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GOLDEN SERENADES: Hammond Pops CD (3DB 005CD) 15.50
Originally released in 2009. After working hard to revitalize the art of instrument bashing, Norway’s Golden Serenades has turned towards newer hunting grounds: the organ. The queen of instruments — or more specifically, the instrument as it sounds in the hands of organ master Sigbjørn Apeland — is the starting point for GS’s sonic experiments on Hammond Pops. The result is a drone piece of highest quality. Slowly developing, massive sound breaking in and out of the source material from the organ. Always moving towards the next peak, always pushing for a new color in a sea of noise, this album ensures an intense sonic experience, delivered by some of the best ears in Norway. Members include Jørgen Træen (electronics), John Hegre (electronics) and Sigbjørn Apeland (organ).
GJERTSEN, R.S.: Grains CD (3DB 007CD) 15.50
Originally released in 2009. The music of Ruben Gjertsen is a flow of sounds; bits, pieces, fragments put together so beautifully that it seems to be created in one consecutive stream of thought, a relentless mental effort from first to last sound. Exploring his scores we find proof of the opposite. They provide layer upon layer of information, connections and anecdotes. Behind this almost over-communicative surface, the composer comes across as an eclectic character. Strict structural control and computer-aided composition seems to co-exist happily with improvisatory materials bordering on the burlesque. The result is a chamber music that sounds full, almost orchestral in one moment only to dissolve into translucence in the next. Throughout Gjertsen’s music there is one common focal point: the will to redefine the concept of a good sound. As the composer doesn’t subscribe to a fixed compositional school, his music is neither spectral, serial nor neo-complex. It is simply colored by an ambition and an ability to shape the sound of acoustic instruments down to the last sample. Musicians include: Friedrich Gauwerky (cello), Jeanne-Marie Conquer (violin), Alain Billard (bass clarinet), Jean-Christophe Vervoitte (horn), Dan Styffe (double bass), Catherine Bullock (viola), Birgitte Volan (harp), Torbjørn Ottersen (percussion), Terje Viken (conductor) and Ensemble Ernst Thomas Rimul (conductor).
VA: Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them 4LP BOX (3LOBED 080LP) 80.00
“Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them is a 4xLP box set featuring full sides of previously unreleased and new material from: Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Comets on Fire, Eternal Tapestry, Steve Gunn, Mouthus, D. Charles Speer & the Helix (one half of a side) and Wooden Wand (one half of a side). Only 700 copies of this set will be made available for sale to the public.”
COSMIN TRG: Simulat CD (50 003CD) 15.50
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. Made up of 12 new tracks, each has been exclusively produced for the album while CD-only track “Fizic” is to be the lead single. 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.
YOUNG’S FUEL, LARRY: Spaceball LP (ARISTA 4072LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1976, Spaceball reached uncategorizable heights of cosmic jazz-funk. Catch the title track, a funk assault with orgasmic wailing, and “Moonwalk,” where exotic percussion falls perfectly in alignment with a tripped out groove.
STYLISTICS, THE: You Are Beautiful LP (AV 69010LP) 11.00
1975 release from Philly soul legends The Stylistics, arranged & conducted by Van McCoy. Tracks include “Funky Weekend,” “Jenny,” “That Don’t Shake Me,” Na-Na Is The Saddest Word,” Michael Or Me,” “The Day The Clown Came To Town” and “To Save My Rock ‘N’ Roll Soul.”
METRONOMY: The English Riviera LP (BEC 5772894) 23.00
Metronomy present their third album The English Riviera. The follow up to 2008’s critically-acclaimed Nights Out, The English Riviera is a sonic progression of epic proportions and affirms Metronomy front man and producer, Joseph Mount, as a rare British talent. Since Nights Out, the band have swollen to a four-piece with new members Anna Prior on drums, Gbenga Adelekan on bass, original member Oscar Cash on keys/sax, and Joe himself on vocals, keys and guitar. This expansion of personnel is reflective of a new record that is mapped by vast soundscapes, incredible depth and warmth, and big pop hooks. Part love letter to the area of Devon coast Mount grew up in and part concept album about his own semi-fictionalized vision of The English Riviera, the tone for the album is set by the opening sounds of seagulls, distant waves and a Music Hall string quartet. However, any notion of whimsy is swiftly dispelled, as the seismic bass line of “We Broke Free” shudders and ushers in waves of layered guitars and synths. Having produced and remixed everyone from Roots Manuva to Kate Nash an album from Nicola Roberts, this is the first Metronomy album that Mount has taken out of his bedroom and recorded in a proper studio. The results are telling. Characterized throughout with a sense of warmth and richness, The English Riviera is in parts reminiscent of seminal 1970s West Coast studio albums from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, but due to Mount’s studio wizardry, the record sounds vibrant and entirely of its time. Few other albums will so successfully transcend such a plethora of influences and ideas and form such a coherent body of work.
SPANK ROCK: Energy 12″ (BNR 065EP) 12.00
Spank Rock aka Naeem Juwan touch ground with the sophomore full-length, Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar. Featuring production mostly handled by Boys Noize in addition to single-shot offerings from the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams, original Spank Rock producer XXXchange, super-producer Mark Ronson, as well as Sam Spiegel aka Squeak E. Clean of N.A.S.A. and Chris Rockswell. “Energy” ditches synthetic sheen to sample Can’s “Vitamin C.” Remixes by Jan Driver, Win Win and The Glimmers.
VA: Audible Approaches For A Better Place 2CD (CSIDES 008CD) 20.00
C.sides asked ten diverse artists and bands to create exclusive new works, sharing one goal: to make a humble contribution toward making this world a better, more just and beautiful place simply by doing what they can do best: make art and create music, and to embark on a mission of re-exploring the notion of meaning and impact in and through music. C.sides provided only general guidelines to participating artists regarding the project’s concept and an intended timeframe of 10-15 minutes for each piece, in order to allow the artists to develop an idea beyond the limitations of a “regular track.” C.sides also encouraged artists to work with different musical means than they usually would. The compilation consists of studio versions of the works. The opening track features a first-time collaboration between German electronic producer Glitterbug and Israeli-Palestinian Arabic soprano opera singer Enas Massalha. “The Sky Fell Silent” was conceived and recorded during the early days of the “Arab Spring,” a time of civil uprising and revolutionary demonstrations that triggered a personal investigation of transition and uncertainty, a free-falling of music and words into an unknown fate or future. Eliad Wagner, an Israeli musician, composer and programmer, takes an Arp 2600 on an arpeggio journey on “Exile,” an analog downpour rolling and building playfully in tear-wrenching beauty. Christian Löffler’s “Cast” weaves text, animation and sound into a delicate web of scattering emotion. Khan’s track is a meditative work that builds over ten minutes and tells the story of the centuries old Turkish-Armenian cymbal makers, Zildjian. Documenting, filming and recording ventilation points, aerating tunnels and air conditioners, Gold Panda created a musical breathing machine, “Air.” His elongated, faint exhale is embellished with sonic disturbances of glitches, cracks and clicks filled with the amiable charm of his digital errors. Brand Brauer Frick’s track drops precise musical structures, toying with the borders between perfect control and total eruption. John Kameel Farah is a virtuosic keyboardist simultaneously using piano, synthesizer and computer sequencing, merging improvisation, Middle Eastern texture, baroque counterpoint and electro-acoustics. Jasmina Maschina created a participatory approach, providing musicians with four notes; E, G, A & B. The musicians could perform them in any variation, duration and register. Glitterbug’s vocal edit of “The Sky Fell Silent” turns Enas Massalha into a self-replicating choir and Efterklang’s Casper Clausen joined Mads Brauer and filmmaker Karim Ghahwagi to create a new collaborative audio-visual work.
CASSIUS: The Sound Of Violence Remixes 2011 2×12″ (CASS 004EP) 20.00
This EP comes out of a Cassius private stock mix, done by Argentinean producer Franco Cinelli. From these elements and knowing they always wanted to do their own dub version of this forever favorite Cassius track, the Cassius label decided to ask another couple of great producers for their remix and put it out as a summer goodie. The very first one they asked was Luciano, one of their favorite DJs in the world. Also includes one by Aeroplane.
PARKER, WILLIAM: Crumbling In The Shadows Is Fraulein Miller’s Stale Cake 3CD BOX (CENT 1005/7CD) 26.00
“A strictly limited/one-time only edition of 1000 copies (987 to be exact) specially designed box set containing 3 albums of William Parker solo bass compositions/performances in full tandem with a 48-page booklet of all-new William Parker writings (poems, dreams, meditations and more). Very powerful and profound music and words, through and through. The two principal discs contain new works studio-recorded in August 2010; the third disc reissues Parker’s first solo bass album, Testimony, which was originally released in 1995 and has been long since out of print.”
JEAN, LAURA: A Fool Who’ll CD (CH 078CD) 15.50
The first sound you hear on A Fool Who’ll, the third album by transcendent Australian songwriter Laura Jean, is something never before heard on a Laura Jean record — it’s the sound of an electric guitar. A Fool Who’ll was initially intended to be an acoustic album, much like its acclaimed antecedents Our Swan Song (2006) and Eden Land (2008). Laura moved to a cottage in Victoria’s Central Highlands in 2009 to write, but despite composing on her trusty steel string, the songs just didn’t sound right. It was then that Laura remembered her pastel yellow guitar. “When I’d pictured myself playing an electric, I’d always imagined I’d go for a Strat or a Telecaster,” she says now. “But somehow, the crunch, the almost brattinesss of the SG, seemed to impart something to the songs that they needed. And the ridiculous color was kind of perfect as well.” You could say Laura Jean went to the country and came back with a rock record. Opener “So Happy” surprises with its thunderous drums and dueling saxophone solos, but there’s no rock posturing here. A Fool Who’ll is a dark album, claustrophobic and even menacing at times, but suffused with a fierce beauty that is pure Laura Jean. She thinks of it as the dark twin of her first album. “Our Swan Song is about naivety, while Eden Land is about coming of age,” she says. “A Fool Who’ll is about realizing we’re at the mercy of factors that we can’t understand or control, but learning to surrender to that unknowing.” A Fool Who’ll was recorded with Melbourne engineer Simon Grounds, whose CV spans from ’80s Oz classic My Pal by God, to recent records for the likes of Kes Band and Teeth & Tongue, as well as Laura’s 2006 debut. They recorded at Head Gap and Dollhouse Studios in Melbourne, but then sent the tracks to Canada to be mixed by the renowned Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, New Pornographers) and mastered by the equally esteemed Peter J. Moore (Neil Young, Joni Mitchell). Her band is the Laura Jean Trio, featuring longtime collaborators Biddy Connor (viola, piano accordion, keyboard and vocals) and Jen Sholakis (drums, guitars and vocals). Guest spots on the album include a duet on “Spring” with Paddy Mann, aka folk eccentric Grand Salvo, and the gorgeous harmonies of “My Song,” sung with Magic Silver White’s Jojo Petrina and Monica Sonand. A Fool Who’ll is a landmark album for Laura, a reinvention of sorts, but also the starkest and most concentrated expression yet from an artist who grows bolder with each release.
O’CONNOR, GEOFFREY: Vanity Is Forever LP (CH 088LP) 14.50
LP version. Vanity Is Forever is Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name, and his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet. O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world that is at once ethereal and strikingly vivid. With a combination of restraint and fearless abandon, O’Connor embraces the conflicts of modern love in a manner as ambiguous as it is blunt, and as shameless as it is generous. His songs indulge in ecstasy, love, pride, failure and all the glamorous contradictions they become. He is both an adult with a juvenile mind, and a geriatric in the body of a young man. Painstakingly refined over two years, Vanity Is Forever is O’Connor’s most fully-realized album to date, an epic pop melodrama that shifts seamlessly between seductive, high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry. Recently, O’Connor has mesmerized audiences with an extravagant live show of dueling synthesizers, lasers, light sculptures and hypnotic projections. His diverse solo output — under both his own name and previous solo moniker Sly Hats — has seen him handpicked to support the likes of Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman, School Of Seven Bells, Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit.
LAWRENCE: Timeless CD (CORMIX 035CD) 17.00
Being Germany’s Gateway to the World, the port city of Hamburg always had a special affinity for America. So, it’s not surprising that Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence has had a deep musical and spiritual relationship with the Detroit techno aesthetics for more than ten years now. His label Dial Rec, which he runs together with Carsten Jost, stands more than almost any other European address for the value-conscious cultivation of high-quality, melancholy techno. After seven albums under his producer aliases Lawrence and Sten, Kersten now continues the perfection of his sound vision also as a DJ in a congenial way. Timeless is far away from the dictate of the dogmatic obligation to the currentness that DJs have to face nowadays, but celebrates electronic dance music as a timeless sensual component. With instinctive certainty, Kersten covers 16 years of living club history without ever losing sight of the acoustic “here and now,” or even becoming the slightest bit anachronistically nostalgic. Instead, under his sensitive hands, milestones of minimalized deep house like “Forever Monna” by Chez Damier, Ron Trent and Stacey Pullen (1995) or the 1999 club hit “Overcome” by Thomas Melchior/Baby Ford come together with contemporary and intensive homages to Detroit techno like Smallpeople & Rau’s “Life Aquatic,” Delano Smith’s “My Life” or Pigon’s fantastic dub tech romance “Beatmatching” in a wonderful way. Besides that, the mix features such well-known names such as Aril Brikha, Isolée, The Ifach Collective and Robert Hood, before Roman Flügel sets a wistful final chord with “Brian Le Bon,” a track based on Duran Duran’s masterpiece “Save A Prayer,” and Plaid finishes the mix with the crystalline “OI.” Lawrence’s mix literally breathes the serenity of a light-flooded Sunday morning somewhere between a modernist city and a forest glade, and thus gives his global artistic approach a suitable dimension. Other artists include: Soul Capsule, Schatrax, RVDS, Morphosis, Mike Dehnert and Plaid.
BAND OF PAIN: Sacred Flesh CD (CSR 033CD) 16.50
Originally released in 2000. The soundtrack was written by Steve Pittis’ Band Of Pain, creating a very dark, brooding atmosphere to compliment Nigel Wingrove’s film. Originally including a 16-page booklet depicting explicit scenes from the film, pressure from the distributors forced the artwork into a revised 4-page version. Sacred Flesh is dark journey into realms of mental anguish and repression; a very black ambient soundtrack. This is Band Of Pain working in the medium to which it’s most suited. An incredible album with massive demand from both film and music buffs.
VA: We Bring You A King With A Head Of Gold 2CD (CSR 100CD) 19.50
The follow-up to the award-winning folk compilation John Barleycorn Reborn from 2007. Thirty-four tracks and 146 minutes of music from the best of current British folk artists. CD1: Barron Brady, Cernunnos Rising, Corncrow, Dragon Spirit, Drohne, Emil Brynge, Kate Harrison, Kim Thompsett, Laienda, Magicfolk, Mama, Philip Butler & Natasha Tranter, Sproatly Smith, The Rowan Amber Mill, Tinkerscuss, Tony Wakeford, Touch The Earth And Wyrdstone. CD2: Autumn Grieve, Beneath The Oak, Demdyke, Ian McKone, Jennifer Crook, John Parker, Rattlebag, Relig Oran, Richard Masters, Ruby Throat, Sedayne:Sundog, Telling The Bees, The Fates, The Hare And The Moon, The Kittiwakes and Venereum Arvum.
VON THRONSTAHL: Conscriptum 2CD (CSR 118CD) 19.50
Double CD of rare, alternative versions, new and unreleased material from German martial industrial legends Von Thronstahl! The sounds on Conscriptum range from orchestral to industrial, neo-folk to military-pop and martial rock, all with the unmistakable, unique sound of Von Thronstahl. This is definitely a release for fans of the early “classic” Von Thronstahl sound, which gained them the solid reputation they have today and could be considered a companion piece to E Pluribus Unum. Around 140 minutes of fantastic music presented in a luxurious 6-panel digipak.
FIRE IN THE HEAD: Confessions Of A Narcissist CD (CSR 120CD) 16.50
Confessions Of A Narcissist marks the final full-length release by Fire In The Head, ending six years of sonic warfare with an assault of manic, self-indulgent industrial electronics. Drawing as much influence from early punk/hardcore as from industrial/power electronics, F/I/T/H was conceived as a cathartic outlet to explore and ratify the delusions and social perversions resultant of psychosis and the darker side of man’s conflicted dual nature, to fan the flames which engulf the borders between obsession, compulsion, lust and need. The tracks on this release were recorded in 2007-2008 and are the last of the “short, sharp, shock” vocal tracks which Michael Page abandoned in favor of “epic” length industrial/ambient compositions. Features guest appearances from Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni) and J. Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), with exclusive artwork from Blinko.
GOATVARGR: Black Snow Epoch CD (CSR 126CD) 16.50
The second unholy union of Lord Nordvargr (MZ.412, Folkstorm, Toroidh, etc) and Goat (USA). The first covenant of Goatvargr was baleful, lycanthropic and lethiferous. A rejection of the techgnostic kingdom and circuitry idols which seduce our era. The downfall of light has brought a world of coldness. This Black Snow Epoch is a time to honor our forbears such as MZ.412 and the elements of flesh, wood and alchemical steel. Industrial loops and analog keyboards merge with sheet metal and chains to create a solemn winter hymn where the cold steel stings your flesh. The wolf instinctively hunts through the frost, and the goat is blamed for human transgressions, yet during the Black Snow Epoch, the true hunters will pursue. Presented in a jewelcase with foldout poster cover.
TENHORNEDBEAST: Hunts & Wars CD (CSR 130CD) 16.50
TenHornedBeast’s third album for Cold Spring Records is titled Hunts & Wars. Recorded over a three year period from 2006 to 2009, this album introduces subtle changes to the established TenHornedBeast sound, with shorter, delicate interludes separating longer tracks that rage with heavy distortion and doom-drone barbarism. Hunts & Wars progresses the established TenHornedBeast sound using leaden, sub-tuned bass guitar to create rhythms and riffs that dominate a battlefield of vast ritual percussion and droning walls of electric dissonance, creating epic and expansive textures that by turns burn with frost and freeze with fire. Heavily influenced by the oneiric visions of Robert E. Howard and Lord Dunsany. Hunts & Wars seeks to evoke the elemental, anti-modern fantasias of these writers and is presented in a lavish digipak designed by noted American graphic designer Kevin Yuen (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room) to its full grotesque glory. The days have come when the steel will rule. Titans arise, monuments fall. Ballads of victory and defeat are sung aloud as from the highest steps we are swept on to the eternal Hunts & Wars. Presented in a 6-panel, spot metallic finish digipak.
MZ.412: Burning The Temple Of God CD (CSR 140CD) 16.50
This is the ultimate statement in Swedish black industrial, summoning forth the act’s controversial black metal side and recalling the Norwegian church burnings of the early ’90s. Nightmare-inducing ritual old school industrial, alongside raw black metal, this album has been hailed as one of the greatest albums in the genre by noise and black metal fans alike! It could actually be considered the first real crossover album between the genres. Remastered and extended version of the 1996 album with bonus tracks (“Taking The Throne Part 2” and “Untitled”) and alternate takes culled from the original masters. 61 minutes of music housed in a matte laminate digipak with spot varnishing.
MZ.412: Nordik Battle Signs CD (CSR 144CD) 16.50
Another Satanic tour de force from the overlords of Swedish black industrial. Nordik Battle Signs is a disturbing ordeal of power electronics, malevolent vocals and industrial noise with an explosive harshness. This Satanic ritual features the militaristic drumming of an infernal army, a collaboration with Ordo (Rosarius) Equilibrio and one track featuring voice-based noises from the band’s fan-base. Remaster of the 1999 album with new artwork, drastically improved and completely remastered audio and 4 extra tracks (including the spectacular completed version of the long-deleted Legion Ultra 7″) in a matte laminate digipak with spot varnishing.
MEYER, CLEMENT: Sweet Insanity 12″ (CORR 003EP) 12.00
Clement Meyer is all about decadence, armed with a distinct vision for the dancefloor that goes against the grain of tired dance music trends. The DJ, producer and Get The Curse Music boss has shaped a dark and timeless sound which has certainly not gone unnoticed by top industry players, the press and last but not least, clubbers around the globe. He now joins Correspondant, with a nod to his Parisian roots. Techno remix by Abe Duque.
STEVE BUG/PHONIQUE: Best Kept Secrets 3 2×12″ (DES 017LP) 20.00
2×12 version of the third volume of Dessous’ Best Kept Secrets compilation series. The Exclusives version features 8 tracks exclusively produced for Best Kept Secrets 3 (artists: Steve Bug, Phonique, Tigerskin, Aram, Jamie Anderson, Owain K, Andrade, Salvatore Freda and Echonomist.
GRUPPO NPS: Nuove Proposte Sonore 1965-1972 CD BOX (DS 023CD) 20.00
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 CD box comes in a silver-foil design, complete with a 36-page booklet in Italian and English.
SACCHI, FRANCA: En CD BOX (DS 024CD) 20.00
One of the very few female composers of early electronic music, Franca Sacchi studied at the well-known RAI Studio of Fonologia in Milan in the ’60s. She developed the “En-static” principle, which included improvisation, electronic music, ritual, performance, teaching and meditation. Her music focuses mainly on sound, which is treated as raw material and endlessly explored. Sacchi’s free concept of duration and deep emotional feeling brings her closer to Eliane Radigue and La Monte Young, especially for the long and sustained tones which are suddenly turned into pulsations and gritty sound textures. Her work was also included in the seminal Broken Music exhibition in Berlin. Originally published by Die Schachtel as a limited edition LP, this lavish, golden CD box + booklet presents her best works in the field of electronic and concrete music from the late ’60s to 1972, in a fully remastered edition. CD box (digipack deluxe) in a gold-foil design, complete with a 12-page booklet in Italian and English. Limited edition of 500 copies.
DONOSO, RICARDO: Progress Chance LP (DIGI 006LP) 20.00
In recent years, Boston has become an epicenter for some of the best experimental music emerging out of the USA. A native of Brazil, Ricardo Donoso has floated under the radar until recently, but has become an integral piece of the Boston puzzle. Not only is he half of the exquisite Perispirit and the brains behind the Semata label, but he’s also a member of avant-metal outfit, Ehnare. Donoso’s previous two solo efforts were both cassettes (on Digitalis and Razors & Medicine, respectively) but Progress Chance presents an impressive leap forward into something quite unexpected. While on a hiatus from working on the score for an upcoming film, Donoso was inspired to try something new. His roots as a jazz drummer in Brazil weren’t always obvious on his previous solo efforts, but through his soundtrack work, he realized that he wanted to make a record that explored his interest in techno and more specifically, old Goa and Scandinavian trance. The idea was to strip out the four-to-the-floor beats and any drum programming and create his own version of the “morning dance music” he grew up with in the Brazilian rave scene. As Donoso explores his synthesizers in new ways, the result is something incredibly intricate yet surprisingly accessible. Through the heavy use of gates and arpeggiators, Donoso lays down a series of rhythmic counterpoints. There are certainly traces of Berlin school influence — “Baiting Disappointment” and “The Deck Of An Ancient Ship” would not feel out of place with Mirage-era Klaus Schulze. Yet Donoso finds his own voice, figuratively and literally. Ghostly whispers and incantations drift in and out over the polyrhythmic layers of synthesizers like radio waves from the grave. “Conditional Formatting (Descent)” feels timeless with its gradual build-up and hopeful repetition while “Chrome Decadence” is over-the-top without being gauche. Even with the newfound hints of positivity prevailing, there is still something vaguely austere creeping in on “Morning Criminal.” If you’ve fallen under the spell of Leyland Kirby’s Intrigue & Stuff series, or if you’ve been drawn in by the many different shapes and colors thrown out by a new generation of producers messing with dance music templates — this album will rule your world. 500 copies only, cut to vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin.
SIMONE, NINA: Forbidden Fruit LP+CD (DOK 212LP) 26.00
“When Nina Simone signed to Colpix in 1959 she was granted complete creative control over her music. This new freedom gave her the ability to explore new subject areas, particularly themes dealing with Civil Rights. Songs like ‘Work Song’ on 1961’s Forbidden Fruit gave an inkling of the maelstrom that was to come, when she would become a veritable force to be reckoned with, making white audiences squirm in their seats with her harsh condemnation of American apartheid.” On 180 gram vinyl with a CD version of the entire album.
BROWN AND HIS FAMOUS FLAMES, JAMES: Try Me! LP+CD (DOK 305LP) 26.00
“After the Famous Flames’ initial success with their ‘Please, Please, Please’ single, they spent the next few years floundering and even risked being dropped from their label. That all changed in 1959 when Try Me shot to the number 1 slot on the R&B charts, becoming the top-selling R&B single of the year! This was the beginning of James Brown’s uncontested reign as the Godfather of Soul!” 180 gram vinyl with a CD version of the entire album.
KEROUAC, JACK: The Beat Generation According To Jack Kerouac 4LP (DOY 006LP) 72.00
“After several years spent searching for a publisher for On The Road, in 1957 Jack Kerouac’s fortune finally changed as he literally became a star overnight, thanks to rave reviews by the New York Times and others who heralded Kerouac as the voice of a new generation. It was during this initial period of fame (1957-1959) that Kerouac also recorded a trio of albums. His first effort, Poetry For The Beat Generation, was recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1957 with soon-to-be pop icon Steve Allen on piano. The album was not released, however, until 1959 due to controversy over the album’s racy content. Despite this controversy (or perhaps because of it) Kerouac was asked to make another album, Blues And Haikus, soon afterwards. This time Kerouac chose musician friends Zoot Sims and Al Cohn to accompany him, and this rapport resulted in a much more cohesive effort. 1959’s Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation, on the other hand, is an entirely spoken word piece. Here Kerouac freely improvised on his own writings, using his own voice as an instrument. While the first three albums were actual albums, The Last Word is a collection of outtakes from the Blues And Haikus sessions, a recording of a college lecture given by Kerouac in November 1958, and an appearance he made on a popular television show in November 1959. This deluxe 4LP comes in a ‘book style’ sleeve, with each ‘page’ containing one of the four albums and a reproduction of each album’s original artwork.”
AARDVARCK: Anti Concept EP 12″ (EAT 025EP) 12.50
12″ on white-colored vinyl featuring 9 tracks from Aardvarck’s third full-length album for Eat Concrete.
AARDVARCK: Anti Concept CD (EAT 026CD) 17.00
Aardvarck returns with his third full-length album for Eat Concrete Records. Anti Concept showcases a taste for deep ambient and minimalist soundscapes, dub, Detroit techno and bass-heavy beats, mixed into a perfect flow. As the title suggests, Anti Concept leaves aside musical genres and focuses on atmosphere rather than style. Aardvarck carefully and patiently builds his own world of sound, adding layers and complexity with each track, sampling favorite artists such as Jon Hassel, Fennesz, Talk Talk and the odd dub 45 along the way. These 27 tracks bring mostly new material but also contain some of his earlier works on previous Eat Concrete and Bloom releases, highlighting some of his most impressive output.
BURNS, RANDY: Evening Of The Magician LP (EW 003LP) 25.00
Three albums by Randy Burns were originally released on the ESP-Disk label during the late ’60s. The first called Of Love And War came out in 1966 and was somewhat your typical mid-’60s solo folk debut album, straight out of the Greenwich Village scene. It contained a few self-composed tunes but mostly “borrowed” songs from fellow folksters. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and occasional 12-string backing, Randy laid down a set that inspired his own writing. The third album called Songs For An Uncertain Lady was released in 1970 and already leaned much more towards Randy’s rock style in the early ’70s, when he moved on to the Mercury label. However still folky, as a whole it was much more straightforward and outgoing than the music described yet. Now, in retrospective categorized as acid- or loner-folk, ever an effort of a self-composed album in the folk-rock genre of the time is Evening Of The Magician, from 1968. Randy has a clear and warm, very distinctive voice, especially beautiful when backed up by himself on two songs. In regards to the “acid-folk” point of view, his poetic lyrics may be considered slightly psychedelic. However, his words are often used and placed oddly, therefore making the meaning of the song not instantly obvious. From a “loner-folk” perspective, the music is quite introverted due to a woolly home-recording sound. Now backed up by a small band, Randy’s music really is folk-rock in the very essence of the term. He constructed compositions that are and can only be carried out on (acoustic) guitar, the core melodies being within the suggestive chords, underlined by electric solo guitar and bass, and occasional drums, organ, piano, and flute. The album only consists of the most gentle and musically interesting songs. It has been a challenge to provide the best of sound quality for the vinyl reissue. The original vinyl was of poor quality, the original tapes were worse. Furthermore, the recordings appeared to have been panned dominantly to one channel, making it sound completely out of balance. But, with the latest technology, the album could be fully restored to the way it should sound. The audiophile will find a centered stereo image and smooth continuity of tonal beauty. Randy recently picked up the guitar and started writing again. Apart from his often ESP-Disk-related cult status, he is a very much respected member of the U.S. folk community. Now, his current followers are introduced to probably his most essential release, as collectors are offered a true gem in the best quality, ever. 180 gram vinyl LP.
UNAMI/TAKAHIRO KAWAGUCHI, TAKU: Teatro Assente CD (ERST 062CD) 13.50
“Recorded in Tokyo in December 2010, the six panel digipak features photos by noted cinematographer Akiko Ashizawa (Kiyoshi Kurosawa).”
NAKAMURA, TOSHIMARU: Maruto CD (ERSTSOLO 002CD) 13.50
“Recorded in Tokyo in January 2011, this is the long-awaited ErstSolo from Nakamura, which he’s been working on for the last two years.”
FARBEN: Xango 12″ (FAITICHE 006EP) 12.00
Faitiche proudly announces the release of the second Farben 12″ single. Xango gathers four new recordings that exhibit a sketch-like quality and make do without complex arrangements. While “Eroten Reiten Auf Einen Delphin” is based on a previously-unreleased theme by Ursula Bogner, the remaining three tracks perfectly exemplify the spontaneity and simplicity of Jan Jelinek’s current recordings. Farben’s erstwhile wish to translate the sexiness of a Burt Bacharach song into club music is taken up again on “Xango.”
BATAAN, JOE: Gypsy Woman LP (SLP 340LP) 12.00
Exact repro of this 1968 release from King Of Latin Soul, Joe Bataan. Some of his best moments of the time, including the classic jazz of “Chickie’s Trombone” and the upbeat “Gypsy Woman” and “Too Much Lovin’.”
COLON, WILLIE: Willie LP (XSLP 464LP) 12.00
Another Latin soul gem from the Fania label. Willie Colon was “the James Cagney of contemporary Latin music” at the time of this record’s original release. What that means now is relevant to how deep into the Fania label’s catalog you are.
YOKO DUO: Behaving Like A Widower LP (FAUXPAS 006LP) 25.50
It’s impossible to describe without metaphors what happens when listening to the debut album Behaving Like A Widower by Yoko Duo. Holger Zilske and August Landelius draw bright paintings with cool colors, framed by a mosaic of delicate glitches. This music comes without any irony or cynicism and guarantees a prominent place in the gallery of soulful legacy of the electronica genre for the Yoko Duo.
RUBBER BAND, THE: Hendrix Songbook LP (GRT 10007LP) 11.50
Originally released in 1969, this follows The Rubber Band’s Cream Songbook. Michael Lloyd is the producer and arranger here and it’s unclear what mysterious forces in the universe would’ve ever wanted this record to exist, but the back cover notes offer some insight: “In the rocking passages, Mike Lloyd has supercharged Hendrix’ music by including a high-flying electric organ, the only instrument missing from the Hendrix group itself, thus adding a whole new dimension to the music.” Songs include “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Fire,” “Foxey Lady,” “Manic Depression,” “All Along The Watch Tower” and “Little Miss Lover.” There’s also some sort of “Rubber Jam” track at the end that probably has a cool drum break, but no one here’s made it that far.
SALAMANDER: The Ten Commandments LP (GUESS 083LP) 25.50
First-ever vinyl reissue of this UK 1971 album, originally released on the Youngblood label. Based on The Ten Commandments, though not proven to be Christian rock itself, the album is a nice progressive pop-rock disc showing the influence of Deep Purple and The Moody Blues, with a good dose of organ, guitar and brass. Fantastic, limited reissue in a four-way foldout poster-type picture cover, housed in a deluxe PVC outer sleeve. 180 gram vinyl, newly-remastered sound from master tapes, including an insert with liner notes by Andy Morten.
STYLISTICS, THE: Fabulous LP (HL 69013LP) 12.00
Warehouse find/original copies of this 1976 release from Philly soul group The Stylistics during their post-Thom Bell phase. Tracks include “Because I Love You, Girl,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “You Are,” “Starvin’ For Love” and “You Ought To Be With Me.”
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS: Eleven Fingers LP (HB 016LP) 20.00
“The duo churns out a very strange brand of metal that would appear to share just as much, or maybe even more, with melancholy gloom merchants like Joy Division (who they have covered) and Dead Can Dance, as it does with black metal. They definitely share some of the influences of groups like Lifelover and Amesoeurs – you know, a gothy 4AD shimmer, cleanly arpeggiated guitar melodies, and vocals that don’t rely exclusively on shrieks or growls – but to compare Circle Of Ouroborus to those bands, or anyone else really, is to neglect just how unique these guys are. It’s rare that a band is able to achieve such a unique and perfectly realized vision, especially within a genre known for its dogmatically orthodox bullshit. But Circle Of Ouroborus are hardly just another band.” Housed in a gatefold sleeve with large format lyrics book.
MZ BRATT: Selecta Remixes EP 12″ (HDR 005EP) 11.00
This is a revisit of one of the biggest club tracks of 2010, produced by Redlight. The original version was supported across the board, from dubstep heavyweights such as Skream, Benga, Hatcha and Plastician, to the leaders of the eclectic DJ pack like Mistajam and Toddla T. Fast forward to 2011, and Bok Bok and Royal T join the fold to give the catchy vocals an update. Along with the original Redlight production, the Mz Bratt a cappella is also included.
TERROR DANJAH & RUBY LEE RYDER: Full Attention 12″ (HDR 006EP) 11.00
Terror Danjah presents the first step in the resurrection of his patented rhythm & grime sound. Ruby Lee Ryder’s distinctive vocals have already landed the title track on the UK airwaves, and in the boxes of DJs like Skream, Mistajam and Target. Mr. Danjah also drops “East Village,” a toast to the nights the Hardrive label hosted at the London club of the same name, and there’s also a Roska remix of the title track.
IRISARRI, RAFAEL ANTON: Reverie LP (IMMUNE 010LP) 16.00
Repressed. “Immune is proud to announce the release of Reverie, a brand new mini-LP release from Seattle-based Rafael Anton Irisarri. These are the first new recordings from Irisarri since the Hopes And Past Desires 7″ EP released in early 2009. Reverie features two brand new compositions, ‘Lit A Dawn’ and ‘Embraced’ on Side A and an amazing side-long interpretation of the Arvo Pärt classic ‘Für Alina’ on Side B. Irisarri has long been a student and listener of Arvo Pärt’s approach to composition and has always been profoundly inspired by Part’s tintinnabuli style. While working on a special ‘Day of the Dead’ performance in 2009 for the Seattle Art Museum, Irisarri decided to perform some Arvo Pärt pieces with pianist Kelly Wise. While Wise performed ‘Fur Alina’ on piano, Irisarri took some liberties with the piece and added new arrangements for drone guitar and electronics. The performance inspired Irisarri to return to his home studio and create new compositions to accompany the ‘Für Alina’ piece. Reverie features piano, drone, electronics, and bowed/treated guitar. Irisarri began experimenting with guitar bowing techniques on the Hopes And Past Desires release and continues the approach here.” On clear vinyl.
NUGENT, CIAN: Childhood, Christian Lies & Slaughter CD (INC 008CD) 15.50
2008 release. Dublin-based guitarist Cian Nugent excels here with meditative guitar compositions. Nugent’s originals (plus a cover of Buell Kazee’s Anthology Of American Folk Music staple “The Wagoner’s Lad”) are well-served in this recording of Nugent’s fourth-ever live concert. Ranging from the jug band bounce of “Baka Danse” to the eerie squeaks of “The Ceremony,” Nugent’s music boasts a rare breadth.
TRIDACT: Tridact CD (INT 002CD) 17.00
Brandon Johnson, the artist known as Tridact, has been putting together his mix of analog electronics and beats for some time. Growing up in and around Santa Barbara, California, he has recently traded the beaches and foothills of Southern California to move to the forests and mountains of Southern Oregon. After participating in various bands and other musical projects in Santa Barbara, he bought a simple set-up consisting of a midi sequencer, a sampler and a couple of vintage synthesizers and began creating his own electronic music. Over time, he built up a small studio and added some live instrumentation into the mix. In the late 2000s, he began posting some of his tracks online, eventually leading to his first release, “Light Minute,” on the Synchronicity Suite compilation on Moodgadget Records. The track was later re-released on Ghostly International’s Nocturnal Suite compilation. On Tridact’s debut album on Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal label, he creates an eclectic blend of densely layered, melodic, song-oriented instrumental tracks which combine analog synthesizers, guitars and programmed beats. The album draws from influences ranging from ’60s pop to disco, house, techno and breakbeat to make a sound that reflects a distinctly Pacific Coast experience. The album is rooted in melody and forgoes subtlety in favor of the unrestrained sound of buzzing basses and leads combined with lush, layered chords and soaring strings, all grounded in rhythms that range from potent four-on-the-floor dancefloor workouts to introspective breakbeat jams. Each track is a journey in itself, often taking the listener from melancholia to euphoria, and from serenity to cacophony and back again.
SPLIT SECS: I Am Not Loosin’ 12″ (JOLLY 003EP) 12.00
Split Secs are Alexandre Mouracade & Tk Disko from Los Angeles. TK is a founding member of DJ and production collective 40 Thieves, L.A.’s infamous Hot Biscuit parties and SF’s Gun Club events, and has played alongside Optimo, Jeff Mills, Pal Joey and Prins Thomas. Alexandre founded one of the world’s most legendary all-night dance parties named Making Shapes, playing alongside guest like Maurice Fulton, Thomas of Rub N’ Tug, Simian Mobile Disco, DJ Kaos, and many others.
STATIC: Freedom Of Noise CD (KK 060CD) 15.50
Static is Berlin-based musician and producer Hanno Leichtmann. Besides his work as a member of the trio Groupshow along with Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler, and Denseland with David Moss and Hannes Strobl, Static is his main solo project. While thinking of how to follow up his 2005 release Re: Talking About Memories (CCO 031CD/LP), Leichtmann kept busy with his many other projects. Then, during a festival for improvised music in Berlin, he struck upon the idea of working with free improvising musicians, but to deploy them in a pop context. The main collaborators for the production of Freedom Of Noise were harpist Clare Cooper, the trumpet player Axel Dörner and the saxophonist Tobias Delius. In this way, Leichtmann was able to perfectly combine Static’s loop-based methodology with the additional expressive possibilities of having all those great musicians involved. So Static was able to move freely between arrangements and improvised passages. Leichtmann also brought the following players on board to enrich the compositions: Nicholas Bussmann on cello, Zoe Irvine on electronics, Magda Mayas on organ, David Moss on voice, Andrea Neumann on inside piano, Gert-Jan Prins on analog devices, Maura Rougieux on background vocals, Clayton Thomas on double bass, Kassian Troyer on table guitar and Sabine Vogel on flutes. All these musicians help to bring the vibrancy of a full live band to the album to make for a richly detailed tapestry of sound. On top of all these talented instrumentalists Leichtmann invited the vocalists Falko Teichmann from Berlin and Yanira Castro from Madrid to sing on a number of tunes, adding to the pop element of the album. The result of Static recruiting such a diverse host of other musicians is striking. Musically, the record is extremely multifaceted, ranging from moments of eclectic pop, to experimental periods of neo-folk ambient and cut-up electronica. No doubt, Leichtmann has succeeded in his goal of creating a new direction for Static. Freedom Of Noise is a refreshing and adventurous musical journey.
DAMU: Ridin’ EP 12″ (LDN 024EP) 11.00
Damu is the newest signing to bass station Keysound Recordings. Whereas much that surrounds him is ordinary and unremarkable, Damu’s quadrant is a glittering explosion of hypercolor and kinetic movement, emotive energy and playful pulsations. “Ridin'” sounds like hypergrime grounded by crunk 808 sub-drops. “Be Free” and “Crystal Gaea” unleash a warm, UK funky-inspired glow. “Karolina’s Magic J” is perhaps one of the oddest beasts in the realm, a trippy, woozy journey into synth-led psychedelia.
SMOKE, THE: The Smoke LP (KIS 4001LP) 22.00
LP version. This legendary popsike suite was the brainchild of pop prodigy Michael Lloyd, a founding member of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Recorded in Hollywood over several months, it consists of melodic and imaginative psychedelic-tinged pop, with clear Beatles and Beach Boys influences. Poor marketing ensured low sales on its original release in April 1968, but its reputation has never ceased to grow since. Package contains historic liner notes.
DIGITALISM: Kitsuné Tabloid CD (CDA 014CD) 15.50
2008 release. This is the first release in Kitsuné’s Tabloid series, compiled and mixed by German electro duo Digitalism. These are the artists who have inspired Digitalism, including plenty of recent cuts and remixes by Mawkish, Muscles, Shazam, Zongamin, Hercules & Love Affair, Holy Ghost!, Zombie Nation, The Human League, Shadowdancer w/Spank Rock, DerDieDas, Midnight Juggernauts, The Jonson Crew, I Scream Ice Cream, Siriusmo, Calvin Harris, The Presets, Hey Today!, Hot Chip, The Kills, The B-52’s, CSS, Proxy, Decalicious, Larsz Chaptier, In Flagranti, Late Of The Pier, Metronomy and WhoMadeWho.
VA: Kitsuné Maison Compilation 6 CD (CDA 016CD) 15.50
2008 release. The sixth volume in Kitsuné’s absolutely essential Kitsuné Maison series, focused on straight-up danceable gems. Volume 6 features rare and exclusive tracks from Lo-Fi-Fnk, La Roux, Pnau, You Love Her Coz Shes Dead, Ted & Francis, Digitalism, autoKratz, BeNi, Fischerspooner, Etienne De Crécy Et Monsieur Jo, Streetlife DJs, A-Trak, We Have Band, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Grovesnor, David E. Sugar, AppalOOsa, The Shoes, D.I.M. and Hot Chip.
TWELVES, THE: Kitsuné Tabloid CD (CDA 039CD) 15.50
The Kitsuné label presents the brand-new Tabloid compilation, featuring artists such as Zongamin, Two Door Cinema Club, Ratatat, French Horn Rebellion and much more. Hot on the heels of Phoenix and Digitalism, who previously selected and mixed Kitsuné Tabloid compilations, Rio’s finest The Twelves deliver not one, but two mixes on one CD: the first gathers exclusive unreleased dubs of recent The Twelves remixes, the second offers a DJ selection that compiles many of the duo’s influences into one full-of-funk eclectic mix. The Twelves have a rare ear for melody and definitely have the funk, but what is the funk actually? “Funk is a feeling. It’s that tingle you get when you play something and can’t help but move your body,” they say. Yes, after nu-disco, retro house and the rest, funk is the comeback story of 2011 and what could be better than a double mix that favors all these influences in a sunny and festive Brazilian atmosphere. Other artists include: Munk, Zeigeist, Metric, Black Strobe, Database, Reverso 68, Sasse (feat. Kiki), Chaz Jankel, Spirit Catcher, Siriusmo, Shit Robot, Pol Rax, The Paradise, The Juan Maclean, Alexander Robotnick, Fafa Monteco, Daniel Wang, Alan Braxe & Fred Falke, Tommy Seebach, Zombi and Twin Shadow.
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN: A Winged Victory For The Sullen CD (KRANK 157CD) 13.00
“A Winged Victory for the Sullen is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, and to hunt down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began in one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in West Berlin on a 1950s imperial Boesendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree. One last final session in a private studio deep in the northern cusp of Italy on a handmade Fazioli piano, and the final mixes took place in a 17th century villa near Ferrara, Italy, with the assistance of Francesco Donadello. All songs were processed completely analogue straight to magnetic tape. Their secret to harvesting new melodic structures from the thin air of existence was for the duo to push themselves to live dangerously, realizing that clear thinking at the wrong moment could stifle the compositions. The final result is seven landscapes of harmonic replicating ingemination. In ‘Requiem for the Static King Part 1’ (created in memory of the untimely passing of Mark Linkous) they have taken the age old idea of a string quartet and then shot it out a cannon to reveal exquisite new levels of mellow bliss. Of the 13 minute track ‘Symphony Pathetique,’ Wiltzie says ‘after almost 20 years of struggling to create interesting ambient drone music, I feel like I have finally figured out what I am doing.’ Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, and violinist Peter Broderick. A Winged Victory for the Sullen is not a side project. This is the future of the late night record you have always dreamed of.”
PIXELORD: Iron And Cream 12″ (LSR 001EP) 11.00
Pixelord (aka Alexey Devyanin) debuts on the Leisure System label’s inaugural 12″ with four tracks that show off his multifarious skills as a producer. While “Iron And Cream” takes off into a Deadboy-esque world of vocal fragments and a floating garage-house beat, “Cycloferon” is a nod both to uplifting hip-hop and playful 8-bit sounds. “Radiozilla” lies somewhere between the organic off-beats of the Brainfeeder crew, and “In The Mine” generates a dense atmosphere with its future garage references. Housed in deluxe die-cut jackets.
HYUN, SHIN JOONG: Beautiful Rivers and Mountains 2LP (LITA 065LP) 24.00
2LP version. Subtitled: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74. “Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions, but one that produced reverberating echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. For the first time outside of Korea, Shin’s music will be readily available to music lovers the world over. Light In The Attic are thrilled to release Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974, a career spanning compilation of the diminutive guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and talent developer. Inspired by jazz, soul, and traditional Korean music, Shin started his career in the mid-1950s, performing for US troops stationed locally after the Korean War armistice of 1953. While his English language skills were limited, the young player had no trouble communicating through his trusty electric guitar, but Shin was no mere 6-string slinger for hire, he was able to communicate something far beyond your average professional musician. Production work and extensive songwriting followed, not to mention a steady stream of electrifying performances. Gaining momentum by the moment, Shin developed popular success across South Korea molding proteges like singing duo the Pearl Sisters and folk-psych songbird Kim Jung Mi into top pop stars. From there it was hit after hit. The late 1960s rock explosion and an influx of imported music from The Beatles, Jimmy Smith, and The Jefferson Airplane all informed and inspired Mr. Shin to elevate his own craft. Even experimental trips via a crew of local hippies also took the music man to new heights despite Korean law forbidding such rebellion. Drug use was illegal and punishable as a serious offence. Park Chung-hee, then President of South Korea began to closely monitor Shin’s ‘subversive’ activities. After refusing to write a song in praise of the political leader, the musician was labeled unpatriotic and his career was instantly snuffed-out through a series of surveillance, torture, and institutional confinement. While this was not the end of Shin’s musical story, for an all-too-brief moment in Korean cultural history, Shin Joong Hyun and his talented accomplices laid down a trove of recordings that have slowly reverberated far from their native land. Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974 features Korean/English lyric translations, unseen pictures, beautiful graphic design, and extensive liner notes with Shin Joong Hyun.”
KIRK, ROLAND: I Talk With The Spirits LP (LS 86008LP) 11.50
Exact repro reissue of Roland Kirk’s album focusing entirely on flutes. Originally recorded in 1964 and featuring Horace Parlan (piano), Michael Fleming (bass), Walter Perkins and Bob Moses (vibraphone), with an appearance from vocalist Crystal Joy Albert. Otherworldly treatments of classics (Gershwin’s “My Ship”) and Kirk’s originals (“Serenade To A Cuckoo,” “The Business Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues”).
DIXON: Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 8 CD (PLAYRJC 009CD) 17.00
This is the eighth — and final — volume in the Live At Robert Johnson CD series. From here on in will only be compilations unchained and free of the rules that tempo, blending and arrangements dictate. Furthermore, it is Dixon’s guaranteed last effort on the subject matter. The Innervisions’ partner and one of the finest DJs Berlin has ever had to offer, simply outgrew the underlying system: the time restriction (70+ minutes are just not enough), the time gaps (due to the licensing and manufacturing nature of the game, it is almost impossible to be really current or represent the “flavor of the month,” if you wish) and last but not least, the interest it can generate nowadays. But as with all things Dixon one thing is for sure: attention. Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 8 is different. Not only does it highlights Dixon’s relationship with the club (a resident DJ there from day one), but also his special abilities to build a night. As with all true-born DJs, he has little difficulty in playing from dusk till dawn and through all the highs and lows on his own. Blessed with such stamina, he also knows that haste makes waste and the complete impossibility of condensing all of that to fit it onto one compact disc. So what you will experience here is the very starting point of such an excursion. Postponing the appearance of something like a kick drum for almost 30 minutes, one is led through songs that draw their inspirations from kosmische musik, ambient, and Kraut pop from various sources (Hauschka, P.Eladan, Dominique, Barnt) that slowly fade into Agoria and the likes of Axel Boman and the fascinating Cologne Tape before picking up speed with Mark E, Roman Flügel and the climax that is Âme’s Osunlade remix with Todd Terje’s spellbinding “Snooze 4 Love” on its heels. Peppered with the notorious Dixon edits and his surgery here and there, Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 8 might sadly not be the mix CD’s lonely savior, but it is definitely a testament to the fact that sometimes a little bit more effort makes all the difference. Other artists include: Ursula Bogner, Hatikvah, Kenton Slash Daemon, Magazine, Scalde and Bruno Gauthier.
MF DOOM: Operation: Doomsday 4LP BOX (MF 1104LP) 68.00
“Now, Doom’s own Metal Face Records will release Operation: Doomsday as it was intended to be heard: as a special remastered and expanded four – LP set, featuring a 32-page lyric book and a complete collection of alternate versions, b-sides and instrumentals, packaged in a collectable tin case with the iconic ‘Mask’ logo embossed onto the front. Stones Throw’s Jeff Jank, an often Doom collaborator, and San Francisco-based artist Jason Jagel, who provided the painting for Doom’s MM…Food album, were enlisted to create both an updated version of the album’s iconic comicbook style cover art for the box and a set of 10 Doomsday MCs trading cards (featuring DOOM, Kurious and others) especially for this release. Produced by Stones Throw Records GM and A&R Egon and under the watchful eyes of Doom himself, this is Operation: Doomsday as it was intended to be experienced.”
CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT, THE: 2011: A Space Odyssey CD (METAL 030CD) 14.00
The Cambodian Space Project unleash their psychedelic Khmer-rock from the jungles of Cambodia onto the rest of the world with their debut album 2011: A Space Odyssey. Since 2009, the band has taken Cambodia by storm, becoming the King of Cambodia’s favorite band in the process and the unofficial state band. They’ve even played to Hillary Clinton during her visit to Cambodia. Based in Phnom Penh, The Cambodian Space Project are fronted by the playfully charismatic and vocally gifted Srey Thy and made up of Australian, French and Cambodian musicians. A culture-clash of sorts, the band combines traditional Khmer songs and instrumentation with western rock ‘n’ roll (originally imported by American G.I’s back in the 1960s & ’70s), creating their own unique place in the musical landscape. Recorded in Cambodia, the album was made as a tribute to the musicians of Cambodia’s musical golden-age, building on the legacy of the likes of Ros Sereysothea, Sin Sisamouth and Pan Ron. Most tracks on the album were originally written for or by these three legends of Cambodian music, and CSP reworked them with a Western edge. The cross pollination of cultures is perhaps best highlighted on the track “Kolos Srey Chaom” (“Love Gold”), on which Sry Thy sings the words from a Ros Sereysothea track over Dutch rock band Shocking Blue’s classic “I’m Your Venus.” The band formed in 2009 when Australian musician and film producer Julien Poulson visited Phnom Penh looking for Cambodian musicians to work with. He stumbled across lead vocalist Srey Thy singing in a karaoke bar and was instantly taken with her. A couple of months later she was part of a band and The Cambodian Space Project was born. This 30 minute long mini-album is housed in an 8-panel digipak.
RADIO PEOPLE: Hazel LP (MEX 082LP) 18.00
“Slowly drifting over the horizon, into the realms of Mexican Summer, comes Radio People. The return of Cleveland, Ohio man Sam Goldberg’s cosmic synthesizer project is cause for fanfare of the most blissful kind — his music is, after all, a beautiful, hovering behemoth worthy of celebration. Since 2007 Goldberg has become renowned for his slew of highly collectable cassettes, CDRs and VHS on such labels as the Emeralds-curated Wagon and Gneiss Things, Weird Forest, 905 Tapes, Catholic Tapes and Tusco/Embassy, while also finding the time to found his own prolific imprint Pizza Night. Radio People appeared in 2009, producing a similar cascade of material, with Digitalis Records carefully gathering a selection and committing them to vinyl a year later. Mexican Summer is proud to contribute to this legacy with his new album Hazel, a collection of dream-like soundscapes, billowing clouds of synthesizers cut with poignant razor drones, expansive sweeping melodies and suspended harmonies. When brought out of reverie, Radio People pushes ever onward with Italo and Kosmische pulses, concise percussion and sombre vocals, but when left for a while it is always happy to melt back into music for drooping eyelids and swollen hearts. Intergalactic drama at its best and most essential.” Limited, numbered edition of 750 copies. Includes download code.
PLASTIKMAN: Arkives Reference 1993-2010 15 CD BOX+DVD (MINUS 100CD) 200.00
17 years of Richie Hawtin’s alter-ego Plastikman in one super-limited, luxurious box comprising 15 CDs, 1 DVD and a book! Richie Hawtin’s triumphant return to the stage as Plastikman in 2010 proved that his best-known alias is as innovative and as relevant as ever. Hawtin has taken Plastikman’s most classic material, originally released between 1993 and 2003, and reworked it for a truly live performance accompanied by mind-bending, synchronized visuals. Since 2003, Hawtin has been far better known simply as Richie Hawtin, the celebrated DJ and mastermind behind the M_nus label. Some fans today were still infants when Plastikman’s acid ripple first began streaming from Hawtin’s basement studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. For long-time devotees and new fans alike, Hawtin now presents Plastikman’s Arkives, a comprehensive box set that pulls together all 17 years of the Plastikman story so far, including remastered versions of all six previously-released Plastikman albums and a trove of rarities, unreleased sessions and new material. Arkives is a strictly-limited, made-to-order edition. Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 15 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with fold-out sleeves for all 16 discs, plus a 94-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly-commissioned text. The set includes newly-remastered versions of all six previously-released Plastikman albums — Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer — and nine further CDs of rare and unreleased material: Rekonstruktions collects Plastikman’s classic and hard-to-find remixes for other artists, including La Funk Mob, System 7, New Order, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, and even an unreleased remix of his own Robotman project. Replikants features all-new remixes specially commissioned for the project, in which Hawtin’s influences and heroes rework Plastikman’s back catalog. Reaching far beyond the world of techno, the disc features luminaries such as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, François Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute’s Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones. Additional CDs contain previously-unreleased material — one features the never-before heard, complete recording session from which Spastik emerged, along with an unreleased John Peel in-studio live session. Still more previously-unreleased Plastikman material follows, including the single “Slinky.” Finally, Nostalgik collects rare, out-of-print, vinyl-only editions and bonus Plastikman tracks. In addition to the CDs, Optik is a DVD of classic & rare Plastikman videos plus previously-unreleased footage of Plastikman live at Glastonbury, 1995 and Plastikman live at Mutek, Montreal, 2003. Arkives Reference also includes a digital download code redeemable at m-nus.com, which will unlock additional material not included on the CDs (or other Arkives editions), insuring that each collector receives the most complete Plastikman Arkives to date. Just as Hawtin and his crew used to cap admission to their underground parties, Arkives’ edition will be strictly limited. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the full sweep of Plastikman’s journey so far.
PLASTIKMAN: Arkives Analog 6LP BOX (MINUS 100LP) 80.00
Arkives Analog is the vinyl version on 6 pieces of 180 gram vinyl, featuring exclusive tracks taken from the Replikants remixes, plus a limited edition Plastikman poster. The set comes in a special deluxe custom box. Remix artists include: Gaiser, François K, Matthew Dear, Steve Bicknell, Berg Nixon, Dubfire, Moby, Ambivalent, Heartthrob, Carl Craig, Mathew Jonson, Psyche and Green Velvet.
GREIE GUT FRAKTION: reKonstruKtion (Baustelle Remixe) CD (MONIKA 073CD) 15.50
Following the release of their debut album Baustelle (MONIKA 069CD) in 2010, Greie Gut Fraktion, also known individually as AGF and Gudrun Gut, now present you with reKonstruKtion; a full-length album of remixes based on material taken from Baustelle and featuring remixes by Soulphiction, Jennifer Cardini, Mika Vainio, Wolfgang Voigt, Alva Noto, GGF themselves and many more. Any construction opens up the possibility of reconstruction, or in most cases even implies a need for reconstruction. The constructivist movement of the ’30s wanted to openly remove the copy-cat character from art. With the remixes of GGF’s Baustelle it’s similar; it’s about finding a different approach to good material. Through progress in technology and networking, the boundaries between producer and DJ continue to blur more and more. Remixes are an integral part of this process and the results are often pleasantly surprising, as is the case on reKonstruKtion. Both exceptional solo producers in their own right, AGF and Gudrun Gut have naturally each done individual remixes. And so the album kicks off with Antye Greie’s remix of “Drilling An Ocean,” followed closely by Gudrun Gut’s new “Rubberboots” take on “Betongiessen” (trans. “Pouring Concrete”). Kompakt boss Wolfgang Voigt presents a superb minimal rendition of the Palais Schaumburg classic which you might know if you got the Stadt Mixe 12″ that came out to accompany the original album. Mika Vainio chose to mix “Drilling An Ocean” and his industrial-noise style lends itself perfectly to the subject matter, resulting in a dark, atmospheric piece of sound-art. Natalie Beridze aka TBA delivers a fine version of “We Matter” in a cut-up electronica style. Jennifer Cardini brings a relaxed minimal-dubby twist to “Make It Work,” while Soulphiction aka Jackmate supplies a prime cut with his “Late Dub” remix of “Mischmaschine.” Barbara Morgenstern also contributes, presenting a delightful pop-mix of “Cutting Trees.” Ever supportive of new talent, Monika introduces three new female stars Donna Neda, Chra and Villinette. ReKontstruKtion presents 15 high-quality remixes spanning a multitude of styles — an exciting development and step forward from the Baustelle album.
SOLEY: We Sink 2LP (MORR 107LP) 22.00
Gatefold 2LP version featuring a vinyl etching on side D. This is the first full-length release from Iceland’s Sóley Stefánsdóttir. The bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills. Even though Sóley sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. It’s the sound of this voice that’s at the very core of her intricate compositions, tracks that flare like a bunch of magic lanterns, taking shape, growing hazy, flaming up once again, then moving on. Sóley sans Seabear is basically a storyteller who has come up with her very own wonderland. Meet her on the street and she seems rather introverted; yet, she’s far from shy in this self-created musical sphere, a sonic realm she freely expands, stakes out, reinvents, turns upside-down. Throughout the album, Sóley spins one yarn after the next; at one point, unfortunate “Smashed Birds” have to give their feathers for a new dress, while the guitar, making a special appearance, sets the tone. Elsewhere, she focuses on the moment when a dream is exposed as such, this time over a huge sonic expanse drowned in reverb. Song after song, the former student of composition manages to combine seemingly disparate elements with stunning ease — a snap of her fingers and a click of the tongue. After Theater Island, 2010’s 6-track EP, Sóley presents an album full of rhythmic, makeshift creatures, of handclaps hidden in the undergrowth, tempting us to join in. These tracks are sometimes incredibly catchy; amazingly quirky at other times: think cardigan-folk from the northern hemisphere, think Joanna Newsom minus her harp, or the CocoRosie sisters circa 2004, but clearly better-trained and less crooked. In other words: her voice, those loops moving around like wooden toys, and finally the piano — that’s the backbone, the essence of her compositions; at least until some unexpected element appears. Includes mp3 download code.
DEAD SEAL: Goldemine 12″ (MFR 039EP) 12.00
Producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dead Seal aka Derrick Boyd’s Goldemine single opens with the original version, a melodic slice of deep electronic-come-house that showcases his heartfelt vocal delivery. Droog & Inxec develop the track into a hypnotic tech workout that retains the feel of the original while adding a retro-inspired electronic feel. Sid Le Rock’s remix journeys into the realms of spacey house that is part floor-filler and part ambient masterwork. Also includes a remix by Adultnapper.
KELTERBORN, RUDOLF: Latest Works CD (NEOS 11118CD) 21.00
“Rudolf Kelterborn is the Grandseigneur under the living Swiss composers. The artists who play his works are always first choice.” Featured works: Hommage a FD (2010); Chamber Symphony 3 (2007); ich hore mich (2006); Concerto For Viola And Orchestra (2009). Performed by: Jeannine Hirzel, soprano. Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain NEC, Pierre-Alain Monot, conductor. Adrienne Soos and Ivo Haag, Piano Duo. Jessica Rona, viola. Sinfonie Orchester Biel, Thomas Rosner, conductor.
NONO, LUIGI: Risonanze Erranti CD/SACD (NEOS 11119CD) 21.00
“NEOS is developing an especially outstanding series of productions in cooperation with the worldwide unique Experimental Studio Freiburg. This release offers Nono’s Risonanze erranti not only as some kind of reference-recording: it is a real world premiere, since because of its complex difficulties it was never recorded before. Furthermore this recording matches the outrageous capacity of the interpreting artists and the technicians of the Institute, and is one of the most important works of the great Italian composer.” Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
WEINBERG, MIECZYSLAW: Weinberg Edition Vol. 3 CD/SACD (NEOS 11127CD) 21.00
“The Weinberg retrospective at the Bregenz Festival in 2010 was centred round the world stage premiere of his opera, The Passenger, but with over twenty other works it opened a door onto the incredible richness in this forgotten composer’s oeuvre. Weinberg felt compelled to compose to justify his survival from the Holocaust — the sole member of his family to do so, and his magnificent output of symphonic and chamber music is full of the melancholy and defiance that survival engendered. We are very grateful to NEOS for enabling others to participate in the resurrection of this inspired and important composer.” – David Pountney. Requiem, performed by: Elena Kelessidi, soprano. Wiener Sangerknaben, Gerald Wirth, choirmaster. Prague Philharmonic Choir, Lukas Vasilek, choirmaster. Wiener Symphoniker, Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor. Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.
ROBEDOOR: Too Down To Die LP (NNF 237LP) 14.00
Not Not Fun’s most form-destroying release from Robedoor. Seismic future-primitive energies on side-long track “Parallel Wanderer.” Continues the incarnation of Robedoor featuring MG Gengras (Personable, Pocahaunted) on drums, moog, bass and piano.
ALBRIGHT, CHARLES: Weight/I Am The Counter Culture (Drop Out) 7″ (PERM 026EP) 7.00
“We’re obviously not the only ones who’ve been anxiously awaiting a third record from Albright. And here it is?yet another blown?out, lo-fi, catchy punk jammer with loads of hooks and sweet riffs to complete the trifecta. Albright’s still a fine young man and he’s doing so well. He’s still on drugs and he’s still happy he’s a genius (and so are we), but he’s not singing about any of that on this record. This Sacto punk has brutalized us twice before, but never quite like this. The third time’s definitely a charm and even though Charles is no longer a loner he is still absolutely in charge on this one. ‘Weight’ finds Mr. A drumless for the first time ever, but the repetitive riff-tensity hides the lack of percussion pretty damn well on this wham?bam-thank-you-ma’am punker. For the B-side, Charles must’ve taken a ride on the Silver Machine, but he’s obviously still feeling mean, ‘cuz the riff behind ‘I Am The Counter Culture (Drop Out)’ sounds quite a bit like a certain Hawkwind jam we all know and love. But this ain’t no cover song, ‘(Drop Out)’ stands on its own as a killer psychedelic punk number for the ages. This incredible single is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies and precedes the sure to be mind melting debut full-length due out this Fall. Turn on, Tune In, and ‘(Drop Out)’ while supplies last.”
KING BLOOD: Eyewash Silver LP (PERM 027LP) 16.00
“In late 2010 a record came out of nowhere and blew our minds. That record was Eyewash Silver by King Blood. Unfortunately, it was issued in a limited edition of 100 copies and it disappeared faster than a fugitive at a busted up coke party. Eyewash Silver is an incredible, dumbed-down, shit-fi, riff-drenched instrumental psych record that will KILL fans of Wooden Shjips/Les Rallizes Denudes. This limited reissue contains the same astounding sounds as the original pressing, but the artwork has been glorified. Each one of these 300 copies was lovingly hand-assembled, diligently hand-numbered, and carefully handled by Permanent staffers.” “Little anonymous fuzz guitar rudiment blowdown from ex-Snake Apartment guitarist Ryland Wharton (also the man behind the excellent Skulltones and Twonicorn labels). As King Blood, he lays down eight instrumental four?trackers rendered over a three-year period, nothing but guitar, bass and cymbal to keep time, and in that space the artist gets real, with simple themes repeated in a noisy, low-rent, yet meditative space. For as thick as these vibes get, the music itself is not necessarily aggressive, which is why these big, billowing songs sound gentle and bluesy and introspective, even in the overblown treatment most of them receive. Early Wooden Shjips or the Purling Hiss LP (and above all, Les Rallizes Denudes) would be good signposts for this album, but without the obvious psych moves like wah-solos and acid burn motifs, or the heavy drumming to keep time; King Blood wants to get you down by volume, and in that it is a drifting, uncompromising, diffuse and very loud success.” — Doug Mosurock, Still Single/Dusted.
VA: If This Is House I Want My Money Back 2 EP1 12″ (PERMVAC 084-1EP) 12.00
Teaser 12″ for a forthcoming compilation with brand new and exclusive tracks by John Talabot, Session Victim, Jacob Korn & Cuthead aka Kornhead and Pional. All of these artists seem to work from very different angles at first glance, but they are all unified through a certain back-to-the-roots vision of house music that is more inspired by the time when DJs cut the rhythm sections of the records one after another to create a steamy and sweaty atmosphere.
VA: If This Is House I Want My Money Back 2 CD (PERMVAC 084CD) 15.50
Since there weren’t any refund demands after the first issue of the compilation If This Is House I Want My Money Back, Permanent Vacation’s Tom Bioly and Benji Fröhlich dared to compile a second volume almost two years after the first one. Two years, during which the continuing resurrection of house music, and all its children reached its temporary peak. From the East Coast of the U.S and the shores of the Spree to the heart of Spain and Eastern Germany, a bubbling, hypnotic and often moderate-tempo variation of house is bursting onto the dancefloors. The concept of the compilation is very simple: Benji Fröhlich and Tom Bioly asked their favorite producers if they could contribute with an exclusive track on the compilation. All of these artists seem to work from very different angles at first glance. But they are all unified through a certain down-to-earth and back-to-the roots vision of house music that is more inspired by the time when disc jockeys cut the rhythm sections of the records one after another to create a steamy and sweaty atmosphere through the whole night, rather than the streamlined excrescence of house music that got popular in the era of the super clubs. Luckily, almost everyone was up for it and found the time to come up with a new track. And there are even two new pairings of artists: Soul Clap and Trickski teamed up for a slow house bomb. The other couple is Jacob Korn together with Cuthead. Together, they morphed into the double-headed mythical creature Kornhead, who can kill you with a single groove. Also, two brothers from different mothers John Talabot and Pional, both individually resurrect the faith in new house music that doesn’t sound like clones of the old masters. Furthermore, Beautiful Swimmers make their first release outside of their Future Times homebase and Slow Hands expresses his feelings with “Kreuzberg Blues.” Which leads us directly to the big Berlin resident crew consisting of Hunee, Mano Le Tough and Session Victim . Next, Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt bewitch us with “Roamer.” This time, Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly also seized the chance to participate in the compilation with their own project Permanent Vacation and an edit for the epic “Sightless Brightness” by the ever-innovative Contra Communem Opinionem.
CYCLOBE: Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window CD (NAOS 001CD) 19.50
This is the long-anticipated third album by Cyclobe. Essentially a duo comprised of Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower, Cyclobe have created a thrilling and compelling collection of music, which moves effortlessly from realms of cavernous cacophony to moments of blissful delicacy. The first new Cyclobe music to surface since their “death-concréte” missile Paraparaparallelogrammatica (an album made in collaboration with Nurse With Wound), Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window showcases major new developments, with contributions from Thighpaulsandra (synthesizer/piano), John Contreras (cello) Cliff Stapleton (hurdy-gurdy), and Michael J. York (duduk/pipes). Together, they’ve created an immersive pan-psychedelic dream warren, rich in detail and surprise. Opener “How Acla Disappeared From Earth” rides on celestial waves of shimmering synthesizers and vocals, with York’s duduk providing rhapsodic arabesques. The album’s longest piece, “The Woods Are Alive With The Smell Of His Coming” (which was premiered in the United Kingdom at The Tate Gallery St. Ives, as a part of the exhibition “The Dark Monarch: Magick and Modernity In British Art”) is a 17-minute pagan opus which fully manifests Cyclobe’s flair for endless invention, developing from a subtly-shifting percussive motif, through multiple layers and dizzying cello crescendos, into a truly disorientating sonic invocation. On “We’ll Witness The Resurrection Of Dead Butterflies (Three Moons),” Stapleton’s hurdy-gurdy transmutes into a keening blizzard of sound. The haunting “Sleeper,” with its clustered piano chords and Brown’s beautiful, disembodied vocals, evokes an elegant otherworldliness that’s finally overwhelmed by the monstrous electronic paroxysm of “Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window,” concluding the album on surges of rapturous cosmic convulsion. Thrower and Brown are well-known for their work in the legendary group Coil (Thrower played on the band’s seminal 1980s/early 1990s releases, while Brown was involved in their 21st century studio and live incarnations). Among other recent credits, Thrower plays in Unicazürn and the improvising group The Amal Gamal Ensemble, while Brown appears on Current 93’s recent, highly-acclaimed album Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain. Cyclobe’s unique and complex sound-world has been developing and mutating ever since their debut album released in 1999 Luminous Darkness and its unearthly successor The Visitors. With Wounded Galaxies, the group has not only produced their finest and most ambitious work to date, they’ve created an album which can stand tall with the year’s most innovative and exciting releases. Housed in a deluxe laminated wallet with a poster insert by Alex Rose and a 4-page booklet.
UCHIDA & THE FLOWERS, YUYA: Challenge! LP (ASH 3044LP) 22.00
LP version. Following his self-imposed exile in Britain, soon-to-be Flower Travellin’ Band leader Yuya Uchida embarked on the task of creating a hand-picked band in the hope of achieving a home-grown outfit to rival groups he’d been listening to in London. Legendary guitarist Hideki Ishima was his first recruit, followed by steel guitarist Katshiko Kobayashi and then the bravest move of all, the beautiful vocalist Remi Aso was asked to front the band, now named The Flowers. The band’s debut LP, originally released in 1968, completely changed the Japanese musical scene, featuring as it did, hard covers of Big Brother And The Holding Company, Cream and Jefferson Airplane songs, and its ground-breaking cover art, featuring the band’s members, including Miss Aso, naked in a cornfield, changed the musical landscape for ever. First vinyl reissue, includes an LP insert. On 180 gram vinyl.
LES RALLIZES DENUDES: Double Heads 6CD BOX (ASHBOX 002CD) 67.00
Between August 1980 and March 1981, Les Rallizes Dénudés (or The Naked Larryz, as the long-lost acetate they are rumored to have recorded for Virgin Records in the mid-’70s dubbed them) played seven concerts in and around Tokyo. Never officially released, illicit ninth generation cassette copies circulated in Japanese fan circles for many years, attaining a whispered, Holy Grail status amongst initiates to the Rallizes cult. High quality soundboard versions were finally released by the secretive Univive label in 2005. Three of the best of these concerts are collected on Double Heads, all recorded at Yaneura, a small club in the teeming neon teen shopping mecca of Shibuya in Tokyo. Together, these three concerts comprise a singularly pivotal moment in Les Rallizes Dénudés’ development — as well as some of the most glacially psychedelic music of their long career. This numbered, limited edition 6CD box set contains a booklet with liner notes. Digitally remastered.
TINDERSTICKS: Tindersticks (I) 2LP (PLAIN 161LP) 25.00
“A thrilling debut for one of the most original British bands of the ’90s. A romantic and elegant chamber pop masterpiece that mixes indie rock forms, the maverick pop songcraft of a Lee Hazlewood and/or Van Dyke Parks, and the dark charm and hip romanticism of Ian Curtis, Scott Walker, and Leonard Cohen. While in the UK it was named album of the year (1993) by Melody Maker, in the USA Rolling Stone wrote: ‘the 1st Tindersticks album draws inspiration from the playful narrative style of producer Lee Hazlewood, the Cinemascope orchestrations of John Barry and the twilight-zone claustrophobia of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.'” Gatefold sleeve; on 180 gram vinyl.
TINDERSTICKS: Tindersticks (II) 2LP (PLAIN 162LP) 25.00
“The second consecutive and eponymously titled double-LP refines the results of their debut and like its predecessor received rave reviews and appeared on nearly every British list of the best of 1995. Tindersticks II is another bright triumph of mood and atmosphere.” On 180 gram vinyl.
MOHANNA, NICKOLAS: Reflectors CD (CIRCA 511CD) 14.50
The Preservation label presents the second album from New York’s Nickolas Mohanna. Also working as a visual artist, Nickolas draws unique forms from the wealth of sounds found in New York’s complex sprawl and imbues them with feeling and subtlety. The sounds on Reflectors buzz with rich detail and rhythmic interplay for a work alive with beauty and mystery in its atmospheric reach. Previously living in San Francisco for a number of years, Nickolas studied with noted electronic composer Bob Ostertag, whose use of sampling and tape manipulation informs his own work considerably. Thinking of Reflectors’ pieces as “tone poems,” Nickolas juxtaposes field recordings with guitar and synthesizer treatments to refract the natural world through sci-fi vision. Finding the ground between the concrète and cosmic in summoning a curious, compelling aura throughout, Reflectors is a fascinating step in exploratory music’s ongoing dialogue between now and then. Reflectors is the fifth and penultimate work in the limited edition CD series from Preservation called Circa for 2011. Only 300 copies of each release in the series will be available, featuring a design by Mark Gowing. Each design for 2011 will be realized using a specially-created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalog number for something both fixed and random. Circa will return in 2012 with a new design model. Mastered by James Plotkin.
MARTIN & JUSTIN WRIGHT, AARON: Light Poured Out Of Our Bones CD (CIRCA 611CD) 14.50
The Preservation label presents Light Poured Out Of Our Bones, the debut for the pairing of Aaron Martin and Justin Wright. Aaron Martin is a multi-instrumentalist who has previously recorded three acclaimed albums on Preservation; Almond, River Water and Chautauqua. He has developed an idiosyncratic, singular and engaging style with his electro-acoustic compositions tracing an arc for a new kind of Americana steeped in cinematic ambience and alien wonder. Justin Wright is better known as Expo ’70. As Expo ’70, Wright has a long string of recordings dedicated to pursuing extended meditations for solo guitar that draw upon Krautrock, drone and space exploration. In blooding their collaboration on tape, recording Light Poured Out Of Our Bones at Wright’s home studio in Kansas City, Missouri, Martin and Wright combine for a work set deep with epic, foreboding resonance. Angling between wired and taut guitar serrations and slithering, loping synth textures mingling with cello, organ, banjo, singing bowls and voice, these pieces trip out on their own psychedelic reverie with a dark kind of ecstasy. Compelling and hypnotic, this is music conjuring strange dream sensations to wholly succumb to. Light Poured Out Of Our Bones is the sixth and final work in the limited edition CD series from Preservation called Circa for 2011. Only 300 copies of each release in the series will be available, featuring a design by Mark Gowing. Each design for 2011 will be realized using a specially-created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalog number for something both fixed and random. Circa will return in 2012 with a new design model.
MOBLEY, HANK: Mobley’s Message LP (PRESTIGE 7061LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1956 release featuring Barry Harris (piano), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Doug Watkins (bass), Jackie McLean (alto sax) and Art Taylor (drums).
RAS G: Down 2 Earth 2LP+CD (RAMP 045LP) 18.00
2×12″ version with CD. After his Destination There EP and digital-only album on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Ras G steps back to Ramp with his signature speaker-popping, extra-solar instrumental hip-hop with album Down 2 Earth. Residing on the left coast, Ras is godfather to the post-Dilla instrumental hip-hop movement, releasing various vinyl releases on his own Poobah label as far back as 2005, which were instrumental in the formation of the L.A. beats scene way before a Flying Lotus beat had a sniff of PVC. His dusty beats and booming bass humps are still standing tall in an often-stagnant field. Down 2 Earth is his rawest, most straight-up hip-hop release to date, sewing together dub soundsystem culture into a Donuts style beat-tape format.
PICKETT, WILSON: Miz Lena’s Boy LP (APL 10312LP) 11.00
Cut-out copies of Wilson Pickett’s 1973 album. Includes the tracks “Soft Soul Boogie Woogie,” “Never My Love,” You Lay’d It On Me,” “Two Women And A Wife,” “Why Don’t You Make Up Your Mind” and “Take The Pollution Out Your Throat.”
EVANS, DAVE: Take A Bite Out Of Life CD (BTR 065CD) 18.00
In 1976, Kicking Mule released the follow-up to Sad Pig Dance, a mix of songs and instrumentals entitled Take A Bite Out Of Life. As with Dave Evans’ first recordings, there are some fine songs on this album. Still, its standout cuts are the four instrumentals. He was one of the rare players whose command of traditional material was virtually unmatched, yet he also possessed the flair and imagination to weave elements of his time into the music, leaving the tradition richer. If you enjoy the music of Davey Graham, Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, or any of the finger-style guitar giants, then you should buy this album. If you’re not into those guys, but your ears still function, you may want to buy it anyway because this is stunningly beautiful music.
SURIANO, GREGG: Peace Of The Rock CD (BTR 068CD) 18.00
It all started for Gregg Suriano when he began writing songs in his early teens and people quickly took notice in his home town. It soon progressed beyond his local area and in 1974 he began performing his tunes in churches and piano clubs across Long Island, Manhattan and the tri-state area. His local following continued to grow and artists began to use his material in live shows and recordings. By 1977, he had won his place among the best with his song “Play The Game” at the American Songwriter’s Contest. He finally decided to record his first album entitled Peace Of The Rock, released in 1978 on the Behold Record label. Christian contemporary radio stations began playing “The Last Days” and “Where Do You Stand.” The coffee house venues were picking up on his music and he was often invited as a guest artist every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Long Island and as far away as Dubuque, Iowa. Once again in 1980, Gregg was a winner at the American Song Festival with his song, “Some Kind Of Loneliness” (which ended up on his next LP). He was then noticed by the legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach who was so impressed, that he had Suriano play piano at his restaurant every Friday night. Gregg began working with notable artists such as Kathy Triccoli, Magaret Becker, and a host of others who went onto become well-known in the CCM market. Gregg opened up for such artists as BJ Thomas and Glad. In 1983, Suriano released his second album, Single Minded Man. Songs such as the title cut climbed to #3 on the Christian radio station WLIX from the Long Island, New York area. Yacht-rockish, with funky basslines and key stabs, some congas occasionally and PLENTY of excessive sax. Dig the track “The Last Days,” which includes prescient and oddly upbeat-sounding lyrics about The End Times. Includes three bonus tracks.
LONG, DANNY: She’s Here At Last CD (BTR 071CD) 18.00
Riverman Music presents this privately-pressed 1971 Chicago singer-songwriter gem from Danny Long. “Danny Long is one of Chicago’s most important experts in the world of music. His amazing talent for blending his swinging jazz piano and vocals into the landscape of popular song has made him a favorite among music lovers in America and around the globe. His brilliant knack for choosing offbeat material and transforming it into his own personal musical statement has made him a favorite among his fans and his fellow musicians. On this wonderful album, She’s Here At Last, his hot/sweet/sensual vocals and marvelous jazzy piano playing are showcased in a mix of a popping rhythm section, dazzling horn solos, and Danny’s own great orchestral arrangements. Each song tells a fun, fascinating story in both music and words. The title song is Danny’s own heartfelt composition, a beautiful and moving tribute to his newly-born daughter, Trish. ‘She’s Here At Last’ is Danny Long at his best — exciting, magical material performed by a master craftsman of song.” –Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine; Includes two bonus tracks.
RUHNKE, CRAIG: The Craig Ruhnke Band CD (BTR 079CD) 18.00
Reissuing Craig Ruhnke’s late ’70s/early ’80s albums has been a difficult task to accomplish for other labels, but Riverman Music, South Korea has done it! 1979’s publisher promotional release Craig Ruhnke Band finally sees the light of the day. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Craig Ruhnke released dozens of singles throughout the ’70s and ’80s before switching to A&M Records where he had his biggest hit “You’re A Heartbreaker.” Eventually he launched his own Pinnacle Records which made it possible for Ruhnke to continue releasing material on A&M. There was rumored to be another publisher promotional album Reach Out in 1981, featuring several of the same tunes from The Craig Ruhnke Band album. Includes three bonus tracks.
RUHNKE, CRAIG: Just Like The Old Times CD (BTR 080CD) 18.00
Just Like The Old Times was originally released in 1982. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Craig Ruhnke released dozens of singles throughout the ’70s and ’80s before switching to A&M Records where he had his biggest hit “You’re A Heartbreaker.” Eventually he launched his own Pinnacle Records which made it possible for Ruhnke to continue releasing material on A&M. Keyboard-driven power ballads, fuelled by mellow vibes, aching, earnest vocals, and a couple of searing guitar solos. Includes four bonus tracks.
RUHNKE, CRAIG: Keep The Flame CD (BTR 081CD) 18.00
Keep The Flame was originally released in 1984. Keyboard-driven, funky lite-jams, with some spacier guitar moments, all covered over with treacle-y, swinging vocal melodies. Includes four bonus tracks.
KLEINSCHMAGER AUDIO: The Original Series EP 12″ (RRY 046EP) 12.00
After focusing more on DJing for some time, Kleinschmager Audio is back with a delicious release on his homebase, Rrygular. Wearing the technoid, housey Kleinschmager-dress, the tracks as well as his legendary DJ sets are well-concentrated and narrowed down to their core — plain, reduced and always upfront! If vinyl only had a third side.
IN THE COUNTRY: Sounds And Sights CD/DVD (RCD 2113CD) 18.00
Ambitious, epic and grand in scale, In The Country’s previous album Whiteout was an artistic triumph. Always a very powerful and exciting live act, it was only natural that a concert album should come at this stage of their career, after three studio albums and a number of Norwegian, European and U.S. tours. Originally planned as a concert DVD, In The Country invited video director Claus Arthur Breda-Gulbrandsen to bring a crew to film a couple of Norwegian shows in October 2010. Claus had previously directed two videos for Morten Qvenild’s other band, Susanna And The Magical Orchestra. Not content with merely filming these shows, Claus (and the band as well) had bigger ambitions for a more expanded type of film, of which you can see the quite stunning results on the accompanying DVD, with its mysterious Tarkovsky-like dream sequences mixed with Hipgnosis types of images. Rune Grammophon considers this to be one of the finest music films ever produced in Norway and a treatment rarely given to a jazz band of any origin. Looking like something with a much bigger budget, it needs to be said that this is a labor of love from all involved, and especially the director. Also watch out for the hidden video after the film has ended. In the meantime, the label also decided to make it a part of an “ordinary” CD package, believing this will actually mean that more people will be able to see and enjoy it. Apart from selections from all the studio albums, there are three new tracks here including a beautiful interpretation of Mark Knopler’s “Brothers In Arms.” Morten Qvenild (grand piano, electronics, vocals), Roger Arntzen (double bass, vocals), Pål Hausken (drums, percussion, electronics, vocals), Andreas Mjøs (guitars, vibraphone). DVD is European PAL format only, region free. 62 minutes, stereo, 16:9 aspect ratio.
MIRROR MIRROR: Interiors LP (RVNGNL 009LP) 18.00
LP version. “Mirror Mirror, the New York based duo of David Riley and Ryan Lucero, bring their avant-pop explorations to RVNG Intl. with the release of Interiors, the ten-song follow up to their debut album, The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness. Recorded in two parts, Interiors features the production work of Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Zola Jesus), who helped realize an expansive sound from Mirror Mirror’s home-studio recordings. The other album half, aided by Joshua da Costa’s monstrous and metronomic live drumming, was produced by Thomas Asenault and Zeljko McMullen at So Many Fields. Interiors deals in themes of secret societies, escapist fantasies, and psychological extremes. ‘Sublime Objective’ opens the album in the mind’s eye of an adventurer attempting a daring mountain climb. ‘Under the Sun’ rollicks under ray-baked guitars until it’s split in two by a cameo from SSION frontman Cody Critcheloe. ‘Dot Dot Dot’ mutates an R&B midi-bass line, before ‘Sick City’ tours an underworld of nightwalkers and plastic shamans. The acid-inflected ‘Starseed’ adapts a futurist Timothy Leary lecture, promising listeners ‘bread and dope for a thousand years.’ Album namesake ‘Interiors’ describes a recluse who shuts out worldly distractions, while the stringed cavalcade of ‘Open Wide’ leads to new psychedelic pop pastures. The album closes with ‘Overpower / Overjoy,’ an industrially flourished, whip-cracking serenade of sorts.” Includes full album download, plus bonus remixes by Kingdom, Jamstation, Virgin Voices and more.
STONE, SLY: Recorded In San Francisco: 1964-67 LP (SCP 2001LP) 7.00
Early Sly Stone live recordings. Original copies — who knows when it originally came out. Tracks include “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Take My Advice,” “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Hi Love” and “Deck Of Cards.”
PEACEPIPE: Peacepipe LP (SHAD 029LP) 42.00
“In 1995 Rockadelic released this album on vinyl. Finally here it is with all extra tracks, photos etc. on LP again. Extra heavy psych, great guitars and vocals. This unreleased late 1960s heavy guitar-psych classic is probably (along with Cold Sun), also a previous Rockadelic LP, with widest appeal among mainstream psych fans. Despite being just 3 guys with no bass player, a dense wall of hard psychedelia is erected with moments as intense as Fraction. The opening ‘Sea of nightmares’ is one of the best heavy psych tracks ever laid down, while cool remnants of teen garage and lounge/schmaltz add to the LP’s underground appeal. Powerful, non-macho vocals and Jon Uzonyi’s triple-tracked feedback guitars makes this blow away 20th Century Zoo, Savage Resurrection, Dragonfly, etc., stunning and solid.”Numbered edition of 500 housed in a heavy sleeve; 180 gram pressing; includes double-sided insert.
KING GEORGE DISCOVERY: Peace Of Mind LP (SHAD 136LP) 42.00
“King George Discovery Peace Of Mind was recorded in Sweden in 1968 with the US musician King George Clemens on guitar & vocals. A close friendship to Jimi Hendrix, who toured also Sweden in 1968, dropped many tracks from the release plan when the band was recording an album which also came out that year. All tracks who where competing with the music of Jimi Hendrix was not released, until now. A collector from England found the unknown tracks who were pressed only as a demo LP for the band. What a great find. Some tracks where placed on YouTube and collectors where starting raving about this album. It is so good, the guitar work is amazing, as psychedelic as it can get. We could release this album in cooperation with King George Clemens and we are proud to have this treasure released on vinyl. It’s just great! One of the most important release this year for sure!” Numbered edition of 500 copies in a heavy sleeve; 180 gram pressing; includes double-sided insert.
ESTRELLA DE MARZO: A Los Ninos Con Amor LP (SHAD 143LP) 42.00
“Most do not know much about music from Bolivia, like us. What’s flashing in our minds is the Andes, La Paz and flute music by Indios. But there are some great rock & underground bands such as Wara, Climax and most of all Estrella De Marzo. This album (still unknown to most collectors) is not only special because it’s from a country not many listeners know much about. This album is so great, so much underground, so unique and well crafted, that it goes into a strong competition with most ‘classic underground releases’ from South America. If you are into wild fuzz guitar ala Zappa, and if you like Kissing Spell from Chile, beautiful vocals with strong lyrics and great beats, you will love this album. The early Pink Floyd has also influenced this album. For us it was one of the big musical discoveries for this year. Every track is great, high spirit progressive underground rock, as good as it can be. This album A Los Ninos Con Amor (To Children with Love) was recorded in 1974 with, keyboards, guitars, drums, bass & vocals.” Numbered edition of 500 housed in a heavy sleeve; 180 gram pressing; includes double-sided insert.
BROWN, JAMES: Sings Out Of Sight LP (SRS 67109LP) 11.50
Gatefold exact repro reissue, originally released in 1968. Besides some covers of pop standards, this record includes the charismatic “Out Of Sight” and an early, jazzy version of “I Got You.”
MIST: House CD (SP 004CD) 15.50
This is the second official full-length offering by Cleveland, Ohio duo Mist featuring Sam Goldberg (of Radio People) and John Elliott (Emeralds, Outer Space, Imaginary Softwoods, etc.) after 2009’s self-titled debut effort on Amethyst Sunset. A suite consisting of seven complex, layered compositions shows new progression in composition and melody from the duo. From the lightning-fast, bittersweet crescendo of “Twin Lanes” to the dramatic chord progressions of “I Can Still Hear Your Voice,” House is a certain expansion in execution and construction. Tracks like “P.M.” put a new take on the long-form Mist style with cryptic alien vocoder and humid pad sounds, while “Mist House” and “Dead Occasion” reveal new, complex territories that will most certainly please fans of the previous Mist recordings. John Elliott: Moog Voyager OS, Roland RS-101, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Roland SH-101, Phasers, vocals; Sam Goldberg: Korg Polysix, Univox Minikorg, Multivox MX 202, Dave Smith Instruments Mopho. Recorded in January and February 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin by CGB, March 14th 2011. Mixed by Mist and Andrew Veres. Mastered by James Plotkin. Photography by Ashley Krantz.
BEE MASK: Elegy For Beach Friday CD (SP 005CD) 15.50
Chris Madak has been on a tangled and cryptic path toward the full realization of his Bee Mask alter ego. Now, for the first time, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel — a chance for old plans to come to fruition and for new ideas to blossom into the unknown. Elegy For Beach Friday is a personal selection of highlights from a slew of limited cassette and CD-R editions recorded between 2003 and 2010, re-imagined, re-edited, and remastered, offering both a cross-section for the uninitiated and a fresh enigma for the already-enchanted. The original documents will age on the shelves of those fortunate enough to have been in the know, and for the rest of the world, we now have this CD retrospective of Chris’ favorite time-stopping microcosmic suites. Here, the full range of Bee Mask’s sonic palette has been carefully compressed into a dazzling and infinitely dense time capsule of mind-altering Martian sound fields and psychedelic dimension-bending, bridging the worlds of Nikola Tesla and La Monte Young and giving us the ideal soundtrack for our collective walk down a dirt road into the gaseous cloud of our final days. Synthesizers, percussion, piano, guitar, tape, electronics, and max/MSP recorded 2003-2010 in Northampton, MA, New York, NY, Cleveland, OH, and Philadelphia, PA. Edited and mixed at Tranquility Base, February 2011. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, May 2011.
LATIN BLUES BAND FEAT. LUIS AVILES, THE: Take A Trip Pussycat LP (SS 101LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this Latin soul record from the Speed label. The Latin Blues Band later became known as Los Astronautas (The Moon People). This album includes their most popular track, featuring Luis Aviles, “Take A Trip.”
SPOOKY ATTRACTION FROM A DISTANCE: Sunflower Sutra CD (STAUBDIG 014CD) 17.00
Unique South African singer Juliana Venter (Mud Ensemble) and Bavarian innovator of modern music Joseph Suchy (Burnt Friedman, Ekkehard Ehlers, Reuber) present their beautifully mysterious debut album under the moniker Spooky Attraction From A Distance. Recorded in Berlin in 2010, Sunflower Sutra is a rich and diverse album — deep, fresh, harsh and far removed from any musical conventions. In Spooky Attraction From A Distance, Suchy and Venter have become an uncompromising unit that offers new concepts in combining improv, new music and folk. Their sound is unexpected and unpredictable, sensitive and emotional. With her former group Mud Ensemble, classically-trained singer Juliana Venter achieved cult status in South Africa during the 1990s. Through her activities in the anti-apartheid movement, she stood at the forefront of social and musical developments in her home country. Her outstanding musical talent led to collaborations with musicians like Robert Wilcocks (Sleeping Dogs Wake) and Phil Winter (Tunng). Joseph Suchy has played with, among others, FX Randomiz and Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars), in the group Four Square Logos as well as in the freecore group Metall-Assemblague. Next to his solo performances, he is currently working as a studio musician for, among others, Burnt Friedman and Reuber. He has also collaborated with artists such as David Grubbs, Ekkehard Ehlers and Niobe; and he was one of the founders of Cologne-based cult-improv-label Grob. Suchy composes music for theater and has released three solo albums.
SAM & DAVE: Hold On, I’m Comin’ LP (STAX 708HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Melodious, delirious funk, originally released in 1966. And on the cover: dudes are sitting on a freakin’ turtle. “If you don’t know why Sam & Dave are labeled as ‘Double Dynamite,’ just listen to the selections on this album. Listen particularly to their first Stax hit, ‘You Don’t Know Like I Know’; ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’,’ their biggest smash to date; ‘Don’t Make It So Hard On Me; ‘Don’t Help Me Out’; and ‘You Got It Made.'”
SAM & DAVE: Soul Men LP (STAX 725HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Their third studio release from 1967. Tracks include some incredibly next-level Isaac Hayes cuts (“Soul Man,” “May I Baby,” “Don’t Knock It”), as well as “Broke Down Piece Of Man” and “I’ve Seen What Loneliness Can Do.” “When the boys are singing a slow ballad, they push it out with such intensity that you feel it in every bone in your body. When they are doing a movin’ fast number, you can’t help but pick up those groovin’ vibrations. Even if you’re not usually a hand-clapper or finger-snapper, you can’t help yourself when you listen to Sam & Dave.”
SOULEYMAN, OMAR: Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts 2LP (SF 068LP) 25.50
Deluxe gatefold 2LP version. Omar Souleyman is a folk-pop singer from rural northeastern Syria. Like many Syrian musicians, he made his name as a singer for wedding parties in the region, with hundreds of cassettes and CDs documenting his performances distributed throughout the country. These, along with several studio albums, earned him legendary status in the Syrian dabke scene throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. After his 2005 breakthrough folk-hit “Khataba,” Omar gained wider recognition throughout the Arab world. After collecting his tapes for a decade, Sublime Frequencies released the first compilation of Omar Souleyman tracks to be distributed in the West. The success of Highway To Hassake (SF 031CD, 2007), and the enthusiastic online reaction to the promotional clip for his track “Leh Jani,” led to Omar being invited to tour the UK and Europe in the summer of 2009. It would be his first time performing or travelling outside of the Arab world. He and his group, comprised of two longtime collaborators — Rizan Sa’id on keyboards, and electric saz player Ali Shaker — set off on a six-week Sublime Frequencies tour with label-mates Group Doueh. By the end of 2009, Omar had proven that his unique and charismatic delivery of Syrian electrified folkloric dabke, Iraqi choubi and Arabic shaabi had the ability to appeal to the most diverse of Western audiences. His success has continued, with further tours throughout Europe, America and Australia drawing rave reviews and leaving a trail of fervor across the globe. The rise of Omar’s success has transcended the wedding halls and cassette stalls of Syria and slipped into Western popular consciousness. Despite there being no shortage of musical talent in Syria, dabke and otherwise, Omar Souleyman is the first Syrian musical export to have won the hearts of Westerners and Arabs alike on this scale. His trademark checkered khaffya, sunglasses and elegant jalaba are not uncommon male attire in the Arab world, but for years in the West, it is that exact image which has been excessively demonized. Perhaps one of the most striking achievements of Omar’s rise has been watching that iconic image transformed from comic book villainy to something positively regal. The recordings on Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts, Omar Souleyman’s fourth release on Sublime Frequencies, represent an hour of the best moments from the Western tours between 2009 and 2011, captured in striking fidelity and intensity. Fans will recognize familiar songs, as well as previously-unreleased material presented here for the first time, in what is the biggest sounding Omar record yet. Compiled and recorded by Mark Gergis.
SOUTHERN COMFORT: Southern Comfort CD (SBR 5014CD) 15.50
2011 repress. Big Walter Horton (also known as Walter “Shakey” Horton) is one of the most legendary Chicago blues harmonica players of all time, and a pioneer in the field of amplified harmonica. Recorded in the UK in 1968, and released in 1969, Southern Comfort is a superb showcase for his talents, as well as those of bassist Jerome Arnold (the Butterfield Blues Band), drummer Jessie C. Lewis (Otis Rush) and trailblazing guitarist Martin Stone (Savoy Brown and Mighty Baby). Though mostly a superb blues set, it’s best-known today for the epic closing track — one of the most mind-blowing psychedelic workouts ever recorded.
LOUDEST WHISPER: The Children of Lír CD (SBR 5030CD) 15.50
2011 repress. The Loudest Whisper originated in rural Fermoy, Co. Cork in the early ’60s. This psychedelic folk classic was recorded in 1974, and has gone on to become one of the rarest records ever issued in Ireland. The Children of Lir was a musical score, based around the mystical legend of the Irish King Lir, and his children who are condemned to live as swans. A glorious mixture of catchy melodies, soaring harmonies and biting acid guitar, it’s presented here complete with a 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and detailed sleevenotes, as well as six bonus tracks (including demos, non-album 45s and the soundtrack to the work’s original broadcast on Irish television), making it the most comprehensive edition of The Children Of Lir ever assembled.
LIGHT, J.J.: Heya! CD (SBR 5042CD) 15.50
2011 repress. J.J. Light is better known as Jim Stallings, sometime bassist with the Sir Douglas Quintet. In the summer of 1969, “Heya” — a hypnotic song with a distinctive Native American flavor — took much of Europe by storm, reaching audiences as far afield as Japan, South America and New Zealand. Yet, despite being the work of an American living in Los Angeles and signed to a major U.S. label, neither the 45 nor its attendant album would ever be released in America. They make their long-awaited CD debut here, complete with copious bonus tracks including foreign B-sides and his long-lost, never-released second LP, also from 1969. Featuring contributions from members of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Electric Prunes, Derek & The Dominos and Love, and assembled with Stallings’ close involvement, the package comes complete with detailed liner notes and many rare photos.
SOUND OF FEELING, THE: Up Into Silence CD (SBR 5045CD) 15.50
2011 repress. Up Into Silence gathers together the complete works of one of the most far-out vocal groups of all time. Touching on jazz, pop, psychedelia and the avant-garde, musical adventurers Gary David and the Andrece twins (The Sound of Feeling) forged a truly new and otherworldly form of music in L.A., releasing their debut record Spleen in 1968 on Mercury’s Limelight label. Assisted by renowned players including Oliver Nelson, Emil Richards and Paul Beaver, these recordings encompass astounding originals, radical interpretations of standards by artists such as Donovan and Paul Simon, and settings of well-known poems. The set comes complete with a booklet featuring rare photographs, detailed notes by Gary David and five previously-unheard bonus tracks from 1971.
FREE SPIRITS, THE: Live At The Scene: February 22nd 1967 CD (SBR 5084CD) 17.00
Featuring the earliest recordings of the young Larry Coryell, this short-lived quintet is widely acclaimed as the first jazz-rock band of all time. Though their landmark 1966 album captures their intense, psychedelic music well, those lucky enough to have seen them in performance maintain that their true power was only communicated live. Taped in their native NYC in February 1967, this warts-and-all live recording captures their fiery sound at its peak, with guest appearances by legendary jazzmen Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker and Joe Beck. This historically important set comes complete with detailed liner notes and rare pictures, making it essential for fans of jazz and psychedelic rock.
JONES, WIZZ: Huldenberg Blues CD (SBR 5085CD) 17.00
Wizz Jones is an undisputed giant of modern folk, and one of the finest acoustic guitarists Britain has ever produced. Though he has made numerous acclaimed studio albums, often accompanied by luminaries such as Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell and John Renbourn, he has never released a solo live recording — until now. Capturing all the ambience and spontaneity of a gig, the set finds Wizz performing both standards and originals, all the while showcasing the inimitable musicianship that has won him fans including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Includes rare photos.
BOBO & THE BO GENTS, WILLIE: Do What You Want To Do LP (SXBS 7003LP) 11.50
Exact repro of this 1971 release from legendary Latin percussionist Willie Bobo. A perfect fusion of Latin and deep funk. Tracks include “Do What You Want to Do,” “Broasted or Fried,” and “Soul Foo Yong.”
ELM: Nemcatacoa LP (SLGV 002LP) 19.00
“Originally presented as a small-run CD in 2009, Elm’s Nemcatacoa instantly cemented itself as the quintessential solo outing from Jon Porras (one half of the duo Barn Owl). It’s dark, scorching passages left listeners in awe, helping to pave the way for the band’s oncoming meteoric rise. Here we’ve presented this masterwork on vinyl for the first time ever. Pressed in a one-time edition of 400 copies, complete with brand new artwork by Mr. Jon Porras. Remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.”
NEXT STOP: HORIZON: We Know Exactly Where We Are Going CD (TR 220CD) 17.00
Next Stop: Horizon is Pär Hagström and Jenny Roos from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their music is so special that it’s difficult to explain their sound. Perhaps, Kurt Weill-esque, achingly unique, anarchic and melodramatic music of bizarre beauty, sounding archaic and totally contemporary at the same time. The band attempts an explanation: “We spent the whole winter at our own recording studio in Gothenburg, recording the Next Stop: Horizon debut album. We wanted to try out a few things that we had thought of for quite a while. We wanted to find new sounds. And old sounds. We wanted to create soundly images of who we were that specific winter. What we dreamed about. What we cared for. How we felt. Who we wanted to be. It’s all there, on the album. We recorded all the melodies we could hear in our heads and invited the finest musicians and friends we could think of to add their own feel to it, and tiny fragments of their minds. On top of that, we put a certain amount of snow and rain and wind, along with pictures of warmer places which we dreamed about. And echoes from lands so far away that no one can go there. It turned out to sound like music. Our music.”
MUFF DEEP: Enter The Muff 12″ (TART 018EP) 12.00
Tartelet label manager Emil Margetli and Copenhagen DJ Mathias Mesteño make up Muff Deep, who share a mutual interest in vintage electronic music. “Enter The Muff” is a warm, bumping and decidedly sticky affair. Laced with heavy sub-bass, organ licks, cooing soul vox and rides galore, this is intense, classic house that’ll provide the dancefloor with an elegant slap upside the head. “Steady Muffin” features piano licks, lush, organic percussion and all-out good-time party vibrations. This track embraces the Balearic summer.
FRIEDBERGER, MATTHEW: Cut It Out LP (THR 262D-LP) 15.00
“Cut It Out is the fourth album released in Matthew Friedberger’s 2011 six album series Solos. Cut It Out was made with drums and machines that play drums and things which can be made to sound like drums. Matt’s vocals are also present.”
JONES, GLENN: The Wanting CD (THR 271CD) 14.00
“Glenn Jones, a 30+ year devotee of the so called ‘American Primitive’ school of acoustic steel string guitarists, has been playing guitar since the age of 14. The Wanting, Glenn Jones’ first album for Thrill Jockey, was recorded in a fourth floor apartment on Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, overlooking the commuter train line. If you listen carefully to the record, you can occasionally hear trains going by in the background. Reuben Son recorded the album between December 12, 2010, and April 20, 2011. The Wanting was mixed and mastered by long time collaborator Matthew Azevedo. Simply put, The Wanting is a collection of original compositions for solo acoustic steel string guitar, six-string, 10-string and bottleneck, and 5-string open-back banjo.”
JONES, GLENN: The Wanting 2LP (THR 271LP) 19.00
Gatefold 2LP version with mp3 download code.
WOODEN SHJIPS: West CD (THR 279CD) 14.00
“It is easy to see why these would appeal to Wooden Shjips, as their music lends itself to exploration. It is both transformative and transporting, the sum being far greater than its parts. The steady driving rhythms are the elliptical motion machine driven by the often thick and distorted guitar lines, melodic and boundless. Where they may lead cannot be anticipated but following them is exhilarating. It is all about getting there, the destination, while the experience of getting there is an adventure. It is the guitar lines that guide both the listener and the band on the literal and metaphorical journey into the vastness. The ghostly vocals, obscured by dense layers of instruments surrounding them, are alluring with their airy mystery. This elusive quality further draws the listener in, while they attempt to grasp at their meaning. While indebted to both the psych music of the ’60s and mid-’70s, electric Neil Young, and even the induced travels of Spacemen 3, the Wooden Shjips’ music is modern and in every way their own. West is an epic journey to the edge and beyond.”
WOODEN SHJIPS: West LP (THR 279LP) 16.00
LP version with full-color innersleeve and mp3 download code.
BARN OWL: Lost In The Glare CD (THR 280CD) 14.00
“Lost in the Glare is Barn Owl’s second album for Thrill Jockey, and follows quickly on the heels of their acclaimed 12″ EP Shadowland. Like Shadowland the album was recorded to tape by Phil Manley in San Francisco’s Lucky Cat Studios. Lost in the Glare is made up of material composed over the course of a year and recorded in sessions throughout the winter of 2011. At the heart of the album’s sound is the dual guitar interaction between Caminiti and Porras, a spiraling web of interlocking gestures that give way to bone rattling, monolithic progressions and dusty drifts. The mostly finger picked guitars weave in and out of each other in precise movements that recall the hypnotic influence of American minimalists. The harmonium that was prevalent on previous recordings has been replaced on Lost in the Glare with the undulations of a Farfisa organ. The songs here are deep, cosmic excursions. Rich in dynamics, the record possesses a transcendental tone through both a densely layered combination of electric and acoustic instruments and walls of melting amplifiers and feedback alchemy. The lines between strict structure and ordered chaos blur as third-eye opening e-bowed drones explode like beams of light and corrode into crumbling distortion, baking tones that sizzle like brittle bones left in the desert sun.”
BARN OWL: Lost In The Glare LP (THR 280LP) 15.00
LP version. Includes mp3 download code.
TUNNELS: The Blackout LP (THR 282LP) 16.00
“For several years, Tunnels has been the moniker for the solo output of Nicholas Bindeman. Over time Bindeman’s sound has evolved from the slow, breathing landscapes of his earlier ambient/drone releases (Colour Seance, Vexations) to completely fried-out bedroom psych explorations (Astral Collage, In Between Dreams). The Blackout delves into a world of sound unheard of on any prior Tunnels release as Bindeman steps away from the heady guitar wizardry of Eternal Tapestry to craft a pulsing and dark record steeped in cold dread with a pop sheen. Bass lines, often the centerpiece of the song, play alongside glistening, glass slipper synths and jagged guitars, seeping like silver lined shadows into disaffected vocal incantations. Drawing on a disparate palate of sounds from various facets of electronic music, his version of a new cold wave is a sound both novel and infectious. Taking after synth pop pioneers such as Charles de Goal and Crash Course in Science, with a hint of Throbbing Gristle, The Blackout still manages to resonate with the new.”
SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON, GIL: Winter In America LP (TVT 4320HLP) 14.00
1998 release. On 180 gram vinyl. “Originally released in 1973 on Strata East. The most righteous and provocative album for one of the most influential progenitors of rap music. Cool jazz-based work with aggressive and provocative street poetry.”
VA: Bass Culture 2CD (UKF 004CD) 22.00
UKF is the biggest subscribed YouTube music channel in the UK with over 500k subscribers. This is UKF’s first physical release following UKF dubstep/drum n’ bass “digital only” albums that have sold over 100k units in the last 7 months. This is the album that will launch the “UKF Bass Culture” event later in 2011 at the 12k capacity Alexandra Palace, which will be the biggest dubstep event ever held in the UK. All the biggest acts in the scene are included here: Multi award-winning artists Chase & Status, major live dubstep act Modestep, whose track “Feel Good” was a top 40 hit, Foreign Beggars, who had a UK Top 10 track “Badman Riddem (Jump),” Flux Pavilion, who had a big worldwide hit with “Bass Cannon,” currently on a sellout U.S. tour, Skrillex, hot new electronic music with an upcoming sellout U.S. tour and HUGE worldwide digital sales, J Majik & Wickaman, major artists with many UK Top 40 tracks, Gemini, a huge up & coming UK electronic artist, recently asked personally by P Diddy to remix one of his tracks, and KOAN Sound, championed by Zane Lowe on Radio 1. Includes six exclusive tracks. Other artists include: Foreign Beggars, Cutline, Feed Me, Tasha Baxter, Dodge & Fuski, Camo & Krooked, Shaz Sparks, Excision & Datsik, Skism, 16Bit, Engine-EarZ Experiment, Dubba Jonny, Roksonix & Statelapse, Terravita, The Prototypes, Kinetics, Magnus, Break, Blu Mar Ten & InsideInfo, A.M.C & Mattix & Futile, Futurebound, Tantrum Desire, Blokhe4d, Wilkinson, Shockone, Phetsta, DJ Fresh, Shameboy, Netsky, Bcee & S. P. Y., Friction, Heavy1, Lenzman, Fred V, Marky, Rollz, Loadstar, Levela, Interface, Spor, Chasing Shadows and Trolley Snatcha.
RAINCOATS, THE: Odyshape LP (WE 003LP) 22.50
NANCARROW, CONLON: As Fast As Possible CD (WER 6733) 24.00
“American composer Conlon Nancarrow is best known for the groundbreaking compositions he wrote for player piano. Nancarrow was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond human performance ability. His central works in this new genre were the Studies for Player Piano, written between 1948 and 1992. Nancarrow’s ‘live’ instrumental compositions can be classified in three groups, piano, chamber and orchestral. Each of those genres is represented on this new disc. The composer’s late creative period is characterized by transcriptions of both his own works and works by other composers. Paul Usher’s Nancarrow Concerto is a shining example of the ongoing creative development of Nancarrow’s music.”
SINGH & NILADRI KUMAR, TALVIN: Together CD (WORLD 450016) 19.00
“Talvin Singh is known for his groundbreaking tablatronic style combining Indian traditions and modern European aesthetics. His groundbreaking 1996 compilation Anokha — Sounds of the Asian Underground was followed by the Mercury Prize winning OK (recently re-released as part of Island’s 50th anniversary celebrations). Since then, Talvin has worked and collaborated with and for a vast variety of artists from all parts of the world. Niladri Kumar, a fifth generation sitar player, has an equally fresh, experimental approach to his instrument and is recognized as one of the finest players and most open minded musicians of his generation. Coming together for their first time in 2009, Singh and Kumar combine their deep-rooted Indian classical training with a modern, contemporary perspective to create an altogether extraordinary sound.”
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