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Forced Exposure New Releases for 8/8/2016

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New music is due from Maja Ratkje, Hermann Nitsch, and Fire! Orchestra, while old music is due from Caroline K, Iannis Xenakis, and Niagara.

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541 (BELGIUM)
541 541568LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: 541 541568LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SUBS, THE A Decade Of Dance 2LP
Double LP version. Includes download card & sticker collection. The Subs celebrate their tenth anniversary with A Decade of Dance. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of The Subs: Ten years of partying, touring, making friends but most of all, ten years of making music. Since 2006, The Subs have become a household name in the Belgian (electronic) music scene. They've released three full albums to date, wrote numerous high-rotation-radio-hits and performed at the best venues & festivals Belgium has to offer: Pukkelpop, Rock Werchter, Tomorrowland, I Love Techno. The Subs have performed live in the Netherlands, France, UK, Italy, China, Japan, Australia and so on. It's been an amazing journey so far and The Subs have no intention of slowing down, but while they gear up for the future, this tenth anniversary is also the perfect moment to look back at their heritage with A Decade of Dance, a best-of-album containing 18 previously released tracks and one new single. Tracks feature: Colonel Abrams, Friends In Paris, Etienne De Crécy, Jean-Pierre Castaldi and Party Harders.
A RECORDINGS (UK)
AUK 005LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: AUK 005LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE Take It from the Man 2LP
2016 repress. Originally released on CD in 1996, now reissued on A Recordings, Anton Newcombe's own record label. Released on 180 gram vinyl -- one blue LP & one red LP. The Brian Jonestown Massacre's obsession with the Rolling Stones continues unabated on the brilliant Take It from the Man!; where the group resurrected psychedelic-era excesses on the previous Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, here they jump further back in time to the Stones' mid-'60s period, with even more superlative results. From the opening "Vacuum Boots" onward, Take It from the Man! is gritty, swaggering R&B-influenced rock, delivered with remarkable assurance and attitude; singer Anton Newcombe is half-madman and half-shaman, and he commands each delirious moment with absolute mastery, emerging not so much a disciple of Mick Jagger but as a serious threat to the throne.
AUK 006LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: AUK 006LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE Give It Back! 2LP
2016 repress on vinyl; 2013 release. This is the first time this release has been available on vinyl, remastered for this vinyl release. This 1997 album is seen as a classic Brian Jonestown Massacre release. The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist/singer Anton Newcombe. Since 1995 The Brian Jonestown Massacre has released numerous albums, first for Bomp! Records, the label which gave them their start, and later for TVT, Tee Pee, and now on Anton Newcombe's own A Recordings label. BJM has been essential in the development of the modern U.S. garage scene, and many L.A. and SF musicians got their start playing with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic phase -- the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK shoegazing genre of the 1990s, and incorporates influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.
AUK 123CD
PRICE: $9.00
CAT #: AUK 123CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COBRA LAMPS, THE The Cobra Lamps EP CD
Barrie Cadogan has fronted garage-surf-soul outfit Little Barrie since 1999 and since moving to London in 2000, he's developed a reputation as the premier go-to alt-rock guitar wing-man for the likes of Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Edwyn Collins, Damo Suzuki, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Anton Newcombe and The Chemical Brothers, amongst many others. The Cobra Lamps is Barrie's first solo project. Barrie wrote a handful of songs that didn't quite fit with the band. "I've always been interested in more cinematic music which we did delve into a little bit with the last Little Barrie record but I wanted to take that further," he explains. The four songs he set aside for the first EP under his solo moniker found Barrie indulging his interest in Skip Spence, The Byrds The Notorious Brothers album (1968), Ennio Morricone and Dion. "With things like 'Little Drones' I was trying to blend the psychedelic vocals with a cinematic, spaghetti western vibe." Reconnecting with Little Barrie's early producer Mike Burnham, the pair jammed around Barrie's new songs and, over three days, created music that used Burnham's plentiful vintage equipment and classic experimental methods. "Can't Uncorrupt" is a future rock blast of fuzz garage and is a primal track. "Little Drones" is an absorbing psych-folk ballad that uses drone warfare as a metaphor for how coldly and distantly we can destroy relationships. The rusted, low-slung R&B rock of "The Indicator" is a song about "looking for guidance, battling to trust your instinct even though it's all you have." The psych noir lead track "Known To All" concerns the secrets we all keep for the sake of our loved ones: "your thoughts should only be your own," Barrie sings, "the truth will not be known to all". "It's about classic British family behavior," he says, "The 'sweep it under the carpet' kind of attitude." Recorded towards the end of 2014, the EP loitered for a while but before long, via San Francisco based musician and former Stooges guitar tech Derek See, word of The Cobra Lamps reached Anton Newcombe, singer of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and owner of his own A Recordings label. "I loved the way, not just the records he does, but the way he puts them out and the way they're presented, the packaging and the artwork," Barrie enthuses, and Newcombe loved his EP in return.
ACID TEST
ASD 027COL-EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: ASD 027COL-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FRUSCIANTE, JOHN Foregrow EP (Limited Silver Colored Vinyl) 12"
John Frusciante's Foregrow doesn't sound like any Acid Test record, or any other record. After the unlikely alliance between the Los Angeles label and the iconoclastic Venice, CA musician, all bets are off. This one's truly a passage through night. Foregrow is a lurching, lysergic beauty which offers glimpses of his platinum pop instincts, but only behind the veil of true experimentalism.
ADEEN (CHINA)
ADEEN 001EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: ADEEN 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MILLER, ALTON More Positive Things (DJ Spinna Remix) 12"
Beijing-based deep house label Adeen, run by Jason "Adeen" Wilkins, presents its first release, a 12" by Detroit house master Alton Miller with remixes from DJ Spinna and MsJones. Supported by David Morales and Louie Vega.
ALGA MARGHEN (ITALY)
NMN 100LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: NMN 100LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
MARCHETTI, WALTER Concerto For The Left Hand In One Movement LP
LP version. The Concerto For The Left Hand In One Movement, for piano, is the last unpublished composition of Walter Marchetti to be performed in public before the death of the author on May 12, 2015. This performance by Reinier van Houdt was recorded on April 29, 2015, at Onder De Linden in Valthermond, Netherlands, and is presented with liner notes by Gabriele Bonomo, translated from the Italian by Philip Corner. Composed in 1994, the Concerto For The Left Hand belongs to a series of works written between 1994 and 1997 -- along with "Con vista sui suoni," "Eight or Nine Movements for String Quartet," and "La perdita del tempo" -- which develop from a preceding composition titled "Canonic Variations for Orchestra on Prolapsed Time From Development to Hiccup of Black Cherry Jam." In these works Marchetti made a systematic and assertive return to conventional music notation, while also not excluding performance and installation practices and the use of pre-recorded "concrète" sounds, which, since the '60s, had been his privileged field of action (a modality shared principally within the exquisitely iconoclastic and desecratory activities of the ZAJ group). What was particularly interesting to Marchetti in this recourse to musical writing was the weakening of the meaning of the rigid normative apparatus of a musical score with the purpose of annihilating the factual potential of his system of prescriptions. The title alone is used to hide a paradox in which the notes to the performer intervene to subvert the following paradigm: "The pianist is obliged to hold a black umbrella opened over his head in his left hand during the whole performance of this concerto." From here the performer is confronted with two conceptually convergent possibilities in de-potentializing the apparatus of signs in the score: on the one hand, the restrictive imposition of the paradox by which the music cannot manifest itself while respecting the letter of the enunciation, which leads to the impossibility of the music's "existence" (i.e. the obligation of holding an open black umbrella in the same hand) or, on the other hand, the transgression of this encumbrance in favor of the implicit possibility of playing the score with the right hand, leaving the music subjected to its own manifestation no longer able to coincide with its own realization -- "a magic made free from the lie of being truth." Limited edition of 300. Full-color sleeve with printed inner sleeve bearing photos and the liner notes.
ANOTHER DARK AGE (UK)
ADA 006LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: ADA 006LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GREAT WAITRESS Hue LP
Great Waitress present their third album, Hue. First performing in 2009, the trio's debut album, Lucid (2011), on Splitrec was a dazzling offering on Jim Denley's institutional imprint. Their follow-up was Flock (2013), on Portuguese label Creative Sources. Hue is a sophisticated distillation of these. On Hue, free improvisations offer flourishing moments of intensity that give way to shy, tender passages. The deep, textural explorations of each instrument confirm the accomplished musicianship of Magda Mayas, Monika Brooks and Laura Altman and at times the record is so minimal it sounds closer to field recordings. This sparse real-time arrangement shows the performative class and collective listening of this trio, honed over seven years of working together. Great Waitress is strengthened by a staggering number of collaborations and solo works by its members. The wide-reaching influences and technique of each member converge on Hue in a way that makes close listening unavoidable.
ARLEN (UK)
ARLEN 008CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ARLEN 008CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PLANTMAN To The Lighthouse CD
Arlen presents To The Lighthouse, the third album from Plantman and their first since 2013 - following the critically-acclaimed Whispering Trees (ARLEN 003CD, 2013) and subsequent first full release for its precursor, Closer To The Snow (ARLEN 006CD, 2010). To The Lighthouse represents a subtle but significant step forward in the evolution of Plantman, as main song-writer, Matthew Randall (ex-Beatglider) shifts further from the well-trodden path of many of his contemporaries and establishes a defined identity as a singer-songwriter, with his distinct yet gentle delivery creating an atmosphere and intensity that many yearn for but never achieve. For admirers of Bedhead, The Durutti Column, Yo La Tengo, Nick Drake and Bill Fay.
BALANCE MUSIC (AUSTRALIA)
BAL 018CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BAL 018CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SYROSSIAN, DARIUS Balance Presents Do Not Sleep 2CD
Balance Music proudly presents Do Not Sleep from UK hero, Darius Syrossian. Darius Syrossian has risen up the ranks of the house/techno scene since first emerging on the global stage in the '90s. Best known for his pumping house and techno stylings, Syrossian displays a full gamut of musical ethos across this engrossing two-part mix. Both halves are created using his no-frills setup of three CDJs, two Technics 1210s and a Pioneer mixer. Disc 1 is a live club recording showcasing his spontaneity in his natural environment. Disc 2 is a carefully constructed and prepared studio mix. Disc 1 was recorded live at The Bow in Buenos Aires, and is a master class in slow-building energy. Kicking off with jazzy cuts from Demarkus Lewis and Tim Deluxe, Syrossian's own "Andranik" picks things up with subtle tribal energy before the nagging synths of Dennis Ferrer's "The Red Room". Grooving ensues via Apollonia and DJ T, trippy undertones amassing as Burnski's rolling "Changes" pushes towards an departure from Laurent Garnier's 303 classic "Crispy Bacon". Syrossian's "What You Say" continues with wonky pitch-bent synths, before the funk-fueled rhythms from Ian Pooley and Matt Tolfrey & Heartthrob. "Pacific State" and Deetron's thumping "Photon" deliver an anthemic crescendo. Disc 2 delves into headier material with moodier, more atmospheric undertones. Francesco Tristano's piano mastery kicks things off, with Smokin' Jo and Two Armadillos getting the rhythm rolling before Syrossian delivers a triple-helping of new productions. The squelching synths and tense strings of "Give It To Me" recall classic acid, while the intricate percolations of "Unicorn Zone" recall vintage tech house and minimal funk. Layers of techno pressure build in the mix's machinistic mid-section, with Sleeper Thief pulling things back into a more stripped-back place. There are moody vocals from Kacob Korn & Break SL's "You And Me" featuring Tabitha Xaiver, and mystical tribal drama from Silicone Soul, leading into a Larry Heard classic. Syrossian enlists the help of Bwana and KiNK to reach the mix's climax. This is the sound of Darius Syrossian at his purest: a mean, lean DJ with an impressive arsenal of his own productions, flawless mixing and the experience needed to seamlessly weave together the DNA of house and techno music past, present and future. Also features: Bas Ibellini, Mar-T & Luca Donzelli, House Of Virus, Barber & Finn, Marc Faenger, Makam, Prompt & Onuba, Mr White (Chad White), DrDr and Jimpster.
BALLYHOO RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)
BALL 103EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BALL 103EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
THEE J JOHANZ Move Your Butty (Prins Thomas Remix) 12"
The original "Move Your Butty" (1993) gained cult status and the time seems right for a re-release of this gem. Thee J Johanz decided to replace samples with synths, which gave him the freedom to create a totally fresh and moody remix. The strings of the Elka Synthex give you wings, while the typical "Move Your Butty" bassline is pumpin' you up. Expect the unexpected from Prins Thomas' remix: very refreshing funky eighties electro-vibes. An original approach with an oasis of "Move Your Butty" references in the middle. An excellent remix of the remix.
BANG! RECORDS (SPAIN)
BANG 098LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: BANG 098LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WIPERS Wipers Rarities 2LP
Finally an official vinyl release of what was only previously released as a bootleg CD-R in the early '90s, based on the original recordings and with new mastering. Two LPs full of Wipers rarities, including their almost impossible-to-find debut single from 1978, "Better Off Dead," as well as other rarities from B-sides, compilation tracks, and acoustic and electric performances from 1978 to 1990. A totally necessary release for all fans of this legendary American band that put down the roots of '80s and '90s noise and underground rock! Deluxe gatefold sleeve with full details.
BANG 104LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BANG 104LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MCDONALD, JEFF Jeff McDonald LP
Jeff Mcdonald, co leader of Redd Kross, recorded this self-titled music gem back in 1997 in Los Angeles and now it is being released on vinyl for the very first time. Recorded between Redd Kross' master pieces Phaseshifter and Show World, that is exactly what this record sounds like, a mix between both albums. Spine shivering melodies full of rock, glam, pop melodies, choruses and beauty, Jeff McDonald gives us the opportunity now to discover this wonderful record which will make all Redd Kross fans worldwide feel in heaven.
BANGKOK PRODUCTIONS (SPAIN)
BIGAL 666LP
PRICE: $42.00
CAT #: BIGAL 666LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CHILTON, ALEX Dusted In Memphis (And Elsewhere) 2LP
First time re-issue of the legendary Alex Chilton album Dusted In Memphis, originally released in 1980. For many, this is Alex's finest. Includes a second bonus album full of unreleased material; covers, alternate versions, fantastic demos, and infamous complete KUT radio session. All culled from the period between 1975 and 1980, a troubled - but prolific and brilliant - time for Chilton. This is deconstructed rock n roll, perfect pop songs perversely pureed, punkabilly before the term was coined, chaotic, trashy, beautiful. Allegedly, the only copy of these recordings that anyone associated with was lost in the house fire that claimed Alex Chilton's mother's life. If this is true, and the masters have been lost, it is truly a great, great shame as these are possibly the best post-Big Star recordings of Alex's long solo career. This quite legendary bootleg bridges the gap between Sister Lovers (1978) and Like Flies On Sherbert (1979). It contains the Elektra demos with some songs that might be regarded amongst Big Star's finest if they would have found a proper release. This is a great shame as it is an excellent document of where Alex was at during this stage of his career (he wooed the critics during his time in NY, but not the major labels). File between: Skip Spence's Oar (1969), Panther Burns's Behind The Magnolia Curtain (1981), Neil Young's Tonight's the Night (1975) and early Cramps.
BAUM (GERMANY)
BAUM 012EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: BAUM 012EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
YWF Platane EP 12"
Baum welcomes YWF to their label with his first release on the label, Platane EP. The style is raw dub techno with an edge. The B side contains a fantastic remix by Sven Weisemann.
BLACK SWEAT RECORDS (ITALY)
BS 021LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BS 021LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
UMILIANI AS MOGGI, PIERO Tensione LP
The incomparable Piero Umiliani (under his mysterious Moggi moniker) weighs in with another AWOL library gem of 1979. The Italian maestro goes resolutely left field and off track with an intra-personal exploration of the disturbed inner psyche within the human condition. Distressed electro beacons are unleashed as de-tuned predatory Carpenter-esque synth patterns come to the fore (check "Clavinet Suspence: for primal audio blastings to a lost unnamed '80s slasher movie). With the electric eighties buzzing on the horizon, Umiliani was quick to capitalize on this cultural shift, utilizing his Moog synthesizers to tap in to changing musical zeitgeists via cost cutting experimentations for TV, adverts and documentaries. Followers of the esoteric and strange can finally dig in here with this lavishly created reissue featuring original artwork, master tape laquer cutting and Umiliani's autograph notes on the project.
BS 022LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BS 022LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
M. ZALLA (PIERO UMILIANI) Mondo Inquieto LP
Maestro Piero Umiliani returns in the alter ego guise of M. Zalla for the 1974 compositional library piece Mondo Inquieto (Restless World) via his far reaching, experimentalist imprint Sound Work Shop. Ambient tensions are represented via a dramatic cross fertilization of orchestral strings, layered synths and primeval percussion with the Maestro on moody, reflective compositional duties. Stand out cut "Strategia" ("Strategy") harnesses the dopest Wu Tang beats alongside swathes of high end electro blankets and is a sample classic aching to be reworked into further outer cosmos soundscapes. Black Sweat has again transferred the elements of this little known Umiliani microcosm into a respectful reissue via an integration of the stark, haunting sleeve design, laquer cutting from the original master tapes and Umiliani's autograph notes on the project.
BS 036LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BS 036LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
UMILIANI, PIERO Genti e Paesi del Mondo LP
The mid '70s presented mature, fertile grounding for maestro Piero Uimiliani's Sound Workshop Studio, exploring side ways explorations in to gravitational soundscapes and beyond. Released in 1975 via his prolific Omicron imprint, Genti e Paesi Del Mondo (Peoples and Countries of the World) is a return to the ethnic flavors so beloved of Umiliani's zeitgeist. Umiliani turns anti-clockwise, launching a left field mental audio pad to uncharted territories. On Genti e Paesi Del Mondo sparse, eerie electronic confections spar in unison alongside moody transgressional vibes. Umiliani's mysterious pathways unlock a trinket box echoing the Germanic stylings of Wolperath's Plank Studio and Herzog-era Popol Vuh. This loving reissue recreates the original artwork, master tape laquer cutting and Umiliani's autograph notes on the project.
BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)
BLACKEST 050LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BLACKEST 050LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CAROLINE K Now Wait For Last Year LP
Limted repress! First ever vinyl reissue of Caroline K's outstanding 1985 album, Now Wait For Last Year. This haunting, wistful work of post-industrial synthesizer music - the late Nocturnal Emissions co-founder's only solo record - has accrued a fervent cult following over the past 30 years, and copies of the original pressing are today extremely sought-after. Tags like industrial, minimal synth or proto-techno can't really do justice to the richly cinematic sound-world that Caroline Kaye Walters, aka Caroline K, describes as "from the sustained ambient tension of sidelong opener 'The Happening World' to the future-primitive rhythms and stately piano flourishes of 'Animal Lattice', and the melancholic, deep-frozen synth sequences of 'Chearth'." Fans of Wendy Carlos's A Clockwork Orange, Chris Carter's The Space Between, and early Detroit techno should pay special attention, but this searching, future-proof masterpiece demands to be heard by all.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 230CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 230CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TROSTEL, ROLF Inselmusik CD
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 232CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 232CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TROSTEL, ROLF Der Prophet CD
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 235CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 235CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Phantom Of Liberty CD
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.
BURNING SOUNDS (UK)
BSR 972CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: BSR 972CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MYSTIC EYES Mysterious CD
"1979 Roots Reggae album reissued on CD for the first time. Produced by Linval Thompson, this long out of print album features nine tracks of hard hitting roots music. A hidden classic that deserves to be heard!"
BSR 972LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BSR 972LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MYSTIC EYES Mysterious LP
"1979 Roots Reggae album reissued on 180 gram vinyl. Produced by Linval Thompson, this long out of print album features nine tracks of hard hitting roots music. A hidden classic that deserves to be heard!"
BSR 973CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: BSR 973CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
KELLY, PAT Lonely Man CD
"1978 Roots Reggae album reissued on CD for the first time. Lonely Man showcases vocalist Pat Kelly and an all star band featuring Robbie Shakespeare, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Ansel Collins and more."
BSR 973LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BSR 973LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
KELLY, PAT Lonely Man LP
"1978 Roots Reggae album reissued on 180 gram vinyl. Lonely Man showcases vocalist Pat Kelly and an all star band featuring Robbie Shakespeare, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Ansel Collins and more."
CADENZA (GERMANY)
CADALMA 001EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: CADALMA 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Alma Sounds 12"
Project ALMA is a collaboration between Luciano's Cadenza Records label and the ALMA Sounds, bridging Luciano's love for music and ALMA astronomer Antonio Hales's love of the universe. The ALMA observatory is an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Luciano, alongside Felipe Venegas and Diego Errázuriz, have produced this release using sounds collected from the ALMA resource library. Luciano takes us on a trip to Orion, Venegas goes deeper with a truly spatial piece and Errázuriz opts for a beat-less excursion that marries soft and atmospheric piano to the planetary tones.
CAPTAIN HIGH RECORDS (AUSTRIA)
CH 4809LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: CH 4809LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
AHBEZ, EDEN Eden's Island LP
It is 1960. Rock 'n' roll has just lost a couple of its protagonists during this and the previous year. The time of the great balladeers has just begun but soon will run out, due to the new and exciting beat invasion. In the US mainstream, the tiki culture has reached a certain peak and is about to collapse, but still goes strong, and with it comes the so-called "exotica" music, a crossover between smooth jazz and swing, Latin grooves, and haunting melodies rooted in global folk traditions, plus weird sound effects that often create a spooky jungle or dreamy island beach atmosphere. See palm trees growing out of your speakers; witness monkeys and parrots having fun in your room. eden ahbez (1908-1995) lived a consistent dropout and hippie lifestyle way before the movement was born in the mid '60s. As a poet and composer, he wrote the hit tune "Nature Boy" that gave Nat King Cole his first big success in 1948. On Eden's Island, originally released in 1960, he approaches the field of exotica music from a different point of view, creating an epic concept album about a utopian society living in peace and harmony on an island far away from the modern western world as we know it. Relaxed grooves; easy-listening swing; Latin patterns; peaceful, dreamy, even transcendent vocal melodies; tinges of folk music from around the world; and a whole color palette of mind-expanding sounds, with narrated lyrics and eden ahbez's wood flute. A truly unique effort; highly recommended to exotica aficionados who, for example, love Frank Hunter's 1959 White Goddess album. Psychedelic music before the term was even invented.
CLAN DESTINE (UK)
CDR 12018EP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CDR 12018EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ORPHAN SWORDS Weehawken EP 12"
Orphan Swords are a Brussels-based duo that crafts some of the most menacing modern electronics in the game. Their music - described as "a brutal hypnosis" by Ransom Note - is widely critically acclaimed. It has been released on Idiosyncratics, Desire Records and Clan Destine. They have played alongside Vatican Shadow, The Body, Black Rain, Extreme Precautions and Kyoka. The Weehawken EP, their first proper release on Clan Destine, features both brand new and classic Orphan Swords material that hadn't been released on vinyl yet.
COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 140EP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: COR 140EP
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OFF FEAT. SVEN VATH Electrica Salsa Revisited 2x12"
Limited premium edition. Electrica Salsa (1986) revisited in 2016 with remixes by Roman Flügel and Henrik Schwarz. In 1986, one electronic track turned the European music charts upside down: "Electrica Salsa" by the Frankfurt project OFF, a collective producing their tracks at Master Music Studio. The founders of "Organisation For Fun": Michael Münzing, Luca Anzilotti and then 21- year-old Sven Väth writing hits like "The Power" or "Rhythm Is A Dancer". "Michael and Luca were the masters of equipment, responsible for the mixing desk and the recording tape we used to make the master tapes. I was the one providing song ideas, grooves and bringing a good mood to the studio." Electrica Salsa prompted a new feel in pop culture, adopting modern techniques like the use of sound samples driven by a unique beat, creating what would be called balearic-fusion. "OFF happened quite naturally as we were trying out some things at the studio. We had a concrete 4/4 bass drum playing and the other two were experimenting on the bass. So I went over to the microphone and tried out some word and syllable sounds. Somehow my lips formed 'Electrica Salsa' and then 'Ba Ba Ba'? we added trumpets and timbales that I recorded live. The thick 'boom' sound on the other hand is a sample from a Mercedes S 500 door being slammed!" The spontaneous session produced a powerfully anarchic song mastered on a 24-track tape that got all three musicians euphoric. "I was most happy about the great success we had with Electrica Salsa in Ibiza and Italy, where we actually made number one," Väth recollects. "Ibiza was the greatest source of inspiration. The island really had a strong influence on us with its eclectic sounds at the times. The balearic sound was a mix of Italo disco, wave, funk and African percussion. The track 'Electrica Salsa' is a cornerstone of techno history. Roman Flügel is a friend and estimated colleague of mine and he created a really smart version of the track. Henrik Schwarz on the other hand actually invited a brass combo to the studio and recorded them with strings and Latin bass which makes a great modern version." as Väth describes this production.
DAMAGED GOODS (UK)
DAMGOOD 460LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: DAMGOOD 460LP
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JOHNNY MOPED Cycledelic LP
Damaged Goods present a reissue of Johnny Moped's Cycledelic, originally released in April of 1978. Described by Jon Savage in his book England's Dreaming (1991) as "certainly one of the more curious albums to emerge from the first wave of UK punk. Moped was a clumsy singer even by the standards of early British punk, given to moaning and gurgling when he couldn't think of something to say, and guitarist Slimy Toad had chops and wasn't afraid to show them, so some of the longer songs like 'Maniac' and '3D Time' veer off into what sounds like a thug's version of prog-rock. And even when the band did tear into something short, fast, and loud, they sounded like '60s pop gone mad on speed; Cycledelic may be one of the only albums from punk's first wave that displays almost no audible Ramones influence. But if the Mopeds were following a path all their own, they were clearly having a lot of fun doing it. Johnny Moped was a little too odd to serve as a true 'every kid', but the absurd brilliance of the best moments on Cycledelic are a shining example of the punk credo that anyone could do it -- and that sometimes amazing things could emerge from unexpected places."
DEAD WAX RECORDS (SPAIN)
DEADWAX 013LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: DEADWAX 013LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
THIS COLD NIGHT An Enigmatic Individual LP + 7"
An Enigmatic Individual is a compilation of the most beloved works by This Cold Night, the moniker of solo artist Chase Morledge who began experimenting with music in a tiny, shared apartment room in Austin, Texas in 2014. This young Texan offers an overwhelming array of dark, pulsing, danceable songs but loaded with his innermost feelings as reflected in his lyrics. Inspired by late '70s and early '80s music movements (from cold wave or post-punk to goth pop or dark wave) and modern equivalents, This Cold Night sought to release a wholly uncompromising portrayal of the wicked thoughts in his addled little brain. Sixteen songs chosen amongst the eight digital only releases that Chase offered through his Bandcamp site since he started publishing music in 2014. Most of the songs have been mastered specially for vinyl from the original mixes, a few others retouched from the original masters to suit the vinyl format. This is an essential work of art presented by Dead Wax Records. Housed in a matte sleeve with black & silver pantone finish and a printed matte inner sleeve. The included 7" comes in its own folded insert-sleeve and with hand-stamped disc label. Includes a download code. Edition of 260 (numbered).
DEKMANTEL (NETHERLANDS)
DKMNTL 040LP
PRICE: $36.50
CAT #: DKMNTL 040LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VAKULA Cyclicality Between Procyon And Gomeisa 3LP
The Ukraine based producer, Vakula, presents his triple-LP album, Cyclicality Between Procyon And Gomeisa, on Dekmantel. "This album is about cycles, repetition and interaction", says Vakula. Cyclicality Between Procyon And Gomeisa is a dashing experimental record that evokes the endless and captivating potential of electronic music, creating a mesmerizing journey through various music genres, exhibiting a singular sonic experience, whilst he works through a process of improvisation and refinement. Once again, the mastermind proves to be capable of creating complex, yet diverse musical pieces beyond genres and trends. The result: an audio adaptation of his fascinating mind; "There are two parallel processes that come together in my work: me writing music and working on the sound I want to achieve and the energy from outside that flows and transforms into thoughts, correlations, and actions." The track titles relate to the source of Vakula's inspiration and connect the dots between his obsession for the vastness of the universe and electronic music; ''To wonder about the universe and to dig into mythology and scientific research discovering at least some of its secrets is what keeps me endlessly motivated as a producer.''
DKMNTL UFO3-EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: DKMNTL UFO3-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VOISKI I'll Be Your Maple Pecan Tonight 12"
French DJ and producer Voiski brings his versatile skills together on the third installment of Dekmantel's UFO series, serving up five completely different yet coherent sounding tracks. The beat lacking ambient synth jam "Go To A Mountain" is a display of Voiski's ear for mesmerizing soundscapes, while the pulsating, Nintendo-core fueled "Happy Piece" and the dark, bass-heavy "Seriously No" are two peak-time beasts. On the B-side, "Come Back" gives a glimpse of what the future of techno sounds like, whereas "Drama In the Futurists' Cabaret" echoes hi-tech soul gone breakbeat.
DEMDIKE STARE (UK)
DDS 020LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: DDS 020LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
EQUIKNOXX Bird Sound Power 2LP
Equiknoxx is one of the hottest, most innovative dancehall squads from Jamaica. Bird Sound Power is their debut collective show of strength, packing twelve avant, crooked riddims by core members Gavsborg and Time Cow, plus Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, with vocals by Kemikal, Shanique Marie and J.O.E. (R.I.P). The set was parsed and pieced together by Jon K & Demdike Stare, and now thanks to link ups via Swing Ting's Balraj Samrai, it is issued on Demdike's DDS imprint, replete with Jon K's sleeve design. Easily identified by the squawking bird idents peppering their cuts, Equiknoxx productions have been big in the dance since Gavin Blair, aka Gavsborg, produced Busy Signal's billboard hit "Step Out" in 2005, followed by key instrumentals for Beenie Man, Aidonia, Masicka and T.O.K. - with many released on 7" through their Equiknoxx Musiq label, and some of which, such as Aidonia's "Negative", are included in this set. Bird Sound Power arguably marks up the most striking riddim album from Jamaica in 2016, weighted with the potential to open up perceptions of current dancehall thanks to the mad character and broad reference points of its producers, encompassing King Jammy's foundational digi-dub and Dave Kelly's Mad House sound as much as rugged New York hip-hop and the wigged-out, feminine pressure of Virginia Beach's Timbaland or The Neptunes. The oldest tune inside dates to 2009, but the rest are relatively recent dancehall mutations, including a number of exclusives produced in the last 12 months. Each one represents Equiknoxx's unique aspects, such as Jordan Chung's, aka Time Cow, brilliantly bizarre, layered arrangements of film samples, sawn-off hooks and digi-tight beats, whilst also a result of as their distinguished family vibe, Bird Sound Power exists in a paradox, contemporary but classic, and with as much potential to turn new heads onto current Jamaican sounds as Mowax's Now Thing set back in 2001. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. All on vinyl for the first time ever.
DIAGONAL (UK)
DIAG 034LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: DIAG 034LP
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NHK YX KOYXEN Doom Steppy Reverb LP
LP version. Kouhei Matsunaga's second album as NHK yx Koyxen - his label debut for Diagonal - is a pixel-pill gobbling, see-sawing wave of techno emotions presenting the Japanese artist at his most rugged and damaged. After recent LPs from Not Waving (DIAG 025CD/LP, 2016), Elon Katz (DIAG 029, 2016) and Russel Haswell (DIAG 024CD/LP, 2015), Diagonal now excel in drawing out powerful album statements from some of the most distinctive musicians in contemporary electronic music. As bonkers as the narwhal-cavorting-with-a-rhino artwork, Doom Steppy Reverb is the skizzo brother of new beta, a 3D spec'd rally thru some of NHK's darkest, most driven material, done with a gangster swang in deft minor key arrangements that hint at a certain rudeboy vulnerability. Its seven tracks toe a fine line between novel and nasty; sidewinding from warehouse acid to brukkin' garage techno by the brutal close of "1073+snare", or basic channeling Autechre/Reich-ian chords with sole-melting synth juice in "Y", only to unexpectedly turn out a baroque scally bubble, Zomby style, with "1082_s". Make no mistake, it's a record full of club bangers, though: "L gets on Lory D levels of neo acid house squirm and "1038_lo_oct" will demolish a big room at the right time thanks to some properly toned sub-bass, adding a new weapon to Diagonal's arsenal of world-scattered radge packets. It's proper fuel for DJs, dancers and headphone excursionists - and the artwork by Guy Featherstone, makes it just a good ol' laugh to look at. This is NHK's best work - and it demands to be felt. Mastered by Matt Colton. RIYL: Demdike Stare, Gescom, Blawan, Zomby.
DIE ORAKEL (GERMANY)
ORKL 007EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ORKL 007EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLUGEL, ROMAN Verschiebung 12"
Die Orakel presents Verschiebung, four 16 step sequencer excursions by Roman Flügel.
DIFFERENT CIRCLES (UK)
DIFF 004EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: DIFF 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AIRHEAD Kazzt/Kazzt (Mumdance Remix) 12"
Different Circles present Kazzt, Airhead's long-awaited return to vinyl. Label co-head Mumdance makes a rare foray into remix territory, twisting up the original and making it look really strange. Mumdance on Kazzt: "Kazzt is another milestone in the linage of our discography and is another very important step towards slowly carving out the different circles 'sound' - stripping things down to the very bare bones and focusing on sonics, weight and disorientation."
DISCREPANT (UK)
CREP 031LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: CREP 031LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROBERTSON, DW Disco Carousel Vol. 1 LP
The artist formerly known as Ergo Phizmiz, releases his first work under his birth name, DW Robertson with Disco Carousel Vol. 1, a demented ode to the power of mechanical music. Robertson on the record: ''Everybody knows that mechanical music is the highest form of entertainment, that's why the fairground, that age old uber-entertainment, rang with the chaotic splendor of Barrel Organs, Orchestrions, Bellenoens and Serinettes. In the 20th century, as the delicate mechanisms of automata fell out of favor to the machismo of electricity, all the music-boxes left the funfair, to be usurped by Euro-techno. Disco Carousel is an attempt to redress this balance with a little bit of time travel, a little bit of TLC, and atomic fusion between the discreet windings of the Pianola and the whirring innards of the computing-machine.''
CREP 032LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: CREP 032LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MERIDIAN BROTHERS El Advenimiento Del Castillo Mujer LP
Discrepant present a vinyl release of Meridian Brothers's El Advenimiento Del Castillo Mujer. Originally released back in 2006 by Colombian label La Distritofonica as a limited CD-only album, El Advenimiento Del Castillo Mujer showcased a rare style of "abstract folk music" inspired on the experiments of some Bogota collectives from the time (2005-2006). Recorded and composed in Copenhagen between 2005 and 2006 by founding and core member Eblis Alvarez (vocals, guitars & electronics), each song is intended to explore a different energy and mood, from the pure abstract rhythms, to concrete vallenato, cumbia and currulao.
ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)
EB 118CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 118CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DUBBLESTANDART Dub Realistic CD
Dubblestandart present Dub Realistic. Of course, Dubblestandart have been keeping a version of the dub flame alive for the last two decades, their formation coinciding with the phase in which Jamaican dub was on the way out. Formed in 1988 as a reaction to the stagnant Austrian pop scene, the group was heavily inspired by the Black Ark, On-U Sound and Jah Shaka, infusing such dub influences within their heady blend of hardcore reggae and new wave, which soon brought them into the European public's consciousness. Soon, they were so in demand as to be backing Lee Scratch Perry on the Austrian stage, followed by stints with dub poet Lilian Allen and ace toaster, Dillinger. At present, they have already issued over ten albums, collaborating with Ken Boothe, Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor, Marcia Griffiths, Chezere, Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) all the while working new technological dimensions into their sound, and although they have undertaken a dub tour of the US west coast, Canada, India and Russia. Dubblestandart's cavernous excursion into deep dub, chilling dub and dubble-tough dub are willed into perfection with Dub Realistic. Dubblestandart's handling of this mission has been exemplary: the productions are pleasingly individualistic, retaining plenty of originality and professionalism without seeming stoic, dull or contrived. Opening Dub Realistic with a slowed down adaption of Massive Attack's massive hit "Safe From Harm" presents Amanda Bauman going deeper, followed by a journey into the Middle East ("Arab Dub") & further examples of how we, as musicians, digest the world around us ("Earthshaker"). Populistic tendencies at home ("Welcome To Europe") or "effects" of the refugee crisis ("The Boat Stops") triggering questions: What is the role of us as artists ("Not Controlled by the Artist") and how do we contribute in a positive way? From Kingston/Jamaica, reggae & soul singer Tanice Morris appears on "Let It Flow" and "Dub version" and from Cairo/Egypt, Aisha E dubs on Bob Marley's "Sun Is Shining."
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 104LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: EMEGO 104LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER Returnal LP
2016 repress; gatefold LP version. Returnal is the fourth album from Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never project, after Betrayed In The Octagon (Deception Island, 2007), Zones Without People (Arbor, 2009) and Russian Mind (No Fun, 2009). All 3 albums being superbly compiled on the Rifts double CD set (No Fun, 2009). It sees Lopatin fine-tune his craft for the creation of deep atmospheres and textures even further. Starting off with the mind-blowing triptych of "Nil Admiari"/"Describing Bodies"/"Stress Waves," which fires off into a noise/rhythm excess before entering a zone of relative calm, building to the melancholy of the final part. This sets the tone perfectly for the album's title track, a stunning, out-of-this-world ballad featuring Lopatin's near-desperate vocal delivery, ending what could be seen as one of his most chilling and thought-provoking sides to-date. The atmosphere is slightly lifted as the darkened sun comes up over the ruins on "Pelham Island Road" and "Where Does Time Go," with the album closing with edgy broken beats and the fourth-world possible landscapes of "Preyouandi," which fades into the distance with echoes of the "Returnal" chorus closing the loop. What's burnt into memory here is Lopatin's love affair with the long, slow path back home... the cycle... the hypnotic sector... the ghost in the machine... and whether people are making dance music or hip-hop or space head-music or metal, the ouroboros is present in every sector -- as it was in Bach's study, and in the elephant songs of the Ituri forests. Instrumentation: Akai AX-60, Roland Juno-60, Roland MSQ-700, Korg Electribe ES-1, Voice. Recorded using a personal computer. Mastered by James Plotkin. Tape-op & additional engineering by Al Carlson. Awesome spot-varnished cover design by Stephen O'Malley.
EL PARAISO RECORDS (DENMARK)
EPR 035CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EPR 035CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MONARCH Two Isles CD
No other band channels the color, warmth and energy of the coastal SoCal scenery as well as San Diego's Monarch. Their debut album Two Isles was recorded and produced by local glitterati Brian Ellis. It's full of breezy Allman Brothers guitar leads gliding effortlessly on top of gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, prog-rock structures. With supreme musicianship, they somehow connect the dots between classic California rock, prog, pastoral pop and the vivid, expansiveness of early 1990s British shoegaze. Indeed these guys have created something that transcends sounding like a time capsule. While psychedelia might be the prism that everything is projected through, Two Isles reveals the fact that this is a group of people who grew up on a wide range of sounds available in the diverse San Diego scene: ambient, indie, math, jazz and whatever else was available to experience.
ESP-DISK
ESPDISK 5014CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: ESPDISK 5014CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CURRAN, BUCK Immortal Light CD
Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013's ESP-Disk' release Fortress of the Sun (ESPDISK 5002CD/LP). Buck's music is influenced by landscapes of nature and has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea, and the experience of playing blues and folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Tim Buckley), American blues and folk music of the 1930s, British folk and psychedelic folk/rock of the '60s and early '70s (Peter Green, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, Led Zeppelin, Martin Simpson), Indian classical music (Pandit Nikhil Banerjee) and jazz of the '50s and '60s (Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane). Bob Boilen, the host of NPR's All Songs Considered, listed Arborea among his favorite concerts and recommended live acts in 2012. Arborea's fourth album, Red Planet, was released in 2011 and received critical praise making: David Fricke's Rolling Stone "Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011", Guitar Player Magazine Editors "Top Pick", Uncut "Top 100 Albums of 2011", etc. Fortress of the Sun made AllMusic's "Favorite Folk Albums of 2013" and "Favorite Singer/Songwriter Albums of 2013", Acoustic Guitar's "Best Acoustic Albums of 2013", Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll, etc. Paste also listed Arborea in their profile of top musical acts in Maine for their "50 States Project". Personnel: vocals, guitars, harmonium, flute, banjo - Buck Curran; Backup vocals on "New Moontide" and "Bad Moon Rising". Featured lead vocals and harmonium on "Immortal Light." - Shanti Deschaine.
FIGURE (GERMANY)
FIGURE 078EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FIGURE 078EP
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SETAOC MASS Cipher 12"
Setaoc Mass delivers Cipher, an EP of finely tuned and highly diversified techno deep space explorations. The melody of "Cipher" twists while airy breakbeats faintly hint at the producer's UK roots. "Lost Lakes" sticks to a metronomic stomp, making for a simple yet utterly effective tool. Choral howls and detuned synths merge on "Transform" for a gentle yet trance-inducing track. "Rain" sees Setaoc Mass recreate a thundering storm, complete with flashing strokes of lightning and a downpour of celestial scale. The breakbeat returns on "Flying Buttress" and explores the common ground between futuristic grime and techno.
FLEDG'LING (UK)
WING 1006EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: WING 1006EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRIGGS, ANNE Four Songs 7"
Anne Briggs sang three songs during the launch episode of Folk-Song Cellar, broadcast on Saturday August 13th, 1966. When Fledg'ling approached Anne with the tentative proposal to release these songs, she was quick to respond: "Three songs on an EP is awkward. If you needed another song, there might be something recorded from a Nottingham folk club around that time". Anne's oldest friends recorded some songs in their local folk club and carefully preserved the recordings for decades. Al Atkinson offers some rare photographs for the sleeve. Rare, simple, unadorned and intimate performances make their first appearance on record here.
FOURTH DIMENSION (UK)
FD 095CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: FD 095CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KLEISTWAHR Over Your Heads Forever CD
Eight new solo works from Gary Mundy, whose latest Ramleh album, Circular Time, received a lot of praise when released in late 2015. At times taking on a slightly more tempered approach this album still arrives stamped with Gary's own take on a descent into a black-hole where screaming can definitely be heard. Kaleidoscopic noise has rarely sounded so triumphant or majestic whilst paradoxically resigning to the flaws of the human condition. This album will complete the present trilogy of Kleistwahr releases for Fourth Dimension and is to be once again housed in an oversized gatefold sleeve based on the original Broken Flag style. Edition of 300.
FUTURE CLASSIC (AUSTRALIA)
FCL 166LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: FCL 166LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLIGHT FACILITIES Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 3LP
Repressed. Australian producer duo Flight Facilities present Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, recorded under the stars at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia, on October 17, 2015. That night 12,000 fans witnessed Flight Facilities recreate their journey from their first DJ mix in 2009 to the release of their acclaimed debut album Down To Earth in 2014. The 15-track performance was captured live and mixed by ARIA-winning engineer Eric J Dubowsky; it features musical guests Touch Sensitive, Surahn, Kurt Kristen, Owl Eyes, Katie Noonan, George Maple, Reggie Watts, and Emma Louise. Also includes remixes by Flight Facilities of tracks by James Curd and The Lowbrows (feat. Broadhurst), as well as a performance of a track by The C90s. Includes download code.
GET ON DOWN
GET 51305LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: GET 51305LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
MOBB DEEP Hell On Earth 2LP
2016 repress. "By the time Mobb Deep hit with their third album -- Hell On Earth -- they were solidified street legends. Coming off the critically acclaimed The Infamous, Havoc and Prodigy hit the lab and came back with a soundtrack that is fitting to its title. Havoc's production is atmospheric; laced with his trademark drums loops and sharp pianos stabs. Add Prodigy's trademark flow and it's evident that the pairing is such an amazing match. While Hell On Earth is essentially a continuation of The Infamous you can still hear the growth in both performers and Hell On Earth stands as some of their best work. The album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd."
GET 54043LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: GET 54043LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
GENIUS/GZA Liquid Swords 2LP
2016 black vinyl repress. "According to legend, when the Wu-Tang Clan formed like Voltron on their debut album in 1993, GZA happened to be the head--an appropriate place for a man also called 'The Genius.' Yet at the time few could have predicted that his 1995 masterpiece Liquid Swords would be considered 'one of the most substantial lyrical journeys in hip-hop history' (Chicago Tribune). At the peak of his powers as a producer, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA crafted the album's distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island; a haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom, with frequent interludes of dialogue from the classic Samurai flick Shogun Assassin. Cerebral, strategic and precise with his words, GZA crystallizes a range of influences--from chess to kung-fu films to mob flicks and Eastern philosophy--into sharply delivered rhymes. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, and includes the auspicious debut of Killah Priest on 'B.I.B.L.E.' Acknowledged as one of the '100 Best Rap Albums' (The Source) and 'Top 100 Records of the 1990s' (Pitchfork.com), Get On Down is proud to present Liquid Swords as it was intended to be experienced, on double vinyl with audio remastered from the original source tapes and the original iconic cover artwork from DC Comics artist Denys Cowan." Includes poster insert.
GET 54082LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: GET 54082LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BROWN REVUE, THE JAMES Live At The Apollo 1972 2LP
2016 repress, originally an RSD 2016 release. "For the ten years leading up to 1972, the James Brown Revue was an outright superfunk freight train, speeding around the world and crushing all competition. This dominance stretched beyond the charts, too -- the group was even more dynamic and exciting on stage, a fact that kept them sleepless and on the move, as audiences demanded more. From 1963 to 1971, James Brown had released not one but three albums recorded live at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. The first volume of the series is still rightfully revered today as one of the greatest live albums of all time. But Volumes II (1968) and III (1971 -- aka Revolution Of The Mind) were no slackers either, showing James and his incredible band (with talent including 'Pee Wee' Ellis, Fred Wesley, John 'Jabo' Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Maceo Parker, Lyn Collins, Bobby Byrd and many more) at the peak of their respective powers each time, playing a litany of JB hits. Because of this, it will always be a mystery as to why Volume IV, which was recorded at the Apollo on September 14, 1972, was shelved. This is in no small part because the performers and songs heard here are some of the Godfather of Soul's (and the JBs') strongest. But shelved it was, full of fire but languishing for decades in the Polydor vaults. Thankfully we can now put that all behind us, with the first-time-ever-on-vinyl release of this incredible concert, from more than four decades ago. One look at the tracklist will make you salivate: from instrumental JBs classics like 'Pass the Peas,' 'Gimme Some More' and 'Hot Pants Road' to James' own 1972 smash vocal 'There It Is,' the assembled group of musical geniuses -- including trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley; saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney; guitarists Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin and Jimmy 'Chank' Nolan; bassist Fred Thomas; and Brown himself on organ -- smash through James' New New Super Heavy Funk with ridiculous power, control and panache. Included here, beyond the music, are in-between song introductions and banter, which bring you right into the front row. This live album stands apart because it was conceptualized to showcase James Brown's favorite players -- The JBs -- and vocalists, Bobby Byrd and Lyn Collins, who had their own R & B smashes on the People label. And these supreme talents get plenty of space to shine here: Collins' 'Do Your Thing' and 'Think (About It)' and Byrd's 'Keep On Doin' (What You're Doin'),' alongside 'I Know You Got Soul' simply levitate the bandstand. This future classic is a clear reminder that James Brown was as much of a talent scout as he was a more-than-legendary performer. And while other Live At The Apollo releases focused on his own incredible music, here he gives the stage to the musicians that brought his work to life and kept his legend going for decades. Future generations won't have to wonder why this music was held back for so long, because they will always have this album -- and once you hear the first notes, you won't worry any more either. You will sit back, let some of the greatest musicians of all time blow your mind, and smile for several days straight. So put the needle on the record and let it begin."
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 021CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: HPS 021CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KILLER BOOGIE Detroit CD
Fuzz, Fuzz, Fuzz! Killer Boogie present their debut album Detroit. Killer Boogie are well versed in the making of '70s riff making; a new machine in the "retro 'n' roll" scene adept at mixing bluesy frequencies into an extremely fuzzy sound with psychedelic shades. Killer Boogie are Gabriele Fiori on guitars and vocals (Black Rainbows), Luigi Costanzo on drums (The Wisdoom) and Matteo Marini on bass. Killer Boogie grounds its roots in the sounds of Blue Cheer, Cream, The Stooges, MC5, Cactus and Radio Moscow. Killer artwork by Starcade Designs.
HEIST RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
HEIST 019EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: HEIST 019EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NACHTBRAKER Pollo Con Pollo EP 12"
Maurits Verwoerd, aka Nachtbraker presents Pollo Con Pollo EP. "Gotta Act To React" drives on a saturated bassline, a hypnotizing guitar lick, loose hi-hats and hard-to-place filtered hits. "Pollo Con Pollo" is potentially Maurits' most clear attempt at a straight-forward groove, with a lovely dreamy guitar loop running throughout the track. There are two versions of "Intermezz(l)ow" on the B-side, the one being a lovely textured interlude and the other a rough drum workout built around the same theme. Maurits remixes himself, with a great dubbed out acid-tinged flip of "Gotta Act To React".
HERZBLUT (GERMANY)
HERZ 052EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: HERZ 052EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SEMARA, LUNA Enuma 12"
Luna Semara presents an impressive slice of electronic emotion with Enuma. "Mustafa" opens the release in pure pleasurable fashion. Its steady bubbling synth line builds with waves of synth chords flowing back and forth. Continuing the blissful journey is title track "Enuma". A powerful, climbing synth line leads as warm pads and bongos pave the way beneath. A strong kick drum then builds momentum as the synth begins to growl. Whilst the intensity increases, the beauty is never lost and we're brought back down with a tender touch.
HI HAT (UK)
HH 3027CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HH 3027CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BRAXTON, ANTHONY Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79 CD
Anthony Braxton live at the Rainbow Gallery, Minneapolis in September of 1979. Having made his name as one of America's most uncompromising and prolific jazz modernists, by the late '70s Chicago-born saxophonist-composer Anthony Braxton had long since abandoned attempts to categorize his work, preferring it simply to be termed "creative music". Combining elements of minimalism, free jazz and modern classical with virtuoso technique and fiery intensity, he worked solo and with bands and orchestras throughout the '70s. This release presents the entire set originally broadcasted on KBEM-FM at the end of the decade. Digitally remastered. Presented here with background notes and images.
HOGA NORD REKORDS (SWEDEN)
HNR 016EP
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: HNR 016EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MINAMI DEUTSCH Tunnel/New Pastoral Life 7"
Pure kraut, live and direct from Tokyo. Minami Deutsch released their debut in 2015. Of course you can hear their love for krautrock legends such as Can and Neu! but more interesting, the bands members definition of themselves as repetition freaks. "New Pastoral Life" sounds like a repetitive mystic chant that wants to communicate with Klaus Dinger on a ouija board in a distant and deep forest. "Tunnel" offers a straight forward mono-kraut-riot. Kyotara Miula (guitar, vocals, synthesizer), Taku Rauschenberg (guitar), Keita Ise (bass) and Hikari Sakashita (drums).
HOLIDAYS RECORDS (ITALY)
HOL 092EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: HOL 092EP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
GENTA, VIRGINIA Rough Enough 7"
Virginia Genta is a self-taught musician who plays all saxophones (tenor, soprano, baritone, alto) and is mainly known for being part of the Jooklo Duo, along with David Vanzan, which regularly includes guests, evolving into new forms. No matter how many musicians she's sharing the bill with, her saxophone is always standing out, clearly discernible, like an ear-massage introducing parts of your own auricle you didn't even know were there. And finally, for all those who always wanted to hear a solo recording of her, two short improvisations skillfully recorded by Riccardo Sinigaglia of Futuro Antico. Edition of 250.
HOL 095LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: HOL 095LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KONSTRUKT/PETER BROTZMANN/HUSEYIN ERTUNC/DOGAN DOGUSEL/BARLAS TAN OZEMEK Eklisia Sunday LP
Eklisia Sunday was recorded live in front of a small audience on May 15th, 2011 at Eklisia - an old chapel built in the 17th century in Gümü?lük, a small village near Bodrum. This improvisation features the Konstrukt collective - which is Korhan Futac? (tenor & soprano saxophones), Umut Ça?lar (electric guitar), Özün Usta (double bass, djembe, gong, bells), Korhan Argüden (drums) - incredibly enriched by the presence of Peter Brötzmann (on tenor), Hüseyin Ertunç (acoustic piano, küstüfon, gong), Do?an Do?usel (double bass, küstüfon) and Barlas Tan Özemek (electric guitar). The result of the combination is simply marvelous, because Brötzmann's unique phrases perfectly match with the sound of what confirms to be a well-coordinated collective. "The Turkish free jazz outfit Konstrukt might be considered the most evolved improvisational band working in jazz today. Founded, not in the hotbeds of jazz, London, New York, Chicago, Wuppertal or Krakow, their isolation is the key to their success. Well, isolation and observation." -- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz. Edition of 350.
HOL 099LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: HOL 099LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ERTUNC TRIO, HUSEYIN Musiki LP
Holiday Records present a reissue of Hüseyin Ertunç Trio's Mûsikî, originally released in 1974 on Intex Records. This cosmic free jazz improvisation by this legendary trio guided by Hüseyin Ertunç - on drums - with his then-regular partners Michael Cosmic and Phil Musra - on saxophones and additional percussion - reveals the primitive and physical approach of the trio, with Ertunç's massive cymbals drumming building a carpet of trance-driving vibe where the reeds can freely dance without any structure. "A new world of improvisational freedom opened up for me when I first heard drummer Huseyin Ertunç's 1974 LP Mûsikî, with reedmen/multi-instrumentalists/brothers Phil Musra and Michael Cosmic. Ertunç returned to his native Turkey about twenty years ago (and performs with the Konstrukt collective), but Musra - this tune's composer - now resides in Los Angeles and, as regular readers of this blog know, is still active in music. Although I initially assumed that Mûsikî and Musra's companion LP The Creator Spaces (1974) were recorded at the same session, in truth Mûsikî was recorded months earlier. The Creator Spaces is a bit more spacious than Ertunç's date, though both are quite intense documents of self-produced and spiritually-directed improvisation. Knotty and weird, there's a folksy unhinged-ness that really spoke to me in a way quite different from Albert Ayler, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and other music I was spending time with when I dropped the needle on the trio's debut album. Ertunç's percussion work really shocked me and it's still absolutely fascinating, and Cosmic's organ playing behind/around Musra's tenor is just something else." -- Clifford Allen. Edition of 400.
HOL 100LP
PRICE: $85.00
CAT #: HOL 100LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ERTUNC/DOGAN DOGUSEL/CEM TAN/UMUT CAGLAR, HUSEYIN Gumusluk Sessions: At Lon's 4LP BOX
"Recorded over two days yet retaining a continuous, immediate vibe, Gumusluk Sessions: At Lon's feature a stirring quartet with Hüseyin Ertunç on piano, Do?an Do?usel at double bass, the young drummer Cem Tan, and Umut Ça?lar - a stalwart of the Konstrukt group - on reeds and percussion. In the caliber of multi-album statements like Cecil Taylor's Nuits de la Fondation Maeght (1969) and string instrumentalist and composer Alan Silva's Seasons (1970), Gümüslük Sessions: At Lon 's stretches out texturally and conceptually, although there's a loose, homegrown informality unique to these musicians' orbit (partly attributable to the dry, open recording quality). The initial marathon pace relaxes into nattering trails and the full ensemble falls away to reveal spare duos and trios over the course of eight sides. Ertunç's piano ebbs as zurna, flutes and bamboo reeds, auxiliary percussion and voices draw out the music's connection to folk forms, as well as the interleaved East-West textures of Yusef Lateef and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. As 'out' as the music gets, there's always a center in Ertunç's keyboard approach; moreover, his linkages with the pliable, allover percussive buzz and thrumming pizzicato create a constant burble of jabbing movement. This is a clunky, Monkish swing or a playful push-pull, rather than the 'tinka-tinka-ting' of bebop. Concentrated, unflagging and incredibly spiritual, Ertunç, Ca?lar, Do?usel and Tan have convened to structure an incredibly personal artistic document that speaks to the universal possibilities of freedom." -- Clifford Allen. Turkish liner notes by Volkan Terzio?lu. Colored cardboard box set with printed inner sleeves. Edition of 200.
HOME NORMAL (UK)
HOMEN 085CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: HOMEN 085CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Rough Imaginary CD
Home Normal present this collective work with artists who have inspired the label since their earliest days, spent wandering record stores in Tokyo, to the present, as rough-and-ready supporters of new and imaginative artists. Rough Imaginary features tracks from ISAN, Paco Sala, R Elizabeth and A New Line (Related). It's a summation of everything Home Normal have tried to do since 2009, as well as a playful dance into the future.
HOMEN 086CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: HOMEN 086CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ASUNA Tide Ripples CD
Asuna's Tide Ripples is a completely different beast than anything else on Home Normal. In collaboration with the beautiful vocals of Rima Kato, Tide Ripples is melodic and shows a playful use of guitar with minimal effects. It is a very direct album, retaining a tender purity which doesn't happen often given the recent output of over-produced records. This is probably the purest and most accessible, soulful album Home Normal have ever had the fortune of releasing.
HONEST JON'S RECORDS (UK)
HJP 081CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: HJP 081CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SHACKLETON WITH ERNESTO TOMASINI Devotional Songs CD
Shackleton and Ernersto Tomasini present Devotional Songs. Devotional Songs is Shackleton's most expansive, ecstatic and hallucinatory music to date. Four long-form pieces developing the free-flowing compositional aesthetic of his recent Deliverance series (2014-2015) and Powerplant performances: fiery rhythmic-melodic turbulence channeling Congotronics way to the east - with an aura of restrained mania reminiscent of the feral pomp and gallows humor of Coil's "moon-musick" phase - all earthed by dub-wise bass. The pairing with Ernesto Tomasini - the cult singer, performer and artist whose history spans experimental theatre, cabaret and collaborations with Othon, Marc Almond, Sleazy, Julia Kent and David Tibet among many others - is a match made in heaven. With his four-octave voice swooping from deep growl to piercing falsetto, Tomasini's presence both heightens the taste for the theatrical that's always been integral to Shackleton's music, and makes explicit the latter's kinship to the occult energies of the UK's post-industrial underground. As the record's title suggests, these are shadowy songs rich with allusions to bodily ritual and psychic exploration, with Tomasini's lyrics framed by luminous whirls of hand-struck drums and synthetic gamelan, bells and tumbling organ melodies. "You Are The One" escalates from delicate choral chant to full-bore psychedelic organ freak-out. "Rinse Out All Contaminants" is a slow incantation, to purge all negative thoughts. The melodies of "Father You Have Left Me" are smudged like early Steve Reich, then burned out by snarling subs; and the magnificent "Twelve Shared Addictions" balances elliptical melodies like spinning plates, gradually unfurling into a break-neck storm of voice and hammered keys. A remarkable collaboration that hints towards new emerging futures for Shackleton, a pioneer in electronic sound and rhythm.
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
HOS 463EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: HOS 463EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CLAY RENDERING We Are Aware 12"
Clay Rendering, the tortured pop project of former Wolf Eyes member Mike Connelly and his wife Tara, pledge three diverse but unmistakably gothic sacrifices soused in the spirits of black metal, cold-wave pop and shoegaze. With Dominick Fernow as producer and effectively acting in a third band member role, they triangulate a sound that's nostalgic for the gothic undertones of '80s and '90s darkness. "We Are Aware" is hearse-cruising cold-wave pop rocket pointing towards the BM toil and shoegaze anguish in "Never Pass Away". "Towards Motionless" is an instrumental cocktail of ice cold, sounding like Badalamenti meets ambient Plastikman.
HOZAC RECORDS
HZR 177CD
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: HZR 177CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PRIX Historix CD
"Every time I close my eyes I fear this is just a sick dream, that there could really be such an incredible mid 70s power pop masterpiece like the Prix Historix album, and that it's really found it's home on HoZac Archival, but yes it's really happening. What very well might be the most overlooked and unusually obscure offshoot of the Big Star family tree, Prix started off after Tommy Hoehn and Jon Tiven had done time in the last version of Big Star, with Hoehn contributing to the final Sister Lovers/3rd LP, and Tiven filling out the last live version of the band on their 1974 tour. The pair found themselves in 1975 looking for a new project as Tommy had sent in demos to Tiven, as well as having been called up to perform backup work on Tiven's production with Chilton's 1975 Bach's Bottom LP. Hoehn would sing backup on the Chilton songs on the Chilton recordings and vice-versa on the Prix recordings as they cross-pollenated a batch of songs that are best represented here on Historix than anywhere else. Chris Bell was roped in for production as well as guitar & backup vocals and with Rick Clark added in on bass, they headed into the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis to cut the recordings contained on this LP. Soon enough, this studio group made up an incredible collection of songs that would fluidly fade across projects, from all parties involved, very quickly in this especially creative mid 70s period, resulting in some of the most powerful rock'n roll of the 1970s, and that's really saying something. 'Sadly, Prix suffered the same bad luck as Big Star a few years prior, and only mustered two 7 inches releases in 1977 (ORK Records) and 1978 (Miracle Records) before wit's end was reached, and the rest of the truly jaw-dropping cuts on this album were hidden away on a CD-Only Japanese release in 2002 that didn't get much exposure outside of the Far East, until now. Thanks to the ORK Records Boxed set released by Numero Group last month, the world has been a bit more exposed to the previously released Prix songs, and if you like what you've heard so far, the other 3/4ths of the material contained here is going to really clean your clock. Included as well are three alternate version bonus tracks not included on the original CD release, and most of these tracks making their first appearance on vinyl here makes this LP a mandatory brick in your Memphis pop collection, and another essential piece in the Big Star family tree that's been unavailable for far too long.' -- VictimofTime.com"
HZR 177LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: HZR 177LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PRIX Historix LP
LP version. "Every time I close my eyes I fear this is just a sick dream, that there could really be such an incredible mid 70s power pop masterpiece like the Prix Historix album, and that it's really found it's home on HoZac Archival, but yes it's really happening. What very well might be the most overlooked and unusually obscure offshoot of the Big Star family tree, Prix started off after Tommy Hoehn and Jon Tiven had done time in the last version of Big Star, with Hoehn contributing to the final Sister Lovers/3rd LP, and Tiven filling out the last live version of the band on their 1974 tour. The pair found themselves in 1975 looking for a new project as Tommy had sent in demos to Tiven, as well as having been called up to perform backup work on Tiven's production with Chilton's 1975 Bach's Bottom LP. Hoehn would sing backup on the Chilton songs on the Chilton recordings and vice-versa on the Prix recordings as they cross-pollenated a batch of songs that are best represented here on Historix than anywhere else. Chris Bell was roped in for production as well as guitar & backup vocals and with Rick Clark added in on bass, they headed into the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis to cut the recordings contained on this LP. Soon enough, this studio group made up an incredible collection of songs that would fluidly fade across projects, from all parties involved, very quickly in this especially creative mid 70s period, resulting in some of the most powerful rock'n roll of the 1970s, and that's really saying something. 'Sadly, Prix suffered the same bad luck as Big Star a few years prior, and only mustered two 7 inches releases in 1977 (ORK Records) and 1978 (Miracle Records) before wit's end was reached, and the rest of the truly jaw-dropping cuts on this album were hidden away on a CD-Only Japanese release in 2002 that didn't get much exposure outside of the Far East, until now. Thanks to the ORK Records Boxed set released by Numero Group last month, the world has been a bit more exposed to the previously released Prix songs, and if you like what you've heard so far, the other 3/4ths of the material contained here is going to really clean your clock. Included as well are three alternate version bonus tracks not included on the original CD release, and most of these tracks making their first appearance on vinyl here makes this LP a mandatory brick in your Memphis pop collection, and another essential piece in the Big Star family tree that's been unavailable for far too long.' -- VictimofTime.com"
HZR 178EP
PRICE: $7.50
CAT #: HZR 178EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MADE IN JAPAN Instant Hit 7"
"By now you probably know that we're pretty big B-movie fans here at HoZac, and any time there's ever a band performing in one of these films, it never fails to send those jolts of curiosity, as was pretty much the case with the classic 1980 horror film, New Year's Evil. After we got the Archival leg of our operation underway, it was prime time to dig in and try and see if these near-mythical bands had any unreleased material, and sure enough, Made In Japan bit on the line and after a few email exchanges, we had a grip of unreleased 1979 material from one of Los Angeles' unsigned bands of the first wave of punk on our hands. The Made in Japan story starts a little earlier than their appearance in the film though, as original bassist Bobby Asea was in Cyclops, the band that opened for The Damned on their first US tour in LA in 1977, Dave Codling (aka Maha Dev) was originally from the early 70s UK psych rock band Quintessence, and Barry Paul from Savoy Brown, as well as Heavy Metal Kids, so they truly had quite the offbeat pedigree. In late 70s LA, punk and new wave were inescapable so the melting pot runneth over with all types of rock'n roll remnants scattering about to form bands, and Made In Japan fit the mold quite well, despite sadly never acquiring a record deal at the time. 'Taking cues from UK power pop band such as Buzzcocks & Nick Lowe, as well as LA locals Paul Collins Beat & the Plimsouls, Made in Japan carved out a little spot of their own, despite fleeting stardom, and luckily managed to record an armload of original songs before disbanding, to which we've got two immediate classics for you on this archival 7 inch, so dig in and even if you 'don't want no sensitive shit' you need these 'Instant Hits' right between your ears, never before released in any form, first time on vinyl, where they belong.' - VictimofTime.com"
HZR 179EP
PRICE: $7.50
CAT #: HZR 179EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KILLER KANE BAND Mr. Cool 7"
"Another lost classic and missing link between the glam rock and punk era, Killer Kane Band formed its embryonic state during the New York Dolls ill-fated 1975 tour in Florida when Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan split and headed back to NYC, leaving the band in a desperate grasp for fill-in members, resulting in bass played Arthur Kane's call up to his old friend Blackie Goozeman, from his days growing up in the Bronx, to fill Thunders' spot on the remaining dates. The two decided to head to Los Angeles after the tour, as the Dolls days were numbered at that point, so they enlisted guitarist Andy Jay from the Motor City Bad Boys and drummer Jimi Image, and set out to conquer the LA club scene with their gritty Alice Cooper-styled proto-punk sound. Rubbing elbows with such netherworld luminaries as the Berlin Brats, Hollywood Stars and Ron Asheton's New Order, Killer Kane Band didn't last long, but made a lasting impact, launching the career of future W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless (Goozeman) in the process, as well as laying down a scorching three-track EP recorded in 1976 which we lay before you here."
HZR 182LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: HZR 182LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
REP & THE QUOTAS, MIKE Hellbender 1975-78 LP
"Central Ohio is far more of a schizophrenic hotbed of rock than the Library of Alexandria would lead you to believe. If you squint your eyes past the big city lights & skyscrapers (Rep likes to call them 'DIEscrapers'), you can see the outlines of the fertile Ohio Valley Crescent from which much Midwest D.I.Y. Punk emerged in the aftermath of a late-60's/early-70's gestation period. When digging into the Columbus strata of petrified 70's fossil-rock pure Columbus area underground entities bubble up from the deep: Jim Shepard, Ron House, Tommy Jay, Nudge Squidfish, The Quotas, Screaming Urge... many more. It seems that in some way or another Mike Rep has been intertwined with, 'Lovingly Fucking With', melding with, accompanying and/or leading the charge with many comrades in arms into the hipster Ohio Hell unknown for 40+ freaking years. Describing the allure of the mid-70s Ohio sound to the uninitiated isn't too difficult. Take the freaked-out post-13th Floor Elevators to Velvet Underground to Stooges to RFTT/Pere Ubu barbed wire bop and compound those influences with the dawn of home recording equipment access, a D.I.Y scene began to evolve. Just the right mixture of humidity, THC & malt liquor-fueled a primal pool ripe for spontaneous generation producing much fruit from apparent sterile soil as viewed from the overlook of big city coastal-dominated Hipsterism. Rep's homemade debut single 'Rocket To Nowhere' was recorded in 1975/'released' in 1978 and nobody noticed for the next ten years. Add to that the incredible Grim-O-Comix Sequence LP packed with angst ridden 1974 basement recordings (you need to drop everything and track it down if you haven't heard this unblinkingly look into the maw of the 70's loser teen maelstrom). HERE & NOW, on Hellbender you get a full primal serving of mostly previously unheard chaos, recorded between '75 and '78, that will no doubt cause future generations to marvel at just how one could be so brutally honest, raw, and wasted yet, live to chronicle it all. Hozac Archival is bringing these sounds to you now. Why? Because it IS the kind of mind-numbing, eyeball-popping guttural pure D.I.Y. rock & roll that saved so many miserable souls from succumbing to the 'American Dream' sham, and continue to inspire the D.I.Y. spirit in all who care to dare. Mike Rep & The Quotas / Hellbender- Very rare, mostly previously unheard recordings from 1975-78, very recently gleaned straight from the long thought lost original reel-to-reel master tapes."
HZR 183EP
PRICE: $7.50
CAT #: HZR 183EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CHARLIE 'UNGRY Who Is My Killer? 7"
"UK punk in the late 1970s was a vast and impossibly diverse sea of groper, mopers and dopers, all desperate to clamp down on the raw nerves of a new generation full of anger and distrust, and when you look deep into the well, there's so many incredible overlooked gems, most of which don't quite fit the mold of what was to be soon homogenized for the public. Apart from the higher end of the UK punk food chain, there were countless imitators instantly, all unanimously clamouring for the attention of the new wave, and one little self-released 7 inch EP from a group hell-bent on shaking up the emerging genre confines known as Charlie 'Ungry, was among that vast output. Band founders Jeff Gibbs and Tony Sando had done time previously in Yellow Bird, a glam rock band that released one sole single in 1974 and then fragmented upon its immediate dismissal by the rock press, but they had more ideas to flesh out and by the time 1976 rolled around they had assembled the new group with Andy Demetriou and Steve Protheroe, named after a fictitious scapegoat Jeff's father always blamed any misdoings on, and this Charlie 'Ungry was born. Leveling off their enthusiasm for a wider variety of sounds than most of their contemporaries, the band grasped a serious metallic sound right out of the gate, as their signature song 'Who Is My Killer?' rips through the speakers in a NWOBHM style that's undeniable. However, their glammy Slade-like rhythms and break-neck speed signaled a very punkish angle, reflecting the energy and nihilism of the exploding punk phenomenon, and their unique interplay between song styles, even mid-song as in 'Who Is My Killer?' had an incredible effect, yet it was sadly underexposed. In retrospect, most truly innovative bands trying something new have had a cold response in general, par for the course in the case of Charlie 'Ungry as well, with their incredible fusion of British metal guitar, pulse-pounding glam vocals, and white-knuckle punk rock delivery. Most simpletons just couldn't get their heads wrapped around it."
HZR 184EP
PRICE: $6.00
CAT #: HZR 184EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JEANIES, THE Amilee/Bad Side 7"
"We are proud to present yet another incredible pop band that seems to have eluded the masses but is a strong contender for the crown of that genre without even being challenged. The Jeanies are a NYC anomaly, yet even with such good company such as Games and 1-800 Band they are still very much under the radar for most pop fans, so it's with great pleasure to welcome this bunch of young upstarts into the fold, as once their sound soaks in, you won't be pulling yourself out of its clenches any time soon. As a band that could easily confuse you upon first listen as to its year of origin, The Jeanies burst out last year with a self-titled LP & tape release that took most folks by surprise, an unrestrained, powerful and familiar tone stretched perfectly across a collection of songs that were instantly addictive, incredibly intricate, and possessed devastatingly perfect details, linking these songs to the echoes of the past they encapsulate so well. As a band with little connection to the veteran cognoscenti of the underground pop consortium, The Jeanies are a refreshing blast of pop purity, combining the greatest nuances of the old wave into a rock-solid foundation of what's next."
HZR 185EP
PRICE: $6.00
CAT #: HZR 185EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SOFT CANDY Bixarre Luv Pyramids/Song For Ellie Mae 7"
"A truly sophisticated pop band that knows its way around the Byrds/Beatles/Zombies/Love territory quite well, Soft Candy recently came out of dormancy after being out of commission for a couple years when one of the original band members left town. The band reconfigured and bounced back and just in time for a debut single rich with flourishes that eerily echo those riveting Fading Yellow vibes and hazy UK dream pop that always delivered on such labels at Parlophone, Hansa, Deram, and Harvest, of course. Their command of their instruments is impeccable, their bizarre stage presence always provocative, and this double A-side of impenetrable songs are just too torturous for you to pass up. Angelic baroque pop entranced with hypnotic rhythms, delivered with genuine style, there really just isn't much on this level."
HZR 186LP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: HZR 186LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LEATHER TOWEL IV LP
"Leather Towel came together in 2011 at Wooly Bully, the best record/comix store in Melbourne at the time. It was where Johnny Fitness (guitar, sandwiches) employed The Wuss (bass, barista), Per Person (drums) would take his family on weekends and The Lover (vocals, guitar), would crash on visits up from Geelong. The members of Leather Towel variously played and still play in Nun, Ooga Boogas, Ausmuteants, Exhaustion, Woollen Kits, Knife Fight and Hierophants. A veritable cavalcade of Weird Punk talent who got together to play hardcore but ended up as a clanging mess of a band travelling six ways at once, stumbling headlong in perfect cohesion at 200kmh. IV is their debut album, twelve songs of white-hot punk scorch that plays out in eighteen minutes. Songs about the cinema, love, fast food and Yoko's righteous takedown. The most outrageously (fake) punk band any of these jokers have played in and the most bonkers record you will hear all year."
IDEOLOGIC ORGAN (FRANCE)
SOMA 023LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SOMA 023LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LEIGH, HEATHER I Abused Animal LP
2016 repress. I Abused Animal is Heather Leigh's first solo album for Ideologic Organ, following solo albums on Kendra Steiner Editions, Golden Lab Records, Not Not Fun, Fag Tapes, Wish Image, Volcanic Tongue's label, and more. Renowned as a fearless free improviser, Leigh showcases her songwriting prowess on I Abused Animal, foregrounding her stunning voice and her innovations for the pedal steel guitar. Warmly recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, the album transports the power of her captivating live performances to a studio setting, capturing her tactile playing in full clarity while making devastating use of volume and space. Leigh explores themes of abuse, sexual instinct, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, cruelty, and projection. I Abused Animal is a personal, idiosyncratic, and deeply psychedelic work, ranging from almost Kousokuya-scale black blues through the kind of ethereal electro-ritual of Solstice-era Coil. At times the intimacy of the recordings makes you feel like she's singing directly into your ear, playing just for you. Leigh has performed and released music since the 1990s as a solo artist and with a wide range of uncompromising collaborators including Peter Brötzmann and Jandek, and has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh's steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions while juggling walls of bleeding amp-tone with choral-vocal-constructs and wrenching single-note ascensions. She's played, performed, and released music with Ash Castles on the Ghost Coast, Charalambides, Scorces (a duo with Christina Carter), Dream/Aktion Unit (a group with Thurston Moore, Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, and Matt Heyner), Taurpis Tula, Jailbreak (a duo with Corsano), Termas (a duo with Lynda), Annihilating Light (a duo with Stefan Jaworzyn), Richard Youngs, Blood Stereo, MV & EE, Robbie Yeats of The Dead C, John Olson of Wolf Eyes, Smegma, Jutta Koether, Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Bär, and many others. I Abused Animal was composed and performed by Heather Leigh. Recorded and engineered by Joe Gubay in Surrey, October 2014. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin, July 2015. Photographs by David Keenan. Spiritual adviser: Dean Roberts. Ideologic Organ curation and art direction by Stephen O'Malley; manufactured and distributed by Editions Mego.
JACKPOT RECORDS
JPR 82803LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: JPR 82803LP
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WIPERS Over The Edge LP
2016 repress. "The bleak, hard-driven third LP by the Wipers (originally released in 1983) offers Greg Sage at his most chased and breathless, lashing out with sharp staccato notes as if melody were his only defense. While their debut LP provided the blueprint for grunge, and their second album recast the band as one of America's premier postpunk bands, it's Over The Edge that best exemplifies the Wipers' sound. The jagged, effortless guitar lines, the paranoid lyrics and raw-throated vocals and the taut, unified rhythms that define their sound bleed together most clearly on this LP, and it stands as both the best entry point for new fans and the most prevalent favorite of diehards. Since Jackpot Records began our Wipers vinyl reissues in 2006, we've been inundated with requests for a reissue of Over The Edge. After two years of labor, including an immaculate remaster from the original tapes by Greg Sage, we are proud to present Over The Edge, pressed on audiophile grade vinyl and packaged in a deluxe, tip-on sleeve."
JAZZLAND RECORDINGS (NORWAY)
JL 0134212CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 0134212CD
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EBERSON GROUP, JON Dreams That Went Astray CD
2001 release. Jon Eberson Group presents Dreams That Went Astray. A bit of retro-funk blended with modern beats and soundscapes. Eberson is great, bringing back a lot of memories with his special guitar sound. Personnel: Jon Eberson - guitars; Bugge Wesseltoft - keys, synth bass; Tom Erik Antonsen - bass; Pål Thowsen - drums; Pål Strangefruit - vinyl; Beate (from Beady Belle) - vocals.
JL 0135092CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 0135092CD
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BEADY BELLE Home CD
2004 repress; originally released in 2001. The Beady Belle debut, coming out of the left-of-field music underground of Norway. A major shot in the "Nu Jazz" wars. Beady Belle is one of the freshest new sounds to come out of the left-of-field music underground of Norway. A collaboration between singer Beate Lech and bassist Marius Reksjø, Beady Belle's debut album Home is a sensuous mosaic of sound that draws on the vast libraries of jazz, pop, techno and ambient to reveal the essence of Beate's stunning live performances yet to manages to combine it with the deliberate strategies of her creative musicianship.
JL 0135342CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 0135342CD
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WESSELTOFT, BUGGE Moving CD
2001 release. For many, Moving stands as the ultimate New Conception of Jazz album (JL 5372512CD) - if you don't own it, you're missing out. Moving is a perfect document of Wesseltoft Bugge's new world order of jazz, ripping up the standards, and effortlessly taking the listener on a daring musical journey where melody and groove, soundscape and soul all come together, crossing over where others have tried, but failed. Be there, one foot on the dance floor - the other in the stratosphere. Moving was performed by the band live in the studio after two years of touring across Europe. It's based on the natural empathy that has developed in the band, tapping into the intuitive and leaving the limitations of rationality far behind in an ever changing mosaic of musical colors. "All the music is of the moment," explains Wesseltoft. "Maybe that's why it has that edge, music that is developed on the spot. 'Change' and 'Yellow is the Colour' have simple melodic forms, while 'Gare du Nord', 'Lone', 'Moving' and 'Heim' are just moods we created on the spot. All of us together in the same room, playing live, gave us that communication we have on stage and so we could develop and improvise forms on the spot. Jazz music, if you ask me!" Personnel: Bugge Wesseltoft - Fender Rhodes, grand piano, programming, voice & samples; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - acoustic & electronic bass; Anders Engen - drums; Jonas Lönnå - programming & vinyl effects; Paolo Vinaccia - percussion; Marius Reksjø - acoustic bass; Håkon Kornstad - tenor sax.
JL 0147242CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 0147242CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KORNSTAD TRIO Space Available CD
2001 release. Space Available is the first album of one of Norway's most critically acclaimed jazz groups, the Kornstad Trio. Over the past few years, a new generation of musicians has entered the Norwegian jazz scene that for so many years meant Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Arild Andersen and Karin Krog, but few others to the international jazz audience. Mainly thanks to the Special Jazz Studies at the Music Conservatory in the city of Trondheim, a steady flow of well-developed new talent has enrichened the Norwegian jazz scene during the nineties, and three of its most exciting and creative players have joined forces in the Kornstad Trio, a fearlessly improvising little powerhouse with an amazing degree of interplay that is rapidly gaining international recognition. Personnel: Håkon Kornstad - saxophones; Mats Eilertsen - bass; Paal Nilssen-Love - drums.
JL 1734982CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 1734982CD
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KORNSTAD, HAKON Single Engine CD
2007 release. After ten years of strengthening technique, discovering nuances, and playfully exploring the sonic possibilities of the sax, Håkon Kornstad finally has released his own solo effort in Single Engine. "I think in the past I really wanted to try every imaginable style, every form of music," Kornstad says about the recording, "And I did. With this album, I feel for the first time that everything has come together and allowed me a greater range of expression than what I had previously, in that I'm not bound to any one style, but have gone beyond that and now am forging into another - one that's entirely my own." In the ten tracks on the album we are taken from myriad of sounds - from the sax, to the home-made flutonette, to electronics - which shows the driving force of Single Engine gaining momentum, clearly tied together with an impeccable artistry and Kornstad's willingness to explore. After a decade of collaborations and as sideman, he comes fully into his own and invites you to hear what he's discovered. With the culmination of his past, Kornstad is now firmly placed in the future, and Single Engine is certainly the driving, propelling force that will at last gain him the recognition for his own individual vision. Personnel: Håkon Kornstad - tenor and bass saxophones, flute, home-made flutonette & melodica; Bugge Wesseltoft - Hammond B3; Knut Reiersrud - acoustic guitar, lap steel; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - double bass.
JL 3779015CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 3779015CD
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TORTUSA I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages CD
John Derek Bishop, aka Tortusa, creates extraordinary sound collages featuring the unique musical sonics of Eivind Aarset on I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages. Tortusa is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and composer who fuses and transforms organic sounds and rhythms with both digital and analog manipulation and sound design. He draws inspiration from classical and jazz music, as well as contemporary electronic music. Utilizing samples from Eivind Aarset´s catalog on Jazzland Recordings, Tortusa creates a new set of compositions and soundscapes, melodic, wistful, dreamlike, meditative, unsettling, evocative, stirring, contemplative and personal. For the compositional process, Bishop employed both hardware equipment and software including retro tape recorders, modular synthesizers, samplers and a diverse array of other tools. The result is a sound that can be crystalline and grainy, razor-edged and misty, endlessly fascinating and expanding. The album is inspired by the atmospheres of Norwegian nature, and the inspiration is directly incorporated - Tortusa composed the album in a cabin near Egersund and his field recordings from the surrounding forests and coastline are an integral part of the record's soundscape. Eivind Aarset has been one of Tortusa's main influences in developing a unique sound and in musical composition. For Tortusa, it is a dream come true to make this record utilizing the sounds he has been inspired by, in addition to receiving creative input on the project from Aarset. Bishop has previously created collage compositions of Bodhild Vossgård of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, indie rock artist Sebastian Waldejer, jazz trio Moskus and more. Bishop is inspired by artists such as Brian Eno, Biosphere, Oneohtrix Point Never, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Jon Hopkins. Bishop's own photography is featured on the cover and the included booklet.
JL 3779142CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 3779142CD
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MOKSHA The Beauty Of An Arbitrary Moment CD
Jazzland Recordings are proud to present Moksha's beautiful debut album, The Beauty Of An Arbitrary Moment which combines jazz, Nordic cool and Indian fire. This trio, featuring guitarist Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir, percussionist and vocalist Sanskriti Shrestha, and percussionist Tore Flatjord, produces a distinctly unique blend of jazz, Indian Raga, atmospheric improvisation, complex rhythms, textured expressionism, and spacious sonic architecture. Jonsdottir's guitar, whether electric or acoustic, fluidly digs, climbs, weaves, strikes, hums, and sparkles throughout, whether dancing across jazz chordal improvisation or rapidly chasing down what can only be described as Nordic gamaka runs. The layers of percussion provided by Shrestha and Flatjord drive the music forward, upward or quietly create changing dimensions and shifting soundscapes. Shrestha's vocal contributions range from sung melody to vocal percussion, adding unexpected coloring and textural transitions to these evocative compositions. The music is meditative and contemplative, each track making a journey that is emotional, intellectual, and spiritual in equal measure. It rarely sits still, yet feels elegantly unified. There is strength, fragility, drama, tension, serenity, and even agitation to be found amid structures that move seamlessly between the gently undulating and the angular. This is a confident and inspired debut. Jonsdottir and Shrestha's credentials are exemplary, and these have recently been augmented by their inclusion in Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz (JL 5372512CD, 2016) Flatjord has worked on many diverse projects, including Dr Kay, Kjetil Jerve Trio and Mongrel.
JL 4719919CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 4719919CD
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MOPTI Bits & Pieces CD
2015 release. Jazzland Recordings presents, Bits & Pieces, the second album from Mopti, and this time the group are taking things to a whole new level. Bendik Baksaas, turntablist and laptop musician, demonstrated through remixes of Mopti's album Logic (2013) that a collaboration might just be a great idea. In the summer of 2014, Mopti & Bendik Baksaas became a living reality at the Molde Jazz Festival. With Baksaas fully integrated into the band, they continued to explore the limitless possibilities the new combo had to offer, gradually mapping out a whole new world of their own. Bits & Pieces is an avant-garde album where the band have begun by challenging themselves, first and foremost, in the combination of contemporary jazz and experimental hip-hop, and this challenge is passed on to the listener in equal measure, a whole world of groove, mayhem, freedom, funk, soul, jazz, blinding lights and light-swallowing shadows to explore. There are moments of fanciful whimsy here, but also moments that feel downright dangerous. It's almost an album worth putting on safety gear before listening to! Personnel: Harald Lassen - saxophone, vocals; Kristoffer Eikrem - trumpet; David Aleksander Sjølie - guitar, vocals; Christian Meaas Svendsen - bass; Andreas Wildhagen - drums; Bendik Baksaas - DJ.
JL 4721282LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JL 4721282LP
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MOPTI Bits & Pieces LP
LP version. 2015 release. Jazzland Recordings presents, Bits & Pieces, the second album from Mopti, and this time the group are taking things to a whole new level. Bendik Baksaas, turntablist and laptop musician, demonstrated through remixes of Mopti's album Logic (2013) that a collaboration might just be a great idea. In the summer of 2014, Mopti & Bendik Baksaas became a living reality at the Molde Jazz Festival. With Baksaas fully integrated into the band, they continued to explore the limitless possibilities the new combo had to offer, gradually mapping out a whole new world of their own. Bits & Pieces is an avant-garde album where the band have begun by challenging themselves, first and foremost, in the combination of contemporary jazz and experimental hip-hop, and this challenge is passed on to the listener in equal measure, a whole world of groove, mayhem, freedom, funk, soul, jazz, blinding lights and light-swallowing shadows to explore. There are moments of fanciful whimsy here, but also moments that feel downright dangerous. It's almost an album worth putting on safety gear before listening to! Personnel: Harald Lassen - saxophone, vocals; Kristoffer Eikrem - trumpet; David Aleksander Sjølie - guitar, vocals; Christian Meaas Svendsen - bass; Andreas Wildhagen - drums; Bendik Baksaas - DJ.
JL 4730724CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 4730724CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
AARSET, EIVIND I.E. CD
2015 release. Eivind Aarset is a musician who has succeeded in the difficult task of creating an immediately identifiable sound and marrying it to a will to investigate as many musical possibilities as he can find or imagine. I.E. is his arguably most accomplished album embodying these traits. The nine tracks that comprise the album are often diptychs or triptychs, structured with clear movements, shifting in tone, color and mood. Aarset's sound-world has always been one that could be mapped by those willing to explore it. Where Dream Logic (2012) was something of an unexpected side-step out of the kind of sound Aarset fans had grown accustomed to, this album is equally so, yet - as usual - feels organically connected to everything he has done. All the nuances, textures, gestures and signs that appeared on the aforementioned Dream Logic remain intact here, but now nestle amid beds of the "traditional" Aarset band sound. This fusion creates a completely new set of surprises, not only in terms of their juxtaposition, but also in terms of their sheer audacity. The album's recording methods and locations have been varied in numerous ways, but the majority of the album was recorded live in the studio with the basic quartet: Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien, Wetle Holt, Erland Dahlen. The effect upon the sound is energizing, allowing a rawness to remain untouched. Of particular note are Audun Erlien's keyboard work (something for which he rarely receives enough credit, overshadowed as it is by his marvelous double-jointed grooving bass work), Wetle Holt, and Erland Dahlen's menagerie of struck instruments, particularly the dulcimers and glockenspiels that create many highlight moments here. The appearance of the full brass section, the sampling genius of Jan Bang, and the vocal stylings, hyper-elastic acrobatics and pyrotechnics of Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, also enrich the sound deeply, creating an utterly new dimension for Aarset's sound. Aarset's guitar remains the dominant force throughout, but never overpowers the music as a whole. His endless skill in finding the right notes to play, whether in a sparse ambient environment or a chaotic crescendo of polyphonic revelry, is a marvel to behold. I.E. marks yet another move upward in Aarset's ascent towards the summit of his powers.
JL 4730726LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: JL 4730726LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
AARSET, EIVIND I.E. 2LP
Double LP version. 2015 release. Eivind Aarset is a musician who has succeeded in the difficult task of creating an immediately identifiable sound and marrying it to a will to investigate as many musical possibilities as he can find or imagine. I.E. is his arguably most accomplished album embodying these traits. The nine tracks that comprise the album are often diptychs or triptychs, structured with clear movements, shifting in tone, color and mood. Aarset's sound-world has always been one that could be mapped by those willing to explore it. Where Dream Logic (2012) was something of an unexpected side-step out of the kind of sound Aarset fans had grown accustomed to, this album is equally so, yet - as usual - feels organically connected to everything he has done. All the nuances, textures, gestures and signs that appeared on the aforementioned Dream Logic remain intact here, but now nestle amid beds of the "traditional" Aarset band sound. This fusion creates a completely new set of surprises, not only in terms of their juxtaposition, but also in terms of their sheer audacity. The album's recording methods and locations have been varied in numerous ways, but the majority of the album was recorded live in the studio with the basic quartet: Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien, Wetle Holt, Erland Dahlen. The effect upon the sound is energizing, allowing a rawness to remain untouched. Of particular note are Audun Erlien's keyboard work (something for which he rarely receives enough credit, overshadowed as it is by his marvelous double-jointed grooving bass work), Wetle Holt, and Erland Dahlen's menagerie of struck instruments, particularly the dulcimers and glockenspiels that create many highlight moments here. The appearance of the full brass section, the sampling genius of Jan Bang, and the vocal stylings, hyper-elastic acrobatics and pyrotechnics of Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, also enrich the sound deeply, creating an utterly new dimension for Aarset's sound. Aarset's guitar remains the dominant force throughout, but never overpowers the music as a whole. His endless skill in finding the right notes to play, whether in a sparse ambient environment or a chaotic crescendo of polyphonic revelry, is a marvel to behold. I.E. marks yet another move upward in Aarset's ascent towards the summit of his powers.
JL 4730728CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 4730728CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BANSAL TRIO Chandra CD
2015 release. Jazzland Recordings is proud to present a perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, both eastern and western. Bansal Trio, led by Harpreet Bansal (violin) and featuring Vojt?ch Procházka (piano) and Andreas Bratlie (percussion) present Chandra. Bansal herself has had an outstanding career to date, working with many outstanding performers in both eastern (Ustad Sharif Khan, Tariq Khan and Sukhvinder Singh Namdari) and western (Unni Løvlid, Poing, The Source, Per Oddvar Johansen and Nils Olav Johansen) musical traditions. Her expressive, technically elegant style joyfully traverses boundaries of genre and historical tradition with graceful ease. Vojt?ch Procházka also has a fine pedigree as one of the foremost young Czech pianists, and a CV that includes Ivar Grydeland, Per Oddvar Johansen, Kari Rønnekleiv and Espen Reinertsen. Andreas Bratlie is a drummer and percussionist who has quietly forged his career, and has worked with many artists, notably Andreas Ljones, Bertine Zetlitz, Mira Craig and Noora Noor. On this recording, he also brings elements of voice alongside his superb table and percussion work. The music exposes varied moods of light and shade, serenity through to agitation, and a degree of hinted spirituality amid urban humdrum automatism. The extended piece, "Bhairavi", is a traditional piece arranged and interpreted by the group, stands as a monolithic center piece, both in scale and variation, while the rest of the album features various meditations upon traditional pieces, as well as three original compositions.
JL 4748261CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 4748261CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
TORG Kost/Elak/Gnall CD
2015 release. Torg, featuring some of the finest emerging talent on the Norwegian music scene, proudly present Kost/Elak/Gnäll. The group explores an unbridled mix of micro-modular minimalism, desynchronized repetition, fractional maximalism, melodic deconstruction, variable repetition, and semi-thematic repetition and extrapolation: their findings are moody, atmospheric, unsettling, good-humored, menacing, ominous, jovial, and above all, original. Moments of pop merge with abstract jazz, classical art music structures fleet past as snatches of repetitive motifs fade and decay to be replaced by something altogether different and indefinable. The music never sits still, restlessly venturing forwards. Led by pianist Johan Lindvall, Torg consists of some of the finest emerging talent on the Norwegian music scene, with members of the original Torg (founded in 2012) alongside members from Pests, Monkey Plot, Karokh and Ich Nin N!ntendo. The album was recorded in August 2014. Produced by Bugge Wesseltoft. Mixed and mastered by Ulf Holand.
JL 4757114CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: JL 4757114CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KORNSTAD, HAKON Tenor Battle CD
2015 release. "One of the world's finest saxophonists now reveals himself as an utterly unique and deeply personal singer. Rarely, if ever, has a performing artist managed to combine two vastly different musical expressions at such a sky-high level, and at the same time made the total output seem so clear and coherent." -- Ketil Bjørnstad. Dubbed by international jazz critics as poster boy for the new Norwegian jazz, Håkon Kornstad has been listed in the US jazz magazine Downbeat's "Critics Poll". He has been an inspiration for a generation young jazz musicians with his groups Kornstad Trio and Wibutee. He has performed live collaborations with both Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman, and was a central figure in Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz (JL 5372512CD). Kornstad has been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy several times, most recently for his unique solo saxophone recordings. Then, as his jazz career is skyrocketing, he decides to start singing opera. In 2009 he is in New York, and hears Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met. Six years later, he has a master's degree from the Norwegian Opera Academy. But the saxophonist is very much alive. In the '50s, the jazz saxophonists competed in playing fastest and loudest and called it a Tenor Battle. In Håkon Kornstad's new ensemble the expression takes on a rather different meaning, when he mixes his newfound tenor voice with his unique tenor saxophone playing. And the sound -- Caruso meets Coltrane? Björling meets Garbarek? On Tenor Battle, opera arias by Massenet, Gluck and Bizet, as well as classical art songs are mixed seamlessly with Scandinavian jazz. Håkon Kornstad sings in Italian, French and German, with a haunting, light Scandinavian tenor voice, bringing back memories of 78RPM era salon orchestras. And then he plays the saxophone, with his distinct warm sound. Sigbjørn Apeland's harmonium sounds like a blend between strings and wind instruments, and drummer Øyvind Skarbø plays nuanced percussion on arias that were never intended for drums. Harpsichordist Lars Henrik Johansen fits in naturally with his baroque instrument on romantic pieces, while double bassist Per Zanussi also plays the singing saw, without it ever turning circus-like. The musicians in Kornstad's ensemble have worked intensively with the freedom to improvise and arrange, be it instrumental numbers or classical arias - respectfully and playfully at the same time.
JL 4759115LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JL 4759115LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KORNSTAD, HAKON Tenor Battle LP
LP version. 2015 release. "One of the world's finest saxophonists now reveals himself as an utterly unique and deeply personal singer. Rarely, if ever, has a performing artist managed to combine two vastly different musical expressions at such a sky-high level, and at the same time made the total output seem so clear and coherent." -- Ketil Bjørnstad. Dubbed by international jazz critics as poster boy for the new Norwegian jazz, Håkon Kornstad has been listed in the US jazz magazine Downbeat's "Critics Poll". He has been an inspiration for a generation young jazz musicians with his groups Kornstad Trio and Wibutee. He has performed live collaborations with both Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman, and was a central figure in Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz (JL 5372512CD). Kornstad has been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy several times, most recently for his unique solo saxophone recordings. Then, as his jazz career is skyrocketing, he decides to start singing opera. In 2009 he is in New York, and hears Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met. Six years later, he has a master's degree from the Norwegian Opera Academy. But the saxophonist is very much alive. In the '50s, the jazz saxophonists competed in playing fastest and loudest and called it a Tenor Battle. In Håkon Kornstad's new ensemble the expression takes on a rather different meaning, when he mixes his newfound tenor voice with his unique tenor saxophone playing. And the sound -- Caruso meets Coltrane? Björling meets Garbarek? On Tenor Battle, opera arias by Massenet, Gluck and Bizet, as well as classical art songs are mixed seamlessly with Scandinavian jazz. Håkon Kornstad sings in Italian, French and German, with a haunting, light Scandinavian tenor voice, bringing back memories of 78RPM era salon orchestras. And then he plays the saxophone, with his distinct warm sound. Sigbjørn Apeland's harmonium sounds like a blend between strings and wind instruments, and drummer Øyvind Skarbø plays nuanced percussion on arias that were never intended for drums. Harpsichordist Lars Henrik Johansen fits in naturally with his baroque instrument on romantic pieces, while double bassist Per Zanussi also plays the singing saw, without it ever turning circus-like. The musicians in Kornstad's ensemble have worked intensively with the freedom to improvise and arrange, be it instrumental numbers or classical arias - respectfully and playfully at the same time.
JL 9812803LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: JL 9812803LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KORNSTAD TRIO & AXEL DORNER Live From Kongsberg 2LP
2003 release. Jazzland Recordings present Kornstad Trio & Axel Dörner's Live From Kongsberg. Kornstad Trio won Kongsberg Jazz Festival's prize in 2002 - and for the prize-winning concert the following year they invited German trumpeter Axel Dörner. Live recording from Smeltehytta, Kongsberg.
JL 9817509LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JL 9817509LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
WESSELTOFT, BUGGE Film Ing 2LP
2004 release. Film ing is a new masterpiece. Bugge Wesseltoft is back to recording after 2003's phenomenal live output, recordings and tours. Bugge is back to the roots and rudiments of his "New Conception of Jazz" project. Melancholy Nordic piano resonances, punishing synth funk, organic grooves, and guest musicianship of the highest caliber: all directed by the ever-watchful and forward-thinking Bugge.
JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)
JMAN 080LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: JMAN 080LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MCGREGOR & THE CASTLE LAGER BIG BAND, CHRIS Jazz/The African Sound LP
LP version. One of the most important African records of all time released worldwide for the first time. Chris McGregor's Jazz/The African Sound (originally released in 1963) is a lost global jazz classic, and a true holy grail for collectors of afro-jazz. A cornerstone of South Africa's illustrious jazz history, it has been out of print since before the end of apartheid. This painstakingly restored reissue is the long-delayed first chance to hear Chris McGregor's debut recording as leader. In addition to fully restored audio, the package features previously unpublished photographs by Basil Breakey and new sleeve notes by author Francis Gooding. Ten years before the Brotherhood of Breath blew the cobwebs out of British jazz, Chris McGregor had already recorded as a leader with a big band composed of South Africa's leading jazz lights. Put together in 1963, The Castle Lager Big Band was a multi-racial group, a risky endeavor in apartheid South Africa. Modernist in outlook and dedicated to showcasing South African composers, the 17-piece band featured a galaxy of South African jazz stars, including Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Kippie Moeketsi. Though the band lasted only a few weeks and played a just a handful of shows, they made it into the studio to record, and the result was Jazz/The African Sound, a unique masterpiece of afro-Ellingtonia that the band hoped would put South African jazz on the international map. But history intervened, and their jazz message to the world never arrived -- until now. Non-numbered repress.
JEANNE DIELMAN (BELGIUM)
JD 115LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JD 115LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SUN RA Blue York LP
Jeanne Dielman present Blue York, a collection featuring unreleased tracks from Sun Ra's Arkestra from 1963. Herman Poole Blount, better known to the world as Sun Ra, lived more musical lives in his 79 years on this planet (and others) than seems possible. In the '30s he was the most rigorous bandleader in Birmingham, heading the Sonny Blount Orchestra and filling every waking moment with music or philosophical discussions, by the '40s he had moved to Chicago and performed with luminaries such as Wynonie Harris, Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins. By the '50s he had changed his name to Sun Ra and began performing with longtime Arkestra bandmates John Gilmore and Marshall Allen. By the 1960s, Sun Ra's vision of spiritual free jazz was fully formed. This collection focuses heavily on the masterful tenor saxophone of John Gilmore.
K7/BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
K7 334-1EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: K7 334-1EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PORTABLE Say It's Going To Change 12"
Portable is Alan Abrahams, a South African born artist and producer. Always experimenting with rhythm and imbuing his music with a wide world of influences, Say It's Going To Change proves that once more. This 12" single sees Deetron and Bodycode (featuring Ursula Rucker) deliver remixes alongside exclusive track of "Balanese Nights".
KINGSTON SOUNDS (UK)
KSLP 036LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: KSLP 036LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ALCAPONE, DENNIS Yeah Yeah Yeah - Mash Up The Dance LP
2012 release. Kingston Sound present a compilation of Dennis Alcapone's work titled Yeah Yeah Yeah - Mash Up The Dance. Dennis Alcapone initially inspired by DJ U Roy, was soon to challenge his crown in the early part of the '70s releasing over 100 hit tunes. He could weave his vocal magic over any tune/rhythm that came his way and take it to another place. Dennis Alcapone (b. Dennis Smith, 6 August 1947, Clarendon, Jamaica) began DJing for the El Paso Hi-Fi Sound System around 1969. His first releases resulted from working with producer Keith Hudson, a succession of hits followed, "Shades Or Hudson", "Spanish Omega", "Revelation Version", "Maca Version" and "The Sky's The Limit" all hit in 1970 alone. Dennis moved camp to work with producer Duke Reid reworking some fresh ideas over classic Treasure Isle rhythms. "Number One Station," "Mosquito One," in 1971 and "Rock To The Beat", "Love Is A Gamble", "Wake Up Jamaica", "Teach The Children" and "Musical Alphabet" in 1972. Dennis moved on to work with all the top producers through this period from 1970 to 1973, producers Coxonne Dodd, Lee Perry, Sir JJ, Winston Riley, Joe Gibbs and Prince Buster all provided an outlet for his musical endeavors. Another great relationship was his work for producer Bunny Lee, again scoring some big hits including, "Guns Don't Argue" and "Ripe Cherry" the later adding a twist to Bunny's massive hit of the time "Cherry Oh Baby." Kingston Sounds look to this period in Dennis's career where there is a wealth of great music. "Go Deh" (Leroy Smart's "How Long"), "Eternal Life" (Johnny Clarke's version of Peter Tosh's "Legalise It") "Steve Austin" (The Six Million Dollar Man tale over Leroy Smart's "Pride and Ambition"), "Wise Man From The East" (Johnny Clarke's "You Have Caught Me Baby"), "It Must Come" (Delroy Wilson's "Better Must Come") "Blessed Are The Meek" (Slim Smith's "Blessed Are The Meek") to name but a few. Dennis left Jamaica in 1973 just after being awarded the Cup for "Best DJ in Jamaica" by Swing magazine. With his signature shout of "Yeah Yeah Yeah" you knew he was going to mash up the dance wherever his musical talents led him.
KINGUNDERGROUND (UK)
KU 024EP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KU 024EP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
SIMIAH Diamonds 7"
This Instrumental hip-hop 45 is an ode to the love of jazz fusion and that dusty sound with a handful of tracks recorded from 2013/2015. Both of the tracks - "Love Fusion" & "Floating" - were made over the course of three epic days locked in the studio on the MPC 2500. Cover art by J Byles / layout by Bee. Full color artwork in a sleeve with spine.
KRAAK (BELGIUM)
K 088EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: K 088EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SHETAHR Hidden Dragon 7"
Shetahr present their second vinyl release, Hidden Dragon. Each song is a potential hit combining polished anger with naive childlike rhymes. This trio is born out of the underbelly of the Bruxhells underground scene. Through their many energetic live shows, which blasted audiences away in Europe, they evolved into a tight unit writing short no wave songs based on poppy hooks. The ghost of Arto Lindsay and DNA is woven through their sound, if he would dance with the Beat Happening. Art by Shetahr. 400 copies. Mastered and cut by Fred Alstadt. Recorded & mixed by Peter Van de Veire.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 127CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: LITA 127CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FRIERSON, JOHNNIE Have You Been Good To Yourself CD
"Followers of our output might have a pang of recognition on reading the name Frierson. That was the surname of Wendy Rene, whose work was collected into the 2012 LITA anthology After Laughter Comes Tears, and indeed, Johnnie Frierson is Wendy's brother - a fellow member of her mid-'60s Stax four-piece The Drapels. But Have You Been Good To Yourself will come as a surprise to anyone expecting more of the beat-driven R&B Johnnie and his sibling produced - including that compilation's much-sampled title track. A mix of spoken word and gospel songs laid down direct to cassette, these ultra-rare home recordings draw from Johnnie's religious upbringing and his history in the music business, which was interrupted in 1970 when he was sent to fight in Vietnam. Crate digger Jameson Sweiger found Have You Been Good To Yourself and a companion album, Real Education, released under the name Khafele Ojore Ajanaku in a Memphis thrift store, but it was noticeably Frierson's work. They hadn't made it far - they would originally have been sold at corner stores and music festivals in the Memphis area, where Frierson continued to perform and host a gospel radio show, all the while working as a mechanic, laborer and teacher. The seven songs on Have You Been Good To Yourself are overtly religious; some, such as 'Out Here On Your Word,' are strident and faithful; others, like the self-questioning 'Have You Been Good To Yourself,' are more meditative. They reflect the difficult situation that Frierson was in when recording, shell-shocked from his time in the military and grieving the untimely death of his son. 'He was really trying to find his way,' remembers Frierson's daughter in Andrea Lisle's liner notes. 'And writing and making music were a way out for him.' Remastered and released professionally for the first time, the message spread by Frierson - who passed away in 2010 - remains undimmed."
LITA 127LP
PRICE: $27.00
CAT #: LITA 127LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FRIERSON, JOHNNIE Have You Been Good To Yourself LP
LP version. "Followers of our output might have a pang of recognition on reading the name Frierson. That was the surname of Wendy Rene, whose work was collected into the 2012 LITA anthology After Laughter Comes Tears, and indeed, Johnnie Frierson is Wendy's brother - a fellow member of her mid-'60s Stax four-piece The Drapels. But Have You Been Good To Yourself will come as a surprise to anyone expecting more of the beat-driven R&B Johnnie and his sibling produced - including that compilation's much-sampled title track. A mix of spoken word and gospel songs laid down direct to cassette, these ultra-rare home recordings draw from Johnnie's religious upbringing and his history in the music business, which was interrupted in 1970 when he was sent to fight in Vietnam. Crate digger Jameson Sweiger found Have You Been Good To Yourself and a companion album, Real Education, released under the name Khafele Ojore Ajanaku in a Memphis thrift store, but it was noticeably Frierson's work. They hadn't made it far - they would originally have been sold at corner stores and music festivals in the Memphis area, where Frierson continued to perform and host a gospel radio show, all the while working as a mechanic, laborer and teacher. The seven songs on Have You Been Good To Yourself are overtly religious; some, such as 'Out Here On Your Word,' are strident and faithful; others, like the self-questioning 'Have You Been Good To Yourself,' are more meditative. They reflect the difficult situation that Frierson was in when recording, shell-shocked from his time in the military and grieving the untimely death of his son. 'He was really trying to find his way,' remembers Frierson's daughter in Andrea Lisle's liner notes. 'And writing and making music were a way out for him.' Remastered and released professionally for the first time, the message spread by Frierson - who passed away in 2010 - remains undimmed."
LOVE ON THE ROCKS (GERMANY)
LOTR 010EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LOTR 010EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LAFFREY, SHARIF Pony EP 12"
Detroit enigma Sharif Laffrey makes a return to Paramida's Berlin-based Love On The Rocks imprint with Pony EP. "Pony J.A.M." is over 9 minutes of what sounds like '90s 4/4 Indian acid-house bass music - in the best way. Surprising vocals and a healthy three minute lead in. "Pony Roger" is if the pony you were riding on the A-Side was galloping through a grassy meadow - this pony heads into a dark cave. If the A-side is The NeverEnding Story then the B-side is The Dark Crystal. But with Prince instead of Bowie.
M>O>S RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
MOS 004LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: MOS 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MA SPAVENTI Isola Sommersa 2LP
Amsterdam based Italian Marco Antonio Spaventi is back with Isola Sommersa, a fine full length statement. Landing on M>O>S Recordings, it follows up after many great EPs from the label. Using hardware tools like a natural extension of his body, he cooks up rugged grooves, nostalgic moods and smoky atmospheres that cocoon the listener in a sound of its own. As well as releasing on other labels like Slow Motion, Secretsundaze, Pizzico Records and Cos_Mos, he is also an acclaimed production wizard and runs his own professional studio. Spaventi dips his toes into various waters with equal success. There are spaced out and invitingly warm grooves such as the rubbery "Tape Noodles", blissful ambient interludes like "Undisclosed" and serene synth passages filled with retro future beauty such as the closer "Titanic Moments". Cuts like "Simple Mind" prove Spaventi can conjure up genuine feelings of internal reflection as well as raw physical drum lines and "Best Regards" is a tantalizingly slow bit of cosmic house that erupts into a fluid acid track. Though Chicago and Detroit are obvious reference points, Spaventi always develops his own ideas with a refreshing vibe. Spaventi has a passion for old school house but always brings it up to date. Isola Sommersa is an album that is house at its heart, but also one that is ambitious, absorbing and widescreen in the way it is executed.
MAIS UM DISCOS (UK)
MAIS 031CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MAIS 031CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SOARES, ELZA The Woman At The End Of The World (A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo) CD
Pitchfork: 8.4 -- Best New Music. Septuagenarian Brazilian music icon Elza Soares teams up with the cream of São Paulo's avant-garde musicians for an album of apocalyptic, experimental samba sujo ("dirty samba") that tackles the burning issues of 21st century Brazil: racism, domestic violence, sex, drug addiction and global warming. The Woman at the end of the World is Elza's 34th studio album and her first to feature previously unrecorded material, exclusively composed for her. Voted "Best Album of 2015" by Rolling Stone Brazil after its domestic release, it will now be released worldwide by UK based label Mais Um Discos. Over a sprawl of distorted guitars, squalling horn, taught strings and electronic shards, samba is savaged by rock 'n' roll, free jazz, noise and other experimental music forms. A true legend of Brazilian music Elza has an incredible musical oeuvre that stretches back over seven decades mixing samba with jazz, soul, funk, hip hop and electronica, whilst her life story is a rags-to-riches-to-rags rollercoaster of triumphs and tragedies that has made her a voice for Brazil's repressed female, black, gay and working class populations. Her music career began in the late 1950s as she sung in clubs and hotels, sometimes being forced to perform off stage because of her skin color. The '60s was a career defining period with a run of classic albums for Odeon. After decades of hardships and artistic exploration, her latest muse is São Paulo's hyped samba sujo scene. Soares presents an album that walks a tightrope between post-rock and post-samba. "I knew this album would be a bold, modern sound" she says. "These songs are tense they do not allow you to relax". The album opens with "Coracão do Mar (Heart of the Sea)" with Elza reciting a poem from celebrated Brazilian modernist poet Oswald de Andrade. Title track "Mulher do fim do Mundo" uses carnival as a metaphor for the apocalypse and according to composer Romulo Froes "translates Elza's strength and indestructability". With The Woman at the End of the World, Elza forces the joy and sadness that personifies samba to confront the dirty truths of modern day São Paulo.
MARINA (GERMANY)
MA 079LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MA 079LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STARLESS Starless LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. The self-titled debut album from Starless is the lushly orchestrated brainchild of Paul McGeechan, keyboard player of Love & Money from Glasgow. It's an epic and unique album, widescreen in scope and ambition, featuring such illustrious collaborators as Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile), Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Julie Fowlis and Chris Thomson (The Bathers). McGeechan, who wrote, arranged and masterminded the project, recorded the album with the stunning Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The result is an emotional soundscape with references ranging from Ennio Morricone to The Cocteau Twins and David Sylvian. "Fuadach" provides the opening titles to this very special cinematic musical journey. It is followed by the late-night beauty of title track "Starless", sung by Paul Buchanan (Buchanan's first vocal for quite some time): "In a starless sky, one shutdown moon, here in this city, we fall in love too soon". "Whispered Reason No. 2" and "Solitude", both sung by Marie Claire Lee, recall the other-worldly beauty of Liz Fraser of The Cocteau Twins. Another great collaborator on Starless is Karen Matheson. Her beautiful voice is featured on the celestial "The Surge Of The Sea" which is sung in Gaelic. Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis provides vocals on the second Gaelic language song on the album, the ethereal "Duthaich Mhicaoidh". Chris Thomson sings the gorgeous "Misty Nights": "Sure as east meets west, she's in her summer dress, young musicians on their knees". McGeechan and Thomson were both members of legendary post-Postcard band Friends Again in the early '80s. "Within These Walls", sung by Andrew White, recalls the melancholy art-pop of early '80s Peter Gabriel. The atmospheric "Yellow Midnight" is sung by Gwen Stewart who has recorded with Sugartown. Turn the lights down low, turn up the volume and get on a trip with this very special and, yes, quite spectacular album. It's a beauty.
MIE (UK)
MIE 040LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: MIE 040LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GANGLOFF WITH THE GREAT AMERICAN DRONE ORCHESTRA, CARA & MIKE Knock on Life's Door 2LP
MIE presents Knock on Life's Door from Cara & Mike Gangloff With The Great American Drone Orchestra. "There's a particular twinkle in the great expanse of American songwriting. This has seen countless nostalgic exploitations over the years - collections of popular songs strung together under the banner of the so-called 'Great American Songbook' that have reiterated the form of many of these songs without contemplating their depths. In terms of thoughtful, emotive synthesis, few have understood it in the way that Cara and Mike Gangloff understand it on this new album. They have taken older American songs, popular songs that we've come to understand as standards, and stretched them out into the rolling hills and vast expanses that gave birth to the nation's earliest music. American history is a history of tension. A group of aristocrats saw fit to bestow a limited degree of freedom upon the underclasses. They called this democracy, co-opting a concept that terrified them in the hopes that the implications of its meaning might placate the unwashed masses. Within that sliver of freedom, incredible heights were reached. Blues. Jazz. Mountain music. And on and on. The songs on this record are recognizable. They're classics. And yet here they play out in ways the songwriters could never have predicted. Cara and Mike Gangloff have married the colloquial with the eternal. With certain songs, like 'Sentimental Journey', they lift the material out of its saccharine setting and into the troubling and sublime nation from which it springs. 'All of Me' is rendered utterly psychotic, teasing apart the song's desperate, masochistic, violent implications. The songs become essays about themselves, investigations into their own histories of terror and escape. 'Mood Indigo' becomes a haunting dirge. 'Cry Me a River' is a rhythmically jarring lightning rod of unease. The inventiveness of interpretation is spirit-raising. The cultural history of the country is one of cosmic entertainment in the face of excruciating injustice. Transcendence has always been necessary. For better or worse, the United States of America is a nation defined by expanse." -- Matt Krefting, 2016. The Great American Drone Orchestra is: Sharon Stacy, Charlie Andersen, Matt Peyton, Sonya Austin, Joe Dejarnette, Sally Anne Morgan, Isak Howell, Scott Prouty, Anne Hartman, Tatsuya Nakatani, Nathan Bowles, Michelle Dove, Reilly Stacy Blackwell, Abriel Stacy Blackwell and Willa Shea-Gangloff.
MOTE EVOLVER (UK)
MOTE 047EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MOTE 047EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series (Part 2) 12"
Luke Slater delivers another new 12" with all of the purposeful intensity and sonic clarity to be expected from his celebrated Planetary Assault Systems alias. This EP pairs both an original mix and a spirited re-working by Josh Wink. Josh Wink's reworking of "Kat" pushes beat-driven sound to disciplined extremes, but not without clearly detectable traces of humor and playfulness. The original mix begins in a more subdued fashion, but it isn't lacking at all in concentrated energy. This mix relies on geometrical sound sequences that slowly approach from a distance before they completely overtake the listener.
MULTIPLE (ITALY)
MLTPL 001LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MLTPL 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CICCOTTI, MARCO Mistica Maxima 12"
Marco Ciccotti releases his debut Mistica Maxima on Multiple, including a remix by Saffronkeira (Denovali). Using rare analog gear such as the Buchla Easel, Polygamist, Moisturizer and Eurorack modular synths, Ciccotti plunges the listener into a climax of suspension, a futuristic tribal voyage leading to nowhere. Modern primitivism. 180 gram vinyl.
MUSIQUE POUR LA DANSE (BELGIUM)
MPD 003EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MPD 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VOORN, ORLANDO Collected #2 12"
The second EP (of four) announcing the forthcoming Orlando Voorn Collected double CD that will showcase the best from the Dutch producer in his early days. This EP focuses on the early '91 rave side of Orlando Voorn, gathered on one slice of wax. Features work under his aliases Frequency and The Nighttripper. Four sure-shot thrilling techno classic and moving warehouse tracks for the most hardcore DJs.
NEOS (GERMANY)
NEOS 11422CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 11422CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
LIGETI/TRISTAN MURAIL/GEORGE BENJAMIN, GYORGY Musica Viva 22 CD/SACD
When the first concert of the series founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann slightly later designated as Musica Viva took place at Munich's Prince Regent's Theatre on October 7, 1945, it marked the birth of an important new cultural event in post-war Germany. Up to the present day, this oldest concert series for new music still brings together the world's most important artists - conductors and interpreters alike - in the field of new and the newest music, also continuing to set new standards for the interpretation of new classical music with the outstanding Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The SACD presented here is a good example of this: Ligeti's "Lontano" - a classic!; Murail's "Piano Concerto" completed in 2012 - interpreted by Pierre-Laurent; Aimard and George Benjamin's "Palimpsests" of 2002. All three works conducted by George Benjamin.
NEOS 11605CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 11605CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
WOHLHAUSER, RENE Kasamarowa CD
René Wohlhauser presents Kasamarówa, vocal chamber works performed by the Duo Simolka-Wohlhauser. René Wohlhauser is an internationally active and creative composer and interpreter. In 2013, the label NEOS began its CD series "Wohlhauser Edition". Wohlhauser (composition, piano, baritone, conductor) was born in 1954 and grew up in Brienz, Switzerland. Experiences as a rock and jazz musician, accompanist and improviser have accompanied and continue to accompany his principal activity as a composer of contemporary art music (including chamber, orchestral and stage works). He received his training at the Basel Academy of Music, studying with Robert Suter, Jacques Wildberger and Thomas Kessler, also attending composition courses with Kazimierz Serocki, Mauricio Kagel, Herbert Brün and Heinz Holliger. Duo Simolka-Wohlhauser, from Basel, specializes in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music and carries out annual tours of Switzerland and various major European cities (e.g. Basel, Bern, Zurich, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Salzburg). Its fundamental concern is to bring current vocal works from the field of contemporary music to the stage, and thus give the genre new impulses for further development.
NEOS 11630CD
PRICE: $72.00
CAT #: NEOS 11630CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
VA Darmstadt Aural Documents - Box 4 7CD BOX
NEOS presents the fourth box from the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt archives, collecting key works performed through the decades by the key ensembles that have appeared at that famous institution. Pianists include: David Arden, Kristi Becker, Pierre Boulez, Niccolò Castiglioni, Pi-Hsien Chen, Massimiliano Damerini, Anna D'Errico Andor Foldes, Werner Füsser, Erika Haase, Kaya Han, Claude Helffer, Herbert Henck, Nicolas Hodges, Martine Joste Benjamin Kobler, Aloys Kontarsky, Helmut Lachenmann, Edward Lambert, Howard Lebow, Yvonne Loriod, Andor Losonczy, Cecil Lytle, Siegfried Mauser, Marek Mietelski, Yvar Mikhashoff, Davide Moskoni, Rei Nakamura, Carlos Pellegrino, Oscar Pizzo, Peter Roggenkamp, Peter Schmalfuss, Peter Stadlen, Reto Staub, Eduard Steuermann, Ortwin Stürmer, Ermis Theodorakis, David Tudor, Ellen Ugelvik, Bernhard Wambach. Composers include: Mark Andre, Georges Aperghis, Hans Erich Apostel, Vykintas Baltakas, Mark Barden, Clarence Barlow, Bela Bartók, André Boucourechliev, Pierre Boulez, Sylvano Bussotti, Niccolò Castiglioni, Aldo Clementi, Pascale Criton, Hans Ulrich Engelmann, Franco Evangelisti, Reinhard Febel, Brian Ferneyhough, Luc Ferrari, Ernst Helmuth Flammer, Volker Heyn, Mauricio Kagel, Roland Kayn, Wilhelm Killmayer, Steffen Krebber, Christina Kubisch, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Dieter Mack, Jean-Etienne Marie, Misato Mochizuki, Enno Poppe, Olga Rayeva, Wolfgang Rihm, Daniel Rothman, James Saunders, Arnold Schönberg, Salvatore Sciarrino, Roger Sessions, Simon Steen-Andersen, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yoshifumi Tanaka, Anton Webern, Stefan Wolpe, Iannis Xenakis, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Vito Zuraj.
NEOS 51601DVD
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: NEOS 51601DVD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
LOMBARDI, DANIELE divina.com DVD
DVD is NTSC, region-free. A live recording of the 2004 world premiere of Daniele Lombardi's divina.com, a mixed media event in 36 parts for voice, ensemble, live electronics, and video. Daniele Lombardi is a composer, pianist and visual artist of international stature thanks to his extraordinary repertoire. For several years he has directed the festival Nuova Musica Italiana e Nuova Musica Internazionale in Rome. Daniele Lombardi has taught piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Thirty-four plaques containing fragments of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy are dotted around the historical center of Florence. They were placed there at the beginning of the 1900s and were intended as a reminder of those people and places that had left their mark on the city and its history: a few lines from the boundless ocean of the poem floating adrift. Divina.com was written as a mixed media piece to be sung by David Moss and comprises ensemble, live electronics and video. It was premiered on July 5th, 2004 in front of Michelangelo's David at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia. The current audio edition is the live recording of that event. Divina.com comprises thirty-six episodes, one for each epigraph and a further two, which refer to Michelangelo, who had written some of Dante's verses next to the sketches in two of his drawings. The various excerpts are in syntactical order linked to the unfolding of the composition. David Moss - voice; Ensemble Novecento e oltre; Antonio Ballista - conductor.
NO. (GERMANY)
NOINC 002CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: NOINC 002CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA No. II CD
No., founded by Atom TM and Material Object in 2014, celebrate their second birthday in style with No. II. No. II is a collage, a readymade, an assemblage, a synthesis, in short: a spectrum (or "mix") of elements refracted through the prism of the label's output between May 1st, 2015 to May 1st, 2016. Over the 79 minutes, the "mix" traverses a wild landscape of material. A dose here from the lysergic adventures in the concrete jungle of No. Inc.'s G@ng5ta (NO 911CD), a stroll there over the bubbly terrain of Material Object + Ishq's Invisible Light (NO 910CD), the air punctuated by the haunted soundscapes of former member of Severed Heads, Garry Bradbury with Yakovlevian Torque (NO 305CD). Slather on top of that a caustic beat from Raw C + Pharmakustik's Anamorph Specimens (NO 304CD) and then under-grid it all with the morbidly obese frequencies of Atom TM's Texturen series and you have yourself some kind of interdimensional feast. So, welcome to our second birthday party. The cake is burnt, the balloon animals are deformed into impossible and terrifying shapes, the CIA have spiked the punch and you're the clown. Are you invited? No.
PANCHO RECORDS (SPAIN)
PANCHO 002LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: PANCHO 002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Tremblin': Steamy & Atmospheric Female R'n'B Vocals LP
Pancho Records presents Tremblin' - Steamy & Atmospheric Female R'n'B Vocals. Sixteen never-before-reissued tracks of the sexiest and coolest atmospheric female R'n'B. Compiled and designed by Jordi Duró. Features tracks from: Byrdie Green, Yvonne Baker, Carol Hall, Barbara McNair, Lula Reed, Wini Brown, Dolores Gibson, Berna Dean, Paula Grimes, Donna Dee, Ruth Brown, Bettye Smith, Oberia Martin, Johni Naylor and Dora Hall.
PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 151-1EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PERMVAC 151-1EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FROHLICH, BENJAMIN Rude Movements 12"
After a couple of well received remixes, Rude Movements marks the first full-grown EP by Benjamin Fröhlich, who is also known for being one half of the Permanent Vacation enterprise. The range spans from synth-driven electro to hypnotic beat tools, industrial acid jams and '90s UK-influenced melodic breakbeat. These four tracks are universally applicable in the world of dance music.
PLAY LOUD! PRODUCTIONS (GERMANY)
PL 067CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: PL 067CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Ende Vom Lied - East German Underground Sound 1979 - 1990 CD
Ende Vom Lied is a genre-spanning collection of punk, post-punk and avant-garde bands from the former East Germany, chronicling the work of free spirits pitted against government restraints and implied genre limitations. The underground scene in the German Democratic Republic was a hydra, a noisy mix of musicians, poets, painters, photographers, filmmakers, punks and freaks. In the immediate aftermath of the primal scream that was punk, music often bred with poetry or painting in short-lived liaisons or enduring collaborations to produce a new generation of bastard genres. With the lines blurring between forms, a search for new shapes began. In the German Democratic Republic, this search constituted a tightrope walk, a dance for expression between subculture and a dictatorship. In German, Ende Vom Lied literally translates to "The end of the song", but is more commonly understood as a saying roughly meaning "The upshot", "The end of the story" or simply "The end". Ende Vom Lied features: Ornament & Verbrechen, Grabnoct, L'Attentat, Der Schwarze Kanal, 3tot, Der Demokratische Konsum, T42, Happy Straps, Planlos, Sendeschluß, Zwitschermaschine, Aufruhr Zur Liebe, Andreas Auslauf, Rosa Extra, AG Geige, The Local Moon, Fett, Herbst In Peking, Magdalene Keibel Combo, BAADER, Klick & Aus, Der Expander Des Fortschritts and Pffft....
PMG (GERMANY)
PMG 002LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NIAGARA Niagara LP
Reissue of Niagara's self-titled debut, originally released in 1970. Niagara was more a project than an actual band, formed by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss. He formerly worked with another jazz legend from his mother country, Klaus Doldinger, and gained fame in the German jazz circuit of the '60s and '70s. His 1971 works with Niagara was the offspring of the vision to create an orchestra made entirely of drummers and percussionists. Despite the fact that there is definitely no regular melody instrument to be heard on this album, the two lengthy compositions are arranged in such an enthralling way, they still have a rather catchy and memorable feel. Among the cult drummers featured on this album are Udo Lindenberg (yes, the icon of German rock and pop started as a drummer) and session hero Keith Forsey. So what both compositions offer is an ever pulsating rhythm inferno, a maelstrom of different grooves and sounds. This album is not full of pop tunes. Niagara enchants and hypnotizes with a massive wall of percussion sounds, dragging the listener deeper and deeper into a state of trance, which is utterly addictive. Niagara goes deeper than most psychedelic rock with dreamy melodies and heavy organ work. Incomparable to anything else, this is an ultimate rhythm experience.
PMG 003LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NICO Nico's Last Concert - Fata Morgana LP
Reissue of Nico's Last Concert - Fata Morgana, originally released in 1994. Christa Päffgen, aka Nico, was been a femme fatale extraordinaire, a woman always searching for and always running from something. She began her career as a model and actress, but soon got addicted to music and all kinds of unhealthy relievers for her spiritual pain, which in the end caused a bad health and helped to generate the circumstances for her untimely death at the age of 50 in 1988. A few months prior to her passing due to a bicycle accident on the Spanish Isle Ibiza, she performed her last show with mostly new and unheard tracks, plus one classic tune from her proto-gothic album The End (1974). She had one of the most captivating and outstanding voices in the whole music scene during her active years, with an utterly dark and manic expression even while performing her vocals absolutely flawless. Besides her unique voice, Nico also performed as a super model, which flattened her path to the hearts and music of several well-known artists from that time, like Andy Warhol, Brian Jones, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne, Jimi Hendrix, Danny Fields, Iggy Pop and Alain Delon. Andy Warhol connected Nico to Lou Reed. She joined The Velvet Undergound for the first album in 1966 as a singer on Warhol's wish. Her later backing band The Faction created a thick carpet of pulsating melodies and rhythms with a spacey feel and a morbid atmosphere. Peter Murphy of Bauhaus once called Nico's albums The Marble Index (1968) and The End to be the first ever true gothic style records. Even twenty years after her first records, Nico still had this gloomy but majestic charm and the older she got, the better and more intense her music became. All in all, Nico's Last Concert - Fata Morgana is one of those cult albums from the '80s dark psychedelic music scene, which certainly deserves to be heard by current generations for it easily stands the test of time.
PMG 005LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 005LP
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FAKROUN, AHMED Mots D'Amour LP
LP version. Reissue of Ahmed Fakroun's Mots D'Amour, originally released in 1983. The Arab world back in the '70s and '80s gave us quite a few very interesting rock and pop acts. Ahmed Fakroun from Libya was definitely one of them. His 1983 Mots D'Amour, means "Love Words" in English. His kind of ethno pop seems to go deeper than just to the charts, where songs like "Soleil Soleil" - a typical yet outstanding synth-pop/new-wave anthem that would have gone well with David Bowie or Duran Duran in the early '80s - would have belonged. Other tunes are more Oriental with great string arrangements and those mystical melodies that only Arab and Oriental music provides. It goes forth and back with these elements. Mots D'Amour is a rather colorful affair, when it comes to '80s pop music and within the fine arrangements, there is a lot of solid handcraft from the instrumental section. Whoever worked with Ahmed Fakroun in the studio during the album production shall be praised and blessed for his talent as well. All in all, this is one of the lost gems of '80s pop music. Compared to many European releases from 1983, Mots D'Amour can easily match up with all of them and has several outstanding evergreens on board. The sound is perfect for the time as well. Grab a copy of this reissue and make your dance party go crazy with this fascinating guy from Libya.
PMG 006LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 006LP
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KOVACICEK, ZDENKA Zdenka Kovacicek LP
LP version. PMG release the first ever reissue of Zdenka Kovacicek (1978), the funky self-titled album from Zdenka Kovacicek, one of the most significant and eminent figures from the Croatian music scene. Her 60-year career started very early. At the age of 13, Zdenka was a professional singer with the duo Hani and later on she took a trip through the worldwide pop music scene, until her return to Croatia. By 1978, she was ready to release her first solo album, which is nearly impossible to find. Zdenka and her team of producers combined disco funk, haunting electronic pieces, lush soulful ballads and glam oriented power-pop with a rocking edge together with one common denominator, the utterly distinctive and charismatic voice of Mrs. Kovacicek. It is a very colorful affair. She could easily be a black disco queen in the vein of Donna Summer. The Croatian language adds a great touch of exotica to the whole album as well. The music itself is Western-oriented: funky, soulish, bluesy and glammy, with modal jazzy elements. It feels honest and from the heart, from the first to the last song. You can say that Zdenka Kovacicek plays the music that was popular at the time, when this album was recorded, with a twist of her own spirit thrown in, which in the end makes it an outstanding and colorful record. Drop the needle anywhere on this black pearl and you will always be swallowed by an irresistibly hot groove and end up in a joyful mood.
PMG 007LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 007LP
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BLACK, STEVE Village Boogie LP
LP version. After starting his musical career back in 1968, the Nigerian artist, drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Black released his fantastic and unique album Village Boogie in 1979. Village Boogie really deserves the status of a legendary rarity and holy-grail for fans of Afro-funk. The original album is incredibly rare today. On this unique album Steve Black presents a new version of the smasher, "Brand New Wayo", originally played by the band Mixed Grill, in which Steve Black was also the singer. Along with that hit, Village Boogie gives us six other groovers and movers that make your hips shake like you were hit by an earthquake, and in fact this is an earthquake of ever pulsating polyrhythmic drum and percussion patterns. A solid platform for lush horn arrangements and swinging bass lines. A little bit of guitar and other instrumentation adds color to the whole wild steaming funky sound and on top we find the utterly distinctive voice of Mr. Steve Black. Village Boogie comes as strong as the best U.S. funk releases of the '70s, but this has very special Nigerian power to make anyone move their hips, coming from the very depth of the musicians' souls. The album spreads a joyful and jolly feeling where and whenever you make it rotate on your turntable. It's a brilliant Afro-funk gem that everybody needs to hear. The concentration of real anthems moves on a highest level.
PMG 008LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 008LP
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CAMACHO BAND, THE RAY Reach Out LP
LP version. Reach Out (1979) is one of the two albums by the disco outfit The Ray Camacho Band with bandleader Ray Camacho, exploring the field of the funky club dance music happening at that time. PMG reissue Reach Out, an album which offers booty shakers in ever-pulsating grooves. The needle lowers down and hits the vinyl and a beat like flashing lights sets in. Bass guitar, drums and percussions weave a tight web of rhythm patterns that capture your body right away and set you into a state of trance. You recognize Latin influences here and there, which become obvious when the horns blow out lush harmonies and relaxed but hot-blooded melodies hit your ears. And indeed Ray Camacho actually comes from Latin music. He mixes both worlds very well on this record. Reach Out is a massive collection of sheer disco funk hits. You will dance and dance to these perfectly produced and executed songs that stick to your mind for quite a long time after the music has faded. Reach Out is an all-in-all handmade album with burning performances of all instrumentalists, with an emphasis on the extended rhythm section. If you love your funky music slick and steaming, this release is for you.
PMG 010LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 010LP
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AKTION Groove The Funk LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Aktion's Groove The Funk, originally released in 1975. Groove The Funk is an essential and influential early Afro-funk album. The album was released in Nigeria and the whole LP is really something excitingly special, carrying a unique style of fuzz guitar and keyboard with ecstasy rhythms that can be experienced only from the heart of Africa. Nigeria had a rich musical history with a variety of bands that were playing their unique Afro-funk with incredible rhythms - In Aktion's case thanks to one of the best drummers of that time, Ben Alaka. Sadly most of the scene vanished like in Zambia and their Zam rock scene, but thanks to collectors worldwide a part of Nigerian music heritage remained with us to be enjoyed. Aktion (also known as The Action 13 or The Actions) were one of the most explosive bands. They were from Warri, which is a city in south Nigeria and their debut album was released by Clover Recording Organization from city of Aba. Clover Records founder Ben Okonkwo was a very influential man for the Nigerian music scene. His label released a lot of music including (Super)Wings, Akwassa, The Visitors, Mary Afi Usuah, Folk 77, The Doves, The Apostles, Mansion as well as some fine compilations of Clover artists. Renny Pearl Nwosa was the Aktion's leader together with Lemmy Faith Nwani, who was a well-respected drummer playing even for the best known Nigerian Funk band The Funkees. Renny and Lemmy together also formed the band The Stormmers, who recorded two incredible albums. Aktion were playing all across their part of the country. Nigeria had a very well-known club called Lido Night Club and Restaurant and Aktion were staying there for a while. They played many college campuses all around Nigeria and also many villages to entertain Eastside students. Aktion later on recorded and successfully released another album Celebration in 1977 and then some members moved on to join The Stormmers and One World. Groove The Funk is a very exciting intervention in one of the most exploding scenes coming from Africa. It's Afro-beat in its best form mixed with amazing funky-psych grooves. Lot's of fuzz guitar and bad-ass keyboard playing. Certainly a great look into Nigerian scene.
PMG 011LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 011LP
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DUKE & THE LOVE FAMILY, EFFI Mr. Love LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Effi Duke & The Love Family's Mr. Love, originally released in 1980. Nigeria had a unique music scene which began spreading rapidly in the 1970s. The era was based on unspoiled use of fuzz pedal, keyboards and indisputable influences of the psychedelic blues bands of the West. In 1980, Effi Duke & The Love Family came out with their debut Mr. Love. It was released by Homzy Records which was a home of many Afro-funk records, going strong from mid '70s toward '80s. Mr. Love was one of the label's most energetic albums. The '80s were definitely more into a jazzy sound with disco slowly infiltrating the African music scene. What's so unique about Mr. Love is Effi Duke's love for guitar-based jazz and together with African rhythms and funky bass. His album is a funk/jazz/disco hybrid. He's an incredible guitarist and also at the time of this LP, an ex-Wings member. They were one of the most popular bands from Nigeria. Effi Duke was a key part of the scene with being member of The Wings, The Visitors, The Apostles, he played also the guitars on Mary Afi Usuah's fantastic second LP African Woman (PMG 014CD/LP, 1978) and on many other great albums including the incredible Folk 77 album, Muzik (1978).
PMG 012LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 012LP
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JONES, BERKELY IKE Nation Building LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Berkely Ike Jones's Nation Building, originally released in 1979. Nation Building is a real forgotten gem from the late '70s and is among the very best Afro-beat disco albums ever. Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian scene being the guitarist and founder of BLO. BLO were one of the very best progressive bands from Nigeria and managed to release several albums for EMI (Nigeria) and Afrodisia Records. BLO are definitely a ground-breaking band that managed to further establish the entire Afro-funk genre. At the time Ginger Baker of Cream went to travel to Nigeria and invited Berkely Ike Jones to be part of session-band Salt. They went back to the UK and toured in Europe. Berkely Ike Jones played with many bands like with Ofege on their Try And Love album (1973) and he also appeared on many other great albums by artists like Steve Black, Lijadu Sisters, Tee Mac, Kris Okotie, Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi, "Blackman" Akeeb Kareem, Mixed Grill, Don Bruce And The Angels and Felix Lebarty. Nation Building is his solo project recorded in the late 1970s on Skylark Records. The original LP is extremely rare and very expensive, so this reissue is a chance to listen to some really great Afro-beat music.
PMG 013LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 013LP
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HEADS FUNK BAND Hard World LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Heads Funk Band's Hard World, originally released in 1975. Hard World is the first of three albums released by Heads Funk Band and it's one of the most rare LPs coming from Nigeria. It is a pure, well-crafted Afro-funk. Heads Funk Band is related to Akwassa. Both are two exceptional bands with the same members, but co-existed simultaneously featuring Felix Odey (Feladey) on guitar and Eddie Offeyi on drums. The original forming duo of Akwassa was Felix Day (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Coburn (keyboards, synths, vocals), who collaborated with guest musicians, which later turned out to be the actual Heads Funk Band. Some rumors say all of them were in both bands and musically speaking, there are a lot of similarities. Akwassa released two incredibly rare albums, while Heads Funk Band managed to release three LPs, of which Hard World is the most hard to find.
PMG 014LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 014LP
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USUAH, MARY AFI African Woman LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Mary Afi Usuah's African Woman, originally released in 1978. "Mary Afi Usuah trained as an a opera singer at the prestigious St Cecilia Academy in Rome and spent 13 years touring Europe with artists like Duke Ellington and Deep Purple. She matched vocal chops with Robert Plant performing with Led Zeppelin and blew away the top names on the Lagos scene when she returned to Nigeria. She also broke a few hearts with her killer smile, if some accounts are to be believed. African Woman marshals these experiences into an exceptionally powerful and diverse album. From the Tina Turner stomp of "What's A Woman To Do", to the Aretha-style musings of the title track, Mary takes everything she learned on the road to tell her story about her continent in a distinctly African manner. The boys from Akwassa were on hand to ensure that everything was kept extra tight and funky. Mary Afi Usuah only released two albums but she is undeniably one of the greatest female singers the African continent has produced. African Woman serves as her legacy, along with the remarkable number of Nigerian female singers she mentored and inspired." -- Peter Moore. "I met Mary Afi Usuah in 1979 while I was the lead singer with Tee Mac Collection. We were based at Surulere night club in Lagos, Nigeria. She came in from Calabar in the Cross river state. She was a beauty with her Afro hair and had a very strong voice and was very powerful on stage. Her performance was electrifying. She did a lot of shows with us and together we got the crowd rocking. A very dark complexioned lady, she was full of life and love. Her smiles would sweep any man off her feet instantly and I immediately recognized a talent that go all over the world. Her music is a blend of African rhythms, soul and funk with heavy bassline. I am glad to let you know that the vinyl you have in your hands now contains music that will tickle all ears for a very long time. Happy listening." -- Steve Black.
PMG 015LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 015LP
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STEVO Musica Negra LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Stevo's Musica Negra, originally released in 1978. Musica Negra is a missing link, a real lost gem of the Atlanta funk music scene. The album was written and produced by Calvin Arnold with Tommy Stewart, Barney Conway and Herb Lance as engineer. The original LP was pressed in a ridiculously limited edition and the album was meant to be a showcase for the Atlanta studios. The names of some young start-ups were placed on the cover and they were said to be the musicians, in fact, those youngsters had nothing to do with the origin of this amazing album. On this PMG reissue the real artists are named: Stevo Milner, Curt Mitchell, Tommy Stewart, J.D. Morris and Harry Case, plus a few guest musicians. According to Calvin Arnold, approximately just 50 copies of the original LP were distributed in 1978, selling for over 1,000 USD today. To the inner circle of the Atlanta sound music factory, Calvin Arnold is a musical legend, a pivotal mastermind and musical wizard whose contributions helped make some of Atlanta sound's most memorable and infectious grooves. His cunning sense of rhythm, extensive knowledge and experience in music production, arrangement and publishing make him a musical force to be reckoned with. Preferring the background grind to the limelight, Calvin Arnold delighted most in the molding of aspiring musicians, honing new talents, smoothing off their rough edges. His generosity and genius catapulted those who worked with him into inspirational new levels, pushing musical boundaries, daring to experiment and create refreshingly new, yet familiar sounds.
PMG 016LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 016LP
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AKWASSA La'ila LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Akwassa's La'ila, originally released in 1975. Akwassa were among the best Afro-beat bands coming from Nigeria. They were one of the early Nigerian Funk bands to get an album out. They were related to the Heads Funk Band and most members were part of both bands. They managed to release two albums as Akwassa. Their debut La'ila came out on a well-known Afro-beat label, Afrodisia Records. Akwassa were originally a duo made of Felix Day (guitar and vocals) and Kevin Coburn (organ, synthesizer and vocals). Felix Day is actually Feladey, the guitarist in Aktion (another top-notch Nigerian). On La'ila the band used a lot of synthesizers and the overall sound is very pleasing. Overall, the album has a raw and unpolished sound, but that's what brings that certain spark for being among the very best in the Afro-beat genre.
PMG 017LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 017LP
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DANDY, TREVOR Don't Cry Little Tree LP
LP version. Includes download code. Reissue of Trevor Dandy's Don't Cry Little Tree, originally released in 1970. With Don't Cry Little Tree, Trevor Dandy created a gentle album full of consoling tunes that attest his trustful relationship to God. Just as you might know it from Cat Stevens's Morning Has Broken (1981), just with more soul - although this association might be caused by the insistent use of piano on this record. Once you hear these songs, it will be hard to deny Trevor's gospel roots, which surface musically steadily and are underlined by the religious lyrics. Don't Cry Little Tree was the first production of the famous Canadian producer Paul Zaza, who says this about this ultra-rare pearl of funky gospel music: "This album was done with no budget and very little equipment. Basically, Trevor Dandy was a gospel singer in a church group. He wanted to record an album to sell at various church gatherings. I was impressed with his lyrics and unique voice so I agreed to produce the record in the basement of my father's house (where I was still living).The album was put together on a 'shoe-string' budget and 1,000 copies were pressed on vinyl. Most were never sold and thrown out. I'm happy that now, almost 50 years later, there appears to be an audience for him."
PMG 018LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 018LP
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PINO, GERALDO Boogie Fever LP
LP version. Reissue of Geraldo Pino's Boogie Fever, originally released in 1978. "When Geraldo Pino rolled into town from Sierra Leone with his Heartbeats, Nigeria had never seen anything quite like them. Slick, tight and playing the latest James Brown-style funk on very expensive equipment, they soon had the country in their thrall. 'Made me fall right on my ass!' a chastened Fela Kuti remembered in 1982. Fans of Geraldo's disarmingly eloquent enunciation on early albums may be shocked by the gruff, rawer tones on Boogie Fever. The album starts with a jaunty reggae track extolling the virtues of 'Ganja' and later, 'Boogie Fever' sounds like it was recorded down in Trenchtown after Geraldo had taken a toke or two of his own advice. Even the more traditional funk tracks like 'African Hustle' have a darker, more threatening vibe. Not that that is a bad thing. Boogie Fever is the sound of consummate musician letting his hair down. Or in Geraldo's case, letting it grow into a tight Afro and not bothering to watch his 'P's and Q's' anymore." -- Peter Moore. "Geraldo Pino came to Nigeria from Freetown in Sierra Leone in 1968 with his band The Heartbeats and quickly changed the music scene completely. He was the first bandleader that brought sophistication into show business. He owned the best musical equipment, his costumes on stage were fantastic and his musicians were good looking guys with Afro hair styles. His drummer then was Francis Foster who later played percussion with Paul Simon. Pino got the title of 'The Hardest Working Man In Show Business' in Nigeria. Girls loved him. I later joined his band with new set of musicians in 1974 as a singer while he based in Kano in the north of Nigeria. To survive in Nigeria those days as a musician you have to be very good on stage and Pino was. His stagecraft was exhilarating, his costumes were dazzling, he commanded the band and his audience wherever he played with his dance steps and he became an inspiration to many musicians." -- Steve Black.
PMG 019LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 019LP
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CLETIN, BENIS Jungle Magic LP
LP version. Reissue of Benis Cletin's Jungle Magic, originally released in 1979. "Considered an acid boogie classic, Jungle Magic is a cosmic transmission from the early days of Nigerian disco. The bass lines are lethal. The synths are fat and squelchy. And the groove is non-stop and primal. Channeling the jungle Gods of funk and introducing them to Donna Summers, the title track takes you to a freaky place you didn't know existed but never want to leave. 'Love Forever' brings a Calypso party vibe while 'Fireman' suggests Prince may have been listening to Benis when he wrote 'Alphabet Street'. The album was composed and produced by Benis Cletin. He also played guitar and synthesizer and sang lead vocals. George Achini from the Mighty Flames stars on bass and Mambo Sticks, Nigeria's leading disco drummer, lays down the rock solid grooves. Jungle Magic remains the album where he introduced his irresistible brand of psychedelic disco funk to world." -- Peter Moore.
PMG 020LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 020LP
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BLO Phase IV LP
LP version. Reissue of BLO's Phase IV, originally released in 1976. "Phase IV is BLO at the height of their not inconsiderable powers. Buzzing after a hugely successful tour of Denmark and Norway, the Afro-funk trio returned to London in 1975 and headed straight into the Orange Studios to get the magic down on tape. BLO had been fixtures on the Nigerian scene since they started out as Clusters International in 1970. The original 'O' in the band, bassist Mike Odumosu, had left to join Osibisa by Phase IV, (although he appears on the cover and gets a vocal credit) and was replaced by velvet-voiced keyboardist, Otu Udofa. Berkley Jones's guitar work is still immense - have a listen to 'Scandi Boogie' and 'Music Make You Happy'. And the sweet breakdowns by drummer Laolu Akins on 'Number One' made it an instant b-boy breakdance classic. Rightly regarded as the holy grail of Afro boogie, Phase IV is an extraordinary blend of highlife, rock, blues and soul that sounds just as good through headphones as it does on the dancefloor." -- Peter Moore. "These guys were known as Clusters International when I was their lead singer in Lagos in 1970. We then moved with Tee Mac and started The Afro Collection under a new management. They later changed the music scene in Nigeria when they started a very funky three piece band known as BLO. They were very tight and played Nigerian funk which is a blend of highlife, rock with a trace of blues. It wasn't a surprise when they quickly conquered Lagos and other parts of Nigeria with their unique style of music and performance and moved to London where Phase IV was recorded. Before this they had several hits in Nigeria. After a very successful tour of six cities in Denmark and four cities in Norway, they returned to London and straight into Orange Studios where Phase IV was recorded. It is the accumulation of many years of experience with their unique style of music. BLO Phase IV is sure to blow your mind." -- Steve Black.
PMG 021LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 021LP
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KANONU, ALEKE Aleke LP
LP version. Reissue of Aleke Kanonu's Aleke, originally released in 1980. "After spending much of the '70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favors to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/funk/jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. 'N'Gwode' sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack, probably somewhere across 110th Street. 'Keep New York Clean' struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And 'Mothers Day' keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on 'Home Sweet Home'. Until recently you would have had to take out a second mortgage to get hold of Akele. And sold a kidney for the Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12" (1982) Kanonu released a year later." -- Peter Moore
PMG 022LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 022LP
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STORMMERS, THE Lovers Song LP
LP version. Reissue of The Stormmers's Lovers Song, originally released in 1981. "The Stormmers were led by Renny Pearl, former bandleader and bass player with Aktion, an Afro funk band from Warri that burned brightly and briefly in the mid '70s. With the help of Jake Sollo, an ex-Funkee and recently reconstituted disco dandy, they created Lovers Song, an album of frantically musical bass lines, skittery hi-hats and an irresistible urge to get onto the dancefloor. 'Love Or Money' has the swagger of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. 'Super D. Jay' has the sure-footedness of a well-selected playlist. 'Sexy Woman', with its refrain of 'I need you, I want you, you turn me on, you're beautiful' is the sound of a clubber desperately trying to find someone, anyone, so they don't have to go home alone. The album was recorded in Nigeria and the UK and released in 1981, a time in Nigeria when oil prices were falling, beats-per-minute were rising and clubbers wanted to party like there was no tomorrow. The urgent, salacious sounds of The Stormmers suited the mood perfectly." -- Peter Moore.
POSH ISOLATION (DENMARK)
PI 160LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: PI 160LP
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VARG Star Alliance 2LP
After Star Alliance's initial release as a limited six tape-box set in late 2015, it was apparent that there was a need for a reissue. It's presented here as a remastered double LP set with a selection of the best work and a few new tracks. Over the last few years, Varg has manifested himself, not only as one of the most productive new voices in European electronic and techno music - with countless releases and projects - but also as one of the most interesting of the lot. Star Alliance has tracks of spacious acid standing next to heavy industrial rhythms, piercing abstract modular synth work, beautiful soundscapes, piano pieces and field recordings. And while the techniques, qualities and styles differ with almost every track, they stand perfectly together and shape a beautiful narrative.
PI 179LP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PI 179LP
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NORIN Reflekterar 12"
Hannes Norrvide has had a busy year and now he is ready with the second vinyl release under his Norin guise. Reflekterar sees Norrvide further explore the textures of hazed out underwater acid. It is paired with a more aggressive DNA coding, especially the track "Nästan" with washes of static bleeding into alarm-like synth pulses and nearly broken beats. Reflekterar is made up of three new tracks from Norin - three tracks that all seem to agree on a program, a program of building things for the sole purpose of teaing them down again.
QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)
QUINTESSE 049EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: QUINTESSE 049EP
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4004 Body Night Lies 12"
Body Night Lies is the first full solo EP from 4004. Together with his mate Sebastien Vorhaus, he is one of Mexico's top producers and has a quality output on labels like Freerange, Faces, Vicario Music and last but not least Quintessentials. 4004 gets a lot of inspiration from living in Berlin and has started a busy musical journey in the city. Body Night Lies is another dope release for your house collection - damn deep and moody.
RECOLLECTION GRM (AUSTRIA)
REGRM 007LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: REGRM 007LP
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XENAKIS, IANNIS GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
2016 repress, originally released in 2013. Recollection GRM assembles Greek experimental composer Iannis Xenakis' works for Groupe de Recherches Musicales circa 1957-1962. "Concret PH" (1958) was assembled for the Brussels World Fair. The industrialist Philips commissioned Le Corbusier's famous "Philips Pavilion": "I'll create an electronic poem for you, he said. Everything will happen inside: sound, light, color, and rhythm." Iannis Xenakis designed the architectural blueprint and composed "Concret PH" meant to psychologically prepare the public for the show created inside, accompanied by a musical piece by Edgard Varèse. The 400 speakers that lined the inner shell were meant to fill the space through the sound sparkles of "Concret PH" and achieve a joint emanation of architecture and music, conceived as a whole: the roughness of the concrete and its internal friction coefficient found an echo in the timbre of the sparkles. "Orient-Occident" (1960) was originally composed for a film by Enrico Fulchignoni for UNESCO. The film describes a visit to the museum comparing artifacts produced by various cultures and highlighting their interaction, dating back to ancient times. From an abstract point of view, the composer regards this work as a solution to the problem of finding highly diversified means of transition, meant to link a type of material to another. One indeed witnesses a varied gradation of mutations, interplays, overlaps, cross-fading, sudden shifts, and hidden junction points. "Diamorphoses" (1957-1958) portrays continuity and discontinuity within evolution. Here are two aspects of being, whether in opposition or in communion. In "Diamorphoses" this antithesis was illustrated sections of sound strongly opposed to others, and particularly in organizations of continuous variations of average or "statistical" heights. "Bohor" (1962): Bohor (referring to Bors the Younger, Lancelot's cousin), is a character from the medieval cycle of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. "Bohor" is dedicated to Pierre Schaeffer. The author deliberately abstained from giving any descriptive information on his piece, letting the listener choose an imaginary route for himself. This release presents the 1968 version, revised by Iannis Xenakis himself and as yet not made available to the public. "Even though Iannis Xenakis never made 'musique concrète' in the sense given by Pierre Schaeffer, the GRM was a locus for experimenting with his ideas about sound and sound structures. These works, composed between 1958 and 1962, show a boldness as advanced as in his orchestral approach. The relationship between Xenakis and Schaeffer was often tense. It nevertheless entailed mutual recognition and respect towards each other's musical approach. Schaeffer found the piece disproportionate in terms of intensity but was indeed pleased by the dedication. The four pieces presented here, all produced at the GRM, undoubtedly demonstrate the experimental intent and the strictly 'physical' character of Xenakis' music, in that it provides the audience with a listening experience of a rare intensity." --François Bonnet & Christian Zanési; Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, January 2013. Layout by Stephen O'Malley. Executive Production by Peter Rehberg.
RENEGADE MASTERS (UK)
RM 010LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: RM 010LP
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JETSAM Yugen LP
Renegade Masters present the long awaited juggernaut of sound that is the Yugen by Jetsam. Jetsam is also known as Konchis, the consistent DJ and producer of quality and sheer originality with a proven track record for his skill and talent. Ten tracks ready to show sound-systems what they've been missing all these years. The journey begins at "Crystal Oblivion", a fitting intro with a gentle ambience exposing a slow but steady stream of colliding strings harmoniously weaving underwater, lo-fi sounds together with an underlying, deceptively subtle yet consciously apt beat. "Ephemeral" - gently churning out deep melodies and tugging heartstrings as it drops singular notes to create unexpected crescendos which collide with a vast array of sounds together whilst knotting beautifully into this stunning soundscape. "Cathedrals" perfects the off-beat rhythm in a dubstep movement forging its own stream of consciousness which fits the dancefloor as it pulses the body into a steady trance-like state. "Celestial Mechanics" sounds like the alien chant from a group of lost children discarded on a planet long ravaged by time. "End Of Stars" casts us deeper in an ambient, HD soundscape of pure meditation. Its rhythm, key changes and layers of subtle, indiscernible yet perfectly tuned sounds take the listener to a place they want to remain in a lot longer than the few minutes you are given. Hints of digital, off-beat subtleties and pondering piano notes reverberate in "USHDKNW". "Mermaids" gives a two-sided delivery of industrial sounds and eerie echoing coupled with a hopeful melody. "Under The Lake (Cure Me)" is a stunner carrying on from its predecessor building up a trance-like haven of echo chambers before leading this sea worthy juggernaut back to "Shore", which is a hopeful meadow of sound complete with birds chirping throwing us down into some wonky off beat claps. "Yugen" brings the album to a close in a whirlwind of snowy, oriental soundscapes and delicate percussion. Yugen is an ambient bass journey perfect for long roads and one that the listener will surely rewind.
ROOM40 (AUSTRALIA)
RM 476CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: RM 476CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SHEA, DAVID Piano 1 CD
David Shea presents Piano 1. From David Shea: "The piano has been an instrument that has woven its way in and out of my life since I was a child. I grew up listening to great classical and jazz players, prepared piano and electronic experiments, extended techniques and later the incredible works of Boulez, Stockhausen, Cage, Ligeti, Ferrari, Feldman, Xenakis and Scelsi. I had written for and worked with many great pianists and created ensemble works with piano and electronics where I was given the freedom to write complex pieces for gifted musicians and technical masters. Although I would often compose on piano and use simpler piano works in my own solo concerts I had never dedicated myself to a path of the endless intense practice of a single instrument that these pianists had. I always wanted to stay on the level of composing for the whole of a work and not potentially get lost in the maze of technical issues that these musicians excelled at. And then one day Lawrence English suggested that I put out a CD of piano works. I had recorded, on many of my other CDs, extended piano pieces with good pianists so I thought 'piano solo pieces, all acoustic'. A real challenge when so much has been written for such an iconic instrument, one so loaded with historical weight. What I didn't realize at the time was that Lawrence was asking me to be the pianist. This is not only something I never considered but although I've always played and performed on keyboards in my solo and ensemble works, I never took on the huge task of being able to play the technically challenging (at least by my standards) the type of scores I had written for others. So I spent the next year unraveling my past approach to composing for piano and explored my own physical technique. No preparations, no samples, no extended electronics or reliance on my past sample acoustic techniques. The result of this year of practice, writing, listening, exploring and recording is this CD. Whether or not it is significant that a work is purely acoustic, prepared or electro-acoustically treated, fully composed or improvised, extended or played traditionally, etc., were not the central issues for me, it was this time spent with the piano, the ritual of playing and this re-working of my own physical and conscious process that forms the core of these pieces."
RM 478CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: RM 478CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NEW ROME Nowhere CD
New Rome, the latest project from Polish composer Tomasz Bednarczyk, presents Nowhere. In the late 2000s, Bednarczyk emerged with a trilogy of electronic records that set pastoral-tonality against grainy smears of pulse and rhythm. His previous Room40 editions Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were lilting, melancholic affairs, littered with a deeply personal approach to music making that felt as therapeutic as it did artistic. In hindsight, they were records that stamped out a virgin territory in Poland contemporary electronica community, deservedly earning Bednarczyk a revered standing amongst the emergent generation of Polish producers. Following a period of working across various other projects, including the lauded Venter duet, Bednarczyk has returned to his roots, issuing this latest album under the New Rome moniker. Extending the palette of his earlier solo works, New Rome's pieces sprawl outward with a graceful flow. Taking on a more rounded sensibility than previous projects, Nowhere creates a richness through interlocking layers of harmony. Still guided by a strongly emotive and melancholic thematic, the album transcribes the experience of falling into and emerging from winter. It matches icy melodic passages with a warm blanket of bass. It creates a sense of being simultaneously still and fluid. Nowhere's subtlety invites the listener to become submerged within the pieces and to be lulled within the record's weightless atmosphere of sound. This is an album that is unashamedly rooted in the concept of ambient music. It is music that invites the listener in and moreover creates a holistic space in which they are comfortably drifting. Ultimately, Nowhere creates a place that is concerned with absence and presence, framed through Bednarczyk's unique compositional methodology.
RM 479CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: RM 479CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WARNECKE, PIERCE Memory Fragments CD
"Reality is precise; memory isn't." -- Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of Darkness. Based in Spain, composer and visualist, Pierce Warnecke has developed an elegant auditory hallucination with his debut edition Memory Fragments. Known widely for his collaborations, with Matthew Biederman, Frank Bretschneider and Ketev, this edition represents Warnecke's first solo outing. Recorded over the better part of three years, Memory Fragments ties together his interests in electro-acoustic sound, field recordings and harmonic incongruities. "A memory is a recording of senses with the mind as the medium," Warnecke explains "When a memory is recalled it is played back in the mind's eye, but the experience is never as exact as the original moment. This makes memory a volatile storage medium, subject to transience. Whereas digital audio/video recordings are theoretically immune to this decay caused by the passing of time, Memory Fragments explores recordings as memories by taking samples (sound, images, objects) of a physical space and then placing them in an imaginary process of transformation and transience that slowly erodes these digital memories until disappearance." Pierce Warnecke was in California but has lived most of his life expatriated in Europe. He studied electronic music at Berklee College of Music and computational art at Universität der Kunst in Berlin. His works are split between installations, compositions and concerts, with an equal focus on aural and visual mediums and the many types of relationships between them. He currently is a professor at Berklee College of Music's Master program in Valencia, Spain.
RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)
RCD 2171CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RCD 2171CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LAST HURRAH!!, THE Mudflowers CD
In the young Maesa Pullman, The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever-developing project so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilities of the drone guitar on their 2011 debut, Spiritual Non-Believers (RCD 2109CD/RLP 3109LP), and the slightly more song-oriented 2013 follow-up, The Beauty of Fake (RCD 2145CD/RLP 3145LP/RLP 3145LTD-LP), The Last Hurrah!! are back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, and blues, with a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a central figure in the vibrant music scene of Bergen, Norway, for decades, as producer, composer, and mentor for many of the city's artists. As a producer he discovered and nurtured the career of a very young Sondre Lerche, one of Norway's most successful international exports. In addition to Madrugada's 2005 mega-hit "Lift Me" with Ane Brun, he has produced over 50 albums -- including Tim Rose's final album American Son (2002). Gundersen names The Beatles, early Stones, Tin Pan Alley, and cosmic American country as his life-changing musical epiphanies. Maesa Pullman comes from a very musical family and was brought to the attention of HP Gundersen through mutual friends. Also a songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, she performs frequently with different musical constellations in Southern California, and is a profiled presence in the local roots community. Her cousin, Rosa Pullman, sings lead on two tracks here, "You Ain't Got Nothing" and "Those Memories." The album's musicians include some of Bergen's finest, as well as American guests such as Marty Rifkin (pedal steel), John Thomas (Hammond organ), Kiel Feher (drums), and Jason Hiller (bass).
RCD 2172CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RCD 2172CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PHAEDRA Blackwinged Night CD
Phaedra's 2011 debut album, The Sea (RCD 2107CD/RLP 3107LP), received fantastic international reviews in magazines as diverse as The Wire, Uncut, Shindig, and Prog, which drew lines to Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Fraser, and Nico. The Chicago Reader said, "this is one of the loveliest, most striking albums, unlike anything I've heard in years." Blackwinged Night is the follow-up, and the second album in a trilogy, a lyrical and musical cycle with its own mythological structure. From the ethereal folk universe of the debut, Blackwinged Night dives into a darker dream-pop underworld, where acoustic elements of woodwinds, strings, and marimba are mixed with layers of analog synths, bigger drums, and darker basslines. Vocals are as crystal-clear and haunting as ever, with lyrics circling around themes like creation and collapse, time and falling stars. Phaedra is Ingvild Langgård, singer, composer, and artist. Educated at The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway, she composes music for the stage and screen in addition to her art projects with sound, video, and installations. In cooperation with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and scenographer Signe Becker she created the acclaimed dance performances "Orchard Ballads" and "Night Tripper." "Night Tripper" won the Oslo Award in 2012, has since toured extensively in Europe, and had its US premiere in April 2014; The Guardian called it "an extraordinary piece, simple yet powerfully affecting." Blackwinged Night is produced by Langgård herself, with contributions from Christian Engfelt, who also mixed the album. There are contributions from Ensemble neoN members Kristine Tjøgersen, on clarinet, and Yumi Murakami, on flute. Last heard on Motorpsycho's En Konsert For Folk Flest (RLP 2170LP, 2015), Kari Rønnekleiv plays violin and Ole-Henrik Moe is on viola. Last but not least, there's Langgård's regular band; Gunhild Mathea Olaussen on violin, Jørn Tore Egseth on bass and keyboards, and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen on drums, percussion, marimba, and vibraphone. Mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
RCD 2181CD
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: RCD 2181CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RATKJE, MAJA S.K. Crepuscular Hour CD+DVD
Crepuscular Hour is an epic, hypnotic one-hour piece for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians, and church organ, to be performed in a cathedral or similar location with musicians surrounding the audience. The room fills with sound in an intense, but almost meditative hour, as the voices blend with the distortion, the noise sometimes takes over, and the organ eventually takes the music to a new level. The visual design of this concert is a play on the crepuscular rays -- rays of sunlight that appear to radiate through clouds from the point in the sky where the sun is located -- with the light filtered by the obstacles and musicians in the room. All texts are from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945. These texts have provided a major re-evaluation of early Christian history. This recording of a performance of the piece includes a DVD of the whole concert, beautifully directed by Kathy Hinde (DVD is PAL format, region-free, with 5.1 and stereo audio). Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (born 1973) is quite a remarkable musician, singer, improviser, and composer. Her music has been performed worldwide by the Klangforum Wien, the Oslo Sinfonietta, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Fretwork, TM+, the Cikada String Quartet, the Mivos Quartet, the Quatuor Bozzini, the Quatuor Renoir, Crash Ensemble, The Peärls Before Swïne Experience, Torben Snekkestad, Marianne Beate Kielland, SPUNK, Frode Haltli, POING, and many more. Ratkje has been composer in residence at festivals like Other Minds in San Francisco; Trondheim Chamber Music Festival; Nordland Music Festival in Bodø, Norway; Avanti! Summer Festival in Finland; Båstad Chamber Music Festival; and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics performer and engineer, as a soloist and in groups such as SPUNK and BRAK RUG. Other collaborators include Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Stephen O'Malley, Lasse Marhaug, POING, and many more. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance, theater, installations, and numerous other projects. Visual art and text are often parts of her work, in installations or staged works. She has made large gallery works with SPUNK and made music for a radio play by Elfriede Jelinek, and in 2003, she played a part in her own opera, also based on texts from the Nag Hammadi library.
RCD 2182CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RCD 2182CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
FIRE! ORCHESTRA Ritual CD
Fire! Orchestra follow their acclaimed 2014 album Enter (RCD 2158CD/RLP 3158LP) with Ritual, slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21. Since the release of Enter, this energetic and dynamic mass ensemble has gone from intimate jazz settings to the main hall at the Molde International Jazz Festival and a major stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival. As brilliant as Enter is, with Ritual they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power, extremely well executed, beautifully recorded, and produced from only two days in the studio. Free improvisations, spontaneous horns, keyboard frenzy, abstract electronics, and guitar mayhem, not to mention those glorious twin voices from heaven and hell. It's about mysteries and rituals in music and in life. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass), and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what one would call jazz purists; they all play in many different groups and contexts, including The Thing (Gustafsson), experimental folk-electronica outfit Tape (Berthling), and skewed blues-pop unit Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Werliin). Those important singers, Sofia Jernberg and Mariam Wallentin, have been on board since the beginning, and the same goes for horn players Niklas Barnö, Jonas Kullhammar, Mats Äleklint, Per Åke Holmlander, and Anna Högberg. Basically a Swedish ensemble, the orchestra also counts Norwegian, Danish, and French players among its ranks. Members of Fire! Orchestra share a wide background, combining jazz, improvised music, contemporary music, rock, garage, psych, and more. As they proclaim on their website, "please make up your own genre and mind -- listen freely -- don't buy our labeling attempts...labeling sucks."
RCD 2183CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RCD 2183CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO Black Stabat Mater CD
Hedvig Mollestad Trio present Black Stabat Mater. With three albums under their belts in less than five years this explosive trio have gone from strength to strength gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps and receiving vivid praise from the likes of Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke and veteran writer Richard Williams, who started his report from the Berlin Jazz Festival with "a late-night gig last week persuaded me that Hedvig Mollestad Trio have found a way to make head banging feel good". Although there is enough riffing here to satisfy the head-bangers, with Black Stabat Mater the trio are venturing into more free and open landscapes, Mollestad truly comes into her own as a solo guitarist as well as a riff-meister previously compared to the likes of Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. It´s also notable that extensive touring has given them a confidence boost, and once again the tracks have been laid down live in the studio with only minor overdubs. The last few years have seen a thrilling new progressive wave of Norwegian "avant jazz'n'rock" or free metal energy combos like label mates Elephant9, Grand General, Bushman´s Revenge and Krokofant, and not to forget the mighty Scorch Trio - led by Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim - who can be said to have started it all some 15 years ago. But it could very well be Hedvig Mollestad Trio that defines it all with their ability to turn the full force of heavy rock and electric jazz to demonic purposes. Hedvig first picked up her mother´s nylon-strung acoustic guitar at ten, before discovering a whole new world through her father´s jazz and rock record collection as a teenager. She translated a biography of Jimi Hendrix for a school project and was given her first electric guitar and amplifier as a confirmation present. The members of the trio are from the districts, but Hedvig met bass player Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad at the Music Academy in Oslo. Hedvig asked them to join her after she received the "Jazz Talent Of The Year" Award at Molde International Jazz Festival in 2009. They have stayed together since, and their previous three albums have all been released on Rune Grammofon, Shoot! (2011) (RCD 2115CD/RLP 3115LP), All Of Them Witches (2013) (RCD 2141CD/RLP 3141LP) and Enfant Terrible (2014) (RCD 2157CD/RLP 3157LP), all to wide international acclaim.
RLP 2184LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: RLP 2184LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO Evil In Oslo 2LP+CD
Hedvig Mollestad Trio present Evil In Oslo. If Black Stabat Mater (RCD 2183CD/RLP 3183LP, 2016) can be seen as moving into new terrains, then Evil In Oslo can serve as a summing up of the previous years, although there is also a clear link between the albums. While the nine live performances presented here all come from their first three studio albums, most are lengthy work-outs, again showing Hedvig as a very confident and accomplished solo guitarist. Recorded at Oslo clubs John Dee and Buckley´s, Evil In Oslo is simply a kick-ass live album, with a very high level of musicianship and a perfect balance between freedom and discipline. The hi-res recordings capture both the energy level and all the details in a marvelous way. Liner notes by Richard Williams.
RLP 3171LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: RLP 3171LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LAST HURRAH!!, THE Mudflowers LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. In the young Maesa Pullman, The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever-developing project so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilities of the drone guitar on their 2011 debut, Spiritual Non-Believers (RCD 2109CD/RLP 3109LP), and the slightly more song-oriented 2013 follow-up, The Beauty of Fake (RCD 2145CD/RLP 3145LP/RLP 3145LTD-LP), The Last Hurrah!! are back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, and blues, with a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a central figure in the vibrant music scene of Bergen, Norway, for decades, as producer, composer, and mentor for many of the city's artists. As a producer he discovered and nurtured the career of a very young Sondre Lerche, one of Norway's most successful international exports. In addition to Madrugada's 2005 mega-hit "Lift Me" with Ane Brun, he has produced over 50 albums -- including Tim Rose's final album American Son (2002). Gundersen names The Beatles, early Stones, Tin Pan Alley, and cosmic American country as his life-changing musical epiphanies. Maesa Pullman comes from a very musical family and was brought to the attention of HP Gundersen through mutual friends. Also a songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, she performs frequently with different musical constellations in Southern California, and is a profiled presence in the local roots community. Her cousin, Rosa Pullman, sings lead on two tracks here, "You Ain't Got Nothing" and "Those Memories." The album's musicians include some of Bergen's finest, as well as American guests such as Marty Rifkin (pedal steel), John Thomas (Hammond organ), Kiel Feher (drums), and Jason Hiller (bass).
RLP 3172LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: RLP 3172LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PHAEDRA Blackwinged Night LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. Phaedra's 2011 debut album, The Sea (RCD 2107CD/RLP 3107LP), received fantastic international reviews in magazines as diverse as The Wire, Uncut, Shindig, and Prog, which drew lines to Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Fraser, and Nico. The Chicago Reader said, "this is one of the loveliest, most striking albums, unlike anything I've heard in years." Blackwinged Night is the follow-up, and the second album in a trilogy, a lyrical and musical cycle with its own mythological structure. From the ethereal folk universe of the debut, Blackwinged Night dives into a darker dream-pop underworld, where acoustic elements of woodwinds, strings, and marimba are mixed with layers of analog synths, bigger drums, and darker basslines. Vocals are as crystal-clear and haunting as ever, with lyrics circling around themes like creation and collapse, time and falling stars. Phaedra is Ingvild Langgård, singer, composer, and artist. Educated at The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway, she composes music for the stage and screen in addition to her art projects with sound, video, and installations. In cooperation with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and scenographer Signe Becker she created the acclaimed dance performances "Orchard Ballads" and "Night Tripper." "Night Tripper" won the Oslo Award in 2012, has since toured extensively in Europe, and had its US premiere in April 2014; The Guardian called it "an extraordinary piece, simple yet powerfully affecting." Blackwinged Night is produced by Langgård herself, with contributions from Christian Engfelt, who also mixed the album. There are contributions from Ensemble neoN members Kristine Tjøgersen, on clarinet, and Yumi Murakami, on flute. Last heard on Motorpsycho's En Konsert For Folk Flest (RLP 2170LP, 2015), Kari Rønnekleiv plays violin and Ole-Henrik Moe is on viola. Last but not least, there's Langgård's regular band; Gunhild Mathea Olaussen on violin, Jørn Tore Egseth on bass and keyboards, and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen on drums, percussion, marimba, and vibraphone. Mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
RLP 3181LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: RLP 3181LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RATKJE, MAJA S.K. Crepuscular Hour 2LP/CD/DVD
Double LP version. Includes CD and DVD; DVD is PAL format, region-free, with 5.1 and stereo audio. Crepuscular Hour is an epic, hypnotic one-hour piece for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians, and church organ, to be performed in a cathedral or similar location with musicians surrounding the audience. The room fills with sound in an intense, but almost meditative hour, as the voices blend with the distortion, the noise sometimes takes over, and the organ eventually takes the music to a new level. The visual design of this concert is a play on the crepuscular rays -- rays of sunlight that appear to radiate through clouds from the point in the sky where the sun is located -- with the light filtered by the obstacles and musicians in the room. All texts are from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945. These texts have provided a major re-evaluation of early Christian history. This recording of a performance of the piece includes a DVD of the whole concert, beautifully directed by Kathy Hinde (DVD is PAL format, region-free, with 5.1 and stereo audio). Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (born 1973) is quite a remarkable musician, singer, improviser, and composer. Her music has been performed worldwide by the Klangforum Wien, the Oslo Sinfonietta, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Fretwork, TM+, the Cikada String Quartet, the Mivos Quartet, the Quatuor Bozzini, the Quatuor Renoir, Crash Ensemble, The Peärls Before Swïne Experience, Torben Snekkestad, Marianne Beate Kielland, SPUNK, Frode Haltli, POING, and many more. Ratkje has been composer in residence at festivals like Other Minds in San Francisco; Trondheim Chamber Music Festival; Nordland Music Festival in Bodø, Norway; Avanti! Summer Festival in Finland; Båstad Chamber Music Festival; and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics performer and engineer, as a soloist and in groups such as SPUNK and BRAK RUG. Other collaborators include Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Stephen O'Malley, Lasse Marhaug, POING, and many more. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance, theater, installations, and numerous other projects. Visual art and text are often parts of her work, in installations or staged works. She has made large gallery works with SPUNK and made music for a radio play by Elfriede Jelinek, and in 2003, she played a part in her own opera, also based on texts from the Nag Hammadi library.
RLP 3182LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: RLP 3182LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
FIRE! ORCHESTRA Ritual 2LP+CD
Double LP version. Includes CD. Fire! Orchestra follow their acclaimed 2014 album Enter (RCD 2158CD/RLP 3158LP) with Ritual, slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21. Since the release of Enter, this energetic and dynamic mass ensemble has gone from intimate jazz settings to the main hall at the Molde International Jazz Festival and a major stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival. As brilliant as Enter is, with Ritual they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power, extremely well executed, beautifully recorded, and produced from only two days in the studio. Free improvisations, spontaneous horns, keyboard frenzy, abstract electronics, and guitar mayhem, not to mention those glorious twin voices from heaven and hell. It's about mysteries and rituals in music and in life. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass), and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what one would call jazz purists; they all play in many different groups and contexts, including The Thing (Gustafsson), experimental folk-electronica outfit Tape (Berthling), and skewed blues-pop unit Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Werliin). Those important singers, Sofia Jernberg and Mariam Wallentin, have been on board since the beginning, and the same goes for horn players Niklas Barnö, Jonas Kullhammar, Mats Äleklint, Per Åke Holmlander, and Anna Högberg. Basically a Swedish ensemble, the orchestra also counts Norwegian, Danish, and French players among its ranks. Members of Fire! Orchestra share a wide background, combining jazz, improvised music, contemporary music, rock, garage, psych, and more. As they proclaim on their website, "please make up your own genre and mind -- listen freely -- don't buy our labeling attempts...labeling sucks."
RLP 3183LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: RLP 3183LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO Black Stabat Mater LP
LP version. Hedvig Mollestad Trio present Black Stabat Mater. With three albums under their belts in less than five years this explosive trio have gone from strength to strength gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps and receiving vivid praise from the likes of Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke and veteran writer Richard Williams, who started his report from the Berlin Jazz Festival with "a late-night gig last week persuaded me that Hedvig Mollestad Trio have found a way to make head banging feel good". Although there is enough riffing here to satisfy the head-bangers, with Black Stabat Mater the trio are venturing into more free and open landscapes, Mollestad truly comes into her own as a solo guitarist as well as a riff-meister previously compared to the likes of Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. It´s also notable that extensive touring has given them a confidence boost, and once again the tracks have been laid down live in the studio with only minor overdubs. The last few years have seen a thrilling new progressive wave of Norwegian "avant jazz'n'rock" or free metal energy combos like label mates Elephant9, Grand General, Bushman´s Revenge and Krokofant, and not to forget the mighty Scorch Trio - led by Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim - who can be said to have started it all some 15 years ago. But it could very well be Hedvig Mollestad Trio that defines it all with their ability to turn the full force of heavy rock and electric jazz to demonic purposes. Hedvig first picked up her mother´s nylon-strung acoustic guitar at ten, before discovering a whole new world through her father´s jazz and rock record collection as a teenager. She translated a biography of Jimi Hendrix for a school project and was given her first electric guitar and amplifier as a confirmation present. The members of the trio are from the districts, but Hedvig met bass player Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad at the Music Academy in Oslo. Hedvig asked them to join her after she received the "Jazz Talent Of The Year" Award at Molde International Jazz Festival in 2009. They have stayed together since, and their previous three albums have all been released on Rune Grammofon, Shoot! (2011) (RCD 2115CD/RLP 3115LP), All Of Them Witches (2013) (RCD 2141CD/RLP 3141LP) and Enfant Terrible (2014) (RCD 2157CD/RLP 3157LP), all to wide international acclaim.
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
RBLV 001EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RBLV 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REDSHAPE Best of Live Vol. 1 12"
Redshape: "10 Years Redshape Live is a thank you to the labels I mainly worked with in the past ten years and also to all the people on world's dance floors. Starting on Running Back, the Best Of Live series will contain tracks which were only part of my live set. As I always record my shows, I searched for the moment, in which each of those tracks had their biggest and also earliest impact. I took that recording and rebuild them part by part to make them proper DJ versions. Named after the cities where they were performed."
SPE:C (GERMANY)
SPEC 015-03EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SPEC 015-03EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DECKA Isolated 12"
Decka presents Isolated. 12" with deluxe clear PVC vinyl sleeve in neon print. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Bottom heavy techno cuts from Bristol. Vinyl only.
SPITTLE RECORDS (ITALY)
SPITTLE 021LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SPITTLE 021LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux LP
2016 repress. Originally released in 2010. Following an idea of Italian disco guru Fred Ventura to publish some recordings that have remained in the vaults for more than 25 years, and thanks to the skillful "mastering touch" of Giovanni Versari, Spittle Records present a representative and intense snapshot of the Milanese new-wave scene of the early eighties with Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux. Twelve tracks that recount the salient steps of the brief but intense career of four Milanese bands from the post-punk of Other Side, to the oblique funk of State Of Art, to the Kraftwerk influences of La Maison, to the electro pop-wave of Jeunesse d'Ivoire. "Boris Karloff" features Kubrix and 2+2=5 playing with La Maison, forming the group known as Entourage L'Asino. These four bands illustrate the mood of an underground scene that burned out rapidly, mostly due to the indifference of the media and recording industry during those years.
STAG-O-LEE (GERMANY)
STAGO 088LP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: STAGO 088LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Shadrach: Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 9 10"
Stag-O-Lee present Shadrach: Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 9, the ninth volume in their successful Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Amazing and danceable tunes from the late '50s and early '60s - a handful of Popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers and awesome rhythm & blues - most of them with an exotic twist. Twelve songs on a nice 10" vinyl. Features: Jay Abbott, Chance Halladay, Johnny West, The Ken Jones Orchestra, Merle Kilgore, Oberia Martinez, The Rhythm Kings, Dorsey Burnette, Billy Duke, The Cords, The Wanderers and Little Walter.
STAGO 089LP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: STAGO 089LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Boomstix!: More Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 10 10"
Stag-O-Lee present Boomstix!: More Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 10, the tenth volume in their successful Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Amazing and danceable tunes from the late '50s and early '60s - a handful of Popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers and awesome rhythm & blues - most of them with an exotic twist. Twelve songs on a nice 10" vinyl. Features: David Hill, The 5 Royales, The Gay Poppers, Guy Mitchell, Louisiana Red, Nellie Rutherford, Curley & The Jades, Bobby Sharp, Ernie Washington, Ruben Fort, Danny Owens and Bach Yen.
STAGO 090LP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: STAGO 090LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
AUTOMATIC CITY One Batch Of Blues 10"
10" version. Automatic City present One Batch Of Blues, a release of blues covers. Engines on. "Commit a Crime", percussion kicks in; pulses and beats issue from various instruments and objects of everyday life; cardboard, cans and bottles echo in the tape machine. Guitar riffs roar, moan and slide, saturating the old tweed amplifier's small speaker. Singing, always soulful, swings between highs and lows, changing moods and modes, to the backbeat of an ever pounding double bass and the raw strums of acoustic guitar. Recorded in simple live takes with a handful of microphones, Automatic City stay true to the founding fathers, to the roots of blues, the raw energy of a stripped down spontaneous sound, occasionally whisking them away on further musical explorations. An eclecticism which emerges on "God Moves On The Water" bringing in sounds of Theremin, sitar, berimbau and melodica. There once were giants, by the names of Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and Blind Willie Johnson. They sang stories about lost and found loves, all-night balls, cunning escapes and fateful encounters, churches and boozers, humanity sailing forth on a doomed ship. "People had to run and pray" though sometimes whiskey and women wouldn't let the old boys do so, but all the folks surely want them to play. All night long! Features songs written by: Chester Burnett, McKinley Morganfield, Blind Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Fred McDowell/Gary Harding Davis.
STATIC CARAVAN (UK)
VAN 304EP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: VAN 304EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HAYMAN, DARREN Train Songs (Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit) 7" PIC. DISC+CD
Darren Hayman follows up his alternative hit "Someone to Care About" (The Hayman Kupa Band) with a diesel powered train themed picture disc. Put to the sword by the static brothers, The Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit proved to be the train Darren would write a song about if Static Caravan promised a picture disc release. Of course Darren wouldn't stop here and the proposed single expanded to now include an eight track CD of Train Songs all for the price of a ticket to the Midland Railway Museum. Edition of 300.
STERNS MUSIC (UK)
STCD 1127CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: STCD 1127CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
KANTE, VIEUX The Young Man's Harp CD
Sterns Music present Vieux Kanté's The Young Man's Harp, a treasure nearly lost forever amid the vast wealth of Malian music. The blind kamalé ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 in 2005. This is the first time the album has been released. Vieux Kanté was an innovator. Having mastered the kamalé ngoni ("young man's harp") while just a teenager, he grew frustrated by the instrument's limitations, and so he added two strings to the standard six, enabling himself to reach notes beyond the traditional West African pentatonic scales. Eventually he graduated to ten and finally twelve strings, and extended his range still further by bending the strings like a blues guitarist. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques also included popping the strings to accent beats, rubbing them to produce squeaks and moans, and lightly placing his fingers at just the right points to produce bell-toned harmonics. But for all Vieux Kanté's dazzling abilities, his music is enriched by the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, especially his djembe drummer, his funky bassist, and singer Kabadjan Diakité. The Young Man's Harp is a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author of In Griot Time, Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.
STIL VOR TALENT (GERMANY)
SVT 174CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: SVT 174CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KOLETZKI, OLIVER Schneeweiss VI CD
Over the years, Oliver Koletzki has continuously cited Berlin as a point of reference and, more importantly, a source of inspiration. Two of his albums Großstadtmärchen (SVT 037CD, 2009) and Großstadtmärchen 2 (Part 1 - SVT 075LP, Part 2 - SVT 080LP, 2012) have been a direct ode to the capital. Friedrichshain, one of Berlin's vibrant districts, has always held a special place in Oliver's heart. This is where he started out when he first moved to the city, and this is where he lives now. Schneeweiss, one of Friedrichhains best and most loved restaurants, is just around the corner. Over the course of eight years, the stylish eatery has impressed many a Berlin foodie with its contemporary take on alpine cuisine and attention to detail. Music is part of the experience here, which is no surprise due to one of the owner's extensive background in Berlin's club scene of the early days. Pairing striking award-winning interior design with a homely laid-back atmosphere, Schneeweiss welcomes everyone with open arms: Kiez locals and celebrities, students and businessmen, hipsters and families all can be found here, Oliver Koletzki among them. Thus, after many a late-night label dinner an idea slowly formed. Why not join forces and collaborate on a compilation that represents both, Oliver Koletzkis and Schneeweiss taste? Compiled specifically with the restaurant in mind, Schneeweiss VI, is convincing as a tasty treat for the music connoisseur and a musical treat for the culinary aficionado. Bon Appétit! Features tracks from: Cubicolor, Tim Digby-Bell, Frank Wiedemann, Stimming, Julian Wassermann & Oliver Deuerling, Worst Case, Yotto, Hatzler, Victor Ruiz, Reinier Zonneveld, Koletzki & Schwind, Pete Oak, Kerrier District, KiNK and Moderat.
STUDIO BARNHUS (SWEDEN)
BARN 045X-EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BARN 045X-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KOVACS, KORNEL The Bells (Album Sampler) 12"
This is a limited edition vinyl only sampler of Kornél Kovács's 2016 album The Bells (BARN 045CD/LP). Extended takes on album cuts "Gex" and "Josey's Tune" as well as a remix from the one and only Samo DJ, all exclusive to this record.
SWAG CLASSICS (UK)
SWAG 001EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SWAG 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SOUND OF THE SUBURBS/SLOTH UK I Wont Stop/Mr Eko 12"
Dubstep will forever be linked to Croydon. There's never a mention of tech house though, another world conquering music genre. Swag began in late 1992 and within a year it has positioned itself as the leading store to buy the stripped down and driving brand of house music being played at underground parties in London. "I Wont Stop" by Pete Hurst and Paul Stubbs under their Sound Of The Suburbs moniker sounds as fresh today as it did back in the day. The B side is "Mr Eko", an unreleased track from Pete aka Sloth UK. Selected by Liz Edwards.
SWEET ELECTRONIC MUSIC LOVERS RECORDS (FRANCE)
SEML 002EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: SEML 002EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCOTT, DUNS Neidio 12"
Young producer from Amiens, Duns Scott started delving into the many subgenres of electronic music after coming across Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and other Warp artists. He became a record digger of jazz, funk and disco, which all deeply affect his music writing. "Neidio" has its own idiosyncratic sound and story. "Timelanding" was drafted as if a real studio session with actual musicians was happening the jazz vocal samples try to instate the synergy of the musicians. "Neij" is the imaginary soundtrack of a dream inspired by the art cover of the EP. Mastered by Sven Weisemann.
T&W RECORDS (GERMANY)
RBTW 004EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RBTW 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DELPHI/MARCO & VAL Unleashed Tapes Vol. 1 12"
Already doing the rounds and the damage for a while, Unleashed Tapes Vol. 1 is finally officially available. A special treat from the Tiger's lair with a different and darker twist, one that seeks out the darker and more dodgy discotheques on the side streets and in the backyards where the trough has no flush and the mirror balls have never been cleaned. Automatic rhythms and electronic dancing sound made years after the future.
TECHNICOLOUR (UK)
TCLR 017EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: TCLR 017EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KUPFER, FLORIAN Unfinished 12"
Florian Kupfer's Unfinished EP finds the 28 year old Berlin resident in electric form, assembling three smoldering club tracks and one stunning beat-less piece built on the foundations of his inimitable improvised hardware jams. Ninja Tune set up Technicolour as a singles label. Their output to date includes 12"s by Hieroglyphic Being, Legowelt, Nathan Melja, NY*AK, Kutmah, BNJMN and U.
THE DUB (ITALY)
THEDUB 108EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: THEDUB 108EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
COCCOLUTO, CLAUDIO THEDUB108 12"
Claudio Coccoluto continues the return of his "The Dub" imprint this with THEDUB108 EP, including three original tracks from the unmistakable Italian artist. 180 gram vinyl. Edition of 200.
THIRD MAN RECORDS
TMR 295LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TMR 295LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MELVINS, THE Houdini LP
Repressed. "Signed to Atlantic Records in the hubbub after Nirvana's Nevermind (1991) exploded, the Melvins' fifth album Houdini was a conscious attempt by the band to make a record that wouldn't alienate their fans but that the band members themselves would also enjoy. Their best-selling release by a country-mile, this album crested at number 29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Houdini would be most folks introduction to the band and songs like 'Honeybucket' received MTV airplay. First time on vinyl since 1993. Mastered directly from original analog tapes. Six tracks produced by Kurt Cobain. Cover art by legendary artist Frank Kozik. Includes the vinyl-only bonus track ''Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)'' originally by the MC5. Gatefold sleeve. 180-gram BLACK VINYL."
TIMEDANCE (UK)
TIMEDANCE 005EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TIMEDANCE 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PLOY Iron Lungs EP 12"
Ploy shows his ear for striking, off-kilter ideas, whilst staying aware of dancefloor functionality. "Iron Lungs" combines ghostly atmospherics with crashing ride cymbals and sub drops. It's as impactful as it is odd, striking a middle ground between the two. The B-side continues the motif unrelenting percussion and textures. "Number 24" bounces around a 4x4 kick and bulky congas, while "Footprints In Solid Rock" strips back the elements to reveal a broken form, combining swung percussion and eerie flutes.
TOCHNIT ALEPH (GERMANY)
TA 129LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: TA 129LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
IANNONE, DOROTHY Ewig Grun LP
2015 release. Edition of 300. Full-color cover and inner sleeve by Dorothy Iannone. Dorothy Iannone was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1933. She attended Boston University and Brandeis University where she majored in Literature. Since the beginning of her career in the 1960s, Dorothy Iannone has been making vibrant paintings, drawings, prints, films, objects and books, all with a markedly narrative and overtly autobiographical visual feel. Her oeuvre is like an exhilarating ode to an unbridled sexuality and celebration of ecstatic unity, unconditional love, and a singular attachment to Eros as a philosophical concept. "When I was living in France in 1975, I made an audio cassette singing some lines from a famous German song: 'Wenn keiner treu Dir bliebe, ich bleib Dir ewig grün, Du meine alte Liebe, Berlin bleibt doch Berlin.' (When no one stays by you, I'll remain forever true, my old love, you, Berlin will always stay Berlin.) Maybe the song was on my mind because I had just received the news that I had been awarded a DAAD artist grant for the following year. I was home alone that evening and, after painting for some hours, I decided that, since I still had a lot of energy I would make an audio cassette. I set up my simple equipment on the floor by my bedside. I didn't have any particular plan when I started to sing, but somehow, as I went along, I began caressing myself and my voice changed according to my feelings. But yet despite what I was feeling, the discipline was to keep singing those same four lines. The voice itself expressed the stages of sexual arousal. Shortly before orgasm, I was almost completely breathless and could hardly continue repeating the lines between gasps, and then suddenly, as the orgasm began, my voice became really strong and loud, soaring into the air for some moments before subsiding as I, very softly, managed to utter the concluding lines." --Dorothy Iannone
TA 137CD
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: TA 137CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
SELTEN GEHORTE MUSIK Streichquartett 558171 (Romenthalquartett) 2CD
Edition of 500 copies. Fourth part in the Selten Gehörte Musik reissue series. Two CD's packaged in illustrated 12" LP gatefold-sleeve. "The next "Rarely Heard Music" production was staged once again in a private setting: at Hermann Nitsch's Villa Romenthal by Lake Ammer on 12th February 1975: the Streichquartett 558171 (Romenthalquartett) with Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Dieter Roth and Gerhard Rühm, which filled all of a three album boxed set. Originally we had simply made a selection of the recorded material large enough to fill a single album, Roth was unable to part with the remaining material when it came to having the records pressed. The remorseless inclusion of even the failures, the idle moments, was so radical it almost bordered on masochism. In this particular case I felt it was an ascetic exercise in dispensing with all the correction and rectification, a ban on holding anything back. Simultaneously, Roth's often hard school of total acceptance had a stimulating and in some ways liberating effect on me, mindful as I normally am of formal rigor and economy of means" - Gerhard Rühm. Apart from the group session this edition also includes a duo piano session by Dieter Roth and Hermann Nitsch recorded in Stuttgart, November 1975.
TA 143CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: TA 143CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
NITSCH, HERMANN Orgelkonzert Berlin 2016 CD
Recording of Hermann Nitsch's pipe organ concert, Berlin, January 22, 2016. "Hermann Nitsch is looked upon as the true successor the great masters of symphony: Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler. He draws from Scriabin's, Schoenberg's and Webern's experience, however comes up with different conclusions than their (sanctioned) successors. That is to say: Nitsch disregards Webern's analysis of music. Unlike others he does not attempt to advance atonal music with methods that should be handed over to science and technical realms (e.g. Stockhausen). Nitsch ignores any attempt to investigate the core of the construction of Webern's music. He does know it well though and starts where others don't react at all; at lust, rot (disintegration) and death, poison and madness, fragrance and temperature, the fluid, the excess. To him the intricate structure of a symphony is not accidental play with traditional forms, its necessity. A symphony is s-o-u-n-d (and complete). Nitsch draws material from a number of epochs, mostly though from late romanticism and expressionism. Unlike those who don't want to let go of the past, Nitsch uses materials that pertain to today's interests rather than adhering to structures established before. Theater and music cannot be left in the hands of specialists only. A new generation has to grow. Nothing is gained by performances of some puny imbeciles. These warmed-up-versions of Dadaistic rage are no good if the goal is to leave the current stagnation in theater and music behind. The staging of a Nitsch performance require something that is completely missing in today's Karajans and Bernsteins: What is called for is rather exact knowledge of where liberation and expansion (really) take place? Few set out to work on Scriabin's fragrance and color prophecies. I see a legitimate expansion of Scriabin's mystery play in Nitsch's symphonic and theatrical work. Nitsch does not make the mistake to turn Scriabin's demands into dogma. He doesn't allow himself (run danger) to separate Scriabin from history like a fatherly patron the way it happened to Webern and his successors (epigons). Nitsch didn't run into Scriabin like a lost son but as somebody who clearly knew his own goals and was capable to integrate Scriabin's visions into his own work." -- Günter Brus, 1969 (translated from the Austrian by Hans J. Schacht) Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Full color six-panel digipak. Edition of 300.
TA 144CD
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TA 144CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
IANNONE, DOROTHY A Fluxus Essay CD
Tochnit Aleph presents Dorothy Iannone's A Fluxus Essay. Audio CD with 20-page booklet. Edition of 270. Recorded in Berlin 1979. Dorothy Iannone tells her Fluxus story. "There, George Maciunas and I looked deeply but impassively into each other's eyes, not knowing then that we would meet again on these pages. Perhaps he was thinking, "Who is this woman?". Perhaps it might even have amused him, somewhere far back in his mind, to know that I am she who is the Fluxus woman artist who is not the Fluxus woman artist." Dorothy Iannone was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1933. She attended Boston University and Brandeis University where she majored in Literature. Since the beginning of her career in the 1960's, Dorothy Iannone has been making vibrant paintings, drawings, prints, films, objects and books, all with a markedly narrative and overtly autobiographical visual feel. Her oeuvre is like an exhilarating ode to an unbridled sexuality and celebration of ecstatic unity, unconditional love, and a singular attachment to Eros as a philosophical concept. In 1961 she successfully sued the U.S. Government on behalf of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, which until then was censured in the U.S., to allow its importation into the country. She begins painting in 1959 and travels extensively with her husband to Europe and the Far East. From 1963 until 1967, she runs a co-operative gallery on Tenth Street, New York together with her husband. In 1966 they lived for some months in the South of France where she begins a close friendship with Robert Filliou and other artists from Fluxus. She meets and falls in love with German-Swiss artist Dieter Roth during a journey to Reykjavik and will share his life in different European cities until 1974. Two years later Iannone moves to Berlin after receiving a grant from the DAAD Berlin Artists' Program. She still lives and works in Berlin, where she pursues her artistic production. Her works narrate the her life in intimate detail, transforming somewhat the feminist discourse of the 1960's, by emphasizing personal freedom and spiritual transcendence through complete devotion to, and union with, a lover.
TRESOR (GERMANY)
KERN 003CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: KERN 003CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OBJEKT Kern Vol. 3 CD
Following contributions by DJ Deep (KERN 001CD) and DJ Hell (KERN 002CD), Tresor Records present the third installment in their Kern mix-series, this time headed by Berlin based producer Objekt, his first release since his debut album Flatland for PAN (PAN 060CD/LP, 2014). In keeping with the series mission of showcasing a more personal approach to mixing, TJ Hertz describes his process as such: "Kern Vol. 3 is made up of tracks that I know I will play and love for years to come. Some of these records have been in my bag for years; others are almost as new to me as they are to you. A handful are by lesser known artists whom I admire and who I think deserve wider recognition. Planned, recorded, embellished, reworked, tweaked and chiseled away at over a period of six months, the mix was gradually carved out in a way that makes use of new and old techniques alike, presenting itself primarily as a DJ mix but settling in a sweet spot between live recording and studio trickery. The track-list spans styles, decades and BPMs in an attempt to craft a mix that's unpredictable and compelling in equal measure - one that draws from the more adventurous corners of my club sets, but above all, one that's a pleasure to listen to." Clocking in at 75 minutes across 36 tracks, Kern Vol. 3 delivers on Objekt's promise, stitching together everything from the playful breakbeats of Beatrice Dillon's "Halfway" to Kirk DiGiorgio's classic techno "Nebula Variation" and the light-speed IDM of Aleksi Perälä and Ueno Masaaki without missing a beat. A descent through ambient bliss, thundering cello drones and vocal contortions (courtesy of Anna Caragnano, Yair Elazar Glotman and Senyawa's Rully Shabara respectively) give way to the stoned haze of Sensational vs DJ Sotofett and metalwork of Machine Woman and Skarn, rounding up a highly eclectic and adventurous mix which also includes previously unreleased tracks by Bristol's Shanti Celeste, rising Brooklyn producer Via App and accomplished electro technicians Clatterbox and Polzer. Also features: _moonraker, Seldom Seen, Final Cut, Mono Junk, nsi., Echo 106, Future/Past (Kirk DiGiorgio), The Persuader, Birdland, Pollon, Fret, Donato Dozzy, TX81Z, Thomas Heckmann, Sole Tech, Dave Smolen, Nick Forte, Bee Mask, Marcus Schmickler, Julian Rohrhuber, Ondo Fudd, ACI_EDITS, Dresvn, Anokie, Ruff Cherry and Space Brothers.
UIQ (UK)
UIQ 005EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: UIQ 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LANARK ARTEFAX Glasz EP 12"
22 year old Glaswegian, Lanark Artefax, presents a debut on UIQ. A willingness to bend perceptions is key to the title track and the lush, polymetric gyroscopics of "All That Is Solid Melts Into Air" or with the prism-pushing aspects of cone-buckling subs and interlaced choral frameworks in "Remainder I". "Glasz" is a curdled take on trap, oozing queasy stripes of melody and rave stabs on a brittle rimshot/snare, before "Phasze (s_h_i_f_t)" diffuses grime in an aether fantasy of sci-fi romantic pads and elastic drums, and "Virtual Bodies" glitches a sort of shatterproof hyper chamber music.
VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)
VAMPI 169LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: VAMPI 169LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MONEY CHICHA Echo En Mexico LP
LP version. Money Chicha is an Austin, Texas-based group featuring members of the Grammy-award winning Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma and its offshoot funk outfit Brownout. They perform a fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched and percussion-heavy style of music inspired by the sounds of Peru and Colombia in the '60s and '70s. This style of music, sometimes called "chicha" music, is known for its infectious Latin beat, its psychedelic, surf guitar pyrotechnics, and its melodies influenced by the indigenous culture of the Andes mountains. The group's sound is derived from the exhilarating syncopations of congas, cowbell and timbales, the gritty tones of combo organs and vintage synthesizers, effects-laden guitar melodies, insistent basslines and a healthy dose of trippy effects. Money Chicha is a modern translation of this South American musical style interpreted by highly skilled veterans of America's most vibrant music town. In their capable hands, the "chicha" genre takes on a new and unique character, guaranteed to move one to both dance and listen, entranced by the undeniable rhythms and virtuosic displays of musicality.
VINYL ON DEMAND (GERMANY)
VOD 145ATM-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145ATM-LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALL THE MADMEN Early Tape Recordings LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. All The Madmen were Neale James Potts, Michael William Richardson, Christopher Paul Bailey and Richard Roger Weston-Smith from Stoke-on-Trent, UK. They called themselves minimal synthesizer-punks. All The Madmen started in 1980 as an anti-rock group, believing that the way that music was played and produced should change forever. One track called "Superior Life" made it onto the LP Cry Havoc, compiled in 1981.
VOD 145B1-LP
PRICE: $162.00
CAT #: VOD 145B1-LP
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VA British Cassette Culture: Recordings 1975-1984 8LP BOX/2x7"
Limited edition of 333. Includes hand-numbered certificate. British Cassette Culture: Recordings 1975-1984 is an 8 LP with 2x7" box set that gives a glance to some of the protagonists of the early to mid '80s tape culture in Britain with synth but also guitar-based electronic and wave artists. Records contained are: Those Little Aliens & This Little Alien (Ian Dobson and Gordon Hope) Recordings 1980-81 from Image 341, Flowmotion and Un-Ltd Abilities Label (VOD 145TLA-LP), Ron Berry Where Dark Forces Meet (1982) (VOD 145RB-LP), The Legendary Pink Dots Premonition (1982) (VOD 145LPD-LP), Stephen Cadman Big Smith Stays In Bed (1981) (VOD 145SC-LP), All The Madmen Early Tape Recordings (VOD 145ATM-LP), Carl Matthews Mirage-Tape-Years (VOD 145CM-LP), Kevin Harrison Tape Recordings 1975-1985 (VOD 145KH-LP) and Ron Crowcroft Mundane Recordings 1980-1985 (VOD 145RC-LP).
VOD 145B2-LP
PRICE: $110.00
CAT #: VOD 145B2-LP
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VA The Lung Function Years: Solo & Side-Projects To Click Click 5LP BOX
Limited edition of 333. Includes hand-numbered certificate. The Lung Function Years gives an insight into Adrian and Derek Smith's musical legacy from 1982 to 1986 focusing on their Lung Function label, solo work and side projects Half Nervous/Those Nervous Surgeons, EFF (Eject Or Fast Forward) and Click Click. In 1976, Adrian got a decent tape machine and recorded everything he ever created. From 1977 to 1980, and before starting the Lung Function Label, Adrian and Derek had the post-punk project Those Nervous Surgeons (Adrian Smith - guitar/synth/vocals; Tim Wilson - bass; Derek Smith - drums; Mark Turney - guitar) and Half Nervous (Adrian Smith - synth/vocals; Derek Smith - drums/designs/direction). In 1980, Adrian took possession of Tim Wilson's Wasp synth and Akai reel-to-reel. He worked alone and eventually asked others to help expand on the music. From 1980 to 1981, the brothers were very productive, creating the skeletons of songs which would be shaped into the music of Click Click. But before this, Adrian started to release music on cassette under the names Another View and later on as EFF. In 1981, changing their name to Click Click, they added funky experimental guitarist Rick Camp to the band and recorded "Silver Single". Their sound mutated into post punk/jagged rock. But after much turmoil in the band, they break up and the guitars and the name changed back to Half Nervous. In 1982, Adrian and Derek begin to gig as an electronic duo, their friends donated equipment and Derek acquires a set of electronic drums. Over two weeks they developed and recorded Behind Dark Glasses. It is a brash, Residents influenced collection of dark industrial electronics. At same time, Adrian Smith releases If Look Could Kill and in 1983 Another Bag Of Legs For Ya is recorded onto a borrowed Portastudio but is never officially released. Half Nervous (Jenny Prestana on viola at this time) change their name back to Click Click and record a version of "The Sack" and revisit more of Adrian's solo work as well as versions of "Natural Actions" and "The Last Chance" from Behind Dark Glasses. From 1984 to 1986, Click Click (with Jon Morris replacing Jenny's viola with another Wasp synth) are back in full flow, Adrian's solo material continues to materialize especially under the moniker EFF. Since 1986, an ever increasing collection of cassettes and hours of recorded music sit unheard in the vaults of Lung Function.
VOD 145B3-LP
PRICE: $73.00
CAT #: VOD 145B3-LP
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BAND OF HOLY JOY (More) Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents 3LP BOX/7"
Limited edition of 333. Includes hand-numbered certificate. A box-release covering the Band Of Holy Joy's cassette released artistic output from 1983 to 1986, split on 3 records. Band Of Holy Joy were formed in the summer of 1983 when Johny and Max found a synthesizer in the cellar of the squatted New Cross Gate house they were living in. They started messing about on this synth and started writing songs on it. The songs however were very messy and the discovery of an old plastic harmonium in a local junk shop only added to the chaos. They brought in Brett Turnbull to bring a sense of order to the noise they were creating. Brett brought along Martine Thoquenne with him and the noise in the cellar started becoming very interesting indeed. A person who is much forgotten but quite instrumental in what went on was George Lovell. John Jenkins, a photographer who was around the house, was persuaded to trade his camera for a mouth organ, tambourine and various other instruments. The Band Of Holy Joy, a completed entity, started to create strange sounds and songs began to emerge. Cultural interests at this time were 8 and 35mm film, Bertol Brecht stage play and the electronic disco sounds that could be heard and bought uptown. Subjects that fired their imaginations were media scare stories, prescription medications, institutional living, big cities, bad glamor and self-preservation in vulnerable situations. There was an affinity and shared living space with the constructivist outfit Test Dept who took Band Of Holy Joy out on tour with them resulting in very early performances in Manchester, Sheffield and Retford. When they returned to London they entered the studio and began to record and assemble tracks to go alongside the porta studio recordings, cut ups, and collages they were creating at home. They also played with Einsturzende Neubauten around this time. The band was interested in the emerging cassette culture of the day. The first cassette was Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents which was released in 1983 More Favourite Fairytales was recorded on a four track portastudio which was released in 1984. The band would often make and play their own instruments as well as make their own films. A special post-punk pre-acid house, a creatively perfect time to be young and full of noise, word and image in London.
VOD 145CM-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145CM-LP
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MATTHEWS, CARL Mirage-Tape-Years LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Mirage-Tape-Years features music from Carl Matthews's early cassette releases. Music has always been important to Carl Matthews. Especially the German music he got into right from the start, buying albums from Virgin Records in London of bands like Cosmic Couriers, Klaus Schulze, Guru Guru and Amon Duul II. Given that his friends found his music taste a bit disturbing, Carl decided to do his own stuff to give him the freedom to do music he really loved i.e., electronic music. He bought a reel-to-reel, a Korg Polyphonic Ensemble, a Korg MS20 synthesizer and a Korg SQ10 Sequencer. All very limited compared to today's technology but good and interesting sounds could still be produced. Carl produced his first tapes and they found release on labels and distribution outlets. Some of the tracks on this album are from the very first releases Intervention 87 (1981) and Freewheel To Freedom (1981), which were more experimental and minimal incorporating guitar sounds. Other tracks off the albums Aksu (1980), East/West (1981) and Iridescence (1983).
VOD 145KH-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145KH-LP
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HARRISON, KEVIN Tape Recordings 1975-1985 LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Tape Recordings 1975-1985 features work from Kevin Harrison. Kevin Harrison's music is guitar orientated. But treated and mutated. Harrison is no ordinary guitar hero: his playing shimmers like light reflected on water. His work is reminiscent of a cross between Brian Eno, Michael Rother and Eric Random. While in the ambient field, it balances a lot more in the direction of contemporary electronics and a heavier sound. Nevertheless, his influences are very clear. A minimal psychedelicist at heart, Harrison's is the music of the hypnotic state, of dream and trance. Its core is an obvious affection for the work of Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Kraftwerk and The Normal tempered with an awareness of oriental rhythms and harmonies which give the elemental electronics a warmer, human touch. With Harrison's deft handling his squeaks and buzzes, his synthesized loop tables and his drum machines "Inscrutably Obvious" seems like it will prove horribly inaccessible. But once properly investigated it offers a sparklingly seductive selection of tracks wholeheartedly recommended to anybody looking for entertainment from the avant-garde. Chas de Whalley on Harrison: "No guitar heroes next 'cause it's Kevin Harrison. I could listen to his excellent stuff all night. What he does is guitar improvisations with the guitar put through lots of reel-to-reel echo units and other such things. This means he only has to fall over his guitar and it sounds good good good good. The result is similar to Fripp/Eno collaborations with layers of rejected guitar sounds. It sounds much better than I can be bothered to write it, if you're curious go and see him do his act."
VOD 145LPD-LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: VOD 145LPD-LP
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LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE Premonition LP + 7"
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. A vinyl reissue of The Legendary Pink Dots's Premonition, originally released on cassette in 1982. In the early '80s the whole concept of committing music to vinyl seemed like a noble but improbable dream. It was expensive and unless a label was offering, it was consigned to the experimental band's "bucket list". Cassette albums were another matter however. The Dots had chaotically joined the tape revolution with a couple of releases on their own Mirrordot label and after accidentally wiping one of the masters, decided it was something better left to "real" labels. Hence the band was delighted when Ian Dobson from Flowmotion approached them. Consequently Premonition was assembled; a combination of older and newer songs were placed in an extremely psychedelic collage with a rack of effects tuned and abused with the help of Pat Bermingham, who owned the In Phaze label and a small studio which used to belong to Pink Floyd's Nick Mason. Sadly, Flowmotion ran into trouble after the release and it took a few years before the Dots actually saw a copy the original album.
VOD 145RB-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145RB-LP
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BERRY, RON Where Dark Forces Meet LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. A vinyl reissue of Ron Berry's Where Dark Forces Meet, originally released on cassette in 1982. Ron became interested in electronics as a child in the mid-fifties, making radios and other electronic projects. He built my first synthesizer from a magazine article, but the performance wasn't that great so he started to modify it. Before too long he'd built a modular system of his own design. Microprocessor boards became affordable at the end of the seventies. The outcome of the experiments was a fully programmable sequencer and an electronic percussion unit. A friend of Ron's, Phil Clogg, became interested in it. The result of this was to form an electronic duo called Out of Control around 1979. It was based around two modular synthesizers, guitar, vocals and a further synthesizer and electronic percussion controlled by my unique microprocessor based sequencer. The microprocessor generated all the basic rhythmic backing control patterns for the synthesizers and electronic percussion during the whole of the gig. Phil played guitar, sang vocals plus playing a pedal board for some extra bass depth. They were one of the first bands in the UK to employ a computer for live music creation and generation. For them this was so much better than using a fixed backing on a tape recorder as some were doing. The duo was a huge turning point for Ron. After Out of Control, Ron produced his first electronic music album Where Dark Forces Meet, released on cassette on the independent Flowmotion. The album is basically a 4 track multi-track recording, with extra atmospheres and effects flown in using a couple of additional two track tape recorders. The mixing desk at the time was six channels, plus the mixers on Ron's synthesizers. From the success of this, he really wanted to develop his own solo electronic rock ambient music live, so he concentrated on expanding the sequencer to produce polyphonic control patterns and added a Godwin string synth. To date, Ron has produced fourteen albums of solo electronic music, ranging from rock to more ambient experimental styles. Ron has continued to experiment and build stuff when he could. Since then analog has largely given way to digital. He has embraced and exploited much of this technology along the way but in some respects he remained "old school" as a lot of today's highly compressed digital earplug music is not exactly to his taste.
VOD 145RC-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145RC-LP
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CROWCROFT, RON Mundane Recordings 1980-1985 LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Mundane Recordings 1980-1985 comprises a selection of music pieces created by Ron Crowcroft. Punk had opened possibilities for artists to explore sound structures as another means of creating, showing that original work could be produced using rudimentary technical equipment and expertise. Ron began experimenting with sound in 1979 and contributed several of these tracks to various Mail Art projects, including sending many pieces to Rod Summers of VEC Audio Editions, who released them on compilation tapes and a solo tape. Ron also contributed to galleries and alternative spaces that were open to new kinds of music. In late 1979, Ron co-founded New 7th Music, an experimental electronic and acoustic improvisation group, which met every two weeks for recording sessions at The Arun Leisure Centre in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England. New 7th Music began releasing cassettes as the national interest in home recording was gaining momentum, which received regular articles and reviews in the national music press. New 7th Music played some live shows, including a performance at The London Musicians Collective. Many musicians and friends joined the group over the years on various recording sessions and in live shows. Ron also collaborated with Andrew Blackwell, as the duo, The Modern Farmers, releasing an anonymous cassette in 1981, which combined experimental sound pieces and humorous tracks. A magazine was included with the cassette. A subsequent collaboration saw Ron sending basic vocal tracks to Robert Gillham, who then added music tracks to complete each piece, which were released as the duo, Random Valency. At the same time, Ron continued recording and releasing his own music on his Mundane Tapes label, first with Skullduggery in 1980, and his second release, I Am Normal (1981), entered the Sounds music paper "Obscurist Chart". He then released Greatest Hiss, a series of four compilation tapes comprised of various music tracks from his solo and collaborative work. Ron is a multi-media artist, who continues to create and release music. His other creative output includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, conceptual art, poetry and humor.
VOD 145SC-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VOD 145SC-LP
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CADMAN, STEPHEN Big Smith Stays In Bed LP
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. A vinyl reissue of Stephen Cadman's Big Smith Stays In Bed, originally released on cassette in 1981. Stephen Cadman is a synthesizer player from Leeds. In late 1980, he produced and released a C60-Tape on his own Big Smith's Nose Tapes-Label. His synth music and style were in the vein of Tangerine Dream and other German electronic bands of the '70s. Ian Dobson found interest and distributed and also re-released Big Smith Stays In Bed shortly after on the Flowmotion label.
VOD 145TLA-LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: VOD 145TLA-LP
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THOSE LITTLE ALIENS & THIS LITTLE ALIEN Recordings 1980-1981 LP + 7"
Limited edition of 444. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Recordings 1980-1981 is a compilation featuring Those Little Aliens & This Little Alien. There are several components that would contribute to what would become Those Little Aliens & This Little Aliens and the zine/labels Flowmotion, Image 341 and Un-Ltd Abilities, all run by British DIY protagonists Ian Dobson and Gordon Hope. The first of these came with the advent of punk and especially the "Anarchy Tour" which made its much-delayed debut in their home town of Leeds in December 1976 and introduced Ian Dobson to a scene that threw him into wholeheartedly as a seventeen year old looking for something different. With the "anybody can do it" ethos in mind, he invested in a cheap electric guitar and a drum kit. As the 1-2-3 of punk became either increasingly repetitive or commercialized, the drum kit was sold and the guitar was left to gather dust until early 1978, when an unlikely meeting in a record store with an intriguing sounding album in an almost plain white sleeve would turn Dobson's preconceptions of what music should be on its head. That album, Throbbing Gristle's The Second Annual Report (IRL 001CD/LP, 1977), seemed to dispense with the ethos of "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band" altogether and suggested that those strange noises from a guitar were worth exploring. The advent of affordable monophonic/duophonic synths that didn't take up an entire room was also important. The recordings collected here using the Korg MS20, the Octave Cat, the legendary, but somewhat troublesome Wasp as well as the Korg SQ10 sequencer and the Boss Dr. Rhythm DR55. Recording was via a Tandberg 10x10 stereo recorder, Teac A108 Sync cassette deck through a Tensai 2030 amp, apart from the three compilation tracks which were recorded at the wonderful Colin Potter's, a 4-track studio near York. All of this would have travelled no further than a bedroom in Harehills, Leeds without the humble compact audio cassette which, via a process known as "Magnitizdat", popularized by non-government approved bands in Soviet Russia, enabled the recopying and distribution of music for a minimal outlay, usually just a blank cassette, and stamps for the return postage. This release features the aforementioned compilation tracks along with tracks from the cassette releases Incident in Moderan (1980), Variable (1980) and Synthesizer Specialist (1980).
YORE RECORDS (GERMANY)
YORE 034EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: YORE 034EP
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VAZ, ANDY House Warming Remixes 12"
Remixes of the Andy Vaz's House Warming full length (YORE 033CD/LP, 2015) by Ava's Damiano von Erckert and Detroit's Patrice Scott.
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