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Forced Exposure New Releases for 2/1/2016

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New music is due from Current 93, Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne, and Moomin, and while old music is due from Final, A Frames, and the Third Eye Foundation.

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ALIEN TRANSISTOR (GERMANY)

N 044EP

1115: The Drowned World 12" (N 044EP) 14.50
Includes download code. 1115 are an experimental kraut-rave-IDM duo consisting of grey and fehler kuti. grey operates a virtual 808 drum machine, bass, and organ synthesizer, while fehler kuti uses loops and modulates his voice. Their performances are rhythm-heavy, hypnotic jam sessions that range from noise soundscapes to techno-like club raves. Imagine Dieter Moebius and The Residents attending a Hauka cult ritual or Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Spaceman 3 jamming on a cruise ship on the river Ganges. Released in advance of 1115's 2017 album produced by Cico Beck and Markus Acher.

ALTER (UK)

ALT 024LP

PHEROMOANS, THE: I'm On Nights LP (ALT 024LP) 22.00
The Pheromoans present their fourth album, I'm On Nights, following 2012's Does This Guy Stack Up? (UTR 054CD/LP) and 2014's Hearts of Gold. A largely electronic affair, this ten-track LP -- recorded in Manor House, Northeast London -- refracts vocalist Russell Walker's stony poeticisms through a lens of analog synths while etching drum machine clicks and spaced-out keyboard ditties into the bigger picture. Guitars and bass still make an appearance -- helmed by Christian Butler, Alex Garran, and James Tranmer -- but they've mostly been eclipsed by the scrappy, artificial beats that now underline Walker's diary-like, ennui-soaked rhymes. Album opener "Wizard" -- with its blocky, "Bizarre Love Triangle"-esque intro and unnerving pins-and-needles crackle -- jolts the listener awake with charges of experimental noise. Then there's the plaintive synth pads on stripped-back tearjerker "ION" and the acid squelch of "Depressed Thunderbird." Because, with I'm On Nights, musical touchstones take on a myriad of cult guises, shifting from downbeat minimal wave to a hypothetical vision of Dan Treacy crooning caustically over "Mari" by Martin Rev. That's not forgetting, of course, the influence of an outlier crop of new wave-y post-punk bands including Datblygu and Young Marble Giants. And, as always, there's the requisite nod to all things DIY. Walker says he hope this direction will create some distance between the band and a certain demographic, characterizing the album as "an attempt to alienate further the other dads at the nursery gates who kept slapping my back firmly and saying 'nice work keeping our music alive compadre', and trying to graft their aviator shades onto my forehead and contorting my fingers into the devils headset." With titles like "Don't Spread It Round College" and "Brad's Crush," the bulk of the LP's lyrical content reaches back into Walker's 16-to-18-year-old psyche, as he explains: "It was at J. Sainsbury (Produce) in Uxbridge where I discovered the joy of working alone at night unimpeded and free to delve further into my hitherto unexplored imagination...!!" And it's this theme of (oft night-time) employment that cuts through ballpoint scribbles of Walker's quotidian missives. Hailing from the holy trinity of England's most southern locales -- London, Brighton, and Hertfordshire -- The Pheromoans consist of Russell Walker on vocals, Christian Butler on guitar and electronics, Alex Garran on bass and electronics, James Tranmer on guitar and electronics, Scott Reeves on drums and electronics, and Dan Bolger on keyboards.

ANTINOTE (FRANCE)

ATN 024LP

MOTTE, NICO: Life Goes On If You Are Lucky LP (ATN 024LP) 19.50
After releasing a beautiful debut 12" in 2014 on Antinote, the man behind the visual identity of the Parisian imprint makes an impressive return to the label with Life Goes On If You Are Lucky. One can imagine the long nightly conversations held between Nico Motte and the machines that gave birth to this album, the man trying to learn the most secret sounds from his machines. The album opens with "Tema d'Amore," a song numbed with synthetic winds and celestial choirs that set a foggy atmosphere that encapsulates the whole album. The music on Life Goes On If You Are Lucky is all about building up toward extreme density and accumulating a tension that is only to be released during punctual epiphanies such as the eponymous track's beautiful break. In order to reach the essence of Nico Motte's music, one needs to go through the album many times, each time carefully peeling off layers of synths, under which is hidden the heart of each song. One can definitively feel that Life Goes On If You Are Lucky is an album composed by a man who has spent years loving and collecting obscure German electronic records, ambient, library, and Italian soundtracks. Nico Motte now blends elements from these different musical genres into his own music, while some more housey influences seem to loom over "I.C.A." and "La Figure de Rey" (which somehow recalls Larry Heard's Alien-era). Each song seems to be the result of a long session of orchestration by Nico Motte, composer, arranger, and conductor, who attributes to each electronic component a specific role to play in these seven little instrumental suites, disturbed from time to time by human elements -- a saxophone on "Tema d'Amore," the voice of Syracuse's Isabelle on "Tacotac" -- only to remind us that Life Goes On If You Are Lucky is above all about human fragility.

ASH INTERNATIONAL (UK)

ASH 11-2LP

SOMBY, ANDE: Yoiking with the Winged Ones LP (ASH 11-2LP) 16.50
Yoiking with the Winged Ones is a vinyl record with yoiks yoiked by Ánde Somby and recorded and mixed by Chris Watson. Yoiking is the ancient chanting practice of the Sámi people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic area of Sápmi, today encompassing the far north of Europe. Yoiking's origins date from time immemorial -- legend has it that it was the fairies and elves of the Arctic lands who gave yoiks to the Sámi. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-Christian times and has survived Christianity, imperialism, and the confiscation of Sámi areas by Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. Ánde Somby is deeply rooted in the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas, with connections to the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is quite technical as well as melodic; Somby is at once a traditional and innovative yoiker, with an expressive style on the borders of the human voice. Here, all three pieces on side A are his compositions. The album's title refers to the migratory birds that travel to the Arctic for their breeding season and break the Arctic silence with their singing and calling, while also referring to the sound that flies from the echoing mountains. The project draws inspiration from the fairies and elves who gave the yoiks to humans, tying the yoiks to the earth, and from the ongoing war against those fairies and elves; this war was waged in Norway by 19th-century national poet Henrik Wergeland in the song "Nisser og Dverge," and has continued by stripping the earth of its soul and giving free license to aggressive exploitation. The album is also inspired by the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo, in which Echo is rejected by Narcissus but gains an eternal voice; here, Echo yoiks along together with the underground energies of the ancient practice. Recorded by world-famous sound artist and field recordist Chris Watson in Kvalnes, Lofoten, Norway, in mid-June 2014, while the arctic winds rested for a moment. Post-production by Chris Watson. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and was instrumental in developing the concept. Artwork and design by Philip Marshall. Thanks also to Tony Myatt. Yoiking with the Winged Ones was made possible by the generous support granted by Sámediggi - Sametinget.

AUAND RECORDS (ITALY)

AU 3008CD

BURGIO, SEBY: Bounce CD (AU 3008CD) 20.00
Can one describe everyday life in the third millennium through traditional jazz? That's what Sicily-born pianist Seby Burgio asks with Bounce, released as part of Auand Records' Piano Series. On his contemporary canvas, the 25-year old musician shows mainstream colors made of swing and bop. The result is a fresh, enjoyable music, grounded in the top-notch technique he achieved in his classical studies. The average day on Bounce starts with an invitation: "Follow Me." Burgio drives the listener on a frantic race through traffic, among countless accidents, detours, and quick leaps ahead. Then it's time for a cheerful "Coffee Break," with an infectious beat from Luca Bulgarelli (double bass) and Marco Valeri (drums). A daydream of a "Day Off" ensues, away from office deadlines and traffic jams; the calm of this track unleashes the trio's expressivity, making room for a dreamy, graceful mood surrounded by a soft interplay. Time's almost up, and there's just a quick moment for a playful provocation on "Brush the Cat," highlighting Burgio's sonic clarity and his bandmates' rhythmic precision. Past and present mirror effects dot this album -- with swing, Afro beats, and three-four time outlining the world of today. One can also catch a glimpse of a landscape in bright colors; "Etnia" sounds like a festive dance with origins that cannot be traced back. Of course, this experiment couldn't come without a tribute to some masters, including Thelonious Monk ("Bright Mississippi") and Italian vocal talent Gegè Telesforo, whom Burgio has joined on tour. The uplifting, contagious, and elegant funk beats in "Gege's Groove" echo Telesforo's unique style.

AXIS

AX 069EP

MILLS, JEFF: Exhibitionist 2 (Part 3) 12" (AX 069EP) 12.00
"The recordings are made during the live performance in Leiden, Netherlands on 21st February 2015." "Expanding the art forms in Dance Music has always been an agenda that needs constant monitoring because it has the ability to evolve and develop each and every idea. At angles that are not easy to see or understanding for most of the listening and dancing audiences, I've always felt that Dance music would make more sense to the people if they were allowed chances to understand how the music is being programmed and made -- to witness this process from beginning. The Exhibitionist 2 DVD is designed to go even deeper into the art form to display, not only how a DJ uses the latest technology, but how he thinks in real time to create and work spontaneously like a musician playing a acoustic instrument or a soloist thinking of rhythms on-the-spot. This is a rare opportunity to see how the technology of today is allowing DJs to be more free and thus, more creative." --Jeff Mills

BADIMUP (UK)

BDMUP 006EP

K-LONE: Crunch/Rude/Cellar Door 12" (BDMUP 006EP) 14.50
The stylish yet militant works of London-born, Leeds-based producer and Wisdom Teeth co-owner K-Lone.

BALANS (NETHERLANDS)

BALANS 019EP

ROD: BALANS EP 12" (BALANS 019EP) 12.50
Benny Rodrigues aka ROD has had a strong relationship with the Dutch Balans label and its owner after releasing the label's fourth release in 2011. He opens this EP with "Float," evoking is a nostalgic voyage into the unknown as a traditional flute whistles a techno lullaby before "Lego" engages the listener with the sounds of watery blips scattered throughout. "3yr" is a mellow track that steadily climbs into a euphoric blend of dub-inspired chords to form an elegant composition. The composition of "Kloduba" cleverly corresponds with "3yr," as its gentle patterns gradually develop to harmonize together.

BARE HANDS (AUSTRIA)

BAREHANDS 004EP

STOCK PROJECTS: Stock Projects 12" (BAREHANDS 004EP) 14.50
140-gram 12". Limited edition of 300. Manuel and Julian (Bedlam) experiment in different setups on the fringes of modernist techno. Here, kickless track "Nuck Charms" builds up tension for the peak-energy live cut "Delia's Dentist." "Steady on the Brake," however, plays with expectations and sets the focus on a sneaky synth line, sure to deliver dynamic energy early in a set. The expansive bassline and driving percussion of "Jetsun" precede the dramatic electro melodics of "Waldo's Moment." With the closing remix, close friend and label partner Sedus turns the quirky electronics of "Waldo's Moment" into a candid peak-time banger.

BLAST FIRST PETITE (UK)

PTYT 073LP

EAGLE/DEER: Summer of Sepia LP (PTYT 073LP) 22.00
Eagle/Deer is Sara Barratt. She recorded Summer of Sepia over a three-year period in her early 20s. She says she enjoys singing but isn't so sure about all the hoopla that goes with it. There are a couple of short interviews available online, and there's talk of the occasional (undocumented) live performance -- but this is not some attempt to seed mystique. The songs do that nicely on their own. To try to get the pigeon in a hole, one might call Summer of Sepia "Massachusetts psych-soul -folk." Other listeners have offered up a range of references, mostly along the lines of "lost '70s classic."

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 217LP

BAUMANN/KOEK: Baumann/Koek LP (BB 217LP) 22.00
LP version. Baumann/Koek is another hitherto undiscovered treasure of German electronic music, the only album by the electronic music pairing of Wolfgang Baumann and Ata Koek, both from Kempten, Bavaria, Germany. It was mixed in Conny Plank's studio and distributed, without a label, by the duo themselves in 1978. The music owes much to the Berlin School; layered sequencer patterns, swirling chord tapestries, a computer beat here and there. Eastern elements or hints thereof add a particular charm to Baumann/Koek, reissued here for the first time. Rumors persist that Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream is behind the Baumann/Koek project. But in actual fact, Baumann/Koek can unequivocally be identified as Wolfgang Baumann (no, not the MPS Records cover artist), born in Kempten in 1950, and his friend Ata Koek (Köktürk, to be precise), born in Istanbul in 1956. In their mid-20s, the pair made the trip from Kempten to Bonn with the singular aim of visiting the legendary Synthesizerstudio Bonn, the very same store where Kraftwerk and countless other electronic icons went shopping for their equipment. They purchased a secondhand ARP 2600, began experimenting, and realized that they needed more gear. Before long they had added an ARP sequencer, a Solina String keyboard, and an EKO Compurhythm drum computer to their arsenal. Last but not least, they acquired a four-track recorder and were ready to commit their music to tape, before going to the expense of booking Conny Plank's studio for the mix. They pressed up 1000 LPs and paid the production costs themselves. The album was well-received and the Swabian wholesaler Jaguar Records stepped in for worldwide distribution, but unfortunately went bankrupt shortly afterward. Baumann and Koek were disinclined to take on any further financial risk and decided against a follow-up record. The music clearly references the Berlin School, with a hypnotic maelstrom of sequencer patterns and swirling tapestries of mostly minor chords, underpinned at times by a computer beat. What really sets the music apart from comparable productions is the subtle influence of Arabian tonality, which saw Koek consciously introduce just a hint of Eastern flavor. If Baumann and Koek considered their "modest" equipment to be a hindrance, their music sounded all the better for it. There is a raw, unpolished quality to the tracks, a clarity that draws the listener closer, far more so than the bombastic productions of contemporaries like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, et al.

CADENZA (GERMANY)

CADENZA 106EP

RARE MOVEMENT (FEAT. DISCO CHANNEL): Numbers 12" (CADENZA 106EP) 14.00
Swiss producers Rare Movement and Disco Channel debut with Numbers. After cutting their teeth on the DJ circuit for many years and playing alongside artists including Seth Troxler, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, and Luciano, they've crafted a pair of tracks that would fit perfectly in those performers' DJ sets. "Rare 007" combines tension-building synths, a wandering bassline, and a solid drum groove for a most useful club tool. "Rare 011" digs deeper with cinematic strings over a sparse, bass-heavy kick drum. Vocal flashes and micro-percussion fly in and out as the track's melodic elements blossom. Mastered by Ricardo Villalobos.

CHARACTER (SWITZERLAND)

CHARACTER 004EP

RIPPERTON/CARLOS NILMMNS & NIKO MARKS: Various Characters EP 12" (CHARACTER 004EP) 12.50
Deetron takes his Character imprint to a whole new level of depth and diversity with the Various Characters EP, opening with Ripperton's silky groove sprinkled with fine-tuned falsetto. Carlos Nilmmns and Niko Marks turn in "Dark Ages," a whirlwind of blue lights and smoke machines that celebrates the most enduring elements of pure house music with deep, Detroit-focused charm. With Carlos Nilmmns and Niko Marks's "The Night Not to End," remixed here by Carlos Nilmmns, Carlos Nilmmns rekindles his creative partnership with iconic poet and vocalist Keter Darker, laying down a relentless jazz-licked jack alongside Keter Darker's stern spoken word.

COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)

CSR 196CD

Z'EV: Eleven Mirrors to the Light CD (CSR 196CD) 16.50
Z'EV completes an alchemical exploration of concord and dissonance that began with the cosmological equations of Sum Things (CSR 101CD, 2009) and then clasped the elemental quintet of air, water, fire, earth, and spirit in A Handful of Elements (CSR 182CD, 2013). Now, with Eleven Mirrors to the Light, Z'EV plays with the intersection of light and dark, catching waves of luminescence between prisms and mirrors that fragment particles into shimmering washes of sound. Z'EV's trademark percussion transforms into glistening soundscapes and drones, one part subterranean and another subatomic.


CSR 213CD

TROUM: Acouasme CD (CSR 213CD) 16.50
Following their much-praised 2015 collaboration with raison d'être (De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu) and the 2013 conclusion of the Power Romantic trilogy (Mare Morphosis), Acouasme sees Troum heading in a completely different direction, creating a harsher and more industrial-sounding album as a contrast to their previous releases. But through their trademark Troumatic machining, the final result doesn't sound at all like standard harsh noise -- it's rather industrial noise as if filtered through a feverish dream, through a deranged perception. The six long tracks of pestering transrational drones on Acouasme sound like an aural psychiatric symptom, a humming hallucination leaving stable reality.


CSR 214CD

COLOSSLOTH: Outstretch Your Hand for the Impress of Truth CD (CSR 214CD) 16.50
From the wild hedgerows and deep dark rivers of the English Midlands, Leicestershire's Colossloth makes psychogeographic maladies and invocations to warm the heart of the discerning and intrepid psychonaut. Phonic seeds planted in blackened soil fertilized by visceral imagination. A fugitive ambience for those seeking solace in the unexpected, alternating between the brooding and abrasive and the transcendental and enchanted. Having supported the likes of Tim Hecker and Wrangler, Colossloth's music nods to a multitude of genres, from industrial to ethnic to caustic electronica. Its spirit can be found crucified between the anode and cathode of occult circuitry, transmitting across modern England whispered messages from the lips of the old gods of Albion. Colossloth are one of the UK's hardest-working live acts, clocking an amazing 82 shows in the 20 months preceding this release.

COYOTE RECORDS (UK)

COY 011EP

VERCETTI, TOM E.: Future Perfect EP 12" (COY 011EP) 14.00
Tom E. Vercetti announces himself on the solo front with his debut 12" awash with widescreen celestial melodies, not least on the anthemic lead track "Future Perfect," on which synths dazzle like star systems above the broad physicality of his basslines. Experimenting with melody forms such an integral part of Vercetti's production process, and this continues to take center stage on "Fugitive" and "Infinite Plane." Where his synths forge fantastical soundscapes, the beats keep you moving, with structures that blend elements of grime and hip hop in the heaviest possible way. Includes a remix by Chemist.

CULTURES OF SOUL RECORDS

COS 110EP

SANTIAGO/OSMAR MILITO E QUARTETO FORMA, EMILIO: Bananeira/América Latina 7" (COS 110EP) 7.50
"The series continues with the split 7" containing the essential rare groove track 'Bananeira' by Emilio Santiago b/w Osmar Milito E Quarteto Forma's rare 'América Latina' (as sampled by Madlib)."


COS 111EP

2001 & BETO/TRIO MOCOTO: Labirinto/Swinga Sambaby 7" (COS 111EP) 7.50
"When Greg Caz and Deano Sounds teamed up to create The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul they created a collection of vintage Brazilian music that stretches across the scope of funk, soul, and psychedelic. Co-compiler and Brazilian music aficionado, Greg Caz says: 'Without necessarily having a central theme other than funky nuggets from the first half of the 70s, we believe this compilation displays its own particular sense of logic, and that these songs ultimately all sound fantastic together. Regardless of one's familiarity, or lack thereof, with artists like Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, Os Incríveis, Toni Tornado or Celia, the material on these 45s speaks its own truth and justifies their inclusion here. Many of these were originally available as singles, while others were taken from albums, but all are guaranteed to find their way into many DJ boxes and playlists.' The stunning 45s from this set will now be available for individual sale. The series continues with the extremely rare and funky 'Labirinto' by 2001 & Beto on a split 45 with the Fender Rhodes driven infectious samba from Trio Mocotó called 'Swinga Sambaby.'"

DEEWEE (BELGIUM)

DEEWEE 010EP

PHILLIPI & RODRIGO: Karma/Gueto de Gent 12" (DEEWEE 010EP) 14.00
Phillipi and Rodrigo exhibit their fondness for synths and classic Brazilian sound. "Karma" is a work of playful acid that's been thoroughly road-tested on the Despacio sound system. "Gueto de Gent" is a tight, modern balearic beat for the slower dancefloor. Sleeve design by Ill Studio.

DESOLAT (GERMANY)

DESOLAT 047EP

PREMIESKU: Altitude EP 12" (DESOLAT 047EP) 14.00
Romanian trio Premiesku (Livio, Roby, George G) follow releases on labels like 2020 Vision and Vakant with the Altitude EP. The title-track is seven minutes of irresistible electronic funk, with jostling drums and odd synth sounds. "Bucur" is a more peak-time-oriented techno cut with forceful kicks, alien sounds, and snatched vocal parts, fluid and free-flowing. "Neo" goes for a more minimal aesthetic with slick, rubbery drums and heavenly female vocals before spiritual melodies explode above the groove. The hypnotic "Permut" is a dubby roller with a fat bottom-end that's impossible to ignore and classic techno synths.

DIE ORAKEL (GERMANY)

ORKLX 099EP

O-WELLS: Slam Dunx/Slangin Rockx 12" (ORKLX 099EP) 14.00
Die Orakel debuts its X-Files series with a vinyl-only release by O-Wells.

DIRT CREW (GERMANY)

DIRT 094EP

HARRY WOLFMAN & LOZ GODDARD: Square Lane EP 12" (DIRT 094EP) 14.00
London-based Harry Wolfman and Manchester-based Loz Goddard follow their respective Dirt Crew debuts on 2015's Deep Love 15 (DIRT 091EP) with the Square Lane EP. "Uncle Buck" is a no-questions-asked dancefloor-weapon and a testament to the pair's ability to bring together the finest samples, synths, and live percussive. "Problem Child" gets a bit sleazier, with vocal cuts, swirling keys, and a broken beat throw-down break. Brame & Hamo turn in a funked-out remix of "Uncle Buck," enlisting Brame's brother on live bass. The blissed-out, melodic "Neck of the Woods" coasts along with sunny energy and just the right amount of cowbell.

DISCREPANT (UK)

CREP 018LP

VA: Chang Fo Ji: Buddha Loops from China LP (CREP 018LP) 27.50
Chang Fo Ji are small, plastic, battery-powered soundboxes, available throughout China and Tibet, that play a variety of Buddhist loops, from poppy modern Chinese Buddhist prayers to ancient recordings of famous Tibetan Buddhist masters. They can be taken everywhere, offering the listener portable immersion into the hypnotizing, minimalist world of Buddhist prayers. Both sides of this record contain various loops from various Chang Fo Ji gathered in China by Laurent Jeanneau (Kink Gong) between 2006 and 2011, with some pressed as locked grooves. Chang (?): to sing. Fo (?): Buddhism. Ji (?): machine. Art by Ruben Pater. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500.


CREP 021LP

COOPER, MIKE: New Kiribati LP (CREP 021LP) 27.50
First vinyl release of Kiribati, the first installment in the acclaimed Ambient Exotica Soundscapes series by veteran English experimentalist Mike Cooper. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500. "This was the first release on my Hipshot c.d.r label in 1999. I wanted to create an album of imaginary soundscapes from imagined exotic places based on my travels in the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. Kiribati was the first in a series of three CDs of Ambient Exotica Soundscapes -- played on lap steel, electronics, prepared guitar, sampler, live environmental recordings (from Bali, Malaysia, Australia and Italy) and acoustic and electronic percussion. (The other two are Globe Notes and my award winning Rayon Hula.) Kiribati was (and is) dedicated to the people and islands of Kiribati because they were slowly sinking into the Pacific Ocean. Although the palm trees are often 25 metres high, the islands themselves, made from gravel and sand, are only 4 or 5 metres above sea level and a rise in sea levels of just 15 centimetres, as has happened over the past 100 years due to global warming, is a disaster. Kiribati was recorded in my studio on a four track cassette, using a Casio SK1 sampling keyboard. A tool I used for many years both for recording and live sampling." --Mike Cooper

DISTRACTION (UK)

DIST 032EP

NECRO DEATHMORT: EP3 LP (DIST 032EP) 23.50
Necro Deathmort live up to their clever moniker, laying down six tracks of trademark seismic doomstep and utterly bleak noisedronemetal with EP3, a regression to their earliest days when the style pundits at Vice wrote, "one minute it's Squarepusher, the next it's Sunn O)))." This is some dark occult shit, a fact reflected in the artwork, which shows an almost naked girl holding a goat's skull, her face dripping with blood. There may be runes behind her, but one can't quite make them out, what with all the darkness. The record opens with "Sedan," a face-melting mixture of a-ha intensity and ferocious Kraftwerk-esque vocals. How can a robot sound so pissed off and utterly misanthropic? Only NDM know. "Holy Prism" follows; it's like the soundtrack to some sci-fi horror shit. Then "Quandary" kicks in and the listener is left fighting for breath as the pummeling beats offer no respite, repeatedly landing blows to the face with their tiny drumfists. "The Regency" does little to soothe the listener's shattered nerves, sounding like a bulldozer pushing a planet into the biggest three-bar electric fire you've ever seen. "Sparks" follows and pushes the darkness to 11, sounding like "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock played by a church mouse in a Cylon helmet. The album concludes with "Tundra," which is, without hyperbole, the most bleak and harrowing music ever put on vinyl by any human. Some people may say the band has run out of ideas, which is utterly preposterous -- to make this record they used totally different keyboard presets and used extensive Lovecraft references, something never done before by a band anywhere, ever. This release forgoes the usual two-color splatter vinyl, instead taking the form of BLACK vinyl. For fans of: cool electronic shit, random occult imagery, tight jeans, trends, fashion.

DOWNWARDS USA

DNFINAL 001EP

FINAL: Black Dollars 2x12" (DNFINAL 001EP) 29.00
"Regis' Downwards Records. Limited to 300 copies, clear vinyl. First time vinyl release of Black Dollars, from Justin Broadrick of Godflesh's ambient leaning alias FINAL, arguably Justins' finest moment, with 'filtering interstellar guitar tones, pristine drone passages and meditative vocal melodies through layers of frost and fog'."

DOXY (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

DOC 115LP

HERRMANN, BERNARD: Vertigo LP (DOC 115LP) 20.00
2016 repress. Bernard Herrmann wrote the bulk of the score for Vertigo (1958), considered by many critics and by Herrmann himself to be his finest film score, in a little over a month. Hitchcock places Herrmann's background music in direct opposition to music that is played deliberately as part of the action of the film. While Herrmann's score represents the forces of destiny and the mysterious dream world inhabited by Madeleine, music that Midge plays on her radio and record player represents her world and the norms and strictures of conventional society. Herrmann scored the swirling harps and strings that imbue most of the pivotal action sequences in the film to mirror the vertigo that dogs the protagonist. Essential.


DOC 126LP

WILEN, BARNEY: Un Temoin dans la Ville LP (DOC 126LP) 20.00
Having already played on a film soundtrack with Miles Davis for Louis Malle's 1958 crime film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows), saxophonist Barney Wilen -- still barely in his 20s -- got the opportunity to compose the score for another French film that used jazz as a background, Un témoin dans la ville (1959). Judging by the present album, the result is most convincing; one couldn't hope for a better marriage, so perfect is the way the music suits the image and vice versa. The soundtrack is coupled on the B-side with the more freely jazzy 1958 studio album Jazz sur Seine, which teams Wilen with three-fourths of the original Modern Jazz Quartet (with Milt Jackson on piano only, of all things, Percy Heath on bass, and drummer Kenny Clarke), plus the Latin percussion of Gana M'Bow. Wilen gets more of a chance to stretch out and reveal his swinging, warm tenor tone; Jackson is quite competent as an accompanist and in fairly fluent, right-handed bop flurries.


DOC 127LP

HAYASAKA, FUMIO: Seven Samurai OST LP (DOC 127LP) 22.00
Fumio Hayasaka first worked with Akira Kurosawa in 1948 when he composed the score for Drunken Angel. Many hold the partnership of Hayasaka and Kurosawa in the same esteem as that of Nino Rota and Federico Fellini; an incomparable team, with the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Hayasaka scored seven of Kurosawa's best films and died while scoring his eighth. Seven Samurai (1954) was his last complete Kurosawa score. Limited edition first press of 500 copies on white vinyl.

DUB MIR (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

MIR 100739LP

SCIENTIST: Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires LP (MIR 100739LP) 22.00
Repressed; LP version. Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires (1981) not only ably displays Scientist's varied approach, but also clocks in as one of his best outings. Scientist keeps things lively with plenty of reverb and echo-treated percussion, ghostly piano parts, video game sound effects, and other wobbly interjections from the mixing board. The record's expert evocation of the Halloween spirit also includes some fiendishly-voiced intros, the cover art's cartoon potpourri of horror film characters, and the dubious claim made in the liner notes that Scientist mixed it all at midnight on Friday the 13th. Along with Keith Hudson's Pick a Dub (1974) and Lee Perry's Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973), this is one of the essential dub albums.


MIR 100741LP

SCIENTIST: Wins the World Cup LP (MIR 100741LP) 22.00
Repressed; LP version. Scientist's name can be found all over any dub record collection; he was a protégé of King Tubby, and many would say that when dub fell on quieter times it was Scientist who breathed new life into it. His pared-down mixing style suited the dancehall reggae sound that arrived as the '70s rolled into the '80s. This 1982 album includes the priceless dub of Johnny Osbourne's classic "Give a Little Love," as well as further cuts of the likes of Hugh Mundell and Wayne Jarrett. Scientist is always in control. This reissue includes the complete original album (which listed its tracks only as "Five Dangerous Matches" on each side), plus six bonus tracks.

DYNAMIC TENSION (UK)

DTR 003CD

SURGEON: From Farthest Known Objects CD (DTR 003CD) 14.50
This is the seventh Surgeon album. "While exploring new production techniques using old and unlikely hardware, the results were so unusual that I really had the sense that these pieces of equipment didn't actually create these sounds, rather they were in fact some kind of elaborate reception device that allowed me to tune into transmissions from Distant Galaxies. The music I could hear was actually the received transmissions of Pop Hits from those Distant Galaxies that were being played on their radio stations. I quickly recorded all that I could before losing the transmission. I consulted with Dr Andrew Read, the astrophysicist with whom I recorded Guitar Treatments in 1999. He has worked on the discovery of the most distant galaxies and astronomical objects in the Universe. Together we came up with a possible list of where these musical transmissions may have come from."


DTR 003LP

SURGEON: From Farthest Known Objects 2LP (DTR 003LP) 23.50
Double LP version. This is the seventh Surgeon album. "While exploring new production techniques using old and unlikely hardware, the results were so unusual that I really had the sense that these pieces of equipment didn't actually create these sounds, rather they were in fact some kind of elaborate reception device that allowed me to tune into transmissions from Distant Galaxies. The music I could hear was actually the received transmissions of Pop Hits from those Distant Galaxies that were being played on their radio stations. I quickly recorded all that I could before losing the transmission. I consulted with Dr Andrew Read, the astrophysicist with whom I recorded Guitar Treatments in 1999. He has worked on the discovery of the most distant galaxies and astronomical objects in the Universe. Together we came up with a possible list of where these musical transmissions may have come from."

ECHOCORD (GERMANY)

ECHO 014CD

MIKKEL METAL: Resemblance CD (ECHO 014CD) 17.00
Mikkel Metal was the first artist on Echocord and the main reason for the label's inception. After many releases, he returns to Echocord in 2016 with his first full-length album since 2008's Peaks and Troughs (ECHO 004CD). Bypassing dub-techno as the starting point, this is music clearly consistent with his earlier output. Its ten tracks evolve around a melancholic melodic framework, and while there is clearly a nod to Detroit and another to dub-techno, the overall impression is consistently and unmistakably of Mikkel Metal himself. A hypnotic, very enjoyable, and thorough return from the Danish artist.

ECHOES (UK)

ECHO 2054CD

JO JO GUNNE: On Your Radio: Live from Ultrasonic Studios, New York 1973 CD (ECHO 2054CD) 17.00
Jo Jo Gunne always came across as a lot smarter than a good deal of their boogie counterparts during the early '70s when the band occupied the throne of that genre for a brief spell. Their instrumental and arranging prowess had been earned on the back of their previous incarnation as Spirit, the revered post-psychedelic blues and jazz collective from LA. This blistering performance at Ultrasonic Studios, New York, in 1973, promoting their recently released Bite Down Hard album, emphasizes a force in boogie rock that gravitates toward the likes of Cactus and early Blackfoot. While their explosive best may be confined to their first two albums, one can't help feeling that with a more consistent and less fractured line-up, the destiny of Jo Jo Gunne may have been wholly different. Echoes proudly presents the entire original WLIR-FM broadcast of Jo Jo Gunne live at Ultrasonic Studios, Long Island, New York, 1973. Professionally remastered original broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.

FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)

FACES 1221EP

VA: Le Sampler des Copains 2x12" (FACES 1221EP) 16.50
A loaded comp of DJ gear and smoker interludes, Le Sampler des Copains (The Friends Sampler) showcases both established and upcoming talents who currently gravitate around the Faces Records family. Ranging from deep house to techno, without forgetting the hip hop instrumental roots. Recommended to any children of the drum, beatsmiths, and lovers of repetitive beats. Tracks by S3A, Roman Rauch, Hugo LX, Simbad, ill Dubio, Pablo Valentino, Not Danilo, Steven Wobblejay, and LB aka LABAT.

FULL PUPP (NORWAY)

FP 012LP

MAGNUS INTERNATIONAL: Echo to Echo 2LP (FP 012LP) 23.50
Double LP version. Includes download code. A leopard can't change its spots and Magnus International earned his spots in the hue sequence of Oslo's disco scene. "Disco is the single thread that runs through all electronic dance music." After an inconsistent hiatus from recording, the Norwegian DJ finally dons the producer cap for his debut album. Echo to Echo is the artist's magnum opus, taking on epic proportions in its album-length narrative. Prins Thomas's Full Pupp family plays hosts to Magnus's infectious disco arrangements, as it has done since Magnus International and Danny "Blackbelt" Anderson first worked together as Kalle, Magnus & Daniel in the mid-2000s. Tracing a line from those early days through his first solo work (the 2006 Kosmetisk 12"), Echo to Echo sees the producer combining the foundation of his sound with influences including Warp's early catalog, transposing it into the singular voice that is Magnus International. "I wanted to go back to Techno from my Youth." Borrowing inspiration from the likes of LFO and Aphex Twin, Magnus spent two years in the studio refining a hybrid album in which disco is deeply ingrained, but which grows its own spots with the acid-infected synth work and inventive beat-arrangements that were the signature trademarks of those early pioneers. Titles like "Big Red" and "Echo to Echo" are clear nods to these demi-gods of music, which Magnus International makes his own in the context of a disco long-player. It's an album built on the foundation of Magnus's strengths as an experienced producer, innovator, and DJ. Forged in the cauldron of techno's rich history, with Magnus's distinct style playing host, Echo to Echo takes the listener on journey that transcends time. "If I can hop into my Delorean and punch in a destination, five years from now, I want my music to have the same effect." Magnus International didn't change his spots for his debut; he merely grew into them, and Echo to Echo sees them at their most impressive.

FURTHER RECORDS

FUR 100CD

NUEL: Hyperboreal CD (FUR 100CD) 17.00
CD in reverse-board digipak. Italian DJ and producer Manuel Fogliata hasn't released a lot of records since emerging in 2006, but the few he has put out have all been worth tracking down. Perhaps best known for his work alongside Donato Dozzy in creating the much sought-after Aquaplano records at the tail-end of the 2000s, Nuel has been just as consistent and impressive on his solo outings. Whether taking on metallic electro or syrupy, bass-heavy ambience, Nuel's attention to detail and his keen ear for a groove have made each release something to treasure. Nuel's only previous full-length, Trance Mutation (Further Records, 2011), is a masterpiece of minimal repetition. While initial impressions might suggest little in the way of continuity between Trance Mutation and the colder, more mechanical sounds of Hyperboreal, Nuel's ability to go deep into a particular mood -- a particular sound -- links the two. Recorded using just one semi-modular synth -- the boutique and sadly discontinued Ekdahl Polygamist -- and a handful of pedals, Hyperboreal came together in just a few days while Fogliata was staying with Giuseppe Tillieci (aka Neel, famed mastering engineer and one-half of Voices from the Lake) at Tillieci's apartment in Rome. Hyperboreal begins ambiguously, with the fluttering dissonance and shadowy aggression of "Steppin' Stone" immediately setting the mood. The opener's flutters become a swirling mass on "Polaris" and a venomous rattle on the title-track, before "-Om" evens out the maddening, almost frantic pulsations into a bed of twitching feedback and resonant echoes. There's even a hint of a regular beat, barely audible beneath the buzzing tones of synthesized electricity. "Intensity plays a fundamental role in what I do," says Fogliata, and listening to the opening half of Hyperboreal, one would have to agree. These are not casual sonics. Penultimate track "Be Well" lifts the shadows somewhat, and though closer "The Rest Is Noise" seems to return to a darker place, it does so with the memory of sunlight, warmth, and life. As its title suggests, this is an album for colder climates; for stark, inhospitable landscapes. At first, it seems a truly unsettling void of vaporous tones; a blizzard of sound refusing to coalesce and refusing to make sense. Slowly, though, Hyperboreal opens itself up, emerging patiently from an abyssal darkness into a beauty as still, as sharp, and as breathtaking as an Arctic dawn. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.


FUR 100LP

NUEL: Hyperboreal LP (FUR 100LP) 23.50
180-gram LP version. Includes printed inner sleeve and offset printed insert sheet with liner notes. Italian DJ and producer Manuel Fogliata hasn't released a lot of records since emerging in 2006, but the few he has put out have all been worth tracking down. Perhaps best known for his work alongside Donato Dozzy in creating the much sought-after Aquaplano records at the tail-end of the 2000s, Nuel has been just as consistent and impressive on his solo outings. Whether taking on metallic electro or syrupy, bass-heavy ambience, Nuel's attention to detail and his keen ear for a groove have made each release something to treasure. Nuel's only previous full-length, Trance Mutation (Further Records, 2011), is a masterpiece of minimal repetition. While initial impressions might suggest little in the way of continuity between Trance Mutation and the colder, more mechanical sounds of Hyperboreal, Nuel's ability to go deep into a particular mood -- a particular sound -- links the two. Recorded using just one semi-modular synth -- the boutique and sadly discontinued Ekdahl Polygamist -- and a handful of pedals, Hyperboreal came together in just a few days while Fogliata was staying with Giuseppe Tillieci (aka Neel, famed mastering engineer and one-half of Voices from the Lake) at Tillieci's apartment in Rome. Hyperboreal begins ambiguously, with the fluttering dissonance and shadowy aggression of "Steppin' Stone" immediately setting the mood. The opener's flutters become a swirling mass on "Polaris" and a venomous rattle on the title-track, before "-Om" evens out the maddening, almost frantic pulsations into a bed of twitching feedback and resonant echoes. There's even a hint of a regular beat, barely audible beneath the buzzing tones of synthesized electricity. "Intensity plays a fundamental role in what I do," says Fogliata, and listening to the opening half of Hyperboreal, one would have to agree. These are not casual sonics. Penultimate track "Be Well" lifts the shadows somewhat, and though closer "The Rest Is Noise" seems to return to a darker place, it does so with the memory of sunlight, warmth, and life. As its title suggests, this is an album for colder climates; for stark, inhospitable landscapes. At first, it seems a truly unsettling void of vaporous tones; a blizzard of sound refusing to coalesce and refusing to make sense. Slowly, though, Hyperboreal opens itself up, emerging patiently from an abyssal darkness into a beauty as still, as sharp, and as breathtaking as an Arctic dawn. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.

FUTURE DAYS RECORDINGS

FDR 615LP

HARDY, FRANCOISE: Le Premier Bonheur du Jour LP (FDR 615LP) 24.00
180-gram LP version. Housed in a deluxe Stoughton jacket. "Like her 1962 debut, the cover of the following year's Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour had Hardy staring enigmatically at the listener. On the album itself, the sound had changed in line with Hardy's solidifying vision and voice; where Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles was produced by a series of collaborators who struggled to understand her style, Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour gave fans the most significant insight so far into the identity of Françoise Hardy. In 1963, at a time when Serge Gainsbourg was tentatively dipping a toe into pop and the term yé-yé was only just being coined, Hardy was a rare thing: a singer-songwriter with heaps of her own material but not a folk singer in any sense. Hers was pop music that took the weight of chanson on its shoulders. Here, 'Comme Tant D'Autres' says, 'I know well that life is short, and I've been around' -- hardly 'She loves you, yeah yeah yeah.' For the tracks on Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour, Hardy was produced by arranger Marcel Hendrix. As well as her own compositions, 'L'Amour D'Un Garçon' saw Hardy adapt Burt Bacharach and Hal David's 'The Love Of A Boy.' In a contemporary interview, she said she would not perform songs where there was no sense of the words touching her intimately. 'A song -- it is your own story, or it is nothing,' she said. It was another year before Hardy's records were issued in Britain and another year before she started to brush up against the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and The Stones, but life was changing for the 19-year-old. Her unique sound would take her far, despite admitting now that she 'had no ambition. At the beginning, my ambition was to record something. I thought anything outside France was an impossible dream, but I did what I could to make it come true. It was like a current that carried me.' Includes exclusive interview with Françoise Hardy and liner notes by Kieron Tyler."


FDR 616LP

HARDY, FRANCOISE: Mon Amie la Rose LP (FDR 616LP) 24.00
180-gram LP version. Housed in deluxe Stoughton jacket. "Includes exclusive interview with Françoise Hardy and liner notes by Kieron Tyler. Following the French success of 1962's Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles and 1963's Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour, 1964 was the year Hardy went truly international. Having competed in the Eurovision Song Contest and acted in a Roger Vadim film, this was the year Dylan dedicated a poem to her on the sleeve of Another Side and the year she ventured to Britain to record English language songs for the first time. Hardy's first three French EPs of the year, from which just 'Pourtant Tu M'aimes' appears on Mon Amie La Rose, were largely recorded on home soil with Paris-based arranger Mickey Baker. After the third, Françoise changed tack, abandoned French studios and arrangers, and headed to London's Pye Studios. She would not record again in France until 1968, instead employing a series of British producers and musicians that even included then-studio guitarist Jimmy Page. 'It was very difficult for me to convince my record company to go to London for the production because my artistic director was having lots of success with very bad arrangements,' she says dryly. 'Since they were having success with bad arrangements, they could continue like that.' Hardy got her way and, working with arranger Charles Blackwell, a former protégé of Joe Meek, set about creating a new interpretation of her glacial, existentially yearning music: part pop, part chanson, part soul music. On one hand, she was marrying yearning melodies with lyrics examining feelings of otherness. On the other, she was interpreting the music coming from Britain and America -- both that of Phil Spector and country, too. Blackwell was the first arranger with whom Hardy was happy, and Mon Amie La Rose was the first album she thought of as more than an afterthought. 'She chose her own songs and was very in control,' says Blackwell. 'She was very much a perfectionist.' As Hardy's sound was changing, so was her life; the British were enchanted by her Parisian style and sophistication and didn't see her as the shy, sad soul that those at home painted her as. A new era was beginning, and Hardy's music was traveling further than ever."


FDR 617LP

HARDY, FRANCOISE: L'Amitié LP (FDR 617LP) 24.00
180-gram LP version. Housed in deluxe Stoughton jacket. "By 1965, Françoise Hardy was truly international. She'd hung out with The Beatles and The Stones, played high-profile shows in London, established a working relationship with British producer Charles Blackwell, and appeared in the film What's New Pussycat? She was also a fashion icon seen in the pages of Marie Claire and Vogue and on the cover of Elle, and her first US album was issued that year. In France, Hardy was to release album number four, the second album to be recorded in London, where her celebrity was rapidly growing -- at odds with her natural shyness. 'In London, it was the first time I'd been made to think I had a certain charm or charisma,' she says now. 'Thanks to the time in England, I became aware I could be seductive.' L'Amitié, with its evocative, close-up album cover and late-night sound, is the result. Produced by Jacques Wolfsohn alongside arranger Charles Blackwell, the sessions were notable for some distracting visitors. 'Mick Jagger was there a few times with various entourages of his at Pye [Studios],' recalls Blackwell. 'There was a long seat in front of the mixing desk where they used to sit.' Hardy was, however, not the epitome of the swinging '60s idyll; she was an intellectual, into yoga and Buddhism and astrology, and she still noted French chanson singers George Brassens and Jacques Brel as favorites alongside Elvis, Dionne Warwick, and The Rolling Stones. Despite her new links to the world of fashion, the tentative steps into film, the growing international awareness, and the attention she brought sheerly through her presence, music remained Françoise's focus, and her fourth album more than demonstrated this. A mix of Hardy's own songs, Blackwell's songs, and tracks from writers including Jean-Max Rivière and Gérard Bourgeois (who wrote the title track), the sound focused on stirring, heavy pop, not least in the yearning 'L'Amitié.' 'I'm still very proud of "L'Amitié,"' says Françoise, who's wont to undervalue her own work. 'The French lyrics are so very moving.' Includes exclusive interview with Françoise Hardy and liner notes by Kieron Tyler."

GET ON DOWN

GET 52721LP

ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, PETE: Mecca and the Soul Brother 2LP (GET 52721LP) 26.00
"The critically acclaimed 1992 full-length debut from Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album is considered as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. Boasting tracks such as the first single, 'They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)', a dedication to their deceased friend; 'Trouble T-Roy', which went on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of Hip Hop's all-time great songs. The album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soulful interludes; usually bits of old R&B tunes layered with his signature trumpet and sax loops. Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery pieces together the perfect vocal match that, together, creates a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Mecca And The Soul Brother has stood the test of time. The release has been named one of the essential recordings of the 90s by Rolling Stone, appears on Ego Trips listing of the Top 25 Hip Hop albums released from 1980-1998, and appeared on The Source's 100 Greatest Rap Albums of all time."


GET 54038LP

HOWLIN' WOLF: The Howlin' Wolf Album LP (GET 54038LP) 21.00
New white vinyl 2016 repress; including a 24" x 24" poster of the cover art. "It's not often that an album disavowed by its own author at the time of release goes on to become considered a modern classic. Yet that's exactly what happened with Chicago blues legend Howlin' Wolf's 1969 LP The Howlin' Wolf Album, a release that has since attained mythical status due to the controversy behind it. Released on Cadet Records, a subsidiary of legendary imprint Chess Records, The Howlin' Wolf Album was a radical experiment for a well-established artist: attempt to integrate electric instruments and psychedelic arrangements into his revered signature blues sound. The result was an album that Wolf himself initially disregarded on the now infamous cover, but one that has won a special place amongst dedicated music aficionados thanks to its unique mix of traditional blues and electric rock elements. Get On Down's reputation for high quality reissues continues with The Howlin' Wolf Album, which features a special Stoughton vinyl pressing with audio remastered from the original analog tapes for optimum sound quality and comes packaged in a paste-on style jacket featuring the album's famous original artwork."


GET 54080LP

WESLEY & THE J.B.'S, FRED: Damn Right, I Am Somebody LP (GET 54080LP) 25.00
"In 1974 one of James Brown's most important band-leaders and sidemen -- trombonist Fred Wesley would release not one but two albums as a leader including Damn Right, I Am Somebody. Starting with an evocative cover it was clear to fans that this album wasn't all about a party. Deep messages abound in the songs here, such as the nearly 10-minute workout 'I'm Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying.' Social messages aside, Fred and his assembled JBs were a party-moving funk machine at heart, as heard on 'If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again Paarty' and the laid-back groove of 'Same Beat' (with prototypical sampling of Jesse Jackson exhorting an audience to chant 'I am / Somebody'). Nestled among these raise-your-fist classics is one of the most experimental funk cut ever made: 'Blow Your Head,' known to relatively modern listeners as the backbone of Public Enemy's 'Public Enemy #1' (from 1987). Get On Down pays reverent tribute to this classic by pressing it on 150-gram vinyl, housed in a 1970s style Stoughton jacket. In addition, the package comes with a 22" x 22" poster featuring the original cover art."


GET 735EP

DEAD PREZ: Hip Hop 7" (GET 735EP) 11.00
"The debut album by dead prez, Let's Get Free, had plenty of head nodding beats, but none quite matches the nerve grinding effect of their single 'Hip-Hop'. Produced by the duo, 'Hip-Hop' was a record that immediately caught fire on both College and Commercial Radio mix-shows. A call to arms, 'Hip-Hop' just sounds like a revolution, and is to be heard loud! Surprisingly enough, this song's legacy may be most defined by its use as the bed for Dave Chappelle's entrance music for his show on Comedy Central. But beyond that, this song remains as one of the greatest Hip Hop songs of all time. Available now for the first time on 45."

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 146LP

UTHER PENDRAGON: San Francisco Earthquake 3LP BOX (GUESS 146LP) 57.00
Three-LP box version in purple-and-gold hot-foil-stamped box with eight-page insert and poster. A treasure trove of previously unreleased West Coast guitar psychedelia, 1966-1975. "Uther Pendragon was more than just a band, it was a family. Closer than brothers, they lived together, made music together, worked, played, laughed, cried and dreamed together." --Mike Stax (Ugly Things)This is the incredible story of Uther Pendragon, a lost psychedelic band from San Francisco whose music has remained buried until now. Formed in the Bay Area in 1966 as a teen garage group called Blue Fever, Uther Pendragon lasted from 1966 until 1978. During that time, the band went through different names and phases, as their music evolved from garage to psychedelia to hard rock, but the core of the band always remained the same: Mark Lightcap (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bruce Marelich (lead guitar, vocals), and Martin Espinosa (bass, vocals). After finding their ultimate drummer in Mike Beers, the group finally settled on the Uther Pendragon name in the early '70s. But despite being active for all that time and recording at numerous studios (including their own in Palo Alto), Uther Pendragon never released any recordings. Their complex and fascinating story, which involves winning a Bay Area Battle of the Bands and playing with Country Joe & The Fish, recording a killer garage-psych 7" acetate in 1967, going to the legendary Pacific Recording Studios in 1969 to record a demo, living as a family in the same house for many years and rehearsing seven days a week, building their own recording studio and music corporation, being managed by Craig Pedersen (Something Wild, Tripsichord Music Box), being involved in an occult-themed rock opera called Sabbat, and much more, is told with all the details by Mike Stax from Ugly Things in this set's extensive liner notes, with rare photos. Produced from the band's vast archive of original master tapes, San Francisco Earthquake includes their unknown-until-now 7" acetate from 1967 (fab garage-psych in the vein of The Human Expression or The Music Machine); tracks from 1966-'69 including a groundbreaking, moody psycher from 1966; a demo tape from 1969 recorded at Pacific Recording -- an incredible document for any lover of early SF garage-psych (think Oxford Circle, The Savage Resurrection, Moby Grape . . .) -- and many tracks recorded at their home studio in Palo Alto. 100% unadulterated West Coast guitar psych and hard rock that recalls QMS and even Kurihara-era White Heaven.

HFN (GERMANY)

HFN 053LP

BELLENS, JACOB: Polyester Skin LP (HFN 053LP) 23.00
LP version. Includes download code. Jacob Bellens's Polyester Skin is sure to amaze left-field pop enthusiasts and singer-songwriter fans alike. The locally celebrated and award-winning singer-songwriter's third solo album is a wonderful mix of heartfelt lyrics, crisp and modern pop production, and Bellens's signature vocals, which never fail to captivate. As a household name in his native Denmark, Bellens is no stranger to releasing albums and playing live. He has released many albums with his own bands (including Murder and I Got You on Tape), turned in guest performances for other artists, and played close to 500 shows. Polyester Skin came to life in close collaboration with acclaimed Danish producer and DJ Kasper Bjørke, and follows many collaborative endeavors between Bellens and Bjørke; Bellens has often featured on Bjørke's work, including "Young Again" from Standing on Top of Utopia (HFN 004CD, 2010) and "Lose Yourself to Jenny" from Fool (HFN 014CD/LP, 2012). While Polyester Skin's overall sonic impression is electronic, the album also boasts an impressive lineup of guest musicians including Tomas Høffding aka Bon Homme (WhoMadeWho), Jakob Høyer (The Raveonettes, Trentemøller, Darkness Falls), and Nils Gröndahl (Under Byen, Efterklang, Pinkunoizu). Opener "Tidal Wave" sets the mood with open, airy production backing Bellens's voice. The beats and synths have, as Bellens puts it, "some kind of Vangelis/Chariots of Fire thing going on" that's tough to resist. One of Jacob Bellens's distinctive features is the almost Damon Albarn-esque musical diversity of his output. The heavy groove, synth strings, and especially the vocal rhythm of "Behind the Barricades" reveal Bellens's long-held fascination with rap, while "Raining Parachutes" has a Caribbean feel to it, a musical style at which Bellens's earlier work has also hinted. Polyester Skin features quite a few tracks with shuffling grooves and synths that pay homage to a certain flavor of '80s pop, including the up-tempo "Ace of Spades" and the beautiful ballad "Untouchable." But don't let the seemingly lightweight synth-ingredients and crisp drum machines deceive you; a lyrical abundance of existential depth and intimate melancholy is omnipresent throughout Polyester Skin, alongside its groovy, catchy pop songs, including "Back to You" and "Polyester Skin." Jacob Bellens's third solo album is a playful and modern take on the artistic virtues that have made him into one of the most celebrated artists on Denmark's independent scene.

HOLIDAYS RECORDS (ITALY)

HOL 091LP

MCPHEE SURVIVAL UNIT III, JOE: Barrow Street Blues 2LP (HOL 091LP) 34.00
Limited edition of 250. "This is the third and final iteration of a musical survival concept, which began in as solo project in 1969. Survival Unit III was formed in 2004 at the invitation for a recording date. Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang and I were members of the Peter Brotzmann Chicago 10tet and by that time, we had been working together for five years. So in preparation for the recording, a tour was organized but the recording was cancelled at the last moment. Left to our own devices and thanks to the tireless efforts of Fred and Michael, we play."

HUNDEBISS (ITALY)

H 024LP

CAVALIERE, FRANCESCO: Gancio Cielo LP (H 024LP) 27.50
150-gram LP. Gancio Cielo is the first full-length by Francesco Cavaliere, an artist whom Hundebiss had the pleasure of introducing to the public in 2010 with a legendary tape called Neverending Somersault. After years of live performance and intense studio work, Cavaliere developed a unique style using his voice as the main source of sounds alongside an incredible archive of homemade sound FX. The magical space of Gancio Cielo exists on its own, unfolding a fantastic night-time story combined with exotic electronic music from an imaginary universe in which alchemy and science fiction come together. Cavaliere has developed a veritable dictionary to catalog the strange beings that inhabit this universe, undefined by reference points: hybrids of objects, minerals, animals, plants, planets, trails, cosmic objects, and physical and perceptual phenomena.

ICI D'AILLEURS (FRANCE)

IDA 111LP

THIRD EYE FOUNDATION, THE: Semtex (20th Anniversary Edition) 2LP (IDA 111LP) 17.50
Double LP version. On the occasion of the 2016 20th anniversary of The Third Eye Foundation's 1996 debut album Semtex, one of the most influential drum and bass albums of its time, it is worth revisiting the career of Matt Elliott, its composer. Elliott was not even 16 when he decided to stop his studies and devote himself to his passion for music. He got a job at the famous Revolver Records in Bristol (profiled in Richard King's 2015 book Original Rockers, which explains how the shop influenced the spread of indie music and especially trip hop) and began DJing in Bristol clubs, though he wasn't old enough to be there legally. Beginning as The Third Eye in 1993, he appeared on albums by Movietone and Flying Saucer Attack and started his own band, Linda's Strange Vacation, with Kate Wright and Rachel Brook; he also used the band's name for his micro-label, on which he released the first songs from The Third Eye Foundation. In 1995, Elliott was one of the very few artists involved in the tribute album for the famous US krautrock duo Silver Apples, Electronics Evocations. He was then invited to open for them on their US reunion tour. By the age of 20, Elliott had already been involved in nearly every area of the music industry. But the story was only just beginning. In 1996, he finally released his first album as The Third Eye Foundation, Semtex, on his own label, with support from Domino (the beginning of a longstanding collaboration). Recorded in a squat Elliott shared with Matt Jones from Crescent on a four-track recorder borrowed from Dave Pearce from Flying Saucer Attack and mixed with headphones at excessive volume (resulting in permanent hearing loss at around three kHz), Semtex is brutal and uncompromising. Featuring a mix of noisy, ripped-up guitars and hectic drum machines, with Debbie Parsons's vocals on some songs, it is the antithesis of electronic dancefloor music. It branded its style into Elliott's discography, in which social unrest, loneliness, political confusion, anger, and anti-establishment feelings are regular themes. This deluxe 20th-anniversary reissue includes eight previously unreleased tracks, mostly recorded on cassettes between 1991 and 1997 and all remastered by Anders Peterson. This expanded document testifies to the corrosive never-say-die attitude of The Third Eye Foundation. Play very loud (bearing in mind the risk of ending up completely shattered by music of such rare scope and scale).


MTS 002CD

MANYFINGERS: The Spectacular Nowhere CD (MTS 002CD) 11.00
2015 release. Bristol-born Chris Cole returns to his Manyfingers project for the first time since 2005 with the project's innovative, diverse third album. Cole, who has collaborated with Matt Elliott (on The Dark (IDA 071CD, 2010) by The Third Eye Foundation) and was a member of Numbers Not Names, showcases his eclectic style in the depth and scope of The Spectacular Nowhere. Incorporating minimal composition, experimental music, the avant-garde, moments of pop dynamism, and cinematic pieces, the work nods to Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Moondog ("Ode to Louis Thomas Hardin"), while also making more pop-based references to Hood and Portishead. The Spectacular Nowhere invites the listener into a world of aural intrigues -- some bittersweet, some melancholic, and others full of joy and wonder. Features vocals and lyrics from the legendary David Callahan (Moonshake, The Wolfhounds), whose modernist urban fables touched by cynicism lend the album a quintessentially British black humor. Eclectic and uncompromising, The Spectacular Nowhere is a deeply rewarding album in which Cole confirms his status as a composer.


MTS 002LP

MANYFINGERS: The Spectacular Nowhere 2LP (MTS 002LP) 17.50
Double LP version.


MTS 003LP

BAKER, AIDAN: The Sea Swells a Bit 2LP (MTS 003LP) 17.50
2015 reissue; originally released in 2006. Canadian Berlin resident Aidan Baker first became known as half of the prolific Nadja duo with Leah Buckareff, ceaselessly exploring different aspects of ambient, noise, and drone music. Baker is also well known for his solo work and collaborations with such prestigious artists as Tim Hecker, Thisquietarmy, and Noveller. This is the first vinyl edition of one of Baker's key works, 2006's The Sea Swells a Bit..., containing three long ambient pieces that are sure to rob listeners of their senses. This edition also includes a live version of the title-track as a bonus. The new artwork by Francis Meslet (Urbex) intensifies in a most admirable manner the depth of this dizzying music.


MTS 004CD

WESOLOWSKI, STEFAN: Kompleta CD (MTS 004CD) 11.00
2015 remastered reissue; originally released in 2008. Kompleta is the debut album by Polish composer Stefan Weso?owski (born 1985), composed in 2006 and originally released on the Gusstaff label in 2008, when Weso?owski was 21 years old. Kompleta portrays a universe deeply influenced by sacred music and offers clear, direct compositions and liturgical chants as powerful vectors for emotion. Performed by Wesolowski himself accompanied by Maja Sieminska, the album also features electronic arrangements by composer Michal Jacaszek, marking the beginning of Weso?owski and Jacaszek's productive collaborative relationship. A tangible spirituality emanates from these nine tracks, providing a contemplative, introspective experience for listeners. Kompleta is mainly based on strings (violins, viola, cello), but also manages to distance itself from traditional compositional methods by including subtle electronic touches to help anchor the work in a resolutely progressive dynamic. An ideal gateway to those universes where elegance and intensity are key. This edition is illustrated with new photographs by Françis Meslet. RIYL Greg Haines, Arvo Pärt, Nils Frahm, Steve Reich, Hildur Guðnadóttir, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Jóhann Jóhannsson . . .


MTS 004LP

WESOLOWSKI, STEFAN: Kompleta LP (MTS 004LP) 14.50
LP version. First vinyl edition.

INTERNATIONAL FEEL (URUGUAY)

IFEEL 049LP

LEISE, LEN: Lingua Franca LP (IFEEL 049LP) 22.00
2016 repress; 180-gram vinyl. Respected balearic imprint International Feel introduces its series of mini-albums with Len Leise's Lingua Franca. The series consists of six-to-eight-track albums, allowing each artist to show more of their musical identity without the constraints of the traditional album format. Lingua Franca precedes a beautiful release from Canada's CFCF, an ambient album from Jan Schulte, and the return of Gatto Fritto. Len Leise is Australian -- that is known. Does he exist? Maybe in the mind of his creator. Lingua Franca follows three beautiful EPs centered around a natural musical theme built on emotion, times, and spaces. Lingua Franca, his first long-form work, shows the varied palette of his listening habits, from ambient jazz through Afro disco; the likes of Yasuaki Shimizu, Jake Sollo, and Ike White. Rare names for a rare sound. Lingua Franca is all about travel and progression, in both physical and emotional senses. It's an imaginary journey based on real experiences, though, as with his name, what is real and what is not doesn't matter. Morocco appears in the deep ride of "Forlorn Fields," Spain in "Leaving Llucmajor," and Russia in "Route to Reutov." Ever on the move, trade language is necessary -- a lingua franca. India finds its way here via the chimes of "Madala Maksim," Brazil in the disco sound of "O Camino," and Africa in the slow, thoughtful pace of "El Modelo." Sometimes a visual element brings the music to life; sometimes a thought or feeling. It's music to keep and get lost in, a spiritual ride across the world's paths and percussions. These sounds are true to Len Leise and Lingua Franca has been designed to delve inside his mind. A spreading of wings, changing pace for a chance to indulge in those wispy, smoke-filled thoughts. Artwork comes courtesy of The Material Collective, responsible for International Feel's switch back to full cover art. Each mini-album in this series has a similar look, as part of a diverse series of interlinked journeys through the sonic spectrum of each artist's imagination.

KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

LDN 060EP

LAMONT (FEAT. GRIM SICKERS & NICO LINDSAY): Missed Calls EP 12" (LDN 060EP) 14.00
Lamont's Missed Calls EP is a bold exercise in blatant contradictions; it's grimey but sonically spacious, with house-'n'-garage tempos yet near zero-point energy. Despite featuring two emerging grime MCs -- Grim Sickers and Trim-affiliate Nico Lindsay -- the EP is just as close to LV's 2010 38 EP (feat. Josh Idehen) (LDN 017EP) or the darkest Wen material as Trim's classic Soulfood mixtapes. Lamont debuted "In the Field (feat. Nico Lindsay)" at Keysound Sessions; "Death Slide (feat. Grim Sickers)" premiered on Dusk + Blackdown's Rinse FM show and has won support from Kahn & Neek, Loefah, Parris, and Riz la Teef.

KLONDIKE RECORDS (UK)

KL 5036LP

TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS: Sailin' On: Live at the Roxy Theater LA 1975 LP (KL 5036LP) 23.00
180-gram LP with insert. By the mid-'70s, the profile of Jamaica's largest and most successful export was chiefly headed by Bob Marley & The Wailers, with their exotic and exciting brand of Jamaican roots music. By 1975, the USA was grasping the phenomenon with the release of Toots & the Maytals' 1973 album Funky Kingston. It was a move that would inevitably open doors for the band and while they could never match Bob Marley or Peter Tosh's commercial appeal abroad, their significance and legacy in reggae music is unmatched. Riding high on their new recognition, Toots & the Maytals rolled into Los Angeles on October 1, 1975, performing a blistering set of new and old material. That night, the Roxy Theatre played host to an explosion of authentic Jamaican rocksteady reggae sounds in a show that recalls the legacies of James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Bob Marley's own appearance there in 1976. Klondike proudly presents the entire original KMET-FM broadcast of this performance, professionally remastered with background liners and rare archival photos.


KL 5049CD

GUY, BUDDY: I'll Play the Blues for You... Live CD (KL 5049CD) 17.00
"I didn't know a Strat could sound like that until I heard Buddy Guy," proclaimed Jeff Beck, who was not alone in his praise. Countless accolades from across the music spectrum line up in honor of the original blues innovator. The likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page have all acknowledged their debt to Buddy Guy, whose style would arguably change the musical landscape forever. The 1990s saw a blues revival and in particular a renaissance for Guy, who spoke the blues tradition from a different text. His appearance in Connecticut in January 1992 could only confirm the adoration and respect bestowed upon him by the world's leading blues guitarists. Klondike very proudly presents the entire original WHCN-FM broadcast of Buddy Guy live from The Sting in Connecticut on January 9, 1992. Professionally remastered original broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.


KL 5063LP

MARLEY & THE WAILERS, BOB: Live '73: Paul's Mall, Boston, MA LP (KL 5063LP) 23.00
180-gram LP with insert. In July 1973, Bob Marley and The Wailers were about to embark on their first international tour to promote their latest album, Catch a Fire. Released in April 1973, it had broken into the UK and USA charts and caught the attention of influential music critics everywhere. Reggae music was on the verge of becoming a global phenomenon and The Wailers had secured a prominent role in its delivery through Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Before supporting roles with Bruce Springsteen and Sly and the Family Stone, the band was booked at Boston's premier jazz venue, Paul's Mall, for a week-long residency. There can be little doubt that this is a truly precious document of an iconic band in their prime, and with the inclusion of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer before their departure, it makes this particular broadcast all the more essential. Klondike proudly presents the entire original WBCN-FM broadcast of Bob Marley and The Wailers live at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts on July 11, 1973. Professionally remastered original broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.

LEAF (UK)

BAY 102CD

VIGROUX & MATTHEW BOURNE, FRANCK: Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited CD/BK (BAY 102CD) 19.00
"'For me, there is a great nostalgia and melancholy about this album,' says Franck Vigroux, the composer and sound artist who, along with Perrier Jazz award-winning pianist and composer Matthew Bourne and installation artist Antoine Schmitt, is responsible for the Radioland project. Earlier in 2015, they re-imagined Kraftwerk's 1975 masterpiece Radio-Activity live on the 40th anniversary of its release, using a formidable barrage of analog equipment and live visual imagery. Vigroux and Bourne briefly considered faithfully replicating the original Radio-Activity, whose structural perfection feels hard to improve upon, before almost instantly dismissing the idea. 'I thought, no, we don't want to do it like this,' says Vigroux. 'Why do this? So in the end, we kept the melodies, we kept the main element but then treated it in more of a jazz way.' Jazz is apt. In the end, there are parallels between the way Radioland uses Kraftwerk's original as a jumping off point musically and the journey John Coltrane undertakes on his version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic showtune 'My Favorite Things.' While the melodies and rhythms of the original album are briefly referenced, this is not so much a cover version as a discovery version, a launchpad for analog and digital exploits that is far truer to the spirit of Kraftwerk than mere duplication. After all, it was Kraftwerk who constructed the grid from which myriad adventures in electronic music -- from techno to IDM, house to EDM -- have proceeded. This album is an homage to their vast influence. And so, Radioland weaves its own highly individual mesh of electronics, including blizzards of analog, antique futurist percussive patterns, rewired melodies, processed versions of sounds recently discovered in space by NASA, short- and longwave radio samples, hurricanes of modulated electronics, vocoders ebbing and throbbing; it's like the detritus of 40 years of electropop all colliding at once."


BAY 102LP

VIGROUX & MATTHEW BOURNE, FRANCK: Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited LP+CD (BAY 102LP) 24.00
Deluxe gatefold LP version. Includes CD. Limited to 1000 copies.

LEXWAX RECORDINGS (JAPAN)

LEXWAX 001EP

ESSA, MAX: Cascade Moon/Hearts in Flood 12" (LEXWAX 001EP) 17.50
First release from Max Essa on the promising Lexwax label. Produced and mixed at Jardin Studios, Kanagawa, Japan. Exclusive Japan import.

LINEAR LABS

LL 025-7

YOUNGE PRESENTS GHOSTFACE KILLAH, ADRIAN: Rise Up/Daily News 7" (LL 025-7) 10.00
"In 2015 Adrian Younge provided Ghostface Killah with a sonic backdrop equal parts hip hop and Italian horror, as much Ennio Morricone as sweet boom bap. Select singles from the project will now be available, presented here 'Rise Up b/w Daily News' in a full color jacket. 12 Reasons To Die II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge's never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music -- on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments -- was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the '70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop. Younge's work of course sounds great -- as presented here, it looks as good as it sounds with the Italian horror inspired graphics splattered all over the full color jacket."

LIVITY SOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

YTIVIL 299EP

BATU: Bleeper Feed/April These 12" (YTIVIL 299EP) 12.50
Batu returns to Livity Sound's reverse label with an emphatic statement of dancefloor intent, cementing his status as one of the UK's most exciting new producers. Follows 2015 releases on Hotline, Mistry (MISTY 005EP), and his own Timedance label.

LOST GIRL RECORDS

LGR 001LP

COCOROSIE: Heartache City LP + 7" (LGR 001LP) 28.50
Limited-edition green LP with bonus 7" and 12" x 24" poster. CocoRosie, the duo of sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, present Heartache City on their own Lost Girl Records. "This will be our sixth record! Like many of our past records, we wrote and gathered much of the material at our farm studio in the south of France with minimal equipment, vintage toys and antique instruments. Going back to a '4-track' style approach, we limited ourselves to essential, acoustic accompaniment, played by us, and select percussion, toys from our old suit cases dating back to the La Maison days. Unlike our more psychedelic/electronic explorations of the last two records, our latest songs have a dusty southern feel with old-timey poetry. We ended up in Argentina where we finished the recordings and mixed the record with engineer Nicolas Kalwill with whom we've worked on two previous records. The spirit of Buenos Aires added to our already teen-romance-nostalgic-mood where we spontaneously shot a music video casting over 30 local girls." Since forming CocoRosie in 2004, the sisters have released five albums -- Tales of a Grasswidow (2013), Grey Oceans (2010), The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (2007), Noah's Ark (2005), and their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve (2004) -- each one inspiring as much controversy and debate as praise; such is their fearlessness and willingness to take risks with their art. This strong creative vision runs through every aspect of their work, from videos to live performance utilizing theatrical costumes and makeup, which they create alongside each new body of songs. In September 2014, as part of the Future Feminism art collective with Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Kembra Pfahler, and Johanna Constantine, Sierra and Bianca made art and organized a lecture series as a call to arms to reorganize as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values; 2014 also saw the premier of their collaboration with theater director Robert Wilson on Peter Pan in Paris and Berlin.

M>O>S RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)

MOSDEEP 026EP

R-A-G: The Tales Of... Pt. 1 12" (MOSDEEP 026EP) 12.50
R-A-G's The Tales Of... Pt. 1 opens with "The Visitors (feat. Fat Nancy & Flappy)," with spooky deep-space synths slowly unfolding around distant vocal whispers. The heavy pads and icy ticks of the beatless, moody "The Conversation" suspend the listener in an unsettling darkness before "We Are Not Alone" totally flips the script with kinetic machine-gun lasers, coarse claps, elastic acid lines, and lots of dancefloor clout. "Medical Condition (feat. Fat Nancy & Flappy)," with its harsh claps, gurgling synths, and gloopy pads, is sure to make for some freaky, weird moments on the dancefloor in the dead of night.

MANSIONS AND MILLIONS (GERMANY)

MAMI 007EP

BETTER PERSON: It's Only You 12" (MAMI 007EP) 14.50
Includes download code. Adam Byczkowski aka Better Person presents his debut solo EP (including his critically acclaimed singles "Sentiment" and "I Wake Up Tired"), following tours with Canadian bands TOPS and Timber Timbre and a stint as keyboard and guitarist with Sean Nicholas Savage. While the EP's sonic touchstones -- torch songs, Sade, Arthur Russell, synthed-up European and Japanese pop from the '80s, French and Italian movie soundtracks -- are all unimpeachably romantic, there's an undercurrent of isolation that stems from its home-recorded nature. It's epitomized in closer "Your Smell," which blends beautiful confusion with a tragicomically funky shuffle.

MBR LIMITED RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)

MBRLTD 009EP

BAILEY, MARCO: Break of Day 12" (MBRLTD 009EP) 12.50
Marco Bailey continues his adventurous journey on his MBR Limited imprint, adding another remarkable stop on his brilliant rave ride. This time he offers two fresh originals plus a remix by PoleGroup mastermind Christian Wünsch. Three proper techno tools, all competing hard for first place on the dancefloor.

MINIBAR (GERMANY)

MINI 039EP

LOWRIS: 2015 Brain Chip Odyssey EP 12" (MINI 039EP) 14.00
Lowris delivers electronic messages from several unconscious space entities discovered in the deepness of the galaxy. Astrophysicists don't yet know what dark matter is, but everyone knows its frequencies.

MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)

MORR 142EP

IGGY POP/TARWATER/ALVA NOTO: Leaves of Grass 12" (MORR 142EP) 22.00
Leaves of Grass is a collaboration between Tarwater, alva noto, and Iggy Pop. Each track features Iggy Pop's readings of American poet Walt Whitman's poetry with music by Tarwater and alva noto. The EP takes its title from Whitman's best-known poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855. Carsten Nicolai aka alva noto is a renowned artist and electronic producer. He is well known for his diverse electronic work released through Mille Plateaux and raster-noton, which he cofounded. His first recordings had a huge impact on what came to be known as glitch music in the late '90s, which was also when Tarwater (Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram) began their pioneering work. The duo pushed the boundaries between electronic music, new wave, and indie culture with their idiosyncratic music, which most found hard to describe without using the prefix "post-." In 1967, Iggy Pop cofounded The Stooges, whose massive influence on music since is often summarized with the term "proto-punk." Here, Iggy Pop lends his distinctive voice to seven poems by Walt Whitman, while Tarwater and alva noto create a vibrant and ever-pulsating score, sometimes calm, sometimes plodding and monolithic. Describing Whitman's significance, Iggy Pop reflects, "You know, I think he had something like Elvis. Like Elvis ahead of his time, one of the first manic American populists. You know you're looking at pictures of him, and he was obviously someone who was very much involved with his own physical appearance. His poetry is always about motion and rushing ahead, and crazy love and blood pushing through the body. He would have been the perfect gangster rapper. Whitman says, even the most beautiful face is not as beautiful as the body. And to say that in the middle of the 19th century is outrageous. It's a slap in the face. Look at the popular, well-educated poets of the time, those sensitive noblemen. But Whitman writes: 'Fuck ass.'" Embossed sleeve with full-tone print.

MUSCUT (UKRAINE)

MUSCUT 003LP

NIKOLAIENKO: The Sounds of Pseudoscience LP (MUSCUT 003LP) 15.50
2015 release. 140-gram LP. Includes download code. Canada-based label Graphical Recordings and the Ukraine-based Muscut label present Nikolaienko's The Sounds of Pseudoscience, a playful and intriguing archive of sounds influenced by the works of electronic music pioneers and experimenters. The album acts as a tribute to the golden era of early electronics, pondering the theme of nostalgia through warm, analog space-aged sounds. For the artist, it's an odd document with which he hopes to declare another way to make contemporary electronic music.

MUSIC FOR FREAKS (UK)

MFF 15002EP

FREAKS: Let's Do It Again Part 2 12" (MFF 15002EP) 14.00
Freaks' Let's Do It Again Part 2 opens with Ricardo Villalobos's second remix for the Music for Freaks label, a confoundingly brilliant 14-minute rework of "Eighties Throwback" constructed alongside studio partner Frank Greiner. With their remix of "Washing Machine," Boston house duo Soul Clap funk-up Diz Washington's vocals and turn in a crisp, futuristic, and downright freaky funkathon. Closer "Robotic Movement" is an original Freaks track remastered for this release; it was originally recorded as a remix in the '90s, but Justin Harris and Luke Solomon removed all references and renamed it for their 2000 album The Beat Diaries.

MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)

MM 175EP

DUNDOV, PETAR: Dancing Sun 12" (MM 175EP) 12.50
Petar Dundov's "Dancing Sun" sounds exactly like its title -- happy and uplifting -- but still with the signature melodic techno sound for which Croatia's number-one techno producer is known. Glasgow's Forever Sound, a favorite of the Music Man label since his 2013 debut on Horn Wax, appears on remix duties.

NICE & SLOW (JAPAN)

NS 002EP

R.O.A.: Spring Rain Soup/Hot Grapefruit 12" (NS 002EP) 20.00
Beautiful jazzy house backed with an old-style Chicago house track.

NO LABEL (EUROPE)

RHD 024EP

JORDAN GCZ: Lushlyfe II 12" (RHD 024EP) 15.50
Everyone's favorite lush, back with further idyllic musical visions. Living it more Hassell-free than Kenny GCZ. Double-sided silk-screened sleeve designed by Cosmo Knex.

NOW-AGAIN

NA 5068LP

JORGE AND ALMAZ, SEU: Seu Jorge And Almaz 2LP (NA 5068LP) 21.00
2016 repress with download code. Originally released in 2010. "Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you'll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge. Yes: he's a singer first and foremost. Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic and Fernando Meirelles' City Of God but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He's a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nação Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Walter Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora (Tim Maia, Jorge Ben) mesh with classic American (Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson) and European (Kraftwerk, Cane and Abel) soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart."

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 035CD

KOBOSIL: We Grow, You Decline CD (OSTGUT 035CD) 17.00
Kobosil presents We Grow, You Decline, his debut album. Born, raised, and based in Berlin, the DJ and producer has been making waves at Ostgut Ton and Berghain since emerging in 2013. Kobosil made his debut with a remix of Barker & Baumecker's "Silo" (OSTGUT 062EP, 2013); completely unknown at the time, he has since earned his stripes as a DJ on the club's main floor, eventually becoming a resident at Berghain. Following five subsequent 12" releases and his first live sets, We Grow, You Decline dares the audiences to adjust their perception of Kobosil's previous releases and listen carefully in quieter environment than the usual dancefloor setting. The album expands on Kobosil's fondness for more abstract, non-dancefloor rhythms, discomforting sounds, and mindful listening, previously manifested in "Plant 5" (RK, 2013), "Less" (RK, 2013), "Herschel" (Unterton, 2013), "There" (Marcel Dettmann Records, 2014), "Head" (RK, 2014), and "Athtar" (OSTGUT 091EP, 2015). Drawing influences from musique concrète via electronic body music toward present-day techno, these tracks combine gritty textures with melodic hints and contrast bleak, off-beat rhythms with drone passages, delving into ambient and industrial soundscapes. The steadily increasing synth pulse and constant crackle of opener "Telling the Truth" don't culminate in a maximalist floor-pleaser but segue into the field-recording-led dub techno cut "To See Land" and the hissing melancholy of "Reflection." "The Exploring Mountain" follows this vibe by asynchronously intertwining a hollow kick drum with organic percussion and distant bells; its final kicks anticipate the more techno-led middle section that begins with the hypnotic "Aim for Target." Meandering, brittle harmonies first introduced to the Kobosil sound with "Avernian" on his 2015 91 EP find their way into "The Living Ritual," topped with his trademark kick drum, alienated percussion, and a beguiling synth layer toward the end. Underneath the delicate, crackling surface of songs such as "When I Speak" and the aforementioned "To See Land" there are distant voices to be heard, while they're more prominently featured in the throbbing, atmospheric "Eihwaz" and the robotic pulse of "You Answered with Love." With nine-minute closer "They Looked On," Kobosil unchains the listener as the album's hovering suspense is dispersed into a warm, hazy horizon. We Grow, You Decline is a bold statement from Kobosil's growing musical repertoire and a reflection of his multi-faceted artistic development. Music, bright like a smile and dark as the soul. CD includes two extra tracks.

OTB RECORDS (BELGIUM)

OTB 006EP

LOCKYEAR: Store Street/Katabatic Wind 12" (OTB 006EP) 16.50
Edition of 250 hand-numbered copies with individually hand-stamped center labels by interdisciplinary artist duo 88888. Lockyear, based in London after honing his craft and tastes in Manchester, explores new territory for the OTB label, drawing influence from dance music spanning multiple decades and regions, from Detroit to Norway, Amsterdam, and Vancouver. "Store Street" channels the capacious vigor of packed Manchester warehouses from years gone by with a charging lead and polyrhythmic drum line. "Katabatic Wind" envelops a tense bottom line with a symphony of disjointed ambient textures and glassy, washing synths while the groove's driving meditation tugs on feet and minds alike.

OTHER PEOPLE

OP 034LP

A PLEASURE: Jream House LP (OP 034LP) 22.00
Jream House is the turbulent and spiritual debut LP of Mark Hurst aka A Pleasure, following his 2014 Extended Play digital EP on Other People. Blending mathematical composition with unrestrained studio experimentalism, the sound of A Pleasure charts a space where formative influences confront the most immediate performative impulse. Using a process of numerical transposition, the names of personally significant bands and composers are converted into drum patterns. Then Hurst lets loose, improvising around these structures with a variety of traditional and unorthodox instruments, including bass and guitar, bowed cymbals, drum machines juggled like turntables, and blowtorch on aluminum, to name a few. With his influences as starting points, he builds rhythmic structures and blasts them with walls of noise, monolithic basslines, and other jam-shrapnel. Despite the chaos and complexity of the process, the results sound neither clinical nor garbled. The tracks always find their way to an emotive melody or strong groove. Lush guitar strums and yearning keys ride the high-speed beat of "Slow Channel," which seems to soar through cloud-cover as one snaking mass. "The Order of Things" folds a cosmic guitar-part into a backdrop of heavily side-chained noise. "Arthur Russell" features a neck-snapping rimshot and crushed snare that splash up the bits of an elegiac vocal part. Through violent and idyllic atmospheres, Jream House jettisons its inspirations like landing shuttles, always in search of new ground. These are songs, not just experiments.


OP 036LP

12Z: Trembling Air LP (OP 036LP) 22.00
Hungarian electroacoustic duo 12z (pronounced "one two zed") present Trembling Air, an eclectic collection of intricate, improvisatory tone poems. As pure improvisers, Bálint Szabó and Márton Kristóf have constructed a substantial body of work, including film scores, studio recordings, and a significant archive of 12z [sessionz] -- weekly improvised jams with a shifting cast of collaborators. These [sessionz] were compiled into a self-released podcast, released following their 2013 self-titled debut on Hungarian label Farbwechsel. Not to mention their live work, which is the foundation of 12z's craft and artistry. With Szabó on guitar, Kristóf on electronics, and guest member Áron Porteleki often joining on drums, they fluctuate between jagged rhythmic passages, floating moments of harmonic tension, and any other form that emerges, always chiseling structure from the chaos. Trembling Air marks another direction in 12z's work, as their first entirely electronic recording. The album was sparked by György Pálfi's 2014 film Free Fall, for which it was recorded as a potential score, but stands strong independently, conjuring its own strange images.

P&P

HS 905EP

ALEXANDER & SANCTION, CLYDE: Got to Get Your Love 12" (HS 905EP) 15.00
"Back in the day a very young Clyde Alexander went into the studio with Gary Davis and Sanction at the behest of Mr. Peter Brown. The cut they laid down that day has been sought after and filling dance floors ever since. Gary Davis and his neighbor Truck constructed what many believe to be the ultimate hook in 'Gotta Get Your Love'. Gary's lavish yet simple arrangement and Trucks lyrics are backed with one of the most solid bass lines you'll ever hear over a beat so steady it's like bedrock. This record is so tight it's hard to believe every player at this session was in their teens when this was laid down on tape. That is with the exception of Gary Davis who was the elder statesman of this outing at the advanced age of 24. Give this one a spin and you'll understand how Gary and his crew from Camden made history that afternoon in '79."


LH 903EP

AHZZ: New York's Movin' 12" (LH 903EP) 15.00
"One of the most powerful disco cuts in the P&P Affiliate 'Land of Hits' Label, New York's 'Movin'' is faithful to the name. A seven-plus minute disco gem of percussive breakdowns, a solid bass groove, classic strings, and enough guitar licks to make Nile Rodgers a little jealous. Released in 1981, Ahzz was a studio project by Osborne Hunter and Steve Boston who's better known for his work with Kenny Lehman on Roundtree and Lemon. Despite the Backlash of Comiskey Park's Disco Demolition in 1979 and the commercialization of disco, it was clear New York City was Still Movin' in '81. Underground hits like these were just undeniable. Like a lot of the titles on Peter Brown's labels, today New York's Movin' is a rare and highly sought after record."

PHOENIX RECORDS (UK)

ASH 3007LP

RELATIVELY CLEAN RIVERS: Relatively Clean Rivers LP (ASH 3007LP) 22.00
2016 repress; LP version. Former Beat Of The Earth leader Phil Pearlman assembled Relatively Clean Rivers in the early '70s and eventually released this excellent rural rock album in 1975. Although Pearlman's first recorded effort was a surf/hot rod 45 entitled Chrome Reversed Rails which appeared on the Fink label in the mid-'60s, it was with Beat Of The Earth that he began to forge a distinctive musical voice. The band was one of the earliest-known experimental bands with a sound reminiscent of their East Coast counterparts, The Velvet Underground, whose influence is often discernible on Relatively Clean Rivers. That said, RCR is recognized by those fortunate enough to have heard it as one of the very finest albums of the era, with a clearly-defined American sound akin to The Grateful Dead in all their American Beauty pomp or CSNY circa Déjà Vu. An album highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in '70s West Coast music or simply great music in general. Finally available on 180 gram vinyl once again, and comprehensively remastered using the latest 48-bit technology.

PHORMA (SWEDEN)

PHORMA 001EP

TALLEY, NORM: Deep Consciousness 12" (PHORMA 001EP) 14.00
Stamped white-label re-release of PHORMA 001, originally released in 2013. "Deep Consciousness" by Norm Talley on the A-side and a dark, trippy interpretation by Ness on the B-side.

PLUS 8 (CANADA)

PLUS 825-2EP

FUSE: Them/Close 12" (PLUS 825-2EP) 14.00
Richie Hawtin reveals From My Mind to Yours, a series of seven 12"s on his own Plus 8 label for which Hawtin has revived some of his most revered aliases -- Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Robotman, Circuit Breaker, 80xx, Childsplay, and R.H.X. The title of the series is a play on the now-classic early Plus 8 compilations From Our Minds to Yours from 1991 and 1992. The records were previously released in 2015 as very limited hand-stamped white labels via Hard Wax in Berlin.


PLUS 825-3EP

PLASTIKMAN: Purrkusiv/Gymnastiks 12" (PLUS 825-3EP) 14.00
Richie Hawtin reveals From My Mind to Yours, a series of seven 12" on his own Plus 8 label for which Hawtin has revived some of his most revered aliases -- Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Robotman, Circuit Breaker, 80xx, Childsplay, and R.H.X. The title of the series is a play on the now-classic early Plus 8 compilations From Our Minds to Yours from 1991 and 1992. The records were previously released in 2015 as very limited hand-stamped white labels via Hard Wax in Berlin.


PLUS 825-4EP

CIRCUIT BREAKER/80XX: Systematic/Creepr 12" (PLUS 825-4EP) 14.00
The fourth installment in Richie Hawtin's seven-part From My Mind to Yours 12" series, for which Hawtin has revived some of his most revered aliases -- Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Robotman, Circuit Breaker, 80xx, Childsplay, and R.H.X. The title of the series is a play on the now-classic early Plus 8 compilations From Our Minds to Yours from 1991 and 1992. The records were previously released in 2015 as very limited hand-stamped white labels via Hard Wax in Berlin. This 12" includes "Systematic," credited to Circuit Breaker, and "Creepr," credited to 80xx. Side A plays inside-out, from center to edge.


PLUS 825-5EP

PLASTIKMAN: Akrobatix/Cirkus 12" (PLUS 825-5EP) 14.00
The fifth installment in Richie Hawtin's seven-part From My Mind to Yours 12" series, for which Hawtin has revived some of his most revered aliases -- Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Robotman, Circuit Breaker, 80xx, Childsplay, and R.H.X. The title of the series is a play on the now-classic early Plus 8 compilations From Our Minds to Yours from 1991 and 1992. The records were previously released in 2015 as very limited hand-stamped white labels via Hard Wax in Berlin. This 12" includes "Akrobatix" and "Cirkus," both credited to Plastikman.

PURPLE TAPE PEDIGREE

PTP 005LP

LABEIJA, JOEY: Shattered Dreams LP (PTP 005LP) 20.00
Joey LaBeija has earned himself the reputation of an underground club music deity in his native New York City. The Bronx-bred producer and DJ is revered for his rhythmic assaults on sound systems, combining a celebration of his Puerto Rican heritage (e.g. Big Pun and Wisin & Yandel) with his love for the more extreme and experimental corners of electronic music (from Björk to friends Rabit and Lotic). As a fourth-generation House of LaBeija emissary, Joey LaBeija is not so interested in plainly referencing the traditional sound of ballroom and vogue, but instead seeks out new pathways to further immerse listeners into his personal experience. Shattered Dreams, LaBeija's full-length debut, marks a bold step forward in this artistic inquiry. The listener hears LaBeija pouring his darkest time as an adult into the music, drawing upon a single year full of life losses amid the walls of an unforgiving metropolis. From start to finish, it is a story told through the sprawl of daydreamt melodies, amorphous noise resembling the multi-appendage-clatter of insects, and tattered beds of abrasive percussion. Much like his style of playing live, there is no single set genre as Shattered Dreams winds forward; instead LaBeija mines various stylistic cues -- the upbeat stutter step of Timbaland or that of grime ("Over" and "Joey's Inferno"), for instance -- until revealing the tender, reverberating echoes of sounds unfound beneath the breaking sediment. This album is a hard barrel roll left, away from LaBeija well secured club stature. It is an intrepid dive into the pain of the mind. While Shattered Dreams was debuted by The FADER as a stream-only mix in August 2015, after which it appeared in FACT's "The 25 best albums of the last three months" list in October 2015 and received high praise in Mixmag's November 2015 issue, Purple Tape Pedigree now presents the album as an LP, with tracks split and re-touched to the utmost dynamic clarity by the masterful Rashad Becker.

PUSHMASTER DISCS (ITALY)

PUSH 013EP

TRANI, MATTIA: Frozen Injection EP 12" (PUSH 013EP) 14.50
Following 2015 releases on Miminalsoul and Wet Cellar, PushMaster Discs boss Mattia Trani showcases his big-room techno side with four original tracks made with analog drum machines and synthesizers. "Injection" is the perfect track for the modern techno dancefloor, "Iron Engine" is a solid techno tool inspired by Millsian drones, "Frozen Stomp" combines a perfect 909 rhythm with amazing space synth sounds, and "Gear Machine 2.0" is simply a banging 135bpm tune, recorded live with an 808 saturated into a Sherman Filterbank. Features a great tool remix of "Iron Engine" by Chicago veteran DJ Hyperactive (4 Track Records, Figure, CLR).

RECORD MAKERS (UK)

REC 046LP

TELLIER, SEBASTIEN: Sexuality LP (REC 046LP) 23.50
2016 repress. Sébastien Tellier is the unique voice of modern French electronic-edged pop, and the undisputed coolest man in music. Sexuality, his fourth album produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, contains unmissable and now-cult tunes, like "Divine," France's inspired choice as their 2008 Eurovision representative, "L'amour et la violence," which was remixed by Boys Noize, "Kilometer" remixed by A-Trak, or "Look" and its famous video.


REC 086LP

KAVINSKY: Outrun LP (REC 086LP) 28.50
2016 repress. Nicolas Winding Refn's film, Drive (2011) operates on a level of cool that's hard to articulate with just words; it takes a snippet from the movie -- take the opening credits backed by Kavinsky's "Nightcall" -- to really grasp its effortless debonair. Since the film's release, this single's Youtube video has climbed to over 30 million views, and has been on repeat across an expanse of playlists, always fueling the after-after party with the slow burn of glossed synth echoes. Kavinsky is not all about "Nightcall." He died in a car crash in 1986, while driving his beloved Testarossa. He re-appeared as a zombie in 2005, with his 12", Teddy Boy. Since then, he has shown up all around the globe, playing his music to fellow humans. Crowds gathered to witness the miracle: despite being dead, Kavinsky was still alive. In 2007, he released his second 12", "1986." This is when his French robot-mates in Daft Punk invited him to join their "Alive Tour," and A-Trak put together an American tour. After discovering the world with his red eyes, Kavinsky retreated to his base camp to release "Nightcall' in 2011. Kavinsky now presents his long-awaited debut album OutRun produced by SebastiAn, including appearances by Havoc (Mobb Deep), Tyson & SebastiAn. 1x LP 12" -- gatefold glossy coated + 12" printed inner sleeve.

RER MEGACORP

RER BK2

KOVACS, BORIS: Times of Day: Concerto Suite for Sax and Chamber Ensemble CD (RER BK2) 16.00
"What Boris does is without parallel or precedent, and he's been doing it for over 40 years, perfecting a language that is uniquely his own: not chamber music, not world music, not jazz -- but demanding performance skills vital to all three. What do you call a music that is fully scored, played only by acoustic instruments, and demands not only extremely high technical standards from its performers but -- if they are to imbue what is written with its proper ritual body - shared histories and deep cultural roots? To grasp the essence of this work, the composition and the ensemble need to be considered together and it's this aspect of Boris' work that is so exceptional. Composers write scores, while folk and jazz ensembles spin the present out of collective memory; Boris somehow manages to do both, and there is a depth here that's not in the notes or in the performances but in an ability to tap into a collective reservoir of archetypical resonances. That's the source of its intangible strength and apparent inevitability. It has, as we say, the ring of truth."

ROARATORIO

ROAR 041EP

CLEVELAND WRECKING COMPANY: Say There's a Reason 7" (ROAR 041EP) 7.00
"The Cleveland Wrecking Company were formed in San Francisco in 1965. Their members came from jazz, flamenco and R&B backgrounds, but together their psychedelic brew verged on Blue Cheer heaviness. As perennial local favorites, they gigged at every stage in the area. They left behind no recorded artifacts during this time; a deal with Vanguard went nowhere, when their manager absconded to Mexico with the album advance on an ill-fated mission to buy a kilo of pot. A later incarnation of the band -- with a completely different lineup and musical style -- released a 45 that has since become a favorite of cratedigging DJs, but This is not That. These two tracks hail from 1967-8: one studio, one live (the sonics on the latter may remind of the VU's 'guitar amp' boot, but with a solo as overdriven and atonal as this, it's a plus). With liner notes by Jim Moscoso (CWC bassist, vocalist, brother of Victor) and rare photographs."

RUMBLE RECORDS

RUM 2011107LP

HOPKINS, LIGHTNIN': Lightnin' Hopkins LP (RUM 2011107LP) 20.00
Houston, Texas's favorite son Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin', was recorded in 1959 by the legendary musicologist Samuel Charters, predating and predicting the folk-blues revival of the early '60s. Widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic blues albums ever, Lightnin' Hopkins, originally released in 1959 on Folkways Records, established its hero as a legend. The very definition of essential.


RUM 2011111LP

MONROE, MARILYN: Marilyn LP (RUM 2011111LP) 20.00
Released in 1962, the same year that America's obsession died of an overdose of barbiturates in her Brentwood home, this Marilyn Monroe release compiles her tunes from the classic musicals There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), River of No Return (1954), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Here performing songs from such legendary American songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin, Marilyn may not have been the most classically trained vocalist in history but the voice is undeniably recognizable; she performed here as an American icon, and looked good doing it. In case there is any doubt about that fact, this release comes with a "ready-to-frame" picture of Ms. Monroe. Another American icon reissued on Rumble.

RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)

RHM 017LP

VOORN, ORLANDO: In My World 2LP (RHM 017LP) 23.00
Double LP version. Dutch legend Orlando Voorn restates his unique approach to techno with In My World. With his sense for abstract melodies and drum programming, Voorn has always ranked as a true master. In My World confirms it -- beautiful, suspended, rich in detail... it's that high-tech funk! Includes a contribution from Trish van Eynde.

S-S RECORDS

S-S 003LP

A FRAMES: A Frames LP (S-S 003LP) 24.00
"Originally released in 2002, the A Frames' debut album was a sleeper. That is hard to believe today, as the record has been called 'one of the few great new American rock records' (Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, Arthur), 'the best American rock record I've heard since 100 Flowers' (Jon Solomon, WPRB), and 'a truly amazing record made by a truly amazing band with a truly amazing sound' (Mitch Cardwell, Blank Generation). But back when it came out, people were slow to pick up on it. In 2002, S-S Records was still a young 'un, Seattle was recovering from a decade of grunge-commercialism, and punk rock had settled into a steady 1-2-3-4 count. The A Frames post-post-post punk, with its high energy angles and primitive smarts, was a bit new to the ears. A few people dug their first two singles, but most folks weren't quite ready for a garage punk attack on Wire, Devo and Joy Division... or so they thought. As more and more people heard the A Frames' debut, more and more became diehard fans. The record started to get rave reviews and make year-end 'Best Of' lists. Those skeptical of the hype listened to the record and found that the praise was well-founded ('It's rare to have an album this solid from top and bottom without an ounce of fluff or duff -- it is deserving of any accolades heaped upon it,' Jack Cole, Pataphysics Research Journal). Even with universal props, it took more than a year to sell out of the single vinyl pressing of 500. In another two years, though, the record started fetching good money on auction and record selling sites. It has now been thirteen years since A Frames' A Frames was first released and demand has not slackened. Though long out-of-print, S-S Records still gets requests from fans to repress it. So here it is!"


S-S 006LP

A FRAMES: 2 LP (S-S 006LP) 24.00
"The A Frames' second album -- appropriately titled 2 -- is the classic followup to their stellar debut. Influenced by their heroes Wire, the A Frames were not content to make their sophomore full-length a copycat of their first. Instead, they took their post-punk-cum-KBD / garage sound and expanded and twisted it. Recorded in a weekend by Chris Woodhouse, it is one of the best albums of the '00s. 'Finally, someone has released a worthy followup to Gang of 4's Entertainment,' wrote Go Metric. Blank Generation countered with 'You can throw all the Gang of Four / Fall / Wire references you want at this band, but all I can say is that the A Frames are quite simply creating some of the most captivating sounds around. Their second fulllength is even weirder than the first, adhering to the robot-wave construction of their first record, but tinkering with the formula enough to keep it sounding new.... These guys have put themselves yet another step or two ahead of the crowd with a record that may even be better than their first.' Maximum Rocknroll said, 'this sucker is flat-out classic... [Woodhouse] is starting to look like the Trademark of Quality for raw artgarage.' Roctober cooed, 'Though it seems impossible for robots to have souls this is basically the lost, brilliant, organic Kraftwerk LP (where they added guitars). This is so futuristic it makes my vision hurt.' The original 2003 vinyl pressing of 2 sold out in three months. S-S Records let it go out of print, but, like with the first album, the label has often been asked the question 'Are you ever going to release it again?' The answer is: Yes!"

SDBAN (BELGIUM)

SDBAN 004LP

BRASSEUR, ANDRE: Lost Gems from the 70's 2LP (SDBAN 004LP) 32.00
180-gram double-LP version in gatefold sleeve. You may never have heard of him, but unless you're a complete stranger to the 20th century, you have almost certainly heard at least some of his music. André Brasseur composed countless tunes that received plenty of airplay and were used as radio and TV music all over Europe in the late '60s and the '70s. His biggest hit, "Early Bird Satellite" sold millions internationally. This compilation focuses on a lesser-known aspect of Brasseur's musical output. In addition to his quest for the perfect intro tune, his innumerable live performances, and his management of several successful restaurants and discos, Brasseur recorded a great deal of experimental funky jams in the '70s. The most exciting and timeless of these lost cuts are compiled here -- 13 enchanting cult classics and hidden gems, ready to devour.


SDBAN 1201EP

BRASSEUR, ANDRE: Cordilleras/Stress 12" (SDBAN 1201EP) 14.00
Limited 12" release of André Brasseur's "Stress (Instrumental)" from 1979 (originally credited to André and Leslie) and the previously unreleased "Cordilleras," two of the most exciting and timeless of his experimental funky jams from the 2016 Brasseur anthology Lost Gems from the 70's (SDBAN 004CD/LP).


SDBAN 708EP

BRASSEUR, ANDRE: X/X2 7" (SDBAN 708EP) 14.00
Limited 7" release, in full-color sleeve, of André Brasseur's highly acclaimed and sought-after track "X," taken from the 2016 Brasseur anthology Lost Gems from the 70's (SDBAN 004CD/LP). The B-side, "X2," is exclusive to this single and is previously unavailable as a 7".

SLEEPING BAG

TEG 3319LP

RUSSELL, ARTHUR: The Sleeping Bag Sessions 2LP (TEG 3319LP) 25.00
2016 repress; originally released in 2009. "Whether it's Hip Hop, it's face pointed reverentially to the Old School, or House stealing Disco riffs by the truck load, people are increasingly intrigued by back-in-the-day. And common to both the aforementioned scenes and much more is one person, Arthur Russell, a man some regard as the best songwriter of the 20th century. In 1981 Arthur set up Sleeping Bag Records with Will Socolov. The first release was the album 24-24 Music as Dinosaur L. If you're wondering about the name it would appear Arthur would often use the names of extinct or near-extinct animals. On one production credit he's Killer Whale, whilst the logo for Sleeping Bag is a Koala bear! Will remembers how they came up with the name for their label. 'We were joking about names, and James Brown was on with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and I was sleeping in a sleeping bag in my apartment and I kind of made a joke about that, and Arthur said that was a great idea for the name of the company!' The line up was pretty much the same as the Loose Joints sessions, (which boasted the Ingram Brothers rhythm section) and a similar stream-of-conscience approach was taken with the recording itself. Russell arranged the beats so there'd be a change every 24 bars (hence the title) and the band would have to improvise the songs over the top. He also made sure he went into the studio when there was a full moon! The album is again very experimental, and makes occasional uneasy listening but the same magic is very much in evidence. Arthur would continue to be involved in production and mixing duties for the label, but parted company with Socolov in 1985. Arthur sadly died of AIDS in 1992 leaving behind many songs; as one obituary put it, it was though he simply vanished into his music."

SMALLVILLE (GERMANY)

SMALL 011CD

MOOMIN: A Minor Thought CD (SMALL 011CD) 17.00
The ocean -- the infinitude, the beauty, the color, the sound -- a truly seductive place. With the sound of ocean waves, Smallville's beloved artist Moomin invites audiences to enter his second full-length album, A Minor Thought. A selection of wonderful house tracks that have made for some great moments at Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, and, of course, the Golden Pudel, among many others. In addition to his fantastic collection of analog synths and drum machines, Moomin is always on the hunt for the most delicate samples. Following his big first album, The Story About You (SMALL 004CD, 2011), and a number of beautiful works on his own Closer imprint, Moomin returned in 2015 with a 12" on Smallville's Fuck Reality sub-label. Of course, Moomin was also part of the 2015 Smallville Ways: Ten Years compilation (SMALL 010CD), which he followed with his Aquarama 12" for the label. Now he appears with another string of beauty: A Minor Thought. Artwork by Smallville's one and only Stefan Marx. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering. CD includes three extra tracks.


SMALL 011LP

MOOMIN: A Minor Thought 2LP (SMALL 011LP) 25.00
Double LP version with printed inlays. The ocean -- the infinitude, the beauty, the color, the sound -- a truly seductive place. With the sound of ocean waves, Smallville's beloved artist Moomin invites audiences to enter his second full-length album, A Minor Thought. A selection of wonderful house tracks that have made for some great moments at Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, and, of course, the Golden Pudel, among many others. In addition to his fantastic collection of analog synths and drum machines, Moomin is always on the hunt for the most delicate samples. Following his big first album, The Story About You (SMALL 004CD, 2011), and a number of beautiful works on his own Closer imprint, Moomin returned in 2015 with a 12" on Smallville's Fuck Reality sub-label. Of course, Moomin was also part of the 2015 Smallville Ways: Ten Years compilation (SMALL 010CD), which he followed with his Aquarama 12" for the label. Now he appears with another string of beauty: A Minor Thought. Artwork by Smallville's one and only Stefan Marx. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering.

SONIC CATHEDRAL (UK)

SCR 071LP

ODD NOSDAM: Trish LP (SCR 071LP) 20.00
Having cut his teeth producing warped and bombastic beats as a member of cLOUDDEAD, David P. Madson aka Odd Nosdam has since gone on to record and release some of the most revered work in the post-millennial abstract hip-hop world. Through his solo productions, various collaborations, and remixes for the likes of Boards of Canada, the Anticon Records cofounder has traced an indelible strain of super-saturated, no-fi weirdness located at the intersection of British IDM, West Coast hip-hop, and ethereal drone. Trish first saw the light of day in late 2013 as a cassette-only release on the Chicago-based Baro label, now long sold-out; a digital release followed on Odd Nosdam's own Burnco label. Trish is a subtle homage to the late Broadcast singer Trish Keenan (1968-2011) created from the haunted remains of a failed follow-up to Odd Nosdam's 2007 Level Live Wires album. This long-overdue vinyl reissue marks the 2016 fifth anniversary of Keenan's tragic death from pneumonia in January 2011. Across the work's six tracks, Odd Nosdam harnesses the aural mystery of a sample-based approach with an emphasis on cassette manipulation and distortion. Overall, Trish lingers and drifts through a shimmering fog of high-register sonics with introspectively tonal movements. While Odd Nosdam's sound may intersect with Broadcast's at times, his approach on Trish is distinctly his own -- a unique blend of emotive ambiguity and lush, wandering vacancy. Featuring guest appearances from Bre'r and Liz Harris (Grouper), Trish is as dense as it is reflective.


SCR 090B-LP

SPECTRES: Dying LP (SCR 090B-LP) 23.50
LP version. 2015 release. Bristol, England-based four-piece Spectres are the loudest, most abrasive band on the Sonic Cathedral label to date, and one that makes a mockery of those articles that crop once in a while asking if guitar music is dead. "If guitars are supposed to be dead," wrote Drowned in Sound in its review of 2013's Hunger EP, "it's probably because Spectres have killed them." Dying opens with the ominous and unsettling white noise and dark found sounds of "Drag" and is relentless for the next 50 minutes, taking in lead single "Where Flies Sleep," a re-recorded version of "The Sky of All Places" (originally released early in 2014 as part of the Too Pure Singles Club), and "Sea of Trees" (which was given away as a free download to attendees of Sonic Cathedral's 2014 10th-anniversary show at the 100 Club in London). Produced and mixed by Dominic Mitchison (Velcro Hooks).

SOUFFLE CONTINU RECORDS (FRANCE)

FFL 011LP

TRIODE: On n'a pas fini d'avoir tout vu LP (FFL 011LP) 22.00
Souffle Continu presents the sixth release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. Triode was a French psych prog band from the early '70s. Their sole album, 1971's On n'a pas fini d'avoir tout vu, combines the fascinating flute playing of Michel Edelin, the psychedelic guitar sound of Pierre Chérèze (also of YS and a collaborator of Bernard Szajner), and the groovy rhythm section of Didier Hauck and Pierre-Yves Sorin. Obscure even in prog circles, this instrumental jazzy prog monster is finally available again in its original form. This is the album's first official vinyl reissue, fully licensed by Futura founder Gérard Terronès. Presented in a 350-gram matte sleeve with obi strip. Limited edition of 500.


FFL 011LTD-LP

TRIODE: On n'a pas fini d'avoir tout vu (Orange Vinyl) LP (FFL 011LTD-LP) 23.50
Orange LP version. Limited edition of 200. Souffle Continu presents the sixth release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. Triode was a French psych prog band from the early '70s. Their sole album, 1971's On n'a pas fini d'avoir tout vu, combines the fascinating flute playing of Michel Edelin, the psychedelic guitar sound of Pierre Chérèze (also of YS and a collaborator of Bernard Szajner), and the groovy rhythm section of Didier Hauck and Pierre-Yves Sorin. Obscure even in prog circles, this instrumental jazzy prog monster is finally available again in its original form.


FFL 012LP

TRAVELLING: Voici la Nuit Tombée LP (FFL 012LP) 22.00
Souffle Continu presents the seventh release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. Travelling was a keyboard-based trio that probably represents best what the Futura's RED series was about -- jazz, rock, and experimental inquisitiveness. Often described as the French answer to the Canterbury scene, Voici la Nuit Tombée contains echoes of Soft Machine, Caravan, and Supersister, especially on the sidelong opening track, "Voici la Nuit Tombée." It's the album's tour de force, with its fuzz bass, distorted organs, piano jazz, and complex meter. This is the first-ever vinyl reissue of this pioneering 1973 prog jewel, fully licensed by Futura founder Gérard Terronès. Presented in a 350-gram reverse-printed sleeve with obi strip. Limited edition of 500.


FFL 012LTD-LP

TRAVELLING: Voici la Nuit Tombée (Clear Yellow Vinyl) LP (FFL 012LTD-LP) 23.50
Clear yellow LP version. Limited edition of 200. Souffle Continu presents the seventh release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. Travelling was a keyboard-based trio that probably represents best what the Futura's RED series was about -- jazz, rock, and experimental inquisitiveness. Often described as the French answer to the Canterbury scene, Voici la Nuit Tombée contains echoes of Soft Machine, Caravan, and Supersister, especially on the sidelong opening track, "Voici la Nuit Tombée." It's the album's tour de force, with its fuzz bass, distorted organs, piano jazz, and complex meter.


FFL 013LP

HORDE CATALYTIQUE POUR LA FIN: Gestation Sonore LP (FFL 013LP) 22.00
Souffle Continu presents the eighth release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. "We just wanted the sound, the raw sound-texture, before being treated and shaped by any cultural code," recalls Georges Alloro, member of Horde Catalytique pour la Fin. Formed in 1967, the French avant-garde quartet played instruments from Western, African, Middle-Eastern, and Far-Eastern cultures. Their sole album, the unique Gestation Sonore (1971), is the intriguing result of an improvisational session that unsurprisingly later found its way onto Nurse With Wound's famous list. This is its first-ever vinyl reissue, fully licensed by Futura founder Gérard Terronès. Presented in a 350-gram reverse-printed sleeve with obi strip. Limited edition of 500.


FFL 013LTD-LP

HORDE CATALYTIQUE POUR LA FIN: Gestation Sonore (Red Vinyl) LP (FFL 013LTD-LP) 23.50
Red LP version. Limited edition of 200. Souffle Continu presents the eighth release in its series of reissues from the catalog of the cult French underground Futura label. "We just wanted the sound, the raw sound-texture, before being treated and shaped by any cultural code," recalls Georges Alloro, member of Horde Catalytique pour la Fin. Formed in 1967, the French avant-garde quartet played instruments from Western, African, Middle-Eastern, and Far-Eastern cultures. Their sole album, the unique Gestation Sonore (1971), is the intriguing result of an improvisational session that unsurprisingly later found its way onto Nurse With Wound's famous list.

SOUND OF SPEED JAPAN (JAPAN)

SOSR 018EP

KUNIYUKI & JIMPSTER: Kalima's Dance EP 12" (SOSR 018EP) 20.00
An EP from Jimpster and Kuniyuki Takahashi on Japanese label Sound of Speed. It's most definitely a jazz thing. Exclusive Japan import.

STATIC CARAVAN (UK)

VAN 296LP

DUKE ST WORKSHOP WITH LAURENCE R HARVEY, THE: Tales of H.P. Lovecraft LP (VAN 296LP) 25.00
Limited edition of 300. Heavy-duty sleeve and insert. Tales of H.P. Lovecraft is a collaboration between The Duke St Workshop (following the 2014 Cabin 28 CD (VAN 277CD)) and highly regarded horror actor Laurence R Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011), The Editor (2014), The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)). The album contains two stories ("From Beyond" (1920) and "The Hound" (1922)) by the king of cosmic horror, H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft laid the foundations of modern horror; without him the golden age of horror films in the late 20th century would have been very different. The setting is a perfect meeting ground for both actor and group, who bond over their mutual love of horror history. The artists approached the stories like screenplays to create a soundtrack in the mind to rival the narrative and visual thrust of film. Exploring emotional undercurrents and dimensions not present in the original works, these new readings were adapted and edited for the record by poet and friend of the group John "The Baptist" Togher. Harvey reads the stories with empathy and great skill, weaving through the material with consummate dexterity. The music takes in industrial, library electronics, '80s krautrock, and hushed, Satie-like piano meditations alongside the group's established sound palette. Features artwork by British comic book artist Sean Phillips (DC Comics, Marvel Comics).

SWP RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)

SWP 048CD

BAIRD, MICHAEL: SoonSoon CD (SWP 048CD) 15.50
Twelve different tracks, 12 different moods. With guests David Tronzo (USA) on slide guitar, Yvonne Cornelius (Germany) on vocals, and Andy Moor (UK) on guitar. There is a string sextet, there are wailing electric guitars, there are thumb pianos, there are sensual vocals, there are various drums, there is an electric cello -- just a few of the colors on this album. This music cannot be categorized; you will have to hear it!

TECTONIC (UK)

TEC 090EP

PINCH: Screamer (feat. Riko Dan)/No Justice 12" (TEC 090EP) 12.50
Tectonic founder Pinch returns to home territory with hard, uncompromising beats sculpted for twisted dancefloors. "Screamer" sees grime legend Riko Dan pick up the mic to voice Pinch's industrial garage-style rhythm, complementing the darkside sonics with a savage delivery that threatens from the outset. Not for the fainthearted. On "No Justice," Pinch provides a sub-heavy pounding rhythm and twists an almost ragga-style beat in dark dub territory. "Screamer" has been played by Benji B on BBC Radio 1 and by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC Radio 6 Music, and has garnered DJ support from the likes of Mumdance, Loefah, and many more.

THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

BIC 106LP

PHARCYDE, THE: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 2LP (BIC 106LP) 26.00
"Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is the debut album from The Pharcyde. Released in late 1992, the album was hailed by critics and rap fans alike. Produced entirely by J-Swift with easily some of the tightest and most inventive beats of the era, Bizarre Ride features only one guest appearance, provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat (who would become known as 'Bucwheed' from The Wascals). Released during the dominant Gangsta Rap era of the West Coast, the music was described as 'refreshing' due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums like To Whom it May Concern... by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. The album was certified gold in 1996, and its stature has only grown since with the release constantly appearing on Best Of lists such as the 100 Best Rap albums by The Source, Top 100 Favorite Records of The 90s by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums as listed by Chris Rock."

THE SPHERES (UK)

SPHERES 019LP

CURRENT 93: The Moons At Your Door LP (SPHERES 019LP) 26.50
Opaque white LP in black gatefold sleeve bearing outer and inner artwork by David Tibet, including back cover art unique to the vinyl version. Gnostic cartoon supergroup Current 93 present their 93rd (!) album, The Moons At Your Door. The work consists of two long tracks, "The Moons At Your Door" and "There Is A GraveYard That Dwells In Man," and reveals, yet again, an unexpected sidereal shift in C93's vision and voice. This album follows the January 2016 publication of David Tibet's The Moons At Your Door: An Anthology of Strange Tales, of whom this album is the sister.

THE VINYL FACTORY (UK)

VF 207LP

GRAHAM, RODNEY: Good Hand Bad Hand LP (VF 207LP) 36.50
180-gram LP. The Vinyl Factory presents the superb album Good Hand Bad Hand from world-renowned Vancouver-based artist and musician Rodney Graham and his band. Showcasing his signature blend of rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, and folk-tinged country, and treading a fine line of deft lyricism influenced by Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Lou Reed, and punk, Good Hand Bad Hand is perhaps Graham's most accomplished LP to date. The packaging is also pretty special, with Graham's classic self-portraiture artwork featured on bespoke silver-foiled gloss-coated outer and inner sleeves. Though Graham is best known as an artist for his films, photographs, and installations, music has been a major part of his work throughout his career; from performing with the band U-J3RK5 in Vancouver in the late 1970s through composing soundtracks for slide and film works to his performances and recordings as a singer-songwriter, including the records Rock Is Hard (2003), I'm a Noise Man, and Why Look for Good Times? (2008).

TOUCH (UK)

TONE 052LP

FENNESZ: Mahler Remix 2LP (TONE 052LP) 20.00
Mahler Remix was recorded live at RadioKulturhaus, Vienna, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler's symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of "Liminality' from the bécs album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego (EMEGO 165CD/LP). Mahler Remixed was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan. The piece was only performed live three times, at RadioKulturhaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Borusan Music House in Istanbul.

TOY TONICS (GERMANY)

TOYT 046EP

COEO: Back in the Days 12" (TOYT 046EP) 14.00
COEO are to the Toy Tonics label what Masters at Work were to '90s house; they bring soul to house music. Back in the Days could have been made in 1997 by Sneak, Dimitri from Paris, or Lil Louis. But similarities to Berlin's sample-house scene and artists like Max Graef and Hodini are also evident. COEO's hit "Native Riddim," released digitally in 2014 and included here as a vinyl-only bonus, features some heavy jazz samples from COEO's parents' soul collection. It was number-one in the Traxsource charts for several weeks and has impressed everyone from Laurent Garnier to Tensnake.

TRAFFIC

TEG 78504LP

SOULS OF MISCHIEF: 93 'Til Infinity 2LP (TEG 78504LP) 21.00
2016 repress. 2010 release. "There are very few albums across any genre that stand the test of time better than 93 'Til Infinity, the classic debut record from the Hieroglyphics crew's very own Souls of Mischief. In an era where gangsta rap and G-Funk dominated the West Coast rap scene, Souls broke ground on a completely unique and thoroughly west coast sound. While the Dr. Dre's and the Snoop Doggs were garnering much of the mainstream attention, Souls were quietly forging a charismatic, critically acclaimed, and cohesively shaped record that when categorized, sounded much closer to A Tribe Called Quest than N.W.A. The sound of their debut is characteristic of the distinct style explored by the collective, including a rhyme scheme based on internal rhyme and beats centered around a live bass and obscure jazz and funk samples."

TRAILER PARK RECORDS

TPR 5502CD

VA: Beating on the Bars: Twisted Tales from the Vinyl Wastelands Volume 2 CD (TPR 5502CD) 16.00
"The Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands series takes the listener on a dark adventure, a wrong turn into a bizarre, alternate world of American country music performed by small town, unknown hicks. The second volume, Beating On The Bars, collects eighteen ultrarare hillbilly 45s recorded for long-lost independent record labels. The theme this time is incarceration -- the county lock-ups, state pens and prisons. When Johnny Cash released his live at Fulsom Prison and San Quentin LPs to critical acclaim and commercial success, small-town hopefuls rushed into backwoods recording studio across the South to tell their own tales of crime and punishment. Until now, most of these records lay forgotten in the solitary confinement of the bargin bins. The 16-page CD booklet features, liner notes from Country Music legend Bill Carter, track-bytrack comments from Texas rockabilly singer (and serial killer researcher) Mack Stevens, plus an original short story from underground writer Avery Powell, all pulled together with amazing graphic artwork from acclaimed illustrator Olaf Jens."

TRESOR (GERMANY)

TRESOR 10117LP

SURGEON: Force + Form 2LP (TRESOR 10117LP) 26.50
Tresor presents a 2015 repress of the third seminal album by the UK's Surgeon, originally released in 1999. Remastered in 2015 by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London. Surgeon's third Tresor album reinforces the theories communicated in previous releases, drawing carefully on the parallel between loud music's ability to cross cultural differences. The opposing swing toward experimentally contemplative music is played quietly to produce a different perception. Sentimental with high emotional content while sometimes simultaneously brutal, Force + Form brews a powerful physical experience at club-level decibels.

UPON YOU (GERMANY)

UY 089EP

VA: A Selection of Diary 4.2. 12" (UY 089EP) 12.50
Upon.You presents four tracks selected from the digital release of the fourth chapter in its Diary series, curated by Gunnar Stiller. The vinyl edit of Ruede Hagelstein's "Nonnenrauschen" is a precise epic built from a few very carefully placed elements that create a magical, mystical vibe. Marco Resmann's "Sun" brings hypnotic, repetitive stabs accompanied by beautifully progressing melodies and a stunning vocal break. Gorge's "In Sync" fuses an ever-changing synth motif with pure dancefloor pressure and rave vocal bits. The vinyl edit of Beatamines' "Lotus" features frolicking, slightly jazz-influenced percussion lines and a seductively meandering hook.

UPRISE AUDIO (UK)

UA 015EP

SEVEN/SEVEN & JOE RAYGUN: Shaker/Elevate 12" (UA 015EP) 14.00
London's dubstep manifestor Seven opens "Shaker" with a mystical, arpeggiated rhythm that builds to an intense climax from the ground up. Its dark, edgy atmospheres; square-waved lead; and heavy-duty bass weight capture the essence of the artist's vision. "Elevate" follows suit with the raw vocal talents of Joe Raygun, who manages to infuse his conscious, mind-opening lyrics into the track's wild peaks, wicked grime-esque basslines, and unconventional melodies. Support from Youngsta, J:Kenzo, N-Type, Hatcha, Kaiju, Quest, Bun Zero, Rinse FM, and Sub FM.

VIA VENETO JAZZ (ITALY)

VVJ 023CD

RAVA/FRESU/BOLLANI/PIETROPAOLI/GATTO: Shades of Chet CD (VVJ 023CD) 14.50
1999 release. In 1998, to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Chet Baker, Enrico Rava and Paolo Fresu, stimulated and supported by the promoter Mario Guidi, conceived the project (which took shape in 1999) of a series of concerts dedicated to Chet Baker. The tribute to the great trumpet player marked the re-creation of an atmosphere, crystallized in those golden '50s, the years of troubled youth of Baker, to which most of the songs can be traced back. Following the highly successful tour, this CD was released, featuring the quintet of Enrico Rava and Paolo Fresu, Stefano Bollani (piano), Enzo Pietropaoli (bass), and Roberto Gatto (drums).


VVJ 104CD

ROSEN, MICHAEL: Sweet 17 CD (VVJ 104CD) 16.50
Michael Rosen presents Sweet 17, recorded at Sear Sound, one of New York City's most legendary studios. At 17, one's dreams are alive and vivid, and there's always hope that one day they may come true -- as they did for American saxophonist Michael Rosen. Rosen began studying the cello at the age of seven, continued for two years before moving to the piano, and moved to the saxophone at age 11. In the following years, he was first alto saxophone with his middle school and high school big bands and received numerous state and local "best soloist" awards. Initially, his interests lay more toward groups such as Yes, Led Zeppelin, and Talking Heads, but in 1985 Rosen moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music with such renowned musicians as Gary Burton and George Garzone. There, he started to cultivate his soaring passion for the music of Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, and many other jazz artists who since then have been the main source of his inspiration. Rosen has been living in Italy since the 1980s, and spends most of his time between Rome and London, highly active in the musical circles of both capital cities. In 2015, after decades of international success including nine albums as a leader, over 200 as a sideman, and collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Sarah Jane Morris, Mike Stern, the Orchestra della Scala, and countless other American and European artists, the 17-year-old boy with long and disheveled hair, at the height of his artistic career, returned to New York, his hometown, to record his music with a stellar cast of jazz musicians. Sweet 17, as with all of the saxophonist and composer's albums, brims with melodic beauty, fluidity, and expressiveness, and introduces Rosen's more dynamic, modern, and evolved compositions, reflecting all the experience gained from the late-'80s to 2015. Accompanying Rosen's tenor sax on this musical experience are highly acclaimed musicians Lage Lund (guitar), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Domenico Sanna (piano), Matt Penman (double bass), and Bill Stewart (drums). Reflecting on Sweet 17, saxophone legend David Liebman says, "Michael Rosen has produced a very high level recording with wonderful sidemen and great tunes. The immediate feeling I got was of complete honesty and conviction, traits that we all look for in the best art."


VVJ 105CD

GALATI TRIO, ALESSANDRO: On a Sunny Day CD (VVJ 105CD) 16.50
Listening to Italian pianist and composer Alessandro Galati's album On a Sunny Day, one perceives an incredible harmonic fullness -- simple, refined, well defined, and rich. On this album, Galati presents melodic, singable songs, often drawing fantastic melodies through a complex harmonic structure. Tracks like "On a Sunny Day," "Baloons," and "Crazy Winter in Town" offer new sensations and discoveries with each listen. The album's exciting melodic themes are constantly changing, and though they're sometimes hidden by complex chords, they are never overwhelming. The charm of On a Sunny Day is therefore in its duality between simple and complex; between the familiar and the innovative. In short, a dynamic disc, thanks to the dynamism of the trio, that continuously fuels the listener's desire for new sensations. Alessandro Galati: piano; Gabriele Evangelista: double bass; Stefano Tamborrino: drums.

VINYL LOVERS (ITALY)

VL 901523LP

QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE: Live at Fillmore East, Friday, June 7, 1968 2LP (VL 901523LP) 28.50
"The group raises images of White Spanish missions with red tile roofs in old California, of Wells Fargo, of 1865 San Francisco political corruption and 1965 San Francisco purity still intact. In person Quicksilver Messenger Service is a musical mental movie of the West" --The Village Voice, June 1968, reviewing QMS live at the Fillmore East. As everyone knows, Quicksilver Messenger Service at their peak in 1968 were one of the greatest live bands the world has ever seen. Rather than some foggy hearsay legend, proof of their prowess is available via a few live recordings fortunately preserved from oblivion. This one is a particularly devastating night at the Fillmore East in June 1968.

WERKDISCS (UK)

WDNT 019LP

SIMBIOSI: Elements 3x12" BOX (WDNT 019LP) 38.50
Italian DJ and production duo Simbiosi present a three-part set containing 14 tracks of techno, hardcore, and abstract explorations. The set includes "xxxxxxx" and "Impari," which Actress featured in his 2015 DJ-KiCKS mix. "The whole series was recorded at night. Everything sounds better at night," say Simbiosi. The trio of 180-gram 12"s is housed in a beautiful black and white printed card mailer featuring artwork by Euan Duncan. Includes download code.

WOLFSKUIL LIMITED (GERMANY)

WLTD 028EP

AMRO, BAS: Imposter Persona 12" (WLTD 028EP) 12.50
Bas Amro can be quite the chameleon, having acquired a mastery of various sub-genres of electronic music. Already a veteran of Wolfskuil Limited, Bas Amro returns for his sophomore EP on the label, Imposter Persona. His sound is deep, profound, and delicately crafted, with a serious groove always residing in the underlying pulsating bass. "Imposter Persona" opens the EP with melancholic energy and a jumpy bassline before "Dissociation" unfolds gently, building slowly into quivering dub-inspired chords, while the rhythmic pads of "Defensive" radiate vampy undertones that toy with house percussion.

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