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12K 2018CD IELASI, GIUSEPPE: Tools CD (12K 2018CD) 10.00
“With a title such as Tools, Ielasi has set no preconceptions or metaphors with his music except for the idea to make an experimental (and somewhat ironic) play on the traditional ‘DJ-tools’ type of record that contains building blocks to allow a DJ to layer and combine with other records. In Ielasi’s case, however, the twist is in the fact that these tracks, despite being simple and stark, are complex, captivating structures and explorations of physical objects, composed in a way that is becoming signature Ielasi, that becomes perfect experimental music for hazy summertime listening.” Total playing time: 19:47.
4 MEN WITH BEARDS
4M 194LP ROTHER, MICHAEL: Flammende Herzen LP (4M 194LP) 17.00
“Michael Rother (half of the influential Krautrock group Neu! and a founding member of Kraftwerk) recorded this first solo album with producer Conny Plank in 1976. Rother’s signature guitar sound, the mechanical percussion (Jaki Liebezeit of Can) and the simple yet outerworldly anthemic melodies make Flammende Herzen an outstanding and visionary record.”
4M 527LP RADIO BIRDMAN: Radios Appear LP (4M 527LP) 17.00
“Originally released in 1977, Radios Appear, is the debut album from one of most important Australian bands of all time. Though they are often lumped in with the punk-rock sound of their contemporaries in London and New York, they actually owe more to the earlier sounds of Detroit, specifically the Stooges and the MC5. Their debut is a scorching piece of snotty rock and roll unparalleled in their country or beyond.”
7EVEN (FRANCE)
7EVEN 015EP JOAAN: 115 State/Splendor In The Grass 12″ (7EVEN 015EP) 12.00
“Splendor In The Grass” builds sheer beatdown vibes over a cannily-deployed half-speed drum and bass simply tailor-made for dBridge fans. Gently add a skweezed synth at 1:30 and some emotive strings before some covert riffage turns this into a full-on main room joint. “115 State” picks it up on a revived electro tip, slightly cagier with dubbed-out, delayed figures across a smart Detroit transphixion. DJ support from Mary Ann Hobbs, Laurent Garnier, Marcel Dettmann, and many more.
A STABLE SOUND
ASS 001CD CUT CHEMIST: The Litmus Test CD (ASS 001CD) 15.00
“Cut Chemist’s The Litmus Test is a self-mixed retrospective showcasing one of the 1990’s great DJ/producers’ repertoire. Originally released in 2004, the album ushered in his solo era as a precursor to his Warner Brothers debut release The Audience Is Listening. A mix of selected productions/mixes Cut Chemist had done to date – some for hire, some for pleasure, and many for the group he’d become famous with, Jurassic 5. This compilation is a good snapshot of his career, and makes one realize the level of talent that was quietly lurking behind the turntables in J5 – from his work with retro-funk label Now Again (‘Bunky’s Pick’) to backpack hip hop kids Ugly Duckling to futuristic complex rappers Blackalicious and bedroom cut-up exercises in ‘Lesson 6,’ Cut Chemist made a case that established his legacy as one of the greats of the era, expertly segueing and blending a catalogue of his own compositions, ending up with a new album, which turns out to be a real solid listen. For fans of: DJ Shadow, Edan, Q-Bert, Jurassic 5, Quannum, The Roots, Stones Throw Records and the cut-up genre.”
ASS 001LP CUT CHEMIST: The Litmus Test LP (ASS 001LP) 18.00
LP version.
AREA REMOTE (NETHERLANDS)
AREA 022EP FREDA & VOLTA, SALVATORE: The Lake People 12″ (AREA 022EP) 12.00
For Area Remote’s 22nd release, they welcome back Swiss masters Salvatore Freda and Volta, back with two more hefty club bangers. “Lake People” features relentless, hard-hitting bass underpinning a masterful mix of vocals, curious percussive snippets and twisted chord jabs. This is a sound journey made for the dancefloor. On the flip, you’ll find the “Deepgital Area” with its deep, sensuous vocals across throbbing beats. A smooth blend of sassy vibes to make any booty shake.
ATLANTIC
SD 1526LP HUBBARD, FREDDIE: A Soul Experiment LP (SD 1526LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Originally released in 1969. Featuring Eric Gale (guitar), Carlos Garnett (tenor sax), Billy Butler (guitar), Gerry Jemmott (bass), Kenny Baron (piano), Gary Illingworth (organ) and Bernard Purdy (drums).
BLACK ACRE (UK)
ACRE 008EP AKIRA KITESHI: Pinball/Noglitch 12″ (ACRE 008EP) 11.00
“Limited edition transparent vinyl repress (300). Widely acknowledged as a classic, ‘Pinball’ has garnered support across the electronic music spectrum with support from The Beasties’ DJ Mixmaster Mike and Gas Lamp Killer to dubstep fore-runner N-Type, Mary Anne Hobbs, Noisia and even Pendulum. Also now the most unlikely edition to be featured on Disney’s forthcoming Step It Up 3D. Repressed here on clear vinyl in very limited numbers.”
TEAMACRE 005EP TOKIMONSTA VS. BLUEDAISY: USD/Free Dem 10″ (TEAMACRE 005EP) 9.00
“TOKiMONSTA is a world-renowned beat magician hailing from the highly esteemed ranks of the Brainfeeder camp. Blue Daisy, Black Acre’s own wunderkind, has forged a solid gold rep for sonic futurism. As individuals these producers are formidable, together they are damn near unstoppable. Support: Mary Anne Hobbs, Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Alexander Nut.”
BLUE NOTE
BST 84321LP HANCOCK, HERBIE: The Prisoner LP (BST 84321LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1969. “As one of the first albums Herbie Hancock recorded after departing Miles Davis’ quintet in 1968, as well as his final album for Blue Note, The Prisoner is one of Hancock’s most ambitious efforts. Assembling a nonet that features Joe Henderson (tenor sax, alto flute), Johnny Coles (flugelhorn), Garnett Brown (trombone), Buster Williams (bass), and Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath (drums), he has created his grandest work since My Point of View. Unlike that effort, The Prisoner has a specific concept — it’s a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, evoking his spirit and dreams through spacious, exploratory post-bop.” — All Music Guide
CADENZA (GERMANY)
CADENZA 048EP HERLIHY, GAVIN: Back Burner 12″ (CADENZA 048EP) 14.00
Gavin Herlihy is back on Cadenza, bearing an instant anthem. Remember those foam toys, the ones where you just had to add water, and they’d swell into wonderful, unexpected shapes? “Back Burner” is a lot like that, but no water is needed: just a needle in the groove is enough to send this sucker ballooning to enormous proportions. “Think” is all about the hips, with a half-speed bass line leading the way. Like classic Chicago house, this is raw, unvarnished stuff.
CHANNEL CLASSIC (NETHERLANDS)
CCSSA 30310 PENDERECKI, KRZYSZTOF: Horn Concerto/Violin Concerto No. 1 CD/SACD (CCSSA 30310) 22.00
Performed by Radovan Vlatkovic (horn) and Robert Kabara (violin). “Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki received his first major recognition in 1959 at the Warsaw Autumn festival with the premières of his works Strophen, Psalms of David and Emanations. However, the piece that truly brought him to international attention was the staggeringly intense Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. Penderecki has won many prestigious awards and accolades including Grammy awards in 1987, 1998 and 2001. These two concertos were written over thirty years apart, and show different facets of this composer’s art. The horn concerto is a world première recording.” Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
COBBLESTONE RECORDS
CST 9002LP GREEN, GRANT: Iron City! LP (CST 9002LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1967. Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1967. “…captures the guitarist in fine form, jamming on six blues and R&B numbers with his longtime cohorts, organist Big John Patton and drummer Ben Dixon. The trio members had long ago perfected their interplay, and they just cook on Iron City, working a hot groove on each song. Even the slow blues ‘Motherless Child’ has a distinct swing in its backbeat, but most of the album finds the trio tearing through uptempo grooves with a vengeance.” — All Music Guide
CONSISTENT (NETHERLANDS)
CONSIST 003EP ELEF: Be My Friend 12″ (CONSIST 003EP) 12.00
Consistent continues its deep, grooving house explorations with this very strong EP from young Elef, based in Essen, Germany. Already having seen releases on the likes of Hypercolour, this release from the blossoming producer builds on a solid foundation of crisp beats, energetic percussion phrases and rolling bass lines.
DAQUI (FRANCE)
DAQUI 332042 VOCE VENTU & MIEKO MIYAZAKI: Tessi Tessi CD (DAQUI 332042) 20.00
“On Tessi Tessi, a seemingly improbable blend of the traditions of Japan and Corsica is brilliantly realized by the choir Voce Ventu and the vocals and koto of Mieko Miyazaki. Miyazaki’s koto improvisations ornament and accompany the voices in unexpected and beautiful ways.”
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY RECORDS (UK)
SBOY 033EP BENGA: Stop Watching/Little Bits 12″ (SBOY 033EP) 9.00
“One of the major names in the world of dubstep, producer Benga was born Beni Uthman in East London. His parents eventually moved to the suburb of Croydon, where a young Benga would fiddle with his radio every night, looking for pirate radio stations and taking in all sorts of fringe music. He first began making tracks on his PlayStation game system, then graduated to digital audio workstation Fruity Loops when his parents bought him a computer. Hearing the dark work of 2-step producer Wookie inspired him to join part of the grime/garage scene that would eventually evolve into dubstep. Stop Watching/Little Bits is his debut on Shy FX’s hot Digital Soundboy imprint and is already a firm favourite in all the leading DJ boxes including Zane Lowe, Mista Jam, Skream, N-Type, Hatcha, Breakage and even the legendary Lee Scratch Perry!”
DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)
DIYNAMIC 040EP AUGUST, DAVID: Instant Harmony 12″ (DIYNAMIC 040EP) 12.00
Presenting David August’s label debut on Diynamic. At 15 years-old, David’s first steps as a DJ began and it wasn’t long before he gained his first residencies. Soon after, he made his first forays into production, and in 2009, he made his first impact on the scene by releasing his Praha EP on Stil vor Talent. Having recently earned the residency at Diynamic’s Club EGO, he drops a wonderful three-track selection, showcasing some exciting talents from a young producer.
ECHOSPACE
ECHOSPACE 011EP CV313: Remodeled 12″ (ECHOSPACE 011EP) 12.50
Echospace are proud to announce the third EP from the forthcoming cv313 album, Dimensional Space. This release marks the first remix from King Midas Sound (The Bug), creeping and trembling right at the very core of your very being. The mix by Rafael Anton Irisarri as The Sight Below is a slow-motion dream where in every twist and turn a new detail unfolds. Last is a 4/4 number culled from a Deepchord Presents: Echospace live set, which is deep, underwater space-funk. On clear vinyl.
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
DEMEGO 011LP NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA, BJ: Space Finale 2LP (DEMEGO 011LP) 25.00
The follow-up to BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa’s well-received Man From Deep River (DEMEGO 007CD), Space Finale is another surreal slice of heavy listening from these legendary north Europeans. The material included here was realized on analog equipment, with a Revox 2-Channel tape machine as their main instrument. Maintaining the analog spirit of the audio, this release is now available as a double LP vinyl set, after being previously released as a C90 cassette. The tracks presented here are long-form excursions into intense slabs of atmospheric disturbance, melancholic fog and chattering melodies, incorporating their legendary field recordings. Packaged with some suitably cool images by Franz Graf. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, and limited to 500 copies only.
EMEGO 104LP ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER: Returnal LP (EMEGO 104LP) 19.50
Repressed; 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.
EMEGO 104X-EP ANTONY/FENNESZ: Returnal 7″ (EMEGO 104X-EP) 10.00
Hot on the heels of the acclaimed Oneohtrix Point Never Returnal album come these fabulous versions of the title track. Antony swings the mood and strips the track of its delayed harmonized vocals and creates a poignant ballad with OPN’s Daniel Lopatin on piano. Fennesz, on the other hand, sprinkles some of his world-famous majestic stardust over the proceedings. All packaged in dazzling artwork by Stephen O’Malley.
ESP-DISK
ESPDISK 4061LP KESZLER, ELI: Oxtirn LP (ESPDISK 4061LP) 21.00
“Oxtirn is a truly unique and powerful blend of free energy, modern composition and mechanical music that defies genre. With two proper full lengths, and an array of self-releases under his belt, Eli Keszler has turned to ESP-Disk for the release of Oxtirn, his third, most composed and large scale effort to date. Oxtirn captures Keszler and crew at their most frenetic, and abruptly spills out into a cacophony of tuned brass, squeaking rust, and electrically shorting contact mics, taking the detritus of post-industrial existence (sheet metal, spring boards and motors wrenched from their initial hearths) and transforming that refuse into a twenty-first century musique-concrete orchestra. On the album’s initial track, motors tumble across prepared sheets of metal as expertly placed squalls of bowed string and what could only be described as the sounds of a phantom brass band (courtesy of multiple horn player Andrew Fenlon and Keszler’s longstanding partner Ashley Paul on clarinet) mesh transcendentally with Keszler’s precise percussion and bursts of controlled chaos. Side B sees Eli and sonic artist Sakiko Mori on both prepared and installed pianos; as the two furiously scrape and agitate strings with a mix of switch-operated motors, contact mics and suspended preparations, slowly undulating resonant clusters float on top of the underlying din, creating a striking contrast. Here, the eerie timbre of Keszler’s bowed crotales recall Italian futurist Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori, and the string quartets of Dumitrescu. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies and comes packaged with a beautiful, hand-screened poster featuring original artwork by Eli Keszler.”
FAUXPAS MUSIK (GERMANY)
FAUXPAS 003EP SOLE, NICK: Beautiful Day EP 12″ (FAUXPAS 003EP) 12.00
This EP from Nick Solé comes in a limited edition of colored, hand-numbered vinyl. Classic U.S. deep house flavored with a long, minimal, dubby atmospheric track. Includes a remix by Atmos. Tip!
FOLKWAYS
FW 3581LP HURLEY, MICHAEL: First Songs LP (FW 3581LP) 17.00
“Michael Hurley is one of the most beloved cult figures of the Greenwich Village folk scene and his songs have been recorded by everyone from the Holy Modal Rounders and the Youngbloods, to Vetiver and Cat Power. First Songs, recorded in 1964 when Hurley was only 22 years old, shows that his charming, bumming, hippie, wino persona was fully formed at an early age. The album features the first recorded versions of such Snock classics as ‘The Werewolf Song’ and ‘Captain Kidd.’ Reissued on LP for the first time ever, with deluxe packaging including faithful reproductions of the original jacket and insert.”
FOOL’S GOLD
FGR 026EP LAIDBACK LUKE & LEE MORTIMER: Blau! 12″ (FGR 026EP) 13.00
“Laidback Luke and Lee Mortimer’s club detonator Blau!. The release comes backed with remixes by our very own Nacho Lovers and LA Riots, as well as techmeister Noob and – with two different versions! – UK pal Doorly.”
FGR 027EP DONNIS: Gone 12″ (FGR 027EP) 15.00
Includes the “Dirty,” “Clean” and instrumental version, plus remixes by Craze and Nosaj Thing.
FGR 028EP KINGDOM: Mind Reader 12″ (FGR 028EP) 13.00
“Mind Reader, the amazing, long-awaited debut single from Kingdom. It features the inimitable vocals of Shyvonne, an amazing remix by from Todd Edwards and b-side banger ‘You.'”
GALAKTIKA RECORDS (SPAIN)
GLK 030EP AYMARD, MAURICE: Put Some For Jules EP 12″ (GLK 030EP) 12.00
Maurice Aymard releases his debut EP on his own label, with two strong remixes. The first one comes from Gui Boratto, and it’s a massive tune. He changes the whole track, stamping his sound on the remix and adding an incredible Rhodes — an epic remix that will last forever. Garnica turns the tune into techno for peak-time hours, with groove and percussion as the main course.
GEM RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)
GEM 005EP VA: Gem Summer Sampler 1.0 12″ (GEM 005EP) 12.00
Gem Records’ Summer Sampler 1.0 showcases six festival and beach-friendly gems that are essential for any season. The sampler includes tracks from Secret Cinema & Egbert, Peter Horrevorts & Dosem, Roger Martinez and Arjuna Schiks on vinyl.
GENERATION INTERNATIONAL
LP 2501LP MOORE, RUDY RAY: Dolemite LP (LP 2501LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1975. Soundtrack to the cult smash Dolemite (later followed by its sequel The Human Tornado). Raw, dynamic blaxploitation sensationalism and the ultimate party record. Performed by Soul Rebellion Orchestra; conducted by Rudy Ray Moore and arranged by Arthur Wright.
GET BACK (ITALY)
GET 718LP SUN CITY GIRLS: 330,003 Crossdressers From Beyond The Rig Veda 3LP BOX (GET 718LP) 70.00
“Originally released in 1996, it was their second double CD of the year (along with Dante’s Disneyland Inferno). Partly an ethno-surrealist take on places and forms known (Indonesian gamelan, Bollywood soundtracks, Polynesian folk, surf stylistics, & sci-fi thematics) and partly a stupefying surreal ethnography of places yet to be discovered as the collective Bishop Brothers, Mssrs. Gocher and Kang walk that liminal tightrope between Here and There.”Kickin’ the Dragon’ was live recorded at the ‘Off Ramp’ (now defunct) in Seattle. ‘Ghost Ghat Tresspass / Sussmeier’ was recorded live at ‘Bottom of the Hill’ in San Francisco, and features Eyvind Kang on violin. A portion of ‘Sussmeier’ appears on Kang’s Theater of Mineral NADE’s CD (Tzadik, 1998). ‘Shin Paku’ and ‘Maybe I’ll Kiss and Die a Fool’ were originally recorded during the sessions for Torch Of The Mystic. The songs ‘Apna Desh’ and ‘Rookoo Bay’ originally appeared in remixed form on the 78rpm 10″ issued by Perfect in 1994. This release also features the recording debut of Sun City Girl’s Javanese Gamelan, acquired in 1993 at a Seattle auction.” Deluxe box with full-color printed innersleeves.
GET 720LP EMBRYO: Embryo’s Rache LP (GET 720LP) 24.00
“One of the most significant bands to rise out of the Krautrock scene of the 1970s, the Munich-based musical collective Embryo has been led through the decades by multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard. Although the group’s sound has since become synonymous with world music, their second LP, 1971’s Embryo’s Rache (Embryo’s Revenge) still found the band in acid jazz/prog territory, with some nice Hammond, mellotron playing by American expat Jimmy Jackson (Ray Charles and Amon Duul II), here billed as ‘Tabarin Man,’ but the world music influences were already beginning to come to the fore, with heavy African percussion and eastern flute played by Xhol Caravan member Hansi Fischer, giving it a very different over all sound from their debut of the previous year, Opal. This version contains the bonus track ‘Back To Africa.'” Gatefold sleeve.
HARMONIA MUNDI (FRANCE)
HMC 902062 BARTOK/LIGETI/KURTAG: Metamorphosis CD (HMC 902062) 20.00
Featured works: Bela Bartók’s Metamorphosis, Gyorgy Ligeti’s String Quartet No.4 and Gyorgy Kurtag’s 12 Mikroludien. “It is often said that the essence of classical music lies in the principle of variation. However, when constant transformation of the musical material drives scores like these quartets by three eminent Hungarian composers of the 20th century, the resulting sonic impressions are very different. The governing principle here is metamorphosis, an idea as dear to Bartók as it was to the compatriots who succeeded him. On this fascinating CD, Cuarteto Casals offers a persuasive case for both concept and execution of this modernist compositional style.”
INTACTO (NETHERLANDS)
INTAC 027EP SAGI, ITAMAR: Kampala 12″ (INTAC 027EP) 12.00
Intacto welcomes Tel Aviv’s Itamar Sagi, whose roots are firmly planted in underground techno grooves. He has a 7-year residency at the legendary Homan 17 club in Israel, which was selected as one of the best 10 clubs worldwide by the UK’s DJ Mag. “Kampala” features warm, padded electric beats that muse over prickly percussion to bring you a tune that’s vibrant and edgy. “Stuguts” is pounding and demanding — its steel-thumping rhythm pumps across a killing, banging bass.
KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)
LDN 016EP SKREAM: Sweetz (2005 Flex)/Angry World 12″ (LDN 016EP) 11.00
Two lost classics from Skream are contained here: “Sweetz (2005 Flex),” dating back to 2005, is really melodic and shows a significant Detroit influence, and “Angry World,” which is cinematic and swung in a manner most reminiscent of foundation dubstep pioneers Horsepower Productions. Both tunes hark back to the formative early era of dubstep. The artwork features, at Skream’s own request, a capture of the renowned Big Apple store, epicenter of the dubstep scene.
LDN 017EP LV (FEAT. JOSH IDEHEN): 38 12″ (LDN 017EP) 12.00
This EP comprises exclusive tracks “Lost,” “Early Mob,” “Your Coat,” and “Walk It” before ending in “Face Of God,” where we find LV’s sound stripped back to its dark exoskeleton. The 38 is both a celebrated and maligned London bus route and was name-checked by Wiley in freestyles. The route was one of the last to be served by the classic hop-on-the-back Routemasters. It was a “bendy” bus, which were infamous for their ability to let fair dodgers nip on in the middle.
LDN 018EP LHF: EP1: Enter The Silence 12″ (LDN 018EP) 12.00
LHF are a shadowy collective with a musical vision that bubbles up deep from below, as if from a different era, one uncontaminated by current trends. Their membership is ill-defined, their methods clandestine and their motives unclear. Vast subterranean hoards of dubplates are being assembled, psychotropic riddims ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. “LHF: they may enter in silence but beware… the storm has yet to break.” –Blackdown; Members include Double Helix, Low Density Matter, and Amen Ra.
KINDISCH (GERMANY)
KD 033EP JACUZZI BOYS & BASTIAN SCHUSTER: Lady Lover 12″ (KD 033EP) 12.00
Bastian Schuster rolls through the Jacuzzi Boys’ studio and proves that three is not always a crowd. “Lady Lover” is layered with rolling house beats and a slowly up-building groove. Chris Wood & Meat bring the vocal to the forefront, throw in a breakdown with hip-hop beats and an all-encompassing bass line. “In My Bed” is a mellow track to bop on down the road to or find someone to cuddle up with and squeeze the night away.
KISMET (UK)
KIS 4001CD SMOKE, THE: The Smoke CD (KIS 4001CD) 17.00
This legendary popsike suite was the brainchild of pop prodigy Michael Lloyd, a founding member of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Recorded in Hollywood over several months, it consists of melodic and imaginative psychedelic-tinged pop, with clear Beatles and Beach Boys influences. Poor marketing ensured low sales on its original release in April 1968, but its reputation has never ceased to grow since. Package contains historic liner notes.
KIS 4002CD CHRISTOPHER: Christopher CD (KIS 4002CD) 17.00
One of the most rare major label U.S. psych LPs ever released, this hard-hitting, fuzz-laden collection of biker-rock and stoned ballads briefly appeared in a tiny press run in 1970. Recorded by the acid-fuelled Texas trio called Christopher in California, it has gone on to become one of the era’s more legendary obscurities, with original copies selling for four-figure sums, and makes its long-awaited return here. Package includes biographical notes.
KIS 4003CD TROYKA: Troyka CD (KIS 4003CD) 17.00
Recorded by this Alberta, Canada three-piece in their own home studio in 1968 and 1969, Troyka is a superb and utterly unconventional collection of hard psych-tinged rock, with some surprising ethnic flourishes. Though it fell between the cracks on its release in 1970, it has gone on to be acclaimed as one of the better obscurities of the era, and is presented here complete with a band history.
KIS 4004CD STONEWALL: Stonewall CD (KIS 4004CD) 17.00
Recorded by a Long Island-based quartet in the late 1960s, but only issued without their knowledge in 1974, this awesome LP is regarded by hard rock connoisseurs as one of the finest albums ever recorded in the genre. Only a handful of original copies have ever surfaced, meaning that its frantic blend of riff-laden songs, tough organ and relentless drumming has only been heard by a few until now.
KLIMT (FRANCE)
MJJ 307LP BARRISTER AND HIS SUPREME FUJI COMMANDERS, ALHAJI (CHIEF) SIKIRU AYINDE: Iwa LP (MJJ 307LP) 27.00
“Classic Nigerian fuji music, originally released in 1982 on the Lagos-based Siky Oluyole label. Sikiru Ayinde, better known by his stage name ‘Alhaji Chief Doctor Sikiru Ayinde Barrister,’ born in Lagos in 1948, is one of the creators of fuji music, and still a leader in the field. The genre, named by Ayinde after Mt. Fuji in Japan (simply because he liked the sound of the word), was developed in the early seventies when Ayinde, who had sung traditional Muslim music since he was a boy, put together a 25-piece band called the Supreme Fuji Commanders. Fuji is a percussion-heavy dance music with the free vocals of Muslim ajisari music (sung during Ramadan) accompanied by Hawaiian guitar and the sakara (a tambourine drum), and often featuring upwards of 10 percussionists. It is a mixture of were, juju, apala, and traditional Yoruban praise poems. Ayinde is one of Nigeria’s best known singer/songwriters and was one of the first to take the fuji genre outside of Africa, touring all over Europe, especially in the UK, long before any other fuji musician.”
MJJ 308LP MARTIN, BILLY: Strawberry Soul LP (MJJ 308LP) 27.00
“Originally released in 1970 on Montreal’s Trans-World label, Strawberry Soul is a rare and amazing instrumental deep funk album released by African-American ex-pat trumpeter Billy Martin. Martin also released an album called I Turn You On on Onion Records where his hit ‘Funky Feelin’ also appeared. He was a local star on the Canadian R&B scene for a while, but disappeared without a trace after this amazing release.”
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 053LP SZABO, GABOR: Jazz Raga LP (LITA 053LP) 19.00
Deluxe gatefold LP version, on 180 gram vinyl and featuring a 4-page insert. “The world famous Impulse jazz catalogue is so cavernous you truly need a music-minded flashlight to uncover its deepest and darkest secrets. Thankfully Light In The Attic has recently acquired such luminescent technology and the first discovery is Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo’s 1967 Indo-fusion landmark, Jazz Raga. Combining Szabo’s distinctive 6-string touch and open-minded ideas, it brings together jazz, pop-rock, and his native European influence, along with hypnotic sitar, stoned bass vibrations, occasional psychedelic vocals, and the laidback, yet totally in the pocket, Latin/R&B infused backbeat of #1 session drummer, Bernard Purdie (Lialeh OST, LITA 003). Szabo and his Jazz Raga have not only provided the soundtrack to many low light seductions, exotica dinner parties, and super swinging scenes, but formative influence on no less than Beck’s monumental Odelay album (1996) and Santana’s classic ‘Black Magic Woman’ (1970). Images of Szabo, hunched over his guitar in trance, fingers weaving a magical spell over the fret board, are iconic in the world of jazz. Light In The Attic is honored to spread the musical maverick’s message. The audio has been lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes, and only enhances jazz pioneer Rudy Van Gelder’s original pristine recording. Liner notes come courtesy of Ugly Things’ Doug Sheppard and also include a vintage 1967 DownBeat interview with Szabo himself. While the guitarist is no longer with us (Szabo passed away in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while visiting his homeland), his original, inventive, and mysterious sound will never die. Whether it’s ‘Walking On Nails” soft psych bliss or a sprightly cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, put Jazz Raga on your stereo and let it transport you to a place you’ve never been (a ‘Search For Nirvana’ if you will)… But please be warned, you’ll want to return time and time again.”
LILITH (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
LR 312LP BRAINTICKET: Psychonaut LP+CD (LR 312LP) 27.00
“1972’s Psychonaut, by the Swiss-based Brainticket, is early seventies space rock at its finest. While the band’s debut album, 1971’s Cottonwoodhill, was a heavily acid-laden affair dominated by droning organ, disturbing vocals and a collection of cacophonic sound effects (causing it to carry a warning label and be banned in several countries) for their second effort, band-founder Joël Vandroogenbroeck brought in a completely new line-up and changed the band’s sound dramatically. While Psychonaut still takes listeners into the realm of altered consciousness — making heavy use of a droning Hammond, sitar, tablas, etc.– this time the vocals are more melodic and the music itself is more song-oriented. This is by far Brainticket’s most accessible album, and perhaps their most timeless. Fully remastered from the original master tapes!”
LR 313LP BRAINTICKET: Cottonwoodhill LP+CD (LR 313LP) 30.00
“Being as LSD was first developed in a laboratory in Basel, it is perhaps no coincidence that one of the most ‘far out’ albums of all time was made by this Swiss band (no small feat, given the competition!). Brainticket’s 1971 debut, Cottonwoodhill, begins normally enough with two fine psychedelic/Krautrock-influenced tracks, but the remainder of the album plays like an acid trip with a soundtrack, dominated by Joel Vandroogenbroeck’s endless droning organ, a variety of musique concrète-type sound effects and vocalist Dawn Muir’s trippy vocals. The album, banned in several countries, even came with this self-imposed warning: ‘After Listening to this Record, your friends may not know you anymore.’ / ‘Only listen to this once a day, your brain might be destroyed!’.” Gatefold sleeve.
LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON (GERMANY)
PLAYRJC 007EP ARTO MWAMBE: Duster FC 12″ (PLAYRJC 007EP) 12.00
Accompanying the miraculous LARJ edition by Arto Mwambe, this piece of vinyl features two previously-unreleased trinkets. The Berlin-Moss axis under guidance of the Sex Tags Mania emperors delivers two remixes that are exclusively available on the vinyl platter. With some help by the reclusive Don Papa, DJ Sotofett and some other mystical people, these friendly characters grace Arto Mwambe’s “Midi Vice” with their unique voices and distinctive vision of what dance music can be.
LUNA FLICKS (NORWAY)
LUNA 010EP SKATEBARD: The Starwatcher EP 12″ (LUNA 010EP) 12.00
This is Skatebård’s first EP for Luna Flicks, and a salute to the old sounds of Chicago. “Starwatcher II” clocks in at 112 bpm with dreamy synths and claps. Continuing the ode to the Windy City, there’s also “Naar Det Rykker I Ringen.” Plastique de Rêve delivers a remix of “Way Out” that is a powerful, high-speed train full of hi-nrg techno. H.R. Genova finishes things off with a future-past Italo stomp version for those wee hours.
M=MINIMAL (GERMANY)
MINIMAL 001LP SCHNITZLER, CONRAD: Zug LP (MINIMAL 001LP) 15.50
Conrad Schnitzler’s Zug is one of the most important and one of the first electronic minimalist works that was published in the 1970s. Almost simultaneously with Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking Autobahn, “Zug” appeared on the legendary The Red Cassette (1973). The Wire magazine wrote about Zug: “Kraftwerk might have used similar methods to create rhythm but three decades on, it still sounds like the future.” As an original member of Tangerine Dream (1969-1970) and a founding member of Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler is a creator of milestones in the history of electronic popular music. This release is rounded off with remixes by Con (1978) fan Stefan Betke aka Pole and Borngräber & Strüver. Pole and Kassian Troyer (Radian) have mastered the record, so the best quality is guaranteed.
MAGAZINE (GERMANY)
MAGAZINE 002EP BARNT: What Is A Number, That A Man May Know It? 12″ (MAGAZINE 002EP) 12.00
Barnt now releases his debut on Magazine: a hypnotic and free-floating haze, heavily influenced by the dancefloor. Few times before has the psychedelic energy of the 1970s been combined with techno house in such an idiosyncratic way. “Collection” reflects everything that was on the verge of fraying when groups like The Who or Ash Ra Tempel exaggerated the freeform. “Minister” is a rhythmical soundscape cut by razor-sharp 909 drums. The test-pressing has already ignited dancefloors. This record is for DJs. The first 250 copies are signed and numbered and contain an art supplement which will leave you puzzled.
MIKROWAVE (UK)
MWAVE 013EP CASSEGRAIN: Cotton/Olbia 12″ (MWAVE 013EP) 12.00
A bomb 12″ originating via a chance meeting of musical minds. Picture the scene: Huseyin Evirgen, opera composer and production partner in Cassegrain with Alex Tsiridis, Greek overlord for bacchanalian warehouse revels, and notably Benga Adejumo — dubstep pioneer with future perspectives, contributing a rare vocal appearance. The result: some scratty basement sleaze and on-point production unfurling its colors gradually through an epic single side. Future rollage: absolutely deadly wares. Featuring a remix by Perc.
MOBILEE (GERMANY)
MOBILEE 069EP SEBO K/ANJA SCHNEIDER: Hi Five Mobilee Part 3 Of 3 12″ (MOBILEE 069EP) 12.00
The final part of the limited edition Hi Five Mobilee vinyl series features tracks from Mobilee’s head lady, Anja Schneider, and one of the very first artists on the Mobilee roster, Sebo K. Sebo K’s “Way Back” comes with a funky house bass and colorful synths, creating a very full and warm sound with old school vibes. Meanwhile, Anja Schneider’s “Something Left,” has a more minimal and isolated feel to it, broken up with the soulful voice of Cari Golden.
MONK (ITALY)
MOK 326LP POOLE, CHARLIE: I’m The Man That Rode The Mule ‘Round The World LP (MOK 326LP) 24.00
“Born in North Carolina in 1892, influential singer and banjo player Charlie Poole is often considered to be one of the fathers of bluegrass and one of country music’s first stars. Although Poole died at just 39-years-old, he still had plenty of time to influence greats like Bill Monroe and Hank Williams, to name just a few. Although Poole did not write his own material — relying mainly on minstrel, vaudeville and burlesque songs of the day — his genius lay in his unique ability to rework a song to make it his own, like this version of the drinking song ‘If The River Was Whiskey.’ Poole, along with his string band the North Carolina Ramblers, recorded over 60 sides for Columbia Records during the 1920s, many of which have become standard repertoire. The material found on this LP, taken from recordings made from 1925-1930, sheds welcome light on some of his lesser-known songs, like the hilarious ‘It’s Movin’ Day.'”
MOK 327LP MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Blessed Be The Name LP (MOK 327LP) 24.00
Subtitled: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings. “The songs on this album are especially significant because they represent the only existing recordings of John Hurt prior to the early 1960s when he was ‘rediscovered’ by blues revivalists. In 1928, an unknown Mississippi sharecropper named John Hurt played regular barn dances behind a white fiddle player who soon recommended Hurt to Okeh Records for recording. Okeh took the fiddle player’s advice and recorded two sessions with Hurt, one in Memphis and one in NYC, of which only a single (Nobody’s Dirty Business/Frankie) was ever recorded and promptly forgotten. Hurt spent the next 35 years sharecropping and working for the railroad (where he learned songs like ‘Spike Driver Blues,’ a variation on ‘John Henry’). ‘Avalon Blues,’ an ode to his home town, was a song Hurt wrote during his recording session in NYC in 1928 and also the song that led to his rediscovery. Mississippi John Hurt today is one of the most appreciated of the Delta blues musicians, perhaps because his unique style makes him particularly accessible to modern audiences. Hurt, who died in 1966, lived just long enough to see his music finally appreciated by a wider audience.”
MOK 328LP VA: Son House And Other Great Delta Blues Singers 2LP (MOK 328LP) 34.00
“This 24-track collection of historic Delta blues recordings kicks off with Son House’s earliest recorded material. These seven tracks were recorded by House for Paramount in Grafton, WI in 1930 and are keystone recordings in the history of American music. They include the original rare versions of ‘Walkin’ Blues’ (later made famous by Robert Johnson) and ‘Death Letter Blues’ (here called ‘My Black Mama Part II’), covered by Jack White of the White Stripes. The remaining 17 tracks on this album are a chance for listeners to hear some lesser known Delta bluesmen, all contemporaries of Son House like Rube Lacy, Garfield Akers, Joe Callicott, Jim Thompkins, Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds, Kid Baley and Willie Brown. While these men are perhaps not quite the genius that House was — with perhaps the exception of Willie Brown who often played with House (just check out ‘Future Blues’ if you need convincing) — these lesser known artists are still all top drawer Delta bluesmen that add welcome context to the genre.”
MOK 329LP JELLY ROLL MORTON: The Chant LP (MOK 329LP) 24.00
“The father of jazz piano, Jelly Roll Morton got his start playing piano in the bordellos of New Orleans in the nineteen-teens, but soon began traveling around the South. He spent five years on the West Coast where he became very popular, but soon moved to Chicago to take advantage of its burgeoning jazz scene. After gaining his first hit in 1923 with ‘Wolverine Blues,’ he soon recorded several classic sides for Victor with a New Orleans-style band made up of some of the top sidemen of his day, called the Red Hot Peppers. These recordings, made in Chicago in 1926-27 are from that classic period and are some of the finest examples of the ‘Hot’ style.”
MOK 330LP JEFFERSON, BLIND LEMON: See That My Grave’s Kept Clean LP (MOK 330LP) 24.00
“The father of Texas blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson began a successful recording career for Paramount Records in 1926 in Chicago, recording over 100 sides until his death at age 35 in 1929. Wildly popular in his day, he was one of the first male blues guitar players to achieve national acclaim, touring all over the country. His versatile guitar style and two-octave vocal range, which allowed him to sing in an impossibly high register, makes his style unique among country blues singers. Influencing the likes of Leadbelly (with whom he played frequently while still in Texas) and Lightnin’ Hopkins, his songs have also been covered by many rock artists including, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead. His most popular tunes include ‘Black Snake Moan’ and ‘Matchbox Blues’ and can often be considered veiled protest songs decrying the condition of the rural and urban poor.”
MOTOWN
M 802V1LP STARR, EDWIN: Hell Up In Harlem LP (M 802V1LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1974 soundtrack to the sequel to Black Caesar. Produced and arranged by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell. Includes the gangsta sleazy bassline classic “Easin’ In” (featured on Soul Jazz Records’ Can You Dig It? compilation), but the pumpin’ killer soul and giant blocks of funk on tracks like “Big Papa” and “Runnin'” prove this record’s worth in the blaxploitation soundtrack canon.
NEOS (GERMANY)
NEOS 11016CD HEFTI, DAVID PHILIP: ROTAS/Wunderhorn-Musik CD (NEOS 11016CD) 21.00
“ROTAS, a concerto for oboe and orchestra, was composed in 2009 to a commission from the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra and is dedicated to that orchestra, to its conductor Rudolf Piehlmayer, and to the soloist Thomas Indermühle. ROTAS is the last composition of my five-part SATOR cycle. These five compositions are united through the use of common musical material derived from the famous ‘SATOR square’ (sator, arepo, tenet, opera, rotas) that serves as the germ cell of these works. All the parameters of this music are developed from it, as are the formal structures. The Oboe Concerto is particularly closely related to the first composition of the cycle, my Clarinet Concerto, and this creates an arch stretching across the whole cycle. In this three-movement composition, the solo oboe contrasts short phrases played in a single breath (and thus of a ‘natural’ length) with overlong passages that can only be played by means of circular breathing. An area of conflict is thus created between passages that are perceived as organic in conception, and melodies that seem almost unending. Wunderhorn-Musik was composed in 2008 to a commission from the Ensemble Theater am Gleis in Winterthur (TaG) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and is dedicated to the violinist Rahel Cunz, the TaG Ensemble and the conductor Jac van Steen. Wunderhorn-Musik was inspired by the folksong collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which was published by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim in 1806. Its subtitle 7 Sound Pictures for Violin and Ensemble refers to the fact that the texts on which the work is founded were used in neither a pictorial nor an onomatopoeic fashion during the process of composition. Rather is this work a setting of impressions that were evoked while reading the seven texts in question.” – David Philip Hefti
NEOS 11048CD SCHNEBEL, DIETER: String Quartets CD/SACD (NEOS 11048CD) 21.00
“Dieter Schnebel has written three works for string quartet — the genre where the things we associate with the expression of civilized behavior were most concisely compressed, where living space was cultivated for sublime intimacy and the exchange of freedom-inspired ideas, where the craft of composition reached its finest efflorescence. Schnebel’s dealings with the implications of this hallowed genre have brought forth quite distinctive works of art: all three are musical distillates with fully germinated seeds and novel offshoots. Streichquartett Im Raum (‘String Quartet In Space’) was composed in 2005-06 and premiered by the Quatuor Diotima in February 2008. Taking the miniaturized proportions of Webern’s music as his guide, he composed his five brief Stücke (‘Pieces’) for string quartet in 1954-55, a full half-century before his other two quartets. Schnebel’s Second String Quartet was written in 2006-07 to satisfy a commission for a specific occasion: the 45th annual congress of the International Psychanalytical Association, held in Berlin in 2007. The vocal part — assembled by Schnebel himself from phonemes, scraps of memory and exclamations — can be performed either by the musicians or by additional actors. Sounds, motifs and motions, time-bound pathways in space, retrospective dependencies: such is the essence of the art of Dieter Schnebel. Katarin Rasinski, Michael Hirsch, vocals; Quatuor Diotima, Naaman Sluchin, violin; Yun-Peng Zhao, violin; Franck Chevalier, viola; Pierre Morlet, cello.” Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
NEOS 40902CD KNIEL AND HIS REDUCTION QUARTET, MANFRED: Low Down Music CD (NEOS 40902CD) 21.00
“Low Down Music is a clear, uncompromisingly reduced, and independent musical language, which includes the basic elements of all possible kinds of music. Low Down Music is an idea for the illuminated, and part of a canny ability to fail — at the end of the day, it is my music. The first title ‘Bürgermusi’ — in American, ‘Burgermusi’ — is dedicated to the successful German musician, composer and producer Dieter Bohlen. The second title, ‘Naiv, Tief und Grausig-Schön,’ is dedicated to our trombonist Mike Svoboda. Mike cooperates closely with star composers of the contemporary music scene. For him, some particularly difficult, highly complex trombone concertos have been written. The ‘Low Down Trombone Concerto’ is naive, bass and awful in its beauty. The third title, called ‘Miss Blue,’ is dedicated to an Irish landowner, in whose house my wife and I spent a beautiful and bizarre vacation. This aged, educated, and distinguished lady nourished herself almost exclusively on biscuits and whiskey. I wrote the fourth title, ‘Eklat,’ for a person whom I know pretty well, and whom I would like to know even better. I dedicated the piece to myself. More than that, I cannot say. The fifth title, ‘Free ‘n’ Open’, I dedicate to our bass player. American southern ‘down home feeling’ is mixed up with the edifying and comforting of the wind players in a Salvation Army band. The sixth title, ‘Pozilei,’ is an attempt to write a musical comic strip. The comic heroes, two high-ranking police chiefs, meet regularly at a secret place to fool around. A quote: ‘This is the only way to carry on with such a job in the long term.’ At the center of the composition there is a dramatic break. Without any preliminary warning one finds oneself as part of the reality of a television program discussing politics. Two European parliamentary delegates are arguing the toss. The topic…are we defending Germany at the Hindu Kusch. Yes or no? But, back to our comic heroes. The police officer duo carries on with badinage. A dumb job. No question. The seventh title, ‘Klagelied,’ is a mixture of African polymetric rhythms and a Czech polka. The dirge is written in a major key. Africans complain in major, Europeans in the minor mode! I have no idea whether this statement is correct. I shall however stick to my guns. The eighth title, ‘Schneefelder,’ relates to my childhood.” — Manfred Kniel
NEOS 41004CD SHARP & SCOTT FIELDS, ELLIOTT: Afiadacampos CD (NEOS 41004CD) 21.00
“Our emphasis on composition, and specifically composition for the relatively narrow dynamic range and timbral pallet of paired steel-string, acoustic guitars, directs us away from dependence on muscle memory and set phrases. These structures focus us on interactions that grow out of our immediate reactions to how each of us is, in the moment, interpreting the material.” — Scott Fields. “With Afiadacampos, I feel that Scott and I have deepened our ability to improvise together and to orchestrate compositional strategies, pointing the way to our future work together.” — Elliott Sharp
OCORA (FRANCE)
OCORA 560231 HOYO, ZEN: Liturgy Of Zen Buddhism CD (OCORA 560231) 19.00
“Ocora’s disc by Zen Hôyô features a monastic rite of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Its alternation of the recitation of sûtras and prayers with instrumental sequences is done in the monk’s search for sûnyatâ (vacuity).” Another release housed in Ocora’s lavish oversized hardbound packaging with a 20-page booklet with French and English liner notes; a stunning document.
ORCA RECORDINGS (UK)
ORCA 001EP XI: The Ghost 12″ (ORCA 001EP) 12.00
The first release from the Orca label comes from XI, whose track “The Ghost” captures the exact sentiment and ethos of Orca. XI creates an instant vibe with a short and energetic intro before the simple drum pattern and tough sub workout release this track’s potential. Headhunter’s remix possesses an unequalled sense of paranoia that makes it perfect for both club and headphone listening. Strong DJ support already from Loefah, Appleblim, Pinch, Martyn, Ramadanman, Peverelist, and many more.v
OUTERNATIONAL RECORDS
OUTRE 1001LP VA: The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 1 2LP (OUTRE 1001LP) 28.50
Subtitled: Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48. This series of archival 78 transfers was originally released in 1995 on CD only. Now for the first time on vinyl, a deluxe gatefold presentation in a limited edition pressing. Produced by Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies) in conjunction with Yazoo Records. Compiled here are many of the greatest performances of world and ethnic music ever recorded. This volume represents a trip around the world, stopping at each port to sample one of that country’s finest recordings of its indigenous music. Each of these recordings was captured at a period during the golden age of recording when traditional styles were at their peak of power and emotion. Included inside are extensive notes and beautiful period photographs that work together with the music to communicate an exciting sense of discovery. “One of the most consistently rewarding world music compilations in years, the cuts range from Macedonian fiddle jaunts to Puerto Rican Christmas tunes, from Abyssinian religious chants to ominous Japanese court music. The instruments include Ukrainian sleigh bells, Sardinian triple pipes, Vietnamese moon lutes and Ethiopian one-string violins…a profound artistry lurks beneath the alien vernaculars.” –Village Voice; Vol. 1 contains music from Nigeria, Sardinia, Russia, Ceylon, Rajahstan, Cuba, Rumania, Vietnam, Macedonia, Morocco, Society Islands, South Africa, India, Japan, Jamaica, Fiji, and more.
PAST DUE
PASTDUE 007EP GREYSHIP DAVIZ: This Groove Is On The Loose 12″ (PASTDUE 007EP) 12.00
Three stunning cosmic disco remixes of ’70s funksters Greyship Daviz from James Curd, Nick Chacona and My Cousin Roy. Influenced by groups like Mother’s Finest, Funkadelic, and Earth, Wind, & Fire, Greyship Daviz never became known as recording artists, but their tours were legendary. They had a self-contained operation that included special effects on stage, full make-up, outrageous costumes, top-line lighting, high-test sound, and a full-size bus converted literally into a gray spacecraft. This is underground disco at its highest levels.
PLAIN RECORDINGS
PLAIN 150LP SPIRITUALIZED: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space 2LP (PLAIN 150LP) 23.00
“Originally released in 1997 (on the same day as Radiohead’s OK Computer), Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is the third album from Jason Pierce’s post-Spacemen 3 project, and his most brilliant work to date. A hypnotic, narcotic, psychedelic gospel album full of confessional songs about heartbreak and drug abuse. This record is a flat out masterpiece that received a 10.0 rating from Pitchfork.” 180 gram vinyl housed in full-color innersleeves.
PLAIN 158LP CHESNUTT, VIC: About To Choke LP (PLAIN 158LP) 17.00
180 gram LP version. “His only album for Capitol Records (originally released in 1996) was another exceptional batch of songs. An edgy slice of country-folk showing his unique version of Americana that was usually several things at once: his craggy voice, raw honesty, an acoustic guitar (or a piano) and an outrageous imagination. Vic Chesnutt was a rare kind of artist and definitely one of the most relevant songwriters of the last 20 years.”
PONDEROSA (ITALY)
PONDEROSA 073CD EINAUDI, LUDOVICO: Live In Berlin CD (PONDEROSA 073CD) 16.00
“Ludovico Einaudi is a minimalist Italian composer, often associated with film music, who has enlivened his style with electronic effects drawn from the worlds of techno and ambient music. The combination has proven commercially potent in Europe, and given the attraction of Steve Reich and the other minimalists among aficionados of electronic music on the pop side, it is surprising more composers haven’t explored the combination. Live in Berlin mostly draws on material from Einaudi’s album Divenire, which is scored for piano and orchestra. The album shows that this composer’s studio-oriented sound can be effectively transferred to a live setting. The music, with its waves of arpeggiated piano chords, evokes the sparse structures of early minimalism. However its romantic lyricism, combined with the rich sonic textures and firm rhythmic backbone of the electronics, creates a mood and style that are unique and powerfully compelling.”
PROPHASE MUSIC
PM 9992CD JANINA ANGEL BATH: Gypsy Woman CD (PM 9992CD) 15.00
2009 release. “This is the music of Now…potent magic of unspecific era and dimension…the Love child of Eastern-tinged folk Raga roots meeting the lysergic depth of psychedelic free jazz only to arrive at its own unique voice…as iconoclastic as it is immersed in tradition, spontaneous as it is rehearsed, ephemeral as it is eternal. And that voice belongs to Janina Angel Bath, who is that rare breed of magician — a sonic high priestess who resonates with her place in the spotlight as if it were her own personal ziggurat. Time bends under the trance of her musical spell; from the swell of nomadic chants to flights of fantasy lore to ancient cries of goddess invocation — she effortlessly radiates…with unequivocal grace, passion and mysticism; illuminating scenic tours not only thru the effervescent haze of the subconscious mind, but also spiraling aural trips upon whirling astral spheres.” –Joe Niem
PMTD0 YA HO WHA 13: 2013 2CD/DVD (PMTD0) 34.00
“Brand new limited edition (300) double CD and bonus DVD documented from the psych legends 2009 East Coast tour. Disc 1 CD Fire: Recorded live in Washington DC and Baltimore MD March 16 & 17, 2009 by Steve Sanford. Disc 2 CD Water: Recorded March 17, 2009 at the Welfare Line Studios by Mike Kerchner. Disc 3 DVD Air: A film by Robert Hoffman documented during Yahowha 13’s March 2009 East Coast tour. Includes bonus psychedelic wallpaper! Triple gatefold digipack packaging with extensive liner notes by Djin Aquarian.”
RCA
LSP 4640LP CASTOR BUNCH, THE JIMMY: It’s Just Begun LP (LSP 4640LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1972. This is the sort of guitar-heavy, powerful pop soul funk that is so fun, it’ll make you retarded. The title track epitomizes the breakin’, b-boy mentality (and a version of it was used in the movie Flashdance), but the real classic is the hilarious “Troglodyte.” Exact repro reissue.
REJECTED (GERMANY)
REJ 011EP GERD: For 12 Minutes She Danced With An Alien 12″ (REJ 011EP) 12.00
“Hot on the heels of releases from Edwin Oosterwal and iO, Rejected ready themselves to drop their latest smash hit — one that we are certain is set to rule this summer’s dancefloors. Gerd’s ‘For 12 Minutes She Danced With An Alien’ originally saw a release as a B-side back in 1995 on Speedy J’s Beam Me Up! label. Having recently made his own edit of the track, Joris Voorn secured permission to sign it for Rejected with Gerd agreeing to produce a fresh new version. The finest in ’90s house, reworked and refreshed for today’s floors. Gerd’s new take is a sparkling, sunshine-tinged delight perfect for those sunset or sunrise moments. Joris does what he does best by injecting some driving, disco-tinged vibes for the dancefloor.”
SONICULTURE (PORTUGAL)
SONIC 015EP DALESSANDRO, BILLY: Water To Wine 12″ (SONIC 015EP) 12.00
Billy Dalessandro’s Water To Wine EP plays around with new frequencies and soundscapes that blend neatly. “Water To Wine” takes us on a journey through space. With the TB 303 bass line in the background and long synth pads, the composition sounds ethereal. “Neuron Hunter” features the TB 303 again, hypnotizing us and leading us through hyperspace. A bit darker then the previous track, it is yet another approach to what we can now call sideral dance music.
SOUL FIRE
SFCD 001CD CALYPSO KING & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Soul Strike! CD (SFCD 001CD) 11.00
“Soul Strike is a raw-ass piece of instrumental funk, served straight up on a platter of nasty. From the very first note, you can tell that this is REAL deal, OLD-school funk played the way it should always be played: ROUGH. Calypso King & The Soul Investigators take us back, way back, to a time when locking into a groove meant something. With two sides of breakbeat-laden hard funk instrumentals, this record is the answer to all your BBQ/funk needs. The first track ‘Gator Funk’, is a study in syncopated heaviness; with a tough bass line, a New Orleans chicken scratch guitar and grease machine organ, this track is a dance floor killer. ‘Ma-Gee’ is a mellow groover perfect for enjoying those ribs you worked so hard to cook just right. ‘Mo’ Calypso Strut’ is a fast paced funk tornado with a diabolical drum beat and infectious groove; it’s what your parents called ‘the devil’s music’. ‘Some Funk’ is a mid tempo laid back groover with the band hangin’ tough at the barbecue. ‘Raw Grapes’ sounds like heavy, heavy funk again; a rough organ, a strong drum beat and a rhythm guitar in the tradition of such greats as the Mohawks makes for a sure-shot party favorite. ‘Investigator’s Groove’ is pure down-home style funk; rough, nasty and bad, bad, bad. ‘Struggling My Way’ reflects on many a rough times, a deep track the likes of Leeroy & The Drivers’ ‘Sad Chicken’. This mid-tempo scorcher is the only necessary ingredient in a bowl of get-down. ‘Brand New Potatoes’ is a fast paced insane ride down hard funk street; with an organ sound reminiscent of Allan Hawkshaw, this track has the effect of 1000 cups of coffee. ‘Ahh Soul!’ is a hardcore JB’s meet the Mohawks 1970 style groove, whith scorching drums, tough bass lines and this super deep organ you can’t stand still and never will. ‘Soul Strike’ is a chunk of funk like no other and stands proud as this CD’s title track inspired by a screaming organ keeping the coals hot on the barbecue while the neighbors all get down. ‘Soul Strike’ has got more get down than Johnny Johnson’s chicken wings and then some. ‘Chick Beans’ follows up in style and kicks in with an organ and drum break while in the kitchen the bands cooks a heaping serving of real deal funk, hugh! The band’s intense study in rough ends with ‘Ci-Ka-Boo’, a mid-tempo heavy groover, with every band member now using sledgehammers. This is heavy, heavy funk and it’s the right thing for you.”
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (UK)
SJR 118CD VA: Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound CD (SJR 118CD) 18.00
2010 repress; originally released 2005. “As championed by David Byrne, Beck, Kurt Cobain, Stereolab and many more — Tropicalia in the late 1960s revolutionized Brazilian music mixing Psychedelic Rock, avant-garde musique concrete (tape loops, sound experiments), Samba, Funk and Soul into a truly unique combination. This is the first album to bring together all the artists involved in Tropicalia — Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze, Gal Costa and more. Under the backdrop of the most violent and repressive days of the Brazilian military dictatorship, these artists created a new style of music so radical that both Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were seen as such a threat by the Brazilian dictatorship that they were arrested, imprisoned and finally deported in 1969. Os Mutantes, the sophisticated musical anarchists from Sao Paulo not only became the musical template for Beck, they were also discovered by Kurt Cobain on tour in Brazil who tried (and failed) to get them to support Nirvana. David Byrne has also released a collection of their work in the USA. Tom Ze, a true Brazilian original avant-garde singer was brought into the open in the 1990s when he toured in the USA backed-by post-rockers supreme Tortoise. This is Soul Jazz records latest release and comes complete with the customary extensive sleeve-notes contextualising Tropicalia, exclusive photos, slipcase and the LP comes on super-loud double vinyl.”
SJR 118LP VA: Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound 2LP (SJR 118LP) 21.00
2010 repress; double LP version.
SJR 233EP FOUR TET/MALA: Nothing To See/Don’t Let Me Go 12″ (SJR 233EP) 9.00
“Two exclusive new tracks from two artists creating progressive new future music both at the height of their respective careers. This amazing double-header single is a sample of the new Future Bass project where Soul Jazz Records have brought together the most pioneering producers of the day to create music that is post-dubstep, post-house, post everything. The album features Four Tet, Mala, Untold, Black Chow (Kevin Martin’s latest project), Coki and loads more all-exclusive new tracks put together for this album. Buy the single now — it will be deleted on release of the album!”
SOUVENIR MUSIC (GERMANY)
SOUVENIR 028EP VA: Emergency/This Way 12″ (SOUVENIR 028EP) 12.00
For the third installment of the Souvenir various artists collection, Ali and Basti have found some real treasures among the freshest demos from their closest friends in Berlin, Ruede Hagelstein and Re.You. Ruede shows with “Emergency” that he knows how to treat an after-party stomper. Equally uplifting, “Friday” is led by the jazzy beat of drums. Re.You presents “Périlleux,” with hypnotic, rolling drums and concrete noise-twirls. “This Way” is a rhythmically-centered house number with catchy grooves to keep the party going.
SUFFERAH’S CHOICE (UK)
DUBK 010EP DUBKASM (FEAT. RAS ADDIS): City Walls 12″ (DUBK 010EP) 12.00
The people have decreed that Ras Addis’ “City Walls” become the next vinyl single from the acclaimed Dubkasm album Transform I that blessed the summer of 2009 with its innovative incorporation of Brazilian sounds and deepest UK roots. Also included is “Shofar Dub,” its militant rhythm dominating and deadly. Backing it up is the equally devotional anthem “Hail Jah,” and a dubplate mix from Digistep and DJ Stryda, dug deep from the Dubkasm crew’s killer selection.
DUBK 011LP DUBKASM: Transformed In Dub LP (DUBK 011LP) 18.00
LP version. This is the dub follow-up to the acclaimed Transform I (DUBK 001CD/LP) by Dubkasm, where Bristol meets Brazil: a heavy, authentic blend of roots and dub reggae, where Dubkasm’s sound varies from militant digital steppas to acoustic vocal tracks, with Brazilian rhythms and samba instrumentation occasionally woven into the mix. Atmospherics and percussion recorded in Brazil reflect the journey of producer Digistep tracing his Brazilian roots, as instruments such as berimbau, zabumba, cavaquinho and cuica are called into play, while his Bristolian counterpart DJ Stryda captures some of the finest vocalists from the UK’s reggae and dub scene and promotes the material worldwide. Amidst the more traditional dub styles, nyahbinghi drumming bonds with samba, capoeira percussion rides one-drop rhythms, and the first album to mix UK dub with Brazilian influences is born. Featuring guest artists Tena Stelin, Ras Addis, Christine Miller, Lidj Xylon, Ras Bernardo, and Dub Judah.
DUBK 013EP VA: Dubkasm Remixed – Part 1 12″ (DUBK 013EP) 12.00
Jakes steps up with Gemmy back-to-back on this lively first 12″ pressing, first in a series of five incoming in the Dubkasm Remixed series. Both sides have been receiving maximum rinseage, the Jakes mix providing a notable transition moment in Headhunter’s recent juke to dubstep DJ excursions.
DUBK 014EP VA: Dubkasm Remixed – Part 2 12″ (DUBK 014EP) 12.00
Here is the second in a series of five upcoming 12″s in the Dubkasm Remixed series. Including reworks by Appleblim & Gatekeeper, Hyetal and Forsaken.
SUNBEAM RECORDS (UK)
SBR 5056LP TREES: The Garden Of Jane Delawney 2LP (SBR 5056LP) 31.00
2010 repress on vinyl. Few bands have existed for such a short time yet exerted such a long shadow as Trees. Having formed in London in the summer of 1969, they recorded their debut that winter. A spellbinding combination of eerie originals and bold West Coast-influenced reworkings of traditional folk songs, it was released in May 1970 and has gone on to become one of the most revered folk-rock albums of all time. It makes its long-awaited reappearance on vinyl here, as a deluxe 2LP set. Featuring a gatefold sleeve packed with rare images, a lavish 12-page booklet with an introduction from their guitarist David Costa, a detailed band history, and numerous bonus tracks, it is the fullest edition of this classic album ever assembled.
SBR 5057LP TREES: On The Shore 2LP (SBR 5057LP) 31.00
2010 repress on vinyl. Having honed their repertoire on the road, UK folk-rock group Trees returned to the studio in October 1970 to cut their second and last LP, the masterful On The Shore. Another beautifully-judged blend of original and traditional material, it received extravagant praise but failed to break through commercially, spelling the end for the band’s original incarnation. It makes its long-awaited reappearance on vinyl here, as a deluxe 2LP set. Featuring a gatefold sleeve packed with rare images, a lavish 12-page booklet with an introduction from their guitarist David Costa and a detailed band history, and numerous bonus tracks, it is the fullest edition of this classic album ever assembled.
T-NECK
TNS 3009LP ISLEY BROTHERS, THE: Brother, Brother, Brother LP (TNS 3009LP) 11.50
The Isley’s 1972 follow-up to It’s Our Thing is . Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1972 welcomes Ernie and Marvin into the group and features the hit “Pop That Thang,” as well as covers of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” and “Brother, Brother.” The lesser-known gem is an original: the lamenting album closer “Love Put Me On The Corner” showed the Isley’s got better and better with each release.
TARTELET (DENMARK)
TART 012EP KENTON SLASH DEMON: The Schwarzschild Solution Part I 12″ (TART 012EP) 12.00
Kenton Slash Demon’s sound is both organic and futuristic, and they take their productions further than the typical dramaturgy of a club track. Still 4/4 rhythmic, but with super-melodic bass lines and interesting breaks, “Sun” is the first release in a KSD trilogy on Tartelet called The Schwarzschild Solution Part I, inspired by the elements that form our galaxy. This 12″ features a remix from Alan Abrahams aka Portable/Bodycode, who added vocals, deepness and classic Mr. Fingers Juno-6 bass lines.
TECTONIC (UK)
TEC 039EP JAKES/DARQWAN: Time Ends/JahWan 12″ (TEC 039EP) 11.00
Two big names share one plate for Tectonic as dark garage/2-step legend Oris Jay, appearing here as Darqwan, goes face-to-face with Bristol don and Hench head-honcho Jakes. Both tracks roll it out cold and hard with a no-compromise attitude and all the quality levels you’ve come to expect from the usual Tectonic output. Support from Mary Anne Hobbs, Pinch, Starkey, Appleblim, Ben UFO, Reso, Tayo, Rossi B, and Freq Nasty, to name but a few. A massive summer plate.
TRANS AIR RECORDS
TRA 424001CD VA: Disc ‘O’ Lypso CD (TRA 424001CD) 18.00
“Just in time for the summer, Trans Air Records brings you a simmering compilation disc of Caribbean heat that will keep dance floors packed all day and all night. 12 choice cuts from the likes of Billie Cole, Bobby Raven, El Cid and Casual T offer something for all tastes, from Soca to Dance Hall and more, but no matter what it is, expect only the best. This is the only album you’ll need to keep things hot the whole summer long.” Also featuring Tappa Zukie, Gerald “PJ” Browne, Mucho Plus, Wabine, Oluko Umo, The Star Beams, Casual T, Eddie & The Movement and Okyerema Asante.
TRA 424001LP VA: Disc ‘O’ Lypso 2LP (TRA 424001LP) 20.00
2LP version.
TRUTH & SOUL
TSCD 006CD BRONX RIVER PARKWAY & CANDELA ALL STARS: San Sebastian 152 CD (TSCD 006CD) 16.00
“Truth & Soul, in conjunction with Candela Records, present the first full-length from New York’s premier Latin-soul band, Bronx River Parkway. With their first LP, San Sebastian 152, BRP delivers an exceptional and completely fresh take on music inspired by groups like The Lebron Brothers, Apollo Sound, and Ocho. In 2005, Pablo Rodriguez, of Candela Records, and Rostarr had a vision of merging the raw, soulful aesthetic of Truth & Soul with the distinct, traditional musical vocabulary of Puerto Rico. The way to see this vision though was to team NY Latin/Soul outfit Bronx River Parkway with a crew of legendary Puerto Rican musicians, some of whom have graced the stage with such legends as Roberta Roena, Cortijo, Tito Puente, and Ismael Riviera to name a few. BRP and a team of Truth & Soul associates were flown to San Juan, PR, in February of 2006 for eight days. What came of the trip was a unique and inspired mix of the various musical genres that have influenced both BRP and all the musicians involved.”
TSCD 011CD FIELDS, LEE: Problems CD (TSCD 011CD) 16.00
“Truth & Soul Records is proud to announce the re-release of Lee Fields’ Problems. The sonic palette of this record reaches far and wide, ranging from the rampaging psychedelic funk of ‘Bad Trip’ to the softer introspective sounds of ‘Honey Dove’, but that’s just the beginning. The album opens up with ‘The Right Thing’, a gripping tale of love found and love lost, set to the super heavy popcorn meets afro-funk backbeat. In ‘I Don’t Know Where I’m Going (But I Know Where I Came From)’, the band lays down a super heavy, Bobby Byrd-esque groove with Lee emoting frankly about perils people face and about finding your own way. We find our way to the title track, ‘Problems’, a meditation on many of the trials and tribulations that Lee himself has had to overcome over the years. Long out of print and highly coveted, we are happy to release the CD in a paste-on gatefold cover.”
TURBO RECORDINGS
TURBO 084EP TIGA: Gentle Giant Remixes 12″ (TURBO 084EP) 12.00
“This release is the latest in a series of remix 12-inches from Tiga’s 2009 album Ciao!, featuring some of the most respected and sought-after producers in dance music taking on the most respected and sought-after icon in dance music. ‘Gentle Giant (featuring James Murphy and Jake Shears)’ remixes by Martyn, Efdemin and Mathew Jonson. ‘When a song means a lot to you personally, having it remixed is a lot like sending your child to undergo plastic surgery,’ says Tiga. ‘In this case, though, it was like having the operation performed by doctors you respect as musicians. This is most likely my favorite track off Ciao!, and the response I’ve gotten from fans seems to suggest I’m not alone. They come up to me and say, ‘Tiga, that was an amazing game of racquetball, but the real reason I’m here is to tell you how much ‘Gentle Giant’ means to me.’ And it’s not uncommon for my sports goggles to fill up with salty blue Gatorade tears, mainly because I thought we had been playing squash. Some may claim that the remixes on this release are too diverse, that they strain the acceptable boundaries of what’s eclectic and what’s too hectic to sex with. And to that I say, “You can’t shame the Rebel, dog. You can’t even try.'”
UNIVERSAL SOUND (UK)
US 035CD AYERS, ROY: Lots Of Love CD (US 035CD) 18.00
“Roy Ayer’s superb Lots Of Love was originally released on his own independent Uno Melodic label in 1983. The album is one of Ayers’ deepest releases stylistically, spanning everything from Fela Kuti-Afrobeat to seminal ’80s boogie funk. The album includes the super-dark ‘Chicago,’ much loved by Moodyman, Theo Parrish and other Detroit minimalists. Recorded around the time of other seminal Roy Ayers productions such as Eighties Ladies and Sylvia Striplin, this really is as good as it gets. Remastered from the original master tapes, the CD comes in Soul Jazz Records’ mini-box-pack edition with limited edition postcards.”
US 035LP AYERS, ROY: Lots Of Love 2LP (US 035LP) 21.00
“The vinyl edition comes for the first time ever on super-loud, super-heavyweight gatefold-sleeve double vinyl (making it better than the original!).”
UPON YOU (GERMANY)
UY 036EP CHEAPERS, THE: No Groupies & Ugly Dancers EP 12″ (UY 036EP) 12.00
The Cheapers present No Groupies And Ugly Dancers, a message directed at the mean-faced ravers that lurk in dark club corners. They light a “Bonfire” on A1, dancing around the fire like crazed polka-shamans, until the final minimal priest has thrown his Bible into the embers. Next, they attack the unwashed go-go’s, hobby strippers and “Ugly Dancers,” eventually reaching out and apologizing to the shy and quiet real music lovers that like to sway dreamily on B2.
VINYL LOVERS (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
VL 900748LP THEE HEADCOATS: The Sound Of The Baskervilles LP (VL 900748LP) 24.00
“The self-proclaimed ‘king of garage rock’ Billy Childish acted as frontman to this band from 1989 to 2000. The most prolific of Childish’s musical endeavors, the band recorded 14 albums during its lifetime. Here is what Childish himself had to say about the album: ‘unsophisticated balderdash from the English gentlemen of rock n’ roll Thee Headcoats and their cohorts, the majorettes from hell, Thee Headcoatees. 15 raucous tracks of unabashed ineptitude from a secret London pub gig in April 1995. This gig was wasted on the audience as most probably will this record be wasted on your good self.'” 180 gram vinyl.
VL 900953LP THUNDERS, JOHNNY: Que Sera, Sera LP (VL 900953LP) 24.00
“In 1985, after several years of drifting from live show to after-hours party, punk’s Moses was shaken (briefly) out of his drug-induced stupor to cut an all new studio album. For this event, punk’s elite was paraded in (John Perry, Stiv Bators, Glen Matlock, Patti Palladin, Dave Tregunna, Wilko Johnson and Mike Monroe) for guest performances and Thunders finally seemed to be buckling down to doing what his record label was paying him for. His number one priority was to write a song to win back his Swedish girlfriend, which he did with style in ‘I Only Wrote This Song For You’ (apparently winning back said-girlfriend). He also churned out some classic punk mantras, as was his forte, with ‘M.I.A.’, ‘Little Bit Of Whore’, and personal anthem, ‘Short Lives’ and brought in a bizarre reworking of the campy classic ‘Que Sera, Sera’, made famous by Doris Day… which, needless to say, sung by Johnny had a whole new set of connotations. While perhaps not the classic work of his earlier material, this album proved that he still had something to offer his fans. Unfortunately, half a decade later, Johnny would be dead, leaving this as one of his last testimonies of what could have been and what was.” Includes 3 bonus tracks.
VL 900991LP GERMS: Media Blitz LP (VL 900991LP) 24.00
“Darby Crash’s vocals are a train wreck, Pat Smear’s guitar spins out of control, no one keeps time — and yet somehow the Germs live was some of the greatest punk rock that ever was. These rare recordings — made in 1978 at L.A.’s Hong Kong Café and in 1979 at the legendary Whisky a Go Go, plus two rehersals recorded at S.I.R. studios — are punk rock in the making, the likes of which has never been seen since.”
VL 901011LP VIBRATORS, THE: Punk: The Early Years LP (VL 901011LP) 24.00
As they say on the internet, “After the apocalypse it will be difficult to explain wine tastings.” Or, this fucking “new” Vibrators album!! WTF is wrong with these people? “Forty years after punk rock first shook the music world to its foundation, the Vibrators are back in the studio for an enjoyable romp down memory lane, resurrecting classics by bands who — like the Vibrators — were there when it all began and who helped write the Book of Genesis in the punk rock bible. Bands like the Undertones, the Ramones, the Dead Boys (featuring MC5’s Wayne Kramer), UK Subs, the Clash, the Sex Pistols, the Saints, 999, the Stranglers and more!”
VL 901042LP ROSWELL, STERLING: The Psychedelic Ubik LP (VL 901042LP) 24.00
“2004’s critically acclaimed debut solo album by the enigmatic drummer of Spacemen 3. Amazing songwriting that fuses atmospheric space pop with an acid-laced romp through the annals of rock & roll, reflected in the album’s two covers, Alex Chilton’s ‘Blue Moon’ and a variation on ’60s garage band The Balloon Farm’s ‘Question Of Temperature’ (‘Ludic Revolution’). Out of the past of some parallel universe comes triumphantly the future of underground psych. Produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe, Bryan Ferry) and also featuring the Time Out Single of the Week ‘Girl From Orbit’.”
WARNER BROTHERS
MS 2123HLP PARSONS, GRAM: G.P. LP (MS 2123HLP) 14.00
180 gram exact repro reissue of Gram Parsons’ first solo album, originally released in 1973. Manufactured by Rhino. “…probably the best realized expression of his musical personality. Working with a crack band of L.A. and Nashville’s finest (including James Burton on guitar, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Byron Berline on fiddle, and Glen D. Hardin on piano), he drew from them a sound that merged breezy confidence with deeply felt Southern soul, and he in turn pulled off some of his most subtle and finely detailed vocal performances; ‘She’ and ‘A Song for You,’ in particular, are masterful examples of passion finding balance with understatement. Parsons also discovered that rare artist with whom he can be said to have genuinely collaborated (rather than played beside), Emmylou Harris; Gram and Harris’ spot-on harmonies and exchanged verses on ‘We’ll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning’ and ‘That’s All It Took’ are achingly beautiful and instantly established her as one country music’s most gifted vocalists. On G.P., Parsons’ ambitious vision encompassed hard-country weepers, wistful ballads, up-tempo dance tunes, and even horn-driven rhythm and blues.” — All Music Guide
MS 2171HLP PARSONS, GRAM: Grievous Angel LP (MS 2171HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Originally released in 1974. His final album before his death, featuring the haunting closer “In My Hour Of Darkness” with Emmylou Harris.
WERGO (GERMANY)
WER 6854 MUSIKFABRIK: Schattenspiele (Shadow Games) CD (WER 6854) 24.00
“This CD takes us on a foray into the land of shadows — its compositions make remarkable use of light and shadow effects while simultaneously recalibrating the relationship between ensemble and soloist in unique ways. Michael Jarrell’s violin concerto refracts the solo instrument’s line through the prism of the ensemble. Stefano Gervasoni’s concerto for double bass is like a dream full of odd sound forms — until the alarm goes off. Taking an (early-morning) look in the mirror, the solo flute in Durand’s Ombre/Miroir finds itself still faced with shadowy creatures as well. In Brian Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime VI, the angel of history appears and in verses by poet Charles Bernstein, he shows his gloomy face.”
WER 6934 VA: Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series Vol. 3 3CD (WER 6934) 48.00
“Wergo presents the third volume of the Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series. Recorded between 1960 and 1973, the original LPs from which these CDs were taken have long been collector’s items. These rare and historically important recordings of international avantgarde music have been carefully digitized and remastered by the Earle Brown Music Foundation. The series presents the extraordinary world of contemporary and avant-garde music that fl ourished in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Japan in the 1960s and early 1970s. This set includes works by Luciano Berio, John Cage and Toshiro Mayuzumi, and features the great singer Cathy Berberian. Each set in the series contains three CDs in jewel boxes with the original liner notes and covers.” Featured works: Luciano Berio’s Circles, John Cage’s Aria with Fontana Mix, Toshiro Mayazumi’s Nirvana Symphony, Iannis Xenakis’ Herma and Roger Reynolds’ Fantasy For Pianist and Yuji Takahashi’s Metathesis.