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BLACK 007CD DEGO: A Wha’ Him Deh Pon? CD (BLACK 007CD) 20.00
“Dego of the award-winning duo 4hero and the critically acclaimed 2000Black. Born and raised in London of Jamaican parents, Dego now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is recognized as an award-winner, tastemaker, songwriter, international DJ and genre defying music producer who delves into an eclectic diet of dub, roots reggae, soul, electro, hip-hop and fantasy jazz. As the head of the enigmatic 2000Black imprint, Dego’s energy is focused on performing and generating the sound of London Boogie and hybrid soulful beats that often forge into the unknown territories of Black music alongside his brother in music, Kaidi Tatham. Both revered as London town’s most important musical visionaries, always having pioneered forward-thinking soulful music across all tempos and never restrained by genre, only influenced by quality.”
VOLT 016EP VA: Saddle The Horses Part 1 12″ (VOLT 016EP) 12.00
Swayzak return with their sub legendary 240 Volts label. This is a 3-track sampler selected from the Saddle The Horses compilation: Richard Davis’ “The Blue” is a classic deep house crooner that tugs at the emotional psyche. Ben Vedren’s “In” is growling, super deep-space house of the minimal nature and Blufarm’s “Not Poor” is a deep, chugging, jacking tune and perhaps a reference to the native of San Francisco’s journey from war-torn Beirut to California via Russian professional football.
4M 806LP SIMONE, NINA: Sings The Blues LP (4M 806LP) 21.00
“Originally released in 1967, this is Nina Simone’s debut release for RCA Records. Featuring a stellar backing band that includes, amongst others, Eric Gale and Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie, Sings The Blues is an incredible mix of blues, soul, gospel, folk, jazz, and more. With Nina handling piano and vocal duties, the band slow burns through a killer selection of songs (including a track from Porgy & Bess and one whose lyrics are penned by the immortal Langston Hughes).” On 180 gram vinyl.
4M 807LP SIMONE, NINA: To Love Somebody LP (4M 807LP) 21.00
“With 1969’s To Love Somebody Nina Simone left the usual blues and jazz standards alone, in favor of a selection of contemporary hits from the pop, rock and folk worlds, including a trio of Dylan tracks, the Byrds’ ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne,’ and, of course, the classic Bee Gees title track. The results are fantastic, one of jazz’ greatest interpreters of song proves she can handle the work of the ‘counter-culture’ as well. With fantastic soul-pop arrangements and a stellar band, To Love Somebody, is one of Simone’s most accessible and fantastic titles.” On 180 gram vinyl.
4M 808LP SIMONE, NINA: Here Comes The Sun LP (4M 808LP) 21.00
“1971’s Here Comes The Sun follows the success of her previous studio album, To Love Somebody, with another batch of pop songs, from the Beatles and Dylan to Jerry Jeff Walker and Paul Anka. Fantastic new and adventurous arrangements, along with Nina Simone’s unique vocal interpretations, keep this from just being a covers record.”
50 002CD VA: 50 Weapons Of Choice #10-19 CD (50 002CD) 11.00
Attractively-priced label compilation 50 Weapons Of Choice #10-19, with new & unreleased tracks on CD for the first time. Features tracks and remixes by Bok Bok, Modeselektor, Cosmin TRG, Falty DL, Phon.o, Anstam, Benjamin Damage, Doc Daneeka and HumanLeft. The label 50 Weapons is owned by Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert aka Modeselektor, and is a division of Monkeytown Records. 50 Weapons (Fifty Weapons) will be very busy in presenting the finest DJ music and more. Long before Monkeytown Records, Modeselektor started the 50 Weapons label back in 2006 as an anonymous white label series. No artist names, no release information, no cover art, just pure high class DJ music. Modeselektor, Siriusmo, Housemeister, Moderat, Headhunter, T++ and Shackleton, Bok Bok, Roska and many more appeared on the earliest white labels, later bundled as 50 Weapons Of Choice #02-09, a CD that was released as an ultra-limited and numbered compilation, only available in selected indie stores. 50 Weapons Of Choice #10-19 comes as the even stronger follow-up, with many new label signings, big names and hot newcomers all combined on an almost one-hour long bass mission to defeat boredom. The CD comes in a jewel case with a silver/metallic special-printed hardcover.
50 003LP COSMIN TRG: Simulat 2LP (50 003LP) 21.00
2LP version. This is the debut full-length album from Cosmin TRG. Since 2007, Cosmin TRG has been earning a well-earned reputation with the electronic elite. In that time, the now Berlin-based DJ, producer and live performer has amassed an enviable discography which traverses a number of ghostly styles, moods and tempos. Having released music on an appropriately diverse array of labels including Hessle Audio, Rush Hour and Hemlock, as well as BPitch, Tempa and Fifty Weapons has marked out the Romanian as a distinguished producer with a discernable voice all his own. It should come as no surprise, then, that the debut Cosmin TRG album is as considered as it is. Sure, there are tracks which will work both on and off the dancefloor, but it’s the way they’re threaded together, making for one cohesive and coherent statement overall that stands them apart. Opening on a typically solid but simultaneously surfing groove, things are alluringly urgent and typically textured from the off. Taking appropriate detours into deeper pockets; areas of warm analog ambiance and abstract alien sounds, there are traces of everything that has gotten Cosmin to this point so far, all re-visioned with an ever-shifting focus. To call the album so-and-so house or some sort of techno doesn’t do it any sort of justice. Quite simply, it’s an all new language. Once again confirming Cosmin to be a producer in constant experimental flux, Simulat speaks loudly of an essential talent.
DNBA 004CD VA: Drum & Bass Arena Evolution 2CD (DNBA 004CD) 25.00
Drum & Bass Arena Evolution includes top 40 tracks by Modestep, Nero, J Majik & Wickaman and Danny Byrd, plus exclusives (all available for the first time) by Baby D (J Majik & Wickaman Remix), Modestep (The Prototypes Remix), Camo & Krooked and Jubei, plus all the biggest names in the scene assembled together for the first time such as Chase & Status, Pendulum, DJ Fresh, Shy Fx (feat. Kano), Noisia, Loadstar, Breakage and Netsky and many more. Other artists include: Delta, Jess Mills, Nero, Dirtyphonics, Avicii & Sebastien Drums, Fred V & Grafix, Nu:Tone, Shaz Sparks, Twisted Individual, Hazard, Cyantifics, Wilkinson, Metrik, Mattix & Futile, Sub Zero, Gridlok, Prolix & MC Fats, Sigma, Brookes Brothers, Robert Owens, I-Kay, Shameboy, Lenzman, Riya, S.P.Y., Logistics, Jonny L, Tyke, Recipe, Icicle, SP:MC, BTK, Spectrasoul, Enei, Eastcolors & Noel, Hybris, Rockwell, Ulterior Motive, Noisia and Blokhe4d.
CLP 3553LP SEX PISTOLS: Sex, Anarchy & Rock N’ Roll Swindle LP (CLP 3553LP) 12.00
2009 release. “This vinyl compilation of rare studio demos and vintage live performances features The Sex Pistols at their rawest, rankest and revolutionary!” Great photo of Lydon on the back with zombie-eyes.
The first of two albums that Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns — with Maceo Parker on sax — recorded for Atlantic in the late ’70s. Despite whatever discomfort you may have with the album’s title, this is a worthy addition to George Clinton’s P-Funk empire, also produced by Bootsy Collins. The second album is Say Blow To Blow Backwards (SD 19254LP). Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.
AFSD 6117LP MENA, ANTONIO DIAZ: Eso Es Latin Jazz… Man! LP (AFSD 6117LP) 11.50
Percussionist Antonio (Chocolate) Diaz Mena is billed as the band leader on this album fusing jazz and Latin musical idioms, although it features selections arranged and conducted by Duke Pearson, Lalo Schifrin and Felipe Yanez. “Chocolate” was a leading Latin percussionist who played with Perez Prado, Max Roach and Cab Calloway. Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1963.
BD 185EP OFFSHORE: Pacer 12″ (BD 185EP) 11.00
“Aberdonian-in-London Ewan Robertson aka Offshore returns with the third of his EP Series, his second for Big Dada, and it’s another massive stride forward for this multi-talented producer.”
BLP 1580LP GRIFFIN, JOHNNY: The Congregation LP (BLP 1580LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1957. “The great tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin is heard in top form on this near-classic quartet set. Assisted by pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Kenny Dennis, Griffin is exuberant on ‘The Congregation’ (which is reminiscent of Horace Silver’s ‘The Preacher’), thoughtful on the ballads, and swinging throughout.” –All Music Guide
LT 1085LP MCLEAN, JACKIE: Vertigo LP (LT 1085LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1963. “Formidable” was from a 1959 sesssion featuring Donald Byrd (trumpet), Walter Davis (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Pete LaRoca (drums). The remaining five tracks were recorded in 1963 and feature Herbie Hancock (piano), Butch Warren (bass) and Tony Williams (drums), as well as Byrd again on trumpet.
DRL 11796LP IRVINE, WELDON: Spirit Man LP (DRL 11796LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1975 release. “Featuring a supporting cast including bassist Cleveland Freeman, trumpeters Charles Sullivan and Everett ‘Blood’ Hollins, and saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Spirit Man parallels Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking fusion dates in both the imagination and ferocity of Irvine’s keyboards as well as the extraterrestrial reach of its electronic effects. This music is deep, funky, and deeply funky.” –All Music Guide
BNR 059EP GONZALES: Knight Moves 12″ (BNR 059EP) 12.00
Boysnoize Records presents “Knight Moves” from Gonzales starring the exclusive “Chilly Gonzales Solo Piano” version as well as the original album version and a version from DJ Koze, who turns the track into pure hip-hop soul, using Feist’s vocals only. Lone also add a mix, taking the original idea of the song and giving it a more electronic house feeling.
BNR 062EP DRIVER, JAN: Amt 12″ (BNR 062EP) 12.00
Jan Driver is back with a 5 track EP. “Dozer” is like a live version of Metallica, “Raveyard” is a techno bomb and “Let’s Do It Together” features Siriusmo. On the flip, “Golden Super” mines slow, funky disco territory while “Amatilda” is a modern UK noise track you’ll have to love.
BRC 77002LP ODYSSEY 5: First Time Around LP (BRC 77002LP) 11.50
Exact repro of North Carolina’s soulsister group Odyssey 5, originally released in 1974. Produced by Alonzo Tucker (songwriting partner with Jackie Wilson) and featuring the songs “Golden Dreams,” “Master Plan,” “What’s It Gonna Be,” “Peace Of Mind” and “Got To Be An Answer.”
BB 081CD NIESWANDT, HANS: Hans Is Playing House CD (BB 081CD) 17.00
Hans Nieswandt — the Jack of Clubs around the world — has completed countless remixes throughout his life. This release is the first collection of remixes that he has done for his favorite artists, compiled and annotated by Nieswandt himself. Browsing the track list, Nieswandt confesses: “Looking at this collection of remixes I did for some of my favorite artists, I realized: all I can do is disco (and house — but that’s basically the same to me). Remixing, for me, essentially means making disco versions of songs. Whatever the song, I discofy it, I house it up. It’s especially fun to do it with a song that never knew it could be disco in the first place. Maybe that’s why I’ve remixed so many songs with sophisticated German lyrics, lately — there’s a global shortage of that type of disco. What the world needs now is more disco with smart German text. So, in all humbleness, that’s the kind of disco I’m delivering here. Welcome to my haus!”
After over 15 years as Kreidler drummer and a number of other guest appearances, Thomas Klein now presents his first solo album under the name SØLYST. The basic ingredients of his music do not differ greatly from Kreidler’s. SØLYST also unites analog drums and electronically-generated patterns. But Klein now heads into more tribalistic territory. The beat, the groove, the monotones. Klein is a musical hypnotist, taking aim at rhythmic ecstasy with minimal, yet highly effective means. Both restrained and insistent, SØLYST’s darkly pulsating aural cosmos envelops the listener and holds him fast as a fantastic voyage commences. Intricate, repetitive sequences, overflowing delays, and the drums, always the drums, sometimes in the mix, sometimes alone in acoustic space, as they unleash mesmerizing physical and atmospheric energy, the heart of the instrumental pieces. Afrobeat, minimal music, Krautrock, dub, cosmic — all apposite and well-intended references, but not enough by way of explanation. A genre to encompass this has yet to be invented, so “tribal dub Krautrock” is perhaps the most fitting description. Kreidler connaisseurs will be familiar with Klein’s style of drumming. His trademark simultaneity of functionality and expressiveness cannot be mistaken. Thomas Klein has thus earned his rightful place alongside illustrious Krautrock drummers like Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Klaus Dinger (NEU!) and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), every one of them a master of his craft, each bringing his own unique personality and technique to the music. Klein is possibly closest to Liebezeit in terms of lineage: complex rhythms in endless loops with small, yet subtle scatterings. Thomas Klein spent almost a whole year working on these eleven pieces, recording and mixing them himself. Klein performs live as SØLYST with TG Mauss on synthesizers, the latter having also contributed to the album.
CH 084LP BUM CREEK: AL LP (CH 084LP) 17.00
AL is the debut album by gonzoid Canberra immigrants Bum Creek. Relocating to Melbourne from their hometown a few years back, Sam Karmel, Trevelyan Clay and Tarquin Manek have made a reputation for themselves as one of the strangest, stupidest and most amazing live bands in town. They turn every show into a triumphant, lurching mess of synth squiggles, Kraut percussion, confrontational stage antics and vocal gibberish. The question, though, with this kind of performance-heavy, musically nonsensical behavior, is always whether it can be translated into a listenable record. This has been answered by the somewhat surprising fact that, sequestered away in their own studio far from prying eyes, Bum Creek make amazing music. Available on limited edition vinyl only, with a digital download card inserted into each copy, the largely improvised AL is sophisticated, wide-ranging and even subdued in places. The loping, only slightly spastic riff of Bollywood is as close to a pop song as the band will probably ever get, while the drifting vocal monologue of “Weird Prince” is alternately hilarious and haunting. Across its six extended tracks, AL hints at the band members’ rich and varied musical backgrounds, which range from minimal techno production to free jazz. This Bum Creek tension between live dementia and musical smarts has not gone unnoticed. The band were chosen to support the Boredoms at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October, and even gave guided “Art Walks” at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Now with AL, Bum Creek are ready to leave their hometown and spread throughout the universe like a particularly infectious musical rash. Includes free download code.
CH 086EP APARTMENTS, THE: Black Ribbons 7″ (CH 086EP) 9.00
Peter Milton Walsh and his band The Apartments return with their first new recordings since 1998. “Black Ribbons,” presented here in two distinct versions, is the first evidence of a newly-invigorated Walsh, who has been the sole constant in The Apartments since the band formed in Brisbane in 1978. The “Spring Mix” was recorded as a duet with Natasha Penot, vocalist for Parisian electro-pop group Grisbi. The “Autumn Mix” is darker, recorded with former Go-Between John Willsteed in the producer’s chair.
CIC 6768CD LEMON FOG, THE: The Psychedelic Sound Of Summer With The Lemon Fog CD (CIC 6768CD) 15.00
“The spacey psychedelic sound of The Lemon Fog never sounded better with all their singles, previously unreleased outtakes, and complete version of ‘Summer,’ all from the original master tapes. Hailing from Houston, Texas, The Lemon Fog blew many minds during 1967-68, quickly becoming a popular draw at the local Houston hot spot, ‘The Living Eye’. Their first single ‘Theme for the Living Eye’ (changed to ‘Lemon Fog’ upon release) was a psych-pop flower power masterpiece released in the winter of 1967. The b-side ‘Echoes of Time’ was nothing short of brilliant, reminiscent of the British psych scene. In June, 1968, the second Lemon Fog single, ‘Summer’, was released and remains the signature track of the band with its moody and introspective sound, unusual for a summer themed song. ‘Summer’ should have been a number one hit. The Lemon Fog’s third and final single, ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Day By Day’ was released in November 1968, but also failed to chart. The surreal lyrics and tight playing of The Lemon Fog obfuscate the fact that the members were in high school when these sophisticated psychedelic masterpieces were recorded.”
CIC 982CD VA: Three O’Clock Merrian Webster Time CD (CIC 982CD) 15.00
Subtitled: 22 Psychedelic Sounds From Texas (1966-1968). “By the time 1966 ended, many of the groups in Texas that started out playing British Invasion and folk-rock music were now immersing themselves in the newly emerging psychedelic music. The five groups that comprise this album reflect the changes that occurred during this period and four of them even changed their names to sound more psychedelic. The Nomads became Smoke, Carrols Mood became The Sights And Sounds, The New Imperials became The Front Page News, and The Boys became The Remaining Few. Represented by twelve tracks on this album, The Nomads/Smoke, started out playing folk-rock music, but by 1967 went psychedelic-as witnessed by their ‘freak-out’ version of ‘My Little Red Book’ replete with backwards tapes. ‘Carrols Mood’ went from singing ballads to surreal songs such as ‘Mystical Bells’. The Front Page News went from the soul of ‘Baby Let Me Bang Your Box’ to the fuzz drenched ‘Thoughts and Afterthoughts’. If the 13th Floor Elevators were the epitome of what a Texas psychedelic band was, then the groups on this album were not far behind in trying to emulate that state of existence. Here then are twenty-two tracks compiling the changes that occurred from late 1966 to 1968, when the Texas bands went metaphorically speaking from ‘Kool-Aid’ to ‘Electric Kool-Aid Acid’.”
CCS 058EP GRAFF & TUCCILLO, WILLIE: Poseidonia 12″ (CCS 058EP) 12.00
Willie Graff & Tuccillo present a 12″ for Circus Company. On Poseidonia, crisp, swishing sound bites twirl with a heavy and relentless kick. One by one, the elements arrive and change; the rapidity of the shaker, the crunching hats and an underlying bass line alters its course with smug ease. Poseidonia shines with hypnotic simplicity from its opening to its close. Bursting sound pockets, trickling drops and ascending bubbles reach the depths of the twisted mind.
CCS 059EP GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS: Ubiquitous Gaze 12″ (CCS 059EP) 12.00
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts make a triumphant return to Circus Company with 3 deeper than deep (s)explosions. “Ubiquitous Gaze” gets the ball rolling in classic Coutu Dumont style with a rollicking sea of percussion, string and piano arrangements, and the soft, meandering monologue of a certain well-known musician discussing his craft. “You’re The One” features a bouncing bassline and soft, stabbing chords that would make Kenny Larkin proud. A beatless stringapella of “Ubiquitous Gaze” closes in fine style.
CLR 050EP TOMMY FOUR SEVEN: Track 5/Verge (The Remixes By Robert Hood & Sigha) 12″ (CLR 050EP) 12.50
CLR is celebrating release number 050 with another impressive remix package. It features two remixes of two different tracks from Tommy Four Seven’s Primate (CLRCD010). For this occasion, none other than one of the undisputed founding fathers of Detroit techno and minimal techno, Robert Hood, and the genre-bending dub-techno pioneer Sigha have come to the table and have delivered two massive remixes. Two renowned artists from two generations of techno production, celebrating a promising young artist.
CLR 051EP MOBY: Lie Down In Darkness (The Chris Liebing Remixes) 12″ (CLR 051EP) 12.50
CLR releases a strictly-limited, vinyl-only remix EP with three different versions of Chris Liebing’s take on “Lie Down In Darkness” (which owes its title to William Styron’s strange dark novel of the same name) from Moby’s studio album Destroyed. “Lie Down In Darkness” has been described as an “achingly soulful track of sublime melancholy and symphonic grandeur.”
COR 088EP GREEN, TIM: Lemon 12″ (COR 088EP) 12.50
Tim Green from the South of England has released on Get Physical, Trapez and Four:Twenty Recordings. On his debut EP, Green presents the whole stylistic bandwidth that modern floorfillers can have. For almost ten minutes, “Lemon” oscillates between a full-frontal percussion assault, fragmented deep house vocals and Detroit-influenced harmonies. “Jimmy Rave Up” is a dark, pushing runner that proves Green’s wealth of variants once again. “Dodjo” forms an intersection between tropical calypso sounds and machine-like strictness — an unforgettable track.
Kevin Schershel’s early productions include collaborations with Daft Punk and a stint in 22 Crew. Not only was Kevin a resident of the “Storm” parties at Rex Club, he still remains one of the most active promoters in the south of France. For the remix of “Sick” is Kevin Cormac. Originally from Ireland, Cormac has emerged as one of the UK’s hottest new DJ/producer talents, employing moody vocals, killer hooks and a keen sense of how to build a groove.
CYN 047EP PRED, NOAH: Lesser Lights 12″ (CYN 047EP) 12.00
Toronto-based Noah Pred brings back the funk with his clever brand of booty-shakin’ techno house. Noah’s style has gone through many stages of evolution, having recorded for a ton of different labels over the years from Consigned, Intrinsic and Morris Audio to his own imprint, Thoughtless. This collection of tracks is by far his grooviest work to date, with funky drums, hip-flexin’ bass and a blinding lead hook.
RED 113LP ORTOLANI, RIZ: Mondo Candido LP (RED 113LP) 16.50
Restocked, new lower pricing. 180 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve. “The original soundtrack recording for this 1974 cool erotic adaptation of Voltaire’s Candide, directed by the duo Iacopetti/Prosperi. Another great score by Ortolani after the worldwide success of the mighty Mondo Cane. Liner notes by Roberto Zamori.”
RED 121LP BARRY, JOHN: Game Of Death LP (RED 121LP) 15.00
Restocked, new lower pricing. LP version. “The original soundtrack recording for this 1978 classic Bruce Lee movie (also starring Chuck Norris and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A very nice score featuring funky beats (with really cool ’70s cop show kinda feel), orchestral moments and weird sound/effects. 11 tracks, free poster included, original artwork, gatefold sleeve, 180 gram HQ vinyl.”
Restocked, new lower pricing. 180 gram vinyl LP version. “1958’s South Seas Adventure was the fifth and last in a series of full-length documentaries designed especially for the 3-camera/3-projector Cinerama technology. The Cinerama Adventure was a new type of film that traded in big-name stars and plot in an attempt to give the audience a virtual reality-type experience, in this case, a trip in the South Seas. Although the Cinerama films have since become cult classics, the original soundtrack for the film was just one item in composer Alex North’s hefty repertoire, which included the soundtracks to such classic films as Spartacus (1960), Cleopatra (1963), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Bad Seed (1956), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).”
RED 186LP MORRICONE, ENNIO: Butterfly OST LP (RED 186LP) 15.00
Restocked, new lower pricing. LP version. “Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to the 1982 controversial cult thriller Butterfly, based on a novel by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity). The Morricone score itself is relatively quiet, compared to some of his more nail-biting works, but as always, Morricone is a master of transforming the psychology of the film’s characters into music, which he does here with a subtle art that has made him THE undisputed maestro of film scores. The quality of his work was also recognized with the track ‘It’s Wrong For Me To Love You,’ featuring vocals by Zadora, which were nominated for ‘Best Original Song.’ Thanks in no small part to Pia Zadora’s steamy performance here, both the film and soundtrack have become cult classics.”
DAIS 024LP BESTIAL MOUTHS: Hissing Veil LP (DAIS 024LP) 19.00
“Hissing Veil, Bestial Mouths debut, is 40 minutes of intense gloom. A meditation on the relationship between transgressor and victim conceived in a flurry of automatic writing, Hissing Veil is an urgent declaration revealed in a barrage of primitive rhythms and feral calls. Uncompromising, beautiful synth and beat driven compositions haunted by deep and brooding female vocals. Los Angeles’s finest. Limited to 500 hand numbered copies on clear vinyl.”
DS 023LP GRUPPO NPS: Nuove Proposte Sonore 1965-1972 LP (DS 023LP) 29.00
LP version. The NPS — Nuove Proposte Sonore (trans. “New Sound Proposals”) group was founded in Padua (Italy) in 1964 by the composer Teresa Rampazzi, together with the visual artist Ennio Chiggio. Working with analogical devices, they produced some of the most compelling electronic music of the period, and they soon became one of the most reputed electronic music centers in Italy, together with the S 2 FM by Pietro Grossi in Florence and the SMET by Enore Zaffiri in Turin. With the departure of Chiggio, the years 1969-1970 transformed it into a female-only collective (Teresa Rampazzi, Serenella Marega and Patrizia Gracis). The two periods were characterized by different instrumentation, and it is surprising how they were able to achieve great results with some simple means — at least in the beginning. In the first period, they used a couple of two-track tape recorders (Sony 777 and Sony 521), an EICO low-frequency generator, a radio station to produce long wavelength frequencies, a mixer, an oscillator, a Revox, and a self-built loudspeaker. They had to use the stairwell as an echo chamber. In the second one, when the studio was more established, they had six manually-controlled oscillators as well as six modulated ones, a white noise generator, an octave-band filter and a variable one, an amplitude modulator, a noteswitch, a reverb, a 10-channel mixer, a unit for audio signal routing, four tape recorders, a stereo sound system and a frequency meter (during the last years they also bought a 2500 ARP synthesizer). This deluxe edition presents the group’s compositions for the first time ever. The LP comes in a silver-foil design, including a booklet in Italian and English in an edition of 300 copies.
DIGI 033LP EMUUL: The Drawing Of The Line LP (DIGI 033LP) 18.00
Seattle’s Emuul has been around the block a few times over the last few years, releasing an excellent string of tapes on Digitalis, Monorail Trespassing, Stunned and others. Emuul (Kyle Iman) has always shown a masterful level of restraint and subtlety, leaving the listener to fill in the blanks. Iman uses each song as a dot on a map that ultimately leads you to an aural treasure. The Drawing Of The Line is his most fully-realized work, crafting a set of deceptively complex songs that flirt with unexpected, slightly-buried pop influences to create an expertly-composed meditation on an unknown future. On the opener, “Expectations,” Emuul is at his restrained and sanguine best. Using a series of repetitive, evocative notes over a bed of rising-and-falling oscillations, there’s much promise ahead. “Love Theme” is even more tender and blossoms into near-catharsis, longing for that time when everything you hope for is finally within reach. Those feelings are set aside with the worried and frenetic walls of “The First Look.” As the synthesizer and guitar move faster, and as wordless vocals descend on the mix, it is as though things didn’t quite turn out the way they could have. He brings it all home when he closes out the A-side with the six-minute “Big Clouds,” recorded to tape and sounding dense to the point of breaking, while the side-long “Plus One” is the ultimate pay-off for all that came before, a 21-minute meditation on self-reflection and acceptance. The Drawing Of The Line is a beautiful album that offers the perfect introduction to Emuul’s sound.
DR 1041LP BROWN, RUTH: You Don’t Know Me LP (DR 1041LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this release from the most influential pop singer figure among Atlantic’s history. This record is from her post-Atlantic ’70s period, but she was an R&B pioneer and traces of that are evident on songs like “If I Were A Bell,” “Skylark,” “Secret Love,” “Smile” and “Almost Like Being In Love.” Brown’s work is compiled on Vampisoul’s Black Is Brown And Brown Is Beautiful (VAMPI 047CD).
DS 008EP BENOIT & SERGIO/SLOW HANDS: The Covers EP 10″ (DS 008EP) 12.00
Gadi Mizrahi’s Double Standard delivers more essential wax with the Covers EP comprising versions of two quintessential recordings of our time: Daft Punk’s “Around The World” and Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo.” Benoit & Sergio bring the heat with their “Around The World Cover,” a soporific-disco ride that will leave you hooked by its sensuous charms. “Sweetest Taboo” is remade by Slow Hands who mellows the steamy funk groove, adding in blended new vox that surges through its veins in breathless reprise.
ECHO 050.3EP VA: Echocord Jubilee Comp. 3 12″ (ECHO 050.3EP) 14.00
After 49 vinyl releases and 9 CD albums in 9 years, Echocord announces their anniversary project, Echocord Jubilee Comp. This third EP out of three contains tracks by Stephen Hitchell, Fenin and Mikkel Metal.
BEC 5772649 MR FLASH: Blood Sweat And Tears 12″ (BEC 5772649) 12.50
Mr. Flash was the first artist signed on Ed Banger records in 2003. Everybody was into fake Daft Punk and other shitty filtered disco at the time, major labels were spending lots of money to have their own piece of French Touch cake. It was time for something new, so Mr. Flash came up with this beat — something grandmaster DJ Shadow could have done if he was into mushrooms.
BEC 5772674 CARTE BLANCHE: Black Billionaires EP 12″ (BEC 5772674) 12.50
Carte Blanche is DJ Medhi and Riton. Ed Banger Records presents five tracks of neck-breaking breaks — a shout-out to the masters, with no nostalgia whatsoever. Mixed by big bass master Alex Gopher, the record includes club monster “Gare Du Nord” as well as the catchy “Do! Do! Do!,” featuring Kid Sister, the heiress to the Chicago throne.
BEC 5772678 UFFIE: A.D.D. S.U.V. 12″ (BEC 5772678) 12.50
2010 release. Uffie returns to the club scene with a banging electro-crunk monster accompanied by Pharrell. If the dream team of Madonna-collaborator Mirwais, rap-icon Pharrell and Parisian scene-makers Ed Banger wasn’t enough, legendary house-giant Armand Van Helden took the track on a journey back to his roots. Hudson Mohawke also drops some synthetic bleeps into a 2-step garage rhythm, transforming the track into a thoroughly enjoyable and mind-bending trip through the electronic jungle.
BEC 5772705 MR. OIZO & GASPARD AUGE: Rubber 12″ (BEC 5772705) 12.50
Here is an appetizer from this special duet between Mr. Oizo and Gaspard Augé. Flying Lotus offers an incredible remix.
BEC 5772724 SQUAREPUSHER: Shobaleader One 12″ (BEC 5772724) 12.50
2010 joint venture between the Because, Ed Banger and Warp labels. Killer effort from Squarepusher on the jazz-funk-electro tip. “Cryptic Motion” is the perfect soundtrack for a remake of Zabriskie Point in 2012 — heavy bass that slaps your flesh and some sunset vocoder. Mr. Oizo is on the B-side with an epileptic, straight-to-the-head p-funk remix only he can twist that way.
BEC 5772746 UFFIE: Difficult 12″ (BEC 5772746) 12.50
2010 release. Bangin’ Uffie remixes of “Difficult” by sebastiAn and Azari & III.
BEC 5772774 FEADZ: The Tuff EP 12″ (BEC 5772774) 12.50
This is the third EP from Uffie-producer Feadz on Ed Banger. Feadz is scared of success and is not even sure he is interested in it — he is one of those who still fights. Fights for authenticity, fights for experimentation. He is a real club DJs — in fact, he is Ed Banger’s BEST DJ and releasing 12?s and touring the clubs is his passion.
BEC 5772784 CARTE BLANCHE: Black Billionaires: The Remixes 12″ (BEC 5772784) 12.50
Killer remixes of tracks from Carte Blanche (DJ Mehdi and Riton). Laidback Luke destroys “Do Do Do!” and Green Velvet works his Chicago magic touch on “Gare Du Nord,” plus Carte Blanche did a whole new song.
BEC 6141476 DJ MEHDI: Lucky Boy LP (BEC 6141476) 23.00
2007 release. Born, raised and based in Paris, DJ Mehdi has been producing major French hip-hop artists since 1995 while making great noise (and platinum albums) with his bands Ideal J and 113, remixing various electronic acts and composing soundtracks for many French and international films. His resumé mentions collabos with the largest scope, from MC Solaar to Daft Punk. Signed to Pedro Winter’s Ed Banger Records, he released his first full-length LP in 2002 (The Story of Espion Virgin). Lucky Boy’s single, “I Am Somebody,” features vocals from Canada’s finest, Chromeo. Housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
ED 009EP DJ MEHDI: I Am Somebody 12″ (ED 009EP) 12.50
Cult French hip-hop producer with no boundaries (something like a French equivalent of DJ Premier or Pharrell Williams), DJ Mehdi presents “I Am Somebody,” a hybrid electro-hip-pop affair with the voice of fellow Canadian gangsta-poppers Chromeo. And let’s not forget Kenny Dope’s return in slammin’ form with two incredible ruff remixes reminiscent of the golden Dopewax-era, which will certainly set any dancefloor on fire.
EXP 019LP FREUND, KEITH: Constant Comments LP (EXP 019LP) 18.00
New solo outing by Keith Freund (of Akron, Ohio based husband and wife duo Trouble Books), coinciding with the band’s recent collaboration with Emeralds’ Mark McGuire. “Reacting to the sounds around him, words said in passing, shards of birdsong, a glint of breeze and kids at play, Freund stands at the center to create gentle meanderings to add as his part of the symbiotic conversation. The soothing sun is recorded alongside soft voices; the intake of a breath mixes with laughter of children. The album can be understood as a dialogue between the small moments occurring around us and our natural response within the ongoing discussion. Existing outside space and time, each rotation of the record brings the listener some place new or imagined, where beauty overwhelms, an everlasting hum envelops us, and we saunter along as present as we’ll ever be.”
LP version. The sound of The Late Great Fitzcarraldos is like sand between your toes. Bittersweet love songs paying homage to Otis Redding, Brian Eno, John Cale and Luther Vandross. This is sophisticated, melodic luxury music for a generation that has the history of music up their sleeve, but really just wants to meditate. The Late Great Fitzcarraldos is a Danish trio consisting of Tobias Buch-Andersen (vocals and keyboards), Jacob Funch (guitar and vocals, also known from I Got You On Tape), and Jakob Millung (bass and vocals, also in the band Choir Of Young Believers). The Late Great Fitzcarraldos are a volatile gas, which appears to have found temporary peace in a house built by Roy Orbison, Phil Spector and Motown’s Berry Gordy only to be blown up with love in slow motion by Brian Eno and some of the other colorful producers from the ’80s. The trio who records and lives in the U.S. and Denmark write elegant, luscious songs that make you dream away to a country where there are cocktails coming out of the taps, wall-to-wall carpeting is woven of marijuana, and a Caribbean sun washed in pastel colors 24-7. The eponymous debut album is a headstrong, eccentric oasis where edges are turned into curves. But the ideas, whether a harmonica on a long voyage, a comatose saxophone section or the recurring stiff-legged rhythm box, keeps the listener alert. And then Tobias Buch, a brilliant soul singer, in the midst of all this.
Next up on Falkplatz is one of Italy’s most talented producers in contemporary dance music, Roberto Bosco. These are two tracks that will catch the ears of house fanatics as well as the hearts of techno lunatics. Remixes come from Panorama Bar resident Steffi, who gave the original a touch of oldschool and sadness and from The Falkplatz Conspiracy (Oliver Deutschmann & Ed Davenport) who mixed a crafty, acid-influenced warehouse banger out of the original.
FF 120LP JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER: Liberation 2LP (FF 120LP) 48.00
“Released as the follow-up to the acclaimed Fig. 5, 2001’s Liberation finds these 12 artisans of sound (using a mix of percussion, guitar, vibes, saxophone, violin, and electronics) ‘liberated’ of the confines of any set genre or structure, hovering somewhere in the very outer stratosphere of song itself. From spaced-out jams like ‘The Pigeon’ and ‘Peace On Earth’, to their take on Dino Valenti’s ‘Something On Your Mind’ (released on Karen Dalton’s 1971 album), this amorphous beast can still deliver a rewarding experience to those who dare to journey beyond the instant gratification of the pop song, for it is here that the future of music is being written.” Includes mp3 download card.
“Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 by multi-instrumentalists Tom Greenwood and Jef Brown, and drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources (jazz, Appalachian folk, soul, African-American spirituals, west coast surf-rock, Protestant hymns, Louisville post-rock, bluegrass, electronic noise) and an ever changing roster of members, JOMF somehow manages to use this eclecticism to their advantage, creating a sound that functions as a cohesive whole. The critically acclaimed Fig. 5, originally released in 2000 on Road Cone, is a kind of dreamlike journey through the past and future of the American song. Such diverse offerings as the opening ‘Analogue Skillet’, the prison camp work song ‘Go Down, Old Hannah’, or the 24-min ‘Michigan Avenue Social Club’, become the inherent pieces of a unified manifesto.” Includes mp3 download card.
BDL 1146LP HOLMES, GROOVE: Theme From Six Million Dollar Man And Other Selections LP (BDL 1146LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro from New Jersey/Philly soul monster Richard “Groove” Holmes. Selections include “Disc-O-Mite,” “Salsa De Alma,” “Once Is Not Enough,” “Dumpy Mama” and “Double Scale.” Copies of this man’s gigantic orange sweatshirt have been sold on internet auctions for boner-loads of money.
FA 5301CD VA: Le Samba Contemporain 1998-2007 2CD (FA 5301CD) 32.00
“The rhythms and music of Brazil have become famous worldwide, and today they’re fully recognized as an integral part of international music-culture. This anthology represents the cream of contemporary samba with 36 titles from the independent São Paulo label CPC UMES, whose commitment to the artistic tradition and the heart of Brazilian culture guarantees its vivacity. Featured artists include Walter Alfaiate, Luiz Carlos da Vila, Quinteto em Branco e Preto, Adriana Moreira, Chico Buarque de Holanda, Nei Lopes, Dona Inah, MPB 4, Eliseu do Rio, Carmen Queiroz, Osvaldinho da Cuica, Teca Calazans, Cláudia Savaget and Perímetro Urbano.”
FRM 035EP STEINBERG, DANIEL: On The Train Remix EP 12″ (FRM 035EP) 12.00
Following on from Daniel Steinberg’s debut album Shut Up! is the On The Train remix EP, featuring three top-notch reworks of tracks from the album. The light-hearted, humorous vocals of “On The Train” make way for a thunderous minimal groove, courtesy of techno don Derrick Carter. brings out a darker, more twisted side of Steinberg’s locomotive sounds on the B-side rework of the same tune. The remixes are accompanied by a dub version of “Atencion.”
GET 705LP ALTERNATIVE TV: The Image Has Cracked LP (GET 705LP) 15.00
Restocked, new lower pricing. 180 gram vinyl. “First album by seminal British punk band Alternative TV, originally released in 1978, The Image Has Cracked displays the broad minded Mark Perry’s vision of modern music. The album is a crossover between dub, reggae, punk and Krautrock, bringing to life the musical ideas of the author of one of the earliest and most acclaimed punk fanzines, the infamous Sniffin’ Glue — whose last issue also served to launch the band’s first single on flexi disc in 1977.”
GET 707LP REED, LES: Girl On The Motorcycle LP (GET 707LP) 15.00
Restocked, new lower pricing. 180 gram vinyl. “Reissue of the soundtrack to 1968 flick based on the short story La Motocyclette by André Pieyre De Mandiargues and featuring a stunning Marianne Faithfull clad in total leather for an absolute pre-fetish manifesto.”
GET 713LP ROTA, NINO: La Dolce Vita LP (GET 713LP) 29.00
“La Dolce Vita, 8 ½ and Amarcord are three of Federico Fellini’s masterworks, and the films that have made him one of the most brilliant film directors of the 20th century. 1960’s La Dolce Vita, was a film that broke with the tones of Neorealism to depict a lifestyle of excess and pleasure, winning Fellini international acclaim (while being eventually banned in Italy for its scandalous content).”
GET 714LP ROTA, NINO: 8 1/2 LP (GET 714LP) 29.00
“1963’s 8 ½ , a film that played with the line between fantasy and reality, was unanimously praised by fans and critics as Fellini’s magnum opus. Considered some of the greatest films of all time, their essence is captured in the soundtracks of Nino Rota, one of Italy’s most prolific and acclaimed composers.”
GET 715LP ROTA, NINO: Amarcord LP (GET 715LP) 29.00
“1973’s Amarcord, literally ‘I Remember,’ was exactly that, a collection of memories from Fellini’s childhood in his hometown of Rimini during Fascism. Rota is perhaps most widely known, however, for his soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films.”
GET 54038LP HOWLIN WOLF: The Howlin’ Wolf Album LP (GET 54038LP) 21.00
Repressed and now including a 24″ x 24″ poster of the cover art. “It’s not often that an album disavowed by its own author at the time of release goes on to become considered a modern classic. Yet that’s exactly what happened with Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf’s 1969 LP The Howlin’ Wolf Album, a release that has since attained mythical status due to the controversy behind it. Released on Cadet Records, a subsidiary of legendary imprint Chess Records, The Howlin’ Wolf Album was a radical experiment for a well-established artist: attempt to integrate electric instruments and psychedelic arrangements into his revered signature blues sound. The result was an album that Wolf himself initially disregarded on the now infamous cover, but one that has won a special place amongst dedicated music aficionados thanks to its unique mix of traditional blues and electric rock elements. Get On Down’s reputation for high quality reissues continues with The Howlin’ Wolf Album, which features a special Stoughton vinyl pressing with audio remastered from the original analog tapes for optimum sound quality and comes packaged in a paste-on style jacket featuring the album’s famous original artwork.”
GPM 003CD M.A.N.D.Y.: Body Language 1 CD (GPM 003CD) 11.00
Originally released in 2005. M.A.N.D.Y. are Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung, a producer and DJ duo since 1992. The M.A.N.D.Y. mix compilation Body Language Vol 1. is the first part in a long series of mix compilations on Get Physical geared towards music of the future. Presenting previously unreleased tracks from new and established artists, Body Language Vol. 1 serves as a primer introducing labels the Get Physical crew are close to. Included in the mix are 21 tracks and remixes from artists such as James Holden, Robag Wruhme, Mathew Jonson, Tiefschwarz, Recloose, Luciano, Marc Houle and many more. Highlights in the mix include the title track “Body Language” from M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade, the amazing Robag Wruhme Remix for Slam’s “This World,” James Holden’s fabulous version of André Kraml’s “Safari,” the Ricardo Villalobos Remix for DJ Minx’s “A Walk In The Park,” and the unreleased work from Booka Shade, Willzoid and Sunsetpeople. Body Language Vol 1. is an affectionate showcase of the Bodmer & Jung DJ skills and sets new standards for all followers of Get Physical.
GPM 005CD JONES, CHELONIS R.: Dislocated Genius CD (GPM 005CD) 11.00
Originally released in 2005. Chelonis R. Jones was born in New York, but has lived in Europe for the past decade, making his mark as a songwriter, painter and poet. This is his first debut full-length for the Get Physical label. On Dislocated Genius, Jones explores the field of dark, provocative dance music. Highlights include “Blackface,” which explores the myth of the womanizing stud cliché of Rn’B and disco music with deep sub bass and twisted FX that growl ever stronger under Jones’ riling words and audience applause. The strange and infectious “Middle Finger Music” comes on strong with psychotic noise before pulling back to a controlled beat bristling with glitches and evolving into a strong rumbling bassline and uplifting melody. Within the tuneful 4/4 of “Vultures” are understated beats, sweeping FX and undulating melodies. Stand-out track “Mythologies” is ripe with textured soundscapes, forceful beats and unfussy production. “Deer In The Headlights” is arresting from the opening chords — deep sub-bass and synth mash with grumbling soundbeds, sci-fi clicks and spacey synths, which underpin Chelonis’ haunting vocals. Hugely driven to create, his unique sound and powerful voice is unmistakeable in a rapidly homogenized world.
GPM 007CD M.A.N.D.Y.: Get Physical Vol. II CD (GPM 007CD) 11.00
2006 release. Celebrating Get Physical’s fourth year in business, this compilation showcases some of the label’s best-known releases of the past year and also gives a hint of what we can expect in 2006. On this fourth anniversary compilation, the label’s best-known artists, DJ T., Chelonis Jones, M.A.N.D.Y, and Booka Shade all rub shoulders with upcoming producers, but the goal remains the same: to put out electronic club music that hits you in the heart, head and feet. It’s another full body workout, expect to get sweaty! Mixed by Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, aka M.A.N.D.Y, the compilation isn’t about big tunes or big names. Instead, it reflects the long A&R process Get Physical, spearheaded by DJ T., put in to find new talent. Jonathan from Belgium leads the charge of upcoming producers with “Yellowstone,” which wields shimmering, euphoric synths and a niggling guitar riff over a live funk bassline and “Learning By Mistakes,” which features on his recently released debut EP for the label, “The Learnings,” and is based on loose, glitchy beats and a recycled trance buildup. Looking to the future and providing a reminder of their recent achievements, Get Physical Vol II shows that after four years, this label still knows how to keep it physical.
GPM 010CD HEIDI: Monza Club Ibiza Compilation Vol. 1 CD (GPM 010CD) 11.00
This is London-based Heidi’s debut mix CD, Monza Club Ibiza Compilation Vol. 1, on Get Physical. After setting up shop at the Phonica record store in central London three years ago, Heidi’s profile as a DJ grew, leading to gigs in Berlin and appearances at the Monza Club in Frankfurt, run at the time by DJ T. and Patrik Dechent from Sunsetpeople, another Get Physical artist. When Patrik moved to Ibiza, he set up the Monza night there, where Heidi also played. Informed by the same open-mindedness that persuaded her to check out a rave in Windsor ten years ago and which changed her life, Heidi’s mix harkens the exciting freshness of the Ibiza climate, avoiding repetition and never staying in one place for too long. “It’s representative of a three-hour set that I would play — but that also depends on where you’re playing and who you DJ with. I wanted to showcase all the different styles of music I’m into.” she claims. Monza certainly flows through a range of house and techno styles and emotions. From Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler’s breathy, sensuous house to the ominous bass of Martin Landsky’s “1,000 Miles,” the reduced funk of John Tejada’s “Forced Fiction,” Heidi and Riton’s jacking “Vejer” — recorded especially for the mix — and Erol Alkan’s upbeat, summery remix of Hot Chip, Heidi isn’t afraid to diversify. She doesn’t restrict herself to brand new tunes either, and the mix starts with Carl Craig’s seminal 1990s version of Maurizio’s “Domina.” Disinterested in fads and fashions, Heidi’s biggest hope for Monza is that, like the “Domina” remix, in a disposable world, it becomes timeless. “That would be my biggest aspiration for the mix, that in five years’ time, someone will pick it up, listen to it and it’ll still sound fresh,” she says. “I still listen to old Andrew Weatherall mixes and they’re fresh, and I hope the same thing happens with Monza.” Other artists include: Darkmountaingroup, Fuckpony, Moritz Piske, Tobias, Cobblestone Jazz, Marc Houle and Alex Under.
GPM 012CD DJ DIXON: Body Language 4 CD (GPM 012CD) 11.00
2007 release. DJ Dixon’s installment in Get Physical’s Body Language series. Artists: Timo Maas, Chromatics, Owusu & Hannibal, Erik Rug, Dynamax, The L’Aroye & Kÿ, Château Flight, Henrik Schwarz , Mari Boine, Thom Yorke, It, Stefan Goldmann, Larry Heard, Mr. White, Âme , Karizma, Télépopmusik, Ferrer/Abicah, Tracy Thorn, Buttrich, Herbert and Smith N Hack.
GOMMA 157EP CAPABLANCA & T. KEELER: No Hay Ritmo 12″ (GOMMA 157EP) 12.00
The long-awaited, first 12″ by Berlin DJ Hugo Capablanca and Swedish man of many talents, Tobias Keeler. An epic flamenco-boogie 11-minute jam that makes girls shake their goodies faster then 45 singles turn around. Featuring vocals by flamenco duende Ana Menjiba. Hot stuff! Includes a remix by P.G.Parallax.
HIGH 091EP DACHSHUND: Stand Firm EP 12″ (HIGH 091EP) 12.00
Anyone who advertises on their Facebook site that they create “music for dogs” while working under the name Dachshund must have a sense of humor. And indeed, it seems the Swiss DJ, producer and label boss doesn’t think much of sterile production and is prepared to use his sense of passion and fun to create rhythms of every kind in his work. Groovy, original and funky, this is music that booms from the speakers.
HIGH 101EP DACHSHUND: Shall We EP 12″ (HIGH 101EP) 12.00
Dachshund’s lively productions have a passion for experimentation in rhythm and sound. The Swiss DJ, producer and label owner has his musical roots in reggae, which he has followed all the way to the sunny Caribbean. With a sly musical wink, he offers us three tracks produced with sophistication and elegance. A grooving mind-trip that perfectly fits the title of the EP.
HLP 103LP VA: Ongaku 80: Alternative Waves From Japan LP (HLP 103LP) 23.00
“An amazing collection of no-wave and minimal synth acts from the Japanese post-punk scene. Most of the tracks presented here are reissued for the first time. A must have for all vintage electronica and new wave lovers. This release includes: EP-4, Riuichi Sakamoto, Lizard, Portray Heads, Gunjogacrayon, Phew, Tako, Daisuck & Prostitute, Shinobu and Pta’s.”
IC 1004LP ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO: Certain Blacks LP (IC 1004LP) 11.50
The most legendary avant-jazz group, reissued by Soul Jazz, raved about by Thurston Moore and accessible to anyone who’d normally not know a thing about this type of music. Certain Blacks was originally released in 1970 on a French label, America Music, and features one of their side-long freakouts, “Certain Blacks ‘Do What They Wanna’.” This is an exact repro of the 1976 reissue, released on Inner City.
INSIST 001EP LONYA & AUDIO JUNKIES: Face Lift/Fetish EP 12″ (INSIST 001EP) 12.00
The first release on Insist Music presents some of the rising stars of the Israeli electronic music scene: Lonya Koval in collaboration with Audio Junkies. “Face Lift” is a piece of uplifting tech-house using a sequencer line that grows and grows. The same track is reworked by Patrick Kunkel and Dirk Redmer, keeping the flow of the original and introducing some more house elements. “Fetish” is remixed by Audio Junkies and makes use of a hypnotic, sunshiney melody.
IF 023EP VOGT, MATTHIAS: Bliss 12″ (IF 023EP) 12.00
Matthias Vogt (one half of the famous Motorcitysoul project) delivers with “Bliss,” a jaw-dropping dancefloor frenzy of a tune that immediately evolves its massive power with a tremendous bassline and Detroit-ish sounding groove. Robert Dietz’ remix version starts in a more subtle and laidback manner, without failing to reach a level of deepness similar to the original version.
ITEM 006EP BENEDETTINI, DANNY: Tell Me Quietly 12″ (ITEM 006EP) 12.50
Marc Houle, Magda and Troy Pierce entrust their imprint to Italian up-and-comer Danny Benedettini. “Tell Me Quietly” is a retro-tinged trip through modern dancefloor sounds, with slickly-executed beats and tight arrangements. “Disco Hook” takes its cues directly from its name — a three-note bass loop pieces it all together, combining neon melodies with a house beat for an intriguing taste of deconstructed disco. “Nephastum” takes the disco influence even deeper with sultry cut-n-paste voices and floating Rhodes keys.
LPA 89598LP FIRE: Could You Understand Me LP (LPA 89598LP) 23.00
“Excellent psychedelic hard rock from Yougoslavia, 1973. Maximum (kinda rhymes with ‘Eruptum’) fuzz and flailing drums hammered into shape by three hairy gents from Yugoslavia displaced to The Netherlands, first issued on the private Killroy label in 1973. Legend, rumor and speculation surrounds many of the recording details – were they itinerant mineworkers hoping to blow off some steam, or maybe they just couldn’t find a decent recording studio in their homeland? And what twisted tale does the cover art depict, so inflammatory the LP was supposedly banned upon original release? There is no mystery, however, about the trio’s raw power or surprising command of the English language, prepare to bleed!” Grey-area exact repro.
KOM 221EP TERRANOVA: I Want To Go Out 12″ (KOM 221EP) 12.00
Heralding the forthcoming Terranova album Hotel Amour and with veteran producer extraordinaire &ME a permanent member, this double-headed single has “classic” written all over it. “I Wanna Go Out” is an acid house anthem of the highest caliber and “Take My Hand” features Khan on vocals and takes you down a darker road. Sounds like Einstürzende Neubauten in bed with Matthew Herbert’s Radio Boy/Wishmountain projects.
KOM 243EP RAINBOW ARABIA: Boys And Diamonds 7″ (KOM 243EP) 8.00
The husband and wife duo Rainbow Arabia released the genre-defying album Boys And Diamonds (KOMP 088CD/KOM 217LP), which went on to become one of Kompakt’s most acclaimed releases. In honor of their exhaustive tour throughout the U.S. and Europe, here is another limited edition 7″ for the fans and collectors. The title track combines the sway of ’80s pop with the raw power of cumbia and ethno-dance. Hardmix are a favorite of the band and he remixes the track into shapeshifting techno bliss.
LPM 004CD VA: Le Pop En Duo CD (LPM 004CD) 15.50
2005 release. 16 duets from the nouvelle scène Francaise, featuring 2 previously-unreleased tracks. Artists: Pierre Bondu And Julie B. Bonnie , Pascal Parisot And Frédérique Dastrevigne, Jérôme Minière And Karine Vanasse, Stefie Shock And Suzie McLellan, Chiara Mastroianni And Benjamin Biolay, Albin De La Simone And Feist, Katerine And Erin Moran, Sébastien Martel And Camille, Jane Birkin And Mickey 3D, Toma And Api, -M- And Céline, Vincent Delerm, Keren Ann And Dominique A., Jeanne Cherhal And Albin De La Simone, Dominique A. And Françoiz Breut, Alexis HK And Marianne Feder and Jeanne Cherhal And Jacques Higelin.
LPM 004LP VA: Le Pop En Duo 2LP (LPM 004LP) 21.00
2LP version.
LPM 005CD VA: Le Pop 3 CD (LPM 005CD) 15.50
2005 release. The 16 songs on Le Pop 3 were picked and arranged by the same well versed and demanding connoisseurs who were responsible for Le Pop 1 and 2. The album features artists known and loved from the first two compilations as well as lots of new talent. 14 out of 16 songs have not been released in Germany before; three songs are worldwide premieres. Among the featured artists are Camille (of Nouvelle Vague fame), who is in the middle of her commercial breakthrough in France, Thierry Stremler (who wrote songs for the likes of Françoise Hardy and Coralie Clément) or Frédérique Dastrevigne, Pascal Parisot’s partner in life and on stage (see Le Pop 2, Le Pop En Duo). Jérôme Minière, Stefie Shock and the celebrated wunderkind Pierre Lapointe represent the thrilling pop scene of Canada’s French speaking province Québec. Le Pop is the original — an ideal guide to current developments in French pop and the epitome of an addictive compilation series.
LPM 008CD GEKA: Station CD (LPM 008CD) 15.50
2006 release. This is the first recording on Le Pop Musik that is not in the French language. Hamburg’s Geka sings in English and was influenced by Serge Gainsbourg and the Beach Boys. Her solo debut may well be described as new acoustics. A German accent being reminiscent of Nico meets Francoise Hardy’s phrasing. Produced by Tobias Levin (Tocotronic, Kante, Jens Friebe, Contriva).
LPM 013CD BARBIERI, JOE: (In Parole Povere) CD (LPM 013CD) 15.50
2007 release. First Italian signing on Le Pop Musik, usually Germany’s premier purveyors of French indie pop music. Joe Barbieri hails from Naples. His music shines with his soft, velvet voice, smooth jazz arrangements and elegant bossa influences. In the early ’90s, Joe Barbieri was discovered by the legendary Pino Daniele. In Parole Povere is the perfect summer soundtrack — gentle and melancholic. A great album from Italy!
LPM 014CD FREDDA: Toutes Mes Aventures CD (LPM 014CD) 15.50
2007 debut album from Fredda who already stirred waves with her contributions to Le Pop En Duo and Le Pop 3. Produced by nouvelle chanson star Pascal Parisot, who happens to be her husband. 10 great songs with sparse arrangements, touching genres like New Orleans Dixie and jazz.
LUSA 562632 LURA: Best Of Lura CD (LUSA 562632) 19.00
“Ever since Lura burst onto the world music scene in 1997, her deep, sensual voice has been a favorite of World music fans everywhere. Di Korpu Ku Alma, the Cape Verdean diva’s solo debut, was a worldwide hit that was nominated for a BBC Music award and launched her international career. Lura’s next two albums, 2006’s M’bem di Fora and 2009’s Eclipse, confirmed her status as a worldwide superstar. Lusafrica’s Best of Lura collection offers a selection of some of her finest hits as well as two exclusive tracks — ‘Amor E Tao Sabe’ (recorded during the M’bem di Fora sessions) and a duet entitled ‘Moda Bo’ featuring Cesaria Evora.”
MIND 014EP LAGORA, JOHN: Contrast EP 12″ (MIND 014EP) 12.00
John Lagora’s “Sommerblatt” starts with open air breezy chimes and percussion, before the energy level quickly picks up and sweeps the dancefloor into an ecstatic rush. Expertly placed horn samples and enchanting vocal phrases tease in and out of the mix.
MINUS 112EP GAISER: Some Slip/Elastrik 12″ (MINUS 112EP) 11.00
Continuing a busy run of recent releases on M_nus is one of the label’s core contributors, Jon Gaiser. “Some Slip” is at once a firm, drum-led track that clears a path down which you gleefully march. As it weaves its way through endlessly dripping, popping, aqueous FX, the whole thing feels like wig-out, late-night stuff. Busier and more complex is “Elastrik” where de-tuned synths shoot off in all directions as the clicking bass rotations below endlessly churn up the dancefloor.
MR 093LP AHMED, MAHMOUD: Jeguol Naw Betwa LP (MR 093LP) 14.00
“Reissue of a 1978 self released LP by one of the greatest Ethiopian vocalists of all time. This material has not been reissued in any form since its original release digitally or analog! Recorded at the end of the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian urban music, Mahmoud is in top form belting out transcendent intense vocals over the Ibex Bands’ hypnotic soulful horns, organs, guitars, bass & percussion. As good as it gets & as close to universally perfect music as ever has been made. Old school thick ‘tip on’ sleeve. Beautifully remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.”
MR 094LP HURLEY, MICHAEL: Fatboy Spring LP (MR 094LP) 13.00
“A full LP of never before released Hurley recordings from 1972-73! Great early versions of classic Hurley songs such as ‘Automatic Slim & the Fatboys,’ ‘Drivin’ Wheel,’ ‘Ghost woman Blues,’ ‘Watchin’ the Show,’ and ‘The Portland Water’ that come off for the most part better than later releases of these songs. Hurley is backed up by The Fatboys – not the rotund hip hop crew from the film Disorderlies, but rather a bunch of not so fat nice guys in Vermont who played mostly for the local dairy farmers. (Later they were known as Sheriff Mocus & the Deranged Cowboys) A laid back countryish album sure to please the hardcore Hurley fan and casual listener too. Deep and breezy. Cover painting by Michael. A co-release with our friends label in San Francisco – Secret Seven.”
MO 010LP VA: Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series (Remixed) LP (MO 010LP) 14.00
“Timeless was the live recording of the decade somehow. How else could this dream festival have happened–and have been recorded and filmed so beautifully. Now Timeless has been remixed. Six great producers across genres have taken a bite from each of the concerts and remade the magic.” Tracks: ‘Yekermo Sew’ by Mulatu Astatke – Te’amir Remix; ‘Untitled/Fantastic’ by Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra – Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix; ‘Balada 45′ by Arthur Verocai – Jneiro Jarel Remix;’The Radcliffe’ by Mulatu Astatke – King Britt’s Smoke Out Remix; ‘Fall In Love’ by Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra – Black Spade Remix; ‘Caboclo’ by Arthur Verocai – Mario C. And Joey A. Remix.
MONKEY 013CD SIRIUSMO: Pearls & Embarassments: 2000-2010 2CD (MONKEY 013CD) 20.00
Pearls & Embarrassments features 42 Siriusmo tracks recorded between 2000-2010, including 8 previously-unreleased tracks produced during the same time frame. Most of the nearly 100 Siriusmo tracks released since the new millennium have been available only on vinyl singles. Pearls & Embarrassments brings many of them to digital life for the first time. This 2CD collection will hold many surprises, not only for recent Siriusmo devotees, but also for long-time fans and record collectors. Siriusmo was digging deep in his archives and personally selected 8 unreleased tracks which so far had never fit any format — hard to believe when you hear tracks like “Dunkelrot” and “Hello DJ,” which alone could have easily made another hit single. Monkeytown is proud to present the most comprehensive Siriusmo compendium to date.
MO 004CD GREY REVEREND: Of The Days CD (MO 004CD) 15.50
“Grey Reverend performs his songs primarily as a soloist, using acoustic guitar and voice to convey his music to his audience. The devilish detail within the songs creates flashes of allegory in which familiar sentiments simultaneously comfort and unnerve the senses. Compelling and positively ambiguous, with reverence for the grey, undefined areas of style, his songs are unconcerned with musical or social expectations. They sit completely outside of time and fashion, the simplicity and honesty of his voice enough to carry them.”
G 965LP TEMPTATIONS, THE: Masterpiece LP (G 965LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1973 release. Produced by Norman Whitfield and featuring the songs “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style),” “Ma,” “Plastic Man,” “Masterpiece,” “Law Of The Land” and “Hurry Tomorrow.”
MULE 021CD JUS-ED: Vision Dance CD (MULE 021CD) 17.00
If you want to write an explicit story about the life of the American producer, label owner, and DJ Edward McKeithen aka DJ Jus-Ed, you will need much more then just one leaf of white paper. At the tender age of 6, he was backing up his grandparents in a jazz duo called Tomi & Eddy, touring from the East to the West coast of the United States as a drummer. Later, he studied percussion instruments for some time at the University of Bridgeport at the young age of 10. His main influences around that period were soul preacher James Brown, jazz drummer Buddy Rich, and a while later, jazz-rock legends Chicago and the sensitive R&B crooner Luther Vandross. In 1982, he embarked on his DJ career, called himself DJ Jus-Ed and played the freestyle rhythms of the times from harsh funk to early house and rough R&B. Due to several intricacies of life that emerge when you party strong, DJ Jus-Ed already retired on New Years’ Day of 1985, caused by a combination of substance abuse and other life-threatening factors. After more then fifteen years of doing music on his own, in 2001 he finally reappeared as a producer and DJ with an adventurous, energetic and spiritual style of quality house music that is reminiscent of deep heroes such as Theo Parrish, Moodymann, or Omar-S. Besides the revitalization of his own DJ career and work as an artist, he also launched his own label Underground Quality in 2005, a base for truly original deep house with an edge that doesn’t follow any business plan — just the beat of DJ Jus-Ed’s heart and soul. After numerous 12″s and two highly-acclaimed albums on Underground Quality, he now releases his third album Vision Dance on Mule Electronic. As usual for the passionate part-time landscape gardener from Bridgeport, Connecticut, all of his ten arrangements are uncorrupted house gems that avoid heavy make-up in order to give classic house music lovers some undiluted bass pleasure. This time, Jus-Ed has eschewed his customary vocals, producing only instrumental tracks that are kicking a blend of tough, syncopated percussions and ethereal, melodic synth-lines that spread pure dance energy. Whipping handclaps here, dark string-looped atmospheres, minimal piano melodies and euphoric hi-hats there, and a warm, seductive bassline underneath: the formula is simple and effective.
MUSE 5006LP STITT, SONNY: 12! LP (MUSE 5006LP) 11.50
“Sonny Stitt was in prime form in the early ’70s when he recorded two classics: Tune Up and Constellation. 12! from a year later tends to get overlooked but this album is also one of the saxophonist’s most rewarding recordings. Assisted by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, Stitt (switching between alto and tenor) is in superb form on five standards and two blues; highlights include ‘I Got It Bad,’ ‘Every Tub’ and ‘Our Delight.'” –All Music Guide
NET 495135CD VA: Our Dreams Are Our Weapons CD (NET 495135CD) 23.00
“The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were uprisings by real people that effected real change and brought hope to millions. In the organization of these opposition movements, the Internet played a major role as an alternative news agency. Gradually, new music by various groups turned up on sites like YouTube, along with film footage of the protests, attracting millions of visitors. In close collaboration with the musicians, Network has now issued the first CD of some of the most important soundtracks of these revolts. From Tunisia there is Zorah Lejnef with her revolutionary hit ‘Free Tunis,’ Skander Guetari with an oriental ballad encouraging the demoralized young people to engage in honorable protest, the rapper El General with a candidly presented list of the many abuses being suffered and Alia Salimi with a subtle song about the new light at the end of a tunnel of silence. In Egypt, the song ‘The Sound of Freedom’ by Bani Adel became a hymn of the revolution and together with ‘Ezzay’ by pop-star Mohammed Mounir, had more than three million visitors on YouTube. Also from Egypt, the Sufi singer Aida champions the peaceful coexistence of the different religions. This is music that accuses, that unites in protest, that expresses hopes and longings, that invites us to reflect and that encourages a new self-determined beginning.”
NNF 240LP MINERVA, MARIA: Cabaret Cixous LP (NNF 240LP) 14.00
LP version. “Estonian Euro-beat enchantress Maria Juur aka Maria Minerva has had a lively 2011 already — releasing a chic suite of glamour-pop abstractions via her debut, Tallinn At Dawn, as well as a sultry, sideways bedroom disco EP (Noble Savage) on 100% Silk. But time is money and money talks (or something) so rather than let a hot streak go cold Ms. Maria has crafted a fresh 11-song dream ride down fascination street, which we’re pumped and proud to unveil: Cabaret Cixous. Apparently there’s a tradition/inside joke amongst a fringe strain of Estonian bands where you have to name yr album something with ‘cabaret’ in the title, but regardless of one’s knowledge of this micro-custom, Cab Cixous is a gorgeous, gauzy thrill, slip-streaming from cracked-crystal karaoke pop singles (‘These Days,’ ‘Ruff Trade,’ ‘Soo High’) to slow-motion synth-washed ballads (‘Lovecool,’ ‘Spiral’) to radical miscellzanies (the alien soundsystem banger, ‘Laulan Paikse Kaes,’ a cellphone-fidelity Abba cover, etc) and beyond. A beautiful, bizarre record, full of the weird vision and hazed-out soulfulness that’s everything we love about music.” Includes glossy one-sided color insert.
OH 019CD VA: BLNRB: Welcome To The Madhouse CD (OH 019CD) 15.50
In early 2009, three bands from the world-renowned Berlin electronic music scene set out on a journey, their destination: Nairobi, Kenya, in East Africa. The idea “Berlin meets Nairobi,” the brainchild of Goethe-Institut Nairobi and electronic music duo Gebrüder Teichmann, was as simple as it was complex at the same time. Berlin musicians would come to this vibrant East African metropolis and meet, mix and mingle with artists from the local music scene. The name of the project became BLNRB-NRBLN, a fusion of the colloquial abbreviations of the two cities involved. From Berlin, there were Modeselektor, the hyperactive breakbeat duo, curious electronic producers Gebrüder Teichmann and Jahcoozi, the multicultural star trio composed of dubstep, grime rave and hyper-sonic electronica. From Kenya, rappers like Mister Abbas, Kimya and Lon’Jon or the first lady of Kenyan rap, Nazizi, became part of the joint collaboration. The electro-pop band Just A Band and blind singer/guitarist Michel Ongaru also contributed their flavors. In addition, six members of the hip-hop collective Ukoo Flani from the coastal city of Mombasa were a key part of the body of MCs who would turn up every day and night. Two studios were established in a townhouse in Nairobi, where everyone in the project worked, performed and lived together. The above-mentioned bands were invited but word spread like fire within Nairobi’s music scene. Quickly, there was a frenzy of artists coming and going, the now-infamous Madhouse was born. After a first concert in Nairobi in 2009, the Berliners went back to Kenya in spring 2010 for a few weeks, and it was during this period, that the first recordings of the presented tracks were made. In December 2010, the musicians from Nairobi came to Berlin for a concert night that celebrated the collaboration. The release concert for a BLNRB EP was held during Worldtronics Festival in Berlin with great success. BLNRB – Welcome To The Madhouse features 18 original recordings — as diverse as the more than 20 artists involved. The international electro club music scene has become all about the latest styles and sounds treated with the newest digital technology, ingredients that are still hard to find in Africa. This album bridges this gap and opens a path into a new global club sound. BLNRB is about digging deep into the local Berlin and Nairobi music scenes and building a new urban sound together with some amazing talents from the next generation of African musicians.
PLP 003LP JACKSON’S DILEMMA, J.J.: J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma LP (PLP 003LP) 11.50
Most remembered for the smash hit, “But It’s Alright,” J.J. Jackson was also a songwriter and arranger for Jimmy Witherspoon, The Shangri-Las and The Pretty Things. This full-length was recorded with a team of UK session musicians and includes originals, plus heady covers of “Let The Sunshine In” and “No Sad Songs.” Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1970.
ASH 3035LP LES RALLIZES DENUDES: Blind Baby Has Its Mother’s Eyes LP (ASH 3035LP) 22.00
LP version. Legendary Japanese rock outfit Les Rallizes Dénudés were formed in 1967 and incredibly, for a group that had only one official release (Oz Days Live, a double vinyl compilation release in 1973), played their last gig almost 30 years later in October 1996. The band’s name apparently means “fucked up and naked,” which more than adequately describes their music. Formed by band leader Mizutani Takashi, the music remained remarkably familiar over the years, and is best described as high volume, raw, lo-fi, repetitive, feedback-drenched guitar-noise fests with nods in the direction of The Velvet Underground and Blues Creation, but without the electronics. Radical left-wing politics were never far from the band’s agenda, with one original band member (Wakabayashi) being involved in the Japanese Red Army’s hijacking of a flight to North Korea. Consequently, the group’s live appearances became less frequent and increasingly clandestine. All the band’s albums were released in very small quantities, and because of the group’s reputation for secrecy and violence, as well as the difficulty in tracking down their recordings, Les Rallizes Dénudés has assumed almost mythical status. Blind Baby Has Its Mother’s Eyes sits at #11 on Julian Cope’s list of top Japanese albums.
ASH 3037LP LES RALLIZES DENUDES: Heavier Than A Death In The Family 2LP (ASH 3037LP) 31.00
2011 repress. 2LP version. Phoenix Records releases the oft-bootlegged Heavier Than A Death In The Family by legendary Japanese rock/psychedelic noise band Les Rallizes Dénudés. This “album” is in fact, a blistering assemblage of live performances (all recorded in 1977, except for “People Can Choose,” which was recorded in 1973) which sits at an esteemed #3 position on Julian Cope’s Japrocksampler top 50 list. Reverb so heavy, it will split your frontal lobe in two.
PLAIN 169LP BEN FOLDS FIVE: Ben Folds Five LP (PLAIN 169LP) 19.00
WHAT THE FUCK???? “This 1995 debut album is full of Tin Pan Alley showmanship, Something/Anything? era Todd Rundgren meets Look Sharp! era Joe Jackson and alt-rock sensibility. Witty, off-beat, piano-based songs helped Ben Folds Five receive almost universally positive reviews, and spawned five singles. The record failed to chart, but caused an intense bidding war among the majors eventually won by Sony Music.” On 180 gram vinyl.
PLAIN 170LP HOLE: Pretty On The Inside LP (PLAIN 170LP) 19.00
“Their debut album originally released by Caroline in 1991 was produced by Kim Gordon and Gumball front man Don Fleming, Pretty On The Inside was named album of the year by The Village Voice and the only single ‘Teenage Whore’ entered the UK indie charts at number one. Graphic lyrics, distorted guitar riffs, screaming vocals, and messy punk ethics helped the album sell over 600,000 copies worldwide and established Courtney Love’s long running cult status.” On 180 gram vinyl.
PLAIN 173LP HEATMISER: Mic City Sons LP (PLAIN 173LP) 19.00
“The third and final album by Heatmiser, a band led by Elliott Smith and Hampshire College buddy Neil Gust, released in 1996 on Caroline Records, is hailed by everyone as their best effort. Unfortunately, the record was released as the band was breaking up. The duo of Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, that worked on both Elliott Smith solo albums for DreamWorks (XO and Figure 8), helped produce and record Mic City Sons. A true indie-rock classic that still sounds good today: if you are a fan of Elliott Smith you need this one as well.” On 180 gram vinyl.
PD 6046LP AYERS UBIQUITY, ROY: A Tear To A Smile LP (PD 6046LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1975 stone-etched classic from Ayers. A Tear To A Smile pre-dates Ayers’ grip-on-sight ’80s boogie funk work (Lots Of Love, Eighties Ladies), but the man’s nuanced approach touches the solar system in a way that is never anything but his own. Includes the track “Miles (Love’s Silent Dawn,” sampled by Scarub (Living Legends).
DJing and producing together since 2005, Deep Space Orchestra (Chris Barker and Si Murray) have releases on a number of heavyweight labels and regular guest appearances at club nights and radio shows throughout the UK and rest of the world. Highlights include being asked to record a guest mix for Gilles Peterson’s highly influential Worldwide show and a mix for Michael Ruetten’s Soulsearching show. Yes, these guys are hot.
REPOSE 027CD PIKACYU-MAKOTO: Om Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside CD (REPOSE 027CD) 15.50
This is the eagerly-awaited debut album from Japanese underground legends Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple/Mainliner) and Pikacyu (Afrirampo). Combining their trademark master musicianship, out-there sonic attack and off-the-wall weirdness, OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside is the exciting sound of another legend in the making. Equal parts psychedelia, warped pop, full-on Japnoise and avant-garde passages, it’s sure to appeal to their many followers worldwide. Special first edition of 1,000 copies only (for the world) shrink-wrapped CD packaged inside a 350 gram gatefold card sleeve with reverse board printing. Subsequent represses will be in standard packaging. Pikacyu*Makoto is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu’s manic drums and vocals, and Makoto’s schizoid guitar conjurings. OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside is unlike anything either culprit has produced before, both structured and freeform, tuneless and beautiful. Pikacyu’s drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with maniacally pitch-shifted versions of herself to bring you what is, in their words, “a story about the cosmic shaman Pikacyu vs. the master of the darkness Makoto… including the full love from the universe!!” Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall of sound, alternating between melody and noise. “OM Marijana FU” resembles field recordings of a gang of lady monks doing chants in the monastery, played back on dying tape Walkmans. Then you’re thrown straight into the deep-end of one of the album’s epics — “Birth Star.” Those holy women are joined by propulsive drumming, each guitar chord leaving contrails that weave together in a cathedral of reverb, forming a tapestry of noise that threatens to clash but never does. On the frenetic “Wild Rise,” the Western listener, ignorant of the language, is eventually left with the impression of wordless chants tapping wells of emotion that lie beyond the reach of vocabulary. The instrumental “Pigamelan-Magamelan” on the other hand, represents a total gear-shift, its dry sound, attack-laden guitar runs and avoidance of time signature invoking the exploding-note theory of Captain Beefheart. “Minakata Loid” brings drums reminiscent of early Four Tet, while the guitar emits high-pitched detonations from the far-end of an empty auditorium. “Back To Your House Over The Rainbow” exposes the knife-edge of Pikacyu’s most extreme vocalizations, sounding like the yodels of a spirit trying to escape its own skin.
REPOSE 028CD DEAD ELEPHANT: Thanatology CD (REPOSE 028CD) 15.50
Introducing Dead Elephant who are: Enrico Tauraso (electric guitar, voice, power electronics, samples), Fulvio Grosso (electric bass, voice) and Omar Tomaino (drums). Hailing from Cuneo in Italy, Dead Elephant formed in 2002 and previously released Sing The Separation (2005) followed by the critically-acclaimed Lowest Shared Descent (2008). This year, they finally close the four year gap with a brand-new and beastly album Thanatology. This album aims to investigate the process of acceptance of loss, a concept particularly timely in these transitional times in which we live. In order to understand precisely where the band is coming from with this concept, here is a deeper explanation: “In the order of things, life can sometimes be cruel. Sometimes we feel caught in a strange trap. The events appear to us as a dark spiral and our destiny is lost in it. Within this dark spiral, it is very difficult understand what is right and what is wrong. There, something must burn and you must accept to lose it. From the consciousness that some things must die in order for change to be born.”Dead Elephant’s powerful sonic assault has a wide range of influences from the heaviness of bands like Cherubs, Jesus Lizard, Colossamite, Melvins, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost to the psychedelic attitudes of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, Neurosis and Badalamenti soundtracks, all prevalent throughout this latest record. On Thanatology, Dead Elephant attack the listener with their claustrophobic and visceral sonic forces and fuse these brutally heavy sounds with moments of genuine, haunting beauty, which are actual samples of the funeral marches of Southern Italy. The effects of these galvanizing forces are that of ultimate catharsis that not only challenge the listener, but also force one to question preconceptions of heavy music. Limited edition of 500 copies only CD with 8-page booklet.
RRR is the seventh album for Hey Colossus, and the third for Riot Season. This album follows the Eurogrumble Vol.1 LP, which received broad acclaim as well as landing in some end-of-year lists also (notably in Rock A Rolla magazine top 50 of the year). The band formed in 2003 as a five-piece, based in London. Eight years on (and with line-up changes reminiscent of The Fall) they are now a seven-piece based in London and Somerset (though nine people perform on the album). RRR was recorded through the winter of ’10-’11 in Dropout, South London, home to analog tape and all things loud. Mixed by DrumCunt and Basspuppy, mastered by Hamilton Industries (Part Chimp’s tub thumper). RRR is definitely more varied than previous Colossus records and it explores more subdued, quieter passages. Such moments of calm are not the only varied thing about the new record, Hey Colossus also explore the swooping filmic sounds akin to many a film score — think along the lines of Taxi Driver and Spaghetti Westerns. Some Krautrock-esque mantras also come into the fold, combined with a Nurse With Wound/DNA influence. Alongside this, “The Drang” keeps up the one-riff, one tune-like Sabbath done through NEU! that HC are hard for. There is a choice Berlusconi baiting, Can-inspired clang-a-thon “I Am Bunga Bunga,” with a rant that is buried but audible. The result of all of these amalgamating sounds is a Hey Colossus album unlike any other, out with the old and in with the new. RRR is the perfect soundtrack for the spring and summer months, assuming you like the idea of the Butthole Surfers manning the BBQ, Faust cleaning out the pool, and GG Allin manning the bar.
LD 377LP IZVIR: Izvir LP (LD 377LP) 23.00
“Excellent jazz prog psych band from Yougoslavia 1977. The self-titled debut of Izvir, their only LP to date, is quite a phenomenon of the Yugoslavian Slovenian 1970s jazz-rock. It is one of the rarest albums to find on the market. If you happen to trace it at some Web music online sellers, it is likely that the price will be extremely high. The music is excellent and wonderfully performed jazz-rock with strong funk and progressive rock influences. Dual electric guitars, effective Andrej Konjajev’s use of various keyboards like clavinet, organ, el. piano and strong tenor of vocalist Marko Bitenc are main ingredients of this music. Lyrics are mixed in Slovene and Serbo- Croatian languages (a typical combination of many Slovene artists of the time).”
RB 027EP KRAFT, SUZANNE: Green Flash 12″ (RB 027EP) 12.00
A boy named Suzanne. Travelling from Los Angeles to Portland and back to Los Angeles again, Suzanne Kraft’s vinyl debut features four tracks of frenetic sunshine ecstasy. Chill rave, pill wave, hypno disco, Balearic beats or slow-motion house made by the careless youth of the U.S.-American West Coast? Call it what you want, at the end of the day or the night it’s simply joyful music, made to make you happy. First 5,000 copies housed in a killer and tremendously flamboyant sleeve.
RERVNG 001LP GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP+CD (RERVNG 001LP) 21.00
Repressed. “Synthesist, the landmark 1980 solo album by Harald Grosskopf, the enigmatic percussionist behind Ash Ra Temple, Klaus Schulze, Cosmic Jokers, and YOU. A melodically rich and celebratory symbiosis of krautrock, kosmische, and new age, restored and remastered for RVNG Intl’s debut reissue. Includes a bonus album compilation CD Re-Synthesist, featuring reinterpretations of Synthesist by Oneohtrix Point Never, Blondes, Arp, CFCF, Stellar Om Source, James Ferraro and more. The Synthesist LP comes in a deluxe package including a unique reverse-bound record jacket and full-color liner notes in English and German.”
SCOB 026EP MUNGO’S HI FI (FEAT. I BOGLE & KENNY KNOTS): Bogle/Gimme Gimme 12″ (SCOB 026EP) 11.00
This dirty bass fatty is Mungo’s most pulled-up riddim yet, and one of the most instantly-catchy tunes they’ve ever released. With vocals recorded in Jamaica and Glasgow from undiscovered raw talent I Bogle and UK veteran Kenny Knots, both sides are pure rotts-bass fire, augmented with extras in the shape of a deliciously-stripped instrumental riddim version of “Bogle,” and a finely-crafted dub for “Gimme Gimme.”
SSR 281LP DANQUAH, GEORGE: Hot and Jumpy LP (SSR 281LP) 17.00
“George Danquah’s Hot andJumpy is one of the most collectable funky gems to come out of the incredible music scene in Ghana during the 70s. Today original copies can easily fetch over $300. To many collectors, this record seems to have come out of nowhere. It is the only known album by this New Edubiase (3 hours NW of Accra) native. He appears to have arrived out of thin air, recorded one of the funkiest albums in African history, and then vanished. However, this isn’t entirely true. Danquah played with many of Ghana’s top musicians all throughout his career. Before recording this album he toured all over West Africa playing in such bands as Benya Beats, Blue Monks (which C.K. Mann, Ebo Taylor, and Pat Thomas were all members of), and the legendary Uhuru Dance Band (one of today’s most popular artists from this scene thanks to some wonderful compilations in recent years). He honed his skills playing with some of the country’s greatest musicians and arrangers. Hot and Jumpy is the culmination of many years of hard work and musical exploration. This fully licensed proper ‘1=1 reissue’ is an accurate representation of the original. Each LP package is hand assembled, hand numbered, and placed in a resealable dust bag by our staff (along with some wonderful volunteers). As always, each copy comes with an MP3 download card good for the entire album.”
SSR 283LP TABOU COMBO: Respect… LP (SSR 283LP) 17.00
“Formed in 1967 just outside of Port-au-Prince, Tabou Combo has proven to be the most successful band to ever come out of Haiti. They’ve toured Europe, Mexico, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States (including a central Park concert boasting over 20,000 attendees). It has been said by many that Tabou Combo is Haitian music. Their unique blend of American funk and soul with native sounds has earned them legions of devoted fans the world over. However, their popularity didn’t exactly occur overnight. In fact, after a couple years of playing around Haiti the group disbanded and went their separate ways. Most of the members settled down in different parts of the US. By late 1971 Tabou Combo reformed in Brooklyn, NY. It wasn’t until 1975 that they scored their first real hit, though. But, that time between ’71 and ’75 is when some of their most exciting and experimental music was created. The most notable of which was 1973’s Respect… LP. The album is true to their roots as a Compas (Haitian party music) band. Rather than play American pop music with flavors of Haitian music, they focused their sound on Compas and used funk, soul, and psych as extra spice. All of the songs are sung in Haitian Creole, with the exception of a couple ballads that are performed in French (a common practice in Haiti at the time). The intricate guitars drenched in psychedelic effects fuse seamlessly with non-stop hard driving percussion to create one of the most hypnotic, unique sounds ever recorded. Couple that with the mix of Caribbean rhythms and danceable James Brown inspired breaks and you will hear why Respect… is among the most collectable world music records of all time. Secret Stash is proud to present the first ever vinyl re-issue of this funky masterpiece. As always, each LP is hand numbered, hand assembled, and comes in a resealable dust bag.”
SOMA 091CD DEEPCHORD: Hash-Bar Loops CD (SOMA 091CD) 15.50
Rod Modell (aka DeepChord) is a sound-designer with 25 years involvement in electronic music and over 50 releases under various aliases and styles. Rod’s idea of an album revolves around a concept that isn’t always followed in modern day electronic long-players. A chain of feelings and emotions emanate from his work and flow in a manner that has been very carefully considered. Buzzing in atmospheric warmth and layered with mesmerizing rhythms, Hash-Bar Loops tells the tale of a hazy extended stay in Amsterdam, where the album was in the most part formed. Starting from deep and dreamy soundscapes, the album warms from the outset with the opener, “Spirits.” The underlying atmosphere is somewhat disconcerting, but balances perfectly with soft, distant chords and ever-evolving percussion. The album progresses through turbulent synths and outlying melodies on “Sofitel” and “Merlot.” On “Tangier,” stabs and textures melt into one another, adding tension and dynamics in true DeepChord style. The swirling air of “Electromagnetic” then conveys a dizzying and hypnotic feel in which budding chords emerge from a white-washed DC soundscape. “Balm” steps into another world, with beautiful hovering chords that pulse throughout the track, forming a delicate and emotive shape. The climactic “Oude Kerk” sits at the peak of this album and deserves its crown. Arguably the most exposed of all tracks on the album, “Oude Kerk” fizzles end to end, letting the deep low frequencies and advancing percussion take over. “City Centre” then reels the synths back in, with contemplative pads that are underpinned with arguably the heaviest sub-bass on the album. Field recordings can once again be heard, hidden deep in the layers of sound on “Crimson” and “Black Cavendish,” where their dense sonics slowly swell behind metallic clangs. Closing the circle, “Neon” and “Rain” steps back into the deep and wistful soundscapes heard at the opening of the album where the familiar sense of unease and contemplation toy with one another. In Soma’s 20th anniversary year, they count themselves truly fortunate to be able to release music they love this much.
SH 249LP SUGARHILL GANG, THE: 8th Wonder LP (SH 249LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1982 release, manufactured by Rhino. “While they didn’t garner the critical praise of their label cohorts, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the Sugarhill Gang still produced their share of memorable slices of early hip-hop. Helping to bring Sylvia Robinson’s Sugar Hill Records into the limelight, the label’s namesake group erred more on the funk side of the hip-hop equation, plying a steamy, all-night mix of go-go grooves, straight funk singing, and rapping. 8th Wonder features the hits ‘Apache’ and the title track, as well as such slick funk burners as ‘Hot Hot Summer Day’ and the incredible bit of uptown dance alchemy ‘Funk Box.'” –All Music Guide
SBR 5019LP OPEN MIND, THE: The Open Mind LP (SBR 5019LP) 22.00
2011 repress! Previously reissued on CD by Sunbeam, now issued on deluxe LP format as well; 180 gram pressing. One of the best-loved British psychedelic albums of all time, The Open Mind is a hard-rocking collection that sold in minute numbers on its original release on Philips in 1969. The four musicians from Putney, South London would later disband in 1973 to explore more jazz-influenced sounds This self-titled LP has since become a highly sought-after collectible. Produced with the band’s full cooperation, this first legitimate vinyl reissue comes complete with a lavish gatefold sleeve incorporating rare photographs and detailed liner notes, making it a must-have for all psych collectors.
SBR 5036LP BLOSSOM TOES: If Only For A Moment 2LP (SBR 5036LP) 31.00
2011 repress. Double LP version, housed in a gatefold sleeve, with rare photos and detailed historical liner notes. Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl.
SBR 5048LP CLARK-HUTCHINSON: A=MH2 Expanded 2LP (SBR 5048LP) 31.00
2011 repress; deluxe LP format; 180 gram pressing. As virtuoso musicians and members of Sam Gopal’s Dream, Clark-Hutchinson (Andy Clark and Mick Hutchinson) were well-known to regulars at legendary London clubs such as UFO and Middle Earth when they decided to branch out as a duo. Recorded in two intense overnight sessions in May 1969, A=MH2 is a scorching blend of jazz, raga, blues and psychedelia that has long been established as one of the key recordings to have emerged from the UK psychedelic underground. It’s presented here as a 2LP set, together with their March 1969 recording debut, an unreleased collection of acid blues that features some equally stunning musicianship. The deluxe gatefold sleeve comes complete with detailed notes and previously-unpublished photos, making it the most comprehensive vinyl edition of this groundbreaking music ever assembled.
SBR 5082LP HUMAN INSTINCT, THE: Stoned Guitar 2LP (SBR 5082LP) 31.00
Gatefold 2LP version. Recorded in the spring of 1970, this legendary album shows why many consider The Human Instinct to be the finest psychedelic rock band ever to emerge from New Zealand. Led by drummer-vocalist Maurice Greer and featuring the guitar pyrotechnics of the legendary Billy Te Kahika, Stoned Guitar has long been established as a classic, and is presented here complete with rare photographs, four bonus tracks and detailed notes by Greer himself in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, making it truly essential for fans of hard psychedelic rock. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
SBR 5083LP HUMAN INSTINCT, THE: Pins In It 2LP (SBR 5083LP) 31.00
Gatefold 2LP version. The release of Stoned Guitar in the summer of 1970 firmly established this trio as New Zealand’s leading hard psychedelic rock band. Led by drummer-vocalist Maurice Greer and featuring the guitar pyrotechnics of the legendary Billy Te Kahika, they recorded this classic collection in May 1971. Firmly established as one of the rarest LPs of the period, it’s presented here complete with exclusive photographs, six bonus tracks and detailed notes by Greer himself in a gatefold sleeve, making it truly essential for fans of hard psychedelic rock. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
SYLLART 3246972 VA: Afro Latin Via Conakry 2CD (SYLLART 3246972) 20.00
Syllart presents another chapter in their Via compilation series, celebrating African music from ’60s and ’70s West Africa. This edition focuses on Conakry, the capital of Guinea. In the first half of the 20th century, the carving up of much of Africa by the European powers imposed modernity across the continent. With the boom in maritime transport, the American 78s brought back by Latin-American and in particular Cuban sailors, as well as by soldiers and the European settlers, had a lasting influence on new musical trends along Africa’s coastlines. With the notable exception of Mali and Ethiopia, most coastal countries were experiencing deep changes where music was concerned, while inland countries — owing perhaps to a lack of flagship artists, the absence of any (even embryonic) structured record industry, a sparse population, a lesser cultural influence or the combination of several or all of these factors — favored other forms of expression. The impact of Cuban music — one of the first non-Western genres to have been disseminated throughout the world thanks to records — has been crucial in the emergence of popular forms of African music. Because of the exodus of African slaves to the Caribbean and America, strong linkages exist between the Afro-Cuban population and culture and African countries on the Atlantic coast, especially in West Africa. From town to town and port to port, Syllart’s Via collection aims to explain the different musical fusions that happened between Cuban and African styles of music. From Dakar to Kinshasa, Conakry to Abidjan, Bamako, Cotonou and Brazzaville, Via speaks of permanently-evolving musical scenes, touched by candor, depth and spontaneity. Following Guinea’s declaration of independence in 1958, President Sékou Touré banned the previously-popular French chanson and set up a national music school, headed up by Honoré Coppet, a behind-the-scenes musician who had a lasting influence on the spread of West Indian and Afro-Cuban rhythms in Guinea. As is clear from the covers depicting the type of clothing the artists wore, Guinean bands — like most African ensembles — were heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban music in all its forms, be it rumbas, cha-cha-chas, boleros, sons, guajiras, but also West Indian biguines, Trinidad calypsos or Haitian/Dominican merengues. Claves, maracas and vocals in pidgin Spanish formed the basis of many bands’ repertoire. However, by 1971, as previously for French chanson, Sékou Touré prohibited Syliphone from releasing Cuban-style songs, on the grounds of national pride and an evident distrust of the Castro regime. So Cuban-style instruments were gradually replaced by rhythmic guitars, brass instruments and rhythm’n’blues tones whereas the balafon and the kora were reminders of the Mandingo culture to which most Guinean musicians belonged. Featuring artists such as Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis, Bembeya Jazz, Jardin De Guinée, Kebendo Jazz and many more. Includes a booklet with liner notes in English and French by Florent Mazzoleni. Produced by Ibrahima Sylla.
SYLLART 3246982 VA: Afro Latin Via Cotonou 2CD (SYLLART 3246982) 20.00
This edition in the Via series focuses on Cotonou, the largest city in Benin. The impact of Cuban music — one of the first non-Western genres to have been disseminated throughout the world thanks to records — has been crucial in the emergence of popular forms of African music. Because of the exodus of African slaves to the Caribbean and America, strong linkages exist between the Afro-Cuban population and culture and African countries on the Atlantic coast, especially in West Africa. Known as “the baobab of Beninese music,” the greatest Beninese star went by the name of Gnonnas Pedro. During the 1970s, he was accompanied by the Dadjès Band, with whom he recorded some fifteen albums released in Benin, Nigeria, France and Ghana. On “Bonne Année,” accompanied by the Black Santiago orchestra with whom he had started out, Honoré Avolonto explores the same style as his colleague, Pedro. Pierre Avohou, another legend and pillar of modern Beninese music, pays homage to his mother on “Naye Tché.” Even more Cuban-sounding, “Zoum Ma Ve Mà Sé” benefits from the presence of the Black Santiago orchestra, with whom he recorded a superb album in 1979. Like their colleagues from Poly-Rythmo, Black Santiago backed many Beninese artists. This prolific band was just as much at ease with the Afro-Cuban repertoire as with Afro-beat. A standard among standards, “El Manisero” has been a major source of income for a number of orchestras in West Africa and well beyond. Pablo Medetadji’s version, recorded in 1980, benefits from his solemn vocal tones and faultless phrasing, reflecting the time he spent developing this repertoire in the straw-hut bars around the Gulf of Benin. Along the coast, from Nigeria to the Ivory Coast, many orchestras livened up the evenings by playing at elegant hotels and dance clubs. In Lomé, Togo, with two albums, the band As Du Bénin established itself as one of the greatest dance acts in the region. Other influential groups and orchestras include Dynharmonie, Supermen de Cotonou, Negro Jazz de Cotonou, Nérose Rhythm and Volcans du Bénin. Includes a booklet with liner notes in English and French by Florent Mazzoleni. Produced by Ibrahima Sylla.
TEARDROP 005EP LOVEBIRDS: Honeybadger EP 12″ (TEARDROP 005EP) 12.00
The honeybadger is the most badass animal on the planet — it simply doesn’t give a shit about anything, and this is something Lovebirds can relate to very well. “Chasing Things” is a deep house peak-time funk-monster — no 808 bass drums, either. “Running Backwards” is a slick mid-tempo rat with some pretty badass drums and a Kenny “Fuckin” Powers bassline. Lastly, “Gives A Shit” is a nice oldskool tune with a heavy bassline on top of some Moodymann-ish chord stabs.
TEMPA 008LP SKREAM: Skream! 3LP (TEMPA 008LP) 23.00
2011 repress on vinyl, originally released 2006. Triple LP version.
TD 011EP QUELL: Perception EP 12″ (TD 011EP) 12.00
This is Quell’s first personal EP for These Days. Drawing influences from a few distant (chronologically) yet classic styles of dance music, starting from disco-flavored house all the way to friendly nods at Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Chez Damier and the earlier period of New York City’s Ibadan Records, this EP blends all of these influences together in a most elegant and mature way.
This release from Joakim’s Tigersushi record label sees The Deadstock 33s collaborating with Stopmakingme for an EP of four lush, sometimes Balearic-sounding slabs of proto-house dance music. Gravity compounds the summer mood of dance music, joining the ranks of artists Gatto Fritto and Soul Clap.
TO 030CD IKEDA, RYOJI: +/- CD (TO 030CD) 14.50
2011 repress. This is the third edition of this timeless classic, originally released in 1996. Ryoji Ikeda is Japan’s top avant-garde minimalist electronic composer, in the tradition of Alvin Lucier/The Hafler Trio/Bruce Gilbert/CM von Hausswolff/Panasonic, etc. +/- has a particular sonority whose quality is determined by one’s listening point in relation to the loudspeakers. Furthermore, the listener can experience a particular difference between speaker playback and headphone listening. The sound signals can be thought of in the same way as spotlights. Lastly, a high frequency sound is used that the listener only becomes aware of upon its disappearance.
TS 012EP GILBERT, BRUCE: Monad 7″ (TS 012EP) 7.00
The next in the series of vinyl-only Touch seven inches is Monad by Bruce Gilbert, whose career stretches back to late 1960s British avant-garde art and music scenes, and has since played an important and influential role with his involvement in various rock-based formations, work for choreographic projects and art installations. Instruments: Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon synth, Zoom RFX-200, Korg Kaos Pad 2, Apple GarageBand. Some words to describe what this sounds like: coruscating, metallic, hard, structured chaos and LOUD.
TRA 424005LP VA: West Indies Funk 3 2LP (TRA 424005LP) 20.00
2LP version. “Hot on the heels of the positive response from retailers and consumers around the globe to funky island sounds on Trans Air’s first two volumes of West Indies Funk comes this, the third installment in this three part series. And they’ve saved the best for last with West Indies Funk Volume 3: Deja Vu Tropical Steel Funk. This final volume continues the theme of digging deep to find the funkiest island reinterpretations of Soul and R&B favorites. These lush island sounds are perfect for a summer BBQ playlist, fantastic for DJs looking to add spice to their set or for a blast of Caribbean warmth any time of year. Pressed on double vinyl for maximum sound quality. “
TW 008EP TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE: Vol. 8 12″ (TW 008EP) 12.50
If you travel in techno circles and have not heard Adam X’s Traversable Wormhole project, then you might very well be stuck in a techno black hole. 2010 was a massive year for Traversable Wormhole in the techno scene with the monstrous licensing deal of the first five volumes through the CLR label. Now after a one-year hiatus of releasing original material while CLR took controls of the remix series, TW is back with brand new original works on his own imprint. On dark red swirl colored vinyl.
TRIANGLE 006EP CLAMS CASINO: Rainforest 12″ (TRIANGLE 006EP) 11.00
Repressed! 12″ version. As the producer responsible for some of Lil B and Soulja Boy’s weirdest, most inventive beats, and following on from a critically-acclaimed, self-released mixtape of instrumentals collected from his work over the years with various forward-thinking hip-hop artists, Tri Angle is very excited to announce the release of Rainforest, the debut EP by Clams Casino. The five songs that make up Rainforest find Clams Casino (aka 23 year-old New Jersey native, Michael Volpe) refining his ethereal, otherworldly sound, while taking it to a heavier and more intense extreme. What has set Clams Casino apart from most other hip-hop producers is his skill in making records that sound just as good, if not better, instrumentally as they do with vocals, and if anyone needed it, Rainforest represents the confirmation of this. It’s a record drenched in mysterious atmospherics, like a foggy memory of a far-off exotic place, the details buried beneath the mist of distortion, but present nonetheless. None of the songs on Rainforest have ever been released before, and in contrast to most of his other productions, these songs have always existed purely as instrumentals, free of any vocal presence. Rainforest is an incredibly powerful release which signals the beginning of Clams Casino coming into his own and operating as an important artist in his own right.
UAR 7370LP HANCOCK, HERBIE: The Spook Who Sat By The Door LP (UAR 7370LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this forgotten Herbie Hancock work as composer for the soundtrack to 1973’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door, directed by Ivan Dixon. Ends with an awesome “Dialog” track with sounds from the movie.
VAMPI 037CD HENDERSON, WILLIE: Funky Chicken CD (VAMPI 037CD) 12.00
2003 release. Vampisoul presents, for the first time on cd, the reissue of the impossible-to-find album by Willie Henderson, Funky Chicken (originally released on Brunswick, 1969), with 5 bonus tracks. It comprises the entire and very sought after Funky Chicken LP, plus three songs from non-LP Henderson singes, and two previously unreleased tracks that you can find on our release ONLY and for the first time. Producer/arranger Willie Henderson’s versatile talents can be heard throughout the Brunswick Records catalog as well as a myriad of sides recorded during the ’60s-’70s heydays of Chicago soul. Born August 9, 1941, in Pensacola, FL, Henderson’s family moved to Chicago when he was a child. Taking up the baritone sax, he began backing Otis Rush and others while in his twenties. He also studied with another arranging legend, James Mack. After graduating from College, Henderson began playing around Chicago, backing Syl Johnson, Alvin Cash, and Harold Burrage. He joined the Chicago division of N.Y.-based Brunswick Records in 1968. Working with producer Carl Davis, Henderson arranged, produced, and played on records by the Chi-Lites, Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, and other Brunswick acts. There he would record, one year later, this Funky Chicken, credited to Willie Henderson and the Soul Explosions.
FTS 3008LP BLUES PROJECT, THE: Projections LP (FTS 3008LP) 11.50
Second album by The Blues Project — and their best. With a brilliant combination of everything from blues, folk-rock, psych and jazz under their radar, Projections features keyboardist Al Kooper transforming two gospel themes (“Wake Me, Shake Me,” “I Can’t Keep from Crying”) into fully-formed blues-rock versions. Exact repro reissue, originally released in 196. This is the stereo version (mono edition reissued on Sundazed (SC 5317LP).
VL 901219LP QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE: Live At The Avalon Ballroom, 1966 LP (VL 901219LP) 24.00
“These recordings of the QMS at the Avalon in September and October of 1966 are the earliest existing recordings of one of the original architects of acid rock. Here QMS is a five-piece featuring original vocalist Jim Murray, who quit the band shortly before their long-awaited debut was recorded for Capitol in 1968. Highlights include ‘Pride Of Man’ (which would eventually find its way onto their debut album), ‘Mona’ (which would show up again on their classic LP Happy Trails), and (in keeping with their reputation for being a great jam band) a 20-minute version of Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’. Recorded live at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on September 9 and October 28, 1966.” On 180 gram vinyl.
VL 901226LP SOFT MACHINE: At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club 2LP (VL 901226LP) 37.00
“Recorded in April of 1970, just a few months before the release of Third (soon destined to become their most successful album), this memorable performance marks a significant turning point in the band’s history, when Soft Machine had begun exploring in earnest a type of music that would soon become simply known as ‘fusion’. As rock artists began incorporating traditional jazz instruments (like saxophones) into their groups, jazz artists (most famously, Miles Davis on albums like Bitches Brew) began bringing in electric guitars and wah wah pedals. It seemed for a moment that music had managed to transcend genre. Here the band, which now was made up of Hugh Hopper on bass and Elton Dean on keys (in addition to Wyatt and Ratledge), focuses on tunes culled primarily from the upcoming Third as well as their most recent album, Volume Two.” On 180 gram vinyl.
VITNYL 008EP VA: We Love Vitalik Pt.1 12″ (VITNYL 008EP) 12.00
We Love Space team up with Vitalik Recordings to unveil a very special collection of music for their 2011 annual compilation. The music comes from a diverse mixture of musical souls featuring 12 exclusive tracks. Part one of the of the compilation’s vinyl sampler contains tracks from legendary production king Martin Buttrich, dubstep champion Appleblim and enigmatic talent The Mole.
WRL 007EP COBBLESTONE JAZZ: Memories (From Where You Are) 12″ (WRL 007EP) 12.00
“Memories (From Where We Are)” celebrates the first of a series of 12″ releases that will come out on Wagon Repair over the course of 2011/12. The outcome of a Berlin jam session last fall, Cobblestone Jazz incorporated a Fender Rhodes, vocoder and SH-101 to make up the core voicing of the tracks. The track was mixed live with no prior sequencing arrangement and then cut by The Mole into two sublime edits.
WAP 315EP AFRICA HITECH: Out In The Streets (VIP) 12″ (WAP 315EP) 11.00
“Out in the Streets is the flagship slice of 1980s Jamaica and youth culture explosion of juke from Africa Hitech’s debut album 93 Million Miles (out now on Warp Records). The track has taken over clubs and airwaves across the globe this summer, championed by Gilles Peterson, Rob da Bank and Zane Lowe (‘I LOVE IT!’) on BBC Radio 1, Jason Bentley at KCRW (LA), and everywhere in between. DJs and producers have professed their love as well, including ModeSelector, Kode9, Diplo, Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Untold, Toddla T, Benji B, Scratcha DVA and many more. For this limited 12′ single version, the track has undergone a powerful D’n’Besque reworking or, as Africa Hitech’s Steve Spacek puts it: ‘A little alternate flex on the ‘Out In The Streets’ track’–to become Out in the Streets (VIP).’ The single also features two all new Africa Hitech tracks, ‘Caveman Style’ and ‘Seek Em Step.'”
WER 6736 STOCKHAUSEN, KARLHEINZ: Tierkreis/Zodiac CD (WER 6736) 24.00
“This recording of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis (Zodiac) features the composer’s version for organ. Originally composed for musical boxes, the work is played here by Dominik Susteck, organist at St. Peter’s in Cologne. The recording features an unusual instrument. Since the 1980s, this Catholic chapel has strived to connect the church with contemporary art. Its organ, built by Willy Peter, was designed for contemporary music. The four-manual great organ and the three-manual choir organ has 104 stops, including such unusual sound additions as siren, saxophone and percussion orchestra. Susteck describes his interpretation of Stockhausen’s work as, ‘a frozen musical movement. The instrument no longer sounds like an organ but proves to be a colorful, agile and dynamic being.'”
WORLD 468091 ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT: Tewesta: Remembrance CD (WORLD 468091) 19.00
“Making its World Village debut, the Addis Acoustic Project, directed by guitarist and arranger Girum Mezmur, transports Ethiopia’s instrumental popular hits of the 1950s and 1960s into the 21st century. Inspired by East-African, Jazz, and Latin musical styles, the group creates an intoxicating blend of sounds that called, ‘a gentle groove with carefully rounded edges.’ Mezmur’s stylistic revival echoes that of the famous Buena Vista Social Club, in its goal of bringing back the glories of lost traditions.”
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