from HP Gundersen; well-known producer, artist, musical partner, creative force, teacher, mentor and music enthusiast from Bergen, Norway. He has produced some 50 albums, probably best-known for Sondre Lerche’s debut album Faces Down and Madrugada’s monster hit “Lift Me.” After stumbling over Stephen Stills’ “secret tuning” as used on “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” HP has dedicated the last couple of years to explore what he calls drone guitar, music based on open, in this case modal, guitar tunings offering a fuller sound world and polyrhythmic possibilities not achieved with standard tunings. It soon became an obsession and he would sit at home for hours and days just playing as a means of meditation and for his own mental health. Friend and singer Heidi Goodbye would come to visit and ended up becoming so hypnotized by his playing that she just had to become involved. Heidi, also from Bergen, travelled to Denmark at the age of seventeen to study jazz vocal for two years. On returning home she was considered something of a sensation, but couldn’t identify with a role in the jazz world and became more interested in American roots music, old country music and blues. The Last Hurrah!! is not merely HP and Heidi, but also an artist collective with different line-ups for various occasions, whether it’s for recording or on stage. Others who have been intrigued include Jon Irabagon, dubbed the greatest saxophone talent in the U.S. since John Coltrane and Michael Powers, the blues guitarist, both having played with HP. Spiritual Non-Believers is a lovely mix of acoustic drone guitar, cosmic raga, pure pop and the very local take on country music so special to the west coast of Norway. The half-hour centerpiece of the album is based on a dark, sordid and bizarre story, in stark contrast to the almost high-spirited, feel-good atmosphere of most of the music. “The Ballad Of Billy And Lilly” is bookended by “Mother Nature,” a cover from the 1970 album by Norwegian cult band Oriental Sunshine and “Melodi Grand Prix 73,” an unlikely but sweet mix of bossa nova, surf music and Steve Reich. HP Gundersen: acoustic drone guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel, percussion, vocals; Heidi Goodbye: vocals; Alex Grieg: acoustic bass; Stein Urheim: tambura, harmonica; Geir Svendson: percussion; Stein Inge Brækhus: percussion; Willy Corneliussen: drums; David Vogt: violin; Henrik Paulsen: electric guitar; Lillian Samdal and Karoline Skuseth: backing vocals. Includes mp3 download voucher for the entire album.
MOTORPSYCHO: Roadwork Vol. 4: Intrepid Skronk 2LP (RLP 3110LP) 26.50
Gatefold 2LP version. This is the latest installment in Motorpsycho’s ongoing series of live documents, Roadwork. It was recorded across Europe over a three-year period spanning 2008-2010, and is the first live record released featuring the Snah/Bent/Kenneth line-up of the band. As finding a complete show fit for release proved difficult, and modern technology makes it real easy to fake a chronology that would work well from a listener’s point of view, Roadwork Vol. 4: Intrepid Skronk is a collection of moments from the last several tours Motorpsycho’s undertaken since Kenneth Kapstad joined on drums in 2007, and features material from all phases of their career. The previous installment in this series, Vol 3.: The Four Norsemen Of The Apocalypse, released as part of the Haircuts DVD in 2007, was a recording of the Snah/Bent/Geb/Baard line-up of the band recorded at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2003. It documented a band disintegrating from ceaseless touring and ever-increasing differences of ambition: flaming out, but still bravely trying to — and in parts actually managing to — connect with the muse. Let’s just say the tension is tangible. This is a different cup of tea. This is a living, breathing muscle-car of a rock band in full flight, stretching the limits of their imaginations (and sometimes the patience of their audience!) by going someplace new as often as possible — creating a new collective identity for themselves and reimagining the material in the process. The focus of the two volumes — and the series as a whole — is the same though: the improvising rock band. The versions of the songs contained herein all have one thing in common: they are all really different from the studio incarnations of themselves. “All Is Loneliness,” an acoustic five minute hymn in its original state on Demon Box (1993), is here an 18-minute electric behemoth slouching towards …eh, Haarlem (?) to be born anew. The somewhat stilted orchestral psych version of “Landslide” from the 2002 Phanerothyme album has become something altogether more organic and jazzy here, and “Arnie Hassle”‘s kozmic kayaking escapades from Heavy Metal Fruit (RCD 2093CD/RLP 3093LP) had grown into epic proportions by the time it hit Leipzig in the summer of 2010. It’s this kind of reinvention that is the focus of everything going on here, and although the adrenalin wins out in places and the kinetic energy the boys amass sometimes becomes almost too much for them to handle, the power trio’s antics make for an exciting listen. Riding the tiger indeed, the band sometimes tethers on the brink of fusion, jazz-rock, and other forms, but mostly manages to rein in the beast on the right side of taste. Mostly.
LE ROCK, SID: Gentlemen’s Intermission 12″ (STRIKE 126EP) 12.00
This 12″ by Shitkatapult pal Sid Le Rock (aka Pan/Tone) rocks the shit. “Devil’s Night” is a serious 8+ minute smooth melodic techno piece from the hands of the Franco-Canadian-Berlin meister. The B-side opens up with a majestic Soul Center remix of “Made For You.” Thomas Brinkmann re-arranges the original by adding a straight funkyness with filter warmth, bass drums and extra bass. “Hello Gorgeous” finishes it all off with surprisingly smooth, melancholy indie-rock and deep pop feeling.
HANDGJORT: Handgjort CD (SRSCD 3618CD) 31.00
2010 release, restocked. Handgjort (trans. “Handmade”) recorded a legendary album in 1970 released by Silence Records. All covers were hand-painted by the band members. The music is moody underground folk with Eastern influences. The album sold very poorly and is a serious collector’s item today. The original band members were: Marcus Brandelius aka Greg Fitzpatrick (esraj and vocals), Guy Öhrström (acoustic guitar), Stig Arne Karlsson (sitar), and Theo Greyerz (tablas). After over three years of preparation, Handgjort is reissued, released as a coproduction from Silence and Psykofon records. This is an exclusive replica, with hand-painted covers by the band members once again! The original album was remastered from the master tapes without digitalization. The previously-unreleased bonus tracks were all recorded live at the festivals at Gärdet in 1970 and 1971. Strictly limited edition of 600 copies done with the full cooperation of the band. CD includes a 32-page booklet telling the complete, uncensored story of Handgjort, featuring unique photos and lots of reproductions of original Handgjort hand-painted covers. The CD also includes one exclusive bonus track, “Greg’s Recitation,” not featured on the LP version.
DJ DUKE: Core 1993 – Love Don’t Come Easy/Closer 12″ (CORE 093HI-EP) 11.00
“One of the indisputable leaders of the ’90s club music vanguard, DJ Duke offered a dark, debauched, and utterly visionary interpretation of NYC house music that remains unchallenged in its scope and vision to this day. The self-made dance music icon and multiple label founder graduated from his first love of hip-hop during his transformation from b-boy to full-on house head in the late 1980s, establishing his own brand of future club music that heralded a qualitative shift away from live instrumentation to the broader reaches of a purely electronic breed of garage — a stark, totally new landscape of deeply textured house purity that never really sounded like any other producer out there. Having already inaugurated the CORE series with two tracks from the seminal Old Skool Deep Sampler, the master returns for a second tour: two of his productions under the moniker Freedom (with vocalist Lee Smith Jr.), shining jewels of the ‘often imitated, never duplicated’ aesthetic situated between the twilight of Manhattan mecca-clubs, Giuliani-era repression and the refusal of minority and gay culture to disappear. The never to be repeated outcome: music like ‘Love Don’t Come Easy,’ one of the most profound, haunting and totally prophetic vocal house records of unrepentant desire ever released. On the flip, Duke’s proteges The Klubb Kidz remix ‘Closer’ into a devastating workout of the namesake’s vocal sample, demonstrating their take on the Power Music staple sound with unparalleled efficacy and energy. Seeing the light for the first time in over 15 years, these Duke masterpieces are a testament to the undying resistance of devoted club children in the strange landscape of post-AIDS crisis NY, seeking to carve out a whole new soundtrack to their continued exploits into the ’90s and beyond.”
RAZIKA: Nytt Pa Nytt 7″ (STS 1517EP) 8.50
“Razika are four 18 year old girls from Bergen who’ve sweetly stumbled upon a killer mix of Slits style get-up-&-go, ultra catchy pop-hook mayhem & a shamble-punk attitude which makes this, their debut 7″, infinitely irresistible. They’ve also thrown in a dollop of 2-tone stolen from that label’s best 45s but shot through with power-pop veins. It’s a sound that speaks of pre-internet basement parties, raiding charity shop bins for threads to impress someone no good for you & living each day like it’s the last one of summer.”
MONGOLIAN JETSET: Moon Jocks N Prog Rocks 12″ (STS 20712EP) 11.00
“It only happens occasionally, but it DOES happen. You’ve probably heard rumors, or read about it somewhere. Maybe it even happened to YOU? With Moon Jocks n Prog Rocks, Mungolian Jetset have put it, literally, on the record: abductions by beat mongering disco aliens with prog-rock fetishes are on the rise, sometimes with hilariously fatal consequences, such as this tale of one unfortunate individual`s meeting with the more funky forces of the Cosmos. This 12″ slab is a limited edition version of 500 copies, no repress.”
FORD & LOPATIN: Emergency Room PIC. DISC (SFT 002LP) 19.00
“A few new developments for electronic production duo Games. The pair comprised of Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin and Tiger City’s Joel Ford are no longer calling themselves Games — instead, they now go by the very Italo disco-sounding Ford & Lopatin. First order of business for F&L: running a new offshoot of Brooklyn label Mexican Summer, appropriately titled Software.” — Cribbing from Pitchfork.”To precede the release of Channel Pressure, Ford & Lopatin will be releasing an Emergency Room 12″, which features the album track ‘Emergency Room’ along with a remix by Gavin Russom and a dub mix by The Bug. The limited 12″ (1200 copies) will have four variations of x-ray artwork. A beautiful, essential and strictly limited piece.”
TARTUFI: The Goodwill of the Scar LP (SOUTH 28161LP) 11.00
“Limited edition 180 gram vinyl of 200. This San Francisco, California duo, who have received critical acclaim for their awe-inspiring live sets & loop heavy soundscapes, have taken their sonic vision to a whole new level. Comprised of one epic, 26 minute song ‘The Butterless Man,’ The Goodwill of the Scar was recorded especially for their US tour.”
IGNORANT, STEVE: The Rest Is Propaganda Book (SOUTH 28165BK) 19.00
“It was 1977, and Stephen Williams and Jeremy Ratter shared a common thread: their dissatisfaction with the life that society was offering them. Steve had recently been infected with punk rock at a Clash gig and Jeremy had a drum kit. Together, they formed Crass. Over the next 7 years, Crass would stencil its name in indelible paint across the face of British culture. This is not, however, the story of that band. Rather, it is the story of a young boy who grew up on the streets of Dagenham, wearing Tuf shoes and holey jumpers, being railroaded to a life on the factory floor. This is the story of a lad who learned about life on the terraces of Upton Park, in the pubs and clubs of East London, behind the counter of Wallis’s supermarket and why he left that all behind. It is the story of how Stephen Williams became Steve Ignorant and what he did after.” 344 pages; softbound.
PANTS, JAMES: James Pants CD (STH 2262CD) 15.00
“The album was originally called Love Kraft, until someone with access to the internet said that it was also a Super Furry Animals LP. Seeing as James Pants never operated out of any big city music scene, his non-challance about Googling is probably to be expected. The scene that inspires James Pants exists solely in his head, and sometimes David Lynch’s. Both men have spent plenty of time living in Spokane, Washington, and found muse in a fictional television town a few miles east. ‘It’s that Twin Peaks sound,’ James Pants says of Love Kraft. ‘More noise and wailing guitars.’ Lead single ‘Darlin” picks up at another pop culture point, sounding like a doo-wop-channeling prom song in a John Hughes movie. That is, until a swirling guitar so specific to now joins the dance. Stereogum says that ‘James Pants will play all your instruments then play with all your styles’ and he flexes those production chops throughout his eponymous release. But just because of James Pants’ scene-insulated living choices and defiant keyboard choices, doesn’t mean he can’t work with people. Really rad people, actually. He’s remixed Beck, Pharell & Santogold, Dam Funk, and Mayor Hawthorne and a future collaboration with Tyler, the Creator of OFWGKTA.”
TRAD, GRAS OCH STENAR: Gärdet 12.6.1970 2LP (SUBL 075LP) 44.00
Subliminal Sounds reissues on vinyl Träd Gräs och Stenar’s legendary June 17, 1970 live set at the Gärdet Festival. The sound on this recording is just amazing: a stoned, lysergic wall of acid guitars jamming away and never letting up, pounding bass, furious drums and mystical, howling vocals. A true landmark and cornerstone in Swedish psychedelic music history and there’s nothing like this bunch of progressive hippie Swedes reared on minimalism. Comes in a deluxe package including a gatefold sleeve, printed inner bags, and splash-colored vinyl. Contains a mind-bending side-long previously-unreleased track, revised liner notes and loads of previously unpublished photos.
MINEO, ATTILIO: Man In Space With Sounds LP (SUBL 081LP) 29.00
Recorded in 1951 but only released in conjunction with the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair as the musical accompaniment to the Bubbelator, a transparent, spherical elevator that carried as many as 150 passengers, Attilio Mineo’s Man In Space With Sounds remains one of the most foreboding and complex records in the cosmic exotica canon. A dark, dissonant exploration of interstellar travel rooted in the avant-garde ethos of Cage and Stockhausen, this is music that’s alien not only in its presentation but also in its orientation, fusing traditional instrumentation and sound effects to the point that one becomes indistinguishable from the other. Electronic elements pulse, hum, and sputter their way to complete domination of Mineo’s sonic palette, depicting a bleak, sterile future where mankind gives way to machinery. The Bubbleator transported fair visitors through an overview of the future, a technological utopia where science and space travel promised solutions to all of humanity’s plights. Needless to say, that future never arrived and this music (actually recorded in the early 1950s) still sounds as futuristic today as it must have back then. The all-original compositions fall somewhere between nervous Philip Glass and 1950s sci-fi movie music, arranged with a string orchestra in a sometimes rhythmic, polyrhythmic, or merely ambient cloud of odd electronic space noises. Despite its intended technological optimism, the music is quite heavy and menacing, and the future ultimately feels pretty scary. Regardless, this recording proves Attilio Mineo to have been an unbelievably progressive and underappreciated composer and arranger. The amazing aural and visual content of this endearing package transcends everything. A rare, sought-after gem made accessible as a facsimile, with added bonus photos, in a limited pressing of 500 copies. Packaged for collectors by collectors.
ZACHARIAS, TOM: Belinda 2LP (SUBL 082LP) 44.00
Deluxe limited edition of 500 copies 2LP in a gatefold sleeve. This is the ultimate Swedish early ’70s underground psych-funk erotica groove record! Yes, you’ve heard about the Swedish sin but here’s the ultimate proof. Not only were the hippies practicing free love but they recorded some dirty music, too. In the early ’70s, legendary outsider artist genius/madman Tom Zacharias, together with the cream of Swedish studio musicians, some beautiful Swedish hippie nymphs and a bunch of drugged-out freaks, recorded two ultra-rare LPs called Belinda and The Daughters Of Belinda, both of which are now mega-rare collector’s items that never turn up, even in Sweden. These two masterpieces, with their XXX-rated lyrics, were recorded with both Swedish and English lyrics but only the Swedish language versions were ever released. Even though ads were released in both Screw magazine and Mayfair, the English language versions were kept in the can. Here are both versions plus some real sleazy bonus tracks that were not on the CD edition plus extended liner notes re-telling the previously-untold story of how this recording came to be. Great, groovy, funky acid erotica with loads of gurgling fuzz/wah-wah guitars, booming bass, wicked drum beats and over-the-top XXX erotic lyrics.
SEVEN: Cerebral EP 12″ (SUBWAY 017.1EP) 11.50
“From the creative brain who brought you ‘Siren’, ‘Crazy Talk’, ‘Wait’ & ‘Saturn’ comes a very special EP with the name quality written all over it. We’re talking about Edward Berry aka ‘Seven’ this brilliant producer & DJ knows how to work a dancefloor from all angles. His Cerebral EP shows how diverse seven goes sound wise, from dark looming percussive beats to up-tempo jungle bashment and back again. This EP has it all. Part 1 contains the epic title track ‘Cerebral,’ this one has been a regular in sets from Youngsta from day dot. The second you hear it you know who — eerie, dark, and loads of subs. This track will remind you a lot of Ed Rush & Optical in their Wormhole faze just taken back to the 140 bpm range. Side B features ‘Memory Loss’ a bulldozer like roller that packs a punch like Mike Tyson. A tune that embodies Seven’s sound like no other. No joking around and just straight pressure business. Once this one kicks in you know it’s time to get serious.”
BLOSSOM TOES: We Are Ever So Clean CD (SBR 5035CD) 15.50
Regular jewel-case Sunbeam edition, repressed. Released at the height of flower power in1967, We Are Ever So Clean is the first record by the UK’s Blossom Toes, widely considered to be the finest pop-psych album ever recorded. Produced by Giorgio Gomelsky (discoverer of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds), it’s a fascinating amalgam of whimsical pop, music hall humor and acid rock. Much-bootlegged over the years, this is its first official reissue, timed to coincide with its 40th anniversary. Produced with the band’s full involvement, it’s presented with no fewer than ten bonus tracks, encompassing non-LP singles, demos, out-takes and live performances, and comes complete with a full-color 12-page booklet incorporating many rare photographs and a comprehensive band history, as well as an introduction from the band’s leader, Brian Godding.
BLOSSOM TOES: If Only For A Moment CD (SBR 5036CD) 15.50
Regular jewel-case Sunbeam edition, repressed. Two years after their brilliant pop-psych debut, 1967’s We Are Ever So Clean, Blossom Toes unleashed this extraordinary fusion of acid rock and prog, emphasizing how far they’d come since the summer of love. Characterized by complex song structures and memorable guitar solos, and featuring a guest appearance on sitar from U.S. folkie Shawn Philips, the album has gone on to become a major cult favorite. Heavily bootlegged over the years, this is its first official reissue. Produced with the band’s full involvement, it comes with seven bonus tracks, encompassing non-LP singles, demos, out-takes and live performances, as well as a full-color 12-page booklet incorporating many rare photographs and a comprehensive band history, as well as an introduction from the band’s leader, Brian Godding.
PERHACS, LINDA: Parallelograms CD (SBR 5060CD) 17.00
Regular jewel-case Sunbeam edition, repressed. Combining fragile and beautifully melodic acid folk with perfectly-rendered electronic effects, this remarkable album consists of what its creator describes as “visual music.” First released in 1970, Parallelograms by California’s Linda Perhacs has gone on to become one of the most legendary and well-loved recordings of its time, assuredly sitting alongside Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day as a lost folk gem that should never have been cast aside. Summoning the shimmering sunlight of Topanga Canyon, and resonating with the same strength-in-fragility as Joni Mitchell, it’s presented here with the full collaboration of its enigmatic creator, and features her own detailed liner notes, as well as rare illustrations and eight bonus tracks (including one previously-unheard out-take). Supercedes the now-deleted version on the Wild Places label.
WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND, THE: Companion 2LP (SBR 5079LP) 31.00
Deluxe gatefold 2LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Few ’60s artists have attracted such mystique or so devoted a cult following as The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. This fascinating compilation draws together many of the rare recordings made by its members before, during and after their existence. Taking in pop, garage, folk-rock, psych, the avant-garde and more, the set highlights the disparate elements that fused to create their extraordinary and enigmatic music, and comes complete with rare pictures and comprehensive notes by the world’s leading WCPAEB authority, Tim Forster. Artists include: Bob Markley, Lucifer & The Peppermints, Bobby Rebel, Judy Brown, Sonny Knight, The Rogues, The Laughing Wind, Neo Maya, Boystown, California Spectrum, Rockit, Brigadune, California and Halim El-Dabh.
BODDIKA: 2727/Sometimes/Soul What/Rubba 2×12″ (SWAMP 011EP) 24.00
“Boddika, Swamp81. 4 tracks on 2 slabs of 180 gram vinyl. Say no more.”
TECHNASIA: Central Remixed Part 1 12″ (TA 105RMX-EP) 12.00
Part 1 of a series of remixes for Technasia’s 2010 acclaimed album Central (TA 105CD/LP), starting with techno in its purest form from the master himself, Jerome Sydenham, on the A, and two groovy techno remixes by Technasia on the B.
EULBERG, DOMINIK: Diorama 2LP (TRAUM 137LP) 18.00
2LP version, featuring 8 out of the 11 tracks from the CD. This is the fourth full-length release from Bonn-based DJ, producer and park ranger, Dominik Eulberg. After the Heimische Gefilde (TRAUM 019CD) album, which won the German critic award as the first techno album ever on which comments by the artist himself appear in spoken word, Eulberg has this time aimed at an album which embodies various facets of electronic music. Diorama therefore resembles something totally new and original and can be referred to as an affiliation towards the real “authentic” Eulberg sound cosmos. He has accomplished this with the highest possible standard and contemporary sound aesthetic. Eulberg has set the bar at an extreme height for himself and the result will pile-drive even the die-hard fans into solid, rocky soil. Eulberg has unbuttoned his “techno coat” and has come up with timeless electronica no one would have expected of him. It is his first album where he has rather played music instead of manipulating it and it holds up that skill from the very beginning to the very end, non-stop. For Diorama, Dominik Eulberg has selected, in cooperation with Germany’s nature magazine NABU, the 11 greatest wonders of domestic nature, because it is not only in exotic parts of the world that one can find incredible innovations of nature — they can also be found at your front door. Their existence is concealed from many of us and only by means of closer examination and a raised awareness for their secrets can we discover this world full of miracles. For this world of hidden wonders, a graphic diorama was specially designed, depicting a well-known world full of unknown phenomena. For each wonder, Dominik Eulberg has composed a piece of music which reflects in sound and dynamic the accounted wonder.
HONIG, EZEKIEL: Folding In On Itself LP (TYPE 088LP) 18.00
LP version. Describing the music of Ezekiel Honig is never easy. It’s related to techno, but the pulsing 4/4 beats are pushed so far into the background that they simply become another texture in the sprawling ambience. And that doesn’t mean to say the music is “ambient” either — the structures are far deeper than the musical wallpaper that achieves that label right now. New York-based Honig’s Type debut Folding In On Itself doesn’t make his music any easier to describe but does a lot to clarify the mood. This is deeply melancholy music, and while it doesn’t revel in sadness, it conveys a sense that the things we grew up with and see disappear can never be recaptured. Memory and the corruption or distortion thereof is at the core the record, and like the cover which is made up of hazy family snaps of a changing Manhattan, Honig has tried to capture a sense of entropy in his quickly disintegrating city. Using a palette of locally-recorded environmental samples, decayed acoustic instruments and the unusual, clattering percussion that has become his signature, Folding In On Itself is probably Honig’s most measured and defining record. Elements of his previous work are still present, heard most obviously on the breakthrough Surfaces Of A Broken Marching Band (ANTICIP 006CD), but every tiny part has been trimmed and honed with a selfless attention to detail. From the lilting, processed horns and clipped percussion on “Subverting The Memory Of Your Surroundings” to the noisy, slowly decomposing piano of “Drafting Foresight,” there is a sense that Honig has a distinct story to tell, and that every track on the album is a unique part of the same object. Far from a random collection of tracks, Folding In On Itself is an introverted collection of musings on change and loss, and is as softly-spoken and moving as anything on Type to date. Handle with care.
TODD, EMERSON: Kia Kaha 12″ (UY 046EP) 12.00
This is Emerson Todd’s second release on Upon You. Emerson’s specially-crafted sound is somewhere in-between jungle and metropolis, wild with details yet still beautifully melodic. “You Got To Know” proves that a piano can kick you and a lovely little digital topping can then combine everything into sweet dubness. As to be expected, the B-side is also alive with the artist’s agility and perfectly-timed and placed whatnots to turn any dancefloor into an intense experience.
APARICIO, JAIME DELGADO: El Embajador y Yo CD (VAMPI 086CD) 12.00
2007 release. Vampisoul presents the complete 1966 soundtrack to El Embajador y Yo, what many consider Peruvian jazz heavyweight Jaime Delgado Aparicio’s masterpiece. The music in this rare action-comedy film combines, in an extraordinaire way, jazz with different styles that were hip in the mid ’60s in a very groovy way. A genius score, with very creative arrangements and brilliant playing by an orchestra of sometimes over fifty musicians. From the beginning, you hear the creativity of composition and the brilliance of its execution by a fifty plus piece orchestra performing the movie’s theme song. Two surf tunes appear on this album: “Sexy Surf” and “El Surf Del Embajador.” Additionally this release includes five recordings by the Jaime Aparicio Jazz Trio (with double bassist Juan Anges Russo and drummer Kalle Englund) made in Lima, Peru, around 1964. It’s not often that an individual leaves a permanent mark in the musical history of a country. In Peru, in the ’60s and ’70s, Jaime Delgado Aparicio, a pianist and composer, promoted and exposed all different styles of jazz to all social levels, helping many young students and professional musicians to understand this musical language. The CD includes extensive liner notes and a reproduction of the movie poster.
AXELROD, DAVID: Live At The Royal Festival Hall CD/DVD (VAMPI 098CD) 22.00
2008 release. Vampisoul offers you David Axelrod’s very first UK orchestral performance, live at the Royal Festival Hall in London in . A Grammy award-winning producer for Capitol Records who helmed dozens of great jazz, funk and soul records during the 1960s and ’70s (David, McCallum, Lou Rawls, Stan Kenton, The Electric Prunes, Cannonball Adderley…), David Axelrod also forged a distinctive musical style while recording several of the most eccentric albums of the ’70s. His music was rediscovered in the ’90s, and has been sampled by key hip-hop artists such as Dr.Dre, DJ Shadow, or Lauryn Hill. On this performance, from Dean Rudland’s liner notes: “The show opens with what sounds like an Axelrod classic, but is in fact, a re-composition specifically written for the show, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint it Black.’ ‘How could I come to England and not pay tribute to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?’ explained David. And sure enough, the show’s closing moment is dedicated to Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Norwegian Wood,’ sealing the overall unique experience of Axe’s evening. In between, for the best part of an hour and a half, we were treated to an incredible selection of David Axelrod’s music, mainly taken from his work on the William Blake inspired albums Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.” DVD is NTSC, all region format.
AXELROD, DAVID: Live At The Royal Festival Hall 2LP/DVD (VAMPI 098LP) 25.50
Deluxe double LP version with DVD.
VA: Groovadelia 2 2CD (VAMPI 104CD) 22.00
2008 release. The follow up to the successful Groovadelia compilation. A fresh crop of Spanish bands and artists devoted to groove-full sounds. There are twenty four new groups on volume 2; not one artist appearing on the previous volume is repeated. In addition, more unreleased material has been included than before. Groovadelia 2 proves that the black scene in Spain is in excellent shape. The groups appearing on the previous volume continue to thrive, and currently, there are new labels, new groups and renewed ideas. Right now, the funk-soul scene is likely the most vibrant scene in Spain as demonstrated by the release of this second volume. Once again Vampisoul, Enlace Funk Magazine and Club Afrodisia come together to present a showcase of current Spanish bands with funk, soul and jazz influences.
VA: Groovadelia 2 2LP (VAMPI 104LP) 25.50
VA: Ibérico Jazz CD (VAMPI 105CD) 12.00
2009 release. Vampisoul proudly presents the musical legacy of one of the great jazz personalities in Spain: Don Antoliano Toldos. A pioneer in independent jazz in Spain, he produced a handful of fantastic singles between 1967 and 1972 for his Calandria label. These are genuinely high quality dance jazz produced in the late ’60s and early ’70s, maybe the best kept secret of groovy jazz in Spain! These songs, some almost four decades old, still sound fresh and modern. Brought to you by Vampisoul, hand in hand with señor Antoliano Toldos himself. Aritsts: Quinteto Montelirio, Conjunto Estif, Toldos y su Grupo, Conjunto Segali, Quinteto Diamont and A.B.V..
VA: Ibérico Jazz LP (VAMPI 105LP) 16.50
Gatefold LP version.
BATAAN WITH LOS FULANOS, JOE: King Of Latin Soul CD (VAMPI 111CD) 12.00
2009 release. They say a cat has nine lives, and Joe Bataan has lived a multitude of them in his long illustrious career. Though out of the scene for many years, Joe is back in great form now with this excellent hard-core Latin soul release from Vampisoul. Joining Joe for this special project is the Barcelona-based Latin funk group Los Fulanos. With this album, Mr. New York revisits and revamps some of his most beloved anthems as well as some more obscure numbers. And with avid fans all over the world, this “Ordinary Guy” is poised to bring his extraordinary message of “Peace, Friendship, Solidarity” to a new generation for the first time, as well as once again to the old folks who never forgot him in the first place. Salsoul indeed!
BATAAN WITH LOS FULANOS, JOE: King Of Latin Soul LP (VAMPI 111LP) 16.50
MATTHEWS, IAN: If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes LP (VL 901196LP) 24.00
“Shortly after Matthews’ Southern Comfort unexpectedly took Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’ to the top of the UK charts in 1970, Ian (now Iain) Matthews abruptly dissolved the band in favor of a solo career. The result was this excellent album released in 1971 for Vertigo featuring an all-star cast of players, including Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson, as well as Pink Floyd entourage members Andy Roberts and Tim Renwick, and celebrated keyboardist Keith Tippett. This album of self-penned compositions was Matthews’ best yet and fully solidified his reputation as a first rate singer-songwriter. Highlights include the beautiful title track and duet with Sandy Denny, ‘If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes,’ ‘Hearts’ and the epic ‘Southern Wind.’ Also features two covers by the late great Greenwich Village folk singer Richard Farina (married to Joan Baez’s sister, Mimi), ‘Reno Nevada’ and his scathing criticism of Bob Dylan, ‘Morgan The Pirate.’ Includes lyrics.” 180 gram vinyl.
PLAINSONG: In Search Of Amelia Earhart LP (VL 901202LP) 24.00
“Originally released in 1972 for Elektra, In Search Of Amelia Earhart was a critically-acclaimed concept album inspired by Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance in 1939. For this album, Ian Matthews, who had released a flurry of excellent albums since leaving Fairport Convention, once again proves his talent as a song smith with songs like ‘True Story of Amelia Earhart’s Last Night’ and ‘Even The Guiding Light.’ He also continues his research into the folk song, sharing his favorites with fans through a handful of outstanding covers, including Dave McEnry’s ‘Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight’ and Paul Siebel’s ‘Louise.’ Matthews also, as always, has a talent for surrounding himself with excellent musicians, this time employing the help of Andy Roberts, Dave Richards and Bob Ronga.” 180 gram vinyl.
PREFUSE 73: The Only She Chapters CD (WARP 208CD) 15.50
“With The Only She Chapters, Guillermo Scott Herren takes an even more exploratory approach to his methodical chaos. An impressive cast of contributors and unique recording process have helped form a body of music far closer in scope to the most esteemed modern compositional works rather than a record built fundamentally around beats and loops. As the sounds within took shape, so did a defined female influence and unifying presence. Says Guillermo, ‘The process features all women vocalists and voices and the music was recorded very differently from how I normally work.’ The vocalists here include Zola Jesus, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Angel Deradoorian and the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast amongst others – all offering their entirely distinct textures and incantations to the already unorthodox musical tapestry and the idea of the albums – female symbol has extended to collaborators on the visual front as well, enlisting illustrator Yuko Michishita and photographer Angel Ceballos. In addition to the unique approach in galvanizing likeminded contributors (including the ‘sequencing and eliminating’ guidance of friend and collaborator Tyondai Braxton), the musical method employed is remarkable as well, using contact microphones – most often used to record hollow bodied classical instruments, but in this case used for much more, including piano, prepared guitars, woodwinds and cellos – on most of the songs. When meshed with the arsenal of electronics, it embellishes the acoustic sounds with vibrations created from the acoustic instruments in tandem with the female vocals at hand.”
PREFUSE 73: The Only She Chapters 2LP (WARP 208LP) 23.50
2LP version with full-color printed inner sleeves and a download code for the entire album.
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