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Forced Exposure New Releases for 3/10/14

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New music is due from Four Tet and Terror Danjah, Deadbeat and Paul St. Hilaire, Fenster, and Jakob Skøtt, while old music is due from Scientist, Iron Claw, and Peter Walker.

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3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)

3000GRAD 015EP

DOLE & KOM: Phara Oh Away 12" (3000GRAD 015EP) 14.50
The bouncy beats and booming bass of Dole & Kom's track "Phara Oh" proclaim an unmistakable message: it's all about the dancefloor. A melodic torrent accumulates with each and every bar before it finally erupts and cascades through the arrangement in shiny streams. Then exotic singing starts and the track takes off. The remix by The Glitz merges the organic warmth of the original into explosive funk. "Away" features weightless delays, drifting sounds and subliminal siren-singing. Kombinat100's remix draws its hypnotic power from lively percussion and a distinct feeling of deepness.

ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)

ACKER 002LP

MICRONAUT, THE: Panorama LP (ACKER 002LP) 20.00
LP version. Is it his love for details that made him known as The Micronaut? At least the atmosphere of his productions evolves from a multitude of intricate elements. These little bits and pieces might be of a very different nature, but together they complement each other in perfect harmony, creating the big picture, the Panorama of a soundscape that is one of a kind. The musical snapshots of The Micronaut draw their expressive power and liveliness from a play of contrasts: Between two-step, broken bass music rhythms and stomping straightness, between catchy melodies and subliminal drama, between electronic sound synthesis and human vocals. Carefully arranged, the single tracks create a majestic Panorama that reveals yet-unheard new perspectives on music genres, crushing their boundaries in a very playful way.

ALTER (UK)

ALT 016LP

BASS CLEF: Acid Tracts 2LP (ALT 016LP) 29.00
An expanded double vinyl edition of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef's acclaimed 2013 cassette Acid Tracts, originally released in late 2013 via Cumbers' own Magic + Dreams label, its seven dense and immersive club tracks comprising his most expansive and multi-faceted work to date. They meld his modular synthesizer's hard-edged tones with grinding drum machine rhythms, traveling from the anarchic techno of 2012's Reeling Skullways album still further outward into the void. Acid Tracts represents the latest stage in the ongoing evolution of Cumbers' music. He first cut his teeth in Bristol mid-last decade, crafting scuzzy takes on dubstep with an arsenal of analog hardware and a trombone -- an approach quite distinct from the software-based sub-bass experimentation of his then-contemporaries. In the years since, he's continued to follow a highly individual path, even as he's taken stylistic divergences towards cosmic techno (with Reeling Skullways and its subsequent singles) and the free-flowing improvised modular synth jams released under the Some Truths pseudonym. Acid Tracts is his first Bass Clef release to unite those two strands of his work, drawing the fluidity and instinct-led feel of his Some Truths music into tightly structured club tracks. With punning titles like "Strings of Death" and "Apathy Flash," they play cheeky tribute to Cumbers' personal history and ongoing love of the atmosphere and attitude of rave, acid house and jungle. Throughout Acid Tracts, the high-pitched, wriggling tones of his modular reimagine the TB-303's signature acid splatter in crisp hi-def, making for a dazzling and mind-altering listen. For Alter's expanded vinyl edition of Acid Tracts, the original limited cassette release's six tracks are joined by an additional track recorded during the same sessions -- the taut and drone-laden house of "Music Sounds Better Without You." Its full release on vinyl is an appropriate way to open what looks set to be a busy and important year for Cumbers.

BARE HANDS (AUSTRIA)

BAREHANDS 001EP

HERLA: Her Fellow's Reluctance 12" (BAREHANDS 001EP) 14.50
Herla is the collaborative effort of two Austrian producers who've tipped their focus of sound towards analog warmth, rugged drums and earthy soundscapes achieved through an amalgamation of analog hardware. Bare Hands, the newly-formed label of the duo, is dedicated to delivering rough British-influenced techno and other related material. After their debut release Shadows of a Conclusion, Herla themselves are contributing the label's first EP release, which contains three rugged and driving tracks for connoisseurs of a harder, more distorted sound.

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5161757

MAJOR LAZER: Apocalypse Soon 12" + CD (BEC 5161757) 18.00
New EP of exclusive remixes from Major Lazer. Comes with a CD version of the same five tracks. Features artists such as Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Machel Montano, RDX & Moksa, and Mr. Fox.

BEING WEIRD ISN'T ENOUGH

BWIE 001LP

PREGGY PEGGY & THE LAZY BABYMAKERS: A Short Visit to the City That Bleeds LP (BWIE 001LP) 11.00
"Recorded inside a parked rental car during the 2012 High Zero festival in Baltimore, MD, Preggy Peggy brings you kooky growls, gargles, burps, sneezes, Donald Duck impressions, half-poems, unintelligible squeaking, and even a couple of overdubs achieved by using her phone as a poor man's delay pedal. The human body is kind of a disgusting instrument, but it does have one huge advantage in that it goes everywhere you do. Here is a record that tickles with whispers if you listen quietly, but squabbles like a ticked-off witch if you crank it up loud. If you enjoy sound poetry, Joan LaBarbara, or that one record by Margaret DeWys, this oughta do the trick. Peggy is AKA Angela Sawyer, who owns a tiny, insanely specialized record shop in Cambridge, MA."

BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)

BT 013EP

AMBARCHI, OREN: Stacte Karaoke 12" (BT 013EP) 14.50
Two raw, ecstatic, face-melting guitar solos recorded in one take in the Ambarchi "Stacte tradition." This time around, Ambarchi is backed up by a badass rhythm section from Texas, and together they ride the endless riff into the goddamn sunset.

BLKRTZ (CANADA)

BLKRTZ 008LP

DEADBEAT AND PAUL ST HILAIRE: The Infinity Dub Sessions 2LP (BLKRTZ 008LP) 23.50
Double LP version. Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded-out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of dub music is written, the names Scott Monteith and Paul St. Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scratch and King Tubby, St. Hilaire the undisputed voice of a generation, those fanatical warrior monks, followers of the most Holy House of Ernestus and Von Oswald incarnate. Having developed a fast friendship from their very first meeting in Montreal at the premier Micro Mutek event a decade ago, Deadbeat and Tikiman's occasional collaborative performances have since blown the minds of audiences from Berlin to Tokyo and many points in between. No great surprise then that their first album-length venture is a tour de force of dub music of the highest order. Nearly a year in the making, the genetic code of Deadbeat's Infinity Dubs series gets shot through with a dreader-than-dread Kingstonian logic, hi-hats dropping back from the three to the one, Tikiman at his most militant, poetic, fierce, and flowing. These are the recordings of two lions uncaged, and none who bear witness shall escape their fiery judgment. If music is truly eternal, here be two voices which shall echo in infinity with all the weight, reverence, and dire power unleashed with every tectonic bass hit, and every whimsical turn of phrase. And if these eight burnt offerings are any indication of what happens when these two sit down for a session of smoke and reasoning, here's hoping they choose to do it frequently. Dub without end. Ad infinitum.

BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)

BORNBAD 054EP

BEBEY, FRANCIS: Remixed 12" (BORNBAD 054EP) 12.00
Interest in Francis Bebey, a pioneer of African electronic music in the '70s was reinvigorated in 2012 thanks to the indispensable compilation African Electronic Music 1975-1982 on Born Bad Records. Led by Pilooski this 12" features prominent DJs and producers who pay tribute to the late Bebey with a pack of remixes. Features an unstoppable cast, featuring Pilooski, Caribou/Daphni, It's A Fine Line (Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris), and Young Marco.


BORNBAD 058LP

CHEVEU: Bum LP (BORNBAD 058LP) 14.50
LP version. Cheveu has now reached album #3, and since they totally fucked up the first two steps, there's nothing surprising in seeing them come back at full speed on a countryside road stuck in a beat-up van on fire, with Bum, their most incredible piece of work to date. After a quick introduction (the promising but sketchy Cheveu [BORNBAD 010LP]), the Parisian trio blew up on the world's face with their second LP, 1000 (BORNBAD 032CD), a record thrown at the bored masses in full ragged glory. Cheveu now enters 2014 heavy-hearted and red-eyed, just like those wrecks of humanity blinded by the lights at closing time, their misery, bad skin and unachieved schemes exposed before dawn. Cheveu built its third LP on the ashes of those unholy hours, around the majestic "Polonia," a track on which David Lemoine recites a few lines from Bertrand Blier's Buffet Froid with the set expression of a man empowered by the fact he just shit his pants, while Etienne Nicolas and Olivier Demeaux slowly unwind the rapturous scenery of a theologian Western. The song is beautiful, grotesque, heart-rending -- just like a scene out of Jean Ray's Malpertuis backed by a funeral choir of angel-witches, and is definitely one of the most amazing things you'll hear this year. Bum, just like "Polonia," is an inner trip, an odyssey bordered by the walls of an antique mansion, full of baroque embroidery and padded club chairs, the perfect aural counterpart for the paintings of Rousseau. Cheveu's third record is full-on excess and absurdity, but is also much more legible and effective than their previous efforts. This time, the band opted for a much more live-based, organic and fully-produced sound, replacing 1000's messy cut-ups and Cheveu's shitgaze blur by throbbing organs and wall-of-sound choirs. The result : 10 tracks drier and sharper than anything Cheveu has done before, definitely out-of-this-world but elegantly mannered.

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 282EP

ALLIEN & THOMAS MULLER, ELLEN: Free Nation 12" (BPC 282EP) 12.00
Could Ellen Allien and Thomas Muller be crowned the new dream team of tech-house? The Grande Dame of tech-house mixes freaky noises with deliciously overdriven Roland SH-101 synth lines in "Free Nation" and Jupiter 6 synth lines in "Delta Zoo" before launching an all-out assault on the ears with an explosive mixture of straight-up, bone-dry, old-school beats. Thomas also takes a very punchy approach to his edits. Contrary to Ellen, however, he often leaves space between the beats for trippy atmospherics and subtly-dispersed house elements. These lend his tracks a certain laid-back elegance, but without diminishing their raw power.


BPC 285LP

DILLON: The Unknown LP+CD (BPC 285LP) 21.00
LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. First a roar steadily builds, then we hear the first piano tone of The Unknown -- along with the voice of Dominique Dillon de Byington. There it is again, the unique timbre of the young Berlin-based artist who captivated the music press and arts critics alike with her 2011 debut album on BPitch Control, This Silence Kills (BPC 244CD/LP). This Silence Kills was sweet and enticing enough to establish itself as a pop record with singer-songwriter passion and experimental enough to be taken seriously as an art project. It was described as chanson-pop, sensuous electronic music featuring a voice comparable to Feist, Björk, or Joanna Newsom. There followed two sold-out tours and numerous festival gigs all over the world -- a life on the road. For Dillon this was completely unexplored territory. "The Unknown" is not only the first song she wrote for her eponymous second album, it is how Dillon evokes that thing in life that has no name, no description, no boundaries. The unknown can be anything: longing, love, loss, transience, fear or desire. In keeping with the cover art for The Unknown, the 12 new tracks have a more direct, natural and candid feel: "The lyrics are a lot more abstract and open, although they are just as personal and introverted," says Dillon. Tracks like "In Silence" and "4ever" are sometimes pensive, they exude this profound contemplation which must not always be characterized as melancholy. Whereas the majority of the debut album, with all its melodies and arrangements, had been written before it was recorded, The Unknown came about more as a conceptual work. Yet despite the new approach, it should still be understood as a sequel to This Silence Kills. The foundation for album number two was laid within three weeks at the same studio and even in the same room of Clouds Hill Recordings in Hamburg. Once more she worked with Thies Mynther (Phantom/Ghost) and Tamer Fahri Özgönenc (Mit), and the result of these creative exchanges is a narrative gem that is eager to retain some malaise around the edges. From the ballad-like lead single "A Matter of Time" to the chamber music style "Forward" -- Dillon's impressive voice comes even more to the fore on The Unknown. The piano is not only present on almost every song, it also conveys an incredible depth that complements the playful naivety of the debut album. Although the bass drum makes its presence felt as a silhouette on "Into the Deep" and the club-infused "Nowhere" develops this electronic substructure further, The Unknown is more puristic, more enigmatic and certainly not a dance album. The Unknown is a dense, compact work from an extraordinary artist whose journey has only just begun.

CLOCKTOWER (CANADA)

CT 088LP

ANDY, HORACE: Sings for You and I LP (CT 088LP) 11.00
2014 repress. Originally released in 1985, this is a compilation of classic Horace Andy, including covers of Tappa Zukie's "Better Collie" and Leroy Sibble's "My Guiding Star."


CT 119LP

SCIENTIST: Scientific Dub LP (CT 119LP) 11.00
2014 repress; 1995 release. "A virtual wizard of the mixing desk, Overton H Brown has been one of the key figures in dub since the late 1970s. Getting his start as a teenager at King Tubby's legendary studio in Waterhouse, Brown was known as 'The Scientist' because his imaginative approach to the mixing desk and electronic gadgetry seemed to derive from magical powers that linked him to some intangible, futuristic realm."

COCKTAIL D'AMORE (GERMANY)

CDA 008EP

FOREVER SOUND: Geist 12" (CDA 008EP) 12.50
Forever Sound is an attempt to make simple, cyclic dance music unbound by meter where melodies and bass lines phase against one another like comets around a distant sun: a slow wave on a boundless sea. "Geist" sets about to express that moment when a dancefloor stops being a mass of independent bodies and instead becomes one connected, moving spirit, while "The Fold" pours waves of cascading synth warmth around the listener.

COMPOST BLACK LABEL (GERMANY)

COMP 437EP

PROMMER, CHRISTIAN: Compost Black Label 109 12" (COMP 437EP) 12.00
"Duckwalk" marks Christian Prommer's first studio collaboration with Beanfield's Jan Krause. Tripping '70s synths and futuristic beats in combination with classical voices and a crisp production lay the ground for this truly amazing midtempo tune. Dinky's remix increases the tempo, adding a disco-infected bass line, some claps and percussion for a dancefloor-oriented track. With the Debussy-inspired chord sequence of "Aturo," Christian Prommer delivers a perfect, cinematic club tune. "Double Red" is a collaboration between Prommer and Roland Appel and features a great build-up, deep vocals and a fierce bass.

DANDELION LOTUS RECORDS (BELGIUM)

DLR 004EP

IYDES: Phase EP 12" (DLR 004EP) 12.50
First discovered by Mary Anne Hobbs in 2013, London-based Iydes has silently been working on his debut EP until the timing was perfect. His Phase EP draws its textural DNA from contemporary UK electronica and a broad spectrum of modern club music. The four tangled and immersive work-outs on his Phase EP push an infrastructure of crumbling, grime-infused drum patterns on a techno trajectory, while slabs of deteriorated synth and sampled vocals coalesce amongst tremors of subterranean bass. This vinyl edition is cut and mastered by Sam John (Mount Kimbie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Little Dragon, Aphex Twin) and wrapped in a full-color 12" cover.

DARUP ASSOCIATES (DENMARK)

DALP 001LP

WHOMADEWHO: Dreams 2LP+CD (DALP 001LP) 38.50
Limited double LP version on white vinyl with CD. Includes four bonus tracks not part of the CD version. Scandinavian trio WhoMadeWho return with their fifth studio album, Dreams. Since forming in Copenhagen, WhoMadeWho have built a reputation as one of the most distinct electronic-indie acts on the scene, fusing elements of electronica, post-punk and psychedelica, to mesmerizing effect. Dreams is the band's most complete effort to date, personifying flawless production and instrumentation while containing a collection of songs that are as addictive and accessible as they are alternative and inventive. As a result of endless touring with peers such as Daft Punk, Justice, and LCD Soundsystem, WhoMadeWho have crafted a live set that is considered one of the best on the circuit. WhoMadeWho have also gained some notable admirers, including Hot Chip, who requested the privilege to remix "TV Friend," Queens Of The Stone Age front-man Josh Homme, who notably covered "Space to Rent" and Mark Lanegan, who covered "Below the Cherry Moon" last year. Since their first release, WhoMadeWho's sound has sharply progressed while keeping a distinct familiarity. And Dreams is set to bring fresh energy while challenging fan's perceptions of their ever-evolving sound.

DEGUSTIBUS MUSIC (PERU)

DEGU 013EP

RUBINI: Stella Maris 12" (DEGU 013EP) 12.50
Rubini follows the brightest Stella and draws his own visions of the "house-trax" concept.

DIE ORAKEL (GERMANY)

ORKL 002EP

EDWARD: Feuerhand 12" (ORKL 002EP) 14.00
Edward prophesizes unborn futures and fates.

EL PARAISO RECORDS (DENMARK)

EPR 016LP

SKOTT, JAKOB: Amor Fati LP (EPR 016LP) 23.00
Causa Sui drummer Jakob Skøtt returns with his second full-length under his own name. Taking the leap from his debut Doppler's (EPR 011LP) introvert kosmische synthesizer dronescapes, diving into a full-blown mad scientist one-band mode, Jakob straps on a wide array of heavy percussive modes to fuel his vivid utopia of analog synths and drums. It's one man's vision, as crazed and intoxicated as it is soothing and compelling, borrowing as many clues from Afro-beat, Latin grooves and new age ambience as it does from the booming legacy of Krautrock. The proceedings are distanced from both coolness and kitsch, and a refreshing break from any standards. "Mantis in Lace" kicks off the record with a thick, repetitive bass synth riff, on top of two drum kits battling to spontaneously combust. On top of that, a heavy percussive layer of echo-addled synthesizers is working out a path of its own: an opening statement constantly collapsing on itself. "Synthemesc" takes a calmer, yet insisting percussive mode of full bodied Moog-tone carrying the track into a John Carpenter-ish landing. "Araucaria Fire" straps on congas for a more exotic journey into an organ-riddled percussive climax, recollecting Trans Am and Tony Williams Lifetime. Side B lends itself to a more subtle start, with two tracks of electroorgasmic psychedelic bliss, leading the way into the heart of the title-track -- a heavy slice of funk as dense as any 4-piece band could have cooked it up. "Earth of No Horizon" lands the spaceship safely with echoes of Terry Riley or Vangelis. Amor Fati is unique blend of improvisation, as well as carefully structured climaxes and shifts.

EMBASSY ONE (GERMANY)

BMV 003EP

BOOKA SHADE (FEAT. FRITZ KALKBRENNER): Crossing Borders 12" (BMV 003EP) 14.50
Booka Shade are set to release "Crossing Borders" featuring Fritz Kalkbrenner from their 2013 album Eve. Booka Shade first met Fritz when he asked them to remix one of his songs -- "as we're fans of his voice, we thought it would be a great idea if he would sing a vocal for one of our demos for the new album. He came to our studio with the lyrics and within 1 hour, the song was recorded." "Crossing Borders" is enriched with acoustic and chilling electronic tones and demonstrates the trials and tribulations of the everyday struggle. Features an instrumental by Chopstick & Johnjon.

EMBI MUSIC (GERMANY)

EMBILTD 001EP

ALE RAPINI VS. GOING APE: The Mask 12" (EMBILTD 001EP) 12.50
EMBI Music Frankfurt ushers in 2014 with a limited sub-label. With Ale Rapini and the producer team Going Ape, the cards are re-shuffled in 2014. With The Mask EP, the young artists certainly do not have to hide behind a mask. They show all their skills directed on the dancefloor. Includes a remix by Romano Alfieri and Franksen & Redux give this release a final touch with a remix that shows the "Sound of Frankfurt" to the fullest.

ENLIGHTENMENT

EN5 9012CD

VA: The Beat Generation Boxed 5CD BOX (EN5 9012CD) 19.00
"This 5 CD box set celebrates the Beat Generation, the art it produced and the influences from which it borrowed. Disc One & Two - The Complete Jack Kerouac; The 3 albums Kerouac recorded in the late 1950s plus bonus cuts. Disc Three & Four - Beat Generation Jazz; 2 CDs featuring the jazz that inspired the Beats. Disc 5 - Diggin' The New Breed; Featuring Interviews with the Beats themselves."

FIGURE (GERMANY)

FIGURE 052EP

HEIL, JOHANNES: Transitions EP 12" (FIGURE 052EP) 12.50
Considered a master in his trade, long-time techno history-maker Johannes Heil returns with a versatile mixture of ambient and floor-heating vibes on Transitions. After the smooth, luxurious expanses of "Transition One" -- a 5-minute ambient exploration, Heil begins to heat things up with "Transition Two." A purist, reduced jam focusing around a classic, uplifting synth-theme, it merges the atmosphere of '90s Detroit and Berlin with the production standards of today. The spooky, sparsely rhythmic echoes of "Transition Three" arrive next, with its freaking, industrial undertones. "Transition Four" lays down a pounding bass-end topped with spiraling, paranoia-inducing layers of synth bleeps and saw-waves.

FORMULA (UK)

FRM 008EP

HAYFEVER: Ground Collapse 12" (FRM 008EP) 12.50
Champion presents the debut outing for his Hayfever alias, which sees the London producer mixing stripped-back, snapping percussion and an unforgettable, spiraling bass line to create a dutty dancefloor transmission currently getting plays from Loefah, Ben UFO, Mickey Pearce, Zed Bias, Brackles, Terror Danjah, Madam X, DJ Haus, and more. Ground Collapse comes backed with two high-profile remixes from Maddslinky aka Zed Bias and Mickey Pearce -- the former brings some of that undisputed swing to his wobbling house version, while the latter sees the producer piecing together polyrhythmic percussion and acid squiggles for the heads-down crew.

HARBINGER SOUND (UK)

HARB 106LP

SLEAFORD MODS: Austerity Dogs LP (HARB 106LP) 23.00
LP version. Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 while Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009. Soon after that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn's first work was on the production of Wank -- the Mods' fifth CD-R album. Soon after, he started stalking the studio and stage with Williamson. Just after the release of Wank, the duo were invited to play a three-day festival curated by Nottingham's Rammel Club. During that weekend they were introduced to the Harbinger Sound label. A meeting which -- a year later -- resulted in the release of Austerity Dogs. Numerous shows around the UK and Europe followed, including further festival appearances. Rave reviews of the album have appeared in magazines as diverse as The Wire and Uncut, along with interviews being published both on paper and on the internet, both here and abroad. With more international dates on the horizon including excursions to Poland and Sweden, the interest in the Mods continues to spread.

HELL YEAH RECORDINGS (GERMANY)

HYR7 129EP

BALEARIC GABBA SOUND SYSTEM: Music for Balearic Gabba Dreams 12" (HYR7 129EP) 14.50
Hell Yeah Recordings presents a 4-track sampler of Music for Balearic Gabba Dreams. First up is The Kenneth Bager Experience with "Follow the Beat" (Enzo Elia Afro-Neukolln Remix), which is radiant with its vibrato synths, funky little guitar licks and well-defined, woody percussion. Next is E-The-Hot & Fede B's 2005 classic "Reason and Logic": a truly intergalactic bit of psyched-out disco rock. Next is Mr. Marvin with "Entity," a slow-building bit of funk with a deep-set groove. Remastered by Lupo for modern abuse. Finally, "Melt" by Somerville & Wilson is a delightfully loose and organic bit of percussive deep disco.

HOME ASSEMBLY (UK)

HAM 009LP

A NEW LINE (RELATED): A New Line (Related) 2LP (HAM 009LP) 28.50
A New Line (Related) is the latest venture from Lancashire-based Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer/Moteer). Utilizing tools from the early days of home-produced underground dance music (such as SK5 sampler keyboards and vintage drum machines), Andrew has unearthed a beautiful album of downbeat, lamp-lit techno, industrial-grade ambience and sonic experimentation which at times recalls early Warp Records, Gescom and raw, 313 area beatdown house, as well as the more modern breed of electronic and techno travelers such as Actress, Mark Fell, and even Theo Parrish. Despite (or maybe because of) the antiquated sound sources, these tracks pull and tug at the emotions. Rattling drum machines pick out rhythms while underneath, warm, carefully-played synths and a mesh of samples slowly emerge, introducing melody and texture into the pieces, all culminating in a spacious, evocative and unhurried work. Includes a download card.

KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

LDN 043EP

DIZZEE RASCAL/WEN: Strings Hoe (Wen Refix)/Signal 12" (LDN 043EP) 12.50
As a key player in the emerging 130 bpm movement, Wen returns to Keysound Recordings with a refix of an early Dizzee Rascal production, "Strings Hoe." With the original itself on vinyl only, the refix will remain on a white label, but is released with Dirtee Stank's blessing. The flip features "Signal," part grimey soca-esque dancefloor banger, part semantic exercise, as it bites, toys with, and spits out classic grime vocab before breaking out into the mid-point between encoded rhythmic percussion and Morse code. Keysound is a Resident Advisor Top 5 label of 2013, and they roll on into 2014 with an established dancefloor anthem from Wen.

KI RECORDS (GERMANY)

KI 005LP

COLO: UR LP (KI 005LP) 29.00
LP version. Ki Records presents Colo's debut album. The name UR is a word-play and not a reference to the legendary Detroit label Underground Resistance. The band's name and the title of the album form the word "colo-ur." All ten tracks on UR were recorded live and arranged on the computer afterwards. Except for some drum sounds, no samples were used. For the London-based duo, producing music is pure teamwork: both throw in ideas and play around with their hardware instruments. Besides vintage synthesizers they also use a lot of analog delay or an eight-track recorder to give their tracks a certain layered and deep sound structure. The fragile vocals sung by Nick Smith underline this in a mystical way. Most tracks are created intuitively and directly recorded, to save the idea and not to lose its feel for the moment. One take, one track, you could say, although not every detail of the initial idea makes it to the final track. But if you listen closely, "Doorframe," for example, has the room-sound of their studio underneath the vocals which gives the song a rough and fading quality. The vocals on "Holidays" were also made on the fly, recorded with a cheap mic that came with a game console. Nick just felt he should record this melodic idea he had, in order to not forget it, and what resulted was so good and unique-sounding, that it was kept for the final version. The single "Holidays" was released beforehand featuring a remix by Christian Lo?ffler.

KINGSTON SOUNDS (UK)

KSLP 049LP

ZUKIE, TAPPER: The Man from Bozrah LP (KSLP 049LP) 14.00
LP version. Tapper Zukie's Man from Bozrah (1978) album still stands up today many years after its initial release, as only great music seems to do. Tapper was one of the few Jamaican artists in the late 1970s that crossed over with the emerging punk/new wave audience. Punk poet Patti Smith had practiced her poetry over the rhythms from Tapper Zukie's Man Ah Warrior album before reworking them as songs with her band. Acknowledging this influence, she brought Tapper on stage with her at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 23, 1976 and introduced Tapper to a whole new audience -- an audience that accepted reggae as a music that also dealt with struggle and oppression. The great cover shot shows Tapper standing at the back gates of the school yard in Trench Town, which was opposite his own yard, so sit back and hear what was happening back then that made this such a time-defining album.

LES POINTS (FRANCE)

LESPOINTS 001EP

KAZIMIR, NICOLA: Only Receptors 12" (LESPOINTS 001EP) 14.00
Alexander Shulgin's theory says that man has produced endogenous hallucinogens in prehistoric times. In order to ensure his survival, this had to regress. What remains in our generation are receptors. With the EP Only Receptors, Les Points debut with their eponymous label. Four tracks aligned to stimulate the receptors on the dancefloor. Nicola Kazimir's EP consists of three originals, one of which enjoys vinyl exclusivity, and a remix. The remix is delivered by Mike Shannon and excels in its marvelous straight wildness.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC

LITA 104CD

LANEGAN, MARK: Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 2CD (LITA 104CD) 19.00
"As one of America's great modern day vocalists and songwriters, Mark Lanegan has much in common with the timeless work of such legends as Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, and Karen Dalton. The former front man of Screaming Trees, collaborator with Kurt Cobain and Queens Of The Stone Age, half of a modern day Nancy & Lee with Isobel Campbell and, most commonly, solo artist, Lanegan is a man whose career has been defined by an unwillingness to sit still. Light in the Attic are set to shine a spotlight on this great American performer and songwriter with the release of Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011. Collecting Lanegan's solo material for Sub Pop, Beggars, and more, plus 12 unreleased tracks, this is the archive treatment Mark has long deserved. It is released as a double CD edition with a gatefold, tip-on jacket and a 44-page booklet comprising hand-written lyrics and rare archive photos by Charles Peterson and Steve Gullick. The 32 tracks shine a light on Mark's rare talent, and span the singer's entire career, from 1990's debut album The Winding Sheet to a treasure trove of recent unreleased gems. Features such guests as PJ Harvey, Josh Homme, and J Mascis. His is a sound of grizzled vocals and dark melody, its lyrics chiseled out of late night thoughts and dark humor."


LITA 113CD

WALKER, PETER: ''Second Poem to Karmela'' or Gypsies Are Important CD (LITA 113CD) 15.00
"Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker's album 'Second Poem to Karmela' or Gypsies Are Important was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, and Eastern and modal sounds that has remained unsung for decades. While his debut album for Vanguard, Rainy Day Raga, has been reissued several times on LP and CD, this album (his sophomore effort), remains an obscure and hard to find vinyl relic. Until now. Carefully re-mastered from the original tapes, guitar scholar Glenn Jones recently interviewed Peter Walker for hours and has written a book-deep essay for the CD and LP liner notes that detail Walker's association with an incredible cross-section of 1960s counter-culture icons including LSD guru Timothy Leary (Walker personally provided the soundtrack to many a trip), he studied raga music with Ali Akbar Khan, and like his close friend Sandy Bull, Walker worked on a fusion of Western and Eastern sounds. Jim Pepper plays flute on 'Second Poem' (he also recorded with The Fugs and Don Cherry), other accompaniment to Walker's guitar, sarod and sitar playing includes violin, organ, tablas, and tamboura. This is true acid folk as interesting, progressive, and memorable as fellow 1960s world travelers Robbie Basho, Davy Graham, and the Incredible String Band. Remastered from the original stereo ¼" tapes. Housed in a LP-style gatefold tip-on jacket."

LOW HANGING FRUIT (GERMANY)

LOW 001EP

CAMP INC.: National Geographic EP 12" (LOW 001EP) 12.50
Camp Inc. are Cologne-based DJs, producers and acclaimed crazies Roland Kaiser Wilhelm and Sebastian Ingenhoff, founders of infamous tape label Camp Magnetics. Revered by local crowds, but feared by club technicians, the duo's live sets consist exclusively of hand-cranked hardware equipment spitting out wild acid bass lines, kicking synths and mad love. Their very first EP does not stray far away from that highly successful formula, featuring three delectable cuts that jump at the floor from all angles and raise even the laziest punter. Von Spar's remix is pure kosmische noise disco.

M (GERMANY)

M 002EP

VAINQUEUR: Lyot 12" (M 002EP) 10.00
2014 repress, originally released in 1992. "'Lyot' is a legend of a track. By now it is considered as a genre-defining tune, reflected in the appearances on countless compilations with such a goal. Naturally the Maurizio mix included here doesn't stand behind the original version. The music here is a reflection of the huge impact the Detroit techno music of the early '90s had."

MAIN STREET RECORDS (GERMANY)

MAIN 004EP

ROUND 2: New Day 12" (MAIN 004EP) 10.00
2014 repress; originally released in 1995. "'New Day' is the second deep house anthem produced by Basic Channel. Included is a main vocal mix and an instrumental mix on the B-side. The sound aesthetic presented here is undeniable Basic Channel alike. The instrumental version is not just the original tune without the vocals but a stripped-down-to-the-bones groove monster which lasts."

MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)

MORR 127CD

FENSTER: The Pink Caves CD (MORR 127CD) 15.50
Fenster's second record, The Pink Caves, is a dark fairy tale brimming with layers of tremolo guitars, tactile percussion, soft analog synths and moon-dusted vocal melodies. The tracks take you on a slow-motion free-fall through the rabbit hole into an ethereal world of spectral soundscapes, lush pop opulence and minimalism, drawing inspiration from science fiction, French '70s film scores, and Lynchian mysticism. Work began on The Pink Caves in early 2013. A home studio was set up in a cabin in East Germany and the whole house was wired so every room contained different elements, set up in such a way that they were able to record live altogether. As a result, The Pink Caves radiates with an intuitive and spontaneous approach to noise experimentation. The band reputedly used the house they recorded in as an instrument in itself, using slamming doors, the clanging metal oven, the ticking of clocks, the animals in the yard, the water in the well, candlesticks, coat hangers and matches... whatever happened to be within reach. All of this was captured by producer Tadklimp, whose idiosyncratic and inimitable production skills unravel the complexities and textures of the album. The new album plumbs the depths with broken and cracked bits. Weihl's vocals roseate through the gusty opening track "Better Days" and into Fenster's trademark ghostly guitar on "Sunday Owls." The third track "In the Walls" sends you on a slow elevator ride to outer space with Letournelle's pulsing analog synthesizers leading the way. The album waltzes, meanders, lilts and laments towards an introspective and haunting middle, reaching its peak with "The Light," which channels the voice of a hypnotic cult leader. The most energetic burst comes right before the end with "Hit & Run" and "1982," culminating in the cloud-soaked lullaby, "Creatures." With its subtle and surreal lyrics, The Pink Caves often feels like it is conversing with an imaginary spectre, at times longing for the purity of nature, and occasionally lamenting the futility of it all. Themes of dystopian love, attachment, estrangement and alienation permeate, describing invisible things to a backdrop of a subterranean dreamworld where bad dreams are ultimately rendered good in the grand scheme of things. With "Fireflies," Jarzyna channels a 17th-century balladeer in ensconcing the listener in the dark recesses of the childhood forest, while the morbidity of "True Love" is at once life-affirming yet echoes Camus' plea to abandon all hope in order to be truly free. With this record, Fenster ventures into new spaces, exploring different techniques, instrumentation and song structures. The album's title and aesthetic derives from the concept of a make-believe heaven -- a place you go when you die that only exists in your mind.


MORR 127LP

FENSTER: The Pink Caves LP (MORR 127LP) 18.00
LP version. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

MOTE EVOLVER (UK)

MOTE 038EP

PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS: Future Modular EP 12" (MOTE 038EP) 12.50
Mote Evolver kicks off 2014 with the Future Modular EP from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems alias. Never a stranger to forward-thinking sound aesthetics, P.A.S. packs the EP with three tracks that spark with Futurism and energy. The title-track is powerful and playful with its groovy bass drum and acid infusing an ample dose of funky rhythmic variations. "Riot in Silo 12" slips into the darker side, keeping the hats just below the surface and layer by layer uncovering the electrifying suspense throughout the track. "Serc" pops open with the bursting energy of a kick drum then takes you to the uncharted realms of cold minimalism.

MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)

MUSIQ 170EP

INSPIRESCU, PETRE: Talking Waters 12" (MUSIQ 170EP) 14.50
Mule Musiq proudly announces the debut release of Romanian artist Petre Inspirescu on the label. They have been following his releases and always love his work, whether under his own name or as Pi Ensemble. There are two excellent, simple, minimal, and hypnotic house tracks on this 12". His avant garde ambient stuff is also forthcoming on Mule.

MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)

MM 171EP

DUNDOV, PETAR: Origins/Rise 12" (MM 171EP) 12.50
Music Man released Petar Dundov's third album Sailing Off the Grid in 2013 on CD and limited 4LP. After the single Moving/Canonic Waves, these are the first two brand-new Dundov tracks since that album. Petar's signature sound in full effect. A must for the fans.

NEW WORLD RECORDS

NW 80745CD

KUBERA, JOSEPH: Book of Horizons CD (NW 80745CD) 15.00
"It's high time that we celebrate Joseph Kubera's 30-plus years of contributions to contemporary American music. This modest, seemingly tranquil man from upstate New York is one of this country's greatest living pianists. Standard clichés don't do Kubera justice, so rare is his ability to conquer the most difficult music, and to simply reveal its great beauty through his care for it. Trained as a classical musician at SUNY Buffalo during the particularly fertile years between 1965 and 1969, Kubera was exposed to Stravinsky, Bartók, Hindemith, and Copland by his piano teacher Leo Smit, as well as to the usual common-practice era repertoire. Especially during his last year, performances by the Center for Creative and Performing Arts' Creative Associates as well as elaborate contemporary art and music events in greater Buffalo worked as catalysts to solidify Kubera's commitment to contemporary music, a commitment that has led to all of his achievements on record today. The four pieces on this recording include two works written especially for him -- Michael Byron's Book of Horizons (2009) and 'Blue' Gene Tyranny's The Drifter (1994) -- and two pieces written independently, but ones that have never been recorded, namely Julius Eastman's Piano 2 (1986), and Stuart Saunders Smith's Fences, In Three Tragedies (1998)."

OPTIMO MUSIC (UK)

OM 022EP

TWINS, THE: You've Got a Twin in the Attic (You Lunatic) 12" (OM 022EP) 14.00
Optimo Music presents a stormtrooper of an EP from The Twins. Haunting, forceful, transcendent music with spine-tingling vocals, this EP has perhaps a tad more dancefloor capability than many Optimo Music releases but is also a record equally capable of giving your ears a lot of loving at home. This is the kind of track that completely changes the atmosphere in a club and often results in spontaneous cheering.Mmixed to perfection by The Twins' ally, Superpitcher.

OPTIMO TRAX (UK)

OT 006EP

LOZANO, LUCA: And It Was Good 12" (OT 006EP) 12.50
Luca Lozano, owner of Klasse Recordings, presents this majestic 4-track EP on Optimo Trax. Inspired by the past but sounding the antithesis of retro. In his own words: "The Optimo Trax EP was born out of a time when I was listening to a lot of old bleep house and rave, early '90s UK stuff ... I wanted to make a collection of music that sounded like it was related to a certain place and time and in effect confirm my own identity within its context."

PHOENIX RECORDS (UK)

ASH 3007LP

RELATIVELY CLEAN RIVERS: Relatively Clean Rivers LP (ASH 3007LP) 22.00
Repressed; LP version. Former Beat Of The Earth leader Phil Pearlman assembled Relatively Clean Rivers in the early '70s and eventually released this excellent rural rock album in 1975. Although Pearlman's first recorded effort was a surf/hot rod 45 entitled Chrome Reversed Rails which appeared on the Fink label in the mid-'60s, it was with Beat Of The Earth that he began to forge a distinctive musical voice. The band was one of the earliest-known experimental bands with a sound reminiscent of their East Coast counterparts, The Velvet Underground, whose influence is often discernible on Relatively Clean Rivers. That said, RCR is recognized by those fortunate enough to have heard it as one of the very finest albums of the era, with a clearly-defined American sound akin to The Grateful Dead in all their American Beauty pomp or CSNY circa Déjà Vu. An album highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in '70s West Coast music or simply great music in general. Finally available on 180 gram vinyl once again, and comprehensively remastered using the latest 48-bit technology.

R ROCK ENTERPRISES

MVD 6218DVD

PATTISALL, JOSEPH: The Legend Of Cool Disco Dan DVD (MVD 6218DVD) 14.00
"The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan is a documentary narrated by Henry Rollins that tells the story of Washington DC in the 1980s through the eyes of a DC graffiti legend. Blending interviews local & national celebrities with archival footage, Washington natives offer a broad portrait to date. The development of Go-Go music, racial tensions, crews, crack, & graffiti are important pieces of this story." NTSC all region format; 5.1 surround sound; run time: 93 minutes.

RASTER-NOTON (GERMANY)

R-N 093CD

IKEDA, RYOJI: Test Pattern CD (R-N 093CD) 17.00
2014 repress; originally released 2008. Following 2005's Dataplex CD on Raster-Noton, Test Pattern is the second audio release in Ryoji Ikeda's multimedia project, Datamatics, an ongoing exploration of the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. Test Pattern acts as a system that converts any type of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. Through the conversion of raw data into digital audio files, Ikeda enables us to listen to the flow of data, creating an extraordinary and unexpected soundtrack. These sequences of data reveal a rich variety of microscopic structures which form Ikeda's raw material; working with these micro-structures, they sometimes form the basis of chronological sequences, and sometimes he focuses on their rhythmic qualities. All sounds are the result of Ikeda's manipulation of this raw data. Test Pattern aims to examine the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception, pushing both to their absolute limits. Almost all tracks on this release are unsuitable for conversion into high-quality mp3 files. The velocity of the audio files is ultra-fast, some hundreds of frames per second, so that the album provides a performance test for the audio equipment, as well as a response test for the audience's perceptions. A sticker on the CD jacket warns of high volume listening as this may cause damage to equipment and eardrums.


R-N 146EP

ATOM TM: Ich Bin Meine Maschine 12" (R-N 146EP) 14.00
"Ich Bin Meine Maschine" is a spiritual track. "Ich Bin Meine Maschine" is a musical track. "Ich Bin Meine Maschine" is a scientific track to underline this tryptic statement (and to demonstrate the diversity) of one of AtomTM's compositions that appeared on his 2013 HD (R-N 147CD) album. Raster-Noton now releases a vinyl EP featuring remixes by Boys Noize, Linear, Function, and AtomTM himself. Besides the album version of "Ich Bin Meine Maschine," the EP features some dominantly techno-influenced versions that perfectly connect the pop attitude of HD with dancefloor functionality.


R-N 151LTD-LP

EMPTYSET: Recur (Special Edition) LP+CD (R-N 151LTD-LP) 47.50
Limited artist's edition of Emptyset's 2013 album Recur on heavy 180 gram vinyl, handmade cardboard box, art print (30 x 30 cm) signed by James and Paul, plus a CD; limited to 200 copies. James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas challenge the perceptual boundaries between noise and music and the potential for both technology and architecture to embed and codify themselves within sound. Recur is presented as Emptyset's third studio album -- continuing on from their work with Demiurge (SUB 001CD/010LP), the material examines the central themes of time, structure and recursion, through the analysis of scale and the interaction of both formal and fractured sonics. The album furthers the project's exploration of rhythm, dislocation and feedback within the framework of full frequency sound, structural abstraction and analog processing. The work examines how notions of time interact with both experience and form, and the resulting modes through which this affects sound through compression and rarefaction and the forcing of signal thresholds to their critical point.


R-N 154LP

KANGDING RAY: Solens Arc 2LP (R-N 154LP) 23.00
Gatefold double LP version. A stone thrown, just to watch it fly. A projectile launched for the sole purpose of drawing a ballistic trajectory in the sky. The Solens Arc is what remains after the subtraction of the goal; a simple parabolic curve defined by gravity, impulse and starting angle. No target to hit, no catharsis to wait for, just the beauty of the flight. Solens Arc is Kangding Ray's fourth album on Raster-Noton and the follow-up to The Pentaki Slopes EP. The twelve tracks of this record are assembled in the form of four "arcs." The different sequences are arranged seamlessly into dense, evolving compositions, while keeping their autonomy, and their role in the global dramaturgy. Pointillist serial loops and disintegrated melodic textures morph into abrasive rave anthems, broken club rhythms are refitted into uneven patterns, like deconstructivist sound architectures. Industrial techno stompers dissolve into granular sound waves and filtered space pads, before being overtaken by cinematic drums and rising arpeggios.

RECORD MAKERS (UK)

REC 022EP

TELLIER, SEBASTIEN: La Ritournelle (The Remixes) 12" (REC 022EP) 14.50
"La Ritournelle" is undoubtedly the biggest song of all of Sébastien Tellier's catalog. A real love anthem, the song crossed the world and affected thousands of hearts and lovers. Comprised of 7:40 minutes of the cult melody, a sensual and mesmerizing piano rhythm, accompanied by Afro-beat master Tony Allen at the drum kit, this piece has become Tellier's reference-point. The composer's genius and his sharpness of writing reflects his musical talent placing him among the best French artists of his generation.

ROARATORIO

ROAR 033LP

SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA: Other Strange Worlds LP (ROAR 033LP) 21.00
"Within Sun Ra's vast-as-outer-space discography, the album that orbits the furthest away from the known jazz universe is Strange Strings. Calling it a 'study in ignorance,' Ra directed his Arkestra stalwarts to pick up unusual stringed instruments and homemade percussion with which they had little familiarity, and improvise without any guidelines or direction; the resulting record is one of Ra's best. Now, Roaratorio is proud to issue a satellite around that lonely planet: Other Strange Worlds, recorded in Ra's NYC apartment in May of 1965, dates from the same era and employs the same methodology as Strange Strings. But while the latter album featured the full Arkestra, Other Strange Worlds pares the players down to a core quintet of Ra, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Art Jenkins, and Ali Hasaan. There's plenty of freewheeling collective improvisation in the Ra catalog, but rarely in a small-group setting such as this. Half of the pieces are texture-over-tonality string experiments, while the rest feature exotic reeds and percussion. Other Strange Worlds is a significant addition to Sun Ra's body of work, and a brilliant example of free improv from the days before it had a name. Download coupon included." "There's always more Ra being issued than anyone can keep up with. But this one's essential. Don't skip it." -- Byron Coley

ROCKADROME

ROCK 049LP

IRON CLAW: Iron Claw 2LP (ROCK 049LP) 30.00
"Early '70s Scottish underground heavy rock recordings from this group who were stomping around the UK with the likes of Black Sabbath, Hackensack, Pink Fairies, Juicy Lucy and others from the time, but never released a proper album. Their name was taken from the first line in King Crimson's song '21st Century Schizoid Man.' In the beginning, Iron Claw probably became the world's first Black Sabbath tribute band, as they incorporated the entire first Black Sabbath LP and single into their set. As they went on, their live sets included many originals as well as covers such as 'War Pigs,' 'Fairies Wear Boots,' 'Wicked World,' 'Green Manalishi' and 'Lady Whisky.' This collection of sixteen original studio recordings documents their existence from 1970 thru 1974 and was re-mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed and includes lyrics, liner notes and photos. Housed in heavy gatefold cover with a 12" x 12" insert and an 11" x 17" poster inside. Will appeal to those into heavy psych, hard rock, downer rock and proto-metal sounds from bands like Jerusalem, Necromandus, May Blitz, Hard Stuff, Budgie, Hackensack, Ancient Grease, Incredible Hog, and Leaf Hound."

ROOM FULL OF RECORDS (JAPAN)

RFOR 007EP

OPSB (ONE PEACE SESSION BAND): Changes Your Routine 12" (RFOR 007EP) 19.50
Soulful deepness & hypnotic house for fans of Moodymann, Ron Hardy, and Theo Parrish. 180 gram heavyweight vinyl deluxe packaging. Includes a remix by Rondenion.

SCRIBBLE MEDIA

IDOW 002DVD

FANTINATTO, ROBERT: I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition DVD (IDOW 002DVD) 29.00
"I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition is an extended, lengthy historical primer exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla & Associates. Interview subjects include musicians and producers Morton Subotnick, Bernie Krause, Gary Numan, Chris Carter, Daniel Miller, Flood, Trent Reznor, Carl Craig, cEvin Key, James Holden, Factory and more." NTSC format, all-region. Running time: 240 minutes.

SECRET RECORDS

SUNR 015CD

MORGAN, DERRICK: Shake A Leg CD (SUNR 015CD) 16.00
"Compilation of early reggae and ska tracks by Derrick Morgan, featuring The Hop, Fat Man, Shake a Leg and Forward March a song about Jamaican Independence. Compiled from the famous Blue Beat Records."

SOUVENIR MUSIC (GERMANY)

SOUVENIR 063EP

DAVID K & FRANCESCO FARFA: Come Up from the Darkness 12" (SOUVENIR 063EP) 14.00
David K.'s new single, alongside Italian house and techno producer Francesco Farfa for Souvenir sees the pair draw upon their unique, shared skill-sets. Initially, Farfa contacted David to enlist him for remix duties on one of his tracks. After listening to the remix, Farfa asked him to refurbish the original together. "Come Up from the Darkness" marks another stellar collaboration between the pair. The release pulls together three quirky dancefloor-ready cuts, complete with a vocal tool for DJs. Live percussion, nonchalant bass bumps and pitched-down vocals come together in unison to create an irresistible slice of sleazy, funk-fueled boogie.

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)

SR 371LP

BAYLE, FRANCOIS: Les Couleurs de la Nuit LP (SR 371LP) 15.50
2014 repress; LP version; black vinyl. Sub Rosa presents the complete version of Les Couleurs de la Nuit, as premiered in 1982, and one of François Bayle's masterpieces. François Bayle studied with Stockhausen and Messiaen. He joined the ORTF Groupe de Musique Concrète in 1960. He later led the group when it became the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in 1966. Most of his compositions are electronic, and his first important work, "Espaces inhabitables" (1967) is suggestive of an imaginary world in which nature is distorted in a dream-like fashion. He later utilized natural and synthetic sounds in his compositions, such as the recorded sounds made in a Lebanese cave. He has stated that his purpose as a composer is to enable the listener to feel the motion and vibration of energy in the universe. François Bayle characterizes his art like this: "...my purpose was always the same: to compose with only 'images-de-sons' (sound images); to show how, through pure listening in an acousmatic situation, these sound images move like butterflies through audible space and project a colored twinkling on the listener. Out of frame, this is a world proved by itself..." Les Couleurs de la Nuit was created for "tapes and computer."

TEXT (UK)

TEXT 028EP

FOUR TET + TERROR DANJAH: Killer/Nasty 12" (TEXT 028EP) 12.00
Four Tet and Terror Danjah, on Text. Limited.

TIGERSUSHI (FRANCE)

TSR 065EP

DYE: She's Bad 12" (TSR 065EP) 12.50
New single from DyE from his upcoming album Cocktail Citron (TSR 026CD/LP). Featuring the legendary Egyptian Lover who has already played two Tigersushi parties in Paris. Egyptian Lover made a big comeback in 2013, touring the world and collaborating on a song with the Hot Natured crew. Remix comes from Night Slugs' younger genius, Helix, from Atlanta, and there's a special treat for DJs with a more clubby edit of "She's Bad" by Joakim.

TRAUM (GERMANY)

TRAUM 173EP

EULBERG & GABRIEL ANANDA, DOMINIK: Friend of All that Lives 12" (TRAUM 173EP) 12.50
Traum presents a 12" from the partnership of Dominik Eulberg and Gabriel Ananda. "Owltastic" is a mad tune -- a comical and hyped-up track for the hedonistic peak-time moments. A tour de force of sequences and melodies that climb and climb and climb... until they fall deep. But who if not Dominik and Gabriel are there to catch them and throw them back up in the air? "Friend of All That Lives" starts more introspectively but gains that particular vibe of friendliness and relaxation Eulberg has shown in some of his previous works of brilliance.

TRIPEO (BELGIUM)

TRIP 005EP

TRIPEO: Fifth Trip 12" (TRIP 005EP) 15.50
The last Trip leading up to the forthcoming Anipintiros album from Tripeo. Stripped-down, bass-fuelled underwater excursions on "Untitled #9" and retro Detroit vibes for "Untitled #10."

TRUNK (UK)

JBH 051LP

GRAHAM, KENNETH: The Small World of Sammy Lee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) LP (JBH 051LP) 18.00
LP version. This is the beautiful unreleased British jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley '60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued, the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham's daughter's home by Jonny Trunk. Don't ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early '60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of modern times. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no other. He'd formed an Afro Cuban band in the early 1950s, made an album of Moondog covers in 1957 (Moondog and Suncat Suites), been commissioned for advertising music, library music, jazz compositions and film scores, too. But he got little in return, so he'd turned his back on music by the late '60s, never to write or perform again. A true maverick and simply too far ahead of the jazz crowd to get noticed, this charming little score demonstrates just what a great composer he really was. The opening theme alone is one of the more sublime, early morning jazz numbers you could ever wish to hear. Available here for the first time ever on vinyl. The vinyl will probably sell out really fast and get stuck back on the market by those horrid record flippers for about four times the price.

TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)

TURBO 150EP

TWR72: Endless (72 Loops) 12" (TURBO 150EP) 15.50
This package is a hugely powerful weapon for old-school and new-school DJs alike -- for the old-school a limited edition 12" with 36 locked grooves per side. Add a filter and delay and you can even go out and play a TWR72 live show. These aren't outtakes either, each groove is good enough in its own right to be an A-side hit. But things are stripped back to their essentials, leaving you, the DJ/producer, to decide when to turn it up to 11 and layer in something new. Each 15 second clip is named after a friend/collaborator/supporter/inspiration who has played a role in TWR72's development.

UPSET THE RHYTHM (UK)

UTR 059LP

SILVER FOX: Silver Fox LP (UTR 059LP) 22.00
LP version. Upset The Rhythm present the debut full-length album from Silver Fox. This is music with no rules or preconceptions; pooling ideas and observations into music that can be raucous, sad, reflective, powerful, wistful, or whatever it needs to be. With vibrating harmonies and primal beats at its heart, sounds and words form together in response to the lives we all live. Silver Fox is a place where anything can happen, where ideas are free to move and change. Pulling together lyrics and sounds from collective experience, Silver Fox create music that surprises and refuses to be categorized. Silver Fox make intuitive sounds led by a responsive, if-it-feels-good-do-it approach, giving free reign to all ideas large and small. Their self-titled album with Upset The Rhythm was recorded in one day -- Silver Fox partnered up with their long-time friend and producer, Andrew Hodson (Warm Digits) to create an album that reflects the energy of their live performances. Silver Fox are Susie Green (vocals, keyboards), Rebecca Knight (drums), Laura Lancaster (guitar, vocals), Rachel Lancaster (bass guitar, vocals). They formed in 2009, and have had well-received single releases on M'Lady's and Milk in 2012.

VILLAGE GREEN (UK)

VG 012LP

MATTHIAS, JOHN: Geisterfahrer LP (VG 012LP) 20.00
LP version. John Matthias is a musician, composer, and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The "Turner Prize" for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled "The Fragmented Orchestra." Also known for his collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post-classical pieces with heartfelt folk songs for his third studio album. Geisterfahrer is made up of 13 stunning tracks that were recorded in two sessions with John Matthias performing on piano, violin and guitar, with all of his vocal performances being recorded live alongside the guitar parts. For fans of Nico Muhly, Max Richter, Sam Amidon and Arvo Pärt.

WACKIE'S (GERMANY)

WACK 1040LP

BULLWACKIES ALL STARS: Black World LP (WACK 1040LP) 17.00
2014 repress; LP version. Black World originally came out in 1979, on the Wackies' imprint, Hardwax. It's a tough album, with Leroy Sibbles guiding the selection as well as sharing bass duties -- there are versions of his classic composition "Guiding Star" and stylish Wackies heavyweight, "This World." "Tribute To Studio One" reworks Heptones' "Gonna Fight"/"Hail Don D." as modern steppers, with the kit-drums -- as throughout this album -- supplemented effectively by the latest electronic innovation from Japan. "Skylarking" puts in an appearance; and two full Joe Auxumite vocals from the solo album scheduled for release around this time, but abandoned when most of the tapes were lost. A dub version of Delroy Wilson's "Rain From The Skies" rounds out proceedings.

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