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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 9/3/2018

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New music is due from Sun Dial, Nadia Khan, and Mark McGuire, while old music is due from Faust, Robert Rental, and Umeko Ando.

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AMETHYST SUNSET
AMETHYST 024CS
PRICE: $10.50
CAT #: AMETHYST 024CS
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MCGUIRE, MARK Vision Upon Purpose Cassette
Cassette version. Mark McGuire returns with Vision Upon Purpose, the full-length sequel to Beyond Belief (2015). Continuing a process that began in 2015 with the birth of the beloved one, Vision Upon Purpose sees magic brought directly into 3D reality, bringing new adventures into being with a new sight and new purpose; this will be the toughest and most beautiful road yet. These are warm, electric soul rainbow songs for the elders -- past, present, and future. All songs written by Mark McGuire utilizing electric and acoustic guitar along with guitar, synthesizer, bass, and vocals. Previously released on CD in Japan, Amethyst Sunset present this limited-edition vinyl version. Mastered by James Plotkin.
AMETHYST 024LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: AMETHYST 024LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MCGUIRE, MARK Vision Upon Purpose LP
Mark McGuire returns with Vision Upon Purpose, the full-length sequel to Beyond Belief (2015). Continuing a process that began in 2015 with the birth of the beloved one, Vision Upon Purpose sees magic brought directly into 3D reality, bringing new adventures into being with a new sight and new purpose; this will be the toughest and most beautiful road yet. These are warm, electric soul rainbow songs for the elders -- past, present, and future. All songs written by Mark McGuire utilizing electric and acoustic guitar along with guitar, synthesizer, bass, and vocals. Previously released on CD in Japan, Amethyst Sunset present this limited-edition vinyl version. Mastered by James Plotkin. LP version includes download code.
ANGRY MOM RECORDS
AMA 004CD
PRICE: $13.50
CAT #: AMA 004CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ZOUMBAS, ALEXIS A Lament for Epirus, 1926-1928 CD
Restocked. "Alexis Zoumbas' expressions of longing are so raw and unmediated that I suspect anyone who has ever yearned for anything -- who has ever gazed dolefully out a window, or sighed audibly over a cup of whiskey, or felt subsumed by a certain kind of ache -- will feel these songs like a club to the back of the knees. They are immediate, destructive, and stunning. That Christopher King was able to collect and contain them for us is an extraordinary gift." --Amanda Petrusich; Years of research and obsession have resulted in this, the first collection of recordings by the legendary and masterful Greek folk violinist Alexis Zoumbas. Very few pre-War musicians have tapped deeper into the human soul than Zoumbas and this volume presents his most profoundly hypnotic and unearthly pieces. A deep set of notes is accompanied by previously-unpublished photographs as well as original artwork by R. Crumb. Respectfully crafted by Christopher King and Susan Archie for Angry Mom Records.
BIG CROWN
BC 033LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BC 033LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
OKONKOLO Cantos LP
LP version. "In a world where chaos seems to be in control more often than not, music can occasionally be a temporary respite; and at best, a form of salvation. This is the transcendent realm of Okonkolo: Yoruban Santeria music like you have never heard before. Okonkolo transports listeners to another realm; a spiritual dance with gods beyond our grasp, held together by rhythm, passion and musical virtuosity. The group is the life's work of New York-born percussionist and Yoruba Chango priest Abraham 'Aby' Rodriguez. His group quietly released Rezos, a gorgeous 10-Inch EP in 2016 on Brooklyn's Big Crown, and has now returned to give the world even more hypnotic incantations on their debut full length. Featuring nine songs, each of the group's religious epiphanies on Cantos follow a similar path, with transcendently hypnotic results. As with all Santeria ritual musical accompaniment, drums are at the center of all offerings -- namely, the Bata and Coro. In Okonkolo, they are played by Rodriguez, Gene Golden and Xavier Rivera. Building on these rhythms, vocals play an equally important role in the proceedings, sung in Yoruba, contributed by Aby and the powerful female voices of Amma McKen and Jadele McPherson. Although not necessarily musically comparable, conceptually Cantos clearly reminds listeners of artists and albums that effortlessly straddle the line between the sacred and the secularly sublime: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's finest work; Ravi Shankar; Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda; and many more classics released over the past half century. These are albums cherished by fans, which go far deeper than mere entertainment. Along the Cantos journey, strains of music from around the world can be heard -- Africa, South America, the Caribbean and even New York City. Beyond the drums and vocals featured at any traditional Yoruba / Santeria ceremony, with this album there are additional layers that add to the musical beauty: overlaid on top of traditional elements are jazz-associated instrumentation, including horns, bass, guitar and even lush string arrangements. These additional sounds were created by guitarist and producer Jacob Plasse, who first heard and performed with the group more than a decade ago, and who brought the project to the Big Crown label. While Santeria / Yoruban spiritual music is generally associated with Cuba in this hemisphere (and also Bahia, in Brazil), Rodriguez does not fit the traditional pedigree. 'I'm an American,' he proudly admits, with a smile. 'A Puerto Rican from New York. The Cubans I know always ask, 'How can you play this?' And I tell them, 'Don't ask me, ask God.'' The Santeria religion endured the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the solares of Cuba and arrived in New York City by way of Caribbean migrants who sought a better life in the barrios of the Bronx and Brooklyn. And New York is where Aby Rodriguez first came in contact with Plasse. 'We met in the early '90s, doing salsa gigs over at Plan B in the Lower East Side,' Plasse recalls. 'After I had played there a couple times, Aby told me I should come later the next week, because the first part of the show was going to be different. Needless to say, I came early to see what I wasn't being included in!' He continues, 'Abraham was doing a tambor for Chango. I had never seen anything like it. In Cuba, I had gone to some amazing tambors, but somehow what Aby was doing was different -- it was the bata repertoire but with his own subtle New York doowop thing happening. And in a salsa club no less! It was beautiful and unique, and I wanted to figure out a way to collaborate, even if I had to wait more than 10 years to do it.' On Cantos there are multiple examples of how this musical hybrid can move listeners. Take 'Yemaya,' where plucked guitars break down into dissonant sul pont violin textures. As the batá drums build in intensity the arrangement culminates in guitars and descending clarinet arpeggios, Nick Movshon's propulsive bass brings the piece to a climactic finale. Or 'Canto Asoyin' where an imagined Santeria / Stax session gives way to a gutbucket guitar refrain, before transitioning to a high-life section where ancient and modern Nigerian musical traditions wink slyly at each other. 'Ochun' is sung first by Abraham and then by Amma McKen, and each version is quietly startling. Amma's begins with ominous piano chords that lead to plucked cellos and violins in counterpoint against a soca guitar riff, preceding a decrescendo into baritone sax and viola tremolos. As Amma explains, 'Through the song, there is possession. We are the vehicles through which all of this positive energy flows. It's a language, and it's very sacred.' And then there is 'Obatala,' which has a sublime breakdown where pizzicato violins, violas and cellos mimic the different drums of the batá ensemble. Many listeners will barely register these mercurial arrangements and their admittedly strange juxtapositions against Orisha music. Only upon closer inspection does one become aware of how these ancient songs are being shifted and reimagined, and how they linger ethereally between worlds, just like the orishas."
BC 046-12
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BC 046-12
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SHACKS, THE The Shacks (Bonus Tracks) LP
LP version. Includes bonus tracks. "With the release of the group's all new full-length Haze Big Crown now takes you back to where The Shacks story started with the reissue of the group's self-titled EP which includes 'This Strange Effect' as featured in Apple's global iPhone 8 commercial! When you listen to the Shacks' self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon's whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, 'Strange Boy,' which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have been compared to 90's indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, you wouldn't find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon's music collection. All these bands are drinking from the same well, just 20 years apart. Highlights from The Shacks EP include a cover of the Ray Davies-penned 'Strange Effect,' which Shannon sings as if it were written for her, giving the song an unnerving edge that's way more interesting than Dave Berry's tepid original. Also included on the EP is 'Orchids,' one of Leon Michels and Max Shrager's first co-productions, recorded at the legendary Diamond Mine studios. 'Orchids' is a truly original piece of music that showcases The Shacks' adventurousness in the studio. 'Left It With the Moon' is a lo-fi lullaby written by Shannon and recorded to 4 track cassette at Max's home studio in Princeton, NJ. And 'Hands In Your Pockets' features the Frightnrs rhythm section laying down a pitch-perfect rocksteady backing track behind Shannon's deadpan delivery a la Jane Birkin." Includes bonus tracks.
BC 074-7
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: BC 074-7
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SHACKS, THE My Name Is.../Sand Song 7"
"The A side 'My Name Is...' is one of the first songs The Shacks wrote shortly after they met. Producer Leon Michels had the track and the title for it and sent it on to The Shacks to pen the lyrics. Max Shrager says of writing the lyrics 'this song is about setting a time and place to meet up, wandering around like ghosts until we spotted each other in a crowd of strangers. It is inspired by 'I Only Have Eyes For You' by The Flamingos'. Musically, it has the infectious attraction that all of El Michels productions do. A poppy melody balanced out by the rough and tough rhythm section made this the perfect match for Shannon's subtle and sweet vocals. The B side, 'Sand Song' is a beautiful tune about an ugly subject; global warming. The hauntingly beautiful guitar melody that the Shrager produced track begins with is met with the equally somber vocals from Shannon. Reverb drenched background vocals and organ flourishes follow suit with the arrangement showcasing The Shacks razor sharp musicianship. A stand out tune from the album and the embodiment of what made iD magazine call The Shacks 'classic American sounds... simultaneously recalling Sesame Street and David Lynch's nocturnal crooners'."
BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)
BNR 174LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BNR 174LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DJEDJOTRONIC R.U.R. 2LP
Techno has a long legacy of channeling the future through aural exploration. It's always been a time traveling genre with a specific focus on the interface between man and machine -- or perhaps the replacement of the former by the latter. These cross-temporal experiments continue on Djedjotronic's LP R.U.R., where cold machines are sequenced by a warm heartbeat, unless of course it's the other way around. There are lots of nods to the great techno-futurist producers of the distant and recent past, from Cybotron to I.F. to The Hacker to sounds of the legendary Thursdays at Pulp in Paris when Ivan Smagghe helmed the decks. In the album's most aggressive, dancefloor-focused moment, Nitzer Ebb's Douglas McCarthy lends vocals for an industrial-arpeggiated monster of a track. Much of the album, however, explores lower BPMs. From the ambient opening of "Dr. Rossum," to the OG electro styling of "H+," to the aptly jacking "Cockring Robot," the album serves as a haunting time-traveling trip temporally and through genres. It rightfully ends with the titular track "R.U.R.," Djedjotronic's own vision of the future. The past's own prophecies of technology usurping humanity are all but coming true, and this album is Djedjotronic's call to arms.
COCOON (GERMANY)
COR 156EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: COR 156EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AMBIVALENT & ALDEN TYRELL Detente 12"
Berlin-based American Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent, is definitely no stranger to the scene. Together with Dutch Clone-producer Martijn Hoogendijk, aka Alden Tyrell, Ambivalent has cooked up another serving of straightforward techno complete with rigorous hi-hats, which will no doubt summon up the uncompromising energy of his Berghain sets. With its powerful incantation of sequential rave signals, "Wallfall" recalls the best days of Jeff Mills in the form of ultra-modern Detroit-oriented premium techno, while "Détente" lays disconcerting industrial distortion over expansive dub-techno for maximum acceleration. The perfect fix for hot nights of celebration.
COR 157EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: COR 157EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALICANTE, ILARIO Luce 12"
Ilario Alicante has unveiled his brand new Luce EP, consisting of four fresh tracks on Cocoon Recordings. An integral member of the Cocoon family, Ilario Alicante has become a regular at Cocoon Ibiza, elrow and DC10 during his career so far. Comprised of the title track, a cosmic production packed with synth-laced flutters, and the more dancefloor-ready "Scelta", Ilario showcases his eclectic nature across the release. Using a high tempo, the Italian then rounds off the EP with the deeply atmospheric "Sensa", with the latter's rattles adding an intense nature to the production.
COMPOST (GERMANY)
COMP 515LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: COMP 515LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 14 4LP
4LP version. Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 14, compiled by Permanent Vacation's Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly. 28 tracks by Move D, Roman Flügel, Slowdive, Isolée, Cobblestone Jazz, Luke Abbott, remixes by Avalon Emerson, Russ Gabriel, Kassem Mosse, I:Cube, among others, including three exclusive and previously unreleased tracks. Wow, a new chapter of this legendary series. This and the very first time it's not compiled by Michael Reinboth, rather by Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly, the founders and masterminds behind Permanent Vacation. Why- Simply because they both are very close friends of the Compost family, with an amazing musical and DJ-like tastefulness, with the knowledge-based trust of music in the vein of vibrant, jazzy electronica hybrids. And they are from Compost Records' hometown Munich, too. Maybe Volume 14 differs slightly to what the previous 13 brought up music-wise, but that's the score, idea, and open-mindedness of this series, as it was by the compilers, and last but not least a great time for a change, too. The first half of the release, compiled by Benjamin Fröhlich, is clubbier. The second half, compiled by Tom Bioly, is a bit more sublime downbeat/electronica or relaxed feel. Both are true listening pleasure anyway. Future Sounds Of Jazz has been voted as one of the best compilation series of all time by several publications. With this series, starting in 1995, the term "future jazz" became a genre landmark. Also features: Basil Hardhaus, JTC, The Abstract Eye, Tee Mango, Marvin Horsch, Matt O'Brien, Aubrey, Marcellus Pittman, Herzel, David Goldberg, Benjamin Fröhlich, Claude Rodap, Jose Padilla, Jex Opolis, Pierre Bastien, Vanishing Twin, Yussef Kamaal, Machine Woman, The Stowaway, New Jackson, Albinos, Sirconical, and TB.
COMP 519LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: COMP 519LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AH! KOSMOS Beautiful Swamp LP
LP version. Ah! Kosmos has created a wonder that she holds you in the middle of. Also known as Basak Günak, a sound designer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist born in Istanbul, her tracks open up a space that draws the listener into a state of flow. In her second album, Beautiful Swamp, she combines crackling percussions with melodic soundscapes. Deep in the fabric of her tracks are also fears, rapture, bliss, and gloom. Günak's music captures what she has processed and overcome in her life between Istanbul and Berlin. The listener not only explores soundscapes but multi-layered emotions each layer drawing them further into the swamp. Even with her first record, Bastards (2015), Günak proved to be a border crossing producer, oscillating blissfully between avant-garde and gloomy post-rock. With Beautiful Swamp, which was created in Berlin and Istanbul in 2017, Ah! Kosmos continues challenging genre boundaries. Günak uses polyrhythms and folktronic instruments to build a mystical world of sound into which one can sink and be carried away. On this album, she has further revealed her own voice, becoming even more tangible as a person. Her music is physical and carries graceful traces of clashes. The aptly named Swamp, perhaps also a primordial soup from which all things emerge and perhaps return to, is neither dark nor light but holds the potential for everything: beginnings, endings, growth, pain. Ah! Kosmos primarily works alone. But when Günak collaborates with others, it is even more intense -- like the one with the jazz singer Elif Çaglar, heard in the song "Beyond Dreams", or with the guitarist Özgür Yilmaz on the track "Wide". Additionally, Selen Ansen, one of the most important Turkish intellectuals of her generation, has written a poem for Günak's new work, entitled "In The Dark Woods". When Günak performs live, the music reacts directly to the mood in the floor. At each of her performances, her soundscapes take on a new form. Performing solo or accompanied by a guitarist, she has already supported acts such as Sigur Rós and Jonny Greenwood's Junun Project and has starred at important festivals. She also composes for contemporary dance and theater productions, short films, and performances. In the spring of 2018, she participated in the project "Sonár Calling GJ273B" and sent her disembodied voice singing "I do not belong here" into space. You probably feel very connected to her sound, out there.
DEGUSTIBUS MUSIC (PERU)
DEGU 029EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: DEGU 029EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FANGO Urano 3/3 12"
After the steamroll of "Sikhote" on Urano 1/3 and the glitter of "Admire" on Urano 2/3, Fango returns with the final instalment of his trilogy.
DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)
DIYNAMIC 100EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DIYNAMIC 100EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SOLOMUN Customer Is King 12"
Diynamic Music founder Solomun delivers his first full EP in three years, Customer Is King. With Customer Is King, Diynamic Music, the Hamburg-based imprint founded by Solomun and Adriano Trolio, celebrates its 100th release with a musical tip of the hat to the early West-Coast sound that was popularized by music icons such as NWA, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre.
DOPENESS GALORE (NETHERLANDS)
DG 14002LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: DG 14002LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MUNIR Grand Paradise Hotel LP
Underground dance music from Indonesia, for lovers of sensual sounds and new-era funk. Struggling to get by in the luscious capital of West Java, Bandung's Munir found a home in the rhythm of the city's funk. An avid boogie aficionado, the funkateer echoes these historical sounds of change and manages to record most of his music with borrowed gear. His dedication to the underground dance scene stems from the very streets that introduced him to his own transformative sound. As a DJ, producer, label owner and graphic designer, the Indonesian artist is determined to breathe life into an underappreciated, yet influential music scene. With vintage synths and beat machines, Munir captures a late '70s and early '80s vibe transformed into well-balanced, contemporary cuts. Grand Paradise Hotel showcases his intriguing skills and dedication to the art form, with influences ranging from house to ambient and the ever-present rawness of funk. Built around a lush stay at a place where water is salt and life is sweet, welcome to the Grand Paradise Hotel; enjoy your stay.
ECHO ECHO (DENMARK)
ECHOECHO 004EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: ECHOECHO 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MOELLER, BRENDON Set In Motion 12"
Dub techno veteran Brendon Moeller offers up three originals on Echocord sub-label Echo Echo. "Set In Motion" leads with Brendon's signature murky synth textures at its core whilst lumpy low-end tones, shuffled hats and spiraling dub echoes fluidly undulate amongst one another throughout.
ETRURIA BEAT (ITALY)
ETB 049EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ETB 049EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REFORM Unconventional Spaces 12"
Reform, the Tuscan techno duo, make a return to Etruria Beat to follow up the success of 2017's Checkmate EP (ETB 038EP), with a new offering, Unconventional Spaces. Reform present three fresh originals, backed by a massive rework from Etruria boss Luca Agnelli. "Unconventional Spaces" is a melodic and timeless work, perfect for a magic sunrise closing set. Luca delivers a heavier rework. "Just This" is characterized by a raw triple stab, a vocal laid down by the guys themselves and an emotional and mysterious break. "Span" is composed of bouncing tom samples, straight hats, and a Moog-y bass.
GAFFA TAPE RECORDS (GERMANY)
GAFFA 002LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: GAFFA 002LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PREQUEL TAPES Everything Is Quite Now LP
Prequel Tapes is a work of deep synthesis. Fragments of melody and memory orchestrated into densely layered tapestries; a deeply emotional study on a life characterised by a shifting relationship to electronics. The pieces serve as a chronology of desire and reflection, reconciling a nascent passion for industrial music with a history in the club. Oscillating between utopian to claustrophobic, the evolving synth work, deep techno atmosphere and traces of clangorous energy of early European ambient and industrial tell a distinctly German tale, forged between the forest and the autobahn. References to EBM and industrial techno manifest within the sporadic percussive framework whilst gauzy ambient backdrops form an entire world of their own, constructed from the gentle hiss of a looping tape, the booming caverns of a muffled kick, the vivid distortions of a crystalline synth. In the depths of a misty forest, warmth permeates, absorbing inside it all of the darkness, pain, romance and beauty from before. Presented on 180 gram vinyl with download code.
GROWING BIN RECORDS (GERMANY)
GROWING 017LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: GROWING 017LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SINGU Siki LP
Free your mind and float away, you're now entering the mode of the Growing Bin Records. Hamburg's center for audio enlightenment is back with another sublime sensory experience, this time from the land of the rising sun. Keen to get another stamp on his passport, Basso reached out to Japanese duo Singu, two open-minded cats who just love to jam. Marrying Kiyo's free drumming with Keta Ra's melodic mastery of keyboard and guitar, the two-piece fuse free jazz, post-rock, kosmische and ambient into immersive and esoteric improvisations on Siki. Free from any compositional concerns, the Hiroshima outfit trade in energy, emotion and expression. The frenetic percussion and ephemeral melodies of opener "Aurora Gate" instantly transport you to the breathless churn of a Tokyo crossroads, where thousands of people rush by but you stand still in the eye of the storm. Though they may be explosive, the drums sit back in the mix, offering a soft intensity behind the shimmering wall of melody. A nimble and nuanced affair, "Bop" brings rapid-fire rhythm, slick syncopation and hypnotic piano refrains. Cool bass rolls along like KDJ's "Rectify", as Singu update the acid jazz template like Toshio Matsuura covering Carl Craig. Singu journey from far out to Furthur on A-side closer "Nagebu", strapping in for psychedelic synth wig-out which is heavy on the resonance and free on the filter. Blooming out of the darkness on the B-side, Basso favorite "Fazaria" soothes and moves you with its twinkling keys, nebulous wave-forms and delicate guitar, leaving you wide-eyed in wonder as the drum fills burst like fireworks across a star-filled sky. "828" sweeps into abstraction as Kiyo and Keta Ra combine snapping glitches and aquatic electronics with fractal guitar tones and woozy bass, pushing through a portal to see what's beyond. An A-grade wall-melter, this trip makes great use of tension as the crisp machine drums stand in sharp contrast to the whirring, blurring guitars. Finally, "44" carries you home on a downbeat drift, a flawless fusion of buzzing electronics, misty pads and relentless percussion played with perfect poise. Turn on, tune in and trip out, Singu bring you music for the moment that you'll love for a lifetime.
HAFENDISKO (GERMANY)
HFNDISK 048EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: HFNDISK 048EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA HFN Reworked by Francis Harris 12"
Francis Harris reworks some of hfn music's finest moments since 2016. It kicks off with Kasper Bjørke's "Cloud 9", featuring Urdur. Here Harris deconstructs the original and reforms it into a some quite removed from its origins -- shuffling drum machines bring about a Kraftwerkesque feel, before atmospheres reveal themselves. Null + Void's huge Dave Gahan-featuring-track "Where I Wait" also gets the Harris treatment --a haunting remix with tough and funky underbelly. Danish alt-pop trio ticktock have their single "Hatefuck" refixed also, and Harris zones in on the glitchy vibe and adds layers of claustrophobic depth to the production.
HART & TIEF (GERMANY)
HART 004LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: HART 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WRUHME, ROBAG Wuzzelbud FF 2x12"
Robag Wruhme on external assessment vs. self-conception by: "People always think, I'm that serene and quiet guy, but actually I'm quite a noisemaker." Could be that the majority of the material he put out in recent years, most notably Thora Vukk (PAMPA 002CD/S-LP, 2011), led to the overall impression of Robag being the virtuoso of everything subtle, enigmatic and tenderly melodic. That's far from being a misconception, but it's still just one side of the coin. The other side is embossed with his most current productions, consolidated here on Wuzzelbud FF, a nominal nod to his debut album, Wuzzelbud KK (MKR 001CD/LP, 2005). As there's no such scenario Robag might be running out of stream-of-consciousness turned nonsense titles for his music, this must be a vocabulary intersection linking this music with the early days of his career. Wruhme presents Wuzzelbud FF as the stylistic follow-up to that debut album, showcasing a sound he avers has been neglected for too long. "I wanted to put out some straightforward music for the dancefloor, something for the primetime. Well, for the primetime of my sets, at least." That agenda is written all over most of the present material. "Veddel Bav" the pace early on; don't fall for Wruhme's signature artistry of evoking groove out of micro-sampling while this track is building up, as it'll be bulldozed by a bass-heavy kick and off-beat hi-hat-lashes soon enough. The title track opens the B-side, combining field-recorded patterns, courageous delay-implementation, and a take-no-prisoners mentality when it comes to prepping the ears for its peak, a simple yet effective bassline, a buzzing and twanging percussive overload bind to make what's known as a banger. "Tisma" is a spaced-out jam before "Provol Eto", the cowbell-decorated, synthbass-fueled epitome of heaviness in this set of tunes, that is among the most functional and relentless material Wruhme has ever written. No pause is granted, as "Maiowu" speeds up to utter D'n'B frenzy, a recourse to his mid-1990s rule of denying, almost anarchic approach to production. The final re-introduction of a straight kick opens "Wabb Bodun", another no-frills, engine-room-located stomper, inspirited and strengthened by rhythmic shifts and crisp tweaking alone. An in-the-red powerhouse that calls for an alleviation like the ambient farewell kiss "Ausgang" closes the record, capping an assembly of textures that sets a peaceful conclusion to an energetic and mostly high-revving journey.
HEAVY SHEET
HEAVY 006LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: HEAVY 006LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MOCKY Music Save Me (One More Time) LP
Compilation of so far digital only/unreleased or Japan-only tracks by the Canadian producer Mocky, who co-produced/co-wrote Feist's Pleasure (2017), Joey Dosik's Inside Voice (2018), and Kelela's Take Me Apart (2017). Featuring guests Jamie Lidell, Chilly Gonzales, Joey Dosik, Pegasus Warning, and Moses Sumney. For the first time on vinyl at album length this is Mocky's collection of the best of Japan-only/unreleased gems and favorites from his so far digital-only mixtape-series The Moxtapes, Vol. I-IV. The A side delves deep into his songwriting/lyrical side and features some of his most intense and touching songs thus far like "The Fortress" (featuring Chilly Gonzales on piano), "Problematic" (which casts Mocky's crooning in a glitched-out new light), and "Exception To The Rule", a radiant track that features breakout artists Joey Dosik on keyboards and Moses Sumney on background vocals. The B side showcases Mocky's off the grid soulful groove compositions like "You Can't Rush The Funk", "How It Goes", or "Keep Feelin This" featuring Jamie Lidell, bringing back memories of their classic work together on Lidell's Multiply (2005). "A sun kissed celebration of music in its most inspired state." --Saint Heron on The Moxtape Vol. III "Precisely the clap-happy, sun-kissed poolside score you've been waiting for to usher in these warmer months." --OK Player on "Keep Feelin This" "A timeless collection that is necessary in the age of trap beats." --Huffington Post on Living Time (The Moxtape Vol. II) Includes download code.
HOUND GAWD! RECORDS (GERMANY)
HGR 029LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: HGR 029LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KING BROTHERS Wasteland LP
LP version. Includes download card. Wasteland, the new "20th anniversary" album by the King Brothers, is released on Hound Gawd! Records. Wasteland is the band's first new album since 2010. Nishinomiya City three-piece combining the sound of the Germs backing Howlin' Wolf. I-94 Bar Magazin says they are "turning the blues insideout." Includes bonus track, "Sympathy For The xxxxx".
IN THE RED
ITR 322CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: ITR 322CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WARM DRAG Warm Drag CD
"Warm Drag are a musical two piece, a two-sided conversation, two devils on your shoulders, one of them telling you to take that drug, sleep with that person and steal that car, the other devil whispering to hit the reverb pedal and turn the volume all the way up. The band listens to both devils, and they are bringing their samplers-and-switchblade post-noir noise disco to audiences this summer, with their self-titled debut on In The Red. The two people in the band do specific things: Vashti Windish sings, the way Siouxsie sang power, the way Nico sang allure, the way Patti sang sex, while Paul Quattrone makes the noise with two Akai MPC 1000 samplers. These beats pummel or seduce, usually simultaneously, with synths that soar like Morricone or pump like DAF, and with gloriously twangy guitars that clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a k-hole. Windish and Quattrone have history. They've lived and they've been in bands. Quattrone is a drummer in the current powerhouse Oh Sees lineup, which should be enough of a recommendation for anyone, but he's also been in !!! and Modey Lemon too. Windish cut her teeth in bands including the K-Holes and Golden Triangle, back in her native New York. A chance reunion in Los Angeles led Quattrone and Windish to attempt the outlandish ambition of marrying her love for the genre-defying genius of Blondie's Parallel Lines (1978) (the first cassette she ever owned) to Quattrone's love of The Bomb Squad's production styles. They've been winning over notoriously-inert Los Angeles audiences for a year now. An early show caught the eye of Ian Svenonius. 'Their cut-up collage of electronic stomp-music embodied everything people were searching for that summer,' he remembers. 'There were just two of them but the sound was magnificent.'"
ITR 322LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ITR 322LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WARM DRAG Warm Drag LP
LP version. "Warm Drag are a musical two piece, a two-sided conversation, two devils on your shoulders, one of them telling you to take that drug, sleep with that person and steal that car, the other devil whispering to hit the reverb pedal and turn the volume all the way up. The band listens to both devils, and they are bringing their samplers-and-switchblade post-noir noise disco to audiences this summer, with their self-titled debut on In The Red. The two people in the band do specific things: Vashti Windish sings, the way Siouxsie sang power, the way Nico sang allure, the way Patti sang sex, while Paul Quattrone makes the noise with two Akai MPC 1000 samplers. These beats pummel or seduce, usually simultaneously, with synths that soar like Morricone or pump like DAF, and with gloriously twangy guitars that clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a k-hole. Windish and Quattrone have history. They've lived and they've been in bands. Quattrone is a drummer in the current powerhouse Oh Sees lineup, which should be enough of a recommendation for anyone, but he's also been in !!! and Modey Lemon too. Windish cut her teeth in bands including the K-Holes and Golden Triangle, back in her native New York. A chance reunion in Los Angeles led Quattrone and Windish to attempt the outlandish ambition of marrying her love for the genre-defying genius of Blondie's Parallel Lines (1978) (the first cassette she ever owned) to Quattrone's love of The Bomb Squad's production styles. They've been winning over notoriously-inert Los Angeles audiences for a year now. An early show caught the eye of Ian Svenonius. 'Their cut-up collage of electronic stomp-music embodied everything people were searching for that summer,' he remembers. 'There were just two of them but the sound was magnificent.'"
KANTO RECORDS (GERMANY)
KIVTR 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: KIVTR 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ICHISAN Megla 12"
A secret gem of space disco vibes, Slovenian producer Ichisan uses his analog synthesizers deftly to accompany funk-house bass and electric guitars on "Megla." " Veter" is a five-minute long journey that evokes simple yet majestic feelings. The third and fourth tracks beam with dancefloor positivity and energy.
KARAOKE KALK (GERMANY)
KK 107LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: KK 107LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAKOTA SUITE, DAG ROSENQVIST & EMANUELE ERRANTE What Matters Most LP
LP version. 180 gram, transparent vinyl; Includes postcard and download code. With What Matters Most, Chris Hooson has likely delivered the most personal and, in his own words, complicated Dakota Suite album of his career. After previous collaborations with artists such as Quentin Sirjacq and Vampillia, this ten-track LP combines the Brit's songwriting qualities with contributions by Dag Rosenqvist -- formerly known as Jasper TX and currently working with Aaron Martin under the From The Mouth Of The Sun guise -- and Elem member Emanuele Errante, with whom Hooson had released The North Green Down on Karaoke Kalk in 2011 (KK 089LP). From the first piano chords in the album's opening track "Constanta, 1992" to the last shimmering drones of "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You", What Matters Most follows an abstract narrative that is as autobiographical as it is universal. "The focus of this record is about being thankful for those that you love and remembering the start of what has saved you from being less than you otherwise would have been. In my case that is one person, Johanna," says Hooson in regards to his wife, whom he met at a Romanian train station 26 years ago and who is again featured on What Matters Most on clarinet. Just like Hooson's lyrics, the musical framework for What Matters Most aims for emotional complexity, exploring a broad variety of sonic palettes and drawing heavily on the dynamic interplay between the three musicians. Composed with the help of Rosenqvist and completed over the course of three years, the record sees Hooson's collaborators adding subtle textures and rich soundscapes to his unconventional, jazz-inspired songwriting approach. With its dedication to risk-taking and vulnerability, What Matters Most is not only an album about love -- but also a work of love by itself.
KARLRECORDS (GERMANY)
KR 052LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: KR 052LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
KONSTRUKT & KEIJI HAINO A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire LP
Second album by Turkish free jazzers Konstrukt and the Japanese avant-garde/noise icon Keiji Haino, this time recorded live in concert. Celebrating their tenth anniversary these days, Konstrukt have since been creating an impressive catalog including collaborations/performances with significant musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Akira Sakata, Marshall Allen, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Michael Zerang, Alfred Harth, or Alexander Hawkins that gained them an ever growing audience and media attention (e.g. a recent feature in the Wire), and they keep exploring new grounds. Like in 2016 when Konstrukt invited Keiji Haino to their home town of Istanbul for a recording session that resulted in a quite unique album: A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire offered -- besides all the elements you may well expect from such a musical meeting like Konstrukt's "acerbic razor-edged sound" (Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz) and Haino's unmistakable voice/guitar explosions -- some actual surprises like the really groovy opening track with a funky feel and a kind of '70s fusion style album closer. Two days later the free jazz quartet and the Japanese avant-garde icon continued their adventure with a public performance at SalonIKSY, pushing things further and raising the level of energy and rawness. Carrying the same title, A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire proves a condign sister release to their previous studio effort (KR 043LP, 2017). Or, as the famous Asian phrase goes: "same same but different!". Recorded and mixed by Deniz Sa?d?ç at SalonIKSY, Istanbul. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Cover painting "Solar" by Artur Trojanowski. Personnel: Korhan Futac? - alto and tenor saxophones, zurna, kaval, sipsi, instant loops, voice; Umut Çaglar - Moog (MicroMoog), Korg (X-911), gralla, bamboo flutes, xylophones, percussion, tape echo, Vermona (Retroverb); Berkan Tilavel - Nord (Drum2) electronic percussion, tef, cymbal; Erdem Göymen - drums, cymbals, percussion; Keiji Haino - electric guitar, percussion, voice, air synths. Includes download.
KR 054EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: KR 054EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
R.A.N. Seb-i Yelda 12"
Karl Records is welcomes a new artist on board; R.A.N. is the dark electronic/rhythmic ambient music project by Hüma Utku, and ?eb-i Yelda is her debut for Karl. Hailing from ?stanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, Utku has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. she released her debut album Her Trembling Ceased, followed by the remix album Remixed: Stories Retold(both 2015). Inspired by the Ottoman poet Bosnian Sabit Efendi, R.A.N. created four new, very personal tracks, developing further her musical language by fusing traditional instruments with deep electronic sounds, distortion and dark ambience.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 388LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: KOM 388LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FEHLMANN, THOMAS Los Lagos 2LP
Double LP version. Los Lagos is Thomas Fehlmann's seventh solo full-length, and his fourth for Kompakt following his Berlin-inspired 2010 album Gute Luft (KOMP 081CD/211LP). In the musician's own words, it's about "checking the juice". Establishing a picture of his current artistic condition, as suggested by the title -- (Los Lagos literally translates to "the lakes" but takes the meaning of "wassup" in the context of a relaxed discussion between friends), the album refers to Fehlmann's motivations of late. It is, he says, a way to "allow myself to techno, as a means to deconstruction and rebuilding. Set up an area of tension, then lose it in the flow of the grooves, magnifying some details out of proportion, regrouping around those and slowly knitting a texture." This the decision Thomas Fehlmann has made. At 61, he is a longstanding member of The Orb, a multi-talented composer and a boundless experimentalist. In the twilight of his collaboration with Alex Paterson, he was eager to taste the flavors of the unknown again. As goes with that essential love of his for the free-flowing nature of electronic music, this is a fascination born out of its "lack of borders", capable of "inventing, changing the emphasis, and experimenting with an unpredictable outcome"; Los Lagos "freely connects disparate extremes. Art, disco, minimalism, schmalz, jazz and funk; as he likes to say, Fehlmann's head functions as a sampler, capturing elements and re-assembling them under his own embracing perspective. He is not afraid to leap from a deep, dubbed-out hypnotism to the playfulness of '90s-style bleepy schaffel, such as on "Tempelhof", which features a guest spot from Max Loderbauer. There are also out-there, muscle-flexing dancefloor cuts and the calmness of the ambient. In need of keeping his inner balance in check, Fehlmann committed himself to following his intuition, which isn't so much of an easy process as he also wanted to incorporate the disturbances which he has experienced. "It's a complex process of search and destroy to bring out a new beauty to expand my vocabulary". Fehlmann looked at finding "the structure that's surprising, disturbing, and rewarding". The artwork for the record, courtesy of Albert Oehlen echoes the producer's "funky use of shape and space" like a second skin. To wit, Los Lagos is a search for light and harmony that Fehlmann sums up simply as the answer to the question, "Does your inner musical voice respond?"
LEFT EAR RECORDS
LER 015LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: LER 015LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Antipodean Anomalies LP
Left Ear Records present Antipodean Anomalies, a killer compilation that sheds light on oddball tunes made in Australia and New Zealand during the '70s and '80s. For musicians inhabiting the Antipodean countries of Australia and New Zealand during the '70s and '80s, it was a geographically and culturally isolating environment. Boutique shops, community radio and mail-order exchanges championed independent and contemporary music from across the globe. It was, however, this isolation that caused a number of small community-focused scenes to evolve, creating their own unique interpretation and re-appropriation of outside influences. Through both these scenes and government initiatives, a vast amount of music emerged on self-released and independent labels. Yet, even among small scenes that were creating unique sounds, a number of artists seemed to be making music that was neither here nor there, often meshing together numerous genres and influences to create anomalous sounds. Artists like Olev Muska along with Ingrid Slamer meshed traditional folk songs of their Estonian heritage with cutting-edge computer technology. Ngahiwi Apanui used his native language of Te Reo and a cheap drum machine to create a pulsating tale that highlights the creation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand); while the Free Radicals would sing through PVC pipes to construct their vision of post-apocalyptic tribal music. Sydney's Nic Lyon used his classical training to craft a distinctive gem which matched eastern and African-influenced instruments with syncopated drum machines, while artists like Delaney Venn and Toy Division managed to challenge their post-punk sensibilities by blending both dub and atmospheric sounds respectively. Compiled by Chris Bonato and Umut Turkeri. Also features: Errol H. Tout, Helen Ripley-Marshall, and Rainbow Generator.
LES POINTS (FRANCE)
LESPOINTS 012LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LESPOINTS 012LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KAZIMIR, NICOLA Post-Heretic Dracula X Chronicles LP
Post-Heretic Dracula X Chronicles draws from contemporary and past cultural references evolving around institutional-critique, occultism, and dividualism, and manifests those via metatags or sonic compositions. It is Nicola Kazimir's debut solo album and features 30 minutes full of diverse, rough, evil, melancholic electronic music pressed on to one record. Studio gear used: Yamaha DX7IIFD, Roland TR-909, Roland TR-808, Roland TR-606, Drumatix, Roland Juno-60, Roland System 100 Model 101, Roland TB-303 Bass Line, Roland SBF-323 Stereo Flanger, Mackie 32/08/02 Mixing Console Universal Audio, Apollo 16, E-RM Multiclock, Logic Pro X, Sugar Bytes Looperator VST, Sugar Bytes Thesys VST, Valhalla Freq Echo VST, Universal Audio Oxide Tape VST. Sampled: The Occult Experience, Kazuhiko Uehara, Tomoya Tomita, Masanari Iwata, Harumi Ueko, and Masahiko Kimura, Konji Kondo. Nicola Kazimir is a part of the collective Les Points based in Zürich, Switzerland. His art/music draws from '90s rave utopias, dividualism, institutional-critique, and occultism. These progressive and accessible frameworks are showcased at the collective's offspace Mikro -- a physical room which has no doors and opening times during exhibitions and raves -- making an institution available to all social layers. His record labels Les Points and the newly founded Gentrified Underground appropriate those ideas and transfer them to the distribution channels of electronic music. Nicola refuses genre-stigmas and explores a vast number of genres in his DJ sets and productions -- his newest LP Post-Heretic Dracula X Chronicles being an example of that diversity. Includes insert.
LIFE AND DEATH (ITALY)
LAD 037EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LAD 037EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AUTARKIC Heavy Dreamer 12"
Heavy Dreamer is Autarkic's first, four-track outing on Life And Death. Ever present tones of kraut and punk rock flow throughout the EP, beginning with "Some Things To Keep", a pumping, warehouse floor-filler. "Realistic Guru", the trippiest of the lot, is tailor made for an early morning DJ Tennis afterparty excursion. The title track stands as a testament to this new wave of artists, coming from the shores of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Slowing down the pace on "Powerhouse", Autarkic hints at moments of Bauhaus's and Tones On Tail's doom and dance pop.
LION PRODUCTIONS
DRUG 017LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: DRUG 017LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
COIL Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics LP
"Halloween 1998: Coil were invited to record at Sun Dial's studios beneath the London Bridge Hop Exchange -- a studio first known as Samurai Studios, originally built and owned by Iron Maiden. The premises in Victorian times had been a debtor's prison, with three underground levels -- and the original chains, manacles and wrought iron prison doors. This caught the attention of John Balance, who was very keen to record there. With Gary Ramon's help, Coil developed a number of tracks, some of which resulted in the Astral Disaster album. But there were other tracks recorded too during those Halloween sessions -- the recordings included on this release, Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Music. For various reasons, this material and these mixes were omitted from the original (Prescription Edition) Astral Disaster album -- including the extremely rare version of 'I Don't Want To Be The One', previously only available on a 1999 promo-only Prescription label sampler, and the 14-minute track 'Cosmic Disaster' (the original working title of the album). Taken from the original masters, this digipack reissue includes an eight-page art booklet, and facsimile signatures of John Balance and Peter Christopherson. Taken from the master tapes and remastered by Denis Blackham. Recorded in 1998 at Sun Dial studios, in the bowels of a Victorian era debtor's prison."
LION 102CS
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: LION 102CS
FILE UNDER: ROCK
INDEX Black Album Cassette
Black Album on cassette. Five-panel insert; Edition of 300. "In the mid 1960s, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however. The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Vietnam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the affluent suburbs just outside of the city of Detroit, that Index was formed. The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is bizarre, atmospheric, and 'home-made' (in the best of all possible ways); the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud rhythms. Hidden amongst the echoing canyons of sound there's some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in that trippy velvet fuzz; a wonderful bleak sound, both droning and murky, the atonal side of late 1960's rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock artists like Joy Division or the Fall. Includes a 32-page booklet, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with photos and lyrics; printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy."
MADE IN GERMANY (GERMANY)
MIG 90822CD
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MIG 90822CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CIPOLLINA/NICK GRAVENITES BAND, JOHN Live At Rockpalast: Dortmund 1980 2CD/DVD
"John Cipollina (1943-1989) made American rock history as a co-founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead. A typical 'jam area' musician, he played in a number of other bands, among them Terry And The Pirates, and worked with Huey Lewis and Robert Hunter ('Dark Star'), a member of the Grateful Dead who never joined the band on stage. And with Nick Gravenites: born in Chicago in 1938 and influenced by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf and a friend of the great Paul Butterfield, he took the Chicago Blues roots west. He also produced the first album of Quicksilver Messenger Service. Together with Mike Bloomfield, he founded Electric Flag, who with their mélange of blues, rock, soul, country and jazz -- practically an all-American mix -- delivered their debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, helping to kickstart the flower power hippie era. A few years later, Nick Gravenites joined Janis Joplin's former backing group Big Brother And The Holding Company. The openness of the Bay Area music scene was on par with Rockpalast credos: 'I always tried to get the musicians together on stage for a final jam session -- sometimes with success' --Peter Ruechel, Rockpalast."
MAGAZINE (GERMANY)
MAGAZINE 020EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: MAGAZINE 020EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALEX.DO Songs 12"
A Berlin native who shaped his sense for techno by striving through his hometown and its infamous raves, Alex is now one of the prominent protagonists of that scene -- not only when regularly playing at Berghain. The EP harnesses this experience perfectly, fully preserving the energy of the creation process by recording directly to tape. Brutal yet beautiful techno tracks from a master.
MAMIE'S RECORDS (FRANCE)
MAMIE 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MAMIE 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KODAMA Black Cloud 12"
The second release from Paris-based Kodäma. Experimental electro-soul that's absolutely sublime. A warm and delightful sound to your ears.
MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)
MNQ 124EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: MNQ 124EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BLACK MERLIN Oba Enka 12"
George Thompson, aka Black Merlin, is joining the family of Mannequin Records with this insane EP for the Death of the Machines, the series dedicated to new artists ready to smash the dancefloor. Three-tracks strongly permeated by drones n' noises, EBM basslines, and a 4/4 straight techno-ish kick drum.
MASK (GERMANY)
MSK 003EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MSK 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
UNKNOWN ARTIST Rellik 12"
The mysterious Berlin-based label MASK returns with four raw and murky cuts entitled Rellik. As with the previous two releases on the label, Rellik was recorded live and on the first take using a selection of analog synths, drum machines and sequencers, particularly the warm and dynamic sound of the E-Mu SP-1200 as the lead. The project is a mash-up between rock and hip-hop elements using SP1200 classic drum kits, filtered and distorted synths, something the label calls "Krauttech".
MOBILEE (GERMANY)
MOBILEE 206EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MOBILEE 206EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MAAS/BASTI GRUB/ERIC VOLTA, TIMO We Were Riding High 12"
The masterful trio of Timo Mass, Basti Grub, and Eric Volta showcase their combined musical muscle on Berlin imprint Mobilee. "We Were Riding High" is a lucid after-hours track with an uplifting and catchy vocal hook that unfolds and develops fluidly. The alternative edit utilizes dark synths and drums. This record is the result of Eric Volta making the demo at an after-party at his studio. He then showed this to Timo Mass who in turn showed it to Basti Grub who loved the track so much, they were inspired to develop it. Rodriguez Jr. and Tiefschwarz with the remixes.
MONDO GROOVE (ITALY)
MGLP 107-8LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: MGLP 107-8LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BALDELLI, DANIELE Cosmic Temple - The Remixes 2LP
This release on Mondo Groove, Cosmic Temple - The Remixes, is a double-pack of selected tracks from the Daniele Baldelli classic Cosmic Temple, released over six EPs between 2016-2017. There is something for everyone in these new versions: DJ Tennis and In Flagranti paying tribute to pure cosmic sound with their interpretations of "Gandharva" and "Afelio", DJ Ralf transforming "Kosmaro" into a house stomper, Tiger & Woods adding their subtle boogie touch and edit science to "Vhanessa", Clap!Clap! going deep and percussive on "Isotropo Funk", Alkalino tripping Italo-disco with "Inner Light", Club Paradiso in an Afro-Balearic clash on "Joka Joka", Eric Duncan working a deep-techy groove on "Diffrazione", and Marco Dionigi, a frequent production partner of Baldelli, finishing in glory with a brilliant funky take on "Taxon". You can't sleep on this.
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 164LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: MORR 164LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SPIRIT FEST Anohito LP
LP version. Deluxe relief varnish artwork; includes printed inner sleeve; includes download code. Flowing and brimming with life, Anohito, the second album by indie supergroup Spirit Fest, has come ashore. The group is comprised of Tokyo-based duo Tenniscoats (Saya and Takashi Ueno), Markus Acher (The Notwist, Rayon), Cico Beck (Aloa Input, The Notwist), and Mat Fowler (Jam Money, Bons). Crossing boundaries geographically and musically, each member contributes rich experiences in collaboration. But experience can be a tricky friend to navigate, often leaving musicians trapped in their comfort zones. However, Spirit Fest embodies the idea of perpetual motion. Ever-changing and keeping their music alive, the singular souls of Spirit Fest have been drawn together a second time. In the wake of releasing their first record, the group embarked on a European tour where they found their own distinct character and collective voice. From this shared experience, new songs and recordings followed, encompassing Anohito (Japanese for "that person"). The first two album tracks were constructed on a day off in London. The triumphant opener, "Anohito (Till The Gate)", an extraordinary minor key title track, sets the tone of the record; Saya's tender voice and the shimmering, delayed guitars and zither reach delicate and pastoral heights. The loopy folktronica of "Fête De Départ" continues to preserve the pace of the album perfectly. Spirit Fest recorded the remainder of Anohito at Markus's home in Munich. Only Mat operated from London, contributing additional recordings in the form of a tape exchange. These begin with the collective lament of "Yuri's Zahn", followed by Markus's evocative banjo pop "Look At The Colours" and the twisted Raymond Scott/Dick Hyman-ish wonk of "Ueno The Future". The album draws to a close with "Takeda No Komoriuta" ("Lullaby Of Takeda"), a beautiful cover of a dark Japanese traditional, followed by the instrumental track "Bye Bye" -- a perfect collage to close and document this rich and playful collaboration by highly imaginative and ego-free musicians.
MUSIC FROM MEMORY (NETHERLANDS)
MFM 034LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MFM 034LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RICHENEL Perfect Stranger LP
Music From Memory return with a further six tracks from Dutch musician Richenel. Perfect Stranger, like La Diferencia (MFM 017EP, 2017) contains recordings taken from his debut mini-LP, also called La Diferencia, and originally released in 1982 on the cult Amsterdam cassette only label Fetisj. Music From Memory's second release from the artist, Perfect Stranger, includes alternate takes drawn from Richenel's personal copy of the album alongside a further composition which didn't make it onto the original Fetisj cassette. Studying set and costume design whilst making a name for himself as a singer and performer in Amsterdam's underground clubs, Richenel played with several disco acts and cultivated an extravagant cross-gender stage persona before connecting with members of the local label. Hooking up through their time together at the Rietveld art academy in Amsterdam, Fetisj was an experimental multi-media collective which revolved around a loose mix of various young artists and musicians. Having developed a house band with artists going by a number of different pseudonyms the label set up their own small makeshift studio and would produce and sell the cassettes through their distribution network and at events across the city. Recorded amongst the turmoiled punk and squatter scene of Amsterdam against a backdrop of drugs and social unrest, the La Diferencia sessions reflect a unique mix of punk aesthetics with a synthesized bedroom funkiness. A somewhat illustrious figure in Dutch pop history with his flamboyant appearance as well as having one of the more exceptional male voices to come out of the country, Richenel would go on to record a number of successful albums and hit singles in the Netherlands and beyond. This largely unknown album on Fetisj however, seems to embody the spirit of another time; a particularly unique and richly creative moment in Amsterdam's musical and cultural history and one that is deserving of a much wider audience. Perfect Stranger is co-compiled by Orpheu De Jong.
MY FAVORITE ROBOT RECORDS (CANADA)
MFR 176EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MFR 176EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
REWORK Heat Album Sampler 12"
Album sampler from German production outfit Rework, who describe their musical aesthetic as "cabaret-independent-house" and combine icy minimal structures with catchy euro-girl vocals, Anglo-French funk antics and a dash of dance floor melancholy.
NYEGE NYEGE TAPES (UGANDA)
NNT 008LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: NNT 008LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
BAMBA PANA Poaa LP
Nyege Nyege Tapes follow the frenetic Sounds of Sisso comp with Bamba Pana's debut album, Poaa -- an incredible second volley of grimy Singeli fire from the belly of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Jumanne Ramadhani Zegge a.k.a. Bamba Pana is one of the core producers, alongside Jay Mitta, of the Sisso studio -- a central hub for MCs and producers in the Mburahati ghetto on the outskirts of Dar Es Salaam. Along with his peers, Bamba Pana uses a laptop and software to update the local, usually acoustic and instrumental style of Singeli, computerizing its hyper rhythms and zinging melodies for the needs of younger, contemporary crowds in an upfront, direct way that has translated far beyond its East African roots, as anyone who witnessed the Sounds of Sisso tour or heard the compilation will surely attest. As a debut album statement, Poaa could hardly be more distinguished. Perhaps best compared with the urgent tempi and quicksilver syncopation of Shangaan Electro or Angolan Kuduro to outsiders, it's effectively a form of Tanzanian grime or hard dance music, using rapid-fire, hypnotic rhythmelodies to drive crowds to dance in thrilling, new ways. Bar one killer cut, "Linga Linga" featuring the distinctive bark of Bamba Pana's long-time vocal foil, MC Makavelli, the set is entirely instrumental with voices used only as strobing rhythmic filaments. The other eight tracks range from an "introduction to brand new dance from Africa" in "Agaba Kibati," to what sounds like turbo speed makina in "Biti Three," whereas "Baria" hops from shredding synths to hyper-colored percussion in wild style. Meanwhile "Biti Six" features some of the set's giddiest harmonies, spiraling so fast they evoke weightlessness, while "Kusini" is patently compatible with the ruffest P. Adrix riddims for Príncipe, and the incendiary "Pooa Bama Rmx" provides a breathless 145bpm race to the finish that feels twice as fast, thanks to its inimitable, needlepoint percolations.
OPTIMO MUSIC (UK)
OMRENTAL 001LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: OMRENTAL 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RENTAL, ROBERT Different Voices For You. Different Colours For Me. Demos 1980 LP
Optimo Music present a collection of works from Robert Rental Different Voices For You. Different Colours For Me. Demos 1980."On an unassuming cassette, just labelled Robert Rental in green Dymo tape, these demos have lain unheard for years amongst his family's treasured possessions, cared-for artefacts of a life cut short far too soon. These songs, which Robert recorded in his council flat in Battersea in 1980, provide an enticing glimpse into his all-too-infrequent solo work. On most occasions, Robert worked with Thomas Leer, Daniel Miller, or other collaborators. These are rough recordings, tape hiss still in evidence, but his creativity shines through the murk, like uncut diamonds. With these recordings Robert appears to be moving towards more recognizable song structures than most of his earlier work, which could be wildly experimental and would often involve found recordings taped directly off television. We know two of these tracks from their later re-recording for the Mute Records single 'Double Heart' late in 1980. Robert spoke to friends of his frustration at being unable to replicate his sound in a commercial studio -- it was these demos' sound that he wanted to recreate. Sometimes having only access to the most rudimentary of equipment can hone the creative talent into something sharper and more focused -- necessity is the mother of invention, indeed." --Simon Dell, 2018"I am humbled and ecstatic to be entrusted with this music and able to aid getting these songs out into the world. I have now listened to them countless times and feel they are so, so much more than just an interesting archival release, but rather a small, fully formed body of wondrous songs that deserve to be heard and enjoyed by as many people as possible. In this current era where so much music is so completely focused on the production, with the result that often the soul is sucked out of it, it's a pleasant shock to discover that a forgotten tape from nearly 40 years ago can be the freshest and most refreshing sounding thing ever." --JD Twitch, 2018
ORBEATIZE (ITALY)
BEAT 002LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: BEAT 002LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
JOLLY MARE Logica Natura LP
Jolly Mare's Logica Natura is a crazy 12-track library music-style album. It's all based around bumping live rhythms triggering an obscure Japanese drum synth module. Jolly Mare's Fabrizio Martina on the album's production: "It was November 2017 when I received a call from an old friend, 'Hi Fabrizio, I found a rare Japanese drum machine, you should come and see it before I put this on EBay.' I went to check it out and immediately realized it had more potential than just drum sounds generation; it was able to produce quirky and creepy sounds if triggered by any sound source. So I bought it and brought in the studio, where me and Alex (Semprevivo) were laying down new beats and ideas. It took just three days of jams to get the skeleton of this record done: I programmed the module to receive Alex's drum hits and the device started creating synth lines, almost as it was speaking its own language. I've found a soul in this machine, and I wanted to bring it to life in these tracks, a mix of arranged compositions and improvised jams. No root keys, no grids, no clicks, everything came out in an instinctive and natural way As far as we know it's the first time this synthesizer/drum machine is been used in this "improper" and new way."
ORNAMENTS (GERMANY)
ORN 045EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ORN 045EP
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STEVE BUG Different In Detroit 12"
Steve Bug shows his deeper side with "Different In Detroit". Includes two dub-inspired remixes by Rhauder and Marko Fürstenberg.
PAST & PRESENT (UK)
PAPR 2005LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: PAPR 2005LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Girls In The Garage Volume 5 LP
Past & Present present Girls In The Garage Volume 5, the fifth volume of a series of garage rock compilations focusing on female artists. Prior to Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Courtney Love and other era-defining women in rock, there were the girls in the garage. Like their male counterparts discovered, being in a band was not only cool and alluring, it was sexual and ultimately political without making a political statement. The garage band was a medium that enabled a voice to be heard, whether it be an adolescent fury of angst and frustration or plain old hormones. Girls In the Garage captures the raw essence of those juvenile dreams played out through guitars, drums, microphones and amplifiers. Prevailing gender roles would be tested, and rock 'n' roll became someone else's domain: the girls. Although it's been said that it was rare for a girl group to play on their own records in the mid-1960s, they were many exceptions. On both sides of the Atlantic, cynical and shrewd producers largely employed session musicians, afraid of any conceivable faults at the hands of such young and innocent hands, male and female. The ones who didn't were bold visionaries that believed not only in this new generation's ambitions, but their capabilities as well. As the female presence in rock n' roll gained traction through the appearance of figures such as The Vejtables' Jan Errico, The Honeycombs' Honey Lantree, and the fabulous Maureen Tucker (The Velvet Underground), so too did the rise of all-female bands. Liverpool's Liverbirds and Hull's Mandy and The Girlfriends gave weight to the idea that it was "normal" and paved the way for like-minded girls to pick up their guitars. Although the prevailing attitude among both major and independent record labels was never going to be inspiring or welcoming, times were changing and girls didn't just want to have fun. Emerging groups such as The Pleasure Seekers, White Boots, Ace Of Cups, Bittersweets, and The Luv'd Ones were playing rock n' roll on their own terms whilst breaking new ground, whether they were trying to or not. Features: The Majorettes, The Bermudas, The Occasionals, Bente Lind & the Lunicks, The Pussycats, Jeff/The Atlantics, The What Four, Linda Gayle, The Girls, Stacy's 5th Mavricks, Tammy & the Sounds, Beatlemaids, Angel & the Devines, The Electric Lollipop, Zuma. 180 gram, white vinyl; Includes full-color, four-page booklet; hand-numbered sleeves.
PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)
PERMVAC 173-1LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: PERMVAC 173-1LP
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DMX KREW Nu Romantix 2x12"
"He Sings! He Dances! The fabulous new album!!!" says the original sticker on DMX Krew's Nu Romantix LP and nothing changed 20 years later for Edward Uptown, aka Ed DMX. Permanent Vacation marks the 20th anniversary of this influential album, originally released in 1998, with this special re-release. The music is now as relevant as it was 20 years ago, when the king of electro power ballads sings about the essential things in life and takes you to the place called love -- that is more needed than ever before. Presented here for the first time on a loud and sharp 45rpm, double 12". The set includes an instrumental of "Come To Me" as bonus track. Carefully remastered by Lopazz.
PINGIPUNG (GERMANY)
PING 060LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: PING 060LP
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ANDO, UMEKO Ihunke 2LP
Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from Japan. She was a representative of the Ainu culture on the Hokkaido Island in the north of Japan. Ihunke is her first album which was recorded with the Ainu musician and dub producer Oki Kano in 2000. It was released on CD in Japan only and is finally available on vinyl. Ihunke follows 2017's single Iuta Upopo (PING 058EP) which had been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and was quickly sold out. The 16 Ainu songs on Ihunke are delicate, natural gems. They are built on Oki Kano's tonkori patterns (a five-string harp), over which Umeko Ando develops her repetitive, mantric vocals, often in a call-and-response manner. Oki Kano is one of very few professional tonkori players who performs worldwide with his Oki Dub Ainu Band. The songs possess a mystical energy -- when crows call accurately with Ando's brittle voice in the first song, it seems like natural powers join in with her music. Her voice sounds like animals of the sky and the forest. Oki Kano: "It was a lot of fun to record with Umeko Ando. Many Ainu hesitate to break from tradition -- if Umeko hadn't been so flexible to work with the younger generation and recording technology, this album would never have happened. Our sessions were intense, and we were proud and happy about making such beautiful music." Only recently (in 2008) have the Ainu officially been acknowledged as indigenous people who are culturally independent from Japan. This record is an example of how their music has been passed on through generations in the underground Ainu communities while it was oppressed by the Japanese hegemony. It deserves a huge audience. Includes liner notes and download code.
RECITAL
R 044LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: R 044LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
SIMPLE AFFECTIONS Simple Affections LP
Simple Affections: "I corralled a dream LP that I would want to listen to. Too smelly, too sweet." Album features contributions from: Peter Friel, Jackson Graham, Mark Harwood, Graham Lambkin, Lia Mazzari, Sean McCann, Madalyn Merkey, Michael Pollard, Eric Schmid, Zach Schwartz, Tom James Scott, Patrick Shiroishi, Christina Stanley, Matthew Sullivan, Dennis Tyfus, and Will Gottsegen. One time pressing. Includes six 5x7? postcards in printed envelope, program notes insert by Sean McCann, Scented with Oyster Grove Eau de Recital perfume.
RUBBLE (UK)
RUB 2001LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: RUB 2001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Diggin' For Gold LP
Rubble present Diggin' For Gold, another collection of rare and obscure 45s from around the world in an international showdown of teenage angst, despair and delinquency. The toxic sound of '60s garage punk never sounded so good. Blasted through 60-watt amplifiers on a diet of amphetamines and adrenalin, Diggin' For Gold offers torment and misery with an explosive twist in mind-bending mono. Features: Thor's Hammer, The Other Side, David John & The Mood, The Blue Aces , Simon Raven, Vince Taylor Et Les Bobby Clarke's, Horanges, The Beathovens , The Thunders, The Throb, Improved Sound, Marty Rhone, Principals, John Hatton & the Devotions, and The Majority. 180 gram, gold vinyl; Includes full-color, four-page booklet; hand-numbered sleeve.
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
RB 009LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: RB 009LP
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TORNADO WALLACE Lonely Planet LP
2018 repress; LP version. 180 gram vinyl. Gatefold sleeve. The accumulation of about four years of work, with tracks written in Berlin and Melbourne, Tornado Wallace's debut album Lonely Planet is nothing like what may have expected from the Australian expat. No stranger to fans and followers of ESP Institute, Beats In Space and Music From Memory's sister label Second Circle, Tornado Wallace's strain of releases, so far, merge functionality with a musical playfulness that led him to find himself as one of the producer's behind José Padilla's International Feel album So Many Colours (IFEEL 042CD/LP, 2015). Here, he leaves the needs of the dancefloor behind in order to create a magical mystery tour de trance into his inner jungle. How about some references? New age sounds meet new wave melodies, Grace Jones runs into the Dire Straits at Compass Point while a Korg Mini Pops and a Roland CR78 make amends for Sly & Robbie's absence, Michael Mann pictures Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, Robert Rauschenberg tries his luck at naturalism and an imagined Wally Badarou echoes through all of it. Sandwiched between the title track and the yearning beauty of the album's final point "Healing Feeling", the listener will get all of that as well as collaborations with and contributions of No Zu, David Hischfelder and the voice of Sui Zhen on "Today", who would easily make Anna Domino take her proverbial hat off. With Lonely Planet, Tornado Wallace has created an album that supersedes the requirements and expectations of a debut. Like a lost Island Records or a never released Made To Measure album, Lonely Planet soundtracks notions and ideas that recall the nostalgic future in the past as much as it looks ahead.
RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)
RHM 027CD
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: RHM 027CD
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MUTANT BEAT DANCE Mutant Beat Dance 2CD
Mutant Beat Dance has returned with their debut self-titled 25-track album. The record image booklet has been in development since 2015 with over 200 minutes running time and is released in various formats. The debut album from renegade trio Mutant Beat Dance -- Melvin Oliphant (Traxx), Beau Wanzer, and Steve Summers -- takes the wild and free sound of Chicago's Music Box era into the 21st century. Over twenty-five tracks the album mines an oft-cited but rarely understood ground at the intersection of post-punk, minimal wave, industrial, disco dub, EBM, and proto-house/early-House. Mutant Beat Dance is an epic journey into a classic American ideology that had its apex in Chicago. This aesthetic has already proven influential on many artists across the globe. Least of which is the Grammy-winning LCD Soundsystem whose members Tyler Pope and Patrick Mahoney back Melvin on vocals here on the Martin Hannett and Howard Devoto inspired "Feed The Enemy". Another LCD member Gavin Rayna Russom also provides vocals on the later-cut "Geometrical Disease" as Black Meteoric Star. Mutant Beat Dance was originally a duo made up of Traxx, and molecular biologist, Chicagoan Beau Wanzer. Traxx and Beau have been working on this concept in various forms throughout the last decade on solo and duo releases. After a rack full of releases, the duo began to refine their concept from 2015 on into its most thoroughly developed state -- the result is this epic 25-track, 200-minute long debut M.B.D album for Rush Hour. Given the scope of the material for the project it became logical and necessary to expand the unit to include its newest member Brooklyn based Steve Summers known for his releases on Clone Jack For Daze, Confused House, and others. Together this hard-working trio has completed an album with an enormous diversity of song styles unlike anything they have ever done before. Unique in its musical range and content from obscure electronics with subliminal messages to funk-laden machine grooves, industrial soundscapes, Detroit dirge, cryptic ankle bitter anthems, and beyond, this is a genre-bending challenging monster of an album that may scare you at first but push forward and deep rewards lie within. Also features Marianna and Naughty Wood.
SCISSOR & THREAD
SAT 036EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SAT 036EP
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KHAN, NADIA In Gleam 12"
Francis Harris's Scissor & Thread offers another exercise in subtlety and restraint by the emerging talents of Nadia Khan. "In Gleam" is a beautifully evocative drift into ambient textures -- rising pads and occasion bass tones combine to set an exquisite scene. "Local Visit" is a collaboration with label boss Francis Harris and features submerged rhythm and textures. "Restless" sees Alex Albrecht, aka Melquíades, provide the "Last Bells Remix". "Sorting Through" finds its groove early, a deadened kick unfolds into an urgent percussion creating a thick atmosphere of melancholia. "Sunburnt" ends the EP with dreamy, smudged tones, and warm pads.
SHELTER PRESS (FRANCE)
SHELTER 096LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: SHELTER 096LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ANKERSMIT, THOMAS Homage To Dick Raaijmakers LP
LP version. 140 gram vinyl. Thomas Ankersmit's new album for Shelter Press Homage To Dick Raaijmakers is an all-analog electronic music composition inspired by legendary Dutch composer/electronic and tape music pioneer and multimedia artist, Dick Raaijmakers (1930-2013). The work takes inspiration from Raaijmakers's music from the 1960s, his texts on sound composition like "Cahier M", and notes on his own music. On this recording, Ankersmit plays Serge Modular feedback and sine/pulse/random generators, contact mic, and tape speed variation; mirroring some of Raaijmakers's work, Ankersmit plays his Serge synthesizer as a kind of weather system. He references storms, thunder, crashing and falling objects, and distant radio transmissions in his electronic sounds, as well as dragging a contact mic across his equipment. Despite the abstract nature of the material, a sense of loss or mourning sometimes emerges from the music. With his homage Ankersmit re-contextualizes Raaijmakers's ideas about electric sound, composition, and spatial experience. Like Raaijmakers himself Ankersmit exclusively uses analog devices, such as sine/pulse/random generators, modulators, filters, and especially feedback processes between them. The music focuses on the sounds of raw electricity through creatively abused electronics, composing with analog micro-sounds, and the creation of three-dimensional sound fields. The piece also uses tones produced by the listener's own ears, inspired by Raaijmakers's thoughts on "holophonic" sound fields to be individually explored by the listener. With this phenomenon, the listener's inner ears actively generate sounds that don't exist in the recorded signal, and which can change with a small movement of the head. Homage To Dick Raaijmakers was commissioned by Sonic Acts and was premiered live at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in February 2016. Ankersmit also dedicates the work to his father Thijl Ankersmit (1947-2016), who first demonstrated feedback to him. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.
SLAM CITY JAMS (GERMANY)
SCJ 004EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SCJ 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RHODE & BROWN Wave 100 EP 12"
Slam City Jams head honchos Rhode & Brown debut on their own imprint. On the title track there's a euphoric hint of '80s synth nostalgia, slapped bass, and banging woodsticks. "Sparkle" oozes sweat with phat bass, sweet flutes, and strings. "Love Lane" is a classic house track with a funked-up bassline, shuffling snares, and the most erotic vocal in human history. "Moon Bells" is the soundtrack to that road trip you did back in '86 with a Juno 106 arpeggiator bassline, percussive drums, and airy synths. "Over Europe" is made of beautiful ambient spheres straight from outta space.
SOMETHING HAPPENING SOMEWHERE (NETHERLANDS)
SOHASO 017EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: SOHASO 017EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VAN LUNTEREN, ROGER Rosa Dos Ventos 12"
Roger van Lunteren debuts on SoHaSo with a four-track story that oozes retro vibes utilizing raw '80s analog synths and humanoid acid lines. "Vanish" features an emotional chord sequence, gnarly basslines and intertwining 303 sequences. Aroy Dee remixing "Vanish" is like taking a psychotropic liquid, adding more drive to the original while retaining the emotive synth patterns. Limited to 300 copies silkscreened and handstamped.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
SR 403LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 403LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
UNIVERS ZERO Ceux Du Dehors LP
Ceux Du Dehors is the third album by Belgian band Univers Zero, originally released in 1981. The title alludes to the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft; the players read the story in studio, then proceeded to record the piece. A key release for the band, Ceux Du Dehors sometimes suggests a darker and more complex version of the motorik minimalism of classical music contemporaries Philip Glass and Steve Reich. It finds the group continuing to evolve and return to the more general and varied chamber music sound of their first release, 1977's 1313 (SR 399LP), except with more precision and skill. The tricky charts of percussionist Daniel Denis and new keyboardist Andy Kirk are executed with great panache. The labyrinthine compositions are typically filled with unexpected twists and turns, and angular repetitions of jagged riffs that accelerate, decelerate and mutate in passages of acute tension or quiet but ominous dread. Vinyl comes on clear/red vinyl.
SR 411LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 411LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
ROCHE, JEAN C. Birds Of Venezuela LP
Sub Rosa present a reissue of Jean C. Roché's Birds Of Venezuela, originally released in 1973. The bird on the cover is a potoo; this metal-looking bird is one of the sonorous curiosities of this mad nature, the sound that he produces essentially is a death song that David Toop heard on his 1978 expedition, but was unable to record, amazement playing its role.Jean C. Roché on his recordings: "The bird songs which I had recorded in the West Indies in 1969 made me inclined to find out more about those of the nearby South American continent, and convinced me, moreover, that musically speaking, they possessed an unquestionable originality in comparison with those of Africa and Europe. I therefore decided to carry out a series of ornithological trips on this continent, starting in the north with Venezuela. With this in mind, I disembarked at Caracas on 27th May, 1972. The unusual musical volume of this tropical country made its impact known to me on my arrival in town, where the unbearably shrill chirping of the cicadas overwhelmed me each time I passed under a tree. At night fall, around even the meanest of ditches filled by the daily rain, myriads of toads and frogs struck up a concert, which, through its sheer intensity, muffled all other surrounding noises. When I penetrated the forest, I could hear bird species literally by the dozen and individuals by the hundred, all calling and singing together at dawn and at dusk."David Toop on Jean C. Roché: "Jean-Claude Roché (b. May 11, 1931) is a French ornithologist and wildlife field recordist. Roché recorded bird songs worldwide for over 30 years and has released over 130 records out of his recordings. Among many of his amazing records, I came across Birds of Venezuela, a beautifully produced LP of birdsong. I began to plan a trip to Amazonas, to record for myself the unearthly song of potoos and Yanomami shamanism."
SR 470CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 470CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
DE JAER, BAUDOUIN 4 Geomungo Sanjo Vol II CD
New compositions for ancient Korean instrument: the Geomungo. Follow-up to Baudouin de Jaer's highly-acclaimed Compositions for Geomungo and Gayageum (SR 373CD, 2012). Baudouin de Jaer tells... his large hands stir the air, drawing soft and assured lines, they connect distant planets and micro-particles in a space that does not exist yet. There is the encounter with the Geomungo. a traditional Korean instrument, the geomungo is an ancient table zither, an improbable association of wood and tense strings, with sounds in turn soft, brutal, limpid, rough, mute, and light. It is the voice that imposes itself and guides us through the worlds. Baudouin de Jaer takes you irresistibly, back and forth, from the deepest of oneself to the universality of life. Four-panel digipack with 16-page booklet.Baudouin de Jaer is a composer and violinist. Baudouin de Jaer studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur, Frederic Rzewski and at McGill University (Montréal) with Bruce Mather. He composes for the Korean instruments Daegeum, Haegeum, Gayageum, and Geomungo, and for orchestras of Korean traditional instruments. In 2010 he resolved the enigmatic music system of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli and released a CD called The Heavenly Ladder on Sub Rosa (SR 312CD, 2011). In 2010, Baudouin de Jaer was awarded a prize from the National Gugak Center for his Gayageum compositions.
SULATRON RECORDS (GERMANY)
ST 1802CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: ST 1802CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SUN DIAL Science Fiction: A Compendium Of Space Soundtrax CD
"Sun Dial were founded 1990 by multi-instrumentalist Gary Ramon who also plays in several other bands and projects. He also runs the well known Acme-Records label. This new album is a great follower to their last album Made in the Machine, which was very much in the electronic-rock direction. Science Fiction is an even more electronic album, the songs are shorter but supercatchy. Over the years Sun Dial's catalogue has been in demand for various film and television soundtracks such as the acclaimed horror film 'Helen Alone' and documentaries on the history of the CIA/Vietnam/MK ULTRA. Of special interest to the band has been the music of Sci Fi and Space on celluloid such as 'THX 1138', '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Blade Runner.' Now, in a project spanning more than 20 years, Sun Dial have fulfilled a long term plan to release a collection of unreleased Space themed soundtracks."
ST 1802LP
PRICE: $37.00
CAT #: ST 1802LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SUN DIAL Science Fiction: A Compendium Of Space Soundtrax LP
LP version. "Sun Dial were founded 1990 by multi-instrumentalist Gary Ramon who also plays in several other bands and projects. He also runs the well known Acme-Records label. This new album is a great follower to their last album Made in the Machine, which was very much in the electronic-rock direction. Science Fiction is an even more electronic album, the songs are shorter but supercatchy. Over the years Sun Dial's catalogue has been in demand for various film and television soundtracks such as the acclaimed horror film 'Helen Alone' and documentaries on the history of the CIA/Vietnam/MK ULTRA. Of special interest to the band has been the music of Sci Fi and Space on celluloid such as 'THX 1138', '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Blade Runner.' Now, in a project spanning more than 20 years, Sun Dial have fulfilled a long term plan to release a collection of unreleased Space themed soundtracks."
SUNDANCE (JAPAN)
SND 010EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SND 010EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KAMINAKAMURA, MIKIO Oneself Than Skill 12"
Sundance present three tracks from Mikio Kaminakamura. His past releases include Black Gate Town EP (2016) and Evil Soroway EP (2018) from Untitled Records.
SUPERIOR VIADUCT
SV 118LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: SV 118LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FAUST The Faust Tapes LP
"Faust stand among the most influential creative forces to have emerged from Germany in the late '60s and early '70s. Along with Can, Agitation Free, Neu!, and others, Faust rejected the Anglo-American norms of rock 'n' roll to start a back-to-basics and uniquely Teutonic revolution in sound, later dubbed by the UK press with the semi-derogatory term 'krautrock.' Faust would reach near-mythical status through a series of classic albums recorded between 1970 and 1973 at their secluded Wümme studio. As Dave Segal writes in the liner notes, 'There's no consensus about which Faust album represents their zenith. But a survey of the group's fans would likely find the collage-heavy messterpiece The Faust Tapes (1973) triumphing. Its freewheeling, jump-cut nature and unlikely earworm moments conspire for more what-the-fuck epiphanies per minute than just about any other record about which Krautrocksampler (1995) author Julian Cope has raved. Comprised of twenty odd tape-manipulation experiments and freak-out jams, The Faust Tapes stashes away some of the band's best-known songs. 'Flashback Caruso,' with its delicate acoustic guitar and Rudolf Sosna's airy vocals, could easily have appeared on So Far (1972) or Faust IV (1973), while on 'J'ai Mal Aux Dents,' Jean-Hervé Peron's playful lyrics and this ecstatic, era-defining riff perfectly represent Faust's magical mischievousness. This first-time domestic release of The Faust Tapes on vinyl reproduces the original sleeve design, featuring artwork by Bridget Riley."
SV 130LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: SV 130LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LOVISONI/FRANCESCO MESSINA, RAUL Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo LP
"Of all the releases on Italy's legendary Cramps Records, Raul Lovisoni and Francesco Messina's seminal LP from 1979 has long remained among the most beloved. Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo not only introduced the world to the work of two gifted composers, but also is notable for being produced by electronic pioneer Franco Battiato. A sister album to Prati Bagnati would be Giusto Pio's breathtaking Motore Immobile, likewise graced with the maestro's gentle hand around the same time. Lovisoni and Messina are both central figures within the Italian avant-garde. Part of a generation of artists who contributed to a radical rethinking of musical practices and composition, they reveal Minimalism as it's rarely known: delicate melodies, subtle harmonic interplay, incorporating diverse creative traditions and slowly giving way to an ever-expanding open space. Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo's meditative title track, inspired by René Daumal's surrealist novel Le Mont Analogue, features Messina on synthesizer and Michele Fedrigotti's impressionistic piano, while on Lovisoni's 'Hula Om' and 'Amon Ra,' solo harp, crystal glasses and Juri Camisasca's radiant vocal drones further ascend into the stratosphere. Skirting the outer edges of ambient, new age and experimental music, Prati Bagnati has a transformative beauty unlike anything else. Superior Viaduct's edition reproduces the original sleeve design and is recommended for fans of Jon Hassell, Luciano Cilio and Popol Vuh."
SYSTEMATIC (GERMANY)
SYST 120-6EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SYST 120-6EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BODZIN & MARC ROMBOY, STEPHAN Kerberos Remixes 12"
Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy's biggest tune "Kerberos" gets brand new remixes. Diynamic's Solomun teams up with Johannes Brecht with driving beats, fresh sounds and synth lines that won´t leave your brain anymore. On the flip side you can find versions by André Hommen and Dublin's poster boy Matador.
THE DUB (ITALY)
THEDUB 113EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: THEDUB 113EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
COCCOLUTO/LUCA VERA, CLAUDIO Suena Bien EP 12"
180 gram vinyl; Edition of 300.
THE FLENSER
FLENSER 079LP
PRICE: $27.00
CAT #: FLENSER 079LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MAMALEEK Out Of Time 2LP
"San Francisco Bay Area-based black metal weirdos Mamaleek are set to release Out Of Time, their fifth full-length album and second for The Flenser. Musically, Mamaleek stands apart from the Bay Area's most well-known black metal exports (Weakling, Leviathan, et al), and their connection to the genre grows more abstract with each release. This is especially evident on this album, where the band has intensified their unique approach to heavy music with a variety of unusual samples, such as crooning from Turkish concerts, advertisements for items that long exist, and fragments of old pop songs. The band consists of two mysterious brothers who, until now, have kept entirely to themselves about the project. Just recently the duo made their first live appearance, and this release can be considered the final chapter of this era of anonymity. Out Of Time was recorded by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage, Botanist, etc.). This is Mamaleek's first double album and it is their most ambitious work to date."
TIMES ARE RUFF (NETHERLANDS)
TAR 016EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: TAR 016EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
S3A (SAMPLING AS AN ART) Rexperience EP 12"
Booty-shaking and mind-moving! The new S3A release specifically originated and is meant for the dancefloor, one dancefloor in particular to be precise. Taking experience from his alma-mater Rex- Club in Paris, S3A crafts a four-track EP to honor this legendary venue in the heart of Parisian music history. The label Times Are Ruff releases a steady stream of DJ-friendly tools and dancefloor-ready house tracks, with a hint to the past but never sounding dated.
UNTERTON (GERMANY)
UTON 013EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: UTON 013EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BORUSIADE Their Specters 12"
On her Unterton debut, Their Specters, Borusiade offers four different takes on atmospheric, industrial electronics and chopped rhythms. "Forewarned Is Forearmed" sets the tone as a massive drum march, stomping forward between rolling snares, clanging metal percussion, and guttural drones, while evolution-themed "Common Ancestor" is a tribal head-nodder, with booming sustained kicks offset by overdriven snare brushes and fluttering synths. On "Doublethink" wailing synths and stuttering rhythms vie for dominance in a storm of off-kilter techno, while the mammoth, slow melodic closer "Atlas" moves to the pace of waves crashing and hypnotic, detuned, interwoven melodies.
WIDE HIVE RECORDS
WH 342LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: WH 342LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
COUNTERWEIGHT COLLECTIVE Counterweight LP
"Throttle Elevator Music musicians and writers Matt Montgomery and Gregory Howe unite for Counterweight, a new collection of 8 songs on LP. Joining them on trap set drums is fellow Throttle drummer Mike Hughes, emerging guitarist Mike Ramos, and sensational trumpeter Erik Jekabson. Set in jazz with rock and international overtones Counterweight is cerebral yet soulful uplifting music".
WRWTFWW RECORDS (SWITZERLAND)
WRWTFWW 024LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: WRWTFWW 024LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COLORED MUSIC Colored Music LP
LP version. 140 gram vinyl; Comes in Stoughton tip-on sleeve. WRWTFWW Records announce the reissue of the 1981 self-titled album from cult Japanese duo Colored Music. Includes liner notes in English and Japanese by digger, curator, connoisseur, writer, and legend Chee Shimizu. An incredible mix of cosmic new wave, unconventional disco, avant-garde synth pop, and hybrid electronic funk, Colored Music is enchantingly unique, a sort of experimental and magnetizing take on David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy with a psychedelic Haruomi Hosono touch. From the groovy post-punk glam title track to the proto-house dance floor killer "Heartbeat", Ichiko Hashimoto and Atsuo Fujimoto hit all the right (and sometimes not-exactly-right-but-truly-genius) notes to create the odd and beautiful, an unparalleled audio escape to the best elsewhere you can think of. Also playing on the album are celebrated musicians Mansaku Kimura, Shuichi "Ponta" Murakami -- 1978's Pacific (V 25AH426), 1981's KI-Motion by MKWAJU ensemble (WRWTFWW 026CD/LP), collaborations with Jun Fukamachi, Yasuaki Shimizu, Haruomi Hosono... -- Kiyohiko Semba, Tamio "Doyo" Kawabata, and Tatsuhiko Hizawa.
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