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100% PURE (NETHERLANDS)
PURE 064EP 2000 AND ONE & DJ MADSKILLZ: Sleepwalker 12″ (PURE 064EP) 12.00
100% Pure delivers a limited edition (500 copies) one-sided solid white vinyl masterpiece, courtesy of genius dancebomb duo 2000 And One and DJ Madskillz. On “Sleepwalker,” super-sized synths mesh urgently across pulsating, percussive peaks, giving you big room sounds with squelching, cheeky sound snippets. Just like sleep walking, this track will make you move whether you want to or not.
ALSTON
ALSTON 4403LP BEGINNING OF THE END, THE: Beginning Of The End LP (ALSTON 4403LP) 11.50
While it may not seem as instantly-grippable as their prior Funky Nassau record, Beginning Of The End’s rare second album from 1976 remains truly mind-affirming on soulful cuts like “Super Woman,” “I’ve Got The News,” “Jump In The Water,” “Falling Apart At The Seams” and “Trip To Nowhere.” And yes, that is former Miss Bahamas (1972) model Cyprianna Munnings-McQueeney on the cover. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.
AREA REMOTE (NETHERLANDS)
AREA 026EP CELLER, ALEX: Wallaby 12″ (AREA 026EP) 12.00
Greek by right, but a Londoner by choice, producer/DJ Alex Celler is back again causing a stir with his energetic and intense house sounds, full of swing, tribal rhythms & deep bass lines. “Wallaby” features a banging industrial bass line that’s powered with dancefloor diesel, taking you on a sound excursion across funky sound snippets, sex sighs and soaring sirens. “Montagu Bay” has some upbeat and trippy percussive action meshed with electric space warps, pulling you into melodic madness.
ARKESTRA DISCOS (SPAIN)
ARKST 002EP NOAIPRE: Pretty Psycho/Anxiety Square 10″ (ARKST 002EP) 12.50
Arkestra presents the first release for this mysterious Spanish producer. Little is known about Noaipre (Rohe Rodriguez on his ID). The A-side kicks things hard with “Pretty Psycho,” a fuzzy-squared mammoth stomper greased with glowing hot marmalade riffs and rave-ish crescendos, topped with colorful chipmunk-diva chops that sugarcoat this urgent ode to golden-era grime circa 2005. “Anxiety Square” features synths in a bright green, dense waterfall of ones and zeros pouring and bubbling over spin-dry cycle snares, toms and kicks.
ATLANTIC
ATL 1217LP KONITZ WITH WARNE MARSH, LEE: Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh LP (ATL 1217LP) 11.50
June, 1955 session with Lee Konitz (alto sax), Warne Marsh (tenor sax), Sal Mosca (piano), Billy Bauer (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums) and Ronnie Ball (piano). Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.
AURORA (UK)
AU 5002CD SUMMERHILL: Summerhill CD (AU 5002CD) 17.00
Overseen by long-time Neil Young collaborator David Briggs, this Los Angeles quartet’s eclectic album came and went in the summer of 1969. Spanning psychedelia, pop-psych, orchestrated ballads, country-rock and more, all wrapped up in a highly imaginative production, it’s a lost treasure from the glory days of the U.S. West Coast, and makes its CD debut here. Includes historical liner notes.
BARRY
BARRY 101LP RIVERA, HECTOR: At The Party LP (BARRY 101LP) 11.50
A splash on the burgeoning New York Latin soul scene in the late ’60s. Tracks include “Playing It Cool,” “I Got My Eye On You,” “My Foolish Heart” and the hit title track. Exact repro reissue.
BLACK FIRE MUSIC
SES 19735LP JUJU: A Message From Mozambique LP (SES 19735LP) 11.50
2010 repress. Exact repro, originally released in 1973 on the Strata-East affiliated Black Fire label. This is the first LP from this classic Afro free jazz group. Very much in the spirit of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but with more spiritual/soul jazz stylings tempering the pure free jazz fire music vibe. The group would shortly hereafter change their name to Oneness of Juju.
BLACKEST RAINBOW RECORDS (UK)
BRR 202LP GNOD/A MIDDLE SEX: Split LP (BRR 202LP) 19.00
“Brand new split LP from fellow Manchester weirdos A Middle Sex and Gnod. Gnod follow on from some killer releases over the last couple of years, a split 7″ with Bong, a tape on Not Not Fun, and a collaborative LP with White Hills. The oddly titled 15 minute ‘Why Don’t You Smile Like The Other Children?’ opens with hazy strings and cosmically far out voices, this slow groove packs a multi-coloured burst of rhythmic psychedelic vibes. On the flip side, A Middle Sex takes up duties of doing something equally psychedelic, but in a completely different style. Their side is titled ‘Polytheism’, and is essentially made up of two tracks, the opener is a short, wild spaced-out cosmic synth piece, which is swiftly followed by their main 10 minute piece of layered drums and percussion, swirling electronics, distorted chanted vocals. Their side is all about the rhythm, and they really got that rhythm down. Edition of 500. Pressed on 140 gram virgin vinyl and house in super glossy pro-printed covers.”
BRR 204LP CELER: Vestiges Of An Inherent Melancholy LP (BRR 204LP) 22.00
“Second vinyl LP from this formerly active American duo of Will Long and Danielle Baquet-Long, which also happens to be the second LP from Celer on Blackest Rainbow. Vestiges Of An Inherent Melancholy follows on from the recent pairing of releases on Basses Frequencies and features 2 sides of unearthed recordings that were created between December 2006 and July 2008. These two sides find the duo creating some truly beautiful drone works with their use of an organic and electronic palette of instrumentation; cello, violin, pipe organ, electronics, tape, field recordings, samples, and mixing board. This really is a standout side from Celer, pulling together their variety of sounds to make a heart breaking collage of sounds falling between beautiful dream tones and heavier dark moments. Vestiges Of An Inherent Melancholy again pushes Celer further to the front of modern minimal composition, proving that they were one of the most interesting, consistently outstanding, and intriguing acts around in recent years, creating some of the finest and most beautiful, fragile drone records around. The full experience of a Celer release is complete with accompanying titled fragmented sections for the side long pieces, and striking cover photography by Danielle. Limited to 500 copies in thick old style tip-on hardback jackets with LPs pressed on 140 gram virgin vinyl.”
BRR 215LP DOO SOO, KIM: The Evening River 2LP (BRR 215LP) 31.00
“Vinyl edition of this stunningly beautiful album of fragile and haunting Korean folk from Kim Doo Soo that was issued earlier in 2010 on CD by Japan’s consistently incredible PSF label. Kim Doo Soo’s first major appearance outside of Korea was through the Damon & Naomi curated International Sad Hits compilation featuring 4 tracks from Kim. This was followed with PSF releasing his first new record in 5 years, 2007’s superb 10 Days Butterfly. On Evening River, Kim has re-recorded some of his finest songs from his past records — the recordings are largely focused on just Kim’s fragile voice and sublime guitar playing and harmonica, but at times Kim is accompanied with several additional musicians/instruments, including synth, cello, accordion, guitar, horn, bass and backing vocals. The songs and re-recordings are superb, capturing perfectly Kim’s laid back guitar playing and his fragile vocals, somehow mixing psychedelic blurs, with traditional playing with melancholic turns. Edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram virgin vinyl housed in gatefold sleeves including an 8-page lyric book with Korean and English lyrics and colour photographs of Kim.”
BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)
BPC 226EP CHAIM: U & Eye 12″ (BPC 226EP) 12.00
Chaim Avital unlocks the club cosmos, moulds moods and sounds into a universal pop language and seduces you with enchanting grooves. This first single from his debut album fills the listener with euphoric longing. “U & Eye” features the voice of Meital De Razon and takes the home-listener on a cinematic trip through a pair of headphones. The melody carries you away and burrows deeper into your mind with every bar.
BRAINFEEDER
BF 012LP MR. OIZO: Moustache (Half A Scissor) 2LP (BF 012LP) 26.50
“Five years after the 2000 debut album of Mr Oizo, Analog Worms Attack, Mr Oizo returned with his second album, Moustache (Half A Scissor). It was heard by a young man in LA by the name of Steve Ellison. Steve is now better known as Flying Lotus and his label, Brainfeeder is re-releasing Moustache in an edition of 1000 vinyl copies. It’s a thing of amazing, demented beauty which Ellison felt deserved to be heard again and reassessed.”
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 063LP ROEDELIUS: Selbstportrait LP (BB 063LP) 17.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl. This is the third solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1979 on Sky Records. Alongside his ongoing work with Cluster and Harmonia, Roedelius amassed an almost incalculable number of musical notations during his time in the idyllic Weser Uplands. Fleeting sketches, spontaneous improvisations, implied miniatures, rough compositions — Roedelius recorded virtually every idea he came up with outside the studio sessions on his Revox A77 reel to reel; with the basic intention of capturing his moments of inspiration, he simply let the tape run as he played around on the Farfisa organ. Sound quality was not his prime concern, as he was not as yet entertaining any notion of releasing the results. As Roedelius recalls, costly tape spools were at a premium, so he recorded over older tapes in mono, at a less than ideal speed. Substandard, technically speaking (or listening), but as a self portrait, nothing short of a masterpiece. It would be inappropriate to measure this album by the hi-fidelity yardstick; see it as something closer to an intimate confession, an unguarded communiqué from one person to another. Bordering on naivety and free of conceit, Roedelius introduces us to his world through these chiffonesque études. There may be little variation in the Farfisa sound, but this is soon forgotten when Roedelius invites us to listen, to enter the experience. No expensive technology, no producer, no collaborators. This is unfiltered personality, the real Roedelius. Musically, Selbstportrait is characterized by a combination of ländler, minimalism and harmonic simplicity. The Weser Uplands, where Roedelius recorded his music, are certainly no Arcadia and the village of Forst is anything but Atlantis, but perhaps it could become the Graceland of German electronic music. Printed innersleeve with original liner notes and new notes by Asmus Tietchens.
BB 064LP ROEDELIUS: Selbstportrait – Vol. II LP (BB 064LP) 17.00
180 gram LP version. This is the fourth solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. With Selbstportrait, Roedelius gave unequivocal confirmation that he no longer was treading the hitherto common paths of electronic music. Selbstportrait – Vol. II corroborated the findings: for Roedelius, electronics would no longer be a means of creating abstract, noise-like music in the future, nor of generating utopian, mechanical rhythmic structures. His own utopia was quite a different place, more in keeping with his own personality and view of the world. Hence both self-portraits, in particular Selbstportrait – Vol. II, are programmatic. Uniquely among musicians of the German electronic scene at the time, Roedelius succeeded in blending European and extra-European musical styles quite intuitively, developing his own language of music, neither epigonic nor weighed down by stereotype, as often occurred in the emerging world music genre of the period. There is a fascinating simplicity to the music of Roedelius: his vision does not reside in cloud-cuckoo-land. His utopia is founded in reason, his vision sustained by a simple base: not only did he ignore musical traditions, he also sought to create something new out of them. He succeeded where many of his contemporaries failed, going to ground as they attempted to bridge the postmodern gap. Not Roedelius. Roedelius’ music is littered with stumbling blocks. The listener may not necessarily lose his footing, but will not exactly find himself sitting comfortably as he listens. With this album, Roedelius has drawn a clearly delineated picture of himself. Few musicians can say the same, few even harbor such aspirations. Transcending styles, hypes and modernisms, Selbstportrait – Vol. II is electronically-sourced music, yet sounds anything but technical, dismantling the misconception that electronic music has to sound cold and distant. Selbstportrait – Vol. II has never been released completely before. Printed innersleeve with original liner notes and new notes by Asmus Tietchens.
CAPITOL
SM 294HLP NEIL, FRED: Everybody’s Talkin’ LP (SM 294HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version.
SM 294LP NEIL, FRED: Everybody’s Talkin’ LP (SM 294LP) 11.50
2010 repress. Exact repro LP reissue. Same tracks as Fred Neil, reissued here as Everybody’s Talkin’ in 1969 on Capitol. This was reissued in a variant title/cover to take advantage of the use of the song “Everybody’s Talkin” in the movie Midnight Cowboy, as performed by Harry Nilsson.
ST 121LP GANDALF: Gandalf LP (ST 121LP) 11.50
2010 repress. Exact repro LP reissue of this debut from 1967; CD is on Sundazed. “With spellbinding, atmospheric songs which spin from soft dreamscapes into blistering fuzz guitar breaks, Gandalf casts a powerful spell. Led by singer/guitarist Peter Sando, the group was signed by Lovin’ Spoonful producers Charlie Koppelman and Don Rubin and conjured their sole, self-titled album for Capitol in late 1967. One of the rarest major label psychedelic releases, Gandalf features swirls of Hammond B3 organ, caressing vibraphone runs and electric sitar on Sando’s originals as well as imaginative recastings of songs by Tim Hardin, Gary Bonner/Alan Gordon, and Eden Ahbez.”
CHERRY RED PHONOGRAPH (UK)
CRP 106LP SUN DIAL: Other Way Out LP (CRP 106LP) 31.00
“When Gary Ramon’s neo-psychedelic Sun Dial debuted in 1990 with Other Way Out, it was almost unanimously lauded by fans and press. Taking the late-sixties psychedelic approach of bands like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and the Beatles, the LP sounded like one of the great lost albums from that era. The instrumentation was also a throwback to the period with crisp electric guitar backed by Turkish talking drums, bamboo flute, and Tibetan bells. Now, twenty years after the album’s release, it is still cited as a neo-psych classic.”
CRP 109LP PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI: Photos Of Ghosts LP (CRP 109LP) 31.00
“The Italian progressive rock band, Premiata Forneria Marconi, was the first (and one of the only) Italian rock bands to have success abroad, touring extensively in both the U.K. and U.S.A. and receiving considerable airplay on American and British rock radio stations. They were also innovators in that they were one of the first Italian bands to use the synthesizer and bring classical/Italian folk music into the rock music arena. In the early seventies, PFM came to the attention of Peter Sinfield (King Crimson, Roxy Music), who helped them get a record deal with ELP’s Manticore. Manticore soon released their third album, the 1973 prog-rock classic Photos Of Ghosts, which was actually a reworking of their earlier Italian release Per Un Amico. Sinfield was so enthusiastic about the group that in addition to helping to produce and mix the album at Advision Studios in London, he also helped pen the album’s English lyrics.” Gatefold sleeve.
CICADELIC RECORDS
CIC 991CD VA: Congregation For Anti-Flirts Inc. CD (CIC 991CD) 15.00
Subtitled: The McAllen, Texas Teen Scene 1965-1967. “From 1965 to 1967, McAllen was the happening scene for some of the wildest music to emanate from Texas in the ’60s. The label that played host to these bands was Jimmy Nichol’s Pharaoh Records and this album contains the best the label had to offer. Not only were the records superlative, but today they are considered some of the rarest finds for collectors of ’60s garage bands. Singles by Pharaoh artists such as The Headstones, The Cavaliers, and Christopher and The Souls go for over a grand apiece, if they can be located. Congregation For Anti-Flirts Inc. also contains in depth coverage on the McAllen bands with rare photos, radio charts, and interviews, making this album a journey to pharaoh’s valley that can’t be missed.”
CLR (GERMANY)
CLR 040EP PERC: Antifunk/Purple 12″ (CLR 040EP) 12.50
Perc presents a memorable record for CLR. While “Antifunk” is straightforward techno, characterized by Perc’s ceaseless sonic experimentation, “Purple” basically breaks with everything heard on CLR before. But even though the beat pattern is unconventional, and even though he uses all kinds of influences from different musical styles, Perc never loses sight of the dancefloor. With this record, CLR releases its first broken beat track and heralds a new, slightly more experimental phase in the musical history of the label.
CLR 041EP TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE: Traversable Wormhole CLR Special Edition 12″ (CLR 041EP) 12.50
This is the final remix vinyl of the Traversable Wormhole Series Vol. 01-05, remixed by Chris Liebing and Kevin Gorman. This is a CLR special and limited edition: music speaks louder than words!
COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 081EP PSYCHATRON & PAUL WOOLFORD: Thunder/Cloud 9 12″ (COR 081EP) 12.50
With their first co-production, DJ/producer Paul Woolford and Irish producer team Paul Hamill and Dee Lievense aka Psycatron deliver the proof that UK techno has not lost any of its energy or visionary power in the year 2010. “Thunder” impresses with extremely dynamic drumming and ever-changing percussion patterns. “Cloud 9,” however, steps back at first and stresses an explicit chord techno structure before integrating some noise rave signals following an epic break. Watch the whole floor blast off.
CONTEXTERRIOR (NETHERLANDS)
CNTXT 045EP SHONKY: Les Shonkettes 12″ (CNTXT 045EP) 12.00
Shonky delivers four luscious house gems for Contexterrior. “Les Shonkettes” is a fast-paced house cut harking back to early days with stark piano stabs and echoes of soprano melodies, brought up-to-date. “Crapulerie” is hypnotic and seductive, taking a darker and slower angle with its central rumbling bass line. Similarly, the loops of “Obelix” entangle the listener in a swaying rhythm of vocal cries and spellbinding sounds. “Conquistador” is the final curtain, glistening with charm and alight with pleasure.
CORNUTA SOUND (SPAIN)
CS 006EP W & P HGG: Soul In Valencia 12″ (CS 006EP) 14.00
Fantastic deep house 3 tracker from Spanish producer Hugo Giner, whose late night pearls also appeared on Deep Explorer. Brilliant productions reminiscent of Larry Heard and firmly in the succession of ’70s soul and jazz music.
CURLE RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)
CURLE 031EP DE COSTA, FRANKLIN: Fragile EP 12″ (CURLE 031EP) 12.00
Franklin De Costa’s Fragile EP once again offers a great taste of Franklin’s qualities as a producer. Whereas the title track is definitely the track with the biggest peak-time dancefloor potential, the three other tracks show Franklin’s firm talent and diversity in crafting organic deep house tracks that step away from the ordinary. Truly a special EP.
CURTOM
CU 5011LP HUTSON, LEROY: Hutson II LP (CU 5011LP) 11.50
Singer Leroy Hutson replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions, starting with their 1972 album Times Have Changed. Hutson II, his 1976 solo album for Curtom, plants him firmly alongside hi-caliber ’70s soul singers such as Marvin Gaye and Roy Ayers. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.
DEBUT
DEB 124LP QUINTET, THE: Jazz At Massey Hall LP (DEB 124LP) 14.00
May 1953 live performance featuring Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Bud Powell (piano), Max Roach (drums), Charlie Mingus (bass) and Charlie “Charlie Chan” Parker (alto sax). Exact repro reissue.
DEEP VIBES (GERMANY)
DVR 015EP DIMITRIE & TIM FULLER, SEAN: Caught! 12″ (DVR 015EP) 12.00
This is the first EP from Sean Dimitrie and Tim Fuller from Canada. Includes an original mix, an instrumental and an a cappella.
DESOLAT (GERMANY)
DESOLAT 015EP VA: Desolat X-Sampler 2×12″ (DESOLAT 015EP) 20.00
Desolat celebrates a year packed full of music, with the second yearly label sampler: a showcase of inspiring heavyweights alongside fresh talent from two continents. While the previous vinyl sampler was red, this sampler will be blue. All artists featured on the sampler have released music on Desolat previously: some as special guests, some as cherished label staples. Artists include Martin Buttrich, Livio & Roby, Guti & Audiofly, Yaya, Loco Dice, Franck Roger, Premiesku, and DJ Sneak.
DIGIKILLER
DKR 030EP ROACH, TONY: Big Bout Yah 7″ (DKR 030EP) 5.50
“Callo Collins’ Rythem Track label was started in 1985, during the birth of the digital sound. And even as such early digital productions, the first batch of Rythem Track releases from that very year stand as some of the freshest and best productions of the entire 1980’s digital era. The Rythem Track crew of 1985 was itself similarly fresh, a small group of talented young artists. There was deejay Little Bimbo, who would become the late great singer Garnett Silk, another future star named Tony Rebel, and a pair of terrific but historically under-recorded singers, Anthony Selassie and Tony Roach. Callo and Rythem Track continued producing quality dancehall music well into the 1990s, with more big tunes and big artists along the way. As evidence of Rythem Track’s brilliance, here we present four of the best Rythem Track selections, three from 1985, and one from 1997. Tony Roach’s ‘Big Bout Yah’ has been one of our favorite tunes for years, the riddim a killer variation on ‘tempo’.”
DKR 031EP ROACH, TONY: Entertainer 7″ (DKR 031EP) 5.50
“Tony Roach’s ‘Entertainer’….voiced on one of the best-ever digital cuts of the ‘green bay’ riddim.”
DKR 032EP SELASSIE, ANTHONY: Busy Body 7″ (DKR 032EP) 5.50
“…historically under-recorded singer… Anthony Selassie’s ‘Busy Body’, voiced on one of the best-ever digital cuts of the ‘green bay’ riddim.”
DKR 033EP SILK, GARNETT: Every Knee Shall Bow 7″ (DKR 033EP) 5.50
“Garnett Silk’s ‘Every Knee Shall Bow.’ Over ten years from his start, Garnett was back working right where he began, with Rythem Track. Originally released posthumously in 1997 on Callo’s offshoot 2-Hyped label, this is one of Silk’s best ever, a high-water mark for both him and the producer, a shining example of the indelible legacies of both.”
DOCTOR VINYL (BELGIUM)
RDLGI 001EP VA: Raw Trax For Smooth People 12″ (RDLGI 001EP) 12.00
This 12″ vinyl release comes in transparent plastic bag deluxe packaging with obi. Massively tested and approved by Ricardo Villalobos, Ivan Smagghe, Mugwump, Danny Tenaglia, and Robert Owens, etc. This is the maiden release of the record store-based label Doctor Vinyl in Brussels. WLDBTCH present a hint of New York, a lot of “c’mon,” and a kick-drum that destroys speakers, Chicago-style. D.A.W.I. will become a household name on your turntable, as Stella Artois is a household name in your bar.
DOXY (ITALY)
DOY 004LP VA: Harry Smith’s Complete Anthology Of American Folk Music 8LP (DOY 004LP) 165.00
“Now for the first time ever all together on vinyl a complete box set: 4 double LPs featuring the 3 original double LP volumes (Ballads, Social Music, Songs) along with the great LOST Country Music & Bluegrass double LP that remained unissued for almost 50 years. Compiled by Harry Smith contemporaneously with the first three volumes (which were originally released in 1952), it includes tracks by the Monroe Bros., Carter Family, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon and Sleepy John Estes and more! The box set is actually not a ‘box’, but is modelled after the old 78 rpm multiple record storage sleeve, where the albums are stored in sleeves that are pages in a book. The importance of Harry Smith’s work can not be overstated. Not only did he single-handedly save much of American folk music from extinction, but when he handed his record collection over to Smithsonian folkways in 1952, he opened the floodgates for the American folk revival of the following decade. Not since John and Alan Lomax had anyone paid so much attention to saving the American folk song from extinction, but unlike the Lomaxes, Smith was not a government worker armed with a tape recorder, he was just a guy from Portland, Oregon armed with a love of music and an insatiable curiosity. So, when the U.S. Armed Forces began melting down old records to be used as shellac during WWII, Smith kicked into high gear, buying up as many old 78s from the ’20s and ’30s as he could find. Much of the music found here then comes from a time before television — arm-in-arm with rock & roll — began beaming its über-culture into every household in America, erasing much of what had grown up locally. Prior to WWII, America was in many ways no more than a patchwork of territories, with distinct local cultures and musical traditions reaching both far into the immigrant past of each area’s inhabitants, but also into a future firmly rooted in the newness and adventure (as well as hardships) of life on this new continent.”
DOY 648LP PRESLEY, ELVIS: Elvis’ Christmas Album LP (DOY 648LP) 21.00
“The initial reaction to the release of this album was unbelievably one of controversy. Irving Berlin was actually horrified that his ‘White Christmas’ was being sullied by the ‘vulgar kid with the gyrating pelvis,’ and many others agreed. The year was 1957 and Elvis was still young (just 22) and dangerous, Jailhouse Rock had just hit the box offices and his ‘Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel’ single was still at the top of the charts. But despite his status as the ultimate rebel, Elvis actually managed to deliver pretty convincing versions of these Christmas classics, so much so that although Irving Berlin may still be rolling over in his grave, the album itself has taken its place as one of the best known and loved Christmas albums of all time (and definitely a lot cooler than Bing Crosby). Featuring 9 bonus tracks, all recorded in 1957.” High quality heavyweight red vinyl.
EASY ACTION (UK)
EABOSS 001CD VA: Portobello Shuffle CD (EABOSS 001CD) 17.50
Subtitled: A Testimonial To Boss Goodman And Tribute To The Music Of The Deviants And Pink Fairies. “Two of the most legendary British underground bands of the late 1960s and early ’70s were without any doubt The Deviants and Pink Fairies. Scores of musicians have cited them as one of their favorite bands and key influences, yet neither enjoyed any real success during their existence. The Deviants released three albums between 1967 and 1969, before evolving into the Pink Fairies, who also released three albums between 1971 and 1973, the latter featuring Larry Wallis as front man. Rich Deakin, author of Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie With The Deviants And The Pink Fairies has spent the best part of two years putting together an album of Deviants and Pink Fairies songs, as well as a smattering of new numbers, performed by artists who jumped at the chance to be included in this set. Although featuring luminaries of both the ’60s counterculture and ’70s punk scene, including current and past members of The Damned, Dead Kennedys, Faith No More, W.A.S.P., Motörhead, Hawkwind, Dr Feelgood, The Blockheads, The Only Ones, Crushed Butler, and The Deviants and the Pink Fairies themselves. It was real coup getting three of the original members of the Fairies back together for the first time in over thirty years to record a track with Brian James, a founder member of The Damned, producing.”
EAR 034CD STOOGES, THE: A Thousand Lights: Live In 1970 CD (EAR 034CD) 22.50
“These are probably the only currently known live recordings of the Stooges from the 1970 shows. Deluxe long box packaging with stunning unseen photos of the band shot by Fan Club girl Natalie Stooge-ling on the road in 1970.”
EKOSOUND (UK)
EKS 001CD JULIUS & HIS AFRO SOUNDERS, ORLANDO: Orlando’s Afro Ideas: 1969-1972 CD (EKS 001CD) 12.00
Originally released in 2003; now repressed and at mid-line pricing. The musical heritage of Nigeria is a large area that holds many jewels from Afro-beat to highlife, unknown outside of cities like Lagos, Ibadan, Onitsha and Benin City. Ekosound hopes to put the record straight by representing some of the country’s most respected musical figures such as Orlando Julius, Victor Uwaifo and Tunji Oyelana. Orlando Julius was one of the originators of Afro-beat in Nigeria and was one of the main contemporaries of the legendary Fela Kuti from the mid-’60s onwards. He has become known outside of Nigeria since his early material was reissued on Strut Records. The style of the Afro-Sounders is a fusion of highlife, jazz, funk, and traditional Yoruba culture from the west of Nigeria. Here are the recordings Orlando made between the period of 1969-1972, a period when some of the funkiest sounds emanated from not only the USA, but also Africa. Driving, powerful rhythms and stunning sax solos from Orlando himself, combined with elements of not only Yoruba culture but James Brown-style stand-up-and-be-counted mentality made these recordings a revolutionary and unique force at the time in Africa. Apart from “Alo Mi Alo,” this is the first time these tracks have been commercially available outside of Africa, and the first time they have been reissued since the ultra-rare original records were pressed in small quantities over thirty years ago.
ELECTRIC DELUXE (GERMANY)
EDLX 013EP FIXMER, TERENCE: Comedy Of Menace Pt. 2 12″ (EDLX 013EP) 12.00
Comedy Of Menace Pt. 2 is the second vinyl single from Terence Fixmer’s Comedy Of Menace album, including reworks by Niederflur and Brendon Moeller. The vinyl includes the dubby and light original of “Phantoms” and the sensitive rework by Niederflur, who transforms it into a more driven techno track without losing the original’s tender essence. The B-side presents the hypnotic “Breathless” and Brendon Moeller’s remix of “Things Are Over,” which will shift your dub-reality from head to toe.
EM RECORDS (JAPAN)
EM 1090LP SON OF P.M., THE: Hey Klong Yao! LP (EM 1090LP) 26.50
LP version. Subtitled: Essential Collection of Modernized Thai Music from the 1960s. “Amazing Thailand!” — The Thai national tourism slogan was undoubtedly inspired in part by the mind-bendingly cool 1960s recordings by the band The Son Of P.M., one of the leading lights of the Thai Shadow Music scene. Inspired by an influx of Western rock and pop music (including British guitar band The Shadows), The Son Of P.M. developed their own style of modernized Thai music, combining traditional Thai instruments with Western keyboards, drums and electric guitars. The result was a seductive, intoxicating blend of Thai melodies merging with elements of rock, surf, go-go, Latin and blues. Amazing indeed. The Son Of P.M. was one of several Shadow Music groups (including P.M. Pocket Music, featured on three tracks of this release), playing “Modified Thai Music,” organized by manager Phayoung Mukda. These bands featured the keyboards and arrangements of P.M.’s adopted son Khabuan Mukda — thus this particular band’s moniker. The idea of modernized/modified/developed Thai music is central to Mukda and The Sons Of P.M. Retaining an essential Thai core, the music borrows melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements as well as instrumental timbres from a wide range of Western popular music sources. The resultant “developed” music loses none of its Thai character, vigor and élan, and is enriched by the adoption and creative use of new influences. The music on this anthology is an excellent example of this spirit of openness and adventure, a rocking, rollicking parade of undeniably Thai music, relentlessly propulsive and energetic, informed by musical developments from around the globe. A true hybrid which creates energy instead of merely conserving.
EQUATION RECORDS
E=MC 026LP PEPE WISMEER: Musi LP (E=MC 026LP) 23.00
“This is a 1-off pressing of 100 copies only – each numbered (in various places). Musi features 6 tracks selected by the band from their past 11 years that forms a coherent and continuous work. While this is not a ‘Best of…’, it does provide an excellent introduction to the band for those not already familiar with them. Pepe Wismeer have a pretty extensive discography with a vinyl LP, CD, a remix LP and numerous CD-Rs to their name. While drawing comparisons with other artists is always difficult – and often misleading – their warm, mature and fluid musical style and melancholic visions may remind some of Coil, Current 93 and others. Their work is structured around piano and voice accompanied by electric/acoustic guitar, 5-string bass, concrete sounds, samples, oud, sitar, metallophone … and maybe some sheep & birds & water & glass. All music recorded on analogue equipment to add warmth and handcraft to the icy atmospheres.” Each copy comes with an 8-page stapled booklet + insert.
ESKIMO (BELGIUM)
ESK 503990 AEROPLANE: Without Lies 12″ (ESK 503990) 12.00
Presenting a track from Aeroplane’s debut album We Can’t Fly (ESK 503796), “Without Lies.” On vocal duty is Sky Ferreira, the American singer and actress. Pop music doesn’t often get more pure and beautiful than this! The remixes are provided by Black Van — the newest moniker from Kris Menace and Oliver Kowalski — and Breakbot.
FABRIC (UK)
FABRIC 109CD SHACKLETON: Fabric 55 CD (FABRIC 109CD) 17.00
“The elusive Shackleton showcases his incendiary live set on Fabric 55. A disorienting trip through unclassifiable styles awaits those brave enough to enter the void. The self-effacing Lancashire-born Sam Shackleton first came to prominence during the early rise of the dubstep scene. The Skull Disco label he ran alongside Appleblim was influential, in that it combined more abstract or avant-garde musical forms with music that could work on advanced dancefloors. Skull Disco was home to Shackleton’s cuts such as ‘Stalker’, ‘Death Is Not Final’ and ‘Blood On My Hands’, reworked by Ricardo Villalobos into an 18-minute four-to-the-floor version. Like Ricardo Villalobos and Omar S before, Shackleton’s contribution to the Fabric series blurs the boundaries between artist album and mix CD, featuring only his own tracks. The mix consists mainly of unreleased, exclusive material alongside a handful of earlier tracks, and all tracks have been re-worked into entirely new, never-before-heard versions.”
FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)
FACES 701EP OL: Kurilovo 7″ (FACES 701EP) 11.00
Four-tracker 7″ of quality thump from OL! Limited edition of 500. Heavyweight vinyl and sleeve. OL aka Oleg Buyanov is an extremely talented young Russian producer who spends most of his time skating the streets of Moscow and making beats. Together with his crew How To Make (DZA, Lapti, Mujuice), they deliver the new sound of Moscow. This first edition is dedicated to the children of drum & repetitive beat lovers. For fans of Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Onra, etc.
FANIA RECORDS
SLP 420LP BATAAN, JOE: Saint Latin’s Day Massacre LP (SLP 420LP) 11.50
Joe Bataan’s sixth album for the Fania label blends Latin soul, salsa, and tropical music. Closes with a cover of the Shaft theme. Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1972.
FORMRESONANCE (GERMANY)
FORM 006EP HOLMBY HILLS: Bohemia EP 12″ (FORM 006EP) 12.00
Holmby Hills present two smooth’n’ruff house tracks and two hip-hop jazz encores. Engin Oeztuerk, one-half of Here Today, and Block Barley are both tinkering in search of music to dance to. They wickedly transform their musical masters’ ideas into something extraordinary sounding. An off-the-grid team!
FULL PUPP (NORWAY)
FP 029EP TELEPHONES: Kanal 12″ (FP 029EP) 12.00
Another debut on Full Pupp, Henning Severud is Telephones hailing from Bergen but recently relocated to Berlin. He makes the kind of uplifing melodic disco most people would tag as something silly like “Balearic beach house” — yes, it’s pretty Balearic (it does remind of Nik Kershaw in places) and we’re dancing around like happy little girls to his cool contemporary disco. As a special treat, Prins Thomas regurgitates the track with a little gastric acid — yuck!
FP 030EP SOMMERSTAD: Neste Stopp Morra Di 12″ (FP 030EP) 12.00
Sommerstad is Marius Sommerfeldt and Mikkel Haraldstad, two talented young boys hailing from the posh part of town. Their music is pretty damn fresh too, in fact, “Neste Stopp Morra Di” was so big and bloated, it had to be sent to the Full Pupp lab for decompression for a couple of months. The B-side is their ode to picking treasures in the forest.
FUTURE CLASSIC (AUSTRALIA)
FCL 050EP MITZI: All I Heard EP 12″ (FCL 050EP) 12.00
Mitzi are a 4-piece of awesomeness comprised of Dominique Bird, Jad Lee, Charlie Murdoch and Cale Suesskow. The three tunes on All I Heard fuse the sounds of garage disco, NYC indie and light-hearted Australian pop. Jono Ma mixed the record at Ewan Pearson’s studio in Berlin and made all those trumpets, snares, keys, whispers and vocals sound ridiculously tight. Future Classic’s history has always been rooted in bands and they’re pretty stoked to be getting back into it.
GLADES RECORDS
GLADES 6502LP LATIMORE: Latimore LP (GLADES 6502LP) 11.50
Soul hero Benny Latimore’s 1973 album, featuring “Jolie,” “If You Were My Woman,” “Willoughby Grove,” “Power And The Glory,” “(Be Yourself) Be Real,” “So Much Love,” “For What It’s Worth” and “Stormy Monday.” Produced by Al Kooper; background vocals by Betty Wright and Gwen & George McCrae. Exact repro reissue.
GREEN (NETHERLANDS)
GR 009.2EP RIPPERTON: Miegakure 12″ (GR 009.2EP) 12.00
Ripperton’s Niwa has been one of the highlight releases of 2010, and continues to impress and surprise with each and every remix EP. The Swiss producer continues to enthrall with his remix invitations on Miegakure. Being presented with the tools to create, does indeed give you a head start; however, it is the vision and skill to be able to realize it that sets great producers apart. French house legend I:Cube and Berlin-based producer Mark August have created two quite brilliant masterpieces.
HEAVENLY SWEETNESS (FRANCE)
HS 035LP MITCHELL, BLUE: Bring It Home To Me LP (HS 035LP) 31.00
Among 33 albums recorded with American jazz, blues, soul and funk trumpeter Blue Mitchell as a leader, Bring It Home To Me from 1966 is the thirteenth. This is not only an excellent album, but also the artistic peak of Mitchell’s discography. The album mixes modal harmonies, lyrical moments and groovy, even funky rhythms. This album is very rare on LP format and very hard to find with a restored analog sound. Blue Mitchell is here joined by Junior Cook on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, Gene Taylor on bass and the great Billy Higgins on drums. The artistic direction is strong, the aesthetic is powerful. Heavenly Sweetness’ reissue and its analog sound is the best tribute that can be given to this great and rare record and its original recording sound. Pressed on finely-selected 180 gram vinyl.
HS 037LP RIVERS, SAM: Contours LP (HS 037LP) 31.00
The album Contours by American saxophonist/composer Sam Rivers was recorded for Blue Note in 1965 following the album Fuschia Swing Song. The musicians joining Sam Rivers (tenor & alto sax and flute) are Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) and Joe Chambers (drums). Four vigorous and strong tracks composed by Sam Rivers, including “Point Of Many Returns” with a hard pop structure, “Dance Of The Tripedal” and “Euterpe,” illustrate the sharp incisiveness of Sam’s style. “Mellifluous Cacophony” mixes marvelous harmonies with beautiful dissonances. The presence of Sam Rivers’ very personal style is key to the structure as well as the execution of this record session and emblemizes the crucial role that Rivers played in the mid-’60s as one of the leaders of the avant garde. Contours is a staggering record just in between avant garde and traditional jazz, featuring sounds from Hancock, Hubbard and Carter not heard on their other records from the same period. Pressed on finely-selected 180 gram vinyl. Original analog sound.
HS 038LP BLAKEY, ART: A Message From Blakey Vol. 1: Holiday For Skins LP (HS 038LP) 31.00
This is Art Blakey’s rarest project dedicated to percussion and probably the best one. On A Message From Blakey Vol. 1: Holiday For Skins Art Blakey leads a great jazz and percussionist large band. Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on drums, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Ray Bryant on the piano; on percussions no less than Ray Barreto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzales, Julio Martinez, Chonguito Vicente, Fred Pagani Jr. and additionally, a great choir. The result is a rich confrontation of African and Latin rhythms with late ’50s contemporary jazz. “The Feast,” “Aghano” and “Lamento Africano” represent the peak of this recording session, with counterpoints, breathtaking variations in rhythm and tempo and a real liberty of expression for each soloist. Classic jazz is not absent and it is illustrated here by tracks such as “O’Tinde” or the Ray Bryant compositions “Swingin’ Kilts” and “Reflection.” The whole record is a vibrant celebration of pure rhythm. Let us not forget that Art Blakey travelled extensively through Africa and was deeply aware what jazz owed to African and Latin patterns. The sound of the record is unbelievable and was originally released in 1958 on Blue Note. Pressed on finely-selected 180 gram vinyl. Original analog sound.
HS 039LP AMY & DUPREE BOLTON, CURTIS: Katanga! LP (HS 039LP) 31.00
Katanga! is a key soul jazz record, unknown by mainstream audiences and for which jazz fans have been desperately searching out for years, originally released in 1963 on Pacific Jazz. This session is the sixth and last one recorded by West Coast saxophonist Curtis Amy in his Pacific period (between 1960 and 1963). Between hard bop and soul jazz, this is a unique and legendary record. The only presence of trumpeter Dupree Bolton, who is so rare on records and so absent from jazz recording sessions as he spent most of his time in jail, justifies the key interest of this record. Fans of Clifford Brown and Fats Navarro will praise Katanga!. Curtis Amy is, of course, imperial on both soprano and tenor. “Katanga” and “Lonely Woman” are both jewels and both are composed by Curtis Amy. There are a lot of colors and a pure sound for this astonishing jazz session, embellished by musicians such as guitarist Ray Crawford, pianist Jack Wilson, bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Doug Sides. The record was recorded in Los Angeles with a very original West Coast sound. Pressed on finely-selected 180 gram vinyl. Original analog sound.
HIGHGRADE (GERMANY)
HIGH 088EP PROMPT: Sharing Sounds 12″ (HIGH 088EP) 12.00
Prompt has been producing electronic music since the mid-’90s and during this time has made a string of outstanding EPs, some of which have even won awards. His debut EP on Highgrade set the tone for his convincing mix of sound design and subtle hooks. On Sharing Sounds it’s all about deepness expressed through dense, loopy forests and deep, broken valleys. Few other techno producers have such a distinctive style or unique voice.
HIKEKA RECORDS
HR 3331LP JONES POSITIVE VIBES, DEL: Court Is Closed LP (HR 3331LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this righteous soul record from 1972. Message-based funk on tracks like “Prelude Ta Hell,” “Needle ‘N Spoon,” “Cold Turkey” and “Inside Black America.” This is the “soul” mix, with 8 tracks.”…a great document of true inner city grit. While the anger is surprisingly subdued, these guys obviously know the down and dirty life of which they sing. Despite all of the lyrics about drugs and being put down by the man, there’s an essentially positive message here. A few of the songs stretch out into long jams that build in intensity and really stand up well to multiple listens. There’s a lack of real “singing” here, with most of the stories being told in a kind of matter-of-fact sing-speak, and the few times real melodies break out make you wish there were more. Nonetheless, this is a killer LP: powerful, memorable, uncompromising and full of life, and it doesn’t sound like any soul/funk album you’ve heard.” — Acid Archives
HONEST JON’S RECORDS (UK)
HJP 054EP VON OSWALD TRIO/DIGITAL MYSTIKZ, MORITZ: Restructure 2/Restructure 2 Rebuild 12″ (HJP 054EP) 11.00
Musically, this new stepper appears to swell out of thin air. Immense and minimal, the propulsive groove of this monstrous child of Krautrock is overlain with the blues abstraction of Tikiman’s guitar, the swing and effects of Marc Muellbauer’s double bass, Delay’s digressive steel percussion, and the otherworldly keys of Loderbauer and von Oswald. Mala’s rebuild ratchets up the drama and dread. A barrage of bleeps rains down on a clopping drum pattern and steely synths. An immensely powerful record.
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
HOS 288CD BLACKDEATH: Katharsis: Kalte Lieder Aus Der Hölle CD (HOS 288CD) 14.00
“We are proud to announce the new album from this long-running Russian black metal legend. Violent, angular, and twisting original black metal with disturbing clear voices from the 666 dimension. Further words from Marco of Seed Stock Records regarding the new Blackdeath: ‘Hot blood in the frozen wastes, tormented sleeps, no rest, no peace — always some war to be fought. Blackdeath keep fighting, living life as war. On this new album, all of the wildness and violence that Blackdeath have been renowned for have now hardened into an idiosyncratic and cracked style: manic vocals that switch between black rasp and psychotic singing, nordic-style riffs that are somehow bent into a weapon with sharper angles, and a song progression that is equal parts percussive brawl and wide-eyed revelation. After six albums you’d think that they would have plateaued, or grown tired, but no. Rather, here, you find them in the strongest form since the band’s inception back in 1998. They now have finally secured themselves a real drummer, and full-professional studio sound. For some underground black metal bands, that might equal an awkward combination, but Blackdeath have always been stubbornly focused on quality of riff and refined composition of song, which translates perfectly in this level of production. ‘Blackdeath means black metal’ and effectively it is presented here on Katharsis without the trappings of politic or theologian rhetoric, and it’s given in its most potent and straightforward dosage.'”
HOT RELEASES
HR 015LP HORAFLORA/SECRET BOYFRIEND: Split LP LP (HR 015LP) 15.00
“I met Raub of Horaflora during his tour down from New England when he had his entire set-up on a bicycle. Using a clever and economical system that included a hand drum, trumpet mouth piece, balloon, computer sub-woofer, transducers, hand-held tape recorders and various found objects, he created an immersive shuddering meadow mecha-organic sound environment. Empty cans and scrap metal rattled to the same pulse, balloons exhaled lost-in-the-fog tones on the taut drum skin, tapes whirred weird in their lascivious carriage in the front and back : the sum being a barnyard of coldly throbbing sounds from all angles harmonizing with the resident frogs and insects. Two years later we have this, the vinyl debut of both Horaflora and Secret Boyfriend. On his side, Raub wrings pleasingly alien sounds from his systems – taken in this instance from a live session with Andrea Williams on KALX. The electro-acoustic room-rattling is crisply recorded but still very inscrutable … strange sounds mingling spatially guided by unseen hands of a restless poltergiest . . . The Secret Boyfriend side begins stunned in the still room where Horaflora left us, oozes and flirts with a baroque chamber mentality giving away to exquisite / blown speaker melodies and drooling song-form, morbid and tender. A sense of calm and peripheral melancholy is held, abrasion dialed back. One quarter alive in a cold apartment for twenty years. The windows are open. Pro-printed jackets, 300 copies.”
HR 016LP REHNLUND, JEFF: Smoke From The Mirror LP (HR 016LP) 15.00
“Mostly recorded during a year in Las Cruces, New Mexico with a reverb unit and other gear found in a spider- and cat-infested geodesic dome in the desert. Smoke is a mottled sound diary of sweltering mutant pop, distressed voices, sweaty-dense-and-deep drone in a wider, darker sky, wretching cassettes, sparse stone garden melody, gamelan, plus a lengthy field recording of an exorcism in India that was interrupted by a wandering bull. All tracks evoke an overwhelming sense of heat and empty space, life and death, distance, isolation — carved with broader, more direct gestures than Jeff’s previous releases, but still with flourishes of his trademark bewildering, confusing sonic style. Pro-printed jacket, 300 copies.”
HR 017LP JEWELL, RYAN: Eschew Obfuscation; Espouse Elucidation LP (HR 017LP) 15.00
“First full-length LP from the Columbus, OH musician, improviser and sound artist after collaborating with a diverse array of folks such as Greg Kelley, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Christine Sehnaoui, Bhob Rainey, Jandek, Mike Shiflet, Envenomist, Larry Marotta, Vic Rawlings, Fossils, Rafael Toral, Psychedelic Horseshit, Pink Reason, Jason Zeh, Wasteland Jazz Unit, and many more. Side A is one long stereo-melting, ear-bending composition that evokes the best sense of surprise of harsh cut-up noise, except with organic sounds manipulated with some Pierre Henry level finesse, compiled from about 9-10 years of material including early tape experiments, live recordings, unreleased new material, re-edited previously released material, hi-fi, low-fi, past, present, future etc. Recorded in Ohio, in a creek in West Virginia, as a teenager in a car while on the country music highway in Kentucky, in the middle of a street in New Zealand – heavily spliced and edited with razorblades and mouse clicks into the form of the composition. Side B focuses on deep drones, long tones wrought with patience and intensity from a lone drum – a kind compliment to the frenzy of the first half. Mastered by Bhob Rainey, with art by Dylan Nyoukis. 300 Copies, pro-printed art.”
HR 018LP VVAQRT: Than On Eother And You Have 0 Answers LP (HR 018LP) 15.00
“VVAQRT (say ‘Vak-art’ or ‘Vak-ert’) are a dark, crumbling consciousness minimal synth pop duo from Saxapahaw, NC. Well-recorded, tightly-wound succinct synth sculptures are coupled with ornately mangled text, evoking a mind forcefed too much useless information that has begun to froth and die. This LP is party music for the modern apocalypse… we’re very proud of this one, the record with the strongest, bitterest pop appeal that we’ve released so far. Definitely not witch-house. Pro-printed jackets.”
HR 019LP BIANCHI, MAURIZIO: Plays The Clockwork Orange LP (HR 019LP) 15.00
“Reissue of a February 1980 decomposition from the Italian industrial forereunner. Halting tape cut-ups of the classical score from the film. One of the strangest M.B. recordings! Pro-printed jacket.”
HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH (NETHERLANDS)
HHYR 001EP KINK & NEVILLE WATSON: Inside Out 12″ (HHYR 001EP) 12.50
This unlikely Bulgarian/UK duo churn out an old skool Chicago monster that harkens the rawest Mr. Fingers productions from the late ’80s. Your body will be jacking when you first hear it. Comes as a vocal and dub instrumental. The B-side sees a solo outing by KiNK, and it sounds like going back in time 20 years. This is raw and dirty house music.
HUNGAROTON (HUNGARY)
HUNG 32509CD BARTOK, BELA: Violin Concerto: Rhapsodies For Violin & Orchestra CD/SACD (HUNG 32509CD) 19.00
Performed by Barnabás Kelemen, violin; Hungarian National Philharmonic Orhcestra / Zoltán Kocsis, conductor. “A warmly anticipated new release in the critically acclaimed Hungaroton Bartók series, featuring the award winning conductor Zoltán Kocsis. The three works on this disc are all from roughly the same period. They were composed during a time when the anti-fascist Bartók was having many problems with the establishment in Hungary. Bartók would shortly depart for the United States, where he settled in New York City in 1940. Barnabás Kelemen has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation, appearing regularly as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at many of the world’s major musical venues and festivals. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Japan and Taiwan. He has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Denis Russel-Davies, Eiji Oue, Robert Spano, Zoltán Kocsis, Michael Stern, Péter Eötvös, Tamás Vásáry and Rumon Gamba. Barnabás has performed at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall where his debut was reviewed as ‘a dazzling performance’ (American Record Guide). Barnabás’ repertoire spans from early baroque to contemporary music. He performed the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos and gave the Hungarian premiere of Gubajdulina’s and world premiere of Kurtág’s violin pieces.” Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
HYPERDUB (UK)
HDB 043EP DARKSTAR: Gold 12″ (HDB 043EP) 12.50
“Gold is the new single from Darkstar’s debut album North. In contrast to the very popular Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer 12″, Gold is indicative of Darkstar’s current direction as a three piece group.”
INNERVISIONS (GERMANY)
IV 031EP TETE: Rotor EP 12″ (IV 031EP) 14.00
2 days in Karlsruhe – ½ Château Flight – ½ Âme – 2 accents circonflexes – 1 Roland Jupiter-6 – 1 Roland MC-202 – 1 Roland TB-303 – 1 Roland TR-808 – 1 Yamaha YC-45D – 1 pseudonym – 2 new tracks – I:Cube and Frank Wiedemann are Tête.
INTACTO (NETHERLANDS)
INTAC 029EP LABEIJ, DAVID: Feels Like T 12″ (INTAC 029EP) 12.00
Internationally known for his techno sounds as one-half of Polder, David Labeij’s solo productions soar between hypnotic deep house and delicate techno. For Feels Like T, David interprets that “old school” techno feeling and gives it a personalized, fresh-faced twist. “White T” features fluid dance beats that slide across a swollen bass line, creating a sensual soundscape. On “Black T,” gritty beat-nuggets fly and collide like atoms. This bad-ass floor tune takes you to the darker side of dance life.
INTERNATIONAL DEEJAY GIGOLO (GERMANY)
GIGOLO 273EP FAGGET FAIRYS: Feed The Horse: DJ Hell Remix 2010 12″ (GIGOLO 273EP) 12.00
Fagget Fairys hail from Denmark, a female DJ/production duo whose unique take on urban and electronic music comes from their work as artists, their experiences as fashion models and their inspired lives in India training as body coaches. DJ Hell first came across “Feed The Horse” while preparing his musical mix for the Michalsky 2010 spring/summer show. Needless to say, it was love at first sight — he immediately remixed and licensed the song to International Dee Jay Gigolo Records.
GIGOLO 276EP KIERAN, PHIL: Love Wish 12″ (GIGOLO 276EP) 12.00
Gigolo Records release two killer cuts from the prolific and legendary Phil Kieran. “Love Wish” sounds like a lost techno lament to an erstwhile sound that could only come from a producer with experience. Never showy, the track builds carefully, introducing strings at the final pay-off. On the B-side is the amazing “Odd Ball,” again a master-class in reserved arrangements that holds the dancefloor solidly, delivering subtle yet powerful pay-offs at every turn. Truly mind-affirming techno for the body!
INTERNATIONAL FEEL (URUGUAY)
IFEEL 010EP MAXXI AND ZEUS: American Dreamer/MZ Medley 12″ (IFEEL 010EP) 12.00
Maxxi And Zeus are back with their second International Feel single, an epic double A-side. “American Dreamer” soundtracks the vastness of the plains and the emptiness of the desert and a slow-motion line on the horizon that can only be filled by the largesse of Dennis Hopper and his band of tragic cult heroes. “MZ Medley” takes you back to the heady days of the late ’70s and the pioneering edit culture of Tom Moulton, Walter Gibbons and François K.
IOG
GR 004CD GROUPER/ROY MONTGOMERY: Split CD (GR 004CD) 16.00
CD version of the out of print LP. Includes a bonus track by Roy Montgomery, “Pressed Bloom,” not included on the original LP. Limited edition of 500 copies. “Roy’s side is a live and different version of the ‘Fantasia on a theme by Sandy Bull’ originally released on Drunken Fish box set Harmony of the Spheres. Grouper side is some new songs and field recording.”
KAPP
KS 3524LP LATIN SOULS, THE: Boo-Ga-Loo & Shing-A-Ling LP (KS 3524LP) 11.50
Of all the dances popular with the hip young people of the ’60s — the popcorn, the tighten-up, the bend-over, the Heston, etc. — the Latin rhythms of boogaloo music still remain enjoyably listenable without having to strap on your irony helmet. It’s unclear if the same thing can be said about the “Shing-A-Ling,” but this record features covers of “The Party Is Over,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “A Place In The Sun” and “In The Midnight Hour.” Exact repro reissue.
KLIMT (FRANCE)
MJJ 311LP SUN RA & THE BLUES PROJECT: The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale: Batman And Robin LP (MJJ 311LP) 27.00
“This novelty album, released in 1966 during the height of the Batman & Robin craze, was initially credited to the ‘The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale’ and featured an album full of tracks based on the popular TV show like ‘The Batman Theme Song’, ‘The Penguin Chase’, and ‘The Batcave’. The album is entirely instrumental, except for someone singing ‘Batmaaaan!’ in the theme song. But the interesting thing about this album, and what makes it an absolute cult gem, are the musicians who are behind it all: basically a joint collaboration between Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Danny Kalb’s Blues Project (one of the first psychedelic rock bands as well as one of the world’s first jam bands). ‘Dan and Dale’ were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra’s Arkestra play sax. All I can think of when listening to this record is how much fun these guys, all formidable musicians, must have had putting it together.” Gatefold sleeve.
MJJ 312LP JOSEFUS: Dead Man LP (MJJ 312LP) 27.00
“One of the great lost albums of Southern hard rock, Dead Man was the 1970 debut album of the Houston band, Josefus. Formed in 1969, Josefus soon garnered a huge live following, opening for acts like ZZ Top and Grand Funk Railroad. Unfortunately, their debut album, a heavy mix of Zeppelin-inspired acid rock with a Southern twist, was destined to obscurity, due largely to the fact that it was not released on a proper label (the band actually paid to have the album pressed and released on their own ‘Hookah’ label). Just a few months prior to recording Dead Man, however, Josefus had actually recorded an album’s worth of material for a producer in Phoenix, but the album was never released. This is what prompted the band to go back into the studio with their own money to record Dead Man. Dead Man was, therefore naturally, a mix of some of the songs from this earlier album (tentatively called: Get Off My Case) along with some new ones. Actually only three tracks from Get Off My Case did not make it onto Dead Man (‘Get Off My Case’, ‘A Social Song’ and ‘Fealin’ Good’), but these have been restored here as bonus tracks, so what you are actually getting is the complete track listing from the two albums.”
KRANKY
KRANK 152LP PAN AMERICAN: For Waiting, For Chasing LP (KRANK 152LP) 13.00
LP version. “For Waiting, For Chasing was originally issued in a limited pressing by the Stefan Németh (Radian) curated Mosz label in 2006. This is the first time it is being made widely available in North America and elsewhere. As Mosz eloquently stated at the time of release, ‘…it is not about the process or the media, which have been used. It is about how elements and structures are put in a detailed relation to each other, ending up in a slow-moving, breathing organism. Filaments of percussive elements condense to polyrhythmic elements, layers of sound, instruments and field recordings merge to build up a mystic parallel, not so much fictional world.’ Perhaps the most skeletal and minimal of all of the works in the Pan American canon, it may also be the most compelling.”
LEENA (GERMANY)
LEENA 018EP DELANO, ALEXI: Un Do Me 12″ (LEENA 018EP) 12.00
Alexi Delano is part of the first wave of Swedish electronic music producers that made a name for themselves in the mid-’90s, releasing on techno labels such as Plus 8, Missile, Primate, Hybrid, Svek and many more. His style dwells in the perfect balance between shiny minimalism and dark, vivacious techno, and both of these tracks pack a powerful punch and high energy. With more than two decades on the stage, he has no intention of slowing down.
LEKTROLUV (BELGIUM)
LL 039EP MUMBAI SCIENCE: Gold 12″ (LL 039EP) 12.00
Mumbai Science presents their third EP on Lektroluv, and they couldn’t have picked a better name for its upcoming release: Gold. The new EP contains one Mumbai Science original, a remix by Noob and a remix by NT89. You can decide for yourself which one’s bronze, which one’s silver and which one’s gold.
LILITH (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
LR 317LP CHROME: Blood On The Moon LP+CD (LR 317LP) 27.00
“For this 1981 release, Edge and Creed brought in brothers John and Hilary Stench on drums and bass. The brothers hailed from the extremely popular local new wave band, Pearl Harbour & the Explosions, formed in 1978 in San Francisco. This new rhythm section can definitely be heard, making Chrome a bit more ‘danceable’ if you will and the first inklings of that driving industrial metal beat can be heard. Tracks like excellent ‘Perfumed Metal’ are a perfect example of this transformation. It was also in 1981 that Chrome received an offer to perform live in Italy from a group of Italian fans. Chrome had never appeared live before, but unbelievably they accepted the Italian gig and flew to Bologna, Italy to play their first ever live concert. The ‘live instrumental track’ included here is from that legendary Italian concert, on July 20, 1981.”
LR 318LP CHROME: 3rd From The Sun LP+CD (LR 318LP) 27.00
“Metallic drums, grating guitar, a driving industrial beat, lo-fi / sci fi, toxic waste… this was the universe inhabited by SF cyber punks, Chrome. Originally released in 1982, on band founder Damon Edge’s own Siren Records, this was the band’s last official release. Still featuring the rhythmic talents of John & Hilary Stench on drums and bass, and as always, the brilliantly feral guitar playing of Helios Creed, the album kicks off with the jaw-dropping ‘Firebomb’. Also featuring two bonus tracks from their rare 1982 Anorexic Sacrifice 7″ single.”
LION PRODUCTIONS
LION 644CD INDEX: Black Album + Red Album + Yesterday & Today 2CD (LION 644CD) 24.00
“In the mid 1960s, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however. The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Vietnam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the affluent suburbs just outside of the city of Detroit, that Index was formed. The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is bizarre, atmospheric, and ‘home-made’ (in the best of all possible ways); the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud rhythms. Hidden amongst the echoing canyons of sound there’s some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in that trippy velvet fuzz; a wonderful bleak sound, both droning and murky, the atonal side of late 1960’s rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock artists like Joy Division or the Fall. Includes a 32-page booklet, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band’s rock and roll adventures, replete with photos and lyrics; printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy.”
LION 646CD SEA-DERS, THE: The Sea-Ders CD (LION 646CD) 11.00
“This specially-priced disc contains all known recordings of infectious Middle Eastern inflected rock/beat from the Cedars (or Sea-Ders), Lebanon’s top musical export to the world. Eight dynamic tracks, with driving rhythms, blazing electric bouzouki (or oud?), recorded between 1966-1968. Fantastic! Starting in 1965, many groups began to borrow elements of Eastern music to add a little mystery and exotica to their sound. Some prominent examples of this trend include the Kinks’ ‘See My Friends,’ the Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood,’ and the Byrds’ ‘Eight Miles High’; less well-known than the aforementioned acts, but considered masters of the form by those in the know, were the Sea-Ders. For them it wasn’t a case of flirting with foreign culture — they tapped right into the source, there in their own backyard! Decca Records contacted the group and offered them a record deal in the UK. The Sea-Ders relocated to London, and in 1967 Decca released ‘Thanks A Lot’ b/w ‘Undecidedly.’ The record got some airplay on the pirate stations, but failed to break into the charts. Nevertheless, Decca went ahead with an EP release, featuring three tracks along with the fine ‘Cause I Do Care.’ Apparently the record had a very limited pressing as it’s now very rare, despite being one of the most exciting releases of the era. Booklet contains liner notes by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine), printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy.”
LION 647CD MIGUEL Y EL COMITÉ: Para Hacer Música, Para Hacer… CD (LION 647CD) 15.00
“El Syndikato made Miguel Livichich a rock star in South America; but it was his sole effort as Miguel y el Comité that made him a groove-loving crate-digger’s dream! Livichich left El Syndikato and in an instant formed another band, joining forces with an existing group called Feeling Rock. This new group was called Miguel y el Comité (Miguel and the Committee) — a clear allusion to Livichich’s previous group (the Syndicate), and also a demonstration of his leadership role; even though Miguel y el Comité worked as a proper band in their structure, Miguel Livichich made all decisions concerning the group. As Livichich recalled, ‘I told them, I want a band to join me, but we all work together — more rock and candombe and a few things more commercial. Accept, and we make a titanic effort. An aggressive launch. I do not lie, in fifteen days we were recording the LP. It was pin, pin and we were playing at all dances. It was amazing working with Miguel y el Comité.’ That band’s 1971 album, with Livichich firmly at the helm, fused the local candombe rhythm with beat music in an unusual and aggressive (oft-times funky, break-beat) way. Miguel y el Comité played mostly original songs, but they also mixed in covers of tracks by other Uruguayan bands. They were the first to sing hits by other groups (El Kinto, Los Shakers), which added a new dimension to the burgeoning Uruguayan scene. Percussion plays a key role in the band’s sound, although the guitar playing is most distinctive: sometimes melodic, at other times carving a path through the mix, with a hard and acid distorted fuzz guitar sound, as on the title track and the fabulous cover of El Kinto’s ‘Qué me importa.’ Dynamite! Comes with a 28-page booklet, printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy, with band history, photos, and bi-lingual lyrics.”
MAINSTREAM
MRL 362LP CLARK, ALICE: Alice Clark LP (MRL 362LP) 11.50
Alice Clark’s 1972 album for Mainstream is a massive northern soul/funk affair produced and arranged by Bob Shad. Gatefold exact repro reissue.
MANHAND
MH 115LP DIAMANTE, HERB: My Crawling Eye Sees All LP (MH 115LP) 17.00
“Herb teams up with The Diminished Men, Kinski, Master Musicians of Bukkake and more, to make this amazing collection of songs, hits, and heavy dancefloor vibe on some tracks.” Paste-on covers; hand-numbered edition of 200.
MH 116LP SOUND OF POT, THE: Only Jesus Can Make Me LP (MH 116LP) 17.00
“Conrad Capistran’s debut solo LP. Twenty-five tracks, song-based electronica.” Paste-on sleeves with glossy insert; hand-numbered edition of 200.
MASSY (FINLAND)
MAS 202CD VA: The Internalization Of Mässy CD (MAS 202CD) 16.50
The 14 previously-unreleased tracks on The Internalization Of Mässy make up a compilation offering a worldwide vision of the skweee sound in its current stages of development, bringing the many different strands of the style together in a unique way; these tracks link the positive feeling they share, beyond similarities found in technique or rhythm. These musicians do not underestimate their listeners, everything you hear is created without trying to give the audience what they think they want — instead, the record offers the possibility to its user to enlarge their capacity of receiving sonic information. As a phenomenon, skweee has grown steadily and reached wider audiences, while new labels are always popping out, and promising new artists emerge to influence the whole field of modern electronic production. In terms of music, global dispersion has made skweee more diverse, as its practitioners take ideas and inspiration from each other and then develop in different directions. In the almost physical stadium-sized synthesis of Mother North, the drum machinery of Jyrkkä Pajulaakso, or Spartan Lover’s rugged touch, these sounds convey something to turn on and energize any life-form. Some of these tracks are more direct and “easier” to get right away, whereas others present a more intriguing listening challenge, inviting repeat plays, each time provoking new ways of thinking about that piece. There’s enough texture to get you hooked and enough depth to take you far beyond, into what scientists call “the zone.” Other artists include: Misk, Randy Barracuda, Coco Bryce, Stickem, V.C., Motem, Beatbully, Hybakusha and Drums.
MBELEKTRONICS (BELGIUM)
MBELEK 063EP REDHEAD: Disco Me EP 12″ (MBELEK 063EP) 12.00
One of the long-term contributors to MB Elektronics, RedHead (aka Steve Vangilbergen) is one of the stalwarts of Belgium’s well-respected techno scene. Now in his twentieth year as a producer, RedHead’s style of funky and hard loops has proved popular across Europe with regular performances at landmark events such as I Love Techno, Nature One and Awakenings. “Disco Me” is pure, funky techno at its infectious best, centered on a simple bass loop and driven along by slamming beats.
MERCURY
SR 61222LP MILES EXPRESS, THE BUDDY: Electric Church LP (SR 61222LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1969. “Buddy Miles’ second album (credited to Buddy Miles Express) gets most of its attention in retrospect for the role of Jimi Hendrix, who produced part of it and played on some tracks as well. On its own merits, though, it’s a fairly respectable soul-rock album. Hendrix was referring to his own material as ‘electric church’ music on some occasions in the late 1960s, and likely he had something like the soul-funk-rock fusion of Band of Gypsys in mind when he conceived this. Of course Miles played in Band of Gypsys, and there wasn’t any way the music he was writing and singing on his own was going to measure up to what Hendrix was doing. On the other hand, here his writing and singing benefit from not being placed within the context of a band in which Hendrix was primarily responsible for those functions (thus leading to inevitable unfavorable comparisons), as was the case on the Band of Gypsys album. The songs are mostly vehicles for Miles’ high, soulful vocals and the energetic funky arrangements, but as such things go they’re pretty solid and pleasurable. Naturally for some listeners, the go-to highlights will be ’69 Freedom Special,’ which has some good Hendrix wah-wah licks, and ‘Miss Lady,’ on which Jimi plays in a more conventional R&B style. While the majority of this is feel-good and brassy, Miles does show he’s capable of handling more tender soul melodies and sentiments in ‘Cigarettes & Coffee’ and ‘My Chant.'” — All Music Guide
METAPHON (BELGIUM)
METAPHON 002CD SOUFFRIAU, ARSENE: Expériences BIMES 3CD BOX (METAPHON 002CD) 48.00
“Arsène Souffriau (born Brussels 1926) is a cornerstone of the first generation of Belgian electronic and experimental music composers along with Henri Pousseur, Karel Goeyvaerts and Leo Küpper. Regardless of decades of dedicated work he received even less recognition than his Belgian contemporaries. In the late ’60s Souffriau got some appreciation among the larger public for his contribution of electronic sounds to the Free Electronic Pop Concept LP, a psychedelic pop album around the brothers Jess & James. But his professional musical career that started at a young age reached much further than this: he worked as a conductor, composer, sound editor, functional music composer for film, documentary and theatre, producing a massive quantity of recordings. Since the early ’60s, in his free time, he has independently been working in his home studio BIMES, where he has recorded numerous experimental, electronic music works of which most never left his studio. The pieces on this release, which span over a period of almost 40 years, have been selected from Souffriau’s private music archive and were mostly recorded at his BIMES studio. The pieces clearly depict the wide spectrum of his work throughout the time starting with the primitive concrete tape music from the early ’60s, going through his period of (group) improvisation (Groupe Fusion) with analogue (and live) electronics towards the digital techniques in the 80’s and 90’s using MIDI and computer. Hardboard linen CD box contains 3 CDs and a 40-page booklet with extensive background, photos and notes from A.S. (in Dutch, French and English). Edition of 300 copies.”
METAPHON 002LP SOUFFRIAU, ARSENE: Expériences BIMES 3LP BOX (METAPHON 002LP) 105.00
Hardboard linen LP box version, contains 3 LPs and a 20-page large-format booklet with extensive background, photos and notes from A.S. (in Dutch, French and English). Edition of 200 copies.
METAPHON 003CD RANTA/MIKE LEWIS/CONNY PLANK, MICHAEL: Mu 2CD BOX (METAPHON 003CD) 41.00
“The only time this ensemble got together before was for the singular and legendary Wired session recorded in 1970 and published on the Deutsche Grammophon box set Free Improvisation in 1974. The Wired session also included Karl-Heinz Böttner while this release of Mu just has the trio of Ranta, Lewis and Plank. Mu got recorded a few months after the Wired session, in Plank’s studio, but never got released strangely enough. Yet it’s a true hidden treasure of marvelous minimal psychedelic improvisations with an oriental touch controlled and mixed by ‘Diabolis in Musica’ Conny Plank. Although the intense recording session ended early in the morning the mixdown was still done straight afterwards of which this is the direct result for MU1, Mu2, and Mu4. For Mu3 Michael Ranta added live percussion to the original tape mix and dedicated it to Mike Lewis. Due to circumstances and moving to different continents they never had the chance to meet again. Previously unreleased studio material from 1970 recorded a few months after the legendary Wired session. Hardboard linen CD box contains 2 CDs and a 28-page booklet with biography text and notes from Michael Ranta (in Dutch, German and English). Edition of 500 copies.”Michael Ranta : percussion, guitars and prepared thundersheetMike Lewis : keyboards, wind instruments and percussionConny Plank : live electronics, sound control, recording supervision, mix”What a stunning surprise discovery of this obscure ensemble with Michael Ranta, Mike Lewis and Krautrock master Conny Plank. As on the legendary Wired LP on the Free Improvisation box set (Deutsche Grammophon 1974) they created an amazing free form abstraction, a floating resonant and timeless music, similar in many ways to the early experiments of Tangerine Dream but in a world of its own, in all their twisted exotic and melancholy beauty… To be filed under classic Krautrock, a masterpiece!” — Steven Stapleton
METAPHON 003LP RANTA/MIKE LEWIS/CONNY PLANK, MICHAEL: Mu 2LP BOX (METAPHON 003LP) 93.00
Hardboard linen 2LP box version, containing 2 LPs and a large-format 16-page booklet with biography text and notes from Michael Ranta (in Dutch, German and English). Edition of 300 copies.
METTRE A FOND (BELGIUM)
BXL X CATALOGUE: Brussel Live LP + 7″ (BXL X) 41.00
“Highlights of their first 2 concerts in about 20 years, live in Brussels (2007-2008), shows the trio of Artman, Berrocal and Pauvros anarchistic, powerful and controversial as ever. LP with 1-sided fluo green bonus 7″ (minimal rock & roll version of ‘Be bop à Lula’), edition of 200 copies handnumbered and signed by Artman, Berrocal, Pauvros. … after several years on tour in different galaxies the group returns on earth, notably in the region of Brussels.””Uncertain rockers, exacerbated freejazzmen, pranksters, Jean-François Pauvros: guitarist, Jac Berrocal: trumpeter and vocalist, Gilbert Artman: drummer and pianist are a bit of everything, rock stomping, boring the avant garde, enraging the virtuosity. Trespassing the unbreakable with the surprises of clumsiness they reach a flamboyant music. It smells like sulphur, like a desperate laugh.”
MO’S FERRY (GERMANY)
MFP 053EP DAPAYK SOLO: Schwarz & Kaden Remixes 12″ (MFP 053EP) 12.00
Mathias Kaden and Henrik Schwarz remix their favorite tracks from Dapayk’s Decade One (2000-2010) album. Kaden’s remix of “All Eyes On You” seems to be aware of the efficiency of his loop, giving it time to develop without leaving people waiting for the drop longer than necessary. Schwarz’s remix of “Back To Me” enriches the track with his saxophone variation. In addition to the original instruments, he uses a weird needle-scratch kind of sound to play the solo passages.
MOCHILLA
MO 017CD J DILLA: Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes CD/DVD (MO 017CD) 19.00
“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 two of a three part series. CD includes: Live concert (mastered) and the ‘Untitled/Fantastic (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)’; DVD contains: Full live concert, slideshows and special features. DVD Specifications: 73 Minutes / Black & White / Stereo / 1.33:1 aspect ratio.”
MONK (ITALY)
MK 300LP PATTON, CHARLEY: You’re Gonna Need Somebody When You Die: The Recorded Works 4LP BOX (MK 300LP) 122.00
2010 repress. “An absolute collector’s item, this box features Patton’s recordings from 1929 to 1934 all in one treat. Four albums and all you want to hear from the incredible king of Delta blues. If you’re not already a blues maniac, you’ll become one when you see this. Includes 6 postcards, a poster and a booklet. Contains the 3 different volumes of the Electrically Recorded trilogy (Prayer Of Death, High Water Everywhere and Jesus Is A Dying-Bed Maker) plus a forth LP available only in this box.”
MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)
MONKEY 009EP SIRIUSMO: Feromonikon/Signal 12″ (MONKEY 009EP) 12.00
Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records imprint presents the album pre-single Feromonikon/Signal, a surprising showcase of Siriusmo’s stylistic diversity. Not necessarily known as a techno producer, this 12″ shows Moritz Friedrich aka Siriusmo flexing his muscles. Adrenergic “Feromonikon” slightly reminds of the best moments of Alter Ego rave anthems, paired with Warp-esque sound elements and those typical Siriusmo trademarks. “Signal” is not far from the melodic catchiness of “Berlin Calling” mega-seller, Paul Kalkbrenner.
MOTOWN
GS 931LP STARR, EDWIN: Soul Master LP (GS 931LP) 11.50
Exact repro of Starr’s 1968 Motown debut. “…arguably his best album; it included both Gordy and Ric Tic singles like ‘Agent Double-O-Soul.’ It shows that at times, Starr could be as riveting and exciting as any male singer on the soul circuit; he was simply unable to consistently maintain that level.” — All Music Guide
MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)
MM 152EP RACHMAD PRESENTS IGNACIO, STEVE: Virton Upgraded 12″ (MM 152EP) 12.00
One of the ultimate Music Man classics, “Virton” gets re-worked by the master himself. Included are two different remixes by Ben Klock from Berghain and Ostgut Ton fame. Essential!
MVD AUDIO
MVD 5122CD RESIDENTS, THE: Not Available CD (MVD 5122CD) 13.00
“Recorded in 1974, originally released in 1979 and now reissued with seven minutes of material originally edited out. While there are a million stories about The Residents, one of the more intriguing concerns the recording of their second LP, Not Available. Early in the career of the band, the ‘theory of obscurity’ was introduced to them by the German avant-guardist, N. Senada. The plan called for the creation of complete projects that were literally not intended to be heard by anyone other than its creators. The Residents realized the truth in this ideal: that music really was difficult to record without considering the audience. They thought the experience gained by completing such a project would prove worthwhile toward achieving an independent attitude toward music. Not Available was completed in 1974 and stored. Several years later, in 1978, The Residents were severely over scheduled on their opus, Eskimo. The record company pulled Not Available from the masters room and released it. Surprisingly, The Residents were not upset by this fact since it in no way violated their original intent.”
MYSTRA RECORDS
MYS 007LP VA: YZ(XMissing): Christmas And Seasonal Sounds LP/CASSETTE (MYS 007LP) 21.00
“New compilation of contemporary bizarro and acoustic-based sounds that continue where the X-Pluralus comp ended…this with friends who live further then the MASS realms… 30+ groups and individuals like: Ed Askew, Prisma, SOP, Exusamwa (Fat Day & Preggy Peggy folks), Dawn Cook, Bromp Treb, Pat Conte, Peace/Loving, Von Bingen, Grey Skull, Believers, Ralph White, Jack Callahan, Bunwinkies, Flaming Dragons Of Middle Earth, Defneg & Tumblecat Duo, Big Kids, Cycles Inside, Crystaline Roses, Happy Jawbone Band, Betsy Nichols, Bengeorge7, Richie & The Zip Code and a bunch more. Comes with a cassette with more similar soundz and a big fold-out art cover with separate pages by Jeff Hartford, Josh Verizon, Ruth Garbus, John Moloney and Josh Burkett. PLEASE NOTE there is a CHRISTMAS theme happening with this music!! Limited to 350 copies.”
NEMS (UK)
NEL 6005LP BLACK SABBATH: Vol. 4 LP (NEL 6005LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue of the band’s fourth album, originally released in 1972. The classic Ozzy/Butler/Iommi/Ward line-up, with classic songs like “Wheels Of Confusion,” “Supernaut” and “Snowblind.” Many friendships have been ruined debating whether the song “Changes” is good or not — the fact is, it rules, so deal with it.
NEOS (GERMANY)
NEOS 11047CD VA: Pasajes – México CD (NEOS 11047CD) 21.00
“Mexico is an ancient country that views itself in the tradition of the great pre-Columbian civilisations and the Spanish colonial legacy. It is a melting pot for contrasting cultures, societies, languages and traditions. In 2010 Mexico is celebrating its ‘bicentenario’, the 200th anniversary of its independence and revolution. Past and present alike have left traces which the ensemble Intégrales is intent on pursuing. Their aim is to overcome artistic prejudices and to give a hearing to voices from different mentalities. The criteria for their choice of composers to portray were the expressive intensity, expert craftsmanship and above all the sensuality of their music. To this end, the ensemble Intégrales commissioned four new works in conjunction with Deutschlandfunk and the Netzwerk Neue Musik KLANG! in Hamburg. They were premiered in April 2009 at the Forum Neuer Musik ‘La otra América’ in Cologne. The humorous or spiritual concepts of an Alejandro Castaños or Aleyda Moreno project an image of a young generation pursuing individual paths, while a composer such as Gabriela Ortiz, who stands at the zenith of her career, hails from the world of classical modernism. Juan José Bárcenas writes on current Mexican topics with a critical eye, while Georgina Derbez Roque draws on European cultural history. That Europe and Mexico still form a bond for Mexican artists is especially evident in Arturo Fuentes, whose music conveys echoes of his years in Paris. It is the youngest composers, Bárcenas and Moreno, who cast doubt on this tradition and turn deliberately and expressively to Mexican themes and topics.”
PHILPOT (GERMANY)
PHP 050LP VA: Philpot Records 50 2×12″ (PHP 050LP) 25.50
The Philpot label’s 50th release is dedicated to all of their artists, friends and supporters who have helped them to gain their reputation as a proper freestyle label over the years. This double vinyl-only compilation features Philpot artists, present and future, and covers every musical aspect that has encapsulated the label. Tim Toh and IKE had impressive debut releases on Philpot, so they share the A-side. Starting with “Floral,” Tim sets the tone for the whole side. Raw, ruff piano riffs counterpoint a banging rhythm while the background shimmers. IKE strips it down to the basics with a dirty little piece of old school house music aptly titled “Throwbackmusic ’94.” On the B-side, Philpot’s future artists Roman Rauch and Tom Ellis both funk up the whole thing. Roman starts with “Lemme Get There,” a tune full of discoid-acid, a great chorus and an even bigger bass line. Tom Ellis increases the funk level even further. Breaks, guitar licks and a fat bass, plus some great vocals on top. The C-Side hosts the expressive pairing of The Reboot Joy Confession and Juju & Jordash. RJC’s “O” is a claustrophobic storm of electric jazz, saw-toothed bass and a fucking message! Juju & Jordash charge into deep space with “Tanglefoot” — strong textures fly into oblivion just barely held in check by a stubborn piano and a very vital bass line — future classic! The D-side belongs to Move D alone for his blueprint of deepest electro called “Untitled Detroit.” The classic instrumentation and the flawless arrangement makes for a very strong charmer.
PLUS 8 (CANADA)
PLUS 8115EP OSUNA, PACO: Amigos 12″ (PLUS 8115EP) 11.00
A spiral of evolving and heady, sample-laden tracks unfurl on Paco Osuna’s latest EP, a richly produced melding of continent-spanning talent, with Paco partnering up in the studio with real-life amigos Daniel Sanchez, Alex Under, Joseph Capriati and Alexi Delano. The Amigos EP presents driven, moving grooves with satiating build ups, over densely-layered samples and drums. Osuna’s seasoned skill-sets in the DJ booth and as a producer come together knowingly in this release.
POLYDOR
KS 1127LP BROWN, JAMES: Super Bad LP (KS 1127LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1971 live album. Tracks: “Super Bad Part 1, 2 And 3,” “Let It Be Me,” “Sometime,” “A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads,” “Giving Out Of Juice” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.”
PD 4050LP MANDRILL: Mandrill LP (PD 4050LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro of the 1970 debut of Latin-tinged jazz and soul from the Brooklyn-based Wilson Brothers. Tracks by Mandrill have been memorably sampled by the likes of Missy Elliott, Kanye West and Mos Def. Includes the multi-part suite “Peace & Love,” “Symphonic Revolution,” “Rollin’ On” and “Chutney.”
PD 5025LP MANDRILL: Mandrill Is LP (PD 5025LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro of their second album, originally released in 1972. Tracks include “Ape Is High,” “Children Of The Sun,” “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” and “The Sun Must Go Down.” Classic Joseph Westerfield cover art.
PRESTIGE
PRESTIGE 10059 FUNK, INC.: Hangin’ Out LP (PRESTIGE 10059) 11.50
Semi-baked 1972 funk album from this Indiana band featuring a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love.” Exact repro.
PRESTIGE 7035LP MCLEAN QUINTET, THE JACKIE: Lights Out! LP (PRESTIGE 7035LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1957. “The music that he makes with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Elmo Hope, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor is essentially hard bop with fairly simple (or in some cases nonexistent) melody statements preceding two romps through the ‘I Got Rhythm’ chord changes, a pair of blues, a thinly disguised ‘Embraceable You’ and a straightforward version of ‘A Foggy Day.'” — All Music Guide
QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)
QUINTESSE 019EP ZOHAR, THE: The Rogue EP 12″ (QUINTESSE 019EP) 12.00
The mysterious guy who hides himself under many pseudonyms, including The Zohar or Ibrahim might be relevant or not. What is important is that his music is good as hell. Exploring the inner workings of Afro-American dance music history, from sketchy blues and jazz to disco, hip-hop and the toughest techno, his music is a proposition of what house music is or should be.
RCA
LSP 4677LP MAIN INGREDIENT, THE: Bitter Sweet LP (LSP 4677LP) 14.00
Warehouse find of original cut-out copies of this 1972 album from the funk trio. Featuring the hit “Everybody Plays The Fool,” this was the first album by the band after singer Donald McPherson’s death.
REMOTE AREA (NETHERLANDS)
REMOTE 031EP LABEIJ & ONNO, DAVID: Heart Street 12″ (REMOTE 031EP) 12.00
David Labeij and ONNO are two talents who’ve joined creative forces for the first time ever. With their studios only 2 minutes away from each other, they’ve been up and down the Hartenstraat (Heart St.) in Amsterdam to perfect this EP. Labeij is internationally-recognized as one-half of Polder but his solo productions have caused a huge stir soaring between hypnotic deep house and delicate techno. ONNO has received full support from the likes of Dubfire and has performed at many club hotspots.
RENT A RECORD COMPANY/MOTOR MUSIC (GERMANY)
BH 002LP BON HOMME: Bon Homme LP (BH 002LP) 17.00
LP version. Bon Homme is the alter ego of Tomas Høffding, who is also known as the singer and bass player of WhoMadeWho. After playing in bands all his life and always having to make compromises, he decided to create a piece of music entirely his own — so the Dane spent every single minute while not on tour with WhoMadeWho jamming by himself and recording tracks in his newly-equipped studio. The result is a cutting-edge record between sparkling dance pop, driving rhythms and psychedelic electronic sounds, dominated by analog synthesizers and Tomas’ passionate and emotional vocals. Mainly, it makes you want to go straight onto the dancefloor — sometimes it makes you wanna think, but it always makes you feel the music and feel the beat. Its catchy hooks and lyrics, which were written by Tomas’ friend Uzi Frank and Danish poet Rolf Steensig, will get stuck in your head for ages. Without wanting to compare him to anyone, it sometimes feels like Hot Chip teamed up with Kraftwerk, with an emotionality all its own.
ROOT STRATA
RS 080BK HARRIS, LIZ: Divide Book/DVD-R (RS 080BK) 45.00
“After months of work we are very happy to finally announce Divide, a book of drawings and an accompanying video by Liz Harris. Harris’ visual work runs in parallel to her music as Grouper, and often times overlaps into the same vision. Divide maps out dense organic patterns, passages filled to the edges with overgrowth and fractured geometry. Minimal strokes are taken to maximal repetitions to form complex mazes in high contrast. Other images float in space like hex symbols from prehistory, portals to some other place & time. The accompanying video (with soundtrack) of black & white Rorschach voids should be familiar to anyone who has seen a recent Grouper show. Book is 7″ by 7″, 60 pages, soft cover with a color cover & black and white images. DVDR is all regions. Edition of 500.”
RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
RH 025R3-EP TRAGO, TOM: Voyage Direct (FS Green Remixes) 12″ (RH 025R3-EP) 12.50
This is the third and final Tom Trago Voyage Direct remix EP. Up-and-coming Amsterdam local DJ and beat-maker FS Green comes up with two remixes, giving both tracks a surprising, new feel. While the more downtempo vibe of his remix of “Voyage Direct” wouldn’t have been out of place on a Beat Dimensions release, his remix of “Lost In The Streets” goes uptempo and has a cross-over dancefloor potential. Banging! It comes as a limited, green vinyl edition.
RH 110-R1EP SHAKIR, ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’: Frictionalism 1994-2009 Remixes Part 1/2 12″ (RH 110-R1EP) 12.50
On the back of Shake’s retrospective Frictionalism 1994-2009 compilation (RH 110CD), some producers from the new generation who were influenced by Shake remix his music. FaltyDL’s remix of “Assimilated” is an up-tempo stepper that both offers a look into the past as well as into the future. Space Dimension Controller transforms the down tempo “Detroit State Of Mind” into a mid-tempo techno-soul affair that will have you grooving all the way through.
RH RSS2-EP MANDRE: Solar Flight 12″ (RH RSS2-EP) 12.50
Rush Hour is proud to continue to offer up Mandré’s music after their release of his 4 album (RH RSS1-LP/RH RSSCD). On this 12″, two super-bad cuts are featured. First up, we have his famous loft classic “Solar Flight,” an epic anthem that is one of the most beautiful pieces of synthesizer music ever made. On the flip, UK’s Felix Dickinson & Nick The Record rework “M3000” into a memorable piece of proto techno. Essential release!
SHITKATAPULT (GERMANY)
STRIKE 120EP SORRY ENTERTAINERS, THE: New Age 12″ (STRIKE 120EP) 12.00
Lotti and Raz Ohara finally release New Age, the perfect debut from their project The Sorry Entertainers. With Berlin techno mainstream waving in the distance, these three tracks will dunk you into joy while cheerfully pointing in all directions: house, electronic, soul, funk, songwriting, track, downbeat, club. Vocals morph from leading voice to sound effect, violins become a sound design and everything has been touched by an enormous passion for detail. A beautiful puzzle with a million pieces.
SIGE
SIGE 002LP GREYMACHINE: Disconnected 2LP (SIGE 002LP) 25.00
“Much has already been said about the long and illustrious career of Greymachine mastermind Justin K. Broadrick, but little of it can actually describe the extent of his impact on listeners of his music in the many forms it has taken. As an integral, founding or sole member of such bands and projects as Godflesh, Final, Jesu, Napalm Death, Techno Animal, Ice, etc. Broadrick has managed not only to expand upon the boundaries of industrial, ambient, metal, and hip hop, but practically reinvented the genres all together. With help from fellow travelers such as Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, etc), Dave Cochrane (Head Of David, Jesu, Transitional) and Diarmuid Dalton (Jesu, Final), Broadrick has yet again smashed the barriers between often segregated musical realms, combined elements of harsh industrial noise, hypnotic metallic riffing, and the most unsettling aspects of modern dub to create something entirely unclassifiable. While the aforementioned mix of styles might give the impression of a scattered pastiche of sounds, Disconnected is anything but — an album comprised of distinct chapters dynamic and complete in their execution, when combined forming a dark enveloping monolith of sound. Originally released by Hydra Head Records on CD in 2009, the 2xLP version is now finally available for the first time via SIGE records. Housed in deluxe silkscreened covers with revamped artwork by band member Aaron Turner, Disconnected can now be ‘enjoyed’ in the superior format of the vinyl format. Limited to 500 copies.” Silkscreened insert and poster. On clear vinyl.
SIGE 003LP MAMIFFER/OAKEATER: Split LP (SIGE 003LP) 21.00
“The split LP is a time honored tradition in the realm of underground musics, one which has often signified an artistic and personal kinship between the participating parties. Such is the case with this split album between Mamiffer and Oakeater, to which both contribute lengthy side-long tracks. Having played numerous shows together in various forms, collaborated live as well as in the studio, Oakeater and Mamiffer embody the idea of musical community, sharing an affinity for musical explorations into the murkier regions of emotionally driven sound and song craft.” Numbered edition of 300 on grey-colored vinyl.
SIMPLE (GERMANY)
SIMPLE 1047EP MOTORCITYSOUL: Ushuaia 12″ (SIMPLE 1047EP) 12.00
Matthias Vogt and Christian “C-Rock” Rindermann aka Motorcitysoul, present the Ushuaia EP, an ode to the Ibizan beach club of the same name. The EP utilizes the duo’s analog programming experience and inherent knowledge of all things house to capture the spirit of day and night at the esteemed beach party. Deetron turns up the heat with a stellar, almost anthemic remix on the flip side.
SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
COOK 1082LP CLEMENDORE & JOHN BUDDY WILLIAMS, RUPERT: Le Jazz Primitif From Trinidad LP (COOK 1082LP) 17.00
“Originally released in 1961 on the Cook Laboratories label, Le Jazz Primitif From Trinidad is an extraordinary example of the jazz scene on this West Indies isle. Side A features a group led by Rupert Clemendore, an amazing drummer, percussionist, and vibes player, covering territory from American Jazz and R&B, to Calypso. Side B, led by bassist John Buddy Williams is more straight forward Calypso though it is not without jazz and R&B influences. An incredible LP showcasing the diversity of the fruitful Trinidadian musical scene of the mid 20th century. Lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Cook jacket.”
SOMETHING (GERMANY)
SOME 015LP STL: Flying Objects 2LP (SOME 015LP) 26.50
Harz-based producer Stephan Laubner aka STL presents two Flying Objects in orbit, waiting for permission to land on your turntables and in your record bag. Here are 13 pieces of STL deep-shaking house madness, mind-scratching lo-fi grooves, cranky, energized synth activities, dope loops and sound effects, all pressed on a delicious double vinyl album with a limited printing of 500 covers! The music is all hardware-based and sequenced, recorded in live sessions without any computer arrangements. Surely the style is not for everyone, and compared to others, it probably seems a bit stubborn, nonconformist and sometimes just different. But all of it is truly spiritual — an open-minded art form with a sense of functionality. Every track speaks to you in musical form without any barriers, going straight through your heart and down to your feet. As with all Something releases, there is much personality and imagination inside, giving the listener a ticket into the fascinating world of beat-oriented music.
SONATA MUSIC (GERMANY)
SONLP 001EP SANHAJI/ATTEMPORAL, BRIAN: Prism 12″ (SONLP 001EP) 12.50
Take any number of watts, in this case 2,000, add a few tasteful sounds, refine the whole with a driving bass, and at the end, round it out with a grandiose arrangement. Brian Sanhaji realized this perfectly with his track “2000 Watt.” The B-side is usually known as the quieter side. “Fucking Shot” is not. Attemporal proves with this track that a certain hardness in music fulfills a certain feeling on the dancefloor.
SOUL RECORDS
SO 703LP WALKER & THE ALL STARS, JR.: Road Runner LP (SO 703LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released on Motown-subsidiary Soul Records. Tracks: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Last Call,” “Money (That’s What I Want,” “Money (That’s What I Want),” “Mutiny,” “Baby You Know You Ain’t Right” and the hit, “Road Runner.”
SOUNDWAY (UK)
SNDW 027LP VA: The Sound Of Siam 2LP (SNDW 027LP) 23.50
Gatefold 2LP version with one bonus track. Thailand means different things to different people. Beyond the beaches and tourist spots lies a world of music still waiting to be discovered. Be it spaced-out jazz, raw funk or the meditative sounds of the North East, Soundway has dug deep into the country’s vinyl archives to present a broad range of vintage sounds that underlines Thailand’s status as one of South East Asia’s musical hot spots. As Soundway’s entry point into the Asian music world, The Sound of Siam offers a unique vantage point to the most experimental period in Thai musical history. The tracks reflect the outcome of a 20th century journey from Thai classical to Luk Krung and Luk Thung — music that incorporated Western influences such as jazz, surf guitar, ballroom and even Latin and African. The music maps changing social demographics, the movement of people, culture and language from countryside to city and all during a period when the record labels were at their most experimental.
SOUVENIR MUSIC (GERMANY)
SOUVENIR 032EP TIEFSCHWARZ: Melted Chocolate 3 12″ (SOUVENIR 032EP) 12.00
Tiefschwarz present volume three of remixes inspired by the candy world of their LP Chocolate (SOUVENIR 002CD). Melted Chocolate 3 completes the series and brings the Chocolate year of 2010 to a beautiful ending with remixes by Reboot and Bruno Pronsato.
SOWESO (NETHERLANDS)
SWS 007EP DJOKO, WILLIAM KOUAM: Jammin’ All Over Europe EP 12″ (SWS 007EP) 12.00
Soweso welcomes William Kouam Djoko with his unique blend of deepness, darkness, sex and dancefloor vibes. “Day Break” is like a deep fairytale that won’t let you go. The B-side offers “Jammin’ All Over Europe,” a playful, bangin’ house track that will trigger the crowd to shout along with the catchy vocals. Lemos presents a smashing, bottom-heavy remix that defies current dancefloor trends. Bolt sounds, solid grooves and strange funkiness all included.
STAX
ENS 1032LP NIX, DON: Hobos, Heroes And Street Corner Clowns LP (ENS 1032LP) 8.50
Warehouse find of this 1973 album from Memphis soul pioneer Don Nix. Tracks include “Black Cat Moan,” “Rainy Night In Paris,” “When I Lay My Burden Down” and “Sweet Sweet Surrender.” Gatefold sleeve.
STIL VOR TALENT (GERMANY)
SVT 053EP KELLERKIND VS. ANIMAL TRAINER: The Swiss Edition 12″ (SVT 053EP) 12.00
Here’s an EP dedicated to the Swiss. First up is the DJ and producer Kellerkind with “Snupi,” a sample-based time machine of organic jazz beats, analog pianos, digital strings, some vocals and an unstoppable groove. In collaboration with buraq, Kellerkind presents “Charly Braun,” a stomping piece of tech-house. Zurich-based production duo Animal Trainer bring “I Give U,” with cartoon-style, pitched-up vocals, and some speedy piano with an enchanting groove, plus “Mr. Handsome,” a real subtle beast that keeps on pumping.
SVT 054EP KOLETZKI & FRAN, OLIVER: I Might 12″ (SVT 054EP) 12.00
Oliver & Fran Koletzki present another single from their album Lovestoned (SVT 050CD). The slow, jazzy trip-hop ballad “I Might” gets remixed for the dancefloor by Murat Kilic, who takes the original and transforms it into a fast-paced, grooving tech-house monster, and Animal Trainer, who keeps the jazzy ethos while still creating something new and groovy. There is also a remix of “Strandbar Berlin” by Björn Störig, who has created a deeply moving house treatment that is decidedly floor-fit.
SUNBEAM RECORDS (UK)
SBR 5073LP MORE, MANDY: But That Is Me 2LP (SBR 5073LP) 31.00
Deluxe gatefold double LP version. Few Sunbeam releases have been received as enthusiastically as this lost pop classic UK theatrical singer Mandy More’s sole album, originally released in without fanfare in the UK in June of 1972 on the Philips label. Featuring gorgeously melodic baroque pop sung with power and emotion and truly skilled orchestration (including a groovy, cowbell-embellished cover/reinterpretation of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys), it has developed a devoted following. This deluxe double LP reissue features the original album as well as 15 bonus tracks, including her five non-LP single sides and numerous alternative takes and demos from the time. The gatefold sleeve tells Mandy’s story for the first time, accompanied by previously unseen photographs and an image of the original lyric insert, making it a truly essential package for all fans of classic singer-songwriting.
SUPPLEMENT FACTS (ISRAEL)
SFR 025EP GERBER, GUY: Time For A Change 12″ (SFR 025EP) 12.00
Guy Gerber teams up with an all-star line-up of fantastic friends to bring Supplement Facts’ 25th release to the dancefloor — a collaborative work featuring the likes of dOP, Ryan Crosson, Varoslav, Guti & Greg Paulus. The title track takes charge with an almost marching tone while “The Fire Within” is a hypnotic, 12-minute soundscape of brass band-style swells that will make you dance in a frenzy of forgetfulness.
TAMLA
T6 342HLP GAYE, MARVIN: I Want You LP (T6 342HLP) 14.00
This 1976 studio album marked a change in direction from the trademark Motown soul of the classic What’s Going On, as Marvin Gaye turned to a lush, funky disco sound. A giant leap for the singer, boosted by Leon Ware’s keyboard-heavy production and string and horn arrangements from Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. 180 gram exact repro reissue.
TECTONIC (UK)
TECPAK 001LP SCIENTIST: Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space 4LP (TECPAK 001LP) 31.00
Strictly-limited 4LP set of the 12 dubstep productions from Tectonic’s most ambitious project to date, Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space. This 4LP version features the 12 unmixed original cuts featured on the first CD of the double CD version (TEC 010CD). Artists: Pinch & Emika, Armour, Roly Vex’d, Guido, Shackleton, King Midas Sound, ASBO, Loefah & Sgt. Pokes, Distance, RSD, Prince Jamo, Jack Sparrow, Mala (Digital Mystikz), Kode9 & Spaceape and Cyrus (Random Trio).
THE TRILOGY TAPES (UK)
TTT 002EP CAREY, DRO: Venus Knock 12″ (TTT 002EP) 19.00
“Four tracker from Dro Carey, a high school student from Sydney. Unusual beat maker. On Will Bankead’s label, The Trilogy Tapes. Mastered and cut by CGB at D&M. Limited edition of 200 in hand-stamped sleeve.”
TIME-LAG RECORDS
TLR 047LP ELEPHANT MICAH: Plays The Songs Of Bible Birds LP (TLR 047LP) 24.00
LP version. “Finally available on vinyl. Packaged in a lovely three-color, screen-printed heavy stock tri-fold art paper cover, with heavy stock offset printed lyric insert. Limited edition of 500 copies. We’ll let Joe himself shed a little light here: ‘touring the East Coast in 2003, someone asked, ‘you’re from Indiana – have you ever heard of the Bible Bird man?’ I hadn’t, so I did some research. His video had already been stolen from the library at Earlham College, but I stole it back and returned it. I began to imagine what the musical equivalent of his evangelical bird act might sound like. I wrote a song about the Bird Man, thinking of releasing it as a ‘re-issue’ of a central Indiana country-gospel group that had never existed – the Bible Birds. Then I thought maybe I would do an Elephant Micah album of covers originally written by this (non-existent) Bible Birds band. In the end of course the concept kind of dissipated and it just became an Elephant Micah album. I recruited Beth Remis from Static Films (and more recently Pillars And Tongues) to help arrange/sing harmonies for the songs, and generally bring them up to pseudo-gospel snuff. We played the songs around the upper midwest once with Ben Racher on a portable pump organ and Jason Henn on upright bass. All of us got together in Indianapolis in 2006 and recorded this. I drove everyone crazy with my insistence on weird recording methods. I think i was kind of trying to approximate the timbres of the hymn sing broadcast on Salem, Indiana’s WSLM. Who knows? I was critical of the results and didn’t finalize them for several years. Here it is finally, a kind of ‘prequel’ companion to the Hindu Windmills (Time-Lag 035) album.’ — Joe O’Connell 2010. So there you have it. An overlooked chapter from this wonderful artist finally seeing the light of day, and a perfect companion piece to the highly praised Hindu Windmills album. Both albums are clearly united by their warm, lo-fi intimacy, sparse production, and stunning song-craft. Strikingly simple & beautiful stuff.”
TOWER
ST 5117LP MAIN ATTRACTION, THE: And Now The Main Attraction LP (ST 5117LP) 14.00
Warehouse find of original drilled copies of this 1967 pop album. The Main Attraction play Wurlitzer instruments and they are, indeed, attractive. Tracks include “If I’m Wrong,” “Hold On (I’m Coming),” “Everyday,” “Gimme Little Sign” and “One Must Cry.” Produced by Lewis Merenstein (who wrote “Love Is Always On Your Mind” for Gladys Knight).
TRESOR (BELGIUM)
TRESOR 10155EP MILLS, JEFF: Metropolis 12″ (TRESOR 10155EP) 12.00
Repress; originally released in 2000 on Tresor. The Man From Tomorrow aka Jeff Mills presents soundtrack music to Fritz Lang’s seminal silent film Metropolis, re-introducing the theories and ideologies of the 1926 masterpiece.
TRESOR 10157EP HERBERT, MATTHEW: Mistakes 12″ (TRESOR 10157EP) 12.00
Repress; originally released in 2000 on Tresor. Matthew Herbert jumps into the Tresor catalog with this exclusive 12″ featuring tracks from his Globus mix CD Let’s All Make Mistakes. The “Demonic” and “Houzey Houzey” remixes focus on a totally new vision of Herbert’s most unique minimal tech-house angle.
TRESOR 10165EP BAM BAM: Where Is Your Child 12″ (TRESOR 10165EP) 12.00
Repress; originally released in 2001 on Tresor. Chris Westbrook aka Bam Bam pioneered Chicago acid and house alongside Frankie Knuckles and Armando. This second chapter of the Tresor Archive series includes the monster “Give It To Me” and the lethal “Where Is Your Child” original mixes with an exclusive DJ Rush “Where Is Your Child” remake.
TRESOR 10183EP MILLS, JEFF: Late Night 12″ (TRESOR 10183EP) 12.00
Repress; originally released on Tresor in 2002. “Late Night” by Jeff Mills was one of Tresor’s most infamous “lost tracks” since 1993. The original was remastered in October 2001 by Moritz Von Oswald at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. The B-side, “Basic Human Design,” is an instrumental version of “Spider Formation.”
TRESOR 10185LP VA: True Spirit Part 1 2LP (TRESOR 10185LP) 23.50
Originally released in 2002 and now repressed on vinyl, Tresor presents a double EP set from the label’s greatest moments, featuring debut appearances and hard-to-find classics by Jeff Mills, Blake Baxter, Underground Resistance/X-101, Maurizio, Vainqueur and Eddie Flashin’ Fowlkes. True Spirit is the definitive story behind Europe’s best-known and longest-running techno label and club, celebrating years of parties, people and their combined true spirit that still continues to spark interest from all over the world.
TRESOR 10224EP FERREIRA AKA THE ADVENT, CISCO: T.R.I.N.I.T.Y. Remixed 12″ (TRESOR 10224EP) 12.00
Repress; originally released on Tresor in 2006. Side A features Adam Beyer, with a remix and a phenomenal reputation, both exemplifying how Swedish techno continues to be at the forefront of dance music production. Side B features Frankfurt prodigy Chris Liebing, who tackles the solid percussion of Cisco Ferreira’s homage to Tresor Club on “Tresor West.”
TRESOR 238EP FUTURE BEAT ALLIANCE: Mourning 12″ (TRESOR 238EP) 12.00
Tresor has three tracks on offer from Future Beat Alliance’s Mourning EP — deeply-rooted in Detroit ethereal techno, but born in the industrial bunker of the Tresor Club. “Endless Blue” features a driving rhythm section surrounded in ethereal strings and melodies. “Discordant” has a Giorgio Moroder influence and picks up a sound similar to Luciano’s “Orange Mistake” halfway through. “Mourning”closes with its arpeggio rhythm and a bass line destined to interrupt your heartbeat on any worthy club system.
UPON YOU (GERMANY)
UY 042EP RESMANN, MARCO: Drop Outz 12″ (UY 042EP) 12.00
To prove that a streak of technical bad luck can sometimes enhance creativity, Marco Resmann has come up with this little gem of a new single. “Mal Pas” (trans: “difficult road”) is an ode to the suffering he went through with his computer; however, the track itself is light and sweet. “All Out” is also a little beauty, and “What’s Crackin’?” is the ultimate proof that, no matter what happens, the sun always shines again.
VINYL LOVERS (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
VL 901110LP SUN RA ARKESTRA: Live At Praxis 1984 2LP (VL 901110LP) 37.00
“Outstanding live performance from the mid-eighties recorded live in Athens, Greece. Here Ra and an inspired Arkestra test the outer limits of the new without forgetting to pay their dues to the old.” Gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl.
VL 901127LP MODERN LOVERS, THE: Longbranch LP (VL 901127LP) 24.00
“This hit-laden set, recorded in April 1972 at Berkeley’s legendary Longbranch Saloon, captures the Modern Lovers as they so expertly walk that fine line between genius and disaster. One of the few existing live recordings of the band in their heyday, this rare recording captures the live energy of Richman & co. as they churn through all their ‘hits.’ Also includes a cover of the then unreleased Velvet Underground track, ‘Foggy Notion’.” 180 gram vinyl.
VL 901141LP ANT TRIP CEREMONY, THE: 24 Hours LP (VL 901141LP) 24.00
“A fleeting moment of inspired folk rock/psychedelia, recorded at Oberlin College in 1968 by four college students and one local teen. The band was the brainchild of student and guitarist Steve DeTray who had just returned to school after a brief hiatus in Utah, where he was undoubtedly inspired by the whole West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Upon returning to Oberlin DeTray recruited some friends who had already been playing together in a blues band. After a year spent playing a mix of covers and original material, mostly at on-campus and off-campus parties, the boys decide to commit their moment in history to vinyl, recording 24 Hours in two sessions with the help of fellow student David Crosby (not of CSN&Y fame, as is sometimes claimed). The original pressing was just 300 copies that were then sold mainly to friends and local fans, and soon became one of those rare collectibles from which several low-quality bootlegs were made. This album has been digitally remastered and features the original sleeve art.” 180 gram vinyl.
VL 901158LP A CERTAIN RATIO: Live In Groningen, Holland 26.10.1980 LP (VL 901158LP) 24.00
“After the release of their first drummerless single, ‘All Night Party’ in 1979 — one of the first releases on the legendary Manchester-based Factory Records (Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays) — ACR added ‘funky drummer’ Donald Johnson to their mix and a began serving up a new mix of highly danceable post-punk funk. After going to America to tour (along with label mates New Order) and record their debut LP, To Each… (produced by Martin Hannett), ACR returned to Europe, where they were soon taking part in another Factory package tour of Holland, Belgium and Germany, shared with Section 25, as well as The Names and Durutti Column. Recorded live on October 26th at a tiny venue in Northern Holland, this LP is comprised mostly of material for their upcoming debut album. A great sounding live album from those exciting early days, thanks to the work of a highly competent soundman, and of course a great sounding band.” 180 gram vinyl.
VL 901165LP DURUTTI COLUMN: Circuses And Bread LP (VL 901165LP) 24.00
“The brainchild of classically trained musician, Vini Reilly, who took the band’s name and idea of putting their first release in a sandpaper sleeve (so as to ‘destroy all other albums on the shelf’, from the avant-garde Situationist International movement), but Reilly himself, DC’s only constant member, was (and is) 100% Manchester. Releasing a steady stream of experimental albums on the legendary Factory Records (Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, etc.) beginning in 1981. Originally released on the Factory Benelux label in 1986, Circuses And Bread was DC’s fifth in a steady stream of excellent and experimental studio albums, featuring viola, trumpet, and piano interspersed with Reilly’s stellar guitar work. Remastered in 2008.” On 180 gram vinyl.
WE PLAY HOUSE (BELGIUM)
WPH RED-EP LANY/LEMAKUHLAR/JAMES TEEJ, MAXIM: WPH Red 12″ (WPH RED-EP) 12.50
Here’s a new Red one from Maxim Lany, Lemakuhlar and James Teej.
WOLFSKUIL RECORDS (GERMANY)
WOLF 018EP O’DONOVAN, IAN: En Verano 12″ (WOLF 018EP) 12.00
Ireland’s Ian O’Donovan has already received massive support from Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, John Digweed, and Darko Esser. “En Verano” is a true, Detroit-influenced techno anthem at its best. Ian builds the two mixes of the track, both carefully arranged and orchestrated. In the house-y “Dawn Mix,” the main piano melody is introduced with perfect timing in a stunning breakdown, with layered piano themes and extra melodies in different harmonies and structures. A truly amazing piece of work.
YEP ROC RECORDS
YEP 2627LP SOFT BOYS, THE: A Can Of Bees LP (YEP 2627LP) 18.50
LP version. “Swarming hymns of second generation psychedelic pop mastery, The Soft Boys’ two most influential and groundbreaking albums are finally back in print via Yep Roc Records. Main man Robyn Hitchcock, along with demon guitarist Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman and drummer Morris Windsor manage to bottle ’60s guitar pop, shake it up with caged teenage fury and cut it all with a healthy dose of lyrical levity. A Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight — seen as fatally un-hip when originally released — would go on to be seen as seminal albums and become catalysts for ’80s jangle pop and college rock, directly inspiring band’s like R.E.M. and The Flaming Lips.” On 180 gram vinyl with download for 9 tracks of rare and unreleased music.
YEP 2628LP SOFT BOYS, THE: Underwater Moonlight LP (YEP 2628LP) 18.50
LP version. “Swarming hymns of second generation psychedelic pop mastery, The Soft Boys’ two most influential and groundbreaking albums are finally back in print via Yep Roc Records. Main man Robyn Hitchcock, along with demon guitarist Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman and drummer Morris Windsor manage to bottle ’60s guitar pop, shake it up with caged teenage fury and cut it all with a healthy dose of lyrical levity. A Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight — seen as fatally un-hip when originally released — would go on to be seen as seminal albums and become catalysts for ’80s jangle pop and college rock, directly inspiring band’s like R.E.M. and The Flaming Lips.” On 180 gram vinyl. Includes download for 30 tracks of rare and unreleased music.
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