Nov 192010
 
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Completing a cycle of three limited LPs released this year, Demdike Stare’s much anticipated ‘Voices Of Dust’ lands this week, featuring 50 minutes of darkened music and typically freakish artwork from Andy Votel. It includes the righteous rhythm trip ‘Hashashin Chant’ and the gaseous environs of ‘Repository Of Light’ bowing to the MvO trio’s impeccable improvisations. Limited as hell and darker than thou – the first two instalments sold out in a week so do what you gotta do and do it fast.

Charging into the circle, Andrea brings an intergenerational Chi-Manc dialogue full circle with her homage to the southside sound of Juke. Rapid fire samples, raring rhythms and a celebrated feel for melody collide in deadly style on one of the boldest Daphne records to date. Don’t f**k about; if you’re not dancing, get off the floor!

Type records’ broad yet coherent tastes veer into ritualistic, heavy instrumental terrain with a remarkable album from Jed Bindeman’s Heavy Winged trio. After a stream of cult cassettes for NNF, Aurora Borealis and Digitalis a.o, the band entered a proper studio to reveal the innate power of their sound, resulting in ‘Sunspotted’. Initial copies come on strictly limited red vinyl and with a top recommendation to fans of Mogwai, Sonic Youth or Yellow Swans.

After a couple of brilliant teaser 12″s featuring Mark Ernestus and Shackleton, Crammed finally deliver the gargantuan 26 track/double CD set of remixes of Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, featuring sensitive and reverent remixes from the likes of Animal Collective, Juana Molina, Deerhoof, Michachu, and Optimo, as well as those Shackleton and Ernestus mixes and much much more. From another part of Africa, the exceptional Group Doueh provide the visceral desert blues delights of ‘Beatte Harab’, their third album for Sublime Frequencies – housed in luxury gatefold sleeve and hugely recommended!

Kevin Drumm’s ‘Sheer Hellish Miasmah’ is a staple of any self-respecting modern noise fan’s diet. For the 1st time, eight years since its release, Editions Mego present a highly desirable double gatefold foil-embossed vinyl pressing, looking and sounding better than ever. Fans of the heavy stuff owe themselves an early xmas present.

Entirely worthy of its own 7″, Souterrain Transmissions present Zola Jesus incredible’ ‘Poor Animal’ in a hand-numbered edition of 900 copies. The considered attention to packaging detail is befitting of this emerging starlet and these two tracks from her ‘Stridulum’ album are surely among the year’s best.

We’ve also got a handful of the brilliant Ekoplekz 12″, Punch Drunk’s day trip to radiophonic dub-scaping in celebration of 5 years of killer releases. If warped, lo-fi analogue dub and limited, one-off pressings are your bag, this is a complete must-have.

Upping the groove, Lukid delivers two of his highly unique builds this week, with the 1st release for Glum Records. Expect two sides of heavyweight House idiosyncracies somewhere between a Rohypnol-dosed Theo Parrish, NWAQ and Mark Ernestus, amidst mirage-like compressions. This is the sort of sh*t you check this list for. DON’T SEEP!

The Automatics Group ‘Auto 17’ is an exploration of the infidelities which occur over time in vintage modular synthesizers. The VCS 3 was the first commercially available portable modular synth, whose properties are explored in academic fashion by Peter Worth and Theo Burt of York’s Music Research Centre for Russell Haswell’s OR label. The results are worth filing in your drone section next to Eleh or Eliane radigue.

Rolling out on a House tip we got three special variations from Detroit, UK and Amsterdam. Mayday’s ‘Relics’ sampler contains four seminal Derrick May productions, collected for the 1st time on one super-limited run of 12″s. Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman, meanwhile, heads on a Jungle/House hybrid mission for Hessle Audio, like a skimpier version of his deadly Hemlock and Swamp 81 twelves, and Aardvarck presents his swaggering ‘Dam anthem ‘Nosestep’ backed with an acidic Cosmin TRG remix and an unreleased mix of ‘Re Spoken’ by Nubian Mindz – a version of which appeared on Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix.

Other highlights this week come from Earth (Limited gatefold vinyl!), 8bitch, Altered Natives, Rafael Toral, Arvo Part, Spokes, Villalobos mixing Moebius, Shigeto, Chromatics, Ultralyd, Lee Perry, LV, Brackles, Scuba, Dntel, Various Production, Ben Klock, Soundway and much much more…

Have yourselves a wonderful week….

Peace! nekkers…..xx

Albums of the Week



DEMDIKE STARE
Voices Of Dust
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
Modern Love
LP // £12.99

*Strictly limited copies of this third and final part in a trilogy of Demdike Stare albums for 2010. Spread over 50 minutes and featuring all new and exclusive material mastered and cut at dubplates and mastering in Berlin, featuring supremely righteous artwork by Andy Votel* “Voices of Dust” is the third and final part in Demdike Stare’s trilogy of albums for 2010. The album opens with an analogue tape drone that seems to suck the light out of whatever environment you might find yourself in, powering up Demdike’s machinery for the bellydance disco assault of “Hashshashin Chant” that follows. “Repository Of Light” takes another diversion, this time wading through the gaseous environs that made the MVO trio’s debut album so memorable earlier this year, before “Desert Ascetic” flips things over for a dusted, relentless assault on the souk. The album ends with the decaying loops of “A Tale Of Sand”, leaving you with a bittersweet aftertaste and absolutely no sense of closure whatsoever…



HEAVY WINGED
Sunspotted (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Type
LP // £8.99

*Initial copies come on transparent red vinyl – strictly limited!* Type records break new ground with a blood red side of free-rock from Jed Bindeman’s Heavy Winged trio. Contemporary avant and heavy instrumental rock fiends will probably be familiar with the group’s sprawling, cacophonous mass of CDRs, cassettes and wax for NNF, Digitalis and Aurora Borealis, but unless you’re in the band yourself, you’ve never heard them playing quite like this before. The underground safety net of lo-fi recording techniques has been torn down in order to reveal electrifying sheets of distorted guitar noise and a heavy welt of blast drums with unsettling proximity the listener. There’s still enough grit in the recording to demonstrate that we’re not listening to a major studio production, but the new found clarity brings us closer to a “real” representation of the group, comparable to actually sitting in the room with them while they power through two extended tracks of transcendent, ritualistic and incredibly dark music. The intuitive balance of fidelity and dirt, harmony and discord makes this album worthy of comparisons with both Yellow Swans and early Mogwai or Sonic Youth, and if that means anything to you, then ‘Sunspotted’ requires your immediate attention. Highly recommended.



CONGOTRONICS / VARIOUS
Tradi-Mods Vs Rockers: Alternative Takes On Congotronics
WORLD
Crammed Discs
2CD // £11.99

*Epic double CD set featuring the works of Konono No.1 and co remixed by Animal Collective, Shackleton, Mark Ernestus, Optimo, Sylvain Chauveau, Deerhoof and many many more* Crammed yield a frankly stunning array of remixes, reworks and cover versions of the influential Congotronics collection from a veritable who’s who of contemporary electronic, dance and indie music. It’s undoubtedly one of the most vital dialogues between Western and tradi-modern West African musical cultures in years, practically unprecedented in its scope and quality. The skillfully curated list of contributors includes (among others) Shackleton, Mark Ernestus (of Basic Channel/Maurizio fame), Michachu & The Shapes, Optimo, Juana Molina, Deerhoof, Animal Collective, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, all treating the original music, predominantly from Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, to wonderfully diverse and joyful revisions. Their infectious electrified traditional music is exported to all corners of the musical map, from the dread dubbed throb of Mark Ernestus’s ‘Maskikulu Dub’, to the pastoral breeziness of Aksak mabouls’ ‘Land Dispute’ version, blurring the distinctions between homage, remix and cover version in fine style. From the first few listens a few tracks really stand out; Wilco’s Glenn Kotche gives a sparkling rendition of Konono No.1’s ‘Traducteur de Transmission’, really taking the electro-trad sound to heart with a droning, sub-weighted and delicately psychedelic version, while Juana Molina infuses Kasai Allstars with her sublime naif vocals, and Animal Collective obviously relish the opportunity to re-imagine Kasai Allstars in the immersive ‘Quick As White’. A crucial project, beautifully executed. Highly recommended!



GROUP DOUEH
Beatte Harab
WORLD
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £22.99

Sublime Frequencies present their third release of electric Islamic guitar celebrations by the fantastic Group Doueh, surely Western Sahara’s best-known musical export. As many will testify, on the 2009 SF European tour Group Doueh provided a truly mindblowing experience, usurping Omar Souleyman as the main talking point in many instances. Their performance was just so ecstatic, earthly and utterly compelling, vividly recreating the effect of their two outstanding albums for the label. ‘Beatte Harab’ was recorded in april 2010 at their home town of Dakhla, West Sahara by Group Doueh and Hisham Mayet with remarkably higher production values than previous albums. That’s not to say they’ve gone all Abbey Road, with Baamar Doueh’s guitar still hitting like a blistering sandstorm and the vocals of his wife Halima Jakani are still raw as hell, but they’re simply presented with far more definition. They also still sound quite like nothing else on this planet and for those reasons, among many others which will become apparent when you give this a listen, this album is just vital. Comes housed in typical SF gatefold sleeve with breathtaking photography – possibly one of the best we’ve seen all year. Highly recommended!



KEVIN DRUMM
Sheer Hellish Miasma (Gatefold Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Editions Mego
2LP // £13.99

**Available on double gatefold, gold foil embossed vinyl for the 1st time!!!** Originally issued in 2002, Editions Mego have seen fit to re-issue this noise classic with lovely new Steven O’Malley artwork and an extra thirteen minute track (recorded at the same time as the album). It’s pretty good timing too, as noise music is finally, thanks to artists such as Wolf Eyes, Hair Police and Prurient breaking out of its cassette-based shackles into almost mainstream acceptance. Okay maybe I’m going a little overboard with that, but come on – Wolf Eyes on Sub Pop? Who would have thought that would happen, and have you been to a noise show lately? There are girls there and everything. I remember seeing Hecker on a Mego tour a few years ago and noise was strictly a bespectacled boy thing, now we’ve got all sorts lapping it up, and that can only be a good thing. Kevin Drumm started out as a guitarist, becoming an important player of prepared guitar in the Chicago scene, but quickly he began to turn his hand to radically noisier sounds, sounds which came to a head on this milestone work. Here the record opens with the ‘new’ track ‘Impotent Hummer’, which interestingly takes a notably quieter direction than much of the original album’s tracks. A drone piece fired through some kind of malfunctioning distortion pedals the most obvious comparison would be with the young Dutch upstart of harmonic noise Machinefabriek, albiet with a little more evil added for extra effect. However the album proper kicks off with ‘Turning Point’, as crushing a piece of noise as you’re likely to hear – loops of crunching guitar abuse and heavily degraded analogue synthesizer are layered on top of each other creating a truly visceral cacophonous racket. The album comes to a head with the twenty-four minute monster of a track ‘The Inferno’ (which incidentally features Boston noisy dude Greg Kelley on trumpet); a track which doesn’t so much make noise as becomes noise. This is the sort of track you need to literally give yourself to, losing control of your mind and becoming one with the pure, putrid stench of NOISE. As squealing, pulsating analogue synthesizers rise and fall over the oppressive crunch of Drumm’s guitar you are left with the metallic taste of blood in your mouth through your gritted teeth. An insanely good album and a cornerstone of the genre, it’s great to see this back on the shelves – just remember to handle with extreme caution. SICK.

Singles of the Week



ANDREA
Retail Juke / Write-Off
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Daphne
12″ // £5.99

After a bit of a pause, Andrea returns with an invigorated sense of funk and a bad case of scuffed shelltoes. A generation after Chicago House irreversibly infected the Northern club scene, Andrea soaks up and sweats out the latest footworking Chi-town developments with a distinctive melodic flourish and innate feel for the floor. ‘Retail Juke’ keenly latches on to that feeling of delirious suspension that marks the best productions from RP Boo, Roc, Nate or any of those agile young cats, matching their flighty rhythm programming toe-for-toe, while tweaking the vibes with a fine-cut pop sensibility. It opens up with an impatient metronome and sparkling Rhodes keys ushering in spasmodic sample edits and unregimented drums, honing that slow-fast thing that’s impossible to describe and so bizarrely effective. On the flip, ‘Write-Off’ sounds like an Ice Cream van taking a wrong turning and ending up wheel-deep in some hyperrealist dayglo forest without SatNav or a working sense of direction to hand. It finds that filigree balance of tension between rapid-fire sample textures, twinkling melodies and dragging bass undulations, keeping an implosive, centripetal sense of funk deep in the pocket and yet still quite melancholy in its own fidgety way. Highly recommended.



ZOLA JESUS
Poor Animal
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
Souterrain Transmissions
7″ // £5.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 900 copies, housed in embossed, fold-out sleeve** Full release for the colossal ‘Poor Animal’ from Zola Jesus, backed with a different version of ‘I Can’t Stand’ from her ‘Stridulum’ album. We can’t avoid the fact that the synths/strings of ‘Poor Animal’ sound a lot like Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ but that’s hardly a bad thing, is it? Add those to rotund tribal toms and Zola’s haunting holler and we’re quite stunned, really. The effect carries through into ‘I Can’t Stand’, edited here for more succinct piloerect buzz, all sluggishly motorik rhythms and gothic synth flares like a beacon to all bedroom dwelling emo types. If you’re not smitten with her yet and this doesn’t hit your buttons, we can’t help you. Massively Recommended!



EKOPLEKZ
Stalag Zero / Distended Dub
ELECTRONIC
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.99

**Super limited 12″ with individual, hand-sprayed artwork from 2ndFade** Punch Drunk celebrate their 20th release in typically idiosyncratic style with a Radiophonic dub-scaping session from the shadowy Ekoplekz. Not much is known about this guy, apart from the fact that he’s from Bristol and has an exceptional taste for gorgeously spooked analogue electronics. These two tracks deploy vintage hardware and lo-fi cassette players in an improvised manner to make charmingly trippy little riddims, perhaps like Daphne Oram, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Carter got locked in the studio with a sack of stinky green. ‘Stalag Zero’ is the more bloopy of the the two, full of frothy, flanging metallic sonorities and sci-fi skank vibes also reminding of Jahtari’s Tapes, whereas ‘Distended Dub’ is a touch darker and industrial, sounding like a mad outtake from that Conrad Schnitzler live performance on Mirror Tapes. Big up Punch Drunk, and Ekoplekz, top release.



LUKID
Boxing Club / Blind Spot
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
Glum
12″ // £4.99

Werk Disc’s resident downbeat badman, Lukid, drops two totally unique grooves for the freshly minted Glum imprint. Everyone was suitably impressed with his recent ‘Chord’ album, but these two tracks are tilted towards a different listening experience, aimed squarely at broad-minded dancefloors. ‘Boxing Club’ instantly reminds of Mark Ernestus’s recent Konono No.1 dub with shuffling, low-end loaded Afro rhythms just about tethered together with frayed, smudged and organic syncopations with a mily synthline filtered through the fug. Flip it and ‘Blind Spot’ tumbles headlong into a vortex of swung rhythms which are neither House nor Techno, or anything that’s got a fixed name yet, using a similarly staggered kickdrum programming technique as NWAQ on his 154 album ‘Strike’, all coated in mirage-like compressions and mechanical whirrs. Props for the happy face/sad face artwork on the centre label too. Exceptional stuff – don’t sleep on this!



THE AUTOMATICS GROUP
Auto 17
ELECTRONIC
Or
12″ // £6.99

Fascinating 12″ featuring “recordings of raw output from 49 configuration of an EMS VCS 3 synthesizer” released through Russell Haswell’s Touch sublabel, Or. As many synth fiends will know, the VCS 3 was the first commercially available portable modular synthesizer, and renowned for it wide range of inherent electronic sound effects. But due to it being an early model, and with the accumulations of oxide which occur over time, the machine is also known for its melodic unpredictability and the microtonal fluctuations which this instability exaggerates. Theo Burt and Peter Worth of the Music Research Centre, York, recorded directly from the two independent outputs of the VCS 3, using unusual, incremental and violent changes to the modulation routing and configuration to produce “a variety of complex relationships between the left and right channels. Timbral, rhythmic and harmonic themes emerge, revealing unexpected properties of the machine.” This is a formal investigation into the inner life of the machine, producing results that could never be created with a computer and are worthy for this reason at the very least. If you’re a fan of Eleh – do not miss this.



MAYDAY
Relics Sampler
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

*The four tracks reissued here were exclusive to the seminal Relics album release and this is the first time they’ve been available on a 12” pressing. All four tracks are landmark techno pieces and considered to be among Derrick May’s best output – comes in a matt varnish, die cut sleeve on a one-time run of 1000 copies only* Transmat and Rush Hour present a reissue of four timeless Detroit artefacts originally included on the Relics compilation. With the exception of a few cheeky booties, the tracks have been out of print since the early ’90s, appearing here as one premium 12″ for the 1st time. The A-side is given to the cosmic strains of Rhythim Is Rhythim’s ‘MS 6’, and the flip includes three versions of ‘A Relic’, featuring Derrick May at his seminal best. This is a one-off edition of 1000 copies, housed in specially die-cut, matt varnish sleeve. You’ve got a bit of drool on your chin there, mate…



PEARSON SOUND (RAMADANMAN)
Blanked / Blue Eyes
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Ramadanman switches to his Pearson Sound alter-ego for two killer Juke-infused roll-outs on Hessle Audio. ‘Blanked’ is the one you want, mapping percussive patterns somewhere on the cusp-of-‘ardcore-and-garage, and Chicago Juke styles with a stunning midway drop sounding like early ’90s Autechre pads. ‘Blue Eyes’ takes the flipside for a straighter revision of the Juke sound with brittle, splintered rhythms and succinct synth drops and that infectious female vocal snippet, but for the most part this is just a perfectly formed naked roller ready for mixing by able DJs. While the distinctions between his two sonic personalities are becoming blurrier, there’s a much-reduced aesthetic to these tracks that set them apart from pretty much all his recent material, making this a certified winner. Big twelve!



AARDVARCK
Nosestep EP (Cosmin TRG / Nubian Mindz Mixes)
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

As the UK’s urban swing-o-meter veers towards a broken House flex, Rush Hour’s Direct Current series drops two foundational noughties riddims; Aardvarck’s ‘Nosestep’, also remixed by Cosmin TRG, and Nubian Mindz brilliant ‘Re-Spoken’ mix, which was recently included on Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix. Aardvarck’s ‘Dam swaggering 2007 original will sit comfortably with your Seiji or Altered Natives riddims, while Cosmin TRG spices it up with some bubbling and acidic 2010 vibes. On the flip we get a previously unreleased, deep and rolling version of Nubian Mindz’ mix of ‘Re Spoken’ which is quite compatible with your Martyn or Recloose grooves. Heavy twelve.

This week’s releases in full!
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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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LUKID
Boxing Club / Blind Spot
Glum
12″ // £4.99

Werk Disc’s resident downbeat badman, Lukid, drops two totally unique grooves for the freshly minted Glum imprint. Everyone was suitably impressed with his recent ‘Chord’ album, but these two tracks are tilted towards a different listening experience, aimed squarely at broad-minded dancefloors. ‘Boxing Club’ instantly reminds of Mark Ernestus’s recent Konono No.1 dub with shuffling, low-end loaded Afro rhythms just about tethered together with frayed, smudged and organic syncopations with…

KADMON
Liverflush / Kemper’s Lament
Ethbo
7″ // £5.99

Experimental, breakbeat-driven guitar exercises from David Nettleton aka Kadmon. His ‘Liverflush’ 7″ was originally released on Ethbo back in 2000, and operates in a similar vein to the label’s other intriguing releases from Mike Cooper, Stephen Cohen and Martien Derckx. ‘Liverflush’ picks out florid six-string motifs over a bulky break, before ultimately descending into a kind of chopped ‘n screwed madness, whereas ‘Kemper’s Lament’ is a little more off-the-wall, entering…

SHIGETO
Full Circle
Ghostly International
CD // £10.99

“Thus far, Zach Saginaw’s releases as Shigeto have been fragments, albeit singularly satisfying fragments—EP-length glimpses into the Brooklyn producer’s creative psyche. After releasing two EPs on Ghostly International, Shigeto’s lush, sumptuous take on instrumental hip-hop has fully materialized. ‘Full Circle’, the artist’s first full-length album, completes the journey begun with Shigeto’s Semi-Circle EP, synthesizing the drummer/producer’s signature themes of family, continuity, and musical boundary-pushing into a vibrant, fully unified artistic…

SHIGETO
Full Circle
Ghostly International
LP // £14.99

“Thus far, Zach Saginaw’s releases as Shigeto have been fragments, albeit singularly satisfying fragments-EP-length glimpses into the Brooklyn producer’s creative psyche. After releasing two EPs on Ghostly International, Shigeto’s lush, sumptuous take on instrumental hip-hop has fully materialized. ‘Full Circle’, the artist’s first full-length album, completes the journey begun with Shigeto’s Semi-Circle EP, synthesizing the drummer/producer’s signature themes of family, continuity, and musical boundary-pushing into a vibrant, fully unified artistic…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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HEAVY WINGED
Sunspotted (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Type
LP // £8.99

*Initial copies come on transparent red vinyl – strictly limited!* Type records break new ground with a blood red side of free-rock from Jed Bindeman’s Heavy Winged trio. Contemporary avant and heavy instrumental rock fiends will probably be familiar with the group’s sprawling, cacophonous mass of CDRs, cassettes and wax for NNF, Digitalis and Aurora Borealis, but unless you’re in the band yourself, you’ve never heard them playing quite like…

KEVIN DRUMM
Sheer Hellish Miasma (Gatefold Vinyl Edition)
Editions Mego
2LP // £13.99

**Available on double gatefold, gold foil embossed vinyl for the 1st time!!!** Originally issued in 2002, Editions Mego have seen fit to re-issue this noise classic with lovely new Steven O’Malley artwork and an extra thirteen minute track (recorded at the same time as the album). It’s pretty good timing too, as noise music is finally, thanks to artists such as Wolf Eyes, Hair Police and Prurient breaking out of…

EARTH
A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra Capsular Extraction (Limited Vinyl Edition)
Southern Lord
2LP // £19.99

*Strictly limited, super-lavish vinyl pressing with package design by Stephen O’Malley on 180g grey double vinyl* Released in their complete form for the very first time, this disc collects in their entirety the 1990 Smegma Studios sessions which constituted the recorded debut of legendary drone-metal pioneers Earth. Combining material that was previously scattered between the Extra Capsular Extractions EP and Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitar, this release has been given…

ULTRALYD
Inertiadrome
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

Ultralyd can be said to operate in a sonic landscape that has as much in common with modern contemporary music as wiith heavy metal. While their vinyl only release ”Renditions” on The Last Record Company label in 2009 and their contribution to Rune Grammofon’s recent ”Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep” compilation can easily be described as belonging to the former, ”Inertiadrome” introduces a more rhythm based, rough edged sound. What…

ULTRALYD
Inertiadrome
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.49

Ultralyd can be said to operate in a sonic landscape that has as much in common with modern contemporary music as wiith heavy metal. While their vinyl only release ”Renditions” on The Last Record Company label in 2009 and their contribution to Rune Grammofon’s recent ”Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep” compilation can easily be described as belonging to the former, ”Inertiadrome” introduces a more rhythm based, rough edged sound. What…

BLACK MOUNTAIN TRANSMITTER
Black Goat of the Woods
AURORA BOREALIS
CD // £8.99

A must for fans of Wolf Eyes or Xela, beamed from the mind of critically acclaimed Northern Irish artist, JR Moore aka Black Mountain Transmitter. Black Goat Of the Woods was born as “…the soundtrack from some lost low budget horror movie, rediscovered on an old and faded VHS cassette found mouldering in a deserted house in the depths of the woods”. With this aesthetic in mind, Moore creates gunky…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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BIBI TANGA & THE SELENITES
Be Africa
THRONE OF BLOOD
12″ // £6.99

Contemporary Afro-disco workouts from Populette and Tim Goldsworthy, tackling original material by Parisian outfit, Bibi Tanga & The Selenites. Populette’s is the straighter rollingof the two, primed with healthyily groovesome syncopation for dipping hips and rumpin’ batties, while Tim Goldsworthy gets loose with a seriously heavy swinging edit on the flip.

BOTTIN
New Religion
NANG
12″ // £5.99

Bottin presents his new project, Tinpong, with a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘New Religion’, backed with remixes from Pete Herbert and Marcus Marr. The group features Italian disco dude Gugliemo Bottin on keys, guitar, trumpet and production, assisted by Joy Frempong on vocals, Nelide Bandello on drums and Piero Bittolo Bon playing electric bass, flute, bass clarinet, alto and baritone sax. They spin the eternal new pop classic with a…

CHICKEN LIPS
Experience Of Malfunction
TIRK
CD // £8.99

The Lips regroup with a new album for their Lipservice label, now including new member Jonny Spencer on vocals, alongside the old lineup of Steve Kotey, Dean Meredith and Andrew Meecham. Their trademark analogue style is still very much intact, deploying classic synthesizers and drum machines with their cheeky floor filling sound.

THE SOUL BROTHERS INC
The Story Of The Soul Brothers Inc.
Tramp Records
LP // £13.99

Charming compilation of 13 tracks including rare bonus cuts by late 60s/early70s Texan Funk outfit The Soul Brothers. Like many of their time, they would only release a few 7″s, but with the Funk revival of the last ten years or so they’ve emerged from obscurity to become appreciated by a new generation. get on the badass heavy Funk cuts like ‘Git It’ or the energetic ‘Soul Train’ or the…
DOCUMENTARY
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GEORGE KING
Ten Thousand Points Of Light
Dust to Digital
DVD // £18.99

Kitsch alert! Worshipper at the shrine of Elvis, fans of unabashed bad taste, followers of pop culture take note. “Ten Thousand Points of Light” is a wry, understated and terrifically funny look at the Townsends, a suburban Atlanta family who, every holiday season for eight years, transformed their Stone Mountain area brick ranch house into a meteoric blaze of Christmas lights. Known as both “the Christmas House” and the “the…

THOMAS MAUPIN AND DANIEL ROTHWELL
Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’
Dust to Digital
DVD // £17.99

“This dvd tells the story of buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin, who, at the age of 70, remains one of the greatest old-time dancers in America. The film presents a portrait of a man in the twilight of his life reflecting back on his legacy as a father, teacher, and artist. Numerous awards, trophies, and plaques lay stacked in a dresser in rural Tennessee where Thomas spends his weeks tending his…
DUB / REGGAE
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VARIOUS / JAMAICAN RECORDINGS
Dub Treasures From The Black Ark
Jamaican Recordings
CD // £8.99

Jamaican Recordings dust off a prime box of rare Lee Perry tricks, apparently from the Black Ark circa 1976-1978. The Black Ark was in operation from 1974 until the early ’80s when it suffered an unfortunate, and some might say inevitable, demise. Located in Perry’s back yard at 5 Washington Gardens, Kingston, JA, the studio’s equipment was modest compared with other setups on the island – including a Teac 4-track…

VARIOUS / JAMAICAN RECORDINGS
Dub Treasures From The Black Ark
Jamaican Recordings
LP // £8.99

Jamaican Recordings dust off a prime box of rare Lee Perry tricks, apparently from the Black Ark circa 1976-1978. The Black Ark was in operation from 1974 until the early ’80s when it suffered an unfortunate, and some might say inevitable, demise. Located in Perry’s back yard at 5 Washington Gardens, Kingston, JA, the studio’s equipment was modest compared with other setups on the island – including a Teac 4-track…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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ANDREA
Retail Juke / Write-Off
Daphne
12″ // £5.99

After a bit of a pause, Andrea returns with an invigorated sense of funk and a bad case of scuffed shelltoes. A generation after Chicago House irreversibly infected the Northern club scene, Andrea soaks up and sweats out the latest footworking Chi-town developments with a distinctive melodic flourish and innate feel for the floor. ‘Retail Juke’ keenly latches on to that feeling of delirious suspension that marks the best productions…

PEARSON SOUND (RAMADANMAN)
Blanked / Blue Eyes
HESSLE AUDIO
12″ // £5.99

Ramadanman switches to his Pearson Sound alter-ego for two killer Juke-infused roll-outs on Hessle Audio. ‘Blanked’ is the one you want, mapping percussive patterns somewhere on the cusp-of-‘ardcore-and-garage, and Chicago Juke styles with a stunning midway drop sounding like early ’90s Autechre pads. ‘Blue Eyes’ takes the flipside for a straighter revision of the Juke sound with brittle, splintered rhythms and succinct synth drops and that infectious female vocal snippet,…

AARDVARCK
Nosestep EP (Cosmin TRG / Nubian Mindz Mixes)
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

As the UK’s urban swing-o-meter veers towards a broken House flex, Rush Hour’s Direct Current series drops two foundational noughties riddims; Aardvarck’s ‘Nosestep’, also remixed by Cosmin TRG, and Nubian Mindz brilliant ‘Re-Spoken’ mix, which was recently included on Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix. Aardvarck’s ‘Dam swaggering 2007 original will sit comfortably with your Seiji or Altered Natives riddims, while Cosmin TRG spices it up with some bubbling and acidic…

LV
Crossfire / Cemetery Dub
Soul Jazz
12″ // £4.49

Soul Jazz cut off the melodic bogle of ‘Crossfire’ from their recent ‘Riddim Box’ compilation of UKF, backed with a reworked dub, and the exotic fusions of two further LV tracks exclusive to this 12″. With the appearance of Errol Bellott & Rubi Dan on ‘Crossfire’, LV notch one up for the more rooted end of Funky, while giving it more propulsive lick of drums on the new dub version….

8BITCH
Equinox
Seed
12″ // £6.99

In 2010 there’s a been a fair flurry of interest around London/Glasgow’s 8Bitch. With an inclusion on Mos’s ‘Adventures In Dubstep’ comp and tracks offered on the promising Svetlana Industries, the Slovenian ex-pat has established herself at the leading edge of electronic UK club music. ‘Equinox’ is her debut proper, a four-track introduction to an energetic and confidently abstract sound. Bass serves only a functional presence, as all the propulsion…

BRACKLES & SHORTSTUFF
Good Foundations
BLUNTED ROBOTS
12″ // £6.99

Like a Funky’s answer to the Bushwackas, Shortstuff and Brackles link up for a killer tag team effort featuring the vocal talents of Terrible Shock, and backed up with a sterling Doc Daneeka remix. The restless stop/start syncopations of ‘Good Foundations’ twist up brittle, punchy Soca snares and bubbling Garage bass for Terrible Shock’s wicked sing-a-long styles, also included as an instrumental and acapella for the DJs. We can see…

T.WILLIAMS
Heartbeat (Mosca Remix)
Local Action
12″ // £6.99

Local Action step up their game with a much poppier offering from Deep Teknologi’s T. Williams featuring Terri Walker, backed with a remarkable Mosca remix. ‘Heartbeat’ has seemingly stored up the heat it built up over the summer in the sets of Four Tet, Ben UFO, Brackles, Toddla T and the rest, to work like an autumnal Funky radiator, layered with sun-baked vocals from recent Roc-A-Fella signee Terri Walker over…

ALTERED NATIVES
Tenement Yard Volume One Sampler
Eye4Eye
12″ // £6.49

Yes! We’d been wondering if/when these tracks would ever make it to wax. Altered Natives aka Danny Native aka the dude behind ‘Rass Out’ and a heap of other mongrel Funky killers comes correct with three tracks from ‘Tenement Yard’ Vol.1, dropping the killer tuck ‘n twist brukken House vibes of ‘Oh My Zipper’, next to the techno-spiked breakbeat KILLER ‘What Life Once Was’, and a vital run-out for the…

LUNG / KRYPTIC MINDS
The Remix 12″
Kokeshi
12″ // £6.49

Steppin’ to the darkside, Kryptic Minds and Irrelevant remix recent Lung productions in two ace variations. The Kryptics side is possibly the first time they’ve gone fully 2-step, swinging out with slinkily mechanical syncopations and spacious, lonely atmospheres for the Burial, Clubroot or Pangaea lovers. Irrelevant sticks with the moody aesthetic for a remix of ‘Broken’, shuffling up halfstep patterns and mournful rave diva vocals for that woe on the…

SCUBA
You Got Me (I Got You)
Hotflush Recordings
12″ // £5.99

Accompanying his expanded ‘Triangulation’ edition, Scuba drops revised versions of ‘You Got Me’ and ‘Before’ for Hot Flush. Nodding to the Funky virus, ‘You Got Me (I Got You)’ rolls out Soca-synced snares and offset kicks with an upwardly mobile synthline screaming mid-90s good-times in the dance. ‘Before (After)’ lands on the flip, tweaking the original with extra tranced-out synth gloss and reconfigured drums for an emotional hands in the…

DON CARLOS
Favorite Cup
NARCO.HZ
12″ // £5.99

This is the first Narco.Hz Special plate, featuring man like Don Carlos (formerly of Black Uhuru) dropping ‘Favourite Cup’ backed with a ramped-up dubstep version from DJ G and Juju. Draw for the original for a merry skank, or the remix if want it ruffer.

HATCHA & LOST
Why So Serious
One Gun Salute
12″ // £6.99

Murderous underground dubstep flavours from Hatcha & Lost firing off on One Gun Salute. ‘Why So Serious’ is built for peak time ruffige with nuff samples and constantly morphing, caustic synthlines with steamroller halfstep rhythms. ‘Next 2 String’ rolls out sterner dread rave sounds with epic stabs on the flip. Rude.

HATCHA & LOST
Workout
One Gun Salute
12″ // £6.99

Big ravers from Hatcha & Lost! It’s all about ‘Workout’ on this one, cutting loose with a bag of old skool rave samples and sparingly used wobble drops with proper agile drum programming. By contrast ‘Dark Corners’ lurches into dutty halfstep mode with the lights out. Pure unruly ruffige vibes, tipped for the DJs!!

MENSAH
Digital Dreamer
HENCH
12″ // £5.99

Sparky Dubstep rave from Mensah, including a collaboration with Noah D for Bristol’s hardest imprint, H.E.N.C.H. ‘Digital Dreamer’ licks up a tranced-out lead melody around loud and proud halfstep drums but manages to stay on the sweeter side of the rave, without going too gung-ho. On the flip Mensah and Noah D go much tougher on ‘Kashmir’, unloading cone-grazing bass drops and an ominous Eastern melody, following the vibe into…
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EKOPLEKZ
Stalag Zero / Distended Dub
Punch Drunk Records
12″ // £6.99

**Super limited 12″ with individual, hand-sprayed artwork from 2ndFade** Punch Drunk celebrate their 20th release in typically idiosyncratic style with a Radiophonic dub-scaping session from the shadowy Ekoplekz. Not much is known about this guy, apart from the fact that he’s from Bristol and has an exceptional taste for gorgeously spooked analogue electronics. These two tracks deploy vintage hardware and lo-fi cassette players in an improvised manner to make charmingly…

THE AUTOMATICS GROUP
Auto 17
Or
12″ // £6.99

Fascinating 12″ featuring “recordings of raw output from 49 configuration of an EMS VCS 3 synthesizer” released through Russell Haswell’s Touch sublabel, Or. As many synth fiends will know, the VCS 3 was the first commercially available portable modular synthesizer, and renowned for it wide range of inherent electronic sound effects. But due to it being an early model, and with the accumulations of oxide which occur over time, the…

MIRROR TO MIRROR
A Personal Reality
ARBOR
Cassette // £5.99

Alex Twomey aka Mirror To Mirror is behind another sterling effort from Arbor’s tape series this week. ‘A Personal Reality’ is about as succinct a title you could ask for from one of today’s ever increasing synth music milieu, delivering 44 minutes of instinctively blissed drones and spiraling arpeggiations “…focused on introspection and slow simplicity. Inspired by long roads and large open spaces; as well as their place within the…

BRENDAN MURRAY
Inveterate
ARBOR
Cassette // £5.99

A decade of releases for labels such as Gameboy Records and Students Of Decay, including splits with Mike Shiflet and Seth Nehil, have established Brendan Murray as a valid musical concern. For Arbor’s excellent tape series (following a treat from Rene Hell this week) Brendan presents a 90 minute investigation of sustained drones in one longform composition split over two sides. From the very off Murray pins us in-the-moment, expanding…

RAFAEL TORAL
Violence of Discovery And Calm of Acceptance
Touch
CD // £12.99

Touch reissue of a certified ambient/drone classic, originally issued on Staubgold in 2000. ‘Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance’ collects ten pieces created between 1994 and 2000, using guitar, FX and amplification to capture a breathtaking assortment of alien, haunting sonorities crafted by Rafal with extreme precision and care. The Chicago Reader consider him to be “one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the decade” and his…

ERRORS
Celebrity Come Down With Me
Rock Action Records
LP // £10.99

Errors offer tracks from the recent ‘Come Down With Us’ album for remixes from Wax Stag, Dam Mantle, Moon Unit, Ceephax, The Field, Gold Panda and Mogwai. In pole position, Wax Stag turns out a salty, 8-bit Italo grooving mix of ‘Germany’, while Dam Mantle do their unclassifiable toytronica thing with ‘Sorry About The Mess’ and the celebrity factor is fulfilled with Richard Norris, Andy C and Julienne Davis’ psyche-out…

DNTEL
Early Works For Me If It Works For You II
Phthalo
3CD // £29.99

This thoroughly enormous forty-track long edition from Phthalo is the place to start if you’re looking to investigate the Dntel back-catalogue. This release includes remastered versions of the first two Dntel albums (Early Works For Me If It Works For You and Something Always Goes Wrong) plus a previously unreleased collection of songs/productions recorded around the same time as the well-loved Life Is Full Of Possibilities album. A great package…

INCH-TIME
The Floating World
Mystery Plays Records
CD // £9.99

Inch Time have created a delicate and personal sound world of IDM/Jazz electronica with their releases on Static Caravan. With ‘The Floating World’ they suspend us in ten tracks of warm, autumnal electronic tones, roving from the crisp kosmische strains of ‘Videograms’ to hushed and dubby jazz motifs in ‘Of Times Past’ to pulsing, elegiac electro reminding of Space Dimension Controller in ‘Ukiyo’.

LUCID DREAM
Recovered Data 95
Phthalo
CD // £10.99

Lucid Dream was one of the very earliest alias adopted by John Tejada. The revitalised Phthalo label presents a previously unreleased collection of those very first steps into techno and electronica, collecting ten cuts of “aggressively melodic” IDM. All tracks were written in the summer and fall of 1995 and it’s easy to hear the influence of now classic albums like Ae’s ‘Incunabula’ or Black Dog’s ‘Bytes’ and the AI…

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO
Answers Come In Dreams
Hydrogen Dukebox
LP // £13.99

Meat Beat Manifesto returns to the fray after a two year hiatus, delivering a new full-length for Hydrogen Dukebox. His percussive style has always veered towards the more robust end of the spectrum and so lends itself perfectly well to the many strains of bass music that have become prevelant in the last few years. Skull crushing snares and piano open the album in fine, cinematic style, before Jack Dangers…

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO
Answers Come In Dreams
Hydrogen Dukebox
CD // £11.99

Meat Beat Manifesto returns to the fray after a two year hiatus, delivering a new full-length for Hydrogen Dukebox. His percussive style has always veered towards the more robust end of the spectrum and so lends itself perfectly well to the many strains of bass music that have become prevelant in the last few years. Skull crushing snares and piano open the album in fine, cinematic style, before Jack Dangers…

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Zones Without People (2010 Edition)
ARBOR
LP // £15.99

OPN’s ‘Zones Without People’ was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping ‘Rifts’ compilation, predating his mindblowing ‘Returnal’ album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature ‘Computer Vision’ – one of…

TRENTEMOLLER
Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! (Andrew Weatherall Mix)
IN MY ROOM
12″ // £5.99

Trentemøller indulges his rocker side with ‘Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!’, including remixes by himself, Andrew Weatherall, and Lulu Rouge feat. Abdullah S. His bequiffed original gets a good strut on, which he deftly weaves into a technofied remix, followed by Weatherall’s straight playing Tech-House rocker and an epic dubstep refit from Lulu Rouge, who count Run Jeremy aka the guy behind the popular ‘Windowlicker’ edit, among their number.
EXTREME / NOISE
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LASSE MARHAUG
All Music At Once
Smalltown Superjazzz
CD // £10.99

For 20 years Norwegian sound wizard Lasse Marhaug has been one of the leading names in the noise scene. Marhaug has released more records than any other Norwegian artist, and through relentless touring across the world he is well established internationally. Marhaug has collaborated with the likes Kevin Drumm, Merzbow, Enslaved, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi, John Wiese, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson, Maja Ratkje, Ken Vandermark, Peter Rehberg, Otomo Yoshihide and…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
Bad Debt
BLACKMAPS
CD // £5.99

Hiss Golden Messenger is the current vehicle for M.C. Taylor, formerly of alt-country rock group The Court & Spark. ‘Bad Debt’ is his debut solo outing, a showcase for his comforting vocals which have been compared to the likes of Towns Van Zandt, John Martyn and Neil Young. As that implies, Taylor’s voice has the qualities required to spin out a captivating yarn in the folk, blues, country or even…

JIM SULLIVAN
UFO
Light In The Attic
CD // £11.99

Continuing their unwaveringly impressive reissues run, Light In The Attic present a brand new edition of this ultra-obscure 1969 private press album from psychedelic maestro Jim Sullivan. Adding to the mystique surrounding this lost gem, Sullivan himself disappeared without trace n 1975, with only an abandoned Volkswagen Beetle and emptied out motel room to offer leads as to his still unknown whereabouts. Sullivan’s biography seems to paint him as a…

REV. JOHNNY ‘HURRICANE’ JONES
The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta
Dust to Digital
2CD // £20.99

“Johnny Lee Jones was born on June 25, 1936 in Marion, Alabama. Growing up, Johnny said he and his brothers were “country boys” – farming, planting cotton, picking cotton, pulling corn, plowing mules, raising cows, chickens, and hogs, but they also had the spiritual life. Johnny’s mother was a very active member of the church, and his father was a deacon. Every Sunday the family would sing and praise at…

SPECTRALS
Extended Play
Underwater Peoples
LP // £16.99

Following up their ace 7″ ‘Peppermint’, up-and-coming Yorkshire-based indie stars Spectrals deliver a seven-song mini album for Moshi Moshi, having previously cropped up on such fine imprints as Captured Tracks and Slumberland. Both tracks from that 7″ are included on this set, which gives a pretty full account of mainman Louis Jones’ classic pop know-how. The band takes its name from Phil Spector but is equally in the debt of…

VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Evolution of Nashville Blues
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
3CD // £10.99

“Mention Nashville and the first thing that enters most minds will be Country Music and the Grand Ole Opry. Then again, for true believers the city is also the nation’s centre for Bible publishing. Perhaps less well-known but in striking contrast to God and double-knit suits is that throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, Nashville was also the home of a thriving blues and R&B recording industry. Principal among the…

VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Gospel: Celebrities & Celestial Lights
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
CD // £8.99

“Gospel Celebrities & Celestial Lights offers an opportunity to hear the likes of Candi Staton and Bobby Womack singing the music that launched their careers. Vocalists like Sam Cooke, Joe Hinton and Judy Clay (born Judy Guions) are well known to collectors of vintage soul, but all of them were equally adept at gospel. The same is true of R&B singers Marie Knight, LaVern Baker and Ann Cole, bluesmen Jesse…
HIP HOP
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J DILLA
Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes
Mochilla
CD + DVD // £11.99

On February 22nd, 2009, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and a 60-piece orchestra reinterpreted the legendary music of James “Dilla” Yancey for a special performance at Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts complex, LA, CA. “Suite For Ma Dukes” documents the performance in its entirety on both CD and DVD, featuring 15 of his timeless productions for the likes of Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Janet Jackson…

TOBACCO
LA UTI
Anticon
LP // £9.99

Anticon’s newest star, Tobacco, goes on a rugged tip with a smart seven track EP featuring Anti Pop Consortium, Doseone, Rob Sonic, Serengeti and Zackey Funk Force. His sound on ‘La Uti’ seems to be torn between two poles, the more grizzled and avant-rockier cuts like ‘The Injury’ with Doseone, or ‘Lick The Witch’ with Rob Sonic, and the Beastie Boys-alike ‘Sweatmother’, and the more crooked HipHop and electro jams…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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ARVO PART
Tabula Rasa
ECM
CD // £12.99

New edition. Estonian composer Arvo Part has enjoyed a surge in popularity of late. Although there are many of Part’s pieces that are as affecting as Tabula Rasa, there are few that reach the same emotional heights or sound as complete. Beginning with the sombre beauty of ‘Fratres’ which features the great Keith Jarrett on piano, Part takes influence from Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions, with a deeply spiritual take on…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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VERONICA FALLS
Beachy Head
Captured Tracks
7″ // £5.99

Following up their ‘Found Love In A Graveyard’ single, Veronica Falls continue their fixation on all things moribund, with this ode to Britain’s foremost suicide spot. ‘Beachy Head’ actually turns out to be a tremendously addictive piece of goth-pop – and it’s way more fun than you might expect, rattling through great choruses and knowingly schlocky chord changes in the verses. B-side ‘Staying Here’ is a more sedate, whispery affair,…

HEATER
God and Hair
PERMANENT RECORDS
LP // £15.99

Hailing from Columbia, Missouri, Heater are a three-piece DIY indie outfit comprising former member of Cave and Sneakers – Zach McLuckie (guitars and vocals), plus Jeremy Freeze of Jerusalem and Starbaskets (guitar), and Jon Wujick of California Raisins. Their debut release together ‘God and Hair’ is a melodic, lo-fi pop album with elements of ’90s indie-punk a la Sebadoh, Sonic Youth or The Clean with a very concise are satisfyingly…

SPOKES / YPPAH
We Can Make It Out (Yppah Mix)
Counter Records
7″ // £4.99

**Hand-stamped, ltd white label copies, individually numbered edition of 300** Arresting new single from the hotly touted Spokes. Since the release of their ‘People Like People Like You’ debut this Manchester-based five-piece have attracted the keenest attentions of the post-rock/indie cognoscenti, resulting in a firm handshake with Ninja Tune’s bespoke Indie imprint, Counter. After gestating their sound for the last 18 months they emerge with a boldly accomplished and near-symphonic…

CAP PAS CAP
Haunted Light
SKINNY WOLVES
LP // £13.99

Dublin’s dark pop wonders, Cap Pas Cap, have come a long way from the more krautrock-influenced new wave sounds on their first “Not Not is Fine” 12″ EP released at the end of 2006 to the hypnotic and spacey new-wave-no-wave-what-wave terrain of their ‘We Are Men’ 12″ single in 2009. The band now re-appear with a sound they can unmistakable call their own. Haunted Light, their debut album, is a…

MOTORPSYCHO
Timothy’s Monster
Rune Grammofon
4xCD BOX // £17.99

”Timothy’s Monster”, originally released in late 94, is a certified classic, considered by many the best Motorpsycho album and often listed as the best Norwegian rock album in most significant listings since its release. Coming only a year after their dark and monumental ”Demon Box”, this is a lighter, more adventurous, spaceous and varied offering showing them blossoming into the band we have known and loved ever since, always on…

PURLING HISS
Purling Hiss
PERMANENT RECORDS
LP // £15.99

Purling Hiss is an uncompromisingly harsh side-project from Philly psyche rock group Birds Of Maya’s Mike Pollize. It lands on Chicago’s intriguing Permanent Records label with five track of fairly extreme rock music, indulging Mike’s taste for intense levels of trebly noise – so ruff-cut in fact that the pressing plant told them to do one with the first masters, they were that f**ked. There’s definitely something happening under the…

STICKS N STONES
Is It You?
TROUBLE IN MIND
7″ // £6.49

“This follow up to their debut single on Dusty Medical picks up where that hot slab o’ wax leaves off – hitting you square in the gut with two stabs of sharp pop perfection. A veritable Milwaukee “super-group’ of sorts featuring Paul Kalfahs and Jon Heibler from Catholic Boys, & Natalie Clark from the Tears (and all three from the Tuff Bananas!), Sticks N Stones keeps it lean & mean,…

SUNRAY
Baby Honey
STRAWBERRY
10″ // £6.99

Jon Chambers’ ’60s psychpop-inspired Sunray outfit drop their first release since 2007’s ‘Tomorrow’ album. Their ‘Baby Honey’ EP invite West Norwood Cassette Library’s Bob Bhamra and Justin Morey for the trip, reworking The Pastels’ titular drone-pop classic with fuzzed up guitar and kickin’ backbeat, next to the noisier ‘Super Casino’ jam and and a even a raga-inspired instrumental based on a 12-string Byrds motif. Cover looks great, too.

SURF CITY
Kudos
Fire Records
LP // £11.99

When last we encountered this New Zealand band they were releasing an eponymous EP on Berlin label Morr Music in late 2008. Now the band release a full-length via Fire Records that delivers on the promise set out by that Morr debut. Kudos bears the influence of acts like Jesus And Mary Chain and Spacemen 3 whilst also slotting alongside the reverberant, garage-bound preoccupations of contemporaries like Crystal Stilts. Never…

TED LUCAS
The Om Album
Sebastian Speaks
LP // £11.99

“The music of Ted Lucas has circulated through CD-Rs and blogs for years now. Although primarily known for this, his 1975 self-titled album (sometimes referred to as The OM Record), a legacy of hundreds of tapes decisively reveal one of the psychedelic era’s most criminally-overlooked talents. Lucas studied with Ravi Shankar. He was the “exotic instruments specialist” for Motown and played sitar on many of their most famous productions. He…

THE GREEN DOOR KIDS
Muzikal Yooth
Optimo Music
LP // £7.99

From the community at Glasgow’s Green Door Studios, Optimo’s JD Twitch has assembled this thoroughly endearing comp of classic punk, funk and rock cover versions. As part of a series of musical workshops at the studio, local kids on the Youth Music Summer School course worked with a bunch of older, more experienced musicians from groups such as Mothers & The Attics and Michael Dracula, and got involved with mixing,…

THE HEX DISPENSERS
One Less Ghost
TROUBLE IN MIND
7″ // £6.49

“This ghoulish garage gang of musical maniacs switch it up this time around on this “ghost themed” single & offer up, of all things – a BALLAD?!?! “One Less Ghost” brings the soft & the loud in an exciting ode to one’s fears & anxieties, and marks a great leap forward for the band’s sound. For those of you screaming “They’ve gone soft!” – fear not – these bat-winged behemoths…

THE LIMINANAS
The Liminanas
TROUBLE IN MIND
CD // £9.99

Ultra-hip and scarily authentic Yeh-Yeh revivalism from Lionel and Marie Limiñanas. After their previous group – Las Bellas – disbanded, the duo have the struck out on their own, resuscitating a classic Velvet Underground sound with heavy infusions of Serge Gainsbourg cool and the anachronistic production values of Stereolab, resulting in a gobsmackingly vintage sound drenched in 60s echo and reverb. They’ve already had a couple of singles out this…

THE LIMINANAS
The Liminanas
TROUBLE IN MIND
LP // £15.99

Ultra-hip and scarily authentic Yeh-Yeh revivalism from Lionel and Marie Limiñanas. After their previous group – Las Bellas – disbanded, the duo have the struck out on their own, resuscitating a classic Velvet Underground sound with heavy infusions of Serge Gainsbourg cool and the anachronistic production values of Stereolab, resulting in a gobsmackingly vintage sound drenched in 60s echo and reverb. They’ve already had a couple of singles out this…

THE NATIONAL
High Violet (Expanded Version)
4AD
2CD // £9.99

*Special edition including a limited Bonus Disc with 7 extra tracks* In a music industry that’s becoming increasingly fixated on overnight, flavour-of-the-month success stories and general disposability, it can only be regarded as a great positive that The National are a band whose appeal continues to grow after some ten years of recording together. Despite not being the fresh-faced pups normally required to cause such a stir, High Violet is…

THE THERMALS
Never Listen To Me
Kill Rock Stars
7″ // £4.99

New single from ‘Personal Life’, the upcoming album from The Thermals, plus unreleased track “There Is Always a Reason”. The single finds The Thermals treading new ground and moving away from the power-chord singalongs they’re best known for. These new songs are driven primarily by the rhythm section, with the guitar and vocals taking on a more subtle, subdued role.

TROPICAL SLEEP
Hadita, Girl With A Diamond Tooth
TROUBLE IN MIND
7″ // £6.49

**Purple Marbled Vinyl** “Don’t know what you were doing in the summer of ’08 but we were listening to The Pets LP ‘Misdirection’ on repeat, so it’s very exciting for us to release the debut single from Dan Wood of The Pets’ new band “Tropical Sleep.” Tropical Sleep starts where the Pets left off – the same great vocal delivery and guitar work, but coaxes out a little more finesse…

TYLA GANG
Rewired
Jungle
2CD // £10.99

Tyla Gang were new wave pioneers, and this new album from the Jungle imprint collects unreleased archival material recorded in 1977 & 1978, complete with a bonus live album.

VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Then 1956
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
CD // £8.49

“1956, €now that’€™s what we call a year of music transition. It was the first year that rock n €™roll really made its mark, with the old guard having to fight off an army of pretenders led by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley. Alongside all the year’s UK No.1s, this collection includes many of 1956’€™s most unforgettable records and songs, from both the ballad and beat sides of the battle….
JAZZ / RELATED
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SCORCH TRIO
Melaza
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

Fourth album from the free-spirited power trio that should need no long introduction by now, apart from the significant fact that Frank Rosaly has taken over the drum stool from Paal Nilssen-Love. No mean feat, seeing how the hand in glove rhythm section of Nilssen-Love and Håker Flaten has graced a large number of recordings over the years and built a solid reputation as one of modern jazz and improv´s…

SCORCH TRIO
Melaza
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.49

Fourth album from the free-spirited power trio that should need no long introduction by now, apart from the significant fact that Frank Rosaly has taken over the drum stool from Paal Nilssen-Love. No mean feat, seeing how the hand in glove rhythm section of Nilssen-Love and Håker Flaten has graced a large number of recordings over the years and built a solid reputation as one of modern jazz and improv´s…

VARIOUS / RHYTHM AND BLUES
Rumba Blues : The Mambo Years
RHYTHM AND BLUES
CD // £7.99

“Second CD in the ‘How Latin Music Changed Rhythm And Blues’ series. Latin rhythms have infiltrated every new branch of popular music. Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy incorporated the Cuban habanera into early jazz and blues; the Argentinean tango found its way into twenties dance-band music; the Brazilian baion, samba and bossa nova styles wound their way throughout the century colouring the sixties beat boom and the drum’n’bass of…

VARIOUS / RHYTHM AND BLUES
Rumba Jazz: A History Of Latin Jazz And Dance Music 1919-1945
RHYTHM AND BLUES
2CD // £9.99

“Africa and Latin America together have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences have led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues while successive waves of dance music from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Jamaica have largely determined its rhythm. Broadway stage, Hollywood film, New York Tin Pan Alley and even country music have all been affected to a greater or…

VARIOUS / RHYTHM & BLUES
The History Of Rhythm & Blues 1925-1942
Rhythm & Blues
4CD BOX // £12.99

*Now in new packaging* This amazing set investigates the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country and pop into a definable form of black music, which in turn would influence pretty well all popular music from the 1950s to the present. The History of Rhythm and Blues Part One takes the story up to the eve of the American entry into the Second World War. It will appeal to…
JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS
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ROCKWELL
Reverse Engineering
DARKESTRAL
12″ // £6.99

*This is really one of the most astonishing twelves we’ve had in this year – ‘Reverse Engineering’ is constructed entirely out of reversed samples, the artwork is all inside out and even the 12″ itself plays in reverse (from the run-out groove inwards) – the first time we had it in we sold out before we could even list it properly – don’t miss out on this re-press!* Stone cold…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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RIC Y MARTIN (RICARDO VILLALOBOS & DANDY JACK)
Camino Ensenada
ALPHA HOUSE
12″ // £7.99

Alphahouse pluck out two vintage mnml techno tracks circa 1999 from Ricardo Villalobos and Dandy Jack aka Ric Y Martin. Technically, this 12″ predates their 1st release for Perlon, 2000’s ‘Sommerpause’, offering the crisp fluctuations of ‘Camino Ensenada’ on the A-side and the stranger left-field fonk of ‘Teiwass’ on the flip. Housed in full colour picture sleeve.

BRANDT BRAUER FRICK
You Make Me Real
K7
CD // £11.99

Celebrated German trio, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Fricke have achieved notoriety for their unique fusion of classical and jazz instrumentation with House music. So much so that Kanye West has blogged about their ‘Bop’ video and Groove magazine hailed them as “a common denominator between Steve Reich and Theo Parrish”, high praise indeed. Inspired by techniques from John Cage and Helmut Lachenmann, the trio have only released a…

BRANDT BRAUER FRICK
You Make Me Real
K7
2LP // £16.99

Celebrated German trio, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Fricke have achieved notoriety for their unique fusion of classical and jazz instrumentation with House music. So much so that Kanye West has blogged about their ‘Bop’ video and Groove magazine hailed them as “a common denominator between Steve Reich and Theo Parrish”, high praise indeed. Inspired by techniques from John Cage and Helmut Lachenmann, the trio have only released a…

DANUEL TATE
Mexican Hotbox
Wagon Repair
CD // £9.99

Danuel Tate is best known for his work in Cobblestone Jazz and The Modern Deep Left Quartet, but provides his most substantial solo offering in ‘Mexican Hotbox’. The funked and jazzy traits of his other projects are still clearly apparent, but kinked with a kookier sense of melody and a raw, restless feel for percussive arrangements. The titular opener smudges Akufen-esque glitches and talkbox vocals into a unique Deep House…

DANUEL TATE
Mexican Hotbox
Wagon Repair
2LP // £13.99

Danuel Tate is best known for his work in Cobblestone Jazz and The Modern Deep Left Quartet, but provides his most substantial solo offering in ‘Mexican Hotbox’. The funked and jazzy traits of his other projects are still clearly apparent, but kinked with a kookier sense of melody and a raw, restless feel for percussive arrangements. The titular opener smudges Akufen-esque glitches and talkbox vocals into a unique Deep House…

ERNESTO FERREYRA
El Paraiso De Las Tortugas
Cadenza
2LP // £14.99

Following a series of well received 12″ singles, Cadenza present the debut LP from Ernesto Ferreyra. Having lived in places as diverse as Ibiza and Berlin, the influence of the house and techno scenes in these cities stretches across these tracks with reassuring subtlety. Delicate changes in melody and percussion snake around the kickdrums while a stream of warm pads flows over and under the mix to generate a powerful…

FENIN
None Of Them (Robag Wruhme Mixes)
Shitkatapult
12″ // £6.49

Fenin and Shitkatapult enlist the more-than-able services of MDSLKTR fave, Robag Wruhme, for a pair of sprightly Dub-House bouncers. Ont he A-side there’s the vocal mix of ‘None Of Them’, balancing the rootsy vox with a super supple bassline, whereas the flipside drops the vocal in place of a more defined percussive drive. Definitely one of the smartest Shitkatapult releases in a while.

THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE
Set Phazer To Stun
TIRK
12″ // £5.99

Remix session for The Time And Space Machine’s ‘Set Phazer To Stun’ LP. Core member, Richard Norris, takes the title track further into driving Krautrock territory with an extended version, next to a slower, more purposefully grooving vocal edit from Sioux City Boy’s Club, and a tweaking electro-disco verion by Bottin.
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DEMDIKE STARE
Voices Of Dust
Modern Love
LP // £12.99

*Strictly limited copies of this third and final part in a trilogy of Demdike Stare albums for 2010. Spread over 50 minutes and featuring all new and exclusive material mastered and cut at dubplates and mastering in Berlin, featuring supremely righteous artwork by Andy Votel* “Voices of Dust” is the third and final part in Demdike Stare’s trilogy of albums for 2010. The album opens with an analogue tape drone…

JANE BIRKIN
Di Doo Dah
Light In The Attic
LP // £17.99

The first solo album released by Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah was made in conjunction with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, originally released in 1973. This new Light In The Attic reissue adds a further two bonus tracks on the CD version: 1971’s ‘La Decadanse’ and ‘Les Langues De Chat’. The original artwork is supplemented with previously unseen photographs, French and English lyric transcriptions and extensive liner notes in…

VARIOUS / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
Winter’s Bone Soundtrack
Light In The Attic
CD // £8.99

A wonderful selection of music to accompany Debra Granik’s acclaimed big screen adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, featuring authentic folk sounds from the Ozarks region of Missouri plus some wonderful contributions from Tindersticks member Dickon Hinchliffe. “Among the highlights of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are the old time sounds of the Ozarks translated into the 21st century by stellar vocalist Marideth Sisco. Her Ronnie Gilbert (of the Weavers)…

VARIOUS / DE WOLFE
De Wolfe Music Presents Top Dog – A Retrospective Of Classic TV And Radio Theme Tunes
DE WOLFE
CD // £9.49

De Wolfe are one of the world’s leading publishers of music for film and TV, with a vast archive of classic themes at their disposal. ‘Top Dog – A Retrospective of Classic TV and Radio Themes 1960-1982’ is just that, collecting 26 classic themes including a stack of Johnny Hawksworth’s much loved work on ‘Roobarb’, ‘George & Mildred’, and ‘Man About The House’, and even a UK number 1 in…
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ZOLA JESUS
Poor Animal
Souterrain Transmissions
7″ // £5.99

**Hand-numbered edition of 900 copies, housed in embossed, fold-out sleeve** Full release for the colossal ‘Poor Animal’ from Zola Jesus, backed with a different version of ‘I Can’t Stand’ from her ‘Stridulum’ album. We can’t avoid the fact that the synths/strings of ‘Poor Animal’ sound a lot like Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ but that’s hardly a bad thing, is it? Add those to rotund tribal toms and Zola’s haunting holler and…

LEO ZERO / CHRIS & COSEY / VARIOUS
Disconnect
Strut
2LP // £16.99

Mountain Of One’s Leo Zero is invited to select and blend a diverse and pop-friendly mix set by Strut Records. expect choice cuts from Chris & Cosey ‘Exotica’, Can ‘Halleluwah’, Brain Eno & John Cale ‘Spinning Away’ next to Balearic classics like The Countach’s ‘My Oasis’ in the midst of Afrobeat classics, discoid art punk and skanking reggae.

LEO ZERO / CHRIS & COSEY / VARIOUS
Disconnect
Strut
CD // £10.99

Mountain Of One’s Leo Zero is invited to select and blend a diverse and pop-friendly mix set by Strut Records. expect choice cuts from Chris & Cosey ‘Exotica’, Can ‘Halleluwah’, Brain Eno & John Cale ‘Spinning Away’ next to Balearic classics like The Countach’s ‘My Oasis’ in the midst of Afrobeat classics, discoid art punk and skanking reggae.

CHROMATICS
In The City II
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
CD // £7.99

Complementing IDIB’s deluxe reissue of ‘Night Drive’, the label present a buffed up edition of Chromatics’ breakthrough single ‘In Shining Violence’, retitled as ‘In The City’ and including five new tracks. The eponymous lead cut was already antiqued anyway so it’s definitely not lost any of it’s dilapidated disco lustre, in fact it’s just as addictive today as when we heard it first in 2007. For the spotters, their ‘Hands…

CHROMATICS
In The City II
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
12″ // £7.99

Complementing IDIB’s deluxe reissue of ‘Night Drive’, the label present a buffed up edition of Chromatics’ breakthrough single ‘In Shining Violence’, retitled as ‘In The City’ and including five new tracks. The eponymous lead cut was already antiqued anyway so it’s definitely not lost any of it’s dilapidated disco lustre, in fact it’s just as addictive today as when we heard it first in 2007. For the spotters, their ‘Hands…

VARIOUS PRODUCTION / JONQUIL
Infinity
VARIOUS PRODUCTION
7″ // £4.99

Various make up for a paucity of new material in 2010 with two arresting versions of the XX’s ”Infinity’ by themselves and fellow audio travellers Jonquil. In a way, their absence from the release schedule this year has been filled by the post-R&B electronics of oOoOO, Balam Acab and the likes of Forest Swords, who’ve all provided rich nourishment for darker-tinted pop souls. But make no mistake, Various always fascinate…

BLACK MATH
Phantom Power
PERMANENT RECORDS
LP // £15.99

Oozing out of the Chicago underground courtesy of Permanent Records, a mysterious darkwave transmission from Black Math. This is their much-anticipated follow-up to a highly sought-after debut (it was limited to only 100 copies), available in an edition of 500 copies. ‘Phantom Power’ contains nine tracks of uniquely bleak and often harsh dark-wave pop made with electric cello, drum machines, guitars and grizzled synths, pointing to the likes of Depeche…

GARY WAR
Police Water EP
Sacred Bones Records
LP // £8.99

Under the wickedly cryptic title of ‘Police Water’, Gary War delivers his latest psych-pop dazzler on Sacred Bones – also including the two tracks from his ‘Reality Protest’ 7″. Just as everyone begins to catch up with his brilliant body of work from the last two years, he goes and switches up his sound with reinvigorated song structures, a broader tonal palette and far, far tighter rhythm programming. Don’t worry,…
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MAYDAY
Relics Sampler
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

*The four tracks reissued here were exclusive to the seminal Relics album release and this is the first time they’ve been available on a 12” pressing. All four tracks are landmark techno pieces and considered to be among Derrick May’s best output – comes in a matt varnish, die cut sleeve on a one-time run of 1000 copies only* Transmat and Rush Hour present a reissue of four timeless Detroit…

BEN KLOCK
Compression Session EP
OSTGUT TON
12″ // £6.49

Ben Klock expands his technoid sound world with a gracefully melodic yet pounding thrust for Ostgut Ton. ‘Compression Session’ is just about the most “musical” effort we’ve heard from Herr Klock, almost IDM in its focus on boldly dominant and crisply accentuated lead melody, but still Techno to its pressurised core. Just listen to those kicks and the drag-jacking percussion for assurance. On the flip ‘Static Test’ drives home a…

ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
Frictionalism 1994-2009 – Part 3
Rush Hour
12″ // £7.99

Rush Hour’s celebration of classic Anthony “Shake” Shakir gear continues, dropping a further four classics from the cabinet of a Detroit House legend. On the 12″ we get the melancholy mid-tempo swing of ‘Assimilated’ and the gruff House of ‘Get A Feeling’ on the A-side, plus the string-heavy ‘For The Lamented’ and an all time classic in ‘Frictionalized’, all built like nothing else out there. Choice!

CARLOS NILMMNS
It’s Because
FIZZY DUCK
12″ // £5.99

Strong three tracker from Glasgow’s Fizzy Duck imprint, nodding to classic Detroit House templates with grooves from Carlos Nilmmns & Ian Elgey, and Mesuma. Nilmmns & Elgey’s A-side production ‘It’s Because’ is quite the chunky bugger, built with nagging lead riff and well studied motor city class made to drive the floor very efficiently. ‘Thought Pattern Pt. 2’ follows on an expansive and uplifting Techno vibe with widescreen dub stabs…

HOUSE OF JEZEBEL
Love & Happiness
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

Tom Trago’s Voyage Direct series serves a truly awesome take on the oft-sampled ‘Love & Happiness’ soul classic from House Of Jezebel aka Legowelt. Before checking the sales notes we could have sworn this was some long-lost original House classic coz Legowelt’s production is just SO vintage sounding! On the flip there’s an instrumental, but seriously, what’s not to love about that vocal?! Check the sample and fall under its…

MOEBIUS & NEUMEIER
Reconstruct Pt. 2 (Prins Thomas Mixes)
MULE MUSIQ
12″ // £8.99

Mule Musiq present the 2nd set of remixes of Moebius & Neumeier’s seminal and highly influential ‘Zero Set’ album, this time from Prins Thomas. The Norwegian Disco lord gives two alternate mixes, a driving Kraut-disco version driven by grinding bass and woozy electronics, continuing on the flip into a more spacey and frenetic version with hands-on mixing trickery and hypnotic propulsion. Class.

VARIOUS / TRESOR
True Spirit Vol. 1
Tresor
2LP // £17.99

Seriously indispensable compilation of early, rare and absolutely unmissable techno gems on the Tresor label. Celebrating the label’s 10th anniversary, most of the tracks on offer really are unbeleivably good. Rare tracks included from Maurizio, Jeff Mills, Vainquer, Blake baxter and more. Unmissable.

THEO PARRISH
Twin Cities EP
Harmonie Park
12″ // £9.99

Limited copies – back in stock. Head for the b-side for one of those amazing basslines on ‘Dance Sing’, all of Theo’s trademarks are there, the soft yet sub-heavy kicks, the lo-fi production, and the paced groove, all that plus the deep deep low-end throb from the man who can. The a-side works into interesting loops and samples, a very different and almost spannered take on house.

MOEBIUS & NEUMEIER / RICARDO VILLALOBOS
Zero Set Reconstruct Pt. 1 (Ricardo Villalobos Mixes)
MULE MUSIQ
12″ // £8.99

An extensive overhaul of elements from one of the last great Krautrock albums, courtesy of Ricardo Villalobos. In case you need reminding, ‘Zero Set’ was the studio experiment of super-producer Conny Plank, Cluster’s Dieter Moebius and and Guru Guru drummer Manfred Neumeier, creating a collusion of proto-typical techno and cyber-tribal programming. Ideal material for Ricardo Villalobos then, who proceeds to filter, funk up and twist snatches of the original material…

DIMITRI KNEPPERS / C2
The Kick Off (C2 Piano Mix)
Planet E
12″ // £8.99

Frisky Latin House music from legendary Dutch DJ/Producer, Dimitri Kneppers, backed with a beatless Carl Craig remix. ‘The Kick Off’ is a proper fruity groover featuring a distinctive piano line inspired by Simeon Ten Holt’s ‘Canto Ostinato’, to which Mr C2 gives some of special care and attention on the ‘Piano Mix’. Tool up.

DJ JUS ED / FRED P
Real House Music…
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

This one just came around again for those who missed out 1st time… UQ don, Jus-Ed, and Black Jazz Consortium’s Fred P link on four deeply atmospheric and supple House productions. The two ‘Project’ variations on the A-side are solid, tracky groove tools with the kinda of effortless cool you’d expect from this duo, while the flipside features two conga-filled and jazzier numbers with their respctive individual sense of groove…

STEFFI
Reasons EP
Underground Quality
12″ // £8.99

Three soul-rich grooves from Panorama Bar resident, and Klakson and Dollybox label owner – Steffi. On the A-side ‘Reasons’ nutrifies a classic-sounding Deep House groove with warmly burred vocals from Virginia Hoegl, while ‘Fallin’ sets a crisp and coolly-paced jaunt with hummable bassline and ‘November’ tips out on the most beautifully melancholy autumnal vibes. A choice pick for the moody groovers and fans of Cassy, Jus-Ed, or Prosumer.

THE THIRD MAN
Tangier
APPLIED RHYTHMIC TECHNOLOGY
12″ // £5.99

Two peaking techno trancers from The Third Man and Vince Watson for A.R.T’s Dance Division series. The Third Man’s original ‘Tangier’ is built with robust 909 machine rhythms and dazzling, tranced-out chord progressions, while Vince Watson takes a similar, if slightly more restrained tack with his remix of ‘Paucity’ on the flip.
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VARIOUS / ASTHMATIC KITTY
Encyclopedia Asthmatica Vol 2
Asthmatic Kitty
DVD // £13.99

The second volume of the ‘Encyclopedia Asthmatica’ picks up where the previous volume left off, including videos from most of the Asthmatic Kitty family, including Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond (including new previously unreleased video), DM Stith, Fol Chen, Castanets, Jookabox and more. The animated menus and DVD digipack design are by award winning internationally exhibited artists Zack and Gala Bent.
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CONGOTRONICS / VARIOUS
Tradi-Mods Vs Rockers: Alternative Takes On Congotronics
Crammed Discs
2CD // £11.99

*Epic double CD set featuring the works of Konono No.1 and co remixed by Animal Collective, Shackleton, Mark Ernestus, Optimo, Sylvain Chauveau, Deerhoof and many many more* Crammed yield a frankly stunning array of remixes, reworks and cover versions of the influential Congotronics collection from a veritable who’s who of contemporary electronic, dance and indie music. It’s undoubtedly one of the most vital dialogues between Western and tradi-modern West African…

GROUP DOUEH
Beatte Harab
Sublime Frequencies
LP // £22.99

Sublime Frequencies present their third release of electric Islamic guitar celebrations by the fantastic Group Doueh, surely Western Sahara’s best-known musical export. As many will testify, on the 2009 SF European tour Group Doueh provided a truly mindblowing experience, usurping Omar Souleyman as the main talking point in many instances. Their performance was just so ecstatic, earthly and utterly compelling, vividly recreating the effect of their two outstanding albums for…

VARIOUS / ANALOG AFRICA
Angola Soundtrack – The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976
ANALOG AFRICA
CD // £13.99

Analog Africa’s ninth installment covers the wealth of tunes produced in the “golden era” of Angolan music between 1965-1967. The comp’s curator and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb obviously went to a lot of trouble constructing this album, evidenced by the chunky 43-page booklet and typically luxurious packaging, and it really was worthwhile. Angolan music is an addictive confluence of elements, knitting traditional and imported rhythms such as Rebita,…

THE GOOD ONES
Kigali Y Izahabu
Dead Oceans
CD // £9.49

Hugely endearing album of simple, acoustic love songs recorded in one summer evening on the back porch of a friend’s home in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali by a trio of genocide survivors. The inescapable fact that these songs are born from the heavy burden of a violent legacy lends them much gravity, but essentially these are beautiful, hand-spun stories with universally appealing melodies and a direct, plaintive effect….

THE GOOD ONES
Kigali Y Izahabu
Dead Oceans
LP // £9.99

Hugely endearing album of simple, acoustic love songs recorded in one summer evening on the back porch of a friend’s home in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali by a trio of genocide survivors. The inescapable fact that these songs are born from the heavy burden of a violent legacy lends them much gravity, but essentially these are beautiful, hand-spun stories with universally appealing melodies and a direct, plaintive effect….

VARIOUS / STRUT
Next Stop… Soweto – Volumes 1-3 Limited Edition Box Set
Strut
3CD // £16.99

Volumes 1-3 of this excellent series in one limited edition box set.

DANAY
The Havana Cultura Sessions
Brownswood Recordings
12″ // £7.99

Brownswood’s Havana Cultura sessions presents the arresting vocals of Danay Suarez. Over four tracks we’re treated to an audience with her impressive range, equally adept at soul, jazz, or R&B with an expressive, instinctively melodic and unpredictable signature set to rich backing from Roberto Fonseca (Piano), Ramses Rodriguez (Drums), Vince Vella (Conga and Percussion), and Omar Rodriguez (Double Bass). Limited edition, housed in full colour picture sleeve.

VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79
Soundway
2LP // £14.99

**Now available on vinyl** Charting the influx of American funk into Lagos City’s cultural make-up, this compilation on Brighton’s Soundway label knuckles down to a particular strand of music within Nigeria’s multifaceted music scene during the mid to late 1970s. You can hear the impact of James Brown and instrumental funk groups like The Meters in this music, all reproduced in loving detail on the likes of ‘Take Your Soul’…

VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
Nigeria Special Volume 2: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds And Nigerian Blues
Soundway
2LP // £18.99

**Now available on vinyl** Another indispensable Soundways compilation focusing on the fertile Nigerian music scene of the 1970s, this is the excellent follow-up to 2007’s hugely popular Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds And Nigerian Blues. Stylistically, this volume continues to showcase 1970s Nigeria as a diverse musical melting pot, bringing together highlife, juju and modern African blues, sung in a variety of different languages (Yoruba, Igbo, Bini and Ijaw) by…

VARIOUS / SOUNDWAY
Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria
Soundway
2LP // £14.99

**Deluxe gatefold LP with full band bios and pictures of original sleeve artwork** ‘Nigeria Rock Special’ continues Soundway’s sterling excursions into late ’60s/early ’70s Nigerian Afro/Rock fusions on the two previous installments of ‘The World Ends’. This episode traces the effect of the US and European psychedelic explosion through 15 tracks of the fuzziest funk and Afro-rock, and the return influence of Cream’s Ginger Baker when he would visit Nigeria…

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