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2DIY4 (GERMANY)
2DIY4 001EP SOLOMUN: Love Recycled EP 12″ (2DIY4 001EP) 12.00
Diynamic Music presents the debut release from sister label 2DIY4 (pronounced: “two die for”). Launched as Diynamic’s very own playground to experiment, showcase and surprise, 2DIY4 will play host to unique and downright cheeky releases of the highest order. This 12″ consists of 3 tracks that have already received massive attention: “house tune of the month” in IDJ (UK), “killer release” in DJ Mag (UK and Italy) and one of the “releases of the month” in the DeeJay Spain issue.
ACADEMY LPS
ALP 006LP MARIJATA: This Is Marijata LP (ALP 006LP) 17.00
“Hard-hitting, hair-raising, Afro-fuzz from Ghana, This Is Marijata is the heaviest and most sought-after African funk record of them all! Recorded in 1976, this album is the standard by which all other Afro-funk albums are measured — its power, vitality and rawness have been emulated, but never equaled. Fully licensed and lovingly remastered, the Academy LPs/Voodoo Funk re-issue presents This Is Marijata in all of its rough-hewn glory. First pressing limited edition of 1000.”
ACME (UK)
AD 1042LP SYN, THE: Original Syn LP (AD 1042LP) 23.00
Subtitled: Complete History Of The Syn 1962-69. “Complete recordings (45s, acetate demos and other previously unreleased recordings) circa 1967-1969 by UK freakbeat/psych legends The Syn. Featuring Chris Squire, who would later go on to form progressive rock legends Yes. ‘From the band’s own archives comes this collection of all the 45s, plus demos and outtakes from this legendary UK psych band’s short career. Housed in a superb colour gatefold sleeve, and comes packed full of rare, previously unseen photographs. The cover art utilizes one of the Syn’s rarest releases, as it is taken from an EP released only in France! If you’re reading this, I suppose that two of the most authentic psychedelic freakbeat tracks ever recorded, ‘Grounded’ and ’14 Hour Technicolour Dream’, need no introduction here, as well as the Who-ish ‘Created By Clive’ and ‘Flowerman’. Pretty much essential 1960s UK psychedelia. A limited edition (DMM) direct metal mastering pressing on only 1000 copies.'”
AD 1059LP DAVID EXPLOSION: A Bright Tomorrow LP (AD 1059LP) 23.00
“Reissue of classic early ’70s psych/progressive album with the style of Sgt Pepper, The Doors with hammond, mellotron, and killer leads. Strict limited edition 300 copies.”
AD 1061LP T2: T2 LP (AD 1061LP) 23.00
Reissue of the follow-up to their It’ll All Work Out In Boomland LP. “Featuring the original line-up of Dunton/Cross and Jinks with blistering lead guitar, mellotrons, flutes, lengthy heavy/melodic tracks. For fans of classic well crafted UK progressive music we think this must rank as one of the most important archival releases in this genre.”
PYR 015LP GOLEM: Orion Awakes LP (PYR 015LP) 23.00
LP version. “Epic early to mid-1970s instrumental psychedelic space-rock from the Pyramid Records archive, said to be pseudonymous after-hours studio sessions featuring the biggest names on the Krautrock scene at the time; heavy drums, jamming guitars and Hammond organ: in short, an amazing improvised free-form trip of impressive magnitude, on par with the music of Krautrock heavyweights like Neu! and Gila. An adventurous atmosphere throughout, whether the result is hallucinogenic and jazzy (‘Jupiter’), the heavy freak and roll of ‘The Returning,’ with crushing guitars and massive, repetitive, almost funky rhythm, or the Jimi Hendrix-inspired ‘Godhead Dance.'”
SKL 5050LP T2: It’ll All Work Out In Boomland LP (SKL 5050LP) 23.00
40th anniversary edition with insert; on white vinyl. “The rise of power trio T2 in 1970 was rapid: important open-air festivals; headlining residencies at the Marquee Club; appearances at virtually every major venue in London. Then their debut album was released; they seemed poised for a breakthrough. As the band recalled, they were playing the Marquee club with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix hanging out backstage, which was all to the good. But people were coming forward saying, ‘we can’t find your album anywhere.’ In short order, the band fell apart. Still, their sole Decca album has become well established as an all-time classic amongst progressive and psychedelic music collectors — even the techno and DJ crowds. The fact that it has done so without hype is a testament to the innate quality of the music. The album is packed with melodic acoustic passages and frenzied fuzz guitar workouts, not to mention acid-trip induced lyrical and musical content.”
ANOTHER LATE NIGHT (UK)
ALN 024CD MIDLAKE: LateNightTales CD (ALN 024CD) 15.00
“Formed in small town Denton in Texas, over the course of almost a decade the five conscientious musicians have quietly become one of the most alluring acts to come out of America. Journeying across the plains of North America, the wilds of the British Isles and fleeting visits to Holland and Iceland, Midlake’s Late Night Tales is a voyage through all that mesmerizes and enchants. Incorporating tracks from the likes of deeply seductive vocalist Scott Walker to Bjork (a frequent among the Late Night Tales compilations). Midlake’s installment certainly does not disappoint. Beach House’s captivating and thought provoking ‘Silver Soul’ further launches Midlake’s compilation into the realm of the imaginary and magical. As with all Late Night Tales installments, Midlake add their own unique twist to the compilation with their exclusive and much honoured acoustic cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Am I Going Insane.'” Other artists include: Bob Carpenter, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Lazarus, Espers, Jimmie Spheeris, Scott Walker, Sandy Denny & Harry Robinson, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jan Duindam, Twice as Much and Vashti, Sixto Rodriguez, Nico and The Band.
AUTONOMIC (UK)
NOMIC 005EP THEY LIVE: Pure Palms/Don’t Know What To Say 12″ (NOMIC 005EP) 12.00
“The first release for Consequence and Joe Seven’s new alias They Live is on dBridge & Instra:mental’s Autonomic label. Creeping in with a slightly haunting melody and sparse drums, ‘Pure Palms’ starts off with little indication of where the track might lead; it feels as though it could go in any direction. As it slowly builds, the warmth and weight – and deep-set rhythms – that Consequence is known for begin settling, and open up to an evocative, widescreen track of immense beauty. They Live’s musicality comes through strong throughout the detailed turnings of the downtempo masterpiece, with immersive low-end fills and intricate percussion that take all headphones hostage. ‘Don’t Know What To Say’ brings a darker edge, with crackling sound effects and an ominous, spine-chilling bassline that creates intense and intriguing dynamics. As a solemn melody builds, once again They Live bring a cinematic feel to the dense, ever-growing atmosphere. Brooding with textured sounds, skyscraping synths and head-nodding beats, the mesmerizing track shows huge promise of what’s to come from the powerful duo.”
AXIS
AX 042CD MILLS, JEFF: The Power CD (AX 042CD) 27.00
“As the Sleeper Wakes saga continues, we arrive at a crucial point where the integration back into Earth’s Culture becomes difficult and the drift towards a different type of isolation begins. Traveling 4 years throughout the Universe in search of discoveries has taken its mental toll and the price of an intervention is high. This album demonstrates the process of a person who gradually loses their sense of belonging. Obscure illusions brought on by an unique ability to control Electricity contracted in The Occurrence chapter creates a unwarranted threat to the worlds International Security. Severe detachments evolve that pushes the mind beyond acceptable limits.” Includes a 24-page booklet.
BLACK ACRE (UK)
ACRE 024EP SNOW GHOSTS: Lost At Sea EP 12″ (ACRE 024EP) 9.00
“LTD picture sleeve 12″ — 500 then deleted! Snow Ghosts is a unique combination of exploratory musical minds. On landscaping we have man of the moment Throwing Snow, with high plaudits for his debut on Alex Nut’s Ho-Tep label and an array of remix duties for the likes of Gold Panda this young beat surgeon has made giant leaps in a very short time. Painting in the characters is Augustus Ghost (Hannah) a former Abu Dhabi resident of English heritage, she now returns to the smoky grey skies and dank Victorian streets of England with a haunted soul to match. ‘And The Moon’ slinks into view in confident minimal style, paired down 808s and ethereal chords erupt as Hannah’s siren call soars through the follicle animating atmospherics, with more than enough kick + snare wriggle for the floor.”
BOX CLEVER (UK)
BOXCL 005EP LURKA: Return/Stabiliser 10″ (BOXCL 005EP) 9.00
“2011 looks set to be a big year for Lurka. Following the storming success of his debut ‘Tempted’ on Black Box, he has cooked up something rather special for Box Clever. ‘Return’ sees Lurka on a deep, tribal tip, building the tune around the solid kick/sub foundation as he slowly adds elements to the mix. First the hats and swooping white noise, next the dark incidental FX, then retro edits and filtered breaks — a heady combination that leaves the listener transfixed. Lurka keeps the mood meditational with ‘Stabiliser’, layering tight percussion lines to produce effortless movement. Crisp handclap beats are swarmed by shakers, finger-snaps, and loping bongo-riffs in a masterclass of drumwork execution.”
BUILD (UK)
BUILD 005EP BAOBINGA & HYETAL: Anything For Now/Trouble 12″ (BUILD 005EP) 11.50
“Collaborative plate of Bristol-based Build badness — label boss Baobinga cooking up two ‘what-doyou- call-it’ tracks with one of 2010’s breakthrough producers, the man they call Hyetal. Starting 2010 with a huge Punch Drunk release alongside Shortstuff, Hyetal further refined his sound through collaborations with Peverelist, and the massive Prince-tastic anthem ‘Phoenix’ on Orca’ — which can be found sitting proudly at number 36 in FACT Magazine’s ‘Tracks Of The Year’ run-down. The A side here, ‘Anything For Now’, is a perfect example of when collaborations work perfectly. Through the course of an ever-evolving arrangement, tough dancefloor drums drive epic synth lines and melodies forward to a point of ecstatic release, all tied together with powerful sub-bass and a staggering level of detail.”
CAPRICE (SWEDEN)
CAP 21577CD VA: Music From Tanzania And Zanzibar 3 CD (CAP 21577CD) 17.00
“The Kilimani Muslim School Choir — irresistible Muslim ‘Gospel’ with lead singers, youth choir and pitched tambourines. Previously forbidden outside religious spheres, and now on CD for the first time.”
CIVIL (UK)
CIV 017EP RESO: Valken EP 12″ (CIV 017EP) 12.00
“Forever spawning the next generation of bass mutations, Civil Music’s Reso brings an unsurpassed low-end density and textured sound that decidedly makes genres redundant. Wobble, hypercrunk, glitch, hip hop, dubstep, industrial and D&B all blend together for a concoction that only Reso can create, and one that consistently redefines the electronic sphere. In between working with Hospital Records (with Slap Chop) and remixing the likes of Drop The Lime, Foamo, Qemists and dEbruit (among others), with War Machine/Valkan Reso is setting the precedence for 2011, giving the bass world a fierce blueprint to follow. Make no mistake: War Machine/Valkan is not a record for the faint-hearted. It’s certainly not suitable background music, and probably should come equipped with an explicit NSFW label. It will, however, be a record for discerning listeners who appreciate the subtleties and complexities that go into high-tech productions that carry this much conceptual and compositional weight, as is always the case with London’s chameleonic and many-masked mastermind. This is the sound of the end of the world, of machines breaking and technology folding, when all that’s left is carnal rage and chaos. A forceful onslaught of sound, the four tracks on Reso’s War Machine/Valkan EP intricately mesh high amp leads and emphatic beats that entrance any dancefloor into riotous frenzy.”
CIV 019EP OM UNIT: The Timps 12″ (CIV 019EP) 15.00
“Om Unit joins the Civil Music stable alongside Starkey, Reso, dEbruit, Drums of Death and Darling Farah. And yet again we see him pushing his sonic manifesto ever further. With years of working intently at the nexus of instrumental beats and electronic music, it’s time for The Timps EP. The Timps is real electro. Faceless, percussive, underground with a sci-fi feel. Dark, futuristic and dancefloor-oriented, punctuated with elements of 80s Detroit techno. Om Unit has blasted his sound into deep space, adding eerie electronic futurism to his niche blend of slow boogie, house, techno and hip-hop beats with those classic analogue synth lines. It nods to both the ever exciting and forever morphing instrumental beat scene and to the heavy flow of early pioneering Detroit techno via UR and the likes of Drexciya/Aux 88. The Timps sees Om Unit interfacing funk and futurism. Analogue bass lines are sequenced, arpeggiated and twisted to devastating effect. Synthetic riffs and atonal sound effects with heavy reverbs, delays and phasers drift along with eerie synthetic strings emphasizing the retro futuristic themes of the music. Remixes come from Frite Nites’ US beat maker and a one-to-watch in 2011, Salva, and Wagon Repair’s Hrdvsion aka Nathan Jonson.”
CLOCKTOWER (CANADA)
CT 036LP KING TUBBY: Dub From The Roots LP (CT 036LP) 15.00
“There are very few individuals who command the respect of dub aficionados greater than ‘The Dubmaster’ himself, King Tubby. On Tubby’s venerable 1974 release Dub from the Roots, he introduces us to the ‘Shalom Dub’, a method of mixing flying cymbals with horns in what he describes as ‘going in and out in a dub way’. Borrowing from the forty fives of Johnny Clarke, Jackie Edwards, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, and Horace Andy, King Tubby takes the listener on a journey through a vast array of different emotions, rhythms and soundscapes. One of the standout cuts, ‘Iyahta’ explores Tubby’s use of deep electric basslines to evoke a melodic calmness in the listener, while ‘Mine Field’ and ‘Hijack the Barber’ bring you back with the cavernous echoes of stabbing guitars, horns, and cymbals. Though previously released by different labels on a variety of dusty pressings and formats, Clocktower’s reissue of Dub From The Roots is the definitive edition of this ‘Dubmaster’ classic, featuring audio mastered from the original analog tapes.”
CT 3022LP KING TUBBY: Explosive Dub LP (CT 3022LP) 15.00
“There are very few people who define a genre the way King Tubby defines dub. From the early days of dub in the 1960s, King Tubby (born Osbourne Rodduck) influenced a generation of producers across a variety of genres and continued to do so until his death in the late 1980s. While King Tubby was known for experimenting with different sounds, he was also truly never one to settle for mediocrity. Flexing his signature dub muscle on 1975’s Explosive Dub, a compilation of various Tubby gems 19 tracks long, the true beauty of his ability is brought to light. It’s obvious to the listener that King Tubby spent hours perfecting each track and remix before releasing it to the public. Explosive Dub, a previously hard to find collector’s item is a shining example of King Tubby’s work. Though many of these tracks have been previously released by different labels on a variety of dusty pressings and formats, Clocktower’s reissue of Explosive Dub features audio mastered from the original analog tapes.”
COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 082EP BURKHARDT, CHRISTIAN: Stopover Goa 12″ (COR 082EP) 12.50
One of the pioneers of the Rhein Main house movement Christian Burkhardt presents his debut on Cocoon. “Stopover Goa” features percussive funk, powerful hand-claps, some wild pitch acid and alienated adrenaline-diva vocals that would even make Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave envious. In a less obvious way, “Chanel” hypnotizes the listener with a vibrating form of tribal house reduction that cultivates statically-charged energy states over almost nine minutes. Rarely has modern house music sounded so equally complex and clearly structured.
COR 084EP SIENKIEWICZ, JACEK: On The Road Again 12″ (COR 084EP) 12.50
The On The Road EP is the preliminary 12″ for Jacek Sienkiewicz’ album On The Road (COR 026CD), one of the most experimental albums to appear on Sven Väth’s label to date. New sounds, voices and clever arrangement patterns are revealed with each new listen. It’s not Detroit nor Santiago, not Sheffield nor Berlin, it’s not even the sound of Jacek’s home town of Warsaw — this is the real music of the spheres. On clear vinyl.
CRYPTIC CORP
MVDA 5139LP RESIDENTS, THE: Meet The Residents LP (MVDA 5139LP) 15.00
LP version. “Reissue of the Residents’ classic debut originally released on Ralph Records in 1974. The whole, bizarre Residents trip started here (at least officially). Mixing everything from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart to Raymond Scott and Sun Ra in the world’s most bizarre blender, this one is the place to start in the wild and weird world of the Residents.”
DAIS
DAIS 020LP ICEAGE: New Brigade LP (DAIS 020LP) 19.00
“It’s not often that you hear a perfect record. Or a record created with such honesty and energy that it makes you drop absolutely everything, listen intently, and then completely readjust your outlook on music. With an average age of 17, this Copenhagen quartet has somehow managed to redefine our perception entirely, and we love it. Uncontrived, pure — this record is a youthful assault of downer no-wave hardcore, wise beyond its years. Dais is proud to unveil Iceage here in the States with our special limited edition LP of their first album New Brigade. Our version contains two exclusive bonus tracks, and comes with a 4-page foldout lyric and photo insert, in a hand-numbered thick stock matte sleeve with gloss overlaid artwork. Downer post-punk/no wave/hardcore. Limited to 500 copies.”
DARK ARX (UK)
DKX 004EP READ, GERRY: Patterns/Last Time 12″ (DKX 004EP) 11.50
“Gerry Read’s much loved ‘Patterns’ finally receives a limited edition vinyl run backed by new track ‘Last Time’ — available exclusively on vinyl. ‘Patterns’ brought euphoria to a dark dub/2-step sound and has been rinsed by forward-looking selectors like Untold, Starkey & Mumdance – and played on the world’s smarter radio stations, Rinse FM, Sub FM, Subjam & Fevah. New track ‘Last Time’ is a slab of reverse-engineered, 2011 house music. A stepping woodblock rhythm pins down plaintive vocals as a spooked synth line controls the release. In any one else’s hands that would add up to dark vibes, but Gerry crafts it to deliver bittersweet euphoria of the best kind. Expect to hear this track everywhere, from grimey backrooms in Bristol to Ibiza beach bars.”
DAVEY JONES (UK)
JONES 001EP GRAVIOUS/HACKMAN & BLUTO: Future Blues/WDYGOAPHAGFY 12″ (JONES 001EP) 15.00
“Davey Jones is a new non-genre label focusing on a dark, primal aesthetic. Run by unlikely of Clandestine Cultivations/Dubpressure/Platform 1 and designer Letty Fox. All design and videos by Letty Fox. Support: Laurent Garnier/DJ Ez/Reso/N-Type/Ben Ufo/Mumdance/Donga/Subeena Heny G/Warlock/Fused Forces and more.” Limited to 300 180g vinyl with neon green and black pantone sleeves.
DESSOUS (GERMANY)
DES 102EP PHONIQUE: Endless Love (feat. Louie Austen) 12″ (DES 102EP) 12.00
Phonique is back on Dessous with the help of lovable crooner Louie Austen in this modern slice of exquisite electro-pop. Taken from Phonique’s astounding album Kissing Strangers (DES 015CD), the original version of “Endless Love” takes on a fluffy, summery electronic vibe, spreading Louie’s vocals throughout the track to glorious effect. Remixer Alex Niggemann provides a tougher, more beat-heavy interpretation that fuses crisp garage drums with some contemporary stab action. Also includes a vocal version and a dub version by Aera.
DOXY (ITALY)
DOK 302LP BERRY, CHUCK: After School Session LP+CD (DOK 302LP) 25.00
“The name Chuck Berry and rock & roll are synonyms. Without Chuck Berry, there would be no rock & roll. So to call Chuck Berry’s debut LP ‘seminal’ is a bit of an understatement. This album, originally released on the fledgling Chess Records in 1957, was Chuck Berry’s first long playing album (after a slew of hit singles), and only the second ever for the label. Chuck Berry got Chess to sign him by playing a demo of, none other than ‘Maybellene,’ and the book of Genesis in the Bible of rock & roll was written.” 180 gram vinyl with a CD version of the album.
DUB POLICE (UK)
DP 047EP ZERO G: Bring It 12″ (DP 047EP) 11.50
“Following releases on some of the biggest labels in the game, including Liondub, XS Dubz and Digital Soundboy, we are very proud to present the Dub Police debut from Zero G. A no holds barred dance floor bomb, ‘Bring It’ will hit you right where it counts. Using the pared down elements with maximum efficacy, the growling bassline riff rips right through the core of the track like a knife. The thumping kicks and the snap of the cavernous snares heighten the impact, while the tight percussive shuffle maintains the momentum, wrapping itself around the bassline. On the flip, ‘Bring It’ gets the remix treatment from long time Dub Police affiliate Subscape. Taking the original’s infectious bassline and ramping up the energy levels on it even further, he delivers a hard-hitting sonic onslaught. Having risen to the top in the drum and bass world with his uncompromising production style, Zero G has proven his versatility with a series of impressive dubstep releases in recent years, taking down the tempo while retaining all the energy.”
DP 048EP D1: Floods Of Emotions/Bleeps To Broadway 12″ (DP 048EP) 11.50
“D1 has once again come up with the goods, and delivered two brilliant old skool-influenced dancefloor tracks. ‘Flood Of Emotions,’ featuring renowned vocalist Jenna G, showcases D1’s trademark melodic sensibility, while maintaining the tough drums and pure bass pressure that makes UK bass music so exciting and impactful. Driven by a classic hardcore break, the track penetrates right through you while the uplifting melody, complimented by Jenna’s vocals, washes over you beautifully. ‘Bleeps To Broadway’ takes similar rave influences, this time moulding them around tough, stripped down drums and futuristic bleeps. ‘Bleeps To Broadway’ is also accompanied by the 130 mix, which opens up the track, slowing the groove down and giving it some extra room to breathe. D1 was one of the earliest proponents of the emerging dubstep sound, and has remained one of the scene’s most creative and exciting producers ever since.”
DP 052EP EMALKAY: Fabrication/Massive 12″ (DP 052EP) 11.50
“Emalkay continues his unstoppable run of form with the new single ‘Fabrication,’ a track that is as addictive as it is hard-hitting. Drifting in on the soft siren call of the vocals, Emalkay filters the bass through the intro, building to the drop of the catchy, mutating bassline. The organic skitter of hi-hats gives the sparse drum pattern its swing, leaving the bass to do the damage! On the flip ‘Massive’ cranks up the pressure with a serious head down steppa. The razor sharp bassline cuts through the track like a knife, held down only by the stomp of the drums, while the ebb and flow of the pads gives an underlying eerie atmosphere to the track.”
DUX (POLAND)
DUX 770CD PENDERECKI, KRZYSZTOF: String Quartets, String Trio, Clarinet Quartet CD (DUX 770CD) 19.00
Performed by: DAFÔ String Quartet; Arkadiusz Adamski, clarinet. “Arkadiusz Adamski is now Principal Clarinet in the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (since 1993) as well as in SInfonietta Cracovia (since 2000). He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the National Polish Radio SO, The Hilliard Ensemble, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Byelorussia National Philharmonic Orchestra and SInfonietta Cracovia. He is also a member of The New Art Ensemble and has made many recordings for Polish Radio, Polish Television and the BBC. The DAFÔ Quartet has been involved in contemporary music, gaining numerous prestigious prizes in this field.”
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 104LP ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER: Returnal LP (EMEGO 104LP) 19.50
2011 repress; gatefold LP version. Returnal is the fourth album from Daniel Lopatin’s Oneohtrix Point Never project, after Betrayed In The Octagon (Deception Island, 2007), Zones Without People (Arbor, 2009) and Russian Mind (No Fun, 2009). All 3 albums being superbly compiled on the Rifts double CD set (No Fun, 2009). It sees Lopatin fine-tune his craft for the creation of deep atmospheres and textures even further. Starting off with the mind-blowing triptych of “Nil Admiari”/”Describing Bodies”/”Stress Waves,” which fires off into a noise/rhythm excess before entering a zone of relative calm, building to the melancholy of the final part. This sets the tone perfectly for the album’s title track, a stunning, out-of-this-world ballad featuring Lopatin’s near-desperate vocal delivery, ending what could be seen as one of his most chilling and thought-provoking sides to-date. The atmosphere is slightly lifted as the darkened sun comes up over the ruins on “Pelham Island Road” and “Where Does Time Go,” with the album closing with edgy broken beats and the fourth-world possible landscapes of “Preyouandi,” which fades into the distance with echoes of the “Returnal” chorus closing the loop. What’s burnt into memory here is Lopatin’s love affair with the long, slow path back home… the cycle… the hypnotic sector… the ghost in the machine… and whether people are making dance music or hip-hop or space head-music or metal, the ouroboros is present in every sector — as it was in Bach’s study, and in the elephant songs of the Ituri forests. Instrumentation: Akai AX-60, Roland Juno-60, Roland MSQ-700, Korg Electribe ES-1, Voice. Recorded using a personal computer. Mastered by James Plotkin. Tape-op & additional engineering by Al Carlson. Awesome spot-varnished cover design by Stephen O’Malley.
FIRE (UK)
FIRE 159CD SNOWBLINK: Long Live CD (FIRE 159CD) 16.50
“Snowblink have quickly joined the ranks of some of Canada’s brightest musicians, collaborating and performing alongside Arts & Crafts artists Timber Timbre, The Hidden Cameras, Jason Collette, Broken Social Scene, and Apostle of Hustle, in addition to Owen Pallett, Ron Sexsmith, and others. Their live shows have gained high praise from Toronto’s NOW magazine. Snowblink’s Long Live has garnered much acclaim in the US. It was named on several end-of-year best-of lists, including CBC Radio 2, Exclaim magazine, and WNYC. Songs from the record have been recorded live and aired by WNYC, Daytrotter, and CBC Concerts on Demand. The collaborators and guest appearances on the record include Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof), Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver), Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Frank Lyon (Keepaway), and fellow Fire artist Ryan Driver (The Silt, Deep Dark United).”
FLIPPED OUT RECORDS
FOR 028LP BURNT HILLS: Rise Above 2LP (FOR 028LP) 31.00
“Brothers and sisters! Check this! Favorite psych brigade in the USA lays it down solid on this blazing spaceship ride. You ain’t gonna wanna come back. A crushing hour of free sound and it remains these nine beautiful souls have an ESP so dialed in it’s best just to take it in. Higher level psych rock? Beyond! With no bias, this one sits up near the top. All stars! Elevation! Excellent! Ghetto Naturalist Series reissue of the Ghetto Naturalist Series cassette. Artwork by Philip Pascuzzo. Silkscreened Stoughton gatefold jackets. Edition of 99 copies.”
FRYERS (UK)
FRY 011EP ARMSTRONG/THE VONNS, ELAINE: Sad But True/So Many Days 7″ (FRY 011EP) 8.00
Two great female vocal sides from the King label. Elaine Armstrong’s “Sad But True” is a hopelessly obscure and surely underplayed sister funk gem. The Vonns’ “So Many Days” is a fantastic gospel-tinged R’n’B/soul number which has been on a lot of want-lists over the past few years. Sheer class.
GLASSTABLE (UK)
GT 002EP CLAPZ II DOGZ: Clapz II Dogz EP 12″/PIC DISC (GT 002EP) 14.50
This release was the result of a tea party involving devouring traditional Polish pies and vodka. This became the recipe for an unprecedented collaboration. Throw in a Seth Troxler-inspired sample and that recipe becomes Michelin-starred! Vodka sinkers Catz ‘N’Dogz get groovy with dope time-travelers Soul Clap in a pairing which makes you think you dropped a tab, polished off a bottle and knocked back some kosher delights. This ghoulish picture disk comes complete with a sleazy sleeve to box off this naughty release.
HARMONIA (FINLAND)
HRMN 015EP EASY AND THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE: Pythagoras Falafel Calamity 12″ (HRMN 015EP) 15.00
“Easy and the Center Of The Universe we already know from their Flogsta Danshall 7 inch release and some skweee compilers — remember ‘Legend Of Selda’ on Skweee Tooth?!!?!? This new release on Harmonia is as the previous ones infected with Arabian soundbites. We recognize the details from our nights in the Medina of Marrakesh, we slip into our caftan, smoke the water pipe and drink mint tea, and are bodypoppin’ like an Egyptian. No kiddin’, this record is so imaginative and so true to its style that you can’t go any other way. Details of the percussion on ‘Halloumi’ are so good with the details in the orchestration (references to Uom Kalthoum records come to mind) the pitch and modulation wheels used intensive. With this release Easy & Center Of The Universe proves again that skweee is one of the most evolving styles at the moment. This is exotic and exciting music.”
HOTFLUSH (UK)
TRI 001EP SCUBA: You Got Me/So You Think You’re Special 12″ (TRI 001EP) 11.00
Repressed. “The follow-up to 2008’s A Mutual Antipathy is entitled Triangulation and will be released on his Hotflush Recordings label in March, 2010. You can get a taste of things to come on this very limited edition 12″, You Got Me / So You Think You’re Special, taken from the album. The CD will contain ‘continuous audio’ while the vinyl versions have edits.”
HUNGAROTON (HUNGARY)
HUNG 31849CD CAGE, JOHN: Works For Percussion Vol. 6 (1975-1991) CD (HUNG 31849CD) 19.00
Performed by Amadinda Percussion Group. Featured works: Haikai (for eight performers on gamelan degung); Improvisation Ia: Child of Tree (for percussionist using plant materials [with or without amplification], at least one of which is a pod rattle from a Poinciana tree and at least one [preferably several] are cacti); Improvisation Ib: Branches; Five4 (for soprano saxophone in B flat, alto saxophone in E flat and three percussionists); c /Composed Improvisation (for any solo or combination of snare drum, Steinberger bass guitar, and one-sided drums with or without jangles — version for bass guitar and snare drum); But What About The Noise Of Crumpling Paper Which He Used To Do In Order To Paint The Series Of “Papiers Froissés” or Tearing Up Paper to Make “Papiers déchires”? Arp Was Stimulated by Water (Sea, Lake, and Flowing Waters like Rivers), Forests. (in celebration of the work of Jean Arp on the occasion of the centenary of his birth for three to ten percussionists each using at least two only slightly resonant instruments, also involving water, paper, etc. — version for ten performers).
IBERIAN (SPAIN)
IBR 005EP VA: Tax Haven I 12″ (IBR 005EP) 11.00
“Iberian records comes out of a hibernation period with a series of Tax Haven EPs. This first EP comes from a group of producers located in the Barcelona bass enclave and who have been some of the main players in the monthly B.LOW events there. Dedicated to what the label describes as bass’n’groove, this EP contains three varied and original sounding tunes with different Bpms suited to the leftfield of various bass music fields (dubstep/funky/future garage etc). First up sees Mr. Gasparov’s ‘Transient Love’ come in the guise of a house influenced little gem of a tune featuring Japanese vocalist G.Rina (who has previously worked with RSD and Nicolette) who coos and whispers about transient lovers. Next up sees Nehuen’s ‘Between Love and Hate,’ which is a tense stripped down bass’n’beat workout with a persistent bass riff and schizoid strings bringing the darkness. Nehuen is an artist that usually getting support from Dusk + Blackdowns Rinse radio show. There is a grimy and ruff feel here not to dissimilar to some Soulja releases from back in the day. Tuff steppas gear. On the 45rpm flip side Relocate come with their trademark relentlessness sub bass boogie on ‘Soul Survivor.'”
JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)
JBJ 1014EP LUTCHER AND HIS ORCHESTRA, JOE: Ojai 7″ (JBJ 1014EP) 11.00
Jazzman Records presents the red-hot Latin jazz-accented R&B instrumental “Ojai” from bandleader Joe Lutcher. Originally pressed only on 78rpm for the Modern label, this appears here on 45rpm vinyl for the very first time, while the B-side alternate take has never been available anywhere at all. Jazzman used the original Modern logo for authenticity (with kind permission). “Ojai” was cut in 1949 — with its Eastern/minor chord/Latin jazz feel, it bears the clear influence of Ellington with heavy percussion. An absolute scorcher.
JM 082EP FOAT GROUP, THE GREG: Dark Is The Sun 10″ (JM 082EP) 12.50
This is the debut release from British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat. The 3 track 10″ vinyl EP contains an intriguing blend of non-contemporary jazz sounds with classic scoring techniques, utilizing an exotic array of unorthodox instrumentation including harpsichord, tubular bells and a 15 piece choir. Recorded 100% analog in Sweden. With musical influences from such luminaries as Bruno Nicolai, Michel Legrand, Serge Gainsbourg, Michael Garrick, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, the result is highly-listenable. Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 copies.
SOUL7 019EP REID, CLARENCE: I’m Your Yes Man/Your Love Is All The Help I Need 7″ (SOUL7 019EP) 11.00
Super soul brother Clarence Reid isn’t generally associated with straight ahead Northern stompers, but that’s exactly what we have here. Recorded in Miami and picked up for wider distribution by Wand, I’m Your Yes Man is today one of the rarest titles on the label, and a highly-prized spin on the Northern Soul scene. Another Super Soul rarity, and as usual, this SOUL7 reissue is fully-licensed and restored from the original master tapes. Limited to only 500 copies worldwide!
SOUL7 020EP WEE: I Luv You/I Want To Show You 7″ (SOUL7 020EP) 11.00
Two seductive slices of pure soul — fully licensed and restored from the original master tapes. Only 500 copies worldwide! Norman Whiteside is probably best appraised by his numerous contributions to sweet, soulful music, moreover the album You Can Fly On My Aeroplane which appeared in small numbers on the short-lived Wee label in 1977. Here are four cuts taken from that LP, with each version of these songs appearing on 7″ vinyl for the very first time.
SOUL7 021EP WEE: Try Me/You Can Fly On My Aeroplane 7″ (SOUL7 021EP) 11.00
Two seductive slices of pure soul, fully-licensed and restored from the original master tapes. Only 500 copies worldwide. Described by some as a genius and by others as crazy, Norman Whiteside is probably best appraised by his numerous contributions to sweet, soulful music, moreover the album You Can Fly On My Aeroplane which appeared in small numbers on the short-lived Wee label in 1977. Here are four cuts from that LP, appearing on 7″ vinyl for the very first time.
JOIN THE DOTS MUSIC (UK)
DOT 006EP DUFFSTEP: Getting To Sirius Remix EP #3 12″ (DOT 006EP) 11.50
“The third and final remix EP, with mixes from FaltyDL, Young Montana & Eliphino, taken from the Duffstep debut LP. Straddling the realms of dubstep, house and disco from an ever emerging pool of old and new guard.”
KELIPPAH
KELIPPAH 001LP DECIMUS: Decimus 1 LP (KELIPPAH 001LP) 15.00
“And Here in Aries, birthed in a union of Hei and Dalet, Behold!Brought forth with the of taste survival on it’s lipsWhere this taste emerges as the only absolute desirethat remains immune to a war waged on the bondage of need””Synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395). Second in a series of twelve Decimus LPs. Hand painted and stenciled edition of 300. LP released by Kelippah Records.” Music is by Pat Murano from No Neck blues Band/K-Salvatore/Malkuth.”Multis terribilis timeto multos.”
KELIPPAH 002LP DECIMUS: Decimus 5 LP (KELIPPAH 002LP) 15.00
“Leo, under your watchful eye the holy temple was twice defiledLet the crowning of Chaf irradiate all things left-handed!Let you’re queen Tet provide ambiguity when the waters seem clear!””Synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395). Third in a series of twelve Decimus LPs. Hand painted and stenciled edition of 300.”
KEMADO
KEM 124EP SPIDERS: High Society 7″ (KEM 124EP) 5.00
“Burning up in fine style, Sweden’s Spiders mines a hard late ’60s tough rock sound with a touch of proto-metal and a somewhat sinister motif to re-ignite the Scando garage scene once more. Vocalist Ann-Sofie Hoyles has the sort of thousand yard state and throaty, phonetically charged vocals of the late Shocking Blue siren Mariska Veres, which she launches over snarling guitar riffs (courtesy of Witchcraft’s John Hoyles) and an air-tight rhythm section. These two songs will stand your hair — or what’s left of it — right on end.”
KINNEGO (IRELAND)
KGO 001EP BOXCUTTER & KINNEGO FLUX: A Familiar Sound 12″ (KGO 001EP) 11.00
2011 repress. “Boxcutter’s work, due to its bass-led and rhythmically 2-step nature, is often categorized as dubstep, although in style and idiosyncrasies has more in common with IDM artists such as Squarepusher and ?-Ziq. Together with Kinnego Flux, the Belfast based band/ensemble make funk and soul music with electronics using instruments, vocals, computers and hardware synths and modules. A Familiar Sound flows seamlessly with stabs of sound rolling over each other without ever quite meeting. It’s totally unique, and has been blowing minds after it was first heard on Scuba’s Electronic Explorations mix. This track is so creative. Props to Boxcutter for fusing smooth R n’ B with a deep and dark drop that takes the tune right into the unexpected.”
KLIK RECORDS (GREECE)
KL 067CD CAYETANO: Back Home CD (KL 067CD) 17.00
Klik Records welcomes a new artist to its roster — a familiar music personality to the Greek and international electronic scene, Cayetano, with his third full-length album Back Home. After two releases on the Etage Noir label, one in collaboration with Loopa Scava, Cayetano is now recognized in the world of electronic music, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his artist influences such as Bonobo, Peder and Quantic. Once more, Cayetano continues creating music in his own unique way, a blend of dubby, jazzy, Latin and trip-hop sounds which sees our protagonist surrounded once again by his long-time associates George Haritos playing trombone, Renos Psarras on trumpets, Jimmy Joanne on bass, Stephan Knuf on drums, DJ Booker on turntables, Akis Katsoupakis on Rhodes keyboards and finally the voice of Valia Athanasiadou. An academic musician but most of all a modern and conscious artist, Cayetano is not afraid to use the latest technology in order to create musical compositions based on his influences and life experiences. Today, sampling faces glorious days, so the proper use of it can be a great proof of the value and respect an artist pays towards the art he serves — it’s a way to bring together sounds from different backgrounds and cultures, creating a landmark musical result in today’s world. Back Home provides ten different musical stories that Cayetano brings together as one unique whole. From the sparkling shimmer of “Glassleaves” to the scratched up funk of “K Blues” and the dub-inflected “Day After Day,” to the otherworldly waltz of the closing “Left My Girl For A Bizarre Sextet,” Cayetano’s new musical journey is full of subtle twists and turns.
LEENA (GERMANY)
LEENA 019EP SMASH TV: World Wide Wet 12″ (LEENA 019EP) 12.00
Smash TV’s Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner have been in the game for quite some time, yet this is their first release on Leena. With releases in the past on labels such as BPitch Control, Diynamic and Get Physical, now they are here to present World Wide Wet! All three tracks come with the producers’ high-energy dancefloor trademark, while, in spite of its suggestive title, “Eating Bullets” takes it a bit deeper and gives you some space to kick back to.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 066LP BLACK ANGELS, THE: Another Nice Pair LP (LITA 066LP) 15.00
“Collecting The Black Angels’ first two EPs on a single disc, Another Nice Pair (LITA 066) stands as a potent document of the band’s formative psych-rock sound. Presented as a vinyl ‘double EP,’ the A side (The Black Angels EP released 10/18/2005 as LITA 017) includes key tracks from the critically acclaimed debut album Passover (LITA 018, released 4/11/2006) in addition to the non-album jam ‘Winter ’68.’ The B side flip presents the original Black Angel Exit EP (released 5/13/2008) which was available only as a limited edition bonus EP for those who pre-ordered the band’s sophomore Directions To See A Ghost LP (LITA 033, released 4/15/2008). This side also includes tracks that were available only as bonus material on the limited edition 3-LP version of Directions To See A Ghost, in addition to the iTunes exclusive ‘Black Angel Exit/Shine,’ and a ripping cover of Black Mountain’s ‘No Satisfaction.'” Limited edition pressing on red vinyl.
LOST CENTURY (UK)
SCX 6283LP MCCARTNEY, CECIL: Om LP (SCX 6283LP) 23.00
“Reissue of sadly underrated 1968 UK psych-folk rarity. Mixing in melodic psych folk with experimental feel throughout. This album has been neglected for far too long! And yes, he is related! Limited edition 300 copies only.”
MARRIAGE RECORDS
MAR 064LP INSTITUT FUER FEINMOTORIK: Abgegriffen LP (MAR 064LP) 15.00
“Institut fuer Feinmotorik (IFF) is an artists’ group working in different formats and media, although the main activity is acoustic-art/music. IFF is located in Bad Sackingen, Berlin, Cologne, and Karlsruhe, Germany. The group was founded in 1997 for a club event in Basel, Switzerland at Brisant kiosk/club. IFF produces different outputs (photography, video, music, drawing, computer-programming, printed matters etc.), organizes artistic/cultural events, does lectures and workshops and publishes artistic goods such as music records, books etc. IFF got some reputation for their acoustic work with a reductionist set-up called octogrammoticum: 8 turntables, 4 DJ mixers + end-mixer, which is served by the group members. Anything (except records) which somehow fits between turntables and pick-up cartridges (household-rubber bands, paper-stickers, rubber gums, handicraft-tools + various tinker-trivias) may be played.”
MEANWHILE (UK)
MEAN 021LP INWARD CONTENT: Inward Content 2LP (MEAN 021LP) 25.50
Meanwhile unveils Inward Content’s highly-anticipated album project for 2011. Recorded specially for the label by a couple of highly-regarded Dutch producers, namely Niels Luinenburg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao) made together over the course of a two-year period. Following a string of dancefloor and critical smashes for the likes of Delsin and Ann Aimee, Niels Luinenberg has found a challenging, like-minded collaborator in Mohlao, who debuted for Meanwhile early in 2009 with his neon-lit Ambrose EP. In some ways, this double pack album could be seen as continuing the label’s exploration of the “Leuwarden sound,” furthering its fascination with the Netherlands crew. And while comparisons to the Conforce epic Machine Conspiracy set from 2010 are inevitable, Inward Content find themselves preoccupied with another area of techno research entirely: inner and outer space. The clue lies in the intriguing name and title: Inward Content — somewhere in between the rich double meaning lies what is both concealed and self-evident. This is magnificent techno, no-nonsense, driving four-fours, immaculately swung rhythm. A sound informed by heritage. On “Halogen” you find yourself at home on a rain-streaked night-time drive or all day any day on the largest sound systems. The blatant ascetics of “Austere” are simply destined to detonate off concrete, bounce from brickwork. “Quantum Mechanics” transitions into “Continuum Mechanics,” which takes us right around the Möbius strip with a softly-growling bass line rising in intensity, insistent, digging bass drum and ever so gradually, inside some mystical inner space, the hi-hats introduce themselves, a delight restrained for several minutes. As we progress from the haunted disembodied vocal on bass-weighted killer “Gravitational Collapse,” all appears to dissolve back into itself into “Dust.” All-day dance music at its best. All tracks by Niels Luinenburg and Samuel van Dijk. Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering.
METROLINE LIMITED (UK)
MLTD 042EP FOG: Diggler’s Romance 12″ (MLTD 042EP) 12.00
Fog presents an excellent EP for Metroline. “Diggler’s Job” is a breezy house number with pimping keys and a beautiful bass bounce. There’s plenty of movement in the percussion and a light touch that just begs for summer to come. “Shout Romance” is a shade tougher with its up-front kicks and acid-tinged bass line. It has slow burn intensity that is nicely counterbalanced by smooth, reverb-soaked vintage synths. The Jackspot remix really brings out the funk in those synths.
MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)
MTRBLNRB 001EP MODESELEKTOR (FEAT. NAZIZI & ABBAS): Monkey Flip 12″ (MTRBLNRB 001EP) 12.00
Invited by Goethe-Institut Kenya in the summer of 2010, Modeselektor traveled to Nairobi to participate in an exceptional project called BLNRB (Berlin Nairobi). Various Berlin-based electronic/dance music artists were introduced to several musicians, singers and MCs from Kenya. One of the results is the track “Monkey Flip,” recorded with a true legend of Kenya’s hip-hop scene, MC Abbas, accompanied by the first lady of East-African hip-hop, Nazizi. Includes a remix by Boys Noize.
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 100LP TIED + TICKLED TRIO AND BILLY HART: La Place Demon 2LP (MORR 100LP) 21.00
Deluxe 3-sided double LP version housed in a full-color gatefold sleeve with printed innersleeves. Includes download coupon. The brothers Markus and Micha Acher are key figures in the now internationally-recognized trademark that is the “Weilheim Scene.” Every one of their projects, be it The Notwist, 13&God or Tied & Tickled Trio has grown to become a working cosmos each of its own while remaining open on all sides. This album comes thanks to their preference for creative collaborations, and Tied & Tickled Trio really have a thrilling artistic liaison this time around. The drummer Billy Hart is among one of the most accomplished contemporary jazz drummers in the world. Along with his recordings as band leader, Hart, who celebrated his 70th birthday in 2010, can be heard drumming on more than 600 albums. Among other groups, he was a long-running member of the Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz bands. Hart was highly involved with the composition and arrangements on La Place Demon. The permanent members of the Tied & Tickled Trio also occupied themselves intensively with Billy Hart’s music prior to and during the composition of the album. Over the course of his discography, he has covered everything from spiritual jazz to free music and electronic music. This album charts this development in broad strokes and as such is something like a biographical album. The Tied & Tickled Trio play jazz music from an indie perspective and so are by definition not afraid of contact. It’s amazing that a project which practically has a new approach for every composition can still have a unified sound. The guys from Weilheim have an instantly-recognizable sound — regardless whether they are playing crazy free jazz, static drones or complex patterns. Perhaps it’s something to do with their love of woodwinds and rather melancholy harmonies, which one knows well from The Notwist.
MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)
MUSIQ 054EP MR RAOUL K: Rainning Love 12″ (MUSIQ 054EP) 14.00
“This is the third single cut from the debut album of Mr Raoul K Introducing My World. The album was recorded in his hometown Africa with local musician and Raoul edited and reconstructed at his German studio. A side ‘Japan Japon’ is simple but effective African minimal house and ‘The Green Thing’ is Raoul’s slow-mo house stuff. B side, Rainning Love is bit darker and more trancy than usual.”
MUSIK GEWINNT FREUNDE (GERMANY)
MGF 014EP VA: Various Artists #1 – 2010 12″ (MGF 014EP) 11.00
“Musik Gewinnt Freunde welcomes four new acts on their label, each contributing one track for catalogue number 14. Coming from Australia, Greece, Georgia and Spain, these artists form an EP that is as diverse as beautiful. YokoO offers a vocal dominated house track followed by a melodic heartwarmer by Tornike, and while 9West on the flipside hits directly towards the dancefloor, Oscar Barila rounds it up with a relaxed crowdpleaser. Nice one!”
NAVRAS (UK)
NAVRAS 225CD BANERJEE, NIKHIL: Pratibha: Raga Yaman Kalyan CD (NAVRAS 225CD) 19.00
Live performance at Musée Guimet, Paris, Nov. 2, 1983. “The late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee was an exceptionally admired and respected master of Indian music and unquestionably one of the greatest sitar players of his generation.”
NO COMPLY (UK)
NCOMP 003EP MARLOW/SCREEN AGE: Love Kills Slowly/What You Do To Me 12″ (NCOMP 003EP) 9.00
“After the massive success of ‘Dubsteppa,’ No Comply returns with two tracks aimed purely at the dance floor. This is high-energy, contemporary dubstep at its finest. For those of you looking for sure-fire dance floor smashers – this 12″ certainly won’t disappoint. Keeping with the usual style, this 12″ is hand-painted, individually numbered, and extremely limited. The previous two releases are now very hard to find, so don’t sleep on this. Marlow takes the a-side, with his first track in over a year, ‘Love Kills Slowly.’ Described by Rob Da Bank as ‘Rib- Shaking Dubstep’ and ‘Tuff!’ by Trolley Snatcha. This is everything you’d expect from Marlow and more. His usual signature elements are evident throughout: The epic intro, the dramatic buildup and the almighty wallop of a drop.”
NONPLUS (UK)
NONPLUS 002.2EP LOL: Me Me Part 2 12″ (NONPLUS 002.2EP) 13.00
” lol is a bit of an unusual project, it’s just a thing in its own right, it’s not ‘for’ anything or anyone in particular, it’s just an LP made by three bored people who like music that sounds like it did before the advent of the internet. The project was recorded in the bedroom of a warehouse conversion in Hackney Wick (bedrooms can be incredibly creative spaces, seeing as most of us were conceived in one). They wrote about self-obsession, social anxiety, drug abuse, and failed relationships using pre-21st century recording devices such as VHS tape, 70’s valve microphones, analogue synths, cheap Argos catalogue guitars, and 80’s drum machines.”
NONPLUS 011EP LOWTEC: Wonderkidd/Looser 12″ (NONPLUS 011EP) 13.00
“Founder of highly respected label, Workshop, Lowtec makes his UK label debut on Nonplus Records with two fresh cuts of analogue goodness. ‘Wonderkidd’ greets us with a vocal sample that morphs keys with a low-fi piano chord before the discordant groove of the main riff comes into effect. Analogue synths dance around the deep chord groove with early detroitisms flexing between a repeating bleeped out pattern. Hypnotic key stabs sink you deeper into the tune that shows us why Lowtec is one of Berlin’s top underground button pushers.”
NONPLUS 012EP BODDIKA: You Tell Me/Breezin’ 12″ (NONPLUS 012EP) 13.00
“‘You Tell Me’ takes us back to the 80s with its electro tinged thumping drums and freaky synths. What at first seems to be a pretty straightforward track slowly mutates into an ugly beast with its pitch bent lead and warping drum grooves that slowly swing so far out and eventually re-sync with each significant transition. Not for the seasick. On the flip Boddika provides another striped back dancefloor warmer but here he comes with a 4×4 drum pattern. With very few elements he exploits them all to their limits and the track moves with an everchanging undercurrent of acid bass coated with subtle synth melodies that work their way around the bass in a mesmerizing arrangement. Another example of Boddika’s talent for working sound to maximum effect and keeping it simple but effective.”
NONPLUS 013EP INSTRA:MENTAL: Resolution653 LP Sampler 12″ (NONPLUS 013EP) 13.00
“We get a taste of the album on the sampler with electro x juke style tracks ‘Thomp’ and ‘When I Dip,’ which have both been savaging dance floors worldwide over the last few months in the sets of DJs such as Loefah, Addison Groove, Craig Richards and Benji B amongst others.”
NOT NOT FUN
NNF 223LP HARRIS, XANDER: Urban Gothic LP (NNF 223LP) 14.00
“Debut full-length by this classically trained Austin synth/drum-pad whiz rips like an 80s horror-stalker VHS take on Umberto’s 70s giallo/Goblin-isms. Creepy neo-Carpenter action in the best possible vein..”
NNF 227EP UMBERTO: Freeze! 7″ (NNF 227EP) 7.00
“After 2 full-lengths mining vintage horror scores and Italo/Goblin-isms for inspiration, Kansas City riddler and composition whiz Umberto slow-pans his focus out of the graveyards and black widow cobwebs into the celluloid-stained artificial streets of Beverly Hills police beats and pop culture ghost-busting. Freeze! is an inscrutable but impressively legit reinvention of Jan Hammer-style ’80s soundtrack cheese: soaring keyboard lines, fast-tappin’ piano, locked-in bass grooves, goofy canned drums, baroque purple haze soloing, etc. ‘Put An APB On Those Bastards’ kicks things off with a tension-ramping Corvette cruise into the heat of the night, while ‘Illegal Entry With Intent To Zuul’ is a pitch-perfect rooftop chase scene that ends with somebody falling fifty stories into a posh private pool (and is apparently also somehow about that horned dog demon that possesses Sigourney Weaver in G-Busters?). A bizarre and thoroughly enjoyable curveball from one of our fave current music-makers. Black vinyl 45s in pro-printed jackets with hilarious/hijacked Eddie Murphy artwork by Derek Goon. Edition of 500.”
PAMPA (GERMANY)
PAMPA 007EP RAU, CHRISTOPHER: How Are You 12″ (PAMPA 007EP) 14.00
Christopher Rau has built a reputation as the finest ear canal masseuse in the contemporary house music scene, catching the attention of DJ Koze who has recruited him for this EP. Rau’s debut full-length Asper Clouds (SMALL 003CD/LP), was noted for straddling the line between “club” and “headphone” music, earning 4 out of 5 stars from Resident Advisor, and now, with the How Are You EP, he follows up to further explore his sonic approach: an assault of subtlety.
PERMANENT RECORDS
PERM 024LP COSMONAUTS: Cosmonauts LP (PERM 024LP) 16.00
“Cosmonauts are Orange County’s premier garage psych group and they’re barely old enough to drink legally. These kids have only been making music together for a short while, but they’ve already shared stages with and are garnering comparisons to well-known garage and psych acts like Black Angels, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees. Although Cosmonauts share some similar influences with these groups, their sound is much grittier, more repetitive, and more Spacemen 3 influenced. Cassette tape tastemakers, Burger Records, released the Cosmonauts debut on tape back in 2010 and now it’s available on wax for the first time courtesy of Permanent Records. Fans of the aforementioned bands will absolutely be calling themselves Cosmonauts fans before the year is out. First pressing is limited to 500 copies.”
PHILPOT (GERMANY)
PHP 052EP ARTTU: Fear Diluted 12″ (PHP 052EP) 14.00
Arttu aka Lump has already built a respectable back catalog over the last years, delivering deep dubs and far-out disco extravaganza, but this ain’t a Lump thang! Under his real name, Arttu’s about to bang the box in a classy warehouse style — raw minimal shit with an edge and unpredictable arrangements…timeless!
PHOENIX RECORDS (UK)
ASH 3003LP SILVER APPLES: Silver Apples LP (ASH 3003LP) 31.00
2011 repress. Previously reissued on CD by Phoenix Records, now issued on a limited edition deluxe LP format as well; pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl. This is the first vinyl reissue of the self-titled first album by ’60s electronic legends Silver Apples, originally released by Kapp Records in 1968. Fresh off their stint as The Overland Stage Electric Band, Simeon and Dan Taylor formed their own extravagant, two-man electronic space-odyssey, Silver Apples, to remarkable critical acclaim. “What’s so amazing is that they make absolutely mind-shattering music with all this junky equipment,” commented one reviewer, astounded over the then-mindbending concept of build-it-yourself electronics combined with rock drums. The debut album features lyrics by poet Stanley Warren and is an absolutely essential piece of musical history from electronic/psychedelic/rock music’s ground-breaking legends. Housed in a deluxe gatefold foil sleeve containing the insert from the original release in a numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.
PHOTEK PRODUCTIONS (UK)
PPRO 014VSY-EP PHOTEK: 101 (Boddika Remix)/This City 12″ (PPRO 014VSY-EP) 12.00
“Full colour sleeve pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Regarded by many as the finest electronic producer of his generation, the mysterious LA-based Photek enjoyed considerable success throughout the ’90s and into the new millennium with his own mutant breed of jungle and drum’n’bass. After a four-year hiatus from releasing music (and just over ten years since his last LP Solaris), the legendary Photek is back with a new sound and brand new 4-track EP — an occasion definitely worth the wait. Never one to stand still, Photek’s enviable reputation has been built not just on his ability to inspire both his fans and peers over the years through his productions but also through his knack of reinventing his sound time and time again… in 2011 he has once again shifted the gears, re-inspired by UK bass music and the current crop of young producers ? Photek has a new sound to share with the world. Multiple radio plays by: Benji B, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Mistajam, Nick Grimshaw, Greenmoney, Jon Kennedy.”
POPCORN (UK)
POPC 001EP LYONS/THE PAGE BOYS, DOLLY: Palm Of Your Hand/Barricuda 7″ (POPC 001EP) 8.00
This is the first single on a new reissue label which focuses on the curious Belgian popcorn sound — a style of music which has been growing rapidly in popularity amongst soul and R&B collectors over the past few years. The sound of popcorn encompasses elements of soul, R&B, mod, jazz, even ska. Here are two excellent examples of the genre, back-to-back. On the top, Dolly Lyons’ slinky mover “Palm Of Your Hand,” backed up with the super-sleazy “crime-jazz” instrumental “Barricuda” by The Page Boys.
POPC 002EP CORWIN, ROY: Preachin’ Talk 7″ (POPC 002EP) 8.00
The Popcorn label focuses on the Belgium Popcorn sound. Popcorn is a seductive and addictive style of music which has been growing rapidly in popularity amongst soul and R&B collectors. Here are both rare versions of obscure Detroit artist Roy Corwin and his wonderfully impious “Preachin’ Talk” — two popcorn anthems with a laidback, finger-popping rhythm, some shuffling percussion, almost gospel-styled backing vocals and a crooned jazz-accented lead from Corwin, this is every inch the classy little number.
PRE-CERT HOME ENTERTAINMENT (UK)
VHSX 002LP APPLEHEAD: Applehead De Applehead LP (VHSX 002LP) 18.00
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new vanity imprint releasing limited vinyl documents of contemporary musical and nonmusical material researched by Demdike Stare (Modern Love) and Andy Votel (Finders Keepers) in the north of England. Part art/part trash, this open-ended disposable archive combines a cross-section of oblique influences such as sound research libraries/VHS video culture/electronic Folkways records/sound poetry/tape manipulation/European fumetti/outsider art/field recording, to name but a few. With a continued aesthetic focus on the theatrical macabre and a stylistic nod to the folkloric/industrial landscape of the anti-label’s local history, Pre-Cert aims to expand an open catalog of man-made and mechanical music and disparate archival noise. Applehead’s Applehead De Applehead is Pre-Cert’s latest art/trash compendium of musical and non-musical ideas constructed in homage to the historic/cultural and quasi-symbolic qualities of the Apple-form, exploring Mediterranean folklore, VHS video culture, sound poetry and electronic/mechanical sequenced pop music. With sublime references to Roman Catholicism, politics & agriculture, corruption, fairy-tales, horrotica, post-war European surrealism and fumetti/giallo crime fiction, Applehead’s first LP is presented within the aesthetic context of cold Modernist-pop and Italian and Spanish horror film music featuring randomized spoken-word segments and concrète compact tape experiments. In this limited vinyl-only experiment, the semi-fictitious Applehead mirrors influences such as Franco Battiato, Suzanne Ciani, Daphne Oram, Claudio Simonetti, JP.Massiera, Jacula, Carpenter, Phillippe Besombes, late-period Amon Düül and early Jan Hammer while giving tokenistic nods to Lucio Fulci, Poe, Lautréamont and the Belgian surrealism movement. Album features artwork from Anworth Kirk. Cut at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering. Limited to 500 copies only.
PROJECT SQUARED (UK)
PSQ 005EP FURESSHU: Lucid 12″ (PSQ 005EP) 11.50
“Furesshu’s second 12 inch on Project Squared showcases a more house-influenced — but still techno at its core — sound with ‘Lucid’ and ‘All I Want’. Both tunes work around short vocal snippets, employing them to melodic, repetitive effect within a sparse but subtly evolving soundstage. Providing a remix of ‘Lucid’, Shifted converts the house tinged original into straight up, heavy hitting techno, with relentless kick drum, melodic stabs and the occasional clap.”
PUSHING RED
RED 004EP RUCKSPIN: Shikra/Blessings 12″ (RED 004EP) 11.50
“Shikra/Blessings is finally here and it’s an absolute stomper of a release and one we are very proud to get out there! Ruckspin is a well respected musician within the dubstep scene and has had plenty of releases on a plethora of quality labels. We here feel this release encapsulates his own sound fully! ‘Shikra A,’ a tight 4/4 kick starts things off with little subtle fills in the drums keep the momentum of the tune before a huge, punishing sub takes this tune to another level. A tune that has been in very high demand within the scene this past year. If you’ve been out, you’ve more than likely heard it! Proper dance floor punisher!”
ROARATORIO
ROAR 022LP MCPHEE & CHRIS CORSANO, JOE: Under A Double Moon LP (ROAR 022LP) 14.00
“With a career now spanning over 40 years and more than 100 recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatible — and in fact, a critically important pairing — in the world of creative improvised music. Since recording The Hated Music with Paul Flaherty in 2000, Chris Corsano has been hyper-active in far-reaching corners of the free improvised world. Under A Double Moon, recorded live in Paris during their spring 2010 tour of Europe, is their first album together (and, given how phenomenally simpatico a partnership they’ve forged, we hope it’s not the last). With cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom and liner notes by John Szwed. Download coupon included.”
RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
RH DC8-EP COSMIN TRG: A Universal Crush 2×12″ (RH DC8-EP) 21.00
Cosmin TRG drops his third release for Rush Hour, this time a 4-track EP. As he moves away from his dubstep/funky roots, he heads more towards 4-floor techno and house; yet, he keeps his crisp drum programming and sharp synth lines, which makes his productions sound fresh and gives them a future feel. With this release, Cosmin TRG proves that house music still can be an inspiring and amazing genre of music.
RVNG INTERNATIONAL
FRKWYS 005EP MIRROR MIRROR: FRKWYS Vol. 5 12″ (FRKWYS 005EP) 17.00
“Interested in examining the electronically-tinged savoir faire of their debut album, The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness, while also eager to document the new industrial direction in which Mirror Mirror are headed, we wrangled together a team of FRKWYS collaborators that was more born of workplace ‘what if…’ than a back and forth between the label and band. Fortunately, David and Ryan were on board with our candidates, all decidedly culled from a post-punk pantheon of those who were busy dubbing up and dropping out while their contemporaries jaggedly jangled and angled away. Stuart Moxham of Welsh minimalists Young Marble Giants, as well as the short-lived solo project The Gist, was first to deliver his mix of ‘Love is the Law’ from Society for the Advancement, which deals in the same stunningly exotic and heady pop sounds that have helped mold his celebrated career (including that undeniable YMB guitar tone). Alig Pearce of notorious agit-punks Family Fodder next submitted a disciplined dub of ‘New Horizons’, also from Society, complete with meditative instructions for anti-inflammatory consciousness. Rico Conning, of the eerily dubbed out, lost-in-time group The Lines, auditioned early mixes of Mirror Mirror’s forthcoming album and transformed ‘Oddfellows’ into a blissed-out, behind-the-beat mix akin to his production for Depeche Mode and William Orbit. The final collaborative product on this record truly does serve as the bridge between Mirror Mirror’s first and second albums. With a musical legacy firmly yet obscurely rooted in NYC’s halcyon electronic music scene with ties to pioneering No Wave, hip hop, and electro projects (see Ike Yard, Death Comet Crew, and Dominatrix), Stuart Argabright helped craft ‘Nau Sau Ser Bil Uma Rah Rab’, a thrillingly melodic six minute original track.”
RERVNG 001LP GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP+CD (RERVNG 001LP) 21.00
“Synthesist, the landmark 1980 solo album by Harald Grosskopf, the enigmatic percussionist behind Ash Ra Temple, Klaus Schulze, Cosmic Jokers, and YOU. A melodically rich and celebratory symbiosis of krautrock, kosmische, and new age, restored and remastered for RVNG Intl’s debut reissue. Includes a bonus album compilation CD Re-Synthesist, featuring reinterpretations of Synthesist by Oneohtrix Point Never, Blondes, Arp, CFCF, Stellar Om Source, James Ferraro and more. The Synthesist LP comes in a deluxe package including a unique reverse-bound record jacket and full-color liner notes in English and German.”
RWINA (NETHERLANDS)
RWINA 011EP SWINDLE: Playground 12″ (RWINA 011EP) 11.50
“London grime producer Swindle follows up his incredible Planet Mu EP with another slab of funked-up grime, this time for a rapidly expanding Rwina Records. Swindle’s return marks a slightly stripped-down sound: the funk is meaner, heavier, and nastier. ‘Playground’ grooves on rainbow synths and leisurely, drawn-out melodies, as a boogie bassline carves memorable phrases in the ground below. All of this is shoved in an approachable half step template that means the track could just as easily slot into any dubstep set as the grime scene in which Swindle dominates. Did we mention there’s a killer freestyling organ solo in the breakdown? On the b-side, we’re treated to a monstrous remix of SRC’s Rwina anthem ‘Goin Out,’ where that track’s quick and vibrant skip is slowed right down to a trickling drawl. The brusque melodic motifs of the original are flattened out into irresistibly squiggling melodic tangents, and the whole thing is given a muscular makeover that turns the 8-bit funk into lifelike grime. The beats are beefed up — Mario’s emphatic ‘ohs’ hit with every beat like he’s in pain — and the track’s bubble and boil over uncontrollably, a volatile concoction that recklessly sends out unforgettable melodic hooks in all directions.”
SAFFRON/OX-GHOST RECORDINGS
SAFF 002LP NOVELLER/UNFACT: Bleached Valentine LP (SAFF 002LP) 15.00
“Split LP between Noveller and unFact (David Wm. Sims of the Jesus Lizard). Brooklyn-based guitarscaper, Sarah Lipstate, offers three new recordings of her signature expansive guitar arrangements under her Noveller moniker. Using electric bass guitars and an array of effects and looping devices, unFact creates improvised instrumental canvases of noise and melody that encompass fragile shards of memory and harrowing cascades of chthonic fury. The edition of 500 LPs is pressed on a gorgeous marble of white and black vinyl and comes packaged in a high-quality picture disc sleeve…includes a coupon for a free download.”
SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)
SKUDGE 001LP SKUDGE: Phantom 2LP (SKUDGE 001LP) 26.50
Full length double LP from Stockholm’s biggest sound, Skudge. Formed in the summer of 2009, the duo have moved out of near anonymity to become precious favorites of deep, warehouse-styled house and techno fans. Their output to date has molded together classic ideas and modern aesthetics with a keen sense of minimalism: their looped soundscapes are often bare, but never lacking, and the intersection between house and techno seems to be the point at which the duo most often find themselves. As a result, that’s the area most explored on their debut album, Phantom, which conjures up exactly the sort of adjectives you should imagine given its title. It kicks off with eerie chambers of grainy sound, synth melancholy and frosty mists that hang in a beatless air for just over three minutes. From there the thumping beats swing until the end of the album — sometimes accompanied by a little trippy sonic color, sometimes devoid of anything but filters, echo and decay, and sometimes paired with cavernous claps, but always with a solid, ground shaking resonance and, more importantly, a noticeable analogue vitality. Although the bold forms Skudge produce are optimized for maximum dancefloor impact, there’s also a deftness to their designs: sounds and vocal snippets are subtly, selectively employed to imbue each loop with an extra infectious sense of swing; or to underline a groove or accentuate an emotion. Once you enter into Phantom, then, you’ll be in no hurry to get out the other side.
SLOW TO SPEAK
CORE 093AD-EP SHAI/CULTURED PEARLS: Core 1993 – The Place Where You Belong/Mother Earth 12″ (CORE 093AD-EP) 11.00
“Two of the dopest vocal party rockers from the no-holds-barred enthusiasm of 1990s euphoria make their mark here for the latest contribution to the CORE reissue series. Hailing from the major label R&B act Shai, ‘This Is The Place Where You Belong’ is an ingeniously simple, forward-pulling club piece de resistance, a deep chord-saturated, spacious exercise in vocal dub efficacy that helped pave the way for future generations of R&B-house remixes to make their way onto club music’s radar. On the flip, the GOD Todd Terry makes his second appearance in the CORE series, remixing ‘Cultured Pearls’ in a breathtaking, melancholy modern electronic arrangement that affirms and reaffirms in one triumphant gesture the rightful place of songs in the dance music cannon, especially amidst the track-saturated era of house music. Refreshing and utterly effective, CORE’s newest chapter reminds us that house can be more than just a concentration of disco’s repetitive core, acting as a medium for fresh and visionary new explorations of soul music’s complex musical character.”
SOUND OF A HANDSHAKE (GERMANY)
SHAKE 011LP AMIINA: Puzzle LP (SHAKE 011LP) 17.00
LP version. Originally a string quartet formed by four girls at the Reykjavík College of Music in the 1990s, Amiina went on to cut their teeth as Sigur Rós’ string section for the next decade. Now a sextet after a recent masculine infusion, Amiina presents their second full length album, Puzzle. Amiina’s debut album, Kurr (2007), was performed on a disparate jumble of instruments — musical saws, kalimbas, music boxes and seemingly anything that could be plucked, bowed or beaten on — resulting in a work that ebbed and flowed “in a strange, powerful place between sophistication and innocence,” according to The Guardian (UK). While the above is equally true of Puzzle, this time around the group’s sonic palette is broadened by the contributions of drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and electronic artist Kippi Kaninus, permanent members of the group since 2009. Accordingly, the songs on Puzzle are more rhythmically rugged than Amiina’s previous work and feature heavier use of electronics. Amiina’s long-standing fondness for zero-g melodies and open-minded instrumentation, however, continues. Includes MP3 download.
STONES THROW
STH 2233CD J. ROCC: Some Cold Rock Stuf 2CD (STH 2233CD) 18.00
“This is the debut album of original music from one of the original turntablists and longtime DJ for Madlib and the late J Dilla. This is not a ‘DJ album’. Not a beat album. Not a mix tape. This is an original work of instrumental hip-hop, dance music, smoke tracks, assorted cold rock stuff. J. Rocc first made his name as one of the original turntablists, cofounding The World Famous Beat Junkies in the 1990s with DJ Babu, Shortkut, Melo-D and Rhettmatic, becoming a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop. He went on to host The Fantastic Four Radio show on L.A.’s Power 106, perform as the third member of Madlib & J Dilla’s Jaylib, and tour the world as a solo artist, DJ and producer. Note: Some Cold Rock Stuf also contains a ‘mystery disc’, one of three mystery discs included in different copies of the album. No track list is provided for the ‘mystery disc’ and the CD label does not distinguish one mystery disc from the other.”
SUOL (GERMANY)
SUOL 025EP BORTZ, DANIEL: The One EP 12″ (SUOL 025EP) 12.00
Daniel Bortz presents a four-tracker for Suol that will blow your mind. “Cuz You’re The One” works the vibe, the beat and the vocal to the point of no return. “Don’t Call” shows the playful side of his work — the way he stirs up all the ingredients for a perfect, deep tool is amazing. “Boyz 2 Men” features a driving beat in combination with some beautiful piano. Try this one and you will know immediately that summer’s coming.
SUPERSOUL RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
SSREC 100EP VON TREYER, XAVER: Soul Boy Themes Reworked 12″ (SSREC 100EP) 14.00
In 2009, German director Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run Lola Run, The International) supervised a film project in Kenya’s largest township Kibera together with his wife Marie Steinmann — Soul Boy, a story about a boy who has to go on a journey to rescue his father’s soul from a mysterious voodoo woman. Xaver Von Treyer’s score is full of kalimbas and guitars, backed by heavy orchestral drumming and floating e-bows. Also features remixes by Moguh, Roberto Auser and Django Django. Limited to 300 copies, sleeve hand-screenprinted in animal’s blood.
SWAMP 81 (UK)
SWAMP 010EP FALTYDL: Mean Streets Part One 12″ (SWAMP 010EP) 17.00
Limited, numbered edition of 500; 180 gram pressing. “Moonshine” and “Hard” on the B-side.
TAIGA
TAIGA 015LP LOTUS EATERS: Wurmwulv 2LP (TAIGA 015LP) 32.00
Lotus Eaters is Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), KTL, etc.), James Plotkin (Khanate, Phantomsmasher, etc.) and Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, etc.). Previously issued on CD, Plotkin has remixed, remastered and rearranged Wurmwulv for this vinyl edition using alternate takes from the original recording sessions. The 2LP also includes reworked material from Lotus Eaters’ self-titled 7″ released by Drone Records. 52 minutes and 29 seconds on 3 sides of direct metal mastered 200 gram virgin vinyl, the 2LP has a drawing by Turner etched on side D. Housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket designed by O’Malley, Wurmwulv features Stephen Kasner paintings printed on linen-textured woven paper, a spot varnished interior and flooded pockets. The Kasner paintings and Turner drawings included were created specifically for this vinyl edition of 1,000. Reconfigured for vinyl, Wurmwulv is a solvent-soaked carpet ride into loose soil. Worms writhe over cilia as moist roots lick and graze skin. The dampened howls of wolves reverberate through water freezing into creaking crystals. When oxygen levels reach a critical low, a cacophony of clanging metal provides an inhalation of humid air.
TEAM ACRE (UK)
TEAMACRE 008EP MEMOTONE: Multicolour EP 12″ (TEAMACRE 008EP) 9.00
“Hailing from the wilds of the Dorset border multi-instrumentalist William Yates has created a youtube phenomena with his freestyle approach to melding electronic and acoustic forms. Self taught to a frightening level of skill not only has he mastered instruments from the drums through to the clarinet, MPC and piano he has also developed his own arcane musical language which occupies the many leather bound black note books littering his outback lab. ‘Multicolour’ is a strangely pro-boogie introduction, here allowing his reluctant funk to pulsate under his brittle ice cold percussion. Pitch bent grooves and cracked harmonics combine to form an icey injection of nitro-funk. ‘Bellatrix’ continues to break ground combining eccentric arpeggiated noodles with spongey bass riffage to wrap around the darkness. Kick, Snare, Crackle.. we out! On remix duties we present hip hop wrongdoer, Lukid to further smash the mold. Here ‘Multicolour’ is dissolved in Lukid’s acid broth only to be reanimated into 7min spooky epic with haunted grandfather clock percussion and a 4×4 kick deeper than Atlantis.”
TEXT (UK)
TEXT 009EP FOUR TET/DAPHNI (CARIBOU): Pinnacles/Ye Ye 12″ (TEXT 009EP) 12.00
Limited split 12″ from Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden and Caribou’s Daniel Snaith.
THE TAPEWORM (UK)
TTW 027CS DECEH: Fundamental Structure Cassette (TTW 027CS) 7.00
Cassette-release in an edition of 400 copies only. A close study of the harmonic composition of a Hammond organ and a sruti box with attention given to the organization of isolated frequencies and the effects of these vibrations on brain activity. Deceh writes: “Once four, three no more, now we’re up to two. Dear old friend, must this end, before we start anew?” Deceh is an anonymous duo including Eleh.
TTW 028CS MARSHALL, PHILIP: Casse-tête Cassette (TTW 028CS) 7.00
Cassette-only release in a limited edition of 200 copies. “Number Crunches” composed, arranged and performed by Andrew Poppy. Field recordings captured by Zeno van den Broek and Sven Schlijper. Hidden voices: Thaddeus Zupancic. Mastered by BJNilsen. Commissioned by PAUME as part of “The Tapeworm Comes Alive!,” Utrecht, The Netherlands, 28.xi.10.
TTW 029CS HOPE-EVANS, PETER: Cast-Offerings: Visitations, Fetches, Revenants Cassette (TTW 029CS) 7.00
Cassette-only release in a limited edition of 200 copies. Peter Hope-Evans was a member of Medicine Head, a British ’70s blues band championed by John Peel and signed to his legendary Dandelion label. The creation/recreation/wreck creation/of the precursor — The Coasters/Donovan/Sleepy John Estes/Blind Mamie Forehand/The Fugs/Skip James/Peggy Lee/Lotte Lenya/Sherrie Levine/Uncle Dave Macon/Moby Grape. Peter Hope-Evans: mouth organs/organs of the mouth/Jew’s harps/trinklets/reception bell. Collaborator: Mick Mahoney. Guitar: Baby Taylor. Recorded aboard Mick’s canal boat “Cornwall,” Grand Union Canal at Cowley Peachey on Tuesday afternoon, November 2nd, 2010. Cover illustration by SavX.
TTW 030CS LOPEZ & ZAN HOFFMAN, FRANCISCO: Concert For 300 Magnetic Tapes Cassette (TTW 030CS) 7.00
Cassette release limited to 300 copies only. Created from live performances in Spain (Madrid, Alcalá de Henares and Gijón) in 1994, using 300 tapes received from around 200 different artists from the international home-music cassette network. Remixed and mastered at Messor Studios, Antonio García Studios (Madrid) and Zidslick Studios (Louisville, KY) in 1994. Re-edited, re-mixed and re-mastered by Francisco López at Mobile Messor (Paraguay) in 2010. After years of exchanging self-released music on cassette and collaborating via post, Francisco López and Zan Hoffman embarked in 1994 on a somehow surreal small tour of live performances in Spain. By mixing their own sonic materials and recorded stuff on cassette received directly from hundreds of underground artists worldwide, they carried out live recombination shows with eight cassette decks and a shared mixing board. A synthetic/distilled edit of the most interesting moments arising from those live composition sessions is now released on this cassette by The Tapeworm.
TRUTH & SOUL
TSLP 016LP FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS, LEE: My World Instrumentals LP (TSLP 016LP) 20.00
“Lee Fields is a bona-fide, 100%, unadulterated, pure, gut-bucket soul singer. While the crate digging funk and soul community bestowed ‘legendary’ status upon him due to his undeniably solid series of rare 7″ singles (and one LP) recorded and released on his own independent labels in the 70s, he’s never been one to sit in a dusty corner. New York label/production team Truth & Soul helped throw him a reintroduction party with the release of My World in 2009, an album chock full of beat-heavy, deep soul ballads. On the instrumental version of My World, the Expressions get their chance to shine on tracks textured with lush strings and funky horns, backed by a hard-hitting rhythm section. This instrumental set is the perfect companion piece to the original album.”
UGLY THINGS
UT 031 UGLY THINGS: #31 MAG (UT 031) 8.95
“Three big cover stories dominate Issue #31. First, we have the first ever major interview with Billy Harrison, guitarist and founder member of Van Morrison’s seminal R&B group Them, and the man behind one of the greatest riffs of all time: ‘Gloria.’ Second: The Norton Records and Kicks magazine story; a celebration of a quarter-century of Norton with exclusive interviews and photos. And third: The Pleasure Seekers starring Detroit’s girl garage queens the Quatro sisters. All the scoop on this great group (and their hard rockin’ successors Cradle) illustrated by loads of gorgeous pix. Also in this issue: The final installments of our stories on the Masters Apprentices and Ollie Halsall; James Williamson and the Stooges; a revelatory no-holds-barred interview with Prince Stash de Rola (swingin’ 60s confidante of the Stones, Beatles and others); a listeners’ guide to Wreckless Eric, Jimi Hendrix: The Dead Hendrix albums; Cleveland ’60s punks the Missing Lynx, the 40 Fingers, surfin’ with the Sentinals, and lots more. Plus our extensive review sections covering all the latest reissues, rock ‘n’ roll books and DVDs.” 200 pages, perfect bound/full-color glossy cover. Cover price: $8.95
UNKNOWN LABEL
DB 7001EP MANZEL: Space Funk/Space Drums 7″ (DB 7001EP) 7.50
“Dope Brothers brings you another classic rare 45″ repressing, this time two classic joints from Lexington, Kentucky, funk band Manzel. Labeled by DJs Kon and Amir as one of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples of All Time, many will recognize the sci-fi roller skating groove of Space Funk’ as the sample used by Large Professor, Eric B. and Rakim (‘The R’) and others.”
DB 7002EP MANZEL: Midnight Theme/Midnight Drums 7″ (DB 7002EP) 7.50
“Midnight Theme slows the tempo to a laid back pace, but is instantly memorable for its hypnotic drum break, which was sampled for songs by Ghostface Killah (‘Winter Warz’), De La Soul (‘Plug Tunin’) and Cypress Hill (‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’).”
PRO 580EP LEVY, BARRINGTON: The Vibes Is Right/Black Roses 12″ (PRO 580EP) 10.00
“The Vibes Is Right” from Barrington Levy’s 1985 album on Time 1, Here I Come. “Black Roses,” originally released in 1983.
UPON YOU (GERMANY)
UY 045EP STOJAN, PELE & NICO: Belladonna 12″ (UY 045EP) 12.00
A new star formation has appeared in the Upon You galaxy: Nico Stojan, long-time producer of Cool Savas, Berlin buddy and Bar 25 artist, has teamed up with the young Munich producer Pele. You don’t have to be an astrologist to take a peek into the future and see that “Belladonna” is going to light up Berlin. The other two tracks are definitely going to light up dancefloors, too. Deep, pushing tunes made especially for this solar system.
VINYL ON DEMAND (GERMANY)
VOD 082LP VA: German Punk & Wave 1978-1984 Vol. 1 5LP BOX/10″ (VOD 082LP) 120.00
“First in a series of several volumes to come covering the German punk, wave and minimal synth-scene of the late ’70s and early to mid ’80s. The first volume contains 11 bands: PVC, White Russia, No More, Didaktische Einheit, MDK, Din A Testbild, Off Band, Poison Dwarfs, Funtastiklons, Die Gesunden. As always, VOD focuses on so far unreleased material and demos or rare cassette-material.”
VOD 083LP PSYCHIC TV WITH WHITE STAINS: At Stockholm/Jarman Themes/Live New York 17-11-83/Unclean 4LP BOX (VOD 083LP) 120.00
“Psychic TV and its mastermind Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s works and writings doubtlessly have been one of the inspirations and mind-settings of many people, artists and labels incl. VOD. This is a definite milestone for VOD and its mission in (re)-releasing and re-writing music history with incredible, influential, innovative and creative bands! This ultra deluxe 4LP box (two Double-LPs) in golden embossed black velvet folder contains the legendary At Stockholm which was produced in cooperation with White Stains in 1990 and is now available for the first time on vinyl. The fourth side of the first double-LP contains two Jarman Themes called Pirates and Demons. The second gatefold-double-LP contains the incredible first live-performance at the Danceteria New York, performed on the 17th of November 1983 with full line-up including Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sleazy & John Balance (both members of later formed Coil), Alex Fergusson and John Gosling. The fourth and last vinyl of this set includes 6 rare and/or unreleased tunes including 3 versions of ‘Unclean’ (rough, instrumental and live) as well as a 15-minute selection of the miraculous and mysterious ‘Fondation Raelinne-Tape’ plus ‘We Kiss as Rough’ Mix and another Jarman Theme called Chorals.”
W+L BLACK
WLB 008EP JONNY ROCK: Edits 12″ (WLB 008EP) 12.00
Some serious edit business once again from W&L Black. The “It’s My Life” edit is a solid disco tune. Hopefully “Friends Of Mr. Cairo” is a rework of the classic cut from Vangelis and Dr. John. Proper dopeness no matter the case.
WE PLAY HOUSE (BELGIUM)
WPH 011EP SAN, SEBASTIEN: Great Cities EP 12″ (WPH 011EP) 12.50
Detroit grooves from French producer Sebastien San with a deep San Soda remix on top. Things kick off with the title track in an ad lib version. Surprisingly beatless, but deep as you wanna go. “Pulsation” takes things in a hypnotizing direction, drawing you in and working both mind and body. The B-side sees San Soda bring us his downtempo take on “Great Cities” while “Theories” finishes things off with another gorgeous slice of good dance music.
WPH YELLOW-EP HUMANDRONE: WPH Yellow 12″ (WPH YELLOW-EP) 12.50
Humandrone from Japan is featured on this lemon yellow-colored vinyl release, limited to 600 copies. The A-side opens up with “Rude Low,” a monster of a track built around intricate drum patterns and a killer piano stab followed by a deeper than deep remix from Canada’s James Teej. A twist on Chicago rhythms: jackin’ and musical at the same time.
WHEEL & DEAL (UK)
WHEELY 014EP DJ MADD: The Battle/Secrets 12″ (WHEELY 014EP) 11.50
“N Type’s label comes correct each and every time. Budapest-born but now Bristol-based producer DJ Madd has carved himself a pretty unique trench within his contemporaries over the space of a handful of singles — mainly released on the Boka and Black Box imprints. Going in just as hard as producers like Benga and Caspa, Madd — known to his parents as Peter Simon — manages to retain a lot of space and atmosphere in his productions, fleshing his tracks out with heavy sine wave pulses rather than those mid range frequencies that seem to get included expressly to make you lose your shit on the dancefloor. Flirting with the funk in a similar way to someone like Joker, Madd has a great command of aerated bass lines, tweaking the best force out of his low end and complimenting that speaker pressure with vibrancy and these little flickers of synth colour that lodge themselves deep in your brain for days.”
WOLF AND LAMB
WLM 008EP JAAR, NICOLAS: A Time For Us/Mi Mujer 12″ (WLM 008EP) 12.00
2011 repress. Dreamt up while living at the Marcy, Wolf + Lamb’s infamous fake hotel, Nicolas Jaar presents two slow and enveloping productions, adding a new dimension to his signature sound. The track’s tempo slides down the scale at its peak and sensual spoken passages ooze through the gaps. “Time For Us” moves away from formulaic club music and inspires with its dynamic approach. Seth Troxler has laced it with admiration and the record was even unleashed at Burning Man.
WLM 013EP PAULUS, GREG: Nightime EP 12″ (WLM 013EP) 12.00
Greg Paulus is a trumpeter for Matthew Dear’s live band and one-half of No Regular Play. His Nightime EP gives his slow and sultry take on house music, complimented with a special Crazy P remix. “Nightime” wanders through a valley of bouncy low-end bass and ’80s synths, while the remix is hypnotizing and anthemic. “Daisy Duke” takes the tempo of soul and “Yellow Sky” is visionary pop that imitates the calls of hip-hop and the swagger of funk.
ZIRKULO (UK)
ZKL 004EP CRYSTAL FIGHTERS: At Home 12″ (ZKL 004EP) 12.00
“At Home is the latest single to be taken from Crystal Fighters’ much lauded debut album Star Of Love. It demonstrates once again the musical diversity and sheer talent of this band. An album highlight and featuring the bewitching and enigmatic Laure on lead vocals this time, it showcases a much more gentle and romantic side of Crystal Fighters. Set against a musical soundbed of the band’s trademark traditional Basque folk instruments it’s beautifully euphoric and uplifting in equal measure. A perfect soundtrack for the blooming of spring, At Home is the band’s biggest single to date and the one that will catapult them into the mainstream. DJ support: Sub Focus, Skream, Brodinski, Sinden, Tim Sweeney, Joy Orbison, Kissy Sell Out, and more.”
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