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Forced Exposure New Releases for 10/31/2016

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New music is due from Camila Fuchs, Oren Ambarchi, Andrew Pekler, and Steve Hauschildt, while old music is due from Delia Derbyshire and artist Elsa Stansfield, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, The Runaways, and Harry Mosco.

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4 MEN WITH BEARDS
4M 5241LP
PRICE: $27.00
CAT #: 4M 5241LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
POP, IGGY The Idiot (Colored Vinyl) LP
"Originally released in 1977, this was the first album Iggy Pop made after the dissolution of the Stooges, several jailings and a self-imposed stay in a mental institution. Produced by David Bowie, and including music written almost entirely by him, this is Iggy's most introspective and heavy work. Much more mechanical than the sleazy proto-punk of the Stooges, The Idiot was a huge influence on the post-punk sound of folks like Joy Division and Magazine. An absolute classic on white - clear vinyl."
A RECORDINGS (UK)
AUK 036CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: AUK 036CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE Third World Pyramid CD
Third World Pyramid is the 15th full length release from The Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded in early 2016. It is the first album that was fully recorded & produced at Anton Newcombe's new Cobra Studio in Berlin. Third World Pyramid encapsulates the old and new sounds of the band, with the nine tracks starting from the melancholic "Good Mourning" going through to "Assignment Song" - which is a cover of Nina Simone from her 1971 album Gifted & Black - and the latter tracks show the ever-changing dynamic of the band, acknowledging their past but also looking to their future. Featuring Ricky Maymi, Dan Allaire, Joel Gion, Collin Hegna and Ryan Van Kriedt. Also, Emil Nikolaisen from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh joins the band on this album, plus vocal performance Tess Parks and Katy Lane. Anton Newcombe has been a very busy man these past two years, kicking off with the critically acclaimed Brian Jonestown Massacre album Revelation in 2014 (AUK 030CD/LP). After a successful UK and European tour, the BJM followed this up with the +- EP (AUK 031EP, 2014). 2015 saw the release of Musique de film imaginé (AUK 032CD/LP); an imaginary film soundtrack album featuring the track "Bonbon" which has, ironically, been used in Dheepan, the Palme D'or winner at Cannes film festival 2015. In June, Anton and Tess Parks embarked on a well-received tour of the UK and Europe to support the release of I Declare Nothing (AUK 120CD/LP, 2015). Anton finished 2015 with a BJM mini-album release entitled Mini Album Thingy Wingy (AUK 033CD/LP).
ABDUCTION
ABDT 057LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: ABDT 057LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOUND DOG TAYLOR'S HAND Hound Dog Taylor's Hand LP
Abduction Records present the first vinyl LP release of Hound Dog Taylor's Hand. The trio consists of Jeffery Taylor (Climax Golden Twins/AFCGT/Spider Trio) on electric guitar, Mark Ostrowski (Monktail/Wally Shoup Quartet) on drums and John Seman (Monktail/Ask The Ages) on contrabass. The music is a heavy dose of jazz, blues, and improvisation. Sharp and destructive yet cerebral and clever, these tracks finally expose one of Seattle's best-kept secret treasures to the world as the only way you could have heard them, before would have been at one of their extremely rare live shows in the Puget Sound area or from their locally produced cassette from a few years back. The second track on side one titled "Beatrice", features Climax Golden Twins and Beatrice Harrison. Edition of 500."Hound Dog Taylor's Hand bring a highbrow brutalism and cranky chaos to jazz rock. [They] sound like Hound Dog Taylor's actual hand looks: scary and slightly off - Fans of Sonny Sharrock and Billy Cobham's Spectrum, take note." -- Dave Segal, The Stranger."A new trio from Seattle, led by the guitar work of Jeffery Taylor of Climax Golden Twins. The material is blues based instrumental improvisation over a jazzoid rhythm section. Something like a cross between Taste and Rangda, I guess. With all traces of Sri Chinmoy wiped clean." -- Byron Coley, Wire Magazine.
AIR CUTS (UK)
AC 8054CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: AC 8054CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BAEZ, JOAN Live In '75 CD
Joan Baez, live from the S.N.A.C.K. Benefit at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, on March 23rd, 1975. 1975 would herald Joan Baez's greatest commercial success, with the April release of her Diamonds & Rust album. By that time she was firmly established as one of America's leading folk singers, and one of its most conscientious campaigners. On March 23rd, she joined a bill including Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Band at a benefit for the S.N.A.C.K. charity ("Students Need Activities, Culture and Kicks") in San Francisco. Presented here is her entire set, originally broadcasted on K101-FM. Professionally re-mastered with background notes and images.
ALEPH (GERMANY)
ALEPH 006EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: ALEPH 006EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AERA Two Planets EP 12"
Aera is back on his own Aleph Music imprint with three unique tracks. "Two Planets" is an exercise in outsider trance. A pulsating, polyrhythmic synth propels the track forward - the intricate 707 pattern keeping a steady pace - while background strings provide all the drama. Reminiscent of Aera's first releases on Aleph Music, "Black Glitz" floats on a cloud of dreamy pads and voices. "Maskull" is a rather ambiguous little tune. Somewhat rough around the edges, sparkling in the darkness of late nights, dwelling in voices and fog - this is the one for the heads.
ALIEN TRANSISTOR (GERMANY)
N 042LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: N 042LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LE MILLIPEDE Le Millipede LP
LP version. Includes download code. It's a well-known fact that millipedes, though frequently referred to as "thousand leggers," actually have no more than 750 legs, usually way less. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that the band Le Millipede is actually just one guy -- who happens to play a whole lot of different instruments with his own two hands. He goes by the name Mathias Götz. Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone, glockenspiel, Stylophone, Moog, and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz's recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of France-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there's a certain childlike quality at work, a disarming naïveté. While Comelade often uses toy piano, Götz is particularly fond of the Casio VL Tone mini-keyboard; and even though most people will associate said instrument with Trio's "Da Da Da" single, Götz actually considers it a nod to artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Arvo Pärt, and Moondog. In order to create the intricate beats of Le Millipede, Götz used a vast range of percussion instruments, including maracas, claves, darbuka, seashells, mbira (thumb piano), davul, zils/finger cymbals, small bells, caxixi, and even mules' teeth, occasionally joined by layers of tom-tom drums, snare, bass drum, and cymbals. Another key element of Le Millipede's sound is certainly the way Götz employs his voice; instead of foregrounding it and focusing on literal messages, he merely adds his vocal layers as yet another instrument. Last but not least, there's the trombone, an instrument that's probably the most obvious hint at Mathias Götz's background; he actually studied jazz trombone and composition (after learning how to build brass instruments as an apprentice). And yet, his musical approach, tastes, and skills are so wide-ranging and eclectic that, apart from recording as Le Millipede, he also plays in bands as diverse as Micha Acher's Alien Ensemble, the Münchner Hochzeitskapelle, the Unterbiberger Hofmusik, and various big bands. Following a 2007 EP with Robert Alonso as RoBErT GoEtZ, Le Millipede is Mathias Götz's full-length debut.
ALTIN VILLAGE & MINE (GERMANY)
AVM 059CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: AVM 059CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
URBAN HOMES Jams CD
Over the course of a staggering 78 minutes, big things happen on Jams, Urban Homes's monumental sophomore album. The 13 songs on Jams go back to recordings of years of communal, MIDI- and hardware-based jam sessions which, over three years, were painstakingly discarded, condensed, reconstructed and provided with occasional guest vocals by Hanitra Wagner (Oracles, Die Heiterkeit). On Jams, Benjamin Riedl, Stephan Weinand and Oliver Bersin explore a history of dance music that is retraced in the 13 tracks. The seemingly clear cut references in titles such as "Verdub Lang Her (Stripped Down Killer Dub Jam)", "Blue Note Jam" or "As High Acid Can Get (Acid Jam)", however, are not to be taken as letters of intent, but - despite the playful handling of genre conventions and clichés - as homages to the immaterial architecture of the club: the atmosphere, the vibe, the jam. In its rich texture, the dramatic composition of Jams reconstructs the resonance space of an excessive, foggy, and steamy night at the club, thereby approaching its point of interest. Despite the clear club compatibility (each of the 13 tracks will work on a dancefloor worth its salt), Urban Homes do not shy away from sticky harmonic arrangements and melodies that are bound to be called "pop". They do however, and this is one of the points of this great album, avoid any overarching narrative of organic-ness or authenticity which might refer the record to a context of "indie" music. Unlike the acclaimed and award-winning debut Centres (2013), which wore the socialization of the (previously four) Urban Homes on its sleeve, this is rootless, nomadic music that is in the most beautiful sense "out there". So far out there, in fact, that gurus such as Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra can be made out through the ever-present fog (see titles such as "4/20 Jam" or "Summer Rolls (Midnight Munchies Jam)" for reference). What seems so effortless, casual and relaxed over the entire run time, is in fact merely evidence of the band's musical mastery and precision. Mixed by Jan-Philipp Janzen (Von Spar) at Dumbo Studios. Mastered by Cem Oral at Jammin Masters. Sonja Deffner (Die Heiterkeit, Jason & Theodor) is responsible for the stunning artwork.
ANTIME (GERMANY)
ANTIME 018LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ANTIME 018LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SOFT GRID Corolla LP
The Berlin-based trio Soft Grid capture the explosive energy of its celebrated live shows with their debut LP Corolla for Antime. Soft Grid was started in 2014 in an abandoned hospital ward by Jana Sotzko (Dropout Patrol) and Theresa Stroetges (Golden Diskó Ship), who had previously been working together in the improvisation project Epiphany Now. After their spontaneously composed and recorded tape release Stingrays was issued through Berlin's Twaague Records in the summer of 2015, the British drummer and producer Sam Slater was recruited more or less directly from a Berlin dancefloor to join the band for live shows. He became a full member in no time. Since then, the three-piece have shared stages around Germany with such diverse acts as Des Ark, Milemarker, Messer, or even Tolouse Low Trax. Corolla is as much of an improvisational effort as their live shows: not really. Just like their gigs - which have all members wandering around to take over duties on synthesizers, bass, guitar, viola, and microphones - Corolla is a carefully mapped out, compositional whole, recorded live over two days in Salon Berlin by Sylvain Livache. It showcases the trio's taste for ventures into the realms of extreme acoustic sounds and electronic textures as well as their knack for catchy hooks and driving rhythms. Even amidst the heaviest synth breakdowns, there's something joyful to cling to. Soft Grid make music that is continuously twisting and shifting, which immerses itself in the steady flow of sonic events without losing focus. Anything goes on Corolla, and when it does, the three head in exactly the same direction. From the massive opening chords of "Herzog On A Bus" to the subtle Chicago-style post-rock influences on "Hospital Floor" and the erratic finale which is the title track, Soft Grid create a musical narrative throughout their debut LP which reflects its lyrical themes. While the lyrics of Corolla, themselves a collaborative effort, sample everything from a Werner Herzog documentary to the eerie atmosphere of that hospital ward where the band was born, there is at least one leitmotiv which ties them together: Soft Grid are first and foremost concerned with moving forward. And they will.
AREAL RECORDS (GERMANY)
AREAL 087EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: AREAL 087EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TEJADA & ARIAN LEVISTE, JOHN Hysteresis 12"
John Tejada and Arian Leviste are back on Areal after their much celebrated release Reactance (AREAL 077EP, 2015). These guys have been working for 25 years together, meeting up weekly in the studio to try new things. They say that it is their longest and most special collaboration. They use mainly hardware with an old school mindset that comes more from the early '80s NYC hip hop culture than anything else. Early pioneers misusing gear and making the best of their limitations. Hysteresis is strongly functional for the club.
ASHERAH
ASH 005LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ASH 005LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Hawai'i Authentic: The Pre-War Era, Vol. 2 (1927-1936) LP
"Welcome back for your next installment of early Hawai'ian Music recordings. For this volume, we've decided to branch outwards and allow more continental recordings as well as English sung lyrics. On this volume, you will find Hawai'ian soloist playing in more conventional jazz idioms as well as Hawai'ian vocalists working with American/European bands. This part of the series is mean to show the seamless integration of the native folk music of the islands deeper into the cultural exchange of American music genres. Bandleader and instrumentalists such as Sol Hoopi, featured here in a way to accurately represent his robust influence, became very popular and in-demand the world over. Of course, as if often the case, this sound eventually became gentrified and diluted as the original melange of traditional Hawai'ian folk, hapa haole and jazz was tempered to fit more commercial standards. Still, the sound of authentic Hawai'ian music returned to the islands where traditional artists such as slack-key genius Gabby Pahinui and traditional songstress Genoa Keawe kept the spirit of true Hawai'ian music alive after the Post-War era to this day. While efforts were made in the mastering process to attain the highest possible audio quality, the limitations of the source 78s are evident. Do not, however, let that disturb your listening enjoyment or regard for their historical significance."
AURORA RISING (GERMANY)
AR 3001CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: AR 3001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MISS NELSON & BRUCE HAACK Dance Sing And Listen CD
Aurora Rising present a reissue of Miss Nelson & Bruce Haack's Dance Sing And Listen, originally released in 1963. This album is somewhat of a curiosity for it was actually conceived as an educational, open-minded children's music. The sound is a mash up of story-telling for kids and simple, happy sing-along music mixed with loads of electronic effects making it an utterly spacey affair. This reissue makes sure this cult album can be enjoyed by people crazy for early '60s electronic music. Let go of all spiritual chains and float away with the tape looped rhythms and all the hissing and buzzing and chirping upon which Esther Nelson, actually a children's dance teacher, and Bruce Haack, a composer and pioneer of electronic music, recite poems, give dance instructions or play melodies on primitive synthesizers. Dance Sing And Listen is meant to fire the imagination of children and due to its musical quality and weird mood, it may do the same with adults. From this pioneering piece came the sound bands like Kraftwerk and Neu! would head for about ten years later. Enjoyable children's music that's far out enough to make souls travel.
BAMBOO (UK)
BAM 7018CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BAM 7018CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PEACOCK & PAUL BLEY, ANNETTE Dual Unity CD
Bamboo present a reissue of the debut album by Annette Peacock & Paul Bley, Dual Unity, originally released in 1972. Annette Peacock's legacy may only just be courting recognition proper with the recent retrospective release of her solo debut I'm The One (1972). Hailed as a pioneer and artistic genius by many, her debut album and predecessor to I'm The One captures Peacock in her element alongside husband; Canadian jazz genius Paul Bley. Dual Unity is a landscape of aural vision captured on tape in 1970 during their first European tour. For 33 minutes and 21 seconds, the listener is absorbed by other spirits. Using Robert Moog's earliest synthesizers, Bley and Peacock apply the strategic use of silence to indicate its reflective nature with captivating results. Originally released in 1971, it is a statement of immensity through synthetic minimalism and a milestone in the avant-garde, free jazz movement. Personnel (in addition to Peacock and Bley performing on all tracks): Han Bennink - Drums on "M.J." and "Gargantuan Encounter"; Mario Pavone - Bass and Laurence Cook - Drums on "Richter Scale" and "Dual Unity". Professionally re-mastered original sound recording with expansive liners, interviews and rare archival photos.
BEAR FAMILY RECORDS (GERMANY)
BCD 17352CD
PRICE: $165.00
CAT #: BCD 17352CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CRUDUP, ARTHUR "BIG BOY" A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw 5CD BOX
"His complete recordings 1941-1962! Songs include the original versions of 'Rock Me Mamma', 'That's All Right', 'My Baby Left Me', 'Mean Ol' Frisco', 'So Glad You're Mine', and many more! Newly researched biography by award-winning blues journalist Bill Dahl. Rare and exclusive photos! In the world of music, there was never anyone quite like Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, his style was propulsive, melodic, original, and profoundly soulful. If he wasn't 'The Father of Rock 'n' Roll', as one LP proclaimed, there's no doubt that rock 'n' roll owes a debt to his songs, including 'That's All Right Mama', 'My Baby Left Me', 'Rock Me Mamma', 'So Glad You're Mine', and 'Mean Ol' Frisco Blues', as much as to his tight, swinging brand of rural blues. Arthur Crudup was in his thirties when he made his first recordings in 1941 and recorded prolifically until his death in 1974. This set includes his complete recordings from 1941 until 1962, including every extant song from RCA and its associated labels, as well as his sides for Trumpet, Checker, Ace, and Fire. Over one hundred recordings in all. An expressive singer and a true poet of the blues, Arthur Crudup certainly deserves to be known as the guy who wrote three songs that Elvis Presley recorded during the fifties, but he was a towering musician in his own right. His influence didn't end at Elvis Presley. In addition to all those that Elvis influenced, countless other blues and rock musicians adapted his songs and his sweet, lyrical style. These 124 songs on 5 CDs are complemented by a 68-page book by Bill Dahl, rare photos, and a newly researched discography."
BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
BEC 5156646
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BEC 5156646
FILE UNDER: WORLD
LE TOUT-PUISSANT ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO Madjafalao CD
With half a century of existence, Beninese band Poly-Rythmo can easily be considered a legend of African music, alongside Fela Kuti and Tinariwen. Drawing their name from the extensive mix of influences that forged their sound (American soul and funk, Nigerian Afro-beat, French chanson, Congolese rumba, etc.), they have been impressively productive, releasing hundreds of EPs and dozens of albums from 1969 to 1980 alone. In 2014, orchestra conductor Florent Mazzoleni visited the band and decided to produce Madjafalao, recorded in the legendary African studio Satel. With its warm tone and mastery of rhythm variations, Madjafalao ("Watch Out") will instantly become a classic of Afro-beat and Poly-Rythmo will share their warm joie de vivre with thousands of people. CD version comes in a digipack with a 12 page poster booklet.
BEC 5156649
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: BEC 5156649
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BRANDT BRAUER FRICK Joy 2LP+CD
Double LP version. Includes CD. Joy is Brandt Brauer Frick's fourth album and the first one to be truly vocalist-focused and song-centric. With the help of Canadian poet-singer Beaver Sheppard who played a prominent role the composition, BBF explores what the band-members describe as "post-religious" themes, such as struggling to find joy in times of uncertainty and instability. This makes it without any doubt BBF's "Nietzsche album". Following on from their latest album Miami (2013) Brandt Brauer Frick keeps moving away from the dark mood of their early releases and the image of a "classical new music ensemble" to resemble more closely an "experimental rock band". With much more grit and growl than before, they draw upon genres and styles that are not conventionally associated with joy: krautrock, punk, drum'n'bass, indie rock, new wave, and pretty much every other "-wave" from the '80s. With each track offering a contrasting combination of styles and genres, BBF succeed in devoting a whole album to a single feeling without making it either monotone or cliché. Instead, they build on euphoria to expand and enrich electronic music's emotional range with new textures. Joy is more than an album, it is an emotional journey.
BERCEUSE HEROIQUE (UK)
BH 016EP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BH 016EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PMM Serpent's Promise 12"
2016 repress. Solo debut by PMM. A-side plays at 45 RPM. B-side plays at 33? RPM. Includes one-sided insert.
BH 032EP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BH 032EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VELEZ, JORGE Adam & Eve 12"
"'Baby Whale' doses a cross between classic Chicago house and E2-E4 with a no-prisoners boogie bassline and piano chords glistering in from Rimini. JV's signature spaced-out production assures a head-turning dancefloor banger for the 4am crew. 'Adam & Eve' is an intriguing mix of exotica and Arthur Russell. 'The sound of Matisse,' says the label."
BH 034EP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BH 034EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MEI TAHAT Dayworld 12"
"The recording debut of a collaboration between Jordan 'Jordache' Czamanski and Ilya Ziblat Shay. Three freestyling chunks of hallucinatory electronica and freaking jazz; plus a sublime remix by Parisian maestro I:Cube, with MT's wild keyboard lines, distant bells and general insobriety threading a tactile, sunrise-friendly house groove. Tropical jazz-funk for the synthesizer generation. Call it Balearic and die."
BIG CROWN
BC 050-7
PRICE: $8.50
CAT #: BC 050-7
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS, LEE Make The World 7"
"Mr. Fields is back with a funk burner sure to light up every dance floor it plays to. There couldn't be a better time for an optimistic anthem from the seasoned wisdom of Lee. The Expressions tearing this track apart with driving horns and guitars over monster drums and the slick arrangements we have all come to love them for. Leon Michels & Tommy Brenneck's production bringing together some of the finest players doing it today with Lee's inimitable voice reminding and encouraging us to get together and make some changes, changes that are ours to make."
BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)
BLACKEST 015LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: BLACKEST 015LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FORNO, CARLA DAL You Know What It's Like LP
LP version. Carla dal Forno presents her debut solo album You Know What It's Like, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino, Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone - stoned and deadpan - but it can also summon a gothic intensity that Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno's emotionally ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. "Fast Moving Cars" and "What You Gonna Do Now?" weigh up claustrophobia against loneliness, inertia against acceleration, doubling-down versus taking-off; the title track acknowledges the provisional nature of love and "real" intimacy, then decides to brave it anyway. By the time the startlingly sparse "The Same Reply" arrives, the sense of dejection is absolute. The vocal-led pieces are interspersed with richly evocative instrumentals. Smothered in tape-hiss and reverb, the seasick synthesizer miniatures "Italian Cinema" and "Dragon Breath" channel the twilit DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and Call Back The Giants. The drum machine and bassline of "DB Rip" are pure Chicago house, but then its dark choral drones nod to Dalis Car's dreams of blood-spattered Cornwall stone. "Dry The Rain" drinks from a stream of moon-musick that runs through Coil, In Gowan Ring, Third Ear Band, even the Raincoats's Odyshape (1981).
BLANK MIND (UK)
BLNK 009EP
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: BLNK 009EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA The Poison Dwarf 12"
"Hot on the heels of the label's gqom scorcher, this compelling cabinet of oddities bundles together four different artists, both familiars and newcomers. Blank Mind founder Sam Purcell kicks off, with some orchestral music flanged to giddy abstraction, heralding the return of Alan Johnson, to test its weighty dynamism in freer, surreal mutations. On the flip, a two-drum-kit jam blazes with propulsive yet disintegrating energy. And, to close, the recording debut of Variete, put down on a Scandinavian Christmas Eve morning: a gently purposeful, reflective ascent."
BLUKU MUSIC (UK)
BLUKU 003EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: BLUKU 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
D DOUBLE E Street Fighter Riddim 12"
Veteran grime MC D Double E reissues his classic "Street Fighter Riddim" on his Bluku Music label for the first time since its 2010 release. This 12" also features the well-known instrumental, which has never before been released, as well as the revamped 2015 "VIP." The latter is guaranteed to return "Street Fighter" to dancefloors everywhere.
BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 153EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: BNR 153EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WINK, JOSH Shoelaces 12"
Josh Wink ties techno in knots with Shoelaces. Josh Wink, a master at acid techno, is right in his wheelhouse on the acid mix of "Shoelaces". Throbbing electro rhythms and acid squelches define this mix. Finnish producer Mono Junk offers a more stripped down take on "Shoelaces". The remix is raw yet no less intense, providing the EP with its dark corner. Los Angeles's Truncate follows with a mix for the all-out banging, hammering techno fans.
BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)
BPC 200LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BPC 200LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MODERAT Moderat LP
2015 repress. Gatefold LP version. This is the highly-anticipated debut full-length release by Moderat, the collaborative conjoining of Modeselektor and Apparat. A twist of fate at the Stadtbad Mitte (Berlin-Mitte City Pool) united them in the spring of 2008, and Moderat was reformed. Recorded at the legendary Berlin Hansa Studios (where David Bowie recorded Heroes) in analog with the help of the studio's vintage tube technology and an old EMI console from 1972, restored especially for Moderat. Moderat's self-titled debut makes it sound like these fellas have been working closely together for years -- and the analog production gives these tracks a steady, glowing warmth that pulses and breathes organically. Totally seductive, dark dance tunes that possess an almost tribal disposition for the most intense peak moments. This is a massive debut that unites two of techno's most celebrated acts.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 241CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 241CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GRUNBERG, SVEN Hingus CD
Bureau B presents a reissue of Sven Grünberg's Hingus, originally released in 1981. Sven Grünberg is a famous musician for film and theatre in Estonia - an old hand in the field of electronic ambient music. In 1974, whilst still a music student, he and Härmo Härm founded Mess, a progressive rock band. Grünberg was the first musician in Estonia to use a synthesizer. The ambient electronica of Hingus (Breath), recorded between 1978 and 1980, was spiced up with prog rock and a nod to the space age - not to mention a pronounced Asian influence on the title track. Grünberg had been interested in Asian music and instruments, particularly Tibetan music, since his youth, as can be heard in his work from that time. The 23 minute title track invites us into a fascinating, futuristic world of sound, laced with far eastern tonality, embellished with a church organ, extremely rare synthesizers and extraordinary percussion effects. Organs from the church in Rapla and the cathedral in Tallinn can be heard on "Hingus I" to "Hingus IV". The religious tones are interspersed with synthesizer sounds and orchestral percussion or effects, ascending fleetingly into ecstasy. Tubular bells, cymbals (piatti), a ratchet (raganella), tambourine, gongs (an east Asian tam-tam, for example), glockenspiel and castanets are all featured. Grünberg also used various electronic instruments: the HH Synthesizer, HH Percussion Synth and a KS Synthesizer. Not surprisingly, little information can be found on these machines as they were created by Härmo Härm and Koit Saarmäe themselves, the only two people building synths in Estonia in those days. The exotic assemblage also included a Selmer Clavioline from France, an ARP Omni and a Logan String Melody. The other two tracks, no less superb, are more in the stylistic tradition of the Berliner Schule/Berlin School (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Hingus merits a special place in the history of ambient electronica thanks to its remarkable combination of church organs, synthesizers, orchestral percussion and echoes of Asian instrumentation. An underrated classic of the genre, there are moments when its extraterrestrial beauty transports the listener into the higher realms of psychedelia.
BB 244CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 244CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCHNITZLER, CONRAD Filmmusik 1 CD
Bureau B present Filmmusik 1, a selection from Conrad Schnitzler's archive. In Conrad Schnitzler's sprawling archive, there are two tapes marked Filmmusik 1975 A and Filmmusik 1980 B. It is hard to say which videos this music belongs to, particularly as the pieces have been left untitled. Perhaps there isn't really any film material at all. The dates are of no great help either, since the tapes feature the same tracks, albeit in varying degrees of quality. Filmmusik 1 presents an initial selection of these finds, presented to Bureau B by Schnitzler's musical partner for many years and guardian of the archive, Wolfgang Seidel (Populäre Mechanik, Ton Steine Scherben). The tracks reveal much about how Schnitzler worked. He recorded individual tracks on cassettes and then combined them, also using them live in his so-called cassette concerts. Thus, there are recognizable recurring "melodies", sometimes fragmented, in different places. Some tracks have the same bass loop and rhythm, only the sounds and effects have changed. The music on the Filmmusik tapes is extraordinarily accessible for Schnitzler: hypnotic bass lines, stoic drum rhythms, dark drones, crystalline shards of melody. Wolfgang Seidel talks more about Schnitzler's life and work in the liner notes.
BB 246LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BB 246LP
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AUTOMAT OstWest LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. From Detroit techno and hip-hop's early sampling experiments to Terre Thaemlitz, electronic music has long proven its political potential, even in instrumental form. With OstWest, Berlin-based electronic-kraut-dub trio Automat complete their trilogy with a deep and entrancing take on the failures of neoliberalism. Recorded in 2015 at Candy Bomber Studios in Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport at the height of the European refugee crisis, the band found itself neighbors of thousands of refugees from across the Middle East and Africa who were being provided temporary housing in the airport's former hangars directly below the studio. With the first two parts of the Automat trilogy centering on Berlin's airports, 2014's self-titled album (BB 161CD/LP), and dubs hardware of sonic space travel, 2015's Plusminus (BB 205 CD/LP), OstWest stands as a musical interpretation of the impact of these thousands of new arrivals within Germany and the EU, as well as the rise of xenophobic political movements spurned on by the Brexit. The result is a series of atmospheric and rhythmic meditations that provide the foundation for swirling electronics and the bass-heavy sounds of a changing Europe - from the musical perspective of longtime Berlin residents who have already experienced the destruction of post-Cold War optimism shortly after the fall of the wall. More driving than previous recordings, OstWest is made up of a series of first takes. While the opener "Ost" features a melange of samples, meandering organ and synth stabs that recall both Count Ossie and Basic Channel, it's with the second track "Fabrik Der Welt" that the band's kraut-y push - also featured later on "Europa" - charges forward. Where historically Europe has been used by the likes of Kraftwerk and Cluster as a metaphor for space and freedom of travel, Automat recast it as a dark rain ride to refuge, shaped by the sounds of claps and samples that race past the listener on the way to an uncertain future. The feeling of stylistic exploration remains throughout OstWest in the loping riddims and acid-jazz-like "Tränenpalast" and "Tempelhof", with the former ("Palace of Tears") named after a border crossing between East and West Germany, and the latter a shelter for new immigrants to Germany. The band's continued collaboration with Max Loderbauer is reflected in touches of modular synthesis, which augment the melding of acoustic drums and electronics. Automat is: Jochen Arbeit, Achim Färber, and Zeitblom.
BUTTERZ (UK)
AIRMILES 005EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: AIRMILES 005EP
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SWINDLE Funk & Grime 12"
Swindle's second in a trilogy of EP for Butterz in 2016 leans on his grime roots, featuring veteran MCs D Double E and Ghetts. "Lemon Trees", featuring D Double E, sees the two venture to LA, on a g-funk tip and "Works Haffi Run", featuring Ghetts, has him going in a rare gritty direction. The EP is accompanied by a remix from Flava D of the biggest track from his 2015 album, Peace, Love & Music (AIRMILES 002LP). The "Mad Ting" Remix featured on her recent FabricLive mix (FABRIC 176CD, 2016), and features JME.
CHICKENCOOP RECORDINGS
CCR 004COL-LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: CCR 004COL-LP
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SILVER APPLES Beacon (White And Yellow Splatter Vinyl) 2LP
White and yellow splatter vinyl version. Beacon is the fourth album for the Silver Apples, the "come back album", produced by Steve Albini and originally released in 1997 on CD only. Eight of the tracks were new songs that former exile and Silver Apples leader Simeon had composed with recent additions Xian Hawkins and Michael Lerner. The remaining three tunes are remakes from the Silver Apples's past. A reworking of "I Have Known Love" opens the record. "You and I" is given an appropriate chaotic reading; a wall of cacophonous keyboards forms in the instrumental breaks, like the video game Stargate on tilt. Of the originals, the vocal-less "Cosmic String" is the standout, developing a Trans Am groove with sounds recalling the moment the beloved Pac-Man is caught by his nemesis, Speedy. Beacon is full of the influence of '80s video games, no doubt incorporated by the twenty-something Hawkins.
CCR 004LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: CCR 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SILVER APPLES Beacon 2LP
Double LP version. Beacon is the fourth album for the Silver Apples, the "come back album", produced by Steve Albini and originally released in 1997 on CD only. Eight of the tracks were new songs that former exile and Silver Apples leader Simeon had composed with recent additions Xian Hawkins and Michael Lerner. The remaining three tunes are remakes from the Silver Apples's past. A reworking of "I Have Known Love" opens the record. "You and I" is given an appropriate chaotic reading; a wall of cacophonous keyboards forms in the instrumental breaks, like the video game Stargate on tilt. Of the originals, the vocal-less "Cosmic String" is the standout, developing a Trans Am groove with sounds recalling the moment the beloved Pac-Man is caught by his nemesis, Speedy. Beacon is full of the influence of '80s video games, no doubt incorporated by the twenty-something Hawkins.
CINEDELIC RECORDS (ITALY)
CNLP 048LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: CNLP 048LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DELL'ORSO, GIACOMO A Me Stesso Con Simpatia LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Giacomo Dell'Orso's A Me Stesso Con Simpatia, originally released in 1975. This 1975 album is a studio session organized by Maestro Giacomo Dell'Orso (the husband of Edda) is released here under his given name and not the Oscar Lindok pseudonym under which he made a number of recordings including The Fine Machine. A Me Stesso Con Simpatia had the simple purpose of a fun and playful session without preconceived models. The result is a carefree album, from the friendly cover (Orso means "Bear") to the music that is interwoven with bossa nova, samba, jazz and funk in a style that recalls in many ways the work of Maestro Piero Piccioni. Dell'Orso plays organ, electric piano and Bulisacchio (a synth with metal slats that simulate bass). Features Nino Rapicavoli on flute and sax, Jimmy Tamborelli on guitars and Ciro Cocozza on percussion. Limited LP edition includes a download card.
CNLP 049LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: CNLP 049LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
CHIARI, FRANCO Al Sint LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Franco Chiari's Al Sint, originally released in 1973. Franco Chiari, born in 1927 in Naples, was an eclectic artist who is considered a bit of a wildcard of keyboard instruments: he played the piano, accordion, synthesizer, vibraphone and marimba in both jazz and symphony. For three consecutive years (1957-59) he won the National Jazz referendum, was vibraphonist in the national TV Orchestra and participated in numerous important broadcasts. He received many awards in his career, and numerous are the artists who have wanted to play live alongside him, including Lionel Hampton, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovajoli, Lelio Luttazzi, and more. On this album, the most groovy in his career, he rearranges the compositions of Mario Bertolazzi electronically with the use of synthesizer, with rhythms ranging from Latin beats to funk. Amazing cover with splashes of paint, making each copy unique and unrepeatable. Numbered limited edition with a digital download included.
CNLP 050LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: CNLP 050LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
ORLANDI, NORA Il Dolce Corpo Di Deborah LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Nora Orlandi's soundtrack for the 1968 film Il Dolce Corpo Di Deborah. Il Dolce Corpo Di Deborah (The Sweet Body Of Deborah) is an early giallo movie with sexual coloring dated 1968 and the wonderful soundtrack is by Nora Orlandi, composer, violinist, pianist and singer born in Voghera (North Italy). The style of the giallo/thriller soundtracks of Orlandi is unmistakable, with a compositional use of semitone intervals accentuated by vocalizing and a sound carpet of piano or distorted Hammond organ, all seasoned with rhythmic jazz. The orchestration is by Robby Poitevin and voices, as well as that of Nora herself, are of by Nora's sisters, Paola and Tony. The album is presented graphically as the original release on CAM but with four additional bonus tracks. Audio from the original master tapes in full stereo. Three years later, Nora Orlandi, in 1971, would carry out his other masterpiece Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) of which a song is featured in Kill Bill 2 (2004) by Quentin Tarantino. Limited edition of 500 in a glossy sleeve.
CNLP 051LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: CNLP 051LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PHYSICIANS, THE The Physicians LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of The Physicians's self-titled release, originally released in 1973. Behind this incredibly rare 1973 album lurks Campo Di Marte, the highly regarded Italian progressive rock band, in their second incarnation. After the release of their debut album, the group performed at numerous concerts but only released this one album under the pseudonym of The Physicians. They were called by the producer Giuseppe Cassia in Rome to record this album, which was produced in a day. It's amazing to feel the harmony between the band members, all from Livorno and led by the excellent guitarist Enrico Rosa, who would be transferred abroad in Denmark in order to better express his art the following year. There are many memorable jazz-rock tracks on the album that recall the British band Nucleus, such as "Jazz In The Cellar", "My Girl From Harlem", and "East Side Rhythm" but with a unique and personal style. The band, besides the aforementioned Enrico Rosa, included Loriano Berti (nicknamed "Whistle") coming from Capitolo 6 on sax and flute, Andrea Colli on drums (who in the future would also collaborate with Demetrio Stratos), and Sergio Ducilli on electric bass. Limited edition LP includes a download card.
CNLP 801LP
PRICE: $36.00
CAT #: CNLP 801LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRUGNOLINI, SANDRO Overground LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Sandro Brugnolini's Overground, originally released in 1970. This 1970 Italian obscure psychedelic jazz-rock masterpiece composed by Sandro Brugnolini and recorded in Rome at Dirmaphon Studio. Performed by Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Giorgio Carnini on organ, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, and Enzo Restuccia on drums. Includes two bonus tracks not included on the original album. Limited edition of 300 numbered copies on multi-color vinyl with a download card.
COMPOST BLACK LABEL (GERMANY)
COMP 486EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: COMP 486EP
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BOHLENDER, LUKAS Compost Black Label 136 12"
Lukas Bohlender presents the next 12" in Compost's Black Label series. "The Sublime" is based on a strong polyphonic bassline, topped by heavenly keys and organs. "Curly Bun", with its beat-less intro and broken beat structure, starts out a bit more laid-back. It's backed by a strong bassline and topped by a dedicated synth programming and two very nice piano gimmicks. Beanfield & Thomas Herb contribute a remix of "The Sublime". The duo strip the original to its essence, adding a rougher SP1200 twist in their beat programming and taking a more repetitive/Detroit inspired route in their arrangement.
CONNECTED (GERMANY)
CONNECTED 008EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: CONNECTED 008EP
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AAARON Entropy EP 12"
Aaaron presents Entropy EP on Connected. Aaaron is closely associated with Rampa, Kalyma and Florian Busse, among other minimal deep/tech house explorer. "Entrop" is a gleaming dark R'n'B house track featuring Hazel & Carolina Meleán. Metal-ish percussion and a hypnotic brass sounds make this a great warm-up or after-hours track. "War Chant" has a drone-ish string sound and a lead sound that brings the right amount of trance. "Yuggoth" is a warehouse inspired, tool room techno with hypnotic vocals and an old school feeling "Stomp" is Afro-house, original Aaaron track.
CORRESPONDANT (FRANCE)
CORR 052EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: CORR 052EP
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MAN POWER Album Remixes 12"
Correspondant present a release of remixes for Man Power's self-titled debut LP (CORR 001LP, 2015), featuring artists and friends hand-picked by both Jennifer Cardini and Man Power himself. Moscoman remixes the baggy splendor of "Beilsteiner", creating a rolling and belching extended opus more focused toward the peak time dancefloor. Suade replaces the Balearic leanings "TEN" with an IDM sensibility, yet still retains the optimism of the original track. JMII takes "Hunting Swan" and turns it inside-out, exploring space with a cerebral, schizophrenic quality. Alternatively, Pale Blue (Mike Simonetti) takes "Boys Beware" and re-imagines it as an aggressive drum workout.
DAGORED (ITALY)
RED 228C-LP
PRICE: $36.00
CAT #: RED 228C-LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
UMILIANI, PIERO La Legge dei Gangsters (Gangster's Law) 2LP
Limited warehouse find of this thought-to-be-out-of-print RSD 2016 release. Colored vinyl. Numbered limited edition of 1000. First complete vinyl edition of the great Piero Umiliani's jazz score for La legge dei gangsters (Gangster's Law), an obscure 1969 Italian crime film starring the mighty Klaus Kinski. Featuring a large ensemble of the country's strongest players (including Oscar Valdambrini on trumpet), the score is full of sophisticated, groovy, and romantic tunes.
RED 232LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: RED 232LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
MICHELINI, LUCIANO Anna, Quel Particolare Piacere LP
Dagored present an expanded reissue of Luciano Michelini's soundtrack for Anna Quel Particolare Piacere, originally released in 1974. A really interesting soundtrack, composed by the cult author Luciano Michelini for the 1973 erotic thriller Anna Quel Particolare Piacere, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo. Alternates romantic moments with the voice of the great Edda Dell'Orso and easy listening - funky tunes. This limited vinyl edition with comes with extra tracks. Edition of 500 in double colored vinyl.
RED 233LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: RED 233LP
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PICCIONI, PIERO Le Mani Sulla Citta LP
Dagored present for the first on vinyl Piero Piccioni's complete score for Le Mani Sulla Città (1963). A racy and doomy soundtrack filled with incredibly dark jazz tunes composed by the great Piccioni for the Italian cinema masterpiece Le Mani Sulla Città, directed by Francesco Rosi. The film was the winner of the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Film Festival of 1963. Piero Piccioni has composed more than 300 scores for film, television, radio, ballet and orchestra, working with legendary directors as Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica and Dino Risi. Edition of 500.
DIRT CREW (GERMANY)
DIRT 101EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: DIRT 101EP
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NACHTBRAKER Really Ties The Room Together EP 12"
Amsterdam deep house juggernaut Nachtbraker presents Really Ties The Room Together EP. The title track twists and turns over an unconventional but irresistible groove. Shimmying shakers, brass stabs and a serpentine riff work together, creating a super tight dancefloor cut. "Rew" begins somewhere in deeper territory - a rumbling bass rolls in from over the horizon before a funk guitar blows the whole thing wide open, letting that familiar Nachtbraker good time energy shine in. The rerub of "Rew" is something altogether new from Nachtbraker, a break beat and casual groove guide gently towards an ever intensifying acid trip.
DIRTER PROMOTIONS (UK)
DPROM 115EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DPROM 115EP
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CONTRASTATE True Believer / The 10/40 Window 7"
Contrastate follow up their studio album A Breeding Ground for Flies (DPROM 091CD, 2012) for Dirter Promotions with two brand new tracks. A sonic soundtrack to an apocalyptic world that is hypnotic, yet full of dynamic sounds and shifts. Their sound insinuates itself somewhere inside the dark ritual ambiance of the electronic avant-garde shot through with a vein of experimental noise and sarcophagic vocals strewn among industrial surrealism. Edition of 500.
DISCREPANT (UK)
CREP 033LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CREP 033LP
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GERMAN ARMY AND OLD KOMM Disquiet LP
Disquiet is the imaginary soundtrack to the lost 1976 Russian-American dystopian classic. Russian occultists Old Komm collaborate with the south Californian dons of austere electronics, German Army, bringing to life the made-up soundtrack to a film that never was. Disquiet tells the story of a child born to a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, war-torn and fractured by greed. Organ tones and broken exoteric bumps coexist with dark ambient themes and cavernous beats. Remnants of wry memories, smothered dreams, dim visions of a world that never was.
DISKO B (GERMANY)
DB 175EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DB 175EP
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ARTIST UNKNOWN Undead/Control Remixes 12"
Artist Unknown have landed home. Over a decade ago they delivered their very own odd take on electronic pop music, delivering anthems for a twisted generation. And then, after two EPs and a ground-breaking album on Disko B (and an underappreciated album on Datapunk a few years later), they just disappeared. The new EP on Disko B not only delivers three exceptional remixes of the classic Artist Unknown tracks "Control" and "Behind Your Eyes" by The Hacker, Housemeister and Ferenc, but it also features a new track, "Undead".
DIVINE RECORDS
DR 004EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: DR 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VOORN, ORLANDO Soul Survivor EP 12"
Warehouse find of this 2013 EP. This is a taste of what to expect from Orlando Voorn in 2013 as he returns with an incredibly strong EP. "One Day" features soul legend Marvin Gaye on the vocals and is a funky, jazzy, and soulful house track with the perfect groove. "Won't Be Long" is soulful Detroit house at its best. "Takadakadina" is a hypnotic, super-funky house track, sounding something like Derrick Carter just moved to Detroit. "Soul Survivor" is a deep journey into Theo Parrish-territory with mind-blowing elements of soul and Detroit.
DUCK N' COVER RECORDS (SWITZERLAND)
DNC 1206CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DNC 1206CD
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DJ DIAMOND Footwork Or Die CD
With Footwork Or Die, Chicago's own DJ Diamond returns to the spotlight with a strongly infectious and deep masterpiece, a worthy successor to his debut album Flight Muzik (2011). 2013 saw the release of a reloaded extended version of Flight Muzik, titled First Class Flight Mix, and now in 2016, Duck N' Cover Records bring more of DJ Diamond's outstanding music to the ears of a wide audience. With his first album, DJ Diamond, aka Karlis Griffin, made clear that he is one of the footwork scene's most original producers, with a very distinctive style of his own that is not replicable. The epic quality and deepness of some of the brightest moments on Flight Muzik are back and, in some cases, even topped on Footwork Or Die. An important factor that made DJ Diamond a local legend, long before the debut album was available, is the apparent musicality of his productions. The style lends itself to outsiders, but doesn't compromise on the frenzy that is needed to bring the footworkers the necessary heat. A hybrid, only a genius mind can fabricate. Experience once again, a beautifully sequenced album featuring Duck N' Cover Records notoriously stylish artwork. A perfectly well-balanced compilation of deep and hard hitting material, bearing the mark of a classic album that will stand the test of time.
ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)
EB 119CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 119CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DUB SPENCER & TRANCE HILL Deep Dive Dub CD
The Swiss musicians, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, bow down low before space rock, but without bypassing pure dub. Deep Dive Dub shines with a precision that demands they be named in the same breath as the famous Swiss watches. Swiss timepieces are renowned for their precision, and they tick along nicely even under water - The mechanics, the cogs, the striking mechanism, the chronograph movements, the repeaters, the speed-up. Thank Dub Spencer & Trance Hill for the fact that the cantons of this maximum-precision country should produce ultra-chilled slo-mo dub like this, a style that has avid fans all over the world. The band are known for the formidable interior dynamism of their composition skills, their classic riddim craftsmanship, the psychedelic sound of their guitars, the pounding bass lines that approach infrasound levels, the space sounds and their grandiose sound dimensions. Like few other electronically influenced styles, over the years dub has shown itself impervious and resistant to all manner of short-lived trends. There are probably few people who - regardless of which music ghetto they inhabit - have not encountered dub at some point. On Deep Dive Dub, the band dives deeper than Jaques Piccard's team during their record-breaking dive in Trieste in the sixties. The focus of this repetition is the fusion of reggae, even though, instead of the lightness that is usually inherent in reggae, the album focuses on heavy grooves, grooves that drift off into fat, dark, mature places. With a hypnotic power, the musicians - all of whom are trained jazz instrumentalists - dive into a world of space-rock-dub-electro. On a couple of the tracks the band invited the Lucerne-based experimental vocalist Bruno Amstad (who has previously worked with John Zorn and Phil Minton) to contribute. Neither a slave to the great Jamaican heroes of the seventies nor lost in the great wide world of electronic dub, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill tread their own path, reducing and abstracting as they dive deeper and deeper.
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 227CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EMEGO 227CD
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AMBARCHI, OREN Hubris CD
"Hubris continues the exploration of relentless, driving rhythms heard on Oren Ambarchi's Sagittarian Domain (EMEGO 144CD/LP, 2012) and Quixotism (EMEGO 202CD/LP, 2014). Where those records looked to krautrock and techno for their starting points, the side-long opening track on Hubris begins from the perhaps unlikely inspirations of disco and new wave, drawing particularly from Ambarchi's love of Wang Chung's soundtrack to William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). Leaving behind the song-forms of these reference points, Ambarchi weaves a sustained and pulsating web of layered palm-muted guitars from which individual voices rise up and recede, eventually setting the stage for some lush guitar synth from Jim O'Rourke. Arnold Dreyblatt collaborator Konrad Sprenger contributes overtone-rich motorized guitar, pushing the piece into a satisfying intersection of shimmering minimalism and rhythmic drive that smoothly builds up until the entrance of Mark Fell's electronic percussion in its final section. After a short second part, in which Ambarchi, O'Rourke and Crys Cole pay tribute to the skewed harmonic sense of Albert Marcoeur with a track built from layered bass guitar figures and abstracted speech, the long final piece pushes the concept of the first side into darker and denser areas. Joined by electronic rhythms from Ricardo Villalobos and the twin drums of Joe Talia and Will Guthrie, the layered guitars of the first piece are transformed into a raw and tumbling fusion-funk groove that calls to mind early Weather Report or even the first Golden Palominos LP (1983). As this stellar rhythm section rides a single repeated chord change into oblivion, a series of spectacular events emerge in the foreground: first, aleatoric synthesizer burbles from Keith Fullerton Whitman, then slashing skronk guitar from Arto Lindsay, until finally Ambarchi's own fuzzed-out guitar harmonics take center stage as the piece builds to an ecstatic frenzy. Few artists could hope to include such an incredible variety of collaborators on one record and still hope for it to have a unique identity, but Ambarchi manages to do just that, crafting three pieces that emerge directly out of his previous work while also pushing ahead into new dimensions." -- Francis Plagne. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin, April 2016. Photography by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen O'Malley.
EMEGO 227LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: EMEGO 227LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AMBARCHI, OREN Hubris LP
LP version. "Hubris continues the exploration of relentless, driving rhythms heard on Oren Ambarchi's Sagittarian Domain (EMEGO 144CD/LP, 2012) and Quixotism (EMEGO 202CD/LP, 2014). Where those records looked to krautrock and techno for their starting points, the side-long opening track on Hubris begins from the perhaps unlikely inspirations of disco and new wave, drawing particularly from Ambarchi's love of Wang Chung's soundtrack to William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). Leaving behind the song-forms of these reference points, Ambarchi weaves a sustained and pulsating web of layered palm-muted guitars from which individual voices rise up and recede, eventually setting the stage for some lush guitar synth from Jim O'Rourke. Arnold Dreyblatt collaborator Konrad Sprenger contributes overtone-rich motorized guitar, pushing the piece into a satisfying intersection of shimmering minimalism and rhythmic drive that smoothly builds up until the entrance of Mark Fell's electronic percussion in its final section. After a short second part, in which Ambarchi, O'Rourke and Crys Cole pay tribute to the skewed harmonic sense of Albert Marcoeur with a track built from layered bass guitar figures and abstracted speech, the long final piece pushes the concept of the first side into darker and denser areas. Joined by electronic rhythms from Ricardo Villalobos and the twin drums of Joe Talia and Will Guthrie, the layered guitars of the first piece are transformed into a raw and tumbling fusion-funk groove that calls to mind early Weather Report or even the first Golden Palominos LP (1983). As this stellar rhythm section rides a single repeated chord change into oblivion, a series of spectacular events emerge in the foreground: first, aleatoric synthesizer burbles from Keith Fullerton Whitman, then slashing skronk guitar from Arto Lindsay, until finally Ambarchi's own fuzzed-out guitar harmonics take center stage as the piece builds to an ecstatic frenzy. Few artists could hope to include such an incredible variety of collaborators on one record and still hope for it to have a unique identity, but Ambarchi manages to do just that, crafting three pieces that emerge directly out of his previous work while also pushing ahead into new dimensions." -- Francis Plagne. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin, April 2016. Photography by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen O'Malley.
EMPORE MUSIC (GERMANY)
EM 003EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: EM 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JEREMY LIAR Annapurna 12"
The talented Jérôme Sklorz, aka Jeremy Liar from Hamburg, brings a well-balanced EP, which seamlessly builds the bridge between a deep house and melodic techno. "Annapurna" will set fire to the dancefloor during peak-time hours - Straight forward techno with a nice arpeggio and pads creating a trancy atmosphere. Avidus & Christoph Vogel deliver a remix. "Semikolon" is a deeper take on house music with the certain dreamy "Jeremy Liar"-vibe. In addition Zaun Recordings founder ZK Bucket delivers a more techy version, a more four-to-the-floor-ish alternative besides the original.
ETRURIA BEAT (ITALY)
ETB 033EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ETB 033EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AMURA, DIEGO Peruana 12"
Etruria Beat welcomes Diego Amura for its 33rd release. The Italian prodigy delivers four pure techno cuts. "Peruana" has a distorted bass and unmissable 909, while "Lost" is a classic techno tool with a hypnotic synth. On the remix duties, Label boss Luca Agnelli reworks "Peruna", bringing the music to another side of the dancefloor with an explosive restart and "Lost" gets a reinterpretation from the Dutch TWR72 creating an intense and strong groove.
FAITICHE (GERMANY)
FAITICHE 014LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: FAITICHE 014LP
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PEKLER, ANDREW Tristes Tropiques LP
Faitiche welcomes back Andrew Pekler, the musical director of the 2011 album Sonne = Blackbox (FAITICHE 005CD) featuring Ursula Bogner. Andrew Pekler's Tristes Tropiques is an album of synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and unreal field recordings. Jan Jelinek interviews Andrew Pekler about Tristes Tropiques:JJ: You've titled your album Tristes Tropiques - a reference to Claude Lévi-Strauss's famous account of his travels among native peoples in the Mato Grosso. If I remember correctly, the book can be read in two ways: as an ethnographic study of indigenous Brazilian tribes, and as a critique of anthropological methods. What exactly about Tristes Tropiques inspired you? The melancholy travelogue, or the formation of a new, critical school of thought?AP: Both. Lévi-Strauss's constant reflection on the purpose of his work and the often melancholy tone of his writing constitute an internal tension which runs throughout the whole book. Tristes Tropiques is many things; autobiography, traveler's tale, ethnographic report, philosophical treatise, colonial history. But ultimately, it's the author's attempt to synthesize meaning from fragments of his own and other cultures that resonated most strongly with me - and led me to a new perspective on how I hear and make music.JJ: Listening to Tristes Tropiques I noticed a certain oscillation between references, which is what I really like about it. Obviously, your music alludes to the beloved fairytale kitsch of exotica, but it also repeatedly shifts to a mode of ethno-poetic meditation music that seems to have no beginning or end. Where do you yourself locate the tracks gathered here?AP: As a listener and as a musician, exotica music of the 1950s and '60s has always been a constant reference point and inspiration. And perhaps my listening has been "ruined" by exotica, but as I have dug deeper into ethnographic archives of "traditional" music, I've come to the realization that all recordings that evoke, allude to, or ostensibly document other musical forms have a similar effect on my imagination: I am most intrigued when I perceive some coincidentally familiar element within the foreign (a tuned percussion recital from Malawi that immediately brings to mind Steve Reichian minimalism, or the Burundian female vocal duet that sounds uncannily like a cut-up tape experiment, etc.). I suppose this album is an attempt to recreate the same kind of listening experience as what I've described, just with the electronic means that I have at hand.
FAUXPAS MUSIK (GERMANY)
FAUXPAS 020-1EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FAUXPAS 020-1EP
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RISING SUN Trilogy EP I 12"
Steffen Laschinski's project Rising Sun, makes a welcome return to Fauxpas Musik after the album The Lamentations Of Rising Sun (FAUXPAS 019LP, 2016). Presented here is the first single in the series of three including four brand new full-length tracks from the EP series Trilogy.
FAVORITE (FRANCE)
FVR 122CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: FVR 122CD
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MAURICE, CHARLES French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol. 2, 1978-1985: Selected by Charles Maurice CD
After an internationally acclaimed first edition (FVR 101CD/LP, 2015), Favorite Recordings and Charles Maurice follow-up their French Disco Boogie Sounds compilation with this second volume. Pursuing his fine work at digging rare music from around the world, DJ and collector Charles Maurice presents another brilliant selection of great music linked to France and French West-Indies: 12 hidden and forgotten titles, all produced between 1978 and 1985, in France, or by French artists abroad. Again, he perfectly browses and defines the great energy and quality of this specific disco/funk scene at that time, both in the underground market, or through bigger labels. On one hand, tracks by Crystal, Jackie Esam, Ideku Dynasty or Marc Ashy, were produced by small artists and labels from the French Caribbean and African community and are filled with a raw spirit and some tropical influences. On the other hand, tracks by Claude Morgan, Greg Smaha, Roots, or Black Bells Group, were released by major labels such as Phonogram, RCA, Derby, or Carrere, thanks to confirmed independent producers, acting not only in France, but also in Canada and the US. Favorite Recordings and Charles Maurice unearth these 12 gems, amongst them some very hard to find and almost unknown titles. Also features: Charms, Neilo Feel,Nel Oliver and Messan.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 277LP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: FTR 277LP
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UROCHROMES Anthology LP
"An overview of the vector, thus far anyway, of this bracing post-core duo/trio/whatever who were once based in western Mass., and are now scattered between Mass., L.A. and Montreal. The hub of the band is vocalist, Jackieboy, and guitarist, Dick Riddick. According to Jackie, the initial idea was to do 'a knuckle-dragging hardcore Chrome kinda mash up with drum machine. My concept as vocalist was to front the band as a Jewish New Yorker stand-up comedian whose found himself fronting a punk band and is trying to roll with the punches. Originally I wanted the live performances to be half stand-up and half music but dropped this and just put occasional zingers in between songs.' Initially, they were based in a farmhouse in Hadley, MA and decided to use a drum-box, both because it was a Chrome-like thing to do, and also since they couldn't find a drummer who shared their twisted vision. This album includes portions of their debut show, at Florence MA's 13th Floor, in December 2014. Still a duo, they then recorded the eight tracks that comprise the Get In Line With Mental Decline EP in February 2015 at Dead Air Studios. The demo version of Confront Ya/Dickies was recorded in March 2016. The live NY show from January 2016 was recorded at Betaville, and features special guest drummer Denny McDermott. The last bit is from Greenfield's John Doe Jr., recorded in March 2016. And there's no way a mere recording can convey the very special brand of chaos these menches conjure up. But if close your eyes and crank this up, you'll get close enough for jazz." --Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 413.
FILM (GERMANY)
FILM 004EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FILM 004EP
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GRANDBROTHERS Dilation Remixes 12"
The Berlin based imprint deliver a remix package of Grandbrothers's Dilation (FILM 001CD/LP, 2015). Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel craft dense, rousing music with nods to IDM, ambient and techno, from the sounds of the grand piano and a set of 20 self-built hammers hitting the piano on different parts. NYC native FaltyDL takes on "Newtons Cradle", turning in a psychedelic slice of half time proto-footwork while both Phillip Otterbach (as Grand Optimist) and Djrum offer their own tripping, ambient reinterpretations. Portable Sunsets reimagines "Neon" as fuzzy beach house jam, with driven drum machine hits and a soothing Vox line.
FOOM (UK)
FOOM 008EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: FOOM 008EP
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NDF (BRUNO PRONSATO & BENJ OF BENOIT & SERGIO) Cruel Is The Color 12"
Bruno Pronsato and Benjamin Myers return as NDF, with Cruel Is The Color. Six years after Since We Last Met (2010) whose title track was heralded as a "10-minute dance track you don't ever want to end" by Pitchfork, who also included it in their "My Decade in Music So Far". Recording Cruel Is The Color took about 30 minutes, with Pronsato on percussion and synths, and Myers on vocals, synths, and acoustic guitar. The following winter they recorded "Certain Corners" (with Israeli bassist Yonatan Levi), and "Another Year". Includes re-workings by Matthew Herbert, and Foom label head Ben Freeney.
FOURTH DIMENSION (UK)
FD 096CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: FD 096CD
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MOORE W/ TOM SURGAL, THURSTON Not Me CD
Reissue of Thurston Moore and Tom Surgal's long out-of-print? 1996 Not Me (originally released as both CD and 10" on Fourth Dimension). Two pieces of improvisational electronics, guitar, and drums, 11 minutes each. Includes 2016 liner notes by Moore. Packaged in gatefold CD sleeve. Limited edition of 500.
GLISTENING EXAMPLES
GLEX 1301LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: GLEX 1301LP
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SHAKHNES, GRISHA Leave/Trace LP
2013 release. Glistening Examples present Leave/Trace, the vinyl debut of Grisha Shakhnes. Formerly operating under the name of Mites, Shakhnes has been recording and performing in Tel Aviv, Israel since 2008. His work has been issued both privately in limited handmade CD-R editions, and internationally through Alamut Records (Jerusalem), Mystery Sea (Belgium), and Copy For Your Records (NYC). Consider Leave/Trace a graduation ceremony, as Shakhnes steps away from pseudonyms and into the spotlight of his own exceptional music. Leave/Trace offers a compelling display of musical abstraction, blending field recordings from peculiar and mundane origins into sumptuously detailed and surreally original new forms. Shakhnes is deftly able to capture and juxtapose otherwise overlooked details of commonplace events, placing his work at the fulcrum of contemporary tape music. Never overly literal, Leave/Trace instead allows the listener to find their own way through its compositions, granting rich reward for those willing to make the journey. Recorded, edited, and mixed by Grisha Shakhnes. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs, USA. Artwork by Yael Skidelsky. Layout by Matthew Revert. "This is unquestionably Grisha's most convincing statement to date, and one which cements him in the frontline of artists to watch. A fabulous LP." --Graham Lambkin, Kye Records.
GLEX 1302CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: GLEX 1302CD
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BEATTY, ROBERT Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata CD
2013 release. Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata is the debut album of Kentucky-based electronic musician Robert Beatty under his given name. Beatty has long been a presence in the experimental underground as a member of Hair Police and more recently performing and recording solo under his Three Legged Race moniker. He is also well known for his visual art, which encompasses installation, drawing, video, and album artwork design for countless artists including Neon Indian, Tame Impala, Oneohtrix Point Never, Thee Oh Sees, Vybz Kartel, and Peaking Lights. Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata collects Beatty's compositions for digital video glitch pioneer Takeshi Murata, produced between 2004-2007. Beatty's collaborative relationship with Murata has spawned some of his strongest work to date, and Glistening Examples present this music to the public for the first time outside of screenings, museums, and galleries. Beatty has performed alongside Murata's work in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Beijing, where he performed several shows, including at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art during the 2008 exhibition, "Stray Alchemists". The formative elements of the recent Three Legged Race full length Persuasive Barrier (SP 022LP, 2013) are apparent in the rubbery pulsations of "Escape Spirit Videoslime" and the ghostly buzzing harmonics of "Untitled (Silver)". Moving between hypnotic minimalism, dense processed atmospheres, and spacious drones, often in the same track, these pieces are the perfect corollary to Murata's fractured and viscous visuals. While the video and audio are linked in the same fluid time space, the soundtracks are presented now as stand-alone works, powerful compositions drawn from the same underlying chaos apparent in Murata's ever-shifting psychedelic environments. This is exciting electronic music that invites the listener to imagine their own video-scapes with or without having viewed Murata's work. Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata is published with a six-page booklet of Takeshi Murata's artwork, design by Beatty, and digital mastering by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs, USA. This CD also includes a bonus track not found on the original LP.
GOT KINDA LOST RECORDS (SPAIN)
GKL 006CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GKL 006CD
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MARCANO & LIGHTDREAMS, PAUL 10,001 Dreams CD
A thematic sequel of sorts to the sci-fi psych odyssey exploring cosmic ideology that was the British Columbians 1981 debut, LightDreams's Islands in Space (GKL 005CD/LP 2015), 10,001 Dreams from 1982 finds its leader, Paul Marcano, edging closer lyrically to the utopian outer space colonization he'd previously conjured while under the sway of physicist/space activist/author Gerard K. O'Neill. The ever-present percussive acoustic layers from Islands in Space remain, while the new age-like keyboard washes are nearly totally supplanted by mellow, wickedly fuzzed, floating layers of dreamy, treated, atmospheric electric guitar. As scribe Jack D. Fleischer says, at the time of the recording the group had reached, "a certain kind of psychedelic revelation that had become completely frontal," and that is emphasized by this increased use of soaring electric coloring. Originally issued solely on cassette, Marcano and LightDreams's home-recorded (yet hi-fi) lysergic creations give nod to the original British psychedelic and progressive eras, while maintaining a firm foot in hook-based, melodic folk'n'pop and are a guaranteed treasure for those searching for unheard and otherworldly joys. First time reissue with remastered sound. In-depth liner notes from collector Jack D. Fleischer and rare photos. Includes download coupon of the 90-minute unexpurgated 1982 cassette release. RIYL: Dreamies, Simones, late '60s Donovan, Robert Lester Folsom's more psych-leaning moments, McDonald & Giles, Rick Saucedo, Bobb Trimble, Tyrannosaurus Rex. "10,001 Dreams is a perfect distillation of Paul Marcano's musical essence: thoughtful, psychedelic, pop-oriented music but with a deeply progressive ear for song structure and the intuitive glow of a well-crafted lyrical refrain." -- Jack D. Fleischer, from the liner notes of 10,001 Dreams.
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 042CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 042CD
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OLIVERI'S MONDO GENERATOR, NICK Best Of CD
2017 marks two decades of existence for the instrument of sonic chaos known as Mondo Generator. The project, formed by then-soon-to-be-Queens of the Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri (Dwarves, Bl'ast, Kyuss), released their first album, Cocaine Rodeo, in 2000 via a nascent Southern Lord Recordings and never looked back through a whirlwind of intense punk, speed metal and heavy rock. Across four studio full-lengths and more tours than one could count, Mondo Generator has never been nothing less than completely in your face, so that even Oliveri's acoustic work arrives dripping with attitude. With Best Of, Mondo Generator compile tracks from their albums and numerous EPs. Topped with artwork by Branca Studio the collection spans the career of the band, with guest appearances throughout from Josh Homme, Dave Catching, Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes, John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Alfredo Hernandez, Mark Lanegan, Chris Goss and many more. As of the fall 2015, Mondo Generator have been working as the trio of Oliveri, guitarist Mike Pygmie and drummer Jeff Bowman. "I'm stoked that somebody wants to put out the Best Of record and the songs on the album are the best songs over the years, 1997 to the present," says Oliveri. "I feel that those records slipped through the cracks and now this is a chance for people to get a better presentation of the band. Only the best songs off the records!"
HPS 042LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HPS 042LP
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OLIVERI'S MONDO GENERATOR, NICK Best Of 2LP
Double LP version. Gatefold cover. 2017 marks two decades of existence for the instrument of sonic chaos known as Mondo Generator. The project, formed by then-soon-to-be-Queens of the Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri (Dwarves, Bl'ast, Kyuss), released their first album, Cocaine Rodeo, in 2000 via a nascent Southern Lord Recordings and never looked back through a whirlwind of intense punk, speed metal and heavy rock. Across four studio full-lengths and more tours than one could count, Mondo Generator has never been nothing less than completely in your face, so that even Oliveri's acoustic work arrives dripping with attitude. With Best Of, Mondo Generator compile tracks from their albums and numerous EPs. Topped with artwork by Branca Studio the collection spans the career of the band, with guest appearances throughout from Josh Homme, Dave Catching, Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes, John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Alfredo Hernandez, Mark Lanegan, Chris Goss and many more. As of the fall 2015, Mondo Generator have been working as the trio of Oliveri, guitarist Mike Pygmie and drummer Jeff Bowman. "I'm stoked that somebody wants to put out the Best Of record and the songs on the album are the best songs over the years, 1997 to the present," says Oliveri. "I feel that those records slipped through the cracks and now this is a chance for people to get a better presentation of the band. Only the best songs off the records!"
HPS 043CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 043CD
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MONSTERNAUT Monsternaut CD
Monsternaut is a straight up stoner rock group from Kerava Finland. An unpretentious trio that delivers simple rock'n'roll in the spirit of Fu Manchu and alike. Formed in the winter of 2012 by Tuomas Heiskanen and Perttu Härkönen, they shuffled around a few drummers before making Jani Kuusela a permanent member in 2014. Boasted a sound born out of heavy Fu Manchu influence, with a tonal touch of Queens Of The Stone Age bounce and desert-bred groove. The trio of vocalist/guitarist Heiskanen, bassist Härkönen and drummer Kuusela thicken up nodding, momentum-rich riffs and offer a return to '90s stoner heavy purity without sounding retro or like they're 20 years behind the times - at least not any more than they want to be. The songs on their two offerings to date offer catchy, The Action Is Go-style stomp, where a slower lurch maximizes the groove at play. This release is a combination of two older recordings. The first session was back in 2012 and the second in 2014. "We're happy to have Heavy Psych Sounds release them as one bundle, but are also more or less ready to record more if the stars keep aligned."
HPS 043LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: HPS 043LP
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MONSTERNAUT Monsternaut LP
LP version. Monsternaut is a straight up stoner rock group from Kerava Finland. An unpretentious trio that delivers simple rock'n'roll in the spirit of Fu Manchu and alike. Formed in the winter of 2012 by Tuomas Heiskanen and Perttu Härkönen, they shuffled around a few drummers before making Jani Kuusela a permanent member in 2014. Boasted a sound born out of heavy Fu Manchu influence, with a tonal touch of Queens Of The Stone Age bounce and desert-bred groove. The trio of vocalist/guitarist Heiskanen, bassist Härkönen and drummer Kuusela thicken up nodding, momentum-rich riffs and offer a return to '90s stoner heavy purity without sounding retro or like they're 20 years behind the times - at least not any more than they want to be. The songs on their two offerings to date offer catchy, The Action Is Go-style stomp, where a slower lurch maximizes the groove at play. This release is a combination of two older recordings. The first session was back in 2012 and the second in 2014. "We're happy to have Heavy Psych Sounds release them as one bundle, but are also more or less ready to record more if the stars keep aligned."
HPS 045LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: HPS 045LP
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FATSO JETSON Idle Hands LP
LP version. Californian desert rock progenitors Fatso Jetson present their first proper full-length since 2010, Idle Hands. Their last release, 2010's Archaic Volumes, answered the go-anywhere-at-any-time intensity of earlier records like 1995's Stinky Little Gods and 1997's Power Of Three with a refined sense of groove, always bringing in a sense of experimentalism to their foundation of heavy, punk-infused rock. Since that album came out, Fatso Jetson have hardly been idle. They've toured Europe multiple times over, including with Yawning Man, in which Fatso honcho Mario Lalli also plays, and released splits with Yawning Man, and one with Farflung that marked their first collaboration with Heavy Psych Sounds. Mario Lalli says this about the new album: "This record represents one of the toughest years in my life. To be honest, I barely got it done. It's a very important record because I'm in a way coming out of a long troubled period in my life, and with lots of love and help from my friends and family I got to a place where I could get back to music and express some of this stuff. The band spent three days at Rancho de la Luna with Mathias Schneeberger recording and co-producing and writing on some pretty rough ideas. Dino, my son, wrote a lot of the heavier, more angular, intense music, and I was coming from a more melodic, dark vibe... seemed to all come together. Larry and Tony both wrote music on the album and one of my life-saving buddies, Sean Wheeler, collaborated on two songs I'm very proud of. Also was awesome having my daughter, Olive Lalli, singing on half the tracks. The title of the album is straightforward and the record, the contrary action, to faith without works is dead. We are stoked to do the record with Gabriele [Fiori] from Heavy Psych Sounds. He's been so supportive of us for years now, a good friend. That's how this should be."
HERAKLES RECORDS (FINLAND)
HRKL 005CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HRKL 005CD
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TENOR, JIMI Saxentric CD
Jimi Tenor presents Saxentric, a compiled selection of Afro jazz tracks that he has written and performed over the years. Jimi Tenor, born Lassi Osmo Tapio Lehto in Lahti, Finland, has been releasing recorded music for 30 years, plays several instruments as is his usual practice. Saxentric features many musicians including: Icelandic drummer, Helgi Svavar Helgason, Helsinki based guitarist/bassist and journalist Ilkka Mattila, legendary drummer Tony Allen, Cuban & Berlin based trumpeter Daniel Allen Oberto, Ethiopian/Finnish & Helsinki based percussionist Abdissa "Mamba" Assefa of Itetune (2011), Nigerian/German & Berlin based percussionist Akinola Famson, Helsinki based percussionist Mongo Aaltonen, American & Paris based spoken word artist/singer & painter Allonymous, Helsinki based flügel hornist Tero Lindberg, Finnish & Berlin based guitarist Kalle Kalima, Polish & Berlin based bassist Patrick Frankowski, British trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Ghanaian/German & Berlin based drummer Ekow Alabi Savage. Tenor is credited for playing these instruments on Saxentric: acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, background vocals, bass kalimba, drums, drum programming, electric guitar, electric piano, flute, Hammond organ, Korg MS-20, Korg PolySix, Log-o-phone, Moog, organ, percussion, photophone, plastic bongos, programming, shaker, synthesizers, tambourine, tenor saxophone, vocals and Walton organ.
HRKL 005LP
PRICE: $22.50
CAT #: HRKL 005LP
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TENOR, JIMI Saxentric LP
LP version. Jimi Tenor presents Saxentric, a compiled selection of Afro jazz tracks that he has written and performed over the years. Jimi Tenor, born Lassi Osmo Tapio Lehto in Lahti, Finland, has been releasing recorded music for 30 years, plays several instruments as is his usual practice. Saxentric features many musicians including: Icelandic drummer, Helgi Svavar Helgason, Helsinki based guitarist/bassist and journalist Ilkka Mattila, legendary drummer Tony Allen, Cuban & Berlin based trumpeter Daniel Allen Oberto, Ethiopian/Finnish & Helsinki based percussionist Abdissa "Mamba" Assefa of Itetune (2011), Nigerian/German & Berlin based percussionist Akinola Famson, Helsinki based percussionist Mongo Aaltonen, American & Paris based spoken word artist/singer & painter Allonymous, Helsinki based flügel hornist Tero Lindberg, Finnish & Berlin based guitarist Kalle Kalima, Polish & Berlin based bassist Patrick Frankowski, British trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Ghanaian/German & Berlin based drummer Ekow Alabi Savage. Tenor is credited for playing these instruments on Saxentric: acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, background vocals, bass kalimba, drums, drum programming, electric guitar, electric piano, flute, Hammond organ, Korg MS-20, Korg PolySix, Log-o-phone, Moog, organ, percussion, photophone, plastic bongos, programming, shaker, synthesizers, tambourine, tenor saxophone, vocals and Walton organ.
HOGA NORD REKORDS (SWEDEN)
HNRUK 001EP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: HNRUK 001EP
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DARK STRANDS The Last Ride EP 12"
Leeds finest, Antony Beardsley - A lone gunman producing analog, slow-paced dance music influenced by pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, Timothy J Fairplay, Aphex Twin, and Sean Johnston.
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
HOS 470CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: HOS 470CD
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SHIFTED Appropriation Stories CD
Guy Alexander Brewer, aka Shifted, is involved in several projects taking in techno, noise and experimental electronics overlaying a once-hidden past in drum'n'bass. Having shunned his previous work in Commix, more recently Brewer has learned to look back, even making sideways stabs into breakbeat territory with his Covered In Sand alias. The process grows more intricate and subtle on Appropriation Stories for the Hospital Productions imprint helmed by Dominick Fernow (aka Prurient, Vatican Shadow, et al.). On Appropriation Stories, rigorous processing and studio treatments transform classic breaks into deeply hidden components that add new layers of character to his highly-developed techno sound. At first presenting itself as a dense wall-of-sound underpinned by an incessant pulse, Appropriation Stories at length reveals itself to be a much more complex work. In place of the stark minimalism, razor-sharp digital textures and smeared analog surfaces of his previous output, Brewer offers layered tracks with intricate mixes that reveal themselves gradually over time. For long stretches - opener "This Passage", "For Closure", "In Respect of Tactics" - the rhythm steps back from insistent to implied, further exposing the careful arrangements of pure sound. As his origins in purist techno grow ever-more distant, Shifted's sound has progressed from digital clarity to the murky-but-hard middle ground of his sophomore full length on Bed Of Nails, Under A Single Banner (NAIL 007CD/LP, 2013), and through a clear evolution on Brewer's own Avian imprint. Integrating his more searching work as Alexander Lewis and his increasingly introspective work as Shifted while eloquently addressing his past, Appropriation Stories is a comprehensive statement of intent and Brewer's finest, most mature work to-date. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy.
HYPERCOLOUR (UK)
HYPE 056LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: HYPE 056LP
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DJ GUY Concentric Rhythms 2x12"
Concentric Rhythms is the new extended player from DJ Guy, the Cardiff born producer. Despite being heavily involved in the electronic music scene since the early '90s, he has only really begun to open up his vast archive of productions to the masses, notably with Unearthed Tracks 1992-1995 released in 2014. With releases to date on the likes of All Caps, NORD Records and Organic Analogue, he makes his Hypercolour debut with Concentric Rhythms. It is a record that clearly demonstrates his deep rooted interest in the realms of jungle, acid house and early UK techno. His productions are a compliment to his extensive and ambitious collection of varied influences that he so effortlessly practices and combines. With a colossal treasure trove of archived and unreleased music, DJ Guy has been able to dig deep into his collection of music for Concentric Rhythms, continuing to unlock this vault of timeless electronic music.
IBADAN RECORDS
IRC 133EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: IRC 133EP
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FRED P Energy Soul 12"
Entering center stage is Fred P, the undisputed master of subtle four-to-the-floor soul and tech infused house. This is his Ibadan debut single featuring "Energy Soul" and "Visions". The New York connoisseur delivers the two tracks with a futuristic conviction, his fire burning bright.
JAMAICAN RECORDINGS (UK)
PROJR 10-03
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PROJR 10-03
FILE UNDER: WORLD
REVOLUTIONARIES 2 Bad Inna Bull Dub/Ball Park Dub 10"
Two excellent Revolutionaires cuts. Sly and Robbie at their best. These early tracks were recorded at Channel One and produced by Bunny Striker Lee.
PROJR 10-05
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PROJR 10-05
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AGGROVATORS The Search For Dub 10"
Repressed. Two killer dub cuts from The Aggrovators - A band who were named by the legendary Bunny Striker Lee who produced these two rare dubs of Johnny Clarke and Delroy Wilson.
JAMBALAYA (ITALY)
JAM 13011LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: JAM 13011LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ADKINS, HASIL Chicken Walk LP
Jambalaya present 14 tracks from the American outsider and legend, Hasil Adkins, titled Chicken Walk. Hasil Adkins was a true American original. Raised in Boone County, West Virginia, the son of a coal miner, Adkins grew up in poverty in a tarpaper shack on coal company property, where he taught himself to play after hearing Hank Williams on the radio. The legend goes that he didn't realize Hank had a band backing him up, and that's why Hasil learned to play guitar and drums at the same time. Adkins wrote tons of amazing original material beginning in the 1950s, which "explored an affinity for chicken, sexual intercourse, and decapitation." (Wikipedia). A great collection of those original recordings is presented here.
JAZZLAND RECORDINGS (NORWAY)
JL 3779175CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: JL 3779175CD
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ERIKSEN, TORUN Grand White Silk CD
Torun Eriksen presents Grand White Silk. Few songwriters can perform their material with such unobtrusive self-awareness as Torun Eriksen: she possesses many strengths as a lyricist, as a composer, as a singer. On Grand White Silk, she has pulled off the rare feat of playing to all of these enviable strengths with equal vitality and conviction. When you have set standards as high as Torun already has, all that remains to be done is aim higher: her aim has proven true, with a set of songs and performances that crown her work to date. Lyrically, the album draws on the place of the everyday amid the universal - those "little things we begin not to notice, that are important to us, yet we are blind to them through familiarity." Love; shame; self-acceptance; connections physical, emotional and electronic; contradictory feelings common to the modern world; the ability to simply breathe and accept a passing moment for what it is without question; the brief and frail existence of any individual within a universe without a visible, tangible beginning or end; all of this informs Grand White Silk, and it is delivered with images rich, poignant, sometimes seeming quotidian, at other times fragile and ethereal. Whether amid a lush arrangement with vast dynamic sweep, or against a sparse solo piano accompaniment, or against a juggernaut beat that seems close to unstoppable, Torun's sensitivity to her lyrical content is revealed time and time again by measured performances that are emotionally charged without melodrama, philosophical without cold intellectualism, meditative without haziness. Her distinctive tone, perfect phrasing and sensual delivery has few peers. Grand White Silk sets a new high-water mark for an already impressive career. Features: David Wallumrød on keys, André Berg on guitar, Kjetil Dalland on bass and Andreas Bye on drums.
JEUDI RECORDS (GERMANY)
JEU 025EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: JEU 025EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DEO & Z-MAN Southpole 12"
Southpole by Hamburg based brother duo Deo & Z-Man features some funky, deep disco house. Zombies In Miami and Eddie C provide remixes. "Relentless Wilderness" has acid lines, dark grumbling atmospheres and pads, and the best German accent vocals you have ever listened to. Eddie C delivers an extraordinary raw remix. His long time experience and knowledge of electronic music are in full effect. "Bocko Schons" is raw and is proof that steel drums don't have to sound cheesy. Zombies In Miami give the track a little more room to breathe with their typical techno influenced dark attitude.
JOLLY JAMS (GERMANY)
JOLLY 026EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: JOLLY 026EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SLAVES OF LOVE Sake of Nothing 12"
The Berlin-based Jolly Jams label presents the debut of British electronic duo Slaves of Love (Dean Meredith (Mind Fair, Chicken Lips) and Ben Shenton (Mind Fair)). The flipside features a killer remix by LA's finest, TK Disko (Split Secs)
JUST THIS (ITALY)
JT 011EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: JT 011EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LANDSLIDE Signs Of Change EP 12"
Landside is the collaboration between Italian producers Hunter/Game and the Icelandic band Kúra. Signs Of Change EP is the fourth chapter of Landside's journey through diverse sound researches that cross over to industrial ambience, basslines and a whirling melody accompanied by a crescendo of sonorities. "Distance" is a throwback voyage in a melodic orchestra of ethnic sonorities. Luke Hess provides a remix, turning "Signs Of Change" into dub techno. Kelpe's remix of "Signs Of Change" is a deep and dream-like hazy trip, accompanied by trippy melodies.
KI RECORDS (GERMANY)
KI 011LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: KI 011LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOFFLER, CHRISTIAN Mare 3LP
Triple LP version. Mare is the second studio album for German electronic musician, artist and producer, Christian Löffler. Located on the Darss peninsular, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is Christian Löffler's log cabin, nestled among birch and willow trees where he locks himself up to work on both his visual art and his music. In the center of the room is a huge oak table, splotched with multi-colored oil paints, surrounded by canvases, cameras tripods, tools, brushes. There's a great view of the sea, and the wide patio windows allow the light to flood inside. It's these modest and in some ways rudimentary parameters that allow Löffler to make sincere and honest music. Mare follows in a similar vein to his debut, 2012's A Forest. However a key difference is Mare is much more organic, nearly every sound and every instrument being self-recorded. Many of the album's ideas are based on field recordings taken from the surroundings. On top of this, several microphones were set up in the room and left to run on for whole sessions. The microphones collected everything, from tapping, singing, playing, footsteps, as well as percussive elements added on the fly such as bottles, sticks, keys, or anything lying around. Sometimes he would open the sliding patio doors, where sounds from outside would blend into the mix. Among the instruments placed around the table were an old marimba, a mandolin zither, some self-modified synthesizers, and various other sound tools accumulated from his travels. For Löffler, another interesting aspect of the album is that it's the first time he himself sings on a record. "where the first album [A Forest] felt to just be on the surface of what I can say with this project, it now feels like that I've come closer to the core of what I want to express." The instrumentation, the setting, and the process, make Mare a highly individual body of work that sees him expanding the limits of his set-up. The LP features the highly emotive sound that Löffler's become known for, using deep house as a stylistic framework with which to base his tracks. Exploring spaces of emotional and physical loss, he blends wistful melodies, drum machines, and found sound into a wandering, melancholic mélange. Four tracks that feature the vocals of previous collaborator Mohna.
KI 011LTD-LP
PRICE: $36.00
CAT #: KI 011LTD-LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOFFLER, CHRISTIAN Mare (Clear Vinyl Edition) 3LP+CD
Triple LP version. Clear vinyl edition. Includes poster and CD. Mare is the second studio album for German electronic musician, artist and producer, Christian Löffler. Located on the Darss peninsular, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is Christian Löffler's log cabin, nestled among birch and willow trees where he locks himself up to work on both his visual art and his music. In the center of the room is a huge oak table, splotched with multi-colored oil paints, surrounded by canvases, cameras tripods, tools, brushes. There's a great view of the sea, and the wide patio windows allow the light to flood inside. It's these modest and in some ways rudimentary parameters that allow Löffler to make sincere and honest music. Mare follows in a similar vein to his debut, 2012's A Forest. However a key difference is Mare is much more organic, nearly every sound and every instrument being self-recorded. Many of the album's ideas are based on field recordings taken from the surroundings. On top of this, several microphones were set up in the room and left to run on for whole sessions. The microphones collected everything, from tapping, singing, playing, footsteps, as well as percussive elements added on the fly such as bottles, sticks, keys, or anything lying around. Sometimes he would open the sliding patio doors, where sounds from outside would blend into the mix. Among the instruments placed around the table were an old marimba, a mandolin zither, some self-modified synthesizers, and various other sound tools accumulated from his travels. For Löffler, another interesting aspect of the album is that it's the first time he himself sings on a record. "where the first album [A Forest] felt to just be on the surface of what I can say with this project, it now feels like that I've come closer to the core of what I want to express." The instrumentation, the setting, and the process, make Mare a highly individual body of work that sees him expanding the limits of his set-up. The LP features the highly emotive sound that Löffler's become known for, using deep house as a stylistic framework with which to base his tracks. Exploring spaces of emotional and physical loss, he blends wistful melodies, drum machines, and found sound into a wandering, melancholic mélange. Four tracks that feature the vocals of previous collaborator Mohna.
KINGSTON SOUNDS (UK)
KSCD 064CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: KSCD 064CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Skinhead Reggae 1969 CD
Kingston Sounds present Skinhead Reggae 1969, a compilation focusing on the Jamaican reggae sounds tied to the skinhead movement. "The sound of now..." mentioned in "The Return of Jack Slade" by Derrick Morgan was the sound of 1969/1970, the sound of Jamaican reggae. The look at the time was the skinhead fashion borrowed heavily from the Jamaican rude boy style. The skinhead movement started around 1968 and by the following year of 1969 became the style and fashion of many British teenagers. The uniform of the skinheads consisted of boots, braces and jeans and the upbeat Reggae sound seemed to match the style perfectly. Never before has a music matched a look more perfectly than the pairing of skinhead/rude boy look with the Jamaican reggae sound. So stand up and move your feet one more time to the skinhead reggae sound. Features: Bunny Lee All Stars, Derrick Morgan, SS Binns, King Horror, The Prophets, Max Romeo, The Hippy Boys, The Des All Stars and Lloyd Charmers. CD version includes three bonus tracks featuring: Roland Alphonso and The Des All Stars.
KRANKY
KRANK 205CD
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: KRANK 205CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HAUSCHILDT, STEVE Strands CD
"From Steve Hauschildt: 'Strands is a song cycle that is about cosmogony and creation/destruction myths. The title alludes to the structural constitution of ropes as I wanted to approach the compositions so that they consisted of strands and fibers which form a unified whole. This was so the songs could have the appearance of being either taut or slack without being fundamentally locked to a grid. So the sounds/tones have a certain malleability to them and sound like they're bending through time. It's also grittier and more distorted than my previous albums. I wanted to try and capture that moment in nature and society where life slowly reemerges through desolation, so it has a layer of optimism looming underneath. The music represents this by seemingly decaying at times but then reforms and morphs in a fluid way back to its original state. I was also inspired by the movement of rivers, particularly their transformative aspect and how they're in a state of flux and change, in particular the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland where I live, which notoriously caught on fire thirteen times because of industrial pollution in the 1960s and before. I was very interested in the dichotomy of oil and water and the resulting, unnatural symptoms of human industry. It's a very personal record for me as it is a reflection of my hometown where I grew up and where it was mostly recorded. ' From Kranky: 'Graceful compositions flow throughout Steve Hauschildt's fourth release for Kranky following his Where All Is Fled full length from late summer 2015. The songs fluctuate from the serene calm of album opener 'Horizon of Appearances,' to the pulsing hypnosis of 'Ketracel,' and on to the searing grandeur of album closer 'Die in Fascination,' throughout, Steve remains restrained and in complete control of his sound.' "
KRANK 205LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: KRANK 205LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HAUSCHILDT, STEVE Strands LP
LP version. "From Steve Hauschildt: 'Strands is a song cycle that is about cosmogony and creation/destruction myths. The title alludes to the structural constitution of ropes as I wanted to approach the compositions so that they consisted of strands and fibers which form a unified whole. This was so the songs could have the appearance of being either taut or slack without being fundamentally locked to a grid. So the sounds/tones have a certain malleability to them and sound like they're bending through time. It's also grittier and more distorted than my previous albums. I wanted to try and capture that moment in nature and society where life slowly reemerges through desolation, so it has a layer of optimism looming underneath. The music represents this by seemingly decaying at times but then reforms and morphs in a fluid way back to its original state. I was also inspired by the movement of rivers, particularly their transformative aspect and how they're in a state of flux and change, in particular the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland where I live, which notoriously caught on fire thirteen times because of industrial pollution in the 1960s and before. I was very interested in the dichotomy of oil and water and the resulting, unnatural symptoms of human industry. It's a very personal record for me as it is a reflection of my hometown where I grew up and where it was mostly recorded. ' From Kranky: 'Graceful compositions flow throughout Steve Hauschildt's fourth release for Kranky following his Where All Is Fled full length from late summer 2015. The songs fluctuate from the serene calm of album opener 'Horizon of Appearances,' to the pulsing hypnosis of 'Ketracel,' and on to the searing grandeur of album closer 'Die in Fascination,' throughout, Steve remains restrained and in complete control of his sound.' "
LA BELLE (FRANCE)
LAB 029EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: LAB 029EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GOLDEN BUG V.I.C.T.O.R 12" + CD
Golden Bug's first solo EP, Barbie's Back out on Gomma, was a huge success for the ghetto-disco wiz-kid. His first album, Hot Robot, was released in 2008. Erol Alkan, Jori Hulkonnen, Prins Thomas, Digitalism and Shit Robot play his tracks all around the world. Thought, recorded and produced in his studio in Gracia, Barcelona, V.I.C.T.O.R features a number of collaborations: Julienne Dessagne (Saschienne), Yan Wagner, Fabrizio Mammarella, Moscoman, Guillaume Atlan, In Fields, Pajaro Sunrise.
LOFILE (GERMANY)
LFR 005EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LFR 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MARBOD Faces 12"
Marbod shows up with Faces, an adventure into wonderful, sound designed, house music. These four pieces of deeply grooving structures might be influenced by early works of Marbod himself. Faces proves once more how modern house music should sound like: deep, groovy and always surprising. Includes a remix by Johannes Beck.
LUNE MUSIC (GERMANY)
LUNE 008LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: LUNE 008LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
IN GOWAN RING Visions Of Shadows That Shine LP
LP version. Includes insert. Edition of 300. Visions Of Shadows That Shine is a collection in extempore arrangements, and in ways a "bonus" album for In Gowan Ring's The Serpent And The Dove (2015). These songs accompanied Bobin Eirth (aka B'ee) throughout these seasons - playing with friends in the open air or in private chambers, in the sun or around the fire - while working with the original material on The Serpent And The Dove. Certain pieces are considered intrinsically related to this album, having attended the entire process, while others are rather spontaneously included in these late hours. Originally self-released in 2015, Lune Music present a reissue here.
MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
MACROM 051EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MACROM 051EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DUBYSHKIN, VLADIMIR For Various Reasons EP 1 12"
Vladimir Dubyshkin, from Tambov a city southeast of Moscow, presents his sweepingly effective de-centered vision of techno with his first fully fledged vinyl release. Dubyshkin has contributed tracks to two compilations on Nina Kraviz's Trip label. The For Various Reasons EP coming in two separate installments - 1 and 2 (MACROM 052EP) - shows the full picture of Dubyshkin's special talents. Highly energetic, rave-infested analog techno with de-tuned melodies rubbing against take-no-prisoners basslines. There is an intense emotional component present at all times, typically missing in Western grayscale techno.
MANUFACTURED RECORDINGS
MFG 035LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: MFG 035LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HORFORSTAELSE Listening Comprehension (1980-1982) LP
"Born out of the instant high of first hearing the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and the Sex Pistols, Dan Personne and Klas Björkman threw out their hard rock records and formed a band together with creative/doer Anders Sjölander in suburban Stockholm. Taking advantage of Sweden's close proximity to London, they shuttled back and forth to explore punk and new wave and scoured Rough Trade for the latest sounds. This eventually gave birth to Hörförståelse including new members Mats Wigerdal (formerly of minimal synth legends Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons), Örjan Magnusson and Olle Öfverberg in 1980. 'Förläst Jävel' (which roughly translates as 'overeducated bastard') is one of the keystone DIY punk 45s of the era. Casual ranting over a dizzying bassline and a scrappy keyboard which sounds like it was recorded in the apartment next door, Hörförståelse channels bands like The Fall or The Desperate Bicycles but through an intangible yet somehow distinctly Swedish filter. The band moved a bunch of copies of the record through its own distribution network, which included donating 50 copies to the aforementioned Rough Trade shop in London, but as the story usually goes, the record garnered little attention even domestically. With the punk era starting to wane and Swedish labels increasingly prioritizing English-language bands, there was no one willing to take a chance on Hörförståelse. Thankfully for us, the band went into the studio again in 1982 to record 8 hitherto unreleased songs, making up the backbone of this collection."
MFG 048CD
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: MFG 048CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TINSLEY, JOHN E. Country Blues Roots Revived CD
"John E. Tinsley was born in 1920 in Chestnut Mountain, Virginia and later moved to Henry County in an area just outside of Martinsville. According to the liner notes of Smithsonian Folkways Compilation Virginia Traditions: West Piedmont Blues, which featured two John Tinsley recordings, Tinsley began playing guitar at the age of 15, at the behest of his neighbor. He would go on to be influenced by other Piedmont and East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White and Buddy Moss. However, it wasn't until 1952 that Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded any of Tinsley's repertoire. Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records released 'Truble Blues' and 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' as a 78 that year. Following the poor sales of the 'Truble Blues' 78, a discouraged Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s and 60s. Yet, flash forward to 1978 to find Tinsley recording the session featured on this reissue of Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily Bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano and J.P. Young on harmonica. This recording has not been available since the '70s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the Piedmont blues style."
MFG 048LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: MFG 048LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TINSLEY, JOHN E. Country Blues Roots Revived LP + 7"
"John E. Tinsley was born in 1920 in Chestnut Mountain, Virginia and later moved to Henry County in an area just outside of Martinsville. According to the liner notes of Smithsonian Folkways Compilation Virginia Traditions: West Piedmont Blues, which featured two John Tinsley recordings, Tinsley began playing guitar at the age of 15, at the behest of his neighbor. He would go on to be influenced by other Piedmont and East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White and Buddy Moss. However, it wasn't until 1952 that Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded any of Tinsley's repertoire. Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records released 'Truble Blues' and 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' as a 78 that year. Following the poor sales of the 'Truble Blues' 78, a discouraged Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s and 60s. Yet, flash forward to 1978 to find Tinsley recording the session featured on this reissue of Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily Bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano and J.P. Young on harmonica. This recording has not been available since the '70s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the Piedmont blues style.This co-release by Manufactured Recordings and Steady Sounds also includes his lone 78 release on Mutual as a bonus 7"."
MENTAL EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)
MENT 005CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MENT 005CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976 CD
The Nuggets (1972) of krautrock, Cologne Curiosities collects for the first time on vinyl, all the otherwise unpublished/un-reissued material that originally appeared on the three Unknown Deutschland - The Krautrock Archive CDs released on Virgin in 1996. These CD only releases were originally compiled by Trevor Manwaring (Paratactile, Impetus, Virgin, Harmonia Mundi) from tapes supplied to him by Toby Robinson. Toby, aka The Mad Twiddler, aka Genius P. Orridge, is well-known to krautrock collectors as one of a number of engineers working at Stockhausen's WDR and Dierks Studio in Cologne in the mid-1970s, where he assisted on recordings by many famous kraut bands such as Can, Birth Control, Mythos and Dzyan. The recordings included here were made between 1972 and 1976 using studios in and around Cologne, produced by Toby Robinson for his own amusement. Bands would come in for practice sessions, to record demos, and during slack periods, impromptu jams would happen. Most of these sessions were recorded by Toby, and they feature Toby himself plus a revolving cast of friends and musicians (some of them apparently big kraut names under pseudonym). Including lost-in-time bands/studio projects like Astral Army, Fuerrote, Spirulina and Baal among others, the music here ranges from killer proto-new wave kraut psych to wild space rock, proto-ambient electronic, dark psychedelia and raw kosmische sounds with lots of analog synths/Moog. It was during that time in Cologne, that Toby, along with Fluxus artist Robin Page, gave birth to the mysterious and controversial Pyramid label, for which these tracks were originally made for. 24-bit domain remaster from the original master tapes. Insert with detailed liner notes by Alan Freeman (Ultima Thule, The Crack In The Cosmic Egg (2007)). Also features: Chronos, Neil Andersen and Ten To Zen. RIYL: Pink Floyd, Gila, Cluster, Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Cosmic Jokers.
MIDWICH PRODUCTIONS
MIDWICH 007LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: MIDWICH 007LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MOON POOL AND DEAD BAND Humanizer LP
"The duo of Nate Young (Wolf Eyes, Regression) and David Shettler (Viands, SSM) return with their highly-anticipated full-length follow-up to MEQ 2LP remixes, released by Midwich in 2015. Humanizer is sonically diverse featuring varied modes of production throughout. Humanizer jettisons with their live staple 'New British Blues', the 10-minute track recalling Shettler's long-form work in Viands, putting synthesizers in space, as live drums invigorate the track with an earthbound brashness. 'Cycloid' is the album's most concise, bracing and dare-we-say catchy number -- a real ear-worm. 'Sea Dust' is a blasting electronic collage also featuring live drums (we think). The title track 'Humanizer' is classic Moon Pool, creepy and menacing with an off-kilter bass thump. 'A Gray Glow' continues in classic mode with thumping bass and queasy synths. 'Hospital Quiet' features pleasing, sunward-facing ambience to reassure listeners that all is good. Moon Pool and Dead Band have been a Detroit cult techno favorite since Shettler and Young joined forces in 2011. Uninitiated listeners are caught off-guard by the funkiness of the group, shaking assumptions about the group's perceived roots. We've all heard bad noise-techno records -- this isn't one of them. The danceable style is one that grows organically from the duo's life experience. Moon Pool and Dead Band approach the music with respect, knowledge and humor. Humanizer is a party-starter that could have only come from Detroit."
MILNORMODERN (GERMANY)
MMR 026EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MMR 026EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ARSY Morning Machine EP 12"
Milnormodern present Morning Machine EP by Berlin's Arsy. This is the 26th record from Milnormodern and as always, it's really nice and deep. Three tracks for the morning, the noon and the club. Edition of 200, rare-stamped and numbered.
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 069LP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MORR 069LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RADICAL FACE Ghost LP
2016 repress. LP version, originally released in 2007. This record started with a simple idea: what if houses had memories? What if, when we lived in them, our stories bled into the walls and became a part of the house? What if our ghosts were always going to haunt the places we've lived, a long with everyone else who's lived there? Some of these songs are from the point of view of people still living their lives in one of these houses; some are from the point of view of those dead and gone, watching over the living or haunting them; some are from people visiting home, after being away for along time, and the familiar ghosts of childhood all coming back to remind you of the way things used to be. This is a quintessential singer/songwriter album, or, rather a songwriting album, with tracks as carefully arranged interiors, chamber folk, pocket symphonies, passionate melodies. Ben Cooper recorded this album almost entirely alone, in a small shed in Jacksonville Beach, Florida: another one of those houses full of stories. He recorded the guitars and drum patterns, the banjos, organs and keyboards and sang in chorus with himself. He let the instruments take a deep breath and created a breathing record, a lively, warm Ghost. Includes a free download coupon.
NE'ASTRA MUSIC GROUP
NMG 5763LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: NMG 5763LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
SLUM VILLAGE Fantastic Volume II LP
2016 repress. "After the success of Slum's 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, the group went to work on their follow up. Though the project was completed in '98, label turmoil kept the project on ice until 2000. By the time Fantastic Volume II hit Dilla was well on his way to his status as a hip hop legend having produced cuts for Common, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Later works from Slum Village may have had more of an impact sales-wise (in the immediate) but Fantastic Vol. 2 had fans and many critics saying that Slum Village, and Dilla in particular, may 'single-handedly save rap music.' Perhaps that statement is hyperbole but many consider Fantastic Volume II to be Slum Village's finest work ever to this day. Ne'Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla's production has been preserved to maintain the legacy of this hip hop rap classic and maintain the legend of one of hip-hop's greatest beatsmiths."
NERVMUSIC (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
NM 019EP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: NM 019EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HAMID Intristic Randomness 2x12"
Hamid delivers micro house and minimal funk madness on Intristic Randomness. Spooky waves, fragmented funk sessions and heavy drums for the dancefloors. Perfectly balanced double 12 inch - five original tracks framed by two incredible remixes from Craig Richards and G76. "Spooky Action At A Distance" features Volkan Akin. Printed sleeve with artwork by Igor Skaletsky.
NICE UP (UK)
NUP 031EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: NUP 031EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
POIRIER FEAT MACHINEDRUM & ALEISHA LEE Kypoli 10"
Taken from the acclaimed Migration album (NUP 004LP, 2016), Kypoli sees Poirier sharing production duties with fellow Ninja Tune alumni Machinedrum. Taking vocal samples from Aleisha Lee and twisting, chopping and manipulating them into a completely new composition, the pair create a brooding post-dancehall/soul fusion. Bukem-esque pads and deep dub elegance give way to pounding kicks and floating harmonies. Remixes come from France's dub scientist Moresounds, who ups the jungle influence with a classic Reese-style bassline and rolling snare chops. Montreal-based newcomer Thomas White who flips the vibe completely for a slo-mo, soul, style builder.
OIL GANG (UK)
OILGANG 013EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: OILGANG 013EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SPOOKY Fiesta/Cherry 10"
"Fiesta" opens this 10" release - the raucous carnival side to Spooky's sound. Air-horns, loads of sub, syncopated soca pressure. The B side takes a more languid approach, lilting reggae guitars and horns, Spooky's signature "Heys". The EP encapsulates Spooky's soundsystem approach and heritage in one 10" release. Presented on colored vinyl.
OILGANG 014EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: OILGANG 014EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SPOOKY & BOYLAN Low Rider/All Black Winter 10"
It was only natural that Boylan and Spooky found themselves in the studio together. "Low Rider" is a malevolent take on the west coast walking bassline style - a 4am eight-bar loop, haze and sub. After listening to that sparse 20 seconds on repeat for a while, they brought muscle to the skeleton - DJ Quik in Peckham. "All Black Winter" takes their sound in a much harsher direction. Growling saws, guttural strings and a brief Morse code arpeggio meet violent gunshot snares and Boylan's bass science - one for the 2am ride-outs. Presented on colored vinyl.
OPTIMO TRAX (UK)
OT 025EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: OT 025EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BOOT & TAX Baia Del Ritmo 12"
Boot & Tax are back with their first new music of 2016. Four tracks of spangled, idiosyncratic, woozily spacious and slightly off-kilter music that could only have been made by these two Milanese maestros.
OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 024LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: OSTGUT 024LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BARKER & BAUMECKER Turns 2x12"
2x12" version. Includes download code. Sam Barker and Andreas Baumecker's lives have always revolved around different kinds of music. That's partly why their productions as Barker & Baumecker are more unpredictable, harder to pin down than what you might expect from a label borne out of a techno club. And while their music is clearly built for dancing, listening to it reveals a deep love and respect for many forms of electronic music. Their second album, Turns, is an amalgamation of their unique musical minds, transcending electronic music genres and styles, while further developing and refining the Barker & Baumecker sound aesthetic. With two EPs, an album, and almost 20 remixes under their belt, Barker & Baumecker continue to steadily explore and reshape their shared electronic musical interests, especially in techno, bass, breaks, and experimental terrain. Talking about the title of the album, Barker explains, "the two of us have had quite a lot of ups and downs since the last record, and when you're in a collaboration where you only work together in real-time, in person, both people need to be in the right frame of mind." Baumecker adds, "Turns also had something to do with the tracks - almost every one turns towards the middle." While none of the tracks on Turns are merely functional, Barker & Baumecker do, of course, envision them in the club. There's nothing typical about any of these tracks, but they each share a clean aesthetic and sound palette with a sense of depth and compositional purpose. The ambient intro of album opener "Senden" morphs into a Reichian flow. The low-end drums of "Encipher & Decipher" weigh down the dreamy melodic synths. "Club Entropicana" reduces rhythm and sound to machine signals, akin to Raster-Noton's starkness. Both "Turnhalle" and "Nocturnal" incorporate trance euphoria with break-beats but in different ways, while closer "Statik" has a deliciously slippery garage pulse guiding it through a journey towards house bliss. Never knowing where they'll draw from next, Turns feels like Barker & Baumecker are expanding and refining their own musical dialect. Like most of the music they're both drawn to, it's thoughtful, rich, and ever evolving, but always and completely committed to the club.
PALILALIA
PAL 044LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PAL 044LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ORCUTT/CHRIS CORSANO, BILL Live At Various / Various Live 2LP
"That guitarist Bill Orcutt & drummer Chris Corsano would play as a duo should come as a surprise to no one. As artists, both of them have bent sonic boundaries to the breaking point, especially as regards rock-based music, and they have long flowed through the same international sub-underground arteries. It was only a matter of time. The first fruit of their union was a brain melting LP called The Raw & The Cooked (2013), recorded on tour in 2012. Live at Various / Various Live is made up of the two Palilalia cassettes that followed it. The tracks were recorded between a couple of tours, one in 2013 and one the following year, in Northampton, Mexico City, Brooklyn, Montreal, Cleveland and Rochester. And they demonstrate the ferocity of Orcutt's return to the electric guitar. Twinned-up with Corsano, Bill goes for the most distorted and bleeding tones available, whether pouring out frenzied clusters, or slow-bending blue-notes in the tradition of Loren Connors, the raunch of the proceedings is a physical presence. And Corsano goes deep into rolls and splashes with an almost perverted intensity. There ain't much space here for sweetness or subtlety. The music is driven home with mallets, achieving a near-Beefheartian density in spots. Heard as a whole, this album provides a gush of relentless thug-beauty of a sort that has never been in long supply. Grasp it now or hold your sad peace for now and ever." -- Byron Coley. Double LP with gatefold cover. Recorded by Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt on tour in 2013 and 2014. Reissue of two cassettes originally released on Palilalia as Live At Various and Various Live. Edition of 500.
PARTICLES (UK)
PART 4062CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PART 4062CD
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VA Beatfreak! Vol. 3: Rare and Obscure British Beat 1966-1969 CD
From the minds behind Piccadilly Sunshine, Mixed Up Minds, Upside Down, Electric Sound Show and Cornflake Zoo, Beatfreak! is the bruised torso of British pop music. Rare, obscure and virtually extinct, Volume Three offers an intoxicating marriage of fuzz, flute and flare, delivered with disgraceful adolescent abandon. Particles proudly presents a sonic showdown of rare British beat pop pleasures delivered with a whiff of R&B. Professionally re-mastered original sound recordings with comprehensive background liners and rare color, archival photos in a 20-page booklet. Features: Boston Show Band, The Guards, Isle Of Wight Cherokees, Good Vibrations, The Four Pennies, Mick And Malcolm, The Ivy League, Evil Eyes, Steve Darbishire, Chris Andrews, Loudwater Tern, Wishful Thinking, Danny Diaz And The Checkmates, The Tremors, John Deen And The Trakk, Mike Raynor And Sky, The Times, Five's Company and The Cymbaline.
PART 4070CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PART 4070CD
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VA Dustin E Presents... Cornflake Zoo: Episode Four CD
From the minds behind Piccadilly Sunshine, Mixed Up Minds, Electric Asylum, Upside Down, Curiosity Shop and Electric Sound Show, Particles present the fourth volume in the Cornflake Zoo series. An esteemed selection of the most delightful, juvenile absurdity to reach the auditory senses in a captivating collection. Twenty songs, all recorded between 1966-1973. Replete with archival rare color photographs, comprehensive liner notes and a loving touch of restoration. Features: Annaabee Nox, Names And Faces, The Coopers, The Bintangs, Los Brincos, Mashiya, Los Walkers, Blues Section & Jim Pembroke, Serpentine, Zen, Los Shakers, Popera, The Lords, Short 66, Slam Creepers, Beautiful Garden, Chosen Few, Standells and The Sauterelles.
PARTYFINE (FRANCE)
FINE 023CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: FINE 023CD
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YUKSEK Sweet Addiction EP CD
Sweet Addiction is Yuksek's great studio comeback - these five elegant tracks signal his return as a main player. "Make It Easy" features the Greek singer Monika and the duo Her are featured on "Sweet Addiction". Yuksek's characteristic sound, midway between post-disco, house and pop, shines through on its various tracks. Even more than on his last album, Living On The Edge Of Time (2011), Yuksek shows his talent as a singer. His new melodies are sunnier than before; his beats and production more subtle. Airy, but still conveying a touch of hedonism in its most club-friendly sounds, this EP is a foretaste of a sparkling new opus. At the start of the 2000s, Yuksek released a series of EPs and then two albums: Away From The Sea (2009) and Living On The Edge Of Time. Those records laid the foundations of a sound that uncompromisingly combined pop, disco and electro. Then in 2013, he set up his own label Partyfine, working from his studio at the French National Drama Center in Reims. The label is now home to artists such as Clarens, Weekend Affair, Get A Room!, Jean Tonique, Tepr and Villa. Since 2013, he has collaborated with Chassol, Keren Ann, Yaya Herman Dune, JD Samson, Boston Bun, The Magician (Peter & The Magician) and Alex Metric (The Alexanders), and continued to make remixes (Lana Del Rey, Phoenix, M83, Gorillaz, Empire Of The Sun). Yuksek has also devoted a lot of time to writing for cinema, television and the stage. He composed the philharmonic orchestral music for the original sound track of the Valérie Donzelli movie Marguerite Et Julien (2015), which was in competition at the 2015 Cannes Festival, and music for an Ingmar Bergman play performed by Sophie Marceau on the Arte TV channel. He also wrote the instrumental arrangements for director Ludovic Lagarde's adaptation of L'Avare (The Miser) in 2014 and has composed music for documentaries.
PECHE MIGNON (FRANCE)
PMRVA 001EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PMRVA 001EP
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VA Various Artists #1 12"
Péché Mignon present Various Artists #1 with tracks produced by Lacchesi, Easy Morph, Delskiz' and the French duo Welderz.
PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 153LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: PERMVAC 153LP
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TUFF CITY KIDS Adoldesscent 2LP
Double LP version. Includes MP3 code. Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer, aka Tuff City Kids, are creatures of habit. Every week, the two club veterans meet up at Phillip's studio and spend an entire day making tunes. And while Gerd often likes to joke that his role in the arrangement is limited to making coffee and looking at his cell phone, it's clear that the two men have forged a potent partnership, one that's been responsible for an astonishing amount of dancefloor heat over the past few years. Incredibly, this German pair has managed to maintain a relatively low profile, despite the steady stream of music they've released via well-respected labels like Unterton, Delsin, Internasjonal, Permanent Vacation and Live At Robert Johnson. And then there are the remixes - Azari & III, Scuba, The Juan Maclean, Fort Romeau, Avalon Emerson, Massimiliano Pagliara and Sinkane are just a small sampling of the artists who've enlisted Tuff City Kids to work their studio magic. Throughout it all, there have been whispers of a proper Tuff City Kids album, and now that Adoldesscent has arrived, it will be all but impossible for the duo to linger in the background. After all, the LP is anything but shy, thanks in part to hooky vocal turns from the likes of Annie, Joe Goddard, Kelley Polar and Jasnau, and even the album's instrumental cuts, featuring some clear nods to various eras of dance-pop, from the boogie-inflected funk of "Wake People" to the breakbeat techno of "Boilered" and the tweaky rave nostalgia of "Nordo." Elsewhere, first single "Labyrinth" is an infectious bit of new wave, while the guitar-driven "Scared" recalls the gloomier side of '80s pop and "Tell Me" is perhaps the record's most playfully soulful moment. DJs will likely gravitate toward the darting strings of "Aska" and breezy vibes of "Farewell House," yet Adoldesscent isn't entirely focused on the dancefloor. Dreamy opener "Ophmar" evokes the legacy of John Carpenter, while the crunchy "R-Mancer" offers up a sort of psychedelic synth freak-out. Much like the Tuff City Kids themselves, Adoldesscent isn't about any one style or sound in particular. It is, however, a cohesive effort, along with proof that the different corners of the electronic spectrum have a lot more in common than we'd all like to admit. More importantly, it's a whole lot of fun, and isn't that what dance music is supposed to be about anyways?
PETS RECORDINGS (POLAND)
PETS 071EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PETS 071EP
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THORSTEINSSON Academy Of Heroes Remixes 12"
With Thorsteinssøn's Academy Of Heroes (PETS 072LP) album on the horizon, Pets Recordings precede the release with a trio of remixes. First up is London's Ashworth. "Sixtrak Blues" is the track of choice with Ashworth harnessing the originals dreamy vibe and adding a punchy guitar driven groove. Gerd steps up under his Geeeman guise, with a rework of "Sammy". Keeping the acidic melody, the Dutchman replaces the original's loose drums with a raw, kickass rhythm of his own. Berlin's Cab Drivers add a driving drum pattern turns the original slo-mo groover "Midnight At Taffey's", into a stellar swinging workout.
PHORMA (SWEDEN)
PHORMA 011EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PHORMA 011EP
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EDANTICONF Endless Research 12"
An ode to the endless research of the life apart - Sensed and produced by Edanticonf in Amsterdam. Endless Research is the first release by Edanticonf on Phorma. Artwork by New York artist and designer Sebastian Lemm.
PIAS (GERMANY)
PIAS 39223072CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: PIAS 39223072CD
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BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE Bohren For Beginners 2CD
The perfect introduction into the world of Germany's doom jazz cult band Bohren & Der Club Of Gore highlights the group's catalog from 1994 onwards. Includes rare tracks from deleted albums, some newly mixed versions and one complete new song. For fans of SunnO, OM, Max Richter, Fennesz."The substance we are seeking here lies beyond the bare bones of fact, the when and the where (founded in 1988, Mülheim an der Ruhr) or personnel and instruments. The story is more than the sum of its facts. Mysteries may very well lurk here or there along the way. What keeps the final two founder members going after all this time? Do Morten Gass and Robin Rodenberg have skeletons locked in their closets? How dearly we would we love to know the answer to that one, alas the most beautiful puzzles tend to remain unsolved. Including their debut Gore Motel (1994), Bohren & Der Club Of Gore have amassed an impressive eight long players... Strange as it may seem, there is a uniform consistency to their reception. Whatever the band does, critiques are unfailingly positive, yet repetitious. Consider the arrival of Christoph Clöser in 1997, by way of illustration. When he joined the group, his saxophone replaced the departing Reiner Henseleit's guitar as one of the defining instruments in the band. This was arguably the sharpest break in their sound to this day and a significant marker in terms of the band's reverence for Dutch instrumentalists Gore (the clue is in the name), whose repetitive riffs paved the way for how the guitar would be deployed in a post-everything future... Similarly conspicuous by their absence in the Bohren chronicles are the numerous instruments which they added to the mix. The introduction of choirs at least had a clear visual impact. Since Thorsten Benning left at the end of 2015, the band has continued as a trio, sharing shifts on the drums. A decrease in personnel was conversely accompanied by quantum leaps forward in the group's musical development - or more precisely, minor adjustments triggered major effects. The music of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore opens up remarkable rooms of association, from a warm burrow to a pristine secret lodge, from a dusky woodland tavern to a smoky quayside dive... These sinister crackling songs are invitations to secrete oneself in darkness." --Lars Brinkman.
PLAIN RECORDINGS
PLAIN 1411LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: PLAIN 1411LP
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WEEN Chocolate and Cheese 2LP
"Ween's fourth album, originally released in 1994, is perhaps their finest moment, a brilliant mix of twisted humor and pure pop genius. Ween draw influence from smooth 70s soul, psych, soft rock, spaghetti westerns, country, funk, indie-rock and more to the point where each song is a spot-on take on a different genre with their silliness being the uniting element. An outsider-pop classic reissued on one brown & one yellow vinyl."
PLAIN 142LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: PLAIN 142LP
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WEEN 12 Golden Country Greats LP
2016 repress. "1996's 12 Golden Country Greats is the Pennsylvania duo's 5th full-length but the first to stick to just one style which was, surprisingly enough, country music. That said, the title of the album is only half-correct as there's actually only 10 songs here, why? You'll have to ask Dean and Gene that one. Featuring some of Nashville's greatest session musicians (including 'Pig' Robbins, Charlie McCoy, and the Jordanaires), this is one of Ween's finest records to date, with that classic Ween sense of humor filtered through a distinct countrypolitan sound." On 180 gram horse poop-swirl colored vinyl with full color inner sleeve.
PLAIN 144LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: PLAIN 144LP
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WEEN White Pepper LP
2016 repress. "Originally released in 2000, White Pepper, is one of the Pennsylvania duo's finest recordings. Gene and Dean Ween are outsider pop geniuses in the greatest sense of the term, brilliant musicians with a firm grasp on just about every popular genre in the last 50 years (brit-pop, prog, country, soul, new wave, and beyond) and a quirk streak a mile wide." 180 gram white vinyl with a full color inner sleeve.
PLAIN 1491LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: PLAIN 1491LP
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ORTON, BETH Trailer Park (Red Vinyl) LP
180 gram red vinyl."Beth Orton's debut album is one of the most innovative and impressive records of the 90s. It is a beautifully inspired mix of folk and electronica, which may sound like a cliché today but this is the album responsible for that cliché. Absolutely cutting edge and with killer songwriting to boot, a pop album like no other before or since. The 180 gram black vinyl version has been out of print for 3 years, this limited edition red vinyl will be the last we will be pressing of this title."
PMG (GERMANY)
PMG 009LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 009LP
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NIAGARA S.U.B. LP
Rhythm master Klaus Weiss knew he had a good thing going with Niagara (1970). The first album was a gathering of every outstanding drummer and percussionist he could get hold of and despite the fact that there were only rhythm instruments, it became quite a memorable and unique record. Now for the second album S.U.B. (1972) he felt he had to go other ways. He recorded with a complete rock outfit plus a few brass instruments. S.U.B. has a tightly woven web of rhythms from drums and percussions, as the solid and ever pulsating base with a laid-back but really present bass guitar adding more depth and power to the beats. Clean rhythm guitars with a nifty wah-wah effect add an extra kick. From time to time the guitars fire off a memorable steaming riff on top of the rhythm pulse and the horns answer the call for arms. You really have to look at the back cover to find out that this is a German outfit instead of one of these utterly hot-and-hip U.S. funk rock cult bands of the '70s. Niagara aka Klaus Weiss, waive the vocals so it is an instrumental record you face with S.U.B., but this band goes so wild in some of the compositions, that you will be left breathless and on your knees by all these simmering performances. Each musician participating in this project is a professional, but they all let the music erupt into a climax of sound you can only achieve, when you put your whole heart and soul into it. S.U.B. is a masterpiece of funky and utterly unleashed rock music from the early '70s.
PMG 024CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PMG 024CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MOSCO, HARRY Country Boy (Mr. Funkees) CD
PMG present a reissue of Harry Mosco's Country Boy (Mr. Funkees), originally released in 1978. Don't let the floppy hat and rolling English countryside on the cover fool you. Harry Mosco's Country Boy is a certified floor-filler, bursting with Studio 54 era disco-funk. It also contains a token reggae monster, complete with its own dub version. Harry Mosco always had swagger. A founding member of The Funkees, he'd stride out on stage in tight pants and dark sunglasses, commanding the attention of a population distracted by war. When The Funkees split in London, it was clear that his star would rise the fastest. Released in 1978 by Nigeria's fledgling Taretone label, Country Boy became one of the best-selling Nigerian records of all time. The first few bars of "It's Too Late" are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor and Sam El'Salahi's slinky bassline on "I Feel Funky" will keep you there. "Harry's Party" is a celebration you never want to end. The title track, and its dub doppelganger, are a reggae-tinged chance to catch your breath, before "The Wanderer" drags you back on the dancefloor until the house lights come on.
PMG 024LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 024LP
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MOSCO, HARRY Country Boy (Mr. Funkees) LP
LP version. PMG present a reissue of Harry Mosco's Country Boy (Mr. Funkees), originally released in 1978. Don't let the floppy hat and rolling English countryside on the cover fool you. Harry Mosco's Country Boy is a certified floor-filler, bursting with Studio 54 era disco-funk. It also contains a token reggae monster, complete with its own dub version. Harry Mosco always had swagger. A founding member of The Funkees, he'd stride out on stage in tight pants and dark sunglasses, commanding the attention of a population distracted by war. When The Funkees split in London, it was clear that his star would rise the fastest. Released in 1978 by Nigeria's fledgling Taretone label, Country Boy became one of the best-selling Nigerian records of all time. The first few bars of "It's Too Late" are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor and Sam El'Salahi's slinky bassline on "I Feel Funky" will keep you there. "Harry's Party" is a celebration you never want to end. The title track, and its dub doppelganger, are a reggae-tinged chance to catch your breath, before "The Wanderer" drags you back on the dancefloor until the house lights come on.
PMG 025LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 025LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ELCADOS What Ever You Need LP
LP version. PMG present a reissue of Elcados's last record, What Ever You Need, originally released in 1979. "By the 1979 release of What Ever You Need, the Elcados were ready to party. 'We got rhythm, we got sound,' they declare on 'Funky Music'. Starting out as The Moonrakers in Kanu in 1968, Steve Black, Rocky Mustapha, Tony Nosika and Frank Martins spent the next decade gigging their way out of the north, including a surreal set with Khalifa Baba-Ahmed at the Miss New Nigeria contest. They released two rock-oriented albums in the mid '70s before hitting a disco/reggae groove on What Ever You Need. The album starts with the title track, a bouncy reggae number guaranteed to fill the dance floor. 'Cross Over Reggae' keeps the mood light before 'The World Is Full Of Injustice' delivers a bit of Rasta indignation. Funk monsters 'Marry The Poor' and 'Funky Music' bring it all home, reminding listeners that the guys didn't drag out their best shiny suits just to smoke spliffs. Sadly, What Ever You Need, was the last record the Elcados released. But they went out with the glitter ball burning brightly, dimmed but a little by the fug of the righteous herb." --Peter Moore.
PMG 026CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PMG 026CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SAHARA ALL STAR BAND JOS Sahara All Stars Of Jos CD
PMG present a reissue of Sahara All Star Band Jos's Sahara All Stars Of Jos, originally released in 1976. Based in the Havana Nightclub, in the central plateau town of Jos, the Sahara All Stars Of Jos weren't part of the Lagos scene or the one in the east. Their leader, Dan Satch Ayo, had played with Dr Sir Warrior in The Orientals. He'd jammed with Mohammed Ahidjo and Sonny Akpan from The Funkees. Together with the All Stars he took the best of both scenes and created his own tight, hypnotic groove. First released in 1978, Sahara All Stars Of Jos is a musical journey through all of those influences. "Freedom For Africa" is a potent rallying cry sugarcoated with a sweet reggae vibe. "World People" is an Afro-beat gem that condenses a night out at The Shrine into just under eleven minutes. You can almost feel the steam coming out of New York manholes on "Take Your Soul". And the highlife-tinged "Alikali Adajo" brings it back, full-circle, to the Jos Hotel, just off the roundabout, where it all began. Engineered by Fela Kuti's regular knob twiddler, Emmanuel A. Odunesu, Sahara All Stars Of Jos is a tight, funky sonic gem and a timely reminder that, in the '70s, the groove was strong all over Nigeria.
PMG 026LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 026LP
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SAHARA ALL STAR BAND JOS Sahara All Stars Of Jos LP
LP version. PMG present a reissue of Sahara All Star Band Jos's Sahara All Stars Of Jos, originally released in 1976. Based in the Havana Nightclub, in the central plateau town of Jos, the Sahara All Stars Of Jos weren't part of the Lagos scene or the one in the east. Their leader, Dan Satch Ayo, had played with Dr Sir Warrior in The Orientals. He'd jammed with Mohammed Ahidjo and Sonny Akpan from The Funkees. Together with the All Stars he took the best of both scenes and created his own tight, hypnotic groove. First released in 1978, Sahara All Stars Of Jos is a musical journey through all of those influences. "Freedom For Africa" is a potent rallying cry sugarcoated with a sweet reggae vibe. "World People" is an Afro-beat gem that condenses a night out at The Shrine into just under eleven minutes. You can almost feel the steam coming out of New York manholes on "Take Your Soul". And the highlife-tinged "Alikali Adajo" brings it back, full-circle, to the Jos Hotel, just off the roundabout, where it all began. Engineered by Fela Kuti's regular knob twiddler, Emmanuel A. Odunesu, Sahara All Stars Of Jos is a tight, funky sonic gem and a timely reminder that, in the '70s, the groove was strong all over Nigeria.
PMG 027LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 027LP
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S. JOB ORGANIZATION Freedom Anthem LP
LP version. PMG present a reissue of S. Job Organization's Freedom Anthem, originally released in 1978. "S. Job Organization (also known as SJOB Movement) was a rarity in the Nigerian music scene - a collective of equals in a world where band 'leaders' ruled the roost and 'band boys' had to make do with the crumbs. The name was an acronym representing each of the members - Samuel 'Spark' Abiloye, Johnnie Woode Olimah, Ehima 'Blackie' Ottah and Prince Bolarinwa Agba. They were music scene veterans and the nucleus of Sonny Okosuns's group, Ozziddi. Unshackled, their undeniable chemistry fizzed. Listen to a SJOB record and you can almost hear band members nodding their heads in appreciation of each others's mad skills. On Freedom Anthem, the music is deep, dark and funky. It took inspiration from the new sounds coming out of black America with a focus that was increasingly political. 'Ayamoto' calls for Africans to stand up for their rights. 'Freedom Anthem' is another funky call to arms. 'Oya' and 'Wombiliki' incorporate local folk sounds and a tinge of reggae for a distinctly African burnish. The egalitarian structure of SJOB eventually led to its demise. Without a dominant personality to galvanize the band, they lost direction. Johnnie Woode rejoined Ozziddi. Prince Bola joined King Sunny Ade. The great social experiment was over. But in Freedom Anthem, the magic it created lives on." --Peter Moore.
PMG 028LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PMG 028LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
LEBARTY, AIGBE Unity LP
LP version. PMG present a reissue of Aigbe Lebarty's Unity, originally released in 1979. "In 1979, long-time highlife veteran Aigbe Lebarty decided to try his hand at high-energy disco funk. Checking the Lebartone Aces at the door, he borrowed the Sex Bombers from Prince Omo Lawal-Osula and created Unity, a sure-fire dance floor stomper that channels 'Ring My Bell' into a clarion cry for, well, unity ... and a good time. The title track is the undisputed highlight of the album. It rattles along in a wonky, skittish fashion, with the high-pitched toms dueling with the Sex Bombers in a musical game of Space Invaders. 'His Highness Erediauwa 1 Oba Of Benin' sees Aigbe slip back into highlife like a comfortable pair of slippers. The tracks were a gift to Erediauwa, who had just been crowned the 38th ruler of the Edo people in Benin City. Like eastern Nigeria, Benin City had remained a haven for highlife, so no surprises there. Spookily, the reissue of this album by PMG coincides with the passing of his Highness Erediauwa 1 and the coronation of his successor." --Peter Moore.
PMG 029EP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: PMG 029EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KANONU MEETS TOLBERT, THE MIRACLE MAN, ALEKE Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12"
"Bringing together the undisputed talents of Nigerian percussionist Aleke Kanonu and soul legend from Alabama, O.C. Tolbert, this 12" created quite the buzz when it was released in New York in 1982. 'Happiness' is an uptown style gospel ballad where Tolbert's gravelly, soulful voice channels years of hurt and pain. 'Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne' is an Afro-beat disco monster that rattles along on the back of Kanonu's awesome percussion skills. Both tracks were written and produced by Jack Taylor, a producer, songwriter and purported gangster from Harlem and released on his own label." --Peter Moore.
PMG 030EP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: PMG 030EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BLO Back In Time 12"
"We're talking early '80s sophistication here, with a killer groove designed to let you show off all your moves and still look as classy as hell. By the late '70s and early '80s, disco was king in Nigeria and BLO were under pressure to follow the trend. Typically, they did it their own way, with slinky bass lines, Nile Rodgers guitar licks and a beat guaranteed to make you move. The Afro-beat and psyche rock stylings were gone, but the tightness and funkiness that comes from laying down rock hard grooves for over a decade remains." --Peter Moore.
PROG TEMPLE (UK)
PT 8061CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PT 8061CD
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GLENCOE Glencoe CD
Prog Temple present a reissue of Glencoe's self-titled debut album, originally released in 1972. Formed in 1972, this funky British prog band featured John Turnbull (guitar, vocals), Graham Maitland (keyboards, vocals), Norman Watt-Roy (bass, vocals) and Stewart Francis (drums, vocals). Between them they played in Skip Bifferty, Greatest Show On Earth, Forever More and several other well-regarded acts. Their pedigree shines through on this classic debut. Originally issued in December 1972, it makes its long-overdue return to CD here. Includes background notes and images.
PT 8062CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PT 8062CD
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LIGHTHOUSE Good Day CD
Prog Temple present a reissue of Lighthouse's Good Day, originally released in 1974. Having been named "Vocal/Instrumental Group of the Year" for the third time at Canada's prestigious Juno Awards in 1973, Lighthouse entered Thunder Sound in Toronto the following year to record their final album. Downplaying the horn-heavy sound that had previously defined them, it's a taut set of progressive rock with prominent synth and it sees founder member and drummer Skip Prokop switching to lead guitar. It makes its long-overdue CD debut here. Includes background notes and images.
QUARTET SERIES (GERMANY)
QS 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: QS 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Quartet Series Vol.3 12"
Round three of the Quartet Series. Rising talent Tell from Paris confirms that Paris is rapidly reclaiming its former status as a hotbed for raw and moody house music, offering up a delectable blend of lavish chords, distorted sounds and melancholic vocals. The Croation beat-smith Darko Kustura throws in some additional punches, treating the crowd to a wobbling groovy baseline and sugary sweet chords. Loz Goddard steps out of his comfort zone and delivers a sonic uppercut with a mad piece of swinging acid. Hungary's BAL 5000 flexes his acid muscle to disorientate and a dubby bass to sedate.
QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)
QUINTESSE 051EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: QUINTESSE 051EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GODDARD, LOZ Sunset Vista EP 12"
Loz Goddard is back with this four-tracker of slightly deeper and more synth-driven cuts than would be expected from the man. "Slap Dancer" sets the tone with punchy drum and sample hits, easily the most club oriented of the bunch. "Duplicity" sees Loz back on that slightly funkier sound, but with a little added dustiness. "Flavour" adds a little extra sprinkling of dust with its rolling drums and chords - proper chillin' basement tackle. "Sunset Vista" is a slow, machine-driven and synthed-out acid jam.
RADIATION DELUXE SERIES (SPAIN)
RAD 7009LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: RAD 7009LP
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MEDICINE HEAD New Bottles Old Medicine LP
Radiation present a reissue of New Bottles Old Medicine, the 1970 debut from British group Medicine Head. A duo at the time, they had recently been discovered by the legendary John Peel who immediately signed them to his Dandelion record label, following with the release of this album. One of the more enigmatic and inventive groups of the British folk-rock scene, the duo's leader, John Fiddler would simultaneously sing, play guitar and operate a bass drum and hi-hat cymbal with his foot, while bandmate Peter Hope-Evans would play harmonica, jew's harp, and various percussion instruments. Creating a sound that was simultaneously ethereal and earthy, and with a voice that touched on the heartbroken vibes of Nick Drake and John Martyn, Medicine Head were truly one of the most brilliant groups of early '70s UK scene and rarely get the attention they deserve. This reissue comes as a deluxe 180 gram vinyl.
RETROGRADE (GERMANY)
RTGD 005EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RTGD 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA In Reverse Pt.1 12"
Retrograde marks its fifth release with a various artists release, In Reverse Pt.1. Matteo Luis's "Out Here" sets the tone with ethereal pad swells, organic rhythms and choppy bass hits. Natureboy Gold's "Eternal" follows and employs a similarly airy synth feel while introducing a robust tom-driven rhythmic approach to create an understated dancefloor focused contribution. Terron's contribution drops the tempo to a low-slung feel with dubbed-out bass licks, bumpy percussion and spiraling bass drones to create something idiosyncratic and psychedelic. Marlon Hoffstadt delivers a raw energetic workout with soaring '80s tinged leads, snaking bass grooves and frenetic percussion.
RETT I FLETTA (NORWAY)
RIF 010LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: RIF 010LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SANO, KEITA Keita Sano 2LP
Double LP version. Keita Sano was born in 1989 in Okayama. He has released music on more labels than forests have trees (1080p, Rett I Fletta, Let's Play House, Mister Saturday Night, Crue-L etc.). He makes a technoid yet lo-fi version of music for discotheques that's uniquely his own. Rett I Fletta label head Prins Thomas on meeting Keita Sano: "A little over a year ago I spent a day off in the lovely seaside town Enoshima. There is a really nice club, cafe and concert venue there called Oppa-La which I had played the previous night. So my dear friend and Japanese promoter Hagi tells me we should go back there the following night as there will be local bands playing followed by a live-set from Keita Sano. I was only vaguely familiar with his music but had noticed his name crop up more and more frequently so off we went. A couple of beers later and around the third track in, he somehow manages to merge the playfulness of disco with the physical impact of techno, I'm sold there and then. Over a friendly chat and more beers, I clumsily present an offer to release his music and hopefully even all the things he played that night. A few days later the album as you hold in front of you and more or less a replica of that live-set arrives in my inbox."
ROX VOX (UK)
RV 2063CD
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: RV 2063CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RAMONES, THE My Father's Place, NY, 20 July 1982 2CD
The Ramones, live at My Father's Place, New York on July 20th, 1982. The Ramones did not release an album in 1982, but continued to gig prolifically, despite problems within their ranks. Joey and Marky were battling alcoholism, while Dee Dee was in the grip of cocaine addiction, meaning that Johnny was taking more musical control. They were still a formidable live force, as this superb performance attests. This double CD presents the full original WLIR 92.7 FM broadcast. Includes background notes and images.
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
RB 008CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RB 008CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TELEPHONES Vibe Telemetry CD
In times where a compilation of 12-inch bangers passes as an album, Telephones's debut album Vibe Telemetry opts for a different approach. Without being a departure from his 12-inches for Sex Tags UFO, Full Pupp and Running Back or his brilliant remix work for José Padilla and Vangelis Katsoulis, the Norwegian producer from Bergen who calls Berlin his home, hones sound, skills and aesthetics on his debut long-player. Vibe Telemetry is inspired by the pure feeling of listening to house, disco and techno, prior to knowing what it actually was: ambiguous, euphoric, mystical and melancholic, sonic and physical experiences, which names and origins were yet to be discovered. Sleeve designed by DJ Fettburger.
SEANCE (UK)
SEANCE 1201EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: SEANCE 1201EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KRYSS HYPNOWAVE Endosphora EP 12"
Seance is a new London based techno and electronica label owned by Warren of The Clairvoyants, who many will recognize from their former show on Rinse FM. The label's first release is provided by Italian producer Kryss Hypnowave, the production alias of Christian Scalas. The main remix comes from Edit Select, who is the producer Tony Scott from Glasgow, UK. He has a big reputation and doesn't disappoint with his remix here.
SEANCE 1202EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SEANCE 1202EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KOPKE, ALFRED Jack Have A Art EP 12"
Original material from Alfred Kopke, aka Ivo Polónia. Based in Portugal, he also makes up one half of Quantic Spectroscopy and has had releases on Relapso and his own Reaktivate label. The release also features Subjected who, for most techno fans, needs no introduction as a purveyor of quality audio. His dark and distinctly individual sound has helped him build an impressive back catalog of releases, where his music has been featured on Electric Deluxe, Perc Trax, Sleaze Records, Affin and PoleGroup and releases much of his material through his own well-known Vault Series label. 180 gram vinyl.
SECOND STATE AUDIO (GERMANY)
SNDST 021EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SNDST 021EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LINDAU, ROMAN Strange Brew 12"
Roman Lindau takes the listener on a ride through a multitude of sounds and emotions with Strange Brew. "With My Hands" opens things up with grinding percussion and a massive call-and-response of warm industrial synths while a soulful vocal teases and shimmers of resonant acid. The title track "Strange Brew" combines chugging organic percussion with classic Detroit house stabs. The burner titled "Move" with rapid fire percussion, vintage acid lines and a super slick vocal hook. "After Dark" follows up with huge melodic stabs and rising strings building pressure while speedy percussion fuels a feverish endeavor.
SENSO SOUNDS (GERMANY)
SENSO 019CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: SENSO 019CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DUBFIRE & OLIVER HUNTEMANN Retrospectivo 2008-2016 2CD
Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds label provides a comprehensive retrospective of the seminal Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann collaboration project with this double CD package. CD One, titled The Spirits, is dedicated to the Diablo (2008), Dios (2008), Humano (SENSO 018EP, 2016) trilogy and includes all mixes of the brand new track "Humano". CD 2 sums up the Elements series consisting of Fuego (IDEAL 011EP, 2010), Terra (2011), Aire (2013) and Agua (2014). The pair's output, since debuting with the epic Diablo in 2008, has now spanned eight years, and Retrospectivo provides a timely reminder of how two of the most influential statesmen of the techno continuum have constantly pushed the boundaries of electronic dance music, and each other, forward. Retrospectivo contains each of their original releases, complemented by a host of exceptional remixes from other key figures in the scene. The CDs were preceded by warmly welcomed new reissues of Terra and Fuego, stretching out over a luxurious 2+ hours of prime techno. "Diablo" kicks things off, sounding as fresh as the day it was unleashed in 2008, and is accompanied by the Carlo Lio remix that pushes its muscular driving vibe into a new territory. "Dios" also appears with the rework from Jon Gaiser, via his Atheists Anonymous Remix, crystallizing the original's ten minute form into a taut, powerful six minutes of dance floor gold. The new track "Humano" appears here in four glorious versions from the original via newer interpretations from Hatzler, Shaded's Summer Skin Remix and the Victor Ruiz mix. Kicking off CD 2, "Fuego" burns as brightly as ever with additional heat added by Julian Jeweil's masterful remix, while "Terra" gets the treatment by the ever dependable Joseph Capriati. Three different mixes each of "Aire" and "Agua" complete the package, with the combined talents of Matador, Peter Dundov and Detroit's own Carl Craig rounding off the compilation in particularly fine style. Both Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann have pursued their own paths that have seen them reach dizzying heights within the techno world, but these recordings and their expertly curated reworks will remain a benchmark for many. As a special bonus, the double CD (via a download code) include an hour-long Retrospectivo-mix by Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann.
SHIMMY SHAM SHAM (GERMANY)
SHIMMY 010EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: SHIMMY 010EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Shimmy Sham Sham 010 12"
When people talk about summertime vibes, it's most often associated with the obvious: good weather, sweet drinks, waterside locales, and a much-needed departure from the daily grinds. But it's the smell of summer that really infects the spirit: suntan lotions, watermelon, piña colada mixes, BBQ grill emanations, and perhaps most importantly, sweat. Dripping, oozing, sticky buckets of lovely sweat. This three-tracker of party bombs, on the dance floor - a slick power wash of classic French disco, a rollicking jazz piano-led jam. Let these sweaty numbers melt your worries. No top hat and gator shoes required...just shake that ass!
SIAMESE (SWITZERLAND)
SIAMESE 001EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SIAMESE 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ADRIATIQUE Patterns Of Eternity EP 12"
Adriatique present the first release on Siamese, Patterns Of Eternity EP. The title track is an almost 11 minute trip, which tries to put the dance floor into a hypnotic state. The layers and synth lines create a special vibe while the bass line pushes the track forward. "Womb" has made its cycle around the clubs and festivals. While the title track may be complex, "Womb" focuses on keeping it simple. "Quadrivia" is reminiscent of the mid-2000s, starting with a wobbly melody before breaking down and coming back in full effect.
SMALL BUT HARD RECORDINGS (UK)
SBH 004LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: SBH 004LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
SPECTRE The Last Shall Be First LP
LP version. Skiz Fernando aka Spectre tha Ill Saint ranks as an OG in the world of abstract beats. Forged in the fires of frustration over the corporate music industry, alter ego Spectre was an antidote to the commercial bullshit -- a ghost rising from a rotting corpse, holding up a mirror to our diseased and disaffected society. Through his WordSound imprint, Fernando has worked tirelessly to document some of the greats of the underground scene. Simultaneously he has become a master in his own right, constantly upping the ante on experimentation and innovation. For the 2016 20th anniversary of his 1996 entry to the game, he presents The Last Shall Be First, another cutting-edge amalgam of styles, flavors, and influences with a spiritual heft to match.
SOFRITO SUPER SINGLES (UK)
SSS 018EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SSS 018EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VETSON' ANDROY/JAOJOBY Mavandeza/Taratasy Maitso 7"
"Deep, storming Salegy sounds from Madagascar. Salegy is the electrified updating of the traditional Antsa style from the north-west of the island -- 6/8 rhythms, layered with percussion and call-and-response vocals -- and the Vetson' Androy group one of its most popular proponents. From 1978, 'Mavandeza' has the heady urgency of killer Fela -- with two women singers out front, psychedelic organ and prowling-lion bass. The flip is from a decade later, by Malagasy superstar Eusebe Jaojaby -- rough and tough dancefloor worries, with a mazy string-line, mash-it-down percussion and lilting flute. Another sizzler from Sofrito."
SONIC CATHEDRAL (UK)
SCR 100LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: SCR 100LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EARLY YEARS, THE The Early Years LP
Following the release of The Early Years's long-awaited album II (SCR 110CD/LP, 2016), Sonic Cathedral reissue their self-titled debut album, originally released in 2006. The album includes the singles "All Ones And Zeros" and "So Far Gone". On its release, it received glowing reviews. It's an underrated classic that will appeal to fans of Cluster's Sowiesoso (BB 039CD/LP) and Spiritualized alike. It also comes with the seal of approval of Brian Eno, The Horrors and Damo Suzuki. A brand new vinyl cut by Noel Summerville, who has previously worked on a number of My Bloody Valentine and Warp reissues. Edition of 300 on transparent orange wax.
SOUL HAS NO TEMPO (AUSTRALIA)
SHNT 003EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SHNT 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SAMPOLOGY Natural Selections 12"
Natural Selections is the second EP from Brisbane native Sampology. An exquisite six track EP that delves into Sampology's Afro-percussive and organic influences which he has masterfully produced and laced with lush, live elements. Renowned composer and conductor, Gordon Hamilton, arranged strings on "Thicker Than Water". Closer to home, Sampology's family lay the true building blocks of Natural Selections. His father Ken Poggioli playing upright bass, his Aunt Helen Poggioli playing viola and his mother Sue Poggioli creating the artwork. Also features contributions from Tiana Khasi Laneous and Noah Slee.
STATIC SHOCK RECORDS (UK)
SSR 039EP
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: SSR 039EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EFIALTIS Efialtis 7"
Efialtis present four feral tracks of stripped down, high-energy, mid-tempo punk, with despotic vocals and ominous Greek lyrics. The sharp guitar and buzzing bass wade through combative drumming, all tough as nails, perfectly enhancing the nightmarish unease underlying their sound. Ten minutes of '80s-inspired, rudimentary jaggedness, complete with catchy songwriting, tight delivery and a production that's appropriately massive and the right amount of shambolic. Limited to 500 copies.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 115CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 115CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
INUIT 55 Historical Recordings Of Traditional Music From Greenland 1905-1987 CD
2016 repress. 55 Historical Recordings Of Traditional Music From Greenland 1905-1987 features historical recordings of traditional Greenlandic music recorded between 1905 (by the British ethnologist William Thalbitzer) to 1987 and collected by the Danish ethnomusicologist Michael Hauser. It was published in Greenland by Ulo. Sub Rosa took the decision to enlarge the distribution of this tribute to traditions and roots of the Inuit culture. This is more than an hour of ultra-rare documents, the testimony of a century of Inuit recordings. As a guide through this abundant material, included is a 24-page booklet with notes, comments and photos. Voices recorded in Greenland almost hundred years ago on wax glader cylinders, a lost shamanic story, a duel-song, a mournful melody and a unique collection of drum dance and songs. Hope, happiness and mournings - all of humanity is right here.
SR 413LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 413LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BOOK OF AIR Vvolk LP
LP version. Book Of Air present Vvolk. Inspired by the slow tempo and invisible motion of nature; how the seasons pace without sudden turns, slow and gentle. Seemingly still, yet always in motion. Book Of Air is a series of bundled compositions, this being the second chapter. Opposed to the first quintet release Fieldtone (SR 412LP), the music out of the Vvolk series is played by a group of 18 improvisers with roots in jazz and classical music. The group investigates performing and improvising music, in close relation to present time; what are the possibilities in playing music, when changes in this music pass by unnoticed? How do we as musicians relate to the running time of a performance? How does our hearing and memory react to these slow changes? As a result, Vvolk lets the listener experience music which is less perceived in the present time, but rather occurs in our memory of the past. This clearly challenges the improvising musicians, and makes audience and performers discover new territories in collective improvisation. Vvolk is performed by Stijn Cools - drums; Indre Jurgeleviciuté - kankles; Benjamin Sauzereau - electric guitar; Bert Cools - electric guitar; Nathan Wouters - double bass; Laurens Smet - double bass; Hendrik Vanattenhoven - double bass; Ruben Machtelinckx - electric guitar; Fruz Tonteling - harmonium; Wout Gooris - Rhodes; Niels Van Heertum - euphonium; Thomas Jillings - tenor saxophone; Viktor Perdieus - tenor saxophone; Erik Bogaerts - alto saxophone; Frans van Isacker - alto saxophone; Mathieu Robert - soprano saxophone; Stefan Bracaval - flute; Sep François - drums and melodic percussion.
SR 424LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 424LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
OISEAUX-TEMPETE Unworks & Rarities 2012-15 LP
Limited gold vinyl version. This is the volume one of Unworks & Rarities, a new series compiling unreleased and miscellaneous pieces by Oiseaux-Tempête. Following their two acclaimed first albums on Sub Rosa (Ütopiya?, 2015 (SR 396CD, SR 396LP) & Oiseaux-Tempête, 2013 (SR 381CD, SR 381LP)), Unworks & Rarities is putting up more than a collection of outtakes. Since 2012, French "free-rockers" Oiseaux-Tempête have been making instrumental and experimental rock that's heavy, provocative, and in no way intended for just a casual listen. The band, formed in Paris, is the core duo Frédéric D. Oberland & Stéphane Pigneul beside drummers Sylvain Joasson, Ben McConnell & Jean-Michel Pirès. Their music was initially made alongside photographer Stéphane C. in order to document the existential conflict caused by the political and economic upheavals in Greece. For Ütopiya? the travels moved to Istanbul and Sicily, the group expanded with the addition of G.W. Sok (The Ex's former vocalist) narrating Nazim Hikmet's poems and Gareth Davis on bass clarinet, providing the food for its urgent energy and indomitable drive; still free, more punk, pursuing their sonic odyssey around the Mediterranean Sea. Including the same previous guests, Unworks & Rarities features also unreleased cosmic sessions with ondes martenot's virtuoso Christine Ott. More than mere music, the heft behind this project translates directly into the sound. It's not always dark and brooding, but it's definitely always potent. The landscapes they create through their soundscapes are always rich, stirring, full of color and texture, and entirely cinematic. What's more, and what's most important, is that it feels so human. Using, at times, audio realia from the times of turmoil, the sounds and the music work together to shine a light and lift heads towards it. Commanding more than just your ears, from guts to gray matter, Oiseaux-Tempête will hijack your insides. Pushing new boundaries, this opus crystallizes precious moments of sonic bloom, from ambient soundscapes to free-noise and krautrock inflected improvisation.
SR 425CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 425CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOPEZ, FRANCISCO Anima Ardens CD
Anima Ardens is a new soundtrack creation by Francisco López. Eleven men, eleven dancers in constant nudity, throw themselves, body and soul into Anima Ardens or "Burning Breath", highlighting the diversity of their bodies and origins. Trance rituals or being in shamanic trance, takes anyone to the source of their emotions. All surrounded by the organic sound environments of Francisco López. Comes in a digipack sleeve.
SUPERIOR VIADUCT
SV 027LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: SV 027LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SENSATIONS' FIX Fragments of Light LP
2016 repress. "'Sensations' Fix guitarist, keyboardist and occasional vocalist Franco Falsini cut his teeth with Italian groups in the '60s before assimilating the heady guitar virtuosity of English rock. In 1969, he moved to Virginia and built a recording studio in his girlfriend's basement, employing little more than his guitar, the newly available Minimoog synthesizer and a 4-track machine. These raw tracks, intended to be simple demos, formed the base of Fragments of Light, the debut album by Sensations' Fix. Originally released on Polydor in 1974, Fragments of Light does not bend to mid-'70s genre-classism. Fluid, meditative guitar leads and innovative use of synthesizers, combined with a noted lack of percussion (and vocals) on all but a few songs, have drawn comparisons to Kosmische legends Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. 'Space Closure,' the only track with live drums, resembles the kinetic progressive rock of fellow Italian Franco Battiato, while the shimmering bliss of 'Do You Love Me?' rivals the American power pop that Falsini surely absorbed during his time in the States. A certain airy, homespun feel lends Fragments of Light its unique character. While other Sensations' Fix records may sound more cohesive and polished, Fragments of Light remains the most personal. The album is sadly not well known outside of Italy, but Superior Viaduct hopes to rectify that situation with this first-time vinyl reissue.
TARDIS (GERMANY)
TAR 006EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TAR 006EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOSOUL Soda Island 12"
Tardis Records label owners Eli Verveine and Oscar Schubaq present two tracks from the personal archives of Peter Kremeier, aka Losoul, a man who has been rocking dancefloors and enchanting listeners with his abstract and tripped-out take on minimal house for two decades. "Soda Island" hangs cut-up vocal stabs over the last word in bone-dry, bass-heavy grooves. "Sparkling Please" starts out cheerfully but then subtly mutates into spooked insectoid psychedelia anchored by crisp percussion and bass. Drop either of these cuts at the right moment and watch the dancers lose their minds. Mastered and cut by Stefan Betke.
TECTONIC (UK)
TEC 022CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: TEC 022CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DISTANCE Dynamis CD
Electronic music producer and DJ Greg Sanders, AKA Distance, presents his third album Dynamis. Alongside recording Dynamis over the past four years, Distance has been writing and producing for other artists which veered him away from his 140bpm roots. The productions of A$AP Ferg, Drake, Schoolboy Q and earlier Arca and FKA Twigs were a big influence, alongside the soundtracks of Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. "I get inspiration from everywhere and deliberately try to ignore what is happening in the scene I'm most involved in. Dynamis is influenced a lot by film scores. I have geeked out massively to create great dynamics in all of the tracks, sounds are heavily automated and processed to really give the music life." Even the structure of the tracks ditches the typical DJ friendly layouts and is programmed in an order that best helps to deliver the story. As producer, DJ and label owner of Chestplate Records, Distance has been instigating change in music since emerging in 2003. His first two albums My Demons (2007) and Repercussions (2008) were released through Planet Mu. "I feel very privileged to have released two albums on Planet Mu and they are still referenced by many as key albums in dubstep's history. Tectonic has been releasing my music for almost a decade, so it felt right for me to produce an album for the label. Pinch is a good friend and one of the few people whose opinion I trust." Dynamis is the first Distance album to feature vocalists; helping to portray emotions, tell a story and aid the overall narrative of the album. "When recording 'Badman' with Killa P I got him to stand as far away from the mic as possible and shout the lyric across the studio, as though he was shouting at someone across the street. We were cracking up at the time. I then used these recordings to create multiple layers and textures to his vocals. This gave the impression of there being a huge crowd of people chanting the chorus. Beezy was also a great artist to work with. We were done recording in about 20 minutes, he's so professional and knows exactly how to deliver the vocals the way I need them."
TENORIO COTOBADE (SPAIN)
TEN 104LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: TEN 104LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COMMUNITY RADIO Look Now You're Cursed LP
Sydney-based, skewed pop outfit Community Radio present Look Now You're Cursed, the follow-up to their highly regarded 2012 debut Serious Magic. Community Radio are led by former Youth Group and Songs member Cameron Emerson-Elliott, and also feature Patrick Matthews (The Vines, Youth Group), Jen Kevin and Mal McKernan. Early in 2014, as the band was preparing to commence work on the follow-up to their debut record (with cheap mics and ad-hoc gear they'd amassed through eBay), drummer Mal fell seriously ill. During a window of good health for Mal at the start of 2015, the band decided to abandon their plans to record themselves and to get Look Now You're Cursed done as rapidly as possible with the best help going. They headed into Alberts Studios in Neutral Bay with producer Wayne Connolly for four days of tracking, capturing Community Radio's run down, buzzing gear and stripped back elemental pop in the highest fidelity. With Look Now You're Cursed the band has matured and developed, deepening their sound and sharpening their songwriting to a unique singular point. The album delivers eleven tracks of literate guitar pop that brim with melody and mood. "Warm, witty, and whip-smart, Community Radio restore chiming guitar pop to the golden days of Teenage Fanclub and The Go-Betweens. This is timeless, versatile songwriting shot through with up-to-the-minute anxieties." -- Doug Wallen, The Big Issue.
TIMEDANCE (UK)
TIMEDANCE 006EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TIMEDANCE 006EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BRUCE I'm Alright Mate 12"
I'm Alright Mate sees the Bristol-based producer shift full throttle into far more menacing territory. Fueled by the distaste for ignorance, blind condescension and amphetamine fueled brawls, Bruce delivers two cuts of floor destroying workouts. "I'm Alright Mate" has been dazing dancefloors for over a year, recently being a highlight of Joy O's Dekmantel mix. Tenacious kick drums set the tone, before screaming feedback obliterate any sense of predictability. It is as mischievous as it is hostile. "Post Rave Wrestle" utilizes a similar sound palette, but with a low-slung, surly rhythm punctuated by splinters of feedback.
TOTEM (GERMANY)
TOTEM 001EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: TOTEM 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FUCHS, CAMILA Singing From Fixed Rung 12"
Camila Fuchs are the London based experimental electronic duo of Camila de Laborde and Daniel Hermann-Collini. Taking inspiration from Oskar Schlemmer's Bauhaus style, they utilize its rejection of gender stereotypes. Collini brings expertise from the experimental techno and krautrock scene in his native Germany - also pulling from the likes of Aphex Twin, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Knife and Kraftwerk. The tender delivery of Camila de Laborde's introverted and esoteric lyricism takes cues from Lhasa de Sela and other South American songwriters. Singing From Fixed Rung is an emotional and thought-provoking response to world events.
TOY TONICS (GERMANY)
TOYT 061EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TOYT 061EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RHODE & BROWN Snabsnus EP 12"
Rhode & Brown are back with a new EP full of their very special, funk-influenced, analog sounding dance tracks. Snabsnus EP shows a great range of their musical inspirations: funky acid basslines, hazy breakbeats, rare soul-samples - and a very special, nasty atmosphere that is becoming their trademark sound. Rhode & Brown have made this EP in a little house in L'estrechure - in the south of France. You can feel the chilled vibe of the Provence here. It has that positive, soulful atmosphere.
TRANSFIGURED TIME (GEORGIA)
TT 004EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TT 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NIKAKOI Raise Your Head And Smell The Air 12"
Following Bakradze's Before Time Altered Them (TT 003EP, 2015), Transfigured Time returns with their fourth release, yet again from a Georgian artist Nika Machaidze, aka Nikakoi aka Erast. Tbilisi based musician who started his career in late 1990s/early 2000s. Nika is a member of electronic art group Goslab alongside Tusia Beridze, Gogi Dzodzuashvili and others. Raise Your Head and Smell The Air EP includes five original tracks and one remix from another Georgian producer, HVL. Cover photo by Georgian photographer, David Meskhi.
TRAUM (GERMANY)
TRAUM 204EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TRAUM 204EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
EULBERG, DOMINIK Falkenauge, Katzengold & Taubenblut 12"
Dominik Eulberg has chosen three jewels that carry animal names. "Taubenblut" starts off with an excursion into massive deep baseline spheres, all dubby and minimalistic by nature. A seductive melody shines like a turning crystal while delivering simultaneously fine and deep cuts to your skin. "Falkenauge" expresses an explicit feeling of wanderlust, advocacy and longing. It is a walk through nature all picturesque and colorful and if you listen closely, the sequences seem to "talk" to you. "Katzengold" describes an atmosphere of perfect harmony with nature, no hardship, no self-destruction. Artwork by Miri D'Oro.
TRIKONT (GERMANY)
US 479CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: US 479CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EMBRYO It Do CD
100 years of dada and a half-century of Embryo - Two good reasons for Embryo to celebrate and a perfectly good reason for a new record. "Do It", one of the slogans of the beatniks and hippies of the sixties, has been and still is a statement enormously important to Embryo. Inspired by dada, the group has changed the slogan to "It Do" and has named their new album accordingly. The Embyro collective has been active for almost fifty years, always led by their musical leader and visionary Christian Burchard. That Burchard energy has doubled now, as his daughter Marja, who stood on stage with the group the first time when she was only 11 years old, has now stepped into the spotlight. The multi-instrumentalist lives and breathes the "Do It" concept with the same conviction as her father Christian. On It Do the group for the first time has recorded songs composed by her. Embryo played right after Jimi Hendrix at his last live show at the Fehmarn Open Air in 1970. They founded the first artist-run independent label in Germany, Schneeball. They played with international musical legends such as Charlie Mariano and Mal Waldron. Embyro were one of the first European bands to combine jazz and rock music. Later they became pioneers of the then still un-named world music genre, with countless travels through Africa and Asia where they were joined by local musicians. Always on the move, always incorporating new players, the band has been a force in the music scene for almost 50 years now. "Embryo - real krautrock based in Germany, connected worldwide." -- John Peel. "Embryo is not so much a musical style, but an attitude. It's about the serious study of traditional music. And it's the wish to bring the world together via music." -- Nick McCarthy, Franz Ferdinand (with Embryo from 1999-2002). "Embryo - they are these crazy creative musicians playing really weird stuff." -- Miles Davis.
TROCADERO (GERMANY)
TR 20672CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: TR 20672CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEBB, BOBBY Sunny CD
The 50th anniversary reissue of Bobby Hebb's Sunny, originally released in 1966. No soul singer of the 1960s boasted the singular array of contrasting influences that Bobby Hebb brought to the table. Hebb came up primarily country in his hometown of Nashville, proceeded to immerse himself in the hip New York jazz and R&B scenes, and had his biggest hit in 1966 with the self-penned "Sunny", a pop classic, a world hit and one of the most recorded songs of the century. Before 1961 was over, Hebb set out for New York and landed a booking at a nightspot called the Blue Morocco that lasted for more than a year. Hebb was soon ready to try out a solo singer-songwriter act on the big apple circuit. Bobby Hebb's brother Harald was murdered on the day after President Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, but contrary to legend, those tragedies weren't the primary catalysts for Hebb to write "Sunny". They may have figured into it somehow, along with the civil rights struggle then in full swing. In one interview, he mentioned being lyrically inspired by a purple New York sunrise after a long night out on the town. Producer Jerry Ross conducted his Mercury sessions at New York's Bell Sound with a coterie of top session men that included guitarists Vinnie Bell and Eric Gale. Ross recruited Joe Renzetti, a former Philly session guitarist, as his arranger for Hebb's first Philips session. Surprisingly, "Sunny" was the last song waxed on February 21, 1966 at Bell Sound. First up was "Bread", a surging soul number about filthy lucre written by Hebb. Then came the Jimmy Roach-penned rocker "I Am Your Man" (featuring one of Bobby's fieriest vocal performances) and a relentless "Love Love Love", the work of Ross and Renzetti. Finally, they got around to laying "Sunny" on tape. Bobby's inspiring lyrics and riveting vocal were exquisitely supported by Renzetti's modulating arrangement, steadily building excitement from start to finish. "Sunny" broke out during the spring of '66, catapulting to #2 pop and #3 R&B in Billboard as it went gold. Suddenly Bobby was in high demand, appearing as one of the preliminary acts on The Beatles's last American tour. CD version comes as a digipak and with a booklet.
TR 20682CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: TR 20682CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA The 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny CD
Trocadero present a "one song" compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit, "Sunny". Bobby Hebb was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2000 when Rüdiger Ladwig found him. The pair subsequently worked together on compiling two volumes of A Collection Of Various Interpretations Of Sunny for the Trocadero label, released in 2002. The two CD anthologies contained 33 vintage versions of "Sunny", including Bobby's own, that underscored the incredible wealth of contrasting renditions of Hebb's signature theme. The 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny collects highlights of those long-gone and much sought after original compilations. After the release of those two compilations, Hebb and Ladwig became friends and worked together on several projects, including Hebb's 2005 studio album That´s All I Wanna Know (TR 20691LP/TR 20692CD). Hebb had his biggest hit in 1966 with the self-penned "Sunny," a pop classic, a worldwide hit and one of the most recorded songs of the century, too. Hebb´s brother Harold was murdered on the day after President Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, but contrary to legend, those tragedies weren't the primary catalysts for Bobby Hebb to write "Sunny." They may have figured into it somehow, along with some sad times he´d experienced and the civil rights struggle then in full swing. In one interview, he mentioned being lyrically inspired by a purple New York sunrise after a long night out on the town. "Sunny" broke out during the spring of '66, topping Cash Box's pop charts and catapulting to #2 pop and #3 R&B in Billboard as it went gold. Suddenly Bobby was in high demand, appearing as one of the preliminary acts on The Beatles's last American tour. CD version comes as a digipak and with a booklet. The 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny features covers by: James Brown & Dee Felice Trio (feat. Marva Whitney), Shirley Bassey, Robert Mitchum, Dusty Springfield, The Head Shop, The John Schroeder Orchestra, Georgie Fame, Cher, Wilson Pickett, Herbie Mann & Tamiko Jones, Booker T. & The MG´s, Trini Lopez, Ella Fitzgerald and Jose Feliciano.
TR 20692CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: TR 20692CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEBB, BOBBY That's All I Wanna Know CD
Trocadero present a reissue of the third and final Bobby Hebb album That's All I Wanna Know, originally released in 2005. Bobby was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2000 when Rüdiger Ladwig found him. The pair subsequently worked together on compiling two volumes of A Collection Of Various Interpretations Of Sunny for the Trocadero label, released in 2012. The two CD anthologies contained 33 vintage versions of "Sunny", including Bobby's own, that underscored the incredible wealth of contrasting renditions of Hebb's signature theme. Soul (James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops), jazz (Stan Kenton, Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Smith), pop (Dusty Springfield, Jose Feliciano, Shirley Bassey), rock (Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Ventures) -"Sunny" was truly universal. Hebb recorded his third and final studio album, That's All I Wanna Know with the producer team Konstantin Wienstroer, Veit Lange and Jürgen Dahmen with Rüdiger Ladwig as executive producer at Black Sheep Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany, proving conclusively that his unique sound was as relevant and bracing as ever. Released in 2005, the disc contained soul-steeped revivals of Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes", Little Milton's "We're Gonna Make It", and James Carr's title cut as well as remakes of gems from Bobby's heyday ("Love Love Love", "Bound By Love", and "Cold Cold Night" a Hebb/Phil Medley composition that Philips never issued). Bobby tipped his hat to Hank Williams with a brisk "Cold Cold Heart", and the set featured a lovely treatment of "Sunny" that paired Bobby with Astrid North, former lead singer of the German band Cultured Pearls. It marked the only time Hebb cut his trademark theme as a duet. Bobby Hebb passed away August 3, 2010 in his hometown of Nashville. Although he'll always be remembered for "Sunny", his recorded legacy is a lot richer and fuller than one certified 20th Century classic. CD version comes as a digipak.
TRUNK (UK)
JBH 061LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: JBH 061LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
DERBYSHIRE AND ELSA STANSFIELD, DELIA Circle Of Light LP
Gold vinyl repress! A highly important previously unreleased soundtrack for Circle Of Life, created in 1972 by musician Delia Derbyshire and artist Elsa Stansfield. The soundtrack is a mix of concrete ideas, sound design, tape manipulation, natural environmental sounds and birdsong. The recording was originally commissioned by director, producer and art collector Anthony Roland for his 1972 film about the slides of radical stills photographer Pamela Bone. The film has been rarely seen and the soundtrack has never been released until now. This is the longest known work by Delia Derbyshire - either alone or in association with anyone else - and has been licensed by Trunk Records exclusively worldwide from the Anthony Roland archive/collection. Mastered by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle. Full color single LP sleeve.
TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)
TURBO 182EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TURBO 182EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GALIBARD, GILMER A Bakers Shit Ton 12"
Turbo debut from Gilmer Galibard. Galibard: "By now you will have heard the demo in its entirety and are still dancing whether you want to or not. For my purposes, you will use the Search Engine Optimization terms 'Dark', 'Visceral', 'Techno', 'Floor-Destroyers' and 'Paranoid Machine-Driven Warehouse Terror' to ensure that it finds its way to the 83 people who need to hear the release through this specific channel. You may tell people I am 26 years old and from the Canary Islands; both facts are true and sound comforting enough but as you now know this does not matter."
UNDERTOW (UK)
UNDRTW 004CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: UNDRTW 004CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PHAELEH Illusion Of The Tale CD
Matt Preston, aka Phaeleh, reprises the sounds of his 2014 album Somnus with Illusion Of The Tale, a long player of ambient deviation. Intended as a soundtrack to explore the perception of self-importance, Illusion Of The Tale operates with a reduced sonic palette of effected live synthesizer workouts and experimental recording techniques infused with worldwide field recordings. The majority of Illusion Of The Tale is based heavily on live synth recordings, recorded live with inherent human mistakes and imperfections kept in to avoid the heavily repetitive process of working "in the box". A selection of tracks are recordings using Phaeleh's live show setup, which resamples and manipulates existing material. Some are constructed using more traditional composition - "In The Emerald" is a live piano recording and live doubling of that part with classical guitar - whereas others are strongly experimental - "Origins" is made from his thumb holding the end of a cable running through a pedal board, then looped and pitched down. Layers of field recordings were added to the tracks to create a sense of noise or the real world. Recorded over a few years, collecting these sounds took Phaeleh from Bristol cemeteries, libraries in Wiltshire and Welsh rock pools to getting lost in the Costa Rican rainforest, riding the Hong Kong MTR underground, walking through cicadas in Colorado and watching Melbourne skateboarders. Ideas for the album's cartographic artwork, evocative of the minimalism movement, started flowing after the music was mostly finished; informed from the idea of recordings from around the world and the travels that accompanied them. Since his debut release in 2008, Phaeleh has developed an inimitable style of electronic music, cementing his position as one of the most consistently exciting producers to emerge from his hometown of Bristol. Illusion Of The Tale satisfies the demand for new music from his incredibly dedicated fan base and cleans the palate for a new full artist album currently in development. Phaeleh on the album: "The album title is my polite way of saying we live in a world of bullshit and bullshitters... I feel that the music provides a chance to pause and escape the illusion of the everyday lie we present not only to the world but also ourselves... I want the album to be an escape from everyday lives. I want it to be a soundtrack for people to let go."
VIA VENETO JAZZ (ITALY)
VVJ 110CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: VVJ 110CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
GIULIANI/LUCIANO BIONDINI/ENZO PIETROPAOLI/MICHELE RABBIA, ROSARIO Cinema Italia CD
What would film be without music? Music conveys all that which images cannot. The importance of a soundtrack can sometimes even transcend that of images and stories, and great directors often build the entire structure of their masterpiece around a score - the themes in Cinema Italia are evidence of this. There have been numerous masterpieces in Italian cinema that have influenced filmmakers around the world and film composers continue to distinguish themselves in this art. Cinema Italia is a tribute to the great Italian cinema which has contributed to raising global awareness of the country and has maintained a tradition of excellence. Equally distinct is the cast of musicians on this album: Rosario Giuliani on sax, Luciano Biondini on the accordion, Enzo Pietropaoli on the double bass and Michele Rabbia on acoustic and electronic drums. The contemporary music point of view on Cinema Italia never betrays the melodies of these unforgettable themes and presents them with a new force and vitality, demonstrating their immortality and constantly surprising the listener with the fresh innovativeness of the proposed versions. Unforgettable themes from unforgettable movies, such as 8 ½ (1962), Once Upon A Time In America (1984) and Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988), by the iconic composers Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. On top of these themes, two original tracks by Rosario Giuliani and Luciano Biondini, from Bianco E Nero (2008) and What Is There What Is Not (2011), confirm the narrative force of these two incredible musicians and composers.
VINYL LOVERS (ITALY)
VL 901479LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VL 901479LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RUNAWAYS, THE Live At The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland July 19, 1976 LP
2016 repress. Here are The Runaways, recorded live on the 19th July 1976, at The Agora, Cleveland, USA. Why have there never been more all girl rock'n'roll bands? I guess by virtue of when The Runaways formed, and their style of music, they are often linked with the new wave / punk scene, whatever category you feel obliged to stick then in, they play a pretty nifty show.
WAA INDUSTRY (DENMARK)
WAA 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: WAA 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KLORIN Noncompliance 12"
Klorin is a collaboration between Kenton Slash Demon and Norin. Their debut EP Noncompliance floats in between industrial hypnotic techno and dark ambient. The slow and groovy opener "Noncompliance" creates a soundscape of distorted pads and icy strings that mold in and out. "Cashflow" picks up tempo with a percussive 808 driven beat, swelling pads and alien-like ambient sounds. The beat-less "IOC Corruption Scandal" works as a transient to the EP's closing track "Nauru" which is build up around an intense and soaring synth line with distant robotic voices and haunting melodies.
WORLD ARBITER
WA 2019CD
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: WA 2019CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Japanese Traditional Music: Songs of People at Work and Play - Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai 1941 CD
The fifth and final volume of World Arbiter's Japanese Traditional Music marks the completion of the label's excavation and restoration of 60 10" 78RPM discs of Japanese traditional music, bringing a great body of lost music to light and offering in full a legacy that has been almost entirely unavailable until now, even in Japan. The original set was manufactured in 1941 by a company now called the Japan Foundation, and was intended to be presented exclusively to libraries (though the Japan Foundation now has no record of having produced it). There are only two known sets of these discs, both missing the same final 10". World Arbiter acquired one original set of 59 from Beate Sirota Gordon (daughter of pianist Leo Sirota) in the 1990s, and, after a ten-year search, finally located a test pressing of the 60th disc in a theater museum in Japan. Upon first hearing these recordings, World Arbiter's Allan Evans was shocked to hear that the discs contained every species of traditional music, from the court's origins in shamanic rites, Buddhist chant, Noh plays, kabuki, and blind biwa players' haunting songs of chilling epics, to the recordings presented here: a final volume full of folk songs that captures rice planters, weavers, tuna and herring fishers, and children, all funkier than one could imagine and with the presence of eternity in their every sound and breath. The sounds and intensity of Volume Five's folk music surpass anything heard in the classical music of Japan. With Japan's ongoing modernization and loss of its traditional music, World Arbiter's audio restoration removes artifacts from chronological chains to resonate in the eternal flow of sound that defies time and space, remaining vital and always in the present. Includes 24 tracks of performances by anonymous Japanese singers.
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