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Forced Exposure New Releases for 8/4/2014

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New music is due from Richard Youngs, SND, Girma Yifrashewa, and Killing Sound, while old music is due from Severed Heads, Scott Bradford, and Mothers of Invention.

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7STAR MUSIC (GERMANY)

7S 009CD

VA: Secret Lounge 3: The Finest in Chill Out and Ambient Music 2CD (7S 009CD) 20.00
Secret Lounge-- the finest in chill out & ambient music. Secret Lounge 3 is another fantastic double CD set of the most relaxing chill-out groove sounds around. Fans of high-quality electronic music will get 31 of the current best tunes around on this exclusive collection. Smooth, sexy, Balearic-feeling. Includes a fantastic unreleased version of the Brazilian classic "Mas Que Nada," plus brand new tunes by D-Chill feat. Katy Blue, Digital Project, Cedrik Zimmermann, Lemonchill, SM-Trax, Francis Milia, Castlebed, DJ Rigi, Dennis Landman, Crystal Noise, Deep Melange, Florian Fai, Danilo De Santo, Krusty, Niestolik & Richter, Stereo Out, Sinatic, Subtunes, Submission, Cemre Akcam, Jerry Ropero, Frsik & 5k0tt, e-Love, Music Hazard Inc., Sunny Island Project, Electric Moonlight, Flow River's, Arshia Alipour, Sanctuary, Perry Frank, Backens & Gruenwald, Nina Chica, L.O.B., Monica Mos, Stefan Gruenwald and Erin Panto.

ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)

ACKER 046EP

KONFETTI KLUB ENSEMBLE: Leussow EP 12" (ACKER 046EP) 14.50
If you think the formula of brass players + a club groove is somewhat worn-out, you will be pleasantly surprised by Konfetti Klub Ensemble's Leussow EP. "Pomelo" comes with bouncy offbeat rhythms, and when the trombone hits in, there's clearly an air of Balkan sound. However, around the middle of the track it turns into a joyful freestyle session. Mollono.Bass puts a bit more emphasis on beats, bass and pressure in his version, and "Rotwein Und Sommerverbot" gives a groovy hint as to why Konfetti Klub Ensemble describe their sound as "Live Brass House." "Schwankel Pankel" vibrates effortlessly between intricate musical deepness and sheer to-the-floor euphoria.

ARC LIGHT EDITIONS (UK)

ALE 001LP

RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Another Thought 2LP (ALE 001LP) 25.50
2014 repress. Originally released on CD in 1994 and reissued in 2006, this is the first time Arthur Russell's Another Thought has been released on vinyl. Arthur Russell's Another Thought was first released posthumously in 1994, two years after his death. The tracks date from between 1982 to around 1990, catalogued from over 800 tape reels by Mikel Rouse for Point Music, and produced by Don Christensen. While it is a collection of tracks in various stages of completion, often sparse and direct, it is perhaps the most sonically coherent album ever released of Russell's material. Another Thought includes appearances by trombonist Peter Zummo, percussionist Mustafa Ahmed, additional vocals by composers Julius Eastman and Elodie Lauten, plus Joyce Bowden, Jennifer Warnes, and Steven Hall. Double vinyl in kraftliner sleeves printed in white litho, with art paper inners. Artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan. This is the first release on Arc Light Editions, a label curated by Jennifer Allan in collaboration with Multiverse Music.

AURORA (UK)

AU 5044CD

HAMMER: Hammer CD (AU 5044CD) 17.00
Formed in New York in 1969, this talented quintet touched on rock, jazz and even classical music. They quickly came to the attention of Bill Graham, who added them to bills at his Fillmore auditoriums with the likes of Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac, Procol Harum, Leon Russell and Traffic. Their album was produced by David Rubinson (Moby Grape, Taj Mahal, the Chambers Brothers) and appeared in October 1970, but they split in early 1971. It makes its long-awaited CD debut here, together with background notes.


AU 5045CD

CHARLEE: Charlee CD (AU 5045CD) 17.00
Boasting the remarkable musicianship of cult guitar legend Walter Rossi, this Canadian band's sole album appeared in their homeland only in 1972. A dizzying hard rock collection featuring some astounding axe-work, it makes its long-awaited return to CD here, complete with background notes and photos.

AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)

AUS 1133EP

MIDLAND: Through Motion 12" (AUS 1133EP) 12.00
2014 repress. Leeds-based producer Midland (aka Harry Agius) offers an excursion that explores the boundaries of 2-step, UK garage and techno. "Through Motion" shows Midland's ability to seamlessly take the spirit of UK garage and fuse it with techno. The track's moody piano melody is punctured by a dark, pitch-shifted vocal and encircled by his warm trademark atmospherics. "Shelter" is a brooding, cavernous affair whose vocals and whispery atmospherics make this the perfect late-night tool. Includes a remix by Tevo Howard.


AUS 1134EP

FITZGERALD, GEORGE: Silhouette EP 12" (AUS 1134EP) 12.00
2014 repress. George FitzGerald presents his debut for Aus Music. FitzGerald once again manages to create a world in which garage, dubstep, house, R&B and a host of other musical influences happily co-exist. On "Silhouette" hints of warm acid, layered, oscillating synth lines, propulsive beats and vocal samples make this a peak-time affair. "Reset" is eight minutes of forward-thinking UK garage combined with the melodic sensibilities of Detroit techno. For the "Silhouette" remix, John Roberts develops a relentless broken groove.


AUS 1347EP

GLIMPSE: True South EP 12" (AUS 1347EP) 12.50
2014 repress. Aus Music continue to push further forward into 2013 with another collection of carefully-curated tracks from the London-based producer, Christopher Spero. Over the course of the past 10 years, Glimpse has established himself as one of the most unique, versatile and imaginative producers around, gaining support along the way from Carl Craig, Levon Vincent, DJ Koze, Scuba, and Jackmaster, amongst others. The UK producer is back with a five-track EP titled True South, with remixes from Tom Demac and South Soul Project.


AUS 1456EP

MIDLAND: Trace/For (Yacht) Club Use Only Remixes 12" (AUS 1456EP) 14.00
2014 repress. "Trace" is one of Aus' most successful recordings to date and a real statement of intent for both Midland and Aus going into 2013. It was voted 16th best track of 2013 by Resident Advisor and came in at #3 in both DJ Mag and Mixmag's tracks of the year. To celebrate in 2014, we see the return of "Trace," with remixes from tribal techno legend Grain and Aus affiliate, Leon Vynehall.

BEAT GENERATION (SPAIN)

BEAT 045LP

OUTSIDERS, THE: Calling on Youth LP (BEAT 045LP) 21.00
The Outsiders were formed in Wimblendon, UK in 1976. Their Calling on Youth album was the first DIY LP released worldwide after the explosion of The Buzzcocks first 7", but The Outsiders' LP is the first DIY punk full-length. Adrian Borland, together with Bob Lawrence and Adrian James formed the band and recorded and released this first LP on the Raw Edge label in May of 1977. A brilliant combination of punk's first steps mixed with some rock and also some hard-rock moments in the vein of The Stooges, Modern Lovers and Peter Perrett's Only Ones. The final result was a seminal punk album played with the energy of young kids who tried to scream and shout all their frustration and anger. Also, some of the riffs were not so well-played, something that increased the appeal of this release. Once again, Beat Generation helps new generations understand where punk began, releasing this fantastic record in a limited run of 500 copies on glorious 180 gram black vinyl.

BEDOUIN (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

BDN 002EP

ORIHASAM, IMUGEM: Must Understand Before Contradict 12" (BDN 002EP) 19.00
"Raucous, volatile, crackling brilliance from North Japan, testing the monster-infested electric fencing between techno and noise. Plus some witching, spasming, dancefloor Eomac to polish you off."

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 032EP

KILLING SOUND: $ixxx Harmonie$ Version 12" (BLACKEST 032EP) 15.50
"Six Harmonies," the febrile opener from Killing Sound's recent EP double-pack (BLACKEST 028EP), refashioned as a shape-shifting, shark-eyed jungleist wrecker. Nine minutes of pure dread at 180, cut by Matt Colton at half-speed for maximum dancehall pressure. A one-sided 12" release.

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 298EP

VA: BPC Vinyl Only Edits 3 12" (BPC 298EP) 12.00
The third contribution to the Vinyl Only Edits series features a wonderful showcase of the diverse artists on BPitch Control. Kiki roughens "Before the Sunrise" by Joy Wellboy with a dubby bass line, old school-driven percussion and a housey attitude. For their "Vinyl Techno Remix" of "Mindless," Cesare vs Disorder & Dave Vega remain faithful to their menacing mood. For the extended version of "Walk With It," the duo Furfriend swing their bat with a deep bass and a more dominant kick drum. "Tearing Me Away" by Snuff Crew features vocals by Kim Ann Foxman, and their "Vinyl Rework" adds a bit more speed.

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 181CD

ZIGURI: Ziguri CD (BB 181CD) 17.00
"Ziguri [tsiguri]": In the Mexican Tarahumara language the word for Peyote cactus, containing the hallucinogenic alkaloid mescaline. Günter Schickert has built a reputation and following amongst friends of psychedelic music. He and Manuel Göttsching pioneered the use of the echo guitar. The solo albums Samtvogel (1974) and Überfällig (1979) have attained cult status. In 1987 Schickert founded Ziguri Ego Zoo with Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kölsch -- friends from the Berlin theater 100 Fleck, a musical theater project which soon evolved into the band with the name Ziguri. Ziguri initially rehearsed in SO36, the legendary punk club in Berlin-Kreuzberg (subsequently finding themselves entangled in the street riots on Oranien Strasse which were a regular occurrence at the time). Their first gigs took place in squats, at street parties or underground clubs, before graduating to venues like Tacheles, Der Eimer and Schokoladen. Ziguri continued playing in this format until 1997, after which only the theater project remained, lasting until 2002. The three band members went their separate ways in the years that followed, signing up to new bands. Kölsch played with Schickert in Ponyhof and with Erdenreich in the punk combo Hagel. Both used the same rehearsal space, so the trio often found themselves gathering around in the original line-up. One evening, the famous words were spoken: "Let's put the band together again." That was in 2011. And from the first moment on, it was like they have never been apart. Picking up exactly where they have left off, Kölsch and Erdenreich hammered out a driving rhythm and Schickert layered his unique echo patterns over the top. They road-tested their live set at two concerts with Damo Suzuki (Can). As Ziguri played further shows, it dawned on them that younger listeners had bolstered up their audience, strengthening the band's decision to revive the act. Ziguri enlisted Dirk Dresselhaus as producer, better known as artist Schneider TM. The album was recorded in Schneider TM's Zone studio in just three days.

COMB & RAZOR

CRZR 1001LP

VA: Brand New Wayo 2LP (CRZR 1001LP) 21.00
2014 repress. Subtitled: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983. "With this release, Comb & Razor Sound launches its exploration of the colorful world of popular music from Nigeria, starting with the post-disco era of the late 1970s and early 80s. The years between 1979 and 1983 were Nigeria's Second Republic, when democracy finally returned after twenty-three years of uninterrupted military dictatorship. They were also the crest of Nigeria's oil boom, when surging oil prices made the petroleum-producing country a land of plenty, prosperity and profligacy. The influx of petrodollars meant an expansion in industry and the music industry in particular. Record companies upgraded their technology and cranked out a staggering volume of output to an audience hungry for music to celebrate the country's prospective rise as global power of the future. While it was a boom time for a wide variety of popular music styles, the predominant commercial sound was a post-afro beat, slickly modern dance groove that retrofitted the relentless four-on-thefloor bass beat of disco to a more laidback, upbeat-and-downbeat soul shuffle, mixing in jazz-funk, synthesizer pop and afro feeling. At the time, it was still mostly locally referred to as 'disco,' but has since been recognized as its own unique genre retrospectively dubbed 'Nigerian boogie.' A Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness collects 15 pulsing Nigerian boogie tracks in a lovingly compiled package chronicling one of the most progressive and creative eras in the history of African popular music." Gatefold sleeve.

DELSIN (NETHERLANDS)

DSR H8-EP

ERDBEERSCHNITZEL: The Ample Waters 12" (DSR H8-EP) 12.50
Delsin presents another essential new offering from German producer Erdbeerschnitzel. The experienced producer has many skills in his arsenal and this new EP proves that once again. The title-track is a joyous and lively concoction that fuses curious melodies with busy little piano stabs and more trilling, sunny melodies. "Never Tilt" slows things down with jumbled, woody percussion falling over lazy drums and stretched, yawning synth smears. "With Level Hopes" is characterized by melodic color, with pixelated patterns stretched over a funky, gooey bass line and clacking percussion. Closer "Yet Unfulfilled" pairs slo-mo beats with neo-soul vocal snippets, and lazy, stoned summer chords.

DIAGONAL (UK)

DIAG 011EP

BRONZE TEETH: A Waif's Rent 12" (DIAG 011EP) 18.00
London label Diagonal continue their swerve into caustic dancefloor territory with the debut pair of 12" releases from Bronze Teeth. Their extended technoid grooves perfectly match the project's name -- they're tough, hard-edged and intricately sculpted for tensile strength and visceral impact. Dominic Butler is one-third of Factory Floor, and Richard Smith meanwhile, records as L/F/D/M. A Waif's Rent opens hard with "Albion Pressure," ushered in by a cloud of distortion and teeming particulate matter. It gathers momentum and fury as it plays, scuttling forward like a column of ants. "Cut Bronze" and "Tephra" hew stark funk from woody drums.

EES'T (ITALY)

MB 005CD

M.B.: Regel CD (MB 005CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 1998. Reissue of the private LP, issued in an edition of 300 copies in 1982; his experimentation with noise syndrome has developed into a powerful stylistic electronic music that on Regel is coherent and dynamic. A dense synthetic mélange sets the backdrop over which he uses various rhythms/effects to achieve maximum intensity. "Acido Prussica," first issued on the Neuengamme LP compilation, is also included on this CD edition. Maurizio is ready to unload this death cargo. Fourth in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series.


MB 009CD

M.B.: Endometrio CD (MB 009CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 2000. Originally issued as a private LP edition of 400 copies in 1983. De-composition for synthetic sounds and electronically generated noises. Here M.B. distanced himself from the movement of the industrial Bruitists, introducing his "bionic music." Notwithstanding the difficulty of listening, especially upon initial impact, you are facing treated and filtered synthetic sounds that become new organisms -- sound cells analyzed under the microscope. This CD also includes excerpts from private tape editions originally issued on compilation cassettes. Personal and obsessive. The seventh in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series.


MB 010CD

M.B.: Carcinosi CD (MB 010CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 2000. Originally issued as a private LP in an edition of 400 copies in 1983. De-composition for bionic organisms and concrete sounds. A sound that refuses both the cold logic of the fetish electronic computer-man-of-the-year and the sterile exasperation of the negative. A sound that dilutes and coagulates, eluding the listeners with minimal variations that make the cyclic style of Phillip Glass resemble a carousel of colors. This CD also features two untitled tracks first issued on compilation cassettes. Compositive discipline. The eighth in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series.


MB 011CD

M.B.: The Plain Truth CD (MB 011CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 2000. First issued on the Broken Flag label in the UK in an edition of 500 in 1983. A different style, providing some distance from all his previous works; a more expansive experimentation with multiple layers of synthesizer sounds. Still very intense. M.B.'s recordings come closest to classical electronics, but always with a very personal style. This CD edition also features an interview on Radio Popolare in Milan from 1/1/83. An English translation is included in the liner notes. Dedicated to all the redeemed people. Ninth in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series.


MB 012CD

M.B.: Armaghedon CD (MB 012CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 2000. Private LP edition of 300 copies in 1984. This record is the soundtrack to a film with the same title, produced and directed by Maurizio Bianchi. For obscure reasons, the original LP remained unavailable for a long time, and was distributed only one year after it was printed. Moreover, most of the copies were destroyed. Less than 100 actually exist. This was M.B.'s last vinyl production, and also the only one featuring recordings of the artist's voice. It was made during a period of huge change in M.B.'s life. Tenth in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series.


MB 014CD

BIANCHI, MAURIZIO: Frammenti CD (MB 014CD) 19.50
2014 repress, originally released in 2002. Frammenti, i.e. Fragments, is the new direction in Maurizio Bianchi's music. An acoustic-bionic composition for electromagnetic waves and cyclic sonorities. Left now are all the indeterminate atmospheres gently fluctuating, in order to reach a more formal and structured work. Still dealing with the fragments of our memories made of joy and tribulations, sensations and awareness, aspirations and disappointments, with the carnal and the spiritual assistance. This new composition, quite as literally as the title suggests, consists of two long sound-collages reminding some of the techniques that M.B. was using in the late '70s under the name of Sacher-Pelz. The music is not that brutal DIY intensity of analogic treatments, but more a digital version of nowadays oscillating clinic sonorities. As the author stated: "Those who will have the courage to listen to and investigate it, will remain mentally upright when confronted with the opposition of today's music -- which is so mechanical, hybrid, aseptic, narcotic, obsessive -- while in their heart nothing will be left but the principal fragment, which originated the sonorous universe: the sacredness of infinity!"

FABRIC (UK)

FABRIC 152CD

CALYX & TEEBEE: Fabriclive 76 CD (FABRIC 152CD) 16.00
Hailing from London and Norway respectively, for the best part of two decades drum & bass mainstays Calyx & TeeBee have received acclaim for their releases, both solo and in tandem, on labels such as RAM, Metalheadz and Moving Shadow. On Fabriclive 76 they splice together a whopping 34 tracks, covering the genre's full spectrum with the characteristic dexterity that has seen their DJ sets highly-prized by their legions of fans around the globe. Artists include: Friction & Skream (feat. Scrufizzer, P Money & Riko Dan), Gridlok & Prolix, Xtrah, Ulterior Motive, Calibre, Break, NC17 & KC, Nasty Habits, Om Unit, The Prototypes, Teddy Killerz, Chris.SU, Michael Woods (feat. Ester Dean), Noisia & Calyx, Hidden Turn (feat. Azaco), Blu Mar Ten (feat. Agné Genyté), Arp XP, Hybris, Brain Crisis, Bricky Mortar, Dub Phizix, Optical, Ed Rush, Fierce/Optiv, and Kemal & Rob Data.

FIVE FOUR-O RECORDS

540 045LP

REP AND FRIENDS, MIKE: Darby Creek Drifter LP (540 045LP) 14.00
"The name Mike 'Rep' Hummel means many things to different people. Many equate Rep with 70's 'Proto-Punk', 80's 'D.I.Y.' or a pioneering founder of 90's 'Lo-Fi' (Rep prefers the term 'Mega-Fi' himself). Along with his bands Mike Rep & The Quotas & the seminal (Ohio) True Believers, he was also a cohort in the 90's Columbus 'supergroup' Ego Summit among a plethora of other Ohio band involvements. Also known for recording and/or mixing ('Lovingly Fucking With') such bands of note as Guided By Voices, Times New Viking, Jim Shepard, The Gibson Brothers, Strapping Fields Hands, Mount Carmel and dozens of others, mostly in their formative garage/basement incarnations. 'I prefer deflowering to retooling. Both present worthwhile challenges but working with virgin talent won't get you an STD' he once infamously said. Still others remember him for his groundbreaking Columbus Ohio homegrown label 'New Age Records' (named before there was such a thing as New Age music) which evolved into the 80's/90's cassette pioneering signpost to new space 'Old Age/NO Age' label through the 90's. And so the name Mike Rep Hummel has a polarizing effect on many who either admire or deride his body of work. Hummel's new record Darby Creek Drifter is one that is sure to draw the line even deeper into the sand. Rep sez; 'As my pal Bob Pollard' once quipped, 'this does not rock'. But it rolls baby, it rolls."

FOURTH DIMENSION (UK)

FD 090CD

YOUNGS, RICHARD: Primary Concrete Attack CD (FD 090CD) 16.50
Another solo album by the highly-prolific yet always captivating Richard Youngs, whose music can waver healthily between new forms of singer-songwriter material, lo-fi drones and all manner of avant-garde forms/non-forms. On this album, Primary Concrete Attack, he utilizes a borrowed spring reverb generator from his friend, Luke Fowler, to rise to the challenge Richo at FD set him of creating a dub record. While not liking reggae or dub himself, Richard Youngs professes a huge passion for tape echo and spring reverb, plus loves a hearty and perhaps provocative challenge. The eight tracks that make up Primary Concrete Attack, as perhaps expected, bear little in common with a dub record and fall far closer to the idiosyncratic worlds Richard Youngs generally appears to feel happiest in. Combining electronic splurge with all manner of loops and various sound sources, this album focuses very much on their effects and how to play around with them as much as the original sounds.

FREUDE AM TANZEN (GERMANY)

FREUDE 011LP

VA: Freude am Tanzen SIX10 Compilation 2LP+CD (FREUDE 011LP) 29.00
Double LP version, featuring 8 tracks, housed in a die-cut sleeve with a poster and download code for the complete album. What began in the mid-'90s, initiated by the event-organizer duo Sperling & Mauss in Jena as an event series by the name of "Freude am Tanzen" has long been the best-known platform for electronic music on the Saale River. In the meantime there have been over 60 releases, a subsidiary label (Musik Krause), and an in-house booking agency. With 16 years in, the still-young enterprise Freude am Tanzen is on the way from adolescence to adulthood. Yet in spite of tightly organized structures, fortunately boredom has not set in, and this is proven with the jubilee compilation Freude am Tanzen SIX10 Compilation. "It would be too easy to take the best tracks from 16 years of Freude am Tanzen and pack them into a sampler," FAT-head Thomas Sperling explains as the reasoning being SIX10 being no "best-of" but rather chock-full with new tracks. This compilation is a toast to 16 years of Freude am Tanzen and there are many new tracks from almost every artist from the label's history until now, spanning the stylistic spectrum from here to there. The kickoff comes from Eating Snow with the introverted track "Bridges," along with the unique vocals of Mooryc on some melancholic music from Douglas Greed. It continues with a throttling solo Greed with "Springtime in December" that keeps the tempo and the dancefloor securely in view. From there we are taken to Mathias Kaden with his club-proven "Freakinme," and then there is Juno6 with "Seq022," again turning down the lights and leaving everyone at ease. FAT newcomers Tim Vita & Oliver Gehrmann fall into the disco magic potion cauldron, and Monkey Maffia hammers with his soul-infused goods a piano melody loaded for the dance. Metaboman appears with a concentrated house sound and Kadebostan & Laolu compose a courageous acid bath of velvety, dark vocals and belly-growling, massaging kicks. More laid-back offerings appear from Taron-Trekka with their "Kanatter," a demonstration of their relaxed deep-house fluffiness. Jesper Ryom is melody-smitten, while Thomas Stieler trudges forth on his quest for the perfect groove with "Observatory." Continuing anew is the straight bass drum from Gathaspar, the spiritual choir singing over nervous twitching drums and claps in layers that will send you into far-away spheres. Feindrehstar's "Dirty Stomping" is heavily grounded in funk and No Accident In Paradise's track features a quiet, pulsating bass drum under wallowing surfaces and soft bleeps.

GEOMETRIK (SPAIN)

GR 2131LP

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO: Sheikh Aljama LP (GR 2131LP) 19.50
Geometrik presents the first-ever vinyl reissue of Esplendor Geométrico's Sheikh Aljama, originally released only on CD by Daft Records in 1991. Recorded between 1987 and 1989 and remastered in 2014 from the original tapes. This album captures an especially interesting period where the unique and characteristic rhythmic-industrial E.G. style, developed during the '80s, turns more minimalistic, schematic, cold and rough, with sporadic influences from Arabic music and rhythms. Sheikh Aljama is an Esplendor Geométrico classic and one of the best albums of their whole career, which includes their hit "Sinaya." Sheikh Aljama stands out for its incorporation of sonorities, voices, percussion, and Arabic influences. Limited edition of 700 copies.


GR 2132LP

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO: Arispejal Astisaro+ 2LP (GR 2132LP) 25.50
Geometrik presents the reissue of Esplendor Geométrico's Arispejal Astisaró on vinyl for the first time, now in an expanded 2LP version (Arispejal Astisaró+) with the four outstanding tracks "Noising in the Rain I-IV," included in the legendary Bruitiste compilation (1987) by RRRrecords. Recorded between 1987 and 1989 and previously released only on CD in 1992 by Línea Alternativa, this album captures an especially interesting period where the unique and characteristic rhythmic-industrial Esplendor Geométrico style, developed in the '80s, turns more minimalistic, schematic, cold and rough. Remastered in 2014 with a vastly improved sound, Arispejal Astisaró+ includes the 10 original tracks of the CD plus the four tracks which appeared on Bruitiste, constituting the perfection of the '80s E.G. sound in all its aspects, as voiced by Arturo Lanz. Aggressive, surgical hammering, mechanized tribalism, hypnotic spirals and more. Recorded in Palma de Mallorca. Mixed in Almachriti Studio (Melilla-Spain/Africa) by Chibril Ben-Yúsuf. Limited edition of 700 copies.

GET ON DOWN

GET 51295LP

RAEKWON: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2LP (GET 51295LP) 32.00
2014 repress. "The cultural phenomenon that is the Wu-Tang cannot accurately be described without referencing one of the pillars in the Clan's discography. Chef Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx remains firmly planted as one of the defining triumphs in their artistic legacy. The oft referred 'Purple Tape' has been cited and debated by many as the greatest Wu-Tang solo project to date and remains a bullet point in any discussion involving the greatest 'cocaine rap' or 'street hop' albums of all time. In continuing with its proud tradition of honoring historically significant hip hop albums, Get On Down is honored to present Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx for the first time ever on double translucent purple vinyl housed in a high density re-sealable poly bag. This edition features, for the first time ever on vinyl, the formerly CD-only bonus track, 'North Star (Jewels).' And if that wasn't enough, the entire album also features completely enhanced and painstakingly remastered audio. This is the definitive must-own vinyl edition of Raekwon's masterpiece."

HONEST JON'S RECORDS (UK)

HJR 060LP

ACTRESS: R.I.P. 2LP (HJR 060LP) 20.00
2014 repress; 2LP version. South London producer Darren Cunningham returns with a suite of electronic laments, tone structures and dream-time rhythms which all carry his unmistakable fingerprint. R.I.P. comprises 15 tracks painstakingly crafted by Cunningham in his London studio over recent years, with a conceptual arc taking in death, life, sleep and religion.

HUNDEBISS (ITALY)

H 026LP

SEWN LEATHER: Freak on Hashish/Longboarding Is a Crime LP (H 026LP) 25.50
Griffin Pyn was born in 1987 in New Orleans. Second cousin of Philip Anselmo from Pantera. Started fuckin' around with noisy stuff after seeing Nautical Almanac in 2002, started Sewn Leather in December 2006 after getting really into DAF/The Normal/Fad Gadget. Released music on various formats on various labels, such as Hundebiss, Friends And Relatives, American Tapes, Night People, etc. Constantly touring since 2007, shared the stage/floor many times with various other artists and bands such as DJ Dog Dick, Narwhalz Of Sound, Laser Poodle, Dracula Lewis, Secret Abuse, Earth Crown, Video Hippos, Hoax, and more. Sewn Leather became Skull Katalog in late 2013,

KEYHOLE (UK)

KH 9020CD

MOTHERS OF INVENTION, THE: Wollman Rink, Central Park, NY, August 3rd 1968 CD (KH 9020CD) 17.00
This superb set documents The Mothers Of Invention's appearance at the 1968 Schaefer Music Festival, sponsored by the Schaefer Brewing Company and held at the Wollman Skating Rink in New York City's Central Park. In exchange for $4,000 and what the contract described as "100% star billing," Zappa and his cohorts played two exhilarating 40-minute sets (at 8:00pm and 10:30pm), taking in early material, pieces that had yet to be recorded, and some that never would be. It makes its long-awaited return to CD here. Remastered sound. Background notes and photos included.


KH 9021CD

IRON BUTTERFLY: Live at the Galaxy, LA, July 1967 CD (KH 9021CD) 17.00
Recorded live at the Galaxy club on Sunset Boulevard in July 1967, this captures Iron Butterfly's early five-piece, two-guitar line-up in fiery form. Having just recorded their debut album, Heavy, they tear through several tracks from it, as well as two otherwise unreleased numbers and others that wouldn't see the light of day until their third album appeared in 1969. A unique document of a major band at an important juncture in their career, this is essential listening for all lovers of acid rock. Background notes and images included.


KH 9022CD

MOBY GRAPE: Live at Stony Brook University, NY, October 22nd 1968 CD (KH 9022CD) 17.00
October 22nd, 1968 found Moby Grape supporting on a bill with Procol Harum and The Churls in the gym at Stony Brook University, New York. They had recently become a quartet following the departure of troubled singer/guitarist Skip Spence, and this superb set captures them in transition from their psychedelic ballroom days to a mellower, country-based sound. It's presented here with background notes and rare images.

KISMET (UK)

KIS 4053CD

DIA PROMETIDO: Dia Prometido CD (KIS 4053CD) 17.00
Originally issued in early 1972, this haunting album from Dia Prometido finds an Iranian psalter player collaborating with a Chilean guitarist, together with a Spanish rhythm section, and makes its CD debut here. Background notes included.


KIS 4054CD

BRADFORD, SCOTT: Rock Slides CD (KIS 4054CD) 17.00
Originally issued in late 1969 on Probe -- the legendary label that also issued classics by Soft Machine, Morgen and The Litter -- this lysergically-tinged jazz album was recorded in Belgium, where keyboardist Scott Bradford, legendary saxophonist Nathan Davis, guitarist Philip Catherine, bassist Gunther Lenz and drummer Stu Martin had congregated. Featuring some wonderfully deep grooves, it makes its long-overdue CD debut here.

LIFE AND DEATH (ITALY)

LAD 018EP

SAILOR & I: Turn Around 12" (LAD 018EP) 14.50
Sailor & I's music is curiously compulsive and at the same time beautiful and utterly brutal. Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alexander Sjodin creates the band's signature introverted pop songs with the use of violins, voices, bass, analog synths and prominently-featured drums, recalling artists such as Rhye, Fleet Foxes and Woodkid. These two tracks, while very different in mood, share lush production and a knack for storytelling not often found in a typical dance release. While "Boys & Girls" offers a mournful yet beautiful tale of childhood days gone by, "Turn Around" comes straight out of the gate like a racehorse on fire. Remix by Âme.

LOVE ON THE ROCKS (GERMANY)

LOTR 003EP

TELEPHONES: Lotusland 12" (LOTR 003EP) 14.00
Love On The Rocks is back, this time with a true summer release. Norway's Telephones offer the beautiful Mediterranean house anthem "Lotusland," backed with remixes from Discodromo and Gatto Fritto. "Lotusland" appears here in two distinct versions. An irresistible melody takes the influences of early '90s NYC clubbing but with that uplifting European touch so loved by Italian producers of the day. Italian duo Discodromo take Lotusland to a soft-waved shore to get some discoid sand between their toes, while stellar producer Gatto Fritto shows his genius with a spaced-out electro-boogie wig-out, full of laser lights and seductive reverbs.

MAD DECENT

MAD 162LP

BONDE DO ROLE: Tropicalbacanal LP (MAD 162LP) 23.00
"Everything they see is upside down. How else do you explain Bonde do Role? They turn Brazilian folk songs into dance tracks and they make rockabilly replays into haunting taunts. In 2007, when their debut album With Lasers was released and Diplo and Pitchfork and The Fader and everyone else talked about how wild and weird and wonderful they were, it seemed like a stunt. Now they're even wilder, weirder, and more wonderful. Not many people know what Bonde are singing about, but everyone keeps singing along. Tropicalbacanal - produced by Diplo and Filip Nikolic and Poolside and featuring guest turns from Caetano Veloso, Kool A.D., Ce'Cile, Rizzie Kicks, and the Deatth Set - ushers in the fresh wave of avalanche tropical (the bossa nova of modern Brazil), and is all over the place. They wouldn't have it any other way." Pressed on translucent purple vinyl and house in a gatefold sleeve.

MATSULI MUSIC (UK)

MM 104LP

BATSUMI: Moving Along LP (MM 104LP) 34.00
"Precious SA freedom sounds -- intensely spiritual and engaged -- crossed by bebop, rooted in Malombo Jazz, animated by Biko. From 1976, on the cusp of intensifying apartheid repression, and radio silence."

MEDICAL RECORDS

MEDICAL 034LP

SEVERED HEADS: Since the Accident LP (MEDICAL 034LP) 19.00
"Medical Records presents two of the most striking and iconic reissues in its catalog. The first of the two Severed Heads reissues is 1983's Since the Accident. Severed Heads are one of the most diverse and expert sound palette engineers and are also repeatedly overlooked and far underrated. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, they formed in 1979. The band was composed of many different members though it's existence but Tom Ellard has always been the constant since 1979 when he joined the band. The group's early recordings were characterized by manipulated tape loop experiments, cleverly modulated noise elements and repetition. This period is very well suited to the early industrial period. Over time, the sounds morphed into more melodic leanings with pop elements and more prominent synth leads and backbone. Since the Accident was released in 1983 on the UK-based Ink records. The LP exemplifies the transition point between experimental structure and loops into the catchy pop hooks that would later define such releases as Rotund for Success. Difficult to classify, it is a masterpiece of electronic music. The opening track 'Relic of the Empire' is a slow sequenced magnificent piece with time-stretched samples overlaid with multiple tracks to create a symphony quite unlike anything heard before. The hit 'Dead Eyes Opened' (charted in 1985 as a single) is a dance floor friendly track with crafted synth hooks fused with bursts of noise intertwining with interesting vocal samples. 'Gashing the Old Mae West' is a perfect example of how the record can take a dark turn into the style of the earlier Sev Heads with jagged industrial crunched out tape loops and folding in and out samples. Though signed to '80s industrial label icon Nettwerk in North America and often classified in the same vein, these records are not easily definable and actually have a life of their own. Though commonly misclassified with a lot of the late '80s industrial/goth scene (as well as touring with Skinny Puppy at one point), Severed Heads would be more accurately in good company with acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, early Coil, Chris & Cosey (and CTI), and the like. Long out of print and a rarity on the collector's market, it is presented with original repro jacket. Remastered by Tom Ellard from the original source masters. Presented on high-quality 180 gram heavyweight black and white vinyl."


MEDICAL 035LP

SEVERED HEADS: City Slab Horror LP (MEDICAL 035LP) 19.00
"Medical Records presents two of the most striking and iconic reissues in its catalog. Second up of the two Severed Heads reissues is 1985's City Slab Horror. Severed Heads are one of the most diverse and expert sound palette engineers and are also repeatedly overlooked and far underrated. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, they formed in 1979. The band was composed of many different members though it's existence but Tom Ellard has always been the constant since 1979 when he joined the band. The group's early recordings were characterized by manipulated tape loop experiments, cleverly modulated noise elements and repetition. This period is very well suited to the early industrial period. Over time, the sounds morphed into more melodic leanings with pop elements and more prominent synth leads and backbone. City Slab Horror was released in 1985 on UK-based Ink records. The LP, though coming two years after Since the Accident, continues to carry the torch illustrating the evolving transition between experimental structure and loops into the catchy pop hooks that would later define such releases as Rotund for Success. This LP seems to move slightly into darker territory in general with its synth textures and slower tempo tracks but overall has a nice 'continuation' feel from Since the Accident yet with obvious technological evolutions. The opening track 'Spasm' drags the listener down the Sev Head mental rabbit hole instantly with its heady samples and eloquent drum machine rhythm. 'Spitoon Thud' is a rambunctious affair with it's cacophony of samples and percussion. '4.W.D.' is a great sneak peek into the sound of the Sev Heads LPs to come with its treated vocals and pop hooks (perfected on later records such as The Big Bigot). Next to last is the amazing 'Goodbye Tonsils' track which is unstoppably catchy and features more of the creative use of samples which made this group so interesting. Though signed to '80s industrial label icon Nettwerk in North America and often classified in the same vein, these records are not easily definable and actually have a life of their own. Though commonly misclassified with a lot of the late '80s industrial/goth scene (as well as touring with Skinny Puppy at one point), Severed Heads would be more accurately in good company with acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, early Coil, Chris & Cosey (and CTI), and the like. Long out of print and a rarity on the collector's market, it is presented with original repro jacket. Remastered by Tom Ellard from the original source masters. Presented on high-quality 180 gram heavyweight bone white vinyl."


MEDICAL 036LP

KLINE COMA XERO: Kline Coma Xero LP (MEDICAL 036LP) 19.00
"Medical Records presents the debut full length release of Kline Coma Xero. A self-titled LP influenced largely by the sterile and isolated iconography of authors such as Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and JG Ballard (from whence the band's name is derived). Formed in 2012, Kline Coma Xero is a group whose work embraces elements of early minimal synth wave with distinctively thoughtful lyrics and evocative melodies. Kline Coma Xero's Tony Williams has had his roots planted in various projects in the past, spanning a realm of styles from experimental noise, tape loops and early industrial. Using a writing style that employs the use of hardware sequencers driving analog instruments rather than computers, Kline Coma Xero produces a uniquely oblique interpretation of past-meets-present in modern electronic music. Kline Coma Xero debuted in 2013 with the track 'Left Behind,' which was included on the Circuit D'Actes 3 La Forme Lente label compilation and is the opening track for this LP. The second track, 'Rewind,' is amazingly catchy and reminiscent of the best hybrid of analog synth pop overlaid with Front 242 style vocals. Other standout tracks are the second side opener 'Mannequins' with its razor sharp lead synths as well as the dark and brooding 'Casualty Ward.' Kline Coma Xero will certainly appeal to fans of analog minimal synth, EBM, and the more melodic side of industrial as well as specific acts such as Fad Gadget, Suicide, John Foxx, or Martial Canterel. Presented on high-quality 180 gram heavyweight colored splatter on opaque white vinyl and features a bonus LP insert."

MIE (UK)

MIE 027LP

CARTER & PAT MURANO, TOM: Four Infernal Rivers 2LP (MIE 027LP) 29.00
"Tom Carter and Pat Murano, two figures with decades of history behind them, offer Four Infernal Rivers, their new double long player. Four Infernal Rivers illuminates their interlocking styles in a light that blurs their individual identities. The music breathes its own life, and consistently eschews the normal meanings of its own potential descriptors. To think and act intuitively across 80 minutes in real time, without falling into boring or wasteful modes, should be taken as a remarkable accomplishment. The album title is as descriptive as it is suggestive. 'Four' is the number of tracks. Easy. 'Infernal.' It's a harder one to parse out, harder still to live up to, yet the record's hellish qualities come from the fact that it seems like it could never end. Its fiendishness stems from a tone which is consistently ominous and ever-portending. 'Rivers' is spot-on. Close your eyes, draw up an image of a river, and the music pulls instantly into focus. It's not so much a soundtrack to a film or a scene, but rather an auditory evocation of something that is ever-present. To invoke water is to invoke the most crucial ingredient of life (insofar as we describe it) on this planet. A river is one and many things, an aspect of a system larger than itself, full of majesty and terror. One need only think of the rivers of Herzog's Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo, of Conrad's Heart of Darkness or Ballard's The Day of Creation, to understand the gist of what is being presented. The rivers forged by the duo are menacing and imposing, full of risk and danger. In an age when the entire aim of underground artists seems so geared towards either mimicking or revolting directly against the tides of mainstream culture, it is nigh-impossible to know where to turn. If this record has anything to say about it, it might be that the most valid instances of possibility are to be found in adhering to no preconceived method, in swimming with a current of one's own making. It sways between an understanding of musical history and a disregard for its confines. There is interplay that doesn't apologize for or attempt to live up to anything. It is music born of elements that have always existed and still cannot be grasped. Both spacious and immediate, moments exist either to be seized or to be let go. What might in another setting play out as a tension between dissonance and melody here lives entirely outside of those concerns. There is comfort and compatibility in this music, a sense that neither player would ever step on the other's toes, while still feeling the freedom to explore whichever tributary they might come across. Ideal traveling companions, then. 'It's after the end of the world, don't you know that yet?' June Tyson asked long ago. Some of us do and some of us don't. Those of us who aren't quite sure make records like this." --Matt Krefting, Easthampton, MA, April, 2014

MISSISSIPPI RECORDS

MRP 062LP

DEZURIK SISTERS: Sing and Yodel Their Greatest Hits LP (MRP 062LP) 15.00
"The Dezurik Sisters (also known as the Cackle Sisters) were Carolyn and Mary Jane Dezurik - two absolutely amazing identical twin sisters with soaring voices that you need to hear to believe. Here we have the first ever LP of tracks by these two incredible entertainers. The ladies sing, yodel and cackle some of the most impressively acrobatic vocal performances you will likely ever hear in your life. Beautiful and novel country tunes to warm your heart and make you feel alright. This LP contains the only three 78s released by the Dezurik's as well as selections from their radio broadcasts as the Cackle Sisters. A great unsung but important chapter in the history of country music. Old school 'tip on' cover and liner notes with archival photos and interviews."


MRP 069LP

BLIND UNCLE GASPARD/DELMA LACHNEY: On the Waters Edge LP (MRP 069LP) 15.00
"Twelve great songs recorded by two of Cajun music's finest and most unusual artists: Blind Uncle Gaspard and Delma Lachney. All songs originally released on 78 in the late 1920s. Fragile and dignified performances with French vocals accompanied by guitar or fiddle, or sometimes both. Impeccable ballads and breakdowns. Old school 'tip on' cover."


MRP 079LP

VA: My Intention Is War: Trinidad Calypsos 1928-1948 LP (MRP 079LP) 15.00
"Incredible compilation of calypso classics from Trinidad recorded between 1928 and 1948 by well known masters of the form such as The Roaring Lion, Attila the Hun, Lionel Belasco, and Lord Invader, as well as by some lesser known but great artists. Minor chord, intense meditations on death, beautiful and fragile instrumentals, topical and poetic songs, and more. This is the real stuff. Songs include 'The Horrors of War,' 'African War Call,' 'When I Lay Me Body Down in the Grave,' 'Exploiting,' 'Inequality of Life,' and 'Death.' Real masterpieces here. Not a clunker in the bunch. Old school 'tip on' cover."

MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)

MUSIQ 174EP

LAWRENCE: Blue Mountain 12" (MUSIQ 174EP) 14.50
Lawrence is back on Mule Musiq with four beautiful electronic dance tracks. He's also working on his first ambient album for Mule. Stay tuned.

NEVADA (SPAIN)

ND 1276LP

PUNK ROCKERS: Los exitos de los Sex Pistols LP (ND 1276LP) 17.50
Repressed. One of the weirdest, rarest and strangest records ever. Can you imagine a Spanish band singing in bad English, playing all Sex Pistols covers? That's what we have here. Originally released in 1978 by Nevada Records, Los éxitos de los Sex Pistols by Punk Rockers is a cover album played by some bizarre Spanish band that someone says included some members of Asfalto. Here you can listen to the entirety of the mighty Never Mind the Bollocks record, but covered by this crazy band. An absolutely weird thing, as you will discover.

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 080EP

TOBIAS.: Remixes 12" (OSTGUT 080EP) 14.00
Following Tobias.'s second solo album on Ostgut Ton (A Series of Shocks, OSTGUT 030CD/016LP), this EP presents remixes of three of the album's tracks. Mathew Jonson & The Mole's remix of "If" spans the whole A-side, building an arc of suspense with gently rising percussion and hi-hats. "Cursor Item Only" acquires a new direction in the remix by Peter Van Hoesen, with a broken techno groove and absorbing bell structures in combination with intriguing effects. New face Blue Hour leads the mood of this EP towards peak time phase with a combination of classic 909 drums and a remarkable arrangement of the original sounds of "Blue Hour."

PK RECORDS (UK)

PK 002EP

CASH/AARON CARL, GREG: Party Chat Remix 12" (PK 002EP) 15.00
"The great Aaron Carl from Wallshaker and Underground Resistance, tearing it up. All Head High posse, get flat: here it is, Detroit house music, the real thing. The original instrumental, too."


PK 006EP

RHYTHM & SOUND: No Partial 10" (PK 006EP) 15.00
2014 repress, originally released in 2001. "At their chilliest, most magnificent and dreadful. Brilliantly remastered, one-sided."

REAL SOON (UK)

RSOON 025EP

ULTRAMARINE: Passwords 12" (RSOON 025EP) 12.50
Real Soon brings together a trio of heavyweight practitioners in the fine art of house music to remix tracks from Ultramarine's critically-acclaimed album This Time Last Year (RSOON 024CD/LP). The Kai Alce and Hercules & Love Affair mixes share a similar approach; raw, jacking and dancefloor-friendly. Kai gives "Eye Contact" a Chicago-flavored jazz twist with a bass line reminiscent of Glenn Underground and fleeting, high-register piano. On "Passwords," Hercules & Ha-Ze Factory layer rhythm and vocal samples from the original track and punch a hole in them with brutal sawtooth basses and bouncing syndrums. Juju & Jordash reduce the downtempo "Decoy Point" to a warm, pulsing mantra.

RIOTVAN (GERMANY)

RVN 007EP

KRAUSE, PANTHERA: Laika 12" (RVN 007EP) 12.00
Kraus Panthera delivers a mini-album for the Riotvan label. The opener "Through My Mind" expands to turn into a dense synth cloud which casts anchor on the dancefloor. Then, "Isla" soars into the climax, drifting off into the eternity of space while the track unpacks the flute of longing. "If" approaches you as a percussively-padded jazz monster. Rumor has it that joint sessions with Panthera's niece and drummer Paul Tetzlaff have had an influence on that one. Finally, "Dubcek" is full of skillful disco coolness, including a cheekily groovy bass line and a drama boost made of a sample turned into a note.

RIPATTI (FINLAND)

RIPATTI 006EP

HEISENBERG: Ripatti06 12" (RIPATTI 006EP) 14.50
RIpatti is a new label from Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) envisaged as a studio diary of sorts, cataloguing ongoing experiments made by Sasu in his studio on his own and alongside various collaborators. Ripatti06 features two further productions from Heisenberg, a new collaboration between Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) and Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric, Moritz von Oswald Trio). Play at 45 RPM.

SENSO SOUNDS (GERMANY)

SENSO 001EP

HUNTEMANN, OLIVER: Blitz & Donner 12" (SENSO 001EP) 14.00
Senso, the brand-new imprint from Hamburg's Oliver Huntemann, delivers its debut release from the boss himself -- two tracks of exceptionally focused, highly-charged and deeply sophisticated techno from the heart. "Donner" is an epic 9-plus minute workout of muscular beats, off kilter percussion and tense, minimal melodies -- a master class in the art of building tension and its eventual release. Similarly, "Blitz" weaves a narrative out of a terse, tightly-wound groove and elements that gradually build and build, stoking the fire. Metallic, buzzing synths fire and recede, ultimately exposing the jagged machine-funk core of another exceptional Huntemann transmission.

SMALL BUT HARD RECORDINGS (UK)

SBH 003LP

DEAD FADER: Scorched LP (SBH 003LP) 21.00
On Small But Hard Recordings, Dead Fader presents Scorched, an extension of his previous work in the realms of sonic extremity. Dead Fader is recognized for Cohen's use of heavy distortion, melding noise with infectious dancefloor sensibility. With Scorched, this world collapses in on itself. Stripped-back textures expose raw extremity and breadth. Dead Fader has appeared alongside Flying Lotus, The Bug, Seefeel, Venetian Snares, and Clark. Recent festival appearances include Supersonic, Roskilde, Elevate, Norberg, and Sonic Acts. "Scorched is like being driven over wasteland in the boot of a car." --Mark Clifford (Seefeel)

SND (UK)

SND 2SE

SND: newtables (Special Extended Edition) 2LP (SND 2SE) 25.50
Mark Fell and Mat Steel's second EP as SND arrived a year after their debut Tplay (SND 1SE) and continued to explore a distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, house and UK garage stripped to its bare bones. The tracks here more or less split themselves into three distinct categories: the first detailing the brilliant swing and shuffle of their reduced UKG mutations, with "22" in particular perfecting the balance between academic reduction and kinetic, feminine motion. The second outlines a more linear approach utilizing reduced house and techno templates, while the last includes more experimental works such as the proper fwwwwd bass-pulse arrangements on the previously unheard B2 and the frequency fxxckery of closing track D3. With the original DAT tapes remastered and cut by Rashad Becker, this series is a real treat to followers of SND and Mark Fell, and an essential eye-opener for anyone unfamiliar with this incredible early material.

STAG-O-LEE (GERMANY)

STAGO 051CD

VA: Slow Grind Fever Volume 1 & 2 CD (STAGO 051CD) 17.00
Being a part-time DJ whose favorite musical period is the decade between 1953 and 1963, one can dig forever in a bottomless pit of great, danceable, uptempo tunes. Even after years and years of bringing new and exciting tunes to light, there are still new finds every day that fill the dancefloors around the world for fans young and old. We're talking rhythm 'n blues and the phase in the early '60s when it morphed into soul (now called New Breed), as well as the genre that nowadays is labeled Popcorn -- a midtempo style with a high groove-factor that was created in Belgium (of all places). Of course, when filling the box for a DJ night, one selects the fast and highly danceable stuff and maybe a few slower tunes to send people home in the morning. The Slow Grind Fever series was created after stumbling on a clubnight in Australia via the internet: "Melbourne's only slow dance party, where they play the slowest, spookiest, sweetest records they can find, and folks dance real slow in a haze of smoke and dim red light." Well, what a concept! The Soundcloud-mixes the three DJs posted pretty quickly convinced the Stag-O-Lee chief that this was very exciting, and after a few mails with the guys who run the Melbourne night, the Slow Grind Fever series was born. Long may it run. This jewel-case CD with a 16-page booklet combines the limited edition vinyl LPs 1 + 2 in their entirety. A total of 30 tracks and 79:30 minutes of cool music.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

SF 056CD

VA: Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna CD (SF 056CD) 15.00
For centuries, the Jemaa El Fna (Rendezvous of the Dead) has remained the stage for one of the most spectacular social forums on the planet. By day, this central square in the city of Marrakesh, one of Morocco's great imperial cities, fosters a kaleidoscope of entertainment for its local inhabitants; storytellers, acrobats, magicians and snake charmers all create intriguing displays of bewitching spectacle. As the sun sets, the evening grows frantic with the pulse of the crowd; it is then that the night musicians set up. Free from the restrictions and expectations of light entertainment for a tourist crowd, these musicians manifest ecstatic performances that animate the audience and players alike. The groups represented on this album; Troupe Majidi, Amal Saha, and Mustapha Mahjoub, are working and carrying the torch of their musical heroes nightly in the square. These songs come from the repertoire of Morocco's greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad, and many others from the Chaabi (Moroccan popular music) canon and are given a raw, emotional and fiery interpretation. Instruments are powered by car batteries and blown out through megaphone speakers. These recordings represent a rare opportunity to hear this music at such close proximity, taking in all the power and passion of the performances. The raw fidelity captures an unflinching immersion of what is simply some of the greatest street music on earth. Recorded by Hisham Mayet in 2005, a few of these performances were featured in his film Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway. This collection also contains tracks not present in the film for a more potent snapshot of the ecstatic Jemaa El Fna. Debut CD digipak edition of this sold-out LP with booklet & photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.


SF 1025CD

VA: Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol. 1 2CD (SF 1025CD) 16.00
Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that had rarely showcased abroad. This 2014 deluxe-edition 2CD reissue is a must-have. It features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue. Meticulously compiled by Mark Gergis from his archives of Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan and elsewhere within the diaspora, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq. Choubi is Iraq's version of Middle Eastern dabke music, and can be found throughout the country. It's performed at weddings and parties nationally by its melting pot of Arabs, Kurds, Christians, and Rom gypsies -- known as Kawlia. The Kawlia have been some of the most active recorded choubi artists in Iraq since the 1980s, and many tracks featured in this volume feature their outstanding performances. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid-fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo. This is the work of a unique nomadic hand drum called the Khishba -- also known as the Zanbour (Arabic for wasp). A style prominently featured here is the infamous Iraqi Choubi -- a driving, rhythmic style that can include fiddles, double reeded instruments, percussion, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat. Other styles featured are the Basta (an urban Baghdadi sound), Iraq's legendary brand of Mawal -- an ornamental vocal improvisation that sets the tone of a song, regardless of the style, and the outstanding Iraqi Hecha -- with its lumbering and determined rhythm pulsing beneath sad, antagonized vocals. Most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period -- between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these have already become part of a disappeared past. This 2CD package comes in a beautifully redesigned digipak and features 70 minutes of classic original recordings compiled by Mark Gergis with extensive liner notes.

THE DEATH OF RAVE (UK)

RAVE 002EP

POWELL: Untitled 12" (RAVE 002EP) 16.50
2014 repress. This is Powell's keenly-awaited 12" for The Death Of Rave. "A Band" emphasizes a chimeric indistinction between the "real" textures of sample-spliced guitars and drums, and the gritted tension of painstakingly processed electronics, whereas "Acid" feels more like Bob Ostertag or Russell Haswell mangling Phuture. "Rider" is a nod to Suicide, yet sliced with the precision of prime period Dom & Optical, while "Oh No New York" is a sort of steampunk alternative to the perceived evolution of dance music.

THE TRILOGY TAPES (UK)

TRILOGY 024EP

ZENKER, DARIO: Morsin 12" (TRILOGY 024EP) 19.00
"Four aces from one of the brothers behind the dope Ilian Tape label, out of Giesing, Munich. Spaced, rocking, multi-pronged."

TRAFFIC

TEG 76538LP

BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS: Criminal Minded 2LP (TEG 76538LP) 24.00
2014 repress. "In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions' undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs 'South Bronx,' 'Criminal Minded' and 'The Bridge is Over,' captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One's aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rock's hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to present Criminal Minded, presented for the first time ever in a double-LP pressing with a new digital transfer from the original analog master tapes. The album is packaged in a gatefold 'paste-on style' jacket, featuring extensive liner notes from journalist Brian Coleman and KRS-One, full color printed dust sleeves with vintage B-Boy Records graffiti artwork, full-color 24" x 36" poster and the bonus track 'P is Free (Original 12" Version).'"

UNIVERSITY OF VICE (SPAIN)

UOVR 001LP

VA: The International Vicious Society Vol. I LP (UOVR 001LP) 21.00
Reissue of the first difficult-to-find volume of this crazy series, out of print for the last ten years. 500 copies limited edition. "The craziest compilation of music from all over the world. This compilation collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the '50s and '60s." "A brilliant & bonkers concoction of exotica, teenbeat, and international nonsense novelties." "If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records, then this is for YOU! This platter will liven up any ole party!" "Lurch-eriffic teen crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes & ears alike pop just like corn. Long live the University of Vice." Tracks from England, Germany, USA, Mexico, Iran, Brazil, Italy, Indonesia, and Tahiti.


UOVR 002LP

VA: The International Vicious Society Vol. II LP (UOVR 002LP) 21.00
Reissue of the difficult-to-find volume 2 in this crazy series, out of print for the last ten years. 500 copies limited edition. "The craziest compilation of music from all over the world. This compilation collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the '50s and '60s." "A brilliant & bonkers concoction of exotica, teenbeat, and international nonsense novelties." "If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records, then this is for YOU! This platter will liven up any ole party!" "Lurch-eriffic teen crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes & ears alike pop just like corn. Long live the University of Vice." Tracks from the USA, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, France, Greece, Tahiti, and Denmark.


UOVR 010LP

VA: The International Vicious Society Vol. VII LP (UOVR 010LP) 21.00
The University Of Vice label presents the seventh volume of their International Vicious Society collection of releases -- the craziest compilation of music from all over the world. This comp collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the '50s and '60s. A brilliant and bonkers concoction of exotica, teenbeat, and international nonsense novelties. If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out your Las Vegas grind and jungle exotica records, then this is for YOU. This platter will liven up any ole party with lurch-eriffic teen crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes and ears alike pop just like corn. Tracks from Thailand, Italy, Panama, USA, Mexico, France, Morocco, and Puerto Rico. Limited to 500 copies only.

UNSEEN WORLDS

UW 013CD

YIFRASHEWA, GIRMA: Love & Peace CD (UW 013CD) 12.00
"New recordings of solo piano pieces by Ethiopian composer Girma Yifrashewa, the first release of Yifrashewa's music outside of Africa. Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa is a worthy new torchbearer of African pianism. His highly personalized approach to the piano likens him to Ethiopian composer Emahoy Tsege Mariam, while his use of Ethiopian pentatonic scale within the Western Art Music format places his compositions in conversation with more academically minded work. Traditionally Ethiopian in melody, cinematic in vision, and deep in beauty, his compositions occupy a lyrical middle ground between classical and jazz that is supremely listenable yet defies easy classification. Following the passing of Ethiopian composer Ashenafi Kebede in 1998, Girma moved beyond his conservatory repertoire and began his career as a composer, penning the composition "The Shepherd With The Flute" - an homage to Kebede's most famous work, "The Shepherd Flutist." Since then, Yifrashewa has established himself a pre-eminent composer of Ethiopia, touring Africa and Europe extensively on cultural commissions. The emotional directness and unique quality of his work make it destined for wider popularity, still."

ZEITKRATZER (GERMANY)

ZKR 016CD

REED, LOU: Metal Machine Music: First Full Instrumental Version Performed Live by Zeitkratzer CD (ZKR 016CD) 15.50
About 10 years after their first, critically-acclaimed performances of Lou Reed's adventurous album, Zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Music, played by Zeitkratzer on one recording. This new version of Metal Machine Music is even more transparent, instrumentally pure and radical than the shortened 2007 release. Live recordings from concerts in Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy, mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker. A real sound experience! After their first performances in 2002 (documented on the 2007 CD release on Asphodel), Zeitkratzer gave Reed's album a new thorough listen and transcribed the sounds to create an acoustic score for the ensemble to play live. Those familiar with the oft-criticized two-disc album might wonder how they pulled this off, but they did, and their interpretation of the work brought it to the attention of a wider audience. It is therefore partly thanks to the Zeitkratzer version that Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music has been rediscovered as a classic of the 20th century. It was at the live performance with Zeitkratzer in Berlin that Lou Reed spoke for the first time in public about the musical details of his composition, in an interview with Diedrich Diedrichsen. Zeitkratzer was clearly ready for the challenges of performing Metal Machine Music live, and drew packed houses for their presentation of the work. This confirmed their assertion that rock'n'roll as serious contemporary music has been ignored for too long, in too arrogant a way. The relentless sound forces the mind to put aside its preconceptions about what music is supposed to sound like, or feel like, or look like. The brain starts to implode, or explode, or dissolve Zen-like into the controlled chaos of the performance, discovering a strange exhilaration, accepting an invitation to explore the outer reaches of texture and timbre, to experience a sonic freedom that's rare in any art form. These recordings from Metal Machine Music have become even more intense and worked out during the 10 years of Zeitkratzer playing it live at numerous international festivals -- contemporary music festivals, noise festivals, improvisation festivals -- it's impossible to limit this music to one genre. Metal Machine Music has gained a new quality of clarity, sound transparence and musical intensity. Real radical contemporary chamber noise music! These recordings from the Festival Romaeuropa in Rome and the Festival Aperto in Reggio Emilia (2012) present Zeitkratzer not only at their very best, the splendid mix by Rashad Becker also reveals new aspects of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Frank Gratkowski (clarinets); Matt Davis (trumpet); Hilary Jeffery (trombone); Reinhold Friedl (piano); Marc Weiser (guitar); Maurice de Martin (percussion); Burkhard Schlothauer (violin); Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello); Uli Phillipp (double bass).

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