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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 7/1/2019

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New music is due from Nicola Ratti, Haleiwa, and Laid Back, while old music is due from Irmin Schmidt and The Inner Space, To Live and Shave in L.A., and Alésia Cosmos.

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AR 123CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: AR 123CD
The Hoodna Orchestra is a 12-member orchestra who studies and investigates the African origins of western popular music; Ofel is their second album. The Orchestra was formed in 2012, in the south side of Tel Aviv, by a group of musicians, and it functions as a collective and a record label. Hoodna's musical director is the guitarist and composer Ilan Smilan. The cultural and musical environment that surrounds the group has a great effect on its creative process. Exposure to Ethiopian, Eritrean and Arabic musical traditions, coupled with an ongoing study and exploration of different jazz styles, creates a unique blend which has made The Hoodna Orchestra one of the most appreciated and sought-after live shows in Israel. Personnel: Elad Gelert - baritone saxophone; Rom Shani - alto saxophone; Eylon Tushiner - tenor saxophone; Uri Selinger - trombone; Asaf Oseasohn - trumpet; Sefi Zisling - trumpet; Arthur Krasnobaev - trumpet; Tomer Zuk - keyboards; Amir Sadot - bass guitar; Ilan Smilan - electric guitar; Matan Asayag - drums; Rani Birenbaum - percussion; Shahar Ber - percussion; Raz Eytan - percussion.
PRICE: $25.00
VA Cambodian Nuggets LP
Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and a myriad of western genres (from French and Latin music, to rock-and-roll, rhythm-and-blues, surf, psychedelia, soul, and many more) the few pre 75 Cambodian recordings that survived -- most of them were destroyed -- are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years. Gathered on Cambodian Nuggets are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made. Features Ros Serey Sothea, Yol Aularong, Pan Ron, Tet Somnang & Meas Samon, Houy Meas & Dara Chom Chan, Choun Malai, Sinn Sisamouth, Liev Tuk, Thra Kha Band, Yol Aularong & Liev Tuk, Eng Nary, and Baksey Cham Krong + Mol Kamach. Edition of 500.
N 069LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: N 069LP
Any trademark, any defining trait is a double-edged sword: it is, of course, the catchy part, the kind of stuff people will remember, but in turn they tend to miss some of the other feats, some of the actual details and intricacies. Look at Schnitt, a truly unique duo hailing from Augsburg in Southern Germany. Comprising Moritz Illner and Markus Christ (formerly Kitty Empire), who've been adding to their sizable arsenal of sonic tools (e.g. trumpet, bass clarinet, prepared flugelhorn, Rhodes, pedals, turntables, drums) since 2012, the former is responsible for the band's signature "shtick": His sole instrument is actually a vinyl-cutting machine. A contraption that allows them to go massive, to go meta: live-cutting his multi-instrumentalist partner's live parts to then add them as samples, in order to create even richer, thicker walls of sound, wilder improvisations. It's a spectacular approach -- because it's probably the most haptic and Rube Goldbergian way to manually pull off what a sampling device normally does. No wonder they picked it as their name: "cut" translates to "schnitt" in German. And yet, apart from how they do it, there's a lot more to discover on Wand, the group's sophomore offering (its first for Alien Transistor) -- because after all it's about how they sound, part sonic installation, part beat-based exploration at the intersection of postrock, jazz, minimal music and noise. Starting off as an incremental brass collage, opening/title track "Wand" sees Schnitt create crisp and scratchy units of sound, which are then aligned and rearranged along the track's steady groove. With "Unwucht" -- meaning dynamic unbalance -- things indeed go off-kilter for a static-filled moment, yet there's always a way out: There's the laid-back minimalism of "Raus", some improvised contortions ("Torso"), wonderfully catchy lacunas between interlocked brass melodies ("Konstrukt"), and wild excursions even amateur bass-clarinetist André 3000 would endorse ("Tumult"). Almost radio-friendly and cinematic: The duo's delicately moving "Saum", the perfect cut for nighttime cruising. Elsewhere, there's more steady beats that almost feel like a reprise to the hey-days of Mo'Wax and the '90s: the thumping bass drum of "Splitter" is complete with a shimmering, slow-moving hint of a tune on top, or the jazzed-out, head-nodding crackle of "Fragment". So naked, so banging. Schnitt have created an album that's 100% deep cuts. Includes download code; edition of 300.
AUM 108-09CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: AUM 108-09CD
DICKEY/THE TAO QUARTETS, WHIT Peace Planet & Box of Light 2CD
"A tremendous pair of brand new studio albums created by drummer-leader Whit Dickey together w/ two distinct yet interrelated Quartets. All involved here have long been deep seekers of truth through sound, and between them is a luminous web of deeply affecting work, which now spans decades. This Yin & Yang pair presents their very latest work together. Peace Planet features Matthew Shipp-piano, Rob Brown-alto sax, William Parker-bass. Box of Light features Rob Brown-alto sax, Steve Swell-trombone, Michael Bisio-bass. Having left an indelible mark via classic albums under the leadership of David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp, the projects which drummer Whit Dickey led & produced in the ensuing years regularly brought out the best from all involved. That is most definitely the case here. A united pair of albums created this past Winter, the two works represent the Yin and the Yang respectively. Dickey chose Tao Quartets as the name of the groups for this work as the Tao wholly incorporates an understanding of Yin Yang, and that same understanding is here to be heard. Representing the Yin is Peace Planet: a fluid, supple and dynamic flow of instantly composed wonder; each of the pieces presents as a mini-suite, with astonishing cohesiveness. Gentle lyricism and rhythmic/melodic invention abound. Also of note here is 'Suite for DSW' -- a paean to Dickey/Shipp/Parker's former bandleader, David S. Ware, whose profound and enduring inspiration is deeply felt by all. Box of Light brings the Yang herein, with fiery energy and crackling interplay to the fore. The inspiration of Dickey's early studies with Milford Graves are clear here, as is the precedent set by such as the New York Art Quartet (feat. Graves/Tchicai/Rudd). It is likewise clear that the idea of total sensitivity, to each and from each musician toward the evolution of the music, is also to the fore. After an extended period of realignment with his central creative essence, it was AUM's great pleasure to present the re-emergence of Whit Dickey as a leader in 2017 with the exquisitely rendered Vessel in Orbit, a trio work featuring Shipp and violist Mat Maneri. Thankfully, as can be heard on these brand new recordings (and yet more to come), that album was just the beginning of his creative re-birth."
AUM 110-11CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: AUM 110-11CD
"Live/Shapeshifter is the exemplary new double-album from one of master bassist-composer-improviser William Parker's eternal flagship groups, recorded live & presenting all-new compositions, including the extended suite 'Eternal Is The Voice Of Love', along with a new iteration of the band's theme. Featuring pianist Cooper-Moore, alto saxophonist Rob Brown and (since 2012) drummer Hamid Drake, In Order To Survive is one of the great jazz groups of the past quarter century. Launched in 1993, In Order To Survive was Parker's first fully dedicated small group. It has always featured Cooper-Moore & Rob Brown, together with a series of drummers (including Denis Charles, and then Susie Ibarra) and occasional additional brass/reeds. A top live draw in New York during the heights of that heady decade, they made momentous visits to Europe as well. This initial phase culminated on record with their first double-live set, The Peach Orchard, an era-defining work released by AUM Fidelity in 1998. The dawn of the new century saw the launch of a new William Parker Quartet, featuring drummer Hamid Drake, Brown, and trumpeter Lewis Barnes. The impeccable albums O'Neal's Porch, Sound Unity, Corn Meal Dance and Petit Oiseau were all created during that first decade. In Order To Survive first reconvened at the 2012 Vision Festival on occasion of AUM Fidelity's 15th Anniversary celebrations. That set of new work was released as part of the Wood Flute Songs box set, hailed as a 5-Star Masterpiece by DownBeat, and as the #1 Archival Release of the Year by The Wire. In October 2016, IOTS entered the studio for the first time since the Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy session of 1995. This work was presented as half of the exquisite double-album, Meditation/Resurrection, released in July 2017. Two nights were booked at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn to celebrate its release. 'A mid-summer guided self-illumination' was promised on the handbill for these concerts. Live/Shapeshifter presents both sets of night two. Beyond expressing the obvious, the album title states the shamanistic nature of the work at hand."
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: AUS 143EP
DETROIT SWINDLE Rhythm Girl Swing 12"
Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, aka Detroit Swindle, make their Aus Music debut with the Rhythm Girl Swing EP. The classy duo continues the sonic exploration heard on their superb 2018 album High Life (HEIST 001CD/LP) and deliver three electronic cuts varying from warm and soulful to raw and pumping.
PRICE: $26.50
DRONES, THE Feelin Kinda Free LP
The Drones last album up to date available out of Australia. Feelin Kinda Free is The Drones' seventh studio album. It was recorded in January 2015 at Tropical Fuck Storm Studios in Melbourne Australia with Aaron Cupples who recorded their 2006 album, Gala Mill. It is also the first album original drummer Christian Strybosch has played on since 2005's Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By. He is joined by long time members Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin, Dan Luscombe, and Steve Hesketh. Feelin Kinda Free is a bad trip you can dance to. It's a punch in the brain summed up by the first line of the album's opener "Private Execution": "The best songs are like bad dreams". It is not like other music. It is not your stock jock "modern" retro rehash, rather an avant avalanche of everything coming back to haunt. It has been described by Australia's premier right-wing tabloid superstar and Richard Wagner fanboy Andrew Bolt as "stamping on the ashes of the West's musical traditions". Lyrically, it explores themes such as Koro syndrome, the fruits of western imperialism, ISIS, celebrity chefs, seaside statecraft, beach-bum race riots, Rupert Murdoch, the new middle Eastern/European diaspora, the specter of neofascism, Hugo Boss, Luftwaffe psychological warfare techniques, girls, sweet revenge, capitalist consumer psychosis, body image dysmorphia/mania, Gertrude Bell, eating people and selling yourself, having great skin, leftist utopianism, scientific triumphalism, E.T. and the mindless assumption that alien lifeforms would be nicer than us simply because of their technological superiority. 150 gram vinyl; Edition of 500.
BT 024EP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BT 024EP
2019 repress. Oren Ambarchi's Editions Mego release, Hubris (EMEGO 227CD/LP, 2016), gets the remix treatment courtesy of electronic music legend Ricardo Villalobos. Villalobos expertly transforms Ambarchi's layered web of countless sustained and pulsating palm-muted guitars into a funky, mesmerizing and propulsive long-form piece. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin March 2016. Photograph by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen O'Malley.
PRICE: $14.00
BRAME & HAMO Pressure 12"
Brame & Hamo are back and present their fifth EP Pressure on their eponymous imprint Starting off with "Pressure", an infectious drum pattern morphs into a driving and spacey dancefloor weapon. "Transit" is an intricate commute of driving synths, whilst "Dial Up" is the guy's take on breakbeat rave, taking inspiration from Josh Wink and Chemical Brothers.
PRICE: $26.50
LAID BACK Healing Feeling LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl; Reverse board print. Brand new album by the legendary Laid Back from Denmark, marking the band's 40th anniversary. Follow-up to the highly acclaimed Uptimistic Music (BM 006CD/LP, 2013) their new album masterly blends John Guldberg and Tim Stahl's signature styles, the Healing Feeling of, reggae, electronic, folk, and soothing Balearic pop as retro and modern as it was. Laid Back are back -- like a best friend -- that has never gone out, always been closely about. This is marks the duo's 12th studio album release. Their timeless and "Laid Back" style has attracted fans and collaborators such as Prince, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie, and more.
BR 086LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: BR 086LP
For the first time on vinyl, Wandering The Outer Space marks a new period in the sound of the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., thanks to the incorporation of new members. Released on CD during the first South American tour of the Japanese masters of psychedelia, Wandering The Outer Space is released here on LP format. The band at the time of this recording were: Jyonson Tsu (voice, midnight whistler), Kawabata Makoto (guitar, bouzouki, fretless bass, organ, synthesizer, tapes, speed guru), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer, noodle god), Mitsuko Tabata (guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice, kisses & hugs), Satoshima Nani (drums, another dimension), Wolf (bass, tapes, space and time), and Cotton Casino (voice, astral mama)."Buh Records has injected kind of Krautrock-flavored exaggerated, sadistic, sexadelic speed addiction titled Wandering The Outer Space by legendary Japanese psychedelic rock band. Exactly as before, plenty of distorted, dissected guitar explosions by Makoto and Mitsuko (Mitsuru), violent, offensive, a tad gentle space-synthesizer blasters, and critical plus serious rhythm section-oriented spacequakes can be heard on a full stomach, veiled in a delightful sleeve with such a colorful, hyperdynamic pic upon it." --Keishiro Maki Progarchives
BR 110LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: BR 110LP
SALES DE BANO Geometria Del Vinculo LP
Based in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sales de Baño is a group that brings together musicians of different nationalities. Led by Colombian composer and bassist Carlos Quebrada, their sound explorations have led them to expand the languages of jazz, and incorporate elements of experimental rock, contemporary music, and free improvisation. Geometría Del Vínculo (Geometry of the bond) is Sales de Baño's third album, can be understood as an avant-garde jazz album which is also connected with the spirit of Rock in Opposition. The ostinati converse with free forms, in sequences that can lead to attacks of noisy abstraction, which spring from both rock and free jazz, then go back and build complex sonic architectures where the guitar and the trumpet are featured as solo instruments. Geometría Del Vínculo confirms Sales de Baño as one of the most innovative groups of the Argentinean experimental scene, a scene that has brought to international attention other notable groups, and of similar concerns, such as Nicotina es Primavera or El devenir del Río. Sales de Baño is: Carlos Quebrada - bass, composition; Federico Isasti - drums; Andrés Marino - piano, keyboards, electronics; Camilo Ángeles - flutes; Mariano Cepeda - electric guitar; Agustín Zuanigh - trumpet.
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16063LP
SIMONE, NINA Nina's Choice LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Nina Simone's Nina's Choice, originally released in 1963. The versatile singer, songwriter, pianist, musical arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone was one of the most iconic of all jazz performers. Operating in a range of genres, from folk, blues, and rhythm 'n' blues to pop, gospel, and classical, Simone issued over 40 albums during a long and successful career, though bipolar disorder dramatically affected her later years. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933, she was one of eight children in a poor black family raised in the small southern border town of Tryon, North Carolina, where her father was a reverend and her mother a Methodist minister; young Eunice began playing piano in the local church by the age of four. Her mother's employer paid for her music lessons, leading to her first classical recital, aged 12, and her teacher was so impressed with her skills that a local fund was established to allow her to attend the Allen High School for Girls in Asheville and subsequently enroll at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Aspiring to be a professional classical pianist, she then tried for a scholarship to study further at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia -- her family moving to Philly in anticipation of her success -- but was denied admission, which she felt was due to the color of her skin. To fund her private piano lessons and to support her uprooted family, she began performing at a bar in Atlantic City and gained a sizeable following under her alias, chosen in 1954 to disguise herself from family members that would surely disapprove of her non-religious repertoire. Her breakthrough came in 1958 with the release of her debut album Little Girl Blue, issued on upcoming jazz label Bethlehem Records, which contained her outstanding hit rendition of the theme song from Porgy and Bess. Moving to Colpix Records, the first record label established by Columbia Pictures, allowed Simone greater artistic control. She recorded a range of albums for the company before switching to Philips in 1964; Colpix's 1963 release, Nina's Choice, was titled in reference to the fact that Simone chose the entire contents, drawing from a range of pop, folk, blues, and show tunes, all interpreted and delivered in her uniquely expressive style.
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: CRNBR 16064LP
SIMONE, NINA Nina Simone With Strings LP
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Nina Simone With Strings, originally released in 1966. The singer-songwriter and pianist Nina Simone came to prominence in the late 1950s after she signed to the Bethlehem label for her debut album, Little Girl Blue, which contained the breakthrough hit "I Loves You Porgy", as well as future anthem, "My Baby Just Cares For Me". Her subsequent move to Colpix Records, the audio subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, allowed her near total artistic control of her material and her lengthy tenure with the company brought plenty of popular album releases. The 1966 oddity Nina Simone With Strings was issued by Colpix a couple of years after she left the company to begin recording for Philips; a strange mix of live recordings and studio outtakes, released without her knowledge or permission, the presence of orchestral strings on several tracks gives the album its title and overriding theme. The version of "I Loves You Porgy" included here is noticeably slower than the hit version issued by Bethlehem and the sense-surround strings are suitably retarded; "Falling In Love Again", "Baubles Bangles And Beads", "Spring Is Here", "That's All", and "The Man With A Horn" are all given similarly lush orchestral arrangements, though Cannonball Adderley's "Chain Gain", Simone's moving original "Blackbird" and "Porgy I Is Your Woman Now" are all present in their unadulterated forms.
PRICE: $15.50
VA Beat At Cinecitta Volume 1 CD
Limited restock; originally released in 1996. Fab first volume of Crippled Dick's cool series documenting lost funky and groovy tracks from Italian films of the late '60s and early '70s. Put together with the same great sound and style as the Easy Tempo series of comps, this one's got a batch of tracks that are a bit wilder, and which have a bit more of a wild sound, in the Crippled Dick style. Plus, the whole thing's got loads of notes, in English, and lots of cool photos and reproductions of the posters from these crazy films. Cool cool stuff by composers like Riz Ortolani, Bruno Nicolai, Piero Piccioni, and Roberto Pregadio -- and with the kind of wild sound you'd expect from films like these! Erotica, Exotica, Psychotica!
PRICE: $15.50
O.S.T. Beat At Cinecittà Volume 3 CD
Limited restock; released in 1999. The ultimate in raunchy film music from the wild world of Italian exploitation cinema. It's the final volume, the last installment of Cinecitta-Mania. Beat at... comes hotter than ever. This time it's not the easy way of Italian amore, but the dirty, red side of passion the pasta way. Say hello to sneaking kitties, pumping boys and star-love revival. Feel the heat of the beat!
PRICE: $15.50
VA Vampyros Lesbos (Sexadelic Dance Party) CD
Limited restock. Crippled Dick Hot Wax presents a very special and delicious re-release of the nearly-lost soundtrack recordings to Jess Franco's cult films Vampyros Lesbos, She Kills In Ecstasy and The Devil Came From Akasava. The songs from the hard-to-find LPs Psychedelic Dance Party and Sexadelic were written in 1969 and released in 1970. They were composed by Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab, and this release is a compilation that includes the best songs from these titles. The red-light swing, sleazy psychedelic and strip ballads inspired wild parties around the 1995 re-release, also inspiring renewed interest in the cult of Vampyros Lesbos and schlocky/great filmmaker Jess Franco. After all, how can you go wrong with sexy vampiresses, fuzz guitar, groovy sitar jams, funky beats and Bloody Marys? This essential release is pretty much the standard by which all other cult soundtracks are measured. The CD includes three bonus tracks.
PRICE: $17.00
Limited restock. Crippled Dick Hot Wax presents Kamasutra -- an unreleased soundtrack from 1968 composed and recorded by Irmin Schmidt and The Inner Space. No overlap in content with the other recent Inner Space release, Agilok & Blubbo, released by Wah Wah Records earlier in 2009. Better late than never? A good four decades after its making, a rare gem is up for release: the soundtrack to Kobi Jaeger's erotic and educational epic Kamasutra: Consummation Of Love. A precursor to Krautrock pioneers Can, Schmidt's 1968 recording assembles Can's original line-up -- Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit and Malcolm Mooney -- who later went on to craft the band's seminal debut, Monster Movie. The film Kamasutra: Consummation Of Love switches between India and Germany and stars Bruno Dietrich and Barbara Schöne. A prime example of late-1960s German erotica and the so-called sexual revolution, it liberated the subject of sex from dingy red light cinemas and whisked it away to the exotic Far East, to the realm that -- more than a millennium earlier -- had spawned the erotic teachings of the Kamasutra. Fast-forward to the present day, and you will find the film's well-intentioned, in parts pedagogical approach bristling with (un)intentional comedy. Many bands and composers from the late-1960s were intrigued by Eastern philosophy and influenced by sounds of the Orient. Besides several laid-back, percussive instrumentals laced with flutes and sitars, the soundtrack also features three vocal tracks: "I'm Hiding My Nightingale" (sung by Margareta Juvan), "There Was A Man" (sung by Malcolm Mooney) and "I'm Around You Everyday" (sung by Michael Karoli). Kamasutra was mastered from the original analog tapes by Calyx and is available as a CD digipack and limited gatefold double vinyl. Before Irmin Schmidt founded the now-legendary German band Can in 1968, he received a formal musical education and studied composition, piano, conducting and music ethnology. Amongst others his teachers were Karlheinz Stockhausen and Ligeti. Between 1962 and 1969 he conducted numerous orchestras, including his own compositions. During this period, he also composed music for various film and theater productions. Between 1969 and 1978, he worked exclusively with Can (in 2003 they received the prestigious ECHO Lifetime Achievement Award).
PRICE: $16.50
WANG PRESENTS S.D.A.P., DANIEL Don't Go Lose This 12"
"'Don't Go Lose This!' Lose what? Disco heaven? Techno utopia? Our fantasy of a global dancefloor where all tribes come together? Unease creeps over me every time I see the image of today's DJs offered on social media. Festivals whose lineups look like a stack of labels at a shopping mall, the same 500 robots bobbing their heads in every live stream, the rigid drone of cut & paste, beardy bros and tacky influencers buying likes + views + careers produced by others in the shadows. Identity politics signaling diversity, but delivering only auditory monotony..." --Danny the Dancer
PRICE: $14.00
DAN ONLY Fragments EP 12"
Dan Only returns with Fragments EP. "Someday" is an exploration into the feeling of hopefulness and uncertainty that comes with an unknown future. It's steered by AHKI's bouncing bassline and inspired chord progression. "All That's Left (Piano Dub Mix)" has a driving groove with a slow reveal. "Emulsion" is a balance between light and dark. "What I Want" comes armed with an S950 and an MS20 -- a deep dive into the methods of making break-tinged music of the '90s. "Breathe" pulls you into a state of bliss -- let the 909 and bubbling 101 carry you to shore.
LP 005LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: LP 005LP
In September 2008, Bareto released Cumbia on CD, an album that conquered wider markets. The complete record, a process that began at the end of 2007, is a tribute to a fundamental group of the Amazonian psychedelic, Juaneco y Su Combo. Bareto gives a modern and original sound to its classics, such as "Mujer Hilandera" and "Ya se ha muerto mi Abuelo", among others. In the other tracks like "Soy Provinciano", "El Aguajal", and "La Danza de Los Mirlos", by another Amazonian legend, Los Mirlos, the band continues its rescue of popular cumbia music. In a country where record piracy reigns, Cumbia received first a gold record and then a platinum one for its high sales. It won also the Luces Award for the Best Peruvian Music/Fusion Album awarded by the newspaper El Comercio and the artistic award of the APDAYC as the Revelation Artist of 2008. This same entity awarded Bareto as Artist/Pop Group of 2009 and as Artist/Fusion Group of 2010. Discos Eternos present a tenth anniversary edition of the album and it's first vinyl release. Remastered from the original master. Green vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
PRICE: $22.00
IREL.IER Guang Guai Li 12"
"No idea how to categorise this! I would have called it experimental dancehall but irel.ier who made it says it's not! Besides i don't care how you call it -- it bangs! When I played it out in Pudel (Hamburg) people were losing their shit and someone screamed in my bleeding ear 'MASTERPIECE!!' so let's just call it that! We made 300 copies. They feature a beautiful image of your inner ear Haeckelified by some naive AI and the title (gang guan li) skilfully handwritten in Chinese calligraphy on the flip in iridescent colours."
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: DAD 136LP
BROWN, CLIFFORD New Star On The Horizon LP
Down At Dawn present a reissue of Clifford Brown's New Star On The Horizon, originally issued as a mono 10-inch on Blue Note in 1953. This improved reissue features four bonus tracks on the B side. From the original liner notes: "The date took place just a week before Brownie took off for Europe, as a member of that vast edifice built by the master of multiple decibels, the Lionel Hampton orchestra. Like Gigi Gryce, the alto saxophonist and fellow-Hamptonian whom Brownie pressed into service for this session, the young hornman found the occasions for expressing his individual personality few and far between in so large and monolithic an organization. The opportunity to record with a small, compact group, aimed at the creation of originality and relaxation rather than intensity and consternation, was a welcome change of setting for the two eager youngsters. A third Hampton star also helped to mold this date. He had also been installed for some time in Hamp's trumpet section, but is perhaps known better as an arranger, and it is in the latter capacity that Quincy Jones, a new star from Boston, contributed two originals, 'Wail Bait' and 'Brownie Eyes', for the Brown session. Completing the front line is Charlie Rouse, a tenor man whom most fans will remember from the famous Tadd Dameron conclave that produced 'The Squirrel', 'Our Delight', 'Dameronia', etc. Charlie has also been heard in the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and others."
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: DAD 137LP
HOPE TRIO, ELMO New Faces, New Sounds LP
Down At Dawn present a reissue of Elmo Hope Trio's New Faces, New Sounds, originally released as a 10-inch on Blue Note in 1953. The album reissue includes an extra track on Side B. From the original liner notes: "What style of piano does Elmo Hope play? It would be easy to answer 'The same as Bud Powell,' but this would not do justice to a musician who, while coming along the same route as Bud for so many years, is now ploughing a separate path for himself, though in a similar general neighborhood. His original material, though it has the intense, rapt quality of Bud's, remains personal, whether it be the relatively serene approach of 'Happy Hour' or the minor Moroccan mood of 'Stars Over Marakech'. When you hear Elmo Hope, your first reaction will quite possibly be 'Well, where has he been all these years?' And the fact is that while Elmo was giving recitals at the age of 14 and even won medals during his teen-aged concertizing, he has never, until now, achieved much more than local recognition. If you will pardon the pun, this might be the time to say that there is new hope for Elmo."
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: DAD 138LP
LEE/RAN BLAKE, JEANNE The Newest Sound Around LP
Down At Dawn present a reissue of Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake's The Newest Sound Around, originally released in 1961. The long-awaited vinyl reissue of this debut masterpiece. Produced by "Third Stream" genius Gunther Schuller, The Newest Sound Around stands as one of the most original and creative vocal-piano duet albums in jazz history. This is deep, intimate, and atmospheric music that naturally flows through transformed jazz standards, mournful gospels, and highly imaginative originals. It's time to rediscover Jeanne Lee's enchanting voice and Ran Blake's unique piano style and this is the right album to start with. "Full of love, care, and humanity. They always dance through melodies with devotion and intelligence, and the feeling of their music is always intimate." --Danilo Pérez
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: DAD 139LP
COLTRANE, JOHN A Jazz Delegation From The East LP
This great document consists of two different 1956, Hollywood, studio sessions with the young John Coltrane leading a true jazz delegation from the East, in other words a NY/Philly-based quartet featuring young lions such as pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. These are good solid blowing sessions, originally not even scheduled for a release and consisting of fine and surprising renditions of Charlie Parker's "Dexterity", Benny Golson's "Stablemates", and Cole Porter's "Easy To Love", plus three originals by Coltrane, Chambers, and Drew.
EF 090EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: EF 090EP
ATTARI Meridian 12"
Endless Flight welcome a new artist. Attari is Brussels based artist and running very cool private club. Title track "Meridian" is melancholic deep house tune -- it's a favorite release of the label's this year. Both tracks on the B side are dark new wave disco style tunes.
PRICE: $23.50
JELINEK, JAN Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records 2LP
2019 repress. Faitiche presents a long-lost vinyl album. Since 2003, Jan Jelinek's Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, originally released in 2001 on ~scape, existed only as a download. Now the album is available again on vinyl, as a double LP with two bonus tracks, "Moiré (Guitar & Horns)" and "Poren", B-sides from Tendency EP (2000)."Don't be misled by the title, though for there isn't a finger-snapping rhythm bebop lead anywhere on the album. Instead, Jelinek chooses to explore the visual effect moiré - two shifting patterns creating an implied third dimension - in the audio realm." --Alternative Press"The title acts as explanation for the studio technique that provided the basis for this album, snippets of other people's arrangements deconstructed through a sampler into loops and then splashed onto an audio canvas." --ATM"Jelinek's sound evolved out of his dislike for (and inability to play) keyboards." --RPM"Jelinek has abstracted his sources beyond recognition, looping his millisecond samples into flickering patterns of sonic moiré laid atop a dub techno framework. . . . Jelinek might as well have sampled a horn player's hissing intake of breath - it would have been 'jazz' enough for his purposes." --The Wire"It's a perfect inversion of conventional music, a sonic negative. Everything that would typically be foreground is moved back or pushed off the screen altogether, and the flecks of sonic debris that would normally be covered by other sounds are left to carry the melody and rhythm." --Pitchfork"All you need to know is that these onomatopoeic non-specific songs . . . are warm, paradisiacal creations." --NME"Listen carefully and you'll hear textures slowly unfolding and mutating. Presuming you've not fallen asleep of course." --iDJ"At times, it's all a bit dripping tap Japanese water torture; so sedentary it drowns in its own motionlessness" --DJ"Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records is a genuine modern classic whose re-release is anything but a cynical mortgage repayment exercise. Consider this a second chance, then pretend you had it all along." --Boomkat
PRICE: $21.00
LP version. 180 gram vinyl; includes download code. The original Rio beach boy returns in style, with a new record of unabashedly feel-good Brazilian party music. Featuring Azymuth bassist Alex Malheiros, a horn section including Valle's go-to high-trumpeter Jesse Sadoc, and percussion master Armando Marcal, Sempre has all the masterful composition, exceptional musicality, and forward-thinking ideas you'd expect from the Brazilian titan. Updating Marcos Valle's seminal boogie-era sound, Sempre spans ecstatic disco, cosmic samba, and late-night jazz-funk, drawing obvious comparisons to some of Valle's late-seventies and early-eighties output. But lyrically the new album is more closely reminiscent of Valle's progressive early '70s releases. Heralding love, tolerance, and living in the present, while satirizing political corruption, Sempre recalls a time in which Valle, together with his brother Paulo Sergio, was writing subtly subversive lyrics in order to bypass the censorship imposed by the military dictatorship, which ruled over Brazil between 1964 and 1985. The album marries compositional genius with pure pop perfection. From the blistering brass arrangements on up-tempo disco hit "Olha Quem Tá Chegando" and the infinitely classy "Vou Amanhã Saber", to the nine-minute synth heavy instrumental funk stepper "Odisséia", which gradually morphs into an interplanetary samba jam, the songs are tightened and given an extra coat of gloss by London based producer Daniel Maunick. More moments of boogie delight come in the form of "Minha Roma" and the sunshine anthem title-track. Translating as "Ever", Sempre is a testament to the continual drive for development and reinvention that has defined Marcos Valle's astounding six-decade career. Ever changing, ever moving forward, he began as one of the second-wave of early bossa nova composers in the '60s, writing the world famous bossa standard "Summer Samba (So Nice)" for his sophomore album Samba 68. After a brief stint in the States, Valle returned to Brazil, and the early '70s saw the release of four ground-breaking Valle albums. These albums would see Valle work alongside a number of hugely influential Brazilian bands, including Milton Nascimento's backing band Som Imaginaro, the prog-rock band O Terco, and jazz funk legends Azymuth. Returning back to the US in '75, Valle resided in LA, writing music for the likes of Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, Chicago, Sarah Vaughn, and Leon Ware, before returning to Brazil once more. Since the mid-nineties, Valle has been experiencing a renaissance with Far Out Recordings. Sempre is his fifth album for the label, following 2010's critically acclaimed Estatica (FARO 153CD).
PRICE: $18.00
Field Records present the first vinyl edition of John Elliott's previously cassette-only album titled Gold Fiction Loop Garden from 2016. Aside from curating the Spectrum Spools imprint and taking part in the bands Emeralds, Organic Dial, and Outer Space, Elliott has put out two absorbing solo albums over the last ten years. His solo works as Imaginary Softwoods fit in the tradition of kosmische greats without ever delving into pastiche. This third album from Elliott features a collection of short loops, recorded live to two-track digital using analog synthesizers, Mellotron M400, and multiple arrays of configured FX processes in Cleveland, Ohio. The nine tracks are widescreen meditations on pastoral ambience. Gently rising and falling chords, mellifluous pads that slow fall from the sky and ever evolving patterns of melodic beauty range from innocent and youthful to more somber and reflective. It is a beautifully absorbing listen that is perfect audio therapy for the mind.
PRICE: $18.00
Float presents the next release from drummer and composer Andrea Belfi following on from his 2017 debut album Ore. Strata is an organic evolution of the unique synthesis of hypnotizing drumming and ensnaring electronic patterns Belfi has become renowned for. Strata's inception is due to Belfi's playful experiments with Gnawa rhythms -- a music tradition from North Africa that draws from ancient African spiritual and religious songs -- with which Belfi created basic guide tracks that were later expanded upon. Strata's remit expanded from these core rhythmic ideas into a mini-LP, spread across six tracks spanning 25 minutes. The introductory track, "Shale", consists of melancholic synth counterpoint and soft drones. The title track "Strata" kicks in with suspenseful bleeps and restless hi-hats before pacey drums ramp up the tension toward explosive highpoints. "Fault", a short interlude, features more meditative moments. Notably, this track sees Belfi playing a self-built trimba, a triangular percussion ideated by legendary street musician Moondog. "Outcrop" is built around a pulsating electronic dub beat. The drop of a syncopated kick and mounting polyrhythms underpin the solemn "Ravine", before the album comes to a close with "Plateau", a driving and sinister conclusion that revisits elements of Strata and the trippy momentum of the Gnawa rhythms. The internal structure of Strata is fittingly built on layers of repetitions and variations across all tracks: "Shale", "Strata", "Fault", and "Plateau" share the same harmonic and melodic structure, while "Outcrop" and "Ravine" are both explorations of the traditional song formula. All tracks except for "Plateau" -- which can be understood as a techno remix of "Strata" -- were recorded as live studio takes incorporating the sound quality of the studio space. The album was recorded by Simon Goff at Vox Ton in Berlin and mixed by Rocco Marchi at Obst und Gemüse in Bologna. Capturing the impetus of Belfi's formidable live performances, Strata's skillfully builds up momentum to its explosive final release.
GR 2146LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: GR 2146LP
Orfeon Gagarin is the Miguel A. Ruiz's main project, a veteran electronic musician from Madrid (Spain). Ruiz's music has been the best-kept secret of Spanish underground electronics since the early '80s until now, although he's not as well known internationally as other contemporary musicians (Esplendor Geométrico, Francisco López, or Diseño Corbusier, to name but a few). In 1986 he released his first cassette on his own (now legendary) Toracic Tapes label. Since then he has remained active at the international network of independent electronic music and has collaborated with musicians from different countries such as Cisfinitum (Codachrom), Siegmar Fricke (Efficient Refineries), Dieter Mauson, Francisco López, Stefano Barban, etc. Ruiz has composed many solo albums in all formats, especially on cassette, using several aliases: Funeral Souvenir, Exhaustor, Michel Des Airlines, Ventral Metaphor, apart from Orfeon Gagarin. His first vinyl LP was Encuentros En La Tercera Edad (1991) produced by the German electronics master Asmus Tietchens on his label Hamburger Musikgesellschaft. In addition, he has published with other respected international labels like Discos Esplendor Geométrico, Old Europa Café, Aquarelist, Monochrome Vision, Menstrual Recordings, etc. Fascinated by the sonic possibilities of analog and digital synthesizers and other studio techniques, Ruiz's style is fantastic and surprising, with an imagination that can be considered as overwhelming. Science, technology, Soviet space race, Borges, surrealism, clinical pathologies, black humor, or extra-planetary life -- whatever eccentricity has a place within the microcosm of this artist. He has a wide range of musical references: post-industrial music from the eighties recorded in home studios, German cosmic music from the '70s, pioneers of electro-acoustic music, Japanese techno pop, old and strange film soundtracks, retro-futurism, mutant pop, ambient, etc. At present, Ruiz is experiencing one of the most active and best creative moments, performing more than ever and being discovered by a new generation of young Spanish electronic musicians who look for his works and admire him. Voces A 45 is his latest album, a vinyl LP with nine tracks recorded in 2018 at his own Toracic Studio. It's the seventh work as Orfeon Gagarin, the previous one, Contestación Capilar, was released 25 years ago on CD (1994). Cover artwork by Alonso Urbanos. White vinyl; Edition of 250.
GR 2147LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: GR 2147LP
BAGUESTE & SUSO SAIZ, JUSTO Inducing The Pleasure Dreams V2 LP
"In 1995 Justo Bagüeste released a record called I.P.D.; it claimed to induce in the listener a pleasant dream, heading for the final sprint towards that collective promise beyond the end of the millennium. I.P.D. was some sort of Goldberg Variations for the turn of the century, played on mini-Moogs, short-wave radios and analog synths. In 2016, Bagüeste and Suso Saiz (producer of I.P.D.) performed at Periferias Festival in Huesca; they were to play a reinterpretation of the recording they had made twenty years before. However, Bagüeste and Saiz didn't appear nostalgic nor revisionist: just a certain atmosphere and a few samples linked the concert to the 1995 recording. Firmly stuck in that moment, they offered a session of sonic haze based on dialog and improvisation -- the 40 minutes of music presented here stem from that haze. Like a vitalist statement, a heartbeat and a human voice open the first track, "Nóstos". One is then plunged into a boundless sea of textures and synthetic serpentines entitled "Margen de Indefinición" (Margin of Vagueness). Soon, some rhythmic turbulence shows up, evoking a dream of "Despertar" (Awakening) between faraway saxophones, glided guitars, reminiscences of Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream. The final stretch starts in tension, mired in an inner conflict "Cerca de Algún Lugar" (Close To Somewhere). After a shamanic-like voice, the session leads to a backwater of spacious ambient music with stitches of sax and guitar, describing a transcendental "Implosión" (Implosion) ended with unrepentant heartbeats again. This re-reading of I.P.D. is like an agile pirouette against the inertia of time; it reminds one how intimately electronic music has been related to spirituality since the beginning, and how that bond seems to have diluted in the 21st century, in the factual setting of so many utopian fantasies from the past. Bagüeste and Saiz evoke the enthusiasm of the future pasts. They recall that promise of plenitude through technology that never was. At the same time, they update that promise before our ears, naturally and fully aware." --Javier Aquilué Edition of 500.
PRICE: $17.50
VA Giant - Various Artists Vol. 1 12"
The 13th release on Giant Records is a various artists EP -- this is Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 will follow later in 2019. First up is Claudio Iacono who hails from Italy. Then its Pysh who is from Poland followed by Russia's Anton Lanski then last but no way least is Bulgaria's Babyfaceclan -- the four tracks range from afterhours, deep techno to sublime deep house and Babyfaceclan'S track has an Andy Weatherall flavor to it. Edition of 300. Features Alt 'N' Beats.
GR 035LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: GR 035LP
POZO, CHANO Rumbero Mayor: An Overview of the Legendary Afro-Cuban Conguero That Changed Latin Music and Jazz Forever 2LP
Grosso! Recordings present Rumbero Mayor: An Overview of the Legendary Afro-Cuban Conguero That Changed Latin Music and Jazz Forever, a collection featuring Chana Pozo. Some tracks have been remastered and restored and some are presented on vinyl after many years. Format and selection designed for DJs, collectors, and general public. Complete liner notes Spanish/English by collector and DJ, Pablo "Bongohead" Yglesias. Edition of 500."The story of Luciano 'Chano' Pozo González (born January 7, 1915 in Havana, died December 3, 1948 in New York City), is the stuff of myth and legend, of triumph and tragedy, and like that of several similar seminal figures in the history of the music of the Americas (Robert Johnson comes to mind), someone born of African ancestry and humble economic origin ends up influencing global popular culture and changing the course of music as we know it but then dies all too young to realize their full potential or enjoy the fruits of their labor. But who was Chano and what makes him so important? He was a multi-talented percussionist, composer and dancer who demanded satisfaction in life and lived it to the hilt. More importantly, he was well aware of his African roots and figured out how to blend the ancient and the modern in Latin music such a way as had never been done before." --Pablo "Bongohead" Yglesias New York City, May 2019"Chano was a showman. He was a creator. You could never predict what the guy was going to do next. He's one of those kinds of people with a million ideas. Same thing applies with his playing, he never played congas like these guys... he always finds something to fit in different, this is why his value is so big. Sometimes you gotta die and rest in peace for 20 years before the people start evaluating what you're doing. Now they want to know because so much has happened with the conga, that they want to know where that comes from, and they got to go to the roots." --Mario Bauzá"It was similar to a nuclear weapon when it burst on the scene. They'd never seen a marriage of Cuban music and American music like that before." --Dizzy Gillespie
HN 272LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: HN 272LP
TO LIVE AND SHAVE IN L.A. Spatters of a Royal Sperm LP
"Twenty-four years ago back in 1994 the first To Live and Shave in L.A. CD 30-Minuten Männercreme was released. Jim Magas, the indie buyer at the local Ann Arbor Borders Books and Music convinced myself and pal Andrew W.K. to buy it... telling us that it's some of the most fucked up music we would ever hear. He wasn't wrong, it blew our teenage minds... we had NEVER heard ANYTHING that sounded like this... and it remains one of the most influential music releases of my life. It was and is one of the most psychedelic things I've ever heard. It was a maximalist blast of pause-button tape 'loops', doubled up rock crooner vocals, noise guitar blasts (supplied by Harry Pussy's Bill Orcutt), recorded and mixed with mind scrambling hi-fi clarity, by Tom and long-time Miami underground music beacon Frank Falestra, aka Rat Bastard. Before that monumental album was recorded, TLASILA's main man Tom Smith had recorded 4 songs to be released as a 7 inch back in 1992. The label, afraid of the new name wanted to release the record under Tom's previous moniker Peach Of Immortality. This wouldn't do as it was a new beast all of its own. Alas, the release was shelved... until now. The Side A of this LP contains the complete unleaded 4 song 7 inch, recorded by Tom in his very first of many projects with longtime collaborator Rat Bastard. Tape loops of dollar bin garbage reworked into disorienting alien rock music with freak-pop hooks. I challenge you to find me another recording project as freaked out and unlike anything as this. Go for it! No hyperbole... This is the unheard blueprint recordings of one of the most creative projects in the history of underground music. The B-side of this LP is unreleased dub experiments Tom was doing through the years 1977-1980 and available only on this vinyl, and not available with the digital download." --Aaron Dilloway, May 2019For Fans Of: Harry Pussy, Sonic Youth, early Severed Heads, The Hanatarashi, Aaron Dilloway, Evil Moisture, Tod Dockstader, J Dilla, Giorgio Moroder, Public Image Ltd, Pussy Galore, Death Mix-era Bambaataa, Doris Wishman, and Captain Beefheart.
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: HIT 003LP
"The trombonist Dewell Narváez appears again in the music scene, this time as musical producer of the album Asunto Social (Social Matter) recorded by the Son De Cuba International Orchestra. The director of the legendary Narváez Orchestra, stands out in the performance of the Puerto Rican cuatro in the song "Guajira Con Amor" and playing the trombone in the "Canguil a la SDC" also. On the other hand, two other notable members made their contribution: José Mangual Jr. who plays the maracas and the güiro in all the songs and participates in "Canguil A Lo SDC" finale. And the vocalist Renzo Padilla, who sings "Pa 'La Batalla". Son de Cuba is an orchestra that was born in a neighborhood of the city of Pereira, Colombia called Cuba. Under the direction of William Cano Tabares they've undertaken a musical work according to the sound of the salsa brava, thinking of the dancer, without neglecting the great value of daily social content in lyrics, as well as themes around the rumberos environment. Asunto Social offers in its songs a diverse menu of messages. The song "Asunto Social", which gives title to the album, is a sound painting that invites the change of attitude of society. "Mujer Ajena" (Another's Woman) is a declaration of forbidden love feeding impossible illusions. "Salsa Al Barrio" is a citizen complaint of those who face harsh daily life and invite reflection. "Melodioso" dedicated to the businessman of music concerts Edgar Berrío. "Barco A La Deriva" (Ship Drifting) is the manifestation of nostalgic love memories. "Guajira Con Amor" (Guajira with Love) is a creation of William Cano for his wife Paula. "Pa 'La Batalla" (Into The Battle) is dedicated to Salsa collectors and the musical meetings that are organized among them. "Canguil A Lo SDC" is a reinterpretation with new elements, in its arrangements and disposition of horns. The cover is a creation of the painter Andrés Saúl Arango -- born in Medellín -- in which the three pillars for the construction in society: Education, art, and peace are symbolized. A production of Hitmusical in association with Dewell Narváez. This is Asunto Social, an album full of authenticity. A neighborhood expression turned on musical art with Colombian talent and the experience of first-class guests." --Diego Andrés Aranda Estrada English and Spanish lyrics included.
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HJR 035LP
VA Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted: Baghdad, 1925-1929 2LP
2019 repress. Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted: Baghdad, 1925-1929 is the second in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring the earliest 78s held in the EMI Hayes Archive. In the mid-1920s, The Gramophone Company -- soon before it became EMI -- employed two or three Europeans to criss-cross Iraq. They logged regional demographics, assessed the German competition, and checked out the scores of record shops and hundreds of musical venues. In Kerbala, its man fearfully disguised himself as an Arab. This was the groundwork for three sessions, conducted in Baghdad in the second half of the decade, which produced nearly 1,000 recordings. Business was good -- the first group of records, though deemed aesthetically unsuccessful by the company, immediately produced 12,000 sales through just two outlets in the city. Drawing on the full range of these Baghdad recordings, this is a wondrous, deeply poignant glimpse of social living since obliterated, in which ethnicities, faiths and traditions appear woven richly together, however precariously. There is dance music featuring Arab folk singers from the countryside, backed by professional Jewish musicians in Iraqi styles popularly termed "Egyptian," perfected in nightclubs where the first duty of the secular women singers on this album was prostitution. Also including some Arabic word-play, in a nod to the musical form of the Arabic mawwal, a Hebrew hymn is kick-started with a cry of "Allah!," most likely from one of the Jewish performers. There are pieces from Bahrain and Kuwait, sometimes mixed together in one performance; the different dialects are far-flung. There are beautiful, high, and lonesome Kurdish violin improvisations and some unaccompanied circular breathing on a zourna so unearthly it seems to cross late Coltrane with Sun Ra. All the songs are characterized by searing emotion and crises of feeling, many by erotic urgency. As with the other titles in the series, the recordings have been startlingly restored at Abbey Road; they are presented here with full translations, rare photographs, and notes -- including an extensive interview with a citizen of Baghdad throughout this period, who knew many of the musicians here personally. Features: Mulla Abdussaheb, Sayed Abbood, Dahi Ben Walid, Sultana Youssef, Salim Daoud, Khedayer Bin Kessab, Mulla Seoud El Koweity, Said El Kurdi, Siddiqa El Mullaya, Hdhairy Abou Aziz, Kemani Noubar, Badria Anwar, Kementchedji Alecco, Badria Anwar, and Saleh Ibrahim. Gatefold sleeve.
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HJR 041LP
VA Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization Of West Africa 2LP
2019 repress. Honest Jon's presents a collection of music from '60s and '70s West Africa that is heavily influenced by Latin sounds from the era, representing a mutual cultural exchange that would have a permanent impact on the evolution of each region's trademark sound. Much of what makes modern Latin music so irresistible came from Africa in the first place. When the first waves of African rhythms, reconstituted in the Caribbean, returned home on radios and records, Africans -- especially in West and Central Africa -- received them with great enthusiasm. Staid dance bands that replicated European music soon began to swing as Caribbean accents settled in their rhythm sections. By the 1950s, Africa had produced its own Calypsonians, and more than one African musician changed his name to give it a Latin flavor. Some even composed songs in Spanish, while others wrote nonsense lyrics that only sounded like the real thing. No band mixed local and Latin styles more successfully than Orchestre Baobab and its leader Balla Sidibe. The mesmerizing "On Verra Ca" finds Baobab leaning in the direction of the stuttering mbalax sound that Youssou N'Dour carried to great popularity. Other Senegalese bands followed the trend, like the Rio Band, Orchestre N'Guewel, and Laba Sosseh from Gambia (like his compatriot Amara Toure) who styled himself as a salsa singer after his hero Johnny Pacheco. From Benin, Gnonnas Pedro sang in every pop style imaginable, but he seems especially at home in an Afro-Cuban embrace, as you will hear on the 1977 recording "Adigbedoto." The closing track also comes from Benin, a 1976 recording by the celebrated Orchestre Poly Rythmo -- though the singer, Pierre Tchana, hails from Cameroun. "Quiero Wapacha" features another Camerounian singer, Charles Lembe, and also from Cameroun is legendary African Jazz saxophonist, Manu Dibango, who is featured here alongside Le Grand Calle and Cuban flutist Don Gonzalo. Orchestre OK Jazz recorded any number of Afro-Cuban inspired sides: "Micorrason" is one of the band's earliest songs, recorded soon after their formation in 1956. There is no better evidence of the push-me-pull-you, back-and-forthing between two cultures than the Afro-Latin compilation we have here. All the flow from an unparalleled period of exuberance and creativity after World War II had ended and before homegrown tyranny had yet to descend on the land. It was Africa's moment, optimistic and free. You can hear it in the music. --Adapted from text by Gary Stewart, author of Rumba On The River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos.
HC 063LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: HC 063LP
DIBANGO, MANU African Voodoo LP
Hot Casa present a reissue of Manu Dibango's African Voodoo, originally released in 1972. A fantastic and rare album by the Afro soul maestro. These files were recorded in 1971 at Pathé-Marconi studio (Boulogne-Billancourt) for professional sound illustration intended for the cinema, television, and advertising. At the time, jazz musicians were interested in and experimented with all genres, and started to convert solely to what soon to be called "rare groove", somewhere between soul, jazz, and Afro funk with a hint of Latin clave. These tunes have not aged and the sound will be considered as "huge" by many cratediggers. These recording were not supposed to reach the club or radio audience, they were freer sessions, a moment for the musicians to open their imagination and test their "Afro something", like Manu Dibango liked to say. These recording sessions included the best of the French soul scene at the time: Yvan Julien (trumpet), Slim Pezin (guitar), Jacques Bolognesi (trombone), Lucien Dobat (drums), Emile Boza (percussion), Manfred (bass), and the conductor himself at the vibraphone, marimba, saxophone, organ. This album is a wonderful return to the future and should satisfy the need of the Afro soul aficionados. Mastering by The Carvery. Replica; vinyl-only; 180 gram vinyl; includes interview by Jacques Denis; limited press.
IF 1052LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: IF 1052LP
VA Digital Kabar: Electronic Maloya From La Reunion Since 1980 2LP
Double LP version. Digital Kabar: Electronic Maloya From La Reunion Since 1980 is a compilation of electronic music from Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. Combining tropical sounds, sunny moods, and créole dialect, Digital Kabar features mostly unknown artists from the island. It is the perfect summer-opening compilation for both rare groove diggers and DJs in search of the best tropical beats. Formerly clandestine, today manifest, both sacred but also profane, sometimes meditated, very often improvised, the Kabar transpires in the daily life on Reunion, getting rid with insolence of any label that dares to try to impose itself. The Kabar is a fleeting but bubbling manifestation of an identity and a local culture that is still difficult to define. A moment of life and sharing where handcrafted instruments, neighborhood meetings, ritual dances and lyrical demands are mixed, a meeting. Born from the musical union of maloya and electronic music, Digital Kabar is a compilation at the crossroads of cultures, porous to all sound experiences. It's also the result of a friendship resulting from InFiné heading to the Les Electropicales festival, the fascination of a small team dedicated to the independent musical cause of a musical scene and its diversity. A musical electronic snapshot from an exotic and unknown part of the globe, half of the tracks on the compilation have never been officially released. Features: Patrick Manent, Boogzbrown, Loya, Jako Maron, Sheitan Brothers, Ti Fock, Boogzbrown & Cubenx, Force Indigène & Jako Maron, Agnesca, Zong, Labelle, Psychorigid, Salem Tradition, J-ZeuS, and Kwalud.
JT 030EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: JT 030EP
HUNTER/GAME Silence Remixes EP 12"
Hunter/Game present the Silence Remixes EP, featuring contributions from Radio Slave, Inland, Wrong Assessment, and Jamaica Suk amongst others. Radio Slave turns "Dead Soul" into a marching ground of melodic techno, whilst Inland breathes robotic life into "Crashed Sounds" and Wrong Assessment levitate "Fragments" over murky waters. Closing off the vinyl is Jamaica Suk's ominous restructuring of "Reaction".
JT 031EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: JT 031EP
ABSTRAKT Cristalli Ionici EP 12"
Milan-based imprint Just This present Cristalli Ionici EP, a four-tracker from Italian duo Abstrakt featuring a Marcel Fengler remix. Abstrakt is a collaborative project from Luca Rambelli and Filippo Scorcucchi concerned with the intense study of spatial timbres. A relatively new endeavor, their debut on Just This offers an expertly crafted voyage into the outer reaches of the imagination. Sonically, the EP files under ambient techno, brandishing swirling textures and tangible effects to create a blissful meditative state. For his remix of the title track, Marcel Fengler places the subtle complexion of the original inside a driving rhythmic pattern.
KK 113LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KK 113LP
LP version. Includes download code; Edition of 300. A masterclass in nuance, interpretation and the purifying power of the human voice, Standards Vol. V represents another captivating chapter in the career of a singular figure in contemporary music, Bill Wells. For his fifth album as the mischievously named National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, prolific jazz outsider Wells posits yet another collaborator in the diffuse light cast by his tender chord shifts and understated arrangements. Where Standards Vol. IV (KK 106CD/LP, 2018) spun around the vocal talents of Kate Sugden with contributions from Gerard Black and Aby Vulliamy, the voice on Standards Vol. V is that of Black, whose other musical activities include the band Babe, François And The Atlas Mountains, Rozi Plain, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. For much of Standards Vol. V, Black's unstained tenor is the paint with which Wells fills the canvas on songs including four originals -- among them the beatific wordless chorale "Gradual Inclination" and the contrasting "So Much Power," an energetic stomp propelled by keyboard brass and drum machine -- and versions of songs from the musical Fiddler On The Roof and George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing ("Sunrise, Sunset" and "Of Thee I Sing" respectively). As ever with Wells' work, whether under the NJTOS moniker or his own name (which typically appears alongside those of collaborators including Yo La Tengo, Jim O'Rourke, and Annette Peacock), the melodic and lyrical elements are embellished with jazz-accented piano, samples and keyboards, with minimal rhythmic accompaniment other than electronic percussion. Adding to the intrigue on Standards Vol. V are a new arrangement of the Scots/Irish ballad "I Know Where I'm Going" (from which Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger took the title of their 1945 film of the same name), an entirely new musical interpretation of "Sigh No More Ladies" from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and the album's appropriately named finale, "A Quiet Goodbye," with words by Aidan Moffat, Wells' partner on Everything's Getting Older (2011) -- winner of the inaugural Scottish Album Of The Year award -- and follow-up The Most Important Place In The World (2015).
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KOM 404EP
DJ BALDUIN Lost Cat 12"
Leipzig's DJ Balduin proclaims to produce music that creates "states of hypnosis with an occasional, gentle 'hands-up-face-slap' every now and then" which perfectly sums up Lost Cat, his first release for KOMPAKT. "E.W.B.A." features a classic rave synth meeting an infectious open snare to break through the beat. The kick drum thud of "Sheee" seems to be all too menacing at first, but surprisingly learns how to open itself into a gorgeously seductive uplifting house tune. "Lost Cat And An Untied Shoe" brings that beat back with soaring synths and a playful natural bass line.
PRICE: $14.50
Popx not dead! Golden vinyl.
PRICE: $17.50
DJ GIGOLA/KEV KOKO TenderTrance 12"
Debut release by DJ Gigola and Kev Koko (formerly Fjaak). TenderTrance is the long-anticipated debut EP of the production collaboration, and marks the fifth installment of the Live From Earth Klub imprint. Blending heavy trance synthesizers with broken beats and driving drums, the three-track release focuses on different shades of modern trance sound. The EP's leading track "Papi", adds a layer of DJ Gigola's own hazy vocals. Edition of 300.
PRICE: $14.00
Suicide In Paradise on the third chapter of the vinyl-only, limited series Lost Episodes.
PRICE: $26.50
LP version. Includes printed inner sleeve. On the eve of her 80th birthday, Dona Onete, the grande dame of Amazonian song, returns with her third album Rebujo, a love letter to her hometown of Belém, situated deep in the Amazon. Rebujo brims with two music styles born in Belém: carimbós, influenced by African grooves, and bangues, a ska-type rhythm. Plus, there's a cumbia, brega ("romantic" music) and samba. Since the release of her 2017 album Banzeiro (MAIS 034CD/LP), Onete has become a superstar in Brazil -- she composed and sung the theme song for one of Brazil's biggest soap operas (A Força do Querer), been awarded the Brazilian Ordem do Mérito Cultural in recognition for her contribution to Brazilian culture, and her video for "No Meio do Pitiu" has an impressive 9.2 million views on YouTube. Outside of Brazil Onete has performed at Roskilde, Womad (UK, New Zealand, and Australia), Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, and TFF Rudolstadt, and she is a global spokesperson for indigenous cultures. RIYL: Soundway Records, Analog Africa, Calypso Rose, Oumou Sangare. Mastered at the Carvery.
PRICE: $28.50
ONETE, DONA Rebujo (Red Vinyl) LP
LP version. Tropical red vinyl; includes printed inner sleeve. On the eve of her 80th birthday, Dona Onete, the grande dame of Amazonian song, returns with her third album Rebujo, a love letter to her hometown of Belém, situated deep in the Amazon. Rebujo brims with two music styles born in Belém: carimbós, influenced by African grooves, and bangues, a ska-type rhythm. Plus, there's a cumbia, brega ("romantic" music) and samba. Since the release of her 2017 album Banzeiro (MAIS 034CD/LP), Onete has become a superstar in Brazil -- she composed and sung the theme song for one of Brazil's biggest soap operas (A Força do Querer), been awarded the Brazilian Ordem do Mérito Cultural in recognition for her contribution to Brazilian culture, and her video for "No Meio do Pitiu" has an impressive 9.2 million views on YouTube. Outside of Brazil Onete has performed at Roskilde, Womad (UK, New Zealand, and Australia), Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, and TFF Rudolstadt, and she is a global spokesperson for indigenous cultures. RIYL: Soundway Records, Analog Africa, Calypso Rose, Oumou Sangare. Mastered at the Carvery.
PRICE: $23.50
Kapitan is Dori Sadovnik, half of the groundbreaking dancefloor-scorching duo Red Axes. In his debut solo LP Alaska, Kapitan takes you on a journey into the deepest realms of his inner psyche. Through his modular synth experimentations, his analog approach for synthesis and organic instruments, he has created an LP that is both personal and outgoing, both fresh and nostalgic at the same time. Weaving samples from his non-stop traveling schedule as half of one of today's top dance acts, playing guitars, drum machines, and synthesizers, the album feels contemporary and timeless, like it could have been written at any time in the past 30 years and still feel relevant than ever, echoing Mort Garson's modular experimentations as well as early Air music.
MD 005CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: MD 005CD
The first mystery: The Gold. Where does this name come from? Maybe it's because these guys are like very valuable treasure, still hidden underground, and nobody has found them yet. It may also be that, as the great Little Richard once said, there are artists who have the strange ability to turn gold into shit -- just remember what Pat Boone did with his songs -- but on the contrary there are also those who transform everything that falls in into their hands into a brand-new shiny gold ingot. This, for example, is the amazing case of The Gold. A case of joyful alchemy that pays homage to The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, or The Stooges -- no less -- but simply, embracing the spontaneous energy of rock and roll. The second mystery: How is this possible? The answer is in the sum of the talents of Kurt Baker (guitar, vocals) and Marky Las Vegas (bass, vocals) -- founders of the group --, Oky Von Stoky (drums) and Mark O'Flaherty (guitar), guys in permanent combustion, fueled by a long-term passion, not suitable for upstarts or amateurs. And it turns out that these four golden men write songs like daggers. On top of that, their live shows are abrasive and fresh at the same time, their guitars scream, and their rhythm, in its right measure, is always one step away from the brink of the abyss. The third mystery: How is this possible NOW? Perhaps it's a matter of poetic justice, maybe. In these times of pre-cooked, tired and stale fashions offering few surprises, their rawness is appreciated and more importantly needed. There is no other group like The Gold. Hidden, about to be found. Mystery solved. Produced by Mike Mariconda.
MT 030LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MT 030LP
DUM DUM BOYS Dum Dum Boys Play All Your Favorite Songs LP
What does a rock 'n' roll group do, when it is "out of ideas"? Break up? Throw in the towel? Of course not; instead, they make a covers album. That's what top beat-group Dum Dum Boys have done on this, their latest long-player Dum Dum Boys Play All Your Favorite Songs. But, perverse as always, Dum Dum Boys weren't content to just crank through the usual assortment of quality unknowns and monster hits. Instead, they gave an actual infant the task of picking -- completely at random -- the songs for the group to record. That's right, a child, an actual ingenue (its name irrelevant) who knows nothing about anything, chose the songs for the group to record from someone's record library, whilst blindfolded and dreaming about a video game. This child -- its identity a secret to protect it from possible reprisals -- picked 50 songs for the Dum Dum Boys to attempt, of which 12 were determined to be worthy of proliferation. Here they are: a jumble of juvenilia, an eclectic electric mess: Dum Dum Boys Play All Your Favorite Songs, 12 idiosyncratic and surprising covers of Hawkwind, Kim Fowley, Bryan Ferry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Glitter Band, James Brown, Depeche Mode, The Jackson 5, and more.
PRICE: $19.50
HALEIWA Cloud Formations LP
LP version. Includes download code. Mikko Singh has been living different musical lives from the start. With Cloud Formations, his third album under the Haleiwa moniker, Singh eschews the guitar-dominated sound of his first two LPs for lush but grainy textures. Inspired by bands and songwriters like Animal Collective, Real Estate, and the late Jay Reatard, Cloud Formations is a hopeful record whose experimental approach to rock music calls to mind the experimental pop of Morr Music label mates like Sequoyah Tiger or even Stereolab's motorik-driven post-rock. It's a fusion of fuzzed-out sounds, washed-out sentiments and far-out songwriting -- perhaps the only shoegaze record you can actually take along to the beach. Ever since he first picked up the classical guitar at age nine, Singh has pursued many different ambitions. Having moved on from skate punk and hardcore bands to instrumental indie rock, Singh even released an album of subtle piano compositions on the 1631 label alongside artists like Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka. As an album dedicated to new beginnings, Cloud Formations proves to be the perfect synthesis for all of these ambitions. 0After the release 2015's Palm Trees of the Subarctic, Singh began experimenting with his collection of vintage and analog synthesizers, exploring different ways of using the guitar and putting an emphasis on his bass playing when composing. While some of the songs on Cloud Formations were initially conceived in 2015, he recorded and produced the album between 2017 and 2018 in what he calls a "long and continuous process". Apart from some drum recordings (provided by his long-time friend Johan Nordlund of the Swedish hardcore band This Gift Is A Curse), Singh maintained full creative control of the album, tweaking the nine songs in his own Stockholm studio. He paid more attention than before to the subtleties of sound design and their emotive qualities; the result is a dense, at times psychedelic and intimate album, abundant with passion and optimism, despite its name, which may at first indicate the opposite. Singh wants to express hope on Cloud Formations, an approach that becomes tangible from the very first seconds of the anthemic opener "HKI -97". Between the fuzzy ambience of "Ka'a'awa Surfin'", the title track's hypnagogic mid-tempo grooves, to the relentless drive of "Swell" or "Crossroads", and the eerie final track "Cold Concrete", this album is to be understood as a celebration of different musical lives becoming one.
PRICE: $15.50
2019 is Mule Musiq's 15 years anniversary. They're releasing twelve 12-inches with Stefan Marx's artwork to celebrate. The ninth release is from one of the best newcomers in the modern deep house scene, Chaos In The CBD. These two new songs are ambient break beats tracks. It's a kind of their new style. If you like Boards Of Canada or Global Communication, you will love it.
MR 387LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MR 387LP
GERONIMO BLACK Freak Out Phantasia LP+CD
These previously unreleased live and studio sessions are a loose exercise in spontaneity, and sheer art, which has been lost in the mists of time. Geronimo Black, a truly underrated band from Los Angeles, had existed long before its self-titled debut album released officially by UNI Records in February 1972. Composer, arranger, keyboard player, and founding member Andy Cahan, who also part of Dr John's band at the time. Despite the fact that nearly all his players were part of the busy schedule of the evolving Frank Zappa's band Mothers Of Invention, Cahan attests that "it was a real band with every intention of getting a record deal. Of course, since Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins and Bunk Gardner were from Zappa's original band, that was a big selling point to record companies." Talking about the songs on Freak Out Phantasia release, which preceded the first official album, Andy mentions that The Beatles were his main influence. Also, he namechecks other luminaries such as The Zombies, Kinks, Loving Spoonful, Hendrix, Cream, Dave Clark Five, and The Beau Brummels. The live output found on this release is part of their non-stop gigging system. It's worth pointing out that around that time, they were playing gigs with The Eagles, Delaney & Bonnie, The Byrds, Eric Burdon, Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, The Standells, Canned Heat, Southwind, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, and many others. Some songs herein included were recorded in a prison. Even doing very well on their live adventures, in terms of breaking through in sales, Geronimo Black never had the same lucky destiny of many of their Californian contemporaries. Singing a record deal with Uni Records around Christmas time, they were essentially deemed a tax right-off and were billed thousands of dollars on no income. Back to the present, some highlights of Munster Records' compilation include "Topanga Canyon People" and "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" (both live recordings showing their total intensity and stoned freak-out atmosphere, recalling Zappa's sound, which obviously they were part of). "Let Us Live" is a superb song, with a bluesy-pop-twisted Southern rock vibe. An alternate version of "Siesta" is another key song, and in some ways resembles "Flute Thing", a classic instrumental by The Blues Project. Now it is time to enjoy these recordings because they "reveal the raw passion and excitement we had on stage", as Andy concludes. Includes CD with four bonus tracks.
MR 393LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: MR 393LP
"The Tomcats' story begins in Ealing, West London, where Tom Newman (vocals, guitar), Peter Cook (lead guitar), Alan James (bass), and Chris Jackson (drums) first began playing together as The Dreamers. When Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies opened the Ealing Club in 1962, it became a magnet for young blues enthusiasts, many of whom would go on to form their own R&B groups, including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, and Manfred Mann. Evenings spent at the Ealing Club had a similar effect on members of The Dreamers, who soon afterwards retooled their repertoire and rebranded as The Tomcats. Another Ealing-based group, The Second Thoughts, were thinking along the same lines . . . It was inevitable that their stories would eventually entwine. In 1964 The Second Thoughts recorded some demos at a studio in Rickmansworth. However, the band parted company shortly afterwards when three of the members (Tony Duhig, Mickey Holmes, and John 'Speedy' Keen) headed for Spain to accompany the French nightclub singer Teddy Ray. When they returned to England a few months later, they immediately set about putting a new band . . . Meanwhile, The Tomcats had also broken up, so it was only natural that the remnants of the two bands join forces. Initially called The Thoughts, the new group featured Tom Newman, Tony Duhig, Mickey Holmes, Jon Field, and Speedy Keen. Soon afterwards Speedy was replaced by original Tomcats drummer Chris Jackson, at which point they decided to readopt the Tomcats name . . . Philips signed the band, which resulted in the release of four EPs in 1965 and 1966. While the majority of the songs were remakes of recent hits, The Tomcats deliver them with enough guts and gusto to make them more than worthwhile. The group also chose to cover a few Spanish numbers, most notably 'A Tu Vera', a song best known by the iconic singer, dancer and movie actress Lola Flores. The Tomcats transformed the dramatic flamenco torch song into a wild, fuzz guitar-spattered rocker. They also recorded the title song to one of her movies, 'Ay Pena, Penita, Pena', updated with a throbbing bass line, thumping jungle drums and a stinging fuzz guitar solo. A small handful of original numbers were also scattered across the four EPs, including the moody ballad 'Running At Shadows', 'It Ain't Right', and the Mersey-style 'Don't Ask For Me'. While in Spain, The Tomcats were cast in a comedy film, Operación secretaria, performing the thrilling punk R&B number 'Two Minds In Tune'. That song makes its first appearance on vinyl here, along with a fine version of Reverend Gary Davis's 'Cocaine' and a rowdy original number, 'Don't Let It Go'." --Mike Stax
MOV 1937LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: MOV 1937LP
COMUS First Utterance LP
"First Utterance is the debut album of the progressive folk band Comus. It was released in 1971, with the opening song 'Diana' being released as a single. The album was notable for its unique blend of progressive rock, folk, psychedelia, and elements of paganism and the macabre. The overall thematic tone of the album is of vulnerable innocence facing abusive power, the songs dealing with violence ('Drip Drip'), rape ('Diana', 'Song to Comus'), and insulin shock therapy ('The Prisoner'). These themes contrast starkly with the acoustic sound of the record, featuring acoustic guitar, violin, flute, and lyrical, almost Arcadian, female harmonies. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Includes insert. Including the single 'Diana'."
MOV 1996LP
PRICE: $30.00
CAT #: MOV 1996LP
"Ananda Shankar was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles. Ananda Shankar is the debut album by the Indian musician, the son of dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar and the nephew of Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar. It was released in 1970 and was among the first works in the rock genre by an Indian musician. Consisting mainly of instrumental recordings featuring sitar and Moog synthesizer, it includes a cover version of the Rolling Stones' 1968 hit song 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and a thirteen-minute Indian-style piece titled 'Sagar (The Ocean)'. In the decades since the LP's release, 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' became a popular club hit, while the album has been recognised for its influence on world music fusion, particularly the East-West styles developed in the UK. It is one of the albums featured in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2005, his song 'Raghupati' was used in the game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories soundtrack."
PRICE: $29.00
"In C is a musical piece by the composer and performing musician Terry Riley. As one of the first minimalist compositions and a masterpiece of this genre it's a response to the modern music that dominated the scene in 1968. The piece inspired a lot of famous composers, like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. In C consists of repeating cells and different rhythms, loosely based on the musical structures he had heard and loved in north African music. 53 short musical phrases are what the compositions are made of. The thing that makes In C so enduring is that, once all concept is stripped away, it's a seriously hypnotic piece of music. For listeners with a sympathy for minimalism it's a wild and impressive work, full of energy. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. PVC protective sleeve includes insert. 50th anniversary."
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MPD 018CD
COIL Theme From The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex CD
Musique Pour La Danse present Coil's unreleased soundtrack for the VHS only, pre-internet, sexual education documentary entitled The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex released in 1992. Members for this project were John Balance, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, and Danny Hyde. The OST, to quote John Balance's interview for Compulsion Online, "is [a] slightly new age-y, progressive house type thing". Another way to approach it is as a delightful collection of Balearic beats, smoking jazz not far removed from Badalamenti's work with David Lynch, somewhat of an ambient house album for your home listening and early morning sunrise dances, Coil style. Taken from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde, The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex features a new sexy edit of the main theme. Bonus tracks "Nasa-Arab" and "Omlagus Garfungiloops" are taken from the 1992 CD-only release Stolen And Contaminated Songs, both being original versions of the radically reworked (for the OST) "Nasa-Arab 2" and "Exploding Frogs" in order to balance the whole album and extend the listening pleasure.
PRICE: $15.50
MARKUS, G. Warning! 12"
OOSSHHA continues her path with a second release by G. Markus titled Warning!. G. Markus starts off with "Dreemscape '93", a vibe-y piece that instantly recalls old school house tracks with its use of a contagious groove, filtered elements, and an unmistakable wink to '90s hip-hop. Queniv's remix of "Sleepless Moon" displays his unique blend of breakbeat elements and twisted ambient layers. Roger Gerressen turns "Dreemscape '93" into his own interpretation of lo-fi filtered chord sweetness. "Sleepless Moon" is all about the rhythms. Intricate midi programming triggers acoustic drum samples that intertwine with twinkling ear candy and a jungle break.
PRICE: $15.50
VA Best of Digital Danceforce Vol. 2 12"
Optimo Music Digital Danceforce is the digital label of Optimo Music, an internationalist musical outlet designed to get dancefloor focused music out there without the long delays that vinyl manufacturing often entails. There will be a series of best of OMDD 12"s taking a track from each release and compiling it on a various artists four-track 12", cut loud for maximum club impact. Here is Vol. 2 featuring tried and tested club hits from New Zealand's Vanessa Worm, Scotland's Brain Dancing, Portugal's Internal N.Y. Rhythms, and Mexico's Theus Mago.
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: OTR 003EP
Sensational early-seventies funk bomb by Muhavishla Ravi Hatchud and The Indo Jazz Following. Super-rough organ funk, like a dream combination of Mingus, Jimmy Smith, and Zigaboo Modeliste from The Meters -- plus Ravi's ramped-up sitar, like a tripping, undercover Bo Diddley. The first in a new series of Outernational 45s. Limited edition, numbered.
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: OTR 006EP
Disco beat stepper from Sharon's super sexy disco mischief on a love-to-love summer beat, followed by Usha's 24-carat version excursion from way out East on a "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" back beat. Super disco, heavy duty. Individually hand-numbered 45. Floor fillers with an Outernational twist.
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: OTR 010LP
Repressed. Outernational Sounds presents a cornerstone document from the Los Angeles jazz underground, Flight 17 -- the first appearance on record of the legendary Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, led by their founder and mastermind, Horace Tapscott. Available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years. The Arkestra would allow the creativity in the community to come together, would allow people to recognize each other as one people. Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (P.A.P.A.) was one of the most transformative, forward-thinking and straight-up heavy big bands to have played jazz in the 1960s and 1970s. If P.A.P.A. doesn't have the interstellar rep of that other famous Arkestra, and if the name Tapscott doesn't ring bells like Monk or Tyner, there's a reason why: in an industry dominated by record labels, a band that doesn't record doesn't count. And the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra didn't record for nearly twenty years. But recording success was never their concern -- they weren't about that. First formed as the Underground Musicians Association in the early 1960s, Tapscott always wanted his group to be a community project. From their base in Watts, UGMA got down at the grassroots. The group was renamed the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra in 1971, and soon after they established a monthly residency at the Immanuel United Church of Christ which ran for over a decade, while still playing all over LA and beyond. But they never released a note of music. It was the intervention of fan Tom Albach that finally got them on wax. Determined that their work should be documented, Albach founded Nimbus Records specifically to release the music of Tapscott, the Arkestra, and the individuals that comprised it. The first recording sessions in early 1978 yielded enough material for two albums, and the first release was Flight 17. From the surging avant-gardism of Herbie Baker's title track to the laidback summertime groove of Kamonta Lawrence Polk's "Maui", or Roberto Miranda's up-tempo Latin jam "Horacio", Flight 17 showcased the radical voices of the Arkestra's members. Led out by Tapscott's hard-swinging piano, this is the first flight on wax of the West Coasts' foundational community big band -- energized, hip, and together. Contains two tracks previously only available on the 1997 CD edition: "Coltrane Medley" and "Village Dance", recorded live at the Immanuel United Church of Christ. 180 gram vinyl pressing by Pallas. Fully licensed from Nimbus West founder Tom Albach.
PRICE: $14.00
PSYCHEMAGIK Rattlesnake 12"
Psychemagik's Rattlesnake is the duo's debut Pets Recordings single and it lives up to its deadly name. Sliding into the dance with all the stealth and funk venom its name suggests; the bite comes midway as the fatal secondary bassline kicks in with a Cobra Kai finishing move. It's loaded with two equally lethal remixes as the label welcome two more debuts from pit vipers old and new; Magda bites hard with a poisonous futuristic funk roll-out while Vyvyan continue their anonymous attack with a fantastic cosmic twist and a build-up that rattles like a whole army of Crotalus.
PRICE: $15.50
USHI333 Green EP 12"
"Psychosis-inducing" club tracks from Moscow. Ushi333 shares Green EP on PG TUNE, label by Philipp Gorbachev. The four-track 12" is balanced with both functions: a fresh idea for DJ peak time moments and laidback Detroit-influenced soundscapes. Ushi333 is a Moscow based low-profile producer and this material was recorded live with hardware machines in the years 2018-2019.
PRICE: $17.50
ZWEIKOMMASIEBEN Zweikommasieben #18 MAG
In its 18th edition, zweikommasieben once again collects numerous suggestions for how one can arrive at other perceptions of the world and make use of them. The many artists, musicians, and contributors featured tell of other ways of seeing and hearing, other ways of experiencing. Artists are experts at developing new perceptions. For example, when new contexts for performances or presentations are sought -- like Gerben de Louw for the Dutch label Queeste. Meanwhile, performer Sue Tompkins emphasizes how different contexts and locations can serve as catalysts for other occasions. And Nkisi not only has another view of the world, but choses the very possibility of looking at other worlds as a pseudonym. In Bogomir Doringer's project I Dance Alone, another view was developed in the modern sense of media technology: he hangs cameras from the ceilings of clubs and festival tents, in order to look at the dance floor from a bird's-eye-view. Here, a new way of seeing turns into language -- just like a new way of hearing sounds can fuel new writing, as Alexander Iadorola shows in his poetic review of the mineral sounds of Lechuga Zafiro and Catherine Christer Hendrix. All of these attempts and experiments are the inspiration for a magazine that not least sets out to document contemporary music and sounds through such a diversity. Instead of presenting one single perspective, zweikommasieben hopes that their astonishment at the artistic knowledge developed through these various new efforts will be shared by its readers. Interviews with Acolytes, DJ Heroin, DJ Lycox, Eartheater, Lorenzo Senni, Nkisi, Sue Tompkins, Upsammy, and Vladimir Ivkovic; portraits of Queeste -- essays on mineral sounds, artistic research on dancefloors, platform capitalism and noise, as well as a photo essay of crowds at Rewire Festival -- a column on the end of club culture, pictures from Georg Gatsas as well as poetry with "Sound Texts" -- contributions by Belia Winnewisser & Vinzenz Meyer, Pierre Berthet as well as Tomoko Sauvage. Bilingual: English/German; 144 pages size: 22x30cm; edition of 2000.
PRICE: $12.50
Presided by Tom Kerridge, Girls of the Internet is one of a few new projects Kerridge dug into having spent over a decade running labels such as RAMP, Fourth Wave and Brainmath. Girls of the Internet's latest single "Love Delicious" features legendary Chicago vocalist Peven Everett. This single is Pev's first venture into the studio since his standout feature on the Gorillaz album, Humanz. Remixes come from Sully, who drops a dubby, retro UK garage version, and Saine.
PRICE: $23.50
ALESIA COSMOS Aeroproducts 2CD
Rotorelief present a reissue of Alésia Cosmos's Aeroproducts, originally released in 1985. Includes bonus material. In the '80s, Alésia Cosmos was one of those pioneering groups that invented a handful of things: uprooted electro, pop-shifted, funk. With some synths, rhythm boxes, magnetic tapes, crazy guitars, and hallucinated voices, AC rocked the underground for four years, with two albums, playing live in France and Europe. The dazzling epic of the magic combo has become legendary in the margin of new European music. The first LP, Exclusivo!, was self-produced in 1983 and marks the beginning of the association between Bruno de Chénerilles, Pascal Holtzer, and Marie-Berthe Servier who constituted the hard core of Alésia Cosmos. Forming an underground label, mail order, and radio station, the three musicians were also activists in the musical underground so fertile in the '80s. In 1985, the second album Aeroproducts was published by the Swiss label Hat Hut Records. Recorded, produced, and designed by the group, the object to the three photos captured in the windows of the Musée Zoologique de Strasbourg, was not quite a double-LP, because it contained only three sides of recorded music. In early 2017, the Californian label Dark Entries reissued Exclusivo! Rotorelief engages in a longer process of new production from the second album Aeroproducts. In 2018, the rediscovery at the end of the archives of the group of intact multitrack analog tapes coming directly from the studio sessions used for Aeroproducts allowed a remixing, a new mastering, with some new versions and bonus tracks, produced just before or after the period of activity of Alésia Cosmos. Housed in a DVD-sized digipak; limited, numbered edition of 500.
PRICE: $44.00
ALESIA COSMOS Aeroproducts 2LP
Double LP version. Rotorelief present a reissue of Alésia Cosmos's Aeroproducts, originally released in 1985. Includes bonus material. In the '80s, Alésia Cosmos was one of those pioneering groups that invented a handful of things: uprooted electro, pop-shifted, funk. With some synths, rhythm boxes, magnetic tapes, crazy guitars, and hallucinated voices, AC rocked the underground for four years, with two albums, playing live in France and Europe. The dazzling epic of the magic combo has become legendary in the margin of new European music. The first LP, Exclusivo!, was self-produced in 1983 and marks the beginning of the association between Bruno de Chénerilles, Pascal Holtzer, and Marie-Berthe Servier who constituted the hard core of Alésia Cosmos. Forming an underground label, mail order, and radio station, the three musicians were also activists in the musical underground so fertile in the '80s. In 1985, the second album Aeroproducts was published by the Swiss label Hat Hut Records. Recorded, produced, and designed by the group, the object to the three photos captured in the windows of the Musée Zoologique de Strasbourg, was not quite a double-LP, because it contained only three sides of recorded music. In early 2017, the Californian label Dark Entries reissued Exclusivo! Rotorelief engages in a longer process of new production from the second album Aeroproducts. In 2018, the rediscovery at the end of the archives of the group of intact multitrack analog tapes coming directly from the studio sessions used for Aeroproducts allowed a remixing, a new mastering, with some new versions and bonus tracks, produced just before or after the period of activity of Alésia Cosmos.
PRICE: $23.50
Known as pioneers of the new era noise rap scene Moodie Black has snuggly nestled themselves into alt rap lore. "Noise rap pioneers" Moodie Black, called "brilliant and formidable" (Noisey), will release MB III, the third installment in a series of breakout EPs that began with MB and led to their signing with label Fake Four Inc.
PRICE: $14.50
CONCEICAO, EDSON Filhos de Gandhi (Brasingles Vol. 3) 12"
Selva Discos returns with another volume of the Brasingles series. It's another tried-and-tested dancefloor burner: Edson Conceição's "Filhos de Gandhi" and the drumtastic Mike Burns edit. This song is originally featured on Edson's album Quem Tem Fé Não Sai! (1977). It tells the legend about the Filhos de Gandhy carnival group, one of the most traditional of Salvador, while an entrancing Afoxé vocal chant takes over the chorus. Austrian DJ and digger Mike Burns did his own version of it, taking "Filhos de Gandhi" to a different level, adding to the original storytelling the power of drums.
PRICE: $63.00
VA The Other Side Of Italy: The Beginning of The Post-Punk and Art-Rock Era 4LP+CD
Limited restock. RSD 2018 release. Collected here in a deluxe boxed-set for Record Store Day 2018 is four of the finest Spittle compilations of 1980s Italian post-punk, art-rock, and synth-wave. Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux, Samples Only, iV3SCR (The Great Complotto 2), and Body Section feature some of the heavy hitters of the era including Die Form, Frigidaire Tango, Rinf, and more as well as more obscure artists who may have only appeared ever on these comps.Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux: Twelve tracks that recount the salient steps of the brief but intense career of four Milanese bands from the post-punk of Other Side, to the oblique funk of State Of Art, to the Kraftwerk influences of La Maison, to the electro pop-wave of Jeunesse d'Ivoire. "Boris Karloff" features Kubrix and 2+2=5 playing with La Maison, forming the group known as Entourage L'Asino. These four bands illustrate the mood of an underground scene that burned out rapidly, mostly due to the indifference of the media and recording industry during those years.Samples Only: First ever reissue of a sought-after Italian compilation highlighting all the potential of the northeastern Italian post-punk scene, originally released in 1981. Starring Ruins, European Stage, Kitsch Putsch, Art Déco, and R.A.R.A., Samples Only is your kind of compilation if you're aware of the development of the new romantic and synth wave scene.iV3SCR (The Great Complotto 2): The second chapter in the Great Complotto manifesto from Pordenone (birthplace of Italian punk). Originally issued in 1983, though most of its songs were recorded in 1981, Italian Records' second compilation of Italian punk is even more attractive than its first (The Great Complotto - Pordenone). What glues together all the contributors (Sexy Angels, Gigolo' Look, Cancer (credited on the cover as 0010110000010011), and Mess) is their innovative and creative use of electronics. Includes CD which includes Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, Fhedolts, Mind Invaders, and Sexy Angels; Includes five bonus track.Body Section: Originally released in 1983 on Electric Eye just as the "new Italian rock" movement was beginning to gain momentum, this compilation reflects the impact of a "post-Joy Division" British new wave on the genre. Divided into two sections, the softer "blue section" and the more electric "red section". Features Modo, Monuments, Jeunesse d'Ivoire, Frigidaire Tango, Kirlian Camera, Litfiba, Diaframma, Vox Rei, Die Form, and Rinf.
PRICE: $31.00
Unsurprisingly for a creator as prolific as Muslimgauze's Bryn Jones was, when he was asked for a contribution for any sort of group project, he would tend to provide more options than necessary. In the case of longtime label Staalplaat's 1996 compilation Sonderangebot, where Jones would find himself in the company of everyone from Charlemagne Palestine to Reptilicus, the selected track was the characteristically head-spinning "Kaliskinazure", nine minutes of insistent digital percussion bouncing the listener back and forth between samples of wailing women's voices and a trebly, blurry little whirr that traces the percussion. It's distinctive enough even among the vast Muslimgauze corpus, but as the continued excavation of DATs Jones submitted to his labels continues, sure enough there's more to that track's story, too. An extended "Kaliskinazure" makes up the second of four tracks on Babylon Is Iraq, although it's been lost to the mists of time whether an outside editor excised the more drifting, less needling coda that makes up the extra six minutes found here, or whether Jones simply submitted both versions of the track at different times. This more complete version of "Kaliskinazure" is surrounded by shorter tracks, with the opening "Kaliskinazure _ Momada" sounding not very much like either track it references (instead being a barely-there wisp of far-away sampled wind instruments and what sounds like treated cymbal sounds) and the title track constantly coming to a full, roiling digital boil. The lengthy "Momada" closes out the album with a different, more tersely internal arrangement surrounding the same percussion pattern that will be familiar to any Sonderangebot fans, although the way the quieter atmosphere transforms the feeling of that rhythm indicates once more than Jones's way of reconfiguring his pieces over and over was perhaps more purposive and even more effective than he's sometimes given credit for. The result is a fascinating expansion on one of Muslimgauze's strongest stand-alone moments, as well as a fitting tribute to an artist who would never give you a track if an album would do. such strong powers of suggestion. Cover made of 1mm thick bleu cardboard, sewed, text silver glitter screen-print, black image, name, and side lines are lasercut -- All done by hand! All tracks written, performed, mixed by Muslimgauze. Recorded, engineer, mixed by John Delf. Unreleased material. Edition of 500 (numbered).
PRICE: $19.50
VA Gunsmoke Volume 4: Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox 10"
Gunsmoke Volume 4: Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox is the fourth volume in a limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee. This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly, widescreen country, and western and popcorn noir from the 1950s and early '60s. Featured artists include Richard Hayes, Jim Burgett, Bill Shaw, and more. So, turn out the lights, sit back and relax to the soundtrack from a jukebox in a ghost town. For best results, listen after dark! Also features: Frank Gay And The Gayblades, Arthur Godfrey, Eddie Miller, Lindy Estes, Freddie & The Hitch-Hikers, Larry Hall, Dr. Bontempi's Snake Oil Company, Randy Starr, Craig Brown. Edition of 666, 10" sleeve with center hole.
PRICE: $20.00
VA Chop Chop!: Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 4 10"
Chop Chop!: Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Volume 4 is a reissue of the fourth release in the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Featured artists include John Lee Hooker, Vince Everett, Jannie Williams, and more. Released ages ago in an edition of 500, it sold out in next to no time and is a sought-after collector's item by now. Also features: Sandy Nelson, Jack Hammer, The Sherwoods, Faye Adams, Chuck Miller, The Go-Rillas, Marty Hill, Billy And The Moonlighters, and Johnnie Moore And His New Blazers. Edition of 700 on clear vinyl.
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: VAN 339EP
MEMORY BAND, THE After Night/Tangled Man 7"
Fifteen years since The Memory Band's eponymous debut album on the Hungry Hill label (2004), this single features the voice of Nancy Wallace who made her debut on that first album. Now resident in Canada, Nancy recently reunited with The Memory Band whilst visiting Britain and recorded the title track "After Night" in London. The flipside is a cover of an Anne Briggs song entitled "Tangled Man" from her classic album The Time Has Come (1971).
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: SOD 121LP
RATTI, NICOLA Continental LP
Continental is the new full-length solo record by Milan-based multi-instrumentalist Nicola Ratti, following recent releases on Where to Now? and Room40. Conceived of by Ratti as a "series of big rooms or places to get lost in, full of small details and characterized each by a single flavor or perfume," it is a surprising and vibrant collection of music. Working with a palette of spare, expertly deployed percussive synthesis techniques, Ratti's work here is both labyrinthine and concise. These eight tracks are able to evoke spaces real and imagined with startling efficiency and clarity. Sprawling old world libraries, cliff caves inhabited by dripping water and rock doves, an automaton nearly slipping its axis but recovering just in time and finding a new sense of purpose in the process. Ratti forms the duo Bellows with Giuseppe Ielasi. "Cuarto" features Dale Cornish. Includes download code; first edition of 300.
PRICE: $15.50
FUKUTOMI, YUKIHIRO Feel My Love Vibes 12"
Japanese house music legend Yukihiro Fukutomi's debut single on 1992. First time reissue. Released after being forgotten for a long time, probably because very small production and released in only Japan. Four different versions of pure jazzy deep house masterpiece.
SYST 124-6EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: SYST 124-6EP
VA 15 Yrs Systematic 12"
15 Yrs Systematic is the third part in the five-year Systematic series where Marc Romboy's esteemed imprint Systematic Recordings celebrates each five-year milestone with a compilation of exclusive tracks. This special edition on a limited picture disc features special releases from John Digweed & Nick Muir, Rodriguez Jr., ARTBAT, and label front man Marc Romboy himself.
TB1 123LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: TB1 123LP
"Former lead singer and main songwriter for the roots Reggae trio Foundation back in the late 80's, early 90's, Keith Foundation is releasing Hi Yo, his first solo album. Arranged by Robbie Shakespeare, this decidedly roots Reggae LP contains 6 songs in what the Jamaicans call the 'discomix' format: each song is followed seamlessly by its dub version to showcase the Black Disciples' artisan-like musicianship in a dub style and complement Keith's superb vocals. Recorded at Anchor in Kingston, Hi Yo features the nucleus of the legendary Black Disciples (Burning Spear, Justin Hinds, Ken Boothe...), reunited for the first time in 40 years: Robbie Shakespeare (bass, guitar), 'Horsemouth' Wallace (drums), 'Chinna' Smith (guitar), and Robbie Lyn (keyboards). Hi Yo was recorded in just two days the old school way, with this dream team playing live in just one raw take on a Monday, while the vocals were finalized the following day. The album was then mixed and dubbed by sound wizard Gaylard Bravo with Guillaume Bougard."
TR 442LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TR 442LP
DORAU, ANDREAS Das Wesentliche LP
LP version. Andreas Dorau's love affair with pop music blossomed early. Long before he had his first top ten hit at the tender age of sixteen, before he became one of a select few German artists to sign to Mute Records and before he hit the French charts with "Girls In Love", little Andreas retreated to his bedroom with a handful of singles -- Sparks, T-Rex, Beatles, Tina Charles, or whoever else was hot in his childhood years -- and listened to these discs over and over again. There he sat, enthralled by the sounds coming out of his Dual-1224 record player. Yet, however much he loved "Sugar Baby Love", "Yellow Submarine", and "Hot Love", the youthful, slightly eccentric (even then) Dorau could not help thinking why didn't they get straight to the point? Why not skip "In the town where I was born ..." for example and launch straight into "We all live in a yellow submarine"? Nice and simple, short and sweet. If music were a sandwich, Dorau would toss the bread and just eat the filling. To the detriment of the fragile vinyl, not to mention the displeasure of his sister (they were her records, after all), he would lift the needle and drop it onto his favored grooves (the chorus). To this day, Andreas Dorau's aversion to verses is as strong as ever. Should one point out to him that his own albums actually contain more than a few verses, the artist is wont to reply: "The record company made me!" The sheer nerve of it! Fortunately, he has now arrived at Tapete Records, a label renowned for giving free rein to libertine spirits. The songs on Das Wesentliche feel all the more opulent for having left so much out. And they are wonderfully brief -- a brilliant move in this internet age of shrinking attention spans. It is a stroke of genius to remove anything and everything which may run the risk of being boring or annoying. Andreas Dorau produced Das Wesentliche together with top producer Zwanie Jonson. Bubblegum, dance, HI-NRG, leftfield electronica, junk shop glam, and yacht rock are all signposted along the way. Dorau is supported by friends like the Marinas, Carsten Erobique Meyer, and Gunther Buskies in his daring endeavors to strip away unnecessary ballast from the music. May his confrères follow his visionary example in the future.
TR 443LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TR 443LP
LP version. Tapete Records present a remastered reissue of Robert Forster's album The Evangelist, originally released in 2008. Following the 1989 break-up of the Go-Betweens, the band he had formed at college in 1978 with his friend Grant McLennan, Robert Forster embarked on a solo career, releasing four albums under his own name between 1990 and 1996. In 2000, the Go-Betweens reunited and went on to record three albums. Forster and McLennan began working on the tenth Go-Betweens album and had started writing eight songs together. McLennan died of a heart attack in May 2006, and Forster began work on completing three of the songs they had started writing together, all of which are featured on The Evangelist.
PRICE: $11.00
N.O.T.E. Phase Alternating Lines 12"
The illusive Nelson of the East (N.O.T.E.) reappears with his forthcoming EP Phase Alternating Lines -- a first class two-tracker. The Swiss-born, Milanese artist explores '80s electro boogie with "Phase Alternating Lines" on the A side, and delivers his very own take on obscure tribal house with "Burning Palm" on the B side.
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TEN 106LP
ZEBRA HUNT Trade Desire LP
Keeping up the previous two-year gap between records, spring of 2019 brings Zebra Hunt's third album, titled Trade Desire. The Seattle four-piece received much praise in 2017 for In Phrases (TEN 105LP, 2017), an LP that led to a nine-date tour of Spain in July of that year. Excited and energized by the great response during that trip, they returned to the Pacific Northwest and over the next months started to work on a new set of songs at rehearsals and the occasional show. If there is a theme to Trade Desire, it might be "finding comfort and confidence". When it was time to record it, the band decided to return to the same person, Robert Comitz, who recorded City Sighs, their first album (2015). They have an easy time working with him, so it felt very comfortable. The mastering was done by Mikey Young. There is a familiarity in the sound Zebra Hunt are known for in some tracks but they also had the confidence to explore new territories. Although their main influences remain (the shimmering pop of The Feelies, the Flying Nun legacy and the Paisley Underground scene), they challenged themselves to discover new approaches in composition and feel (apart from covering "Second One To Know", originally by The Fresh & Onlys). After playing together as a four-piece for nearly four years, the band sounds like it's fully glued together on this recording.
BK 039EP
PRICE: $13.50
CAT #: BK 039EP
The Kioku EP is Wata Igarashi's third release on The Bunker New York, showcasing considerable emotional range that speaks to his long career as a sound designer. All four tracks feature a cinematic, expansive quality that make it easy to imagine how each could fit specific moments across the arc of a party. Different aspects of the music are carefully balanced and combined: seemingly simple patterns in the foreground are animated by precise intensities at play in the background.
PRICE: $25.00
APX, THE Amplified Experiment LP
LP version. The APX are releasing their highly anticipated self-titled sophomore album Amplified Experiment. Detroit native singer/songwriter Erika Dawn alongside her prodigy multi-talented husband Dee Rhodes are an Atlanta-based electro funk/soul duo collectively known as The APX. Amplified Experiment encores the duo's sound with a 2020 approach, fueled with the influence of the finest traditional '80s and '90s style funk, house, and soul. Including the previously released single "Jupiter", Amplified Experiment includes a completely self-produced and masterfully crafted collection of brand new songs that will make you dance, make love, relax, or all of the above. Amplified Experiment is a breathtaking catalyst, ushered in by Erika Dawn's soul stirring, nostalgic power-house vocals, accompanied by Dee Rhodes's heart-pounding, adrenaline injected, soulful soundtrack. The group enjoyed prior success in 2017 with Electrik Funk Deluxe, the group's introductory album garnering #1 status internationally, and their single "Lose Yourself to the Groove" showcased in the Netflix romantic comedy Nappily Ever After, starring Sanaa Lathan. Amplified Experiment blasts your ears into rhythmic euphoria with a collective of experienced musicians and lyrical contributors, including songwriter Oli J Shaheer (constant contributor to The APX), songwriter D'wight "Skrapp" Reynolds, (Whitney Houston, Usher, Akon) guitarist/bassist/producer Brandon McCrae (Christina Millian, Sevyn Streeter, Lyfe Jennings), trumpeter Lance Powlis (Janelle Monae, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T), and also features the legendary Zapp Band, chart-topping funk group Mink Slide, and accomplished singer/songwriter Will Gittens. Amplified Experiment also includes loud and proud cameos from the new jack swing creator and Grammy-winning producer, Teddy Riley and the legendary Grammy-winning singer Jody Watley, giving their stamps of praise and approval. "Amplified Experiment is our journey further into the world of funk," says Dee Rhodes, "You'll really get to experience different sides of Erika's vocal abilities while gauging the range of styles our production can go. For the past two years, we have been working very hard on this album and it is really special to us!"
PRICE: $19.00
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS Unidentified Ensemble Plays... Harmonious Thelonious 12"
Four tracks of mystifying explorations, with international rhythms and tones divided by the micrometer. Musci on Acid.
PRICE: $29.00
HAINO & CHARLES HAYWARD, KEIJI A Loss Permitted To Open Its Eyes For But Three Hours And There Glimpsed, Finally In Focus A Mystery That Begs Earnestly... LP
Full title: A Loss Permitted To Open Its Eyes For But Three Hours And There Glimpsed, Finally In Focus A Mystery That Begs Earnestly, "Ask Me Nothing" Now, Once More The Problem Is Yours Alone. Experimental music pioneer Keiji Haino, one of the most mysterious and influential figures to emerge from the Japanese psychedelic underground, teams up with Charles Hayward, British drummer and founding member of This Heat and Camberwell Now, on a new live album released on ThirtyThree ThirtyThree. A Loss Permitted... comprises a live recording of the duo's improvised performance at the Copeland Gallery in London in July 2016, presented as part of ThirtyThree ThirtyThree's performance series Japan: London. The result is fascinating: a mix of air synths, distortions, improvised Japanese poetry and warped guitar sounds. Sedate harmonica and guitar sections give way to cosmic din or an equally unnerving silence, in a performance All About Jazz described as having "no sense of logic, only silence where the tension seemed to build, then finally release". It's not the first time Haino and Hayward have worked together -- Hayward's rare album Double Agent(s) (1998) documents their improvisational sparring live in Japan in 1998. Both are restless collaborators: Haino has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Conrad, Jim O'Rourke, Pan Sonic, and Stephen O'Malley, as well as in his own groups Fushitsusha, Nazoranai, and Nijiumu, among others; while Hayward's collaborators have included Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, and Laura Cannell. A Loss Permitted... sees these two visionary musicians revisit their partnership, creating a sound that is at turns contemplative and ferocious -- and always completely compelling.
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: TSR 084EP
KATERINA Who Am I If I'm Not Me 12"
"One of the hardest thing as a musician is to maintain this naive, almost utopian and emotional approach to our music. Especially when it comes to a highly codified genre like electronic music which appeared in the late '80s/early '90s like a promise of a bright future for music, everything sounding so fresh and revolutionary. When Katerina sent me those demos I heard that freshness, that pure intention, something I remember from discovering melancholic Detroit tunes in the '90s or early Warp Artificial Intelligence compilations, bridging the gap between techno and more intricate electronica." --Joakim
PRICE: $14.50
DESERT SOUND COLONY Zenome Archetype EP 12"
After providing Touch From A Distance's inaugural release, the London-based DJ and producer Desert Sound Colony return to Nick Höppner's label. "Zenome Archetype" is a retro-futuristic joyride across mountainous bass and funked-up syncopation. "Taking It Out For A Rip" then couples a thumping 4/4-UKG-beat with a cheeky vocal sample, while "Walrus Rodeo" slows down the tempo and cranks up the folly for a slice of weird dancefloor fun Desert Sound Colony does so well. "Al Gore Rhythmic", a collaboration with Guava, closes the EP channeling classic two-step and golden era, hip-hop vibes.
PRICE: $12.50
HOOD, ROBERT Master Builder 12"
Twenty-five years after its initial release, and accompanying the re-release of Internal Empire (TRESOR 027CD/LP), Tresor present a 180 gram pressing of Robert Hood's Master Builder. "25 years ago, I was faced with the challenge of following up on Minimal Nation. I cancelled all my tour dates for that summer, setup my studio in the living room and began to work on Internal Empire. My intention was to create something distinctively different. Looking out my living room window in Detroit watching people go by gave me a new perspective. It made me look at the world within myself." --Robert Hood
PRICE: $33.00
TRANSLLUSION The Opening of the Cerebral Gate 3LP
2019 repress; 3LP version. In between the re-releases of the two legendary Drexciya albums released on Tresor in '99 and '01, the Berlin techno institute is proud to re-present Transllusion's The Opening of the Cerebral Gate. For the ?rst time, music fans will be able to experience the whole journey on vinyl. The 3LP package includes the vinyl version of the album as it was originally released plus a bonus 12" featuring "Look Within," "Unordinary Realities," and "Do You Want to Get Down (Vocal De Void)" -- for the ?rst time available on wax. Produced by the late James Marcel Stinson and released in 2001 via Supremat, a short-lived sub-label Tresor dedicated to a more abstract and experimental electro sound, The Opening of the Cerebral Gate was conceived as the second part of the so-called Drexciyan Storms -- a whopping stack of seven albums by the Detroit pair released under different monikers within a single year (the Tresor album Harnessed the Storm being the ?rst). This phase marks a groundbreaking time for the duo, their cosmos breaking wide open, right at the dawn of a new technological era in electronic music production. All this is deeply re?ected in Transllusion's ?rst album. Thematically, The Opening of the Cerebral Gate saw Stinson shift away from the grand narrative of the Drexciyan saga, instead exploring a sub-plot of esoteric concepts revolving around internal, mental and psychedelic tropes. Musically, it presents the electro genius at the height of his game. The album is chock full of hypercharged arpeggios and driving pulse patterns, Morse-like tones and chord stabs, huge, uber-booming tympanic kicks and grainy snares, (see openers "Transmission of Life" and "War of the Clones"). On the other end of the stylistic spectrum it features sweeter tones and moments of sheer, staggering beauty ("Dimensional Glide" or the CD's centerpieces "Look Within" and "Unordinary Realities"). In between, all kinds of alien electro funk shadings are to be found, every single track so well-executed, making it impossible to pick a highlight.
PRICE: $12.50
TRANSLLUSION Mind Over Positive and Negative Dimensional Matter 12"
2019 repress. Tresor is proud to re-present Transllusion's Mind Over Positive and Negative Dimensional Matter, the 12" single which originally accompanied the album The Opening of the Cerebral Gate. Produced by the late James Marcel Stinson and released in 2001 via Supremat, a short-lived sub-label Tresor dedicated to a more abstract and experimental electro sound, both releases were conceived as the second part of the so-called Drexciyan Storms. This release thematically saw Stinson shift away from the grand narrative of the Drexciyan saga, instead exploring a sub-plot of esoteric concepts revolving around internal, mental and psychedelic tropes. Musically, it presents the electro genius at the height of his game.
PRICE: $21.00
ELIA Y ELIZABETH La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth LP
2019 repress; LP version. Includes "Todo en La Vida", the track featured in the Netflix Narcos series, "an ode to patience propelled by a yearning riff that wouldn't have been out of place in a Gainsbourg perv-jam").The recordings that the sisters Elia and Elizabeth Fleta made, hand-in-hand with music arranger Jimmy Salcedo in the early '70s in their native Colombia, remained hidden like lost pearls in the undervalued musical pop history of Latin America until today. Their concise and natural mix of styles sways between soft-pop with a touch of tropical-pastoral funk, singer-songwriter sweetened by the subtle perfume of Caribbean music and the psychedelia of a world in the midst of discovering all the possibilities offered by the recording studio. These elements blend graciously and fortuitously, brimming with freshness, in a perfect partnership of sharp melodies with lyrics inspired by a genuine juvenile curiosity about life's mysteries, love and nature in its simplest forms. Elia and Elizabeth Fleta Mallol were born in Bogotá by chance. Their parents were both from Spain but met and got married in Barranquila, and soon after moved to Bogotá. Their father, Miguel Fleta, was the son of the renowned tenor of the same name. Given the family's musical history, the sisters were fully supported and motivated by their parents, who bought them acoustic guitars and encouraged them to take lessons. Mr. Fleta's work would take them to Cali, back to Barranquilla, Lima, and finally Madrid and Barcelona in 1971. In Spain, Elia y Elizabeth were invited to a televised homage for their famous grandfather and were heard by composer and musical arranger Juan Carlos Calderon, who had previously worked with their aunts, the popular duo of sisters Elia and Paloma Fleta. Immediately, he invited them to record under his direction two songs in the studio of the Zafiro label from Barcelona. The chosen songs were "Cae la lluvia" and "Fue una lagrima," two of Elia's compositions. Both songs were released on a 45rpm single, although it lacked any kind of promotion given that, yet again, the Fleta family was about to move back to Colombia. Back in Barranquilla, after performing at a charity event with their friends from the Bakarett Blues Band, the sisters were heard by Graciela Arango de Tobon, a wealthy lady and composer who recommended them to Alvaro Arango. The latter was the musical director of Codiscos, subsidiary of Zeida, a label with headquarters in Medellín which was looking for a female duo with the characteristics of the Fleta sisters. After hearing them sing over the phone, Mr. Alvaro traveled to Barranquilla the next day, where he formalized his intention to record the duo. Soon after, Elia and Elizabeth were in the studios of Codiscos in Medellín. Humberto Moreno, head producer, entrusted the musical arrangements and direction to the pianist Jimmy Salcedo, a Mompox native. A talented and charismatic musician from the bohemian and jazz scene in Bogotá, Salcedo was a former member of The Be-Bops who had become a TV interviewer and started his own band, La Onda Tres. The support of Jimmy Salcedo and his band contributed to the Fleta duo becoming regulars in the local media. During their meteoric career, the sisters were the winners of the Coco Festival in Barranquilla, the recipients of the Principe de Oro -- an award given by the eponymous radio station -- and were nominated for the Onda Award as the best new band of 1972. A second LP appeared the following year and the TV shows continued weekly, leaving Elia less and less time to devote to her studies, which she was most interested in. She decided to talk to her family and explain to them her desire to stop her television performances and instead completely devote herself to her university education in music pedagogy. Elizabeth, meanwhile, understood and accepted her sister's decision and also quit the world of entertainment. Includes a booklet with liner notes by compiler Carlos Icaza and photos from Elia Fleta's personal archive.
PRICE: $25.00
"Released in 1978, Soy La Ley by Robert Y Su Banda is an obscure but sought-after slab of Colombian salsa dura with the special distinction of having the 'original' version of Álvaro José 'Joe' Arroyo's monster hit 'Rebelión' hidden in plain sight on the second side of the record. The band's leader, Roberto Antonio Urquijo Fonseca, is still active today and, hailing from Barranquilla, Colombia, is as steeped in the costeño sound of cumbia as he is in salsa. Roberto certainly has a perfect voice for salsa, bringing to mind that of the Boricua super star sonero Héctor Lavoe . . . On this album the previously mentioned 'Rebelión' of Joe Arroyo kicks off side two but bears the completely different title 'El Mulato' and is credited to Adela Martelo de Arroyo, Joe Arroyo's wife at the time (Arroyo was signed exclusively to Discos Fuentes). The arrangement, by Enrique Aguilar, is also quite different from 'Rebelión' with an introduction that sounds inspired by Tite Curet Alonso's composition 'Plantación Adentro' (from Willie Colon Presents Rubén Blades Metiendo Mano!, 1977) but it contains all the elements of Joe's later global smash with the exception of being rhythmically more of a cumbia than a salsa . . . With Michi Sarmiento's brilliant arrangement plus La Verdad's modern reinterpretation of the nearly decade old tune, 'Rebelión' became a mega-hit even in Asia and Africa and Arroyo's fame shot around the world and made him the international legend he remains to this day, eight years after his untimely demise. Besides the aforementioned 'El Mulato', the title track 'Soy La Ley' is a dance floor burner and comes from the pen of Joe Arroyo as well, as does 'Mi Cariño No Espera', which is another cumbia/salsa hybrid . . . Aside from the Arroyo originals, there is the super-hot guaguancó 'Son Candela' by the venerable Cuban singer/composer Joseíto Fernández, the guajira son 'En La Inmensa Soledad', made famous by Los Compadres, the upbeat sounding lament 'Preso Sin Sentencia', originally by Puerto Rican plenero and percussionist Rafael Ortiz Escuté (aka Joe Pappy), plus an absolutely burning version of Mexican crooner Armando Manzanero's 1967 hit 'Aquel Señor'. The record is rounded out by the salsa tune 'Si Ella Pregunta Por Mí', which was covered in 1980 by Orquesta Borinquen." --Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
PRICE: $25.00
"A revolutionary album full of experimentation and cross-fertilization with a sound unlike that of any other tropical record before or after, which could only have come from the Caribbean region of Colombia and the fertile mind of the band's leader, Alfredo Gutiérrez El Rebelde del Acordeón. What makes this record unique and a highly sought-after collector's piece among DJs and aficionados of Colombian music are the innovative arrangements (by Gutiérrez and his saxophone-playing friends Nacor Barón Garcés and Demetrio 'Pipe' Guarín) that mix a sax section with electric organ, piano and accordion, and the fact that it contains a killer version of Javier Vázquez's hard salsa tune 'Esa Mulata' as well as salsa versions of Gutiérrez's earlier vallenato hits 'Los Carasucias' and 'Bajo El Palo 'E Mango'. In addition, there is an interesting hybrid between the boogaloo and the joropo ('La Mezcla' by pianist Edel Manrique) and a fun cover of Dominican accordionist Angel Viloria's 1950 gem 'Yo Bailé Con Josefina' plus another hardcore salsa burner ('Salsa De Monte Adentro') and a flamenco/salsa hybrid ('Caribe'), both written by Poli Martínez, who used to sing with Climaco Sarmiento. The record kicks off with some local costeño flavor with the paseo 'Perdóname Leandro' and on side two the porro 'Toro Barcino'. The album cover, though tongue in cheek, must have also caused a stir, as it calls to mind Cuban revolutionaries and combines images of violence and music in a provocatively satirical way." --Pablo Yglesias, aka DJ Bongohead Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
PRICE: $26.50
Vampisoul present a reissue of Maxayn's self-titled album, originally released in 1972. Tulsa vocalist Paulette Parker joined the renowned vocal group The Ikettes in 1967, before meeting Andre Lewis, whom she would marry some time later, changing her name to Maxayn Lewis. Both of them, along with former colleagues of Andre in the group Buddy Miles Express, formed in 1970 a new band that would be baptized after the singer's own name: Maxayn. Their first recording was self-funded and easily achieved a contract with the company Capricorn Records to release it. It was in 1972 when that first album, self-titled, saw the light. The result is a superb record of soul and funk spiced up with a gospel vibe and also a distinctive rock sound. As a curiosity, two of the most soulful and deep songs by The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want", were chosen to be part of the album's repertoire and in both cases Maxayn's vocal performance manages to appropriate these two famous songs to the point that it seems that they were originally written for the singer herself. Facing two classics of such high caliber and successfully passing the test is a challenge that few would dare to try. Not in vain, Maxayn deserves to be placed in the same league as other better-known funk artists such as Betty Davis or Yvonne Fair. Along with the successful versions of the Stones, their own compositions include "Trying For Days", "Jam For Jack", "Song", and "Doing Nothing, Nothing Doing", in which the energetic tandem formed by Maxayn's voice and the solid support of the band's musicians achieves an electric and timeless result. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
XRP 1901EP
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: XRP 1901EP
DJ VADIM & JMAN Heart Attack/Good Old Days 7"
Seizing on the success and popularity of their previous collaborations including three tracks on DJ Vadim's Dubcatcher Vol. 3, forthcoming album Likkle More feels like the natural progression for two artists who have worked and travelled the world together. The Legendary DJ Vadim, sound design mastermind who's been slaying turntables for the last two decades. Jman is recognized as one of the most dexterous and adaptable MC's to come out of the UK, in terms of his lyricism and wordplay, as well as his ability to flow on almost any genre and style.
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