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ANALOG AFRICA (GERMANY)
AALP 070LP

VA: Bambara Mystic Soul 2LP (AALP 070LP) 26.50
Deluxe gatefold 2LP version. Subtitled: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979. For its commemorative 10th release, Analog Africa indulges in Burkina Faso, one of the jewels of the Sahel, a harsh and arid strip that straddles the southern Sahara, stretching from Dakar in the west to Djibouti in the east. Formerly known as Haute Volta, Burkina Faso’s sound was organized and nurtured during the country’s time as part of a vast patchwork making up French colonial West Africa. The rise of a post-independence urban middle class willing to invest in the Burkinabe arts spawned a cadre of singers, bands, orchestras and, most importantly, competitive record labels who all played their part in ushering in a golden age of music in their landlocked nation during the 1970s — a decade marred by political instability in the country and an era of artistic enlightenment, empowering the whole of Africa. The Sahelian climate fortunately bore no influence on the Burkinabé sound, which is cosmopolitan as it was raw. West Africa was and continues to remain deeply interconnected. In search of better gigs, well-to-do producers and sufficient recording equipment, Burkinabe musicians ventured across the surrounding region, returning home with a wealth of knowledge of their neighbors’ distinctive styles. The raw sound of Burkina Faso combined Afro-funk, traditional Islamic rhythms and subtle Afro-Latin sounds brought over by visiting Cuban ensembles. Mandingue melodies and guitar techniques from Mali and Guinea, however, were by far the most defining traits of a potent African mix that distinguished the Voltaic style between 1974 and 1979. Beginning with L’Harmonie Voltaique and Super Volta (both featured on this compilation), the pioneering orchestras from the capital Ouagadougou, several groups followed suit. Regional orchestras outside of the capital proudly boasted the contemporary sound through ensembles such as Echo Del Africa National and Volta Jazz, and exported much needed skilled musicians back to the capital. Record labels across Burkina Faso sprung up to capture the newly-born mystical and soulful sound taking over the country. Volta Discobel and Club Voltaique Du Disque (CVD) emerged in 1974 and competed for the modern music of their people. Despite its humble beginnings as a record shop, CVD came to dominate the industry. Both labels worked with the heavyweights of the time, such as the majestic Amadou Ballaké, a national icon who is featured extensively on this compilation. By the mid-’70s, Ouagadougou had become a hotbed for African music, filled with touring bands, gifted instrumentalists and hypnotic vocalists. Bamogo Jean Claube, the founder of Afro-Soul System, went from being a “musician’s tailor” to a celebrated singer. Ballaké himself jumped from job to job before being recognized for his graceful voice. While it might be Analog Africa’s venture into possibly the most obscure of African sounds thus far, the sounds of the golden age of Burkinabé music deserve to be heard and the varying styles that came to define the era are completely covered on this 16-track release.

ANOTHER LATE NIGHT (UK)
ALN 026CD

MGMT: LateNightTales CD (ALN 026CD) 15.00
“Formed in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York the band consists of multi-instrumentalists Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, both alumni of Wesleyan University. Their 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular spawned the almost ubiquitous hit singles ‘Kids,’ ‘Time To Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel’ while 2010’s follow up ‘Congratulations’ saw them embrace more of a progressive, guitar-driven sound. The bands Late Night Tales selection of post-punk, cult indie and counter culture figureheads reflects the band’s multifaceted sound, and draws comparisons with contemporary dreampop/chillwave/shoegaze/folk scenes on both side of the Atlantic. The listener finds MGMT presiding over the playlist ‘after-the-after-party’; Luminaries the Velvet Underground, Suicide and Julian Cope, although not with their most famous songs, sit alongside less familiar names such as Disco Inferno; whose ‘Can’t See It Through’ from their final ’96 album Technicolour opens proceedings. MGMT’s exclusive cover of ‘All I ever Wanted Was Everything’ by Bahhaus sits comfortably alongside the UK post-punk-gothic band’s peers the Durutti Column, the Chills, and the Jacobites and Felt’s brief but imposing instrumental ‘Red Indians.’ Paranoia strikes deep: the double header of Cheval Sombre’s ‘Troubled Mind’ and ‘Drug Song’ by ’60s Christian folk singer Dave Bixby accentuate the hope offered by the ever penitent Spacemen 3 (MGMT’s second album Congratulations was recorded with founder Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom), who deliver ‘Lord Can you Hear Me?’ in respect to the beautiful closer ‘Morning Splendor;’ taken from Pauline Anna Storm’s rare ’82 LP Trans-Millenia Consort. Putting a full stop on the selection, music journalist and Art and Noise collaborator Paul Morley continues his ‘Lost for Words’ short story.”

AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)
AUS 1135EP

COTTAM: Deep Deep Down EP 12″ (AUS 1135EP) 12.00
Despite a techno upbringing warming up for the likes of Surgeon, Dave Clarke and Regis, Paul Cottam aka Cottam finds inspiration in the slo-mo tempos of Mark E and The Revenge to produce his own brand of dusty soul and hip hop-grounded house on “Deep Deep Down.” Ukrainian producer Vakula strips away the propulsive heartbeat of the original and replaces it with an off-kilter, space-out pulse reminiscent of Theo Parrish.

B13 (ITALY)
B 151LP

TAJ MAHAL TRAVELLERS: Live LP (B 151LP) 27.00
“1972 was a busy year for Japan’s favorite experimental rock band. After several months spent touring Europe, group leader Takehisa Kosugi (currently music director for the Merce Cunningham dance company in the USA) decided to make good on the band’s name and embark on a monumental voyage across Europe and Asia, driving a VW bus from Rotterdam all the way to the Taj Mahal in India. Amazingly, the band got as far as Pakistan before having to fly the rest of the way to the Taj Mahal due to border restrictions. By July of 1972, the band was back home in Japan, and still playing nonstop. The three tracks on side A were recorded live during this historic tour, while side B was recorded a year later at the famous Oz Club in Tokyo, during a five day music festival celebrating the venue’s final days.” Clear blue vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).”

B 154LP

DAVIS, MILES: Live At Teatro Tenda Pianeta, Rome, Italy, 1982 (1st Set) LP (B 154LP) 27.00
“After six years spent away from the public eye (1975-1981) due to a long period of illness and addiction, Miles Davis finally returned to music with 1981’s The Man With the Horn. And just to prove that he was fully out of retirement, Davis embarked on a tour of Europe in the spring of 1982. It was his first European tour since 1971 and fans came out in droves to see the Prince Of Darkness. By April 26 April 1982 Davis and an all-star band (featuring Bill Evans on sax, Marcus Miller on bass, Mike Stern on guitar, Al Foster on drums and French musician Minu Cinelu on percussions) had made their way down to Rome where they played two sold out sets. The first set, was a forty-six minute medley featuring Davis’ own ‘Back Seat Betty’, Gershwin’s ‘My Man’s Gone Now’ from Porgy & Bess, and in a nod to his Italian fans, Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida.'” Yellow vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).

B 155LP

DAVIS, MILES: Live At Teatro Tenda Pianeta, Rome, Italy, 1982 (2nd Set) LP (B 155LP) 27.00
“For the second set, Davis’ sextet played a forty-two minute medley featuring three original compositions: ‘Ife’, ‘Fat Time’, and ‘Jean Pierre.'” Green vinyl in clear plastic sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies).

BASMATI (GERMANY)
BASMATI 006EP

TIGER ROSE: Food For Dreams 12″ (BASMATI 006EP) 12.50
Tiger Rose is the new project from Danish musical phenomenon and one-woman-electro-avantgarde-show, Alice Rose. Following three albums of dream pop released as Alice Rose, this debut under the Tiger Rose moniker finds her setting course for planet techno, working four-to-the-floor bass drum with enough space around it to make a cinematic playground for her musical imagination. Long-time collaborator Gabriel Ananda has his hands in the mix, bringing these techno tracks to life.

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
BEC 5772938

DJANGO DJANGO: Waveforms 12″ (BEC 5772938) 12.50
Django Django’s 2009 double A-side single Storm/Love’s Dart laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation. “Waveforms” sounds like The Glitter Band’s “Rock And Roll Part 2” disappearing from sight like a particularly successful Kongming Lantern. Remixes by Wild Geese and Mickey Moonlight. Housed in a shiny metallic/reflective sleeve.

BLACK SAINT/SOUL NOTE (ITALY)
BXS 1005CD

RUSSELL, GEORGE: The Complete Remastered Recordings 9CD BOX (BXS 1005CD) 40.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Pianist George Russell was a composer and theorist. He is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music theory with a theory of harmony based on jazz rather than European music. This specially priced set includes nine classic albums. Included are Electronic Sonata for Those Loved by Nature (I and II), Othello Ballet Suite, Vertical Form VI, Listen to the Silence, Trip to Prillarguri, New York Big Band, The Essence of George Russell and Live in an American Time Spiral.”

BXS 1006CD

BOWIE, LESTER: The Complete Remastered Recordings 3CD BOX (BXS 1006CD) 32.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Trumpeter Lester Bowie was a composer and a co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Bowie took an adventurous and humorous approach to music, and criticized Wynton Marsalis for his conservative approach to jazz tradition. This specially priced set includes three classic albums. Included are The 5th Power, Out Here like This and Unforeseen Blessings.”

BXS 1007CD

TAYLOR, CECIL: The Complete Remastered Recordings 5CD BOX (BXS 1007CD) 36.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Cecil Taylor is generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. This specially-priced set includes five classic albums. Included are Winged Serpent, Olu Iwa, For Olim and the two sets of Historic Concerts.”

BOOGIE BASH (NETHERLANDS)
BB 003EP

INKSWEL: Glass Tear Groove EP 12″ (BB 003EP) 12.50
Glass Tear Groove is the new concept release from Inkswel, who cohesively mashes together drum machine sounds and new wave funk tendencies. The title track featuring vocal funkster Zackey Force Funk (Baron Zen/Jellphonic/Mike Gao) brings forth a timeless love song vibe into Inkswel’s popping and locking approach. “Good Times” is Inkswel’s ode to post-disco and pre-house sounds, “Who’s Fooling Who” is a stand-alone banger for beat heads and party animals. Also packaged with stellar remix work from Tom Noble.

BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 068EP

SCNTST: Monday 12″ (BNR 068EP) 12.50
Boysnoize Records’ new signing SCNTST (17-year old Bryan Müller from Munich, Germany) has developed a sound he likes to call “Advanced Techno.” While “Monday” is an effective tech tool, “Beachboy” confirms his sound is more than just new techno or house; it’s futuristic, funky German juke. “Globus” matches a sharply defined groove against an almost subliminal bassline. Last track “909 Time” is inspired by SCNTST’s heroes Lone and Legowelt. Someone to look out for.

CLOUD RECORDINGS
CLD 016CD

OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, THE: Black Foliage: Animation Music 2CD (CLD 016CD) 13.50
“Remastered and expanded re-issue of The Olivia Tremor Control’s ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999, which originally sold 40,000 copies. Comes with a bonus disc featuring over and hour of unreleased, compilation, b-side, and live material. Perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Guest appearances by The Apples (in Stereo) and Neutral Milk Hotel.” “Pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest – a 27 song trip in which structure and chaos keep leap-frogging each other. Dedicated headphone junkies should be thrilled with the deep focus production and tidal wave of melody. Even the most elaborate concept albums can be fun.” –Rolling Stone

COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 028LP

EXTRAWELT: In Aufruhr 3LP (COR 028LP) 33.00
Gatefold 3LP version. From Soopertrack on Border Community in 2006 to the Titelheld EP that same year and the album Schöne Neue Extrawelt (COR 019CD/LP) from the year 2008, which belong to the best-selling releases on Cocoon, the two Hamburg residents Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe have skyrocketed their reputations to become two of the most style-forming techno protagonists within the last ten years. “We don’t want cowardly Zeitgeist Techno. We want to be courageous and dare new sounds and melodies. Sunrise scenarios, energy, revolution and ‘Kaputtheit’ — these are all parts of the Extrawelt,” the two musicians once said, and this artistic credo applies to their long-awaited second Extrawelt album, too. “We took our time and have collected tracks that have particularly touched us, no matter whether they are club-compatible or not. Besides that, we didn’t want to repeat ourselves, and have created a unique second album that stands for itself.” Without doubt, the two have succeeded in this. The spectrum of musical influences has again extended and the most diverse styles of electronic music connect seamlessly with the Extrawelt spirit. Here, the sonic Zeitgeist is not the determining variable for the music — what really counts is the creation of nothing more and nothing less than a new world, by means of a never-exhausting acoustic imagination which shows new facets, even after the thousandth time of listening. This is a masterful album from an incredibly refreshing duo.

CURLE RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)
CURLE 037EP

GORMAN, KEVIN: Cast (Jonas Kopp Remix) 12″ (CURLE 037EP) 12.00
Kevin Gorman isn’t a man of many releases, but when he does release something, it’s always spot on. His last release was on Ostgut Ton, thanks to Ben Klock. He also has his own label, Mikrowave, and already did remixes for Cocoon, CLR, Skint etc. “Cast” is a real techno bomb, just like the Jonas Kopp remix on the flip. Not for the faint of heart!

DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 061EP

EFDEMIN: Chicago Remixes (2) 12″ (DIAL 061EP) 12.50
The second edition of Efdemin’s successful Chicago (DIAL 021CD/LP) series presents another outstanding bundle of future classics. Four gorgeous remixes by Deadbeat, Fred P, Rndm and Efdemin himself.

DIGIKILLER
DKR 064EP

PARKS, CLARENCE: Things A Come Up To Bump/Dub 10″ (DKR 064EP) 11.00
“Another barrage of shots from the Channel 1 archives, including another entry into our Lost & Found series. First, Clarence Parks, one of our favorite singers of the ’80s, had a relatively small but killer output, and we rate all of his tunes highly. So when we learned that he cut a handful of tunes for Channel 1, none of which were ever released, we couldn’t wait to hear them. To our surprise, one of them was familiar, the infamous ‘Things a Come Up to Bump’! The rhythm for this tune is probably familiar to many. It’s among a handful of riddims cut at Channel in the early 1980s and shared amongst a group of producers who were very active at the studio during this time. Despite being shelved by Channel, the tune found its way out there on vinyl (a somewhat frequent ‘mystery’ of the 1980s reggae business), and has since cemented its place as one of the baddest cuts on a bad rhythm! So here’s our first shot from Clarence at Maxfield Avenue, with a few more to come.”

DKR 080EP

ANGELO, DON: General 7″ (DKR 080EP) 5.50
“Next up is Don Angelo, who cut a bunch of tunes for Channel 1 in the early/mid 1980s, but only a few were released. This one, General, saw release only in the UK thru a licensing deal at the time, and it’s a wicked uptempo track in the same vein as some of our recently-issued Tasha productions from the same time, approx. 1984.”

DKR 081EP

HOLT/REVOLUTIONARIES, JOHN: Love & Understanding/Peace 10″ (DKR 081EP) 11.00
“Next, and in the Lost & Found series, a massive tune with John Holt in a rootsman style on Channel’s monstrous lick of the ‘Mr. Bassie’ rhythm. This one exemplifies the sound of Channel 1 studio, featuring the hardest musicians ever, dubwise or otherwise. Never before released, as played on dubplate in the 1970s. Straight from the dub room at 29 Maxfield Avenue to your living room, crystal clear master tape issue. The dub side by the Revolutionaries was released on the classic Reaction in Dub LP.”

DKR 082EP

SMART, LEROY: Oh Marcus 7″ (DKR 082EP) 5.50
“Leroy Smart’s ‘Oh Marcus’ was only ever available as an LP cut, released here now for the first time ever as a single.”

DKR 083EP

I-ROY: Tribute To Marcus Garvey 7″ (DKR 083EP) 5.50
“I-Roy’s ‘Tribute To Marcus Garvey’ was only ever available as an LP cut, released here now for the first time ever as a single and backed by a tough version of the Revolutionaries’ rhythm track.”

DIGITALIS
DIGI 034LP

MULLER, JURGEN: Science Of The Sea LP (DIGI 034LP) 18.00
New and perhaps final repress, all copies are on a marbled metallic sky blue vinyl. Jürgen Müller was a self-taught amateur musician who, while studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, purchased some electronic instruments and set up a mobile studio on his house boat, docked along the town of Heikendorf, on the North Sea. He held a life-long fascination with the ocean, the expansive and endless inner-space of the deep, where he felt many ecological miracles had yet to be discovered, and which kindled a love for the unknown. This love of all things nautical started early in his youth and eventually led him to study the oceanic sciences. For one week in 1979, Jürgen took up with a film crew on a mission to document some sea-water toxicity testing that was being performed by a couple of notable biologists, only a few kilometers offshore. At the end of the expedition, he decided that he would make music to capture the strange feeling conjured by these experiences. Utilizing only a handful of barely-remembered childhood piano lessons, Jürgen set about creating his marine-influenced vignettes with some electronic instruments he had gathered through friends, as well as borrowing some new equipment from a local school’s music department. As a general music lover, earlier in the ’70s he had taken note of several avant-garde electronic composers who he felt simultaneously captured a purity of sound and sense of wonder that was lacking in other music. He dreamt of fusing this ideal with the synthetic recreations of nature. In a sense, one could say he stumbled onto an early “new age” aesthetic through pure ignorance and coincidence. Mixing relaxing ambient tones and spooky, otherworldly sounds, he came up with a unique approach. After filling several reels of home recordings, he held ambitions of becoming a film composer. He decided to start his own publishing company, Neue Wissenschaft, and hoped to compose albums to sell as production music to various film companies for use in documentaries and television programs. As he was simultaneously hard at work on his studies to finish school, he had to work on his music in short intervals, and often had to put it aside altogether. As a result, it took several years for him to actually realize his sole full-length recording, Science Of The Sea, the sessions for which began in late 1981, before finishing a year later. Less than 100 copies were pressed, and few of them were even sent out to potential clients. Most copies were eventually given to friends and family. Jürgen’s musical gamble never quite paid off as he had hoped, and without any outside interest or connections in the music world, he soon abandoned any dreams of a musical existence and instead chose to further his oceanographic career. Remastered from the original tapes by Brad Rose. Cut to vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin and pressed in Germany.

DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)
DIYNAMIC 053EP

VA: VA 12″ (DIYNAMIC 053EP) 12.00
Diynamic releases a classic house music 4-tracker. Adriatique & Thyladomid combine an emotive vocal line with warm pads and a driving bass, for a fresh yet deep sound. Hunter_Game offers a very deep, sexy track with nice vocals and smooth, hypnotic sounds. NTFO present a total house jam — with chunky bass stabs, funky, muted guitar sounds and a crispy hook-line, this song is made to make you shake. “Smiling Faces” by APP shines with its laid-back groove and trippy vocals.

EAST MEETS WEST
EMWM 1004CD

SHANKAR, RAVI: Reminiscence Of North Vista: Nine Decades – Vol. II CD (EMWM 1004CD) 20.00
“Reminiscence of North Vista, the second volume of the Nine Decades series, is a live recording from a private party at Ravi Shankar’s North Vista home in Los Angeles on August 29, 1969. Shankar moved to the Hollywood house in 1968 and regularly had parties attended by luminaries such as George Harrison, John Lennon, Peter Sellers, Marlon Brando and many others. This recording perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the performances at these gatherings. Recorded just one week after his legendary Woodstock appearance, the set features the Maestro performing two evening ragas with Alla Rakha on tabla (as well as the sounds of crickets and partygoers). This is a unique performance by two artists at the height of their power, performing in an informal setting in front of family and friends.”

EMWM 1005CD

SHANKAR, RAVI: Orchestral Experimentations: Nine Decades – Vol. III CD (EMWM 1005CD) 20.00
“Orchestral Experimentations, the third volume in the Nine Decades series, is a set of nine studio tracks featuring Ravi Shankar’s earliest compositional experimentations with his National Orchestra recorded between 1950 and 1954. The orchestra consisted of many of the finest Indian musicians of the period, and in these recordings, one senses the excitement Shankar felt at having such resources at his disposal. Not only was he inspired by the players to experiment with orchestration, but he also enjoyed the freedom to explore both North and South Indian systems, as well as use some Western technique. Shankar also maintained his natural inclination for improvisation by recording usually within an hour or two of completing the composition.”

EDITION RZ (GERMANY)
RZ 1003LP

LACHENMANN, HELMUT: Guero Für Klavier LP (RZ 1003LP) 23.00
1990 release. All works by experimental composer Helmut Lachenmann: (“Guero” for solo piano), (“Pression” for solo cello) & (“Grand Torso” for string quartet).

RZ 1004LP

NONO, LUIGI: A Carlo Scarpa LP (RZ 1004LP) 23.00
1990 release. All works by Luigi Nono: (“A Carlo Scarpa” for large orchestra), (“A Pierre” for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and live electronics), (“Guia Al Gelidi Mostri” for electronically treated winds, voices and strings). Regarding Nono’s concept of “new listenings”: “This no longer means revolutionizing the entire linguistic system ie. a subversive attack on the institution of music; rather it means progressively expanding the technical possibilities of sound produced by traditional instruments and the perceptive faculties of the listener.”

RZ 9002LP

WILLIAMS, EMMETT: Poems 1950 – 2003 PIC. DISC (RZ 9002LP) 30.50
2004 release. From Fluxus originator and member of the “Darmstadt Circle” of concrete poetry, Emmett Williams. Features poems written 1950-2003, spoken by Emmett, recorded from 2000-2003. “This tiny sampling of my poetic oeuvre is a very mixed bag, as they say; so much so that I’m inclined to call it a bag of tricks. To confuse matters, some of the poems were meant to be looked at rather than read aloud, and others were intended to be performed with sound effects and slide projections.”

RZ 9003LP

KRIWET, FERDINAND: Hörtexte (Radiotexts) 3LP BOX (RZ 9003LP) 90.00
2007 release. 3 picture discs housed in a deluxe boxset. Ferdinand Kriwet (born in Duesseldorf in 1942) is a multimedia artist and poet who has produced many seminal films and sound works for radio and television, in particular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. His works Apollo Amerika (1969) and Campaign (1973), rank today as outstanding artistic documents of these spectacular events in the history of mankind. Kriwet created the work Apollo Amerika whilst in America at the time of the moon launch, his aim being to compose a work of perception derived from all information he gathered on radio and television about the Apollo 11 launch. He describes these as “Hörtexts, Radio Texts” — radio pieces composed of noise and sound bite and samples. Kriwet’s works are an attempt at communicating an idea of listening to something that constantly surrounds us on short, medium and long wave frequencies. His politically engaged and avant-garde approach was influenced by aesthetic and conceptual currents in Constructivism, New Music, Beat Generation and Pop. Six of Kriwets legendary “Sehtexts” (visual texts) reproduced on six picture disc LP sides combined with six of his legendary Hörspiel works/sound collages originally broadcast on German radio and previously unreleased: Apollo America (1969), Voice of America (1970), Campaign (1973), snapshots of American media at the beginning of the 1970s; Radioball (1975) and Ball (1974), reflecting soccer sports in Germany in the 1970s; and Radio (1983).

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 133LP

FELL, MARK: Periodic Orbits Of A Dynamic System Related To A Knot LP (EMEGO 133LP) 20.00
UK-based artist and electronic musician Mark Fell presents Periodic Orbits Of A Dynamic System Related To A Knot, released on Editions Mego. “The music here came about in various ways — one section is an outtake from my recent Multistablity (R-N 125CD) album and is reworked here, another began as a quadraphonic piece composed for and performed at ‘Supersimetria: New Languages In Computer Music’ (curated by Anna Ramos and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros in Barcelona 2011), others were taken from live versions of previously-released and unreleased tracks. The idea was to bring these together in an ‘almost-live-album’ format. The album features three presets taken from Yamaha’s four operator frequency modulation synthesizers of the late 1980s — JazzOrg, LatelyBass and Rich Strg #3 — modified to produce numerous descendants. The project was entirely written, mixed, and edited with MIDI. No audio recordings were present, with the following exceptions: the sound of a Mac Mini failing to mount a DVD, recorded with the internal microphone on a MacBook Pro (this provided a rhythmic template for the patterns that follow it); and a short section of Pi Saw flute played by Jan Hendrickse. The project was written in transit during a house and studio move, and exclusively produced using the internal speakers on a MacBook Pro. Due to time constraints, the mastering session with Lupo at Dubplates and Mastering was unattended. The cover image is of my partner’s arm after cutting the pampas grass in our front garden in preparation for the house’s new occupier. Thanks to Paul Emery for early advice and comments about the structure of this album, Jan Hendrickse for Pi Saw flute, Lupo at Dubplates and Mastering, and finally Peter Rehberg for his support of this project.” –Mark Fell

FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)
FACES 1210EP

KEZ YM: Stride EP 12″ (FACES 1210EP) 12.50
Kazuki Yamaguchi aka Kez YM brings four excellent Detroit-style house tracks. Yamaha Electronic School graduate and the first Japanese participant at RBMA, Kez’s reputation as a DJ and producer with his unique style and skills grows and grows. His music, that can be classified as “Detroit house beat-down,” has been supported and playlisted over the years by Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wade, Cassie and many more.

FIRE FIDELITY (ITALY)
FF 140LP

ESG: Come Away With ESG LP (FF 140LP) 31.00
“By the time ESG’s debut LP, Come Away With ESG, was finally released in 1983, the Scroggins sisters had already released two EPs for 99 Records and a single for England’s Factory Records–produced by Martin Hannett (Joy Division)–and had become influential members of NYC’s downtown No Wave scene. Nothing out of the ordinary, except for the fact that the Scroggins’ sisters were four black girls from the South Bronx who had about as much in common with the Teenage Jesus as Teenage Jesus had with Jesus of Nazareth. And yet, somehow, their sound fit exactly into that scene of misfits.”

FF 178LP

GIANT SAND: Goods And Services 2LP (FF 178LP) 48.00
“1995’s Goods and Services was originally made for German ears only. Its re-issue will bring it to the attention of new fans as part of the series. Once not remembered fondly by Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, time has been kind and his perception has softened with the memories of Vic Chesnutt’s contribution. Howe Gelb: ‘Another live record. But this sound was bloated from Euro touring and was supposed to be a reaction of only how it was sounding then. Later, that made less sense to me since every tour the band’s sound would change anyway. So I am not in love with this record and thusly never made it available for the States. But now, looking back on it, it brings a smile and also moistens the eye with the missingness of Pappy and Vic Chesnutt.” Includes download card.

FONAL (FINLAND)
FR 082CD

LEINONEN, VILLE: Auringonsäde/Pommisuoja CD (FR 082CD) 17.00
Acclaimed Finnish singer/songwriter and sonic sculptor Ville Leinonen releases his 13th album via Fonal Records. 2010’s Majakanvartijan Uni began a new decade way ahead of its time. This album goes beyond that time, even, creating a whole new gang of Cenobites. Enter the fields of little newborn insect babies facing the thrash metal warfare of your mind. As with Raastinlauluja (Ville’s debut from 1997), there are soundscapes born of metal objects being scratched into life by all manner of electric devices, only now these are high fidelity and widescreen. Guitar feedback resonates from the moldy stone walls, having been cultivated during the 9 month recording process at Le Zen Tomb studio, Paris. The revolutionary Afghan theater band L’Orch d’al-Fajr visited these recording sessions for a few strategic nights while having some free days on their European tour in February 2011, playing no small part (especially on the second half of the album). Elsewhere, the Finnish pop singer Paula Vesala also makes an appearance, joining Leinonen to duet on “Ensimmäistä Kertaa” (trans. “For The First Time”). The organic poetry of nylon-string guitar and heartfelt vocals (even more touching than on 2004’s Suudelmitar) will tear you wide open on the first side. But Auringonsäde/Pommisuoja is most definitely a tale of two halves.

FOOL’S GOLD
FGR 004CD

CUBIC ZIRCONIA: Follow Your Heart CD (FGR 004CD) 13.00
“Cubic Zirconia have not-so-secretly established themselves as one of the most dynamic bands in New York. Tiombe Lockhart (Platinum Pied Pipers, XLR8R ‘Future Soul’ cover star), Nick Hook (L-Vis1990, Egyptrixx) and Daoud Sturdivant have blended elements of house, R&B and experimental electronics to make what Dazed & Confused calls, ‘hyped-up, sexually-charged club music that is raw, unblinkered and very fresh — the real deal.’ After several self-released singles and videos, the critically acclaimed (The Fader, XLR8R) trio’s debut album Follow Your Heart, features even more sweaty, polyrhythmic rave-ups and guest appearances from Dam Funk, Drop The Lime and Bilal.”

GEOMETRIK (SPAIN)
GR 2121LP

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO: Comisario De La Luz/Blanco De Fuerza LP (GR 2121LP) 19.50
The second album by influential Spanish industrial cult band Esplendor Geométrico, recorded in 1985, is now available again in its original format. After the first LP Héroe Del Trabajo? (1982) and a long period of little activity, E.G. reappeared in 1986 with Comisario De La Luz/Blanco De Fuerza. A record of obscure, rough and squeaky sounds in which they showed that, in spite of the elapsed time from the previous album, E.G. had their ideas clearer than never. Subsonic frequencies (“Comisario De La Luz II”), minimal rhythms (“Blanco De Fuerza II”), and even melodic lines congenially distorted (“Blanco De Fuerza III”) certify a record which recovers the noise spirit from the beginnings of the band. Includes an exclusive inner sleeve. Limited, hand-numbered edition of 700.

GR 2122LP

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO: Kosmos Kino LP (GR 2122LP) 19.50
Originally released in 1988, Kosmos Kino is the third album and a classic inside the discography of legendary and influential Spanish industrial cult band Esplendor Geométrico. Now available again in its original format. After a start in which the line of acute distortions and buzzy basses of their previous albums continues, it follows a surprising rhythmic viscerality, reaching its peak on the track “Trybuna Robotnicza,” suitable for the most frantic dance and one of the greatest moments in their vast discography. Though this is a live recording, the sound does not differ too much from their studio recordings (there’s no claps or sign of human presence), and it could be considered as the stylistic bridge to their Mekano-Turbo LP. Original artwork and exclusive inner sleeve; numbered limited edition of 700 copies.

GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS
GRA 12802CD

DJIN AQUARIAN: Destiny Of Aquarius CD (GRA 12802CD) 15.00
“Long awaited solo release from Yahowa 13 ax man, Djin Aquarian. Sixteen songs bring bring the message of Yahowa, inspired by the big man himself and bonus tracks!”

HARMONIA MUNDI (FRANCE)
HMU 907560

BACH, JOHANN SEBASTIAN: Goldberg Variations 2CD (HMU 907560) 20.00
Peroformed by Fretwork, arranged for voils by Richard Boothby. “The Goldberg Variations for harpsichord are a pinnacle of Bach’s compositional output. Like many of Bach’s works, it has been transcribed for many different solo instruments and instrumental combinations. Fretwork’s version for viol consort is one of the most unusual, in that it looks backward in time instead of forward. Bach was essentially a conservative composer, well grounded in the styles and structures of the past. His fondness for the sound of the viola da gamba is well documented and it provides additional justification for re-projecting this masterpiece of counterpoint through the sound-lens of ‘old fashioned’ instruments.”

HIGHGRADE (GERMANY)
HIGH 105EP

PHONOKEMI: Black Comes The Day 12″ (HIGH 105EP) 12.50
PhonoKemi are one of the most exciting electronic musical exports that Denmark has to offer. Producer Jacob “Phono” Thiessen and first rate DJ Kim “Kemi” are a winning combination, creating intelligent tracks that always make more than their share of revolutions on the world’s turntables. “Black Comes The Day” mixes hypnotic voices with intoxicating beats and elegant loop structures. Animated and optimistic.

HINTER RECORDS
HINTER 001LP

VA: Don’t Trust Your Neighbors LP (HINTER 001LP) 24.00
Subtitled: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s. “Early Albanian 78s are whispered about in hushed tones among collectors all over the world. This, the first-ever comprehensive collection of early Albanian music, features music that has been unheard and unreleased since its creation in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The music is haunting and unforgettable. Dredged from the stalls and bazaars of Istanbul and the private stashes of the most passionate collectors, these vocal drones and improvisations are unlike any other early traditional music. Produced by Grammy award winner Christopher King (People Take Warning) and designed by award-winning graphic artist Susan Archie. Cover painting by the legendary Robert Crumb.” Includes a 4-page large-format booklet with historic photos and extensive notes, plus a hand-numbered (1000 copies) innersleeve with artwork by Crumb.

HYPERDUB (UK)
HDB 009CD

KING MIDAS SOUND: Without You CD (HDB 009CD) 18.50
Remixes of King Midas Sound’s debut full-length by Kuedo, D-Bridge, Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance, Kiki Hitomi, Cooly G, Robert Aiki Aubrey, Joel Ford, Nite Jewel, Hype Williams, Kode 9 & The Spaceape, Mala, Deep Chord presents Echospace, Green Gartside and Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program. “King Midas Sound released their enthralling debut album Waiting For You in the fading light of November 2009. A hypermodern nocturnal take on Lovers Rock, featuring delicate but sour electronic instrumentals topped with Roger Robinson’s bitter-sweet falsetto and Kiki Hitomi’s fragile voice, it highlighted a hitherto less-exposed side not just of producer Kevin Martin’s musical evolution, but that Hyperdub’s too.”

INDUSTRIAL RECORDS (UK)
IRL 002CD

THROBBING GRISTLE: D.O.A.: The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle 2CD (IRL 002CD) 21.00
Throbbing Gristle’s second full-length, originally released in 1978, captures alienation in its purest form. The line-up of Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti was a vehicle for everything bizarre, extreme and controversial. From the ravaged live track “Blood On The Floor” to the hostile phone recording on “Death Threats,” TG lobotomized convention, whether musical or ideological. The lingering “Hamburger Lady” pulses with a story of a burn victim, and the band’s restraint and careful composition makes it one of their best creations of all time, something absolutely terrifying. Full of tape-manipulation, computer noise and feedback, D.O.A epitomizes Throbbing Gristle’s unparalleled anti-music, cementing their status as “wreckers of civilization.” Cover artwork has been painstakingly restored from the original source material. Part of the re-release of Throbbing Gristle’s first five albums on vinyl and CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit “baked tape” digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Each of the CD special-editions are presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring restored and remastered cover artwork and an integrated 8-page booklet (the booklets feature different artwork and content than the vinyl editions). Each CD special-edition also includes an exclusive bonus CD containing content from the year of the album’s original release, including live tracks and remastered singles.

IRL 002LP

THROBBING GRISTLE: D.O.A.: The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle LP (IRL 002LP) 23.00
LP version. The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Records visual archive. In addition, each of the vinyl releases includes an exclusive large format 8-page color booklet featuring an abundance of Throbbing Gristle archival material, including some previously-unpublished photos of the band. Each vinyl release is limited to 2,000 copies.

INTACTO (NETHERLANDS)
INTAC 036EP

COSTA, ALEX: Was Great 12″ (INTAC 036EP) 12.00
Alex Costa arrived in the world in 1979 already addicted to electronic music. Inspired by the DJs surrounding him in his PR role in the clubs in the early ’90s, he made the switch to DJ and radio show host. In 2005 he started to produce quality deep house, tribal and tech house. “It’s A Groove” features a rip-tide of bounce beats, bass swells and vocal spray. “Was Great” is charged with quirky industrial swing, vocal chants and high-octane bounce.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM EX070EP

KOLSCH: Speicher 70 12″ (KOM EX070EP) 12.00
Rune Riley Kölsch is a tall Danish guy and it’s quite likely that you’ve already heard some of his tracks out in a club. After his impressive debut on Kompakt Extra, he’s back with another killer double header. “Opa” is steroid-driven funk with a heavily mental edge powerful enough to lift the roof off any club. “Der Alte” pays tribute to Germany’s long-running TV series “The Old Man” with a piano anthem that sits comfortably between Balearic disco and Detroit techno.

KRANKY
KRANK 160CD

HAUSCHILDT, STEVE: Tragedy & Geometry CD (KRANK 160CD) 13.00
“Perhaps the least prolific and quietest of the three members of Cleveland trio Emeralds, Steve Hauschildt is usually found at their live performances playing the serious scientist as foil to the other two members more animated stage presence. As a teen, Steve bypassed the typical young music fan obsessions over punk and hardcore musics, drawn instead towards mid-late ’90s techno/electro-revivalism and finding himself alone in an electronic universe of his own choosing. Steve has always considered himself more of an artist than a musician, and sees his work both in group and solo settings as much a visual experience as it is an aural one. The title Tragedy & Geometry is an ambiguous but subtle reference to Melpomene (Muse of Tragedy) & Polyhymnia (Muse of Geometry), or more specifically the collision/overlap of what they invoke. The opening track is also a direct reference to ‘Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence,’ the painting by the French artist Charles Meynier on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The album is a treatise on the idea that technology is becoming more disposable as it’s becoming more accessible, and how this circumstance has a more evident/direct effect on the interpersonal, i.e. relations, with others in the so-called ‘Age of Information.’ What results is a gorgeous, flowing, floating world of post-kosmische musik, Steve Hauschildt’s first widely available release, and his first major statement as a solo artist.”

KRANK 160LP

HAUSCHILDT, STEVE: Tragedy & Geometry 2LP (KRANK 160LP) 17.00
Gatefold double LP version.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 070LP

LOUVIN BROTHERS, THE: Tragic Songs Of Life LP (LITA 070LP) 21.00
“Tragic Songs of Life was originally released by Capitol Records in 1956, the Louvin Brothers’ first long-player with the label. Over 12 succinct Ken Nelson produced tracks, Ira and Charlie–backed by an economic supporting cast–sang tales that, according to reissue liner notes writer Jessica Hundley, ‘reflected the torment, tragedy, and terror of the human condition.’ Presented with original artwork, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes, Tragic Songs of Life is perfect for late night introspection and intimate moments, but please listen with a friend, you may need someone to hold onto. Despite the upbeat delivery of songs like ‘Katie Dear,’ there is something sinister lurking in the grooves.” Deluxe 180gm LP housed in old school tip-on gatefold jacket. Includes full color insert with period archival photos and extensive liner notes.

MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
MACROM 027LP

ELEKTRO GUZZI: Parquet 2×12″ (MACROM 027LP) 20.00
2×12″ version. Elektro Guzzi deliver one of the most thrilling live performance models for techno and an innovative leap in the art of band performance at the very same time. It’s almost the antithesis to what a band is supposed to be. While they use guitar, bass and drums only, they take the most unusual playing techniques and put them together into a rigid mechanical form where it all makes instant, evident sense. Yet, if they had not performed live extensively, becoming audience favorites from Mutek to Sónar or Berghain to Fabric, it would be hard to believe this is really how the music is created. Parquet, their second studio album, sees them in an unprecedented monomaniacal techno mode. Throughout the nine tracks, the distinctions between instruments and roles are totally vaporized. While their instrumental approach is at the core of their aesthetics, it really doesn’t matter anymore if one sound comes from a guitar or bass or drum — it has all been merged into one sonic unit and all there is, is the music as a unified entity. While all the qualities of live performance are at hand — real-time interaction, visual plausibility, instant miniscule adaptations — it is a radical break with what group performances have been about so far. Parquet is as much a straight-up club music record as it is rich with nuances and details. Astonishingly, while being their most rigid and dance-centered work to date, it also holds outbursts of beauty with tonal lines, ringing overtones and warm resonances. The rhythms are stripped down to the core and structured for affecting longer stretches of perception. Every track comes with a distinctive, almost “branding” feature — like the hypnotic meter-shifting line of “Affumicato,” the gated chords of “Pentagonia” or the abridged rhythm of “Absorber.” Actually, it all was recorded directly to analog tape. No edits, no overdubs. It’s the man-machine in real time and a hint at the love Elektro Guzzi put in the process.

METAL FACE RECORDS
MF 1107CD

MF DOOM: Operation Doomsday 2CD (MF 1107CD) 19.00
“Ask any true hip-hop fan and he can tell you exactly where and when he first heard MF Doom’s Operation Doomsday. Against seeming insurmountable odds, the album – bootlegged mercilessly, floating in and out of print on various labels since its release in 1999 gained mythical status amongst music aficionados of all backgrounds as one of the landmark releases of the past decade. At its core, one man, a microphone, an MPC 2000 and a Roland VS 1680. By the time of Operation Doomsday’s recording, DOOM was a transformed man: a veteran of hip hop’s aging ‘new school’ reinvented as the masked, abstract wordsmith of the now. His pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and stream-of-conscious flow over adventurous sample-based production created the yard stick by which rappers in the coming decade would measure themselves. Now Doom’s own Metal Face Records releases Operation Doomsday as a special remastered and expanded two-disc set, featuring a 32-page lyric book and a complete collection of alternate versions, B-sides and instrumentals. San Francisco-based artist Jason Jagel, who provided the painting for DOOM’s MM…Food, was enlisted to create both an updated version of the album’s iconic comic-book style cover art especially for this release. The entire set was produced under the watchful eyes of Doom himself. Expanded and deluxe, this is the complete Operation Doomsday experience.”

MOBILEE (GERMANY)
MOBILEE 086EP

LABEIJ (FEAT. BELLE), DAVID: Crazy Love 12″ (MOBILEE 086EP) 14.00
Amsterdam’s David Labeij’s solo career has taken off now that Polder, his live act with Lauhaus, is an established and high quality techno outfit. Labeij’s solo tracks are more on the hypnotic side of techno and house. Tracks “Crazy Love” and “Play You Again” feature guest Belle.

MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 7237EP

LOS CAVERNICOLAS: Primer Grupo ”Punk-Infantil” 7″ (MR 7237EP) 8.50
A bunch of 14-year-olds from Madrid making stupidly catchy punk. They dreamed of playing these previously-unreleased songs from 1983 at Madison Square Garden. Sadly, it never happened.

MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)
MM 036CD

DETTMANN, MARCEL: Conducted CD (MM 036CD) 17.00
This is the long-awaited second mix CD from Marcel Dettmann, resident at the notorious Berghain club in Berlin since even before it was called that, and one of the key artists on their label, Ostgut Ton. Dettmann’s previous mix CD was named best mix CD of 2008 by Resident Advisor. In 2010, he released his debut album Dettmann to high critical acclaim. In the meantime, he has also been building the profile of his own label MDR, and of course, he remains one of the most in-demand remixers around. The tracklist on Conducted includes a mix of newly-discovered talents, old re-discovered gems, and a few usual suspects, such as Sandwell District, Redshape and Shed. Conducted is a timeless mix from one of the most important players in today’s techno scene. Other artists include: Signal, Roman Lindau, Mono Junk, Reel By Real, Bluemoon Productions, The Analogue Cops, Vril, Milton Bradley, Silent Servant, Morphosis, Cheeba Starks Presents The Toupe Committee, O/V/R, Ben Klock, FBK and Answer Code Request. Includes a 24-page booklet with extensive track by track notes from Dettmann, plus pictures of the artists.

MM 155A-EP

DETTMANN, MARCEL: Conducted Sampler 1 12″ (MM 155A-EP) 12.00
Music Man Records is proud to present a sampler of the second mix CD from Marcel Dettmann. The tracklist of Conducted (MM 036CD) includes a mixture of new-to-be discovered talents, old-to-be re-discovered gems, and a few usual suspects. Conducted is a timeless mix from one of the most important players in today’s techno scene. This is the first of two vinyl samplers, including tracks by Bluemoon Productions (1990!), Morphosis, Signal and FBK.

MM 155B-EP

DETTMANN, MARCEL: Conducted Sampler 2 12″ (MM 155B-EP) 12.00
This is the second of two vinyl samplers, including tracks by Cheeba Starks (1996!), Vril, The Analogue Cops and Answer Code Request.

MUSIK KRAUSE (GERMANY)
MKR 038EP

FEINDREHSTAR: Triller EP 12″ (MKR 038EP) 12.00
The great strength of Feindrehstar lies in their engaging and dynamic live-show on the stage. If you see them once, you must see them again. Their latest on Musikkrause is supported by producers such as Axel Reinemer (Jazzanova), Michel Baumann (Soulphiction) & Wendelin Weiflbach (Metaboman, Krause Duo). The Triller EP brings an overdose of life into the room with an acoustic eruption of club music euphoria that manages a happy medium of exhaustion for all involved.

MUTE USA
MUTE 9513CD

CABARET VOLTAIRE: Johnny YesNo Redux 2DVD/2CD (MUTE 9513CD) 24.00
“Peter Care’s controversial short film, Johnny YesNo, was made in 1979. Its original soundtrack, recorded and produced by Cabaret Voltaire, was released as an album two years later. This release is a box set of music and film, comprising the original Johnny Yesno film, a new re-imagining of the film alongside 140 minutes of bonus material and 2CDs including new mixes by Richard H. Kirk plus exclusive tracks. Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and the Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late ’70s and were, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last thirty years. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire were prolific with blending dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental.” Contents: 2 NTSC All-Region DVDs (180 minute running time), plus 2 CDs (135 minutes of music).

NO QUARTER
NOQ 028CD

SALSBURG, NATHAN: Affirmed CD (NOQ 028CD) 13.50
“Louisville, Kentucky’s Nathan Salsburg is a folklorist, producer, and presenter of vernacular music for East Village Radio, the Drag City imprint Twos & Fews, and the Alan Lomax Archive, among other outlets. With his first solo record as a performer — entitled Affirmed, after the 1978 winner of horse racing’s Triple Crown — he enters a wholly new interaction with the corpus of American (and British) musical folklore. The album, seven original instrumentals and one trad arrangement, is a startlingly diverse synthesis of guitar traditions — from Gary Davis to Sam McGee; Peter Lang to Nic Jones — refracted through a compositional sensibility long on melodic adventurousness and short on repetition and drone, those shibboleths of the American Primitives. Affirmed is a remarkably confident, emotional debut by one of the most original and gifted young guitarists playing today.”

NOQ 028LP

SALSBURG, NATHAN: Affirmed LP (NOQ 028LP) 13.50
LP version. Includes mp3 download code.

ONE HANDED MUSIC (UK)
HAND 12007CD

WHITE, PAUL: Rapping With Paul White CD (HAND 12007CD) 18.00
“‘We don’t know where we’re going but we sure make a lot of noise getting there!” – so goes the tongue-in-cheek opening to Rapping With Paul White, the gifted South Londoner’s first full-length vocal project. It’s another left turn after last year’s intriguing Paul White & The Purple Brain excursion into prog and psych-rock and deserves to establish its mastermind as one of the most versatile and individual producers working today. Paul White first made his name with 2009’s instrumental opus The Strange Dreams of Paul White , which led Diplo to declare ‘I’m his biggest fan’ and The Independent to label him ‘a 21st century DJ Shadow’. While included in the ‘beats scene’ alongside Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and others, Paul White’s hip-hop sensibility has always been at the forefront, which partly explains why his 2010 podcast for LA’s Stones Throw Records racked up 300,000 downloads in just a few weeks and alerted a new audience to the young Brit. All this meant that assembling some of his favorite MCs was the easy part. Stones Throw artist Guilty Simpson appears twice, his grim warnings perfectly matching the sparse, brooding production on lead single Trust. Gap-toothed, mohawked Danny Brown is one of rap’s rising stars — a recent signing to A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, his lewd punchlines top White’s exuberant production on the not-safe-for-work ‘One Of Life’s Pleasures.’ There’s humor in New Yorker Homeboy Sandman’s turn too, as one of hip-hop’s most likeable lyricists recounts his cultural missteps during a trip to London over a quintessential Paul White track.”

ORNAMENTS (GERMANY)
ORN 020EP

NILMMNS, CARLOS: Subculture 12″ (ORN 020EP) 14.00
Analog machinefunk from Glasgow’s Carlos Nilmmns. On black and white swirl-colored vinyl. Who makes 12 inches more beautiful than Ornaments?

OSTWIND RECORDS (GERMANY)
OW 040EP

ALEX Q: Like A Summer Rain EP 12″ (OW 040EP) 12.00
A new artist enters the Ostwind team, Alex Q. The range of his sounds includes harmonic, deep as well as dubby tech-house and Detroitish house. This is reflected on his Ostwind EP Like A Summer Rain. This talented guy from Eisenhuettenstadt shows that he can find something good in everything, and the result is a beautiful record that makes you breathe calmly and deeply. Remixes from Marcus Schmidt vs. Double C, who create a wonderful dub house track.

PARTICLES (UK)
PARTBOX 001CD

VA: Electric Sound Show: An Assortment Of Antiquities 5CD BOX (PARTBOX 001CD) 57.00
…For The Psychedelic Connoisseur. Electric Sound Show is the official off-shoot CD compilation series that follows the long-deleted, vinyl-only compilation LP series, Incredible Sound Show Stories originally issued back in 1995 by Dig The Fuzz records. Particles presents for the first time ever, all five volumes as originally intended, providing a colorful voyage through the handsome and flamboyant heavens of psychedelia. Numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies only. This exclusive box-set provides complete and professional mastering with expansive and analytical liner notes from Psychomaniac, promising a wealth of archival material housed in a 56-page color booklet. Puff on that in your peace-pipe! Artists include: Tapestry, High Street East, Shakane, Matchbox, C.M.J. Gavin Hamilton, The Scenery, Grobbert & Duff, Clevedonaires, Gentry, The Motowns, The Motives, John Bryant, Rodney Bewes, Majority One, Elli, Ken Saul, Empty Vessels, Majority, The News, Izzy Pound, Blue Me, Closed, Cellophane, Pauls Collection, The Motions, Colored Rain, Leather Sandwich, The Flame, Avengers, Ro-D-Ys, Ram Jam Big Band, Procession, Adam And Dee, Cellophane, The Drifters, Blue Effect, Aros, Abdullah’s Regime, The Executives, Music Convention, Mantis, Blue Effect, Colored Rain, Baris Manco, After Tea, Ark, Gary Knight, Malcolm Mitchell, Jefferson Lee, Childe Harold, Paisley Patterns, Zimmos Thanatopsis, Amerika, Kindred Spirit, Dickens, Five By Five, Unsettled Society, Gaslite Village, Wildweeds, Freudian Complex, Billy Shears & The All Americans, The Trillium, Calliope, Amerika, Malcolm Mitchell, Owl, Me, Myself And Eye, Childe Harold, American Revolution, Oxford Watchband, Simon And De Sade, John Wonderling, Rob De Neys, Sir Henry, The Motions, Bill Wendry & The Boss Tweeds, Sweet Feeling, The Petards, Wishful Thinking, Blair Smith, Daddy Dewdrop, Ronnie James Reincarnation, Moan, Tages, Tower, King Biscuit Entertainers, The Ones, New Dream, Blair Smith, The Hounds, Sweet Thursday, Mayfly, Opus, Sammy Soul Set, Greenfield And Cook, Irish Coffee, Triangle, Made In Germany, George Cash, Georgia Brown, Mother Sunday, Objectivo, Blue Effect, Marsh Mallow, Czerwono Czarni, Tenderfoot Kids, Long Time Comin’, Giant Empire, Purple Wine, The Dream, Lucas, William Sheller and Cruise Lane.

PLAN 9/CAROLINE
CAROL 7515CD

MISFITS: Collection II CD (CAROL 7515CD) 13.50
“Collection II features 20 tracks including all of Earth A.D., early singles and some cuts by Danzig along with Eerie Von.” 1995 release.

CAROL 7520CD

MISFITS: Static Age CD (CAROL 7520CD) 13.50
Recorded in 1978, although not released until 1997. Includes “Bullet,” originally released as a single in 1978.

PL9 001CD

MISFITS: Misfits CD (PL9 001CD) 13.50
20 track compilation, released in 1986. Includes tracks from Legacy Of Brutality and Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood, plus alternate takes from the Horror Business, 3 Hits From Hell/12 Hits From Hell and Walk Among Us sessions.

PL9 002/3CD

MISFITS: Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood CD (PL9 002/3CD) 13.50
“The last Misfits album with Danzig on board, Earth A.D/Wolfs Blood is a seminal Misfits release and features nine tracks.” Originally released in 1983.

PL9 006CD

MISFITS: Legacy Of Brutality CD (PL9 006CD) 13.50
13 track collection of early material, circa 1978. Originally released in 1985.

PL9 008CD

MISFITS: Evilive CD (PL9 008CD) 13.50
1987 live album. Raw, scummy Danzig-fronted Misfits, featuring guest vocals from Henry Rollins on closing track “We Are 138.””You really should be doing music because you love playing music. And if you’re going out on the road, you’ve got to enjoy playing live. If you don’t like playing live, you shouldn’t be on the road, because people are paying to see you and they don’t want you up there all bored. That’s bullshit.” — Glenn Danzig

PLUS 8 (CANADA)
PLUS 8117EP

OSUNA, PACO: Four EP 12″ (PLUS 8117EP) 11.00
Paco Osuna is one of Spain’s finest electronic exports, investigating everything from dark and fierce to stripped and raw techno, and that’s the case once again on his Four EP. “Atopisimo” features unbalanced kicks, scattered glitches, dry claps and a churning percussion line. “What That” displays Osuna’s propensity to make heavy bass lines and “Jackathor” comes on like a distant train. To close is the more clipped but equally driven “Pum Pum.”

POST PRESENT MEDIUM
PPM 051LP

EARN: A Following Shadow LP (PPM 051LP) 13.50
“Earn is Matthew Sullivan, known to some already as Privy Seals, his extremely harsh noise project, collaborator with underground ambient artist Sean McCann, owner of the cassette label Ekhein, one half of the group 1958-2009 and former member of the legendary Deep Jew. A prolific gentleman with an ear for blissful engulfing tones and radiance that go beyond ambient or shoe gaze. His project Earn stands as a testament at his ability to use minimalism as an approach to guitar playing to find sounds, exude gentle brushes of color and embrace the emotional state of the player.”

RRYGULAR (GERMANY)
RRY 048EP

RAUDIVE: Love Is The Devil 12″ (RRY 048EP) 12.00
Producer Oliver Ho aka Raudive is not a dark horse — he returns to Rrygular with his new release Love Is The Devil. Straight and facing forward, but also “back to the roots” somehow, this Englishman knows how to use percussive elements without getting cheesy. A certain reference to electro is obvious, but it underlines the typical dirty Raudive sound, rather than trying to be referential. But who needs genres anyway? This is some kind of club-disco-techno-house-funk-electro monster.

RVNG INTERNATIONAL
FRKWYS 008CD

BLUES CONTROL & LARAAJI: FRKWYS Vol. 8 CD (FRKWYS 008CD) 14.00
“Volume 8 in the ongoing FRKWYS series on RVNG Intl. is a double album-length collaboration between Blues Control and Laraaji. Following the ‘fodder first’ tradition of previous FRKWYS installments, Vol. 8 was birthed over e-mail dialogue between RVNG and Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho of Blues Control. Blues Control’s evolved output gracefully arcs with influence and innovation that gleams electronic, New Age, and hard rock terrains. Laraaji’s name came up early in that conversation and felt intrinsic to Waterhouse and Cho’s own musical calling. After learning various instruments in his formative years and studying composition at Howard University, Laraaji eventually found his musical conduit in an electronically-modified zither. Laraaji’s 1979 album Celestial Vibration (recorded as Edward Larry Gordon) places the stringed instrument at the forefront on two side-length excursions in rhythmic ambiance. The 1980 album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, produced by Brian Eno for his ambient record series, further documented Laraaji’s zither explorations alongside Eno’s soundscaping. Laraaji continues to pursue music both in its recorded form and as a healing tool. Over two album sides, the listener is transported from the urban sound garden of ‘Awakening Day,’ through the soulful yow of ‘Light Ships,’ into the texture bliss of ‘City of Love,’ and finally the reflective pool of ‘Freeflow’. The first bonus track ‘Somebody Scream’ demonstrates Laraaji’s dexterous zither-playing over thirty-five minutes of music, while the second, ‘Astral Jam,’ starts with a Wu-like beat (courtesy of Laraaji) and warps into a rolling snare trance.” Includes a download code for the full album, plus an hour of bonus material.

SACRED BONES
SBR 064CD

CRYSTAL STILTS: Radiant Door EP CD (SBR 064CD) 11.00
“Sacred Bones is elated to present a new EP from a NY band that has been very near and dear to our hearts for many years now–Crystal Stilts. Recorded in early 2011 by Gary Olson, with the band’s guitarist JB Townsend producing, Radiant Door unveils some of the Stilts’ most dynamic recordings to date, and features the beguiling blend of romanticism and mystery that one expects from singer and lyricist Brad Hargett.”

SBR 064LP

CRYSTAL STILTS: Radiant Door EP LP (SBR 064LP) 13.50
LP version.

SEBASTIAN SPEAKS
SSP 012LP

VILLEMONTE, JOHN: People Like You LP (SSP 012LP) 15.00
“Incredibly haunting and lush private press gem from the mid-seventies. Wisconsin singer songwriter John Villemonte may be a native of the Midwest, but this rich album conjures up the same sort of hazy Southern California vibe as David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name. There are some smooth stoned vibes here a la Bread, but with a slightly unsettled edge, especially on tracks like the gorgeous ‘I Am the Moonlight’, a song also featured on the Numero Group’s stellar Lonesome Heroes compilation.””This record reminds me of what music made on a perfect evening on the edge of the Hawaiian rain forest, stoked on primo weed and some nice Pinot Noir, might sound like. All the women look like Peggy Lipton, all the men like Merrell Fankhauser.” — Stan Denski, The Acid Archives

SHIMMY SHAM SHAM
SSS 004EP

SHIMMY SHAM SHAM: Shimmy Sham Sham 04 12″ (SSS 004EP) 12.00
This anonymous house/edit series is back. And it has an Arthur Russell sample.

SMALLTOWN SUPERJAZZ (NORWAY)
STSJ 211CD

HEBDEN/STEVE REID/MATS GUSTAFSSON, KIERAN: Live At The South Bank 2CD (STSJ 211CD) 27.00
“The late Steve Reid, veteran jazz drummer and percussionist and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), the British electronic musician/producer young enough to be his grandson, present the fifth and final installment of their momentous synergy. The music on this double CD was recorded in concert on June, 20 2009 in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, as part of the Meltdown Festival curated by free jazz legend Ornette Coleman. For this marathon workout, Reid & Hebden were joined by Swedish power saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, whose fiery blowing style had inspired Kieran to seek out a drummer like Steve to work with in the first place. Live at the South Bank stands as a memorial to a thrilling and productive partnership sadly cut off in its prime.”

STSJ 211LP

HEBDEN/STEVE REID/MATS GUSTAFSSON, KIERAN: Live At The South Bank 2LP (STSJ 211LP) 24.00
“Vinyl version comes with download code and serves as Chuck Johnson’s inaugural placement into the pantheon of acoustic guitar players where he rightfully belongs.”

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (UK)
SJR 250EP

ROCKETNUMBERNINE: Lone Raver 12″ (SJR 250EP) 12.00
12″ by “intense experimental electronic group” Rocketnumbernine, supporting act for a New York performance from Radiohead (along with Kieran Hebden’s Fourt Tet) especially requested by Thom Yorke. “Their first single was released earlier this year on Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden’s own label. Rocketnumbernine have been touring and performing with Four Tet since 2010. Gilles Peterson has also been a long time fan which has led to a Rocketnumbernine live session on Gilles’ Radio One show and performing at his Worldwide Awards. Rocket No. 9 are London based brothers Ben (keyboards) and Tom Page (drums).”

SOUND CITY (SPAIN)
SNDCTY 7690LP

KESEY & THE MERRY PRANKSTERS, KEN: The Acid Test LP (SNDCTY 7690LP) 29.00
“‘As essential a piece of ’60s counterculture as you’re ever going to find on vinyl,’ as stated in the Acid Archives book by author Patrick Lundborg. This legendary document, recorded in January 1966 in San Francisco, depicts the early scene of what would become the psychedelic epicenter of the world, in this Acid Test staged by psych-godfather Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, with the Grateful Dead playing somewhere in the background. This is as close to 1966 San Francisco you will ever get, if you’ve ever regretted not having been there — or if you were and don’t remember. Reissue of the mega-rare original private press artifact, which recently pulled over $2000 in an online auction. Limited to 500 copies.”

SPOON/MUTE (UK)
SPOON 9519CD

CAN: Tago Mago 2CD (SPOON 9519CD) 18.00
“The new 40th Anniversary Edition of this genre-defying album comes packaged in the original UK artwork for the first time since 1971, and includes a bonus CD featuring (almost) fifty minutes of unreleased live material from 1972, remastered in 2011. Tago Mago, the first album with Damo Suzuki on vocals, features the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and was recorded at Schloss Norvenich in 1971, released later that year on United Artists. Can’s influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been. They themselves have always been impossible to classify and reflecting this, the scope of artists who in recent years have cited Can as a major influence is varied. Of all the band’s oeuvre, Tago Mago has been most often cited as an influence for a host of artists including John Lydon, Radiohead, the Fall, Ariel Pink, Fuck Buttons, Sonic Youth, Factory Floor and Queens Of The Stone Age. Geoff Barrow (Portishead) mentioned Can as his favorite and most inspiring band ever (The Quietus).”

STEADFAST RECORDS
SFV 013EP

LIONS OF JUDAH: Rhythmatism 12″ (SFV 013EP) 12.00
Steadfast Records presents three smoking tracks of deep, chunky techno from a collaborative project featuring John Daly and the mystery man known as 19.454.18.5.25.5.18… Actually, it seems like there’s only two tracks, but if you weren’t blazed enough to forget 19.454.18.5.25.5.18’s (wtf?) deep RA podcast, you should smoke this.

STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE
SAAH 070CD

JOHNSON, CHUCK: A Struggle Not A Thought CD (SAAH 070CD) 13.00
“Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician currently residing in Oakland, CA, whose musical acumen and resume is as diverse as it is impressive. He was a member of Spatula, Idyll Swords, & Shark Quest – influential bands in the Chapel Hill scene in the ’90s & early 2000s. However, an album comprised strictly of his solo acoustic guitar music has eluded him, until now. Johnson’s full length debut is an album brimming with sparkling finger style compositions that are just as forward thinking & jaw dropping as any revered documents by the steel string compositional masters, both past & present.”

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 321CD

BERROCAL, DAVID FENECH & GHEDALIA TAZARTES, JAC: Superdisque CD (SR 321CD) 15.50
Superdisque is the first album from the French trio formed by David Fenech (electric guitar) with Jac Berrocal (trumpet) and Ghédalia Tazartès (vocals). Somewhere beyond the borders of rock, jazz, punk and sound poetry — the vocals seem to come from another planet, with lyrics in an improvised language. The winds are blown from Tibetan human bones and conch seashells. Guitars sound like rubber and steel. Expect the unexpected. Special guest Zap Pascal (accordion) appears on one track. David Fenech is a French musician living in Paris. He has played and recorded with musicians such as Felix Kubin, Jad Fair, Tom Cora, Rhys Chatham, Bérangère Maximin, James Plotkin, Shugo Tokumaru, Ergo Phizmiz, and many others. His baroque style has been described as “a kind of punk musique concrète.” He is the origin of the Superdisque recording project, using his own home studio as an instrument. Jac Berrocal is a cult trumpet player living in Paris. He has played with various musicians including Pascal Comelade, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Nurse With Wound, Sunny Murray, Jacques Thollot, James Chance, Pierre Bastien, Aki Onda, Lol Coxhill, Catalogue, Christophe, etc. He’s also known for his famous Rock And Roll Station, recorded with Vince Taylor. Ghédalia Tazartès is an orchestra and a pop group in one person. His voice shifts constantly from child to diva, from African sorcerer to Tibetan monk. His hypnotic, disturbing polyphonies draw us into an emotional universe. It’s punk, sound poetry, folklore and electroacoustics rolled into one. Ghédalia has been recording music in his Parisian home studio for more than 40 years. He has also worked for theater, dance and more recently for cinema. Both Jac Berrocal and Ghédalia Tazartès appear on the famous Nurse With Wound list. CD version includes one bonus track not included on the LP.

SR 321LP

BERROCAL, DAVID FENECH & GHEDALIA TAZARTES, JAC: Superdisque LP (SR 321LP) 15.50
LP version. Superdisque is the first album from the French trio formed by David Fenech (electric guitar) with Jac Berrocal (trumpet) and Ghédalia Tazartès (vocals). Somewhere beyond the borders of rock, jazz, punk and sound poetry — the vocals seem to come from another planet, with lyrics in an improvised language. The winds are blown from Tibetan human bones and conch seashells. Guitars sound like rubber and steel. Expect the unexpected. Special guest Zap Pascal (accordion) appears on one track. David Fenech is a French musician living in Paris. He has played and recorded with musicians such as Felix Kubin, Jad Fair, Tom Cora, Rhys Chatham, Bérangère Maximin, James Plotkin, Shugo Tokumaru, Ergo Phizmiz, and many others. His baroque style has been described as “a kind of punk musique concrète.” He is the origin of the Superdisque recording project, using his own home studio as an instrument. Jac Berrocal is a cult trumpet player living in Paris. He has played with various musicians including Pascal Comelade, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Nurse With Wound, Sunny Murray, Jacques Thollot, James Chance, Pierre Bastien, Aki Onda, Lol Coxhill, Catalogue, Christophe, etc. He’s also known for his famous Rock And Roll Station, recorded with Vince Taylor. Ghédalia Tazartès is an orchestra and a pop group in one person. His voice shifts constantly from child to diva, from African sorcerer to Tibetan monk. His hypnotic, disturbing polyphonies draw us into an emotional universe. It’s punk, sound poetry, folklore and electroacoustics rolled into one. Ghédalia has been recording music in his Parisian home studio for more than 40 years. He has also worked for theater, dance and more recently for cinema. Both Jac Berrocal and Ghédalia Tazartès appear on the famous Nurse With Wound list.

SR 336LP

OTHIN SPAKE: The Nethack Dictionary LP (SR 336LP) 15.50
In March 2005, drummer Teun Vergruggen (Jef Neve Trio, Flat Earth Society) invited the eccentric guitar player Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS, Somnambula) and Rhodes/piano wizard Jozef Dumoulin (Määk Spirit, Magic Malik, Octurn) to play a single session based on pure improvisation. The result left most people wondering how to categorize this music, and brought Othin Spake on the stage for many concerts. Six years later, the band has played in many jazz and alternative venues in Europe, released three albums and invited several guests to play with them: bass legend Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, John Zorn) extraordinary New York harpist Shelley Burgon, pianist Fred Vanhove “St. Germain Boulevard” flutist Magic Malik, and last but not least, New York sax player Andrew D’Angelo. On The Nethack Dictionary, Othin Spake captures some of the highlights of these concerts. This vinyl-only release is a compilation of live recordings made between 2006 and 2011.

SWEET DANDELION (UK)
SWDDL 722LP

SERPENT POWER, THE: The Serpent Power LP (SWDDL 722LP) 29.00
“Led by poet, novelist and songwriter David Meltzer, the Serpent Power released this classic psychedelic folk-rock album in 1967. A true representation of the San Francisco area sound in the psychedelic era, the album features great male/female vocal harmonies, interesting but unusual lyrics and excellent guitar work. It’s also one of the first psych rock albums to have successfully introduced the influence of Middle Eastern music, as shown in the 13-minute classic ‘Endless Tunnel,’ some sort of raga-rock. Strictly limited to 500 copies. Remastered sound and original artwork.”

SWDDL 723LP

LONDON & THE SPARROWS, JACK: Jack London & The Sparrows LP (SWDDL 723LP) 29.00
“This embryonic formation of Steppenwolf is often credited as being the first British invasion band not only in Canada, but in the whole of North-America. Formed in Ontario in early 1964 by London-born Dave Marden (Jack London) the band quickly grew a good reputation and a solid local following. After moving to Toronto from their native Oshawa, the band released their only album: the first beat album in Canada to feature only original songs, and no covers. The album has several stand-out tracks, with a (as expected) marked Beatles/Zombies sound, and is often seen in ‘favorite’ lists by well-known rock’n’roll writers. Now rescued from obscurity after decades being unavailable on vinyl, this historic album finally receives its deserved reissue. Limited to 500 copies, with remastered sound and preserving the original artwork.”

TARTELET (DENMARK)
TART 020EP

MADSEN, SAMUEL ANDRE: Love Like This 12″ (TART 020EP) 12.50
Using the dingy dive bars and trance-inducing techno clubs of Copenhagen as his playground, producer/DJ Samuel André Madsen is fast on his way to becoming an internationally recognized exponent of timeless techno and classic, effervescent house. His sound draws on the vast expanses of vintage, American dance music, bringing about a growing production catalogue, where hypnotic echoes of Detroit hero Omar S and subtle pulses of Chicago house weave themselves in and out of the aural tapestry.

TYPE (UK)
TYPE 103LP

COLLINS, WILLIAM FOWLER: The Resurrections Unseen LP (TYPE 103LP) 18.00
There are dark forces at work deep in the deserts of New Mexico. William Fowler Collins has been hard at work since his last full-length effort, but collaborations with Gog and Aaron Turner (of Isis) haven’t deterred him from crafting this pitch-black follow-up. The ingredients won’t surprise fans of Perdition Hill Radio (TYPE 046CD/LP), but on The Resurrections Unseen, Collins further damages and buries his palette of sounds beyond all recognition. Howling field recordings are trapped between walls of tape hiss while white noise and twisted guitar suffers through overdub after overdub, leaving only the picked carcass of what was once a discernable sound. Much was made of its predecessor’s deconstruction of black metal, but The Resurrections Unseen takes this to another level entirely. The album is, for all intents and purposes, a black metal record — but any traces of blast beats, hoarse, blood-curdling vocals or shrill distorted guitar have been totally obliterated. What remains are bleak, windswept textures, spine-chilling rituals and the kind of doom-laden ambience that’ll have you double-bolting your doors and checking your phone lines. This is not theater though; Collins never resorts to the typical horror tropes, instead opting to suggest fear with the most restrained hand. As rolling hiss emerges from a muddy puddle of dank sub bass, it might take a few listens to pick out exactly what you’re hearing at all, but the terror is there from the very beginning. Many artists attempt dark music, but few really succeed — Collins has managed it by merely suggesting what our brains already know. A frightening thought, indeed. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, limited to 500 copies only.

VAKANT (GERMANY)
VA 040EP

ANONYM: Flivvers Vol. 1 12″ (VA 040EP) 12.00
While we know very little about Anonym, we do know that he hails from the legendary Motor City, and the true essence of his home town can be heard and felt in his music. Classic sounds constructed with a modern touch. Gritty, raw and crying out for sweaty basements.

VINILISSSIMO (SPAIN)
MRSSS 508LP

LA BARRA DE CHOCOLATE: La Barra De Chocolate LP (MRSSS 508LP) 25.00
La Barra De Chocolate was a short-lived project led by Pajarito Zaguri, a former member of Los Beatniks, Los Náufragos, and a key figure in the birth and development of Argentine rock. In 1968, he gathered some musician friends that used to visit the legendary Buenos Aires venue La Cueva. They soon caught the attention of the Music Hall record label and in 1969 released their first single, Hippies Y Todo El Circo/¿Cuál Es La Forma?. They also won the Festival Beat talent contest and their second single, Alza La Voz, sold over 40,000 copies. However, after the recording of their first album and the release of a few more singles, the band split the following year, unable to cope with their newfound success and perhaps due to the other music projects all the members had. This brief period was enough to produce a fantastic LP containing garage, beat, psychedelia and the influence of Bob Dylan which represents a brilliant portrait of late 1960s Buenos Aires. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with the original artwork.

MRSSS 509LP

TRAFFIC SOUND: Virgin LP (MRSSS 509LP) 25.00
Formed in 1968 by members of bands from Lima, Peru, such Los Hang Ten’s and Los Mad’s and other musicians, Traffic Sound started as a covers band playing songs by The Doors, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Their influences came from England and the U.S., and apart from some bossa nova played at rehearsals, Latin music didn’t feature in their repertoire. However, their origin and background could still be heard in their sound, something which they embraced even more after Santana’s success. Their first LP with self-written songs, Virgin (1969), is a masterpiece of Latin rock. In it, the band from Lima combined psychedelia, hard rock, a hint of progressive rock and a Latin tinge to create a personal, mighty sound full of details. The best example is “Meshkalina,” a track with references to Incan culture which became an anthem of the period and was heard all over Peru. The LP was a great success and even saw a U.S. release. Traffic Sound would record another two albums (Traffic Sound and Lux) which took them to greater success and tours in Brazil and Argentina, before finally disbanding in 1972. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with the original artwork; housed in a gatefold sleeve.

VINYL DID IT (SPAIN)
VDI 009EP

DEUTSCHMANN, OLIVER: Spaceship Earth EP 12″ (VDI 009EP) 12.50
Oliver Deutschmann delivers another top notch EP, showcasing his wide musical range and solid production skills. Supported by Anthony Collins, Arnaud Le Texier, Audiofly, Big Bully, Toby Dreher, Brothers Vibe, Dirty Doering, Mr. Statik, Larsson, Alland Byallo, Beaner, Giuseppe Cennamo and more.

WE PLAY HOUSE (BELGIUM)
WPH WHITE-EP

LUV JAM/OUTLANDER: WPH White 12″ (WPH WHITE-EP) 12.50
Three hot house/disco tunes on white vinyl from We Play House. Luv Jam returns with an absolute storming dancefloor track. With a surprising use of different instruments from this Welsh master of tension, Luv Jam nails you to the floor. On the B-side is a true legend of the game: the last original Outlander release saw the light of day back in 1995, and now 16 years later, Marcos Salon is back with two beautifully-crafted pieces of electronic music.

WESTERN VINYL
WEST 063CD

GOLDMUND: All Will Prosper CD (WEST 063CD) 13.50
“All Will Prosper, Keith Kenniff’s album under the Goldmund moniker, is a collection of 14 traditional Civil War-era folk songs and one contemporary track ‘Asoken Farewell.’ Kenniff has always been a student of Civil War history and culture. From the Ken Burns documentary series on PBS to Bill Carothers’ solo piano album The Blues and the Greys, he has studied and enjoyed the music that tied friends and families together in a time when the nation was being torn apart. Recorded over a period of five years in various houses in Massachusetts, Oregon, and North Carolina, Kenniff’s arrangements feel fresh and intimate, while retaining the wistful charms and timeless appeal of the originals. In part the album’s intimacy is created by his recording technique. With the top of the piano left completely open, microphones were placed close enough to capture the mechanical movement of the keys being pressed and the pedals squeaking. Similarly the acoustic guitar is close-mic’d, tracing the sounds of his fingers scraping and plucking the metal strings. The result creates a rich, almost hyper-real environment, where the tiniest details are magnified and brought to the surface.”

WEST 094CD

TANTON, CARTER: Freeclouds CD (WEST 094CD) 13.50
“Carter Tanton (formerly known as Tulsa and current member of Lower Dens) announced a national tour with the War on Drugs and Purling Hiss behind his full-length, Freeclouds. The album features the enchanting vocals of Boston dream-folk artist Marissa Nadler. Tanton’s last release with Tulsa, I Was Submerged won the approval of both the media and fans alike, praised by NPR, SPIN, and Rolling Stone, who said Tanton’s ‘indie-seraphim voice is not of this world.’ In addition to recording and co-writing one song on Marissa Nadler’s well-received 2011 album, Tanton has recorded albums by George Lewis Jr (Twin Shadow) and Drug Rug among others.”

WEST 094LP

TANTON, CARTER: Freeclouds LP (WEST 094LP) 16.00
LP version. Includes mp3 download code.

WOLFSKUIL RECORDS (GERMANY)
WOLF 022EP

WOLFF, TIM: Get Ready 12″ (WOLF 022EP) 12.00
Tim Wolff’s pure, stripped-down and uptempo techno productions fit Wolfskuil Records perfectly. Get ready for uncompromising, big-room techno. The title track is a relentless, peak-time monster. Old school piano stabs are accompanied by an enflamed speech, pounding rhythms and a huge breakdown, reminiscent of Dave Clarke’s ’90s classics. On remix duties are Dutch studio wunderkind Quince and Wolfskuil label boss Darko Esser. Quince delivers a stripped-down, dubbed-out funkcersize that’s as much a deep hypnotic excursion as a prime time secret weapon.

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