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ACADEMY LPS
ACD 003CD MEBUSAS: Blood Brothers CD (ACD 003CD) 15.00
“The Mebusas’ lone LP Blood Brothers combines elements of American soul and funk, psychedelic rock, Latin/Carribean rhythms and traditional African music. Innovative arrangements, deep rhythms, and top-notch playing make this 1973 album a true classic. This is the first ever re-issue of this landmark album.”
AND OAR
AND 032CD CLOUTER & ROB MULLENDER, ISOBEL: Myths Of Origin: Sonic Ephemera From East Asia CD (AND 032CD) 12.00
2008 release. “and/OAR is extremely happy to finally present a full length release featuring ‘singing sand’ and ‘booming sand’ recorded in Japan and Mongolia by British sound artists Isobel Clouter and Rob Mullender. ‘Singing sand’, ‘booming sand’, ‘whistling sand’ or ‘barking sand’ is sand that produces sounds of either high or low frequency under pressure. The sound emission is usually triggered by wind passing over dunes or by walking on the sand. Also featured are field recordings of a traditional Japanese Sawara Matsuri festival, a Suikinkutsu (underground water zither), Uguisubari (or Nightengale floor), Chion-in temple and Saiho-ji temple. The recordings came about as a result of a project instigated in late 1999, which bears witness to a long held fascination with how the environment generates and shapes culture, memory and myth. There was no desire to conduct any scientific or anthropological field work, but to collect a set of recordings which would serve to illustrate how precious the sonic environment can be, and to act as founding materials for a soundscape collection at the British Library Sound Archive. The audio CD also features a PDF of extra photos pertaining to the recordings that can be accessed on a computer, and comes packaged in a four color digipak and a 12-page booklet.”
AND 035CD KAREL, ERNST: Heard Laboratories CD (AND 035CD) 12.00
“Heard Laboratories is a sonic ethnography of scientific research environments at Harvard University. The sounds of equipment, devices, and activities draw attention to the physical processes underlying scientific research, the work underway which provides a ground for our highly technologized society. In the name of human progress, enormous resources are devoted to and consumed by such activities, which are both hidden and taken for granted. Heard Laboratories brings this background to the fore. Heard Laboratories is a largely abstract soundscape, consisting of edited sequences of unprocessed location recordings. The liner notes list edit points, along with descriptions of the research each laboratory is engaged in, so that the listener may follow along and know what kind of laboratory they are hearing at any given moment. The work does not take a position with respect to what is documented, and neither endorses nor criticizes the research programs of the laboratories which granted access.”
AND 036CD VA: Michelangelo Antonioni: Trilogy And Epilogue 2CD (AND 036CD) 16.00
“The third (and perhaps final) project in the film director series which began with Andrei Tarkovsky – Another Kind Of Language and Yasujiro Ozu – Hitokomakura. Michelangelo Antonioni – Trilogy And Epilogue focuses upon the Italian auteur’s landmark ‘tetralogy’ of films L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse (1962) and IlDeserto Rosso (1963). Antonioni was known for not being very keen to use music in his films, partially because he wanted the films to tell their stories free from ‘additional gloss’. Therefore music was sparsely used – if at all. Antonioni considered the natural sounds or ‘background noises’ of a film to be of enormous importance, and considered them to be the ‘true music’ of a film. Obviously Antonioni’s view resonates with and/OAR since environmental sound has always been its main focus, and is one of the reasons why he was chosen for this project over other film directors. Composer Giovanni Fusco, whose music is (more or less) featured in most of Antonioni’s films from the late 1950s to the early ’60s said, ‘the first rule for any musician who intends to collaborate with Antonioni, is to forget that he is a musician!’ Yet, there is another composer who Antonioni worked with, that this project seeks to acknowledge and pay subtle homage to in addition to the director himself; because if it were not for his inspirational and pioneering minimal electronic music featured in Deserto Rosso, this project might not have come together at all: Vittorio Gelmetti. Gelmetti’s electronic work consistently came to mind during the planning stages of this project, and his influence can indeed be heard throughout this release.” Featuring Tyler Wilcox & Corey Fuller, Olivia Block & Adam Sonderberg, Marc Behrens, Roel Meelkop, J. Winston Phillips, Antti Rannisto, Ben Owen, Lawrence English, Asher, Pali Meursault (with Ici Même), EKG, Dale Lloyd, Juan José Calarco, Richard Garet, Alan Courtis, Luigi Turra, i8u, Steinbrüchel, Gabriel Paiuk, Jason Kahn, Fhievel, Tomas Phillips and Marihiko Hara.
AURORA (UK)
AU 5001CD FANTASY: Paint A Picture CD (AU 5001CD) 17.00
This sophisticated collection of Mellotron-fuelled progressive rock originally appeared in the UK only in December of 1973. It sank without a trace, and is now one of the rarest albums of the era. It’s presented here complete with their ultra-rare non-LP 45, and notes explaining the band’s history, making it a must for fans of classic British prog.
AU 5003CD SUGAR CREEK: Please Tell A Friend CD (AU 5003CD) 17.00
This superb blend of psychedelia, rural rock and acid-tinged folk was recorded in New York in 1969. The band had come together in Ohio earlier in the decade, rising from the ashes of bands named the Infinite Doorknob and Headstone Circus. Sugar Creek contained two future solo hit-makers, Jonathan Edwards and Joe Dolce, but their album failed to connect with the public, despite containing blistering cuts such as “A Million Years,” “Memory Tree” and “Night Flash.” Nonetheless, it has gone on to develop a significant cult reputation and sells for ever-growing sums on the collectors’ market.
AU 5004CD SAPPHIRE THINKERS: From Within CD (AU 5004CD) 17.00
This Californian quintet come across like a woozier Association, The Mamas & The Papas or Spanky & Our Gang on their sole LP, recorded in 1969. Their sophisticated arrangements feature prominent organ and harmony vocals, underpinned by fuzz guitar and a trippy vibe (are those magic mushrooms on the front cover?). Put simply, From Within is lost classic of West Coast psychedelic pop.
BAZILLION POINTS
BAZ T&G TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83 Book (BAZ T&G) 27.00
2nd printing now available! “Touch And Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad. In laughably minuscule press runs by today’s standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as Slash and Search and Destroy and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo. Magazines like Forced Exposure and Your Flesh, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea — and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white. Featuring new introductory essays by punk icons Tesco Vee (The Meatmen), Dave Stimson, Steve Miller (The Fix), Henry Rollins (S.O.A./Black Flag), Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Peter Davis (Your Flesh), Henry Owings (Chunklet), Byron Coley (Forced Exposure), Corey Rusk (Necros/Touch and Go Records), John Brannon (Negative Approach), and Ian MacKaye (Teen Idles/Minor Threat). Exclusive early interviews with the Fix, Necros, Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, Iron Cross, Misfits, Negative Approach, JFA, Battalion of Saints, Crucifucks, 7 Seconds, Faith, the Effigies, the Minutemen, Scream, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea, SSD, & others. 8.5″x 11″x1.25″, 4lbs., 101% offensive joy!” 546 pages; list price: $29.95.
BLUFIN (NETHERLANDS)
BFLP 001CD EYERER, MARTIN: Tiny Little Widgets 2CD (BFLP 001CD) 18.00
This is the second solo album by Stuttgart-based Martin Eyerer, released on Cologne-based imprint BluFin, including a CD of album remixes. A double CD was chosen as the best format: first the album as a whole, secondly a CD containing the remixes. More than 20 (!) years of experience and well over a hundred (yes, 100) releases or remixes, as well as DJ gigs on every continent on earth, Martin Eyerer has a track record that speaks for itself. Two years after the distinctly dancefloor and club-oriented Word Of Mouth, once again musical diversity is the main focus. With skill and deliberation he manages to find the balance between DJ tools and listening pieces, while always staying true to himself. These tracks are not just geared towards DJs or clubbers, but generally for people with a musically open mind. Tiny Little Widgets represents new territory, both in the experimental and musical sense. To achieve this, Martin has deliberately picked artists from different genres with whom to collaborate. And crucially, where in the past Eyerer rarely incorporated vocals, he now breaks this mold. For example, he was able to work with the Cuban singer America Rodriguez for the song “Un Empujon.” The track “Good Time” got its vocals from Reggae Don. The latter’s dancehall vibe seems to be skillfully translated into an electronic tune. Then, there is another collaboration with Phil Barnes who, according to Eyerer, is “one of the best singers he knows.” Especially gratifying and successful is the work with internationally well-known singer, Kosheen. Over the last 10 years, Martin has created three remixes for her — and now it was her time to contribute back the other way. Once again, the impressive list of remix producers speaks for itself: Thomas Schumacher, Florian Meindl, Tigerskin, Namito, Sasse vs. Phonogenic, Gel Abril, Martin Wörner, Helmut Dubnitzky, Chase Buch & Nick Olivetti, Patrick Zigon, Nicole Moudaber, and Stephan Hinz. These names, like Martin himself, stand for high quality club sounds and contribute their own interpretations of Tiny Little Widgets tracks.
BONZZAJ (SWITZERLAND)
BON 007EP JAGGED: Biasca 12″ (BON 007EP) 14.00
Jagged present their single Biasca with a remix from Knarf Skipson. This EP includes four deep yet raw tracks somewhere between jacking Chicago and Detroit house. “Biasca” starts with bumping vibes in a Detroit flavor, and Knarf’s remix is a percussive house workout. “Guttannen” is a soulful vocal house number with the lovely voice of singer Lily Yellow. “Varen” features beats, minor chords, melodic synths and eclectic samples. This is some old shit for new times. Limited edition, as usual.
BOXER RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
BOXER 082CD VA: Different 2CD (BOXER 082CD) 18.00
The Different compilation is the result of meticulous and thorough work by the Boxer crew, with “otherness” as its overriding principle. Different is far from being just a hoarding of leftovers, it is rather conceived as a poison cabinet with doors wide open, a playground for free spirits and artists, and an open space far beyond the dancefloor dramaturgy and its rigid rules or common expectations. Some candidates involved in this project are already familiar with this freedom: Kreidler, for example, who come up with their full panoply of subtleties and the microscopic funk track “Venusia”; or Frank Martiniq, who reinterprets urban myths about intelligent cars or genetically-modified monster crocodiles living in the city’s sewer system, and of course, in slow-motion and high-resolution. Others are obviously enjoying their time off from the 4/4: Pig&Dan present charming, smooth lo-fi pop; Extrawelt adjust their bore holes; Gui Boratto adds sound to psychotropic thrillers in the Brazilian jungle, and Florian Meindl meditates upon string ensembles taking a walk on the beach. Altogether, the quality of these tracks is exceptional, thanks to the pioneer spirit that drives the journey into unknown territories, and all electronic music artists know exactly what we are talking about. Even some of the artists involved are somehow different from Boxer’s regular label artists. Nevertheless, the end-result of the Different compilation is coherent and thrilling, and might as well be called a masterpiece. Other artists include: Patrick Chardronnet, Goldfish & Der Dulz, Airbus Modular, Stephan Hinz, Matzak, &Iz, Popof, Arno Joey, Van Rivers, Paul Nazca, Fix & Fertig, Haito, Dean Demanuele, Khan & Mahmoud, Markus Lange, Dusty Kid, Odyzë, Rodriguez Jr., and Martin Eyerer.
BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)
BPC 224EP MULLER, THOMAS: Melo 12″ (BPC 224EP) 12.00
Thomas Muller works with minimal musical elements from the house end of the spectrum. Each track on this 12″ extends over an entire side of the record, which means they have the room to develop their complex percussive structures and microscopic changes to perfection. “Sunday Monday” does without melody and harmony almost entirely, while “Red Noir,” with what you might call a classic bass line, has a more appeasing feel, although it also maintains an ample level of elated energy.
CLAAP (GREECE)
CLAAP 001EP GUMMIHZ & NIKOLA GALA: Sapfo EP 12″ (CLAAP 001EP) 12.00
Claap’s first release features a collaboration between two of Greece’s finest exports in house and techno. Label owner GummiHz and Nikola Gala offer three tracks for your mind-trip, spanning jazz to ethnic. On “Sapfo,” an organic drum groove sets the stage as a haunting female voice takes you back to the Byzantine years. The jazz-influenced “White Flowers” features a groove consisting of an acoustic bass and a piano. Lastly, “Deception” is a hypnotic track for dark rooms and late hours.
CLR (GERMANY)
CLR 009CD TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE: Traversable Wormhole Vol. 01-05 CD (CLR 009CD) 17.00
In 2009, a series of five anonymously-produced ink-stamped vinyl recorded releases appeared in the global techno scene under the mysterious guise Traversable Wormhole. The series was released exclusively on vinyl. The sound of Traversable Wormhole is a unique signature of sci-fi laden techno music with gaps of time, space & bass in between sound & rhythm. Within a month’s time of its conception, volume 2 of the series appeared and a huge buzz was soon amassed on the project. Accusations of who the artist behind the project was ran wild. People all over the techno scene had made theories about who was behind it. The project quickly received huge support from many of the world’s most renowned techno shops such as Rub A Dub, Hardwax, and Juno & Decks. Word traveled fast through the wormhole and it was soon reported that globally respected DJs such as Chris Liebing, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Mathew Herbert, Ryan Elliot, André Galluzzi, Surgeon, Function, Frankie Bones, DJ Deep & Radioslave, etc. were all supporting the sound of TW. With the series fast approaching into further galaxies with the appearance of volume 3, techno cult blogsite MNMLSSG tracked down TW via Twitter. A sonar ping was sent back to the popular blog and soon a Traversable Wormhole mix appeared anonymously on the site, receiving rave reviews. As the series continued with volume 5 by the end of year 2009, the mystique of anonymity continued to grow. To usher in the very start of 2010, Traversable Wormhole would release the 6th volume of the series. At the same time, 20 year veteran techno artist/DJ Adam X, originally from NYC and now residing in Berlin, would be invited to partake in a feature called “Playing Favorites” on Resident Advisor, on which he would subtly take claim as the producer behind Traversable Wormhole. While traversing the wormhole, Adam has crossed paths with Chris Liebing and his CLR imprint. Traversable Wormhole Vol. 01-05 now appears in digital format for the first time ever with all five volumes being digitally remastered in the highest of quality. Traversable Wormhole Vol. 01-05 is a full-length mix of all 10 songs, mixed by Adam X himself.
COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 079EP EGBERT: Open 12″ (COR 079EP) 12.50
Egbert Van Der Gugten is one of the most promising talents of the Dutch electronic music scene with good cause. Open celebrates the junction between European progressive house tradition, Detroit melancholy, and tech house with a heart full of pumping energy and decorative ornamentation in a multi-faceted and tremendously charming way. “Open” is a sensual über-track whose incredibly beautiful break sends one shiver after the other down your spine. “Strak” features sonic-electric energy around a percussive staccato of bells.
COTILLION
SD 9500LP VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE: Live At Max’s Kansas City LP (SD 9500LP) 11.50
“In the summer of 1970, the Velvet Underground played an extended engagement at the renowned New York restaurant-club-focal point, Max’s Kansas City. One night during that summer, Brigid Polk, a long time friend and fan of the Velvets, brought a cassette recorder to Max’s to preserve a typical performance for herself. This record is a distillation of the cassette Brigid made that night. (In some ways, this record may be looked at as the first legitimate bootleg album).” One of the definitive live documents of the band, originally released in 1972. Tracks include “I’m Waiting For The Man,” “Sweet Jane,” “Beginning To See The Light,” “New Age,” “Pale Blue Eyes” and “After Hours.” Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.
CRITICAL MASS (UK)
CM 005CD VA: In Search Of Hawkwind CD (CM 005CD) 15.50
This CD release is the culmination of a long-running project initiated by Mugstar in 2005, featuring explosive cover versions of iconic Hawkwind songs by artists especially suited for the job. Originally conceived as a split 7″, or a double 7″ package featuring two or four bands, the format grew over time to album-length due to the fantastic response and enthusiasm from artists around the globe eager to be involved and contribute. First up were Seattle’s Kinski and from Japan — Acid Mothers Temple, performing “Master Of The Universe” and “Brainstorm,” respectively. From Philadelphia, Bardo Pond recorded “Lord Of Light.” Then Mudhoney’s version of “Urban Guerilla” — originally recorded as a session track for John Peel — was re-discovered. At this point, Trensmat Records, hearing of the project, mentioned that they had New York’s White Hills lining up a cover of “Be Yourself” for a 7″ vinyl release and that it would be an excellent addition to this tribute. Trensmat then also offered to release a set of the tracks recorded so far on vinyl. This was quickly put together (with edited versions to fit the 7″ format) and released as the very limited and much sought-after Sonic Attack 7″ trilogy. Wooden Shjips offshoot Moon Duo of San Francisco then added “Hurry On Sundown.” Meanwhile, back in the UK, Magoo recorded “Space Is Deep.” Mugstar themselves perform “Born To Go” and “Paradox,” both recorded at Dave Anderson’s Foel Studios in Mid Wales — Dave, of course, being Hawkwind’s bass player on In Search Of Space in the early ’70s. Mugstar recorded two tracks with the intention of using the most successful one; however, pleased with the way they both worked out, they decided to include them both. Interestingly, the contributors were originally asked simply to record a Hawkwind track of their choice, yet all nine selections are drawn from Hawkwind’s stunning first five releases — Hawkwind, In Search Of Space, Doremi Fasol Latido, Space Ritual and Hall Of The Mountain Grill, a classic era. So, finally here it is, beautifully presented in a silver and black digipak, the full-length versions of all the recordings brought together to deliver over an hours’ worth of super-charged space-rock assault.
CTF (GERMANY)
CTF 001EP MMF?: The Mysterious Man From? 12″ (CTF 001EP) 12.00
The CTF label presents a two-sided fucker of a gut-punch debut. These two tracks are genre-defining. Forget house 2010, forget those nice postcards stuck in your mirror, forget the sounds they bore drug zombies with nowadays. This is the real future perpetual funk — just a big, smelly, chubby chunk of energy. “Tekkkno” is serious Detroit roughness while “Sector 3” is like nuclear propellant. The questions remain: Who is The Mysterious Man?
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 054EP FLUGEL, ROMAN: How To Spread Lies 12″ (DIAL 054EP) 12.00
The many faces of Roman Flügel (aka Eight Miles High aka Soylent Green aka ½ of Alter Ego) have always been one of the main influences of the eclecticism of Dial Records. Besides his inspiring DJ sets, which were always steps ahead of their time, Flügel’s productions have been the key to a better world in modern music. Whether it was techno, house, jazz or ambient, Flügel’s research into sound and structure has always been an overwhelming experience.
DIGITALIS
DIGI 060LP IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS: Imaginary Softwoods 2LP (DIGI 060LP) 30.50
In 2008, a triple cassette oddity appeared out of nowhere adorned in washed-out nature collages and zero information. Turns out that John Elliot of Emeralds was behind the madness, and after further dissection of the sounds enclosed, it all began to make sense. Those three tapes (one yellow, one blue, one red) were the first taste of something that felt like a lost private-press object from the early European electronic experimentations of the ’60s and ’70s. Each vignette is its own story, its own exploration. Synthesizers and other electronics are stripped to their bare bones, never drifting beyond a mere five minutes. It’s the brevity that is the guiding hand, though. Every tone and every note is carefully considered and utilized as you’re sucked into a world of washed-out colors and sullen landscapes. One thing that immediately stands out with these pieces is just how restrained Elliot is with them. It adds considerable tension, even if it’s understated, giving the album a surprising amount of emotional depth. Each piece is its own miniature mountain, traversed and left behind all in a matter of minutes. As you interact with the subtlety changing harmonics and tonal shifts, you begin to float away into synthetic dreams. If all bedroom albums were this great, I’d never leave the house. A true gem. It doesn’t get much better than this. Completely remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin and cut in Berlin by D+M. The deluxe vinyl edition is presented in full-color gatefold jackets with all new art from John Elliot in conjunction with the inimitable Witchbeam. Strictly limited pressing.
DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)
DIYNAMIC 005CD H.O.S.H.: Connecting The Dots CD (DIYNAMIC 005CD) 17.00
Diynamic man, producer and planet-spanning DJ, H.O.S.H. aka German Holger Behn — serves up his debut full-length Connecting The Dots for the Hamburg-based imprint. Since 2006, H.O.S.H. has been an integral cog in the Diynamic wheel and, as a result, has helped steer house music into unchartered waters. His productions and remixes to date — for labels like Kindisch, Get Physical, Supernature, Freerange, Strictly Rhythm, Dessous, Tsuba and more — have blended house, dub, minimal, classical instruments and world music influences with a recognizable deftness and engaging restraint. This is an album made up of ten dancefloor cuts which all exhibit a trademark Diynamic musicality, hinting at H.O.S.H.’s influences up to this point and simultaneously marking out a path into the future of underground house music. Opening with late-night house groover “Hamburg Night” a clipped, propulsive pace is established from the off and male vocals (courtesy of Ost & Kjex) adds to the track’s sense of rhythm. From there, the deep loops and swollen bass line of “Cash The Chord” make for a gloopy, rich sound which oozes a subtle future funk as it goes. Following on is a track which subtly references the past but importantly, though, H.O.S.H. skews said reference through his own squelchy filter, adds layer upon layer of house texture and makes it very much his own. From there, the album goes through chunky, crisp grooves; complex arrangements and guest vocals from Mistress Barbara; bouncy, chord-led jams and intense, bleeping rollers with devilish detail and delightful charisma. More reflective and overtly emotive moments come on “Crackhead,” while the shimmering key stabs of “Antonelli Screaming” provide plenty of excuses to stick your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Closing out the record is mesmeric, hypnotic builder “Souled Out,” which sways to and fro in style and has you nodding along right until the final beat. These are not just a selection of ten mindless dancefloor cuts — far from it. Instead, H.O.S.H. breathes new life into the dancefloor by taking inspiration from the past and taking it very much into the future. Furthermore, this album is stuffed with all the idiosyncrasies and seductive sonic motifs you would expect from someone of H.O.S.H.’s ability. An accomplished and assured debut, Connecting The Dots is likely to attract much attention from fans old and new alike.
DIYNAMIC 042EP H.O.S.H.: Cash The Chord EP 12″ (DIYNAMIC 042EP) 12.00
Diynamic and H.O.S.H. are back with an exciting and fresh release. Cash The Chord is a single from H.O.S.H.’s debut album Connecting The Dots (DIYNAMIC 005CD), and it’s a warm piece of future funk house music. Along with it comes three colorful remixes that transport the original in other directions. Whereas Audiojack and NTFO clearly have the floor in mind, you will find a more experimental approach by 360 (Nuno dos Santos and Patrice Bäumel).
DOOM-MANTRA
DOOM 004CD DEAD RAVEN CHOIR: Lonesome Drinking Metal CD (DOOM 004CD) 12.00
“Eastern Europe’s reigning lo-fi black metal wackos return with the darkest possible collection of country songs done as only they know how. Edition of 500.”
DUMB-UNIT (CANADA)
DU 050CD SEPH: Alquimia CD (DU 050CD) 15.50
This is the debut artist album from acclaimed Argentinian producer, Seph. A core artist on the Dumb-Unit roster since 2006, Seph’s intricate, intelligent style of techno has consistently impressed fans of forward-thinking electronic music, with his exceptional sound design skills gaining him a devoted cult following across a wide range of scenes and subgenres. The culmination of two years’ work, Alquimia (meaning “alchemy” in English) sees Seph building on the constrained abstractions of his previous work, harnessing a wide range of styles, ideas and moods across ten varied yet coherent tracks. As its title suggests, there’s an alchemy at work here — a mysterious blend of disparate ingredients, selected and refined by Seph to create a full-length work that consistently beguiles and bedazzles, operating both at the heart of the dancefloor, and far beyond it, too. Featuring guest artists Pablo Denegri and Qik & Dilo.
DU 050EP SEPH: Alquimia EP 12″ (DU 050EP) 12.00
Dumb-Unit is proud to present the vinyl single accompanying the debut artist album (DU 050CD) from acclaimed Argentinian producer, Seph. The culmination of two years’ work, Alquimia (meaning “alchemy” in English) sees Seph building on the constrained abstractions of his previous work, harnessing a wide range of styles, ideas and moods. The two tracks “Alquimia” and “Casualidad” are excellent examples of what to expect from the album, forming the limited edition, colored vinyl single.
ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)
EB 080CD VA: Echo Beach 30th Anniversary Remixes CD (EB 080CD) 17.00
“Echo Beach” is a legendary new wave tune recorded in 1980 by the Canadian combo Martha & The Muffins. Germany’s finest (as far as progressive sounds and flows are concerned) dub label, named Echo Beach and inspired by the lyrics and spirit of that track, has set out to pay tribute to this song, which is more than a classic. The first mix/remix of “Echo Beach,” done by Reverend E.C.H.O. and released on the Echo Beach sampler Various Artists: Far Away In Time has already enjoyed a strong reputation worldwide. Mark Gane, the original composer of “Echo Beach” and still a member of Martha & The Muffins reacted thusly, “It sounds as if the original ‘Echo Beach’ was shot into outer space, hit a planet and floated back to earth in pieces!” Now, 30 years later, after “Echo Beach” was written, the Echo Beach label proudly presents the 30th anniversary remixes. The original track is one of those tunes that on first hearing you like, but can’t exactly place why, and by 30 seconds into the spin, you’re close to falling in love. Martha Johnson, the female vocalist on “Echo Beach” said recently: “2010 marks thirty years since the song that Mark Gane wrote and I sang was first heard around the world. The passage of time only makes the song more nostalgic for many people who hear it and recall a special time in their lives. The reinvention of ‘Echo Beach’ by so many artists brings new life and a new audience to the song.” So check out the vibes — beautiful, uplifting and classy dubby-housy-funky-chilly-ambient — and head out to the “Echo Beach.” Remix artists include: Oliver Frost, Thomas Fehlmann, Gateway To Samadhi, Polar Rundfunk, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, Grand Phabao, Aldubb, Go Home Productions, Karl Moestl, Internationally Trained Bunnies, Disco Boys, Hakan Lidbo, and Jimmy Caulty vs. Salz vs. Groove Corporation vs. Paralyzer.
ECSTATIC PEACE
E#100M LORD JEFF: Lord Jeff CD (E#100M) 11.00
“Ecstatic Peace has been wanting to release a CD by Lord Jeff since we first heard their stray tapes and CDRs floating around the Pioneer Valley like so much spring pollen a few years back. We knew nothing about them except they had some familial connection to The Entrance Band who we were most definitely interested in, and subsequently released an amazing LP and CD by. As it turned out Ecstatic Peace founder Thurston Moore’s niece Louise Erdman reported she had been singing backups in this band Lord Jeff, so Uncle T went to see them at Union Pool in Brooklyn one fine rock n’ roll evening and was entirely charmed. Plans went into action to release something/anything by these cats and after many moons of them playing in front of single digit audiences they got it together to record this amazing and beautiful disc. Think the genuine heart music of Buffalo Springfield and Wooden Wand with sweet Garcia moves and a punk gleam in the eye. Chief songwriter Sean Goggins is a gentle force of inspiration and his sound and vision are captured lovingly by the legendary Justin Pizzoferrato (J Mascis, T Moore, Fat Worm of Error etc.).”
E#105Q KEFFER, LESLIE: Give It Up/Dormant Torment LP (E#105Q) 16.00
“Leslie Keffer has been one of the most startling and provocative practitioners of 21st century USA noise music since her first harsh emanations on the cassette underground in the early 2000s. Ecstatic Peace released her first full length LP Feels Like Frenching a few years back and it was hailed as a cornerstone in new blood noise exploration. Boomkat.com reported, ‘she’s beating the noise-boys at their own experimental game and winning…Keffer had me at hello.’ And Performer magazine heard the LP as ‘a dense series of coded subconscious messages sent from some buried cerebral cortex.’ On this new 12″, which has been waiting to be issued or near on two years, she joins forces with local Nashville rockers John Eatherly (Be Your Own Pet, Jemina Pearl), Steve Poulton (Paul K & The Weathermen) and fellow noise artist Valerie Martino (Unicorn Hard-on). These two tracks are a departure from the pure noise action Leslie is known for and present her current trajectory into hypno dance dub psychosis with waves of junk filtered radio wash and siren chants. The artwork by Adriane Schramm is astounding.”
E#13F SERVILE SECT: Realms Of The Queen CD (E#13F) 11.00
“After being completely blown away by Servile Sect’s first limited release CD Stratospheric Passenger (on the amazing Sounds of Battle and Souvenir Collecting label) we requested to release it as an LP. It proved to be one of the more significant releases in the marginal world of sci-fi centric black metal. Learninghowtosink.blogspot.com commented, ‘It’s easy to forget time with this band and let yourself slip down that dark tunnel of astral travel as their music sweeps you away.’ And Animalpsi.com raved, ‘Texture is the guiding focus, as the pair generates an astonishing range of sounds bundled in so many palatable and complimentary compositions that the brilliance of each is absorbed seamlessly into the whole, and the whole a fantastic story.’ We asked Servile Sect, who we only know as a mysterious duo hailing possibly from Northern California and somewhere deep in Brooklyn, to allow us to unleash a newly recorded CD. Realms of the Queen is an astonishing furtherance of these men’s strange and lonesome rage pealing from the bowels of a god-forsaken earth to the endless scree of the cosmos. An essential document for anyone investigating the forbidden zones of elusive black thought.”
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 109LP EMERALDS: What Happened 2LP (EMEGO 109LP) 25.00
After the runaway success of their Does It Look Like I’m Here? (EMEGO 101CD/LP) album, Editions Mego is chuffed to release these vintage synth-guitar improvisation jams recorded straight to tape, 2007-2008. Previously released as a CD by No Fun, this is now the definitive vinyl edition of this material, and serves as archival insight into the development of Emeralds’ sound over the last years. Mastered by James Plotkin. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
EMEGO 110.1LP FENN O’BERG: Live In Japan Part One LP (EMEGO 110.1LP) 19.50
Live In Japan Part One is the first part of two separately-released live albums from the legendary trio Fenn O’Berg (Christian Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg), featuring recordings taken from their 2009 Japanese tour. That’s it.
EMEGO 110.2LP FENN O’BERG: Live In Japan Part Two LP (EMEGO 110.2LP) 19.50
Live In Japan Part Two is the second part of two separately-released live albums from the legendary trio Fenn O’Berg (Christian Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Rehberg), featuring recordings taken from their 2009 Japanese tour.
EMEGO 112LP CINDYTALK: The Poetry Of Decay 2LP +7″ (EMEGO 112LP) 29.00
Special 2LP + 7″ vinyl set compiling both The Crackle Of My Soul (2009) & Up Here In The Clouds (2010) albums, plus limited edition 7″ tracks (2003). Cindytalk have been active since 1982. During the ’80s and ’90s, their sound was defined by broken-down rock structures and abstract piano ambience. A third side to their coin emerged at the dawn of the 21st century with a turn towards obscure computer usage pushing all resemblance of melody and conventional texture to the outer edges. The Crackle Of My Soul is the first full-length to come from this new direction, starting in 2001 and now finally ready for release. It’s also the first Cindytalk album since the 1995 release of Wappinschaw. Although very abstract in nature, these 10 tracks still echo the vocal brilliance and subtle beauty that they have become known for. Up Here In The Clouds is the second installment in the new Cindytalk sound which started with The Crackle Of My Soul. Whereas Crackle was more of a blistering burner, Clouds has a fresher, cooler sound to it, with longer tracks that slowly evolve in great patches of aural beauty. The sound that Gordon Sharp and company create now is a unique blend of cracked electronics — near-awkward ambient textures that always seem to flow smoothly like the most natural of sounds around, building up a great set of modern electronic music which closes with the child-like melody of the title track. The coupling of Transgender Warrior and Guts Of London was originally released as a limited edition 7″ by Klanggalerie in 2003. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, August 2010.
EMEGO 135LP FENNESZ: Endless Summer 2LP (EMEGO 135LP) 25.00
Remastered, expanded gatefold double LP version (briefly available as a single LP in 2001 and o/p for 10 years now). This version features new artwork by Tina Frank, based on the original 2001 Mego release. Contains “Ohne Sonne” and “47 Blues,” previously only available on the Japanese CD versions, as well as a new, extended version of “Happy Audio,” exclusive to this release. Endless Summer, originally released in 2001 by Mego, was a breakthrough album for Christian Fennesz — the album which brought his name and music towards the first steps of mainstream recognition. Following on from the more experimental Hotel Paral.lel (EMEGO 016CD) and the Beach Boys-homaged Plays single, Endless Summer brought the guitars more to the front, the electronics shimmered more, and the melodies shined more brightly. It went on to become a classic of its time, topping many end-of-year polls. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, September 2010.
EQUALIZED (GERMANY)
EQUALIZED 002EP EQD: #002 12″ (EQUALIZED 002EP) 12.00
“Anthem alert! Breakbeat driven dreamy techno cut b/w a straight ahead tripping- groove.”
EQUALIZED 003EP EQD: #003 12″ (EQUALIZED 003EP) 12.00
“Raw killer techno.”
EQUALIZED 004EP EQD: #004 12″ (EQUALIZED 004EP) 12.00
“Anthem alert – techno!”
ERRORSMITH (GERMANY)
ERROR 001EP ERRORSMITH: EP 1 12″ (ERROR 001EP) 13.00
“Eric prod. wicked edited perc. advanced tracks+puristic electronics TIP!”
ESSAYS MUSIC (GERMANY)
ESSAYS 003EP WEISEMANN, SVEN: Sole Exception EP 2×10″ (ESSAYS 003EP) 33.00
Cinematic production skills for the newly-minted Essays imprint. There’s no dancefloor ambitions here, as Weisemann allows himself some time to explore opulently-textured downbeats and dubby ambience on two gorgeously-crafted slabs for late night/early morning play. A masterpiece! 2×10″ vinyl only.
FAKE DIAMOND RECORDS (DENMARK)
FDR 012CD PEDER: Dirt & Gold CD (FDR 012CD) 17.00
This is the second album from jack-of-all-spades: Peder. Peder is known for releasing his debut on Ubiquity and working with the likes of Mo’ Wax, Beastie Boys, The Prunes, Ninja Tune and DJ Krush. His music is a complex but well-balanced mix of soul-fueled electronic and bespoke indie pop for the new decade. “On Dirt & Gold I wanted to experiment. Do something that was both noisier and quieter, with many tempi, many singers, and many musicians. At the time everything I listened to was channeled onto the record,” Peder says, and lists up names like Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Ray Charles, etc. So you find surf guitar, hip-hop, French-sounding film music, Dracula-organ, ghost pop, 1980s-synth, and more on Dirt & Gold. Some of the results could easily appear on a very good upcoming Amy Winehouse release like “Love Lost City,” featuring Oh Land, but there’s more great input by the likes of Jacob Bellens, Claus Hemple, and Signe Marie Schmidt-Jacobsen. Asger Baden has been a close partner and co-composer and the lyrics are by Rasmus Olsen. Suitable for the many facets of the album, the tracks are generated individually between Peder’s other projects — in particular, film music in recent years and the other albums on Fake Diamond he’s involved in. Thirteen tracks that melt together as one strong piece of music — think Gonzales and Portishead meet in a Brooklyn drinking spot.
FAUXPAS MUSIK (GERMANY)
FAUXPAS 004EP SEVENSOL & BENDER: Scuba 12″ (FAUXPAS 004EP) 12.00
Leipzig’s Alex and Dennis aka Sevensol & Bender sent some tracks to Fauxpas Musik when the label wasn’t even yet founded. “Scuba” was one of those tracks that didn’t disappear from the label-heads’ minds since then. Klick, klack, bumm tschack! Remixes from Oskar Offermann and Aera take the track further for a perfect EP. This piece of vinyl comes in a hard plastic sleeve with a special sheet and is limited to 400 copies worldwide.
FENOU (GERMANY)
FENOU 012EP YURE, DIXIE: Show Me Satisfaction 10″ (FENOU 012EP) 12.00
Dixie Yure is contemporary old school house from Seville. With Show Me Satisfaction, Dixie Yure builds a homogeneous and pleasant mixture with classic house elements and vocals. Thanks to the funky improvisations extending over the whole track, you won’t get bored even after listening to “Show Me” for the hundredth time — good for the club AND the couch. “Satisfaction” is a little more reduced than “Show Me,” but is enhanced with jazz elements such as pianos and saxophones.
FLEDG’LING (UK)
FLED 3080CD COLLINS, SHIRLEY: Sweet England CD (FLED 3080CD) 15.50
“Sweet England, along with its sister album False True Lovers (FLED 3029CD), was recorded in the spring of 1958 when I was twenty-two years old. I had been living for the previous two years in London with Alan Lomax, the American folklorist, working for him as editorial assistant on his book The Folk Songs of North America and on his field recordings from America, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. The tracks that make up these two albums were recorded by Peter Kennedy and Alan in two days at Peter’s home ‘studio’ in Belsize Park. English traditional music, at its best, expresses and provides everything in song that I need and feel, both musically and emotionally. Sweet England represents the first shaky steps of a journey that I have been on all my life, and that, happily, I still am.” –Shirley Collins from the new sleeve-notes. Fledg’ling Records are very proud to present a remastered edition of this classic recording from the infancy of the mid-20th century folk revival. Guest musicians are Guy Carawan, Ralph Rinzler and John Hasted. Sweet England is a stunning collection of British and American traditional song, capturing a turning moment in the English folk song revival of the 1950s. Including a stunning, new digipak design with new sleevenotes from Shirley Collins.
FREE DANGER
FDR 6669EP FUTURE ISLANDS: Post Office Wave Chapel 12″ (FDR 6669EP) 15.00
“Future Islands and NYC Art Collective Free Danger have collaborated to release Post Office Wave Chapel, a remix EP released only on 12″ vinyl and limited to 500. The covers are screen-printed and were hand-numbered by the band. Extremely limited and will likely sell out very fast!! Featuring remixes by Pictureplane, Javelin, Jones (featuring Victoria Legrand of Beach House) and Moss of Aura (featuring No Age).”
GEM RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)
GEM 007EP VA: Gem Sampler 2.2 12″ (GEM 007EP) 12.00
Artists featured on Gem Sampler 2.2 include Egbert, who provides an energetic yet deep and hypnotic techno track while Roger Martinez delivers a Giorgio Moroder-esque Italo-influenced tech houser. On the flip, it’s Kaap De Goede Hoop who bring some warm, deep, house-y flavors to the mix and Arjuna Schiks, who finishes it off with a big, funky, percussive groover.
HYPERDUB (UK)
HDB 006CD DARKSTAR: North CD (HDB 006CD) 16.50
“With their first long player, Darkstar have produced an album many bands with far more experience and many more releases and under their belt can only dream of. Downbeat, breezy, sometimes melancholy, sometimes just plain sad, at others optimistic and affirming, and always gracefully elegant, North will surprise many, a classic record for short days and long nights.”
HDB 039EP KING MIDAS SOUND: Lost 7″ (HDB 039EP) 11.00
“King Midas Sound has been leaving a trail of the dead with their searing live show since their album Waiting For You was released in November 2009. ‘Lost’ is one of the album’s most single-suited moments, released here on Hyperdub’s first ever seven inch record. Roger Robinson’s lyrics are full of regret and sorrow in the aftermath of a finished relationship, while the beats sound like a long lost RZA production. On the B side, new track ‘Frequencies’ finds guest vocalist Pupajim versioning on the rhythm from KMS’s Cool Out, the French reggae emcee dropping lyrics like a singjay lullaby on his ode to bass frequencies. Limited edition in deluxe full-colour high-grade reverse-board jacket.”
JUST SUNSHINE RECORDS
JSS 007LP VOICES OF EAST HARLEM, THE: The Voices Of East Harlem LP (JSS 007LP) 12.00
Gatefold exact repro reissue of the third album by this soul ensemble, originally released in 1973. Produced and arranged by Curtom label line-up Leroy Hutson, Rich Tufo and Curtis Mayfield. Tracks include “Cashing In,” “Wanted, Dead, Or Alive,” “Just Believe In Me” and “Giving Love,” also performed by Roy Ayers on his album Virgo Red.
KILL ROCK STARS
KRS 537EP ERASE ERRATA: Damaged/Ouija Boarding 7″ (KRS 537EP) 5.00
“Since their formation in 1999, Erase Errata has toured the globe, recorded Peel Sessions, performed at Coachella, All Tomorrows Parties (UK and USA), Primavera and GayByGayGay, and released three full length records internationally. This is their sixth 45 RPM single, and their first release on KRS since Nightlife (2006). ‘Damaged’ and ‘Ouija Boarding’ were recorded by Christina Files (Shellac’s sound person) and feature Christina on analog synths.”
KRS 541CD SMITH, ELLIOTT: An Introduction To… Elliott Smith CD (KRS 541CD) 13.50
“The album features fourteen tracks compiled from all seven of Elliott Smith’s albums (including his albums on Geffen: Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or, XO, Figure 8, From A Basement on the Hill, and New Moon.) An Introduction to… is, as the title suggests, intended as an introduction to one of the greatest songwriters of our era. We hope this will enable new generations to learn about Elliott’s music by providing a pathway for people to delve more deeply into his immensely satisfying catalog.”
KRS 541LP SMITH, ELLIOTT: An Introduction To… Elliott Smith LP (KRS 541LP) 15.50
180 gram vinyl version.
KRS 542EP HORSE FEATHERS: Drain You/Bonnet Of Briars 7″ (KRS 542EP) 5.00
“Horse Feathers has been on the road for the majority of 2010 following the April release of their third full-length, Thistled Spring. They closed their record release show in their hometown of Portland, OR with a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Drain You’ so powerful that the whole town was still talking about it days later! KRS made them jump into the studio between tours to commit this phenomenon to vinyl, and the result is this 7″: ‘Drain You’ on the A side and a new original, ‘Bonnet of Briars’, on the B side.”
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 219LP JATOMA: Jatoma LP+CD (KOM 219LP) 15.50
LP version with CD.
KOMP 086CD JATOMA: Jatoma CD (KOMP 086CD) 15.50
This is the debut full-length album by mysterious electronic act Jatoma — cloaked in paradoxes and already questioned by many. Some think that one of the members is a famed producer amongst two genius teenagers. Other theories include that they are a side act for a highly-regarded band. Some will speculate they are just trying to get more attention by remaining unknown. The facts remain blurry and ambiguous, but there remains a clear authenticity surrounding these factors — Jatoma are clearly one of 2010’s most inventive new acts. Michael Mayer at Kompakt was immediately drawn to their combination of the synthetic and the futuristic. Sounds on this album include the cutting of carrots and cereal being poured into a bowl conjoined with hand-claps and vocals, drums, guitars and electronics. The first track (and lead-off single) “Little House Boat” flickers and modulates in a waterfall of harmonious oscillation. These are sounds that are as hard to place as the members’ names and set a strong overall tone for this album. The momentum of an acoustic 4/4 kick drum drives you through the blissful “Manipurma,” “Durian” has a groovy house momentum that chimes with the keys of a child’s imagination. “Bou” is a dancefloor rollout that straddles the best of James Holden’s creative zeal and their apparent love for the subversive. Ambient crooners like “Permafrost” and “Ma10as” will leave you washed ashore, gasping for breath, only to be submerged again by the unfathomable finale “Luvdisc.”
LEFSE
LEFSE 013CD HOW TO DRESS WELL: Love Remains CD (LEFSE 013CD) 14.00
“A true pioneer of genre-bending, Germany via U.S. artist How to Dress Well has been garnering endless crossover support from both the indie rock and hip-hop worlds. His style has been dubbed ‘lo-fi R&B’. This is the debut full-length.”
LEFSE 015CD HOUSES: All Night CD (LEFSE 015CD) 14.00
“‘I got laid off from my job at the end of last year and decided I needed a change. My girlfriend and I moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou, Hawaii. It’s a pretty remote place (i.e no plumbing/electricity/gas). We worked for meals during the day cultivating microorganisms and learning the basics of sustainable living. We drank, showered and cooked with rain water. We inspired each other a lot out there, and I think it shows on the album. The music comes from a place of love and ease. The music was sketched out loosely over the course of a few months. We just kind of melted into one person. I put together all the arrangements and field recordings, and that became All Night.’ Houses will be touring extensively in the US and Europe throughout 2011. They have received great press from sites such as Pitchfork and other sites of that stature.”
LEKTROLUV (BELGIUM)
LL 007CD DR. LEKTROLUV: Live At Lowlands CD (LL 007CD) 17.00
The extremely popular green-masked Dr. Lektroluv offers you a recording of his set at Lowlands on August 22nd, 2010. As usual, you can expect the fattest electro cuts from the hottest names around, including a whole bunch of exclusive and unreleased tracks. Hailing from the vast flatlands of Belgium, the green, half-human bespectacled pioneer is an enigma. Not much is known about this mysterious, 6ft. tall being, other than an ability to blend and create a potent, intoxicating brew of big room sounds, hard 4-4 beats and jacking, twitching electro that sends high-voltage charges through his subjects. Dr. Lektroluv has released no less than ten mix compilations since 2002, showcasing his crazy, sonic experiments deep from his lab in Ghent. His second compilation (the first of seven studio-mixed chapters), The Preskriptions of Dr. Lektroluv set a benchmark for modern electro compilations, while the upfront tracklisting managed to neatly showcase the burgeoning modern electro and jacking house scenes, featuring tracks from the likes of Drexciya to Memory Boy, Hong Kong Counterfeit, and beyond. Over the last few years, as the worlds of electro and house collided further, many modern pioneers from Switch to Herve have been inspired by the green man’s twisted, demented presents to the world. After releasing more compilations on 541 records, he released the first compilation on his own Lektroluv records imprint, showcasing groundbreaking and legendary live sets at festival powerhouses Pukkelpop, Rock Werchter and Outdoor Extrema. The Dr.’s sound has fast infected the minds of clubbers everywhere, with a unique stamp that selects the cream of the crop from today’s electro scene, galvanized with hard-to-find classics. Artists include: Etienne De Crécy, The Subs, Shinichi Osawa, Paul Chambers, Tai (feat. Steve Aoki), Gtronic, Mumbai Science, Etienne De Crécy (feat. The Bloody Beetroots), Maskinen, The Subs, Highbloo, Mightyfools vs. Sharkslayer, Bart B More, Happyboxx, Hey Today!, Polymorphic, Boys Noize & Erol Alkan, Sound Of Stereo, Adam Freeland, Etienne De Crécy, Flairs, and a bonus track from Siriusmo.
LL 008CD VA: I Love Techno 2010 CD (LL 008CD) 17.00
Following Crookers’ turn on 2009’s I Love Techno mix, I Love Techno 2010 features DJ-to-the-stars Steve Aoki. Taking place on November 13, 2010, this year’s I Love Techno (their 15th anniversary!) will be held at the Flanders Expo in Ghent and as ever, is expected to attract some 35,000 people across 5 rooms, making it Europe’s leading indoor dance event. Steve Aoki is one of the headliners this year, next to other hot acts such as Dave Clarke, Underworld, Boys Noize, Crookers, and many, many more. This year’s mix includes a whole bunch of exclusive and unreleased tracks! The man who’s behind Dim Mak Records has been credited with launching the careers of some of the most influential acts of the last decade, including Bloc Party, The Kills, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots, Mystery Jets, The Rakes, The Gossip, and more. Since founding the label, he’s stepped into the limelight himself as a DJ, artist and producer, remixing the likes of Michael Jackson, The Killers, Robin Thicke, Lenny Kravitz, Weezer, Chester French, Tiga, All American Rejects, Drake, Chris Cornell, and more. More recently, he’s been seen collaborating with like-minded producers ranging from Armand Van Helden, Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Faint, D.i.M., Bloody Beetroots, and Junkie XL and can now be found readying his debut artist album. Artists include: Tai, Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Auge, Etienne De Crécy, Djedjotronic, Fischerspooner, Shinichi Osawa, Green Velvet, Felix Cartal, Gtronic, Costello, Peace Treaty, Steve Aoki & Afrojack, Armand Van Helden & Steve Aoki, His Majesty Andre, Sandro Silva, Autoerotique & SonicC, Sound Of Stereo, Itch-E & Scratch-E (feat. MDNA), Style Of Eye, Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, Steve Aoki & Sidney Samson, Mustard Pimp, All Leather, Bloody Beetroots, Refused, and Rifoki.
METROLINE LIMITED (UK)
MLTD 032EP ELON: Clap Back EP 12″ (MLTD 032EP) 12.00
Elon presents “Clap Back” — an absolute gem. The original mix is spacious and airy and allows the echo-soaked toms and the swirling vox stabs to breathe. An insistent bass pulse provides a structure for the post-garage percussion to build into a lurching rhythm. Ekkohaus’ remix is a deep house groove shaped around lush stabs and heavily-filtered synths. “Zero Gravity” features a Rhodes-like synth line that wraps itself round the track like a warm, fuzzy blanket. Maximum comfort for house-heads.
MIRAU (GERMANY)
MIRAU 012EP BJORKE & BARFOD: Superbacon 12″ (MIRAU 012EP) 12.00
Copenhagen’s Tomas Barfod and Kasper Bjørke’s first 12″ under their new moniker Bjørke & Barfod, with a new sound perhaps best described as symphonic disco-trance, definitely marks a turning point in their collaboration. “Superbacon” is an epic, big room track with enough live drums and sexy house elements to make it work in smaller clubs as well. The remix of “Cauliflower” comes from Brooklyn’s finest, Runaway, who brings rave back in a big way.
MOCHILLA
MO 008LP J DILLA: Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes 2LP (MO 008LP) 21.00
“James Yancey, better known as J Dilla was born in Detroit. His work as a producer has a defining role in hip hop. He produced hits for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson. At 32 he passed away in Los Angeles in the care of his mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey of a lupus related illness. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson pays tribute to Dilla by interpreting his music for a 60-piece orchestra featuring special guests Bilal, Dwele, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli, Karriem Riggins and more. This premiere performance left many in the sold out crowd in tears. Part one of a three part series. Packaged in a beautiful 5-color gatefold jacket printed on brown chip board. Companion piece to the full-length DVD (MO 004DVD).”
MO 009LP VEROCAI, ARTHUR: Timeless 2LP (MO 009LP) 21.00
“Folk-jazz composer/arranger Arthur Verocai was born in Rio de Janeiro. He has created challenging arrangements and compositions for Brazilian artists Jorge Ben, Ivan Lins, Leny Andrade and Gal Costa. In 1972 Verocai recorded a self-titled solo LP. It is a stunningly innovative effort. It puts Verocai into a rarified field with the heavy string oriented music of Charles Stepney, David Axelrod and Frank Zappa. Released in a period marked by the Brazilian military government, the album fared poorly. Following its re-issue in 2003 the album has become a highly influential oft sampled classic (see Ludacris, MF Doom and Little Brother). The performance of this seminal 1972 record in its entirety brought the capacity Luckmann crowd to a stand still. According to Verocai, ‘he had never played the record, alive or dead!’ His delight at the opportunity to play this music 37 years later can be seen on the DVD. The music has been mixed by Verocai himself in Rio. History turned on its head and musical justice served. Packaged in a beautiful 5-color gatefold jacket printed on brown chip board. Companion piece to the full length DVD (MO 004DVD).” Featuring Alosio Aguiar, Justo Almario, Jose Bertrami, Ivan “Mamao” Conti, Carlos Dafé, Clarisse Grova and Airto Moreira.
MY BEST FRIEND (GERMANY)
MBF 004CD KAISERDISCO: In No One’s Shadow CD (MBF 004CD) 15.50
The truly hyped phenomenon that is known as Germany’s Kaiserdisco presents their first full-length album. Minimal without being boring, trippy without being predictable, unafraid of melody, ethno sounds or vocals and with a sophisticated, super-strong production, this is the trademark of Kaiserdisco. As their name reveals, Kaiserdisco is about the disco, the club, the hysteria, the nightlife. It is about creating a good vibe, putting a smile on people’s faces, making things happen. In No One’s Shadow features 10 new, unreleased tracks, plus their biggest hit “Aquja” and “Carachillo.” Amazing sound design, funky and ear-catching leads, coupled with sophisticated arrangement nuances make In No One’s Shadow a unique dancefloor journey. The album starts with the warm-hearted “Tripping Lure,” a Balearic breakbeat track that introduces wonderful string arrangements and vocal snippets, making it a perfect opener for their album. “In No One’s Shadow” carries this feeling a step further, introducing a deep Latin-flavored house track with reminiscences to nostalgic New York house music, crediting the wild pitch sound as much as Crystal Waters or Armand van Helden. “Dance On The Moon” is a twisted, Chicago-flavored tune, sci-fi funk influences working on the mental side of things, reminding us of Green Velvet or Grand Detroit Pubahs. “Simplistix” is the most “Kaiser”-sounding track, playful, restless, and full of joy, with some haunting vocals. It nicely blends wild percussion, vocals and squawking synths into an action-packed, yet equally sublime journey.
OFF-RAT (FRANCE)
ORT 002CD DI DOMENICO/ARVE HENRIKSEN/TATSUHISA YAMAMOTO, GIOVANNI: Clinamen CD (ORT 002CD) 17.00
The Off-Rat label presents a special collaborative release from Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Giovanni Di Domenico (piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics), and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (drums, percussion). Pianist/composer Giovanni Di Domenico formed this trio because of the extremely special quality of the sound he wanted to achieve within a musical group, and the choice of the musicians involved related to that special quality. “Clinamen,” in ancient Roman philosopher Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, is the magic force that makes an atom change direction during its fall and thus be able to hit other atoms and “create” energy and life. This new exploratory musical unit takes inspiration from Lucretius’ theory to create melodies and soundscapes, to play with the inner and most special matter of the “sound” of each and all of the three members. Di Domenico’s open compositions are integrated by Henriksen’s and Yamamoto’s extreme transparent approach to their instruments, making them breathe and have an extra-special quality.
ON-U SOUND (UK)
ONU 1002CD BECKETT, HARRY: The Modern Sound Of Harry Beckett CD (ONU 1002CD) 15.50
“Plans were already in place to announce the re-release of this 2008 album when the sad news broke of Harry Beckett’s death. The Barbados-born trumpeter Harry Beckett was one of the great treasures of British culture. Charlie Mingus was a fan, and his old LPs such as Flare Up have become sought-after rarities. Even in his early 70s he was still on great form, creating a magnificent sonic treat in the shape of The Modern Sound Of Harry Beckett, on which he teamed up with a variety of dub-reggae and electro-jazz collaborators, confidently stirred into a steaming sonic bouillabaisse by On-U Sound producer Adrian Sherwood. Beckett and Sherwood worked together many times over the years, but this album is the sole full length from the unusual pairing, created by the simple but effective method of Beckett improvising over new and revised On-U rhythm tracks.”
ORNAMENTS (GERMANY)
ORN 013EP MOD.CIVIL: Op.cit. 12″ (ORN 013EP) 14.00
New Mod.Civil tracks on Ornaments — subtle, atmospheric, bouncy house/techno tunes.
OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 007LP VA: Fünf 7×12″ BOX (OSTGUT 007LP) 82.00
Deluxe, limited 7×12″ box version. Includes 2 vinyl-only tracks: Ben Klock’s “Wolf” and Margaret Dygas’ “For Five.” Individually printed innersleeves with the most provocative album art of the year, all housed in a heavy duty outerbox. The rush you get from holding this release in your hands is on par with getting groped in one of Berghain’s dark rooms.
OSTGUT 015CD VA: Fünf 2CD (OSTGUT 015CD) 18.00
Ostgut Ton releases this unique compilation of music crafted from field recordings made inside the two Berlin clubs Berghain and Panorama Bar. The concept and original recordings were made by the Berlin-based producer, Emika. Over a period of two months, Emika created the recordings in the clubs while they were closed to the public and edited them into a library of sounds. The library was then given to all the Ostgut Ton artists, but also to club associates like DJ Pete aka Substance, Dinky, Cassy, Margaret Dygas, Ryan Elliott and Scuba, using his SCB alias, to make music with. This release marks the celebration of the label’s five year anniversary. Emika’s idea started from feeling the whole building resonating from the music being played, which led to the question: which sounds exist here when there is no party? Intrigued by stories of how the club spaces and sound systems influence the resident DJ sets and productions, Emika was curious to explore what music could be made from the building itself. Berghain’s sound technicians Krischan Makswitat and Silvio König helped to record the entire light rig including the strobe lights, which in itself sounds like techno. Other interesting sources to record were the large cooling rooms used for storing thousands of drinks in bottles. The ventilation systems in these rooms make incredible sub-frequencies mixed with the sound of the bottles vibrating against each other. The club also contains large swings made from metal which creak and moan at the slightest of movement. In total, the library comprised over four gigabytes of sounds, and the artists were not given restrictions on how to make music from the library. The tracks on this compilation consist of each artist’s signature production aesthetics and feature debut solo productions by residents Fiedel (one-half of seminal Berlin-based outfit MMM), Boris and Prosumer’s long term production partner, Tama Sumo. All together, this release highlights the special and inseparable relationships between the label, club space, and collective of artists. Other artists include: Marcel Fengler, Nick Höppner, Shed, Steffi, Len Faki, Barker & Baumecker, Marcel Dettmann, Murat Tepeli (feat. Elif Biçer), Soundstream, Ben Klock, Norman Nodge, and Luke Slater.
PAST & PRESENT (UK)
PAPR 2121CD VA: Glimpses Volumes 1 & 2 2CD (PAPR 2121CD) 23.00
At long last, this legendary series of moody ’60s punk and garage compilations is available on CD again! Originally issued in the early 1980s, and featuring some of the greatest and rarest American 45 sides of the 1960s (from all over the U.S.), it’s downright essential for fans of heavy rock and roll, and is presented here with a booklet offering biographical information on all artists, plus rare pictures. Artists include: The Balloon Farm, The Illusion, The Ninth Street Bridge, Mouse & The Traps, Nite People, The Marauders, The Buckinghams, The Wellington Arrangement, The Yorkshires, The Troyes, The Roy Sorensen Group, Westminist’r, The Ruins, Galaxies IV, The Pastels, The Baroques, Better Sweet, Count And The Colony, The Barracuda, Hopi And The Beau Heems, The Mystic Tide, and The Continental Co-Ets.
PHONICA (UK)
PHONICA 006EP HOLROYD, BOB: African Drug 12″ (PHONICA 006EP) 12.50
Originally released in 1994, Bob Holroyd’s effervescent, career-defining anthem “African Drug” is given a new lease on life with two breathtaking remixes. Using the African samples from the original, Four Tet builds a complex, glockenspiel-esque melody that slowly morphs into a feast of hypnotic percussion, pulsating sub-bass and dizzying, psychedelic FX. T.Williams retools “African Drug” for more leftfield dancefloors. An absorbing, off-kilter percussive intro gradually gives way to a heavy yet streamlined 4/4 groove — a raw, powerful secret weapon.
PORTER RECORDS
PRCD 1509CD CATALYST: The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 CD (PRCD 1509CD) 15.00
“In the early ’70s a band named Catalyst was formed in the heart of Philadelphia. The core of the group was Odean Pope, Sherman Ferguson, Eddie Green and Al Johnson (who was replaced by Tyrone Brown after their first album). The band drew from a wide range of musical styles; jazz, funk, R&B, avant-garde and fusion all found their way into the creative sonic tapestry of Catalyst. With the given talents of Catalyst they could have and should have been bigger but sadly they found themselves with little promotion or recognition outside the proximity of Philadelphia. Thankfully Catalyst were able to leave behind four extraordinary recordings that will appeal to both jazz-heads and those in the hip-hop community.” Volume 1 features tracks from the albums Catalyst and Perception.
PRCD 1510CD CATALYST: The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 CD (PRCD 1510CD) 15.00
Volume 2 in the series compiling the eclectic output of this Philadelphia-based jazz/funk/R&B/avant-garde/fusion quartet: featuring tracks from the albums Unityand A Tear And A Smile.
PRCD 1511CD KOIVISTOINEN, EERO: 3rd Version CD (PRCD 1511CD) 15.00
“3rd Version is Eero Koivistoinen’s seventh album and finds him in the company of other excellent Finnish musicians: pianist Heikki Sarmanto, guitarist Jukka Tolonen, bassist Pekka Sarmanto and drummer Reino Laine, plus American drummer Craig Herndon. Except for Tolonen, who is mostly associated with jazz-rock fusion due to his membership in the legendary Finnish bands Tasavallan Presidentti and Wigwam, the rest of the players are all pillars of the Finnish modern jazz scene and all are virtuosi on their respective instruments. The music could be generally categorized as fusion, but this is the European strain of fusion, which is more focused, with every moment contributing a new vista to the music. At long last this cornerstone of the ’70s Finnish jazz scene is once again made available.”
PRE-CERT HOME ENTERTAINMENT (UK)
VHSX 001LP ANWORTH KIRK: Anworth Kirk LP (VHSX 001LP) 18.00
Pre-Cert Home Entertainment is a new imprint releasing limited vinyl documents of contemporary musical and nonmusical material researched by Andy Votel (Finders Keepers) and Sean Canty of Demdike Stare (Modern Love) in the north of England. Part art/part trash, this open-ended disposable archive combines a cross-section of oblique influences such as sound research libraries, VHS video culture, electronic Folkways records, sound poetry, tape manipulation, European fumetti, outsider art and field recording, to name but a few. With a continued focus on the theatrical/macabre and a stylistic nod to the industrial landscape of its local history, Pre-Cert aims to expand an open catalog of man-made and mechanical music and disparate archival noise. The first release on the label embodies all the characteristics of Pre-Cert’s modus operandi, featuring collated compositions from the semi-fictitious Anworth Kirk. Combining influences from European folklore, Surrealism, Letterist poetry, tape loops, found-sound and armchair-cinematics, this eponymous album (Subtitled: The Old Mill Is Your New God) comprises 12 segued titles presented in two chapters. Clocking in at 22 minutes, Pre-Cert’s first release is pressed on vinyl at 45 rpm (similar to late-period Indian horror soundtracks). Vinyl limited to 500 copies. Cut at Berlin’s D&M.
RASTER-NOTON (GERMANY)
R-N 121CD ANBB: ALVA NOTO & BLIXA BARGELD: Mimikry CD (R-N 121CD) 17.00
Raster-Noton presents the debut full-length album by ANBB, the collaborative project of electronic music composer/visual artist Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) and composer/voice artist Blixa Bargeld (also known as singer of Einstürzende Neubauten and guitarist of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds). Having been friends and admirers of each other’s work for a long time, they decided to join forces to develop a musical concept based on the combination of improvisation and abstraction. The collaboration debuted at an impulsive live performance at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco in September 2007, where the spontaneity of Blixa Bargeld’s voice and the elaborate beat structures and soundscapes of Alva Noto merged to surprising and unexpected results. Rethinking traditional songs in their own special manner, they deliver an outstanding and inspiring musical blend of abstract electronics and radically altered traditional songs. On its ten tracks, Mimikry readopts two originals and two alternate versions of tracks from the duo’s debut EP, Ret Marut Handshake (R-N 120EP), while introducing six brand new songs. Additionally, the album includes a guest vocal contribution from model/actress Veruschka (known for her appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 cult movie Blow-Up). Presented with a 16-page booklet that presents original text and drawings developed by Blixa Bargeld during the recordings.
RATHER INTERESTING (GERMANY)
RI 026CLCD ATOM HEART: Volume 2: The Solicited Tracks 1996-2006 CD (RI 026CLCD) 19.00
“‘Music is everywhere!’ stated AtomTM in an interview back in 1992 — and, YES how right he was! During Atom?’s over 20 years of music-making all sorts of people, companies and other entities were approaching him, each one of them in need of one thing: music. The music that was needed always had to fit a certain format, context or idea and in most cases its use was for a limited amount of time, copies or listeners…a special piece of music for a special purpose or listenership. ‘While going through my audio archive,’ continues AtomTM, ‘I found quite a number of compositions I had forgotten about entirely. It was quite a task to find out why I had done them and most importantly, for whom — though after a bit of research I was able to put the puzzle back together.’ And so it came about that this CD finally took shape: Atom Heart – Volume 2 – The Solicited Tracks 1996-2006. The fact that none of the compositions presented here, really made it ‘into the world,’ but all of them remained rather hidden in some strange cultural corners, let AtomTM take the decision to finally ‘make them public.’ Here we find tracks made for compilations, online projects, books, exhibitions, releases that never were released and all sorts of other formats or uses. Fine, careful remastering was applied to all the tracks in order to unify them sound wise, since, (listened to from a technological point of view) they were recorded over a time span of more than 10 years. When listening to this selection, you may be surprised how coherent, in all its sonic diversity, this album turned out — AtomTM’s unique signature is the backbone that keeps it all together. The Solicited Tracks 1996-2006 is an elegantly sequenced musical selection, which leads us through rhythmical, sometimes calm or abstract compositions that strangely seem to make perfect sense as a whole — as if destiny or history finally put them into the right place.” Autographed and numbered limited edition of 500.
RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)
RACD 104CD MOTORPSYCHO: Timothy’s Monster 4CD BOX (RACD 104CD) 34.00
Deluxe 4CD reissue of Timothy’s Monster, originally released in late ’94, is a certified classic, considered by many the best Motorpsycho album and often listed as the best Norwegian rock album in most significant listings since its release. Coming only a year after their dark and monumental Demon Box, this is a lighter, more adventurous, spacious and varied offering showing them blossoming into the band you have known and loved ever since, always on the move; forward, sideways, upwards, backwards. Spread over four CDs, you get the original album, the first version of the album that never got to be released and a very decent selection of rarities, outtakes and previously-unreleased tracks. Not only that, the package itself is nothing short of excellent, with its newly-designed box, cardboard sleeves, poster and 24-page booklet with extensive liner notes and anecdotes, priceless photos and notes about the recordings. This is simply a treasure trove for even the moderate Motorpsycho fan, if there is such a thing.
RCD 2100CD VA: Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep CD (RCD 2100CD) 17.00
Rune Grammofon celebrates release number 100 with this quite excellent and suitable collection of tracks from 13 of their esteemed artists, old and new. When the label started to compile the album and look at possible track orders, they soon noticed the large number of quiet tracks they had received, making it closer in feel to a “real” album than a compilation, and by far the best compilation album they have done. Twelve tracks are exclusive to this release, including a track by up-and-coming Rune Grammofon artist Jenny Hval. As with previous compilations, Rune Grammofon has turned to song lyrics and poems for the title — this one is from William Butler Yeats’ short but monumental poem “The Second Coming.” Other artists include: Alog, The Low Frequency In Stereo, Ultralyd, Espen Eriksen Trio, In The Country, Bushman’s Revenge, Hilde Marie Kjersem, Stian Westerhus, Puma, Deathprod, and Supersilent.
RCD 2102CD SUPERSILENT: 10 CD (RCD 2102CD) 17.00
This is the tenth release in the Supersilent series. Since the very beginning, Supersilent have always moved forward with the greatest integrity. Supersilent’s music is collective work, total group improvising, with not a whit of individual grandstanding. They never rehearse as a group and don’t discuss the music with each other, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Every recording and every concert is a unique occasion, not to be repeated, and their music lives in a no-man’s-land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. It can sometimes appear to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepathic level. Supersilent 10 brings further evidence to the above. Known as being heavy on the electronics, they have moved slightly towards a more acoustic landscape with Ståle Storløkken, treating the splendid Steinway piano at Rainbow with some great playing. Supersilent 10 features some of the band and Arve Henriksen’s most beautiful and lyrical moments side-by-side with some of their most eerie soundscapes. Most of the recordings on this album were done by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow with some recordings from the Supersilent 8 sessions from 2005 added. Mixed by Helge Sten. Members include: Helge Sten (audio virus, electric guitar), Ståle Storløkken (grand piano, keyboards), Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics).
SAHKO (FINLAND)
SAHKO 004EP HERTSI: Kohina 12″ (SAHKO 004EP) 16.00
“Luxury reissue of long lost 1993 pre-Pan Sonic techno classic w/ original track listing — essential must have!”
SCION VERSIONS (GERMANY)
SCION 005EP SUBSTANCE & VAINQUEUR: Emerge 12″ (SCION 005EP) 12.00
2007 release, repressed. “Essential re-release by Chain Reaction’s originators Substance & Vainqueur.”
SCION 006EP SUBSTANCE: Relish 12″ (SCION 006EP) 12.00
2008 release, repressed. “Reissue of classic Chain Reaction techno by Substance aka DJ Pete, including original killer loops and adding a brilliant remix by Shed — TIP!”
SHINDIG (UK)
SHIN ANN#3 SHINDIG: Shindig! Annual Number Three Book (SHIN ANN#3) 17.00
“Shindig! Annual #3 gathers the cream of Shindig! magazine’s collectable out-of-print back issues and adds a couple of previously unpublished works exclusive to this publication. Featuring definitive articles — many expanded and updated — on the following artists: The Pretty Things: The Brit-rock legends’ pioneering psychedelic adventures revisited. The Flamin’ Groovies: San Francisco ballrooms, hard rock, glam, powerpop classics… they did it all. The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream: The British flower children’s coming-out ball and how it changed British pop. Kevin Ayers: Cult hero, counter-culture darling and quintessential English renaissance man. Alice Cooper: Notorious shock-rocker’s early garage years exposed. The Scaffold: The scouse avante-garde pop/comedy/poetry trio reappraised. The Strawbs: The early psychedelic days of the folk-pop stalwarts remembered. Fire: Into the treacle toffee world of the UK mod/psych heroes. Procession: The Aussi psych-pop gods who came to London in search of success. In addition, we are proud to publish a pair of newly-minted features exclusive to this annual: Green Beat; The emergence of Irish rock and psychedelia in the mid-late ’60s; David Daltrey: From teenage psych-pop with Tales Of Justine to jazz and beyond. The cover is silver foil on black. Illustration by Savage Pencil.” Hardback, full-color, 96 pages.
SHIN V2#19 SHINDIG: Shindig! Vol. 2, Issue 19 Nov-Dec 2010 MAG (SHIN V2#19) 9.00
“HEAD’S UP! On the cover: The Monkees’ film Head – The inside story of their celluloid suicide note. Features: The Easybeats: From Heaven to Hell with the Antipodean ’60s beat gods; The Iveys: The Apple Records proteges’ early (pre-Badfinger) days revisited; The Liverpool Scene: The guitarist’s guitarist on poetry, Peel, Led Zep and The Isle Of Wight Festival; Clark-Hutchinson: Down and dirty prog-punk freak-outs from the early ’70s.” 100 pages.
SMALLVILLE (GERMANY)
SMALL 003CD RAU, CHRISTOPHER: Asper Clouds CD (SMALL 003CD) 17.00
Christopher Rau succeeds in what rarely happens in the universe of house music: he creates a dream around that one magic loop which seems to last forever on the dancefloor. Now, after releases on Staub, Laid and Smallville, the dream develops, the magic expands: Christopher Rau’s debut album Asper Clouds builds up one hour of pure beauty. No trend to be followed, no invention to be intended, it is the reduced gorgeousness that lets us float on sweet Asper Clouds. Nick Holder, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Pete Rock, J Dilla — they all simply cached the right sense for magic samples, heavenly loops, and warm bass lines — Christopher Rau might not connect to these heroes personally, but he belongs to that group of magicians who forms happiness out of a small amount of ingredients. His music has the sweetness and warmth of the city of Hamburg at delightful venues such as the Golden Pudel Club and Smallville Parties at Ego. After “Ne Travaillez Jamais” became the favorite track on Smallville, the idea of an album was born. Asper Clouds is simple and lovely.
SMALL 003LP RAU, CHRISTOPHER: Asper Clouds 2LP (SMALL 003LP) 20.00
2LP version.
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (UK)
SJR 229A-LP VA: Riddim Box Volume One 2LP (SJR 229A-LP) 21.00
Double LP version, volume one. Artists: Altered Natives, MJ Cole, NB Funky, Tubby T, Sunship featuring Warrior Queen, Zumen featuring Leafnuts and Aaron Phiri, Hard House Banton, Ghosts On Tape and Donae’o.
SJR 229B-LP VA: Riddim Box Volume Two 2LP (SJR 229B-LP) 21.00
Double LP version, volume two. Artists: Stereotyp Meets Al Haca, Kode9, Lil’ Silva, LV featuring Rubi Dan & Errol Bellot, Omar and Zed Bias, DJ Spend presents DJ Technic, Grievous Angel, DVA, Shystie and Crazy Cousinz.
SJR 229CD VA: Riddim Box 2CD (SJR 229CD) 19.00
“Riddim Box brings together some of the most innovative artists and creative UK producers with this stellar selection of twisted left-field tracks from celebrated names such as Shystie, Kode9, Crazy Cousins alongside exclusive cuts from LV, Grievous Angel and more. With its roots in the UK garage scene and emerging out of the union of dubstep and house, UK Funky draws a line from the original sounds of jungle and drum and bass and dancehall through to the newer UK dance music variants such as grime, dubstep and 2-step. Double CD in heavy-duty casing.” Other artists include: Altered Natives, MJ Cole, NB Funky, Tubby T, Sunship, Warrior Queen, Zumen, Leafnuts, Aaron Phiri, Hard House Banton, Ghosts On Tape, Donae’o, Stereotyp, Lil’ Silva, LV, Rubi Dan, Errol Bellot, Omar, Zed Bias, DJ Spen, DJ Technic, and DVA.
SJR 238EP RANDOMER & FIFE: No Sleep/On A Roll 12″ (SJR 238EP) 9.00
“Soul Jazz’s Future Bass features some of the most progressive producers making dance music today — Four Tet, Mala, Kevin Martin, Coki, Untold and more new wave producers like Randomer. Here Randomer joins up with fellow dubstep producer Fife with this stunning new single featuring two exclusive new super-deep tracks of future music.”
SOUL MOTIVE (UK)
SMR 008CD ELEVEN TIGERS: Clouds Are Mountains CD (SMR 008CD) 14.50
Eleven Tigers steps up with a beautiful and entirely lush record for the first album to be released by the deeply impressive Soul Motive label. The Lithuanian ex-patriot is going to blow minds with this album and its show-piece single “Stableface.” His sound has a sense of being wonderfully organic, while retaining a dark electronic aesthetic. Presented as a continuous live set, Clouds Are Mountains displays Eleven Tigers’ mastery of the live show, with beats and melodies constantly evolving from a sheer joy in experimentation. The album truly reflects this as it takes you on a journey of epic proportions, careering from one musical world into another. This album moves from ambient, ethereal pads, dark electronic drum sequences, folky vocals, delayed psychedelic guitar licks and Detroit chords that all melt in and out of the mix. Clouds And Mountains gives you a glimpse of the natural feel and human element in Eleven Tigers’ electronic world.
SOUNDSTREAM (GERMANY)
SOUNDSTREAM 005 SOUNDSTREAM: All Night 12″ (SOUNDSTREAM 005) 12.00
“Anthem alert – Soundstream!”
STIR 15 (GERMANY)
STIR15 040EP C-ROCK & BRETT JOHNSON: Bassmatic 12″ (STIR15 040EP) 12.00
Stir 15 presents a delicious fusion of flavors from Brett Johnson and C-Rock. The result is a very colorful, late-night deep house burner. They combined deep chords, heavy, bass-loaded beats and hypnotic arrangements all melted down to a deep house-lover’s delight that stands out from the current functional toolhouse wave! Kruse & Nürnberg created a dub-flavored club edit with a nice techno vibe. Marc Poppcke’s remix kicks off very subtle and moody but builds up to a heavy, driving monster.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 275CD Z’EV: as/if/when CD (SR 275CD) 15.50
Sub Rosa presents works by industrial music pioneer, Z’EV. The physical vibrations of the objects in his works with both text and sound has been influenced by the Middle Eastern mystical system best known as Kabbalah, as well as — but not limited to — African, Afro-Caribbean and Indonesian rhythms, musics and cultures. He has studied Ewe music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala. From 1959-1965 he studied drumming with Arnie Frank, then Chuck Flores and then Art Anton at Drum City in Van Nuys, CA. In 1963, he abandoned Judaism and began his life-long relationship with World religions and esoteric systems. 1964 saw the beginning of his initial attempts at writing poetry and explorations of both two and three-dimensional artforms. After studying at CalArts from 1969-1970 with poets Emmett Williams and Michael S. Bell and writer/critic Sue-Ellen Case, he began producing works using the name S. Weisser, primarily concentrating on visual and sound poetries. In 1975, he was included in the “Second Generation” show at the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco. In 1976 he moved from Los Angeles to the Bay Area, ending up with a storefront studio on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, pretty much midway between the headquarters of the Black Panther Party, (who dissolved that year), and the Hells Angels (still extant). A primary reason for this move was his association with the San Francisco Alternative exhibition space La Mamelle (run by Carl Loeffler and Nancy Evans). In 1977 he presented his first solo percussion performance under the project title “Sound of Wind and Limb.” In 1978 he began developing an idiosyncratic performance technique utilizing self-developed instruments formed from industrial materials such as stainless steel, titanium, and PVC plastics. Critic John Buckley described his performances in this era: “the instruments are collections of objects … strung together with ropes and swung at varying speeds and directions to produce a fairly astonishing range of pitches and timbres. And the moves the guy goes through to manipulate these instruments are, for grace and athleticism, strong stuff. Z’EV is also interesting for the close correlation of visual and musical aspects, since the physical vibrations of the objects you see are the same as those picked up by the ears as sound. Also, since the rhythms of the work are dictated by the performer’s every and any movement, an inevitable integrity unifies the act.” This release presents pieces from the artist’s early sound experiments: “As,” recorded in 1978 at the KPFK radio station in Los Angeles; “If,” recorded in 1982 at Savoy Tivoli in San Francisco; and “When,” recorded in 1983 at Shaffy Theatre, Amsterdam.
SR 295CD LETORT, BRUNO: Lignes CD (SR 295CD) 15.50
Bruno Letort is a French composer born in 1963 in Vichy. This guitarist published a series of albums on the border of jazz and rock in the early ’80s with Manu Katche, Noël Akchoté, and Didier Malherbe. His discography from the ’90s contains more “scored” music for orchestra (Pièces pour les pays baltes, 1992; Le Continent obscur, commissioned by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, 1998-1999), his Fables électroniques (2001) blended concrete/electronic sounds with a symphony orchestra. In 2004, Bruno Letort recorded a new album called E(a)st, the fruit of many trips to East-European countries. That same year, he became “composer in residence” at the National Orchestra of Belarus. Bruno Letort’s approach has always referred to multidisciplinarity. Witness the number of works he has composed for dance, theater, cinema, video and scenography. Closely related to Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten (emblematic figures of the Belgian comic strip), he co-composed L’Affaire Désombres. In 2000, he founded the Radio France label Signature which has recorded artists as diverse as Pierre Henry, Fred Frith, Hector Zazou, Elliott Sharp, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Ferrari, Christian Fennesz, Mika Vainio, and Christian Zanési. Lignes is a complex piece composed by Bruno Letort, based on the eponymous novel by Murakami Ryù. Performed by the chamber ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy with the voice of the legendary Klaus Blasquiz (historical voice of Magma) and Japanese pop singer Kumi Okamoto. This last opus is a synthesis of the scored orchestral music, electronic composition and voices.
SR 307CD DR. BOOGIE: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa CD (SR 307CD) 15.50
Subtitled: Fabulous Rhythm’n’Blues Shakers On The Dancefloor! 1952-1968. This is volume seven in Sub Rosa’s series of rare and lost recordings from the ’20s to the ’60s, following Dr. Boogie Presents Rarities from the Bob Hite Vaults (SR 271CD/LP), Oh, Run Into Me, But Don’t Hurt Me! Female Blues Singers — Rarities 1923-1930 (SR 268CD/LP), Shim Sham Shimmy (SR 279CD/LP), Dr. Boogie Presents 26 Deranged And Smokin’ Cool Cats (SR 286CD/LP), I’m Going Where The Water Drinks Like Wine (SR 287CD/LP) and Dr. Boogie Presents Heavy Jelly: Essential Instrumentals (SR 292CD/LP) — assembled by Belgian radio personality, musicologist, and Canned Heat devotee, Walter De Paduwa aka Dr. Boogie. “Wasa Wasa” means “what’s up?” and invites you to put on your dancing shoes. A fine opportunity to remind everyone that what was called rhythm and blues in the late ’50s and came from “race music” was the marriage of the word “rhythm,” which designated a fast tempo, and the word “blues,” which brought to mind the unmovable 12-bar rule. Rhythm’n’blues would become the vector that would let black music infiltrate white popular music and pave the way for the emergence of rock’n’roll. All tracks are taken from the original, authentic 45 rpms.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
SF 062LP HAYVANLAR ALEMI: Guarana Superpower LP (SF 062LP) 18.50
Hailing from the Turkish capital of Ankara, Hayvanlar Alemi is a group of contemporary players steeped in the art of psychedelics, surf, and expansive rock instrumental grandeur. Formed in 1999, the band is led by Özüm ?tez (electric guitar) and I??k Sar?han (percussion) and they’ve released a variety of CDs and mp3 tracks in Turkey and beyond leading up to this, Guarana Superpower, their first-ever vinyl LP. The tracks drift from majestic beauty to blazing delirium with ?tez etching his manifesto for electric guitar every step of the way backed by Sarihan’s wide variety of percussion styles. Although the group is rooted in classical and modern Turkish psych-rock in spirit, they draw on a large range of sounds and influences, and traces of Turkish styles are hard to pin down. Two of the tracks, “MEGA Lambada” and “Guarana Superpower,” are more reminiscent of late ’80s post-punk experimental mind-melting, referencing Torch Of The Mystics-era Sun City Girls in grand fashion. Other cuts expand on a diversity of areas including tripped-out surf, retro Cambodian rock, electrified Thai Mor Lam and Saharan guitar music. Every single track is memorable and the incredible variety helps confirm the fact that Hayvanlar Alemi is one of today’s great rock instrumental combos. This extremely limited one-time LP pressing comes in a full color heavy-duty tip-on jacket.
SUNBEAM RECORDS (UK)
SBR 5041LP DRAKE, NICK: Family Tree 2LP (SBR 5041LP) 31.00
2010 repress on vinyl. Comprising recordings made at Nick Drake’s family home and in France before his 1969 debut, Family Tree offers a unique insight into a nascent songwriting genius. Spread over four sides of 180 gram virgin vinyl, its 29 songs range from folk standards and compositions by his mother Molly to early versions of future classics taped by his Cambridge friend and arranger Robert Kirby at Cambridge in 1968. Mastered at Abbey Road and featuring 29 rare tracks (one previously only available on iTunes), as well as a deluxe gatefold sleeve, rare photographs and a lavish insert including lengthy sleeve notes, this lovingly assembled set is sure to become a prized item amongst lovers of Nick Drake. Non-limited or numbered second pressing now available.
SBR 5078CD THOMPSON, CHRIS: Chris Thompson 2CD (SBR 5078CD) 17.00
Originally issued as the fabled Village Thing label folded in 1973, this has been described as one of the best acid folk albums of the 1970s. Recorded in numerous locations by itinerant New Zealand guitar wizard Chris Thompson (who travelled to the UK as part of Julie Felix’s band), it features guest appearances from Clem Alford and Keshav Sathe (of Magic Carpet renown), and casts a hypnotic spell. It’s presented here in its fullest-ever version, with alternative takes, a second disc culled from all stages of his career, rare photos and detailed notes from the man himself.
SUOL (GERMANY)
SUOL 001CD KALKBRENNER, FRITZ: Here Today Gone Tomorrow CD (SUOL 001CD) 15.50
This is the debut album by Berlin vocalist/producer Fritz Kalkbrenner, the man with the unmistakable voice. Kalkbrenner isn’t new to the business. His voice is heard on longplayers by artists like Alexander Kowalski, Chopstick & Johnjon and Sascha Funke. Also “Sky & Sand,” the theme of the movie Berlin Calling was written and produced by he and his brother Paul Kalkbrenner, putting him right into the spotlight with numerous top ten chart entries around the globe. Over the last two or three decades, techno has repeatedly returned to its soul roots, and Kalkbrenner has been right there for it from the beginning, turning techno into liquid soul with his god-like vocals. On Here Today Gone Tomorrow Kalkbrenner doesn’t hold back on the soul, either, with a wonderfully silky, sophisticated techno album. Like any good pioneer, Fritz Kalkbrenner knows how to mediate between the various musical poles that are in constant need of reconciliation. The instrumental pieces, like the vocal numbers, come across as well-structured little stories, while the vocal tracks adeptly avoid drowning the dancefloor in a flood of self-pitying, melancholy tears. With the two spectacular hits “Facing The Sun” and “Sideways & Avenues,” the dark “Was Right Been Wrong” and the country-esque “Right In The Dark,” Fritz effortlessly pulls enough pop music aces out of his sleeve for the rest to feel right at home in the club world, always finely balanced between techno that equally rocks but also swings; sounds that are unmistakably in the family of or are mildly related to the opulent, enchanted moments we know from Sascha Funke or Superpitcher. Lavishly sprinkled throughout the album, the listener also finds little beat miniatures that remind one of Kalkbrenner’s socialization with hip-hop icons like Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-One or the Wu-Tang Clan. This is an altogether diverse album, full of sophistication, soul, and swing.
TAPETE (GERMANY)
TR 188CD SCHWEFELGELB: Das Ende Vom Kreis CD (TR 188CD) 17.00
This is the second full-length album by Germany’s Schwefelgelb. A lot has happened since their acclaimed debut album Alt Und Neu — Sid and Eddy aka Schwefelgelb were invited to the Wire festival in Tokyo, the biggest festival for electronic music in Asia. The picky, well-informed audience went crazy over Schwefelgelb’s mix of electro, new and dark wave, and their eccentric stage performance did the rest. The same happened on tour in England, Spain, and Poland, and during that time, Schwefelgelb found the time to remix a number of other artists. If on their debut Schwefelgelb brilliantly combined brute electronic body music with catchy melodies and melodic detail, they now not only further continue to do so on Das Ende Vom Kreis, but take it to the extreme. On the one hand, a cool elegance, that keeps reminding you of the sound of the Sheffield scene (Human League, Cabaret Voltaire); on the other hand, the hard, but never overly simplistic beats. In this respect, Schwefelgelb have managed to square one and the same: smart music that gives you the chance to pogo dance that nevertheless sounds as fresh and progressive as if the Roland TR-808s had just recently rolled off the assembly line. Das Ende Vom Kreis will cause a stir in the discos around the globe, with the exhilarated, worn-out masses soaked with sweat.
TARTELET (DENMARK)
TART 014EP KENTON SLASH DEMON: The Schwarzschild Solution Part II 12″ (TART 014EP) 12.00
This is the second EP from Kenton Slash Demon’s The Schwarzschild Solution trilogy and features a remix from much-hyped Runaways. “Matter” is a deeply natural constellation of disco and house, sprinkled with emotionally-charged lyrics and a hint of that special Tartelet strangeness. Looping and cutting clips of synth-stabs and murmuring voices solidify the beat while the groove shapes the modulating melody. Malthe Fischer adds his mystic vocals for a shatter-storm of touching chord-changes that drags people restlessly to the dancefloor.
THE TAPEWORM (UK)
TTW 023CS ZEROCROP: On Tape Cassette (TTW 023CS) 7.00
Cassette-only release. Limited edition of 250 copies only. Zerocrop is the pseudonym of London-based musician Parker, an independent artist who has been releasing albums through the web site www.zerocrop.com since 2000. The music is a hypnotic mix of complex vocal melodies and spoken word sequences on unsettling themes, set against a rich backwash of pedal steel, guitars and electronics. Zerocrop has remixed, written songs for and performed with the incomparable Billie Ray Martin (Electribe 101) and regularly creates the show music for award-winning milliner Justin Smith. This cassette features four new tracks recorded specially for The Tapeworm. Running for just over 30 minutes, these are four new numbers that reference tape recordings as their subject matter. “Rewind to a time when you feel fine/fast forward to a place where you feel safe.” Zerocrop writes: “I first started making music on a mono cassette radio when I was 13 and I still have all the cassettes I made. These early works featured a great deal of piano, screaming and saucepans. Plus ça change. A cassette for The Tapeworm is the perfect place to revisit them and to dust off the Roland Juno 6 and the Casio MT-41 in order to fashion for my listeners yet another journey into musical mental instability.” –Zerocrop, London, August 15, 2010; Cover features an illustration by Sarah Pettitt. Composed and performed by Parker with pedal steel guitar by Steve Honest and electric guitar by Marlon Banjo. Mastered by Steve Honest.
TTW 024CS GIBSON, RANDY: Analog Apparitions Cassette (TTW 024CS) 7.00
Cassette-only release. Limited edition of 250 copies only. Recorded on a Marantz PMD222 with Maxell UR-90 cassettes, Brooklyn, NY, VI-xix-2010 to VII-xxiv-2010. Analog Apparitions, by Brooklyn-based composer Randy Gibson, is a pair of 30-minute compositions designed specifically to be recorded and released on cassette tape. A student of seminal minimalist composer La Monte Young, Gibson follows in the tradition of prime harmonic just intonation pioneered by Young in the 1960s. “Apparitions Of The Four Pillars,” the underlying composition on this tape, explores the depth of the harmonic series through standard just intonation methods and the use of higher prime-harmonic relationships. In the 18 hours of recordings layered onto the two sides of the cassette, you can hear the mechanism of the tape itself, the evolution of improvisations over seven recording sessions, and the purity of sine waves in complex prime-harmonic relationships. Randy Gibson is a composer and performer, living and working in New York City. He works with structure, evolutionary compositional models, and improvisation to create enveloping and ritualistic works in just intonation. Gibson began his musical training at the age of six, studying percussion. In the summer of 1998, he travelled to Japan to study marimba with the great Keiko Abe. In early 2003, Gibson began composition studies in New York with La Monte Young. Continually humbling and revelatory, his studies with Young have brought greater clarity to his work, and reinforced his aesthetic convictions. Gibson combines live and electronic music, as well as aspects of the world music he has studied, most importantly raga singing in the Kirana tradition with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, but also Balinese and Japanese music. Gibson’s work has been performed at festivals around the world including the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art in Minnesota, The Internationale Tanzmesse NRW in Düsseldorf, The Boulder and Minnesota International Fringe Festivals, HOT DAM: the opening festival of the Denver Art Museum, the Sans Souci International Festival of Dance Cinema, the ISIM 3rd annual conference, the Erick Hawkins Legacy Forum in New York, the 2010 Korea Experimental Arts Festival in Seoul, and the 44th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt. Gibson is the artistic director of Avant Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to collaborative artistic endeavors. Cover features an illustration by Oscar Henriquez. Randy Gibson: just intonation toy organs, voice; Drew Blumberg: cassette boomboxes; Laine Rettmer: voice (B).
TTW 026CS GOLDMANN VS. FENNESZ: Remiksz Cassette (TTW 026CS) 7.00
Cassette-only release. Limited edition of 250 copies only. This is a remix of Fennesz’s Szampler cassette, created by Stefan Goldmann, erasing Christian Fennesz’s original samples one by one and replacing them with corresponding samples of his own, made between 1999-2010 for his Akai S5000 sampler, in the same sequence. As a result, this cassette contains no sounds whatsoever from Fennesz’s original. While Szampler was a journey through Christian Fennesz’ own sample collection, Stefan Goldmann structured his own sound archive around the layout of Szampler, replacing it all sound-by-sound. The result is a dialog of the sonic atoms that built the works of two of today’s most challenging musical minds. It’s a first-ever glimpse behind the curtains — a full anatomy of sound, more revealing than any interview on “how it was done.” When asked for his opinions on the art of the remix, Mr. Goldmann was unavailable for comment. So, instead, here’s some words, written by Trevor Horn in 1986, that appeared on the rear sleeve of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Warriors Of The Wasteland 12″ single: “This twelve wild disciples version of ‘Warriors’ is, of course, a remix of the track that opens the Frankie album Liverpool. The question is now begged — what is a remix? ‘It used to be a change of clothes, now it’s a dream come true.’ There is one answer. On Liverpool, the members of Frankie Goes To Hollywood played ‘Warriors’ with their own notoriously fair hands: touching their instruments, squeezing, banging, urging, making noises which were recorded by microphones onto a tape recorder. This ‘so-called’ 12″, this marketing invention, this golden gate to possibilities is in fact a total cheat. What is a remix? ‘A total cheat.’ There is another answer. No one played anything, in any orthodox sense. It was all done by computers, very powerful computers (38 megabytes RAM 600 megabytes hard disk storage) juggling and organizing pre-recorded sounds. We all had a hand in it — that is, myself, Steve, Andy Richards the keyboard player, the lads, Holly and Paul. We all peered over the computer operator’s shoulder at the little screen, to see what the hell was going on, willing the circuits to do their uncanny business. From the little screen leapt twelve wild disciples, with their gifts for the listener. What is a remix? ‘A gift.’ — when it’s Frankie, and Frankie only. And this 12″ is Frankie. Only.” Cover features an illustration by Hau/Viet Hoa Le.
THEOMATIC (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
THEOM 001CD VA: Obscured By The Machines CD (THEOM 001CD) 17.00
Subtitled: Introverted Dubs of the Izhevsk City. Izhevsk is a small city located in the Western Urals area of Russia. It’s basically known for its military industry that produces nearly every piece of NATO’s nightmare weapons on the planet. It was a closed city during Soviet times and it’s still hard to reach, as it stands away from the big communication routes and hubs. It’s surrounded by small towns producing stuff like long-range ballistic missiles and chemical weapon storages. If there’s going to be a nuclear war, no doubts — the first intercontinental missile will fly to Izhevsk. A very optimistic image, isn’t it? Taking into account all that, it’s really hard to understand the fact that Izhevsk is also known as “the electronic music capital” of Russia. Even before the computer music boom, it was known for the strongest alternative music scene in the country. There definitely is some obscure power that feeds the inspiration of people who create while living in such surroundings. This compilation will give you the perfect sense of it. These are the introverted dubs of the Izhevsk City. Artists include: 08, Eclectic Sound, An-2, KS, Amberflame, Mr. Aztec, Sny, and Alexey Agapov.
THRILL JOCKEY
THR 229LP ROSE, JACK: Luck In The Valley LP (THR 229LP) 21.00
“Limited repress of 500 copies on RTI 180 gram vinyl presented in an old-style tip-on jacket with a hand-pasted letterpressed cover. Includes download coupon. Like all pre-war recordings and all of Rose’s releases, this album was recorded live. It was not created using overdubs but rather by recording a few ‘takes’ and selecting the best performance out of those. Rose stated, ‘I wanted the songs to have an immediacy and spontaneity as they were being recorded. All the musicians chosen for the record know how to play the songs without overworking the material, but at the same time creating memorable accompaniments on the spot.’ “
TREIBSTOFF (GERMANY)
TREIB 094EP PHILOGRESZ: Just When You Think It’s Over 12″ (TREIB 094EP) 12.00
Philogresz aka Ilker Soylu finally joins the Treibstoff family, with the Dutchman’s complex, yet straightforward grooves blending in smoothly with the label’s sound. One can still hear a jazzy past, but even those influences go from mere ornamentation to functional pizzazz. Having a background as studio manager and label head of Secret Cinema’s Team Records may have helped Philogresz, as one finds him maintaining the focus here. Includes a remix by Sarah Goldfarb.
TYPE (UK)
TYPE 075CD CANTU-LEDESMA, JEFRE: Love Is A Stream CD (TYPE 075CD) 14.50
As a member of San Francisco legends Tarentel and Type’s premier astral travelers The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is hardly a new addition to the label, so it’s hard to believe that Love Is A Stream is his first Type solo album. With previous releases on Arbor, Spekk and his own Root Strata imprint, this latest album marks his journey into the beautifully cacophonous world of dream pop. Shoegaze music has been much maligned in recent years, probably due to its rebirth and subsequent explosion of popularity (which gave rise to hundreds of young bands aping the over twenty-year-old sound); however it was only a fragment of the genre that these bands attempted to recreate. On Love Is A Stream, instead of focusing on tired, melancholy ballads, Cantu-Ledesma focuses solely on expansive, almost noise-ridden hopefulness. This is the kind of noise audiences fell in love with when My Bloody Valentine blew their ear drums performing Loveless, or the kind of harmonic excess heard on Catherine Wheel’s Ferment, but taken into deeper, more abstract realms. Love Is A Stream is dedicated to love itself, and the dreamy, shimmering blown-out textures might at first sound like white noise before they ultimately give way to blissful harmony and hidden melody. Underneath the grit and growl are hidden guitar parts, synthesizer drones and even vocals (provided by Lisa McGee, John Twells and Maxwell August Croy) that succeed in swelling the dense, tape-saturated songs to heady new heights and belie any influences they might have. On each listen the mind strips away another layer of dust and bones to reveal haunting and deeply moving beauty. The world might be spiraling into despair, but Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has brought us a record that isn’t afraid to share the love. All that’s left to do is drown in it.
UNIVERSAL SOUND (UK)
US 037CD LEE JR, DAVID: Evolution CD (US 037CD) 18.00
“Dave Lee Jr was born in New Orleans and the deep hypnotic and experimental jazz music featured on Evolution is as rooted in New Orleans rhythmically as it is in the spiritual and metaphysical musical ideas of John Coltrane, Sun Ra and other futurist soul-searchers. Originally released in New York in 1974, the album Evolution was self-funded and released as a private-pressing and as holy grail record rarities in the world go, this album ranks high with only around 400 copies ever pressed. Growing up in New Orleans, during the 1960s Lee became a part of the city’s thriving rhythm and blues scene playing sessions with everyone from Eddie Bo to Willie Tee, before moving to New York in the 1970s as part of Roy Ayer’s group and also working with Lonnie Liston Smith, Harold Alexander, Leon Thomas and many other talented artists as a session drummer, recording for radical independent labels such as Flying Dutchman, Strata-East and India Navigation. Complete with full sleevenotes and text. Comes in Soul Jazz limited edition special box edition and slipcase CD.”
US 037LP LEE JR, DAVID: Evolution LP (US 037LP) 21.00
Gatefold LP version.
WARP RECORDS (UK)
WARP 207CD ENO, BRIAN: Small Craft On A Milk Sea CD (WARP 207CD) 15.50
“The work in this collection is a result of an occasional collaboration between myself, Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The two of them are gifted young player/composers whose work, like mine, is intimately connected to the possibilities and freedoms of electronic music. Over the last few years we’ve worked together several times, exploring the huge new sonic territories now available to musicians. Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from ‘composition’ in the classical sense, but from improvisation. The improvisations are not attempts to end up with a song, but rather with a landscape, a feeling of a place and perhaps the suggestion of an event. In a sense they deliberately lack ‘personality’: there is no singer, no narrator, no guide as to what you ought to be feeling. If these pieces had been used in films, the film would complete the picture. As they stand, they are the mirror-image of silent movies – sound-only movies.” –Brian Eno
WARP 207LP ENO, BRIAN: Small Craft On A Milk Sea 2LP/2CD (WARP 207LP) 127.00
“Limited edition vinyl box set version of Small Craft on a Milk Sea presents the album as an 180 gram double LP along with a double CD version with 4 additional tracks (available only on the box set). It is packaged with high quality 12″ sq. lithographic print of the artwork and contains a code for audiophile quality downloads — all presented in a rigid, full-color box.”
WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)
WG 003EP VA: Peacock EP 12″ (WG 003EP) 12.00
Named after the bird that graces the cover of Watergate 07 (WG 007CD), the Peacock EP contains all the exclusive tracks from the mix compiled and blended together by club resident Lee Jones. The A-side is handled by Matthias Meyer and Lee Jones, who team up for a peak-time killer laden with warm chords. “Kreuzberg 61” has a reduced tempo and warm, melancholic strings Wrapping up the EP is the after-hour anthem collaboration between Lee and Daniel Dreier, “Lullaby.”
WAX (GERMANY)
WAX 20002EP WAX: No. 20002 12″ (WAX 20002EP) 12.00
“Brilliant early 1990s raw & beautiful Detroit techno rooted club tunes.”
WAX 30003EP WAX: No. 30003 12″ (WAX 30003EP) 12.00
“Raw DJ tool oldschool-not-oldschool techno bombs.”
WORKSHOP (GERMANY)
WORK 117EP MADTEO: Workshop 117 7″ (WORK 117EP) 9.00
“Freestyling raw house cuts.” Hand-numbered edition of 300.
YEAR ZERO (UK)
YZLTD 006CD THE ORB & YOUTH: Impossible Oddities: From Underground To Overground 3CD (YZLTD 006CD) 18.00
Subtitled: The Story Of W.A.U.! Mr. Modo. Year Zero presents a deluxe 3CD package telling the comprehensive story of the iconic W.A.U.! Mr. Modo label started by Alex Paterson and Killing Joke bassist, Martin “Youth” Glover that gave birth to The Orb in the late ’80s. W.A.U.! Mr. Modo was the product of like-minded music freaks and lifelong friends Youth and Alex Paterson setting out to celebrate and play their part in the acid house revolution sweeping the UK in the late ’80s. In the process, they became two of the most well-known and lastingly influential names to emerge from the whole movement, while the label epitomized the innocence and questing spirit of the era. The first Orb single, recorded at KLF’s Transcentral squat HQ, was a homage to KISS FM., called The Kiss EP. Meanwhile, Alex and Youth started demoing a song they called “Little Fluffy Clouds” (a never-before heard version which opens this compilation). After hooking up with former Killing Joke road manager Adam Morris (aka Mr. Modo), the label became known as W.A.U.! Mr. Modo. The music started flowing freely as names including STP Twentythree, Insync, Paradise X and Lyndsey Holloday recorded there. The two CDs also feature the cream of the early W.A.U. releases; a stellar collection of half-forgotten names from the acid house archives (several featuring Alex and Youth), including STP Twentythree, Eternity, Discotec 2000, Delkom, Johnson Dean, U.N.C.L.E., Paradise X, Sun Electric, Indica All Stars, Mystic Knights, Insync, Sound Iration and Zoe, with “Sunshine On A Rainy Day,” one of the label’s biggest hits. The recordings here can now be considered the acid house equivalent of Alan Lomax’s blues field recordings or compilations of DIY bedroom punk; snapshots of seminal moments in musical history. In many ways, acid house was like punk rock all over again; like that movement, Youth and Alex were again in the thick of it but soon out front, leaders of the field within a very short time. This is where it all started. To accompany this celebration of the label, this must-have, collector’s package includes a fold-out scrapbook poster of press cuttings from the time unearthed from Paterson’s personal archive as well as iconic cover art from Jimmy Cauty. Includes a bonus DJ mix CD mixed by The Orb.
YORE RECORDS (GERMANY)
YORE 027EP MORNING FACTORY: New Memories 12″ (YORE 027EP) 12.00
Here is a 4-tracker from Netherlands duo Jean-Pierre van der Leeuw and Jozef Lemmens (aka Loves Got Me High and Enzovoort). “Maiden Voyage” is classic Morning Factory, a tight house jam that twists and turns for eight rapturous minutes. Darker undercurrents run through “Last March Of The Ants” when church organ chords stretch across a windswept, broken-beat shuffle. Creamy organ sounds also course through “Radioshow,” which takes a nostalgic glance backward to a golden age, and “Cherish” is a charging, tech-house hellraiser.
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