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Forced Exposure New Releases for 1/20/2014

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New music is due from Tackhead, Asmus Tietchens, Oren Ambarchi, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, while old music is due from American Music Club, Rain, and Ultimate Spinach.

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4 MEN WITH BEARDS

4M 101LP

FRANKLIN, ARETHA: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) LP (4M 101LP) 19.00
2014 repress. "Originally released in 1967, this is Aretha Franklin's first album for Atlantic and possibly the greatest debut in the history of soul music. This soul landmark contains one of the truly seminal singles ever ('Respect'), 2 killer tracks recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals ('I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You' and 'Do Right Woman-Do Right Man') plus lots of other great hard soul groovers. A masterpiece from start to finish. This reissue contains new exclusive and detailed liner notes by '60s music historian Alec Palao along with the original ones by producer Jerry Wexler. Audiophile remastering from the original master tapes..180 gram HQ vinyl. Original artwork. Gatefold sleeve."


4M 221LP

24-CARAT BLACK, THE: Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth LP (4M 221LP) 19.00
"Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is the 1973 Stax debut and only album released by The 24-Carat Black until a lost album, Gone: The Promises of Yesterday, was finally released 35 years later. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is an underground soul classic, a cohesive eighgt song concept album about the hardship of black urban life, produced and arranged by classically trained Detroit song writer Dale Warren, who was an orchestrator and arranger on the Isaac Hayes' albums Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement, and ...To Be Continued, among others. This album has been a hit among many samplers for decades including being used on these songs: Jay-Z - 'Can I Live Pt 2', Dr. Dre - 'Nas Is Coming', Eric B - 'In The Ghetto', Digable Planets - 'Cool Like Dat' and Naughty by Nature - 'Poverty's Paradise.' On 180 gram vinyl from 4 Men With Beards."

50 WEAPONS (GERMANY)

50 015LP

VA: 50 Weapons RMX 01-09 2LP (50 015LP) 21.00
Double LP version. This year, 50 Weapons released two fantastic albums by Benjamin Damage and Cosmin TRG, but the main focus was on a strong series of DJ-tailored singles. To spice it up a bit, the label also did a series of remix singles, something they normally wouldn't do. Before 50 Weapons shifts their focus back to artist albums again in 2014 (many strong ones are already lined up), they are releasing this very special compilation to close the first chapter on remix singles. Vinyl version features 9 tracks: Moderat - Bad Kingdom (Marcel Dettmann's Pitch & Stretch Mix) (previously-unreleased); Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino Th. Team - Negativity (Bambounou Remix); Benjamin Damage - 010x (SCNTST Remix) (Chris Liebing Edit) (previously-unreleased); Moderat - A New Error (Headhunter Remix); Cosmin TRG - Vertigo (Tale Of Us & Fargo Remix) (previously-unreleased); Siriusmo - Stinky Wig (Anstam's Bustified Breaks Edit); Addison Groove & Sam Binga - Rzor (DJ Friction Remix); Addison Groove - I Go Boom (Rashad Remix).

541 (BELGIUM)

541 304CD

VA: Canvas do Brasil 4CD (541 304CD) 26.50
Discover Brazil. An introduction to the golden age of Brazilian music. Canvãs Do Brasil is a splendid collection of both timeless classics and undiscovered gems. A 4CD set including music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos Valle, Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina, Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Sérgio Mendes, and many more.

7STAR MUSIC (GERMANY)

7S 002CD

SCHILLER: Sun - Chill Out Edition CD (7S 002CD) 15.50
The German sound-pioneer Schiller is a household name in the world of electronic music, particularly in the fields of ambient and chill out music. In the past he has produced chill out mixes for artists such as Rammstein and Mike Oldfield. Now he presents a full-length album packed with chill out versions of his gold-selling #1 album Sun (7S 001CD). Sun - Chill Out Edition includes chill-out mixes of the best tracks on the regular Sun album and sets a new precedent in the world of ambient and chill out music. Inspired by electro classics from the likes of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and Jean-Michel Jarre, Christopher von Deylen creates visionary sounds that are ahead of their time. This has also impressed the president of the world-leading classical label Deutsche Grammophon, who has invited Schiller to appear on his prestigious label with the album Opus, an electronica album inspired by classical melodies which features some guest artists from the classical world such as Anna Netrebko and Helene Grimaud.

AURORA (UK)

AU 5033CD

MIDNIGHT SUN: Walking Circles CD (AU 5033CD) 17.00
Formerly known as The Rainbow Band, this legendary Danish band blended elements of rock, prog, jazz, and psychedelia to powerful effect, with especially impressive guitar work by Peer Frost Johansson. Walking Circles is their second LP, which marked the addition of the vocalist Frank Lauridsen. Originally released in 1972, it is now a considerable rarity and makes its long-overdue return to CD here.

B13 (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

B 208LP

MICKEY & THE HARTBEATS: Can You Pass the Acid Test (Part One) - Live at ''The Matrix'' in San Francisco, October 30, 1968 LP (B 208LP) 27.00
"Late 1968 saw The Grateful Dead recording their legendary third LP, Aoxomoxoa, while occasionally jamming around town in less formal settings. This includes some legendary trio shows at Marty Balin's The Matrix club, which featured Jerry, Phil and Mickey doing some loose and extended jams like the ones featured here. Limited edition of 500 copies on splattered blue, yellow, and purple transparent vinyl."

BE AS ONE (ISRAEL)

BAO 044EP

ABER & GUTI, SHLOMI: Blossom EP 12" (BAO 044EP) 14.00
For the last release of 2013, Be As One has a very unique collaboration between two great friends and producers, Shlomi Aber and Guti. The result of this encounter is "Blossom," a track where drums and bass lines smoothly fuse together, creating a funk-swing on a tech roll: it's deep, chunky, and steady. On the flip side, Aber goes solo with "Outlaws," a straight-up percussive techno affair, with outstanding rolling bass and uplifting percussion. The right dose of techno house as you would expect from Shlomi.

BLACK ROSE RECORDINGS (UK)

BR 131012CD

TIETCHENS, ASMUS: Fast ohne Titel, Korrosion CD (BR 131012CD) 16.50
Black Rose Recordings are proud to present the exceptional new album by Asmus Tietchens. Corrosion is a degradation mechanism. It is an insidious process often difficult to recognize until deterioration is well advanced. Are these new pieces a comment on the current state of noise music, serious music, or both? As a pioneer of electronic composition, his work spans over three decades and doesn't fit easily into any one category. Early recordings ranged from experiments with tape machines and electronic sound through to experimental pop. Later works were a more sculptural blend of abstract microelectronics, industrial sounds, and musique concrète. Never straightforward or obvious, always unpredictable and innovative, his groundbreaking music influences many working in today's experimental music scene. He has worked almost exclusively as a solo artist but recent releases have seen him collaborate with well-known and diverse artists such as Dieter Moebius (Cluster & Harmonia), Thomas Köner, and Richard Chartier.

CHIAROSCURO RECORDS

CR 187LP

IBRAHIM/DOLLAR BRAND, ABDULLAH: The Journey LP (CR 187LP) 12.00
South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand) featuring Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax) and Don Cherry (trumpet). Exact repro, originally released in 1977.

COLUMBIA

CS 8171HLP

MINGUS, CHARLES: Mingus Ah Um LP (CS 8171HLP) 21.00
180 gram reissue. "When driving a band with the upright, or double bass, Charles Mingus looked -- and was -- gigantic, in more ways than one. He had huge creative appetites (as well as being hot tempered), creating his own combination of hard bop, blues, and avant-garde jazz. There was no one more multi-faceted than Mingus between the 1950s and 1970s and of his many albums, Mingus Ah Um (1959) is considered to be a jazz classic."

CULTURES OF SOUL RECORDS

COS 007CD

DAVIS' GHETTO MYSTICISM, STANTON: Isis Voyage: Unreleased Music and Alternative Mixes from the Brighter Days Sessions CD (COS 007CD) 16.00
"The original spacey jazz funk sound of the Brighter Days album by Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism Band has been championed by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Andrew Mason of Wax Poetics to hip hop producer and rapper Madlib. Isis Voyage is a collection of unreleased music and alternative mixes from the Brighter Days sessions. Many of the tracks on Brighter Days were shortened to be more accessible to the listening public. Isis Voyage contains the original, longer versions of many of these songs including 'High Jazz' and 'High Jazz Reprise.' Back in October 2012 Stanton Davis and Cultures of Soul Records' label head, Deano Sounds, went into the studio to mix down tracks from the original multitrack reel to reel tapes. Two unreleased tracks, 'Odwalla' and the title track 'Isis Voyage,' were among the material discovered while mixing down the music."

DEEP VIBES (GERMANY)

DVR 023LP

REBOOT: Deep_V 2LP (DVR 023LP) 23.00
Double LP version. Deep Vibes Recordings returns to the fore with none other than the notorious Frank Heinrich aka Reboot, purveyor of masterfully-crafted rhythm études and a highly-respected member of Frankfurt's vibrant house scene. With Deep_V, the Offenbach-bred producer brings his seething second album to Sascha Dive's imprint, bursting at the seams with intricate percussive bliss and nimble-footed grooves for the enthused dancer. The Reboot project certainly hasn't lost its flair for fine-grained, impressively bendy tracks since the very first full-length offering Shunyata (CADENZA 006CD/051LP) on Luciano's legendary Cadenza outlet, presenting a new set of underground cuts deeply ingrained in dance music's rich history of kinetic hypnotism. Honed to perfection, opening jam "Tortoise" sets the tone with a pleasantly relaxed jog in the company of seemingly scattered drum fragments, nevertheless revealing a deliberate focus and polymorphic confidence at every turn. Following microbangers "Harsh Time for Kids" and "Che Meloni" occupy themselves with slowly raising the stakes, growing bolder with each sequence and populating the dancefloor with snazzy moves. The build-up leads to neotribal workout "Banging Ear Drums," captivating the senses with a fine assortment of airy samples and driving drum patterns.

DESIRE RECORDS (FRANCE)

DESIRE 066LP

BLESSURE GRAVE: The Flashing LP (DESIRE 066LP) 19.50
Blessure Grave has grown, regressed, died and experienced rebirth since 2008. With over a dozen releases on too many labels to name, the current line-up of Owen Glendower, Carlos Sandoval and Tobias Grave has revisited the earliest acoustic-based neo-folk/post-punk experiments they exhibited on Unknown Blessures (2009), offering forth a six-song record entitled The Flashing. The first set of new material since 2010 combines melody and minimalism with lyrics exploring love, imprisonment and anxiety. Limited edition of 300 copies. Clear vinyl 12'' with a double-sided professionally printed insert plus download card.


DESIRE 070LP

KATHARSIS: Suspension of Belief LP (DESIRE 070LP) 23.50
Katharsis was a band from San Francisco, formed by Daniel Malson, Jano Sanguine, Mary Andre and Tim Vickers (from 1988). Daniel Malson also had a side project, Bast, that released a tape through The Happiest Place On Earth. Katharsis was an industrial band with punk attitude, with power electronics touches. Their sound was about the fatness of the noise sound, the thickness, about the low frequencies. After a few cassette releases, they released their sole album in 1989 on highly-influential label RRRecords in collaboration with industrial/avant-garde label SSS Productions. After the harsh sound of their cassette releases, Suspension of Belief opened new sound perspectives. It mixed industrial sounds with rock structures, not dissimilar to Nine Inch Nails meeting Swans, but retaining the experimental and atmospheric sounds the band was known for. Suspension of Belief has been entirely remastered and is now reissued for the first time. Available on Desire with the original artwork and insert, the first pressing of 300 copies is pressed on red vinyl.


DESIRE 073LP

PUCE MOMENT: Puce Moment 2LP (DESIRE 073LP) 25.50
"Kenneth Anger may not necessarily be the name that will come to mind when listening for the first time -- distracted, confused, disoriented -- to Puce Moment's debut album. Yet it is the only one that will seem relevant upon second listen -- narcotic, infernal, fascinating. Puce Moment does not only borrow a title (of Anger's eighth short film, made in 1949) from the baron noir of experimental cinema. Ghostly wanderings, satanic Masses, mystical romances, mechanical hell: everything in the duo from Lille (France) and their album in the form of an invocation to ancient Sybarite authorities refers to the Californian filmmaker's obsessions. Launched in 2006 by Nicolas Devos and Penelope Michel, along with their project Cercueil (responsible for three albums particularly noteworthy), Puce Moment has so far existed mainly on stage, diluted over time (a handful of concerts only) and image (projections, performances or contemporary dance pieces). Ice, dust and blinding flashes of white light: Puce Moment had the scene and the soul -- only backbone was missing. Isolated in a cabin, the duo composed and recorded nine songs that make up their first album, between spectral marauding ('Moonoom') and drone wizards ('Legacy'), resurrecting old ghosts ('Video Dada' single title survivor of their invisible past), and revealing the first images of a future draped in chrome ('L'ombre,' composed for choreographer Christian Rizzo's new project). Mastered by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Young Magic, Dirty Projectors), Puce Moment is both the sum of a singular journey, fueled by forays into dance and cinema -- a confirmation of their simply unreal abilities -- and the beginning of a long and disturbing procession." --Lelo J. Batista; Limited edition of 500 copies, housed in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on white vinyl, including a 24" x 12" professionally printed poster with a download card.


DESIRE 091EP

OPERATIONS: Possession 10" (DESIRE 091EP) 14.00
Electronic arts pioneer, activist and researcher Konrad Becker (aka Monoton) teams up with vocalist Sela for a project with a mission: unveiling Operations in a shadow world of mediated realities. Operations not only gives a voice to radical discourse, but also to bass lines and a deep groove. The four-track EP covers vocal tunes from the recent Operations performance series and short instrumental pieces for Theater of Operations. Based on Konrad Becker's Dictionary of Operations, the cinematic live-show evokes phantasmagoric spheres of information environments with pulsing street sounds. The EP's imagery is inspired by vaudeville soirées, conjuring miraculous wonders and 19th-century spectacles of new technology. Digitally recorded but designed in a 10" historic gramophone style, the record resembles artifacts from the enchanted twilight zones of circling quasi-objects. "Possession" is an eerily-deep tune followed by the chilled beats of "Enchantment"; the other side unleashes scary "Monsters on the Rise" tailed by the convoluted noise dub of "Interlude."

DIE SCHACHTEL (ITALY)

DS 026LP

CILIO, LUCIANO: Dell'Universo Assente 2LP (DS 026LP) 34.50
Restocked. Gatefold double LP version. Includes insert. Almost impossible to define, the all-acoustic music of Cilio occupies a space between the devotional music of Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke and the deep spiritual places of what would later be called holy minimalism (without any of the religious intents of the aforementioned references), with a surprising anticipation of the crystalline sparseness of pieces like "Fur Alina" by Arvo Pärt, and a feeling of intense suspension of time that can be associated to some of the most intimate compositions of Ligeti or Feldman, yet maintaining a definite position outside the contemporary music of serial and academic inspiration.

DISCOTEXAS (PORTUGAL)

DT 036EP

MOULLINEX: To Be Clear 12" (DT 036EP) 14.00
"To Be Clear" is the third single coming from Moullinex's highly-acclaimed debut album Flora. Mixmag gave it a 10/10 and wrote that it is a "perfect pop record." For this 12" remix Discotexas called in RAC, Kraak & Smaak and Zimmer to deliver three new approaches to the song. While RAC take it a bit further in the electro-pop camp, Kraak & Smaak go in another direction into the realms of deep house, and Zimmer wraps it up into a nu-disco stomper.

DUDE RECORDS (GERMANY)

DR 109CD

TACKHEAD: For the Love of Money CD (DR 109CD) 23.50
Dude Records presents a brand-new album from TACK>>HEAD. They have performed hits for millions of music fans. The list of their clients is long -- in fact it couldn't be any longer and it includes some of the most illustrious names around: The Rolling Stones, Seal, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Nine Inch Nails, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, R.E.M., Charlie Watts, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, James Brown, Depeche Mode, Malcolm McLaren, George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Duran Duran, BB King, The Cure, Donna Summer, Billy Idol, Al Green, African Bambaata, Mark Stewart, and many, many more. They are more than just highly-talented individual artists and absolute luminaries in their field. The New York Times once called them "one of today's most extraordinary rhythm sections." They aren't just musicians, but also producers, remixers and friends and supporters of fellow musicians. Now, after 23 years, finally there is a new album -- and it almost exclusively features cover versions of artists who have inspired TACK>>HEAD. Along with The Meters, Funkadelic, David Bowie/Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, and the Ohio Players, the album also pays tribute to two reggae giants -- Bob Marley and Errol Dunkley -- by getting them "into TACK>>HEAD shape." TACK>>HEAD have always been famous for being acerbic commentators of the prevailing political and social conditions and on the new album they again deliver a highly topical statement in our day and age... For the Love of Money. What better time to listen to the remake of TACK>>HEAD's biggest hit "Stealing?" The band has paid tribute to Bim Sherman and immortalized his voice (they also covered themselves because they like what they do). 15-track CD in media book packaging (strictly limited edition of 999 copies with handcrafted serial number).


DR 109LP

TACKHEAD: For the Love of Money LP (DR 109LP) 26.50
Limited, 180 gram LP version. Featuring 10 tracks including special remixes. Numbered edition of 500 copies.

ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)

EB 097CD

CHANDO, DACTAH: Sabiduria CD (EB 097CD) 17.00
Dactah Chando is back on Echo Beach. His first album, Clara (EB 084CD) which was produced by Guido Craveiro (who also worked with Seeed, Dellé, The Police in Dub), received extensive airplay and featured heavily on the playlists of Funkhaus Europa, N-Joy, and WDR 1 amongst others. Chando masterfully combined salsa muffin and international, high-class reggae with a generous helping of pop and his own distinctive Canario style. The album Sabiduria (trans. "Wisdom") sees Dactah Chando again electrifying listeners with his striking and authentic vocal style. His voice captivates with its endless positive energy and the lively, colorful stories he tells. As a vocalist and musician Chando plays a key role in the local scene on Tenerife: sometimes he MCs for local sound systems, sometimes he sings with the band Binghiman, who are also the backing band for Brinsley Forde. At the Wailers' concerts on the Canary Islands he performs on percussion. The foundation stone was laid by the premier Spanish roots producer, Roberto Sanchez from Santander. The basic tracks were mainly produced by Rob Smith from Bristol (who was the producer of the first Massive Attack EP, early Neneh Cherry albums and his own house band, Smith & Mighty). Also involved in production was Guido Craveiro. Rob Smith from Bristol/UK is synonymous with progressive modern dancefloor-oriented reggae in all shapes and facets (dubstep, jungle dub, roots dub and drum'n'bass). He is renowned for imaginative, lush production; on the new album he takes Chando in a different direction, and as a result the artist sounds more dynamic. The tracks that were produced with Guido Craveiro are more romantic, but slightly less sedate than previous songs. Craveiro brings all his experience as a successful reggae pop producer (he recently moved into the Seeed production pool and is also the band's live keyboarder as a stand-in for Dubmaster Reibold). He arranges delicate structures, conjures up magnificent castles of enchanting bass trips with a splash of dancehall feeling. Towards the end of the album, Rob Smith and Guido Craveiro remix each other, reaching unheard heights. And that is where Umberto Echo steps in as the fourth producer with his rootsy production of "Yo" to bring the album back to base in a harmonious finale. Chando quite deliberately selected different, congenial partners and producers. Some might be concerned that working with four producers would give the album a fragmented quality, but it is a refreshing, varied album that drives and inspires its listeners with incredible energy and power.

ENDLESS FLIGHT (JAPAN)

EF 057EP

OPTIMO (ESPACIO): Dark Was the Night Sampler 12" (EF 057EP) 14.00
Vinyl sampler from Optimo's new mix CD Dark Was the Night (EF 011CD). Two house classics and two obscure sleazy rock numbers. Artists include: QX-1, The Freeze, Odori, and Angel Corpus Christi.

ERASED TAPES (UK)

ERATP 054LP

BRODERICK, PETER: Float 2013 LP (ERATP 054LP) 23.00
LP version with 4-page insert. Erased Tapes presents the reissue of 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. Remastered by the gifted hands of Nils Frahm, Float 2013 also includes two additional bonus tracks with each album download and is reissued on CD and vinyl. Brought up in a musical household in Oregon, Peter quickly became a popular session musician for the likes of M. Ward in the Portland area. Later discovered by the Danish band Efterklang, he joined their live band and spent the next six years based in Europe where he collaborated with many like-minded contemporaries. Through relentless touring, multiple album recordings and film scores, Peter has established himself as a solo artist, known for his innate gift as a musical medium to picking up any instrument, turning his musings into poignant songs. "A dialogue was started with Robert, about the idea of one day giving Float a second chance. And a bit later I found myself in the studio of my dear friend Nils, remastering these songs which on one hand felt so far away, but on the other felt right at the core of my musical heart, the foundation of my aspirations as a musician. And what Nils did to the sound, how he worked his magic as he always does, filled me with the conviction that this project had not previously reached its potential. In so many ways I've found myself coming around the circle, back to the place I started, only perhaps the circle itself has moved. But the dream is the same. And my little baby has a new pair of shoes: Float 2013." --Peter Broderick

FLEDG'LING (UK)

FLED 3008CD

BRIGGS, ANNE: Sing A Song For You CD (FLED 3008CD) 17.00
2014 restock; originally released on Fledg'ling in 1996. Recorded back in 1973 but never previously released, Sing A Song For You captures Anne Briggs at her glorious best. Ten songs -- five original by Anne along with beautiful traditional material like "Sovay," "The Bird In The Bush" and "Sullivan's John." Backing by Barry Dransfield and Steve Ashley's Ragged Robin band. Featuring Anne Briggs (vocals, bouzouki, guitar); Steve Ashley (vocals, harmonica, whistle); Barry Dransfield (violin); Richard Byers (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Brian Diprose (bass guitar); John Thompson (drums).

G.E.D. SOUL

GED 1006CD

DEROBERT & THE HALF-TRUTHS: I'm Tryin' CD (GED 1006CD) 13.00
"I'm Tryin' focuses primarily on musical layers as well as the bands signature brand of syncopated soul. Each instrument fits in uniquely within the beat, always remaining tastefully simple and refined. The result of almost two years in the studio shows a talented combo who are growing up and developing unique approaches to old school soul music created in the modern era. I'm Tryin' is a new record with a modern approach to soul vocals while holding a firm grip on the rhythmic groove and melodic aesthetic of the old days. For anyone who is a fan of the new school of raw soul revivalists, don't sleep on this killer record from DeRobert & The Half-Truths, and G.E.D. Soul Records."


GED 1006LP

DEROBERT & THE HALF-TRUTHS: I'm Tryin' LP (GED 1006LP) 18.00
LP version with digital download.

GET ON DOWN

GET 51301LP

CLIPSE: Lord Willin' 2LP (GET 51301LP) 26.00
"The first act signed to The Neptunes' newly formed Star Trak label was a Virginia based duo known as the Clipse. The first single 'Grindin'' impacted the streets with its bare boned but infectious drum beat in the same way that 'Sucker MC's' did almost 20 years earlier. These brothers - Pusha T and Malice combined with The Neptunes groundbreaking production sent a clear message to the rap world ? 'we are not the same' (as rapped by Malice on his opening verse on 'Cot' Dam'). Clipse brings an authentic Virginia sound into the game and created a movement, with not only their darkly layered raps but The Neptunes as well. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able to combine their cyberpunk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. Following in the footsteps of such rap criminologists as Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep, the Clipse offer the Virginia hustler's viewpoint with clever, hard-hitting lyrics that is sprinkled throughout the entire album."


GET 56021LP

PERRY & THE UPSETTERS, LEE 'SCRATCH': Super Ape LP (GET 56021LP) 21.00
"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 Upsetters 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. Comes with a 22" x 22" Super Ape poster."

GET PHYSICAL MUSIC (GERMANY)

GPM 056CD

M.A.N.D.Y. & DJ T: 10 Years Get Physical 2CD (GPM 056CD) 20.00
The Get Physical label proudly presents 10 Years Get Physical, a subjective selection of some of the best tracks from the last 10 years. DJ T chooses the tracks nearest to his heart; Nicholas Jaar's "Gorilla Hug" remix, Fuckpony's "Cellphone Hit," his very own "Philly," and many more. Then he takes our hand and leads us on a journey through time; from the opening chimes of "Gorilla Hug" to the recent Art Department remix of "Burning," then all the way back to Raz Ohara's "Kisses," making many stops along the way, he shows us his impressions of the label and what it means to him. M.A.N.D.Y., on the other hand, takes some of Get Physical's latest innovations, from the chilly Cipy number "Where's My Swiss Cat" to a soul-breaking "Missing Out" from Boris Werner. The boys then throw it out as a spectacular club mix, displaying their natural talent that has thrust them into the spotlight in the first place, over 10 years ago. If DJ T.'s mix is a look back, then M.A.N.D.Y.'s mix is a hint at the future of Get Physical Music. So on that note, here's to another wonderful 10 years and all that comes with it, the music, the people, and the moments. Other artists include: LOPAZZ, Hamid, Tim Green, Gavin Herlihy, Inxec vs. Droog, Adultnapper, Daria, Hunter/Game, H2, Arnaud Le Textier, Stacey DeLooze, Compuphonic (feat. Marques Toliver), Soul Clap, Dakar, SIOPIS, Snax & Ianeq, Tying Tiffany, Chelonis R. Jones, Starsky & Hutch, Audiofly vs. Big Bully, Jona, Voltique, Sid Le Rock, DJ Koze, and Raz Ohara & The Odd Orchestra.

HOLIDAYS RECORDS (ITALY)

HOL 055LP

IELASI, GIUSEPPE: Stunt (Appendix) 3x7" (HOL 055LP) 39.00
"Long delayed box collecting -- on six sides -- an appendix to the Stunt trilogy, started in 2008 with the Stunt EP then followed by (Another) Stunt and a (Third) Stunt. The project was focused on the use of a turntable as the only source generating pulses and rhythms by physically playing a selection of records, using a technique inspired by hip-hop turntablism. This gathering of samples results in a glitched sound texture bringing Ielasi's ambient imprint into a new dimension made of fragmented dance cadences, sometimes even adding a touch of dubstep grit to the mix. A soulful jam for a slippery dancefloor."


HOL 062EP

FANTAMATRES: Delitto Antico 7" (HOL 062EP) 14.00
"Fantamatres is the duo formed by Giovanni Donadini - former member of With Love and Nastro Mortal, also known for his solo-project Ottaven - and the slang-poet Sissy Biasin, who's been active since the '70s as a pioneer of the Italian industrial scene with Teatro Satanico and Teatrino della Volpe. Fantamatres is their weird collaboration whose output is a regional surreal poetry performed - or more often improvised - over sleazy organ grooves and pulsing italo disco electronics. After the stunning debut tape release Contacto Salino (Hundebiss Records, 2012) this is their first vinyl release, prepared as a challenge in less than 48 hours and resulted in three real hits that capture the irrepressible rampage of their rare and unbelievable live sets."


HOL 065LP

ASNAN & GIUSEPPE IELASI, ADAM: Quarry 12" (HOL 065LP) 23.00
"Quarry is the latest chapter in the ongoing collaboration between the London-based, musique concrète composer-performer Adam Asnan and the Italian sound artist and mastering engineer Giuseppe Ielasi. As the title suggests, this encounter produced a dusty sculpture whose shape was drafted immediately after the stones had been excavated from the ground -- and where it is hard to distinguish the acousmatic touch of Asnan from the rhythmic textures of Ielasi." Single-sided 12".


HOL 066LP

NO NECK BLUES BAND: Furamingo Josei LP (HOL 066LP) 25.00
"This hidden gem - likely recorded sometime in the mid 2000's around the time they made Qvaris, according to what NNCK's Pat Murano remembers - is another astonishing output of Harlem's seven-member free-form improvisational collective. A luminous string sprung from their collectively trepanned third eyes that will put the listener in an altered state of consciousness as erratically respirating freeform freakouts and lumbering ragas disintegrate and spontaneously re-assemble amidst dense thickets of percussive clatter. This session, previously revealed in an archival post by the always-missed Mutant Sounds blog and later recovered in a forgotten folder, has finally been mastered and put on wax for this one-time pressing vinyl edition."


HOL 067LP

GEERKEN'S ROCK AND FREE JAZZ GROUP KABUL, HARTMUT: Live in Kabul 1976 2LP (HOL 067LP) 36.00
"An incredible live recording of a concert hosted by the Goethe Institut of Kabul on September 22, 1976. More than sixty minutes of convulsive jams - and hypnotic obscure interludes to loop your head to - captured on reel-to-reel tape, edited and mastered for the best vinyl listening experience that will definitely prove you how free Afghanistan once was. The public too has never been this reactive, shouting and clapping to the music of the quartet directed by our beloved Hartmut Geerken, who also plays piano using both the keys and the chords. Cardboard album edition."

HUBRO (NORWAY)

HUBRO 2536CD

SKADEDYR: Kongekrabbe CD (HUBRO 2536CD) 17.00
Kongekrabbe is the democratic/anarchistic band Skadedyr's debut album. They have swiftly gained a reputation as one of Norway's most exciting ensembles. Skadedyr consists of a total of 12 musicians and an even larger assortment of instruments. With a brass section, guitars, keyboards, vocals, two drummers, strings and an accordion, the musical images and narratives just pour out of them. Skadedyr was founded by Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck and Anja Lauvdal, who also played in the now-disbanded group Your Headlights Are On. These two musicians are also the driving force behind the inventive material on Skadedyr's debut album. The members of the band rehearse and arrange all the music jointly -- without notes, but with wide-open ears and eyes. Young, promising musicians from bands such as Moskus, Broen Ósk, Karokh, Snøskred, Skrap and Hullyboo are also part of the ensemble. The album was recorded live in the studio in the course of only one day with producer Andreas Mjøs (Jaga Jazzist), and bears witness to an extraordinarily coherent and original band with an appreciation of both the psychedelic, progressive and outrageous and the earthy and melodious aspects of music. The musicians in Skadedyr accept no limits and deny themselves nothing. They derive inspiration from every type of music that they love, and the large number of players enables them to let themselves loose in a correspondingly broad musical landscape.

KEYHOLE (UK)

KH 9006CD

ULTIMATE SPINACH: Live at the Unicorn, July 1967 CD (KH 9006CD) 17.00
Forever associated with the so-called "Bosstown Sound" hype, Ultimate Spinach were in fact one of the more intriguing psychedelic bands to emerge from late 1960s America. This live set was recorded during their residency at one of Boston's leading music venues in the summer of 1967, shortly before they taped their debut album. It finds them blending folk-rock, straight pop, and mind-blowing psychedelia to powerful effect, and is presented complete with detailed background notes and rare photos. Remastered sound.


KH 9009CD

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY: Live at the Fillmore West, 1 July 1971 2CD (KH 9009CD) 23.00
It's A Beautiful Day always had a strong following in San Francisco, and although this show captures the band toward the end of their heyday, they still deliver a remarkably strong set that features the best material from their second and third albums in addition to expansive versions of almost everything from their classic first LP. In fact, on all counts, it's a staggering show and one of the very best from the final week of The Fillmore West. Digitally remastered for the first time on CD.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 286EP

TEJADA, JOHN: We Can Pretend 12" (KOM 286EP) 12.50
Kompakt gearhead and modular wizard John Tejada continues to woo away contemporary crowds on We Can Pretend, a somnambulistic two-tracker that delivers more bang for the buck, but also knows its way around the pressure-sensitive areas of the dancefloor. The L.A.-based producer and DJ is well-known for his particular flavor of subtle, but muscular techno, delivered in an exceptionally polished manner. On "We Can Pretend," springy percussion and simple, yet masterfully-sequenced synths prepare the runway lights for Kimi Recor's sweeping voice. "Now We're Here" features crackling diatribes from Morgan Alexandre, embedded in deliciously pumping beats.


KOM 291LP

VA: Pop Ambient 2014 LP+CD (KOM 291LP) 21.00
LP version. Comes with a CD copy of the album. Kompakt presents the 2014 edition of their beloved Pop Ambient series. First things first: the god of pads has returned. After a six year hiatus, Ulf Lohmann reports back to Pop Ambient. As one of the first to break the mould, Lohmann has shaped Kompakt's early ambient sound in a decisive manner. Fortunately, his two tear-jerking masterpieces "PCC" and "Sicht" sound like he was never gone. Kompakt is also celebrating some sort of reunion with The Bionaut. It's the alter ego Jörg Burger used back in the early '90s, creating unforgettable hits such as "Everybody's Kissing Everyone" and the album Lush Life Electronica, released via EMI's infamous sub-label, Harvest. With the use of real guitars and vocals, the new "Triola Mix" of the 1992 classic "Aquamarine" gives you a promising foretaste of the upcoming Triola album and a Best of Bionaut compilation on Kompakt Klassiks. Complex and surprisingly varied, the 14th installment in the long-running Pop Ambient series continues with Thomas Fehlmann, whose contribution "Treatment" confidently combines the art of free-form vocabulary with well-chosen, economically set piano accents, followed by Simon Scott and Mikkel Metal, who indulge in a sensitive, reduced loop aesthetic complete with echoes of sing-along melodies. An indispensable Pop Ambient regular for a few years now, Marsen Jules endows this latest edition with "The Philosophers Trap" -- reminiscent of architecture, it's a bizarre soundscape of sublime elegance. Cologne Tape is actually a Kraut electronics all-star live project that has been dreamed up for the modern era. Their cut "Moorpark" is a picturesque gem of musical mushroom-hunting in the enchanted forest of illusions. Last but not least, Wolfgang Voigt makes a welcome entry. With "Rückverzauberung 8," he continues his eponymous project series in a reassured manner, with worryingly shimmering pads providing a necessary air of seriousness lurking at the fringes of beauty's darker side. No less compelling is his remix of "Cupid's Head," the title-track of the latest full-length offering from The Field. Going by his project name Gas for the first time since 2008, Voigt once again showcases his unique, boundary-bending style between the abstract and the concrete, harmony and atonality, art and pop. The caring fusion of music from diverse artists and styles into an atmospherically-dense Gesamtkunstwerk makes the Pop Ambient compilation an unparalleled -- and timeless -- listening experience.


KOM 294EP

FIELD, THE: Cupid's Head Remixe I 12" (KOM 294EP) 14.50
An impressive collection of absorbing remixes for the title track from The Field's Cupid's Head (KOMP 110CD/KOM 290LP) by Vatican Shadow, Barker & Baumecker and Sonns. Dominick Fernow's Vatican Shadow project dials back the noise and grit to create a well-tempered synth essay where the dreamy and the sinister share equal airplay. Ostgut Ton's freeform punters Barker & Baumecker hit the ground running with an ultra-kinetic breakbeat pattern that perpetually raises the tension. Engineered by Sonns, the solo project of Split Secs' Alexandre Mouracade, the closing track is a floor-ready secret weapon in the package and a deliberately thumping take on The Field's meandering loopscapes.


KOM EX077EP

BOUCHET, SEBASTIEN: Speicher 77 12" (KOM EX077EP) 12.50
For Speicher 77, French producer Sebastien Bouchet returns to the fold with two new tracks that readily underscore his reputation as master of Rorschach techno. A first perfunctory needle drop on opener "Thesaurus" won't necessarily reveal its emotional intricacy, however, as a decidedly deviant lead synth drills its way into the listener's bowels and levels any dancefloor. "Broken Heart" is a powerful techno ballad that doesn't need vocals to tell its tale of struggle and redemption. A deceptively simple yet towering melody takes centerstage, cutting through the smoke and mirrors of your average night out like a knife through butter.

LA MUSIQUE FAIT LA FORCE (FRANCE)

LMFLF 193CD

VA: The Sound of Belgium 4CD (LMFLF 193CD) 22.00
The Sound of Belgium is a sonic journey through four decades of wonderful and weird music that marked the spirits and minds of the 72 hour party people tribe we call "The Belgians." A soundtrack compiled of atmospheres and emotions that sum up the soul and the essence of a country and a golden era in sound. Showcasing modern dance music's roots in Belgian dance culture with a cross section of eclectic, innovative, and just plain hard-hitting dance tracks. The Sound of Belgium explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music. From the grand dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; from dark and cold electronic body music and new beat to Belgian house and techno. An alternative chronicle of unique popular music, The Sound of Belgium goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it. The Sound of Belgium is an award-winning music documentary by Jozef Devillé and now a 4CD set of the best Belgium has to offer. Artists include: Trans Volta, Carol & Snowy Red, Pas De Deux, The Neon Judgement, Front 242, Carlos Perón, Logo, The Caravan, C Cat Trance, Max Berlin, Au Pairs, A Thunder Orchestra, Public Relations, White House White, L&O, Klaus Schulze, Hno3, Fred Brown, Fatal Error, Erotic Dissidents, Neon, In-D, Jc Project, 101, Zsa Zsa Laboum, Rhythm Device, 2 Body's, Confetti's, Liasons D, Petra & Co, Linea Alba, Lords Of Acid, T 99, Praga Khan, Phantasia, Modular Expansion, Second Chance, Joey Beltram, Set Up System, Outlander, Le Mystere, Age Of Love, Lhasa, The Mackenzie, Digital Excitation, World Party II, 2 Flying Stones, Innertales, Golden Girls, CJ Bolland, Frank De Wulf, Insider, Strong Heads, Spokesman, Zolex, Cherrymoon Trax, Jones & Stephenson, Emmanuel Top, and Push.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC

LITA 107LP

VA: I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age in America, 1950-1990 3LP BOX (LITA 107LP) 42.00
2014 repress. "Triple LP version housed in slip case with three tip-on jackets, 20-page book, and download card. Notes by Douglas McGowan featuring interviews with artists and includes rare archive photos. Vinyl cut by John Golden. Pressed at RTI. Remastered from original sources at 24 bit/96 kHz. Forget everything you know, or think you know, about new age, a genre that has become one of the defining musical-archaeological explorations of the past decade. I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990 is the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age and reveal the unbelievable truth about the genre. For new age, at its best, is a reverberation of psychedelic music, and great by any standard. This is analog, handmade music communicating soul and spirit, often done on limited means and without commercial potential, self-published and self-distributed. Before it became big business and devolved into the spaced out elevator music we know and loathe today, this was the real thing. From mathematical musical algorithms to airport murder mysteries to Henry Mancini and Bugs Bunny, the connections to mainstream culture run in curious directions. (Did you know, for instance, that a track from the first modern private press new age album is featured on the Blade Runner soundtrack? It's called 'Pompeii, 76 A.D.' and we've got it here.) I Am the Center is a knowing, but never cynical overview that invites listeners at last to the mainspring of a misunderstood genre's greatest lights. Many of the biggest names are present -- Iasos, inter-dimentional channeler of 'paradise music'; Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno playing for spare change in Washington Square Park; and the recently famous JD Emmanuel, icon to a new generation of drone, ambient, noise musicians. Call it what you will -- before it was anything else, it was new age. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented, I Am the Center features stunning paintings by the legendary visual artist Gilbert Williams, and liner notes by producer Douglas McGowan, who weaves the words and images of the wizards and sorceresses of new age into a prismatic portrait of music that can finally be recognized for what it is: great American folk art."

LOUDER THAN WAR (UK)

LOUD 001CD

EVIL BLIZZARD: The Dangers of Evil Blizzard CD (LOUD 001CD) 15.50
Welcome to the surreal and slightly worrying world of Evil Blizzard. An assault on the ears and the eyes, their brutal onslaught of bludgeoning riffs has been making friends and enemies in equal measures throughout the country over the past 12 months. The debut album The Dangers of Evil Blizzard is released on John Robb's Louder Than War Records on CD and very limited edition pink vinyl (500 only for the world). Comprised of four bass guitars, with minimal vocals, keyboards, and samples, the band has drilled right into the void currently present in the UK music scene. With influences ranging from Hawkwind, dub reggae, Krautrock, and Black Sabbath, they have amassed a huge and dedicated following in a short space of time, playing with such varied acts as Bo Ningen, Conan, Ufomammut, and Gnod. Spotted at an early gig by Mark E. Smith, who promptly took the band on tour supporting The Fall, the band have spent the past year gathering phenomenal reviews for their incredible live shows which feature a myriad of masks, onstage brawls, offstage brawls, stage invasions, and audience participation. Their tribal and ritualistic performances are a B-movie theater of the absurd; a mix of bewilderment and celebration. The album was recorded live in one take at Sunshine Studios in Manchester by Andy Gibbon (who has worked with The Fall, amongst others). Recording it took five hours. Mixing it to emulate the chaos of them live took five months. Listed as "one of the top 20 bands to watch out for in 2013" on the hugely-influential web site Louder Than War, supremo John Robb was so impressed with the band, he set up the Louder Than War label to release the album, despite the band having several other label-offers.


LOUD 001LP

EVIL BLIZZARD: The Dangers of Evil Blizzard LP (LOUD 001LP) 23.50
LP version, on limited edition pink vinyl.

M (GERMANY)

M 003EP

MAURIZIO: Domina EP 12" (M 003EP) 10.00
1992 release, repressed and available again; a classic reworking of Die Dominas (German new wave band from '81 -- w/ Manuel Göttsching and Krafttwerk connections). "Maurizio and Carl Craig joining forces to rework a forgotten(?) early '80s avant garde pop tune. Thank god the reworks don't contain any considerable '80s music elements. Maurizio's version is a chord-driven heavy stomping club monster in two parts, while Craig's version is a relaxed and spaced out house groover."


M 004.5EP

MAURIZIO: M4.5 12" (M 004.5EP) 10.00
1995 release, repressed. "The production of 'M 4' yielded more worthy results than one 12" can hold, so a companion release became necessary. 'M 4.5' continues where 'M 4' had to stop. An essential release!"


M 004EP

MAURIZIO: M4 12" (M 004EP) 10.00
1995 release, repressed & available again. "M 4 marks a break on the Maurizio label and starts what will become the famous M-series. This 12" together with its brother M 4.5 is a release with an impact that can't be overestimated. It redefined the dub house term without containing any explicit reggae elements. It is one of the coolest Basic Channel recordings ever!"


M 005EP

MAURIZIO: M5 12" (M 005EP) 10.00
1995 release, repressed. Classic techno the way it was meant to be heard: dubby and minimal.


M 006EP

MAURIZIO: M6 12" (M 006EP) 10.00
Originally released in 1996, repressed. "M 6 consists of two heavy stomping dub house tracks that are dominated by a multiple modulated sequence that reaches from considerable depths to the heights of coloured noises. That all is surrounded by a warm and organic sound sphere of the usual characteristics. A deep groove experience is guaranteed."

MISSISSIPPI RECORDS

MRP 048LP

VA: 100 Moons (Hindustani Vocal Art, 1930-55) LP (MRP 048LP) 13.00
"Absolutely great compilation of early Indian vocal 78s. Features artists such as Faiyaz Khan, Hirabai Barodekar, Dattreya Vishnu Paluskar, and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Mediative and exciting vocals from the masters. Great liner notes and mastering by Ian Nagoski, complete with photos. A co-release with Canary Records. "


MRP 058LP

DEAD MOON: Trash and Burn LP (MRP 058LP) 13.00
"One of their harder to find and more perfect records. An absolute monster of a rocker. Killer high energy songs. Once again Dead Moon deliver a record of all hits with no misses. Pure as can be. Lovingly remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk."

MODERN LOVE (UK)

LOVE 059CD

DEMDIKE STARE: Symbiosis CD (LOVE 059CD) 14.50
2014 repress. Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hook-up between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a long-time affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognizable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolian funk albums, fuelled by his day job helping out at the Finders Keepers label. The project is named after Pendle's most famous witch: Elizabeth Southerns, aka Demdike. The tracks on Symbiosis are drawn from elements of Turkish, Indian, Iranian, African and West Indian film soundtracks alongside Norwegian drone records, classic house templates, punctured dub, modified techno and the Arctic noise perfected by Mika Vainio. Original sources and dense analog experiments weave around each other with little care for convention or stylistic expectation, instead throwing the pair's extensive musical knowledge into a set of tracks that, quite brilliantly, defy categorization. The album opens with "Suspicious Drone," a dense, 6-minute opening that chugs along like a malfunctioning mechanical beast, honing in on Lancashire's dark industrial landscapes before moving onto more exotic, balmy territory. "Haxan Dub" (named after the film narrated by William Burroughs about witchcraft) deploys fragmented dub echoes infused with displaced horns and African signatures, taking its time with one of the jerkiest rhythms you'll have the pleasure of hearing, before "Jannisary" tangles in and out of an Iranian hook and a squashed Congolese rhythm that creates an asymmetric, geniusly-constructed dancefloor killer. By the time the album comes to a close with "Ghostly Hardware" an hour later, the cycle is complete with a return to icy tundras and chugging machinations steeped in the traditions of Scandinavian machine music and pure analog frequencies, expertly handled by those masterful technicians over at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering.


LOVE 1067CD

DEMDIKE STARE: Tryptych 3CD (LOVE 1067CD) 20.00
2014 Jewel case repress, replaces the original oversized gatefold fold-out profile pack. Demdike Stare's Tryptych, a lavish triple CD production that brings together three albums that have previously only been available on vinyl (Forest Of Evil, Liberation Through Hearing, Voices Of Dust), plus an extra 40 minutes of bonus material recorded during the same sessions. Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty (who works for the esteemed Finders Keepers label) and Miles Whittaker (a long-time producer and DJ who has released music under the MLZ moniker and as part of Pendle Coven). The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long-forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and re-align these found sounds via their ever-expanding array of analog machines, ending with something that is in part plunderphonic, but ultimately completely new. Their music has sometimes been lumped in with the hypnagogic, hauntological and "witch house" movements, but ultimately, Demdike Stare should appeal to anyone with an interest in everything from classic KPM Library records through to the music of Basic Channel and all the way to the smudged, altered-realities of James Ferraro and The Caretaker. That is, at least until the next record, when the frames of reference might just change up and take them somewhere completely different. Mastered at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering. Artwork by Andy Votel.


LOVE 1070CD

STOTT, ANDY: Passed Me By/We Stay Together 2CD (LOVE 1070CD) 18.00
2014 Jewel case repress, replaces the original oversized gatefold digifile edition. Two acclaimed albums from Andy Stott, including four bonus tracks. Produced slowly and meticulously, these two EPs were originally released on vinyl during 2011 and have become the most widely-admired productions yet from Manchester-based Andy Stott. Taking 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 Linn Drum classics of the vintage Prince-era -- these tracks create their own pace and agenda, largely shying away from the dancefloor in favor of something more complex and hard to define. Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.


LOVE 1077CD

DEMDIKE STARE: Elemental 2CD (LOVE 1077CD) 18.00
2014 Jewel case repress, replacing the original gatefold/6-page digifile. Demdike Stare is Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty, who released Elemental in 2012 after touring and gradually piecing together sounds for this series. After four limited edition vinyl installments, Elemental is a 2CD album, including different versions of tracks that appeared on the vinyl editions, plus extensive additional material -- making for a two-hour trip through dark, post-industrial terrain. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering.

MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)

MONKEY 039EP

MODERAT: Last Time 2x10" (MONKEY 039EP) 23.50
The song "Last Time," previously only available on the limited deluxe CD edition of the overwhelmingly successful sophomore Moderat album II, was always meant to be the third single release. The song celebrates its vinyl debut on this double 10" alongside an instrumental version, an alternate version, as well as the only guest remix by Jon Hopkins. Coinciding with the beginning of the album world tour, "Last Time" is a perfect example of exquisite indie-pop from an album that you just can't deny on many levels.

NOW-AGAIN

NA 5113CD

WITCH: Movin' On/Kuomboka 2CD (NA 5113CD) 21.00
"Left out of our Zamrock investigation, for stylistic reasons as well as logistical concerns, were albums released after Zamrock's heyday, when the music of '80s Zambia came to be influenced by disco and rhumba from neighboring Congo. Bands that didn't adapt sounded outdated. Thus even Zamrock's greatest band, Witch, splintered, with a skeleton crew of core members embracing younger musicians to record and release two albums that found the band replacing fuzz guitars with whirling synthesizers and trying their hand at soul, disco and boogie. According to Patrick Mwondela, the keyboardist on these albums and the only member of the later Witch still living, the influences on the band had grown beyond the earlier pull of the Rolling Stones, Grand Funk Railroad, and Deep Purple to include the Bee Gees, Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang and Michael Jackson. The band privately issued these two albums -- Movin' On in 1980, Kuomboka in 1984 -- in small quantities before a dearth of gigs and the large ensemble's overhead caused them to disband, sometime in 1985. Zambian music researcher Leonard Koloko calls these later Witch albums 'of international standard and genius' and, superlatives aside, these recordings sound as good as anything coming out of London and Lagos' international recording circles of the time. Though but a decade separated the first and last Witch albums, the recording capabilities of most nations in sub-Saharan Africa by 1984 had caught up with the rest of the world. Finally, fans of the Witch's arch can listen to, and acknowledge, the breadth of this great band and assess for themselves the recordings of both of Witch's incarnations."

NTOV (ICELAND)

NTOV 009LP

JOHANNSSON, JOHANN: Prisoners Original Soundtrack 2LP (NTOV 009LP) 23.00
"Jóhann Jóhannsson's original score for Denis Villeneuve's film Prisoners (the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal blockbuster) on double vinyl, with double sided full-color insert."

NUEARTH CONSERVATORY

NEC 001LP

TOMMY AWARDS: Sessions LP (NEC 001LP) 22.00
Nuearth Kitchen christens its Nuearth Conservatory sister label with an exquisitely laid-back EP by the Stockholm, Sweden duo Tommy Awards. The four luxurious, untitled tracks on Sessions arose from a live jam the twosome recorded for Made Like A Tree's esteemed podcast series in early 2013. Tommy Awards have refined the raw materials from that excursion into a balmy aural journey into realms of spacious tranquility. Track one enters earshot with an eerie, pointillist synth motif reminiscent of John Carpenter or Goblin and a creeping, stealthy rhythm, creating a tension between beauty and intrigue. This is something of a red herring, though, as the rest of the record is beatific enough to soundtrack your next deep-tissue massage. The crepuscular, slow-motion Balearic house of track two swells with gorgeous symphonic synths and is nudged onward by relaxing congas. The long coda exudes a profound sense of drifting on pacific waves. The third track's laggard beats lope under a majestically drifting synth that ices over your goggles like those on Joy Division's "The Eternal." It's stunning. The 14-minute finale is ridiculously grand, a gilded sundown processional across the beach and into the sea, set to one of the most chilled house chugs, ever. If you don't feel perfectly centered and content after Sessions, you may be beyond help.

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)

PERMVAC 114EP

JONES, WALTER: A Night in Newark 12" (PERMVAC 114EP) 12.50
Walter Jones' first record was released on L.A.'s Westbound with a remix by Maurice Fulton. The single was URB's "Pick of the Month" for March 2003. Since then he has been releasing on labels such as Cisco, Supersoul, Under the Shade, Permanent Vacation, DFA, HAKT, etc. Walter Jones returns to Permanent Vacation with this supreme 4-track EP "A Night in Newark." Dallas dance music at its best! Disco infused lo-fi house, cosmic wonders and the much-requested dub version of his 2009 release "I Am Loved."

PLAIN RECORDINGS

PLAIN 184LP

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: San Francisco LP (PLAIN 184LP) 19.00
"San Francisco is the seventh album by American Music Club and was originally released in 1994 before they took a nine year hiatus. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and AMC, San Francisco balances song writer Mark Eitzel's stark, quiet confessions like 'Fearless' and 'The Thorn in My Side Is Gone' alongside slicker pop songs such as 'Wish the World Away,' 'Can You Help Me' and downer alternative rock anthems like 'It's Your Birthday.' On 180 gram vinyl from Plain Recordings with the lyrics printed on a black and white inner sleeve."


PLAIN 186LP

DEMENT, IRIS: My Life LP (PLAIN 186LP) 19.00
"My Life avoids the sophomore jinx so many artists encounter with an album even better than Iris DeMent's acclaimed debut. Produced in Nashville by Jim Rooney with musical support from Jack Clement, Stuart Duncan and Robin and Linda Williams. My Life includes songs by Mother Maybelle Carter and Lefty Frizzell plus eight DeMent penned originals. In a gatefold sleeve on 180 gram vinyl. First time issued on vinyl."

RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)

RCD 2151CD

BUSHMAN'S REVENGE: Thou Shalt Boogie! CD (RCD 2151CD) 17.00
Formed in 2003, the Oslo-based trio Bushman's Revenge (named after a type of mouth-searing hot sauce) are upfront about their love for the progressive rock of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, the galactic jazz of Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock and Alice Coltrane, plus the raw power of Black Sabbath and The Pixies. Thou Shalt Boogie! is their sixth album for Rune Grammofon, a relationship that began with 2009's You Lost Me at Hello (RCD 2083CD/(RLP 3083LP). Its velvety, warm sound was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, close to the Swedish border -- a legendary tape-only studio with a 30-year history. Although there are three rooms separated by glass, they kept all the doors open "so essentially what you are hearing is everybody in one big room," says guitarist Even Helte Hermansen. Even. Superbly-paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, Thou Shalt Boogie! achieves a fine balance between brute heaviosity and meditative bliss. Even Hermansen brought various ideas for chord sequences and melodies into the studio, but the group collectively make them their own, adopting an "everybody solos, nobody solos" approach. One of the two long set pieces on the record is the 17-minute "Baklengs Inn i Fuglekassa," which includes the shimmering drone of an Indian sruti box halfway through -- an innovative touch that transports the track to an unearthly plane. The working title of Thou Shalt Boogie!, Hermansen reveals, was Yoga. "The idea was to do a more meditative record than we previously have," he admits. "The drone is a small tip of the hat to Alice Coltrane. Her Journey in Satchidananda is one of my favorite records of all-time. I wanted to have some kind of tribute to her on there." Although Bushman's Revenge is essentially a trio (with Rune Nergaard, bass, and Gard Nilssen, drums), they were joined by keyboardist David Wallumrød, whose Hammond organ tones provide silky washes of background color. The band included him on a tour in early 2013 and he stuck around. "The band has never been tighter and we're having more fun than ever," says Even. "The point is to keep moving -- forwards, backwards, sideways, up or down, it really doesn't matter as long as you're in motion."

SAHELSOUNDS

SS 011LP

SANI ET SON ORGUE, MAMMANE: La Musique Electronique du Niger LP (SS 011LP) 17.00
2014 repress. "Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name in Niger's avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drifts by sans comment, yet are known to all. New pressing with printed covers, reissue of his 1978 cassette. Co-release with Mississippi Records."

SHADOKS MUSIC (GERMANY)

SHAD 157CD

RAIN: Make the Day Break CD (SHAD 157CD) 17.00
Rain, Norway's most well-kept secret -- well, not anymore. After the first release of Rain's Norsk Suite (SHAD 147CD), we all know how good this band sounds. Very much like Frank Zappa And The Mothers, Rain's complex compositions are based on the skills of modern classic composers such as Varèse and Stravinsky. As a strong influence they've also mentioned Vanilla Fudge. Rain was Carl Jorgen Kionig (drums, percussion), Knut Heljar Hagen (organ, synthesizers, vocals), and Asmund Feidje (guitar, vocals). Make the Day Break was recorded live in a studio in 1974. After Norsk Suite, the music of this album takes you a step further with highly-developed musical skills and great composition, strong and tightly played. The title-track is just superb, and the whole album is stunning. This album has never been released before, and Norway's music scene should be proud of this great band.


SHAD 159CD

JOKERS WILD: Liquid Giraffe CD (SHAD 159CD) 17.00
Jokers Wild recorded three singles between 1967 and 1969 in Minnesota but the complete Liquid Giraffe was never released. Starting as a five-man band, most of the material was recorded by three main members: Lonnie Knight, Denny Johnson, and Pete Huber. Lonnie Knight later became the guitarist for The Litter, but only for a while. He eventually returned to Jokers Wild. What a powerful band this is. Huge amp stacks guaranteed a "wall of sound" on stage, and they had a double bass drum and cool outfits. Damin Eih, A.L.K., And Brother Clark wrote: "In '67 I saw two local bands that again amped up the juice, The Litter and Jokers Wild. Both bands played original music and had excellent psychedelic-raved guitar players, Zippy Caplan (Litter) and Lonnie Knight (Jokers Wild). That brought everything to a new level." Heavy underground rock with great composed songs, fuzz guitars, speedy drums, and tight bass lines. If you like The Litter, you should listen to Jokers Wild.

SMALLVILLE (GERMANY)

SMALL 008LP

STL: At Disconnected Moments 2LP (SMALL 008LP) 22.00
Double LP version. Stephan Laubner aka STL is a myth. A legend. Releasing music on Perlon, Smallville and his own label Something, he became a secret star to the worldwide scene of contemporary techno and house music. But still he seems to be an unknown person. On his new album for Smallville Records, STL is back with a deep excursion into dubbed-out science of sound. What makes the sound of STL so special? What is behind those deep 4/4 tracks that make you feel like not staying on this planet anymore? There is a secret behind all of it. The depth of certain sounds, some almost hidden samples, the structure -- Stephan Laubner is a scientist who creates a mystic microcosm around every tune. On the eighth Smallville album, STL dives deep into echo spaces. Whether you call the facade dub or house music, purists will find this realness -- the authentic echoes, the perfect mixing. But Laubner breaks through the wall with a deeply touching Rhodes melody or some alienated sounds reaching your mind like messages from the beyond. This music is talking to you, it seduces you. And once you're into it, once you're feeling it, you want to stay forever.

SNOW DOG RECORDS (JAPAN)

SDGWC 1401CD

BOONLORM: String Figures CD (SDGWC 1401CD) 13.50
This is the first project from Brooklyn DJ/producer Pocketknife (Tambourine Dream, Flagrant Fowl) working under his new moniker Boonlorm. An 11-track album featuring "piano not piano" house music created solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming that pays homage to Chicago, Detroit, and the 20th century avant-garde. String Figures is "screw music" in the most literal sense, with direct ties to the late composer John Cage, who created the first prepared piano pieces by inserting objects into the strings of a grand piano. The sound that resonates is a rich combination of tonal, atonal and percussive timbres. String Figures buzzes, vibrates, and jacks all at once. This CD edition contains six remastered tracks that appeared on a limited vinyl that came out in 2012, with four additional tracks from the same sessions, as well as a bonus track called "Hairdo Gone," which is an homage to Lil Louis' "Video Clash."

SOMETHING (GERMANY)

SOME 010EP

STL: 4 Tracker 12" (SOME 010EP) 14.00
This four-tracker comes deep and dirty with tube-amplified, driven grooves, and colorful, shining percussion. Plus, the ever-appearing bonus loops makes this a very exceptional and personal-sounding Something 12". This is dancefloor madness that will shake your head once you are down with it. Play these tracks in moody places and this record will bring you into other orbits. Has that typical STL vibe.

STAUBGOLD (GERMANY)

STAUB 130LP

FAMILY FODDER: Monkey Banana Kitchen LP (STAUB 130LP) 18.00
LP version. Staubgold proudly presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. Wire magazine listed Monkey Banana Kitchen among their "100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening)" and wrote: "A loose collection of friends and, more often than not, wanderers, Family Fodder reached their apex (or at least one of them) with Monkey Banana Kitchen. The music took the ferocity of contemporaneous British punk and scaled it way back. They also eschewed the giant pop hook, replacing it with the hoop jumping of songs in three languages, instruments played for only four seconds, harmonic call-and-response motifs and opaque but symbolic political lyrics. Multiple reprises of phrases and fragments result in a much more subtle and effective memory-tickle. I can't count how many instruments finally made it onto the album, though piano (providing much of the rhythm), melodica, sax, synth and cowbell dominate. Their integrated eclecticism is actually layer after thin layer of dub, jazz and New Wave -- peering down into this music, you detect traces of structural complexity, and the pop that's there blurs. Lesson #537 from Fodder members: participate only when absolutely necessary -- knowing when to pare down makes it easier to transcend."


STAUB 131LP

FAMILY FODDER: Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut) LP (STAUB 131LP) 18.00
Reissued on vinyl for the first time, in a strictly limited-edition of 500 copies. Comes with four exclusive bonus tracks. Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut) represents the second chapter in the career of UK underground heroes Family Fodder after their legendary debut Monkey Banana Kitchen. This full-length album features the complete 12" EP Schizophrenia Party (including the nine-minute monster tune "Dinosaur Sex") from 1981 and the 7" singles Film Music (1981) and The Big Dig (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records. "Family Fodder exude an exhilarating sense that everything was possible, that there weren't any limits to imagination and humor. The scope of their musical range remains as dizzying and exciting as it once was." --Time Out New York

STRAWBERRY RAIN

STRAW 008LP

BLIND OWL: Blind Owl LP (STRAW 008LP) 27.00
"LP version comes in an old-style paste-on jacket. One of the rarest Canadian private press records ever made at 100 copies, with five stars in Pokora and little information in Acid Archives. Recorded at a home in Etobicoke, Ontario, this three man formation used a reel to reel to create this sole album only meant for friends and people who attended the few shows they performed. Not the best pressing, but we were lucky to get the tape to allow us to improve on the original pressing slightly. Recorded in their home, this folk rock album has good song writing and has a nice charm. All original material with no cover songs and Canadian based lyrics like 'Nova Scotia Morning' (although the entire band was from Ontario), this is an album you won't find anytime soon, if ever."


STRAW 010LP

LAU, LEONG: Dragon Man LP (STRAW 010LP) 24.00
"Leong Lau has remained something of an anomaly in the record collecting scene. A fantastic LP loaded with wah guitar, fuzz solos, flute solos, and wild vocals. A truly impressive offering, it's amazing that an album of this quality still remains unknown to so many collectors and dealers. Extremely rare and hardly ever available (even in Australia where it was made), we are proud to finally bring this one to the world with Leong's full approval." Includes poster insert.

SUBALTERN RECORDS (UK)

SUBALT 003EP

D-OPERATION DROP & GEODE: Stronghold EP 12" (SUBALT 003EP) 12.50
Subaltern Records release their third EP featuring the production talents of D-Operation Drop, Geode, and Perverse. There's plenty dark minimalism on display here, and all tracks are guaranteed to do maximum dancefloor damage. The lurching, rolling rhythms and pulsing subs provide ample support for the intense mids, eerie atmospherics and layered percs. This looks set to be an immense release for D-Operation Drop, and a great addition to Subaltern's flourishing catalog.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

SF 086CD

VA: Radio Niger CD (SF 086CD) 15.00
Although it's one of the poorest nations on the planet in terms of the UN's Human Development Index, Niger has one of the most diverse and richly ornamented cultures on the African continent. The country's first station, Radio Niger, went on the air in 1958 and was renamed Voix du Sahel in 1974. In 1979, the government established the Broadcasting Corporation of Niger State (BCNS). Today, Radio Niger is where the country's range of ethnicities, with their disparate customs of language and music, combine to create an astonishingly complex sonic patchwork: Bawdy, drunken sages and storytellers wandering into the studio; local shout-outs to girlfriends and family members; comedy skits juxtaposed with Zarma/Songhai mollo (a regional stringed instrument) and Denke-denke mollo from neighboring Burkina Faso dissolving into Tuareg guitar blues trance. News snippets from RFI and the BBC vie for supremacy with Hausa women's ensembles; Malian Kora collides with Zarma Koranic transmissions; lo-fi cassettes from the marketplace bump up against animist Bori folk dirges and the vapid autotune stylings of modern Nigerian pop. DJs bring an improvisational element to local radio: singing along with tracks live on air; creating live multichannel compositions and avant-collage cut-ups; and generally preserving the human element that has long since disappeared from corporate Western radio. In short, Radio Niger is outlaw radio, broadcast with freedom and spontaneity, and bathed in an arid fidelity that reveals the region's character and landscape. Recorded on location by Hisham Mayet, 2004-2007. Edited/sequenced by Alan Bishop. Includes an 8-page booklet with photos and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.

SUTRO PARK

SP 1023LP

HOWELL, PEG LEG: The Legendary Peg Leg Howell LP (SP 1023LP) 18.00
"Peg Leg Howell was a forgotten, impoverished blues artist when musicologist George Mitchell recorded him at age 75 in 1963. It is these recordings that make up The Legendary Peg Leg Howell record, originally on Testament. But Peg Leg was actually part of the original wave of blues recording artists, recording for Columbia in 1926. His story is like many: when success proved elusive, he turned his back on music and settled for bootlegging and other types of work until rediscovered in the '60s. By then, he was old and fragile: qualities that translate beautifully on this quiet, haunting record that would be the bookend to a recording output that was tragically small but truly rich. The Legendary Peg Leg Howell is a sonic novel, filled with storytelling, drama, history and sadness. Hope and compassion. It is a classic. Reissue includes amazing front cover woodcut of Peg Leg." Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

THE TAPEWORM (UK)

TTW 062CS

WHERE IS THIS: Infinite Hum Cassette (TTW 062CS) 7.00
Composed, performed and recorded by Where Is This from January to April 2011 at The Aluminium Factory. Where Is This is the solo noise project of Mark Ward. Founded in 2007 to explore and "fuck about" with sound, WIT amassed a slew of recordings that, as well as becoming active in the noise trading scene, led him to create the small press label Bored Bear Recordings, whose blog is also the home of Where Is This. WIT releases can vary in style and could be described as noise, harsh noise, power electronics, ambient, drone, and everything in between. Nowadays, his work mostly focuses on harsh noise walls, sometimes with an ambient/drone edge, and creating highly textured walls of sound. Recent releases (amongst others) include Paunch (2013), Learning to Drown (2013), Rue Des Lombards (2012) and Narcissus at the Gym (2011). His records have been released on many record labels including Kovorox Sound, Victimology Rec., Deadline Noise Recordings, and Quagga Curious Sounds. In other lives, he is also a published poet and a cabaret performer. Cassette-only limited edition of 150 copies.


TTW 063CS

SGR^CAV: Moved by Magnets Cassette (TTW 063CS) 7.00
SGR^CAV is a music collaboration between Cristian Vogel and SØS Gunver Ryberg. Their compositions encourage the listener to observe and explore the resonances of a powerful musical awareness. Cassette-only limited edition of 150 copies.


TTW 064CS

CHANTLER, JOHN: Automatic Music, Volume II Cassette (TTW 064CS) 7.00
Originally from Australia but now a long-time London resident after a stint in Japan, John Chantler works with electronic musical instruments, organ, and percussion and has collaborated with Lawrence English, Tujiko Noriko, Tenniscoats, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and others. He also convenes the Organ Octet -- a large ensemble where everyone plays a similar type of reed/chord organ. This cassette is the second volume in his Automatic Music series and presents two pieces of electronic music recorded in 2013. The first volume in the series -- for synthesizer/organ -- was self-released as a limited edition LP in 2012. Chantler's last full-length LP The Luminous Ground was released in 2011 and was included in The Wire magazine's top 50 releases of that year. Cassette-only limited edition of 150 copies.


TTW 065CS

AMBARCHI, OREN: Amulet Cassette (TTW 065CS) 7.00
The Tapeworm presents a cassette-only release from Australian sound artist Oren Ambarchi. iPhone recordings assembled at Chez Cole, Winnipeg, July 2013. Illustration by SavX.

TRAFFIC

TEG 75508LP

LORD FINESSE: Return of the Funky Man 2LP (TEG 75508LP) 26.00
Double LP version. "Return of the Funky Man is the second album by New York legend Lord Finesse. Released in 1992, this album was very anticipated after his debut on the scene just a few years prior. Having already established himself as a punch-line king capable of humorous storytelling, Return of the Funky Man cemented Finesse as a top notch producer. Tracks such as 'Fat for the 90s' and 'I Like My Girls with a Boom' showed the Funky Man truly living up to his name, both on the mic and behind the boards. After the gruff voiced 'Lord Finesse Intro,' the album goes on for 15 tracks on a nonstop journey of witty word play and top notch production."

TRUTH & SOUL

TSCD 023CD

VA: The Soul Fire Box Set 2CD (TSCD 023CD) 16.00
"Truth & Soul is proud to present the CD version of The Soul Fire Box Set. We released a 7" vinyl box set for Black Friday Record Store Day that contained some of the rarest sides from the catalog. This two CD issue of the same set includes all of those tracks, plus another 19 from the coveted Soul Fire catalog. Soul Fire Records, started in 1999 by Phillip Lehman, produced some of the funkiest recordings to ever make it to 45. Many of those 45s from the Soul Fire catalog are nearly impossible to find today, and if and when they do come up for sale, they fetch top dollar. Soul Fire closed its doors in 2003 when Phillip stepped away from the music business to pursue other ventures. He left the studio to Jeff Silverman and Leon Michaels, who then started what today is known as Truth & Soul Records. This two CD set contains some of the rarest sides from the Soul Fire catalog, and liner notes from Phillip himself."

TYRELL RECORDS (SPAIN)

RTS 101CD

IGUAZU: El Templo del Sol CD (RTS 101CD) 18.00
Originally released in 2004. A travelogue from the Andean landscapes through an electronic lens. Tintin features in this first stage in an ancient/new adventure of spirituality and technology. Iguazú is the first part of a new CD books project which follows Tintin across the world, mixing music with his adventures in one electronic vision. In this case, it's a "Magical Mystery Tour" over hundreds of years of Andean music. Classic songs like "Carnavalito" and "El condor pasa" get a treatment never heard before. You can close your eyes and see Machu Picchu, hear the wind through the ruins, and smell the old carpets of Tiahuanaco. The acoustic instruments have been interpreted by the best Spanish specialists, some were even recorded in a museum dedicated to ethnic instruments. Inside the CD book there is an illustrated history of this culture, filled with interesting pictures about the instruments, clothing, enamelware, and iconography, all of which had a strong impact on the conceptual art of the 20th century, and provided inspiration to many artists, like Mondrian. The leitmotifs of these songs were written in the 17th and 18th centuries and were the fruit of a cultural interaction: the Spanish conquest sent its soldiers, who brought with them the popular songs of the Spanish golden century. These two styles were subsequently mixed together with other melodies of this rare culture. Welcome to the magical world of the Incas, a culture at the source of hundreds of stories about aliens and UFOs: spirit and technology. CD-ROM includes Mac and PC-compatible content.


SA 1675CD

ESTEBAN, LUIS CARLOS: Macro y Micro Tiempo CD (SA 1675CD) 18.00
2009 release. Walking through the dense, warm, and brawny textures of old synthesizers. The emotion of a live concert without computers and programming; just the man with the machine organizing the chaos, the unpredictable. The album Macro y Micro Tiempo by Luis Carlos Esteban is a very strange one: it began as a tribute concert idea for the classic electronic bands of the '70s. With time, after hours and hours of playing the repertoire, it mutated and took on a life of its own. Professor Salazar said in his book that fundamental concepts in the history of music have made a big breach between the artist and the audience, indeed, as the facts are developing, this breach will become even bigger, which will lead to a situation where at the end, the art will be a language for artists to communicate with each other. But, there is a "lifeline" for the audience: we must forget the hedonism that has reigned until now. It is in the way of approaching art -- we must go with the chaos and open our hearts to this almost-forgotten language of the cosmos in all its rugged beauty. Open your eyes, ears, and heart, and let yourself go for the real life, the life of inaccuracy and of truth. Come walk between the big '70s synthesizers, the Moogs, the 2600 ARP, the EMS, the Buchla, Voyetra8, Mellotron, the 4 Voices, and touch the music.

UPSET THE RHYTHM (UK)

UTR 062LP

GARY WAR/PURPLE PILGRIMS: Split LP LP (UTR 062LP) 22.00
Split release from two pioneering underground acts who have recently filtered their collective psyches through the overwhelming, hyper-populated screwtopia of Hong Kong. Side one features Gary War returning to wash down the blitzkrieg of 2012's Jared's Lot (SP 020CD/LP) with four new tracks that implode outwardly, suspended from a thread that binds psychic devastation to cosmic inspiration. Furthering his endeavors to drag song structure into the future, the cuts here swirl with refracted melodies layered meticulously upon streams of arpeggiated machine rock and disembodied voices that coalesce into unlikely hooks, all permeated with the feverish emotional content that has graced all of Gary's work thus far. A deeper step into a pool of progressive maximal wave and distinctly modern psychedelia. Side two presents Purple Pilgrims (Clementine & Valentine Nixon), a duo of sisters from Christchurch via Hong Kong, with their first release following a haunting, small press lathe cut in 2011. Gary War's engineering and production opens their sound world into a vast new realm where their songs slowly unfurl and orbit in cycles of melancholy and euphoria. Delicate, hypnotic vocals hover gently above spectral waves of guitar and exotic abstraction as subtle beds of rhythm lockstep in the distance. Separately and collectively, the three tracks work to form a vacuum capable of sucking the listener into reflection upon an endless inner galaxy. The Pilgrims have here distilled the mysterious hybrid of shimmering distortion and je ne sais quoi that have long attracted global purveyors of the N.Z. underground into its absolute purest form. As perfect a soundtrack to observe the latest night transform into the earliest morning as one could ever dream of hearing. 180 gram silver and black vinyl in a limited, silver-foiled sleeve.

WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)

WG 015EP

KADEN, MATHIAS: Fin 12" (WG 015EP) 14.00
The man behind the black wax is Mathias Kaden, whose exclusive track now finds its new home in the Watergate label catalog. "Fin" appeared the Watergate 014 (WG 014CD) compilation. The track warms up with an aesthetically-stumbling beat pattern, gathers speed attended by rattling hi-hats, and suddenly turns into a smooth piano-break. After this grace period, the all-round tool unfolds its full force and tramps down the dancefloor. Josh Wink contributed a remix to this bomb, placing the hypnotic house track in a totally new context. Dopey bleeps wriggle through the drums and leave woozy traces in the audiences' heads.

WORLDWILD PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE)

WW 004LP

VA: Salam Alay: The Sound of Armenian Diaspora, 1969-79 LP (WW 004LP) 23.00
"Straddling Europe and Asia, Armenia actually lies at the crossroads of Western and Eastern cultures, a geographical position that is reflected in the music. You can hear in it instruments from the Middle-East, like the darbuka, the oud and the kanoun; others from Western music like the clarinet, the bass and electric guitars; as well as Armenian instruments like the duduk, a double-reed wind instrument. This unique selection of pieces will allow you to get the feel of the captivating atmosphere that pervades Armenian music through its hypnotic solos, its frantic rhythms and its incredibly intense vocals. With the exception of the outstanding 'Flying Hye,' this Salam Alay set presents works being reissued for the first time. Music by: The House of the Seven Uncles, Jack Baghsarian & Ensemble, John Vartan, Kef Time Fresno, Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian and the Middle Eastern Ensemble, and Melkon/Sevan."

YAZOO

YAZ 1050HLP

LEWIS, FURRY: In His Prime 1927-1928 LP (YAZ 1050HLP) 17.00
180 gram vinyl reissue, originally released on Yazoo in 1975. "Furry Lewis was an exceptional bluesman from Memphis who combined raggy and bottleneck guitar arrangements with wry lyrics. His first recordings, presented here, captured him at the height of his inventive power. His renditions of 'I Will Turn Your Money Green' and 'Kassie Jones' have become standards on the blues repertoire."

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