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Forced Exposure New Releases for 8/28/2017

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New music is due from Merzbow, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Sannhet, while old music is due from Elizabeth Cotten, Silverhead, and Nurse With Wound.

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PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ACC 003EP
DAVIS, RICHARD Safety Net EP 12"
Richard Davis is a gentleman with a proper musical history moving from London to Berlin in the late '90s and having some spectacular releases under his belt as a producer, composer, and a singer. As a vocalist, Richard has collaborated with, among others, Swayzak, Trentemøller, and Bomb The Bass. On Safety Net EP, he turns his composing skills back to the future and his voice and songs sound like post new wave meets 1980s Scott Walker. Alongside fantastic remixes by Hamburg's Ada, as well as Norwegian Berlin dude Jarle Bråthen, this EP is a masterful piece of modern pop music.
PRICE: $25.00
MEANIES, THE Televolution LP
Bang! Records present the first vinyl edition of The Meanies' Televolution, originally released on CD in 1994. Australian legends of grunge punk pop did their only release in USA back in the early '90s and, as if could be done another way, it was released in Seattle, land of their friends Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc. This release was only available on CD. Now for the first time, this album is released on vinyl, remastered in order to get The Meanies' most brutal sound and essence. This is a must have album for all fans of Australian underground and American grunge. 150 gram vinyl; Edition of 500.
BEC 5156993
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BEC 5156993
Klyne, the pop duo from the Netherlands, present their self-titled debut album. Klyne first caught everyone's attention with their critically-acclaimed debut EP Paralyzed on Aesop Label (2015), as well as their debut remix, a rework of Disclosure's "Omen", featuring Sam Smith, before signing to Because Music and going on to release the 12" Water Flow (BEC 5156679, 2017). Both "Don't Stop" and "Water Flow" hit the #1 spot on Hype Machine whilst garnering support from i-D, Pigeons & Planes, The Fader, and Noisey, as well as receiving airplay support from BBC R1, 1Xtra, 6 Music, and Beats1. Includes CD.
BEC 5543069
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: BEC 5543069
LIDO Everything 2LP
For someone who went from growing up in a secluded Norwegian forest to producing for some of the biggest hip-hop and pop megastars on the planet, Peder Losnegård has had quite the journey. It was through a series of remixes that Lido catapulted into the sets of the most high-profile DJs around the globe, capturing the ears of numerous notable tastemakers. Reworking acts like Disclosure and Bill Withers, the producer set the internet ablaze with talk of his four-note piano tag and speculation as to who was underneath the moniker. His playful, restless musicality saw him adopt an array of aliases -- but he'll keep those under wraps for now. Debuting with 2014's I Love You EP (BEC 5161926), followed by the Superspeed EP (2015), and remixes of Banks, Alt-J, and MØ, Lido's anti-formulaic style emerged. His tracks bounce from one idea to another voraciously, but always with that clear Lido stamp. You don't just get a drum and a bassline on a track of his; you're more likely to get an entire string or brass section that elevates his sound to cinematic heights. Comes on black-and-blue splattered LPs; Comes in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves.
BB 158LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 158LP
Repressed; LP version. "Harald Grosskopf was in his early twenties when LSD 'blew [his] reality away,' as he recalls. Born in Hildesheim in 1949, he had previously drummed in fairly conventional rock bands, most recently for Wallenstein. Their label-boss Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser was fond of facilitating jam sessions for musicians on his Ohr und Pilz label, often supplying his 'cosmic couriers' with LSD (unbeknown to them, on occasion). In one such session, the drug inspired something of an epiphany in Grosskopf: 'There I was playing the drums when, in the midst of my euphoria, I realized that I had been imitating other drummers. Suddenly a voice spoke to me: stop trying to sound like Billy Cobham or Ginger Baker. From that moment on I felt liberated, free to drum without having to shine in a particular role.' Having discovered his own musical identity, Harald Grosskopf understood that a standard rock combo was not the ideal conduit through which to express it. Grosskopf: 'I was completely in thrall to electronic music and the total freedom that it offered. This was the music I wanted to create. I knew it would be a success, the energy levels were so high.' Grosskopf consequently left Wallenstein. 'I fell into a hole at first, wondering what I was going to do. So I sold my prized drum kit and used the money to buy a guitar, amp and echo device.' A few days later, the doorbell rang. It was Manuel Göttsching, on his way back to Berlin from a tour of France. They knew each other from Berlin's electronic scene and recording sessions for the likes of Ash Ra Tempel. Göttsching invited Grosskopf to sign up for his new project Ashra and the rest is history: Ashra (Grosskopf, Gottsching, Lutz Ulbrich alias Luul) released a series of successful albums in the years that followed. It was not until the summer of 1979, however, that he finally felt ready to release a solo album. Synthesist comprises eight instrumentals, recorded largely by Grosskopf on his own. His melodies, carried along by synthesizers and drums, were reminiscent of works by Berlin electronic friends such as Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as well as those 'cosmic' sessions of the early 1970s -- yet each melody retains a unique timbre. Synthesist is thus regarded as a classic by electronic music enthusiasts all over the world, evoking a thrilling musical era of the past with equal capacity to excite today." --Christoph Dallach
BB 240LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 240LP
CLUSTER Konzerte 1972/1977 LP+CD
Repressed; LP version with CD. The two authorized recordings presented on Konzerte 1972/1977 vividly conjure up the atmosphere, perhaps even the magic, of a Cluster performance back in the day. One took place in 1977 during a science fiction festival in Metz (France). The other dates back to an earlier show in Hamburg's Fabrik venue. Cluster played three gigs in the city in 1971/1972, including the one partially included on 1972's Cluster II (LR 335LP). Cluster shows routinely lasted six hours or more, luring both the band and the audience into a state of intoxication, no doubt acutely enhanced by the intake of certain substances. The buzzwords of the moment were: psychedelic, magical, ritualistic, corresponding more or less to the Dionysian hedonism which pervades certain styles of contemporary music culture today. It is worth noting this context as useful background when listening to the live recordings presented here. In the beginning, Cluster's music was rough, brutal, and spontaneous, created with the most rudimentary tools. Unlike many of their colleagues in this pioneering age, Cluster did not use any synthesizers, sequencers, or high-end amps. But this proved to be their strength, rather than a disadvantage. Roedelius and Moebius played in the truest sense of the word, untroubled by mechanical processes. They used their machines but were not dependent on them. Intuition was the dominant force, the risk of potential failure was readily understood to be as much a part of their vibrant art as success. Perfection had become a concept associated with convention. Indeed, anyone who was lucky enough to witness Cluster play in the 1970s will testify that things sometimes went badly wrong. But mostly they did not, and then the real magic was tangible. A utopian, previously undiscovered world of sound was created in the presence of the beholder. The sound quality of these two documents is average. A successful performance was considered more important than a perfect recording thereof. As listeners, this should be accepted today. Konzerte 1972/1977 provides a short journey into the nascent heart of Cluster's creative universe, just after the big bang.
PRICE: $19.50
The first vinyl edition of Craig Armstrong and Scott Fraser's Rosa Morta, released on CD in 2016 (CMAR 001CD). From the outset, Craig Armstrong and Scott Fraser decided their collaboration would be based on an electronic aesthetic: "We intentionally limited ourselves almost entirely to using vintage synthesizers, modern hardware synths and soft synths. The use of electronic bass and piano were the only exception to this rule. As a composer who regularly works with orchestras this was of course liberating and fun. Out of mutual fascination with early synthesizers from a young age this was often the catalyst for the beginning of each track. Each track was composed within one day often without much change thereafter. This gives the tracks an improvised feel. We also gave no limitation to the length of the tracks; they are as long as felt necessary or as short as they demanded. The direct melodic and immediacy of impact was purely the result of each working day and what felt right at the time. Musically we are influenced by electronic music from throughout the decade but only subconsciously after a lifetime of listening and playing. As composers, we have written in several genres and feel all musicians should feel free to express themselves whether in the abstract, tonal, experimental, song improvisation etc." Two tracks were used in the soundtrack to Peter Mullan's 2010 film NEDS, a film about gang culture in the 1970s in Glasgow. Includes download code.
PRICE: $19.50
NASTIA & EINZELKIND In The Mix: Cocoon Ibiza (2017) 2CD
The annual Cocoon Ibiza mix is back with another bang with the essential 2017 edition mixed by two top talents, Nastia and Einzelkind. Nastia is one of the hottest DJs in the world right now. The Ukrainian is headlining clubs and festivals around the globe and showcasing not only great technical skills, but also a real breadth and depth of techno knowledge. Focusing on DJing rather than production, Nastia has also run her own festival, Strichka, and has been resident at key clubs Arma17, Fuse, and Ampere. As such she is a perfect fit for this job. Kicking off with vital veterans 100 Hz, she wastes no time in getting down to a thumping, jazz-tinged groove. From there, techno pioneers like Luke Slater sit next to d&b don Calibre and Detroit legends like Terrence Dixon. The resulting mix is tight and cohesive, and journeys through acid, jacking drum tracks, and driving stuff that never lets up. Taking care of the second disc is Einzelkind, the German who runs three labels including JAX and Pressure Traxx, and for more than a decade has been releasing on Get Physical, Playhouse, and Cécille, amongst others. He is a no-nonsense DJ who has played the likes of fabric and Space, and as such, has helped put his hometown of Frankfurt on the underground dance map. His selections call upon plenty of his own tracks, both solo and produced, with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Robin Scholz, and Markus Fix. The resulting 70-odd minute mix is more stripped back and cerebral than the first. It is always married to a slick underlying groove and is embellished with minimal synths and brain-melting pads that work perfectly in the late night and freaky hours in the club. Always keeping you on your toes, it ducks and dives, bobs and weaves in fluid fashion, and is a nice heady yin to the more physical yang of disc one. Once again, both of these mixes embody what it is to head to the legendary Cocoon party at Amnesia each Monday of an Ibiza summer. Also features: Theorem, Plastic, Slam, Sanasol, Bernard Badie, Oscar Schubaq, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Cobblestone Jazz, Pacou, Present Perfect, Differ-Ent, DJ Bone, John Daly, Implosive Inc., Hot City Orchestra, Charlotte T., and Rhythm Factory.
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CRZR 1006LP
FOUNDARS 15 Fire Woman LP
"The 1970s in Nigeria were an age when mighty bands walked the earth. In Lagos, Afro-rock stalwarts such as BLO and Monomono ruled the roost; eastwards, it was deeply funky groups like The Funkees, The Apostles and The Friimen. Up north you had soulful ensembles such as The Elcados and The Moonrakers. And in the southeast, you had Foundars 15. Foundars 15 were not the only rock band operating in the southern city of Port Harcourt, but they were without question the tightest and most eclectic not just in Port Harcourt but perhaps in Nigeria as a whole. Formed initially as an army band in the wake of the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1970, Foundars 15 released a string of singles in the early seventies, followed by four albums of heavy, jittery funk-rock between 1976 and 1978 before splitting up to pursue solo careers. 1977's Fire Woman is perhaps the finest (and rarest) of Foundars 15's albums, offering a spicy buffet of groovy pop, reggae, native rock and dense, off-kilter funk. Long sought after by aficionados, Fire Woman has been an LP that is more often heard about than actually heard. That is about to change. Comb & Razor Sound is proud to present a new, fully-authorized reissue of Fire Woman, featuring eight crucial cuts representing the gold standard of the golden age of Nigerian pop music. Here's your chance to catch the fire!"
PRICE: $8.00
MCPHEE, JOE Cosmic Love 7"
2014 release. Joe McPhee on seven inches of pure loving vinyl. Features two versions of the 1970 classic "Cosmic Love". McPhee rocking the cosmic wavelength on space organ and tenor sax. Recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY, 1970; Produced by John Corbett; Vinyl project coordinated by Marc Bonadies. Cover artwork by Dick Higgins. 33 1/3 rpm.
PRICE: $15.00
2015 release. A reissue of arguably the rarest LP of European free jazz, Axiom, recorded in 1963 for the Swedish label Sonet. Test pressings were released to the musicians, but they were not approved and the label never printed more than the two first copies. Tom Prehn's music, which is exclusively known from a 1967 release that was reissued on the Unheard Music Series, is not only impossibly uncommon, it is also exceptionally wonderful, featuring an extended tenor saxophone solo by Frits Krogh that is clearly influenced by Sonny Rollins but has a unique character. The rhythm section is deep into non-metrical time, something unusual in a European context before 1965, and comparisons to Cecil Taylor are valid, though Prehn's playing has little in common with the American master, exploring chords and clusters rather than linear runs. The two tracks of the original LP, mastered from both extant copies of the test master, are augmented by a single track from 1966, never before released. Personnel: Frits Krogh - tenor saxophone; Tom Prehn - piano; Poul Ehlers - bass; Finn Slumstrup - drums. Recorded in Copenhagen, October 13th, 1963. Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, January 2015. Produced by John Corbett.
PRICE: $15.00
2015 release. Recorded at the height of their powers as the leading free jazz trio in Europe, 1971 includes some of the hottest and heaviest music ever made by Peter Brötzmann, starting with an inflammatory, incandescent 26-minute live track recorded at the New Jazz Meeting auf Burg Altena. Only available on a nearly-impossible-to-find LP sampler issued at the time by the festival, this marks the first appearance of "Just for Altena" on CD. Two more tracks come from pristine studio recordings made shortly before the festival, and they show an entirely different side of the trio, with delicate and harmonically intricate work by the Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove and typically wide ranging and mondo offerings from Han Bennink, at the time when the Dutch percussionist was using a huge, ragtag setup with metallic flotsam and jetsam augmenting his traditional kit. Cover image and design by Peter Brötzmann. Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, August, 2014; Produced by John Corbett.
PRICE: $15.00
MCPHEE, JOE Alone Together CD
2015 release. In his upstate New York secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the '70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjRecord Productions as an outlet for McPhee's music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful. Like Sound On Sound (CVSD 005CD, 2010), these recordings make use of multitrack recording, overdubbing McPhee upon McPhee, however where those earlier recordings had an experimental tendency, the Alone Together tracks were more compositional in nature, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to build and sculpt each piece, creating complete wind ensembles one track at a time. In 1974 and then again in a longer session in 1979, McPhee recorded in concise solo, duo, and trio contexts, and in more extensive brass and reed quartets -- all McPhee, all the time. Going head-to-head with the best of the saxophone foursomes of the era, McPhee is a one-man-World Saxophone Quartet, his probing investigations and lyrical statements as incisive and insightful as those of his best-known recordings. McPhee's own enthusiasm for these never-before-heard recordings betrays their significance in his large and ever-mounting discography. Corbett Vs. finally make them available. Recorded by Craig Johnson in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1974-1979. Cover photograph by Christina Ramberg, Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, in 2014. c. 1974, courtesy of the Estate of Christina Ramberg and Corbett vs. Dempsey; Produced by John Corbett.
PRICE: $18.50
2016 release. A reissue of Jimmy Lyons's Push Pull, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. Long known as Cecil Taylor's most reliable and loyal colleague, alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons has a select discography as a leader, and among its best entries is Push Pull, originally issued by Hat Hut Records as a massive three LP set. Recorded during a single marathon performance at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York in 1978, Push Pull features five extended pieces, all by Lyons, with his working quintet that included his wife Karen Borca on bassoon, Hayes Burnett on bass, Munner Bernard Fennell on cello, and Roger Blank on drums. Jolting, quicksilver free jazz with terse themes and brilliant interplay, the music is quintessential Lyons -- searching, pliant, and sincere. Remastered from the original tapes, this first reissue of Push Pull compiles the original tracks -- two of which were split to accommodate the 20-minute limit of LP -- into their original full-length, fitting the whole program onto two CDs, lovingly repackaged featuring the original Klaus Baumgärtner cover. Recorded by Karen Borca on May 6, 1978 at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York. Photos by Ken Brunton and H.L. Lindenmaier; Cover by Klaus Baumgärtner. Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, 2015; Tapes transferred at Chicago Mastering Service, 2015; Reissue produced by John Corbett.
PRICE: $15.00
2015 release. A reissue of Staffan Harde's self-titled album, originally released on Svenska Jazzriksförbunded Records (SJR) in 1972. Based on the tiny Swedish fishing island of Smogen, guitarist Staffan Harde created a wholly unique and wondrous approach to his instrument, documented assiduously on hand-made reel-to-reel tapes and this lone LP from 1972, which features Harde solo and with small groups. His accomplices included pianist Lars Sjösten, bassist Lars-Urban Helje, and the acclaimed percussionist Bengt Berger, one of Don Cherry's close associates. The music presented on this extremely rare record is unusually singular. With an unadorned guitar tone, simple and straightforward, and low action, Harde's slinky, spidery runs and knotty, weirdly shaped chords have a surprisingly fresh sound four decades after he recorded them, with heavy chromaticism and a defiant rhythmic freedom. Basically unknown since this lone release, which he thought would gain more traction than it did, Harde retreated to work in a bakery on the island. A testament to both his strangeness and his brilliance, the eponymous LP has never before been reissued. Corbett Vs. Dempsey worked with Harde's family and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, a huge Harde fan who lovingly produced the CD reissue for Corbett Vs. Dempsey. Photography by Björn Lindelöw. Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, 2015; Produced by Mats Gustafsson and John Corbett.
PRICE: $13.50
SMITH, WADADA LEO Red Chrysanthemums: Solos 1977 CD
2015 release. On the occasion of improviser and composer Wadada Leo Smith's exhibition Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, 1967-2015 at Chicago's Renaissance Society, Corbett Vs. Dempsey present Red Chrysanthemums, a previously unreleased live recording of solo performances by Smith, documented in Los Angeles in December of 1977. Three adventurous, spacious tracks that feature Smith's unique and innovative trumpet, as well as percussion, tuned percussion, and flute, all captured as Smith was in the process of confirming his place in the pantheon of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians greats. A candid snapshot of one of the most vital musicians to extend the jazz tradition, testing his craft and artistry with a bright, pure-toned sensibility and deeply soulful melodic imagination. Personnel: Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, steelophone, percussion, gongs. Recorded in Los Angeles by Lee Kaplan in December of 1977.
PRICE: $13.50
2016 release. At the end of his time in Chicago, in 1999, Brian Calvin recorded a batch of new songs with poet Devin Johnston. Designed to be an album, mostly recorded and mixed by Jim O'Rourke, who also plays bass and contributes background vocals on some cuts, they were never released, languishing in the vaults for almost two decades. Calvin and Johnston had both been members of USA, the band that recorded an LP and an EP for Drag City in the two years before this music was recorded. On the occasion of The Meditations (2016), Calvin's retrospective survey of the Chicago years, he and Johnston returned to the music and selected the keepers for a wonderful five-song CD EP titled Some Hours. Sparse and beautifully arranged, funny and poignant, they recall a time when people were debating the Windy City's role in "post-rock" and folk-infused singing, and songwriting was melding with all sorts of other musical input, from Vandermark to Van Dyke Parks. "Noon", "March And April", "All We Know So Far", and "Three Walls" were recorded and mixed by Jim O'Rourke in Chicago, March 1999; "Goodbye" was recorded and mixed by Paul Oldham in Shelbyville, Kentucky, July 1999. All tracks were mastered by Konrad Strauss. Drawing by Brian Calvin.
PRICE: $15.00
2016 release. The first ever reissue of Phillip Wilson's Esoteric, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. In November 1977 and May 1978, months before drummer Phillip Wilson recorded his great LP Duet with trumpeter Lester Bowie for the Improvising Artists Inc. label (1978), Wilson hit the studio for Esoteric, a recording of solos and duets with cornetist Olu Dara. Wilson (1941-1992) was one of the key percussionists in creative music, the Art Ensemble of Chicago's early trapsman, one third of the fusion band Full Moon, and an all-around fountain of invention and sensitivity. In addition to his work in the jazz and improvised music realms, he was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and did session work for Stax Records in the '70s. The little known LP Esoteric, which was issued on Hat Hut Records as their twelfth release, finds Wilson in an extremely intimate mode, sometimes exploring the sonority of his kit, sometimes extrapolating on a beat, and on several tracks working with his comrade Olu Dara, one of the great figures of the loft era and a wonderfully polymath musician. Together they conjure more than an avant-garde drum and bugle corps, Wilson's decisive touch and Dara's exploratory voice stretching all the way out on three dedications to Mr. Bowie. A rare taste of what the masterful Wilson does in the driver's seat, Esoteric has been remastered from the original tapes and features Klaus Baumgärtner's original cover design. Personnel: Phillip Wilson - percussion; Olu Dara - trumpet, horn (serpent). Recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson, from 1977-1978. Photo by Thierry Trombert. Production coordination by Craig Johnson of CjR Productions; Remastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, 2015; CD reissue produced by John Corbett.
PRICE: $14.00
KLANKEN Vier/Vijf 12"
Klanken are two Belgian brothers. Klanken by name. Klanken by nature. "Vier" is motorik. Highway engine sounds over rumbling bass. "Vijf" kicks. LFO gone Benelux. These two tracks are the sound of new beat reinvented from its Belgian home. Metallic machine sound for dancefloors and heads. Sleeve design by Ill Studio, Paris.
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: DDS 025LP
LOWE, ROBERT AIKI AUBREY Levitation Praxis Pt 4 LP
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's incredible experiments with Harry Bertoia's sound sculptures are here documented on this beautiful new edition for Demdike Stare's DDS imprint, coinciding with his appearance on Semtember 2017's issue of The Wire magazine. Lowe is something of a polymath; having started out as part of math rock outfit 90 Day Men and doom metal trio Om, he progressed to forge his own solo work (often under the Lichens moniker), as well as a whole slew of collaborations, including work with Johann Johannsson on scoring both Arrival (2016) and Sicario (2015), an acclaimed album with Ariel Kalma for RVNG Intl's FRKWYS series, plus active involvement in site-specific video art and sound installations. His most recent work under his own name has seen him release diverse music for Type, Latency, More Than Human, and, of course, DDS who have, with this album, presented what might just be the most beautiful Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe artefact thus far. In 2016, Lowe was commissioned by New York's museum of Arts and Design to contribute to a Harry Bertoia exhibition, which he undertook alongside video director Johann Rashid. He was asked to create sound recordings with Sonambient sculptures; metal rods and gongs that produce highly distinct, resonant sounds when struck, brushed, or touched. Beginning in 1968, Bertoia set up an eighteenth-century stone barn on his property in Barto, Pennsylvania, to house these sculptures and from which he would go on to record works for his highly collectable Sonambient label, as recently documented on Important Records' breathtaking box set (IMPREC 419CD, 2016) and reissue series. Lowe was given full access to the barn, beautifully filmed footage of which can be found on YouTube. Lowe's work with these sculptures is quite unlike anything you might have heard from those original Bertoia recordings. Instead of serendipitous improvisation, Lowe weaves his way through the sculptures on a path that was mapped out in advance, imbuing them with a more "composed" and arranged feel. As well as that familiar and distinct sound palette, he subtly manipulates and feeds in vocal layers that take proceedings into ever more ethereal and haunting dimensions. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: DEV 001EP
GILA Pick Six EP 12"
Denver's Gila debuts on Benji B's Deviation Music with Pick Six EP. Building on the territory explored on Genkidama EP (XLT 774EP, 2016), Pick Six EP sees Gila continue to toy with hard-body US rap production techniques and sound palettes. From the sino tones of fluttery opener "Swirl Suit" to booming, 808 heaters like title-track "Pick Six", this is an EP redefines the boundaries of rap-inspired club music. Gila plays with atmosphere too, none more so on ghoulish and pensive "Psycho Dabber" or the rippling "Frost On Leaf", spotlighting a deftness in and around the rougher edges of his work.
PRICE: $14.00
KOEHLER Oblivious Pool 12"
Die Orakel present three spaced-out excursions by Koehler.
PRICE: $14.50
VA Avant Garde Is Happening CD
Full title: Avant Garde Is Happening Because Collaborations Are Happening As Long As The Desire To Interact Fuels Our Hearts We Will Find Swarms That Build Moments And Space To Shelter The Worlds That We Are. Released to coincide with the re-emergence of the festival at Schiphorst, Germany to celebrate "three days of utopia". The Avantgarde Festival is the legendary gathering of experimental music and performing arts brought to life by Jean-Hervé Péron (faUSt), Carina Varain, and friends. The festival was reborn in with the help of Jeanne-Marie Varain, who grew up with the Avantgarde Festival and curated its program in 2014, and Ines and Julia (MuD, Logotorium, Krarque Jamari?) who scouted several actions at the festival in 2013 and 2014, and decided to team up and figure out a new format that supports collaboration and at the same time is able to sustain itself. The CD features exclusive material from the likes of Nurse With Wound, faUSt, Qluster, Asmus Tietchens. Also features: V!V!V!, Haricot Massacre, Giardini, Ronny Wærnes, VED, Octopus Ride, EXO//ENDO, Dieter Bornzero Bornschlegel, Psykisk Tor-Tur, Blood Oath, Friederike Jäger, and Ernsthafte Angele-Genheiten. Packaged in a heavy board, mini-LP sleeve, complete with an inner sleeve.
PRICE: $22.00
MERZBOW Hyakki Echo CD
Hyakki Echo is a brand new release from Merzbow and it sees a totally new direction for this true innovator. Whatever you may have expected, this will surprise and thrill. With much more of a foot in free improvisation than the more traditional psyched-out, extreme "noise" that you may have come to expect, Hyakki Echo is a masterpiece in experimental music. The format should surprise and intrigue too. One side is a three-minute piece that is a vinyl record, the other a full-length CD. The package comes with the necessary adapter you need to play the vinyl side. Artwork by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The set is packaged in a die cut digipak sleeve. Note: This disc must not be used with a "slot-in" CD player.
PRICE: $22.00
BOSAINA New York April-July 2013 / Two Names Upon The Shore LP
Collection of two thoughtful EPs by Cairo based artist Bosaina. Bosaina is a Syrian/Egyptian singer, songwriter, and producer known for her work in the Kairo Is Koming collective, as well as her involvement in music-space-turned-club-night VENT. Her autobiographical work takes on a magical insular quality through field recordings and sentimentally driven compositions that unfold in stolen time. On both EPs, presented here, her love affair with cinema, interrupted by decaying urban life -- New York April-July 2013 -- and literature -- Two Names Upon The Shore -- serve as the focal points for her intimate productions; fragmented and wistful soundscapes that combine her affection for the piano with ambient textures from sea-shore to life underground. A unique album to get lost into on long summer nights.
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: DOL 106CD
" 'Although the cover lists it as his third, this was actually Rudy Ray Moore's seventh full length comedy album release. After the massive success of Eat Out More Often and This Pussy Belongs To Me in 1970, Moore had developed a formula taking long traditional spoken monologues, or 'toasts', and freshening them up for the 'now generation' as he would call it. The release of The Cockpit in early 1971 continued this formula and also introduced the world to 'Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law', a character which Moore would later base a feature length film around in 1977. The Cockpit remains one of Moore's most popular albums. It also needs to be noted that this was the first time Rudy used completely topless women in his artwork and this may in fact be the first major record release that includes a man on the cover with semi-naked women! '--Mark Jason Murray, Biographer"
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: DOL 107CD
MOORE, RUDY RAY I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing CD
"Rudy Ray continued to cut his comedy party records, rappin' out his street rhymes with a little music behind. The room was packed with guys and gals, friends and partiers from the neighborhood. Dudes, pimps, gangsters, players, winos, and just plain Bad Ass Kids! And this album is breakout time! I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing blew the doors open, set the trend, the one that a decade later in 1986 launched 2 Live Crew when they sampled Rudy Ray Moore on hit singles 'Throw That D' and 'Get it Girl' from their debut album The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are. Through word of mouth and pure outrageousness the 2 Live Crew album sold over half a million copies. And it didn't stop there!! Rudy Ray was now deep in the Hip Hop mix. 2 Live Crew's 'Movin' Something' audaciously sampled 'Romeo and Juliet,' Rudy Ray's nasty duet with Lady Reed, aka Queen Bee from the Dolemite movies and one of Rudy's early label signings back in the day. Ice Cube with Funk Master George Clinton throws out in 'Bop Gun' a Rudy Ray Moore line from on this very album, 'No One Knows Where the Nose Goes.' Big Daddy Kane loves the track 'Dangerous Dan.' I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing is the album that sets the tone for the Hardcore Hip Hop scene. Here you can hear where Dr. Dre, N.W.A. Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and Ice T got their stuff. Also where comedian Robin Harris took Rudy's joke 'Piccolo Player' and made it one of his own laugh line bits. All of it jumped off this album and swayed a generation. Straight off the street from shooting dice, playin' the horses in a bookie joint, and cruising in a lowrider car to smoking weed and late night listening when the kids are all asleep. Yeah, right! As Rudy Ray Moore said, 'Rappin' and cappin' is my game. And all those young men are rappin' good! BUT, when it comes down to rappin', I was through with it before they even learned what to do with it!!' --Liner Notes by Donald Randell"
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: DRD 003EP
MATEO, PABLO Fazing Tress EP 12"
Pablo Mateo makes his debut with Dred and the hype is real. Pablo delivers two cuts of machine man house and techno. "Fazing Trees" is an emotional ride transporting spirits beyond physical worlds and deploys house music's most formidable instrument, the piano. "Free Drama" arrives with urgency and melodies that glide the dancefloor on an internal journey of light. John Osborn remixes the title track with swirling effect chains, huge kicks, and cascading pads. This release is a timeless club hit. No repress, ever.
PRICE: $21.00
NILSEN, BJ Massif Trophies LP
BJNilsen is a composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam. His work primarily focuses on the sounds of nature and how they affect humans. Recent work has explored the urban acoustic realm and industrial geography in the Arctic region of Norway and Russia. His original scores and soundtracks have been featured in theater, dance performances, and film. Celebrating 27 years as a recording artist, Massif Trophies is his first solo release for Editions Mego. In 2015, he set off on a month-long hiking trip in Gran Paradiso to explore the acoustic environments in the alpine landscape. Drawn to the monotonous and physical effort that mountains and high altitudes contribute, this became one of the main inspirations for Massif Trophies, reflecting upon the perception of the landscape during several hours of physical difficulty, let alone rapid weather changes, horizontal thunderstorms, and rock avalanches. Massif Trophies is also about the scope of details and perception of the path and the myth of the mountain as the accursed or sacred place. The five pieces contain narratives based on experiences and recordings from the trip. All source material recorded in Gran Paradiso, July 2015; Engineered at Odd Phasing and Echoes, Amsterdam NL; Photography by BJNilsen. Includes download card.
PRICE: $29.00
The frontier for French electroacoustic mystical music has traversed much ground since Pierre Schaeffer shuffled on the past and laid out a map without borders or designated ground. Seventy years in this land of the fried, there are a plethora of Ideas and ongoing potential coming from all corners of the globe. Inheriting the wisdom of past masters whilst forging a signature style of his own, Kassel Jaeger sits as one of the premier explorers of these unknown worlds today. Comprised recently recorded tracks, Kassel Jaeger presents a work of revisits and re-workings, one which acts as a hinge in both closing this particular chapter, whilst opening up the windows to a new sound world. In Aster, rich deep music is replete with dark ambient sonorities swirling amongst intense buzzing tones. Often chilling and ominous, this is a fearless music with abstracted corners and dynamic leverage. Unafraid to embed itself in the ongoing whirlpool of sonic progress. Jaeger's output remains a thrilling body of exploration and ongoing transformation. Photos by Ende Wieder; Design by Stephen O'Malley.
PRICE: $21.00
SHIT AND SHINE Some People Really Know How To Live LP
Shit And Shine's sidestep from percussion-led bunny rabbit rock ensemble performance based glee to ultimate heavy fools of the sticky dancefloor remains one of the more inspiring turn around's in recent years. With highly acclaimed releases on Editions Mego, Diagonal, Riot Season, and others, Shit And Shine have wasted no time clearing away the rubbish whilst cutting up their own path towards giddy bass-heavy shape-shifting dance mutations. Snapping the twigs of disco, hurling clouds of exquisite dissonance, mangling modulations, boiling beats, twisting tweaks... this is a crew that will throw anything at the wall, and you. Some People Really Know How To Live presents a machine music built for the house, the street, the beat. For now, for never. In paradise, all (earlybird) tickets are free and as you face your maker it is Shit And Shine who will truly set you free. Recorded in Austin, Texas; Photography by Coco Clouse; Design by Stephen O'Malley.
PRICE: $15.50
TONE, YASUNAO AI Deviation #1, #2 CD
Yasunao Tone on AI Deviation #1, #2: "I have had an idea if I apply the neural network to create my sound work for long time. When I had a performance at Centre Pompidou with Peter Rehberg and other friends I tried to talk about the idea with a French guy from IRCAM. But, he couldn't understand my idea, which by using neural network the sound I create would never have any repetitions. That was 2002 and I had to wait until 2015 when I had a grant from New York State Council on the Arts through ISSUE Project Room, then its director Lawrence Kumpf applied for my new work. The grant finally made possible for making my cherished idea, the neural network piece, reality. I had talked about the idea with Prof. Tony Myatt at Surrey University, UK and he developed the software for the piece with a team included Dr. Paul Modler. At the lab in the University a series of my performances of my MP3 Deviation were captured and used to train Kohonen Neural Networks to develop artificial intelligences that simulate my performances. Hence a birth of new piece AI Deviations. I had a premiere at ISSUE Project Room on June 9th, 2016 and the venue was more than packed and here is the performance of the piece." Recorded at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, June 9th, 2016 by Bob Bellerue. Photo by Cameron Kelley; Layout by Stephen O'Malley. Mix and mastered by Russell Haswell.
EGR45 006LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: EGR45 006LP
Get ready for some true wonkiness, courtesy of Neil Landstrumm. This is techno purely for those rock-solid psyches who lack that element of the deranged, the off-kilter, and the strange -- on the dancefloor and in their own mental constitution. If you're even slightly in doubt of your sanity, stay well clear of this cut. The fact that Neil's been using Elektron instruments probably means it's even more important to have that straightjacket at the ready. Even that won't stop you from dancing, though. Neil has been making wonky techno since antiquity, hell, he's the progenitor of the genre, but what you probably didn't know is that he's also been doing graphics for Rockstar Games, the software house that brought you Grand Theft Auto.
PRICE: $10.00
BOGNER, URSULA Winkel Pong 7"
Faitiche present a new Ursula Bogner record. Winkel Pong contains three previously unreleased pieces from the archive of the sound researcher who died in 1994. In 2008, Jan Jelinek put together a first album from Bogner's tape archive, Recordings 1969-1988 (FAITICHE 001CD, 2014). A second followed in 2011, compiled this time by Andrew Pekler Sonne = Blackbox (FAITICHE 005CD, 2011). For Winkel Pong, the tape archive was passed on to Lucrecia Dalt. The Berlin-based Colombian sound artist and musician chose three tracks from the 1980s (exact dates unknown), editing the tape recordings for their release on Winkel Pong.
PRICE: $10.00
Faitiche present the launch of its new Acoustic Surveillance Series. Each 7" vinyl single in the series presents a historical system for acoustic surveillance, beginning with Uguisubari by Jan Jelinek's field recordist pseudonym G.E.S.. The pieces feature recordings of uguisubari -- special floors in Japanese temples and castles. The nightingale floor was a popular acoustic warning system. It was very simple: when someone stepped on the floorboards, the nails holding them in place rubbed against metal clamps mounted on the underside of the boards, raising the alarm by creating a squeaking noise that resembled the chirping of the Japanese nightingale.
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 310LP
DONKEY NO NO Tandoori Chicken (The Neverending Story) Vol. 1 LP
"Second boss LP by this bossest of Western Mass trios. Comprised of Jenifer Gelineau on violin & electronics, Omeed Goodarzi on guitar, and Edward 'Ted' Lee on bowed cymbal, Donkey No No create the sort of instrumental hallucinations you'd expect to hear in the background of a film by Jodorowsky or Arrabal. It's very cool, because they use the very instruments you'd hear in some shitty Ken Burns documentary, in order to play music that would make Ken's sallow head explode if he tried to wrap his noggin around it. With sometimes scratchy violin as the ostensible lead instrument, theoretical comparisons to old timey music are inevitable. But Donkey No No's sound is old timey only in as much as its tendrils are as timeless as smoke. Every note they generate heads in such weirdly trippy directions you can immediately suss why these guys are such a favorite of Gary Panter (king of the hippies). Much of their flow is an unstoppable lateral gush, reminiscent of mid-points in long sets by classic-if-lost Bay Area bands like Patrick Kilroy's New Age trio or Serpent Power. They create an aura that is filled with breath and light in a way that few other bands have ever mustered. It's crazy to think that because they're a new band, on a label not known for its psych releases, that it's gonna take heavy duty psych heads YEARS to find the damn thing. Only when it is no longer in print, and Feeding Tube is an empty brush warehouse once again that the big boys will figure this one out. Which gives you a chance to get a jump on these turds. So do it. If you appreciate the sound of sliding through golden portals, this record was made for you. Whether you like curry or not." --Byron Coley, 2017. Edition of 300; Silk screen fold over covers by Neil Burke.
FW 35371LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: FW 35371LP
COTTEN, ELIZABETH When I'm Gone (Blue Vinyl) LP
"This is the third volume of work for Folkways by one of the most important acoustic guitarists of the 20th Century, originally released in 1965. Produced by musician Alice Gerrard and recorded by folklorist/musician Mike Seeger, When I'm Gone is the perfect introduction to the queen of folk-blues. An absolute classic lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Folkways jacket and including a reproduction of the original information booklet. On blue vinyl."
PRICE: $22.00
The Doomed Bird Of Providence's third album Burrowed Into The Soft Sky follows the acclaimed Will Ever Pray (2011) and Blind Mouths Eat (2013). On this occasion, they have discarded Mark Kluzek's vocals in favor of two twenty-minute instrumentals that continue Kluzek's obsessive and singular foray into early colonial history, while also being a significant departure in terms of approach. The underlying themes for each track are contrasting yet tie together via their historical context; a period where indigenous Australian belief systems and day-to-day lives were irrevocably assaulted. The song "Burrowed Into The Soft Sky" is based on a passage from Patrick White's novel Voss (1957). The book is very loosely based on the final journey through the northern regions of Australia by explorer Ludwig Leichardt. Kluzek took a passage from the book where a comet passes over and Voss, his team, and a tribe of Australian Aboriginals engage with and interpret the experience until it is "burrowed into the soft sky". "The Blood Dimmed Tide Is Loosed" takes a significantly darker turn, shining a light on a pattern of atrocity that took place in the north east of Australia at a time where a dynamic of back-and-forth, invariably initiated by colonists, took place, culminating in a "dispersal" of a tribe.
GET 54076LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: GET 54076LP
J.B.'S, THE Doing It to Death LP
2017 repress. "For starters, this platter begins with one of the great intros of all time: 'Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the world. You are about to witness the eighth...' Lodged in a deep groove between the JB's' debut LP Food For Thought (1972) and the more complex and at-times political Damn Right, I Am Somebody (from 1974) sits the ridiculously vampy and infectious classic, Doing It To Death. First moving hips and making heads nod in 1973, the James Brown-produced, 5-song album is one big funk lick, broken up into many delicious moving parts. As with pretty much everything produced by the JB's -- led by Fred Wesley with heavy help from a supporting cast that included saxophonist Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin and drummer John 'Jabo' Starks -- all songs began and revolved around a devastating riff. The title track is most certainly guilty-as-charged, as it starts strutting right out of the gate and continues for just over 10 minutes, driven by a guitar lick and MCed by the inimitable James Brown, with soloists stepping up and out while the song chugs on. The other centerpiece of the album is the 8-minute 'You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight,' whose groove is interestingly teased two times before it arrives in full form. The song title itself is provocative, and the music keeps a stone-cold groove despite the less than cheery undertones. Again driven by an infectious guitar morsel, the breakdowns in this song gave sampling producers and DJs sweet dreams in the '80s, and Fred Wesley's trombone solo rides beautifully over the group's cries of 'We need some money.' Beyond the aforementioned sure-shots, the twitchy 'More Peas,' 'La Di Da La Di Day' and the much jazzier, solo-heavy 'Sucker' round out this incredible album. It's just another perfect example of how James Brown's funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove."
PRICE: $22.00
CHAOS U.K. One Hundred Percent Two Fingers In The Air Punk Rock LP
Harbinger Sound present a vinyl reissue for the long-lost and scarce UK hardcore classic, Chaos U.K.'s One Hundred Percent Two Fingers In The Air Punk Rock. Originally self-released in a very small run in 1993, original copies now command over $100 on the collectors market. This reissue collects the original material on the album, alongside tracks from that same period that were only released in Japan. This new edition was put together by the band themselves. It features an extensive collection of unseen photographs and sleeve notes, and it comes housed in a swanky gatefold sleeve. The same iconic front cover used on the original album graces this edition too. Edition of 500.
PRICE: $19.50
Nachthexen are a band -- possibly a coven -- from Sheffield, making fresh, fiery, and eminently danceable synth punk. This record follows on and includes re-released songs from their cassette The Other (2015) and self-titled 7" (2016). With themes of social anxiety and isolation, feminist protest, and sanctuary in sisterhood, Nacthexen's sound involves outsider occultist eeriness with classic punk ferocity and '80s post-punk and new wave catchiness. Reminiscent, at times, of Goblin, Gary Numan, and Siekiera, it also recalls the punchy attitude and hooks of women pushing punk forward in the late '70s and '80s, think Kleenex or Suicide Squad.
HDM 2011CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: HDM 2011CD
MURRELL PRESENTS, HADLEY Funk You: A Very Funky Funk Music Compilation CD
"Funk You collects some of Mr. Murrell's stellar production over the years with groups like Freddi/Henchi & The Soulsetters, Black Ice, Smoked Sugar and many more -- including the Carl Weathers. The booklet includes many period photos with Murrell and luminaries he's crossed paths with over the years including Little Richard and the Godfather of Soul Mr. James Brown."
HH 3055CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HH 3055CD
PASTORIUS, JACO Kool Jazz Festival NYC 1982 CD
Jaco Pastorius, live at the Kool Jazz Festival in New York on June 27th, 1982. Jaco Pastorius established himself as one of the greatest electric jazz bassists before forming a big band, Word Of Mouth, in the early 1980s. Taken from a National Public Radio "Jazz Set" broadcast of a concert at the Kool Jazz Festival in New York Lincoln's Center on June 27, 1982, this set features versions of songs from both Word Of Mouth albums. Also included is "Mr. Fone Bone", a composition by Word Of Mouth member Bob Mintzer that would never be issued on a Pastorius album during Jaco's lifetime. The entire NPR broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background liners.
HH 3055LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HH 3055LP
PASTORIUS, JACO Kool Jazz Festival NYC 1982 LP
LP version. Jaco Pastorius, live at the Kool Jazz Festival in New York on June 27th, 1982. Jaco Pastorius established himself as one of the greatest electric jazz bassists before forming a big band, Word Of Mouth, in the early 1980s. Taken from a National Public Radio "Jazz Set" broadcast of a concert at the Kool Jazz Festival in New York Lincoln's Center on June 27, 1982, this set features versions of songs from both Word Of Mouth albums. Also included is "Mr. Fone Bone", a composition by Word Of Mouth member Bob Mintzer that would never be issued on a Pastorius album during Jaco's lifetime. The entire NPR broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background liners.
HH 3066CD
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HH 3066CD
HUBBARD, FREDDIE The CTI Years 1970-1973 2CD
Freddie Hubbard, the CTI Years 1970-1973. When top jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard began recording for the CTI label in the early 1970s, he combined his mastery of bop with forays into fusion and imaginative interpretations of contemporary rock and soul hits. With more than two hours of music, this two CD compilation showcases Hubbard at the head of several lineups at four different concerts, broadcast on different radio stations: WRSU-FM, WBCN-FM, and KCUV-FM. Hubbard performs songs from his popular albums Red Clay (1970), First Light (1971), and Straight Life (1971). It is presented here, digitally remastered, with background notes and images.
PRICE: $16.50
FONTAN The Convenanza Remixes 12"
Fontän's music has fascinated and captured a choosy audience for over a decade now, and many are those who have, or have wanted to remix their material. In the shape of an ambitious 12" EP, various artists' love for the band's music shines brightly. Fontän have had the honor to be remixed by some of the most interesting names in electronic music: Red Axes, Timothy J. Fairplay, Khidja, Mythologen, and Pardon Moi give their take on tracks from the duo's latest release Fontän (HNR 010LP). The music moves in the landscapes of leftfield, techno, house, and new wave.
PRICE: $14.00
Dietro A Un Vetro is the debut album from Giulio Fagiolini. Giulio's calm and short piano sketches may easily take you to Japan; they instantly feel innocent, clean, pure, and wistful. Perhaps the most instant reference point would be Joe Hisaishi. For those that don't know, Joe Hisaishi is the composer for almost all of the Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films. The music is so simple, so direct, and just so childlike; it imbues the films with a certain old-world (or at least, not of this modern world anyway) innocence. The line between sickly-sweet and this is very fine indeed, but Joe Hisaishi always matches the mood and gets just the right amount of innocence in such a beautifully restrained way. To say the music of Giulio Fagiolini might leave you with the same feeling as Hisaishi's music is all you need to know, hopefully. In an age of innate greediness and willingness to use an instrument or genre to soullessly pilfer, Dietro A Un Vetro is incredibly refreshing. It's simple, pure, direct, and innocent. The power of music to remind one that there is something so pure, despite all the grime, is a bit of a revelation really.
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HJR 042CD
Repressed. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is comprised of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family. Other sisters and brothers are professional musicians, their mothers are singers, and Phil Cohran, their father, has roots running back to Mississippi, the musical hothouse of 1940s St. Louis, Sun Ra in Chicago in the 1950s, and the founding of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). At night when they went to bed, the children would hear their father rehearsing with his band the Circle Of Sound. They were wakened at 6 a.m. for several hours of music practice before going to school and were a central part of their father's Youth Ensemble. Meanwhile, they were also sneaking under the covers and listening to NWA and Public Enemy, later forming their first group, GWC (Gangsters With A Curfew), which morphed into Wolf Pak (Wolf Pak (Wolves on the look out for pigs and Klansmen)). By the end of the '90s, they brought together their musicianship, their jazz roots and their hip-hop sensibility, and made a living busking on the streets of Chicago, which honed their burgeoning skills as composers. (They wrote all of the tracks on this album except "Alyo," written by their father, and "Rabbit Hop," written by Moondog.) Eventually, the group transferred to New York City, and after playing out relentlessly, including gigs with Mos Def and Erykah Badu, and some particularly incendiary shows in Europe, they have come to be known as one of the hottest and most individual bands around. This album is the result of a chance encounter in 2005: during a cold market day on Portobello Road, strains of Ellington and the swagger of brassy funk cut through the morning fog. Stationed on the corner of Talbot Road, eight horns and a drum kit rocked Ladbroke Grove. Since their initial meeting, Honest Jon's and HBE have stayed close. In 2007, HBE contributed a monster of a track "Sankofa" to the Tony Allen remix project, Lagos Shake (HJR 034CD/LP), and have not stopped blowing minds since. In London, Lyon and New York, HBE tore it up both as leaders and in support of artists as diverse as Victoria Williams and Candi Staton, both rousing and tender in turns. Honest Jon's are proud to present the gorgeous, thrilling music of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
PRICE: $17.50
Pink Fluid is not an Italian EDM duo by the same name, but the new band of Jon Tye and Pete Fowler who form the core of Seahawks. As Test Pressing once called it: "A partnership born of A Psychedelic Guide To Monsterism Island (2009) -- the soundtrack to Pete's illustrations, toys and figures -- cemented by gigs playing records by Boston, Steely Dan, and Fleetwood Mac at The Big Chill Bar, fueled by a passion for vintage music-making machines, and given a name after a weekend spent in sailors outfits at Bestival. From tracks synthesized around AOR samples, Seahawks now record pretty much as a full band -- which includes members of Hot Chip and The Horrors." So, what happened to Pink Fluid? Jon explains: "The first Pink Fluid release Pipe Dreams is coming up on Prins Thomas's Horizontal Mambo imprint, we don't know when but we know it will be beautiful when it does." And here it is! Pipe Dreams is an eight track, 32-minute mini-album of sheer, almost translucent, beauty. Horisontal Mambo is a sub-label of Full Pupp.
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HOS 489LP
VATICAN SHADOW Luxor Necropolitics 2x10"
Dominick Fernow's Vatican Shadow returns with a new double-pack for his own Hospital Productions imprint following on from the recent Rubbish Of The Floodwaters 12" for Ostgut Ton (OSTGUT 104EP). Luxor Necropolitics was once again produced by Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, and it includes a super rare remix from Female of Sandwell District fame. Clocking in at almost 40 minutes, this is the most substantial Vatican Shadow release since 2016's Media In The Service Of Terror LP (HOS 472LP) and further develops Fernow's creative collaboration with Eustis, who provides a much more lean and dynamic sheen to those highly atmospheric foundations. The opening, title track provides evocative exposition; this is Vatican Shadow at its most cinematic and unreal; before "Intel War" jolts with increased propulsion and bass pressure and a killer soundsystem focus deployed with precision and depth. "Crown Prince Hamza" is much more squashed and feral, before a new "Red Headband" version of "More Of The Same" takes the original into even more anthemic terrain; this is surely the most memorable, enduring, and club-focused Vatican Shadow track of all. As if to further etch it on your mind, the vinyl edition offers a final exclusive track, a reworking of "More Of The Same" from Female, who takes the original and duffs it up, completely discarding that synth hook and instead intensifying the menace, heading down a Sandwell-shaped cave that will reminds you why you've loved pretty much every Female production. Cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 700.
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HTH 078LP
SECOND STOREY Lucid Locations 2LP
Double LP version. Cut and mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy; Comes on one black vinyl and one yellow vinyl; Made at Optimal-Media, Germany. Alec Storey has been having a fantastic couple of years. In terms of his solo output, he's released an EP on the rhythmic powerhouse Nervous Horizon (2016), along with several releases as Al Tourettes, and he has also released several collaborative EPs with his trusted chap Appleblim on R&S Records. Now, Second Storey returns to his home label, Houndstooth, and is back with Lucid Locations. Lucid Locations is a collection of irrevocably personal productions that were written between his movements between Suffolk and London, all whilst the label's dad, Fabric, was closing down and Brexit had become a reality. Lucid Locations winds down paths that explore breakbeat, electro, IDM, and techno. For any listeners wanting to sink their teeth into something far-reaching and familiar at the same time, this is definitely worth checking out. "Barrel Roll" is a perfect entry point, not only because it captures the essence of Second Storey as a project in 2017 (as well as his growth from the excellent Al Tourettes releases), but it also emphasizes the perseverance and poise that Storey carries over from his personal life into the tracks that he creates. Keep on, carry on, and rave until the lights come on.
PRICE: $14.00
A SAGITTARIUN Vanishing Point 12"
Bristol based A Sagittariun present their second release for Hypercolour. In "Vanishing Point", big pumping beats and spiraling FX fall aside to a lone breakbeat that ushers in a special breakdown section. Child-like keys and deep synth stabs draw comparisons to retro '80s vibes (think Stranger Things). "The Pathway" keeps things on an all-together straighter tip; an incessant tribal loop weaves and filters around a thunderous kick and shuffling hats, ebbing-and-flowing in A Sagittariun's most club-centric production yet. Matrixxman delivers a superb remix, pushing the original down a long dark tunnel for a growling and reverberating techno overhaul.
PRICE: $14.00
London Modular Alliance returns to Hypercolour with the five-track Wolves EP. "Brockie Det" fires out the blocks with on point electro beats and melancholic pads, whilst "Militant" continues the theme with dusted drums and thick washes of bass for a real futuristic funk moment. The disassembled arrangement of "Advance & Proceed" gives off a cold and discordant atmosphere, but remains in groove and sonically tight, there's a distinct jazz flare in the mix also. "Tremors" hits hard and heavy, giving the Detroit electro cats a run for their money, whilst "Wolves" is a busy and inspired slab of British IDM.
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: IRC 136EP
The Other Man is a collaboration between young Finnish producer Janne Tavi and Chicago house vocal legend Robert Owens. The EP provides lush layers of sound, relentless energy, and intricate piano riffs and stabs. Owens's poignant vocals seal the deal on this new house classic, taking it to sublime heights. The vocal dub kicks the heat up a notch with Owens's seductive vocals and Tavi's stunning keys and arrangement. New York house legend Kerri Chandler offers a spirited vocal version with a dynamic bassline, and follows with an instrumental take, pared down to a tool and keeping the infectious groove.
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ITR 312LP
LP version. "So Sick, the debut album on In The Red Records by Southern California punk quartet the Side Eyes, raises interesting questions about nature versus nurture -- the eternal scientific debate about whether a human being's personality is predetermined by genetics or whether it's actually shaped by the environment one grows up in. Their lead singer, Astrid McDonald, is a fascinating test case. The 22-year-old Angeleno is the real-wild-child daughter of Go-Go's guitarist-songwriter Charlotte Caffey and Redd Kross singer-guitarist Jeff McDonald. How much has McDonald's notoriously fiery onstage presence been influenced by basic heredity and how much was her personality inspired by being raised by two legendary punk-pop icons? Similarly, how did growing up together as brothers in New Jersey affect the hard-driving musical attack of 22-year-old guitarist Kevin Devine and 20-year-old bassist Chris Devine? Much of rock history has been fueled by the unique familial dynamics and sibling rivalries of brothers in bands, from the Everly Brothers and the Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies to Redd Kross' Jeff and Steven McDonald. When the two Devines' aggressive approach is combined with 23-year-old San Diego native Nick Arnold's remorselessly throttling drumming, the Side Eyes end up as a powerfully controlled punk rock machine that blows past the sonic barriers of their past inspirations."
JL 019CD
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: JL 019CD
"First time reissue of Scion Success' debut LP. Ten song LP full of NYC dancehall classics like 'Put It On' and 'Pain-A-Back.' Recorded at Phillip Smart's HC&F studios with the best NYC session players of the day, a criminally underrated LP. Check out 'Juggling Spot', long on of our favorite tunes."
PRICE: $14.00
AGGROVATORS, THE Aggrovating The Rhythm At Channel One CD
The Aggrovators were one of Jamaica's finest session bands put together by the hit-maker from Jamaica, Bunny Striker Lee. The group would produce some of the hardest rhythms cut at the legendary Channel 1 studio. These tracks would provide the backbone to songs that were usually voiced over at King Tubby's own studio. These cuts here represent a selection of some of those fine rhythms selected together for the first time. The Aggrovators were a group of reggae musicians that usually featured Carlton "Santa" Davis on drums playing alongside Robbie Shakespeare on bass with other musicians added like Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar and Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon, and Lennox Brown added for horn arrangements, with keyboard and organ duties normally left to Ansel Collins and Bernard "Touter" Harvey. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some great tracks recorded by this fantastic group of musicians and focused on those cut on Channel 1 studios to give you a feel of what those times were like. Dubs of songs from Johnny Clarke, Delroy Wilson, Paragons, Ossie Scott, Roy Shirley, and Pat Kelly. CD version includes four bonus tracks.
KK 035LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KK 035LP
HAUSCHKA Substantial LP
2017 repress of Hauschka's debut album Substantial, originally released in 2004. Piano music is highly personal music, which is the reason why piano solo albums occupy a particular place of importance in a musician's work -- not that Volker Bertelmann wants to hype his first foray to that extent, hence the pseudonym. Nevertheless Hauschka is personal music, simply because it has accompanied him for so long, because it has always been there in some shape or form, because it has always been important. The title points to the fact that it is dealing with something of importance, not just a few finger exercises or background ivory-tinkling. Substantial is a snapshot of a life spent with the black-and-white keys, and is simultaneously both moment and history, thought and feeling, yet without turning into a unduly meaningful concept album. Rather, Substantial is based upon the least conceptual of all concepts: Improvisation. Each track is based upon an opening sequence, the theme of which is extended, modulated, and varied with, as far as form or length is concerned, no specific objective in mind. What has come out is music of a differing, well, substance: Eleven atmospheric pieces in which a variety of different techniques overlap and rhythmical images with narrative depth unfold; in which further instruments, such as double bass or vibraphone make a fleeting appearance, at once lending a hint of pop, but at no time detracting from the piano as central instrument; in which experimental and electronic music is accessed without compromising the directness and ease of the improvisational approach. The confluence of Bertelmann's multiple musical personality can be apprehended here: Whilst the pop-oriented musician plays the melody, the electronic producer gently experiments with sounds, leaving the pianist quite literally to manipulate the piano -- plucking the strings with a plectrum, dampening them or bowing them lengthways to achieve a variety of percussive effects. Following the recording, the tracks were adapted, supplemented, and finalized. Using multi-tracking, up to four piano tracks were superimposed, electronic sounds from the laptop added, as well Stefan Schneider's bass (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot, Music A.M.) on three tracks. Substantial is a recollection of the foundation of a musician's life, drawing upon the roots of diverse projects and releases over the past fifteen years. Hauschka is yet another facet of Bertelmann's palette, not a change of direction. Includes download code.
PRICE: $14.00
VA Listen Up! - Rocksteady CD
2012 release. Welcome to the rocksteady sound from Jamaica. Toward the end of 1965, some say due to the extreme heatwave that was hitting the Island, the people that followed the Sound System dances demanded a slower beat so they could still move and groove to the all-night musical affairs. So the jerky ska swing was slowed down to a steady beat that also allowed the songs cut at this time to shine through. So sit back and enjoy the tunes that rocked the Island between 1966-1968. Tracks by: Uniques, Roy Shirley & Glen Adams, Uniques, Sensations, Pat Kelly, Dawn Penn, Slim Smith, Delroy Wilson, Glen Adams, Winston Samuels, Ann Reid, Roy Shirley, and Ken Parker.
PRICE: $14.00
VA Listen Up! - Rocksteady LP
2017 repress; LP version. 2012 release. Welcome to the rocksteady sound from Jamaica. Toward the end of 1965, some say due to the extreme heatwave that was hitting the Island, the people that followed the Sound System dances demanded a slower beat so they could still move and groove to the all-night musical affairs. So the jerky ska swing was slowed down to a steady beat that also allowed the songs cut at this time to shine through. So sit back and enjoy the tunes that rocked the Island between 1966-1968. Tracks by: Roy Shirley & Glen Adams, Uniques, Sensations, Pat Kelly, Dawn Penn, Slim Smith, Delroy Wilson, Roy Shirley, Glen Adams, Winston Samuels and Ann Reid.
PRICE: $14.50
LF RMX is a new series featuring edits and remixes originally made by Len Faki. The second edition presents two complementary contrasting versions of "Deep In" by Stephen Brown. Sticking to the strengths of the source material, Faki's sleek polish makes the centerpiece acid bassline and playful cut-up vocal stand out from the mix even more. Already quite a force to begin with, the momentum only keeps growing as old school drum-breaks and additional percussion roll in. The original's linear progression is traded for murky, modulating analog squelches on the "Deepspace Mix", turning the tune into a dubby late-night groover.
PRICE: $25.00
Restocked. "First commissioned by the French Government in 1981, the LP Rose Des Vents evolved out of a six year project by Swiss composer Pierre Mariétan to document and musicalise the sound environment of urban landscapes within France, creating an inter-geographical auditory map of cities and townships located in the suburban reaches of Paris, including Bezons, Herblay, Montmagny and l'Isle Adam. Through a mix of field recording, interviews, vegetable market catcalls, braying animals and urban hubbub, Mariétan paints a broad, psycho-acoustically vivid and decentralised profile of metropolitan life from the period; carried to the ear through a coupling with musical studio performance and serialist compositional technique. Over an hour and forty minutes, the recording provides an intersectional and ambient passage through environmental and urban narratives, the radiophonic voice of Ana de Carvalho offering fleeting, poetic orientation with announcements of each titled scene, divining and evoking the sonorous qualities of each landscape as it comes into focus. Each scene tangible yet non-specific, the artist arranging and signalling the possibility of civic and pastoral space as a musical container for spontaneous, sonorous interactions. Mariétan's profile is of a rigorous yet open and exploratory composer, utilising principles of chance and curiosity in organising found sound and often negotiating or encouraging encounters with improvisatory gesture or incidental and occurring sound. In 1966 he established the outfit GERM, grouping composers and musicians dedicated to developing new meeting points between composition and improvisation. Members assist in contributing recordings and performances throughout Rose Des Vents, including musical passages on piano, synthesizer, horn and saxophone. These studio pieces, played on saxophone by Daniel Kientzy or piano by Gerard Fremy, recall and redeploy techniques developed over the lifespan of the project, where site-specific actions and concerts were performed within each of the towns. In many ways, the album is a folding of each facet of the author's life and work into a single representative culmination. A sympathy towards radiophonic or documentary production values is recognisable -- Mariétan produced two iterations of Rose Des Vents for Alain Trutat and Jean Tardieu's ground-breaking Atelier De Création Radiophonique on Radio France Culture ahead of this LP release -- alongside the influence of his work in urban acoustics and research into forms of sound ecology. So too is the obvious pleasure taken in introducing the sweetness of music to children, with notable samples from his educational workshops and sound installations helping to internalise and evoke a sense of inquisitive delight. It's these components, combined with themes and concerns about the acoustic environment that resonate thirty years later and establish Rose Des Vents as such an approachable, listenable and lovely piece of experimental sound art. The conjuration of an emotional or psychological plane through musical and metaphorical synthesis allows the listener to situate themselves within the montage in a near cinematic manner, discovering an underlying sonority embedded in the psychic atmospheres of communal life." "Play back sequence: IA [side A], IB [side C], IIA [side B], IIB [side D]. Should be respected to ensure the continuity of the composition. Two turntables recommended for optimal listening conditions."
PRICE: $17.00
Children are laughing and playing in the back, a baby screams happily: handsome field recordings welcome the listener to the final chapter of Fred P's Fp-Oner trilogy for Mule Musiq. The New York City native's 7 features tunes for deep meditative club use and beyond. 7 brings the listener house music full of cosmic realities, odd jazzing moments, Japanese spoken word pop, synth spheres for ambient use, and an overall outer-national atmosphere that handsomely dances between roughness and subtle, tuned-in deepness. Fred P explains: "I chose to base this project on numbers in order to impart a bit of depth and substance. '5', '6' and '7' have a meaning in both the literal and esoteric sense. We as a species are a combination of matter and energy, so it is a matter of relating the two in harmony. . . . It's like a testimony to the human condition and how we relate to treat and mistreat one another. . . . So rather than doing a project that highlights ego posture, my intent is more about what can I give to the listener." At large, the trilogy is a journey inward -- compelling, mesmerizing, and enchanting. Fred P produced the final chapter mostly in his studio in Berlin on various synths and with a bunch of mysterious samples, all later organized and programmed in Ableton. Fred P explains further: "This project has a beginning, middle, and end. The record 5 (MUSIQ 048CD/187LP, 2015) was intended to introduce a meditative energy within a rhythmic construct, as the number '5' represents the dynamic and unpredictable. . . . The album 6 (MUSIQ 055CD/200LP, 2016) is of an earthly and more harmonious discord. I attempt to bring the inner conflict in the form of natural unnaturalness. The raw energy of the search in this project I think is self-explanatory, which is the point I believe to show how flawed one can be but express very specific themes honestly. Finally, with 7 my goal is to merge the two into balance, as one focused state of mind, as '7' is the thinker beyond understanding or beyond the illusion." Listen deeply, open your doors of perception, dance the atomic mess around, stay small, be true, and don't forget, Fp-Oner's music is a traveling zone with a universal meaning. It can mean many things to different people. "Light Years" features Minako.
MR 369LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: MR 369LP
VA Invenciones: La Otra Vanguardia Musical En Latinoamerica 1976-1988 2LP
Double LP version. The artists on Invenciones: La Otra Vanguardia Musical En Latinoamerica 1976-1988 come from an intermediate period between the high-point of diverse artistic currents influenced by the hippie movement and the advent of punk -- a watershed between the expansion of the industry and the emergence of a new DIY distribution system. They also belong to an intermediate period in terms of the development of electroacoustic music labs and the arrival of synthesizers and samples available for mass audiences. They hail from that decisive stage of technological socialization, when small studios and home recording studios were set up. Above all, what these artists have in common is that they are Latin Americans and as such, share the difficulties of belonging to a time in history when ideological polarization resulting from the Cold War was rife, when they would witness complex social processes, military coups, dictatorships, and radicalization, and when the legitimacy of music that spoke about the territory was also disputed. It was a time when native sounds were introduced, either linked to the use of poor or austere technologies or to the local context. Many of the artists on this record have acquired cult status and are key figures in regards to understanding the cultural periods they belong to in their respective countries, but as such they have also been atypical figures and reflect a sensibility that was spreading across Latin America back then: a spirit of experimentation that was redefining musical directions in the region. More than a movement, it was a group of individuals who worked on counterculture projects. Notwithstanding this mosaic of different sounds, several trends can be identified: free use of folk, open compositions, explorations of the boundaries of rock and experimentation with technology. However, imagination is perhaps what connects the artists brought together here for the first time the most. Because all of them needed to imagine a new space, where they could forge a new scene that punk and technology would go on to consolidate. All these artists did things for the first time. They represent the breaking point between clearly defined periods, despite the difficulties and isolation that many suffered when creating their compositions. Features: Manongo Mujica, Banda Dispersa De La Madre Selva, Miguel Flores, Amauta, Autoperro, Malalche, Decibel, Jorge Reyes, Grupo Um, Carlos Da Silveira, Musikautomatika, Quum, Vía Láctea, and Miguel Noya. Includes booklet with liner notes by Luis Alvarado and artist photos.
M3HART 001-2CD
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: M3HART 001-2CD
XABA, SIBUSILE Unlearning / Open Letter To Adoniah 2CD
The independent, South African record label Mushroom Hour Half Hour present Open Letter To Adoniah, a moving album by talented guitarist and songwriter Sibusile Xaba, who improvises the musical legacy of KwaZulu-Natal into an exciting, genreless future. A lynchpin in South Africa's new generation of jazz musicians, KwaZulu-Natal born guitarist and vocalist Sibusile Xaba has all the makings of an acoustic guitar master. With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing. Combined with a guitar style that is rooted in expressive picking, Xaba's music shatters the confines of genre, taking only the fundamentals from mentors such as Madala Kunene and Dr. Philip Tabane and imbuing these with a mythology and improvisational intensity all of his own. Open Letter to Adoniah is an album reverent of life and its connectedness to a higher source. The music emanates from dreams revealed to guitarist Sibusile Xaba over consecutive days. With percussionists Thabang Tabane and Moahanganai Magagula, the trio coalesces both geographic and spiritual influences, hinting at Maskandi (a music style dominant in Xaba's native KwaZulu-Natal) and the improvisational culture of South Africa's jazz avant-garde. Collectively, the musicians remold these influences, situating them within rhythms that span the continent. Thabang Tabane's influence over the project gives it a spiritual sensibility allusive to Malombo which his father Dr. Philip Tabane originated in the late 1960s. Mushroom Hour Half Hour is a Johannesburg based, independent record label and a mobile recording studio that unearths and records unique music from the African continent. Xaba's debut project is Mushroom Hour's first international release. Produced by Thabang Tabane. Double CD version includes the album Unlearning as disc one.
PRICE: $14.00
PHARAOH Spiral 12"
The fifth Parallax release is by one of the label owners and founders, Pharaoh, aka Nimrod Katzir.
PRICE: $25.00
VA Wild Mexico Vol. 1 LP
So you think you've heard everything when it comes to rare and wild '60s rock n' roll, right? Oh well, you're dead wrong! Leave it to Mexico when it comes to rowdy, crazy, and catchy-as-hell, as this ass-kicking set of rare cuts proves to be without a doubt. Throw this piece of dynamite at your next lame party and prepare to see the universe go ape-shit. There's no way anybody with a minimum taste for untamed '60s music is not gonna love this one to death. Features: Los Polivoces, Los Geminis, Los Aragon, Los Boing, Luis Vivi Hernandez, Los Cuatro Mosqueteros, Los Six Kings, Los Rebeldes, Los Strwcks, Esteban Ramon Y Los Cuadros, Los Teddy Bears, Los Reno, Los Juniors, and Los Gueros. Edition of 500.
PRICE: $25.00
VA Rare Mexican Cuts Of The Sixties LP
Pinch Discos present a reissue of Rare Mexican Cuts Of The Sixties, originally released in 1988. The long out-of-print Rare Mexican Cuts Of The Sixties remains a milestone for fans of obscure and wild rock n' roll all over the world. Composed exclusively of covers, it shows no one can do it quite like those Mexican cats when it comes time to inject a good dose of savage craziness to revitalize well-known tunes, like "Jumping Jack Flash", "Gloria" or "Hey Joe". 15 tunes of pure Mex madness sure to set your adrenaline level over the roof, dig it! Features: Los Locos Del Ritmo, Los Anis, Los Apsons, Los Monstruos, Los Johnny Jets, Miguel Angel & Los Sharps, Los Belmont, Los Rockin Devils, Los Yakis, and Los Ovnis. Edition of 500.
PI 195LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: PI 195LP
KHALIL The Water We Drink LP
The Water We Drink is the debut album from Khalil, a close confidante of Posh Isolation, and, naturally, a project close to the label's heart. With an iridescent shower of auto-tuned vocals and encrypted synthetic forms, Khalil presents a luminous route into a future of cadences pitched to a crushing intensity. As the new project of Nikolaj Vonsild, best known for his pop endeavors in the synth quartet When Saints Go Machine, as well as his acoustic duo Cancer, Khalil is his strongest vision to date. The collaborative platform for Vonsild's searing angelic and alien vocals is produced with Simon Formann, better known as Yen Towers and formerly of Lower, along with Villas Klint. With water, people feel differently. Indifferently of course, it approaches a sense of touch quite unlike any other matter or form. It slips and caresses, appealing to a sensuality so intuitive it barely registers beyond its immediacy. It's an urgency that always arrives. The ocean tells this through the shore; a perennial pleasure, a forgivable obsession. That the coast, its container, the edge of where people safely stand and where water waits, is a form just as much as it is a dissolving place, then considering a design such as that of an Evian natural spring water bottle amounts to staring at the stars. Thematically, Khalil draws constellations and cites emotive signals with this kind of deep union between form and touch. Finding perhaps a place undiscovered. Across The Water We Drink, the impulses of the romantic lyricism are diverted through artificial mechanisms and unnatural vocal terrains. Set against a melodic chorus of fractured pop, there is a certain sense in which the aching wane of Khalil feels like an ensemble of identities grasping for a form, as water may grasp for land. If there's reason to feel that bottled water is a portable piece of something greater than everything, then Khalil distributes high definition pop tropes with that same logic. The radio is an ocean, and Khalil's longing a hydrating force.
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: PFL 187CD
"Brooklyn instrumental post-metal power trio Sannhet formed in late 2010 and since then have been recognized as one of the most promising and newer prominent bands within the genre. Their last, sophomore album Revisionist (Flenser Records), was praised across the board, one of the most celebrated albums in this specific genre of that year, and now with their new full-length So Numb they have delivered their most transcendent album to date. For this album the band enlisted respected producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Japandroids, Kurt Vile) who was essential in helping the trio reach a new level with their sound, going beyond the typical trappings of post-metal and expanding it into the realms of electronic, experimental, and ambient, while still upholding their heavy and punishing sound. The trio created songs with a stronger focus on songwriting, with more memorable and evocative melodies permeating the entire album, making it a listening experience like no other."
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: PFL 187LP
LP version. "Brooklyn instrumental post-metal power trio Sannhet formed in late 2010 and since then have been recognized as one of the most promising and newer prominent bands within the genre. Their last, sophomore album Revisionist (Flenser Records), was praised across the board, one of the most celebrated albums in this specific genre of that year, and now with their new full-length So Numb they have delivered their most transcendent album to date. For this album the band enlisted respected producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Japandroids, Kurt Vile) who was essential in helping the trio reach a new level with their sound, going beyond the typical trappings of post-metal and expanding it into the realms of electronic, experimental, and ambient, while still upholding their heavy and punishing sound. The trio created songs with a stronger focus on songwriting, with more memorable and evocative melodies permeating the entire album, making it a listening experience like no other."
RR 316CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: RR 316CD
Radiation Roots present a reissue of The Paragons' Return, originally released in 1977. One of the most important harmony groups in the entirety of Jamaican music, the Paragons have a long and complicated history. First formed in the ska years by Bob Andy and Tyrone Evans as the duo of Andy And Ronnie, the group soon expanded to a quartet through the addition of Howard Barrett and John Holt, the latter naturally assuming lead duties; following the subsequent departure of Andy, Holt, Evans, and Barrett made the Paragons the quintessential rock steady trio. They had an incredible run of hits for Duke Reid and Coxsone during the mid-to-late '60s, and also issued some self-produced work, before Holt's solo career skyrocketed, leaving the group on the back-burner. Then, in the mid-1970s, the Paragons reformed, cutting material for New York-based labels such as Clocktower and Clintones, which led to this intriguing album, which saw material recorded in Jamaica at Harry J for Bunny Lee mixed with work cut at Bullwackie's studio in the Bronx; along with re-workings of classics such as "Left With A Broken Heart" and "Memories By The Score" is a whole range of new material, dealing with contemporary themes.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: SAT 032EP
Label bosses Frank And Tony return to Scissor & Thread with Odes, their strongest productions to date. "Procession" takes no time demonstrating the duo's keen ability to craft undeniable dancefloor vibes, with a hypnotic percussive groove that's sure to turn heads. "Odes" epitomizes the Frank And Tony sound with an early morning nostalgia and a nod to Detroit. "This Time" sees a collaboration with Darand Land, combining the dancefloor drive of the duo's sound with the intricate melodies synonymous with Land's sound. "Surface Prelude" sees a raw, but deep warehouse atmosphere reminiscent of early '90s house.
PRICE: $20.00
VA Songs From Satan's Jukebox Volume 1: Country, Rockabilly, Hillbilly & Gospel For Satan's Sake 10"
Who the hell is the devil? As we all know, God (that old slowcoach) is commonly known and allowed to have but one name (or none). As his everlasting archenemy, however, of my names there are plenty: Allow me to introduce myself: Satan from Arabia! Devil, El Diablo, fiend, deuce, Old Nick, the one that bedevils everything -- these are only a few of my names in Western cultures! Lucifer -- the one who brings the light -- or, as seen through the eyes of my grumbling competition, the one who was exiled from the light! Beelzebub, Azrael... Satan on the release: "I am the outlaw, the one nobody likes to talk about but the one that everybody likes to hail, the one that is always to the fore when you need me: You can find me wherever guilty pleasure celebrates its goatish feasts. You can find me at the tables of a gambling den, at the counters of hellish bars, promoting artistic careers at crossroads when the clock strikes midnight. I'm riding the highway to hell in a chromium-black limousine and steam along diabolic train tracks in black locos. I travel as the eerie wanderer or the eldritch hitchhiker. You can meet me in many shapes on the world's and life's big stages as the salient seducer in classy, noble twine and pointed leather shoes. I am especially dangerous in shape of a bombshell woman! Thus, it's no wonder that artists have been erecting memorials in my honor since the beginning of time. I have been idolized in arts, literature, and especially in music. I hereby present you a small selection of satanic songs and maleficent melodies from my infernal jukebox. Let me seduce you!" Features: The Louvin' Brothers, Sonny Burns, Joe Carson, Gene 'Bo' Davis, Jessie Floyd, Anita Carter, Johnny & Dorsey Burnette with The Rock`n´Roll Trio, Marty Robbins, Billy Barton, Johnny Horton, and Harry Choates.
PRICE: $17.50
VA Sicksville Volume 1 10"
First of two 10"s called Sicksville. Watch out for two volumes of its sister compilation Coolsville. Compiled by Stay Sick, a gruesome twosome of deejays from the nightclubs of Brighton, UK. Established in 2008, they continue to spin the best dancing music from surf to soul, oddball R&B to filthy rock n' roll, garage to punk, 7"s at a time. Their vinyl addiction has meant they have amassed a large collection of sleazy and greasy rock n' roll from the fifties and sixties, including Tarantino surf, proto-soul stompers, swingin' rhythm and blues, and twistin' tittyshakers. Get ready for the DJ to drop some slop. Greasy battered platters of wax, with honkin' saxes and Hammond organs blasting outta the speakers like there's no tomorrow. Hit the go-go cage for some tittyshakers to whip, whop, wobble, and grind to. If you like Sicksville, then come and visit its twin town, Coolsville. This sister series is a bit more laid back and strictly for bongo beating beatniks. So cool it's frozen. It's solid gone. Sleazy finger-clickers, smoldering sax-laden instrumentals and oddball rock n' roll play out of every groove. Dig the crazy vibrations, the swingin' beat. So flip ya wig, snap the whip and make the trip... to Coolsville Features: Phil Campos, Sandy Nelson, The Nite Hawks, The Sentinals, The Idols, The Nightmare, Jimmy Shaw, Robert Parker, Douglas "Jocko" Henderson, Bill Smith Combo, Jessie Hill, and The Metropolitans.
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SVT 200CD
KOLETZKI, OLIVER Stil vor Talent Berlin: Alexanderplatz CD
Stil vor Talent celebrate their 200th release with the fourth installment of the Stil vor Talent Berlin compilation series, bringing forth a group of old and new faces, who exclusively contributed unreleased tracks, gathered under the umbrella of Berlin's metaphorical aorta. Alexanderplatz -- or more specifically, its TV tower the "Fernsehturm" -- is one of the city's most iconic spots, bustling with locals and tourists alike. A stroll through its subjacent U-Bahn station exemplifies Berlin's multitude and diversity like no other place in the city. As always, music is the common denominator and Oliver Koletzki delivers the perfect soundtrack with this new release, while Chrisse Kunst renders the visual. Features tracks by: Oliver Koletzki, Epitacius vs Mestre Barrao, Sam Shure, Basem Darwisch, Kellerkind, Ben Weber & Axel Eilers, Teenage Mutants & Heerhorst, Fideles, Julian Wassermann, Township Rebellion, Reinier Zonneveld, and Deorbiting.
SV 049LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: SV 049LP
CONRAD, TONY Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain 2LP
2017 repress; double LP version. "Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain is the quintessential work of artist/filmmaker/composer Tony Conrad. Comprised of both film installation and minimalist score for amplified strings, Ten Years leaps across genre and medium to connect his revolutionary structural filmmaking with the experiments in long-duration sound that Conrad had begun in the 1960s as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music. 'Ten Years began with image before sound,' writes Andrew Lampert, 'a row of quadruple projections arranged side-by-side, all the shuffling stripes cascading into each other. Over the next two hours the music throbbed and the projectors incrementally shifted inwards, their beams gradually uniting to form one pulsating, overlapping picture.' For its 1972 premiere at New York's The Kitchen, Ten Years included Conrad on violin as well as Rhys Chatham and Laurie Spiegel performing on instruments of the composer's own making. Chatham played the Long String Drone -- a 6-foot long strip of wood with bass strings, electric pickup, tuning keys, tape, rubber band and metal hardware -- while Spiegel carried out an arrhythmic bass pulse throughout. Superior Viaduct is honored to present this previously unreleased recording of Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain's breathtaking premier performance. As Chatham recounts in the liner notes, 'When I first listened to this recording after not hearing it for over 40 years, it transported me back to the early Kitchen and the heyday of early minimalism, played outside the Dream Syndicate.' "
PRICE: $14.00
Claudio Coccoluto continues the return of his The Dub imprint this with THEDUB112 EP, including three original tracks from the unmistakable Italian artist. 180 gram vinyl; Edition of 200.
PRICE: $20.00
"Back in 2011, experimental upstarts Wreck And Reference self-released their debut EP, Black Cassette. Drawing on the blown-out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, their radical vision captivated the underground music scene, including The Flenser. It was immediately apparent that the band's intriguing realm of heavy music represented an existential challenge to genre orthodoxy. Their crashing riffs and abrasive noise, fraught with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation, were a breath of apocalyptic air in an often stagnant world. But the most surprising aspect of their artfully constructed sound was that the duo utilized only samples and live drums to create it. Recorded in a garage in the 'howling wastelands' of California, this was originally self-released by the band as a limited cassette in 2011, then as a limited CDr on Music Ruins Lives. Later that year it was remastered for a vinyl release by The Flenser. That version is long sold out and has become a sought-after collector's item. Now it has been re-pressed on vinyl from the original master for the first time since its initial run with brand new artwork."
PRICE: $26.00
2017 repress. "Terrific record! Eight charged, intimate meditations by Julie Normal and Olivier Demeaux, playing a rickety ondes Martenot and an old church harmonium. Gripping, detailed, stately improvisation -- a bit like the ùrlars in classical bagpipe music -- which nervily mixes the sternly doom-laden with precarious, other-worldly wonderment. (The ondes Martenot is an amazing twentieth-century instrument -- beloved by Messiaen, for example, and Varese. The theme-song of Star Trek is a vocal forgery of its sound. 'J'aime cette fragilité qui côtoie la capacité de te décoller le tympan sur certaines fréquences inopinément,' says Julie. 'Je tiens une bombe dans les mains. J'aime son instabilité, son humanité.') Wood, breath, blood, eggshells... on the night of a purple moon. Very warmly recommended."
PRICE: $14.00
COEO Flesh World 12"
COEO's pure hedonistic disco-ish attitude combines the funk-driven eclecticism of today and the curiosity of young music cats who always want to be ahead and a sense of quality in music that is absent in so many of today's house music productions. COEO are regularly on the top of the several deep house charts, and there is a reason: their tracks have a new, nasty, sexualized vibe that's inspired by the late 1990s French touch house or early Masters At Work productions. Flesh World is black music basically. It's booty sound. Disco for sure. Percussion jam remix by Kapote.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TTT 006EP
JELLIES, THE Jive Baby On A Saturday Night 12"
2017 repress of the long-lost post punk single from 1981. Incredibly hooky, it was originally played by John Peel back in the day, but sold just 30 copies. Rediscovered by Thurston Moore and now back out with the full original version plus edits and mixes by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin, Tommy Stupid and Georges Vert aka the Advisory Circle. The Jellies got together in 1981 and made a 7" single. There is one photo of the band and they never recorded again.
PRICE: $22.00
NURSE WITH WOUND The Swinging Reflective II 2CD
Follow up to 1999's The Swinging Reflective album. It features an array of Steven Stapleton's favorite releases that are either his own remixes of other artists, collaborations, or have been co-written with individuals who have worked extensively with Nurse With Wound. All tracks are remastered and some have been slightly or comprehensively remixed. Features: Colin Potter, Faust, Freida Abtan, Graham Bowers, David Kenny, Band Of Pain, Andrew Liles, Christoph Heemann, Aranos, Sunn O))), Lynn Jackson, Sand, Larson/Fritz Müller, and Blind Cave Salamander. Packaged in a heavy board, gloss laminated six-panel digipak.
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: UTR 094CD
Pega Monstro is the Lisbon, Portugal sister duo of Julia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar). They share the same birthday but are not twins, and they have always lived in Lisbon, Portugal. Maria and Julia resolved became a duo in 2010, focusing on their intuitive sense of harmony and expressionistic dream-punk sound. They return to Upset The Rhythm, following Alfarroba (UTR 072CD/LP, 2015), with their third album entitled Casa De Cima, which translates as "Upper House". On the first song "Ó Miguel", Pega Monstro shown that they have grown in confidence and vision, they sound compelling and assured and let the song unfold in its own leisure. The stunning "Partir A Loiça" follows with its stammering rhythms and soaring, swirling vocals. The song's title, literally "break all the dishes", is a saying in Portugal meaning to shake things up and exceed expectations. Pega Monstro constantly reach for something beyond plain comprehension, stretching songs to their limits before collapsing them back into new, more interesting forms. The Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa had a similar mutable approach to his work. Pega Monstro recite one of Pessoa's poems called "O Moinho De Café" during the third act of their epic, yet romantic track "Cachupa". The track is a good example of how natural and spontaneous Pega Monstro can sound. The second half of the album starts over with the enthusiastic track "Pouca Terra", all racing chords and clouds of cymbal, building to a beautiful textural density and ecstatic finale. Pega Monstro nurture their songs, letting them follow tangents, take risks, or even fall over. There's a sense of sisterly oneness and provision apparent in their music allowing Pega Monstro to sound instinctual, yet awash with ideas. "Fado Da Estrela Do Ouro" and "Sensação" are decidedly delicate in manner, drawing on themes of equal restlessness and wistfulness. "Sensação" even concludes with the sisters singing the traditional Portuguese folk air "At the door of the holy souls, God knocks every hour". Finally, "Odemira" draws Casa De Cima to a close in triumphant style. Drums and guitar chase each other feverishly, galloping ever faster before breaking into calmer clearings of hushed vocal reverie and serene falsetto. Casa De Cima was recorded through September 2016 by Leonardo Bindilatti. CD version comes as a digipak and includes a booklet.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: UTR 095CD
Pikacyu-Makoto is an intergalactic love and peace duo, featuring two figureheads of underground Japanese music: Pika from Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata of legendary psychedelic avatars Acid Mothers Temple. As a duo they embrace both sides of the coin -- drums and guitar, chaos and order, male and female, yin and yang, the angel and the devil. Pika brings her skills of mystifying performance to the table, all free-drum bluster and vocals veering between shrine maiden and wild spirit. Kawabata's guitar-work moves from a roar to a whisper, a yell to a sob, he's working on the same canvas of extremes. The aim of their unity is to write truly celestial hymns for the outer world and odes of love for the inner cosmic context. In 2011, they released their first album Om Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside (REPOSE 027CD, 2011). In 2016, they spent two weeks touring through Europe whilst writing their new album Galaxilympics, suffused with the outreaching sound and message of their impulsive live performances. Galaxilympics is an album of contrasts. "Space Sumo" kicks off the record in explosive style. Pikacyu's drums jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise. "Funifunikonefuni" follows with its frenzied take on pop music, bubbling with energy and Pika's multiple vocal layers. "I'll Forgive" is chant-like in its devotion to following the tumbling melody line of the song even to absurd and unpredictable dimensions. "Pika Mako Hall" is a more serene affair, with whispered echoes and guitar drones swirling amongst bursts of rapid sequencer ambience. "Castle Of Sand" picks up on this more spacious approach with slowly developing programmed electronics, before the title track erupts with gurgling synths, soaring guitar trails, and Pika's most searching vocal yet. The album concludes in reflective manner with the suitably titled "Sayonownara", a song as much in the present as it is in the act of saying farewell. It's positively elegiac with washes of cymbal and deep acres of guitar drone for the first five minutes before Pika's drums take things up a gear and into more psychedelic out-rock terrain. Galaxilympics is a triumph of opposites united. It's also a portal into the world of two musicians who find peace and semblance through their interaction.
PRICE: $25.00
Vinilisssimo present a reissue of Mutantes' Ao Vivo, originally released in 1976. Those who fell in love with Os Mutantes after listening to their Tropicália work in the late '60s, embracing both psychedelia and Brazilian music influences, should be aware that only one of the original band members, Sérgio Dias, is responsible for this late album, and when it came out the band's sound had changed enormously after almost ten years since their debut LP was released in 1968. The good news is that Ao Vivo is actually a great progressive rock record and also the first time we can see the name of Os Mutantes printed on the sleeve of a live album. The quality trademark of the band was still there despite the personnel changes over the years and the fade out of the Tropicália movement, which in many cases evolved towards the progressive genre. Ao Vivo was recorded in 1976 during a show at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista were not there, but the very talented Paulo de Castro, Rui Motta, and Luciano Alves had joined Dias and delivered a brilliant shot of live rock music with lots of quality keyboard solos and guitar licks. Paulo was at the time a very skillful multi-instrumentalist, so it is not surprising that he was hired as arranger and studio musician for artists such as Gerson Conrad and Zezé Motta on their 1975 LP on Som Livre. This album features 13 new songs and appears to be the last recording of Os Mutantes until the 2006 reunion show in London. An essential addition to any '70s Brazilian music collection. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
PRICE: $25.00
Vinilisssimo present a first time vinyl reissue of Silverhead's self-titled debut album, originally released in 1972. You can tell a band has reached cult status when they are asked for reunion shows several decades after being dismantled. And this is exactly what happened to Silverhead, despite not gaining much commercial success during their short two-year career. They were part of the UK glam scene in the early '70s, as clearly stated through the picture on the LPs front sleeve (platform-soled boots, massive flares, and make-up), and released just two albums. The self-titled Silverhead saw the light in 1972 and is the band's first studio effort, sporting a sound that lays somewhere in between late The Who and the original heavy rock. "Ace Supreme", one of the strongest tracks on the LP, perfectly shows their devotion for furious guitars, stories of bikers and energetic vocals, while the opening track, "Long Legged Lisa", reveals some solid foundations in blues music, obviously mixed with the expected glam sounds. There is also room for very inspired melodic songs like "Johnny" or the very Rolling Stones-esque "In Your Eyes", one of the highlights of this brilliant album. Although Silverhead was a confessed source of inspiration for many UK bands in the 80s, they only managed to release two full studio albums before the group disbanded in 1974 and its members took different paths in the following years... Michael Des Barres was the front-man but most people will remember him for his work on several films and TV series, mainly as an actor for playing Murdoc on the television show MacGyver. The other group members would later join bands such as Blondie or play for artists like Robert Plant. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
PRICE: $25.00
We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records present a reissue of the highly sought-after electronic/sci-fi disco/proto-techno/ambient masterpiece Voice Of Taurus by Swiss music pioneer and synth super wizard Bruno Spoerri, available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1978. Surrounded with a formidable family of legendary synthesizers, primitive modulators, and audio gear -- transformed and customized à la Spoerri --, armed with an extraordinary talent for improvisation, and deeply inspired by the likes of Wendy Carlos, Pierre Schaeffer, and the then freshly released Close Encounter of the Third Kind (1977), Bruno Spoerri envisioned Voice Of Taurus as "electronic pop conceived using an experimental and jazz approach". The result is an out-of-this-world sonic adventure where early techno sounds blend with synth-based sci-fi soundtrack vibes, krautrock explorations, and retro-futuristic disco madness. It's unique, catchy, cosmic, and meditative -- it's a must have for all record collectors of the galaxy... welcome to Planet Spoerri. Still very active recording, touring, and collaborating (with Julian Sartorius, Franz Treichler of Young Gods, Marco Repetto of Grauzone, Roger Girod, to name a few), Bruno Spoerri is a multiple award-winning Swiss music icon, whose career started in the 1950s. His works spans jazz, electronic music, film, and TV work, and everything in between. Improvisational maestro and synthesizer mega-connoisseur, Mr. Spoerri has influenced an entire generation of producers and musicians -- even Jay-Z sampled him. Housed in a 350 gram jacket; Includes new liner notes.
PRICE: $25.00
We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records present a reissue of the extraterrestrial cult classic The Sound Of The UFOs, a collaborative effort between Swiss jazz and electronic music icon Bruno Spoerri and innovative drummer extraordinaire Reto Weber, available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1978. Recorded live in Zurich in March 1978, The Sound Of The UFOs finds Bruno and Reto improvising with a vast array of classic and customized synths and percussions from all corners of the globe (and the galaxy). It's cosmic free jazz in audio gear heaven with a heavy dose of ambient, krautrock, primitive proto-techno vibes, and experimental space disco with a musique concrète mentality -- anything's possible when a jazzman and a percussionist obsessed with finding new sounds collide and explore uncharted sonic territories. This groundbreaking gem is the ideal companion piece to Bruno Spoerri's highly coveted Voice Of Taurus LP (WRWTFWW 015LP). Still very active recording, touring, and collaborating (with Julian Sartorius, Franz Treichler of Young Gods, Marco Repetto of Grauzone, Roger Girod, to name a few), Bruno Spoerri is a multiple award-winning Swiss music icon, whose career started in the 1950s. His works spans jazz, electronic music, film, and TV work, and everything in between. Improvisational maestro and synthesizer mega-connoisseur, Mr. Spoerri has influenced an entire generation of producers and musicians -- even Jay-Z sampled him. Housed in a 350 gram jacket; Includes new liner notes.
XRP 1602CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: XRP 1602CD
Two brothers songwriters-composers: Mahefa (bass) and Eddy (vocals). Two youngsters in their prime, brought up listening to their music lover of a father's collection of vinyl records (The Kinks, The Kingsmen, The Vines, Singapore Sling). The only issue is that rock'n'roll, although considered standard, is nowhere near as loved in Madagascar as heavy metal and folkloric rock. Even worse, the style is banned. Hence, the feeling of survival for the genre. Eddy had the brilliant idea for the band back in 2011 (while on the toilet -- as you do!) while listening to the seven AM program of Jacqueline Taïeb. Boom! As simple as that. They found their style mixing daily narration with minimalistic orchestration. And their name, The Dizzy Brains, was inspired by Jacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg (whom they adore) mixing irony and carelessness in attitude. In fact, they borrowed "Les Cactus" by Dutronc and made it their own, filling it with loads of thorns. Their biggest influence, however, remains The Sonics, whose "Louie Louie" and "Have Love with Travel" was translated in Malagasy and is featured on their first EP, Môla Kely (2013) describing easy girls from an album called Little Bitch -- you read it right -- provocation, one would easily describe it. Their main preoccupations remain money, the future, friends (girlfriends), and a political system that is fast becoming the enemy. But being a "punk" band has never been tempting to them. The constant feeling of rejection made them switch and that feeling is forging their character as a band, shaping attitude and beliefs. Choosing between being the sheep or the wolf; they have made their mark.
XRP 1602LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: XRP 1602LP
LP version. Two brothers songwriters-composers: Mahefa (bass) and Eddy (vocals). Two youngsters in their prime, brought up listening to their music lover of a father's collection of vinyl records (The Kinks, The Kingsmen, The Vines, Singapore Sling). The only issue is that rock'n'roll, although considered standard, is nowhere near as loved in Madagascar as heavy metal and folkloric rock. Even worse, the style is banned. Hence, the feeling of survival for the genre. Eddy had the brilliant idea for the band back in 2011 (while on the toilet -- as you do!) while listening to the seven AM program of Jacqueline Taïeb. Boom! As simple as that. They found their style mixing daily narration with minimalistic orchestration. And their name, The Dizzy Brains, was inspired by Jacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg (whom they adore) mixing irony and carelessness in attitude. In fact, they borrowed "Les Cactus" by Dutronc and made it their own, filling it with loads of thorns. Their biggest influence, however, remains The Sonics, whose "Louie Louie" and "Have Love with Travel" was translated in Malagasy and is featured on their first EP, Môla Kely (2013) describing easy girls from an album called Little Bitch -- you read it right -- provocation, one would easily describe it. Their main preoccupations remain money, the future, friends (girlfriends), and a political system that is fast becoming the enemy. But being a "punk" band has never been tempting to them. The constant feeling of rejection made them switch and that feeling is forging their character as a band, shaping attitude and beliefs. Choosing between being the sheep or the wolf; they have made their mark.
XRP 1701LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: XRP 1701LP
MANUDIGITAL Manudigital Meets Joseph Cotton and Friends LP
Riddim maker, bass player, and producer specializing in digital reggae, Manudigital has been involved in reggae music for more than 15 years now, and has worked with many artists such as Alborosie, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Biga Ranx, and Babylon Circus. Manu's various web series (Digital Sessions, Back Inna Days) are being shared worldwide across social media, inspiring new fans every day. In 2016, he released his first solo album Digital Pixel and went on a tour of more than 80 gigs across France and Europe. For this brand new release, the beatmaker has teamed up with Jamaican veteran DJ legend and close friend, Joseph Cotton, to make a record in the pure tradition of the digital reggae golden era. Features Anthony Malvo and King Kong.
XRP 816213LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: XRP 816213LP
GENERAL LEVY We Progressive LP
LP version. After more than 20 years of stage experience, General Levy is back with We Progressive, his newest album, which he himself has called "the best album of my career." General Levy, veteran of the UK music scene, grew up with reggae and black music influences. Promptly, he decided to take a stab at writing and then went on to singing. He managed to develop his own musical universe, inspired by the fast style culture. At the age of 19, he had already gained international recognition and been awarded several prizes such as the best reggae album, the best single for "Heat" and the best UK MC. General Levy composed his new album We Progressive in a specific way. For the first time, he surrounded himself with numerous musicians in order to create an eclectic and accomplished work. He decided to collaborate with Papa Style & Baldas, a French instrumentalist duo. To these two riddim makers was added the DJ and producer Goloom, who was put in charge of the artistic production. At last, he decided to work with Mayra, a young Brazilian singer from the duo Mayra & Mr.Mow, who brings her soft touch to the chorus. Through this new work of art, this unusual artist provides his fans with his vocal fluency and compositions as various as conceptual. We Progressive travels between reggae and different influences: funk and hip-hop in "Blow" and "The Love We Got", a subtle mix of rock and raga in "Flipping And Flapping", and Latin influences with the song "Bomba Rumba". But General Levy doesn't forget his roots and delights his fans with the wonderful acoustic song "Friend In Need". Also features Danakil and Big Red.
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