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Forced Exposure New Releases for 2/13/2017

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A RECORDINGS (UK)
AUK 039-10
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AUK 039-10
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) 10"
Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) is the third and final single from the forthcoming Brian Jonestown Massacre album, Don't Get Lost. "Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck)" feature vocals by Tess Parks; This track - a mellow flow of strings and keyboards, with smoky vocals - gives an idea of the changing rhythms of the Brian Jonestown Massacre for the forthcoming album. "Geldenes Herz Menz" features Pete Fraser (The Pogues, New Young Pony Club) on saxophone. Dan Alliare (drums) and Ricky Maymi (guitar), from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, play on both tracks.
ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURE (JAPAN)
AA 005EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AA 005EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TOMIIE, SATOSHI New Day Album Sampler #5 12"
Abstract Architecture present an EP of heavy dancefloor groovers. This EP features the previously unreleased version of "Nature Abstraite", with an amazing retake by Satoshi Tomiie himself. And on the flip side is a ten minutes journey of Brawther's "Forbidden Remix" showcasing his talent for the more minimal approach.
ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)
ACKER 007CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: ACKER 007CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
POPHOP Essential Tracks Mix CD
PopHop looks like a pirate, and what he launches from his music studio sounds like pirate ships. On board of these ships there's always a very colorful, exotic bunch of personalities. They are the multicultural characters of the original tracks from all corners of the world. Under the command of PopHop they sail straight towards the eye of the thunderstorm, which means the heart of the dancefloor. It's the place where he feels home. Little by little, PopHop accumulated so many remixes, edits and tracks that they fill a whole treasure chest. That's exactly what you get: A treasure chest full of dancefloor gold, and a string of pearls that is a mixed version of all these precious grooves. Features: Zigan Aldi, Sandeck, Il Civetto, Pulsar Trio, Timboletti, Ziski, Brummkreisel, Jan Ploetzlich, Kalletti Klub, JPattersson, Skazka Orchestra, Into Lala, Die Vogelperspektive and Stephan Zovsky.
ANONYM XXX
ANONYM 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ANONYM 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ANONYM Back To The Source 12"
Third edition of Anonym's XXX series. Four cuts of bass heavy underground house music.
ANSIA (UK)
ANSIA 001EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: ANSIA 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PIEZO Gattomatto/Cala 12"
Piezo's, aka Luca Mucci, keen ear and perhaps his day-job with a synthesizer manufacturer have lead him to carve out his niche mastery of unique frequency mixed with a very danceable rhythm section - bass & drum make up the foundations on both "Gattomatto" and "Cala", just how it should be on a disc that's designed for the club. The ink stamp on this disc gives the nudge towards a liking for Looney Tunes style and attitude, and you may even spot a couple of sneaky snippets if you pay attention. Crisp and functional in the very best way - drop it and watch things spin.
APPAREL MUSIC (UK)
APPAREL 001EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: APPAREL 001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Apparel Music Sixth Birthday 12"
Apparel Music return with a various artists four-tracker. Voyeur's "Swinging For Theo", featuring Yelfris Valdés, kicks off with organic, brushed drums and a walking bass line set off to a tight, swaying rhythm. Ivano Tetelepta and Euge?ne Latumeten follow up with "Je Suis Reconnaissant" - a bass-heavy groove that lays soulful vocal samples over filtered piano chords and loose-limbed hat patterns. KiSk's "Just U" drives a crackly drum loop through distant, flexing synth tones. Istanbul's Kerem Akdag closes with "Friend". Akin to Henry Wu and Max Graef, "Friend" melds playful drum patterns with thick chord stabs and smooth vocal lines.
AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)
AUS 112EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AUS 112EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HAWKES, MARQUIS Sweet Temptation 12"
Aus Music present another solo EP from label mainstay Marquis Hawkes. The Berlin based artist's previous work has comprised fun, sample-heavy tracks designed with nothing but the dancefloor in mind. Sweet Temptation expands on this bringing melody, rhythm, and chords to the foreground. Jubilant, powerful vocal lines and stony drums are the core ingredients and their melding results in a collection of four tracks of varying moods and intensities. While "Burning Light" and "Sweet Temptation" pack a certain big-room punch, "Eivissa" and "Zapper Bluesky" carry depth and soul in a manner that recalls a classic and cherished Hawkes sound.
BANG! RECORDS (SPAIN)
BANG 102LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BANG 102LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KILL DEVIL HILLS, THE In On Under Near Water LP
The Kill Devil Hills, one of Australia's best kept secrets, present their fourth album, In On Under Near Water. Coming from the isolated city of Perth, these musicians continue their growth and evolution, delivering the very finest and most intense music which takes the listener, with their unique stamp and signature, to the world of The Drones, The Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon, The Gun Club, and Johnny Cash. After the highly demanded reissue of their 2004 debut album Heathen Songs (BANG 017LP, 2016), here comes another magnificent musical work by these excellent and finest Australian musicians. 150 gram vinyl; Edition of 500.
BEACON SOUND
BNSD 004LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: BNSD 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BRODERICK & GABRIEL SALOMAN, PETER Peter Broderick + Gabriel Saloman LP
2014 release. This first-time collaboration between Peter Broderick and Gabriel Saloman was commissioned by Beacon Sound in 2013. Each artist took the basic tracks they recorded together in Portland at Type Foundry Studio, and transformed them into their own songs according to their unique vision. Lucky fans in Portland and Berlin who have seen the duo perform live can attest to the combustible energy these two conjure together. Design by Bijan Berahimi; Cover painting by Jason Vance Dickason. Comes in a full-color inner sleeve; Edition of 350 (hand-numbered).
BNSD 006LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BNSD 006LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NORDENSTAM, STINA The World Is Saved LP + 7"
2015 release. Beacon Sound present a the first vinyl reissue of Stina Nordenstam's The World Is Saved, originally released in 2004. Stina Nordenstam recorded six albums between 1991 and 2004, and in the ten years since the original release and critical acclaim of The World Is Saved, the famously reclusive Swedish musician has been quiet. The album found the gifted lyricist in top musical form, combining elements of electronic and acoustic music, pop, and even jazz into her own compelling universe. The songs, as the Guardian who awarded the album four out of five stars put it, "shiver with foreboding and uncertainty," and, "seem to be the sound of her tentative progress out of a dark place, disconcerted yet full of wonder." The album reaches a fragile apex in the title track, Nordenstam sings "I clashed with silence / I stumbled and fell / I blinked again, sure / This wasn't hell? / You had to look / In awe and surprise / Yet I'd found nothing / To life but my life / Pouring through me / The world is saved." Pitchfork, who awarded the album an 8.6 out of 10, said that there are "complex instrumental arrangements abound," and, "there are plenty of moments where wry humor and sobering truths flourish, but space and silence dominate." Ten years later, the album still sounds timeless and Nordenstam's melancholic observations of human nature and the complexities of modern life resonate deeply. This reissue includes an accompanying 7" featuring a remix of "Parliament Square" by The Knife as well as a track "Failure To Fly" not available on the original release. Full color inner sleeve; Edition of 500 (hand-numbered).
BNSD 009EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: BNSD 009EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RAUELSSON Eko 10"
2016 release. Rauelsson returns with his first release since 2013's critically-acclaimed Vora LP on Sonic Pieces. Ek? is a multimedia project comprised of a photography exhibition, accompanying music, and a website that ties everything together -- all inspired by Raúl Pastor Medall's 2012 and 2014 tours of Japan. This two-song 10" is the companion piece to the photo exhibition and website. Each copy includes two photo inserts (with liner notes and info on the reverse sides), a postcard, and a download card with full 20+ minute versions of the songs. Design by Bijan Berahimi. Edition of 300 (numbered).
BNSD 011LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: BNSD 011LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LA NUIT Desert Television LP
2015 release. Desert Television is the debut collaborative album by French musician and artist Felicia Atkinson and Peter Broderick as La Nuit. La Nuit could be the story of a friendship, an exchange of gifts, or a kind of pacific oath. A few years of trust turned into one light, but essential, messy bubble of soap. One special day of summer 2014, a music is dreamed, thought, performed, carried like a little astronaut's mission by Peter and Felicia. Or it could be a special kind of chess game, a rendezvous between two knights meeting nobly to discuss the same invisible cause that we call music. Using the instruments (Rhodes, pump organ, synthesizers, nylon guitar, etc.) as their only tools, by the wonderful sea shore of Pacific City, the instruments were like good horses, carrying the vocabulary of the conversation. Imagination drains improvisation, and suddenly, in the middle of the notes, words, appear, you don't know from where, but they appear to shine and turn to little gems made of voices and whispers. "Desert Television's divine sound world of drone-infused ambient soundscapes, dub echoes, mesmeric spoken word passages, and compelling instrumentation (Rhodes, violin, voice, found sounds, percussion) unfolds a beguiling atmosphere and ethereal dimension from the opening ambient pulses of 'Feu Pale', to the gorgeous string arrangements of epic closing track, 'The Sun Is Folded in Eight'. 'Feu Pale''s drifting tones of Rhodes, guitar, harmonies and soft percussion meld wonderfully with the captivating spoken word passages of Atkinson evoking a seascape of forgotten dreams." --Fractured Air. Comes on red vinyl; jackets printed by Stumptown Printers; Design by Bijan Berahimi; Comes with a red-stapled booklet, The Raccoons Of Pacific City, by Atkinson; Cover photo by Felicia; Edition of 300.
BNSD 013CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: BNSD 013CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
COLLEEN Everyone Alive Wants Answers Cassette
2015 release. Second edition of Beacon Sound's cassette version of Colleen's 2003 debut album, initially released for Cassette Store Day 2015. Hand-numbered edition of 100. Black cassette shell. Fold-over box manufactured and printed by Stumptown Printers. "One of those rare, truly evocative abstract pieces of art where every observer takes away their own interpretation, and is left feeling a little more special about their experience as a result." --Pitchfork, 2004 (8.4)
BNSD 014CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: BNSD 014CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CHAMBERS Satellites Cassette
2016 release. Experimental dub transmissions from Chambers, the duo of Gabriel Saloman and Michael Red in Vancouver. Gabriel was one half of seminal ambient noise group Yellow Swans and has released acclaimed solo and collaborative work on labels such as Miasmah, Shelter Press, and Beacon Sound. Michael Red is a longtime collaborator with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, is a founding member of Lighta! Sound and curator for the New Forms Festival, and also performs solo as Souns. Together they make, as Tiny Mix Tapes puts it, "skeletal yet riveting experimental dub," that will alternately bliss any listener out and rattle their bones. In their short life as a duo, they have shared stages with The Bug, Shackleton, and Kode 9. As Andrew Ryce of Pitchfork and Resident Advisor writes, "[their songs] are gently driven by heaving rhythms and thundering basslines, sounds which subsist in a gaseous atmosphere somewhere in the hinterlands between ambient and straightforward dub music." Fold-over box packaging by Stumptown Printers using recycled paper; Screen printing by The Make House; Includes download code; Edition of 100.
BNSD 015LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: BNSD 015LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COGAN, ORA Shadowland LP
2016 release. Shadowland is the sixth album by Vancouver psyche-folk songwriter Ora Cogan. Co-produced by Trish Klein, Shadowland is a collection of haunting songs centered around Ora's voice and guitar that somehow manage to be both melancholic and radiant. The ensemble of some of Vancouver's finest musicians who support her on this album bring power, grace, and subtlety to the music without ever imposing. Far away yet close, warm yet cool, world-weary yet innocent, this is a collection of beguiling songs that will get under your skin and spin around in your head long after the stereo has been turned off. "Cogan's songs are beguiling enough to support a bare bones guitar and vocal approach, but here she has surrounded herself with a small group of sympathetic musicians. The full ensemble performances are inspired... Cogan's drawl evokes the tone of Karen Dalton and the technique of John Martyn." --The Wire Magazine. A special co-release with Vancouver's Hidden City Records. Edition of 500.
BNSD 019CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: BNSD 019CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MUNMA Three Voices Cassette
2016 release. Beirut, Lebanon electronic artist and sound designer Munma's 2016 album Three Voices, originally released on vinyl by Ruptured (RPTD 012LP). "Cadavre Exquis" features Jad Atoui. "Beirut based composer Jawad Nawfal has produced one of this year's best electronic LPs in Three Voices... the titular three voices belong to a group of spoken word artists that Nawfal commissioned specifically for the piece before building sound beds round each recording... he's no stranger to working with the human voice, but he is especially respectful of the spoken word element of these tracks, turning in an impressive collection of stark, minimal, dubbed out frameworks." --The Quietus. Cassette Store Day 2016 release; Housed in a deluxe fold-over package manufactured by Stumptown Printers using recycled paper; Screen printing by The Make House; Updated design by James Casey for FISK based on original artwork by Maya Chami; Edition of 100.
BNSD 020CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: BNSD 020CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JOHANNSSON, JOHANN And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees Cassette
2016 release. Jóhann Jóhannsson's gorgeous 2009 album And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees, released on tape for Cassette Store Day 2016. Jóhannsson is the Icelandic composer and Golden Globe winner responsible for 2016's Arrival soundtrack as well as the upcoming score for Blade Runner 2049. Popmatters wrote this about the album in 2010, awarding it an eight out of ten, "Jóhannsson combines choral, orchestral and electronic elements with devastating effect to complement the tale of a creature struggling to survive the life-threatening consequences of a reckless indifference... some of the passages and evolving themes in his albums may be the musical equivalent of a series of Rothko canvases: capable of absorbing and reflecting one's emotional and spiritual concerns, and also of unearthing feelings and memories." Housed in a deluxe fold-over package manufactured by Stumptown Printers using recycled paper; Screen printing by The Make House; Updated design by James Casey for FISK; Edition of 100.
BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
BEC 5156679
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BEC 5156679
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KLYNE Water Flow 12"
Klyne first caught everybody's attention with their critically acclaimed debut Paralyzed EP for Aesop Label (2016), as well as their rework of Disclosure's "Omen" featuring Sam Smith. Water Flow is their follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Stop; its stunning video was directed by acclaimed choreographer and film maker Holly Blakey and is nominated for a UK Music Video Award. The duo has supported Years & Years and label mate Christine And The Queens on tour.
BIOPHON (NORWAY)
BIO 028CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BIO 028CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BIOSPHERE Substrata 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 was voted by the users of the Hyperreal website in 2001 as the best all-time classic ambient album. This expanded reissue comes as a two CD set: CD one is a remastered version of Substrata; CD two contains Biosphere's soundtrack to the Russian silent movie Man With A Movie Camera (1929), two bonus tracks from the Japanese version of Substrata, plus the commissioned work "Laika".Sebastien Crusener via Discogs.com: "Substrata by Biosphere is one of the all-time classic ambient albums, if not the all-time classic album. Chilling atmospheric tones with ambient samples of ice, snow, forests, Twin Peaks-samples and Russian radio broadcasts... Substrata is difficult to describe in words alone. This is one album that every ambient fan needs to hear, if not own. For my own part the album is never far from my stereo. From the initial drone of an aircraft high overhead to the rambling monologues of later tracks every minute sends a chill down your spine. Biosphere's work is often described as 'dark ambient' but to me this sounds too negative as every piece of music Geir Jenssen composed expresses so many different feelings and his albums are not simply a couple of 'drones' thrown together. Neither is Substrata. Substrata is inhabited by the vast spaces spreading across the artic region, endless nights and midnight sun, sub-zero temperatures and northern lights. This is a 60-minute long masterpiece that takes you on the most unique trip you'll ever have experienced. Never has a record been so intimate with nature, so close to the sounds, colours and smells of its environment. Jenssen emphasises the intensity of these elements by bringing them into his beat-less compositions, allowing them to take control of this new organic world. From time to time, more urban sounds come into the spectrum, when voice samples - from Twin Peaks f.e.- telling abstract stories (remember the vision of Dale Cooper?), or a melancholic guitar offering support to an unlikely song emerge, but always, these components get swallowed in by the magma-like ambience. The listener becomes a helpless witness of the beauty and cruelty of this CD."
BLACK SOLIDARITY (UK)
BSCD 004CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BSCD 004CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
PALMER, TRISTON Stop Spreading Rumours CD
Triston Palmer, aka Triston Palma, was born in 1962 and grew up in Waltham Park, Kingston. Triston knew from a very early age that he was destined to become an entertainer and his first visit to a recording studio at the age of 16 was with Ossie Thomas. Their initial release was A Class Girls (1979), which was a hit in England, and Triston's subsequent releases on their Black Solidarity label laid the foundation for his rapid rise to dance super stardom. As the '80s progressed and dancehall began its inexorable rise to ubiquity, the popularity of Triston Palmer, who had nine songs in the Top Forty, was unstoppable. So sit back and enjoy this selection of killer tunes. "Favourite tunes... The tunes are like my children... There is a whole heap of them! I want to tell you this though... some of them I never released properly but A Class Girls through it was the first one me love that, the rhythm! I don't know how the song never hit in Jamaica but listening to it back now it's like you are branding the girls A and B so (perhaps) the girls weren't happy with it. But it was a good tune, wicked tune. Tony Chin wrote it, but it was Tony Chin and Chinna who taught me these things so I have to love those men forever." --Ossie Thomas. CD version includes four bonus tracks.
BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)
BLACKEST 015LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: BLACKEST 015LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FORNO, CARLA DAL You Know What It's Like LP
2017 repress. LP version. Carla dal Forno presents her debut solo album You Know What It's Like, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino, Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone - stoned and deadpan - but it can also summon a gothic intensity that Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno's emotionally ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. "Fast Moving Cars" and "What You Gonna Do Now?" weigh up claustrophobia against loneliness, inertia against acceleration, doubling-down versus taking-off; the title track acknowledges the provisional nature of love and "real" intimacy, then decides to brave it anyway. By the time the startlingly sparse "The Same Reply" arrives, the sense of dejection is absolute. The vocal-led pieces are interspersed with richly evocative instrumentals. Smothered in tape-hiss and reverb, the seasick synthesizer miniatures "Italian Cinema" and "Dragon Breath" channel the twilit DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and Call Back The Giants. The drum machine and bassline of "DB Rip" are pure Chicago house, but then its dark choral drones nod to Dalis Car's dreams of blood-spattered Cornwall stone. "Dry The Rain" drinks from a stream of moon-musick that runs through Coil, In Gowan Ring, Third Ear Band, even the Raincoats's Odyshape (1981).
BONER RECORDS
BONER 032LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BONER 032LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MELVINS, THE King Buzzo LP
"In 1992 the Melvins' fascination/adoration/denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print."
BONER 033LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BONER 033LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MELVINS, THE Dale Crover LP
"In 1992 the Melvins' fascination/adoration/denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print."
BONER 034LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BONER 034LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MELVINS, THE Joe Preston LP
"In 1992 the Melvins' fascination/adoration/denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print."
BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)
BORNBAD 092CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 092CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
GROUP DOUEH & CHEVEU Dakhla Sahara Session CD
The random-access memory of an hourglass. On the one hand, there's Cheveu, the French three-member band, whose soundtrack has never ceased to question music codes by exceeding various genres and pushing back their limits. On the other hand, you have Group Doueh, a Sahrawi band from the Sahara desert (Dakhla). Their music spans across many styles and hammers tradition with unprecedented finds. In between both their remote musical universes dwells a sound clash. It embodies the meeting between two arts of living music day by day, two ways of transmitting, of enchanting the world or refusing to do so, of exploring the repertoire as well as tradition and creation, two visions of the collective - the list of reasons why these guys should have probably never met or could have failed to get along is quite extensive. This piece was recorded in two weeks in Dakhla in January 2016. The mere project seemed like a surreal challenge, something that was almost impossible to achieve and for which time was going to hold major importance. It brought about a telluric big bang, an atomic creation, a story of primitive energies setting the record straight in the whole world. That is, two radically different understandings of time. CD version comes in a digipak sleeve with a 36-page booklet.
BRAINDEAD ENTERTAINMENT (UK)
BD 022S-EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: BD 022S-EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FOOTSIE King Original Vol 4 Sampler 12"
East London Grime pioneer, Footsie, continues his instrumental grime series, King Original, with an exclusive vinyl sampler from upcoming album, King Original Vol 4. This sampler contains in demand instrumentals used by some of the scenes most highly respected artists and DJs: "God Like" was used by D Double E; "Denim Black" was used by Casisdead. "Brake Light" was used by Wiley and Newham Generals; "Cyrillic", one of the scene's biggest new instrumentals, has been played by Slimzee, Spooky, Logan, Sir Spyro. The King Original series has been part of the scene's building blocks for years now.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 236CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 236CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989 CD
Post-war apartments dominated the views of Düsseldorf in the early 1980s - cement slabs, the "art bunker" known as the Kunsthalle, and the elevated railway called "The Millipede". Yet reconstruction was in full swing - bank buildings on the "Kö" received postmodern interiors, the old town became stylishly retro-rustic, and advertising agencies displaced industrial companies. Music took all of this on. Punk was finished, but its pathos drifted through pubs and shared flats. At the same time, synthesizers, due to digital electronics, had become increasingly affordable. This music pushed ahead slightly in order to dock onto the electronic sounds of the 1970s krautrock. But most chose the detour via records by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, or the more unfamiliar experimental sounds on the The Elephant Table Album compilation (1983). Cassettes from labels, like Klar! 80, were available on Aachener Straße. LPs, like those found at Pure Freude on Derendorfer Straße, were also available. This shop served as an umbrella for the disparate strands of the electronic side of post punk. Almost all artists on this compilation could be seen there. Perhaps that is why the encounter with "Electronic Cassette Music" seems like a glimpse into a mysterious parallel world. Indeed, everyone knew of each other, but often only as a name. Kurzschluss was Catherine Ledit's project. Where her threatening pads had an almost meditative character, Dirk Grützmann's Le Petit Mort drew listeners into virtually occult scenarios, not far from Current 93. Ledit and Grützmann later collaborated as the duo Temps Perdu?. Trance, as propagated by Chris & Cosey, could have been the inspiration behind the duo Wooden Barrows. Isolated searching found expression in forms of deviant sexuality - a leitmotif in those days. It's astonishing how subtly many of the pieces exemplify this movement. It's almost terrifying on the track by Strafe Für Rebellion when a voice whispers "the cashbox is empty" and a staccato rhythm replaces the ticking of a clock. Ralf Dörper, on his way to international success Propaganda, saw ADD preferring him trapped in a nightmare. The cassette generation did not bother crossing over to pop music. They were pioneers of a music which would develop into drone, ambient or hypnagogic. Features: Konrad Kraft, Deux Balaines Blanches, Ettlinger, Mentocome, Frigorex, Dino Oon, Pfad Der Tugend, Kurzschluss, Wooden Barrows, Le Petit Mort, Strafe Für Rebellion, Maria Zerfall, and ADD.
BB 245CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 245CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SCHNITZLER, CONRAD Filmmusik 2 CD
Bureau B present part two of their Filmmusik double release. In 1975, Conrad Schnitzler recorded various pieces of music to accompany films which had yet to be made. Fittingly, he labelled this collection of songs Filmmusik. Only one of the tracks - "Gute Fahrt" ("Nice Journey") - would ultimately be paired with a film, now traceable on the internet for all to see. The music is included on Part 1 of Bureau B's Filmmusik double release (BB 244CD/LP, 2016), erroneously entitled "02/1980". Why the incorrect title? The tapes, which served as source material for the label's two Filmmusik releases, were copied onto two data carriers then mislabeled. To be precise, one label was accurate - Filmmusik 1975 A - but the other, Filmmusik 1980 B, was not. All the tracks had been created in the same year, so it should have read "1975 B". In the absence of actual song titles, Bureau B simply gave them numbers. Not knowing of the above mentioned film at the time, the label called the track "02/1980", when they should have called it "02/1975 B" or, as they would later discover, "Gute Fahrt". Shortly after, Bureau B released Filmmusik 1 and Jin Kawai, curator of the official Schnitzler website, contacted the label with the information. In 2009, whilst sorting through reels of film (some shot by Schnitzler himself) and music to upload to the site, Kawai was particularly drawn to one piece entitled "Gute Fahrt". Were there any more tracks like this? Schnitzler told him there were and sent Kawai all of the other recordings. One half of Filmmusik 2 comprises tracks from the 1975 series, the other half is a 23-minute piece with the title "Lichtpunkte und schwarze Zeichen". This music was actually written for a film in 1978. The label was delighted to find it in 2015 and enthusiastically searched the Schnitzler archives for more of the same. This led the Bureau B to the 1975 recordings and the rest is history.
BB 245LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 245LP
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SCHNITZLER, CONRAD Filmmusik 2 LP
LP version. Bureau B present part two of their Filmmusik double release. In 1975, Conrad Schnitzler recorded various pieces of music to accompany films which had yet to be made. Fittingly, he labelled this collection of songs Filmmusik. Only one of the tracks - "Gute Fahrt" ("Nice Journey") - would ultimately be paired with a film, now traceable on the internet for all to see. The music is included on Part 1 of Bureau B's Filmmusik double release (BB 244CD/LP, 2016), erroneously entitled "02/1980". Why the incorrect title? The tapes, which served as source material for the label's two Filmmusik releases, were copied onto two data carriers then mislabeled. To be precise, one label was accurate - Filmmusik 1975 A - but the other, Filmmusik 1980 B, was not. All the tracks had been created in the same year, so it should have read "1975 B". In the absence of actual song titles, Bureau B simply gave them numbers. Not knowing of the above mentioned film at the time, the label called the track "02/1980", when they should have called it "02/1975 B" or, as they would later discover, "Gute Fahrt". Shortly after, Bureau B released Filmmusik 1 and Jin Kawai, curator of the official Schnitzler website, contacted the label with the information. In 2009, whilst sorting through reels of film (some shot by Schnitzler himself) and music to upload to the site, Kawai was particularly drawn to one piece entitled "Gute Fahrt". Were there any more tracks like this? Schnitzler told him there were and sent Kawai all of the other recordings. One half of Filmmusik 2 comprises tracks from the 1975 series, the other half is a 23-minute piece with the title "Lichtpunkte und schwarze Zeichen". This music was actually written for a film in 1978. The label was delighted to find it in 2015 and enthusiastically searched the Schnitzler archives for more of the same. This led the Bureau B to the 1975 recordings and the rest is history.
BB 253CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 253CD
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VA Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 CD
Inspired by punk and post punk, vibrant scenes dedicated to independent self-actualization by means of self-distributed cassettes - the cheapest and fastest medium - were developing on each side of the Cold War's confrontational line. Albeit, under quite different circumstances. While there was a DIY euphoria in the West, which would also have had ideological motives, subcultures in the East simply had no other means. Even the first act of replication meant moving into illegal territory, since every duplication had to be authorized by State authorities, just like anything else. The protagonists - musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers, performers - crossed genres and jumped back-and-forth between various styles. Disillusioned, and often ready to jump towards the West, these border crossers defined themselves rather somewhere between non- and anti-political, pursuing self-actualization strategies by means of an extended niche existence. They took refuge in the search for ways of creative self-assertion and communication, looking out in sensual despair, utilizing sounds of rage, linguistic wit and a passion for tinkering. Driven by ubiquitous boredom, equipped with plenty of time and free of economic restraints (or rather possibilities), labor was performed with no regard to the final product, hardly documented and almost never published. With the partial opening of State-controlled media and cultural sites accompanying the beginning agony of the State, conditions changed. Suddenly there was radio airplay of supposedly illegal cassettes and weird noise performed at Palast Der Republik. In the end, full albums by these "other bands" were released on the State-owned label AMIGA. The collapse following soon after relieved the activists remaining in the country who continually had to re-position themselves. Many took different roads, some leading to Rammstein, others to Raster-Noton or groups like To Rococo Rot and Tarwater. The artifacts from that era tell of a stance of refusal in practice. Between being excluded and self-exclusion, truly wayward sounds and means of expression were developed. Bert Papenfuß, Ronald Lippok, Bernd Jestram and Bo Kondren compiled two companion CDs accompanying the long sold-out Zonic special edition Spannung. Leistung. Widerstand. Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979-1990, released in 2006, of which the more experimental-electronic pieces are herewith available on the music market for the first time. Features: A. F. Moebius, Kriminelle Tanzkapelle, Heinz & Franz, Magdalene Keibel Combo, Choo Choo Flame, Stoffwechsel, Corp Cruid, Taymur Streng/Ornament & Verbrechen, Der Demokratische Konsum, Gesichter, Ihr Arschlöcher, Aponeuron, and Robert Linke.
BB 253LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 253LP
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VA Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 LP
LP version. Inspired by punk and post punk, vibrant scenes dedicated to independent self-actualization by means of self-distributed cassettes - the cheapest and fastest medium - were developing on each side of the Cold War's confrontational line. Albeit, under quite different circumstances. While there was a DIY euphoria in the West, which would also have had ideological motives, subcultures in the East simply had no other means. Even the first act of replication meant moving into illegal territory, since every duplication had to be authorized by State authorities, just like anything else. The protagonists - musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers, performers - crossed genres and jumped back-and-forth between various styles. Disillusioned, and often ready to jump towards the West, these border crossers defined themselves rather somewhere between non- and anti-political, pursuing self-actualization strategies by means of an extended niche existence. They took refuge in the search for ways of creative self-assertion and communication, looking out in sensual despair, utilizing sounds of rage, linguistic wit and a passion for tinkering. Driven by ubiquitous boredom, equipped with plenty of time and free of economic restraints (or rather possibilities), labor was performed with no regard to the final product, hardly documented and almost never published. With the partial opening of State-controlled media and cultural sites accompanying the beginning agony of the State, conditions changed. Suddenly there was radio airplay of supposedly illegal cassettes and weird noise performed at Palast Der Republik. In the end, full albums by these "other bands" were released on the State-owned label AMIGA. The collapse following soon after relieved the activists remaining in the country who continually had to re-position themselves. Many took different roads, some leading to Rammstein, others to Raster-Noton or groups like To Rococo Rot and Tarwater. The artifacts from that era tell of a stance of refusal in practice. Between being excluded and self-exclusion, truly wayward sounds and means of expression were developed. Bert Papenfuß, Ronald Lippok, Bernd Jestram and Bo Kondren compiled two companion CDs accompanying the long sold-out Zonic special edition Spannung. Leistung. Widerstand. Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979-1990, released in 2006, of which the more experimental-electronic pieces are herewith available on the music market for the first time. Features: A. F. Moebius, Kriminelle Tanzkapelle, Heinz & Franz, Magdalene Keibel Combo, Choo Choo Flame, Stoffwechsel, Corp Cruid, Taymur Streng/Ornament & Verbrechen, Der Demokratische Konsum, Gesichter, Ihr Arschlöcher, Aponeuron, and Robert Linke.
CINEDELIC RECORDS (ITALY)
CN3 101LP
PRICE: $47.50
CAT #: CN3 101LP
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MACCHI, EGISTO Biologia Animale e Vegetale 3LP BOX
New lower pricing. Triple LP box set version. Cinedelic records present a reissue of one of Egisto Macchi's major works, Biologia Animale e Vegetale, produced by Renato Pent. Biologia Animale e Vegetale was recorded in Torino in 1976 and originally published as double LP. Egisto Macchi, often remembered as a member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, the historic Italian improvising collective (that also included Franco Evangelisti and Ennio Morricone, among others), was a major figure within the contemporary music field from the fifties to the eighties. The life path of Egisto Macchi seemed to be devoted to the multiplicity of aesthetic choices and musical expressions. While tracing his life and work, one notices an interesting duality based both on a very inclusive approach towards all kind of expressive needs and full control of the level of communication. A complex personality revealing the coherence of a man trying to connect elements usually kept separate; the inherent need for approaching different sources and the ability to be inspired by a wide range of intuitions. Macchi has explored and experimented in the field of sound and music without ever forgetting about his moral and civil engagement. His compositional work takes shape from the idea that music and arts should be able to create a symbiotic contact between the creator (composer) and the beneficiary (listener). All his work finds its origin in the need to integrate the sound language with the feeling of a new developing society. In fact music was just one factor in a more complex chain which included his humanistic and sociological engagement; a syncretic philosophical narrative and a symbolic tale revealing deep anthropological aspects. The 3LP box set is a limited edition of 600. The 3LP box set also comes as 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)
CSR 230LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: CSR 230LP
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ZOS KIA/COIL Transparent 2LP
Double LP version. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with a 12" booklet of unseen images and includes a download card. The entire Transparent recordings released for the first time, completely remastered from the unedited tapes. Zos Kia was formed by John Gosling (Mekon), John Balance (Coil) and Min - with guest Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle). Their one and only album, Transparent, was released on August 23rd, 1983 in a cassette only edition on the now defunct Austria label Nekrophile. They were the first released recordings of both Coil and Zos Kia. It was reissued years later by Coil (Threshold House/Eskaton). Includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks by Ake (pre-Zos Kia). The music on Transparent is genuinely unsettling and disturbing, with a more primal Industrial feel than the Coil album which followed; Scatology (1984). An essential insight into the very early work of these extraordinary artists and an undeniable link between Coil and Throbbing Gristle.
COMPOST (GERMANY)
COMP 492CD
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: COMP 492CD
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VA Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 13 2CD
Compost presents the 13th chapter of their highly acclaimed compilation series, Future Sounds Of Jazz. As usual, Future Sounds Of Jazz is compiled by Compost head honcho Michael Reinboth with a solid sense of left-field tracks, punchy floor-fillers, ghostly, cinematic, Balearic, frazzled, bitter-sweet and mind-shaking hybrid tunes. Several magazines voted Future Sounds Of Jazz as the one of the best compilation series of all time. With this series starting in 1995, the term "Future Jazz" became a genre landmark. The 13th volume includes some exclusives, sought-after tracks and previously unreleased tracks. The Van Hai track, remixed by Ripperton, is a perfect opener into a tranquil music venture - a sheer bliss tune. Montezumas Rache's "Wu Du Wu", which was only released on vinyl before, but it is difficult to find the original 12", is a freaky outstanding funk hybrid. Karim Sahraoui is here with a punchy Detroit-ish track, picked up from Derrick May's Transmat label. Acid Pauli delivers a brand new dubby Balearic remix, which he recently did for Matanza, a live band from Chile. Peter Kruder came up with something special - a warm breath in the open air tune, which drives listeners into a chilled wormhole. Beside new names and bigger names, like Tony Allen with a Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer remix, you'll find more lefties tracks from respected labels like Studio Barnhus, Innervisions, Lovemonk, Transmat, Mule, Tru Thoughts, Rebirth, and Ninja Tune, next to other exclusive deliveries by Manuel Tur. Also features: FaltyDL, Mr. Raoul K, Sona Diabate, Laolu, Gabriele Poso, Atjazz, Rancido, Kems, Marsmobil, Butch & C. Vogt, Chaos In The CBD, Axel Boman, MLiR, Tribilin Sounds, Lagerfeltz, Jonny Faith, and Bing Ji Ling.
CONTINENTAL RECORDS
CONTI 211LP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: CONTI 211LP
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HOLIDAY, BILLIE The Real "Lady Day" Sings the Blues LP
2017 repress of this 2014 repro; originally released in 1956. "Billie's 'Sweet Street' (52nd Street) period is represented by 'Them There Eyes,' 'You're Driving Me Crazy,' and 'T'Ain't Nobody's Biziness If I Do,' several of which she is supported by the floating tenor sax of jazz immortal Lester Young, who was Billie's long-time friend and intimate associate."
COUGOUYOU MUSIC (FRANCE)
COUGOUYOU 005EP
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: COUGOUYOU 005EP
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HELLOLISA Sinking Ships/The Fence 7"
After 2016's acclaimed debut album Laughter Drinks And Jiving Along and an invitation to the prolific Isle of Wight festival, HelloLisa present two exclusive tracks in their typical Mediterranean Brit pop style on this limited 7" single. HelloLisa introduce themselves: "We are a band, we are seven and we are friends, since 2005. We live in Collioure, the most beautiful little town on the Mediterranean sea." Linked to their record store of the same name in Perpignan in the deep South of France, Cougouyou Music focuses on the local scene in Northern and Southern Catalonia.
COUGOUYOU 006EP
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: COUGOUYOU 006EP
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FONTAINE/MONSIEURDURAND, BRIGITTE Lettre A Monsieur Le Chef De Gare De La Tour De Carol/Un Mauvais Champignon/La Nausee (extrait) 7"
Cougouyou Music present a limited 7" single Brigitte Fontaine's masterpiece "Lettre À Monsieur Le Chef De Gare De La Tour De Carol", originally released on her legendary album Comme À La Radio in 1969. Fontaine is not an artist from Perpignan/Catalonia, but this beautiful track about the station master of the train station Latour-de-Carol, 1200 meters high in the Pyrenees, is emblematic for this region in the South of France. Nothing is known about concrete music composer monsieuRdurand. Based in Perpignan, Durand presents two compositions and two surprises based on field recordings and found sounds.
CRYPT
CRYPT 109LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 109LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 1: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967 LP
2015 release. "15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness in gatefold sleeved luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans. " Tracks by: The Buttons, The Colonials, Sonic-Lyne, The Pastels, Electric Sensation, The Juveniles, The Krels, The Infinitives, The Es Shades, The Expressions, The Dirt Merchants, The Other Side, The Vanguards, The Jolly Beggars, and The Continentals.
CRYPT 110LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 110LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 2: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967 LP
"15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness in GATEFOLD SLEEVED luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans. (NOTE: This is an entirely NEW series and NONE of these tracks were on the old series GARAGE PUNK UNKNOWNS)." Tracks by: Our Gang, The Infinitives , Catsanovas, The Prophets Of Old, Alan Burn And The Ushers, Ronnie D. With The Casuals, Casuals Incorporated, Freedom Five, Half-Pint & The Fifths, End Result, Vandals, The Royal Coachmen, The Dirt Merchants, The Empty Streets, and an "unknown group."
CRYPT 111LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 111LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol 3: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967 LP
2015 release. "17 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness in gatefold sleeved luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans." Tracks by: The Shade, The Young Strangers, The Rogues,, The Tempos, The In-Set, Skip Ellis, The Fathoms, The Torques, The Kinetics, Apollo's Apaches, The Vespers, The Impalas, The Poverty Five, Eddie Day And The Night Timers, The Edges Of Wisdom, The Herd, and ThisIsIt.
CRYPT 112LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 112LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol 4: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967 LP
2015 release. "15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness in gatefold sleeved luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans. " Tracks by: The Zounds, The Vespers, The Ryells Combo, The Jazzmasters, The Tortians, The Fugitive Five, The Five Counts, The Couriers, Skip Ellis, The Last Image, The Henchmen, The Cavaliers, The Mystics, Sound Carnival, and The Blue Vistas.
CRYPT 116LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 116LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 5: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967 (Plus A Puerto Rican Treat!) LP
2016 release. "15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness in gatefold sleeved luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans." Tracks by: The Thunderbirds, The Kinetics, The Edges Of Wisdom, The French Church, The Symbols, The Scurvy Knaves, Purple Virus, The Sonsets, The Liv'in End, Caesar & His Romans, The Ebb Tides, The Dagenites, The New Corvets, The Four Keys, and The Fatigues.
CRYPT 117LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 117LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 6: Beware! Noisy & Ultra-Crudely Recorded Garage 1965-1967 (Plus A German Treat!) LP
2016 release. "15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA garage punk aceness focusing?on?the?super-crude side of things in gatefold sleeved luxury with liner notes, band photos, label scans." Tracks by: The Plague, Caedman And The Nobles, The Starfyres, The Uniteds, The Grey Stokes, The Fuzztones, The Torments, Sir Kenneth And The Yorkshire Coachmen, The Druids, The Night Crawlers, The Riots, The Sires, The Esquires, Wet Paint, and Jonathan with Orchestra.
CRYPT 118LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: CRYPT 118LP
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VA Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 7: Heartbroken American Garage Jangle Misery 1965-1967 LP
2016 release. "15 prime slabs of mid-60s USA MISERY - garage punk sadness in gatefold sleeved luxury plus inner sleeve with liner notes, band photos, label scans. " Tracks by The Nomads, The Pulsating Heartbeats, The Gremlins, The Last Image, The Plastic Menagerie, The Glas Menagerie, The French Church, Prince And The Paupers, The King's Ransom, The Time Takers, The Stratacasters, The Pastels, The Shakles, The Scurvy Knaves, and The New Rumley Invincibles.
DEMDIKE STARE (UK)
DDS 020LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: DDS 020LP
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EQUIKNOXX Bird Sound Power 2LP
2017 repress. Equiknoxx is one of the hottest, most innovative dancehall squads from Jamaica. Bird Sound Power is their debut collective show of strength, packing twelve avant, crooked riddims by core members Gavsborg and Time Cow, plus Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, with vocals by Kemikal, Shanique Marie and J.O.E. (R.I.P). The set was parsed and pieced together by Jon K & Demdike Stare, and now thanks to link ups via Swing Ting's Balraj Samrai, it is issued on Demdike's DDS imprint, replete with Jon K's sleeve design. Easily identified by the squawking bird idents peppering their cuts, Equiknoxx productions have been big in the dance since Gavin Blair, aka Gavsborg, produced Busy Signal's billboard hit "Step Out" in 2005, followed by key instrumentals for Beenie Man, Aidonia, Masicka and T.O.K. - with many released on 7" through their Equiknoxx Musiq label, and some of which, such as Aidonia's "Negative", are included in this set. Bird Sound Power arguably marks up the most striking riddim album from Jamaica in 2016, weighted with the potential to open up perceptions of current dancehall thanks to the mad character and broad reference points of its producers, encompassing King Jammy's foundational digi-dub and Dave Kelly's Mad House sound as much as rugged New York hip-hop and the wigged-out, feminine pressure of Virginia Beach's Timbaland or The Neptunes. The oldest tune inside dates to 2009, but the rest are relatively recent dancehall mutations, including a number of exclusives produced in the last 12 months. Each one represents Equiknoxx's unique aspects, such as Jordan Chung's, aka Time Cow, brilliantly bizarre, layered arrangements of film samples, sawn-off hooks and digi-tight beats, whilst also a result of as their distinguished family vibe, Bird Sound Power exists in a paradox, contemporary but classic, and with as much potential to turn new heads onto current Jamaican sounds as Mowax's Now Thing set back in 2001. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. All on vinyl for the first time ever.
DESASTRE (SWITZERLAND)
DST 002LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: DST 002LP
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UP-TIGHT Up-Tight LP
Limited restock, last copies. Up-Tight are a three-piece psych group based in Hamamatsu, Japan with a history dating back to 1992 has released around 10 records. Up-Tight's current line-up (2016) is original members T. Aoki (vocal & guitar) T. Ogata (bass) and T. Shirahata (drums). The ghosts of The Velvet Underground, Les Rallizes Dénudés and Amon Düül loom large over their personal feedback song-destruction universe. This LP is the first re-issue of their original CD-R-only release in Japan in 1999 in a very limited edition of 100 copies. It has been remastered in Berlin from original recordings and presented here in an edition of 300. Here is what David Keenan (Wire magazine) thought about this first CD-R released in 1999 : "Up-Tight are a noxious young trio from south Tokyo, all acolytes of the legendary Japanese psych group Les Rallizes Dénudés, who augment their sound with crushing, Sabbath-styled dynamics, earsplitting acid leads and beautiful Velvets-inspired ballads... Song structures are mostly kept loose, allowing for lots of noisy improvisation. Generally the album is anchored by heavy riffs. Just when you thought you'd got to grips with Tokyo's paradigm destroying psych scene, this one hits like a sucker punch." All songs are five to ten minutes long, varying from very melodic ballads to psychedelic journeys. The album ends with an epic track, "??", which is an 18 minutes tour-de-force, that takes you to another dimension as if the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" would have a child with Acid Mothers Temple, while listening to Amon Düül under codeine. Up-Tight are from the generation that emerged with the madness of the Tokyo '90s and the P.S.F Records scene. Close to Acid Mothers Temple (the two bands recorded an album together), Up-Tight has a unique sound and is one of the most important underground reference in the Japan psychedelic scene.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 039CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: DIAL 039CD
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JOST, CARSTEN Perishable Tactics CD
In the midst of a busy year, full of wildly-varied accomplishments, David Lieske (aka Carsten Jost) presents Perishable Tactics, his first full-length album since 2001's You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows. Since his last full-length, he's kept busy curating countless releases on Dial, the label he co-runs with Peter "Lawrence" Kersten, which celebrated a 15 year anniversary with an all-encompassing various artists compilation, he has released a gallery-edition album of his black ambient collaboration Misanthrope CA with Robert Kulisek, Deathbridge (DIAL 037LP, 2016), and he launched a new magazine project (also with Kulisek) named after the speed of light (i.e. 299792458m/s). Out of all of the Dial house and techno artists, Carsten Jost has always represented the most precise brand of exquisitely doom-laden house, laced with equally strong doses of melancholy and beauty. On Perishable Tactics, Lieske runs through his distinctively stealthy, low-slung beat-"mospheres", leaning towards a decidedly low-lit and sultry space, but mixed with a fresh, gently arcing feeling of romance and possibly love. Tellingly, he's seen it fit to include 2007's "Love", originally from a 2007 split release with Efdemin. But while "Love" represents a yearning towards a place where love might reside, the remaining tracks seem to represent a place where love actually exists. This feeling is woven into his deep, medium tempo, Detroit-inflected house rhythms, accented with crystalline keys, disembodied voices at times, and gently soaring strings. While anger may be less in the forefront here it is important to notice that these tracks are ripe with the balance of joy and unease inherent in house. There is definitely a newfound languid nature here that feels particularly like a moment shared by two (perhaps many), but the atmosphere still remains decidedly pensive. "Ambush", with its strolling beat, moody, yet sweet chords and chilling atmosphere, which is eventually joined by thunder cracking a safe-distance away. Of course diehard fans will find satisfaction knowing that Lieske's delectable angst hasn't completely abated. The title track takes a disarmingly peaceful setting and rolls a heavy fog over it to herald a sure-to-arrive fate that awaits the listener. But with "Dawn Patrol", the whispering hi-hat and gently clanking rhythm, offset by rolling strings, marries the old and new Carsten Jost most successfully. Dense atmospheres, bookended by tracks by Misanthrope CA, make for a perfectly foreboding, elegant, and deliciously dark album by Carsten Jost.
DISCREPANT (UK)
CREP 038LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: CREP 038LP
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COOPER, MIKE Reluctant Swimmer/Virtual Surfer LP
The "icon of post-everything", Mike Cooper, returns to Discrepant with a recording of a live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003. Originally released as a CDr via his Hipshot label. The music moves very slowly through four movements: "Reluctant Swimmer", "Movies Is Magic", "Virtual Swimmer", and "Dolphins". Praise from an unknown source: "Floating in out of the exotic ether and disappearing like smoke, engulfed in the alien hugeness of nature... a very elegant set by a visionary artist." Mike Cooper on the recording: "The first half is played on my old 1920s National tri-plate lap steel guitar and the second half on my Vietnamese electric lap steel. I also sing two songs along the way. 'Movies Is Magic' by Van Dyke Parks and 'Dolphins' by Fred Neil. It was the first time I had ever sung the last song." RIYL: Exotica, Andrew Pekler, Dolphins Into The Future.
ECSTATIC
ELP 025LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ELP 025LP
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L/F/D/M Music Without Discipline LP
L/F/D/M squeezes off a volley of misshapen bangers and atonal wormholes in Music Without Discipline, making a mutant follow-up to his M Is a Shape LP (ELP 008LP, 2015) and Crocodiles in the Ceiling EP (ELP 019EP, 2016) for Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and Sam Willis's Ecstatic label. For his third solo LP proper as L/F/D/M, the London-based producer/artist/designer Richard Smith jams, layers, and hacks a clutch of new hardware toys, the Akai VX90 and Yamaha TX81Z in particular, into 11 variants of what is essentially a style of no wave or new beta techno. Pursuing his taste for unique, visceral and affective electronic tones into odder integers of the club, L/F/D/M establishes a jagged line that runs from original '80s industrialists thru Larry Heard's legendary Gherkin Jerks and the scenius of Downwards's brummie radge packets to a place right between the eyes of 2017. DJs and dancers will find full fat, wonky weapons ranging from the cranky-assed jacker "Dance, You Awful Cunt", through to a sludgy turn called "Birds", a super-tangy Chicago percolator "Texan Flower Girl", and the throaty acid gargle of "Living Without Gain". But it's the way in which Richard Smith is just as happy to follow his nose into sparkling vignettes such as "After R Version II" and "Ballet", and into the grubby pits of "Pinx" that really gives this record its shape and asserts its messed-up character. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering.
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
EMEGO 190LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: EMEGO 190LP
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LEWIS, KLARA Ett LP
2017 repress. Klara Lewis' debut release presents an electronically-charged reconstruction of organic sound matter. Ten tracks featuring a wide variety of sonic material which is subjected to Lewis' unique approach to the sonic landscape. Field recordings, small sounds, samples, ambient pot holes, repetition, and giddy disorientation are all tactics deployed by Lewis. On entering these works we take a voyage through a series of audacious audio adventures, playful musical miniatures and choppy sonic seas. There is a human warmth to much of the material as Lewis expertly crafts musical matter from the living world. Ett is an exemplary investigation as Lewis reconfigures the sounds of life itself, from the delirious to the tender. A bold vision from a bright new talent. Recorded, sampled, edited, manipulated, mixed, produced, and arranged by Klara Lewis. Artwork by Dave Coppenhall.
EMEGO 223LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: EMEGO 223LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JAEGER/JIM O'ROURKE, KASSEL Wakes on Cerulean LP
Timely outing from two grand masters of exploratory electronics. Kassel Jaeger is the moniker of French musician François Bonnet who works at the GRM and has released a number of books including the highly regarded The Order Of Sounds: A Sonorous Archipelago, published by Urbanomic in 2016. Jim O'Rourke is known to most through his explorations of the song and shapes, the high and low, the east and south. Wakes On Cerulean is a joint adventure where process folds upon process and the operation of procedure remains unknown. Amongst a mysterious cloud of excited high frequencies, tiny whistles howl. Frog leaps in technique lay out a thrilling and uplifting journey that runs from the soothing, to ecstatic, and back to the buoyant again. Wakes On Cerulean is a staggering feast of the joys found in electronic process. It is a malleable bubble of hovering excitement, melody and joyous refrain.
EMIKA RECORDS (GERMANY)
EMK 003LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: EMK 003LP
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
EMIKA Melanfonie LP
LP version. The crossover between electronic music and classical composition has never been in more vibrant and dynamic health. Multifarious musician Emika explores this fertile ground on her ambitious new opus Melanfonie: her first orchestral composition, some four years in the making. While many rebel from their classical training never to return to it explicitly, Emika has always been attracted to the potential and freedoms offered by the symphony form. As well as taking inspiration from her electronic music background in composing the music itself, Emika also applied some of production and playback principles from that realm to create a piece whose every element has been carefully considered. Melanfonie is a romantic and lyrical piece, with universal themes of love and sadness, and huge beautiful melodies. It was performed by a 50 piece symphony orchestra and Emika employed a seating plan for the orchestra to make the recording sound more like a wide stereo pop album. Emika is on a quest to try and change what we mean when we talk about "classical music". For her, the magic of the "genre" is about the instruments themselves and more importantly the people who play them; not the restricting traditions and conventions of the classical world itself. Emika of Melanfonie: "I want to change the face of classical music and give it a more honest and real image. It is time we had something other than pomp and circumstance and avant-garde squeaks and pops." Personnel: Michaela S?ru?mova? - soprano; Prague Metropolitan Orchestra; Paul Batson - conductor.
ENVELOPE COLLECTIVE (SPAIN)
ENVLP 019LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: ENVLP 019LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
OIKOS The Great Upheaval LP
Oikos is an experimental project formed in 2007 by Rafael Femiano and David San Martín. Initially conceived as a guitar improv experiment, the duo quickly evolved towards their cinematic signature sound and released their first record Ecotono on Utech Records in 2011. In 2012, San Martín moved to Moscow and Femiano continued Oikos as a solo act. Following Vigilia (2013), Femiano presents his second, solo Oikos LP, The Great Upheaval, co-released by Envelope Collective and Knockturne Records. The Great Upheaval is an imaginary soundtrack for every moment in history ravaged by violence and superstition. It is a collection of pieces projecting landscapes dusted by seizures and turmoils. Layered compositions are packed with electricity and analog walls, acoustic textures, drone strings and cinematic looped-movements. A sonic cathedral illuminated only by the fire that remains after battle and precedes the cult - a sonic miasma for each end of cycle.
FAR OUT RECORDINGS (UK)
FARO 112CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FARO 112CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DEMOCUSTICO Democustico CD
2006 release. Far Out Recordings present the self-titled debut album from Democustico. Fusing Brazilian samba and folk with Indian vibes, London beats and the "phattest" global breaks and noises, Democustico is a contemporary world musical odyssey. Imagine Milton Nascimento jamming with The Thievery Corporation and you're on the right track. Whilst individual tracks combine many different styles - the bhangra and bossa of "Grito", folk and trip-hop of "Nunca Never" and '60s sitar-funk and samba of "Vaga-Lume", Democustico is much more than the sum of its parts. The different styles combine symbiotically to produce a coherent world musical fusion with Gabriela Geluda's mellifluous vocals joining the dots from Brazil to London via India. Democustico are Mauro Berman (bassist for famous Brazilian rap star Marcelo D2) and Gabriela Geluda (Azymuth/Mamond) as well as producer Roc Hunter. Mauro and Gabi are a carioca couple who met at college in Rio in 1987. They moved to London in 1996 where they met Joe at Far Out Recordings through Marcos Valle. Having heard Gabi sing, Joe knew just the person to feature on vocals on some tracks Roc Hunter had been working on. The results were "Brasil" - a hypnotic percussive vocal groove that featured keyboards from Mauro - turning Democustico into a trio. A follow up single "A Sereia" was recorded - keeping the Brazilian vibes strong the track also had a heavy Indian influence coming from the time Gabi had spent meditating in India. In 2001, Gabi and Mauro returned to Brazil and for the next four years a trans-national musical exchange began. Roc Hunter would send beats and loops from London to Mauro and Gabi to work on in Brazil - Mauro working on "noises, synths, MPCs, street vibes and bass" and Gabi working on melodies and harmony both in Rio and India. Gabi explains what each member of the band brought to the mix: "Mauro brought the wild side through wicked bass lines, keyboard sounds and unconventional arrangements of the songs, I brought the Indian/Brazilian flavor from my trips to India and love of classic Brazilian singers such as a Tom Jobim and Milton Nascimento whilst Roc Hunter brought an amazing collection of sounds from where we got a lot of inspiration." Features two reworks of "Grito" by Seiji.
FARO 123CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FARO 123CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
JOYCE & TUTTY MORENO Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas CD
2007 release. Far Out Recordings present Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas, the new album from Joyce, in collaboration with her husband Tutty Moreno. With Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas, Joyce and Tutty have turned to their samba-jazz roots to create an album that is influenced by the golden-era of bossa-nova and US jazz from the '60s. All tracks feature Joyce on vocals for a mix of high-octane samba-jazz and ethereal bossas with either full lyrics or samba-scats; the latter seeing Joyce hark back to classic tracks such as "Feminina". The album also contains a wonderful new version of the scat-anthem "Magica". Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas was produced by Joyce and Tutty themselves and marks a milestone - 30 years - of them working together. Tutty's dexterous percussive swing has underpinned Joyce's forays across Brazilian music over the last 30 years, creating one of the most prolific musical partnerships in jazz and Brazilian music. Joyce sheds a little light on the album: "Samba jazz is a style that grew popular among Rio's youth in the late '60s. It is a mix of bossa and jazz, and it's the music that nurtured our generation. Samba jazz has always been the base for everything that myself and Tutty have done; if you check some older compositions of mine, such as 'Feminina', written in 1977, that's pure samba-jazz, and on this CD we have brought this vibe to the fore again." Whilst Joyce's previous album Rio Bahia (2005) was a more "romantic and rootsy" affair, with Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas she returns to the music that she is best known and most loved for, with a pedigree of players she considers her dream team. Featured alongside Joyce and Tutty are Helio Alves on piano, Nailor Proveta on reeds, bassist Jorge Helder, Lula Galvão on guitar as well as guest appearances from Teco Cardoso (flute), Vittor Santos (trombone) and Jessé Sadoc (trumpet). Samba Jazz & Outras Bossas features a mix of five samba-jazz classics plus eight new Joyce compositions. Covers include a scorching version of Tenorio Jr's "Embalo", plus a sublime version of the Baden/Vinicius classic "Berimbau". There are also interpretations of "April Child", a fantastically uplifting version of "Devagar Com A Louca" composed by Luiz Reis and Haroldo Barbosa.
FARO 141CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FARO 141CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MORENO, CLARA Miss Balanco CD
2009 release. Clara Moreno's sixth album Miss Balanço is the second released in the UK by Far Out Recordings. The daughter of iconic Brazilian singer songwriter Joyce and composer Nelson Angelo Moreno, Clara's career began performing backing vocals in children's choirs for artists such as Milton Nascimento and Egberto Gismonti before moving to study music in Paris at the age of 18. Moreno returned to Brazil and in 1996 recorded her eponymous debut CD. With the release of her fourth album MorenaBossaNova (2004) she experimented with electronic music to create an album with a contemporary take on bossa nova. In 2007, Clara released her first album with Far Out Recordings in the UK Meu Samba Torto (FARO 115CD) and the stripped down tribute to her musical heritage drew wide critical acclaim from the British press. Miss Balanço is a full on rootsy samba record revitalized for the 21st century by the bold and beautiful Clara Moreno. A true carioca (daughter of Rio) born to make dancing music, Clara grew up immersed in Brazilian beats from samba to bossa nova, acid-jazz to psychedelia, folk to tropicalia. This "sambalanço" recording encompasses all while swinging with the samba spirit that runs deep through Clara - Miss Balanço for a contemporary Brazil. This is music in the image of its maker. Clara Moreno is a bold and beautiful character - as gripping to watch as she is compelling to listen to. As one of her many swirling tattoos declares "Paz Et Musica" ("Peace And Music") - it's what she and many Brazilians devote themselves to. This jubilant long-player infuses samba and bossa nova with African traditions and jazz instrumentation, celebrating samba's renaissance as the enduring rhythm of Brazilian life with a modern and unique twist. Miss Balanço features a stellar line-up of Brazilian musicians brought together by Clara and producer Joyce. Of the Sao Paulo Na Cena Studio sessions Clara says, "Everything was recorded live and during the recordings I shared amazing moments with great personalities of the MPB including John Donato, Joyce, Tutty Moreno and Orlando." Taking on Brazilian samba classics from legends Jorge Ben, Elza Soares, Joao Donato and Gilberto Gil, Moreno has created a record that not only does the originals justice but stands alone as a distinctive and significant global album.
FARO 167CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FARO 167CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DOS CAFUNDOS Capitao Coracao CD
2012 release. Dos Cafundos were founded 2002 in Rio de Janeiro. A dastardly loving concoction of Frank Zappa, John Zorn and Mr Bungle processed through a Burroughs-esque descent into musical madness. A post neo funk, prog-jazz, samba punk hybrid known as Dos Cafundós. Often frenetic, ever evolving, morphing through time signatures, moods and intensity Capitão Coração, the band's first full length release, represents a broadening of Far Out Recordings's sonic offerings showcasing the musical craftsmanship and diversity of Rio. Ten years percolating, distilling and honing a musical identity firmly rooted in the canon of sonic experimentation and hybridization, this album is far more than a mere collage of disparate genres competing for the listener's attention. Instead, a procession of musical movements flowing through the raw energy of ska and punk, the ferocious musicality of jazz and fusion, the cultural traditions of samba and folk, the rhythmic underpinnings of funk and metal culminates in a listening experience akin to a psychedelic opera of Brazilian proportions, a beating heart tale of the manic circadian rhythms of life. Previous dalliances down experimental avenues like Binario's funk-rock amalgam have showcased a label willing to extend beyond the boundaries of what is commonly conceived as the Far Out Recordings sound. Though often looking back over fifty years of the country's musical history, in modernity Brazil presents a diversity of musical offerings on par with that found in Capitão Coração. Produced together with Tomas Alem (son of Jamie Alem) at the legendary Musika Studios, where the label's own legacy started some 18 years ago, and mastered by Grammy award-winning Bob Katz at Digital Domain, Far Out Recordings is as pleased as Punch to unleash Dos Cafundos on the world. Dos Cafundos are: Leonardo Musse - bass, vocals and percussion; Pedro Dias Carneiro - guitar, vocals, flute and percussion; Conrado Kempers - guitar, violin, vocals and percussion; Uirá Bueno - drums, vocals and percussion.
FARO 180LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: FARO 180LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
FRIENDS FROM RIO Friends From Rio Project 2014 LP
LP version. 2014 release. In keeping with the very ethos of Far Out Recordings, The Friends From Rio project cements the bonds originally welded by a young Joe Davis, when he set off to Rio, in search of the mysterious sounds of Brazil. Coming from the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro, Project 2014 features some of the most accomplished legends of Rio's musical underground, including Alex Malheiros, Hyldon, Aleh Ferreira, Robertinho Silva, Sabrina Malheiros and a host of other Far Out Recordings favorites. Consisting of all original material (with the exception of a blistering version of Jorge Ben's timeless "Mas Que Nada"), this is a reunion of old friends and that's exactly how it sounds. Every track is in some way reminiscent of the kind of music Joe Davis and friends were playing on the underground club scene in London, back at the time of the first Rio project. While principally a Brazilian record, lofty disco synths and funk basslines take tracks "So Resta A Porta","Veneno" and "Fogo No Chao" beneath the lights of a spinning mirror ball, while samba batucadas and fiery brass sections keep "Casino Bangu" and Hyldon and Alex Malheiros's fantastically funky "Leite De Pedra", decidedly under the Rio sun. The album also explores deeper territory with "Batucada Bidu" providing an instrumental stint of intense, driven samba percussion, while Robertinho Silva's solo on "Japa" is deep and intriguing Brazilian jazz music at its finest. Nostalgia balanced with vitality is inherent throughout, punctuated by the artwork, which is based on the bottle cap of the '60s/'70s Brahma Guarana. Yet while the album is something of a reunion, finally managing to work with renowned Brazilian artists Hyldon, Aleh Ferreira and others, it was an opportunity Far Out Recordings could not pass up on. It's a collaborations with legends like these, with the flare of Azymuth's Alex Malheiros, the direction of label boss Joe Davis and the production of Daniel Maunick that make the Friends From Rio project, the truly special record it is, just like the two Rio projects before it. Also features: Carlos Dafé, Suonho, Denise Pinaud, Ivan Matheus, Banda Utopia, Agnaldo Kantor, Joao Coutinho.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 247LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 247LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BELIEVERS, THE Memo From Otter LP
"The Believers were, in many ways, the flagship band of the Apostasy Recordings empire. Their roots were in the Hampshire College-based experimental outfit, Son Of Earth - Flesh in Bone Trio (generally shortened to Son Of Earth), via Matt Krefting and John Shaw. Also on board were Anna Klein (player with many woefully under-documented ensembles) and Jessi Swenson, Esq. (who was associated with various Scott Foust projects, and would go on to 50 Foot Women). But much of this other work was abstract weirdo-ism. The Believers were, more or less, a rock band, and they kinda fucking ruled. They recorded an album for Ben Chasny's planned label almost a decade ago, but the release never ended up happening, and the Believers split into their component parts not long afterwards. But our memories of their throbbing presence and carefully planned wardrobe choices would overwhelm us some nights, and we'd find ourselves startled awake, covered with sweat, thinking we had missed several important boats by not documenting their passage in the proper way. In the intervening years, the four Believers have gone off to different pastimes. Some are related to music, some are not. And it took some wheedling on our parts, but we finally got this live LP out of them. And it cooks. One side was recorded in '04 at the old Flywheel in Easthampton, and provides a rather clear portrait of their sweetly thuggish pop dynamism. The flip was recorded at the same venue in '06, with guest squeedle provided by Conrad Capistran and Joshua Burkett (aka Tarp). Although we often think of Tarp's sound as retiring, here it is aggressive. And it adds a strangely perfect width to the droogly and angular lurch of their inventions. A beautiful album. Long overdue." --Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 400.
FTR 288LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 288LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MILSTEIN & THURSTON MOORE, PHIL X Songs We Taught the Lord Volume One LP
"As I recall, the idea seemed pretty reasonable at the time. It was late 1996. I'd met Fahey a couple of years earlier, and partly as an outgrowth of that meeting he had decided he wanted to meet and play with 'noise musicians.' This resulted in a lot of music that made his olden fans weep, but who was I to argue with The Great Koonaklaster? Anyway, it was late '96 and Fahey wanted to play some gigs on the east coast. He also wanted Thurston to be on the bill with him, and so Mr. Moore asked me for suggestions about who might be cool to duet with. We ruled out a lot of people for various reasons, then had a flash about asking the great Pep Lester (aka Phil Milstein). Although best known as a writer and designer, Phil had also done lots of music in various configurations, and I was hoping he'd deign to play the musical saw he had started practicing a few years earlier. Phil had other ideas, though, mostly revolving around the tape creations and loops he'd been doing with Thalia Zedek's band, Uzi, in the mid '80s. Thankfully, he also agreed to play some saw, and you will hear some of that instrument's beautiful tones floating around the tape jabber and guitar circularity that makes up much of this record's basis. This show was recorded on the first night of Fahey's East coast jaunt, at the Iron Morse Music Hall in Northampton MA. The audience was primed for transcendental waterfalls, and didn't seem too delighted by Phil and Thurston's opening set, but fuck 'em. Fahey was enthralled. And when we pulled the tapes out to listen to for the first time in many a year, we were all pretty chuffed about how nuts and timeless the music sounded. Although the second night's sound was previously issued by Chris Corsano's Hot Cars Warp Records label, this is the first issue for this fantastic set. Roll yourself a fatty and swing!" --Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 400.
FTR 289LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 289LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MILSTEIN & THURSTON MOORE, PHIL X Songs We Taught the Lord Volume Two LP
"This album reissues the final recording (thus far) of the Milstein/Moore duo. It was originally released in 1997 by Chris Corsano's Hot Cars Warp Records label. Chris had a choice of this tape -- recorded December 4, 1996 at the Middle East in Cambridge MA -- or the one from the previous night at the Iron Horse in Northampton (FTR 288LP). He chose this one, and the first volume was scheduled to appear on the Ecstatic Yod label. Why it never happened, who knows? Not me! The set was recorded opening for guitarist John Fahey, shortly after a horrible accident in Harvard Square, which involved Fahey's belt breaking in the middle of Brattle St. and having his pants drop to his ankles as a result. Unable to bend enough to reach his feet, it fell upon one of the opening musicians to lend a hand. And I feel as though the incredible sense of horror involved in that process infuses this concert. Thurston's guitar was quite unhinged that night, and Phil's gabble of tape-voices had a relentless edge that seems designed to induce claustrophobic reactions. It is a bravura performance by any measure, and surely one of the wildest collaborations Thurston had been involved in up to that time. Listening now, I can only hope these two do more work together in the 21st century. We could all certainly use it. Remastered from original source tapes, this new edition of the album is best heard loud. Who cares what the neighbors think? They're probably fascists anyway." --Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 400.
FLANGERTRACKX (GERMANY)
FLAX 002EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FLAX 002EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLANGERTRACKX Flangertrackx 002 12"
100% hardcore no compromise - Flangertrackx. Hand-stamped, vinyl only, limited.
GEOMETRIK (SPAIN)
GR 2140LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: GR 2140LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO Fluida Mekaniko 2LP
Double LP version. Edition of 700 (numbered). Esplendor Geometrico, the cult band based in Madrid and Rome, influential industrial pioneers of pulsating, hypnotic and tribal rhythms since 1980, present their new album: Fluida Mekaniko. Since their previous album Ultraphoon (GR 2130 CD/LP, 2013), Esplendor Geométrico have performed more frequently than ever and in different countries and festivals (2016 marked their first time in the US and Russia). Meanwhile, a documentary feature film about the group launched in Madrid, Geometría del Esplendor, directed by a renowned Spanish director within the avant-garde cinema, José Ramón da Cruz. The film has just been premiered at the prestigious In-Edit festival in Barcelona, receiving an honorary award. Fluida Mekaniko was recorded during 2016 and contains 12 new tracks that, although they continue the line developed since Pulsión (2009), reference their most harsh and noisy sound of the '90s. Industrial neo-tribalism, where mechanical rhythms hypnotize, like mantras, inducing a trance - it highlights, already a distinctive feature of Esplendor Geometrico, the inclusion of voices and sonorities of African, Arab, and Asian music.
GOBSTOPPER RECORDS (UK)
GOB 021EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: GOB 021EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ODEKO Digital Botanics/Construct Conduct 12"
Deeply idiosyncratic, Odeko's sound references a variety of themes without ever feeling bound by any and on "Digital Botanics", he takes this bright, one-of-a-kind sound design to new heights. Subtle trap patterns provide the foil for gloopy, toy-like melodies to glide over the top, spiked by short bursts of growling, industrial noise. On "Construct Conduct", Odeko offers his take on euphoric, '80s-inspired synth music - only prepped for the future - with pulsating, heady grooves and spiraling, acid-y melodies nodding to a growing reputation that he is quietly becoming one of the UK's most exciting young sound designers.
GOLDEN LAB (UK)
ROWF 067LP
PRICE: $100.00
CAT #: ROWF 067LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA The Grand Celestial Purge 4LP BOX
The eighth Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura album, The Grand Celestial Purge, is a three-hour, four LP box set of psychedelic musings on the departed musicians of 2016. Produced by Richard Formby and recorded at a converted church in Leeds, this is DSDV's most melodious and spacious album to date. You can hear clear nods to The Grateful Dead throughout as well as fragments of Can, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin's Love Devotion Surrender (1973) and even Tim Buckley's Blue Afternoon (1969) band. Drowned in tape echo and with a Wally Heider-style snap to the drum sound, the recording has all the traits of a classic Formby production. Gone is much of the blur of guitars that shrouded the band's previous albums in cacophony; Whilst still present here and there, it's been replaced with a somewhat virtuoso level of interplay that smacks of a bygone, pre-ironic era in rock music where sincerity, dedication to the craft of improvisation, and the desire to transcend the mundane via heightened, sustained hive-mind mentality was all that mattered. Personnel: David Birchall - guitar; Andrew Cheetham - drums; Richard Formby - synths; Dylan Hughes - guitar; Nick Mitchell - guitar, bass; Dom Tanner - guitar; Otto Willberg - bass.
GONER RECORDS
GONE 134CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: GONE 134CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
AQUARIAN BLOOD Last Nite In Paradise CD
"Aquarian Blood is a crew of six (sometimes seven) Memphis degenerates from assorted generations playing hypnotic, synth-y tracks whose main ruminations are cults, the paranormal, and other obscurities -- whirlwind, weirdo punk soaked in the brain-goo pouring out of the ears of an acid freak. Led by husband and wife duo JB Horrell (Ex-Cult, Moving Finger) and Laurel Ferdon (Nots, Moving Finger), the project began as bedroom recordings that yielded two now out-of-print tapes of total trippiness on the ZAP cassette label, and one completely unhinged monster of a single on Goner. Last Nite In Paradise is their debut album."
GOT KINDA LOST RECORDS (SPAIN)
GKL 008CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GKL 008CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CROMWELL At The Gallop CD
Got Kinda Lost Records present an expanded, first-time reissue of Cromwell's At The Gallop, originally released in 1975. Self-released in 1975 by the Drumcondra, Dublin-based Cromwell, At The Gallop is a blistering, heavy, loud n' lascivious ten-track offering (thirteen in this expanded edition) of proto-metal infused street rock n' roll from a time when Ireland was still under the sway of conservative showbands, quasi-religious, sentimental pop pap and traditional Irish music. Despite their cultural struggles, Cromwell crafted a creative and compact catalog - five fuzzed n' ferocious 45s and this foot-long - led by co-vocalist/bassist Michael Kiely's come-hither coo and fey Jagger pose n' preen, the in-the-pocket drumming of Derek Dawson and minor-guitar hero moves of Patrick Brady, exercising taste, talent and towering mountains of fuzz n' fury as comfortably as greasy '70s raunch and rural modes. At The Gallop is a rare, little-heard classic in the pub/fried rock n' roll/proto-punk terrain. RIYL: Teenage Head, Flamingo-era Flamin' Groovies, Mott The Hoople, '70s Rolling Stones, pre-punk American street rock, and the Bonehead Crunchers series. Includes three bonus tracks from the group's rare singles; Includes an insert featuring rare photos and in-depth liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Got Kinda Lost Records, Ugly Things Magazine).
HEALTH (UK)
HEALTH 009EP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: HEALTH 009EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SUPERGOD Supergod 12"
Health present their first vinyl outing in the form of Supergod - a brand new project from experimental beats producer Bambooman and Legendary UK MC King Kashmere. Although Bambooman and King Kashmere have crossed paths over the years, this is their first fully formed output together, consisting of six tracks that have steadily materialized and naturally evolved into a truly unique colliding of worlds. Bambooman navigates us through audible portals and wormholes of unknown futures, made from alien textures, wonky structures and grey matter grooves, whilst King Kashmere acts as a metamorphic tour guide.
IDEAL RECORDINGS (SWEDEN)
IDEAL 050LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: IDEAL 050LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
YOUNG, NATE Regression LP
Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's Regression series has provided some of the most compelling dread-electronics spewed out by the North American underground in years, with instalments released by Demdike Stare's DDS label and Aaron Dilloway's Hanson, as well as NNA Tapes and others. It all began back in 2009 with this first volume issued by Joachim Nordwall's Ideal label, an incredible set that's now being released on vinyl here for the first time ever. Young is one of those artists whose output is instantly recognizable, his take on primitive electronics is both innovative and unnerving, and in recent years has really dominated the stylistic direction pursued by Wolf Eyes. It's a kind of creaky, bare-boned deconstruction of classic horror scoring jolted by noise and industrial motifs, sounding somewhere between Demdike Stare's early work, John Carpenter, and Mica Levi's by-now-classic soundtrack to Under The Skin (2014). You could neither classify Regression as a noise record nor an ambient one, instead the synth dissections and tape treatments more closely reference early electronic music. "Trapped" offers little of the claustrophobia suggested by its title, although the continual woody knocking sounds and filthy oscillations do engender a sense of unease, while "Dread" brings to mind the Desmond Briscoe soundtrack to Nigel Kneale's The Stone Tape (1972). "Under The Skin" returns to the more esoteric, intangible sound designs that characterized the album's opening, writhing around in a spluttering, tactile fashion that's at once sonically rather beautiful but deeply sinister, modulating through grisly synthesizer gestures while more textural, percussive sounds flood through dub-style tape delays. Young has an uncanny ability to make sonic extremes sound incredibly seductive, and this volume is perhaps the most engrossing exposition of that unique ability. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering. Edition of 500.
INTERSTATE
IS 6801LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: IS 6801LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA This Time Will Be Different - The Sweet Soul Of Philadelphia: 1968-1982 LP
LP version. This Time Will Be Different - The Sweet Soul Of Philadelphia: 1968-1982 is the first part in Interstate Records' regional soul series. This Time Will Be Different documents the emerging Philly soul sound, as influenced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, but with a focus on more obscure artists and releases. Features writing, arrangement, and production by Jerry Ross, Norman Harris, Thom Bell and Linda Creed, and Bobby Martin, with appearances by Bunny Sigler, Billy Hill (The Essex), and more. Features: The Invitations, Lou Curtin, Festivals, Choice Of Colors, Broadway Express, The Futures, Phyllis Smith, The Courtships, Paradise, J. Kelly & The Premiers, The Geminiles, The Mello Moods, The Epsilons, The Blue Notes, and The Elegant's.
IS 6802LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: IS 6802LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA This Love Is For Real - The Sweet Soul Of Chicago: 1968-1981 LP
LP version. This Love Is For Real - The Sweet Soul Of Chicago: 1968-1981 is the second part in Interstate Records' regional soul series. This Love Is For Real documents the Chicago sound, as popularized by Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites or Impressions, but with a focus on more obscure artists and releases. Features writing, arrangement, and production by Leroy Hutson, Willie Henderson, Eugene Record, with appearances by Otil Leavill, Charles Jackson, and more. Features: Essence, Marzette Griffith, Harlem Meat Company, Magnum Force, Billy & The Bloodknots, The Lost Generation, The Stimulators, Hands Of Time, Chocolate Sunday, Bruce Thompson, The Vegas, The Ledgends, The Independents, The Cheers, Little Ben Norfleet, The Lovelites, and Windy City.
JAMAICAN RECORDINGS (UK)
JRLP 015LP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: JRLP 015LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ZUKIE, TAPPA Dub Em Zukie (Rare Dubs 1976-1979) LP
LP version. 2017 repress; originally released in 2003. Tapper Zukie (born David Sinclair, 1955, Kingston, Jamaica) actually cut his first record in England, after being sent there at age 17. He was breaking from his troublesome past that found him running with the rough crowd on the streets of Kingston. Upon his arrival in sunny Ladbroke Grove, producer Bunny Lee called him up on stage at a local dance to sing a tune. Impressed with the results, fellow producer Larry Lawrence got the young Tappa in the studio the very next day and cut "Jump and Twist." This led to Zukie's acclaimed 1973 debut album, Man Ah Warrior (KSCD 058CD/KSLP 058LP), but he remained somewhat disillusioned and homesick and he returned to Jamaica shortly after recording the LP. Dub Em Zukie (Rare Dubs 1976-1979) collects some great lost treasures and alternate cuts from some of Tappa's better-known releases from the period after his debut.
JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)
JMAN 045LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: JMAN 045LP
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VA Jukebox Jam!: Blues And Rhythm Revue 2LP
2017 repress on vinyl. 2LP version. Includes a fold-out booklet inside and a free color Jukebox Jam poster. Jazzman presents a whole load of raucous, rollicking and rambunctious '50s/'60s RnB bangers, blues boppers, jukebox faves and rompin', stompin' RnB dancers. The Jukebox Jam club night began in Summer 2007 as a monthly celebration of the authentic U.S. rhythm & blues of yesteryear. Two years later, the club's founder Liam Large linked up with Jazzman to release high-quality, short-run 7" singles of the often obscure R&B music which the club continues to thrive on. Jazzman had already carved a niche for itself with the label's many soul, funk n' jazz 45s, but here was the opportunity to work a new furrow in vintage Black American music, turning an already clued-up and tuned-in client base of hipsters, diggers and full-on record nerds onto the seemingly endless charms of rockin' blues, greasy RnB, jump blues and popcorn. Just as the Jukebox Jam club itself saw a fair few copycat enterprises spring forward in its wake, the label itself has been similarly influential in shaping the tastes of those who were yet to be introduced to the vast RnB reservoir, as well as sharpening and widening the palettes of the more journeyed enthusiast. This is due largely to the careful selection and programming of releases. Not merely picking the records with the most obvious crowd potential, the Jukebox Jam releases have often traded liberally in the unexpected and the unique. This album is the first full-length volume in the series. Founder and DJ Liam Large pulls together some selections from the 45 series and adds a further 8 songs. It's a set which manages to be both diverse and yet totally coherent in spectrum.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOMP 133CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: KOMP 133CD
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VERMONT II CD
Following their much-acclaimed surprise, self-titled debut album Vermont (KOMP 114CD/KOM 293LP) from 2014, Motor City Drum Ensemble's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions's Marcus Worgull reunite for more synth daydreaming on the suitably titled II. The new outing continues where the first full-length left off, strolling further down the luminous and undulating path that the duo turned into, influenced in equal measures by kosmische, krautrock, minimal wave and synth soundtracks. This latest batch of instrumental cuts opens with the strictly Balearic vibe of "Norderney", a softly swinging, light-footed recording with a keen sense for structure. Featuring a guest performance from Robbert Van Der Bildt (aka Kaap) on guitar, it's a telling starting point for the album that - similar to Vermont's self-titled debut - successfully navigates between economic, careful studio arrangements and playful, incidental exploration further pushing into jam session territory. Van Der Bildt's guitar returns on the plucky, curious "Ufer", where Vermont showcase a renewed sense for jazz-like improvisation - same as on the cuts "Dschuna", "Chanang" and "Wenik", which also include contributions from Dermot O'Mahony and Tadhg Murphy on strings. Still, Vermont's synth contraptions remain the album's main attraction, with the extensive array of gear encompassing an entire panopticon of analog bling - from Arp Oddysey and Moog Prodigy to Fender Rhodes, Juno and Prophet - list-studying gear heads will find lots to drool upon. Consequently, tracks like "Chemtrails", "Unruh" or "Gebirge" err on the machine side of things, expertly interweaving arpeggiated sequences for maximum atmospheric effect. Foreboding, slightly menacing synth motives as on "Skorbut" or "Chemtrails" are perfectly balanced with the casual ambient of "Hallo Von Der Anderen Seite" and the nostalgic warmth of "Demut" - while the gentle push of the masterful "Ki-Bou" even carries a whiff of classic deep house, linking the Vermont project to Plessow and Worgull's main careers as dancefloor movers and shakers. Continually intriguing, immersive and texturally rich, each one of Vermont's new pieces betray the experience, precision and determination of the producers involved - while opening up Worgull and Plessow's vocabulary for patient experimentation and subtle discoveries. A musical treat for synth aficionados - and everyone else.
LADIES & GENTLEMEN (GERMANY)
LG 015LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: LG 015LP
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PHONIQUE Green Supreme LP
Ladies & Gentlemen present Phonique's fourth full length album Green Supreme. Phonique, the Berlin-based award-winning producer and label owner, reigns as one of Europe's most in-demand and renowned house DJs. His career first exploded in 2004 with club anthems like "The Red Dress" and "For the Time Being" his first album Identification (DES 009CD, 2004) earned him global recognition. Phonique's three critically-praised albums attest to his evolving, diverse influences, deep knowledge of house music, and masterful intuition to serve the dancefloor. He has now produced his fourth anticipated album Green Supreme. Phonique continues to draw huge crowds, invitations to perform around the world, and collaborations with artists around Europe, South America and beyond. To date, Phonique has amassed a discography of more than 500 original tracks and remixes as well as three previous studio albums for acclaimed labels such as Dessous Recordings, Poker Flat Recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Systematic, Souvenir and of course his own label Ladies & Gentlemen, a collection which includes some runaway successes. Green Supreme is a collection of seven remarkable songs from one of the scene's most revered producers. The album features vocals by Antonia Vai, Stee Downes, Richard Davis, Ian Whitelaw, and Alexander East. The album has been co-produced by Phonique's long-time studio partner Alex Krüger, aka Tigerskin. Comes as green vinyl; Hand-numbered; Includes download code.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
LITA 152CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: LITA 152CD
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MCMULLAN, HAYES Everyday Seem Like Murder Here CD
"Bluesman. Sharecropper. Church deacon. Civil Rights activist. Hayes McMullan should be a name on every Blues aficionados' short-list and thanks to the preservation fieldwork carried out by one of the genre's greatest researchers some 50 years ago - it might soon be. Born in 1902, Hayes McMullan was discovered by the renowned American roots scholar, collector and documentarian Gayle Dean Wardlow. Wardlow, author of the seminal blues anthology Chasin' That Devil Music - Searching For The Blues, may be most famous for uncovering Robert Johnson's death certificate in 1968, finally revealing clues to the bluesman's mysterious and much disputed demise. Moreover, in his tireless and committed mission to preserve the Blues for future generations, he captured McMullan's raw talent on tape and on paper. Wardlow recorded these sessions, transcribed the songs and now, writes the sleeve-notes for this landmark release. Wardlow and McMullan met by chance on one of the former's record-hunting trips, in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, in 1967. Having introduced himself to McMullan on a hunch, it turned out this unassuming elderly man had not only heard of Wardlow's idol, Charley Patton, but had played alongside him in the 1920s, as part of a brief musical journey that took him from the plantation to the open roads and juke joints of the Depression-era South. Striking up a friendship that was deemed unorthodox in 1960's Mississippi, Wardlow traveled to McMullan's sharecropper's shack and convinced him to play guitar for the first time since he quit the Blues for the Church in the '30s. 'Hayes was playing like no one I had ever heard,' Wardlow writes with amazement. Wardlow visited McMullan on a handful of occasions, always taking his recorder, a guitar and some whiskey with him. It was during these visits that Wardlow captured - with surprising clarity - the songs that make up Everyday Seem Like Murder Here. Hayes McMullan passed away at the age of 84 in 1986, his talent and legacy largely unknown. 'Reflecting now on our brief time together, I marvel at the small glimpse of something much larger I was lucky to have captured,' writes Wardlow. 'The few old snapshots I took, the handful of tunes we recorded, and his brilliant performance of 'Hurry Sundown' captured on film are all that's left of the musical legacy of Hayes McMullan, sharecropper, deacon, and - unbeknownst to so many for so long - reluctant bluesman.' All tracks previously unreleased (except track #3); Remastered from original tapes; Liner notes by blues historians Gayle Dean Wardlow & John Miller."
MENTAL EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)
MENT 009CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MENT 009CD
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REQUIEM For A World After CD
Mental Experience present the first ever reissue of Requiem's For A World After, originally released in 1981. Dark, progressive, synth ambient meets Berlin-School sounds on this obscure kraut album, which "tells the story of a world annihilation through nuclear war." For A World After is full of delayed psychedelic electric guitar, effects, cold drum machines, waves of analog keyboards (Korg MS20, Casiotone 201, Crumar DS-2, Jupiter-4), and cosmic atmosphere. George Speckert is a conceptual electronic composer based in Hannover, but of North American origin. Working as a music teacher in Germany in the '70s, he started to write and produce music in his spare time, inspired by the European rock and electronic scenes of the time (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre, Emerson Lake & Palmer, etc.) He met another American expat, David Cassidy, who ran a small record label/studio - that's when Requiem started to take form. A chance meeting with a terrific guitar player named Massimo Grandi, led to Massimo adding some amazing electric guitar to the album. After six months, For A World After was released in a privately-pressed edition of 1000 on the small, Daviton label. RIYL: Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Conrad Schnitzler, Moebius, Popol Vuh, Metronic Underground, Rüdiger Lorenz, Michael Bundt, Wolfgang Bock, Michael Hoenig, Rolf Trostel, Pina. Master tape sound; Insert with liner notes and photos.
MIASMAH (UK)
MIA 036CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: MIA 036CD
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FJELLSTROM, MARCUS Skelektikon CD
Six years after his last album on Miasmah, Schattenspieler (MIA 013CD/LP, 2010), it's great to find Marcus Fjellström resurrected after several long years spent composing his audio-visual opera Boris Christ. Born out of shattered dreams and an obscured vision of the future, Skelektikon is a delirious yet lucid exploration of the farthest and most conflicted reaches of the heart, teeming with confusion, passion, and ghostly shadows. Being no conventional composer in any way, Marcus stumbles further down his musical domain of detuned orchestral (re-)arrangements and pain-inducing synth passages, arriving at a most unique and personal result. Where Schattenspieler gave way to noir filled alleyways, Skelektikon fills them with paranoia. It's the sound of limbo, of dancing amoebas, of deviant skeletons, nostalgia, and futurism, or quite possibly none of that. Inhabited by the bizarre and the beautiful, Marcus's music is a blurred yet encouraging representation of how you can never trust your own feelings - or eyes and ears for that matter. And yet, you can't shake the idea that the truth is to be found somewhere within this alien language, as delivered to us through the speakers. After the listener opens their eyes after the final track has dissipated, they shouldn't be surprised to find someone or something there, staring at us, in silent and unsettling knowledge. CD version comes in a digipak sleeve; Edition of 350.
MIA 037CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: MIA 037CD
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SVARTE GREINER Moss Garden CD
Erik K Skodvin returns with a focused album under his Svarte Greiner moniker, releasing two twenty-minute cinematic compositions, continuing where he left off with Black Tie (MIA 023CD, 2013). "The Marble" patiently sets the tone with a slow moving wall of strings underlaid by a warped bass line. A feeling of weightlessness covers the ground while empty space surrounds the listener in an embracing yet uneasy way. It's a gloomy territory with an unexpected extent of grace to encounter. Time gradually illuminates several stages of light and dark before revealing a desolate wasteland filled with electric organisms. "Garden" strikes heavily with rattling string hits and low bass waves quivering through your skull, transforming the scenery into a fallow that is staring right back at you. This could easily be the soundtrack to a nightmarish sleeplessness if it wasn't for carefully scattered comfort zones to be found in unknown territory - what appears to be violent at first soon reveals sheer reflective beauty. However, it is patience and repeated listening that liberate the aspired altered state of consciousness. Originally composed for Marit Følstad's installation art, Moss Garden more than ever consolidates Erik Skodvin's individual idea of soundscape. His approach can be interpreted as an embodiment of the word "Terrific" amelioration: Developing from "Terrifying" over "Intense" to its modern understanding in a little more than two centuries, Svarte Greiner reenacts this metamorphosis within a single recording. CD version of Svarte Greiner's 2016 album, previously only available on vinyl (MIA 037LP); Comes in a digipak sleeve; Includes a download code; Edition of 400.
MISSISSIPPI RECORDS
MRP 098LP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: MRP 098LP
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BEZOS AND THE WHITE BIRDS, KOSTAS Kostas Bezos And The White Birds LP+CD
"The first-ever compilation of 'Xabagies', the nearly forgotten Hawaiian-influenced music of 1930s Greece, focused on the compositions of Kostas Bezos and his ensemble White Birds. A world-class slide guitarist, political cartoonist, and sleepless Bohemian, Kostas Bezos created some of the most unique music of any era: surrealist guitar portraits blurring Athens and Honolulu, haunting tropical serenades, wild acoustic orchestras, and heartbreaking steel guitar duets. LP version includes a 28 page booklet with extensive notes by Tony Klein and Dimitri Kourtis, unpublished photographs, lyrics, obituaries, and a bonus CD containing 18 additional tracks. Mastered from original 78s by Michael Graves. Co-released by Olvido Records, edition of 1000."
MODERN CLASSICS
MCR 923LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: MCR 923LP
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MASIN/CHARLES HAYWARD, GIGI Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2 LP
LP version. Housed in a Stoughton, "tip-on" jacket; First ever vinyl reissue. "Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgium's Sub Rosa label in 1989, Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2 is a split LP on which Masin's eight tracks occupy side A and Charles Hayward's long-form piece (at 21 minutes long), 'Thames Water Authority', occupies side B. Geography may have separated the two artists, who each recorded their pieces in isolation from the other, but there's a commonality to their approach. Previously, Masin had released the inspired 1986 album Wind (BAR 003-015LP), while Hayward's music had long been influenced by the landscape and society of London and the UK. For this album, the label challenged the two musicians to write about the waterways of their respective cities, Venice and London. For Masin, that meant describing the human interactions related to the Italian city's famous landmarks. 'Places, faces, memories... that's what most of the people love to find when they travel to Venice - some kind of magic that's deep in the city,' he writes in the new liner notes accompanying this new re-release. For Hayward, it meant describing the physicality of water, the 'densities and energies' as he puts it, and the politics of it too. Writes Hayward: 'Water was being privatized at the time, the profit margin had been factored in, cost-cutting was implicit, people were being poisoned. Water was a political thing; it still is." Dive in. Track notes by Gigi Masin and Charles Hayward; Restored and remastered audio; Features the Masin track 'Clouds' as sampled by To Rococo Rot and Björk."
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 7275EP
PRICE: $62.00
CAT #: MR 7275EP
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LYRES Lucky 7 7x7"+CD BOX
Formed in Boston in the late '70s from the ashes of the legendary DMZ, Lyres are one of the truly essential garage bands -- and the seven 7"s (and CD) contained in this boxed set clearly prove why. Featuring 16 tracks spanning 1979 to 1991, they're loaded with sound, attitude, and a way of making music not found around too often. This set includes the contents of Lyres' never-unreleased first acetate, recorded live and pressed by the band only two weeks after their first rehearsal. Their amazing debut 7" on Sounds Interesting Records is presented with facsimile artwork, as are a string of magnificent tracks the band recorded during the 1980s for Boston's Ace of Hearts Records, run by Rick Harte, who also produced the recordings. Tracks such as "Buried Alive," "Help You Ann," "I Really Want You Right Now," "She Pays The Rent," "Not Looking Back," and other staples of the 1980s rock and roll scene show the band (and its varying line-ups) at the top of their game. Includes 20-page booklet with photos and liner notes by Lyres organist and vocalist Jeff Conolly. Limited edition of 700.
NIGHT TIDE (GERMANY)
NTTD 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: NTTD 003EP
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ALBRECHT LA'BROOY Emissary EP 12"
On Albrecht La'Brooy's Emissary EP, the Melbourne duo's live approach to programming and arrangement can be heard as the tracks ebb and flow effortlessly. In "Tempelhof", sub swells and a throbbing kick accompany delicate leads and lightly touched drums. "Hinterhof" pulses and sways with lively percussion, crystalline bells, euphoric strings and softly-spoken melodies. "U-Bahn / S-Bahn" begins with glistening top lines and panoramic chords over a growling bass and a steady groove. As the journey rolls on from the underground into open-air window-gazing territory, the piece takes an ambient, beatless turn.
OUIE (GERMANY)
OUIE 003LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: OUIE 003LP
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ACID PAULI BLD LP
Acid Pauli is a name synonymous with certain aesthetic towards electronic music culture - both a part of the unhooked generation of that grew up experiencing his revelatory sets at places like Bar 25 and Fusion, and yet deeply rooted in musicality and adventurousness. BLD, the second full-length album from Martin Gretschmann, aka Acid Pauli, builds on his already impressive back catalog which spans back to 2005, and includes a debut album released on Nicolas Jaar's Clown And Sunset. Over the course of the eight tracks, Gretschmann explores some of the many facets that have made him one of the most trusted artists in his field. Released on his own label Ouïe, which he runs with Nico Stojan, the album is the perfect expression of the imprint's commitment to diverse, exciting sounds, freed of the conventions of traditional club music. The album covers a number of moods and emotions, from dystopian carnivalesque vibes to moments of high intensity, through to deep melancholia and synth-laden ambience. Gretschmann's well-documented love of the sampler shines throughout - tracks are textured and colored with different hues from his extensive sound palette, whether it's a part of his more psychedelic moments, or concentrated on his innate knowledge of dancefloor dynamics. As such, BLD sits together as a complete piece of music - to be relished just as much by blissed out home listeners as the left-field dancers. Includes a download code.
PARADIGM DISCS (UK)
PD 004CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: PD 004CD
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OLIVEROS, PAULINE Electronic Works 1965-1966 CD
Restocked. "1 Of IV" and "Big Mother Is Watching You" were both made in the summer of 1966 at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio. "1 Of IV" was previously released in 1967, on Odyssey, alongside works by 2 other young composers - "Come out" by Steve Reich and "Night music" by Richard Maxfield. "Big Mother..." is a previously unreleased piece. The 3rd (and final) piece on this compilation was made at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1965 and was first released in 1977 on the compilation New Music For Electronic And Recorded Media, released on 1750 Arch Records. The 3 pieces on this CD are all live experiments, which at the simplest level use either an array of oscillators and filters, a mixer and one spool of tape feeding a series of (variously set up) stereo tape machines. Long delay lines, pile ups of noise and rich sonorities are the stuff of this music. The third piece also uses samples taken from Pucini's Madame Butterfly. All 3 pieces on this CD are not included on the 12 CD boxset of early electronic music by Oliveros, released by Important Records.
PD 032LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PD 032LP
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KYMATIK : MIDWITCH CUCKOOS Anthropological Constants LP
The works on Anthropological Constants straddle a fence between field recording and experimental composition. The intention of each piece is to lead the listener astray in their environment by firstly identifying cues or references, and then slowly transforming the cues without replacing them. In the words of one listener, the presence of "constantly changing soundscapes . . . of unfathomable origin, which act like some kind of travelogue of . . . your own memories," defines the intent behind these works. The original tracks that make up this LP were the first computer-based compositions (originally made between 1996 and 2001), derived from methods employed in live group performances during the late 1980s, which used the same techniques for transporting the audience from the known to the unknown, from the public to the private, or the external to the internal, by capturing and feeding back the listening space via chains of controlled processing. This isn't an attempt to separate the individual from the group listening experience but to try to demonstrate a method by which the individual listener is co-opted into a group experience of a space, via the removal of any specific meanings or cues in favor of potentials derived from the deconstruction of memory. First the environment must be un-learned, un-mediated, détourned. To some extent, these experiments are also psychedelic, in the sense that they aim at revealing something personal to each listener, which is also ever-present in the wider human experience of the surroundings. In that respect the work aims at that silence called "black noise": a purely human silence beyond that normally envisaged. A silence in which you can almost hear your own brain-ear mechanism scanning for references with which to define the dimensions of the space you are occupying. This vinyl edition was cut at SST and pressed at Optimal in a numbered edition of 500 and comes with an insert and download code.
PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 156-1EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: PERMVAC 156-1EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MARVIN & GUY Fire ! Fire ! 12"
"Fire ! Fire ! Dance with me." Permanent Vacation's first release in 2017 comes from the Marvin & Guy. They recorded four blissful tracks of fresh, twisted, and tingled creepy disco wave and eternal Route 66 flavor. The two cowboys want to give you the opportunity to dream and dance in the same intense way. "Despierta (Tus Sentidos)" features Mexico's hottest Zombies In Miami on the mic.
PIAS (GERMANY)
PIAS 39214221LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: PIAS 39214221LP
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BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE Dolores 2LP
Pias present a vinyl reissue of Dolores, the 2008 album by Germany's doom jazz cult band, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, the slowest band on earth. The vinyl of Dolores was not available for a long-time and is now back in full glory as a double LP edition in a gatefold sleeve. Personnel: Robin Rodenberg - bass; Thorsten Benning - drums; Morten Gass - organ, vocoder, synthesizer, bass; Christoph Clöser - piano (Fender Rhodes), vibraphone, saxophone (tenor and baritone). Recorded and engineered by Christoph Clöser and Morton Gass; Mixed and mastered by Marcus Schmickler and Bohren & The Club Of Gore; Produced by Bohren & The Club Of Gore; Recorded and engineered at Dark Victory Studios Cologne and Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany. Artwork by Melanie Höner (drawing) and Jörg Follert (typography).
PRESERVATION ELECTRONIC RECORDINGS
PER 786LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: PER 786LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BASMALA Basmala LP
Basmala is the debut album by the American world music and ambient soul production of Basmala. The album maintains a hip-hop base and ambient or minimal atmospheric sound, which is the unique signature of Basmala. Features: Mikial and Mumblz Medina. "That direction is spacey -- though not necessarily in the way you might expect. Basmala at times takes his cues from the hard bop of Charles Mingus, bouncing even his slowest beats at an acute angle. 'RNR' finds him folding sampled bleats into a pleated rhythm while a spectral piano haunts the air above. Later, 'Just Us' ,which features rapper Mumblz Medina, finds him working on Dâm-Funk's game. And while there's certainly more than a little of RJD2 and DJ Shadow's DNA coursing through the tracks, there's a slight minimalist pulse at Basmala's heart, too, and a dedication to following the drift of a song's élan that it shares with the spiritual jazz of the late '60s." --Flood Magazine "Basmala has a vision of the future, one informed not by his social experience at large, but by the inventor's call that exists in his head. Formerly known as Hasan Atiq, the artist now referred to as Basmala donned the title in order to demarcate a new direction of electronic hip hop. The self-titled debut is a progressive offering of afro-futurism that bonds in brotherhood with Anti-Pop Consortium and the black fusion jazz funk of the 1970s. Basmala brings an attitude to his debut that places him in the periphery of Brainfeeder's progressive methods, expanding the movement beyond one collective and into the social strata of black music." --Impose Magazine "While Basmala may be a new name to many, the man behind the alias, Hasan Atiq (who is formerly known as Autolect) has produced forward-thinking beats on a string of strong albums from the mid to late '00s (one of which featured production from 9th Wonder). The producer/rapper/singer is back working under this new pseudonym with his self-titled album. Basmala shows that he is still innovative with his ideas and execution now as he was a decade ago. Taking cues from progressive jazz (check out 'RNR' for proof) as well as ambitious hip-hop, the beatsmith has come up with something that's futuristic sounding, spiritual and unique." --Big Shot Magazine, who rewarded the album four stars.
PROG TEMPLE (UK)
PT 8065CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PT 8065CD
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EAST OF EDEN New Leaf CD
Prog Temple present a reissue of East Of Eden's New Leaf, originally released in 1971. East Of Eden had an unexpected top ten UK hit with "Jig-A-Jig" in early 1971. By that time they had undergone various changes in personnel and musical approach, though they were still led by violinist Dave Arbus (who guested on The Who's "Baba O'Riley" the same year). New Leaf was originally issued that November and found the band in fine form with a mixture of progressive and more laidback material. It makes a welcome return to CD here, together with background notes and images.
PT 8066CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PT 8066CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SOUTHERN COMFORT Southern Comfort CD
Prog Temple present a reissue of Southern Comfort's self-titled album, originally released in 1971. As Matthews' Southern Comfort, this superb British band enjoyed a massive worldwide hit with "Woodstock" in October 1970. Not long after the departure of Iain Matthews, the band decided to continue, recording Frog City in 1971 (PT 8014CD), followed by this laid-back, country-styled effort, which was also released in 1971 in December. It makes a long overdue return to CD here, together with background notes and images.
ROOM40 (AUSTRALIA)
RM 470LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: RM 470LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ENGLISH, LAWRENCE Cruel Optimism LP
LP version. "Cruel Optimism is a record that considers power (present and absent). It meditates on how power consumes, augments, and ultimately shapes two subsequent human conditions: obsession and fragility. . . . This edition owes its title and its origins to the wonderful text of the same name by American theorist Lauren Berlant. . . . In Cruel Optimism, I found a number of critical readings around the issues that have fueled so much of the music I have been making recently. Beyond her keen analysis of the relations of attachment as they pertain to conditions of possibility in the everyday, it was particularly her writing around trauma I found deeply affecting. It was a jumping off point from which a plague of unsettling impressions of suffering, intolerance, and ignorance could be unpacked and utilized as fuel over and above pointless frustration. When I made Wilderness Of Mirrors (RM 460CD/LP, 2014) clouds of unease were overhead. As I have worked through Cruel Optimism, what seemed an unimaginable future just a few years prior, began to present as actual. Over the course of creating the record, we collectively bore witness to a new wave of humanitarian and refugee crisis (captured so succinctly in the photograph of Alan Kurdi's tiny body motionless on the shore), the Black Lives Matter movement, the widespread use of sonic weapons on civilians, increased drone strikes in Waziristan, Syria and elsewhere, and record low numbers of voting around Brexit and the US election cycle, suggesting a wider sense of disillusionment and powerlessness. Acutely for me and other Australians, we've faced dire intolerance concerning race and continued inequalities related to gender and sexuality. The storm has broken and feels utterly visceral. Cruel Optimism is a meditation on these challenges and an encouragement to press forward towards more profound futures. Beyond the motivations forging the record, the process by which this edition was created was unlike many of my other records. Having worked largely alone in recent years, I wanted to shift away from that approach. . . . I count myself exceptionally fortunate to have been able to call on so many fine musicians in the making of this album. . . . I couldn't be more pleased to share Cruel Optimism with you." --Lawrence English, October 2016 Contributions in various forms from: Mats Gustafsson, Mary Rapp, Tony Buck, Chris Abrahams, Werner Dafeldecker, Norman Westberg, Brodie McAllister, Australian Voices, Vanessa Tomlinson, Heinz Riegler, and Thor Harris.
ROTORELIEF (FRANCE)
ROTOR 050LP
PRICE: $40.50
CAT #: ROTOR 050LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NURSE WITH WOUND Spiral Insana 2LP
Double-LP version. 180-gram vinyl. Deluxe metallic silver gatefold sleeve. Limited numbered edition of 1000. Rotorelief inaugurates its Silver Collection with this deluxe expanded reissue of Nurse With Wound's 1986 masterpiece Spiral Insana. One of Nurse With Wound's most deep and mysterious recordings, Spiral Insana is more ambient and user-friendly than many other NWW outings, without losing any of its surreal edge. Stapleton and guests Robert Haigh and David Jackman mix prepared piano, percussion, loops, and various bric-à-brac into an hour-long collage of mashed-up sound, jarring juxtapositions, buzz-saw distortion, and even a pipe organ. If that sounds disorienting, that's because it is. This edition marks the definitive release of the complete Spiral Insana sessions, with the contents of the original 1986 LP augmented by three recordings from the same period: "Mourning Smile" (originally released on the 1987 LP Drunk With The Old Man Of The Mountains and later included on the 1997 United Dairies CD reissue of Spiral Insana), "Nihil" (first released on the 1997 Spiral Insana CD reissue), and "A Missing Sense," a 25-minute tribute to Robert Ashley's Automatic Writing originally released as the NWW half of a 1986 LP split with Organum. Steven Stapleton: drums, cello, radio, guitar, bowed piano, percussion, loops, voice, tuba, organ, electronics; Robert Haigh: guitar; David Jackman: banjo, splutter, voice; Chris Wallis: acoustic guitar; David Tibet: trumpet; Diana Rogerson: voice; Andrew McKenzie: voice. Mastered by Denis Blackham. Cover art and pictures by Babs Santini. "Still stands as one of the clear highlights of Stephen Stapleton's singularly daunting and mountainous discography. . . . Many of the varied interludes are noisy, fragmented, and somewhat abrasive, but there is always a playful sense of mischief lurking in the shadows, ready to blunder into the steadily darkening fever dream at any second. . . . a brilliantly skewed and excellent album that has not faded with age one bit." --Anthony D'Amico, Brainwashed
ROTOR 050SIL-LP
PRICE: $50.00
CAT #: ROTOR 050SIL-LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NURSE WITH WOUND Spiral Insana (Colored Vinyl) 2LP
Colored double-LP version. 180-gram vinyl. Silver and black vinyl (disc one); silver and white vinyl (disc two). Deluxe metallic silver gatefold sleeve. Limited numbered edition of 500. Rotorelief inaugurates its Silver Collection with this deluxe expanded reissue of Nurse With Wound's 1986 masterpiece Spiral Insana. One of Nurse With Wound's most deep and mysterious recordings, Spiral Insana is more ambient and user-friendly than many other NWW outings, without losing any of its surreal edge. Stapleton and guests Robert Haigh and David Jackman mix prepared piano, percussion, loops, and various bric-à-brac into an hour-long collage of mashed-up sound, jarring juxtapositions, buzz-saw distortion, and even a pipe organ. If that sounds disorienting, that's because it is. This edition marks the definitive release of the complete Spiral Insana sessions, with the contents of the original 1986 LP augmented by three recordings from the same period: "Mourning Smile" (originally released on the 1987 LP Drunk With The Old Man Of The Mountains and later included on the 1997 United Dairies CD reissue of Spiral Insana), "Nihil" (first released on the 1997 Spiral Insana CD reissue), and "A Missing Sense," a 25-minute tribute to Robert Ashley's Automatic Writing originally released as the NWW half of a 1986 LP split with Organum. Steven Stapleton: drums, cello, radio, guitar, bowed piano, percussion, loops, voice, tuba, organ, electronics; Robert Haigh: guitar; David Jackman: banjo, splutter, voice; Chris Wallis: acoustic guitar; David Tibet: trumpet; Diana Rogerson: voice; Andrew McKenzie: voice. Mastered by Denis Blackham. Cover art and pictures by Babs Santini. "Still stands as one of the clear highlights of Stephen Stapleton's singularly daunting and mountainous discography. . . . Many of the varied interludes are noisy, fragmented, and somewhat abrasive, but there is always a playful sense of mischief lurking in the shadows, ready to blunder into the steadily darkening fever dream at any second. . . . a brilliantly skewed and excellent album that has not faded with age one bit." --Anthony D'Amico, Brainwashed
RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)
RLP 3189LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: RLP 3189LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
KROKOFANT Krokofant III LP
LP version. On their third album in just three years, Krokofant typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping the Nordic region: hard-boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms. Equally powerful on record and on stage, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early '70s jazz rock (think Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator, and the fierce heat of John Zorn or Peter Brötzmann's harsh free jazz ensembles. The group was properly born during the sessions at the proudly analog Engfelt & Forsgren Studio that led to their self-titled debut released on Rune Grammofon in 2014 (RCD 2154CD/RLP3154LP). This studio, with Christian Engfelt in charge of recording and mixing, has proved perfect for capturing the essence of a group like Krokofant, so it was only natural that they went back for the second album (RCD 2177CD/RLP3177LP, 2015) and now their third with Engfelt. Real musicians captured playing together in real time, you simply can´t beat that when it comes to this kind of music. Krokofant are the trio of: Axel Skalstad, Jørgen Mathisen, and Tom Hasslan.
SDBAN ULTRA (BELGIUM)
SDBANU 002CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SDBANU 002CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BLACK FLOWER Artifacts CD
Stirred up from deep within, from an abstract spiral of sound and movement, from a sensation of time and space absolving and converging at once, the Black Flower musicians have molded a tangible matter: the album Artifacts. Their second full album sounds international and ageless; Eastern influences, Ethio-dub, and jazz effortlessly merge producing psyche-delicious and accessible 21st century Ethio-dub-jazz. As if John Zorn put on Fela Kuti's shoes and imbibed Mulatu Astatke's whirls. Piloted by saxophonist/flutist/composer Nathan Daems (Ragini Trio, Dijf Sanders, Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra), this instrumental band aims for originality. Fellow musicians and "brothers down the road" are Jon Birdsong (dEUS, Beck, Calexico) on cornet, Simon Segers (Absynthe Minded, De Beren Gieren, Stadt) at the drums, Filip Vandebril (Lady Linn, The Valerie Solanas, Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra) on the bass, and Wouter Haest (Los Callejeros, Voodoo Boogie) playing keys. For many, the Ethiopian aspect once made known to the world by Mulatu Astatke will stand out. Still, Black Flower further adds oriental scales, Afrobeat à la Fela Kuti, jazz in a John Zorn way and varied western music traditions such as rock and dub. The resulting melting pot is undoubtedly inspired by Nathan's distant travels and the multifariously colorful city of Brussels. After their well-received debut album Abyssinia Afterlife (2014) which created an atmosphere of mythical figures and psychedelia, Black Flower now reflect on ancient and modern cultures. The album title Artifacts refers to centuries-old fragile objects or tools that empowered the development of human culture. The musicians' personal musical backgrounds and the result is an album with an ageless mystique. Artifacts is the synthesis of different cultures, of the past and present, and personal and collective memories. It is the soundtrack to modern reality, based on the elements that connect everybody. Uncomplicated originality, plenty of space for fantasy and an organic tone: those are the ingredients for Black Flower to lay claim to an age-old human ritual: dancing! Also features: Tcha Limberger plays violin on "Lunar Eclipse"; Gernas Shekhmous plays daf on "Realm And Era". CD version comes in an uncoated digisleeve.
SDZ RECORDS (FRANCE)
SDZ 021LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: SDZ 021LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PIERRE & BASTIEN Musique Grecque LP
Pierre & Bastien's third studio album, Musique Grecque, shows the band at its best with a well-constructed set of songs. Paul Jimenes's lyrics hold nothing back, juggling private and social subjects brilliantly. Dark and menacing moods chase the light and brighter ones; Once again this fight of the soul puts the listener at the heart of the band's life. Musically, the band is more powerful and intense as ever: guitarist Baptiste Nollet is particularly dazzling and Frédéric Trux pounds sometimes a nearly industrial rhythm to the songs. Their sound has echoes of bands like Wire, Wipers, Dogs, Metal Urbain or Reich Orgasm. The sheer brutality or depraved psychedelics displayed on some tracks contrast with the pop-like vocal harmonies of others. From the minimalist and destructive opener "Sympa" to the dark and disturbing closer "A Nu", from the striking "Secret" to the light "Musique Grecque", Pierre & Bastien have crafted a dense, varied and more-complex-than-it-seems album.
SHELTER PRESS (FRANCE)
SHELTER 076CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SHELTER 076CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LAZAR, GABOR Crisis Of Representation CD
Budapest-based composer Gábor Lázár debuts on Shelter Press with his second full-length album, Crisis Of Representation. Continuously defining his unique composition skills over the years, Gábor Lázár shared a first release with Russell Haswell for his now defunct imprint Last Foundation, quickly followed in 2014 with the album I.L.S. on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label and EP16 on Boomkat's The Death Of Rave label (RAVE 006LP), before collaborating in 2015 on a joint album with Mark Fell for the highly acclaimed The Neurobiology Of Moral Decision Making (RAVE 010LP), also released on The Death Of Rave. Crisis Of Representation is a collection of seven pieces. Years in the making, the record gathers tracks, as stated by Lázár, that were "mostly recorded in 2015, but some of the tracks were recorded as early as 2011; but they are all about the same idea. It's really important to me to be able to be focused over a long period of time." Titled Crisis Of Representation, the album is another step further into the direction of his abstract techno fragments. Instead of repeating beats, Gábor Lázár maintains linearity by using only one type of characteristic sound and a few composition techniques throughout the whole album. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering by Rashad Becker; Artwork by Zsófia Boda. CD version comes in a digipak; Includes additional track.
SHELTER 076LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: SHELTER 076LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LAZAR, GABOR Crisis Of Representation LP+CD
LP versions. 140 gram vinyl. Includes CD. Budapest-based composer Gábor Lázár debuts on Shelter Press with his second full-length album, Crisis Of Representation. Continuously defining his unique composition skills over the years, Gábor Lázár shared a first release with Russell Haswell for his now defunct imprint Last Foundation, quickly followed in 2014 with the album I.L.S. on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label and EP16 on Boomkat's The Death Of Rave label (RAVE 006LP), before collaborating in 2015 on a joint album with Mark Fell for the highly acclaimed The Neurobiology Of Moral Decision Making (RAVE 010LP), also released on The Death Of Rave. Crisis Of Representation is a collection of seven pieces. Years in the making, the record gathers tracks, as stated by Lázár, that were "mostly recorded in 2015, but some of the tracks were recorded as early as 2011; but they are all about the same idea. It's really important to me to be able to be focused over a long period of time." Titled Crisis Of Representation, the album is another step further into the direction of his abstract techno fragments. Instead of repeating beats, Gábor Lázár maintains linearity by using only one type of characteristic sound and a few composition techniques throughout the whole album. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering by Rashad Becker; Artwork by Zsófia Boda.
SOFRITO SUPER SINGLES (UK)
SSS 019EP
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: SSS 019EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AUNTIE FLO The Soniferous Garden 12"
"Brian d'Souza (aka Auntie Flo) brings together an international group of musicians to explore musical differences and celebrate shared visions across two extended tracks. Produced and arranged over an intense, collaborative two day session at the Santuri studio as part of the Ugandan Bayimba arts festival in Kampala in September 2015, the project draws on Senegalese Sabar drumming, the plaintive notes of the Adungu (a Ugandan 10 string harp) and the vocals of Gio Kiyingi, underpinned by d'Souza's arrangements and drum programming. The title The Soniferous Garden is taken from the writings of Canadian composer and environmentalist R Murray Schafer, a concept he defines as 'a garden or place of acoustic delights' -- an aural space of retreat from the oppressive overabundance of acoustic information that characterizes the modern industrial world. The two compositions are a response to this idea -- drawing the listener into meandering, ever-evolving themes that weave in and out of a rhythmic base that is equal parts traditional percussion and electronic production. The title track showcases the virtuoso Adungu playing of erstwhile Burnt Friedman collaborator Hakim Kiwanuka, and vocals from regular Highlife World Series contributor Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi whilst 'Rainfall On Red Earth' (inspired by the vivid colours of the landscape around the studio) pushes the talking drum of Mama N'Dieck Seck Thiam to the fore."
STAUBGOLD (GERMANY)
STAUB 145LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: STAUB 145LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
LOS PIRANAS La Diversion Que Hacia Falta En Mi Pais LP
For more than 20 years, Eblis Alvarez (Meridian Brothers), Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica), and Pedro Ojeda (Romperayo, Sidestepper) have been exposed to Latin American tropical types of music that, for many years (and still recently), have been relegated to the last place of good taste. Vallenato, Peruvian chicha, Colombian raspa, champeta, some African sounds and cumbia, in its different genres (sabanera, rabajada, sonidera), make part of the new style that Los Pirañas expose in the agitated Colombian music scene. Their debut album Toma Tu Jabón Kapax (VAMPI 148CD/LP, 2013) is deliberately strident and still - you can easily dance to it. In 2013, they released the 7" single Salvemos Nuestro Folclor and a video, directed by artists Mateo Rivano and Santiago Mora. Their second LP, La Diversión Que Hacía Falta En Mi País, was recorded in June 2014, in collaboration with Quantic (Will Hollland), recorded on analog tape and mixed live.
STRANGETOWN RECORDS (UK)
STR 031CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: STR 031CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FFUG Ffug CD
Ffug is the first full length album by the teenaged group FFUG. From Crymych in Pembrokeshire, FFUG consist of Iolo Selyf on vocals, Billy Morley on guitar, Henry Jones on bass, and Joey Robbins on drums. They play crunching punk with melodic, lyrical interludes and pointed, thoughtful lyrics in both English and Welsh. At a time when rock appears to be moribund, they invest the form with a new wit, energy, and excitement. If you thought rock was dead, FFUG shout that it isn't and never will be. Produced by Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals), Ffug contains ten songs that mix hardcore power with sly vocal harmonies and sudden interludes of openness and reflection. Iolo Selyf sings about adolescent problems - both observed and autobiographical - with strong opinions about what is going on in Wales and Britain in general. Here is the teenage news, in all its confusion, anger, energy, and a strong sense of what is wrong with the world. Isn't that, in part, what rock music in general and punk in particular is there for? As Iolo says, "it should be being pissed off about the government; being pissed off about how you're treated day to day; being pissed off about all the injustice in the world. And I don't feel like it's a common feeling in rock music currently. Which I think is a definite shame."
STUDIO BARNHUS (SWEDEN)
BARN 047LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BARN 047LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ART ALFIE Reveries Of 2x12"
2x12" version. Reveries Of begins with a simple electrical hum - a starting signal for the appearance of a vibrant array of sound, shifting before us in seemingly random motion. Before you know it, all those pulsating melodies, razor-cut hi-fi-house beats and drunken robot jazz ensembles start forming into patterns, secretly and perfectly designed by one Art Alfie. A long time operator in Stockholm's small but insistent underground music scene, Oscar Wedrén broke through internationally in 2012 with the Karlovak project, founded with on-off studio and DJ partner Rudolf Nordström, aka Mr. Tophat. The duo's inexplicably fresh takes on classic dance music tropes is as much a result of a brilliantly odd pairing of personalities as of a defined concept and a precise method in searching for the perfect house groove. While writing Reveries Of, Art Alfie freed himself of all conceptual footholds, delving instead deep into his archives of old and new memories and feels, working with improptu field recordings, and emotionally-guided sampling processes. He came back with an intricate and personal debut album and he didn't lose his groove on the way. "Esquinas" features Daniel Rääf.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 433CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 433CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
DE JAER, BAUDOUIN Eclerectic Attracta CD
Surrounded by Quatuor Tana, the unpredictable Baudouin De Jaer presents four new pieces that push the boundaries of contemporary composition. Composer and violinist Baudouin De Jaer studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur, Frederic Rzewski and with Bruce Mather at McGill University in Montréal. His works have been performed by the following ensembles: Synonymes, Besides, Arditti, Quadro, Stream, Ear Unit, Musiques Nouvelles, Orchestre De Mulhouse, National Korean Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique De Liège, Timf Seoul Ensemble, Korean Project, Ensemble 21, and Ensemble 88. In 2010, Baudouin De Jaer was awarded a prize from the National Gugak Center for his Gayageum compositions. In 2011, he resolved the enigmatic music system of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli and released a CD called The Heavenly Ladder on Sub Rosa (SR 312CD). Since 2011, Quatuor Tana has been the only European ensemble to be playing on electronic equipment with the Airturn Electronic Scoring System, which makes them an ideal partner for research neither calculated nor premeditated. Quatuor Tana's singularity rests on its undeniably unique and fiercely contemporary repertoire. Its musicians impose, in a single voice, four wills and four energies that, while attached to the quartet tradition, have firmly decided to expand the framework and find individual expression in contemporary creations. Their insatiable music curiosity pushes them to explore the multiple facets, styles and riches of scores created by living composers. Quatuor Tana has performed in major halls and festivals around the world. Eclerectic Attracta comes as a six-page digipak CD and comes with a 16-page booklet.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
SF 109LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: SF 109LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Where the Mountains Meet the Sky: Folk Music of Ladakh LP
Music from Ladakh recorded during the making of the film The Song Collector (2014) by director Erik Koto, with additional material recorded by Bill Kite in 1992. "Situated high in the Western Himalaya, Ladakh is one of the great cultural crossroads of Asia. For centuries, it sat at the hub of ancient trade routes that connected the Silk Road to India, Tibet, and Kashmir. Each year, once the winter snows had melted from the high passes surrounding Ladakh, its markets would buzz with merchants from throughout central Asia. They brought spices, wool, salt, and silk. They also brought their instruments and their folks songs. Over time, these diverse musical influences laid the foundation of Ladakh's unique folk traditions. Folk music became central to the daily life of the Ladakhis with song serving as an essential form of communication, documentation, and entertainment. This collection of songs is intended to offer a sampling of the range of Ladakh's folk music. These songs also celebrate one of the great folk artists of Ladakh, Morup Namgyal. Morup is an avid preservationist and during his 30-year career working at Ladakh's only radio station (All India Radio, Leh) he recorded a vast archive of Ladakhi folk songs. This collection of over 1,000 recordings was unlike anything else in Ladakh and formed a crucial link to a dying folk tradition. Tragically, it burned to the ground in 2002 when a fire raged through the old wooden radio station building. The loss was devastating, but Morup immediately set about recreating the archive. Five of the songs on this album, recorded in 1992, are among the handful of tracks to have been spared by the fire. Today, Ladakh's marketplaces bear little resemblance to the buzzing markets of old. Gone are the camel trains and merchants, replaced instead by Indian trucks belching smoke. Seemingly vanished too are the folk musicians, pushed aside by the synthetic beats of the latest Bollywood hit. But the folk artists have not vanished entirely, and if you wander beyond the blare of the latest pop song, you'll discover a folk tradition that, thanks to the efforts of Morup Namgyal and others like him, is alive, evolving, and poised to endure the challenges of modernization." --Erik Koto. LP comes with a full-size insert containing historic photos, song lyrics, and liner notes by Erik Koto.
TANGRAM RECORDS (BELGIUM)
TNGRM 014EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TNGRM 014EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LTGL Splatter 7"
As the first in a series of two-track seven inches, Tangram Records present LTGL. LTGL is a Jamaican-Polish hybrid beat-maker from Belgium. Splatter is a slowly building anthem that takes you on a trip through LTGL's universe, safely returning you home afterwards. The flip features his remix of "Java" by STUFF., probably Belgium's best band of the moment. LTGL turns the original completely inside-out, inserts heavy bass and switches themes more often than you can count.
THE BUNKER NEW YORK
BK 022EP
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: BK 022EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CUDMORE, JUSTIN Forget It EP 12"
Following a move from Chicago to Brooklyn, his rise as an in-demand DJ on the local underground circuit, and a widely charted 2016 debut single ("Crystal") on Honey Soundsystem, the Forget It EP is Justin Cudmore's debut on The Bunker New York. White-labels of the EP have drawn Brooklyn dancers to the booth demanding a track ID at late-night DJ sets by Bunker New York family members. With steady basslines, vocal hooks, and wiggly acid overtones, these are floor-fillers that more than capably stand up to home listening. Mastered by Neel at EnissLab. Cut at Manmade Mastering. Pressed at Brooklyn Vinyl Works.
THE WIRE (UK)
WIRE 397
PRICE: $8.50
CAT #: WIRE 397
FILE UNDER: Misc
WIRE, THE #397 March 2017 MAG
"On the cover: Aine O'Dwyer (Through her sounding of sacred spaces and collaborative projects, the Irish musician moves between the folk traditions and performance art that form her musical heritage). Inside the issue: The Primer: A user's guide to Moroccan trance; Experimental music from Canada; Invisible Jukebox: Alexander Hawkins ; Global Ear: Seoul and Chuncheon; ADULT. (The Detroit electroshock duo bring it all back home); Mary Ocher (The Berlin based artist offers collage without frontiers); Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments (Clare Salaman drags Francis Bacon's utopian music into the present)."
TRUNK (UK)
JBH 001BOX
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: JBH 001BOX
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA The Britxotica! Box: Three Amazing Albums Of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles! 3CD BOX
At last, all three killer Britxotica! LPs now available as a three CD box set. So that's 48 super rare and extraordinary exotic British masterpieces over three genre-defining albums. Britxotica! (pronounced "Britzotica") neatly describes an odd and yet undocumented pre-Beatles British musical scene where famed UK composers, as well as unknown singers and bandleaders, threw convention on holiday and went wild. For this very special box set Trunk have gathered the first three amazing and groundbreaking Britxotica! albums. Thought up and put together by legendary "smashing" DJ and co-creator of The Sound Gallery (1995) Martin Green and maverick collector Jonny Trunk, here are 48 incredible, unusual, inspiring, and super rare British tracks, set across these three magical and very different albums: Britxotica! London's Rarest Primitive Pop and Savage Jazz (JBH 057LP, 2015), Britxotica Goes East!: Persian Pop And Casbah Jazz From The Wild British Isles! (JBH 059LP, 2016), Tropical Britxotica! Polynesian Pop And Placid Jazz From The Wild British Isles! (JBH 062LP, 2016). So sit back, relax and let Britxotica! take you to musical places you have only ever dreamed of. Comes in a clamshell box; Each CD comes in a slipcase - a mini replica of the original vinyl LPs: the classic black and white Britxotica! post-war exotic style; Includes an eight-page booklet with comprehensive notes about the artists, bandleaders, and all the forgotten Britxotica! stars. Features: Lyn Cornell, Ted Heath, Allan Bruce, Rawicz and Landauer, Lucille Mapp, Sounds Incorporated, Nadia Cattouse, Brian Fahey, Tony Mansell and Johnny Dankworth, Reg Owen, Harry H Corbett, Laurie Johnson Orchestra, Edmundo Ros, Maxine Daniels, Cherry Wainer, Jerry Allen, Beverley Sisters, Chico Arnez, Stanley Black, Johnny Keating and the Z Men, Charles Blackwell, Philip Green and His Mayfair Orchestra, Kenny Day, Tony Osborne, Johnny Keating Kombo, Laurie Johnson, Roy Tierney, Ray Ellington, Frank Weir, The Sound of Ed White, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love, Marion Ryan, Dick Katz, George Melly and Kenny Graham, International 'Pops' All Stars, Johnny Gentle, Kenny Graham, Betty Smith and The Malcolm Lockyer Group, Martinas and His Music, and Norrie Paramor.
UNIVERSITY OF VICE (SPAIN)
UOVR 008LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: UOVR 008LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Poco Loco in the Coco LP
2017 repress. Ultra-rare gems extracted from 45 and 78 records released in the '50s and early '60s by obscure record labels. A unique mix of genres, perfect for a successful exotic party: tropicalypso, Persian cha-cha-cha, Latin and roll, Japanese rhumba, Hawaiian swing, Polynesian surf, Bahamian drums, Mexican monsters, and Brazilian exotica. The craziest compilation of music from all over the world. This comp collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure, crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the '50s and '60s. A brilliant and bonkers concoction of exotica and international nonsense novelties. If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records, then this is for you. This platter will liven up any party -- lurch-eriffic, tropical crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes and ears alike pop just like corn. Long live the University of Vice.
UOVR 016LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: UOVR 016LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Poco Loco in the Coco Vol. 4 LP
The craziest compilation of music from all over the world, Poco Loco in the Coco Vol. 4 collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze extracted from 45s and 78s platters from the '50s and early '60s by obscure record labels. A brilliant and bonkers concoction of exotica and international nonsense novelties - if you need something new to listen to after you've worn out your Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records, then this is for you. A unique mix of genres perfect for a successful exotic party: Arabian swing, cha-cha-cha, bebop, Singaporean garage ye-ye, rumble rock from Thailand, Mexican troglodyte garage punk, and more. This platter will liven up any party! Lurch-eriffic tropical crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes and ears alike pop just like corn. Long live the University of Vice. Features: Abdul Alexi Freeman, Teddy Martin, Los Albinos, Billy Nash, Gaston Y Sus Thunders, Zhang Xiao Ying, Dany Maurice, Los Dorman, The Goyos's Cats, Les Kili-Cats, The Modern Orientals, Rosendo Ruiz Jr., Jack Ary, and Johny's Guitar.
VIETNAM (FRANCE)
BEC 5156710
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BEC 5156710
FILE UNDER: ROCK
H-BURNS Kid We Own The Summer CD
The record cover shows a woman walking towards dusk - or is it dawn? Two years after the success of Night Moves (BEC 5156022/5156023, 2015) - a wander through a threatening nocturnal Los Angeles - H-Burns returns with a new record for twilight. Kid We Own The Summer finds its identity between a few landmarks such as David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti's California, the intimacy of Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978), the relative calmness of Suicide's second album (1980), and the elegant melancholy of The National. In order to compose, Renaud Brustlein, aka H-Burns, decided to reinvent himself once again. He didn't repeat the live configuration that he used in 2013 with Off the Map (BEC 5162399/5161300), an "electric storm" recorded in Chicago, with a band, in a single week, with the legendary Steve Albini. For Kid We Own The Summer, the composer started working in his home studio, by gradual touches, because there's no place like home. The result is a melancholic, cinematic stroll across stories of misguided couples, unspoken words that end-up ruining people's lives, the pursuit of dangerous situations - like an elegy to the end of adolescence, leading to a place we're unsure of. Born from a keyboard, a piano and a beatbox, these ten songs were brought to light, as always with infinite delicacy, by impeccable guests-friends: strings by Bertrand Belin and vaporous keyboards by Denis Clavaizolle (Bashung, Murat, Daniel Darc); mixed by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck) and mastered by the great Greg Calbi (Springsteen, Dylan, Paul Simon). Noisey said Night Moves was the perfect record for "all the cold and sad months to come." Kid We Own The Summer is a record for sleepless nights. CD version comes in digipak with two panels, a 12-page booklet.
VINILISSSIMO (SPAIN)
MRSSS 543LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MRSSS 543LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
BRAZILIAN OCTOPUS Brazilian Octopus LP
Vinilisssimo present a reissue of Brazilian Octopus's self-titled album, originally released in 1969. This is such a unique album. Each tune is a winner, no wonder originals have fetched exorbitant prices in the collectors market, and it has been hailed by connoisseurs such as Nicola Conte or Andy Votel over the years. It features Hermeto Pascoal, Cido Bianchi (former Milton Banana Trio member), Lanny Gordin and shows an unusual mix of different styles and influences that transcends any possible category: from pop to Cuban rhythms. The bossa nova is obviously also present, as in many other Brazilian recordings from 1969, but the complex arrangements make this record lean towards the jazzier side of things, while the organ/guitar/vibes sounds will appeal for garage music lovers. Brazilian Octopus was formed in 1968 after Lívio Rangan, a wealthy businessman from Sao Paulo, asked Cido Bianchi to put together a band that would play at the shows run by his fashion company, Rhodia. A proper work contract was issued, including three months of paid rehearsals. Despite their diverse background, most of the members of the band already knew each other as they would often perform at Stardust, a popular club managed by Lanny's father. Hermeto Pascoal, and Nilson da Matta, joined the band a few months later. Then Mr Rangan approached the band again with a new idea: the recording of a full album mixing tunes written by other artists and their own compositions. The record was released by Fermata in 1969 and the band was then tempted with the idea of recording a second album. However, the offer was declined since the musicians had not received any fee for their work. That was the end of Brazilian Octopus. Nearly five decades after its first release, with original copies having almost vanished off the face of Earth, this beauty is made available again. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
MRSSS 545LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MRSSS 545LP
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KNOCKER JUNGLE Knocker Jungle LP
Vinilisssimo present a reissue of Knocker Jungle's self-titled album, originally released in 1970. Ember was a British label created in 1960 by Jeffrey Kruger, founder of London's Flamingo Club. As well as recording British acts, Ember distributed many American and other recordings in the UK. The Knocker Jungle LP was released by the label in 1970, when the duo had already split, being withdrawn from sale shortly after due to a controversial picture included in the inner sleeve that made many shops refuse to stock it. A single (for the Spanish market only) somehow managed to get released too, and that's about all Tony Coop and Keith Jones achieved in their short life as Knocker Jungle. What the band members had done before this project was formed, or where this album led them to, remains totally unknown. Their music speaks for itself, confessing a true passion for classic song-based artists, from Donovan to Nick Drake or Dylan, with a certain degree of hippie-bluesy approach on most tracks. Tony Cox (responsible for producing Yes's album Time And A Word (1970) and other records from Family, Caravan, etc) held production duties and Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention are featured among the band players. From the splendid opener "I Don't Know Why", consistency remains solid throughout the entire album. The catchy "You've Lost Your Love For Me" adds some early T-Rex sound into the equation while "Where I Belong" shows a strong West Coast influence. Almost 47 years after its sudden withdrawal from the shops, this rare gem gets a deserved vinyl reissue. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
WARNER BROTHERS
MS 2089HLP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: MS 2089HLP
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FAHEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA, JOHN Of Rivers and Religion (180-Gram Vinyl) LP
180-gram reissue of John Fahey's 1972 major-label debut. "In the liner notes for this wonderful disc, sideman Chris Darrow comments, 'I remember the first time I ever heard him, I thought they'd turned the record from 45 to 33 or something, 'cause I couldn't believe how slow he played.' One of the (many) great beauties in Fahey's approach is just that: he takes his time and savors every last resonance he can wring from his guitar. This 1972 release was his first for a major label (originally on Reprise) after more than a decade of issuing work privately or on small imprints, and also the first instance of Fahey having access to a large ensemble of musicians, including a brass and string section. Still, the extra players don't come close to swamping the session; Fahey is very much in the foreground and a number of the pieces read, essentially, as solo performances. It opens with 'Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend,' as gorgeous an example of Fahey's slide guitar work as he ever recorded, languid, soulful, and profound. Similarly, his medley of 'Deep River' and 'Ol' Man River' is steeped in Delta humidity, lazily floating downstream. The tracks with the brass band raise the ghosts of Dixieland, while some of the string accompaniment may recall Van Morrison. In any event, Fahey, major label or not, is simply himself, leisurely rolling along, sharply perceptive in his observations and sumptuously gorgeous in his evocations. A fine effort and certainly something that belongs on the shelves of any fan of the late, very great guitarist." --Brian Olewnick, AllMusic
WATER WING
WW 020LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: WW 020LP
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AMPS FOR CHRIST The Plains Of Alluvial LP
" 'The alluvial fans on the south side of the San Gabriel mountains are some of the biggest anywhere. I ended a twelve year relationship and moved into my friend's house in east Claremont only about 100 yards from the San Antonio River, on the center of that giant alluvial plain. I made instruments in a falling down garage and in the front of the house built a studio. It was the end of me in Man Is The Bastard and the birth of me returning to folk, but bringing hardcore and noise back with me. I started calling it folk-core meaning folk and hardcore mixed together and 'Musnic' meaning musical noise. I had at that studio a Hammond S-6 chord organ, pure tube electronics with no mechanical tone wheel to derive the sounds. I circuit bent it to produce the sounds of bodrahns and bagpipes, sounds I have always loved. It has 60-80 vacuum tubes in it! A small little organ designed by John Hannert for Hammond; and one was used on Magical Mystery Tour. I had been writing Amps For Christ on all the amps and oscillators I made, so it ended up being my new name. The Plains Of Alluvial felt meant to be, everything, the name, the recordings just seemed to fall in place. I took the tape to Dennis of Shrimper Records and he agreed to release it.' -Henry Barnes Now reissued for the first time ever. The Amps For Christ debut cassettes a full length LP with covers letter-pressed by Stumptown Printers. Limited to 500 copies."
WEYRD SON RECORDS (BELGIUM)
WYS 007EP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: WYS 007EP
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KOBAN Vide 12"
Koban is a storm that has been gathering over the Pacific Northwest since 2011. After an EP and full length recording behind them, the Vancouver-based duo is striking out again with this six-song EP. Koban naturally and seamlessly genre-bend, their punk roots buried deep under layers of melded synth, goth, and post-punk. This creates a unique sound which is simultaneously full and sparse, atmospheric and uneasy. A drum machine creates a baseline over which moody interchanging vocals and blown-out guitar noise quickly and organically oscillates. Their lyrics nod to their influences and are sung in French for an icy touch.
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