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Forced Exposure New Releases for 5/6/2013

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Music is due from Haxan Cloak, Coliseum, Colin Stetson, Akron/Family, Cindytalk, Andy Stott, and more.


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COSMIN TRG: Gordian 2LP (50 013LP) 21.00
Gatefold double LP version. Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label releases the second artist album by Romanian Cosmin TRG. Since that debut, the now Berlin-based Cosmin has toured the globe, taking his rusted techno frequencies to places like Fabric, Berghain and Sónar, at the same time as releasing more essential EPs on Rush Hour and 50 Weapons. The new album marks something of a new direction for Cosmin, however -- it's a much more intricate affair that deals in plenty of fuzzy texture, percussive energy and his trademark skimming bottom-ends, but looks outside the techno world for its influences. As the artist himself explains, "The title references an ancient myth, but describes the very contemporary, impossible task of discerning between real and replicated, authentic and contrived. Coping with facts, objects and bodies, the necessity of 'making it,' fear of failure, fear of 'not being happy' are today's topics, and Gordian is my attempt at an exploration of those issues." Starting with the deep, alien-laced ambience of "New Structures for Loving," it's clear from the off Cosmin's production has continued to improve and evolve since Simulat. Abstract yet heartfelt, it's followed by the more implosive snare rattles and crossing synth lines of the title-track, which sounds like a factory gone feral. Opposing light with dark, density with space, tracks like "Desire Is Sovereign" manages to be both propulsive and cerebral. One thing that ties the album to Cosmin's nuanced back-catalog is the gauziness of tracks like "Divided By Design," where the distant hum of radio frequencies turn your thoughts to Cold War-era transmissions lost in blizzards of snow. Though the heads-down surges of tracks like "Semi Present" sure will work on the floor, there's an underlying narrative that makes this album as suitable for listening on headphones. Non-standard melodies, otherworldly blips and a ruined intergalactic energy seem to course throughout, truly transporting you to another world entirely.



ILLUTE: Kargow 12" (ACKER 038EP) 12.00
Acker Records presents three remixes of a German-Spanish song by Illute. This title, originally released on Las Vegas Records, comes with the organic sound of wind players, vivacious guitars, and hand-made rhythms. The result is an intriguing mélange of verses, refrains, and catchy electronic grooves, taking the listener to a wonderland of bubbling bass lines, bouncy delays, and playful filter modulations. Also Dingdongdilly, a duo from Berlin, manages to create a seamless connection of song structure, crunchy beats, and high-octane club boost.


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T2: 1971-72 LP (AD 1086LP) 23.00
2013 repress. "Unreleased studio recordings from 1971 and 1972 which were originally planned as an album release. If this had been released at the time, T2 would have certainly gone on to the big leagues of rock, joining Free, Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, etc. Sadly, this was never released and so we are happy to present this previously unheard underground masterpiece. Comes on 180 gram vinyl."

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JOY DIVISION: YMCA 2-8-79 LP (AD 1099LP) 26.00
"First time official issue of this previously unissued classic and historical London live performance from 1979. Recorded live in August 1979 as part of a series of four legendary post punk gigs that included Throbbing Gristle, Echo & The Bunnymen, Red Crayola, and Cabaret Voltaire. Limited edition 180 gram vinyl comes complete with textured sleeve and a poster insert."



PAPA SANG BASS: All the Way Back in Time Again 12" (ADJUNCT 026EP) 12.50
For Adjunct 26 we bring back one of the Adjunct founding-fathers Konstantin Gabbro aka Papa Sang Bass. For the All the Way Back in Time Again EP, Konstantin goes deep sea diving with heavily-textured sounds and rhythms that won't let you go. Late-night funk for late-night minds. A must-have for all lovers.



JTC: People Mover 12" (ANSATZ 1001EP) 15.50
With the exception of the title-track, the People Mover EP is comprised of new tracks recorded by JTC especially for Ansatz. The tracks here represent JTC's ever-expanding repertoire: live synth and vocal-work dance above solid rhythms which JTC is known for. "People Mover" is anthemic, while "Solutions" is a solid, mellow dancefloor track with subtle build. "Banter Block" is a chaotic Afro-jazz carnival ride. "Juvenile Conversation" highlights some live synths over a techno Roland rhythm. Housed in a heavy cardboard sleeve with raised lettering and paste-on artwork.



DAVIS & PAN/TONE, RYAN: Two Armed Bandits 12" (AREAL 069EP) 12.00
Betsy just stood there with her mouth wide open. Those two guys were fencing each other up and down the stairway. They took 20 steps, back to back, then they turned around, smoothly from the hip, firing magazines at each other. Then ten steps and then five, both were still standing. They beat each other to a pulp until the blood came out and then until no blood came out and still none of them hit the ground.



FAITHFULL, MARIANNE: Broken English LP (AFZ 148LP) 29.00
"For Marianne Faithfull, 1979's Broken English was a radical departure, featuring a contemporary fusion of rock, punk, new wave, and dance, with liberal use of synthesizers. No one was prepared for the transformation of Marianne Faithfull's innocent flower child image, her immediately preceding albums had been in a relatively gentle folk or country and western style. Those who listened were in for a surprise, especially those who first heard her in the '60s as the virginal voice of her boyfriend, Mick Jagger's, 'As Tears Go By.' When seemingly she had disappeared entirely, she emerged with this dark but definitely musically modern work. And her voice! After years of drug abuse, her voice was in a lower register, far raspier, and had a more world-weary quality than in the past that matched the often raw emotions expressed in the newer songs. Broken English was widely hailed by critics and audiences alike on its release, a successful album without the aid of a huge hit single. The album reached # 57 on the UK album charts and # 82 in the US. The album contains some of her most famous songs, including the title track and 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan,' and was notable for the controversy surrounding the final number 'Why D'Ya Do It.' Although the boundaries have shifted in the decades since this album's release, the language is still shocking, the album is still as potent as ever and remains Marianne's masterpiece, and one of the best albums by a female vocalist ever." Numbered edition on 180 gram vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve.


VANGELIS: Blade Runner Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (AFZ 154LP) 29.00
"The Blade Runner soundtrack was composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film, considered one of the finest sci-fi movies ever made. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical compositions and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott. The soundtrack holds legendary status and at the time was well-received by fans and critics including Best Original Score nominations for a BAFTA and Golden Globe yet, except for a few cuts, it was not released until 1994. The movie remains a classic film with a long list of popular movie stars including Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, most of whom appear on this record in movie dialog samples mixed into the 12 tracks of nearly one hour of music. Vangelis makes each track flow into one another. The soundtrack features vocal contributions from Demis Roussos and the sax solo by Dick Morrissey on "Love Theme." The gatefold jacket includes many colorful stills from the film. Blade Runner is a timeless classic on film and now on 180 gram transparent red vinyl."


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CHERRY, DON: Live in Paris, April 22, 1971 LP (B 191LP) 27.00
Clear red vinyl in PVC sleeve. Limited edition 500 copies. "In 1971, jazz trumpet player Don Cherry was living in an artists' colony in Sweden (where he met his wife, Moki) and becoming deeply interested in world music, which would mark a deep shift in his music from this point onward. In spring of 1971, Cherry traveled to Paris with his avant-garde jazz trio, made up of the great South African bassist, Johnny Dyani, and Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz (who would also appear on his Organic Music Society) to perform live for an audience of French jazz fans."

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DAVIS, MILES: Live at the Plugged Nickel, December 22, 1965 Part One LP (B 192LP) 27.00
White vinyl in PVC sleeve. Limited edition 500 copies. "Miles Davis' second great quintet, featuring Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock (age 25) on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums, is the last of Miles' true acoustic jazz bands. Formed in 1964, the legendary quintet can be heard playing at Chicago's Plugged Nickel jazz club on 22 December 1965, one of their earliest recordings. For these performances, Miles played almost no material from their studio albums, focusing instead on Miles' favorite jazz standards. However, it is precisely because he is playing the standards that listeners are able to hear just how groundbreaking this quintet was at the time. The music found here was so pioneering and influential that it still sounds new after over four decades."

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VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: Live at the Whole Coffeehouse, Minneapolis MN, November 1973 LP (B 194LP) 27.00
Clear vinyl in PVC sleeve. Limited edition 500 copies. "American singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt released a string of classic albums in the early seventies, marking what has been called his most prolific and creative period. However, Van Zandt notoriously often had difficulty getting the right sound in studio, and his voice was often overshadowed by elaborate production work that sometimes missed the mark. Therefore, this LP, recorded at the University of Michigan's coffeehouse in 1973, is an essential addition to the Van Zandt discography because it allows listeners to hear Townes the way he was meant to be heard: playing to a few dozen college students with nothing but his acoustic guitar and his own voice. Beautiful."

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CALE & FRIENDS, JOHN: Live at the Ocean Club in New York, July 21, 1976 LP (B 195LP) 27.00
Clear yellow vinyl in PVC sleeve. Limited edition 500 copies. "The night of July 21, 1976 was a star-studded and memorable one for downtown NYC music fans, as John Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, David Byrne (of the Talking Heads), Allen Lanier (of Blue Oyster Cult), Mick Ronson (David Bowie), and guitar guru Chris Spedding regaled fans with a slew of Cale classics like 'Guts,' 'Buffalo Ballet,' and 'I Keep a Close Watch' as well as the Velvets' 'I'm Waiting for the Man,' and the Modern Lovers' 'Pablo Picasso' (which was produced by John Cale for the Modern Lovers' 1976 LP). And as if all this weren't already enough, recording the performance was Andy Warhol himself. Do not miss this slice of music history."



SECRET CIRCUIT: Tactile Galactics CD (BIS 006CD) 13.50
"Delivered from its celestial womb to the human world for inevitable elevation, Tactile Galactics is the new album by Secret Circuit, the experimental dance music moniker and cosmic interface for Los Angeles artist Eddie Ruscha Jr." CD includes two bonus tracks.


SECRET CIRCUIT: Tactile Galactics 2LP (BIS 006LP) 19.00
Gatefold double LP version. Includes mp3 download for the entire album, plus bonus tracks.


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KLOSOWSKI & PYROLATOR, A.K.: Home Taping Is Killing Music CD (BB 128CD) 17.00
Home Taping Is Killing Music is the first and only LP by Pyrolator (Ata Tak label operative and member of Der Plan) and tape loop tinkerer Arnd Kai Klosowski. The result: whimsical, raw sound experiments from the early days of sampling technology. Originally released in 1985 on Ata Tak/WR 30. It was in the mid-1980s when the unsuccessful blues guitarist Arnd Kai Klosowski realized that the DJ was the star of the show in the discotheque: not the music and not the musicians. He then asked himself: "What if it were possible to create something new, a mix of recorded and live music which could be switched on and off intermittently?" Klosowski built himself a mixing desk with eight inputs, plugged-in microphones, called up a few people and they improvised their hearts out. "I don't know what they played, exactly. But I do know that it simply didn't work," Klosowski recollects. And then he remembered the tape loop experiments he had worked on as a teenager. So he got back to inventing, tinkering, and soldering. The first recordings made with this new, homemade tape loop device found their way to ZickZack label boss Alfred Hilsberg, who decided to release an album. All he needed was a producer. At this point, Pyrolator finally enters the scene, a musician (as a member of Der Plan, for example), producer, and Ata Tak label operative. Similarities in the working practices and musical leanings of Pyrolator and Klosowski are there for all to see, or rather to hear. Both were interested in collage, obscure music, and technical innovation. They went into the studio together and recorded Home Taping Is Killing Music. The original plan was to issue the album on Hilsberg's ZickZack label, but it actually came out through Ata Tak. Why was that? Pyrolator: "We felt that the album was far better suited to Ata Tak, and so we came to an agreement with Alfred that we could release the record." Klosowski adds another significant detail to this explanation: "Pyrolator had to invest more time and work than anticipated. He had imagined it all to be somewhat easier. I lacked experience in studio technology, so Pyrolator had to bear the brunt of that. Two worlds collided, that of a trained musician and my own. We overshot the studio budget by some distance." The Klosowski album produced by Pyrolator thus became a joint Klosowski/Pyrolator album, with Ata Tak the logical label choice. Home Taping Is Killing Music is a rough diamond from the pioneering era of sampling technology. True, the Emulator 1 already existed and was used extensively, but the tape machine which Klosowski designed and constructed could play considerably longer loops and samples than the E-MU Systems product. And so it was that salsa trumpets and Gregorian chants were heard side-by-side, railway noises aligned with Cambodian music and gospel met Bavarian yodeling. At no time did technology become an end in itself: it always served the melody, the beat, the element of surprise. In short, it was in the service of listening pleasure.

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KLOSOWSKI & PYROLATOR, A.K.: Home Taping Is Killing Music LP+CD (BB 128LP) 22.00
LP version. Comes on 180 gram vinyl with a CD copy of the entire album.



SCHIKS, ARJUNA: Storyteller 12" (BUR 012EP) 12.00
Listening to Arjuna Schiks' first release on Burlesque Musique is like remembering a fairytale. The complex sound structures of "De Lege Naturae" open wide fields of unexplored territories to the listener. Letting him graze through these sound fields, the warm bass of "Regenboog" re-familiarizes the hearer's more acquainted dominions. Accompanied by the ardent sounds and fairy vocals of "Birds," the "Storyteller" ends his narration with a hymn which could last forever.



UNKNOWN: In the Spirit 12" (CEDI 004EP) 14.00
C-Edits: a limited series of vinyl-only, DJ-friendly versions of songs from the past and present. Straight out of a debut on Wolf + Lamb covering "Fade to Grey," C-Edits is back with the fourth in the series. From slo-house to breaks and disco, this is another great addition to the catalog.



ROGER, FRANCK: Extensions of Yesterday 2LP (CCS 075LP) 20.00
Double LP version with 8 out of 11 tracks from the CD. In his years of service to the groove, Franck Roger has evolved slowly and calmly, staying true to his fundamental sound without ever resting for too long. From his allegiance with Real Tone Records to commissions from such legends as Masters At Work, Franck has represented that most dependable and humble of talents; never following the hype or tapping into overused approaches in a genre that has been operating for more than 30 years. In all this time, Franck has only ever delivered one previous album, and so Circus Company is pleased to bring a seriously overdue album to light that embraces the classicism of true house music while writing a new chapter in his on-going story. For sure, there are moments of heart-warming familiarity on Extensions of Yesterday, and this is no more apparent than in the soulful croon of Franck's long-standing vocalist of choice, Mandel Turner, on centerpiece track "Sands of Time." With a punchy, feel-good energy, the track explores the very idea the title of the album points to. There is an abundance of passion and pride for the good old days, but this is about bringing that feeling forwards rather than trying to go back to it. Away from these more flamboyant moments, the album moves into more searching, adventurous tones. There is a hypnotic, dubby sensibility to a lot of the tracks, as luxurious chords echo around unmistakable Roger percussion. You can just as easily find yourself roused by soaring techno visions full of empowering melodies, or subconsciously slide down into smoked-out boogie for the 21st century. While all around him young upstarts attempt to define their sound through the achievements of their forefathers, Franck Roger strides with a maturity that can only come from one who has already done yesterday and now looks to the next logical step.



ZEYSS, MARVIN: Whatever EP 12" (COLOUR 010EP) 12.00
Marvin Zeyss is no stranger to fans of quality deep house music, making his debut on Colourful with an array of warm-sounding grooves. From the playful, percussive title-track "Whatever" through the uplifting "Thinking of You," to the sheer beauty of "Solitary Life," Marvin showcases his strong songwriting skills and innate sense of rhythm. Mario Aureo, keeping it in the family, brings a tech-y, layered take on "Solitary Life" with a huge bass line to drive the floor.


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JOHNSON, ROBERT: King of the Delta Blues Singers, Volume II LP (C 30034HLP) 21.00
180 gram reissue of this 1970 collection. "....a collection of 16 songs by the greatest downhome blues singer of all time." Tracks: "Kind Hearted Woman Blues," "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Rambling On My Mind," "Phonograph Blues," "They're Red Hot," "Dead Shrimp Blues," "Preachin' Blues," "I'm A Steady Rollin' Man," "From Four Till Late," "Little Queen Of Spades," "Malted Milk," "Drunken Hearted Man," "Stop Breakin' Down Blues," "Honeymoon Blues" and "Love In Vain."



VA: El Untitled 12" (COMEME 022EP) 12.50
Cómeme presents another generous various artist 12" -- the subversive El Untitled. Six tracks, as much as they could fit onto vinyl, featuring residents such as Alejandro Paz, Christian S and Matías Aguayo, plus three artists new to the label: Lechuga Zafiro from Montevideo, Gladkazuka from Medellín and Carisma from Buenos Aires.



STETSON, COLIN: New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light CD (CST 092CD) 15.00
"Colin Stetson established himself as an intensely original solo composer and performer in 2011 with the release of the widely acclaimed New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, which ended up on countless year-end lists. Anyone who has seen Stetson in solo performance can attest to the stunning physicality of his circular-breathing technique and capacity to produce a seemingly impossible palate of multiple voicings simultaneously in real time. New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the final installment in a trilogy of solo albums, again recorded live in single takes and again mixed by groundbreaking producer Ben Frost. Colin's membership in Bon Iver has also led to vocal contributions from Justin Vernon for this record, who appears on four songs, and whose voice constitutes the only overdubbing on the album. New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the most cohesive and fully realized of Stetson's solo albums to date. It should reliably stand as the apotheosis of the New History Warfare trilogy, and certainly signals the full flourishing of Stetson's unique talents as both composer and performer, pressing his arsenal of virtuosic techniques into the service of vivid, impassioned and conceptually astute songcraft."


STETSON, COLIN: New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light 2LP (CST 092LP) 26.00
Gatefold double LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Includes art print poster and digital download.



DEVIATION SOCIAL: From End to Beginning Vol. 2: Tempus/Deathwatch LP (DAIS 044LP) 20.00
"One-man industrial outfit, Deviation Social left a scar on the face of the American 80?s experimental/noise scene that has mysteriously been left to legend and rumor. Dais previously released the first authorized reissue of Deviation Social's compilation tracks dating back from the early '80s. Here within, Volume 2 compiles the two proper 'studio' releases of Deviation Social's checkered past. The destructive Tempus Purgatio Part 7 single and 1982 album cassette Workforce/Deathwatch are finally collected and reissued as a single LP in a edition of 500 with zine booklet with writings and archival images from Deviation Social." Includes free download code.



AKRON/FAMILY: Sub Verses CD (DOC 078CD) 13.50
"The album started with visions of large monumental sounds inspired by Heizer and Turrell; American works on a grand scale, monuments, dirty hands and an epic American masculinity. Dust, stone, sky, earth. These broad, bold strokes would come to pass but not quite as expected. A sci fi aesthetic narrative emerged. Tackling distant pasts and future humanism, the pain and idiocy of our contemporary culture. How to deal with it open heartedly? The boredom, the sadness and speed. The plots within plots of Dune mirrored in many layers of sound. Creating 3D sonic atmospheres that our songs and singers inhabit. Our story, a story, all stories. Told in verses, in underground language, in sub frequencies. Not audible, only felt, intuited, imagined in some deepest psychic space that you are yet to know. A strange story. Of the future, of yourself. Of everyone. We are all we are, only this and yet we move forward. Along some line to somewhere. And who knows?"


AKRON/FAMILY: Sub Verses 2LP (DOC 078LP) 18.00
Gatefold double LP version on white vinyl. Includes download code.



QUEENS: End Times LP (DIAL 027LP) 20.00
LP version with full-color double-sided insert. Scott Mou, known as one-half of the duo Jane -- the folk techno drone duo he had with Panda Bear -- as well as part of Manhattan's famous record store Other Music, debuts with his solo project, Queens. Johan Jacobsen describes the wonderful music of Queens "in oxymorons; 'colorful monochrome,' 'myopic depth,' 'sad joy,' 'driven slowness,' 'enlightened darkness,' 'universal intimacy,' 'ethereal earthboundness.' As it should be. Queens is one of those wonderful artists who are hard to catch on the fly, who escapes easy definition. His music is an unexpected and unimagined universe ready to be explored, and it's a universe that is wonderful to be in." When Dial Records' David Lieske and Peter Kersten listened to a performance of their New York based friend in 2009, it was one of those unforgettable, unique experiences you only have once in a long while these days. The idea of releasing an album was born. The production of End Times involved other label-mates such as Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin (recording), Kassian Troyer (mixing) and Hendrik Weber, who once joined a life performance on stage with Scott Mou in 2012.



BLACK DOG, THE: Tranklements 3LP (DUST 038LP) 57.00
Triple LP version. Comes on 180 gram vinyl. Limited to 300 copies. The Black Dog have been gathering their thoughts, passions, and anger, reflecting it into their music, sometimes as part of a larger picture or concept, sometimes just focusing on one subject. Tranklements is such a great Sheffield word, it means "a collection of objects, often precious to the owner." Everyone has a collection of tranklements somewhere. Tranklements is a body of work created as 16 unique and individual tracks. Each one is its own little object, something created to externalize, explain and express the world the band find themselves in. It encompasses many thoughts, emotions and desires and there is an individual story and internal message behind each. They've all been discussed and fought for. However, The Black Dog don't really want to explain them -- they don't expect those personal rationales to translate to others. They would rather you gaze upon the objects yourself and come to your own conclusions. Nobody likes to be told what to think. In many ways, their work with the Electronic Supper Club project has helped them to reconnect with many things and each other. The creative talent and desires of the younger generation have never gone away. The real underground is still as vibrant as ever, not lost to false values, over-sized egos and ladder-climbing brands. The Black Dog have always respected that energy and individuality that exists beyond the bland compliant mainstream. The truth is, they have always felt like the awkward outsiders.



CINDYTALK: A Life Is Everywhere LP (EMEGO 167LP) 20.00
LP version. A Life Is Everywhere is an ecstatic mix of rhythm, noise, drone, texture, and melody. Simultaneously heartfelt and not for the faint-hearted. Within their self-contained world, Cindytalk continue the unique trajectory that has purveyed their career starting in 1982. This installment further explores the fearsome terrain that was initiated with previous Editions Mego releases such as The Crackle of My Soul and Hold Everything Dear. Throughout the six tracks on offer, the standard fair of music is run through serious level processes leaving, taking rhythm and sound to extreme limits while always retaining trace elements of their core. Ringing bells are interrupted by artifacts from shredded sound-matter, euphoric chords are swamped by chopped rhythms which succumb to an endless storm of electronic bliss. Utopia has never been so bold. The unique positioning of Cindytalk's output over a 30+ year period is a testament to the will to explore, unfettered by trend, taste and desire. This is unadulterated expression, a future music for those willing to confront the future as a viable option.



DIABATE, CHEICK HAMALA: Prudence 12" (ECR 709EP) 20.00
12" version. "Cheick Hamala Diabate gets 'mixed-up' by some of the finest purveyors of groove on the planet: NYCTrust, The Whiskey Barons, Daytoner , and Jon Kennedy. Each give their own unique spins to a Cheick Hamala Diabate original, 'Prudence,' with the addition of DC's Sol Power All-Stars remix of another original 'Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko.' Destined to become a world-class burner, Prudence highlights an ancient-to-the-future aspect of Cheick Hamala's breadth as a genre-bending experimental artist who has one foot firmly planted in tradition and roots but also a keen focused eye on the limitless possibilities of cross-cultural exchange via global collaboration with artists outside of his legacy as a griot."


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OTIS, SHUGGIE: Freedom Flight LP (P 743879HLP) 15.00
Repressed. 180 gram vinyl exact repro reissue of Shuggie's 1971 album for Epic. "Shuggie wrote four of the album's seven tunes, did all the arrangements and helped Johnny with production suggestions. The senior Otis produced the set and allowed all of Shuggie's 'weird' ideas full-reign in production, and he was joined by a host of musicians from the first album, along with George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar and the backing chorus of Clydie King, Venetta Field and Shirley Matthews, among others. Shuggie plays a slew of instruments on the set. Its centerpiece is 'Strawberry Letter 23' that filled out Inspiration Information's reissue, but there are no weak cuts here. Sample the guitars on 'Sweet Thang,' 'Purple,' and 'Freedom Flight,' the latter displays two extended jamming exercises with lots of wondrously magical production touches; the former is a visionary bottleneck number that is warm and oozes soul. The bassline on 'Me And My Woman' prefigures that distorted keyboard bass P-Funk trademarked earlier, by two years." -- All Music Guide



FUJITA & JAN JELINEK, MASAYOSHI: Do You Know Otahiti? 12" (FAITICHE 010EP) 12.00
This mini-LP is the third of four vinyl compilations that bring together a highly diverse range of Jan Jelinek's works -- including commissioned pieces, live recordings, collaborations with other musicians, as well as unreleased material from the past five years. Both titles on the A-side are live recordings of Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita together with Jelinek. "Do You Know Otahiti?" is a two-fold collage combining unreleased material with fragments taken from a radio collage. "TOton" is a previously-unreleased track from 2009.


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CONNORS, LOREN: The Departing of a Dream LP (FV 011LP) 15.00
"Vinyl reissue of master guitarist Loren Connors' modern classic The Departing of a Dream -- the first of what would become a three volume series based loosely as tribute to Miles Davis' "He Loved Him Madly." This album finds Connors exploring slowly churned darkened hues -- each collapsing onto themselves like echoes of Miles' muted trumpet and Connors' signature ghost melodies. Since the late 1970s, Connors' use of haunted delta blues, minimalism and compositional underpinnings have become an avant-garde style synonymous to him. When The Departing of a Dream was released as a CD in 2002 it signaled a dramatic growth in Connors' sound by combining electric, acoustic and bass guitar with the unsettling ménage of subtle percussion and ambient hiss. Remastered from the master tape this 180 gram LP extends the closing two part suite 'For NY 9/11/01' with a bonus track. Comes with download code."



SLICK, GRACE: Manhole LP (FLOAT 6095LP) 21.00
"The first solo album from the Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick. In keeping with the spirit of the times, the musicians and composers were all part of the West Coast 'family' of the day. Co-produced by the Airplanes' Paul Kanter who also performs on the album along with David Crosby, Pete Sears, Quicksilver Messenger Services' David Freiberg (who also co-produced) and Gary Duncan who join Jack Cassidy & John Barbata from Jefferson Airplane on this West Coast classic."


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BRATTEN, ANDRE: Be a Man You Ant 2LP (FP 009LP) 21.00
André Bratten was born in Oslo and grew up in a suburb of the Norwegian capital, which borders on the deep, dark Scandinavian forest. Like most kids in the late 1990s, he was bitten by the hip-hop bug, but he also got turned on by the Led Zeppelin records he picked out from his father's record collection. He's broadminded enough to be into everything from the Norwegian electronica masters Røyksopp to Metro Area, Sigur Rós, Eno, Cluster, and Weather Report. Currently dwelling in the heart of the city, his efforts with the synthesizer coincided with a huge boom in Norwegian electronic music, his productions recently came to the attention of Norwegian cosmic disco mogul Prins Thomas and his Full Pupp colony. Andre's tracks share the exploratory vibe of the '80s synth-pop pioneers, and misfit electronic pop musicians like John Foxx, who were forced to learn to sculpt new sounds with new tools. Yet he updates those sounds to a contemporary rhythm matrix, in parallel with the day-glo analog dance music of Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, and Prins Thomas himself . His debut album, Be a Man You Ant, computes almost infinite variations on the sounds he could extract from a single modular synthesizer. So you'll find squelchy bugs in the bass-bin, weird analog squeegee smears, bright drum machine splats and the occasional significant pause. The spaces in his music are at least as important as what fills it. Listen to the movement of "I Am Square," how he gets a yearning effect from a few vapor-trail synth wipes. Or the vivid, neon synth solos in "Aegis" and "Second Steepest." "Libra" is as stripped-back as a late '90s Cologne minimal joint. André Bratten's music rejects coziness and whimsy, and steps away from pleasing the crowd.



NOTHING BUT NOISE: Music for Muted TV 1 10" (FNMTE 002EP) 18.00
2013 RSD release, last copies. Limited edition of 300 color vinyl. First in the Music for Muted TV series curated by Daniel B. of Front 242.



AUDIO WERNER: Balances EP 12" (GAL 001EP) 12.50
The Balances EP sees UK imprint Galdoors kick off with a three-track work of art from Audio Werner. The EP itself sees Werner express a range of stylistic influences and moods that compliment and contrast to create a rounded piece of work. The opening two tracks see Werner slam down his interpretation of the Chicago-style groove with German precision, guiding the listener through epic expeditions in deep and playful euphoria. The EP concludes with "Balance 3" -- a more angular groove.



KAAP DE GOEDE HOOP: 363A EP 12" (GEM 026EP) 12.50
"When we were putting together 363A everything just fell in to place," Kaap de Goede Hoop's Bobby van Putten says. "We spent an entire evening programming the equipment and tweaking with Robbert van der Bildt (also Kaap De Goede Hoop) John Mood and Eversines in the studio. All we changed afterwards was cutting a piece out to keep the energy up." "Mi Fella" (as in Fela Kuti), was created with Afrobeat in mind. Ramon Tapia contributes a controlled yet equally energetic remix.


GI 180CD

BEACON: The Ways We Separate CD (GI 180CD) 13.50
"Beacon's debut album The Ways We Separate both consolidates and develops these ideas: the album focuses, as the title suggests, on the idea of separation -- both within the context of relationships and in a more intimate, psychological sense. As Thomas Mullarney explains, 'The narrative contained inside The Ways We Separate deals with two kinds of separation: one where two entities grow apart, and the other where we grow apart from ourselves. Over the course of a relationship, the two sometimes happen together, one being the result of the other.'"



2013 repress. One of the all-time '60s classics, coming out from the California desert of Antelope Valley where HMS leader Merrell Fankhauser lived for a couple of years. This was released on Uni in late 1968, and gosh it's a killer! Flower power psychedelia, great all original songs, this is one of those albums you shouldn't miss under any circumstance. Remastered sound, original artwork and an insert with liners by Merrell and a great photo from his own archive.



BLUNT, DEAN: The Redeemer LP (HIP 025LP) 20.50
LP version. "London-based artist Dean Blunt presents his first official solo LP, The Redeemer, released via his own World Music imprint and Hippos in Tanks. The Redeemer proceeds with a yet more direct and heartfelt message, and a notable lifting of the veil of tape hiss and blurred signifiers that characterized Blunt's previous work."



PRINCESS CENTURY: Lossless LP (KEN 005LP) 16.50
Princess Century is the alter ego of Maya Postepski, drummer and programmer with Domino Records -- signed Austra. Canada-born Maya also co-wrote and produced electronic outfit TRUST's debut album, which was released on the Arts And Crafts label in 2012: Pitchfork 7.3, NME 7/10, Guardian "New Band of the Day." Her anticipated debut album Lossless is a limited 180 gram heavyweight vinyl run with stunning minimalist sleeve design and insert artwork by Maya herself. Lossless was mastered by Psapp's Carim Classman at his Fishtank Studio. Maya toured the world with Austra throughout 2012 and the band received critical acclaim from radio and press on both sides of the Atlantic, including New York magazine, Spin, Drowned in Sound, The Guardian, NME, and BBC 6 Music. While touring with Austra, Maya DJ'd under her Princess Century moniker and also produced and remixed for the likes of Tesseomancy, Feathers, and Kool Thing. Lossless reveals a more playful, yet utterly heartfelt and sincere side to Maya Postepski than previous collaborative projects and shows off her production prowess and ear for odd electronic pop.


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MANTIS: Turn Onto Music CD (KIS 4038CD) 17.00
This psychedelic funk classic is firmly established as one of the most collectable albums of all time. Recorded by a quartet from Fiji, it was only released in New Zealand, where it appeared in tiny quantities on the legendary Vertigo label in 1973. An irresistible blend of originals (notably the epic "Island Suite") and covers (including material by Mountain, The Wackers, and Jo Jo Gunne), original copies have sold for well into four figures, making this CD reissue especially welcome.

KIS 4039CD

BRAM STOKER: Heavy Rock Spectacular CD (KIS 4039CD) 17.00
This quartet hailed from Bournemouth, and played a dense brand of organ-heavy prog that drew on classical, jazz, and hard rock in equal measure. Their sole album appeared on a tiny label in the UK only in the autumn of 1972, and sank without a trace. It makes a welcome return to CD here.



MAYER, MICHAEL: Mantasy Remixe 2 12" (KOM 272EP) 12.00
After releasing his highly-praised sophomore full-length Mantasy (KOMP 100CD/KOM 250LP) last year, Kompakt honcho Michael Mayer signed on some of his favorite artists to rework the album material to their liking. The second entry in a series of three, Mantasy Remixe 2 features grandiose remixes from accomplished producers Agoria, Robag Wruhme, and Will Saul & October markedly picking up on the originals' thirst for adventure.


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FRUMPY: All Will Be Changed LP (LOST 71001LP) 24.00
"Vinyl reissue of 1970 German progressive classic. Regarded as the perfect '70s sounding prog album with a bluesy edge, burning Hammond organ sounds, lengthy tracks, and bluesy vocals."

LOST 71009LP

TITUS GROAN: Titus Groan LP (LOST 71009LP) 24.00
"Classic 1971 UK progressive rarity. Comes in a gatefold sleeve, just like the original LP. Lengthy tracks mix with flutes, seering guitars, Beatles-esque harmonies and a psych edge. Limited edition, 180 gram vinyl."



Exact repro of this 1977 release, featuring Clifford Brown (trumpet), Max Roach (drums), Harold Land (tenor sax), George Morrow (bass) and Richie Powell (piano). Housed in a gatefold sleeve.



SVARTE GREINER: Black Tie CD (MIA 023CD) 15.50
After two bone-chilling full-lengths for the Type Recordings imprint, Erik K. Skodvin has embarked on his first journey for his own Miasmah label with Black Tie. While originally conceived as a soundtrack to an installation by Norwegian artist Marit Følstad, Skodvin uses this as a starting point to craft his most unnerving long-form pieces to date. Split into two distinct movements, "Black Tie" and "White Noise," we are exposed to the yin and yang of Skodvin's patented acoustic doom, and all the gravitas that it might contain. "Black Tie" was the piece which ended up being used in the installation itself, and is the closest to Skodvin's established sound as it stops time around its creaking cello, plucked strings and whispering ambience. Subtle and slow, the track blooms into a skeletal cloud of radio static and distortion before sinking back down to earth on those familiar moaning strings. With "White Noise" however, Skodvin takes us on a different journey, allowing panoramic synthesizer drones to take control while Middle Eastern strings chime in the distance. Transcendent and disarming, Skodvin manages to connect the dots between Biosphere, Thomas Köner and of course Deaf Center and still emerge with something fresh and unexpected. More than simply an accompanying work to an installation, Black Tie is a crucial new chapter in the Svarte Greiner evolution, and one that should give a few clues as to what might come next.


SVARTE GREINER: Black Tie LP (MIA 023LP) 18.00
LP version. Includes mp3 download and full-color poster.


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IN AETERNAM VALE: Dust Under Brightness/Highway Dark Veins 12" (MW 036-12) 18.00
2013 repress. "Minimal Wave is proud to present a 12" single from our French favorites, In Aeternam Vale. The single features the original unedited 12 minute version of hypnotic dancefloor track 'Dust Under Brightness' (1988) accompanied by 'Highway Dark Veins' (1987) on the flipside, a rare, cult 13 minute techno track. The record is pressed on 160 gram white vinyl, comes in a white hand stamped sleeve."



SCHNEIDER, ANJA: Diagonal EP 12" (MOBILEE 111EP) 14.00
Anja Schneider is the Mobilee Records founder, broadcaster, internationally-renowned DJ, and producer once labeled a "perpetual motion machine," and one of the hardest working individuals in the business. "Imagination," a co-production between Anja and And.Id, featured on Heidi's Jackathon compilation for Get Physical Music in early 2011, was her last output. After hiding in the studio for a while with Nyma, she is finally back on Mobilee with her new EP Diagonal.



STOTT, ANDY: Passed Me By 2x12" (LOVE 069LP) 23.50
2013 repress. Produced slowly and meticulously, these seven tracks by Manchester's Andy Stott take influence from an array of seemingly incoherent noises, from the indefinable and unforgettable mind-tricks of Arthur Russell to the slow house of Kassem Mosse, from the alternate VHS realities of James Ferraro and Jamal Moss to the LinnDrum classics of the vintage Prince era. These seven tracks create their own pace and agenda, largely shying away from the dancefloor in favor of something more complex and hard to define. Following on from the tribal malfunctions of opening intro "Signature," "New Ground" heads into a chasm of layered loops, creating a decimated and re-wired funk template colored in with frayed percussion and dislodged vocal samples. "North To South" starts off from similar ground but adds a shuffling vibe at a deceptively intoxicated 110 bpm. "Intermittent" is something altogether different, taking perfectly formed boogie templates and screwing with them until nothing quite fits, brittle elements floating in and out of time yet somehow keeping it together, before "Dark Details" delivers the most dancefloor compatible six-minute stretch of the set, all clanging stabs and dense percussion, somewhere between Shackleton and Bam Bam. "Execution" and "Passed Me By" end things off on a slowed-down tip, the former deploying an anaesthetized and padded 4/4 template sunk deeper into the abyss by deformed, time-stretched vocals, the latter ending off proceedings with a more delicate palette, letting go of all that pent-up emotion with nothing but that rumbling low-end and some strings for company. Mastered and cut at Dubpates & Mastering, Berlin.


STOTT, ANDY: We Stay Together 2x12" (LOVE 072LP) 23.50
2013 repress. Recorded in the immediate aftermath of his last EP Passed Me By, this new double pack from Andy Stott features six new productions that are more desolate and exposed than anything on its predecessor. The opening "Submission" tumbles into being with layers of washed-out digital revolutions, creating an artificial landscape that's quite at odds with the analog machinations that follow -- yet somehow rendering the alienated feel of this material perfectly. "Posers" nudges its way into being abruptly and embeds another squashed funk variant that's all low-lit neon and growling textures, awkwardly shuffling into a more robust 4/4 template suffused with sparkling percussion and disembodied vocals. "Bad Wires" is the centerpiece of the EP, a relentless percussive clusterfuck that belies its slow tempo with a fearless, rhythmic attitude. It's as immersive and narcotic as anything ever produced by Stott -- peeling away one layer after another with each repeated listen. "We Stay Together" (Part One) was the first track written for the EP and offers a more spacious narrative and a more sparkling, hazy palette -- culminating in a beautifully frayed central hook that's somehow in keeping with the VHS aesthetic of both Jamal Moss and Ferris Bueller. "Cherry Eye" tumbles deep into a darkened hole before EP closer "Cracked" turns up, fuelled by an odd mixture of adrenalin and sorrow to send you on your way, buzzing and forlorn. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.


DEMDIKE STARE: Testpressing #002 12" (LOVE 086EP) 16.50
Demdike Stare presents #2 in their Testpressing series. "Grows Without Bound" is a noisy analog session resurrected from the burning embers of industrial and noise, harnessed into an unstable growl that makes room for a barely-there percussive stumble -- think somewhere between Vainio and Nate Young. "Primitive Equations" takes inspiration from the bare-boned, hyper-tense production of Photek's "Ni - Ten - Ichi - Ryu," slugging out feral, steely noise and 'ardcore torque forged by calloused hands and burning minds to cruel, propulsive effect.



PSYK: Arcade EP 12" (MOTE 035EP) 12.50
On his second Mote-Evolver release Psyk aka Manuel Años delivers yet another standout effort with four tool-oriented tracks of clean, tight, yet powerful minimalistic approach. "Arcade" contrasts a high-energy thumping drumbeat with a hypnotic layer of syncopated rhythm. Surface" will stay in your mind with its obsessive singularity of monotone balanced with the groove of a muted heavy beat. "Intern" is meshed with lighter elements like beeping sounds and clapping, and "Somewhere" tames the energy into a relaxed atmosphere.


MM 166EP

DEETRON (FEAT. OVASOUL 7): Out of My Head 12" (MM 166EP) 12.50
"Crave" was the first single from Deetron's forthcoming album on Music Man, featuring Hercules & Love Affair. Here's the second single, this time with Ovasoul7 on vocals -- the same brilliant vocalist that was also featured on Deetron's 2007 blinder "I Cling." The amazing original is backed up with remixes from George Fitzgerald and KiNK (vocal + dub mix). A serious contender for tune of the year.



LETHERETTE: Letherette CD (ZEN 193CD) 15.50
"The young duo from Wolverhampton have won hearts, minds and feet with four EPs, stunning remixes for Machinedrum and Bibio, and exuberant live shows. It's easy to see why they inspire such enthusiasm; they understand the cutting edge without feeling afraid to let themselves go, and their music is all the better for it. Letherette explores mood confidently, taking in introspective, melancholic moments as well as upbeat drive, and lending their debut extraordinary depth."


LETHERETTE: Letherette 2LP (ZEN 193LP) 23.50
Double LP version with download code.



JOHNSON, OTIS G: Everything - God is Love 78 LP (NJR 009LP) 16.00
"For outsider gospel visionary and Detroit native Otis G. Johnson, the Holy Ghost was in the machine... in this case a rhythm-equipped Hammond organ. Everything - God Is Love 78, a singular 1978 mid-fi document, features android percussion against chords of Otis's own invention, possessed by minor tonality and frequent bum notes. Lifting it further are extemporaneous vocal homilies to the rapture, love, and everything, plus occasional 'other' voicings that scratch at the periphery of the mix. Homespun gospel rarely entered this dirge-like, intuitive space, nor did it commonly achieve such a spectral and captivating hymn to its darkest conventions."


VA: Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD (NUMERO 040CD) 15.00
"The third installment in Numero's series of otherworldly gospel, robed funk, and spiritual soul, Apocryphal Hymns is a slim new gospel songbook, penned powerfully by the genre's lesser-known disciples. Here, heavenly harmonies, psychedelic guitars, damaged sacred steel, a bleeding French horn, off-kilter choirs, and consumer-side electronic percussion decorate the Word, with performance modes that stray far from the flock, but hew always to the message. In homage to the stock jacket record industry of the 1970s, select one of these four alternate covers: woodland twilight, seashore morning, mountain waterfall, and sunbeam canyon."


VA: Good God! Apocryphal Hymns 2LP (NUMERO 040LP) 21.00
Gatefold double LP version.



VA: Panorama Bar 05 12" (OSTGUT 067EP) 12.50
An esteemed selector, producer and Panorama Bar resident DJ, Steffi presents the fifth mix in the Panorama Bar series. Reflecting all the angles of her classically-inspired, raw and profound sound, we are treated to a rather grand lesson in house music. This 12'' features three new and exclusive tracks selected for the mix, from New York's Fred P (aka Black Jazz Consortium), Amsterdam's Juju & Jordash, and Detroit's Big Strick.



BRYANT, RUSTY: Returns LP (PRESTIGE 7626LP) 11.50
Alto saxophonist Rusty Bryant with Sonny Phillips (organ), Grant Green (guitar), Bob Bushnell (fender bass) and Herbie Lovelle (drums). Exact repro, originally released in 1969.



KAVINSKY: Outrun (Deluxe Edition) LP (REC 086LTD-LP) 41.00
The deluxe edition vinyl of Outrun by French electro-pop artist Kavinsky. Outer packaging like a hardcover book with a two cardboard printed inner sleeves glued to the inside. On the left, the inner sleeve contains the vinyl. On the right, four out of 15 lobby cards (250 gram) inserted randomly. Also includes a 16-page full-color printed booklet. Limited edition, numbered.


HYPNOLOVE: Ghost Carnival LP (REC 098LP) 25.00
Electro-pop mish-mash, menagerie of French horn and ante-Raphael-ish harps, counter-tenor male trio and female voices escaping from the room over there, at the end of the hallway. It's the carnival of the phantoms, a Day of the Dead in Mexico, with the Consul as an ill guide. At the helm, the Hypnolove trio, based in the south of France but with wide origins: French, Portuguese, German. Their first album, Eurolove and the hit "Mademoiselle" was released in 2006. Since that time, music has remained a passion: a group of true musicians, who perform for pleasure before everything, as if they were still teenagers infatuated with electro-pop, New Order or Pet Shop Boys, or, years later, sharing obscure bands, strange and stranger cryptic producers, uncertain records. Produced by Mickey Moonlight, the English ambassador to Ed Banger Records -- it had to take a scatterbrain like him to properly channel the trio. Nine titles in all, and above all else, a pop odyssey. Cover artwork by Yazbukey. Featuring guest appearances by Findlay Brown, Puro Instinct, and Freya Parry.


MS 2076HLP

METERS, THE: Cabbage Alley LP (MS 2076HLP) 12.00
Repressed. 180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. Their fourth album and their first for Reprise, originally released in 1972.

MS 2228HLP

METERS, THE: Fire On The Bayou LP (MS 2228HLP) 12.00
Repressed. The Meters' third album for Reprise, originally released in 1975. 180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.



SUN RA: Continuation LP (ESR 520LP) 12.00
Recorded in the 1960s with Marshall Allen featured on Jupiterian flute and Danny Thompson on Neptunian libflecto. "...Continuation is an interesting late-'60s date with a nice mixture of styles (ranging from) great slow blues, creepy space voice, very cool space-exotica, crazed circus fanfare and a cacophonous romp..." -- All Music Guide


SC 292LP

MAJOR LAZER: Free the Universe 2LP (SC 292LP) 19.00
"After releasing their landmark LP Guns Don't Kill People? Lazers Do in 2009, the heroic production duo of Diplo and Switch found themselves boldly marching forwards toward the end of the aughts, conquering major milestones. Now, as the sole executive producer of Major Lazer, Diplo continues to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement with Free the Universe. The recording includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, Dev, and more. Spin called the LP's first single 'Get Free' featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, 'a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn.'" Limited colored-vinyl; includes download code. Housed in a gatefold sleeve.


SONG 092

SONGLINES: June 2013 MAG (SONG 092) 8.50
"The CD cover mount with the issue will be our regular compilation featuring tracks from the ten Top of the World albums, plus a guest playlist exclusive to Songlines by Eugene Hütz of Gogel Bordello. The main editorial features in the June 2013 issue will include Songlines Music Awards 2013 - the winners; UK & Overseas Festivals Guide; Manu Chao - The Clandestino years; Peret - The Spanish Gypsy singer and guitarist; Baladi Blues - Guy Schalom's ensemble to play Songlines Encounters; Funmi Olawumi - The Nigerian songstress; Globe Rocker - Dizraeli and the Small Gods; Backpage from Bangkok; Postcard from Equatorial Guinea; Sounding Out: Rotterdam; Beginner's Guide to Abida Parveen."



VA: Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s 3LP/7" (SNDW 046LP) 34.00
Triple LP version. Comes with a bonus 7" and free MP3 download. Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s -- a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP set, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs. It follows on from Soundway's much-acclaimed African "Special" series that to date has focused on the highlife and Afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language "liquid soul," Luo benga and Swahili Afrobeat, to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less-trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation, highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time. In 1970s Kenya the two threads of rumba and benga loosely dominated the music scene. Benga quickly became Kenya's unique contribution to Afro-pop; spreading like wildfire through the interior countryside with its fast, 4/4 machine-gun beat and intricate electric guitar layers. The Congolese take on Afro-Cuban rumba was introduced by touring bands, many of whom settled in East Africa -- influencing bands from Kenya and Tanzania to come up with their own take on this popular style. Alongside these styles were small ensembles and hotel-sponsored bands, playing a blend of music that often included rock 'n' roll riffs, elements of "Afro" music (influenced by West African musicians like Fela Kuti), and multiple other combinations from South African and Zambian guitar styles to disco, funk and Swahili coastal rhythms like chakacha. Painstakingly compiled, assembled and researched over two years by a team of five people from five countries (Kenya included), Kenya Special is a collection that looks beyond the mainstream and brings new life and recognition to some little-known gems and forgotten classics of Kenya's past.



VA: In the City #3 - Part 2 12" (SOUVENIR 055EP) 12.50
Souvenir presents part 2 of the third edition of their In the City compilation, presenting exclusive tracks from some of the best talents on the Souvenir stable. In the City #3 -- Part 2 includes artists Re.You, Sierra Sam, Special Case, and Philip Bader.



BROWN, STEPHEN: Pablo/Playpark 12" (SUBWAXEXC 1201) 12.50
Subwax Excursions is the new sister label of Subwax Bcn. Excursions is all about the journey within electronic music, no fixed genre or style. Stephen Brown is a well-respected producer who has been producing quality music since the mid-'90s with classic releases on labels such as Djax-Up-Beats, Transmat, Scandinavia, Subject Detroit, etc. Here he delivers two great tracks, starting off with "Pablo," which is a hypnotic techno track with bangin' chords. "Playpark" is a more melodic, Detroit-like journey with beautiful synths.



DJ duo Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner present their second album called Lenz. In defiance of breakup rumors, their latest stroke of genius promises to arouse spring feelings for all electronic music fans. In the summer of 2011, acclaimed DJs Alfred Heinrichs and Sascha Braemer had already conceived the initial ideas of their new album. In the meantime, the pair kept busy working on solo projects and remixes for various DJs and labels as well as keeping active international careers. In spring of 2012, in order to increase and intensify the creative process of the project, the two Berliners expelled themselves from the noisy and restless metropolis to an isolated timberland bungalow. Leaving all forms of communication behind, they were delivered pure inspiration from the soft sounds and impressive backdrop of Mother Nature herself. An intimate bond was forged with her, bringing to life the tracks, "Sunrise," "Nature," and "Firewood," all of which evoke a vestal semblance, emulating the place of their conception. The debut album Dark Orbit (HIGH 062CD/LP) was characterized by penetrating underground techno combined with scattered dark elements. In contrast, Lenz shines in a whole new light with a more mature sound stemming from their previous natural limits of minimal and house, inspired by their tireless, yet motley work over recent years. Guided by the idealistic beauty of their setting, Heinrichs and Hirtenfellner knowingly combined their ideas and inspirations into a collaborative project, dyeing the color of their signature sound anew. Lenz arises more pleasant, reflective and brighter than its predecessor, with multifaceted and impulsive beats as well as a harmonious and melodious sound. The album also features collaborations with the soulful voices of Viviana Alvarez and Fabian Reichelt and masterfully harmonizes elements of genres ranging as far as soul and pop to create an atmospheric melody to mesmerize every ear.


MM 018LP

SUN DIAL: Reflecter LP (MM 018LP) 24.00
"First time vinyl reissue from the masters of this classic 1992 psych album, now long out of print. This was the band's second album release, but was in fact their third album after Return Journey (which wasn't issued until 1994) that went top five in the UK Indie charts at the time. Comes complete with a poster insert."


TR 260LP

HERO & LEANDER: Tumble LP+CD (TR 260LP) 22.00
LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. Pop music should be honest, should have melodies that linger, and lyrics that don't read like bad poems. Hero & Leander try to follow these rules, and it seems to be working. The band has attracted comparisons to Belle And Sebastian, Squeeze, Camera Obscura, The xx and Arcade Fire. Their lyrics range in topic from philosophy to snogging, particle accelerators to police tactics, beauty, to life being a pain in the rump. It started online, in 2010. All of them from Essex, four of Hero & Leander's six members had written songs together for a while, and wanted a pianist, because pianos are lush. So they posted an advert. Along came Andrew, from Reading. The band's indie-pop became more "musical" and better crafted. Then, they wanted a female singer, because female singers are lush. So they posted an advert. Along came Emily, from Liverpool. Initially, she thought the band might be internet killers, and she would only meet them in public places. Over two years they played gigs and had fun, self-released an EP and got their hands round the baton of great British pop music. The band has countless influences, but it's worth mentioning that they borrowed a Beatles song-title for their debut record, Tumble. So they must like the Beatles a lot. "Here Comes the Sun," along with the rest of the album, was largely recorded in band members' bedrooms, in London and Essex. Tumble's songs were designed to sound good no matter who performs them. It's about the personality of the song, not the personality of the band. Substance over style.



COLISEUM: Sister Faith CD (TRR 219CD) 13.50
"Celebrating their 10th year as one of independent music's most substantive bands, Louisville's Coliseum return with their fourth full-length, the stunning Sister Faith. Expanding on the anthemic direction the trio veered toward on 2010's highly acclaimed House With a Curse, Sister Faith's 13 songs are the most dynamic and immediately captivating of the band's career, bristling with galvanizing melodies at the collision point between punk and noise-rock. The first album to be recorded in producer J. Robbins' recently relocated Magpie Cage Studios, Sister Faith is also the first Coliseum recording to feature new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, in addition to contributions from some of the groups' closest friends and musical peers: Wata of Boris, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), and Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip) all make small but memorable contributions."


COLISEUM: Sister Faith LP (TRR 219LP) 17.00
LP version. Includes mp3 download.



MM/KM: MM/KM 12" (TRILOGY 003EP) 23.00
Mix Mup and Kassem Mosse. Six track mini LP on The Trilogy Tapes.



BROOM, MARK: Two 12" (TOKEN 029EP) 12.50
Token re-releases a forgotten gem by Mark Broom, techno's most famous beardman. "Two" is simply Token's favorite Broom track, ever. Released over 10 years ago, this track never really got old. Instead, it aged with grace. The track has now been remastered and is available again on a limited marbled vinyl. It will also be available digitally for the very first time. Syntax created the perfect moody companion for the B-side.


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HOPKINS, LIGHTNIN': Autobiography In Blues LP (TLP 1040LP) 13.00
Candid recordings of the songs, commentary and guitar of Houston's unique blue minstrel Lightnin' Hopkins', recorded just as the 1960s American folk / blues revival was beginning to get underway. Inspired by great Texas bluesmen like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Hopkins was known to improvise blues masterpieces at the drop of a hat, often using semi-autobiographical tales to describe life in the segregated South. Songs include "Trouble In Mind," "The Foot Race Is On," "Short Haired Woman," "So Long Baby" and "Santa Fe Blues." Exact repro, originally released in 1960.



HAXAN CLOAK, THE: Excavation CD (TRIANGLE 018CD) 13.50
"In 2011 with the release of his debut, self titled album, The Haxan Cloak (solo project of multi instrumentalist Bobby Krlic) appeared seemingly out of nowhere with an impressively fully formed sound that blew away most anyone who heard it. Recorded over the space of three years The Haxan Cloak was a wildly ambitious fusion of malevolent strings, junkyard found-sounds and primitive percussion. In the two years since the release of his debut, Krlic relocated to London and began working on its epic follow up, and Tri Angle Records debut, Excavation. Bolstered by the concept he was developing for his follow up and a desire to challenge himself into new terrains, Krlic has evolved his sound to incorporate more of his electronic influences. The result is an album awash with serrated beats and cavernous sub-bass, meshing with the classical drones and ghostly details The Haxan Cloak fans will have already been accustomed to. Whereas The Haxan Cloak was a dense, and at times, suffocating listen, Excavation finds Krlic confidently adopting a more minimalist approach, experimenting with space and silence without forsaking any of the intensity that made his debut such a powerful statement of intent."


HAXAN CLOAK, THE: Excavation 2LP (TRIANGLE 018LP) 21.00
Double LP version with mp3 download.


UY 070EP

KINK & SIERRA SAM: My Space (feat. Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite) 12" (UY 070EP) 12.00
Super-powers are uniting on this 12". One track, four versions, and all magic. "My Space" -- the floor monster -- was created by Sierra Sam. KiNK is also on here and he managed to get American house legend Hollis P. Monroe and Overnight into the boat as The Black 80s. Besides the original -- a very unique "hardcore interpretation" from KiNK and a "home studio mix" by Hollis P. & Overnight, Luna City Express also breads one out.



HOOKER, JOHN LEE: Burnin' LP (VEEJAY 1043LP) 13.00
"A great album for the king of the endless boogie (originally released in 1962 on the Vee-Jay label). John lee Hooker was the genuine blues superstar whose droning and hypnotic one-chord grooves are at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. Contains the storming 'Boom Boom' (an infectious r&b dance number that cracked the pop airwaves)." Exact repro reissue.



!!!: Thr!!!er LP (WARP 236LP) 21.50
LP version with download code. "Famous for their high-energy live shows and relentless touring schedule, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) have focused their efforts on crafting an album with tighter song structures, and the results are stunning. Produced by Jim Eno, the drummer from Spoon."



QINDEK: Outbreak EP 12" (WOLF 026EP) 14.00
Wolfskuil recording artist Thomas Lauren presents new techno project Qindek, that sees the artist moving away from his melodic background into uncharted abstract territories without losing the warmth and depth you've come to know him for. Three tracks (two originals and one live jam with Digga) are on this EP, each with their own distinct character. The title-track is a psychedelic little monster which received support from Peter van Hoesen and Sandrien in the demo stage.



JAMES, SKIP: The Complete 1931 Session LP (YAZ 1072HLP) 17.00
180 gram repro of this 1986 release from Yazoo. Some -- but not all -- of these tracks appeared on Mississippi's now out-of-print 1931 Sessions LP.

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