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Forced Exposure New Releases for 7/28/2014

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New music is due from Sia Tolno, Alessandro Cortini, and Tom Carter, while old music is due from The Velvet Underground, The Staple Singers, and MF Doom.

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ALGA MARGHEN (ITALY)

VOCSON 085LP

LEMAITRE, MAURICE: Poemes et musiques lettristes et hyperphonie LP (VOCSON 085LP) 28.50
Alga Marghen proudly presents an exceptionally wild sonic art and poetry document, Maurice Lemaître's Poemes et musiques lettristes et hyperphonie, recorded between 1952 and 1968. What does Lemaître contribute to the Isouian poetic creation? What? Music as background to "lettries?" These are heretic hyperphonies forming such a specific corpus in the Lettric sphere. Neither Isou, nor Pomerand, Dufrene, Wolman, or Spacagna achieved what Lemaître did. Lemaître dares the unthinkable: neo-yé-yé rhythmic Muzak destroyed by "lettries," disseminated with the utmost care. One more treasure: the very "pop music"-oriented Lemaître with his "I wanna go home mister" blues, here in a version with a borderline insane companion: Isidore Isou. Never a bluesman, thanks only to his irradiant genius, has ever been such a stoned sideman as Isou. This record includes an improvisation held at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris, 1961, in the context of a reading by Isidore Isou. Also included on this LP is a previously-unreleased torrid "concerto" titled "L'alcove," for a Lettrist male chorus and female solo orgasms, followed by "L'ascension du Phenix M.B.," a sound collage from 1967 (predating more than 10 years M.B.'s first primitive concrète music assemblages under the name Sacher Pelz). No need for Yoko Ono's loops for another "Revolution 9" -- one year before, Lemaître cuts the tape with a scalpel, leaving the cuts exposed: home revolution in between two manifestos and three hypergraphic paintings. Offer yourself the joy of listening to these recordings that alas, Lemaître, whose hearing stops precisely at 250Hz, can no longer have the pleasure to taste. Edition limited to 240 copies, with liner notes by Frédéric Acquaviva and a fantastic front cover drawing by Maurice Lemaître.


VOCSON 087LP

BRUHIN, ANTON: 11 Heldengesange und 3 Gedichte LP (VOCSON 087LP) 28.50
11 Heldengesange und 3 Gedichte was privately published by Anton Bruhin in 1977 as a luxury 2x10" box. This unique and imaginistic sound poetry work has been issued on LP by Alga Marghen for the VocSon series and is now available for distribution for the first time, ever. It's a sound poem which takes us into a medieval world of minstrels and errant knights, a phantasmagoria in text and sound. It is also a modern document of the not-yet-existing electronic Sampling Art of the 1970s. Anton Bruhin wrote: "In the Heldengesange, I conceived each hero speaking a different invented dialect and coming from a different fictional geographical region. I also wanted to give each hero his own music as a companion. I have used various musical materials and played a variety of instruments, but also taken parts from existing musics and manipulated them." Like an anthropologist, Anton Bruhin presents this fictional culture, inventing its language and music as well as drawing its objects -- a hat, a cup, an arm, a flag, a wurst -- everyday-life artifacts from an ancient time catalogued with scientific precision. In 11 Heldengesange und 3 Gedichte, a masterpiece by Anton Bruhin, all is artificial and nothing is real -- exactly like in our contemporary world. Edition limited to 350 copies, including a large LP-size folded insert with the full Heldengesange and Gedichte texts as well as a selection of original graphic works.

AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)

AUS 1344EP

MIDLAND: Trace EP 12" (AUS 1344EP) 12.50
2014 repress. The release of Midland's Placement EP as well as collaborative projects with Pariah and Breach show the continued development of his off-kilter take on electronic music. He has backed these up with a slew of remixes for James Zabiela, Guy Gerber, Dusky, Flume, and Lucky Paul. In 2013, the consistently close relationship between Aus and Midland continues apace with him once again launching the label's release schedule with the Trace EP.


AUS 1466EP

APPLEBLIM & KOMON: Motion Blur 12" (AUS 1466EP) 14.00
This EP sees the return of long-term label affiliates Komon & Appleblim for their second collaborative release on Aus. On Motion Blur, the pair expand on their canon and turn in four introspective explorations rich with granular textures and propulsive low-end grooves. The title track blooms behind sandy hats and glistening pads as it builds towards a loose-limbed swing built with broken beat structures. "Key Vision" drives more stuttering kick patterns under spectral sweeps and vocal chops while "Echoes Retreat" rubs resonant bass tones up against sharp, floor-ready synth stabs. "Astir" brings things to a deep and downcast close.

BLACK SWEAT RECORDS (ITALY)

BS 009LP

FUTURO ANTICO: Dai Primitivi All' Elettronica LP (BS 009LP) 25.00
An outstanding raga-like drone LP with a distinctive cosmic vibe, Futuro Antico was a short-lived collaboration between the two Italians Walter Maioli (Aktuala), Riccardo Sinigaglia and Gabin Dabiré (from Burkina Faso). The synthesis between ancient, ethnic and analog electronic music is just perfect, the minimalist repetition with slight changes lends associations to slow growth; cyclic repetition gives the listener an opportunity to discover the sounds, to meditate, to go into the music, join the same journey through ancient, primitive cultures and modern electronic soundscapes. Originally released in 1980, the sound is completely analog and warm. This limited to 300 copies reissue maintains the original tape artwork, with info and photos.


BS 010LP

FUTURO ANTICO: Futuro Antico LP (BS 010LP) 25.00
For the first time on vinyl, Black Sweat Records presents this obscure gem from the Italian project Futuro Antico, released only on tape in 1980. This record contains a hypnotic session from members Walter Maioli (Aktuala) and Riccardo Sinigaglia. Warm analog sounds, and a perfect mix of drone synth and ancient flutes make you feel like you're flying on a spaceship towards exotic locales. If this record reminds you of the incredibly astonishing live Köln jam between Terry Riley and Don Cherry, the comparison fits. In a limited edition of 300 copies, this reissue features the original tape artwork with info and photos inside.

BRUNSWICK

DK 76911LP

HAYNES, MIGHTY DOUG: Mighty Doug Haynes LP (DK 76911LP) 11.00
Doug Haynes covers songs like Isaac Hayes' "Hold On, I´m Coming," Bobby Russell's "Honey" and Richard Parker's "Oo Wee Baby I Love You." Exact repro, originally released in 1975.

BURIAL MIX (GERMANY)

BMLP 004LP

RHYTHM & SOUND: See Mi Yah LP (BMLP 004LP) 15.50
2014 repress; LP version. Originally released in 2005. "In the '90s, with projects and labels such as Basic Channel, Maurizio or Main Street Records, the Berlin- based producer team Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald have decisively influenced the development of techno-house and electronic music worldwide. Furthermore Ernestus and von Oswald have released pioneering hybrids of reggae, dub and electronica under the name Rhythm & Sound since 1996. In the last few years an utterly original and independent definition of reggae music -- stripped down, rootsy, hi-tech -- has emerged from their activities. For their latest Rhythm & Sound album Ernestus and von Oswald collaborated with legendary reggae vocalists, like Cornel Campbell, Jennifer Lara, Love Joy or The Chosen Brothers (aka Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes). See Mi Yah is a classic one rhythm album, typical format and production approach reggae, featuring ten vocal versions and one instrumental of the See Mi Yah rhythm."

CELLULOID RECORDS

CELL 6105LP

LAST POETS, THE: This Is Madness LP (CELL 6105LP) 11.50
2014 repress. Exact repro of the 1984 Celluloid reissue of the Last Poets' third album, originally released on Douglas in 1971. "Their brilliant use of offensive language and graphic details about America's social and racial failures helped expose a bigger audience to the sentiments of the '70s black nationalists."

CIRCUS COMPANY (FRANCE)

CCS 091EP

JAW & FRIENDS: Midtown EP 12" (CCS 091EP) 12.50
Before the full installment of JAW's collaborative project for Circus Company Midtown, the label whets your appetite with the Midtown EP, featuring a kaleidoscopic handful of teasers. Contributing artists such as Canadian renegades Art Department, Berlin DJ/producer and Bar25 alumni Britta Arnold, Dirtybird kingpin Claude VonStroke, and Berlin-based duo The/Das, all lend their unique electronic footprints to the already unique and instantly-recognizable voice and charisma of JAW.

COMPOST BLACK LABEL (GERMANY)

COMP 449EP

DINI, SHAHROKH: Compost Black Label 116 12" (COMP 449EP) 12.00
Tehran (Iran)-born DJ & producer Shahrokh Dini is back on Compost Black Label with a new 12". For this EP, he teamed up with production mastermind Jan Krause from Beanfield. Besides the album and some 12"s on Compost, Shahrokh's release history is spiced and bottled with lots of good house music on labels like MoodMusic, KID Recordings, BBE, People That Make The Music, Strictly Rhythm, Ministry Of Sound, and others. "Shayan" is dedicated to his brother, who sadly passed away way too young. The artwork cover is designed by the famous German artist collective Heine/Lenz/Zizka.

FIVE FOUR-O RECORDS

540 047LP

RAKTA: Rakta LP (540 047LP) 15.00
"'This is what a perfect record sounds like. Every time I talk about it I end up sounding like some blubbering idiot. This music is equal parts post-punk, incantation and psych -- hook laden as fuck. Rakta is an all-female band from Sao Paulo, Brazil, that seem to have come from out of nowhere to make most of the current post-punk/anarcho wave completely irrelevant. This is the next level in this style, borrowing elements from all the spooky classics, but adding something so undeniably new and unique that the game is permanently changed. Rakta eliminates all sense of retro-ness to the style and come off like they just now invented the damn thing. The songs create an otherworldly atmosphere while still keeping your feet tapping. It transports you to this weird dimension that feels like it's trying to keep you inside of it forever. It would have been the perfect soundtrack for a Maya Deren film. The record comes with a red-and-black on white poster that only adds to the mysterious bruxa vibes that the music gives. Check out my year-end top ten list in MRR #370 for even more gushing about this record. Highest recommendation!" -- Maximum Rock N Roll. Each copy comes with 1 of 4 different giant 24"x36" silk screened poster.

FLASHBACK MAGAZINE (UK)

FLASHBACK 005

FLASHBACK: Flashback #5 Summer 2014 MAG (FLASHBACK 005) 21.00
Issue #5 of Flashback, Summer 2014. Edited by Richard Morton Jack (co-founder of Sunbeam Records and editor of the Galactic Ramble and Endless Trip books), it features writing from some of the world's leading pop music authorities. A4 size (with a gloss cover), 212 pages long, and full-color throughout, it's packed with new research, exclusive interviews and rare photos. BLOSSOM TOES - This late '60s London quartet made two classic albums, gigged prolifically (including several fabled festivals), and even ventured behind the Iron Curtain. Richard Morton Jack gets their story straight, with the help of many rare and previously-unseen images. JUKEBOX - Luke Haines on twelve tracks that have inspired him. ALBUM BY ALBUM - Pioneering UK independent producer Vic Keary talks us through many of his productions, from pop and jazz to folk and prog. WORLD COUNTDOWN - At long last, the story behind America's great lost underground paper and its enigmatic English proprietor, Charles Royal. ARCADIUM - An exclusive on the mysterious British prog/psych rockers, by Austin Matthews. OLAV WYPER - A rare audience with the man behind the Vertigo label -- and much more besides. FIRST PERSON - Fairport Convention's close friend Kingsley Abbott describes their early days. WALLY RICHARDSON - The fullest ever interview with the renowned session guitarist, by Scott D. Wilkinson. ROOM - The cautionary tale of the quintet behind the British prog classic Pre-Flight. CULPEPER'S ORCHARD - The celebrated Anglo-Danish folk-rockers, by Claus Rasmussen. INTRODUCING ESOTERICA - Patrick Lundborg explains the concept of "esoteric appreciation." EUROPEAN ROCK - Fifty classic albums no collection should be without. ROBERT PLANT - A rare and revealing 1970 interview with the Led Zeppelin frontman. CRYING TO BE HEARD - The great lost Honeybus album, Recital. REVIEWS - Thorough coverage of recent CDs, LPs and books, taking in household names (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin), cult heroes (Badfinger, Davy Graham, The Zombies) and ultra-obscurities (Mormos, Staff Carpenborg and Thor's Hammer), with exclusive Q&As about certain items under review.

GOMMA RECORDS (GERMANY)

GOMMA 199EP

WHANG & AUDIOJACK, NANCY: Like an Eagle 12" (GOMMA 199EP) 14.00
After years as a vocalist and keyboarder in James Murphy's superband LCD Soundsystem, finally Nancy Whang steps out with her own solo project: cover versions of big songs from the '70s, each of which is produced by a big name in today's electronic scene. The extended version of Dennis Parker's "Like an Eagle" elongates the groove and the disco flourishes into something really quite epic. Audiojack's production (remixed by Black Loops and Malik Yells) features spritely house drums and disco-fried synths. The second track sees Nancy team up with UK disco don Bonar Bradberry for "Working the Midnight Shift," originally by Donna Summer.

HALATERN, ETC. (ITALY)

HTE 001LP

CLYD, KYLE EYRE: Pale Dawn Creeps LP (HTE 001LP) 25.00
This is the first release from the Halatern, Etc. label, run by Keith Connolly (of NNCK/No Neck Blues Band fame). "Is it the sight of death, the thought of saying? What sinks us deeper into melancholy: sexual incompleteness or its spastic conclusion? What seems to line our life with satin? What brings the rouge to both our cheeks? Loneliness, emptiness, worthlessness, grief... each is an absence in us. We have no pain, but we have lost all pleasure, and the lip that meets our lip is always one-half of our own. Our state is exactly the name of precisely nothing, and our memories, with polite long faces, come to view us and to say to one another that we never looked better; that we seem at last at peace; that our passing was... well -- sad -- still -- doubtless for the best (all this in a whisper lest the dead should hear)" --William Gass, from On Being Blue. Kyle Clyd is of an orphaned ascendancy, more Geeshie Wiley or Anne Gillis than any of her visible peers. In talking about Pale Dawn Creeps, her debut full-length, she refers a kind of blues, itself perhaps a mercurial essence resigned to antiquity: "To believe that the bits of paper in your pocket have real value or to take the word for the thing itself is the 'unpardonable sin' of the New Testament. Those guilty are condemned to blackness. Black manifests in the instant the accusatory finger is lifted, or guilty hand raised, but blue is not so easily won. Blue is not a second coming, but its denial -- our shortcomings hovering in the dead air of judgment's lag." While certainly not blues in the traditional (read: idiomatic) sense, Pale Dawn Creeps' depth-of-shallows abstraction belies an unmistakable lyricism and almost sing-song vacancy that is something of a cipher, asking where, when it has all been said, do songs really come from? Edition of 300 copies.


HTE 003LP

CARTER, TOM: Numinal Entry LP (HTE 003LP) 25.00
This is the second release from the Halatern, Etc. label, run by Keith Connolly (of NNCK/No Neck Blues Band fame). Tom Carter requires no introduction (those who are curious are encouraged to visit the historically rich wholly-other.com). Of late, his Kazuyuki K. Null meets Franco Falsini excursionary instrumentalism has taken on an increased luminosity, due in no small part to some unexpected time spent at a certain house on the borderland. In his own words: "Information-inscribed ribbons unravel from a spool spinning into relaxed entropy. Floating smoke-scrap phrases dissolve before the awakening namer; whispers of causation refute a dozen irreal plot lines, showering text onto re-emergent reality as a deeper narrative retreats to a place hidden from scrutiny. I am awake, and you are here with me. Holding our hands before our eyes we stare skyward, light leaking through our fingers, rays shift and rearrange as we flex our fingers. The beams emanate from within, not without; the light pours out of our eyes, animating all we see, bearing the unbearable heat in us. These memories intertwine with 'reality' in a way that's impossible to parse. One night not so long after my return, I attempted to transcribe them in the only sensical way, via degenerating melodic and harmonic arcs, free of the inevitable collapse of language. These recordings are the result." The recordings he speaks of comprise Numinal Entry, the second LP released by Halatern, etc. The sounds contained therein offer a glimpse of something slightly outside of living experience, something slowly holy, and something eternal. Edition of 300 copies.

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

HOS 412CD

CORTINI, ALESSANDRO: Sonno CD (HOS 412CD) 14.50
Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails' live unit. His recordings under his own name have gained prominence in recent years and he has become known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America. Cortini makes a surprising departure into the 202 on his debut album for Hospital Productions -- Sonno. Sonno was recorded in hotel rooms, using a Roland MC 202 through a delay pedal, recorded direct, sometimes into a small portable speaker system. "I liked to walk around the room with a handheld recorder to hear where the sequence would sound better, turn on faucets, open doors or windows to see how the ambient sounds would interact with the MC 202/delay/speaker sound. It was very relaxing and liberating to make music this way." The result is a beautifully restrained yet oddly emotive album that's quite distinct from the overly academic approach so often undertaken by hardware-driven devotees. Mastered by Matt Colton.


HOS 412LP

CORTINI, ALESSANDRO: Sonno 2LP (HOS 412LP) 27.50
Gatefold double LP version.

ITALIAN RECORDS (ITALY)

EXIT 002EP

LINEKI: J'adore la musique 12" (EXIT 002EP) 14.50
The second release from the Italian Records label from artist/producer Lineki is a deep journey into the synth-wave dimension, featuring an intense Italo-disco bass line with a magnificent vintage atmosphere quite distinctive of the '80s. On the "Retro Version Mix," an Italo-style electric piano interwoven with different synths creates intense an joyous emotions, alternating with a more sinuous and experimental bass that's still charming no matter what. Female vocalist J'Adore makes this sweet, sensual and simply perfect. On production and mixing, Lineki chose his long-time friend, Colinsky.

ITEMS & THINGS (GERMANY)

ITEM 031EP

GOLPE DE ESTADO: Secreto 12" (ITEM 031EP) 12.00
With its driving disco-not-disco groove and dynamic arpeggiator line, Golpe De Estado, "Secreto" builds and caresses the listener over the course of its epic nine minutes: part Paradise Garage, part Broken Hearts Club, its dubbed-out disco rhythms, perverse synth lines, and jugged vocal snippets build a debauched sonic landscape that is as forward-thinking as it is nostalgic. "Night Swimmers" is a Carpenter-esque piece that is as at home in the after-hour as it would be accompanying Argento imagery, it's measured build, luscious synth lines, and slow-motion bass line rounding off the EPs final moments. Remix duties come from Magda and Carreno Is LB.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 190LP

BORATTO, GUI: Take My Breath Away 2LP+CD (KOM 190LP) 18.00
2014 repress; 2009 release. Double LP version with six of the eleven tracks from the album, plus the entire full length on CD. 2LP tracklist: A1. Take My Breath Away, B1. Ballroom, B2. Colors, C1. No Turning Back, D1. Eggplant, D2. Godet


KOM 306EP

PLEX, MACEO: Conjure Superstar 10" (KOM 306EP) 14.50
A dance music auteur with a decade-spanning career under his belt, US-bred, Barcelona-based Maceo Plex is a man with many faces, having successfully rebranded global floors since the early noughties under various monikers, including his well-known Maetrik guise. Prime time banger "Conjure Superstar" is a floor charmer of the highest order, sparkling with powerful sound minutiae while heading for the kind of melodic epicness that should forever be announced with synth fanfares. One-sided release on red vinyl.

LIEBE DETAIL (GERMANY)

LIEBE 044EP

SILKY RAVEN/SNAD MET IGNATIUS CAMILO & DEEP TODDLER: The Tale of the Silky Raven/Siesta in Mehrauli 12" (LIEBE 044EP) 14.50
Liebe*Detail's first vinyl release in 2014 comes up with two more technoid cuts. Silky Raven is a new project by Jakob Seidensticker and Henrik Raabe of Wareika. "Tale of the Silky Raven" sounds like a totally spaced out analog jam session. On the flip, "Siesta in Mehrauli" by Snad Met Iggy the Bastard & the Deep Toddler from India is a 10 minute deep and shuffled trip through loads of different soundscapes, all focused on the dancefloor. Please turn up the volume for this one.

LITTLE BIG CHIEF RECORDS

LBCR 012LP

HOLLYWOOD AUTOPSY BAND: Hollywood Autopsy LP (LBCR 012LP) 19.00
"Even given the vantage point of several decades of openly antagonistic assaults on conservative 'Punk' eardrums, countless poorly-printed fanzines championing all manner of anti-social sound/performance and the Internet more or less rendering nothing, past or present, unbelievable, some records are still hard to wrap one's ugly mug 'round. Like this one right here, fr'instance! What is this strange, unlistenable music and how did it come out of the early Eighties Wisconsin hardcore punk scene? Sure, there are plenty of near contemporary comparisons, regional bands lost to the mists of tyme who imbibed early Fall singles like they were manna (I'm lookin' your way Art Phag, Easter Monkeys, Y Front), but it's really a pretty strange document for the time and place, with allah the prime skiffle 'n thump of God Bless the Red Crayola-- as interpreted by the 49 Americans were they really, well, American, and adding a supersized dose of Flipper's drone/dirge to the pot for good measure. 'Hideous Plastic Flowers' sounds like Blight or the Church Police covering Hasil Adkins. The instrumental 'Reflective Reformation' wasted-ly approximates Country Joe's first via the same route Andrew Klimek takes to Van Vilet, and truthfully, these guys would have made much more sense rolling 'round the CLE (or maybe Akron on a track like 'Liquid Lunch') gutters than from where they actually sprang, though a catalog # reading Thermidor or Subterranean wouldn't be out of place either. God, that bass tone; what a ridiculous, glorious throbbing wet fart, and finally providing an answer to that eternal question: 'What if the Fuckin' Flyin' A-Heads recorded a whole album?' The de-railed Seeds cover opening Side B lends some credence to the notion that, as much as Hollywood Autopsy were an art punk concern (and one of considerable menace and aplomb) they also drank from the same trough of nocturnal proto-punk pessimism as Vertical Slit and the like. I don't know how much else I can spew over this thing, I mean every track sounds better than the last, a tasteful and primitive blend of deconstructed rockabilly, battered free psychedelia and generally inimical art provocation that only increases in potency the more its contents sibilate about your paltry brain. Ostensibly a college project of University of Wisconsin Madison students who disbanded after a few shows, zines and cheap recording sessions with a future member of Garbage (!), and would go on to legit academic/art careers and work with such local legends as Killdozer and Tar Babies, one off reunions happen from time to time but no recordings outside of this single, shimmering platter exist. First time reissue of any kind offered up here, and by far the most fiscally sound option, lest you're keen on walking, biking, driving or flying over to Manitowoc, WI to hunt in crusty bins for an OG. And besides, we all know that's not sustainable; do you really think the band that wrote 'Standing Naked in the Carnival' would want such a thing?" --Thomas DeAngelo/ April 2014

LOW HANGING FRUIT (GERMANY)

LOW 002EP

HASERT, DAVID: Ratata 12" (LOW 002EP) 14.00
A true Cologne stalwart, DJ and producer, David Hasert is one of the city's most prolific electronic activists and also the driving force behind the much-acclaimed LIKE event series and its associated label. "Ratata" is a raunchy future disco gem, while "The Clap" is a beautifully textured house jam holding more than a few sonic surprises during its nine-minute run-time. Bryan Kessler contributes two wicked reworks straight out of prime-time boot camp. They round off a sure-fire second outing for Low Hanging Fruit, a label venture of long time DJs Marc Lansley and Shumi aka Truffle Shuffle. No filler, all killer.

LUSAFRICA (FRANCE)

LUSA 662952

TOLNO, SIA: African Woman CD (LUSA 662952) 22.00
"Produced by Tony Allen, the pope of Afrobeat, Sia Tolno's African Woman offers twelve dazzling tracks of immaculate groove. When a woman takes up Afrobeat, it's an event. This album's mix of Yoruba, funk and jazz fusion in Afrobeat is rough, rowdy and political. Afrobeat was introduced at the end of the 60's by the prince of the Nigerian resistance, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Yet Guinea's Sia Tolno is not afraid to take up Fela's torch. Her third album, African Woman, challenges male supremacy in a forceful style derived from Ghanaian 'high-life.'"

MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)

MACROM 037EP

ANNO STAMM: Aqua/Lemon Peel/Violet EP 12" (MACROM 037EP) 12.00
Anno Stamm is the revered 4/4 branch name of Berlin's Lars Stoewe. As Anstam, he has been a central project in the 50Weapons stable, touring extensively with Modeselektor/Moderat and Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace. There have been only two Anno Stamm releases prior to this one, making this 4-track EP a much-anticipated extension, both of Anno Stamm's tight but glowingly beloved catalog as well as for the Macro label. Anno Stamm's four contributions here bring a highly-desired emotional depth to the cutting-edge side of house music, while pushing the envelope in radical beat science simultaneously. Rich in detail, twisted, and straight to the point.

METAL FACE RECORDS

MF 1107CD

MF DOOM: Operation Doomsday 2CD (MF 1107CD) 19.00
2014 repress. "Ask any true hip-hop fan and he can tell you exactly where and when he first heard MF Doom's Operation Doomsday. Against seeming insurmountable odds, the album - bootlegged mercilessly, floating in and out of print on various labels since its release in 1999 gained mythical status amongst music aficionados of all backgrounds as one of the landmark releases of the past decade. At its core, one man, a microphone, an MPC 2000 and a Roland VS 1680. By the time of Operation Doomsday's recording, DOOM was a transformed man: a veteran of hip hop's aging 'new school' reinvented as the masked, abstract wordsmith of the now. His pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and stream-of-conscious flow over adventurous sample-based production created the yard stick by which rappers in the coming decade would measure themselves. Now Doom's own Metal Face Records releases Operation Doomsday as a special remastered and expanded two-disc set, featuring a 32-page lyric book and a complete collection of alternate versions, B-sides and instrumentals. San Francisco-based artist Jason Jagel, who provided the painting for DOOM's MM...Food, was enlisted to create both an updated version of the album's iconic comic-book style cover art especially for this release. The entire set was produced under the watchful eyes of Doom himself. Expanded and deluxe, this is the complete Operation Doomsday experience."

OPTIMO MUSIC (UK)

OM 003LP

FELIZOL & THE BOY: Like Cannibal Father Like Cannibal Son LP (OM 003LP) 20.00
Optimo Music is usually known as a 12" label, but occasionally something rare and dangerous comes their way that compels them to release a full-length album. It's not exactly a dance album, although there is music you can dance to on it. It's more filmic in nature, with gads of references to wonderful directors like Kubrick and Carpenter that will enthrall a film buff, particularly if they're interested in electronic dance music. There's a sleazy and unsettling feel to many of the tracks ("Tina Weymouth" is a sleazy floor-monster groove), but this album is sure to intrigue and delight. The film references are directly relevant, as Felizol & The Boy are film directors Yiannis Veslemes and Alexandros Voulgaris, who live in Athens, Greece and have composed music for numerous feature films. They also perform live in house clubs, heavy metal dungeons and hippy-friendly festivals. They have this to say about their release: "We had a loose concept for this album and we compiled tracks that we've recorded in the last three years that have to do with cannibalism -- literally, but also as a metaphor for the blessing and the tyranny of paying homage to music and films (and directors and musicians). So these are songs about the agony of creating something new and personal when so much information and so many influences are fused into them."

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)

PERMVAC 128EP

MIDNIGHT MAGIC: Midnight Creepers Remix EP 12" (PERMVAC 128EP) 12.00
Permanent Vacation presents a remix 12" of tracks by Midnight Magic off of their album Midnight Creepers (PERMVAC 109LP). Session Victim gives "Same Way I Feel" the dubby funk treatment that reboosts the best moments of 1995 before your inner eye. Suzanne Kraft and Secret Circuit aka Blase evoke the mighty big sun with a sweaty rework of "Red Rain." Hugh Mane turns "Midnight Creepers" into an analog house jam for enchantment under the sea, while Bell Towers powers a Euro '80s soundtrack for your Trans Am out of "Calling Out," so you better buckle up.

SATURN

SATURN 502HLP

SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA: Strange Strings LP (SATURN 502HLP) 15.00
2014 repress. 180 gram vinyl version. Tracklisting: "Worlds Approaching," "Strange Strings" featuring vocals by Arthur Jenkins, "Strange Strings" featuring lightning drum. Recorded in New York, probably 1966. A very uncommon Sun Ra LP, originally issued on Thoth (a Saturn-subsidiary?) in '66 or '67. A concept album of sorts, dealing with musicians playing unfamiliar instruments ("Chinese lutes, moon-guitars, mandolin, bass, koto," according to Tam Fiofori). "It is a piece of astonishing variety...Sun Ra here succeeds in creating perhaps the most completely improvised but organic piece in the history of jazz, with no prepared rhythmic, melodic or harmonic material, performed by players on instruments foreign to them." -- John Szwed.

STAX

STS 3015LP

STAPLE SINGERS, THE: Be What You Are LP (STS 3015LP) 11.00
Cut out copies, originally released in 1973. Includes the single "If You're Ready) Come Go With Me."

TIME-LAG RECORDS

TLR 061CD

DANIELS, ELLIE: Both Sides of the Coin CD (TLR 061CD) 8.50
"New nice-price deluxe CD version of this release. Reissue of this totally unknown New England teenage folk private press from 1971. Originally released by the artist herself as a demo only, blank cover edition of 100 copies. Just out of high school and hoping somebody might pay attention, the LP slipped through the cracks, the chapter closed, and life moved forward on a different course. The album left behind stands as a true female loner folk gem, of which there aren't many at all: just Ellie's humbly intimate vocals & her harp-like self-taught finger-picked guitar playing, plus some lovely pastoral flute by a friend on a handful of tracks. The sounds are straight from the tuned-in melancholy teenage mind, reeling from the mind expansion of the 60s, but also the excesses. Deeply reflective, poetic & searching lyrics of love / nature / peace playing out in real time against stark reality / longing / loss, and balanced at the very edge of the void. The aching innocence of youth tempered by a biting contempt for all things false. In the liner notes Ellie mentions only practicing under a blanket, and there's an up-close, lo-fi, almost voyeuristic realism / fragility here that's quite special. A complex & personal trip that takes some time & attention to fully unfold. Once it does, it will be no surprise that Ellie went on to build geodesic domes & become a professional midwife, as that same unique spirit is already deeply embedded here. A really wonderful album we're happy to help finally reach some receptive ears. The original had no cover art, so we've kept the packaging suitably stark: packaged in a metallic silver offset printed deep blue art paper cover, with paste-on photo art & booklet insert containing more photos, Ellie's original notes from 2013's vinyl reissue, as well as updated & expanded notes."

TRIBE

PRSD 2214LP

HARRISON, WENDELL: Reawakening LP (PRSD 2214LP) 11.00
Exact repro reissue of Wendell Harrison's 1985 release on the Detroit-based Tribe label. Saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist Harrison is joined by trombonist Phil Ranelin, drummer George Davidson and percussionist Barbara Hubie.

TROST (AUSTRIA)

TRJBX 001EP

GUSTAFSSON/ALBERT OEHLEN, MATS: Jukebox-Series 001 7" (TRJBX 001EP) 12.50
Trost loves 7"s, and have therefore started a new series: Trost Jukebox Series, specially for one-time collaborations & projects. The paper-sleeve stays the same, the labels are changing, and there's artwork by Lasse Marhaug. One-time pressing, with two scheduled singles per year. Single 001: Mats Gustafsson with Albert Oehlen.


TROST 124CD

BROTZMANN/SONNY SHARROCK, PETER: Whatthefuckdoyouwant CD (TROST 124CD) 17.00
There is only one prior release existing of Brötzmann and Sharrock as a duo (vinyl-only on Okka Disc 2003). This live recording from the archives of Peter Brötzmann was mixed by Lou Malozzi in Chicago, mastered by Martin Siewert in Vienna. Sonny Sharrock was one of the first American free-jazz guitarists. He played in the '60s with Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Roy Ayers and many other greats. His career started again in the beginning of the '80s when he met Bill Laswell, who hired him to form the free-rock-jazz-noise quartet Last Exit (with Ronald Shannon Jackson and Peter Brötzmann) between 1986 and 1990. German legend Peter Brötzmann is one of the most outstanding saxophone players in the current international free-jazz scene, continuing to go on tour and release with various musicians. Recorded on March 9, 1987 at Jamkulturfabrik in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg. Drawing and artwork by Brötzmann. Design: Brötzm/Untiet. Peter Brötzmann (alto/tenor/bass-saxophone, tarogato); Sonny Sharrock (electric guitar).


TROST 130LP

SAKATA/JOHAN BERTHLING/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE, AKIRA: Arashi LP (TROST 130LP) 22.00
LP version. Legendary Japanese musician Akira Sakata (active in various groups since the early '70s) teams up with Johan Berthling of Fire and Nilssen-Love of The Thing. Akira Sakata (alto saxophone, clarinet, voice); Johan Berthling (double bass); Paal Nilssen-Love (drums & percussion).

TUMMY TAPES (SPAIN)

TUMMY 000LP

VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE: Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes Vol. 1 LP (TUMMY 000LP) 23.00
"Recorded through a microphone jammed in the back of Lou Reed's amp right around the release of their third album, The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes are formidable in their unadulterated rock and roll fire and fury and a revelation for anyone who hasn't paid close attention to Reed's dynamic guitar playing which in this set is a monolithic roar, a pulverizing electronic kaiju (strange beast) grinding the whole universe into pebble and sand. Paste-on covers."

UNROCK (GERMANY)

UNROCK 003LP

HAYVANLAR ALEMI: Twisted Souvenirs LP (UNROCK 003LP) 25.50
Hayvanlar Alemi, led by Ozum Itez (guitar) and Isik Sarihan (percussion), are a group of contemporary musicians from the underground scene of the Turkish capital, Ankara. Their genres are extraordinary psychedelic, surf, and instrumental rock, flavored with an exotic twist. They released some domestic CDs in Turkey before their international debut came out on Alan Bishop's and Hisham Mayet's Sublime Frequencies label in 2009. Guarana Superpower (SF 062CD/LP) sold out in only a few weeks. Twisted Souvenirs documents their fast-paced development into an elegant, highly complex, genuinely performed mélange of the most exotic possible influences. They position themselves close to their roots but open up at the same time to influences from the East and West and beyond. Reminiscent of Sun City Girls' Torch of the Mystics phase, influences from Cambodian retro-rock and electrified Thai Mor-Lam are as deeply anchored in their sound-carpet as the glittering guitars from the Sahara. Hybrid music galore. "Karecikler Dolmadan," once the intro to their recent live sets, becomes the centerpiece to this album. "Yekermo Sew," a careful new interpretation of the Mulatu Astakte classic, and "Geneva Incident" are highlights amongst an album where each and every song is unique and recognizable. With a steady hand, Hayvanlar Alemi put pieces together from global sounds to make this album a perfect entity. Limited edition pressing of 750 copies.

VIN DU SELECT QUALITITE

VDSQ 008LP

BISHOP, SIR RICHARD: Solo Acoustic Volume Eight LP (VDSQ 008LP) 18.00
Repressed. "First new solo acoustic recordings from the master guitarist in years, SRB returns to familiar themes and introduces new ideas simultaneously on this tour de force performance of his singular style."

WACKIE'S (GERMANY)

WACK 107LP

ANDY, HORACE: Exclusively LP (WACK 107LP) 15.50
2014 repress. LP version. Released in 2005. Appearing originally on the Solid Groove label out of Croydon in South London, Exclusively is sometimes misconstrued as the UK issue of Dance Hall Style. The tracks from both were recorded at the same sessions -- with Bullwackie joined at the controls by Junior Delahaye and Prince Douglas, and issued close together in 1982-83, Croydon first. Half of Exclusively non-exclusively versions four tracks from the Stateside release, and three are re-titled. Also "Eating Mess," which appeared on the first pressing of Dance Hall Style, though unlisted on the sleeve. The mixes are all different (and without dubs). Five further specials include the funky "Musical Episode," a superior Bob Marley tribute, and a version of "Rougher Yet." It's all vintage Wackies, and spun out of Horace's all-time greatest album -- unmissable.

WHAT EVER NOT (GERMANY)

WEN 005EP

SNUFF CREW: Love Hurts EP 12" (WEN 005EP) 14.00
Snuff Crew are on board for the new What Ever Not 12", featuring a stunning remix by Morning Factory. Cool jack is here!

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