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MAGIC TOUCH: I Can Feel The Heat 12″ (SILK 009EP) 11.00
“Groove into Magic Touch’s pleasure factory, a floor-to-ceiling inventory of disco-covalence, guitar gush rush, even-better-than-the-real-thing sample soaring, and jumpin’ jackin’ flash. The A side has you feeling the burn after a serious night of get-down. Or tasting the burn after a serious night of get-up. Flip to the B side when you’re looking for love in all the ripe places. A vice is nice, but pills will never thrill you like the sensation of Magic Touch, that feverish fantasia of sweet heat. Let his fingers do the work, let the magic take you away, and please pump up these jams. If only to stop the longing. ‘I Can Feel The Heat’ features bonus shredding by So-Cal amigo Josh Anzano and ‘Clubhouse’ stars additional instrumentation by Miracle Clubber Honey Owens.”
OCTO OCTA: Let Me See You 12″ (SILK 011EP) 12.00
2012 repress. “‘Tryin’ to let it go’ is the theme here: yearnin’ to earn it. The Octo Octa rhythm IS feeling, especially when yr feelings are hurt. From letdown to getdown, when melancholia’s callin ya, Octo Octa can break through. Emotions run high, and these cuts cut through somehow. It’s dance therapy — Docta Octa is in, checking yr pulse, charging by the half hour. Feelin’ blue can be electric. If yr here, now, you haven’t missed a thing. For the ball drop, the balloon drop, the moments after we’re sweat-soaked, covered in glitter, standing in a room full of strangers and lovers and memories all fading into fog. And the DJ played on. Turning this house into a home.”
PHARAOHS: Uhh Uhh 12″ (SILK 012EP) 11.00
2012 repress. “Cat in the Hat hats off to mad Madchester vibes in Pharaohs debut Uhh Uhh. You’ll have Happy Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays bouncing around to Pharaohs’ electric piano keys, synthetic drum pads, funky 80s breakdowns, and pitch shifted way down vocal samples. A lot of freaky dancing went into this jangly, baggy World Party: Dublab aesthetics, memories of Buenos Aires bootleg cassettes, wave bending in Waikiki, Suzanne arts and Kraft. Add a bit of bubbly St. Germain acid, a pinch of 60s extended jazz grooves, a dash of 80s KLF big band UK nonsense, and a touch of 94.7 fm liquid sax/velvet breath and you’ve got the deep pleasure of Pharaohs. Like nothing the SILK has seen before; taking the shiny dance floor to the warehouse cement floor, to the sandy patio floor for some hot, hot Hacienda nights.”
GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO: Ocean Parkway LP (3LOBED 087LP) 20.00
“Ocean Parkway covers a great deal of sonic territory. For all of the slow, furious build of both the album’s opening and closing tracks, there are also tracks featuring a substantial bit of playful and hypnotically mesmerizing phrasing (‘Banh Mi Ringtones’), acoustic twelve string?centric strolls (‘Don’t Lean On Door’) and the full-on rollicking rockers (‘County Fair Getaway’). Both players are on the absolutely top of the game throughout the totality of every track. For each shimmering moment of guitar genius from Gunn, Truscinski — the perfect percussive foil — fills the exact and right space around him. It is breathtaking to listen to these near-telepathic instances unfold. While these flashes were around every turn on Sand City and contained reminiscences of the most potent moments of both Fantasias-era Sandy Bull and the more guitar-centric Sun City Girls albums, they move to yet another level on Ocean Parkway. This album demonstrates that they have fully moved into their own sphere with their own completely signature sound. This is unmistakably a Gunn-Truscinski Duo album.”
BARDO POND/TOM CARTER: 4/23/03 2LP+CD (3LOBED 089LP) 29.00
“Originally released on CD in 2004, this new edition of 4/23/03 is now pressed on two slabs of American vinyl pressed by United Record Pressing and housed within a handsome two color silkscreened gatefold jacket bearing artwork replicating that from the album’s CD incarnation. The album, from an edition of approximately 700 copies, presents the entire contents of the original CD version plus a ‘new’ additional track from the original record¬ing sessions. All copies of the 4/23/03 2xLP are accompanied by the hour long 4/25/03 CD presenting a blistering collaborative live set from Bardo Pond and Tom Carter recorded at Philadelphia’s Tritone two days following the album’s studio sessions and gloriously exploring like-minded sonic territory.”
FAUST: So Far LP (4M 174LP) 21.00
2012 repress, 180 gram vinyl. “Originally released in 1972, this is the second album from Uwe Nettelbeck’s legendary Krautrock group Faust. More song oriented than the first record, So Far is an absolute stone classic of outsider (pop) music reissued here in its original packaging (including reproductions of all 10 inserts). Received a 9.6 rating from Pitchfork Media.”
MAGIC CASTLES: Magic Castles CD (AUK 100CD) 15.50
“Magic Castles had self-released three albums (two in 2009), all of which are currently out of print, before fans landed a You Tube video in the hands of the legendary Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) via the We Are The Radio/Dead TV experimental social media phenomenon in 2010.”
MAGIC CASTLES: Magic Castles 2LP (AUK 100LP) 31.00
180 gram gatefold 2LP version.
DELTA FUNKTIONEN: Inertia/Resisting Routine CD (INERTIA 001CD) 17.00
After more than 15 releases, Delsin sub-label Ann Aimee releases its first compilation, Inertia/Resisting Routine. Of course, rather than looking backwards, the Dutch label run by Marsel Delsin has instead compiled and commissioned — together with Delta Funktionen — 16 brand-new and exclusive tracks. They come from a new generation of label associates from the past half decade, with all of them therefore sharing certain ideals when it comes to brooding, darkened techno, as is Ann Aimee’s mission. Operating in the murky under-waters of the contemporary techno scene, each producer enlisted serves up their own idiosyncratic vision: some are acid-tinged, some swing like a monkey and some lean on dub or house aesthetics for inspiration, but every single one will likely hypnotize dancefloors just as any good techno track should. So then, bold drums, analog aesthetics and meaty grooves are all present and correct throughout. Taking in names like Delta Funktionen, Mike Dehnert, Roman Lindau and Sacha Rydell, Cosmin TRG, Peter Van Hoesen, Conforce and techno innovator Redshape alongside new school heavyweights like Skudge, Lucy, Milton Bradley and Marcelus as well as newcomers Area Forty_One, Ozka and Sawlin, the Inertia/Resisting Routine tracklist reads like a who’s-who of modern underground techno. Naturally, then, what it sounds like is the most definitive techno compilation in years.
ROACH, MAX: Members, Don’t Git Weary LP (SD 1510HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version, manufactured by Rhino. “Although Max Roach was very much a product of the be-bop revolution of the 1940s, he proved to be quite receptive to modal post-bop and avant-garde jazz in the 1960s. One of the finest post-bop dates Roach recorded during that decade was 1968’s Members, Don’t Git Weary, which finds the drummer leading a cohesive modal quintet that employs Gary Bartz on alto sax, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on acoustic and electric piano, and Jymie Merritt on electric bass. Despite the use of electric instruments, this isn’t an album that emphasizes rock or funk elements or predicts the fusion explosion that was just around the corner — Members, Don’t Git Weary is very much a straight-ahead effort, and the harmonic richness of modal playing is illustrated by such gems as Cowell’s ‘Equipoise,’ Bartz’s ‘Libra,’ and Merritt’s ‘Absolutions.’ Roach’s title song boasts a memorable, gospel-influenced vocal by Andy Bey, but all of the other selections are instrumental.” — All Music Guide
PARKS, VAN DYKE: Missin’ Missippi/The Parting Hand 7″ (BSR 4504EP) 11.00
“The fifth installment in the new Van Dyke Parks 45 series has sleeve art by Sally Parks and Stanley Dorfman.”
VA: Johnny D Presents Disco Jamms Volume One 2LP (BBE 192LP) 24.50
2LP version, with special versions, edits & mixes selected by New York City’s Henry Street Music label “supremo” Johnny “D” De Mairo: Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne’s “Spank,” Kasso’s “Key West,” Lafleur’s “Dub Till We Drop,” Gaucho’s “Dance Forever,” Klein & M.B.O.’s “Dirty Talk,” “The O’Jays’ “This Time Baby,” Pamela Joy’s “Think Fast” and The System’s “It’s Passion.”
BAMBINO, KAP: Devotion LP+CD (BEC 5161120) 23.00
Devotion, Kap Bambino’s fourth album, is based on a few simple rules: each song is recorded as though played for the first time, and there was no second take; each live show is played as if it was the final one; each task is executed with a sense of urgency; each decision is made with excess; all the indicators are in the red. To understand the duo you need to let go of moderation. Try to capture them: it’s too late, they’re already far away. Like a permanent crash in the sound barrier. Eternal youth with almost 10 years behind them. The story begins with Orion aka GroupeGris in Bordeaux, France, with the creation in 2001 of the label Wwilko, a shelter for scummy bands. Orion, who already has a reputation in the hardcore scene, also self-produces some material and Kap Bambino is one of his obscure side projects. Caroline aka Khima France, circles the vicinities until she manages to establish herself permanently. Their reputation as punk weirdoes, bellowing nut-jobs and decibel hellcats grew rapidly. Since the beginning, Caroline Martial and Orion Bouvier chose the concealed path of the beginnings of hardcore. Orion, the playful nerd and Caroline, the whirling fury plugged themselves into a highly-charged current with the unique goal to create havoc. The entourage of modern musicians — manager, promoter — that they developed along the way, shows their self-sufficiency and preserved amateurism. Throughout their 12″s and albums — Kap Bambino in 2002, Love in 2003, Zero Life, Night Vision in 2006, Blacklist (BEC 5772501) in 2009, Devotion in 2012 — the band has nourished an outburst of sequences and screams: punk in the digital era. The years have brought some softness to certain melodies, but the sugar comes from a mine and is mixed with gravel. No intelligible lyrics that we might sing along to, no chorus, no surfing on electro trends, no guitar-drum combo on stage to pretend it’s rock. Anorak-trash, emo-tuning, white ghetto, trendy skateboard, Satanic pop, their music is made for the youth of the OECD, as lost as all the post-war generations. Kap Bambino isn’t the first nihilistic band, but in their consistency and the logic of their productions, their vitality, their integrity and their modern vagabond romanticism, they have very few rivals.
CUTTLEFISH & ASPARAGUS: Get Over 12″ (BYC 001EP) 14.00
Warm Cuttlefish and Asparagus Salad (Insalata Tiepida Di Seppie Con Asparagi): Directions: Halve the pieces of asparagus lengthwise and steam for about 5 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the cuttlefish and cook until it’s lightly browned. Season with sea salt and pepper, add the parsley, garlic, coriander and asparagus and mix well. Serve warm and on a pirate flag-printed tablecloth. Serves 12.
RUNAWAYS, THE: And Now…The Runaways LP (CRP 116LP) 31.00
“Although they never broke through to mass success, the all girl Runaways did make a major mark on the rock field and in doing so laid the foundations for other all girl groups like the Go Go’s, Girlschool and the Bangles to build on as they knocked down the doors of prejudice of the then traditionally male dominated rock world.1978’s And Now…The Runaways was the band’s fourth album in just two years and their first not to be produced by svengali Kim Fowley. Joan Jett and Lita Ford (now both the ripe old age of 20!) would soon part ways to pursue solo careers, and both would go on to become huge stars in the following decade.”
VA: The Lost Remixes 12″ (DVR 018EP) 12.00
The Lost Remixes features two personal-favorite remixes by Sascha Dive, now seeing a release on vinyl for the first time. Side A offers a gentle and laid-back remix for Negghead’s “Being” that warms up every dancefloor. Sascha Dive’s remix for the Basil classic “Time To Be Free (Free World)” on Side B is a lot more four-to-the-floor, and with its almost epic groove, it proves to be another track that is perfect for the clubs at any time of the night.
MK/THE 7TH PLAIN: The MKappella 10″ (XDSR 002EP) 12.50
Second release in the Delsin X-DSR series containing reissues of personal favorites. MK’s “The MKappella” was originally a track on the B-side of the very original version of his huge Burning EP on the Area 10 label. “The MKappella” is some original, innocent, deep sunset house. The other side contains the adventurous “Lost” by The 7th Plain aka Luke Slater, taken from his debut album The 4 Cornered Room from 1994, the high days of the UK techno scene.
PANABRITE: Soft Terminal LP (DIGI 036LP) 18.00
Panabrite is the project of Norm Chambers — not a household name to most people, but for those who have been reveling in his music for the last few years, he is absolutely adored. He is also, we should add, the man responsible for one of the most-loved synth albums of the last few years, although that’s a journey he took incognito and we just aren’t at liberty to divulge that identity quite yet. Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as just another Kosmische record, but that’s just the surface dressing. There is something deeper happening here: vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing another aspect of Chambers’ production prowess. The thing with Chambers, is that he has an innate ability to write richly-textured, melodic compositions that have as much in common with vintage electronic library music as they do with minimal synth-pop and ’70s prog. Soft Terminal opens with “Rainbow Sequence” and “Index Of Gestures.” The former remains understated, moving simply and slowly while pulling open the curtain on the rest of the album. With “Index Of Gestures,” Chambers opens up the sequencers and lets them fly. Dizzying passages resonate and when the piece finally feels like it will lift off, he tightens the reins and dives straight into an underwater sequence. But that’s only a small part of the story. “Janus” opens with finger-picked guitar arrangements augmented with synth chords and rising leads. The guitars return on “Sound Softly” while Chambers’ ghostly, robotic vocals float away unscathed. On “Beta Axis Terminal,” pointillist tones flutter in and out before sharp, sequenced chord progressions overtake them. As the piece continues to build, vocoder hovers above thickened basslines and you feel lost in a dystopian sci-fi novel. But ultimately, Chambers’ pop sensibilities are most evident on the mini-masterpiece, “Camembert Symphony.” Pushed along by the constant thrum of a drum machine, multiple melodies are interwoven, wrapping themselves tightly around you. Each soaring synth glues the song deeper into your mind before fading away into the sonic ether. Cut to vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 500 copies only.
STIMMING: Window Shopping EP 12″ (DIYNAMIC 056EP) 14.00
Stimming returns with a classic three-tracker, showcasing his skill and everlasting talent to surprise. “Windowshopping” is a catchy, floating and harmonic groover. “The Song” features South Africa’s Lazarusman, again demonstrating his unique talent with words. “November Morning” is the slowest track Stimming has ever released so far. Weird violin-sounds, organic percussion and everlasting groove create a grey and moody vibe.
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY: Beware LP (DC 666LP) 15.00
2012 repress, LP version; originally released 2009. “Where fiddle and steel contribute their rustic timbre alongside guitars and voices, a thickening thud of low tone rolls beneath, giving the record a bottom that’s fun to watch bounce in new clothes. This intensifies the air and heralds Beware as Bonnie’s most ambidextrous record to date — even more so than The Letting Go! A listen or two through and you too may conclude that this could also be the great Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy contempo-country record — though, as always, the ‘Prince’ goes his own special way, even when climbing the charts with brawny arms and classic titles like ‘I Don’t Belong To Anyone,’ ‘You Can’t Hurt Me Now,’ and ‘I Am Goodbye.’ Though the title — and catalog number! — portends horror, Beware is a much more measured exploration of the soul’s frailty and the sorry state of human relationships than your typical, everyday, bleaked-out, all-and-nothing roots rock platter.”
ONMUTU MECHANICKS: Phosphor EP 12″ (ECHOCOL 019EP) 12.00
Arne Weinberg aka Onmutu Mechanicks returns to Echocord Colour after his debut album on Echocord in late 2011 with three new cuts of dub-influenced deep techno. Expect the trademark Onmutu Mechanicks beat science combined with delay and reverb-drenched synthwork spiraling down into your mind. “Phosphor” also gets a remix treatment from Norman Nodge, who turns it into a real Berlin techno dancefloor-stomper that will please both the DJs and the crowds. Yellow vinyl.
RAUCH, ROMAN: All I Need 12″ (EF 043EP) 15.50
Endless Flight presents talented Viennese producer Roman Rauch. “All I Need” has a super-cool Detroit house sound, and it’s musical and simple and massive on the dancefloor. “Feelings” on the B-side is a bit slower and melancholic. It’s not a new sound at all, but it’s simply good music.
RONDENION: Devotion 12″ (FACES 1211EP) 12.50
Killer three-tracker from this Tokyo-based house king, jamming between the fringes of hypnotic disco to soulful house. The reach of Rondenion is consistent and impressive, releasing stand-out productions over the years on great labels such as Still Music, Rush Hour, Aesthetic and Bosconi and his own imprint Ragrange Records. Big tip for fans of soulful house, a splash of Andrés, a twist of Moodymann and a shake and stir of truly dope original Rondenion signature sounds. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
CHAMPION (FEAT. PRINCESS NYAH): Crazy 12″ (FRM 003EP) 11.00
Formula label-boss Champion collaborates with UK Funky mainstay Princess Nyah. “Crazy” combines a perfect balance of Champion’s signature minimal production with Nyah’s raw vocals. There’s also Champ’s instrumental version, renamed “Pepper Pot” and a grime refix from Hyperdub mainstays Terror Danjah and D.O.K., who drop a rare collaborative mix. DJ support already from Ben UFO, Brackles, Cameo, Elijah & Skilliam and Roska.
MITZI/SCENIC: Voyage Voyage/Kelly Watch The Stars 7″ (FCL 066EP) 12.00
Future Classic has teamed up with Le Coq Sportif for a series of covers by new Australian artists of classic French songs. They are available as super limited 7″ vinyl records. The A-side is a cover by Mitzi of super-rare disco classic “Voyage Voyage” by Zig Zag. The B-side is by Perth band Scenic, covering classic French artist Air. Limited edition of 100.
JOAKIM: Labyrinth 12″ (FCL 067EP) 12.50
Dubbed the Godfather of French electro by I-D magazine, Joakim’s diverse and trendsetting musical tastes have earned him a global rep. On the Labyrinth EP, you can catch Joakim’s darker DJ friend extended mix, a lush analog slow-burner from Junior Boys, an even slower — borderline chopped and screwed — melodic mix from Lone and a dirty, arpeggiated beast from Deadstock 33s and Stopmakingme.
SAMOYED: Her Honey Dripping Behind 12″ (GLUM 003EP) 11.00
Samoyed’s first release on Glum is raw and dusty techno. It also harbors a deadly secret weapon on its B-side, namely “Klondike Rush,” a rave banger so potent, that it has made Glaswegians spontaneously slap walls and scream. Support from such luminaries as Floating Points, Lone, Numbers, Nathan Fake and 2562.
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS: Eleven Fingers LP (HB 016CD) 15.00
“First time on CD, following the acclaimed LP pressing that sold out immediately in 2011, and made it onto countless year end lists. It’s the strongest, most concise example of what they do, a dark and depressive sort of blackened post-punk that also manages to be catchy and anthemic. Eleven Fingers spins a darkly cavernous, bizarrely buoyant sound that really is akin to Ian Curtis and mates delving into the kind of black metal that came along after Lords of Chaos. It’s raw but deep, and there’s a lot folded into its layers: Pair it with Iceage, and it’s punk; play it with Amesoeurs, and the more post-metal tendencies surface.”
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS: The Lost Entrance Of The Just LP (HB 020LP) 20.00
“The Lost Entrance of the Just is the next step in the musical evolution of the band overall and specifically carries on the sonic tradition defined on Eleven Fingers.” Includes an 8-page 7″x7″ lyrics booklet.
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL/AT THE HEAD OF THE WOODS: Blood Of The Black Owl/At The Head Of The Woods CD (HB 031CD) 11.00
“Since 2005, collaborators Chet W. Scott and James Woodhead have fashioned incredibly moving and innovative music as The Elemental Chrysalis. During this time, each has made his mark exploring a deeply personal journey as solo artist — Chet as Blood of the Black Owl, and James as At the Head of the Woods. With both projects creating incredible snapshots into their respective journies, here, on a split crafted over a long period, and arriving at the cusp of new full length material from both, the presence of these long time pioneers could not be felt in a more rich and inspiring way. This is a limited release, featuring art by James Woodhead and design by Chet W. Scott.”
SUTEKH HEXEN: Larvae CD (HB 034CD) 11.00
“Bay Area black metal/blacknoise duo, who in recent months have garnered a whole lot of hype, based on a flurry of killer (albeit insanely limited) releases. The stretches of ambience are darkly effective, as are the weirdly mournful clean guitar parts, the band obviously capable of creating mood and mystery, and when the buzz kicks in, none of that mood or mystery is lost, instead, it’s absorbed into the frenzied black chaos which transforms the sound into something more than noise, more than black metal, it’s a darkly epic, strangely textured assemblage of buzz and blast, howl and pound, the sound a living black entity, sonic chaos given form, this is the real transcendental black metal, all should be worshipping before the altar of the priests of Sutekh Hexen.” Housed in a DVD-sized digipak. Approx. 30 minute total playing time.
MUSETTE: Drape Me in Velvet LP (HAPNA 046LP) 18.00
LP version. This is the third album from Musette. The starting point of Drape Me In Velvet was a large collection of cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes from the 1950s and 1960s, many inherited from relatives. During the three years the album was recorded on these tapes, they were treated and mistreated with tools and violence. New sounds and instruments were recorded over the older recordings. The tapes were mistreated again, scratched, wrinkled. Layer upon layer of melodies and tape memories were brought together to a whole where music for silent films, exotic easy listening and French chanson are some of the strands in the braid. The result is a historical collage where the passing of time is heard in anachronistic piano melodies and disintegrating chords. Ghosts of former recordings whisper in the warm background noise. This is music for amusement parks with neglected maintenance. Drape Me In Velvet is an album so particular in nature, that one gets ecstatic. The melodies and production are instantly recognizable as Musette’s own. A new language is created. What’s perhaps the most unique is the marriage between the world of melodies and the lust to experiment. Seldom have we heard music with original ideas about sound and sound-making coming out this melodious, lovable and accessible. Joel Danell is Musette. Already with the last album Datum (2009, Tona Serenad), Musette showed that he had a unique musical character, but this is a work of an even greater magnitude. Participating on the album are Joel Danell, Andreas Tengblad, Christopher Cantillo, Lars Ekman, Johan Jonsson, Linus Hillborg, Anders af Klintberg, Oskar Moberg and Nick Clifford.
TREMBLING BELLS, BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY & MULDOON’S PICNIC: The Duchess 12″ (HJP 067EP) 17.00
Ahead of a new album, The Marble Downs — recorded with Bonnie “Prince” Billy — Glasgow’s Trembling Bells return with an eight-song vinyl-only EP. Entirely exclusive music, unique to this release, with a lovely silk-screened sleeve, the Duchess EP is effectively divided into two halves. The first is comprised of four songs from The Marble Downs sessions, with Will Oldham dueting with Trembling Bells singer Lavinia Blackwall. Three of the EP’s Oldham collaborations are original compositions and there’s also a reinvention of Scott Walker’s “Duchess.”
SPLIT CRANIUM: Sceptres To Rust 7″ (HH666 238EP) 10.00
“Debut two track 7″ from Split Cranium, the new band featuring Aaron Turner (ISIS) and Jussi Lehtisalo (CIRCLE). Crusty traditionalist hardcore by way Finland and Vashon Island. B-side remix by Daniel Menche.”
SPLIT CRANIUM: Split Cranium CD (HH666 239CD) 15.50
“Debut album from Split Cranium, the new band featuring Aaron Turner (ISIS) and Jussi Lehtisalo (CIRCLE). Crusty traditionalist hardcore by way Finland and Vashon Island. Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse? How about play fast, die old and leave the next round of stiffs wondering what the shit their crusty old grandpop was up to back in the economically vibrant 20-teens, when liquid gold flowed down from Finland’s Kemi River and crisp American sawbucks grew on trees? If Split Cranium had a manifesto–which they don’t–they might at least consider endorsing that one, whatever it was, before giving us all the finger and getting on with it.”
SPLIT CRANIUM: Split Cranium LP (HH666 239LP) 24.50
EXPO ’70: Journey Through Astral Projection CD (IMMUNE 012CD) 14.00
“Justin Wright’s Expo 70 project has been pushing experimental, drone and Kosmiche Musik to new realms for nearly a decade now. Constant touring and a string of critically acclaimed albums released on labels such as Kill Shaman, Beta-lactam Ring, Peasant Magik, Aguirre, and Wright’s own Sonic Meditations label have clearly brought Expo 70’s name to the forefront of modern drone and Kosmiche Musik. In the fall of 2010 Immune released the epic double LP Where Does Your Mind Go? to critical acclaim and Expo 70 toured the country for two months in support. Immune is now proud to present the follow-up album Journey Through Astral Projection, further cementing the fact that Wright’s work captures a true spirit of free thinking and creates tranquil moods and vast landscapes in audio fidelity. By the second track the gates open into a bed of dense organ tones and heavy guitar dirges, resembling a more meditative Terry Riley jamming with Sunn O))).”
EXPO ’70: Journey Through Astral Projection Cassette (IMMUNE 012CS) 7.00
AHMED, ILYAS: With Endless Fire Cassette (IMMUNE 020CS) 7.00
AHMED, ILYAS: With Endless Fire LP (IMMUNE 020LP) 20.00
“Since 2005 Ilyas Ahmed has been blurring the folk/drone/raga/rock realms into a sound that is uniquely his own. A string of self-released CDrs in 2005/2006 brought Ahmed immediate attention and he soon released landmark albums on Time-Lag, Digitalis, and Root Strata. Ahmed’s brand new album With Endless Fire was entirely written, performed and recorded direct to analog tape by Ilyas Ahmed in Portland, OR. It is Ahmed’s first album since his 2009 release Goner (Root Strata) and continues the much fuller sound presented there, giving us his unmistakable voice with a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, harmonium, organ, and drums.”
CLEARED: Breaking Day Cassette (IMMUNE 024CS) 7.00
CLEARED: Breaking Day LP (IMMUNE 024LP) 21.00
“Breaking Day is the second full-length album from Cleared, the Chicago-based duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera. While their self-titled debut album (IMMUNE 014LP) found the duo exploring themes of stasis and texture, Breaking Day represents a huge development in the scope and overall style of the project. Where previous material had been slowly assembled from dozens of individual recordings and experiments, this new collection of songs was born from the raw documentation of Cleared’s live performance in the studio. Elements of noise, drone, and psychedelia are filtered through a dark, unifying lens that ranges from relentless rhythmic assault to monolithic tonal sculpture. Dueling rhythms of drums and sampled percussion, walls of undulating soundscapes, and hypnotic guitar are deployed with heightened intensity and force. If Cleared’s first record presented a frozen, gray-washed realm of ambient sound, Breaking Day represents its inverse: A blackened subterranean space of alien movement and activity; a premonition of an assault from the unknown.” Housed in a gatefold sleeve, with download coupon.
NO NECK BLUES BAND: CINo 51. LP (KELIPPAH 008LP) 19.00
“Previously, a boy dreams the dreams of many other boys. He meets three other boys and they dream together. Sadly, one of his co-dreamer’s dreams become nightmare. In an effort to avoid seeing their own dreams relegated back to sleeping, our hero and his fair dreaming compatriots leave their troubled friend to face his nightmares on his own. His nightcap is quickly filled and the boys march forward, eventually seeing all of their dreams made manifest. In this installment our boy has become a man too accustomed to living his boy dreams. When he places his head upon his pillow these days there is nothing, as if there is nothing left to dream of. Perhaps his conspirators sense this? They dream apart now and our hero’s empty nights only serve to marginalize him from these other boys. Our man must be gifted with powers beyond the ordinary because, much as his boy dreams had become real, so too his man dreams of emptiness soon become his waking life. Unlike his lost troubled co-dreamer from years past, his nightmares are far too mundane for anyone to care about. He dies this way. Special thanks to Charlie Gilmour, millionaire.” Paste-on sleeve with hand-painted artwork and labels.
BORATTO, GUI: Destination: Education Remixe 12″ (KOM 252EP) 12.00
Gui Boratto’s dark 2011 masterpiece III (KOMP 090CD/KOM 242LP) was brimming with deft highlights, but not every one of them was aiming at the floor. “Destination: Education,” a slightly saturnine rhythm-study featuring the return of Gui’s wife Luciana on vocals, now gets pushed into the spotlight by dancefloor gurus Terranova and Tale Of Us, both tweaking the track to its optimal danceability. A must-have for Boratto zealots and crowd-sensitive DJs alike, this 12″ presents two heavy-duty bangers tailored to every party’s needs.
SASCHIENNE: Unknown LP+CD (KOM 255LP) 18.00
LP with free CD version.. Sascha Funke, one of Germany’s greatest techno auteurs and the genius behind best-selling records like Bravo or Mango (BPC 167CD/LP), has some pretty big news. And it’s not about some one-off band project, but a partnership meant to stay. As Saschienne, Sascha has formed a duo extraordinaire with multi-talented instrumentalist, singer and wife Julienne Dessagne, displaying an expressivity previously unknown to anyone following his solo work. That said, Sascha is no stranger to expressive depths, with his earliest tracks already oscillating between plucked introspection and purposeful anthems. His 1999 career debut single Campus was released on Kompakt at number 13 in the label’s catalog, in this case bringing only good luck to the then-rookie producer, since he went on to produce one masterpiece after another. Now, Sascha Funke returns to his very first label: after 13 years as a techno producer, Sascha has, thanks to Julienne, rediscovered the joy of the early days in the studio. Both artists describe not only a mere change in studio ergonomics, but the force of love ripping apart old constructs. As a trained piano player and former semi-professional contemporary dancer, Julienne was exposed to classical and contemporary music early on in her life. Praising the intricate work of composers like Philip Glass or Louis Sclavis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she fell in love with the challenging, unpredictable club sound from Optimo’s JD Twitch & JG Wilkes, her first real club experience in the UK. She then went on to work for prestigious Soma Records and London’s legendary Fabric Club. All those are influences tightly woven into the sound of Saschienne. Far away from the romantic hokum of crude feel-good songwriting, they not only focus on the harmony and bliss, but explore the discord, the misunderstandings that great love brings with it. Saschienne’s debut release Unknown maintains the perfect balance between intimate idiosyncracies and public formatting. Going from quickly sketched chords and whispered consonants to a full-blown thunderstorm in just a matter of a few tracks, it’s a hypnotic road-movie worthy of Bonnie & Clyde. Gaining momentum as a marathon runner would, Saschienne’s music reaches out further and further, always fascinated of what might be behind the next curve.
MIRRORRING: Foreign Body CD (KRANK 162CD) 13.00
“Mirrorring is Jesy Fortino, who has recorded under the Tiny Vipers moniker, and Liz Harris, better known as Grouper. The recordings on this album came about through a songwriting session in Portland, Oregon. The resulting sounds are contemplative, reflective, and introspective, creating a feeling as much as a song, a mood as much as a tune. One could try to assess what part of the album each artist was responsible for, but that would prevent one from seeing the proverbial forest for the trees. Foreign Body was recorded and produced in 2011.”
MIRRORRING: Foreign Body LP (KRANK 162LP) 13.00
LP version. Includes an insert with Liz Harris’ detail-obsessed illustrations. Remember that dream you had about finding a Grouper record nobody else knew about? This is the record.
BASSETT & SAMARA LUBELSKI, MARCIA: Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon LP (KYE 017LP) 17.00
“Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon is the debut LP by the duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski. Both musicians have played crucial roles in the development of underground sound over the last 20 years, tinting the broad waters of abstract folk, chromatic noise and long form drone, and cementing themselves as cornerstone artists in the process. Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon is the perfect synthesis of Bassett and Lubelski’s individual crafts – two sidelong forays into deep black string meditation that hang in the air like ghosts on Ludlow Street. Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon was recorded/mixed by Barry Weisblat in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, and arrives in a high gloss monochrome sleeve, in an edition of 500 copies.”
CLUSTER: Zuckerzeit LP+CD (LR 333LP) 28.00
“Originally released in 1974, Zuckerzeit marked a turning point for these seminal German space rockers. Recorded shortly after their move away from the metropolis of Berlin, it sees some of the abrasiveness of their earlier material slightly diffusing. With the addition of proto drum machines and the producing talents of Michael Rother, their sound here – while remaining firmly in anchored in experimental territory – has more pop sensibility.” 180 gram vinyl with a CD version of the album.
CLUSTER: II LP+CD (LR 335LP) 28.00
“Originally released in 1972, this is the second album by legendary German ambient pioneers Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Moebius and Roedelius essentially create ambient electronic soundscapes that ebb and flow, droning on in a suspended world of anti-gravity where machine has conquered man.” 180 gram vinyl with CD version of the album.
OS MUTANTES: Os Mutantes LP+CD (LR 336LP) 28.00
“With the release of their debut LP in 1968, Os Mutantes cracked the already red hot Tropicalia scene wide open. Fusing traditional Brazilian music, psychedelia, rock and a good dose of pure experimentalism, they quickly became giants both in Brazil and in the outer fringes of pop music, where they have managed to reign supreme for the past four decades. Not an easy task in such a crowded arena. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Tom Ze, and Os Mutantes? What do these people put in their drinking water? The band went on to release several more albums, but this one was their magnum opus.” 180 gram vinyl with CD version of the album.
VELOSO, CAETANO: Caetano Veloso LP+CD (LR 337LP) 28.00
“Originally released in 1968, Caetano Veloso’s debut album did for Brazilian music what the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers did for rock & roll, giving birth to the soon-to-be Tropicalia movement, which fused Brazilian music with pop, psychedelia and social awareness (and Veloso’s leftist politics actually earned him a stint in jail in 1968 for ‘anti-government activity’). Veloso, nonetheless went on to become one of the most popular and influential Brazilian musicians of all time. Includes the genre-defining classics ‘Clarice’ and ‘Soy Loco Por Tì, America’, ‘Superbacana’, ‘Tropicalia’ and ‘Alegria, Alegria.'” 180 gram vinyl with CD version of the album.
VA: Luv.Five 12″ (LUV 005EP) 14.00
This is the fifth release of this promising imprint focusing on warm and soulful vibes between house, soul and downbeat. Some well-known producers showing their soft skills with their own productions or edits/re-works. Vinyl only — limited edition. Comes in a clear plastic sleeve.
LOOPS OF YOUR HEART: And Never Ending Nights LP (MAGAZINE 005LP) 19.50
Second LP version, regular 140 gram vinyl & cheaper pricing — replaces the now deleted limited version (880319532511, which was the 180 gram vinyl + CD version). Please allow us the pleasure of introducing Axel Willner’s Loops Of Your Heart. Hailing from Sweden, the man behind this record alone needs no introduction, as he is already well-known in the electronic music scene for his project The Field. Loops Of Your Heart reflects Axel’s experience in Germany, where during his lengthy stays, his mantra-like arpeggiators contributed to the first manifestation of the sound of Cologne Tape, a group that formed while he was staying there. You can also hear this on the much sought-after debut Render, which came out on Magazine in 2010. Only a foreshadowing of what was to about to come, Willner has been living in Berlin and letting his creativity go crazy. With an arsenal of special synthesizers and guitars, he has put together And Never Ending Nights. After touring worldwide with The Field for the last 10 years, this album is like coming home again. You can hear German children speaking outside his studio in Berlin (on the track “Neukölln”) and it is not only the track titles which tell of things that have come to an end and or are about to happen. The old German musical tradition of letting yourself go (Holger Czukay, You, Anima, Cluster, you name it) is in the air, and Willner breathes it. His highly personal approach to music and composition leads to nothing less then a matchless album that embodies beginning anew. Album format playtime: 47 minutes. High-quality heavy sleeves and black paper bags.
VOIGT, WOLFGANG: Ruckverzauberung 6 12″ (MAGAZINE 007EP) 16.50
Rückverzauberung (trans. “Reverse Enchantment”) is a label-travel-project of Wolfgang Voigt. Voigt’s music has always been based on contradictory sound constructs, oscillating between harmony and atonality. But on the beat-free “Rückverzauberung 6.1” and “6.2,” sounds and structures are (reversely) enchanted in such a bizarre/abstract manner, that it is difficult to draw a comparison to other pieces from Voigt’s catalog. Due to his technique of deconstruction/reconstruction to the essential/substantial, sounds that are somewhat familiar seem completely new. Voigt calls this “Dedivination.”
KMD: Bl_ck B_st_rds 2LP (MF 2001LP) 19.00
“Bl_ck B_st_rds was voted in Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists as the most notable rap album of all time that was never released commercially, and with good reason. The fact that this excellent album, slated for a 1994 release, did not seen the light of day until 2001 (its first issue – now out of print) testifies to a time when shortsighted industry backlashes against records that inflamed middle America were in vogue. Elektra Records higher-ups canned the project due to its controversial cover art, which shows a Sambo figure being lynched. This must-purchase concept album is worth the wait. From the jazzy, hypnotic samples on the title cut to ‘Sweet Premium Wine,’ a farcical ode to swigging 40-ounce bottles of brew (remember when drinking St. Ides and Old English was trendy?), you know you’ve found rap heaven. Classic headbanger ‘What a Nigga Know?’ (and the remix featuring partner-in-rhyme MF Grimm) is equally off the chain. ‘Constipated Monkey’ and weed anthem ‘Suspended Animation’ are testaments to a time in Rap music when experimental beats and obscure sampling ruled the roost. Bl_ck B_st_rds is where Brand Nubian meets De La Soul at the local bodega, heads wear Muslim kufis for kicks, and ‘word to the mutha’ actually refers to themes of pan-Africanism, repatriation, and reparations. It’s a place where Sambo-ism doesn’t sell. Features artwork and track listing from the original Ready Rock issue.”
MONOLAKE: Ghosts 2LP+CD (ML 026LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version. Robert Henke is back with a new Monolake album entitled Ghosts. Dark and colorful, with haunting and deep excursions into magic worlds of sound and grooves, held together by a fragmentary story as part of the artwork that indicates a continuation of themes present on Silence (ML 025CD): precisely-crafted, earth-shaking beats, rough, dirty noises, wide, lush soundscapes and little sonic creatures inhabiting a fascinating planet in which a lot of things go badly wrong and nothing is taken for granted. Music that augments reality when listening to while commuting, music to get lost in when experienced loud in a club. There is nothing minimal in this music, it is bass-heavy and full of detail. Includes free CD version.
SLUGABED: Rockin U 12″ (DG 011EP) 10.00
“White label 12″ featuring three of Slugabed’s finest versions, extra limited to 300 copies only for the world. on Rockin U the beats are dense and wild, packing a crazy amount of textures, synths, and samples into a down tempo groover.”
PLUG: Run 12″ (ZEN 12309EP) 10.00
Limited edition 12″ released to coincide with the Back On Time full-length. Luke Vibert comes back like the long-forgotten deadbeat drum n’ bass pappa you tried so hard to forget.
DISSEVELT/KID BALTAN, TOM: Song Of The Second Moon CD (OMNI 155CD) 20.00
“Perhaps the most influential recording in the history of electronic music, Song Of The Second Moon is far more than an historical curiosity. For the very first time electronic music was conceived as popular music, an incredibly listenable mélange of jazz and concrete stylings. Composed by Dutch Philips Research Laboratories employees Tom Dissevelt and Dick Raaijmakers (Kid Baltan) between 1957 and 1961, Song Of The Second Moon’s dynamic and playful futurism would inspire legendary figures from Jean Jacques Perrey to Glenn Gould. For its premiere reissue we present the rare stereo version of the album with a multitude of outtakes, alternate and mono versions. 20 tracks, all original recordings. Remastered from the original Philips/Limelight master tapes in 2012. Twenty page full color booklet with exclusive liner notes and rare photos.”
BARE, BOBBY: Hard Time Hungrys/The Winner…and Other Losers CD (OMNI 156CD) 20.00
“Built around a concept and songs supplied by maverick songwriter Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare’s Hard Time Hungrys is an astounding and affecting chronicle of economic depression and the people most buffeted by it. Recorded in 1975, the album is timelier than ever with its moving and good humored tales of the disenfranchised and their plight. From light-hearted odes to the life of poverty (‘Warm And Free’) to earthy tales of the hard scrabble (‘The Farmer Feeds Us All,’ ‘Two For A Dollar’) the album is profound and friendly. The following year Bare cut The Winner…And Other Losers an engaging set that features many highlights including one of the most bizarre spirituals ever committed to wax, ‘Dropkick Me, Jesus.’ Remastered from the original RCA Victor mastertapes in 2012. 24 track CD. All original recordings. Twenty page full colour booklet with exclusive liner notes and rare photos.”
BARKER & BAUMECKER: A Murder Of Crows 12″ (OSTGUT 054EP) 12.00
Andreas Baumecker (nd_baumecker) and Sam Barker (Voltek) deliver on their second 12″ for Ostgut Ton. “A Murder Of Crows (Part 1)” is produced to burn the floor. The dark techno, deep moods and killer breaks lend themselves perfectly to feed the dance-hungry crowds and the far-away siren takes care of the shivers down your spine. “Murder Of Crows (Part 2)” takes the same rhythm track, removes the pumping bass of the A-side and shifts into a not-so-obvious, almost tripping groove.
BACCHETTI, LUCA: On The Moon EP 12″ (OVM 220EP) 12.50
Luca Bacchetti leads Ovum back to house as he presents two beautifully warm, sun-drenched numbers. The bongo-heavy “On The Moon” will have you dreaming of summer as it bathes you in spine-tingling synths, beautiful melodies and dreamy vocals. The Balearic sounds of the title-track lead to the African rhythms and inspirations of “High Life,” a track laden with vocal samples and powered by a potent piano riff.
TEJADA & JUSTIN MAXWELL, JOHN: Our Gigantic Mistake 12″ (PAL 062EP) 12.00
John Tejada & Justin Maxwell are at it again with a new three-song EP. Following in the footsteps of their classic release “Mindbend,” the duo continues their unique approach to collaboration using a hardware modular synth set-up. The title track “Our Gigantic Mistake” is a unique blend of 808 beats and screaming modular synth lines. The B-side’s “Whoops (There It Is)” and “Where’s The Cable?” explore a darker side of dark, acidic, late-night techno.
VIDA, BEN: Esstends-Esstends-Esstends LP (PAN 023LP) 25.50
In collaboration with Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis, Ben Vida explores cross-control voltage-integrated improvisation and real-time automatic group composition. Ben has worked with artists Hisham Bharoocha (duo as Soft Circle), Siebren Versteeg, Doug Aitken, Nadia Hironaka and Mathew Suib. He has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, and Werner Dafeldecker. As an improviser, he has performed with Milo Fine, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chad Taylor, Kevin Drumm, Yamatsuka Eye and C. Spencer Yeh, among many others. He has released over 20 records on such labels as Thrill Jockey, Drag City, PAN, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Häpna and Kranky. In 2011, Ben was Composer in Residency at Diapason Space, NYC and at EMS Studios, Stockholm and was awarded a Swedish Arts Committee Travel Grant, ISSUE Project Room Emerging Artists Commission and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona “Composing with Process” Exclusive Works Commission. Esstends-Esstends-Esstends is a collection of spatial compositions in which audio focal points shift between external and internal emanation sources. The intent with this work is to escape the stereo image and create an activated listening space of expanded spatialization. Using just intoned pitch combinations to produce difference tones and harmonic distortions, sound materials are created that emanate from both the playback speakers and inner ear of the listener. By engaging the listener’s sense of aural perception and sound localization in relationship to compositional structure, these pieces act to reframe the listening experience and encourage an engagement with, not only the form and aesthetic of the music, but the sonic space a recorded piece of music projects. Higher amplitude will help to reveal. Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl. Housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve, packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.
NHK’KOYXEN: Dance Classics Vol. I LP (PAN 024LP) 25.50
Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore techno and hip-hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster-Noton and his first-ever album Upside Down on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers’ Sensational, Autechre’s Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium’s High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf “RLW” Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose of publishing and curating experimental contemporary music and art events. Dance Classics Vol. I documents his more dance-oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other minimal techno project, NHK. Not feeling tied down to one genre, Matsunaga nestles in the PAN roster, but that isn’t to say that his is any kind of ordinary dance music. As witnessed from his recent collaborations with Conrad Schnitzler, the album focuses more on bass/base electronics, music for the dancefloor and/or altered state reflection. Having composed pieces for WDR based on Henry Chopin, Kouhei is equally at ease jamming with Sensational, while simultaneously executing an obsessively numerical sequence of dance pieces that border on Hanne Darboven-like compulsivity. Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl in a poly-lined inner sleeve, packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.
VA: Pan Sampler Vol. 1 12″ (PANRECORDS 003) 12.00
Pan Records presents volume 1 of its Various Artists sampler series. The first track is “Flash Back” by Sai, which has a dreamy, floating feel to start off with, and later gets more groove going. Dennis Uprock aka Resoe presents a rather timeless track with “Future Progress.” DJ Pi-Ge is part-owner of Pan Records, alongside of Ryo Murakami and Sisi. He provides a track with a punchy synth and vocals. The last track is by Naoki Shinohara, featuring strong hi-hats and soul-filling melody.
JOE WITH THE FLOWER TRAVELLIN’ BAND: The Times LP (ASH 3052LP) 22.00
180 gram LP version. Although post-Group Scene band Flowers were gaining increasing popularity in late ’60s Tokyo, founder and guiding light Yuya Uchida was becoming increasingly frustrated that cult status was not translating into commercial success. Watching a rehearsal for the Tokyo version of the hit U.S. musical Hair, Uchida’s wily gaze fell upon the Afro-sporting cast member Yamanaka Akira aka Joe. Uchida liked what he saw and heard so much, that he invited Joe to sing guest lead vocals at the next Flowers gig, and so impressed was he with the audience’s response to the singer’s opening number, that he knew a direction-changing discovery had been made. Gone was Flowers and in its place, Flower Travellin’ Band emerged with a whole new sound and a charismatic and talented front man leading the charge, a relentless process that would see the singer become the sound of FTB with his career ascending as the fortunes of the band decreased. Eventually, the inevitable happened and Uchida disbanded FTB in 1975, after which the band’s record label, Atlantic, offered the world one final, posthumous release in a greatest hits package, The Times, with the artist as “Joe With The Flower Travellin’ Band” becoming the band’s epitaph. Sadly, Joe died of cancer in August 2011, but he will long be remembered as the voice of Japan’s most successful and enduring musical ensembles, Flower Travellin’ Band. Features the original LP artwork and includes the original Japanese insert.
FLYING LOTUS: 1983 LP (PLG 076LP) 19.00
“Los Angeles resident Flying Lotus brings beats with a cinematic flare, ‘I see these tracks as little short films that play in my head.’ Flying Lotus is a free spirit, ‘I have this beautiful lemon tree in my backyard, and on a sunny day the light shines through. Little things like that inspire me.’ A Coltrane through and through, Flying Lotus is the great-nephew of Alice Coltrane and a cousin of Ravi Coltrane. ‘My greatest influences are my family, I’m lucky to have been around so many accomplished musicians.’ And most importantly, Flying Lotus is a visionary, so get ready to meet your favorite new producer. 1983 is the first full-length album from Flying Lotus, originally released on Plug Research in 2006. The album was an introduction for most to a sound that connected the fractured, funky soul of Dilla and Madlib to the more psychedelic downtempo of Daedelus, Nobody and other kindred spirits. In the years since this release, the Southern California scene has coalesced, and Lotus has continued his genre synthesis, working with UK dubstep producer Kode9, among others. This is bass music that gets tagged ‘experimental’ because it pushes boundaries, but felt live, there’s no doubting the direct, physical impact it has on an audience. While the title 1983 may conjure images of parachute pants and asymmetrical ‘dos, the ’83 Lotus envisions isn’t the typical retro cheese covered by VH1 specials. This is Blade Runner, Bambaataa, the Bomb Squad, and Basquiat. This is the musical future Prince was dreamin’ about.”
TOBIAS, TOBY: One Night On Mare Street 12″ (QUINTESSE 027EP) 12.50
Toby Tobias presents one for Quintessentials, One Night On Mare Street, blending his love for house and disco and once again showing his true class. What counts for Toby Tobias counts for the remixers, too: they have their own sound — enjoy the fab work of Quintessentials homies Deep Space Orchestra and Ugly Drums plus new hotshot Weekend Express.
HEADHUNTERS, THE: Survival Of The Fittest/Straight From The Gate 2CD (R2 018CD) 17.50
“This new series is focused on re-issuing classic and hard to find albums from the fun, soul and jazz vaults. Two albums from one artist per release, digitally remastered from the original tapes. These albums aren’t just music – they are part of jazz and soul heritage. The first release in this series is one of the most important albums in jazz funk history. The Headhunters is the band Herbie Hancock used when moving into his electronic fusion period. In 1975 the band released their first project without Herbie, Survival of the Fittest. The album solidified their trademark complex blend of styles and genres and the 1979 follow up album Straight From the Gate developed their sound with a more accessible combination of jazz, funk and rock. Now both of these groundbreaking albums have been digitally re-mastered from the original tapes and put together on one package for the first time.”
WHITE HILLS: Live At Roadburn 2011 CD (RBR 023CD) 16.00
“Features White Hills captured live at Roadburn Festival April 16 2011. CD comes in a deluxe six panel digipack.”
YOUNGS, RICHARD: Core To The Brave LP (RS 087LP) 16.00
“With scores of releases both solo & in collaboration that stretches back for more than 20 years, Richard Youngs perhaps needs the least amount of introduction of any of the artists Root Strata has worked with. We’re extremely excited to help Richard add another singular entry into his discography. Core to the Brave hits with a shock and never lets up. Composed of what appears to be blown out bass & spastic drum rhythms, these tracks cascade into shimmering loops of distortion, their weight reaching a critical mass that often feels likes it’s on the verge of ecstatic collapse. Everything is elevated further in & up by that one and only voice, floating over top like a lush wind come down from the mountains.”
LARSSON: Just The Beat 12″ (RC 032EP) 14.00
Nice funky, Moog-y tech tracks from Larsson, including great remixes from men-of-the-moment Nicholas and Anonym. On clear vinyl.
VIRGO FOUR: Resurrection 2LP (RH 113LP) 23.00
As last year’s limited box set has been out of print for a while, Rush Hour decided to press up a 2LP version with 12 essential tracks from the original release that totals 60 minutes. If you missed the box set, this is a great chance to own some of Virgo Four’s essential Chicago house music. The tracks were selected from 100s of 4-track tapes that had been untouched and unreleased all these years due to local record business politics and disinterest. These demo recordings have been restored and mastered for release. Resurrection really shows the rich, diverse and unique quality of Virgo Four, which leaves you wondering what impact they would have made on the (Chicago) house scene if they would have gotten released back in the day. Includes “It’s A Crime,” which was also remixed by Caribou in 2011.
BURRELL BROTHERS, THE: The Burrell Brothers Present: The Nu Groove Years Part 2 2LP (RH 117B-LP) 23.00
This is the second volume of 2LP vinyl versions of The Burrell Brothers Present: The Nu Groove Years. This compilation collects the absolute best of the Burrell’s output and in doing so, gives us a valuable insight into the much-overlooked roots of New York house music. Includes Burrell projects under the guises of Aphrodisiac, Metro, Utopia Project, N.Y. House’n Authority, Equation and Houz’ Neegroz.
XOSAR: Ghosthaus 12″ (RH X_1EP) 12.50
This Xosar release features a blend of deep Detroit-style techno and leftfield ghost house; two originals and two remixes by Legowelt. Strange musical colors of chilled woodland & nautical soundscapes saturated with enchanting vocals create Xosar’s unique musical atmosphere. Having played live gigs in SF, NY, Vienna, Berlin, The Hague and beyond, Xosar projects her mystical world where nature’s subtle ebb and flow are exalted through probing sonic and paranormal exploration.
MUNGO’S HI-FI: World News/Wicked Tings A Gwaan 7″ (SCOB 027EP) 10.00
Mungo’s Hi-Fi launch into 2012 with a trio of limited 7″s, featuring their cut of the classic riddim “Dutty Diseases,” a certified soundsystem party-starter, along with the full instrumental Mungo’s version of the riddim on the third plate. All tracks fuse a conscious reality message with a serious dance vibe. “World News” features YT. On the flip, “Wicked Tings A Gwaan” features Daddy Scotty.
MUNGO’S HI-FI: Computer Age/Culture Mi Vote 7″ (SCOB 028EP) 10.00
Mungo’s Hi-Fi with contributions from Mr. Williamz and Sister Carol.
MUNGO’S HI-FI: Dutty Diseases Riddim/Dread Inna Armigeddion 7″ (SCOB 029EP) 10.00
Mungo’s Hi-Fi’s cut of the classic riddim “Dutty Diseases,” along with the full instrumental Mungo’s version of the riddim. This 7″ features a contribution from Daddy Freddy.
SIERRA SAM: Sierralism 12″ (SER 015EP) 12.00
Serialism’s quirky mannerisms slots directly into Sierra Sam’s tech-house signature for this EP. “Sierralism” features acidic and animalistic drive as sirens scream and tight percussion smacks against a dark push-and-pull bass line. “Your Secrets” drips with sumptuous synth lines, whispering piano keys and a wailing male vocal. Jay Haze works his ardent craftsmanship on “Your Secrets” with his “Never Ready Edit,” adding a stomping funk to its beat. “The Laws Of Distraction” features Big Bully and leaves you hypnotized.
PHARAOH OVERLORD: Lunar Jetman 2LP (SIGE 012LP) 27.00
“Though originally incarnated as a fire breathing serpent of riff encrusted Krautrock, subsequent mutations have generated an entire host of enchanting aural beasts. Seemingly adept at myriad forms of fringe music – hypnotic stoner freakouts, improvised art rock, ambient hymnals, cyclic minimalism – the sprawling reach of the big P.O. seemingly knows no bounds. Most recently, these gentle gods of Finnish thunder brought forth a massive missive of stadium metal, aptly titled Out of Darkness proving once again the potency of their Midas touch and their mastery in the realm of the rock. To what astral horizons their trajectory would lead them from there was a mystery as large as the cosmos through which they’ve traveled, but now the light of a new moon is upon us.” Numbered edition of 500.
MAMIFFER & LOCRIAN: Bless Them That Curse You 2LP (SIGE 013LP) 27.00
“Bless Them That Curse You captures an unprecedented balance of claustrophobia and solace. It’s a strange alchemy to render something both inviting and alienating; it requires a special kind of skill to create music that sounds like it’s rattling apart at its seams, unraveling in a torturous but compelling fashion. It demands an acknowledgement of the fine line between noise and racket, between tension and tedium. Finding an interpersonal chemistry to pull it off can take years of searching and refinement. Initiated by a history of record swapping and mutual admiration, Chicago’s Locrian and Seattle’s Mamiffer managed to accomplish such a feat.” Hand-numbered edition of 550 copies.
MOOMIN: Sleep Tight 12″ (SMALL 028EP) 12.00
Moomin is back with another adventure into charming house music. Like a fountain of sweetness, the works of Smallville’s wunderkind are spreading all over the world. Tours all over Europe, the U.S. and Japan prove that he is not only a fantastic producer — also his live and DJ sets are gorgeously sweet.
VA: Nigeria Rock Special 2LP (SNDW 011LP) 23.50
…Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria. 2012 repress on vinyl. Double LP version, deluxe gatefold sleeve. Nigeria Rock Special shines a light on the flipside of the well-documented sounds of highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s — young bands caught up in the wave of psychedelic and progressive rock that was sweeping Europe and the States in the late ’60s and early ’70s. As time goes by, the many layers of musical output that formed around the world throughout the 1960s and ’70s continues to be peeled back to reveal many welcome surprises. The explosion of rock n’ roll that erupted out of the USA in the ’50s fanned out around the globe from its epicenter and by the mid-1960s, kids all over the world were picking up guitars and checking themselves in mirrors. Nigeria was no exception. Spurred on by Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s visits to Lagos and his band Airforce (featuring many Nigerian musicians), the sound of fuzzed-out rock reverberated around the universities and nightspots of Lagos and Ibadan. The craze that followed hit the youth and student population of Nigeria hard — mixing fuzz guitar and heavy African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic and The Chambers Brothers. Fifteen of the best cuts from the scene are available here for the first time in 30 years. Artists include: Ofege, The Action 13, The Hygrades, The Wings, Ofo The Black Company, The Elcados, Mono Mono, Tabukah “X”, The Funkees, Colomach, Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound, Question Mark, Original Wings, Tunji Oyelana and BLO.
UWAIFO, SIR VICTOR: Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-76 2LP (SNDW 012LP) 23.50
2012 repress on vinyl. Double LP version. Guitar-Boy Superstar is the first survey of the long career of the legendary Nigerian musician, artist and poet Victor Uwaifo, one of Nigeria’s greatest stars — a long-overdue release that puts Victor Uwaifo next to other Nigerian greats better known in the West. Victor Uwaifo’s mission to spread and preserve the cultural heritage of ancient Benin (Modern day Edo State, Nigeria) has seen him work as a commissioner for cultural affairs in his native Edo State, a University lecturer, acclaimed bronze sculptor and poet as well as a highly successful musician. He has been awarded Nigeria’s highest cultural tribute — the order of the Niger, and continues to teach and work today with an energy that has not abated for nearly fifty years. Cutting his musical teeth with Victor Olaiya (“the evil genius of highlife”) in the early ’60s, he went on to form his own band The Melody Maestros, producing Nigeria’s biggest-ever selling record with Joromi in 1965, for which he was awarded Africa’s first gold disc. He has continued to produce some of the most popular and engaging music in Nigeria ever since. This album focuses on his early 1970s musical output. Uwaifo invented a unique style of highlife music that he called ekassa — based on ancient rhythms and fused with modern highlife instrumentation and just a dash of rock and soul.
VA: The World Ends Part 1 3LP (SNDW 023A-LP) 29.00
2012 repress on vinyl. Deluxe gatefold triple LP version. Part 1 of 2. Includes two vinyl-only bonus tracks not included on the CD version. The World Ends is the latest title from Soundway Records showcasing a wave of guitar-driven and psychedelic groups that sprung up in Nigeria during the early 1970s. This bumper collection is brimming with youthful exuberance, fuzzed-out guitar and cosmic organ vibes and owes much to the psychedelic sounds of Jim Morrison, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. As the Summer of Love was blossoming in London and San Francisco, Nigeria was imploding into civil war. Also known as the Biafra War of 1967, it was a grisly conflict taking over three million lives, yet at the same time the country was being pulled apart, there was a new world beginning. The tracks featured represent a forgotten chapter in Nigeria’s musical history when the youth threw their varied morsels into the pot, from hard rock to psychedelic soul, when guitars were cherished instruments, symbolic of a new movement, when highlife and Afrobeat played second fiddle to “the beat.”
VA: The World Ends Part 2 3LP (SNDW 023B-LP) 29.00
2012 repress on vinyl. Deluxe gatefold triple LP version. Part 2 of 2. Includes two vinyl-only bonus tracks not included on the CD version.
VA: Ahyewa 12″ (SNDW 12007EP) 15.50
Soundway present three new African edits. On the A-side is a chunky, bass-heavy slice of dancefloor highlife from 1975, boiled down from over 30 minutes by Frankie Francis (Sofrito) and Miles Cleret (aka Hide And Smile). The flip features an unreleased track from Ghana’s The Uhuru Dance Band. Here, Quantic has edited it into a surefire dancefloor winner. Quantic also edited a 1974 track from The Cranes. Limited to 1,000 copies and comes with a free MP3 download of the release.
SUBB-AN: Take You Back 12″ (SPC 108EP) 12.00
Subb-An blesses Spectral Sound with another breathtaking tech-house monster. “Take You Back” features an uptempo, swinging bassline that is soon met with claps, utterances from Beckford the vocalist, metallic synth washes, snares and echo effects. The flip side finds Spectral stalwart Ryan Elliott’s remix subverting the sweat and sex of the original by uncoiling “Take You Back” into minimal techno territory. Beats rush by as Beckford’s once-soulful vocals are spliced and backtracked into mesmerizing, abstract tone poems.
VA: Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2CD (STRUT 091CD) 17.50
Industrial, post punk, EBM classics & rarities (1980-88). “Strut present Metal Dance, a new compilation from one of the UK’s most respected DJ/producers, the man behind Playgroup and original founder of the legendary label Output Recordings, Trevor Jackson. Drawing on the specials that have peppered Jackson’s DJ sets for over a decade, Metal Dance hones in on the more underground and danceable side of industrial, post-punk and EBM (Electronic Body Music), a phrase coined by Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk but honed by later bands like DAF and Front 242 as socialist realist aesthetics were dragged onto the dancefloor during the mid-’80s. Herein lie sounds that have heavily influenced today’s crop of artists and labels — from DFA and MGMT to Factory Floor and Hot Chip. Jackson cherry-picks classics and rarities from this era, including a new edit of Nitzer Ebb favourite ‘Control I’m Here’ (sampled on Quartz’ rave classic ‘Meltdown’), the cold dance of Analysis’ ‘Surface Tension’, Neon’s dark ‘Voices’, re-interpreting a Master C&J riff from the early days of Chicago house, and hard-hitting dubs from Pete Shelley, Alien Sex Fiend and more. Elsewhere on the album, Jackson brings in unexpected cold wave gems — a track from cult John Carpenter film ‘Escape From New York’ remixed by Klein & MBO’s Mario Boncaldo, a lost album track by avant garde Spanish artist Diseno Corbusier and a UK promo-only mix of Yello’s ‘You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess’. Following his award-winning graphic design work for Soulwax and fresh from projects with car giants Lexus and electro heroes Chromeo, Jackson draws on his considerable status as an artist and graphic designer with some stunning package graphics on Metal Dance. The album is released as a deluxe digipak (2CD).” Other artists include: The Bubblemen, 400 Blows, Cabaret Voltaire, Shock, Executive Slacks, Portion Control, Jah Wobble, SPK, Fini Tribe, Hard Corps, Naked Lunch, Secession, The Cage, Ledernacken, and 23 Skidoo.
VA: Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2LP (STRUT 091LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version, featuring 11 tracks from the 2CD version (Cabaret Voltaire, Neon, Diseno Corbusier, Analysis, Hard Corps, Nitzer Ebb, DAF, Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart, Yello, Naked Lunch, SPK).
EMPTYSET: Medium LP (SUB 003LP) 12.00
A five-song EP following their second album Demiurge (SUB 001CD), Medium is the first non-studio-based production by Emptyset, recorded on location in the remote Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire. The collection of tracks explores the duo’s preoccupations with the elemental properties of sound and bare, rhythmic structures and overlays it onto the textural possibilities of space and material. The project marks their first act of adapting their analog-based studio system into an architectural intervention, pushing extreme bass and feedback into the irregular spaces of the unfinished building. The rural mansion, which remains an incomplete remnant of the Gothic revival and a place studied by both architectural researchers and psychic investigators, provides a rich source of texture as the sparse palette of sine waves and noise is adorned with the intricate details of the space. Medium emerges as an act of translation, remodeling the house through sonic impulses into a state of audio, a fluid, transformative gesture and a process mirroring the sonar impulses of the bats residing within Woodchester’s rooftop sanctuary. The project, supported by the Woodchester Mansion Trust, was provided technical support by the renowned Bristol-based sound engineer Mat Sampson, who managed the array of vintage microphones and preamps distributed within the building along with the central monophonic sound system.
DISTAL & HXDB: Booyant/Amphibian 12″ (TEC 055EP) 11.00
Atlanta producer Distal teams up with Vancouver’s HxdB for “Booyant,” an absolutely killer collaboration. Taking a 136bpm tempo and bridging dubstep with a cutting-edge, bass-heavy house vibe, the duo pull together an intimate dancefloor bubbler that fans of Night Slugs and Swamp 81 will enjoy. Flip to side B for Distal’s solo effort “Amphibian,” an excellent piece of 140 bpm machine music, Experimental dubstep pressure for the open-minded, guaranteed future-proof.
WOODEN SHJIPS: Remixes 12″ (THR 012.49EP) 14.00
“To follow up the release of their critically acclaimed Thrill Jockey debut West, Wooden Shjips return with a limited 12″EP featuring three exclusive cuts and remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3), and Kandodo (Simon Price of The Heads). Limited to only 2,500 copies worldwide.”
TRANS AM: The Surveillance LP (THR 054LP) 15.00
“1998: Trans Am’s third studio album The Surveillance is released. Out of print on vinyl for years we are happy to finally offer it again. Pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and including all original artwork – a fully artworked inner sleeve and for the first time a download coupon.”
TORTOISE: Standards LP (THR 089LP) 15.00
“2001: Following the massive success of their 1998 album TNT, Tortoise delivered their fourth album Standards. In and out of print over the past decade we are happy to finally give everyone what they have been asking for – Standards on vinyl again! Pressed on high quality virgin vinyl with the original heavy duty artworked inner sleeve and custom silk-screened PVC outer bag — this repress also includes a free download coupon.”
FRIEDBERGER, MATTHEW: Arrested On Charges Of Unemployment LP (THR 262F-LP) 14.00
“The sixth and final album released in Matthew Friedberger’s six album series Solos. Arrested On Charges Of Unemployment was made with a double bass and Matt’s vocals.”
RHYTON: Rhyton LP (THR 288LP) 15.00
LP version. “Rhyton is an experimental/improv/psych trio based in Brooklyn that features Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer and the Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama). Rhyton pours out a sonic libation unto the liberated world. Waveforms ring out, alternately frozen and blazing, wrenched from an improvisational method. They seek to loosen the gaze so as to widen focus, taking the unity in hand, not grabbing for the micro-constituent. Using the dynamic levels of rock, Rhyton carve out an edifice of sound on their debut LP that centers upon repetition and modal excursion.”
IMBOGODOM: And They Turned Not When They Went LP (THR 289LP) 15.00
“Imbogodom’s And They Turned Not When They Went sees Alexander Tucker and Daniel Beban return to the BBC’s Bush House for another nocturnal collection of pure analogue tape work. Here the musique concrete worlds are more defined than on 2010’s The Metallic Year. Using live feeds from the Houses of Parliament’s bell Big Ben, Tucker and Beban create foreboding landscapes for obscure horror soundtracks where foley techniques of everyday objects turn into threatening phone calls from poltergeist entities trapped inside the warm mixing desk and dusty tape machines. Stretched, slowed, and warped source material takes us back to early electronic synthesis of magnetic tape whilst reveling in the endless possibilities thrown up from processes of analogue experimentation.”
ROBERTS, LUKE: The Iron Gates At Throop And Newport CD (THR 290CD) 14.00
“On his sophomore album, The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport Nashville’s Luke Roberts showcases a big leap forward in his songwriting The songs feature much fuller arrangements and contribu¬tions from fiddle and madolin player Billy Contraraz and backing vocals from Emily Sunblad. The album was recorded by Marky Nevers (Lampchop) and mixed by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk).”
ROBERTS, LUKE: The Iron Gates At Throop And Newport LP (THR 290LP) 15.00
URICK, JASON: I Love You CD (THR 292CD) 14.00
“Jason Urick explores a world of sound left to the far reaches of outer space. Recorded at WORM in Rotterdam, at the Floristree in Baltimore, and at home in and around Portland, OR the sounds were entirely manipulated, mixed, and constructed on his laptop. The end result is an eerie soundscape of fractured tones, warm sheets of sound, and cryptic voices. Rhythmic pulses underpin the songs, enticing the listener to explore every intricate detail.”
URICK, JASON: I Love You LP (THR 292LP) 15.00
PONTIAK: Echo Ono CD (THR 293CD) 14.00
“For their new album Echo Ono the three brothers who make up Pontiak conceived of recording an expressionistic record. Something unlike anything they had tried before. They imagined it as a color project, painted through music, favoring the traditional form of the song to explore texture and color. The album was an ambitious undertaking and would require deconstructing and then rebuilding their studio in order to be able to record it the way they envisioned it.”
WONG, DUSTIN: Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads CD (THR 295CD) 14.00
“Second solo album from Dustin Wong. his solo work has been taking listeners on a trip through an intricately colorful wonderland that he creates with only his guitar and a bank of effects pedals. Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads is a departure from Dustin’s previous methods as it is more closely a distillation of his live show into recorded form. The pieces are so intricate and detailed that we’ve asked Dustin to explain his process and he happily obliges us: ‘I see all these pedals as a kind of textile factory. The sheets and colors are determined then the patterns are laid on top, one layer after another until it becomes a fabric mille feuille. Once that cake looks done it gets replicated again through another delay pedal. I can keep building these sounds on top each other and decide whether I want to take half of the cakes slices or not, if i do, I can gaze at the symmetrical void of what I have taken.'”
WONG, DUSTIN: Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads 2LP (THR 295LP) 19.00
ZOMES: Improvisations LP (THR 296LP) 15.00
“With Improvisations, Zomes second release for Thrill Jockey, the drum loops are replaced with a more obtuse drone bed pulsing not unlike a key on a harmonium that’s been taped down. The continually changing tones create a warm sea of sound that acts as a canvas for his melodic improvisations. Tonal transmissions that phase in and out of a thick drone-filled ether, captured, translated, and expressed in Zomes own unique language of meditative bliss.”
WHITE HILLS: Frying On This Rock CD (THR 298CD) 14.00
“White Hills’ newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Frying on this Rock opens with an under five minute scorcher and closes with a 15 minute track that reminds us why space rock gatekeepers like Julian Cope were very early supporters. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalizing musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart.”
WHITE HILLS: Frying on this Rock LP (THR 298LP) 17.00
LP version on white vinyl with a printed inner sleeve.
DJ DRUZZ VS. OMEGA MUS: Apeman EP 12″ (THRONE 022EP) 12.00
Gabriel Andruzzi, multi-instrumentalist and core member of DFA’s beloved The Rapture, debuts his solo moniker DJ Druzz vs. Omega Mus on his own Throne Of Blood imprint. Designed for maximum dancefloor impact, “Apeman” reveals new shades of primal funkiness hitherto unexplored by man. Bohemian Groove’s remix transforms “Apeman” into a tropical bass behemoth. A remix from Monty Luke launches “Apeman” into orbit. “More Fucking Apes” riffs liberally on a similar tip, swapping out the visceral synths of “Apeman” for a dubbier, more skanked-out vibe.
SAFRAS, MIHALIS: Ozinio EP 12″ (TRAPEZ LTD111) 12.50
The grand master from Greece Mihalis Safras throws in all the goodies he has collected in his toolbox, spiced up with slashing white noise, modulation sounds and nice echoing spaces. “Ozinio” rocks the club in a stylish and cool way, whereas “Giannakis” works with big, pounding drums, a kinky melody plus vocals and ethno passages. The first remix is a great techno tool from Luigi Madonna, very linear and keeping it steady, whereas Simone Tavazzi works with stronger, stop-and-go programming.
FLASH GRAB ROAD: Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas 12″ (TREIB 098EP) 12.50
Flash Grab Road is the story of a struggling taxi driver from Marseille who made electronic music in his spare time. After selling his taxi and record collection, he flew to Las Vegas, where he lost all of his money. The long descent into hell ended the day he found himself hitchhiking in Death Valley. A beautiful French tourist saved his life by welcoming him into her Cadillac. Thus the duo Flash Grab Road was born, combining exciting music with outrageous outfits.
HULKKONEN, JORI: Man From Earth CD (TURBO 028CD) 14.50
Originally released in 2009. Jori Hulkkonen loves his vintage synths — indeed he’s a conductor of the world’s first Acid Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 11 mad/brilliant Scandinavians armed with dinner suits and Roland TB-303s. It therefore comes as little surprise that Man From Earth, the Finnish producer’s tenth studio album, has its fair share of acid house stylings. It’s at once moody and melodic, with Hulkkonen deftly using his machines to produce ethereal beats one minute and storming dancefloor fodder the next. Some of these tracks have been lurking in the recesses of Jori’s collection of nearly 20 years, some are more recent productions. And despite — or because — of this, the album maintains an incredibly cohesive, mature feel. The slow-burning growl in “Dancerous” is one of the album’s highlights, as are Jerry Valuri’s vocals on “I Am Dead” and “Man From Earth.” Elsewhere, Turbo boss Tiga chips in with a vocal cameo on “Undercover” under his alias as The Dove. From this unsung Finnish virtuoso with nearly two decades of electronic production experience comes a gorgeous, dark, exhilarating tenth artist LP, replete with masterfully-nuanced, soulful sounds coaxed from soulless vintage analog synths, thundering 808 beats and gripping vocal accompaniments. Man From Earth opens with a low-cut synth rambling anxiously over a filtered-out rhythm section. Striving towards resolution, the low melody finds harmony as the backbeat emerges. “I Am Dead” is a haunting slow-banger driven by the tension in Jerry Valuri’s positively morose vocals. The interaction that these emotions create — that of the aggressive overcoming the melancholic — is one that plays out throughout much of the album. Thus, the more aggressive tracks, like “Dancerous,” give way to the more ecstatic tracks, such as “The Other Side Of Time.”
SEI A: White Rainbow CD (TURBO 029CD) 14.50
Originally released in 2010. Sei A aka Andy Graham is one of the most promising producers from the new Glasgow scene. His debut album Editing Shadows (2008) earned him the respect and support of a wide range as his sound is influenced by dubstep, deep house as well as techno, filled with rich textures, moody atmospheres, subtle psychedelia and haunting vocals. Add to that an instinctual gift for melody and the romantic character of his vocal flourishes, and one gets a clearer picture of why Sei A is attracting such admiration as a producer, performer and remixer. Having been commissioned by Booka Shade, Jori Hulkkonen and Tiga, among others, Sei A has also remixed such artists as Terence Fixmer and Azari & III. White Rainbow is front-loaded with a pair of harder-edged tracks but opens up to reveal an impressive range of music — from the two-step UK bass-fest of “Who Dares Wins,” the shimmering lead of “Out Of Reason,” the Aphex-like pads in “Star Of Stealth,” through the beautiful ambient interludes to the Burial-like dubstep finale of “Meth II,” this is a record that rewards repeat listening.
CROWDPLEASER: Crowdpleaser CD (TURBO 030CD) 14.50
Originally released in 2011. Crowdpleaser presents his first-ever solo album of deep and easygoing Swiss sounds. After successful outings on Mental Groove, Viking Music, Drumpoet Community and Wagon Repair, this 10-tracker of blissful underground house lands on the ever-expanding Turbo Recordings. The album presents a broad spectrum of ideas, some of it might even be called “world music,” featuring international vibes and vocal contributions from Wamian Kaid, the psychedelic guru Terence McKenna and Mr. Schönborn himself. These are expertly-crafted grooves, subtle and hypnotic tracks that sound as great in the club as they do at home, the light mood and warm atmosphere a perfect match. One of Turbo Recordings’ freshest signings, this tongue-in-cheek and overtly party-influenced DJ and producer crafts funky, slightly tough, underground but accessible beats and structure — living up to his name by creating easygoing dance music that will surely leave the crowds on the floor — and the lounge lizard at home.
BLACK, FRANK: Christmass LP + 7″ (VL 901295LP) 31.00
“Collection of live acoustic performances from Frank Black’s (a.k.a. Black Francis, ex-frontman of the Pixies) 2006 US solo tour. Featuring renditions of Pixies favorites like ‘Where Is My Mind?’ and ‘Wave Of Mutilation’ and many gems from over the course of Black’s solo career. Songs like ‘Nadine’, ‘Bullet’, ‘(Do What You Want) Gyaneswhar’ and ‘Demon Girl’ prove that Black’s songwriting skills have only gotten sharper over the years. Also includes a bonus 7″ with: ‘Intro/Los Angeles’, Elvis Presley’s ‘Song Of The Shrimp’, ‘Nadine’ and ‘Manitoba.'”
BATTLES: Dross Glop 3 12″ (WAP 329EP) 13.50
Third in a series of remix EPs from the 2011 album Gloss Drop. Remixes by Silent Servant of Sandwell District, Kangding Ray and electronic pioneers Qluster.
ROSSEN, DANIEL: Silent Hour/Golden Mile CD (WARP 332CD) 10.00
“Having written some of the most critically-acclaimed music of the last several years as part of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen is sharing a brand new collection of wholly personal songs on his debut solo release Silent Hour/Golden Mile. It is an output from a musician you know, yet reveals the core you might not know he had. Rossen recorded almost all of Silent Hour/Golden Mile himself in rehearsal rooms and small spaces across New York City. He did, however, enlist the help of Scott Hirsch’s lap steel and horn arrangements from Ian Davis and Kris Nolte; the closing track’s propulsive drums come courtesy of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick. Upon first sitting down to write these songs, Rossen had thought they might simply be demos for a new Grizzly Bear album or themes he’d soon forget. But late in 2011, these tunes started to feel for Rossen like a unified declaration – about unease with the world around you, about indeterminacy in your own life, and the ability somehow to navigate both.”
ROSSEN, DANIEL: Silent Hour/Golden Mile 12″ (WARP 332LP) 14.50
5 song EP-length release from Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen. “Having written some of the most critically-acclaimed music of the last several years as part of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen is sharing a brand new collection of wholly personal songs on his debut solo release Silent Hour/Golden Mile. It is an output from a musician you know, yet reveals the core you might not know he had. Rossen recorded almost all of Silent Hour/Golden Mile himself in rehearsal rooms and small spaces across New York City. He did, however, enlist the help of Scott Hirsch’s lap steel and horn arrangements from Ian Davis and Kris Nolte; the closing track’s propulsive drums come courtesy of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick. Upon first sitting down to write these songs, Rossen had thought they might simply be demos for a new Grizzly Bear album or themes he’d soon forget. But late in 2011, these tunes started to feel for Rossen like a unified declaration – about unease with the world around you, about indeterminacy in your own life, and the ability somehow to navigate both.”
RESMANN & KIKI (FEAT. CARI GOLDEN), MARCO: Beggin’ For The Heat 12″ (WG 007EP) 12.50
For the 10th installment of Watergate’s compilation series, Marco Resmann & Kiki teamed up with Cari Golden on vocals for “Beggin’ For The Heat.” As already featured on the CD mixed by Resmann, the whole package of exclusive tracks is finally available separately. This Beggin’ For The Heat 12″ includes remixes by Watergate residents Pan-Pot and Ruede Hagelstein.
VA: Sound Art At Het Apollohuis 2CD (WER 2069) 48.00
“Between 1980 and 1997, artists presented a panoply of exhibitions, installations, performances, and concerts, and engaged in lively debate on art theory, at Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Under the direction of founders Paul and Helene Panhuysen, the building became an important center for an avant-garde that bridged the visual arts and music. Since 2009, the archives of Het Apollohuis have been located at ZKM in Karlsruhe, where scholars are examining, documenting, and preserving this valuable store of sound, text, and pictorial materials. This CD and 72-page booklet presents excerpts from previously unpublished concert and performance recordings of important artists who appeared during the lifespan of Het Apollohuis.” Artists include : Petr Kotík, Jackson MacLow, Alvin Lucier, Jaap Blonk, John Cage, Hugh Davies, Paul DeMarinis, David Dramm, Arnold Dreyblatt, Judy Dunaway, Max Eastley, Shelley Hirsch, Rolf Julius, Thomas Koner, Ron Kuivila, Chris Mann, David Moss, Phil Niblock, Bob Ostertag, Paul Panhuysen, Jim Pomeroy, Akio Suzuki, The Michael Gordon Philharmonic, Mark Trayle, and Z’EV.
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