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Forced Exposure New Releases for 11/14/2016

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New music is due from Loscil, Nadja, and Sarah Davachi, while old music is due from Gas, Eleh, and Biosphere.

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541 (BELGIUM)
541 590LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: 541 590LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TLP AKA TROUBLEMAN RecordBox #01: TLP aka Troubleman 2LP
Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. A new compilation series by 541, Record Box #01 presents a prime selection of forgotten gems and timeless classics from the crates of TLP aka Troubleman, sound-tracking a 30-year career in nightlife and music. The first edition in this series comes as a double CD and includes a hard cover 24-page booklet and a download code with an exclusive TLP mix. Features tracks by: Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Chronixx, Flip Kowlier, Angie Stone, Davina, Raekwon, Shinehead, Schoolly D, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shelter, Mother Freedom Band, The Undisputed Truth, Chuckii Booker, Levert, Surface, The Roots, Nelly Furtado, Rufus, Chaka Khan, Eric B. & Rakim, Demon Boyz, Slick Rick, Anthony Hamilton, Q-Tip, London Posse, The Family Stand, Soul II Soul, MC Lyte, Kleeer, Jill Scott, Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame, Ultramagnetic MC's, The Masterdon Committee, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, DeBarge, Donae'o, Ghost Town DJ's, and OutKast.
6DIMENSIONS (UK)
126D 001EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: 126D 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BICKNELL, STEVE Modes Of Thought 12"
DJ and producer, co-founder of the legendary London club night Lost, Steve Bicknell returns to the fray with a brilliant new 12", Modes Of Thought, the debut release on Bicknell's brand new label, 6dimensions. Essential floor gear, Modes Of Thought introduces three tracks of taught, lean minimal techno before handing creativity over to the DJ with the inclusion of six locked groove loops. Lean and precise, with a beautifully controlled palette, wide dynamics and rich level of sonic detail, the record flies out of the blocks with the pumping "Harmonious Balance". Art by Harumasa Kono.
A NUMBER OF SMALL THINGS (GERMANY)
ANOST 069EP
PRICE: $7.50
CAT #: ANOST 069EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SAROOS X SEQUOYAH TIGER Saroos X Sequoyah Tiger 7"
Berlin's otherworldly Saroos and weird-pop youngster Sequoyah Tiger from Verona have been remixing each other. Sharing a certain preference for hardly categorizable music, the results can be found here, pressed to the most beloved of all vinyl formats: the 7 inch.
A RECORDINGS (UK)
AUK 124EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: AUK 124EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VACANT LOTS, THE Berlin EP 12"
The American duo The Vacant Lots release Berlin EP on A Recordings, recorded in Anton Newcombe's studio in Berlin. Anton had the band support The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2014 and was so impressed with their sound, that he offered to produce and remix this EP (also helping out on bass, guitar and synths too.) Berlin EP takes the monochrome sound of the Vacant Lots and adds a layer of Berlin chill: "Promise Me" features lyrics from Jeffery Lee Pierce, "Verschwinden" features the disconnected vocals of Astrid Carter. The shoe-gazing "Land" comes before the throbbing beats of "Funeral Rites".
ABERRANT RECORDS (ANDORRA)
ABERRANT 001LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: ABERRANT 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WOOFERS AND TWEETERS ENSEMBLE, THE Beatle Barkers LP
Aberrant Records present a reissue of The Woofers and Tweeters Ensemble's Beatle Barkers (1983). Attention Beatles fans and lovers of all things canine - Here's what you've all been waiting for, a vinyl rerelease of one of the weirdest artifacts the world's ever seen. Originally published in 1983 in Australia and New Zealand and long out of print, Beatle Barkers finally answered the vital question: How would the fab four's biggest hits sound as interpreted by dogs (and an assortment of other beasts)? The answer is right there in the grooves of this magnificent oddity, an animal feast of barking, yapping and howling that would have made the Liverpool wonders proud of mankind's best friend. Woof, woof! Edition of 300.
ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)
ACKER 005LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ACKER 005LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MICRONAUT, THE Forms LP
LP version. The Micronaut creates the soundtrack for those moments when the screeching of the subway and the steps on the wet pavement have echoed away into the dark city sky; Those moments when the ghosts of fumes and stop lights haunt the empty streets, when behind glowing windows dreams and urban exit strategies get ready for bed; When everybody is close to each other, but everyone is on his own; When the city comes to a standstill, but the wheels inside the heads of its inhabitants keep spinning. Stefan Streck discovers the musical equivalent for this epic atmosphere somewhere between bass music, electronica and pop. The cinematic soundscapes of his nocturnal city blues have a somewhat tragic vibe, which is very noticeable both during the impulsive, passionate live shows of The Micronaut and on Forms, his third studio album on Acker Records. Between moments of deep melancholy and sudden eruptions of blissful euphoria, he creates a feverish state of tension. Features Saskia Arndt, Sebastian Bode, Laura Deadelow, I Am Halo and Robert Groos-Albouts.
ALTER (UK)
ALT 028CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: ALT 028CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CROATIAN AMOR Love Means Taking Action CD
Multi-faceted Copenhagen-based artist Loke Rahbek presents Love Means Taking Action under his alias Croatian Amor. It is the first full-length Croatian Amor recording since 2014's The Wild Palms, a release that was made available on cassette for a single month, and only in exchange for a nude self-portrait. Since the inception of the project, Croatian Amor has dealt with a mixture of fiction and reality, often using real events and places as a platform for a largely fictional play. Where there is playfulness, there is revelation. On Love Means Taking Action - without a doubt the project's strongest work to date - the effect of the perpetual collaging of information is keenly felt. Short, unnerving moments appear with slick familiarity. Voices repeat and quietly glitch through tonal shifts. Listeners are ushered along by the shuddering effect of the samples and field recordings on the pristine synthesis, with motifs and plot lines presented as quickly as they disintegrate. Listeners are enticed to find comfort here but are not guided through a space as with much ambient music. The textures and terrains that Love Means Taking Action presents form an array of scenarios with what at times feels like a punishing degree of indifference to the listener. Listeners are bluntly shown snippets of impassioned architectures. It is a process that draws the listener in through alienation.
AMETHYST SUNSET
AMETHYST 019LP
PRICE: $32.50
CAT #: AMETHYST 019LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OUTER SPACE Gemini Suite LP
Outer Space return with Gemini Suite, their first new material since 2014's Phantom Center, released on Editions Mego (EMEGO 196EP). Similar to Brian Eno's Discreet Music (1975) wherein he focused more on an ambient sound than on previous records, Gemini Suite finds the core duo of John Elliott and Drew Veres focusing more on the ambient side of Outer Space while still maintaining and producing their distinct alluring synth sound. Gemini Suite is one long beautiful lush thirty minute piece split over two sides complete with chirping birds and crashing waves fit for late night meditations and long drives on I-71. Highly recommended for fans of Imaginary Softwoods's The Path of Spectrolite (AICD 003CD), previously released by Amethyst Sunset in 2011.
AMISH RECORDS
AMI 048LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: AMI 048LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DOYLE, ARTHUR First House LP
"First House is the final recordings from free jazz legend and Birmingham, Alabama native, Arthur Doyle. The LP was recorded live at the Stone July 11, 2012 and these six pieces are backed by His New Quiet Screamers, a Brooklyn-based ensemble adding muscle and movement to Doyle's always already free, non-linear saxophone, flute and vocal lines. Born in Birmingham in 1944, Doyle studied Music Education at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In his early years, Doyle worked with a wide array of musicians and in a broad range of musical styles, from R&B to soul to traditional jazz, collaborating with everyone from future Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Walter Miller to funk-soul-disco diva Gladys Knight. Doyle officially emerged on the international jazz scene, however, playing on Noah Howard's iconic The Black Ark (1968), and later on Milford Graves's 1976 IPS LP Babi (1977). In 1978, Doyle debuted as a band leader and soloist with Alabama Feeling, released on Charles Tyler's Ak-Ba label. Alabama Feeling features Charles Stephens (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on trombone, drummers Rashied Sinan and Bruce Moore, and bassist Richard Williams. After the release of Alabama Feeling, Doyle continued to ignore boundaries and generic conventions, playing with Rudolph Grey as part of The Blue Humans, which introduced his music to NYC's downtown and no-wave scenes, including the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. In the early 1990s, Doyle's work was re-introduced to another generation, through releases for labels like Ecstatic Peace and Audible Hiss. Since the late '90s, Doyle continued a fevered pace in terms of his collaborations, most notably with Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake, Takahesi Mizutani (of the Les Rallizes Denudes) and Sabu Toyozumi, among many others. His New Quiet Screamers consists of an acclaimed ensemble of musicians with a wide array of history and associations. Members have played with and/or include: Sunwatchers, Dark Meat, First's Western Ennisphere, Matana Roberts, among others. This gatefold LP includes a commissioned essay from noted jazz historian Clifford Allen who describes His New Quiet Screamers as 'vault[ing] and envelop[ing] Doyle's bursts' of sound to the point where Doyle 'sounds positively invigorated.' Doyle's final recordings offer what Allen characterizes as a kind of 'unfurling' of the free jazz lexicon, offering insights on 'the spidery architecture of an obliquely referenced standard' that defined this enigmatic artist's entire career. Standard and experimental improvisation alike, First House offers a window on Doyle's last performances, an artist very much at the top of his playing and artistic form."
ART'S DIFFERENT MUSIC (BELGIUM)
ADM 101LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: ADM 101LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SEBASTOPOL Sebastopolis, The Journey LP
Sebastopol. From the Greek Sevastos polis: Venerable city. Marc Debroey could arguably have chosen a better moniker for his new musical project. His former efforts - Indicators, 7 A Nou, but especially Fat's Garden - were all as idiosyncratic as they come, but always straight from the heart. Sebastopol is a new state of the union. Not concerned with being the flavor of the month, it's firmly focused on the journey and the destination. The Journey containing instrumental pieces akin to the work of artists as diverse as Legowelt, Alessandro Cortini and John Carpenter. Meanwhile, each song, describes a facet of the human condition against a backdrop of Baltic harbor towns, where the iciness of the water contrasts with the natural warmth of the wooden houses. The Journey was analogically recorded in Marc Debroey's home studio, treated and mixed in Staf Verbeeck's Stiff studio and mastered at Jerboa, by Frederik Dejongh.
BALANCE MUSIC (AUSTRALIA)
BAL 019CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: BAL 019CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NIGGEMANN, ALEX Balance Presents Alex Niggemann CD
Balance Music's latest offering comes from Germany's Alex Niggemann. Niggemann steps up to the plate with an emotive, murky, and deep selection of grooves. Alex Niggemann's work has always been focused around deep atmospherics and mysterious melodies. His AEON imprint has brought through names like Speaking Minds and Denis Horvat, both of which are featured here. Putting together this mix proved to be a challenge he relished. His shortlist of track choices was whittled down by a process of elimination: a certain track isn't available, so an alternative selection comes into play. "It is a bit like being a soccer manager" he says, "being flexible and able to react to certain changes, still making the whole team work together best." So seamless and congruent is his selection, however, that you'd never know this to listen to it. "For me it was important to create new 'songs' between each track during the transitions between them. For me, a 'mixtape' was always about that; trying to avoid obvious changes and create a fusion between songs, keeping the same mood, so the listener doesn't hear a new song coming in, but realizes after a few minutes that there was a change." His brooding take on deep, melodic and often dramatic techno fits together harmoniously, subtle changes modulating the mix in granular fashion. Beginning with the near-beatless ambience of TVA's "Radio Camaldoli Stereo" with pared back melodies and FX harkening back to the vintage days of progressive house before Andrea Oliva's "Empty Lips" imparts sorrowful melody and militant snare rolls. Trevino's take on Dark Sky's "Rainkist" intorduces the first tense vocal, going into the shimmering melodies of Dave DK and Gui Boratto and the expert hypnosis of Daniel Avery on Ricadro Tobar's "Garden". A new exclusive from Niggemann, "Hurricane", yields a graceful vocal over squelchy kicks, with Trikk and Dubspeeka providing throbbing tracks with delicate melodies. Baikal's minimalist approach provides deep introspection before the warm acid of Philipp Stoya's "Rula" adds a touch of machine funk. TVA and Denis Horvat take the listener into even more tripped-out waters. Going deep again with MUUI's "Rsrsrs", Aril Brikha & Sebastian Mullaert laying on rampant riffs aplenty on "Illuminate" and Valet's "Crisis Of Faith" opening up the atmospheric space further. Etapp Kyle's "Opto" plunges the listener deeper still. Antigone and Ø [Phase] to draw the mix to a close via some floaty ambient techno.
BAMBOO (UK)
BAM 7018LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BAM 7018LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PEACOCK & PAUL BLEY, ANNETTE Dual Unity LP
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.
BANNED IN VEGAS (SPAIN)
BIV 001EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: BIV 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AIRABOI Endless Field 12"
Endless Field, Airaboi's debut EP, is dedicated to the power of changes. With a total of three tracks, Endless Field is the result of a big change in his life, where the tireless struggle for many years culminates in a difficult but right decision - the excitement of a new era. Features a rework by Bataille and a remix by Bearoid.
BARE HANDS (AUSTRIA)
BAREHANDS 005EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: BAREHANDS 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SEDVS Pieces Of Agitation 12"
Bare Hands founding member Sedvs deepens his excursions into classic nineties techno with his first solo EP. Side A kicks off with ambient track "Sunshine And Roses" and descents into up tempo tracks "Brace Of Shakes", playfully contrasting dried-out kick drums and hypnotic vocal sampling encased by a daunting bassline. With the more toolish "Affection", Sedvs lays out the blueprint of his nineties-referencing take on techno. Side B starts out with the 138bpm track "Lust", tapping into more spherical fields with closing track "All Or Any". 140 gram black vinyl and includes hand numbered postcard artwork. Edition of 300.
BAUM (GERMANY)
BAUM 014EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: BAUM 014EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RE_GRAD Apfelbaum EP 12"
Re_Grad is the new collaboration between Resoe and Grad_U of Redscale fame. The two of them talked about making a project together, so they started sending sound files back and forth. Apfelbaum EP is the result of the first two tracks they made together, pure dub techno deepness.
BAUM 015EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: BAUM 015EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RESOE Mammutbaum EP 12"
Resoe is back with another solo EP on his own label, Baum. With Mammutbaum EP, Resoe shows his darker side of dub infused techno. The EP consists of three heavyweight cuts performed live, made in his new studio on his modular system.
BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
BEC 5156644
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: BEC 5156644
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CERRONE Red Lips 2LP+CD
Cerrone is one of the main architects of disco music. His influence is well-known around the world and Red Lips adds to the monument that his discography represents. Over three years, he traveled back and forth to London, Paris and New York to record Red Lips, working with some of the most promising young artists (Kiesza, Yasmin, Brendan Reilly), collaborating with well-established stars (Aloe Blacc, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip) and worldwide legends Nile Rodgers and Tony Allen. Get ready to dance, the king of the night is ready to claim back his throne. Also features: James Hart, Sam Gray, Wallace Turrell, Mike City, Dax Riders, Chelcee Grimes and Sam Gray. Two translucent red LPs in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves and a CD included.
BEC 5156648
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BEC 5156648
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BRANDT BRAUER FRICK Joy 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. CD version comes in a digipack and with a six pages accordion booklet.
BEC 5156657
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BEC 5156657
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SPACE ART On Ne Dira Rien: Best Of All Times CD
On Ne Dira Rien: Best Of All Times is a best-of featuring 15 essential tracks that give a comprehensive overview of Space Art's singular universe. It is the first CD edition pressed from 2010 digital remasters. Includes an eight-page stapled booklet including archival images. Space Art, the duo of Roger Rizzitelli and Dominique Perrier, is a legendary group that is considered a great pioneer of French electronic music. Perrier, having collaborated with Michel Fugain and Il Etait Une Fois, is one of legend Jean-Michel Jarre's closest collaborators. Dominique discovered the very first synthesizer ARP (Odyssey) which he was taken with so much that he created his own band, Space Art, aside his good friend drummer Rizitelli. This curious band endorsed tight and opaque costumes of decontamination which covered their bodies and masked their faces. In 1977, "Onyx", recorded in Studio Ferber mixed by René Hameline, became a very successful single. Issued from the album Space Art (BEC 5156240), the single sold over three million copies worldwide. Two albums shortly followed, in 1979, Trip To The Center Head then in 1980, Play Back (BEC 5156239). Space Art is behind the massive hits: "Onyx", "Give Me Love", "Love In C Minor" and more. Space Art's legacy is the true "techno trance". A keyboard virtuoso, Perrier worked on all of Jarre's albums from Rendez-Vous (1986) to Oxygène 7- 1 (1997) and still tours with him around the world. Space Art toured with Jarre in China in the early '80s. Alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone, Space Art are considered one of the pioneers of electro music.
BIG CROWN
BC 046-10
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: BC 046-10
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SHACKS, THE The Shacks 10"
10" version. "When you listen to the Shacks's self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon's whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, 'Strange Boy,' which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have been compared to '90s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, you wouldn't find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon's music collection. All these bands are drinking from the same well, just 20 years apart."
BIOLOGIC RECORDS (UK)
BIOLP 003LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BIOLP 003LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ABSTRAXION She Thought She Would Last Forever 2x12"
2x12" version. After his stunning debut album Break of Lights at the end of 2013 (HAKT 009CD/LP), Harold Boué, better known as Abstraxion, presents his second album She Thought She Would Last Forever. Abstraxion's career has already seen many highlights, two of which being the label he runs with Belgian producer DC Salas, Biologic Records, reaching its ten year anniversary in 2016 and having played some of the best clubs in the world. With his obvious talent and ability to create a pensive beauty in his productions, there is no doubt Abstraxion's career will continue to reach new heights. Full of reveries and hybrid explorations, Harold's second full length She Thought She Would Last Forever evokes images of landscapes and forests. A stretching dark and dystopian atmosphere pervades the album, but he still manages to mesh the melancholy with an overarching and swelling euphoria, contrasting themes of melancholia and exploring the tensions between expectation and reality. The explorative nature of the album is articulated clearly through Abstraxion's use of minor chords and organic sounds. She Thought She Would Last Forever begins with "An Error Occurred", a convivial albeit mysterious and energetic primer that then dives into the tight percussion and pensive vocals of "Just What I've Always Wanted". The title track is a dramatic cut which transcends slickly into the rasping synth, and recoiling bass of "Needed You" accompanied by the entrancing vocals of Loic Fleury from Isaac Delusion. "Spazieren" is a ten-minute leisurely passage through dystopia that has been crafted with finesse. "Blackout" is a minor key track whose lead synth is focused around an arpeggiator to create suspense. "Seascape", a melancholic ambient track which shifts into the more energetic percussion of "Not Far Away From You", picking up pace once again. "Rinjani" is a melodic and menacing march with pulsing synth lines, leading expertly to the final track. "Dystopia" blends otherworldly sounds from the distant future with percussion and reverb, creating space in the musical landscape and bringing Abstraxion's second album to an expansive and poignant close. Mixed by Francis Harris.
BIOPHON (NORWAY)
BIO 026CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BIO 026CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BIOSPHERE Cirque 2CD
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen - a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic-themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His 1997 album Substrata (TO 050CD/BIO 005LP) was voted by the users of the Hyperreal website in 2001 as the best all-time classic ambient album. Cirque - originally released in 2000 - was Biosphere's first album for the UK label Touch. This reissue comes with six bonus tracks and new artwork.Jon Savage in Mojo (UK): "Fourth full album from ambient pioneer. Coming to prominence with 1992's Microgravity (BIO 003CD/LP) - which along with the first couple of Aphex/Polygon Window CDs, defined the genre ambient - Geir Jenssen as Biosphere has made three of the '90s best albums, culminating with last year's near beat-less Substrata. The idea - as it always was thanks to Eno's On Land (1982) - is music as environment (reflecting, creating): working from his base in Tromso, Arctic Norway, Jenssen offers a polar, Apollonian exploration of the human psyche. Cirque is a perfectly constructed 47-minute sequence: cold clarity up against real depth of field, synth cycles dissolving into sudden moments of sonic revelation that sound like a waking dream - try the first 20 seconds of 'Black Lamb & Grey Falcon'. (And if you think that's pretentious - your loss). Inspired by the story of a young American, Chris McCandless, who walked alone into the Alaskan wilderness and perished, Cirque balances the tightrope between warmth and unease, resolving into a moon melody that leaves you a peace. What a good record!."
BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)
BT 024EP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BT 024EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VILLALOBOS/OREN AMBARCHI, RICARDO Hubris Variation 12"
Oren Ambarchi's Editions Mego release, Hubris (EMEGO 227CD/LP, 2016), gets the remix treatment courtesy of electronic music legend Ricardo Villalobos. Villalobos expertly transforms Ambarchi's layered web of countless sustained and pulsating palm-muted guitars into a funky, mesmerizing and propulsive long-form piece. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin March 2016. Photograph by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen O'Malley.
BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)
BLACKEST 015CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BLACKEST 015CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FORNO, CARLA DAL You Know What It's Like CD
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).
BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 158EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: BNR 158EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCNTST Thru Infinity 12"
SCNTST returns to Boysnoize Records with a heavy-hitting remix EP of "Thru Infinity". After his latest album Puffer (BNR 024LP, 2015) and his latest EP 4FRIENDZ (BNR 142EP, 2015) the young Bavarian strikes again. With vibrating synths creating a thrilling rhythm full of emotions, the sound of "Thru Infinity" displays an excursion into danceable beats. A new sound produced with perceptible blood, sweat and tears. The EP includes remixes by none other than the Bavarian brother duo Zenker Brother (Ilian Tape) as well as Chicago born Hieroglyphic Being.
BRAWL RECORDS (UK)
BRAWL 010CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BRAWL 010CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CANNELL, LAURA Simultaneous Flight Movement CD
Simultaneous Flight Movement is Laura Cannell's third solo release, following her critically acclaimed Beneath Swooping Talons (FANF 036CD, 2015) and Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth (2014). Simultaneous Flight Movement was recorded live in one take inside Southwold Lighthouse in Suffolk, UK. A collection of semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces from the edge of England which attempts to move away from formal structure and to re-imagine a sonic landscape unrestricted by time or origin. With a background in medieval, baroque, traditional and experimental music, Laura explores the spaces between ancient and experimental music through improvisation to create new music that is rooted in but not tethered to the past. With the seldom used, rich and evocative polyphonic overbow technique and double recorders styled on early stone carvings, Laura creates a minimalist chamber music, where one player makes all the harmonies, encouraging harmonics and different tones to emerge. Medieval cantigas intertwine with the music of long disintegrated renaissance courts, and real-time compositions produce parallel chord movements which seem to originate from the same, ahistorical place.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 058LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BB 058LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CLUSTER Cluster 71 LP
2016 repress; 140-gram LP. Cluster's self-titled debut was originally released by Philips in 1971; this edition is the first reissue to restore the track running order of the original Philips release. Includes liner notes by electronic avant-garde pioneer Asmus Tietchens. In 1998, The Wire listed Cluster's self-titled debut as one of "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (When No One Was Listening)." Very few albums from Germany can lay claim to this honor. Cluster is a monster; it contains a mere three untitled tracks and was quite an ordeal for untrained ears when it was released. Yet the album pointed the way forward like no other electronic opus. Cluster's previous incarnation was a trio called Kluster. A change in direction and musical differences moved Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius to split from the group's third member, Conrad Schnitzler, in 1970. The following year, in addition to playing live, they recorded their first album in publisher Ralf Arnie's Star Musik Studio in Hamburg. Here they first met Conny Plank, who would himself become a legend. They remained close friends until Plank's death in 1987. Early Cluster music was new. New in the sense that it did not continue any tradition, instead laying the foundations for a future tradition. The duo's utter renunciation of conventional harmony and rhythm, embrace of near total aural abstraction, and confident use of noise, rigorous live electronic improvisation, and a positive mindset were all factors in Cluster's innovative trailblazing of 1971. For want of a better category, Cluster was classified rather inappropriately and incorrectly as "cosmic." Few recognized Cluster for what it was -- a synthesis of pop music, stripped of embarrassing glamor, and so-called serious music without intellectual constraints. Moebius and Roedelius took the liberty of raiding both disciplines to perfect their musical concept. A common enough practice today, but akin to a palace revolution in 1971. So it is that three pieces of electronic music meander and pulsate through Cluster, with no beginning and no end. Cluster's music is free and open in all directions. There are sounds, noises, and structures to be heard on this album that would become ingrained in the electronic pop music of the 1980s and 1990s. Cluster had taken the first step into the future.
BB 231CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 231CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TROSTEL, ROLF Two Faces CD
Bureau B present a reissue of Rolf Trostel's second album Two Faces, originally released in 1982. While Inselmusik (BB 230CD/LP), released the previous year, was intended as a basis for live performance, Trostel composed and produced the five instrumental tracks on Two Faces exclusively for this album. The music is clearly a product of the Berlin School, yet it is more sophisticated and varied than its predecessor. Some new additions to Trostel's instrument collection are audible. While on its predecessor the still novel strains of the PPG Wave Computer 360 A and its associated sequencer were augmented only by a Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm drum machine, resulting in a fairly puristic sound, the sonic pallet on Two Faces is enhanced by the Minimoog solo synthesizer and a string synth. The CR-78 is considered the first programmable drum machine and can be heard clearly, for example, on Phil Collins's hit "In the Air Tonight" or during the intro of the album version of Blondie's "Heart of Glass". But on Two Faces Trostel uses its potentially assertive sounds relatively modestly and often in the background - surely so as not to steal the show from the wavetable sounds. As with Inselmusik, Two Faces uses numerous synth runs that harness the possibilities of PPG 350 Computer Sequencer, which are layered to complement each other and often also define the chord progressions and song structure. The digital PPG sequencer offered some innovative features for this: The musician could invert the notes of a sequence with the press of a button or use the keyboard to transpose the sequence either at the end of each note or each loop. Of course, in addition to the PPG 360 Wave Computer A, it could also be used to control analog synthesizers. Synchronizing with tape machines was also not a problem. In comparison to Inselmusik, Rolf Trostel himself felt that Two Faces was more versatile and aggressive and "away from the idea of meditation, but without entirely abandoning contemplative structures." The first edition of this self-produced long player amounted to 2000 copies, which Trostel distributed himself.
BB 246CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 246CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AUTOMAT OstWest 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.
BB 252LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BB 252LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCHNITZLER/SCHNEIDER TM, CONRAD Con-Struct LP+CD
LP version. Includes CD. Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011), composer and concept artist, was one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. Schneider TM (Dirk Dresselhaus) has been involved in various musical fields since the late 1980s. Between 1989 and 1997 he played and sang in bands like Locust Fudge and Hip Young Things, before focusing more on electronic music from 1997 onwards, starting up his Schneider TM project. In 1999, Dresselhaus formed the duo Angel with Ilpo Väisänen. The Con-Struct series features Schnitzler's daily excursions through the sonic diversity of his synthesizers. He preserved these exceptional sounds for use in combination with each other in subsequent live performances, amassing a vast sound archive of his discoveries over time. When Jens Strüver, the producer of the Con-Struct series, was granted access to this audio library at the outset of the 2010 decade, he came up with the idea of constructing new compositions, not remixes, from the archived material. On completion of the first Con-Struct album, he decided to develop the concept into a series, with different electronic musicians invited into Schnitzler's unique world of sound. Schneider TM on his involvement: "I am very happy and honored to be invited to do an album for the Con-Struct series and wanted to do something special and genuine in this posthumous collaboration with Conrad Schnitzler. I wanted to get as close to his spirit as possible, so I created a musical situation as if we were actually collaborating together in the same room, with Conrad playing his pre-recorded sound-files or modular system and me dubbing and processing it live on the fly - almost as if it was a live-concert situation. Next to many other aspects of Schnitzler's vast oeuvre, I am fond of the noisy, poly-harmonic, poly-rhythmic and sometimes quite humorous minimalism of his music, as well as his way of using chance, which often leads to magical and raw beauty. There are no other sounds on this record except for ones created by Schnitzler, sent through my system and processed live. During the sessions I had the feeling of being in a conversation with him."
BUTEO BUTEO (BELGIUM)
BUTBUTSAK 001LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: BUTBUTSAK 001LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
SAKAMOTO, RYUICHI Music For Film 2LP+CD
Music For Film is the first compilation dedicated to the film music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, played by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. This selection includes compositions from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), High Heels (1991), Wild Palms (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Snake Eyes (1998), Femme Fatale (2002), Babel (2006), Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011), Yae No Sakura (2013) and The Revenant (2015). Sakamoto was already a celebrated pioneer in electronic music and composer/pianist/singer in Japan when he was asked by Nagisa Oshima to write the music for the Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence, his first major score. The list of major directors Sakamoto worked with is impressive: the veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada, Takashi Miike, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Volker Schlöndorff and Oliver Stone. Sakamoto conceived a unique approach of film scoring: a blend of splendid melodies, synthesizer work, traditional orchestral music, drum tracks, sound effects and unusual musical colors. Out of his striking contrast of musical styles and cultures, he created fascinating and enchanting standout scores. From Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence, there's the haunting main theme that manages simultaneously to be Japanese and western, a central idea in the film. For The Last Emperor, Sakamoto's score blends Chinese gestures with accessible melodies. For The Sheltering Sky, based on Paul Bowles's novel, "Sakamoto wrote a rich, profusely emotive score, reflecting the emotional journey of the two characters." For Little Buddha, the composer "integrates a standard Hollywood-style film underscore with several Indian motifs." Sakamoto's one-time collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar resulted in a flavorful sound, reliant on the sounds of a flamenco guitar. Knowing Sakamoto's admiration for frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann, it's no wonder Brian De Palma asked him for the music for Snake Eyes. As Jerry McCulley testifies, the result was brilliant: "Sakamoto... crank[s] up the brass and swirling strings into an unsettling sonic maelstrom that would've done late '50s Hitch proud." In Femme Fatale, Sakamoto's next collaboration with De Palma is his playful pastiche on Ravel's Bolero, the obsessive rhythm of the opening sequence becoming a jewel heist at the Cannes film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant marked Sakamoto's triumphant comeback after he survived throat cancer. For The Revenant, Sakamoto composed new ambient music that's simultaneously subdued, low-key and emotionally powerful. Includes CD.
CASTLE FACE
CF 085CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: CF 085CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
THEE OH SEES An Odd Entrances CD
"From the same misty mountaintop tape spool as August's A Weird Exits (2016), Thee Oh Sees bring the companion album An Odd Entrances. Delving more towards the contemplative than the face-skinning aspects of its predecessor, this sister album is a cosmic exercise en plein aire with John Dwyer and company double-drum shuffling, lounging with cellos, following a flute around the groove, and spooling a few Grimm-dark lullabies along the way. Lurking in the grass are a snake or two, like the celestial facing instrumental buzz of 'Unwrap The Fiend Pt. 1.'... But for the most part this is a relatively hushed affair, a morning rather than evening listen."
CHARACTER (SWITZERLAND)
CHARACTER 005EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: CHARACTER 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DEETRON Endless EP 12"
Deetron's techno run continues with his rhythmic prowess and analog textures forming perfectly on Endless EP. The title track opens like the first rays of the sun. Shimmering and ablaze, the track's thumping kick drum powers the rhythm while its euphoric bass synth drives through. In the alternate version, Deetron adds a percussive layer across the dominating bassline, while finger snaps and hypnotic synth stabs make for a lighter outing. "M1" is a bubbling techno excursion. Frantic dancing basslines rub shoulders with klaxon stabs before it dives further down the rabbit hole with its squelching and shock-laden acidic groove.
CHICKENCOOP RECORDINGS
CCR 003CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CCR 003CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SILVER APPLES The Garden CD
Dubs of Silver Apple's third album, which had been mysteriously unaccounted for, were found in a cardboard box in drummer Danny Taylor's attic. The remarkable reunion of the original duo of Simeon Coxe and Taylor hadn't been planned. After 27 years apart, they were reunited when a disc jockey at New Jersey's legendary WFMU radio station received a phone call from Taylor for the station's pledge drive. Taylor had been out of the music business for years, and his call put the pieces in place for Simeon to forge a renewed excitement for the Silver Apples's earliest recordings. The recordings included seven complete songs from 1969 and seven drum instrumentals by Taylor in 1968. Taylor's 1968 drumming demos were blended with Coxe's 1998 "Noodle" efforts.
CCR 004CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CCR 004CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SILVER APPLES Beacon CD
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.
COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)
CSR 228CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CSR 228CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SUN RA/MERZBOW Strange City CD
Cold Spring Records present Strange City (CSR 228CD & CSR 229LP) featuring completely different music on each format. Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Spring's Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow. CD version comes in a six-panel matte laminated digipak.
CSR 229LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CSR 229LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SUN RA/MERZBOW Strange City LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl. Includes download code. Cold Spring Records present Strange City (CSR 228CD & CSR 229LP) featuring completely different music on each format. Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Spring's Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow.
CORNBREAD RECORDS
CRNBR 16001LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CRYSTALS, THE He's A Rebel LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of The Crystals's He's A Rebel, originally released in 1963. Released on the heels of the immortal hit title track which went to #1 on the charts in 1962, He's A Rebel is the second album from one of the greatest girl groups of all-time. Lead by legendary vocalist Darlene Love, and produced by Phil Spector, this record is the sound of baby boomer teenagers. Nobody alive in the early '60s could avoid the infectious dance pop of The Crystals and the sound has held up and been emulated by retro-girl-groups for decades since. But nothing can top Phil Spector and The Crystals. Essential early '60s pop reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, two bonus tracks, and a download card.
CRNBR 16002LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BROWN AND THE FAMOUS FLAMES, JAMES Think! LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of James Brown And The Famous Flames's third studio album Think!, originally released in 1960. Though the title track was a cover of The 5 Royales, it's guaranteed that James Brown is who everyone on the planet now associates the song with. Absolutely essential early R&B from the "Godfather" himself, the "Hardest Working Man In Show Business". Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, two bonus tracks, and a download card.
CRNBR 16003LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FRANKLIN, ERMA Her Name Is Erma LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Erma Franklin's debut album, Her Name Is Erma, originally released in 1962. Erma Franklin was born in 1938 in Shelby, Mississippi, but was raised - with her sisters, Aretha and Carolyn - in Detroit, Michigan. The daughter of the legendary preacher, gospel musician, and civil rights activist Reverend C.L. Franklin, Erma grew up singing in the church, like so many other R&B and soul greats of the time. After recording backing vocals with her sister, Erma got the chance in 1962 to cut her debut album. Though she would only record one more album and retire from music entirely in the 1970s, this debut shows a singer just as talented as her more famous sister. A husky, soul belter of a voice is showcased here, with all the tracks from the original LP, including two bonus tracks. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
CRNBR 16004LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16004LP
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
MOONDOG Snaketime Series LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Moondog's Snaketime Series, one of the earliest and rarest of Moondog's recordings, originally released in 1956. "Snaketime" is what Moondog himself referred to as his unique sense of time in music, what he called "a slithery rhythm". And indeed, almost nobody else was making music as unique as this in the 1950s, drawing influence from city sounds, and working on many of his own instrumental invitations, Snaketime Series is truly cutting edge American avant-garde. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
CRNBR 16005LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16005LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BROWN, RUTH Late Date With Ruth Brown LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Ruth Brown's debut album, Late Date With Ruth Brown, originally released in 1959. Probably the best and most popular female artist of the 1950s jump blues and R&B scene, Ruth Brown was a powerhouse vocalist, and Late Date With Ruth Brown is a perfect example of her husky, smoky, and raunchy presence. Before Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, even before Ray Charles, Ruth Brown was the R&B star of Atlantic Records (there's a reason Atlantic was often referred to as "the house that Ruth built", also a nod to another NYC institution, Yankee Stadium). Essential 1950s R&B from an absolute legend, reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
CRNBR 16007LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16007LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DIDDLEY, BO Have Guitar Will Travel LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Bo Diddley's Have Guitar Will Travel, originally released in 1960. Ellas McDaniel, better known to the world as Bo Diddley, was born in 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, but like so many electric blues legends, he was raised on the south side of Chicago. After performing on street corners for years on the south side, Diddley finally cut his first records in 1955, for Chicago's own Checker label. Have Guitar Will Travel is his third LP for Checker and a classic of electric guitar driven blues and R&B. Reissued here with two bonus tracks on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
CRNBR 16008LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16008LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA Super-Sonic Jazz LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Sun Ra & His Arkestra's Super-Sonic Jazz, originally released in 1957. Recorded in 1956 in Chicago, Super-Sonic Jazz is one of the earliest and most sought after titles from the Arkestra. Featuring Arkestra mainstays like Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Julian Priester, the album is, like Ra always was, years ahead of its time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
CRNBR 16009LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16009LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA The Nubians Of Plutonia LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra's The Nubians Of Plutonia, originally released in 1969. Featuring the early classic Arkestra lineup that included Pat Patrick, Ronnie Boykins, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, James Spaulding, and more, The Nubians Of Plutonia is one of the best and most sought after of Sun Ra's early titles. Recorded in the late '50s in Chicago, this LP is a top-tier landmark in a prolific career. Essential Sun Ra reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
CRNBR 16010LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16010LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PICKETT, WILSON I Don't Want No Part Time Love: The Early Years Of The Wicked Pickett LP
Cornbread Records presents a compilation featuring Wilson Pickett titled I Don't Want No Part Time Love: The Early Years Of The Wicked Pickett. Featuring some of his earliest recordings out of Detroit with The Falcons, and very early solo material, this collection shows the legend of soul music when he was just getting started. Though these are early recordings, Pickett's voice is fully formed and some of these tracks are the equals of later hits like "In The Midnight Hour", and "Ninety-Nine And A Half". For fans of American soul music, this collection is absolutely necessary. Issued on 180 gram LP with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
COUNTERCHANGE (UK)
COUNT 008EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: COUNT 008EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BNJMN MDCCLXXII 12"
British producer Bnjmn heads even further into harder techno territory with the heavyweight four tracker, MDCCLXXII. Tipping his cap to '90s industrial techno, the A side delivers two uncompromising cuts. "MDCCLXXII" is tough - brash drums merging with metallic, tonal signals and searing hats. "Tor" is similarly up-tempo, however more stripped in comparison, Bnjmn continuing his inventive and challenging sound design in this Beltram-esque bassline killer. "T.E.N.S" is a short collage of buzzing, cerebral electronics, leading into "Where The Wild Berries Grow" - a fuzzy, hypnotic trip of lo-fi ambience and post-club psychedelia, stretching out over eight minutes.
CURLE RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)
CURLE P07X-EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: CURLE P07X-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HERBERT See You On Monday 12"
Curle Recordings reissue some Matthew Herbert deep house goodies. First up is "See You On Monday" from the iconic Part One EP, 20 years old but still timeless. On remix duties is Linkwood, who released his brilliant Expressions album on Firecracker in 2015. He, for one, knows how to keep the groove whilst diving deep. Includes limited silk screen artwork. Edition of 300 on transparent vinyl.
CURLE P07Y-EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: CURLE P07Y-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HERBERT Deeper (Basic Soul Unit Remix) 12"
Curle Recordings reissue two Matthew Herbert deep house goodies. After the very well received Linkwood remix of "See You On Monday", it's now time for one of Herbert's biggest records; "Deeper", from the iconic Part Two EP (1996). On remix duties is Basic Soul Unit. His remix exceeds all expectations. What a bomb. First edition of 300 on marbled vinyl.
DAMAGED GOODS (UK)
DAMGOOD 461EP
PRICE: $8.00
CAT #: DAMGOOD 461EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LOCKJAW Radio Call Sign 7"
Punk classic reissued on limited edition color 7". First ever reissue of Lockjaw's debut single, originally released in late 1977. Lockjaw began life in Crawley Sussex, first as The Guernsey Flowers and then as The Amazing Doctor Octopuss. This is the first of two singles they recorded for Cambridge-based Raw Records. Their continued claim to fame is that Simon Gallup was later in the band before going on to join The Cure, and it was his older brother Dave who wrote "Radio Call Sign". Bo Zo - vocals; Micky Morbid - guitar; Andy Septic - bass; Oddy Ordish - drums.
DAMGOOD 462EP
PRICE: $8.00
CAT #: DAMGOOD 462EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
UNWANTED, THE Secret Police 7"
Punk classic reissued on limited edition colored 7". First ever reissue of The Unwanted's Secret Police single, originally released in 1977. Formed in March 1977 in London they played under their original name, SMAK, for the first two months, including the recording of Live At The Roxy, before settling on the name of The Unwanted. Consistent line-up changes resulted in a stop-start career. "Secret Police" was a loping sub-reggae single and most fans felt short changed after their original full on punk attack. Ollie Wisdom - vocals; Mark Curzon - guitar; Paul Gardner - bass; Danny Destroy - drums.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 038CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: DIAL 038CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLUGEL, ROMAN All The Right Noises CD
After the major and still ongoing success of his previous albums Fatty Folders (DIAL 023CD/LP, 2011) and Happiness is Happening (DIAL 031CD/LP, 2014), Roman Flügel is back with his third full-length album on Dial Records. All The Right Noises includes adventures into contemporary house/techno music, his finest ambient works, and unique broken pieces. An intense mixture of incredible warmth, weird fluffiness and highest uplift, written in his very own musical language - barely another artist, active since the early nineties, sounds as fresh and surprising as Roman Flügel. From the very first chord of "Fantasy", a dream becomes reality, followed by the wonderfully seducing "The Mighty Suns", a masterpiece of its own. Here the journey starts getting slightly provoking with the techy "Dead Idols". "Nameless Lake" and "Planet Zorg" are excessive hymns to start a rave night out. With "Warm And Dewy", "Dust" and "All The Right Noises", Roman Flügel proves his love for eternal madness. The closing tune "Live Tends To Come And Go" is another warm ambient tune in Roman Flügel perfection.
DOXY (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
ACV 2075LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ACV 2075LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ROLLINS, SONNY Sonny Boy LP
Doxy present a reissue of Sonny Rollins's Sonny Boy, originally released in 1961.This album screams modernity. Rollins plays hard on this superb bop classic. The album contains a combination of two different recording dates from 1956, shortly after the devastating car accident that took Clifford Brown and Richie Powell. Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and George Morrow still played powerfully, as Kenny Drew filled in nicely. The wonderful hip abstract-expressionist album cover generates the tone contained inside the packaging. Fans of free jazz and bop should not neglect this masterpiece. Edition of 500 (numbered).
ACV 2076LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ACV 2076LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MONK/GERRY MULLIGAN, THELONIOUS Mulligan Meets Monk LP
Doxy present a reissue of Thelonius Monk and Gerry Mulligan's Mulligan Meets Monk, originally released in 1957."(...) At the time of its original issue in late 1957, Mulligan Meets Monk was considered an anomaly. Its two namesake artists represented two different, divergent 'schools' of jazz. Gerry Mulligan, the baritone saxophonist, was associated with the laid-back, relaxed vibe of cool jazz. He had played with Miles Davis on the sessions that would become the definitive Birth of the Cool (RUM 2011122LP). Around the same time, he had made a name for himself as an arranger and performer with Chet Baker. Thelonious Monk, the pianist, was a cutting-edge, rule-breaking composer and performer, so much so that for the first decade of his career he was often viewed as a misguided outcast. Monk's harder, angular, almost percussive style was a crucial influence on the bebop style of jazz. Musically, Mulligan and Monk seemed to have little in common... The sessions that became Mulligan Meets Monk occurred by happenstance, as John Coltrane, with whom Monk had been performing at the time, was the Riverside label's original choice of sax player. Coltrane was unavailable, though, so producer Orin Keepnews decided to have Mulligan take part instead. Good things often happen by accident, and Mulligan Meets Monk is one of those. Over time and several reissues, it has become a favorite among fans of both artists." --John Bergstrom, 2013. Edition of 500 (numbered).
ACV 2079LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ACV 2079LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
AKIYOSHI, TOSHIKO Her Trio Her Quartet LP
Doxy present a reissue of Toshiko Akiyoshi's Her Trio Her Quartet, originally released in 1956. An engaging pianist whose crisp, forceful attacks take off from Bud Powell territory but go well beyond mere imitation, Akiyoshi is also a skilled composer-arranger and ranks as one of the more acclaimed figures in the bop-based modern big band field. Her work in the latter category blends swinging, Gil Evans-esque arrangements with occasional Eastern influences, spotlighting top-notch soloists such as tenor saxophonist/flautist Lew Tabackin. Edition of 500 (numbered).From original liner notes: "(...) About this session, recorded in July, 1956, Toshiko begins by saying of her altoist colleague, 'Boots played so beautifully on the session. Of my tunes, 'Salute To Shorty' I originally wrote for five horns. 'Pea, Bee And Lee' I wrote for Lee Konitz (he does not know it.)' Henry W. 'Boots' Mussulli is an emotionally vehement modernist who has worked with Mal Hallett, Teddy Powell, Gene Krupa, Charlie Ventura, and has headed his own units. Boots along with bassist Wyatt Reuther, formerly with Dave Brubeck and Erroll Garner, and drummer Edmund Thigpen of the Billy Taylor trio is heard with Toshiko on all tracks but 'Pea, Bee And Lee', 'No Moon At All' and 'Thou Swell.' On these three, Oscar Pettiford, one of the major bassists in jazz history and the crisp, spearing Roy Haynes of the Sarah Vaughan entourage accompany Toshiko (...)"
ACV 2081LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ACV 2081LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MONK, THELONIOUS Monk's Music LP
Doxy present a reissue of Thelonious Monk's Monk's Music, originally released in 1957. "(...) Monk's Music is among the most significant of Thelonious Monk's classic albums. Here he was literally looking back and ahead at the same time, by bringing together Coleman Hawkins (the very first important voice on tenor saxophone) and John Coltrane (on the verge of becoming a major shaping force of the '60s). Equally notable is the incredible rhythmic support provided by combining Art Blakey and Wilbur Ware; and, justifying the album title, a selection of vital Monk compositions - plus his choice of the 19th century hymn, 'Abide With Me' (written by one William H. Monk) (...)" --Music Direct. Edition of 500 (numbered).
DOC 134LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: DOC 134LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
LEGRAND, MICHEL Eva LP
Doxy present Michel Legrand's original soundtrack for Eva, directed by Joseph Losey and released in 1962. Michel Legrand, the so-called Mozart of the new wave cinema, was made fully aware that he was actually the director's second choice for Eva's soundtrack. Joseph Losey originally wanted Miles Davis for the project. But Legrand's beautifully constructed jazz score serves as a perfect complement to the charismatic images of the film's Venetian setting. The main character's love of jazz music is reflected within Legrand's score. The film also contains two Billie Holiday tracks "Willow Weep For Me" and "Loveless Love". "Adam & Eve" features vocals by Tony Middleton. A fascinating and musically rich score, one of those European '60s soundtracks that simply shouldn't be missed. Edition of 500.
DRUMPOET COMMUNITY (SWITZERLAND)
DPC 061EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DPC 061EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PACIFICA Memory Man 12"
The second EP from Zurich based Pacifica is featuring their new song "Memory Man", a trippy journey combining folk and future house. This EP features two touching remixes. Kalabrese delivers a laid-back, but irresistible version. When it's dropped, the crowd immediately starts to dance and drift. Same thing with the Frankey & Sandrino remix, which works perfectly at the peak-time of a night and results in euphoria on the dancefloor.
DUST-TO-DIGITAL
DTD 049CD
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: DTD 049CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PHILLIPS, WASHINGTON Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams CD/BOOK
Dust-to-Digital's inaugural release, 2003's Goodbye, Babylon (DTD 001CD), included two recordings by a mysterious gospel musician from Texas named Washington Phillips, who died in 1954. After fielding inquiries about the hauntingly beautiful songs from listeners around the world, in 2013, Dust-to-Digital checked in with Michael Corcoran, the leading researcher on Phillips, to see if any new information had been uncovered. Indeed, Michael had some leads, but he would need a working budget to track them down. Three years later, in 2016, after combing through various archives and talking with the last surviving people from the Simsboro-area who remembered Phillips, the name of Phillips's homemade instrument (the Manzarene) has been revealed, in addition to the time, place, and manner of his death and many anecdotes about his life. Dust-to-Digital now share this story with Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, a 76-page hardcover book by Michael Corcoran accompanied by a CD of recordings made by Phillips between 1927 and 1929. To ensure a superior listening experience, the label tracked down the most pristine original copies of Phillips's 78-RPM records, created high-resolution transfers, and had the audio expertly remastered for the best-sounding Phillips reissue to date. Hear the sublime, hypnotic, ethereal music of Washington Phillips in clarity like never before. Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams includes song lyrics, label reproductions, and photos, along with liner notes by Michael Corcoran."The mystery of Washington Phillips begins the first time you hear his sweetly-sung Christian blues, bathed in a celestial haze of notes from an instrument that sounds like a child's music box. His music is a simple prayer, with the blessing in the asking, the singing, the playing. But his ethereal sound is also highly developed to the point of being almost psychedelic. Where did this strange and moving music come from?" --Michael Corcoran
PT 2007LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: PT 2007LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
VA Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll 2LP
Double LP in gatefold sleeve with insert and download code. Expanded edition of the soundtrack to the celebrated 2014 documentary film Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, originally released on CD by Dust-to-Digital in 2015. On April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian rock and roll was no more. Its star musicians were targeted and killed, record collections were destroyed, clubs were closed, and Western-style music-making, dancing, and clothes were outlawed. The deaths of approximately two million Cambodians and the horrors of the Killing Fields have been well documented; add to this John Pirozzi's fascinating tale of Cambodia's vibrant pop music scene, beginning in the 1950s and '60s and influenced by France's Johnny Hallyday and Britain's Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Cambodian culture has long been synonymous with a love for the arts. Don't Think I've Forgotten pays homage to the country's rock legends who paid for their creativity with their lives. Punctuating rare archival footage with telling interviews with the few surviving musicians, Don't Think I've Forgotten examines and unravels Cambodia's tragic past through the eyes, words, and songs of its popular music stars of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Compiled by Pirozzi, the soundtrack album is very cinematic in nature -- the sequencing and remastered audio transport the listener through the rock and roll history of Cambodia in a way that parallels the film. It is both entertaining and essential to hear so many tracks that have never before been available outside of Cambodia. Performers include The Royal University of Fine Arts, Sinn Sisamouth, Chhoun Malay, Huoy Meas, Baksey Cham Krong, Ros Serey Sothea, Pen Ran, Sieng Vannthy, Va Sovy, Drakkar, Pou Vannary, Yol Aularong, and Cheam Chansovannary. Includes two tracks not included on the CD version ("Three Maidens" by Ros Serey Sothea and "Have You No Mercy" by Drakkar).
ESP-DISK
ESPDISK 5017CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ESPDISK 5017CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DELEGATION, THE Evergreen (Canceled World) 2CD
The Delegation is a project of young phenomena Gabriel Zucker that mixes jazz, classical, electronica, rock, and more into a new sound that lives up to ESP-Disk's old catchphrase "You never heard such sounds in your life!" This improvising group came together at the 2013 Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop and was soon commissioned by the American Composers Forum; the result is the twelve-movement work on this two-disc set, which was premiered at the Jazz Gallery in New York City in 2014 and earned ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Personnel: Gabriel Zucker - piano, compositions, lyrics, electronics, voice; Adam O'Farrill - trumpet; Eric Trudel - tenor saxophone; Jacob Teichroew - tenor saxophone, clarinet; Bryan Qu - tenor saxophone; Mark Chung - violin; Ron Lawrence - viola; Eric Allen - cello; Artemisz Polonyi - voice; Lorena del Mar - voice; Bam Bam Rodriguez - bass; Gabriel Globus-Hoenich - drums; David Su - additional electronics.Acclaim for Gabriel Zucker: "...suavely combined a symphony orchestra and a jazz band, beginning with a haunting orchestral hush and passing a gentle theme through the jazz soloists. It was a nocturne out of early Bernstein or introspective Sinatra." --Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times from Universal at Midnight's Carnegie Hall premiere.Acclaim for Gabriel Zucker from Bach Society Prize of the Yale Music Department for being "a pianist who has excelled in solo, concerto and chamber music genres, a jazz pianist who has sustained a creative and virtuosic activity during his time at Yale, and a composer who has intensified his ambitious endeavor to find a synthesis between his art music and jazz interests."
FABRIC (UK)
FABRIC 179CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: FABRIC 179CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCUBA Fabric 90 CD
Berlin-based Scuba, aka Paul Rose, presents the 90th installment of the world's leading house and techno mix series from Fabric. Paul Rose's Fabric appearances have evolved over the years from bass music Fridays to the house and techno of Saturday nights. Rose's ability to select, sequence and stitch together 42 tracks over 75 minutes is remarkable. A diverse range of artists get called upon to build a dark, seductive atmosphere. It means that among the bumping lo-fi techno and cavernous bass sounds, there is a palpable sense of being lost in the rave. Paul Rose is the founder of Hotflush Recordings. Packaged in bespoke slipcase containing die-embossed tin. The mix features debuts by: Isaac Reuben, Glaskin, Blursome, and DXC. Also features: Digitaline, Patrick Cowley, Dense & Pika, Jason Cudmore, Mike Servito, Regis & Antonym, Ben Klock, Carl Craig, Miss Fitz, Ricardo Villalobos, Alleged Witches, Eric Cloutier, Kamera, Truncate, Pearson Sound, Donato Dozzy, Taylor Deupree, Marco Shuttle, Surgeon & James Ruskin, Literon, Markus Suckut, Tallmen785, Sciahri, Tessela, Wrecking Project, Gunnar Haslam, Scuba, Stenny, Jonas Friedlich, Kloves, Kuf, Les Gammas, and Midland.
FILM (GERMANY)
FILM 002CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: FILM 002CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REICH/TERRY RILEY, STEVE Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1 CD
After the widely noticed performance at the "Acht Brücken Festival 2016" at Cologne's Philharmonic Hall, Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (of Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick (both of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah release their interpretation of Steve Reich's "Six Pianos" as a studio recording via FILM. The re-recording of this piece is an interpretation of Reich's composition but still far more than just that - it is a modern approach to his idea behind it. The basic idea came up at the beginning of the '70s at the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in New York. During a rehearsal phase, which Steve Reich spent in this very piano store, the idea emerged of writing a composition for all the grand pianos available to him at the company. By the time of the finished piece, the actual number of pianos had settled down to six, where "Six Pianos" developed in 1973. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich with this release. Shaped by electronic club music as well as their classical education, they form "Six Pianos" in dignified modernity and top it off with today's sound aesthetics and technical recording possibilities. Presented here is not the recording from the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonics), but the ensemble playing six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his piano using his typical studio equipment and passed the recording over to the next one. Thus the six characteristic and individual timbres of the performers overlay to create the overall picture - "Six Pianos" the way it should be looked at in 2016. Jan Brauer mixed "Six Pianos" in the studio while Lukas Vogel provided delays for the "Keyboard Study #1". "Keyboard Study #1" by Terry Riley is a worthy companion for Reich's composition. The piece is kind of a building set of ever lengthening, repetitive patterns played against each other with the right and left hand displaced. The composition proposes various possible combinations for the performer to choose from and repeat at will. And what the performers have chosen proves Gregor Schwellenbach's assumption: "Terry Riley's and Steve Reich's music are open doors for pianists socialized by pop music and their audience."
FIRE MAGAZINE (ITALY)
FIRE 003
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FIRE 003
FILE UNDER: Misc
FIRE MAGAZINE Issue Three: September 2016 MAG
Fire Magazine present their third issue, September 2016. Features: Blues Pills (cover story), Mos Generator, Zodiac, Sahg, The Wounded Kings, HP Lovecraft, Eternal Elysium, Truckfighters, Comet Control, Subrosa, Mondo Generator, Psycho Fest - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Bloody Hammers, Temple of Dust, Gozu, Dee Calhoun, Stonewitch, Istvan, Wo Fat, Palace of the King, Godwatt. File under: heavy psych, stoner, doom, sludge, occult, dark, '70s hard rock, space rock, garage, drone. Size: 210mm x 297mm.
FREERIDE MILLENIUM (GERMANY)
FM 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FM 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JORKES Mindemania 12"
Munich pair Jorkes present third new single, Mindemania This scintillating single is the sort of thing to slowly sweep you off your feet with its skyward synths extending out from broody drums. Dreamy yet propulsive, it takes you among the clouds before falling apart with gentle percussive hits and tumbling keys. The "Lovegasm Version" is a more beat-driven affair with drifting vocal sounds bringing a certain steaminess to the groove. Finally, Nikkname presents his eight minute interpretation, embedding the listener in the center of spiraling pads, with harmonic bell sounds and dark cosmic energies.
FURTHER RECORDS
FUR 110LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: FUR 110LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HOLOVR Anterior Space LP
Anterior Space may strike some listeners of a certain age as an echo of the gilded age of "armchair techno" exemplified by Warp Records's Artificial Intelligence comps. The convergence of the cerebral and the blissful in the four epic compositions HOLOVR (aka Jimmy Billingham) finesses from his analog and digital synths are similar to early-'90s pieces by Black Dog, B12, and others. Discussing the creation of Anterior Space, which is the first HOLOVR release to not feature beats, Billingham reveals, "Dropping drums gave me a bit more freedom in terms of tempo and rhythm, and it was actually really liberating. Having fewer elements in a track also meant it was possible to record live, which is my preferred way of working, as you can capture an actual snapshot of time and a natural, in-the-moment negotiation of the different elements of a track. I'd know a track was ready if I could sit there and listen to it looping round for long periods of time and really get lost in it, and then I'd try and capture a nice section of that in the space of 10 minutes or whatever." You can hear this on Anterior Space's opening 11-minute track, "Into Light". Its subtle gradations of warped tones and implied rhythms teem with hyperactive elegance. The slow, mobile-like rotation of synth baubles over a foundation of yearning, icy drones on "Apparent Motion" creates the illusion of a shimmering stasis, but there's actually a great deal happening here. "There's lots of subtle variation in the tracks, with pattern length differences and parameter tweaks," Billingham says. "I'm really into the hypnotic effect that you can get from this; the feeling of constant change within something that is otherwise staying the same." Thankfully, all these elements on "Apparent Motion" coalesce into a celestial chill-out zone and serve as an aural icepack for your overworked mind. On "Temporary, Autonomous", the lightest of acidic squelches prod this track into a similar rarefied ether as the less propulsive cuts on Plastikman's Sheet One (1993). Eleven-minute closer "Involution" is a gradual procession of globular ambience that seems always to be changing and yet also emitting a steady-state glow. Billingham also records under the aliases Tidal, Venn Rain, Journey Of Mind and Holographic Mind. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering; Artwork by Chloe Harris; 180 gram vinyl in reverse board jacket.
GIZEH RECORDS (UK)
GZH 070CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GZH 070CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NADJA The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife CD
Nadja return with The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife, their first release for Gizeh Records. The Canadian/Berlin-based ambient doom duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff continue their ultra-prolific output with a monolithic record which explores the depths of heavy noisescape-related music. Encompassing distorted riffs and hypnotic rhythms the album sonically attempts to continue on from the more structured elements of the duo's recent Queller album (2014), coupling that approach with Nadja's more traditional sprawling, dense and challenging sounds. The relentless fuzzed-out textures repeat and build into a blissful and cathartic whole - a place to be completely immersed. In the deep, glacial and all-consuming world that Baker and Buckareff provide the listener with here, there is a will to dissolve, to let the record wash right over you or perhaps even through you. At times crushingly beautiful, The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife is brought to life by its clever restraints with quieter interludes serving a perfect purpose against its more intense, heavier moments. The album's intriguing title comes from a runic inscription on an Icelandic burial stone but the phrase also appears on the Eggja Stone which provided some of the lyrical content on the record. Nadja have a habit of transcending genres and indeed throughout their career, they have been incredibly difficult to pin down. The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife is a welcome addition to that hefty catalogue and stands up tall against their most impressive work. Aidan Baker - guitars, vocals, drum machine; Leah Buckareff - bass guitar Recorded in the autumn of 2015 at Broken Spine Studios, Berlin. Mastered by James Plotkin. Artwork by Aidan Baker and Richard Knox.
GROSSO! RECORDINGS (SPAIN)
GR 026LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: GR 026LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
RODRIGUEZ, ARSENIO Como Se Goza En El Barrio: Havanna & NYC Recordings 1946-1962 2LP
Ignacio de Loyola Rodríguez Scull, aka Arsenio Rodríguez, was a Cuban musician, bandleader and prolific composer who developed the son montuno and other Afro-Cuban-based rhythms. Today, he is seen as one of the most important figures in Latin music, with his influence reaching beyond the Spanish speaking world to also include African popular music of the 20th century, though when he died he was not widely known by the public for his contributions and influence. He is also recognized (along with Israel "Cachao" López and Dámaso Pérez Prado) as one of the creators of mambo, what Rodríguez himself often referred to as "ritmo diablo". Some of his best-known, and most-often covered recordings from the '50s and early '60s are included here, among them "Dame un cachito pa' huele'," "Dundunbanza," "El reloj de pastora," "Cambia El Paso," and "Hay Fuego En El 23". Never one to stand still creatively, by the early 1960s Arsenio began introducing other experimental modes of expression taken from his new adopted home (jazz, r&b, rock) into his conjunto, incorporating saxophones and "walking" bass, as well as amplifying his guitar and even singing a few tunes himself (in a jocular, gruff tone). True to his racial pride, he often utilized African religious terms, melodies, rhythms and sonorities. Leaving New York and moving to Los Angeles in 1969/1970 to try his luck on the West Coast, Rodríguez unfortunately remained relatively unknown in California, and by most accounts audiences were indifferent to his by now old-style Cuban music, especially with the rise of Latin rock. In the late '60s and early '70s, Johnny Pacheco, the Dominican bandleader and musical director of Fania Records, had been recording versions of the conjunto and son montuno sound that Rodríguez and others like La Sonora Matancera had pioneered decades before, complete with trumpets and tres, and similar arrangements. Arsenio's innovative techniques, arrangements and compositions have had far reaching consequences because not only was the rise of salsa in the late '60s and '70s fueled in part by his Afro-Cuban son conjunto aesthetic, but one could argue that his pioneering influence can still be felt today through the edgy deconstructionist jazz and punk inflected music of Marc Ribot's Cubanos Postizos and Jacob Plasse's thrillingly eclectic ensemble Los Hacheros. The tracks here have been remastered and restored and some are presented on vinyl after many years. 350g cardboard printed on the reverse side.
GR 027LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: GR 027LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Limbo! LP
A new Caribbean trip through calypso, mambo, cumbia cha-cha-chá, lena, rhythm'n'blues, Latin jazz and others Afro booty-shaking rhythms, Limbo! adds to the great line of Zombie Club releases. All aboard the Zombie Club sonic cruiser, with the same intention/obsession of their previous trips: Gozar! Once again, Zombie Club chart an uncertain course through the Caribbean Islands on their way to New Orleans, visiting Colombia, Cuba, Trinidad, Bahamas, Martinica, Puerto Rico. If listeners enjoyed Come to the Caribbean (GR 021LP, 2014) and Mambo Calypso (GR 022LP, 2014), they shouldn't miss the chance to shake their booty to this selection of West Indies rhythms. Another magical musical journey through steamy and exotic landscapes, the musical selection speaks for itself. So grab a cocktail, put the record on and dance. Features: Lord Tickler with The Jamaican Calypsonians, Cyril Díaz and His Orchestra, Noro Morales, Cortijo y Su Combo, Barel Coppet et ses Antillais, Lucho Pérez, James Moody and His Bopmen, Slilm Gailliard, Pacho Galán y Edmundo Arias, Mon Rivera y su Orquesta, Trío Matamoros, Charlie Adamson, Lord Kitchener and René Touzet.
GUIDED BY VOICES INC.
GBVI 070CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: GBVI 070CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ESP OHIO Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean CD
"Like a long-lost artifact from some golden age of rock that never existed, ESP Ohio's debut album grabs the ear-holes and demands immediate and undivided attention. Robert Pollard says it's a band, rather than a collaboration -- a distinction which may seem like splitting hairs, but rather than putting melodies and lyrics on top of other people's instrumentals, Pollard wrote these songs and sent them off to Brooklyn-based bandmates Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, and Travis Harrison to be fleshed out and then returned to him for vocal recording and mixing in the Buckeye State. Instead of fitting words and melodies around someone else's musical structure, he created the musical structure to fit his words and melodies. Also, there's a band photo. It makes a difference -- Starting Point harkens back to Isolation Drills-era Guided By Voices, perhaps inevitably because Doug Gillard is playing guitar and contributing arrangements the way he did in that era of GBV, but this debut has its own unique characteristics as well. The result is some of the most joyful noise Pollard has made in recent memory: melodic, playful, upbeat, and... what's the word... sparkly? Sure -- call it sparkle rock -- a mix of bold-faced rock with weirdo proggy-psych elements and textures. Pollard won't say whether this is a one-off or the first of a series, but he's keeping the door open."
GBVI 070LP
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: GBVI 070LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ESP OHIO Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean LP
LP version. "Like a long-lost artifact from some golden age of rock that never existed, ESP Ohio's debut album grabs the ear-holes and demands immediate and undivided attention. Robert Pollard says it's a band, rather than a collaboration -- a distinction which may seem like splitting hairs, but rather than putting melodies and lyrics on top of other people's instrumentals, Pollard wrote these songs and sent them off to Brooklyn-based bandmates Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, and Travis Harrison to be fleshed out and then returned to him for vocal recording and mixing in the Buckeye State. Instead of fitting words and melodies around someone else's musical structure, he created the musical structure to fit his words and melodies. Also, there's a band photo. It makes a difference -- Starting Point harkens back to Isolation Drills-era Guided By Voices, perhaps inevitably because Doug Gillard is playing guitar and contributing arrangements the way he did in that era of GBV, but this debut has its own unique characteristics as well. The result is some of the most joyful noise Pollard has made in recent memory: melodic, playful, upbeat, and... what's the word... sparkly? Sure -- call it sparkle rock -- a mix of bold-faced rock with weirdo proggy-psych elements and textures. Pollard won't say whether this is a one-off or the first of a series, but he's keeping the door open."
GUNS OF BRIXTON RECORDS (SPAIN)
GBR 010LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: GBR 010LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ESKORBUTO Demasiados Enemigos LP
Guns Of Brixton reissues the 1991 album from Spanish punk band Eskorbuto. Demasiados Enemigos ("Too Many Enemies") is not just the title of another disc by the blazing band from Santurtzi but the album with the difficult duty of putting an end to a legendary combo as we knew it. Eskorbuto was a band of its time and that is shown in every chord and every chorus, branded in fire through the years by those who danced and vibrated around the flames of this cursed band. This is a unique album -- special due to its legacy and the circumstances under which it was recorded. Now it is reissued on vinyl. If you didn't get it at the time or you were too young to know, now you have the chance to request the max from your turntable, not giving a damn if volume affects the structure of the building.
HARBINGER USA
HARBUSA 001LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HARBUSA 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SLEAFORD MODS Live At SO36 LP
Sleaford Mods's third Berlin show took place at Kreuzberg's legendary SO36 club. The band took to the stage on a hot sweaty June night and played to a sold out audience. The show was captured by a German documentary crew and this limited edition album captures the highlights of that incendiary performance. Among the 14 tracks on the album are favorites like "Tied Up In Nottz", "Jobseeker", "Fizzy" and the great crowd-pleaser and closer, "Tweet Tweet Tweet". The recording is a testament to the connection between the band and those that follow them. Hear the glorious carnage and madness throughout the record's duration. No language barriers, no borders, no restrictions of any kind. This album also represents the first release on Harbinger Sound's new USA subsidiary label. Fuck England!
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 039LTD-LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HPS 039LTD-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GLITTER WIZARD Hollow Earth Tour (Red Vinyl) LP
Red vinyl version. Glitter Wizard are a band of California riff-lords pillaging the best of vintage hard rock while keeping their laser eyes on the future, creating a unique brand of oddball psychedelia. Their onstage performance is a glammed-up force to be reckoned with and they've been taking their act on the road from the west coast all the way to Europe. The San Francisco glam weirdos Glitter Wizard release Hollow Earth Tour on Heavy Psych Sounds. The alliance continues the label's successful run of Californian hookups - see also: Wild Eyes, Farflung, Hot Lunch, Fatso Jetson, etc. - and when it comes to Glitter Wizard, they come off as the kind of band who are way too busy writing the next album by the time the current one has been released to worry about the particulars. Nonetheless, their strange, vaguely subversive and often catchy heavy rock and roll is at its best on Hollow Earth Tour.
HPS 045CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 045CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FATSO JETSON Idle Hands CD
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."
HERZBLUT (GERMANY)
HERZ 050-3LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: HERZ 050-3LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BODZIN, STEPHAN Powers of Ten 3x12"
2016 repress; Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; includes download code. German techno mainstay Stephan Bodzin unleashes his full-length musical vision on the world in the form of Powers of Ten, providing another great insight into the melodically rich mind of this modern great. Bodzin says, "Powers of Ten has been with me all my life and is named after a book that has been my background hiss, its confusing truth is my only real faith and its infinity shows me its finiteness. The album is about harmonies, melodies, rhythms. It is an homage to Bob Moog, full of techno beats and sounds and space and party and ecstasy and dancing and listening, and crying and feeling. It is a journey, a philosophy of life, a view of the world, a vague perception. It is my wife, my children, my family, my friends, my passion, my enemy, my greatest fulfillment, my fear, my deepest peace, my power, all my love." As such, this album is hugely personal and is filled with cerebral messages and well-thought-out concepts. All this shines through and makes the listening experience all the more engaging from start to finish. Kicking off with the spine-tingling chords and louche beats of "Singularity," cuts like "Lila" then continue to confirm that Stephan Bodzin has a classical understanding of melody that is way above average. "Blue Giant," "Wir," and "Ix" all manage to be uplifting and thoughtful while simultaneously driven and groovy, and "Birth" comes on with a hymnal high note, long-tailed pads, and subtly shifting beats. The ghostly grooves of "Zulu" mark the majestic midpoint of the album, which then continues to seduce with spiritual synths and more beautiful melodies on cuts like "Odyssee" as well as the album's standout title-track. Unfolding coherently and in soothing fashion, this album once again proves that few producers in the modern world have a knack for melody and an ear for sonic ingenuity quite like Stephan Bodzin.
HI HAT (UK)
HH 3043CD
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: HH 3043CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
GORDON, DEXTER Village Vanguard, NYC Feb '83 2CD
Dexter Gordon, live at the Village Vanguard, New York City on February, 27th 1983. Dexter Gordon's long and remarkable career saw him perform alongside Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and many others. After a long spell in Europe, he returned to the US in 1976, and was named Down Beat Musician of the Year in 1978 and 1980. This superb set was broadcast by National Public Radio, and finds the great saxophonist celebrating his 60th birthday in typically authoritative and entertaining style. Digitally remastered here for greatly enhanced sound quality. Presented with background notes and images.
HOME NORMAL (UK)
HOMEN 067CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: HOMEN 067CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALDINUCCI, GIULIO Goccia CD
In 2012, Giulio Aldinucci released Tarsia on Nomadic Kids Republic to critical acclaim. Follow-up Goccia takes a rather thunderous step in the direction of a bang-on classic with one of the most complete, catchy, and ambitious albums heard in a long time. Balancing organic layers with some fantastic melodic synth hooks, flying straight through a maze of frequencies from drones, bleeps, bloops, background music, jingles, jangles, gut-punching subs, and whatever else he can. Features vocals by Nadia Bredice. Mastering and design by Ian Hawgood. Cover art by Peter Nejedly. Comes in a portrait style matte card digipak with hand-embossed printing. Edition of 500.
HOMEN 078CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: HOMEN 078CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALTARS ALTARS Small Hours CD
Moritz Leppers, the man behind the Altars Altars moniker, makes music using a variety of instruments running through his faithful, old reel-to-reel machine. Much has been made of reel-to-reel in recent years, but when you come across an artist who uses its limitations and beautiful randomness to such effect, it's deeply stirring. It is very refreshing to hear someone who makes simple, melodic, and inherently soulful ambient music, and it is a reminder of how rare it is to listen to such music and really feel connected when people play around far too much with computers, software, and plug-ins. Taking a few steps back and letting the music breath in such an organic way really has a truly deep meaning. Mastered by Ian Hawgood. Photography by Dominic Kreutzer. Design by Christian Roth and Ian Hawgood. Edition of 500.
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
HOS 440LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: HOS 440LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CONTREPOISON Discography 2010-2012 2LP
Hospital Productions collect some of the strongest cold-wave pop dirges of a generation with Contrepoison's Discography 2010-2012 survey, wrapping up both his self-released tapes and releases for Dominick Fernow's cherished imprint. Since the late '90s, Québécois musician and noise artist Pierre Marc-Tremblay has been recognized as a vital force in nether musical realms with a palette ranging from hermetic black metal (Akitsa) to the bitterest rhythmic noise (Âmes Sanglantes), and, more recently, the nerve-bitingly melodic pop of Contrepoison, whose I Keep On Searching 12" (2012) - included here - is a firm fixture. Arriving at the vanguard of a new slew of cold-wave revisionists and fetishists in 2010, his music stood, and still stands, head and shoulders above the rest thanks to an incessant drive and directness that can't be ignored by anyone into the original stuff, or who has arrived via the sound's prevailing, contemporary winds. Vacillating belting vocal pop arrangements with howling, stygian instrumentals of synth, guitar and enslaved drum machines, Discography 2010-2012 drags a perfectly malformed body of work, cycling chronologically from the pounding mix of industrial kicks and neo-folk cadence of ...Until Next Morning's amazing title cut (2010), to the blank-eyed dirge of "To Never, Forever", before taking in the stomping "Deserted Story" from his 2011 split with Vatican Shadow, and committing the fucking addictive hits of "I Keep On Searching", best summed up in that raging, glam title tune and sandwiched with aces from the compilation Around The Dragon's Broken Neck Hangs The Medal Of Saint Lazarus (2010). It only gets more wonderfully bombed out and crestfallen from therein, from the plangent siren call of "Nectar Of Destiny" to the exclusive instrumental, "The Moon Has Mad The Eclipse", and a grip of killers off The Thunders Which Collide tape (2011), including the raging banger "The Thunders Which Collide" and another cut exclusive to this set in the instrumental, "As The Blazing Sun Enters Scorpio". Basically, it's riddled with memorable hooks and rages like a wounded beast trapped down a well. RIYL: Cold Cave, Prurient. Edition of 500.
HOSTEL LA TORRE RECORDINGS (SPAIN)
HLTR 001CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: HLTR 001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA La Torre Volumen Uno CD
No matter the season or the nationality, every day on Ibiza, tribute is paid to Carthaginian deity Tanit at sunset. The warrior goddess of dance, fertility, creation and destruction lords over the Balearic island, as she has for centuries. Phoenicians, Assyrians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Arabs, and even the Norwegians have conquered the island since ancient times and every summer that history plays out, a similar array of nationalities descending on the island anew. Yet the soul of Ibiza remains intact. Every sunset still ushers in her arrival; that singular, sacred time on the island, taking on the feel of a pagan ritual, a shift in consciousness - the end of the beginning. For those who make the pilgrimage looking for this transformative experience, it requires little more than venturing away from the Vegas-like lights of San Antonio towards such sublimity. Tucked away on the west coast of the island, Hostel La Torre beckons with its beauty and "vista spectacular", encompassing the essence of that authentic Balearic spirit, as pioneered by Alfredo Fiorito at Amnesia and José Padilla at Café del Mar in the early '80s. But this is not an exercise in nostalgia, rather a journey that seeks to reframe Balearic music in the present moment by embracing that "anything goes" spirit via the avant-garde of Finis Africae's "Managua", rare classics like the Arabic pop funk of Ahmed Fakroun's "Nisyan" and Cameroonian poetry of Francis Bebey's "Forest Nativity", with the proto ambient house of Spooky's "Orange Coloured Liquid" and modern productions like Dominique Dumont's "Comme Ça", Andras's "Gold Coast" and Mark Barrott's "Deep Water". Balearic in its truest form is all these things and much more, it's cosmopolitan and countercultural, international yet wholly specific to a singular place on Earth. It lights upon and encapsulates all the evocative beauty of Ibiza, the sounds themselves matching the color palette of the island. The red dirt hills and the white sands, the pink blooms of almond trees and the electric blue of the water surrounding Es Vedrà, the raw beauty of Ibiza is all here. At its root, Balearic music is always experiential. Also features: Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Cantoma, Barry Forgie, Il Guardiano Del Fa Ro, Tri Atma Und Gyan, Planet Funk, Gryningen Frün Andra and Hatchback.
IMPORTANT RECORDS
IMPREC 442LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: IMPREC 442LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DAVACHI, SARAH Vergers LP
Vergers is Sarah Davachi's third full-length release following Barons Court (2015) and Dominions (2016). It marks her second appearance with Important Records following 2014's August Harp cassette on the Cassauna imprint (SAUNA 017CS). In Vergers, she meditates on a single electronic instrument, the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer, while also weaving sparse acoustic elements - her own voice and violin - into a series of three long-form, muted gestures. Elements of distance and alienation are certainly at play in the textural quality of these compositions, a feeling that is further defined by track titles that reference the spirit world and an album title that calls to mind the solitary tasks of the church orderly. The record opens with the aptly titled, "Gentle So Gentle", a side-long movement that recalls the glacial character of Davachi's previous efforts. "Ghosts And All" and "In Staying" suggest a more disjointed path, with the latter culminating in a subtly dissonant dirge that leaves little absolve between the organic, the artificial, and the impermanent.
IMPREC 444LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: IMPREC 444LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ELEH Radiant Intervals I LP
Important Records present the first part of a re-release of Eleh's influential Radiant Intervals, originally released in 2010. Radiant Intervals is a meticulously nuanced and restrained exploration of the rhythmic and harmonic relationships inherent in pure analog frequencies, using a blend of intuitive and mathematically based tunings. Dense patterns of sound slowly unravel and are woven together again in new ways while harmonics hover and shift overhead. Radiant Intervals is a purely analog recording, made with a Serge Modular system, Mini Moog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and a Pro- One. Comes in heavy-duty, metallic silver-shimmer, screen-printed jackets. 180 gram vinyl.
INDIGO AERA (NETHERLANDS)
AERA 016-1EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AERA 016-1EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA The Rhythm 12"
A celebration of five years for Amsterdam based label Indigo Aera, one of the most trustworthy and respected contemporary Detroit techno labels around. Head honchos Maarten Mittendorff and Jasper Wolff go to the vaults of early day, soul-searching techno regularly, digging up forgotten gems to re-issue them with modern quality standards. Indigo Aera present The Rhythm part one of five, in a series with The Funk, The Spirit, The Soul and The Transformation. The Rhythm features: Yamaoka, Skudge, Museum and Jasper Wolff.
AERA 016-2EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AERA 016-2EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA The Funk 12"
A celebration of five years for Amsterdam based label Indigo Aera, one of the most trustworthy and respected contemporary Detroit techno labels around. Head honchos Maarten Mittendorff and Jasper Wolff go to the vaults of early day, soul-searching techno regularly, digging up forgotten gems to re-issue them with modern quality standards. Indigo Aera present The Funk, part two of five, in a series with The Rhythm (AERA 016-1EP, 2016), The Spirit (AERA 016-3EP), The Soul and The Transformation. The Funk features: Makam, Don Williams, San Proper & Antal and Daniel Jacques.
AERA 016-3EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AERA 016-3EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA The Spirit 12"
A celebration of five years for Amsterdam based label Indigo Aera, one of the most trustworthy and respected contemporary Detroit techno labels around. Head honchos Maarten Mittendorff and Jasper Wolff go to the vaults of early day, soul-searching techno regularly, digging up forgotten gems to re-issue them with modern quality standards. Indigo Aera present The Spirit, part three of five, in a series with The Rhythm (AERA 016-1EP, 2016), The Funk (AERA 016-2EP), The Soul and The Transformation. The Sprit features: Ø [Phase], Deniro, Maarten Mittendorff and Louis Haiman.
AERA 017EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: AERA 017EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HAIMAN, LOUIS The Cosmic Memory EP 12"
Louis Haiman returns to Indigo Aera with The Cosmic Memory EP, featuring a remix by Marcel Dettmann. His first single here is "How Free Am I", and it is eight delicate minutes of floating ambience and subtle, stripped back rhythm. Soothing and absorbing throughout, it becomes a forceful and high pressure bit of techno in the hands of Marcel Dettmann who layers in solid kicks and clacking hits to drive things along. "Hidden Knowledge" is a slithering bit of atmospheric electro with rumbling synths and pads suspending you in deep space.
INFRASTRUCTURE NEW YORK
INF 023EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: INF 023EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RROSE Arc Unknown 12"
Sandwell District artist Rrose debuts on Function's Infrastructure New York.
INTERFERENCE (UK)
INTR 022CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: INTR 022CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
QUEEN IDA AND THE BON TEMPS ZYDECO BAND Live From The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, '80 CD
Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band live from The Old Waldorf, San Francisco on September, 7th 1980. Ida Guillory is a jewel in the history of roots music who wears her own crown. Her passionate grasp of Creole roots lay charged behind the accordion, having offered compelling results since the 1970s. Countless appearances alongside her brother Al Rapone in the Bon Temps Zydeco Band have given widespread joy to more than just a roots audience. While San Francisco's famed venue was perhaps more familiar to contemporary rock acts, Queen Ida was always going to be "at home" wherever she played, an attitude that is felt throughout this prized set here. Professionally re-mastered original KALX-FM broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.
INTERNATIONAL FEEL (URUGUAY)
IFEEL 029LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: IFEEL 029LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BARROTT, MARK Sketches from an Island 2LP
2016 repressed; Double LP version in gatefold sleeve; 180 gram heavy weight vinyl. Mark Barrott's Sketches from an Island compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people, and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using "weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths," it's a melodic and mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history. Opening track "Baby Come Home" radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of "Essene" perfectly navigates the tension between heart-bursting happiness and melancholy and "Go Berri Be Happy" is like Prefab Sprout gone to Ghana. Its color-smudged, hazy emotions swirl between Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra and Compass Point vibes into a free-flowing cascade of live playing and synthesized sound, perfectly epitomized on the future classic "Formentera Headspace Blues." Barrott himself is a man of serious musical pedigree. He founded the highly-respected International Feel label back in 2008, after moving to Uruguay, where his A&Ring tempted the elusive DJ Harvey out of studio retirement for his genre-defying Locussolus project and he followed it with new work from artists like Quiet Village, Gatto Fritto and the Italian cosmic disco-don Daniele Baldelli. Since moving to Ibiza, he's continued producing and releasing music anonymously on his label as Rocha, Bepu N'Gali, Flights Of Fancy, Boys From Patagonia and The Young Gentlemen's Adventure Society. The releases covered house, Afrobeat and proper downtempo Balearic and quickly sold out. "Sketches is inspired by those weird, unique little oddities that would turn up on early José Padilla mix tapes that he'd sell in the Las Dalias hippy market, before he even went to the Café Del Mar," says Barrott. "It's influenced by living in Ibiza year-round, and by the feeling of what I think Balearic sounds like." It's warm and widescreen music for the days when you need musical sunshine. Or as Café Del Mar's José Padilla, says: "This is what I call Balearic."
IFEEL 058EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: IFEEL 058EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WOLF MULLER & CASS. The Sound Of Glades Remixes 12"
The Sound Of Glades Remixes features three remixes of tracks from Wolf Müller & Cass.'s mini-album The Sound Of Glades (IFEEL 054EP, 2016). "Glade Runner" features a remix by Salon Des Amateurs resident Tolouse Low Trax, with wonky insect sounding synths and a perfect bump and ride. On the B side, Müller's version of "Aiolos" takes the original sound of the forests to the beach - Ibiza via Germany. Cass. takes the same track to a more mellow zone to round things off with his trademark drones & drifting vocals, light percussion and flanged drums.
JOLLY JAMS (GERMANY)
JOLLY 031EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: JOLLY 031EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JOLLY JAMS Promo Only 12"
Promo Only - Jolly Jams's 31st release. Brand new four track. A side opens up with a classic Chi- town fueled house tune which is one can only describe as peak time. The second track eases into more familiar territory with bucket loads of blue eyed soul and acid rhythm sounds like a track that Ron Hardy would have played at The Muzic Box. Track three is a bona fide underground disco track, sounding like the German disco band Superamx. Track four is a simple, but instrumental, groovy, rub-a-dub tune.
K7/BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
K7 334-2EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: K7 334-2EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PORTABLE This Frozen Lake 12"
Portable presents This Frozen Lake. "Odd bedfellows as they might seem, minimal's clinical precision and the trembling passion of vintage soul have been entwined throughout Alan Abrahams's career. As Portable, the South African producer has made intriguing connections between the two genres, with ballads sung in a drowsy, soulful baritone over repetitive electronic grooves." --Resident Advisor. Includes two mixes by Bodycode and Shackleton.
KARAOKE KALK (GERMANY)
KK 095CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KK 095CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LEICHTMETALL Mit Dem Bauch An Die Wand CD
Dada-pop is the happy specter of contemporary pop music. While picking up musical and poetical clichés and making fun of them, it never loses sight of its own message. From the beginning, Leichtmetall has been an audiovisual piece of art, not only by way of wonderfully shrewd compositions and arrangements, but also by its willfully ambiguous lyrics, reminiscent of children's drawings at first hearing. The incommensurable is brought together: beginning with the fairy tale sounds of multi-voiced glockenspiels and women's voices combined with an electronic beat hailing from the beginning of homemade electro-music. Add lyrics which pick up weighty issues only to tear them down and dwarf them instantly by the use of simplistic rhyme-art. Last but not least, the visual concept of the band reinforces the impression of a musical clock by alluding to both the romanticist E.T.A. Hoffman's humanoid automaton and the electronic-pioneers from the German band Kraftwerk. Thus, Leichtmetall achieve a static-mechanic aesthetic which both charms and disturbs the listener. Most compositions and lyrics are created by Marion Dimbath and her new partner Anja Morell - complemented by an interpretation of Rainer Maria Rilke's "Panther" poem and a cover-version of the song "Colored Like Ashes" by Günther and Regina Janssen from Donna Regina. Like other Leichtmetall recordings before, these two multi-instrumental ladies excel in the use of synthesizers, bells, ukulele, trombone, tuba, trumpet, and, of course, the mandatory and name-giving glockenspiel.
KK 095LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KK 095LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LEICHTMETALL Mit Dem Bauch An Die Wand LP
LP version. Includes download code. Dada-pop is the happy specter of contemporary pop music. While picking up musical and poetical clichés and making fun of them, it never loses sight of its own message. From the beginning, Leichtmetall has been an audiovisual piece of art, not only by way of wonderfully shrewd compositions and arrangements, but also by its willfully ambiguous lyrics, reminiscent of children's drawings at first hearing. The incommensurable is brought together: beginning with the fairy tale sounds of multi-voiced glockenspiels and women's voices combined with an electronic beat hailing from the beginning of homemade electro-music. Add lyrics which pick up weighty issues only to tear them down and dwarf them instantly by the use of simplistic rhyme-art. Last but not least, the visual concept of the band reinforces the impression of a musical clock by alluding to both the romanticist E.T.A. Hoffman's humanoid automaton and the electronic-pioneers from the German band Kraftwerk. Thus, Leichtmetall achieve a static-mechanic aesthetic which both charms and disturbs the listener. Most compositions and lyrics are created by Marion Dimbath and her new partner Anja Morell - complemented by an interpretation of Rainer Maria Rilke's "Panther" poem and a cover-version of the song "Colored Like Ashes" by Günther and Regina Janssen from Donna Regina. Like other Leichtmetall recordings before, these two multi-instrumental ladies excel in the use of synthesizers, bells, ukulele, trombone, tuba, trumpet, and, of course, the mandatory and name-giving glockenspiel.
KING TREE (UK)
KTCD 004CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KTCD 004CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TEAGUE, RYAN Site Specific CD
Since 2006, Ryan Teague has walked an unpredictable musical path, treading and blurring the lines between classical, electronic, acoustic and soundtrack influences. His latest album Site Specific is yet another twist and turn on this intriguing journey. Still present are the minimalist polyrhythms, electro-acoustic instrumentation and cinematic ambience that have come to define his style, but this time - incorporating a full band - the themes are framed through a lens which also takes in improvisation and minimal jazz. Key collaborators include Gareth Davis (bass clarinet) and Dan Nicholls (Rhodes piano), who weave subtle melodies and textures throughout. The resulting soundscapes echo the timeless feel of In A Silent Way era Miles (1969), channeled through a contemporary palette. The music is at once expressive, dynamic and exciting whilst demonstrating sensitive restraint appropriate to its minimalist objectives. Glitchy ambient opener "Wide Angle" sets the tone perfectly and makes way for the likes of "Second Scene", with its brooding bass, dark drums and minimal melodies. Elsewhere, "Surface Tension" takes a fragmented string loop on an epic cinematic journey, whilst title track "Site Specific" sets agitated drum rhythms and cutting bass against freeform Rhodes and echoing horns in an intense showdown. Ryan has demonstrated time and again that he is unafraid to try something new and Site Specific is no exception. But there's a newfound sense of focus and energy here and something genuinely fresh and exciting seems to have emerged.
KTLP 004LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: KTLP 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TEAGUE, RYAN Site Specific LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl. Includes download code. Edition of 500. Since 2006, Ryan Teague has walked an unpredictable musical path, treading and blurring the lines between classical, electronic, acoustic and soundtrack influences. His latest album Site Specific is yet another twist and turn on this intriguing journey. Still present are the minimalist polyrhythms, electro-acoustic instrumentation and cinematic ambience that have come to define his style, but this time - incorporating a full band - the themes are framed through a lens which also takes in improvisation and minimal jazz. Key collaborators include Gareth Davis (bass clarinet) and Dan Nicholls (Rhodes piano), who weave subtle melodies and textures throughout. The resulting soundscapes echo the timeless feel of In A Silent Way era Miles (1969), channeled through a contemporary palette. The music is at once expressive, dynamic and exciting whilst demonstrating sensitive restraint appropriate to its minimalist objectives. Glitchy ambient opener "Wide Angle" sets the tone perfectly and makes way for the likes of "Second Scene", with its brooding bass, dark drums and minimal melodies. Elsewhere, "Surface Tension" takes a fragmented string loop on an epic cinematic journey, whilst title track "Site Specific" sets agitated drum rhythms and cutting bass against freeform Rhodes and echoing horns in an intense showdown. Ryan has demonstrated time and again that he is unafraid to try something new and Site Specific is no exception. But there's a newfound sense of focus and energy here and something genuinely fresh and exciting seems to have emerged.
KKK RECORDS (BELGIUM)
KKK 003CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KKK 003CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KAPITAN KORSAKOV Physical Violence Is The Least Of My Priorities CD
Kapitan Korsakov - dangerously abbreviated to KKK - are back! After taking a break to focus on his other band Raketkanon, Pieter-Paul Devos (vocals/guitar) gathered his bandmates Pieter Van Mullem (bass) and Sigfried Burroughs (drums) to go camping in Chicago's Electrical Audio Studios and record the successor of the latest Kapitan Korsakov album Stuff & Such (2012). Physical Violence Is The Least Of My Priorities was recorded and mixed by kindred spirit Steve Albini and shows Kapitan Korsakov at their best: an eclectic mix of uncompromised noise-rock, catchy melodies bathing in a mud pool of distorted sounds and heartbreaking songs. "There are no genres in music. There is only good, sincere music and there is bad music," says front-man Pieter-Paul Devos. Honest songwriting, authenticity and disregarding all things fashionable are Kapitan Korsakov's trademarks; Quite the relief in times of mediocre radio-pollution. CD version comes in a jewel case and with an eight-page booklet.
KKK 003LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: KKK 003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KAPITAN KORSAKOV Physical Violence Is The Least Of My Priorities LP
LP version. Includes download code. Kapitan Korsakov - dangerously abbreviated to KKK - are back! After taking a break to focus on his other band Raketkanon, Pieter-Paul Devos (vocals/guitar) gathered his bandmates Pieter Van Mullem (bass) and Sigfried Burroughs (drums) to go camping in Chicago's Electrical Audio Studios and record the successor of the latest Kapitan Korsakov album Stuff & Such (2012). Physical Violence Is The Least Of My Priorities was recorded and mixed by kindred spirit Steve Albini and shows Kapitan Korsakov at their best: an eclectic mix of uncompromised noise-rock, catchy melodies bathing in a mud pool of distorted sounds and heartbreaking songs. "There are no genres in music. There is only good, sincere music and there is bad music," says front-man Pieter-Paul Devos. Honest songwriting, authenticity and disregarding all things fashionable are Kapitan Korsakov's trademarks; Quite the relief in times of mediocre radio-pollution. CD version comes in a jewel case and with an eight-page booklet.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 370LP
PRICE: $160.00
CAT #: KOM 370LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GAS Box 10LP BOX/4CD
Wolfgang Voigt is a man of many means and monikers, having engendered a unique take on electronic expressionism across multiple media - from riotous early '90s acid to cyber-folkloristic techno or the abstract drama of his current Rückverzauberung project, Voigt is a pioneering vision to be found on vinyl, canvas or flickering screens. Ranking among the most dense, hypnotic, atmospheric recordings in his oeuvre, the Gas releases have since become internationally recognized classics with a cult following, hailed as "a wondrous high point in the history of electronic music" by Pitchfork and considered "some of the most influential albums of the '90s" by The Guardian. From foggy dub techno to anthemic electronica and loop-based ambient techno, the list of acts, tracks and even genres influenced by the full-lengths and EPs crafted under the Gas umbrella between 1995 and 2000 seems endless, giving these long sold-out original releases even more of a near-mythical quality. Following the much-acclaimed (and out-of-print) retrospective Nah Und Fern from 2008, Kompakt has decided that it's high time for a reissue that features the core Gas albums, originally released by the legendary Mille Plateaux imprint in the '90s, the records that introduced the project's trademark sound between Schönberg and Kraftwerk, Wagner and the bass drum, "an endless march through the underwoods of an imaginary, misty forest and into the disco." Inside this comprehensive anthology, listeners will experience Zauberberg (1997), Königsforst (1998), Pop (2000) and the sought-after Oktember 12 inch (1999), all together available as luxurious ten LP and four CD edition. Box is the most comprehensive version of these releases ever. The vinyl features edits that were previously unavailable on wax - with each album being presented as three LP pressings (instead of the original two LP pressings), for extended playtime and superior sound quality, finally released the way this music was intended to be heard. This highly collectible box set comes with an art-print book featuring newly processed and previously unreleased photography from the Königsforst woods around Cologne, in the style of the legendary, trail-blazing Gas artwork. Box is to be considered as the definitive take on a unique sound cosmos and an extraordinary period of music. An essential outing for every serious fan of electronic music.
KRANKY
KRANK 204CD
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: KRANK 204CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOSCIL Monument Builders CD
"Monument Builders is the new album from Loscil, the ambient/electronic project of prolific composer Scott Morgan. It was primarily created on sample-based instruments in Morgan's century-old Vancouver home. Like that aged space, this music is also rough-hewn, with rickety samples of boiling kettles and resonant moving air. Recordings from a vintage micro-cassette recorder contribute distortion, rattles and textures that serve as both percussion and abstract aural color. According to Morgan, the genesis for the album may have begun as he viewed an old VHS copy of the American experimental film Koyaanisqatsi. 'Something about the time-tarnished visuals and the pitch warble on Philip Glass's epic score added a new layer of intrigue for me,' says Morgan. 'Glass has always been an influence but lo-fi Glass felt like a minor revelation, as if the decay was actually enhancing the impact of the film's message.' The investigations on Monument Builders also took inspiration from the anti-humanist writings of influential philosopher John Gray, as well as photographer Edward Burtynsky's iconic aerial photographs of pollution and environmental destruction. 'Gray's writing, particularly his book Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, reinforced a bleak notion I had that we humans don't have much say in how it all turns out,' says Morgan. 'With Burtynsky, I was struck by the fact that something so strikingly beautiful could be the result of large-scale waste and exploitation.' Monument Builders was composed during a period in which the life-and-death battles of close friends and family forced Morgan to examine his own feelings on mortality. In the course of that introspection, Morgan found himself buoyed by a feeling of celebration and a stubborn sense of survival -- an acknowledgement of what it means to be able to breathe and create amidst the clash of love and chaos. Ultimately, Morgan hopes the music here can offer listeners solace while leaving room for exploration and surprise."
KYNANT RECORDS (GERMANY)
KYN 005EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KYN 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ECHOLOGIST The Flame EP 12"
Veteran dub techno producer Brendon Moeller dons his Echologist alias on The Flame EP. The title track is the most experimental, opening the record with tripped-out machine melodies and off-beat drum hits. "Kavorka" follows in the same vein but is more dancefloor focused. Its arps build up the tension until a thick 303 line takes things to a tipping point and eventual release. "Dirtbox" is a fast-paced take on warehouse techno and the deep, atmospheric cut "Candy Mountain" finishes the record in Moeller's signature style. Mastered by Neel. 180 gram vinyl. Packaged in a house sleeve. Artwork by Christopher Honeywell.
LIVITY SOUND RECORDINGS (UK)
LIVITY 021EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: LIVITY 021EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CELL, SIMO Gliding 12"
Following up his debut 12" for Livity Sound in 2015, Cellar Door/Piste Jaune (LIVITY 499EP), the Parisian brings his varied tastes to this diverse four tracker. From the hazy bumping rhythms of "Gliding" to the pulsating strobed snare assault of "Away From Keyboard", these razor-edge productions demonstrate exactly why Simo Cell has been tipped by so many as one to watch.
LOUDER THAN WAR (UK)
LTW 017CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: LTW 017CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MEMBRANES, THE Inner Space/Outer Space CD
The Membranes released their first album in 26 years with the critically acclaimed Dark Matter/Dark Energy (2015). The album received great reviews all over the world and lots of radio play. An ambitious album, it was sparked by a meeting between John Robb and the head of the CERN project which inspired the songs about the universe, life and death with the death of Robb's father feeding into the songs. Many fellow musicians and authors also called it their album of the year from author Ian Rankin to Mark Lanegan to the Manic Street Preachers. The Membranes decided on another ambitious project - to remix the whole of the album with special guests. The result is Inner Space/Outer Space - a re-envisioning of the whole album. Remixes by: Manic Street Preachers, Phillip Boa, Mark Lanegan, Clint Mansell, Godflesh, Tunnelmental Assembly, Black Yoga Collective, Reverend And The Makers, Keith Levene, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Youth from Killing Joke, Harry Stafford from Inca Babies, Therapy, In The Nursery, Bartak and Einsturzende Neubauten.
LOVEIT (GERMANY)
LOVEIT 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LOVEIT 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LDS/NICO BRUN Fast House Series #1 12"
Lds kicks thing off with "909 To Heaven", a jacking and Balearic workout. "Snares, Kicks & Rhodes" is a more laid back jam. Lazy warm pads and a slow winding sub bass rise and fall intermittently only to be interrupted by a lo-fi distorted bass. Nico Brun opens the flip side with an absolute banger, hazily reminiscent of '90s warehouse rave. Lds and Nico Brun close the EP with an atmospheric collaboration - splashy beats keep up the footwork whilst pulsating synth sounds slowly wind together and drop with a beautifully crafted sample.
LUNE MUSIC (GERMANY)
LUNE 008CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: LUNE 008CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
IN GOWAN RING Visions Of Shadows That Shine CD
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.
M-T ARCHIVES (FRANCE)
MTARCHIVE 021LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: MTARCHIVE 021LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MANSON FAMILY, THE The Manson Family Sings The Songs Of Charles Manson LP
M-T Archives present a reissue of The Manson Family Sings The Songs Of Charles Manson, originally released in 1986. Freak folk, acid-country, twisted campfire jamboree, psych-gospel made by scuzzed out dune buggy death trippers, gadflies to the stars, dope dealers to the flower power elite. Recorded in 1970 but originally released in 1986, this cult - in both senses of the term - album by members of the "Family" contains private recordings (made at the notorious Spahn Ranch) of Charles Manson's unpublished songs while he was embroiled in legal proceedings. The infamous "Love & Terror Cult" and their paean to apocalypse. Buy or die!
MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
MACROM 050CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MACROM 050CD
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
GOLDMANN, STEFAN A1 CD
Based on the eponymous play by brothers and author/performer team Tobi and Mike Müller at Schauspielhaus Zürich, Swiss experimental documentary film A1 traverses through time and space along Switzerland's first and most elongated highway structure. Rich in archival sources, it sheds light on the costs and benefits of rapid movement: social, migratory and ecological patterns, economic and military designs that are mostly not immediately obvious to the casual motorist. Stefan Goldmann's soundtrack engages the film's multi-layered aesthetics full on, providing a dazzling array of short compositions. Profoundly synthetic in production, this free-wheeling phantasmagoria of peculiar, yet intensely likeable miniatures branches off into all directions - from minimalistic to overflowing, calm to banging, nightmarish to soothing. The visual patina of historic documents is playfully mirrored in intense distortion and noise artifacts, bound into rhythmic units and melodies formed of ghost notes. Finding new ways of mining his techno background to yield surprising new forms and ideas, Stefan Goldmann has proven his abilities in a dazzling range of projects over the past years. Works for dance, ensembles, an opera and various object-based creations made him a natural choice for the job of finding a refreshing way of linking sound and image. On its own, the music for A1 holds up by putting the listener on a high-velocity road trip of the curious mind.
MB ELEKTRONICS (BELGIUM)
MBE 159CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MBE 159CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BAILEY, MARCO Materia XL2: A Pure Electronic Journey CD
Marco Bailey's Materia brought a new generation of party to the magical island of Ibiza, with a focus on raw underground techno. Marco's vision for his first season at Vista Club brought top techno artists from all over the world including Paul Ritch, Carlo Lio and Shlomi Aber. After the successful release of Materia XL1 (2016), Marco presents Materia XL2 on his imprint MB Elektronics - a powerful collection of 21 tracks that were prominent throughout the season at Materia. Mixed down by Marco himself into a sublime set, it has a selection of exclusive tracks from MBR Limited and MB Elektronic regulars including Marcel Fengler, Dany Rodriguez, Mikael Jonasson, The Persuader and not forgetting the label boss himself, with his unreleased track "Gravity Drag". The array of tracks across this compilation provides a powerful and pure electronic journey, placing it firmly at the forefront of underground techno. Features: Joachim Spieth, Yotam Avni, Margot, Nima Khak, Moteka, Alfredo Mazzilli, Zadig, Sterac, Flug & Miki Craven, Alex Bau, Valent., Shlomi Aber, Blawan, Shifted, UVB, Sigha, Soolee, and Unam Zetineb.
MBR LIMITED RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)
MBRLTD 014EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MBRLTD 014EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BAILEY, MARCO Gravity Drag EP 12"
Marco Bailey, a machine-man who never stops, presents Gravity Drag EP. Of course, a new page in his techno encyclopedia couldn't start without a new breath-taking EP which displays the sound of techno Marco will be following and leading. Gravity Drag EP, on his well-built home of MBR Limited, features two spectacular original cuts and two wondrous remixes by the techno titan Markus Suckut, along with a cutting-edge version by the very talented Shlømo. With a package like this, who needs more words? Let the techno speak....
META RECORDS
META 019LP
PRICE: $42.00
CAT #: META 019LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HU VIBRATIONAL The Epic Botanical Beat Suite - Boonghee Music 4 LP
Hu Vibrational's The Epic Botanical Beat Suite - Boonghee Music 4 mixes deep percussive African rhythms and Afro-jazz with elements of hip-hop and electronica. Recorded and mixed at Bill Laswell's state of the art studio, this is the fourth album for Hu Vibrational. Produced and mixed by Adam Rudolph together with longtime Laswell engineer James Dellatacoma, the album features seven world percussionists along several special guests including Bill Laswell hitting the deep pockets on bass plus Norwegian guitar whiz Eivind Aarset creating ethereal electronic palettes. Joining Rudolph in the groove department are percussionists from his Go: Organic Orchestra project: Brahim Fribgane, James Hurt, Matt Kilmer, Tim Kieper, Keita Ogawa and Tripp Dudley. Each of these great drummers has performed extensively worldwide; here they perform Rudolph's rhythm compositions on a wide variety of world percussion. The tracks were then electronically processed and transformed into a true ancient-to-future expression; a dance music style Hu calls "Boonghee Music". With two acclaimed releases on Soul Jazz Records, Beautiful - Boonghee Music 2 (2003) and Universal Mother - Boonghee Music 3 (2006), and one release on Scott Heren's (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label , Boonghee Music 1 (2002), Hu Vibrational's deep spiritual music draws on the links between Africa, jazz music and avant-garde hip-hop. Adam Rudolph is known for work with Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders and other great jazz artists, as well as his 25 year partnership with the legendary Yusef Lateef. He currently also leads his Moving Pictures Octet and the 36 piece Go: Organic Orchestra. Almost ten years since the last Hu Vibrational release of Boonghee Music, Rudolph turns his creative energies back to Hu by creating a deep groove masterpiece - indeed; a vision of future dance music. As Tommy Chong so aptly puts it, "When you hit a groove, it's not you; it's the spirit world." Personnel: Adam Rudolph - bata, slit drum, rebolo, gangkogoui, udu, percussion; Brahim Frigbane - cajon, tarija, udu, percussion; James Hurt - sogo, kidi, igbo bell, udu, percussion; Matt Kilmer - frame drum, djembe, kanjira, udu, percussion; Tim Kieper - dusun'goni, pandeiro, caxixi, udu, percussion; Keita Ogawa - earthtone drum, frame drum, hadjira, pandeiro, udu, percussion; Tripp Dudley - kanjira, cajon, bayan, frame drum, udu, percussion; Eivind Aarset - electric guitars; Steve Gorn - bansuri flutes; Bill Laswell - electric bass; Alex Marcelo - Fender Rhodes.
MG.ART (GERMANY)
MGART 901LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MGART 901LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GOTTSCHING, MANUEL Inventions for Electric Guitar LP
Repressed; 180-gram LP version. Originally released in 1975. Remastered by Manuel Göttsching. Recorded July-August 1974, Inventions for Electric Guitar is Manuel Göttsching's first solo album. Written and performed entirely by Göttsching on electric guitar, with a four-track TEAC A3340, Revox A77 for echoes, wah-wah pedal, volume pedal, Schaller Rotosound, and Hawaiian steel bar.
MISSISSIPPI RECORDS
MRP 030LP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MRP 030LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
GESSESSE, TLAHOUN Sima! LP
"Great songs form one of Ethiopia's most beloved singers - Talhoun Gessesse (English spelling varies). These recordings span from 1969 to 1975 and cover the range of Talhoun's styles and moods. Some mystical modal songs, some straight up rockers, and some ballads. All totally killer songs from the golden age of Ethiopian Soul Music. Talhoun's voice, alongside Mahmoud Ahmed's, is one of the strongest in the land. Don't miss out on this monstrously good LP."
MRP 038LP
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: MRP 038LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville LP
2016 repress. "Compilation of early gospel recordings spanning from 1927 - 1955. Sanctified blues by the Two Gospel Keys, Mother McCollum, Blind Rosevelt Graves, Lottie Bracey, Sister O.M Terrell & Rev. IB Ware. Beautiful slow country gospel by the Anglin Brothers & Delmore Brothers, Intense vocal performances by the New Gospel Keys, Elder Richard Briant & the Silent Grove Baptist Church Congregation, & much more! All killer no filler compilation that rocks hard & gets deep & sad too. Old school 'tip on' cover.."
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 152CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: MORR 152CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RAYON A Beat Of Silence CD
"With his latest record, Notwist singer and guitar player, film soundtracker and Alien Transistor label boss Markus Acher, aka Rayon, offers up a sparse, intoxicating album of instrumentals. As the name suggests, the spaces between notes here are treated with as much gravity as the notes themselves - arpeggios spiraling upwards, conflicting yet interlocking in a dizzying overlap of time signatures. An obvious reference point is Javanese gamelan, with its ensemble of hand-beaten metallophones and bamboo flutes, pulling in all directions at once and yet, like a starling murmur, maintaining shape as one, rippling whole. Eschewing electronic equipment, the title track sees marimbaphone, piano and vibraphone appearing to mimic a delay pedal, giving the effect of rain falling with odd regiment into a singing bowl. Melancholic but weirdly uplifting arrangements surface throughout the record, punctuated by mossy synth hums and subterranean rustling. Like much of Rayon's work, A Beat Of Silence beams across like a soundtrack for some forgotten documentary: dusty archive footage of cities being built and eroded in time-lapse seeming to flicker across the screen. Closing tracks "To the Quiet", a tentative, almost impossibly fragile ballad, and "Kona", a stretched and mangled wash of orchestral drone akin to Plinth or Edmund Finnis, leave the listener fully enveloped, as this incredibly sensitive work draws to a close." --Richard Greenan (Kit Records, Devon Loch) Personnel: Sachiko Hara - piano, harmonium; Cico Beck - marimbaphone, bass-drum, percussion, electronics; Karl Ivar Refseth - vibraphone, glockenspiel, bassdrum, percussion; Anton Kaun - objects, electronics; Markus Acher - harmonium, percussion, gongs, electronics; Tadklimp - electronics, algorithmic processing. Produced by Tadklimp and Markus Acher.
MORR 152LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: MORR 152LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RAYON A Beat Of Silence LP
LP version. Includes an inner sleeve and a download code. Edition of 500. "With his latest record, Notwist singer and guitar player, film soundtracker and Alien Transistor label boss Markus Acher, aka Rayon, offers up a sparse, intoxicating album of instrumentals. As the name suggests, the spaces between notes here are treated with as much gravity as the notes themselves - arpeggios spiraling upwards, conflicting yet interlocking in a dizzying overlap of time signatures. An obvious reference point is Javanese gamelan, with its ensemble of hand-beaten metallophones and bamboo flutes, pulling in all directions at once and yet, like a starling murmur, maintaining shape as one, rippling whole. Eschewing electronic equipment, the title track sees marimbaphone, piano and vibraphone appearing to mimic a delay pedal, giving the effect of rain falling with odd regiment into a singing bowl. Melancholic but weirdly uplifting arrangements surface throughout the record, punctuated by mossy synth hums and subterranean rustling. Like much of Rayon's work, A Beat Of Silence beams across like a soundtrack for some forgotten documentary: dusty archive footage of cities being built and eroded in time-lapse seeming to flicker across the screen. Closing tracks "To the Quiet", a tentative, almost impossibly fragile ballad, and "Kona", a stretched and mangled wash of orchestral drone akin to Plinth or Edmund Finnis, leave the listener fully enveloped, as this incredibly sensitive work draws to a close." --Richard Greenan (Kit Records, Devon Loch) Personnel: Sachiko Hara - piano, harmonium; Cico Beck - marimbaphone, bass-drum, percussion, electronics; Karl Ivar Refseth - vibraphone, glockenspiel, bassdrum, percussion; Anton Kaun - objects, electronics; Markus Acher - harmonium, percussion, gongs, electronics; Tadklimp - electronics, algorithmic processing. Produced by Tadklimp and Markus Acher.
MOTE EVOLVER (UK)
MOTE 048EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MOTE 048EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SEV DAH/JEFF RUSHIN Parallel Series 5 12"
The Parallel Series is back with Sev Dah and Jeff Rushin who produce four techno pieces aimed for early mornings on darker dancefloors. Sev Dah starts with "Svarog", a fierce workout with rolling percussion and an off-kilter melodic line. "Morana" has the mood of early Detroit tracks but with more modern production values. Jeff Rushin's "Solex" is the most disorienting track on the release - A distant kick drum and the rising intensity of a ringing synth line gradually fall together with added percussion. "Obsolete" fills the audio spectrum with layers of dissonant panning and shuffling hats.
MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)
MUSIQ 207EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MUSIQ 207EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OFFERMANN, OSKAR Le Grand To Do Remixed 12"
After an excellent debut album on Mule Musiq (MUSIQ 050CD/191LP, 2015), Oskar Offermann is back with four remixed tracks. Legendary Osunlade (Yoruba Soul) remixed the most club friendly track on the album, turning it into more of a DJ tool - jazzy deep house. Oskar's buddy Edward's remix is simply epic - a very imaginative breakbeats track. Frankfurt's Bodin&Jacob's remix is kind of mash up of some tracks on the album. It's kind of early electro stuff. Metamatics, who provides a remix, is well-known from the end of '90s.
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 367LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MR 367LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
ETANT DONNES Re-Up 2LP
Double LP version. Munster Records present a reissue of Étant Donnés's Re-Up, originally released in 1999. For Re-Up, France's Étant Donnés (Eric & Marc Hurtado) brought in Alan Vega, Lydia Lunch and Genesis P-Orridge to provide lyrics and vocals for specific contributions. Vega, featured on the first four tracks, juxtaposes his stream-of-conscious vocals with the phasing pulses and analog crackles and sighs on "Shadows Lights", responding to the rhythmic ticking and splintering synth on the title cut, helping on a track he originally wrote with Martin Rev to cover Suicide's "Ghost Rider" with an eerie Elvis Presley vamp, along with the epic "Brutal Piss Rods". Lydia Lunch follows on "Sexodrone", a lengthy piece where treated trumpet from Mark Cunningham duels with Lunch's breaths and icy cold delivery. Genesis P-Orridge brings along a different feel with a steady spoken word work on the three final tracks: the metallic gongs, bells and revolving synth washes of "At Last", the companion piece "Angel With Iron Wings" and "Secret Tear". The latter track also features Bachir Attar, leader of The Master Musicians Of Jajouka, playing the ghaita; P-Orridge and Attar conclude the voyage with a vigorous call-and-response between P-Orridge's instrument of flesh (voice) and Attar's human-made one. A perfect soundtrack for sensual explorers. The last bonus track is a 2014 remix of "Ghost Rider" by Marc Hurtado that gives the feeling of being transported into the center of an intergalactic war. Packaged in new artwork.
NON SERIES (SPAIN)
NONSERIES 025-1
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: NONSERIES 025-1
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Five I 12"
2016 marks Non Series's fifth anniversary and to celebrate the Spanish label is releasing a compilation series. Five will bring together artists from the label family as well as some new faces to deliver three various artists EPs according to the Non Series sound. The first EP features the bleep-like groove of the label head Psyk, the textured sound of Architectural, ROD's representative funky rhythms and a mesmerizing cut from Yotam Avni.
NONSERIES 025-2
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: NONSERIES 025-2
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Five II 12"
In December 2016, Psyk's imprint Non Series will reach its fifth anniversary and to celebrate the Spanish label will be releasing a compilation series. Five brings together artists from the label family as well as some new faces to deliver various artists EPs according to the Non Series sound. Five II features Dimi Angelis, Henning Baer, Savas Pascalidis, and Chevel.
PARTICLES (UK)
PARTBOX 007CD
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: PARTBOX 007CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Circus Days: Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972 6CD BOX
Spread over six discs, Particles present Circus Days, over 100 of the finest pop, psych and pop-psych gems ever mined. Dating from the glory days of British flower power, the set encompasses performances both by familiar acts (Vashti Bunyan, Arzachel, The Factory) and lesser-known ones (Rhubarb Rhubarb, Blue Yoghurt, The Katdz), and even a smattering of clowns (Bob Monkhouse, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore spring to mind). Coming complete with a packed program featuring many rare pictures, this is one freak-show for which you'll want a ringside seat. Deluxe six-CD set with 105 rare tracks, many previously un-compiled. Full-color 52-page booklet with detailed group biographies. Sleeve notes by Nick Saloman. Features: Clover, Los Brincos, Lomax All-Stars, Stars, Head West, Waterloo, Johnny Burton, Tandem, The Penny Peeps, Jon Plum, Nick Garrie, Dry Ice, Alex Harvey, The Fruit Machine, Orange Peel, The Smoke, Nimrod, The Fingers, Blonde On Blonde, The Wire Machine, The Eggy, Fruit Machine, The Green Scarab, Cirkus, Tamara Koran and Perception, Hat & Tie, The Actress, Shy Limbs, The Churchills, The Lovin', The Summer Set, Thane Russal, The Mirage, Earth, Druid Chase, The Marianne, The Fenmen, The Living Daylights, The Medium, Cat's Pyjamas, Jerusalem, Kate, Opus, Andromeda, Bent Frame, The Answers, Juan & Junior, Cardboard Orchestra, Broken Toys, Shubert, Temple Row, Jon Isherwood, Peter & The Wolves, Peter Janes, The Cortinas, Tuesday's Children, Tomorrow's Thoughts, Rainbows, The Worrying Kynde, The Secrets, Threshold Of Pleasure, David Copperfield Style, Jason Crest, The Sweetshop, Dave Justin, Cecil McCartney, Pattern People, Juice, The Scots Of St. James, Together, Price & Sheridan, The Cymbaline, Timothy Grass, Queen Flora's Recollections, Motivation, Leze Majesty, Sparrow, The Idle Hands, Green Pavane, The Amelia Smile, The Essence, The Majamood and six mystery tracks.
POLY KICKS (UK)
POLY 006EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: POLY 006EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TESSELA Sorbet/Diving 12"
"A tracky, hardcore double-header, true Tessela-style. 'Sorbet' expertly cuts scraps of canonic singing into pounding warehouse rhythms. 'Diving' constructs a minimalist, propulsive, feel-good banger out of five different treatments of the break from Lynn Collins's 'Think'."
POOM (FRANCE)
POOM 001CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: POOM 001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
POOM 2016 CD
Poom present their debut album, 2016. Poom differ from the French song scenery with their electronic sounds inherited from the French touch, their love for funk and disco and a hint of symphonic orchestra. The influences of French artists such as Michel Legrand, Daft Punk, Gainsbourg or Air are apparent on 2016. The texts are intimate and their performance swings between elation and melancholy which contrasts with their energetic arrangements. Taking advantage of their art studies, Poom created the whole visual universe of the project. Their debut album gathers ten tracks written since the start of the project, with two modern covers of French writer and artist Boris Vian and French singer Georges Brassens. Their first two singles "Les Voiles" and "De la Vitesse à l'vresse" were released in 2014 and 2015 on Partyfine and got great press in France. It also received surprising international recognition, Pharrell playlisted "Les Voiles" on his Beats1 show for example.
POTOMAK (GERMANY)
POTOMAK 919821
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: POTOMAK 919821
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN Ende Neu LP
2016 repress; LP version. Einstürzende Neubauten's Potomak label reissues their classic 1996 release, Ende Neu -- originally released on the Mute label, now reissued for the first time on vinyl. On this release, the quintessential scientists of the post-avant-garde abstain from focusing on listener disintegration tactics as they did on prior albums, but opt instead to hone their craftsmanship in new compositional areas. Some followers of their earlier material might object to the obvious and comparatively conventional song structure and style that is displayed on Ende Neu -- picking up a power tool to highlight a piece rather than centering the entire work around it, or leaving a stage before setting it ablaze -- but the destruction has already been performed, and here they erect a brave new anti-building of musical art. Exploring intricate processions of time and toying with melodious harmonies, this album reveals Blixa Bargeld and company maturing gracefully. The opening cut, "Was Ist Ist," is a furious, fast-paced slander of the greediness of mankind while simultaneously serving as a tongue-in-cheek remark on how absolute, scientific power overrules impossibility. From there, Ende Neu continues to musically rewrite the band's style, using familiar topics such as ethereal chaos ("Die Explosion Im Festspielhaus"), cosmic complacency ("The Garden"), revolt ("Installation Nº.1"), and even a Kafka-esque piece, "Der Schacht Von Babel." This was the band's first release after the departure of founding band member Mark Chung, and it is obvious that the remaining members took the time to contribute to the void left by his departure. Ende Neu delivers a precision-fed matrix of audio-encrypted knowledge in a manner not like the chaotic Neubauten of the early '80s, but more strategic, and more mature. Dark, focused explosions, with theatrical strings and tightly-wound vocal structures. This reissue includes reworked artwork.
RECORD MAKERS (UK)
REC 138LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: REC 138LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
SCRATCH MASSIVE Day Out Of Days LP
With their extraordinarily epic and artful musical poetry, Maud Geffray and Sébastien Chenut - the two sonic warheads who make up the electronic music group Scratch Massive - have always been able to enrich sensory experience in a way that brings together the fringe and the extremes, the here and there, the past and the future, with a never-disappointing desire to express the blues of the soul and the blues of the world. The Parisian DJ/producer duo have made their mark with icy grooves and epic productions, a perfectly-executed musical path that has led them to become one of the driving forces of French electronic music since the '90s. After the dark and melancholic convulsions of its studio album Nuit De Rêve (2011), Scratch Massive invites the listener to intimately explore new heights through the sublime images and existential travels presented in Day Out Of Days - the 2015 film by director Zoe Cassavetes. This intense musical duo has undertaken a veritable revolution, giving body and soul to their latest project. Day Out Of Days is a troubling and enraptured vision of "The California Dream" - the one that always seems to slip away at the last moment from under the feet of the film's disappointed heroine. On this album, Scratch Massive trades in its somber ways and the dark beauty of its electronic odes for a new pop sensibility nourished by the grand air of the Pacific Ocean and the frenetic rhythm of a city that never sleeps. From the wide-eyed pop song "Turn Away" that opens the album, the new wave mirages that inspire the superb "Frolic Spleen" and "A New Deal" and the infectious magic of "Paris" (an electro-pop hit carried by the irresistible voice of Daniel Agust, former lead singer from Icelandic cult band GusGus), Day Out Of Days brings together an elegant, out-of-control bacchanal evoking dreams snuffed out by the stark realism of the daily grind, shady sunsets reflecting undetectable fears too heavy to bear. Could this be the sound of "California Dreamin" under modernity's magnifying glass? Quite simply, with Day Out Of Days, Scratch Massive have made a modern electronic album, perfectly at ease with the influence of pop as a way to revisit and reexamine its clichés, its stylistic effects, and the hungry nostalgia for the 1980s. "Turn Away" features Tobias Buch.
RINSE (UK)
RINSE 035LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: RINSE 035LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DJ HAUS Artificial Intelligence 2LP
After the sweat-soaked throwback fervor of his 2015 debut album Burnin' Up (RINSE 034CD/LP), Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus main man DJ Haus returns to Rinse for the ten-track album Artificial Intelligence. Working at a formidably high rate of productivity, Haus returns with Artificial Intelligence less than 12 months after his last; and he shows no signs of slowing down, maintaining his reputation for creating hard-edged dance anthems that leave a lasting effect on the dancefloor. Each of the album's ten tracks take on a life of their own as DJ Haus mutates his own nostalgic influences through rave, acid basslines, Detroit techno and more to create something that's genuinely innovative, but no less devastating to the dancefloor. Using Haus's broad sonic palette, Artificial Intelligence harks back to golden eras of dance music without ever seeming pastiche; DJ Haus splices pre-existing genres to produce hybrid sounds that are rooted firmly in the future. Collaborations with the likes of Arun Verone and DJ Octopus & Steve Murphy utilize their signature quirks, integrating them into Haus's creations to fabricate something completely unique. Opening to the frenzied sounds of acid house, "Feels So Good" instantly consolidates the producer's deft ear for a purpose-built vocal sample. Using typically overlaid embellishments as rhythmic elements, DJ Haus utilizes repetitive vocals & high-octane rave stabs to create a natural movement that is sure to heat up clubs worldwide. "Got Me Where You Want Me", a collaboration with midlands-based tech house don Arun Verone, brings to the forefront an intensely percussive beat that's progressively anchored by acidic basslines, adding weight to the production's abrasive drum line. For all the album's nods to the golden eras of classic genres, Artificial Intelligence doesn't veer away from experimentation, with the pummeling percussion of "Pump It" soon to be running up heartbeats, the 8-bit computer game-esque sounds of "Blip Blorp", and the paranoid chimes of "Artificial Intelligence". As one of the most productive artists in the club scene, DJ Haus has pooled from a huge pool of inspirations and dipped back in time to the most misty-eyed moments of rave culture to present Artificial Intelligence, an album that's deadly, hard-bodied and most importantly, like nothing out there in the club stratosphere.
RUPTURED (LEBANON)
RPTD 014CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RPTD 014CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MME CHANDELIER Post-Coital Tristesse CD
Mme Chandelier is the alter-ego of Anthony Sahyoun, guitar player with Kinematik, a Lebanese post-rock quartet he founded with keyboard player Rudy Ghafari in the winter of 2014. Sahyoun's first solo record Post-Coital Tristesse was recorded using guitars, pedals and three analog synthesizers. It includes some sample deconstruction, such as slowing down the tempo to the point of sampling errors, reversing. Edition of 250.
RPTD 015CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RPTD 015CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TABBAL, FADI How's Annie CD
Third solo album from Fadi Tabbal, lead guitarist with Lebanese psychedelic rock band The Incompetents and various others. How's Annie continues further the work of sound exploration through guitar treatments, which began with On the Rooftop Looking Up (2013) - a finely-devised interaction of ambient soundscapes with John Fahey-inspired acoustic meanderings - and developed further on 2015's Museum of Disappearing Buildings (TFRK 002CD) - an interplay of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics. For his third album, Tabbal continues further his exploration of electronics, beats and synthetic sounds through his guitar. The single, 32-minute track brings to mind the early work of sonic mavericks Ben Frost, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin. Recorded live in one take without any cuts or overdubs. Edition of 250.
SCI + TEC DIGITAL AUDIO
SCITEC 171EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: SCITEC 171EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DUBFIRE & MISS KITTIN Ride 12"
Dubfire and Miss Kitten take the listener on another late night road trip. Presented in Miss Kittin's own artwork, the two long term friends and musical kindred spirits cover a side each with two version journeys you'll never forget. Kittin jumps straight on the autobahn in a tank-shaped techno hummer. Thumping the tarmac down with every gas-guzzling kick drum, lights blur and trace and the mission gathers momentum. Dubfire brings the listener to the trusty widescreen house plains. Roads running parallel with the grand, emotional highways; Unhurried, restrained and timelessly crisp and futuristic.
SCOTCH BONNET (SCOTLAND)
SCOB 007CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: SCOB 007CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Scotch Bonnet Presents: Puffer's Choice CD
Scotch Bonnet loves reggae music's rich heritage. Not only is it is as strong today as it ever has been, soundsystem culture has now spread to every corner of the world. To celebrate this, Scotch Bonnet has compiled a few musically important releases from some of the key musicians and producers that have influenced and nourished Scotch Bonnet records since the start. Some have appeared on singles, some are dubs that Mungo's Hi Fi couldn't stop playing on the soundsystem, and there are some brand new pieces to keep it crispy fresh. The end result is Puffer's Choice. Features contributions from: Prince Fatty, The Hempolics, Mungo's Hi Fi, Solo Banton, Danny T & Tradesman, Dark Angel), Viktorious, Parly B, Disrupt, Zeb & Scotty, Led Piperz, Subactive, Sugar Minott & Daddy Freddy, Stalawa, Delroy Melody, Naram, Tenor Youthman, Mr Williamz, Bim One, Macka B OBF and Charlie P.
SECOND STATE AUDIO (GERMANY)
SNDST 022EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SNDST 022EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HINZ, STEPHAN Venom 12"
Venom is Stephan Hinz's latest offering and it offers three incredibly massive tunes. "Venom" kicks off the EP with a devilish throbbing groove while mischievous organ stabs rise and fall, generating an impeccable balance between tough and playful. "Primal" follows up with a more devious style where relentless percussion and sinister synth stabs culminate into absolute debauchery. "Out Of It" shows Stephan twisting the track's elements into a grooving, up-beat tool with a contagious faction of ingredients that transform into a sublime trip suitable for a million situations.
SHITKATAPULT (GERMANY)
STRIKE 161CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: STRIKE 161CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SHRUBBN!! Europa CD
Europa, the second album from Shrubbn!!, the duo of Ulli Bomans (Schieres) and Marco Haas (T.Raumschmiere), displays a map of Europe on its cover, as might be expected from the title. The song titles on Europa also draw from the inexhaustible riches of the dialects and villages. From a musical perspective, this record is like an amazing journey through a Europe that is fed by more than just numbers, tables and statistics. Unlike its predecessor Echos (STRIKE 136LP, 2012), which represented something rather hidden and gloomy, Europa changes direction towards land and people. All the tracks on Europa are named after cities. "Elk" is the sound of the universe screeching as it lands on earth. With saw-toothed flowers and an utterly beautiful intro, the universe finally lands on the lost Alp. "Lom" is cubist electronics over a dense beat. "Eskilstuna", somewhere in Scandinavia, sounds something like snow and rock crystal. One melody after another sits between the round and beautifully layered chord pads. "Vovchans'ki" is a typical track from the Europa phase - A European yearning for the avant-gardist of 1922, modern and extremely brilliant. "Äthäri" sees Schieres and T.Raumschmiere manoeuver through snapshots, waves and highways in a meadow from elsewhere. "Anenii Noi" is a fantastic Shrubbn!! track that still breathes the spirit of Echos. It has a wonderful delayed beat, painted in tonal drums. With "Mondragon", a European spirit is conjured again, one that is much freer and more beautiful, and seems lost for nearly 100 years - crashing layers of melodies and clear sounds of a modern age from the past. "Shumen", previously called "Kolarowgrad", wanders from A to B. "Freistritz an der Gail" is composed of sound. Shrubbn!! builds a wall-of-sound out of hisses, synth teeth and flashes of genius. "Drunen" and "Nöo" are sort of downbeat, but definitely beat. Very dream-like and beautiful. "Nea Koroni" sounds a bit like the Alps and the mountains and valleys and meadows and bells. Shrubbn!! go through "Hrafnagil" and leave the listener in "Leirbotn". If the previous album Echos can be described as a profoundly intense journey through spaces and depths, reverb and shaft, Europa warms up like a dream landscape of earth and clay. The tracks have their own dialects; they are either coming from or traveling to someplace. There are colorations and stories told.
STRIKE 161LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: STRIKE 161LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SHRUBBN!! Europa LP
LP version. Includes download code. Europa, the second album from Shrubbn!!, the duo of Ulli Bomans (Schieres) and Marco Haas (T.Raumschmiere), displays a map of Europe on its cover, as might be expected from the title. The song titles on Europa also draw from the inexhaustible riches of the dialects and villages. From a musical perspective, this record is like an amazing journey through a Europe that is fed by more than just numbers, tables and statistics. Unlike its predecessor Echos (STRIKE 136LP, 2012), which represented something rather hidden and gloomy, Europa changes direction towards land and people. All the tracks on Europa are named after cities. "Elk" is the sound of the universe screeching as it lands on earth. With saw-toothed flowers and an utterly beautiful intro, the universe finally lands on the lost Alp. "Lom" is cubist electronics over a dense beat. "Eskilstuna", somewhere in Scandinavia, sounds something like snow and rock crystal. One melody after another sits between the round and beautifully layered chord pads. "Vovchans'ki" is a typical track from the Europa phase - A European yearning for the avant-gardist of 1922, modern and extremely brilliant. "Äthäri" sees Schieres and T.Raumschmiere manoeuver through snapshots, waves and highways in a meadow from elsewhere. "Anenii Noi" is a fantastic Shrubbn!! track that still breathes the spirit of Echos. It has a wonderful delayed beat, painted in tonal drums. With "Mondragon", a European spirit is conjured again, one that is much freer and more beautiful, and seems lost for nearly 100 years - crashing layers of melodies and clear sounds of a modern age from the past. "Shumen", previously called "Kolarowgrad", wanders from A to B. "Freistritz an der Gail" is composed of sound. Shrubbn!! builds a wall-of-sound out of hisses, synth teeth and flashes of genius. "Drunen" and "Nöo" are sort of downbeat, but definitely beat. Very dream-like and beautiful. "Nea Koroni" sounds a bit like the Alps and the mountains and valleys and meadows and bells. Shrubbn!! go through "Hrafnagil" and leave the listener in "Leirbotn". If the previous album Echos can be described as a profoundly intense journey through spaces and depths, reverb and shaft, Europa warms up like a dream landscape of earth and clay. The tracks have their own dialects; they are either coming from or traveling to someplace. There are colorations and stories told.
SOFRITO SPECIALS (UK)
SOFR 008EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SOFR 008EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Haiti Direct EP 12"
2016 repress. "Carnival rumpus, DIY electro and out-compas. Kicks off with some 1979 folk revivalism plonking Kraftwerk inna Port au Prince. Haunting vocals, heavy drum machine. Then some rough and rugged rara, with a one-note bass-line from a Vaksin bamboo-flute; and a beautiful mini jazz arrangement of the evergreen mateau, with criss horns. For those still standing, a stiff shot of psycho-compas, laced with swirling organs, screeching vocals and heavy bass. Boom."
SOFRITO SUPER SINGLES (UK)
SOFRSS 001EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SOFRSS 001EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Soweto Disco 12"
2016 repress. "New limited edition series from Sofrito: Sofrito Super Singles, which will bring to light the finest reissues of rare and forgotten tropical dancefloor sounds. The debut release celebrates the Afro-disco and boogie scene of South Africa -- where Salsoul meets Soweto. Comes housed in a new look Sofrito house sleeve. The three track EP features Teaspoon & The Waves -- led by veteran alto player Teaspoon Ndelu. They released one album in 1980, covering a mix of disco and funk sounds for the SA dancefloors. 'Oh yeh Soweto' is a cheeky version of Lamont Dozier's 'Going Back To My Roots' -- changing the lyrics and toughening up the beats, but with the same killer riffs. 'Saturday Night Special' is from the same LP, a spaced out Afro disco groove with excellent percussion and psychedelic synths, re-edited by the Sofrito team. The B side features a track by the Nzimande Allstars -- another mysterious group of session musicians. The drawn out groove of 'Highway Sporo Disco' fuses a heavy disco backing with jive guitar and stellar horns and organ for a unique taste of the underground sound of the Cape. Coming up soon on Sofrito Super Singles will be a slice of Trinidad Soca Disco and some raw Haitian sounds."
SOFRSS 005EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SOFRSS 005EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MAKALOU, NIAMA Kognokoura 12"
2016 repress. "Lovely Malian disco, with a Daphni edit."
SOFRSS 012EP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SOFRSS 012EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
PABLO ET ORCHESTRE NASSIMA/ATALAKU 8, BAZARE D. Ivoire Promotion EP 12"
2016 repress. "A double shot of vital Soukous / Coupé Décalé hybrids out of Abidjan & Paris."
SONG CYCLE RECORDS (UK)
CY 993LP
PRICE: $39.50
CAT #: CY 993LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ROEDELIUS Piano Piano 2LP
A stunning collection of quiet and soft piano pieces by the legendary German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius co-founder of seminal krautrock bands Cluster and Harmonia. Inspired by the monumental work of Erik Satie, the album was originally released in 1991, and is recommended for fans of Max Richter, Goldmund, and Sylvain Chauveau. Two 180-gram LPs in gatefold sleeve. 45-RPM audiophile edition. Includes the bonus track "In Der Dämmerung."
CY 995LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: CY 995LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MINGHI/PIERO MONTANARI/ROBERTO CONRADO, AMEDEO Climax LP
First reissue of one of the holy grails from the vault of the amazing Italian library music label Octopus. Originally released in 1973, Climax is a killer studio session by Amedeo Minghi, Piero Montanari, and Roberto Conrado. An incredible collection of psych jazz funk tunes with crazy Moog sounds, violent drums, and deep bass. An ultra-rare, hard-to-find item finally available again, on 180-gram virgin vinyl.
CY 998LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: CY 998LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Heures sans Soleil LP
"The compilation album Heures sans Soleil was originally released in October 1985 in an edition of 1000 copies. It was the fourth vinyl release on LTM, the label I founded while still at school in Edinburgh, and followed on from singles by Minny Pops and A Primary Industry, as well a live album by Crispy Ambulance. . . . I can't claim the idea of an artsy cosmopolitan compilation album was terribly original. I was 19 years old at the time, and still deep in the thrall of earlier Crépuscule collections such as From Brussels With Love and The Fruit of the Original Sin." Includes extended liner notes by James Nice. Released in collaboration with LTM/James Nice. 180-gram vinyl. Includes tracks by Section 25, Anti-Group, Minny Pops, Tuxedomoon, Mazowsze, Eric Random, Dislocation Dance, The Happy Family, Crispy Ambulance, and A Primary Industry.
CY 999LP
PRICE: $39.50
CAT #: CY 999LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SNOW, MICHAEL Musics For Piano, Whistling, Microphone And Tape Recorder 2LP
Musician, visual artist, composer, writer, and sculptor Michael Snow is also one of the world's most highly acclaimed experimental filmmakers. In 1975 he released this album under the record company Chatham Square. The label was founded by the owner of Michael Snow's gallery, the Bykert Gallery, which also issued the first Philip Glass recordings. This reissue is released in collaboration with Michael Snow. 180-gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
SONIC CATHEDRAL (UK)
SCR 120CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SCR 120CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
XAM DUO XAM Duo CD
XAM Duo is the new outfit formed by Matthew Benn of Hookworms and Christopher Duffin of Deadwall. This self-titled release is six tracks of improvised ambient beauty - both meditative and peaceful, it is astral jazz with an experimental kosmische undercurrent; modular synths meet saxophones; Cluster meets Terry Riley; Laurie Spiegel meets Pharoah Sanders. XAM Duo is a warm, immersive record that rewards repeat listens. XAM was originally Matthew's solo project. He recorded a number of tracks at home between Hookworms albums in 2014 which were released in 2015 as the Tone Systems EP on Deep Distance. Christopher says he approaches each song as a "mini-soundtrack to an imaginary film" and reveals that, while he was practicing at home, he played along to clips of There Will Be Blood (2007), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Synecdoche, New York (2008) to get the requisite atmosphere. "I appreciate that improvised music isn't for everyone, but it's something I love doing," Matthew concludes. "And, more often than not, Chris and I create something beautiful together."
SONOR MUSIC EDITIONS (ITALY)
SME 026LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SME 026LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ANTONINI E LA SUA ORCHESTRA, WILLIAM William Antonini E La Sua Orchestra LP
Sonor Music Editions present a reissue of William Antonini E La Sua Orchestra, originally released in 1971. A very rare "cult" library and orchestra album by pianist William Antonini and his orchestra, recorded with the deep sounds of Dirmaphon studios in Rome. Expect some strong blues rock influences with loads of killer psychedelic sounds all over the place - amazing jazz-funk and blues funk vibes, heavy progressive riffs with big band swinging jazz and jazz-rock tunes. Huge basslines with stoned flute and deep tenor sax along with amazing early '70s freak-beat clubbing tunes are to be found on this lost, collectible gem. Reissued with the original back liner notes written by Italian jazz father, Carlo Loffredo.
SME 027LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SME 027LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
UMILIANI & I SUOI OSCILLATORI, PIERO Switched On Naples LP
Sonor Music Editions present a reissue of Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori's Switched On Naples, originally released in 1972. A very underrated Umiliani album, Switched On Naples is an outstanding ??library album with a pure touch of genius. Maestro Umiliani revisits Naples's popular songs by the use of synthesizers, carrying the record out with entirely electronic sounds.
SPITTLE RECORDS (ITALY)
SPITTLE 977001
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: SPITTLE 977001
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AMBROSINI, MARCELLO Post-Industriale: La Scena Italiana Anni '80 CD/BOOK
The Italian post-industrial scene, born in the early '80s, was one of the most creative and vibrant in the whole of Europe. Officine Schwartz, CCC CNC NCN, F:A.R, Giardini Di Marzo, Mauthausen Orchestra, Rosemary's Baby, Thelema and T.A.C. are just some of the Italian protagonists cited by Marcello Ambrosini in his work, Post-Industriale: La Scena Italiana Anni '80 ("Post-Industrial: The Italian Scene Of '80"). Italian post-industrial was an underground movement that sparked a whole generation of musicians and artists and has represented the Italian independent scene as one of the most varied and interesting in history. This volume of Marcello Ambrosini's writing will be accompanied by an original compilation on CD with nine tracks featuring, among others, Ain Soph, F: A.R., Mauthausen Orchestra, Sigillum S, T.A.C. and Tasaday. The choice of the artists included in the CD has been inspired by the chapters collected in the book, tracing the large part of the industrial sub-genre. 45 minutes of true Italian post-industrial music. Much room has been given to the first chapter "Prima Generazione Post-Industriale" ("First Post-Industrial Generation") due to the presence of absolutely influential names and side-projects inclined to the "do it yourself" aesthetics, like Luke X's Ah Nahm Inc. - featured in the CD compilation. As for the "Power Noise" chapter the choice has been easily afforded with Mauthausen Orchestra. This category is probably the one that left the most traces in past and present decades with many artists and labels influenced by the sounds. Back to the book the "Esoteric Way" is represented by masters, Ain Soph and Sigillum S, with a rare effort form Thee Tree Rings as well. A different matter with the bonus track, an exclusive performance from white noise maestro M.B., a contemporary signal recorded only a few years ago. Numerous names should have been picked up, but more than a manifesto, this compilation is meant as a tool for contemporary followers of "grey areas" and "extreme culture". NB: The book's text is in Italian.
SPORTIV (GERMANY)
SPORTIV 001EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SPORTIV 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
COSMIN TRG In Your Body/Kapotasana 12"
Relax your eyelids. Focus on the darkness. This is your time to relax. You don't need to think about anything. Except being right here, right in this moment. Don't think about tomorrow, or yesterday, Just be here, In your body. Sportiv is a dexterous white label operation that brings heavyweight rhythmic performances from the world of techno athletics. Cosmin TRG presents their first release.
STROBOSCOPIC ARTEFACTS (GERMANY)
SA 028EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: SA 028EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LUCY/RROSE The Lotus Eaters 12"
Lucy and Rrose team up as a production duo for The Lotus Eaters. "Chloroform" is anything but anesthetic: at high volumes, its monstrous low-end surge and prickly, scintillating sonic ephemera bring attention to imperceptible phenomena. "Peeling" develops its own cascade of sensory impressions from deep-bass loops, injections of surface noise, and pitch-shifted/harmonizer-effected phantom phrases. "Stained Glass" is a potent distortion of the mundane, primed with shivering bell tones, tamed feedback and hints of speaker cones fraying. "Foil Gardens" is an elegant study in harmonics whose time-dissolving ability nods to the works of Charlemagne Palestine or Eliane Radigue.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 220LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: SR 220LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Volume 3 3LP
The third volume of Sub Rosa's Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music available on vinyl for the first time. The third volume continues to show all the aspects of electronic music from the early beginning to the present - including two pieces of historical concrete music (of the '70s), several pieces of American tape music (Columbia University) with a special focus on all the electronic music from Germany - WDR early works, krautrock, electronic music of the '90s. Features recent work from the greatest noise artists and several unsung electronic pioneers. Includes a six page poster including extensive critical and biographical notes. Features: Keith Fullerton Whitman/Hrvatski, Hugh Le Caine, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Bernard Parmegiani, Michel Chion, Zbigniew Karkowski, Masami Akita/Merzbow, Michael J Schumacher, Justin Bennett, Scott Gibbons/Lilith, Francisco López, Erkki Kurenniemi, Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto, To Rococo Rot, Peter Rehberg/Pita, Herbert Eimert & Robert Beyer, Faust, Michael Rother (Neu!), Asmus Tietchens, Günther Rabl, Rune Lindblad and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff & Erik Pauser/Phauss.
SR 418CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 418CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REDOLFI, MICHEL Desert Tracks CD
Sub Rosa present Michel Redolfi's Desert Tracks as part of their Early Electronic Series, originally released by INA-GRM in 1988 alongside "Pacific Tubular Waves". In 1987, Michel Redolfi hit the California desert road during the fall, to catch those hypothetical poly-sensorial desert tones. He visited the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon and came back with an extraordinary album of early electronic music, sparse and bright to express the crude light and the divine silences. In 1969, Michel Redolfi, with the co-foundation of the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Marseille, pursued his passion for electro-acoustic music at an early age. During the '80s and '90s he composed collaborative works with Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset. As a resident of the United States from 1973 to 1984, he carried out his research with several new music centers, including the CME at the University of California in San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts. Also during this period he developed several collaborations with American composers. The natural elements highlighted by technology are a constant in Redolfi's catalog: many of his electroacoustic pieces stylize and orchestrate sound matter, and are recorded in remote locations as on Pacific Tubular Waves, originally released with Immersion in 1980 (REGRM 014LP, 2015) and Jungles (1997). He currently heads a major studio in sound design, Audionaute, based in Nice, France. CD comes as a six-panel digipack with a 12-page book.
SR 418LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 418LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REDOLFI, MICHEL Desert Tracks LP
LP version. Sub Rosa present Michel Redolfi's Desert Tracks as part of their Early Electronic Series, originally released by INA-GRM in 1988 alongside "Pacific Tubular Waves". In 1987, Michel Redolfi hit the California desert road during the fall, to catch those hypothetical poly-sensorial desert tones. He visited the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon and came back with an extraordinary album of early electronic music, sparse and bright to express the crude light and the divine silences. In 1969, Michel Redolfi, with the co-foundation of the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Marseille, pursued his passion for electro-acoustic music at an early age. During the '80s and '90s he composed collaborative works with Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset. As a resident of the United States from 1973 to 1984, he carried out his research with several new music centers, including the CME at the University of California in San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts. Also during this period he developed several collaborations with American composers. The natural elements highlighted by technology are a constant in Redolfi's catalog: many of his electroacoustic pieces stylize and orchestrate sound matter, and are recorded in remote locations as on Pacific Tubular Waves, originally released with Immersion in 1980 (REGRM 014LP, 2015) and Jungles (1997). He currently heads a major studio in sound design, Audionaute, based in Nice, France.
SR 428LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 428LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HASTINGS OF MALAWI Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth LP
First reissue of Hastings Of Malawi's classic masterpiece Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, originally released on the Papal Products label in 1981. Hastings Of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesizer and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the studio - old records, cook books, telephone directories and a telephone. The recordings were played down the phone to randomly dialed numbers with the reactions added to the recording. All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse With Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (1979) and had contributed metal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session. The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984. In his book Lipstick Traces (1989) writer Greil Marcus seeks to draw a line from Dada through the Situationist International to punk rock. If this line exists, then Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth sits on the end of it. The only review that the album received was from Steve Stapleton who suggested that "nobody should miss this vinyl disaster" - good or bad are not concepts that can be applied to this recording. The record stands firmly in opposition to the now all pervading concepts of commercialization, celebrity culture and the commodification of creative activity. Originally 1000 copies were pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, adding to the elusiveness of this record. This reissue is on red vinyl, just like the original pressing. File under: dada, underground, post-industrial, concrete music, DIY, punk.
SUBALTERN RECORDS (UK)
SUBALT 011EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SUBALT 011EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AGO Backlash EP 12"
Joining Subaltern for his debut release on the label is arcane beat maestro Ago, member of Numa Crew from Italy. "Backlash" opens with an eerie western atmosphere and spacey bells, before emerging into a tsunami wave of bass. "Trust Inc." pulls the listener into a subversive mind state with a hypnotic rhythm carried by pumping subs, executed with clinical precision. The dreamy "Opium Riddim" rounds off the record letting the mind wander off into the void. Melancholic vibes creep through pads and percussive lines, moving in trippy and spaced out realms.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
SF 002CD
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: SF 002CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Radio Java CD
2016 repress. Originally released in 2003. From the liner notes by Alan Bishop: "Java is the center of Indonesian culture. Three out of every four Indonesians live on Java. It is the home of some of the most elegant musical styles to be found anywhere. To the veteran international sound collector, Javanese music is no secret. For the uninitiated, rather than going through an introductory outline of Javanese music history, I will wish you away to the internet, a library, or bookstore where you can find plenty of information on the subject. The selections on this CD are a combination of random radio excerpts sequenced in collage form and assembled in the summer of 1989. This disc is a highly unique document featuring many angles of Javanese sound finally slipping through the cracks. Among many other oddities, you'll hear several examples of Javanese pop (from Dangdut and Keroncong to hard rock and disco), news snippets, folk music, radio commercials, Jakarta DJ's, The west Java Sundanese sound, spooky theatre extracts, and high-octane Jaipongan variations that are completely over the top. There has never been anything like this."
SF 021CD
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: SF 021CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Radio Sumatra: The Indonesian FM Experience CD
2016 repress. Originally released in 2005. Recorded, assembled and edited by Alan Bishop. From the liner notes by Alan Bishop: "The music and production encountered here represents a cross-section of Sumatran FM radio and to a greater extent, what's happening now in Indonesian culture. From the signature sounds of Sumatra (Melayu, Minang pop, the Batak ballad) to the widespread Indonesian phenomenon of Dangdut, this exclusive 'FM only' radio collage will leave your skull shattered, wondering why it's taken so long to be turned-on to the modern pulse of the world's fourth largest country. Some of these selections come from Java and other parts of Indonesia via the FM airwaves of Sumatra's major cities. Islamic folk, gambus rock, and gorgeous anomalies are also placed in the mix amidst brief news reports, advertisements, prayers, and karaoke call-in shows. Many of the station ID's could be mistaken for American or European networks and much of the music is highly influenced by western pop/rock/punk/metal/rap/etc. But beyond these obvious comparisons are an explosive musical kaleidoscope; still fresh, somewhat sincere and naive, and a bit resistant to the grasp of the world's cultural export Moguls. This is an essential listening experience. There is undeniable evidence here of how Indonesians have crafted some of the world's most thrilling popular music... yet the rest of this world somehow refuses to recognize it... that is, until now!"
SF 038CD
PRICE: $10.50
CAT #: SF 038CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Proibidão C.V: Forbidden Gang Funk from Rio de Janeiro CD
2016 repress. Originally released in 2007. Proibidão is the name given to a certain kind of electronic funk music produced in Brazilian favelas, especially in Rio de Janeiro where it started to appear in the beginning of the '90s as a parallel phenomenon to the growth of drug gangs along the city's more than 600 slums. A raw mix of live funk vocals and Miami bass structures, these anonymous funk tracks are spread illegally by DJs and gang-sponsored parties. Proibidão is a raw musical genre that captures the dark side of Brazilian favelas. The explicit lyrics of apology to drug gangs and violent content make them illegal to broadcast through radio or as live public events. Proibidão can only be heard in the bailes or dances that the gangs organize and that run every day of the week in different locations in the slums around Rio. The production of a Proibidão occurs in different ways. A DJ spins Miami bass rhythms straight from sample CDs, and an MC talks on top of it, mainly live in street bailes and then recorded through a simple multichannel to a minidisk or simply straight. No mix is done and only sometimes an extra production is done. The gang leaders, to spread the respect and love for the gang as well as hate to the other gangs, finance the bailes and hire the DJs and sound systems. At most parties, this is recorded live and spread then as an mp3 or CD to different other DJs and bailes. Its life runs a minimum of 6 months and depending on its popularity, it can go on for more than one year. The selection featured on this CD compiles music recorded live during the beginning of 2003 in different favelas from Zona Sul, South Rio de Janeiro - a zone once controlled by the drug gang called Comando Vermelho, mainly responsible for the city's growing rates of homicide and power corruption, as well as Rio's and Brazil's growing drug consumption. All audio imperfections are left as they were when collected, as these tracks are the only remaining documents of this music. Recorded and assembled by filmmaker Carlos Casas, courtesy of some anonymous MCs and DJs in different bailes along the favelas of Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro during March-April 2003.
SF 044CD
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: SF 044CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Radio Myanmar (Burma) CD
2016 repress. Originally released in 2008. The Union Solidarity & Development Association (USDA) has grown to become one of the most pervasive organizations in Burma, claiming over 22 million members (nearly half the country's population). Very little is known of the USDA to the outside world, but it has become embedded throughout the social infrastructure of the state. Its widely-published statutes expressing the importance of state sovereignty and public solidarity can be found in all mediums throughout the country: newspapers, television, billboards and radio broadcasts. Known as the "Three Main National Causes," "Four-Point People's Desire," "Seven Point Road to Democracy," and "Twelve Political, Economic and Social Objectives," each broadcast day begins with their recitation. Most of the recordings featured in this radio collection were captured in Yangon during March and April of 2007. With the authorities attempting to control all information coming into or leaving the state, the world rarely catches a glimpse inside Burma. This is a special opportunity for listeners to delve behind the headlines and into the airwaves; to hear for themselves the sounds, rhythms, and voices of urban Burma's radio experience, unfiltered by the international press or state-spokesmen. Myanmar's Voice broadcasts nearly 24 hours a day across much of the country, playing an assortment of Burmese classics; USDA pledges; and recitations of articles published by the state-run The New Light of Myanmar Times. Due in part to the near-blackout of all foreign music on state airwaves, the few FM stations that do exist in Yangon and Bago divisions, transmit a rather bizarre assortment of music from 7am to 9pm: synth ballads, hip-hop jingles, and internationally popular songs re-recorded in Burmese. This release also features assorted tracks recorded between 1994-2002, highlighting many wonderfully strange and beautiful pop, folk, and classical music styles. There are vast resources easily available to anyone interested in learning more about Burma or the USDA; this recording is simply intended to showcase the extraordinary sounds rarely heard beyond its borders. Recorded, assembled and sequenced by Geoff Hawryluk and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls).
SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS (SWEDEN)
SUBL 020LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: SUBL 020LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BABY GRANDMOTHERS Baby Grandmothers 2LP
2016 repress of this 2LP vinyl edition, originally released in 2007. Baby Grandmothers were a short-lived Swedish band, but one of the most prolific and unique psychedelic, modal, experimental power trios to emerge out of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground scene in 1967. Although hailing from Stockholm, Sweden they only released a single in Finland, which has since become one of the most sought-after pieces of vinyl from the era. Formed out of the legendary R&B/beat band T-Boones which included guitar-wiz Kenny Håkansson, who ushered the group into the psychedelic sounds of the time. Not only were they the house band at the legendary psychedelic club, Filips, they also supported Jimi Hendrix on his Swedish tour in 1968 and then turned into Mecki Mark Men, who became the first Swedish rock band to tour the U.S. This unique collection includes live recordings made at Filips, their impossibly rare single and a rare live recording made in Finland. Painstakingly collected and researched by Dungen's guitarist, Reine Fiske.
SUBL 113LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: SUBL 113LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
IXTAHUELE Call Of The Islands LP
LP version. Lush and exciting, rich and vibrant, Ìxtahuele are back with their exotic sounds on their second full length album. Guiding your mind's eye over oceans and mountains, through jungle and desert, teasing and enticing with layered soundscapes and catchy melodies, you'll find yourself whistling along on a winding mountain road, stalking through the rainforest, or humming lazily on a tropical beach when listening to Call Of The Islands. Building on their previous releases, both musically and thematically, the group flirts with jazz, mambo, and space age pop, all the while retaining their classic acoustic exotica sound and high level of musicianship. Call Of The Islands provides music to lounge by the pool to, to armchair travel on a cold rainy night - it's the perfect soundtrack for a quiet drink with a lover or a friend. Sophisticated and savage, it's exotica for the modern age.
SUBWAX BCN (SPAIN)
SUBWAXFX 002CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: SUBWAXFX 002CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLUXION Vibrant Forms III CD
Earlier in 2016, Subwax Bcn made an important contribution to the electronic music community by remastering and reissuing the timeless dub techno compilation Vibrant Forms II by Fluxion (SUBWAXFX 001CD). First released in the year 2000 on Chain Reaction, Vibrant Forms II is widely considered to be one of the greatest achievements in the genre. As it turns out, Vibrant Forms II became one of the last records to be released on Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald's classic label - a suitable swan song if there ever was one. And that's it, right? Well not quite. If one would search for Fluxion's Vibrant Forms III, Discogs would come up empty and Google would treat it as a misspelling - until now. Konstantinos Soublis, aka Fluxion, and Subwax Bcn have decided to pick up the banner and release Vibrant Forms III. It contains everything anyone could hope for and more: The massive, booming basses, the clicks and hisses, the atmospheric thunderstorms, the opium smoke-scented streaks of reverb, dub echoes and the warmth. Yes, above all else the warmth: Sometimes moist and dripping as in "Safe Harbour", sometimes blisteringly dry as in "Variant". It's no easy task, giving cold, dead machines warm breaths. And no-one quite does it like Fluxion. The reissue of Vibrant Forms II was an act of cultural preservation. It reminded us about the legacy of the Basic Channel label family, in which Chain Reaction played an important part. Without this legacy, the contemporary body of electronic music would look different and make very different sounds. With the release of Vibrant Forms III, Subwax Bcn takes it one step further. Fluxion's Vibrant Forms III album reminds any listener of the timelessness of truly great music, never mind the genre.
SUPERIOR VIADUCT
SV 122LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: SV 122LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JANSCH, BERT It Don't Bother Me LP
"Bert Jansch recorded his second album in 1965, just after his self-titled debut earlier that same year. The sessions were a step-up from the intimate, field-recording setting of his first album, although still not labored over too much in the studio. 'I figured that the faster I put down the tracks, the faster I could get out of the place,' Jansch told NME, 'so I just ordered about a dozen bottles of wine, put the microphone in front of me and off I went, for three hours.' The lyrics of It Don't Bother Me shift vividly between pure poetic imagery and the hollow resonance of pain. The LP's underrated title song stands as a manifesto for the way Jansch lived at the time. 'My Lover,' featuring guitarist John Renbourn, has almost sitar-like drones, while 'Lucky Thirteen' is a captivating, melancholy instrumental that shimmers with brilliant fingerpicking. This first-time domestic release is remastered from the original tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger. Bert Jansch's It Don't Bother Me remains another essential British folk LP that belongs next to Nick Drake, Roy Harper and John Martyn in every record collection."
T&W RECORDS (GERMANY)
RBTW 001CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RBTW 001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TIGER & WOODS On The Green Again CD
The second studio album for Tiger & Woods not only marks a desired return to a specific format, but is also a huge leap forward in their area of expertise. Their brand of fun and functional dance music gets broadened by influences from electronica, Italo disco and up-tempo house, while keeping a groove that is distinctly linked to what some people refer to as boogie. After travelling the world from left-to-right and from top-to-bottom with a live-set to boot and skillful DJ sets that resemble that genre melting approach, On The Green Again is the result of spending valuable studio time at the "Tiger's Lair" - a carefully-built new work place that plays its own part in the creative process for the prolific production team responsible for starting T&W Records. Honing a craft that is rooted in edit culture as an ethos, but has since long left that bumpy road dependable on samples and their clearance, Tiger & Woods make On The Green Again work as an album that defies the difficulty usually attached to such ventures. Ten brand-new tracks make up the course between peak-time prime cuts similar to "RockMeLoveMe" or "Come And Get My Lovin" and an almost heart-aching track like "Endless Affair". Mixed with bits and pieces in-between and neatly placed between a classic intro and outro segment, these tracks are a testament to that aforementioned wider scope. To put it in a nutshell, On The Green Again is not concerned with leaving a comfort zone, but with making the listener comfortable no matter which zone they are in. CD version features three previously released bonus tracks.
TERANGA BEAT (SENEGAL)
TBCD 021CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: TBCD 021CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
BANJAW, YISHAK Love Songs Vol. 2 CD
Ethiopian minimal wave from 1986. Teranga Beat presents Yishak Banjaw's first international release. Yishak Banjaw is a composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey minimal-wave gems creates an ultra-hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere. Love Songs Vol. 2 was recorded in 1986 at Yishak's house, while he was working for the Police Band in Eritrea. It was released by an Eritrean label on cassette and was also distributed in Ethiopia. However, due to the shaky political situation, Yishak was forbidden to travel anywhere outside his country, including Ethiopia. Consequently, Love Songs Vol. 2 remained a very obscure and neglected musical experiment, until now. Yishak has released seven albums on cassette but, unlike many Ethiopian musicians, he has never managed to reach a wider and international audience. On this album, Yishak Banjaw chose to play everything on a small Casio PT, "a keyboard for kids" as he proudly mentions. He recorded the whole album live, directly to his tape recorder. Although his main instrument was a Godwin keyboard, he actually preferred to rent the Casio from a friend, as he was blown away by the way it sounded. This choice alone reveals a genuine talent that dared to go beyond what his colleagues were doing at that time. CD version includes a booklet with photos and liner notes outlining the story of this unique musician who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level.
THE WIRE (UK)
WIRE 394
PRICE: $8.50
CAT #: WIRE 394
FILE UNDER: Misc
WIRE, THE #394 December 2016 MAG
"A special issue this one, with the features section taken up by a series of essays devoted to exploring the role spirituality in underground music, from the divine drones of Éliane Radigue to the cosmic jazz of John & Alice Coltrane, from Christian private press records to the links between Hare Krishna and punk rock, and beyond... Meanwhile, elsewhere in the issue we'll have all the (un)usual news, views, interviews and reviews from all corners of the global underground music network..." Also: Invisible Jukebox: Dagmar Krause; Chris Cobilis; Magnetoceptia; Kill Alters; Bonaventure; Pamelia Stickney; Global Ear: Taipei.
TOKEN (BELGIUM)
TOKEN 065EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TOKEN 065EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PHASE Alone In Time? Remixed 12"
This tribute to Ø [Phase]'s 2015 album Alone in Time? (TOKEN 057CD/LP), the second LP on Token, offers remixes of two of its tracks. The utilitarian discord of "R-Mash" is remixed by James Ruskin and Karl O' Connor (Regis) under their O/V/R collaboration. They highlight the rattling percussion of the original and its juxtaposition with the tense and uneasy anti-harmony. Ø [Phase] revisits the album's title piece. "Alone in Time?" originally appeared as a restless arrangement is re-imagined as a solid construction for the dancefloor.
TOKEN 066LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: TOKEN 066LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
STERAC Scorp 3LP
Steve Rachmad's, aka Sterac, extensive collection of projects over the years has provided a wealth of inspiration in its many forms. Although much of Rachmad's music has been influential on the development of Token from the beginning, there is one body of work in particular that encapsulates the essence of the label, in a classic and inimitable form. Scorp was an alias and label project operating between 2000 and 2004. Although not the best known of Rachmad's many aliases, its importance was not overlooked by discerning tastemakers at the forefront of the techno movement at the time. This compilation contains nine tracks in total, selected from these releases, plus one track previously unreleased from the same period. These ten tracks clearly demonstrate Token's alignment with this classic sound, exhibiting Rachmad's mathematical precision in employing bare-bones percussion to captivate, doing away with the formality of a lengthy introduction and urging a hypnotic state with immediate effect. All of the music has been remastered.
TOKEN 067EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TOKEN 067EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KENNEDY, INIGO Surrender/Castles In The Air 12"
Inigo Kennedy is back with Surrender/Castles In The Air. "Surrender" begins with a textured awakening. The inter-mixture of slow swells and attentively-dashed accents in a range of timbres guides the listener blindly towards a shocking, strident interruption when the percussion is suddenly introduced with full and resolute force. "Castles In The Air" retains a similar theme. Gloomy, lingering chords begin and then pause with more than a moment lingering in reverb. When the full arrangement appears, it kicks at least twice as hard as the introduction could ever have prepared the listener for.
TOUCH (UK)
TONE 055CD
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: TONE 055CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NOVAK, YANN Ornamentation CD
Yann Novak is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Ornamentation is Novak's first physical release on Touch and continues his investigations of presence, stillness and mindfulness through the construction of immersive spaces, both literal and figurative. On Ornamentation, Novak resists modernism's problematic relationship to race, class and labor, and attempts to decouple contemporary minimalist sound work from this historical precedent. The title refers to Adolf Loos's notorious 1913 manifesto, Ornament and Crime, in which the author argues that the desire to adorn architecture, the body, objects, etc., is a primitive impulse, and the proper and moral evolution of Western culture depends in part upon the removal of ornamentation from daily life. Loos devalued the labor traditionally associated with aesthetics and beauty, and equated ornamentation with the degenerate. In this context, one could consider ornamentation as a way of viewing decay. His examples as such (tattoos, fashion, style, painting, et al.) predictably fell along divisions of race and class, coding modernity as the next outward manifestation of white, capitalist patriarchy. Throughout the process of creating Ornamentation, Novak attempts to sidestep some of Loos's modernist intolerances by focusing on the labor of composition itself, rather than particular processes or structures. Novak began by incorporating specific field recordings from his archive, deliberately selected for their poor quality; awkward interruptions, low fidelity smartphone recordings, problematic frequencies. The selection of these difficult sounds, processed alongside recordings of modular synthesizer, created a unique set of challenges where the familiar, reductive approaches would fail to be useful, Novak ultimately abandoning them in favor of more dynamic, additive, and laborious processes. Unlike minimalism with its roots in modernism, or "sound art" with its conceptual biases, Novak creates a work that acknowledges these conventions, yet stands apart as a meditation on beauty, labor, and aesthetics; Ornamentation as an adornment of time itself. Presented live in Los Angeles at a small, private event. Source material includes field recordings captured throughout the United States and Canada from 2006-2016 and modular synthesizer recordings, all digitally altered.
TRYCK & TON (SWEDEN)
TRYCK 003EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: TRYCK 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KLINT & EDVIN E, ANTON Tryck003 EP & Tiago Remix 12"
Tryck & Ton is run by Edvin E and Anton Klint. After a couple of amazing edit releases, the guys return with the first original work from the newly founded label. "Conga Liver" is a percussion driven banger with serious highs and lows. The track gets remix treatment from Lisbon's finest, Tiago, who adds a disco groove, horns and an incredibly groovy baseline to the table. Final track, "On The Flip", is a playful groover sounding like Robotnik having a loud wine-impregnated argument with Tony Allen over who gets to host the after party.
TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)
TURBO 183EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TURBO 183EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TIGA Planet E 12"
Turbo Recordings present the definitive collection of remixes for "Planet E", Tiga's collaboration with Hudson Mohawke from 2016's No Fantasy Required. Dense & Pika's remix deliver what can responsibly be called one of the year's biggest chart-topping smash remixes. Danny Daze's remix sees the Miami-based produce a future-Italo-electro hit. On Melé's remix, the UK producer's love of Brazilian beats, classic house tracks, and trans-Atlantic hip-hop shine through.
ULTRAMAJIC
LVX 029EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: LVX 029EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SOL, VIN Instinct 12"
San Francisco native Vin Sol presents his debut EP on Ultramajic. "Instinct" is a straightforward introduction, bleeps and a pounding kick drum carry the track to a frenzied finale. "1314" ushers in a darker atmosphere, born out of a combination of simple elements, Vin manages to twist and build a unique energy. In "Can't Cope", Vin utilizes a complex drum pattern to drive the track forward, never losing the momentum of the dance floor. Matrixxman remixes the title track. Taking things back to basics, Matrixxman strips it back for a pitched down, minimal intro before reintroducing the bleeps and cymbals.
UNDAY RECORDS (BELGIUM)
UNDAY 054LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: UNDAY 054LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HYDROGEN SEA In Dreams LP+CD
LP version. Colored vinyl. Includes CD. Hydrogen Sea's debut album In Dreams is the next chapter in the band's intriguing story. On their first full length, they reconcile the electronic with the acoustic in eleven stunning pop songs. Hydrogen Sea is Birsen Uçar and Pieterjan Seaux's musical lovechild. The band formed in 2011, four years after these night owls united. When night falls and the city settles down, they start composing. Multi-instrumentalist, Seaux, is the creator of Hydrogen Sea's "slow motion techno" and its intoxicating melodies. He particularly has a knack for blending layered electronic elements with acoustic instruments. Uçar is the vocalist and writes the lyrics. She longs to translate stories into music while creating a cinematic atmosphere. Birsen aims to captivate her beholders and to absorb them completely. The band's debut EP Court The Dark came out on Unday Records in 2014. The vinyl release sold out in no time. The two of them also joined Selah Sue, Gabriel Rios, Oscar And The Wolf and Joan As Policewoman on tour. They played over 100 shows in New York, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Hydrogen Sea worked hard, hired a drummer and grew into an impressive three piece live band. They wrote, explored, and developed their distinctive sound. In the shadow of their work for Hydrogen Sea, the band members collaborate with other artists, such as Selah Sue. In 2016, it's time for the next chapter. They recorded In Dreams at Joris Caluwaerts's (STUFF.) studios in Antwerp and finished it in Glasgow with Tony Doogan as additional producer and mixer. The Scottish maestro is best known for his work for the likes of Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne and Minor Victories. Birsen's vocals evoke Little Dragon, Azure Ray or L'altra. The compositions are entrancing and gloomy, the bass lines are reminiscent of Massive Attack and Portishead. If In Dreams were a photo, it would be taken at slow shutter speed. Hydrogen Sea's debut is a glimpse into their nocturnal dream world, mysterious and lushly arranged. Welcome to their universe.
UOVOOO (GERMANY)
EOVA 002LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: EOVA 002LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MEI Partura LP
Mei (the Japanese feminine name, pronounced "May") is the artistic alter ego of Dijon based newcomer producer, singer, dancer and choreographer Caroline Masson. She does all the songwriting/editing by herself on "an ordinary laptop", but her results are far from ordinary. Until recently, Mei wanted to become either an insect researcher or a dancer in the legendary "Le Crazy Horse" cabaret in Paris. But then, making music took over her life. She quotes Gustav Mahler, Kate Bush, Machine Drum, Les "King of Exotica" Baxter and Flying Lotus as her influences. Mei about Mei: "I treat music like a real being. I raise it like a little animal by my side, making sure that I leave its primary and wild aspects intact. I love the extremes. I love the unknown. I am not afraid of life. When I make love, I see landscapes." Partura, years in the making, is a debut album of immense scope: yearning, melancholic, post-clubbing space ballads ("Nelumbo"), flirty, fragmented, avant-pop ("Feles") and somber, haunting "Exotica"-infused melodies, ripped from old movie soundtracks over glitchy beats ("Why Do We Do") and so much more: Neo-baroque instrumentals ("Cellula"), sounds of nature/wildlife, pastel-colored industrial ("High") there is a lot going on this record. Mei's vocals range from to futuristic android lullabies ("Cradle Of The Cradle") to intimate, yet solemn cyberpunk-chansons ("The Three Ends") and there are even some sprinkles of the hedonistic, angular, synthetic 1980s in there ("Insects"). In Mei's own words: "If Partura was a building, it would be one of these organic design studies by architects: A white, round cocoon house in the middle of nature quaint, a little alien and mysterious. This album is a bit like me: A little wild, untamed, all about intense feelings. If Partura was a person, it would be a teenage girl."
VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)
VAMPI 170LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: VAMPI 170LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
PERUJAZZ Perujazz LP
Vampisoul present a reissue of Perujazz's self-titled album, originally released in 1987. "Manongo Mujica (drums, percussion), Jean Pierre Magnet (tenor saxophone), Julio 'Chocolate' Algendones (percussion) and Enrique Luna (electric bass) founded Perujazz in 1984. All four already had embarked on diverse musical ventures when they formed the band. Mujica had played as a jazz drummer and also with the psychedelic rock group Los Mad's and then as an experimental music percussionist. Jean Pierre had been a multi-instrumentalist in Traffic Sound and saxophonist in several jazz ensembles. 'Chocolate' had been part of the Afro-Peruvian ensemble Perú Negro and was one of Chabuca Granda's percussionists of choice. His meeting with Manongo Mujica in 1981 was the beginning of series of collaborations, blending African influences and avant-garde jazz percussion. Meanwhile, in Chile, Enrique Luna had been a member of several fusion ensembles and, together with Manongo, set up the improvisation band Solos at the end of the '70s. Carrying this musical baggage with them, Perujazz was formed in 1984 when Jean Pierre got them together to play jazz standards in a venue that had just opened called Satchmo. They were part of the new musical scene in Lima, strongly influenced by the cultural climate of the '70s, by Chabuca Granda and his innovations in criollismo, as well as by neo-folk and nueva canción, all under the nationalist politics of the government of General Juan Velasco Alvarado. Perujazz managed to hold its ground and soon led the way in the avant-garde jazz scene. Inspired by jazz fusion from the '70s, they mixed cajón drums and Afro-Peruvian, Andean and jungle sounds with jazz, rock and funk in a powerful blend full of groove and psychedelia. Toni Cosenza took them to a Rome's Studi Titania and they recorded five songs for a promotional LP but then lost track of the record after that. That LP ended up being a co-production between the RAI and the Instituto Italo Americano. Titled Verde Machu Picchu, by the Quartetto Perù Jazz, it was released in 1987 in a vinyl edition that wasn't widely distributed. Perujazz would journey far and wide, becoming one of the most original Peruvian ensembles and also one of the most international in scope." -- Luis Alvarado. Presented with new artwork. Includes liner notes written by Luis Alvarado. 180 gram vinyl.
VERSIONS (SPAIN)
VERSIONS 001EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: VERSIONS 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VERSIONS Twisted Forms 12"
Versions is the new project by Spanish artist's Psyk and Tadeo. The project is intended to be as a live set and focused on the dancefloor. Their work on the production is based on raw material and improvisation. The recording of the tracks has been completed in one shot delivering fresh spontaneous jams. Three tracks by the Spanish duo: "Intro - Metaphor" leads you into their cosmic atmospheres in a narrative way, "Twisted Forms" expands a spatial trip of synthesizers and drums and "Track Two" brings you to a hypnotic climax of funk.
VINILISSSIMO (SPAIN)
MRSSS 537LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MRSSS 537LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GILLESPIE, DANA Weren't Born A Man LP
Vinilisssimo present a reissue of Dana Gillespie's Weren't Born A Man, originally released in 1973. Hardcore David Bowie fans should have heard by now about the so-called Bowpromo album (2011). It contains "rough mixes" of original tracks that would later be included on the Hunky Dory (1971) and Ziggy Stardust (1972) albums, as well as an exclusive track and the early (and shorter) versions of some amazing songs that would later make their way into Dana Gillespie's Weren't Born A Man: "Mother, Don't Be Frightened" and "Andy Warhol". In fact, these two tracks on Dana's album were produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson, featuring Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey, members of The Spiders from Mars, as the backing band. Weren't Born A Man is Gillespie's third album after some previous folk and pop recordings and a rather successful career as an actress. She played Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972. However, her involvement in music would soon be connected to some of the key players in the London scene, such as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and David Bowie. But there is much more to this album that just Bowie's glam sound influence. "All Cut Up On You", "All Gone", "Eternal Showman" or the title track are all outstanding tracks on their own that show Dana Gillespie's various moods, from mellow notes to sexually ambiguous statements. Sadly, record sales did not match RCA's expectations and after one more album, Dana was forced to take a long break on her recording activity, one that would eventually lead her to a very different approach to music. During the '80s, Gillespie made a comeback becoming a member of the Mojo Blues Band and her career as a blues singer has not stopped since then, releasing over 25 albums to date. 43 years after its original release, Weren't Born A Man stands as a must-have record for anyone with an interest in '70s music. 180 gram vinyl.
WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)
WG 035EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: WG 035EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOYOTO Lonely Young Tourist EP 12"
Watergate Records introduce two newcomers: Cle and Eva Be who have both been at the cutting edge of house music culture for well over a decade as solo artists but only recently formed LoYoTo. Over the course of three tracks, the duo traverse an array of timeless aesthetics infected with a dub narrative they have fittingly christened "Starsprangled Dubmosphere". From the twisted, low slung vibe on "Sheijk", to the surging intoxication of "3 Balls" and the timeless fusing of classic dub and modern perspective on "Feel The Bumpin", LoYoTo have constructed an exquisite ride into their sonic universe.
WE CAN ELUDE CONTROL (UK)
WCEC 013CD
PRICE: $7.00
CAT #: WCEC 013CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALVES, VASCO Volume II CD
Portuguese sound artist Vasco Alves presents a collection of new material developed through his work with homemade AM transmitters and transistor radios broadcasting and manipulating reduced sine wave compositions. The project continues Alves's ongoing research into the structural behaviors of electronics and the points of resistance and malleability present within these technologies. Across the recordings Alves works with a characteristically focused production process, using two sine waves with variable frequencies broadcast to two panned transistor radios. The simple signal chain generates a dynamic paired field of textural noise, resulting from the combination of the signal volatility, overdriving, frequency modulation and its consequent harmonics all interacting with the innate analog tendencies of the short wave ether. Together the production method creates untamed sonics and pulsing noise that is uncompromising in its raw articulation of sound as material. Currently based in Lisbon, Alves's interests lie in the investigation of unstable electronics through the use of radio and both customized and malfunctioning devices. His work explores processes that are often volatile in nature with the outcomes being subjected to strict live processing techniques.
WOLFSKUIL LIMITED (GERMANY)
WLTD 029EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: WLTD 029EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SHLOMO Vanished Breath 12"
Since the debut of Shlømo on Wolfskuil Limited in 2015, Avadon EP (WLTD 027EP), the young DJ and producer has taken off touring the world alongside techno heavy-weights and managed to put out a slew of twelve-inches. Vanished Breath is the Frenchman's sophomore release on Darko Esser's Wolfskuil Limited series. "Vanished Breath" opens with a beautiful introduction, smooth atmospheric pads transcend before the break beat inspired percussion of "The Ritual". On the flip-side, Shlømo brings the heat with "Obsession", a proper club stomper with its resounding bass kick and climaxing hi-hats, while "M.U.M." delivers a synth-heavy travel through space a time.
WLTD 030EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: WLTD 030EP
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DJ RED Raw Cacao EP 12"
Rome's Goa Club first choice Simona Calvani, AKA DJ Red, debuts on Darko Esser's Wolfskuil Limited series with Raw Cacao EP. "Raw Cacao" opens the EP with a finely crafted production, which maintains its addictive groove and sensual attitude throughout the track, while on the flip side the mighty Ricardo Villalobos keeps working his magic on the rendition of DJ Red's original cut, offering a standout, lush remix that is hypnotic, atmospheric and playful, all in equal measures.
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WOLF 036EP
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CADANS Hollow Funk EP 12"
Dutch producer Cadans delivers four energetic dancefloor monsters. "Hollow Funk" kicks off with an erratic drum pattern which slowly builds into frenetic raw claps and a very danceable bass kick. "Got Woodblock" serves up a dose of suspense as a hollow pitter-patter echoes throughout. "Vocal Exercise" delivers a myriad of percussions which perfectly harmonize between a beautiful orchestral interval. "Papercuts" is conceived with his brother Kracht, and slows down the tempo while still maintaining the industrial flavor of is elements, together with deep vocals and lively hi-hats.
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