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3LOBED
3LOBED 085LP CHEW, HANS: Tennessee & Other Stories… LP (3LOBED 085LP) 16.00
“For Chew, Tennessee & Other Stories… is the culmination of many paths leading out of the wilderness. Like how the waning South of old has given way to the new, his tale is a coming-of-age story starting with narrowly averted self-destruction and concluding in a painful resurrection. This theme is woven musically and thematically throughout Tennessee & Other Stories… as Chew pays homage to his southern beginnings, a lineage that includes tobacco farmers and Methodists, bluegrass musicians and evangelists, gamblers and alcoholics. Chew’s skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he takes the reigns on most of the playing on the entire album) adds tremendous intimacy to his ability to fully relay the album’s stories with a singular voice.” Gatefold sleeve.
ANN AIMEE (NETHERLANDS)
ANN 011EP DELTA FUNKTIONEN: Setup One: Decorum 12″ (ANN 011EP) 12.50
Delta Funktionen presents the first part of two Setup EPs. After his debut EP Electromagnetic Radiation, his reputation is still rapidly growing. Setup One: Decorum is the follow-up to his cult hit “Silhouette” and explores the darker side of things — three straight techno jack tracks, and one serene ambient track, evolving in an even more personal sound.
AUM FIDELITY
AUM 062/63CD PARKER, WILLIAM: I Plan To Stay A Believer 2CD (AUM 062/63CD) 18.00
The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield. “Bassist/composer William Parker is among the most active and highly regarded musicians performing today. The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield is the first project in his 35-year career devoted to the music of another composer; here Parker interpolates the mighty Mayfield songbook with an equally mighty 8-piece band. Curtis Mayfield was a prophet, a preacher, a revolutionary, a humanist, and a griot. Words that all apply to William Parker himself. I Plan To Stay A Believer is the definitive document of this project, with fully exuberant performances of each piece drawn from concert recordings spanning the past decade. Included are two pieces from the group’s very first 2001 performance in Paris with a chorus of 90 children, and another pair from New York in 2008 which feature a full gospel choir. As Parker writes in the liner notes, ‘Every song written or improvised has an inside song which lives in the shadows, in-between the sounds and silences and behind the words, pulsating, waiting to be reborn as a new song.’ I Plan To Stay A Believer brings Curtis Mayfield’s positive messages of hope and fortitude in the face of potentially overwhelming odds back into the present moment where these energies remain in great need. The group features all long-standing compatriots of Parker’s: the peerless rhythm section of Parker and drummer Hamid Drake, along with elder masters Dave Burrell on piano and poet/activist Amiri Baraka. The horn section features saxophonists Sabir Mateen & Darryl Foster, and trumpeter Lewis Barnes. Deeply soulful singer Leena Conquest is equally/exquisitely featured in/on Parker’s Raining on the Moon group/Corn Meal Dance album.”
AUM 064CD WARE, DAVID S.: Onecept CD (AUM 064CD) 13.00
“The recording and release of Onecept celebrates David S. Ware’s 50th year of singular and profound saxophone artistry; a studio session specifically arranged for same featuring Ware on three horns: saxello, stritch, tenor along with fellow musical masters William Parker on bass (stalwart fellow prophet) and Warren Smith on drums and tympani (also featured on Ware’s album Shakti). Unlike most every previous album he has made (Corridors & Parallels being another exception), there was no rehearsal for this session; the songs/streams were created fully in the moment of creation, trusting in collective skill to manifest the majesty. Onecept is an impeccable entry in the oeuvre of his recorded works. Ware on the title: ‘The main concept of this record is Onecept: I’m playing three instruments on here, but there’s one direction on the whole album. This album is one consciousness, but in that one consciousness, there are different streams. Can the listener attune their ear fine enough to distinguish those subtle differences?'”
BLACKEST RAINBOW RECORDS (UK)
BRR 188LP MOON UNIT: Hell Horse And Heady Stratus LP (BRR 188LP) 19.00
“Where to start? Upon hearing this new LP from Moon Unit it is immediately apparent that this Glaswegian trio stand apart from a lot of the psyche out new boys on the block. Perhaps because they feature Nackt Insecten himself, Ruaraidh Sanachan, Andreas Jonsson of Lanterns, and Peter Kelly. When I first heard this completed LP after a few different incarnations, I was really blown away… the previous versions that had dropped through my mailbox were really something, but this, the final version, is unreal in its sheer goodness. The five jams on this LP make up one of the best psyche out, freak out full lengths I’ve heard this year. It’s an incredible record filled with furiously wild drum explosions, keyboard zone outs, sci-fi guitar shredding, and wailing feedback. It really seems to perfectly blend some of the best sounds that have occurred in the UK over the last few years, cannot recommend highly enough. Play as loud as you can! If you were into Nacket Insecten’s Quantum Odyssey LP on Blackest Rainbow, you will love this for sure, and if you’re just into wild free music such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, grab a copy of this beast! Edition of 500, with cover design by Jake Blanchard (the man behind Menagerie). Pressed on heavyweight virgin vinyl.”
BRR 193LP JAYCOCK, DAVID A.: Presets LP (BRR 193LP) 17.00
“Debut vinyl LP from Manchester’s David A. Jaycock (who is also a member of Big Eye Family Players), David had a 7″ on the excellent Great Pop Supplement and Presets follows on from that fine release. Presets features 12 tracks of melancholic folk almost entirely performed by David on a variety of instruments, and it’s a real step forward to darker areas than his previous releases on Great Pop Supplement, Early Winter Recordings and The Red Deer Club. The record retains some of the more haunting vocal and guitar moments from aforementioned excursions, and at times is comparable to Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance, but it has a much stranger and hard to place approach and sound, with some fantastic dark creepy tracks, blurring creaking, clunking objects with something that sounds like guitar, transformed into something far more sinister… but somehow at the same time retains a feeling that everything isn’t quite as bleak as it seems. Edition of 250 with pro printed sleeves. Pressed on virgin vinyl.”
BOMBAY CONNECTION (NETHERLANDS)
BC 302LP SINGH, CHARANJIT: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat 2LP (BC 302LP) 25.50
Repressed on vinyl; gatefold 2LP version. Until recently it wasn’t much more than some rumors on the web: an LP called Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat featuring acid house avant la lettre, that was recorded in 1982 in India, 5 years before the first acid house record, Acid Trax by Phuture. It was even rumored to be a prank spawned by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). So it turns out, the record was no rumor. Only a few hundred copies of the LP were ever pressed, and only a handful seem to have survived. Moreover, the LP outdoes all expectations. Performed on the synths that would later define acid house, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh (featured on Sublime Frequencies’ Bollywood Steel Guitar compilation), set out to translate ancient Indian classical ragas to the modern synthesizer and in doing so invented house music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive. Includes extended liner notes on Charanjit Singh and the context in which the album was recorded. “…a haunting, exotic prefiguration of acid’s steely futurism, a bit like Kraftwerk live at the Taj Mahal, somehow summoned from the past but envisioning the future at the same time.” — Resident Advisor
BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 049EP SCISSOR SISTERS: Invisible Light 12″ (BNR 049EP) 12.00
New York’s finest release a limited edition version of Invisible Light through Boysnoize Records. The single includes additional mixes by Stuart Price, Boys Noize and Siriusmo. “Invisible Light” has already become a Scissor Sisters classic with radio DJs and club DJs alike. Mixmag made the song one of their essential tracks while NME said it is “a six-minute hit of pure dancefloor ecstasy.” On yellow wax.
CLAP YOUR HANDS (GERMANY)
CYH 004EP KNOPF, MARCEL: Long Gone Home 12″ (CYH 004EP) 12.00
CYH4 is made by the label boss himself. After his releases on Mo’s Ferry Prod. and Rrygular, Marcel Knopf shows you his love for house music on his very own imprint with two storming tracks.
CONSTELLATION (CANADA)
CST 067LP SISKIYOU: Siskiyou LP+CD (CST 067LP) 23.00
180 gram LP version, featuring a limited edition silkscreened poster and a CD of the album. “Siskiyou is the new group led by former Great Lake Swimmers member Colin Huebert in collaboration with Erik Arnesen (who still plays with the Swimmers) and musician/filmmaker Karolyn Keir. The group is based in Vancouver, Canada where Huebert has recently settled after a stint working on an organic farm following his departure from the Swimmers. This is their eponymous debut album. Colin sent us a first collection of songs in early 2010 just as the bitterest months of Montreal winter were setting in. Working like glowing embers on us all season long, gaining warmth and radiance with every listen, the humble intimacy and composure of these recordings steadily drew us into the deeper tension between economy and epiphany humming at the core of the tunes. Emotionally direct, marked by an underlying darkness and doubt about relationships (to each other, to the environment, to mortality) without overreaching lyrically or musically, and without overriding the quiet exuberance embedded in every melody – the songs compel.”
CST 068LP CHENAUX, ERIC: Warm Weather With Ryan Driver LP+CD (CST 068LP) 23.00
180 gram LP version with limited edition poster and CD. “Eric Chenaux is one of Toronto’s most prolific and respected musical iconoclasts, an experimental guitar virtuoso with over two decades of dedicated and diverse service to an artistic community that encompasses postpunk, lo-fi, folk, multi-media composition and performance (chiefly in collaboration with modern dance) and free and improvised music. Warm Weather With Ryan Driver is Eric’s third album for Constellation, which has been the conduit for his primary song-oriented solo work since 2006. Building on his fruitful collaboration with piano/synth/melodica player Ryan Driver – whose key role on the new album is signaled by his inclusion in its very title – the new record is without doubt Chenaux’s most accomplished and focused work of forward-looking, contemporary balladry.”
DELMORE RECORDINGS
DEL 022LP RILEY: Grandma’s Roadhouse LP (DEL 022LP) 20.00
LP version. Includes sticker and insert with photographs and extensive notes. “In 1970, Gary Stewart, future King Of The Honky-Tonks, was five years from his first #1 record, ‘She’s Acting Single, I’m Drinking Doubles,’ and living in a beat-up trailer near Franklin, TN. Gary and Bill Eldridge, were getting their songs cut by Stonewall Jackson, Hank Snow, Cal Smith, etc. and Gary was recording unsuccessful singles. The wild abandon of Gary’s stratospheric tenor co-mingling with Riley’s sandpaper vocals, spot on group harmonies, psychedelic guitars mixing with southern slide, melodic bass lines, and driving drums, formed a hazy sort of perfection. Further details about the late-night sessions remain as elusive as the album itself, but what is certain, is that a sound emerged that was not yet in Nashville and Nashville didn’t want it. Trickles of ‘country-rock’ were seeping out of various corners of the US, but what these fools had stumbled across was pure ‘headneck’ genius. In 1971, Riley pressed up 500 copies to sell at gigs back in Michigan until a ‘real’ record deal came through. But within a year, the band splintered, with Riley and the two Jim’s going their separate ways and Gary going on to gigs with Nat Stuckey and then Charlie Pride, before his breakthrough. One song from the album did eventually see daylight, when in 1976, Gary re-recorded Easy People style for his second RCA album, Steppin’ Out. But the rest have remained unheard….until now.”
DELSIN (NETHERLANDS)
DSR 082EP CONFORCE: Grace EP 12″ (DSR 082EP) 12.50
Delsin is proud to present a first EP by Boris Bunnik aka Conforce. Like fellow Dutch techno talent Delta Funktionen, Conforce is also from the northern parts of The Netherlands. After two debut EPs on Rush Hour and releases on Curle and Modelism, he released his well-received first album on the Meanwhile label. On Delsin, he presents some slick-produced atmospheric tunes, in the style of label mates like Quince and D5.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 005LP PANTHA DU PRINCE: Diamond Daze 2LP (DIAL 005LP) 18.00
2010 repress on vinyl, originally released 2004. Double LP version. Pantha Du Prince captures the parts of a vanishing youth on this Dial debut, Diamond Daze. In a white studio behind the railways next to sweating rock bands and speeding trains divided only by white cloths is a person dreaming in grids and fragments of images, sounds, noises and feelings. Based on a past filled with British independent music and the techno beacons of Hamburg, Franklin and Cologne, electronic music became the artist’s salvation. Far away from the pressure to play guitar, the catharsis found in the studio and the new social structures in the club made coal-dust crystallize into diamonds. Diamond Daze traces new lines, branching out and losing itself in woody landscapes and fog, leading to pleasurable places in the rising sunlight from the cave. Diamond Daze triggers romance like lightning in the hot shimmer of the night. Presence is torn apart in the lake of melancholy. Wounded textures and cryptic pop unfold their mysteries in a pumping, crystalline mobile of sound. Shivering noise-pop-drones, pulsing patterns of bass-drum-bass, filigreed clicks, bursting diamonds. In the heart, walls of guitars and the beat keep you dancing and the mind flies over roaring, snowy, enchanted mountains.
DIGIKILLER
DKR 022EP FLEMMING/MIKEY JARRETT, DIZZY: Resurrection/Starvation 12″ (DKR 022EP) 11.00
“‘Starvation’ by Mikey Jarrett, a deejay plea to help the troubled Africans. Each cut is followed by a wicked dub version in a raw drum & bass style. In addition, there is the infamous ‘Resurrection’ by the late great horns man Dizzy Flemming! This killer roots instrumental was produced by Mikey Jarrett and his friend Lloydie Prince in the early ’80s, and saw only limited release in NYC as a 12″ on the one-away Man Dingo label, but became known as a sound system favorite in the UK.”
DKR 023EP THRILLER/WAYNE JARRETT: Too Much Racket/Nice And Easy 12″ (DKR 023EP) 11.00
“More boomshots from the vaults of Mikey ‘Karat’ Jarrett! Best known as the riddim to Scion Success’ tune ‘Young Africans’, this killer riddim was built and voiced at Channel 1 in the early 1980s, while Mikey was on a visit to Kingston. Upon returning to NYC, ‘Young Africans’ was released on 12″ disco, but the other three vocal cuts and a different dub version remained unreleased until now, over 25 years later! The reality tune ‘Too Much Racket’ by a young Thriller, a heavy slice of lovers in the form of ‘Nice and Easy’ by Wayne Jarrett.”
DISCHORD
DIS 010LP MINOR THREAT: Out Of Step LP (DIS 010LP) 10.00
Originally released in 1983. Includes poster insert. “This 12″ EP (on 45 rpm black vinyl) was recut from the Silver Sonya re-masters in November 2008 at Chicago Mastering Service, features an album sleeve redesign from the original artwork, and comes with a free MP3 download of the album.”
DISSONANT (SPAIN)
DISS 001EP ANTONA, MARC: Rootz EP 12″ (DISS 001EP) 12.00
Marc Antona introduces a brand new label: Dissonant, a new platform for solo productions and collaborations. Having honed his talents on records for Mobilee, Highgrade, Micro-Fibres (his former label) and more, Marc uses this first release as an occasion to show what he’s got: tight, percussive, spirited music that dives deep, without ever losing techno’s innovative lines and motorik intensity.
DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)
DIYNAMIC 041EP MESSINA, FAUSTO: Boungaville EP 12″ (DIYNAMIC 041EP) 12.00
Diynamic welcomes their very first Italian artist, Fausto Messina. His productions have already seen releases on Wir, Big City Beats, Suara and International Freakshow and have been licensed by Sven Väth for his season 8 Cocoon compilation. Today’s Diynamic EP sees him serve up a tasty platter of beats. Driving, powerful and wickedly funky, with beautiful Balkan elements. With Loco Dice already giving early support to “Boungaville,” this EP is set to rock the floors.
EDITAINMENT (GERMANY)
TAIN 004EP CLEO & PATRA: On The Nile EP 12″ (TAIN 004EP) 12.00
Cleo & Patra are proud to sacrifice a 12″ to the Egyptian queen and goddess of the Nile. An ode to Ancient Egypt, you’ll hear it all. Downtempo boogie magnitude and affection with “Pharaoh Love,” the full bloom disco-house adventure of “Marcus Antonius On The Run” (who should have better taken Cleo & Patra’s advice) and finally, the Pyramid-high-killer-party-time A-side that even teaches The Bangles a thing or two.
EINMALEINS (GERMANY)
EINMAL 057EP SOLAN: Na Sun Due EP 12″ (EINMAL 057EP) 12.00
When studio producer Stefan Klauck and DJ Denis Reinhardt met in 2007, it was an ideal combination of different experiences: the one who has produced various music styles from downbeat to electro, the other a dedicated follower of house who never wanted to hide his knack for soul and disco. Their collaborative project SOLAN embraces the qualities of newer deep house productions and classical house music that is reminiscent of a traditional U.S. sound. Includes a remix by NTFO.
EREMITE
MTE 053LP ABRAMS, JOSHUA: Natural Information LP (MTE 053LP) 26.00
“Bassist & composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago’s vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. He co-founded the ‘back porch minimalist’ band Town & Country (Thrill Jockey/Box Media), & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor, the trio Sticks & Stones (Thrill Jockey/482 Music). He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker Reminder that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (Eremite/Delmark/Eastern Developments/Lucky Kitchen). Natural Information, Abrams’ 1st record for Eremite, is another fascinating entry in a solo discography of recordings that gather aesthetic input from all over the map into vivid personal statements. At the heart of Natural Information is the guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass traditionally used by the Gnawa of North Africa in healing ceremonies. Combining solo, trio & quartet formats with adroit use of sampling techniques, Abrams creates intricate psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic, trance-like character of Gnawa guimbri music to more contemporary musics & methodologies. Brown Rice-era Don Cherry, Sandy Bull’s ‘Blend’ recordings & Can’s ‘Magic’ albums are super-heavy but in this case earned & appropriate points of historical reference. Mastered by Mike King of Reel Recordings, pressed on premium HQ-180 gram vinyl by RTI & presented in a heavyweight Stoughton ‘laserdisc’ sleeve in an edition of 550 copies. Vinyl only!”
FLASHBACK (UK)
FB 1001LP GERMAN OAK: German Oak LP (FB 1001LP) 22.00
180 gram LP version. During the summer of 1972, best remembered for the bloodshed of the Munich Olympics, the 5-man Düsseldorf instrumental group German Oak entered the Luftschutzbunker (Air Raid Shelter) studio to record their first, eponymous album. The purpose of recording in a bunker was to recreate the feelings experienced by German soldiers during the Allied invasion of 1944. The strange acoustic conditions in the bunker made the music, which was a series of long, spacious guitar jams, sound distant and filled with echo. Originally released on the Bunker label, this is a strange and unusual album..
FLEDG’LING (UK)
NEST 5002CD DENNY, SANDY: A Boxful of Treasures 5CD BOX (NEST 5002CD) 75.00
Restocked, originally released by Fledg’ling in 2004; this is a deluxe 5CD set packaged in a long form box — in the same stunning quality as Fledg’ling’s prior/deleted Shirley Collins boxset. Four CDs trace Sandy’s complete career, with many rare and previously-unreleased songs including “Silver Threads and Golden Needles”; previously-unknown outtake from Fotheringay, “Losing Game”; previously-unreleased duet with Jess Roden, “She Moved Through The Fair” live in Los Angeles; a duet with Dave Swarbrick; alternate takes and early demo versions. The fifth CD bonus disc contains rare demos and live tracks, solo and with Fairport Convention (only included with the first pressing). 56-page full-color booklet containing a foreword by Richard Thompson, a biographical essay by Jim Irvin (MOJO), a coda by Dick Gaughan, many rare and previously-unpublished photographs, drawings, and lyrics from Sandy’s original notebooks. Also including full discographical track details.
FONAL (FINLAND)
FR 072LP ISLAJA: Keraaminen Pää LP (FR 072LP) 17.00
LP version. Islaja is the recording alias of Merja Kokkonen, a musician and visual artist from Helsinki, currently based in Berlin. A regular contributor to the more psych/folk and improv-oriented Kemialliset Ystävät and Avarus, Islaja’s recordings are by contrast almost entirely self-contained, reflecting the more personal nature of her music, and a natural affinity towards an independent/DIY aesthetic. Her fourth album for Fonal, Keraaminen Pää (trans. “Ceramic Head”) contains many shades of black. It also bears witness to a shift in perception and execution; yet the thread that weaves its way through all Islaja’s work remains resolute, visible and intact. If Islaja’s previous albums for Fonal appear to exhibit a more overtly pastoral nature, this in part feels coincidental, or secondary to something much larger and more difficult to define. From the earliest Islaja recordings, Merja has made the simplest of instrumentation work to her own ends, displaying a disquieting combination of innocence and fearlessness, and a seemingly innate ability to transcend the confines of a genre. It is the same singular approach and vision that informs Keraaminen Pää — born largely of whatever instruments were on hand; if the sound has shifted into more electronic terrain, it remains as immersive and subtly evocative as ever. When sketching out the dimensions of Keraaminen Pää, Islaja was clear about one thing: the album should have a soul within, preferably silky thin and translucent, like a jellyfish swimming around in the ocean. During the recording process, however, Keraaminen Pää turned into a heavy, robot-molded disc of clay. It spins, shines, pops and crackles, all the while escaping definition. This is also is the first Islaja album to feature English translations of Merja’s lyrics. The songs on Keraaminen Pää were written, composed, and recorded on three continents over a period of three years, with Islaja performing, recording and mixing the majority of the album herself. The recordings may recall the waves crashing on the Bight of Benin, the frogs croaking on Lantau Island, the starry sky above Roihuvuori, Helsinki, or maybe a one-euro pizza in Berlin. Less fractured and more fleshed out than previous Islaja recordings, the songs still careen recklessly, pulsing and shifting with a life of their own.
FULL PUPP (NORWAY)
FP 027EP FRISVOLD & LINDBAEK: Bozak 12″ (FP 027EP) 12.00
One of the master teachers of the Norwegian house and disco Rune Lindbaek — who put Oslo on the house map as part of the Those Norwegians — joins forces with Kare Frisvold for a potent, acoustic hallucinogenic called “Bozak,” brewed with the shared knowledge of mad sound scientists like Walter Gibbons and Lee Scratch Perry.” Spøk & Spenning” is another strange mixture of cinematic melodies, and comes with a stripped-down version by Prins Thomas.
FUTURE CLASSIC (AUSTRALIA)
FCL 044EP LOIN BROTHERS: Garden Of Vargulf 12″ (FCL 044EP) 12.00
The Loin Brothers are Long John Saliva and DJ Silvio, two dashing farmers raised on strobe lighting, fuzz guitars and pork spare ribs. “Garden Of Vargulf” takes off with a thumping bass guitar, orchestral string leads, a desert wolf howl and a REAL guitar solo. The “Acid Re-Rub” stretches out into Burning Man territory with a squelched-out 303 and grand pianos. Tornado Wallace (aka Lewi Day) brings out his signature filtered funk and compressed drums. Another remix by Woolfy vs. Projections.
IMPORTANT RECORDS
IMPREC 307CD HOTOTOGISU: Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century 2CD (IMPREC 307CD) 15.00
“Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century was originally released on the De Stijl label in 2005, spread out over 3 LPs in hand glued packaging featuring colorful prints of Matthew Bower’s compelling artwork. To date, this remains a singular release in the Hototogisu discography. The original press info from the always interesting De Stijl label says it all: ‘The Hototogisu is one of several pieces of Japanese cuckoo. Since the song of the Hototogisu traditionally signaled the arrival of Japanese summer, it was as eagerly awaited as the trimming of La Monte Young’s nose hairs. The text of this piece likens the long-awaited first notes of the bird to the arrival of ones lover. The compositions on Floating Gardens are mainly narrative in style and more dramatic in character than Anthony Moore’s drooping bamboo shaft. However, also contained are light and lyrical pieces which will touch the sentiments of the people of this time as deeply as Terry Riley’s toes are dug in the sand. The package is impressive! A kaleidoscope of color as flamboyant/indulgent as Charlemagne Palestine’s brandy-sogged teddy bears and when Floating Gardens meets your gaze, you’ll be as bug-eyed as Phil Glass.'”
IMPREC 308CD CLUSTER & FARNBAUER: Live In Vienna 1980 2CD (IMPREC 308CD) 15.00
“Live In Vienna is the eighth full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster and their first and only album with Joshi Farnbauer. It is the first of three live albums recorded by Cluster. Until now Cluster & Farnbauer had never been reissued on compact disc. On June 12, 1980 Cluster performed at the Wiener Festwochen Alternativ with Farnbauer. The performance was recorded and released as a limited edition cassette on the British York House Records (YHR) label. It was reissued in Germany on the Transmitter label of ‘Grüne Kraft’ owner Werner Pieper. The style of the music is highly experimental and discordant and very reminiscent of Moebius and Rodelius’ early work with Conrad Schnitzler in Kluster, albeit with updated electronic instrumentation. Live In Vienna was the only Cluster release never reissued on CD. This reissue includes archival material as well as newly mastered audio and new artwork created by Cluster member Dieter Moebius.”
JDC RECORDS
JDC 3452LP HAZEL, EDDIE: Jams From The Heart LP (JDC 3452LP) 15.00
Originally issued on CD in 1994, this is a collection of previously unreleased material from 1975 recorded in the studio during the sessions leading up to the release of 1977’s classic Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs. Joined by Buddy Miles on drums, legendary Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel “opens his heart and just lets the music flow,” notably cutting loose on extended 10+ minute jams like “Lampoc Boogie” and “From The Bottom Of My Soul.” “Overnight something happened. I started stretching out, grabbing new ideas. Suddenly I was capable of soloing in ways I’d only dreamed before. It was unbelievable what that guitar did to me. It gave me such a vision. It talked back to me. I could feel it, just like I feel my heart pulse.” — Eddie Hazel
KNEE DEEP RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
KDR 022EP LOVEBIRDS: Best Before 2008 EP 12″ (KDR 022EP) 12.00
Lovebirds presents some forgotten beauties on Best Before 2008. “Pad Me” is an anthemic deep house hymn, based on some nice 808 hi-hat and percussion sounds, and of course, as the name indicates, PADS. “Housemusic (This Is My),” the oldest track of these three, is straight, building, deep and energetic. On “Tansverb,” the drums are slightly nuskool-ish — striking chord stabs and killer bass lines make this one a real weapon on the dancefloor.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 215EP AGUAYO, MATIAS: Menta Latte Remixe 12″ (KOM 215EP) 12.00
“Menta Latte” from Matias Aguayo’s acclaimed full length Ay Ay Ay (KOMP 076CD/KOM 205LP) gets the remix treatment. Who else could be more perfect to do his own rendition than the maestro of Northern disco Prins Thomas — keeping the organic sensibility of the original by making it RAW. Acid flirts with bongos and wonky bass in a diatribe of immense magnitude. The results are a tremendous, gallivanting steamroller of a track.
KOM 222LP SUPERPITCHER: Kilimanjaro 3LP+CD (KOM 222LP) 22.00
3LP version, including a free CD version. In his near-decade history with recording and performing for Kompakt, Cologne’s Aksel Schaufler aka Superpitcher has become synonymous with the sound of the label — the emotional sway and character he creates is unrivaled amongst today’s ocean of comparisons. From James Holden to Foals, he has been cited as an influence and his remixes are cherished and have almost reached legendary status. Though it’s been six years since his debut full length Here Comes Love (KOMP 032CD), it’s clear that Superpitcher has remained fully in the picture not only as a producer but thanks to a diet of consistent, rigorous DJing. Now he returns with Kilimanjaro — a full-length that emanates his rich knowledge of music as a producer. From the moment that Cologne church bells ease us into Schaufler’s bewitching twist on dub with “Voodoo,” he sets the tone for themes that echo throughout; enchantment, pain and magic. The first single “Rabbits In A Hurry” has caused a rapturous chime of support from the club elite and proves to be more than that — unfounded disco dements itself with the sounds of the absurd in Superpitcher’s sexiest signature flow. Diehard fans will rejoice with “Friday Night” which is a return to the classic Kompakt sound that Schaufler helped build and when he teams up with Cómeme starlet Rebolledo, it’s a cosmic, hallucinogenic trip. Koelsch tequila in your glass, the ’70s, disco, sex and the finest of drugs. However which way you look at it, Superpitcher has set up an accomplished sophomore release that maintains his roots in dance music while managing to have a complete disregard for genre and adding the involvement of acoustic instrumentation and vocals — a tough integration that works over and over again on this release. Includes color insert and glossy printed inner sleeves.
KRANKY
KRANK 144LP BODUF SONGS: This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything LP (KRANK 144LP) 13.00
“The fourth Boduf Songs extended play was created using Mathew Sweet’s standard recording set up of a single microphone and a small array of instruments, but it comes with a few surprises – most notably the prominence of electric guitar, bass and stomping drums on a few tracks. All of the elements that make his previous sound creations so arresting are still present; the impeccable song structures, the minimal approach, the delicate yet dominant singing. The album opens with the naked sound of the hammers of an old upright piano striking strings, an apt metaphor for the lyrical content which is just as raw and exposed. Mathew broadens his vocal approach here, exploring range and employing some unpredictable, well-placed harmonies. This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything is effectively a concept record, and makes for a dramatic journey. Mat states ‘There is a theme that runs through each song and the track order is paramount to that – it’s a hugely important part of making a record work.’ So pay attention.” Gatefold sleeve.
LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON (GERMANY)
PLAYRJC 008EP IDEAL: Schöne Frau mit Geld (Losoul Versions) 12″ (PLAYRJC 008EP) 12.00
Who wouldn’t want to be kept by a beautiful rich woman? In 1982, the German new wave quartet Ideal wrote a song about it. Twenty-eight years later, one of Germany’s finest producers decided to do a fresh interpretation of the song. Losoul presents two mixes (including a dub version, for the faint of heart) that hone the hook and tag line of the original for maximum dancefloor and repeated listening pleasure.
M>O>S RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
MOSDEEP 003EP MCDONALD, TERRANCE: Mind Over Matter EP 12″ (MOSDEEP 003EP) 12.50
Collectors alert! Repress of forgotten old-school Chicago house jams. Originally released on Trax’s sister label, Saber. Remastered and recut, it comes with a Steve Poindexter edit. Real Chicago madness!
MADLIB MEDICINE SHOW
MMS 008CD MADLIB: Madlib Medicine Show No. 8 – Advanced Jazz CD (MMS 008CD) 16.00
“Madlib follows High Jazz with the eighth installment in his Madlib Medicine Show, a mix of the multiple facets of jazz music: Advanced Jazz. Madlib’s been busy this year. And while his recorded output always spans the gamut, he often returns to recurrent themes, spread across the genres that serve as home base — or bases, as it were. Jazz is one such base. High Jazz, the previously released Madlib Medicine Show album, showed a marked development in Madlib’s craft: every element of jazz was encapsulated in that eighty-minute opus. What better way to follow such an album than with a companion-piece culled from the thousands of jazz albums that inspired Madlib’s first forays into the genre? The resulting mix, Advanced Jazz, is, as the title hints, a step (or three!) deeper than the Steve Kuhn and Weldon Irvine albums that he first enjoyed as he was first delving into his Yesterdays New Quintet project Angles Without Edges in 2001. Some of this music — to the untrained ear — might not seem to be ‘jazz’ at all. But rest assured — this is a jazz mix through and through, as exhilarating a ride as Madlib’s Brain Wreck Show and Flight To Brazil. It’s a celebration of this great American music and while it focuses on the past forty years, it clearly heralds every innovation — both domestic and international — of this century-old musical form.”
MASSTROPICAS
TROPIC 004LP RANIL Y SU CONJUNTO TROPICAL: Ranil’s Jungle Party LP (TROPIC 004LP) 16.00
“With this release, Masstropicas begins its fascinating journey through time into 1970’s Peru. Peruvian cumbia, the heartbeat of the nation that was and is loved by millions, has been rescued and is now being lovingly introduced to North American audiences. There’s no better way to start than with the hypnotic electric guitars of the jungle, fabulously played by Ranil & his Tropical Band. The band originally hails from the Belen district of Iquitos, nestled within the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. The town is famous for being flooded for several months, transforming it into a steamy South American Venice, which undoubtedly influences its people and their music. During our journey, you’ll enjoy the different sounds of jungle music we bring to your stereo. Mix a bit of lush greenery, cool waters, surging heat, sweat, joy, and psychedelia — Ranil & his Tropical Band are the final product.”
MODE
MODE 224CD CLEMENTI, ALDO: Works With Flutes CD (MODE 224CD) 15.00
Performed by Roberto Fabbriciani (flutes) and Alvise Vidolin (electronics). “The release of this CD in 2010 celebrates Aida Clementi’s 75th birthday. Clementi is one of the remaining living composers of the avant-garde generation, which included Berio, Nona and Maderna. This disc of Clementi’s works for flute are performed by one of his long-time collaborators, Roberto Fabbriciani. Many of these works utilize Clementi’s signature explorations of the cannon form, acoustic illusions inspired by his fascination with the optical illusions in absurd spaces created by Escher. This is the first complete CD devoted to Clementi’s compositions for flute. Fabbriciani is one of the world’s leading flutists in new music, some of these works were written for or dedicated to him. Liner notes by Gianluigi Mattietti. A virtuoso performer, Roberto Fabbriciani is a noted innovator of flute techniques through his personal research of the instrument’s sonorous possibilities. He worked closely for many years with Luigi Nono in the experimental studio of the SWF in Freiberg, blazing new and unusual sounds in music. He has collaborated with, premiered or had dedications from major composers of our time, including: Berio, Cage, Dallapiccola, Donatoni, Dallapicolla, Ferneyhough, Krenek, Kurtag, Ligeti, Messiaen, Morricone, Petrassi, Rihm, Rota, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, and Takemitsu.”
MORE ABOUT MUSIC
MAMLP 001CD DONN T: Kaleidoscopic CD (MAMLP 001CD) 16.00
“Progressive. Eclectic. Avant-garde. Maverick. The soulful, futuristic dance music on songstress Donn T’s Kaleidoscopic embodies all these superlatives and more. This forward-facing singer-songwriter from the streets of Philadelphia satisfies all expectations for what a new millennium artist should be, slashing through musical genres while using modern technology to her utmost advantage. Donn T is a digital girl in a digital world, layering upbeat soul music all throughout her Kaleidoscopic debut album. No newbie to the industry, Donn T has long worked behind the scenes, i.e., songwriting on Common’s Electric Circus (‘I Am Music’); performing a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Morning Bell’ with the Randy Watson Experience (featured on Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads); and contributing ‘Rainy Day’ to the UPN Taye Diggs vehicle Kevin Hill, in addition to five songs for the second season of Showtime’s Street Time drama. Nearly as connected as her older brother Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson of The Roots hip-hop band, Donn T has also shared stages with or supported the live shows of singers Amy Winehouse, Zap Mama, Nelly Furtado, John Legend, Les Nubians, Floetry and more. Though she nowadays also calls Los Angeles home and worked steadfastly on Kaleidoscopic with esteemed UK-based French producer DJ Simbad (Roots Manuva, Jay Electronica), Donn T brings as much Philly to her game as Santigold, Jill Scott or Jazmine Sullivan before her. The daughter of ’50s doo-wop great Lee Andrews (of Lee Andrews & the Hearts), Donn T was always supported in her musical ambitions from an early age. Kaleidoscopic ranges from funky London electronica to reconfigured Chicago deep house, from the post-disco New York vibe of the late ’70/early ’80s to that same period’s soulful Berlin sonics.”
MTA RECORDS (UK)
MTAREC 003EP REDLIGHT: What You Talking About?!/MDMA 12″ (MTAREC 003EP) 9.00
“‘What You Talking About?!’ continues Redlight’s successful adventures in the unnamed airspace between rave, house, dubstep and other dancefloor sounds. The rapidly-rising producer revolves huge, widescreen synths and hands in the air rave sonics around a slow-mo, dubstep-esque beat, whilst Ms Dynamite steps up to deliver raucous ragga vocals. Prior to its rebirth with added vocals, the single started life as instrumental ‘MDMA’, featured here on the flipside. In addition to widespread support from Skream, Benga, Sub Focus and several others the track caught the attention of high-flying British production duo Chase & Status who promptly signed it to their fledgling MTA label. Redlight then sought out triple-MOBO, double-Brit and Mercury Music Prize winner Ms Dynamite to add her lyrical gunpowder, and the end result is the fiery, anthemic and speaker-shaking assault of ‘What You Talking About?!’.”
MULE ELECTRONIC (GERMANY)
MULE 073EP MULLAERT AKA MINILOGUE, SEBASTIAN: Voices Around The Fire 12″ (MULE 073EP) 12.00
Mule Electronic presents a single cut from Sebastian Mullaert’s (aka Minilogue) first mix CD, WaWuWe (MULE 019CD). The title track is in a very similar style to Minilogue — hypnotic and groovy and a perfect DJ tool for the dark dancefloor. On “Music Becomes A Function,” Sebastian shows his more musical side with some ambient house reminiscent of Thomas Fehlmann or Lawrence.
MY BEST FRIEND (GERMANY)
MBF 12071EP PIEMONT: Chair Or Throne 12″ (MBF 12071EP) 12.00
Piemont inject some soul into minimal on Chair Or Throne. The title track boasts an irresistible vocal snippet-collage, where three different sources of vocals clash with each other in a funky way, creating madness and deepness. This is a techno house stormer for peak-time moments. Definitely a tune for DJs who love to dance behind the turntables to their own music before the club has opened their doors. Includes a remix by Basti Grub.
OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE
OESB 703EP PIGEONS: Hearts 7″ (OESB 703EP) 7.50
“Second single from Pigeons following a debut 7″ on Soft Abuse and LP’s on Black Dirt and OESB. Features two songs — ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Radio Souvenir’ both recorded 2009 in The Bronx. Produced by Tooth at Reggaetown Deluxe Studios.”
OESB 706EP DUCKTAILS: Hamilton Road 7″ (OESB 706EP) 7.50
“3-song teaser for the upcoming Ducktails full-length Ducktails 3: Arcade Dynamics. Features home recorded demo versions of 3 tracks – includes ‘Sitting’ (aka ‘Hamilton Road’) & ‘Art Vandelay’ which is a track that he has been regularly performing live with his side project Real Estate. Cover art by Petra Cortright.”
OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 040EP BARKER & BAUMECKER: Candyflip 12″ (OSTGUT 040EP) 12.00
Andreas Baumecker and Sam Barker are a production partnership closely founded upon their love for more experimental dance sounds. Straddling the boundaries between emotional, classically-inspired techno and heavy broken beat electronics, “Candyflip” is a wonderfully analog-sounding tribute to years in the underground. Echoes of the past resound throughout this moody epic while stark, futuristic elements urge it forward. Stepping into “The Hole,” a darker sound takes precedence, as a deep, tripping techno jam unfolds from the pair’s machines.
PAMPA (GERMANY)
PAMPA 004EP BOMAN, AXEL: Holy Love 12″ (PAMPA 004EP) 14.00
Hotshot house hunk Axel Boman delivers a stunning debut EP for Pampa. The title track, a collaboration with vocalist J Jonason, invites you to take part in a lazy afternoon cocktail party onboard an old sailing boat in Gothenburg’s archipelago. Ten City are mixing up the White Russians and Giorgio Moroder’s estranged Swedish grandson is peeling the shrimp. “Purple Drank” is a sleazy, sexy number that draws influences from Houston-style screw music, classic deep house and hypnotic techno.
PSF (JAPAN)
PSF 194CD URABE/TOSHIAKI ISHIZUKA, MASAYOSHI: Natsu No Sebone CD (PSF 194CD) 19.00
“Alto saxophone, bells – Masayoshi Urabe; percussion – Toshiaki Ishizuka. Thrilling, blood-shaking, soul-scraping and defiantly non-sexless improv set from two Japanese titans. Recorded live at the Apia club in Tokyo in December last year, this set showcases Urabe’s uniquely physical approach to improvisation — ferociously concentrated, contorted, sweating and eruptive with physical power. His lines seem to boil up from his flesh, with gurgles, gasps and rasping breath defining sparse, sonic regions in which silence itself seems to breath. Ishizuka is the perfect foil, providing subtle shade and balance around Urabe’s transformative sculpting of space. One track, 58 minutes. Comes with a booklet of evocative black and white photographs of the event by Tatsuo Suzuki. The title translates as ‘The Backbone of Summer.'”
PSF 195CD SHIRAISHI, TAMIO: Chikatetsu – Sax Solo CD (PSF 195CD) 19.00
“Alto saxophone – Tamio Shiraishi. A set of unique site-specific live recordings from one of the true legends of the Tokyo underground, taped at a number of different subway stations in Queens, NYC. Tamio Shiraishi is one of the legends of the Japanese underground. For over thirty years he has continued to pursue an utterly unique eruptive style of performance interventions into consensus reality, ranging from visceral, guttural vocal explosions, intense synth blatter in an early Fushitsusha lineup, to his trademark dog whistle sonics on alto saxophone. In recent years he has been resident in New York, where he has performed with Sean Meehan, Alan Licht and sundry No-Necks. Site-specific field recordings, particularly in urban spaces, have been a long-term interest in Shiraishi’s work, and while he lived in Tokyo he could often been seen late at night playing with the wind on a pedestrian bridge in Shinjuku. These recent recordings from 2008 and 2009 capture Shiraishi in the NYC subway, exhaling long thin wires of aural razor-light through the tunnels, breathing in bleak, beautiful harmony with the clanks and squeals of the occasional passing subway train. Mind-blowing. Five tracks, 33 minutes.”
PSF 8034CD MIKAMI, KAN: Yakichi CD (PSF 8034CD) 19.00
“Seven tracks of twisted enka blues, from the immortal Kan Mikami, Japan’s king of the surrealist aside and situationist duckwalk. These latest seven missives from Mikami’s febrile imagination sketch out a concern with the passing of time, with the inexorable processes of aging, and the losses and gains of Japan’s modernity. Present and correct are the master’s unique sense of expanding and contracting rhythm, his trademark jaggedly beautiful riffing, and that glorious, honeyed howl of a voice. Making a special guest appearance this time round is Korean folk singer Kim Doo Soo, contributing spectral blues harp on one track. Seven tracks, 32 minutes. Booklet includes lyrics in English and Japanese.” — Alan Cummings
PSFDV 1004 SHIZUKA: Owari No Nai Yume DVD (PSFDV 1004) 24.00
“Visual tribute to Shizuka, one of the most distinctive psychedelic voices in the Tokyo underground, who tragically passed away on January 31st (2010). This DVD captures the last ever performance by her group, recorded live at ShowBoat in Tokyo on December 30, 2008. As ever, the focus is upon Shizuka’s delicate, uncanny vocals and tremulous sense of timing which meld with the overwhelmingly emotive white-hot nebulae of ex-Fushitsusha axeman Maki Miura’s guitar. Together the narcotic voice and the guitar peak and churn in perfectly weightless filigreed forms of light, darkness, cosmic cold and invisible motion. At their best, the Shizuka group were one of the distinctively original voices in the Japanese psych scene. Ten tracks, 74 minutes. NTSC region-free DVD. Limited edition of 500.” — Alan Cummings
RCA
RCA 62158EP OWENS, ROBERT: I’ll Be Your Friend 12″ (RCA 62158EP) 10.00
Gray area reissue, originally released by RCA in 1991. “Glamourous Mix” on A1 and “”Original Def Mix” on B1.
REMOTE AREA (NETHERLANDS)
REMOTE 027EP LABEIJ, DAVID: Ode To The P 12″ (REMOTE 027EP) 12.00
Remote Area welcomes back Amsterdam-based DJ and producer, David Labeij. Internationally known for his techno sounds as one half of Polder, his solo productions soar between hypnotic deep house and delicate techno. “Ode To The P” is one thumping, funky tune to get the dancefloor bumping. Carefree piano riffs stretch across a pumping bass. On “Old Dreams,” bouncing beats spring alongside nifty vocal edits to create a swinging summertime rhythm that will keep you dancing, smiling and dreaming.
ROCOCO RECORDS
RCC 042LP LAS NURSES: Just So Pretty LP (RCC 042LP) 13.00
“Spain’s Las Nurses creates a brand of art-punk that is oceans away from the current state American noise: rash, piercing guitars scream over an erratic, epileptic rhythm section while lead vocals yell and dance under a sheet of crunched distortion. Their darkest songs harbor a tense, rumbling low-end with pulsating, alien effects; their brightest songs are angular and feral, giving off the type of heat that is only found in the moldiest and sweatiest basements of punk. Hailed as ‘Spain’s answer to the A-Frames,’ there’s much more separating the bands than a language barrier: the energy that comes off Las Nurses is aggressive but exciting, sharp yet savage.”
RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
RH DC3-EP COSMIN TRG/FALTY DL: See Other People/St. Marks Remixes 12″ (RH DC3-EP) 12.50
After the individual releases by Falty DL and Cosmin TRG on the RH-DC series, the third release features them remixing each other. They both turn each other’s version up a notch, creating some heavy duty dancefloor pressure, while pushing the borders of house, techno, dubstep and rave. Back to the future!
SHINDIG (UK)
SHIN V2#18 SHINDIG: Shindig! Vol. 2, Issue 18 Sept-Oct 2010 MAG (SHIN V2#18) 9.00
“With free Happening! magazine and free download. On the cover: The Birds: ‘Scruffy louts who made The Rolling Stones look like choir boys!’ West London’s bad boy, long haired R&B upstarts, featuring Ron Wood. The Remains – Don’t look back! It’s the Boston Beatles!; Tages – In the studio with the Swedish pop royalty; The Purple Hearts – The brightest sparks of the ’79 mod revival; Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush – The saucy saga of swinging Stevenage.” Happening! magazine: Issue 1 – Sept-Oct 2010 “Free 21 track download with feature about all the young bands included: Ulysses – Race Horses – Pugwash – Dc Fontana – The Len Price 3 – Old Californio and more! + Style – Ben Sherman suits – Cos coat – Vintage Fashion; Events; New Bands; Live; Reviews.” 74 pages with extra 24-page bonus magazine; shrinkwrapped.
SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)
SKUDGE 003EP SKUDGE: Overture/Mirage 12″ (SKUDGE 003EP) 12.50
Skudge make their machine music the old way. They channel these processes into their heavyweight dub sound. The results seem to be working — another colossal 12″.
STUDIO ROCKERS (UK)
STUDREP 002EP VA: Re-Wired Volume 1 12″ (STUDREP 002EP) 9.00
“We are extremely proud to present the Re-Wired EP, introducing you to four exciting new producers who you will be hearing plenty more from over the coming years. Each bring their own unique flavour to this EP, making this a tantalizing taster of some of the exciting things you can expect to hear from Studio Rockers in the near future. The EP is kick-started in fine style with ‘Fire’ by Pempi ft. Jahbliss. Going straight for the jugular, Pempi reformulates classic dub foundations into a futuristic, energetic skanker. Driving on the 4×4 pulse of the kick and the skittering percussion, he weaves in an infectious horn melody before unleashing the thundering, bouncing bassline.”
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 190CD VA: An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 1 2CD (SR 190CD) 18.00
In a rare moment of synchronicity, all 6 volumes of this series have been repressed and are in stock all at once… “Sub Rosa presents part 1 of a vast anthology of noise and electronic music to be released during the next years in seven volumes. An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 1 begins in the 1920s, with the Russolo Brothers, and looks at each decade in turn — Varése, Cage, Schaeffer, Xenakis, the great pioneers — and shows the first traces of a music that was necessarily revolutionary: electronic music, created from nothing (and hence to be entirely invented). Some pieces on these CDs are certainly classics, but there are others, which, though old, were distributed informally or never even released. The more contemporary pieces are, wherever possible, previously unreleased. In fact, more than the half of what we listen here is unreleased and unpublished. This 2xCD comes as a Digipak with 24 page booklet.” Artists include: Luigi & Antonio Russolo, Walter Ruttman, Pierre Schaeffer, Henri Pousseur, Gordon Mumma, Angus Maclise, Tony Conrad & John Cale, Philip Jeck, Otomo Yoshihide & Martin Tétreault, Survival Research Laboratories, Einsturzende Neubauten, Konrad Boehmer, Nam June Paik, John Cage, Sonic Youth, Edgard Varése, Iannis Xenakis, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Pauline Oliveros, Ryoji Ikeda.
SR 200CD VA: An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 2 2CD (SR 200CD) 18.00
2010 repress, originally released 2003. “Sub Rosa presents the second part of the highly acclaimed and successful series Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music. This 2nd volume explores the early days of pre-electronic music (Percy Grainger, Johanna M. Beyer) and features some rare or unpublished pieces by main composers of electronic music (Vladimir Ussachevsky, Otto Luening, Tod Dockstader, Morton Subotnick, Hugh Davies, Luc Ferrari) as well as unreleased tracks by musicians who are cornerstones of the 90’s electronic scene: (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Scanner, Kim Cascone, Yoshihiro Hanno), as well as tracks from the acid movement (Woody Mcbride, Choose) and the industrial scene (Laibach, Spk). Without forgetting some free-jazz (Sun Ra) or rare stuff from Captain Beefheart, Daphne Oram, Alan R. Splet (David Lynch’s sound designer on Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Dune). Like Volume 1, this second part is an absolute must for anyone interested in the roots and history of electronic music. The 2xCD comes in a deluxe digipak with a 24 paged informative booklet.”
SR 220CD VA: An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 3 2CD (SR 220CD) 18.00
2010 repress, originally released 2004. “This 3th volume continue to show all the aspects of electronic music from the early beginning until now — including 2 pieces of historical concrete music (of the 70’s), several piece of American tape music (Columbia university) with a special focus on all the electronic music from Germany — WDR early works — Krautrock — electronic from 90’s…featuring too some recent work of the greatest noise artists & several unsung electronic pioneers ….more than 2 h 30′ of music — many rare tracks and unpublished (at least 75%) + 40 page booklet of notes and biographical notices.” FEATURING: Bernard Parmegiani, Hugh Le Caine, Faust, To Rococo Rot, Keith Fullerton Whitman aka Hrvatski, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Michael J. Schumacher, Justin Bennett, Scott Gibbons aka Lilith, Fred Szymanski aka Modular, Francisco Lopez, Zbigniew karkowski, Masami Akita aka Merzbow, Michel Chion, Erkki Kurenniemi, Carlsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto, Peter Rehberg aka Pita, Herbert Eimert + Robert Beyer, Günther Rabl, Asmus Tietchens, Michael Rother, CM von hausswolff + Erik Pauser > Phauss, Rune Lindgrad.
SR 250CD VA: An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 4 2CD (SR 250CD) 18.00
2010 repress, originally released 2006. Sub Rosa presents the fourth volume of the highly-acclaimed and successful Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music series. This installment promises to be the pivoting axis in the seven volume set, with 75% rare tracks and music never before heard. In the previous three anthologies, Sub Rosa outlined the historical sites at the advent of concrete and electronic music: Pierre Schaeffer’s workshop studio (Vol. 1), the Princeton Electronic Music Center in Columbia, New York (Vol. 2), and the WDR Studio in Cologne (Vol. 3). After the pioneering work of these formative studios, their was a quick worldwide development of similar-intent facilities, popping up throughout Europe and America, but also in Brazil, Mexico and Japan — countries where there was a will to create music that was radically new. This compilation features a classic cadre of artists from all over the globe, who are true cultural instigators in the field of electronic sound experimentation. Including new creations from China, Brazil, Norway and Hungary, as well as some classic and unpublished material from legendary composers such as Ligeti and Lucier and very rare documents from Robert Wyatt and François Bayle. Like the previous three volumes, this fourth installment is an absolute must for anyone interested in the roots and history of electronic music. The 2CD comes in a deluxe digipack with an informative 40-page booklet. Featuring: Steve Reich, Gyorgy Ligeti, William Burroughs, Alvin Lucier, Olivier Messiaen, Vibracathedral Orchestra, François Bayle, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, James Whitehead, Loop Orchestra, Halim el-Balh, Jean-Claude Risset, Beatriz Ferreyra, Maja Ratkje, Laurie Spiegel 6, Stephen Vitiello, Erik M, Wang Changcun, Chlorgeschlecht, Gottfried Michael Koenig, Milan Knizak, Rallizes Denudes, Andy Hawkins, John Watermann and Jean-Marc Vivenza.
SR 270CD VA: An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 5 2CD (SR 270CD) 18.00
2010 repress, originally released 2008. Sub Rosa presents the fifth volume of the highly-acclaimed and successful Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music series. This installment highlights pieces illustrating a technique (Claude Ballif’s “Points, Mouvements”), a country (“Shur, Op. 15” by Alireza Mashayekhi), a studio (Helmut Lachenmann at the IPEM), and historic (François Bernard Mâche’s “Prélude”), and radical (“Spectrum Ripper” by Masonna/Yamazaki “Maso” Takushi) works that have ripped apart ancient definitions. All this organized with internationalism in mind and, for once, a focus on the voice — not as sung words, their traditional facet in music (from pop songs to lieder and operas), but as the word itself, recited, distorted, rendered abstract or disaggregated and screamed (the incantation so often a part of rock and noise music). Like the previous four volumes, this fifth installment is an absolute must for anyone interested in the roots and history of electronic music, with many previously unpublished, rare tracks comprising more than 2 ½ hours of music. The 2CD comes in a deluxe digipack sleeve with an extensive 54-page booklet. Other artists include: Charlemagne Palestine, Pere Ubu, Sutcliffe Jügend, Li Chin Sung aka Dickson Dee, Rogelio Sosa, Christian Galaretta, Richard Maxfield, Wolf Vostell, André Boucourechliev, Mauricio Kagel, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Raoul Hausmann, Gil Joseph Wolman, Leo Kupper, Josef Anton Riedl, Sten Hanson + Henri Chopin, Dajuin Yao, Ground Zero, Club Moral and Dub Taylor.
TAMLA
T6 319S1LP WONDER, STEVIE: Talking Book LP (T6 319S1LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro reissue, originally released in 1972. Using Arp & Moog synthesizers, Stevie Wonder recorded this, his first true coming-of-age statement as a serious artist, when he was only 22-years old — what have you been doing with your life? “…an enormous artistic breakthrough with songs like ‘Superstition’ and ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.'” — Rolling Stone
T7 314R1LP WONDER, STEVIE: Music Of My Mind LP (T7 314R1LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro reissue. Released in 1972, this album initially lacked the commercial success of Talking Book, released later that year, but still stands as a vital document of an artist in his absolute prime. “…funky jams that show off Wonder as an instrumentalist, arranger, and producer far more than they highlight his voice, and vocal music is what sells in the record industry. One might even say that Music Of My Mind represents what Stevie Wonder the musician had always wanted to do in the studio, had he not had to deal with the stylistic and time constraints of 2-1/2 minute, mass market, R&B/Motown pop. As one travels through the tracks on the album, it is worthwhile to consider just what the package’s title means: are these songs from Wonder’s heart and soul, or literally songs from his mind — his imagination?” — James E. Perone
THRILL JOCKEY
THR 244CD OVAL: O 2CD (THR 244CD) 17.00
“O is the first new Oval album in nearly a decade, a striking 70-track double CD and the follow up to May’s sold-out Oh EP (THR 012.44EP) by electronic pioneer Markus Popp. Popp lives and works in Berlin. He took time off after his last release in 2003 under the moniker So, wanting this new material to be a radical departure from his old concepts and methods on all levels, to essentially be a new ‘debut’ album. For O, Popp’s creative process shares nothing with his creative process for prior Oval albums. Previously, Popp focused on the creation of the programs that would process sound and effectively create the music, a process that was more theoretical in nature. For O, Popp uses an instrument that is very common, a stock PC outfitted with stock sounds and plug-ins. On the 2CD version of O, disc 1 features twenty relatively longer pieces that range from delicate, sophisticated pop to brutally torn, electro-acoustic riffing full of angular, colliding guitar sounds. All of the songs are peppered with expressive and open drumming. Disc 2 features fifty concise, highly detailed pieces that are a conscious nod to the culture of instant gratification. These tracks represent Popp’s personal challenge to create pieces within a constrained framework that addresses this aspect of music culture. Popp has even referred to these pieces as ringtones. These one-minute tracks have a melodic finesse and associative power that are unexpected under such constraints and are ripe for future sampling projects.”
THR 244LP OVAL: O 2LP (THR 244LP) 17.00
Gatefold 2LP version. “For the 2LP, the first 20 tracks from CD1 are spread out over sides A-C, and side D features six vinyl-only bonus tracks. The vinyl version includes a coupon to download all songs on the vinyl, plus the fifty tracks from CD2, seventy-six tracks in all.”
THR 248CD PREKOP, SAM: Old Punch Card CD (THR 248CD) 15.00
“Sam Prekop is known to most as the singer and songwriter of The Sea and Cake. He is a painter of some renown, a photographer and in addition he has released two solo albums of pop songs infused with his own blend of African and Brazilian guitar rhythms. Taking inspiration from early music concrete and electronic music, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Nuno Canavarro, Raymond Scott, David Behrman, and free improvisation, Old Punch Card is a beautifully noisy, jagged yet stately album of synthesizer music. The ideas and implementation of Old Punch Card (the album title alluding to the electronic, faintly mechanic origins of the music) were the result of an entirely new challenge: to do something completely different from anything else he’s ever created. To facilitate this end, Prekop implemented a series of strict guidelines for the recording of the album. No vocals, no guitar (though he slipped in this regard on one track), and no beats. CD version comes packaged in a four panel mini-LP style gatefold package with the first 1,000 copies featuring hand painted covers by Sam Prekop, each copy unique.”
THR 248LP PREKOP, SAM: Old Punch Card LP (THR 248LP) 15.00
LP version. “Includes DRM-free MP3 download coupon with the first 1,000 copies featuring hand painted covers by Sam Prekop, each copy unique.”
THR 250DVD BOREDOMS: 77 Boa Drum DVD (THR 250DVD) 20.00
“77 Boa Drum is a 77 minute, 777 second DVD documentary about the legendary 77 Boa Drum performance Boredoms conducted on July 7, 2007 in Brooklyn, NY The DVD features interviews and behind the scenes rehearsal footage in addition to footage of the actual performance. 77 Boa Drum comes packaged in a four-panel DVD wallet with three postcards featuring photographs from the performance The all-star cast of 77 drummers includes Butchy Fuego (Pit er Pat, M.I.A.), Kid Millions (Oneida, White Hills), Andee Connors (A Minor Forest, Aquarius Records), Daniel Franz (Arbouretum, Beach House), Chris Brokaw (Come, The New Year), Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle), Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt), and Tim DeWitt (Gang Gang Dance).”
TOUCHIN’ BASS (UK)
TB 040EP 214: Cascadian Nights EP 12″ (TB 040EP) 9.00
“To sit at a table with the sounds of 214 is to be served large portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down. Like most musicians, Chris Roman’s path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious, others not so much. His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he’s pumping out sci-fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold dark comfort of Detroit-esque minimal mind funk, it would seem this man forgets from whence he came. But it’s not so much a lapse, as a love of diversity, a creative finesse with a variety of good tastes. 214 effortlessly blends lush Latin roots with robo-transformer trips, always maintaining a skilful balance between the nasty, the not-right, the cold, hard, and just-right, all at the same time. He’s got plenty of tricks up his proverbial record sleeve, and he’s been pulling them out for years now.”
TRAPEZ (GERMANY)
TRAPEZ 112EP BOENIG, MICHAEL: Toris Moon 12″ (TRAPEZ 112EP) 12.00
Michael Boenig is a true product of the German techno scene, participating in the Frankfurt trance and techno of the early ’90s and constantly developing his skills behind the decks and on his own productions. “Toris Moon” possesses a new school minimalism which Pascal Feos has remixed with a stronger house feel. “Tanzviertelan” is a peak-time hymn with bold beats and restrained chords that will raise goosebumps.
TRUTH & SOUL
TSLP 011LP FIELDS, LEE: Problems LP (TSLP 011LP) 19.00
LP version. “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)’, he 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 LP in a heavy paste-on jacket.”
TYPE (UK)
TYPE 079LP MULLEN, GEOFF: Bongo Closet LP (TYPE 079LP) 18.00
Vinyl-only release, limited edition of 500 copies only. Providence, Rhode Island operative Geoff Mullen has been working beneath the popular music radar for some time now, putting his name to a number of limited cassettes, CD-Rs and vinyl albums. It is hardly surprising that in that time he has developed something of a cult following in the New England scene, with live performances (solo and together with Keith Fullerton Whitman) and his own Rare Youth label garnering him a loyal throng of rabid fans. Using the guitar, synthesizer and a selection of well-developed processes, Mullen has come up with a unique sound difficult to pigeonhole. Throughout the album, the sounds feel so effortlessly unified that one can completely forget the individual instruments themselves. It is hard to believe that the synthesizer used (the legendary Yamaha CS50) is the baby brother of the CS80, heard so distinctively piped into Deckard’s electric dreams in Blade Runner. The distant, dusty tones and pulsating rhythms bring to mind instead memories of early Popol Vuh or something altogether more defiant. As a veteran guitarist, writing Bongo Closet was Mullen’s search for different ways of playing music, and these weathered, deeply personal songs are the result. Rich with emotion and surprisingly detailed, there is the sense that the technology never informs the creative process. Mullen is using his chosen instruments without a care for what they can and can’t do — they are tools in the creation of his music, never the other way around. Bongo Closet is an intensely human listening experience. Teeming with life and breathing as it coughs and splutters, there is an unavoidable attachment felt almost instantly as a listener. This is music that drags you in and simply refuses to let go. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering.
VOID RECORDS
VOID 023LP BOREALIS: Sons Of The Sea LP (VOID 023LP) 20.00
Reissue from 2001, briefly restocked. “Mega rare Canadian psych 72. Only a few hundred made way back when and rarer than Bent Wind! This is a legitimate 500 copy press, lavish beautiful color cover and information insert. From Paul Bradbury’s master tapes, so the sound is top notch. Cuts like the great ballad ‘In the End’ to the psychy ‘Higher’ with fuzz guitar freakouts, plus ‘The Politician’. The band even ventures into some blues rock with ‘Business’. 10 cuts in all by this great four piece band. Rated as a 4 star rarity by all of the ratings books, this is a monster whose time has come to be heard.”
WEIRD FOREST
WEIRD 055LP AMBARCHI/FENNESZ/PIMMON/REHBERG/ROWE: Afternoon Tea 2LP (WEIRD 055LP) 29.00
“Who would have thought a relaxed sunny afternoon, newfound friendships and some spur-of-the-moment would have resulted in what’s been described as ‘one of the most compelling documents of both free improvisation and electronic’?” — All Music Guide “It’s the people involved in Afternoon Tea — originally released in 2000 on German label Ritornell and now available on vinyl for the first time with a new master, bonus tracks and newly discovered live recordings — that ensured it as more than a happy accident. The twin guitar presence of AMM’s Keith Rowe and Oren Ambarchi and kindred spirits of the laptop — Sydney’s Pimmon, Vienna’s Christian Fennesz and Peter Rehberg — made it a momentous day. With all the players coming together during the 2000 What Is Music? Festival, Afternoon Tea stands as a highpoint of the then-emerging intersection between Powerbook performance and guitar improvisation. All subtlety, nuance and detail, it is a revelation of restraint. Built on a steadying flow of burbling rhythm, the quintet slowly weave around each others’ sonics in layers to create a tonal palette immersive in its atmosphere and magnetic in its compulsion. Hindsight clearly reveals the heart of these pieces — important to note, considering they were recorded at a time when laptop performance was an alien concept to many in experimental music, suffering controversy and backlash as well as an over-abundance of pale approaches from many who took it on as novelty as opposed to serious musical pursuit. Those involved in the Afternoon Tea session left their Australian tour inspired, citing their merry time in the country eating, drinking and hanging out at the beach as well as their performances as a direct influence on their following work. Afternoon Tea remains one of the quiet and real achievers for experimental music of the past decade. Remastered in May 2009 and packaged in deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket with artwork designed by Stephen O’Malley. Vinyl edition of the CD reissue from Black Truffle Records, includes the same bonus tracks. First time ever available on vinyl.”
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