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Forced Exposure New Releases for 12/2/2013

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New music is due from Tom Carter and Pat Murano, Bloodgroup, Guido, Felix Kubin, while old music is due from Brett Smiley, The Durutti Column, Ascension, and King Tubby.

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4 MEN WITH BEARDS

4M 534LP

VIOLENT FEMMES: Hallowed Ground LP (4M 534LP) 19.00
"The second record from the Violent Femmes was a departure from their highly acclaimed debut album. Hallowed Ground features more of their folk/punk hybrid that made them so unique from the start but with even more maniacal energy than they had previously displayed. Lead singer and songwriter Gordon Gano explores his love/hate relationship with religion with the same glee he did exploring the teenage/young adult drama of their debut. An under-valued classic brought to you by 4 Men with Beards on 180 gram vinyl."


4M 535LP

FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Shake Some Action LP (4M 535LP) 19.00
"Shake Some Action was the fifth released in 1976 by the San Francisco band Flamin' Groovies. Recorded in Great Britain and produced by Dave Edmunds, Shake Some Action marked a departure for the group from the blues based/garage rock sound of the earlier records to a more power pop/ British invasion influenced direction. This was due to the departure of lead singer Roy Loney, the ascendance of guitarist Cyril Jordan, and the fact that the band moved to England in 1972 and was building a large following there. A true power pop classic now on 180 gram vinyl."


4M 536LP

FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Now LP (4M 536LP) 19.00
"Flamin' Groovies Now: released in 1978 and produced by Dave Edmunds. It put the Groovies back on the map, as the band won fervent praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their follow up to Shake Some Action. They apply their fiery British Invasion-inspired sound to the Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black,' the Byrds' 'Feel a Whole Lot Better,' the Beatles' 'There's a Place,' and a bunch of original tunes. On 180 gram vinyl."

ADJUNCT (GERMANY)

ADJUNCT 027EP

GIBSON, KENNETH JAMES: Something in the Way Extended 12" (ADJUNCT 027EP) 12.50
This is the 12" release of [a]pendics.shuffle's "Something in the Way" mix from his Kenneth James Gibson album Delusional Tales and Non-Silence. [a]pendics.shuffle's "Extended Mix in 3 Passages Later Edit" is a 14-minute opus, a dancefloor masterpiece with Kelly Johnston's sultry vocals weaving in and out with Kenneth's own, creating an enchanting, psychedelic experience. This tune will guide you through many phases, from deep, driving percussive house to far-out acidic jazz experiences to synth-laden aural adventures. Bruno Pronsato layers his mix with his own brand of impelling modulated sonic blissfulness. Heavy, moving rhythms and throbbing modulations guide you through a web of masterful dancefloor euphoria.

ALTER (UK)

ALT 013LP

AGE COIN: Perceptions LP (ALT 013LP) 23.00
Perceptions is the debut vinyl release from Age Coin, the Danish duo of Simon Formann and Kristian Emdal, whose work you may have previously encountered as members of the Copenhagen-based bands Lower, Var, and Girlseeker. Originally issued as a short-run cassette on the Posh Isolation label in 2012, Alter is pleased to rescue this powerful industrial gem from potential obscurity and present a vinyl edition. Two long pieces of slowly developing wind-tunnel noise and aircraft hangar electronics that bring us close to the reality of what Mika Vainio and Esplendor Geométrico jamming over a desolate and barren landscape might sound like. Mastered for vinyl by Stephen Bishop and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, August 2013.

AUDIO FIDELITY

AFZ 154LP

VANGELIS: Blade Runner Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (AFZ 154LP) 29.00
Repressed."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."

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5161671

JONES, KEZIAH: Captain Rugged LP+CD (BEC 5161671) 27.50
LP in a gatefold sleeve, comes with a CD (three bonus tracks included) and booklet. Introducing Captain Rugged. Five years after Nigerian Wood (2008), Keziah Jones is back with a personal and political project, wearing the outfit of an Afro-superhero (the "Captain Rugged" of the title), his quirky and socially-committed double. Nigerian, Afro-politan, universal, Captain Rugged tells us about modern Africa and its urban movements. He was born among the ghettos and skyscrapers of bustling Lagos, flying around in his cape and shaking the city with his angry beats: "Here I come, an Afro superhero, Captain Rugged," cries Keziah. This is a concept album in the shape of a manifesto. "I've been nurturing this character for the past 10 years. This superhero business is a satire on power, politics, and magic. I'm telling the epic story of refugees, immigration, and exile. I wanted to portray these personalities as particularly rugged and robust: they're survivors, superheroes... African superheroes. That was my ambition for this album." Keziah is following in the footsteps of Fela Kuti, a fellow countryman and great defender of pan-African-ism who was imprisoned several times for speaking against the Nigerian dictatorship. "I met Fela in the year before he died, and he emphasized the necessity of creating music that relates directly to reality." Lagos allowed Keziah to give life to Captain Rugged, a more powerful, outspoken and liberated avatar. Keziah Jones assesses the relationship between the northern and southern hemispheres. "What I want to show the world is the modernity of post-colonial Africa, far from the image that the Western world carries of a continent devastated by famine and/or war. I'm talking about young urban Africa: 20 million people live in Lagos! Modern contemporary African culture is a reality." Today, African culture has proven its vivacity and is nourished by the Diaspora. His music is blufunk, but with an infusion of a punk-funk attitude crossed with Yoruba rhythms. Recorded between London and Paris, mixed in New York, the album has a psychedelic quality that he sums-up with a rather engaging description: "George Clinton sharing a joint with Fela."


BEC 5161705

VA: Cosmic Machine: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980) (Standard Gatefold Edition) 2LP+CD (BEC 5161705) 27.50
Lower-priced "standard" edition (no longer hand-numbered), still housed in a gatefold sleeve with CD and 5" 20-page booklet. At the start of the '70s, France had no petrol, but it had ideas and artists that managed to tip them into the 21st century a full 30 years in advance. Cosmic Machine compiles 20 rare tracks put together with passion and erudition by Uncle O (who previously did the Shaolin Soul compilations) and throws together a collection of stars, a few free-spirits, and also shooting stars. This group of people don't form a scene per se, they're more like a collection of individuals who, through sheer ingenuity and with all their singularity, managed to break down the barriers between pop and experimental to give birth to a mutant variety of electronic music that owes as much to mobile discos as sound illustration, to the GRM, to the Bogdanoff brothers, to Métal Hurlant, and the European Space Program. Cosmic Machine is a panoramic dive into this epic era when the synthesizer was man's best friend and when the future had a future: our present time. Daft Punk, Air, Justice, Zombie Zombie, or Add N To (X), Stereolab, and Broadcast weren't born in incubators. The electric fairy stood above their cradle and they're all the children of these French pioneers who were among the first to celebrate the union of flesh and circuits. Androids, robots, humans and other celestial creatures, now board the Cosmic Machine. Artists include: Patrick Juvet, Didier Marouani, Droids, François De Roubaix, Space, Universal Energy, Pierre Bachelet, Space Art, The Atomic Crocus, Jean Michel Jarre, Bernard Fevre, Cerrone, Frederic Mercier, Quartz, Rene Roussel, Serge Gainsbourg, Dvwb, Alain Goraguer, Jean-Jacques Perrey, and Rockets.

BLACK ACRE (UK)

ACRE 045EP

COULTON, ALEX: Murda/Break Pressure 12" (ACRE 045EP) 12.50
Making his Black Acre debut, rogue genre-splicer Alex Coulton takes the label back to its roots in the darkest corners of the club. With certified smashers dropped on All Caps, Livity Sounds, and a long catalog of tinkering with the perimeters of house, techno and grime, Alex's invention and adventure make him a perfect edition to the label's canon. "Murda" is a rock-solid grime/techno bastard child, building a drum workout littered with bleeps, chirps, and claps riding along a tidal wave of low-end. Round two is no less blood-thirsty with the bruising "Break Pressure," which dabbles with ethereal atmospheres before unleashing a drag-jungle beat-down.

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 269EP

DJ RED: Eyes Are Blind 12" (BPC 269EP) 12.00
DJ Red, officially known as Simona Calvini, is one of Italy's veteran DJ artists, and remains one of the most ambitious. Simona has held a residency at Rome's famous Goa Club, sharing its turntables with countless international legends of club music. The tracks on this EP are pure energy -- authentic and uncompromising club music of the very highest level. Mega bass lines, monster kicks, sometimes four-to-the-floor, sometimes with a break, rasping hi-hats, outlandish sounds, pure tension. Hooks? No chance! Vocals perhaps? You've got to be kidding! Here DJ Red delivers classic, straight-up minimal tech-house with wacky, playful electronica elements.

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 159LP

PYROLATOR: Pyrolator's Wunderland LP (BB 159LP) 21.00
LP version, on 180 gram vinyl. Bureau B reissues Pyrolator's Wunderland, originally released on Ata Tak in 1984. Quote 1: "I have always strived for the opposite of whatever is hip at the time." (Pyrolator in June 2013) Quote 2: "Wunderland is so beautiful -- the first time I heard this record, I cried." (Andreas Dorau). New York City, 1983. Andreas Dorau has a gig at Danceteria and Pyrolator accompanies him as sound engineer. Back then, it really looked as if Ata Tak could make a go of it in the USA. "We had a New York office," Pyrolator recalls. Not bad at all -- possibly the first and only German independent label to set up shop. "Sadly, it was short-lived." A shame indeed, but the costs were too high. Still, Pyrolator was able to take advantage of the label's sporadic expansion to stay a while longer in the city that, famously, never sleeps. And he made the most of it. Right place, right time. "I was searching for new rhythms." It was in 1983 that rap, electro and hip-hop emerged from New York to take over the world -- styles and approaches to music and sound which were not so alien to the Ata Tak crew. But: look back at the Pyrolator quote before this text. The opposite of what happens to be hip, wouldn't that mean steering clear of electronic beats? Which, of course, is what Pyrolator did on Wunderland. Instead of checking the hottest sounds in record shops, he copied out bossa novas, cha-chas and mambos in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and scoured stores and second-hand dealerships for sheet music. After these forays, he returned to his Lower East Side apartment and sat down at the piano to compose melodies and modify his newly-acquired rhythms. The foundations of Wunderland were laid. Pyrolator recorded birds and other animals, used hollow wood as a marimba and now, with his modified Latin rhythms, had the conditio sine qua non for Wunderland. Modern technology (Emulator 1, serial number 13!) and hollow tree trunks, and melodies on a par with Ennio Morricone or Burt Bacharach. Includes five bonus tracks.

CLOCKTOWER (CANADA)

CT 2510

PABLO, AUGUSTUS: Dub Box Set 3x10" BOX (CT 2510) 31.00
"Tracks pulled from Ital Dub, Reggae Hot Rocks Dub, Dubbing Ina Africa, and more. Dub classics packaged here in a 3x10" deluxe boxed set on red, green and yellow vinyl." Tracks: "Road Block," "Curly Dub," "Natty Dread," "Barbwire Disaster," "Dubbing Ina Africa 'No Jestering'," "Nigerian Love Dub," "Marcus Garvey Words Come To Pass," "Dub In Ethiopia," "Everyting I Own," "555 Dub St," "Rockers Uptown" and "Jah Light."


LPCT 036-10

KING TUBBY: Dub from the Roots 3x10" BOX (LPCT 036-10) 31.00
The all-time classic Dub from The Roots cut as a colored vinyl triple 10" in a nice magnetically-sealed box. There are very few individuals who command the respect of dub aficionados greater than 'The Dubmaster' himself, King Tubby. On Tubby's venerable 1974 release Dub from the Roots, he introduces us to the 'Shalom Dub', a method of mixing flying cymbals with horns in what he describes as 'going in and out in a dub way'. Borrowing from the forty fives of Johnny Clarke, Jackie Edwards, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, and Horace Andy, King Tubby takes the listener on a journey through a vast array of different emotions, rhythms and soundscapes. One of the standout cuts, 'Iyahta' explores Tubby's use of deep electric basslines to evoke a melodic calmness in the listener, while 'Mine Field' and 'Hijack the Barber' bring you back with the cavernous echoes of stabbing guitars, horns, and cymbals. Though previously released by different labels on a variety of dusty pressings and formats, Clocktower's reissue of Dub From The Roots is the definitive edition of this 'Dubmaster' classic, featuring audio mastered from the original analog tapes."


LPCT 084-10

KING TUBBY: The Roots of Dub 3x10" BOX (LPCT 084-10) 31.00
"The original dub style: King Tubby treats Bunny Lee's productions. Comes as a triple 10" on colored vinyl, in a nice magnetically-sealed box."

CLOUDS HILL (GERMANY)

CLOUDS 050EP

FAUST & OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ: Live at Clouds Hill 10" (CLOUDS 050EP) 15.50
Musicians of the legendary Krautrock group Faust plus the renowned artist Omar Rodriguez Lopez (from At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows) in an exciting live session. This recording will be not released digitally or on CD. First pressing is on white vinyl.

ELECTRIC DELUXE (GERMANY)

EDLX 033LTD-EP

SAWLIN & SUBJECTED: Foreign Awake Part 1 12" (EDLX 033LTD-EP) 27.50
Packaged in a special multicolored art sleeve. Forged in the pitch-black recesses of underground Berlin, Sawlin and Subjected have been making bold, distinct and largely faceless techno from the cloisters of their Vault Series home. Now comes the first in a two-part EP for Electric Deluxe, titled Foreign Awake, a much broodier, spacey homage than we've yet heard from the pair. Swapping their usual gung-ho floor artillery for swirling, atmospheric vistas, subtle tones and cavernous empty spaces, Foreign Awake Part 1 sees Sawlin and Subjected paint chilling, post-apocalypse landscapes in three parts. Deep, dark and dangerously hypnotic, this is Sawlin and Subjected at their most compelling.

ERASED TAPES (UK)

ERATP 051EP

DARE, DOUGLAS: Seven Hours 10" (ERATP 051EP) 17.00
10" EP version. London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases his debut EP Seven Hours as the newest artist on Erased Tapes. The EP was recorded in various spaces, including drummer/producer Fabian Prynn's home-studio in South London. The four tracks are the first recordings the musicians have made together and with all songs written by Dare and all tracks engineered, mixed and produced by Prynn, it is a true collaboration. With the songs beginning as poems and short prose, Dare later improvises melodies and piano parts. This process was continued by Prynn with all the percussive rhythms coming from improvising to the original pieces. The performances were captured using a cassette recorder, keeping recording fresh as full takes had to be committed to at the recording stage. This process led to unexpected parts and ideas that now are integral to the sound and feel of the EP.


ERATP 053EP

BRODERICK, PETER: Float 2013 Addendum 7" (ERATP 053EP) 12.00
Erased Tapes has reissued 26 year-old American composer Peter Broderick's 2008 debut album Float. Returning to his home in Oregon, where his musical journey began, Peter completes the circle with the release of Float 2013 (ERATP 054CD/LP), accompanied by a 7" single with exclusive material. Float 2013 Addendum features album track "Something Has Changed" re-arranged as a duet for violin and viola, with the new title "Something Has Remained." The B-side holds an alternative version of "Stopping on the Broadway Bridge" entitled "Continuing on the Broadway Bridge." Both have been mastered by the gifted hands of Nils Frahm.

ESKIMO (BELGIUM)

ESK 506069

MICHOACAN: The Kingdom of Heaven Is At Hand 12" (ESK 506069) 12.50
Eskimo has always been ardent supporters of the productions of Fernando Miranda Rios aka Michoacan. Cosmic disco has been a common thread for many of Michoacan's early releases, but he has also adopted a much woollier and idiosyncratic production style over the years. On this 12", Michoacan embarks on an adventurous trip down memory lane. The entire EP is suffused with '70s Moog vibes. You'll hear influences from early synth pioneers, even imagining Kraftwerk jamming by the poolside. Combine this splendid nostalgia with Michoacan's spectacular sound design, and you'll know why this hasn't been off Eskimo's record player for weeks now.

FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)

FACES 1215EP

KEZ YM: Root Bound EP 12" (FACES 1215EP) 12.50
Japanese deep house king Kez YM is back on Faces Records. Bringing delicious beat-down flavors to the cooking pot that blends Kazuki Yamaguchi into a serving of signature recipe Kez YM. With ongoing support from influential peers such as Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wade, and Cassy, this is one delicious treat that will leave the fans salivating for more. Mixing ingredients from Detroit, Chicago house, funk, disco, and Afro and endlessly rocking dancefloors and hearts from Panorama Bar in Berlin to Eleven in Tokyo.

FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

FTR 135LP

BRYAN AND THE HAGGARDS (FEAT. DR. EUGENE CHADBOURNE): Merles Just Wanna Have Fun LP (FTR 135LP) 17.50
It's hard to know exactly what was going through saxophonist Bryan Murray's head when he first conceived of Bryan And The Haggards, an avant-garde jazz ensemble dedicated to playing instrumental covers of tunes by Merle Haggard. Haggard is, of course, the author of such C&W classics as "Okie from Muskogee," "Fightin' Side of Me," "Mama Tried," and other blasts of Bakersfield baroque. Regardless, the Haggards' first two albums were well-received, making Wire's Top Ten list and being lauded in places like the Village Voice. Now, for their third effort, Murray has enlisted the genius of Dr. Eugene Chadbourne -- singer, banjo player, diehard C&W fan (see such previous efforts as LSD C&W for evidence). So this album has vocals, weird plucking and a great variety of the special madness Eugene brings to any project. The basic arrangements remain jazzoid, in our opinion the presence of vocals lifts the music to a whole new level. It's a disarming combination, but the more you listen to it, the more you start to understand that this isn't some odd novelty record, but is actually an ecstatic celebration of the proletarian at its most lyrically feverish. Whether or not you give a shit about C&W, this album is guaranteed to paste a big grin on your mug. Enjoy yourself, pard. Edition of 300.

FOURTH WAVE (UK)

4TH 013EP

IVVVO: Light Moving 12" (4TH 013EP) 12.50
Having already released the breathtaking All Shades of White and Occult albums for Opal Tapes, contributions to the Porto-based Terrain Ahead, and the aptly-named Future EP for Public Information, Portugal-based IVVVO (pronounced e-vo) is the owner of an exquisite palette and a master of a unique language in his music. Emerging from the shadows in a pair of shiny new Nike kicks, IVVVO has effortlessly created some of the most profound and romantic techno tracks in recent years.

GET ON DOWN

GET 56020LP

PERRY & THE UPSETTERS, LEE 'SCRATCH': Super Ape: Deluxe Etched Edition 2LP (GET 56020LP) 31.00
"Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee 'Scratch' Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide includes Super Ape as one of their 100 Essential Reggae releases. Get on Down now proudly presents this landmark Upsetters release in a never before seen vinyl offering. The project is expanded to a double LP with side four featuring a unique and sure to be collectible etched image of the Super Ape featured on the cover art. This issue of Super Ape will only be available for Black Friday Record Store Day. Also features a 23" x 23" Super Ape poster."


GET 58007RSD-BK

MANSFIELD, JOE: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession Boxset (GET 58007RSD-BK) 60.00
"Record store day release includes one beat box book, one limited edition leather slipcase, one cassette tape with 17 beats recreated by Joe Mansfield, one 7" record with beat to 'Paul Revere' and the reverse groove on the B-side, plus one download card with bonus beats. Joe Mansfield's 200-page Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession coffee-table book features 75 drum machines from the author's personal collection, with more than 200 photos by award winning photographer Gary Land and foreword by Dave Tompkins. It all started with one machine. The location was Boston, Mass. The year was 1986. The 'beat box' in question was the TR-808. Almost three decades later, Mansfield's obsession with drum machines has finally spilled out of his home and climate-controlled storage space into the world at large. With Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession (Get on Down Publishing), the Boston-based hip-hop producer and music industry veteran -- who helped bring the world Edo G's 'I Got To Have It' and 'Be A Father To Your Child' in the early '90s, and went on to found Traffic Entertainment Group and co-found Get On Down -- shares his deep love and respect for 'Beat Boxes' on every page. The book itself features gorgeous photos of 75 drum machines by Gary Land (www.garylandphotography.com); background and facts about each machine gathered by Mansfield; archival advertisements; and interviews with master drum machine programmers and innovators including Davy DMX, Schoolly-D, Marshall Jefferson and Roger Linn. The range of drum machines covered spans several decades, from the 1950s to the late 1980s. Mansfield's collecting has never been about machines-as-trophies, hoarding or fetishism: he can play and/or program each machine he details in the book. His electronic children aren't kept in plastic, never to be touched or used. That's what gives the book its heart - Mansfield's emotional attachment to these objects that many people still see as robotic replacements for human percussion. But, as any good drum machine manipulator knows, even machines can have soul. And lest readers forget, Mansfield reminds us that drum machines have been used in the rock and pop world since the 1970s: Sly & The Family Stone, Kraftwerk, the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Blondie all benefitted from beat boxes on their hits, as did artists ranging from New Order and Madonna to Prince and Bruce Hornsby in the '80s. All of these aspects encompassing the wide-ranging and complex history of drum machines are documented and discussed in words and images in Beat Box, helmed and overseen by Joe Mansfield's expertise. It is part encyclopedia, part coffee-table photo book, and will enthrall music, technology and photography fans around the world."

GOON CLUB ALLSTARS (UK)

GCA 002EP

MSSINGNO: Mssingno EP 12" (GCA 002EP) 16.50
London-based record label Goon Club Allstars are proud to present their second release; the four-track Mssingno EP. Mssingno's haunting debut 12" EP pits cold, melodic synths and deftly-cut vocal samples against growling bass lines and off-kilter drum patterns. Whether he's toying with the slick 'n' sensual, as is evident on the heated 808-driven opener "Skeezers," or bittersweet quasi-R&B twisters on one of the year's more unlikely watery-eyed earworms "XE2," Mssingno's first excursion on wax is earnestly dedicated to the feels; all of them. Case in point: "'XE3's" weary-hands-in-the-air sunrise synths juxtaposed perfectly by "124th's" hood-up cap-down gulliness.

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 119LP

MANCO, BARIS: Yeni Bir Gun LP (GUESS 119LP) 25.50
LP version. The late '70s found Turkey in an economic slump, and there was a huge rise in political violence. Bari?, who so often put out collections of singles, rose to the occasion by spending six months holed up with his long-time backing band the Kurtalan Ekspres. The result was this studio album of Anatolian bummer psychedelia, often unfairly overlooked because it came out in the rather un-cosmic year of 1979, but also considered his best work by many. Yep, there are still electrified versions of Turkish folk songs, and the spaceshot ARPs and Korgs of 2023 (GUESS 038CD/106LP) are here too, but don't expect a happy swing around the ceiling of a planetarium. The real star of the album is the keyboard player, whose name translates to "Sword Agent." Yeni Bir Gun is viciously funky and brilliantly arranged, with tidbits stolen out of the latest disco hits, and lean, mean synthesizers that emerge from the beats like carbonated bubbles. First time ever reissue, this release comes in the same gorgeous gatefold cover as the original, has a repro of the original poster as well, and includes an extra insert with extensive liner notes.


GUESS 120LP

TROPICS, THE: As Time's Gone LP (GUESS 120LP) 25.50
Hailing from Florida, The Tropics were one of the finest '60s garage bands. Their memorable concerts are still remembered today by the lucky ones who saw them at the time. Between 1965 and 1969, they recorded some explosive and now legendary 45s which are prime examples of garage-rock, teen-beat, folk-rock and proto-psych sounds. Here you'll find most of those 45 sides along with some rare, previously-unreleased-on-vinyl tracks. Including the classic "As Time's Gone" (covered by The Fuzztones) and many more. Remastered sound in mono, insert with detailed liner-notes by Jeremy Cargill (Ugly Things) and rare photos. "In 1965 The Tropics were the biggest band in Florida... simple as that. I watched them in awe." --Tom Petty

HAVE A KILLER TIME

HAKT 009CD

ABSTRAXION: Break of Lights CD (HAKT 009CD) 17.00
HAKT Recordings is pleased to internationally co-release Break of Lights, the stunning debut LP from French musician and DJ Harold Boué aka Abstraxion. The London-based innovator's music has already garnered accolades (and spins) from heavy-hitters such as Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco, James Holden and Dan Snaith (Caribou/Daphni). Full of melancholic reveries and hybrid explorations, Break of Lights reveals Abstraxion to be a standout producer and true obsessive to his craft. Break of Lights, consequently, abounds with texturally-rich, rapturous gems and thoughtful meditations on the passage of time. Album opener "White Rain," featuring the whispered vocals of Parisian artist Chloé, winds plaintive guitar around modular synths and Abstraxion's own ghostly vocalizations. "Moon" bubbles with blinking synths and blip-and-bleep effects that, in a titular nod, flash celestially. "Every Night I'm Lying" marries tremendous beats with gorgeous vocals from Danish singer Astrid Engberg. Possibly the most hypnotic track here, "Around Me," warms with sonorous synths that speak like beautifully indecipherable utterances. And "Les Histoires," dedicated to the producer's father, emerges with half-recalled conversations from childhood, then drifts -- as if via time -- through spectral keyboards that filter past like memories. Abstraxion co-manages the label Biologic Records with DJ/producer DC Salas. After putting out a series of EPs, he released the singles "Jus Acid" and "Jaipur's Elephant" on Different Records in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He has also released music on Marketing Music. Always a singular character with an ear for sound, he has built a music studio in Marseille with old analog instruments. He spends his there time making electronic music that is as explorative and organic as possible.

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

HOS 398CD

VATICAN SHADOW: When You Are Crawling CD (HOS 398CD) 12.50
When You Are Crawling is a 35-minute companion piece to Vatican Shadow's recently released Remember Your Black Day (HOS 399CD/LP) album, the iconography and tracklisting concluding its narrative, with a musical focus more directly aimed at the club bolstered by additional production from Juan Mendez, aka Silent Servant. The centerpiece of the EP is "Atta's Apartment Slated for Demolition (Bouthayna Engineering)," a previously-unreleased 15-minute production that builds from tempered percussion to a more driving denouement. The EP also includes the previously-unreleased "Al Qaeda," plus an alternate version of the album's title-track. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.


HOS 398LP

VATICAN SHADOW: When You Are Crawling LP (HOS 398LP) 16.50
LP version.

HUNDEBISS (ITALY)

H 025LP

PRIMITIVE ART: Problems LP (H 025LP) 23.50
Primitive Art is the Milan-based project of Jim C. Nedd and Matteo Pit. Problems is their debut LP featuring four long tracks which bring to mind Coil playing a form of ominous Balearic Terminator music. Hypnotic and pulsing, beat-driven sound from the sunset of the 2023 global warming landscape.

KARAOKE KALK (GERMANY)

KK 070LP

NATIONAL JAZZ TRIO OF SCOTLAND, THE: The National Jazz Trio of Scotland's Christmas Album LP (KK 070LP) 15.50
2013 repress. Limited deluxe LP version with die-cut front cover; repress of 200 copies. It's a debut that isn't really a debut, by a trio that isn't a trio; a Christmas album that's unlike almost any other Christmas album, and quite possibly jazz for people with an especially subtle and sophisticated concept of what jazz might be. Yes -- the songs all look familiar, but it's unlikely you've ever heard such a spooked version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," or "The Christmas Song" sounding so exquisitely bittersweet. Melodies are taken apart and rebuilt with the daring of Anita O'Day or Sheila Jordan, and delicate, looping, sampled arrangements throw frosty new light on lyrics we've always taken for granted -- or perhaps never properly heard. When you think of the National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, think Moondog plays Bacharach, and you're pretty much there. Bill Wells (piano, keyboards and samples), Aby Vulliamy (vocals), Lorna Gilfedder (vocals), Kate Sugden (vocals) and Gerard Black (vocals).


KK 076EP

VA: New German Ethnic Music - Immigrant's Songs from Germany 12" (KK 076EP) 12.00
12" EP version featuring four tracks from the full-length CD. Featuring remixes from Margaret Dygas, Ulrich Schnauss, Mark Ernestus, and Thomas Mahmoud.

KELIPPAH

KEL 013LP

MALKUTH: Hathir Sakta LP (KEL 013LP) 18.50
"Simply put, Malkuth are a Leviathan; rising from the West, to lay waste to the Eastern lands -- fierce and spiteful, having been awakened from centuries of contemplative slumber. In comparison to their two full-lengths on Hospital Productions, Hathir Sakta (and its accompanying disc on Prison Tatt Records, Tamahprabha, the set originally intended as one double LP) finds Malkuth in relative or even greater form, this material having been simmered to perfection, its ferocity seasoned to epic proportion -- and as always, guitar-guitar-drums -- no bass to tether it, 'define' it or in any way hem it in. Szwed and Murano's guitars tentacle one another -- dozens of possessing riffs, split in all the right places by ice shards of trebly melody -- angular, baroque and dissonant, as if Morton Feldman were somehow meeting black metal halfway; his studied, contemplative maturity juiced up on a gift-cask of USBM-tinged Kaddish wine and energy drinks, and Mr. Murano's experimental projects (Decimus, K-Salvatore, Key Of Shame, et al.), having evolved similarly during the interval, inform these Malkuth tracks in the most apropos and satisfying of ways. Matt Heyner's roiling drum kit ties it all up in twine, complementing Murano's growl with snare-hits and tom workouts like small-arms fire. Malkuth are of a rare breed within the pantheon of black metal, in that their material is both energizing (similar to the way of all bands who chose to ride the Darkthrone/Abruptum artery from the primordial Scandinavian explosion) and meditative/brooding, offering 'head' and 'hard' in equivalent doses. After spending many hours of deep listening to their material, as well as hosting them on my WFMU radio program during the bridge between their Hospital releases and these newer ones, I can say with surety that this LP and its companion are indeed Malkuth's finest hour, such that 'well worth the wait' becomes a descriptive understatement. Hathir Sakta requires your immersion, for the listeners' full envelopment to be achieved; that said, you'll undoubtedly pick up on the incredible energy of these recordings even if only half-listening, and when you're ready, the awe-inspiring, novelistic quality of Hathir Sakta will reveal itself fully and enrapture the listener in its cavernous terror and ecstasy." --Wm. M. Berger, host of WFMU's My Castle of Quiet; proprietor, Prison Tatt Records. The third Malkuth LP, recorded in the band's rehearsal space in 2010. Pat Murano on guitar and vocals, Matt Szwed on guitar, and Matt Hayner on drums.


KEL 014LP

CARTER AND PAT MURANO, TOM: Tom Carter and Pat Murano LP (KEL 014LP) 18.50
Tom Carter and Pat Murano (Decimus, No Neck Blues Band, etc.) first began to play together at the behest of Jason Meagher, to be recorded as part of his Natch series. These recordings were captured during those same sessions on March 17, 2012 up at Black Dirt Studios. Here's what Jason had to say about the session: "We could talk about an improviser's ability to listen to the other players around them and how important it is to crossing the line between jamming and spontaneous composition. But instead, we should dwell for 49 minutes on the idea of a person being at the top of their game. It is not an expression used in music very much, but it applies here. A musician can have many peaks at various points in their relationship to sound. At these moments, they are masters, wizards, conjuring other worlds almost immediately. This session documents a moment when two such musicians crossed paths." Limited to 300 copies.


KEL 015LP

LES CONVERSIONS: Les Conversions LP (KEL 015LP) 18.50
First LP from this NYC trio composed of Jason Meagher (NNCK, Coach Fingers), Pat Murano (NNCK, Decimus, Key Of Shame), and Dave Shuford (NNCK, Rhyton). An improvised ritual of metal percussion and electronic modulation recorded at Black Dirt Studio in 2012. As in previous NNCK and Decimus works, there's a lot of buzzing drones and flickering electronics, just less haunting and more tripping. Limited to 300 copies.


KEL 016LP

RAAJMAHAL: Raajmahal LP (KEL 016LP) 18.50
Raajmahal's second LP. Recorded in the winter of 2012/2013 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Carla Baker (Flower Orgy, Baba Yaga) -- guitar, harmonium, and vocals; Pat Murano (Decimus, NNCK, Malkuth, etc.) -- guitar/synth; with vocal harmony assistance by Amanda Bristow (Baba Yaga) and flute by Jen Storch. Here are a few thought-experiments to consider while listening to the newest LP on Kelippah Records by the band Raajmahal: You are a tourist in an exotic and faraway land where you have attended a daily religious ceremony that includes a long section of chanting. You've been settled into a corner of the room where the sound of the multitude of voices is reflecting and fluttering around your head. Deep into the ceremony, and unbeknownst to the other people attending, you have a major stroke. In the minutes before you lose consciousness, your brain begins to process the sounds in the room differently. The voices are now distant, haunting, some footfalls echo like giant drums, and the rushing in your ears almost sounds like a strange guitar. Another possibility: you have spent the evening reveling with a good friend, imbibing in all manner of illicit elixirs. As the shades of evening's blue shift to the deep purples of late night, your friend has some sort of episode. Whether brought on by the recent intake or stemming from natural causes is not relevant. It is obvious that a doctor is needed, and quickly. You are fumbling with your mobile phone, trying to make heads or tails of all the strange symbols which you are sure are situated where the numerals used to be on the keypad. A small crowd has formed around you seeming from thin air and before you can process what the group is saying, an ambulance has arrived. The lights and your generally tweaked physiology are disorientating, but somehow you manage to find you way into the back of the vehicle with your friend. As you speed away a second wave of induced euphoria overtakes you, blending dangerously with your residual dread and confusion of the last few minutes. You begin to giggle, perhaps inappropriately, and are struck by how strange the music coming from the radio in the front of the vehicle sounds, blending with the sirens from outside the windows. The music is foggy, methodically floating along, but it seems to be happening too slow, like a spooling-out cassette. Next to you one of the EMTs begins to sing along but you cannot make out any words, just a haunting melody. Lastly: You are a desk-bound city worker who has not spent much time outdoors since your childhood. You have decided on a beautiful spring weekend to take a hike to the top of a mountain located in a nearby rural area accessible towards the end of the local commuter rail line. You pack your necessary provisions and get an early start on a golden, clear morning. The day is spent traversing a steep path through the dense, tree-covered hillside. You are surprised to find that no other trekkers abound on this day, and for this you are quietly happy. Slowly you leave the stifling crush of your daily city life behind and as you get higher and higher, your mind becomes clearer and more open. Lungs burning, back soaked with sweat, you finally reach the pinnacle of the trail and find a stunning perch high above the far valley. You sit there in the late afternoon sun, in what seems like perfect silence. Slowly you realize that it is not quiet at all, that there are sounds all around you. At first they are distinct, but the longer you sit and the less you focus, they begin to meld into something different. The rustling of the leaves in the trees, the insects' whine, the calls of the birds, even your own rhythmic pulse, all begin to congeal into something that you can only describe as musical. A gust of wind picks up, racing through the rocky depths below you, and you swear to yourself, as there is no one else around, that it sounds just like an ethereal voice, singing a sweet, yet melancholy melody above nature's song. Silk screened by Phil Franklin. Limited to 300 copies.

KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

LDN 041EP

MUMDANCE & LOGOS: Genesis EP 12" (LDN 041EP) 12.50
Going both forwards and backwards comes naturally to production duo Mumdance & Logos, as demonstrated by the EP's lead cut "In Reverse PIV." This track dares to go in two directions at once: synths and bass heading forwards, vocals and drums in, well, reverse. The result is shocking: with its glowing lava-like synths, cavernous Reese bass, caustic second drop and rhythmic vortices, it's genuinely unclear what exactly "In Reverse PIV" is. The rest of the Genesis EP is similarly headstrong. "Turrican 2" finds the gap between 909 funk and 8bar grime in a 130 bpm context. "Wut It Do (12" mix)" has jungle's rhythmic chaos, dubstep's bass pressure and Baltimore club's-nagging vocal infectiousness. Finally "Truth," a collaboration between Mumdance and Mao, brings an emotional end, '92 warehouse rave-style.

KING OF SPADES

KOS 400LP

CHROME: Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks '79-80 2LP (KOS 400LP) 29.00
Repressed; double LP version. "Tracks recorded by Helios Creed and Damon Edge in '79 and '80, during the Half Machine Lip Moves and Third from the Sun period, but never released."

KINGSTON SOUNDS (UK)

KSLP 047LP

CAMPBELL, CORNELL: Fight Against Corruption LP (KSLP 047LP) 14.00
LP version. Cornell Campbell's distinctive falsetto voice alongside his Rastafarian beliefs during the '70s gave him a musical style that added urgency and righteousness to songs that few other singers could match. This album was produced by Bunny Lee and released in 1983 on Vista Sounds. Engineered by King Tubby and Scientist and mixed at King Tubby's, Kingston, Jamaica. Cornell Campbell on vocals with The Roots Radics as a backing band. Members include: Sly Dunbar, Santa Davis & Ben Bow (drums); Brother Chris, Flabba Holt & Robbie Shakespeare (bass); Willie Lindo & Chinna (guitar); Keith Sterling & Jackie Mittoo (piano); Winston Wright & Robert Lynn (organ); and Sticky & Skully (percussion).

KOMISCH (GERMANY)

KOMISCH 017EP

SP-X: Circuit Breaker EP 12" (KOMISCH 017EP) 12.50
SP-X returns to Komisch for a fourth EP of uncompromising warehouse techno. Pushing his machines to the limit, he delivers two no-nonsense, analog tracks. "Jack Cracker" is built on the kind of clunky drums, insistent rhythms and firing percussion that have become his signature sound, while the deranged industrial riffs and wild tonal bleeps will push any dancefloor over the edge. SP-X continues with his exploration of jacking techno on "Transmission." Insane frequencies get tweaked continuously and collide with a wild siren riff from inside a matrix of hissing percussion and a merciless, streamlined rhythm. Raw, functional and relentless, this EP captures the unique sound of SP-X banging the box.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 289LP

VA: 20 Jahre Kompakt/Kollektion 2 2LP (KOM 289LP) 19.50
Double LP version. Kompakt celebrates 20 years of tastemaking in all shapes and colors with 20 Years of Kompakt, the second entry in the Kollektion series -- a jam-packed follow-up to the hugely successful Kollektion 1 (KOMP 105CD/KOM 283LP). As with the first volume, the label plunged into their extensive archives and looked for personal favorites as well as certified bangers, dovetailing the new and the old, the rough stuff and the soft, funky noises and epic melodies. Although Kompakt cast a slightly wider net this time, you should consider every single track on this list a tried-and-true label classic, sounds that they think helped define what Kompakt is today. Tracks from Jürgen Paape, Lawrence, Michael Mayer, Coma, Closer Musik, Kölsch, Superpitcher, and Oxia.

KOOKY (UK)

KOOKY 030CD

DURUTTI COLUMN, THE: Vini Reilly 2CD (KOOKY 030CD) 18.00
2013 repress. Arguably the seminal Durutti Column album, the ironically-titled Vini Reilly is now available remastered and expanded into a two-disc set. First released in 1989, Vini Reilly features the extensive use of sampling, with looped vocals employed as the basis for several tracks. Disc two was curated from a TDK tape which was found in a storage box. It was marked "sampler tunes" and contained all the material released. Much of this has not been heard for several years, being the demos and sketches which were used by Vini during the making of the record in London.

LOVE UNLIMITED VIBES (GERMANY)

LUV 010EP

VA: Luv.Ten 12" (LUV 010EP) 15.50
Tenth release from Love Unlimited Vibes, focusing on warm and soulful vibes between indie, house, soul, and downbeat. Some well-known producers show their soft skills with their own productions or edits/re-works. Vinyl-only. Limited edition of 600 copies, comes in a clear plastic sleeve.

M-PLANT

MPM 017EP

FLOORPLAN: Phobia EP 12" (MPM 017EP) 12.50
Robert Hood delivers a new Floorplan release, comprising two brand-new Floorplan tracks, plus a remix of Paradise (MPM 016CD/LP) album cut "Higher" by Ben Sims. The opener is a driving, funk-fuelled track -- an unrelenting looped jam that immediately sets the tone. Sims takes the track further into techno territory for a storming remake that will keep fans of both him and M-Plant happy. Then it's time to hand back to Robert Hood for the release's closer. If "Phobia" displays the tougher side of Hood's Floorplan sound, then "Glory B" takes us back to where it all started, with its preacher samples and jacking Chicago house groove.

MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)

MNQ 042LP

MUSUMECI: Schwarz Morgen/Zusammen LP (MNQ 042LP) 20.00
Mannequin Records is proud to present one of the rarest and most unknown Italian minimal synth bands from the '80s. Musumeci were formed in Turin at the beginning of 1985, by Mauro M. (synthesizers, ex-guitar player of Rude Pravo) and Franco G. (programming, ex-noise-maker of Errata-S-Corrige). The group was founded as a link and expression of various experiences, aimed, at least initially, to highlight the individual personalities of the members. The formation settled after six months of testing with the final entry of Laura G. (ex-keyboardist of Rude Pravo) and Paul C. (voice of K Position). Musumeci were playing several shows, preceded by long monologues incorporated with space atmospheres, electrical scans, voices, screams, etc. Presented here are the two super-rare demo tapes that Musumeci recorded in 1985 (Schwarz Morgen) and in 1986 (Zusammen), on their own label, Zeltweg. Strongly recommended for fans of D.A.F., Severed Heads, Liaisons Dangereuses, Single Gun Theory, and Front 242. Artwork designed by Mushy and Alessandro Adriani. Limited edition of 300 copies.

MEXICAN SUMMER

MEX 179LP

MOCKASIN, CONNAN: Caramel LP (MEX 179LP) 21.00
"New Zealand via Paris/London pop sprite Connan Mockasin follows up the widely acclaimed oddball-psych of 2010's Forever Dolphin Love. Caramel boasts a unique brand of mutated, lustrous soul that was almost wholly self-recorded over a month in a Tokyo hotel room. Described by Clash Music as 'a true cosmonaut of inner space,' the new album explores different regions of Mockasin's singular galaxy, guided by his truly adventurous songwriting that favors reconfigured pop structures with a skewed funk sensibility. If Caramel wasn't enough, Mockasin has also been writing more material for Charlotte Gainsbourg after penning the exquisite 'Out of Touch' for the actress/singer's 2012 mini-album, Stage Whisper. It's another sign that Mockasin is going places, but at his own pace -- just as Caramel suggests the process of melting and taking on a new shape, a new taste. That is the true sound of Connan Mockasin. LP includes download code."

MORPHINE RECORDS (ITALY)

DOSER 020LP

COHEN, CHARLES: Group Motion LP (DOSER 020LP) 20.00
Morphine Records continues to unearth recordings from Philadelphia's synth pioneer, Charles Cohen. Two beautiful drone/ambient/jazz pieces on this one (recorded live in 1989), exposing the sonic genius and dexterity of Cohen alongside the astounding possibilities of that highly-desirable synthesizer of his. Group Motion is a dance theater in Philadelphia founded by Manfred Fischbeck with whom Cohen collaborated and performed. The "Group Motion Performance" is a live recording with the dance company made on the Buchla Music Easel and the Buchla 700 series; the latter, one of the rarest synthesizers on earth. "Generator" was performed and recorded at the Generator Sound Art Gallery, NYC, with the same instrument set-up. Apparently, these are the only known recordings using the Buchla 700 synthesizer to be formally released, making the Group Motion album the only living proof of this incredible-sounding machine. Issued in three parts, this vinyl series will culminate in a full CD release.

MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)

MUSIQ 167EP

MATHIMIDORI: Ame Ga Furu EP 12" (MUSIQ 167EP) 14.00
Mathias Kaden's project with Japanese vocalist Tomomi's debut release as Mathmidori on Mule Musiq. Mathias and Tomomi have already collaborated, and maybe you remember DJ Koze's excellent remix of the song. The main version on the A-side is an atmospheric dub techno tune with a mysterious Japanese voice. On the B-side, Lawrence made a deeper and more club-friendly remix and the beats version is a simple DJ tool.

MULTI CULTI (CANADA)

MC 001EP

DREEMS: In the Desert 12" (MC 001EP) 12.50
The Multi Culti (new Turbo sub-label) adventure begins with a bold debut 12" from Dreems -- three dubbed-out visions from the depths of Australia's vibe country, featuring a collaboration with mystery mate Jagma. In advance of a full-length LP release, these tracks are DJ-friendly, though the exotic vocal samples and timeless Afro-tribal-world-rave sounds aren't meant for killing dancefloors, but breathing new life into them. "We Shall Be Found" trots out of the gates with enthusiasm, a gospel Rasta refrain soaring atop rolling synths and funky 808 rhythms. "In the Desert" is a sun-drenched epic that evidently drew inspiration from five full trips to Burning Man, the sonic proof of beautiful sun-dances, trained to a timeless walk-about groove. Finally, "With Shackles On" is a blissfully lucid chain-gang journey to the shimmering edges of your consciousness.

MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)

MM 170EP

DUNDOV, PETAR: Moving/Canonical Waves 12" (MM 170EP) 12.50
Earlier in 2013, Music Man released Petar Dundov's third album Sailing Off the Grid (MM 039CD/LP) on CD and limited 4LP. One of the biggest tracks on the album is without a doubt "Moving." Music Man now releases it as a 12" with a fresh, unreleased track on the B-side called "Canonical Waves."

NO LABEL

SHAM 077LP

VA: Who's a Punk? The Very Best of British Punksploitation LP (SHAM 077LP) 18.00
"Second in the series of all-UK fake punk. Music by: Richard Newman, Radio Active, Telescope, Steve Voice, Gyppo, Wozo, Horrorcomic, Septimus, Airship, Yellow Dog, Colin Lloyd Band, Johnny Du Cann, The Monks, and Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias."

NOD AND SMILE RECORDS

MVD 5912LP

20 GUILDERS/WE HAVE HEAVEN: Split LP LP (MVD 5912LP) 21.00
"Japan's 20 Guilders meet USA's We Have Heaven on this limited edition vinyl. 20 Guilders (members of Acid Mothers Temple, Zeni Geva, Overhang Party, Miminokoto) turn in a side of psych folk, while We Have Heaven's half is a swirl of rural raga psychedelia. Limited to 500 copies, packaged in sleeve that pays homage the Faith/Void split LP. Real deal acid tinged folk for heads."

NTOV (ICELAND)

NTOV 008CD

JOHANNSSON, JOHANN: The Miners' Hymns CD (NTOV 008CD) 13.00
"A stunning collaboration between Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson and renowned avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) for a 16-piece brass ensemble, church organ and electronics. Recorded live at Durham Cathedral, reissued on Johann's own NTOV label in collaboration with Cobraside."

NUEARTH KITCHEN

NEK 008EP

VISION WORKS II/JON MCMILLION: Neon 2x12" (NEK 008EP) 29.00
This four-track single from Jon McMillion's new pseudonym VisionWorks II solidifies this idiosyncratic veteran's position as a producer of international stature. "Time Out (Fire Complex)" is a tech-house cut that tilts the dancefloor at strange angles. Hollowed-out woodblock hits and motivational 4-on-the-floor beats accentuate a low-slung 5 AM anthem that's as psychedelic as your next ketamine trip. The title-track features McMillion's pitched-down muttering, creating a foundation of low-level anxiety under distorted bass and kicks and a paranoia-inducing synth motif that could've laced a '70s giallo film. "Neon" thrusts you into a nocturnal milieu of alluring female vocals, shimmying 4/4 rhythms, hissing cymbals, and warbling synths. "Painting Computer Pie" features subtle granular synthesis and insistent disco kick drums.

NUUN RECORDS (FRANCE)

NUUN 016CD

EVANS, JESSIE: Glittermine CD (NUUN 016CD) 15.50
Jessie Evans is an American songwriter, singer, saxophonist, and record producer currently residing between Berlin and São Paulo, Brazil. Fan of the English ska bands The Selecter and The Specials, she learned to play sax and moved to San Francisco when she was a teenager, forming the Subtonix, then The Vanishing. Shortly after, she experimented with singing and started the synthetic duet Autonervous with Bettina Köster of the German all-girl band Malaria!. In 2009, her first solo album, Is It Fire?, was recorded in Mexico and co-produced by Pepe Mogt (Nortec Collective) and featured Budgie (Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Creatures). In the last few years she's collaborated with Glass Candy, Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot), Lydia Lunch, and The Extra Action Marching Band, amongst others. On stage she is accompanied by Brazilian percussionist Debora Saraiva and her brother Anders Edwards on drums. Recorded between Los Angeles, Berlin, and São Paulo, Glittermine features Toby Dammit and Steve Mackay (Iggy And The Stooges), Warrior Queen (Jamaica/Souljazz Rec.), Sonido Desconocido II (Mexico), Jimi Tenor (Finland), Machette Horns (Cuba, Berlin), Namosh (Berlin), Maya, Pablo and Joy Alban-Zapata (Berlin), Jillian Iva, King, Saba-Lou, and Bella Khan (Berlin).

OMNI RECORDING COMPANY (AUSTRALIA)

OMNI 175CD

KUBIN, FELIX: Zemsta Plutona CD (OMNI 175CD) 20.00
"Fractured transmissions from a crypto-utopian future and pop missives from the neon-Freudian wastelands, the new Felix Kubin album is everything (and more) you could want from the Hamburg-based Kaiser-elect of electronic music. Franco-machine-funk monster 'Atomium Vertigo' slinks and slides, 'Flies without Memory' clicks and glides while 'Piscine Resonnez!' explodes with teenaged exuberance and aquatic wisdom. Kubin's retooled reanimation of 'Lightning Strikes' astounds, while 'Nachts Im Park' shuffles on a bed of analogue dreams. Pyro-electro-maniac Kubin returns with his test-tube beat. Strap in... destination particle accelerator pop."

ORANGE MOUNTAIN

OMM 027CD

RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Another Thought CD (OMM 027CD) 19.00
Restock of the CD version from 2006. "During his lifetime, classically trained composer, cellist and disco legend Arthur Russell studied and performed with a wide variety of musicians and artists including The Flying Lizards, David Byrne, Rhys Chatham, Ali Akbar Khan, Allen Ginsberg, John Hammond, Peter Gordon, Jon Gibson, Jerry Harrison, Garret List, Frank Pagano, Andy Paley, Leni Pickett and Peter Zummo. In 1979, Russell, working under the name Dinosaur, wrote and produced Kiss Me Again -- the first disco single to be released by Sire Records and the first of Russell's many innovative dance tunes. Kiss Me Again also features contributions from then-fledgling guitarist David Byrne. As a solo act in the 1980s, he produced successes such as the single 'In the Light of the Miracle' (featured on this release) and the album World of Echo (1987, Rough Trade) a masterpiece that defies description and categorization. World of Echo was included in Melody Maker's 'Top Thirty Releases of 1986'. When Russell dies of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 40, the Village Voice wrote, 'his songs were so personal that it seems as though he simply vanished into his music.' Orange Mountain's re-release of Russell's 1994 album Another Thought (Point Music) is a fitting tribute to one of music's greatest and most underappreciated musical innovators."

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 073EP

FUNCTION: Remixes 2x12" (OSTGUT 073EP) 20.00
After Function's epic debut album "Incubation" (OSTGUT 024CD/012LP), Ostgut Ton issues four remixes by Rrose, Vatican Shadow, Recondite and NSI. Like the album, the remixes transcend club concepts of electronic music and techno as they unravel in surrounding territories. Rrose's remix of "Against the Wall" picks up the hypnotic acid of the original and spins it into manic depths. Vatican Shadow hones in on the fragile beauty in "Psychic Warfare," and Recondite's remix of "Incubation (Ritual)" achieves a stunning grip with minimal texture, killer synth line and bass. NSI create a dark, brooding version of "Inter" that seems to close the circle between the then and now in living electronic music.

OTHER PEOPLE

OP 002EP

HIGH WATER: The Beautiful Moon 12" (OP 002EP) 14.00
High Water makes golden noise for the back of your heart. Will Epstein sings and screams and bangs on the boards --writing spells for a secret high. The wizard Sekret Khipu is a contributing producer and he lacerates the wind with his fist. Summoning a group of shifting incantations for its first release, High Water carves a path through the cracks in your consciousness and into the valley beyond. So at night, when the sounds begin to drip down from the stars and fall to the earth, lie back into a sweet coma and let the water rise up around you.

OTOROKU (UK)

ROKU 008LP

YOSHIHIDE, OTOMO: Piano Solo LP (ROKU 008LP) 23.50
Recorded live at London's Café OTO in March 2009 during Otomo Yoshihide's first residency here. This is one of only a handful of solo piano performances Otomo has given where he uses the instrument as a control matrix for harmonically-rich feedback tones and devastating clusters of complex noise. First run of 500 pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands on high-quality heavyweight vinyl. Three-color screenprinted sleeve designed by Paul Abbott and printed by Pat at Heavyrock Screenprinting on archival-quality card. Mastered and cut by Andreas "Lupo" Lubich at 45rpm. Otomo Yoshihide is one of the most important musicians of the Japanese underground/avant-garde. He moves between free jazz, noise, improvisation, composition, and the unclassifiable with a generosity that opens up the possibilities for expression in all of the constellations with which he's involved. After the earthquake/tsunami struck his native Fukushima in early 2011, Otomo played very little outside of Japan, dedicating a considerable amount of energy to the relief efforts there, including the annual international Project Fukushima concerts. He played at Café OTO in 2013 for two stunning multi-day residencies, including a revision of the remarkable piano solo captured on this LP. Influenced by his father, an engineer, Otomo began making electrical devices such as a radio and an electronic oscillator in his early teens, and his first experience of creating music was by making sound collages using open-reel tape recorders while still in junior high school. Soon after entering high school, he formed a band which played rock and jazz, with Otomo on guitar. It wasn't long, however, before he became a free-jazz aficionado, listening to artists like Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and Derek Bailey; and hearing music, both on disk and at concerts, by Japanese free jazz artists including the great alto sax player Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi. In 1990, Otomo started what was to become Ground Zero. Until it disbanded in March 1998, the band was at the core of his musical creativity, while it underwent several changes in style and membership. Since Ground Zero, Otomo has embraced minimal improvisation, film music and the jazz/big-band conceptions of his new jazz quartet/quintet/orchestra.


ROKU 009LP

YOSHIHIDE/SACHIKO M/EVAN PARKER/JOHN EDWARDS/TONY MARSH/JOHN BUTCHER, OTOMO: Quintet/Sextet LP (ROKU 009LP) 23.50
The final night of Otomo Yoshihide's and Sachiko M's first residency at London's Café OTO in 2009 saw the pair joined by the long-running trio of Evan Parker, John Edwards, Tony Marsh and special guest John Butcher. Butcher played duos with both Otomo and Sachiko and joined the quintet for a rousing sextet: stunning twin saxophone interplay, the unparalleled openness of the Marsh/Edwards rhythm pairing, Sachiko's deft high-frequency interventions and Otomo's guitar at the center -- moving between abrasive textural invention and suggestive single note runs of ever-shifting melody. Otomo Yoshihide is one of the most important musicians of the Japanese underground/avant-garde. He moves between free jazz, noise, improvisation, composition and the unclassifiable with a generosity that opens up the possibilities for expression in all of the constellations with which he's involved. After the earthquake/tsunami struck his native Fukushima in early 2011, Otomo played very little outside of Japan, dedicating a considerable amount of energy to the relief efforts there, including the annual international Project Fukushima concerts. He played London's Café OTO in 2013 for two stunning multi-day residencies, including a revision of the remarkable piano solo he first performed in 2009 and a ripping quintet with John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Guillaume Viltard and Mark Sanders. Sachiko M has been active as a sampler player since 1994. Early in her career she was involved in the cut-up and "plunderphonic" (or "plagiaristic") sampling movements. In 1998, in a drastic departure from those approaches, she originated the revolutionary method she uses to this day -- manipulating the sampler's internal test tones. With the 2000 release of Sine Wave Solo, her extreme solo recording consisting entirely of sine waves, Sachiko M suddenly became the focus of intense interest on the international scene, including European music festivals and Britain's Wire magazine. Since then, she's been active on an irregular basis in a number of projects -- including the experimental electronic music duo Filament, the electronics trio I.S.O., a duo with Toshimaru Nakamura, and the duo Cosmos with Ami Yoshida -- in addition to collaborating with various musicians from other countries. Evan Parker has been a consistently innovative presence in British free music since the 1960s. Parker played with John Stevens in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, experimenting with new kinds of group improvisation and held a long-standing partnership with guitarist Derek Bailey. The two formed the Music Improvisation Company and later Incus Records. He also has tight associations with European free improvisations -- playing on Peter Brötzmann's legendary Machine Gun session (1968), with Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens (a trio that continues to this day), Globe Unity Orchestra, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath, and Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO). John Edwards has played with Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke, and many others. Tony Marsh was a vital presence in London's improvised music scene right up until his shocking passing in April 2012. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of harmonics, multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. But his playing is far more than merely an array of special effects: it's characterized by an intensity that propels it into strange new places that are both incredibly beautiful and deeply exhilarating. Otomo Yoshihide (guitar), Sachiko M (sampler), Evan Parker (saxophones), John Edwards (double bass), Tony Marsh (drums), John Butcher (saxophones, side B). First pressing of 500. Three-color screenprinted sleeve designed by Paul Abbott and printed by Pat @ Heavyrock Screenprinting on archival-quality card. Mastered and cut by Andreas "Lupo" Lubich at Calyx. Pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands on high-quality heavyweight vinyl.

OUT-SIDER (SPAIN)

OSR 018LP

STONE GARDEN: Stone Garden LP (OSR 018LP) 25.50
Stone Garden were a heavy psychedelic band from the Midwest, famous for releasing in 1969 one of the best heavy-psych 45s ever, "Oceans Inside Me," for the same label as the legendary Fraction (Angelus). Between 1969 and 1971 they also recorded a bunch of tracks which never saw the light of day until the mid-'90s, when the great Rockadelic label issued them in a limited edition vinyl album. Out of print for many years, we present a new edition of the Stone Garden album featuring new artwork and insert with lot of pictures and liner notes. Furious, ultra-primitive hard-psychedelic rock in Sabbath and Blue Cheer vein, highly recommended to anyone into obscure '70s doom and hard-rock sounds.

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)

PERMVAC 113EP

LORD OF THE ISLES: 301C Symphony 12" (PERMVAC 113EP) 12.00
Scottish producer Lord Of The Isles surely dropped some jaws in the last couple of years with some widely-praised releases on excellent labels such as Ene Records, Firecracker, Phonica, Cocktail D' Amore, and his own label, Little Strong. Permanent Vacation welcomes him now with an expansive five-track EP that shows his talent in the full monty. Cinematic soundscapes between Planet E-styled techno, bubbling electronica, floating ambient and analog warehouse roughness that fits into the Amazon jungle as well as into the Scottish Highlands. Strike your weapons, resistance is futile.


PERMVAC 117EP

LAKE PEOPLE: Uneasy Hiding Places 12" (PERMVAC 117EP) 12.00
Leipzig's music machine strikes back. After widely-praised EPs for Krakatau, connoisseur Lake People comes correct with a brand-new four-tracker for Permanent Vacation. This time, Martin Enke, as he is known to his parents, expands his adventures into '90s electronica, ambient, and IDM and creates a deep whirl, which is hard to resist. And now look into the hypnotic eye.

PHARAWAY SOUNDS (SPAIN)

PHS 001CD

VA: Zendooni CD (PHS 001CD) 17.00
2013 repress. Subtitled: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation. Zendooni celebrates a time when pop artists in Iran ruled the country. During the '70s, before the Revolution, Occidental and Middle East mannerisms collided and the result was a new kind of Iranian pop which incorporated different genres and arrangements to its Persian roots. Touches of funk, jazz, Latin, bossa, progressive/psychedelic sounds and Morricone/Blaxploitation-styled soundtracks can be heard on this collection, culled from miraculously survived vinyl and cassettes. A surreal voyage back to the golden age of Persian pop. A vibrant time when female singers like Nooshafarin, Azita, Pouran and Ramesh appeared in colorful teen mags dressed in full hippie fashion. Pharaway Sounds is proud to present for the first time to Western ears amazing examples of Persian psych-prog like "Safar" by Hassan Shamaizadeh and "Vi Bafa" by Kambiz; Persian funk by Azita, Nooshafarin, Emad Raam, Pooneh; Bollywood-styled sounds by Ahmad Wali & Hangama and much more. Remastered sound with a color booklet and one bonus track.


PHS 015LP

KARACA, CEM: Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar, Ferdy Klein Orchestra LP (PHS 015LP) 25.50
Gatefold LP version. Includes insert with liner notes. Sophisticated and passionate, with flamboyant taste in sunglasses, Cem Karaca once led Istanbul's music fans through a period of violent political turmoil. Karaca reworked traditional folk lyrics with molten electric bass lines that played up both a poet's broiling righteousness and also his listeners' common ground with their elders in Turkey's history. This is the second album from Karaca, released in 1974. It leads the listener through Karaca's own musical history, skipping across various collaborations and bands up to his then-current project Dervi?an. Can throbbing Anatolian guitars take on the assassins of the Grey Wolves? Imagine a hairy pied-piper with R. Kelly's flair for drama, wailing into a microphone over an electric ba?lama, and you're ready to enter the bohemian world of Papa Cem. Remastered sound (sounding much better than the original pressing.


PHS 016LP

KIZILOK, FIKRET: Anadolu'yum LP + 7" (PHS 016LP) 29.00
LP version. Includes a 7" and insert with liner notes and pictures. What if Bob Dylan was also a dentist, and then he hired Keith Emerson to play keyboards on songs he wrote for a play? It happened in Istanbul, friends. Turkish folk singer Fikret Kizilok started out balancing his interest in the toothy arts with playing rhythm guitar in a Beatles knock-off band. He quickly gave both up for more serious acoustic songwriting, unveiling aged melodies and florid picking that evoked the long history of the hilly Turkish countryside. In the early '70s, while trying to recover from a period of mourning, Kizilok also hired an electric and very splashy backing band, and started throwing in prog flute and ritzy, Doors-ish organ rips. This collection of singles from 1971-1975 lets you taste each of Kizilok's and Anatolia's many moods.

PLAIN RECORDINGS

PLAIN 185LP

DEMENT, IRIS: Infamous Angel LP (PLAIN 185LP) 19.00
"Infamous Angel is Iris Dement's debut album originally released in 1992. The album is a showcase for her clear voice and guitar with spare instrumental backing featuring acoustic bass, piano, and fiddle that support her beautiful songs of life, love and family. Infamous Angel is a modern folk classic. In a gatefold sleeve on 180 gram vinyl. First time issued on vinyl."

RAMP (UK)

RAMP 060EP

VISIONIST: M 12" (RAMP 060EP) 12.50
Ramp is proud to welcome Visionist into its esteemed halls. Appearing on the scene in 2011, new school grime producer Visionist has a dark, stripped-down, emotive sound that has won fans from Oneman, Benji B, Kode 9, and Pearson Sound to fellow Ramp artist Zomby. Visionist arrives on Ramp with "M" and "Secrets."

SHOCK (UK)

SX 021CD

VA: White Trash Motherfuckers CD (SX 021CD) 17.50
Originally released on Shock in 1993. Six motherfucking bands, 76 minutes of motherfucking "music": Ascension (non-SJ version), Beautiful Penis, Cosmonauts Hail Satan, Derv, The MikePostMortem, and Splintered. What a line-up! Who'd put something like this out now? The motherfucking compilation of '93 (or was it '92? I forget), plus lots of grotesque Sav X artwork.


SX 023CD

VA: Deep Funnels of Entry CD (SX 023CD) 17.50
Originally released in 1993 by Shock. A great compilation of unbelievable rarities and unreleased junk from the Twisted Village label. Artists include Crystalized Movements, Vermonster, Luxurious Bags, Bongloads Of Righteous Boo, and Garbage And The Flowers, plus a couple of special items. Totally amazing. Other artists include: Wormdoom, Bimbo Shrineheads, JT, and Tono Bungay.


SX 026CD

ASCENSION: Five Titles CD (SX 026CD) 17.50
Second edition with "amended" artwork (no more lightning bolts that look like varicose veins). Live and studio material, including a great piece from the Demolition Club and a sickening 27 minute twin guitar feedback duet. How did this ever sell out the first pressing? What a world. Ascension features Shock label-head Stefan Jaworzyn (former member of Skullflower) and Tony Irving (aka Derv).


SX 030CD

ASCENSION: Broadcast 2CD (SX 030CD) 23.00
Originally released on Shock in 1996. The highpoint of the early Shock catalog and the last release for 17 fucking years. CD1: "As Above" (36:44) CD2: "So Below" (46:37), a feedback extravaganza of pretty much unparalleled proportions. Recorded in Jan '96 through a 16-track desk, providing some mind-blowing clarity in the percussion dept, as a live transmission to KFJC in the Bay Area. "... It is difficult to see how much better they could get. This, though, is definitely their peak, their Trout Mask Replica... The guitar excess is ecstatic. One of the few cases where naming yourself after a Coltrane album is not mere hubris. Awe-inspiring." --Ben Watson (Hi-Fi News, Jan '97)

SING SING RECORDS

SING 054EP

SMILEY, BRETT: Va Va Va Voom/Space Ace 7" (SING 054EP) 7.00
"For every David Bowie, Brian Ferry, or Marc Bolan, there were scores of glam divas-in-waiting like Jobriath and Brett Smiley. At least Jobriath, the world's first openly-gay rock star, got a chance to release two monstrously campy and epic LPs before public backlash silenced him forever. The winsome and sinewy Brett Smiley did not fare as well, recording Breathlessly Brett during a flurry of interest by the international music press, only to have the album cruelly pushed aside by an uncaring record industry and shelved permanently. Smiley was the willowy, blonde personification of glam, discovered and promoted like a classic Hollywood ingénue by Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham's vision for Smiley was to elevate the young man to the rarefied status of untouchable superstar before his first single was out. This single, originally released in 1974 on the UK Anchor label, stands as one of the best glam rock 45s of the era, reissued for the first time in its original, very hard to find picture sleeve."


SING 055EP

LOST KIDS: Cola Freaks 7" (SING 055EP) 7.00
"One of the first and most prolific Danish punk groups, Lost Kids formed in 1978 in Aarkus. They recorded four singles and two LPs in a style heavily influenced by UK punk. However, their second single 'Cola Freaks' is perhaps their finest moment. Band members in monster makeup! Blistering guitar solos! Rezillos-style male/female vocals! And a note for note tribute to Los Trios Parinoias 'Snuffin Like That' in the song 'Radden Dig.' A truly unique and highly sought after piece of Danish punk rock history back in print for all."


SING 056LP

LIVERPOOL ECHO: Liverpool Echo LP (SING 056LP) 18.00
"A perfect pair alongside Rockin' Horse's Yes It Is, the self-titled album by Liverpool Echo makes a swaggering assertion for the enduring power and captivation of the early Mersey styles of McCartney and Lennon. The idea was simple: make a hit record in the early, authentic style of the band with the most hits of all time, The Beatles, and use said record as a springboard to capitalize on the ten-year anniversary of their birth. And do it cheaply. And in only one week. While Liverpool Echo proved perhaps too late to ferry 'cross the Mersey and too early to dilate its pupils to Starry Eyes, the record they left behind remains the most wonderfully rocking cenotaph to the original Cavern Club 'moment' that I have ever encountered. So you might as well surrender. It's for you."

SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)

SKUDGE 007EP

SKUDGE: Irie/Faux 12" (SKUDGE 007EP) 12.50
It's been an unusual while since the elusive unit had a new record out, but after an extensive row of live shows and remixes, Skudge surface once again with a double-tracker containing some of their deepest joints yet. With "Irie" finally available on wax after the Nonplus fifth year celebration, the band plays with contrast, crafting a warm and yet sinister mental floor killer, while "Faux" ventures into more abstract melodies with one of their hardest drives ever.

SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)

SOMM 012LP

SANDROSE: Sandrose LP (SOMM 012LP) 25.50
Sandrose's only album, released in 1972, is without doubt one of the crown jewels from the European progressive/psychedelic scene. This French band evolved from legendary psychedelic group Eden Rose, featuring the legendary guitar player Jean-Pierre Alarcen. Long tracks full of mind-blowing guitar, powerful femme vocals, mellotron, and keyboards. File next to Julian's Treatment, Earth & Fire, and Affinity. Remastered sound, original artwork in a gatefold sleeve just like the original, and an insert with liner notes and pictures. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

SUGARCANE RECORDINGS

SGR 025EP

BLOODGROUP: Disquiet EP 12" (SGR 025EP) 14.50
Icelandic band Bloodgroup have had their powerfully crafted brand of electronic music playing on Sugarcane Recordings' stereo on repeat ever since the release of the Tracing Echoes (SGR 021CD) album. Earmilk (Canada) claims, "The Icelandic foursome cut icy melodies through the steam ... With its delicate vocals and gemmed synths, (it) strikes closer to early Knife or Zola Jesus than Depeche Mode. Bloodgroup rips up the mold, equal parts muscle and machine, concocting a mixture that's just as addictive as anything from Dave Gahan and company." Remixes by Com Truise, Girl Unit, Keep Shelly In Athens, and Renaissance Man.

TECTONIC (UK)

TEC 074LP

GUIDO: Moods of Future Joy 2LP (TEC 074LP) 28.50
2LP version. Bristol, UK-born producer Guido releases his second album Moods of Future Joy through hometown label Tectonic Recordings. Alongside Joker and Gemmy, Guido completed Bristol's "Purple Trinity" generation of dubstep producers, whose collective sound took the worldwide underground scene by storm in 2009. His 2010 debut Anidea was well-received by critics -- hailed as "one of the finest post-dubstep full-lengths yet" by Pitchfork and the Guardian describing Guido as "one of the most gifted [composers]. He arranges sound with an elegant precision, as though painting a still life." Resident Advisor highlighted his adaptive musicality, writing "there's no other producer releasing music at the moment who can switch styles so emphatically." Stepping forward from the synthed-out R&B blueprints laid down by Anidea with tempered restraint, Guido has spent the past 18 months grafting in the studio to bring Moods of Future Joy to fruition. Two vocal collaborations -- album opener "Green Eyed Monster" and "Letting Go" -- feature singer Emma-Lou, "Same Road" explores expansive minimalism and "Afrika Pt 2" (Pt 1 released on Guido's own label State Of Joy) flirts with broken Afro-beats. The playfulness of "Heartless Dodger" contrasts the grimier tones of "NRG" while the melancholic harmonies of "Kalm" provide a subtle diversion to the bombastic album closer, "Squeaky Jungle." Foundations in studying jazz and classical music are evident on this highly musical album. Impeccably composed instrumentation, performance and production meld to create sonically delightful tracks that -- although always inherent of dubstep's influence -- are bereft of any single genre.

TEMPA (UK)

TEMPA 083EP

J:KENZO: Magneto (Feel It)/TVR 12" (TEMPA 083EP) 11.00
J:Kenzo's latest for Tempa gathers two tracks bristling with his customary sonic signatures -- a titanium-plated sheen, razor-precise bass-weight, intricate attention to space and sound design -- but draws them into new territories along the way. "Magneto (Feel It)" is among the most shockingly minimal tracks Kenzo has yet crafted. Centered around the heartbeat double-thud of a kickdrum and a few flecks of disembodied voice, its windmilling sub-bass pulsations ripple upward through the body. "TVR" is faster, its swung rhythms and conga rolls arriving in energetic fits and starts to kick dancers into action.

TIME NO PLACE

TNP 012CD

SKIN TOWN: The Room CD (TNP 012CD) 17.00
Maneuvering the perilous depths of heartbreak and ecstasy, Skin Town's bewitching R&B pop stunner The Room approaches the elusive mysteries of desire and longing with directness and urgency. Unabashedly romantic (and delightfully hedonistic), the L.A.-based outfit's modern R&B may sit alongside nicely with contemporary hit-makers like The Dream or Mike Will Made It, but they align closer to the freakiness of Ginuwine, Adina Howard, and Silk, juxtaposed against feather-weight synth trails of new age. There is a narcotic pull in Nick Turco's (synth/keys man for Zola Jesus) lean, spacious productions that serves as the perfect foil for Grace Hall's commandingly astonishing voice, which guides you throughout The Room, alternating between sinister sultriness and breathtaking sweetness.

TOKEN (BELGIUM)

TOKEN 035EP

SPHERICAL COORDINATES: Vector Projection EP 12" (TOKEN 035EP) 12.50
Oscar Mulero returns to Token in good company. At the beginning of 2013 he formed the Spherical Coordinates project with Christian Wünsch. After two widely-acclaimed EPs on Mulero's Pole imprint, they now land on Token, with the Vector Projection EP, an impressive four-tracker. Mulero and Wünsch join software and hardware to create a stellar EP that explores the deeper side of techno, on "SCFLS-05" and "SCFLS-11," but also hits back hard on the rolling "SCFLS-12" and brutal "SCFLS-17." Space is the place.

TOMPKINS SQUARE

TSQ 122041EP

HURLEY, MICHAEL: Watertrain/Black & Yellow Bee 78 (TSQ 122041EP) 18.00
"Two newly recorded songs on 10" 78 RPM vinyl."


TSQ 2974EP

WALKER, RYLEY: The West Wind 12" (TSQ 2974EP) 12.50
Black Friday 2013 release. "With the charming swagger of jazz-folk troubadour Tim Buckley and the resonant, full picking style of Bert Jansch, The West Wind comes from Walker's first widely available release, a three-song 12". With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley's Starsailor; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm." Lars Gotrich, NPR All Songs Considered.


TSQ 2981CD

VA: I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983 4CD (TSQ 2981CD) 37.00
"A 4CD set housed in a deluxe gatefold LP sleeve with a large format 16-page booklet. In this first licensed reissue of Nashboro material in decades, this highly influential music, a vital part of the fabric of American music, can finally be heard. Begun by Ernie Young in Nashville, TN, at the height of gospel's 'golden age,' Nashboro was arguably the greatest, most prolific and longest-living gospel record label. Initial recordings were made on site, overseen by Young himself. Those early Nashboro sides have all the excitement, energy, and drive of far better-known indies, from the 1950s, such as Chess and Sun (indeed, Nashboro was parent to the infamous, blues-busting Excello label). This exceptional set, with detailed liner notes by Opal Louis Nations, mirrors the evolution of the music itself -- from hard-shouting quartets and riveting solo artists through to organ-driven groups and heavy gospel soul. Among the many highlights are tracks by The Consolers, Swanee Quintet, The Angelic Gospel Singers, The Radio Four, The Supreme Angels, Pilgrim Jubilees, Fairfield Four, Edna Gallmon Cooke, Hightower Brothers, Brooklyn All Stars, Brother Joe May, Gospel Keynotes, The CBS Trumpeteers, Holmes Sisters, Five Singing Stars, The Jewel Gospel Trio, and The Gospel Harmonettes."

TRUTH & SOUL

TS 023BOX

VA: The Soul Fire Box Set 7" BOX (TS 023BOX) 54.00
"Eight legendary Soul Fire 7" records packaged in a woven silk-screened collector's box. Truth & Soul is proud to present The Soul Fire Box Set for this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event. Soul Fire Records, started in 1999 by Phillip Lehman, produced some of the funkiest modern recordings to ever make it to 45. Many of the 45s from the Soul Fire catalog are nearly impossible to find today. If and when they do come up for sale they fetch top dollar. This box set contains some of the rarest sides from the Soul Fire catalog across eight 7" platters, with liner notes from Phillip himself and a Soul Fire sticker all packaged in a woven silk-screened collectors box in a limited pressing just for this year's Black Friday Record Store Day."

UBUNTU PUBLISHING (NETHERLANDS)

UP 2013-005LP

VA: Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 2 LP (UP 2013-005LP) 20.00
Soul Safari presents volume two of the Township Jive & Kwela Jazz compilation, featuring 18 rare gems from South Africa, recorded between 1930 and 1962. All titles on this compilation have been carefully handpicked from the ILAM Archives (the International Library of African Music), in Grahamstown, South Africa. The tracklisting represents a wide variety of styles from the golden era of jive & kwela, originally released on 78 shellac discs from small independent record companies. The compilation features rarities by the big names, obviously, but presents mostly obscure material from a long-lost past. Recorded from the original 78 rpms and professionally restored/mastered with artwork to match.

VLEK (BELGIUM)

VLEK 014EP

BEPOTEL: Kikkerkelik 12" (VLEK 014EP) 14.50
A three-armed entity consisting of Sagat, &Apos, and Walrus, Bepotel build sonic landscapes. They have previous releases for Meakusma, Lamadameaveclechien, and for their own eponymous imprint. Kikkerkelik marks the trio's first release for Vlek. From the driving techno chaos of the title-track, through the swirling synthetic groves of "Kaketu" and the Detroit-echoes of "Swth Central," these are analog stories of dim underpasses and the faded miasma of industrialized skylines. Psychedelic, evocative, and consistently effective, these four cuts linger long after listeners emerge from the cracked "Wormhole" that rounds off proceedings. Housed in a hand-crafted, letter pressed sleeve and limited to 500 copies.

VOODOO FUNK UK (UK)

VF 004LP

NATH & MARTIN BROTHERS: Money LP (VF 004LP) 20.00
LP version. The Martin Brothers are pioneers of the Nigerian funk and Afrobeat scene. Besides many releases under their own name, as the Tabansi studio band, they lit up innumerable recording sessions -- it's them on Pax Nicholas' Na Teef album, for example; and the same team is behind the legendary Saxon Lee & The Shadows International LP. Money is the Martins at their deepest and heaviest -- tearing, wailing, mid-'70s funk, heady with spirituality. Super-bad from start to finish, with no let-up. Original copies are amongst the most sought-after of all African and funk records on the international collectors' scene. It seems there is just a tiny handful of copies at large. The tracks were originally laid down at Ginger Baker's ARC recording studio in Lagos and later mixed down at London's Tin Pan Alley Studio. The audio restoration and remastering for this reissue was done at Abbey Road Studios.

VOYAGER (UK)

VYGR 002A-EP

GUNNER, TROY: Communicate EP 12" (VYGR 002A-EP) 12.50
The Voyager camp presents their second release, this time packaged as a two-part series with both editions crafted by the ever-capable Troy Gunner. "Is This" features Synkro, a name synonymous with class to followers of the deep and soulful spectrum. An epic four-minute soundscape sets the tone and beautiful string arrangements are held effortlessly within an electronic framework, guiding the track from its beatless reprise into a guided aural voyage. "Forgiving" calls on the services of the ever-faithful Rowl. Vocal mastery coupled with influence from dub techno and the UK bass scene, yet reformed within its 117 BPM framework.

WHATIPLAY (GERMANY)

WIP 002EP

LUF, CAROLAIN: Necesito tu Amor 12" (WIP 002EP) 14.00
The second release from Berlin label WhatIPlay is at the same time the first release by Carolain Luf. "Necesito tu Amor" mutates quickly. Carried on by anxiety and a portion of "amor" (love), Daniel Dexter interprets the song in his own way with his remix. On the contrary, the wicked sister "Words for Crooks" joins on the B-side as the felicitous opposite of "Necesito tu Amor."

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