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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 6/28/21

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New music is due from Dorothea Paas, Asmus Tietchens & Miki Yui, and Last Days of April, while old music is due from Grauzone, Muslimgauze and The Rootsman, and Colleen.

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20/20/20
202020 007LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: 202020 007LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GALAXIE 500 Today LP
2021 repress. "When Galaxie 500's Today was released in 1988, it set off a chain reaction of quiet explosions still being felt. Never before had a record so emphasized the calming elements of rock music, transforming what at first seems like a collection of bridges into fully realized songs. And one can draw a straight line from here to the many groups they influenced, like Low, Belle & Sebastian, and Bon Iver. More than 20 years after its initial release, its title is still no misnomer. The music, recorded with what many thought at the time was too much reverb, sounds present, alive, and indeed a product of today. Songs like 'Flowers,' 'Temperature's Rising,' and of course 'Tugboat' (the band's debut single) stand the test of time and exist in an eternal now. For the first time since its original pressing, Today is available again on vinyl. Cut by vinyl ace Kevin Gray from a remaster by Kramer and Alan Douches, the album sounds more vibrant than ever, and Galaxie 500 exists again as one of the most enrapturing and glorious bands to emerge from the underground in the past 25 years."
3000 GRAD VISIONS (GERMANY)
VISIONS 001CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: VISIONS 001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LES ENFANTS SAUVAGES LES CD
3000 Grad Records has new Visions! In the colorful mosaic that is the well-known sound of 3000 Grad, the newly found label 3000 Grad Visions stands for the vibrant timbres of hand-played instruments and creative excursions between analogue and digital worlds. Catalog number one is a splendid example for this new universe of sound, which many will know already from the 3000 Grad events: Les Enfants Sauvages. The compositions of Swiss singer and pianist Lena Schmidt provide the basis around which guitarist Marten Pankow from Rostock and drummer Axel Meier from Berlin weave a sound that is wonderfully vivid and organic in its entirety. LES is an album full of dreamy, melancholic pop that now and then bursts into passionate eruptions of rage. The eagerness to experiment of this young combo rubs off and sticks on the mind.
ABSTRAKCE RECORDS (SPAIN)
ABST 019LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: ABST 019LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MECANICA CLASICA Mar Interior LP
The Meca?nica Cla?sica project combines modified elements of early electronics, krautrock, ambient, minimalism, and fourth world music, generating an interplanetary space where enterprising guitar tones, lush synth sequencing and off-kilter percussion coalesce. Mar Interior the new album by Meca?nica Cla?sica is a fusion of kosmische and fourth world music inspired by ancient Mediterranean culture. Loosely translated as "Inland Sea", Mar Interior is thematically centered on the history and legacy of the ancient civilizations that proliferated around the Mediterranean Sea. Augmented by environmental recordings, Meca?nica Cla?sica renew the extensive topographies opened up by early pioneers like Craig Leon, Jon Hassell, Brian Eno and Cluster, in an immense vision of Spanish space ambient. On Mar Interior their work expands upon these influences, moving into a shimmering, hypnotic sound world which finds common ground with the likes of O Yuki Conjugate, K. Leimer, Roberto Musci and X.Y.R. Mastered by Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound).
AFTERLIFE RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
AL 046LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: AL 046LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KAS:ST A Magic World 2LP
KAS:ST took advantage of the confinement and the current situation to lock themselves up for nearly six months in their studio and kept pushing the limits of their creation. Joined for the first time by multiple singers, they show throughout this A Magic World their desire to break boundaries and thus increasingly develop their vision by mixing even more musical universes: techno, rap, classical music, ambient, or pop. Each track of the album takes you in very different directions and emotions, and the title A Magic World is in this sense a tribute to differences and diversity, whether you're speaking of life or music. Double LP version on color vinyl: white (A/B) and red (C/D).
AGUIRRE RECORDS (BELGIUM)
ZORN 048LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: ZORN 048LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FIFTY FOOT HOSE Cauldron LP
2021 repress. Aguirre Records present the first official vinyl reissue of Fifty Foot Hose's Cauldron, originally released on Limelight in 1967. Cauldron is the legendary psychedelic jazzy rock and electronic album by Californian band Fifty Foot Hose. Fifty Foot Hose formed in San Francisco in 1967. Like few other acts of their time, they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. They were one of the most radical groups of the psychedelic era, and their experimentalism still has the power to shock and surprise even now. What set them apart were the pioneering experiments in electronic music, like the band they are often compared to, The United States of America. Incorporating Theremin, siren, audio generators, and other various electronic effects, as Cork Marcheschi, the band's original bass player, had developed an acute interest in the dadaist/futurist experiments of composers like John Cage and Edgar Varese. David and Nancy Blossom brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band. Cauldron, their only album, was released in December 1967, including "Fantasy", "Red The Sign Post", and "God Bless The Child", a Billie Holiday cover. Their sound experiments differentiated them from their contemporaries and most audiences didn't quite know what to make of them. Fifty Foot Hose's music leans more towards White Noise, Silver Apples, and especially United States of America, rather than to flower power movement. After only one album, the proto-cyber psych outfit passed as quickly as they came. Their only mention would be a name-check in Ralph J. Gleason's 1969 book, The Jefferson Airplane And The San Francisco Sound, published over a year after their demise. Ralph J. Gleason wrote: "I don't know if they're immature or premature." History has proven them to be the latter. Today, the original album is very collectable and considered a touchstone of avant-garde rock music. Cork Marcheschi on the record: "The concept was to expand what contemporary popular music was. I thought the avant-garde could have had a home with this new group of listeners but they turned out to be pretty conservative -- intellectually. Drugs were fine -- sex was fine -- stop the wars was good but when challenged with abstract art., they reacted like conservative people look at a Jackson Pollock painting." Cover reconstruction by Jeroen Wille. Remastered by Equus. Includes replica of the original insert. 180 gram vinyl.
ZORN 072LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: ZORN 072LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ABRAMS, JOSHUA Natural Information LP
2021 repress. Joshua Abrams' first Natural Information album from 2010. In his book Powershift, published in 1990, writer and businessman Alvin Toffler predicted that the century ahead would be defined by speed and that time itself is destined to become our most valuable commodity. When Joshua Abrams recorded Natural Information, originally released by Eremite in 2010, he was reacting against such commodification of time and the diminishing attention span that accompanies it by offering music with an irresistible groove, rooted in the sinuous rhythms of the human body and the full play of our senses. At the heart of this music is the sound of the guimbri, a North African three-stringed bass lute, which Abrams started to play following a visit to Morocco during the late '90s. Traditionally the instrument has a key role in mystical healing ceremonies. Abrams, already a well-established figure in Chicago's vibrant musical communities, had no desire to repackage tradition. He recognized however that the involving, springy and percussive sound of the guimbri was just the right voice to communicate vital data, to relay the natural information we all need in order to get back in touch with the pulsating continuities of a world we all share. With Natural Information, Abrams entered a new phase of his musical life, extending an invitation to the trance, where time intersects with timelessness. He carried with him a wealth of playing and listening experience. As a bass player he had worked with a host of notable musicians including guitarist Jeff Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake, and had been a member of back porch minimalism outfit Town And Country and the improvising trio Sticks And Stones. The guimbri is a shaping presence on this remarkable recording, but Abrams also plays bass, bells, kora, sampler and synthesizer. Sympathetic friends including guitarist Emmett Kelly, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, and drummers Frank Rosaly and Nori Tanaka join him for the project. They set out not to contrive some neat hybrid but to enable coordinated energies and enriching influences to pulse and flow through living, breathing music. Ten years further into a century seemingly dedicated, as Toffler foresaw, to the survival of the fastest, the deep involving groove of Natural Information seems still more relevant, more illuminating, more vital. Newly remastered at Dubplates & Mastering. 180 gram vinyl.
ZORN 073LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: ZORN 073LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ABRAMS, JOSHUA Represencing LP
2021 repress. Joshua Abrams' second album from 2012. With the release of Natural Information in 2010, Joshua Abrams entered into a new phase of his creative life, making music with a deep involving groove that communicates the pulsating energies of the human body and the incessant kaleidoscopic interplay of sensory perceptions. Represencing, recorded in Chicago in the summer of 2011 and originally released the following year by Eremite, was the next stride along this exhilarating path. Once again Abrams gives a key role to the guimbri, a North African bass lute, which he had started to play during the late '90s following a trip to Morocco. Its sound when plucked is percussive, emphatic from moment to moment, yet also bouncy and rhythmically propulsive, as if naturally springing forward. A time-honored instrument, used traditionally in healing ceremonies, the guimbri in Abrams' hands offers an invitation to the trance, an expanded present where time intersects with timelessness. As the title Represencing suggests, this is uplifting music with a serious mission -- to express that ongoing present and to give voice to our presence, here and now, within time's continuous flow. Once again, a fine selection of sympathetic friends help Abrams to craft this antidote to the current century's compulsion to accelerate and its ever-diminishing attention span. They include saxophonist David Boykin, drummer Chad Taylor, and guitarists Jeff Parker and Emmett Kelly. Lisa Alvarado plays harmonium on two tracks. She also provides a painting for the cover art which matches the music beautifully, vivid and vibrant, its interlocking geometry binding fragmentary perceptions into a coherent pattern, self-sufficient yet also clearly part of a far larger picture. By 2012 this fascinating music was taking on a group identity, performed by Abrams with the Natural Information Society. That development was subsequently consolidated with the recording of Magnetoception, released in 2015. Represencing, however, conveys the excited air of an adventure unfolding. Reminiscent in passing of a variety of other musics -- of tightly poised jazz, motoric rock and minimalism plus echoes from other cultural traditions -- it remains nonetheless a singular statement by an artist rapidly finding his own distinctive voice. The music offered by Represencing is intricate yet direct, hypnotically repetitive yet constantly changing, built to last yet intimately present. Newly remastered at Dubplates & Mastering. 180 gram vinyl.
ALTER (UK)
ALT 059LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: ALT 059LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
H.M.S. RMA Naughty Cool LP
Back in 2019, Ravioli Me Away debuted their hyper-surreal operatic work The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Tellis across the UK, including two sold-out shows in London. Difficult to contain, and wound-up with a truant's sense of narrative, it presented a wondrous cacophony of erupting media and performances patched together with wit and existential alarm. A suite of songs circling themes of aspiration and the everyday run through the opera, and these were released in parallel by Wysing Polyphonic, one of the commissioning institutions. A selection of these songs were then reinterpreted and reshaped into forms that befit a club setting, debuting at Supernormal festival in the same year. Entitled Naughty Cool, Alter now presents these collective club reworkings by H.M.S. RMA for the first time on vinyl and digital formats. Uplifting and delightfully crooked throughout, the tracks are shuffled together and stitched as a "DJ mix." In six segments of vocal-led missives and soft drops, the sunniest hooks of early Chicago house are recalled, all cross-pollinated with the collective rhythms and tones of the UK's rave subconscious. A freeform, DIY rowdiness lurks around every corner, equally evoking punk's flings with disco. The familiar sound and presence of Ravioli Me Away's Alice Theobald, Rosie Ridgway, and Sian Dorrer aren't lost in the edits and adaptations, and they come backed-up with Tom Hirst (Design A Wave), opera singer and artist Siobhan Mooney, and Dean Rodney Jnr (The Fish Police), all of whom took part in the original opera itself. Naughty Cool was engineered by John Hannon at No Recording Studios and mixed and mastered by Amir Shoat in London. This record is dedicated to the memory of Donna Lynas.
ARBITRARY (DENMARK)
ARBITRARY 010LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: ARBITRARY 010LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
NIELSEN + VARIOUS ARTISTS, MADS EMIL Framework 2 2x10"
Danish musician/composer Mads Emil Nielsen continues his Framework series; a collection of open, hand-drawn graphic scores and recordings. The series includes Nielsen's own subjective translations of the visual material and sound pieces accompanied by visual notations, and collaborations -- in this case with Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek, and Hideki Umezawa. "Circles" is a dense, collage of synthesizer recordings made during a residency at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion), Stockholm. The first graphic score is an illustration in three parts, based on sketches and drawings made intuitively while listening during and after the recording process. "Framework Fragments" created in collaboration with Andrea Neumann is derived from live recordings made with electronics and inside piano, and is based on the second score. The piece was made by the two musicians improvising from the seven graphic score fragments, sequenced using individual timecodes and then edited by Nielsen into a more complex collage, following closely the structure of the original recording. Originally a four-channel composition, "Framework Fragments" was presented as part of the two artists' "Creepage Current" sound installation in Berlin, Copenhagen and Milan, 2018 and 2019. Nielsen then invited two artists to interpret the notation and score -- electronic musician Jan Jelinek and sound artist Hideki Umezawa. These recordings are included on the second disc. Jelinek chose to focus on the second part of the "Circles" score -- following its structure/timeline and translating the elements into three separated loops blending in and out, one after another, surrounded by additional sounds and random textures. Umezawa interpreted the "Framework Fragments" score. Various recordings based on his improvisations made with the Serge synthesizer -- once again during a residency at EMS (2019) -- were organized to ensure the sound material correspond to each element/score fragment. Finally, the material was re-arranged in detail and edited into the nine-minute composition. 45rpm, includes fold-out insert and download code; Disc one on white vinyl and disc two on transparent vinyl; Edition of 300.
ARBITRARY 011LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: ARBITRARY 011LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
NIELSEN + KATJA GRETZINGER + NICOLA RATTI, MADS EMIL Framework 3 10"/CD
The Danish label/imprint arbitrary announces the release of Framework 3 by Mads Emil Nielsen. Framework 3 is the latest instalment in Nielsen's sequence of graphic scores and recordings. The series includes the Danish composer's own subjective translations of visual materials and sound pieces accompanied by visual notations. On this release he collaborates with Katja Gretzinger and Nicola Ratti. Raised in a family of architects, Nielsen has for several years been occupied with the question of "how do you intuitively sonify an image?" along with the complementary processes of translating sounds and music into illustrations and scores. In early 2019, he produced various drawings and sound pieces which formed the starting point for the three tracks on this 10" vinyl EP. The audio is derived from synthesizer recordings and basic electronic sound sources (sine waves, feedback, noise) and percussive loops combined with recordings made in the studios at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm). The audio material was translated by graphic designer Katja Gretzinger into a series of visual notations made while listening to the music. Gretzinger developed various symbols, forms and structures, such as points, bars, 3D balls, irregular patterns/"swarms" and regular patterns (vertical hatchings). These were combined with found image materials and cut-outs from old prints and layered with large geometric forms, which define the individual character of each of the three parts. The resulting 18-page graphic score is included in the release in the form of risograph printed sheets. Nielsen then invited musician Nicola Ratti, who is also trained as an architect, to create sonic re-interpretations of the graphic score. Ratti reinterpreted the imagery as a selection of sound elements positioned in a three-dimensional area; which he visualized as the space between the composer/artist, Ratti himself and the loudspeakers. Published as a limited edition art print folder; foil embossed cover, includes 18 single score sheets (risograph prints) and download code; Transparent vinyl, 10"+CD; edition of 250.
BANANA AND LOUIE RECORDS (SPAIN)
BL 006CD
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: BL 006CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ELLIS & RIO 18, CARWYN Mas CD
Never one to sit still, Carwyn Ellis is continuing his voyage into Latin Americana with the release of his second album with Rio 18, Mas. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed Joia! (BL 003CD/LP, 2019), this album is a collection of songs sung in Welsh combined with distinct pop and South American flavors drawn from bossa nova, cumbia, samba, and tropicalismo styles, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Caernarfon, and London. Mas feels strangely right for our times: an album whose title means several things, as befits its global outlook. Mas means "out" in Welsh, "more" in Spanish, and "but" in Portuguese: these meanings filling that single syllable with promise, potential, but also the subtle edge of a warning. It's a mood that fits the more political tenor of Rio 18's second turn around the world, as Carwyn and his friends explore some substantial subjects: the drowning of villages, climate change, migration, and the rise of megacities. They do so not in sober, serious settings, but beautiful, uplifting songs. Other tracks also celebrate the vivid pleasures of love, nature and our essential humanity. Mas is a record of beautiful songs that says, wait, listen, delight, come together, then act.
BL 006LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BL 006LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ELLIS & RIO 18, CARWYN Mas LP
LP version. Never one to sit still, Carwyn Ellis is continuing his voyage into Latin Americana with the release of his second album with Rio 18, Mas. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed Joia! (BL 003CD/LP, 2019), this album is a collection of songs sung in Welsh combined with distinct pop and South American flavors drawn from bossa nova, cumbia, samba, and tropicalismo styles, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Caernarfon, and London. Mas feels strangely right for our times: an album whose title means several things, as befits its global outlook. Mas means "out" in Welsh, "more" in Spanish, and "but" in Portuguese: these meanings filling that single syllable with promise, potential, but also the subtle edge of a warning. It's a mood that fits the more political tenor of Rio 18's second turn around the world, as Carwyn and his friends explore some substantial subjects: the drowning of villages, climate change, migration, and the rise of megacities. They do so not in sober, serious settings, but beautiful, uplifting songs. Other tracks also celebrate the vivid pleasures of love, nature and our essential humanity. Mas is a record of beautiful songs that says, wait, listen, delight, come together, then act.
BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)
BT 072LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BT 072LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
GUTHRIE & JAMES RUSHFORD, WILL Real Real World LP
Real Real World is the first collaborative effort from Nantes-based Australian drummer/percussionist Will Guthrie and Australian keyboardist/composer James Rushford. Primarily recorded in a fluid, spontaneous studio session in Nantes, with overdubs added later in Melbourne and Nantes, Real Real World presents five spacious, unhurried pieces that inhabit a unique sound world characterized by wheezing, half-voiced organ chords, chiming metal percussion, and eruptions of small sounds. Beginning with the eerily beautiful, shakuhachi-esque sound of Rushford performing on detuned portative organ, the opening title track is abruptly transformed by the entry of Guthrie's sizzling cymbals, deep gong strikes, and rustling hand percussion. On the epic "Lumbering", which occupies the majority of the record's first side, organ chords define a space in which a kaleidoscopic succession of amplified thuds, chiming bells, rustled and dragged objects, and abruptly silenced clusters advance and recede in an oneiric blur, eventually making way for a passage of Guthrie's virtuosic polyrhythms, itself unexpectedly overtaken by waves of melting fairground organ. The record reaches an energetic climax mid-way through the second side with the stunning "Slakes", where lugubrious chords in the organ's lowest register are joined by Guthrie's skittering rhythms, which somehow manage to call to mind both the most chaotic moments of Balinese Gamelan and the stochastic breakbeats of late-90s Autechre. On this piece, Guthrie and Rushford are joined by Melbourne saxophone maverick Scott McConnachie, who contributes an alto sax solo of burning precision, working with a single-minded palette of piercing long tones and wild intervallic leaps. Though it makes extensive use of overdubbing, Real Real World retains a strong sense of having been performed, rather than constructed: while at times the fleeting succession of events can recall electroacoustic music, its primarily acoustic nature and unhurried pace is also reminiscent of the music of AACM affiliates or Marion Brown's classic Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970). Immediately engaging while also hiding countless details in the folds of its polychrome fabric, Real Real World is a relaxed and joyous document of collaborative musical invention. Artwork by Patrizia Bach; Layout by Lasse Marhaug. Mixed and mastered by Joe Talia at Good Mixture, Berlin.
BT 073LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BT 073LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
BRUHIN, ANTON Speech Poems/Fruity Music LP
Black Truffle offer up a rare serving of unheard works by legendary Swiss artist Anton Bruhin. Active as a visual artist, poet, and musician since the 1960s, Bruhin has created important work in forms as varied as concrete poetry and landscape painting, imbuing everything he does with wit, humility, and absurdist humor. A recognized master of the jew's harp (or Trümpi, as this ancient folk instrument is known in Swiss German), Bruhin's sound work also encompasses tape collage, sound poetry, and manipulated bird song. On Speech Poems/Fruity Music you are treated to 26 short pieces made between 2006 and 2008 using the audio software Fruity Loops. These pieces carry on Bruhin's long-running project of exploring the creative use and misuse of cheap, accessible technologies. In many of his analog works, Bruhin explored the possibilities of simple cassette equipment. He invented DIY approaches to layering sounds by using multiple tape machines, experimented with distortion and tape speed, or, in his classic Inout (1981) created a maniacally single-minded audio monument to the pause button. Like the computer pixel drawings the artist produced around the same time as these recordings, Speech Poems/Fruity Music extends this approach to consumer software, presenting two parallel sequences of works that make use of Fruity Loops' inbuilt synthetic instruments and its speech synthesis function. The instrumental works play like a twisted take on the aesthetics of 1980s video game soundtracks, using synthetic accordion and harpsichord sounds to realize jaunty little ditties that exploit their machine-realization by making use of improbable pitch-bends and humanly impossible tempos and articulations. Between these samples of Fruity Music, you are treated to the Speech Poems, a series of recitations by a lone computer-generated voice. Many of them are in fact songs, as the synthetic voice crudely and hilariously changes pitch as it moves through its fragmented syllables and odes to cream in coffee. Carrying on Bruhin's interest in the creative misuse of technology, many of the Speech Poems attempt to force Fruity Loops' voice synthesis, designed only to speak English, to speak German. By entering phonetic text into the program, Bruhin gets it to produce a passable German alphabet and a series of approximations to a proper pronunciation of his name. Hilarious while strangely austere, entertaining but bizarre, Speech Poems/Fruity Music is classic Anton Bruhin, arriving in a beautiful mosaic cover by the artist, with the text of the "abc für anglophone" on the back cover. Compiled by Marc Matter and Anton Bruhin. Mastered by Joe Talia.
BT 075LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BT 075LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
DUNSCOMBE, SAM Outside Ludlow / Desert Disco LP
Outside Ludlow / Desert Disco is the first major solo release from Australian performer-composer Sam Dunscombe, now based in Berlin after residing for the past decade in San Diego and Tokyo. A virtuoso clarinetist who has performed in composed and improvised settings with artists such as Klaus Lang and Taku Sugimoto, their practice also embraces computer music, lo-fi electronics and field recordings, in addition to their long-term commitment to archiving, studying and performing the work of Romanian spectralist composer Horatiu Radulescu. The two side-long pieces presented on this LP began from a chance encounter in a specific geographic location (documented in the photographs that grace the record's sleeve). Exploring California's Mojave Desert with a friend, Dunscombe made the unlikely discovery of a tangle of quarter-inch tape snared on a cactus. The digitized version of this tape, variously edited and processed, as well as Dunscombe's own transcription and embellished performance of some of its material on Hammond organ, makes up one of the main ingredients of the LP's first side. The other is a field recording of the area outside the ghost town of Ludlow, where the tape was found, where haunted silence is punctuated by freight trains and clusters of explosions from gold mines and the local marine corps. Far from any kind of documentary approach, the resulting composition reaches back to the smeared atmospherics and overdriven tape crunch of Hands To, Small Cruel Party or Joe Colley, before the Hammond organ rises up to cast a spectral shimmer reminiscent of 1960s tape music classics like Arne Nordheim's "Warszawa". On "Desert Disco" (its title perhaps a clue to the content of the mysterious tape), Dunscombe zeroes in on a single fragment of the tape, accompanying it with analog synthesis to craft an immersive work based on a single chord. Throughout the course of this work, the monolithic opening sonority gradually splits apart, revealing an infinity of rhythmically phasing lines that swarm like a cloud of insects and patter like falling rain, placing Dunscombe's piece in a lineage of patient electronic exploration that includes landmarks like Costin Miereanu's Derives and the contemporary work of Jim O'Rourke. Limited edition vinyl with images by Sam Dunscombe and design by Lasse Marhaug. Mastered by Joe Talia at Good Mixture, Berlin.
BT 076LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: BT 076LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
SCHA, REMKO Guitar Mural 1 feat. The Machines 2LP
Black Truffle announce the first-ever vinyl reissue of Remko Scha's Guitar Mural 1 featuring The Machines, originally published as a rare cassette edition by Taal Beeld Geluid in 1982. A computational linguist by profession, Scha played an important role in the development of sound, installation, and digital art in the Netherlands from the late 1970s onward, co-founding the performance and exhibition space Het Appolohuis in Eindhoven in 1980. Alongside Paul Panhuysen and Jan Van Riet, Scha was a founding member of the radical improvisation group The Maciunas Ensemble, though he is best known for his work with mechanized electric guitars, documented on the legendary 1982 LP Machine Guitars. Guitar Mural 1 documents an installation of Scha's mechanical guitar ensemble The Machines held at a Groningen gallery space in 1982. Five electric guitars hang from the wall, their strings sounded by rotating rubber strings and a sabre saw controlled by a mechanical apparatus, as well as four ropes criss-crossing the five instruments on the wall. Once the mechanism was set up, Scha's only intervention was to vary the speed at which it operated. Where Machine Guitars presents short excerpts clearly distinguished by rhythmic and timbral variation, here we are confronted with four enormous side-long slabs of percussive string attack and the resulting clouds of harmonics. Variation is minimal across the duration of each side, making for a sculptural listening experience, as if you are patiently examining each facet of a static object. But significant variety exists between the four sides, each of which shows off a different facet of what The Machines were capable of. The first two excerpts feature open strings sounded at rapid tempos, dissolving the percussive attack into a continuous stream of sound reminiscent of Charlemagne Palestine's "strumming" technique. On the third side, the strings are partly muted and the tempo slightly lowered, resulting in layers of relentlessly chugging rhythm somewhere between an ensemble of hand drums and an early Velvet Underground bootleg. On the fourth side, havoc breaks loose in percussive waves of asynchronous repetition that bring Scha's sound world close to that of another pioneer experiment in musical mechanization, the Solar Music of Joe Jones. Guitar Mural 1 is an exhilarating document occupying a unique space between kinetic sculpture, hardcore minimalism and rock & roll. Deluxe gatefold sleeve accompanied by stunning visual documentation of the original installation, remastered audio and new liner notes from Alan Licht and Van Lagestein.
BOBO INTEGRAL (SPAIN)
BBI 020LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: BBI 020LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COHEN, TIM You Are Still Here LP
At this point, Tim Cohen is something akin to a Songwriter Laureate of San Francisco. He has observed from his attic window as wave after wave of musical trend has visited upon the Pacific shores, only to wash back into the ether. His sixth solo album, You Are Still Here, is a taut, suspenseful collection of dynamic, timeless songs. Ranging from the reluctantly hopeful Rhodes-driven gospel of "Rage On" to the psychedelic kraut bombast of "Dadaist Friend", the album was recorded over three week-long sessions at Crown Lanes (Denver, CO) with Cohen's longtime collaborator James Barone (Beach House) behind the boards and the drum kit. Handing over production duties to Barone allowed the full range of both artists' talents to shine, and the result is polished and sonically satisfying, yet somehow still slightly deranged and "outsider". Cohen's vocal melodies have never been stronger, now bolstered by horn flourishes (Andrew Byars) and the lush choral vocals of Noelle Fiore (Magic Trick). Dramatic choruses give way to pensive quietude with ease, and the journey is narrated expertly by the various keyboards of Connor Birch (Flaural). Barone's keen ear and Cohen's more focused songwriting approach are a magical marriage. The result You Are Still Here, is a great opportunity for us to return to the art of album listening. Cohen's first solo album recorded in a studio proper, and the first for Bobo Integral Records (Spain). For more than a decade, Cohen has consistently released woefully under-the-radar albums of wry, intelligent, romantic pop songs. Each of his musical personalities (The Fresh & Onlys, Magic Trick) has evolved from charming bedroom shamble to fully realized studio endeavor, and finally his eponymous musical efforts have caught up with the others.
BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)
BORNBAD 134CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 134CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Dynam'hit: Europop Version Francaise 1990-1995 CD
France, 1990. Fun Radio, NRJ, Skyrock set a new pace, and their crushing hegemony irrevocably marks the end of the free radio utopia. The giants become vital in the hit industry and carry on fueling France's greatest invention: la variété. A quintessentially French version of British dance pop with a very specific tang to it, too coy to emulate trendy clubs' and rave parties' music, europop cautiously tests the waters of what will soon turn into a tsunami: house music. Is house the soundtrack of the '90s? In Europe, it gave steam to comeback bands just as much as to the most memorable formations of the decade, while in France it paved the way for the global success of French Touch. "Real" house music emerges in early '80s Chicago (where the Warehouse club, which allegedly gave its name to the genre, closes down in 1983). England's acid house and Belgium's new beat, its European offshoots, fed the cravings of tabloids in 1988 and 1989. The house music we're interested in though, the type bound to soon overwhelm European charts, is already pretty far away from the Afro-American music born in Chicago. So far away it inherited a new name: dance music. Just like it had been the case with disco a few years back, house and techno aren't exactly in the good books -- acid house and new beat even less so. And it's precisely the genre's mainstream iteration this compilation focuses on; the house en français, which strives to get on board the running train in 1990. The house which sports the all-over jean look, bandana, cap, chewing gum, Peugeot 205 complete with snazzy beats on the radio. The big deal big fuss type, miles away from the original, underground house. It might not have been born in the '90s, but that's clearly when house music became mainstream. Music producers propose their very own club versions, cross breeding French variété and house. The result: a chart and club ready ersatz that is to quickly seduce young audiences. The tracklist, like the soundtrack to a club night that never happened, fictitiously reconstructs the fleeting moment when house made its arrival in France, bridging the gap between variété and Eurodance. Features Marie Touchet, Michel Moers, Anne Zamberlan, Thalie, Histoires de Filles, Fred de Fred, Techno90, Jean-François Maurice, Claire An, and Artiste Inconnu.
BORNBAD 134LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 134LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Dynam'hit: Europop Version Francaise 1990-1995 LP
LP version. Includes printed under sleeve and download code. France, 1990. Fun Radio, NRJ, Skyrock set a new pace, and their crushing hegemony irrevocably marks the end of the free radio utopia. The giants become vital in the hit industry and carry on fueling France's greatest invention: la variété. A quintessentially French version of British dance pop with a very specific tang to it, too coy to emulate trendy clubs' and rave parties' music, europop cautiously tests the waters of what will soon turn into a tsunami: house music. Is house the soundtrack of the '90s? In Europe, it gave steam to comeback bands just as much as to the most memorable formations of the decade, while in France it paved the way for the global success of French Touch. "Real" house music emerges in early '80s Chicago (where the Warehouse club, which allegedly gave its name to the genre, closes down in 1983). England's acid house and Belgium's new beat, its European offshoots, fed the cravings of tabloids in 1988 and 1989. The house music we're interested in though, the type bound to soon overwhelm European charts, is already pretty far away from the Afro-American music born in Chicago. So far away it inherited a new name: dance music. Just like it had been the case with disco a few years back, house and techno aren't exactly in the good books -- acid house and new beat even less so. And it's precisely the genre's mainstream iteration this compilation focuses on; the house en français, which strives to get on board the running train in 1990. The house which sports the all-over jean look, bandana, cap, chewing gum, Peugeot 205 complete with snazzy beats on the radio. The big deal big fuss type, miles away from the original, underground house. It might not have been born in the '90s, but that's clearly when house music became mainstream. Music producers propose their very own club versions, cross breeding French variété and house. The result: a chart and club ready ersatz that is to quickly seduce young audiences. The tracklist, like the soundtrack to a club night that never happened, fictitiously reconstructs the fleeting moment when house made its arrival in France, bridging the gap between variété and Eurodance. Features Marie Touchet, Michel Moers, Anne Zamberlan, Thalie, Histoires de Filles, Fred de Fred, Techno90, Jean-François Maurice, Claire An, and Artiste Inconnu.
BORNBAD 135CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 135CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MUSIC ON HOLD 30 Minutes Of CD
When you decide to get a degree at university, like chief songwriter Emile Cartron-Eldin, music goes on hold. When you don't have enough dollars for that overpriced repressed LP the record store puts it on hold behind the counter. This is: Music To Hold Onto! To cherish and adore, right here right now. After little shining stars of self-released cassette classics showing great promise of solid SF song writing Music On Hold deliver an album with strictly "only the hits" in updated graphics and soundbite studio wizardry... and amen! It's the shinning neon-color video game classic you never played in your youth in the arcades. You only dreamed about it after too many bong hits. You think you've heard these songs before? Ha! You've never heard them better brother. Gary Wilson called, and sung you a melody and the Human League stole the synth lines... then The Spits put lead guitar in slow-motion. HEY! Superior Viaduct just found another lost record by Departmentstore Santas... Hold on. No, they didn't... our trusted Born Bad Records just stumbled upon a collection of stone-cold classics laying behind the wall of VHS's and sent them to be remastered for the best Sunday drive of your life. This is a record for all four seasons in all TV colors and black and white nouvelle vague romance. The punk generation doesn't take shame in playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, they know all the cheats. This LP is the first baseball bat you take you a Ferrari parked outside a strip club. This is the flock of seagulls that exploded in the sky in multi-colored fireworks and came raining down into the ears of the youth in these troubled times before cocaine became boring... This isn't your ironic Japanese obi-tape cassette vaporwave sally, Music On Hold is everyone else in the same bathtub giving each other sensual back rubs before slipping into silk dragon kimonos. It is sincere. It's real. It's an all filler-no killer instant classic of a nostalgia you can't even begin to unravel. The project once a solo affair is now a power-trio featuring funky starship troopers Guillaume Mobstaire and beloved cult-hero Mathis (Police Control, Skategang) in the shuttle. And as they blast off into cyberspace they toss this their first greatest hits out of the cockpit and into your hands.
BORNBAD 135LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 135LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MUSIC ON HOLD 30 Minutes Of LP
LP version. Includes printed under sleeve and download code. When you decide to get a degree at university, like chief songwriter Emile Cartron-Eldin, music goes on hold. When you don't have enough dollars for that overpriced repressed LP the record store puts it on hold behind the counter. This is: Music To Hold Onto! To cherish and adore, right here right now. After little shining stars of self-released cassette classics showing great promise of solid SF song writing Music On Hold deliver an album with strictly "only the hits" in updated graphics and soundbite studio wizardry... and amen! It's the shinning neon-color video game classic you never played in your youth in the arcades. You only dreamed about it after too many bong hits. You think you've heard these songs before? Ha! You've never heard them better brother. Gary Wilson called, and sung you a melody and the Human League stole the synth lines... then The Spits put lead guitar in slow-motion. HEY! Superior Viaduct just found another lost record by Departmentstore Santas... Hold on. No, they didn't... our trusted Born Bad Records just stumbled upon a collection of stone-cold classics laying behind the wall of VHS's and sent them to be remastered for the best Sunday drive of your life. This is a record for all four seasons in all TV colors and black and white nouvelle vague romance. The punk generation doesn't take shame in playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, they know all the cheats. This LP is the first baseball bat you take you a Ferrari parked outside a strip club. This is the flock of seagulls that exploded in the sky in multi-colored fireworks and came raining down into the ears of the youth in these troubled times before cocaine became boring... This isn't your ironic Japanese obi-tape cassette vaporwave sally, Music On Hold is everyone else in the same bathtub giving each other sensual back rubs before slipping into silk dragon kimonos. It is sincere. It's real. It's an all filler-no killer instant classic of a nostalgia you can't even begin to unravel. The project once a solo affair is now a power-trio featuring funky starship troopers Guillaume Mobstaire and beloved cult-hero Mathis (Police Control, Skategang) in the shuttle. And as they blast off into cyberspace they toss this their first greatest hits out of the cockpit and into your hands.
BORNBAD 139CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 139CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA WIZZZ! French Psychorama 1966-1974 Volume 4 CD
The Wizzz! saga continues with a fresh selection of '60s and '70s rarities gathered from the unchartered nooks of the French-pop galaxy. Al Awni Bouarane, better known as Abdelwahab Doukkali, was one of the greatest figures of Middle-Eastern music. "Je Suis Jaloux", sung in French, was released on the label Philips in 1967. "Tom" -- a crepuscular mid-tempo with a touch of soul produced for Barclay in 1968 -- is François Bernheim's first solo release. Michel Handson signs this B-side with a touch of hip-hop in 1973 for the label Butterfly. This track from the Swede Matty Kemer's only single, a tribute to freedom and aviation, was recorded for the label Disque d'Or. Gilles Janeyrand's track was recorded in 1969 at the Studio des Dames. Albert-Henri Rykaert aka Alain Ricar was a comedian, singer, and songwriter, performing in cabarets or for the theatre, in Paris and in Belgium, then on RTB (Belgian TV). Paul Dupret captivates with the debonair B-side of the one and only single he released for the label Vogue in 1970. Richard Hertel's first single as a singer on the label Liberty, "Patatras Hola", also sees him play the drums and organ. Perfect groove, amused lyrics, and atonal gimmick. From a mainly folk corpus emerges Michel Didier's flashy cover of "Rainbow Chaser" by the English band Nirvana, here renamed "Comme un arc-en-ciel", is soaked in trippy effects by Jean-Claude Vannier. "Vedette international" is the work of the mysterious Liberatore. Alain Serco signs a frantic homage to his best friend Kiki, the B-side of his sole single, released on South Records at the beginning of the '70s. Gérard Gray, sensitive to rare or exotic instruments, search for a "different" sound and put together demos tinkering with a Revox tape deck and a variety of objects. "Le Grand Méchant Loup" by François Faray revisits Charles Perrault's tale of sexual liberation, yielding an ambitious glam-rock track. Patrice Lamy is a romantic singer from Lausanne. "Laisse-moi médire que je t'aime" is the B-side of his third record. The Tunisian crooner K.R. Nagati's "Sidi Bou" pays tribute to a summer romance and the town of Sidi Bou Saïd, perched on the cliffs overlooking Carthage and Gulf of Tunis. Les Missiles are a group of four buddies from the city of Oran (Algeria). The band's sound veers towards garage, or even pre-psychedelic music, filled with sound effects. CD version includes 24-page booklet (liner notes in English/French).
BORNBAD 139LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 139LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA WIZZZ! French Psychorama 1966-1974 Volume 4 LP
LP version. Includes six-page booklet (liner notes English/French). Includes download code. The Wizzz! saga continues with a fresh selection of '60s and '70s rarities gathered from the unchartered nooks of the French-pop galaxy. Al Awni Bouarane, better known as Abdelwahab Doukkali, was one of the greatest figures of Middle-Eastern music. "Je Suis Jaloux", sung in French, was released on the label Philips in 1967. "Tom" -- a crepuscular mid-tempo with a touch of soul produced for Barclay in 1968 -- is François Bernheim's first solo release. Michel Handson signs this B-side with a touch of hip-hop in 1973 for the label Butterfly. This track from the Swede Matty Kemer's only single, a tribute to freedom and aviation, was recorded for the label Disque d'Or. Gilles Janeyrand's track was recorded in 1969 at the Studio des Dames. Albert-Henri Rykaert aka Alain Ricar was a comedian, singer, and songwriter, performing in cabarets or for the theatre, in Paris and in Belgium, then on RTB (Belgian TV). Paul Dupret captivates with the debonair B-side of the one and only single he released for the label Vogue in 1970. Richard Hertel's first single as a singer on the label Liberty, "Patatras Hola", also sees him play the drums and organ. Perfect groove, amused lyrics, and atonal gimmick. From a mainly folk corpus emerges Michel Didier's flashy cover of "Rainbow Chaser" by the English band Nirvana, here renamed "Comme un arc-en-ciel", is soaked in trippy effects by Jean-Claude Vannier. "Vedette international" is the work of the mysterious Liberatore. Alain Serco signs a frantic homage to his best friend Kiki, the B-side of his sole single, released on South Records at the beginning of the '70s. Gérard Gray, sensitive to rare or exotic instruments, search for a "different" sound and put together demos tinkering with a Revox tape deck and a variety of objects. "Le Grand Méchant Loup" by François Faray revisits Charles Perrault's tale of sexual liberation, yielding an ambitious glam-rock track. Patrice Lamy is a romantic singer from Lausanne. "Laisse-moi médire que je t'aime" is the B-side of his third record. The Tunisian crooner K.R. Nagati's "Sidi Bou" pays tribute to a summer romance and the town of Sidi Bou Saïd, perched on the cliffs overlooking Carthage and Gulf of Tunis. Les Missiles are a group of four buddies from the city of Oran (Algeria). The band's sound veers towards garage, or even pre-psychedelic music, filled with sound effects.
BORNBAD 141CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 141CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SALVADOR, HENRI Homme Studio CD
A pop star who turned his back to show business to become an independent artist, steered by the revolutionary ideas of his wife Jacqueline in 1960s France; these are the outlines of Henri Salvador's unusual musical career. At 50, Salvador starts experimenting with synths and drum machine, multi-track recorders and altered voice collages. He takes up editing and mixing, and solitarily makes songs for young and old from his home in Paris' Place Vendôme. Seventy years of music, a thousand of creations of all styles. Sometimes associated to ye-ye singers, he's also known to have brought rock to France (in 1956, with Boris Vian). As a kid he picks up the guitar without any theoretical basics and becomes so talented he plays with Django Reinhardt. The 30s are the years of his training; the 40s of his emancipation within musical ensembles which are to see his talents flourish. He finds his public and perfects his tricks: laughter and seduction. In the 50s he rediscovers the songs of the islands where he grew up, revisits jazz, swing, blues and sings for children. Jacqueline shapes and emancipates him. When they marry in 1950, she's a quiet and cultivated young lady who's to progressively take charge of his career. Ever reinventing themselves, the Salvadors intend to do without studios, engineers, producers and musicians altogether. "Siffler en travaillant" ("Whistle While You Work") is a brilliant reinterpretation of one of Snow White's theme song, which a young Salvador had already performed with Ray Ventura's Orchestra in the 40s; "Hello Mickey", a catchy, spirited ska; "J'aime tes g'noux", a great cover of Shirly and Co's "Shame shame shame"; on "Un jour mon prince viendra", he makes a beat borrowed from Suicide and a Les Paul solo collide. Meanwhile Rigolo also releases less family-oriented singles. Salvador takes up eroticism, the financial crisis, and the negotiations between the US and Vietnam. In 1975 Jacqueline is diagnosed with a cancer. As she manages, decides and initiates everything, Rigolo starts idling. Weary and beat, Henri doesn't feel like playing in his empty house anymore. He lets all of their projects die out: the TV show, the label, the musical editions, the PAM. Together with Jacqueline, Henri Salvador should've set an example for other artists: one of independence against an unfair and unyielding system. An inspiration not to end up enslaved by contracts signed too early, or to feed a bunch of comatose owners clenching onto millions of publishing rights. Includes liner notes French and English by Guido from Acid Arab.
BORNBAD 141LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 141LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SALVADOR, HENRI Homme Studio LP
LP version. Printed under sleeve; includes download code. A pop star who turned his back to show business to become an independent artist, steered by the revolutionary ideas of his wife Jacqueline in 1960s France; these are the outlines of Henri Salvador's unusual musical career. At 50, Salvador starts experimenting with synths and drum machine, multi-track recorders and altered voice collages. He takes up editing and mixing, and solitarily makes songs for young and old from his home in Paris' Place Vendôme. Seventy years of music, a thousand of creations of all styles. Sometimes associated to ye-ye singers, he's also known to have brought rock to France (in 1956, with Boris Vian). As a kid he picks up the guitar without any theoretical basics and becomes so talented he plays with Django Reinhardt. The 30s are the years of his training; the 40s of his emancipation within musical ensembles which are to see his talents flourish. He finds his public and perfects his tricks: laughter and seduction. In the 50s he rediscovers the songs of the islands where he grew up, revisits jazz, swing, blues and sings for children. Jacqueline shapes and emancipates him. When they marry in 1950, she's a quiet and cultivated young lady who's to progressively take charge of his career. Ever reinventing themselves, the Salvadors intend to do without studios, engineers, producers and musicians altogether. "Siffler en travaillant" ("Whistle While You Work") is a brilliant reinterpretation of one of Snow White's theme song, which a young Salvador had already performed with Ray Ventura's Orchestra in the 40s; "Hello Mickey", a catchy, spirited ska; "J'aime tes g'noux", a great cover of Shirly and Co's "Shame shame shame"; on "Un jour mon prince viendra", he makes a beat borrowed from Suicide and a Les Paul solo collide. Meanwhile Rigolo also releases less family-oriented singles. Salvador takes up eroticism, the financial crisis, and the negotiations between the US and Vietnam. In 1975 Jacqueline is diagnosed with a cancer. As she manages, decides and initiates everything, Rigolo starts idling. Weary and beat, Henri doesn't feel like playing in his empty house anymore. He lets all of their projects die out: the TV show, the label, the musical editions, the PAM. Together with Jacqueline, Henri Salvador should've set an example for other artists: one of independence against an unfair and unyielding system. An inspiration not to end up enslaved by contracts signed too early, or to feed a bunch of comatose owners clenching onto millions of publishing rights. Includes liner notes French and English by Guido from Acid Arab.
BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)
BPX 011EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: BPX 011EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALLIEN, ELLEN Auraa Rmxs 1 12"
Following on from 2020's album AurAA (BPX 009CD/LP), Ellen Allien unveils the first remix package, featuring four fresh takes on her original productions. AurAA was the techno queen's ninth album in as many years, as she continues to channel her creative energy into full-length releases, as well as various other projects. Staying active and positive through the difficulties of the past year, Ellen has maintained a constant presence, sharing live DJ sets from her balcony, or astonishing settings around Berlin, and a continuous flow of new music, supporting artists through her labels and keeping the spirit of our culture alive. Remixes by Hadone, Keith Carnal, Matrixxman, and Lady Starlight.
BUDA MUSIQUE (FRANCE)
BUDA 860354CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: BUDA 860354CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Zanzibara 10: First Modern, Taarab Vibes From Mombasa & Tanga, 1970-1990 CD
"Taarab is a music genre popular in Tanzania and Kenya. It is influenced by the musical traditions of the African Great Lakes, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. In the early 1970s a new taarab emerged in the East African coastal cities of Mombasa and Tanga: In Mombasa, Matano Juma's Morning Star replaced strings with distorted organ sounds, amplified violin or clarinet; Zuhura Swaleh promoted an electrified tashkota as a major new sound in her band, digging deep in coastal ngoma rhythms and dances. Crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania, in Tanga, Black Star Musical Club's electric guitars and dance music rhythms paved the way for a broader audience reception of taarab away from the coastal Swahili towns. Mombasa was at the forefront of taarab production from the 1960s to the 1990s, thanks in no small measure to the enterprising Mzuri record label. They would not just record and promote Mombasa based artists, but also invite groups from Tanzania like Black Star or Dar es Salaam's Egyptian Music Club. In the course of the 1970s records were displaced by the cassette and the initiative moved to Mbwana Radio Service in Mombasa's Old Town, soon the new center of taarab production and distribution. Taarab rose to new heights in the 1980s with the voices and hits by Malika and Golden Star's Mwanahela. With the economic and political crisis in Kenya in the early 1990s and the concurrent rise of Dar es Salaam as the new center of music production in East Africa, Mombasa began to fade from its position as the prime taarab center. The early 1990s saw the rise of so-called modern taarab, a new style based on drum machine rhythm, powerful sound systems, and a novel fashion of inciting and insulting lyrics. Nevertheless, the musical innovations of Matano, Zuhura and Black Star opened up new vistas early on; and Malika's and Golden Star's lyrics paved the way for what was to come in the 1990s. In recognition of this, taarabfrom the Mombasa -- Tanga era is now affectionately known as 'First Modern'.""I've already been knocked out flat by the year's sure-to-be best reissue." --Peter Margasak
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 351CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 351CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Prosthuman CD
With the band's tenth anniversary in their viewfinder, Camera are all set to push the button on Prosthuman, their fifth studio album. The Berlin band never tire of changing themselves, their music or personnel. As Karlheinz Stockhausen noted: "New methods change the experience. New experiences change man." Taking this as their lead, Michael Drummer (the drummer) and Camera surprise listeners more on Prosthuman as they reinvent and reformulate their sound without sacrificing the project's identity which has matured over the past decade. Emotional Detox (BB 312CD/LP, 2018), the predecessor to this album, was distinguished by the presence of two keyboard virtuosos (Steffen Kahles and Camera founder member, Timm Brockmann). Finding replacements for Prosthuman was difficult; the two keyboardists had -- in different creative periods --formed the backbone of a band structure. Decisive input came from an unlikely source: Tim Schroeder, who first teamed up with Camera as a performance and video artist on their 2017 USA tour. Over the course of jams and recording sessions, he was able to offer ample proof of his synthesizer skills. Alex Kozmidi, a musician and composer with a flair for experimentation, completed the triumvirate on guitar, with Michael Drummer adding his own guitar riffs. Change and friction can be useful allies in pursuit of creativity, something to which Drummer has grown accustomed as the only ever-present member of Camera. The pleasures and pain of isolation -- suddenly a mass phenomenon in pandemic times --are well known to the quasi-front man of the group. Virus-induced social distancing and quarantine measures came into effect during the recording process (June 2019 to June 2020). Finding the musical framework for Prosthuman required a great deal of commitment, enthusiasm, and plenty of time. In spite of shifts in instrumentation, the ten tracks comprising the album fall into place like a progressively unfolding narrative. There is no apparent beginning to the record, no obvious ending -- rather more a sense of being right in the middle, with no immediate reference to any of the previous albums. At the same time, traces of the paths travelled on past albums are discernible. Michael Drummer's approach to drumming is more than a constant reference point, emerging as the decisive element which pins everything together.
BB 351LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 351LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CAMERA Prosthuman LP
LP version. With the band's tenth anniversary in their viewfinder, Camera are all set to push the button on Prosthuman, their fifth studio album. The Berlin band never tire of changing themselves, their music or personnel. As Karlheinz Stockhausen noted: "New methods change the experience. New experiences change man." Taking this as their lead, Michael Drummer (the drummer) and Camera surprise listeners more on Prosthuman as they reinvent and reformulate their sound without sacrificing the project's identity which has matured over the past decade. Emotional Detox (BB 312CD/LP, 2018), the predecessor to this album, was distinguished by the presence of two keyboard virtuosos (Steffen Kahles and Camera founder member, Timm Brockmann). Finding replacements for Prosthuman was difficult; the two keyboardists had -- in different creative periods --formed the backbone of a band structure. Decisive input came from an unlikely source: Tim Schroeder, who first teamed up with Camera as a performance and video artist on their 2017 USA tour. Over the course of jams and recording sessions, he was able to offer ample proof of his synthesizer skills. Alex Kozmidi, a musician and composer with a flair for experimentation, completed the triumvirate on guitar, with Michael Drummer adding his own guitar riffs. Change and friction can be useful allies in pursuit of creativity, something to which Drummer has grown accustomed as the only ever-present member of Camera. The pleasures and pain of isolation -- suddenly a mass phenomenon in pandemic times --are well known to the quasi-front man of the group. Virus-induced social distancing and quarantine measures came into effect during the recording process (June 2019 to June 2020). Finding the musical framework for Prosthuman required a great deal of commitment, enthusiasm, and plenty of time. In spite of shifts in instrumentation, the ten tracks comprising the album fall into place like a progressively unfolding narrative. There is no apparent beginning to the record, no obvious ending -- rather more a sense of being right in the middle, with no immediate reference to any of the previous albums. At the same time, traces of the paths travelled on past albums are discernible. Michael Drummer's approach to drumming is more than a constant reference point, emerging as the decisive element which pins everything together.
BB 353CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 353CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DIE WELTTRAUMFORSCHER Die Ruckkehr Der Echten Menschheit (1981-1990) CD
Flusch. Knirk. Finom! Since July 14th 1981, Die Welttraumforscher have been researching the dream of the world, becoming cassette creators in the process. A mission which has seen them seek out the folklore of outer space, visiting the continent of Binika and marveling at the metropolis of Darktown. In transit, they find support and succor in Bretzelberg pop, toytown tempests, a starman, bricoleurs, 4-track recorders and instant architecture. How elated they are when they happen upon a successful sound piece, taking clandestine delight in the return of genuine humanity. This first Bureau B retrospective devoted to Die Welttraumforscher covers the Swiss project's early creative period from 1981 to 1990. The eccentric, heartwarming pop songs now sound like documents from a parallel world, interwoven with idiosyncratic fantasy, surreal stories and dreamlike apparitions. Considering their continuous and prolific output over the past four decades, it is quite remarkable how Die Welttraumforscher have remained under the radar for so long -- that said, their cadre of admirers includes such illustrious artists as Mouse On Mars, Barbara Morgenstern, and Felix Kubin. It thus gives Bureau B immeasurable pleasure to offer a closer insight into the work of this incomparable project. All tracks have been remastered.
BB 353LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 353LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DIE WELTTRAUMFORSCHER Die Ruckkehr Der Echten Menschheit (1981-1990) LP
LP version. Flusch. Knirk. Finom! Since July 14th 1981, Die Welttraumforscher have been researching the dream of the world, becoming cassette creators in the process. A mission which has seen them seek out the folklore of outer space, visiting the continent of Binika and marveling at the metropolis of Darktown. In transit, they find support and succor in Bretzelberg pop, toytown tempests, a starman, bricoleurs, 4-track recorders and instant architecture. How elated they are when they happen upon a successful sound piece, taking clandestine delight in the return of genuine humanity. This first Bureau B retrospective devoted to Die Welttraumforscher covers the Swiss project's early creative period from 1981 to 1990. The eccentric, heartwarming pop songs now sound like documents from a parallel world, interwoven with idiosyncratic fantasy, surreal stories and dreamlike apparitions. Considering their continuous and prolific output over the past four decades, it is quite remarkable how Die Welttraumforscher have remained under the radar for so long -- that said, their cadre of admirers includes such illustrious artists as Mouse On Mars, Barbara Morgenstern, and Felix Kubin. It thus gives Bureau B immeasurable pleasure to offer a closer insight into the work of this incomparable project. All tracks have been remastered.
BB 354CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 354CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DIE WELTTRAUMFORSCHER Wir Arbeiten Fur Die Nachste Welt (1991-2012) CD
A triumvirate obsessed with riddles, triplets on a cosmic expedition, Die Welttraumforscher delving into the depths of the sonic universe. Their research, so they say, knows no limits -- from the living room to the workshops of Sideria, taking in the enchanting City of Water, Leguan Rätselmann's geometric songs, seeing their friends Kip Eulenmeister and Ohm Olunde. They gather up twinkling star sounds and forgotten noises from the attic. They also say: "Our work is for the world to come". The second collection sees Bureau B zoom in on the years 1992 to 2012 in the Welttraumforscher universe. A more pensive atmosphere of melancholy pervades the tracks documented herein, as if the more spherical musical journeys and expeditions undertaken by creator and sole member Christian Pfluger lead to increasingly enchanted worlds. It may be possible to trace pop-cultural references to artists like Andreas Dorau or The Residents, and yet the Welttraumforscher's music has a life all of its own which appears increasingly sui generis with every album.
BB 354LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 354LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DIE WELTTRAUMFORSCHER Wir Arbeiten Fur Die Nachste Welt (1991-2012) LP
LP version. A triumvirate obsessed with riddles, triplets on a cosmic expedition, Die Welttraumforscher delving into the depths of the sonic universe. Their research, so they say, knows no limits -- from the living room to the workshops of Sideria, taking in the enchanting City of Water, Leguan Rätselmann's geometric songs, seeing their friends Kip Eulenmeister and Ohm Olunde. They gather up twinkling star sounds and forgotten noises from the attic. They also say: "Our work is for the world to come". The second collection sees Bureau B zoom in on the years 1992 to 2012 in the Welttraumforscher universe. A more pensive atmosphere of melancholy pervades the tracks documented herein, as if the more spherical musical journeys and expeditions undertaken by creator and sole member Christian Pfluger lead to increasingly enchanted worlds. It may be possible to trace pop-cultural references to artists like Andreas Dorau or The Residents, and yet the Welttraumforscher's music has a life all of its own which appears increasingly sui generis with every album.
BB 362LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 362LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DER PLAN Save Your Software!! (The Never-Released Album of Der Plan from 1989) LP
LP version. Shrouded in myth, Save Your Software is the long-lost album by Der Plan. Back in the mid-1980s, Moritz Reichelt, Kurt Dahlke (Pyrolator) and Frank Fenstermacher initiated the Fanuks project with the aim of making themselves immortal as Mensch-Maschinen or Man-Machines. "Fanuks" would produce music for all eternity, embarking on a never-ending world tour. By the end of the decade, the Fanuks, or their respective human alter egos, had crafted six pieces. These were only rediscovered in 2020 during a thorough inspection of the Ata Tak/Der Plan archives. Reichelt, Dahlke, and Fenstermacher augmented their six visionary masterpieces with three tracks based on compositions from the year 1989. In cooperation with the company "Second Life Inc", who had worked on similar ideas for George Lukas and Kraftwerk, they developed designs scratching the limits of technological possibilities. At the same time Japanese cutting-edge robot producer FANUK opened an office in Düsseldorf. The plans included not only the technical aspects of the hardware of the robot musicians, but also similarly sophisticated software. For this area of the project Der Plan asked a man with an excellent reputation of experience, the mysterious Nigelius Senada, a Bavarian philosopher and musician, who had developed a Theory of Obscurity, that fitted the ideas of Der Plan perfectly. Senada had a history of developing a non-existing band for a Californian supergroup. Senada's projections were based on the idea, that in the future man would transform into robots as much as robots would adapt characteristic human qualities. Under permanent supervision of Der Plan the first prototype under the internal name LP3 could be finished by 1988. For test purposes the robot was sold to a household in Italy, where he served as a house-keeper and loneliness companion. 12 months later conclusions could be drawn: despite great expectations and the use of expensive materials such as molybdane and carbon, LP3 turned out to be not reliable enough for the use on a stressful band tour. Meanwhile the production of robot music in the Düsseldorf studio of Der Plan continued. The ambitious goal was music made by robots -- and it was pretty successful, actually more successful than the processing of the hardware. A good half a dozen of songs were recorded, determined to be send on tour with the robots. The FANUK project was the last great concept of Der Plan before the band split up two years later. It is buried in history and memories and seemed to be bound for oblivion. This is the first time the public will hear six original tracks, plus three newly recorded ones, based on compositions from 1989.
BB 366LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BB 366LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TENOR, JIMI Deep Sound Learning (1993-2000) 2LP
Double LP version. "Jimi Tenor can look back on a career spanning almost 30 years, in which time he has released more than 20 albums on such renowned labels as Warp Records, Sähkö, and Kitty-Yo. Pop artist prestige holds no sway over the Finnish composer and multi-instrumentalist. Never resting on his laurels, he continues to hone his unique sound, which draws on elements of jazz, Afrobeat, and experimental electronic music. Bureau B are excited to announce the arrival of a new Jimi Tenor double album! Following on from 2020's NY, Hel, Barca (BB 333CD/LP) compilation which showcased Tenor's early works and cuts from his first six albums, Deep Sound Learning shines a spotlight on unreleased tracks from 1993 to the year 2000. This intensely prolific period saw Tenor send countless DAT tapes to Warp Records, his label at the time, who stacked up the recordings in the office safe. Some of the songs preserved on those DATs made their way onto various Tenor LPs -- whilst others remained unreleased to this day. Jimi Tenor and Bureau B have retrieved said tapes and crafted a double album of previously unheard tracks in what is much more than a simple archival exposition. The 19 tracks on this compilation transport the listener to an infinitely vast adventure playground, where basic polyrhythmic drum machine tracks can be found alongside impetuous 303-driven minimal house sketches and Tenor's idiosyncratic future jazz compositions unfold around immersive downtempo arrangements. Deep Sound Learning documents the artist's irrepressibly adventurous spirit, illuminating a more colorful and varied spectrum across seven years than others manage in several decades. Jimi Tenor is a tireless rover and explorer whose curiosity and inventiveness know no bounds." --Daniel Jahn
BB 367LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 367LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MAPSTATION My Frequencies, When We LP
LP version. "... My Frequencies, When We is the eighth Mapstation album Stefan Schneider has released since 2000. Hailing from Düsseldorf, the electronic music artist and producer finds inspiration in African and South American folklore, dub, and, naturally, krautrock, taking his time to process his responses in a consistently thoughtful manner, never resorting to cliché. He has also found time to pursue other projects in recent years, one with electronic music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius for example (2011), another with visual artist Katharina Grosse (2017), whilst continuing to release interesting music from a variety of musical spheres on his own Tal label. Recorded between March and August of 2020 in Corona-induced isolation, there is a sonic homogeneity to My Frequencies, When We. For the first time in years, guest musicians are conspicuous by their absence. Schneider himself assumes vocal duties on 'The City In'. He has also pared down his equipment list: an analog tape loop device, Roland 808 drum machine, Novation Peak synthesizer, a guitar. Schneider thus sticks to the philosophy he revealed to an interviewer this summer: 'Simplification of the means is something I strive for. I have come to realize that my music loses intensity when I add in too many elements...' 'Intensity' does not necessarily translate into 'danceability'. Yes, there are hypnotic African grooves on 'Flute Channels' and the ingeniously rhythmic, imaginary world music of 'Taro Zing Ta' has much in common with Jon Hassell, Marja Ahti or DJ Residue, but these do not reflect the full spectrum. For the most part, the rhythms are as rudimentary as those found in folklore, tottering and stumbling along. There are gentle reminders of kraut-elektronik (Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, Neu!) and discrete reconfigurations, with the aural current of the Rhineland flowing nearby. 'Outside Arendt' presents two parallel worlds in which synth melodies and crude beats are destined ne'er to meet; the same is true of the musical box frequencies and basic rhythm of 'Train Of Gerda' or the poetic juxtaposition of idyll and concrete on 'Actual Possible': each instrument goes at its own pace, MIDI connections do not lead to synthesis. This is music for the digital diaspora, mystical, sweeping frequencies, performed reductively. In its finest moments Mapstation succeeds in crafting minimal-kraut-elektronik which runs as deep as it floats on high. Electronic house music one might say, at once homely and strange." --Olaf Karnik
BB 368CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 368CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SORBET This Was Paradise CD
Irish producer Chris W Ryan (Just Mustard, NewDad, Robocobra Quartet) began releasing music under the moniker Sorbet in 2020 with the express intention to cleanse the palate; both for the listener and himself. Spending much of his time in the studio with other artists, Chris took inspiration from producer-led albums like Brian Eno's Another Green World: "I love the way you can hear the playful interaction between friends on an album like that --there are none of the constraints or rules that you might have when you're trying to represent the sound of a live band or artist." Exploring freely across genre bounds, the world of Sorbet is informed by electronic music just as much as classical and alt-pop, with nods to artists like Laurie Anderson, Arthur Russell, Kate Bush, and David Byrne. Inspired by this freedom of creativity, the debut Sorbet album This Was Paradise features a host of collaborators orbiting around Chris's nucleus, in which he flexes his ability as a composer and technician in equal measure. These collaborations include vocal features from Maija Sofia, Mark McCambridge (Arborist), and Mícheál Keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons) as well as powerful instrumental performances from musicians working in the jazz and classical world poached by Chris, such as jazz saxophonist Lara Jones and upright bass player Jack Kelly. Jones and Kelly feature on lead single "I Heard His Scythe", a song which slices through the despair with an optimistic nihilism that is central to the record. Featuring a musical backing that nods to Kate Bush's "Watching You Without Me" alongside Maija Sofia's airy refrain rebutting the grim reaper. All of this sonic looseness is bound tightly by the concept behind This Was Paradise: a rumination on humanity's precarious position in a living purgatory. "We're stuck between Paradise and Hell, always swinging between the two as a result of how we behave towards each other and our planet." This duality is represented in the binary use of electronic and acoustic instruments, especially in the case of album closer "(Hell)" -- a recording split right down the middle between a string quartet and four synthesizers. "Aesthetically I wanted to hang in the balance of electronic and acoustic composition: between the natural world and humanity's imprint on it." Therein lies the central theme of This Was Paradise -- an album littered with references to Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost which opens with Adam being expelled from the Garden of Eden for "Man's first disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree."
BB 370CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 370CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
P!OFF? P!OFF? CD
"1980, Friday evening in the Munich suburban pub Panoptikum. My girlfriend draws my attention to the fact that behind me two guys are talking about looking for a new guitarist for their band. I turn around, chat them up (Jochen and Thomas) and praise my skills to the skies. A few days later I'm standing in Thomas' perfectly equipped practice room with my Ibanez Les Paul copy. We jam a little while -- jazz rock, to which I can contribute very little due to my lack of skills. We quickly agree on a new style: minimalist, no drums, just a drum machine, Moog and organ, less guitar, dry bass. And German lyrics! We don't really know or want that this should be 'NDW'. But of course we listen to DAF, Ideal, FSK, Fehlfarben and -- yes, SPLIFF too. These influences are undeniable. So we found the PISS OFF ORKESSTR, which very quickly becomes P'OFF ORKESSTR and then finally P!OFF?. Ambitious and inspired, we produce a demo cassette that already contains 'Das dicke Kind', 'Großer Bruder', 'Pass Auf!', and 'Walkman' and send it to various record companies -- including Munich's 'Ariola', which is desperately looking for NDW acts because the Ariola empire has missed this trend. Therefore, they 'buy' about 25 bands at the drop of a hat -- and P!OFF? is supposed to be one of them, because they expect some good airplay mainly from 'Walkman'. Producer god Anthony Monn (Amanda Lear, Relax, Saragossa Band, Fancy et al.) takes us under his wing and manages to keep the original demo sound, but to improve it considerably. 'Mein Walkman ist kaputt' didn't make it into the charts, but it was played more often on the radio and the Album didn't sell badly. In 1982, however, NDW is now commercialized to death and that ship had sailed. But we stay together (under different band names) and over the decades become first New Romantics, then Indie Rockers, then Grunge Noise Makers and finally Electronic Freaks. In 2009, for my fiftieth birthday, we decide to play a few songs from the old 82 record live, which becomes a huge success. And so we are -- again as P!OFF? -- still on the road with our old songs. The '82 album has become a sought-after collector's item and cult object -- so we are very happy that Bureau B is presenting a lovingly remastered reissue after almost 40 years." --Alex Weidner
BB 372CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 372CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JA, PANIK Die Gruppe CD
Terrible times indeed. Discerning pop music fans will therefore be more than pleased that intellectual rock darlings, Austrian band Ja, Panik, are back after a seven-year hiatus. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that in their 2016 band autobiography Futur II -- published to mark their tenth anniversary -- the Berlin-based quartet of Andreas Spechtl (vocals, guitar), Stefan Pabst (bass), Sebastian Janata (drums), and Laura Landergott (keyboards & guitar), pretty much announced their permanent dissolution. Never ones to repeat themselves, the eponymously titled Die Gruppe demonstrates that the four band members have been busy honing their craft, producing a sixth album that reveals a new level of artistic maturity. The eleven songs on the album were recorded during the summer pandemic lockdown of 2020, which the band spent in their home region of Burgenland. The curfew issued by the Austrian government meant that band had to hole up in their makeshift studio, working on the material that Andreas Spechtl, singer and songwriter, had demoed earlier in the year while staying in Tunisia. The pandemic restrictions also meant that Die Gruppe was their first work to be self-produced. On the Spacemen 3-tinged tune "The Cure", Spechtl's German-English plea to his doctor for help now sounds like it was tailor-made for these challenging times. Unambiguous, however, is the ghost of the late cultural critic and chief hauntologist Mark Fisher, who looms large over Die Gruppe. Other literary allusions include hidden references to Medea Material by East German playwright Heiner Müller, or to Donna Haraway's book Staying with the Trouble. Spechtl also churns out great pop songs if he pleases. "On Livestream" is a case in point: a quintessential Ja, Panik tune, this infectious pop song about how our communication has now shifted to video conferencing incorporating a plethora of lush production effects. "1998" is an atmospheric ballad with Spechtl in semi-autobiographical mode. Other tracks like "What If" and "The Zing of Silence" show off the experimental, electronic side of Ja, Panik and act as interludes between the songs proper. Die Gruppe is not merely a collection of tunes but a finely-crafted album that draws its captivating qualities from the unfolding dramaturgy of the songs, the interplay between the German and English language, and the effort to deviate from well-trodden paths in each and every song in terms of both writing and production.
BB 376CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 376CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROEDELIUS/CZJZEK Weites Land CD
Bureau B present a reissue of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Alexander Czjzek's Weites Land, originally released 1987. Vienna, the early 1980s. Krautrock, electronic, and ambient pioneer Hans Joachim Roedelius, co-founder Cluster and Harmonia and saxophone free spirit Alexander Czjzek meet for the first time. Their longstanding collaboration found its climax in the fantastic album Weites Land, which was released in 1987 for the first time, but has been out of print for many decades and became a sought-after rarity. Bureau B make this organic jazz masterpiece available again. The two artists responsible for Weites Land cast their minds back to the period leading up to the album.Czjzek: "Joachim and I -- he was still something of an electronic purist when we first met -- took turns visiting each other's home studios as we began to acquaint ourselves with our respective musical approaches. I took my saxophones and improvised over Joachim's tapes. Whenever I signaled to him that he could start recording 'now', he'd invariably already done so -- and those spontaneous first takes were perfect, just as they were! Joachim amassed a wealth of material featuring my saxophone improvisations and mixed them with his own sounds, creating a wonderfully harmonious symbiosis of our different musical worlds. The beauty of it was how they converged without either of us needing to divert from his own path. The first collaborations appeared on Joachim's 1982 work Wasser im Wind, with our own joint release -- Weites Land -- following in 1987.Roedelius: "Two creative minds, one of them Alexander's, allowing musical visions free rein in congenial expression. Perhaps they are so empathetic, so persuasive, because I have, in some way, shown that it is possible to traverse this territory with such relish, although my musical career has always involved no end of collaborations in different genres and environments. It is no coincidence that my music is said to have a salubrious quality, causing cats to purr when a Roedelius disc is played. Migraines have even been forever banished when confronted with my music."
BURNING SOUNDS (UK)
BSR 957LP
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: BSR 957LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CAMPBELL, CORNELL Sweet Baby LP
"Classic reggae album from 1978 re-released on 180 gram vinyl. Produced by Linval Thompson. Extensive sleeve notes. Personnel: Bass - Robbie Shakespeare; Bongos - Skully; Drums - Sly Dunbar; Organ - Ossie Hibbert; Percussion - Sky Juice; Piano - Winston Wright; Producer - Linval Thompson. Recorded At: Channel One Recording Studio & Harry J's Recording Studio."
BYRD OUT (UK)
BYR 032EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: BYR 032EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SLIKBACK Quoios/Klout 12"
New tracks of forward-thinking club music from Kenyan producer Slikback, continuing in rule-shredding, genre-melding form. Two new enigmatic originals, and two remixes -- one from Sarmacja, natives of his current home, Poland, who give "Quoios" a dub workout, the other from Bristolian producer Sunun, spinning out "Klout" in a less pressured environment. On the A side, "Quoios" charts a looming, atmospheric build-up gives way to driving, chainsaw wielding industrial beats layered with vocals and samples. "Klout" meshes dark tones and complex rhythms, with a very slight nod to acid on the sounds. Both tracks are warehouse-ready dancefloor weapons. On the B side, Sarmacja's dub pulses from the off, introducing a strand of keening vocals and cosmic flushes. Sunun's remix offers a slower, exploratory and haunting re-imagining of "Klout".
CASSAUNA
SAUNA 022CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: SAUNA 022CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BARBIERI, CATERINA Vertical Cassette
2021 repress. Norelco plastic case. Vertical is Caterina Barbieri's debut album and it was composed for vocals and Buchla 200 modular synthesizer. Vertical takes a meditative approach to primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics, stretching the boundaries between drone, minimalism and techno in multichannel systems. This minimalistic focus arises from the polyrhythmic and stratigraphic potential of voltage-controlled sequencers. Synthesis, drone and immersive listening are three fundamental conditions to enhance an advanced auditory art, not based on extrinsic links but solely built on the experience of the spectrum, able to develop our very limited ability of perceiving the vertical domain of music, involving us in a holistic way. Caterina Barbieri (1990) is a composer and performer of electro-acoustic music. Mostly interested in modular synthesis, three-dimensional spatialization and psychoacoustic aural sculpture, her music arises from a meditative approach to primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics. She received a degree in classical guitar and electro-acoustic music at the conservatory of Bologna, Italy (plus an exchange program at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden) with a thesis about time, space and spectrum in vertical music. She's currently attending a Bachelor in Literature and she's active as an audiovisual artist, acousmatic composer and guitarist. Her work has been commissioned and performed in festivals and venues of experimental music.
SAUNA 059CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: SAUNA 059CS
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
BOLTON, ROSE The Lost Clock Cassette
It might be easy to assume that the distinctly focused compositional voice unveiled on Rose Bolton's The Lost Clock is the product of its creator's rigorous, almost hermetic dedication to her own particular aesthetic universe. A quick survey of Bolton's artistic career, however, reveals that her carefully sculpted approach to abstract electronica has been forged through a longstanding engagement with a wide range of intertwining creative activities. This album demonstrates both the Toronto-based composer's unique mastery of color and her gift for breathing a tactile, organic quality into synthetic landscapes. Bolton's distinctive sensibility is akin to that of a painter -- every hue has been carefully mixed so as to imbue its accompanying gesture with its own life and personality. This tangible dimensionality her electronic work assumes, however, can be traced back to the work Bolton has been doing since the 1990s. She has produced a large and varied catalogue of work that includes pieces for solo performers, chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, voice, and to accompany installations and films. Quasi-instrumental vitality isn't the only feature of The Lost Clock that reflects Bolton's diverse artistic practice. It can also be heard within the structural realm. Each of the collection's four tracks trace a patient unfolding and favor a certain roundness of timbre, even as finer details begin to fidget along the perimeter of the music. As with her writing for the concert hall, Bolton doesn't shy away from the evocative here, yet she doesn't pursue this poignancy through conventional, direct or quasi-narrative means. Her compositions lead the listener gradually through their impressionistic sonic scenery, but neither the path they take nor their ultimate destination are at all predictable. The ostensible gentleness each piece exudes dissolves as dissonances slowly insinuate themselves, obscure textures writhe just out of earshot, percussive lattice work materializes, or as the overall blend begins to exert a heavier weight. Her lucid-dream vision of form functions in tandem with her acute micro-level attentiveness to engender a vivid and elusive sound world that resists classification.
SAUNA 062CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: SAUNA 062CS
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
PARWATA, RAMA Tekanan Cassette
Tekanan is the full-length debut of Melbourne-based Indonesian-Australian drummer and sound artist, Rama Parwata. A thorough exploration of rhythmic capabilities and percussive improvisation under ever-shifting timbral and stylistic environments, Tekanan is Parwata's examination and documentation of his vast musical influences in electro-acoustic improvisation, Indonesian Gamelan music, free jazz, electronic music, R&B, and noise music, whilst still maintaining an entirely unique non-idiomatic musical voice. Tekanan sees Parwata experimenting with not only the drum kit, but additionally implementing no-input mixing boards, musique-concréte sampling techniques, junk percussion, electric guitar, and computer music production to create a relentlessly metamorphosing soundscape that abruptly, yet seamlessly oscillates between ethereal ambiances to turbulent barrages of rhythm and noise through five unique movements. Aptly named after the Indonesian word for pressure and stress, Tekanan was composed by Parwata with the intent of it being a listening experience which would pressure the listener to have no clear indication of the direction of the music and where it will ultimately settle, leading the listener on a sinuous, yet intriguing aural journey. This title additionally applies to the pressure of the challenging nature of the music, in a performative sense, which pushed Parwata to his physical and mental limits to perform and compose."As cliche or banal this might sound, I tried to make a record that was purposely made to be hard to put into a box. I didn't want to make a 'drumming' record or a noise record or anything of the type, but a record that just contained 'good' music (or what I constitute as being good). Many aspects of my musical life were injected into this release: gamelan music (the first music I was exposed to), noise, hip-hop, free-improvisation, Xenakis, jazz, electronic music. Ultimately this record is a homage to those musical influences." --Rama Parwata
CASTLE FACE
CF 087LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: CF 087LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAMAGED BUG Bunker Funk 2LP
2021 repress. 2017 release. "Oh my, what is this? The alien globule of Damaged Bug's errant planet has circled the sun and is re-entering our orbit where last year's Cold Hot Plumbs left off. Urgent falsetto morbidities detail this most rhythmically adventurous offering yet: Bunker Funk -- syncopating lush landscapes with moon-shot death rays. Witness in horror the tractor beam pull of 'Slay The Priest' -- a breathless sprint through unfamiliar enemy territory -- erratic laser beam synths dredge the lake, hard panned double drums resurrect dead heartbeats: load thy crossbow, friend, this night is long and we appear beset on all sides. The Bug is back and more hideous than ever -- join us as we gawp at its iridescent shell, its alien mandibles... and the guts streaming from the wound."
CF 100LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: CF 100LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
OCS Memory Of A Cut Off Head 2LP
2021 repress. 2017 release. "It is easy to forget (especially amidst the ringing of ears and aching of muscles after a typical Oh Sees show) that initially, OCS was a rather hushed affair. After the minimalistic brutality of Coachwhips, the band was the diametric opposite corner of John Dwyer's musical world, quiet to the point of whispered in the wind, buffeted by the airy whirr of singing saw, soft and strange. Those early records especially had a rather contraband hush about them, as if the party had gone on all night and continued into the morning and everyone's raspy from talking too much and agrees to whisper and pantomime as they watch the sun come up over the hills. Since then of course, things got gradually louder, faster, crazier... the band evolved into the Oh Sees everyone knows. For the 20th Oh Sees release, 100th Castle Face title, and 20th year doing it, Dwyer re-examines the quieter roots of it all in particularly baroque and homesteadly fashion. Memory Of A Cut Off Head was co-written with longtime collaborator and vocal counterpoint Brigid Dawson, recorded in total in Dwyer's own Stu Stu Studio, and it's lush, sumptuous in texture, but satisfyingly retains the gentle grace of the early stuff. There's beautifully executed strings throughout, courtesy of Heather Lockie's fine arrangements, horn arrangements courtesy of Mikal Cronin, and they even brought back the old saw -- Patrick Mullins, that is -- on saw and electronics. A return and a refinement of old forms, a few solemn meditations on life lived at high velocity, perhaps a respite from it?a softer side of JPD and distinguished company."
CF 110LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: CF 110LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
OH SEES Smote Reverser 2LP
2021 repress. 2018 release. "Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to grok and rock out to. Notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of Memory Of A Cut Off Head-alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas, while the Paul Quattrone/Dan Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble fingered bottom end of Sir Tim Hellman the Brave and the shred-heaven fret frying of John Dwyer, whilst Lady Brigid Dawson again graces the wax with her harmonic gifts. Aside from the familiar psych-scorch familiar to soggy pit denizens the world over, there's a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less hornsworthy guitar fireworks Dwyer's made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Reverser is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman!"
CF 128LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: CF 128LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EXEK Biased Advice LP
LP version. "A weird trip of a band... the second this was playing I was immediately hooked. I initially dove in because their name was attached to Mikey Young for mastering (I have a rule with Mikey... if he had his hands on it, it's probably worth a listen). This band exceeds in all my trials. Esoteric nature, but oddly poppy and ready to prick up any ears out there. Deconstructed, but full of hooks. If I were a lazy man, and I am, I would say its for fans of PiL, but they transcend that pigeon-hole. Wonderful production lends its self to this unique LP. It seems as if the room expands and contracts throughout songs. Pulling away, then blocking your field of vision entirely. Wasteland funk. Dub from the depths. Punk from the pit. Even the instrumentation is worth mentioning: saxophone, drums (and cut-up drums), guitar, synthesizer, vocals (poetry) and general fuckery all combine to make this a very interesting and worthwhile escape from the average. And thank the Gods for that right now. Inspired and desired by the active mind. A job well done by EXEK, and there's new stuff brewing too... For fans of BEAK>, Phantom Band, PIL and general Jah Wobbleness, Magazine, short-wave radio, ESG and underground Kraut." --John Dwyer
CHERRY RED PHONOGRAPH (UK)
CRP 203LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: CRP 203LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GILES, GILES AND FRIPP The Cheerful Insanity Of... LP
2021 restock. Originally released in 1968, and selling less than 500 copies -- according to Robert Fripp's royalty statements -- The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, & Fripp is, of course, the pre-cursor to King Crimson. Drawing its influence from folk, pop, classical, and religious music, the album is a masterpiece on par with the greatest records that the British psychedelic and progressive movements had to offer. Reissued on LP by Cherry Red Phonograph.
COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)
CSR 289CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CSR 289CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HIMUKALT Knife Through The Spine CD
Primitive, old school industrial, with an obsessive, post-mortem feel. This is the first CD edition of Himukalt's cult 2018 LP Knife Through The Spine, originally released on Malignant Records. Remastered and including bonus material from the same recording sessions. There's something uniquely old school and primitive at work here, capturing the claustrophobic, unsettled and fragmented sound of early Illusion of Safety or mid-late '80s industrial on a whole, contemporizing it, and filling it in with an obsessive, post-mortem feel. Knife Through The Spine delivers a steady cascade of abstract sounds, festering with grinding pneumatic throb, coarse frequency blasts and sputtering electronic oscillations, with spliced snippets of processed, flanged vocals and a general sense of social anxiety and disaffection. A unique and challenging take on heavy electronics for fans of Puce Mary, She Spread Sorrow, Atrax Morgue. Himukalt is the Nevada-based project of the enigmatic Ester Kärkkäinen. Six-panel digipak."For her first vinyl album, Knife Through the Spine, [Himukalt] has fully embraced the early 1990s power electronic scene, creating a dark, disturbing, and at times extremely aggressive record that has a tighter, more specific focus in its sound." --Brainwashed
COLUMBIA
P 749311HLP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: P 749311HLP
FILE UNDER: CLASSICAL
PARTCH, HARRY Delusion Of The Fury 2LP
2021 restock; Gatefold 180 gram vinyl reissue, originally released in 1971. "In this long-awaited masterwork, Harry Partch rises above all attempts at descriptive containment and becomes quite simply heroic. Delusions Of The Fury, proceeding from tragedy to comedy, is nothing less than the full, ritualistic expression, in vocal instrumental and corporeal terms, of the reconciliation by the living both with death and with life. It is a total Partch statement, incorporating voices, mime, his celebrated instruments, dance, lighting and staging, all working to express this philosophical concept. Delusion Of The Fury, as is to be expected, is not cast in the common dramatic/musical mold." -- Eugene Paul
DENNIS AYLER MUSIC (UK)
DAM 003EP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: DAM 003EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TENDERLONIOUS TEK-88 12"
2021 brings the return of 22a sublabel -- DAM (Dennis Ayler Music). The third release on the label sees the prolific multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer, Tenderlonious make his debut on DAM with a brand-new collection of studio productions. The four-track EP is inspired by the iconic Roland TR-808. Classic analog beats and twisted synth lines lay the foundations for dark, sci-fi inspired soundscapes that are dragged into dance floor territory by 808 drum patterns, jazzed-out synth solos and sub-shaking bass hooks. "Opus" sets the tone for the EP; a chilling, ambient opening that wouldn't sound out of place in a Ridley Scott film. "TEK-88" launches the space mission at full throttle. An ode to the classic Underground Resistance, Detroit sound. Hard 808 drums, spacey euphoric pads and Herbie Hancock-inspired synth lines feed the hunger for the reopening of nightclubs and dancefloors across the world. "Prometheus" is one of the most unique house tracks of 2021. An idiosyncratic 808 drum pattern powers the track along with an atmospheric backdrop that builds to a signature lead synth solo from Tenderlonious; conjuring images of the USCSS Prometheus starship landing on LV-223. The EP draws to a close with "808 State". Live freestyle drum patterns bring things back down to earth with hypnotic synth lines and atmospheric pad work. TEK-88 picks up where Tenderlonious's 2020 LP Quarantena left off, with added bass and danceability. His best studio productions yet. White vinyl; cover art features a replica Roland TR-808 drum machine constructed entirely from Lego by Matt Carter.
DEVOTION (GERMANY)
DLP 002LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: DLP 002LP
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CANTU-LEDESMA & ILYAS AHMED, JEFRE You Can See Your Own Way Out LP
You Can See Your Own Way Out is the first collaborative record between Ilyas Ahmed (Geographic North, Immune, MIE Music) and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Shelter Press, Mexican Summer, Type). Long-time friends and satellites orbiting the same communities and scenes, You Can See's inception was never really a question of if, but when. Combining Ahmed's explorative guitar/synth-work and Cantu-Ledesma's field recording, sound processing and electronics, the result presents as a book of short stories or vignettes highlighting their individual strengths. At times evoking pastoral landscapes, others frayed edges of disintegrating photographs, there's always the suggestion of a forked path or a promised destination. Jonathan Sielaff guests on bass clarinet. Clear vinyl; includes download code; edition of 500.
DIGITMOVIES (ITALY)
CDDM 313CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: CDDM 313CD
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BIXIO, FRANCO Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! CD
Digitmovies release on CD for the very first time in full edition, Franco Bizio's original soundtracks for the western movie Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio (And now... make your peace with god). Franco Bixio, at the time an eighteen years old boy, composed an acoustic OST with a smaller team, arranged and directed by Vince Tempera, with typical beat sonorities. Main theme "Like A Coward", performed by Mary Ushua, lays among the end credits and was published on Cinevox SC 1060 single, together with the track "Una diligenza a Tombstone". Franco Bixio retakes the main theme with several instrumental versions, occasionally slow and fast, alternating it with a delicate love theme that stands in tense and violent atmospheres. Also, saloon music figures both in instrumental and sung versions. For this CD, Digitmovies were able to use the original recording session's mono masters as well as the original single's mono master. Unfortunately though, the opening credits, instrumental version of "Just A Coward", were beyond repair lost. So, for historical and artistic reasons, Digitmovies decided to take them from the audio of the film, which had a mix of gunfires and horses.
DGST 004CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: DGST 004CD
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FIDENCO, NICO Tranquille Donne Di Campagna CD
Digitmovies release on CD, for the very first time in full edition, Nico Fidenco's drama Country Lady original soundtrack. Nico Fidenco (pseudonym of Domenico Colarossi), notorious singer and author of cult OSTs such as the Emanuelle series, has composed an evocative musical commentary directed by his all-time collaborator Giacomo Dell'Orso, which reflects the struggle both internal and physical of the members of a family. This daily battle full of resentment and humiliations has the Po valley fogs on the background, wistfully described by a recurring theme with strings, very sweet and sad, where a feeling of extreme loneliness emerges. The author contrasts the sweetness with dissonant tracks, which reflect the characters' mood. He also alternates many foxtrots of that period. For this CD, Digitmovies used Recording Session's stereo masters.
DGST 047CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: DGST 047CD
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FUSCO, GIOVANNI I Cosacchi CD
Digitmovies are releasing on CD, for the very first time in full edition, Giovanni Fusco's The Cossacks original soundtrack. Giovanni Fusco (Sant'Agata de' Goti, October 10th, 1908 -Rome, June 1st, 1968) composed a symphonic commentary masterfully directed by Carlo Savina. The composer created a dramatic main theme alternated to Russian dances, coral tracks, waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, battle music, and a moving love theme that often recurs in the soundtrack. Digitmovies used mono master tapes of the session of that time, which allowed the label to assemble a 73-minute plus long CD. Another CD dedicated to the great Giovanni Fusco, Michelangelo Antonioni's favorite musician.
DGST 050CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: DGST 050CD
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VANDOR, IVAN Bersaglio Mobile CD
Digitmovies release on CD for the very first time in full edition, Ivan Vandor's spy movie Bersaglio Mobile (Death on the run) original soundtrack. Ivan Vandor (Pécs, 1932) has written many OSTs like I giorni contati (1962), Nudi per vivere (1964), Amori pericolosi (1964), Andremo in città (1966), Se sei vivo spara (1967). Death on the run commentary has all the classic features of Euro-spy genre: jazz, blues, Latin, Balcan music, a wild shake, love themes and orchestral passages full of tension and violence. A young Stelvio Cipriani vigorously conducts the orchestra. For this 57-minutes-long CD of Digitmovies used the recording session's mono masters.
LPDM 022LP
PRICE: $47.50
CAT #: LPDM 022LP
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MICALIZZI, FRANCO La Banda Del Gobbo LP
LP version. Yellow vinyl. Digitmovies release the original soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi for the film Brothers Till We Die (original title La Banda Del Gobbo). Franco Micalizzi composed and conducted one of his most iconic OSTs for the crime drama genre with this soundtrack. Within the soundtrack emerges a recurring main theme, using a Moog synthesizer, that is then developed by an energetic woodwind section. It is then reprised in slow and fast versions. There is plenty of instrumental dance music and a romantic ballad with vocals. The leitmotif is alternated with suspenseful phrases written for strings. Directed in 1977 by Umberto Lenzi, the film stars: Tomas Milian, Pino Colizzi, Isa Danieli, Sal Borgese, Luciano Catenacci, Francesco D'Adda, Sandra Cardini, Guido Leontini, Mario Piave, Jimmy il Fenomeno, Solvy Stubing. After Almost Human, Umberto Lenzi returns to crime drama with Brothers Till We Die, once again starring the Cuban actor Tomas Millian. Here the actor plays both the roles of the twin brothers: one brother is the ferocious "hunchback" and the other is a likeable swindler called "monnezza" who lives in the suburbs of Rome. The first is a ruthless criminal, the second a soft-hearted thief. During a robbery, the hunchback's partners betray him and he is forced to hide out at his friend's house. He then begins implementing his plan to take revenge. When the police are not able to find the hunchback's hiding place, they turn to his twin brother. During a dangerous car chase, the hunchback's car swerves and ends up in the Tiber River ... but the corpse is never found.
SPDM 017CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: SPDM 017CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BASEMENT'S GLARE Flesh Contagium CD
Digitmovies presents on CD the original soundtrack from the film Flesh Contagium. Music composed by Daniele Marinelli, Luca Maria Burocchi, Riccardo Adamo; performed by Basement's Glare. Directed by Lorenzo Lepori in 2020 and starring Pio Bisanti, Shiri Binder, Lorenzo Lepori. In a world devastated by epidemic, humans seek refuge outside the cities. Pursued by armed groups called "executors", the protagonists end up in an old fortress apparently abandoned: instead, they will find something that goes beyond their worst nightmares. The project Basement's Glare began shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic exploded. Following the restrictions caused by the imposed isolation, Basement's Glare have recorded and released their first single, "Red Zone", which deals directly with the issue of social distancing and its consequences. Subsequently, the duo decided to complete the recordings of the eponymous EP as previously scheduled, working mostly remotely. Basement's Glare are composed by Riccardo Adamo and Daniele Marinelli as stable members, and by various session musicians. The collaboration turned out to be so fruitful and satisfying that the duo decided to cement it, opening musical horizons and making Basement's Glare an all-round musical project, with no limits of musical genre or intended use.
DISCOS NECESARIOS (SPAIN)
DN 057LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: DN 057LP
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VA Sonidos En El Silencio: Musica Y Arte Sonoro A La Obra De Ops LP
In this collective creation directed by Erizonte well-known artists sharing ethics and aesthetics come together over the mysterious and disturbing drawings that appeared in some newspapers, books and magazines in the mid-1960s to mid-1980s, such as Hermano Lobo, Triunfo, or Cuadernos para el Diálogo, signed OPS -- later better known by the heteronym of El Roto. Musicians or sound artists, representatives of avant-garde music that emerged in the Spain of OPS, have composed a piece for this album on a given, recurring theme: repression, censorship, informative manipulation, induced or obligatory oblivion, the vices of clericalism, the horrors of war, imperialism, bad education or the lack thereof and gender violence. These are themes that coincide with those already undertaken by Goya in etchings, and of whom we can consider Andrés Rábago, the painter behind these two pseudonyms, as the legitimate heir, at least in this field. He himself has chosen the drawings that illustrate each of the covers corresponding to the individual editions of each piece as they appeared. The covers are all gathered here, along with a new cover. This album is part II of Erizonte's trilogy inspired by drawings in the media. After the first part, the "Suite Los Caprichos de Goya", where 19th century ideals of the Enlightenment can be seen through the etchings of Francisco de Goya, while this second album corresponds to the OPS cartoons, anti-Francoism and its environment, as it was when they appeared in newspapers and magazines, the media of the 20th century. The artist and the graphic medium for the third and last part, corresponding to this 21st century, is yet to be discovered... Features Mecánica Popular, La Fura Dels Baus, Macromassa, Pelayo Arrizabalaga, Eli Gras, Esplendor Geométrico, Mar Otra Vez, Jesús Alonso, Scud Hero, and Corcobado. Gatefold sleeve.
ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)
EB 148CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 148CD
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VA Dance A Dub (Lee Groves Dubtraphobic Remixes) CD
Lee Groves started in 1979 -- at the age of eight -- his love affair with music by walking up to a Bontempi Electronic Organ in UK department store "Debenhams" and playing it. After being brought up in a house where his dad's eclectic taste in music shaped his life forever. Lee Groves was always writing and composing music throughout schooling and got heavily into MIDI and sequencers as soon as he could. Lee Groves is a British born, and now Brooklyn based music composer, producer and writer. In his East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY studio he is able to make vibe happen for production. In his career he worked with a lot artist and producers on many interesting collaborations like Marti Frederikson (Aerosmith producer), indigenous Australian "Global Groove" artist Tjupurru as well as for Gwen Stefani, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson (he produced the music for Janet Jackson's Superbowl Halftime show...), Goldfrapp, Black Eyed Peas, Yello, Terminalhead, Ruts DC, Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook, Coldcut to name but a few... Lee Groves formed and positioned himself as an internationally highly acclaimed dance alternative electronic producer. His love breaks, break beat, dub, and eclectic merged into a lot remix work and DJ residency at John Digweed's Bedrock club at Heaven, London and also at London's now defunct Turnmills club. Lee Groves was highly interested in picking classic tunes from the Echo Beach catalog to make them Dance A Dub. A brilliant and mind setting album with highly acclaimed dub energy. Features tracks by Seanie T (Dub Pistols), Ari Up, Lee Scratch Perry, Martha And The Muffins, Horace Andy, Dubblestandart, Ken Boothe, David Lynch, Illbilly Hitec, Kinetical, Rude Boy, Kardi Tivali, Dubxanne, Earl 16, Dub Syndicate, and U Roy.
EB 158CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 158CD
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ANDY, HORACE Broken Beats 2 CD
Horace Andy's voice is an instrument that once heard is never forgotten, regardless of whether you first hear it on one of the numerous Jamaican reggae singles that he recorded during the '70s or on one of the Massive Attack albums he collaborated on as a vocalist. Echo Beach has now picked up on the tradition of reworking -- and the much older tradition of versioning -- by asking friends of the label to rework Horace Andy's classic tracks in their own sound outfit. But here, Horace Andy personally put in an appearance to sing new versions of his classic tracks on top of timeless and contemporary riddims. Age may have deepened his voice, but it is by no means weaker, as can be heard on this album, on which Echo Beach welcomes old friends and new faces. Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty) dubs side by side with young steppers such as Pinch and Peverelist. With "Bad Man" he has chosen a track in which Horace Andy makes clear what he thinks about stress and good-for-nothings. The Viennese musicians from Dubblestandard have in the past collaborated with Echo Beach to produce riddim versions for Ari Up, Lee Scratch Perry, and Mikey Dread; their version of "Money Money" picks up where a long list of legendary cuts of this song left off, all of which were based on "Money is the Root of All Evil" on Phil Pratt's Sun-Shot label. Noiseshaper releases their first recordings since 2009, remixing "Skylarking". Black Star Liner from Leeds and their mix of Asian style inna vibe of sitar and tabla "Tings" going on well merched with dance and dub on "Dou You Love My Music". Dub Spencer & Trance Hill get together with wily studio fox Umberto Echo and declare war on Babylon again in the shape of a dub treatment pock-holed with weird delay effects. Dreadzone from London are specialists to combine trippy notes and beats with roots. The "Money Money Remix" is an killer as well as the New Yorker set up Subatomic Sound System and their remix of "Cuss Cuss" -- but the focus -- as for all the other musicians featured here -- is always on the spiritual identity of the songs and the deep respect they have for Horace. This album will ensure that this incredible voice is never forgotten. Also features Misled Convoys, Madasky, Adubta, Adam Prescott & Booker Gee, T-Jah, Hoboken Hifi, Irie Worryah, Soul Sugar, Jah Schulz, Dubjestic, and New Bladerunner Of Dub.
ED BANGER RECORDS (FRANCE)
BEC 5772110
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: BEC 5772110
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JUSTICE Cross 2LP
2021 repress. Justice's highly-acclaimed debut album from 2007. French-only vinyl version, in deluxe gatefold sleeve. Retreating to their underground post-nuclear shelter/studio, French duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay worked on their first album as if their lives depended on it. The result is a mind-fuck of an album that proves that Justice's unique talent is to be found where least expected. Take for example "Let There Be Light" and its strident, angry electro, driven by a jabbing bassline; "D.A.N.C.E," a pure piece of vicious house sung innocently by a choir of children; "Newjack," a funky parody of the opulent times of the French Touch; "Phantom," taking over where "Waters Of Nazareth" left off to drift towards "Phantom Pt. II" and its head-swirling disco violins; "Valentine," an erotic, melancholic nursery rhyme, like a tribute to Vladimir Cosma and "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy," a pure electro-funk track where the sexy Uffie plays more than ever the cheeky Lolita. Justice have thrown established rules out the window (the notion of good and bad taste, the thin line between underground and pop music, the pigeon hole labeling between rock and electro, etc.) with a fantastic talent for synthesizing and mixing their influences with total candor, be it the cosmic disco of Larry Levan or Vladimir Cosma's panty-wetting romantics, Camel's prog rock or the anxious theme of Goblin for Dario Argento, to the flashy funk of the Brothers Johnson or "ABC" by the Jackson 5. Cross isn't a collection of random dancefloor singles. Cross is for listening at home or in clubs. Cross is a link between pop at its purest and experimental music. Cross brings together hardcore elements and cheese. Cross makes the Goths link arms with the rave kids. A generational manifest, ideally positioned on the side of the dancefloor, Cross, insolent with youth, is a testimony that the French electro scene is healthier than ever.
FAITICHE (GERMANY)
FAITBACK 005LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: FAITBACK 005LP
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TRIOSK MEETS JAN JELINEK 1+3+1 LP
Reissue of Jan Jelinek's 2003 collaboration with Triosk, first vinyl issue of this album in 18 years. A long-lost vinyl album is back in stock: 1+3+1 by Triosk meets Jan Jelinek, originally released in 2003 on ~scape, existed only as a digital download. Now the remastered album is available again on vinyl. Includes download code.What the press said about 1+3+1 back in 2003:"Hence the album's titled 1+3+1 --it's a reference to how it was made. Jan Jelinek sent us stuff, then we did stuff, then he added the final touches. He did a little bit more editing and production and mixed and mastered it in Berlin." --Interview with Laurence Pike, Jazzgroove"1+3+1 is not minimalist jazz; it is loop-based jazz, influenced and produced by a minimalist composer, and then given to a jazz trio with post-rock tendencies." --Pitchfork"On 'Theme from Trioskinek', a jaunty, up-tempo tune not unlike the Charlie Brown theme is dragged down by Jelinek's compressed sound effects, giving the impression of a runner training underwater, straining for grace with every step. If electric jazz had its Bitches Brew, it's only fitting that someone, someday, would give us Glitches Brew." --SFWeekly"This music is a fascinating exploration of the shadowground between acoustic jazz and studio processing. It picks up a particular dialogue about improvised performance and postproduction initiated in the 1970s by Teo Macero and Miles Davis." --Jazzwise Magazine
FAITICHE 023LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: FAITICHE 023LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NIKOLAIENKO Rings LP
Fortunately for Faitiche, Dmytro Nikolaienko agreed to open up the jewelry boxes of his tape-loop archive for his debut album on the label. What came to light was a collection of dreamy glittering gems, masterfully presented using the compositional possibilities of analog tape machines. Some may consider a tape machine to be limited as a musical instrument, but Rings makes a convincing case with its sure-handed use of the available parameters -- moving tape over the tape head mechanically and manually, cutting loops, manipulating timbre and creating noise by means of saturation. The results are eleven blurred, repetitive, rhythmic patterns that can be understood as an intervention against digital precision, as mechanical irregularities and background noise become musical events. For those familiar with Nikolaienko's work, his nostalgic approach here will come as no surprise: born in Ukraine and now based in Estonia, he has chosen a historical medium (that has been enjoying a renaissance for some years now) to record historical-sounding sequences. The way he manages his own back catalog is similarly archival, documenting the chronology of his tape loops in such a way as to leave no doubt as to their advanced age. And then there are his two wonderful labels Muscut and Shukai, the latter being an archival project releasing electroacoustic obscurities from the Soviet past. Which brings us back full circle... Includes download code.
FAR OUT RECORDINGS (UK)
FARO 224CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FARO 224CD
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MAURO, JOSE A Viagem Das Horas CD
Far Out Recordings present a reissue of José Mauro's A Viagem Das Horas, originally released in 1976. For years it was believed that José Mauro was dead. Rumors on blogs and comment sections circulated that the mysterious Brazilian genius had either been killed in a road accident, or been "disappeared" by Brazil's military junta in the 1970s. But following Far Out's 2016 reissue of José Mauro's debut album Obnoxius (FARO 191CD/LP), the label heard word that José Mauro is in fact alive and well, living a quiet life on the outskirts of Rio. Far Out Recordings now present, with the blessing of the man himself, the long-awaited release of José Mauro's forgotten masterpiece A Viagem Das Horas, featuring three previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the original studio sessions. Recorded in 1970 at Odeon studios in Rio de Janeiro: the same time and place as all the music he ever recorded, José Mauro's A Viagem Das Horas wasn't released until six years later, when label owner and producer Roberto Quartin licensed the tracks to fellow Brazilian label Tapecar, who curiously released the album with several tracks already released on Obnoxius. Finally, over half a century on, A Viagem Das Horas will be released with three never before heard tracks, "Rua Dois", "Moenda" and "Variação Sobre Um Antigo Tema", as Mauro and Quartin had originally intended. Conceived under the gloom of Brazil's military authoritarianism, from which many artists had either fled or been exiled, José Mauro and his songwriting partner Ana Maria Bahiana, combined their shared interest in Candomblé -- a syncretism of traditional West African religions and Roman Catholicism -- with MPB, psychedelic folk and orchestral music. Expressing a spiritual response to the world they found themselves in, the result was a sacrosanct, post-tropical music of pure transcendence. With apparitional vocals and propulsive, open-tuning acoustic guitar, and Lindolfo Gaya's spine-tingling orchestrations soaring overhead, the music has the power to inspire in the listener an almost trance-like state of ecstasy.
FARO 224LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: FARO 224LP
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MAURO, JOSE A Viagem Das Horas LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl. Far Out Recordings present a reissue of José Mauro's A Viagem Das Horas, originally released in 1976. For years it was believed that José Mauro was dead. Rumors on blogs and comment sections circulated that the mysterious Brazilian genius had either been killed in a road accident, or been "disappeared" by Brazil's military junta in the 1970s. But following Far Out's 2016 reissue of José Mauro's debut album Obnoxius (FARO 191CD/LP), the label heard word that José Mauro is in fact alive and well, living a quiet life on the outskirts of Rio. Far Out Recordings now present, with the blessing of the man himself, the long-awaited release of José Mauro's forgotten masterpiece A Viagem Das Horas, featuring three previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the original studio sessions. Recorded in 1970 at Odeon studios in Rio de Janeiro: the same time and place as all the music he ever recorded, José Mauro's A Viagem Das Horas wasn't released until six years later, when label owner and producer Roberto Quartin licensed the tracks to fellow Brazilian label Tapecar, who curiously released the album with several tracks already released on Obnoxius. Finally, over half a century on, A Viagem Das Horas will be released with three never before heard tracks, "Rua Dois", "Moenda" and "Variação Sobre Um Antigo Tema", as Mauro and Quartin had originally intended. Conceived under the gloom of Brazil's military authoritarianism, from which many artists had either fled or been exiled, José Mauro and his songwriting partner Ana Maria Bahiana, combined their shared interest in Candomblé -- a syncretism of traditional West African religions and Roman Catholicism -- with MPB, psychedelic folk and orchestral music. Expressing a spiritual response to the world they found themselves in, the result was a sacrosanct, post-tropical music of pure transcendence. With apparitional vocals and propulsive, open-tuning acoustic guitar, and Lindolfo Gaya's spine-tingling orchestrations soaring overhead, the music has the power to inspire in the listener an almost trance-like state of ecstasy.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 550LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 550LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MONOCOT Direction We Know LP
"In one sense all collaborations and recordings thereof have a certain surprise factor. Any time two or more people get together to create something from nothing, the exact contours of the resulting experiment are likely to contain at least a few unknown elements. This notion is especially true when the people collaborating are coming from not obviously congruent places. And (at least to me) this makes Monocot a project that was guaranteed to toss a curve. Monocot is an improvising instrumental duo comprised of drummer Jayson Gerycz and guitarist Rosali Middleman. Jayson' work I know mostly from the Cleveland rock band, Cloud Nothings, and cool sessions with Matthew J Rolin and Tony Pasquarosa. Rosali's records on Siltbreeze and Scissor Tail are great, but they seemed more focused on songs more than anything else. They both do have great guitar on them, but that didn't seem like it was her main thing. Anyway, not having any idea what to expect, I was blown away by the music on Direction We Know. Jayson and Rosali met in Cleveland in 2018 when she was playing with Purling Hiss. They ran into each other a few more times and talked about the idea of doing some studio jamming. A session finally happened in the Fall of 2019 when Jayson was again in Philly, and as far as I know this sole date is the full accounting of Monocot's existence thus far. In this duo Rosali pulls out all the stops, and plays in a way she has only hinted at on earlier records. Flowing sheets of both psych and free-form rippery careen all over the place. Some parts remind me of Matt Valentine at his outer pinnacle, but the intensely lateral spread of Jayson's percussion has a way of making the roar seem a lot more contained and sensical than it otherwise might. And although it doesn't exactly sound like anything they've actually done, the tone here makes me remember bits I've heard by the Corsano/Chasny Duo that really pushed all my buttons. This Monocot session ran through night and into the morning. When it was over neither of the musicians remembered just what it was that they'd played. Which makes sense. Everything just happened without plans or rules to hem things in. Freedom can be a messy business, but when it's good it's truly liberating. And Direction We Know is real damn good. Let us hope Monocot reconnoiter sooner rather than later. Luckily for now, we have this album to bide the time. So do it." --Byron Coley, 2021
GONER RECORDS
GONE 118LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: GONE 118LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
REATARDS Grown Up Fucked Up LP
2021 repress. 1999 release. "Shortly after the release of Teenage Hate, the debut album from the Reatards, an 18-year-old Jay Reatard started working on a new album. He was spitting out punk rock anthems a mile a minute at this point, so a new record made sense. And what else was there to do? He'd quit school a couple years back so a normal day for Jay meant he was bumming around midtown Memphis winding people up. At this point, Eric Friedl had introduced Jay to Meghan Smith, via mail or phone or something. And they became fast friends. Smith and Blake Wright ran Empty Records out of Seattle, and the label made plans to release Grown Up Fucked Up. After a complete mess of a European tour with the Persuaders, Jay came back and recorded the album with some help from his girlfriend at the time (and future Lost Sounds bandmate) Alicja Trout. It soon became clear that there was a harder edge to everything. While Teenage Hate had been nasty, it was rooted in the Crypt / Oblivians scene of scuzzy rock, with covers of Fear, but also Buddy Holly. Grown Up Fucked Up was a power pogo into Killed By Death-style punk rock. The songs jumped off the record and grabbed you by the throat. They were passionate, ridiculous and utterly authentic. It wasn't too long afterwards that he put out the equally amazing 'Your So Lewd' single (now included on the album as well). Like everything Jay did, he did it his way. His recordings hold up because they are completely unique. He created a scene full of imitations, but no one duplicated him. Goner wanted to make sure they stayed true to Jay's aesthetic with the repress, so they didn't mess with it much. Smith sent over the original DAT recordings and the record was sourced directly from them. Kyle Johnson at Rocket Science Audio handled the transfer, and Jason Ward mastered to vinyl. Doug Easley took care of the digital mastering. The record was pressed at Memphis Record Pressing. Man, Jay would have loved that so much of this happened in Memphis. Goner is proud to put it out there again: Grown Up Fucked Up by the Reatards."
GONE 172CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: GONE 172CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
AQUARIAN BLOOD Bending The Golden Hour CD
"With Bending The Golden Hour, the third album from Memphis, Tennessee's Aquarian Blood, husband and wife team J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and Laurel Horrell (formerly of the Nots) continue the gorgeously stripped-down and atmospheric direction set on their critically acclaimed previous effort A Love That Leads to War. While Aquarian Blood has roots as a chaotic punk rock six-piece, the band shifted gears after two raucous cassette-only releases on ZAP Cassettes, a pair of seven-inches, and 2017's Last Nite In Paradise, released on Goner Records. After drummer Bill Curry broke his arm, the Horrells redefined Aquarian Blood, reemerging in early 2018 as the more intimate, mostly acoustic balladeers behind the staccato, fever dream sound of A Love That Leads to War. Like its immediate predecessor, Bending The Golden Hour was recorded at the Horrells' Midtown Memphis home. The band turned over forty-three tracks to Goner co-owner Zac Ives, who handpicked seventeen songs for the album. The final result is shimmering and hopeful; as beautiful and sparse as a Rockwell Kent snowscape."
GOODFELLAS (ITALY)
GFOST 006LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: GFOST 006LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
MORRICONE, ENNIO L'avventuriero LP
Terence Young became a famous director for bringing the first James Bond movie Dr. No to the screen in 1962. He directed two more James Bond films: From Russia With Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965). Young directed The Rover (L'avventuriero) in 1967. A costume drama after the 1923 novel by Joseph Conrad. The film was shot in and around Rome, Italy in late 1966. It is a colorful adventure set against the infamous Reign of Terror in the eighteenth-century France, starring Anthony Quinn and Rita Hayworth, who danced together 26 years earlier in the film Blood And Sand in 1941. Anthony Quinn plays the eighteenth-century pirate and deserter Peirol, running for the French, who was seduced by an innocent girl named Arlette, played by Rosanna Schiaffino. There were high expectations, but the film was not a great success as hoped. However, the best thing about the film is the fantastic score. Ennio Morriconewrote created a stunning main theme for the film that became a classic. The score is sometimes powerful and recalls the classical symphonic music at some points, but naturally it is completely original, written especially for the film. The main peculiarity is its diversity. Highlights are the Baroque music, as in "il Varo'", and suspense in "un Attimo di Tenerezza" and "Peirol Forza il Blocco" with the chorus I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni. The score has it all, well conducted by Bruno Nicolaiand, this CD is a jewel in any collection. In 1967, a soundtrack LP was released in Italy on the limited non-commercial RCA SP series. This new CD version is re-mastered and you can hear the soloists Angelo Stefanatoon (violin) and Dino Asciolla (viola) as clear as never before.
GOT IT! (ITALY)
GOT 002LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: GOT 002LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Funky Nuggets Spinning Vol. 1 (Rare Grooves from Brazil) LP
First volume in this up-and-coming series showcasing the talent of cultish rhyme maker, Latin funk pioneers, and soul poets. A precious DJ tool and a spectacular selection all in all. Features Aloisio, Orlandivo, Ed Maciel, Jorge Ben Jor, Ton Saga, Oscar Castro Neves, Music Machine, Os Cereta, Hugo Belardi, Tempo 7, Pedrinho Batera, União Black, and Karkey And Woodward.
GOT 004LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: GOT 004LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Persian Underground LP
Persian Underground: Garage Rock, Beat and Psychedelic Sounds from The Iranian 60s & 70s Scene, an amazing collection that gathers some of the rarest Persian 45s. Such an eclectic mix of styles, from garage rock to cool Persian beat, exotic rock n' roll, and astonishing prog/psych numbers. Featuring female drummer and singer Zangoleah with some killer garage/rockin' tracks, obscure bands like Takkhalha doing a fab cover of the Stones "Play With Fire" and an amazing take on the Persian traditional song "Mastom, Mastom", Golden Ring-styled beat by Big Boys, exotic Persian beat by Saeed and Tigers, terrific garage-beat by Ojubeha, and the two sides of the Kambiz 45, probably the major discovery from Iran in the recent years and one of the few, if not the only truly Persian prog/psych 45s ever recorded.
GRAND CHESS (GERMANY)
GC 002LP
PRICE: $168.00
CAT #: GC 002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LES HOMMES SAUVAGES MEET ALBERT PEPERMANS Anthology 3LP BOX
The Berlin-based band Les Hommes Sauvages consist of guitarist, songwriter and singer Kristof Hahn (Swans, Pere Ubu, Koolkings) and singer and songwriter Viola Limpet (Tumbling Hearts). Guest musicians include Thomas Wydler (Bad Seeds, Die Haut), Chris Spedding, Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop, Bad Seeds), Yoyo Röhm (Swans, Mick Harvey), and Bela B. (Die Ärzte). Hahn and Limpet coined the term "rock n' roll noir" to describe their three timeless albums, now celebrated in Anthology. All recordings were newly mastered in HD audio by Master & Servant for vinyl. The Anthology box set exquisitely pairs Les Hommes Sauvages' sounds with the visual works of the Belgian painter Albert Pepermans for a daring journey across innovations and homages to cultural icons. French chansons, German electronics, British post-punk and American rock n' roll meet the vibrant urban images of Pepermans along with the audible and visual aesthetics of the film noir genre. Anthology defies the premise that sight and sound are separate. See the music. Hear the paintings. Anthology features Les Hommes Sauvages' three LPs Playtime (2000), Trafic (2004), and Vive La Trance (2011). 180 gram vinyl. Includes a complementing 16-page booklet and four high-quality prints by Pepermans.
GRAPEFRUIT
GY11 002CD
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: GY11 002CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MONTGOMERY, ROY That Best Forgotten Work CD
"Roy Montgomery, a pioneer of the NZ underground, believes there is always new sonic terrain to investigate. His latest series of albums for Grapefruit marks forty years of rigorous exploration in which he's managed to navigate disparate genres, scenes, and atmospheres, always at the forefront of experimental independent music. To commemorate, Grapefruit will be releasing four new Montgomery albums in 2021. The first installment, Island Of Lost Souls, arrived to great acclaim in January. The second and latest album, That Best Forgotten Work, features Montgomery's rare, brooding vocals across nine gorgeous tracks recorded from his home in Christchurch, New Zealand. That Best Forgotten Work follows the intense, all-instrumental Island Of Lost Souls. It departs in spirit with darkly buoyant variations on popular songs, including two highly anticipated covers of legendary songs by The Carpenters ('Superstar') and Tim Buckley ('Song To The Siren'). Montgomery shows the listener that these influences aren't such strange bedfellows after all; one need only listen closely. Where some might be inclined to relax and lean into their legacy at this stage in a sprawling career, Montgomery's new music continues to seek and challenge. His compositions are beautiful as well as disconcerting, and often speak to precarity and dread. That Best Forgotten Work is a title with tongue planted firmly in cheek, alluding to the artist's position of enjoying a peculiar bit of fame in relative obscurity. But listening to his dry wit and rich voice, one will find it isn't easily forgotten."
GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)
GUESS 172LP
PRICE: $36.50
CAT #: GUESS 172LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NOAH Brain Suck (Expanded Edition) 2LP
Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve; color insert with rare photos and liner notes; includes download card. Fabulous US hard-psychedelic album by Noah, recorded in 1972 but never released at the time. Expanded to a double set including the Sound Barrier (pre-Noah) sought-after garage-psych 45s plus unreleased demos, '67-71. Formed in the late '60s in Salem, Ohio, out of the ashes of two garage bands, the Markees and the Sound Barrier (of the legendary "Hey, Hey" 45 on Zounds), Noah consisted of Mark Scheuring (guitar, lead vocals), Larry Davis (drums), Paul Hess (bass, backup vocals), and Danny Hall (keyboards, backup vocals). In 1972, the band recorded in just two days a concept album titled Brain Suck at Cleveland Recording studios with engineer/producer Ken Hamann (Grand Funk Railroad, James Gang). Noah's music was dark and heavy, dominated by killer Hammond organ, hard guitar and powerful vocals. This is truly a major find for anyone into hard psychedelia. The LP sessions were never released properly (in fact a truncated vinyl edition with some songs missing and late Sound Barrier demos added was released in 1995 by Al Simones on his Head Records label, without the band's knowledge) so this is the first time that the Brain Suck album is released as originally intended by the band. Features the original Brain Suck album by Noah, as originally recorded in 1972. Also features late Sound Barrier (pre-Noah) demos from 1968 (which are killer, prime cut garage-psych with ripping fuzz and organ) plus the two Sound Barrier 45s from 1967/68 on Zounds/United Audio and a couple of cool previously unreleased Noah home demos from 1971. Master tape sound and insert with rare photos and liner notes by Plastic Crimewave.In the words of Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave): "... it conjures the heavy, doomy vibe of Blue Cheer's 'Fruit and Icebergs' suite; the bluster of Sir Lord Baltimore (but maybe with Keith Emerson on keys); and a biker ferocity found on the Fraction Moon Blood LP. I'm also imagining Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, or Vanilla Fudge on some bad drugs with a Mothers-like malignance."
GUESS 177LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: GUESS 177LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRADLEY, SID Child of The Sea LP
LP version. Lost and found studio recordings (1971-79) by US singer-songwriter Sid Bradley including some of the sought-after 45 sides released with his band Erik in the early '70s plus fabulous previously unreleased tracks. Pro-sounding sound, ranging from fuzzed-out psychedelic hard-rock to psych-pop and proto-power pop. A phenomenal and versatile songwriter (he has written hundreds of songs) Sid Bradley started to play in garage bands like The Cavaliers in the '60s and by the early '70s he was part of Erik, a group responsible for a couple of self-produced 45s, Child Of The Sea/Nothing Is Easy and Sometime In Your Life/Rebel Woman. These 45s were usually used for promo purposes and it was typical of Sid to load a few record boxes into his car and travel hundreds of miles, visiting all the radio stations, trying to pitch his music to the DJs. This one-man marketing operation actually worked fine, as Sid's music was played in radio stations across the eastern US, Canada, England, and even Germany. And some of his songs were reviewed in Billboard, Record World or Rolling Stone. You may be familiar with the hard-psych sounding "Child Of The Sea" as it has been included on several psych comps and it was also part of the Lodge 49 soundtrack. The flip, "Nothing Is Easy" wouldn't sound out of place on any Rubbles volume. "Rebel Woman" is now considered a proto-metal cult classic and it was recently included on the Brown Acid series. After the demise of Erik, Sid continued recording his songs using different musicians. Most of these tracks remained unreleased until a few years ago, when Sid, encouraged by the interest on his old Erik 45s, decided to remaster them and put them available on several digital only albums that caught the attention of mags like Shindig! Guerssen Records now present a selection of those tracks. Master tape sound and insert with liner notes by Sid Bradley and Paul Osborne (Shindig!); also includes download code."... a gifted singer-songwriter with a love for late '60s songcraft and the more muscular powerpop of '70s contemporaries like The Raspberries" --Paul Osborne (Shindig!)
GUIDED BY VOICES INC.
GBVI 104CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: GBVI 104CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CUB SCOUT BOWLING PINS Clang Clang Ho CD
"Cub Scout Bowling Pins hop in the 'Magic Taxi', turn on the AM radio and time travel forty to forty-five years back in time. The project is mysteriously presented, but it's a thinly-veiled alias of the ridiculously prolific and talented Guided By Voices. Minus the usual punk and prog influences, there are strong whiffs of bubble gum, psych and soft rock with sugary doses of ornate baroque pop. Long renowned scholars of rock, the Ohio players have occasionally worn their influences on their sleeves, but this time they seemingly have their jackets on inside out. Perhaps conceptually similar to how GBV went tongue-in-cheek 'country' backing Cash Rivers & The Sinners in 2018, but Cub Scout Bowling Pins is a thousand times subtler, like an eccentric cousin of GBV with the craziness knob turned up by 10%. And while Cash Rivers discs trade hands among collectors on Discogs for hundreds of dollars, Cub Scout Bowling Pins' debut 7-inch Heaven Beats Iowa was recently spotted for sale for no less than $10,000. On their debut long player, America's newest hit-makers dip into retro-futuristic weirdness, side-by-side with whimsical sophistication and candy-coated technicolor complexity. In the flip-flop world of Summer 2021, transistor radios will vibrate with the sweet and hooky 'We' and 'Nova Mona' while '© 1-2-3' will 'climb' the 'charts'. 'Ride My Earthmobile' spins like an even-more demented 13th Floor Elevators. Is that Jimmy Webb or Lee Hazlewood hidden behind the latest issue of The Telegraph Hill Gazette? 'Schoolmaster Bones' chortles with a groovy pretzel logic, while 'Space Invader' and 'Magic Taxi' beckon with jangling guitars, shimmering strings, mellotrons and vintage synths. Following three critically-lauded GBV albums recorded in quarantine in 2020, is this a light-hearted detour, a midlife crisis or just good clean Pandemic fun? Cub Scout Bowling Pins beg the questions: exactly what drugs are they taking? And where can we get some? Clang Clang Ho!"
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 115B-LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HPS 115B-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MAMMOTH Under Acid Hoof LP
New color cover. Under Acid Hoof is getting a rad repress by Heavy Psych Sounds, featuring two bonus tracks, "Far Harad" and a live version of "White Hag". "Far Harad" is an instrumental track that was recorded at the same time as Under Acid Hoof. Like the title suggests, imagine a horde of raging giant Mumakil marching towards you with evil intentions. It was initially meant as an extension of the song "Jack the Riffer", but was later decided to be split and stand on its own as a track. It's heavy and it's fuzzy, incorporating all the elements that made Under Acid Hoof sound great. "White Hag" was recorded live right after the first Covid lockdown at a live stream gig the band did at Temple Athens. The song is the opening of our 2017 self-titled debut full-length album and the first Acid Mammoth song ever written.
HPS 115Y-LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HPS 115Y-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MAMMOTH Under Acid Hoof (Yellow Transparent Back Splatter Green Vinyl) LP
LP version. Yellow transparent back splatter green vinyl. New color cover. Under Acid Hoof is getting a rad repress by Heavy Psych Sounds, featuring two bonus tracks, "Far Harad" and a live version of "White Hag". "Far Harad" is an instrumental track that was recorded at the same time as Under Acid Hoof. Like the title suggests, imagine a horde of raging giant Mumakil marching towards you with evil intentions. It was initially meant as an extension of the song "Jack the Riffer", but was later decided to be split and stand on its own as a track. It's heavy and it's fuzzy, incorporating all the elements that made Under Acid Hoof sound great. "White Hag" was recorded live right after the first Covid lockdown at a live stream gig the band did at Temple Athens. The song is the opening of our 2017 self-titled debut full-length album and the first Acid Mammoth song ever written.
HPS 153CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 153CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MAMMOTH Acid Mammoth CD
Heavy Psych Sounds release Acid Mammoth's 2017 self-titled debut album, previously released digitally. Acid Mammoth was recorded late 2016-early 2017 at Descent Studio while drums were recorded at Wudsound Studio. The album was initially released digitally in October 2017 via Bandcamp and introduced us to the beloved doom scene. More raw and more monolithic in its essence than the albums that followed, Acid Mammoth is a doom metal album with lots of heart and tremendous excitement. Killer new artwork by Branca Studio.
HPS 156LTD-LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HPS 156LTD-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MAMMOTH Caravan (Blue Vinyl) LP
LP version. Blue vinyl. Caravan is Acid Mammoth's third full-length album. It is the direct successor to 2020's Under Acid Hoof and the fourth release of the band with Heavy Psych Sounds. It was conceived, recorded, and produced during a state of total lockdown due to Covid-19, therefore it greatly reflects the band's mood during these dark times. It is a heavy, sublime, and pitch-black journey into the vast unknown. It is a witchy album for witchy ears, a heavy opus that has emerged straight from the deepest abyss. Once again, the father and son duo on guitars offer the listener a horde of crushing, fuzzy, Iommi riffs while the mammoth bass tears down everything in its path with its acid hooves. Its drums are thundering unearthly beats of harrowing doom while its mesmerizing vocals will bewitch you with their words of woe. Heavier and more diverse than its predecessor, Caravan is here to tear you down with its acid tusks. Prepare to be doomed! Recorded, mixed and mastered with Dionysis Dimitrakos of Descent Studio in Athens, while drums were recorded at Ignite Studio. Artwork by Branca Studio.
HPS 158CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 158CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COSMIC REAPER Cosmic Reaper CD
North Carolina's Cosmic Reaper comes crashing through the speakers with their self-titled debut album. Dripping with a classic '70s attitude, mixing sci-fi oriented lyrics, brief but satisfying moments of prog exploration, all while keeping one foot firmly planted in modern doom, you start to get an idea of the interstellar journey that awaits. The heaviest elements are there and are guaranteed to move planets. The stars align and engines ignite as Cosmic Reaper claws at the soul of the genre.
HPS 159CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 159CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
1782 From The Graveyard CD
From The Graveyard is the second full-length of the occult doom band 1782. In this album there is a leap in quality as the production is much better than the previous releases. Eight tracks and 43 minutes of pure dark doom, with slow and powerful riffs, and heavy and massive drumming. After the recording of Doom Sessions Vol. 2 (HPS 142CD/LP/LTD-LP/S-LP, 2020), the band immediately enters the studio and records the heaviest tracks they have done so far, and they have done it while maintaining that catchy state they have always had. Also features: Nico Sechi on organ (Hammond) and Alfredo Carboni's synth. From The Graveyard was recorded, mixed, and mastered in November 2020 by Alfredo Carboni at RKS Studios in Ossi, Sardinia (Italy).
HPS 159LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HPS 159LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
1782 From The Graveyard LP
LP version. From The Graveyard is the second full-length of the occult doom band 1782. In this album there is a leap in quality as the production is much better than the previous releases. Eight tracks and 43 minutes of pure dark doom, with slow and powerful riffs, and heavy and massive drumming. After the recording of Doom Sessions Vol. 2 (HPS 142CD/LP/LTD-LP/S-LP, 2020), the band immediately enters the studio and records the heaviest tracks they have done so far, and they have done it while maintaining that catchy state they have always had. Also features: Nico Sechi on organ (Hammond) and Alfredo Carboni's synth. From The Graveyard was recorded, mixed, and mastered in November 2020 by Alfredo Carboni at RKS Studios in Ossi, Sardinia (Italy).
HPS 160LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: HPS 160LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BONGZILLA Weedsconsin LP
LP version. On the fringe of chaos, in the Year of the Pandemic, the Cannabeast has awoken! Bongzilla is back with a new full-length album, 16 years since their last record. These Pioneers of Weed Metal would like to present Weedsconsin to the universe. An album written by the three long standing original members of Bongzilla -- Muleboy (bass, vocals), Spanky (guitar), and Magma (drums). Recorded and mixed by the late John Hopkins at Future Apple Tree Studios in Rock Island, Illinois in October 2020. The six brand new tracks will blow your mind! In a single instant you are contaminated by the classic weed-infected sounds the band is known for, while also finding new elements mixed into the bowl. In the unique piece that is Weedsconsin, Bongzilla delivers heavy doses of crushing stoner doom and psychedelic space rock that sets it apart from earlier material. (That's why Heavy Psych Sounds is the perfect label to release this stuff). This record travels down a path of heavy riffs, mind-expanding jams, sonic tones, and stomping beats in the band's first release as a thunderous three piece, with Muleboy moving from guitar to bass. Approaching these songs as a three piece has created more space musically and allowed the band to showcase their musicianship in a different way. It results in a sound that is very heavy, along the lines of Gateway tone-wise, but sonically more clear. The album is mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, Illinois, and Eli Quinn (Madison, Wisconsin) is the artist behind the astounding new cover art. Weedsconsin is dedicated to the memory of John Hopkins.
HPS 160LTD-LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: HPS 160LTD-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BONGZILLA Weedsconsin (Splatter Transparent Green & Red Vinyl) LP
LP version. Splatter transparent green and red vinyl. On the fringe of chaos, in the Year of the Pandemic, the Cannabeast has awoken! Bongzilla is back with a new full-length album, 16 years since their last record. These Pioneers of Weed Metal would like to present Weedsconsin to the universe. An album written by the three long standing original members of Bongzilla -- Muleboy (bass, vocals), Spanky (guitar), and Magma (drums). Recorded and mixed by the late John Hopkins at Future Apple Tree Studios in Rock Island, Illinois in October 2020. The six brand new tracks will blow your mind! In a single instant you are contaminated by the classic weed-infected sounds the band is known for, while also finding new elements mixed into the bowl. In the unique piece that is Weedsconsin, Bongzilla delivers heavy doses of crushing stoner doom and psychedelic space rock that sets it apart from earlier material. (That's why Heavy Psych Sounds is the perfect label to release this stuff). This record travels down a path of heavy riffs, mind-expanding jams, sonic tones, and stomping beats in the band's first release as a thunderous three piece, with Muleboy moving from guitar to bass. Approaching these songs as a three piece has created more space musically and allowed the band to showcase their musicianship in a different way. It results in a sound that is very heavy, along the lines of Gateway tone-wise, but sonically more clear. The album is mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, Illinois, and Eli Quinn (Madison, Wisconsin) is the artist behind the astounding new cover art. Weedsconsin is dedicated to the memory of John Hopkins.
HPS 161LTD-LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: HPS 161LTD-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BONGZILLA/TONS Doom Sessions Vol. 4 (Half White/Half Purple Vinyl) LP
LP version. Half white/half purple vinyl. Heavy Psych Sounds announce a brand-new series of split albums that will be called Doom Sessions. They will release a bunch of compilations with doom bands from Heavy Psych Sounds roster featuring some of the heaviest bands of the world doom scene. Each volume will host two bands. The record you are holding is Vol. 4 -- a split album between the Wisconsin legendary Cannabeasts Bongzilla and the Italian heavy sludge weedriffers Tons. All the tracks are new and never released before. An impressive heavy doom and sludge, high trip! Awesome artwork by the mighty Branca Studio.
HONEY PIE RECORDS (ITALY)
HONEY 025LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 025LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Jazz in Jamaica: The Coolest Cats From The Alpha Boys School LP
Talking about the foundation of Jamaican music, the Alpha Boys School in Kingston can be considered as one of the places where it all began. Back in the day, under the direction of Sister Mary Ignatius, the school was the place where young boys from the poor neighborhoods in Kingston could embrace an instrument (mostly brass and drums). Then history tells us that some of these kids became among the most influential musicians in the history of Jamaican jazz, ska, and reggae. Joe Harriott, Dizzy Reece, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Cedric Brooks, Rico Rodriguez, Johnny Osbourne, Leroy Smart, and Yellowman are just some of the fruits of such a great community art project. Now this compilation contains some rare gems produced between 1959 and 1962 by Jamaican jazz heavyweights such as Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Ernest Ranglin, Lennie Hiibert, Cecil Lloyd, and others. This is highly swinging music inspired by the Black American tradition with a unique and inevitable Caribbean flavor. Also features Wilton Gaynair, Lance Hayward, Totlyn Jackson, The Eric Grant Orchestra, Cecil Lloyd Group, The Workshop.
HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
HOS 732CS
PRICE: $13.50
CAT #: HOS 732CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALBERICH/FINAL A Second Is A Year Cassette
Initially begun years ago in response to Justin Broadrick's earliest project predating Godflesh from 1983 -- in particular the two final 7"s from cult labels Fever Pitch Music and Manifold were an early influence for Alberich. Slow motion churning synths like a crack in the earth with sulfur springs steaming from the primordial broken desert floor. Part split/collaboration/remix, A Second Is A Year shows Alberich at his most restrained assembling tense emanations crushed by metal-on-metal shifting, creaking, and pressing. The utterances of vocals similar to that of a lost soul or last rights supported by the dynamic and maximum/minimal emotional hydraulics of final. High pressure keyboards, gale winds and sandy ruins effects textures. Two generations of heavy electronics see eye-to-eye for a second before the entanglement of space and time gasps a last meaningless breath. Blue jewel case edition with download code.
IN THE RED
ITR 326LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: ITR 326LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SEGALL, TY Fudge Sandwich LP
2021 repress. 2018 release. "Take a tour through Ty Segall's musical psyche with his new solo album, Fudge Sandwich, a collection of Segall's take on eleven songs that were originally done by other people. These aren't just cover versions. Cover versions happen at weddings and high school band battles. The songs here are what happens when someone loves a song so much, they need to get inside it and let it propagate and transform into what it would have been if they had actually written it. Equal parts reverence and reimagination, this album shows Segall inhabiting the world of a song's intent, filtering it through the muse that drove this year's exceptional Freedom's Goblin. Cluttered, passionate and inspired, the songs are barely recognizable, irresistible and by album's end, present a cohesive collection that stands proudly alongside the best of Segall's considerable output."
INFINE (FRANCE)
IF 1060CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: IF 1060CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RONE Rone & Friends CD
Rone & Friends has the musical color of Rone's friendships, of his crushes for a few additional less expected guest voices, but also inevitably of his own personality. The new collaborative album includes voices by Georgia, Yael Naim, Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Flavien Berger, Jenny Beth, Dominique A, and many others. In the social isolation of 2020, Rone felt the need to come closer to his artist friends and to reshuffle his creations with their voices as the new beating heart. This collection, entitled Rone & Friends, has the musical color of Rone's friendships, of his crushes for a few additional less expected guest voices, but also inevitably of his own personality. The collaborative album is based on an electronic backdrop of previously unreleased titles, alternative versions of Room With A View or his first feature film soundtrack La Nuit Venue. First of all, there's this title from his "buddy", the science-fiction author Alain Damasio, which Rone has had on his hard drive for a while: a slightly erotic pastiche to Serge Gainsbourg entitled "un". Rone unearthed a deep and pastoral version of "Human" where the voice of Efterklang singer Casper Clausen seems to take on the accents of Matt Berninger of The National. The artist reactivated the aborted collaboration projects with his close circle and spontaneously collected a big handful of titles. To these first "kind-hearted" reactions, came three female collaborations with the English singer and multi-instrumentalist Georgia, the Iranian Roya Arab (seminal voice of the "Londinium" of the group Archive) and a rising figure of the ambient scene, Malibu, with whom Rone had always hoped to work. It is a kind of pressure cooker of spicy and very diverse musical personalities that gives a fresh and offbeat appeal to Rone's music. Dominique A's lyrical skills rubs shoulders with the surrealist and psychedelic poetry of Flavien Berger. The vitamin-packed pop of Georgia is followed by the ethereal contemplations of Yael Naim. Jenny Beth from Savages even turns her post-punk attitude into French desireless-ness. Nods to American rock merge with '90s trip-hop in a mix of genres that is bubbling, fun, but never disconcerting. The visual identity of the project was created by the illustrator and cartoonist Coco and continues, in its own way, the work initiated by Michel Gondry on the imaginary city of Mirapolis. Also features Odezenne, Laura Etchegoyhen, Mood, Camélia Jordana, and Mélissa Laveaux.
IF 1060LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: IF 1060LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RONE Rone & Friends LP
LP version. Rone & Friends has the musical color of Rone's friendships, of his crushes for a few additional less expected guest voices, but also inevitably of his own personality. The new collaborative album includes voices by Georgia, Yael Naim, Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Flavien Berger, Jenny Beth, Dominique A, and many others. In the social isolation of 2020, Rone felt the need to come closer to his artist friends and to reshuffle his creations with their voices as the new beating heart. This collection, entitled Rone & Friends, has the musical color of Rone's friendships, of his crushes for a few additional less expected guest voices, but also inevitably of his own personality. The collaborative album is based on an electronic backdrop of previously unreleased titles, alternative versions of Room With A View or his first feature film soundtrack La Nuit Venue. First of all, there's this title from his "buddy", the science-fiction author Alain Damasio, which Rone has had on his hard drive for a while: a slightly erotic pastiche to Serge Gainsbourg entitled "un". Rone unearthed a deep and pastoral version of "Human" where the voice of Efterklang singer Casper Clausen seems to take on the accents of Matt Berninger of The National. The artist reactivated the aborted collaboration projects with his close circle and spontaneously collected a big handful of titles. To these first "kind-hearted" reactions, came three female collaborations with the English singer and multi-instrumentalist Georgia, the Iranian Roya Arab (seminal voice of the "Londinium" of the group Archive) and a rising figure of the ambient scene, Malibu, with whom Rone had always hoped to work. It is a kind of pressure cooker of spicy and very diverse musical personalities that gives a fresh and offbeat appeal to Rone's music. Dominique A's lyrical skills rubs shoulders with the surrealist and psychedelic poetry of Flavien Berger. The vitamin-packed pop of Georgia is followed by the ethereal contemplations of Yael Naim. Jenny Beth from Savages even turns her post-punk attitude into French desireless-ness. Nods to American rock merge with '90s trip-hop in a mix of genres that is bubbling, fun, but never disconcerting. The visual identity of the project was created by the illustrator and cartoonist Coco and continues, in its own way, the work initiated by Michel Gondry on the imaginary city of Mirapolis. Also features Odezenne, Laura Etchegoyhen, Mood, Camélia Jordana, and Mélissa Laveaux.
ITALIC (GERMANY)
ITA 117LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: ITA 117LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BAAL & MORTIMER The Torso Tapes LP
With The Torso Tapes, Baal & Mortimer release their second album, following Deixis Bureau B (BB 344CD/LP, 2020). A mini-LP: eight new tracks, including two short instrumental interludes. Baal & Mortimer is Alexandra Grübler. She grew up in Düsseldorf and lives in Berlin. Baal & Mortimer is a play of eccentric folk -- from a closed future, a Canterbury of the 23rd century. The vocals are layered in several voices, orchestral, modulating harmonically, ensnaring the instruments. Sounds that breathe the grace of folk instruments, horn and bellows, bagpipes and flute, piano, water organ and fiddle. Baal & Mortimer are masters of seduction, they enchant you, they come very close to you, dance around you, and dance with you, embrace you, and offer the most beautiful comfort. Features vocals by M Casey (on "Couronnement") and drumming by George Thompson (on "Aegis Lift"). For fans of Nico, Linda Perhacs, Sibylle Baier, Lucrecia Dalt, Holly Herndon, Laurel Halo. Includes printed inner sleeve. Mastered by Rupert Clervaux.
JAZZ45 (UK)
JAZZ45 009EP
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: JAZZ45 009EP
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KOLIDA BABO Spirits of Mauronoros 7"
And now for something completely different and, man, is it a treat. Blending acoustic (duduk, sax, double bass) and electronic (Moog and Roland synthesizers) elements, this Greek duo of Sokratis Votskos and Harris P cannily updates the modal folk drone that has bewitched musicians and listeners alike for centuries. "Spirits of Mauronoros" is as mesmerising and it is lovely; a plangent soprano sax improvises over an enticing, bubbling, synthetic stew -- imagine Eno extemporizing alongside a Dimotiko folk band having just listened to In A Silent Way. After the opening invocation, "Kolida Hymn" offers a simple, repeated descending synth line (think early '70s German electronica) topped by a minor key sax melody. Spacey and hypnotic, it then takes flight into an uplifting atmospheric refrain before paring itself back down. Reverence of the Ineffable is the vibe on both sides of this modern spiritual meditation making it perfect for late night chill.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 002EP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: KOM 002EP
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DETTINGER Blond 12"
2021 repress. This is a re-release of Blond, originally released in 1998 on Kompakt. His father used to be an electrician. Twenty-something years after leaving the cradle, he lets his lifelong-influence show with a superb debut single that will convince all minimal lovers with its subtle charm and dreamy ambience. Blond is the prototype of a Kompakt EP. Two tracks ambient, two for the floor.
KRANKY
KRANK 224LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: KRANK 224LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GROUPER AIA: Alien Observer LP
2021 repress. "Out-of-print LPs from the critically acclaimed electronic experimental singer/songwriter. Unavailable since 2012.'This sound / synapse transposition is as haunting as it is beautiful -- surely Grouper's best.' --Tiny Mix Tapes. 'If past Grouper releases have inhabited abyssal trenches and damp backwoods, here Harris takes us journeying across constellations and stars. Two of the most beguiling albums of the year, exquisitely realized and singularly evocative.' --The Quietus. 'This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them.' --Pitchfork. 'Harris finds a way to dive deeper in simple and unassuming ways.' --NPR."
LAPSUS RECORDS (SPAIN)
LPS PS006LP
PRICE: $115.00
CAT #: LPS PS006LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PYE CORNER AUDIO Black Mill Tapes (10th Anniversary Box Set) 5LP BOX
"In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and 'Fate's Gentle Hand.' It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services, found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as 'archived magnetic recordings.' The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of moldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: Black Mill Sessions. And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work. Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio's Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards, which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially . . . These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers -- 'transcriptions' of an unknown author, slathered with hiss and thick with ambiguity. Some of the tapes displayed an unusual amount of degradation and ... an unsettling amount of background noise, whether electrical in nature, or otherwise,' wrote the Head Technician. 'I chose to edit around the worst of the unusual break-ups, but some still remain.' It was a good yarn, and the music was better still. Like his contemporaries Demdike Stare and Ghost Box, Pye Corner Audio seemed to be tapping into some hidden energy current, channeling spirits via electrical means. The pioneering transmissions of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop could be detected lurking within the music's staticky swirl; so could the ominous throb of John Carpenter's film soundtracks. Drones and flutes commingled with chugging machine beats; miasmic clouds of haunted tone alternated with death disco. It all sounded eerie, otherworldly, possibly occult -- yet also, in tracks like the glimmering 'We Have Visitors,' accented with a hint of mischief. Over the next few years, Martin Jenkins -- for that, after all, was the Head Technician's name -- would go on to release three more volumes of Black Mills Tapes. Among the dozens of releases he has put out since 2010, they remain among the most beloved in his catalog . . . Now, ten years after Avant Shards first appeared, Lapsus Records collects all four volumes along with a fifth disc of unreleased material..." --Philip Sherburne Color LPs; includes booklet.
LPS PS007LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: LPS PS007LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
METAMATICS A Metamatics Production 2LP
The next release in Lapsus Records "Perennial" series is from veteran producer Lee Norris, also known as Metamatics, the pseudonym under which he has spent more than two decades creating melodic IDM and sophisticated electro. Norris is an artist who warrants his cult following with an extensive catalog and countless monikers, including his main work as Metamatics and alternative projects Norken, Nacht Plank, Ishqamatic, and Autumn Of Communion. This unflagging artist with an enviable track record behind him has released material on labels such as Delsin, Hydrogen Dukebox, Dot, Numbers and Clear, as well as running his own record labels Neo Ouija, ...txt, XTT Recordings and Nagual. His seminal EP series 01, 02, 03, and 04 was originally released between 1997 and 1998 on the now defunct but influential Clear label. Compiled as A Metamatics Production, the tracks breathed fresh air into the global IDM scene and were comprised of crystal-clear futuristic sounds, flirting with complex and funky drum & bass that carried both UK and Detroit influences, a true masterpiece. More than twenty years since its original release in 1997, Lapsus Records present the British producer's original debut album A Metamatics Production, released in full and on vinyl for the first time. Silver "blob" in yellow vinyl; remastered; includes limited edition insert.
LPS PS008LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: LPS PS008LP
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CHAMBERLAIN, ED 03/06 2LP
In 2006, the now defunct BaseLogic label released the first in a triad of EPs entitled Fixxy, produced by the enigmatic British artist Ed Chamberlain. These EPs left many electronic music lovers scratching their heads, having heard something genuinely different. It represented a new generation of IDM reminiscent of The Black Dog or Plaid, melancholic electro with a meticulous nuanced palate that immediately transformed Chamberlain into a revered figure. Fifteen years on Lapsus Records, as part of its Perennial series, will release Ed Chamberlain's superlative productions across 2x12", entitled 03/06. The lavish 12" double pack will feature a sizeable part of the Fixxy material, along with additional tracks created during the same period of time, 2003-2006, including "Zarathustra" and "Does Ape", the latter released on vinyl in 2008 by Madrid label Semantica. Remastered.
LES ALBUMS CLAUS (BELGIUM)
LAC 019LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LAC 019LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
SENYAWA Alkisah Remix LP
Alkisah Remix is the album curated by Les Ateliers Claus and Kiosk radio (both based in Brussels) and is created with the stems of the Alkisah album by Indonesian duo Senyawa. Alkisah is co-released by a multitude of independent record labels from all over the globe each and to extend this collaboration Les Albums Claus decided to involve their musical family. Six artists were invited to tell Alkisah stories into different possibilities and produce unique speculative works. This remix LP brings a variety of musical genres and shines a different and surprising light on Senyawa's compositional works. Going from a musique-concrète approach, towards dub and dancefloor bangers highlighting the timelessness of Senyawa their music. Remixes are delivered by Sugai Ken, Celine Gillain, Sagat, Tolouse Low Trax, Dntel, Front de Cadeaux. Edition of 300.
LILITH (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
LR 102LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: LR 102LP
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VA No New York LP
2021 repress. One of the brightest and most famous projects of the entire punk/new wave scene, No New York was released in 1978 on Island's sub-label Antilles. Featuring some of the most incredible rule breaking bands of the underground N.Y.C. art and music scene, the project - produced by Brian Eno - is a genuine snapshot of the massively creative N.Y.C. scene. Artists: Contortions, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, Mars, D.N.A..
LR 138LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LR 138LP
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FAUST Faust LP
2021 restock. Legendary German post-rock band formed in 1971 by undisputed noise pioneer Uwe Nettelbeck, Faust garnered an immediate following due to its artistically extreme experimentations with music cut ups and other mixed sources hinging on cacophony and distortion. Don't miss their 1971 cult classic debut, now reissued with its original clear printed sleeve on 180 gram clear vinyl.
LR 312C-LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LR 312C-LP
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BRAINTICKET Psychonaut (Clear Vinyl) LP
Clear vinyl reissue of Brainticket's Psychonaut, originally released in 1972. While the band's debut album, 1971's Cottonwoodhill, was a heavily acid-laden affair dominated by droning organ, disturbing vocals, and a collection of cacophonic sound effects (causing it to carry a warning label and be banned in several countries), for their second effort, band-founder Joël Vandroogenbroeck brought in a completely new line-up and changed the band's sound dramatically. While Psychonaut still takes listeners into the realm of altered consciousness -- making heavy use of a droning Hammond, sitar, tablas, etc. -- this time the vocals are more melodic and the music itself is more song-oriented. This is by far Brainticket's most accessible album and perhaps their most timeless. Fully remastered from the original master tapes.
LONEOS EDITIONS (ITALY)
LON 006B-LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: LON 006B-LP
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EMBRYO Embryo's Rache LP
Loneos Editions present a reissue of Embryo's Rache, originally released in 1971. The second album by Christian Burchard and alumni Embryo was released in 1971 on the prestigious United Artists imprint, only a year after their debut. A significantly progression and the first venture in the realm of the ethnic/world-rock fusion that would come to be their trademark. The gang from Munich flew over a series of packed jam showing their authentic passion for the Middle East. Combining a series of progressive numbers, still miles away from their British counterpart, the band opened up for a series of transcendental and wicked numbers, pushing the boundaries of the '70s counterculture. While it was some eastern-blues rapture or a post-Coltrane collage in the vein of the classy melody of A Love Supreme (1965), the band built his foundation while facing an ancient future. That was the beginning of a whole era where freedom was the keyword. Standard black vinyl version comes as 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
MAD ABOUT RECORDS (PORTUGAL)
MAD 037R-LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: MAD 037R-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LAMOUNIER, GUILHERME Guilherme Lamounier LP
Mad About Records present a reissue of Guilherme Lamounier's self-titled album, originally released in 1973. Considered one of the masterpieces of '70s psychedelic, his second album is the result of a partnership with Tibério Gaspar (author of: "Sá Marina", "BR-3" and "Teletema"). The album was recorded at Rádio Gazeta Studios in São Paulo, with the participation of musicians already known as: Wagner Tiso on synthesizer, Luiz Claudio Ramos on arrangements and conducting, Lanny Gordin on guitar, Oberdan Magalhães on flute, and Guilherme himself playing guitar and piano. Guilherme died on August 7, 2018, at the age of 67, due to health complications. But the timelessness of his work has been revisited by the new generation of artists and audiences. Gatefold cover.
MAIS UM (UK)
MAIS 036R-LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: MAIS 036R-LP
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MINYO CRUSADERS Echoes Of Japan (Color Vinyl) 2LP
Blue vinyl. Minyo Crusaders rework historic Japanese folk songs (min'y?) with Latin, African, Caribbean, and Asian rhythms for their debut album Echoes of Japan. Releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, and Midori Takada have re-ignited global interest in Japanese music and Echoes of Japan marks the arrival of a big band like no other. "For Japanese people, min'y? is both the closest, and most distant, folk music," explains band-leader Katsumi Tanaka: "We may not feel it in our daily, urban lives, yet the melodies, the style of singing and the rhythm of the taiko drums are engrained in our DNA." Initially indifferent to min'y?, a tragic event in recent Japanese history set Tanaka on his current path: "Following the Tohoku earthquake of 2011, I reflected on my life, work and identity. A fan of world music, I began searching for Japanese roots music I could identify with. Discovering mid-late 20th century acts Hibari Misora, Chiemi Eri and the Tokyo Cuban Boys, I was captivated by their eccentric arrangements and how they mixed min'y? with Latin and jazz." Originally sung by fishermen ("Kushimoto Bushi"; "Mamurogawa Ondo"), coal miners ("Tanko Bushi") and sumo wrestlers ("Sumo Jinku"), these songs deal with topics such as the returning spirits of ancestors ("Hohai Bushi"), Japan's smallest bird ("Toichin Bushi"), and a bride's love for her husband's pockmarked face ("Otemoyan"). Minyo Crusaders are one of the most hyped acts on the Tokyo music scene that went national in 2018 through festivals such as Fuji Rock. The band features veterans of the Tokyo roots music scene such as bassist DADDY U (Ska Flames), keyboardist Moe (Kidlat), sax player Koichiro Osawa (Matt Sounds, J.J. Session), Yamauchi Stephan (J.J. Session), percussionist Mutsumi Kobayashi (Banda de la Mumbia), conga player Irochi (Cubatumb), and vocalist Meg (DJ collective Tokyo Sabroso). For fans of: Haruomi Hosono, Soundway Records, Analog Africa, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band.
MAIS 042LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: MAIS 042LP
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LEE, HOWIE Birdy Island LP
LP version. Swirling layers of OST-style sound design, dreamy choir vocals and traditional Chinese folk combine across eight dynamic and transportive tracks on Birdy Island, the latest album by Beijing-based producer/artist, Howie Lee. Fresh off the back of several high impact, club-centering album releases on Maloca, SVBKVLT, and his influential, Do Hits label, on top of remixes for artists including Lawfawndah, Charlie XCX, and Sophie, Lee presents his most organic and expansive project to date. Written, produced, and recorded entirely by Lee at the back end of 2018 (with the exception of the album's resident four-piece choir made up of rising Beijing artist, Fishdoll, Shanghai singer/producer, Yehaiyahan and West by West, with Lee himself also included), Birdy Island's almost exclusively acoustic yet broad sound palette threads continuities between ceremonial Taoist music, early Buchla synth experiments, and FWD nights at London's Plastic People. "This album just came very natural. It was all recorded little by little. Layer upon layer. The approach was to just record. I had all these instruments around me and I just thought, I'm gonna play and keep playing." Howie's latest offering is as enchanting as it is boundlessly imaginative. "I've always had this concept in my mind about making an album based around an island." Loosely based around Lee's own long-formed concept of a floating Sicilian theme park, co-inhabited by both birds and ancestral spirits, Howie remarks: "Birdy Island to me is a palace in the clouds and the birds reworshipped like Gods. Not like a western God though." Reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki's "Laputa" (in the 1986 film Castle In The Sky), Lee's BirdyIsland has been built by a Chinese investment company seeking to re-syncour relationship with the spiritual and natural world after years of economic collapse and degradation, and who invite Howie to compose the park's soundtrack. Inside Birdy Island's 30-minute gallery of collaged sound, Lee draws on a wide history of traditional pan-Asian music, filtered through his unique lens of contemporary electronic production.
MENTAL EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)
MENT 018LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MENT 018LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
APARICIO MOOG, EMILIO Expansion Galactica LP
2021 restock. Mental Experience present the first ever collected works of Guatemalan electronic experimental musician Emilio Aparicio, collecting five 45s he released from 1969-1971. Aparicio was an, a pioneer in using the Moog synth in Latin America. He released a series of private 45s, recorded at his home studio in collaboration with his patron and producer, the painter Roberto Abularach. It is from 1969-1971, when the recordings included here, were registered. Most of the tracks were written at the country house of Abularach, where Emilio built his own home recording studio and where he spent long periods of seclusion. It is in this house where they also spent weeks experimenting with hallucinogens (LSD and datura) in the company of other artists from the underground arts scene of Guatemala. The fruit of those two years of experimentation were released in less than one month as five volumes of a 45 housed in a generic picture sleeve and titled Música Electrónica ("Electronic Music"). These strange records were given away in exchange of four corks of a local drink called Salvavidas Roja, related to Abularach's family. Most of the 45s were destroyed and recycled and soon after Emilio created another experimental project, La Banda Plástica. Aparicio's music is a fascinating blend of primitive homemade electronics with Latin influences. Imagine "Psyche Rock" era Pierre Henry (1970), Gershon Kingsley, and Bruce Haack meeting Joe Meek at the Guatemalan jungle. Emilio Aparicio passed away on 2012. Remastered sound; Insert with rare photos and liner notes by Ruffy Tnt (Discodelic)."In 2010, I was searching for old records in the city of Quetzaltenango in Guatemala. I found myself in a dusty basement which had been in another time the warehouse of Iximché, a rock-o-la machines distributor. It was an exciting discovery, two big rooms full of old 45s but also dust and rat's dung. Among some incredible finds, I found two strange private 45s which had been released by local drink company. The song titles, 'Brujería' ('Witchcraft') and 'Transmutación del iniciado' ('Transmutation of the initiated') matched perfectly with the abstract psychedelic/electronic instrumental Moog sounds emanating from the grooves. I was fascinated and I knew I had a mission: to discover and tell the world the story behind Emilio Aparicio Moog. After seven years, I finally managed to locate all of his recordings, eight in total." --from the liner notes by Ruffy Tnt (Discodelic)
MENT 034LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MENT 034LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID REICH Mistress of the Perpetual Harvest LP
Heavy psych insanity from 1989, featuring Monster Magnet founding members John McBain, Dave Wyndorf, and Tim Cronin plus Shaune Kelley (Ripping Corpse) and Joe Paone (hellSausage). Long tracks with raw and in-your-face lo-fi sound, wall of fuzz-wah guitars, caveman drums, echo-laden treated vocals. As John McBain said: "We sounded like Amon Düül with Uli Jon Roth sitting in." Originally released as a private cassette on Tim Cronin's Cool Beans "label", here's the first ever "real" release. Unearthed by Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave, the Acid Reich cassette is a cool testimony of the origins of Monster Magnet and the Cool Beans label, a vehicle for McBain, Cronin, and Wyndorf to experiment with homemade four-track cassette recordings, influenced by their love for '60s garage/freakbeat sounds and '70s space/hard-rock. Using a couple of four-track cassette recorders plus an array of vintage Orange and Ampeg amps, fuzz and echoplex pedals, Danelectro guitars, etc., many fake bands and side projects were created, some of them recorded between rehearsals of their "main band", Dog of Mystery (pre-Monster Magnet). Acid Reich was born when they decided to record something "very heavy, weird and raw". They recruited a couple of friends, Shaune Kelley and drummer Joe Paone. The result was Mistress Of The Perpetual Harvest, a cassette comprised of four long tracks (including a freaked out cover of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls From The Heart Of The Sun"). Insert with liner notes by Plastic Crimewave; edition of 300."A couple of mics thrown up in the rehearsal room + some free time = Acid Reich, the Cool Beans Super Group. What a fucking lo-fi mess." --Tim Cronin"We will sacrifice Puff The Magic Dragon to the great God, Sandoz, while speeches by the founding fathers, Leary, Owsley, and Hoffman fill every home with the power of the Revolution. Heil Sandoz. Long live the Reich." --Greg Chapman (Ugly American fanzine).
MIASMAH (UK)
MIA 050LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: MIA 050LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WELBURN, JAMES Sleeper in the Void LP
Master craftsman James Welburn's new LP, Sleeper in the Void, marks the 50th Miasmah release. The six years after his monumental debut have bred six tracks, Welburn brings to fruition with the help of past co-conspirators from the Norwegian underground scene -- Tomas Järmyr (Motorpsycho, Zu, Barchan), Hilde Marie Holsen (Hubro Records), and vocal artist Juliana Venter (W/V, Phil Winter). On Sleeper in the Void, Welburn expands the domain of his sound, unveiling surprises until the very end of the album's 36-minute playtime. While the character of the record is unmistakably his own, the tracks veer into many different territories, including a banging foray to the dancefloor. The LP begins slowly with "Raze", where Järmyr's ritualistic cymbals introduce layers of Welburn's signature sculpted bass drones and noise, building into a heart-wrenching epic of a track. This is perhaps the closest we ever get to Hold (MIA 031CD/LP, 2015), Welburn's previous album. Falling from Time immediately surprises with its subdued mechanical techno beat, stark and cold as a glacier. Welburn's texture-work is the star of the show, creating curious nooks and crannies of drone adorned with eerie melodies straight out of oblivion. This sense of wonder shines through to the album's title track as well, where Welburn and Järmyr build another patient, echoing, and deeply cinematic piece, the drum patterns slowly shifting around a metallic hum that evokes the vision of church bells, ringing out under tons of seawater. Sleeper in the Void feels like a story in two parts, rising lethargically, but with gargantuan power. The second begins with the momentous "In And Out Of Blue", where Juliana Venter's disembodied, spectral dirge takes center stage among the furious drums and bassy riffs, reaching a full crescendo with seconds to go. Parallel marks a release -- Hilde Marie Holsen's nostalgic soundscapes, pristine as glass, meeting the distant thunder of Welburn's strings on the horizon. And finally, "Fast Moon" ends the record in a most surprising way -- a tribal industrialized banger, complete with vile distorted beats and every other spice in demand on a blackened dancefloor. Welburn's Sleeper in the Void is a generous shapeshifter. Every inch of its soundwave breathes emotion and imagery -- an invitation to take a dive and linger. Includes download code; edition of 300.
MILLE PLATEAUX (GERMANY)
MP 026CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: MP 026CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PORTER RICKS Biokinetics CD
Mille Plateaux present a reissue of Porter Ricks' Biokinetics, originally released in 1996. Techno isn't a genre that has birthed many consistent albums, and the dub techno subgenre even less so, but one indisputable classic is Porter Ricks' debut Biokinetics. Originally issued on the legendary Basic Channel sub-label Chain Reaction in 1996 following a trio of 12"s, Biokinetics was the first of the label's album releases, and still stands as its crowning achievement. Porter Ricks are Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig, and between them they re-framed the techno sound, imbuing the spacious ambience pioneered by label bosses Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald with a frosty, isolated experimental bent, and combining it with the sort of haunted minimalism of early Plastikman. What separated Biokinetics from other albums at the time was its unwavering narrative -- the exact sound has been interpreted countless times since, but the immersive qualities of this singular record have rarely been touched. Maybe it is down to the silvery underwater concept that ties each track together -- the bubbling pads, sub-aquatic basses and muffled kick drums. But as with any great album, it's hard to exactly put your finger on what makes it a classic. Simply put Biokinetics is one of the most important records in the genre and one of techno's finest albums. It has been re-released ten years ago by Type Records, and now Mille Plateaux is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Porter Ricks and Biokinetics with this CD edition.
MONO-TONE RECORDS (FRANCE)
MT 040LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: MT 040LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LES CORONADOS Dinintel Et Tonuvital 1982-1990 LP
Without any doubt, Les Coronados is the France's best band of the '80s! A perfect mix of wild garage, off-beat influences (for the times) like Alex Chilton, Kevin Ayers, or Harry Nilsson, and twisted French '60s pop, all done in their own original and even eccentric style: savage but well read, loose but subtle. This album compiles their first two impossible-to-find EPs plus unreleased material and original songs and covers (Sonics, Beefheart, Equals, Kinks, Spirit) they gave at the time to various compilations, from their ultra-wild, fast, trashy and drenched in reverb beginnings to their more sophisticated but still rocking later stuff. A must have for garage lovers and literate rockers, this is the first time these songs see the light of day since the eighties! Buy it now or you´ll be eternally sorry.
MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)
MORR 177CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: MORR 177CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
YUMBO The Fruit Of Errata / ????? CD
Following in the footsteps of the pathbreaking Minna Miteru (MORR 168CD/LP, 2020) compilation of Japanese indie music, Morr Music and Alien Transistor have again joined forces to release The Fruit Of Errata, a compilation introducing the world to the intimate DIY pop of yumbo. Led by songwriter, pianist, and occasional vocalist Koji Shibuya, the Japanese band has released four albums since forming in 1998. This compilation draws from those albums, and some ancillary releases, to uncover a biographical narrative of yumbo, showing how Shibuya's songwriting, and the group's limber, sensitive playing, has developed over the decades. It also places them squarely within a tradition of home-spun but ambitious Japanese pop that takes in Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Tenniscoats, Nagisa Ni Te, Yuzo Iwata, Kazumi Nikaido, and more. There's the playful seriousness of Maher Shalal Hash Baz's Tori Kudo here, but also the flexibility of freely improvised music. You can also hear Shibuya's fondness for Mayo Thompson and The Red Crayola in both the idiosyncrasies of the writing and the egalitarian looseness of the playing. The great achievement of yumbo and Shibuya, though, is translating all of this into beautiful, unpredictable pop songs. There's a gorgeous soul-inflected lilt to "A House"; the swaying brass on "Storm"; the nakedness of "The Sweetest Mass" slightly reminiscent of Carla Bley's more pop-focused writing. Throughout, Shibuya renders pop a deeply personal experience; you can hear musings here on friendship, family, intimacy, the complexity of relationships, mortality, and imbalances of power. These musings are also shadowed by real-life events: the effects and impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 are captured in songs like "Umbrella People" from Onibi. Throughout the performances on The Fruit Of Errata, Shibuya and the group play with tenderness; they also often draw on other players to flesh out the music even further, two such guests being the aforementioned Tori Kudo (on "Umbrella People") and Olympia, Washington's LAKE (on "The Devil Song"). Community-minded and generous in approach, the writing of Shibuya and the music of yumbo is never less than lovely, and The Fruit Of Errata is a welcome introduction to their world. Open and gentle, confident and generous, these pop songs are filled with charm and spirit. CD version comes with 28-page booklet; edition of 500.
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 407LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: MR 407LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FOWLEY, KIM Living In The Streets LP
2021 restock. This reissue is a collaboration between Munster Records and Disques Mono-Tone. With a career that includes hits as producer ("Alley Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles), songwriter ("Nut Rocker" by B Bumble & The Stingers), recordings with Gene Vincent, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, and countless others, his early management of The Runaways and plenty of glorious failures along the way, Kim Fowley has been a maverick presence in rock n' roll history for over fifty years. Living In The Streets (1977) is a compilation of his solo recordings, some of them dating back to the beginning of the decade. "Born to Make You Cry" and "Thunder Road" -- recorded in collaboration with Mars Bonfire -- had first appeared on a single on Original Sound in 1970. As had "Big Bad Cadillac" (a homage to Vince Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac") and "Man Without A Country", released under the name King Lizard, and recorded in Sweden while he was producing Wigwam's Tombstone Valentine album (1970). Originally released on Chattahoochee in 1973 under the alias Jimmy Jukebox, "Motorboat" is now regarded as a Fowley classic. That song and its B-side, "25 Hours A Day" was written and recorded in collaboration with his good friend Michael Lloyd, who Fowley had been making records with since the mid-sixties. "California Summertime" and "Hollywood Nights" were recorded in 1974 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood and released as a single on the Now label under the unlikely sobriquet of Lance Romance. Three songs -- plus the spoken piece "Sex, Dope and Violence" -- made their debut on the album: "Summertime Frog", "Love Bomb", and "Living In The Streets". All are acoustic and show a certain Captain Beefheart flavor, the former, and some Dylanesque influence, the later. "Living In The Streets" remains a worthy monument to the seventies recordings of the Dorian Gray of rock n' roll, the human jukebox: the unstoppable Kim Fowley. Includes an insert with extensive notes by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine) and features its original artwork.
MR 412LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: MR 412LP
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ELECTRIC PRUNES, THE Stockholm 67 LP
Psychedelic rock icons The Electric Prunes formed in Los Angeles in 1965 with a musical recipe rich in fuzz-toned guitars and oscillating sound effects. American garage bands from these years were rarely documented on live albums, making this recording a rare testimony of that era. After a US tour in the latter half of 1967, the band embarked on a European tour, their first and last tour of the continent, that would take them to the UK, France, Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden, performing at high-profile venues. The band's lineup is from their second album, Underground, released earlier that year: James Lowe (lead vocals), Mark Tulin (bass, organ, vocals), Ken Williams (lead guitar), Mike Gannon (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Quint (drums). They would also hook up with Brian Jones at the Speakeasy (London), meet The Beatles mixing Magical Mystery Tour and visit Hendrix's flat, share stage with Soft Machine in Amsterdam and recorded a TV show in Paris. Members of the audience would often disrupt the concerts with Vietnam war related shouts in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. On the final leg of the tour, The Electric Prunes' performance was recorded in Stockholm for broadcast on Swedish radio. They'd find out about the recording much later... The band here sports an explosive, noisy and wild sound, more in the vein of legendary early punk-rockers like MC5 than the psychedelic Californian landscapes some might expect. The line-up featured on this album would disband the following year after failing to complete the challenging arrangements David Axelrod had prepared for their new album. However, this album proves these guys were not just a studio-controlled group but seasoned psych rockers. Recorded by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation at the Concert Hall in Stockholm in December 1967. Includes notes by Mark Tulin and James Lowe.
MR 413LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: MR 413LP
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SOLER, TOTI Toti Soler LP
Munster Records present a first time vinyl reissue of Toti Soler's self-titled second album, originally released in 1973. Toti Soler's second album, together with Sabicas, Smash from 1971-72, and the recording Paco de Lucía made with jazzman Pedro Iturralde, were seminal in creating flamenco fusion, a blend that has travelled far. Soler's syncretism between Hispalis and the Catalan Mediterranean, another form of fusion, was released perhaps paradoxically by Edigsa, the label that the guitarist worked with the most, the founding spirit of which was to safeguard the local language, Catalan. In 1972, the ancient call of flamenco took Soler to Andalusia, where he studied under the renowned guitarist Diego del Gastor. When he returned to Barcelona, he commenced a long parallel chapter as acoustic accompanist for the singer-songwriter Ovidi Montllor from Alcoy, leaving rock and the electric guitar behind. However, watts and rock still pulse through in his second LP (self-titled but also referred to as El Gat Blanc), 1973, but play a minor role. Spanish guitar and flamenco metonymies flourish on this theoretically transitional instrumental work, which would become one the most popular of his discography. The arid but magnetic notes of the first track on the album, "Sardana Flamenca" delve deeper into the subconscious, which Soler recorded on his own with his Spanish guitar, except the electric pieces where members of the band OM helped out. The synthesis that works in "Sardana Flamenca" is aromatic, hypnotic, luminescent. The song formed a quadtych with the following three tracks: "El Gat Blanc", "Tristenge", and "Guisela"; ablutions in flamenco waters, scented with folk-blues salts. "Taj Mahal" is a tribute to his friend and fellow musician, where drums make a timid appearance, demonstrating Soler's success on this project. "D'una Manera Silenciosa" is a delightful flamenco adaptation of "In A Silent Way". "Balada En Sol" returns to Spanish guitar, making an inspiring crossing from the Catalan coast in Maresme to the bay of San Francisco. "Sevilla", the longest track, became, the second most popular song on the album after "Sardana Flamenca". It was a scintillating freak meeting of Smash and Hot Rats, and the last recording for OM, with hefty improvisation and torrents of wah-wah. The final track, "Estudi" returned to acoustic territory, mixing Andalusi blues with a warm Californian glow. Several generations have already discovered in this album one of the key works to understand many of the things that happened later in Catalan and Spanish pop. Includes an insert with notes and a rare Toti Soler photo.
NEOS (GERMANY)
NEOS 12006CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12006CD
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HAAS, GEORG FRIEDRICH Ein Schattenspiel String Quartets No. 4 & No. 7 CD
Georg Friedrich Haas is regarded as today's foremost proponent of microtonal composition. But it is precisely these three works -- Ein Schattenspiel, the String Quartets Nos. 4 and 7 -- that show that Haas is actually less immersed in his musical material. Instead, he concentrates on the communicative aspects of music and composition, so as to greatly unsettle and even shock the listener's perception. Of course, microtonality and composition that makes use of the overtone series and overtone chords presents a challenge to the listener accustomed to a more conventional, traditional harmony. But Haas's composition focusses more on the physical experience of this kind of music. It would not be completely inaccurate to speak of a musical aesthetic that seeks to bombard the senses into submission, where the pulsing beats inherent in the overtones and microtonality amalgamate to a roar and thunder roll of noise. The connection between the three works on this CD is the use of live electronics. It creates something like an "acoustic shadow", in which the music is played again with a time delay -- accelerated slightly in Ein Schattenspiel and thus a quarter tone higher than the original that was just heard. Together with the SWR Experimentalstudio, Sophie-Mayuko Vetter (piano), and the Arditti Quartet pre-sent exemplary world premiere recordings.
NEOS 12013CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12013CD
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VA Donaueschinger Musiktage 2019 CD/SACD
The Donaueschinger Musiktage have been regularly documented by NEOS for many years. The 2019 edition begins with Mark Andre's sensitively heard sound spaces in "rw? 1 for ensemble and electronics". The Ensemble intercontemporain is represented with Johannes Boris Borowski's "Allein". A notable event at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2019 was Eva Reiter's "Wächter" for double bass flutes and tube orchestra, played by the SWR Symphonieorchester without any classical musical instruments. From the full-length cycle "Poética del espacio" by Alberto Posadas, the final part Ojo del diablo made it into the selection, interpreted in an outstanding way by the Klangforum Wien.
NEOS 12015CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12015CD
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FLAMMER, ERNST HELMUTH Der Turmbau zu Babel CD
Ernst Helmuth Flammer's oratorio "Der Turmbau zu Babel" (The Tower of Babel) was commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the "Hanover New Music Days" in 1983. The world premiere took place under the direction of Klaus Bernbacher with excellent interpreters such as Catherine Gayer (soprano), Günter Binge (baritone), Theophil Maier (speaker), the Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in the broadcasting hall of the NDR Hanover on January 29, 1983. Ernst Helmuth Flammer: "The oratorio is dedicated to all those who were forced to give up their lives in the struggle for freedom, justice and a dignified coexistence; all undaunted who accepted great personal sacrifices in following an unswerving moral path." "Der Turmbau zu Babel" is dedicated to Klaus Bernbacher. For three orchestral groups, three choirs, two solo voices (soprano and baritone), speaker, quadrophonic playback and live electronics, on texts by Friedrich Schiller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Kurt Tucholsky.
NEOS 12017CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12017CD
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GEISSE, GUNNAR Triptych CD
Why should one still compose a piano concerto in 2020? Hasn't this leading genre of absolute music exhausted itself for decades? Gunnar Geisse's Piano Concerto, which is premiered on the present CD, definitely adds a new facet to the genre, not certain whether it continues or breaks the genre. Although the piano can be heard as a solo instrument, accompanied by a variety of orchestral instruments, only one instrument was actually played on this recording, which in turn is not a piano but an electric guitar. Geisse developed the "laptop guitar", an extension of his main instrument (the electric guitar) to include the computer, which enables him to continue playing analogue on a digital level. He uses the software-supported real-time conversion of audio to MIDI data to control virtual instruments and samplers. Geisse titled this album Triptych. The last "panel" in this triptych, rhythm changes, follows the two movements of the piano concerto. The work does not focus on a soloist-orchestral arrangement but on the laptop guitar itself. Instead of an imaginary orchestra, Geisse uses a series of sampled materials. Allusions to romanticism are replaced by insights into Charlie Parker's "Anthropology".
NEOS 12022CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12022CD
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REIS, JAIME Solo and Chamber Works CD
With "Sangue Inverso - Inverso Sangue", the Portuguese composer Jaime Reis has created his own little cosmos: two times seven movements that can be performed separately, one after the other or at the same time. Despite very different tempos, moments of synchronization and coordination arise. The main idea behind this structure is the relationship between the individual and the collective, more precisely: the role of the individual regardless of his integration into the collective. The Ensemble Fractales presents nine different variations of the Sangue cycle -- both as individually as well as simultaneously played movements. Jaime Reis has dealt intensively with scientific topics. This is how the piano work "Lysozyme Synthesis" (Ana Telles, piano) became inspired by the process of protein synthesis, "Fluxus, Vortex - Schubkraft" (here in the acoustic version with the Aleph Gitarrenquartett) from the physical phenomenon of fluid mechanics.
NEOS 12026CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12026CD
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PAGH-PAAN, YOUNGHI Chamber Works CD
When the composer Younghi Pagh-Paan came to Germany in the mid-1970s, she was at first deeply insecure about the gaping contradictions between Western culture and her Korean homeland. She drew a special creative force from it -- influences from both worlds are combined in her music to this day. The works that the Ensemble KNM Berlin and the soprano Angela Postweiler recorded here were created between 1977 and 2020 and thus offer a comprehensive view of Pagh-Paan's work. Among them, the three first recordings deserve special attention: ma-am (Mein Herz) for female solo and Mein Herz I for soprano and viola, as well as the string quartet Horizont auf hoher See. The production was created as part of the award of the Berlin Art Prize 2020 by the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Younghi Pagh-Paan was born in 1945 in Cheongju, in what is now South Korea. She came to Germany on a DAAD scholarship in 1974 to continue her studies with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg University of Music. With her orchestral piece Sori she attracted wide public attention at the Donaueschingen Festival 1980. After visiting professorships at the music universities in Graz and Karlsruhe, she was appointed professor of composition at the Bremen University of the Arts in 1994 -- the first woman in Germany. She received numerous international prices and resides und in Bremen and Panicale (Italy).
NEOS 12027CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12027CD
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LINDBERG, MAGNUS Complete Works for Accordeon CD
With the complete recording of the accordion works by Magnus Lindberg, Janne Valkeajoki presents an extraordinary debut album. The young Finnish accordionist has won several international competitions and has made guest appearances at numerous festivals. On this CD, solo and chamber music works can be found; while "Jeux d'anches" (for accordion solo) and the duo "Metal Work" for accordion and percussion are original works, Valkeajoki made versions of "Dos Coyotes" (with cello) and the piano work "Jubilees" especially for his instrument. He worked closely with Lindberg, who emphasizes that the accordion versions are not just arrangements, but stand-alone works. Magnus Lindberg has a special relationship with the accordion: as a child he took his first musical steps with it. Today he is one of the most played composers internationally.
NEOS 12028CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12028CD
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HEFTI, DAVID PHILIP Die Schneekonigin CD
David Philip Hefti composed his second music theater work based on motives by Hans Christian Andersen: The Snow Queen. The plot centers upon the children Gerda and Kay, whose friendship is put to a severe test when Kay falls under the spell of the Snow Queen. Hefti's high-contrast music creates sometimes shimmering cold, sometimes cozy warmth; the icy Snow Queen -- outstandingly cast with Mojca Erdmann -- sounds "clear and transparent like frozen crystals" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). The musical story for soprano, two speakers (Delia Mayer and Max Simonischek) and orchestra is aimed equally at children, young people and adults. The recording of the world premiere with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the direction of the composer is released on this CD. The 80-page booklet contains the German libretto as well as the English and French translations.
NEOS 12029CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12029CD
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FRANKLIN, JIM Songs from the Lake CD
The way Jim Franklin combines the traditional Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi with modern live electronics is unique. In addition to the latest studio technology, synthesizers and various instruments are used, such as the theremin -- one of the oldest electronic instruments of all. The works themselves are semi-composed, structured improvisations: a pre-composed form in which the "signposts" and turning points are clearly defined, but the exact "route" through the piece is created anew with each performance. Despite all the complexity, Franklin recorded them alone, mostly in continuous takes. Songs from the Lake is, as the title suggests, inspired by water. Franklin is fascinated by images in nature where the overall form is more or less static, but the details are constantly changing. The Buddhist view of water as an image of the spirit is also important to him. Jim Franklin first studied composition and musicology in Australia, Germany and Holland. In 1986 he discovered the shakuhachi and learned the instrument from Dr. Riley Lee, Furuya Teruo, and Yokoyama Katsuya. In 1996 he received the title of Shihan (Master) from Yokoyama-sensei. From 2006 to 2009 he was founding chairman of the European Shakuhachi Society. In 2018 he was a main organizer of the World Shakuhachi Festival in London.
NEOS 12104CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 12104CD
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BOULEZ, PIERRE Anthemes 1 & 2 CD/SACD
The program on this CD focuses on two essential aspects of Pierre Boulez's oeuvre: his love of theater and his consistent search for ways of spatializing sounds through electronics. In "Dialogue de l'ombre double" from 1985 it is still a pre-produced tape -- recorded by the interpreter himself -- which, together with the live sounds, symbolizes the clarinetist's "double shadow". In "Anthèmes 2", written around ten years later, the acoustic labyrinth in which the soloist finds herself is generated entirely by means of live electronics. The basic idea for this was already laid out in "Anthèmes 1" for solo violin, created in 1991 as a mandatory work for the Yehudi Menuhin competition. Pierre Boulez has worked with the SWR Experimental Studio since it was founded in the early 1970s. In this recording the instrumental parts were excellently cast with Carolin and Jörg Widmann.
NEOS 22002CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: NEOS 22002CD
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VA Remixed: Brahms - Wagner - Debussy CD
Debussy's "Trois Nocturnes", Wagner's "Tristan Prelude" and Brahms' "Piano Quintet", remixed and in a new guise. This is the metamorphosis of three instrumental masterpieces for the 176 keys of two concert grand pianos; a transformed aural perspective, which brings out compositional structures all the more clearly. In two-piano versions, these pieces are effectively reworked. With Brahms' "Sonata Op. 34b", this was undertaken in 1864 by the composer himself, adapting a string quintet he then withdrew, reinventing it as a piano quintet a year later. With Wagner and Debussy, it was Max Reger and Maurice Ravel who took on the task, surely in part as a mark of their esteem for these works and their authors. Cleverly devised programs are the trademark which distinguishes Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher as one of the most internationally renowned piano duos. No other duo runs the gamut from Bach to music of the present day with such aplomb. Their profound and intimate ensemble playing manifests two musical kindred spirits, unleashing a broad spectrum of expressive potential which perfects the art of piano four hands.
NO KIDDING (ITALY)
NK 202103LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: NK 202103LP
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BOWIE, DAVID BBC 1968-1970 LP
The thin white duke essential live session at the BBC.
OHR (GERMANY)
OHR 560036LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: OHR 560036LP
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EMBRYO Opal LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve. The Munich based band Embryo was founded in 1969. Opal was their first album. Released on the OHR label in 1970, the band led by Christian Burchard combined numerous genres into a huge crossover project. Jazz-rock, folk, blues, soul, contemporary music, and world music. Even if Opal doesn't sound as perfect as later recordings, the album is considered very influential. Embryo themselves describe their style as follows: Pop music is the appropriate level of communication for Embryo, just as they found their origins in all musical styles, from folk blues to jazz soul to serious and contemporary music, the musical past of Embryo's musicians is also connected to such different styles. The group has always remained true to this motto: Always open to new things and gladly committed to improvisation. In the 50th year of the release, the original magnetic tapes have been re-recorded and carefully remastered.
OMM 560032CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: OMM 560032CD
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EMBRYO Opal CD
The Munich based band Embryo was founded in 1969. Opal was their first album. Released on the OHR label in 1970, the band led by Christian Burchard combined numerous genres into a huge crossover project. Jazz-rock, folk, blues, soul, contemporary music, and world music. Even if Opal doesn't sound as perfect as later recordings, the album is considered very influential. Embryo themselves describe their style as follows: Pop music is the appropriate level of communication for Embryo, just as they found their origins in all musical styles, from folk blues to jazz soul to serious and contemporary music, the musical past of Embryo's musicians is also connected to such different styles. The group has always remained true to this motto: Always open to new things and gladly committed to improvisation. In the 50th year of the release, the original magnetic tapes have been re-recorded and carefully remastered.
ON THE CORNER RECORDS (UK)
OTCR 014LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: OTCR 014LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SUNKEN CAGES When the Waters Refused Our History LP
On the Corner Records have taken a deep dive into the murky waters where ancient percussion are jolted through history with a high voltage shock of experimental electronics. Across the territory of When the Waters Refused Our History, Sunken Cages channels his own journey and that of the world of his ancestors and adroitly breaches the porous frontiers being pushed by the cosmic adventures-led On the Corner. Sunken Cages is the moniker for Ravish Momin, an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer, and educator. For the past decade, Momin has been experimenting with enhancing his acoustic drum sounds with electronic ones, and has crafted a unique electro-acoustic approach. He triggers sounds and textures, layers live-loops and manipulates them "on the fly", to blur the lines between composition and improvisation. While rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions, Sunken Cages is also influenced by the street sounds of South African G'com, Angolan Kuduro, and Egyptian Mahraganat. He currently leads the electronic music focused duo Turning Jewels Into Water with Haitian percussion virtuoso Val Jeanty. Ravish's unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from pop-star Shakira to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM). Features Brandon Terzic and Kamyararsani, and a remix by BKGD.
OPTIMO MUSIC (UK)
OM 020LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: OM 020LP
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MANUEL, JOSE Janara LP
Optimo Music presents Janara the new album from Italy's José Manuel. The label always has our ears open for music that is unique, powerful and that can conjure up a ritualistic atmosphere, and this meistrerwerk did all that, and then some. Here is José on the album: "This album is a result of the necessity of exploring and opening my mind to new musical horizons, by testing the main traditional instrument of the Italian region Campania, whose name is 'Tammorra'. It is a big drum, which must not be confused with the typical tambourine, made from a wrap of wood shaped in a circle and covered with dried skin (almost always goatskin or sheepskin). This instrument was used during playful events, especially during rituals and ceremonies, such as the frequent devotional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin Mary. By using this instrument, the sound, the rite and the magic could take possession of the mind and the body creating a perfect union. Also, the dancers, as if they were bitten by a tarantula and possessed by a strange evil, launched themselves to an uncontrolled dance by moving every part of their body. In addition to the Tammorra, I also inserted some texts, which have been written by some Neapolitan friends and interpreted with Neapolitans voices, in honor of the 'JANARA'. The Janara represents a popular belief of the Southern Italian regions, particularly of the Benevento area. The Janara is one of the many types of witches represented by folktales belonging to the rural tradition. The Janara was expert in medical herbs, which were also be used for her magical practices, such as the manufacturing of ointment. The ointment gave her the power to become incorporeal with the same nature as the wind. According to the tradition, in order to snatch the Janara it was necessary to grab her by the hair. It was also said that if anyone was able to capture the Janara during her incorporeal moment then Janara herself would offer protection to them and their family for seven generations, in exchange for her freedom. With this work I hope that the listener might get carried away by the spirit of this pagan and popular legend that can be still be considered as current. As a matter of fact, the folk tales speak of a probable comeback of the Janara, who after being burned at the stake seems to be thirsting for revenge for the evil suffered." Comes with insert.
PHARAWAY SOUNDS (SPAIN)
PHS 002LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PHS 002LP
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BUNALIM Bunalim LP
2021 restock. Turkish band Bunalim (Turkish for "Depression") is a true legend: They were the absolute wildest and crudest band from the Anatolian rock scene. Under the wing of Cem Karaça, who was their manager and producer, they released a few singles which are all collected here. Fierce Turkish folk-flavored psychedelic fuzz-rock circa 1970-1972. Remastered sound, including an insert with liner notes and pictures.
PHS 008LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: PHS 008LP
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KORAY, ERKIN Arap Saci 2LP
2021 restock; double LP version. Master of the fuzz saz, Turkey's answer to Eric Clapton brings his burly axe attacks to the snaky folk melodies of Anatolia. Long-proven to cause just the brain-rot you're looking for, here's a Koray collection of tracks taken from singles and LPs for your acid-drenched pleasure. The guitar slinger who was once stabbed for wearing his hair too long around the streets of Istanbul interweaves melodies as old as the ruins of Ephesus with the riffs of Black Sabbath and his own souped-up ba?lama. Find out why they call him Erkin Baba. Originally released in 1976. Includes a booklet containing extensive liner notes.
PHS 067LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PHS 067LP
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KORAY, ERKIN Halimem LP
2021 restock. Pharaway Sounds presents a compilation dedicated to Erkin Koray, the father of Anatolian rock/Turkish psych. Halimem includes rare single and cassette-only tracks (mostly from 1970-72, plus three killer ones from 1987). Expect a fabulous mix of Turkish melodies/grooves with hard-rock and psych. Artwork by Sara Gossett.
PLEASURE FOR MUSIC (ITALY)
PFM 113LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: PFM 113LP
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WALKER, SCOTT The Moviegoer LP
Pleasure For Music reissues Scott Walker's The Moviegoer, originally released in 1972. Produced in summer 1972 and released in autumn of the same year by Phillips Records, this is one of the most obscure and controversial albums in Scott Walker's discography. The album was poorly received by critics and if we exclude a 1975 reissue on Contour Label, it has since been deleted till this very welcomed re-release. The Moviegoer is a declared journey through pop arrangements of iconic film music themes. The album includes mainstream oriented versions of classic themes like Nino Rota's love theme from the Godfather, Lalo Schifrin's theme from The Fox, Michel Legrand's theme from "Summer of 42", and Baez / Morricone's anthemic song from Sacco and Vanzetti.
PFM 114LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: PFM 114LP
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GENTRY, BOBBIE Fancy LP
Pleasure For Music present a reissue of Bobbie Gentry's Fancy, originally released in 1970. Fancy is American singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry's sixth studio album. A dense and inspired selection of songs, mostly covers, as vivid portraits of different female characters in American culture. The album includes highly personal renditions of songs such as Bacharach's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", Leon Russel's "Delta Man", James Taylor's "Something In The Way He Moves", and Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues". A major statement from a great artist and a true American classic.
PFM 116LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: PFM 116LP
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NORDINE, KEN Word Jazz LP
Pleasure For Music present a reissue of spoken-word artist Ken Nordine's was 1957 album, Word Jazz. His debut album is strongly influenced by jazz. A highly eclectic mix of smooth voice narration, sort of zen-beatnik texts, and west coast jazz arrangements as results of a fruitful collaboration with cellist Fred Katz group featuring the likes of Paul Horn on sax, flute and clarinet, and Chico Hamilton on drums and percussion. Still an innovative piece of work between spoken word, poetry, and jazz.
PROFOUND LORE (CANADA)
PFL 257CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: PFL 257CD
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PORTAL Hagbulbia CD
"Hagbulbia is the seventh Portal full-length album and serves as the paranormal companion piece to AVOW. Hagbulbia sees Portal at their most abnormal and spectral."
PFL 257LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: PFL 257LP
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PORTAL Hagbulbia LP
LP version. "Hagbulbia is the seventh Portal full-length album and serves as the paranormal companion piece to AVOW. Hagbulbia sees Portal at their most abnormal and spectral."
RCA
LSP 4757HLP
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: LSP 4757HLP
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SIMONE, NINA Emergency Ward! LP
2021 restock. 180 gram vinyl reissue, printed inner sleeve. "This unusual record from 1972 is Nina Simone's statement on the Vietnam War. The cover is a collage of news clippings from the conflict, and the song selection and arrangement, though dealing with matters more spiritual than political, reflect the events of the day. The entire first side consists of a powerhouse medley of George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' and a poem by David Nelson called 'Today Is a Killer,' set to music by Simone. The Harrison song is transformed into a sweaty gospel workout that takes its rhythm from the Capitols' 'Cool Jerk' and its call-and-response vocal arrangement from the Reverend James Cleveland. Simone artfully alternates the celebratory romp with slow, somber passages featuring her improvised lyrics and passages from the Nelson poem. Even as it passes the 18-minute mark, the medley never loses power, and it remains one of Simone's finest moments. After the triumph of the first side, the flip is only a slight letdown. "Poppies" is melodically vague, but Simone's strong delivery sells it, while George Harrison's 'Isn't It a Pity' gets an intense, drawn-out treatment, mostly featuring just Simone's piano and voice. The cover of Emergency Ward! claims it was recorded in concert, but only the first side appears to be live, and even that is riddled with sloppy edits. Though it is one of the stranger records in the Simone oeuvre, Emergency Ward! is consistently thrilling." -- All Music Guide
REBECCAS RECORDS (SCOTLAND)
REBREC 001LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: REBREC 001LP
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VASMANT, REBECCA With Love, From Glasgow LP
Glaswegian musician, producer, DJ and curator Rebecca Vasmant announces her debut LP With Love, From Glasgow, showcasing the breadth of the incredible jazz talent the city has to offer. Having made a name for herself with a residency at Sub Club, Rebecca took the lead in curating the first live Jazz showcases at the venue, also running a popular record fair with the venerable venue and a spot on BBC Radio Scotland and Worldwide FM. Rebecca also airs this facet of her irrepressible musical passion at key events like Worldwide Festival Sete, Glasgow Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazz Cafe London, Kasheme Zurich, Brilliant Corners, Casper Montenegro, and the BalticSoul Weekender, and a new residency at Ronnie Scott's as part of the "Panro" collective. While promoting and touring in over 22 countries constantly over the last five years, Rebecca has honed her craft on production projects which feature world class musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and more, her talents are not only in spinning records, but in composing, producing and performing. Though known for its rich musical heritage, Glasgow is not a city perhaps synonymous with jazz. However, on With Love, From Glasgow this is all about to change, as Rebecca and her cohort of hand-picked musicians set out to change people's opinions. Rebecca explains: "There is such crazy wealth of talent in this city of Glasgow and I wanted to make an album that helped to demonstrate this and which captures my own love and passion for deep and spiritual music. This album highlights just some of the exciting things that are happening here in Scotland and it's been a real honor and pleasure working with the hugely talented musicians who came together to collaborate in such a free and beautiful way. During the time spent working on this music an amazing family formed, something for which I am so grateful." Also features Nadya Albertsson, Harry Weir, Emilie Boyd, and Paix. RIYL: Matthew Halsall, Greg Foat Group, Andrew Wasylyk, Floating Points, Amanda Whiting.
ROGUEART (FRANCE)
ROG 105CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: ROG 105CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ALL SET All Set 2021 CD
"It is a fundamentally empathetic vision that shows the community of ideas and methods that drives these four creators. All Set is: Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Stéphane Payen (straight alto saxophone), Cris Tordini (double bass), Tom Rainey (drums)."
SECOND LANGUAGE COLLEEN (FRANCE)
SLR 023CD
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: SLR 023CD
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COLLEEN The Weighing Of The Heart CD
Originally released 2013 on Second Language label. "Breaking a six-year-long discographical silence, my fourth album after 2007's Les Ondes Silencieuses, and the first one I made in my newly-adopted town of San Sebastián, Spain, during the epically rainy winter of 2012! My first time singing, playing percussion, and introducing the treble viola da gamba that became the key instrument on Captain of None! Also featured are my bass viola da gamba, classical guitar, clarinet, toy gamelan and piano. The track I produced last, 'Breaking Up the Earth', paved the way for Captain of None in terms of production." --Colleen. Composed, interpreted, recorded, mixed, and produced by Cécile Schott. Mastering by Antony Ryan at Red Red Paw. Artwork by Iker Spozio. CD version eight-page, hardback, book-size gatefold sleeve.
SLR 023LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SLR 023LP
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COLLEEN The Weighing Of The Heart LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve; includes eight-page lyric booklet; includes download code. Originally released 2013 on Second Language label. "Breaking a six-year-long discographical silence, my fourth album after 2007's Les Ondes Silencieuses, and the first one I made in my newly-adopted town of San Sebastián, Spain, during the epically rainy winter of 2012! My first time singing, playing percussion, and introducing the treble viola da gamba that became the key instrument on Captain of None! Also featured are my bass viola da gamba, classical guitar, clarinet, toy gamelan and piano. The track I produced last, 'Breaking Up the Earth', paved the way for Captain of None in terms of production." --Colleen. Composed, interpreted, recorded, mixed, and produced by Cécile Schott. Mastering by Antony Ryan at Red Red Paw. Artwork by Iker Spozio.
SOAVE (ITALY)
SOAVE 003-4LP
PRICE: $45.50
CAT #: SOAVE 003-4LP
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MUSCI, ROBERTO The Loa Of Music (The Complete Sessions) 2LP
2021 repress. Soave present the first vinyl reissue of Roberto Musci's The Loa Of Music, originally released in 1984. The Loa Of Music is the debut recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci, inspired by voodoo religion, Vever (the magical voodoo paintings), and Loas, the dark and magic spirits. The deep charm of non-western music led Musci to travel for many years across Africa, India, and Asia, studying rhythms, scales, performance, and interpretation of the most varied traditional and indigenous music. He made many field recordings and collected ethnic instruments that would then be combined with synthesizers and electronics in The Loa Of Music. Recorded in 1983, the project originally had 80 minutes of music, but only half was released on the original LP. For the first time, Soave have pressed the complete recording sessions from the original tapes of this phenomenally ambitious masterpiece that entirely refuses the well-trod path -- distilling a remarkable range of sonic reference and reality. A work of field recording, musique concrète, electronics, synthesis, and instrumentation, pulling from countless musics from across the globe, the result is nothing short of brilliant and stunningly beautiful. A near perfect work -- an egoless gesture, which rather than attempting to find consensus, offers every voice equity and cohabitation -- harnessing the history music, with all of its cultural diversity, as a vision for a more ideal future. Geographies and their sounds intertwine, while Musci's interventions and instrumentation thread a path. Ambiences ripple, sounds and voices converse in a vision of unity that may only exist within sonic realms. Unquestionably seminal, and one of the most important works to emerge from Italy in the last 50 years. Never before issued on vinyl since its original release, this will surely not to be around for long.
SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)
SOMM 062LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SOMM 062LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PLEBB Yes It Isn't It LP
Sommor Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Plebb's Yes It Isn't It, a Swedish private press record originally released in 1979. Heavy twin-guitar fueled underground hard-rock with prog/psych touches. Plebb was founded in 1976 in the small town of Mönsterås (Sweden). The band name was based on the initials of the first band members names. The "P" for "Pemce". "LeB" for "Leif Bergqvist" and the last "b" for "Balder". They were just teenagers (16-18 years old) and in 1977 guitar player Leif Bergqvist was replaced by Peter Martinsson and then the band started to develop their sound and began to write their own songs influenced by their favorite musicians. After recording a private cassette, the band decided to make their first album. So, in 1979, they recorded Yes It Isn't It with almost no budget at a makeshift studio using two locations: the attic of a local biker club and a school. It was produced by bass player Tommy Gustavsson and only 485 copies were pressed on the band's own label, Plebb Records, sold mainly locally to friends but also in some shops in consignment. Highly sought-after by collectors of '70s hard-rock and proto-metal. Master tape sound. Heavy cardboard sleeve; insert with rare photos, lyrics and liner notes.
SOMM 066LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: SOMM 066LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LUCIFER WAS In Anadi's Bower LP
Second album by cult Norwegian heavy prog-psych band Lucifer Was, originally released only on CD in 2000. Epic and doomy atmosphere in the best early '70s tradition with great use of Mellotron, flute, killer hard guitar -- imagine a mix between Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull with a dose of King Crimson and Black Widow. In Anadi's Bower was the follow up to Underground And Beyond (SOMM 055CD/LP) and featured new singer Jon Rude. The band's idea was to make another Underground And Beyond, to record more of the band's 1970-1973 material fast and rough. But this time they chose to use a producer, Rolf Kjernet, and they also had a bigger budget and more studio time. All the basic tracks of guitar, bass and drums plus guide-vocals were recorded live in the studio on analog equipment. Just like before on Underground And Beyond. Even the 11 minutes "Little Child" does not have one single edit of the basic tracks we recorded live-in-the-studio. "We were completely into making it good and really enjoying ourselves in one go. Still, it was also an escape. There were some greening of the grass and auras of the trees seen in the dim light of midnight. Outside. May 'Darkness' bless the child that takes no more and let it play in Anadis's bower. In Norway, maybe..." --Thore Engen (Lucifer Was) Includes insert with liner notes and photos; also includes download card of the full album plus two bonus tracks: "Kill The Rats" and "Legends Waiting (To Appear)".
SOMM 068LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: SOMM 068LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NATIONAL FLAG Thank You and Goodbye LP
Originally released as a small private pressing in 1977, Sommor Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of this collectable hard-rock album by Marquee club favorites National Flag. National Flag formed in Kingston in 1973 and they were a big noise for brief period around London in 1975/76. They quickly developed a strong following especially at the Marquee club where they were resident band in summer 1975. Such was their live reputation they were invited to Tokyo and toured Japan in summer 1975 appearing on TV and radio, headlining the infant Fuji Rock Festival, and opening the World Rock Festival in Kyoto with the New York Dolls and Jeff Beck. Thank You and Goodnight was recorded between 1974/76 at EMI Manchester Square, Decca Hampstead with Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy) and Fulhams Milner Sound with a soon to be famous Julien Mendelsohn (Elton John, McCartney). Approximately 100 copies were pressed as a homemade edition in 1977 and the album became a myth. Its reputation and rarity value has grown over the years and is now sought after by keen rock fans, Marquee fans and '70s record collectors and it's actually a real gem... glorious. That same year, band members Danny Edwardson and Seamus Sell were also responsible for the KPM library album Rock On, for which they used and recycled some riffs of National Flag songs. National Flag should have been huge, but somehow they escaped a record deal, the anecdotes are endless but times were changing, the punk wave swept in and the band broke up playing their last gig in June 1977. Sourced from the original masters; includes insert with liner notes and photos."Defined by their good time guitar licks and blazing rhythms, this delight from the UK seemed poised to hit the big time, yet never did. They're a riveting combination of Grand Funk meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, combined with the sensibilities and smart lyrics of The Doobie Brothers, along with the swagger of Neil Young & Crazy Horse..." --Jenell Kessler
SOOTHSAYER (AUSTRALIA)
SS 151LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SS 151LP
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VA First Light Volume II 2LP
The second installment in CC:DISCO!'s First Light compilation series offers listeners an open invitation to discover prolific upcoming and unsung talents not only from Australia, but from across the globe in Russia, Japan, Zambia, Spain, Sweden, Indonesia, US, Canada, and beyond. 12 exclusive tracks, and an eclectic journey which explore the scopes of jazz, Balearic, disco, house, trance, and techno, affirming her status as a dedicated tastemaker. CC:DISCO!: "With Vol II I really wanted to capture my overall sound and bring artists together from around the world. It's definitely a body of work you should listen to from start to finish, it's a natural progression." The compilation and selection process is a natural experience for CC:DISCO! having worked in radio since the age of 15, working at Kiss FM before her long-standing show at PBS. Since relocating to Lisbon in 2019 she has been holding down a residency at Rinse FM. Radio allows her to express her undying love for the underground scene by giving a voice and platform to showcase its talent. Sonically, the journey of the full compilation opens with soothing melodic jazzy tones, leading onto disco and electronica and finishing with the heavier high-octane productions. The compilation draws on artists and friends that she's encountered through her journey as a radio presenter and touring DJ, playing festivals such as Oasis, Lost Village, DGTL, PITCH, Strawberry Fields, Glastonbury, Love International, Kala, to name a few. Now residing in Lisbon, CC:DISCO! features those who've inspired her in some way on her journey, and that hail from all parts of the world. Since its 2016 inception, Soothsayer has fast become a dynamic tastemaker label, adding fuel to the fire of burgeoning artists such as KU?KA, Willaris. K, Dro Carey, and ALTA, making it the perfect home for the First Light series and the artists featured. Features Hybrid Man, Donald's House & Lipelis, Comfy Bella, Jenifa Mayanja, Ca$Hminus, Mount Liberation Unlimited, Manuel Darquart, Tech Support, Paul Jextra, Club Tularosa, Pepe, and Hidden Spheres. For fans of: Love Deluxe, Bradley Zero, Harvey Sutherland, Hidden Spheres. 12 exclusive songs curated by Australian underground queen pin CC:Disco! Artwork by local Australia Elvis Barlow-Smith with one-off handwritten note from CC:Disco! Transparent orange vinyl.
SOUMA RECORDS (BELGIUM)
SMR 003LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: SMR 003LP
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KALSOUM, OM Enta Omri LP
2021 repress. "Enta Omri" -- A milestone in Arabic music history. "Enta Omri" is Om Kalsoum's most famous song, composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who is still rightly regarded as a prominent musician and composer in Egypt. The creation of this song was the first long expected collaboration of two musical giants, which came at the repeated urging of Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser. There was talk in Egypt on the streets and in the media about what was believed to be a cold relationship between the two legends. Finally, after years of estrangement, Mohamed Abdel Wahab took the initiative and offered Om Kalsoum a song by poet Ahmed Shafiq Kamel, for which he had just composed a musical score. To his surprise, she responded positively and started to like the theme upon hearing it a few times. After a month of rehearsals, "Enta Omri" was released in February 1964 to critical acclaim and packed performances. The event was so grand it was labeled "The Cloud Meeting". With "Enta Omri", Abdel Wahab opened up the traditional repertoire of the diva to a more innovative style, for which the composer was known for. The use of the electric guitar and a long instrumental intro, fusing oriental themes with Western musical elements, made the song particularly special, securing its place in Egyptian musical history. Despite some criticism from other Egyptian composers from that era, the song was soon recognized as a milestone and opened a path to modernize Arabic music for many other musicians and singers. "Enta Omri" is loved by Arab and non-Arab audiences alike. Paying respect to the great diva, dozens of artists around the world have reinterpreted the song, adopting the intro's catchy guitar melody in their compositions. Souma Records thought it was time to re-release this monumental piece of music on a high-quality vinyl format, together with a repress of "Laylet Hob" (SMR 004LP), another classic song by Souma. Vintage inside out-sleeve; printed inner sleeve with liner notes.
STARDUST RECORDS
CLP 3666LP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: CLP 3666LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JAMES, SKIP Devil Got My Woman LP
2021 restock. "Born in 1902 to a preacher near the small town of Bentonia Mississippi, Nehemiah Curtis Skip James became synonymous with the unique tunings and finger-picking style of Delta blues, later dubbed the Bentonia School. With fire and brimstone in his heart, and the Mississippi blues in his soul, James toiled in relative obscurity for most of his life but his dark, brooding songs were rediscovered in the 60s by rabid blues enthusiasts from across the pond, including one Eric Clapton who recorded James's 'I'm So Glad' for the first Cream album. This vinyl compilation contains not only that track but several of James's best known compositions, from the melancholic 'Devil Got My Woman' to the gospel 'Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader' and a whole lot more."
SUDDEN DEATH (CANADA)
SDR 049CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SDR 049CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
D.O.A. Hardcore '81 CD
2021 reissue; Originally released in 1981. "New 40th anniversary edition! This is it! The godfather of hardcore from DOA, Canada's legendary punk pioneers. This is the album that popularized and pushed the term "hardcore" into the common vernacular. For Hardcore '81's 40th anniversary, Sudden Death has restored the band's blistering second album to its original state and released it as a CD. It comes with an extensive 12-page booklet that features lots of photos and old school flyers. See that great line up of Joey Shithead, Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage, and Dave Gregg in action?indeed the Men of Action. Tracks like 'D.O.A.,' 'Slumlord' and 'Unknown' lash out at the listener, as well the incredible 'Fucked Up Baby' and 'Smash The State' just spear one right in the gut. This album has influenced three generations of fans and artists like Rancid, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, NOFX and Sonic Youth. All versions feature three bonus tracks: 'Disco Sucks' (1978 7-inch EP version), 'The Prisoner' (1978 7-inch single version) and 'Fucked Up Ronnie' (1981 7-inch EP version)."
SUPERFLY (FRANCE)
SRLP 034LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: SRLP 034LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU DAHOMEY Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey LP
"We're proud to introduce the new Superfly reissue of ultra-rare '70s Nigerian collection of some of their best 45s, full of funky psych killers, check 'Wodeka Roe' or the hit 'Gbeti Madjro' (though every single track is dynamite!). As usual, beautiful quality repress with paste on covers made in Japan, obi and 180 gram vinyl, limited to 1000 copies only!"
SRLP 035LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: SRLP 035LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
PETITGIRARD, LAURENT Suite Epique LP
"We're proud to introduce the new Superfly reissue of French progressive jazz rarity originally released at tiny private label in 1972. This concept album, featuring Teddy Lasry and Bernard Lubat, is a totally unique cinematic jazz suite with a strong spiritual vibe! As usual, beautiful quality repress with paste on covers made in Japan, obi and 180 gram vinyl, limited to 1000 copies only!"
TAL (GERMANY)
TAL 023CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: TAL 023CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TIETCHENS & MIKI YUI, ASMUS Neues Boot CD
TAL presents the first musical collaboration between Hamburg based Asmus Tietchens and Japanese artist Miki Yui, operating out of Düsseldorf for almost 20 years now. Highly respected and hugely influential artist Asmus Tietchens first made his mark on the electronic music scene in the late 1970s, whereas Miki Yui debuted her sonic settings in 1999. Their first joint album Neues Boot envelops the listener with a poetic sound sensibility and a conceptual clarity which was processed and passed back and forth between their individual studios in Hamburg and Düsseldorf.Asmus Tietchens: "After Stefan Schneider suggested to release a Yui-Tietchens album on his TAL imprint Miki and I quickly developed some ideas towards our eventual collaboration. We agreed upon an ongoing mutual exchange of material. We have both been very familiar with each other's music for a long time and we found our individual approach towards sound design to be uniquely compatible. We do not use our electronic tools in order to merely achieve the maximum of technical possibilities, but to illustrate aesthetic necessities. This entails a deliberate reduction and refined perception of the sonic characteristics of the material. Only this approach enabled us to fully realise the complete spectrum of the sounds and noises we were working with in order to construct this New Boat. Each and everyone of my treatments is exclusively based on a track supplied by Miki..."Miki Yui: "The title of the album as well as the individual tracks have been inspired by conversations with Asmus. When we had a chat after one of his concerts, he told me about K?d?, the Art or the Way of the Scent. It is an 8th century Japanese incense ceremony. Very frequently the names of Japanese incense sticks are derived from natural themes, e.g. Bairin is the plum grove, the scent of the first blossom heralding the end of winter. This poetry, the ephemeral nature of the world reminded me of Kigo, words from a Haiku (a form of Japanese poetry), which reference a particular season or a natural phenomenon. So I chose the names of the individual pieces from Kigo as if The Boat was exploring nature whilst sailing through the seasons. Only in retrospect I realised that the titles combined create this poem: Early spring a hazy view in the night (Oboro) Plum groves (Bairin) Over a Dayfly (Kagerou) A Milkyway (Amanogawa) Dawn (Akatsuki) Art of fragrance (K?d?) On fragile thin ice (Usurai)"
TAL 023LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: TAL 023LP
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TIETCHENS & MIKI YUI, ASMUS Neues Boot LP
LP version. Includes download code; edition of 300. TAL presents the first musical collaboration between Hamburg based Asmus Tietchens and Japanese artist Miki Yui, operating out of Düsseldorf for almost 20 years now. Highly respected and hugely influential artist Asmus Tietchens first made his mark on the electronic music scene in the late 1970s, whereas Miki Yui debuted her sonic settings in 1999. Their first joint album Neues Boot envelops the listener with a poetic sound sensibility and a conceptual clarity which was processed and passed back and forth between their individual studios in Hamburg and Düsseldorf.Asmus Tietchens: "After Stefan Schneider suggested to release a Yui-Tietchens album on his TAL imprint Miki and I quickly developed some ideas towards our eventual collaboration. We agreed upon an ongoing mutual exchange of material. We have both been very familiar with each other's music for a long time and we found our individual approach towards sound design to be uniquely compatible. We do not use our electronic tools in order to merely achieve the maximum of technical possibilities, but to illustrate aesthetic necessities. This entails a deliberate reduction and refined perception of the sonic characteristics of the material. Only this approach enabled us to fully realise the complete spectrum of the sounds and noises we were working with in order to construct this New Boat. Each and everyone of my treatments is exclusively based on a track supplied by Miki..."Miki Yui: "The title of the album as well as the individual tracks have been inspired by conversations with Asmus. When we had a chat after one of his concerts, he told me about K?d?, the Art or the Way of the Scent. It is an 8th century Japanese incense ceremony. Very frequently the names of Japanese incense sticks are derived from natural themes, e.g. Bairin is the plum grove, the scent of the first blossom heralding the end of winter. This poetry, the ephemeral nature of the world reminded me of Kigo, words from a Haiku (a form of Japanese poetry), which reference a particular season or a natural phenomenon. So I chose the names of the individual pieces from Kigo as if The Boat was exploring nature whilst sailing through the seasons. Only in retrospect I realised that the titles combined create this poem: Early spring a hazy view in the night (Oboro) Plum groves (Bairin) Over a Dayfly (Kagerou) A Milkyway (Amanogawa) Dawn (Akatsuki) Art of fragrance (K?d?) On fragile thin ice (Usurai)"
TAPETE RECORDS (GERMANY)
TR 483LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TR 483LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LAST DAYS OF APRIL Even The Good Days Are Bad LP
LP version. Since the mid-1990s, Stockholm's Last Days of April have created a succession of luminous, hook-laden LPs, earning the band's lead vocalist, guitarist, and all-around auteur, Karl Larsson, a reputation as a bonafide songwriter's songwriter. With Even The Good Days Are Bad, Larsson and co. return with their tenth long player, following 2015's Sea of Clouds (TR 316CD/LP), a shimmering collection of eight new Larsson-penned songs that show him at the apex of his craft and LDOA achieving new levels of strength, honesty, and brilliance. The album's title track is an introspective meditation that manages to be ecstatic, even anthemic. With glistening guitars, swerving synth lines, punchy drumming, burnished analog production, and Larsson's vulnerable yet resilient vocals, Even The Good Days Are Bad is at once new and old, of the moment and utterly classic, timely and timeless. Even The Good Days Are Bad began gestating in 2019, with Larsson unearthing songs dating back to the early 2000s and writing a gush of new material. The band's longtime rhythm section -- drummer Magnus Olsson and bassist Rikard Lidhamn -- joined Larsson that fall for two marathon days at Stockholm's legendary Studio Gröndahl. (LDOA have recorded several releases there, as have The Hives.) "We recorded everything in Gröndahl to tape," Larsson says of the band's preferred approach to basic tracks. "All analog and tons of outboard. Classic stuff, you know... I'm a gear nut." (Frequent collaborator Fredrik Hermansson added atmospheric mellotron to "Had Enough" and Frans Hägglund engineered.) Larsson then brought the recordings to his home studio for overdubs and general TLC, taking his time to achieve the album's rich textures. But something unexpected happened on the way to transcendent pop glory: a global pandemic. Even The Good Days Are Bad was already nearing completion, but the crisis slowed and complicated the process. More significantly, it also made the new record hauntingly, profoundly prescient. The title track now reflected the mood of the entire planet. On "Alone", Larsson channels the isolation we've all been enduring and making it better. "For lyrics," Larsson says, "I wanted them to be straightforward. No fuzz." The result is totally cathartic, just what the doctor ordered for 2021. "Let it bring whatever feelings it brings," Larsson says of Even The Good Days Are Bad, dispensing a bit of helpful advice: "It sounds best played loud."
TELEPHONE EXPLOSION (CANADA)
TER 078LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TER 078LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ETHIER, ANDRE Further Up Island LP
"On Further Up Island, André Ethier completes the trilogy of solo albums that began with 2017's Under Grape Leaves and 2019's Croak In The Weeds. While not narratively linked in the traditional sense, these records document the musician's ongoing collaboration with producer Sandro Perri. Like Robert Altman's run of brilliant films with Shelley Duvall in the 1970s, the duo have developed a singular creative kinship over the course of three LPs. Since his days as the frontman of the Deadly Snakes, Ethier has cultivated an entirely different artistic practice as an acclaimed contemporary painter. At the same time, he has quietly slipped out a spellbinding body of work as a solo musician, with this album trifecta showcasing his skills as one of Canada's most vastly underrated songwriters and storytellers. Ethier's songs are casually played but carefully orchestrated, allowing each element to appear in sharp focus. 'These albums are a series using the same palette,' explains Ethier, whose softly coloured paintings also grace the covers of the trilogy. 'The tools Sandro and I used on all three of them are similar so that the songs can almost be interchangeable. It's a way of giving time to a creative relationship so it can blossom, like developing a shorthand with a co-worker. Nurturing that process allows it to grow.'"
TER 079LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TER 079LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PAAS, DOROTHEA Anything Can't Happen LP
"Anything Can't Happen is the long-awaited debut album from Dorothea Paas, one of Canada's most beloved singer-songwriters. For over a decade, Paas has played her unique, prismatic style of folk songcraft for audiences across North America, and lent her talents as a guitarist and vocalist to artists like Jennifer Castle, U.S. Girls and Badge Epoque Ensemble. The songs on this album have been through a near-infinite number of forms -- Paas has played them solo and with a full band, electric and acoustic, at house shows and in sold-out venues. they manage to fit inside each context, like water taking the shape of its container. All of this makes Anything Can't Happen feel far more mature and complex than a debut album. It's a statement of purpose, a next step in a decade-long process of artistic growth and evolution, and a bridge between the DIY style of Paas's previous cassette releases and a more refined studio sensibility. Recorded in studios in Hamilton and Toronto, and mixed by Max Turnbull of Badge Epoque and U.S. Girls and Steve Chahley, these songs bring a diverse range of musical influences into conversation: inflected with the layered reverberations of Grouper, shot through with the piercing harmonies of the Roches, electrified with the searing energy of Sonic Youth. You can hear Neil Young in the grittiness of the title track's guitar; Joni Mitchell's Hejira in the album's lyrics, Fairport Convention in Paas's voice. The influence of Stevie Wonder -- one of Paas's greatest musical role models -- is present too, in the album's conceptual foundations."
THERESA RECORDS
TR 112-113LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: TR 112-113LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SANDERS, PHAROAH Rejoice 2LP
2021 restock. Originally released in 1981. "A two-LP set on Theresa, Rejoice features Pharoah Sanders in excellent form in 1981. Sanders sounds much more mellow than he had a decade earlier, often improvising in a style similar to late-'50s John Coltrane, particularly on 'When Lights Are Low,' 'Moments Notice,' and 'Central Park West.' The personnel changes on many of the selections and includes such top players as pianists Joe Bonner and John Hicks, bassist Art Davis, drummers Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, trombonist Steve Turre, trumpeter Danny Moore, a harpist, and (on 'Origin' and 'Central Park West') five vocalists. The music always holds one's interest, making this one of Sanders' better later recordings." --Scott Yanow, All Music
TR 116LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TR 116LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SANDERS, PHAROAH Live... LP
2021 restock. Exact repro, originally released in 1982. Featuring John Hicks (piano), Walter Booker (bass) and Idris Muhammad (drums). "Sanders performs 'It's Easy to Remember' (in a style very reminiscent of early-'60s John Coltrane), an original blues, and two of his compositions, including the passionate 'You've Got to Have Freedom.' The musicianship is at a high level and, although Sanders does not shriek as much as one might hope (the Trane-ish influence was particularly strong during this relatively mellow period), he is in fine form." --All Music Guide
TIME IN THE SPECIAL PRACTICE OF RELATIVITY (GERMANY)
RELDISC 010CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: RELDISC 010CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ODD HANDS Scarcities CD
Rico Puestel enters the stage right as Odd Hands with the eclectic and one-of-a-kind album Scarcities, produced between 2019 and 2020. Not being nearly sure about the actual reasons for coming up with the project name and album title at hand, the whole conceptual setup is based within the triviality of a small site office space that drifts into some kind of hallucinogen dreamscape triggered by the pureness of its own calculability, emerging into a multi-layered unpredictability. What happens next is something beyond words, only music manages to express once again... A wildly polyrhythmic, shakily emotional and mind-bending ride through the realms of unbolting electronica, drum'n'bass, broken beats, IDM, experimental techno, and beyond stirs up mechanical structures melting with weirdly orchestrated fragments of instruments and vocals, melodies and harmonies -- embedded into a surge of dense and saturated acoustics. Scarcities is all about an overriding coherency that endures constant change of perception and perspective throughout its musical modules and components. Besides a sidechain bow towards the early works from Warp grounds, this album takes its agenda to a higher plane, creating a vigorously individual approach on sound design, aesthetics and storytelling. This vast trip, reaching for the highest highs while digging right into an uncertain depth leaves you hanging in a multiplex of moments while Odd Hands already exited stage left before it is and will be known what has actually happened here...
ULTRA ECZEMA (BELGIUM)
UE 299LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: UE 299LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
GAUTE GRANLI Blusens Fasong LP
The Norweigan wunderking of demented psychedelic song(de)struction is back with a fantastic collection of new songs. Gaute Granli is a one-man band, taking a complete stranger with thirsty ears by the nose, to leave him/her/them behind, confused and hungry for more recognizable hope. There's a constant form of recognition running through these eight stretched songs, these strange flirts with folk music you think you already know, vocals that don't sound like they consist of words one knows and pop parts that are destroyed with a loop peddler. Although everything magically works, and made into a song structure of sorts, a melancholic -- almost religious air of desperation sits uncomfortably on top of all these songs like a frog that already got licked on its back twice in one morning. Includes insert and download code; edition of 300.
UNTITLED (RECORDS) (UK)
UR 003BLUE-LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: UR 003BLUE-LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FLECK E.S.C. Shelters LP
Fleck E.S.C. (electro space cookie) is a French-born, Tokyo-based producer who's released on CPU and received praise from the likes of Jensen Interceptor, Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, and Helena Hauff. This record takes cues from several sci-fi soundtracks, and taps into Fleck's wider thoughts on cinema. After having studied film and worked in movie production for several years, he believes that movies need to be a kind of fairy tale -- usually a poisonous one. Likewise, Shelters delivers a capacious blend of textures -- at times delicate and expansive (e.g. "Shelters", "Skins & Scales"), at others assertive and grinding (e.g. "KVFM", "Roundup"). Together, this strikes a balance between deep club cuts and listening session tracks. Mastered by Aphex Twin-collaborator Beau Thomas. Blue vinyl.
VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)
VAMPI 172LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VAMPI 172LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LOVO, ALFONSO NOEL Terremoto Richter 6:25 - Managua LP
2021 restock. On December 23, 1972, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.25 on the Richter scale devastated Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Thirty deadly seconds were enough to destroy the center of the city and cause a death toll of 19,000 people, with 20,000 injured. The aftershocks and fires caused by the disaster exacerbated the situation. In the world of art, the inspirational power of great tragedies is widely known; artists leverage the excess negative energy to generate and transform it into pure creativity and beauty. Alfonso Noel Lovo, a young Nicaraguan musician, studied at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1973. New Orleans, is only an hour from LSU; Alfonso planned to record his ideas there over free weekends. Alfonso "Poncho" Lovo was a member of a well-known family in Nicaragua, a clan of livestock owners involved in big business. Son of the Minister of Agriculture and later triumvir of the Government Assembly, he was on a plane returning to his native land when it was hijacked in 1971 by a Sandinista group. He was recognized in mid-flight by one of the hijackers and used as a hostage to negotiate the release of a political prisoner. Alfonso Lovo was shot several times. Miraculously he survived, albeit seriously wounded in the torso, abdomen, and left hand. After several life-threatening operations, Alfonso Lovo returned to New Orleans, the place where all his influences and intense experiences would crystalize into his passionate first album: Terremoto Richter 6:25 - Managua (1973). The recordings come from late night sessions during the weekends. Improvisation predominates. The studio owner, Tracy Borges, helped him to get session musicians like Michael, flautist and sax player for Bourbon Street. The New Orleans female soul choir also features on the record. Poncho recruited Silvio Lacayo on acoustic guitar, Cristóbal, a Colombian timbales player, and Marcos Ostrander, a conga player from Panama. Terremoto is a marvel of essences; it distils freshness, ingenuity, and the desire to experiment with limited resources. Poncho took each recording home and worked on them with a TEAC 3300. He listened repeatedly to the initial tracks "to invent what to add afterwards" in the next session. Terremoto, his first record, delivers a refreshing mix of psychedelic rock, mazurka, jazz, Louisiana blues and African folk.
VAMPI 223LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: VAMPI 223LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
LINARES, ALFREDO Mi Nuevo Ritmo LP
Vampisoul present a reissue of Alfredo Linares Y Su Salsa Star' Mi Nuevo Ritmo, originally released in 1974. A nonstop salsa dura party album from start to finish, comparable with any of New York's finest like Ray Barretto and Willie Colón from the same era, but with its own unique swinging sound and bright, crisp, joyful vibe. There are plenty of straight up Cuban-roots based salsa tunes, plus some Latin jazz and Latin soul and a bolero. Trumpets, hand claps, loud cowbell, and vigorous vocals all make for a great listen and an even better dance experience. As the track "La Música Brava" proclaims: "Yo no quiero que pare la música brava!" (I don't want the badass music to stop!). The record is actually a patchwork of different recording sessions made in Peru and Colombia, featuring differing studio sound and musician lineups. Linares had just returned to his adopted home of Medellín from a period spent in Peru and was looking for a record deal. He had brought master tapes with four songs recorded in Lima and was shopping them around in the hopes of securing an album contract. Linares also cut some Colombian sessions which feature Roy "Tayrona" Betancourt as well as Henry Castro and Enrique Fabián. Unfortunately, neither Discos Fuentes nor Sonolux or Codiscos were interested. At that time, vinyl for making records was scarce and over-priced due to the petroleum crisis and hence the labels were reluctant to try out a new artist. "There was nothing to be done. The only company that had vinyl stock was INS. So, I did the business with them even though they didn't have a known name in Colombia. The strength of that album made them rather famous." The song "Mambo Rock" (with "Estricto Guaguancó" on the B side) came out on a 45rpm record in 1974, and, as Linares recounts it, "two months later the sale was at a very high level. So, partly out of gratitude, I started producing for them. It is from there that my other records and the AfroINS albums came." Unfortunately, the master tapes to the LP were lost or destroyed, as with all INS releases, so the best possible vinyl sources and audio restoration has been used for this deluxe reissue. Recommended by DJ Bongohead of Peace & Rhythm. Presented in its original artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
VAMPI 227LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: VAMPI 227LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CEVASCO, ADALBERTO Pajaros Electricos LP
Vampisoul present a first time vinyl reissue of Adalberto Cevasco's Pájaros Eléctricos, originally released in 1988. Few musicians can boast of having played with "the greatest" without some eyebrows to be raised. The bass of Adalberto Cevasco has been heard in multiple concerts and recording sessions of artists as diverse as the Spanish divas Rocío Jurado and Isabel Pantoja, tango genius Astor Piazzolla or the cream of the Argentine jazz scene -- from Pocho Lapouble, Gustavo Kerestezachi, Rubén López Furst or Andrés Boiarsky to the great Gato Barbieri. With the latter, as part of a dream band that included artists like Nana Vasconcelos as well as other Argentines such as Lapouble or Domingo Cura, he recorded two fundamental pieces in the Impulse! label catalog in sessions held in Argentina and Los Angeles and also toured across various countries. It is therefore out of question that Adalberto Cevasco belongs to that top-level league of musicians whose talent has also contributed to enhance those who accompany them. The history of this album begins with an encounter. Adalberto Cevasco joins Rodolfo Alchurrón's jazz-funk project Sanata y Clarificación as bassist and meets Litto Nebbia, who is invited to sing along. Some years on, when Nebbia's Melopea record company was developing, he would receive a cassette with a collection of demos recorded by Cevasco over the years. Some of the songs dated back to 1981 while others were made well into the decade and included such outstanding collaborations as that of the Uruguayan Rubén Rada, whom Adalberto Cevasco had met playing in a group of fusion candombe called Candonga. In addition to producing the complete album, Nebbia would also collaborate in a special way in one of the most outstanding tracks ("Reencuentros Nº2") by adding to Cevasco's fusion jazz some unexpected Brazilian flavors and electronic sounds that now, more than 30 years after the original release of the album, they still evoke a refreshing feel of modernity. As the Argentine press of the moment highlighted, it'd seem as if the influences received and developed by the bassist during his career as a freelance musician -- from post-Piazzolla tango to proyección folclórica (a movement of revision and modernization of the Argentinian musical roots) -- had been added to their superb rhythmic work in this album. Pájaros Eléctricos was never presented live and has remained as the only published work by Cevasco as a soloist since the date of its release. Includes insert with liner notes and previously unseen photos.
VIA PARIGI (FRANCE)
VIA 001LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: VIA 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MUSLIMGAUZE AND THE ROOTSMAN Amahar 2LP
First vinyl issue of these raw experimental dub collaborations between Muslimgauze and The Rootsman, written, recorded and mixed at the Third Eye Studio, Bradford, UK between 1997 and 1998. Originally released on CD by Russian label Aquarellist. Edition of 500.
VINYL LOVERS (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
VL 990212LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: VL 990212LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
OS MUTANTES Mutantes LP
Vinyl Lovers present a reissue of Os Mutantes' Mutantes, originally released in 1969. One album into their career in 1969, Mutantes showed few signs of musical burnout after turning in one of the oddest LPs released in the '60s. Similar to its predecessor, Mutantes relies on an atmosphere of experimentation and continual musical collisions, walking a fine line between innovation and pointless genre exercises. The lead track ("Dom Quixote") has the same focus on stylistic cut-and-paste as their debut LP's first track ("Panis et Circenses"). Among the band's musical contemporaries, Mutantes sounds similar only to songs like the Who's miniature suite "A Quick One While He's Away" -- though done in three minutes instead of nine, and much more confusing given the language barrier. The album highlights ("Nao Va Se Perder Por Ai") and ("Dois Mil E Um") come with what sounds like a typically twisted take on roots music (both Brazilian and American), complete with banjo, accordion, and twangy vocals. Though there are several other enjoyable tracks, including "Magica" and a slap-happy stomp called "Rita Lee," there's a palpable sense that the experimentation here isn't serving much more than its own ends. If the first album's relentless eclecticism did in fact occasionally result in dry passages, it's especially true here. Bottle green vinyl.
WHP (ITALY)
WHP 1443LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: WHP 1443LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
PICCIONI, PIERO Un Tentativo Sentimentale LP
Un Tentativo Sentimentale is the first film by the novelist Pasquale Festa Campanile, written and directed together with Massimo Franciosa in 1963. The film fits into the path traced by Michelangelo Antonioni with his "trilogy of incommunicability" in the early years of the decade, staging a bourgeois existential drama shot between the Roman districts of Parioli and Vigna Clara and the beach of Sabaudia. The original soundtrack is one of the most beautiful and particular among those composed in the '60s by maestro Piero Piccioni, who works on rarefied and melancholy jazz atmospheres dominated by his piano and the trumpet of the immense Nunzio Rotondo, main soloists flanked by other giants of the Italian jazz scene such as Franco Chiari (vibraphone), Marcello Boschi (alto sax), Ivan Vandor (tenor sax) and Berto Pisano (double bass).
WRWTFWW RECORDS (SWITZERLAND)
WRWTFWW 042BOX
PRICE: $64.00
CAT #: WRWTFWW 042BOX
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GRAUZONE Limited 40 Years Anniversary Box Set 3LP BOX
WRWTFWW Records celebrate the 40-year anniversary of cult band Grauzone with the release of their definitive and comprehensive Limited 40 Years Anniversary Box Set. The release is packed with their complete discography, as well as a never-released-before live recording, an 80-page fanzine with an extensive biography written by Swiss music historian Lurker Grand, unseen archival material, and artist contributions, and a poster replica of an original concert flyer from 1980. Conceived, conceptualized and supervised by original band member Stephan Eicher, the box set includes the following exclusive content: Grauzone's self-titled album from 1981 reissued as a 180 gram, double-LP with nine additional tracks, amounting to the band's complete studio discography. Included are the classics "Eisbär", "FILM 2", "Raum", "Moskau", "Träume Mit Mir", "Der Weg Zu Zweit", and "Wütendes Glas (Maxi Version)", as well as the deep and unconventional album cuts that make Grauzone so unique. The double-LP is housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve, with liner notes by Lurker Grand, an insert with the original album's lyrics, and a special Xeroxed artwork imagined by Stephan Eicher. The box also includes Grauzone's Live LP, a recording of their April 12th 1980 concert at Gaskessel in their hometown of Bern, Switzerland, with a sleeve artwork by Stephan Eicher. Also includes is an 80-page fanzine containing the history of Grauzone written by Lurker Grand, never-seen images of the band and their collaborators and incredible snapshots of the late '70s/early '80s underground scene in Switzerland, as well as artist contributions by Christian Marclay, Genesis P-Orridge, Sylvie Fleury, John Armleder, Maurizio Cattelan, Gregor Hildebrandt and more, cementing Grauzone's art band with a punk attitude" ethos. Included as well is a 60x90 cm poster replica of Grauzone's Spex (Bern) concert flyer from October 25 1980. Absolutely all the elements included in this box set collection were photocopied by hand with a vintage Xerox machine before being printed, as wished by Stephan Eicher (who took care of photocopy duties for a good chunk of the material). A bold artistic choice, a nod to the DIY ways of the era this release represents, and drawing a parallel between the acts of reissuing and photocopying. Lid-off box.
WRWTFWW RECORDS & PALTO FLATS (SWITZERLAND)
WRWTFWW 019LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: WRWTFWW 019LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TAKADA, MIDORI Through The Looking Glass LP
2021 restock; LP version. Comes in a Stoughton "Tip-On" jacket; Includes printed inner sleeves. Palto Flats and We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records present the highly-anticipated reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's sought after and timeless ambient/minimal album Through The Looking Glass, originally released in 1983 by RCA Japan. Considered a holy grail of Japanese music by many, Through The Looking Glass is Midori Takada's first solo endeavor, a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring contemplative ambient sounds with an admirably precise use of marimba. The result is alternatively ethereal and vibrant, always precise and mesmerizing, and makes for an atmospheric masterpiece and an unparalleled sonic and spiritual experience. Midori Takada is a composer, multi-percussionist, and theater artist renowned in Japanese vanguard circles. Midori has released two solo albums: Through The Looking Glass and Tree Of Life (1999) and wrote music for Tadashi Suzuki's theater plays. Her hypnotic, minimalist music is based in the concept of coherence between sound and the human body. She performs solo on marimba and other percussion instruments. She debuted on the scene of Berlin Philharmonic, performing with the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin just after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1974. She continued her career with solo concerts in Japan and abroad. In the 1980s, Midori began to explore the traditional music of Asia and Africa. Her fascination resulted in joint projects with Kakraba Lobi from Ghana, Lamine Konte from Senegal, Farafina Band from Burkina Faso, and Korean musicians: zither player Chi Seong-Ja, flute player Won-Il, and saxophone player Kang Tae-Hwan. She also led Mkwaju Ensemble's innovative percussion project and still performs with free-jazz band Ton-Klami with Kang Tae-Hwan and jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh. Takada's compositions have a remarkable way of affecting the imagination. Her minimalist, contemplative music is filled with the concept of infinity and reminds us of a moon voyage, falling stars, a journey into the ocean, or a walk in the garden. The trans melodies, initially simple, begin to loop and splinter, their rhythm breaking and thickening, slowly drawing the listener into another reality. This fully licensed reissue comes with extensive liner notes.
YAZOO
YAZ 1001HLP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: YAZ 1001HLP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 LP
2021 restock. 180 gram reissue of this essential Yazoo compilation from 1967. Artists: Henry Sims, William Harris, Skip James, Charley Patton, Geeshie Wiley, Mattie Delaney, John Bird, Bobby Grant, Son House, Harvey Hull and Robert Johnson.
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