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Forced Exposure New Releases for 8/1/2016

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New music is due from Jherek Bischoff, Sky H1, and Camera, while old music is due from J Dilla, D.R. Hooker, and Rolf Trostel.

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ARC LIGHT EDITIONS (UK)
ALE 006LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: ALE 006LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LA BARBARA, JOAN Tapesongs LP
Tapesongs (1977) is the second of two crucial Joan La Barbara reissues on Arc Light Editions, following Voice Is The Original Instrument (1976) (ALE 005LP, 2016). Joan La Barbara is a composer, performer, sound artist and actor, renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, which have influenced generations of composers and singers. This reissue is presented in full collaboration with La Barbara. Tapesongs makes use of early electronics, and multi-tracked tape techniques to manipulate La Barbara's signature extended vocal techniques. It includes two essential pieces: John Cage's Solo For Voice 45 and a burning take-down of Cathy Berberian in "Cathing". In 1977, La Barbara was living in NYC, playing concerts internationally and performing regularly with John Cage, who she described as a mentor. "I began working with John Cage in 1976 and we had done several performances of his 'Solo for Voice 45' from Song Books in concert," says Joan. "Cage determined the 13-minute version for this version, overlaying all 18-pages of the score so that one hears the entire work in layers. Hearing it again after all these years is wonderful and brings back many memories." "Cathing" uses a recording of a radio interview Cathy Berberian did during the intermission of one of La Barbara's concerts at the Holland Festival: "She basically trashed those of us doing extended vocal techniques," she says. "She used the interview for her own self-promotion rather than taking on the mantle of the 'mother' of vocal explorations. Rather tragic, I thought. So I created a work exploring extended vocal techniques and manipulating her spoken voice." "Thunder" is for six tympani and voice, using electronic devices (the same as used in "Vocal Extensions" from Voice Is The Original Instrument), and explores patterns through instruments and real-time composition with two jazz improvising musicians. The original artwork is an incredible shot of Joan buried to her neck in reel -to-reel tape. Remastered from original tapes by Rashad Becker. Kraftliner outer sleeve & art paper inner sleeve.
BE AS ONE (ISRAEL)
BAO 058EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BAO 058EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VALENT. Amon EP 12"
Shlomi Aber's Be As One welcomes Valent.. The German producer debuts on the label with four storming acid tracks - acid meets techno again on the BAO catalog. Highly recommended for the heads.
BERLIN ATONAL (GERMANY)
ATONAL 002EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: ATONAL 002EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MANNERFELT, PEDER Live At Berlin Atonal 2015 12"
Berlin Atonal Recordings present live cuts from Peder Mannerfelt. Mannerfelt supplies four jams, fashioned out of his own exceptional live show at the Berlin Atonal Festival in 2015. Raw, unsoftened, brutely analog sound from an EMS Synthi AKS punctures space in an oddly futuristic rhythmic experiment, gesturing at a brand new way of thinking about electronic music. The cuts are also packaged in a special 12" featuring artwork based on his own breathtaking live audio- visual show.
ATONAL 003EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: ATONAL 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LODERBAUER & JACEK SIENKIEWICZ, MAX Live At Berlin Atonal 2015 12"
Berlin Atonal Recordings present live cuts from synthesizer genius Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric, Vilod, Moritz von Oswald Trio) and techno experimentalist Jacek Sienkiewicz (Recognition) from the opening night of the Berlin Atonal Festival in 2015. Blending harmonic drones and almost unrecognizably distended vocal samples with adroitly weighted melodic passages this collaboration was a masterclass in expertly crafted ambient music from two of the genres' leading exponents. Two passages from this set have been mastered and cut to vinyl in a special 12" with artwork by Pedro Maia based on his visuals for the show.
BOND EXPORT
BE 033LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: BE 033LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
GERMAIN Pre-Release Dub LP
"Eight song dub LP in hand silkscreened disco jacket. First time reissue of this rare and obscure Germain produced dub LP from 1983. This LP was long a source of confusion for collectors. Only ever released in small quantity on a Germain label with no titles or credits, this LP came in either a generic disco jacket or in the jacket for the totally unrelated and (then) aborted Jah Life In Dub LP. The eight tracks on this LP include some prime Germain roots rhythms of the day, including a very sound system/dubplate style choice of three different cuts of the 'Dirty Harry' rhythm! We're happy to make this excellent LP now available to all, in a great looking hand silkscreened disco jacket, adorned with its fitting new title of Pre-Release Dub!"
BOOMKAT EDITIONS (UK)
BKEDIT 014LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: BKEDIT 014LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DJ MARFOX Revolucao 2005 - 2008 2LP
Boomkat Editions presents DJ Marfox's febrile retrospective Revolução 2005 - 2008, on vinyl for the first time. Originally released on CD in 2015. Both a necessary document of Marlon Silva's early years and a crucial survey of Angolan kuduro's formative phase and mutation in the clubs of Lisbon, the set collects nine cuts of contagious Afro-Portuguese dance music which maps strong parallels to the UK's own transition and flux between grime and UKF, whilst also demonstrating why Marfox is now regarded as the main ambassador and catalyst for Lisbon's colorfully influential and world-renowned style. Taking his name from Nintendo's Starfox character (and establishing a trend for the -fox suffix so prevalent in kuduro and tarraxhina) DJ Marfox was instrumental in shaping one of today's most vital dance scenes with a number of productions from his 17-year-old self cropping up on ear-opening compilations such as the foundational DJs Do Guetto Vol.1 in 2006, and later on the Bazzerk, African Digital Dance Music (2011) set which turned a lot of DJs and dancers onto this sound. He's subsequently released the first record on kuduro's best alibi, Príncipe, and followed Visionist and DJ Rashad to release on J-Cush's Lit City Trax, and has also appeared alongside his Lisbon crew on the Cargaa compilations for Warp Records. However, Revolução 2005 - 2008 returns to his wildest early years; from the hyper disco-techno drive of "Funk em Kuduro" or the galloping darkwave-riding horsepower of "Un Bes Bai" from 2006; thru the killer jump-up down-stroke of "Sem Fronteiras" or the inimitable, body-carving syncopation of "Aiué Remix" circa 2007-08, and his hollering "A Própria" with DJ Nervoso - which could almost be some ravenous Chicago house oddity - all of which illustrate the sound of a young producer firmly finding his feet and blazing a trail where others such as Arca, M.E.S.H. or Nidia Minaj would soon follow. Most of all though; it's a proper dance record for summer and beyond, either as DJ tools or the soundtrack to backyard raves, BBQs and beach parties. Two-sided 12" x 12" color insert with liner notes in English and Portuguese. Cut at D&M, Berlin.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 230LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 230LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TROSTEL, ROLF Inselmusik LP
LP version. Bureau B reissue Rolf Trostel's Inselmusik (1981). Rolf Trostel is a protagonist of the so-called Berliner Schule, or Berlin School (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze). On his first album Inselmusik, he explores the sonic possibilities of the recently introduced PPG wavetable synthesizer. The music is based on live performances from the late 1970s by Trostel and Krautrock guitarist Günter Schickert. Formally speaking, Inselmusik is a demonstration of the PPG Wave Computer 360, a synthesizer. Rolf Trostel had worked briefly as a distributor for the manufacturer, affording him ample opportunity to play the instrument for presentation purposes. In terms of content, Inselmusik is minimalist, meditative and contemplative music, enriched with remarkable choral sounds, flutes and effects. Overlapping sequencer lines and dominant expanses with feel-good harmonies are carried along on calm, soothing beats. Trostel described his music at the time as "Klangfarbenkompositionen" - tonal, textural compositions. Wavetable synthesis is commonplace now - in considerably advanced form - and integrated in many soundcards or digital synthesizers. The version which featured in the PPG Wave Computer 360 was purist, to say the least. The clanging tones it created could be harsh or brittle at times. This highly distinctive sound, particularly in combination with the charming Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm drum machine amounted to a real surprise package back then. The latter's mighty kick has stood the test of time, sounding no less powerful today. Our ears have long since grown used to digital sounds and patterns crafted with wavetable technology. But the filterless, purist methodology deployed here serves to emphasize the work's unique sonic qualities. Inselmusik thus allows us to grasp just how astonishing these often raucous sounds must have seemed when first unleashed. Trostel's early releases have legitimately assumed the status of valuable contemporary documents, rarities amongst the few albums which illustrate how the sonic pioneer of wavetable synthesis played such a fundamental role in sonic development; Rolf Trostel recorded Inselmusik exclusively with this very synthesizer, a corresponding sequencer and CR-78 drum computer in his own home studio. The original pressing of 1000 LPs sold out in no time, encouraging Trostel to continue.
BB 232LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 232LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TROSTEL, ROLF Der Prophet LP
LP version. Bureau B reissue Rolf Trostel's Der Prophet (1982). Electronic pop was the musical goal of the Berlin School musician Rolf Trostel on Der Prophet, which was released in the same year as its predecessor Two Faces. Der Prophet is the culmination of this phase of Trostel's oeuvre, which was tightly coupled to the PPG Wave Computer. As on his previous releases, the sonic peculiarities and clanking sounds of wavetable synthesis are emphasized. Yet here they are obviously more interlinked with the rhythm computer, the Minimoog solo synthesizer and the analog string synth. Additionally, Trostel spatially layered the sounds with different amounts of reverb, which gives the sound the necessary depth for electronic pop and especially emphasizes dry effect sounds. Compared to the previous albums, simpler sequencer lines with less layering provide for a more airy sound. The reason for this was the fact that Trostel had now replaced his PPG 350 Computer Sequencer and Roland CR-78 drum machine with the Roland TB-303 bass synth and step sequencer and the TR-808 drum machine. This at-the-time brand new equipment formed a dream team for electronic pop - the machines are now highly coveted and sought-after cult objects among musicians. "With this production, the rhythmic element is at the foreground, specifically the variable programming of drum computer. Der Prophet was my most commercial production," explains Trostel. The album also benefits from the assertive sound of the TB-303/TR-808 combination and their sync-able sequencers. By 1981, Trostel was no longer using the PPG Wave Computer 360 A as a spearhead to explore new soundscapes. It had been replaced by more modern developments. Wolfgang Palm, the developer of this synthesizer and inventor of wavetable synthesis, presented the PPG Wave 2 with integrated analog filters, which quickly became a best seller and was further developed until 1984 with the PPG Wave 2.3. It was a mainstay in every professional keyboardist's setup during the 1980s. In parallel, the functions of sampling, phase and frequency modulation became increasingly important for sound tinkerers. In retrospect, one gets the impression that Trostel's enormously productive creative period, during which he released three albums within two years, was triggered by the PPG 360 A Wave Computer and the PPG 350 Computer Sequencer and concluded when they became obsolete. To a certain extent, these instruments channeled and conveyed Trostel's classical piano training.
BB 235BLU-LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 235BLU-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Phantom Of Liberty (Blue Vinyl) LP+CD
Limited edition blue vinyl. LP version. CD included. Camera presents their third album, Phantom of Liberty. The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of racist thugs - the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch of tension is home to Camera. The Berlin band is rightly compared with icons of seventies Krautrock such as Neu! and La Düsseldorf, with a tight and driving sound, yet they are still somehow unpredictable. Hardly any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like they do. Camera is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails. The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible. Michael Drummer is the ethereal Indian paleface who pummels his drums at every show as if we're in the midst of a 17th Century incarnational ritual. In Steffen Kahles, who hails from the world of film music, he has found the musical partner he needed to enrich the tribal kraut beat with diverse motifs and bold sounds. On Phantom of Liberty, there is clever use of playful sounds such as synths that beam the listener back into the Commodore 64 computer games of 1984; or slightly cranky keyboard pads, as if created by deliberately manipulating the speed of an old tape machine. With Phantom of Liberty, Camera show that they have become more mature and complex without losing any of their tremendous energy.
BB 235LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 235LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Phantom Of Liberty LP+CD
LP version. Camera presents their third album, Phantom of Liberty. The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of racist thugs - the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch of tension is home to Camera. The Berlin band is rightly compared with icons of seventies Krautrock such as Neu! and La Düsseldorf, with a tight and driving sound, yet they are still somehow unpredictable. Hardly any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like they do. Camera is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails. The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible. Michael Drummer is the ethereal Indian paleface who pummels his drums at every show as if we're in the midst of a 17th Century incarnational ritual. In Steffen Kahles, who hails from the world of film music, he has found the musical partner he needed to enrich the tribal kraut beat with diverse motifs and bold sounds. On Phantom of Liberty, there is clever use of playful sounds such as synths that beam the listener back into the Commodore 64 computer games of 1984; or slightly cranky keyboard pads, as if created by deliberately manipulating the speed of an old tape machine. With Phantom of Liberty, Camera show that they have become more mature and complex without losing any of their tremendous energy.
BB 235YEL-LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 235YEL-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Phantom Of Liberty (Yellow Vinyl) LP+CD
Limited edition yellow vinyl. LP version. CD included. Camera presents their third album, Phantom of Liberty. The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of racist thugs - the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch of tension is home to Camera. The Berlin band is rightly compared with icons of seventies Krautrock such as Neu! and La Düsseldorf, with a tight and driving sound, yet they are still somehow unpredictable. Hardly any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like they do. Camera is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails. The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible. Michael Drummer is the ethereal Indian paleface who pummels his drums at every show as if we're in the midst of a 17th Century incarnational ritual. In Steffen Kahles, who hails from the world of film music, he has found the musical partner he needed to enrich the tribal kraut beat with diverse motifs and bold sounds. On Phantom of Liberty, there is clever use of playful sounds such as synths that beam the listener back into the Commodore 64 computer games of 1984; or slightly cranky keyboard pads, as if created by deliberately manipulating the speed of an old tape machine. With Phantom of Liberty, Camera show that they have become more mature and complex without losing any of their tremendous energy.
CODES (UK)
CDS 004EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: CDS 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SKY H1 Motion 12"
Belgium's Sky H1 presents Motion. Drawing from a background of widely-varying musical tastes from ambient to grime, her work is an amalgamation of emotive compositions of orchestral Elysian synths, often displaced with sparse percussive elements. Motion is a highly personal endeavor: "It signifies leaving behind a period in my life and stepping into something new." Moving through bleak soundscapes layering vaporous choral synths, ethereal vocals and glassy, lucid tones crafted in complex structures, the record bears moments of melancholy as well as joy. Mastered by Jeremy Cox. Cut to vinyl by Matt Colton. Album of the month at Mixmag.
COMB & RAZOR
CRZR 1003CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: CRZR 1003CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SHANGO DANCE BAND Shango Dance Band CD
"In the early years of Fela Kuti's career, well before he would define the genre of Afro-beat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the then-popular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist and percussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams' Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti's. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos. It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi 'Easy' Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji. 1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide Afro-beat force that made Kuti an icon during the '70s and '80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname 'The Blues', but Okeji preferred the name 'Shango' after the Yoruba thunder god. Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti's famous Afro-beat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria. Decades later Comb & Razor is thrilled to present this long-lost Nigerian gem for the first time to a world-wide audience."
CULTURES OF SOUL RECORDS
COS 505EP
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: COS 505EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BALL, BENJAMIN Flash A Flashlight 12"
"Benjamin Ball's Flash A Flashlight is the first preview of the next Cultures of Soul compilation, Boogie Breakdown -South African Disco 1980 to 1984. With the help of DJ Okapi, Cultures of Soul has tracked down many of the great synth boogie artists of the '80s in South Africa including Benjamin Ball, Don Laka, Al Etto, Neville Nash, Harari, and many others. Benjamin Ball's Flash A Flashlight came out just after Brenda & The Big Dudes' massive hit 'Weekend'. Ball's unique reggae-tinged synth boogie was nearly as big and became the second bubble gum anthem of the era. Highly respected house DJ/producer and co-founder of the Running Back label, Gerd Janson gives us two nice edits of 'Flash A Flashlight'. Gerd provides two funked up rerubs of the track, one with vocals and one without. Licensed directly from the artist and housed in a custom disco sleeve these edits won't be available on the compilation."
DOXY (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
DOY 630BOX
PRICE: $52.00
CAT #: DOY 630BOX
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOHNSON, ROBERT King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings 3LP BOX
2016 repress. "Despite his untimely death, the man managed to squeeze in a lot in his 27 short years on this earth, enough to earn him the title of 'King of the Delta Blues'. Pretty impressive, given the competition! Johnson's style has influenced everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest guitar players to have ever lived! A widely reported legend of Johnson selling his soul to the Devil in order to gain prowess on the guitar seems likely given the talent the man possessed. This triple LP box set chronicles his short but legendary career, featuring everything Johnson ever recorded, including the many songs that made him famous and have long since become blues standards. Absolutely essential in any collection!" Includes poster and 8-page, large-format book with lyrics.
DUG OUT (UK)
DO LGR1201-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: DO LGR1201-LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MICHAEL, RAS Promised Land Sounds LP
Dug Out present Ras Michael's Promised Land Sounds, originally released in 1980. This is the untrammeled counterpart to Dadawah, six years later in 1980, fresh from the Black Ark: free, rawly spiritual trance-music; a full-force nyabinghi freak-out. The drummers are headlong and rollicking, thunderous and explosive. Even more so than Dadawah, the mix is ecstatically echoey - giddily dub-wise without let-up. Ras Michael himself sings from the mountain-top, like he just don't care - at the top of his lungs, in voices, screeching like a bird - with the delirious abandonment otherwise owned in reggae by Lee Perry. Amongst the uncredited performances swirled into proceedings, there are squiggles of flute straight from the Upsetters song-book, the minor-key organ stabs and abstraction of electric space-jazz and sax-playing more attuned to the Headhunters than the Blazing Horns (1977) ("I Ya I" in particular is a stunning fifteen minutes.) This is the real thing, music without affectation - Pure reggae. Sun Ra fans should love it; anyone with ears to hear. Prepared and manufactured at Abbey Road, D&M and Pallas. Beautifully presented in rigid, old-school, tip-on sleeves, with matte-coated fronts and untreated-paper backs; 180 gram vinyl. These sounds are sounds of inspiration and love and culture to the universal benefit of mankind. So therefore meditate and stop hate. Very hotly recommended.
DO MICCAN002-EP
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: DO MICCAN002-EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MICHAEL, RAS Numbered Days 7"
Magnificent nyabinghi roots warning. The one-and-only Eric Frater is drafted in from Studio One, playing killer rhythm guitar (with Chinna on lead); and likewise Dennis Ferron - Jah D - leads the way with his spiritualized keyboard-work, keening between jazz and soul. Puma from Black Uhuru sings. Geoffrey Chung expertly pulls in the bass drum and doubled-up fundas and repetas. The dub in particular is stunning - thumping, trenchant and brooding, so steeply dread and haunted it almost trips over its sense of yawning silence and doom.
EXONE (CANADA)
EXONE 023EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: EXONE 023EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
EXERCISE ONE Timetrap EP 12"
Exercise One release Timetrap EP. "Timetrap" has always been the dark horse of Exercise One's back catalog, so they decided to revisit the original idea of the track. A few sessions later, "Timetrap 2016" was born with the staccato groove and eerie hook of the original living in a much more powerful surrounding. Locked Groove reworks "Timetrap", taking a totally different path, meandering around a perfect balance of melody and seductive rhythms. "502 Last Sequence" is slightly rougher and darker, perfectly displaying where the duo's heart is at currently. A track built on genuine machine love.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 233LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 233LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DALTHOM Frame Slip LP
"Thrilling second album by the duo made up of Greg (Gary War) Dalton and Rob (Sunburned Hand of the Man) Thomas. The first album was recorded and pressed a while ago but has yet to be actually released. Perhaps because these guys are operating under Nigel Senada's Theory of Obscurity (see The Residents' Not Available). Or perhaps not. Only time will tell. Regardless, this sophomore effort is nothing but a goddamn corker. Knowing something about the work ethic of this pair, I had suspected this LP would be filled to the bong-lip with loosely unstructured jams and zingers. And while those elements are indeed part of the parcel, they are mere details in a large, richly varied and luminous whole. Dalton brings his multi-various musical New Zealand ex-pat weirdnesses to the party, and Thomas draws deeply on his intense Massachusetts record collector powers to create tunes and bridges and sighs that make sonic images skip across the surface of your brain like the smoothest stone on the planet. The two conjure up all the sounds on their lonesome, apart from some drum bits by New Zealand form-manster, Kraus, and some background vocals by fellow kiwi Clementine of Purple Pilgrims fame. You can hear twinges of all kinds of heavy cult tunage smeared into the corners -- a bit of Hoelderlin here, a smudge of Relatively Clean Rivers there -- but what it most recalls are the highest echelon exploit-o drug-powered records like LSD Underground 12 or The Happening by Fire & Ice Ltd. As a piece of music it's as thoroughly toasted as either of those, managing to be higher key and low-key at same time. Pretty fuggin' brilliant. Let's hope the other album gets cut loose soon!" -- Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 300.
FTR 246LP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: FTR 246LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BIG NECK POLICE Don't Eat My Friends LP
"Second vinyl LP by this Brooklyn/Philadelphia trio, with guitarist Paco Cathcart (The Cradle, Sweet Baby Jesus, Shimmer) who has long worked in the studio with Palberta. The other players are Mac Kelly (Suspekt) and Hugo Stanley (Palm). Together they constitute a bizzaro world power trio, whose sound swings between the tenseness of math-rock and the aggressive slackness of bedroom experimentalism. Some of what they do reminds us of Fat Worm of Error at their most hardy, but that's just a part of the whole. What Big Neck Police create is almost a collage of textures as much as a suite of songs. But then, I suppose you could say the same of Mars. Amps buzz, drums clonk, guitars make noises like squirrels and vocals weave through the air as though they were wearing stirrups. It's enough to make you yearn for the days when they still raced horses on the ghetto streets of Philly. This is the sound of young gentlemen in a panic. Enjoy it at your leisure." -- Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 300.
FTR 275LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 275LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOHNSON & STEFAN NEVILLE, HERMIONE Scrum LP
"Hermione Johnson's name is one we first noticed when she popped up playing prepared piano on the newish Pumice LP, Puddle. But a quick check through her stats reveals a more extensive background in the New Zealand improvised music scene She's got a few CDRs with other free jazz types that predates the Puddle session by years. So sue us! Due to the damped quality of prepared keyboards, there's a distinctly percussive element to Hermione's playing. At times the effect is fully gamelanic, but for the most part her work broadcasts a feel akin to certain modern pianists of the middle 20th Century, with a tone (if not attack) that mirrors Conlon Nancarrow's work with player pianos. On this duo improv set, Hemione plays prepared piano on most of the tracks, and Stefan Neville (he, of Pumice, natch) mostly playing drums. It's a highly intriguing format for performance, and while the music feels more contemplative than explosive, the engagement is deep and the motion is weirdly great. By naming the album after the weird millipede-like formation that's used on the rugby league pitch, the pair hints at the fact they're kicking notes back and forth inside a closed circle, caring less about melodic or harmonic trajectory than the art of contact. And there's something very human and intimate about their process, in the finest tradition of free chamber music wherever it's found. Why aren't there more free jazz records coming out of New Zealand? Don't ask us!" -- Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 300.
GET ON DOWN
GET 12001EP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: GET 12001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MAN FRIDAY Love Honey, Love Heartache 12"
"Man Friday: As the NYC Peech Boys came to an end, Man Friday became Larry Levan's newest production project. Fronted by Kofi Morny and Brodie Williams, their dubut single Love Honey, Love Heartache was released by Vinyl Mania in 1986 with Larry Levan at the helm of the mix. Love Money: In the spirit of most dance music borrowing elements from other sources, 'Love Honey' was heavily inspired by another Paradise Garage & Loft classic from 1980 and its remix in 1981 by UK Outfit Funk Masters / TW Funkmasters. A dubbed out track big in the jazz-funk scene in the UK, it became a hit among underground deejays in both NYC & Chicago. 'Love Honey': No matter what list you look at. 'Love Honey' is always attached to Larry Levan's tenure at the Paradise Garage. All the elements of a garage track are here; dub echoes, synth basslines, percussions that linger, FX - that one can only dream of hearing on a Richard Long System - and an organ, because after all, they say the garage was like going to church. Remember when you'd buy a record after hearing it at the club? We miss that. As a result, we are proud to introduce Get On Down Sound with the aim to bring back our favorite dance 12-inches to a new generation of vinyl-DJs. Re-mastered for optimal club use, these are official re-issues of some of dance music's most influential cuts."
GET 52718LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: GET 52718LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
BUSTA RHYMES The Coming 2LP
2016 repress. "Busta Rhymes delivered his debut album, The Coming, three years after the Leaders of the New School unofficially disbanded. Though his talents were evident on those Leaders of the New School releases, Busta went on a series of features that only built up the public's desire for a solo Busta album. Right out the gate Busta dropped his classic debut single 'Woo Hah!!' that made it abundantly clear he was to be mentioned among Hip Hop's greatest solo artists. The energy and originality packed on that one song set a tone for the album that displays Busta's raw talent and ability to bend words with his ever rambunctious flow. Songs such as 'Everything Remains Raw', 'Abandon Ship', and 'Still Shining' all rise above as The Coming's stand out tracks but it's really 'Ill Vibe' that is the albums crown jewel moment. Busta sounds right at home over this J Dilla beat trading verses with his Native Tongue cohort Q-Tip."
GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)
GUESS 146LP
PRICE: $57.00
CAT #: GUESS 146LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
UTHER PENDRAGON San Francisco Earthquake 3LP BOX
Limited repress. 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.
HORISONTAL MAMBO (NORWAY)
MAMBO 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MAMBO 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FABROR RESANDE MAC Atalanta 12"
Farbror Resande Mac from Stockholm, Sweden create masterfully crafted, slow paced (pacific) coastal sounds on Atalanta. Steady bass pulses, mechanical percussion, punctual punches make waves from underwater to hyperspace - seductively deep. Horisontal Mambo is a new sub-label from Full Pupp.
JAMAICAN RECORDINGS (UK)
JRLP 017LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: JRLP 017LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CARLOS, DON Inna Dub Style: Rare Dubs 1979-1980 LP
2016 repress. LP version. A collection of unreleased dubs mixed from original Don Carlos vocals tracks dating from 1979-1980, produced by Bunny "Striker" Lee. Included on this set are dubbed versions of rhythms like "Satta Massagana," "Tribulation," and "Real Rock." Recorded at Harry J's and Channel One Studio. Musicians include: Sly Dunbar, Carlton "Santa" Davis (drums), Robbie Shakespeare, Errol "Flabba" Holt (bass), Earl "Chinna" Smith (lead guitar), Earl "Wire" Linda (rhythm guitar), Keith Sterling, Jackie Mittoo (piano), Winston Wright, Robbie Lynn (organ), Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook (horns).
JRLP 033LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: JRLP 033LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMPBELL, CORNELL The Gorgon Dubwise LP
2016 repress. LP version. The soulful voice of Cornell Campbell has created so many fine tunes and his voice has been sprinkled over countless dub albums that might unknowingly already lie in your collections, as his vast catalog of Rasta influence, lover's rock, cover versions, dancehall and Gorgon-tinged tracks are so intertwined with the whole 1970s reggae era.
JRLP 037LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: JRLP 037LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
LEE & KING TUBBY, BUNNY Brass Rockers LP
2016 repress. LP version. King Tubby and producer Bunny "Striker" Lee are intertwined in the birth of dub music. After discovering a mistake that became a "serious joke," they went on to release the first pressings of this new musical genre named "Dub Music." Tubby's vast knowledge of electronics and Bunny's vast catalog of rhythms would lay the foundations of what today is taken as a standard -- the remix/version cuts to an existing vocal tune. Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock was born in Kingston, Jamaica on January 28th 1941 and grew up in the High Holborn Street area of downtown Kingston. He studied electronics at Kingston's National Technical College and also did two correspondence courses from the U.S.A. When he had qualified, Tubby began repairing radios and other electrical appliances in a shack in the backyard of his mother's home. His work in the early days included winding transformers and building amplifiers for Kingston's Sound Systems. Tubby built his first Sound System in 1957 playing jazz and rhythm & blues at local weddings and birthday parties. His reputation as a man who knew and understood both electronics and music grew steadily, and as the '60s drew to a close, Tubby purchased his own basic two-track equipment. He installed this alongside his dub-cutting machine, a homemade mixing console, and his impressive collection of jazz albums in the back bedroom of his home at 18 Dromilly Avenue, which he christened his music room.
JAMBALAYA (ITALY)
JAM 13009LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: JAM 13009LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KING, BEN E. Stand By Me... And More of His Classics LP
Jambalaya presents a collection of Ben E. King's songs entitled Stand By Me... And More of His Classics. This collection includes some of the greatest tracks ever from the late, great, Ben E. King, one of Harlem's favorite sons and a truly iconic R&B vocalist. After leaving The Drifters in 1960, King struck out on his own with his first hit solo tune, 1961's "Spanish Harlem" which was followed soon after by the all-time classic, "Stand By Me". The collection is rounded out by another 14 pieces of pure, early '60s, NYC music. This is about everything you need from the immortal Ben E. King.
JEANNE DIELMAN (ITALY)
JD 102LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JD 102LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MINGUS, CHARLES Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus LP
Repressed. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus is bassist and composer Charles Mingus's legendary experiment in a large group setting. Featuring an 11-piece group with new arrangements of some of his best-known compositions, this album is one of Mingus's most timeless and influential releases. Originally released in 1964, Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus is an essential title from one of jazz's most enduring figures.
JD 113LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JD 113LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOLCOMB, ROSCOE Across The Rocky Mountain LP
Jeanne Dielman present Across The Rocky Mountain, a magical collection of Kentucky's own Roscoe Holcomb. Roscoe Holcomb is one of the most legendary figures of Appalachian music and a huge influence on the '60s folk scene. Playing banjo, guitar, and singing in that beautiful high lonesome sound, this compilation spans his recordings from the late '50s and early '60s, mostly done in the "field" with a single microphone. A coal miner for most of his life, Roscoe knew the world he sang of all too well, his authenticity is unassailable. Though he found some success in the '60s thanks to the Greenwich Village scene, Holcomb stayed a laborer in Kentucky and passed away in 1981 at the age of 68, suffering for years from asthma and emphysema, the results of his years in the coal mines. Essential Americana.
JD 114LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JD 114LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
COLEMAN QUARTET, ORNETTE Tribes Of New York LP
Jeanne Dielman present Tribes Of New York, a collection compiling recordings from the early '60s by The Ornette Coleman Quartet. The Ornette Coleman Quartet is one of the most important groups in the history of jazz, a truly groundbreaking group that featured the brilliant Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. In the early '60s this quarter of young guns recorded some of the earliest examples of "free jazz" and were on the vanguard of a new jazz that would shape everything from the spiritual jazz of Strata East and the downtown "skronk" of John Zorn. These recordings were not released on LP at the time. Fantastic collection of one of the greatest jazz quartets in history.
KARAOKE KALK (GERMANY)
KK 093LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KK 093LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SIRJACQ, QUENTIN Far Islands And Near Places LP
LP version. Includes download code. With Far Islands And Near Places Parisian pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Quentin Sirjacq, releases his solo debut for Karaoke Kalk. He has collaborated with Dakota Suite on the 2014 release There Is A Calm To Be Done (KK 081CD/LP). The album expands on the signature sound and composition style that Sirjacq has been cultivating for close to two decades. On Far Islands And Near Places, he notably expands on the instrumentation of his previous album Piano Memories (2013) in order to extend the resonances of the piano as well as add a more rhythmic quality. This album features a wide range of instruments such as Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, marimba, vibraphone and glockenspiel on top of the central instrument, the piano. This allows Quentin to explore new possibilities and add extra layers of richness to the arrangements. While the core melodies are often still played on piano, as you might expect - this being the instrument Sirjacq studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague between 1999 and 2004 as well as music composition at Mills College between 2005 and 2006, there are moments of euphoric electronics such as on "Bodies", which verges on a minimal club style. Other tracks on the album, "Orange" for example, adopt a more traditional approach. The album takes its title from the tune "Far Islands", a subdued and haunting ballad centered around Fender Rhodes and completed with subtle percussion. As one might expect for someone who has worked with none other than the great Fred Frith, Sirjacq's compositions also lean towards experimentalism and avant-garde in places, as can be heard on the tunes "Round Dance" and "It's Raining In My House" which make such great use of the melodic percussion instruments; glockenspiel, vibraphone and marimbas. Quentin Sirjacq says "I believe music today should allow us to care more about our inner life and self-understanding in order to become more peaceful individuals and acknowledge the complexity and mystery of the human being." This is exactly what Far Islands And Near Places does. The final result is for the listener to be carried on a journey through different subconscious places, by using classical composition techniques from classical music, jazz or song writing in connection with today's way of hearing and producing music through new technologies. Fans of neo-classical, ambient and modern chamber music should listen to Far Islands.
LEAF (UK)
BAY 099LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: BAY 099LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BISCHOFF, JHEREK Cistern LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. "Cistern is the second album by prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalist and composer Jherek Bischoff. Gloriously cinematic, these modern orchestral recordings pull at the heartstrings. It comes hot on the heels of Strung Out In Heaven, a moving string quartet tribute to David Bowie, conceived with Amanda Palmer and featuring the significant talents of Anna Calvi, John Cameron Mitchell and Neil Gaiman. A prolific and divergent collaborator, working with the likes of David Byrne, The Kronos Quartet, Caetano Veloso, Xiu Xiu and Australian star Missy Higgins, the real Bischoff can be difficult to pin down, but Cistern is an intensely personal work. It is intrinsically linked to the space in which it was conceived, born from time spent improvising in an empty, two-million-gallon underground water tank. The environs forced Bischoff to slow down, to reflect, to draw on his childhood growing up on a sailing boat?an unexpected journey of rediscovery, from the city back to the Pacific Ocean via the cistern."
LILITH (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
LR 115LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LR 115LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KISS Peter Criss PIC. DISC
2016 repress. A collector's item for sure, this Russian picture disc pressing of Peter Criss's 1978 solo release will complete your set of all four Kiss solo album picture discs. At the time, drummer Criss didn't receive the respect he deserved for this underrated LP. While he doesn't quite have the songwriting chops of Stanley, Simmons, or Frehley, Peter Criss does shine on "I'm Gonna Love You" and "You Matter To Me."
LR 116LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LR 116LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KISS Paul Stanley PIC. DISC
2016 repress. The most Kiss-like of the four simultaneously released 1978 Kiss solo albums, Paul Stanley showcases Stanley's considerable hard rock songwriting chops. Featuring sidemen like Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart drummer Carmine Appice, this is perhaps the most consistent of the four Kiss solo releases.
LOUDER THAN WAR (UK)
LTW 016EP
PRICE: $9.00
CAT #: LTW 016EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BLACK CRACK I Woke Up/Peach Fuzz 7"
Mark Tilton (guitarist, singer and founder member of The Membranes) fronts Black Crack, his five-piece colliding garage rock, punk and blues. "Like Iggy Pop meets Charles Bukowski" -- D. Gilhooly (Roughsleeper) "He's a class act" -- Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6.
M>O>S RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
MOS 002EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MOS 002EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROSS 154 Until My Heart Stops 12"
2016 repress. White label/stamped repress on red vinyl. The second release on the M>O>S record label could have been part of Holland's rich techno-history, if released when the tracks were made. Dating back as early as 1993, these two tracks come straight out of a plastic bag full of SA90 tapes in Ross 154's bathroom and a cardboard box filled with cassettes. Old shit for new times.
MENTAL EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)
MENT 004LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MENT 004LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TYLL Sexphonie LP
LP version. Mental Experience presents the first ever reissue of Sexphonie (1975) by Tyll. Highly inventive kraut-psych album (heavy on the "psych") related to Eulenspygel. Sexphonie offers a mix of acid-rock, hard-psych, polit-rock and progressive/ folky sounds with some eastern influences. Features great studio production and outstanding guitar playing courtesy of Teflon Fonfara. Tyll was formed when Teflon was approached by Kerston Records with the intention of releasing a krautrock album. Teflon's previous group was not active at that moment, so he assembled a new studio band featuring members and friends of Eulenspygel. Shrouded in mystery until now, Tyll's Sexphonie is a krautrock curiosity that almost never happened, and it was all created within a matter of weeks from inception of the band through to the finished LP. The story is similar to that of the legendary Mammut, with an ad-hoc band brought together and given total freedom to do whatever they wanted. Tyll can be seen as the illegitimate step-sister to Eulenspygel, and there was much controversy and even legal action involved and some rivalry between the two bands, especially as Tyll had poached Eulenspygel drummer Günter Klinger. Yet, whereas Eulenspygel had pretty much now lost the plot by 1973, Tyll's sole LP was one of those surprisingly creative gems of the mid 1970s that, to the few that knew it, was a welcome breath of fresh air. "Truly wonderful and extremely little known krautrock released on the Kerston label with something of a widely variable and fascinating approach." - Mutant Sounds RIYL: Floh De Cologne, Franz K, Alcatraz Includes insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg) plus reproduction of the rare original booklet /comic.
METAL FACE RECORDS
MF 090LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: MF 090LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday 2LP
2016 repress on black vinyl. "This special edition 2LP package comes housed in an all new exclusive jacket featuring Doom's infamous metal mask icon embossed out of a metallic silver foil. An absolute must have for the Doom completist. The long awaited reissue of Doom's first solo gem, Operation: Doomsday. Remastered from the original Fondle 'Em 1999 issue. Side A is listed as 'Side Zero'. Side B is 'Side One'. And so forth. Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)'s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol' Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable."
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 361LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: MR 361LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LUNCH & MARC HURTADO, LYDIA My Lover the Killer 2LP
Repressed. My Lover the Killer is the first full-length duo collaboration between Lydia Lunch and Marc Hurtado (Étant Donnés), who first worked together on the 1999 album Re-Up by Étant Donnés. My Lover the Killer features Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk), Ian White (Gallon Drunk), Mark Cunningham, We Are Birds of Paradise, and David Lackner. Lydia Lunch on the album's origins: "What began as a loose musical concept in the summer of 2012 became a prophecy written in blood by November of the same year. My Lover the Killer is a late night noir confessional. Sinister, sexy and mysterious, the music slithers, erupts and caresses the seductive vocals as they relay twisted tales rife with innuendo, promises and threats. The text is based on the murder/suicide of an ex-lover whom I had recently contacted for the first time in over a decade. Caught in the early fall hurricane which leveled the East Coast of America while enroute to Los Angeles, I had sent an invitation proposing that we meet for drinks. Two days later, during a alcohol fueled fight with his girlfriend about whether or not he should come to see me, he shot and killed her, called the police, turned the gun on himself, and died the next day on his 55th birthday. A tragic event, which My Lover The Killer attempts to make sense of. Each song is a rumination on the frightening effects of a mad love spun out of control and the haunting remnants of a lover who still stalks from beyond the grave." Shape-shifting nomad Lydia Lunch, a musician, writer, photographer, and performer, burst onto the New York music scene in 1977 with her seminal no wave group Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. She has since worked with a wide variety of collaborators, including Karen Finley; Hubert Selby, Jr.; Nick Cave; and Virginie Despentes. Marc Hurtado is a musician, performer, poet, painter, and filmmaker who cofounded the French duo Étant Donnés with his brother Eric in 1977. Apart from this duo and his solo project Sol Ixent, he has collaborated with many cult figures including Alan Vega, Genesis P-Orridge, Michael Gira (Swans), Gabi Delgado (DAF), Z'EV, Philippe Grandrieux, and Vomir.
MR 362LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MR 362LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HURTADO & ALAN VEGA, MARC Sniper 2LP
Repressed. A collision between Suicide's legendary Alan Vega and Marc Hurtado, sonic warrior from Étant Donnés, featuring Lydia Lunch on "Prison Sacrifice." Originally released as a limited LP in 2010; reissued here with one bonus track. Marc Hurtado met Alan Vega at the end of the '80s, and they first worked together in 1999 on four tracks of Re-Up by Étant Donnés (the band formed in 1977 by Marc Hurtado and his brother Eric). They played several shows together in Europe, and in 2009 Marc Hurtado made a film about the visual work of Alan Vega. In 2016 Marc Hurtado finished a feature film about Suicide, the duo of Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Recorded in France (Marc Hurtado), New York's 6/8 Studios (Alan Vega), and Barcelona (Lydia Lunch), Sniper is a few steps ahead of the satellite network and exceeds the wildest expectations at high volume. Imagine Elvis back from the dead riding a rocket against traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge while hurling cryptic slogans about the Civil War, nuclear radiation, Guantanamo, and Treblinka. Vega is in charge of the utterance, in celestial rock star mode, while Hurtado handles the violent, futuristic electro music.
MUSIC FROM MEMORY (NETHERLANDS)
MFM 001LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: MFM 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LOWMAN, LEON Liquid Diamonds LP
2016 repress. Following on from co-compiling one of 2012's best-received compilations Into the Light: A Journey into Greek Electronic Music, new Amsterdam-based record label Music From Memory sets sail with a compilation of lo-fi beach funk and lazy synth jams from the Rhode Island keyboardist and ocean-loving Leon Lowman. As well as a devoted painter and East Coast surfer, the synthesizer-loving Lowman privately released two albums Syntheseas (1980) and its follow-up cassette-only Sound Horizon (1982). Something of a homage to his love of the local seashore and the women he was trying to woo there, the albums also express Leon's pure love of the sound of the synthesizer and reflect his unique melodic wanderings. With Leon's albums meeting little commercial success at the time of their release, both albums have in recent years become highly sought-after. Along with previously-unreleased material from the time, Liquid Diamonds highlights Leon Lowman's unique blend of lo-fi synth-funk and surf ambience.
NE'ASTRA MUSIC GROUP
NMG 5762LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: NMG 5762LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
SLUM VILLAGE Fan-Tas-Tic Vol 1 2LP
2016 repress. "The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey -- better known to the world as J Dilla -- to the world of hip-hop can't be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group's distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla's rich production, T3 and Baatin's free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.) It's on Slum Village's 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, that all these elements come together in the most proficient manner. An instant hit among Detroit's underground hip-hop scene, the album seemed to combine all the best elements of the reigning alternative and gangsta styles of hip-hop into one cohesive style that was a hit among critics. Fan-Tas-Tic's influence extended far beyond Detroit, as its sound heavily influenced the sounds of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and The Roots just to name a few. (Roots drummer ?uestlove has even declared that: 'Hands down this album birthed the neo-soul movement.') Ne'Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla's production has been preserved and every freestyle line of T3 and Baatin has been re-created, to maintain the legacy of a late-90s rap classic, and the legend of one of hip-hop's greatest beatsmiths."
NEVERBEENER RECORDS (FRANCE)
NBR 001EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: NBR 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KIDDY SMILE Enough Of You 12"
Kiddy Smile presents Enough Of You. Kiddy is deeply influenced by the sleazy, lazy feel of '80s and '90s house music and the fabulous legacy of the Ballroom scene. Via his extravagant persona and good music, the Parisian producer gets great coverage in the music world, but also in the fashion world and queer community. It's impossible to dissociate his music with what he represents today in the gay and voguing community and many filmed/photographed features celebrating diversity have highlighted Kiddy Smile.
NEW WORLD RECORDS
NW 80776CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: NW 80776CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
KIMURA, MARI Harmonic Constellations: Works For Violin & Electronics CD
"Mari Kimura's career is a measure of how violin virtuosity has changed over the last few centuries, and particularly in the last fifty years. By the middle of the 20th century, violinists and composers began to feel that the violin's traditional technical arsenal required updating, lest the instrument continue to sound like the 16th-century technology it is, trapped in a quickly changing, increasingly high-tech modern world. One approach, mirrored closely in the world of woodwind instruments, has been to find the violin's 'extreme' technique, which would yield ways to twist the violin's familiar timbre into something new. Expanding on a technique intended to bring an extra measure of presence to high notes that are not naturally resonant, she began experimenting with notes on the G string, and found that she was able to wrest sounds as much as an octave lower than violin's lowest natural note, the G string's open G. She spent several years perfecting the technique, which she calls subharmonics. Kimura has taken an active role in the development of the repertoire of works that combine traditional instruments with electronic sounds, working with electronic scores of all kinds, including recorded tracks within which the violin line is tightly nestled, as well as interactive works, in which the live performance triggers events in the electronic score. For Harmonic Constellations, Kimura has collected half a dozen works for violin and electronics, by a group of American composers each of whom has a distinctive compositional style, and who take different approaches to the challenge of composing for the violin and electronics. Of particular note is the premiere recording of the title track, a major new composition from Michael Harrison, which is scored for violin with 13 pre-recorded tracks and computer generated sine tones. The work is comprised of nine constellations of complex just intonation harmonies that gradually shift and evolve over time."
NW 80781CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: NW 80781CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BROWN, CHRIS Six Primes CD
"Chris Brown (b. 1953) composes music for traditional instruments, acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, improvisers, and computer networks. With Six Primes (2014), for retuned piano in 13-limit just intonation -- drawing on the Rhythmicana ideas of Henry Cowell, the pure keyboard focus of Conlon Nancarrow, the affection for just intonation of Lou Harrison, and the unadulterated clarity of mathematical process of James Tenney -- Brown is staunchly positioned, aesthetically, as a West Coast American experimentalist. 'Six Primes is composed using the first six prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13 to govern both its tuning and temporal structure, including harmony, rhythmic subdivisions, and form. I wrote this music to explore the limits of using the same integer ratios to simultaneously provide melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials. The piano must be retuned in just intonation using the tuning system factor of 2, three ratios with highest prime of 3, and two ratios each with highest primes of 5, 7, 11, and 13. This creates a great diversity of interval relationships: whereas 12-tone equal temperament has just twelve distinct intervals, this tuning has 75. I employed this algorithmic control over form in part to evoke the egalitarianism of twelve-tone music, and to divert from monocentric tendencies of modal musics. Within that form, however, I allowed myself to compose freely, using a diversity of melodic, harmonic, and polyphonic ideas. Lou Harrison's endlessly branching melodies, Cowell's polyrhythms and tone clusters, Cage's equanimity and Stockhausen's deterministic force, the complex minimalism of Morton Feldman, and the harmonious buzz of Ellen Fullman . . . all provided influence and inspiration. I discovered that playing asymmetrical rhythms in odd numbered subdivisions of a strong pulse can evoke a bebop-like swing. And although I never thought about it during the composing process, I think I hear in its mixture of styles an influence of Ives.' -- Chris Brown. "
OUT-SIDER (SPAIN)
OSR 047LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: OSR 047LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CRYSTALAUGUR Terranaut LP
LP version. Out-Sider Records present the first ever legit reissue of Crystalaugur's Terranaut, originally released in 1975. This reissue is done with the band's involvement. Crystalaugur were formed by four young ex-pats attending school in Singapore in the early 70s: Howard Kukla, Kim Bengs, Bryan Hall and Guy Rittger. For most of them this was their first serious musical experience. Terranaut was recorded on a 4-track machine and subsequently released by the band in a private edition of 200 copies on their own Warped Records imprint. Terranaut is ultimate underground, lo-fi, psychedelic rock. Loose feel, raw sound, spacey prog-funk touches, sound effects and some proto-DIY, pre-punk vibes which bring to mind Velvet Underground or avant-garage '70s Cleveland bands like Pere Ubu but also hard-rockers ala Pink Fairies or Stray. Bootlegged many times over the years, this is the first ever legit reissue of this "lost-in-time" psychedelic artefact. Includes insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Got Kinda Lost, Ugly Things), explaining the fascinating story behind Crystalaugur and debunking many myths and false rumors about the band and their only album. Cargill says, "Terranaut is a rollicking, rumbling and lightly ramshackle bomb of cosmic teenage hard rock informed by an infatuation with the early rumblings of progressive rock (given a proto-punk edge by the discontent of the group's constituents)." Featured in Hans Pokora's Record Collector Dreams book with the maximum scale rarity.
OSR 048LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: OSR 048LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MARTIN, PAUL It Happened LP
LP version. Out-Sider Records present a revamped version of the 1996 Distortion Records Paul Martin compilation with It Happened. 1966-67 garage anthems, jangly folk-rock and baroque pop courtesy of prolific songwriter Paul Myerberg aka Paul Martin. "There a new man in town? Martin!" So began the liner notes from the picture sleeve of his second 45 record in 1967. Actually, Paul Martin started life as Paul Myerberg. Growing up in Manhattan, Paul was influenced by the exciting music of the day, like the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. In the mid-sixties Paul started writing and recording some impressive demos which ran the gamut from garage-punk, to jangly folk-rock, soul-pop and baroque, orchestrated pop. Many of these were cut on 4-track tape at Tower Sound Studios in midtown Manhattan with the help and guidance of the skilled jazz musician, Frank Owens. While at Tower, Paul met Herb Ostrow who released Paul's first single on the Impex label out of Philadelphia. "It Happened", a terrific garage number, came out in the spring of 1966. The following year, Paul released a second 45 on his own Rodin label - "The Last Remains Of Our Love" (another impressive, passionate garage gem), backed with "The Fairy Princess" (a dreamy pop-psych track). Almost 30 years later Paul's first album was released on the Distortions Records label in 1996, compiling tracks from his two sought-after singles plus studio demos and acetates. For many people, this was the first introduction to the music of Paul Martin. "An Aladdin's cave of well-crafted garage pop" -- Robert Cochrane (CultureCatch). Features new artwork and an insert with rare photos and liner notes. Newly remastered sound. Features one previously unreleased track from 1967.
OSR 049LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: OSR 049LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ROBBIE THE WEREWOLF At The Waleback LP
Out-Sider Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Robbie The Werewolf's At The Waleback, originally released in 1964. With his long red hair and matching beard, Robbie The Werewolf - a folksinger of the frantic variety with a fetish for monsters - was a striking performer with a manic stage presence, acting out his songs as much as singing them. His set consisted of his original songs and uniquely reworked versions of folk standards, played on a beat-up twelve-string guitar. This inspired some of the most bizarre songs ever committed to vinyl: listen to "Count Dracula" and its proto-psychedelic, amazing echo effects or the insane DIY rocker "Rockin' Werewolf". It was at The Wale Back in L.A one heady night in 1964, that Robbie's solo act was captured for posterity and released as a tiny private pressing. A few years later, Robbie Robison would become a founding member of L.A psychedelic band Clear Light. But that's another story. This incredibly strange music is championed by lovers of the wonderful & weird such as Jello Biafra. At The Waleback is a time capsule to the post-beatnik, pre-psychedelic/hippie scene from L.A. Includes insert with detailed liner notes by Gray Newell (Ugly Things) and Alan Brackett (Peanut Butter Conspiracy). "This obscenely rare disc stars Robbie Robison plucking an acoustic guitar and singing kooky tunes about Halloween characters, sex, drinking and drugs that were quite radical for its day." -- Beverly Paterson (It's Psychedelic Baby). LP housed in an old-school style tip-on sleeve.
PHARAWAY SOUNDS (SPAIN)
PHS 035LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PHS 035LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SANCHEZ Y SU ROCK BAND, PEPE Regresion LP
LP version. Pharaway Sounds present a reissue of Pepe Sanchez Y Su Rock Band's Regresión, originally released in 1976. Pepe Sánchez is a real legend when talking about drumming in Spain. From his beginnings in the '60s jamming with Pedro Iturralde, Tete Montoliu and Vlady Bas at the influential Whisky Jazz Club in Madrid, to recording in Miami with Diana Ross or Barbra Streisand; from working under the wings of Rafael Trabucchelli, Waldo de los Ríos, Augusto Algueró and Mancini to playing live with Barry White - Not forgetting his incursions in progressive rock with Araxes or doing session work for seminal Spanish albums like Gipsy Rock (1974) by Las Grecas among others. Pepe and his group of friends (Manuel Gas, Juan Carlos Calderón, Pepe Ébano, Tito Duarte, Juan Cano) were the most requested Spanish session musicians of the time, appearing in countless recordings. In the mid-70s, he was approached by the Marfer label: the idea was to create an instrumental album based on Flamenco music and Spanish folklore but with a modern approach, adding electric guitars, electric bass, drums. Pepe recruited some of his friends, all of them top session musicians with a jazz/pop background, and the result was Regresión, his first solo album. It's an incredible fusion of jazz, funk, rock, flamenco and psychedelic/progressive sounds highlighted by the powerful drumming of Pepe, the wicked fuzz-wah guitar of Carlos Villa (Vainica Doble, Las Grecas), the sax and flute of jazz giant Pedro Iturralde and Manolo Morales (Jayme Marques, Bebu Silvetti), the piano of Eddy Guerin (Tete Montoliu, Santisteban, Jayme Marques, Manuel Gas), the trumpet of Juan Cano (Vlady Bass, Juan Carlos Calderón) and José Luis Medrano (Dolores, Márquez), the percussion of Pepe Ébano (Elkin & Nelson, Manuel Gas). Includes the monster rare groove /funk track "Sentimiento". Regresión is a Spanish jazz-funk/prog-psych holy grail featuring the crème de la crème of Spain's session musicians of the time. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve. Master tape sound. Liner notes by Spanish jazz/funk expert Javi Bayo. Includes two bonus tracks taken from his rare "cosmic disco" non-LP 45 from 1980. Featured in the 7001 Record Collector Dream book by Hans Pokora.
PONT NEUF RECORDS (FRANCE)
PN 001EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PN 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALVA Mental Scapes 12"
Parisian house duo Alva debut with Mental Scapes. "Downtown," with its disco rhythm and deep atmospheres, recalls of '90s French house. "The Shore" is a very deep production with a groovy, minimal bass; incisive hi-hats and rides; and a sensual vocal. "Lighthouse" sits somewhere between techno, soul, and NY house. "Playground," recorded in one shot, is a short, downtempo track that closes things out in a groovy way.
QUEEN CONSTANCE RECORDS
QC 707EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: QC 707EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CHAIN REACTION Dance Freak 12"
"A bonafide dancefloor invitation, this classic cut by Chain Reaction was originally released in 1980 on the P&P affiliate label, Sound Of New York. A project between keyboardist Dwight Brewster (of The Imperials) and percussionist Harold Sargent (of Wood, Brass & Steel fame) Dance Freak provides one finest moments in the entire catalog. A funky disco track with all the elements of a party anthem, it's no surprise it's been a favorite of veteran Deejays like Kenny Dope and Danny Krivit. There are many reasons why this track is a must-have for disco DJs. Outstanding percussions; check. Funky guitar & bass lines; check. Catchy chorus; check. Brass accents; very welcomed. Using a synth as a percussive instrument; incredible and most likely lifted from the Patrick Adams Handbook 'How To Make A Hit Record'. There really isn't much more we can say here. We 'just wanna dance with you...' "
RETT I FLETTA (NORWAY)
RIF 009EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RIF 009EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SANO, KEITA Why Not EP 12"
Japan's Keita Sano presents his four-track EP, Why Not EP. The Okayama resident has been weaving his way through house, techno and electronica releases displaying an affinity to old school processes and vintage gear. Raw, rugged and slightly alarming but dry and focused with a massive funk attitude - this is the actual "big room underground". However, this is modern analog techno at its most stringent.
RUMBLE RECORDS
RUM 2011128LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: RUM 2011128LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CLARK, DEE How About That LP
Rumble Records present a reissue of Dee Clark's How About That, originally released in 1959. Chicago's Dee Clark had himself a hell of a run in the late '50s and early '60s, scoring a handful of top ten R&B chart hits, including How About That's immortal title track. Though he would continue recording for another 30 years, until his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 52, Dee Clark would never again reach the heights he did on this album. How About That is late '50s pop R&B of the highest order.
RUM 2011130LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: RUM 2011130LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
T-BONE WALKER T-Bone Blues LP
Rumble Records present a reissue of T-Bone Walker's T-Bone Blues, originally released in 1959. Texas born T-Bone Walker was a staple of the West Coast blues scene in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years, getting his start in the legendary clubs of Central Avenue. T-Bone Blues was recorded over the space of several years, from 1955 to 1959, in a time of limited recording activity for the great Walker. Despite the disjointed nature of these recordings, the album remains a cohesive whole, a quintessential piece of West Coast electric blues.
SPITTLE RECORDS (ITALY)
SPITTLE 068EP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: SPITTLE 068EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NEON My Blues Is You 12"
Classic '80s dark-wave 12" reissued by Spittle. Neon were one of the most active bands in the '80s Italian new-wave scene. The band was born first as a duo at the end of the '70s, a part of Florence's underground culture, they soon stood out for their Kraftwerk inspired synth sound, which made their style a unique '80s specimen, together with a new-romantic and post-punk thought similar to bands like Joy Division, Ultravox and Human League. Edition of 500.
SPITTLE 069EP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: SPITTLE 069EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NEON Dark Age/Last Chance 12"
Classic '80s dark-wave 12" reissued by Spittle. Neon were one of the most active bands in the '80s Italian new-wave scene. The band was born first as a duo at the end of the '70s, a part of Florence's underground culture, they soon stood out for their Kraftwerk inspired synth sound, which made their style a unique '80s specimen, together with a new-romantic and post-punk thought similar to bands like Joy Division, Ultravox and Human League. Edition of 500.
SPITTLE 070EP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: SPITTLE 070EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NEON Red Light/Sister Shadow 12"
Classic '80s dark-wave 12" reissued by Spittle. Neon were one of the most active bands in the '80s Italian new-wave scene. The band was born first as a duo at the end of the '70s, a part of Florence's underground culture, they soon stood out for their Kraftwerk inspired synth sound, which made their style a unique '80s specimen, together with a new-romantic and post-punk thought similar to bands like Joy Division, Ultravox and Human League. Edition of 500.
TEMPA (UK)
TEMPA 108EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: TEMPA 108EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
J:KENZO & NOMINE Ruffhouse/Blind Man (Om Unit Remixes) 12"
Limited repress; previously RSD release. For Tempa's maiden Record Store Day release, the label turns to multi-disciplined producer Om Unit, founder of the highly acclaimed Cosmic Bridge label, and presents the first vinyl edition of his ribcage-rattling 170bpm remixes of two heavyweight classics from the Tempa catalog. J:Kenzo's bass bin-worrying half-stepper "Ruffhouse" is re-worked here with Om Unit's usual deft touch, maintaining the original's deep undercurrent of dread and swelling to a dizzying crescendo. With his rolling remix of Nomine's "Blind Man," Om Unit preserves the original's seething sub-bass pressure while using intricate percussion and the plucked string refrain to ratchet up the energy to frenetic levels.
THE TRILOGY TAPES (UK)
TRILOGY 009EP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TRILOGY 009EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MOONRAKER Lowjit Vagrants EP 12"
2016 repress. "Crafted, varied EP from Kenneth Lay and Jason Carr, out of the Metasplice milieu in Philly. A couple of ant nests, a droner with an mbalax tic, and a monster-crunchy, sun-up soundscape. Boot cyan lean."
TRILOGY 039EP
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: TRILOGY 039EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CARL GARI & ABDULLAH MINIAWY Darraje 12"
"From DJ Spider & Marshallito's surreal and heavy throwdowns to Mix Mup's snaking drum workouts, Chemotex's noisy excursions to Ekman's industrial clout, the sound of The Trilogy Tapes has been distinctly geared towards loud, pounding club tackle recently. However Will Bankhead's label has always been much more than just a dancefloor vessel, as this new offering from Carl Gari and Abdullah Miniawy demonstrates. Carl Gari is a Munich-based group comprised of Jonas Friedlich, Jonas Yamer and Till Funke, who describe themselves as psychedelic ghetto rave. Miniawy meanwhile is a noted Egyptian chanter, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Madinet El-Fayoum. Reportedly recorded in Cairo over the course of a few days, the brief collaboration has manifested in a four-track 12" with the slow-creeping sonic dread of 'Nayroz' and 12-minute 'Al Weyasha' undoubted highlights." -Juno
TRAFFIC
TEG 75515CD
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: TEG 75515CD
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, PETE Mecca And The Soul Brother 2CD BOX
"Sony Music and Traffic Entertainment Group proudly present Mecca And The Soul Brother, the critically acclaimed 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon duo, 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. Named one of the essential recordings of the '90s by Rolling Stone, among numerous other accolades, Mecca And The Soul Brother stands up without ever really dating itself and is now available in a beautiful 2xCD box set edition."
VEALS & GEEKS (BELGIUM)
VAG 013LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VAG 013LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOOKER, D.R. The Truth LP
180-gram LP version. Genuine reissue of D.R. Hooker's The Truth (1972) from the original audio sources; new analog transfer with improved mastering. "It's a miracle any copies of this privately pressed album survived -- but be thankful it did, for here is an individual vision. Some people worry about when we'll run out of oil. A rather smaller proportion of us worry about when we'll run out of discoverable, deep-end thrills like this. There is just no way in the world items like Donald Hooker's 40-year-old privately pressed LP should even exist as a thing -- it more than likely only ran to about 99 copies in its original format, so how the hell did even one of those survive to create these new digital and analogue versions decades later? Connecticut-based Hooker -- a tall, slim hippy with a history of substance abuse -- was much given to wearing the sort of austere robe he sports on the sleeve, a fairly outré move even then. In early 1972 he hired a gang of local scene musicians to flesh out his wonderful songs and after a few brief rehearsals the band began recording. As soon as they were done they split -- some never even heard the finished album, and what a treat they missed. Hooker's arrangements are truly beautiful; a simple, swinging pop song like Weather Girl exists somewhere between the Doors and Curtis Mayfield, whereas The Bible ('If they're knocking the Bible, be sure they are bent/ Just see and you'll understand the book is heaven sent') has the propulsive drive of a pained George Harrison ballad crushed up against some of Neil Young's freeform, string-banging joy. Then there's The Sea, with its rolling religious allegories and the remarkable Free which marries a growling hard rock throb to a vampirically groovy synth line. Hooker's masterpiece is Forge Your Own Chains, which is part conga-led, lounge-funk soul and part, questing psychedelic dream. To think this entirely individual worldview would have once languished, unloved, in a series of under-the-racks cutout bins. And how much more magic like this is there out there?" --Rob Fitzpatrick, "The 101 strangest records on Spotify: DR Hooker -- The Truth," The Guardian, April 24, 2013
VOICE OF JAMAICA (UK)
VOJ 004CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: VOJ 004CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Reggae Music 1968-1975 CD
The prestige, preeminence and, perhaps more importantly, the permanent influence of Jamaica on popular music the world over has been unparalleled and unprecedented. Whether it is ska, rocksteady, roots, dub, dancehall, or basement, all music originating from Jamaica has been termed reggae. "Do you know what reggae really is? Reggae is the same as rock steady but with the organ shuffle. It's the shuffle that kinda carried up the rock steady... if you take out that you get rock steady! The organ shuffle kind a make it sound a little faster... the shuffling... plenty people talk but they don't know. Reggae is the organ shuffle..." --Bunny "Striker" Lee. The languid, laid-back rocksteady beat that reigned supreme in Kingston's dancehalls in the mid-'60s started to speed up in the autumn of 1968 as the faster, brasher reggae rhythms came to the fore. Many claimed to have originated the new beat... "All those singers used to like to listen to one another... anytime you'd voice Slim Smith or Delroy Wilson then you'd find Alton Ellis up at the studio listening to them... every one of them was good in their own right" --Bunny "Striker" Lee. The finer points of what is and is not reggae are invariably lost on all but serious devotees of the music; however, pedantry should never stand in the way of appreciation. Voice of Jamaica respectfully advises you to simply listen and enjoy... Includes tracks by Delroy Wilson, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, Eric Donaldson, Slim Smith, Johnny Clarke, Owen Grey, The Twinkle Brothers, Ronnie Davis, Dennis Brown, Leroy Smart, Linval Thompson, Pat Kelly, and Horace Andy. CD includes bonus tracks by Barry Brown and Alton Ellis.
VOJ 004LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: VOJ 004LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Reggae Music 1968-1975 LP
LP version. The prestige, preeminence and, perhaps more importantly, the permanent influence of Jamaica on popular music the world over has been unparalleled and unprecedented. Whether it is ska, rocksteady, roots, dub, dancehall, or basement, all music originating from Jamaica has been termed reggae. "Do you know what reggae really is? Reggae is the same as rock steady but with the organ shuffle. It's the shuffle that kinda carried up the rock steady... if you take out that you get rock steady! The organ shuffle kind a make it sound a little faster... the shuffling... plenty people talk but they don't know. Reggae is the organ shuffle..." --Bunny "Striker" Lee. The languid, laid-back rocksteady beat that reigned supreme in Kingston's dancehalls in the mid-'60s started to speed up in the autumn of 1968 as the faster, brasher reggae rhythms came to the fore. Many claimed to have originated the new beat... "All those singers used to like to listen to one another... anytime you'd voice Slim Smith or Delroy Wilson then you'd find Alton Ellis up at the studio listening to them... every one of them was good in their own right" --Bunny "Striker" Lee. The finer points of what is and is not reggae are invariably lost on all but serious devotees of the music; however, pedantry should never stand in the way of appreciation. Voice of Jamaica respectfully advises you to simply listen and enjoy... Includes tracks by Delroy Wilson, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, Eric Donaldson, Slim Smith, Johnny Clarke, Owen Grey, The Twinkle Brothers, Ronnie Davis, Dennis Brown, Leroy Smart, Linval Thompson, Pat Kelly, and Horace Andy.
VOJ 006LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: VOJ 006LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Randy's Studio 17 Sessions 1969-1976 LP
LP version. Voice Of Jamaica presents a compilation titled Randy's Studio 17 Sessions 1969-1976. In 1959, Vincent Chin opened a small record shop on the corner of East St. and Tower St, in downtown Kingston named after Randy's Records in Gallatin, Tennessee, an emporium where many of the Jamaican sound systems used to send their mail order records. Two years later, the shop moved to more spacious premises at 17 North Parade in the heart of Kingston's commercial district, where Randy's Record Mart rapidly established itself as Jamaica's leading retail and wholesale outlets. Vincent also produced records. Jamaica declared its independence in the summer of 1962 to the sound of Lord Creator's "Independent Jamaica" produced by Vincent and released on his Randy's Creative Calypso label. This is an exemplary selection of Bunny Striker Lee's recordings at Randy's Studio 17, compiled for this release. While some were recorded entirely, others are the products of Bunny's legendary mix and match approach with rhythm tracks laid at Randy's and the vocals done elsewhere. Features: Delroy Wilson, Pat Kelly, Bob Marley, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, Slim Smith, Owen Grey, Eric "Monty" Morris, Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke, Ronnie Davis, Doreen Schaeffer and Freddie McGregor. CD version includes two bonus tracks from The Clarendonians and Cornell Campbell.
YANCEY MEDIA GROUP
YMG 300562CD
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: YMG 300562CD
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
J DILLA The King of Beats CD
"Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla is widely regarded as one of the greatest producers in hip hop history. The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. After careful study and curation this one of a kind collection compiles the well-deserved documentation of Jay Dee's early musical masterpieces. Ma Dukes assembled a team of industry family who spent nine months working daily to bring this project to J Dilla fans everywhere. The King Of Beats feature's 40 tracks from Jay Dee's groundbreaking 'Batches' created using his SP-1200. In addition the CD release contains 'The Lost Scrolls' and an additional 15 cuts created by Dilla on his MPC which was recently donated to the Smithsonian for their National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open to the public in 2016. The King Of Beats is more than a collection of Dilla's unheard works, it's a glimpse inside the mind of a creative genius, a view into Dilla's artistic process and a must have for any who call themselves a fan of his musical legacy."
YMG 3577010LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: YMG 3577010LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
J DILLA The King Of Beats II LP
"Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla is widely regarded as one of the greatest producers in hip hop history. The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. After careful study and curation this one of a kind collection compiles the well-deserved documentation of Jay Dee's early musical masterpieces. Ma Dukes assembled a team of industry family who spent nine months working daily to bring this project to J Dilla fans everywhere. The King Of Beats feature's 40 tracks from Jay Dee's groundbreaking 'Batches' created using his SP-1200. In addition the CD release contains 'The Lost Scrolls' and an additional 15 cuts created by Dilla on his MPC which was recently donated to the Smithsonian for their National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open to the public in 2016. The King Of Beats is more than a collection of Dilla's unheard works, it's a glimpse inside the mind of a creative genius, a view into Dilla's artistic process and a must have for any who call themselves a fan of his musical legacy."
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