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12K
12K 2022EP IKIN, KANE: Contrail 7″ (12K 2022EP) 11.00
“Contrail marks Kane Ikin’s debut solo release outside of Solo Andata and while the same sense of dark, warm space is present he returns to his roots and focuses more on shoegaze guitar experimentations, lo-fi sample manipulations and warped field recordings. He recorded everything through and onto old technology — aged analog consoles, reel-to-reel tape — and all heard through a hazy science fiction filter. Steering away from the computer as a one-stop production tool, Kane’s recording process and mindset behind these songs makes for soft and lush sound. Pillow tones hover quietly over guitar plucks and warmly-distorted drones. ‘Sailing’ finds a gentle, broken rhythm, made from found percussion looping underneath a bed of strummed acoustic and walls of inharmonic ambient texture while the title track bathes the listener in sleepy chords and touchable, organic field recordings. Contrail comes packaged as a limited edition 7″ pressed onto clear vinyl and includes a download card for the two vinyl tracks as well as two additional songs, thus creating a 4-song EP.” Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies.
2DIY4 (GERMANY)
2DIY4 003EP POOL: Game Over EP 12″ (2DIY4 003EP) 14.00
2DIY4 presents two tracks by Hamburg indie-band Pool and their remixes by Solomun and Stimming. This is the debut release by Pool, who were founded by Daniel Husten, Nils Hansen and David Stoltzenberg. It’s a classic three piece band of guitar, bass, drums and vocals showcasing a multicolored sound. “Game Over” is a straightforward pop song and Solomun’s remix is a funky interpretation. “Don’t Call My Name” is an immediate groover and Stimming’s remix is a real viber.
3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)
3000GRAD 007EP KOLLEKTIV OST/SCHAUFLER & ZOVSKY: Landstreicher EP 12″ (3000GRAD 007EP) 12.00
Four exciting musical adventures are captured on this split 12″ from Kollektiv Ost and Schäufler & Zovsky. In his housey remix of “B1000,” Andre Kronert piles up layers of harmonic pads and light melodies. The minimal plot of the original by Kollektiv Ost roams twilight sceneries and explores sounds and effects. Schäufler & Zovsky’s “Leafs” combines dreamy melodies with functional rhythms. In his own version, Mollono.Bass concentrates on a catchy groove and creates a deep and hypnotic atmosphere.
ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)
ACKER 001LP MICRONAUT, THE: Friedfisch LP (ACKER 001LP) 18.00
LP version. Just as different types of fish can be found in different waters, so, too, do the acoustic tales of The Micronaut take place in different regions of the emotional landscape: sometimes warm, sometimes fresh — sometimes calm and stagnant, sometimes lively and floating. And just as all fish are connected by the water surrounding them, also this album has its connecting element: a very individual and independent groove. This groove comes with a lot of surprises. For instance, when a guitar chord from the acoustic band atmosphere of “Gründling” suddenly gets tangled up in a loop and introduces an unexpected but coherent change into the direction of broken, electronic beats. Or when the emotional world music elements of “Schleie” mix up with exciting halfstep rhythms. Sophisticated arrangements, unusual instrumentations and intense emotions — these are the main attributes of Friedfisch. Though the experimental character of this work does not really aim for the dancefloor, it still keeps its connection to this place.
ACKER 028EP VOM DORF, RICH: Blankenförde 12″ (ACKER 028EP) 12.00
Acker Records presents a 12″ from the mysterious and possibly Mediterranean Rich vom Dorf. Easy guitar sounds waft with the warm evening breeze when the captivating “Senorita Rita” strolls along. Her Southern temperament also bewitches the trumpeters of “El Chicacabra,” which hovers weightlessly above the rhythms and the trembling bass. Mollono.Bass’ remix pushes it all even further by twisting fiddle and trumpet sounds around his unmistakable groove.
AND MUSIC (GERMANY)
AND 016EP AUDISION: Up & Away EP 12″ (AND 016EP) 12.00
Audision’s Up & Away is two back-number tracks which were recorded four years ago. They had been searching for the right moment to release them up to now. In 2011, Robag Wruhme did an edit for the track “Yellow Sunset.” As he played it during the summer, the reactions were amazing. Finally, he decided to combine these three tracks and release them together on this 12″. On white vinyl with a postcard.
ARMY OF GOD (NETHERLANDS)
AOG 001EP ARMY OF GOD: Salvation 12″ (AOG 001EP) 12.50
The Army Of God are on the march. Glorious slow-mo dark wave vibes on this debut cut, “Salvation.” The original is followed by a re-structured dub version. Spaventi D’Azzuro turns in a sophisticated re-make all over the flip — simultaneously exposing his Italian roots and the era he grew up in. Limited edition.
ASAFA RECORDS (UK)
ASAFA 001EP HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS: Drums Of Steel 12″ (ASAFA 001EP) 16.00
“Narcotic, moody, driving excursions combining pedigree, stripped techno with African drumming, mbira and pan. Brand new label. Silk-screened sleeve.”
BANANASTAN
BSR 4502EP PARKS, VAN DYKE: Amazing Graces/Hold Back Time 7″ (BSR 4502EP) 11.00
“The third single in the series: ‘Hold Back Time’ is a love song while ‘Amazing Graces’ is an orchestral variation on a hymn. Both front and back sleeve art are photos of two life-size Van Dyke Parks statues by sculptor Charles Ray.”
BBE (UK)
BBE 173A-LP KENT, AL: The Best Of Disco Demands 2LP (BBE 173A-LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version, part one of two. “The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s – I couldn’t give you an exact year because it didn’t feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe make a little of the money back I was spending on them. Buy some food and stuff. There’s always been Disco comps around of course but there was rarely anything that strayed too far from the standards, the same songs kept appearing over and over again, or the comps would feature records you could pick up anywhere for little money. I’ve never seen the point in that. I gave up judging a record on its value or rarity a long time ago but surely there’s more to disco than Exodus, Martin Circus, Mass Production and all those Salsoul, West End and bloody Prelude records. So it was a nice surprise to find that there were other people out there who thought the same way. Volume 1 was pretty straightforward – just some nice records, with the only edit being an instrumental of Disco Socks; a strange, thinly veiled reference to the disco sucks movement.”
BEST WORKS (GERMANY)
BWR 012EP FISCHER/FABIAN DIKOF, FELIX: White Dots/Around The World EP 12″ (BWR 012EP) 12.00
Best Works presents the debut of two young aspiring producers from Berlin. Both of them learned their early skills in a youth project that was developed and run by label-owner and producer Andre Lodemann. This release is a beautiful connection between Andre Lodemann’s former job as a street/social-worker and his work today as a producer and DJ. The track by Felix Fisher is a Detroit-oriented tech-house track and Fabian Dikof’s is more dub/house influenced. Remixes by Christian Prommer and Phonique.
BIOPHON (NORWAY)
BIO 005LP BIOSPHERE: Substrata 2LP (BIO 005LP) 33.00
One of the all-time classic ambient albums finally available on strictly limited edition 180 gram vinyl. The vinyl edition of Substrata is released by Geir Jenssen’s own label, Biophon. It comes as a double gatefold album featuring the bonus track “Laika” (14:35). Biosphere is widely-regarded as one of the legendary names in ambient/electronic music. Residing in Norway, near the Arctic Circle, he has found the focus to slowly and steadily create a self-contained aural universe, made up of reflective and immersive sound sculptures. For almost 15 years, he has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums. 1997’s Substrata, which marked Jenssen’s embarkation towards an intensely minimal style, is not only often considered to be Jenssen’s best work to date, but is also seen as one of the all-time classic ambient albums. Re-mastered by Stefan Betke @ Scape Mastering, Berlin. New artwork by David Coppenhall.
BIO 006LP BIOSPHERE: N-Plants 2LP (BIO 006LP) 33.00
Strictly limited edition gatefold 2xLP pressing of N-Plants by Norway’s Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere. “Early February 2011: Decided to make an album inspired by the Japanese post-war economic miracle. While searching for more information I found an old photo of the Mihama nuclear plant. The fact that this futuristic-looking plant was situated in such a beautiful spot so close to the sea made me curious. Are they safe when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis? Further reading revealed that many of these plants are situated in earthquake-prone areas, some of them are even located next to shores that had been hit in the past by tsunamis. A photo of Mihama made me narrow down my focus only to Japanese nuclear plants. I wanted to make a soundtrack to some of them, concentrating on the architecture, design and localizations, but also questioning the potential radiation danger (a cooling system being destroyed by a landslide or earthquake, etc). As the head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said: ‘the plants were so well-designed’ that ‘such a situation is practically impossible.’ The album was finished on February 13th. On March 17th, I received the following message from a FB friend: ‘Geir, some time ago you asked people for a photo of a Japanese nuclear power plant. Is this going to be the sleeve of your new coming album? But more importantly: how did you actually predict the future?'”
BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)
BPC 246EP CHAIM: Robots On Meth 12″ (BPC 246EP) 12.00
BPitch Control presents Robots On Meth from Chaim. The 12″ begins with an unreleased track called “Levantina” that combines no-frills, rolling, jacking beats with opulent synth melodies. The drama really starts to unfold with the introduction of vocals from Adi Shabat. The flip-side offers two complementary remixes from David K. On the “BenZona” remix, David strips the Robots down to dancefloor-friendly tech-house beats and the raw spoken voice of guest vocalist JAW (dOP). “The Bubble Mix” surprises the listener with cosmic sparkling old-school synths.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 087LP DORAU, ANDREAS: Blumen Und Narzissen LP (BB 087LP) 17.00
LP version. If it had been up to Andreas Dorau’s teacher, “Fred Vom Jupiter,” his biggest hit, would never have seen the light of day. The 16 year-old Dorau wrote the song during project week at school and his tutor was of the opinion that the composition was therefore the intellectual property of his institute of learning. Luckily, the teacher in question didn’t get his way. And, as they say, the rest is history. In the year 1981, the small, cool Düsseldorf label Ata Tak first released “Fred Vom Jupiter” as a single, selling 20,000 copies in the space of a few months, followed up by the Blumen Und Narzissen LP. It is a strange album, for the most part conceived and executed by a 16 year-old on a family holiday in the mountains. And what is even more extraordinary: it was successful. For Blumen Und Narzissen was a pop album, and when one considers the time (1981) and place (FRG) of its creation, then nothing would have appeared to have had less of a chance of success than a pop album in Germany. The mainstream charts were led by the Smurfs and Ernst Mosch, bars and discos resounded to the sound of Deutschrock and blues, while beyond the mainstream, well-meaning tree-huggers and punks ruled the roost — two marginal groups whose seriousness was a bore. A tiny niche was occupied by Dorau’s soulmates, the likes of Der Plan, Palais Schaumburg et al, but in this very niche they were destined to remain. Blumen Und Narzissen is — even decades later — a great album. Dorau had actually planned on issuing not just the one single on Ata Tak, but ten further singles, each on a different independent label he admired. Thus Blumen Und Narzissen sounds just like that: a collection of singles. “Nordsee,” “Junger Mann,” and “Tulpen Und Narzissen” certainly had the potential to become hits. Connoisseurs will note parallels to the golden years of pop: singles, a girl group (Die Marinas), a passion for style. And now? Not much has really changed. The German charts continue to showcase an equally gruesome parade of local talent. And because good pop music is good pop music, Blumen Und Narzissen has found and will continue to find fans both at home and abroad. Both strange and contrary, Blumen Und Narzissen sounds neither old-fashioned nor 30 years old. On 180 gram vinyl with a printed innersleeve with photos and liner notes.
BB 088LP DORAU, ANDREAS: Die Doraus & Die Marinas Geben Offenherzige LP (BB 088LP) 17.00
…Antworten Auf Brennende Fragen. LP version. After the success of his debut album Blumen Und Narzissen (1981), featuring his “Fred Vom Jupiter” hit, German new wave/pop upstart Andreas Dorau was urged by his new record company, Teldec, to come up with a sophomore effort as soon as possible. To bridge the gap, Dorau first released a single entitled “Kleines Stubenmädchen,” a jaunty number with amusing lyrics and a professional, radio-friendly production. But Dorau had not reckoned with the sensitivity of the censors: the humorless sexism detector ruthlessly raised the alarm amongst the radio stations. Those making the decisions at Teldec had the odd idea of asking Dorau to record an apology or explanation on cassette for radio programmers to play either before or after the incriminating song. Dorau could have filled a whole cassette to clarify the subject, perhaps even upholding a claim to artistic freedom. But — doffing his cap to the spirit of punk — Dorau naturally rejected the suggestion. A shame. Teldec lost interest in Dorau and the album was released on CBS — minus “Stubenmädchen,” of course. A far greater problem loomed, however: the musical landscape of the Federal Republic of Germany had changed since the release of Blumen Und Narzissen. Major record companies had radically commercialized what Alfred Hilsberg had once benevolently termed “Neue Deutsche Welle” (NDW)/German New Wave (thinking of bands such as Fehlfarben, Der Plan, D.A.F.). They remolded rock bands into new wave bands, wrote idiotic ditties and had clueless jumping jacks and jills perform them. One can imagine that Dorau did not exactly jump for joy when he realized he was about to be lumped in with the rest of them. The relationship between Dorau and his sophomore work was clouded from the word “go.” And it still is. Although it is actually a really good record: from the psychedelic lyrics of “Polizist,” “Sandkorn” and “Texas” to beautiful observations of daily life (“Feierabend”), the music meanders its way through snappy pop, bossa nova, exotica, disco and new wave. A certain, unique strain of psychedelia courses through the whole album, detectable in the cover, the lyrics and the instrumentation. Of course, there’s a world of difference between Die Doraus Und Die Marinas Geben Offenherzige Antworten Auf Brennende Fragen (trans. “The Doraus And Marinas Give Openhearted Answers To Burning Questions”) and the “idiots of NDW.” But try explaining that to the man on the street. By the way: “Kleines Stubenmädchen” is included on this re-release as a bonus track, along with three others. On 180 gram vinyl with a printed innersleeve with photos and liner notes.
DAIS
DAIS 028EP PRURIENT: Wrapped In The Flame Of Illusion 2X7″ (DAIS 028EP) 16.00
Full title: Wrapped In The Flame Of Illusion, Masked In The Clay Of Behavior. “Recorded within the bleak transitional period immediately prior to the sessions that would now become known as Bermuda Drain, Dominick Fernow sketched out four compositions which can only be framed as ‘ambient power electronics.’ Some of Fernow’s most destitute works to date; this release captures Prurient at its most vulnerable and sedate, reflective and rapt. Compositions that throw away that past decade of experience, only to start at the foundation of his art. Original exclusive cover art collage by artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Limited to 500 copies.” Hand-numbered; on purple and orange vinyl.
DEKMANTEL (NETHERLANDS)
DKMNTL 008EP VEDOMIR: Untitled 12″ (DKMNTL 008EP) 14.00
Super-strong two-tracker from Vedomir.
DKMNTL A5_1EP VA: Dekmantel Anniversary Series: Part 1 12″ (DKMNTL A5_1EP) 12.50
First part of the Dekmantel Anniversary series, featuring two house tracks from Juju & Jordash and Morphosis. To celebrate Dekmantel’s 5-year anniversary, the Amsterdam-based label will release a compilation which features tracks from friends and artists who have performed at Dekmantel’s parties. In a series of five EPs, the label presents the genres that they have become know for throughout The Netherlands and beyond: quality house and techno.
DELMORE RECORDINGS
DEL 023CD DALTON, KAREN: 1966 CD (DEL 023CD) 15.00
“In 1966, Carl Baron brought his reel to reel over to her remote cabin in Summerville, Colorado and recorded one of those exquisite musical evenings. Karen and Richard Tucker were rehearsing for a gig when Carl hit the record button. The result is a 45-year-old tape, carefully exhumed, documenting Karen at her most raw and unfiltered. On it are Fred Neil and Tim Hardin songs we’ve never heard Karen give voice to before, as well as traditional songs she uncannily makes her own, including a devastating version of ‘Katie Cruel’, that is so powerful, it is as if the ghost of Katie Cruel seeped into her blood. This recording is a window to her Summerville cabin opened, allowing us to eavesdrop on Karen Dalton at her most pure and unaffected. Newly unearthed rehearsal tape from 1966. Features Karen solo on banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. Many never heard before covers including ‘Reason To Believe’ and ‘Don’t Make Promises’ by Tim Hardin, and ‘Other Side To This Life’ by Fred Neil. KD at her most intimate and unfiltered. CD booklet contains beautiful, unseen photos (including Karen with Fred Neil and Tim Hardin), and a 3500 word essay by Ben Edmonds (MOJO and currently working on a biography of Tim Hardin).”
DEL 023LP DALTON, KAREN: 1966 LP (DEL 023LP) 20.00
LP version housed in tip-on jacket, with four page heavy insert, exclusive color portrait and download card.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 009LP PANTHA DU PRINCE: This Bliss 2LP (DIAL 009LP) 18.00
2012 repress, originally released 2007; double LP version. This is DJ, producer, composer and furniture maker Hendrik Weber’s (aka Pantha Du Prince) second full-length release on Dial. Weber has always explored new worlds of sound under pseudonyms such as Panthel, Gluhen4 or as bassist of Hamburg-based group, Stella. 2006 was a fine, fine year for Pantha du Prince — his remixes for Depeche Mode and Phantom/Ghost plus the 12″ single Lichten/Walden were all met with the highest acclaim and critique. The follow-up to all this, This Bliss is an album that aspires to push all boundaries from the heart of house and techno music. It was produced here and there, on trips visiting friends. On trains, planes and automobiles while travelling between Hamburg, Berlin, New York and an old Parisian monastery. From Terry Riley to Wim Mertens, Robert Skempton to the mighty ski jumper Steiner, Pantha Du Prince takes inspiration from a varied and wondrous spectrum of composers and artists. Pantha Du Prince invites invasions and emissions as a source of inspiration to motivate the interpretation of his music. Before concluding that Pantha Du Prince is taking us down a road of obscurity — immediately refrain from such thoughts. This Bliss is one of the most harmonious and blissful audio journeys in dance music arguably heard in the past half decade. The clear origins and destinations his music take you to and from are ever present (see Detroit, Moodymann, minimal and acid) but the true thread that seems to hermetically hold This Bliss album together is a mood of exquisite melancholy that is inherent to each track.
DIGITALIS
DIGI 035LP NOVA SCOTIAN ARMS: Cult Spectrum LP (DIGI 035LP) 18.00
Grant Evans, who is also of Quiet Evenings alongside his wife Rachel (aka Motion Sickness Of Time Travel) and co-curator of the Hooker Vision label, is the brains behind Nova Scotian Arms. Throughout numerous releases, he has shown a consistent ability to keep listeners guessing as he explores endless sonic territories. With Cult Spectrum, Evans is drowning himself in a hazy aural sea. Like much of his work, there is a very distinct mood on Cult Spectrum. This is funereal music that is stretched to the breaking point — distant echoes are buried underground in a delicate mix of sounds that are as cosmic as they are organic. This duality is at play straight-off with the masterful opener, “Gathering/Composition.” Soaring in crystal skies on beds of hiss, each strained note from Evans’ Rhodes piano emerges from the murk like an anchor keeping the song and the mood forlorn. Tape-loops and radio interference deliciously muddy the waters on the 16+ minute “Emulsion,” combining all those and more into a cacophonous stew. Acoustic guitars circle around in a swirling synthetic drain — each wave emerging in stages as Evans shows considerable compositional skill in the way the piece is put together. With “Overcast (1st Delay)” comes a melancholic, skyward glance, taking shape through tonal dichotomies. This is the sound of dissonance sculpted and shaped into something far greater than the sum of its parts, leaving its mark long after the final, ghostly seconds of “Hearse Overdub (Decomposition)” fade away. Evans is digging a tunnel, heading straight for the sun. Mastered by Lawrence English and cut to vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 500 copies only.
DUMB-UNIT (CANADA)
DU 066EP CAULFIELD & CESARE VS DISORDER/QUEEN ATOM, JEREMY P.: Dynasty EP 2 12″ (DU 066EP) 12.00
The Dynasty 2 EP is a catchy, propulsive and romantic release, providing four energetic songs of varying mood. The EP includes Cesare’s road-tested “What Do U Want,” a straightforward, old school banger with deep, distorted synths and monster vocal hooks. The track is then also remixed by both Jeremy & Cesare, adding both depth and character to the already powerful original. “Young Pretenders” is a booming ode to late-night hedonism that busts open with energy and dynamism.
ENDLESS FLIGHT (JAPAN)
EF 041EP LAST WALTZ: Tangiers 12″ (EF 041EP) 15.50
Last Waltz are Geoff Leopard, El.Dee and Mick Rolfe, three DJs/musicians/producers who have all been heavily involved in the northeast UK underground musical scene for many years. After working and playing together, and also as hosts of the UK’s more discerning parties, the trio finally releases their own music into the wild. The original version of “Tangiers” is a bluesy Balearica track and the Cottam version is a more clubby slow-house remix.
FABRIC (UK)
FABRIC 121CD VISIONQUEST: Fabric 61 CD (FABRIC 121CD) 17.00
“Visionquest are a dynamic, charismatic and unstoppable force that have quietly crept up and grasped the horns of dance music in 2011. Comprising of Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves, four Detroit refugees who each have their solo careers in their own right, together they career through barren terrain and mystical energies in the next episode of the fabric series. In Native American cultures, a Visionquest is a spiritual quest associated with new beginnings and revelatory journeys. Meeting as teenagers in the collapsed city of Detroit, these four young creatives embarked on their own voyage together that has brought them to the forefront of the electronic music community. Surrounded by the explosion of techno in their home city, they each connected deeply with its heartbeat. The youngest of the pack, Seth Troxler’s stepfather was himself a DJ and they each began playing and promoting local events. Keen to etch their own mark as DJs and producers in the wider world, they eloped to Berlin and forged successful solo careers, before coming together again to form the Visionquest production collective responsible for crossover remixes such as Tracey Thorn ‘Swimming’ and Kiki ‘Good Voodoo’. In 2011 they formed the Visionquest label that houses a rising circle of talent such as Footprintz, Laura Jones, Tale Of Us and the biggest track of the year from Benoit & Sergio ‘Walk and Talk’. ‘When deciding together which tracks we wanted to go with we took into consideration the timelessness of the songs, tracks from our past and our present and presented them to tell our story. The start is very representative of the Visionquest DJ sound and the end shows the eclectic sound of our label. It goes from music for clubs to music for life,’ said Shaun Reeves.”
GET ON DOWN
GET 52715CD ZAPP: Zapp CD (GET 52715CD) 15.00
“Zapp is the self-titled debut album from the brothers Troutman, a collective of funky Ohio natives famous for their Parliament Funkadelic affiliations, heavily sampled source material, and iconic repeated use of the talk-box. The legend of Zapp has grown exponentially over the years, but this album is where it all began. Heavily sampled by the likes of Notorious B.I.G., EPMD, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Dr. Dre and more, Zapp has proven that it’s creative longevity is far reaching and timeless. Roger and Larry Troutman met an untimely end in the late 1990s, however, their spirit lives on through this incredible remastered and repackaged release. Packaged in a 4-panel digipak and available for the first time anywhere on CD — Get On Down is proud to present Zapp’s self-titled debut the way it was intended to be heard.”
HONEST JON’S RECORDS (UK)
HJP 062EP ACTRESS: Meets Shangaan 12″ (HJP 062EP) 11.00
Honest Jon’s Records presents Actress’ insidiously inventive take on the Shangaan style and the most eagerly-awaited installment in this 12″ series.
HYDRA HEAD
HDH 229CD PYRAMIDS/HORSEBACK: A Throne Without A King CD (HDH 229CD) 14.50
“A sprawling beast of unique nature – at once beguiling, terrifying and completely immersive. A more successful pairing of experimental-metal-drone-ambient-krautish-noise-rock collaborators you are unlikely to find, in our reality or any of its parallel relatives. Exclusive individual tracks from both participants, combined with their 45-minute collaborative sonic mass in four parts.”
IDEOLOGIC ORGAN (FRANCE)
SOMA 004LP KANG, EYVIND: Visible Breath LP (SOMA 004LP) 20.00
“Eyvind Kang’s tremendous efforts on Sunn O)))’s Monoliths & Dimensions album helped elevate the group’s presence to a new level creatively and aesthetically. We were fortunate and perhaps even destined to have this crossing. During this period Kang also premiered the pair of pieces presented on side A of this album, ‘Visible Breath’ and ‘Monodology.’ I was fortunate to witness an ensemble concert of these compositions titled ‘Grass’ in Seattle which featured many of the same amazing musicians we’d been working with on the O))) record, notably the most respected elders Julien Priester and Stuart Dempster. Their presence was such an honor and also an unpredictable inspiration due to their incredibly rich lives producing new and experimental music. The ‘Grass’ recording done at the time lay dormant for many years. It’s my pleasure to present these incredible compositions to the world through this humble effort. Side B is a new piece recorded in summer 2011 with pedal steel and cello, a beautiful excursion of harmonics, ghost tones, and integral interpretation titled ‘Thick Tarragon.’ Delicate, enjoyable and translucent as white fields of grass.” –Stephen O’Malley, October 2011; Ideologic Organ curation and art direction by Stephen O’Malley. Stewart Dempster (trombone); Julian Priester (trombone); Cuong Vu (trumpet); Taina Karr (oboe); Timb Harris (violin); Eyvind Kang (viola); Jessika Kenney (voice); Miguel Frasconi (glass); Cristina Valdez (piano); Steve Moore (electric piano); Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar); Janel Leppin (modified cello). Mastered & vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, October 2011.
IMPULSE!
IMP 9154HLP SHEPP, ARCHIE: The Magic Of Ju-Ju LP (IMP 9154HLP) 17.00
Gatefold 180 gram reissue of tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp’s 1967 “tour de force.” “…combining free jazz tenor with steady frenetic African drumming. Shepp’s emotional and fiery tenor takes off immediately, gradually morphing with the five percussionists — Beaver Harris, Norman Connor, Ed Blackwell, Frank Charles, and Dennis Charles — who perform on instruments including rhythm logs and talking drums. Shepp never loses the initial energy, moving forward like a man possessed as the drumming simultaneously builds into a fury.” –All Music Guide
ITEMS & THINGS (GERMANY)
ITEM 010EP MORE, TOMAS: The Door 12″ (ITEM 010EP) 12.00
French producer Tomas More presents five tracks of twisted dance music with eerie yet rich and beautiful atmospheres. “The Big Shot” teases and taunts with handclaps and bouncy baselines playfully skipping from start to finish. “Machine’s Perfume” is a passage of deep space ambience where sparse machine noises are laid bare. “Eating You Is The Only Solution” has acid twitches and a melancholic robot voice wondering where everyone has gone. “Road To Nowhere” is groovy and moody electronica with beautiful, building melodies.
KAY-DEE RECORDS
KDCD 003CD MELLOW MADNESS: Mellow Madness CD (KDCD 003CD) 15.00
“The Mellow Madness Band was formed in the early ’80s by two school educators, Frank McNeil, a school principal, and Malachi Sharpe, a high school band teacher. The two opened a music school to teach young talented music students. The school was named Play-Rite Music — this was the birth of the Mellow Madness Band. The band’s name was birthed out of the philosophy of producer Frank McNeil and band manager and arranger Malachi Sharpe, which was to play mellow music with a funky sound. And now in 2012 Kay-Dee Records has put together these mixes from unreleased master tapes with Kenny Dope on the boards at his Kay-Dee Studio’s, N.J.”
KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)
LDN 025EP KOWTON/DUSK: Kowton V Dusk EP 12″ (LDN 025EP) 11.00
The Kowton V. Dusk EP is another milestone on the M4 bass exchange: a dialogue between England’s two most sub-saturated cities, Bristol and London. Capital-based Dusk and West Country-resident Kowton contribute three tracks in total: Dusk’s “Fraction” (FACT Magazine calls it a “definite highlight”), Kowton’s “Looking At You,” which inhabits the space between house, UK funky and dubstep, and Kowton’s re-mix of “Fraction,” a master class in offbeat percussion and evolving groove.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 244EP WHOMADEWHO: Inside World 7″ (KOM 244EP) 8.00
WhoMadeWho, the genre-bending trio of Jeppe Kjellberg, Tomas Høffding and Tomas Barfod fuse pop and disco memes with punk paraphernalia. The first single from their upcoming full-length Brighter is prime stuff as expected, with Jeppe Kjellberg’s characteristic vocal hitting the pop-nerve while Tomas Høffding’s soft falsetto holds the song together. The exclusive flipside features a grandiose acoustic version of “Inside World” graced by the warm baritone of John Grant, former lead vocalist with The Czars.
KOM 247LP VA: Pop Ambient 2012 LP+CD (KOM 247LP) 18.00
LP version, with CD of the entire album. Pop Ambient 2012 begins in an unusually new but nevertheless somehow familiar fashion. Mohn with “Manifesto” is the opening act. A manifest of slowness. A slowness that Jörg Burger and Wolfgang Voigt have taken up as a new mission. Mohn is their new ambient-grunge-downbeat project, scheduled to depart on its official musical journey to Middle Earth early 2012. What follows is equally surprising: the old Kompakt swashbuckler Superpitcher is taking part for the very first time. His piece “Jackson” is borne by a slightly uncanny, spherical voice floating above a jazzy pop accord coolness and faintly ’70s sequencer aesthetics. It is followed by a familiar face from past times who is making an anonymous return on Kompakt under his new pseudonym Morek. “Pan” is a textbook example of a classical piece of pop ambient music. Timeless elegance. Magazine, the “Krauty” electronic guerrilla from Cologne-Deutz, has tailored the piece “The Visitors Bureau” we all know from Magazine 4 into a measure-made ambient frock. Then comes Jörg “Triola” Burger with a solo appearance. His multi-faceted, intricately-woven Arabian Nights-style sounds, with effectively placed harmonic shifts reminiscent of Pink Floyd in the best of their phases, indicate why the piece “Richmodis” was named after an old Cologne saga. Enter the Pope of Ambient: Wolfgang Voigt masterfully continues his impressive creative ambient frenzy in “Rückverzauberung 5,” not by stagnating on the usual planes but by further developing his new concept into a novel direction of abstract jazz. Bvdub is taking part for the third time, leaving nothing to be desired with his sensitive musical signature. Likewise, Marsen Jules constantly refines his bizarre, flickering sound constructions and even adds percussion drums that are atypical for ambient. Simon Scott is a newcomer to Pop Ambient but certainly no unknown face. The Englishman already impressed the scene a while ago on the Miasmah label. His contribution “For Martha” is a particularly good piece of classical pop ambient music. A relaxing final appearance is provided by a good friend of the house: Axel “The Field” Willner alias Loops Of Your Heart charms us with a light-footed, pleasantly-filled guitar loop tempting us to press the Start button at the end.
KOM 249EP WALLS: Into Our Midst 12″ (KOM 249EP) 12.00
London’s Krautpop duo Walls continue their voyage to distant planets, hovering over alien continents. Starting off procedures with some trademark drone work, the title-track soon introduces a danceable beat pattern straying not too far away from what luminaries like Caribou or Animal Collective are doing to tighten up their jam sessions, but with lush vocals, succulent textures and a hallucinatory bloom. Backed up by an exclusive edit and unreleased freeform thump-out “Idle Sway,” this 12″ brings the bounce back to the chill-out.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 079CD CHAPMAN, MICHAEL: Rainmaker CD (LITA 079CD) 15.00
“On the heels of 2011s superb reissue by Light In The Attic of Michael Chapman’s 1970 classic album Fully Qualified Survivor (LITA 060CD/LP) comes his 1969 debut Rainmaker (originally released on the seminal Harvest label). Like the FQS album, Rainmaker is a psychedelic-guitar-folk delight. The album kicks off with one of Chapman’s best known songs ‘It Didn’t Work Out’ — which features a stellar cast of legendary English musicians of the era; Guitarist ‘Clem’ Clempson was in the prog-band Bakerloo (soon after playing with Chapman he’d join jazz-rockers Colosseum and then Humble Pie) Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (his resume includes John Mayall, Eric Burdon, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Lou Reed), bassist Alex Dmochowski (long time Dunbar comrade) were both in Dunbar’s Retaliation. Organ player Norman Haines was in Locomotive (another obscure, but legendary progressive English band of the day).” Includes 6 bonus tracks, plus a 28-page booklet with liner notes by Byron Coley.
LITA 079LP CHAPMAN, MICHAEL: Rainmaker LP (LITA 079LP) 19.00
Deluxe gatefold LP version; on 180 gram vinyl.
M=MAXIMAL (GERMANY)
MAX 001LP OFF LOVE: Probably Love LP (MAX 001LP) 18.00
This is the debut album from o F F Love. Autotune, echo and reverb — slow heart beats and minor chords — o F F Love’s music is fragile. Hidden behind a Ying Yang-print scarf and transforming his voice, o F F Love is talking from a distance. However, he couldn’t be more direct than in his manner of sharing his feelings with his minimal productions and repetitions: not looking for perfection, but emotions. Feelings are shared, almost forgetting about privacy or discretion. o F F Love performances might often make some audience members feel like a voyeur. Mixing his obsessions for boy bands of the ’90s, the vulnerability and extreme emotion in Arthur Russell’s and Panda Bear’s vocals, and the excessive use of autotune by current RnB artists, o F F Love creates a heart-rending minimal RnB in disguise, floating between a kaleidoscope of ambient sounds and a more noisy cataclysm of emotions. Probably Love is an open diary about what can be mistaken for love, presenting o F F as a broken dreamer, a wounded lover, missing the One. o F F Love released 2 EPs in 2011 (Disenchanted Fairytale and Secret), and played/performed in Europe supporting CocoRosie, How To Dress Well, Creep, Butterclock, oOoOO and Sin Fang, but also in some less conventional venues such a boxing ring, a bed and on top of a construction site for the opening of an art show in Berlin.
MAD DECENT
MAD 149CD CROOKERS: Dr. Gonzo CD (MAD 149CD) 13.00
“Dr. Gonzo is the brand new album from Italian two-piece Crookers aka Bot & Phra. Working with producers from across the world, this album sees Crookers returning to the fun club sounds that they first took over the world with back in 2008, Knobbers, the Mad Kids EPs and later their game changing remix Kid Cudi’ Day N Nite. Rather than just ducking back to that style though, Crookershave brought in a host of top notch production guests, combining their tech house bangers with bunch of new styles. Carli of the Swedish group Savage Skulls has been one of our Mad Decent favorites for a long time, and he his hand in a bunch of tracks here. We also get features from French champions Surkin & Bobmo, Style of Eye, His Majesty Andre & Lazy Ants and Neoteric & Wax Motif.”
METAL FACE RECORDS
MF 1105_7 MF DOOM: Dime Box 7″ BOX (MF 1105_7) 21.00
“The next component of Doom’s Operation Doomsday reissue series. This set features a 7-inch picture disc of Rhymes Like Dimes with the look and feel of an oversized 7″ dime. Included with this one-of-a-kind 7″ vinyl is a 150 piece puzzle of Jason Jagel’s original cover art.”
MINUS (CANADA)
MINUS 116EP MATADOR: Kingswing 12″ (MINUS 116EP) 11.00
M_nus are proud to present Matador aka Gavin Lynch. His first full EP for M_nus explores the twisted but organic techno sound he’s best known for. The title track is all bleeping, soft-focus melody lines and cantering kicks. Elsewhere, there is shimmying, suggestive minimal coated in warm tape hiss on “Mambo” and brooding, heavily-weighted backroom sounds speckled with rasping synth lines and glistening percussion on “Hitbox.” “Nomans Land” is bouncy, with wispy hi-hats and a buried-in-the-mix, undecipherable vocal.
MOBILEE (GERMANY)
MOBILEE 090EP MILLER, SEAN: Canibal Royal 12″ (MOBILEE 090EP) 14.00
Sean Miller presents Canibal Royal on Mobilee as he simultaneously joins their booking roster. His previous productions have found their way on some of the leading labels in dance music today; Steve Lawler’s Harlem and Viva Music, Audiofly’s Supernature, Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records and 2000andOne’s Area Remote. For “Canibal Royal,” Sean has worked with live musicians and instruments to create a genuinely vibrant South American carnival flavor. “Soleil” creates a calmer mood.
MPS
MPS 20651HLP SHEPP, ARCHIE: Live At The Donaueschingen Music Festival LP (MPS 20651HLP) 17.00
Gatefold 180 gram reissue. “One For The Trane” taking up both sides, with Roswell Rudd (trombone), Grachan Moncur (trombone), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Beaver Harris (drums). Recorded in 1967.
NAVRAS (UK)
NAVRAS 247CD TARANATH, PANDIT RAJEEV: Swar Kalyan CD (NAVRAS 247CD) 19.00
“This recording by Pandit Rajeev Taranath is sourced from his performances at two different concert venues. The title of this album is derived from ‘Kalyan’ meaning a blessing and as this recording represents a beautiful arrangement of musical notes, ‘Swar’. The recordings are a manifestation of the blessing bestowed upon Rajeevji by his Guru, late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Rajeev Taranath is a leading exponent of the Sarod, having studied under the illustrious Ali Akbar Khan at the age of 21 and also Annapurna Devi as well as Ravi Shankar.”
NINJA TUNE (UK)
ZEN 177CD PLUG: Back On Time CD (ZEN 177CD) 15.50
“In 1996 Blue Angel Recordings (later Blue Planet) an imprint of the legendary Rising High label released the Drum ‘N’ Bass for Papa album by Plug AKA West Country king of kitschtronica Luke Vibert. Fast fast forward 15 years and the news was met with much merriment and joy from the Ninjas when in early 2011 Luke Vibert said that he had just found some never heard before DATs dated 1995-1998 and entitled Plug. Now after years in hiding this long-lost material can finally be heard on Back On Time.”
ZEN 177LP PLUG: Back On Time 2LP (ZEN 177LP) 20.50
2LP version with download code.
NOW-AGAIN
NA 5086-10 DIMLITE: Grimm Reality 3×10″/7″ (NA 5086-10) 44.00
“The third full length from the visionary producer/electronic musician celebrated by the likes of Flying Lotus, Prefuse 73, Gaslamp Killer and other ‘new beat’ scene luminaries. Deluxe 3×10″ vinyl edition: records are housed in thick ‘tip on’ sleeves and packaged in a slipcase containing original art by Anneka Beatty. Contains an exclusive 7″ single: Grimm Reality: ‘Orchard-Wards/Older Modes,’ available only in this box set.” Includes download coupon for the album.
NA 5087CD ATOMIC FOREST: Obsession CD (NA 5087CD) 21.00
“The collected recordings of India’s best-known psychedelic rock ensemble, and the story behind their genesis, which lasted from 1973-1977. The Atomic Forest stand as the only Indian psychedelic/hard rock band that managed to record an album: Obsession ’77. The album’s mix of blistering, fuzzy rock and synth-lead funk inspired collectors the world over to fork over thousands of dollars for original copies of this — until recently — unknown platter. Part of the interest certainly stemmed from its liberal doses of searing fuzz guitar; part of it sprung from the oddity of it all: India, a country that had, quite literally, churned out tens of thousands of albums during psych- and hard-rock’s heyday, only produced this one, lonely psychedelic album; part of it sprung from the album’s rarity. Unknown for years, Obsession ’77 suddenly became a top want on every global-rock collector’s short-list. Over the past four years, we at Now-Again Records have followed Atomic Forest’s sounds — and we’ve struck paydirt. Now, with the full participation of founding member/vocalist Madhukar Chandra Dhas and lead-guitarist Abraham Mammen, we present Obsession. This anthology collects songs from Obsession ’77, the band’s follow up Hit Film Themes and unreleased studio and live recordings from Atomic Forest band members. Dhas’ extensive archives of photos and ephemera add weight to this anthology — the first thorough investigation into India’s ’70s psychedelic rock scene. A scene that, until now, has been shrouded in secrecy and rumor — clouded in a druggy haze. Atomic Forest’s story stands in for the untold stories of many of India’s underground bands – bands remembered vividly by those who witnessed their performances; bands that often homemade, cassette recordings — that have been lost to time. We’re glad that we discovered Atomic Forest; though their extant recordings are few, those recordings they etched to vinyl captured a powerful energy. That energy sparked our interest and fuels the fires of our imagination.” 44-page booklet of photos, liner notes, etc.
NA 5087LP ATOMIC FOREST: Obsession 2LP (NA 5087LP) 28.00
Double LP version. Packaged in a deluxe slip case cover and includes a full-color 20-page booklet full of photos and ephemera.
NUBLU
NUB 029CD VA: Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics CD (NUB 029CD) 13.50
“Compiled by renowned DJ Baris K, this is a 14-track compilation featuring Turkish classics from the ’70s — from rock stalwarts Erkin Koray and Cem Karaca, to disco folksters Baris Manco, Nazan Soray, and psy-funkers Mogollar and Kamuran Akkor.”
OPTIMO MUSIC (UK)
OM 015EP ORGANS OF LOVE: Bone 12″ (OM 015EP) 12.00
Organs Of Love are the power-sleaze duo of James McKinven (organs, love) and Alicia Matthews (vocals, love). McKinven played synth in electro band Berlin Blondes and Altered Images. After that, he worked in Genetic Studios learning from producer Martin Rushent (Human League, The Stranglers, The Buzzcocks). He then went on to form One Dove and worked with Andy Weatherall. He and Alicia Matthews embrace a ’70s theatrical, musical performance, where live music and art combine for something beyond the rock gig vibe.
ORIENTIS (UK)
ORTS 003EP INSTINCT/KILLA & INSTINCT: Revolt 12″ (ORTS 003EP) 11.00
For their third release, Orientis welcomes the Bristol-based duo Killa and Instinct. “Revolt” is a solo production by Instinct; starting with a distorted kick drum sound that rolls along with sparse percussion and spacious metallic re-verbs, the tune then drops into some heavyweight sub, ghostly choral atmospherics and scattered percussion rhythms. Killa & Instinct’s remix of Orientis label-owner Thelem’s “Drones” twists up the original with the use of crashing claps and sparse percussion, a pulsating sub, and droning sci-fi atmospherics.
OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 050EP SHAMBHU AND THE TRUE LOVE HEARTS/RUMMELSNUFF: Sadness/Machen Wir Den Tanz! 7″ (OSTGUT 050EP) 10.00
Ostgut Ton offers their anniversary release to two artists of the extended Ostgut family: Shambhu, the undisputed Queen of the Berghain bar ladies (she regularly holds court every Saturday upstairs at her very own Gitter Bar) and Rummelsnuff, the Germanic Hulk of the Berghain/Laboratory bouncers. Shambhu And The True Love Hearts got their teeth into Steffi’s “Sadness,” creating a new version full of grit and raw power, while Rummelsnuff tackles “Makes Me Wanna Dance” by Prosumer & Murat Tepeli. Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.
P&P
PP 1977AC VA: P&P Records: Hits Hits Hits DVD-ROM (PP 1977AC) 77.00
Enormous, uncategorizable box compiled by Peter Brown, featuring: over 19 hours of music compiled on 3 data DVDs (15 GBs total); plus a 32-page book, 18×24″ poster, two colored vinyl 12″ singles (with Serato control tone). The box measures approx. 14.5″x14.5″, weighs a ton and can fit in the trunk of most cars. “This astonishing box set compiles 100 releases from the mighty P&P Records and it’s affiliated record labels. All told there are 197 remastered songs, available as both high quality .wav files and 320 kbps .mp3 files. Containing over 19 1/2 hours of ‘Hits Hits Hits’ from 88 different groups on 24 different labels, the three data DVDs feature almost 15gb worth of music. The .mp3 files come ready for your digital media player with both artist and title information, along with original label art, assigned in advance. Also included with this collection is a 32-page hardcover book (with full-color images for all 100 titles), an 18×24″ Queen Constance Records ‘Promotional’ poster and two 12″ singles: Mistafide’s Equidity Funk and Cloud One’s Don’t Let My Rainbows Pass Me By, both backed with an official Serato control tone, pressed on colored vinyl and housed in custom record jackets.”
PARTICLES (UK)
PART 4008CD VA: Glimpses Volumes 3 & 4 2CD (PART 4008CD) 23.00
At long last, this legendary series of moody ’60s punk and garage compilations is available on CD again. Originally issued in the early 1980s, and featuring some of the greatest and rarest 45 sides of the 1960s (from all over the U.S. and elsewhere), it’s downright essential for fans of heavy rock and roll, and is presented here with a booklet offering biographical information on all artists, plus rare pictures. Artists include: Los Shakers, Donnie Matchett, The Primates, The So… But So What, The Book Of Changes, The Pattens, Canned Heat, The Fugitives, The Accent, The Restless Feelin’s, The British Road Runners, Larry & The Paper Prophets, Hunger, Mad River, The Traits, The Electras, Bobby Dee & The Crestliners, The Gee Tees, Kack Klick, The Four O’Clock, The Quantrill Raiders, The Cave Dwellers, The Third Bardo, Magic Swirling Ship, The Purple Canteen, Phorenbach Delegation and The Fabulous Apostles.
PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 087EP PARALLEL DANCE ENSEMBLE: Possessions And Obsessions Remixed 12″ (PERMVAC 087EP) 12.00
In 2010, the Parallel Dance Ensemble (brainchild of Robin Hannibal of Owusu & Hannibal, Quadron, Boom Clap Bachelors and Coco Solid) released their Possessions And Obsessions album. And now it’s time for a heavyweight remix package: four remixes of two tracks from the likes of Salax Peep Show (aka Axel Boman and Petter) with a leftfield pop remix, Maxmillion Dunbar with a slow groover, Maxxi Soundsystem bringing an oldschool party vibe and Spectacle, who turn up the nonchalance.
PHOENIX RECORDS (UK)
ASH 3053CD MAKI & BLUES CREATION, CARMEN: Carmen Maki & Blues Creation CD (ASH 3053CD) 17.00
Released at about the same time as Demon And Eleven Children, the album the beautiful Carmen Maki recorded with the band Blues Creation, this 1971 heavy rock guitar monster reminds us that …Eleven Children isn’t the only heavy album from this ensemble. Maki was probably one of the strongest voices of Japanese rock and is featured here doing her finest Grace Slick impression. Lots of brutal, non-stop wailing guitar but some mellow, bluesy psychedelic rock numbers, too. Maki went on to form her own band, Oz, but this is the collaboration for which she will be best remembered. Highly recommended. Features the original LP cover. Digitally remastered.
ASH 3053LP MAKI & BLUES CREATION, CARMEN: Carmen Maki & Blues Creation LP (ASH 3053LP) 22.00
180 gram LP version. Includes an insert with lyrics (in English & Japanese).
PLUS 8 (CANADA)
PLUS 8123EP MADONNA, LUIGI: Sensation 12″ (PLUS 8123EP) 11.00
Luigi Madonna made his name in his hometown of Naples with early EPs released by Loose Records and Analytic Trail, catching the ear of many established techno stars before his original productions and remixes for the likes of Material and Drumcode began punctuating a succession of Plus 8/M_nus-boss Richie Hawtin’s DJ sets. On his debut EP on the Plus 8 imprint, Madonna explores streamlined and stripped-back grooves of the sort perfectly befitting the outlook of the label.
PUBLIC INFORMATION (UK)
PUBINF 003CD JUDD, F.C.: Electronics Without Tears CD (PUBINF 003CD) 19.00
“Public Information presents the first ever compilation of the lost work of British electronic music pioneer Frederick Charles Judd. Electronics Without Tears represents a mammoth undertaking between Public Information, film artist Ian Helliwell and F.C. Judd’s widow Freda and son Peter. Trawling through his tape archives Public Information have pulled almost an hour’s worth of material into a sonic whole that easily stands alongside that of Judd’s better known peers, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram and John Baker. Fred pursued a career marked by innovation, invention and exploration, disseminating his new electronic music across the country through lectures, radio and writing. The 35 tracks on Electronic Without Tears highlight a prolific and thrilling era in Fred’s life, next generation music and sound entirely made at home, with self-built equipment.”
PUBINF 003LP JUDD, F.C.: Electronics Without Tears LP (PUBINF 003LP) 24.00
LP version.
SECOND BATTLE (GERMANY)
SB 041CD NIGHT SUN: Mournin’ CD (SB 041CD) 22.00
“A great heavy-progressive Krautrock band in the vein of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin with twin guitars, organ, bass and drums. Mournin’ was produced by Conny Plank in 1972 at the Windrose Studio, Hamburg.”
SB 074LP MESSAGE: From Books And Dreams LP (SB 074LP) 32.00
“‘The debut LP from Message was excellent, though, it took until the second album for them to reveal their full potential. Even without a second guitarrist and running-in a new drummer, part of the key to From Books And Dreams’ success was Dieter Dierck’s enthusiasm, phenomenal production and vivid recording. Yes, right through it’s an album of astonishing creativity, menacing and intensely powerful, with bizarre surreal dream image lyrics and all sorts of surprising twists in the music.’ (excerpts from The Crack In The Cosmic Egg). Limited 1000 copy edition black vinyl. 180 grams pressing. Laminated gatefold original cover. Insert with many previously unseen photographs.”
SB 074LTD_LP MESSAGE: From Books And Dreams LP + 7″ (SB 074LTD_LP) 42.00
Limited version with bonus 7″ Smile/Painted Lady (1972). Edition of 300 copies.
SB 075LP MESSAGE: The Dawn Anew Is Comin’ LP (SB 075LP) 32.00
“Message are one of those bands that are originally not only from Germany, but also from Britain. In 1968 bass player Horst Stachelhaus formed with Alan Murdock who had been before in several British bands like Mi5 (that later became Nektar). Message combined the best of British heavy and progressive styles with Krautrock innovation. Firmly in the definitive Bacillus rock style (with that unique Dieter Diercks sound), their debut The Dawn Anew Is Comin’ shows an innovative progressive band at work.” — The Crack In The Cosmic Egg. 180 gram pressing, housed in a full color gatefold sleeve with insert.
SB 076LP PROF. WOLFFF: Prof. Wolfff LP (SB 076LP) 37.00
“Prof. Wolfff lived a short and intensive life in the early 70s, as a part of the Krautrock adventure – with gigs all over Germany and a TV performance at the ‘Talentschuppen’ (ARD – first German channel). The band unexpectedly split in March 1972, shortly after producing their first album Prof. Wolfff, which was released in 1972 by Metronome. Along with Ihre Kinder and Ton, Steine, Scherben, an important political rockband from Berlin, Prof. Wolfff was one of the first progressive rock bands in Germany exclusively singing German rock songs, even before Udo Lindenberg released his first ‘German’ album. As a result, other musicians were inspired to compose rock songs using German language.” Housed in a full-color gatefold sleeve with an 8-page insert of photos and archival ephemera.
SECRET STASH RECORDS
SSR 284LP MURRAY, MICKEY: People Are Together LP (SSR 284LP) 17.50
“Throughout the sixties, Mickey Murray made a name for himself as a hard working entertainer viewed by many as a cross between James Brown and Otis Redding. In 1969 Murray was signed to King Records. The label was preparing for the inevitable loss of James Brown. Since they obviously couldn’t afford to sign another act of Brown’s caliber, they decided to develop their own. Mickey was groomed by the label to become their next superstar act. He recorded People Are Together and they prepared to release it in 1970 on their Federal Records imprint. They chose the title track as the lead single. The response from most of the black DJs they relied on for support was that they wouldn’t play the song. Most of them feared that the song was far too racially provocative for a developing artist. In fact, many black DJs said they were concerned they’d lose their job if they played the track. It didn’t take long at all for King to abandon the release. According to Murray, the record may have never actually been formally released in stores. Secret Stash is proud to present the first ever reissue of this lost gem. Each track has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes. We’ve also added a gatefold jacket packed full of liner notes and never before seen photos.”
SONAR KOLLEKTIV (GERMANY)
SK 229EP JAZZANOVA: Upside Down 1 12″ (SK 229EP) 10.00
12″ single, part 1, with Jazzanova tracks remixed by Alex Barck & Dima Studitsky.
SK 232CD JAZZANOVA: Upside Down CD (SK 232CD) 15.50
“From the left or the right side? Straight ahead or upside down? No matter how you look at it – but it seems to be about time that all the remixes for Jazzanova that have been done over the last few years need to be bundled up in a nice big shiny package. After the first collection of remixes from 2003 (Remixed, JCR040-2) now’s the turn for Upside Down, some of dance music finest key figures’ interpretations of selected Jazzanova tunes from the last eight years. And be assured, the line-up is as massive as the Berlin quintet’s worldwide reputation. From fellow Berliner Henrik Schwarz, Ye:Solar and Âme to Atjazz and Mr. Scruff from the UK, Motor City Drum Ensemble from Cologne, Glasgow’s Midnight Mauraders and Soldiers Of House from Pretoria in South Africa this is a top notch international heavy weight affair. Inspired by these outstanding reworks of their original material Jazzanova member and DJ Alex Barck and Jazzanova Live! band member Stefan Ulrich (under his Neve Naive moniker together with Alexa Voss on vocals) also got upside down and delivered each a remix to this prosperous project. Besides these two brand new and unreleased remixes the ones by Soldiers Of House and Midnight Mauraders are as well first time available to the public.”
SOUNDWAY (UK)
SNDW 12005EP MENSAH/OSCAR SULLEY, JOE: Africa Is Home/Olufeme 12″ (SNDW 12005EP) 15.50
Originally released in 2005 to coincide with the release of Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk And Fusion In 70’s Ghana Vol. 2, this 12″ vinyl sees two tracks from that release re-edited and re-mixed by Brighton-based Natural Self. Joe Mensah’s “Africa Is Home” is subjected to a re-edit, stretching the groove for added dancefloor pleasure. Side B, Oscar Sulley’s lively Afro-beat number “Olufeme” is remixed with baritone sax and flute added to the mix. Includes mp3 download.
STRUT (UK)
STRUT 090CD MIGHTY SPARROW, THE: Sparrowmania! 2CD (STRUT 090CD) 17.50
Subtitled: Wit, Wisdom And Soul From The King Of Calypso 1960-1974. “Strut presents a brand new retrospective of one of the Caribbean’s most towering musical figures, Mighty Sparrow, covering 1962 to 1974. During a career of over 40 years, Sparrow has been an unmatchable figure in the world of calypso and a constant backdrop to Caribbean life, recording over 300 albums and winning eleven Calypso Monarch and eight Road March titles at the annual Trinidad Carnival during one of the most competitive times in its history. Scoring his first hit, ‘Jean And Dinah’, aged 20, Sparrow’s style drew on influences from US street harmony quartets to crooners like Nat King Cole, jazz greats — Ella, Sinatra — and the early calypso generation including Lord Melody and Lord Kitchener. By the late ’50s and in his early ’20s, he was already an influential figure, encouraging Trinidad’s people to pay taxes with Carnival hit ‘P.A.Y.E.’ and highlighting cruelty to animals on ‘Russian Satellite’. This new collection hones in on Sparrow’s most creative years as he effortlessly surfed musical styles from calypso party jams to hard-hitting boogaloo and soul. He had become a confident political commentator, tackling subjects as varied as domestic economic hardship (‘Ah Diggin’ Horrors’), slavery (‘The Slave’) and the Cuban missile crisis (‘Kennedy And Kruschev’). Other tracks serve as a vital reference point for today’s music. On ‘Picong Duel’, we hear Sparrow and fellow calypso legend, Lord Melody, trade insults, a direct forerunner to later mic battles in hip hop culture. Elsewhere, Sparrow just plain rocks the party (‘Calypso Boogaloo’, ‘Jook For Jook’) and turns in the odd choice cover — we feature here his lilting version of Otis Redding’s ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ with Byron Lee.”
STRUT 090LP MIGHTY SPARROW, THE: Sparrowmania! 2LP (STRUT 090LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version.
SUOL (GERMANY)
SUOL 032EP KALKBRENNER, FRITZ: Wes EP 12″ (SUOL 032EP) 12.00
These two exclusive new tracks from Fritz were never intended to see the light of day, and instead were just exclusive for Fritz’s live set. “Wes” has been on Youtube for a couple of months already, ripped by fans from Fritz’ live shows. It’s a rave monster that has lifted the roofs everywhere Fritz has played. “Layer Cake” evokes a beautiful, sunny melody. Another instant classic from Fritz.
TAPETE (GERMANY)
TR 224LP ME AND CASSITY: Appearances LP+CD (TR 224LP) 17.00
LP version. For the past year and a half, Dirk Darmstaedter has been stockpiling a stunning new collection of ten songs, grabbing time to write in hotel rooms while on tour across Europe, in the offices of Tapete Records (the label he co-founded) or at his house in the countryside near his native Hamburg. The result is Appearances, Dirk’s sixteenth release, this one under the guise of Me And Cassity. Appearances manages to sound as fresh as any first record by an emerging artist, full of energy and urgency, while at the same time tempered by a certain level of maturity, experience and sensibility that has built Dirk’s reputation as “one of Germany’s underground pop heroes,” according to the New York Times. The agenda for the new album was to record everything live in the studio, right onto analog tape in order to achieve a more old-school sound. “Fuller, louder, towering, climactic,” said Dirk. “This is how I learned to make records from folks like Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Morrissey) and Fred Maher (Material, Lou Reed).” The Me And Cassity group, featuring drummer Lars Plogschties, bassist Ben Schadow, keyboardist Nikko Weidemann, stormed through a five-day recording session at Le Chatelet studios in Hamburg’s Altona neighborhood to create this ten-song collection, which references influences such as Todd Rundgren, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Nick Drake, and Bob Dylan. A wide panorama of moods, the songs on Appearances range from sweet to passionate, pastoral to gritty, vulnerable to tough. Sparkle and hum, truth and grit. Appearances can be deceiving, but not this album. Includes a CD version of the entire album.
TR 227LP SOFT HILLS, THE: The Bird Is Coming Down To Earth LP+CD (TR 227LP) 17.00
LP version. The Soft Hills are the musical adventure of Garrett Hobba, Brittan Drake, Randall Skrasek, and Brett Massa. A Seattle band with an appreciation for experimentation and harmony, their songs draw from a wide range of influences from folk to psychedelic to ambient, drawing on literary influences and incorporating experiences from dreams and visions. To listen to The Soft Hills’ music is like wandering through a magical landscape where horse-like creatures run wild across velveteen fields and mythological birds soar under melancholy clouds. It is the band’s love for space, melody, and sonic exploration that shines through their compositions. With a growing sense of recognition, The Soft Hills find themselves developing a focused and crafted sound, and playing major venues across the U.S. In order to create a deeper, mind-altering experience for the audience, the band incorporates visual art into their live performance, projecting surreal images interspersed with live video. The band’s unique blend of vocal harmonies, reverb-heavy guitars, synth textures and visuals has made their show a rare spectacle pleasing both to the eye and ear. During the winter of 2011, the band went into the studio to record their new album, The Bird Is Coming Down To Earth, with producer Matt Brown (Trespassers William, Memphis, Lucinda Williams). Working with Matt proved to be a fruitful and enlightening experience. He helped the band capture the naturalness and spontaneity of each song, allowing them to blossom into strange, mysterious animals. The album features 10 new tracks and explores themes such as death, chaos, rebirth, sadness for things lost, and takes the listener on a journey back to a time of childhood wonder. People might hear influences from artists like Neil Young, Sigur Rós, and Grizzly Bear. The record was mixed by Erik Blood (Moondoggies, Shabazz Palaces). Includes a CD version of the entire album.
THE WIRE (UK)
WIRE 336 WIRE, THE: #336 February 2012 MAG (WIRE 336) 8.50
“On the cover: Lil B (Lisa Blanning travels to San Francisco for an audience with the Based God, who’s subverting hiphop with complex notions of sexuality and race). Features: Keith Fullerton Whitman (Derek Walmsley hears tales of modular madness, computer geniuses and pinball wizardry from the New England composer/archivist); ICES Festival (In 1971, maverick impresario Harvey Matusow staged a carnival of experimental music and art in London that’s never been surpassed); Global Ear: Delhi – Jaipur; Cross Platform: Ian Helliwell (The Brighton boffin celebrates electronica’s hobbyist years in a new documentary); Los Llamarada (Byron Coley mourns the demise of a heroic, Mexican avant rock outfit, victims of social decline); Ital (Part-time Sex Worker Daniel Martin-McCormick channels YouTube effluent into the rickety House structures of his latest project); Invisible Jukebox: Charles Hayward (The avantist drummer of This Heat, Massacre, About Group and more drops a beat with The Wire’s mystery record selection); Epiphanies (A Barbara Hepworth sculpture connects the dots between meditation and folk protest for Linder).”
THRONE OF BLOOD
THRONE 020EP BEAT PHARMACY: Inside Job EP 12″ (THRONE 020EP) 12.00
Beat Pharmacy is one among several identities employed by Brendon Moeller, known primarily for his extensive explorations of dub techno à la Basic Channel. Percussive without being oppressively banging, melodic without excessive nodding, “Inside Job” and “Comet” nevertheless retain the intense attention to subtle detail that define Moeller’s more dubwise productions. “In A Trance In France” takes things into a deeper, more hypnotic realm, and “Hootin & Tootin” toughens things up with an ominous analog bass line and thunderous kick drums.
TRAUM (GERMANY)
TRAUM 137LP EULBERG, DOMINIK: Diorama 2LP (TRAUM 137LP) 18.00
2012 repress; 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.
TRAUM 146EP MINILOGUE: Let Life Dance Thru You 12″ (TRAUM 146EP) 12.50
Minilogue’s “Let Life Dance Thru You” reveals itself as a “safari” of live played percussion, instruments and sounds. The duo create here a biotope of sounds that interact with each other — like a live band would do — at times almost Arabesque-sounding, this track is full of mysterious soundscapes, like a spiritual “voodoo session” from the ’70s. “Drop The Mask Of Self Protection” could be described as a soundtrack for Apocalypse Now — haunting, hallucinatory, and evolving into deep acid.
TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)
TURBO 024EP MARTINI BROS: Big And Dirty 12″ (TURBO 024EP) 12.00
2004 release of this tech house banger, with a remix by Tiga.
TURBO 042EP PROXY: Decoy 12″ (TURBO 042EP) 12.00
2007 release. Russian producer Proxy earned respect and awe from such heavyweights as Justice, Soulwax, Boys Noize and Erol Alkan.
TURBO 053EP PROXY: Dance In Dark EP 12″ (TURBO 053EP) 12.00
Minimal techno from Russian producer Proxy. The track on the B-side is longer than its title suggests.
TURBO 058EP ZZT (ZOMBIE NATION & TIGA): The Worm 12″ (TURBO 058EP) 12.00
2008 single, featuring an extended rework from Erol Alkan.
TYPE (UK)
TYPE 100LP PORTER RICKS: Biokinetics 2LP (TYPE 100LP) 25.00
Techno isn’t a genre that has birthed many classic albums, and the dub techno subgenre even less so, but one indisputable classic is Porter Ricks’ debut Biokinetics. Originally issued on the legendary Basic Channel sub-label Chain Reaction in 1996 following a trio of 12″s, Biokinetics was the first of the label’s album releases, and still stands as its crowning achievement. The duo was made up of dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner and sound engineer Andy Mellwig, and between them they re-framed the techno sound, imbuing the spacious ambience pioneered by label bosses Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald with a frosty, isolated experimental bent, and combining it with the sort of haunted minimalism of early Plastikman. What separated Biokinetics from other albums at the time was its unwavering narrative — the exact sound has been interpreted countless times since, but the immersive qualities of this singular record have rarely been touched. Maybe it is down to the silvery underwater concept that ties each track together — the bubbling pads, sub-aquatic basses and muffled kick drums. But as with any great album, it’s hard to exactly put your finger on what makes it a classic. Simply put, Biokinetics is one of the most important records in the genre, and it is Type’s pleasure to make it available to the world once again. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited vinyl pressing of 700 copies, complete with new artwork.
VERSATILE RECORDS
NED 1120LP SIMONE, NINA: Lamentations LP (NED 1120LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1977 album. A live date with an 11 minute version of “Gin House Blues.” Other songs: “Trouble In Mind,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Nobody,” “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” and “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl.”
WARP RECORDS (UK)
WAP 324EP MY BEST FIEND: Higher Palms 7″ (WAP 324EP) 8.00
“New York five-piece My Best Fiend deal in epic, hypnotic melodies that cross the emotional and experiential spectrums. The band’s current incarnation was formed in 2009, and since then, they’ve been winning over audiences with their live sound and dynamic performances. Higher Palms is a mesmerizing new track, not designed to shrink into the background, with each note, chord and vocal demanding your full attention. The 7″ is backed with a remix from new jack Young Montana (Alpha Pup) who’s fresh off an acclaimed debut LP, giving MBF his beat chop style on a hypercolor canvas, saturated with soul and lit with innovation.”
WARP 220CD LEILA: U&I CD (WARP 220CD) 15.50
“U&I is the fourth album from the avant garde electronic producer Leila. Also know for touring and engineering with Bjork, Leila’s U&I follows up Blood Looms & Blooms, her well received 2008 release.”
WARP 220LP LEILA: U&I 2LP (WARP 220LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version with download code.
WARP 223CD GONJASUFI: MU.ZZ.LE CD (WARP 223CD) 14.50
“MU.ZZ.LE although short in length, is long on message – political, social and spiritual interpretations that define him as an artist. Written on the road, it was an outlet for Gonjasufi to challenge himself. It’s the response to all the adrenaline, aggression and anger he felt traveling the world, it’s a spectrum of his creativity and a testimony of how one man’s passion and determination is often misunderstood as anger. ‘There’s a duality that exists and to deny it, is the biggest mistake’. The albums down tempo strings, heartbreaking soul, reanimated hip-hop and crackling haunting vocal stylings are stitched as a running thread throughout each song like a patchwork quilt. It’s a lonely journey that will take you through the innermost thoughts of Gonjasufi’s darkest hours. He recorded and mixed it on his own in his home studio surrounded by his family and the stark contrast of the Mojave Desert. The end product is his outlet and realization for who he is, a way for him to feel comfortable in his own skin again. Akin to discovering a gramophone recording fraught with emotive compositions, it’s like finding that hidden gem, the one you can truly relate with. It’s the way of dealing with the issues of modern man; oppressed by power, freedom of speech, living your life by a book, dealing with the MU.ZZ.LE that’s firmly attached around your mouth.” Approx. 25 minutes long.
WARP 223LP GONJASUFI: MU.ZZ.LE 2×10″ (WARP 223LP) 20.50
Gatefold 2×10″ version.
YETI
YETI 012 YETI: #12 BOOK/7″ (YETI 012) 13.00
New Yeti format: the 7 inch includes Grouper’s cover of Dead Moon’s “Demona.” “The first issue in the new format: 8″ square with a hard-vinyl 7″ stapled inside the back cover. On the hard-vinyl 7″ EP: Four archival, killer, never before heard songs: Mississippi Fred Mcdowell (two unreleased 1959 Lomax recordings). The Tiki Men’s blown-out cover of Duane Eddy’s ‘First Love, First Tears,’ ca. 1994. Plus a new recording by dreampop slayer grouper of Dead Moon’s ‘Demona,’ recorded just the other month! Inside the 8″ by 8″ book: Awesome cover by Carson Ellis. Portfolio of photographs from Alan Lomax Archives ca. his 1959 ‘Southern Journey.’ Translator/poet Margarita Shalina’s personal look at the NYC 1980s hardcore punk scene (she was there, man). Kim Spurlock’s heavily annotated trove of Neal Cassady ephemera. Jamaican Gospel 7″ label scans. Great drawings by Tim Miller, James Trotter and Jana Cleveland. Killer photos by Nina Dudoladova of Long-Abandoned Forts in Kaliningrad, Russia. A monumental, look at the work of Sacramento, CA’s forgotten ’90s surf band the Tiki Men. An interview with translator and author Susan Bernofsky (best-known for her work with Robert Walser). A great story by Mimi Lipson. Image-heavy interview by Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) with contemporary African sign-painter Thiam Bellou.”
YOUNG TURKS (UK)
YT 065EP THESHINING: Hey You! 12″ (YT 065EP) 12.50
TheShining are the DJ/production duo of Morgan Zarate (Spacek) and Acyde. The result is hip-hop influenced beats, with sound-system inspired vocals, the sound of after hours, dark clubs and the morning after. “Hey You” is a glorious flash of psych-style keys and hard hip-hop drums — a much-needed call to arms. “Tell Me (I’m Wrong)” is a glimpse into their dark side, with a stomping rhythm backed by a triumphant horn section: like a conversation between Rick Rubin and Fela Kuti.
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